Obituaries Of Waukesha County Residents
Deaths, Burials, Funerals, Interments



Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - September 6, 2005
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Age 69, of Pewaukee. Aug. 31, 2005. Preceded into Eternal Life by son, LCpl Michael J. Gaffney U.S.M.C. Beloved husband; Dear father; Dear papa; Dear brother; Brother-in-law; Nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends survive.

In state 4-8 PM Tues. with a 7 PM Vigil at CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 380 Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (Hwys. J and JJ, 4 blocks south of I-94) and at 10 AM Wed. at QUEEN OF APOSTLES CHURCH (N35 W23401 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee) followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Interment St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Pewaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated. CHURCH AND CHAPEL 262-549-0659



Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, August 30, 1944 | Page 2

Pewaukee soldier dies in England

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Gallagher, Route 1, Pewaukee, have received word from the war department, informing them that their son, Sergeant John E. Gallagher, died August 3 as a result of a skull fracture.  He died in an army hospital in Warrington, England.

In a letter written to his parents on August 2, Gallagher said, "I am well and doing fine."  The parents believe he died as the result of an accident.  he was stationed with a ground crew of the U. S. army air forces and had been overseas for nine months. He entered the service in October, 1942, and before entering was employed by the A. 0. Smith co. in Milwaukee.

Sgt. Gallagher has one brother in the service, Edward, who is stationed with the infantry in Italy.  Edward has been wounded twice.  The last letter received fiom him informed his parents he is now recovering in an army hospital.



Source: Newspaper Unknown

MASON CITY [Iowa] - Thekla O. Gamb, 92, of Mason City, died Saturday (May 19, 2001) at Good Shepherd Health Center.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel of Flowers, in Brookfield, Wis., with the Rev. Donald Myrom, of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Schaumburg, Ill., officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Friday at the Chapel. Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City [Iowa], is in charge of arrangements.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Monday, May 02, 1949 | Page 12

Robert McClure Gardinier, 34, of Pewaukee town, died yesterday at the Waukesha Memorial hospital.  He is survived by his wife, Esther; two daughters, Joan and Bonita Rae; one son, Richard, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gardinier, Ojibwa, Wis.; three brothers, Wallace, Phillips, Wis.; Frank, Waukesha, and Clayton, Lowry Field, Colo.; and one sister, Mrs. John Condella, Medford, Wis.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m., from Christ Lutheran church, Pewaukee, the Rev. John F. Brenner officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill cemetery.

The body will lie in state today after 7 p.m., at the William R. Hanson funeral home, Pewaukee, and at the church after 11 a.m., tomorrow.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, May 23, 1878 | Page 3

The wife of Mr. W.C. Gates is suffering from a serious attack of paralysis. mr. Gates and family have the sincerest sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintences.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, June 17, 1880 | Page 1

Wm. C. Gates an old settler and resident of this town, departed this life at 9 o.clock p.m. Sunday evening.



Daily Freeman | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Monday, July 07, 1890 | Page 1

Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock occurred the death of J. Gauthier, Jr., at his home on the north side. He was 24 years of age and married. A surgical operation deemed necessary was performed in the morning, the patient surviving only a few hours.



Source: From the Waukesha County Democrat, on file with the State Historical Society, Madison 18 Mar 1882

David Gear, in some out of the way place on his way to Washington Territory.



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Gebhard: Apr. 22 (year not given, around 1945?) 12:45 p.m. Wilhelmina (nee Oscher) aged 90 years, at residence Hwy. 59, town of Brookfield, beloved mother of Mrs. Julia Simon, Herman and Jennie Gebhard, Mrs. Minnie Eckstein and Mrs. Bertha Salentine; 10 grandchildren, 3 great - grandchildren, 1 daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law also surviving. Services Thursday, April 27,8:45 Koelsch Funeral Home, 7626 West Greenfield Avenue to St. Mary's church, Elm Grove, 9:30 a.m. Interment Visitation cemetery. Vigil Wednesday 8 p.m. In state Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Gebhard: Apr. 22 (year not given, around 1945?) 12:45 p.m. Wilhelmina (nee Oscher) aged 90 years, at residence Hwy. 59, town of Brookfield, beloved mother of Mrs. Julia Simon, Herman and Jennie Gebhard, Mrs. Minnie Eckstein and Mrs. Bertha Salentine; 10 grandchildren, 3 great - grandchildren, 1 daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law also surviving. Services Thursday, April 27,8:45 Koelsch Funeral Home, 7626 West Greenfield Avenue to St. Mary's church, Elm Grove, 9:30 a.m. Interment Visitation cemetery. Vigil Wednesday 8 p.m. In state Tuesday, 7 p.m.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Wednesday, November 24, 1926 | Page 8

The funeral of Eugene Gehrke was held at the home Saturday afternoon with burial in the North Prairie cemetery.



