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Dane County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Arline I. Mackesey
MADISON - Arline I. Mackesey, age 86, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born on Oct. 11, 1928, in Madison, the daughter of Tony and Alma Frank. On July 1, 1950, she was united in marriage to Vince T. Mackesey at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where they were charter members. Arline graduated with the 1947 class of Madison West High School.  Deeply loving and patient (though stern), she had impeccable tastes (food, fashion, theater), a great love of animals, a passion for gardening, an interest in British history, and a strong belief in higher education (especially for women). In many ways, she was a pioneer, having gone to college and working for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 28 years. Arline always put others first, and her tremendous dedication to her family will never be forgotten. Even on her worst days, she always took care of the people around her.  Arline and her family have been in the restaurant business her entire life, with her father owning Tony Frank's Tavern. One of her favorite memories to recount was the day she received "the highest compliment" she ever got from a customer. The man, a stranger, looked her in the eyes and asked, "Are you the boss' daughter? No one else would work so hard!" She continued the family tradition by opening Mackesey's Irish Pub on State Street. There, she passed on her incredible work ethic to her children and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Vince; three children, Mark (Patti) of Monona, Mary "Patty" (Pat) Reavey of Milwaukee and Mike (Donna) of Monroe; five grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Rob, Caitlin and Cara; and brother, Jerry Frank. Arline was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol Netzel; and brother, Edwin Frank.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler presiding. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. [Wisconsin State Journal, 26 Oct 2014; Sub. by JAH]

Richard Leo Mackesey
Richard Leo Mackesey passed away at his home on Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014, at the age of 84. He was born on Jan. 30, 1930, in Madison, Wis., the sixth of seven children of the late Agnes C. (Farrell) and Stephen A. Mackesey. A West High School graduate, he married his Central High School sweetheart, Jacqueline Lee Gregory, after returning from military service, where he served our country as a Navy Seabee for four years. Whether people knew him as Rich, Dick, Uncle Dick, Dangster, Mack, Richie, Grandpa or Dad, he was appreciated as a strong man of his word, with humble integrity. Rich loved his family and friends. He valued the quiet times, as well as those filled with raucous laughter. He was an avid sports fan, card player, hunter, fisherman and all around outdoorsman. He was a devout Catholic and a familiar face at many Madison area churches where he could be found ducking in to attend mass or say a quick prayer. Rich also loved the times spent at The Triangle Market on State Street where he would often gather with his brother Vince and other friends and family. He worked as a Dane County Police Officer, owned and operated his own construction company, RL Mackesey, Inc., and retired from Daniel’s Construction where he worked as a supervisor for 15 years. Rich and Jackie raised seven children in the family home he built in Cottage Grove, after moving from Monona in 1967. During their child rearing years, he worked endlessly, for the sole purpose to provide for his family and live an honest and full life. He provided a foundation of a stable home, Catholic faith, integrity and responsibility, giving his kids the basis to seek a happy and fulfilling life. Rich spent his life with good friends and family. He had a large loving family of brothers and sisters and great jobs, making many good friends. He loved his Montana hunting trips, fishing trips across the US and Canada, and traveling – Ireland and his children’s homes being some favorites. However, family gatherings in Cottage Grove and spending days and nights with his wife were a constant source of love and joy. Please remember Rich’s loved ones who are left behind; his wife Jackie, his seven children, Deb (Mark Homan), Mike (Carolyn), Theresa (Tim Wilson), Art , Dave (Lynda), Rich (Tammy) and Bill (Lori); nine grandchildren, Nic, Leandra, Zac, Aaron, Lee, Jack, Robby, Kyle and Alyssa; and a great-grandson, Sawyer. He is also survived by his brother, Vince; sister-in- law Arline; sisters, Evelyn and Kathleen; sister-in- law, Jill Elver; many nieces and nephews and special friends who were like family. Rich is met in heaven by God, his parents; brothers, Tom (and Betty) and Ed (and Doris); sister, Millie (and Babe Lewis); his in-laws, Dick Sprague, Jerry Marion and C. David Elver; and his beloved daughter-in-law, Shari. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Rd, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass. A private family burial will occur later. The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice Care for their kind and compassionate care.  [Wisconsin Statre Journal, 21 Sep 2014; Sub. by JAH]

Vincent T. Mackesey
Vincent T. Mackesey, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 20, 1923, in Pine Bluff, Wis., the fourth of seven children of the late Agnes C. (Farrell) and Stephen A. Mackesey. Vince was raised on a farm in Dunn, where he was in charge of meeting Bessy the cow at the gate. He graduated from West High School in 1940 and on July 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Arline Frank at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where they were charter members. Vince is from a family of builders who, along with his brothers, built many houses on the West side of Madison in the S. A. Mackesey subdivision. He took pride in his work, loved stopping by construction sites and, in his later years, supervising his son Mike on his jobs. Vince and his wife Arline, along with their son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Patti, took great pride in the family business, Mackesey's Irish Pub, which they opened in 1983. During his retirement, Vince was charged with cleaning the building every morning, and was a beloved personality at the Pub and on State Street. Kind, with a great sense of humor, he loved to visit with friends and family at Triangle Market and Portabella Restaurant in the mornings. A sharp memory, he loved to play solitaire and to go on long drives where he would show family members places close to his heart. Vince is survived by his three children, Mark (Patti) of Monona, Mary "Patty" (Pat) Reavey of Milwaukee, and Mike (Donna) of Monroe; and five grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Rob, Caitlin and Cara. He is also survived by his sisters, Evelyn and Kathleen; and sister-in-law, Jackie Mackesey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arline; his parents; brothers, Tom (and Betty), Ed (and Doris) and Richard; and sister, Millie (and Babe Lewis). A memorial service will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, 401 S. Owen Dr., Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, with Monsignor James Uppena presiding. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Donna Mackesey, who lovingly cared for him, allowing him to fulfill his wishes of being home, Agrace HospiceCare, and the family of Queen of Peace Parish.  [Wisconsin State Journal, 16 Jan 2015; Sub. by JAH]

Mrs. R. P. Main
Oregon, Wis., July 7. – Mrs. R. P. Main, one of the early settlers of this vicinity, died here on Friday at the age of 89 years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 17 July 1902; transcribed by mz]

Willet S. Main
Willet S. Main, born at Edmeston, Otsego county, N.Y., August 15, 1828; died near Madison, Wis., July 5, 1902. In 1846, Mr. Main came with his father to Wisconsin, and settled near Waukesha. The following year they removed to Madison, where he became a useful and influential citizen. Mr. Main served in a public capacity as sheriff or under-sheriff for the twenty years succeeding 1851. In 1870 he was appointed deputy United States marshal, and served continuously in that position until February, 1896, except during the first term of President Cleveland's administration. From 1888 to 1892, he represented Dane county in the state senate. He also gave freely of his time to furthering the interests of the Monona Lake assembly, and for a long time acted as president of that association. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1903); pages 142-147; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; tr. by MZ]

Charles Manley
Sun Prairie, Wis., Nov. 21. – Charles Manley of this township died very suddenly, aged 38 years. Heart disease was the cause of death. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (23 Nov. 1899) tr. by MZ]

Laura Marret
The death of Laura Marret, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Marret, occurred Monday afternoon at the home, 1827 West Seventh street. She was only 10 years of age, having been born in Madison, Wis. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 18 Aug. 1909]

Nettie A. Marvin
DIED, In Oregon, this county, September 18, 1887, Nettie A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Marvin, aged 10 years.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 30 Sept. 1887; tr. by MZ]

Leona Elizabeth McCarragher
Madison, WI - Leona Elizabeth McCarragher, age 91, of Madison, died peacefully Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born in Hollandale on March 18, 1921 the daughter of the late John and Matilda (Collins) McCarragher. Leona touched so many lives in her 42 years of teaching children, including her 32 years at Shorewood Hills Public School. She received her Bachelor's Degree at Platteville State Teacher's College and her Master's Degree at UW-Madison. Leona was an active volunteer throughout her life, including at St. Mary's Adult Day Care, and at Our Lady Queen of Peace in many roles, including Sacristan, greeter and minister of Bread and Wine. She was a member of Catholic Daughters and Women's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Dane County Shamrock Club and Hollandale Auxiliary. Leona is survived by a brother, Paul McCarragher; a brother-in-law, John Azzalino; her cousin, Therese McCarragher who was like a sister to her; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Viola Azzalino; and her sister-in-law, Marietta McCarragher. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 Owen Drive, with Msgr. Kenneth Fiedler presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Hollandale at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and a reception will follow at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hollandale.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (25 Feb. 2013) submitted by Jim Honer]

