Clark County, Wisconsin Obituaries [W Surnames]
Transcribed by Marla Zwakman unless otherwise noted

Louise D. Wagner (18 Nov. 1933 – 7 Feb. 2005)
Source: Shimon Funeral Home (7 Feb. 2005) contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Louise D. Wagner (nee Whipple) of Hartford, passed away Monday, February 7, 2005 at her home. She was 71 years old.

She was born November 18, 1933 in Stratford, Wisconsin to Ira and Isabel (nee Rogers) Whipple. Louise was raised in several small towns in Northern Wisconsin. She married Herman Wagner on July 8, 1953 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Chili, Wisconsin.

The couple lived in Marshfield until 1956 when they moved to Hartford with the family of three girls. Louise worked at LeRoys Dairy Bar from 1958 - 1965, then for Chrysler Outboard until 1984 when it was sold to U.S. Marine. She worked for U.S. Marine until 1992 when they sold out. She moved to Summit Lake and retired in 1994. She stayed in Summit Lake until her health started to fail in 1999 and moved back to Hartford to be closer to her family.

Louise was a member of St. Kllian's Catholic Church and the Hartford V.F.W. Post #8834 Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo, crocheting, and knitting. She knit baby clothes and crocheted afghans and flags to donate.

She is survived by 5 daughters, Dorothy (Richard) Schanilec of Oshkosh, Linda (Hilary) Becker of West Bend, Carol Wagner of Hartford, Judith Wagner of Hartford, Janet (Raymond) Schickert of Hartford; 4 sons, David of Slinger, John (Cheryl) of Port Washington, Mark (Tammy) of Symco, and Eugene Wagner of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 15 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Richard of Hartford, Robert (Carol) of Downers Grove, Illinois, Gerald (Eldora) of Moslnee, and Ronald Whipple of Watauga, Texas; sister, Rosalie Brandt of Medford; and brother-in-law, Elmer Steltenpohl of Neillsville. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; her parents; 3 sisters, Lorraine, Margaret, and Betty; 2 brothers, John and Jim; and sister-in-law, Ardis Whipple.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union St. (Hwy 83 N), Hartford. Family will greet relatives and friends on Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home Hartford.

Memorials to St. Kilian's Church or the charity of one's choice appreciated.


Waldhart, Fred (25 Mar. 1858 – 15 July 1934)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 July 1934

* Mr. and Mrs. Walter Waldhart of Abbotsford and Mr. W. C. Waldhart of Colby visited their father at the Marshfield hospital Sunday afternoon. At 4:30 they left the hospital when their father was feeling very good, but, at 6:45, he was called to his heavenly home. The funeral was held Wednesday at Stetsonville Lutheran church, Rev. Kruse, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Waldhart and daughter, Margaret, attended the funeral.

*** Note: Mr. Waldhart’s first name is from the World War I Draft Registration Card of his son and his birth date is from an online family tree.


Waldhart, Ralph (1931? – 14 Sept. 1945)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 21 Sept. 1945

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Ralph Waldhart, 14 years of age, a sophomore in the Spencer high school, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Waldhart, died at St. Joseph hospital early last Friday morning. He was taken to the hospital Sunday, Sept. 9. The body was brought to the Swarthout Funeral Home in Spencer, and funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Spencer Methodist church with the Rev. Ellery J. Beal, pastor of the church, in charge of the services. Internment was made in the Spencer cemetery.

The pall bearers were Ralph’s school friends: Spence Graves, Robert Fritsch, Jeffery Parrette, Elroy Huber, Billy Beisner and Richard Keves. Flower attendants were Ruth and Marjory Waldhart, Marian Handel, Marjory Kuethe, Bernadine and Eunice Griepentrog, Gloria Schmitt, Theone Mellenthin, Lois and Vera Freeman, Joann Karau, Ardith Westfall.

The church was thronged with Ralph’s friends, both young and old, for he was a friend of everyone. Beautiful flowers massed about the casket bore mute testimony of the love and respect in which Ralph was held in the community. A girls choir composed of school girls led by Mrs. Robert Nerbun, sang two very appropriate numbers: Now the Day Is Over and Jesus Lover of My Soul. Rev. Ellery Beal paid high and beautiful tributes throughout his discourse to Ralph’s short life.


Walbridge, George J. (1844 – 23 Oct. 1908)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 12 Nov. 1908

* The Phonograph published in its issue of Oct. 29th, the death and obituary of our former townsman, George J. Walbridge, which occurred at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash., Friday night, Oct. 23d, but were unable to give cause of death. We have since learned that stricture of the bladder and uremic poisoning was the cause.


Morton Wesley Walker (14 Aug. 1882 – 12 Jan. 1953)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 14 Jan. 1953, page 17; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – Funeral services will be held Thursday for Morton Wesley Walker, 70, Humbird, who died of a heart ailment Monday in the hospital here.

Rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church at Fairchild and burial will be made in the cemetery there. The body will lie in state until noon Thursday at the Bergemann Funeral Home here.

Mr. Walker was born Aug. 14, 1882, at Colfax, Wis., and married Jessie Flick at Humbird May 7, 1907. They settled on a farm near Humbird.

Survivors include his wife, 11 children, 33 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, four brothers and a sister.

The children are Ralph and Orville, Eau Claire; Melvin and Clifford, Humbird; Mrs. Alvin (Charlotte) Durham and Manley, Neillsville; Mrs. Jerry (Rita) Koranda and Juanita, Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. Albert (Zora) Senteck, Vesper; Berbil, St. Paul; and Seth, Tribune, Kan.

His surviving brothers are Charles, White Salem, Ore., Theodore, Augusta, and George and Cecil, Altoona. His sister is Mrs. Fred Ives of Osseo. A brother and sister preceded him in death.


Fred E. Wall (1906? – 8 Nov. 1992)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 10 Nov. 1992, page 6B; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – Services for Fred E. Wall, 86, who died at 1:55 p.m. Sunday at Neillsville Memorial Home, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Church of Christ, Neillsville.


Wallner, Fred (11 June 1854 – 9 Feb. 1933)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 16 Feb. 1933

* Fred Wallner, a resident of Clark county since 1891, died at his home in Colby Friday night, February 9th, at 10:00 p.m., carcinoma being the cause of his departure. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the F. W. Lulloff undertaking parlors, Rev. Bushendorf officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were K. Andrews, August Schoelzel, Hugo Krepsky, Fred Baumgart, Gust Franz and Wm. Strathman.

The deceased was born in Germany June 11, 1854, thus reaching the age of seventy-eight years, seven months and twenty-nine days. He was married to Johanna Panke in Germany December 24, 1871, to which union five children were born, one of whom died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Wallner came to the United States on May 1, 1891, and to Clark county on May 3, 1891. Mr. Wallner belonged to the Modern Woodman and worked at various occupations – on the section, in various lumbering industries and in the box factory.

Besides his widow he is survived by one son and three daughters, namely: Ernest F. Wallner, a chemistry instructor at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Mrs. Charles Stuckert, Milwaukee; Mrs. John R. McCauley, Milwaukee; Mrs. Ernest McGraw, Chicago. Also eight grand children.

The out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John R. McCauley, Milwaukee; Mrs. Ernest McGraw, Chicago; Mrs. Chas. Stuckert, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Wallner, Milwaukee.


Anthony George Walter Sr. (10 May 1899 – 22 Dec. 1994)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 23 Dec. 1994, page 10A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

LOYAL – Anthony George Walter Sr., 95, Loyal, died at 11:50 a.m. Dec. 22, 1994, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1994, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal. The Rev. Roman Kaiser will officiate.

Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Walter, Allan Walter, James Walter, Joe Walter Jr., Anthony Walter, Daniel Hoffman, William Hoffman and Mark Schwellenbach. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Hoeser, Albert Walter, Eugene Walter, Romaine Walter, Franklin Walter, Jim Schecklman, Tony Schecklman, Edward Schecklman and George Schecklman.

Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Rinka Funeral Home in Loyal. There will be a Parish Council of Catholic Women Rosary Service at 4:14 p.m. and a prayer service at 8 p.m., both Monday at the funeral home.

Anthony was born May 10, 1899, in Loyal, on the home farm, to George and Mary (Hoeser) Walter. He attended Lincoln School and St. Anthony’s Catholic School.

He was married to Beatrice Buddinger June 8, 1938, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal.

He farmed all his life on the home farm. He entered the Marshfield Nursing & Rehabiltation Center in April 1993, where he resided until the time of his death.

He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he served on the Church Council for many years. He also served on the Pleasant View School Board for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife who resides at the Marshfield Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; two sons, Anthony (Alice) Walter Jr., and Joseph (Kathleen) Walter Sr., both of Loyal; a daughter, Kathryn (Delmane) Schwellenbach of Christie; a sister, Ann Walter of Loyal; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janice; four brothers and one sister.


Gustave Walter (6 Mar. 1868 – 29 Nov. 1940)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 30 Nov. 1940, page 2; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Spencer – Gustave Walter, 72, died last night at his farm home, 2 ½ miles southwest of Spencer, in the Town of Sherman.

The body will be taken from the Swarthout Funeral Home Sunday to the Walter home and funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. A. C. Stapel officiating. Burial will be made in the Spencer cemetery.

Mr. Walter was born in Germany March 6, 1868, and came to Canada from Germany with his parents when he was four years old. For the past 20 years he had resdied on the present Walter farm.

His marriage to Miss Amelia Mueller took place in Elmore Minn., Jan. 5, 1899.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Ed Corbet, Hillman, Minn., and Mrs. Adeline Oestriech and Mrs. Ed Rohloff, both of Loyal; two sons, Carl of Pueblo, Colo., and Danny, at home; two brothers, Emil of Elmore, Minn., and Julius in Michigan; and 16 grandchildren.


Wampole, Kevin (3 June 1984 – 3 May 2000)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 5 May 2000

* Thorp – Kevin Wampole, 15, Thorp, died May 3, 2000, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in East Thorp Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m Friday at Thorp Funeral Home and again from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

He was born June 3, 1984, in Thorp to Bryan and Shirley (nee Burzynski) Wampole. He was a sophomore at Thorp High School.

Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Jesse, Andy and Wesley Wampole, all of Thorp; grandfather, Marion Burzynski of Thorp; grandmother, Amanda Wampole of Thorp; and great-grandmother, Margaret Olham of Neillsville.


Waschow, Bobby (1928 – Aug. 1935)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Aug. 1935

* Bobby Waschow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waschow of Chicago and grand son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Bleichroth of Colby, was killed when hit by a truck in Chicago Thursday. Mrs. Waschow and children had just returned to Chicago from a visit in Colby.

*** Note: Bobby’s year of birth is from the 1930 Federal Census, Chicago, Illinois. The surname is spelled as Washow in this article.


