Marathon County, Wisconsin

* Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman (unless otherwise noted)

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Wachholz, LaVerne Joy (3 Jan. 1920 – 31 May 2009)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 2 June 2009

* LaVerne Joy Wachholz, 89, of Fitchburg/Spencer, died peacefully May 31, 2009, at Sylvan Crossings Chapel Valley, Madison.

LaVerne moved from her home of 57 years in Spencer, to Madison in 2005 to be closer to her daughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Maynard Wachholz; and fiance, Donald Wiedman; two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by daughters Lois (Jim) Gersich of Madison and Betty (Jim) Robinson of Racine; grandchildren, Luke Gersich and Liane (John) Harrison; sisters, Loretta Gerke of Tomah and Marian (Anuff) Kersting of Janesville; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Herbert and Leona Wachholz of Spencer and Edward and Ann Wachholz; and nieces and nephews.

The family expresses appreciation to the staff at Sylvan Crossings Chapel Valley and Hospice Care Inc.

It was LaVerne's wish that there be no memorial service.

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

Wadzinski, Sylvia C. (19 May 1916 – 26 Feb. 2005)
Source: Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, Marathon County, Wis.) Wednesday, 2 Mar. 2005

* Sylvia C. Wadzinski, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at the Hospice House in Wausau.

She was born May 19, 1916, in Manitowoc, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Matysik) Bonin Sr. On June 16, 1936, she married Walter Wadzinski Sr. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Poniatowski. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2001. They had been lifelong members of Sacred Heart Church in Cassel.

Sylvia was a homemaker, devoted wife of 65 years to Walter, loving and caring mother to all 10 of her children, 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandbaby, Joseph Wadzinski, in 1965; and a great-grandbaby, Isabelle Fetters, in 2003.

Sylvia made the best homemade bread and was a good cook. She also was known for the scrapbooks of newspaper clippings she had accumulated over the years of births, deaths, marriages and special events. She also played the piano and accordion. She was self-taught and could play those instruments by ear.

Sylvia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Parish Council of Catholic Women and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Berg (Hilary Ceranski), Wausau, Alice (Bob) Peterson, Weston, and Bonnie (Jay) Heindl, Mosinee; and seven sons, Wally Jr. (Joan), Weston, Bob, Marathon, George (Paulette) and Eugene (Bonnie Sanborn), all of Wausau; Tim (Dawn), Marathon, Gerard (Ruby), Mosinee, and William (LaVonne), Marathon.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Chris (Lynne) Wadzinski, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and children, Brooke and Gracie, Todd (Lisa) Wadzinski, Weston, and Kiley; Kim Wadzinski, Wausau, and children, Breanna and Taylor, Sally (Scott) Jansen, Weston, and children, Morgan and Annika, Laura (Keven) Kluge, Los Altos, Calif., and Lance, Carl Berg, Lake Geneva, Craig (Diane) Wadzinski, Madison, and children, Ben and Emily, Heidi (Luke) Vanderbloemen, Denton, Texas, Holli (Jon) Hoeffler, Waukesha, Dana (Shane) Fetters, St. Peter, Minn., and children, Cole and Claire, Dawn (Dan) Obremski, Mosinee, and children, Brett, Trevor and Natalie, Amy (Joel) Lewis, Ossining, N.Y., and children, Miles and Sophia, Jodi (Bryan) Zebro and Dan Heindl, all of Mosinee, Jason (Kim) Heindl, Weston, and Sierra, Jamie Heindl, Birnamwood, and Anthony, Jill Heindl, Birnamwood, and Alexus, Elisha (Chris) Robinson, Weston, Josh Wadzinski, Wausau, Shelley Wadzinski, St. Francis, Jackie, Richard, Andy, Nick and Matthew Wadzinski, all of Marathon, Dustin Wadzinski, Mosinee, and Becky and Lindsey Wadzinski, Marathon. Her siblings and many nieces and nephews also survive Sylvia. Her brothers and sisters include Marcella Brosseau and Leonard (Dorothy) Bonin, all of Calumet City, Ill., Eugene (Lorraine) Bonin, Lansing, Ill., Betty Seubert, Marathon, Phyllis (Lawrence) Miller and Rita Bonin, all of Edgar, and Joseph Bonin, Athens. Ann, Mayme, Dolores and Leo Bonin all preceded her in death.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2005, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cassel. The Rev. Barnabas Kyea will preside. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Marathon and again from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Wagner, Betty Jane (13 Nov. 1934 – 18 July 1955)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 21 July 1955

* DORCHESTER – A polio victim since 1951, Betty Jane Wagner, 20, died at 5:20 a.m. Monday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wagner, after being ill for a week. 

Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis’ Catholic church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Hayden officiating and burial was made in Pine Hill cemetery, Curtiss. 

Miss Wagner was born Nov. 13, 1934, and attended Dorchester high school for two years. She was employed in Beaver Dam when she was stricken with polio.  

She was taken to the Waupun hospital for two months and then spent a year in a Madison hospital and then another year in St. Mary’s hospital, at Wausau. She had been at home the past year and this year for the first time since being stricken was able to get along without the aid of an iron lung. 

