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Vilas County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Vernice Gorski
Vernice Gorski of Land O’Lakes died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at her home. She was 87. Mrs. Gorski was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Polar. She married Julius Gorski Dec. 28, 1936, in Crandon. A resident of Land O’ Lakes since 1943, her hobbies included playing cards, feeding wildlife, fishing and baking. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Ann Callahan of North Vernon, Ind.; a son, David (Nancy) of Venice, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Ujazdowski. [Source: Vilas County News-Review (8 Nov. 2006) transcribed by MZ]

Melvin J. Heinritz
Melvin J. Heinritz, one of the storm centers of the fight which swept Communist influence from the state CIO in 1946, died Sunday night in St. Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander, and will be buried at 9 a. m. Thursday in Minocqua. Heinritz, 42, suffered a heart attack Oct. 8. He is survived by his wife, Isabell; one son, Gene; and his mother, Mrs. Alpha Heinritz, Racine. He has lived for the past four years at Minitowish Waters, Vilas County. Heinritz’ labor career was full of controversy. He was the key man in state CIO secretary-treasurer of the state council during the period when leftwing control was at its height. Three months after the right wing rebellion at the Wausau convention swept him out of power in 1946, he formally denied any sympathy for or membership in the Communist movement, but his influence in state CIO affairs was at an end. Since November, 1947, he has been president of Midwest Council No. 12. International Woodworkers of America, and has centered his activities in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.[Source: Milwaukee Journal (Wisconsin) October 23, 1951, transcribed by MKK]

Mrs. Charles Larson
IRONWOOD, Mich., July 12. – The funeral of Mrs. Charles Larson of Eagle River, Wis., was held here this afternoon from the home of Magnus Olson. Services were also conducted at the Swedish Mission church by Rev. John Hendrickson. Internment was made at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Larson underwent an operation in Chicago three weeks ago. She was 42 years old and was born in Sweden. The husband and three children survive her. The family formerly lived at Ironwood, but for the last nine years have been residents of Eagle River. The following acted as pallbearers: John Johnson, Charles Lindberg, Adolph Colman, John Hedstrom, Anton Larson and Peter Nelsen. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 13 July 1913; transcribed by FoFG]

Katherine Elizabeth MacLeod
MacLeod, Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth, 2234 Woodland avenue. Died June 22. Internment at Eagle River, Wis. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 24 June 1922; transcribed by FoFG]

Mrs. R. D. McLeod
Mrs. R. D. McLeod, age 68, Eagle River, Wis., died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. F. Colman, 2234 Woodland avenue. Mrs. McLeod has been residing with Mrs. Colman the last year. The body will be taken to Eagle River for burial today. Mrs. McLeod is survived by her husband; a son, A. W. McLeod, an attorney at Washburn, Wis., and two daughters; Mrs. Colman of Duluth and Mrs. F. P. Clure, Sanborn, N.D. Mrs. McLeod was active in church work of the Congregational church at Eagle River. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 23 June 1922; transcribed by FoFG]

Mrs. Charles Moc
EAGLE RIVER, Wis., Aug. 20. – Mrs. Charles Moc, wife of a Bohemian settler in the Bohemian settlement southwest of this town, died last week and was buried here. She had been an invalid for nearly the last two years. She leaves a husband and three boys and a girl. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 21 Aug. 1919; transcribed by FoFG]