Waterman, Rickie (1880 – 19 May 1953)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 May 1953

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Funeral services for Mrs. William Waterman, 72, former resident, who died at Garden City, Mich., May 19, were held Saturday and burial was made in the Neillsville cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Waterman came to Clark county from Madison and farmed until 1930, when they moved to Abbotsford where Mr. Waterman operated a garage at the present site of the 13 & 29 Club. They moved to Wisconsin Rapids where Mr. Waterman died in 1937.

Mrs. Waterman is survived by her daughter, Mrs. John (Alva) Hunter, Garden City, Mich.; a son, Victor Waterman, Milwaukee; nine grand children, and six great grand children.
 


Wartschow, Mathilda (1876? – 21 Feb. 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 Feb. 1960

* Mrs. John Wartschow, a former resident of Colby, died in a Milwaukee hospital Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday.

Mrs. Wartschow reached the age of 84 years and is survived by a step-son, Rev. W. M. Keibel of St. Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.

***Note: Her first name is from the Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997.


Wedekind, Arthur E. (1 May 1891 – 29 Dec. 1933)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 2 Jan. 1934

* Neillsville – Jan. 2 – Funeral services for Arthur E. Wedekind, 42, local carpenter, who died Friday morning from a heart attack, were held this afternoon from the residence and from the Schiller Funeral home with the Rev. Paul B. White, officiating.

Pallbearers for Mr. Wedekind were Frank Lipke, C. K. Bartlett, Joseph Zimmerman, Ed Hauge, Nolle Blau and Rod Quinlan.

Surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. William Wedekind; his widow, Mrs. Tillie Wedekind, son John; three sisters, Mrs. George Shaw and Mrs. Arthur Smith, of Neillsville; and Miss Alvina Kauten, Milwaukee; and two brothers, William and Richard, Neillsville, all of whom were present for the funeral.

Mrs. Jacob Korman, St. Paul, Minn., a sister of the widow, also attended the funeral services. Internment was in the Neillsville cemetery.


Weetz, Florence Marie (6 May 1912 – 23 June 1951)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 June 1951

* Funeral services for Mrs. Clarence J. Weetz, 39, who died at her home Saturday at 9:35 p.m. were held on Wednesday morning at 9:30 at St. Bernard’s Catholic church, with the Rev. Raymond Schultz offering the requiem High Mass. A large number of friends paid tribute to Mrs. Weetz by attending the services as well as the rosary service held at the Zink Funeral home, Tuesday evening. Internment was made in the Colby cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leon Apfelbeck, Joseph Apfelbeck, William, Arvin, James and Clement Apfelbeck, all cousins of the deceased.

Flower girls were the Misses Lucille, Patricia, Agnes, Monica, Theresa, and Genevieve Apfelbeck, also cousins of the Mrs. Weetz.

Among the relatives from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Francis Stigler, Oconomowoc, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olstinski and son, Marshfield; Mrs. Francis Pevan, Chippewa Falls; Leon Apfelbeck, Chicago, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Gust Steinke and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galley and daughter, of Joliet, Ill.

Mrs. Weetz, the former Florence Marie Thorn, was born in the town of Mayville, Clark county, May 6, 1912. She received her education at St. Mary’s Catholic school at Colby, Colby high school, and was graduated from the Marathon County Normal School.

Prior to her marriage to Clarence J. Weetz at Colby Jan. 31, 1941, she taught for seven years in Marathon county rural schools. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Milwaukee for five years, returning to Abbotsford about four and one-half years ago.

Mrs. Weetz, who was never in good health, was active in community affairs. She was a member of St. Bernard’s church choir and St. Bernard’s Altar Society, of which organization she served as treasurer, and she was a member of the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters. She was a former president of the Parent-Teachers Association and was serving as vice president at that association and was vice-president at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Abbotsford Music Study and Choral Club.

Mrs. Weetz is survived by her husband and son, David, her mother, Mrs. Rose Thorn, Colby; and two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Elsie) Olstinski, Marshfield, and Mrs. Francis (Clara) Stigler, Oconomowoc.


Wehe, Martha Ampe (1915? - 4 Nov. 1946)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 15 Nov. 1946

Three Killed in Auto-Train Crash At Spencer

* Three persons were killed instantly and another is in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, the result of a train and automobile accident which occurred at the main street crossing in Spencer early Saturday morning.

The accident happened at 1:35 a.m. when No. 21, a freight train, on the Minneapolis to Chicago run, was hit by the panel truck of Bruno Chekitis, Greenwood, route 1. Mr. Chekitis, who was driving the car is in the hospital suffering from bruises to the chest, left hip and right shoulder, and minor lacerations.

The dead are: Harold A. Darkow, 23, Athens, who received a broken neck, a fractured right knee, and cuts and bruises.

Mrs. Martha Ampe Wehe, 31, Loyal, route 2, who sustained a frontal skull fracture and a broken neck.

Mrs. Mildred Domine, 30, also of Loyal, route 2, who suffered a broken neck and a fractured left leg.

All of the victims were riding in the front seat of the vehicle.

The tragedy occurred when Chekitis, driving west on Highway 98, collided with the south bound freight. The light truck was carried 52 feet from the point of impact. All of the victims remained in the vehicle.

The right front of the demolished car collided with the left front of the cow catcher of the locomotive. The engine was not damaged.

John Hildensperger, acting Marathon County coroner, quoted Chekitis as saying that the panel truck was moving about 15 miles per hour when it reached the crossing.

Hildensperger said an inquest will be held early this week.

Chekitis, a veteran receiving on-the-job training as a mechanic at the Otto Stock garage at Loyal, told a reporter Saturday morning that he had been with Darkow since early evening and that they had met the women at Loyal about 1 ½ hours before the tragedy.

***Note: The rest of the article was cut off, and not available at the time of transcription.


Weideman, Carol Jean (27 Feb. 1950 – 29 July 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 4 Aug. 1960

* Carol Jean, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Weideman of Abbotsford, died Friday morning at the Marshfield hospital of nephritis. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Christ Lutheran church in Abbotsford, Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiating, and burial was made in the Abbotsford cemetery. Carol Jean was born on Feburary 27, 1950, in the town of Mayville. She was to enter the fourth grade at Pleasant Hill School this fall.

Surviving are her parents; a brother, Jerold; five sisters, Janice, Darlene, Nancy, Jenny and Wendy; her paternal grand mother, Mrs. Tillie Weideman of Dorchester; her maternal grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Barts, Sr., of Colby.


Ferdinand Weideman (d. 5 Oct. 1937)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 11 Oct. 1937, page 3; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Abbotsford – Rites were held Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian church for Ferdinand Weideman, who died at his home here last Tuesday. Mr. Petran Juneau preached the funeral sermon, and Mrs. A. J. Folstad sang two solos, “Face to Face,” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” with Mrs. Berger as accompanist.

Pallbearers were Joseph Beil, Joseph McCabe, Leo Bandit, William Nagel, Adolph Kallep, and Herman Fiebig. Floral tributes were carried by members of the American Legion auxiliary.

Among the friends and relatives from a distance who attended the rites were Fred Weideman, Two Harbors, Minn.; Mrs. Ray Hirsch, Wausau; Earl Moore, Elba; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brandt and Fred Mais, Marathon; Mrs. Paul Colby, La Crosse; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schulk, and Mr. and Mrs. William Weideman, Fenwood; and Mr. and Mrs. William Grier, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Holzhausen, Herman Weideman, and William Commers, Colby; and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schultz and Mrs. Ed Luchterhand, Spencer.


Barbara M. Weix (29 Aug. 1900 – 2 Aug. 1980)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 4 Aug. 1980, page 6; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

COLBY – Barbara M. Weix, 79, who was chief operator and supervisor of General Telephone Co. here for 45 years, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Colonial House of Colby.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Raymond Pedretti officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rux-Lulloff Funeral Home, where a VFW memorial service will be at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary service at 8 p.m.

Miss Weix was born Aug. 29, 1900 in the town of LeRoy, Dodge County, to Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz (Amelia Beyerl) Weix Sr. A charter member of Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, she belonged to the ladies auxiliary of Colby Veterans of Foreign Wars and of American Legion; Colby Senior Citizens Club; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by four brothers, Dr. Frank Weix, Marshfield, Lawrence Weix, Abbotsford, and Albert and Raymond Weix, both of Colby. A sister and two brothers are deceased.


Weix, Michael (3 Apr. 1855 – 22 Apr. 1944)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 28 Apr. 1944)

Michael Weix Dies At Hospital Friday
Long Time Resident of Town of Hull and City of Colby; Formerly Partner in Meat Market in Colby.

* Michael Weix, aged 89 years, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield last Friday morning after having been a patient there for two days. Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Colby Monday morning, with the Rev. L. J. Lang officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery.

Mr. Weix, the oldest of 14 children, was born on April 3, 1855 in LeRoy, Wis. and came to the Colby vicinity at the age of 23. He was one of Colby’s first settlers and occupied a farm in the town of Hull. On August 9, 1880, he was married to Mary Ohlinger at LeRoy. They made their home on the farm until 1908 when he entered in a partnership with his brother, John, in a meat market for a few years. Since then he had made his home in the city of Colby. Mrs. Weix died on August 19, 1917. Surviving are one son, Rudolph J. Weix of Colby; three brothers, John and Lorenz of Colby and Xavier of Oconomowoc, one sister, Mrs. John Budde of Beaver Dam, and two grandchildren.


Wellman, Emily (19 Nov. 1876 – 24 Jan. 1935)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 31 Jan. 1935

* Mrs. Emily Wellman died last Thursday morning at her home west of Unity, where she lived the past twenty-six years, dropsy being the cause of her departure. Funeral services were conducted at St. John’s Lutheran church at Riplinger, Rev. W. Gamb officiating, and internment was made in the St. John’s parish cemetery.

The deceased was born in Germany Nov. 19, 1876, thus reaching the age of fifty-eight years. She came to the United States with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Schwalbe, at the age of six years. The family settled in Spencer. She moved to Kenosha with her parents in 1891 where she was married to William F. Wellman in 1897 and they moved to Unity in 1907 and she lived there ever since. The following children survive: Mrs. Edna Groth of Marshfield, Walter Wellman of Spencer, Mrs. Adelaide Griepentrog of Spencer, Gerhardt, Elmer, Hilda and Herbert, all at home. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Moericke, and a brother, Carl Schwalbe, both of Kenosha. Also eleven grand children.


Welsch, Sophia (15 Dec. 1849 – 9 June 1934)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 14 June 1934

* Mrs. Sophia Welsch, aged 84, a resident of Colby for nearly twenty-five years, died shortly after one o’clock on the morning of June 9th. She had been in failing health for several months and death was due to the complications of advanced age.

