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Waushara County Obituaries

WAUTOMA- No date noted.
Contributed by Jo Orvik.

Willard L. Wilcox, 93, Rt. 1, Wautoma, died Saturday at Wautoma Care Center. He was born Sept. 20, 1888 on the family farm, the son of George and Jane Cox Wilcox. He married Rose Schumacher Aug. 13, 1916 in Weyauwega. She preceded him in death July 23, 1981. Wilcox farmed on the family homestead. He attended Raymond School and Raymond Methodist Church. He was caretaker and sexton for Maple Grove (Raymond) Cemetery for many years and a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Wautoma.

Survivors include four sons, Arnold, Wild Rose; Dr. Gerald, West Lafayette, In.; Marlyn, Plainfield; and Forrest, Wautoma; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. One son, Clifford, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ayars Funeral Home, Wautoma, with the Rev. Robert Hayes officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Dakota.

Friends called from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


The funeral of Miss Beatrice Wilson, 15, who passed away last Thursday night as a result of burns which she suffered Tuesday following the explosion of a kerosene can, was held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Pentacostal Assembly, Aurorahville.

Rev. Samuel Hardt officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery of Auraorhville. Pallbearers were Claire and Lee Harrington, Kenneth and Daniel Cate, Orville Page and Otto Brey.

Beatrice was born July 4, 1917, in the town of Warren, Waushara County, duaghter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Wilson. Practically her entire life was spent in the town and in the village of Aurorahville except for a few months in other communities where the family moved.

She was graduated from the Aurorahville state graded school June 10 of this year. She had many friends in the community who miss her company especially when music was in order as Beatrice was a good singer and guitar player. A member of the Pentacostal Assembly, Beatrice also participated in the assembly orchestra.

Besides her parents she is survived by ten sisters and brothers. They are Mrs. Robert Gable (Dorothy) of Aurorahville; Mrs. Chester Cooley (Florence) of Huntsville, Mo.; Blanche, Hazel, Gordon, Violet, Ardell, John, Alberta and Billy, the youngest who is three years old.

Donald Warner

Plainfield Sun - September 3, 1926

The subject of this sketch, Mrs. Charlotte L. Wilson was born in Odgensburg, N. Y., July 24, 1850, and died at her home Aug. 13, 1926, at the age of 76 yrs. and 20 days. She was the second daughter of Jno. and Rozina Trickie, and when only 10 years of age she came to Wisconsin with her parents and settled in the town of Plainfield and has lived in that vicinity continuously except a few years spent in Chicago with her daughter, Ethel. She was united in marriage to Jno. E. Wilson Nov. 12th, 1865. To that union twelve children were born, three of whom have preceded her in death, Frank, Eva and Kittie. She was a wonderful mother, a true friend and neighbor, and was ever-ready to respond to a call in sickness or trouble and will be sadly missed by her family and in the vicinity where she lived. Everything that loving hands and skilled physicians could do was done but to no avail. She assured her family and pastor that all was well with her soul; she had made her peace with her Heavenly Father and was ready to respond to her Master's call, and passed peacefully away Friday at 8 p. m. surrounded by her family. Nearly all had arrived in time to see their mother in life.

She has left to mourn her demise an aged husband, nine adult children: William, Bert and Arden of Plainfield, Eugene and Ethel of Chicago, Jno. of Iowa, Alvin of Loyal, Wis., Louise of Minneapolis and Sarah of Nekoosa, besides many grand-children and great- grand-children; one brother, C. F. Trickie of Northfield, Minnesota, two sisters, Mrs. Anna B. Youngman of Wautoma and Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson of Minneapolis. All were present except the last named sister, Mrs. Thompson being unable to come. The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. W. Slack and she was laid to rest beside her loved ones in the Plainfield cemetery amid flowers and sunshine both of which she loved. Thus another faithful mother has answered her Master's call.


We wish to thank the Rev. Slack for the words of comfort he spoke, the choir for the sweet music, the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in these sad hours of our trouble.