Source: Newspaper Unknown

Alice E. Gennerman

OCONOMOWOC - Alice E. Gennerman (nee Mertens) of Oconomowoc, formerly of Ashippun, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Shorehaven Health Care Center at the age of 93. She was born in Hustisford on June 15, 1906, the daughter of Fred and Lena (nee Erdmann) Mertens. Alice married Alvin Gennerman in 1928; he preceded her in death in 1997. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Forever Young Club, and was a former member of the Ashippun Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children; her grandchildren; her great grandchild; her sister; her brother-in-law; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her brother, Arnold; and her grandchild, Paul.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Friday, Dec. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, N557 Main St., Ashippun; the Rev. Gerald Goodrich and the Rev. Michael Mueller officiating. Burial will be at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc. Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc are appreciated.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 567-4457, is serving the family.



Source: Newspaper unknown

Gentz, Isabel Katherine, d. May 1, 2001. Daughter. Sister. Granddaughter. Also survived by many caring aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.



Source: Freeman January 2, 1946


Edward J. George, 50, a retired salesman, of Rock Point, town of Pewaukee, died Monday morning. George was the husband of Mrs. Florence George, humane officer of the county for several years, who died June 12, 1944. He is survived by one sister of Chicago.

Funeral services will be held from the Wisconsin Memorial Park chapel Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the chapel mausoleum. Dr. A. E. Gregory, pastor of the First Congregational church of Waukesha, will officiate at the services.

The body will lie in state at the William R. Hansen funeral home in Pewaukee after 7 p. m. Tuesday until 9 a. m. Thursday, after which it will lie in state at the chapel.



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) March 01, 1894; pg.8; col A

Frederick W. Gerrits, aged 72, and old settler, died this morning at his home near here of Bright's disease. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon in the German Evangelical church.



Source Waukesha Freeman May 6, 1909

MRS. EVA GESSERT. Last Thursday morning at Menomonee Falls, George Gessert becoming anxious because his mother failed to arise at the usual hour, went to her room where he found she was dead. Her death resulted from heart failure or apoplexy, and was a shock to her family and friends.

The deceased's maiden name was Eva Genrich, a daughter of Valentine and Sybilla Heldt Genrich of Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany. She was born March 28, 1936, and was the last surviving of that family. When she was eight (?) Years old her father died and she was adopted by William Ripple, with whom she came to America. They sailed from Harve, France, and ____forty-two days on the ocean, arriving at Germantown on October __, 1850(?). She was married to Philip Gessert April 2, 1851, and of this union eleven children were born, seven of them survive here: Mrs. Julia Debus, George, Philip, William, Henry, Mrs. Mary Dippold of Chicago, and Mrs. Annie Bahler of Milwaukee.

For a number of years the family lived on a farm just north of Menomonee Falls. Mrs. Gessert died in 1901 since which time she made her home in the village.

She was highly esteemed by all who knew her for her cheerful disposition and for her sympathy and kindness to those whom she met in times of trouble. She had lived a good lief and her children and friends will long remember her.



Source: Menomonee Falls News
Mar 2, 1955
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One Time Residents Philip Gessert, who owned and operated a good farm of eighty acres on section 4, Menomonee Township, was a native of Germany. He was born in Nierstein, Hess-Darmstadt, November 23, 1813 and was the son of Henry and Barbara (Becker) Gessert.

Philip Gessert was reared on his father's farm and received a good education, to which he added by experiences and observation. He remained with his parents until 1846, when he sailed from Meintz to Harve, Francce, where he took passage ona three mast sailing vessel bound for New York. In that harbor, after a voyage of forty-two days, anchor was dropped. From the eastern metropolis, accompanied by his brother and sister, he went by steamer to Albany, Ney York, and by the Erie Canal to Buffalo, where he boarded a vessel bound for Milwaukee.

On first reaching Wisconsin, he located Germantown, where he purchased forty acres of timber land and thereon erected a fine log cabin and barn. Nine years later he discovered that the property for which he paid three hundred dollars was sold to hime by a party who did not own it. He received only $175 as compensation for his many years of service and left the farm. He had previously bought forty acres of timber land in Menomonee Township, and began the development of this tract, erecting a cabin on in the midst of a forest. In April, 1851, Mr. Gessert was married to Eva Genrich, daugther of Valentine and Sybilila Genrich. Eleven children were born to the Gesserts: Julie, Mary, George, Philip, William, John, Anna, Minnie, Catherine, Elizabeth, and one other child who died in infancy. The Gesserts were members of St. Paul's church. They were highly respected people, who held an enviable position in the community.



