Racine County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Susan Van Wagenen

Source: "The Arizona Silver Belt" Thursday October 6, 1896 -- contributed by Barbara Z.

Mrs. Susan Van Wagenen mother of our esteemed townsmen G. S. and Mills Van Wagenen, died at her home in Burlington Wisconsin on September 30 at the advanced age of 81 years. After a long and useful life crowned with honor she passed quietly away like the ebbing of the tide. We extend condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Anna Wald
Source unknown, dated 12 Jan. 1911 - submitted by Stine Kvistad

Mrs Anna Wald, a widow, employed at the Gatliff asylum as an attendant, was found dead the home of her daughter, (Katherine) Mrs Phillip Conrady, 706 Twelfth Street, at 11:30 this morning. Coroner Hoyle was summoned and after an examination decided that the death was due to apoplexy and an inquest was unnecessary.
It had been her day off at the asylum, Mrs Wald came to Racine to pay some taxes and visit her daughter. Mrs Conrady lef the house for a few minutes and when she returned discovered the lifeless body of her mother on the floor. In her fall she had apparently struck against a door. Dr D S Buchan was summoned, but life was extinct. Mrs Wald was 64 years old and had been employed at the asylum for nearly two years.

Frederick Wald
Source unknown, dated 21 June 1899 - submitted by Stine Kvistad

Fred'k Wald, a well known young man about town, who has been confined at the St. Lukes Hospital, was removed to his home today at Villa street. He is is dying with consumption and expressed a desire that he be taken home to die.

Frederick Wald died at his home, 1314 Villa street, of consumption, aged 23 years. The funeral will take place at 2 'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Susan W. Ward
Source: Mankato Free Press (3 May 1913) submitted by Jim Covel

Mrs. S. E. Ward is Dead
Aged Lady Passed Away at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. Clara Chittenden

Mrs. Susan W. Ward died at two o’clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Chittenden, 213 Popular Street, after a lingering illness with heart trouble. The deceased was born in Racine county, Wisconsin and was seventy-two years of age at the time of her death. She came to Minnesota in 1859 and located in Mankato in 1880 and has made her home here ever since. Mrs. Ward is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clara Chittenden of this city, Miss Sarah Ward of Mapleton and Mrs. William Hislop of Beauford. The funeral will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chittenden at 9:30 Sunday morning and the internment will be made at Minneopa cemetery.

Agnes L. Wenszell (nee Giortz)
Source unknown - submitted by Stine Kvistad

1653 N. Main St. Age 65. Passed away Oct. 1, 1964 in St. Luke's Hospital. Mrs. Wenszell was born June 2, 1899 in Racine. Surviving are one son, Airman 1/c Carl T. Wenszell, USAF; two daughters Mrs. James Schlevensky, Milwaukee. Wis., Mrs. Jacqueline Tennessen of Racine; two brothers; two sisters; three grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Her husband, Carl, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., in the Dahl- Kasuboski Funeral Home, Rev, Nathan N. Bartel officiating. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Friends may call at the DAHL - KASUBOSKI FUNERAL HOME, 1435 Douglas Ave., Saturday morning, Oct.3, from 9 a.m. until time of services. There will be visitation this (Friday) evening. The late Mrs. Wenszell will rest in a closed casket.

Alfred Henry Frank Wenszell, Sr.
Source unknown; c. July 1974 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad

1444 Ellis Ave. Age 74. Passed away July 28, 1974 at St. Mary's Hospital. Mr. Wenszell was born June 5, 1900 in Racine. He was married to the former Irene Langenfeld on July 30, 1924. He was employed by Rudy Automotive Co. for 29 years, retiring in 1968. He was a member of St. Rita's Church and a charter member of the Wergeland Society. Surviving are his wife, Irene; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred (Jean) Wenszell Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Tyrell (Carol) Wenszell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. (Sharon) Wenszell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs Harold (Virginia) Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Orville (Rosemary) Kothe, all of Racine; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Bernice) Wenszell of Racine; Mrs. Leland (Nellie) Wenszell of Kenosha; nieces; nephews; other near relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert and Leland; and one sister, Marie. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. at St. Rita's Church, the Rev. John Bosworth O.S.A. will officiate. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Garden Crypts. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 4 until 9 p.m. at the MARESH - MEREDITH FUNERAL HOME, Main Street at Eighth. The Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Carl Wenszell
Retired Fireman from the Racine Fire Department, Carl Wenszell Sr., 57, of 215 Main St., died Tuesday in St. Luke's Hospital. Wenszell retired in October of 1949, after serving 23 years. Surviving are his wife, Agnes, one son and two stepdaughters. Funeral services will be announced later.
[20 Apr 1960 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]

