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Newspaper Obituaries
Transcribed and contributed by volunteer Cathe Ziereis
(unless otherwise credited)
Tuesday Feb. 23. 1915 


Mrs. Christine Amundson died at the home of her son, M. C. Amundson in the town of Navarino, Shawano County, Wednesday at the age of 65 years, cancer being the immediate cause of her death. She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at the Navarino church at 1:00 P.M. Sunday. - Clintonville Tribune

Tuesday, March 25, 1915 


After suffering for many months from carcinoma (cancer) of the stomach, Leonard Brunner passed away at his home in the village a few minutes after midnight Tuesday night.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Forest Home cemetery. Mr. Brunner was born in the town of Mequon, near Milwaukee, on June 19, 1854. 

At the age of 24 he was married to Miss Mary Hoppe and the couple soon after moved to the town of Seneca in this county, where they lived for a number of years. Then they moved to Leopolis. At this place they conducted a hostelry for 17 years, when they moved to this village. That was about ten years ago. His vocation here has been that of a carpenter. 

Besides the sorrowing widow, six children are left to mourn his loss, namely, Fred, of Puyallup, Wash., Alex, of Whitcomb, Mrs. Anna Laude, of town of Pella, Mrs. Otto Wendler, of the town of Morris, Leo, a student in a theological seminary at St. Paul and Ernest, who is at home. He leaves four brothers: George, of this village, William and Michael, of Milwaukee, and Gottlieb, of Crichton, Alabama; and also one sister; Mrs. Fred Kolpack, of the town of Almon. 
---Wittenberg Enterprise.

Thursday, March 25. 1915 


Died, at his home in Bonduel, on Tuesday morning at 2:00, after an illness of 5 weeks, Carl Christen, age 72 years and 10 months old. 

The deceased was born in Germany May 23rd 1843, where he resided for 30 years. He served in the German army and took active part in the German-Austrian War and German-French War. He was married in 1863 to Miss Caroline Sindbush. In 1873 he immigrated to America locating in Chicago where he resided for 2 years, then moving to Kenosha living there 5 years, he then moved to the town of Maple Grove, Shawano county, where he resided until 5 yrs ago, moving to Bonduel. 

He was the father of seven children, two boys and five girls, all of whom are living except the oldest, Otto, who died 14 years ago. 

Besides his devoted wife he leaves six children to mourn his loss, namely: Mrs. Mike Smith of Mattoon, Mrs. Wm. Schneider of Laney, Mrs. August Rawe of the town of Waukechon, Mrs. Herman Luecke of Bonduel, and Mrs. John Rusch of Seymour and William Christen of Pulaski. He also leaves 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grand- children and one brother who resides in Germany. 

The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 1:00 from the home and at 2:00 from St. Paul's Lutheran church. Rev. Martin Mueller will officiate. "We bent today o'er a coffined form, and our tears fell softly down. 

We looked our last on the aged face, 
with its look of peace, its patient grace, 
and hair like a silver crown. 

We touched our own to the clay-cold hands, 
from life's long labor at rest; 
And among the blossoms, white and sweet,
we note a bunch of golden wheat, 
Clasped close to the silent breast. 

The blossoms whispered of fadeless bloom, 
of a land where fall no tears; 
The ripe wheat told of toil and care, 
The patient waiting, the trusting prayer, 
The garnered good of the years. 

We knew not what work his hands had found, 
what rugged places his feet; 
What cross was his, what blackness of night, 
We saw but the peace, the blossoms white, 

And the bunch of ripened wheat. 
As each goes up from the fields of earth, 
Bearing the treasures of life, 
God looks for some gathered grain of good, 
From the ripe harvest that shining stood, 
But waiting the reaper's knife. 

Then labor well, that in death you go, 
Not only with blossoms sweet, 
Not bent with doubt, 
and burdened with fears,
and dead, dry husks of the wasted years,
But laden with golden wheat. 

 VOLKSBOTE WOCHENBLATT (German Newspaper, Shawano)

Wittenberg Enterprise 
Thursday, March 25, 1915. 


Herr Leonard Brunner died after a lingering illness with stomach cancer, and was buried on Friday in this town. 

Herr Brunner was born in Mequon near Milwaukee on 19 June 1854. At the age of 24 years he was married to Miss Maria Hoppe, and they lived in the town of Seneca in this county. Later they moved to Leopolis where Mr. Brunner was a hotel keeper. Later in life he moved to Wittenberg where he worked as a carpenter. He is survived by his wife and 6 children. They are: Fritz in the state of Washington, Alex in Whitcomb, Mrs. Anna Laude in Pella, Mrs. Otto Wendler in Morris; Leo, a student at the Theology Seminary in St. Paul; and Ernst at home.

He also leaves 4 brothers, George from here, Wilhelm and Michael in Milwaukee and Gottlieb in Alabama and 1 sister Mrs. Fritz Kolpack of town Almon. 

