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Johannes "John" Kieler (1800-1882)
Barbara (Kieler) Uthe (1836-1917)
Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher (1865-1897)
Anna (Schumacher) Gerken (1895-1967)
Joan (Gerken) Larson (1926-1994)
Thomas Larson (1962-)

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Gertrude Kieler (1830-ca.1862) was my great-great-grandmother Barbara (Kieler) Uthe's sister. Gertrude Kieler married John Richter (1830-1916) in Germany, and they came to America circa 1852, settling in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. Gertrude died there, leaving five children, and John Richter then married Elizabeth Neid (1838-1912), and the family moved to Potosi, Wisconsin, where they farmed.   T.L.

John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter
John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter

Gertrud Kieler was born February 2, 1830, daughter of Johannes and Catharina (Hupe) Kieler [John and Katharina (Hupe) Kieler], in Germany, at Struth (Unstrut-Hainich, Thüringen).* Gertrud was baptized at St. Jakobus der Ältere [St. James the Greater] Church in Struth, and her godparent was Maria Gertrud Kõnig n. Kieler. Gertrud Kieler married John Richter, who was born on March 5, 1830, in Germany, where they married, and they came to this country in 1850, some years previous to the arrival of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Richter settled in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, near the village that would be named Kieler.
* = During the nineteenth century, the village of Struth was within the Kingdom of Saxony, in an area which itself that would become part of Prussia. The village fell within the boundaries of East Germany in the post-World War II era.

The 1860 U.S. census has the Richter family* in Jamestown Township consisting of John, age 30, farmer; his wife Gertrude, age 30; and their children, Joseph, age 6; John, age 4, and Anna, age 2. Their real estate was given a value of $400, and their personal estate, $325. They were counted in the same household as Gertrude's parents, John and Catharine Kieler, and their children, Lawrence, Frank, George, and Louisa Kieler.
* = Their surname was given as Richards in this census, and some of the first names were written over as corrections, making them difficult to read as they appear on microfilm.

Gertrude (Kieler) Richter is said to have died there, leaving five children, Joseph, John, Annie, Mary, and Dorathea. Her death, it appears, occurred sometime between 1862 and 1864.

John Richter subsequently married Mary Elizabeth Neid*, daughter of Foy Neid, on July 24, 1864, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Elizabeth Neid was born in Germany on March 5, 1838, and immigrated to this country in 1863. John and Elizabeth Richter farmed in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin.
* = Known by her second given name of Elizabeth; surname also seen as Neil and Neit.

The 1870 U.S. census has the Richter household in Potosi Township consisting of John Richter, age 40, farmer; his wife Elizabeth, age 30, keeping house; John's children from his first marriage with Gertrude Kieler, Joseph, age 16, works on farm; John, age 14, works on farm; Anna 11, at home; and Dorothea, age 10; and Mary, age 10; and John and Elizabeth's children, Albert, age 4; and Caroline, age 1. The value of the Richter real estate was listed as $1500.

The 1880 U.S. census has the Richter household in Potosi Township consisting of John, age 50, farmer; his wife Elizabeth, age 42, keeping house; Mary, age 18 (daughter of John's from his first marriage with Gertrude Kieler); and Albert Richter, age 14; Margaret Richter, age 8; and Rosa Richter, age 5 (these latter three were children of John and Elizabeth).

In 1900, the Richter household in Potosi Township consisted of John, age 70, farmer; his wife Elizabeth, age 60, listed as having had four children, three of whom were living; their daughter Margaret, age 28; and Harry Blindert, a grandson of the head of household (John Richter), age 4. In 1905 and 1910, the Richter household in Potosi Township consisted of John and Elizabeth and grandson Harry Blindert (Harry was also listed in the household of his mother and stepfather---Margaret and Chris Schmitz--in 1910.)

Elizabeth Richter, age 74 years, died on June 5, 1912. She was buried in St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery at Tennyson, Wisconsin.

John Richter, age 86 years, died on Thursday, July 13, 1916, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chris (Margaret) Schmitz, near Beetown, Wisconsin. The remains were taken to St. Andrew's Church at Tennyson, Wisconsin, Saturday morning for burial. Mr. Richter leaves a large number of daughters and sons to mourn his death.


Children of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter

  1. Joseph Richter was born February 3, 1854, in Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter. Joseph Richter married Louisa Margaretha Leeser on November 14, 1876, in Grant County, Wisconsin. She was born on March 3, 1857, at British Hollow, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Anna Maria (Burggraf) Leeser, who were from Prussia. John and Louisa Richter had the following children: Joseph Richter, Henry Richter, Alois Richter, and Hattie Richter.
          The Richters farmed at British Hollow, in Grant County, Wisconsin. British Hollow was a small village located near Potosi. The 1880 U.S. census has the Richter household in British Hollow consisting of Joseph, age 28 (?), farmer; his wife Louisa, age 24, keeping house; Joseph, age 2; and Henry, age 5 months.

    Louisa Richter, age 27 years, died on February 3, 1885, in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin.

    Joseph Richter subsequently married Agnes Gerhardt, on October 8, 1890, in Grant County, Wisconsin. She was born in 1861, daughter of John and Mary Ann (Beyer) Gerhardt in Grant County, Wisconsin, where the Gerhardts resided in Potosi Township. (Agnes's maiden name of Gerhardt also appears in some sources as Gerhard and Gerhards.) Born to Joseph and Agnes Richter at British Hollow were twins Frank Richter and George Richter.
          Joseph and Agnes Richter moved their family to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1893, and they had three more children born in Iowa, Angeline Richter, Martha Richter, and Lucretia Richter; the last evidently died an infant or young child as she was not listed in the 1910 census. The Richter family lived on Windsor Avenue in Dubuque, and they were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mr. Richter was employed at the Standard Lumber Company in the Milwaukee railroad shops. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World No. 78. Mrs. Richter was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
          The 1910 U.S. Census has the Richter household in Dubuque consisting of Joseph, age 56, born in Wisconsin to parents from Germany, working as a laborer, steam roller; his wife Agnes, age 48, who was born in Wisconsin to parents from Germany; son Alois M., age 27, born in Wisconsin, occupation of saloon bartender; sons George A., age 18, and Frank J., age 18, both born in Wisconsin and both apprentices as RR machinists; daughter Angeline J., age 15, born in Iowa; and Martha M., age 12, born in Iowa. The census includes information that Joseph and Agnes were married 20 years and that of eight children, seven were living.

    Mrs. Joseph Richter Succumbs to Long Illness at Her Home on Windsor Ave.
    Mrs. Agnes Richter, 51, beloved wife of Mr. Joseph Richter, died at the family residence in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday morning, August 7, 1912, at seven o'clock, her death resulting from dropsy, from which she had been a sufferer for the past eight months.
          The funeral was held Saturday morning, August 10, at 9 o'clock from the family residence at 691 Windsor Avenue to the Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Father Boeding celebrated a requiem mass and delivered the sermon. Father Holthaus assisted at the interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery in that city. The pallbearers were Messrs. Graessle, Miller, Kenefick, Hanlon, Krause, and Brinkman.
          Mrs. Richter's death is the cause of heartfelt sorrow among her family and many friends throughout the city. She was a true Christian mother and an ideal wife.
          Mrs. Richter was survived by her husband Joseph Richter; children Frank, Angeline, Martha, Joseph, Ollie, and George, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. J. Hafele, of Cox, South Dakota; also by her mother Mrs. Gerhardt, of Potosi, Wis.; two brothers, Joseph and John, both of Potosi; Wis.; and two sisters, Mrs. John Carroll, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. William Powell, of Potosi, Wis.

    Joseph Richter married Dorothy (Wiederholt) Droeszler on November 24, 1914. Dorothy was the widow of Carl Droeszler, who died in 1909. Dorothy Wiederholt was born on March 8, 1861, at Galena, Illinois, daughter Joseph and Maria Anna (Kessler) Wiederholt, pioneers in that section of Illinois. Dorothy Wiederholt married Carl Droeszler in 1881 at Kieler, Wisconsin. To this union, three children were born, George, Frank, and Adelaine.

    Mrs. Joseph (Dorothy) Richter, 76, of Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at the family home Monday morning, November 1, 1937, at 10:30 o'clock. Death followed a lingering illness. The body was at the Lippert-Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque for viewing. The funeral was from the mortuary chapel to the Catholic church at Kieler, Wisconsin, Wednesday morning, November 3, at 9 o'clock. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic church and belonged to the Holy Ghost parish in Dubuque.
          She was survived by her husband, Joseph; two sons, George Droeszler, of Dubuque, Ia., and Frank Droeszler, of Kieler, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Roth, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Harry Sutton and Mrs. Ida Tranel, both of East Dubuque, Ill.; and seven brothers, Joseph Wiederholt, of Lisbon, N. Dak., Frank Wiederholt, of Conception, Mo., Val Wiederholt, of Kieler, Wis., Charles Wiederholt, of Minnesota, Nicholas Wiederholt, of East Dubuque, Ill., Alphonse Wiederholt, of Chicago, Ill., and Albert Wiederholt, of East Dubuque, Ill. She was preceded in death by one

    Joseph Richter, Sr., dies.
    Joseph Richter, Sr., 91, of Queen Street in Dubuque, Iowa, who had been ill for a year, died at 11:15, Monday morning, January 21, 1946, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. The remains were at the Hoffman Mortuary in Dubuque, where visitation was after 7 o'clock, Tuesday night, January 22.
          The funeral was held to Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque at 9 o'clock, Thursday morning, January 24, where the Very Rev. J. Fred Kriebs officiated and delivered a sermon. Burial was in Mount Calvary in Dubuque, where the Rev. Wilfred Kress was in charge of services. Pallbearers were Leo Diener, Lyle Parker, Krieg Kile, Joseph Richter, William Beution, and Ray Reilly. Mr. and Mrs. Einar Hageman, of Chicago, and Greg Hageman, of Chicago, were present for the last rites.
          Mr. Richter was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Max (Angeline) Parker, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Einar (Martha) Hageman, of Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Joseph J., of Dubuque, Ia., George, of Chicago, Ill., and Frank, of Bremerton, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Duve and Mrs. Mary Kelly, both of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Dora Jacobs of Council Bluffs, Ia., and Mrs. Margaret Schmitz, of Beetown, Wis.

    Children of Joseph and Louisa (Leeser) Richter:

    • Joseph John Richter was born on February 28*, 1878, at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Louisa (Leeser) Richter. Joseph Richter moved to Dubuque, Iowa, at the age of 14 with his family. Joseph Richter married Lucretia "Lucy" Frey on September 11, 1901, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Lucy Frey was born circa 1880, at Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Wilhelmina (Griser) Frey, and she resided in Dubuque all her life.
      * = February 28 is the date of birth given in Mr. Richter's obituary; an online birth record has his date of birth as March 8.
            Joseph and Lucy Richter lived on Lincoln Avenue in Dubuque, and they were members of Holy Trinity Parish. Joseph also belonged to the church's Holy Name Society, and he was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Marquette Court No. 811. Lucy was a member of the Holy Trinity Altar and Rosary Society, the Third Order of St. Francis, and St. Clara's Court of the the Catholic Order of Foresters. Joseph Richter was employed as a custodian for the Dubuque public school system at Jefferson Junior High, Fulton School, and Marshall School. He retired circa 1947.

      Joseph J. Richter, 78, of Lincoln Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, 1956, at the family residence after an illness of many years. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
            Mr. Richter was survived by his wife, Lucy; four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Miriam) Frankenreiter, of Denver, Colo.; Mrs. J.J. (Julia) Maloney, of Alamosa, Colo.; and Mrs. William (Genevieve) Beutin and Mrs. Ray (Monica) Reilly, both of Dubuque, Ia.; a son, Joseph H. Richter, of Dubuque, Ia.; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Angelina Parker, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. E. (Martha) Hageman, of Forest Park, Ill.; and two brothers, George Richter, of Chicago, Ill., and Frank Richter, of Bremerton, Wash.

      Mrs. Lucy Richter, 80, widow of Joseph Richter, of Lincoln Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 11:22 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 1960, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, after a lingering illness. Visitation was at the Hoffman Mortuary, where the parish Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Friday, March 11. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Terrence Thomas, OSF, officiating. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
            Mrs. Richter was survived by four daughters, Mrs. C.J. (Miriam) Frankenreiter, of Denver, Colo.; Mrs. John J. (Julia) Maloney, of Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. William (Jean) Beutin and Mrs. Ray (Monie) Reilly, both of Dubuque, Ia.; one son, Joseph H. Richter, of Dubuque, Ia.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sister Mary Alma, OSF, of Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Ia., and Miss Augusta Frey, of Dubuque, Ia.

      Children of Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter:

      • Miriam Richter was born to Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter. Miriam Richter married Charles J. Frankenreiter. Charles Frankenreiter was born March 24, 1903. Charles and Miriam Frankenreiter lived at Denver, Colorado.

        Mrs. Charles (Miriam) Frankenreiter, 63, of Denver, Colorado, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday night, December 21, 1965, in Denver, after a long illness. Funeral services and burial were in Denver.
              Mrs. Frankenreiter was survived by her husband, Charles; a daughter, Mrs. Don (Carol) Lawless, and a son, Gerald Frankenreiter, both of Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. John Maloney, of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. William Beutin and Mrs. Raphael Reilly, both of Dubuque, Ia.; and one brother, Joseph Richter, of Dubuque, Ia.

        On May 30, 1967, Charles Frankenrieter married Marian H. Reilly at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Marian Reilly was born July 22, 1904, in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Laurence D. and Anna (McDonald) Reilly. Marian graduated from Visitation Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. Marian worked at Montgomery Wards department store as a department manager for 39 years prior to her retirement.

        Charles J. Frankenreiter, 84, of Denver, Colorado, died Sunday, January 3, 1988, at a Denver hospital. Services and burial were on Wednesday, January 6, in Denver.
              Among survivors is his wife, the former Marian Reilly, formerly of Dubuque, Ia.

        Marian Frankenreiter subsequently returned to Dubuque, Iowa, where she was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral and its Legion of Mary Society and of the Wa Tan Ye Service Club.

        Mrs. Marian H. Frankenreiter, 91, of Stone Hill Care Center and formerly of Fox Drive in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 11:15 p.m., Sunday, January 14, 1996, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, at Ed Siegert-Al Didesch Colonial Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a parish wake service at 5 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 18, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
              Mrs. Frankenrieter was survived by a stepdaughter, Carol Sue (and Donald) Lawless, of Denver, Colo.; a step-daughter-in-law, Mary F. Frankenreiter, of Denver, Colo.; six stepgrandchildren and seven great-stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ray (and Gert) Wittstock, Mrs. Lou Donner, and Mrs. Ann Mosle, with whom Marian made her home, all of Dubuque, Ia.; and a brother, Cyril A. (and Renée) Reilly, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.

      • Julia B. Richter was born on February 14, 1905, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter. Julia Richter married John J. Maloney, Jr. on July 25, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa. John and Julia Maloney lived at Denver, Colorado, and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1972. Julia was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Knights Angels, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.

        Julia B. (Richter) Maloney, 89, of Fort Collins, Colorado, and formerly of Denver, Colorado, and Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 1994, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. Visitation was after 1 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at Warren Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, where there was a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 25, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Collins, with the Rev. Philip Meredith officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins.
              Mrs. Maloney was survived by her husband, John; a son, John J. Maloney, of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters, Pamela Maloney and Julia Finn, both of Denver, Colo.; and one great-grandson, James Finn, of Denver, Colo.

      • Genevieve T. Richter was born on October 28, 1908, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter. Genevieve Richter, who was called "Jean," attended the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque and graduated from Bayless Business College in Dubuque. Genevieve "Jean" Richter married William F. Beutin on April 13, 1929, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. William Beutin was born on November 5, 1907.
              William and Jean Beutin lived at Dubuque, Iowa. Jean was a member of Sacred Heart Church's Altar and Rosary Society. William worked at H&W Motor Express Company and Illinois Central Railroad, both in Dubuque, as an over the road truck driver for many years, retiring in 1965. He also worked for the Dubuque Community School District as a bus driver for two years after retiring. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 421 and Dubuque Business Men's Association.

        Mrs. William (Genevieive "Jean") Beutin, 84, of Balke Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday morning, April 10, 1993, at home. Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 12, at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, April 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
              Mrs. Beutin was survived by her husband, William; three daughters, Mrs. Jan O'Brien and Mrs. Mary Post, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Sue Huerter, of Peosta, Ia.; a son, William J. Beutin, of Dubuque, Ia.; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Maloney, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mrs. Monica Reilly, of Dubuque, Ia.

        William F. Beutin, 87, of Balke Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 1, 1995, at Heritage Manor. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque. Services and burial were at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, at Mueller Memorial Chapel at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
              Mr. Beutin was survived by three daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Jan) O'Brien and Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Post, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Bill (Sue) Huerter, of Peosta, Ia.; a son, William J. (Marge) Beutin, of Dubuque, Ia.; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister Mrs. Elda Lawton, of Milwaukee, Wis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve; a sister; and two brothers.

        • Janice M. Beutin was born on December 10, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Genevieve (Richter) Beutin. Janice Beutin married Thomas L. O'Brien on November 8, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Thomas O'Brien was born on May 13, 1928, in Centralia, Iowa, son of William and Catherine (McKeon) O'Brien.Thomas and Janice O'Brien lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of Resurrection Catholic Church.
                Janice was employed at Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator and later worked at Rosheks and Armstrongs Department Stores in Dubuque as a switchboard operator. She was a member of Resurrection Parish for more than 50 years.
                Thomas worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 29 years, retiring in 1987. He was a Navy veteran, having served from 1946 to 1948.