Source: Menomonee Falls News Sept 15, 1949
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WM. GESSERT PASSES INTO ETERNAL SLEEP. William Gessert, 81, a building contractor here for more than 50 years, passed away at his home here on Thursday evening while sleeping in his chair. He was the son of the late Phillip and Eva Genrich Gessert, born Nov. 27, 1868 on the homestead farm two miles North of Menomonee Falls on Highway 41. He started the carpenter trade at the age of 18 years with his brother, George and later managed the Connell-Whittaker Lumber Co. here. For a few years he worked with his brother-in-law Charles Dippold in Chicago coming back to Menomonee Falls to start a business for himself. Many homes and places of business in Menomonee Falls and surrounding territory were built by Mr. Gessert during his years of carpentry. Among the outstanding edifices he built were the St. Mary's parsonage and the St. Mary's school in 1906, the addition to the High School (later destroyed by fire) and the Held Recreation Parlor in 1924. In 1897 he married Miss Anna Michels with whom he celebrated his Golden Wedding in 1947. For the past several years they have enjoyed happy years of retirement. Surviving are his wife, Anna; 3 daughters, Mrs. Katherine Thiesen, Mrs. Isabel Pierce, Mrs. Margaret Horn and 1 son, Raymond Gessert. funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the A. A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home and at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's church. Interment was at St. Mary's cemetery.



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Gettelman, Jean Of Jackson, age 86, died December 18, 2006 peacefully in the sunrise and God's presence at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc. She was born May 27, 1920 in Hartland, WI. Predeceased are her husband, Louis; son, Mark; daughter, Debra; sister, Ellen Town; brother, James Walsh and her parents, Leo and Catherine Walsh. Survived by her children, 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Jean is also survived by her brother, sister, sisters-in-law, and brother-in-law. Jean will be missed deeply by her family, friends, golf buddies and Birthday Girls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 4 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, N89 W16297 Cleveland Ave., Menomonee Falls. Visitation Thursday at the church from 2 PM until time of Mass at 4 PM. Private burial church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to AngelsGrace Hospice (920) 474-7800. SCHMIDT & BARTELT A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services Menomonee Falls 262-251-3630



Source: Waukesha Freeman | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, October 26, 1905 | Page 8

The many friends in this city of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Gibson sympathize with them in the loss of their little son, Blair, which occurred at their home in Philadelphia last week Wednesday. The baby was ten months old. Mrs. Gibson spent the summer here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George B. Blair, and the child was ill nearly all summer. It was feared when Mr. and Mrs. Gibson returned with him to Philadelphia several weeks ago that he could not survive. B1air was a bright winsome little lad whose death causes sorrow among all friends of the family.



Waukesha Journal, Saturday, March 07, 1891 | Page 8 The death of Marriah DeGolier, wife of the late Hon. Peter D. Gifford, occurred at her daughter's, Mrs. Richard Walfron, of Lisbon, Feb. 24, 1891. She was born in New York July 17, 1812, and was married to the Hon. P. D. Gifford on Jan. 9, 1831. She came to Waukesha county in 1844, where she remained until the death of her husband, which occurred March 17, 1888. She then went to live with her daughter, Mrs. R. Walfron of New Lisbon, where she remained until her death, Feb. 24, 1891. Her remains were brought to North Prairie to be laid beside her husband. Mrs. Gifford leaves six daughters, Mrs. Lucinda Alvord and Mrs. J. P. Heese of New York, Mrs. James Stocker of Missouri, Mrs. Richard Walfron, Mrs. William Baum and Mrs. John Wright in Wisconsin, who mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Thursday, December 27, 1923 | Page 2

The remains of Miss Grace Gillard daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gillard now residing in this village, arrived here Wednesday of last week from Detroit, Michigan, for burial in Forest Hill cemetery. The deceased was 26 years of age. Death followed an operation for goiter. Besides her parents, three sisters; and two brothers survive. The mother of the deceased was formerly Fannie White and a daughter of the Mr. and Mrs. J. A. White.



Source: Waukesha Freeman Aug. 13, 1896

GILMORE-At his home in Lisbon, Tuesday, August 4th, James Gilmore. He was 49 years of age and unmarried. Death was the result of a cancerous disease. Funeral services were held at the home last Thursday, Rev. Mr. Long officiating. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. W.P. Gowans of this city.



Source: Milwaukee Daily Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) June 18, 1888; col E

Chauncey Goff, a musician, 34 years old, who lived in Waukesha county, and was here visiting relatives at 505 Jackson street, took an overdose of morphine last night, and died at 11:30, despite the efforts of a physician. He leaves a wife. He was a musician well known throughout Waukesha county.



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Gollnick, Esther R. CAMBRIDGE/CEDARBURG - Esther R. Gollnick, age 92, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2003, at the London Lodge in Cambridge. She was born on Nov. 22, 1910, in Menomonee Falls, a daughter of the late Edward and Rosalia (Schmidt) Rennicke. Esther married Palmer Gollnick on Nov. 29, 1934, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mequon. She resided in the Milwaukee area and then moved to Cambridge following her retirement. She was an active member of the Deerfield Lutheran Church, the church circle and was a senior volunteer driver for RSVP. Esther is survived by her daughter; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer; four brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at 7 p.m. at DEERFIELD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 206 S. Main St., Deerfield. The Rev. Larry Sexe will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of services at the church. Burial will be on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield. Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Deerfield (608) 764-5369



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Golner's flying passion led to ultralights
By Eldon Knoche of the Journal Sentinel staff
Last Updated: Sept. 8, 1999
(edited for living)

Jerry Golner, a tool and die maker who soared high over Holy Hill and his Town of Erin farm in his ultralight planes, died of cancer Tuesday at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. He was 73.