Surviving are her parents; two brothers, Lloyd and Duane, both of Milwaukee; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Garczynski, Beaver Dam, and Sharon, at home; and her maternal grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Machove, Beaver Dam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waldhart, Clara (2 May 1907 - 8 Dec. 1948)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 16 Dec. 1948

* Mrs. Charles Waldhart, 41 years old, died at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at her home in the town of Holton. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at Dorchester with internment in the Dorchester cemetery.

The former Clara Schaefer was born in the town of Holton, Marathon county, May 2, 1907, and attended school there. She was married to Charles Waldhart Sept. 17, 1923, at Dorchester.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Raymond Waldhart, Wausau, and Herbert Waldhart, Medford; two grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Clarence Danen, Stetsonville; Reinhold Schaefer, Abbotsford; Louis and Arnold Schaefer, Medford, Walter Schaefer, Medford. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Schaefer, Medford, also survive.

Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Schaefer, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Waldhart, Mr. and Mrs. William Waldhart, and Mrs. Don Ingersoll, of Abbotsford, attended the funeral.

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

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

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

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

Walker, William L. (1863 – 26 Aug. 1937)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 Sept. 1937

* William L. Walker, who had been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Arland V. Stall, died at 8:00 A.M. Thursday as the result of old age complications at the Marathon county hospital where he had been a patient for some time. Funeral services were held at 1:30 P.M. at the Methodist church in Colby, Rev. C. Paul Nulton officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Pall bearers were Art. Schmidt, Louis Schmutzler, George Carr, Louie Sachse, Emil Wolk and Fred Wolk. Those in charge of the flowers were Laureen Laughead and Doris Crossgrove.

Mr. Walker was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in 1863, and spent his boyhood and young manhood in that state. In 1892 he moved to Hardin county, Iowa, and was married to Mande Willslogle at Elora, Iowa, two years later. The couple resided there until Jan. 23, 1928, when Mrs. Walker died and Mr. Walker came here to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Arland V. Stall.

Those who knew him will remember him as a kind, loving father and a quiet likable man who attended strictly to his own affairs.

Surviving children are Mrs. Arland V. Stall of Colby, Stanley E. Walker, of Compton, Cal., Mrs. Frank Koss of Anderson, Ind., and Mrs. Kenneth D. Evans of Greenwood, Ind., also seven grand children.

Wallner, Joseph (18 Aug. 1906 – 10 Dec. 1966)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 10 Dec. 1966

* Joseph Wallner, 60, of 109 St. Joseph Ave., died of complications at 12:15 a.m. today shortly after his admission to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. N. Schuh officiating. Burial will be made in Hillside Cemetery.

The body will repose at the Rembs Funeral Home from 9 a.m. Sunday until time of services. A general rosary service will be conducted there at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Wallner was born Aug. 18, 1906, at Stratford, and received his education there. His marriage to Linda Krause took place Feb. 3, 1927, at Stratford.

After their marriage, the couple came to Marshfield and Mr. Wallner had been employed as a meat cutter in local markets.

In addition to his wife, survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Herb (Caroline) Bilgrien, Green Bay; three sisters, Mrs. Elmer Trudeau, Oconto; Mrs. Alfred Conrad and Mrs. Dorothy Thom, Marshfield, and two brothers, Jack, Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Arnold, Marshfield.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waskowiak, Ronald J. (10 Jan. 1943 – 9 Dec. 2008)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Wednesday, 10 Dec. 2008

* Ronald J. Waskowiak, 65, of Marshfield died on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Don Meuret officiating. Suzanne Golden will provide the music for the services. Entombment will be in McMillan Memorial Gardens Cemetery in the town of McMillan, Marathon County.

Family will receive relatives and friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ron was born in Waukesha on Jan. 10, 1943, to Ralph and Esther (Krueger) Waskowiak. He graduated from Edgar High School and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau with an associate's degree in computer science.

He was united in marriage to Veronica B. Kaiser on July 4, 1970, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratford.

He was a semi-truck owner and operator for 10 years. He then worked for Roehl Transport as a driver and driver trainer for 19 years, retiring in 2008. Ron was also involved in the Trucker Buddy program and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He was active in the Wood County Republican Party for more than 10 years and served as the county chairman for two terms. Ron was passionate about politics, education and his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His only grandchild, Lucky, was the light of his life.

Ron is survived by his wife Veronica "Ronnie"; daughter Stefane (Cale) Laessig of Hewitt and their son Lucky Laessig. He is further survived by two sisters, Audrey (Jacob) Reckner of Wausau and Beverly (Mike) Schneck of Milwaukee.

Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother James.

Waterman, Carrie M. (29 June 1866 – 16 Feb. 1959) 
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Feb. 1959 

* Mrs. Francis Melvin has received word of the death of her grand mother, Mrs. Carry M. Waterman, 92, which occurred Feb. 16. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin had been to California in January to visit her. For many years, Mrs. Waterman had made her home with Mrs. Melvin’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ockerlander, on a farm near Dorchester and at Wausau. 

After the death of Mrs. Ockerlander, eight years ago, Mrs. Waterman went to Hollywood to live with another daughter, Miss Elsie F. Waterman, where she died. 

Besides her daughter, she is survived by four grand children, Mrs. Frances Melvin, Abbotsford; Mrs. Robert See, Wausau; Mrs. James Reed, Essex Junction, Vermont; and Jack Ockerlander, Santa Monica, Calif. 

*** Note: Her date of birth is from the California Death Index, 1940 – 1997.


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