          Thomas L. O'Brien, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday morning, July 19, 2006, at home. Funeral services were at noon Friday, July 21, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque, where family and friends called after 10 a.m., Friday, July 21. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

          Janice M. O'Brien, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday afternoon, December 31, 2010, at home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Family and friends called from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, at the church. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque was in charge of arrangements.
                She was survived by her children, Kathleen (Bob) Orr, of Peosta, Ia., Julie (Dennis) Ellerbach, of Austin, Minn., Mary (Mark) Kleiner and Colleen (Mike) Williams, both of Dubuque, Ia., Tom (Kim) O'Brien, of Oregon, Ill., and Kevin (Jayne) O'Brien, of Asbury, Ia.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rick) Walters, Shawn (Tammy) Orr, Joel (Emily) Orr, Chad (Amy) Orr, Jill (John) Dowling, Jeff (Claire Jecklin) Ellerbach, Brian (Erin) Ellerbach, Kristi (Andrew) Kidd, Patrick O'Brien, Todd O'Brien, Brett O'Brien, Kaitlyn O'Brien, Scott O'Brien, Kelly Williams and Courtney Williams; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Post and Sue (Bill) Huerter; and a brother-in-law, the Rev. William O'Brien. She was preceded in death by her husband; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Kleiner and Amber O'Brien; two great-grandchildren, Reese Walters and Jackson Thomas Ellerbach; her parents; and a brother, William Beutin.

        • William J. Beutin was born on May 12, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William F. and Genevieve (Richter) Beutin. William Beutin married Margaret F. Welch on April 27, 1957, in Kansas City, Missouri. Margaret Welch was born on May 19, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter of Frank and Margaret M. (Gallagher) Welch. Bill and Margaret Beutin lived in Dubuque, Iowa where they were members of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.
                Bill served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a semi-truck driver for the Illinois Central Railroad and for H. & W. Motor Express. He was a member of General Drivers Teamsters Union Local 421. Bill loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
                Margaret was employed as the activity director of the Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent BVM. She was an Associate BVM. Margaret was past president of the Parents Association at Area Residential Care, started the first day care center for the mentally handicapped in Dubuque and was on the Care Review Committee at Sunnycrest Manor. Margaret was very proud of her Irish heritage, always had a smile on her face, and was ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. She always enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends, and her home became the neighborhood gathering place.

          William J. "Bill" Beutin, 68, of Scenic View Drive in Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, December 28, 2001, at home, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a parish wake service at 4 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 2, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary in Dubuque.
                Mr. Beutin was survived by his wife, Marge; a son, Bill (and Barb) Beutin; three daughters, Debbie (and Terry) Jurisic, and grandchildren, Nicole, Josh, and Stephanie, of Eldridge, Ia., Peggy (and Mike) Kennedy, and grandchildren, Melissa, Jennifer, and Matthew, all of Dubuque, Ia., Teri (and Dan) Metz, and grandchildren, Jessica and Jeremy, of Eldridge, Ia., and Patti (and Steve) Kiefer, and grandchildren, Austin, Brandon, and Cody, all of Dubuque, Ia.; three sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Jan) O'Brien and Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Post, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Bill (Sue) Huerter, of Peosta, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Beutin; and a grandson, Christopher Jurisic.

          Margaret F. Beutin, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her family. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a wake service at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
                Mrs. Beutin was survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Barb Beutin, of Dubuque, Ia., and their children, Nathan, Abigail and Connor; four daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Terry Jurisic, of Eldridge, Ia., and their children, Nicole, Josh and Stephanie; Peggy and Mike Kennedy, of Dubuque, Ia., and their children, Melissa, Jennifer and Matthew; Teri and Dan Metz, of Eldridge, Ia., and their children, Jessica and Jeremy; and Patti and Steve Kiefer, of Dubuque, Ia., and their children, Austin, Brandon and Cody; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Eugenia Welch, Joe and Colleen Welch, John and Gazelle Welch, and Jim and Nancy Welch; and four sisters and brothers-in-law, Patti and Edmund Packiewicz, Genny and Chuck Packiewicz, Eileen Baumgardner and Mary Welch. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael Beutin; a brother, Tim Welch; and a grandson, Christopher.

      • Joseph H. Richter was born April 7, 1910, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter. Joseph Richter married Mellitta F. Fox. Mellitta Fox was born May 12, 1909, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Mary (Riley) Fox. Joseph and Mellitta Richter lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of St. Raphael's Cathedral. Joseph was employed at Dohrn Transfer Company for many years before his retirement. He was a member of Teamsters Local 421 and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Mellitta retired from Northwestern Bell after 42 years of service. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

        Joseph H. Richter, 72, of St. Mary's Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, April 10, 1982, at home. Visitation was until 9 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the Hoffman-Tierney Mortuary in Dubuque, where the Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery at Key West, Iowa.
              Mr. Richter was survived by his wife, Mellitta; a daughter, Mrs. John (Mary Jo) Johnson, of Dubuque, Ia.; three grandsons; and three sisters, Mrs. John (Julie) Maloney, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mrs. William (Genevieve) Beutin and Mrs. Ray (Monica) Reilly, both of Dubuque, Ia.

        Mellitta F. Richter, 90, of West Third Street and formerly of St. Mary Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday afternoon, December 10, 1999, at Manor Care Health Services. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 12, at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a wake service at 5 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, December 13, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.
              Mrs. Richter was survived by a daughter, Mary Jo (John) Johnson, of Dubuque, Ia.; three grandsons, John (Nita) Johnson, of Peosta, Ia., David (Debra) Johnson, of Dubuque, Ia., and James (Cathy) Johnson, of Round Lake Beach, Ill.; and eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mark, Jeff, Natalie, Ben, Max, Andrew, and Jillian Johnson.

      • Monica A. Richter was born on May 23, 1913, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Frey) Richter. Monica grew up in Dubuque, and she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1936. Monica Richter married Raphael V. Reilly on November 23, 1936, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Raphael Reilly, who was called "Ray," was born on May 28, 1911, in Peosta, Iowa. Ray and Monica Reilly lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of Sacred Heart Church. Monica was also a member of the church's Rosary Society, and Ray was a member of its Men's Club. Ray was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen.

        Raphael V. "Ray" Reilly, 69, of Garfield Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 8:50 a.m., Monday, November 3, 1980, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Visitation was until 9 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, at the Hoffman Mortuary in Dubuque, where the Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 5, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Calvary in Dubuque.
              Mr. Reilly was survived by his wife, Monica; three daughters, Mrs. Dick (Pat) Wemett and Mrs. David (Sharon) Ehlinger, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Mike (Mickey) Digman, of Rickardsville, Ia.; a son, Jim P. Reilly, of Dubuque, Ia.; 12 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Ray (Gert) Wittstock, Mrs. Ann Mosel, and Mrs. Lucille Donner, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Charles (Marian) Frankenreiter, of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Cyril Reilly, of Minneapolis, Minn.

        Mrs. Monica A. Reilly, 80, of Garfield Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 3:15 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 1993, at home. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque, where there was a parish wake service at 5 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Calvary in Dubuque.
              Mrs. Reilly was survived by a son, James P. "Jim" Reilly, of Dubuque, Ia.; three daughters, Mrs. Pat K. Wemett and Mrs. Sharon M. Ehlinger, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Maureen "Mickey" Digman, of Le Claire, Ia.; 11 grandchildren; and a close friend, Arnold Buechele, of Dubuque, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband and a granddaughter.

    • Henry Richter* was born on November 30, 1879, at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Louisa (Leeser) Richter. He died before 1910.
      * = An online birth record gives his name as Eberhard.

    • Alois M. Richter was born on June 7, 1882, at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Louisa (Leeser) Richter. Alois, called "Ollie," spent the first eleven years of his life at Potosi, at which time the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa. He was included in his father's household in Dubuque at the time of the 1910 U.S. census, when he was 27 years of age, and listed as having an occupation of saloon bartender. Ollie married Mary Wittstock, and born to them were two daughters, Lucille and Eleanor, and a son, Glenn. Ollie operated a soft drink parlor for many years.

      Alois M. "Ollie" Richter, 51, of Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died suddenly at 9:30 o'clock, Thursday night, June 29, 1933. The funeral was held at 11 o'clock, Monday morning, July 3, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.
            Mr. Richter was survived by his wife, two daughters, Lucille and Eleanor, a son, Glenn, all of Dubuque, and his father Joseph Richter, of Dubuque. He was mourned by three brothers, Joseph, of Dubuque; Frank, of Hot Springs, South Dakota; and George, of Maywood, Illinois; and a sister Mrs. Joseph Hafele, of Bowman, North Dakota. He was also survived by his sisters Angeline and Martha. Mr. Richter's mother preceded him in death.

    • Hattie M. Richter was born on January 10, 1884, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter Joseph and Louisa (Leeser) Richter. Her mother died the year following Hattie's birth, and her father married Agnes Gerhardt, who became Hattie's stepmother. The Richter family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1893, when Hattie was nine years old.
            Hattie Richter married Joseph J. Hafele in 1905, presumably at Dubuque, Iowa. Joseph Hafele was born in July 1883 in Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Dolter) Hafele. His father was born in Merdingen, Baden, Germany, and his mother in Dubuque, Iowa. Circa 1884-1889, his parents moved from Dubuque, Iowa, to Warren, Illinois, where the elder Joseph was a butcher.
            Joseph and Hattie had a son, Donald J., born in Iowa 1907. The young family moved to South Dakota two years later, and by 1925 Joe and Hattie had three more children, Ramona, Clifford, and Kenneth. Their son Clifford Hafele evidently died between 1920 and 1925.
            According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Joe and Hattie Hafele, both age 26, were living at Cave Hills, Harding County, South Dakota, along with son Donald J., age 3. In 1912, Joseph and Hattie were living in Cox, South Dakota, according to her stepmother's obituary. The 1920 U.S. Census has the Hafele household in Harding County, South Dakota, consisting of Joseph and Hattie, and their children Donald, Ramona, and Clifford. The 1925 South Dakota Census has the Hafele household consisting of Joseph and Hattie Hafele and their children Donald, Ramona, and Kenneth.
            By 1930, the Joseph and Hattie moved to the far western part of North Dakota, in Slope County, north of Bowman, where they farmed. That year their household consisted of Joseph J., age 46, and Hattie, age 45, and their children, Donald J., age 23; Ramona, age 10; and Kenneth, age 8. In 1940, the household consisted of J.J., age 56, and Hattie, age 56, and their son, Kenneth, age 18.

      Hattie Hafele died in July 1962.

      Children of Joseph and Hattie (Richter) Hafele:

      • Donald J. Hafele was born on March 10, 1907, in Iowa, son of Joseph and Hattie (Richter) Hafele. Donald Hafele married Verna Smith. Verna Smith was born on August 1, 1911, in North Dakota, daughter of Peter and Catherine Smith. Don and Verna Hafele lived in Slope County, North Dakota, where they farmed. They had six children, Marie, Donna, Marion, Joe, Peter, and Louis Hafele.

        Don Hafele, 71, died on August 27, 1988, with a last residence of Marmath, Slope County, North Dakota.

        Verna Hafele, 88, died on July 20, 2000, with a last residence of Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota.

        • Marie Hafele was born on February 22, 1933, daughter of Don and Verna (Smith) Hafele, at the home of her grandparents, Pete and Kate Smith, north of Bowman, North, Dakota. Her grandmother Kate was the midwife. Her parents Don and Verna were living in Slope County along the Little Missouri River and knew if the weather had turned stormy it would be hard to get to Verna’s parent’s home so she stayed with them a couple of weeks until Marie was born.
                Marie and her sisters all attended grade school at Bullion View and Ranger schools. When the neighbors' son, Robert Lee Hanson, went to Dickinson to finish grade school, Verna then began to homeschool the rest of their children until moving back into the Bullion Butte school district again.
                After receiving her eighth grade diploma, Marie wanted to attend beauty school rather than high school. When she finished the beauty school she came back to western North Dakota and worked in Bismarck and Bowman. While living in Bowman, Marie and her sisters were exposed to the Gospel by an evangelist in the Methodist Church.
                Marie was a kind and caring person helping keep the younger children safe and also helping her folks whenever needed.
                Marie married Clyde Morris in 1953 at Avon, Massachusetts while Clyde was in the service. When he was assigned to go to Iceland, Marie came back home to western North Dakota where she practiced her profession. Marie spent the last few years of her life in the Bee Hive assisted living home and then the Hillside Health Care Center in Missoula, Montana.

          Marie (Hafele) Morris, 78, of Missoula, Montana, passed away on February 10, 2012, in Missoula. Memorial Services for Marie were held on Monday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mary Peterson officiating.
                She was survived by her sisters, Marion (Wayne) Spethman, of Paris, Texas, Donna (Jim) Fritz, of Belfield, N. Dak., and her brothers, Joe (Donna) Hafele, of Denver, Colo., Peter (Angie) Hafele of Newell, S. Dak., and Louis (Cecelia) Hafele of Beach, N. Dak.
          Source for Marie (Hafele) Morris: obituary from Krebsbach Funeral Service at
          http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1421195&fh_id=13470, accessed Nov. 2, 2012.

      • Ramona Hafele was born on November 1, 1919, in South Dakota, daughter of Joseph and Hattie (Richter) Hafele. Ramona Hafele married Joe Kalina, Jr. on November 18, 1939, at the Rudolph Hotel in Bowman, North Dakota, with the Rev. Krank officiating. Joe Kalina was born on August 6, 1913, in North Dakota, son of Joe and Mary Kalina. In 1940, Joe and Ramona Kalina were living at Bowman, North Dakota, and Joe's was self-employed in trucking.

        Joe Kalina, 52, died in March 1966.

        Ramona Kalina, 86, died on October 24, 2006, with a last residence of Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota.

      • Clifford Hafele was born ca. 1917 in South Dakota, son of Joseph and Hattie (Richter) Hafele.

        Clifford Hafele evidently died between 1920 and 1925.

      • Kenneth Hafele was born on July 16, 1921, in South Dakota, son of Joseph and Hattie (Richter) Hafele. Kenneth Hafele married Lavonia G. Hanson, daughter of Albert and Alice Hanson, who farmed in Polk County, Wisconsin.
              Kenny and Lavonia Hafele operated the 55-Bar Ranch, a 4,000 acre spread in Slope County, North Dakota.

        Kenneth Hafele, 59, of Bowman, South Dakota, died on August 26, 1980, of a heart attack. He was buried in Happy Valley Cemetery, a cemetery he had created out of a section of his ranch in Slope County, North Dakota.

    Children of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter:

    • Frank J. Richter was born on July 23, 1891, at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter. He and George were twins. The Richter family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, when Frank was about 2 years old.
            Frank Richter married Mabel Miller at Chicago, Illinois, in 1930. Mabel Miller was born October 5, 1887, in Iowa, daughter of James and Ida (May) Miller. She was graduated from Hawarden High School.
            Frank and Mabel Richter lived in Hot Springs, South Dakota; Vallejo, California; and Bremerton and Seattle, Washington.
            Frank worked in Dubuque as a boilermaker for the Milwaukee Railroad for many years. He was lastly employed in the navy yards in Bremerton, Washington.

      Frank J. Richter, 72, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, June 28, 1963, at Harrison Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at Hawarden, Iowa. Burial was in Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden.
            He was survived by his wife, Mabel, of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Angie Parker, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. E.L. (Martha) Hageman, of Forest Park, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

      Mabel returned to Hawarden in 1964. She resided at Mapes Nursing Home the last two years of her life.

      Mrs. Frank (Mabel) Richter, 86, of Hawarden, Iowa, died October 1, 1974, at a Hawarden Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at the Dow Funeral Home in Hawarden at 10:30 a.m., October 3. Services were conducted by the Rev. Herbert Gould and burial was in Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden.
            Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Berniece Schiefen of Hawarden, and Mrs. Harry Anderson of South Bend, Ind.

    • George A. Richter was born on July 23, 1891, at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter. He and Frank were twins. In 1910, George Richter, age 18, was living in his father's household in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1912, he was living in Dubuque; in 1930 and 1933, in Maywood, Illinois; and in 1946, in Chicago, Illinois. At Maywood, Illinois, in 1930, George was in a household with his sister, Martha Kile, and her sons Robert and Krieg.

    • Angeline J. Richter was born on February 20, 1895, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter. Angeline Richter married Max William Parker on August 18, 1916. Max Parker was born July 5, 1895, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank and Sarah (Boeneke) Parker. Max and Angeline Parker lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of the Third Presbyterian Church. Max was a conductor on the Milwaukee Railroad.

      Max William Parker, 58, of Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 1954, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque. Services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 19, at the Didesch Funeral Home in Dubuque. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
            Mr. Parker was survived by his wife, Angeline; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Violet) Millius, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. N.R. (Janet) Lakin, of Wichita, Kan.; fours sons, Lyle Parker, William Parker, and Max Parker, Jr., all of Dubuque, Ia., and Jack Parker, serving in the Navy; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers, Harry Parker and Clarence Parker, both of Milwaukee, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Parker; three brothers, Henry Parker, Frank Parker, and George Parker; and two sisters, Grace Lewin and Martha Taylor.

      Mrs. Angeline J. Parker, 71, of Tina Ridge Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, October 19*, 1966, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Services were held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 22, at Didesch Funeral Home in Dubuque, with Glen M. Johnson, pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
      * = An online SSDI has the date of death listed as October 15. My source for the date of October 19 is the obituary for Mrs. Parker that appeared in the Thursday, October 20, 1966, issue of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.
            Mrs. Parker was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Violette) Millius, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. George (Janet) Cheevers, of Wichita, Kansas; four sons, Max Parker, of Rt. 4, Bellevue, Ia., and Lyle Parker, William Parker, and Jack Parker, all of Dubuque, Ia.; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Einar (Martha) Hageman, of Chicago, Ill.

      Children of Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker:

      • Violette M. Parker was born December 25, 1917, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker. Violette Parker, who was called "Vi," lived in Dubuque all her life, and she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1936. Vi Parker married Robert A. Millius on June 29, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. Robert and Violette Millius lived in Dubuque, Iowa. Vi was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Retired Eagles Activity Club and the Happy Hour Club, was a former member of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 150A, and had belonged to the Caldron and Amaranth at the Masonic Temple.