In 1994 Golner provided an ultralight kit and advice to industrial technology students at Arrowhead High School's North Campus. The students built the airplane, and Golner himself was the test pilot. Then he flew the plane to the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh. He took a number of his planes to the EAA over the years and this past summer was a technical counselor for ultralights there.

He was born Jerome F. Golner on June 11, 1926, in the Town of Lisbon to Frank and Sophie Golner and grew up on the family farm. At age 16, he went to work at a machine shop and later was employed at A.O. Smith Corp. for a few years. He was a partner in Lee Custom Engineering in Hartford before he bought his own machine shop in 1965 and renamed it Golner Precision Products. The business originally was in Pewaukee, but he eventually moved it to Hartland.

Golner became an advocate for the blind, and his work force of 10 to 12 people often included two or three who were blind or had partial eyesight. Using special measuring devices in braille, they ran the machinery, and often customers never realized the work was being done by blind people, said Golner's son, David. In 1975 the Wisconsin Council for the Blind honored Golner as the state employer of the year.

He had an interest in flying before meeting [his now wife] while roller-skating at the Nightingale in Menomonee Falls, but, after they married in 1947, he spent his time on family and career instead of a pilot's license. After he had operated his own business for a while, however, he obtained his license and flew a Cessna 172 he owned with others. When high blood pressure caused him to give up the pilot's license in the early 1980s, he began building and flying ultralights, which require no license. At about the same time, he and his wife moved from Pewaukee to a 50-acre farm in Erin, and he built a 1,200-foot grass airstrip. He called it the Jerry Golner Interplanetary Airport. He never had a major accident, although a wheel once got caught in the soybeans. The ultralight flipped upside down, but Golner was not hurt. Two of his sons, have pilot's licenses.

In 1990 he retired and sold the machine shop to his son, James. James died in 1997, and his widow, now operates the business in Sussex. Two of Jerry Golner's sons, still work at Golner Precision Products.

Golner is survived by his wife, and six children. The funeral at St. John's Catholic Church, Highway Q and Monches Road in the Monches area of the Town of Merton.



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Golner, Leona M. "Dolly", Of Dousman. (Nee Pickhardt), d. Sat., March 25, 2000, age 80 years. Wife of the late Stewart of 59 years. Mother. Sister. Also her 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews.



Source: Breeze-Courier, Taylorville, IL, January 21, 2009

Jan. 26, 1946 - Jan. 14, 2009

Nancy Lynn Goodman, 62, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

She was born January 26, 1946, in Chicago. She married Michael Goodman, formerly of Taylorville. After graduation from Eastern Illinois University in 1969, she taught special education in Omaha, NE. She moved to Wisconsin in 1975, working as a merchandiser for American Greetings.

Surviving are her husband; children; grandchildren; sister; sister-in-law; nieces; and nephew.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 20, in Church and Chapel Funeral Service, Waukesha, WI. Interment was Wednesday, January 21, in Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee, WI.



Waukesha Freeman, February 7, 2008

AUG. 20, 1925 - FEB. 4, 2008

Raymond W. Goralski was born to eternal life Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, after a short stay at Angels Grace Hospice. He was born Aug. 20, 1925, to August and Louise (nee Skeeba) Goralski.

He married Jeanette "Jean" Bonus on June 7, 1947. They were married 60 years.

He retired from Unit Drop Forge after 37 years of service. He enjoyed crafts, playing cards and spending time with his family.

He had been a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in City of Pewaukee for more than 60 years.

He will be missed by his wife, Jean; his sons; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; his niece and nephew; and his sisters-in-law. He is further survived by other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, Feb. 9, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, W240-N3103 Pewaukee Road, City of Pewaukee, with the Rev. Krause and the Rev. Gerving officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff at AngelsGrace for their loving care and support.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659.



Source: Milwaukee Daily Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) April 29, 1889; col G

Palmyra, Wis., April 20. - Mr. Fred Gosa, aged 69, a native of Germany and early settler of Waukesha county, died at his home in Eagle at noon yesterday of consumption. Eight children survive him.



Source: The Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, 11 December 1884, Section 4, Page 4
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GOVE - On Saturday last, December 6th., occurred the death of one of Waukesha's oldest and best known citizens, Mr. Elijah Gove a man who had passed his 83d anniversary, having been born at Dresden, Maine, on July 6th, 1801. In early manhood he resided at Ludlow, Vt. and was married in 1828 to Emeline E. Wright (who died here a few months since.) Fifteen years later, in 1848, they removed to Waukesha and until about eleven years ago resided on the farm now owned by Mr. Moss on the southern limits of the village. Mr. Gove was the father of five children, two daughters and three sons, all of whom have an extended acquaintance thrughout (sic) Wisconsin. He was a man of excellent character, honest and uqright (sic) in every walk of life and of a remarkably even and pleasant disposition, which always secured him the confidence and esteem of his neighbors and acquaintances. His ambition seemed to be to perform all the daily duties of life well and perfectly rather than to accomplish great works, and by this course (ink stain) really accomplished more than (ink stain) to the lot of the average man. The funeral took place on Tuesday forenoon at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. Robert Leslie preaching the sermon at the Baptist church where a large number of our citizens assembled to assist in the last sad rites."

