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Angeline Dickson Radcliffe

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, May 20, 1940. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Angeline Radcliffe, an early day resident of the town of Almond and vicinity, died Thursday night at the Bert White home in Almond, where she had been living for the past several years. She suffered a stroke about two weeks ago and was confined to bed since.

Mrs. Radcliffe, who was in her late 70's, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dickson, pioneer town of Almond residents. She was widely known throughout the southern part of Portage county and in Waushara county. Before her marriage she taught school in that locality for a period of years and many of the residents there went to school to her. The Radcliffe family home was in the town of Pine Grove, near Bancroft, for many years. Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Marie (Louis) Weber and Miss Ella Radcliffe of Minneapolis and Blanche, who is married and lives in the state of New York, and a son, David Radcliffe, who also resides at the Bert White home. Mrs. Hellen Corrigan of Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, is a sister. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Plainfield Methodist church.


George R. Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, May 1, 1939. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

GEORGE R. READING, SPANISH AMERICAN WAR VETERAN, DIES

George R. Reading, 69, 1003 Normal avenue, a resident of Stevens Point most of his life, died this morning at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home hospital, where he had been a patient for two years. He was in ill health for several years.

Mr. Reading was born on September 26, 1869, in the town of Hull. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Reading, pioneer residents of Portage county. The father was an early day mill owner and lumberman. During his childhood George Reading moved to Stevens Point with his parents and he lived here since. For many years he was associated with his brother, Henry, in the Reading Ice company. His marriage to Miss Catherine Parks took place on June 27, 1898, in Stevens Point.

Surviving are his wife, five children, William T. and Kenneth Reading of Plover, Allan Reading of Chicago, Mrs. C. D. Aldrich of Combined Locks and Robert Reading, a student at Central State Teachers college, the one brother, Henry Reading, 610 Normal avenue, and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Reading was a Spanish American war veteran. He was a member of the Holy Name society of St. Stephen's church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's church. Military rites will be conducted at the grave in St. Stephen's cemetery. The body is at the Boston funeral home where the rosary will be said Tuesday night at 8 o'clock.


Mary Elizabeth Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, September 17, 1881. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

READING--In the town of Hull, Friday, September 9, 1881; Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. and Sarah Reading, aged 23 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Thus has that dread disease, consumption, after a seige (sic) of three years, claimed another victim. Miss Reading had been a sufferer for the period named but was able to be about the house until within a few hours of her death, and conversed with her parents to the last. Mr. and Mrs. Reading desire us to tender their heart-felt thanks to those who so kindly assisted them in the hour of their sad bereavement.


Mary Ryan Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, January 20, 1930. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Henry W. Reading

Mary Elizabeth Reading, wife of Henry W. Reading, 610 Normal avenue, a native of Stevens Point and one of the city's most esteemed residents, was a victim of heart trouble this morning, passing away at her house at 8 o'clock. Prior to two weeks ago Mrs. Reading apparently was in good health but on January 6, she suffered a heart attack and had been confined to her bed ever since.

Besides local physicians and two members of her family, she cared for by two trained nurses who nurtured to her every want but the attacks came upon her with increasing severity and gradually took away her strength. Her death came almost without warning.

Mary E. Ryan was born in this city 69 years ago last August __ and had been a resident here ever since. On November 22, 1884, she married Henry W. Reading and several years thereafter assisted him in his logging operations on the Plover river by preparing and serving meals to the crew of men after lumber had been cut and Mr. Reading engaged in the _______ business here, his wife continued as active helpmate by looking after the clerical duties until the business became firmly established. Of late years she had devoted much of her attention to charitable and humanitarian work, done so quietly that the extent of it was known only to her most intimate friends. She also was an active worker in the

Stevens Point Woman's club and one of its older members.

Her immediate family, besides the husband, are two daughters, Mrs. George E. Whitely and Mrs. Joseph H. Miller, both of this city. She also leaves two sisters and a brother, Miss Nellie Ryan and Mrs. Peter E. Doyle of Stevens Point and James Ryan of Stone, Lake, Wis.

Mrs. Reading was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's congregation and funeral services will be held at that church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. The remains will then be placed in a vault to await burial in the spring. The body is now at the Boston funeral home, where it may be viewed up to Wednesday morning.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 22, 1930:

Funeral of Mrs. Henry Reading

The funeral of Mrs. Henry W. Reading, 610 Normal avenue, was held at 10 o'clock this morning at St. Stephen's church, Rev. George A. Casey officiating. Casket bearers were Alex Krembs, William Wellenschlarger, Frank Glennon, Frank Shemarski, Alex Berens and Guy W. Rogers.

Out of town relatives and friends who came here included James Ryan of Stone Lake, Mrs. D. F. Burnham, Waupaca, Mrs. Sarah Pollard and two sons, Seth and Milard, Milwaukee.

The body was placed in the vault at Boston's to await burial in the spring.


Rebecca Kimball Needham Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, October 17, 1907. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MRS. WILLIAM READING

Attack of Asthmatic Heart Trouble Proves Fatal.

Mrs. William Reading passed away at home at 203 Briggs street at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening following a month's illness with asthmatic heart trouble and complications. For the past three weeks she had been confined to her bed and at times had been a considerable sufferer.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Rebecca Kimball was born in England on Nov. 17, 1835, and was married in her native land to Joseph Needham. They came to America in 1867 and settled at Beloit, where Mr. Needham died 35 years ago. The widow continued to make that her home, rearing a large family, until all were grown and separated. Fourteen years ago she was married to William Reading, one of the pioneers of this city and they have ever since made their home here except for a few years spent at Bevent up the Plover.

The deceased is survived by Mr. Reading and five children of her former marriage. They are George Needham of Milwaukee, Mrs. B. T. Smith and Mrs. Charles Flint of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mrs. J. L. Parkard of this city and J. T. Needham of Beloit. All the children have visited her within a few days, the daughters being still here. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Frances Braden of Chicago.

Mrs. Reading was a motherly, kindly dispositioned woman, sympathetic with the faults and trials of her friends and was highly regarded by all who knew her. She radiated sunshine in the dark places and delighted to lighten the burdens of the depressed. Coming into Mr. Reading's life in its late afternoon she proved a most pleasant companion and helpmeet.

The funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. M. N. Ray of the Episcopal church officiating. The remains will be taken on the early morning train Saturday to Beloit where the interment will be made probably on Monday.

William Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, August 18, 1919. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

PIONEER OF COUNTY IS CALLED BY DEATH

William Reading Expires at the Home of His Son, Henry Reading, on Normal Avenue This Morning

William Reading, one of the early day pioneers of Portage county, passed away at the home of his son, Henry Reading, 610 Normal avenue, at 7:45 o'clock this morning. Mr. Reading suffered a paralytic stroke several years ago, and last March experienced a recurrence of the affliction. He had since been in poor health, and for the past three weeks had been confined to his bed. His death was not unexpected.

Native of England

The deceased reached the 86th year of his age last Wednesday. He was born near Oxford, England, August 13, 1834, and came to America in 1849, residing in New York City for a time. Moving to Syracuse, N. Y., he resided on a farm near that city for 12 years, then going to Skaneateles, N. Y., and learning the blacksmith trade. He attended school and was subsequently employed on a farm there and after 12 years came to Wisconsin with his family, locating near Stevens Point in 1855.

The late Mr. Reading was an early day riverman and lumberman in central Wisconsin. After his arrival here, he went to Jordan in the town of Hull, where he accepted employment at a saw mill under construction by Wells, Mason and McCoy. He was employed at Jordan and in rafting lumber down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers for the next nine years.

Had Military Record

In 1864 the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry, which had been on duty in the army of the Potomac, was reorganized and on August 29th of that year Mr. Reading enlisted in Company D of that organization. The regiment served in the Shenandoah valley near Winchester, the scene of Sheridan's famous ride, and later participated in General Grant's campaign. Mr. Reading served from the time of his enlistment until the close of the Civil war, and was mustered out on June 20, 1865.

Returning to Stevens Point, he resumed his former work at the same mill at Jordan where he was employed before enlisting, and in 1870, in company with Charles Van Order, bought what was known as the upper mill on the Plover river, near the Van Order mill. They operated the mill for 12 years, and then Mr. Reading bought out his partner and continued to operate the mill for two years. Illegible...was later sold to the late Matthew Wadleigh. Mr. Reading logged for Mr. Wadleigh for several years and afterwards was engaged in farming in Revent (?). He had made his home with his son in this city for the past 12 years.

Mr. Reading was married to Sarah Welch in New York on October 5, 1855. Mrs. Reading died in Stevens Point in 1888. Four children were born, the oldest dying in infancy and Mary dying at the age of 23. Two sons, Henry and George Reading, both of this city, survive.

Deceased held membership in the G. A. R. and was at one time an assessor in the town of Hull. He was a member of the Church of the Intercession. Many friends of Mr. Reading in Stevens Point and central Wisconsin will learn of his death with regret.

Funeral on Wednesday

Funeral services will be held from the church of the Intercession at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, following a prayer at the Henry Reading home. Rev. E. Croft Gear will officiate and burial will take place in Forest cemetery.


Frank Reinhart

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, January 23, 1909. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

FRANK REINHART

Frank Reinhart passed away at his home in Linwood, Friday evening, after an illness of two weeks. On Saturday, Jan. 9, he suffered a stroke of paralysis and his subsequent decline was rapid. The deceased was 59 years of age. He leaves a widow and several children. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, Rev. James Blake of the Baptist church officiating. Interment was made in the Woodville cemetery. The deceased was a brother of Fred Reinhart of this city.

George W. Reinhart

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, September 22, 1915. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DIES AGED 34 YEARS

Young Man Passes Away at Home, 117 Algoma Street

George W. Reinhart, aged 34 years, died Tuesday evening 6:30 o'clock, at his home, 117 Algoma street. Death was due to tuberculosis. Mr. Reinhart had been confined to his bed most of the time during the past ten months.

The deceased was born on February 26, 1884. At the age of eight years he moved with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reinhart, to the town of Linwood, where the family lived on a farm until eight years ago, when they moved to Stevens Point. The father died about nine years ago.

Mr. Reinhart was a single man. The relatives who survive him are his mother, Mrs. Alma Reinhart, and two brothers and two sisters, Ray Reinhart, 917 Minnesota avenue, Dell Reinhart, on a farm near the lower paper mill, and Mrs. Frank Mason, 724 Jackson street, and Mrs. Glenn Chapman, 117 Algoma street. An uncle, Fred Reinhart, lives at 528 Strongs avenue.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, at the home, 117 Algoma street, Rev. James Blake officiating. The body will be buried in Forest cemetery.


Mary Agnes Loftus Remmel

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, September 16, 1938. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Jacob Remmel

Mrs. Jacob Remmel, 67, a member of a pioneer town of Lanark family, died Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock at the family home at the Wisconsin Veteran's Home. She had been ill for two weeks and the cause of her death was cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Remmel, whose maiden name was Mary Agnes Loftis, was born in Lanark on June 25, 1871, a daughter of Martin and Katherine Loftis. Her marriage to Mr. Remmel took place on November 17, 1904, at St. Patrick's church at Lanark. The couple, since their marriage, had resided at the Veteran's Home where Mr. Remmel has been employed as a plumber.

Surviving are her husband, three children, Dr. W. H. Remmel of Waupaca, Miss Genevieve Remmel, a teach in the Beloit public schools, and Bernard Remmel at home, all of whom were with her at the time of death, as was her daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. H. Remmel. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Pat Gray of Lanark; four brothers, John Loftis of Wisconsin Veterans Home, Mike Loftis of Stevens Point, Pat Loftis of Motley, Minnesota, and Matt Loftis of Pillager, Minnesota and a granddaughter, Lenna Marie Remmel.

Mrs. Remmel was a member of the Altar society of St. Mary Magdalene's church at Waupaca and the auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the Veterans' Home, Rev. A. O. Rielander officiated and burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery at Lanark.

The pallbearers were Edwin Remmel of Shawano, Raymond Gray of Lanark, Francis Loftis of Amherst and Marion Loftis of Stevens Point, nephews of Mrs. Remmel, and Edward May of the Veterans Home and Ervin Ziebell of New London.

Those from away who attended the funeral included Mrs. Margaret May of Madison; John Mills and Lavin Mills of Beloit; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Remmel of Racine; Mr. and Mrs. Rob Schmiller of Oshkosh; Matt Loftis of Pillager; Pat Loftis of Motley; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Loftis of Stevens Point and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ziebell of New London.

Dr. Daniel S. Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, May 27, 1937. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATH CLAIMS DR. D. S. RICE AT AGE OF 73

Veteran Stevens Point Physician Passes Away at The Family Home

Dr. Daniel S. Rice, 73, a well-known practicing physician and surgeon in Stevens Point for many years and organizer of Council No. 1170, Knights of Columbus, died Wednesday night at 8:35 o'clock at his home at 704 Main street. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in November, 1932, at which time he retired from practice, and had been in ill health since. Dr. Rice had another stroke last March 8 and was confined to bed most of the time until his death.

Native of Brown County

Born on June 4, 1863, at Morrison, Brown county, Dr. Rice was a son of the late John and Mary Rice, pioneer residents of Brown county, who located there in 1855. He received his early education in the public schools of that county and attended St. Francis' seminary near Milwaukee. Dr. Rice then entered college at Valparaiso, Indiana, and upon completion of his education taught school in Brown county for a time, later being elected county superintendent of schools of Brown county. After serving the county in this capacity for six years he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Chicago, from which he was graduated on April 20, 1897.

Began Practice at Custer

Following his graduation he came to Portage county and began his practice of medicine at Custer. After serving that community for two years, he established an office in Stevens Point in 1899 and practiced here continuously until his retirement five years ago. His marriage to Miss Elizabeth Heffron of Stevens Point, took place on May 12, 1900.

Prior to his retirement, Dr. Rice was a member of the hospital staff of St. Michael's hospital. He was also a member of the Portage County Medical society and the Wisconsin State Medical society. As organizer of the local Knights of Columbus court 23 years ago he was a charter member and served as its first grand knight. In honor of Dr. Rice a class of candidates was initiated into the council a year ago and was named the D. S. Rice class. Since coming to Stevens Point almost 40 years ago, Dr. Rice was an active member of St. Stephen's church and a devout member of its Holy Name society. He also was a member of St. Stephen's court of Foresters, No. 258.

Those Who Survive

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Dr. Rhode Rice, a practicing Stevens Point physician, and Dr. Maurice Rice, a member of the hospital staff of Wisconsin General hospital at Madison: four daughters, Mrs. Richard Jones, 206 Prais street, Miss Madeline Rice, a member of the Stevens Point High school faculty, Miss Betty Rice, employed at the Portage county pension department in Stevens Point, and Miss Ruth Rice, a student technician at Wisconsin General hospital; four brothers, Rev. William J. Rice, a former pastor of St. Stephen's church from 1893 to 1920 and now chaplain at Mercy hospital at Oshkosh, Dr. E. M. Rice of Milwaukee and Matt and John Rice of Greenleaf, Wisconsin, a sister, Miss Molly Rice of Greenleaf and four grandchildren.

Funeral Saturday

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning with a solemn high mass celebrated at St. Stephen's church. Burial will follow in St. Stephen's cemetery. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where it will remain until the time of the funeral.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tuesday, June 1, 1937:

Funeral of Dr. Rice

Funeral services for Dr. D. S. Rice, prominently identified with the medical profession in Portage county for many years, who died Wednesday night at his home at 704 Main street, were held Saturday morning. Rev. George A. Casey officiated at a solemn requiem high mass at 10 o'clock at St. Stephen's church and he was assisted by Rev. J. J. Kools as deacon, Rev. Lambert Scanlan as subdeacon and Rev. D. L. Krembs as master of ceremonies. Others present in the sanctuary were Rev. Michael Bablitch, Boniface Spellman, Rev. Henry J. Ehr, Rev. Peter Banka, Rev. Leo Jankowski, Rev. F. A. Nowak and Rev. Joseph Hemmer. Burial followed in St. Stephen's cemetery.

The pallbearers were Dr. Carl von Neupert, Dr. E. P. Crosby, Dr. Wayne F. Cowan, Dr. A. R. Cook, Dr. Fred A. Marrs and Frederick C. Joerns.

Magalene Wolf, Alice Olk, Eileen Hansen and Betty Jacobs were in charge of the flowers.

Relatives and friends from out of town who came for the funeral included Dr. Rice's brother, Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. J. Rice of Oshkosh; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. E. M. Rice and their daughter, Margaret, three nephews, Sheldon and Leo Rice and Dr. John Cox, Mrs. John Cox, Otto Christiansen, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. John Heffron and daughter, Pearl, of Milwaukee; a sister, Miss Molly Rice, and Mr. and Mrs. Somers, the latter a niece, of Greenleaf; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Rice, and a daughter, Miss Ruth Rice of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Kennedy of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Broderick of Nekoosa.


Elizabeth Heffron Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, January 25, 1957. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Daniel S. Rice

Mrs. Daniel S. Rice, 82, widow of a prominent Stevens Point physician and surgeon, died suddenly at her residence, 1208 Wisconsin St. Thursday night.

Mrs. Rice had attended a concert at Pacelli High School Thursday evening and was brought home by a son, Dr. Maurice G. Rice. Her death is believed to have occurred shortly afterward.

Her death was discovered this morning by a girl living in the same apartment building.

Mrs. Rice, the former Elizabeth Heffron, was born in the Town of Stockton on Sept. 12, 1874, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Heffron. She attended local schools, including the Stevens Point Normal. School, and taught in Portage County until her marriage on May 23, 1900.

Her husband, a native of Brown County, came to Custer in 1897 and to Stevens Point two years later. He practiced medicine here until his retirement because of ill health in 1932. Dr. Rice, who organized Council No. 1170, Knights of Columbus, died on May 26, 1937.

The couple's home here for many years was at 704 Main St.

Mrs. Rice is survived by four daughters, Mrs. R. L. Jones, 206 Prais St., Mrs. Stuart Owens, Wisconsin Rapids, Mrs. Clark Gapen, Riverside, Ill. and Mrs. Robert A. Bablitch, 1108 Shaurette St.; a son, Dr. Maurice G. Rice, Plover Hills, and 24 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Rhody Rice, Stevens Point, who died in 1946, two other sons, who died in infancy, three brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Rice was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church and its Altar Society; St. Cecelia's Court No. 185, Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Catholic Woman's Club.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's Church, and burial will take place in the spring in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the Crosby Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Catholic Woman's Club will say the Rosary at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Women Foresters will recite the rosary Saturday at 8. WCOF members will also attend the funeral services in a group.

A general rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tuesday, January 29, 1957:

Funeral of Mrs. Rice

The Rev. John R. McGinley was the celebrant of the requiem high mass at St. Stephen's Catholic Church Monday at 9 a.m. for the funeral of Mrs. Daniel S. Rice, 82, 1208 Wisconsin St. Mrs. Rice, widow of a prominent Stevens Point physician and surgeon, died Thursday night at her home.

Present in the sanctuary during the mass were the Rev. Leon Trojanowski of St. Stanislaus' Catholic Church, The Rev. Emil Hodnik of St. Mary's Church at Custer and the Rev. Dennis Babilewicz, O. F. M., chaplain at St. Michael's Hospital.

R. J. Weiss, accompanied by Robert Krembs at the organ, sang during the services. Members of St. Cecilia's Court No. 185, Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, of which Mrs. Rice was a member, attended in a group.

Pallbearers were M. J. Willett, D. N. Varnev, James H. Levi, Edward W. Jablonske, John Galecke and Dr. Leland P. Crosby.

Persons from out of the city who attended the services included Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Owens and family, Wisconsin Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gapen and family, Riverside, Ill.; Mrs. Joseph Kennedy, Ottawa, Ill.; Mrs. Pearl Heffron, Chicago, Ill. and other friends and relatives from the Custer vicinity and other surrounding areas.

Burial will be made in the spring in St. Stephen's Cemetery.


Maria Clark Brown Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, June 24, 1896. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MRS. TRUMAN RICE

Mrs. Maria Rice, died at the family residence, McDill at 3:30 last Monday evening, after an illness of about four months with heart disease. The deceased lady, who was sixty-five years of age, lived in this city a number of years previous to her marriage to Mr. Rice, and at which time her name was Mrs. Thos. Brown. The funeral took place at McDill this afternoon, with interment in the cemetery east of that place.


Sarah Gilmore Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Saturday, July 3, 1892. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of Mrs. Truman Rice.

Died at her home in the village of McDill, town of Plover, July 16th, 1892, Mrs. Truman Rice, aged 65 years, 5 months and 15 days. She had been in poor health a considerable portion of the time during the past two years. Her last illness, however, only extended over a period of two weeks, and it was a surprise to many of her friends in this city to hear of her death. The funeral took place from the family residence at McDill at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. Webster Millar, pastor of St. Paul's M. E. church, officiating. The deceased was laid at rest in McDill cemetery. The pall bearers were Chauncey Simonds, Simon Young, Cyrus Means, Fay Topping, Geo. W. Plaisted and Amasa Warner.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Gilmore was born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence county, New York, January 31, 1827. She married Truman Rice, October 11, 1847. They removed to Wisconsin in 1856 and settled in the town of Plover and have been permanent residents of that town ever since. She leaves a husband and three children. Mrs. Mary Hurlbut resides in Buena Vista, this county, Henry O. Rice at Harrison, Pa., and S. L. Rice at St. Joseph, Mo. They were all present during her last illness and death. She also leaves a father, aged 87 years, who resides in Saginaw City, Michigan, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Smith of Ogdensburg, New York, and Mrs. Elizabeth Card of Saginaw City, Michigan.

In the death of Mrs. Truman Rice another of the early settlers of Portage county has been called from life's labors to eternal rest. She was a woman of unusual intelligence and brought up a family of children all of whom are honorable and useful members of society. In her death her husband has lost the assistance and love of a devoted wife, her sons and daughter a loving mother, and her many old neighbors a tried friend and comforter, in the hour of trials and affliction. In their hour of sorrow, the family have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. The golden cord which bound in one happy union the family circle is broken. A mother's voice will no more be heard in whispers of love and counsel, but in its stead will come hallowed memories of her who through a score and more of years was their loving guide.


Sumner Lincoln Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Saturday, August 17, 1895. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DIED IN MISSOURI

Death of Sumner L. Rice, Formerly of McDill.

Mr. Truman Rice of McDill was greatly shocked last Wednesday morning by the receipt of a letter announcing the death and burial of his son Sumner Lincoln Rice at Independence, Mo. Mr. Rice did not even know that his son had been sick. The letter was written by Miss Virginia B. Tucker. She said that his death was very unexpected, and owing to the hot weather the doctors deemed it advisable not to keep the body long. He died on Sunday and was buried on Tuesday, and the father thinks it strange that he was not informed of the death by telegraph, prior to the burial. Miss Tucker also wrote that Sumner had requested to be buried at Independence, and that her mother would write later in regard to his will, and the deposition of his property.

Sumner L. Rice was born at Plover in May, 1861. His mother died some years ago. The surviving members of his family are his father and a brother and sister. The brother, Henry O., lives at Harrison Valley, Pa., and the sister, Mrs. Wm. Hurlbut, in Buena Vista, this county. For the past fourteen years Sumner had been traveling for a St. Joseph, Mo., wholesale millinery house, but has lived at Independence in that state, where he owned a residence. The father will probably go to Independence next week.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, August 31, 1895:

RICE.--Mr. Sumner Lincoln Rice, son of Mr. Truman, residing in the town of Plover, Wis., was born in Plover, May 16, 1861; and died at his home in Independence, Missouri, August 11, and was buried August 13, 1895.

For the past fourteen years, Sumner has been employed by B. Newberger, a wholesale millinery house, receiving a salary of one hundred dollars per month, which shows that he was both able and trustworthy. Mrs. Truman Rice, his mother, died July 16, 1892. His father, one brother, and an only sister, survive to mourn his loss.

Father, brother, sister, Sumner's yearly visits are ended; but there is a place of meeting where parting is no more. Do not forget it, but ever seek it.

The following extracts from a letter received by Mrs. Wm. Hurlbut, his sister, will be of much interest to all of Sumner's friends: He was sick more or less for four weeks. During the first two weeks he was up one day, and in bed the next. The physician first treated him for pleurisy; and for ten days he seemed to improve. Then typhoid pneumonia set in, and he continued to grow worse. He now began to grow concerned about death, and asked his Christian friends to pray for him, which they did. He prayed for himself; and then, they all prayed together. He then improved until the Saturday before his death. He again commenced talking about dying, and said that he was not afraid; and that his only regret was leaving his friends, but that it would not be long before they would all follow. An abscess broke in his side and filled both lungs, after which dropsy set in, and he soon died.

A memorial service was held in his behalf Sunday August 25, at the Plover M. E. church, where friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of love and respect to a noble young man, S. Olson officiating, assisted by Rev. J. S. Eldridge the pastor.


Truman Rice

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1920. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATH CLAIMS TRUMAN RICE

Infirmities of Old Age Are Fatal to Portage County Pioneer Who Reached His 95th Birthday on January 6

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WAS VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR

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Deceased Born in New York and Came West in 1836----Funeral to Be Held Saturday

Truman Rice, aged 95 years and one of Stevens Point oldest residents, is dead.

Mr. Rice passed quietly away at his home, 943 Division street, at 6:20 o'clock Wednesday evening. His death was due to the general infirmities of old age and was not unexpected. He had been confined to his bed for seven and one-half weeks, his last illness starting from a slight cold.

Knew End Was Near

Although Mr. Rice gradually grew weaker toward the end, he retained consciousness until a few hours before death came. He had known for several weeks that his condition was critical and on several occasions during that time had bid relatives at his bedside good-bye, believing that he was about to die. A noticeable decline in his condition was seen by relatives for the day preceding the end.