-Jno. E. Wilson and Children

Submitted by: Brenda Szulczewski

Gordon S. Wilson

Gordon S. Wilson, age 83, of Oshkosh, passed away March 9, 2004 at OMro Care Center after a lengthy battle with diabetes and its affects. Gordon was born January 8, 1921, in the town of Warren in Waushara County, the sone of Calvin and Leola (Warner) Wilson. He married Ruth Moriearty the daughter of George and Agnes Moriearty on November 29, 1941, at St. Josheph's church in Berlin, Wisconsin. Gordon served in Guam with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Gordon worked for many years as a dairy farmer in the Eureka/Berlin area and later moved his family to Oshkosh and worked for Duwe Precast Concrete for many years, until his retirement in 1981. Gordon was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener, particularily enjoying going fishing with his sons and grandsons and teaching them everything he had learned about where and how to catch fish. For many years, from the time of his retirement and until about a year ago, Gordon walked several miles every day at Park Plaza in Oshkosh, where he always said he met a lot of other nice people who also spent time there walking for exercise.

Gordon and his wife Ruth had twelve children. Godon is survived by seven sons; Gary (Sharon) Wilson of Berlin; Richard (Kay) Wilson of Naples, Florida; Jeff (Sharon) Wilson of Omro; Peter (Kathy) Wilson of Oshkosh; Robert Wilson of Oshkosh; Allan (Debra) Wilson of Oshkosh; Calvin (Connie) Wilson of Ripon; and four daughters; Jeanne (Leo) Hinz of Sheboygan; Marilyn (Orval) Osheim of Ripon; Lola Wilson of Oshkosh; Kathleen (Charles) Prince of Oshkosh. Gordon is also survived by 27 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers, JOhn Wilson of Wautoma, and Ronald Wilson of Birmingham, Alabama; three sisters, Dorothy Gabel of Wild Rose; Hazel Kalata, of Oshkosh, and Gloria Ryan of Berlin. Gordon was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth in 1982; their daughter Susan Wilson of Winneconne in 2001; and a grandson, Paul Wilson of Oshkosh in 1995. Gordon was also preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at the Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels, 300 N. Eagles Street with the Reverend Ralph Hanusa officiating. Entombment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. Family and friends may call at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established in Gordon's name with the diabetes research foundation. Memorial contributions can be made over the phone by calling (800) 342-2383 or can be sent to: American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720

The family would like to thank the staff at Omro Care Center for their dedication and support of Gordon during his stay at that facility.

Submitted by Donald Warner

Plainfield Sun - August 15, 1935


John E. Wilson was born August 17, 1846, and died at the Veterans' Hospital at Waupaca, Wis., August 11, 1935, at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 25 days.

Mr. Wilson was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted July 4, 1863 and served until the close of the war. He returned to Plainfield and was united in marriage to Charlotte L. Trickie November 12, 1865, and she preceded him in death a number of years ago. To that union was born twelve children, four of whom have passed away, Frank, Eva, Kittie and Sarah (Garske).

Mr. Wilson has been in poor health for a number of years. The end came peacefully Sunday at 9:20 p.m. There are left to mourn, eight adult children, Bert, Alvin and Arden of Plainfield, William of Minneapolis, Ethel and Louise of Chicago, John of Iowa and Eugene of Appleton, besides many great-grandchildren and great- great- grandchildren; four sisters, Ellen of Bancroft, Melissa of Waukesha, Laura of Park Falls, Maggie of Dayton, Ohio; three brothers, George and Harvey of Waukesha, and Amos of Beloit, besides a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at Goult's funeral home in Plainfield and were conducted by the Rev. C. W. Emery of the Plainfield M. E. Church and the body laid to rest beside his loved ones in the Plainfield Cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank the Rev. Emery for the words of comfort he spoke, the male quartet and pianist for the sweet music, the American Legion and Mr. Goult for their kindness, and the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our father.

-Wilson children

Submitted by: Brenda Szulczewski

PLAINFIELD- No Paper or Date Noted but there was a notation that she died 19 Nov 1986
Contributed by Jo Orvik

Margaret E. WING, 78 Plainfield, died Wednesday at St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point. She was born Aug. 27, 1908, in the town of Plainfield, Waushara County, the daughter of Samuel and Margaret ROZELL. She married Ralph WING on Sept. 5, 1925, in Plainfield. He died Aug. 10, 1965. Mrs. Wing was a lifetime resident of the area. She had been cook at the Plainfield Truck Stop for 12 years. She was a member of the Plainfield Grange and West Plainfield Homemaker Club. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) BAXTER and Mrs. Neal (Ellen) OLSON, both of Plainfield and Mrs. Randall (Debra) CAVES, Plainfield; 10 grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Gasperic Funeral Home, Plainfield, the Rev. Lester Ott officiating. Burial will be in the Plainfield Village Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

WAUTOMA- No Date noted
Contributed by Jo Orvik.