        Mrs. Robert (Violette M. "Vi") Millius, 74, of North Grandview Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 8:20 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 1992, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 28, at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque. Services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 29, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Entombment was in the family mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
              Mrs. Millius was survived by her husband, Robert; a son, James E. (and Veronica) Millius, of Dubuque, Ia.; four grandchildren, Dean, Jim Jr., Rob, and Ann Millius, whom she helped raise; four brothers, Lyle, Jack, Bill, and Max Parker Jr., all of Dubuque, Ia.; and a sister, Janet Cheever, of Navarre, Fla. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

      • Janet Parker was born to Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker.

      • Lyle M. Parker was born June 28, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker. He grew up in Dubuque and attended Dubuque Senior High School. Lyle Parker married Lorraine L. Weber on June 28, 1944, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Lyle and Lorraine Parker lived in Dubuque, Iowa. As a young man, Lyle worked for six years for the Mulgrew Coal Company, and in 1957, he went to work in sales for the Trausch Baking Company, from which he retired in 1981. Lyle was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the Teamster's Union General Drivers and Helpers Local 421. He was a 50-year member of the United Commercial Travelers. He was also a member of the Tri-State Independent Blind Society.

        Mr. Lyle M. Parker, 74, of Monastery Road and formerly of Foothill Road in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 10:55 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 1998, at home. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 14, at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque. Services were at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, at the funeral home. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
              Mr. Parker was survived by his wife, Lorraine; two sons, Gary (Pam) Parker, of Sherrill, Ia., and Robert (Charlene) Parkern of Waukarusa, Kan.; two daughters, Lorinda Steinberg, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Laurie Specht, of Dubuque, Ia.; 11 grandchildren, Lisa (Wayne) Lynch, Richard (Rene) Parker, Clayton (Shawn) Specht, Jason (Shelbie) Specht, Tim (Nicole) Specht, Angie Specht, Tom Specht, Stacy and David Steinberg, Mike (Molly) Slater, and Jennifer (Carl) Quilliams; 16 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Max Parker, William (Joyce) Parker, and Jack (Sally) Parker, all of Dubuque, Ia. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Vi) Millius and Janet Cheever; and two great-grandsons.

      • Max W. Parker was born October 20, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker. Max Parker worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 24 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the United Automobile Workers Union Local 94 and the American Legion Post 6 of Dubuque.

        Mr. Max W. Parker, 72, of West 1st Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 10:03 p.m., Monday, December 13, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 15, at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home in Dubuque. Services were at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, December 16, at the funeral home. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, where military rites were accorded by the American Legion Post 6 of Dubuque.
              Mr. Parker was survived by two brothers, Jack (Sally) Parker and Bill (Joyce) Parker, both of Dubuque, Ia.; a brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Millius, of Dubuque, Ia.; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Parker, of Dubuque, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Max Parker, Jr., in 1980; two sisters, Janet Cheevers, in September 1996, and Violette M. "Vi" Millius, on June 25, 1992; and a brother, Lyle Parker, on September 12, 1998.

        • Max W. Parker III, 28, of Early, Texas, died at 2 a.m., Friday, September 19, 1986, in Early, of an accidental drowning. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, at Behr Funeral in Dubuque, Iowa, and services were at 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 23, at the funeral home. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery at Galena, Illinois.
                Max Parker was born August 23, 1958, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He was a construction worker.
                Mr. Parker was survived his parents, Mrs. Arthur (Vera Stowe) Rangel, of Route 1, Bernard, Ia., and Max W. Parker II, of Dubuque, Ia.; a sister, Mrs. James (Judy) Hyde, of Hazel Green, Wis.; and four brothers, William P. Sheredy, of Preston, Ia., Terry L. Switzer, of Galena, Ill., Ronald C. Switzer, of Dubuque, Ia., and Gary Switzer, of Epworth, Ia.

      • William Parker was born to Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker.

      • Jack Parker was born to Max and Angeline (Richter) Parker.

    • Martha M. Richter was born in September 1897*, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter. Martha Richter married John Wesley Kile. John Kile was born on August 13, 1897, at Dubuque, Iowa, son of Wesley J. and Rosa (Steiner) Kile.
      * = Martha's date of birth from the 1900 U.S. Census, where her name is given as Mina; her ages as given in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses are 12, 22, and 33, respectively. In 1940, when she first appears in the census with her second husband, Einer Hageman, her age is given as 37, which makes her born circa 1902-03. According to the Social Security Death Index, the birth date for Martha Hageman--if this is indeed the same Martha Hageman, and it seems likely it is--is given as September 2, 1902, which makes it seem as if she had shaved five years off her life for some reason, perhaps because she was marrying a younger man in Einer Hageman?
            John and Martha Kile had two children, both born in Dubuque, Iowa: Robert John Kile, born July 14, 1924, and Krieg Charles Kile, born January 22, 1928. The boys were quite young when their father John Kile died in 1929. He was buried in Center Grove Cemetery at Dubuque, Iowa.
            Shortly after her husband's death, Martha Kile and her boys moved to Chicago, Illinois, where they were living in 1930, in a household with Martha's brother, George Richter.
            By 1940, Martha had married Einar L. Hageman. Einar Hageman was born on October 19, 1902, in Illinois, son of Claus and Emma (Öst) Hageman. Einar and Martha Hageman lived at Chicago, Illinois. In 1940, Einer's occupation in the U.S. Census was given as salesman for a wholesale meat packer.
            Einar Hageman had been married once before, on June 6, 1928, to Ethel Emahiser, at Bethel Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, with the Rev. C. Emil Bergquist officiating. Ethel Emahiser was born on May 10, 1904, in Valley Junction, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Iva (Hubbard) Emahiser. In 1930 Einar and Ethel Hageman were living in Chicago, Illinois. Einer and Ethel evidently divorced; by 1940, Einar was married to Martha (Richter) Kile, and Ethel, and a daughter Carol Ann Hageman (born ca. 1935-36 in Indiana) were living in the household of Ethel's parents, Charles and Iva Emahiser, in Chicago. Ethel subsequently married Aldor Swanson in 1942. Ethel (Emahiser) Hageman Swanson died on October 16, 1963, at Ottawa, Illinois.

      Martha (Richter) Kile Hageman died in March 1989, with a last residence of Chicago, Illinois.

      Einar Hageman died on November 10, 1993, with a last residence of Chicago, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha.

      Children of John and Martha (Richter) Kile, stepchildren of Einer Hageman:

      • Robert John Kile was born on July 14, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Wesley and Martha (Richter) Kile. Robert Kile was graduated from Austin High school and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology.
              Robert entered the service in March 1943 and served with the 232nd infantry regiment of the Rainbow division in the U.S. Army during World War II.

        PFC Robert Kile was captured near Strausburg, Germany, in late December 1944, and was reported missing in action on January 5, 1945. He died, at age 20, in a German prisoner of war camp on May 6, 1945. He was buried in Lilienstein, Germany.
              Robert was survived by his mother and stepfather, Martha and Einar Hageman, and his brother Krieg.

      • Krieg Charles Kile was born on January 22, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Wesley and Martha (Richter) Kile. His father John died in 1929, and his mother moved the family to Chicago, Illinois, where she married Einer Hageman. Krieg would grow up in Chicago.

        Krieg Kile, like his brother Robert, would also die a young man, about age 25, in the early 1950s, of cancer, believed to be due from an injury he received in Korea.

      Sources of information about the Kile/Hageman family include a Feb. 21, 2011, email from Christine Fernstrom, niece of Einar Hageman; FamilySearch at https://www.familysearch.org/; Melrose Park Memories Death Index at http://www.melroseparkmemories.org/deathindex/viewRecord.php?id=1587; The Telegraph-Herald, Friday, July 20, 1945, and Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 20, 1945, pg. 18, articles about PFC Robert Kile; an online Social Security Death Index at http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi; and Bridgett Kearney's Visiting the Past at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=corcoran7&id=I19465.

    • Lacricia Richter was born in May 1900, in Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Gerhardt) Richter.

      Mentioned only in the 1900 U.S. Census, Lacricia Richter evidently died an infant or young child.

  2. John Richter was born in March 1855 in Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter. John Richter married Anna Maria Leeser, of British Hollow, Wisconsin, on October 30, 1877, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Anna Maria Leeser was born in November 1857 in Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Anna Maria (Burggraf) Leeser.
          John and Anna Maria Richter lived on farms at Potosi, Bloomington, and Patch Grove, Wisconsin. They had six children, John Leo, Anna Barbara, Louisa Blondina, Albert, Herman J., and Clara; only the last three survived into adulthood.
          In 1880, the U.S. Census has the Richter household in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, consisting of John, age 24, farmer; his wife Mary, age 23, born in Wisconsin, keeping house; and their son John, age 1, born in Wisconsin.
          According to the 1900 U.S. census, the Richter family was living in Bloomington Town, Grant County, Wisconsin, and consisted of John, age 45, born March 1855, farmer; his wife Anna M., age 42, born November 1857, married 22 years, with six children, three of whom were living; son Albert, age 15, born September 1884, at school; and son Herman J., age 12, born August 1887.
          In 1905, according to that year's Wisconsin State census, the Richter household in Bloomington Town, Grant County, Wisconsin, consisted of John, age 48; his wife Annie, age 48; and son Herman, age 17.
          The household members remained unchanged in 1910, again consisting of John, age 54; his wife Anna M., age 52; and son Herman J., age 22. By 1920, only John and Anna remained in the household.

    Anna Maria Richter died between 1920 and 1930.

    John Richter, age 74, was in a household by himself in 1930. Ten years later, at age 84, he was also in listed in a household by himself, in Bloomington Village, Grant County, Wisconsin, although he was listed between the households of his son Herman and his grandson Elgie Richter.

    John Richter, 87, of Bloomington, Wisconsin, and a lifelong resident of southwest Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, March 10, 1943, at his home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 13, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, with the Rev. William Braun officaiting. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
          He was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Clara Myers, of Lancaster, Wis.; a son, Herman, of Bloomington, Wis.; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Richter, of Dubuque, Ia.; and four sisters, Mrs. Dora Jacobs, of Council Bluffs, Ia., Mrs. Anna Duve and Mrs. Mary Kelly, both of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Chris Schmidt, of Beetown, Wis.

    Children of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter:

    • Johann Leo Richter was born on February 11, 1879,* in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter.
      * = February 11, according to an online birth record; February 4, according to an online death record.

      John Richter, age 10, died on January 10, 1890, in Potosi, Wisconsin, and he was buried in Potosi.

    • Clara Anna Richter was born on January 6, 1881, in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter. Clara Richter married Frank Ruben Myers on April 4, 1899, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Frank Myers was born in April 1869 in Wisconsin, son of Andrew and Mary (Kendall) Myers. Frank and Clara Myers farmed in Bloomington Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. Clara was a member of the Lancaster Women's Relief Corps Chapter.

      Frank Myers died in 1944.

      Mrs. Clara Myers, 91, died Sunday, October 22, 1972, after a brief illness, in a Janesville, Wisconsin, hospital. The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, in the O'Rourke Funeral Home in Lancaster, Wisconsin, where friends called after 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 24.
            She was survived by three sons, Harley Myers, of Lancaster, Wis., Roy Myers, of Glen Haven, Wis., and Alfred Myers, of Joliet, Ill.; four daughters, Leona Myers and Mrs. Edward Krause, both of Janesville, Wis., Mrs. Marjorie Wilson, of Clarksville, Ia., and Miss Hildegard Myers, of Chicago, Ill.; and 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

      Children of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers:

      • Leona M. Myers was born in February 1900, daughter of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. In 1940, according to that year's census, Leona Myers, age 40, was living at Chicago, Illinois, with an occupation of trained nurse and working at a hospital. In 1972, at the time of her mother's death, Leona Myers was living at Janesville, Wisconsin.

      • George Franklin Myers was born ca. 1901-1902, son of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. George Myers married Ida K. Koelker on April 4, 1934. Ida Koelker was born on February 27, 1915, on the family homestead at Glen Haven, Grant County, Wisconsin, the eldest daughter of the late Frank and Ida (Vorwald) Koelker. She attended Muskalunge Grade School and graduated from Bloomington High School in 1932.
              George and Ida lived and farmed on the family homestead at Glen Haven, Wisconsin. They were blessed with three children, David, Robert and Margaret. On Sept. 21, 1958 George passed away.

        George F. Myers died on September 21, 1958.

        On February 14, 1966, Ida (Koelker) Myers married Lyle McCain in Greenbush, Wisconsin. Lyle and Ida McCain resided on the family farm in Glen Haven and spent many winters in Florida and Arizona. Lyle McCainpassed away on February 12, 1985, and in 1990 Ida moved to Plymouth to be near her daughter, Margaret.
              She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. She brought joy to those around her as she herself enjoyed life to the fullest.

        Ida K. McCain, age 90, of Plymouth, Wisconsin, passed away early Thursday morning, April 14, 2005,at the Plymouth Care Center, where she had been a resident the past seven years. A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, April 16, 2005, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, Wisconsin, with Father Wayne Bittner officiating. Burial was in Blakes Prairie Cemetery in Bloomington. Family and friends called at the Church in Bloomington from noon on Saturday until the time of services. The Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth handled arrangements.
              She was survived by her children, David (Mary Lou) Myers, of Ettrick, Wis., Robert (Priscilla) Myers, of Prairie du Sac, Wis., Margaret (Robert) Lee, of Plymouth, Wis., and Robert (Jelene) McCain of Wellman, Ia.; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and one sister, Inez Myers, of Glen Haven, Wis. Ida was also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, George Myers and Lyle McCain; three brothers; and three great-grandchildren.

      • Alfred J. Myers was born on February 24, 1904, at Bloomington, Wisconsin, son of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. Alfred Myers married Alberta McNamara. Alberta McNamara was born on April 13, 1904, at Bloomington, Wisconsin, daughter of Edward and Mary (Kinsella) McNamara. Alfred and Alberta Myers lived at Joliet, Illinois. In 1940, Alfred was working as a machine operator at General Refractories Company and Alberta was a retail clerk.

        Alfred J. Myers, 79, of Joliet, Illinois, and formerly of Bloomington, Wisconsin, died Thursday, February 24, 1983, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Joliet. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, February 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, Wisconsin, with burial in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, February 27, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral in Bloomington, where the rosary was recited at 8 p.m.
              He was survived by his wife, the former Alberta M. McNamara, two brothers, Roy Myers, of Glen Haven, Wis., and Harley Myers, of Lancaster, Wis.; and four sisters, Leone Myers, Hildegarde Myers, and Mrs. Edward (Mary) Krause, all of Janesville, Wis., and Marjorie Wilson, of Clarksville, Ia.

        Mrs. Alberta M. Myers of Joliet, Illinois, formerly of Bloomington, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 17, 1983, in a Joliet hospital. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, Wisconsin, with burial in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral in Bloomington, where the rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m.
              She was survived by a sister, Edna Hilleque, of Joliet, Ill.

      • Leroy F. Myers was born on January 23, 1909, in Bloomington Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. Roy Meyers married Inez H. Koelker on November 6, 1935, at Galena, Illinois. Inez Koelker was born on September 4, 1917, on the family farm in Glen Haven, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Ida (Vorwald) Koelker. Inez attended Muscallounge country school and St. Mary’s Catholic School.
              Together Roy and Inez Myers farmed in the Glen Haven area. Roy also operated a stockyard for many years. Roy especially loved horses, and Roy and Inez enjoyed attending horse sales. Inez and Roy enjoyed dancing, they were the first couple to dance on the dance floor of the Checkerboard in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Inez enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and cooking. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

        Roy R. Meyers. 88, of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, died early Saturday, October 18, 1997, at home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, at Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Bloomington, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Tim Albrecht officiating. Burial was in Blakes Prairie Cemetery in Bloomington Township.
              He was survived by his wife, Inez; two sons, Tim Myers and Roy (Janice) Myers, Jr., both of Glen Haven, Wis.; a daughter, Karen (Robert) Harris, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; three grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Hildegarde Myers, Marjorie Wilson, and Mary Krause, all of Janesville, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.

        Inez H. Myers, age 94, of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at her home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial was at a later date.
              She was survived by her children, Tim Myers and Roy (Janice) Myers, Jr., both of Glen Haven, Wis., and Karen (Robert) Harris, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; three sisters-in-law, Hildegarde Myers, Marjorie Wilson, and Mary Krause, all of Janesville, Wis.; and other relatives and many friends. In addition to her parents, Inez was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, on October 18, 1997, and three brothers and one sister.

      • Hildegarde M. Myers was born ca. 1910, in Bloomington Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. Hildegarde earned certificates in nursing and physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Hildegarde Myers became the first physical therapist hired by the Rehabilitation Institue of Chicago, of which she later became the physical therapy director. Hildegarde Myers retired to Janesville, Wisconsin.

        During World War II, Hildegarde Myers spent four years in the army in physical therapy, including two years in New Guinea and the Philippines, from which she emerged a captain. She later remembered living in shacks and battling mosquitoes and the rainy season as she waited for boatloads of injured soldiers. "Those that weren't severely injured were given a rehab program and then they had to go back to the front," she said. "Some of them were bad, real bad, it was sad." Hildegarde almost ended up near the front lines herself. Just before the atomic bomb dropped, she was preparing to follow soldiers into Japan.
              Seeing a familiar face halfway around the world was her biggest surprise. She remembered that neighbor, Dale Knapp, from Wisconsin. "I was born on a farm in Grant County, Wisconsin," she said. "He was the son of one of our neighbors on the farm. I said 'Dale, have you written your mother?' But he wasn't hurt very badly, he just had some shrapnel wounds. They healed up and he was sent back to the front." The story was recounted at the time in this news article from the March 5, 1945, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, page 5:

        Neighbors at Home Meet in Hospital
        Bloomington, Wis. -- Special: They were neighbors at home in Grant County, but now Lt. Hildegarde Myers and Sgt. Dale Knapp are nurse and patient in a hospital in New Guinea, according to a letter to the sergeant's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Knapp, of near Bloomington. Lt. Myers is the daughter of Mrs. Clara Myers, Lancaster, formerly of Bloomington.
              Dale was wounded in action on Luzon on Jan. 8, and was taken to the hospital where Lt. Myers was stationed.