Tuesday, March 30, 1915


Word of the passing of Mrs. John Bohr of Appleton came as a distinct shock 
to her family and many friends. Mrs. Bohr, who formerly lived in this city, had been ill but a week and quietly passed away early Monday morning at her home. 

The deceased was born October 11, 1882, in the town of Waukechon, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Herback. She spent her early girlhood in that village and in Shawano. She was married to John Bohr and for many years her husband was in business here. From Shawano they moved to Casco and then on to Appleton. 
Mrs. Bohr is survived by her husband and two sons, Peter and George, of Chicago. She also leaves four sisters, Mrs. George Simpson, California; Mrs. A.L. Little, Florida; Mrs. Joseph Herback, Wakeville, Mich; and Mrs. Lutsey Brei, Shawano. 

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon, Thursday, at 9:00 at the Catholic church in Mackville. From there the body will be taken to the Catholic Church at Waukechon and burial will be made in the churchyard cemetery.

Tuesday, March 30, 1915

The remains of Leonard J. Brunner, whose death was chronicled in this column last week, were laid to rest Saturday in Forest Home cemetery .The Rev. Geo. Bock, pastor of St. John's Congregation, of which the deceased was a member, officiated. The funeral was very largely attended. 

Those from out of town attending the funeral were 7 fellow members; of the Clintonville G. U. G. G., a German Fraternal organization of which Mr. Brunner had long belonged; Albert Neklow of Clintonville; Mrs. Richard McDonald of Barton, William Brunner and Michael Brunner of Milwaukee; John Laude and son Alvin of Pella; P. J. Heinl and August Fritz of Leopolis; John Renk of Bowler; and Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kolpack and son Otto, of Regina.

Thurs 8 July 1915, 
Richmond News
  ZIEBUR, Gustav in Bessemar was seriously ill, according to word received last week by his brother Michael Ziebur.  Mr. Ziebur, Carl Kroenke and his wife left last Saturday to visit him but it was too late.  He passed away the same day and was buried on Tuesday.

Thurs 22 July 1915
  KOEPSELL, Ferdinand passed away on 5 July and was buried on 8 July in Mayville.  He leaves his aged wife and fourteen children who all were at the funeral.  Bernhard Koepsell was one of the children who attended the funeral, along with his family.

Thurs 29 July 1915, 
Clintonville News
  CLAUS, Rosalia (Mrs.) died a week ago Sunday at the age of 82 years and was buried last Tuesday by Pastor Moench.  She leaves to mourn her death a son and six daughters.

Thurs 5 Aug 1915, 
Mattoon News
  SPANNBAUER, Peter was buried in Aniwa on Tuesday.  Sam Prahl and son John attended the funeral of their nephew and cousin.

Thurs 19 Aug 1915, 
Pella News
  HOPPE,  Karl  (Mrs.) was taken to the state hospital in Oshkosh last week.  Since the death of her child she suffered deep depression which had affected her mind and medical help was sought.  The poor wife is only twenty five years old.  The doctor is hoping that perhaps she will be healed in a short time while in the hospital.

V.W. Thurs 23 Sep 1915, Caroline News
  BEHLING, Franz (daughter of) passed away on Sunday evening, 19 September at the age of five weeks and was buried on Wednesday afternoon at the Ev. Luth. Cemetery.

  V.W. Thurs 23 Sep 1915, City and Country News
  MARTIN, Cora (Mrs.) (father of) has passed away, according to the news Mrs. Martin received from California yesterday.  She left this morning to attend the funeral of her aged father.

Shawano County Journal
Thursday Oct. 14, 1915 


Thursday  morning, Sept. 3O, at 4 o'clock. Lewis Amundson passed to the Better Land. Mr. Amundson was born in Eidsvold, Norway, the 14th of October 1843. . In 1869 he was married to Miss Christina Christianson. Two months later Mr. and Mrs. Amundson left for America. They went to Navarino mere they have since lived. Mrs. Amundson died this spring and now her husband has followed her. 

Mr. .Amundson leaves to mourn his death one brother Mr. Andrew Vang of Farmville, Virginia and one sister, Mrs. Elert Stenbery of Navarino. Six children, Mrs. E. Olson, Mrs. Ole Christianson, Mrs. Oscar Rasmussen. Rev. Albert Amundson Mr. Martin Amundson and Miss Seina Amundson. A large number of grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends. 

The funeral was held Monday. October 4th a 1 o'clock at the home. After a short sermon the remains were taken to the Congregational church, where a large crow gathered. Rev. Bakken and Rev. Nelson each gave a short sermon. The pall- bearers were Mr. Tom Christianson, Mr. John Bentson, Mr. Christ Bentson, Mr. John Lindston, Mr. Peter Johnson and Mr. Lewie Rasmussen. 

Thurs 28 Oct 1915
  SEERING, Adolph , son of August Seering of Town Hartland, passed away last week Friday from pneumonia.  He had been suffering some time with stomach typhoid and at times was near death.  However the efforts of the doctor and with God’s help his days were prolonged.  Life’s end came quickly when pneumonia had set in.  He was buried on Monday with Pastor Raabe officiating.

