Oconto County, Wisconsin Obituaries

Olive Bartelferson
Source: "Elkhart Daily Review" (Elkhart, IN) 3 July 1914; submitted by KT

Bolt Kills Praying Woman
Octogenarian Victim of Lightning She Thought Diverted
Oconto, Wis., July 3 — While praying during an electrical storm, Mrs. Olive Bartelferson was killed when lightning struck her home. When the storm was approaching Mrs. Bartelferson, who was eighty years old, went to her room and commenced to pray. The bolt crashed through the roof, struck her and tore a gaping hole in the floor of her room.

James Alonzo Benjamin
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) Thursday, 16 June 1921; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

G. T. Benjamin left Tuesday morning for Abrams, Oconto county, to attend the funeral of his father who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Lince, in that village on June 13th.

James Alonzo Benjamin was born at White Creek, New York, on Feb. 7, 1835, and came to Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1856. In 1874 he came to Unity and resided there until 1893 when he returned to Fond du Lac. He was a veteran of the Civil war as a member of Co. A 14th Wis. Inf.

Carl Benz
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Apr. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

Oconto, Wis., April 10. – Carl Benz, an old resident. He had resided here since 1856.

John J. Carlin
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Saturday, 8 July 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

John J. Carlin, of West Duluth, aged 44 years, of pneumonia. Internment Oconto, Wis.

George W. Classon
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 14 Oct. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

OCONTO, Wis., Oct. 13. – Alderman George W. Classon, 59, a pioneer resident, who has been in the barber business on Superior avenue for 40 years, died at Rochester, Minn., following an operation for cancer. He is survived by his widow, Helen, three daughters, Mrs. F. W. Gardner, and Gladys and Adeline, and three sons, Wilbur, George jr. and Frank. Two stepsons and one stepdaughter, his mother, Mrs. Adeline Classon, and three brothers, Congressman David G., Dr. William and Attorney Allan V. Classon, also survive.

Taylor Grismer
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Monday, 13 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

Grismer, Taylor, age 36. 1219 One hundred and third avenue West. Died Sept. 4 by accident. Internment in Oconto Falls cemetery, Sept. 6.

Mary Krummy
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 27 Apr. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Mrs. Mary Krummy, age 51, wife of Peter Krummy of Oconto, Wis., who died at St. Luke’s hospital Saturday night, will be sent from Stewart’s undertaking rooms to the Wisconsin town tonight. The funeral will be held there.

Henry Clark Leavenworth
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) Saturday, 8 Nov. 1856; transcribed by FoFG mz

At Clarksville, Oconto Co., Wis., on the 2d inst., Henry Clark, only son of Jesse H. and Elvira C. Leavenworth aged 23 years and 8 months.

Funeral at the residence of his father, No. 74 Wisconsin street, Saturday, at 2 o’clock.

Frank J. Marek
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 15 Jan. 1903; transcribed by FoFG mz

Oconto Falls, Wis., Jan. 13. – Frank J. Marek, an old resident, died after a long illness.

Mary McDowell
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 27 Jan. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Mary McDowell, age 62 years, died of pneumonia, at her home, 507 East Superior street, yesterday. Death came only after a short illness. The body is at Grady & Horgan’s undertaking rooms and will be sent to Oconto, Wis., where internment will take place on Monday.

Samuel C. Orr
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 29 Nov. 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mr. S. F. Snively received a telegram last night about 6 o’clock from Ely informing him that the bodies of Samuel C. Orr and Sam Thorell had been recovered that afternoon both having perished beneath the ice on Fall lake. Thorell was Orr’s companion and it was not at first supposed that he had left Ely for camp with Orr. Mr. Snively telegraphed to have the remains of both men sent here. Mr. Orr’s remains will be sent to Oconto, Wis., to his wife. All expenses will be borne by Mr. Snively and several other gentlemen of Duluth. Mr. Orr was one of the most popular explorers in this part of the country and had a host of friends in Duluth.

Axel Palm
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 12 Jan. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 11. – Axel Palm, a resident of Oconto, was frozen to death near Lake Woods where he was employed in a lumber camp. It is thought he lost his way while returning home last evening. He was 50 years of age.

The thermometer still hovers around 20 below.

