Death Notices and Obituary Index

For Milwaukee and the Surrounding Communities

Sources: The Milwaukee Journal, The Milwaukee Sentinel, other various newspapers
Publish dates: Various

See also Waukesha Obituaries
Milwaukee County Obits (offsite link)
Milwaukee Sentinel,Journal Death Notice Index (offsite link)
Milwaukee Obit Archives June 2001 (offsite link)
Milwaukee Obit Archives before June 2001 (offsite link)
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Source: Der Nord Westen (Manitowoc, Wis), 16 July 1908

Friday evening last week Erwin Gartzke, only son of brewer Gustav Gartzke in Centerville [Manitowoc County], along with the Mill brothers decided to go swimming in the millrace. It was a very hot day. Whether young Gartzke had cooled off enough before going into the water, or whether there was some other cause, it has been absolutely established that the young man was overcome with cramps and sank before the eyes of his comrades who were unable to help him in time. The body of the drowned boy was pulled from the water a half hour later, but all efforts at resuscitation were to no avail. The body was taken to Milwaukee and buried there Monday.



died April 11, 1933.
Published April 14, 1933.

GENTZ: Andrew, beloved father of Edward, Clarence and Beatrice, at his residence, 2218 W. Galena st., Tuesday, Apr. 11, age 63 years. Funeral Monday, Apr. 17, at 8:30 a.m., from Nic Weiand Funeral Home, 2416 W. Lisbon av., to St. Michael's church. Interment Holy Cross cemetery.



Source: Der Nord Westen, Manitowoc Wisconsin 23 Aug 1906

From the correspondent in Two Rivers, 20 Aug. MATHIAS GIESER, who was born here in 1864 and spent his youth here, but moved to Milwaukee some years ago, died there Thursday last week from consumption. The body was brought here and his well attended funeral was conducted Friday from the Catholic Church. He leaves a widow and a 16-year old daughter.



from the Milwaukee Journal of Jan 16, 1945

Burial in Forest Home cemetery followed funeral services Monday for Dr. L. T. Gilmer, 50, a Negro physician and surgeon here for 23 years, who died Friday night at his home, 4120 N. 12th St., after a long illness. The services were at the O'Bee chapel, 1767 N. 7th St.

Dr. Gilmer came to Milwaukee in 1922 after graduating from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He had offices at 636 W. Juneau Av. and at 1332 S. 16th St.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Lee Gilmer; a son; a brother, Dr. Marshal P. of Alabama; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Marsh and Mrs. Nellie McBride of Alabama, and a brother-in-law, Dr. Charles L. Paper of Milwaukee, a dentist.  


Source: researcher see Manitowoc County site

GNADT MARY b. 23 October 1898 /d. November 1979) Mary spent most of her married life in Milwaukee County. Once her husband died, she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in the City of Manitowoc. She died in 1979 in Manitowoc County but is buried next to her husband in Milwaukee County. Mary and her husband Albert Gnadt are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. They are located in Block 33, Lot 284 South.



Source: Milwaukee Herold, 7 Mar 1927
Translated and submitted by Gary/see contribributors page

Anna Goelz, born Schumacher -- Friend and neighbor, the sad news that the much beloved wife, Anna Goelz, born Schumacher, on Sunday, 6 March, 7:00 in the evening, age 63 years, after long illness, is resting in peace. The funeral will be Wednesday, 9 march, 8:30 in the morning, from the Funeral Home of F. T. Scheurell, 1101 Kinnickinnic Avenue, then to St. Augustine Church, and then to the Sacred Heart Cemetery in St. Francis. Private condolences, please, to the mourning and bereaved: Lorenz Goelz, husband, Mrs. C. Boldt, Mrs. R. C. Will, Mrs. H. J. Quast, Mrs. C. H. Schneider, and Rose Goelz, daughters; together with son-in-laws, relatives and neighbors.



Source: Milwaukee Herold und Seebote, 17 Apr 1902
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Anna Gertrude Goelz [nee Gassen]
Died Wednesday, 16 April, 1902, age 72 years, after a long illness. The funeral will be Saturday morning, 9:30, from the mourning house on Clement Avenue, from there to the St. Francis Cemetery. Private condolences, please, to the mourning and bereaved: George Goelz, husband and relatives.



Source: Milwaukee Herold-Morgenblatt, 9 Sep 1913
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George Goelz, Sr. -- Friend and neighbor, the sad news that the much beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great grandfather, George Goelz, Sr. on Sunday the 7 September, 1913, at 9:15 in the evening, age 93 years and 18 days, after a long illness, was provided with the holy last sacrament , is resting in peace. The funeral will be Wednesday, 10 Sept, 1913, at 8:30 in the morning, from the mourning home on Clement Avenue, to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in St. Francis, and then to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery. Private condolences, please, to the mourning and bereaved: Margaretha, Mary Wagner, born Goelz, Lawrence, Carolina Mondlock, born Goelz, George Jr., Rosa, and Herman Goelz, children: together with sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and neighbors.



Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 13, 1997

Window cleaner wanted people to shine

Despite obstacles set in his path, he stayed committed to seeking racial harmony.

Edgar William Gordon, a window cleaner by trade, played an antique alto horn in the 1st Brigade Civil War Band for nearly 30 years and once performed an impromptu singing duet with the city's mayor. A religious man who pasted biblical and philosophic sayings on his car, Gordon, 79, died Thursday, July 10 at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center. He had heart surgery several months ago. He was known for his smiles, his enthusiasm, his duties as a Democratic poll worker for 48 years, his frequent opinion pieces in The Milwaukee Journal and his efforts to bring whites and blacks together. "He was always trying to bridge that (racial) gap," said his daughter, Patricia Chyphes. "He wanted the white people to know the positive things about black people." Gordon was born in Greenwood, Miss., on Sept. 7, 1917. At age 2, he moved to Milwaukee with his parents, Bernice and Percy Gordon. A graduate of Lincoln High School, he later told about a taste of discrimination when he enrolled in a post-high school baking course in the 1930s. "Even though I became the most qualified student," he wrote, the instructor "never sent me to a baker shop as a helper because he feared they would not accept me and I'd be greatly discouraged. He did not seem to understand that nothing could be worse than seeing less qualified white kids being tossed the ball." For 14 years in the 1940s and '50s, he and his family attended a nearly all-white church and actively participated in its programs and services. It was a blow to Gordon that, when he applied for membership, the church turned him down. Some years later, he joined the predominantly white North Shore Presbyterian Church, where he became a deacon and member of the choir and occasionally rang the hand bells or played the trumpet.

It was there in 1988 that he sang the duet with Mayor John Norquist, who was visiting the church. "I remember singing with him fondly," Norquist said Friday. "The song was 'His Eye Is on the Sparrow.' "We've felt blessed to have Edgar with us," said the Rev. Elizabeth Stafford, North Shore's associate pastor. "He is much beloved here." Gordon eventually had to give up the choir because his eyes were getting bad and he could no longer read the music, said Sam Kashou, co-chairman of the deacon board. However, he did not give up his habit of sending letters on religion and his personal feelings to selected church members, his family and friends.

He often quoted from the Bible and, "while washing windows, at the drop of the hat, he would start evangelizing," Kashou said. Actually, Gordon did not wash windows. He cleaned them. "People want their windows cleaned, not just washed," he would explain. Gordon tried to follow his father into foundry labor, but that, like a job with the gas company, didn't work out. He went on welfare for a year to help support his family but did not like it and vowed to repay every cent. He did. While working for a window washing firm, Gordon decided he could start his own company; Beacon Window cleaners was the result. With no employees but himself, he cleaned windows at businesses throughout the city and at large private homes on the east side. He retired about 10 years ago and closed his business. He had been playing a horn, trumpet or cornet much of his life, and he frequently played in volunteer bands around the city. But Gordon's longest attachment was with the 1st Brigade Band, an organization based on a Wisconsin unit that accompanied Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman on his march through Georgia. The band uses instruments from that period and has recorded numerous tapes and compact discs and given concerts through the nation. Gordon was with the band in 1990 when it played in Washington, D.C., leading the 125th anniversary commemoration of the Grand Review Parade, which celebrated the end of the Civil War. Despite his failing eyesight, he played with the 1st Brigade Band until last year. "He had a lot of the music memorized," said his friend, Barbara Lauterbach, who plays trumpet. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Northwest Funeral Chapel, 630 W. Hampton Ave., with the service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at North Shore Presbyterian, 4049 Bartlett Ave. He is survived by his wife, Juanita, of Milwaukee, and three children, Patricia, of Wauwatosa, Virginia Gordon, of Milwaukee, and Carlyle Gordon, of Detroit. Another son, Albert, preceded him in death.



Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 17, 2000

Juanita GORDON, Age 80 years, July 12, 2000. Beloved mother of Carlyle E. Gordon, Patricia (Cleodis) Chyphes and Virginia Gordon. Further survived by 4 grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Funeral Wed. 11AM. Visitation Tues. 3-7PM at Northwest Chapel O'Bee, Ford & Frazier, 6630 W. Hampton Ave. 462-6020.