Carl Thomas Wenszell, Sr.
215 Main St. Age 57. Passed away suddenly April 19, 1960 in St. Luke's Hospital. Mr. Wenszell was born in Racine on Oct, 3, 1902. He had been a resident of Racine all his life. Before retiring he had been a fireman with the Racine Fire Department for 23 years. He was a member of the Firemans Relief Association. Surviving are his wife, Agnes L Giortz; one son, Carl T., Jr. with the U.S. Air Force in England; two stepdaughters, Mrs. James (June) Schlevensky of Milwaukee and Mrs. George (Jacqueline) Tennessen of Racine; three grandchildren; one brother, William J. of Racine; two sisters, Mrs. W. J. (Louise) Stuebe and Mrs. Glenn ( Augusta) Kousck of Racine; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Pending word from his son in England, funeral arrangements will be announced by CHRISTIANSEN'S CHAPEL, 1650 Washington Ave., tomorrow.
[Further Note: Son of Carl Johannes Wenzell and Anna Anclam - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]

Celia Wenzell
Source: unknown - submitted by Stine Kvistad

Mrs. Celia Wenzell, aged 75 years, died this morning at the home of her son, Tyrrell Wenzell at Mygats Corners, and is survived by one daughter (Carrie) and two sons. (Carl Johannes) The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house.
[3 Jun 1905 -- Further notes: Married the divorced Christian Mathiasen Wenzell after they arrived in US 1867. He was born in Vardal, Oppland 31 Dec 1832, and died in Racine 26 Dec 1891. Their son Carl Johannes Wenzell was born 5 Mar 1862. - submitted by Stine Kvistad]

Louise Stuebe (nee Wenszell)
2417 Spring St., Age 77. Passed away April 15, 1974 in St. Mary's Hospital. Mrs. (William John) Stuebe was bom in Racine on July 4. 1896. She had been an Avon representative for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and St. Cecelia Guild. Surviving are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Alice Hanson and Miss Mabel Stuebe, both of Racine; one brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William J. (Verna) Wenszell. Racine; one sister. Augusta Kousek, Racine; four stepgrandsons; seven step-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Sr. and a stepson, William J. Stuebe Jr. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. at the Chapel of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Winfield E. Post will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may call
today (Wednesday) from 4-8 p.m. at the MARESH-MEREDITH FUNERAL HOME, Main Street at 8th.
(Further Note: Parents: Carl Johannes Wenzell and Anna Anclam - Submitted by Stine Kvistad])

Mary Wenszell (nee Plein)
1500 Grove Ave. Age 69. Passed away March 15 1948 at her residence. Born in Racine, August 16. 1878. Mrs. Wenszell had lived her entire lifetime in this city. On October 19. 1897 in Racine, she was married to Tyerell Wenszell. She was a member of St Edwards Church. Surviving are her husband, T. Wenszell: one daughter. Mrs. Pierre St Onge of St Paul. Minn: three sons, Leland of Kenosha and Alfred and Robert of Racine: one brother, John Plein of Milwaukee: several grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday. 9 a. m. at the Wilson Funeral Home. 1139 Blaine Blvd. and 9:30 a. m. at St Edwards Church. Rev. Richard J. Schaefer officiating. Friends may call at the Wilson Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon and until time of services. The Rosary will be recited Wednesday evening, 8:30, at the funeral home. Friends are asked to please omit flowers.