Pearl R. Wing, 101, Plainfield, died Thursday in Wautoma Care Center. She was born June 1, 1882, in the town of Plainfield, the daughter of Edwin and Eunice Bender. She married Ora A. Wing, Nov. 25, 1903, in Plainfield. He died Oct. 30, 1964.

Mrs. Wing lived at the center the last five years. Prior to that she lived in the town of Plainfield. She was a past president of the West Plainfield Homemakers Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Irene Hill, town of Plainfield; one son, Ray, town of Plainfield; six grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Gasperic Funeral Home, Plainfield, the Rev. Lester Ott officiating. Burial will be in Plainfield Village Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Obituary in Oshkosh Daily Northwestern newspaper published 09 August 1944, Page 15:


Redgranite, Wis - (Special) - Staff Sgt. Edward Withers was killed in action in France July 12, according to information given in a War Department telegram received here by the father, George Withers.

The last word received from the Redgranite soldier arrived here only a few days before the War Department message, in which he had written that he was located somewhere in France and had lost all of his personal belongings.

One of the first to enlist from Redgranite in 1940, Seregeant Withers, of an infantry unit, participated in the battles of Tunisia, Bizerte and several others in North Africa. While stationed in the states, he received training at Fort Bragg, N.C., and had been stationed overseas about two years. While located in England, where he helped train tropps, he met, for the first time in four years, a borther, First Sgt. George Withers.

Sergeant Withers was born in Lohrville, Wis., June 8, 1922, the son of George and Rose Withers, and had lived in that vicinity most of his life.

Survivors besides the father are four sisters, Mrs. Duane Smith, of Redgranite, Mrs. Velvia Scoville, Milwaukee, and Beulah and Geraldine, Redgranite; and three brothers, Petty Officer Albert Withers, stationed at San Diego, Calif., First Sgt. George Wilthers, with the army air corps somewhere in England, and Pvt. Holly Withers, with a military police unit somewhere in England. The mothers preceded him in death about seven years ago.

Note: He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart medals and was buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Colieville-sur-Mer, France, Plot B, Row 15, Grave 20?

Contributed by: Harriet Hobbs

Waushara Argus - 1951

Military Rites At Redgranite for George Withers

Military rites for George Withers, 38, were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st from the Hempel Funeral home here, the Rev. Arthur B. Sneedsby officiating.

A veterans of World War II, he had served in the armed forces for four years. He is survived by his wife Shirley, two children Edward and Charlene, and several brothers and sisters. Immediate relatives attending the funeral were Mrs. Floy Smith and Holly Withers and family of Oshkosh; Velva and James Withers of Milwaukee; Mrs. Beulah Farber of Redgranite; and Mrs.Geraldine Canales of Appleton.

Contributed by: Harriet Hobbs

Probably from the Waushara Argus dated 11-28-1984
Contributed by Jo Orvik

Violet M. Wolcott

PLAINFIELD- Violet M. Wolcott, 83, Plainfield, died Wednesday in River Pines Community Health Center, Stevens Point.

Born Aug. 19, 1901, in the town of Leola, Adams County, she was the daughter of Robert (and) Gertrude Reid. She married William Wolcott April 8, 1925, in Wisconsin Rapids. He died in 1956.

Mrs. Wolcott was an assembler for the Speed Queen Corporation in Wautoma for many years.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Brice (Alta) Warner, Plainfield; three brothers, Floyd Reid and Lyle Reid, both of Plainfield, and Ora Reid, Montana; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Gasperic Funeral Home, Plainfield, the Rev. Lester Ott officiating. Burial will be in the Plainfield Village Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Plainfield Sun - January 17, 1930

Andrew J. Wood

Andrew J. Wood passed away January 5, 1930, age 93 years and one day, at the home of his son, Bert Wood, with whom he has been living for the past seven years. Up until April 1929, they made their home in Los Angeles, Calif. but was in Westfir, Ore., at the time of his death. He is survived by two sons, Bert and Dean, both of Westfir, Oregon; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Higgins, Stevens Point, Wis., Mrs. Calvin Clark, Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Wm. McIntyre, Sherwood, North Dakota, Mrs. W.J. Wood, Eugene, Oregon. He also leaves 64 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was a Civil War veteran and Private in Co. I, 14th Wis. Infantry, and a member of Masonic Lodge of Plainfield since 1901. He was born in New York state, Jan. 4, 1837, and came to Wisconsin with his parents when about 16 years of age. He lived in and around Plainfield until about 1904 when he moved to Idaho and lived there until the death of his wife in 1918. Since then he has been with his children on the Pacific coast.