        In March of 2012, WMTV NBC15 in Madison, Wisconsin, reported that in the following month Hildegarde Myers would become the oldest to ever fly on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.: "The 102-year-old will travel on an Honor Flight to see monuments built in veterans' honor. Of more than 100 Honor Flight chapters in the country, she will be the oldest to ever make the trip."
        Online sources for information about Hildegarde Myers's service: WMTV NBC15 in Madison, Wisconsin at http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Local_102-Year-Old_Vet__144992455.html and the Telegraph Herald archived on Google at http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eFRFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7LsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3294,4512125&dq=hildegarde+myers&hl=en

      • Harley E. Myers was born on December 16, 1913, at Bloomington, Wisconsin, son of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. Harley Myers married Ruth O. Brendemeuhl on June 27, 1939, in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Ruth Brendemeuhl was born on February 10, 1916, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Emma (Swedancky) Brendemeuhl. Harley and Ruth Myers lived at Lancaster, Wisconsin.
              In 1940, according to that year's census, Harley Myers's occupation was given as bartender at a tavern. In 1942, when the tavern owners of Grant County, Wisconsin, organized the Grant County Tavern Keepers' League, Harley Myers of Lancaster was elected as a director. Ruth Myers was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster; the Catholic Daughters of America, Court of St. Rita 670; and the American Legion, Post 109 Auxiliary.

        Ruth O. Myers, 73, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, died Friday morning, November 24, 1989, at Lancaster Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 27, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster, and burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, November 26, at the O'Rourke-Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster, where the Catholic Daughters of the Americas recited the rosary at 5 p.m., the American Legion Auxiliary had a service at 7 p.m., and the parish rosary was recited at 8 p.m.
              She was survived by her husband, Harley; four sons, Jim Myers, of Cedarburg, Wis., Roger Myers, of Sauk City, Wis., and Dick Myers and John Myers, both of Madison, Wis.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

        Harley E. Myers, 80, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 3, 1994.

      • Marjorie H. Myers was born in 1916 at Bloomington, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. For Marjorie's early education, she attended school for eight years in a little red school house on the prairie. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1934. She then attended nurses training at Madison General Hospital or a time before switching plans. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Graduate work continued through the years at the University of Colorado at Greeley and Michigan State University at Lansing.
              Marjorie Myers married Francis Wilson. Francis and Marjorie Wilson lived at Clarksville, Iowa, and they had a son, Jerry J. Wilson.
              Marjorie taught at Clarksville Public School in Clarksville, Iowa: 4 years as a first grade teacher and 31 years as a kindergarten teacher. She was a member of the Clarksville Education Association and served as its president. Marjorie was a member of Chapter IT P.E.O. Sisterhood and attended three national conventions. She was also a member of the Women's Club, Needlework Club, and Veterans Auxiliary.

        Francis Wilson died in 1963.

        After retirement, Marjorie Wilson moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, and for a time was a substitute teacher. She has been a part of WI, JAREA, Retired Teachers Association, Hospital Auxiliary, and a book club. She continued her P.E.O. membership in Chapter AY, and during the 2002 state convention was honored for her 50 years in the organization. She served for 10 years as a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church in Janesville.
              In 2011, Marjorie (Myers) Wilson was inducted into the Butler County Hall of Fame for her years in education at Clarksville. Her loving personality made her an outstanding teacher. She played a significant part of the lives of hundreds of children that she welcomed as they started school. Her winning smile, integrity, and determination to teach the excited students brought her the distinction of being an exceptional and respected teacher.

        Biographical information for Marjorie (Myers) Wilson came from an article about the 2011 Butler County Hall of Fame inductees in the Clarksville Star on April 14, 2011.

      • Mary M. Myers was born ca. 1920-1921, daughter of Frank and Clara (Richter) Myers. Mary Myers married Edward A. Krause, a widower, at 4 o'clock, Sunday, July 24, 1955, at the First Presbyterian Church in Janesville, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Sidney J. Francis officiating at the double ring ceremony. Wilbert William "Bud" and Jean Schwartzlow, son-in-law and daughter of the bridegroom, attended the couple. At the time of their marriage, Mary had been employed at Pember-Nash eye, ear, nose and throat clinic for 10 years and had been president of the Janesville Business and Professional Women's Club in 1950 and 1951, and Edward Krause was proprietor of Krause's Town and Country Restaurant in Janesville.
              Edward Krause was born on December 11, 1902, in Wisconsin, son of Charles and Minnie Krause.
              Edward and Mary Krause lived at Janesville, Wisconsin, where they operated Krause’s Town and Country Restaurant. Edward's daughter Jean and her husband Bud Schwartzlow would eventually own and operate the restaurant.

        Edward A. Krause, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died on Tuesday, March 24, 1992.

    • Louisa Blondina Richter was born on May 8, 1883, in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter.

      Louisa Blondina Richter evidently died as an infant or child.

    • Albert Richter* was born on September 26, 1884, in British Hollow, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter. Albert Richter married Kathryn Vogt** before 1910. Kathryn Vogt was born on October 14, 1887, in Bloomington, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Mary (Burbach) Vogt. Albert and Kathryn richter lived at Patch Grove, Wisconsin.
      * = Albert's middle name is cited as Celestine at findagrave.com; the 1910 and 1920 U.S. censuses do have his middle initial as C, while the 1900 census has S. His gravestone, however, has his middle initial as J, which likely stands for John or Johann, a name that was frequently given as a first name to German Catholic boys at baptism; the second given name, however, would be the name that the child was known by.
      ** = Kathryn's mddlie name is cited as Mary at findagrave.com; her gravestone, however, as E as her middle initial.

      Albert Richter died in 1924 at Patch Grove, Wisconsin. He was buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington, Wisconsin.

      Kathryn Richter and children moved to Glen Haven, Wisconsin

      Kathryn Richter died on July 21, 1975, at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She was buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington, Wisconsin.

      Children of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter:

      • Florence M. Richter was born on February 7, 1909, in Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Florence Richter married Harold T. Hill. Harold Hill was born in 1909, son of Martin and Cora (Hartmann) Hill. In 1920, Harold Hill was listed in that year's census as an adopted son in the household of Chris and Maggie Schmitz at Beetown, Wisconsin.* Harold and Florence Hill were living at Beetown in Granty County, Wisconsin, in 1930; by 1940 they had moved to Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin. Harold and Florence had a son named Albert M., who was born ca. 1928-29.**
        * = Conjecture is made that Harold's mother died, and the young boy Harold was sent by the father to be raised by Chris and Maggie Schmitz. (As a side note, Maggie's maiden name was Richter, and she was a great-aunt to Florence Richter, whom Harold would eventually marry.) By 1920, it seems Harold's father Martin Hill had remarried, to a woman named Lovina.
        ** = This is the only child mentioned in both the 1930 and 1940 censuses. In the Ferryville cemetery where Harold T. Hill is buried, there is also buried Harold "Tom" Hill, 1948-1980, whose name suggests he was also a son of Harold and Florence Hill.

        Harold T. Hill died in 1951, and he was buried in Ferryville Cemetery at Ferryville, Crawford County, Wisconsin.

        Florence Hill, 87, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, August 13, 1996 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, August 16, at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington, Wisconsin.

      • Nellie Richter* was born on September 5, 1910, at Patch Grove, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. In 1940, Nellie E. Richter, age 29, no occupation given, was living in her mother's household at Glen Haven, Wisconsin, according to that year's U.S. Census.
        * = According to information found at findagrave.com, Nellie's first and middle names were Helen Elizabeth, with Nellie being her nickname, and evidently was she was ever known by. Both the 1930 and 1940 census gives Nellie's middle initial as E, while her gravestone reads Nellie H. Richter.

        Nellie Richter, 48, died on March 11, 1959, in Grant County, Wisconsin. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington, Wisconsin.

      • Sabina C. Richter was born in Grant County, Wisconsin, on December 3, 1912, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Sabina Richter married Lawrence Strnad on May 14, 1938, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Lawrence Strnad was born on February 16, 1915, son of John and Stacia Strnad.
              Lawrence and Sabina Strnad were members of St. John's Church in Prairie du Chien. Sabina worked for the school lunch program for many years.

        Lawrence Strnad, 69, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 4, 1985, at home, of an apparent heart attack. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 7, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.
              He was survived by his wife, the former Sabina Richter, two sons, Jerry and Mike, both of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; three grandchildren; and two brothers, John Strnad of Davenport, Ia., and Henry Strnad, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.

        Sabina C. Strnad, 91, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Friday, October 29, 2004, at the Prairie Health Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, November 1, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, with the Rev. Hubert Boschert SJ officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.
              She was survived by two sons, Gerald (Judy) Strnad and Michael (Sharon) Strnad, both of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and two sisters, Mary Berger, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Alberta Bradley of Glen Haven, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Celestine Richter, and four sisters, Ann Waller, Florence Hill, Nellie Richter, and Dorothy Richter.

      • Anna A. Richter was born on February 9, 1915, in Patch Grove, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Ann Richter married Marlowe E. Waller in June 1935 at St. Gabriel's Church in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Joseph Blank reading the nuptial mass. Marlowe Waller was born on October 26, 1911, in Wisconsin, presumably at Patch Grove, where his parents, Andrew and Cora (Skillings) Waller, were living at the time.
              Marlowe and Ann Waller lived at Prairie du Chien, where they were members of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church.

        Marlowe E. Waller, 65, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Saturday night, June 25, 1977, at the Prairie du Chien Convalescent Center. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.
              He was survived by his wife, the former Anna Richter; two sons, Thomas Waller, of Denver, Colo., and Terry Waller, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Pat) Kramer of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mrs. Melvyn (Mary Jo) Carl, of La Crosse, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; four brothers, Melvin Waller, Robert Waller, and Frank Waller, all of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Elmer Waller, of Poynette, Wis.; and three sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Genevieve) LaPointe and Mrs. Ruth Groom, both of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mrs. Adeline McCormick, of Decorah, Ia.

        Ann A. Waller, 88, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died December 26, 2003. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.

        • Terrance L. Waller was born on June 14, 1955, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, son of Marlowe and Ann (Richter) Waller. Terry Waller was a graduate of Viterbo University in LaCrosse, and taught at Wyalusing Academy for 15 years. He was very active at the Academy in school events and activities. Terry was a very proud "Packer fan" and a great collector of Packer memorabilia.

          Terrance "Terry" L. Waller 52, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, September 15, at St. John's Catholic Church, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien served the family.
                He was survived by a son, Michael (Tammy) Waller, of Missoula, Mont.; a brother, Thomas, of Colorado; two sisters, Pat Kramer of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mary Jo (Mel) Carl of La Crosse, Wis.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

      • Celestine I. Richter was born on July 4, 1917, in Patch Grove, Wisconsin, son of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Celestine, who was called "Cel," married Leone J. Koresh, daughter of John and Sophia (Pintz) Koresh, on March 30, 1940, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Paul Monarski officiating the double wedding; the other couple being Cel's sister Mary and Charles Berger.
              Cel and Kathryn Richter farmed in the area of Cassville, Wisconsin, for 26 years. Cel was a longtime member of the Catholic Knights Insurance Group and the Catholic Family. He enjoyed doing volunteer work at Orchard Manor, as well as dancing and card playing. He also enjoyed his woodworking.

        Celestine "Cel" Richter, 78, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Friday, April 12, 1996, at Lancaster Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's - Settlement Cemetery in rural Cassville.
              He was survived by his wife, Leone Richter, of Cassville, Wis.; five children, Ruth (LaVerne) Haas, of Cassville, Wis., Albert Richter, of Oregon, Wis., Reita (Roger) Breuer, of Cassville, Wis., Rhonda (Dick) Wiedenbeck, of Lancaster, Wis., and Roxanne (Jim) Rounds, of Boscobel, Wis.; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Florence hill, Sabina Strnad, Ann Waller, and Mary (Charles) Berger, all of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Alberta (Stewart) Bradley, of Glen Haven, Wis. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Richter and Dorothy Richter.

        • Ruth A. Richter, daughter of Celestine and Leone (Koresh) Richter, married LaVerne O. Haas on June 22, 1960, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville. LaVerne Haas was born on May 15, 1940, at home in Cassville, Wisconsin, son of Arch and Rose (Reding) Haas. LaVerne and Ruth Haas lived at Cassville, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Charles Catholic Church. They raised six children, Brenda, Beverly, Duane, Bruce, Kevin, and Bonnie.
                Early on, LaVerne spent years as a hired man working for several area farmers. He worked at the Walsh Store in Potosi, Wisconsin, and Walz Lumber and Nelson Dewey State Park in Cassville. LaVerne farmed in the Cassville area for 46 years, purchasing and moving to the home farm in Cassville in 1968. During those years, he also worked with Morries Plumbing and Heating.
                One of his true joys was working with staff and students at St. Charles Catholic School in Cassville as the janitor/maintenance for 13 years till he retired in 2002.
                LaVerne was truly a "Jack of all Trades ~ Master of All."
                A longtime member of the St. Charles Catholic Church, LaVerne also was a member of the Catholic Knights Branch 34. He served in many offices throughout the years currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer.
                Family and his grandchildren were number one to LaVerne; spending time with each and every one sharing his love of the outdoors hunting, gardening, and keeping the family tradition of sorghum making alive. Embracing technology, he loved to talk about and work with computers. Most importantly he was the jokester. Even as he suffered, he'd have those around him rolling in stitches with his jokes and sense of humor.

          LaVerne O. Haas, 67, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at home, following his battle with cancer. Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, December 1, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. John Norder officiating. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery at Cassville. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 30, at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, and after after 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
                He was survuved by Ruth, his wife of 47 years; his children, Brenda Haas, of Bangor, Wis., Beverly (Robert) Doll, of Lancaster, Wis., Duane (Sheila) Haas, of Cassville, Wis., Bruce (Theresa) Haas, of Cassville, Wis., Kevin Haas, of Bloomington, Wis., and Bonnie (Clarence Jr.) Hampton, of Lancaster, Wis.; four brothers, Norman (Pat) Haas, Francis Haas, and Louie Haas, all of Cassville, Wis., and Monroe (Dorothy) Haas, of Bloomington, Wis.; three sisters, Bernice (Stew) Kepler, of Amherst Junction, Wis., Helen Haas, of Oregon, Wis., and Ruth (Dave) Schreiner, of Deerfield, Wis.; his mother-in-law, Leona Richter, of Cassville, Wis.; a brother-in-law, Albert Richter, of Oregon, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Rita (Roger) Breuer, of Cassville, Wis., Rhonda (Richard) Wiedenbeck, of Lancaster, Wis., and Roxanne (Jim) Rounds, of Boscobel, Wis.; and 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arch and Rose Haas; a brother, Maurice Haas; his father-in-law, Celestine Richter; and many relatives of the Haas and Richter families.

      • Dorothy Catherine Richter was born on February 26, 1919, at Patch Grove, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter.

        Dorothy C. Richter, 33, of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, died Monday, August 3, 1953, in a hospital at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., August 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington, Wisconsin. Her gravestone spells her name as Dorthy.

      • Mary M. Richter was born circa 1921-22, in Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Mary Richter married Charles O. Berger on March 30, 1940, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Paul Monarski officiating the double wedding; the other couple being Mary's brother Celestine Richter and Leone Koresh. Charles and Mary Berger lived at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
              Charles Berger was born on November 27, 1917, in Punkin, Nebraska, son of Fred and Viola (Gremore) Berger. Charles worked for the C.C.C. Camps and later became an engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked for 38 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Auroraland Archery Club and was an avid hunter.

        Charles O. Berger 86, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Sunday, October 10, 2004, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 14, at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Family and friends called on Wednesday, October 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, where there was a rosary at 7:30 p.m.
              He was survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Berger, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; three daughters, Dianna (Wayne) Olson. of Hinckley, Ill., Darlene Fischer. of Phoenix, Ariz., and Debra Berger. of Aurora, Ill.; five sons, Ronald Picco, of Santa Fe, N.M., William (Margaret) Berger, of Aurora, Ill., James Berger, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Garry Berger, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Timothy Berger, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Viola Atkins, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., a brother, William Berger, of West Salem, Wis.; and 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

      • Alberta Richter was born circa 1924, in Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Kathryn (Vogt) Richter. Albert Richter married Stewart M. Bradley. Stewart Bradley was born circa 1917 in Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelly) Bradley. Stewart and Alberta Richter live at Glen Haven, Wisconsin.

    • Herman Joseph Richter was born on August 24, 1887,* at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter. Herman Richter married Edith Ella Reynolds. Edith Reynolds was born in February 1893 in Wisconsin, daughter of Augustus and Lydia Reynolds. Herman and Edith Richter lived at Bloomington, Wisconsin, and they had one son, Elgie Richter.
      * = 1887, according to the Social Security Death Index; 1888, according to his World War II draft registration card; his given age at death of 79 corresponds with being born in 1887.
            In the 1940 U.S. Census, Herman's occupation is given as an attendant at a gasoline filling station, and his employer was Lyle Monroe, at Patch Grove, Wisconsin, according to his World War II draft registration card.
            Edith was a lifelong resident of the Bloomington area. She was a member of the Women's Relief Corps, United Methodist Church, and the Ruth Circle of the church.