Harry H. Porter
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 22 Aug. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Harry H. Porter, age 48, who dropped dead Saturday night shortly after leaving the Union station, were held at 1:45 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Stewart’s undertaking parlors. Besides his wife and two daughters, Mr. Porter is survived by four sisters: Mrs. H. P. Orendorff of Chicago, Mrs. Ralph Barton of Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. George Lamb of Burlington, Pa., and Mrs. C. P. O’Donnell of Duluth; and by three brothers, Frank of Duluth, Burt of Chicago and Grant of New York. The body was taken for burial to Oconto, Wis., and was accompanied by members of the family.

Amanda Potter
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 28 Mar. 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Amanda Potter, aged 69 years, died at the family home, 1005 East Superior street, yesterday morning.

She had been an invalid for several years, but the immediate cause of death was pneumonia which developed only Saturday. The body will be taken to Oconto, Wis., where she formerly lived, for internment, and funeral services will be held Friday.

Mrs. Porter was the widow of G. T. Porter, a former Duluth business man, and the mother of thirteen children, ten of whom are living. They are Frank and A. S. Porter of Duluth; H. H. Porter of the Red Cliff Lumber company; George T. Porter, manager of the Armour company at Havana, Cuba; Charles D. Porter, Valdez, Alaska; Grant Porter, Pittsburg, Pa.; Mrs. William Horendorff, Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Frank Heath, Oconto, Wis.; Mrs. George Lamb, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Mrs. Charles O’Donnell, Indianapolis, Ind.

Gerald L. Rice
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 13 Nov. 1989; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

HILBERT – Gerald L. Rice, 51, Hilbert, formerly of Medford, died Saturday at his home after a short illness.

Services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sansom Funeral Home, Hilbert, with the Rev. Gene R. Kangas officiating. Committal services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born June 11, 1938, in Oconto Falls, to Arthur and Florence (Gilbertson) Rice. He attended Oconto Falls schools and graduated from Oconto Falls High School.

He married Charlotte M. Bitters July 20, 1957, in Oconto Falls.

After his marriage, he and his wife resided in Oconto Falls for 12 years. They later lived in Medford for 12 years and had been residents of Hilbert for the past five years. He worked for Frigo’s *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.

Emma Rinka
Source: Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wis.) Monday, 3 Aug. 1970, page u8; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Mrs. Emma Rinka, 82, of 1016-A Alabama Ave., died Saturday evening at St. Nicholas Hospital following a short illness.

The former Emma Devner, she was born Aug. 24, 1887, in Ludington, Wis., a daughter of the late Carl and Amelia Devner. She attended school in the Ludington area.

On Oct. 16, 1910 she and Charles Rinka were married at Eau Claire.

They lived in Oconto until 1928 when they moved to Sheboygan. He died in 1958.

Mrs. Rinka was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Surviving are two sons, Marvin of Sheboygan and Russell of LaPuente, Calif.; one grand-child, two great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie (Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.)

Alice Thompson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 19 Sept. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Alice Thompson, age 64, who died Saturday at her home, 611 Eighteenth avenue East, was sent to Oconto, Wis., yesterday for internment.

Mr. & Mrs. Warke
Source: New North (Rhinelander, Wis.) 2 Mar. 1911; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

An usual occurance was the double funeral of a husband and wife in this city. Mrs. Carolina Warke died at the age of 92 years. Her funeral was to have been held Sunday. Saturday her husband, aged 77 years, died suddenly and relatives agreed to having both burials on the same day, selecting Monday.

Mr. & Mrs. John Warsee
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 27 Feb. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

MARINETTE, Wis., Feb. 26. – A double funeral of husband and wife was held at Oconto yesterday when Mr. and Mrs. John Warsee were buried in Oconto county. Mrs. Warsee, 92 years old, died first, and the next day her husband, 77, contracted pneumonia. He died in two days and Mrs. Warsee’s funeral was postponed and the two events were held at one time. The couple had lived in this district many years.

Gertrude E. Waters
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Saturday, 17 Feb. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

Waters, Gertrude E., infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Waters, 118 East Fourth street, aged 9 months and 9 days. Internment Oconto, Wis.

Wilbur J. Yourd
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 3 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

ASHLAND, Wis., Nov. 2. – Wilbur J. Yourd, cashier and operator at the Soo Line depot for several years died today at his home in Oconto, Wis., where he went to visit his parents three weeks ago. He was a victim of Spanish influenza, which turned to typhoid pneumonia.

His wife and three months’ old child were not able to attend the funeral as the young man was buried within a few hours after his death. They were on their way from Ashland.

The entire community share in the bereavement of Mrs. Yourd, who was formerly Miss Mabel Maslowski of this city.



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