Sophia Johnson was born on Dec. 15, 1849, in Sweden and came, when a child, to America with her parents, who settled in northern Indiana. On Dec. 6, 1874, she was married to John B. Rossman. In 1887 they moved to Marshfield, where they resided until Mr. Rossman’s death in 1906. In 1909 she was married to Henry J. Welsch of Colby and moved to this city, where Mr. Welsch preceded her in death twenty-two years ago. Surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Jessie Winebrenner and her son, Hubert, and a son, Dan Rossman, of Sand Point, Idaho.

Mrs. Welsch was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and the Ladies’ Aid and also of the Woman’s Relief Corps.

Funeral services were held on Monday at 1 p.m. from the Methodist church, the Rev. C. Paul Nulton officiating, and internment was made in Hillside cemetery, Marshfield. The pall bearers were Mr. Wicker, Mr. Forbish, Mr. Loos, Mr. Welsch, Mr. Bushman and Mr. J. Rossman.

Out ot town relatives and friends who were here for the funeral were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Rossman of Polly, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. George Bushman and daughter, Rocelia, and Mrs. Louis Herman of Gilman, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rossman of Loyal, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rossman and daughter, Inez of Thorpe, Mr. and Mrs. John Stahl of Arpin, Mrs. Ella Huber and Henry Kuntz of Marshfield, Mrs. Drace, Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Rew Winebrenner and daughters, Beryl, Mrs. Hawse and Iris of Arpin


Wepfer, William (30 Apr. 1878 – 23 Mar. 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Mar. 1960

* William Wepfer of Colby died at his home Wednesday morning at 5:30 A.M. at the age of 81 years after suffering a stroke five days ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at the Hansen Funeral Chapel and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery. He was a member of the Christian church.

Mr. Wepfer was born on April 30, 1878, in Marshfield. He married Mabel Gray on December 20, 1899, by the late Rev. L. Thom at the home of the bride’s parents in Marshfield. In 1902 the couple moved to Stevens Point where Mr. Wepfer was employed by the Coye Manufacturing Company. Two years later they returned to Marshfield and Mr. Wepfer resumed employment with the Upham Manufacturing Company, where he began working when he was 12 years of age. They moved to a farm west of Colby in 1909, making that their home until 14 years ago, when they moved to the city of Colby.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Altine) Stoltzman of Marshfield, Mrs. Harold (Maydell) Brockhause of Colby, Mrs. Delbert (Goldie) Klepzig of Decatur, Ill.; eight grand children; six great grand children; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Bubolz of Pittsville and Mrs. Albert Plat of Port Edwards. A daughter, one son, three sisters and a brother preceded him in death.

Since coming to Colby, Mr. Wepfer was known to everyone who knew him as a kindly old gentleman, friendly in every way.


Anna Werner (15 Jan. 1891 – 5 Dec. 1963)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 6 Dec. 1963, page 13; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

DORCHESTER – Mrs. Anna Werner, 72, route 1, Dorchester, died of complications at 8:20 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She had been in ill health for some time.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maurina Funeral Home in Dorchester. The Rev. Fred Kollath, pastor of Peace Evangelical United Church of Christ, will officiate, and burial will be made in the Dorchester Memorial cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning this afternoon.

The former Anna Rose was born Jan. 15, 1891 at Marion, Iowa. She came to the Curtiss area in 1916 and had lived there until her marriage Oct. 20, 1936.


Werner, Della (19 Feb. 1889 – 22 Aug. 1953)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 27 Aug. 1953

* Funeral services for Mrs. Matt Werner, 64, who died Saturday, were held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic church. The Rev. Raymond Schulz officiated at the requiem high mass. Internment was made in the Abbotsford cemetery.

The pallbearers were Elmer Leichtnam, Leonard Riehle, Archie Melvin, Brice Bender, Peter Stszesynski, and Frank Wogernese.

The floral tributes were carried by Miss Judy Leichtnam and Mmes. Clem Keller, Leonard Riehle, Archie Melvin, and Elmer Leichtnam.

Relatives and friends attending the funeral were from Seymour, Green Bay, Milan, Colby, and Abbotsford.

Mrs. Werner was born Della Ducat, Feb. 19, 1889, at Dykesville, Wis. In 1924, she was married at Appleton, to Matt Werner. About 15 years ago, they moved to this community and farmed. Their present farm is in the town of Hull, east on Highway 29.

Mrs. Werner suffered a stroke two months ago and was hospitalized at Marshfield. A week ago, Saturday, she was taken to Wisconsin General hospital, Madison, where she died Saturday.

She is survived by her husband; one son, Lenard, at home. There are four sisters, Mrs. Elmo Muford, Nato, Mich., Mrs. Rose Rankin and Mrs. Steven Bader, a twin sister of the deceased, of Green Bay, and Mrs. Arnie Routhieaux, of Dykesville; and two brothers, Joe Ducat, Kimberly, and Victor Ducat, Green Bay.

Mrs. Werner was a faithful member of the Catholic church and her many friends will remember her as one who always endeavored to live according to


Werner, Rosa (8 Aug. 1876 – 2 Dec. 1931)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Dec. 1931

* Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Werner, whose death was chronicled in this paper last week, were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock in the St. John’s Evangelical church in Colby, Rev. G. F. Hahn officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Six sons, Arthur, Paul, Marvin, Arnold, Alvin and Reinhold Werner acted as pall bearers and Evelyn Schillinger, Nellie Schorer, Virginia Schorer, Ruth Amerson, Lilia Hening, Viola Ballerstem and Leona Koeppen, acted as flower girls.

Mrs. Werner, nee Rosa Schorer, was born in Wangen, Bern, Switzerland, August 8th, 1876, thus reaching the age of fifty-five years, three months and twenty-four days. She came to the United States with her parents when she was four years old and settled in Sheboygan county. In 1894, she was married to Mr. Jacob Werner and came directly to Colby where she lived for the past thirty-seven years. She passed on to the Great Beyond Wednesday, December 2, at 5:30 after an illness of eighteen months.

Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Adelia Gerlach, Sheboygan; Mrs. Leona Borchert, Sheboygan Falls; and Mrs. Frieda Koeppen, Colby; seven sons; Arthur, Elkhart Lake; Paul, Northwood, Iowa; Marvin, Arnold, Alvin, Raymond and Reinhold, all of Colby and the following sisters and brothers: Gottlieb, Ernest, Fritz, and Rudolf Schorer, Mrs. Emma Schulz, Mrs. Anna Klein, Elkhart Lake; Mrs. Leona Lemke, Milwaukee; Louis Schorer, Abbotsford; and Robert and William Schorer of Colby. She also leaves five grandchildren.

Mrs. Werner was a member of St. John’s Evangelical church and the Ladies Aid Society. She was a faithful member of her church and just as faithful in doing her duties in her every-day life. In her heart she carried those she loved and her hand was never weary when caring for those who were in any way dependent upon her. The esteem in which she was held was shown by the large floral offerings and the following from her community contributed towards flowers: Mr. and Mrs. R. Schmitt, Mr. and Mrs. N. Schraufnagel, Mr. L. Schraufnagel, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ohlinger, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kunze, Mr. and Mrs. W. Brunner, Mr. and Mrs. J. Horn. Mr. Frank Schraufnagel, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmore Wussow, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Carter, Mr. and Mrs. R. Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. C. Gaier, Mr. and Mrs. V. Stettler, Mr. and Mrs. F. Fitense, Mr. and Mrs. R. Knight, Mr. and Mrs. A. Amundson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Cramer, Mr. and Mrs. G. Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Hanne, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wiese, Mr. and Mrs. Allie Schraufnagel, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kunze, Mr. and Mrs. E. Goetz, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Schmitt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stadtmueller, Mr. and Mrs. W. Sonneman, Mr. and Mrs. Schaetzke, Cecelia Ann Bendel, Helen Sample.


Wescott, Gordon Sprague (4 May 1900 – 31 Oct. 1949)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 Nov. 1949

* Gordon Sprague Wescott, son of the late Thos. M. Wescott, and Lucilla Wescott Hutton, passed away Monday, Oct. 31st, at 12 noon, at the Grace Hospital at Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Hutton were called to Detroit and reached his bedside before he passed away. All that medical skill and loving hands could do were of no avail. He was laid to rest in Cadillac Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Wescott was born on May 4th, 1900, in the town of Eau Pleine, Marathon county. In February, 1920, he left Colby to try his fortunes in the big city of Detroit and was an electrician for the Ford Motor Co. at the time of his death. On July 26, 1944, he was united in marriage with Helen Schwalm of Pigeon, Mich., by Rev. Norton of Trinity M. E. church, Highland Park, Detroit.

Surviving are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Fred Hutton of Colby; one sister, Mrs. W. E. (Irma) Maier, and three nephews, Eugene D. Herbert D. and Gerald Byron, Maier.


Wescott, Lorraine (19 Dec. 1919 – 3 Dec. 1987)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 4 Dec. 1987

* Spencer – Lorraine Wescott, 67, died Thursday evening, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity.The Rev. Timothy Duesenburg will officiate. Burial will be in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Saturday in the Rux Funeral Home, Spencer.

She was born Dec. 19, 1919 in the town of Unity to Leo and Ella Duvall.

She married Hugh Seefeldt Dec. 23, 1936. They were later divorced. She married Clayton Wescott on Nov. 25, 1947 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity.

Following her second marriage, they lived for four years in Rockford, Ill., before moving to the town of Brighton where they farmed. They celebrared their 40th Anniversary on Nov. 23, 1987.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Lutheran Church women’s organization.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Janice Haumschild of Rockford, Ill., Mrs. Jack (Janet) Kaiser of Auburndale, and Mrs. Robert (Dawn) Kyle of Bartlett, Ill., one son, David Wescott, Marshfield; three sisters, Lila Seefeldt of Abbotsford, and Irene Scheer and Mrs. Donald (Arva) Fisher, both of Unity; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one son, two brothers and her parents.


Clara Westberg (9 May 1917 – 26 May 2011)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 28 May 2011; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Clara Westberg, 94, formerly of Colby, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Golden Living Center-Three Oaks in Marshfield under the tender care of hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. The Rev. Al Houts will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Spencer is serving the family.

Clara was born May 9, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Krumm) Ladwig in Sarona, Wis. She started her education in Thorp and graduated from Colby High School in 1935. Clara then attended Teachers College in Stevens Point and graduated in 1937. She taught rural school for four years. Clara was united in marriage to Orville Westberg on Dec. 29, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. He preceded her in death Nov. 6, 2007.

Clara and Orville farmed most of their lives in rural Colby, with Clara working several places, retiring from Land O' Lakes in Spencer. After retiring to Florida for 15 years, they moved back to Spencer.

She enjoyed reading, playing cards and doing latch hook. Clara was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity.

Clara is survived by four sons, Eldon (Kay), Phillips, Larry (Carol), Milton, Randy (Dana), Green Bay, and Rick (Myra), Unity; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Emma, her husband, Orville, two sisters, Luella Krauter and Lila Anderson, and a brother, Edward Ladwig.