Born in New York

Truman Rice was born January 6, 1825, in Elizabeth township, Essex county, New York. His parents came to Bonors Prairie, Illinois, where they stopped a short time, and then came to Plover, Wisconsin in 1856. The father died at Watertown and the mother lived to be 86 years old and died at McDill in Portage county. Truman Rice was the seventh son in a family of eight children, all of whom are now dead.

Came West in 1856

When his parents came to Wisconsin as pioneer settlers, Truman Rice went to Franklin county, New York, and lived in Malone township until he was 20 years old, from there going to Potsdam in St. Lawrence county, where he worked at the carpenter trade until coming to Wisconsin. In the meantime he had married, and on April 29, 1856, with his family, started for Wisconsin and on June 20, 1856, reached Plover in Portage county.

Civil War Veteran

He bought a farm in that neighborhood and conducted it for seven years, although in the meantime when Civil war was declared in 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Eighteenth Wisconsin Infantry. At the battle of Shiloh he was taken prisoner and was transported to Corinth, then to Memphis and afterwards to Tuscaloosa, during this period suffering harsh treatment and when finally exchanged was so weak that he was placed in a hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He weighed only 90 pounds when he reached home and was honorably discharged September 18, 1862. On February 29, 1864, Mr. Rice re-enlisted, entering Company B, Eighteenth Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, and served until August, 1865 when he was a second time honorably discharged.

Resided at McDill

Returning to Portage county, Mr. Rice purchased a farm at McDill, later conducting a grocery store and hotel there and operating the hotel, which was known as the "Big Plover House" for 16 years. In 1901 Mr. Rice came to Stevens Point and had since resided at 943 Division street. In all Mr. Rice had been a resident of Portage county 63 years and was one of the oldest of the early day pioneers.

Surviving Relatives

At Potsdam, N. Y. in 1847, Mr. Rice was married to Sarah Ann Gilmore, who died in 1892. Mr. Rice was married later to Mrs. Marie Brown, who died in Stevens Point. In 1900 he was married to Mrs. Execy Dunn, who survives him. Two children by his first marriage also survive. They are Mrs. Mary A. Hurlbut, who resides in this city, and Henry O. Rice of Harrison Valley, Pa. who has been in Stevens Point for several months. There are also four grandchildren and two great grandchildren living.

Active at 95

Although his hearing was bad and his eyesight failing in recent years, the deceased was active up to the time of his last illness. He had not been actively employed for many years, but took daily walks and believed in exercising as a means of keeping himself fit. When interviewed on his birthday anniversary, he attributed his old age to the fact that he was never idle. Regular hours, good living and taking general care of one's self was his prescription for living to a ripe old age. He was a total abstainer, not using tobacco or liquor. On many occasions in recent years he has demonstrated his agility by kicking as high as his head.

The late Mr. Rice was a member of the Baptist church of this city for many years. For 37 years, he was a member of Plover lodge, Odd Fellows.

Funeral on Saturday

Funeral services will be held from the family home at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon and from the Baptist church immediately following, Rev. James Blake officiating. Interment will take place in Forest cemetery.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tuesday, March 30, 1920:

Funeral of Truman Rice

Funeral services for the remains of the late Truman Rice, aged local resident who died at his home, 943 Division street, Wednesday evening, were held from the family home at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon and from the Baptist church, Rev. James Blake officiating. Burial took place in Forest cemetery. The pallbearers were B. V. Martin, R. L. Vaughn, S. A. Martin and George E. Vaughn.


Anthony L. Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, October 20, 1973. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

ANTHONY L. RILEY

Anthony L. Riley, assessor in the Town of Lanark for 26 years, died Friday morning at St. Michael's Hospital. He had been ill for several years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Lanark, The Rev. Joseph Follmar will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday at Jungers Funeral Home, Amherst, and a vigil service will be held there at 8 p.m.

Mr. Riley, 74, was born April 27, 1899, in the Town of Lanark and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Riley. He farmed the family homestead all his life except for 10 years when he attended schools in Stevens Point.

He married Hazel Jones on Nov. 24, 1924. After her death in 1930, he married Edna Oestrick in Plainfield on May 25, 1937.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Ronald, Dean and Richard, all of the Amherst area; three daughters, Mrs. William (Nedra) Christensen, of Waupaca, Mrs. William (Mary) Helbach, 2309 4th Ave., and Mrs. Jerry (Sharon) Kurzynski, Amherst; 30 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Abe (Eleanor) Stone, Stuart, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and a brother. Mr. Riley was a member of St. Patrick's Church.


Ella Heaney Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, May 18, 1918. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATH COMES SUDDENLY

Mrs. Thomas Riley, Beloved Local Resident, Dies Very Unexpectedly Sunday

The death of Mrs. Thomas Riley, aged nearly 60 years occurred at her home at 1302 Clark street Sunday afternoon at 1:45. Death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy. The deceased had been in poor health during the past year, but had been able to attend to her household duties until a short while ago. She had been able to partake of the mid-day meal with her children and had retired for an afternoon rest when a daughter, Miss Katherine, discovered her shortly afterwards in a precarious condition. Death came within a few minutes.

Ella Heaney was born in Pine River, Waushara county, on June 29, 1858, and was a resident there until she was 25 years of age. Her marriage to Thomas Riley took place in Berlin 35 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Riley made their home at Lanark until 1908, when the family moved to Stevens Point. While in Lanark Mr. Riley conducted a store besides managing his farm. They have been residents of this city for the past 10 years and have made their home at 1302 Clark street.

Mrs. Riley is survived by her husband and one son and five daughters: John, who is in the army at Fort Stevens, Oregon; Mrs. Charles Brady, Jr., Bancroft; Sadie, who teaches at Almond; Katherine, Mae, Bernice and Lulu at home. The former three attend the Normal while the latter is a student at the High school. Besides the above, Mrs. Sarah Heaney, mother of the deceased, of Pine River and eight brothers are left to mourn her loss. They are: Fred, Truman, Ray and James Heaney; also of Pine River; William J. of Colby, Frank of Poy Sippi; George B. of Berlin and Charles of Appleton.

The funeral rites were said at St. Stephen's church Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. The Rev. W. J. Rice officiated. The body was laid to rest in the parish cemetery. The casket bearers were Charles E. Shortell, J. P. O'Keefe, William Delaney, Frank M. Glennon, James Welch and D. J. Leahy.

Those who attended the funeral from outside the city were: Mrs. Kate Lynch, Poy Sippi; Mrs. Sarah Heaney, Miss Elizabeth Heaney, Fred and Truman Heaney, Pine River; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Heaney, Colby; Mrs. A. M. Christopherson and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heaney and son, George, Poy Sippi, George B. Heaney, Berlin; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cooney and Miss Bessie Mahanna of Amherst.

As in Mrs. Riley's life there was much to admire, so in her death will her memory be cherished by scores of friends. Her devotion to her home and family was marked, as was also her interest in the Red Cross and other worthy causes. Her sudden death strikes sorrow into the hearts of all who shared her acquaintance.


Hazel Adams Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, May 12, 1967. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Hazel Riley

Mrs. Hazel Riley died Thursday evening at her home in the Village of Amherst.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jungers Funeral Home, Amherst.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, May 13, 1967:

Riley Rites Set

The Rev. Ernest Kaim will officiate at the funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James' Catholic Church, Amherst, for Mrs. Patrick Riley, 69, Village of Amherst, who died Thursday at her home.

Mrs. Riley had returned Wednesday to her Amherst home after spending the winter months in Norco, Calif., with a son, Jerome.

The former Hazel Adams, she was born Oct. 19, 1897, in the Town of Buena Vista, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Adams. After her marriage to Mr. Riley in June 1917, the couple lived in the Town of Lanark until moving to Amherst Village in 1945. Mr. Riley, a farmer, died in January, 1963.

Following funeral services, burial will take place in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lanark. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at Jungers Funeral Home, Amherst, where a general rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Riley was a member of St. James' Parish, its Altar Society and the Amherst Woman's Club.

She is survived by two sons, Donald, Waupaca, and Jerome, Norco, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. George (Merle) Helbach, Lanark, Mrs. Merle (Olivia) Johnson, Shell Lake, and Mrs. Minnie Yonke and Mrs. John (Eva) Atkins, both of Almond; and three grandchildren.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, May 24, 1967:

Riley Funeral

Funeral services were held recently at St. James' Catholic Church, Amherst, for Mrs. Patrick (Hazel) Riley, 69, Village of Amherst, who died May 11.

The Rev. Ernest Kaim officiated, and burial followed at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lanark.

Pallbearers included Sidney Keener, Raymond Hetzel, Robert Helbach, David Helbach, Lloyd Krutza and Gaylord Krutza.


Hazel Jones Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, March 18, 1930. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

OBITUARY

Dies at Lanark Home

Mrs. Anthony Riley, Jr., who had been a sufferer with cancer since a year ago last October, died at her home in the town of Lanark at 8:30 o'clock this morning and will be buried there the latter part of this week, the hour and date to be announced later.

Mrs. Riley was the former Miss Hazel Jones of Oasis, Waushara county, where she was born 33 years ago the 6th of last January. Before her marriage to Mr. Riley five years ago on November 26, she filled the position of bookkeeper in the headquarters' office at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home, Waupaca.

Member of her family, besides the husband, are three children, Roland, Nedra and Nannetta, aged four and three years and 11 months, respectively. Other near relatives are her mother, Mrs. Ann Erickson of Sheridan, two brothers and one sister, Lloyd Jones of Sheridan, Clarence Jones of Sheboygan Falls and Mrs. Avery Rasmussen of Waupaca.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, March 19, 1930:

OBITUARY

Mrs. Riley's Funeral Tomorrow

Burial services for the late Mrs. Anthony Riley, Jr., of the town of Lanark will be held at St. Patrick's church in that township at 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Mrs. Riley passed away at her home early Tuesday morning. She had been in poor health for the past year and one-half.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Friday, March 21, 1930:

Burial of Mrs. Riley

Mrs. Anthony Riley, Jr. who died at her home in the town of Lanark early this week, was buried from St. Patrick's church Thursday morning. Requiem high mass was offered up by the pastor, Rev. N. L. Gross, assisted by the church choir, after which interment was made in the parish cemetery. Casket bearers were Albert and Leo Krutza, Patrick Riley, John Dougherty, Frank Ceskie and Lawrence Helbach.

Among the relatives and friends who came from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Foster Hanson and daughter, Natalie, of Saxeville; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hanson, Oshkosh; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hanson, Waupaca; Miss Sadie Riley, Stevens Point, besides numerous others from the Point, Wild Rose and the surrounding territory. The members of Mrs. Riley's immediate family are her husband and three small children, the youngest less than one year of age.


John Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, July 12, 1893. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

A WATERY GRAVE

While Temporary Insane, John Riley, of Lanark, Ends His Troubles Here Below.

Last Saturday morning as the family of Nathan Howard, at Howard's Mill, in the town of Lanark, got up, they discovered some clothes lying on a stone near the edge of the mill pond. On going out to them they found a coat, vest and hat, and in looking around for the owner discovered a man's form in the pond, lying at the bottom in about six feet of water. Patrick Sullivan., Jas. Sweetaulie and Mr. Smith, who live in that vicinity, were summoned as soon as possible. The three gentlemen secured a boat and drew the form out of the water, when to their horror and surprise they beheld the features of John Riley, one of Lanark's best known young men. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Justice of the Peace A. J. Lea, with the following named jurors: Hans Pouse, Hiram Clinton, Wm. Vaughn, John Jordan, Frank Kane and Wm. Mitcheltree. After viewing the body and hearing what evidence could be obtained, they brought in a verdict of suicide by drowning, while temporarily insane. In the dead man's clothing were found a gold watch, $74.48 in money, and some cigars, which were all in the coat lying on the rock. John left home the Monday evening previous, the family supposing he had gone somewhere to celebrate the 4th, and thought nothing of his absence until

Thursday, when his brother, Thomas, began search for him. He was seen at Amherst Junction about midnight, Monday night, when he probably took the limited Central train for Curtiss station, near Abbotsford, as it was afterwards learned that he worked for the Ashland Furnace Co., Wednesday and Thursday, at their coal kilns near Curtiss. He acted very strangely these two days, hardly speaking to anybody, and his fellow workers were all of the opinion that his mind was unbalanced. Friday morning he called for his pay and left the kilns, going to the village where he bought a ticket to Plover, and came as far as this city with Conductor F. E. Bement, Friday evening. None of his acquaintances saw him alive after that. The body had been in the water but a few hours when found and his watch was running.

Two years ago last winter John met with a severe accident at Amherst Junction by a team running away and the pole striking him in the back, resulting in a severe curvature of the spine, from which he suffered more or less since, and a reasonable conclusion is that this was the cause of his strange action. Those with whom he worked at Curtiss say that when necessary to pick up anything from the ground, he would not stoop over, but would bend his knees to the ground instead.

John Riley was a son of the late Thomas Riley, one of the oldest residents of Lanark. He was born in this county and was nearly 32 years of age. He leaves to mourn his untimely death a mother, Mrs. Mary Riley; two brothers, Thos. and Anthony, and two sisters, Misses Kate and Annie, all living in Lanark except Kate, who makes her home in Milwaukee. Besides the mourners above mentioned, can be included the whole community, for to know him was to be his friend. He was kind, genial and honorable in all his dealings. The funeral took place last Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, the remains being laid to rest in St. Patrick's cemetery. Fifty-four teams were in the funeral procession, people being present from all the surrounding towns.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 15, 1893:

John Reilly of Lanark was found drowned, Saturday morning in Howard's mill pond. He left home last Monday night and had not been home since. No one knew when he left. He ate his supper as usual, afterwards going to his room. In the morning it was found that he had left the house and had not been in bed. They did not know where he was, but made inquires and thought he had gone to Glidden, to which place they telegraphed Friday. He had not been there and no one had seen him since Monday. He evidently threw himself into the pond Friday night, as he left his coat, vest and hat on the bank, where they were found Saturday morning. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict of drowning, while laboring under temporary insanity. He was about 30 years old.


John L. Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, March 23, 1929. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

OBITUARY

John L. Riley

John L. Riley, native of the town of Lanark and only son of Thomas Riley, 1302 Clark street, died unexpectedly at Cheyenne, Laramie Co., Wyoming, Thursday night. The body will be brought here for burial, arriving about the middle of next week, when arrangements for the funeral will be completed. He had been in the west for about ten years, most of that time at Cheyenne.

Mr. Riley was born in Lanark 35 years ago last December 20 and grew to young manhood on the home farm. The family moved to Stevens Point in 1907, and he made his headquarters here for several years before going west. His mother died on May 5, 1918, and he is survived by the father and five sisters, Miss Sadie Riley, teacher of the fifth and sixth grades in the Jefferson school; Miss Bernice Riley, a teacher at Fond du Lac; Mrs. Edward Hinschberger, Sanborn, North Dakota; Mrs. A. G. Weaver, Janesville, and Mrs. Charles Brady, Jr., of Almond.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, March 27, 1929:

Rites at St. Stephen's for John L. Riley

The remains of John L. Riley, Portage county native and son of Thomas Riley, 1302 Clark street, arrived here last night from Cheyenne, Laramie Co., Wyoming, where he passed away last week, and funeral services were conducted at St. Stephen's church at 10 o'clock this morning, Rev. Geo. A. Casey officiating. The body was then placed in the Boston vault to await interment in St. Stephen's cemetery within the next few weeks. Casket bearers were Allen Behrendt, Earl A. Wilson, Frank Kelly, George Heaney and Pat and Anthony Riley. Mrs. Frank R. Stepp and Miss Jean Scheuer had charge of the flowers.

Various parts of the county and more distant places were represented by relatives and friends who came to pay a last tribute of respect to the deceased. Those from out of town included Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brady, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Young, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Brunker, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Burns and Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Almond; Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Riley, Sr., Anthony Riley, Jr,., Pat Riley, Mrs. A. Krutzka and Mrs. George Corrigan, Lanark; Mrs. W. A. Heaney, Mrs. A. M. Christofferson and Mrs. Robert Kehl, Waupaca; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heaney and George Heney, Poysippi; James and Truman Heaney, Pine River; Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Weaver, Janesville; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brathovde and Mrs. A. Lasinski, Amherst; Mrs. Ed. Stinson, Belmont.


John Phillip Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, November 2, 1920. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Funeral of John P. Riley

Funeral services for the late John P. Riley of Custer, who died in France during the war, were held this morning from St. Mary's Catholic church, Custer. Rev. Louis Schorn officiated at the services and interment took place in the parish cemetery. The pall bearers were David Dineen, Henry Welch, Nicholas Paliszeki, Pat. Murphy, Felix Zerninski and Joseph Galanski. The body arrived in Custer from France Saturday morning.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tuesday, November 2, 1920:

BRING HOME REMAINS OF CUSTER SOLDIER

BODY OF JOHN P. RILEY WHO DIED IN FRANCE TO BE BURIED TUESDAY MORNING

The remains of the late John P. Riley, Custer young man who died of pneumonia in France during the war, reached Custer on Soo passenger No. 1 on Saturday and were taken to the Joseph Doyle house. Funeral services were held from St. Mary's Catholic church at Custer on Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock, Rev. Louis Schorn officiating, with burial following in the parish cemetery.

The deceased who was 22 years of age at the time of his death, had made his home with Mr. Doyle since he was seven years old. He entered military service on May 25, 1918 and died on October 31 of the same year.


Katherine Dougherty Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, March 1, 1935. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Anthony Riley, Sr.

Mrs. Anthony Riley, Sr., a resident of the town of Lanark most of her life, died early this morning at her home there following an illness of only a few days with pneumonia.

Mrs. Riley, whose maiden name was Katherine Dougherty and who was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Dougherty, pioneer residents of Lanark, was born in Lanark about 60 years ago. Her marriage to Mr. Riley took place at St. Patrick's church at Lanark 40 years ago. She had lived in Lanark all of her life with the exception of a few years, from 1907 to 1916, which she spent in Stevens Point.

Surviving are her husband and one son, Anthony Riley, Jr., at home; three daughters, Mrs. Albert Sutheimer of Galloway, Mrs. John Collier of Almond, and Eleanor, who is married and lives at Neenah; two brothers, William Dougherty and John Dougherty, both of Lanark; two sisters, Mrs. John Clinton of Lanark and Margaret, who is married and resides at Milwaukee. Two grandchildren, children of Anthony Riley, Jr., whose mother passed away several years ago and who resided with their grandmother, also survive as do several other grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Frank Peskie, died in 1925.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at St. Patrick's church at Lanark. Rev. DeLoyd Krembs will officiate and interment will take place in the parish cemetery. The body will be at the family home in Lanark until the time of the funeral.


Lulu Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Friday, December 3, 1920. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL DIES OF PNEUMONIA

Short Illness is Fatal to Miss Lulu Riley, Daughter of Thomas Riley

Miss Lulu Riley, daughter of Thomas Riley, 1302 Clark street, and a member of the senior class at the Stevens Point High school, passed away at the family home at 11:45 o'clock Wednesday evening. Her death was caused by pneumonia and followed a short illness.

The late Miss Riley was born in Lanark on May 7, 1901, and resided there with her parents until 1907, when the family removed to Stevens Point. She was a graduate of St. Stephen's parochial school, later attending the State Normal but afterward enrolling in the High school to complete her scholastic work.

The deceased was popular among the student body at the High school and had taken an active part in various school organizations, being a member of both the girls' literary society and the girls' chorus.

The late Miss Riley is survived by her father, Thomas Riley, one brother John Riley of Billings, Mont., and five sisters as follows: Mrs. Charles Brady of Bancroft, Mrs. A. G. Weaver of Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Edward Hinschberger of Sanborn, N. D., Miss Bernice Riley, who teaches in the public schools at Arcadia, and Miss Sadie Riley, at the family home here.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Tuesday, December 7, 1920:

Riley Funeral Held

Funeral services for the late Miss Lulu Riley were held from St. Joseph's Catholic church at 9 o'clock Monday, Rev. J. C. Hogan of St. Stephen's congregation officiating. The casket bearers were Otto Christensen, Fred Vaughn, Gage Taylor, Andrew Van Hecke, Anton Pfiffner and William Reading, school friends of the deceased. The senior class of the Stevens Point High school, of which the late Miss Riley was a member at the time of her death, attended the services at the church.

Among the numerous relatives who came from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hinschberger of Sanburn, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. John Riley of Billings, Mont.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brady of Buena Vista; Anthony Riley, Len and Albert Kurtze, and Pat Riley and families of Lanark; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Heaney of Eau Claire; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heaney of Poysippiy; Truman and Donald Heaney of Poysippiy; Geo. B. Heaney and son Harry of Berlin, Frank Heaney of Pine River, Roy and James Heaney of Clintonville, Mrs. A. M. Christofferson of Waupaca, Wallace Mahanna and family of Amherst, Mrs. Kate Lynch, Clarence Martin and Clifford Stevenson of Pine River.


Mary Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, March 14, 1894. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MRS. MARY RILEY

The death of this lady, which was briefly mentioned in our last issue, occurred at her home in the town of Lanark on Tuesday, Feb. 27th. She was ill only about one week, being siezed (sic) with a severe attack of pneumonia, which culminated fatally. She was born in County Mayo, Ireland and was nearly 75 years of age. She came to Stevens Point with her husband and family in 1856, and for the ensuring seven years resided here and at Plover. For the past thirty years she had lived in the town of Lanark, where the husband, Thos. Riley, died eight years ago last fall. The deceased was a most estimable lady, true friend, exemplary citizen and kind wife and mother, and her death is not only regretted by her immediate family and friends, but by all who knew her as well. Two sons, Thos. and Anthony, and two daughters, Misses Annie and Kate, besides two sisters, Mrs. Kate Ryan of Lanark, and Mrs. Nora Thornton, of Almond, are left. She was married to her late husband at Dixon, Ill. The funeral took place on Thursday following her death, Rev. E. P. Lorigan officiating. The pallbearers were John Hopkins, Thos. Cooney, Peter Hanley and Patrick Bowden.


Michael Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, November 7, 1922. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Buried This Morning

Michael Riley, a pioneer of the town of Lanark and cousin of Thomas Riley of this city, died Sunday morning and funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church, Lanark, at 10 a.m. today, aged about 75 years. He had been suffering for many months with heart trouble.

Deceased is survived by his widow, who was Mrs. Mary Barrett before her marriage to him, and three daughters and two sons. The children are Mrs. Albert Krutza and Mrs. Leo Krutza of Lanark, Mrs. Robert Kehl of Waupaca, Patrick, at home and Michael of Milwaukee.


Patrick Riley

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, January 11, 1893. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of Patrick Riley

Patrick Riley, one of the early residents of this county, died at his home in Stockton last Friday morning at a quarter past eight o'clock. Last winter he was attacked with the grip, from the effects of which he never fully recovered, although able to attend to his farm duties all summer. Last October he was again taken suddenly ill, and continued to gradually fail until the final summons came last Friday morning. The deceased was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and was 64 years of age. He came to this country in 1847, stopping first at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Mich., where he had relatives, and the next few years thereafter followed railroad work in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. He first came to Portage county in 1854, and after buying the farm upon which he died, returned to Illinois. Coming back in 1856, he bought another farm in Buena Vista, where he remained for three or four years, and then went to live in Stockton. His wife died about five years ago. He was the father of a large family, and leaves four sons, Thomas and Patrick, who were with him when he died, John, of Gladstone, Mich, and Wm., and five daughters, Mrs. Margaret O'Connor, Mrs. Mary McGuigan and Miss Ellen Riley of Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Sabina Keogh and Rose Riley of Rhinelander. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Michael Lally, Mrs. Wm. Lennon and Mrs. Patrick Corrigan, all of Stockton. Mr. Riley was the owner of a good farm in our neighboring town, but was not always fortune in his dealings. All who knew him will be sorry to learn of his death. The funeral took place from St. Mary's church in Stockton at 9 o'clock on Monday morning, Rev. Father Hummel officiating, and the remains were brought to this city for interment besides relatives in St. Stephen's cemetery. The pall bearers were Patrick Ryan, Owen Fehely, J. D. McHugh, Matthew Heffron, Chas. Dineen and Wm. Cauley.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, January 14, 1893

Patrick Riley, who had resided in this county since 1854, died at his home in the town of Stockton on Friday of last week aged 64 years. Mr. Riley suffered an attack of the grippe last winter from the effects of which he never fully recovered. His last illness commenced in October, since which time he had been confined to the house and grew gradually worse day by day. The deceased was buried from St. Mary's church in Stockton on Monday last, Rev. Father Hummel officiating, the pall bearers being Owen Fehely, J. D. McHugh, P. Ryan, Matthew Heffron, Charles Dineen, and William Cauley. His remains were laid at rest in St. Stephens cemetery in this city. The deceased leaves a number of adult children, and three sisters.


Ronald Anthony Riley

Reprinted from the Portage County Gazette, Friday, March 22, 2002, page 13. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Ronald Anthony Riley

Ronald Anthony Riley, 76, Amherst, died Friday, March 15, 2002.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in the town of Lanark of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, with the Rev. Daniel Farley officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in the town of Lanark.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca and from 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the services. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Riley was born Oct. 22, 1925, in the town of Lanark, a son of the late Anthony and Hazel (Jones) Riley. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married to Mary Ellen Helbach on June 19, 1948, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lanark. She died April 27, 1995. After their marriage they farmed in the town of Lanark. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lanark.

Survivors include three daughters, Peg (Vern) Engle, Stevens Point, Karen (Mike) Bloedorn, Plainfield, and Jane (Wayne) Voelker, Weyauwega; two sons, Ronald Jr. and Thomas (Kari), both of Amherst; his stepmother, Edna Riley, Amherst; three sisters, Nedra (William) Christensen, Waupaca, Manetta Helbach, Stevens Point, and Sharon (Gerald) Kurzynski, Amherst; two brothers, Dean, Waupaca, and Richard, Eastman, Ga.; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Mary Ellen.