  V.W. Thurs 4 Nov 1915, (Additional info in German entry)
  REICHEL, William was born in Lessenthin, Regenwalde, Pommern, Germany.  His daughter’s name was Mrs. Catharine Sweeny from Colorado

Thurs 18 Nov 1915, 
(added info from German entry)
  STONE, Susan E. (Mrs.) died in the house of her daughter, Mrs. F. W. Boettcher, here on Tuesday morning at the age of 76 years.  The deceased was born in 1839 in the state of New York. 

Thurs 18 Nov 1915, 
Richmond News (added info from German entry)
  KROENKE, John accidently  fell from his wagon, hitting his head against a fence post and crushing his skull.  Pastor Studt officiated at his funeral.  Mr. Kroenke was a hard working farmer, an honest man and a good father.  He was 54 years old and leaves to mourn his death: his wife, seven children, two brothers and a sister.

Thurs 4 Nov 1915, 
Angelica News
  BOHM, Carl died suddenly and unexpectedly on 28 October.  That forenoon he was shopping in Zachow.  After returning home he had a stroke about eleven o’clock and was dead about three o’clock.  He was given a Christian burial on Monday with Pastor A. Habermann officiating.  The little St Paul’s Church was not able to seat all of the mourners.  The survivors are 5 sons:  Herman, Robert, Gustav, Franz, and Otto; one brother, August Bohm, 17 grandchildren and many relatives.  Two daughters and his wife had preceded him in death.  The deceased was born on 21 December 1845 in Pommern where he had married his wife, Mathilda Fenske in 1869 and who had died 14 years ago.  In 1876 they came to America, directly to this area.  Mr. Bohm was superintendent of St Paul’s Congregation many years until his end.  His death is a great loss to this congregation.  His memory will remain a blessing to us.

Thurs 25 Nov 1915
  MUELLER, Friedrich passed away last Tuesday morning after an illness of only three days.  He was 71 years of age.  The deceased was born on 28 January 1843 in Germany and came to America in 1867, settling in Milwaukee.  He married Friedericke Kuhn in 1870.  They enjoyed a long happy life together and were blessed with ten children, of which eight are still living.  His wife preceded in death two years ago in June.  The deceased settled on a farm in Belle Plaine in 1900 and from there they moved to the city of Shawano in 1907.  Pneumonia was the cause of the sudden death of this brave German gentleman.
  The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the house and at 2 o’clock in St Jakobi Lutheran church where he has been a faithful and energetic member during the time he has lived in this area.   The large attendance at the funeral testified of the popularity he had enjoyed in his circle of friendship 
  Surviving are five sons and three daughters, Albert a teacher in Oshkosh, Wilhelm, Fred, Robert and Gustav in Milwaukee, also the daughters, Mrs. Heinrich Retzlaff and Mrs. Albert Hilton from Milwaukee and Hermine Mueller in Shawano.

Thurs 2 Dec 1915
  BUETTNER, Bertha (ERDMANN) passed away after a short illness on Saturday morning at 7 o’clock in her home near the Wolf River Paper and Fiber Company.  The deceased was born on 10 May 1853 in Pommern, Germany and married in the year of 1875 to her now surviving husband, August Buettner.  They came to America in 1881 and settled in Town Richmond and remained there until a short time ago.
  The farm was sold and they recently moved to this city in their old age to retire from their hard labors.   Still there was no rest with various decisions to make.  About six weeks ago Mrs. Buettner had hurt her hand.  When the wound began to drain with infection she was taken to the hospital.  Blood poisoning had set in.  This condition plus a serious kidney disease which was discovered in the last hours was the cause of her death. 
  Besides her grief stricken husband, she leaves four daughters and six sons.  They are Mrs. Alma Treichel and Mrs. Anna Fuhs from Oshkosh, Mrs. Herman Bartz from Crandon, and Miss Ella Buettner from Oshkosh who is now at home, also the sons Wilhelm, Herman, August, Julius, Paul, Otto and Louis.
  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock at the house and at two o’clock at St Jakobi Lutheran Church with burial at the cemetery in Town Richmond.  Pastors Selle and Studt officiated.
  A good German wife has departed from our midst along with her life’s work and  her many acts of service
extended to her friends and neighbors.  A faithful mother’s heart has stopped..  She is at peace from her pain, silent from her complaints.  Her tired Spirit is now in the Father’s house; her hard working hands  rest in a quiet chamber.

Thurs 9 Dec 1915
  BETTINGER, Alma and Anna (mother of) has passed away in Muscoda, according to the news received on Friday.  They took the next train to attend the funeral.

Thurs 9 Dec 1915
  NEUMANN, August, an old settler, passed away last week at the age of 75 years and was buried in Emanuel Cemetery in Town Gillett with Pastor Markwarth officiating.

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