Orville Westberg (26 Oct. 1915 – 6 Nov. 2007)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Nov. 2007; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

UNITY -- Orville Westberg, 92, of Marshfield, formerly of the Colby area, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Three Oaks in Marshfield.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity. Inurnment will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Unity. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Maurina/Community Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Orville was born Oct. 26, 1915, in Unity, to Andrew and Annie (Williamson) Westberg. He and Clara Ladwig were married Dec. 29, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. He farmed most of his life in the Colby area and worked for Modern Sleep, Weyerhaeuser and Berg Equipment. They moved to Florida for 15 years and moved back to Spencer, then to Angelus in Marshfield and then Three Oaks.

Orville is survived by his wife Clara of Three Oaks; his children, Eldon (Kay) Westberg, Phillips, Larry (Carol) Westberg, Milton, Randy ((Dana) Westberg, Green Bay, and Rick (Myra) Westberg, Unity; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores Bruezewitz, Marshfield; and one brother, Harold, of Oregon.


Whipple Family Obituaries of Clark County, Wisconsin


White, Josephine L. (13 Mar. 1853 – 30 Mar. 1934)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 5 Apr. 1934

* Mrs. Josephine L. White, a former Colbyite, died at 10:15 Friday night at the home of her son, Earl, at Wausau after an illness of two months and several paralytic strokes. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Colby M. E. church, Rev. C. Paul Nulton officiating and burial was made in the Colby cemetery. Pall bearers were K. Andrews, O. R. Briggs, C. Joe Kraus, Hugo Krepsky, Ben Riplinger and John Pribnow.

The deceased was born March 13th, 1853, at Lodi, Ohio, and went to Ontario, Wis., with her parents in a covered wagon during the Civil War. She was married to N. J. White May 1, 1875, who came to Colby before the Wisconsin Central extended their railroad to this community, having taken up a soldier’s claim on eighty acres of land as a Civil War veteran. Mrs. White came to Colby in the year of their marriage.

Mr. White and his brothers, J. N. and J. P. White, operated a saw mill for seven years on the Eau Pleine river in the town of Holton which they sold later to Salter Brothers, after which he purchased and operated the Colby House for twenty-three years. Mr. White retired from business in 1910 and in 1916, he and Mrs. White went to Wausau where Mr. White died in 1920 at the home of his son, Earl. Mr. White was a charter member of the Colby lodge F. & A.M. and Mrs. White was a charter member of the Women’s Relief corps of Colby, a member of the Eastern Star of Wausau and a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Bethesda Shrine. She also was a member of the ladies’ aid of the First Methodist church of Wausau. She is survived by her son, Earl, of Wausau, and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Quackenbush, of Ontario.


White, Mary (? – 21 May 1890)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 9 May 1890

* Mrs. Martin White, of Withee, died at her home, Wednesday, May 21st, of puerperal fever. The remains were taken to Neenah for internment. Besides the husband, deceased leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.

*** Note: Mrs. White’s first name is from the Wisconsin Death Index, 1820 – 1907.


Wicker Family Obituaries of Clark County Wisconsin


Wiede, August (16 Aug. 1867 – 9 Apr. 1944)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 21 Apr. 1944)

August Wiede Found Dead in Unity Home

* August Wiede was born in Germany on August 16, 1867. As a young man he, together with his parents, emigrated to this country. He had been a good citizen of the country of his choice. Upon arriving in this country, he for a time lived with his parents on a farm west of Unity. Later on he entered into business in the village of Unity. As a member of this community he was respected and known for his honesty and industry. Toward the close of his business certain disappointments arose which caused him to retire and undoubtedly burdened him with sorrow. While living in the Unity community he was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The unfortunate deed which finally brought to end his mortal life cannot be explained by those who knew him well in any other way than that under the weight of affliction he became temporarily deranged. It was not his nature to do rash things at any time. Certain acts of this seem to indicate that his unfortunate demise was not a deliberate act, but an act of a damaged mind, which under stress gave way. His body was found on Thursday afternoon and he must have died sometime during the night. He had reached the age of 76 years, 7 months and 24 days.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Lulloff Funeral Home in Colby by Rev. Hoffman of the Colby Lutheran Church. Surviving are Mrs. Louis Luchterhand, niece of Mr. Wiede, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Luchterhand, uncle and aunt, and Mrs. Bertha Luchterhand, aunt. Mrs. Karl Willecke and Mrs. Ted Salter carried the spray of flowers to the grave, the remaining floral offerings being presented to the church. The pall bearers were Karl Willecke, Leonard Nickel, Charles Runge, Charles Ewert, Maynard Yahr and Albert Wieland.


Wiedenhoeft Family Obituaries of Clark County Wisconsin


Wieland Family Obituaries of Clark County Wisconsin


Wiersig, Augusta (27 June 1849 – 30 May 1931)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 4 June 1931

* Mrs. Augusta Wiersig passed on to the heavenly goal last Saturday evening at 10:15, old age being the cause of her departure. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Zion’s Lutheran church, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Old age is attributed as the cause of her death which occurred at the home of her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Runzheimer, in the town of Hull. She had been confined to her bed for two months. The six sons of the deceased were pall bearers and Olga Runzheimer and Amanda, Ella and Evelyn Wiersig were flower girls.

Mrs. Augusta Wiersig, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller, was born in Germany June 27, 1849, thus reaching the age of eighty-one years, eleven months and three days. She came to the United States with her parents in 1852 and settled in Sheboygan county on October 11, 1868, and came to Colby in 1905 although they lived in Lansing, Minnesota for sixteen and one-half years and in Oklahoma for two years prior to coming to this locality.

The deceased is survived by six sons, one daughter, twenty-nine grand children and one great grand child. Her husband preceded her in death. The sons and daughters are Ed. F. Wiersig, Random Lake; J. H. Wiersig, Abbotsford; O. A. Wiersig, Watertown; Mrs. Henry Runzheimer, Colby; Ewald Wiersig, Colby; Walter Wiersig, Colby; Rudolf Wiersig, Colby.

The deceased had always been a good Christian and a faithful member of the Lutheran church. She always remembered the hospitable ways of the early pioneers, and, after a long, busy and useful life she died as she had lived – honored, trusted, and loved.

The out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Otto Pannies, Mrs. John Zuengler and Mrs. Ernest Plantz, all of Random Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Nickalaus, Mr. Gust Hilger and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Culber, all of Plymouth; Mrs. Thiel and son of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dignetz, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krause and David Haas, all of Ardell; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Wiersig and Paul Wiersig of Beetovia; Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Wiersig, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pannies, Granton; Mrs. Amanda Bock, Sheboygan.


Wiersig, Emma Augusta (30 Jan. 1890 – 17 Aug. 1932)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 Aug. 1932

* Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Augusta Wiersig, whose death was reported last week, were held at the Zion Ev. Lutheran church Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were Chas. Weller, Carl Meinke, Julius Kraemer, Frank Ladwig, Wm. Werth, and Eugene Thiel. The flower girls were Selma Wiersig, Olga Runzheimer, Evelyn Wiersig, Erma Wiersig, Anita Runzheimer, Renata Wiersig, Lita Runzheimer and Lucinda Wiersig.

The deceased, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hass, was born in the town of McMillan, Wood county, Wisconsin, January 30, 1890, thus reaching the age of forty-two years, six months and seventeen days. She was married to E. R. Wiersig on April 20th, 1912, when they came to this locality. She passed away on Wednesday, August 17th, after an illness of four days following a gallstone operation. She is survived by her husband, E. R. Wiersig, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hass, of Marshfield; six children, Harold, Reinhold, Ella, Frieda, Hilda and Olga, all at home; two brothers and two sisters, Herman Hass, Arthur Hass, Ottilia Hass and Ida Hass, all of Marshfield, Wis.

The out of town people here for the funeral were Ed. F. Wiersig, of Random Lake, Wisconsin; O. A. Wiersig, Watertown, Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hass, Arthur Hass, Herman Hass, Ottilia Hass, Ida Hass, of Marshfield; Mrs. Emma Evert, Stratford; Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Kloehn and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Kloehn, Marshfield; Mrs. Augusta Weber and Mr. and Mrs. Gust Frank, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Weber and children and Mr. and Mrs. Weber and children, of Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wepner, Marion, Wisconsin; Mr. E. P. Karau, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kolell and son, Arnold, Marshfield; Mrs. Fred Kloehn, Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Luchterhand, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Draham, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Luchterhand, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Tewes, Marshfield; Miss Adele Frank, Spencer, Wisconsin; Mrs. Louis Zimmerling and daughter, Miss Martha, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kloehn, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Kobl and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Evert and son, Wm., Stratford, Wis.

The deceased was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and was of an affectionate disposition, bright and winning in her ways, so that friendship’s circle was to her a large one. Her sickness was of but brief duration – seemingly with us today, active in life’s round of duty, but gone tomorrow.


Wiese, Norman Edward (2 Nov. 1950 – 11 July 1952)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 July 1952

* An Angel high mass for Norman Edward Wiese, who died Saturday, was sung at St. Bernard’s Catholic church by the Rev. Raymond Schultz, at 9:30 Tuesday morning. Internment was made in the Abbotsford cemetery.

The honorary pallbearers were Jerold Schommer and Marshall Marthaler, cousins of the baby. Acting pallbearers were Alan Brunkhorst, Robert Gierl, Charles Kliefoth, and Kenneth Seidel.

The altar boys were Pat Kelley and Frank Archambo.

Carrying the many beautiful flowers were the Misses Mary Bumann, Nancy and Mary Kelley, Sharol Nikolay, Marion Seidel, and Shirley Wunsch.

Norman Edward Wiese, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Wiese, was born Nov. 2, 1950, at Abbotsford. Ill since birth with a congenital heart, he was helped with surgery performed at Madison on Nov. 29. For a period of about three months, he apparently had good health. On June 12, he was re-entered at the Madison hospital for observation and possible surgery. Tests showed no further surgery could help him and the baby succumbed Saturday, July 11, at 5:10 a.m.

He is survived by his parents; one brother, Michael, and three sisters, Juanita, Loretta, and Audrey Ann, at home; his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wiese, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kittl, all of Abbotsford.

Attending the funeral were many relatives and friends of Abbotsford and from away were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wiese and family, Miss Sylvia Wunsch and Miss Shirley Wunsch, of Milwaukee; Tony Kittl, Edgar; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marthaler, son, Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Marthaler, daughters, Eva and Ethel, Goodrich; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weber and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weber, Dorchester; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Weber, Colby; and Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Fredrickson and Miss Betty Fredrickson, Gilman.


Violet Wiesner (1891? – 1 June 1982)
Source: Marshfield Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 2 June 1982, page 5; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – Violet Wiesner, 91, a resident of Neillsville Memorial Home, died Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Hospital.

The Gesche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published in Thursday’s News-Herald.