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


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



Source: Milwaukee Journal March 28, 1926

GrINGS-Caroline (nee Hagedorn), Mar 27, wife of Henry Grings, mother of Mrs. J. T. Kelly, Erwin, Ada Fuss, Rhoda Grings and sister of Henry and Ernest Hagedorn of Milwaukee, Mrs. Nicholas Schenk of St. Louis. Funeral Tuesday Mar 30 at 8:30 a.m. from residence, 110 10th st., to Gesu church. Interment Holy Cross cemetery.

Same newspaper as above, notices appeared one after the other.

FUSS-Caroline (nee Hagedorn), Mar 27, wife of Henry Grings, mother of Mrs. J. T. Kelly, Erwin, Ada Fuss, Rhoda Grings and sister of Henry and Ernest Hagedorn of Milwaukee, Mrs. Nicholas Schenk of St. Louis. Funeral Tuesday Mar 30 at 8:30 a.m. from residence, 110 10th st., to Gesu church. Interment Holy Cross cemetery.



Source: Manitowoc County Newspaper, date unknown

EDITOR: GRASSOLD'S: MOTHER DIES Mrs. Charles Grassold Passed Away at Milwaukee on Thursday of Last Week After a Brief Illness. The Times briefly mentioned last week the death of Mrs. Charles Grassold, the venerable mother of editor Joseph Grassold of The Wisconsin Democrat, which occurred at her home in Milwaukee Thursday Mar. 6th after an illness of two weeks, from the grippe. Theresia Boesewald was born July 27, 1838, in Baveria, Germany and in 1852 in company with her sister came to America locating at Milwaukee which place had been her home until her death with the exception of a short time when she resided at St. Lawrence, Washington county. On May 25, 1856, she was married to Chas. Grassold by Rev. Fr. H. J. Holzhuer at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Milwaukee and the union was blessed with thirteen children, nine of whom are still living, two sons, editor Grassold of this city and Chas. Grassold, a printer at Kiel and seven daughters residents of Milwaukee. Mrs. Grassold celebrated her golden wedding anniversary in 1906. She was a woman who always enjoyed good health and took an active part in church work, being a working member of the church in which she was married over half a century ago. She was also a member or the St. Anna society of that congregation. The deceased has visited our city on different occasions and her pleasing, kindly manners made a lasting impression on those who made her acquaintance. The Times extends to editor Grassold and other relatives our deepest sympathy for there is no loss that compares with that of a devoted mother. The funeral was held on Monday from St. Joseph's church, Milwaukee, with interment in Calvary cemetery. She is survived by her husdand and nine children.



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Source: Unknown, likely Milw. Newspaper

GRIEP: Lena, [11 Mar (1877?)-11 Feb (1930)] beloved wife of Gustav Griep, 2332 Keefe av., fond mother of Lillian Seidel, mother-in-law of George Seidel, sister of Mathilda Liedtke, Charles Raasch, Bertha Hoeft and William Raasch; also survived by 2 brothers-in-law ans 2 sisters-in-law. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the age of 53 years, 7 months. Funeral at L.A. Jung funeral home, 2504 Vliet st., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Services at the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran church, W. 24th and Vine sts. Interment Wanderers’ Rest cemetery.



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Obituary: Frank R. Grim formerly of Beloit Rd., West Allis and Tucson, Ariz., aged 73 years; March 18, 1973, San Mateo, Calif. Beloved Husband of Regina (nee Fons); dear father of 2 daughters; dear brother of 2 sisters. Interment St. Adalbert Cemetery.



Source: Unknown
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Grim: Frank H. of 4338 W. Lisbon av. father of James and Arline Grim, son of William C. Grim, brother of Helen Fichtner, Ruth Watson, Marion Burg, Frances Barth, Hazel Midthun, William L, and Raymond C. Grim, passed away Tuesday June 20, aged 41. Services Friday, Jun 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the Ritter Funeral Home, 5304 W. North av. Interment Wanderers' Rest cemetery.

Frank is buried next to his parents. Inscription: Brother



Source: Unknown

GRIM-Lenora, beloved wife of William C. Grim and mother of Helen, Frances, Hazel, Mrs. Ruth Watson, Mrs. Marion Burg, William Jr., Frank and Raymond Grim, Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 a.m. aged 52 years. Funeral from residence 1304 33d av. Monday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. Interment at Wanderers' Rest Cemetery." Note: Lenora's maiden name was DEAN.



