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David H. Sebora

Judge David H. Sebora, age 85, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at Columbia Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.

He was born Sept. 9, 1916, in Junction City, Wis., the son of Sylvester Sebora and Lorinda (Akey Grasshorn) Sebora.

David graduated from Emerson High School, Stevens Point, Wis., in 1934. He graduated from Ripon College, Ripon, Wis., in 1938, and from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis. in 1940.

From 1940 to 1955, David held a private law practice in the communities of Brillion and Chilton, Wis., which focused primarily on personal injury, probate, and real estate.

In 1946, he was elected to a part-time position as Calumet County's District Attorney, a position he held until 1955.

In 1955, he was elected to the position of Calumet County Judge, a post he held for 24 years, presiding over civil, criminal, and juvenile matters. He retired in 1980.

Upon retirement, he was appointed by the State of Wisconsin to the position of Wisconsin Reserve Judge, presiding as acting judge in more than 26 counties throughout Wisconsin.

He was recognized by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for his accomplishments upon his final retirement in 1996.

David's diversified talents and endeavors continued to be exercised throughout his retirement years. He served as a legal columnist for Hoard's Dairyman, Fort Atkinson, Wis., a monthly farmers publication. In 1993, he authored a book entitled "Informal Probate in Wisconsin."

He was also an accomplished artist, who expanded his talents during his retirement years. An avid swimmer and boat enthusiast, David enjoyed the wonders of the Chain O'Lakes, Waupaca, Wis., for more than 70 years.

His professional and civic affiliations included: member of the State Bar of Wisconsin; past president of the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Judges; past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Chilton, Wis.; past board member of the Kettle Morraine Boy Scout Council; past chairman of the Claumet County Salvation Army; member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks; and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He married Alice Bridgeman in May of 1946, and the marriage later ended in divorce.

He married Maryann Koller May 26, 1978. She survives.

David was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lester Sebora and Kenneth Sebora; and two sisters, Verna Anderson and Elayne Jantz.

He is survived by his wife, Maryann; five children, Nora Sebora of Stevens Point, Wis., David Sebora (Jennifer McGuire) of Neenah, Wis., Sheila (James) Lutiger of Hudson, Wis., Peg (Ron) San Felippo of Milwaukee, Wis., and Marc (Jenni) Sebora of Lester Prairie.

He is also survived by four grandchildren, Sarah Lutiger, Catie Lutiger, Caleb Sebora, and Callie Sebora, nine step-children, and 13 step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Feb. 2, 2002, at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior, Appleton, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow.

Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army or the Wisconsin Lakes Association.

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