He was buried in Laclede, Idaho, beside the body of his wife.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- Sept. 18, 1931

Asneith Wood, daughter of Wm. and Nancy Wood, was born at Plainfield, April 27, 1859 and passed away at her home in the village of Plainfield, Sept. 7, 1931, at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 11 days.

On February 20, 1876 she was united in marriage to George Ellis, who preceded her in death about two years ago.

To this union was born six sons and two daughters, John B., Clyde, Gyle, Mrs. J. D. Worden of Plainfield, Harley of Rhinelander, Charles, William and Mrs. T. J. Orris of Spokane, Wash. She also leaves 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and one brother, James Wood of West Plainfield.

Those left to mourn are the above named besides many other relatives and a large circle of friends.

Mrs. Ellis accepted Christ as her saviour about forty years ago and united with the Baptist church. It was her faith and trust in her Redeemer that comforted her the closing days of life.

She also was an active member of the Rebekahs and President of the B. C. C.

Pallbearers were her five sons and son-in-law.

Relatives and friends from away were C. T. Ellis of Spokane, Wash., Harley and family of Rhinelander, Miss Lucy Wood of Lansing, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Willard Wood of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Wood of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Holmes of Wisconsin Rapids, Bradley Ellis of City Point, Mrs. Addison Peevy, Mrs. Chas. Peevy of Rhinelander, Jno. Campbell and mother of Wild Rose.

In the grave yard sweetly resting,
Where the flowers love to wave,
Lies the one we loved so dearly
In her silent, lonely grave.

When the evening shades are falling
And we're sitting all alone,
To our hearts there comes a longing,
If she only could come home.

When oft our thoughts are wandering
To a grave not far away
Our mother's with the Saviour
And she'll greet us all some day.

The children and relatives wish to thank the friends and neighbors for kindly offices, the minister and donors of the flowers and the singers.
--The Ellis Family

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- August 1949
Funeral Services Held Here For D. M. Wood, Former Resident

Funeral services were held here at the Methodist church for Delos M. Wood of Nekoosa, a former resident of this vicinity, who died at the home of his daughter in Nekoosa Tuesday morning of last week, after an illness of two weeks.

Delos Wood was born at Plainfield Aug. 5, 1867, and was 82 yrs. of age at the time of his death. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram C. Wood.

He grew to manhood in this vicinity and in Dec. 1886, he was united in marriage to Miss Florence Goult of Plainfield, who died in 1904. Two years later he was married to Lois Perry, who died in 1947.

Mr. Wood engaged in farming in the Plainfield area and about 26 years ago moved to Nekoosa, where he was employed by the Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Co. for a year and later by the Walker-Gwin Co. For about eight years he was street commissioner of Nekoosa.

He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Geo. Gjertsen, Mrs. Norma Hinkle and Mrs. Donald Mullenix, of Nekoosa and Mrs. Harry Young of Rudolph; two brothers, Warren and Clarence Wood of Helena, Mont.; two sisters, Mrs. Delia Waterman of Plainfield and Mrs. Marie Bound of Portland, Ore.; also six grandchildren.

J. A. Wood, Clyde and Gyle Ellis, Harry, George and Howard Potton, cousins of the deceased, acted as pallbearers.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

The Rev. Chas. A. Briggs officiated at the funeral and burial was made in the Plainfield cemetery.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune- December 1947
Mrs D. M. Wood, Dies; Services on Saturday

Mrs. D. M. Wood, 64, died Tuesday at her home at 411 First Street, Nekoosa, following a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:15 Saturday afternoon at the Nekoosa Congregational church with the Rev. C. A. O'Neill officiating. Burial will be in the Plainfield cemetery.

Mrs. Wood, whose maiden name was Lois Perry, was born in Plainfield on October 15, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Perry, and married Mr. Wood there November 7, 1906.

Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Irving Hinkle, Mrs. George Gjertsen, Bonnie Wood and Mrs. Donald Mullenix, all of Nekoosa; a step-sister, Mrs. Dora Marshall, Westfield, and five grandchildren. One daughter, Irma, a brother, Norman Perry, and a step-brother, Samuel Clark, preceded her in death.