William T. McConnell
Born in Montgomery county, Ohio, December 19, 1835. Came to Wisconsin in 1855. Died at Madison, November 17, 1904. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." (published 1906); pages 130-142; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Angus R. McDonald
1879 - Capt. Angus R. McDonald died at Madison, Apr. 14, at the age of forty-seven years. He was born on the Island of Eigg, Inverness, Scotland, Oct. 2d, 1837, and had resided in Wisconsin about twenty-five years. In 1861 he entered the Eleventh Wisconsin Infantry, and was promoted from the ranks to second and first lieutenant, and served to the end of the war. He was physically a powerful man. He used to relate, that on one occasion, he was stabbed severely in the shoulder, and only saved his breast by hugging closely to him the dead body of a rebel he had killed in the fight. Maj. J. S. Miller, reporting the part taken by the Eleventh Regiment in a battle near Mobile, in the spring of 1865, said "To particularize, when officers and men displayed unusual gallantry, may seem invidious, yet I cannot neglect to mention First Lieutenant Angus R. McDonald, commanding Company E, for his gallant and heroic conduct. On mounting the parapet of the enemy's works, he was attacked by six men; he knocked two of them down with his sabre, and in return received a shot through his thigh, and two bayonet wounds in the breast." After the war, he filled a position in the capitol at Madison, and subsequently was internal revenue store-keeper at Milwaukee till his health failed him. He was a man of many genial qualities.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) pages 435-436; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Mrs. McDougall
Died: On the evening of the 5th, Mrs. McDougall, mother of G.W. McDougall, aged 60 years.[Source: Weekly Wisconsin Patriot (Madison) 12 Jan 1861; tr. by Mary Dutcher]

Johana Kelly Meharg
Johana Meharg Dies Thursday, Dunbar Resident for 33 Years
Mrs. Johana Meharg, 89, widow of Edward Meharg, and former resident of Town of Dunbar, died Thursday morning at a convalescent home at Oregon, Wis. The former Johana Kelly was married at Champion, Mich. in 1895 and lived in Pembine until 1913. She then moved to Dunbar where she lived until 1946 when her husband died. Mrs. Meharg lived recently with a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Paff, at Madison. She was born August 1, 1869 at Atlantic Mine, Mich. Surviving with her daughter at Madison is a son, William E. Meharg of Antigo, a sister, Miss Elizabeth Kelly of Montana, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday in Wausaukee at 8:45 a.m. at Laun's funeral home and at 9 a.m. at St. Augustine's Catholic church, with the Rev. Casimer Tomcryk officiating. The rosary will be said at 8 tonight. Friends may call at Laun's funeral home from 3 p.m. today until time of services. Burial will be in Dunbar cemetery.[Source: Marinette Eagle-Star (Friday, 17 Oct. 1958) submitted by Kyle M Condon]

William Mellwain
Sun Prairie, Wis., March 26. – William Mellwain is dead at the age of 84 years.[Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 29 Mar. 1900; tr. by MZ]

George F. C. Memhard
1879 - George F. C. Memhard, died at Madison, Nov. 21st, in his forty-sixth year. A native of Wittenberg, Germany, he came to Milwaukee in 1845, and to Madison in 1851. He served years as deputy county register, city treasurer, and member of the board of alderman.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 448; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

David Edward Mergen
MADISON - David Edward Mergen, age 80, of Madison, passed away on Jan. 17, 2013. Dave was born in Bloomington on June 11, 1932. He remained dedicated to his Grant County roots throughout his lifetime. He graduated from Fennimore high school in 1950, and entered the Air Force, serving his country from 1952-1956. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with his degree in education, and later completed the Graduate School of Banking through the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He married Doris Mae Richards of Platteville, on Feb. 15, 1958, and together with their faith and through music they shared 54 wonderful years together. After an early career in radio and television broadcasting, Dave joined Hilldale State Bank, a small community bank that ultimately grew to become the M&I Bank of Hilldale. Dave served as president of M&I Bank of Hilldale, and retired as the Chairman of the Board of M&I Madison Banks. Even after retirement, he remained active in the Madison area business community serving as a consultant and mentor for many small business ventures and non-profit groups. Dave was dedicated to the community in which he lived and worked. His contributions were numerous and significant – especially for St. Vincent de Paul and Our Lady Queen of Peace church and school. He was also an active member of the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame organization. Dave's was a life well lived. He treasured his family and friends – whether it was fishing, singing, or card playing – it was the camaraderie which he enjoyed most – jokes told, wisdom shared, and the occasional fish caught. Young children were mesmerized by his magic trick. Dave is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Richards); daughter, Julie Schumacher (Dave); son, Shawn (Christene); daughter, Amy (Paul Waitrovich); and son, Nathan (Michelle); and his five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jack, Isabella, Andrew and Samuel. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Pat Venteicher (Dick) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kay Brunhoeler (Ron) of Mendota, Ill.; his wife's family, Ann Hauser (Roger), Ted Ric hards (Sande), Mark Richards (Juliette), Phil Richards (Donna) and Chris Yingling (John); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lula (nee Walz) Mergen; and his two brothers, James and Richard. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53711. A visitation will be held prior to service beginning at 10 a.m. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (20 Jan. 2013) submitted by Jim H.]

Meyer [child]
Christian W. Meyer's 10-year-old son, living in the town of Blooming Grove, near Madison, fell backward, while standing on a roller, onto a pointed stick in the hands of a little play fellow and was completely impinged. The stick entered at the back and passed out of the breast. Death followed quickly [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 1,1892]

Herbert J. Miller
LUVERNE, Minn., May 8. – Herbert J. Miller, for 30 years editor of the Rock County Herald and for eight years a state senator died today. He was born in Deerfield, Wis., in 1855.[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 9 May 1909; tr. by MZ]

Janet E. Miller
Janet E. Miller, age 78, of Watertown and formerly a life-long resident of DeForest, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at Watertown Memorial Hospital in Watertown. Janet Esther Karow was born in DeForest on Sept. 3, 1925, to Robert and Esther (Bullen) Karow. On June 23, 1944, she was united in marriage with Walter Miller. Walter preceded her in death on March 3, 1976. Janet was very loving and giving and in constant service to her community and family. She will be sadly missed by: Four children, Esther (Larry) Whitman of Almond, Noreen (Brad) Maxwell of Trenton, Mo., Doreen (Richard) Drescher of Sun Prairie, and Ronald (Kathy) Miller of Watertown; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas (Betty) Karow of DeForest; two sisters-in-law, Martha Karow of Ohio and Thelma Karow of DeForest; and other relatives and many friends from her church. Janet also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Deette; three brothers, Robert, William and Howard Karow; and a half-sister, Bernadine Ringstad. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday from Edwardson-Axtell Community Funeral Home in DeForest. Preacher Brad Maxwell will officiate with burial to follow at Windsor Cemetery, Dane County town of Windsor. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.[Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sunday, 4 Apr. 2004; page A4, col. 2; transcribed by MZ]

Joseph Moegelin
died on October 22, 1867 in Madison
FATAL ACCIDENT - We are called upon to record an accident in our city which resulted in the death of a very worthy citizen. On Monday evening last, some Germans near Spracher’s brewery had gathered in to listen to some good music and enjoy themselves for the evening in the social, friendly way so common to Germans, and some of the friends of the workmen at the brewery made it the occasion of presenting two silver goblets, one to F. C. Voltz, the foreman, and one to another man employed at the brewery. Mr. Winckler was making a pleasant little speech in presenting the goblets, when the alarm was given that some one had fallen into the cellar. A light was procured, and on proceeding to the cellar, Mr. Joseph Moegelin, one of the party was found lying on the floor, terribly bruised and bleeding. He was immediately carried to his home, and medical aid summoned, but he was past the aid of human hands, and lingered on until yesterday morning, about 8 o’clock, when death put an end to his sufferings. It appears Mr. Moegelin had been in bed, when some of his neighbors went after him and induced him to get up, and go over to the brewery, to join in the festivities. He had only been at the brewery a few minutes, when the accident happened. He went out the front door and walked around the house, and in attempting to come in at the back door, probably opened the wrong door and stepped into this deep cellar, thinking he was going into the house. Immediately along side of the back door of the brewery is a pit about 20 feet deep, through which barrels are lowered and raised to and from the cellar. It was the door opening into this pit that Mr. Moegelin open through mistake, and it being dark, stepped in with the fatal result above stated. He appears to have fallen on his head, and badly fractured his skull. He was unable to speak after he fell. Mr Moegelin was an industrious, and peaceable citizen respected by all who knew him, and leaves a wife and five children to morn his loss. His oldest child is about 15 years of age, the youngest three years. He served as a soldier in the 45th regiment, and has been employed about the capitol for sometime. He leaves some property, and had his life insured for $1,000. Mr. M. was a sober man, and had not been drinking anything on the night of the accident.  [unknown newspaper/c. Oct 1867; sub by Dorothy Swanson, who adds: Buried at Forest Hill at Madison; Pvt. Co. K, Regt. 45, Wis Infantry]