Source: The Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, 27 March 1884

"Death of Mrs. E. Gove - As indicated by the item in last week's Freeman in relation to the accident to Mrs. E. Gove, the wound she received in her fall on Wednesday last proved of a mortal character, and after lingering in a comatose state until Friday, she quietly breathed her last. Mrs. Gove was a lady nearly 74 years of age, and was a native of Massachusetts, having been born at Westford June 21, 1810. She was married at Ludlow, Vt., November 27, 1828. Forty-one years ago she came with her family to Waukesha where the remainder of her life was passed. She was the mother of five children who survive her, three sons and two daughters: The oldest daughter, Frances E., the wife of E.S. Turner, a lawyer at Port Washington; the eldest son, Londus E. Gove, a farmer at Stone Lake, Ia.; the second son, R.L. Gove; the youngest daughter, Ione, the wife of Col. Daniels, Washington, D. C.; and the youngest son, J.M. Gove, a commercial traveler, residing at Rochelle, Ill. Mrs. Gove has only one brother living, Robt. W. Wright, of Cleveland. She was a graduate of the Keene N. H. High School, and possessed much more than the ordinary ability. The funeral was held on Tuesday at the family residence, at which time a large number of citizens assembled to pay the last tribute of respect."

Elijah and his wife, Emeline, are buried at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha. Submitted by his great-great-great granddaughter, Gloria Gove Barnes.



Source: The Daily Republican-Sentinel. (Milwaukee, WI) June 14, 1882; pg. 4; col C


Waukesha June 13. - Lieut. F. M. Gove, of St. Paul, died at the residence of his brother, E. C. Gove, at 5 o'clock this morning, of paralysis of the heart, aged 38. Mr. Gove had a sli of paralysis a few months ago in St. Paul, and being badly broken in health came to Waukesha about three weeks ago, accompanied by his wife to recuperate. He has been steadily improving ever since his return to Waukesha, and was heard only last evening to congratulate himself on his timely visit to our city. About 5 o'clock this morning Mr. Gove awoke his wife and complained of excruciating pains in the region of the heart. This was followed almost immediately with vomiting, after which he gave one long sign and breathed his last. Capt. Gove was a partner in the business firm of Benton & Gove, type founders, Milwaukee, has a large circle of friends and acquaintances in the Cream City. The remains will be taken to Milwaukee to-day for interment. Deceased leaves a wife, and a bright little 2-year-old daughter.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Saturday, June 11, 1949 | Page 10

Rudolph Grabowska, died at his home, 155 Frame ave. yesterday. He is survived by two daughters, Hazel Grabowska and Mrs. Ralph Farrar, both of Waukesha; a son Clarence, of Waukesha; two sisters, Mrs. May Peterson, Milwaukee and Mrs. Louise Sargent, Steuben, Wis., and one brother, Gustav.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p. m. from the Erling Larsen funeral home, with burial to follow in Hartland cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p. m, Sunday.



Source: Waukesha Daily Freeman, Date, Nov 8, 1943
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Mrs. Mary Granger, 61, died at her home, 401 W. College Ave., Sunday. She has lived in Waukesha for 50 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. Besides her husband, George, she is survived by one son, Gordon, Waukesha; three daughters, Mrs. George Hughes, Milwaukee, Mrs. Albert Diederich, Chicago, and Miss Margaret, Waukesha. She is further survived by three sisters, Mrs. Adam Rychel, Waukesha, Mrs. John Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, Miss Dorothy Krause, Waukesha; one brother, Frank Krause, Waukesha, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Erling Larson funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dwight Moody Bahr will officiate at the services with interment at Prairie Home cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday.

Mrs. Mary Granger(Krause)Obit date Forgot to add the date and name of paper to previous posting of obit of Mary Granger, Surname(Krause)



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) March 14, 1894; pg. 9; col A

An old colored woman known as Aunt Eliza, supposed to be 114 years of age, who has been at the County house, in the town of Vernon, for more than twenty years, is very sick and will probably survive but for a short time.

Source: The Milwaukee Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) March 20, 1894; pg. 2; col B

Mrs. Eliza Granson, better known as "Aunt Eliza," who has been a resident of Waukesha and vicinity for a great many years, died Sunday at the county farm, at the advanced aged of 115 years. She was born in slavery, but was emancipated when slavery was abolished in New York state.



