Obituary: Charles “Skip” Brady Jr., 67, of Oconomowoc

Charles “Skip” Brady Jr., 67, of Oconomowoc passed away on July 21st, 2021 at his home. 

Charles was born on December 11th, 1953 in Philadelphia to Charles and Helen (Peterson) Brady. He spent his early years in Philadelphia, and then Detroit, before moving to Whitewater in 1961 and eventually Oconomowoc. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1972. He started a job at Home Lumber in Whitewater; he became a skilled woodworker and craftsman, eventually starting his own cabinet making business in Genessee Depot. He also worked at Country Craftsman in North Prairie for 35 years. He was well known in the Milwaukee area for his outstanding talent in creating wooden spiral staircases. 

Aside from his passion for woodworking, he was an avid reader and shade tree mechanic. He adored his grandchildren and loved to spend time with them and his family. He was a powerful soul that left his imprint on the world and will be remembered dearly by all that knew him.

Charles is survived by his mother, Helen Brady; his children, Ryan (Amanda) Brady and Megan (Jason) Stahnke; his grandchildren, Liam Brady, Miles Brady, Josslyn Stahnke, and Colton Stahnke; his siblings, Timothy (Cheryl) Brady, Rebecca (David) Legler, Elizabeth Brady, Paul Brady, and Michael (Kristin) Brady; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Brady Sr.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, August 26th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater with a memorial service to follow at 6.

“Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.”

Suzy Kassem

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

City Market – Tuesday 4-7; Vendors Listed

The following information was provided by the City Market.

Hey — it’s almost market day! We’ll be at the Depot 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, with a full array of summer produce. Tomatoes and corn are just starting, so shop early if you want to pick some up! This week we’ll be celebrating Taco Tuesday by welcoming family-owned and-run Mama Maria’s to the market.

🌮🌯MUSIC: Keith Minikel

CRAFT BEER: Kolsch, rhubarb IPA, amber, raspberry ginger sour

FOOD CARTS: Mama Maria’s, Yang House of Rolls

OUT THIS WEEK: Fremont Sweets, Mr. P’s Grilled Cheese, Sunny Brook Farm


Amanda Miller Baking ● a variety of sweet treats, always made from scratch & with love!
Books and Art by Kimberly Vogel ● Wisconsin fiction author & illustrator of characters, animals
Bowers Lake Coffee ● locally roasted and brewed organic coffee & coffee beans ☕
Caroline’s Cupboard ● beets, green beans, kale, zucchini, onions, wildflowers
Clark Family Farms ● lion’s mane mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms, pink oyster mushrooms, blue oyster mushrooms, microgreens;
🌱🍄Creek Farm LLC ● local lavender farm bringing you handcrafted products made in small batches at the farm
FunLooping ● a fun & nerd-oriented collection of pendants, keychains, jewelry, figurines & assortment of miscellanies
Helena’s Plant Closet & Whitewater Egg Delivery ● eggs, air plants & houseplants
🥚🌱🌵Johnson Family Produce ● fresh asparagus
Kettle Moraine Honey ● local honey, beeswax products, scented soaps
🍯🛁Komboocho Brewing ● quality kombucha using organic & local ingredients. Rotating flavors available.
Kristie’s Creative Kitchen ● jams, jellies, pickled items
🌶️Mama Maria’s ● breakfast burrito, tortas, quesadillas, tacos, empanadas (beef and potato, tinga), sopes, homemade pico de gallo
🌮🌯Margie Hammerl ● eggs, Black Angus beef, lamb, chicken 🐔🥚🥩Mudders Dream ● wheel-thrown & handbuilt functional & sculptural pottery
My Farm ● spinach, eggs, fresh lamb, fresh beef, greens mix 🌱🥚🥩New Beginnings APFV ● comprehensive, compassionate support & services to people affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking
Pops Kettle Corn ● State Fair-ribbon-winning gourmet popcorn in flavors like Birthday Cake, Muskego Mix, Dragon Breath and Brandy Old-fashioned
Rushing Springs Farm ● locally grown fresh vegetables
🌱Seeds of Hope ● plants & annual flower baskets grown by individuals with developmental disabilities
💐Soap of the Earth ● local, handcrafted soaps & lotions
Stepani’s Spot ● garden preserves, baked goods, salsa, mustards, sauces
Studio 84 ● a variety of products, including notecards and mugs, created by a nonprofit art studio, gallery and store that fosters the creative & vocational development of people with disabilities
Sunshine Cookies ● bright, festive & colorful hand-decorated sugar cookies
Taproot Designs ● unique wooden home decor from repurposed wood
Theresa Lynn Costuming & Quilting ● comfortable face masks in all sorts of colors, sizes, including kid sizes
Tilla’s Next Ride ● K-9 fundraising support
Toad Cottage Creations ● handmade candles with a hint of nature
Urban Forestry Commission ● information
Vang C & C Farms ● local produce
The Vegetable Stand ● local produce
W3 ● promoting healthy eating through Power of Produce, activities for kids, health/wellness related handouts
Whitewater Dems ● information
Whitewater Grocery Co ● your (future) friendly neighborhood grocer, supporting fresh and local products
Wild Cherry Creations ● seasonal & home decor, wine glasses, coffee cups
Wood Street Bakery ● mocha chip scones; white chocolate cherry scones; organic kernel bread, sourdough bread, cranberry walnut bread & multigrain bread; assorted granolas: cranberry almond, silly nut nut, cinnamon apple walnut, dark chocolate cherry, Hawaiian delight
🥖🍞Yang House of Rolls ● Thai egg rolls, curries, local produceYoung
Young Auditorium ● promoting the venue’s 2021-22 in-person and BroadwayHD subscription offerings
Zo-Sharp ● knife-sharpening on site

