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April 2014


Templeton School grieves over holiday deaths of teacher, student

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Services to be held for Erin Maslowski, 37, and Justin Sexton, 11

Templeton Middle School Principal Patty Polczynski told parents Monday morning in a letter that the school was offering counseling for students impacted by the recent deaths of teacher Erin Maslowski and student Justin Sexton.

Justin's mother Tina Sexton said that her son died on Nov. 27 from a blood clot, though an official cause of death is still undetermined by the office of the Milwaukee Medical Examiner. She said that the 11-year-old had undergone surgery on Nov. 12 to correct issues related to hip dysplasia.

"The coroner said he had never heard anything like this in 25 years," she said. "That is what I don't understand about it. He was just a very healthy boy."

Tina Sexton described her son as a loving and caring boy, who was always smiling. He could not play sports because of hip problems, his mother said, but enjoyed drawing and math.

"He had a couple teachers that looked over him and guided him," she said. "I am so thankful to them and what they have done."

She said she is touched by the overwhelming amount of support she has received from community members.

"I have neighbors I haven't seen in years sending food to my house," she said. "It is very much appreciated and overwhelming."

She said that the family decided to donate Justin's eyes to recipients in need, so that even in death he could still help others.

"He was a very helpful boy," Sexton said. "And soon he is going to be helping somebody else."

Justin is survived by his grandparents Russell and Kathy Hill; his cousin Adalia Sexton; and his godparents Cheryl Meunier, Joey DeGeorge-Hill, Donna Reed and Mike Hungelmann.

Tina Sexton said that her son would be joining his uncle "Rocky" in heaven. Her brother died in 2000, two years before Justin's birth, she said.

Visitation will be held for Justin from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave. in New Berlin. The funeral is expected to follow.

A memorial to the family is being set up at Associated Bank. Anyone who wishes to contribute can contact Tina Sexton at

District grieves loss of teacher

Erin Maslowski was a sixth-grade math and science teacher at Templeton Middle School for eight years before her death on Nov. 30 at age 37, according to an obituary. She had a "profound passion" for geology and science, a passion she turned into a career.

Erin Maslowski is survived by husband Ben Maslowski, parents Bob and Sue Everson and grandmother Helen Severson, according to the obituary.

"She was an excellent gardener who could never persuade Ben to pick a weed, but still managed to create beautiful flower gardens," the obituary states. "Erin enjoyed fishing with Ben where she would build a nest in the boat, crawl into a book and enjoy the sunny day."

Templeton Principal Patty Polczynski said Maslowski was an "outstanding educator."

"She was extremely child-centered, passionate about math and science and highly enthusiastic in her teaching style," she said in an email. "This is a tremendous loss to Templeton."


The visitation and service for Erin Maslowski will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Schmidt Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 W. Main St. in Mukwonago.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are greatly appreciated, the obituary states.

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