Sunnyside Cemetery
Menomonee Township
Waukesha County Wisconsin


This active cemetery is located on the west side of Highway 74, 1 1/3 miles northeast of the center of Lannon Village, Southeast 1/4 of Section 8, Menomonee Township.


On March 3, 1855, the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association was organized. There were seven recorded burials prior to this date and from their locations it is obvious that the cemetery was platted out at some prior time, although there is no record of a cemetery being in any of the deeds or abstracts for this parcel of land. It is believed to have been established circa 1839. The earliest recorded burial is that of Betsy Waterman, age 32, who died in 1847. She is not buried near the Bancroft lots so it is assumed that she was not related to them.

History of the Property-On October 29, 1846, the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 8 in the town of Menomonee was deeded to Joel Bancroft. Sunnyside Cemetery is located in this parcel of land.

Joel Bancroft died in 1848. In December of 1848 this parcel was sold to Abner Rowe who sold it to Daniel and Charity Smith in May of 1851.

On January 3, 1862, one acre comprising the original plat was deeded to the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association by Daniel and Charity Smith. On October 1, 1888 Daniel Smith's son, George and his wife, Elizabeth deeded the First Addition to the cemetery. This is the area from the big maple trees down highway 74, then known as Waukesha road.

In June of 1892, the name of Menomonee Center Cemetery Association was changed to Menomonee Union Sunnyside Cemetery and in June of 1894 changed again to Menomonee Sunnyside Cemetery. Later in 1894 it was re-named again to Sunnyside Cemetery.

In 1898 a narrow strip of land on the south and west sides containing a row of maple trees was sold to the cemetery for $1.00 by George and Elizabeth Smith. In 1922 a 1 1/2 acre strip of land on the north side was purchased from Nicholas and Anna Lauer, and in 1960 a 4.022 acre parcel on the south and west side was purchased from Alvin and Charles Smith.

It was discovered that both the State of Wisconsin and Waukesha County claimed to have no record of the cemetery being organized or incorporated, so on February 24, 1975 the Sunnyside Cemetery Association was re-organized and incorporated in accordance with the regulations of the State of Wisconsin. Old records in our possession indicate that the incorporation of the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association of March 3, 1855 was indeed recorded in Vol. 1, page 37 by Wm. R. Williams, Register of Deeds, Waukesha County on March 28, 1855!

As of April 15, 2000, Sunnyside Cemetery contains 2278 burials with probably a few more early burials in unmarked graves or those where stones were broken off.

Negotiations are presently under way to acquire an additional 9.6 acres behind the cemetery for future expansion.

Dated April 18, 2000 Article submitted to Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society by Lois Clementi (Rec'd June 5, 2002) Copied here with permission from the SLAHS.ORG webmaster


There is a chart of the cemetery, but it is incomplete. The records are held by the Sunnyside Cemetery Association. They are not generally open to the public, for research but the association will answer mail requests.

Contact: Sunnyside Cemetery Association 19166 Main Street Lannon, WI 53046


Originally copied from tombstone and other available cemetery records by Mrs. Edith M. Tallmadge, Curator of Waukesha County Museum and County Historian, assisted by Mrs. Miriam Wood of the Waukesha County Medical Society Auxiliary. 1849 - approx. 1963. Some entries have additional material added from Register of Deeds office, Waukesha, for fuller family information. More recent burials have been entered by Mike Reilly. There is a recent book of transcriptions available at the Waukesha & Milwaukee Libraries, possibly through interlibrary loan.

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Charles G./1919-1982/(b. 13 Sep 1919/d. Apr 1982/SSDI)
Roma D./1925 - 

Donald A./1946-_____
Mary L./1947-_____
Mary L./1915-_____/(Mary L. Kenney/b. 18 Sep 1915/
	d. 05 Jan 2000/SSDI)
James H./1925-1978/Pfc. US Army WWII/(James Kenney/
	b.10 Jan 1925/d. Nov 1978/SSDI)

Herman/1886-1968/w/Marie/(b. 12 Nov 1886/d. Jul 1968/SSDI)
Eli L./1906-1973/(b. 09 Dec 1906/d. Feb 1973/SSDI)
Walter J./1904-1987/(b. 21 Jul 1904/d. Nov 1987/SSDI)
Frances/1904-1992/(b. 02 Feb 1904/d. Jan 1992/SSDI)
Lester J. Jr./1915-1975/(b. 15 Jun 1915/d. Dec 1975/SSDI)
Myrtle E./1922-1993/(b. 05 May 1922/d. 31 Aug 1993/SSDI)
Levi H./1917-_____
Dolores H./1919-1979/(b. 11 Apr 1919/d. Aug 1979/SSDI)