The New “WUSD Welcome Wagon:” Welcoming New Families to the District / Carretilla de Bienvenida

The “Whitewater Unified School District Welcome Wagon” is available to those living within the district. The program is designed to welcome new families into the district. 

Editor’s note: the following information and graphic have been supplied by the Whitewater Unified School District.

If your family is new to Whitewater or you know of a family who moved here and is looking to learn more about our town and school district please contact our district’s Family/Community Engagement Coordinator, Molly Fuller at She will be able to get them a Welcome Wagon gift bag filled with everything they need to know to feel part of our WUSD family!

Miguel Aranda is a Hometown Hero

Editor’s note: the following information has been supplied by Whitewater Unites Lives.

Miguel Aranda is a WUL Hometown Hero, “For co-founding and serving as co-advisor of the Dream Scholars, which provides financial support for undocumented university students; for his contributions with the City of Whitewater Task Force on Hispanic/Immigrant Involvement, the Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission and the Whitewater School Board; for his leadership in Voto Latino, a group that engages, educates, and empowers Latinos to be agents of change; and for bringing the Mexican Consulate to Whitewater to learn more about how our community can improve and to provide Consulate services to our community.”

Hometown Hero Miguel Aranda at the Little Red School House at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Miguel chose to have his picture taken at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Little Red School House, which symbolizes the importance of education for all people. Miguel, who is the University Center Financial Manager at UW-W, strongly believes in education for all, especially children.

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to 

Ferradermis Claims Laser Lights Title

Whitewater High School’s Robotics Team Ferradermis took to the field on Saturday, July 24, for one last summer off-season competition and came away champions. Laser Robotics hosted the second ever Laser Lights event at Kettle Moraine High School with 12 robots participating.

Drivers Elijah Grall and Reilly Aschenbrener and Human Player Jazmin Cederberg went 10-2 in their 12 qualification matches, leaving them seeded #1 and able to make the first pick in the alliance selections. Competition Logistics Captain Shane Kinson then invited Team 1259 Paradigm Shift from Pewaukee High School to join our alliance. The final member to join our alliance was Team 6823, USM Robotics, the Wildcats from the University School of Milwaukee.

Behind some great autonomous shooting and a fantastic end-game, the Ferradermis-led alliance defeated the #4 ranked alliance in the best of three semi-finals. The semi-finals were forced to a third match tie-breaker after the #4 alliance implemented an excellent defensive strategy.

The finals matches featured all three teams from the alliance that won the Unofficial State Championship in Manitowoc on July 10, with Paradigm Shift playing on the Ferradermis alliance and Team 8002 The Knack from Lake Country School and Team 6421 The WarriorBots from Muskego High School leading the opposing alliance. The #2 alliance was joined by Team 1792 Round Table Robotics from Oak Creek High School. The Ferradermis alliance quickly defeated the #2 alliance 160-134 and 166-137 in the best of three series to claim the Laser Lights title. Ferradermis also won the inaugural 2019 Laser Lights event. The event did not happen in 2020 due to the pandemic.

A highlight of the day for Ferradermis was having two future members spend all or part of the day with the team. Freshman Onyx Thompson and eighth grader Chacha Binagi were able to spend time in the pit and plan match strategies alongside senior Shane Kinson. The team is looking forward to meeting more new members during boot camp which begins on Saturday, July 31. If any Whitewater High School student is interested in attending the six boot camp sessions, please reach out to Laura Masbruch at

Ferradermis would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the event possible including alum Gwynne Sahyun for doing field setup on Friday and field reset all day Saturday and alum Rosie Aschenbrener for serving as one of the referees on Saturday.

The new game for the 2022 FIRST Robotics Season will be unveiled on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Article and Photos Submitted by Laura Masbruch
Whitewater High School Robotics Advisor and Banner Volunteer

Fairhaven Residents Treated to Parade

Residents of Fairhaven came out to take in the annual parade through their parking area on Thursday, July 22. Thank you to Tom Ganser for the photos of the event.