      Mrs. Herman Richter, 73, of Bloomington, Wisconsin, died Saturday, June 11, 1966, in a hospital at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, after a brief illness. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, in the Metcalfe-Kuenster funeral home, where family and friends called after 7 p.m., Sunday, June 12.
            she was survived by her husband, Herman; one son, Elgie, of Bloomington, Wis.; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Edwards, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

      Herman Richter, 79, of Bloomington, Wisconsin, died Saturday, May 13, 1967, after an apparent heart attack while trout fishing. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 15, in the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home, where family and friends called after 2 p.m., Sunday, May 14.
            Survivors include a son, Elgie, of Bloomington, Wis.; a sister, Mrs. Clara Myers, of Lancaster, Wis.; and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

      Child of Herman and Edith (Reynolds) Richter:

      • Elgie H. Richter was born on January 10, 1912, in Bloomington, Wisconsin, son of Herman and Edith (Reynolds) Richter. Elgie Richter married Lucille Crubel on November 28, 1935, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. Lucille Crubel was born on December 22, 1915, in rural Bloomington, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Josephine (Saber) Crubel. Lucille attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Bloomington.
        from the August 6, 1929, Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph-Herald:
        Bloomington Man's Car Tips; Breaks Ribs
        Bloomington, Wis., August 6.--Special: Elgie Richter, of this city, while driving in Prairie du Chien, broke two ribs when his car tipped over. He was taken to the sanitarium for attention.
        from the Monday, July 25, 1938, Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph-Herald:
        TIRE EXPLODES
        Oil Station Worker Suffers Fractured Skull
        Bloomington, Wis.--Special: Elgie Richter, 25, local oil station worker, was in serious condition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Monday, suffering from a severe skull fracture received Sunday when a truck tire which he was removing from the rim exploded.
              Physicians said, however, they expected him to recover.
              Richter had removed the tire from the wheel and was engaged in taking it off the rim when the tube suddenly exploded. The rim struck him unconscious. An examination here disclosed that his skull was badly fractured and he was immediately taken to Rochester.
              He is married and is the father of a small child.
        For 20 years, Elgie operated the Studebaker Auto Dealership in Bloomington, until 1954. He was Deputy Sheriff during the 1940s and 1950s, and he was remembered by many people for not requiring them to take the road driving test while serving as driver's license examiner.
              Elgie was active for many years in the Grant County Conservation Club and loved nature and the outdoors. He was a former Boy Scout leader. In his younger years, he enjoyed ballroom dancing.
              Lucille was employed as a cook at St. Mary's Catholic School for many years and enjoyed being around the school children. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the Bloomington Senior Citizens. Lucille enjoyed spending time with her friends and playing cards. She loved her family and always took care of her children.

        Elgie H. Richter, of Bloomington, Wisconsin, age 82, died Saturday, November 19, 1994, at home. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, at Metcalfe Kuenster Page Funeral Home in Bloomington, where a parish scripture service was held at 6:30 p.m.
              He was survived by his wife, Lucille; two sons, Roger (Mary) Richter, of Bloomington, Wis., and Thomas (Sharon) Richter, of Fennimore, Wis.; a daughter, Diane Vogt, of Englewood, Fla.; and 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

        Lucille J. Richter, 91, of Bloomington, Wisconsin, died on Sunday, August 12, 2007, at home. Funeral services were held on Friday, August 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington at 10:30 a.m., with Father Bart Timmerman officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Bloomington. Visitation was held on Thursday, August 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington, and also on Friday, August 17, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.
              She was survived by her children, Roger (Lorraine) Richter, of Bloomington, Wis.; Tom (Sharon) Richter, of Fennimore, Wis.; Diane (Dan) Grippe, of Buchanan, Ga.; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Janet McDonald, of Berkley, Calif., Geraldine Best, of Manhattan, Kansas, and Patricia Pohle, Bloomington, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Jean Crubel, of Bloomington, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, Bill Cully, of San Francisco, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Ray Crubel, Marvin Crubel, and Gerald Crubel; and a sister, Helen Moe.

    • [daughter] Richter was born on January 3, 1891, in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Anna Maria (Leeser) Richter.

      [Daughter] Richter evidently died as an infant or child.

  3. Anna Richter was born in August 1858 in Wisconsin, daughter of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter. Annie married J. Bernard Duve circa 1881. Bernard Duve was born in August 1852, son of William and Caroline Duve.
    Note. Barbara is given as a middle name for Anna on a birth record of one of her children, while Johan and John appear on some birth records as a first name for Bernard, but they were known as Anna "Annie" and Bernard "Ben."
          Bernard and Anna Duve farmed at Potosi, Wisconsin. Their family, at the time of the 1900 U.S. census, consisted of Bernard and Anna and their children, Helena, Susan, Dora, Bertha E., Mary C., Mathilda M., Albert A., and Martha M.

    Ben Duve died in 1910, at which time Anna moved to the home of her daughter Mrs. Andrew Bode.

    from the Monday, July 30, 1951, Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald:
    Potosi Woman Celebrates 94th Birthday Sunday
    Potosi, Wis.--Mrs. Anna Duve, of Potosi, observed her 94th birthday Sunday at the Potosi home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Bode.
          About 100 guests attended the family reunion.
          Mrs. Duve had eight children, Mrs. Bode, Mrs. Leo Leeser and Albert Duve, Potosi; Mrs. Andrew Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis.; Mrs. Henry Klein, of Dubuque; Mrs. Carrie Flesch, of Great Falls, Montana, and Mrs. Adolph Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis. One daughter, Mrs. Sylvester (Susan) Brandt, passed away in 1935.
          Mrs. Duve also has 26 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

    Children of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve:

    • Helena "Lena" Gertrude Duve was born on July 16, 1882, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents and attending school. Lena Duve married Andrew Vondrum circa 1906. Andrew Vondrum was born on August 28, 1880, in Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Mary Anna (Brandt) Vondrum [Vondran]. Andrew and Lena Vondrum lived at Cassville, Wisconsin. Lena was a former school teacher. She was a 50-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America, a 50-year member of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, and a member of the National Council of Catholic Women.

      Andrew Vondrum died in 1964.

      Mrs. Helena "Lena" Vondrum, 91, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Monday morning, March 11, 1974, at home. Visitation was after 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Cassville, where the Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Cassville, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Vondrum was survived by three sons, Bernard Vondrum, Harold Vondrum, and Vincent Vondrum, all of Cassville, Wis.; 7 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; and four sisters, Mrs. Mathilda Klein, of Dubuque, Ia., Mrs. Carrie Flesch, of Great Falls, Mont., Mrs. Dora Leeser of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Martha Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis.

      Children of Andrew and Helena (Duve) Vondrum:

      • Bernard J. Vondrum was born on December 30, 1906, son of Andrew and Helena (Duve) Vondrum. Bernard Vondrum married Lenice Longmire*. She was born on January 4, 1906. Bernard and Lenice Vondrum lived at Cassville, Wisconsin. Bernard was employed at the Dairyland Power Company in Cassville before his retirement. He had also been a member of the Cassville Volunteer Fire Department.
        * = Lenice's given name appears as Lenice, with just one n, in an online SSDI, but her name is spelled with two n's, as Lennice, in her husband Bernard's obituary. Her maiden name is spelled as Longmeier in Bernard's obituary, but her brother Leonard's last name in her obituary was spelled Longmire, and the same spelling occurs for him in an online SSDI.

        Mrs. Bernard (Lenice) Vondrum, 67, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Saturday morning, March 17, 1973, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation was after 3 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Cassville, where the scripture service was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 19, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, and burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mrs. Vondrum was survived by her husband, Bernard, three daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Helen) Ploessl, of Cassville, Wis., Mrs. John (Dorothy) Kunz, of Lancaster, Wis., and Mary Vondrum, of Madison, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leonard Longmire, of La Grange, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Lloyd Barr, of Cassville, Wis.

        Bernard J. Vondrum, 76, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, June 16, 1983, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation was after 3 p.m., Friday, June 17, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Cassville, where the wake service was held at 4 p.m. and the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 18, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Cassville.
              Mr. Vondrum was survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Helen) Ploessl, of Cassville, Wis., Mary Vondrum, of Madison, Wis., and Mrs. John (Dorothy) Kunz, of Lancaster, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold Vondrum and Vincent Vondrum, both of Cassville, Wis.

        • Helen Vondrum, daughter of Bernard and Lenice (Longmire) Vondrum, married Clifford A. Ploessl on September 20, 1949, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. Clifford Ploessl was born on June 13, 1928, in Waterloo Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Gertrude (Hochhausen) Ploessl. Cliff and Helen Ploessl lived at Cassville, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Charles Catholic Church.
                Clifford owned and operated Cliff's Coffee Cup in Cassville for many years and was known for his friendliness and warmth toward all. He also worked in the local schools and was active in the local AA Chapter, where he befriended many. Clifford was an extraordinary card player and was always ready for a game of cribbage. He especially loved and enjoyed his children and grandchildren.

          Clifford A. Ploessl, 72, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Friday, September 15, 2000, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in South Lancaster Township, after a lengthy illness. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 18, at Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Cassville, where there was a parish wake service at 4:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 19, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. Richard J. Leffler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
                Mr. Ploessl was survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Helen; 10 children, David (Vicki) Ploessl and Kenneth (Mary) Ploessl, both of Cassville, Wis., Robert Ploessl, of Oregon, Wis., Thomas (Anne) Ploessl, of Waunakee, Wis.; Douglas (Cindy) Ploessl, of Cassville, Wis., Ronald Ploessl, of Madison, Wis., Greg (Rhonda) Ploessl, of Waunakee, Wis., Diane Ploessl, of Madison, Wis., Patrick (Chris) Ploessl, of Cassville, Wis., and Daniel Ploessl, of Waunakee, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; two sisters, Netty Breuer and Sharon (Jim) Reynolds, both of Cassville, Wis.; one brother, Delano (Shirley) Ploessl, of Cassville, Wis.; a special sister-in-law, Mary Vondrum, of Madison, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Melvin, Donald, and James.

        • Dorothy Vondrum was born on August 27, 1938, daughter of Bernard and Lenice (Longmire) Vondrum. Dorothy Vondrum married John Kunz. John and Dorthy Kunz lived at Lancaster, Wisconsin.

          Mrs. John (Dorothy) Kunz, 60, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, died Wednesday evening, February 3, 1999, at home. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 5, at Larson Family Funeral in Fennimore, Wisconsin, where there was a parish Rosary recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fennimore, and burial was in the church cemetery.

      • Harold F. Vondrum was born on March 3, 1912, son of Andrew and Helena (Duve) Vondrum. Harold Vondrum married Rose Kirschbaum on January 18, 1933, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. Harold and Rose Vondrum farmed in the area of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, where Harold also ran the DX bulk oil agency. After retiring from there, he tended bar part time in Cassville, Wisconsin. Harold loved playing cards and fishing and enjoyed traveling.

        Mrs. Harold (Rose) Vondrum, 47, of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, died Friday night, June 8, 1962, at a hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Visitation was at the Eckstein Funeral Home in Cassville, Wisconsin, until 2 p.m., Sunday, June 10, when the body was taken to the family home in Bloomington, Wisconsin, where visitation was after 3 p.m. and where the Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven, and burial was in St. Charles Cemetery in Cassville.
              Mrs. Vondrum was survived by her husband, Harold; one son, Loren Vondrum, of Glen Haven, Wis.; two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Prew and Mrs. Joan Draka, both of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; five sisters, Mrs. Lena Bausch, Mrs. Chris Meier, Mrs. Ned McDonald, and Mrs. Albert Hochhausen, all of Cassville, Wis., and Mrs. Raymond Small, of Antioch, Ill; and two brothers, Paul Kirschbaum, of Cassville, Wis., and Andrew Kirschbaum, of Bagley, Wis.

        Harold Vondrum married Marcella (Mumm) Breuer, widow of Joseph Breuer, on June 3, 1967, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin.
              Marcella Mumm was born in 1920, daughter of Fred and Cecelia (Dresen) Mumm. Marcella Mumm married Joseph A. Breuer on April 16, 1940, in Cassville. Joseph and Marcella Breuer farmed at Bloomington, Wisconsin. Joseph Breuer died at age 41 on May 17, 1953, at Dubuque, Iowa. Services were on May 19, 1953, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, and burial was in St Mary's Cemetery in rural Cassville.
              Harold and Marcella Vondrum lived at Cassville.

        Harold F. Vondrum, 87, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Friday, October 29, 1999, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 1, at Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Cassville, where there was a parish scripture service at 4:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 2, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. John Norder officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mr. Vondrum was survived by his wife Marcella; three children, Loren (Linda) Vondrum, Patsy (Roger) Prew, and Joan (Don) Draka, all of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis.; three stepchildren, Ronald (Sheri) Breuer, of Platteville, Wis., and Maurice (Vicky) Breuer and Linda Breuer, both of Cassville, Wis.; and five stepgrandchildren.

        • Loren Vondrum, son of Harold and Rose (Kirschbaum) Vondrum, married Linda S. Ley on May 28, 1960, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Glen Haven, Wisconsin. Linda was born on February 9, 1939, in Glen Haven Township, Wisconsin, daughter of Peter and Hilda (Rauch) Ley. She graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Wisconsin, in 1957. Loren and Linda Vondrum lived near Glen Haven until moving to Prairie du Chien in 1994. Linda Vondrum loved golfing, was an excellent cook, and also enjoyed plants, crafts, and birdwatching. She served as the meal-site manager for the Cassville Senior Citizens for many years. She dearly loved her family and grandchildren.

          Linda S. Vondrum, 61, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, formerly of the Cassville/Glen Haven, Wisconsin, area, died Wednesday, September 20, 2000, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident south of Prairie du Chien. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department was notified of the accident at 5 p.m. Deputies said Vondrum was attempting to turn left into her driveway from the westbound lane of U.S. 18, about one mile south of Prairie du Chien, when she was struck from behind by a pickup. Linda Vondrum was taken by ambulance to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital where she died from head injuries sustained in the accident.
                Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, September 22, at Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Cassville, where there was a scripture service at 5:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 23, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. William Gerut officiating.
                Mrs. Vondrum was survived by her husband, Loren; four children, Laurie (Steven) Krebsbach, of Beaver Dam, Wis., Sandy (Fred) Fishnick, of Battle Creek, Mich., Tom (Gina) Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis., and Dan (Kathy) Vondrum, of Maplewood, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Dan, Ryan, and Matt Krebsbach, Andrea, Preston, Emma, and Nathan Fishnick, Jesse Richards, Alison Vondrum, and Alex and Michaela Vondrum; two brothers, Jim Ley, of Cassville, Wis., and Joe (Judy) Ley, of Bagley, Wis.; and a sister, Leta (Keith) Willman, of Guttenberg, Ia. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Rose Marie; her husband's parents, Harold and Rose Vondrum; a sister, Mary Angela, who died in infancy; a sister-in-law, Kate Ley; and a brother-in-law, Franklin Kirschbaum.

      • Vincent C. Vondrum was born on December 7, 1913, in Cassville, Wisconsin, son of Andrew and Helena (Duve) Vondrum. Vincent attended Cassville schools. Vincent Vondrum, who was nicknamed "Krum," married Jean L. Shaben on November 20, 1945, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. Jean Shaben was born on July 27, 1924, in Cassville, Wisconsin, daughter of Clifford and Agnes (Brinkman) Shaben. She attended St. Charles School in Cassville. Jean enjoyed music and was able to play the piano, saxophone and the guitar. Jean and her sisters had a small band where she played the saxophone. Vincent and Jean Vondrum lived at Cassville, where they farmed. After retirement, Jean worked for Wisconsin Barge Lines and Rapid Die and Mold Co.

        Vincent C. Vondrum, 79, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, March 27, 1993, at home. Funeral services were on Tuesday, March 30, 1993, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Cassville, and burial was in the church cemetery. The Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Cassville was in charge of arrangements.
              Mr. Vondrum was survived by his wife, Jean; a son, Dennis (and Betty) Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis.; three grandchildren; and a brother, Harold (and Marcella) Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis.

        Jean L. Vondrum, 83, of Cassville, Wisconsin, died Sunday, September 30, 2007, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, South Lancaster Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville, where friends also called after 9:30 a.m., Thursday, October 4. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 4, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, with the Rev. John Norder and the Rev. William Seipp officiating. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery at Cassville.
              Mrs. Vondrum was survived by a son, Dennis (Betty) Vondrum, of Madison, Wis.; three grandchildren, Travis, Chad, and Cody Vondrum; a great-grandchild, Kayla Miller; a brother and six sisters, Rose (John) Schnorrenberg, Lea Mae (Lester) Esser, Lila (Julius) Hochhausen, Gloria (Robert) Hudson and Judy (Dennis) Laufenberg, all of Cassville, Wis., Joanne (Gerald) Duncan, of Bloomington, Wis., and Lonnie (Helen) Shaben, of Dubuque, Ia; and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two brothers, Paul Shaben and LeRoy Shaben.

    • Mary Susan Duve was born on December 3, 1883, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census, Susan was living at home with her parents and attending school. She was graduated from Potosi High School in 1904. She taught in the Grant County, Wis., schools for several years. Susan Duve married Sylvester Joseph Brandt on September 18, 1907, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Sylvester was born December 14, 1874, in Wisconsin, son of Cyriakus and Appalonia (Bischoff*) Brandt.
            Sylvester and Susan Brandt lived at Kieler, Wisconsin, where they were farmed and were members of Immaculate Conception Church. Sylvester was also a member of the church's Holy Name Society.
      * = One online source has the maiden name as Bishop.

      Mrs. Susan Brandt, 51, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday morning, June 12, 1935, at 1:35 o'clock, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, after a short illness. The body was taken to the family home near Kieler, from where the funeral was held Friday morning, June 14, to the Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler at 9:00. The Rev. J. Greiveldinger officiated at the requiem high mass, preached the sermon, and said prayers at the gravesite in the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Vincent Vondrum, Joseph Leeser, Alfred Klein, Irvin Kieler, and Alfred and Virgil Brandt.
            Mrs. Brandt was survived by her husband; four sons, Walter, Donald, Karl, and Merlin, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Anna Duve, of Potosi, Wis.; six sisters, Mrs. Andrew (Lena) Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis.; Mrs. Leo (Dora) Leeser, of Potosi; Mrs. Andrew (Bertha) Bode, of Potosi; Mrs. Charles (Caroline) Flesch, of Madison, Wis.; Mrs. Henry (Mathilda) Klein, of Potosi; and Mrs. Adolph (Martha) Brandt, of Louisburg, Wis.; and a brother, Albert Duve, of Potosi, Wis. Mrs. Brandt was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Duve, and two daughters.