Ambrose Morse
1879 - Dr. Ambrose Morse died at Madison, Oct. 6th, at the age of seventy-nine years. He was a native of Rhode Island, and came to Wisconsin in 1854.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 446; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Mary Ann Munz
Verona –  Lucille Teresa Meudt, age 86, of Verona, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 surrounded by her family at Ingleside Manor, Mt. Horeb. "Bless her heart." She was born September 29, 1928 in Avoca, the daughter of Anthony and Gertrude (Miller) Munz. She was married to Paul A. Meudt on November 9, 1948 and together they raised seven children. Lucy worked for Carnes Corporation for 30 plus years. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church since 1967. She loved baking bread and sewing clothes for her children. She loved bowling and was on a league for Carnes. She was a friendly face who made many friends at the Senior Center and Miller & Sons Supermarket. She liked playing the piano and telling her children stories about her childhood years. Her children and family were the most precious things in life to her. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by seven children, Sharon Schubert, Verona, Nancy (Lee) Marek, Eau Claire, JoAnn (Gary) Skaife, Evansville, Pauline (Willie) Miller, Madison, Paul G. (Cindi) Meudt, Monroe, Ken Meudt (Jacque Boviall), Delavan, and Ruth Danforth, Prairie du Sac; 14 grandchildren, Brian, Heather, Erica, Shera, Shaleen, Jeremiah, Sarah, Laura, Derrick, Isaac, Alyssa, Arley, Ariana, and Chani; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Helen Meudt, Dodgeville; a brother, Felix (Coletta) Munz, Avoca; sister-in-law, Margaret Wiest, Dodgeville; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bernard, Lawrence, and Leo Munz; a granddaughter, Angela Meudt; and sisters and brothers-in-law, and former husband, Paul A. Meudt. The family wishes to thank Orchid Home of Verona for their care since 2010, especially Sue; Ingleside Manor of Mt. Horeb and Agrace HospiceCare team. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at ST. CHRISTOPHER PARISH, ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 N. Main St, Verona, with Father William Vernon officiating. Burial will be held at St. Anthony Cemetery in Highland. Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Dr., Verona, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.  [Unknown newspaper, 26 Feb 2015 - Submitters Name: JAH]

Agnes Murphy
DIED, In the Town of Madison on the 17th inst., Agnes, daughter of John and Bridget Murphy, aged 11 years.[Source: Wisconsin Daily Patriot (Madison, WI) Saturday, 18 June 1864; tr. by MZ]

Joanne C. Murphy
MIDDLETON - Joanne C. Murphy, age 82, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, after a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving husband and family. She was born on June 13, 1933, in Spring Green, Wis., the daughter of Hubert and Celia (Bindl) Neuheisel. She married Francis E. Murphy of Arena on Oct. 16, 1954, in Spring Green. Joanne graduated from Spring Green High School in 1951, and attended Madison Business College. After college she worked at The Hartford Insurance Company and later for Madison Metropolitan Schools where she served in the lunch program for 39 years. Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Francis, and their children, Dennis (Natalie), Mary (Robert), James (Diana), Diane (Patrick), Maureen (Michael) and Carol (Brian). Also surviving are her siblings, Marita (Carl), Eugene (Delores), Leon (Madge), and Karen (Cyril); her uncle, Alois Jr.; her aunt, Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends and classmates. She was preceded in death by her parents and many aunts and uncles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 11 a.m., with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday. Special thanks for the compassion and excellent attention provided by the staffs of Artisan Assisted Living & Memory Care and Agrace HospiceCare. [Wis. St. Journal, 20 Mar 2016; Sub. by Jim Honer]

Henry Neiland
Hangs Himself - Body Is Found On C&N.W. Train - Body Is Found In Toilet Room - Boarded Train At Huron, S. D.
WINONA, Minn., Oct. 15 - When a passenger train on the Northwestern railroad pulled into the station here this afternoon, Henry Neiland, of Dane county, was found hanging by his suspenders which had been attached to a pipe in the toilet room of the coach. The man boarded the train at Huron, S.D. He had a ticket to Madison, Wis., and a small sum of money. A telegram with a note directing that whatever was discovered on his body was to be given to his brother William, at Dane, Wis., were found.[Source: "The Rockford Morning News", October 16, 1907 - Sub. by BZ]

Robert Nichols
Madison, Wis., Nov. 21. – Word has been received here of the death in Kansas City of Robert J. L. Nichols, father of "Kid" Nichols, the famous twirler of the Boston baseball team. Mr. Nichols the elder came to Madison in 1856 from Saratoga Springs, N. Y., and conducted a meat market here for several years, his last shop being the one now owned by Mayor Hoven. Two of his children still live in this city, one being John H. Nichols, the other Mrs. S. E. Griffiths. Other sons are engaged in business in Kansas City. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (23 Nov. 1899) tr. by MZ]

W. J. L. Nicodemus
1879 - Prof. W. J. L. Nicodemus died at Madison, January 6th, in his forty-fifth year. He was born in Virginia, opposite to Hagerstown, Maryland, August 1st, 1834, graduating at West Point in 1858,after a thorough course of four years in that institution. Entering the army as a lieutenant, and doing garrison duty at Newport, Ky., he was ordered to New Mexico, where he served on Indian expeditions. On the breaking out of the Civil War, he was made a first lieutenant then a captain, and also assistant adjutant-general of the department of New Mexico. For gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Valverde, Feb. 21st, 1862, he was brevetted major. Transferred Eastward, he was made colonel of the Fourth Maryland Volunteers. He then assigned to duty in the Signal Corps, participating in several skirmishes; and was afterwards given command of the Signal Bureau in Washington, and finally the entire command of the Signal Corps, having been promoted to the rank of major, and then lieutenant colonel inspecting the Signal Corps. After the war, he was restored to his regiment, the Twelfth Infantry, as a captain, taking rank from Oct. 24th, 1861. In 1869, he was detailed from the regular army for military instruction in the Western University, at Pittsburg; and, in 1870, he was chosen to the chair of military science and civil and mechanical engineering in the University of Wisconsin. His death was caused by over-work. He had been one of the officers and workers in the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. He was a man of much ability and learning, and his death greatly regretted.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Charles A. Noyes Sr.
1881: Charles A. Noyes Sr., in Geneva, November 25th, in his seventieth year. He was born in Otsego Co., New York, in 1812. After clerking three years in Buffalo, he arrived at Chicago, May 10, 1836, and proceeded thence, partly by sloop and partly on foot, to Milwaukee, where he first learned from Solomon Juneau of Big Foot (now Geneva) Lake, where he arrived on the 21st of May, in time to assist in raising John Power's loghouse just south of the village of Geneva; and within a year was married to Nancy Warren, going all the way to Milwaukee to procure the services of an official authorized to perform the marriage ceremony. He subsequently settled awhile at Tryon's Corners, in Hebron, Ill., and while there in 1839, he secured a mail line from Chicago, by way of the Corners and Big Foot, to Madison, and was appointed postmaster at this place. This was one of the earliest postal routes in the country. In 1850, he went to California, returning three years thereafter, and, in 1858, he again went to the Golden State, returning in 1872. He was a man of enterprise, genial and social, and honorable and upright in all his dealings and relations with others. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Grant L. Nyhus
Mount Horeb / Blanchardville - Grant Leroy Nyhus, age 89, of the rural Mount Horeb/Blanchardville area died on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the New Glarus Home in New Glarus. He was born on Feb. 22, 1927, in Perry Township to Arthur and Lena (Rosaasen) Nyhus and attended the Daleyville School. He was married to Delores Wahl on Feb. 13, 1949, at the Blanchardville Lutheran Church. Grant and Dolores farmed briefly in New Glarus and in the Yellowstone area before settling in Daleyville in the 1950s. Grant continued to farm until a recent decline in his health prevented it. Grant was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Blanchardville. He loved to farm, watch old movies and travel, particularly to Switzerland, Norway and Alaska. Grant is survived by one daughter, Roxann (Michael) Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Olga Bloczynski of Waunakee, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ryan Bollig of Mount Horeb, Wis., Carissa Hughes of Fitchburg, Wis., and Latasha Robinson of Mesa, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Xandar and Justice Bollig. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolores Nyhus on Aug. 14, 2011; and his son, Charles Nyhus on Sept. 28, 2001. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the New Glarus Nursing Home staff and Dr. Gedden for their excellent care over the years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Blanchardville. Pastor Michelle Elfers will officiate. Burial will be in the York Memorial Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. [Wisconsin State Journal, 5 Jul 2016]