The body will be taken to the H. H. Voss residence Friday morning where friends may call until time of services.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- March 30, 1923

David Thomas Wood, son of Wm. D. Wood and Nancy Sparks Wood, was born in Sullivan Co., New York, Oct. 15th, 1849, and died March 14, 1923, aged 73 years.

Mr. Wood came to Wisconsin in 1854 with his parents and settled in the town of Plainfield in which vicinity he has resided ever since. In 1875 he was united in matrimony to Mary Livingston, to which union 3 children, Mark, Ezra and Jesse, were born, Mark and Jesse surviving. Mrs. Wood died in 1883.

On Jan. 7, 1894, the deceased was united in matrimony to Nellie A. Wood. To this union was born seven children, Leroy, Sumner, Wallace, Cecil and Lucy, surviving, and Sylvia and Evelyn deceased.

Mr. Wood leaves to mourn his death 5 sons, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren, two brothers A. J. of Spokane, Washington, and J. E. Wood of Plainfield, two sisters Mrs. Robert Crawford of Hancock, and Mrs. Geo. Ellis of Plainfield, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. C. Rhapstock, were held at the town hall, on Saturday forenoon, and were largely attended, in spite of the inclement weather. Interment was made in the Plainfield cemetery.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun - August 23, 1918

Hannah E. (Runcorn) Wood

Word from Laclede, Idaho, announces the death of Mrs. A.J. Wood, who died August 7, from cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Wood will be remembered as a former resident. A husband and four children are left to mourn her loss. Interment was held August 9 at Laclede, Idaho.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- January 1919

Hiram C. Wood was born in Sullivan county, New York, Aug.2, 1855,(note: should be 1844 according to his gravestone and the 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910 U.S. census) and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Delia Waterman of this village Jan. 11, 1919.

At the age of eleven years he came to Wisconsin with his parents and settled in the town of Plainfield where he grew to manhood.

He enlisted in Co. F. 3rd regiment Wisconsin Infantry, July 4, 1864, and was honorably discharged Sept. 1865. Mr. Wood was twice married. In the first instance to Clara Eager, who died a short time after their marriage. In the second to Delphine Stilwell and together they shared each other's joys and sorrows until she was called home May 9, 1914.

To this union was born eight children, two of whom had preceeded him in death, Susie at the age of eight years and one daughter dying in infancy. Those who are left to mourn his loss are Delos Wood, and Mrs. Delia Waterman of Plainfield, Clarence Wood of Bancroft, Warren Wood of East Helena, Mont., Frank Wood of Oregon City, Oregon, and Mrs. Marie Bound of Wallace, Idaho. Besides his children there are left to mourn his loss fifteen grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters and a host of friends.

In the death of Mr. Wood, Plainfield loses one of its pioneer citizens. During his life he held many offices of trust, and at different times was treasurer and assessor of the town of Plainfield. He was a highly honored member of the Walter Waterman Post and his loss will be deeply felt by his comrades. Being of generous disposition he was always ready to assist his fellowman in time of need and his friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved children in this hour of sorrow.

Funeral services were held at Campbell Corners Monday, Jan. 13, Rev. F. C. Rhapstock officiating. The hall was crowded with relatives and friends who turned out to pay their last respects. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment took place in the Plainfield cemetery. Thus ended the life of a good man.

Those who attended the funeral from away were, Warren Wood of East Helena, Mont., A. J. Wood of Laclede, Idaho, W. H. Stilwell of Hancock, Bradley, Lambert, and Walter Wood of Stevens Point, Mrs. Ralph Waterman of Bancroft.


The family of the deceased wish to thank the donors of the flowers, the choir and all those who assisted in the care of their loved one during his sickness and death.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun May 1913 (contributed by Pam B)

Mrs. H. C. Wood passed away at her home in the town of Plainfield, Saturday, May 9 after an illness of about three weeks' duration, although it was not regarded as serious until the Friday before her death, which was caused by gall stones. Funeral services were largely attended by the many friends and relatives, interment taking place in the Plainfield cemetery, Rev. Colman of the M. E. church, of which institution she became early affiliated, speaking words of comfort.