Wigstadt, Ben (3 May 1890 – 3 May 1950)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 May 1950

* Stetsonville – Ben Wigstadt, a town of Mayville, Clark county resident all of his life, was electrocuted last week Wednesday about 10 o’clock on his sixtieth birthday while engaged in repairing a well at the north limits of this village.

The auger on the well digger he was helping to operate came in contact with a high tension wire on the farm occupied by Mrs. Joseph Plochocki.

Wigstadt, a bachelor, was assisting Herman Baumer, owner of the property, in cleaning and enlarging the well when he was electrocuted. Baumer, who was near-by, was badly burned and is a patient at the Medford hospital.

Four sisters and four brothers survive Wigstadt.

David Ruesch, Taylor county coroner, declared the death was apparently accidental and that there would be no inquest. Death, he added, was instantaneous.


Wigstadt, Child (? – 31 Aug. 1889)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 5 Sept. 1889

* A little child of Thos. Wigstadt’s died Saturday, the funeral ceremony took place at the M. E. church, Sunday.


Matthew Thomas Wigstadt (25 Sept. 1981 – 26 Aug. 1991)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 27 Aug. 1991, page 15; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

DORCHESTER – Matthew Thomas (“Moe”) Wigstadt, 9, son of Daniel and Donna Wigstadt of Dorchester, died at 8:10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Peace United Church of Christ, Dorchester, with the Rev. Kenneth Chadbourn officiating. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Ludwig, Stanton Braun, Todd and Mark Baumgarner, and Jody and Shaun Gehrke.

Visitation will be at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford, after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

He was born Sept. 25, 1981, in Marshfield. He was a fourth grade student at Dorchester Elementary School at the time of his death. He was a member of the Abbotsford Bible Church.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Benjamin and Adam, both at home, and his grandparents, Grace Wigstadt of Dorchester and Julius and Opal Gehrke of Colby.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Louis Wigstadt.


Wilbert, Peter (12 June 1858 – 23 June 1933)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 29 June 1933

* Peter Wilbert died at his home in Abbotsford Friday at the age of seventy-five years, a complication of diseases being the cause of his departure. Funeral services were held at the Abbotsford Lutheran church on Monday, Rev. O. Hoffmann of Colby officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery.

The deceased was born in Germany on June 12, 1858, and was married in Dorchester in 1891. He is survived by his wife and two daughters – Mrs. Otto Stock of Loyal and Mrs. Fred H. Meyer of Colby.


Wilhelmi, Dorothy (27 Dec. 1951 – 16 Aug. 1986)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 18 Aug. 1986

* Abbotsford – Mrs. Kenneth (Dorothy) Wilhelmi, 34, of Abbotsford, died Saturday morning of injuries suffered in a motorcycle-car accident.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford. The Rev. Daniel Ahrens will officiate. Burial will be in Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford.

Pallbearers will be Walter and Earl Wilhelmi, Wayne Luehrs, James Paschke, and Mike and Steve Greenwald.

The former Dorothy Griepentrog was born Dec. 27, 1951, in Marshfield, to Eugene and Bernice Griepentrog. She was a 1971 graduate of Colby High School.

She was married to Kenneth Wilhelmi, March 21, 1971, in Spencer. He survives.

She was employed at Land O’Lakes, Spencer, as a machine operator for the past 16 years. She had resided in Abbotsford for the past 14 years.

She was a member and janitor of Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford.

Surviving, besides her husband, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Griepentrog, Spencer, two daughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline, both at home; three brothers, Allan, Roger and Ronald Griepentrog, all of Spencer; three sisters, Mrs. James (Barbara) Paschke, Unity; Mrs. Dale (Diane) Chapman, Wausau, and Mrs. Paul (Connie) Coaty, Marshfield; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Copet, Spencer.


Wilkening, Emma (22 Jan. 1880 – 16 Feb. 1936)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Feb. 1936

* Mrs. Henry Wilkening died at her home in the town of Colby Sunday forenoon after being ill since last August. Funeral services were held at Lulloff funeral home Wednesday at 1:30 and at the St. John’s Evangelical church at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. E. Becker officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were Otto Baumgart, Chas. Schulz, Angus Lamont, John Marx, Hugo Hafemann and E. D. Loos. The flower girls were Leona Kramer, Marie Baumgart, Katherine Lamont and Gladys Hafemann.

Mrs. Wilkening, nee Emma Kleinert, was born in Germany on January 22, 1880, thus reaching the age of fifty-six years and twenty-five days. She emigrated to Canada in 1906 and later moved to Milwaukee where she married Henry Wilkening in 1910. After their marriage, the couple moved onto the present farm home.

The deceased is survived by her husband, one daughter, Margaret, at home, one son, William, of Milwaukee, two sisters, Mrs. Max Rudinger of Milwaukee and Mrs. Anna Hernstein of Canada and a sister and brother, William, in Germany.

Mrs. Wilkening was a good Christian and a faithful member of St. John’s Ev. church. She was a true friend and her devotion to those she loved would make a bright chapter in any life. Her retiring nature led her to hide her best qualities from public gaze but they were revealed to those who enjoyed her acquaintance. Her many friends in her neighborhood will miss her as well as the members of her family.


Wilkins, Lottie (16 Jan. 1863 – 8 Nov. 1931)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 12 Nov. 1931

Mrs. Ed. Wilkins, a former Colbyite, living here about forty years ago, died in Orlando, Florida, and the remains will be brought here for burial. The deceased was born in Sauk county in 1863 and came here with her parents when thirteen years of age, living here for several years when she moved to Cherokee and lived there for seven years. She also lived in Abbotsford for eight years. She was married in Colby to Ed. Wilkins in 1880. Besides her husband, age eighty-three, her departure to the distant shore is mourned by one daughter, Mrs. Allie Schraufnagel of the town of Hull, and three sons, one in Florida, one in Stetsonville, Wis., and one in Montana.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the F. W. Lulloff Funeral parlor, Rev. F. M. Blish officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery.

*** Note: Mrs. Wilkins’ first name, and dates of birth and death are from a Colby Memorial Cemetery index.


Will, Minnie (14 Aug. 1882 – 4 Feb. 1932)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Feb. 1932

* Mrs. William Will Jr. died at her home in Colby last Thursday evening at midnight, cerebral hemorrhage, of four hours duration, being the cause of her departure to the distant shore. She was stricken while selling tickets at the Badger theatre, of which Mr. Will is half owner, and passed away at midnight. The funeral services were held at the St. Mary’s Catholic church at 9:30 Monday morning, Feb. 8th, Rev. H. Lachnit officiating, and he paid a beautiful tribute to the memory of the deceased. The casket was covered with the most beautiful floral designs fingers ever wrought, which disclosed the esteem in which she was held and spoke of peace, purity and immortality. Internment took place in the Colby Catholic cemetery. The pall bearers, all nephews, were Sylvester Tennis, Roger Morgan, Melvin Tennis, Jerome Will, Harry Orth, and Maurice Morgan. The flower girls were Delores Will, Wanda Hemmy. Marie Zillmann. Irene Dix, Grace Fleischauer, Genevieve Kersten, Alice Orth, Beatrice Mais, Doris Bronkhorst, Regina Tesmer, Catherine Kraus and Genevieve Krespky. Business places, where possible, were closed during the funeral services.

Minnie Harry Will was born in the town of Beaver, Clark county, August 14, 1882, thus reaching the age of forty-nine years, five months and twenty-two days. She is a daughter of the late Peter Harry and Frances Harry. Her father was born in Germany, and her mother, whose maiden name was Frances Young, was born in Manitowoc, Wis. She was married to Wm. Will, Jr., in Colby, Wisconsin on August 18th, 1903, and always lived here. She is survived by her husband and two daughters – Margaret Will, R. N., at home, and Frances Lakosky of Loyal. Also one grand child, Terese Lakosky, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Math Schramm, Glencoe, Illinois; Mrs. W. E. Morgan, Unity; Mrs. Jos. Tennis, Unity; Mrs. Emma Groelle, Oakland, California; Mrs. Math Orth, Colby; Miss Alma Harry. Minneapolis; Louis Harry, Marshfield; Wm. Harry; Emil Harry, Casper, Wyoming. One brother, the late Peter Harry, Jr. preceded her in death.

Those from out of town here for the funeral were Mrs. Math Schramm, Glencoe, Illinois; Alma Harry, Minneapolis; Louis Harry and wife, Marshfield; Tony Will and wife, Woodman, Wisconsin; Mrs. Walrath and Glen Walrath, of Bloomer, Wis.

Mrs. Will had always been a good Christian and a faithful member of the Catholic church. She also was a member of the Christian Mothers, the Lady Foresters and Royal Neighbors. Among us she always ranked as a woman of culture, refinement, sympathy, a kind neighbor, devoted mother and wife and a true friend. She lived a busy and useful life, and she died as she had lived – honored, trusted and loved.


Will, William Jr. (25 Sept. 1880 – 30 Nov. 1949)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Dec. 1949

* William Will, Jr., of Loyal, age 69, formerly of Colby, was killed instantly Wednesday morning at Spencer when the car he was driving was struck by Soo Line Train No. 17. The car was pushed about 208 feet but was not tipped over. Mr. Will suffered a broken neck in the crash. The body was taken to the Lulloff Funeral Home in Colby where it will lie until the time of the funeral.

Mr. Will was on his way to the Spencer Hotel where he had arranged to meet his brothers, Frank and Tony, and then the three had planned on traveling together to Sheboygan to attend funeral services for John Will, an uncle. Frank and Tony went without their brother thinking he failed to remember the appointment.

John Hildensperger, the Marathon county coroner, investigated the accident but found no witnesses to the mishap. He “assumes” the flashing signals were operating correctly as they were working when he arrived at the scene.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock at St. Mary’s church, Rev. N. B. Beschta officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery.

Surviving are the deceased’s father, William Will, Sr., two daughters, Mrs. F. Lakosky of Ojus, Fla., and Mrs. Herb Steinwand of Colby, four brothers, Joe of Poynette, Wis., Henry of Libertyville, Ill., Frank and Tony of Colby, two sisters, Mrs. Willard Pierce of Tacoma, Wash., and Nettie Casey of Colby. There are five grand children and one great grand child.

A complete obituary will be published next week.

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Dec. 1949

Funeral services for William Will, Jr., whose death in a train accident was reported last week, were held Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. N. B. Beschta officiating, and internment was made in the church cemetery. Nephews acted as pall bearers and were Foster Will, Jerome Will, Ralph Will, Neland Will, Donald Will and Bernard Tennis. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Foster Will, Mrs. Jerome Will, Mrs. Ralph Will, Mrs. Neland Will, Mrs. Donald Will and Mary Ann Casey.