Thomas Riley, Jr.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, April 2, 1934. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley, 1302 Clark street, a resident of Stevens Point and vicinity all of his life, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. G. Weaver, at Janesville. Mr. Riley went to Janesville on Saturday to visit. He was in good health and Sunday afternoon laid down to rest and passed away.

Mr. Riley was born in Stevens Point on October 18, 1853. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Riley. Both parents were natives of Ireland and came to New York before their marriage. They were married in Illinois and then came to Portage county. When Thomas Riley was a boy, the family moved to the town of Lanark. His marriage to Miss Ella Heaney of Pine River took place on July 3, 1883. The couple resided in Lanark, where Mr. Riley engaged in farming, operated a store and had charge of the Lanark post office. In the fall of 1908 the family moved to Stevens Point where Mr. Riley had since lived. Mrs. Riley died on May 5, 1918. Mr. Riley was connected with the Stockton Fire Insurance company for 20 years as treasurer and director. He was a member of the Holy Name society of St. Stephen's church, where he had been a member for many years.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Charles Bradey of Bancroft, Mrs. Weaver of Janesville, Mrs. Edward Hinschberger of Lisbon, North Dakota, Miss Bernice Riley, 1302 Clark street, who teaches at Fond du Lac, and Miss Sadie Riley, a teacher in the city schools here. He is also survived by one brother, Anthony Riley of Lanark, and one sister, Sister Mary Teresa of the order of the Sisters of Mercy at Milwaukee.

The body was brought here in the Rosenow hearse and will be at the funeral home until Tuesday afternoon, when it will be taken to the family home on Clark street. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's church. Rev. George A. Casey will officiate and the body will be placed in the receiving vault.

The rosary will be said at the family home Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock.


Anna Dudzik Rinka

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, December 24, 1926. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Mrs. Anna Rinka

Mrs. Anna Rinka died last Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock at her home a mile and a half northwest of Jordan. She has been afflicted with dropsy. Mrs. Rinka, who's husband passed away seven years ago, was a resident of the town Hull for many years.
She is survived by the following sons and daughters, Anton, John, at home; Adolph, Paul, and Mrs. Alex Payette, Rhinelander; Edmund and Mrs. B. K. Konkol, Black River Falls; Peter and Mrs. John Hintz, Stevens Point; Leo, Milwaukee; Bernard, Ellis and Mrs. Frank Wysocki, Buena Vista.


Isaac Roe

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, November 3, 1909. Contributed by Karla Leppen.

Isaac Roe, a veteran resident of this city, passed away at his home, 1403 Clark street, at 6 o'clock last Sunday morning after having suffered for over a year with rheumatism, nearly all of which time he was confined to his bed. Mr. Roe served for a short time in the civil war as a private in Co. I, 50 th Wis. infantry, and from the privations experienced by him in those days he never fully recovered, leaving him a partial invalid throughout life. The deceased was 70 years of age on the 19th of October, and had been a resident of Portage and Adams counties most of his life. He was married in this city in 1874 to Miss Malvina Matteson, who passed away eight years ago. They were the parents of eleven children, seven of who survive them, as follows: Wm. Roe of Wausau, George of the town of Saratoga, Wood county, Mrs. John Dorger and Miss Louana Roe of this city, Mrs. Ella Henry of Chicago; Misses Ida and Etta Roe of this city.

The funeral took place from the residence at 10 o'clock Tuesday forenoon, Rev. C. F. Spray officiating, followed by interment in Forest cemetery. The pallbearers were Chas. Dake, S. G. Stoddard, John Sellers, H. J. Brawley.

Catherine Timlin Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, February 15, 1906. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Patrick Ryan

Mrs. Patrick Ryan died at her home in Lanark on Thursday, Feb. 8, after an illness of about one week. The deceased, whose maiden name was Catherine Timlin, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, on April 20, 1820, and was therefore in her eighty-sixth year. She came to America in 1855 and thereafter spent five years at Dixon, Ill., coming to Portage county in 1860 and shortly afterward was married to Patrick Ryan, who died 12 years ago. They leave no children and their property will be divided among their nephews and nieces, of whom there are 14, except for a noteworthy remembrance left to Edward Hopkins, who lived with them. The funeral was held Saturday morning at St.. Patrick's church in Lanark, Rev. Father Rawlinger officiating. The pallbearers were John Hopkins, Ed Cooney, P. Bowden, Thos. Hawley, Dan Curran and Jos. Polley. The music was in charge of Mrs. W. J. Leonard, Mrs. J. H. Moffit and Miss Etta O'Keefe of this city.


Dennis Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Saturday, October 8, 1898. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DENNIS RYAN

Resident of Jordan Passes Away This Morning

Dennis Ryan died at his home in the village of Jordan at 8:10 o'clock this morning after suffering more or less intensely from heart and stomach troubles since last April.

Mr. Ryan was born in Ireland on April 12, 1831, 67 years ago. He came to this country when he was sixteen years of age and lived a few years at Albany, N. Y. Later he came west and in Chicago on September 10, 1856, was married to Miss Katherine Murphy. They continued to live in Chicago a few years, and afterward lived in St.. Paul a year and in this city three years, when he bought a farm near Jordan. They lived in the village up to 11 years ago when he erected a house on the farm. Mrs. Ryan died in February 25 years ago, since which time the home has been in charge of their daughters. Six children survive. They are Miss Nellie, who lives at home, Michael of Rhinelander, James and Matt, who make this city their headquarters, being employed on the Wisconsin Central bridge crews, Mrs. Henry Reading of this city and Mrs. Peter Doyle of Custer. Mr. Ryan has three brothers and two sisters, Patrick and Matt of Custer, James of Chicago, Mrs. M. Dawson of Custer and Miss B. M. Ryan of San Francisco.

Mr. Ryan was very highly esteemed by his neighbors, and his many friends in the country round will be grieved at his demise.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, leaving the house at 12 m. and reaching St.. Stephen's church at 2 o'clock. The interment will take place in St.. Stephen's cemetery, Rev. W. J. Rice officiating.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, October 15, 1898:

Funeral of Dennis Ryan

The funeral of the late Dennis Ryan of Jordan was held from St.. Stephen's church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. J. Rice officiating. The interment followed in the parish cemetery on Minnesota avenue. A very large number of carriages took part in the funeral procession. The pall bearers were Wm. Reading, Adam Welch, Robert Maine, P. H. Cashin, Anthony Lally and John Leahy.


Edward Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, June 4, 1919. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Edward Ryan

Edward Ryan, a resident of Buena Vista for the past 16 years, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Adelaide Ryan in that township on Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. Death was caused by tubercular trouble and followed an illness of three years. He had been confined to his bed for the past two months and during that time his condition was critical.

Deceased was born in Washington county, Wisconsin, and was 43 years of age last May 2. He came to Portage county with his mother and several brothers 16 years ago, and the family has since resided in Buena Vista. Edward Ryan was unmarried.

Surviving relatives include his mother; three sisters, Mrs. Andrew Johnson, Mrs. Catherine Magner and Mrs. Otto Badger, all of Milwaukee, and six brothers, Frank Ryan, Baraboo, Joseph of Grand Rapids and John, James, Henry and Patrick, all at the family home.

Funeral services will be held from St. Martin's church in the town of Almond on Friday morning at 10 o'clock, after which burial will take place in St. Martin's cemetery.


James Raymond Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, May 22, 1907. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

YOUNG SOLDIER IS DEAD

James R. Ryan Passes Away After Five Months Illness in an Eastern Military Hospital.

James R. Ryan, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan of Arnott, Portage county, died at the military hospital at Madison Barracks, New York, at 5:45 a.m. on Monday of last week, the 13th inst. A brief mention of this fact appeared in the Arnott items published in The Gazette last Wednesday. He had been confined to the hospital since the 13th of last December, just five months, being stricken first with typhoid pneumonia, and thereafter pulmonary tuberculosis set in and the decline was gradual until death came to his relief.

James was born in the town of Buena Vista, December 11, 1884, and was therefore in the 23rd year of his age. He received his education in the district schools of his native town and five years ago came to this city to enter the Stevens Point business college, from which he graduated in stenography, typewriting and bookkeeping four years ago last June. Previous to this he was employed at Star Lake for a time and after his graduation he spent some time in Chicago and in South Dakota, and Apr. 30, 1904, enlisted at Sioux City, Iowa, and was assigned to Company D, 23rd U. S. Inf. The first year after his enlistment was spent in the Philippines and since returning to this country he had been stationed at Madison Barracks, where he was commissioned a corporal. His term of service expired on the 30th of last month, and so firm was he in the belief that he would recover his health that he insisted upon re-enlisting. His older brother, M. C. Ryan, visited him in January and the latter then realized that the patient would not recover

James, however, talked most encouragingly of the future, saying that he did not desire to return to private life and as soon as his time of service was up he would remain for three years longer, never realizing that the unrelenting hand of disease had already fastened its grip upon him. He was a bright young man, exceptionally easy to learn and consequently made rapid advances in his studies while in school, at home and in this city. While here he made his home at the Arlington House and was well liked by Mr. and Mrs. Welch and all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his parents, three brothers, M. C., Wm. F. and Walter, and one sister, Violet.

The remains arrived at Arnott last Wednesday evening and the funeral took place from St. Mary's church, Custer, at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning, Rev. E. M. Schwaeble officiating at the requiem high mass. The pallbearers were Chas. and Ray Dineen, Henry Leary, P. F. Higgins, Ed. Kirschling and Arthur Raymond.

Many friends were present from this city and other parts of the county and there were a number of beautiful floral offering. Those who attended from Amherst were Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Padden; Ed. Cooney and wife and Dan Hopkins and wife, of Lanark, and David Padden and sister, Miss Jennie, of Buena Vista.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, May 11, 1907:

James Ryan, son of John Ryan of Arnott, died Sunday or Monday at Madison Barracks, N. Y. The remains will be shipped here for interment and are expected Friday or Saturday. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church at Custer Saturday morning. James had just completed a term of three years in the U. S. Infantry and had re-inlisted for another term.


John Ryan

Reprinted from the Portage County Gazette, Wednesday, February 12, 1879. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Fatal Accident

While John Ryan, a farmer of the town of Linwood, was driving a fractious team, belonging to himself, it suddenly took fright and run away, dragging Mr. Ryan a considerable distance before he could become disengaged from the reins, but apparently injuring him no more than a few slight bruises. He attended to his regular duties about the farm for about a week after the accident occurred, feeling as well as ever, but on Tuesday evening of last week he commenced bleeding internally, and expired next morning. At the time of the runaway a blood vessel must have become partly severed, but not enough to allow the blood to flow from its natural channel, but entirely severing Tuesday evening. He was a man about 55 years of age, and lived a couple of miles north of this city for several years, prior to the past four or five years.


John James Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, January 29, 1934. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

OBITUARY

John J. Ryan

John J. Ryan, 506 South Reserve street, a resident of Stevens Point for the past 20 years, died at his home Sunday morning at 5:30 o'clock. He was in poor health for the past four months and confined to bed a week.

Mr. Ryan was born in the town of Dewey on September 1, 1855, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan. At the age of 11 years he moved to the town of Buena Vista with his parents. His marriage to Miss Matilda Corrigan of Buena Vista took place at St. Stephen's church here on November 29, 1882. They continued to live in Buena Vista until 1904 when the family moved to Arnott, where they lived for 10 years. They then moved to Stevens Point in 1914 and resided here since. Mr. Ryan had been retired from active work for the past four and one-half years. Mrs. Ryan died on October 29, 1933.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter, M. C. Ryan of Chicago, William Ryan at the family home and Mrs. Carl Badten, 402 Oak street. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Neil Crowns of Nekoosa and Mrs. Isabelle Wanty of the town of Buena Vista.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's church. Rev. George A. Casey will officiate at a requiem high mass and the body will be placed in the Boston receiving vault.


Matilda Corrigan Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, October 29, 1933. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

OBITUARY

Mrs. John J. Ryan

Mrs. John J. Ryan, 506 Reserve street, a resident of Stevens Point for the past 19 years, died at her home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. She had been in poor health for the past four years and confined to bed the past six weeks.

Mrs. Ryan, whose maiden name was Matild Caorrigan (sic), was born in Stevens Point May 31, 1859, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Corrigan. at the age of nine she moved to the town of Buena Vista with her parents. Her marriage to Mr. Ryan of Buena Vista took place on November 29, 1882, in Stevens Point. They continued to live in Buena Vista until 1904 when they moved to Arnott. They lived there for 10 years and in 1904 (sic) moved to Stevens Point and lived here since. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary November 29, 1932. She was a member of the Altar Society of St. Stephen's church.

Surviving are her husband, two sons and one daughter, M. C. Ryan of Chicago, William Ryan at the family home and Mrs. Carl Badten, 402 Oak street. Two brothers and one sister also survive, Mrs. T. J. Brown, 738 Strongs avenue, George Corrigan, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California and William Corrigan, Marshfield. There are seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock with a requiem high mass at St. Stephen's church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Custer.

The body will be taken from the Boston funeral home this afternoon to the family home on Reserve street and will be there until the time of the funeral.

The rosary will be said at the home on Reserve street this evening at 8 o'clock.

Reprinted from the Amherst Advocate, Portage Co., Wisconsin newspaper, November 2, 1933:

MRS. JOHN J. RYAN DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. John J. Ryan, who has resided in Stevens Point for the past nineteen years, died at her home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. She had been confined to her bed for the last six weeks, but had been ill for the past four years.

Matilda Corrigan was born May 31, 1859 to Mr. and Mrs. James Corrigan at Stevens Point. When she was nine years of age the family moved to the town of Buena Vista. November 29th, 1882, she was married at Stevens Point to John J. Ryan of Buena Vista. The couple continued to reside in Buena Vista until 1904 when they moved to Arnott where they spent ten years and they then moved to Stevens Point where they have since made their home. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary November 29th, 1932. Deceased was a member of St. Stephen's church Altar society.

Those surviving are her husband, two sons and one daughter: M. C. Ryan of Chicago; William Ryan at the family home and Mrs. Carl Badten of Stevens Point. Two brothers and one sister also survive: Mrs. T. J. Brown, Stevens Point; George Corrigan, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California and William Corrigan of Marshfield. There are seven grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock with a requiem high mass at St. Stephen's church at Stevens Point and burial was made in St. Mary's cemetery at Custer. The rosary was said at the family home Monday evening. Mrs. Ryan was the aunt of Mrs. Ed. Hopkins of this village.

Unidentified Stevens Point, Portage Co., Wisconsin newspaper:

Funeral of Mrs. Ryan

Funeral services for Mrs. John J. Ryan, 506 Reserve street, a resident of Stevens Point for many years, who died at her home Sunday, were held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's church. Rev. George A. Casey officiating at a requiem high mass. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery, Custer, with Rev. Joseph Shaefer officiating there.

Pallbearers were Norman Bader, Michael Donermeyer, Bert Fox, Arthur Gunderson, George Turrish and Gerald Collins.

Those from out of town who came to attend the funeral were, M. C. Ryan, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cawley and John and Kate Cawley, Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. Neal Crowns and daughter, Mrs. Ruth Patter (sic) and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Crowns, Nekoosa; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hopkins and daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Gibbins (sic), Amherst; Mr. and Mrs. John Droske, Oshkosh, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan True, Carson; Mr. and Mrs. George Corrigan and Lawrence, Buena Vista, and Mrs. Hazel Felner, Almond.


Matthew Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, May 23, 1917. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MATTHEW RYAN DIES

Pioneer Resident of County Passes Away Friday Following Short Illness.

Matthew Ryan, Sr., age 72 years, died at the home of his niece, Miss Nellie Ryan 921 Main street, last Thursday afternoon following a short illness with heart and stomach trouble. He had been confined to his bed since the Sunday prior to his death.

Mr. Ryan was born in Ireland on May 1, 1847, and came to this country when a youth. He first resided at Jordan, but soon moved to Stevens Point, where he followed the blacksmith trade. Later he continued this work at Fifield and Chippewa Falls and for the last twenty years made his home with relatives at Custer.

Surviving relatives include the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Martin Heffron, Mrs. John Higgins, Mrs. Peter Doyle, Mrs. Gene Runkle, Miss Anna Ryan, Miss Charlotte Ryan, Robert and Edward Ryan, all of Custer, John Ryan of Milwaukee and Mrs. Henry Reading and the Misses Anna and Alice Dawson and Nellie Ryan, Matt Ryan, Mrs. C. E. Shortell, Mrs. Louis Maloney of this city, James Ryan of Stone Lake, M. C. Ryan of Minneapolis, Miss Margaret Ryan of Duluth, Miss Frances Ryan of Minneapolis, Mrs. O'Meara of Fargo, N. D., Dennis and John Dawson of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Sullivan of Mellen and Mike Ryan of Cloquet, Minn.

The funeral was held Saturday morning from St.. Mary's Catholic church at Custer, Rev. J. A. Barthelme officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the parish cemetery. The pall bearers were Tim Welch, Michael O'Keefe, Lawrence Higgins, J. Lewis, Tim Leary and L. Lakanvils(?).


Michael Clifford Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, March 15, 1922. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

M. C. RYAN DIES AT MINNEAPOLIS

Mrs. Henry Reading To Go Up This Evening to Attend the Funeral

Michael Clifford Ryan, a native of Stevens Point and Portage county, died at Minneapolis at 5:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, according to a telegram received this morning by Mrs. Henry Reading, 610 Normal avenue, his sister.

Mr. Ryan had not been well since last October, when he suffered an injury to his ribs in an accidental fall while he was at work in the woods of Canada. Mr. Ryan has been a timber cruiser and estimater for the past 28 years and it was while he was on a cruising trip that he was injured.

Since that time he had not been well and this injury, it is believed, brought on cirrhosis of the liver. His condition lately had been serious, and his death was not unexpected.

Mr. Ryan was born in Stevens Point on September 29, 1863, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ryan, now deceased. When a young lad he went to Jordan with his parents, and while there attended school and first entered the lumber business.

He worked about this section in lumber camps and saw mills and had been in Minneapolis for many years. He was an employe of the North Star Lumber company of Minneapolis for the past several years.

Mr. Ryan was married in Stevens Point 32 years ago to Miss Nellie Ames. To them were born two children, George, who died in infancy and Catherine. Catherine is now married and a resident of Minneapolis. Her husband's name is Everett Lovelett.

Besides the widow and one child surviving there are the following brothers and sisters: Matt, Manitowoc; James, Stone Lake; Mrs. Reading, Miss Nellie Ryan and Mrs. Peter Doyle, all of this city. Mrs. Reading, Matt and James are going to Minneapolis tonight to attend the funeral, which will be held Thursday morning. The remains will be interred at Minneapolis.


Moses Clarence Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, December 8, 1958. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

M. C. Ryan

A former Portage County resident, M. C. Ryan, 75, died at Billings Hospital in Chicago Friday. He was the brother of Mrs. Violet Badten and William F. Ryan, 126 Plover Street Funeral services will be held in Mountain View, Calif., and burial will follow there beside his wife. Mr. Ryan had been in ill health for several months.

He was born in the town of Buena Vista on Oct. 4, 1883, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan. He attended rural school and the Stevens Point Business College, graduating in 1903. Mr. Ryan then moved to Chicago and did clerical work there. He was married in 1909 to Rose West of Chicago. Mrs. Ryan died in 1949 while visiting in Mountain View.

Mr. Ryan's survivors include two sons, Walter, Oak Park, Ill., and Earl, Van Nuys, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Helen) Martini, Mountain View; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and the brother and sister here.


Patrick Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, September 2, 1911. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATH OF PATRICK RYAN

Old and Respected Resident of Stockton Passes Away.

Patrick Ryan, one of Stockton's most highly respected residents, passed away early this morning. His death came as a great shock to his family, for though he had been failing for some time, he was at all times able to be about the house, and was out in the yard Friday. Heart trouble and other complications were the cause of his death.

Mr. Ryan was born in Ireland, Tipperary county, March 10, 1842. When ten years old he came to this county with his parents, settling in the state of Maine. After a few years they came to Chicago, and then to Portage county, which has been his home ever since. On September 25, 1879, he was married to Margaret Loughlin, who with five children still survives him. Six other children died in infancy. Those who remain are Anna, John, Edward and Robert, at home and Mrs. M. E. Brunkle of Independence. A brother and sister of the deceased, Matthew of Custer and Miss Bridget Ryan of Santa Barbara, Cal., also survive him.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning from St.. Mary's church at Custer, Rev. George Schemmer officiating.

Reprinted from the Portage County Gazette, Portage Co., Wisconsin, Wednesday, September 6, 1911:

ANOTHER GOOD MAN GONE

Patrick Ryan, Postmaster at Custer For Many Years, Dies Quite Suddenly - Funeral Held Monday.

The death of Patrick Ryan of Custer, which occurred last Saturday morning, brought sorrow to the hearts of many people in Portage county outside of his own immediate family and relatives. Death was the result of dropsy of the heart, with which he had been suffering since last May, but he was at all times able to be about and the day before his death spent part of the afternoon on the lawn. His passing away, therefore, came as a great shock.

Mr. Ryan was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Mar. 10, 1842, and was therefore in the 70th year of his age at the time of his death. When ten years old he came to America with his parents, locating at Bangor, Me., where they lived for several years, later coming to Chicago to make their home.

In 1859 Patrick came to Portage county and during the days that lumber was run down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers to southern markets, he acted as a river pilot. After the coming of the railroad, which cut off this line of operation, he settled on the farm near Custer, which had been his home ever since. He was married Sept. 20, 1877, to Miss Margaret Loughlin, who survives him, together with five children, six other children dying in infancy. Those who remain are Miss Anna, John, Edward and Robert, who are at home, and Mrs. E. E. Runkle of Independence, Wis. He also leaves a brother and sister, Matthew Ryan of Custer and Miss Bridget Ryan of Santa Barbara, Cal.

Patrick Ryan was a most honorable citizen, a man who commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was ever loyal to his friends and therefore had their undivided confidence. He was a kind and loving husband and father and left to his children the heritage of a grand character.

The funeral was held at 10 o'clock Monday morning from St.. Mary's Catholic church at Custer, Rev. Geo. A. Schemmer officiating, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. The pallbearers were Timothy Welch, Michael O'Keefe, Sylvester Redding, Wm. O'Keefe, Felix Lukasavitz and Jas. Dineen. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.


Walter John Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Saturday, May 2, 1908. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

JOHN RYAN

John Ryan, jr., (sic) a young man about 18 years of age, a son of John Ryan of Arnott, passed away at 10:30 Thursday evening after a week's illness with pneumonia. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church at Custer at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, Rev. Father Ulrich officiating.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, May 6, 1908:

Walter Ryan Died at Arnott

Walter, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan, of Arnott, died at the family home last Thursday evening. He had been ill for only three days with croup and pneumonia. Walter was born in the town of Buena Vista, Feb. 13 (sic) 1893 and had lived there until the family moved to Arnott two or three years ago. He was a bright, capable young man and gave promise of a brilliant future. Besides being well up in his studies at school, Walter was also a lover of music and for several months had played a violin in the Crescent orchestra, an organization composed of Arnott young people, with Prof. E. Weber, of the city, as leader. Besides his parents, to whom the sympathy of numerous friends is extended, there are left to mourn three brothers and one sister, M. C., Wm. F., James** and Miss Violet, all of whom live at home except the first named, who has been employed in Chicago for several years.

The funeral took place from St. Mary's church at Custer, last Saturday morning, Rev. C. Ulrich officiating, with interment in the parish cemetery. The pallbearers were P. F. Higgins, R. E. Newby, Chas. Dineen, Fred Ingwerson, David O'Keefe and Henry Koltz.

*Correction of "14" inserted by M. C. Ryan.

**Name of James was circled by M. C. Ryan. James died May 13, 1907.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, May 6, 1908:

The last sad funeral rites of Walter Ryan were conducted by Rev. Ulrich, at St. Mary's church, Saturday, after which he passed a few very consoling words. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community in their sad affliction.


Winifred Lynch Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, July 1, 1908, page 8. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MRS. JOHN RYAN

Mrs. John Ryan died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alf. Wanty, in the town of Buena Vista, last Friday, her death being the result of old age.

Winifred Lynch was born in Limerick, Ireland, and was 87 years of age. She was married to John Ryan, who died in Buena Vista some thirty years ago. They were pioneers of this section, coming to Stevens Point in the early 50's, and for a number of years lived here or in this immediate vicinity, moving to Buena Vista between 30 and 40 years ago. Her parents were also residents of Stevens Point, as were also two sisters, Mrs. John Cawley and Mrs. Patrick Moran, and one brother, Michael Lynch, all of whom preceded her to the world beyond. Mrs. Ryan was the mother of eleven children, only three of whom survive her. These are John Ryan of Arnott, Mrs. Neal Crowns of Nekoosa, and Mrs. Wanty, of Buena Vista, with the latter of whom she had long made her home. She also leaves 18 grandchildren. Mrs. Ryan will be remembered by the pioneers of Portage county as a most kind-hearted, generous and affable woman, one who carried sunshine and brought happiness wherever she appeared. All who knew her will learn of her death with sorrow.