Evelyn Oakley
COTTAGE GROVE - Evelyn Oakley passed away on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, after a long illness. Evelyn was born on Oct. 17, 1925, the daughter of Giles and Minnie Lovesee. Evelyn grew up in Spring Green and met her husband John from Arena, and married on May 25, 1944. They lived in Spring Green, Madison, Sun Prairie and Superior, Wis. area. After her retirement she worked with her husband for Motel 6 in Hayes, Kansas, Tucumcari, N.M., and Ardmore, Okla.; and Chapel Hills Apartments in Madison. Evie loved to travel, enjoyed family, children, country music, Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and sun flowers. She is survived by her husband, John; three sons, Reginald of Sun Prairie, Jimmie (Janet) of Cottage Grove, and Randy (Mary) of Solon Springs; and a daughter, Gloria Jovle of Edmonds, Wash. She is further survived by two sisters, Vera (Neal) Pulvermacher and Dorothy Munz; a brother, Larry Lovesee; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Evie was preceded in death by her brothers, Tom and Bill Lovesee; her brother-in-law, Fred Munz; and son-in-law, Jim Jovle. Evie appreciated and formed relationships with everyone who helped her through her many years of battling with lung disease. Private services were held. Informed Choice Funeral and Cremation Alternatives [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (2006) submitted by Jessica Huehn]

Farrel O'Brien
DIED, In the town of Dunn, at the residence of William Lawler, Tuesday morning, October 24, 1882, Mr. Farrel O'Brien, an old resident of Madison, aged 87 years.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Tuesday, 31 Oct. 1882; tr. by MZ]

Evelyn Anna Olm
MADISON – Evelyn Anna Olm, 6 days old, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in the NICU at St. Mary's Hospital. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at Bethel Lutheran Church. A reception will follow the memorial service. She was born Aug. 25, 2006. She is survived by her parents, Karl and Rebecca Olm; grandparents, Ken and Anna Olm, Karen Clouse and Richard and Beth Clouse; an aunt, Sara Olm; uncles, Mike and Mark Clouse; great-grandparents, Hazel Olm, George and Ellen White; and several great-aunts and –uncles. She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Arno Olm, David and Eveline Burgess, Glen and Esther Clouse; and great-aunt Judy (Clouse) Krultz. Evelyn will be remembered as our beautiful butterfly who deeply touched our lives for six days, and on the seventh day she rested. The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nursing staff at St. Mary's NICU for the outstanding care she received during her short life. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sunday, 3 Sept. 2006, page 2A; transcribed by MZ]

Harold I. Olstad
STOUGHTON – Harold I. Olstad, 56, Stoughton, died Sunday night in a hospital here. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Skaalen Home chapel. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Monday, 26 Sept. 1955; page 2; transcribed by MZ]

Myron H. Orton
Myron H. Orton, of Madison, Wisconsin, died at his residence, of consumption, on the 19th instant.[Source: Marathon County Record (Wausau, Marathon County, Wis.) Thursday, 27 Mar. 1862; transcribed by MZ]

Amenzel Palmer
SUICIDE – A young man named Amenzel Palmer, hung himself in the town of Montrose in this county, last Thursday afternoon. He had lately come from Pine River, Richland county, and was staying with his brother-in-law, V. Parkhurst Esq. The case is a very remarkable one in many particulars; and no motive can be imagined for the rash act. Deceased was about 18 years of age. – Madison Argus [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) Saturday, 17 May 1851; tr. by MZ]

Mrs. Peter Parkinson
DIED. In the city of Madison, on the morning of the 6th of April, Mrs. Peter Parkinson, aged 36 years. Funeral at Mr. Parkinson' residence at 2 o'c lock on the afternoon of the 8th. Friends are invited to attend.[Source: Wisconsin Daily Patriot (Madison, WI) Monday, 6 Apr. 1863; tr. by MZ]

Benjamin Perry
1881 - Benjamin Perry died in Madison, March 31st. At the age of eighty-eight years. He was a native of New York, served in the war of 1812, aided in repelling the British in their attack on Black Rock, on the Niagara frontier, and enjoyed a pension for his services.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 480; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

James E. Pertzborn
MADISON - James E. Pertzborn, age 70, died on Tuesday, April 30, 1996. He was born on September 2, 1925 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Gertrude Pertzborn. Jim married the former Peggy Cleary on May 1, 1948. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School, Edgewood High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served aboard the U.S.S. Spangenberg, a destroyer escort, during World War II. He later became president of H. J. Pertzborn Plumbing and Fire Protection, a company his father founded in 1928. Jim was past president of the West Side Businessman's Association, the National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors, the Madison Exchange Club, served as Dane County Board Supervisor from 1963 to 1970 and as a volunteer fireman for the Town of Madison. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Rounder's Club, Rotary Club, Madison Club, VFW Post # 1318 and the Navy League. During the past 10 years, Jim and Peg spent the winter months at their residence in Naples, Florida where they now have many friends. Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peg Pertzborn; seven children, Robert (Karen) Pertzborn of Madison, Mary Jo (Steve) Kolkhorst of York, Maine, Janet (John) Morrison of Denver, Colorado, Jane (Al) Short of Middletown, Maryland, Rita (Mark) Foxworthy of San Diego, California, John (Mary) Pertzborn of St. Louis, Missouri and Kit (Jeff) Seeliger of Madison; nine grandchildren; four sisters, Delores (Bill) Butler of Madison, Elaine ("Hoppy") Hopson of Prescott, Ariz ona, Mary Weaver of West Bend, Wisconsin, and Patricia (Dean) Corcoran of Madison; and a brother of Coolidge, Arizona. He was proceeded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1905 West Beltline Highway at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 1996. Father Guy Blair will officiate. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday May 3, 1996 at the Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road. A rosary service will be held for Jim at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of University Hospital who assisted Jim. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to enjoy his generosity, humor and appreciation of life. His spirit lives on in all who admired and loved him.[Source: "Wisconsin State Journal", May 1, 1996 - Submitted by Jim Honer]

Bernard J. Pickarts
PRAIRIE DU SAC: Fr. Bernard J. Pickarts died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at the age of 83, at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the principal celebrant with Fr. Raymond Dischler as homilist. Visitation will be held at St. Bernard Church Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Madison, following a luncheon in the St. Bernard Church Parish Hall. Father Pickarts was born on March 10, 1929, in Madison, Wis., and was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Matilda [Birrenkott] Pickarts. After attending St. Bernard Grade School and East High School in Madison, Father Pickarts attended St. Francis Minor Seminary in Milwaukee and continued his collegiate studies in philosophy and theology at St. Francis Major Seminary, Milwaukee. He was ordained by Bishop William P. O'Connor on May 14, 1955, at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. Father Pickarts served the Diocese of Madison as associate pastor at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portage; St. Henry Parish, Watertown; and Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Madison. He then served as pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Lake Mills with Mission of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Johnson Creek; Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Sun Prairie; St. Cecilia Parish, Wisconsin Dells; and St. Augustine Parish, Footville from where he retired in 1999. During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Pickarts served as financial secretary of the St. Raphael Society and was a member of the Diocesan Building Commission.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (9 Sept 2012) submitted by Jim Honer]

John Potter Jr.
1879 - Hon. John Potter Jr., died at Madison, while serving as a member of the legislature, Jan. 29th, in his fifty-eighth year. He was born at Potter's Mills, Penn., May10th, 1821, descending from Gen. James Potter of that state, who distinguished himself in the old French and Indian War, and in commanding a brigade in the Revolution. Mr. Potter was a lawyer-settled in Wisconsin in 1850; held several local offices, and was chosen to assembly in 1878, and was re-elected for the session of 1879. He made an active and useful member of the legislature. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 430; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Henry Powell
Henry Powell, born at Worcester, England, December 7, 1834; died at Mazomanie, Wis., April 9, 1902. He came to Wisconsin in 1845, and for many years was a farmer near Newport, Columbia county. With the exception of a few months in 1865, he has resided at Mazomanie since his return from the war. He was a member of the county board for many years, serving as chairman during the last decade, and in 1886 was elected to the assembly. He was always an active republican and represented that party in various conventions. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1903); pages 142-147; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Frank C. Pyncheon
DIED. In Madison, March 4, 1889, of pneumonia, Frank C. Pyncheon, aged 35 years. Mr. Pyncheon was born and reared in Madison. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 8 Mar. 1889; tr. by MZ]