Leo B./Jan. 12, 1922/Mar. 18, 1976/Tec5 US Army WWII


Bertha M./1909-1998/with J. E./(b. 08 Dec 1909/
	d. 24 Mar 1998/SSDI)

Caroline/July 12, 1847/Apr. 8, 1919/wife of August
August/b.Apr. 5, 1871 in Germany/d. Jan. 26, 1917/
	son of August & Caroline Gastrau
Ludwig/Apr. 19, 1877-Sept. 14, 19??/son of August & Caroline
Walter/May 15, 1902 -Apr. 12, 19??/son of Ludwig (?) & Caroline
August A./b. Feb. 6, 1908 in Lannon/d. Oct. 22, 1926/son of August 
	& Wilhelmina
Rose/Sept. 7, 1895/Sept. 9, 1903/daughter  of August & Wilhelmina
Anna/May 31, 1899/June 13, 1899/daughter  of August & Wilhelmina
Fred, Sr./d. Feb. 13, 1949/ae. 50 yrs 10 mo. 7 days.
Minnie/1882-1968/wife of Fred
Emil (Father)/1887-1948 or 1965?/(b. 05 Oct 1887/
	d. Apr 1965/SSDI)
Ida (SKEBBA)/(Mother)/1912-1984
Paul (Father)/1906-1951
(Kosterman) Hildegard M./b. 1914/d. March 12, 2000/Age 85
Raymond C./1919
Ernst/1920 -____/son of ?
Norman O. "Pete"/d. Oct. 11, 2000/age 69/(b. 28 Sep 1931/
	d. 11 Oct 2000/SSDI)
Arthur B./July 17, 1922/Feb. 13, 1990/TEC5 US Army WWII
Otto C./1919-_____
Fred H./1913-1986/(b. 12 Nov. 1913/d. Jul 1986/SSDI)
Harvey W./Mar. 25, 1924-_____/Veteran US Army Air Force WWII
Joyce E./May 18, 1940 - _____/married Harvey on Oct. 3/1959

Howard A. "Floyd"/1956-1983/(b. 15 Apr 1956/d. Nov 1983/SSDI)


Diane Kay (SPORBECK)/b. Sept 18, 1946/d. March 17, 2000/Age 53

Donald/Feb. 2, 1926/Feb. 24, 1990/F1 US Navy WWII
Ruby/July 6, 1927/Aug. 26, 1991

Donald J./Mar. 15, 1928/Sept. 23, 1998
Bernice O./Oct. 8, 1925/Feb. 11, 1997/married Donald on 
	June 17, 1950

Ethel E./1898-1970/w/ Del.

Walter/1898-1977/(b. 20 Aug 1898/d. Sep 1977/SSDI/long 
	time or retired railroad worker)

John H./1896-1963/WWI
Anna M./1901-1977
Cora/1894-1969/(b. 27 Mar 1893/d. Mar 1969/SSDI)
Sherman/1894-1971/WWI/(b. 11 Mar 1894/d. Nov 1971/SSDI)

Dolores J./June 15, 1930-_____
Glen H./Mar. 24, 1929-June 3, 1997


August Sr./1868-1946
Augusta/Mar. 27, 1866/Feb. 24, 1952/Wife
Laura A. W./Sept. 4, 1893/May 15, 1904/daughter 

June/1918-1991/married Keith on July 26, 1941/
	(b. 31 Dec 1918/d. 03 Nov 1991/SSDI)

George C./1915-1990/(b. 11 Jul 1915/d. 28 Jul 1990/
	SSDI/issued Illinois)
Betty D./1917-1988

Herbert/Oct. 21, 1904-_____/(b. 21 Oct 1904/
	d. 19 Oct 2002/SSDI)
Dorothy/Dec. 18, 1908/July 7, 1997
Robert R./Mar. 21, 1944/Sept. 13, 1996


