KOHLBECK FAMILY OBITUARIES 
Marathon County, Wisconsin

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Donald Kohlbeck (1934? – 6 Sept. 1959)
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 11 Sept. 1959

* Two persons died as the result of a two-car collision at 4:55 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of County Trunks C and E about 7 miles east of Spencer.

Dead were Donald Kohlbeck, 25, of Stratford, driver of the car going west on C, which failed to stop for the arterial, and Mrs. Hugo Mielke, 31, Colby, a passenger in the car driven by her husband going north on E.

Mrs. Mielke was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schultz, route 1, Spencer.

She was born November 1, 1927 in the town of Unity and was a graduate of the Unity High School.

She married Hugo Mielke on May 28, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, North Spencer.

Funeral rites for Mrs. Mielke will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. John’s Lutheran Church, town of Wein.

She is survived by her husband, and two children, her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Berdine) Krause, route 2, Spencer; and Mrs. Elroy (Eunice) Luepke, Spencer, a brother, Norbert, Spencer, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Martha Schwantes, Owen. Two brothers, Gerhardt and Wilbur, preceded her in death.


Lorraine Kohlbeck (14 June 1921 – 2 July 1945)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 5 July 1945

* Two persons were instantly killed and two others were injured when a passenger car collided with a Soo Line freight train at Hewitt, eight miles east of Marshfield, at 1:05 A.M. Monday. The dead are William A. Kohlbeck, age 27, and his wife, the former Lorraine Lube of Colby, age 24, now of route 5, Marshfield. The injured are Miss Della Beck, age 18, of route 5, Marshfield, and Miss Annabelle Brueggen, age 22, route 2, Marshfield, who were riding with the Kohlbecks.

Apparently, Kohlbeck, the driver, was unable to see the train until too late to stop the car, which hit the next to the last car on the freight train.

The motor vehicle was thrown about 50 feet, but none of the four passengers were flung out of the wreckage. The motor was pushed back as the car was demolished, and Mrs. Kohlbeck’s body was cramped into a small space, but was extricated with comparatively little difficulty.

The accident was discovered by Joe Burr, Jr., 19, and Neil Wundrow, 19, both of route 5. They were driving some distance behind the Kohlbeck car and saw its brake lights flash as Kohlbeck’s attempted to stop. The train crew was unaware of the accident until the freight reached Stevens Point.

Authorities were immediately notified and an ambulance was called to take the injured to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Miss Beck was found to have suffered a fractured left femur, or thigh, and several fractures of the lower jaw. Miss Brueggen had a broken right femur and a broken left collar bone, and both suffered other contusions and abrasions. They were reported in fair condition at the hospital this afternoon.

The party of four were on their way home from a dance at Rozellville when the tragedy occurred. Kohlbeck was operator of the Mill Creek cheese factory.

Lorraine Luke Kohlbeck was born in Colby on June 14, 1921. She attended St. John’s Catholic School at Marshfield after her parents moved to Marshfield 13 years ago.

Before her marriage to William Kohlbeck, she was employed in Evanston, Ill.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic church, Hewitt.

Four children, Carol, 6, Sally, 3, David, 2, and Terrence, three months, survive their parents.

Mrs. Kohlbeck is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Lube, of Marshfield, and seven brothers and sisters. They are: Margaret, Mrs. Robert Andres, Detroit, Mich.; Adelaide, Mrs. George Hardinger, Marshfield; Elizabeth, Mrs. Harold Thompson, Marshfield; and Henry and Irvin of Portland, Ore.; and Verena and James, at home.

William Andrew Kohlbeck was born Nov. 25, 1917, in the town of Day (Rozellville). He attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School there.

On Nov. 20, 1940, he was married to Lorraine Lube at St. John’s Catholic church in Marshfield.

Before he became the cheesemaker at Mill Creek two years ago, he did similar work at Stetsonville and at Riplinger.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Michael’s church at Hewitt.

Other survivors besides the children, include Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kohlbeck, Rozellville, his parents, and the following brothers and sisters, Charles, Paul, and Frank, Jr., Stratford; Mrs. Jack Altenhofen of Marathon City; and Mrs. Casper Drexler, Wakefield, Mich.

One brother, George, preceded him in death eight years ago.