Spencer Radel
Waunakee - Spencer Radel, age 26, left this world too soon on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Spencer was born on December 20th, 1989 and grew up in Waunakee, enjoying football and track in high school. He was a good and caring son, brother and friend, always thinking of others. He had an infectious smile and was loved by many. After attending MATC, he worked in construction and was very proud of being the youngest crewman promoted to foreman. He had just started a new career at Wall-Tech as a carpenter. Spencer told us that if his story could help one person, he wanted it told. He came to us in August and asked for help - he was addicted to heroin. He wanted to get clean and get his life back. He successfully completed a 30 day outpatient program and was living at home for a week. Despite his strong desire to live a sober life, he passed away from a heroin overdose at home. His last evening was spent talking with his parents on their front porch, looking forward to a new future, returning to work, talking about his love for his family. The perfect night. And then the unthinkable happened. We will never know or understand why. We can only honor Spencer by sharing this story so that others are aware of the danger and temptation of this horrific drug. Spencer was loved and supported throughout his life and this final journey by his parents, Kevin and LaDonna Radel and his brother, Eric (Kelsey Schluter). He is also survived by his grandmother, Monica Radel; many aunts, uncles and cousins and his cat, Bonkers. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Victor and Martha Bindl and Duane Radel. Private services will be held at the Winn-Cress funeral home in Waunakee. To honor Spencer's memory, learn more about the dangers of heroin and other addictive drugs. "Memories are sometimes the last thing you have to remember loved ones. Hold on tight to the ones you love, hold on stronger to your Never Forgotten Memories." Spencer, we are proud of the tough battle that you fought for these past 7 weeks. Rest peacefully, our sweet child. You take a piece of our hearts with you forever. We love you. [Wisconsin State Journal Date: 9 Oct 2016]

Susan (Bowen) Ramsay (Mrs. Wayne)
Born at Warren, Mass., June 16, 1840. Came to Wisconsin in 1853. Died at Madison, November 30, 1904.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..."(published 1906); pages 130-142; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Leland L. Reagles
Leland L. Reagles, 33, Madison, died in his auto where he apparently used a charcoal burner to keep him warm while sleeping in his car in Juneau County. Authorities said the hunter died of asphyxiation.[Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) Monday, 24 Nov. 1958; transcribed by MZ]

James Reynolds
1880 - James Reynolds died in Madison, Dec. 17th, in his twenty-fifth year. He was a native of Ireland, a promising young attorney, and had nearly served out his term as district-attorney of Dane County.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 475; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Francis Ritchie
Francis Ritchie, born in Belfast, Ireland, 1829; died in the town of Burke, Dane county, Wisconsin, April 1, 1902. Mr. Ritchie came to America and settled in Wisconsin about 1850, first near Oregon, and later on the farm where he died. He represented the town of Burke on the county board, was deputy register of deeds for many years, and for sixteen years clerk of the probate court of Dane county.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1903); pages 142-147; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Kate L. Rosenberry
(? – 26 Jan. 1917)
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 26. – Kate L. Rosenberry, aged 46, wife of Justice M. B. Rosenberry, died today. Mrs. Rosenberry was born in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan for two years and was married Sept. 2, 1897. Her home was formerly at Wausau, where the body was taken tonight for burial.[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Saturday, 27 Jan. 1917; tr. by MZ]

Edward G. Ryan
1880 - Hon. Edward G. Ryan died at Madison, Oct. 19th, in the seventieth year of his age. Born at New Castle House, County Meath, Ireland, Nov. 13th, 1810; he received a good education, and commenced the study of the law; but before completing it , he came, in 1830, to New York, where he removed his studies, supporting himself by giving private instruction. Admitted to the bar in 1836, he located in Chicago in the fall of that year, where he remained in the practice of his profession, and editing a paper till 1842. While in Chicago, he served as prosecuting attorney in 1840-41. Locating in Racine, he represented that county in part, in 1846, in the first constitutional convention, and was one of the ablest and most conspicuous members of that body. In 1848, he was a member of the national convention that nominated James K. Polk, for president; and, on his election, sought the appointment of a Territorial governor, naming Oregon as his choice. Failing in this effort, he removed in 1849, to Milwaukee, where he took high rank in his profession, and a leading part in the politics of the State. The great effort of his life was the part he took in the great impeachment trial of Judge Levi Hubbell, in 1853. His criticisms on opposing counsel were terrific, and in his assaults upon Judge Hubbell, and in invective, he was perfectly furious. Three years later he shared in the celebrated Bashford-Barstow controversy for the governorship. In 1870, 1871 and 1872, he served as city attorney of Milwaukee; and when Chief Justice Dixon resigned his position on the bench, in 1874, Gov. Taylor appointed Mr. Ryan to fill the vacancy—a position he had coveted, rather than expected, for many years. He was the following year elected without opposition, to fill the balance of Judge Dixon's unexpired term—even Judge Hubbell supporting him for the high position. Though a man of high temper, and not always wise in his intercourse with others, yet it is conceded on all hands that Chief Justice Ryan was a man of brilliant intellect, and an Honest and profound jurist.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) pages 471-472; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Rose M. Scanlan
McFarland- Rose M. Scanlan, age 70, died Friday, December 19, 2014 at Agrace Hospice Care Center in Fitchburg. She was born in Fennimore on May 14, 1944, the daughter of Charles and Luella (Haas) Scanlan. Rose resided in Madison from 1962 until 2010, and in McFarland from 2010 until 2014. She was a devout member of the Catholic Church in Madison, and was an active member of Christ the King Parish in McFarland. Rose worked at the WI DNR for 33 ½ years. She retired May 14, 1999. Rose volunteered at the McFarland Food Pantry and for the American Red Cross. She enjoyed travelling, along with spending time with family, knitting and reading. Rose was a very caring and compassionate person. If anyone needed help she was ready to go help them. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Rose is survived by a lifelong friend, Dorothy Suhr of McFarland; two brothers, Leo (Sandy) Scanlan of Benton and Bernard (Sandy) Scanlan of Fennimore; sister-in-law, Patricia Scanlan of Fennimore; nephews, Michael (Mary) Scanlan of Fennimore, Charles (Betty) Scanlan of Stitzer, Stephen (Barb) Scanlan of Fennimore, Timothy (Amy) Scanlan of Fennimore, David (Angela) Scanlan of Parkersburg, IA, John Scanlan of Benton; nieces, Susan (Kevin) Ward of Benton and Mary (Scott) Nacey of Menomonie; nephew, Jeffery (Tammy) Scanlan of Eau Claire; niece, Kathy (Darren) Kreul of Fennimore; nephews, Jasen Scanlan and Kasey Scanlan of Fennimore; niece, Kari (Max) Needham of Marion, IA; nephew, Jeron (Kelsey) Scanlan of Oregon; and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Paul and Leonard Scanlan. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 960 Jefferson Street, Fennimore. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Cress Funeral Home in McFarland, and from 10:00 AM until the time of services in the church hall on Saturday.The family would like to thank the overwhelming number of visitors, cards and flowers Rose received while at Agrace HospiceCare Center, and also the wonderful care and concern of all of the staff at Agrace. Please share your memories. [Wisconsin State Journal, 21 Dec 2014 -  Sub. by JAH]

Ernest A. Schumacher

Ernest A. Schumacher age 85, died May 30, 2012, at his home. He was born in LaValle, on March 24, 1927, to Robert and Erna (Westfahl) Schumacher. He grew up in the Cazenovia area, going to school in one-room schoolhouses, and later graduating from Gotham school. He farmed until joining the Navy in 1948, training at Great Lakes Naval Center. His career of 30 years took him to both coasts of the U.S., serving as storekeeper aboard the mighty carriers, FDR, Saratoga, Bon River, MD., Quonsett Pt., RI, Charleytown, RI, Naples, Italy, and Bremmerhaven, Germany, Washington D.C. Cruises consisted of Medeterranean liberties at Spain, France, and other ports. In the south Pacific, his ship spent many hours off the coast of Viet Nam, called "Yankee Station", along with his oldest son. Ports of interest were Hawaii, Hong Kong and Japan. He retired from NROTC in Madison, WI in 1978, his last duty station. He ran an upholstery business while still in the service. Upon his retirement he started woodworking, a job he loved , and a perfectionist he became. He was a bartender at the VFW in Richland Center for several years, before moving to Lodi, where he continued his woodworking business. He leaves his loving wife Kathleen, two sons, Ernest of Manassas, VA, David of Richland Center 2 daughters ; Linda (Mark) Bernstein of San Diego, CA, Cathleen Hoganson of Denver, CO. Four grandsons: Scott Berkebile of San Diego , CA , Mark (Lilly) Berkebile of San Bernardino, CA, Alexander Hoganson of Denver,CO , and John Hoganson of Denver, CO. One great-granddaughter Zoë Berkebile, of San Bernardino, CA , One Brother, David (Barbara) of Ironton, WI. Two sisters: Shirley Cunningham, of Milwaukee, WI and Donna (Jon) Henry , Troy, Ohio. Brother in law, David Tomlison of Jacksonville, FL. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald and a sister Marion. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at the Hooverson Funeral Home, Sauk City, WI with a Military Honor service at 6:00 pm. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (31 May 2012) submitted by Jim Honer, who adds this personal note: Ernie and Kay were extraordinary genealogists. They taught themselves to understand German and French writing in the thousands of records and microfilm records that they examined over the years. They had one bedroom devoted to microfilm readers, computers, files and file cabinets to assist them. Ernie translated five generations of "Honer" data that I had obtained from German Catholic Church records in Spaichingen, Baden-Wuerttemburg Germany. I will be forever grateful for he and Kay doing that task for me. Ernie and Kay lived in a lovely home in a subdivision overlooking the south side of Crystal Lake in Section 2, T. 9 N - R. 7 E which is Roxbury Twp., Dane County, WI. He married Kathleen "Kay" Tomlinson 3 June 1950 in Pawtucket, RI]