      Sylvester J. Brandt, 68, of Route 1, Cuba City, Wisconsin, died at 4 o'clock, Wednesday, March 24, 1943, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, following a brief illness. The body was taken to the East Dubuque Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois. The funeral was held Saturday morning, March 27, at 10 o'clock, from the funeral home to the Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Joseph F. Greiveldinger officiating. Father Greiveldinger delivered the sermon and also said the prayers at the graveside in the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Bernard Vondrum, Joseph Leeser, Virgil Brandt, Robert Bode, Raphael Brandt, and Lilliard Kieler, all nephews. Members of St. John's Court, Catholic Order of Foresters, of Dickeyville, attended the services in a body.
            Mr. Brandt was survived by four sons, Walter Brandt, of Potosi, Wis.; Donald Brandt, at home; Corporal Karl Brandt, at Fort Casey, Wash., and Private First Class Merlin Brandt, at Tucson, Wash; three brothers, Clem Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis., and Louis Brandt and Adolph Brandt, both of Kieler, Wis.; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Schmieder, of Kieler, Wis., and Mrs. Frances Kieler and Mrs. Christina Jackson, both of Dubuque, Ia. His wife, the former Mary Susan Duve, preceded him in death in 1935.

      Children of Sylvester and Susan (Duve) Brandt:

      • Walter A. Brandt was born January 16, 1913, in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Sylvester and Susan (Duve) Brandt. Walter Brandt lived at Kieler, Wisconsin, where he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was a self-employed carpenter. He later lived at Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

        Walter A. Brandt, 74, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 1987, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation was until 9 p.m., Friday, October 30, at the Haudenshield Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where the parish Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 31, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler.
              Mr. Brandt was survived by three brothers, Donald Brandt, of Kieler, Wis., and Karl Brandt and Merlin Brandt, both of Potosi, Wis.

      • Donald L. Brandt was born on September 29, 1915, in Sinnipee, near Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Sylvester and Susan (Duve) Brandt. Donald Brandt married Dolores A. Dalsing on April 23, 1940. Dolores Dalsing was born on February 21, 1916, at Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of Andrew E. and Louise M. (Franzen) Dalsing.
              Donald and Dolores Brandt farmed west of Kieler, Wisconsin, where they were members of Immaculate Conception Church. Dolores was also a member of the Ladies Sodality of that parish. Donald and Dolores Brandt had one son, Robert.

        Mrs. Donald (Dolores) Brandt, 26, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Friday afternoon, July 30, 1943, at 4:50 o'clock, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, after a short illness. The body rested at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dalsing, in Kieler, from where funeral services were held at 9 a.m., Monday morning, August 2, to the Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
              She was survived by her husband, Donald Brandt; her son, Robert Brandt; her parents, Andrew and Louise Dalsing; six sisters, Mrs. Joe (Irma) Wiederholt, Mrs. Harold (Almira) Weber, Miss Marie Dalsing, Miss Bernadine Dalsing, and Miss Agnes Dalsing, all of Kieler, Wis., and Mrs. Art (Myrtle) Weber, of East Dubuque, Ill.; and one brother, Delmar Dalsing, of Kieler, Wis.

        Donald Brandt married Elaine C. Dalsing on October 2, 1945, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Elaine Dalsing was born on August 6, 1925, in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of George and Sophie (Franzen) Dalsing. Elaine and Donald's first wife, Dolores, were first cousins through their mothers, Louise M. (Franzen) Dalsing and Sophie (Franzen) Dalsing, respectively.
              Donald and Elaine Brandt farmed at Kieler, Wisconsin, where they were members of Immaculate Conception Church. Elaine was a homemaker on the family farm. She was a lifelong member of the parish and a member of the church's Ladies Sodality.
              In 1995, Donald and Elaine Brandt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with 10 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Sunday, October 1, followed by an open house-reception until 5 p.m. at Sunset Lanes and Hall in Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

        Mrs. Donald (Elaine C.) Brandt, 73, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Sunday, January 10, 1999, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Phillip Krogman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 2 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Janaury 12, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City.
              She was survived by her husband, Donald L. Brandt; three sons, Robert S. (Jeanette) Brandt and David J. Brandt, both of Hazel Green, Wis., and John D. Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis.; four daughters, Mary Jean (Norman) Hanfeld, of Cuba City, Wis., Karen S. (Elmer) Timmerman, of Kieler, Wis., Diane L. (Rick) Downing, of Iowa City, Ia., and Joan M. (John) McClain, of Des Moines, Ia.; 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 stepgreat-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald (Jane) Dalsing, of Hazel Green, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Janice K. Brandt, in 1959.

        Donald farmed in the Kieler area all of his life. Even in his later years, he was still out feeding the calves and driving the tractor, and he continued driving the four-wheeler until shortly before his death at age 97. He also owned and operated Brandt's General Grocery Store in Kieler for a period of time. Donald was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Holy Name Society. He was a pillar in his community, a leader to his family and friends, and a true believer in God and his country.

        Donald L. Brandt, 97, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Busy "B" Farm near Kieler. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 24, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, with the Rev. Bernard Rott officiating and the Rev. Francis Steffen and the Rev. Bart Timmerman concelebrating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, and from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Thursday, January 24, at Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler. Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin was in charge of the arrangements.

        He was survived by his seven children, Bob (Jeanette) Brandt, of Hazel Green, Wis. Mary Jean (Norman) Hanfeld and Karen Timmerman, both of Kieler, Wis. John (Sharon) Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis. Diane (Rick) Downing, of Iowa City, Ia., David J. Brandt, of Hazel Green, Wis. and Joan (John) McClain, of Coralville, Ia.; 17 grandchildren, Roger (Barb) Brandt, Connie Brandt, Mike (Tracy) Hanfeld, Tony (Martha) Hanfeld, Laura (Ron) Slaats, Tammy (Bob) Brand, Molly (Brian) Lucey, Eric (Joy) Brandt, Melissa (Dave) Fichtinger, Carrie (Matt) Tellevik, Katie Brandt, Susie Downing, Tim (fiance, Beth) Downing, Dan (fiance, Sarah) Downing, Josh, Allison and Brianna McClain; 24 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and his in-laws, Donald (Jane) Dalsing, of Hazel Green, Wis. Liz Dalsing, of California, Bernadine Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis. and Agnes Kahle, of Hazel Green.
              He was preceded in death by first wife, Dolores, and second wife, Elaine; his parents; a daughter, Janice Brandt (born 1957, died 1959); a son-in-law, Elmer Timmerman (1999); three brothers and in-laws, Walter Brandt, Karl (Pearl) Brandt and Merlin (Babe) Brandt; his mothers- and fathers-in-law, Andrew and Louisa Dalsing and George and Sophie Dalsing; and his in-laws, Irma (Joe) Wiederholt, Delmar Dalsing, Myrtle (Art) Weber, Almira (Harold) Weber, Marie (Merlin) Bechen, Lowell Kahle and Elmer Schaefer.

        • Elmer E. Timmerman was born on September 15, 1948, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, son of Clarence and Rosalyn (Droeszler) Timmerman. Elmer Timmerman married Karen Brandt, daughter of Donald and Elaine (Dalsing) Brandt, on January 6, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin.
                Elmer retired from farming in 1994 and was working at Wisconsin Woodworks in Kieler. He was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, the Catholic Knights, and the Holy Name Society. He served on Jamestown Town Board for 16 years, and he was a 20-year veteran of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department.

          Elmer E. Timmerman, 50, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Sunday evening, September 12, 1999, at home. Services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 15, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with the Rev. Randy Timmerman and the Rev. Tom Coyle officiating. Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 14, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin.
                He was survived by his wife, Karen: three daughters, Laura (Ron) Slaats, Tammy (Bob) Brand and Molly Timmerman (fiancé Brian Lucey), all of Kieler, Wis.; four grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, and Bethany Slaats, and Amber Brand; his mother, Rosalyn Timmerman, of Cuba City, Wis.; a sister, Dorothy (Richard) Schmaltz, of Dubuque, Ia.; three brothers, Tom (Elaine) Timmerman, of Hazel Green, Wis., Joe (Geri) Timmerman, of Dickeyville, Wis., and Pete (Joyce) Timmerman, of Dubuque, Ia.; and his father-in-law, Donald Brandt, of Kieler, Wis.. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Timmerman; a niece, Renee Timmerman; and his mother-in-law, Elaine Brandt.

      • Karl B. Brandt was born January 28, 1918, in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Sylvester and Susan (Duve) Brandt. Karl Brandt married Pearl K. Schmitz on August 26, 1942, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Coupeville, Washington. Pearl Schmitz was born on April 22, 1921, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wallenhorst) Schmitz. She was a 1939 graduate of St. Andrew High School in Tennyson.
              Karl and Pearl Brandt lived at Potosi, Wisconsin. Karl owned and operated the Tennyson (Knothole) Lumber Company for many years. He retired in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, and he was a member of the Berg-Averkamp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5276 of Potosi. Karl had a stong love of family and passion for life with his many diverse and unique interests. He was especially known for his sense of humor and his story telling abilities.
              Pearl was a selfless person who always put others' needs ahead of her own. She took pride in keeping a comfortable and welcoming home along with serving delicious meals and desserts. Her pies and sweet rolls were only two of her many specialties. She loved spending time laughing with family and friends while enjoying a good game of cards. Pearl drew strength and comfort from her faith. She was a devoted Catholic whose rosary beads were never far from her. Pearl was a cook at St. Andrew-Thomas School until retiring in 1990.
              Karl and Pearl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 14, 1992, with a family dinner at Kalmes Supper Club in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and ten years later, on August 17, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Cottonwood Rest in Fennimore, Wisconsin.

        Karl B. Brandt, 84, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, after a brief illness. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 13, at Martin Page Funeral Home in Potosi, where there was a scripture wake service at 3:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 14, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Andrew Cemetery, where military rites were accorded.
              Mr. Brandt was survived by his wife, Pearl; four children, Susan (Richard) Benson, of East Moline, Ill., Dennis (Brenda) Brandt, of Onalaska, Wis., Bonnie (Rand) Sortland, of Hudson, Wis., and Ron (and fiancée Cindy Klinkhammer) Brandt, of Lancaster, Wis; nine grandchildren, Shellie Mortensen, Cindi Collins, Scott (Christina) Benson, Michael Benson, Angela, Alyssa, and Andria Brandt, and Brett and Dane Sortland; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Brandt, of Kieler, Wis., and Merlin (Mabel) Brandt, of Potosi, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jerry and James Brandt; a grandson, Rick Benson; and a brother, Walter Brandt.

        Pearl K. Brandt, 90, of Hudson, Wisconsin, formerly of Tennyson, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully Friday, September 23, 2011, at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Apartments in Hudson. Services were at noon, Thursday, September 29, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Friends called after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Martin Funeral Home, Potosi, was in charge of arrangements.
              Mrs. Brandt was survived by her four children, Sue (Richard) Benson, of East Moline, Ill., Dennis (Brenda) Brandt, of Onalaska, Wis., Bonnie (Rand) Sortland, of Hudson, Wis., and Ron (Cindy) Brandt, of Lancaster, Wis.; a sister, Viola Steiger; three sisters-in-law, Sylvia, Celine and Babe; a brother-in-law, Donald; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; two sons, James and Jerry; a grandson, Rick; four brothers, Maynard, Orville, Leo and Leroy; and a sister, Hilda.

      • Merlin B. Brandt was born on May 24, 1920, in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Sylvester and Susan (Duve) Brandt. Merlin, who was called "Tubbs," enlisted in the Army Air Corps. in December of 1941, serving in Italy, North Africa and the Panama Canal until September 1945, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
              Merlin Brandt married Mabel "Babe" Patcle on May 21, 1946, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, Wisconsin. Babe was born on March 6, 1924, in Waterloo Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Anna (Knockle) Patcle.
              Babe and Tubbs farmed in rural Potosi for most of their lives. Tubbs was a self-employed carpenter for many years. He enjoyed fishing and telling stories. Tubbs also loved to go to McCartney's Corner for coffee every morning. In later years, Babe was a cook at Friedman's Supper Club. She also became known as "Grandma Babe" while working at Tee-Pee Daycare in Potosi.

        Merlin B. "Tubbs" Brandt, 88, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, May 11, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery at Potosi, where military rites will be accorded by Berg Averkamp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5276 and the American Legion Post 473, both of Potosi. Family and friends called after 9 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church. The Martin Funeral Home, Potosi, was in charge of arrangements.
              He was survived by his wife of 63 years, Mabel "Babe"; five children, Beth (Carl) Abing, of Cassville, Wis., Greg (Mary) Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis., and Cathy (George) Pennekamp, Pat (Tom) Tobin, and Jane (Dale) Ley, all of Potosi, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Brandt, of Kieler, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Pearl Brandt, of East Moline, Ill., and Helen Patcle, of Potosi, Wis.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Walter Brandt and Karl Brandt.

        Mabel E. "Babe" Brandt, 88, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Orchard Manor. Services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends called after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, wass in charge of arrangements.
              She was survived by her children, Beth (Carl) Abing, of Cassville, Wis., Greg (Mary) Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis., and Cathy (George) Pennekamp, Pat (Tom) Tobin and Jane (Dale) Ley, all of Potosi, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donald Brandt, of Kieler, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Helen Patcle, of Potosi, Wis.; and several nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; two brothers, John Patcle and Frank Patcle, Jr.; and three sisters, Marge Zenz Cherrier, Mary Zenz and Florence Elwell.

    • Dora A. Duve* was born on October 5, 1885, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents and attending school. Dora Duve married Leo Leeser. He was born circa 1879 in Wisconsin Leo and Dora Leeser lived at Potosi, Wisconsin. Dora was a member of the Altar Sodality of St. Andrew-Thomas and the Legion of Mary.
      * = A birth record lists her name as "Dora Emilia" and the 1900 U.S. census and her obituary lists her name as "Dora A."; her middle name may then have been Amelia.

      Leo Leeser died in 1957.

      Dora A. (Duve) Leeser, 94, of rural Potosi, Wisconsin, died Sunday afternoon, September 28, 1980, at the Lancaster Nursing Home in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Visitation was after 4 p.m., Monday, September 29, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Rosary was said at 8:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Leeser was survived by a son, Joseph Leeser, and a daughter Luella Patcle, both of rural Potosi, Wis.; 8 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Carrie Flesch of Great Falls, Mont., and Mrs. Martha Brandt and Mrs. Matilda Klein, both of Cuba City, Wis.

      Children of Leo and Dora (Duve) Leeser:

      • Joseph B. Leeser was born April 20, 1909, in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Leo and Dora (Duve) Leeser. Joseph Leeser married Bernice Wiedman on June 7, 1938, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, Wisconsin. Joe and Bernice Leeser farmed at Potosi. Joe later worked at Schaefer Milling and Kowalski Kieler of Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

        Joseph B. Leeser, 78, of British Hollow Road in Potosi, Wisconsin, died Saturday night, January 16, 1988, at home. Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m., Monday, January 18, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the wake service was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mr. Leeser was survived by his wife, Bernice; three daughters, Mrs. Jacob (Joanne) Udelhoven and Mrs. Joseph (Delores) Kerkenbush, both of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Charles (Marilyn) Appeldoorn, of Woodbury Heights, Minn.; two sons, Karl Leeser, of Potosi, Wis., and Owen Leeser, of Dubuque, Ia.; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and a sister, Luella Patcle, of Potosi, Wis.

      • Luella E. Leeser was born on April 6, 1915, in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Leo and Dora (Duve) Leeser. Luella graduated from St. Andrew High School. Luella Leeser married John L. Patcle on September 28, 1937, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, Wisconsin. John Patcle was born ca. 1912-1913 in Wisconsin, son of Frank and Anna Patcle.
              John and Lucille Patcle farmed in rural Potosi. Luella also worked for many years as a nurse's aid at Lancaster Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Luella liked to dance, travel, crochet, knit, sew, and play cards.

        John Patcle died on May 27, 1969.

        Luella E. Patcle, 93, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Visitation was held at the church, prior to services. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery at Potosi. The Martin Funeral Home in Potosi was in charge of arrangements.
              Mrs. Patcle was survived by three children, Dorothea (Carl) Blindert, John (Cheryl) Patcle and Louis (Yolonda) Patcle, all of Potosi; Wis., her special friend, Russell Kasparek, of Lancaster, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Leeser, and Mabel (Merlin) Brandt, both of Potosi, and a brother-in-law, Frank (Helen) Patcle, of Potosi. She also was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a granddaughter, at birth; a great-grandson, Brad Welter; and a brother, Joe Leeser.

    • Bertha E. Duve was born on November 20, 1887, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents and attending school. Bertha Duve married Andrew Bode in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. Andrew was born on April 12, 1875, in Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Anna Bode. Andrew and Bertha Bode lived at Potosi, Wis. Andrew and his son Bob owned and operated a Case Implement dealership in Potosi from the 1930s to the late 1950s.

      Children of Andrew and Bertha (Duve) Bode:

      • Marie Bode was born circa 1917, daughter of Andrew and Bertha (Duve) Bode. Marie Schaefer married Arvin L. Schaefer on January 30, 1940, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. Arvin Schaefer was born May 24, 1914, on the family farm at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of John and Barbara (Pluemer) Schaefer.

        Mrs. Arvin (Marie) Schaefer, 49, of rural Potosi, Wisconsi, died Wednesday, September 13, 1967, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation was after 7 p.m., Thursday, September 14, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Rosary was prayed at 8 p.m., Thursday. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 16, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, and burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mrs. Schaefer was survived by her husband, Arvin; four sons, James Schaefer, Robert Schaefer, and Daniel Schaefer, all of Potosi, Wis., and Donald Schaefer, of Norfolk, Va.; five daughters, Jo Ann Schaefer, Jane Schaefer, Linda Schaefer, and Judy Schaefer, all at home, and Mrs. Patrick (Susan) Tappe, of Clinton, Ia.; three grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Bode, of Potosi, Wis.