Mr. Will was born in the town of Colby on Sept. 25, 1880, thus reaching the age of 69 years, two months and four days. He married Minnie Harry, daughter of Peter and Frances Harry, on August 18, 1903, at St. Mary’s church in Colby. He was the Standard Oil agent in Colby from 1920 to 1930. He and John Pacholke built the Colby Theatre in 1928 and operated the same until 1936 when they sold the theatre to Frank and Bill Woskie. He moved to Loyal in 1934. He was a member of the Clark County deputy sheriff for many years. Mrs. Will died Feb. 5, 1932.

Surviving are his father, William Will, Sr., of Colby; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Margaret) Steinwand of Colby and Mrs. Fred (Frances) Lakosky of Ojus, Florida; five grand children, Ann and Sandra Steinwand of Colby, Mrs. Joe Hardee of Jacksonville, Florida, and Frederic and Mary Lakosky of Ojus, Florida; one great grand child, Dawn Hardee of Jacksonville, Florida; four brothers, Joseph of Poynette, Wis., Henry of Libertyville, Ill., and Frank and Anton of Colby; two sisters, Mrs. W. B. (Mary) Pierce of Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Dan (Nettie) Casey of Colby.

Colby people will remember Mr. Will as a man of an obliging and congenial disposition, friendly in all ways, which made many friends for him which was testified by the large number of floral offerings.

Out of town people here for the funeral were Mrs. Fred Lakosky of Ojus, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Jos Will of Poynette, Henry Will of Libertyville, Ill., Andrew Will, Sr., and Andrew Will, Jr., of Mellen, Mrs. Cornelius Will and John C. Will of Sheboygan, Mrs. Wm. Blank and Harian Blank of Park Falls, Mary Ann Casey of Appleton, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Will of Owen and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Will of Loyal.


Brenda Willey (6 Oct. 1940 - 13 Oct. 1991)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Oct. 1998; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

OWEN – Brenda Alice Willey, 58, Owen, died Oct. 13, 1998, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Hospice Care Unit.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Withee Alliance Church in Withee. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription. Her date of birth is from the Social Security Death Index.


Edgar M. Williams (d. Sept. 1964)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Sept. 1964, page 6; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

COLBY – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the First United Church of Christ in Colby for Edgar M. Williams.


Howard Williams (3 Feb. 1950 - 17 Dec. 1991)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Wednesday, 18 Dec. 1991; contributed by Ron Flink (email: rlflink55@gmail.com) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – Howard L. Williams, 41, rural Neillsville, was pronounced dead at 9:58 a.m. Tuesday in the Emergency Room of Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

The body will be cremated.

Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, is handling arrangements.

***Note: His date of birth is from the Social Security Death Index.


Teckla C. Williams (4 Dec. 1886 - 16 Jan. 1978)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 17 Jan. 1978, page 20; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – The Rev. William Noble, pastor of the United Methodist Church, will conduct services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Georgas-Gesche Funeral Home for Mrs. Teckla C. Williams, 91. She died Monday morning at Neillsville Memorial Home.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and Wednesday morning at the funeral home.

Mrs. William, the former Teckla C. Wendell, was born Dec. 4, 1886 in Sweden. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of 7. They settled in Pennsylvania where she received her education. She moved to Chicago where she was a seamstress for several years.

On Dec. 21, 1904, she was married to Arthur E. Williams in Chicago. They moved to Clark County where they farmed in the towns of Levis and Washburn. Mrs. Williams remained on the farm after the death of her husband on Aug. 9, 1954.

She had been a resident of the nursing home for the past three years. She was a member of the Cannonville Ladies Aid.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Mildred) Zank, Chippewa Falls; a son, Oliver of Granton; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, a daughter, Grace, three sisters and two brothers.


Williamson, Frances (30 May 1888 – 6 Sept. 1950)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday,  8 Sept. 1950

* Mrs. William Williamson passed away at her home here Wednesday evening. She had been in poor health for some time.

Further details and funeral arrangements are not known at time of going to press so a complete obituary will be published next week.

Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday,  15 Sept. 1950

Funeral rites for Mrs. William Williamson, 62, who died at her home September 6, were held Sunday at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was made in the parish cemetery and the Rev. Charles Witt officiated.

The former Frances Grunewald, Mrs. Williamson, was born here May 30, 1888. She was married June 12, 1913 at Athens to Andrew Gregerson, who died October 9, 1916. She was married May 1, 1920 to William Williamson, who survives. The couple operated a farm in the Town of Brighton until 1945 when they retired and moved to Unity, after spending a year in Chicago.

Surviving besides the widower are three daughters, Mrs. Clarence Buetsch, Spencer; Mrs. Warren Misener, at home, and Mrs. Bernard Eckes, Unity; a son, Everett Gregerson, Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Ole Fladvid, Athens; and Mrs. Walter Clothier, Milwaukee, three brothers, Henry Grunewald, Athens; Frank Grunewald, Milwaukee; and Alvin Grunewald, Bethesda, Mr., and two step-sisters, Mrs. George Fulmer, Athens; and Mrs. William Hanson, Abbotsford.

Pallbearers were Carl Mellgren, Nels Safemaster, Lloyd Ringquist, Walter Fladvid, Orville Westberg and John Winkler.

In charge of floral arrangements were Mrs. Lorraine Flink, Mrs. Norman Winkler, Mrs. Warden Burnett, Mrs. Frank Budde, Mrs. Roland Safemaster, Mrs. Nels Safemaster, Mrs. Lloyd Ringquist, Mrs. Walter Fladvid, Mrs. Milton Wolfe, Mrs. George Jeske, Joan Grunewald, Mrs. Raymond Johnson and Mrs. Les *** The rest of the article was cut off and not available at the time of transcription.

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 14 Sept. 1950

* Funeral services for Mrs. William Williamson, who died at her home in Unity last week Wednesday, were held Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran church at Unity, Rev. Charles Witt of Marshfield officiating.

Mrs. Williamson, the former Frances Grunewald, was born on May 30, 1899, in Wausau and had been a resident of Unity most of her life.

Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Flora) Eches of Unity, Mrs. Warren (Audrey) Meisner of Chicago, and Mrs. Clarence (Louise) Buetsch of Spencer; one son, Everett of Chicago; three grand children; three brothers, Henry of Athens, Frank of Milwaukee and Alvin of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Clontheir of Milwaukee and Mrs. Ole Fladvid of Athens; two step-sisters, Mrs. George Fulmer of Athens and Mrs. William Hanson of Abbotsford.


Williamson, Jacob (15 Apr. 1850 – 24 Feb. 1932)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Mar. 1932

* Jacob Williamson, aged pioneer living just south of Unity, died at his farm home Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, pneumonia being the cause of his departure. The deceased was born in Denmark on April 15th, 1850, thus reaching the age of eighty-one years, ten months and nine days. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church at Unity Sunday and internment was made in the Brighton cemetery. The deceased had been one of the early settlers of Unity and helped build the first church in Unity.


Wilms, Lela C. (14 Jul. 1873 – 14 Feb. 1930)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Feb. 1930

* Mrs. Frank Wilms, formerly of Colby and the only daughter of Mrs. G. T. Benjamin of Colby, died in Vancouver, B.C. Canada on Friday, February 14th, kidney trouble, asthma and heart trouble being the cause of her departure. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, her mother, Mrs. G. T. Benjamin, and one brother, Mr. Elmer Meach of Colby.

The deceased was born on the homestead four miles west of Spencer July 14th, 1873, thus reaching the age of fifty-six years and seven months. She was married in Colby August 19th, 1894, and she and her husband lived in Colby for four or five years when they moved to Mondovi where they stayed a year and then moved to Abbotsford where Mr. Wilms conducted a barber shop until about twenty-two years ago. They then went to Vancouver, British Columbia where they moved onto a homestead. Mr. Wilms also operated a barber shop at Kelso, Wash.

*** Note: Mrs. Wilm’s first name and middle initial was found in an article regarding her marriage.


Bertha Amelia Winchell (20 Sept. 1922 – 31 May 1959)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 4 June 1959

* Mrs. Harold Winchell, town of Holton, died at her home early Sunday morning of a heart condition.

She was 36 years of age and is survived by her husband and daughter, Alice; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Haufe, Medford; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Martha) Winchell, Dorchester; and Mrs. Alvin (Lillian) Stauner, Medford, and one brother, Roland Haufe, Dorchester.

The former Bertha Amelia Haufe was born in the town of Holton Sept. 20, 1922. She taught for two and one-half years before her marriage to Harold Winchell, June 2, 1944.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran church, Dorchester, with the Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiating. Internment was made in the Dorchester cemetery.


Winkel, Emilie (21 Dec. 1853 – 18 Dec. 1934)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Dec. 1934

* Mrs. Carl Winkel died Tuesday evening at 7:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Thede. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock at the home and at 2:00 o’clock at the Reformed church, Rev. H. K. Hartmann officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery.

The deceased was born in Germany on Dec. 21, 1853, and was married to Carl Winkel at Kiel, Wis., in 1875 but made her home with her son in law and daughter the past fourteen years. The surviving children are Mrs. Edmund Thede, town of Colby; Louis Winkel, town of Hull; William Winkel, town of Green Grove.

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 27 Dec. 1934

Funeral services for Mrs. Carl Winkel (nee Emilie Reichwaldt) were held at the Reformed church in Colby Saturday, Dec. 22, 1934, at 3:00 p.m., Rev. H. K. Hartmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were Alex Thede, Wm. Gosse, Wm. Voelkman, Wm. Uhlig, Ervin Martins and Herbert Gray. The flower girls were Mabel Winkel, Adeline Alnora Winkel and Mary Winkel.

The deceased was born in Kleinfranz, Pommern, Germany, Dec. 21, 1853, thus reaching the age of eighty-one years, lacking three days. She had not been feeling quite well for thirty years and has been ill with elephantitis for fourteen years but a stroke was the cause of her death. She suffered with great patience and endurance for fourteen years. She came to the United States when fifteen years of age and resided at Kiel, Wis., until her marriage to Carl Winkel which took place at Kiel in 1875. After the marriage, the Winkels lived several years in the town of Schleswig, near Kiel, Wis. Then for twenty five years in New Holstein, then in Rice Lake. Since 1920, she made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Ed. Thede. She had been a member of the Reformed church since coming to the United States.

The deceased is survived by one brother, nine children, twenty grand children and four great grand children. The children are Bernhard Winkel of Rice Lake, Mrs. Christ Miller of Stockbridge, Louis Winkel of Colby, Carl Winkel of Rice Lake, Christ Winkel of Medford, William Winkel of Curtiss, Mrs. Arthur Valefski of Collins, Herman Winkel of Chilton, Mrs. Edmund Thede of Colby. One boy died when nine months old.

Mrs. Winkel was a good Christian, a kind and loving wife and mother. She was not only faithful to her church, but just as faithful in believing that it was her duty as a Christian to lend a helping hand in time of need – both in acts of kindness and in words. Like all Wisconsin’s early pioneer’s, she was of a very congenial disposition and had a kind word for all she met.


