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Forest County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices


Rev. Arlie V. Boggs
Rev. Arlie V. Boggs, age 90, went home to be with his Lord on May 10, 2003, with family members at his side. Arlie was born in Nashville, WI on October 4, 1912 to George and Mattie (Lester) Boggs. He attended schools in Nashville and married Rhett Day in Wisconsin. She passed away a few years later. As a youth he discovered a love of automobiles and developed a talent for automotive mechanics. He taught himself to play the guitar and harmonica. In his mid twenties, he accepted Jesus into his heart and from that time on it was his greatest joy to proclaim to others the love of God. This love carried him to many places, from New York to California, preaching the Gospel. On May 20, 1960, Arlie married Janice Wharfield in Crandon, WI. They moved to Centralia in 1961, residing here since that time. He is survived by his wife, Janice, at home, son and daughter-in-law James and Kelli Boggs of Centralia, 3 grandsons, Joshua Alan, Derek Wayne and Arlie James of Centralia, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his parents and first wife, he is preceded in death by sister, Grace Harris, 2 brothers, Robert and James Boggs and an infant son, Gary Samuel. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10:30 AM at the Pathway Church of God in Centralia, WA. Interment followed at the Grand Mound Cemetery, Rochester, WA. Officiating were Pastor Wayne Essen and Rev. Bethine Welker. Arrangements were under the direction of Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary, Centralia, WA. [Source: "The Chronicle", May 16, 2003 - Submitted by Therman Kellar]

Ernest Clover
In a private letter received from Fred M. Carver, who is erecting a large sawmill for the R. Conhor Co., at Laona, he states that last Thursday Louis Welsch, formerly of this city, was quite seriously hurt, by being struck on the side of the head, by a 140 pound weight, splitting his right ear, and making a bad gash in the side of his head, which necessitated taking five stitches.

He also relates a fatal accident there, on the same day, when Ernest Clover, foreman of one the Connor mills, lost his life. His clothing caught in a rapidly moving shaft, and before it could be stopped, one arm was torn from his body, one leg broken in two places and his body horribly mangled. Mr. Clover was well known around Abbotsford a few years ago, he having been foreman on one of the W.C. work trains, from that place. He was well spoken of, by all who knew him, and was buried under the auspices of the M.B.A., of which he was a member. A large crowd attended the funeral, all of the mills shutting down to show respect to him. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 July 1909; transcribed by MZ]

M. A. Fay
The Forest Leaves, of Crandon, Wis., bearing date March 15, states that Mrs. M. A. Fay, whose husband, a brother of L. M. Fay, of this city, died in South Pueblo, Col., March 1, has returned. She says that Mr. Fay’s health seemed to steadily improve from the time he started on the trip to Colorado to the hour of his death. While in South Pueblo he had occasion to walk several blocks against a high wind, and it seemed to have exhausted him entirely, and from that time until four days later, March 4, he gradually sank to his death. Mrs. Fay at once telegraphed to Mr. Fay’s brother, L. M. Fay, and other relatives – none within 2,000 miles – and failing to receive any answer, she had the remains buried in the Mesa cemetery, Pueblo. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 23 Mar. 1888; transcribed by mz]

William Larson
CRANDON, Wis., Sept. 26. – William Larson, contractor and foreman of a construction crew on the Wisconsin & Northern railway, south of here, died as a result of drinking wood alcohol by mistake. Larson had two bottles of alcohol in the railroad camp. He got hold of the wrong one and swallowed enough of the fluid to cause the fatal result. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 27 Sept. 1907; transcribed by mz]

C. B. Morgan
Mrs. C. B. Morgan died at Crandon, Wis., at the age of 46 years, having been a member of the first graduating class of the famous Ryan high school from which John Murphy of Chicago, the renowned physician, graduated the same year. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 16 Jan. 1907; transcribed by mz]

Geneva M. Ryan
Geneva M. Ryan, age 78, Wausau, a former Eland resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Mount View Care Center, Wausau. She was born on July 7, 1921, in Williba, Ky the daughter of the late Sylvester and Marry (Spencer) Harris. On Nov. 2, 1937, she married William T. Ryan in Laona. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1981. After marriage, the couple lived in Cudahy until moving to Eland in 1976. She has been a resident at the nursing home for the past two years. Geneva enjoyed listening to country-western music and watching old western videos. She was a member of St William's Catholic Church, Eland. Survivors include her stepmother, Verona Harris, Vine Grove, Ky.; six sons, David (Darlene) Ryan, Waukesha, Peter (Rita) Ryan, Oak Creek, Robert (Carol) Ryan, Mosinee, John (Bonnie) Ryan, Oshkosh, William (Denise) Ryan Jr., Wittenberg, and Scott (Megan) Ryan, Edgar; seven daughters, Mary Degenhardt, Oak Creek, Dian (Wallace) Bowden, Cudahy, Patricia (James) Moss, Albert, Okla., Sharon William, Cudahy, Paulette (James) Doperalski, Green Bay, LeAnn Ryan, Oshkosh, and Theresa (Edward) Hoffman, Birnamwood; 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Linda (Leroy) Norton, Wausau, Phyllis Kalinke, Aniwa, Ruth Springer, Gresham, Shirley Morris, Elizabethtown, Ky., Betty (Frank) Jones, Vine Grove, and Alice Jones, Elizabethtown, Ky.; and three brothers, Ben (Barbara) Harris, Needles, Calif., Ernest Harris, Vine Grove, and Donald (Linda) Harris, Alabama. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Wittenberg, The Rev. Michael Carroll will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Friday until the time of services at the church. Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with arrangements. [Source: Newspaper unknown (1999) contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