        Arvin, who was called "Growler," spent his days farming and socializing. His truck odometer turned as he made his many visits delivering walnuts, candy bars, and apples for pies. His home was always open for young and old. Arvin was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Tenosi Council 6480.

        Arvin L. "Growler" Schaefer, 85, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, on the same farm where he was born. His life and faith had touched many people through the years. Now Arvin can perpetually sing "You Are My Sunshine" and dance. Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m., Monday, January 24, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, where the Rosary was said at 2:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 25, at St. Andrew Church, and burial was in the church cemetery. The Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Potosi was in charge of arrangements.
              Mr. Schaefer was survived by nine children, Jim (and Pat) Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis., Sue (and Pat) Tappe, of Clinton, Ia., Don (and Linda) Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis., "Rusty" (and Jackie) Schaefer, of Racine, Wis., Danyy (and Bernie) Schaefer, of Potosi, Wis., Jo Schaefer (and Dave Stai), of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jane (and Bob) Brader, of Madison, Wis., Linda (and Terry) Trumm, of Oakland, Mich., and Judy Schaefer (and Martin Jacobson), of Jackson, Mich.; 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister Aimee Schaefer, of Green Bay, Wis.; and five brothers, Victor (and Anita) Schaefer, of Potosi, Wis., Paul (and Lois) Schaefer, of Dubuque, Ia., Joseph (and Dot) Schaefer and Cyril (and Gen) Schaefer, both of Potosi, Wis., and Alred (and Gene) Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; three sisters, Sister Mary Aelred, Nellie Brooks, and Bea Ray; and two brothers, his twin brother, Orville Schaefer, and Mickey Schaefer.

      • Robert L. Bode was born July 1, 1923, in Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Andrew and Bertha (Duve) Bode. Robert Bode married Doris Ambort on May 22, 1944, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, Wisconsin. Bob and Doris Bode lived at Potosi. Bob and his father owned and operated a Case Implement dealership in Potosi from the 1930s to the late 1950s. He and his wife Doris later owned and operated Bode Trucking. Bob was a World War II Navy veteran and belonged to the American Legion Post 473 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5276, of Potosi. He was a great outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and Ford trucks. He enjoyed being with his many friends, and they could be seen harassing each other daily. Robert found much joy in his family and especially his grandchildren.

        Robert L. "Bob" Bode, 74, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 4, 1997, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa, after complications during heart bypass surgery. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, where there was a scripture wake service at 3:30 p.m., and an American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars service at 4 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, December 8, at St. Andrew's Church, with the Rev. Richard J. Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Andrew's Cemetery, where military rites were accorded by the Berg Averkamp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5276 and the American Legion Post 473, of Potosi. The Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home in Potosi was in charge of arrangements.
              Mr. Bode was survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Ronald Bode, Ted (Diane) Bode, Jerry (Diane) Bode, Mark (Ann) Bode, and Victoria (Tim) Timmerman, all of Potosi, Wis., Rosie (Bob) Long, of Arvada, Colo., and Norma (Richard) Kammerud, of Lancaster, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Norman Ambort, of Potosi, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marie (Arvin) Schaefer.

        • Ronnie R. Bode was born on November 18, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Doris (Ambort) Bode. Ronnie graduated from Potosi High School in Potosi, Wisconsin, in 1962. Ronnie Bode enjoyed trucking, which he did for many years. More recently, he worked for Tschiggfrie Excavating and Wamsley Excavating. Ronnie also liked fishing and tractor pulls, and in his younger years he enjoyed flying and air shows. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

          Ronnie R. Bode, 62, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, September 17, 2007, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin, with hospice. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 20, and after 9 a.m., Friday, September 21, at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, where there was a scripture service at 4 p.m., Thursday. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, September 21, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
                Mr. Bode was survived by his daughter, Jamie (Christopher) Signorino, of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren, Zane, Luke, Sarah and Rex; his mother, Doris Bode, of Potosi, Wis.; six brothers and sisters, Rosie (Bob) Long, of Arvada, Colo., Norma Jean (Dick) Kammerud, of Lancaster, Wis., and Ted (Diane) Bode, Jerry (Diane) Bode, Mark Bode and Vicki (Tim) Timmerman, all of Potosi, Wis.; 10 nieces and nephews; and good friends, Donna and Dan Burkart and Pat and Kathy Hickson, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Kim Bailiff, of Cassville, Wis. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bode.

    • Mary Caroline Duve was born on April 3, 1890, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents and attending school. Caroline "Carrie" Duve married Charles Flesch, and they lived at Madison, Wis. Carrie Flesch, 94, died in May 1984, with a last residence of Great Falls, Montana.

    • Mathilda M. Duve was born on October 20, 1892, in Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents. Mathilda Duve married Henry Joseph Klein. Henry Klein was born on August 30, 1880, in Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Emma F. Klein. Henry and Mathilda Klein lived at Potosi, Wisconsin, and circa 1945 moved to Dubuque, Iowa. Henry was a railroad employee.

      Henry J. Klein, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Saturday, October 8, 1960, at a Dubuque hospital. Visitation was after 2 p.m., Sunday, October 9, at the Eckstein Funeral Home, where the Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Sunday. Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, at St. Thomas Church in Potosi, Wisconsin, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Klein was survived by his wife, Mathilda; three sons, Alfred Klein, of Potosi, Wis., Robert Klein, of Rockford, Ill., and David Klein, of Dubuque, Ia.; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Anderson*, of Rockford, Ill.; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Leo Markus, of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Joseph Udelhoven, of Cassville, Wis.

      Mathilda (Duve) Klein, 94, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Tuesday night, October 28, 1986, at Southwest Health Center Nursing Home, Cuba City, Wisconsin. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, October 31, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Klein was survived by three sons, Alfred Klein, of Potosi, Wis., David Klein, of Fox Lake, Ill., and Robert Klein, of Rockford, Ill.; one daughter, Frances Anderson, of Madison, Wis.; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis.

      Children of Henry and Mathilda (Duve) Klein:

      • Alfred A. Klein was born September 29, 1913, son of Henry and Mathilda (Duve) Klein. Alfred Klein married Dorothy Kuster. Alfred and Dorothy Klein lived in Potosi, Wisconsin. Alfred was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Knights. He was Potosi Township chairman for 22 years, and he served on the Grant County Board for 20 years. He was on the Federal Land Bank board of directors for many years.

        Alfred A. Klein, 73, of East Street in Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday night, June 29, 1987, at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 2, at Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Knights said the Rosary at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mr. Klein was survived by his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Mrs. David (Phyllis) Koeller, of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Earl (Eileen) Johnson, of Bellevue, Ia., and Mrs. Arthur (Patricia) Winklehaus, of Dubuque, Ia.; four grandchildren; two brothers, David Klein and Robert Klein, both of Rockford, Ill.; and a sister, Mrs. Frances Anderson, of Madison, Wis.

      • David Klein, son of Henry and Mathilda (Duve) Klein, was living at Dubuque, Iowa, in 1960; at Fox Lake, Illinois, in 1986; and at Rockford, Illinois, in 1987, according to the respective obituaries for his father, mother, and brother.

      • Robert Klein, son of Henry and Mathilda (Duve) Klein, resided at Rockford, Illinois.

      • Frances Klein, daughter of Henry and Mathilda (Duve) Klein, married [?] Anderson. In 1960, Frances Anderson was living at Rockford, Illinois, and in 1986 and 1987, at Madison, Wisconsin, according to the respective obituaries for her father, mother, and brother.

    • Albert Alfred Duve was born October 7, 1894, in Wisconsin, son of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census he was living at home with his parents at Potosi, Wisconsin. Albert Duve married Emma T. Kreiser. Emma Kreiser was born December 15, 1896, in Wisconsin, daughter of Frank John and Elizabeth M. (Klein) Kreiser. Albert and Emma Duve lived at Potosi, Wisconsin.

      Albert A. Duve, 73, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, November 8, 1967, at Madison General Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, after a short illness. Visitation was after 5 p.m., Thursday, November 9, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, November 10, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Duve was survived by his wife, Emma; two sons, Bernard Duve, of Madison, Wis., and Albert Duve, Jr., of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; four daughters, Mrs. Clarence Kuhl, of Hazel Green, Wis., Mrs. Jerome Skolaski, of Madison, Wis., Mrs. Harold Hesseling, of Mount Hope, Wis., and Mrs. W. Robert O'Connor, of Chicago, Ill.; 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mrs. Lena Vondrum, of Cassville, Wis., Mrs. Dora Leeser, of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Carrie Flesch, of Great Falls, Mont., Mrs. Mathilda Klein, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Martha Brandt, of Kieler, Wis.

      Mrs. Emma T. Duve, 76, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Tuesday morning, November 13, 1973, at the Prairie du Chien Convalescent Center. Visitation was after 4 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 15, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Duve was survived by two sons, Bernard Duve, of Madison, Wis., and Albert Duve, Jr., of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; four daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Dorothy) Kuhl, of Hazel Green, Wis., Mrs. Jerome (Lucille) Skolaski, of Madison, Wis., Mrs. Harold (Alberta) Hesseling, of Mount Hope, Wis., and Mrs. W. Robert (Betty) O'Connor, of Chicago, Ill.; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Kreiser, of Madison, Wis.; and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hurst, of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Elizabeth Tracy, of Madison, Wis., and Mrs. Frieda Linden, of Dickeyville, Wis.

      Children of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve:

      • [Infant twin sons] Duve, sons of of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve, born and died (date unknown) at Potosi, Wisconsin.

      • Donald Duve was born (birth date unknown), son of of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve.

        Donald Duve is mentioned in his sister Alberta Hesseling's 2006 obituary as having predeceased her, and he is not mentioned as having survived either of his parents in their 1967 and 1973 obituaries, so presumably Donald Duve died before 1967.

      • Dorothy M. Duve was born on January 1, 1915. Dorothy Duve married Clarence H. Kuhl. Clarence Kuhl was born on September 25, 1903. Clarence and Dorothy Kuhl lived at Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

        Clarence Kuhl, 69, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died in March 1973. Dorothy M. Kuhl, 73, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died December 25, 1988. They were buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery at Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

      • Lucille M. Duve was born on May 8, 1917, daughter of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve. Lucille Duve married Jerome Skolaski on August 5, 1939. Jerome Skolaski was born on February 9, 1916, in Madison, Wisconsin, son of John and Johanna (Weber) Skolaski. Jerome served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Jerome and Lucille Skolaski lived at Madison, Wisconsin. They were members of St. James Catholic Church. Jerome was employed by Findorff Construction Company.

        Lucille M. Skolaski, 83, of Madison, Wisconsin, died January 1, 2001.

        Jerome Skolaski, of Madison, Wisconsin, age 87, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2003. Private funeral services were held at a later date. Gunderson East Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
              Mr. Skolaski was survived by his siblings, Bertha Spink of Madison, Wis., Cathrine Barnes of Joliet, Ill., Julia (Edward) Wright of Madison, Wis., Cecilia (Lee) Bethel of Monona, Wis., Eleanor (James) Strand of Bourbonnais, Ill., Betty (Donald) Wright of Monona, Wis., and Robert J. (Margaret) Skolaski of Madison, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his siblings, Sister Theresita Skolaski, August (Lillian) Skolaski, and Richard (Ruth) Skolaski; and brother-in-law, Clarence Spink.
        Source for Jerome Skolaski obituary: http://www.madison.com/obits/.

      • Alberta F. Duve was born on September 23, 1918, in Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve. Alberta Hesseling married Harold B. Hesseling on February 14, 1939, in Potosi, Wisconsin. Harold Hesseling was born on September 25, 1913, son of Joe B. and Anna C. (Rupt) Hesseling. Together Harold and Alberta Hesseling farmed in Potosi and the Mount Hope area until moving to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where they retired.

        Harold B. Hesseling, 86, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died on March 27, 2000.

        Alberta F. Hesseling, 87, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, May 15, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Burial was in St. Andrew's Cemetery at Tennyson, Wisconsin. Family and friends called after 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 15 until the time of departure for the church at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien.
              Mrs. Hesseling was survived by a son, Richard (Kathy) Hesseling, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; two daughters, Lois (Bob) Meyer, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mary (Ron) Lewis, of Beloit, Wis.; two brothers, Al (Janice) Duve, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Bernard (Dorothy) Duve, of Sun City, Ariz.; a sister, Elizabeth (Dr. Wm. Robt.) O'Connor, of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, Tim (Tori) Haas and Robyn (Mike) Koehler, both of Beloit, Wis., and Justin Hesseling, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Chynna, Michael and Christopher; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Donald Duve; two sisters, Dorothy Kuhl and Lucille Skolaski; along with infant twin brothers.

      • Bernard Duve was born in Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve.

      • Albert Duve, Jr. was born on June 26, 1925, in Potosi, Wisconsin, son of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve. Albert, who was called "Al," married Janice Pluemer on September 10, 1949, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. Together they raised three adopted children. Al Duve was a World War II Air Force Veteran, and a 1949 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He owned an insurance company and tax return service. Al was executive director of Prairie Federal Savings and Loan, which became Anchor Bank, from which he retired as regional vice president in 1992. Al continued his charitable activities with the Blackhawk Apartments, Fr. Paul Fagan of Tanzania, and St. John's Parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, and the American Legion. One of Al's favorite pastimes was fishing with his two buddies, Arnie and Fr. Paul. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a loyal friend.

        Albert "Al" Duve Jr., 82, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died peacefully Friday, June 20, 2008, at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, where the rosary was recited at 4:15 p.m., an Eagles tribute was at 7 p.m., and a wake scripture service was at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 26, the day of his birth, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, with the Rev. James Warosh S.J. officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery at Prairie du Chien, where military rites were accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. Al is now with God and will be missed very much by all.
              Mr. Duve was survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice Duve, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; a son, Thomas (Jill) Duve, of Baton Rouge, La.; two daughters, Theresa (Matthew) Langreck, of Holmen, Wis., and Jean Ann (Michael) Berghammer, of Janesville, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Duve, of Sun City, Ariz.; and a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" O'Connor, of Glenview, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

      • Elizabeth Duve was born in Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Emma (Kreiser) Duve. Elizabeth Duve, who was called "Betty," married William Robert O'Connor. William Robert O'Connor was born on August 28, 1921. Dr. W. Robert and Betty O'Connor lived at Glenview, Illinois.

        William R. O'Connor, M.D., 84, of Glenview, Illinois, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, August 4, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago, Illinois. Funeral services were held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Chicago for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment was in All Saints Cemetery at Des Plaines, Illinois.
              Dr. O'Connor was the beloved husband of Elizabeth ''Betty,'' née Duve; loving father of Kathleen (Michael) Diesman, Maureen O'Connor N.D., Timothy M.D. (Karyn) O'Connor, Margaret (Wayne Hasz) O'Connor, Patricia (Michael) McCall, Teresa O'Connor and Robert (Carol Maczka) O'Connor; proud grandpa Doc of Colleen, Cala and Maura O'Connor, Brendan and David Hasz, Robert, Patrick and Elizabeth McCall, and Christian DeJong; dear brother of Lucille (late Harry) Pierson; and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
        Source for William R. O'Connor obituary: http://www.smithcorcoran.com/ and Chicago Tribune, indexed online at http://www.legacy.com/.

    • Martha M. Duve was born February 14, 1897, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Bernard and Anna (Richter) Duve. At the time of the 1900 U.S. census she was living at home with her parents. Martha Duve married Adolph Joseph Brandt on June 25, 1917,* at Kieler, Wisconsin. Adolph Brandt was born on March 24, 1982, at Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Cyriakus and Appalonia (Bischoff) Brandt.**
      * = Adolph Brandt's obituary has the year as 1917; an online genealogy has 1915.
      ** = One online source has the maiden name as Bishop.
            Adolph and Martha Brandt lived at Louisburg, Wisconsin, and they had two children, Virgil and Betty. Martha taught school in the Hazel Green, Wisconsin, area until her retirement. Adolph and Martha farmed; Adolph lived on a farm in the Kieler community all his life. As a farmer he was a member and official of the Production Credit Association of Lancaster, Wisconsin.

      Adolph Joseph Brandt, 60, of near Kieler, Wisconsin, died at 12:54 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 1952, at the family residence after a short illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, from the Haudenshield Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.
            He was survived by his wife, Martha; two children, Mrs. Dale (Betty Jean) Harris, of Route 1, Cuba City, Wis., and Virgil Brandt, at home; two grandsons; three sisters, Mrs. Christina Jackson and Mrs. Henry (Frances) Kieler, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Ferd (Margaret Schnieder, of Route 3, Dubuque; and a brother, Louis Brandt, of Kieler, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters.

      Martha Brandt later moved to Kieler, Wisconsin, and then to Cuba City, Wisconsin, which became her permanent residence.

      Martha M. Brandt, 90, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, June 4, 1987, at home. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 5, at the Haudenshield Funeral Home in Cuba City. Services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the funeral home, and burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.
            Mrs. Brandt was survived by a son, Virgil, of Cuba City, Wis., and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

      Children of Adolph and Martha (Duve) Brandt:

      • Virgil B. Brandt was born July 31, 1918, in Jamestown Township of Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Adolph and Martha (Duve) Brandt. Virgil attended the Sinnippee Country School. Virgil Brandt married Elaine F. Oftedahl on November 24, 1962. Elaine Oftedehl was born on April 8, 1927, at Clarissa, Minnesota, daughter of Christopher and Beulah (Cowles) Oftedahl. Virgil and Elaine Brandt lived all their married life on Sinnippee Lane in rural Cuba City, Wisconsin. He enjoyed gardening, cutting wood, and the outdoors. She was a homemaker.

        Virgil B. Brandt, 73, of rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday afternoon, May 27, 1992, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation was after 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at Mergen-Boll Funeral Home in Platteville, Wisconsin. Services were at the funeral home at 2 p.m., Saturday. Burial of the cremains was at a later date in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.
              Mr. Brandt was survived by his wife, Elaine, and a son, Matthew Brandt, of Cuba City, Wis.