Source: Waukesha Freeman Edition January 04, 1906 Obituary
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Mrs.Anna Grant, the mother of Mrs.Christopher Emporer died Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock December 31. she was born in saratoga County,New York August 14,1818 making her age at death 87 years old,four months and 17 days. For the past two and a half years Mrs.Grant has been absolutely helpless, and Mrs.Emporer has attended to every want, as to a child. Besides her daughter, Mrs.Emperor, Mrs.Grant leaves one son Charles. Funeral services were held at the house Tuesday January 2,Rev.Edward Beecher officiating. She was buried in the New Berlin Center Cemetery. Mr.and Mrs.Emperor wish to thank their friends and neighbors for their kindly assistance during the long illness.



Source: Waukesha Freeman September 24,1876
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GRANT, Arthur, infant son of Charles and Cleopatra Grant, Saturday, Aug.26th, of the same (cholera infantum) disease.



Source: Waukesha Freeman newspaper October 14,1869
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Died in Waukesha Oct. 5th, Dalinda Grant, wife of Walter Grant, and daughter of Greenly and Caroline Mevis, of Waukesha. Aged 27 years, 5 months and 14 days.



Source: Waukesha Freeman newspaper Edition 01-04-1906
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Susan A. Grant was born at Fort Edward,Washington county,New York on August 18,1844. When a girl of 17,July 28,1861 she was united in marriage to Christopher Emperor at Saratoga,New York. Soon after their marriage Mr.Emperor volunteered as a soldier in the Civil War, while she, like so many of our brave women, anxiously watched for the return of the young husband. For 5 years she waited. Two years after the close of the war, they left the old home at Saratoga and in March, 1869, came to Prospect Hill, Wisconsin. Here they have remained for 40 years and counted among the old settlers. To them have been born 4 children all of whom died in infancy. While Mrs.Emperor has not enjoyed good health for a number of years she has been able to attend her household duties until last Wensday, Aug. 18, when she was stricken with pnuemonia and heart difficulty. and quietly and peacefully she passed away Friday evening Aug.20. Of those who survive her is the husband, who has walked life's pathway with her for almost half a century, and one brother Charles Grant of New Berlin, Funeral services were from the home on Sunday at 2pm, conducted by the Rev. C.H.Myers, Interment was at the New Berlin Cemetery.



Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, October 26, 1905 | Page 8

Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, a pioneer of Waukesha county, passed away from this life last Friday evening at the home of her daughter. Mrs. William Street, Chicago.

She was reared in England, her family being representative of a long line of ancestors whose rugged natures, and whose force of character helped to mould English opinion and to smooth the pathway for coming generations.

Her maiden name was Parker, her father as captain of a merchant vessel visiting many parts of the world during his seafaring career.

Miss Elizabeth Parker was married in her native town, Shields, County Durham, to Robert Gray. Soon after they came to America, and made their home in New York City. Early in the 50's Mr. and Mrs. Gray, attracted by the marvelous growth of the great central west, came to Wisconsin, and near our then sister village of Sussex, they hewed out of the wilderness a home which they enjoyed for many years.

For some years during her widowhood Mrs Gray presided over the home of her sons, William and John, at Menomonee Falls. Upon John's marriage to Miss Clarisa Ostrander, she lived with them for a considerable time.  During all of her late life she enjoyed the home of her daughter Edith Street, in Chicago, making occasional visits to the homes of her other children.

She reared one daughter. Edith, and five sons, viz.: Dr. William Gray and Robert, of Pasadena; John late of Waukesha; Dr. George Gray, of Brownsdale, Minn., and Joseph of Kansas.

In Christian faith Mrs. Gray was a devoted member of the Scotch Presbyterian, church, always standing loyally for all that she believed to be right.  The remains were brought to this city for interment in Prairie Home cemetery, Mr. and Mrs. William Street accompanying them. They were met by relatives and friends who tenderly laid them to rest beside the forms of her son, John, and niece Minnie Gray.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, June 12, 1902 | Page 1

John Gray, aged 63 years, died at 7:15 o'clock Sunday night at his home on Hyde Park avenue. He is survived by a wife, one son, Edward P. Gray of Ottawa, Kan., and one daughter, Mrs. P. V. Monroe of this city, three brothers, one sister, and his mother.

Mr. Gray has been a resident here for seventeen years and one of the county for nearly forty years. He resided at different times at Pewaukee and Oconomowoc. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Co. F, First Wisconsin, at Menomonee Falls,, and served three months. He returned to Menomonee Falls and with Dr. Hoyt commenced to organize another company. He was unable, however, to proceed with his project on account of ill health. He was a member of the G. A. R. post of this city and served as adjutant for several years.

He was a Mason and also held minor offices in the village and was a member of the village board. Mr. Gray taught school at different times and was one of the typical village school masters. He was a man of high character and was universally respected. Mr. Gray was married forty-seven years ago in Washington, county this state, to Miss Clara Ostrander. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the residence. W. B. Cushing Post, G. A. R., and the Women's Relief Corps attended the funeral, which was held under the auspices of the former organization. Rev. J. S. Lean officiated.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, April 21, 1904 | Page 5

Mr. Gretz died suddenly at Appleton on Saturday and was buried at Forest Hill cemetery, Pewaukee, on Monday.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, April 23, 1903 | Page 3


Mrs. Griffing, Wife of Pioneer Minister Dies at Pewaukee.