Winkler Family Obituaries of Clark County Wisconsin


Walter R. Wirkuty (10 July 1928 – 20 Aug. 2006)
Source: Tribune-Record-Gleaner (Clark County, Wis.) Wednesday, 23 Aug. 2006, Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Walter R. Wirkuty, 78, Loyal, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at his son’s residence on County Road K, Loyal. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Neillsville City Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Walter Robert Wirkuty was born on July 10, 1928, in Pewaukee, to Anton and May (nee Blood) Wirkuty. He attended Lincoln School in the town of York and Loyal High School. He married Maureen Freezy on Dec. 8, 1951, in Neillsville. They farmed in the Pittsville, Chili, Arpin, and Thorp areas and on County Road K in Neillsville. Since 1999, he and his wife have owned and operated the Loyal Drive-In. He was a member of the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Survivors include his wife, Maureen, two sons, Justin (Suzette) Wirkuty, Mobridge, S.D., and Doug (Melinda) Wirkuty, Loyal; eight grandchildren, including step-grandchildren; two brothers, Leland (Gloria) Wirkuty, Neillsville, and Alvin (Alice) Wirkuty, Neillsville.

Preceding him in death were his daughter, Toni Jane; his parents; a brother, Harold; and various nephews and nieces.

Gesche Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Helen Wischulke (11 May 1907 – 18 Feb. 1996)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 20 Feb. 1996, page 11A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

GRANTON – Helen Wischulke, 88, Neillsville, died Feb. 18, 1996, at Neillsville Memorial Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion American Lutheran Church, Granton. Burial will be in Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, is handling arrangements.

She was born May 11, 1907, in Breslau, Germany. She was retired from Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville.


Witt, Augusta (23 Oct. 1853 – 13 Oct. 1932)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Oct. 1932

* Mrs. Augusta Henrietta Dorothy Witte passed on to the distant shore last Thursday, October 13, old age and complications being the cause of her departure. Funeral services were held at the St. John’s Evangelical church Monday, October 17th, Rev. G. F. Hahn officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were her five sons and her son in law, William Zarnke. The flower girls were Madelyn Witte, Arlene Zarnke, Leona Zarnke, Dorothy Miller, Mrs. Lyle Stubenrauch, Elsie Witte, Ione Witte and Mrs. Ferdinand Schillinger.

The deceased, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schilling, was born at Seehausen, Prussia, Germany, Oct. 23, 1853, thus reaching the age of seventy-eight years, eleven months and twenty days. She was married to Frederick Witte at Seehausen, Prussia, Germany, in 1873 and they came to the United States in 1874 and lived in the town of Herman, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, and later in the town of Mosel, until 1881 when they moved to this locality. At that time, this was still a vast wilderness, and, by hard work and privations, built a large and fine farm. Mrs. Witte’s husband died in 1900 after which she made her home with her two sons, John and Paul, in the town of Hull until about five months ago when her health began to fail. Since that time she made her home with her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Zarnke.

Nine children, thirty-three grand children and eighteen great grand children mourn her death. Three children preceded her in death – Ida, Walter and Frederick. The children still living are Mrs. Wm. Zarnke of Colby; Wm. Witte, Colby; Mrs. George Miller, Colby; Paul Witte, town of Hull; John Witte, town of Hull; Otto Witte, town of Hull; Mrs. Robert Schorer, town of Hull; Mrs. Chas. Miller, Wells, Minnesota; Frank Witte, town of Hull.

The out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Don Farmer and daughter, Betty, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin; Mrs. Lyle Stubenrauch, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Schillinger, Edgar; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Zarnke. Jr., Stratford.

The deceased was a member of the St. John’s ladies Aid and a charter member of St. John’s Evangelical church. She was a good Christian and always was faithful to her various duties in life. Like all early pioneers, she was of a hospitable and congenial disposition and had many friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved family.


John Witt (24 Apr. 1906 – 25 Sept. 1991)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 Sept. 1991, page 10; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

ABBOTSFORD – Clark County native John (“Jack”) Witt, 85, Wadena, Minn., died at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Tri County Hospital, Wadena.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Friday, 27 Sept. 1991; contributed by Ron Flink (email: rlflink55@gmail.com) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

* ABBOTSFORD – Services for Clark County native John Louis (“Jack”) Witt, 85, Wadena, Minn., who died at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Tri County Hospital, Wadena, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford.

Bryce Luchterhand will officiate. Private burial will be Monday in the town of Beaver Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Klug, Art Siikarla, Harlen Witt, Harold Hardrath, Emil Luchterhand, Richard Boden, Gertrude Becker and Gertrude Rohland.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born April 24, 1906, in the town of Beaver, Clark County, to the late Fred and Alvina (Knacck) Witt. He married Evelyn Paral June 5, 1929, in Milwaukee. She died Nov. 28, 1984.

He lived in Appleton until 1941 and then was employed as manager of Big Four Cooperative in Spencer. He became insurance director for Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. in 1944 and later was hired by Wisconsin Farmers Union to head the department of cooperatives. He then was employed in Minnesota by Farmers Union Livestock Association in St. Paul and then as director of insurance for Minnesota Farmers Union. He later was general manager of Co-op Services Inc. of New York Mills, Minn., for nine years. He then moved to Alexandria, Minn., and built and operated a mobile home court. He also served as director of U.S. Farmers Association for many years. He moved to Wadena in 1986.

Survivors include a twin brother, Harvey Witt Sr. of Abbotsford, and two sisters, Hilda Laufenberg of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Edna Degner of Green Bay.

He was also predeceased by one sister, Elda, and three brothers, Fred, William and Elmer.


Witte, Edwin Walter (6 Feb. 1907 – 19 Feb. 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 Feb. 1960

* Edwin Walter Witte died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, Friday at 1:30 P.M. at the age of 53 years, a heart failure being the cause of his death. Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. R. Krueger of Spencer officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Pall bearers were Emil Wolk, Art Grauman, Arnold Strathman, Edward Strathman, Harold Strathman and Lofton Runzheimer.

Mr. Witte was born in Colby on February 6, 1907. He received his education in Zion Lutheran school, Colby Graded School and Colby High School. After completing high school, he worked for the Harmony Co-operative Produce Company. In 1933, he built a filling station on Highway 13, the Standard Station at the present time. In 1936, he became an authorized dealer for Gamble Skogmo and has been in the hardware business since that time. He married Hazel Schjoneman on January 1, 1935, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity.

Mr. Witte served on the Colby Graded School board for several years, was a member of Zion Lutheran church since 1921 and was a member of the Colby Chamber of Commerce. He was well-known for his fine Christian character, courteous and friendly at all times which won him the esteem and friendship of all who knew him.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Gueldner of Whitewater and Miss Karla Witte of Colby; a son, Dennis Witte of Madison; two sisters, Mrs. D. C. (Elsie) Luhrsen of Marshfield and Mrs. Ray (Hilda) Kriplean of Appleton, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Witte of Colby. A brother, Walter, died in infancy.


Erna Wittke (12 Nov. 1887 – 23 Mar. 1957)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 25 Mar. 1957, page 9; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

NEILLSVILLE – Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Arthur Oswald of Granton in Georgas Funeral Home here at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Mrs. Ferdinand (Erna) Wittke, 69, route 3, Neillsville, who died of a lingering illness shortly before noon Saturday at Memorial Hospital. Burial will be made in the Neillsville cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home where the body will be in state until the time of services.

The former Erna Bardeleben was born Nov. 12, 1887, in the town of Pine Valley, where she lived her entire lifetime in Clark county and was married Oct. 1, 1913, in the town of Pine Valley to Ferdinand Wittke, who survives her.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Wittke leaves a son, Lester, route 3, Neillsville; a daughter, Mrs. Alfred (Viola) Garbisch, route 1, Granton; two brothers, Herbert and Robert Bardeleben, both of Neillsville, and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Charles (Alma) Diers in 1950, and by three infant sisters and three infant brothers.


Mrs. Henry Wittke (1891? – 2 Jan. 1963)
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) Saturday, 5 Jan. 1963

Neillsville, Wis. – Services for Mrs. Henry Wittke, 72, wife of a former Neillsville police justice, will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Georgas funeral home here. Mrs. Wittke died of a heart attack here Wednesday. Her husband had served for many years as a field man for the American Stores Dairy Corp., Neillsville.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Wittke is survived by a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Irene Wittlinger (5 June 1917 – 9 Dec. 1997)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Dec. 1997; contributed by Ron Flink (email: rlflink55@gmail.com) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

LOYAL – Irene Rose (nee Steffen) Wittlinger, 80, Rice Lake, died Dec. 9, 1997, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Rinka Funeral Home in Loyal. Burial will be in the Beaver Center Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

She was born June 5, 1917, in Loyal. She had farmed in Amery and worked at Sioux Archery in Rice Lake.

She is survived by her son, Eugene (Ann) Wittlinger of Menomonie; two daughters, Donna (Doug) Karis of Rice Lake and Pat Walker of Cumberland; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Harry (Frances) Steffen of New York; three sisters, Helen Schuh of Colby, Iris Furman of Loyal and Caroline Boetcher.


Ralph E. Woik (2 June 1923 – 15 Feb. 2009)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 17 Feb. 2009; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

OWEN -- Ralph E. Woik, 85, of Owen, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at the Clark County Health Care Center surrounded by family.

Visitation will be held at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Owen on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Further visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the First United Church of Christ in Colby.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Kenneth Dix will officiate. Burial will follow in North Green Grove Cemetery in the town of Colby. Serving as his pallbearers are Larry Herington, Mike Johnson, Luke Johnson, Brett Johnson, Elise Woik, Hanah Woik, Greg Woik, and Bill Flink. The Owen-Withee Lions Club will act as honorary pallbearers.

Ralph was born June 2, 1923, to Ernst and Iva (Winter) Woik in Owen. He graduated from Owen High School in 1941. He married Elsie Mueller June 14, 1947, in Abbotsford and together they farmed in the Owen area until 1977.

Ralph later worked at Tri-County Equipment in Withee as a parts manager. Ralph was very active in the community as he was the director of Clark Electric Co-op for 33 years, Central Co-op Shipping for seven years, Marathon-Clark Dairy Co-op 11 years, Harmony Co-op nine years, Production Credit Co-op 14 years, and Rural Housing Co-op for six years.

Ralph was further involved with the First United Church of Christ as a council member, Bee-Hive School Board, co-chairman for the Owen-Withee Building Committee in 1979, Owen-Withee Lions Club as well as a member of the Lions Golf Team.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; and his children, Diane (Larry) Herington of Owen, Duane Woik of Portland, Ore., and Denis (Kris) Woik of Colby. He was the proud grandpa of Kari (Mike) Johnson of Fall Creek, Tina (Bill) Flink of Colby, Lara (Luke) Johnson of Fall Creek, Elise Woik and Hanah Woik of Colby, Shawn (Sabrina) Mykisen, of Germany, Jeramie (Amie) Mykisen, of Portland, Ore. He was also the great-grandpa of Brett and Breanne Johnson, Justine and Logan Flink, Kendra, Madisen and Larissa Johnson.