Tyerrell Wenszell
2135 Carmel Avenue, Age 86. Passed away this morning at the home of his son, Robert, 2135 Carmel Avenue. Mr. Wenszell was born in Norway on April 13, 1865 and had lived in Racine for 84 years. He was a member of St. Edward's Church, Holy Name Society, was a charter member of the musician's Local and a charter member of the Wergeland Societv. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ed Healy of St. Paul, Minn. three sons, Alfred and Robert of Racine and Leland of Kenosha: one brother-in-law, John Plein of Kenosha:12 grandchildren: one great grandchild. Funeral service will be held Thursday. 8:30a. m., in the Wilson Funeral Home, 1139 Blaine Blvd.. and 9 a. m. in St. Edward's Church. Rev. Robert Glisch officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Highwav 42. Friends may call at the Wilson Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Rosary will be recited Wednesday evening. 8 o'clock, in the funeral home With an open house at Wergeland Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening.
[11 Sep 1951 - Further notes: Bapt in 25 Jun 1865 in Vardal, Oppland, Thorvald, son of Peder Amundsen and Cecilia Andersen Holmen. Half brother to Carl Johannes Wenzell and Carrie. Listed in 1865 cencus for Gjøvik as Theodor Mathisen. - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]

John Wiechers
Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Monday, 30 June 1952; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

John Wiechers, 78, Is Dead; Pioneer of Big Racine Industry
John Wiechers, 78, retired vice president of Western Printing & Lithographing Co., died today at his home on Highway 38.

Born in Racine on Aug. 19, 1873, Wiechers began his career in the business world as a delivery boy for the Hanley Grocery Co. He later joined the Charles Alshuler Co. which was engaged in shirt and overall manufacture in a plant on Fourteenth St.

On Oct. 19, 1899, he married the former Wilhelmina Henrietta Hilker.

With the encouragement of Charles Aschuler, Wiechers helped organize the Hilker-Wiechers Manufacturing Co. which became known as the Signal Shirt Co. in a plant on Mound Ave. The building was purchased by Western Printing in 1928.

The shirt company was sold to William Hilker just before World War I and Wiechers joined the Western Printing firm while its plant was still in the Shoop Building on State St.

During World War I, he was granted a leave of absence to take a $1 a year job with the government as an advisor in purchasing of uniform material in Washington.

At the end of the war, Wiechers returned to Western as credit manager and a member of the board of directors. Later he was promoted to the vice president’s chair, a position he held until his retirement in 1944.

Wiechers also was associated with the operation of two Racine banks. He was a member of the board of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and served both as its president and chairman of the board. He also was an associate director of the American Bank & Trust Co.

The father of six children, four of whom are living, Wiechers took an active interest in educational affairs. He was a pioneer and prime mover in the establishment of a vocational educational system in Wisconsin.

He was elected to the Board of Education when 24 years old and served from 1897 until 1914 when he was appointed to the Board of Adult and Vocational Education. He served as chairman of the public school board in 1908-09.

Wiechers was member of the Vocational board until 1920 and was appointed to the State Vocational Board. His position on the state board took him to numerous cities throughout Wisconsin on inspection tours of Vocational Schools.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a teacher for more than 40 years in the men’s Bible classes of the First Baptist and Grace Baptist Churches. He also was interested in the work of the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago and was a trustee and member of the board.

Wiechers was a student of history, especially of the life of Abraham Lincoln. He was renowned as a story teller among children in his neighborhood who gathered at the Wiechers home Sunday nights.

Wiechers is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Alice) Schulte of Evanston; three sons, Jerome, Benton and Richard, of Racine; three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Binder, Miss Alma Wiechers, and Miss Elenore Wiechers of Racine, one brother, William of Racine; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, 1501 Maple St., with Rev. Phillip Whitaker and Rev. D. Raymond Parry officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery.