Ann Maria Seymour
DIED, In Madison, on Wednesday, the 25th inst., Ann Maria, infant daughter of Wm. N. and Ann Maria Seymour, aged five weeks and two days.[Source: Wisconsin Democrat (Madison, WI) Saturday, 28 Aug. 1847; tr. by MZ]

E. Byron Shaw
E. Byron Shaw, 73, of 4109 Hegg ave., died Saturday night of a heart attack at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gunderson funeral home. The Rev. Kenneth Whitney, pastor of Bashford Methodist church of which Mr. Shaw was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Moundville cemetery, Marquette county. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Mr. Shaw was born in Endeavor. He farmed there until he moved to Madison in 1941. He had been employed here by Red Dot Foods, Inc. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Genevieve, 935 Williamson st., and Mrs. George Harris, Blackhawk, S.D.; two sons, Arthur, 4109 Hegg ave., and Edward, Waupun; and five grandchildren.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Monday, 26 Sept. 1955; page 2; transcribed by MZ]

William B. Slaughter
1879 - Col. Wm. B. Slaughter died at Madison, July 15th, in his eighty-third year. He was born of a noted family in Culpeper Co., Va., April 19th, 1797, and early graduated at the college of William and Mary. He settled in 1826 as a lawyer at Bardstown, Ky., and in 1830 at Bedford, Indiana. He was elected in 1832 to the Indiana legislature, and was the author of resolutions passed by that body sustaining President Jackson's celebrated proclamation against nullification. In 1833, he was appointed by President Jackson register of the land office at Indianapolis; in 1835 register of the land office at Green Bay, and served at the close of that year in the Michigan Territorial council, and wrote the memorial to Congress for the establishment and organization of Wisconsin Territory. In 1837 he was appointed secretary of the Territory. Resigning his office in 1841, he returned to Virginia; but coming again to Wisconsin in April, 1861, he was appointed commissary and quartermaster by President Lincoln, the duties of which he discharged for a year, when he resigned. He was a fine scholar and an ornate writer, wrote a number of sketches for the American Biographical Company, for their work on the prominent men of Wisconsin; and had published a volume of his own on "Reminiscences of Distinguished Men"-- Jefferson, Jackson, and Randolph among them. He was a fine conversationalist, and possessed a wonderful memory.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 440; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Eldon Wayne Smith
DEFOREST – Eldon Smith, age 87, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017. He was born on April 27, 1929 in Richland Center to the late Myron and Helen (Long) Smith. Eldon graduated from Ithaca High School in 1948. Eldon was in the Army during the Korean War and served his time in Germany. He was united in marriage to Ruthann Derr on July 9, 1956. Eldon was a kind man with an infectious smile who was often seen wearing his "Mr. Rodgers" sweater. He enjoyed playing basketball and curling with Ruthie (he was proud of being a "skip" until his kids came along filling his time. He enjoyed coaching softball, traveling to wrestling matches, grandkids sporting events, riding his lawn mower, playing cards and relaxing with a Korbel at the end of the day to watch the action on the lake or see the WI River flow past at the family cabin. Eldon is survived by his wife of 60 years Ruthann, his children: Clifton (Colleen), Grant (Lacinda), Larry (Norma), Rhonda (Kevin Gilbertson), Neil (Susan), Daryl (Shaunde), Amy (Tim Pfeil), 13 grandchildren: Devlin, Rachel, Matt (Chrissy), Ben, Garrett, Adam (Tracy), Courtney, Alec, Jason (Dawn), Carrie (Ryan), Abby (Alex), Chambree, Neeleigh and 7 great grandchildren. A private family gathering will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 followed by a celebration of Eldon’s life at Rudes Lanes, 210 E. Holum Street in DeForest from 4-8pm The family would like to thank Ryan Funeral Home of DeForest, Reverend David Brynelson and all of the staff at Heartland Hospice for their assistance. "Kindness" was one of Eldon's favorite sayings, so as a tribute to him let us all remember to "always be humble and kind".[Wisconsin State Journal, 5 Feb 2017; Sub. by JAH]

George B. Smith
1879 - Hon. George B. Smith died at Madison, Sept. 18th, at the age of fifty-six. He was many years an active officer of the State Historical Society, and his death and career were appropriately commemorated in the eighth Volume of the Society's Collections. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 444; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

Sarah G. Smith
DIED, At Windsor, Dane county, Wis., July 22, 1888, Mrs. Sarah G. Smith, aged 82 years, 7 months and 25 days.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 27 July 1888; tr. by MZ]

Holden Snell
Born at Manilus, N.Y., November 23, 1825. Came to Wisconsin in 1853. Died at Madison, May 18, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1906); pages 130-142; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Gustav W. Spinti
Spinti Services
Pallbearers today for Gustav W. Spinti, 75, of 18 S. Orchard st. who died Tuesday, were to be William, Fred, Jr., and Irvin Spinti, Harold Offerman, Carl Stauff, and Erwin Hasselkus. Services were to be conducted in the Frautsuhi funeral home at 2 p. m. by the Rev. Charles A. Puls of Luther Memorial church with burial in Roselawn Memorial park.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin) Thursday, 3 July 1947; transcribed by MZ]

Frank A. Stoltze
Born at Erfurth, Germany, November 7, 1832. Came to Wisconsin about 1837. Died at Madison, April 19, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 141; tr. by MZ]

George L. Storer
Born at Sanford, Maine, May 8, 1831. Came to Wisconsin about 1875. Died at Madison, September 12, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 141; tr. by MZ]

Strand (Infant)
The four and a half month baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Strand died Friday morning of pneumonia. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at the West Koshkonong church, Rev. Krostu officiating. The pallbearers were Arden Hansen, Rudolph Strand, Lloyd and Arthur Hansen.[Source: Cambridge News (Cambridge, Wis.) Friday, 16 Mar. 1917; submitted by mz]

Joseph K. Sutter
MOUNT HOREB - Joseph K. Sutter, age 80, of Mount Horeb, died on Sunday, March 31, 2013, after an unexpected fall at church. He was born March 29, 1933, to Albert and Bertha (Haag) Sutter in Perry Township. He was married to Marjorie A. Crahen on April 11, 1959, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany during the Korean War. He and his brother, LaVerne started a business, and he worked at Mt. Horeb Implement; Spring Green Kalscheur's Implement, Polk Diesel and Machine. In 1967, he started Sutter Engine Repair where he worked until his death. He was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mount Horeb, and the Mount Horeb Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Mount Horeb American Legion and the VFW. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marjorie; his children, Dan (Debbie) Sutter of Mount Horeb, Sue Sutter of Mount Horeb, Scott (Yolanda) Sutter of Fitchburg, and Kris (Dan Parent) Sutter-Parent of Mount Horeb; six grandchildren, Jenna and Sarah Schmitt, Angie Sutter, Bree, Tabbitha, and Maci Parent; two step-grandchildren, Shelby Schoenberg and Sherry Collins; six step-great-grandchildren, Holland, Sydney, Sicilee, Jaxon, Chase and Charlie; brothers and sisters, LaVerne (Agnes) Sutter of Mount Horeb, Antoinette (James) Adams of Mount Horeb, Sylvester (Louise) Sutter of Mount Horeb, Dennis (Rosemary) Sutter of Mount Horeb, Marlene (Richard) Acker of Middleton, Rose Mary (Ken) Miller of Waunakee, Russell (Lynne) Sutter of Cross Plains, Cecilia (William) Walsh of Minnesota, and Pauline (Lou) Tvedt of California; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mount Horeb with the Very Rev. Richard Heilman, V.F. and Msgr. Orra Charles Schluter officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Horeb with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, where a rosary service will be held at 2:45 p.m.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (2 Apr. 2013) submitted by J. Honer]