He is further survived by his sisters, Olga (Ken) Hoehn of Owen and Violet (Arlyn) Ebeling of Wausau; and his brother, Robert (Ellen) Woik of Mayville.


Wojcik, Stanley B. (? July 1920 – 2 Feb. 1945)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 16 Mar. 1945

* Telegrams have been received from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wojcik of Spencer, notifying them of the death of their son, S-Sgt. Stanley B. Wojcik, age 24, on Feb. 2, 1945 on Luzon in the Philippines and of the wounding of another son, Cpl. P. Wojcik, 21, in Belgium. Sgt. Wojcik of the Army Infantry, had been in service since 1939. He enlisted and was stationed for a time in Colorado, and in May 1940, went to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He then went to the South Pacific and a year later to New Zealand. On Jan. 15, 1945, he was sent to the Philippine Islands where he was killed in action. He had received the Good Conduct medal about a year ago and also the Bronze Star. He was born in July 1920. Surviving besides his parents are seven brothers, John of Ogema; Adam and Frank of Milwaukee; Cpl. Peter P. Wojcik, hospitalized in France, and Leo, Theodore and Joseph, at home; three sisters, Mrs. John (Josephine) Iwanski of Port Edwards; Mrs. LeRoy (Leocadia) Kreckloff of Ogema and Miss Anna Wojcik of Milwaukee.

Cpl. Peter Wojcik entered service in January 1943 and was first attached to the medical section of the Army Air Force, and then transferred to the parachute division, receiving his wings Dec. 4, 1943. He went overseas in March 1944, taking part in the invasion of France in June. On June 8 he was wounded for the first time, after which he was hospitalized in England for four months. After another four months, he went to Belgium, where he was wounded a second time on Jan. 16, 1945. At present he is in a hospital in France.


Wolf, Charles (1886? – 7 Feb. 1952)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 14 Feb. 1952

* Funeral services for Charles Wolf, 66, who died Thursday, Feb. 7, at Saskatchewan, Canada, will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 at the Peace Evangelical church at Dorchester. Internment will be made in the church cemetery beside the bodies of his parents. Mr. Wolf, who was unmarried, died unexpectedly as he was getting ready to retire for the night.

The body arrived this noon and was taken to the Fuchsgraber Funeral Home at Dorchester, where relatives and friends will gather Friday evening.

He is survived by two brothers, Ed, and William Wolf, of Dorchester, and five sisters, Mrs. John Schwartz, Colby; Mrs. Anton Boxrucker, Curtiss; Mrs. Art Bruesewitz, Auburndale; Mrs. Herman Wilke, and Mrs. Emma Tauch, Dorchester.

Besides his parents, a sister, Mrs. Hulda Ruprich, preceded him in death.


Wolf, John A. (1 Mar. 1887 – 25 Mar. 1960)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 31 Mar. 1960

* John A. Wolf of the town of Colby died Friday evening in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, at the age of 73 years. Funeral services were conducted in St. Mary’s Catholic church Tuesday morning, Rev. John Pinion officiating, and internment was made in the parish cemetery. Pall bearers were Herbert Firnstahl, Joe Schuster, Louis Jakel, William Hackel, Elroy Gutenberger and Roy Langteau.

Mr. Wolf was born in Marshfield on March 1, 1887, and attended St. John’s Catholic School there. He married Anna Tesmer at Colby on June 8, 1921. They farmed in the town of Colby the past 29 years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was well known for his fine Christian character and industrial disposition, and, being of a friendly and pleasant disposition, was well-liked by all who knew him.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Vernon Wolf of Burlington and Norbert Wolf of Colby; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Marie) Peterson of Tomah and Miss Celia Wolf of Colby; 14 grand children; two sisters, Mrs. Madeline Seymour and Mrs. Chet Lindsey of Marshfield; two brothers, Joseph Wolf of Greenwood and Andrew Wolf of Chili. One brother and four sisters preceded him in death.


Wolk Family Obituaries of Clark County Wisconsin


Carl Worchet (? – Apr. 1895)
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Saturday, 6 Apr. 1895

NEILLSVILLE, Wis., April 6. – Carl Worchet, treasurer of the township of Grant, Clarke county, committed suicide at his home, six miles east of this city, by shooting himself. He had been drinking heavily of late and was found by the town board to be $700 short in his accounts.


Henry Wright (? – 13 May 1886)
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane County, Wis.) Friday, 21 May 1886

Spencer, Wis., May 17. – On Monday last, Henry Wright, of Loyal, Clark county, died under suspicious circumstances, and on Tuesday his stomach was sent to a Chicago chemist for analysis. Thursday his wife was arrested, and while in custody made a confession that she had poisoned him, giving him arsenic in small quantities from time to time, under the directions of a prominent farmer of the same place named Dan Allen, who purchased the poison while in Milwaukee two weeks ago. On Friday Allen was arrested and lodged in jail, bail having been fixed at $10,000.


Luther W. Wright (10 Oct. 1888 – Dec. 1947)
Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 25 Dec. 1947; contributed by Fran Z.

LUTHER W. WRIGHT – age 59, former Neillsville resident died at Marshfield as a result of a skull fracture suffered when a cable broke causing a boom to strike his head. Accident occurred at Blum Brothers factory where he worked. Luther was the son of the late John R. and Della M. Wright, was born in Golden Gate, IL, October 10, 1888. He was married Mary 17, 1912, at Mountain View, MO. He farmed near Neillsville until moving to Marshfield four years ago. Survivors are his wife and eight children. Mrs. Ed. (Neva) Bock, Vesper; Mrs. Clarence (Nettie) Dickey and Mrs. John (Lena) Gaden of Nekoosa; Mrs. Thomas (Ruby) Schudi, Marshfield; Mrs. Harold (Fern) Butterfield, Nekoosa; T/5 Floyd Wright of Fort Worden, Wash; and Harvey and Patsy at home. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery.


Wucherpfennig, Albert Henry (31 May 1888 – 6 Apr. 1950)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 14 Apr. 1950

* Funeral services were held at 1:30 P.M. Monday at the Lulloff Funeral Home, Colby, for Albert Henry Wucherpfennig, 61, Town of Frankfort, who died at the home of his brother, Reinhold, of Unity at 7 P.M. last Thursday.

Mr. Wucherpfennig was born in the Town of Frankfort May 31, 1888 and received his education there. He resided from 1907 to 1918 in Ligerwood, N.D. and since that time he lived in the Town of Frankfort.

He is survived by five brothers, Ferdinand, Colby; Gustave, Town of Frankfort; Frank and Frederick, Forman, N.D.; and Reinhold, Unity; and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Roghers of Gays Mills and Mrs. Sam Yelk of Colby.

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 13 Apr. 1950

* Albert Henry Wucherphennig of the town of Frankfort passed away at the home of his brother, Reinhold, of Unity last Thursday at the age of 61 years, cancer being the cause of his death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Lulloff Funeral Home, where the body had been lying in state, and burial was made in the Colby cemetery. Rev. F. J. Smith officiated. Pall bearers were Herman Punke, John Punke, Rudolph Punke, Henry Punke, Albert Syring and Martin Syring, all nephews of the deceased. Flowers were in charge of Lenora Wucherpfennig, Carol Wucherpfennig and Mrs. Herman Totzke.

Mr. Wucherpfennig was born in the town of Frankfort on May 31, 1888, and received his education there. He resided in Lingerwood, N.D., from 1807 to 1918, and since that time, lived in the town of Frankfort.

Surviving are five brothers and two sisters – Ferdinand of Colby, Gustave of the town of Frankfort, Frank and Frederick of Forman, N.D., Reinhold of Unity, Mrs. William (Emella) Roghers of Gay Mills and Mrs. Sam (Augusta) Yelke of Colby. His parents, one brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Punke, Mrs. Alfred Wendt, Mrs. Ben Stubinski and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gebert of Wausau, Mrs. Leslie Teske of Marathon, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Punke and Mrs. Bertha Sodke of Edgar, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schmidt of Marshfield and other friends and neighbors of Stratford and Edgar.


Wucherpfennig, Ferdinand Ignatz (6 Mar. 1853 – 10 Sept. 1934)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Sept. 1934

* Funeral services for Ferdinand Ignatz Wucherpfennig, whose death was chronicled last week, were held in the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran church in the town of Wein Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, Rev. Emanuel Maleag officiating, and internment was made in the church cemetery. Six sons acted as pall bearers and the following grand daughters acted as flower girls: Helen Punke, Elizabeth Punke, Emelia Roghers, Helen Syring. Also two great grand daughters, Marien Hintz and Elizabeth Glawe.

The deceased was born in Seulingen, Hanover, Germany, March 6th, 1853, thus reaching the age of eighty-one years, six months, and four days. He was married to Elizabeth Rocke – who preceded him in death – on Oct. 18, 1878, in Saxen, Germany. They came to this country in October, 1882, and lived in St. Paul, Minn., until October, 1887, when they moved onto their farm east of Colby. They were blessed with twelve children, nine of whom survive and are Elizabeth Punke, Edgar; Ferdinand Wucherpfennig, Colby; Gustav Wucherpfennig, Edgar; Emelia Roghers, Gays Mills; Frank Wucherpfennig, Forman, North Dakota; Albert Wucherpfennig, Colby; Fred Wucherpfennig, Forman, North Dakota; Augusta Yelke, Colby; Reinhold Wucherpfennig, at home. Also thirty-four grand children and eighteen great grand children.

The deceased has lived in this locality for nearly forty-seven years and is numbered among the early pioneers, and, like most of our early pioneers, was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. He was held in high esteem in his community which is testified by the fact that he held the office of supervisor of the town of Frankfort for several years. He was a good Christian, a kind husband and father and a congenial neighbor. He had filled the various relations of life as son, husband, father and friend, and filled them well.

Those from a distance who were here for the funeral were Frank Wucherpfennig and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wucherpfenning and son Donald, of Forman, North Dakota, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Roghers and daughters, Emelia and Delephine, and Mrs. Eric Hansen and daughter, Emelia, and son, Fred, of Gays Mills, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Emil Glawe and family of Marion, Wis., Mr. Aug. Hoefs and sons, Charles and Vernon, of Stratford, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ouster and daughter, Doris, of Stratford, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hoeft and daughter, Bernadean, of Dorcherster. Mrs. Helmut Mesalk and daughter, Marcella, of Milan; Mrs. Henry Punke, sons, Henry, Rudolph and Earl, and daughters, Helen and Elizabeth, of Edgar, John Punke of Medford, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Teske and son, Howard, of Edgar and Mrs. Margaret Hintz and daughter, Marion, of Edgar.



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