The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church in Lanark at 11 o'clock last Saturday forenoon, Rev. Jas. E. Moagher officiating, with interment in the parish cemetery. Grandsons of the deceased lady acted as pallbearers. Relatives from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan, son and daughter, Wm. and Violet, of Arnott, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Crowns and son, George, of Nekoosa, Miss Florence Barden, Mike and Miss Kate Cawley, of Wausau, and Mrs. Wm. Farrell, of Appleton.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Friday July 3, 1908:

MRS. JOHN RYAN

The death of Mrs. John Ryan, one of the pioneer residents of the town of Buena Vista, occurred on Friday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alf Wanty, in that town, as the result of old age. The deceased, whose maiden name was Winnifred Lynch, was born in Ireland some 87 years ago. She married John Ryan in her native land, and came with him to America about 1850, and for a number of years resided in this city, removing to Buena Vista between thirty and forty years ago. Of their eleven children only three survive. They are John Ryan of Arnott, Mrs. Neal Crowns of Nekoosa and Mrs. Wanty. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church in Lanark, Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. J. E. Meagher officiated, and her grandsons acting as pallbearers.


Bridget Hopkins Sans

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, September 10, 1962. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Bridget Sans

Mrs. Bridget Sans, 88, a former resident of the Town of Lanark and Bancroft, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged near Milwaukee.

She was a sister of Patrick Hopkins, 928 Blaine Street

Mrs. Sans, the former Bridget Hopkins was born in Lanark Nov. 27, 1873. After her marriage to Jacob Sans, she lived in Bancroft until moving to Milwaukee in 1934.

Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, John, Milwaukee: a daughter, Mrs. Mary Holt, Fond du Lac; a sister, Mrs. Mary Corrigan, Waupaca, and two brothers, Edward, Green Bay, and Patrick.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanark, and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.


Jacob John Sans

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, March 8, 1924. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Well Known in County

Jacob J. Sans, whose sudden death at Bancroft was noted in Friday's Daily Journal, was one of Portage county's oldest and best known residents and before moving to Bancroft a number of years ago was engaged in business at Amherst. Mr. Sans suffered a stroke of paralysis within recent years, from the effects of which he never fully recovered but had been feeling better than usual of late. He visited the business part of Bancroft Wednesday afternoon and also walked over town in the evening. When Mrs. Sans attempted to awaken her husband at about 7:30 o'clock next morning, she found that life was extinct. He is survived by the widow, two sons, John Sans of Bancroft and Earl Sans of Milwaukee, and one daughter, Miss Mary Sans of Appleton.


Johanna Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Saturday, September 29, 1906. Contributed by Karla Leppen.

Mrs. Johanna Schultz passed away at her home at 1009 Center avenue at 10 O'clock Saturday night after a very short illness. Her death was caused by heart trouble. She has had several serious heart spells recently and some months ago was hound in a prostrated condition in the Wisconsin Central freight years near by, but after a short course of treatment seemed to have apparently fully recovered. Friday she visited her daughter on Prairie street but Saturday remained in bed and slept nearly all day. The deceased was 60 years of age, having been born in Germany on Sept. 2, 1816. She was married to Charles Schultz in the old country and was the mother of 12 children, of whom six with the father survive.

The children are Mrs. Carrie Topper of Mayville, Mrs. Johanna Zur, of this city, Fred Schultz of Dancy, Mrs. Tessie Kahrt of Rudolph and Mrs. Annie Dempkie of Junction City. She also leaves a sister in Chicago and a brother in Iowa. The sister and all the children were present at the funeral.

The funeral was held at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church at 2 p.m., Tuesday. Rev Carl Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in the Lutheran Cemetery on Patch Street.

A. L. Shafton

Reprinted from the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Saturday, May 4, 1948, page 1. Contributed by Karla Leppen.

Stevens Point-A. L. Shafton, 63, founder and senior member of a wholesale fruit and grocery firm here, died at St. Michael's hospital here at 10:15 this morning, following a stroke suffered Monday. He had been a resident of Stevens Point since 1902.

Mr. Shafton collapsed while standing in a railroad car on a siding at the A. L. Shafton & Company warehouse, where employes belonging to Local 354 of the General Drivers' union had walked off their jobs Monday morning in a wage dispute. Physicians attributed Mr. Shafton's collapse to emotional excitement in connection with the strike.

Funeral services will be held at 7 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Shafton residence and at 7:30 at Temple Beth Israel, after which the body will be taken to Milwaukee for burial.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Harris and Donald, who were associated with him in the wholesale firm; one daughter, Mrs. William Kalan, Wausau; two brothers, Louis, Stevens Point, and J. W. Shafton, Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Goldberg, Racine, and Mrs. Harry Cigel, Stevens Point, and a half-brother, N. Feder, Los Angeles.

According to Shafton's' sons, his collapse followed an altercation between Donald Shafton and John Arnold, business agent for the General Drivers' union, while members of the firm were engaged in unloading perishable merchandise from the railroad car. Arnold was arraigned in justice court Monday afternoon on a charge of assault and battery preferred by Donald Shafton, pleaded not guilty and posted $100 bond pending trial, which was set for May 10.

Elizabeth 'Bridget' Farrell Shea

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, April 1, 1903. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Elizabeth Shea

Mrs. Elizabeth Shea died at the family home, corner of Franklin street and Crosby avenue, at ten minutes to nine o'clock last Sunday evening. Mrs. Shea had not been in the best of health for a long time, but was able to be about and visited among her neighbors until ten days before the final dissolution. Two weeks ago today she spent most of the day calling upon friends in the neighborhood, which extensive calls were unusual for her to make, and the next day she was attacked with grippe and gradually declined until the end came at the hour above stated.

The deceased lady whose maiden name was Bridget Farrell, was born in Dublin, Ireland, 64 years ago. She came to this country with an uncle, John Tully, when 7 years of age, and was married to Thos. Shea at Erin, Washington county, in 1855. The uncle died at Oconomowoc two years ago. About two years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Shea came to Stevens Point and this had been their home ever since, the husband dying Feb. 12, 1899. The family home had always been in the Fourth ward and they were ever recognized as among Stevens Point's most worthy people, respected by all with whom they came in contact. Mrs. Shea was the mother of eight children. They are Mrs. Ed. Houlehan, of Tomahawk: Mrs. P. F. Mullen, of this city: John F. Shea, of Granite, Mont.: Mrs. Bernard Houlehan, of Hurley: Frank Shea of Arbor Vitae: Thomas Shea, of Chicago: James Shea, of Ashland, and Miss Elizabeth, who has been living with her mother. She is also survived by one brother, Thos. Farrell, of Pierce county, this state, and one sister who was in New York when last heard from.

Mrs. Shea was truly a good woman and one who endured or suffered without a murmer privations of the early pioneer in this section of the state, and who was ever ready with a helping hand or kind word to alleviate the sufferings of the sick or those in distress. All who knew her here these many years will not soon forget her. All of her children were present previous to her taking away. John having arrived here on Saturday, and she was able to recognize and speak to all of them, and the fact of their presence was pleasing to her in her last hours.

The funeral took place from St. Stephen's Catholic church at 9 o'clock this morning, Rev. W. J. Rice officiating, with interment in the parish cemetery. The pallbearers were M. Casidy, Jas. Welch, David Dorance, A. J. Cunneen, G. M. Houlehan and E. D. Glennon. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, and the relatives and friends present from abroad, besides the sons and daughters were Thos. Farrell, of Pierce county; Edward Houlehan and son, Thos. J., of Tomahawk; Bernard Houlehan and son, John, of Hurley, and Wm. and Miss Kate Cawley, of Wausau. There were also a number of old friends present from the surrounding country. The Ladies Altar Society, of which the deceased was a member, headed the procession in carriages.


James W. Shea

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, October 6, 1922. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

ARE CALLED TO ASHLAND BY RELATIVE'S ILLNESS

Mrs. Ed. Esker and Miss Loretta Millen (sic) were called to Ashland the first of this week by the dangerous illness of their brother and uncle, James W. Shea, who is being cared for in an Ashland hospital. Late reports from his bedside are more favorable and recovery is now looked for. Mr. Shea is a native of Stevens Point, living here until he reached young manhood.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, October 7, 1922:

NATIVE OF THE CITY EXPIRES AT ASHLAND

Pneumonia Fatal to James W. Shea and Remains are Brought Here for Interment

James W. Shea, native of Stevens Point, but who had been numbered among the prominent businessmen at Ashland for 25 to 30 years, died at St. Joseph's hospital in that city at 11 o'clock Friday morning.

He was taken with summer influenza more than two weeks before but his condition improved the latter part of last week, and there was reason to hope for his early discharge from the hospital. Last Sunday he suffered a relapse, pneumonia setting in and because of his weakened condition he could not combat this ailment.

A sister, Mrs. E. S. Esker, and a niece, Miss Loretta Mullen, went to Ashland Monday morning, as did also a brother, Thos. Shea of Chicago, and a brother-in-law, Bernard Houlehan of Hurley.

The remains were brought to Stevens Point on a Soo train Friday night and taken to the Mullen home at 525 Strongs avenue. The funeral will be held Monday morning, with services at St. Stephen's church and interment in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Shea was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Shea and was born in this city 51 years ago, the 7th of June. The first employment was in the train service of the Wisconsin Central railroad, his run extending as far north as Ashland. A few years later he became interested in business at Ashland and had been there for more than a quarter of a century, and there was no man better known in that city than Mr. Shea. His genial nature made him a friend of everybody.

Surviving relatives are three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Edward Houlehan of Tomahawk, Mrs. Margaret Mullen and Mrs. Esker of this city, Frank Shea of Butt, Mont., and Thos. Shea, of Chicago.

For more than 30 years the deceased held membership in St. Stephen's court of Foresters and was also affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Ashland. A large delegation from this latter society escorted the remains from the Ashland hospital to the Soo depot in that city, and placed the body aboard the train for Stevens Point. Numerous other kindnesses were shown the new departed brother and his relatives during his illness.

All local Foresters are asked to assemble at St. Stephen's court hall at 8:30 Monday morning and march from there to the house and church.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, October 11, 1922, page 3:

Burial of J. W. Shea

Several score of old friends of the late James W. Shea, who died at Ashland last week, congregated at St. Stephen's church Monday a.m. when funeral services were conducted by the pastor., Rev. Jas. C. Hogan. Interment took place in the family lot in St. Stephen's cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest by James Welch, A. J. Cunneen, Herbert Harvey, N. J. Knops, John W. and Frank M. Gleason.

Relatives who came from a distance were Mrs. Margaret Powers of Oswego, N. Y., Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shea of Chicago and Miss Rosella Houlehan of Tomahawk.


John Shea

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, February 3, 1914. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATH OF JOHN SHEA

Former Local Business Man Dies at Weyauwega.

Will D. Boston and James Shea, the latter of Ashland, went to Weyauwega this morning and returned to the city on Soo line train No. 5 this evening with the body of John Shea, who passed away at the Waupaca county hospital Monday afternoon. The remains were taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Margaret Mullen, 342 Franklin street, and the funeral will be held from St. Stephen's church at 9 o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. W. J. Rice officiating.

The death of Mr. Shea, while not entirely unexpected, is nevertheless a shock to friends and relatives in this city. He was known to have been in failing health, but there was no notification of the fact that his condition was such as to cause immediate alarm.

Mr. Shea was a native of this city and was fifty-three years of age last November 7. He attended St. Stephen's parochial school and the public schools, including the Old White school, and at the age of twenty-two, in partnership with James Harrigan, became engaged in the meat market business in a building that stood on the present site of Kostka & Co.'s store. Mrs. Harrigan was later succeeded by Michael Doyle and the latter in turn by M. E. Monsell, the market then being located where E. Frank's fruit store on Main street now stands. Later the business was sold to Mr. Shea's brother-in-law, the late Patrick Mullen, and Mr. Shea went to Butte, Montana. After four years there he went with his brother, Frank, to Alaska, and for three years did prospecting work with headquarters in Nome. In 1906 he returned to Stevens Point and became associated with Thomas Mullen in the meat market business that had been conducted by the latter's father.

The impairment of Mr. Shea's mental condition was brought about primarily by an incident that took place in September 1907. He was driving across a Soo line railway crossing when a freight train passed and grazed the wheels of the buggy in which he was riding. The shock of this, coupled with an injury he sustained while in Montana, left him a nervous wreck and led to his commitment to the State Hospital at Winnebago, from where he was transferred to Weyauwega.

Mr. Shea was a man of principle, one who was ever kind and considerate toward others, and his sad death is a matter of deep regret among his friends in Stevens Point. He is survived by six brothers and sisters, Mrs. Edward Houlihan, Tomahawk; Mrs. Margaret Mullen and Mrs. S. E. Esker, city; Frank, Butte, Montana; Thomas, Blue Island, Illinois, and James, Ashland, Wisconsin. Mrs. Houlihan and James Shea are in the city to attend the funeral.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Thursday, February 5, 1914:

FUNERAL SERVICES

The Last Sad Rites Conducted For Three

Delegations from the Knights of Columbus and Foresters lodges, of which the deceased was a member, attended the funeral of the late John Shea this morning. Services were conducted at St. Stephen's church by Rev. W. J. Rice and interment was made in the parish cemetery. The pallbearers were E. D. Glennon, John Schmitt, A. J. Cunneen, James Welch, D. J. Leahy and J. B. Sullivan. Among those from outside the city who attended were Mrs. Edward Houlehan, Tomahawk; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shea, Blue Island, Illinois; James Shea, Ashland; Bernard Houlehan, Hurley; Miss Kate Cauley, Wausau, and Sylvester Redding, Custer.


Thomas Dean Shea

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, February 13, 1899. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

OVER THE RIVER

Death of Thos. Shea and Miss Blanche Barnard.

Thomas Dean Shea died at his home, 408 Franklin street, at 4 o'clock Sunday morning, aged 80 years. He had been ill for the past three years, gradually growing feebler all the while until about three weeks ago when he had to give up entirely and go to bed. The chief cause of death seemed to be old age, although there was also strong symptoms of a serious derangement of the liver.

Mr. Shea was born in County Kerry, Ireland, but came to this country when he was fourteen years of age. As a boy he had received a better education than the majority of the early settlers who came from Ireland at that time. He lived in Syracuse, N. Y., for a time. He was employed off and on as a railway clerk, bookkeeper and school teacher, and migrated west in easy stages until he reached Wisconsin about 49 years ago.

He settled in the town of Erin, Washington county, and was engaged in keeping a grocery store for some years.

Here in 1854 he married Miss Elizabeth Farrell and in the following year they came to Stevens Point, where they have made their home ever since. For nearly 20 years after coming to this city he was employed as a cook in the woods and on the river. Later he was employed as janitor at the old high school and Fourth ward buildings for eight or nine years, until one slippery morning he fell and struck his head on the walk, breaking both ear drums.

He has never heard a sound since. Though deaf he was a little proud of his sight and took great comfort in books and papers and boated because he did not need to wear glasses.

He leaves a widow and eight grown children. Mrs. Shea is ill with the grip and worn out with the care of her husband, but hopes to be well again in a few days. The children are Mrs. Edward Houlehan of Tomahawk, Mrs. Patrick Mullen of Stevens Point, John F. Shea of Walla Loola, Wash., Mrs. Bernard Houlehan of Hurley, Frank of Woodruff, Thomas of Chicago, Jas. of Ashland, and Miss Lizzie, who lives at home.

All of the children, except Mrs. Houlehan of Hurley, who is ill, are now in the city, and Thomas is accompanied by his wife. Edward Houlehan is also expected to attend the funeral.

The funeral will be held from St. Stephen's church Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock.


Margaret Corrigan Sheehy

Reprinted from the Bayfield County (Wisconsin) Press, Thursday, April 19, 1934. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DEATHS

MRS. MARGARET SHEEHY

Mrs. Margaret Sheehy of Bayfield died Wednesday morning at the Washburn Hospital, at the age of 62 years. The cause of her death was cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Sheehy was born April 3, 1872 and had been a Bayfield resident for many years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Holy Family Church, with Father Meinrad in charge. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Wm. Cauley of Custer, Wis. and a sister-in-law, Mrs. M. Carregan of Parent, Minn. Her husband, Daniel Sheehy, died in 1901.

There will be a Rosary for Mrs. Sheehy at the Treloar Funeral Home Friday at 8 P. M.


Agatha Daczyk Sherfinski

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, May 29, 1947. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Mrs. Agatha Sherfinski

Mrs. Agatha Sherfinski, age 86, a former Portage county resident, who had been making her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Golke of the town of Farmington, Waupaca county, died this morning at 8 o'clock at the veterans' hospital at King. She had been ill the past several days.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the chapel at King and burial will follow in a cemetery there. The body is at the Holly funeral home at Waupaca where the rosary will be said Sunday evening at 8 o'clock.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal Saturday, May 31, 1947.

Mrs. Agatha Sherfinski, age 86, a former Portage county resident, who died Thursday morning at the Veterans' hospital at King, was born on Feb. 5, 1861, in the town of Sharon. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Daczyk.

Her marriage to Martin Sherfinski took place at Sacred Heart Catholic church at Polonia 70 years ago. After their marriage the couple lived on a farm in the town of Stockton where Mr. Sherfinski died 20 years ago. Mrs. Sherfinski continued to live at the Stockton farm home for five years and then moved to Plover village where she remained for two years. At that time she suffered a stroke after which she made her home with her daughters, spending the past five years with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Golke of the town of Farmington, Waupaca county. She entered the hospital at King two months ago.

Mrs. Sherfinski was the mother of 17 children, 13 of whom survive. They are Peter and Felix Sherfinski of Brokaw, George of Rosholt, August of Milwaukee, Ben of Wausau, Mike, whose address is unknown, Victor of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Frank Shamberg of Westboro, Mrs. John Iwanski of Junction City, Mrs. Golke of Farmington, Mrs. Joe Griffin of Milwaukee, Mrs. Joe Cieslewicz of Chicago and Mrs. August Blaskowski of Beaumont, Calif. Also surviving are a brother, Joseph Daczyk of Ellis, 61 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Two children died in infancy, a son, John, died seven years ago, and a daughter, Nellie, passed away eight years ago.

Mrs. Sherfinski was a member of the Rosary society of St. Bronislava's Catholic church at Plover and formerly was an active member of that church.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the chapel at King. The body is at the Holly funeral home at Waupaca where the rosary will be said Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. Burial will follow at King.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday June 18, 1947. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Funeral of Mrs. Shefinski

Funeral services for Mrs. Agatha Sherfinski, who died on May 29, were held on June 2 at the Grand Army home chapel at King. Rev. D.L. Krembs was the celebrant at a requiem high mass at 9:30 a.m. Mrs. Sherfinski died at the veterans hospital at King where she was a patient for two years. Prior to that she made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mrs. and Mrs. Phillip Golke of the town of Farmington, Waupaca county. Mrs. Sherfinski was a former Portage county resident.


S. A. (Simon) Sherman

Reprinted from Pedigree Pointers, Vol. XII, No. 3, Spring 1990

Death of S.A. Sherman
Suddenly Passed Away at His Home in the Town of Plover Thursday Evening

S.A. Sherman, a Portage county pioneer, and one of its oldest residents in years as well, passed away quite suddenly at his home in the town of Plover, near the lower paper mill, at 9:20 o’clock Thursday evening. His friends had noticed that by reason of his advanced age he had been gradually failing for the past year. For two weeks he had not been feeling as well as usual but was up and around most of the time and visited a neighbor only two days prior to his death. On Thursday evening his son, E.A. Sherman of this city, visited him, leaving for his home at about 8:50 o’clock. At that time Mr. Sherman was regarded to be in no immediate danger, and after his son left he got up and wrote in the daily diary he has been keeping for many years. In the diary he noted the condition of the weather, entered the names of those who had called during the day and also noted that his son had just left for home. Mrs. Sherman then asked if he did not want something to eat. To this he replied in the affirmative, adding that it would taste first rate. Mrs. Sherman then proceeded to get him a bowl of bread and milk, Mr. Sherman returning to his bedroom and seating himself in a chair, when Mrs. Sherman prepared the lunch and went into the room she found him gasping for breath and in a few moments he was dead. His death occurred within five minutes after he had finished writing up his diary. Soon after the son had reached home he received a telephone message that his father was dead, which at first he could not believe, thinking that some mistake must have been made.

Mr. Sherman was born at Westboro, Worcester County, Mass., Jan. 27, 1824, and therefore at the time of his death was in the 83rd year of his age. When 20 years of age he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. For several years thereafter he attended school part of the time and worked at his trade, being engaged in the erection of cotton mills, machine shops, churches, etc., in different sections of his native state. In 1848 he came to Wisconsin by way of the lakes to Milwaukee and thence by team to Plover in this county. Here he worked on and assisted in finishing the American House, which was the first building north of the Fox river to be completed, painted, plastered and with chimneys. He also put shelves in the store of Matt and John Campbell in this city. He also built the first framed house on what was then known as the “Indian Lands”. This was at a place called Junction, near Plainfield. In 1849 and 1850 he went down the river to Alton and Galena, Ill., on fleets of lumber and then returned to Massachusetts, where he spent the next two years. Returning to Wisconsin he rented a saw mill at Fond du Lac where he put in operation the first successful planing mill in that city. A year later he returned to Plover and in 1854 commenced the erection of a saw mill at the point where the Plover river empties into the Wisconsin, near where the lower paper mill is now located. He also built near this mill what was then the finest suburban residence in the county, but which was later burned. He operated the saw mill for many years, until the timber naturally tributary to it had become exhausted. At one time he also owned a tract of as good white pine as ever grew anywhere a tract which, if he had held on to it a few years longer, would have made him the richest man in the county.

On April 22, 1851, at Rindge, N.H., Mr. Sherman was married to Miss Rachel S. Jones, who survives him. He is also survived by one son, E.A. Sherman of this city. Another son, Clarence A. Sherman, died several years ago.

Mr. Sherman was the best informed man in regard to the history of Portage county and in fact of the whole Wisconsin river valley, of any man in it. He was not only personally familiar with the early history of this valley, but for many years had kept a diary in which all the important events were recorded from day to day. He was for many years president of the Portage county Old Settlers’ Club and in that capacity kept a record of deaths in the whole county. Along certain lines there is no one left who can fill the vacancy caused by his death. He was an honorable citizen and in the early days did much to help develop the wilderness into which he came with his young bride to live more than half a century ago.

The funeral will he held from the house Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. The funeral will be in charge of the Masonic order, of which the deceased had for many years been a member.

From: Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, December 28, 1906


Mrs. Rachel Sherman

In Ninety-Third Year
Mrs. Rachael Sherman, Who Came to Portage County Over Sixty Years Ago, Is Dead

Mrs. Rachel Sherman, maternal head of one of Portage county’s pioneer families, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Foote at McDill early last Friday morning. Mrs. Sherman had been quite ill early last winter, but grew stronger and was able to be up and about until two weeks before her death, which was due to advance age.

Mrs. Sherman was 92 years of age last Feb. 28, having been born in Rindge, N.H., in 1824. On April 22, 1851, in her home town, she was married to Simon A. Sherman, who was a native of Westboro, Mass. Mr. Sherman came west in the forties, having arrived at Plover on Oct. 28, 1848, and after his marriage brought his bride to this county, which continued to be the family home throughout all the years that have followed. The Sherman homestead in the town of Plover is one of the landmarks of the county.

Mr. Sherman for many years operated a sawmill at the mouth of the Big Plover river and was prominent in all of the affairs of his town. He was a personal friend of George Stevens, after whom Stevens Point was named, and among the historic incidents in connection with his life is the fact that he is reputed to have built the first coffin ever made in Portage county. He died in December 1906.

Mrs. Sherman was the last surviving member of his immediate family, two sons, Clarence A. and Eugene A., having preceded her in death. However, she leaves five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sherman possessed a keen intellect as well as a remarkable physique. The home over which she presided was noted for its hospitality and is associated with many fond memories among present and former residents of the county. Mrs. Sherman took an active interest in the Old Settlers’ Association, of which her husband served for a number of years as president, and the annual picnics of the association were for a long period held at the Sherman homestead.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Foote residence at McDill, burial being in the Plover Cemetery beside her husband. Rev. James Blake of the local Baptist church officiated. The pallbearers were A.E. Bourn, E.H. Rossier, Hanford Calkins and Arthur Baker, all of who are old friends of the deceased and members of the Masonic lodge of Plover. Mr. and Mrs. George Blanchard and little son, George, Jr., of Edgerton, and Mrs. J.B. Vedder of Marshfield attended the funeral. Mrs. Blanchard and Mrs. Vedder are granddaughters of the deceased.

From: The Gazette, Wednesday, May 17, 1916


Charles Shortell

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, May 2, 1934. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Charles E. Shortell

Charles E. Shortell, pioneer resident of Portage county, died at his home at 1010 Main street at 5:15 o'clock this morning. He was taken ill a week ago today and had been confined to bed since then.

Mr. Shortell was born on November 24, 1859, on the Shortell farm located on what is known as the "prairie" in the town of Stockton. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shortell, who located on this farm in 1854. Mr. Shortell's marriage to Miss Nellie Ryan of Stockton took place in 1879. The couple continued to live on the homestead and eight years later moved to a farm in the town of Buena Vista. They lived on this farm for nine years and then moved to Stevens Point where Mr. Shortell had lived since with the exception of a year and a half spent in Minnesota and two years at Upson, Wisconsin. Mrs. Shortell died in May 1929, and one son died in infancy.

Mr. Shortell was Republican county committeeman for the Third ward, which office he held at the time of his death. He was also interested in the Izaak Walton league and possessed a great knowledge of outdoor life.

Mr. Shortell has no immediate relatives surviving as he was the last of 11 children and he has no surviving children. Mrs. Louis M. Maloney, 1017 Main street, is a sister-in-law.

The body will be taken Thursday afternoon from the Boston funeral home to the Shortell home on Main street, where it will be until the time of the funeral. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church. Rev. Claude R. Shaver will officiate and burial will take place in the Forest cemetery beside his wife.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, May 5, 1934:

Funeral of Mr. Shortell

Funeral services of Charles E. Shortell, a resident of Stevens Point for many years, who died at his home at 1010 Main street Wednesday morning, were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church. Rev. Claude R. Shaver officiated and burial took place in Forest cemetery beside his wife. The services were largely attended.