Mrs. O. T. Wiechers (Lydia Hilker)
812 Lathrop Ave.
Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Saturday, 21 Apr. 1962

Age 83. Passed away April 20„ 1962 in St. Luke's Hospital. Mrs. Wiechers was born in Racine on Aug. 5, 1878 and had lived here practically all of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Kenford (Ruth) Nelson of Racine, Mrs. F. M. (Marion) Newell of DePere, Wis., Mrs. Cecil (Gene) Gardner and Miss Dorothy Wiechers, both of Racine; one son, Lee R. Wiechers of Manheim, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; three great - grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. John Wiechers, Miss Clara Hilker, both of Racine and Mrs. Earl McKinney of Clearwater, Fla.; two brothers, Alfred Hilker of Racine and Wallace Hilker of Kenosha; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Oscar, preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1935. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23, 2 p.m., in the Hanson Funeral Home, Rev. Benjamin Garmer officiating, Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Friends may call at the Hanson Funeral Home, 722 Lafayette Ave., Sunday after 6 p.m. and until time of services on Monday. Memorials to the First Baptist Church building fund or the memorial fund in Mrs. Wiecher's memory, will be appreciated.

Theodore Wiechers
Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Tuesday, 27 May 1941; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

T. W. Wiechers Dies, Aged 31
Western Advertising Agency Executive to Be Buried Thursday

Theodore W. Wiechers, 31, account executive of the Western Advertising agency, died this morning at St. Mary's Hill hospital, Milwaukee, which he entered May 23, following a breakdown.

Mr. Wiechers was one of the most active young business men in Racine, interested in journalism, advertising and amateur theatricals and was a member of various organizations.

Dr. J. M. Robbins of the staff of St. Mary's Hill hospital said that Mr. Wiechers died of physical exhaustion.

Enters Advertising Field.

Born in Racine. March 12, 1910, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Wiechers, Theodore W. Wiechers attended the graded schools, later finishing his preliminary education in an Illinois school, after which he studied journalism for two years at Marquette university in Milwaukee. Returning to Racine, he became connected with the Western Advertising agency, where he handled the accounts of many large industries.

O. T. Wiechers, his father, was a pioneer manufacturer, one of the founders of the Hilker-Wiechers company, makers of the famous Signal shirt and overalls.

Mr. Wiechers was a past president of the Racine Exchange club, a member of the Racine advertising club, former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Little Theater guild. He also was a member of the First Baptist church. Up to two weeks ago, when he moved to his summer home at Brown's lake, he resided at 3716 Washington avenue.

Services Thursday.

Survivors are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Lydia Wiechers; four sisters, Mrs. F. M. Newell, Miss Ruth Wiechers, Miss Dorothy Wiechers and Miss Genevieve Wiechers, all of Racine, and a brother, Lee Wiechers of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday in the home of his mother, 612 Lafayette avenue, with Rev. Thomas B. Frizeile officiating. Burial will be in Mound cemetery. Friends may call at the Heibering funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening, after which the body will be moved to the home, where it may be seen until time of the services.

Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Saturday, 31 May 1941; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Racine Man Dies In Stuttgart, Germany
Word has been received from the American consul at Stuttgart, Germany, of the death on May 25 of John Theodore Wiechers, Jr., 41, who left Racine several years ago. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiechers, Sr.; a sister, Mrs. Carl Schulte of Evanston, Ill., and three brothers, Richard and Jerome, of Racine and Benton of Montclair, N. J.

Wilhelmina Wiechers
Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Tuesday, 18 Dec. 1962; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Services Wednesday for Mrs. Wiechers
Private funeral services for Mrs. John Wiechers of 913 Orchard St., 88, who died Sunday, will be held Wednesday.

A Racine native, she was a lifelong member of the Grace Baptist Church. Her husband, who died June 30, 1952, was a board member of Western Printing & Lithographing Co. and a vice president of the firm. For a number of years, he had also been a member of the State Vocational School Board.

Survivors include three sons, Jerome, Benton and Richard, all of Racine, and a daughter, Mrs. Karl Schulte of Evanston, Ill.

Halvor Andreas Williamson
Source: Racine Journal-News, Wisconsin, 20 Jul 1914 - Sub. by Stine Kvistad