Pewaukee, April 21.—The death of Mrs. Grifflng occurred on Wednesday morning April 15. In better health than usual through the winter, a short time ago she took a severe cold, which was followed by pneumonia. After a short illness, she peacefully left us.  Her daughter, Mrs. Edward B. Smith, of Howard Lake, Minn., was with her through her illness and has the satisfaction that she was with her through the winter.

Mrs. Griffing was a woman of remarkable strength of mind and character and in a marked degree retained her mental powers until the end of her earthly life. She came to Wisconsin when the Indian trails were the only highways and has lived in our village in the same house for fifty-five years. In these days of change, this fact is worthy of note.

Julia Bacon was born in Granville, Mass., Jan. 8, 1816. She became a Christian at twenty and was baptized by Rev. Richard Griffing, to whom she was married in August 1836, 67 years ago.  They came directly to Milwaukee, when it was only a hamlet. Mr. Griffing was sent as a missionary by the Baptist Mission society, his field extending to Green Bay on the north and as far west as he could reach. He organized the first Baptist church in the state, once the first Baptist church of Milwaukee, now the North Greenfield church, of which Mrs. Griffing was the only surviving original member.

After one year there and four in Prairieville, now Waukesha, they returned east for one year, came again to Wisconsin, lived nearly three years in Washington Co., and about two years in Lisbon, before settling in Pewaukee.  

Twenty-seven years ago April 10, Elder Griffing died.  Mrs. Griffing was the mother of six children.  Only two survive her, her daughter and one son, Sherman B., of Dakota; also twelve grandchildren and one great grand child.

A history of early life in the wilds of Wisconsin would make an interesting tale.  Sometimes Mr. Grifflng was necessarily absent on his preaching tours for three months at a time. Meanwhile his wife bravely did her part, whether encountering the frequent visits of roving Indians or listening to the howling wolves by nights. To relieve her loneliness she taught her nearer neighbor's children, thus earning the distinction of being the first school teacher in Waukesha.

Her grandfather Bacon was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Her sons, Henry and Richard Griffing, soldiers in the Civil war. Her grand son, Glenn Smith, a soldier in the Philippines.  To use the words of her pastor "A history of the quiet years of her later life, with their impress on the churches and community can never be told.  By her earnest sincere life she has exerted an untold influence for the cause of Christ.  The world has need of more such women as "Grandma" Griffing, women who adorn every relation of life."

The funeral was held in the Baptist church, on Friday afternoon. Rev. Joseph Mountain, the pastor, officiated.  Sherman Griffing of Dakota arrived on Thursday in response to a telegram.



Robert A. Grimm of the Town of Summit

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The, Mar 4, 2000

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Services will be Monday morning for Robert A. Grimm, 55, of Summit, who died Wednesday at home.

Grimm received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He taught in Oconomowoc's middle and high schools for more than 30 years. He also taught adult education at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee and was a volunteer drug and alcohol abuse counselor.

He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Nashotah, Retired National Education Society, Wisconsin Teachers Association, Southern Wisconsin Education In-service Organization, Oconomowoc Education Association and Harley Owners Group.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters; his parents; two brothers.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. until a vigil at 7 at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc, and Monday from 10 a.m. until the services at 11 at the church, 120 Nashotah Road. Father James Loehr will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joan of Arc Cemetery, Highways K and P, Town of Oconomowoc.



Source: Waukesha Freeman (WI) - December 14, 2002
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Albert Joseph Griswold of Pewaukee died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center at age 97. He was born Dec. 22, 1904, in Waukesha, to Willard and Julia (nee Schmitz) Griswold. He married Caroline (nee Voreck) on Oct. 17, 1935, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam. He was a lifelong dairy farmer in the town of Pewaukee who took great pride in his yard. He loved to garden and tend to his roses. He has been a lifetime member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Duplainville, which is now Queen of Apostles Church.

He will be sadly missed by his children; dear grandfather of 16 and great-grandfather of 26; beloved brother; In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline, in 2001; his sister, Margaret O'Neil; and his brother, Willard. Visitation and a vigil service were held Friday, Dec. 13, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 14, at Queen of Apostles Church, N35-W23401 Capitol Drive, City of Pewaukee; meet at 9:45 a.m. at the church. Graveside services will follow at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery. For further information, call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035.



Source: Waukesha Freeman (WI) - March 26, 2001
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Caroline E. Griswold, formerly of Pewaukee, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at LindenGrove Health Care Center at age 92. She was born Nov. 19, 1908, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Frank and Mary (nee Lodabauer) Voreck. She married on Oct. 17, 1935. She had worked for Arthur Struss Co. and Kline's Bakery in Waukesha. She was a former member of St. Peter and Paul Christian Mother's Circle. Caroline is lovingly survived by her husband, along with their children. She is further survived by 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Wegner, Agnes Pankratz, Claire Voreck and Sister Theophilus and her son-in-law, Glenn Westphal. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 27, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave...A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, N35-W23401 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. The Rev. Michael Grellinger will officiate...Graveside services will follow at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. The Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 547-4035, is serving the family." There is a discrepancy in Caroline's date of death. Her tombstone says she died 25 Mar 2001 but her obituary and the Social Security Death Index say it was 24 Mar 2001.