During the services Mrs. Arthur Hetzel, accompanied by Miss Ruth Hamilton, sang "Lead Kindly Light" "The Prayer Perfect" and "Crossing the Bar."

The pallbearers were Emmons Thorski, John M. Donahue, Guy E. Morrill, Frank Hornberg, Arthur Raymond and John Hanson.

Misses Velma Scribner, Bonita Newby, Anna Maria Bliese, LaNeah Newby, Iris Precourt and Patricia Precourt were in charge of the numerous floral offerings.

Relatives and friends from out of town who attended the funeral included Dr. Lyman A. Precourt and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Precourt and children, Iris, Alan, Dorothy and Charleen, Mr. and Mrs. Ripley Newby and daughter, Miss Bonita, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wentworth and sons, Bayard and Darrel, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Scribner and daughter, Jane Elizabeth, all of Buena Vista; Lester Higgins of Custer; Mr. and Mrs. Percy Newby and sons, Leland, Lyle and Lando of Plover and daughter, Miss LaNeah, of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boushley, Mrs. Earl Moss and Mrs. Frank Smith of Amherst Junction; Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Meyer and daughter, Alice Ann, of Almond; Mr. and Mrs. John Boushley and daughter, Miss June, of Hatley; Mrs. Agnes Kimball and son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Norman of Crandon; Mr. and and Bernard Precourt and children, Patricia, Prudence, Priscilla and Lyman of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen and Miss Frances Ryan of Duluth.


Johanna Dawson Shortell

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, June 16, 1886. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Johannah Shortle, an esteemed resident of the town of Stockton, died on Monday morning last, and was buried from St.. Stephen's church in this city at eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon, a large number of the people of that town attending the funeral. The deceased lady had been a continual sufferer from rheumatism for twelve years previous to her death. She was a sister of Michael Dawson of that town, and Mrs. W. C. Davenport, recently of this city.


Nellie Ryan Shortell

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, May 9, 1929. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. C. E. Shortell

Mrs. Nellie Ryan Shortell, wife of Charles E. Shortell, 1010 Main street, died at the family home at 4:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon following a long illness with heart trouble, which became acute last Saturday. She was born in Chicago but was brought to the town of Stockton when a small child and had made her home in Portage county ever since, she and her husband moving here from Buena Vista 29 years ago.

Besides Mr. Shortell she is survived by four sisters and one brother, Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen, Dr. Margaret A. Bergren of Duluth, Mrs. Louis M. Maloney and Miss Frances Ryan of this city and M. T. Ryan of Iverson, Minn.

The remains will be at the Boston funeral home until shortly before 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, when services will be held at the Presbyterian church, with interment to follow in Forest cemetery. Friends will please omit flowers.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Friday, May 11, 1929:

Mrs. Shortell at Rest

Burial services for the late Mrs. Charles E. Shortell, who passed away at her home 1010 Main street were held at the Presbyterian church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Phipps officiating, with interment in Forest cemetery. The casket bearers were Henry Reading, D. J. Leahy, W. M. Scribner, Claude Precourt, Perry Wentworth and Ripley Newby.


Barbara Cychosz Stanczyk

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, February 27, 1965. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Mrs. Frank Stanczyk

Mrs. Frank Stanczyk, 80, a Portage County resident all of her life, died Friday afternoon February 26, 1965 at 1:50 at the Portage County Home where she had been a resident for the past four years. Her death followed a six year period of ill health.

The former Barbara Cychosz was born on Dec. 4, 1884, in the Town of Dewey, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cychosz. She married Mr. Stanczyk more than 60 years ago. After their marriage the couple lived on a farm in the Jordan area. They lived in the Town of Hull until going to the County Home. Prior to his retirement in 1952, Mr. Stanczyk was a papermill worker.

Surviving are her husband at the County Home; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Theresa) Stroik, 326 Wadleigh St, and Mrs. Earle (Regina) Soule, Madison; six sons, John Stanczyk, 719 West St.; Edward, 664 Prentice St.; Ted, Whiting; Ben, Hull; Harry, Milwaukee; and Casimir, Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Vaughan, Junction City and Mrs. Anthony (Marie) Utities, Oak Park, IL; and two brothers, Alex Cychosz, Oak Park; and Dominic Cychosz in FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four infant children, three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will take place in the spring. The body is at the Dzikoski Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday. A general rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 8 o'clock.


Ellen Heffron Stapleton

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, July 21, 1909. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Died in Milwaukee

Mrs. Patrick Stapleton, who was numbered among the pioneers of this county, died at a private sanatorium in Milwaukee at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning, after an illness of about two weeks, from the infirmities of old age, although she had not been in good health for many years.

Ellen Heffron was born in the city of Kilkenny, in the county of the same name, Ireland, and was 86 years of age. She came to this county when a young woman, and with her husband was among the first settlers in the town of Stockton. An only brother, Matthew Heffron, died in 1894, and she is survived by her husband, one son, Matthew Stapleton, of Rhinelander, and one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Brady of Buena Vista. A son and daughter died many years ago. During her illness in Milwaukee she was attended by a nephew, Dr. Heffron, of that city.

The remains will arrive at Custer on passenger train No. 1 at 7 o'clock Thursday morning accompanied by the son, and the funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church, Rev. Father Ulrich officiating, at 9 o'clock, followed by interment in the parish cemetery.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 24, 1909:

MRS. PATRICK STAPLETON

Aged Pioneer Passes Away in Milwaukee Monday.

Mrs. Patrick Stapleton passed away Monday at a private home for the infirm at 524 Pierce street, Milwaukee, where she has been living for some months. She has been indisposed for several days and her death was not unexpected. She was 86 years of age and old age was the principal predisposing cause of death. Mrs. Stapleton had been in feeble health for many years and for ten years had been in need of special attendance, and had been cared for in Oshkosh and Milwaukee during that period.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Ellen Heffron, was born in Ireland but came to this country when a young woman and was married to Mr. Stapleton in Pennsylvania. They came to Portage county in the fifties and for many years were located on a farm a short distance north east of Stockton station. She is survived by her husband, who resides with his daughter in Buena Vista and by two children, Matthew Stapleton, a well known business man and politician of Rhinelander, and Mrs. Charles Brady of Buena Vista. Mrs. Brady has been ill for some time and was unable to go to Milwaukee, but the son has visited his mother several times recently and accompanied the remains here for interment. The body arrived at Custer at 7:15 Thursday morning and was taken at once to St. Mary's church, where the funeral service was conducted by Father Ulrich, at 9 o'clock followed by interment in the church yard.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 28, 1909:

Here Nearly Sixty Years

Mrs. Patrick Stapleton, whose remains were brought from Milwaukee to Custer for burial, last Thursday morning, had been a resident of this county for nearly 60 years. She was married to Mr. Stapleton at Wilkes-barre, Penn., Feb. 16, 1850, and they came to Stevens Point in September, 1851, locating on land in the town of Stockton when there were but three settlers within a radius of ten miles. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton had lived here ever since with the exception of the time he spent as a soldier in the civil war.

Mass for the dead was celebrated by Rev. Father Ulrich at 9 o'clock, after which the remains were laid at rest in the adjoining cemetery, many friends of the deceased being present to pay their last respects. The pallbearers were Moses Leary, John Higgins, Patrick Ryan, Peter Doyle, Michael Feeley and Albert Neuman.


Patrick Stapleton

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Sunday, January 7, 1912. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

PATRICK STAPLETON

Patrick Stapleton, who had been a resident of Portage county nearly sixty years, and who was well known to the older settlers, died at the Waupaca Veterans' Home at 4 o'clock last Friday afternoon. Deceased was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Oct. 4, 1826, and was therefore in the eighty-sixth year of his age. He came to America in 1848, first stopping in New Jersey, and then going to Pennsylvania. In the latter state, in 1850, he was married to Miss Ellen Heffron and two years later they came to Wisconsin and settled in the town of Sharon. They were the parents of four children. Mrs. Stapleton died two years ago and he is survived by only two of their children, Mrs. Charles Brady of Buena Vista and Matt Stapleton, formerly mayor and a prominent business man of Rhinelander.

For the past two years Mr. Stapleton had made his home with his daughter and son, but last October decided to go to the home. For about four weeks prior to his death he had been in the hospital, but was able to be up every day to and including the day before the final summons came. Mrs. Brady visited him a short time ago and at that time he was cheerful, as it was always his nature to be and he expressed full confidence in his recovery. He always seemed to look on the bright side of things, and his cordial greeting will be remembered by many old-time friends.

In the death of Mr. Stapleton another of those who wore the blue in the Civil war have answered the last roll call. He enlisted from the town of Sharon, this county, on Jan. 31, 1865, and served in Company F., Forty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry, until Sept. 4, 1865 in which company he held the non-commissioned office of corporal.

The funeral was held from St. Mary's church, Custer, this forenoon, interment following in the parish cemetery. The pallbearers were Tim Welch, John Higgins, M. P. O'Keefe, Albert Neumann, Wm. Carley and Lawrence Higgins.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 10, 1912:

PATRICK STAPLETON

One of the first residents of the town of Stockton, Portage county, in the person of Patrick Stapleton passed away at the Waupaca Veterans' Home at 4 o'clock last Friday afternoon. He had been in failing health for some time and went to the Waupaca Home in October, where he could receive the benefits of hospital treatment. He was about as usual every day up to the day before his death, and when his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Brady of Buena Vista, visited him the first of last week, he was inclined to return home with her, but was persuaded not to do so on account of the severe cold weather. As above stated, death came very suddenly, life's machinery having practically worn out, and he passed away at the hour above mentioned.

Patrick Stapleton was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Oct. 4, 1826, and was therefore in the 86th year of his age. Coming to America in 1848, he stopped at New Jersey for a time and thereafter located in Pennsylvania, where he was married in 1850 to Ellen Heffron, they coming to Wisconsin in 1852, and located on a homestead in Stockton where they lived for many years. Mrs. Stapleton died about two years ago after a long illness, and for the past twelve years Mr. Stapleton had lived with his daughter in Buena Vista and with his son, Matt Stapleton, ex-mayor of Rhinelander. He was the father of four children, two of whom died many years ago. Mr. Stapleton served as corporal in Co. F, 47th Wisconsin Infantry, from Jan. 32, 1865, to Sept. 4th of the same year.

He was not only one of the pioneer residents of this county, but likewise one of the best known, a gentleman who had a pleasant word and a kindly greeting for all whom he met. He possessed a good education, kept in constant touch with the doings of the country, politically and otherwise, and was therefore ever ready to present his views on past and present history. Having an almost unlimited fund of native wit, his presence was welcome wherever he went, and his memory will not soon be forgotten by those who knew him best. Patrick Stapleton always had a kind word for everyone.

The remains were brought here Sunday night and taken to St. Mary's church at Custer Monday morning, where mass was celebrated by Rev. Geo. A. Schemmer, and interment followed in the adjoining cemetery. A large number of old friends were present to pay their last respects. The pallbearers were John Higgins, M. P. O'Keefe, Tim Welch, Wm. Cauley, Lawrence Higgins and Albert Neuman.


Metta Rice Steele

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Saturday, July 23, 1892. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

MRS. WILLIAM STEELE

Under the auspices of the Good Templars, the remains of Mrs. William Steele, were laid to rest in the Episcopal cemetery, last Tuesday afternoon. The story of her death is a very sad one indeed. She had been extremely well until last January, when she contracted a cold which resulted in inflammation of the bowels and later, in an abscess. She recovered her strength, however, sufficiently to be around and had been down town but shortly before her departure, on Friday last, for Oshkosh, where she was treated in Dr. Oviatts' sanitarium. The removal of the abscess was at first thought to be successful, and it appeared as if she was on the road to a speedy recovery, but on Sunday she was taken with sinking spells and at two o'clock Monday morning, passed quietly away. The remains were brought to this city on the evening train of the same day.

Miss Metta Rice was born in Lebanon, Waupaca county, December 23, 1869; consequently she was twenty-two years of age at the time of her death. The greater part of her life was spent in Weyauwega, to which place her parents removed, when she was quite young. On October 7th, 1891, she was married to William Steele, and they immediately moved to this city, dwelling on Division street, where the funeral occurred. Mrs. Steele was a member of North Star Lodge, I. O. G. T., and although at present not a member of any church, she was about to ally herself with the Baptists. Her father, Warren Rice; her brother, Edward; her two sisters, Mrs. Edward Tozier and Miss Lillie Rice were all in attendance at the funeral. Messrs. Gregory, Strope, Norton, Mutch, Thoms and Webster acted as pall bearers.

Rebecca O'Riley Steele

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, September 24, 1890. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of Mrs. Wm. Steele

After an illness of five years duration, Mrs. Rebecca Steele, wife of Wm. Steele, breathed her last on Friday morning. Her death was caused by consumption, from which she had suffered for years previous to the last five years, but all her sufferings were borne with patience and fortitude. The deceased lady was born in Essex county, N. Y., and removed to Waupaca, this state, when a little girl. For the past five years they have resided in this city, and during this time everything possible was done to stay the hand of the grim destroyer, they residing at times in the south, and then again Mr. Steele took her to Canada, but without apparent benefit for the several changes. She was a daughter of Mrs. John O'Riley, and resided on Division street, the first house south of her mother's. She leaves a husband and three little sons, the oldest 9 and the youngest 5 years of age, besides her parents, relatives and many friends, to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate wife and mother, a dutiful daughter and good friend and neighbor. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon last, at half-past two o'clock, Rev. L. G. Carr, of the Baptist church officiating, with interment in the Episcopal cemetery. The pallbearers were B. L. Vaughn, A. F. Redfield, D. A. Agnew, Eugene Ross, Fred. Playman and Theo. Parker.


Agatha Bronk Stencel

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, November 26, 1937. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Agatha Bronk Stencel

Mrs John Stencel, a resident of the town of Sharon for more than 50 years, died Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at her farm home in the town of Sharon. She had been in ill health for two years and was confined to bed for the past year.

Mrs. Stencel was born in Poland on December 23, 1871. Her maiden name was Agatha Bronk. She came to this country at the age of 10 with her mother, Mrs. Magdaline Bronk, and located in the town of Sharon where she had lived since. Her marriage to Mr. Stencel, a Sharon farmer, took place on May 4, 1891, at Polonia.

Surviving are her husband, five daughters, Mrs. Daniel Kluck of Stevens Point, Mrs. Louis Grabrielski and Mrs. Frank Genski of Hatley, Mrs. Frank Glodowski of Wittenberg and Mrs. Edwin Lepack at home; two sons, Joseph and Harry Stencel of Rosholt; a brother Charles Bronk of Rosholt, and 27 grandchildren. A daughter, Esther, died 14 years ago and a son, John, passed away 11 years ago.

Mrs. Stencel was a member of the Holy Name society of Sacred Heart Church at Polonia.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St Adalbert's church in the town of Alban and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.   Rev. M. Klosowski will officiate. The body is at the Prais funeral home where the rosary will be said tonight at 8 o'clock. It will be taken to the family home Saturday afternoon and the rosary will be said there Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 o'clock.

Phyllis A. Wanty Stiebs

Reprinted from the Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. June 25, 2004. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Stiebs, Phyllis A.

Phyllis A. Stiebs, age 73 of Waupaca, Wisconsin passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2004 peacefully at Bethany Home. Phyllis was born in Almond, Wisconsin on July 29, 1930 the daughter of the late Alfred C. and Edna N. (Boushley) Wanty. She worked as a Waitress at Simpon's Restaurant, at Bethany Home and at the Wisconsin Veterans Home for many years.

She was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waupaca.

She is survived by her children: Denise (Steve) Gall, Waupaca; Dennis Stiebs, Waupaca; her grandsons: Aaron (Kristi) Gall, Milwaukee; Nathan Gall, Waupaca; her sisters: Dorothy Peskie, Almond; Norma Schultz, Waupaca; Mary (Paul) Frazer, Bowie, MD; Shirley (David) Strange, Appleton; Marge Pryse, Neenah; and her brothers: Lloyd (Violet) Wanty, Waupaca; Raymond Wanty, Waupaca; Richard (Arylene) Wanty, Waupaca; her sisters-in-law: Helen and Andrea Wanty; many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane; two brothers: William and Leor (Bud) Wanty and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Memorial Services will be at Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25 with Rev. Jeffrey Holtan officiating Interment of cremains will be in the Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca. Memorial visitation will be Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holly Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Phyllis' name.


Ella Timlin Stinson

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, May 15, 1939. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Henry Stinson

Mrs. Henry Stinson, a lifelong resident of the town of Lanark, died this morning at 7 o'clock at the Portage County Home. She had been in ill health for the past three years and 10 days ago entered the Home for medical care.

Mrs. Stinson, whose maiden name was Ella Timlon, was born on January 13, 1865, at Lanark. Her marriage to Mr. Stinson took place at St. Patrick's church at Lanark 49 years ago. The couple continued to live on a farm in Lanark since.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Patrick of Lanark, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Wisnoc of Elderon, and two grandchildren, Kenneth Wisnoc of Milwaukee and Delores of Amherst Junction.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Patrick's church and burial will follow in the family lot in the parish cemetery. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where the rosary will be said Tuesday night at 8 o'clock.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Thursday, May 18, 1939:

Funeral of Mrs. Stinson

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Stinson, a resident of the town of Lanark, who died on Monday morning, were held on Wednesday.

A prayer at the Crosby funeral home was held and the remains were taken to Lanark where requiem services were conducted at St. Patrick's church at 9 o'clock by Rev. D. L. Krembs, pastor. A requiem mass was sung by the Lanark choir. Interment took place in the parish cemetery.

The pallbearers were Peter Doyle, John Jezeske, John Jacowski, Patrick Riley, James McTigue and Patrick Gray.

Kenneth Wisnac of Neenah, Mrs. Mary Wisnac of Elderon and relatives from Stevens Point and other parts of the county attended the funeral.


Henry William Stinson

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, May 29, 1968. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Henry Stinson Dies, Headed County Board

Henry W. Stinson, 81, a long time member of the Portage County Board of Supervisors and its chairman for several years, died this morning at 5:40 at his home in the Town of Belmont. He had been in failing health for the past few years.

Mr. Stinson, active in the affairs of the Belmont township where he had lived all of his life, was chairman of his township for 35 years and served on the County Board for the same length of time.

He was chairman of the board from 193_ to 1956 when he was succeeded by Gilbert T. Kirby.

The Belmont native was born on Oct. 13, 1886, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stinson. He was married to Nellie Grant on Nov. 27, 1912, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Lanark. He farmed all of his adult life.

Surviving besides his widow are a daughter, Mrs. Harland (Crystal) Beier, Almond; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's Church, Lanark, with the Rev. Raymond Peters officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

The body is at the Goult-Patterson-Hardell Funeral Home, Almond, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday. The rosary will be said Friday evening at 7:45 o'clock.


Mary Agnes Timlin Stinson

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, April 19, 1937. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Edward D. Stinson

Mrs. Edward D. Stinson, for many years a resident of the town of Belmont, died Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Brunker of Belmont, after an illness of a few months.

Mrs. Stinson, whose maiden name was Mary Agnes Timlin, was born at Peoria, Peoria Co., Illinois, on January 28, 1857. During her childhood she moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Timlin, to the town of Lanark. She spent her girlhood in Lanark and on October 12, 1882, her marriage to Mr. Stinson of Belmont took place. They were married at St. Stephen's church by Rev. N. J. July. The couple purchased a farm in Belmont where they spent their entire married life. Mr. Stinson died on August 19, 1935. Mrs. Stinson continued to live at her farm home until last fall when she became ill at her daughter's home where she was visiting.

Mrs. Stinson was a member of St. Patrick's congregation at Lanark and a member of its Ladies' sodality.

Surviving are a son, Henry W. Stinson of Belmont; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson and Mrs. Fred R. Young of Almond and Mrs. Brunker; a granddaughter, Mrs. Harland A. Bejer, and four grandsons, Lowell and Gordon Thompson and Adrian and Leland Brunker.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's church at Lanark, following prayers at the Brunker home at 9:30 o'clock. Rev. D. L. Krembs will officiate and interment will take place in the parish cemetery beside her husband. The remains are at the Brunker home where the rosary will be said this evening at 8 o'clock.

Mrs. George Streckel (Phillipine Zimmer)

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, June 22, 1901.

The pioneers are constantly passing away, the last we have occasion to chronicle this week being Mrs. Phillipine Streckel, widow of the late Geo. Streckel. Mrs. Streckel died at 11:50 Sunday forenoon, following an illness of about four months with a cancerous trouble, together with general debility incident to old age, and during this time she suffered greatly.

The deceased lady was born at Villligen, Germany, Aug. 15, 1831, and was therefore nearly 78 years of age. Her maiden name was Phillipine Zimmer and she came to Stevens Point with other members of the family in 1856, being married the following year to Adam Sames. A few years after their marriage they engaged in the hotel business, opening the Wisconsin House, on Clark street, where the husband died in 1868. Mrs. Sames continued the hotel business for a period of 43 years, but a few years ago disposed of the property and had since been living quietly with her youngest daughter at 312 Water street. In 1871 she was married to Geo. Streckel, the latter dying about ten years ago. Eight children were born to her, five by the first marriage and three by the last. Of these four survive, Mrs. F. A. Degen, of Bowman N.D.; Mrs. J. H. Bellinger, of this city; Mrs. T. H. Builer, of Wausau; and Miss Josephine Streckel, who lived with her mother. She also leaves fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides four brothers, John, Conrad and Wm. Zimmer, of this city, and Fed Zimmer, of Rochester, N. Y.

Mrs. Streckel was a woman who worked hard during the greater part of her life, leaving nothing undone for the welfare of her family, and as a landlady she carefully watched and strived for the comfort of her guests, enjoying an extensive and pleasant acquaintance, especially among the pioneers of the Wisconsin river valley. A good wife, mother and sister has passed to her eternal rest.

The funeral took place from the residence at 2:30 this afternoon, thence to the Episcopal church, Rev. E. M. Thompson officiating, followed by interment in Forest cemetery. There were many appropriate and beautiful floral offerings from friends and relatives. The pallbearers were J. H. Bellinger, F. A. Degen, T. H. Builer, Jesse Builer, Alex and Otto Zimmer.


Dolores V. Doerfler Strike

Reprinted from the Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Monday, August 29, 2005. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Strike, Dolores V.

Dolores V. Strike of Waupaca, Wis., died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at Riverside Medical Center. She was born in Waupaca, Wis. on July 5, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Pearl (Sether) Doerfler. Dolores married Willis "Bill" Strike on Feb. 27, 1945, in Waupaca. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2004. Dolores was also preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Violet) Strike, Waupaca, Wis.; daughters, Selene (Jerry) Finch, Neenah, Wis. and Patricia (Don) Weiland, Winneconne, Wis.; mother, Pearl Doerfler, Waupaca, Wis.; grandchildren, Debbi (Curt) Nauber-Finch, Neenah, Wis.; James (Debbie) Strike, Waupaca, Wis.; and Jeffery (Elle) Strike, Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Amanda Finch and Joshua Nauber-Finch; brother, Everett (Dorothy) Doerfler, Appleton, Wis.; and a sister, Donna Schuelke, Fremont, Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca with the Reverend Dr. Charles L. Tews and the Reverend Gary Strike officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Waupaca. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Dolores' unconditional love and compassion for her family will be deeply missed.


Louis J. Strike

 

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, September 25, 1936. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Louis J. Strike

Louis J. Strike, 46, Lanark, died Friday, September 11, at the Waupaca clinic-hospital.

Mr. Strike, who was born at Shantytown on November 1, 1889, was a son of John and Mary Kostuck Strike. His marriage to Margaret Wanty took place on November 18, 1912 at Lanark, Rev. J. E. Meagher performed the ceremony.

Surviving are his wife, his mother, Mrs. Mary Strike of Knowlton; seven children, Eleanor of Los Angeles, California, and Evelyn, Lucille, Willis, Jeanette, Leon and Grant at home; six brothers, John of Ashland, Joseph of Milwaukee, Mike of Knowlton, Charles of Waupaca, Paul and Nick of Buena Vista, and four sisters, Mrs. John Woyak of Elkhorn, Mrs. Joseph Repinski of Stevens Point, Mrs. Frances Cisewski of Knowlton and Mrs. Ray Sherman of Bancroft.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, September 14, at St. Patrick's church at Lanark, Rev. D. L. Krembs officiated and interment took place in the family lot in the parish cemetery.

The pallbearers were Albert Krutza, Patrick Gray, George Helbach, John Jacowski, Anton Treratowski and Peter Seavicki.

Relatives from away who attended the funeral were John Strike and daughters, Julia and Irene, of Ashland; Mr. and Mrs. John Woyak and son, Louis, and daughter, Marie, of Elkhorn; Joseph Strike of Milwaukee; Mike Strike and Frances Cisewski of Knowlton; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Repinski, Mrs. Clara Lasczewski, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bambacek, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Repinski, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Repinski, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Repinski, Mr. and Mrs. George Allen, Mrs. Elizabeth Corlett and Miss Louise Hooper of Stevens Point; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sherman of Bancroft and Mrs. Mary Strike of Knowlton.


Willis L. Strike

Reprinted from the Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Sunday, October 31, 2004. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Strike, Willis L.

Willis L. Strike, age 83, of Waupaca, Wisconsin, died Thursday, October 28th, 2004 at Riverside Medical Center. After a valiant struggle with congestive heart failure, he passed into eternity and now, as one who placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ, will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17b). Willis was born in the Town of Lanark, Portage County, Wisconsin on June 4, 1921, the son of the late Leon J. and Margaret (Wanty) Strike. On February 27, 1945, Willis married Dolores Doerfler.

