Among the people we lost in 2016 are three North Shore residents who served their community through the local school system or village government.

Reiels remembered for guiding Nicolet's growth

Nicolet High School's second superintendent James Reiels passed away on Oct. 23. During his 31 years with the school district, Reiels served 12 years as principal and 17 years as superintendent. Two of Reiels' three sons are employed by the Nicolet High School District.

Whitefish Bay remembers former village president Patrick Matthews

Former Whitefish Bay Village President Patrick Matthews died Feb. 21. Matthews, 70, served as village president from 1984-89. A longtime Whitefish Bay resident, he also served on the Dominican High School board. Matthews practiced tax law as a partner at several firms in Milwaukee.

Brunner remembered for his service to River Hills

Robert Brunner served on the River Hills Village Board for 28 years, the last 24 of which he served as village president. He died Thursday, Sept. 22, at the age of 89. Brunner had previously held positions with Wisconsin Economic Development Association, the Milwaukee County Board, the Wisconsin Council on State and Local Relations and numerous executive positions in the food industry.

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