Freeborn Sweet
1881 - Freeborn Sweet died in Albion, Dane County, Oct. 10th, in his seventy-third year. He was a native of Otsego County, N. Y., and settled in Albion in August, 1851—the first white inhabitant of that town.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 489; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Fannie Sylvester
DIED, At her home in the town of Madison, September 23, 1887, Mrs. Harlow Sylvester, aged 68 years.  Mrs. Fannie (Leitch) Sylvester was born at Fredricksburg, Va., Nov. 28, 1818. She was married to Harlow Sylvester at Paris, Ill, June 13, 1839, and removed to Wisconsin in 1844, suffering all the hardships that new settlers have to undergo. She and her husband cast their lot in what afterward became the town of Sylvester, Green county, Wis., and removed to Madison in 1867, to better educate their children. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss, Charles, Ellen (now Mrs.Drake), George, of Cotzhauzen, Sylvester, Sheiber & Sloan, attorneys, of Milwaukee, and Herbert, the youngest. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 30 Sept. 1887; tr. by MZ]

Richard Taylor
Born at Glynd, England, November 16, 1819. Came to Wisconsin in 1840. Died at Mazomanie, May 30, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 141; tr. by MZ]

Ole O. Texle
Ole O. Texle died in Cambridge, Sunday morning, March 4th at the age of 77 years and 6 months. He was buried Tuesday March 6th at the East Koshkonong cemetery. He was born Aug. 17th 1839 at Osland, Nummedal, Norway of parents, Ole Paulsen Osland and wife Marit and was the fourth of five children born in Norway. In 1853 the family came to America and settled first in La Salle Co., Ill. Here a daughter died twenty years old in 1853. The family later moved to Koshkonong Prairie where Ole Texle first had 40 acres of land near Deerfield and later bought 40 acres in town of Christiana north of Martin Kravlek's. Twice he made visits to Norway and called on relatives and friends in the land of his birth. Remaining unmarried, he sought comfort in the Lutheran church and the Christian faith and after retiring to Cambridge, was still a regular attendant at church services at East Koshkonone. He roomed for many years with Mrs. Lera Olscn Berg, and leaves only three relatives, sons of his married sister. They are Martin, Theodore and Karl Tergersen, who were present at the funeral. Rev. Krostu officiated and Rev. John Halvorson also spoke at the funeral.[Source: Cambridge News (Cambridge, Wis.) Friday, 16 Mar. 1917; submitted by mz]

Margaret Mary Thornsen
WAUNAKEE- Margaret Mary Thornsen, age 92, passed away at her home in Westshire Village on December 29, 2014. She was born on April 16, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Cecilia (Griffin) Freidel. Following graduation from Marshall High School, she worked at telephone companies in Madison and Baraboo. She married Earl R. Thornsen in Marshall on June 18, 1946 and they were married until his death in 2008. For twelve years they operated a dairy farm located between Marshall and Waterloo. After moving to Madison, Margaret worked as a telephone operator at the University of Wisconsin's telephone office. She loved playing cards with her relatives and friends, vegetable and flower gardening, going to plays, especially at the Fireside Theatre and St. Bernard Players, and watching her grandchildren's sporting events, recitals, plays and concerts. Margaret is survived by her children, Carol Reynolds, Jerry (JoAnn) Thornsen, and Larry (Nancy) Thornsen; her grandchildren, Robert Reynolds, Mickey (Tara) Reynolds, Jessica (Eric) Showers, Aaron (Nikki) Thornsen, Margaret and Michael Thornsen; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Thornsen; a brother-in-law, Linus Thornsen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; sons, Tom and Mike “Moose” Thornsen; brothers, Francis (Lucille) Freidel, Jerry (Dot) Freidel, and Cyril Freidel; a son-in-law, Jim Reynolds; brothers-in-law, Bernard, Rob (Judy) and Larry Thornsen; and a sister-in-law, Caroline (Barney) Kobleska. The family would like to thank Margaret's friends at Westshire Village for their close friendship and for taking such good care of her in her later years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at ST. MARY OF THE LAKE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5460 Mary Lake Road, Westport, with Fr. Jim Leeser presiding. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Marshall. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue and also at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. [Wisconsin State Journal, 31 Dec 2014 - Sub. by JAH]

D. L. Townsend
1879 - D. L. Townsend died at Beaver Dam, Sept. 8th, at the age of fifty years. He was formerly a resident of Madison, but for twenty-five years had been a prominent man and politician at Beaver Dam, and had served as sheriff of Dodge County.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 442; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Ingebrigt Larson Tygum
Born in Tygum, Sorstrand, Norway, February 9, 1822. Came to Wisconsin in 1844. Died near De Forest, May 20, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 141; tr. by MZ]

Ronald M. Vandervort
Madison - Ronald M. Vandervort, age 48, of Madison, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 18, 1992. He was born on April 25, 1944, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Miles and Jane Vandervort. He married Jane Bauman on August 13, 1966. Ron was employed with General Casualty of Wisconsin as a Commercial Accounts Specialist for the last 20 years. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelors Degree in Business. Survivors include his wife, Jane; two children, Stuart of Fort Carson, Colorado, and Sarah of Madison; and two brothers, Robert (Yvonne) Vandervort of Madison, and Edward (Sue) Vandervort of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Augsut 20, 1992 at Bethany Evangelical Free church, 301 Riverside Drive, with the Reverend W. Peter Vander Hook officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Military graveside rites conducted by the Madison Area Veterans Council. Friends may call on Wednesday, August 19, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Gunderson Funeral Home, 5203 Monona Drive. Memorials may be made to the Bethany Evangelical Free Church.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Thursday 20 Aug. 1992, page 3B; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]

Gysbert Van Steenwyk
Gysbert Van Steenwyk, born near Utrecht, Holland, January 30, 1814; died at La Crosse, Wis., April 13, 1902. At the age of twenty-two he took his degree in philosophy and philology at the University of Utrecht, and spent the following five years there in graduate study. From 1838 to 1849, he was a commissioned officer in the Netherlands National guards. In the latter year a party of young Hollanders resolved to come to America and spend the summer and fall exploring the eastern states, Michigan, and Illinois. Mr. Van Steenwyk, being of the party, determined to make this country his future home, and in December, 1849, settled in Milwaukee and engaged in the insurance business. He was soon appointed consul for the Netherlands for Wisconsin, and later for Minnesota and Michigan. He was the first commissioner of immigration for Wisconsin, and in 1852-53 resided in New York city in that capacity. In 1859 he was elected to the state legislature from Columbia county, whither he had removed on his return from New York. In 1862 he opened the Batavian bank at La Crosse, with which he was always prominently connected thereafter. In 1891 he represented La Crosse in the senate. He held various local offices of honor and trust, and was active in many lines of business. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1903); pages 142-147; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Lillian Vaughan
Miss Lillian Vaughan passed away at her late home in the town of Unity on Saturday morning, October 9, 1937, aged 69 years, her death being caused by a cancer from which she has suffered for the past several months. Miss Vaughan, daughter of Daniel B. and Sarah J. Vaughan, was born near Sun Prairie, Wis., April 23, 1868. In 1880 the family moved to Unity, Wis., and it was just 57 years ago that she first set foot upon the farm that has continued to be her home nearly all of the time. She attended and graduated from our schools and has spent most of her life among us. For more than a year she engaged in evangelistic work as a member of the Christian Crusaders, then returning home and devoted her life to the car of her parents and brothers. For several years she served as a substitute carrier on rural route No. 1 out of Unity and was the first carrier on route two when it was first authorized, serving six months as temporary carrier. On May 10, 1885, she united with the Unity Methodist Episcopal church and became its oldest resident member. She was a sincere and earnest Christian and held nearly every office the local church has to offer. She began her work as a teacher in the Sunday school and continued in this work for years. In this way her life has touched hundreds of children and youths and she has given hope and inspiration to many others during this half century of labor. Her last work for the church was the compilation of its history for the “home-coming” services the first of August, 1937, these being the last services she attended. She was always ready to go out and nurse the sick and help the needy. She was ever busy with the life of the farm, the church, and the community, but her interests were larger than these – she was always interested in world movements of church and state. She was a member of the local Rebecca Lodge and served as a delegate to the grand assembly of the state. She was also a member of the Eastern Star at Abbotsford. She leaves to recall her sacrificial life, her brothers, Fred S., of Yankton, S.D.; George, the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in Stanley, Wis.; and John and Ralph of Unity, a large number of nephews and nieces, and other relatives, as well as many friends. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Unity Methodist church, Rev. Paul Nulton officiating. The pall bearers who carried her to her last resting place were all members of her beloved family. [Source: Ron Flink Scrapbook Collection; transcribed by MZ]