He is survived by his wife: Dolores Strike, Waupaca, Wisconsin; his son: Gary (Violet) Strike, Waupaca, Wisconsin, two daughters: Selene (Jerry) Finch, Neenah, Wisconsin; Patricia (Don) Weiland, Winneconne, Wisconsin, three grandchildren: Debrah (Curt) Nauber-Finch, Neenah, Wisconsin; James (Debbie) Strike, Waupaca, Wisconsin and Jeff (Elle) Strike of Minneapolis, MN; two Great Grandchildren: Amanda Finch and Joshua Nauber-Finch; his brother: Grant (Joy) Strike, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Leon and five sisters, Margie, Elynore, Evelyn, Lucille and Jeanette.

MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held 5 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2004 at Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca with Father Paul Vanden Hogen and Reverend Gary Strike officiating. Burial of Cremains will take place in St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Waupaca. A visitation will be held on Monday from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.


Marjorie Stroik

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, October 23, 1925, front page. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Little Girl dies of Auto Injuries

Margaret Strike, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Strike of Lanark, who suffered a fractured skull when she was struck by an automobile while crossing the road near her home, died at Mercy hospital at Oshkosh following an operation in an attempt to save her life.

At the time of the accident, her injuries were not considered alarming, but when a physician was called next morning he found she was suffering from a fractured skull. She was at once taken to the hospital at Oshkosh and the operation performed.

She was born August 8, 1913, and leaves her parents, four sisters, Eleanor, Evelyn, Lucile and Jeanette and two brothers, Willis and Leland.

Services were held at St. Patrick's church at Lanark, Rev. Joseph Rauch officiating, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Unidentified Portage Co., Wisconsin newspaper, October, 1925:

Offers Correction

Editor Journal: I wish to correct a false impression which may have been gained from reading the account of the death of Marjorie, little 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stroik of Lanark, following her injuries in an auto accident.

One account stated she had medical care the second day, the other that a doctor was called the next day. The facts are that the little girl was struck by a car occupied and driven by Dr. Potter of New London and the child was at once carried to St. Patrick's parsonage, where first aid was given and it was felt that owing to the serious skull fracture there was no chance for recovery.

The following morning another doctor was called and the New London physician came again and she was removed to Oshkosh for aid. Although she did not expire for eight days, she never regained consciousness. A particularly sad feature of her death was the fact that her mother was unable to attend the funeral services, the baby in the family being only four days old at that time.


Josephine Eckendorf Studzinski

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, September 27, 1972. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Josephine Studzinski

Mrs. Josephine Studzinski, 94, who is survived by over 200 relatives, died about 9 o'clock Saturday night at the Portage County Home. She had been a resident there since 1968.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Polonia. The Rev. Joseph Schulist will officiate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Visitation is being held today at the Dzikoski Funeral Home.

Mrs. Studzinski was a member of the parish Rosary Society and it will join a general rosary at 8 o'clock at the funeral home.

Mrs. Studzinski was born Nov. 4, 1877, in Berlin, Green Lake Co., WI, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Eckendorf.

She lived at home until her marriage on Feb. 16, 1897 to Frank Studzinski at Sacred Heart Church. They settled on the Studzinski homestead in the town of Sharon. They farmed there until 1944, when their son Raymond took over management of the farm. Mr. Studzinski died Feb. 2, 1959.

Survivors include two sons, Edward, 3200 Water St., and Raymond, on the homestead farm; eight daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Verona) Kizewski, Custer, Mrs. Regina Osowski, 1916 Illinois Ave., Mrs. Raymond (Martha) Domaszek, Custer, Mrs. Rose Scheider, 1708 Strongs Ave., Mrs. Sue Moyer, 1801 Briggs St., Mrs. Richard (Bernadette) Muller, Norfolk, Neb., Mrs. Chester (Gertie) Feltz, Route 2, and Mrs. Ernest (Esther) Rozek, Custer; 48 Grandchildren; 144 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and one half-brother, Joseph Jakubek, Custer.

Mrs. Studzinski was preceded in death by one daughter, one son, five sisters and two brothers.


Johanna L. Chilla Suchowski

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, June 18, 1991. Contributed by Betty Martz.

Johanna L. Suchowski

Johanna L. Suchowski, 73, 200 Forest St., died Monday morning June 17, 1991 at River Pines Living Center. She had been a resident there the past three weeks and in failing health the last month.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church. The Rev. Tony Parilal will officiate and burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the Dzikoski/Pisarski Funeral Home. There will be a general rosary at 7:30 tonight.

She was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Portage County, a daughter of the late Alexander and Helen Chilla. She attended local schools. She was married to Clarence Suchowski on Nov 8, 1937, at St. Peter Catholic Church. The couple settled in Stevens Point and lived at their present address the past 50 years. Mr. Suchowski survives and is a resident at River Pines Living Center.

Mrs. Suchowski enjoyed crocheting and gardening. Survivors include four sons, Darrell, 200 Forest St., Jerryon (Evelyn), 575 Dewey Dr., Claron (Patricia), 3324 Algoma St., and Randall (Margaret), 2163 Strongs Ave.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and four grandsons.


Marguerite Ida Sylvester

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Journal, Saturday, September 29, 1906. Contributed by Karla Leppen.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sylvester of 219 Cemetery street, mourn the death of their infant daughter, Marguerite Ida, who passed away Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock after an illness of 12 days. Her age was five months and four days. The funeral was held Thursday at 2 o'clock from the house, Rev. R. Katerndahl officiating.


Martin Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, March 5, 1927. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Martin Schultz, 94 year of age last November 11 and a resident of Portage County for the past 56 years, died at his home in the town of Dewey at 9:30 o'clock this morning. The Schultz farm is located only a short distance from the Torun church.

Mr. Schultz's death is attributed largely to the infirmities incident to his age. His wife passed away 13 years ago, Leaving the husband and 10 sons and daughters. The names of the children and their present homes are: William Schultz, Menasha; John Schultz, Rhinelander; Mrs. Adam Mancheski, city; Frank Schultz, Torun; Mrs. John Ruta and Leo and Anton Schultz, city; Mrs. Anton Jaszewski, Rhinelander; Mrs. John Polubitski, city; Joseph Schultz who operates the old home farm.

The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church, Torun, at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. Rev. I. Grad officiating, with interment to follow in the parish cemetery.

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Article published in the Wednesday, March 9, 1927 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Interment Made by Six Sons

William, John, Joseph, Frank, Leo and Anton Schultz, sons of the late Martin Schultz, pioneer resident of the town of Dewey, served as casket bearers when his remains were laid at rest in St. Mary's cemetery Tuesday morning. Services were conducted at the parish church at 9:30 o'clock, Rev. I Grad officiating.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. William Schultz of Neenah, Mrs. Mary Schultz of Marshfield, John Schultz and Mrs. Anton Jazdzewski of Rhinelander and Edward Schultz of Chicago.

Catherine Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, December 9, 1913. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Catherine Schultz passed away at her home inter town of Dewey at 9 o'clock Monday morning. Gangrene, which developed in one of her feet, was the cause of death. Mrs. Schultz was sixty-seven years of age and was well known among residents of Dewey and adjoining town. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from St. Mary's church in Dewey, Rev. Janikowski officiating.


Helen Stoltz Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, June 26, 1967. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Helen H. Schultz

Mrs. Helen H. Schultz, 73, died at 6 a.m. today at the Portage County Home where she had been a resident for the past year. Previous to that time, she lived at 753 Franklin St.

The former Helen Stoltz, she was born Feb. 26, 1894 in Torun, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. August Stoltz. She attended school in the Torun area.

She was married to Anton Schultz Oct. 3, 1911 at St. Peter's Catholic Church. They settled in the Stevens Point area, where he operated a grocery store.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Vilas (Dorothy) Behr, 632 4th Ave., Mrs. John (Irene) Okray, Route 3, Stevens Point, and Mrs. Edwin (Loretta) Kryshak, 917 5th Ave.; three sons, Thomas, 1217 Franklin, Norbert, 1617 East Ave., and Barnaby, 717 Green Ave.; 26 grandchildren; six great-grandsons; six sisters, Mrs. Sophie Hamerski, Fairview Village, Town of Hull, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Szews, Hatley, Mrs. Edward (Clara) DeMares, Oconomowoc, and Mrs. Jennie Hamerski, Mrs. Frank (Rose) Slowinski, and Mrs. Donald (Tina) Schauer, all of Milwaukee; and two brother, Felix Stoltz, 2249 4th Ave., and Anton, 733 Illinois Ave.

Preceding her in death were her husband, who died in 1956, her parents and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's with burial following at the side of her husband in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday after 2 p.m. at the Dzikoski Funeral Home where at 3 p.m. the Third Order of St. Francis, of which she was a member, will say a rosary. Council No. 1170, Knights of Columbus, in which her sons Barnaby and Thomas are members, will recite a rosary at 7 p.m.

The Rosary Society of St. Peter's and St. Hedwig's Court, No. 745, National Catholic Society of Foresters, of which Mrs. Schultz was a member, will combine in a joint rosary at 7:30 p.m. followed by a general rosary at 8:00 p.m.

Article published in the Thursday, June 29, 1967 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Schultz Rites

The Rev. John Wisneski officiated Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church at services for Mrs. Helen H. Schultz, 73, formerly of 753 Franklin St., who died Monday.

The Rosary Society of St. Peter's, St. Hedwig's Court No. 745, National Catholic Society of Foresters, and the Third Order of St. Francis attended in a group. Mrs. Schultz had been a member of all three organizations.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Clifford Behr, Larry and Michael Okray, and Robert, Donald and Richard Schultz.

Relatives and friends attending the services came from Chicago, Ill., Milwaukee, Birnamwood, Rhinelander, Hatley, Oconomowoc, Stevens Point and the surrounding area.

Burial took place in Guardian Angel Cemetery.


Anton Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, January 11, 1956. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Anton Schultz

Anton Schultz, 72, a retired Stevens Point grocer, died at St. Michael's hospital Tuesday night at 7:30.

Hospitalized on several occassions in the past four years, Mr. Schultz entered St. Michael's for the last time on Friday.

In partnership with his brother, Leo, he operated a grocery store meat market at the corner of Franklin and North Second streets. He was in business for 28 years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church, with burial scheduled to take place in the spring.

Friends may call at the Dzikoski funeral home from Thursday evening until the day of the funeral.

Mr. Schultz was born in the town of Hull Jan. 17, 1883, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schultz. As a youth, he attended school in Hull.

On Oct. 3, 1911, he was married at St. Peter's church to Helen Stoltz of Torun, and the couple made their home in Stevens Point.

Mr. Schultz operated the store with his brother until retiring in 1937.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Thomas, 421 Franklin street, Norbert, 306 East avenue, and Barnaby, 523 North Reserve street; three daughters, Mrs. Vilas Behr, 348 Fourth avenue, Mrs. John Okray, Stevens Point, Route 3, and Mrs. Edwin Kryshak, 613 Fifth avenue; two brothers, Leo, 803 Franklin street, and Frank, 305 Fourth avenue; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Rutta, Matilda street and Mrs. Anton Adjeski (sp.), Rhinelander, and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and two-step-brothers.

Rosaries will be said at the funeral home Thursday night by the following organizations: 7 o'clock, Catholic Daughters of America, of which a daughter, Mrs. Okray, is a member; 7:30, St. John's court No. 1807, Catholic order of Foresters, and 8, the Holy Name society of St. Peter's church. Mr. Schultz was a member of the latter two organizations.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the Knights of Columbus will say the rosary. Two sons are members of the organization. A general rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Article published in the Monday, January 16 , 1956 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Mr. Schultz's Funeral

Funeral services for Anton Schultz, 425 Franklin street, a retired Stevens Point grocer, who died Tuesday at St. Michael's hospital, were held Saturday morning at St. Peter's Catholic church, Rev. Bernard Novak officiated at the 9 o'clock requiem mass with Rt. Rev, Msgr. Julius Chylinski present in the sanctuary.

Attending the rites in a body were the Holy Name society of the church and St. John's court, 1807, Catholic Order of Foresters.

Pallbearers were Raymond Rutta, David Schultz, Jerry and Stanley Polebitski, Frank Schultz, Jr., and Fabian Mancheski.

Relatives and Friends attending the services from Milwaukee, Rhinelander, Birnamwood, Stevens Point and throughout the county.


Florian Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, September 27, 1991. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Rutta Services

Funeral services for Florian Rutta will be at 10 am. Saturday at Shuda Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday.

Mr. Rutta, 79, 819 Sherman Ave., died Thursday morning at St. Michaels Hospital. He had been a patient there for the past week.

He was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Stevens Point, a son of the late John and Mary Rutta. He attended local schools.

He was married to Bessie Krasavage on Aug. 8, 1948, in Waupaca. She died in 1982.

He entered the U.S. Army on July 6, 1942, and served overseas. He was discharged Sept. 26, 1945, from Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Mr. Rutta worked for the Wisconsin River Division of Consolidated Papers for 45 years, retiring in 1978. He lived at the current address since 1946.

Survivors include two daughters, Roberta (David) Shafel, St. Germaine, and Patricia (Gerald) Aho, 1401 Sycamore Ave.; one son, David (JoAnn), 225A 2 nd St.; two brothers, Jerome, Vacaville, Calif., and Ben, Stevens Point; one sister, Theresa Stanke, Snohomish, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.


Helen Wrycha Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, May 4, 1964. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Helen Schultz

Mrs. Helen Schultz, 77, 305 4th Ave., died Sunday morning at St. Michael's Hospital where she had been a patient the past four weeks.

The former Helen Wrycha was born in the Town of Hull, May 10, 1886, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wrycha. Eighteen years later, on her birthday in 1904, she married the late Frank F. Schultz at St. Casimir's Catholic Church in the Town of Hull.

After their marriage, they lived at Rhinelander before returning to a farm in the Town of Sharon. They farmed 35 years, until their retirement 19 years ago when they moved to Stevens Point. Mr. Schultz died Oct. 17, 1963.

Survivors include five sons, George, 724 Water St., Charles and Frank, Town of Dewey, Albin, Town of Bevent, and Wallace, at home; four daughters, Mrs. John (gertrude) Suske, Rothschild, Mrs. John (Bernice) Hintz, Town of Bevent, Mrs. August (Isabelle) Hintz, 218 Dixon St., and Mrs. Helen Konieczki, Chicago; 36 grandchildren and 51great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Leo (Pauline) Cychosz, Town of Sharon.

Her husband, her parents, seven sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Dzikoski Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will follow beside her husband in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Rosary Society of St. Peter's, of which she was a member, will recite a rosary, and a general rosary will be said at 8 p.m.

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Article published in the Thursday, May 7, 1964 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Mrs. Schultz's Funeral

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church for Mrs. Helen Schultz, 77, 305 4th Ave., who died Sunday.

The Rev. S. P. Mieczkowski was celebrant of hte solemn requiem mass. The Rev. John Wisneski was decon and the Rev. Stanislaus Lapinski was subdecon.

Father Mieckowski conducted burial services in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

The parish Rosary Society, of which Mrs. Schultz was a member, attended in a group.

Pallbearers were Stanley Hintz, Pfc. John Hintz Jr., John Schultz, Leonard Schultz, Gerald Kozieczki and LeRoy Suske.

Relatives and friends attended from South St. Paul, Minn., Chicago, Milwaukee, Wausau, Rothschild, Rhinelander, Galloway, Bevent, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and the Stevens Point area.


Raymond Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, March 21, 1988. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Rutta services

Services for Raymond R. Rutta will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic Church. The Rev. Robert Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Dzikowski Funeral Home. A general rosary will be said at 7 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10262 of Plover, of which he was a member, will conduct a ritual at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Rutta, 69, 3404 Feltz Ave., town of Plover, died Friday evening at Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison. He had been a patient there two weeks and in ill health for two months.

He was born Aug. 19, 1918, in the town of Hull, son of the late John and Mary Rutta. He attended town of Hull schools and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School. He entered the U.S. Army on March 13, 1942, serving as a Tech/5 with the Signal Corps in Central Europe, Rhineland, France and Ardennes. He received the Silver Star and three overseas bars.

He was married to Margaret Winkler on Aug. 6, 1946, at St. Peter Catholic Church. The couple settled in Stevens Point before moving to the town of Plover, where they lived at the present address for 38 years. He was employed as a painter for Consolidated Papers Inc. for 38 yeas, retiring in 1982 due to ill health.

Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Dennis (Ellen),6064 Highway 54 East, Plover, and Garrie (Peggy Sue), Salt Lake City, Utah; three brothers, Ben, 801 Sherman Ave., Whiting, Florian, 819 Sherman Ave., Whiting, and Jerome, California; one sister, Theresa Stanke, Spokane, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

One infant son, five brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.


Michael Szczesny

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, July 22, 1918. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Michael Szczesny (spelled Sczeny in this article)

Michael Szczesny of the town of Carson died at St. Michael's hospital at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He had been a patient at the hospital for 10 days and underwent an operation for appendicitis a week ago.

The deceased was born in German-Poland September 16, 1849 and came to this country in 1881. He was a farmer by trade and resided in Portage county practically all of the time since coming to Wisconsin.

Besides the widow, nine children survive. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St Bartholomew's church at Mill Creek.

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Article published in the Wednesday July 24, 1918 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Funeral of Michael Sczesny

The funeral of the late Michael Szesney was held from St. Bartholomew's church at Mill Creek this morning at 9:30 o'clock. The Rev. T. Malkowski, Rev.S. Lapinski and Rev. P. Borowski officiated.

The pallbearers were chosen from among members of St. Bartholomew's society of which the deceased was a member. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.


Lora Wilgush Szczesny

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, June 16, 1947. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Lora Szczesny

Mrs. Lora Szczesny, age 87, of the town of Carson, died at 1:20 o'clock at St. Michael's hospital. She broke her hip and suffered a stroke six years ago, which confined her to bed since. She had made her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Szczesny, in Carson since her illness.

Mrs. Szczesny was born on April 12, 1860, in Poland, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Wilgush. Her marriage to Michael Szczensy took place in Poland and the couple came to this country in 1881. After residing n Buffalo, N.Y. for a year they came to Stevens Point. They lived here for a year and then located on a farm in the town of Carson which they purchased. A short time after her husband's death, Mrs. Szczesny came to Stevens Point to reside, in 1923, after a residence of 40 years on the farm. She lived here until her illness.

Surviving are five children, Mrs. John Eron of Dexterville, Mrs. John Dulak of the town of Dewy, Joseph of Carson and John and Peter of Muskegon, Mich., 56 grandchildren. Six children preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Boston funeral home and burial will follow in DePines cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until the time of the services.

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Article published in the Wednesday June 18, 1947 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Funeral of Mrs. Szczesny

Funeral services for Mrs. Lora Szczesny of the town of Carson, who died Saturday afternoon, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Boston funeral home. Jacob Mansavage conducted the services and burial followed in De Pines cemetery.

Pallbearers were J.J. Bobrowski, Alex Cera, Peter Kowalexyk, Dennis Kowalczyk, Joe Mansavage and Mr. Wiszucki.

Attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Szczesny of Muskegon, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. John Eron and Xavier and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eron of Dexterville; Leo Breske and daughter, Alice. Mrs. John Breske and Robert Gagas of Wausau; Steve and Joe Dulak, Marion and Esther Szczesny and Mrs. John D. Connell, Jr., of Chicago.


Frank Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, October 18, 1963. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Frank F. Schultz

Frank F. Schultz, 85, 305 4th Ave., died Thursday afternoon at St. Michael's Hospital where he had been a patient for the past five weeks.

Friends may call at the Dzikoski Funeral Home. A general rosary will be recited at 8 tonight at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 9:30 Saturday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church and burial will follow in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

He was born in Oak Harbor, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1878, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schultz. At age two, he moved with his parents to a farm in the Town of Dewey.

On May 10, 1904, he married Helen Wrycha at St. Casimir's Catholic Church in the Town of Hull.

After their marriage, they lived in Rhinelander for a period of five years. In 1909 they moved to a farm in the Town of Sharon where they lived for 35 years. Upon their retirement 19 years ago, they moved to Stevens Point.

His parents, three sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; five sons, George, 724 Water St., Charles and Frank, Town of Dewey, Albin, Bevent, and Wallace, 305 4th Ave.; four daugthers, Mrs. John (Gertrude) Suske, Rothschild, Mrs. John (Bernice) Hintz and Mrs. August (Isabelle) Hintz, Town of Bevent, and Mrs. Helen Konieczki, Chicago; 36 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Helen Ajeski, Rhinelander.


John Rutta, Jr.

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, June 25, 1983. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

John Rutta Jr.

John Rutta Jr., 66, P.O. Box 1025, Plover, died Friday afternoon at St. Michael's Hospital where he had been a patient the past two weeks. He had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be held at St. Bronislava's Catholic Church in Plover at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. William Moeschler officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Dzikowski Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Sunday. The Veterans if Foreign Wars and the American Legion will combine in a ritual at 7 p.m. Sunday. The general rosary will be at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Rutta was born Sept. 10, 1916, in the town if Hull, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rutta Sr. He attended schools in the town of Hull and entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 5, 1941. He was as technical sergeant four with Co. F, 272 nd Infantry Regiment, serving in the European-Rhineland Theater. He married the former Cecelia Wozniak on April 26, 1948, at St. Peter's Catholic Church and the couple settled in Whiting for 11 years before moving to their present address in 1960. He was employed at Wisconsin River Division of Consolidated Papers Inc. as an electrician for 24 years until retiring in 1969 because of a disability. He was a member of Post 568 and the American Legion Post in Plover.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Marvin, Waukesha, and Keith, 2817 Water St., four daughters, Mrs. James (Shirley) Sciano, New Berlin, Karen, at home, Mrs. Randall (Roseanne) Herrin, Clarksville, Tenn., and Mrs. David (Caroline) Scheider, Fort Hood, Tex., five brothers, Ben, 801 Sherman Ave., Whiting, Florian, 819 Sherman Ave., Whiting, Harry, 2840 Henriatta St., Ray, 3404 Feltz Ave., town of Plover, and Jerome, Vacaville, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Lucille) Schwab, 48 Newby's Trailer Court, town of Plover, Mrs. Chester (Hattie) Walczak, San Bruno, Calif., and Mrs. Theresa Stanke, Everett, Wash.; and 10 grandchildren.


Lucy Richter Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, October 6, 1952. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Lucy Schultz

Mrs. Lucy Schultz, 70, of 707 Fifth avenue, died unexpectedly on Saturday. She had been active recently, although she had suffered a heart condition for the last three years.

The former Lucy Richter was born Dec. 9, 1881, in Poland, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Richter.

When she was six years old, she came with her parents to this country and the family came directly to Portage county, settling here on a farm. She attended the parochial school of Sacred Heart Catholic church, Polonia.

Mrs. Schultz remained at home until the time of her marriage on April 25, 1904, to Joseph Schultz of the town of Dewey. The ceremony was performed at St. Mary's church at Torun.

The couple took up residence in the town of Dewey on a farm, remaining there until 1945, when they retired and came to Stevens Point and the present address.

Mr. Schultz died on July 30, 1947.

Mrs. Schultz was a member of the Rosary society of St. Mary's church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Derezinski, 500 Union street, and Mrs. John Jonas, Merrill; two sons, Edward, Milwaukee, and David, 707 Fifth avenue; 12 grandchildren and a brother, Barney Richter, Chicago.

A sister, three brothers and a son preceded her in death.

Friends may call at the Dzikoski funeral home until the time of services, which will be Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Peter's church. Burial will be made in Guardian Angel cemetery.

General rosaries have been scheduled at the funeral home for this evening at 8 o'clock and Tuesday evening at 7:30. At 8 o'clock Tuesday evening, the Rosary society of St. Mary's will say prayers.

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Article published in the Thursday, October 9, 1952 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal.

Schultz Funeral

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church for Mrs. Lucy Schultz, 70, of 707 Fifth avenue, who died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday.

Rev. Joseph Walijewski was celebrant at the solemn requiem high mass, with Rev. Dominic Eichman as decon and Rev. Anthony Krauza as sub-decon.

Burial was made in the family lot at Guardian Angel cemetery, with Father Eichman officiating at graveside.

The pallbearers, all nephews, were Fabian Mancheski, Nobert Schultz, Chester Polebitski, Stanley Richter, Albin Schultz and Steve Rutta.

Attending the services from away were Mr. and Mrs. Anton Ajeska, Arthur Ajeska and Mrs. W. Robarge, Rhinelander; Mrs. Frank Weinetz, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wienetz, Mrs. Frank Cherek and Mrs. Donald Leindecker, all of Antigo.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Laskowski, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Breske, Mrs. Anna Breske, all of Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ossowski, Mrs. Charles Woytasik, Mrs. Leonard Jakubowski, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Przybylski and Mr. and Mrs. Roman Przybylski, all of Hatley.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shebelski and family and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schultz and son, Martin, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Barney Richter and Mr. and Mrs. Benedict Zoromski, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Maciejewski and family of Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Jonas and family, Merrill; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kirschling, De Pere, and many relatives and friends from Portage county and vicinity.


Stephen Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, August 31, 1972. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Stephen Rutta

Stephen (Steve) Rutta, 66, 1017 Park St., died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep this morning.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Rev. Chester Zielinski will officiate. Burial will be held in the Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the Dzikowski Funeral Home, where a general rosary will be recited at 7:30.