Arthur J./Apr. 14, 1909/Dec. 15, 1988
Catherine E./Nov. 12, 1908/Mar. 1, 1997
Melvin W./1924-1998/(b. 28 Dec 1924/d. 03 Jun 1998/SSDI)
Jean B./1928-1982/(b. 05 Sep 1928/d. Jun 1982/SSDI)

Gerald F./Sept. 10, 1930-Dec. 06, 2001/age 71 years
Janice R./Dec. 18, 1930/Dec. 26, 2001/married to 
	Gerald on Mar. 31, 1951

Collier M./June 9, 1920/Mar. 27, 1996/Pfc. US Army WWII
M. Darlene/Mar. 5, 1921-_____

Michael B./Apr. 15, 1953/Nov. 16, 1996
Delbert G./Sept. 24, 1922/Nov. 28, 1988/S2C US Navy
Rosemond L./Feb. 28, 1922-_____

Roland M./1928-1974
Ella/1930-_____/married Roland on May 31, 1952

Frederick E./Jan. 6, 1914/May 19, 1994
Florence S./Feb. 16, 1916 -_____/married Fred on Jan. 18, 1941

Edwin 1917-_____

John/Nov. 10, 1924-_____
Selma/Jan. 3, 1925-_____

Helen J./Apr. 30, 1920/Jan. 17, 1995
Brett A./1967-1967

William H./1875-1957
Lucille B./1908-1940

Jacques A./1918-1981/(b. 21 Jan 1918/d. Jan 1981/SSDI)
Marie L./1921-_____

Henry W./May 20, 1915/Nov. 19, 1989
Bernice E./July 13, 1915/Apr. 29, 1995

Hattie/1888-1989/(b. 15 Nov 1888/d. 21 Jul 1989/SSDI)

Eugene E./1925-2002/(b. 24 Sep 1925/d. 18 Jun 2002 /SSDI)
Doris M./1927-1973/(b. 12 May 1927/d. Apr 1973/SSDI)

Evelyn Marie (KUCHARSKI)/Oct. 16, 1913/Dec. 26, 2000

Sarah Ann (BANCROFT)/July 28, 1815-Aug 20, 1861
Randolph S./1913-1990/married Ruth M. Prowatzke on May 25, 1940
Ruth M. (PROWATZKE)/b. 1916/d.  Nov. 15, 2001/age 85 yrs/
	(b. 06 Jan 1916/d. 15 Nov 2001/SSDI)

Augusta (GROSZHEIM)/b. July 17, 1867 in Germany/d. 1903/
	wife of Herman


Herman W./1894-1986/(father)/(b. 19 Apr 1894/
	d. Sep 1986/SSDI)
Bertha A./1897-1981/(mother)/(b. 01 Dec 1897/
	d. Mar 1981/SSDI)
Richard R./1896-1969/(b. 21 Aug 1896/d. Feb 1969/
Gertrude/1900-1990/(b. 22 Apr 1900/d. 20 Dec 1990/SSDI)
Lillie/1899-1980/(b. 20 Jan 1899/d. Jan 1980/SSDI)

Gordon E./Aug 30, 1922/Oct. 12, 2002
Dorothy Mae (DEYER)/Born November 12, 1922/d. July 10, 
	2000/age 77/married Gordon on Aug. 4, 1945

Henry F./1916-1977/(b. 27 Aug 1916/d. Jun 1977/SSDI/
	long time or retired railroad worker)
Priscilla E./1921-_____

Hilbert A./Jan. 21, 1912/Jun 11, 1991
Margaret A./Feb. 4, 1918/Jan. 2, 1995/married Hilbert 
	on Mar. 30/1935

Huld Last/1894-1981/w/ W. J.

William/Mar. 1, 1838/Oct. 26, 1914
Wilhelmina or Minnie (SCHULTZ)/b. Sept. 18, 1841 in 
	Germany/d. Apr. 23, 1915/wife of Wm.
Willie/	Mar. 4, 1873/Mar. 22, 1906/son
Charles (father)/1879-1919
Elizabeth (mother)/1879-1949
Alice/May 20, 1880/Mar. 20, 1908
Grace/Feb. 5, 1906-Feb. 9/1922
Ruth/Jan. 10, 1903/Feb. 11, 1903/daughter of Frederick J.
	& Dora or Vera Gumm
Frederick A./son ???/Feb. 6, 1907/Feb. 21, 1907
Dorothea/1877-1967/w/ Fred K. (?) (see Ruth above)