Delphine A. Stilwell was born Sept 6 1849, in the town of Jackson, Tioga county, Penn., and was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Stilwell. She came with her parents to Wisconsin when five years of age and has since lived in Plainfield. In 1866 she was united in marriage to H. C. Wood and to this union was born eight children, one daughter, Susie, dying when about nine years of age, and one daughter dying in infancy. The surviving children, who with her husband, mourn the loss of a kind mother and wife are: D. M. Wood of Plainfield, W. E. Wood of Spokane WA., F. W. Wood of Oregon City, OR., Clarence Wood of Plainfield, Mrs. Delia Watermand of Plainfield, Mrs F. Bound of Wallace ID. Brothers and sisters of the deceased who also survive her are C. L. Stilwell of Plainfield, Wm Stilwell of Hancock, Mrs. H. Walker, Mrs. N. Perry, Mrs. A. Devoe, Plainfield, Mrs. J. Kent and Mrs. L. Daniels of Wautoma.

Those from away who attended the funeral were W. B. Stilwell, Mr & Mrs L. Daniels, and Mrs. Hattie Kent of Wautoma, Erza Wood of Abbotsford, Mrs. Walter Wood and Mrs. Jessie Wood of Stevens Point

Wis. Rapids Daily Tribune-Tues. Jan. 17, 1939
James Wood, 91, Pioneer Waushara Co. Farmer, Dies

Plainfield, Wis.- Funeral services for James William Wood, 91, a pioneer farmer of Waushara county and a resident of this vicinity for more than 80 years, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m. from the C. O. Goult funeral home, The Rev. Wendell Bennetts will officiate and burial will be in the Plainfield cemetery.

Mr. Wood died at the home of a daughter in West Plainfield Monday morning at 4 o'clock. He had been ill with heart trouble for about three weeks and had been in poor health for a number of years. He had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Nettie Bentley.

Born in Scoharie county, New York, on May 30, 1847, a son of William and Nancy Wood, he came with his family to Waushara county at an early age. He continued to make his home here, operating a farm until advancing age caused him to retire.

He was married to Charity Gustin on April 13, 1872. She died 40 years ago, and two of the couple's five daughters also preceeded their father in death. Other surviving daughters are Mrs. Birdie Henning of Mohall, N. D., and Mrs. Maggie Rice of Kenosha.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- 1907
Passed to the Great Beyond

Mrs. Nancy M. Wood, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Ellis, Saturday, February 23, 1907, was born at Summit, Schoharie County, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1820. Her maiden name was Nancy M. Sparks, and she was married to William D. Wood, at Calicoon, Sullivan County, N. Y., July 12, 1836. By this union nine children were born, six of whom were called upon to mourn their mother's death. She also leaves one brother, Rev. R. D. Sparks, of Pine Grove, who is the only survivor left of that family. She came to Wisconsin with her husband in the fall of 1855, settling in the town of Plainfield, where she continued to reside to the time of her death.

She joined the M. E. church at the age of 15 years, and later united with the Free Will Baptist church, and continued with that church ever after.

Her children, who all reside within a few miles of each other, were able to minister to their mother's wants and to her comfort while she lived. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Asenath Ellis. The other children are Mrs. Sarah Crawford, Andrew J. Wood, Hiram C. Wood, James W. Wood, and D. T. Wood, all of Plainfield.

Rev. Phelps of the M. E. church, of this city, preached words of comfort to the large circle of relatives and friends from the text as found in John 14:2, followed by interment in the Plainfield cemetery, "Truly her children shall rise up and call her blessed."

Mrs. Wood came to Wisconsin over a half century ago and has seen the country developed from a wilderness inhabited by Indians and wild beasts to a civilized community of prosperous people with schools and churches, and has done what she could toward the betterment of the people.

Besides her sons and daughters she also leaves forty-nine grandchildren, seventy-four great grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grand-children.

The family of the deceased wish to publicly thank those friends and neighbors who assisted them during the last sickness and at the funeral of their mother.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun- Feb. 1897

William Wood, one of the early pioneers of West Plainfield, died last Monday morning, Feb. 15, 1897, after a long sickness. Mr. Wood was born in Sullivan County, N. Y., March 4, 1814, and consequently would have been 83 years old next month. In the fall of 1855, he settled in the town of Plainfield where he has continuously resided. He leaves an aged wife and eight sons and daughters, all of whom reside in this vicinity, being Mrs. Robert Crawford, Mrs Thos. Baker, H. C. Wood, Andrew J. Wood, James Wood, Thomas Wood, Mrs. Geo. Ellis and Mrs. Frank Perry. He also leaves 49 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The deceased was well liked, highly respected, and a kind and obliging neighbor. He had reared his large family as only a prudent and indulgent father can, and he had the satisfaction of knowing their blessings and kindness in his declining years and sickness. Mr. Wood will be greatly missed by all as his long and early residence here has made him well known. Funeral services were held at the West Plainfield school house last Tuesday, Rev. Rhapstock preaching the sermon to a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Contributed by: Brenda Szulczewski