Mr. Rutta was born Aug. 25, 1906, in Town of Hull, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Rutta. He married the former Ester Oswowski on Nov. 12, 1938, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Torun. They settled in Stevens Point and have lived at their present address for the past 15 years. Mr. Rutta was the head fire man in the power department of Consolidated Papers, Inc., Wisconsin River Division, and retired one year ago today.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Eugene, 2539 Warner St., and Thomas, Plover, one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) Okray, Town of Linwood; six brothers, Harry, 2840 Henrietta St., Ben, 801 Sherman Ave., Whiting, Florian, 819 Sherman Ave., Whiting, John, Plover, Joseph, 3201 Michigan Ave., and Ray, Whiting, and five sisters, Mrs. Lillian Skoney, 1325 Matilda St., Mrs. Joseph (Lucille) Schwab, Milwaukee, Mrs. Clayton (Jeanie) Starr, Rancho Cordova, Calif., Mrs. Chester (Hattie) Walczak, San Bruno, Calif., and Mrs. Theresa Stankey, Everett, Wash.

Mr. Rutta was preceded in death by two infant children, one brother and two sisters.


Joseph Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, July 30, 1947. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Joseph Schultz

Joseph Schultz, age 71, 707 Fifth avenue, a retired town of Dewey farmer, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at St. Michael's hospital, following an illness of three years. He was confined to bed the past four months and entered the hospital on April 16.

Mr. Schultz came to Portage county at the age of five with his parents, the late Martin and Catherine Schultz, from Oak Harbor, Ohio, where he was born on Feb. 27, 1876 . The family located on a farm in Dewey. His marriage to Miss Lucy Richter of Dewey took place on April 25, 1904, at St. Mary's Catholic church at Torun. The couple lived on a farm in Dewey until 1945 when they moved to Stevens Point.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Derezinski, 615 Fifth avenue, and Mrs. John Jonas, 707 Fifth avenue, two sons, Edward Schultz of Milwaukee and David of Monroe, La., three brothers, Leo, Anton and Frank Schultz of Stevens Point, three sisters, Mrs. John Rutta of Whiting, Mrs. John Polebitski, 713 Norman avenue, and Mrs. Anton (sp.) Ajeska of Rhinelander, and 10 grandchildren. A son, Chester, died in infancy, and three brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church and burial will take place in Guardian Angel cemetery. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where it may be viewed after Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 o'clock.

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Article published in the Monday, August 4, 1947 from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Funeral of Mr. Schultz

Funeral services for Joseph Schultz, 707 Fifth avenue, who died last Wednesday, were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church, where a solemn high mass was conducted. The celebrant was Rev. Anthony B. Krausa, the decon, Rev. Edward Sobczyk, and the sub-decon, Rev. Dominic Eichman. Father Sobczyk officiated at the grave in Guardian Angel cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stanley and Peter Richter, Norbert and Albin Schultz, Arthur Ajeska and Jerome Polebitski.

The following from away attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. David R. Schultz and son, Victor, Ernest and David, Jr. Monroe, La.; Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Schultz and son, Martin, and Mrs. Carl Shibilski, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Anton (sp.) Ajeska, Arthur Ajeska, Mrs. Alex Robarge and Steven Nitka, Rhinelander; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Laskaski, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clarkaski, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Breske and son, Joseph, Jr.; Leo Breske, Robert Gagas and Mrs. Lloyd King, Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. John Brezke, Hatley; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wienetz, Mrs. Veronica Cherek and Mrs. L. Kruse, Antigo; Henry Karch, Chicago; Joseph Konkol, Westfield, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kirschling, Wisconsin Rapids. Others were present from Polonia, Ellis, Torun, Bevent and Plover.


Frances Simcakowski Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, July 16, 1970. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Frances Schultz

Mrs. Frances Schultz, 91, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Nursing Home, Wisconsin Rapids.

Before entering the nursing home last October, she lived at 1101 Franklin St.

She was the window of Leo Schultz, who with is brother, Anton, operated the Schultz Brothers grocery and meat market at 2 nd and Franklin Streets for many years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, with burial in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dzikoski Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Friday. St. Peter's Rosary Society, of which Mrs. Schultz was as member, will say the rosary there at 7 o'clock Friday night and a general rosary is scheduled for 7:30

Mrs. Schultz was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Simcakowski. She was born Feb. 19, 1879, in the Town of Hull.

As a young woman, she was a cook in restaurants and hotels in Stevens Point, elsewhere in Wisconsin and in other states.

Her marriage to Mr. Schultz took place Sept 25, 1922, at St. Hyacinth's Catholic Church, Antigo, and they made their home in Stevens Point.

Mrs. Schultz is survived by a brother, Frank Simcakowski, 300 Franklin St., and nieces and nephews.

Her husband died in 1960. Also preceding her in her death were four brothers and two sisters.


Harry Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, April 10, 1987. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Harry Rutta

Harry Rutta, 76, 2840 Henrietta St., died Thursday afternoon at St. Michael's Hospital. He had been in ill health for a year and a half.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel. The Rev. John Mauel will officiate. Burial will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friend may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. A general rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

An Elks gathering is scheduled for 7:30 this evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Rutta was born March 21, 1911, in the town of Hull, son of the late John and Mary Rutta. He attended local schools. He then worked at Joerns Furniture Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1973.

He has since worked at the Elks Lodge.

He was married to Helen Laszewski at St Stanislaus Catholic Church. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Max, 1494 N. Torun Road, and Robert, 605 8 th St., Plover; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Theresa Stankey, Snohomish, Wash.; and three brothers, Ben, 801 Sherman Ave., Florian, 819 Sherman Ave., and Ray, 3404 Feltz Ave.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.


Lillian Rutta Skonieczny

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, September 24, 1979. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Lillian R. Skonieczny

Mrs. William R Skonieczny, 80, 1325 Matilda St., died Sunday evening at St. Michael's Hospital after being stricken Saturday evening at home. She had been ill the past two years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. The Rev. Thomas E. Mullen will officiate. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friend may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Dzikowski Funeral Home. The Auxiliary to Schumann-Heink Chapter No. 30, Disabled American Veterans, of which she was a member, will hold a ritual at 7 p.m. The general rosary will be said at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Skonieczny was born Feb. 2, 1899, in Stevens Point, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Rutta Sr. She attended school in the town of Hull and moved to Milwaukee as a young woman.

She married Walter Skonieczny in 1928. The couple lived in Milwaukee until moving to the present address in 1945. He died in 1947.

Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Lucille) Schwab, Newby's Trailer Court, Plover, Mrs. Theresa Stanke, Everett, Wash., Mrs. Clinton (Jeanie) Starr, Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Chester (Hattie) Walczak, San Bruno, Calif.; seven brothers, Joseph Rutta, 3201 Michigan Ave., Harry, 2840 Henrietta St., Ben, 801 Sherman Ave., Whiting, Florian, 819 Sherman Ave., Whiting, John Jr., Highway 51, Plover, Ray, 3404 Fleltz Ave., and Jerome, Vacaville, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Two sisters and two bothers preceded her in death.


William Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, May 14, 1930. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Former Resident Dies at Neenah

William Schultz, a boyhood resident of Portage county and whose wife was Miss Sophia Adams, an adopted daughter of Mrs. Mary Adams, 123 Jefferson street, died at Neenah shortly before noon on Monday as the result of a paralytic stroke which he experienced at about 9 o'clock that morning. The funeral will be held at St. Mary's church, Menasha, at 9 a.m. Thursday, with interment in the parish cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. A number of local relatives will attend the final rites.

Mr. Schultz, who was 67 years of age, was born in Germany, but came to America with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schultz, when he was a child. They lived in the east for three years, then moved to the town of Dewy, this county, where the family resided until the father passed away four years ago.

Shortly after the marriage of William Schultz, 44 years ago, he and his wife located at Menasha, remaining there a relatively short time before going to Neenah, where they purchased a home at 313 Bond Street.

Mr. Schultz was employed by the Wisconsin central railroad in his young days and for a long time before his recent retirement on pension was an engineer on the Central and Soo Line. Of late he had been employed by the Menasha Woodenware company. Mrs. Schultz died a year ago last November. There are two daughters and a son in the family, and seven grandchildren. Other close relatives are five brothers and three sisters, Leo and Anton Schultz and Mrs, John Polubitski of this city, Joseph and Frank Schultz of Dewy, John Schultz and Mrs, Anton Ajski of Rhinelander, and Mrs. John Rutta of Plover.


Regina Kabachinski Spreda

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, December 13, 1997. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Regina Spreda

Regina J. Spreda, 79, River Pines Living and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of 400 Lindbergh Ave., died Friday morning, December 12, 1997, at St. Michael's Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate with burial at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Friends may call from to 6 p.m. Monday at Boston Funeral Home where a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Spreda was born Sept. 10, 1918, in Stevens Point to the late Steven and Veronica Kabachinski. She attended St. Stephen grade school, graduating from Emerson High School in 1936. She worked for Weber Fly Tackle and then the Congress Club.

She was married to James F. Spreda on Jan. 17, 1944, in San Francisco. He was leaving to go overseas during World War II. He died July 25, 1994. She came back to Stevens Point. She worked 20 years for the Stevens Point Division of Consolidated Papers and later at Consolidated Paper Board, retiring in 1962. She also was a seamstress for many years.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and it Rosary Society, the local paper Board Union. She enjoyed crocheting and fishing in northern Wisconsin and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Packers fan.

Survivors include five sons, Patrick (Theresa), Stevens Point, Michael (Kathy), Stevens Point, David (Geri), Plover, Richard, Plover and James Jr. (Darlene), Stevens Point; a brother Leonard (Gertrude) Kabachinski, Menomonee Falls, and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister.


Leo Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, October 29, 1959. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Leo Schultz

Leo Schultz, 78, of 803 Franklin St., died at St. Michael's Hospital at 5:10 a.m. today. He suffered a stroke while duck hunting on Oct. 1, 1958, and had been hospitalized since. A second stroke occurred Monday Night and Mr. Schultz went in a coma from which he never recovered.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church and burial will be made in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

The body is at the Dzikoski Funeral Home where friends may call after 6 o'clock this evening. The Holy Name Society of St. Peter's Church and members of St. John's Court No. 1807, Catholic Order of Forsters, of which Mr. Schultz was a member, will recite the rosary tonight at 8:30. A general rosary is scheduled for Friday evening at 7:30.

Mr. Schultz was born at Torun on Feb. 18, 1881, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schultz. He attended school at Torun and many years ago worked for his brother-in-law, Adam Mancheski, in a grocery business at 418 N. 2nd. This was operates as the Schultz Bros. of 38 years until Mr. Schultz retired 28 years ago.

On Sept. 25, 1922, he married Frances Szimcokoski of the Town of Hull at St. Hyacinth's Catholic Church at Antigo. They lived for a time at 714 Franklin St. and later moved to the present address at 803 Franklin.

He is survived by his wife; a brother Frank, 305 4th Ave., and a sister, Mrs. Anton Ajeske, Rhinelander.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and two half-brothers.

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Article published in the Monday, November 2, 1959 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Mr. Schultz's Funeral

Funeral services for Leo Schultz, 78, 803 Franklin St., were held Saturday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

The Rev. S. P. Mieckowski was celebrant of a solemn requiem high mass, with the Rev. Bernard Novak serving as deacon and the Rev. Richard Tomzyck as sub-decon.

Burial was in Guardian Angel Cemetery, with Father Mieczkowski officiating.

John Okray, Fabian Mancheski, Edmund Simcakowski, Leonard Simcakowski, Jerry Polebitski and Anton Bachinski were the pallbearers.

The parish Holy Name Society and St. John's Court No. 1807, Catholic Order of Foresters, of which Mr. Schultz was a member, were represented at the services.

Attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Alex Rubarsh and Art Ajeska, Rhinelander; Mr. and Mrs. John Suska and family, Rothschild, and others from this area.

Mary Schultz Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, May 29, 1959. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Mrs. Mary Rutta

Mrs. Mary Rutta, 79, 317 Matilda St., died Thursday evening in Milwaukee.

She apparently suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Mrs. Rutta, who lived with a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Skonieczny, was visiting another daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Lucille) Schwab, in Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church, and burial will follow in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Sunday at the Dzikoski Funeral Home. The rosary will be said there Sunday night at 7:30.

Mrs. Rutta was born in Ohio on March 22, 1880. She was the former Mary Schultz.

She is survived by seven sons, Joseph, 1504 S. Michigan Ave., Steve, 407 Park St., Ben, Florian and John, Whiting, Harry, 1217 Henrietta St., and Raymond, Plover; five daughters, Mrs. Skonieczny, Mrs. Schwab, Mrs. Anton (Theresa) Stanke, Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Clinton (Jennie) Starr and Mrs. Chester (Hedwig) Walczak, San Bruno, Calif.; a stepson, Jerome Rutta, U.S. Army, Fort Worth, Tex.; two brothers, Leo Schultz, 803 Franklin St., and Frank Schultz, 305 4th Ave., and a sister, Mrs. Helen Ajaska, Rhinelander.

A son and a daughter preceded her in death.

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Article published in the Tuesday, June 2, 1959 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Funeral of Mrs. Rutta

The Rev. Richard Tomsyck was the celebrant of a solemn requiem high mass Monday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church for the funeral of Mrs. Mary Rutta, 317 Matilda St.

Mrs. Rutta died last Thursday at Milwaukee. She was 79 years of age.

The Rev. Joseph Walijewski was deacon of the mass and the Rev. Anthony Krausa was subdeacon. Father Tomsyck officiated at burial services in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Six grandsons of Mrs. Rutta, Harry and Peter Laszewski Jr. and Richard, Norbert, Thomas and Eugene Rutta were pallbearers.

Friends and relatives attended from Rhinelander, Fort Worth, Tex., Everett, Wash., Milwaukee, Merrill and Stevens Point and the surrounding area.


John Rutta

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, June 23, 1949. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

John J. Rutta, Sr.

John J. Rutta, 73, a lifelong resident of Portage County, died suddenly Wednesday morning at his home at Whiting. Mr. Rutta was found dead in bed at noon by his grandson, Jerome Rutta, who went to his grandfather's room to call him for his noon meal. Mr. Rutta, who had been in ailing health for the past year, had lain down to rest at 9:30 o'clock. A doctor who examined the body said he had died about 10:30, following a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 7:30 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church and burial will take place in Guardian Angel cemetery. The body is at the Prais funeral home where the rosary will be said this evening and Friday evening at 7:30 o'clock.

Mr. Rutta was born in the town of Hull on Dec. 26, 1875, a son of the late Jacob and Mary Rutta. His marriage to Miss Mary Schultz took place on May 9, 1898, in Hull. Mr. Rutta was engaged in farming until 1927 when the family moved to Whiting. At that time he entered the employ of the Wisconsin River Paper and Pulp company and continued when it became the Wisconsin River division of the Consolidated Water Power and Paper company. He retired last Jan 1.

He is survived by his wife, seven sons, Joseph, Ben, Florian, Steve, Harry, John Jr., and Raymond Rutta of Stevens Point, five daughters, Mrs. Lillian Skonieczny of Stevens Point, Mrs Joe Schwab of Madison, Mrs. Tony Stanke of Everett, Wash., Mrs. Tony Star of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Chester Walczak of San Bruno, Calif., two sisters, Sister M. Mickaline of St. Peter's parochial school at Eagle River and Mrs. John Waldowski of Stevens Point, 22 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Adam, two daughters, Christine and Isabelle, and a sister, Mrs. Martha Laszewski.

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Article published in the Monday, June 27, 1949 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Funeral of Mr. Rutta

Funeral services for John J. Rutta, Sr., who died suddenly Wednesday morning at his home at Whiting, were held Saturday morning. Rev Edward Sobczyk officiated at a requiem high mass at 7:30 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic church and burial followed in Guardian Angel cemetery.

Pallbearers were Harry Kluck, Ray Kedrowski, Joseph Pavelski, Harry Curran, John Wysocki and Clarence Niemczyk.

Relatives from away who came for the funeral included Mrs. Anton Stanke of Everett, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schwab of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Ajeski, Art Ajeski and Mrs. Alex Robarch of Rhinelander. Two daughters, Mrs. Tony Star of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Chester Walczak of San Bruno, Calif., were unable to come.


John Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, August 11, 1919. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

John Ryan

The death of John Ryan of Buena Vista occurred at his home Saturday evening at 8:40 o'clock. Death followed an illness with tuberculosis of over three years.

He was born in Manistee, Mich., on April 7, 1866, where he lived up to 21 years ago when he moved to Dunbar, Wis., and resided there for seven years. Fourteen years ago he came to Buena Vista, this county, where he had resided since.

There survive his mother, Mrs. Ed. Ryan, who resides in Buena Vista, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Badger and Mrs. Wagner, all of Milwaukee, Frank of Baraboo, Joseph of Grand Rapids, and John, Patrick and Henry at the family home in Buena Vista. A brother Edward, died shortly over a month ago.

The funeral will be held at St. Martin's church at Almond at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, with burial in the parish cemetery.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Friday, August 15, 1919:

John Ryan Funeral

The funeral of the late John Ryan of Buena Vista was held from St. Martin's church in Almond at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Burial took place in St. Martin's cemetery. The pallbearers were W. B. Coddington, Lester Adams, Glen Minor, John W. Burns, George McGinley and Frank Meronk.


Pauline Schwerke

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, May 4, 1940. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Herman Schwerke

Mrs. Herman Schwerke, age 86, mother-in-law of the former Miss Zella Delaney of Amherst, died suddenly Monday afternoon, April 22, at her home at Dale. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 25, at Dale.

Surviving are two sons, Joe, of Dale and Leo E. the husband of the former Miss Delaney of Chicago, and eight grandchildren. Her husband died 12 years ago.


Edward Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, August 29, 1906. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

DIED IN BUENA VISTA

Edward Ryan, Former Resident of Washington County, Dies After Short Illness at His Farm Home.

Edward Ryan died at home in the town of Buena Vista, Thursday, the 9th inst., of general debility, age 69 years, and the news of his death was received with sorrow by all who knew this worthy citizen. He was ill for about three weeks, but during his sickness he never complained and was resigned when the final summons came.

Edward Ryan was born at Savannah, Ga., Oct. 12, 1838, and when two years of age came with his parents to Milwaukee, where they remained for two years and then moved to the town of Erin, Washington county, where they purchased a farm. Here the son lived until he was twenty years old, when he started out for himself and for two years worked on the levees in the South. He returned home in the fall of 1860 and was married Oct. 3 to Miss Adelaide Barnes, daughter of Jas. and Catherine Barnes, and they were the parents of eleven children. Those who survive besides the widow are Mrs. Annie Badger, Mrs. Mary Johnson and Mrs. David Wagner, all of Milwaukee; John, Joseph, Patrick, Edward, James and Henry, of this county, and Frances, of Richland Center. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters, Henry Ryan of Milwaukee, Joseph Ryan of Nebraska, Mrs. Margaret Freshman of Iowa, and Mrs. Ellen McAnnah of Washington county. Mr. Ryan had resided in Portage county for comparatively few years, but during this time had made many friends. At his old home in Washington county his death is deeply regretted. He was of a social, friendly disposition, an honest man, well informed on all subjects of public interest, frank and candid in his dealings with his fellowmen, one who loved peace and whose motto was "Good will to all mankind." He was a kind and indulgent husband and a worthy father.

The funeral took place from the Catholic church in Buena Vista on the Saturday following his death and was attended by a large concourse of citizens.


Frances L. Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, August 1, 1942. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Frances Ryan Dies At Hospital Today

Miss Frances L. Ryan of Duluth, Minnesota, a native of Portage county, died at noon today at St. Michael's hospital. The body is at the Crosby funeral home. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Monday, August 3, 1942:

Miss Frances L. Ryan

Funeral services for Miss Francis L. Ryan of Duluth, Minnesota, a native of Portage county, who died Saturday noon at 12:15 o'clock at St. Michael's hospital, will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Stephen's Catholic church. Burial will follow in St. Stephen's cemetery. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where the rosary will be said tonight at 8 o'clock.

Miss Ryan came to Stevens Point two weeks ago Saturday to visit her sister, Mrs. Louis M. Maloney, 1017 Main street. She was removed to the hospital 10 days before her death.

A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan, pioneers of Portage county, Miss Ryan was born at their farm home in the town of Stockton, near Custer. She received her education in the county's public schools and the State Normal school in Stevens Point. She taught in the grade schools of Wausau, Merrill and Marshfield until her retirement when she purchased a home on East Boulevard in Duluth, where she had since made her home.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen, Dr. Margaret Ryan Bergren of Cloquet, Minnesota, and Mrs. Maloney of Stevens Point. A sister, Mrs. C. E. Shortell of Stevens Point, died in 1929.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, August 5, 1942:

Funeral of Miss Ryan

Rev. John R. McGinley officiated at services Tuesday morning for the late Miss Frances L. Ryan of Duluth, Minnesota, who died in Stevens Point Saturday while visiting her sister, Mrs. Louis M. Maloney, 1017 Main street. The services were held at 9:30 o'clock at St. Stephen's Catholic church and burial followed in the family lot in St. Stephen's cemetery.

During the services Mrs. Ray Felker sang "The Prayer" and the words of which are from the works of James Whitcomb Riley. This was in special tribute to the memory of Miss Ryan, who, as a student at the Stevens Point Normal, was a popular read of Riley's poems at the school's entertainments. Mrs. Felker also sang "O, the Priceless Love of Jesus," Mrs. Herman H. Menzel played the accompaniments.

The pallbearers were John C. Maloney, Walter Hossman, Arthur Raymond, James Duggan, William Nikolai and Edward Leary.

Those from out of town who came included Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen and Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maloney of Milwaukee, Mrs. Sullivan is a sister and Mr. Maloney is a nephew of Miss Ryan.

Michael T. Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, January 2, 1941. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Michael T. Ryan

Michael T. Ryan, a native of Custer, died from a heart attack at his home at Cloquet, Minnesota, according to word received here by his sister, Mrs. Louis M. Maloney, 1017 Main street.

Funeral arrangements have not been learned.

Mr. Ryan is survived by four sisters, Dr. Margaret Ryan of Cloquet, Miss Frances Ryan of Duluth, Minnesota, Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen and Mrs. Maloney.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Monday, January 6, 1941:

Funeral of Mr. Ryan

Funeral services for Michael T. Ryan, age 66, a native of Portage county and a brother of Mrs. Louis T. Maloney, 1017 Main street, who died from a heart attack at his home at Cloquet, Minnesota were held at Cloquet Saturday morning. The services were conducted by Father Edgar of the Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic church at 10:30 o'clock and the remains were brought to Stevens Point to a vault at the Crosby funeral home to await interment in the family lot in the cemetery of St. Mary's Catholic church at Custer.

Mr. Ryan was born on April 27, 1874, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan, pioneer farmers near Custer. He attended a rural school at Custer, the grade schools at Mellen and the State Normal school at River Falls. For the past 35 years he owned and operated a farm and timber lands, which adjoin the University of Minnesota products experimental farm near Cloquet. His sister, Dr. Margaret Ryan-Bergren, made her home with him.

Surviving besides his sisters, Mrs. Maloney and Dr. Ryan-Bergren, are two other sisters, Miss Frances L. Ryan of Duluth, Minnesota, and Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Monday, May 12, 1941:

Funeral of Michael T. Ryan

Funeral services for the late Michael T. Ryan, who died on January 1 at his home at Cloquet, Minnesota, will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in St. Mary's Catholic church at Custer.

Patrick Ryan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, December 4, 1925. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Buena Vista Man Dies

Patrick Ryan, a resident of the town of Buena Vista for the past 23 years, passed away at his home Wednesday evening at 8:20 o'clock, following a short illness with pneumonia. He had been in poor health for a long time and became in such weakened condition that his powers of resistance were almost exhausted when the pneumonia attacked him.

Mr. Ryan was unmarried and lived with his widowed mother, Mrs. Catherine (sic) Ryan, on the old home farm near Keene. His birth place was Byron, Fond du Lac county, and the date March 8, 1872, making him past 53 years of age. Other surviving relatives are two sisters, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Badger of Milwaukee, and four brothers, Francis of Baraboo and Joseph, Henry and James of Buena Vista.

Burial services will be held at St. Martin's church, Almond, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. P. Banka to officiate. Interment will follow beside his father, the late John (sic) Ryan, in the parish cemetery.

Dr. Margaret Ryan-Bergren

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, October 30, 1948. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Dr. Margaret Ryan-Bergren

Dr. Margaret Ryan-Bergren, 82, of 1017 Main street, died Friend evening of pneumonia. she had been a hospital patient for eight weeks.

Mrs. Bergren was born at Custer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan, pioneers of that vicinity. She attended Portage county schools, the River Falls Normal and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, after which she taught school at Fifield and Park Falls. She was elected twice to serve as county superintendent of schools of Ashland county.

In 1902 she was graduating from the Hamline university medical school in Minnesota, receiving a degree of doctor of medicine. She then practiced medicine in Minneapolis and Duluth. She was married in 1915 to Martin Bergren of Superior. Her husband died in 1944. Until her recent illness, Dr. Bergren made her home with her sister, Mrs. L. M. Maloney, at the Main street address.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's Catholic church. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where friends may call after Sunday noon. The rosary will be said Sunday and Monday evenings at 8 o'clock.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Thursday, November 4, 1948:

Funeral of Dr. Ryan

Funeral services for Dr. Margaret Ryan-Bergren, 1017 Main street, who died last Friday evening, were held Tuesday morning. Rev. John R. McGinley officiated at a requiem high mass at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's cemetery (sic). The mass was sung by St. Stephen's choir.

Pallbearers were Edward Knopa, Joseph J. Hart, Arthur Raymond, John H. O'Brien, William Ryan and Michael Donermeyer.

Miss Josephine Maloney of Milwaukee came for the funeral.


Christina Bannach Steward

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, July 11, 1963. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. Christina Steward

A former teacher and resident of the Town of Buena Vista died Wednesday at the Bethel Convalescent Home in Arpin. She was Mrs. Christina Steward, 69, Wisconsin Rapids.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. C. W. Gille will officiate at funeral services to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Wisconsin Rapids.

