In Memoriam

The Miss Wisconsin Organization remembers our beloved volunteers and pageant family members. They will always be in our hearts and our love and prayers go out to their families.

Ken Morrall

Ken Morrall passed away on November 19th, 2017. The Miss Wisconsin Organization will dearly miss Ken, a longtime volunteer and pageant family member. Husband of Deb Morrall, father of Caitlin Morrall Machol, Grandpa of Jack, and member of the Miss Racine Scholarship Organization, Ken will always be remembered for his heart and commitment to our program, his support of the hundreds of contestants whose lives he touched, his positivity and humor, and especially the love and adoration he so obviously felt for his family. Ken was well loved within our pageant family.

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Gert Schultz

Gert Schultz passed away on March 12, 2016. Gert dedicated her time and talent to the Miss Oshkosh for almost fifty years. She served as a director and was part of the pageant family. The following comment was posted on the Miss Oshkosh Facebook page; “Gert loved the pageant so much, it’s almost fitting she chose to make her trip to heaven on the day a new Miss Oshkosh was to be crowned. So while we will greatly mourn the loss of our dear friend, we will also have something to celebrate as we watch a new Miss Oshkosh begin a wonderful journey.” Gert was honored and recognized by the Miss America Organization for her many years of volunteering.

Michael Schmal

We are deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend Michael Schmal on February 2, 2016. Michael served this organization tirelessly and devotedly for almost 50 years, including most recently, as Miss Wisconsin Board President and Judges’ Chairman. We will always remember Michael’s sincere commitment to the growth and development of the Miss Wisconsin program, and the many local and state titleholder’s journeys that he supported and guided over the years. Michael developed many cherished friendships with pageant volunteers and affiliates across the country, and we know he will be deeply missed by all of the Miss America family – and most especially here in Wisconsin.

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Richard Lewis

Richard R. Lewis, 78, passed away on May 29, 2014 of complications from treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder.

A wonderful man to know and love. His pageant family will miss him. We are sending prayers to his wife, Mary Lou and other family members.
“I”In 1963 he started volunteering with the Miss Wisconsin Pageant where he served as a State Field Director, a member of the board of directors and a year as Executive Director. At the national pageant in Las Vegas in January 2013, he received an award from the Miss America Organization for his fifty years of dedication to the program.”

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