WRASSE Obituary

Submitted by: Vicki Sanow

Bertha Maria WRASSE Obituary Bertha Maria Louise WRASSE, nee BARTEL, daughter of Frederick BARTEL and his wife, Ernestina, nee NEUMOEGE, was born on Sept 23, 1861, in Neu Wuhrow, Pommerania, Germany. When she was two weeks old, on Oct 13, 1861, she was brought into the church of the Redeemer thru the sacrament of baptism. After receiving a thorough instruction in the christian religion, she was confirmed on Oct 17, 1875, by pastor Duerr in the Lutheran church at Klaushagen. On March 29, 1881, she was united in marriage with Wm. WRASSE. This marriage took place in Alt Liepenfier. Pastor Duerr officiated. This union the Lord blessed with seven children. In March 1886, she and her family left Germany and came to America. They settled in the Town of Richford, where she lived until her death. One day after their 25th wedding anniversary she lost her husband. He died on March 30, 1906. Mother Wrasse has been ailing for some time. During the last year she has not been able to talk. She took seriously ill on Nov 2 and after six days of terrible suffering, the Lord granted her the heavenly rest. She died Nov.8 at 11:45 a.m. The doctor gave as the cause of death -- hardening of the arteries and heart ailment. She reached the age of 78 years. She leaves to mourn her departure: seven children, Maria TIMM of Plainfield, Otto of Hancock, Emil of Coloma, Herman of Millbank, S.D., Magdalene NAGEL of Milwaukee, 21 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and beside these many other relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. Source: Waushara Argus

Waupaca Post June 3, 1897

Too Late for last week.
Died at his home in Springwater of Bright's Disease, Minor C. Wilson, May 17, 1897, aged 50 years and 17 days.

Minor Champion Wilson was born April 30, 1833, in the town of Bradford, McHeon county, Pennsylvania. He was the only son of Minor and Hannah Wilson, who with their son and daughter, two years and four months older, removed to Wisconsin and settled at Fond du Lac in the spring of 1844, where they resided for eleven years, then removed to Springwater, Waushara County. The parents coming to the then far west in an early day when the country was new, the children were deprived in a great measure of the advantages of society and education which the children enjoy at the present day, and as a consequence the brother and sister were almost constant companions, and there existed between them an attachment that ever grew stronger as they reached maturer years.

As a boy at school Minor was always a favorite among his schoolmates and as he grew to manhood his friends and neighbors held him in high esteem because of his honesty and integrity. He has been prominent in the business of the town of Springwater for many years. He has been postmaster for the past fifteen years since the death of his father Minor Wilson, and was assistant postmaster previous to that time nineteen years. He has held the office of chairman of the town board for several years and the office of town clerk and justice of the peace repeatedly.

On the 24th of Dec. 1862, he was married to Esther E. Warren of Dayton, Waupaca County and which union has been blessed with three sons, George Wilbur, William Linder, and Birney Harrison, the two older sons being married. The older has two children and the second son three. The family that is left to mourn his irreparable loss; consist of his beloved wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren, besides the only sister, who still survives him, and many more distant relatives. As a husband he was tender and affectionate; as a father, kind and indulgent, and his decease has cast a dark shadow over his once happy home, where his presence always brought light and joy. None knew him but to love and respect him, and he had room in his heart for all his friends. He met the king of terrors, with a calmness and resignation which characterises only a believer in the Divine promises of God.

His funeral services were attended by a large concourse of people, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. The Rev. Rowell of Pine River preached his funeral sermon from the text found in the third chapter, sixteenth verse of St. John. The Welsh choir furnished very appropriate singing for the occasion. The pall bearers were: Mr. John Humphrey, Edward Humphrey, John D. Jones, Wesley Brooks and Stephen Brigham of Springwater and Briggs Shead of Auroraville.

Mr. Holly of Waupaca was in attendance with his hearse and took charge of the remains, and Mr. McAllen of Crystal Lake took charge of seating the mourners at the church and assisted Mr. Holly in the last rites of the funeral. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers, the offerings of devoted friends. He has left behind him a large circle of mourning friends who will ever cherish a loving memory of him in their hearts.
We walked close behind him
To the banks of the river,
Which flows between us
And the evergreen shore
Then bade him a tearful
Adieu as he left us
To join our dear loved ones
That have passed on before.