Was One of First White Men to Invade Alaska and in Business— Resident of Racine since 1874
Captain Halvor Williamson, one of the best known vessel captains on the great chain of lakes, prominent vessel owners and wholesale and retail dealer in hardwood lumber, and who had the distinction of being the ninth white man to locate in far away Alaska, died Saturday night at his home, 944 Main street.
Captain Willamson had been ill for a long time and It was not expected that he could recover, but the announcement that he had passed away was received with expression of sorrow, for there was not a Norwegian resident more widely known in southern Wisconsin. The deceased was born in Kragero, Norway, June 17, 1845, and he was the son of William Halvorson and Helen Johnson, both natives of Norway.
His father was a ship carpenter. Captain Williamson received his early education in Norway, it was in the year 1861 that he came to America, and sailed on different vessels to foreign countries and also on the lakes. Then he went to California and was on the coast for some time, and afterward conducted a hay press in that state. During the year 1868, he became a resident of Alaska and was the ninth white man to settle in that country. There he remained six years, first engaged on the coast with a trading schooner and later became agent for the Alaska Commercial company, operating all of their stores, He returned to the United States in 1874, coming to Racine, and was commander of many boats on Lake Michigan. In the year 1888, he retired, from the lakes, and established what is known as The Williamson Lumber Company, with yards at Mead Street bridge. He built up a large trade, furnishing lumber for the largest manufacturing institutions. Captain Williamson was a member of the Belle City Lodge No. 33, A.F. &A.M., also the Royal Arcanum; politically, he was a Republican.
He was twice married, in December, 1875, he was united to Miss Eliza Marie Johnson. To this union there were born five children. One died in infancy, and the survivors are Helene, Mrs. Lauris Jacobsen, Morris and Henry and Mira Ethel Williamson. Mrs. Williamson died in 1896. His second marriage was to Miss Marie Thressing, who survives him. His energy, industry and good management characterized his efforts and he won success, which secured him a good competence. Captain Williamson had the confidence of his business associates and neighbors and one and all honored and esteemed him for his sterling worth. Whenever he was called upon to, assist in public enterprises, he always responded and in his death the city loses a valued citizen. The funeral will take place from the house on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. An emergency meeting of Belle City Lodge No. 92, A.F. & A, M,has been called to attend the funeral. Members will meet at the Masonic temple Tuesday at 1:30 p. m.

John Williamson
Source: unknown (25 Mar. 1902) submitted by Stine Kvistad

John Williamson, an old and respected Norwegian resident of Racine, died yesterday at his home No. 1819 North Erie street, of typhoid pneumonia, aged 50 years. Deceased was born in Norway and came to America 30 years ago, settling in Racine. A short time after he removed to Dakota, where he spent sixteen years and then came to Racine, where he lived to the time of death. By those who knew him he was honored and respected, A wife and ten children survive to mourn his death. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence.

Sophia Williamson
Source: unknown (21 Apr. 1921) submitted by Stine Kvistad

The body of Mrs. Sophia Williamson, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Newton in Chicago on Thursday arrived here at 7:40 o’clock at the home of her eldest daughter, Emma, Mrs. John B. Hanson, of Carlisle avenue. Mrs. Williamson leaves to mourn her death, five daughters , Mrs. Sam Newton, of Chicago; Mrs. J B. Hanson , (Elizabeth) Mrs. Lyle Salvo. (Lillian) Mrs. Hilmer Christian Fyhrie and , Hattie, Mrs. Henry Pederson, all of this city, and five sons, John Theodore of Dallas, South Dakota, John Jr and Harry, of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Raynold and William James Williamson of this city. She also leaves three brothers, Jens Theodore Jensen of Racine, Ole Martin Jensen and Inghart Cornelius Jensen of Norway, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was a faithfull and loving mother, and a devoted Christian, and had been a member of the Trinity M E Church for the past 30 years. The funeral services will take place on Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J B Hanson 1536 Carlisle Avenue, and at 2 o’clock at the Trinity M E Church, LaSalle Street.

Samuel W. Wilson
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 453; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Dr. Samuel W. Wilson died at the Soldiers' Home, near Milwaukee, Jan. 25th. He early settled at Racine, and became the medical partner of Dr. P. R. Hoy. In June, 1861, he was appointed second assistant surgeon of the Fourth Wisconsin, and first assistant near the close of the year, and regimental surgeon, in March, 1864. He served with his regiment in all its marches, battles, and vicissitudes till May, 1866—nearly five years. Poor and broken in health, he was for several years an inmate of the Soldiers' Home, on duty in the hospital. He was a physician and surgeon of learning and skill, and a faithful attendant on his regiment during its various fortunes.



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