Dr. J. W. Pinch
Veteran Wisconsin Surgeon Served as Chairman of Vilas County Board.
Dr. James W. Pinch, veteran Wisconsin physician and surgeon, and former Vilas county board chairman, died Friday at Deaconess hospital of a paralytic stroke. He was 73. During the last three years he had lived with his son, Russell J. Pinch, at 2377 N. Fifty-fifth St. From 1907 to 1931 Dr. Pinch had a general practise at Winegar, and while there took an active interest in county affairs. He was chairman of the Vilas county board from 1914 to 1920, and he served on the county Highway commission from 1910 to 1920. Dr. Pinch was born in Ontario, Canada, and received his medical education at the University of Detroit (Mich.). After completing his schooling he started a practice at Gillett, Wis. Leaving there he went to Lac du Flambeau, Vilas county, where he served as a lumber company doctor and doctor for the Flambeau Indian reservation. For a few years before retiring he practiced at Tipler, Florence county. In addition to his son he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Hoye of Winchester, Idaho, and Mrs. Fred Taylor of Western Springs, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Monday at the Ritter chapel, 5304 W. North av. Burial will be at Gillett. [Source: Milwaukee Journal (Wisconsin) May 1, 1937, transcribed by MKK]

Sheriff John Radcliff
Slayers of Sheriff of Eagle River Are Also Accused of White Slavery.
Eagle River, Wis., July 8. – Two hundred men armed with rifles are scouring Vilas county for Joe Imperio and Phillip Roberts, the murders of Sheriff Radcliff, while resisting arrest. The men are accused of white slavery by hundreds of young women of this section. Sheriff Radcliff died last night. Deputy Sheriff John Hanson, who was shot three times during the fight with the white slavers, is in a critical condition. Blood hounds have been put on the trail of the men and it is believed that they have been located near the state line between Michigan and Wisconsin north of Conover, Wis. The members of the posse are all heavily armed, as are the fugitives. Rewards aggregating $800 for the capture of the men dead or alive have been offered. [Source: Elkhart Daily Review (Indiana) July 8, 1911, transcribed by MKK]

William Rice
William Rice, cook for the Ross Lumber Company, has died at Arbor Vitae, Wis. From the effects of drinking two quarts of lemon extract in less than two days. He discovered that the preparation contained alcohol, and indulged in a veritable debauch with the flavoring extract. [Source: Cleveland Leader (Ohio) August 17, 1904, transcribed by MKK]

Clark Sayner
Lad Killed While Hunting
Arbor Vitae, Wis., Nov. 6. – Clark Sayner, aged thirteen, of Sayner, son of the founder of the town, while hunting near his home shot himself in the arm. Before medical aid could be summoned he had lost so much blood that he died. [Source: Elkhart Daily Review (Indiana) November 6, 1911, transcribed by MKK]

Died of Cold
Boy Exhausted While Ensnaring Rabbits with Companions.
Houghton, Mich., Nov. 15. - The eight-year-old son of County Clerk William Smith of Eagle River died of of cold and exhaustion while ensnaring rabbits near Lake Shore yesterday. The dead boy was with several other boys when his strength began to give out. They left him in care of his little brother and hastened to town for assistance. When rescuers arrived they found one brother guarding the dead body of the other. [The Paducah sun.(Paducah, Ky.), 15 Nov. 1904]

Paul Allen Tilley
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. today at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Woodruff for Paul Allen Tilley, 27, Woodruff, who drowned Oct. 27 at Arbor Vitae. His body was found Monday. Officiating was the Rev. John Drummy. The Bolger Funeral Home in Minocqua was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Tilley was born March 14, 1949, in Milwaukee and served as a company special forces medic with the Green Berets in Vietnam. He married the former Susan Marie Leichtnam of Marshfield on May 26, 1973, at St. John’s Catholic Church here. She is a 1972 graduate of St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and is the daughter of Mrs. Burnetta Leichtnam, 905 E. Kalsched St., and the late Elmer Leichtnam. Mr. Tilley is survived by his wife; three sons, Joshua, Jesse and Shane, all at home; his father, James Tilley, and stepmother, Lucille Tilley, Milwaukee; six brothers, James, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Loren, John, David and Thomas, all of Milwaukee; and Gary, Brooksville, Fla., and five sisters, Carol, Lynn, Patricia and Margaret, all of Milwaukee, and Marcie, Wisconsin Rapids. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 8 June 1977, page 18; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by MZ]



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