Gladys A. Port, 85

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Grafton, for Gladys A. Port (nee Hackbarth), 85, of Grafton, who entered into eternal life on Aug. 7, 2010. Family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ozaukee County Humane Society or  Advocates of Ozaukee County are appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Gladys was born on Sept. 10, 1924, in Port Washington, to William Hackbarth and Alice Hackbarth (nee Hartman).  After school, she worked as a Red Cross volunteer, a nurse’s aide and as a secretary for Quick Mix Corp. in Port Washington. Gladys married the love of her life (her high school sweetheart), Ralph Port, on June 28, 1947, in Port Washington. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Gladys was a lifelong active member in her community and spent many hours volunteering her time at church. She was especially passionate about Family Sharing in Grafton where she volunteered for over 20 years. Gladys always looked for an opportunity to help a charitable cause or someone in need.
Gladys loved to bake and never missed an opportunity to bake one of her specialties for a birthday, special occasion or to comfort a friend in need. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, gardening, traveling and the arts. In addition, she treasured spending time with her family, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gladys and Ralph were blessed with many friends, including a lifelong group of her school friends who throughout their lives enjoyed traveling, golfing, dinner parties and many other memories.  She also loved spending her winters with Ralph in Manzanillo, Mexico, where they enjoyed the tropical lifestyle and company of friends. It was their home away from home.
Gladys is survived by her children, Michael Port of Madison, Liz (Greg) Turnbaugh of Westmont, Ill., Tom (Susan) Port of Colgate and Kathy (John) Gac of Chicago; brother, Robert Hackbarth of Kewaskum; sisters-in-law, Bernice (the late Oliver) Vollmar of Cedarburg and Antoinette (the late Fred) Port of Grafton; aunt, Evelyn (Oscar) Dommer of Saukville; grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Carstens, Brad (Katy) Turnbaugh, Erin Turnbaugh, Dan Drews, Sean Drews, Kalina Gac and Zoe Gac; great-grandchildren, Brenna Carstens, Delaney Carstens and Chase Carstens; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Ralph.

Thanks to the staff, management and residents of Jackson Crossings for their loving care and friendship.