William Kohlbeck (27 June 1916 - 23 May 1949)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 May 1949

Funeral services for William Kohlbeck, 32, who died Monday at St. Joseph’s hospital, Marshfield, were held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock in the Helke Funeral Home at Wausau.

The Rev. Carl Nagel officiated and burial was made in Pine Grove cemetery, Wausau.

His death resulted from injuries, including a skull fracture and mangled left leg, sustained when struck by a car driven by Leon V. Hamel, 30, of Withee, on May 8, about a mile south of here on Highway 13.

Kohlbeck was viewing the scene of an earlier accident when hit, and when Hamel failed to stop he was arrested by county police after a short chase.

Mr. Kohlbeck had been employed on the H. F. Moberg farm at the time of the accident.

William Kohlbeck was born June 27, 1916, in Marshfield, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kohlbeck. On Sept. 27, 1946, he married Miss June Mulver at Schofield.

Survivors besides his wife, are one brother, Robert Kohlbeck, Stockton, Calif.; and four sisters, Mrs. Vernon Fischer, Babcock; Miss Lorice Kohlbeck, Nekoosa; Miss Mary Jane Kohlbeck, German Valley, Ill.; and Miss Lorraine Kohlbeck, Stockton, Calif. His father, Phillip, resides in Schofield.


William Andrew Kohlbeck (25 Nov. 1917 – 2 July 1945)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 5 July 1945

* Two persons were instantly killed and two others were injured when a passenger car collided with a Soo Line freight train at Hewitt, eight miles east of Marshfield, at 1:05 A.M. Monday. The dead are William A. Kohlbeck, age 27, and his wife, the former Lorraine Lube of Colby, age 24, now of route 5, Marshfield. The injured are Miss Della Beck, age 18, of route 5, Marshfield, and Miss Annabelle Brueggen, age 22, route 2, Marshfield, who were riding with the Kohlbecks.

Apparently, Kohlbeck, the driver, was unable to see the train until too late to stop the car, which hit the next to the last car on the freight train.

The motor vehicle was thrown about 50 feet, but none of the four passengers were flung out of the wreckage. The motor was pushed back as the car was demolished, and Mrs. Kohlbeck’s body was cramped into a small space, but was extricated with comparatively little difficulty.

The accident was discovered by Joe Burr, Jr., 19, and Neil Wundrow, 19, both of route 5. They were driving some distance behind the Kohlbeck car and saw its brake lights flash as Kohlbeck’s attempted to stop. The train crew was unaware of the accident until the freight reached Stevens Point.

Authorities were immediately notified and an ambulance was called to take the injured to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Miss Beck was found to have suffered a fractured left femur, or thigh, and several fractures of the lower jaw. Miss Brueggen had a broken right femur and a broken left collar bone, and both suffered other contusions and abrasions. They were reported in fair condition at the hospital this afternoon.

The party of four were on their way home from a dance at Rozellville when the tragedy occurred. Kohlbeck was operator of the Mill Creek cheese factory.

Lorraine Luke Kohlbeck was born in Colby on June 14, 1921. She attended St. John’s Catholic School at Marshfield after her parents moved to Marshfield 13 years ago.

Before her marriage to William Kohlbeck, she was employed in Evanston, Ill.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic church, Hewitt.

Four children, Carol, 6, Sally, 3, David, 2, and Terrence, three months, survive their parents.

Mrs. Kohlbeck is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Lube, of Marshfield, and seven brothers and sisters. They are: Margaret, Mrs. Robert Andres, Detroit, Mich.; Adelaide, Mrs. George Hardinger, Marshfield; Elizabeth, Mrs. Harold Thompson, Marshfield; and Henry and Irvin of Portland, Ore.; and Verena and James, at home.

William Andrew Kohlbeck was born Nov. 25, 1917, in the town of Day (Rozellville). He attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School there.

On Nov. 20, 1940, he was married to Lorraine Lube at St. John’s Catholic church in Marshfield.

Before he became the cheesemaker at Mill Creek two years ago, he did similar work at Stetsonville and at Riplinger.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Michael’s church at Hewitt.

Other survivors besides the children, include Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kohlbeck, Rozellville, his parents, and the following brothers and sisters, Charles, Paul, and Frank, Jr., Stratford; Mrs. Jack Altenhofen of Marathon City; and Mrs. Casper Drexler, Wakefield, Mich.

One brother, George, preceded him in death eight years ago.

 

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