Sarah Jane Vaughan
Sarah Jane Terry was born in Janesville, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1844, and departed this life at the home of her son, Ralph, April 3, 1919, aged 75 years and two months. On July 17, 1863, she was united in marriage to Daniel B. Vaughan, who was at home on furlough, in Redford, N.Y. To this union nine children were born: Francis O., who died in infancy; Fred S. of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Mary A. Lawson of Hartsell, Ala.; Nellie V. James of Mt. Hope, Wis., and George W. of Patch Grove, Wis. All were present at the funeral, except Mary. In 1867 the family decided to come west and they settled in Sun Prairie, Wis. Her they lived for thirteen years. They then removed to Clark County, Wis., and reached Unity, Oct. 12, 1889. Mr. Vaughan had previously purchased 80 acres of land at two dollars per acre, and had cleared on acre. A building was put up, 16 x 24 feet in size, which forms the present home. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan came to this section when it was a vast wilderness, dotted here and there by little communities of pioneers, but the many cares of the home and her growing family did not restrain this Christian woman from her tireless and unceasing labors for the uplifting and bettering the early social conditions of the community. In her girlhood, Mrs. Vaughan united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and has remained an active worker up to the time of her death. Besides the children, there are 13 grandchildren, who, with many friends and acquaintances, will miss her. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon, April 9 and were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. H. Paul. - Unity Register [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 Apr. 1919; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Leonard Vetter
Mr. and Mrs. George Vetter and sons left last week Wednesday afternoon for Madison to attend the funeral of his father, Leonard Vetter, age 90.[Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 May 1950]

Charles Harrison Vilas

MADISON, Wis. – Dr. Charles Harrison Vilas, 74 years old, died Monday morning at his home, 822 Prospect place, after an illness of several weeks. He was the last male person in the city to bear the Vilas name. Surviving Dr. Vilas are one nephew and five nieces. Dr. Vilas was noted for his benefactions to the city and various institutions and societies here and elsewhere. He gave generously, and it was his gifts that were largely responsible in stimulating the spirit of philanthropy in Madison. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.) 23 Nov. 1920]

Levi B. Villas
1879 - Hon. Levi B. Villas, died at Madison, Feb. 6th, when nearly sixty-eight years of age. He was born at Sterling, Lamoille Co., Vt., Feb. 25th, 1811. He early studied law, and was admitted to the bar at St. Albans, Vt., in 1833; and in 1834, he was appointed postmaster at Morrisville; but soon after removing to Johnson in that state, he was chosen a member of the constitutional convention in 1835, and to the State legislature in 1836, and 1837; and removing to Chelsea, Orange County, he represented that town in the legislature, for three years, commencing in 1840, and each year was the Democratic candidate for speaker, and in 1845-46, served as State senator from Orange County, and was unanimously elected president pro tem, of the senate. During his residence in Vermont, he was once a candidate for Congress; held the office of register of probate, and was for a time one of commissioners of the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute of Vermont, and a candidate for presidential elector, and a delegate to the Baltimore Democratic national convention. In 1848, he was complimented with the Democratic vote in the legislature as United State Senator. In 1851, he settled at Madison; and 1855, 1868, 1873, he represented the Capital City in the legislature, and was chosen mayor of Madison in 1861. He was twelve years regent of the State University, a draft commissioner in 1862, and candidate for secretary of state in 1865. In all these numerous and diversified services, he was faithful, honest, and patriotic; and in private life, he was a liberal benefactor to every good work, and benevolent to the poor. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) pages 430-431; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Lars Vingom
STROKE FATAL TO L. VINGOM OF STOUGHTON - Resident Since 1865 is Called by Death at 76 Years
Stoughton --- Lars Vingom, who last Saturday evening was stricken with apoplexy at his home on Sixth st., passed away Thursday morning. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and at 1:30 at Our Savior's church, burial following at Riverside cemetery. The deceased was a native of Norway, where he was born in Navslo, Sogn, March 4, 1844, thus being in his 77th year at the time of his death. In 1855 he came to this country, arriving in Stoughton on June 21, and his since resided here continuously. He was married on June 24, 1868, to Miss Siri Halverson, who had come from Norway the year before Mr. Vingom, and after their marriage went to housekeeping in the house in which they have lived ever since --- more than half a century. Mr. Vingom was engaged in general contracting and house moving throughout his residence here until some seven or eight years ago when he retired from active work. He leaves his wife, now 78 years of age, and three children, two sons, Nels and Martin, and a daughter, Mrs. Amil Haried, all of this city, and surviving him are also one brother, Ole, residing on the west side, and two sisters, Mrs. Andrew Brovald, of Findley, Wis., and Mrs. Brita Peterson, who at present is making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Utter.[Source: Capital Times (Madison, Dane County, Wis.) 17 September 1920; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]

Charles B. Watson
In Madison, on Sunday, the 15th Charles B. Watson, Printer, aged about 40 years.[Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (26 Mar. 1839) submitted by Erica Beatty]

James C. Watson
1880 - Prof. James C. Watson died at Madison, Nov. 23d, in his forty-third year. He was born in Southwold, in now Elgin County, Canada West, Jan. 28th, 1838. He was educated at Michigan University, serving in his junior and senior years as assistant professor of astronomy; and, in 1860, he was chosen director of the observatory, and professor of physics and mathematics. He at once took the front rank of American astronomers, contributing freely to American and foreigh astronomical journals; and, in 1860, he issued his “Popular Treatise” on “Comets”, which he subsequently almost entirely rewrote. During the first decade of his directorship, Prof. Watson discovered nineteen asteroids for which, in 1870, he received the gold medal of the French Academy of Science. In 1868, he published his “Theoretical Astronomy”, which has since been used as a text-book in most of the colleges of this country, while translations have been extensively adopted in French and German universities. In1869, he went to Iowa to observe an eclipse of the sun, and the following year on a similar service of Sicily; and, in 1874, he went to China, at the head of the U. S. expedition to observe transit of Venus. Returning, he visited Egypt. In 1878, he observed the eclipse of the sun, from the government station in the Rocky Mountains. Gov. Washburn, and the regents of the Wisconsin University, induced him to accept the directorship of the Washburn Observatory. Removing to Madison in July, 1879, he had hardly a fitting opportunity of adding to his fame in the field of astronomical science when he was suddenly summoned to the higher life, where he can behold God's wondrous works, without telescopes or instruments, in all their grandeur and glory. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 473; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

A. H. West
1879 - Col. A.H. West died at Madison, Aug. 26th. He was a native of Ohio, had been a prominent hotel-keeper at Detroit, and became proprietor of the Park and Tonyawatha hotels, Madison. He was a member of the common Council, and commodore of the Yacht Club.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 441; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

William A. Wheeler
1881 - Maj. Wm. A. Wheeler died at Middleton, Dane County, May 4th, in his sixty-seventh year. He was born in Fairfield Co., Conn., Oct. 3d, 1814. and became a millwright. He came to Madison in September, 1837. He was chosen the first assessor of Dane County, in 1839, and subsequently county commissioner. In 1847, he was elected to the Territorial legislature; and, the same year, he was elected county treasurer, and filled numerous local offices. In 1863, he was commissioned by President Lincoln a captain and commissary, and served in the commissary department till the close of the war, when he was brevetted major. He built nearly all the early saw-and grist-mills of Dane county.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 482; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Diana (Thomas) Williams (Mrs. Henry C.)
Born in the town of La Fayette, Onondaga county, N.Y., May 15, 1825. Came to Wisconsin in 1865. Died at Madison, September 27, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 142; tr. by MZ]

Albert Wood
1879 - Albert Wood. Formerly residing near Madison, and at one time publisher of the “Wisconsin Farmer”, died at Gardiner, Colorado, May 1st, aged forty-nine years.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 436; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Enoch Wood
Madison, Wis., Jan. 13. – Enoch Wood, a member of the Dane county board of supervisors, was buried at his home in Black Earth yesterday afternoon.[Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 15 Jan. 1903; tr. by MZ]

Orson Eli Woodbury
Born at East Mendon, N.Y., November 27, 1827. Came to Wisconsin before 1854. Died at Madison, December 9, 1904.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." a(published 1903); pages 130-142; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Samuel Woolworth
1881 - Samuel Woolworth died near Vermillion, Dak., April 9th, aged eighty-four years. He settled in Wisconsin in 1829, and an occupant of Blue Mounds Fort during the Black Hawk War.[Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 481; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Albert O. Wright
Born at Rome, N.Y., June 23, 1842. Came to Wisconsin about 1860. Died at Madison, June 19, 1905.[Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin..." (published 1903); pages 130-142; by Florence Elizabeth Baker; transcribed by mz]

Mary A. Wright
At Door Creek, Wis., April 27th, after a short illness, of inflammation of the lungs, Mary A., wife of George A., Wright, aged 30 years. [Source: Weekly Wisconsin Patriot (Madison, WI) Saturday, 7 May 1859; tr. by MZ]


An unknown young man was killed by the cars near Madison yesterday. [The Milwaukee Journal, 6 Jul 1896]


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