William T. Ryan
William T. Ryan Sr., 78, of Eland, died on Friday Nov. 27 at the Homme Home for the Aging, where he had resided for the past week. He was born on Feb. 18, 1905 In Cambria, Wis., the son of the late Mr.and Mrs. John Ryan. He was married on Nov. 2, 1937 in Laona to Geneva Harris, who survives. The couple lived in Cudahy after marriage until moving to Eland in 1976. He was employed at Patrick Cudahy Inc., until retiring in 1967. Survivors include six sons, David of St. Francis, Peter of Oak Creek, Robert of Mosinee, John of Cudahy, William Jr. of South Milwaukee and Scott at home, 7 daughters, Mrs. James (Mary) Degenhardt of Oak Creek, Mrs. Wallace ( Dian) Bowden of Cudahy, Mrs. John (Patricia) Malkowski of Cudahy, Mrs. Michael (Sharon) Willian of Oak Creek, Mrs. James (Paulette) Doperalski of Green Bay, Mrs. Dale (Leanne) Javorek of South Milwaukee, Theresa Ryan of Wausau, three brothers, Henry of Loyal, and Lawrence of Loyal, James of Fox Lake, five sisters, Mrs. Grace Klimmer of Steven Point, Gladys Ryan of Loyal, Mrs. Bernard (Rossetta) Beaver of Loyal, Mrs. Wilder (Isabelle) Kennow of Marshfield, Mrs. Arthur (Margaret) Searvogl of Randolph, 28 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Services were held today at St William's Catholic Church, Eland, with the Rev. Claude Zabinski O.S.M. officiating. Burial was In the Holy Family Cemetery, Wittenberg. The Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home of Wittenberg was in charge of the arrangements. [Source: Shawano newspaper (1981) contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Verol Mae Ritchie Tribbett Tyler
Verol Mae Ritchie Tribbett Tyler passed away at home in Lake Placid, Florida on May 21, 2006. She was the daughter of Val and Marie (Neumann) Ritchie, granddaughter of Henry and Clara (Henry) Ritchie. She was born at Laona, Wisconsin on April 26, 1923 and raised on the Forest County Potawatomi Reservation near Crandon, Wisconsin. Verol attended schools in Laona, Tigerton, and Crandon, Wisconsin, and the Kokomo School on the Forest County Potawatomi Reservation in Wisconsin; she graduated from Crandon High School in 1941 and attended the Jackson Park School of Nursing in Chicago where she was recruited by the United States Army Officer Nurses Training Program. She was assigned to Fort Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis, Indiana. Verol worked for the United States Indian Services at the Hayward Indian Hospital, Hayward, Wisconsin and at Fort Yates, North Dakota. She continued her career in nursing in the areas of Women's Health, Industrial Nursing, Intensive Care, and Geriatrics. In addition, she served as president of the Northern Ladies District Nurses Association, Director of Nursing at several facilities in Wisconsin and North Dakota, and was the first administrator of the Doctor Kate Center in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Her lifelong hobbies included rock hounding, quilting, collecting silver napkin rings, flea marketing and traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ruth (Ritchie) Patterson and by her husband and partner of 32 years, Norman Tyler. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ritchie of Menominee, Michigan and her sons, Paul (Patricia) Tribbett of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Norman Henry Tribbett of Lake Placid, Florida, Wesley (Theresa) Tribbett of Cape Coral, Florida, August Tribbett of Bayfield, Wisconsin, and Carey (Barbara) Tribbett of Crandon, Wisconsin and her stepchildren Robert (Betty) Tyler of Crandon, Wisconsin and Nancy (Robert) Cerney of Mauston, Wisconsin; her grandchildren, Wesley Dunnington, Michael Dunnington, Matthew Dunnington, Jessica Torrent, Michael Tribbett, Christina Tribbett, Josiah Tribbett, Ellia Gustafson, Michelle Gowell, Wesley Donald Tribbett, George Tribbett, Melissa Labuhn, Christopher Tribbett, Carey Robert Tribbett, Wenona Siggelkow, Yvonne Scorcese, and 15 great grandchildren; and by her brothers Wallace (Alice) Ritchie of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and Henry (Crystol) Ritchie, of Schofield, Wisconsin, and by her sister Clarice Ritchie of Crandon, Wisconsin. The family wishes to recognize and offer our appreciation to our cousins from the Forest County Potawatomi Community: the George family, the Daniels family, the Shepard family, the Wandahsega family, the Thunder family, the Petaunquet family, the Mishigaud family, the Shawano family, the Alloway family, the Shegonee family, the Sahpenaise family; the Frank family, and especially Ned, Steve, and Joe Daniels for the final ceremonies and feast for our mother. Her children will remember her for the many times she took them on trips to broaden their horizons and teach them about the world around us, her love and dedication to her family, and her love of education and her nursing profession. ... Traditional Native American Services will be held at the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cultural Center, 5460 Everybody's Road, Crandon, Wisconsin at noon on June 2, 2006. Graveside services will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Crandon, Wisconsin. [Source: "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel", May 28, 2006 - Submitted by Therman Kellar]

Harriet Vroman
Death Of Mrs. J. M. Vroman
Mrs. J. M. Vroman died at the family home in this city Saturday, April 1st, 1916, of Bright's disease. Deceased was born May 12th, 1845, in New Haven, Oswego county, N.Y., coming to Wisconsin in 1867. In 1915 she came with her family to Crandon from Marshfield. Mrs. Vroman was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are living. They are Perry Milholen, Mrs. Rose Yonkie, Delbert Milhollen, Wm. O'Brian, Orason O'Brian, Archie and Otto Vroman. The funeral occurred Monday, the remains being laid in the Crandon cemetery. [The Forest Republican 7 April 1916 - contributed by Diana Heser Morse]


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