Friends may call at the Baker Mortuary in Wisconsin Rapids after 7:30 this evening. A general rosary will be recited at 7:30 Friday evening.

She was born in the Town of Buena Vista Jan. 9, 1894, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bannach.

She was a graduate of Wisconsin State College here and prior to her marriage she taught at the Steward School in the Town of Buena Vista.

On Jan. 9, 1917, she married the late James P. Steward.

Organization with which she was affiliated were the Royal Neighbors Harmony Camp where she served as recorder for a number of years, she was a past president of the Wisconsin Rapids Chapter of War Mothers and was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Catholic Women's Club.

Survivors include four sons, Michael, Cincinnati, and James, Charles and Robert, Wisconsin Rapids; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Wipsli, Wisconsin Rapids; two brothers, Bernard, Plover, and Leonard, Falls Church, Va., and 14 grandchildren.

Emma Steward

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Wednesday, December 28, 1898. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of a Young Lady on Blaine Street

Miss Emma Steward died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Phoebe M. Steward at 302 Blaine street at 5 o'clock this morning after an illness of five days with pneumonia. The deceased was born in Tioga, New York, on November 2, 1865, 33 years ago. When ten months old, she came west with her parents and spent nearly all her life on a farm near Keene, moving to this city a year ago in November. Her father, Jacob Steward, died on the second of last March. She leaves a mother, two brothers and a sister. Smith Steward lives in Buena Vista. Charles Steward lives at Osceola, S. D. The sister is Mrs. S. H. Alban of this city.

The deceased has never been strong physically, being greatly troubled with headaches. Last Thursday she was down town and on going home was attacked with headache and chills. The physician was called in next day, but pneumonia having set in, nothing could be done to save her.

The funeral will be held Friday morning at 8 o'clock from the house, Rev. Jacob Patch simply offering a prayer. The body will then be taken to the M. E. church at Liberty Corners where services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Gillian. The interment will take place in the cemetery near by.

Michael Smith Steward

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, July 2, 1973. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Michael S. Steward

Michael S. Steward, 55, died at 11 a.m. Friday at his home at Route 1, Vesper. Death resulted from a lingering kidney disease.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Altdorf, with the Rev. Charles Hiebl officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation has been scheduled for today at the Ritchay Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, where a rosary will be said at 8 p.m.

Mr. Steward was born Dec. 3, 1917 in Portage County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Steward. He married Irene Marx on Nov. 27, 1941, at Altdorf.

A resident of the Wisconsin Rapids area for many years, Mr. Steward retired because of illness in 1971, after 36 years as a moving picture machine operator and stage hand. For 13 years he had resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, returning to Vesper in April.

Mr. Steward was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, the Cincinnati post of the American Legion and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes.

Survivors include his wife; three brothers, James, Charles and Robert Steward, all of Wisconsin Rapids, and a sister, Mrs. Raymond Kegler, Wisconsin Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ada Alban Strope

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Saturday, February 25, 1882. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

--Mrs. J. W. Strope died last Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock of consumption. The funeral took place Thursday, at 2 o'clock p.m. She was interred in the Plover cemetery.


John W. Strope

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, December 8, 1924. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

JOHN STROPE DIES LONG PROMINENT HERE FRATERNALLY

When John W. Strope expired on Sunday morning at the home of his son, Karl G. Strope, 117 Center street, there was removed a man who prior to six years ago enjoyed a larger acquaintance in Portage county than almost any other of its citizens.

Mr. Strope was especially prominent in fraternal circles, having for a long number of years been affiliated with the Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America. During his membership in Shaurette lodge he successively filled every elective position and was also equally honored by his Woodmen brothers.

In local civic affairs, Mr. Strope was frequently called upon and always did more than his share. His work was almost invaluable in arranging 4th of July celebrations and numerous other public gatherings of a patriotic nature.

An illness which began at Los Angeles, Calif. last Christmas morning, when he suffered a paralytic stroke affecting his right side and had since been an invalid, resulting fatally at 8:55 a.m. on Sunday. Since the first attack nearly a year ago Mr. Strope had several other strokes more or less severe, the last one on Saturday afternoon, when he lapsed into a semi-conscious state.

Mr. Strope was nearly 75 years of age. His birth place was Villanova, Chautauqua county, New York, and the date April 13, 1850. when he was a few months old the family moved to Watertown, Wis., remaining there a couple of months and then came to Plover. The head of the household, Hon. Miner Strope, served as judge during the early territorial days, his district including nearly all the northern half of Wisconsin.

At the age of 18 years John W. Strope took up the duties of teacher and was instructor in Portage county schools for ten terms. He later studied law in his father's office, but this profession not appealing to him he engaged in the vocation of millwright and carpenter.

Mr. Strope's next occupation was that of railway mail clerk, running on what was then the Wisconsin & Minnesota railroad between Abbotsford and Eau Claire. He was later transferred to the Wisconsin Central between Menasha and Ashland and for several years also handled mail on the Portage branch train. Those were the days before route agents were put under civil service regulations and when a change was made in national parties Mr. Strope was compelled to retire and give place to a Democrat.

He then became a painter and interior decorator and continued at this line of endeavor until ill health compelled his retirement. For several years he had charge of a painting crew on the Wisconsin Central.

The family moved to Stevens Point from Plover 37 years ago and Mr. and Mrs. Strope were continuous residents here until going to California in 1918. They returned to this city last June 27, both of them practically invalids and Mrs. Strope preceded her husband in death on Oct. 25.

Mr. Strope was twice married, the first time to Ada M. Alban of Plover on July 20, 1871. She passed away some 44 years ago, leaving the widower and one daughter, Etta Maude Strope, now Mrs. Fred R. Weston of Bakersfield, Calif. On September 11, 1883, Mr. Strope was wedded at Portage to Jane Maynard Gregory.

Besides the daughter and son named, there is one brother, Frank Strope of Rhinelander.

Funeral services will be held at the Center street residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Phipps in charge. Burial in Forest cemetery will be under the direction of brother Odd Fellows.


Judge Minor Strope

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, September 4, 1880. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of Judge Strope

Hon. Miner Strope died at his home in Plover on the 31st day of August last. It had been generally known for several weeks before his death that it might be expected at any time. Judge Strope was born in the town Nysex, County of Luzerne in the state of Pa, on the 11th day of May, 1806, and was therefore at the time of his death a few months over seventy-four years of age. Born of parents in the humbler walks of life, he had few of the advantages of early education and opportunities enjoyed by the youth of the present day, indeed the opportunities to the most favored in that region at that early day were extremely limited. But he made the best of the opportunities presented and acquired a good education for that day; studied law and was admitted to practice in County Courts of the state of New York in 1831, and for twenty years thereafter was engaged in the active practice of the law in the western part of the state of New York, comprising a period when the bar of that state was justly remarkable for the learning and ability of its members. Such eminent lawyers as James Mullett, Richard P. Marvin and John T. Talcott were his compeers practicing at the same courts with him, and with whom he was constantly in contact. Amongst such competitors his position at the bar was always prominent and his efforts were always respectable and able. At the period of his appearance at the bar the avenues to admission were zealously watched and hedged about by stature regulations and rules of court designed to prevent the admission of any one to practice as an attorney unless qualified by the required years of study, and the examinations were thorough and not of the slipshod practice of the present day. The system of the common law was in force then, to practice which successfully requited a most thorough legal study. In 1841 Judge Strope was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the state then only held at Albany, Samuel Nelsen being then Chief Justice and on the 6th day of June, 1843, he underwent an examination for admission as a Solicitor to the Court of Chancery of the State of New York, and was admitted on that day. Reuben H. Walworth being then chancellor, and up to the time of his removal from that state he was in the active practice of the law in all of those courts. Deciding to go west, Judge Strope in June, 1850, removed from New York and came to Wisconsin and located in the village of Plover where he resided continuously until his death. He was then in the prime and vigor of a splendid manhood and at once engaged an active legal practice, and at once and even after and until failing health prevented, occupied a position among the most prominent lawyers of this portion of the state. Here, as in the state of New York, he was forced into contact with the best legal talent of the country. James S. Alban and Luther Hanchett were confessedly the leaders of the bar, and the bar of this circuit has always been able. Judge Strope was engaged in much of the important litigation for several years and his management was always able and satisfactory to his clients. In preparation of his cases he was indefatigable to the utmost detail, and his trial briefs anticipated every possible condition that might arise, and therefore it was that he was strong in the trial, because he was thoroughly fortified, having his case well in hand and the writer hereof from long observation is able to say that without being brilliant or great in a comparative sense he never was weak but always tried his cases well, and his client was never heard to complain that his case had not been tried for all it was worth. He was well versed in the great principles of the common law, coming to the bar at a period when the practitioners reliance was almost entirely upon the early elementary writers, he had thoroughly mastered the principal works of that day, he was strong in fundamental principles. He was a good pleader under the old practice and a good speaker. Courteous in his intercourse with his brothers of the bar, but firm and determined in the presentation and argument of controvested points. He was a safe counselor and a successful practitioner. In his business relations he was honorable and his integrity was never called in question. He gave every man his due. As a collector he was prompt and energetic, and scrupulously prompt in accounting to his client. He filled the office of County Judge several years, and his administration showed the same careful attention shown in his own business, and the records left by him are models of neatness and legal form, and in all the various positions to which he was from time to time called, he discharged his duty with credit to himself and satisfaction to all. He was at the time of his death the oldest member of the bar of this State, almost half a century. In his family he was the affectionate husband and the indulgent father, and his contribution to charitable and public purposes were liberal. Identified so many years with the business interests of the county in which he took and active and lively interest, his loss well be deeply felt by all having business relations with him or enjoyed his generous hospitality. Three sons and two daughters--Mrs. Lloyd of Berlin, and Mrs. Cole of Grand Rapids, and a most estimable wife survive him, and all have a heartfelt sympathy in the whole community in the great loss they have sustained.

The funeral was held at Plover Thursday afternoon from the Methodist Church. Many friends from the county and surrounding country were in attendance to pay the last tribute of honor to his remains. The bar of Portage and Wood Counties attended as a body and followed to the grave him with whom they had so long and so pleasantly been associated in the active duties of life. The funeral address was pronounced by the Rev. Mr. Barrows of Plover to a large and sympathetic audience, after which the casket containing all that was mortal of this respected citizen was interred in the village cemetery of Plover.

Morton I. Strope

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, August 1, 1891. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

An Old Settler at Rest

Morton I. Strope, one of the oldest settlers of this county, died at his home, corner of Center avenue and McCulloch street at 1:30 a.m., on the 28th of July. He was born in Clarence, Erie county, New York, on the 13th day of June, 1834, and resided in that state until the spring of 1850, when he came with his father to Wisconsin, stopping a short time at Waterstown, but coming to Plover on the 15th day of June of the same year, and where he resided continually until 1888, when he moved with his family to this city, where he has since resided. His health began to fail before leaving Plover, being the result of a carbuncle, which was located at the base of the brain, and which confined him to the house for nearly two months, blood poisoning set in soon after, which caused partial paralysis of the brain and the right side. He had been a constant care for the past eighteen months, having to be lifted and carried wherever he went--he was not out of doors during the whole eighteen months. The deceased was married to Miss Sarah R. Clark of Mauston, on the 31st day of January, 1866. There was born to them one son, Mr. B. B. Strope of the firm of Kellar & Strope of this city. Both wife and son are left to mourn their great loss and they have the sincere sympathy of the whole community. He also leaves a mother, Mrs. Judge Strope, and two sisters, Mrs. G. N. Lloyd of Berlin, who was present at the funeral and Mrs. D. J. Cole of Rhinelander; two brothers, John W., of this city and Frank, of Rhinelander. All old residents of the county will remember Mort., as being of a very genial disposition, social, pleasant and obliging, and with an undying devotion to those whom he loved. The funeral was held at his late residence, conducted by Rev. McChesney of the M. E. church. The deceased was laid at rest in the Plover cemetery beside the family and friends gone before. The pall bearers were G. T. Willmot, A. Maxfield, Eli Mitchell, and H. Smith, two of whom were his schoolmates forty years ago.


Ursula Wilmot Strope

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Friday, December 24, 1909. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Pioneer Resident of Plover Passes Away at Her Home in Rhinelander.

Mrs. Strope, widow of the late Judge Miner Strope of Plover, passed away at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. J. Cole, at Rhinelander, after a short illness with infirmities incident to age. Her son, John W. Strope, who spent the past few days at her bedside, returned home this afternoon. The funeral party will arrive at Plover over the Green Bay & Western at 9 o'clock Saturday evening and the body will be taken to the home of George Wilmot, her brother. The funeral service will be held at the residence at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, followed by interment in the village cemetery, Rev. R. C. Zoerb officiating.

Ursula Wilmot was born at Elmira, N. Y., on March 17, 1825, nearly 85 years ago, and spent her youth in that vicinity. In 1847 or 8 she was married in her native state to Minor Strope, and about two years later, or in June, 1850, they arrived in Plover, to make their permanent home. In 1852, Thomas McDill, who was the first county judge of Portage county, which at time extended from Fort Winnebago to the northern state line, resigned and Mr. Strope succeeded him in office. Mr. McDill was appointed to the office by Wisconsin's first governor, but Mr. Strope was the first incumbent of the office elected by the people and he served them well and faithfully for many years. He passed away at Plover on Aug. 31, 1880.

Mrs. Strope continued to reside for a short time at Plover but later decided to make her future home with her daughter, Mrs. Cole. After a short residence at Grand Rapids they removed to Rhinelander, where they have resided for about 18 years. Mrs. Strope was one of the honored guests at the Plover home coming last summer and heartily enjoyed meeting many of her old time friends. At that time she was seemingly in very good health for one of her years.

The deceased is survived by a step-daughter and two sons and one daughter. They are Mrs. G. N. Lloyd of Omro, J. W. Strope of Stevens Point, Mrs. D. J. Cole and Frank C. Strope of Rhinelander. She also leaves two brothers, George Wilmot of Plover and A. C. Wilmot of Rogers, Ark.

The deceased was a woman of strong character and sturdy make-up, one who was well fitted to take up the responsibilities of the pioneer. In early days she enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout this section and was an influential figure in church, social and educational circles.

Throughout her life she had been affiliated with the Methodist church and for upwards of forty years had been a consistent member thereof.


Catherine Ryan Sullivan

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, September 19, 1946. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Mrs. A. J. Sullivan

Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen, who had been living at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Maloney, 1017 Main street, since last December, died this morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Michael's hospital. She entered the hospital on Sept. 9.

Mrs. Sullivan, the former Catherine A. Ryan, was born at Custer, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan. She attended the local schools and also a school at Cassville, Wis., after which she taught at Fifield and Mellen. Her marriage to Mr. Sullivan took place in 1893, at Mellen, where the couple had been in business more than 50 years, following their marriage. Mrs. Sullivan operated a millinery department in connection with her husband's dry goods, clothing and hardware business.

Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan were both keenly interested in the promotion of Mellen civic affairs. Mr. Sullivan served the city as mayor for a time and Mrs. Sullivan was a member of the Mellen school board for a number of years. She was also interested in the furtherance of education of young people, giving several assistance financially, as well as giving of her time in tutoring them. Mr. Sullivan died in 1945.

Surviving, besides Mrs. Maloney, is another sister, Dr. Margaret Ryan Bergren, 1017 Main street.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's Catholic church and burial will follow in St. Stephen's cemetery beside her husband. The body is at the Crosby funeral home where it may be viewed after 10 o'clock Friday morning. The rosary will be said Friday evening at 8 o'clock.

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Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Monday, September 23, 1946:

Funeral of Mrs. Sullivan

Rev. John R. McGinley officiated at a requiem mass Saturday morning for the funeral of the late Mrs. A. J. Sullivan of Mellen, who had been living with her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Maloney, 1017 Main street. The services were held at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's Catholic church. Mrs. Sullivan died last Thursday morning. During the services Miss Lucy Doyle sang "Prayer Perfect." Burial took place in St. Stephen's cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Maloney, Leonard Chartier, William Nicolai, Nicholas Whelihan, Arthur Raymond, and Walter Hoffman.

Here from away were John Maloney of Chicago, Mrs. Ernest Vesperman of Rice Lake and Mrs. Hattie Weaver and Kenneth Kritz of Mellen.


Norbert J. Schultz

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Saturday, April 30, 1977. Contributed by Robert Schultz.

Norbert J. "Nubbs" Schultz, 56, 1617 East Ave., died at 7:10 p.m. Friday at St. Michael's Hospital.

He had been in ill health for several months and was hospitalized for three weeks.

Mr. Schultz had been a paper inspector the last 23 years at the Whiting-Plover Paper Co. He was financial secretary of the Union at the Mill, Local 370, from 1958-61 and president from 1961-67.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 at St Josephs Catholic Church, with the Rev Leon Powell officiating, and burial will follow in the Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dzikowski funeral home after 4 p.m. Sunday. A general rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with St John's Court 1807, Catholic Order of Foresters, participating, Mr. Schultz was a member of the Foresters.

He was born in Stevens Poin,t Jan, 31, 1921, a son of the late Anton and Helen Schultz.

He attended St Peter's grade school and graduated in 1939 from P.J. Jacobs high school.

From Aug 3, 1942 until Oct 6, 1945 he served in the Army. He was a tech 5, and was a teletype operator in the 89 th Signal Company, serving in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns,

After his discharge he returned to Stevens Point.

He was married August 21, 1948, at St Stephens Catholic Church to the former Lorraine Kabachinski. They have lived at their present address for 23 years.

Mr. Schultz is survived by his wife; four sons, Robert, Fairfield, Iowa; Joseph, Stephen and Kenneth at home; a daughter, Mrs. Joel (Jean) Shilcrat, Phoenix, AZ; two brothers, Tom, 1217 Franklin St. and Barnaby, Green Bay; and three sisters, Mrs., Irene Okray, Route 2, Stevens Point; Mrs. Dorothy Behr, 632 4th Ave; and Mrs. Edwin (Loretta) Kryshak, 917 5th Ave.


John G. Stapleton

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Weekly Journal, Wednesday, January 15, 1873. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

In the town of Stockton on January 12, 1873, John G., son of Patrick and Ellen Stapleton, Aged 19 years and 4 mo. The death of John G. Stapleton has cast profound gloom over the household of which he was a valued member and among the many friends of his young manhood. His whole life has been passed among his immediate friends in this county, he being the first while male child born in the town of Sharon in Portage county. May the reward of the just and faithful son be his.


Sarah Welch Reading

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, November 21, 1888. Contributed by Jeanne Stanis.

Death of Mrs. Wm. Reading

On Friday noon last, at her home on Brown street, Sarah, the beloved wife of Wm. Reading, departed this life, after an illness of about six months, during the last five of which she was confined to her bed. The cause of her death was cancer of the stomach, and through all these long weeks and months her sufferings were borne with a true resignation and christian spirit. The deceased lady, whose maiden name was Sarah Welch, was 57 years of age. She was born near Belfast, Ireland, coming to this country with her parents when 11 years of age. For several years thereafter, and until a year and a half after her marriage to Wm. Reading, she resided at Syracuse, N. Y. They were married in that city 34 years ago, and over 32 years ago came to this county, locating at Jordan. Five years ago last spring the family removed to this city to remain permanently, but had resided here for a time a couple of years before. During their married life, four children were born to them, two of whom, Henry and George, the latter 19 years old and the former married, survive their mother. Besides her husband and two sons, the other surviving relatives are two brothers, Adam Welch, of Sharon, this county, and Henry Welch, of Syracuse, N. Y., and two sisters, Mrs. Burns, of Chicago, and Mrs. McLean, of Jordan, N. Y. Mrs. Burns and her two sons were here in attendance at the funeral. The deceased was a kind, devoted wife, a loving mother, and a good, generous neighbor and friend. Her goodness of heart is well known by those who knew her best, and they will long revere her memory. The funeral took place from St. Stephen's church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with interment beside her deceased children in the Union cemetery. The pall bearers were M. Clifford, Wm. Collins, Martin Cahill, Owen McHugh, M. A. Rousseau and M. W. Doyle.


Cordelia Winchell Simpier

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Gazette, Wednesday, January 15, 1913. Contributed by Carol Wood.

MRS. HENRY SIMPIER - At the family home in the town of Linwood, just south of the city limits, at 12:45 last Saturday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Henry Simpier, a well known and much respected lady resident of that town, death resulting from diabetes, dropsy and Bright's disease, she having been afflicted with the first named trouble for about seven years, and the others developing later, she being confined to her bed for about four months before the final dissolution.

The deceased lady was a native of Mt. Morris, N.Y., born Nov. 30, 1848. Her maiden name was Cordelia Winchell and in 1865 she was married at Olean, that state, to Henry Simpier, they coming here the following year and locating in the town of Linwood. They returned east in 1870, remaining at Olean for four years and were there again in 1876, but Linwood had always been their home.  She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. C.J. Fay of Sawyer, and two sons, Joseph Kern, both of who have been employed at Prairie du Sac for some time. The children all returned home for the funeral.

Mrs. Simpier was a member of the W.R.C. and always took and active interest in the success of that organization as long as her health would permit.  She was a good, kind woman, one who had very many friends in this city and her home town of Linwood.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, services being held at the Episcopal church in this city at 2 o'clock, Rev. E. Croft Gear officiating. At the grave the services of the Relief Corps were conducted by Mrs. W.E. West, Mrs. Jennie Altenburg, Mrs. Chas. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Welty. The pallbearers were E.M. Cops, Ira Barker, C.A. Hamacker, Geo. Altenburg, T.E. Cauley, and Geo. Worden.


Harry Simpier

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Monday, September 15, 1930. Contributed by Carol Wood.

Henry Simpier, aged 85 years, one of the early day settlers in the town of Linwood, a Civil War veteran and a guide, hunter and trap shooter for many years, died Sunday morning at 1:20 o'clock at the home of his son, Joseph Simpier, in Linwood from the infirmities of old age.  He had been in failing health for the past five years, but was able to be up and about until last Saturday. He had returned to Linwood only a week ago from the Wisconsin Veterans' Home near Waupaca, where he had spent much of the time during the past 17 years.

Funeral services are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Boston Funeral Home.  Rev. James Blake will officiate and burial will take place in Forest Cemetery.

Mr. Simpier was born in McKean Valley, Pa., on March 20, 1845, and moved to Olean, N.Y., when a small boy. His father was in the hotel business at Olean, conducting the Railroad house, and the son was employed there.  Henry Simpier then enlisted in Company A, 85th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and served a year during the Civil war, as a drummer, then received a furlough because of poor health.

Coming to Stevens Point with his family in 1865, Mr. Simpier located in the town of Linwood and was employed at the John Robinson mill, while his wife conducted a boarding house there.  He subsequently returned to the east three times but finally located in Linwood permanently 54 years ago.  He was engaged in farming but for many years followed the life of a guide, hunter and trapper and was an excellent trap shooter.  He was declared to be the oldest trap shooter in the United States when taking part in a meet in Chicago at the age of 79.  But at 80, his marksmanship was still nearly perfect, as he made a record at that age of hitting his mark 98 times out of 100, and continued to do trapshooting until he was 81.

Mr. Simpier was married at Olean to Miss Cordelia Winchell, who died on January 11, 1913, in Linwood. He is survived by the son, Joseph Simpier, at whose home he died, and by one daughter, Mrs. C.J. Fay of Waukesha. He also leaves four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


Kern Simpier

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, June 24, 1924. Contributed by Carol Wood.

KERN SIMPIER STRICKEN WITH HEART ATTACK

Tragedy Occurs in Grandstand at the Fair Grounds

During an exciting moment in the Stevens Point-Tomahawk baseball game at the fair grounds late yesterday afternoon, Kern Simpier, aged 44, suffered a sudden heart attack while seated in the grandstand and fell over dead against L. J. Eaton, who was seated just below.

Mr. Simpier was watching the game intensely and was incidentally eating peanuts, when he suddenly lunged forward. Dr. E.H. Rogers was summoned from nearby and pronounced him dead. The body was then taken to the Boston undertaking parlors.

Mr. Simpier had been a sufferer with heart trouble for the past three or four years and dropsy also developed recently. His occupation was that of a riverman and lumberman, but for two years he had been employed as clerk in a soft drink establishment at Wausau. His heart trouble became so acute in the spring that he was able to work only a part of the time, and last Saturday was compelled to relinquish his position and return to Stevens Point. He was an ardent baseball fan, as well as a skillful fisherman, and never missed an opportunity to witness a good game of ball or spend a day or week occasionally angling for trout or bass.

Mr. Simpier was the youngest son of Henry Simpier, well known Civil war veteran now living at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home, Waupaca. The deceased was born at Auburndale, Aug. 28, 1880, but when a child of three years, the family moved to Linwood, this county, where he grew to manhood. Of late years he had made his headquarters at Wausau, Tomahawk and northern towns.

He was married more than 20 years ago and has one son, Loran, now employed in a Milwaukee hotel. Other near relatives besides his father are one sister, Mrs. C. J. Fay of Duluth and a brother, Joseph D. Simpier of Linwood. His mother died 11 years ago.

Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of Mrs. Fay, who is expected tonight.


Joseph DeForest Simpier

Reprinted from the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Tuesday, January 2, 1940. Contributed by Carol Wood.

Joseph D. Simpier, 66, a well known resident of the town of Linwood, died Sunday night at 10 o'clock at his home.

Mr. Simpier was born on July 1, 1873. He is survived by his wife.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Boston funeral home. Rev. Edward C. Lewis will officiate and the body will be placed in a receiving vault to be buried in Forest Cemetery in the spring. The body is at the funeral home.