        Elaine F. Brandt, 72, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and formerly of rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at St. Anthony Park in St. Paul. Visitation was after 1 p.m., Friday, May 21, at Mergen-Boll Funeral Home in Platteville, Wisconsin, where memorial services were held at 2 p.m., with Mr. Ray Miller and Mr. Kevin Killiam officiating.
              Mrs. Brandt was survived by a son, Matthew Brandt, of Platteville, Wis.; a sister, Lois Marie Oftedahl, of St. Paul, Minn.; and a brother, Delvert (Lena) Oftedahl, of Lake Elmo, Minn.

      • Betty Jean Brandt was born ca. 1923-24, in Wisconsin, daughter of Adolph and Martha (Duve) Brandt. Betty Brandt married Dale C. Harris on June 25, 1946, at Cuba City, Wisconsin. Dale Harris was born on December 28, 1916, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, son of Tom and Zella (Cusack) Harris.
              Dale and Betty Harris farmed in rural Cuba City, Wisconsin. Dale farmed all his life. He was a member of American Milk Producers for 35 years and was a lifelong member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
              Dale enjoyed hunting, woodworking, gardening, and most of all, his grandchildren. He was a member of the Cuba City School Board from 1961 to 1966, the Cuba City Future Farmers of america Honorary Chapter, and the Southwest Wisconsin Audubon Society. He also served as president of the National Plott Hound Association at one time. Betty was a member of the Mother's Club of the Dickeyville Public School.

        Mrs. Dale J. (Betty) Harris, 55, of rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday morning, January 21, 1979, at the Cuba City Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City, and burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Family and friends called at the Haudenshield Funeral Home in Cuba City.
              She was survived by husband, Dale; five sons, Kenneth, Tom, Wayne, Steven, and Dean, and a duaghter, Carla, all at home; one grandson; her mother, Mrs. Martha Brandt; and a brother, Virgil Brandt, both of Rt. 1, Cuba City, Wis.

        Dale Harris, 79, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died at 2:25 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 1996, at home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 1, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City, with the Rev. Mike White officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Family and friends called from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Haudenshield Funeral Home in Cuba City.
              He was survived by a daughter, Carla (Dean) Taft, of Cuba City, Wis.; five sons, Thomas Harris, Kenneth Harris, Wayne (Kathy) Harris, Steve (Karen) Harris, and Dean (Jo Anne) Harris, all of Cuba City, Wis.; a special friend, Joyce Ebert; a brother, Orlin Harris, of King, Wis.; and four sisters, Fern (Duwayne) Scott, of Fort Atkinson, Wis., Hazel (Harley) Walter, of Potosi, Wis., and Helen (Calvin) Walter and Verna (Meredith) Glasgow, both of Scales Mound, Ill. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie, on Nov. 15, 1958; a son, Keith, on Aug. 10, 1965; and his parents.

        • Kenneth J. Harris was born on September 29, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Dale C. and Betty J. (Brandt) Harris. Kenneth Harris devoted his entire life to family farms. Kenny enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. In his younger years he enjoyed coon hunting with his family.
                Kenneth J. Harris, 60, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, August 20, 2011, at home. Services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, with Pastor Debbie Pimm officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, and from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, before the service.
                He was survived by a sister, Carla S. (special friend, Dan Belken) (Harris) Taft, of Cuba City, Wis.; and four brothers, Thomas (Sharon) Harris, Wayne (Kathy) Harris, Steve (Karen) Harris, and Dean Harvey (JoAnne) Harris, all of Cuba City, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Keith; and a sister, Bonnie.

  4. Mary Richter was born on August 29, 1860, at Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter. Mary Richter married John Kelly on May 1, 1890, in Grant County, Wisconsin, and they farmed at Potosi, Wisconsin. John was born in March 1863 at Potosi, Wisconsin, son of William and Catharine (Hartnett) Kelly*. The 1900 U.S. census has the household consisting of John, age 37, and Mary, age 38, and three daughters, Lillia, age 8, born March 1892; Ella M., age 5, born January 1895; and Margerit M., age 3, born January 1897.
    * = The 1880 census has John Kelly, age 17, in the Potosi township household of his mother, one Catherine Miller, age 44, who was born in Ireland; two other sons were also in the household, William Kelly, age 19, and Edward Kelly, age 15; the boys' father is also noted as having been born in Ireland.

    from the Tuesday, August 28, 1951, Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald:
    Potosi Resident to be 91 Years Old Wednesday
    Potosi, Wis.--Mrs. Mary Kelly, one of Potosi's eldest residents, will observe her 91st birthday Wednesday.
          Mrs. Kelly lives with a daughter, Mrs. Joe Reynolds. Despite failing eyesight, she manages to keep active. While she was still able to read, her favorite language was German.
          The former Mary Richter, she was born at Kieler, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Richter. She was married May 1, 1890, to John Kelly. They farmed near Potosi for many years before retiring to Potosi. Kelly died several years ago.
          Mrs. Kelly has three daughters, Mrs. J.C. (Lillian) Reynolds, of Potosi, Mrs. W.R. Faherty, of Monroe, Wis., and Mrs. F.C. Burns, of Omaha, Neb.
          There are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Duve, of Potosi, and Mrs. Chris Schmitz, of Beetown, as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. All are expected to be on hand to help Mrs. Kelly celebrate her birthday.

    John Kelly died in 1945, and he was buried in Potosi, Wisconsin.

    Mrs. Mary Kelly, 91, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 12, 1952, at a hospital in Monroe, Wisconsin, after s short illness. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 15, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, with the Rev. J. Howard Browne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
          She was survived three daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Lillian) Reynolds, of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. W.R. (Mary) Faherty, of Monroe, Wis., and Mrs. F.C. (Jean) Burns, of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Duve, of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Chris Schmitz, of Beetown, Wis.

    • Lillian D. Kelly was born on March 20, 1892, daughter of John and Mary (Richter) Kelly. Lillian Kelly married Joseph C. Reynolds. Joseph Reynolds was born in 1884 in Wisconsin, son of John and Mary A. Reynolds. Joseph and Lillian Reynolds lived at Potosi, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Thomas Catholic Church. Lillian was a member of Branch 42 of Catholic Knights, the St. Andrew-Thomas Altar Sodality, and the Legion of Mary. Joseph and Lillian had a daughter, Calista Reynolds.

      Joseph Reynolds died in 1962, and he was buried in St. Thomas Catholic Church Cemetery at Potosi, Wisconsin.

      Lillian D. Reynolds, 89, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Friday, October 2, 1981, at the Lancaster Nursing Home in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday, October 4, at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the parish rosary was said at 3:30 p.m. and the Legion of Mary rosary at 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 5, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            She was survived by one daughter, Calista Schaefer, of Potosi, Wis.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Burns, of Lancaster, and Mary Faherty, of Milwaukee, Wis.

      Child of Joseph and Lillian (Kelly) Reynolds:

      • Calista M. Reynolds was born on October 24, 1925, in Potosi Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph and Lillian (Kelly) Reynolds. Calista Reynolds, who was called "Kick," married Francis W. Schaefer on October 23, 1945, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, Wisconsin. Francis Schaefer, who was called "Mickey," was born on September 15, 1922, at Potosi, Wisconsin. Francis and Calista Schaefer lived at Potosi, Wisconsin.
              Francis worked at Case Power and Equipment from 1973 to 1983 and then joined Finney Implement, Inc., at Lancaster, Wisconsin. He served as Potosi Village board member and sewer commisioner for many years and was a member of the Potosi Businessmen's Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was a World War II veteran.
              Calista worked as a waitress for many years, mostly at the Dugout in Dickeyville. She was a longtime member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and an active member of the Potosi Township Historical Society. She especially enjoyed collecting history of Potosi and the brewery. She also was a member of the Quilters Club and made many quilts for her family. Calista enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.

        Francis W. "Mickey" Schaefer, 64, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, July 15, 1987, at St. Joseph's Unit, Mercy Health Center, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 17, at Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home in Potosi, where the Knights of Columbus said the rosary at 5:30 p.m., and the wake service was at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery in Potosi.
              He was survived by his wife, Calista; six sons, Gary Schaefer, of Northampton, Mass., Mark Schaefer, of Elgin, Ill., Alan Schaefer, of Aurora, Colo., Karl Schaefer, of Kansas City, Kan., Mike Schaefer, of Madison, Wis., and Ron Schaefer, of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Luann) Droessler, of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Michael (Patrice) Udelhofen, of Platteville, Wis., and Amy Schaefer, of Whitewater, Wis.; three grandchildren; seven brothers, Victor Schaefer, Arvin Schaefer, Orville Schaefer, Joe Schaefer, and Cyril Schaefer, all of Potosi, Wis., Paul Schaefer, of Dubuque, Ia., and Aelred Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis.; and three sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Beatrice) Ray, of Porterville, Calif., Sister Aimee Schaefer, of Green Bay, Wis., and Mrs. LaVern (Nellie) Books, of Milwaukee, Wis.

        Calista M. "Kick" Schaefer, 83, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Potosi, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery at Potosi. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 27, at Martin Funeral Home in Potosi, where there was a rosary service at 4 p.m. Family and friends also called from 10 a.m. until time of services, Tuesday, April 28, at the funeral home.
              She was survived by nine children, Gary (Barbara Fingold) Schaefer, of S. Deerfield, Mass., Mark (Dar) Schaefer, of Reedsburg, Wis., Alan (Sandy) Schaefer, of Independence, Wis., Luann (Joe) Droessler, of Potosi, Wis., Karl (Nancy Krasno) Schaefer, of Efland, N.C., Patrice (Eric Streicher) Udelhofen, of Madison, Wis., Amy (Patrick Muller) Schaefer, of Wadsworth, Ohio, Michael (Valerie) Schaefer, of Verona, Wis., and Ron (Marcelita) Schaefer, of Moore, Okla.; 15 grandchildren, Adrianne, Josh, Kylie, Sam, Abby, Erin, Hillary, Bryan, Jeremy, Alyssa, Jaedyn, Sydney, Jordan, Tyler and Trevor; three great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Jean Schaefer, of Platteville, Wis., Anita Schaefer and Dot Schaefer, both of Potosi, Wis., and Lois Schaefer, of Dubuque, Ia.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and an infant child at birth.

  5. Dorathea M. Richter was born circa 1861 in Wisconsin, daughter of John and Gertrude (Kieler) Richter. The 1880 census has Dora Richter as a servant in the household of her aunt and uncle, Louisa (Kieler) and Henry Schumacher, at East Dubuque, Illinois. Dora married Charles Albert Jacobs circa 1885. Charles Jacobs was born in Pennsylvania in April 1860.
          Born to Charles and Dorothea at Potosi, Wisconsin, were James William Jacobs, born October 15, 1886, [female] Jacobs, born March 27, 1889; and Charles Levi Jacobs, born July 26, 1891. [Also born to a Charles Jacobs of Potosi was [male] Jacobs, born November 8, 1886, but no mother's name is given.]
          Charles and Dora Jacobs moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, circa 1898-1899. At the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, the Jacobs household in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, consisted of Charles A., born April 1860; his wife Dora, born July 1871 [sic, probably should be 1861], mother of five children, four living; and their children, all born in Wisconsin, James W., born October 1885; Charles L., born June 1890; and Clara, born April 1894. Their son George T., born in Wisconsin circa 1897, was not in the list included in an online database.
          In 1910, the U.S. Census has the Jacobs household in Council Bluffs, Iowa, consisting of Charles A., age 50, born in Pennsylvania to parents also born there; his wife Dora M., age 49, born in Wisconsin; and their children, Charles L., age 18, born in Wisconsin; Clare M., age 16, born in Wisconsin; George T., age 13, born in Wisconsin; and Raymond E., age 9, born in Iowa.
          In 1920, according to that year's census, only Charles and Dora remained in the household. By 1930, Charles Jacobs had died, and Dora was listed in that year's census in the household of her sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Joseph Diener, in Dubuque, Iowa.
          In 1946, at the time of her brother Joseph Richter's death, Dora Jacobs was listed in his obituary as living in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Children of John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter

  1. Albert Richter was born in January 1867, son of John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter. Albert married Alice M. Ringland on February 24, 1892, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Alice Ringland was born in April 1868 in Wisconsin.
          Born to them were Evaline E. Richter ([Evealine] born August 1894 in Wisconsin), Eleanor Richter ([Ellenor] born June 1896 in Wisconsin), and Ringland John Richter (listed as John R. Richter in the 1900 U.S. census, born July 18, 1898, in Wisconsin).
          In 1900 the Albert and Alice Richter family were living at Potosi, Wisconsin, where they farmed.

  2. Caroline Richter was born circa 1869, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter. Presumably Caroline died a young girl before 1880, as her name does not appear in that year's census.

  3. Margaret Richter was born in October 1871*, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter. In 1900 Margaret, who was called "Maggie," age 28, was living in her parents' household in Potosi, along with Harry J. Blindert, listed as a grandson of the head of household (John Richter). Harry was born in Iowa in September 1895. Margaret Richter, who was called "Maggie," presumably had married and was widowed.
    * = according to the 1900 U.S. Census; other censuses give estimated years of birth ranging from 1872 to 1880.
          Margaret Richter married Christian H. Schmitz on June 1, 1904, at Potosi, Wisconsin. Chris Schmitz was born ca. 1875-1878, at Cassville, Wisconsin, son of William and Sybilla (Dresen) Schmitz. Chris and Margaret Schmitz lived at Beetown, Wisconsin, where they farmed.
    * = The 1880 U.S. Census has William's spouse's name as "Sabila," and the 1900 census has her name as "Sifala."
          In 1905, according to the that year's Wisconsin State Census, Chris Schmitz, age 27, and his wife Maggie, age 28, were living in the household of Chris's younger brother Henry, in Beetown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. In 1910, according to the that year's U.S. Census, the roles were reversed, with brother Henry now living in Chris's household in Beetown; the household consisted of Chris H., age 32; Margareth, age 34; son Harry, age 14; and Chris's brother Henry Schmitz, age 30.
    * = Harry assumed his stepfather's surname; in 1941 Harry Schmitz was living in Chicago, Illinois.
          In 1920, the Schmitz household consisted of Chris, age 43; wife Maggie, age 48; adopted son Harold T. Hill, age 11; and Harley Wise, presumably a farm laborer, age 28. In 1930, the household in Beetown consisted of Chris H. Schmitz, age 54, and his wife Margaret, age 50, and the household remained the same in 1940, with Chris at age 64 and Margaret, age 67.
          Margaret Schmitz was still living in 1951.

  4. Rosa M. Richter was born on October 18, 1874, at Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Neid) Richter. Rosa Richter married Joseph Diener in Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1898. Joseph Diener was born ca. 1880, son of Leopold and Esther Diener.* Joseph and Rosa Diener lived in Chicago for eight years before moving to Lancaster, Wisconsin, for a number of years. In 1919 they moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where for years Joseph Diener operated the Capitol Theatre.
    * = Joseph Diener was born in Hungary, according to the 1920 U.S. Census; in Germany, according to the 1930 census. His mother Esther's obituary states she was born in Austria-Hungary.
          In 1920, according to that year's U.S. Census, the Diener household in Dubuque consisted of Joseph, age 40; his wife, Rosa M., age 39; and children, all born in Wisconsin, Leopold, age 12; Arnold, age 10; and Esther E., age 3 years, 3 months. In 1930 the household consisted of Joseph, age 48; his wife Rosa M., age 48; childen, all born in Wisconsin, Leo J., age 22; Arnold R., age 21; and Esther E., age 13; and Rosa's sister, Dora Jacobs, widowed, age 60.

    Mrs. Rosa Diener, 67, of South Grandview Avenue in Dubuque, Iowa, died at Pasavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening, December 18, 1941, following a brief illness. The body was available for viewing at the Strueber Funeral Home in Dubuque after 2 o'clock, Saturday afternoon, December 20.
          The funeral was held Monday morning, December 22, from the Strueber Funeral Home to St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, where the Rev. Duane Brady sang the requiem mass and delivered the sermon. The St. Patrick's Vested Boys Choir sang at the mass. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, where Father Brady also officiated. Pallbearers were Arthur A. Meyer, John Kintzinger, John Cottingham, Ned Fratus, George Jansen, and John Gantz.
          Out-of-town persons attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schmitz, Beetown, Wis.; Harry Schmitz, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Richter, Bloomongton, Wis.; John Kelly, Mrs. J. Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bode, and Miss Mary Neid, all of Potosi, Wis.; and Mrs. Mary Haines, Mr. and Mrs. H. Habermann, Mrs. Lena Vondrum, and Dr. and Mrs. O. Bernhardt, all of Cassville, Wis.
          Mrs. Diener was survived by her husband; two sons, Leo J. and Arnold R. Diener, both of Dubuque, Ia.; one daughter, Miss Esther Diener, of Dubuque, Ia.; two brothers, John Richter, of Bloomington, Wis., and Joseph Richter, of Dubuque, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. John Kelly and Mrs. Anna Duve, both of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Dora Jacobs, of Council Bluffs, Ia., and Mrs. Chris Schmitz, of Beetown, Wis.; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.


Sources include obituaries from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald; readings of gravestones at St. Thomas Catholic Church Cemetery in Potosi, Wisconsin; a biographical entry for George Kieler in the 1901 Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette, Wisconsin (pages 896-898, as transcribed at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wigrant/bio351.htm); U.S. census records available on microfilm at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the online U.S. Census at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website, at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp and at https://www.familysearch.org; Grant County, Wisconsin Birth Records - Earliest to 1891, see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wigrant/links.htm; and Dave Halm's WorldConnect webpages at Rootsweb.com, Haverhill, Marshall County, Iowa; NW JoDaviess County, IL; SW Grant County, WI; Wabasha, MN & Emsland, Hanover, Germany at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=haverhill_iowa


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