Source: Waukesha Freeman - 9 Jan 2007
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WAUKESHA - George B. Griswold - Sept. 28, 1912 - Jan. 8, 2007 - George B. Griswold, 94, of Waukesha, died Monday, January 8, 2007 at the Avalon Square home. He was born in the town of Pewaukee on Sept. 28, 1912, to Willard and Julia (nee Schmitz) Griswold. He married in 1937. A farmer for many years, George also worked for Dynex (Applied Power) in Pewaukee. He retired in 1977 from the Waukesha school system. He will be sadly missed by his wife, his daughter, and his son. George is also survived by his five grandchildren, He also is survived by 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and his sister. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. George was preceded in death by his son, Charles G. Griswold, who died in 1957, and his brothers, a sister and their spouses, Albert (Caroline) Griswold, Eugene (Florence) Griswold, Alice (Robert) Hohnke, Margaret Prager-O'Neill and Willard M. (Evelyn) Griswold. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, from 4:30 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. parish vigil at the Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, with prayers beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a procession to St. John Neumann Catholic Church for the 11 a.m. funeral Mass. Burial will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Duplainville. Memorials in George's name are appreciated to the charity of the donor's choice. For further information or directions, please call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035. (Obituary compliments of Gloria (Gove) Barnes.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, November 03, 1910 | Page 7

Wm. Rhodes came down from Appleton to attend the funeral of his uncle, Miles Griswold, Monday.

Obit was in the November 10, publication, however the film was corrupt and it could not be transcribed.



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Grochowski, Lottie A., (nee Gaura) Nov. 9, 1999, age 82 years. Beloved wife. Dear mother of one son and daughter. Loving grandmother of grandchildren and the late Adam. Sister. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives . Mass at St. Rita Church, S. 60th and W. Lincoln Ave.



Source: Waukesha Daily Freeman, Thursday, January 20, 1955, Page 15.
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MUKWONAGO - Gustav J. Gudeyon, 68, Waukesha route 2, died Wednesday at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie; one daughter, Mrs. Lucille Rammelt of Fort Atkinson; and a son, Floyd, Waukesha route 2.

Three brothers, Ernest and Herman of Waukesha; and Richard of Whitewater; and one sister, Mrs. Fred Gessler of Whitewater.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church in Mukwonago.  Burial will be in Oak Knoll cemetery in Mukwonago.

Friends may call at the Guequierre funeral home after 4 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday and at the church from noon until time of services.



Source: The Freeman, Monday, April 20, 1992, Page 5A
Microfilm P91-5678, Waukesha County Freeman, April 1, 1992-April 30, 1992.
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TOWN OF MUKWONAGO-Floyd G. Gudeyon, of the town of Mukwonago, died Friday, April 17, 1992, at the age of 86.

He was a lifelong farmer in the town of Mukwonago on the family homestead.  He was also affiliated with St. John's Evangelical Luthern Church in Mukwonago.

He was the beloved brother of Lucille I. Rammelt of Watertown and also is survived by friends.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Oak Knoll Cemetery, Mukwonago, with Pastor Charles L. Tessmer officiating.

The Van Valin Funeral Home, Mukwonago, is serving the family.



Source: Waukesha Daily Freeman, Vol. XL-No. 284, Tuesday, October 3, 1961, Page 6, Columns 4 and 5.
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Herman F. Guderyon, 78, of 421 N. West av., a retired farmer, died enroute to Waukesha Memorial hospital yesterday. Guderyon was born in Saylesville and was a lifelong resident of Waukesha county.

Survivors includes three sons, Wallace S. of Oconomowoc Rt. 5, Laurence J. of Mukwonago, and Franklin D., of New Berlin; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams of Waukesha Rt. 3, and Mrs. Helen Beaudoin, of Waukesha. He is further survived by a sister, Mrs. Fred Gessler, of Whitewater, and two brothers, Ernest W. of Florida, and Richard E. of Whitewater.

Services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Tuschen-Rudolph Funeral home to St. Mary's Catholic church at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in the St. Joseph cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. tomorrow. A parish vigil will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, No. 247, Thursday, January 17, 1980, Page 8, Columns 3 and 4.
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MUKWONAGO TOWN-Lillie E. Gudeyon, 85, died Wednesday at her home at W289-S6460 Holiday Rd., of complications of diabetes. She was born on and had lived all her life at the Holiday Road farm. Mrs. Gudeyon was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mukwonago. She is survived by daughter Mrs. Gale (Lucille) Rammelt of rural Watertown and by son Floyd G. at home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John church with burial in [Oak] Knoll Cemetery, Mukwonago. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at the Van Valin Funeral Home, Mukwonago, and at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. until services.