We know that no more
We shall hear the dear footsteps,
Returning at nighfall
As in days that's gone by, For he's gone for to dwell
In those Mansions of Glory
In the home of the ransomed,
With Jesus on high.

There is a seat in our home
That will ever be vacant
And a void in our hearts
That none other can fill.
But yet, though our hearts
With anguish are bleeding,
We would bow in submission
To God's Divine will.

We shall meet him no more,
This side of the river,
But he will be waiting
For us over there,
And be first to greet us
When we enter the portals
Of the mansions which Jesus
Has gone to prepare.

A Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our many friends who have so kindly helped and sympathized with us during the sickness and burial of our loved one.

Mrs. M. Wilson and family.

Contributed by Paula Vaughan, Waupaca County Coordinator


FRED YANKE, 87, passed away Dec. 12, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Thiel of the town of Weyauwega, following an illness of several years. Deceased was a son of the late Michael and Catherine Fenske and was born Jan. 23, 1841 in Brombergh, Germany. When 12 years old he came to America with his parents who settled in the town of Bloomfield where, he had resided until about three years ago, when he went to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Thiel.

On Feb. 3, 1866, he was married to Henrietta Stokes of Berlin. Mr. Yanke served with the Union Army as a private, during the Civil War, in the 2nd Wisconsin Field Artillery, and the Co. F, 6th Wis. Vol. of the famous Iron Brigade.

Surviving relatives are three daughters, Mrs. Daniel Thiel, town of Weyauwega, Mrs. Carl Staudenraus, Oshkosh, and Mrs. Emma Kobiske, Weyauwega, and one son, John, of West Bloomfield.

Funeral services were held Saturday from St. Peters Lutheran Church, conducted by the Rev. M. Hensel, pastor. Burial took place in Concordia cemetery, West Bloomfield. Military services were under the auspices of the Erich Arndt Post, American Legion, Weyauwega.

Contributed by Fred's Grandson Jon Boehm


Nov. 13, 1912 - April 7, 2001

Ardin Albert Alvin Zuege, 88, of Wild Rose died on April 7, 2001 at Wild Rose Manor. He was born on Nov. 13, 1912 in the Town of Saxeville, the sone of Otto and Lona (Handrich) Zuege. Ardin graduated from Saxeville Grade School in 1927, Wild Rose High School in 1931, and Oshkosh Teachers College, in industrial arts education in 1935.

He worked as a salesman for Radford Millwork in Oshkosh. He married Evelyn Laurinda Cordell Getlinger, also a Radford employee, on Aug. 3, 1940 in Oshkosh. She preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1996.

They moved to Wautoma where Ardin managed the Walker Lumber Company. He also served on the school board. Daughter Cordell and son Wes were born during his Wautoma years.

In 1945 the couple purchased the Almond Building Supply. He was again on the school board and was a volunteer fireman.

Ardin's Wild Rose years began in 1949. He purchased half interest in Wild Rose Building Suppy, full interest in 1953. He was a leader in bringing new businesses to Wild Rose. He also was a member of the Lions Club.

In 1962 Ardin retired to pursue his life-long loves: woodworking, fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was towns clerk of the Township of Springwater.

At his death, Ardin was the oldest and longest tenured member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wild Rose.

He is survived by a daughter Cordell (Lawrence Beyer) Affeldt, Harrisburg, PA.; a son Dr. Weston (Susan) Zuege, Fond du Lac; two grandsons, Austin Zuege of University of Illinois Law School, Champaign, IL, and Cameron Zuege of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a sister Melva (Orin) Kleist, Almond; a sister in law, Marilyn Zuege, Oshkosh; three neices, Donna (Joe) Cocalis, Point Marion, PA., Gail (Wayne) Swenson, Neenah, and Paula (Steve) Nimmer, Oshkosh; three nephews, Tom (Karen) Kleist, Elkhorn, Richard Fuhs, Beaverton, OR, and Darrell (Mandy) Fuhs, Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn, a brother CArl; a brother in law, George Fuhs; and a sister in law Harriet Fuhs.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2001 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wild Rose. The Reverend William Meier will officiate. Burial will be in Howes Corner Cemetery, Town of Mt. Morris, Waushara County. FRiends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2001 at Holly Funeral Home in Wild Rose and again on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Contributed by Linda Cheal

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