Source: Date and Paper unknown probably Milwaukee Journal or Sentinel
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William C. Grim Rites to Be Held on Friday. Funeral services for William C. Grim, 69, a former employe of the Milwaukee Electric Co., for 34 years who died Tuesday, will be held at the Wendler chapel, 2031 W. Capitol drive, at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Wanderer's Rest cemetery. Born in Lebanon, Ky., in 1870, Mr. Grim came to Milwaukee in 1896 and entered the service of the Electric Co., where he was employed until his retirement in 1930. He lived at 4338 W. Lisbon av. He was a member of the Employes' Mutual Benefit association. Surviving are five daugthers, Mrs. Helen Fichtner, Mrs. Ruth Watson, Mrs. Marion Burg of Menomonee Falls, Mrs. Frances Barth and Mrs. Hazel Midthun; two sons, William jr and Raymond Grim; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Source: Milwaukee Herold, 15 Sep 1921
Translated and submitted by Gary/see contribributors page

Anna F. Grings [nee Wenzlick] -- Friend and neighbor, the sad news that the much beloved mother, Anna F. Grings, on Wednesday, 14 September, 5:00 in the morning, age 75 years and 25 days, suddenly died. The funeral will be Saturday, 17 September, 8:30 in the morning from the mourning home, the house of her daughter Mrs. A. Weber, 2400 Hadley Street, from there to St. Leo Church, and then to Calvary Cemetery. Private condolences, please, to the mourning and bereaved: Mrs. Catharine Rickman from Eau Claire, Wis., Henry Grings, Mrs. Anna Grings, Mrs. Mamie Darling, Mrs. Elizabeth Weber, and William Grings, from Chicago, children; together with relatives and neighbors.



Source: Milwaukee Herold und Seebote, 28 Oct 1908
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John Grings died on Tuesday, 27 October, 8:13 in the morning, age 77 years. The burial will be Saturday, the 21 October, 8:00 in the morning, from the home, No. 533 6 Street, to St. Joseph Church, from there to Calvary Cemetery. Private condolences, please: the mourning and bereaved.



Newspaper Unknown

Mrs. Augusta Grobe, nee Ruck, sister of Mrs. Johanna Boettcher of this city, was called to her reward on Thursday, May 2nd, at 10:50 a. m., succumbing to diabetes and a heart ailment, after being confined to a hospital for the past four weeks, during which time Mrs. Boettcher was almost constantly at her bedside. Mrs. Grobe was born in New Holstein on August 18, 1864 and lived to reach the age of 70 years. She was a sister of William Ruck of here. Christian Ruck of Cedarburg and Louis Ruck of Milwaukee, all of whom preceded her in death. She was the widow of Fred Grobe of Milwaukee and is survived by two sons, Henry and Walter, two daughter-in-laws and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 4th, at 2 p. m. at Milwaukee, with the Rev. Duemling officiating. Six nephews acted as pallbearers. Mrs. Johanna Boettcher expects to return to Kiel during the weekend. May 2, 1934



Source: Der Nord Westen, Manitowoc, Wis 25 Apr. 1901

Death in Milwaukee on Fri. of 82-yr. old HENRY GROBE, a former resident in Town Kossuth where he had lived over 50 yrs.



Source: Der Nord Westen (Manitowoc, Wis), 26 Mar. 1908

Mrs. Kathrine Grosspietsch, formerly of Two Rivers but a resident of Milwaukee since 1891, died there 19 March following an operation at age 60. She leaves 3 children.



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Source: Unknown, likely Milw. Newspaper

GROTH---Clara [9 Jul 1880-12 Jan 1925] (nee Thomas) beloved wife of August H. Groth, mother of Lillian, daughter of August Thomas, sister of Alma, Edwin, Albert and William Thomas, Monday, Jan. 12. Services Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at the parlors of Charles Gerber & Son, 1302 Chestnut st. Interment Valhalla Burial Park.



Source: Milwaukee Herold-Morgenblatt, 9 Mar 1915
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Margaret Gunkel [nee Dederichs] -- Friend and neighbor, the sad news that the much beloved wife, Margaret Gunkel, on Saturday, the 6 March, age 71 years, is resting in peace. The funeral will be Wednesday 10 March, 7:30 in the morning, from the Mourning home, No. 463 Clement Avenue, from there to St. Augustine Church, and then to St. Francis Cemetery. Private condolences, please: the mourning and bereaved: Robert Gunkel, husband, together with relatives and neighbors.



Mother Dies at Milwaukee Edw. Gutenkunst is at Her Home as Aged Mother Succumbs Notified Wednesday of last week, that his mother, Mrs. Augusta Gutenkunst, had suffered a heart attack and was in a critical condition, Edward Gutenkunst of this city left immediately for Milwaukee. Mrs. Gutenkunst passed away early Thursday morning at her home. She had reached the age of 78 years. Mrs. Gutenkunst was born August 11, 1856, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Mueller, pioneer Milwaukee family. She was married to Jacob Gutenkunst and the couple lived all their lives in Milwaukee. To them were born four children all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Antonius (Emily) Dishneau, Mrs. Jennie Hartling and Alexander Gutenkunst of Milwaukee, and Mr. Gutenkunst of this city. A grandson, Edward Bartlag, also survives. Her husband preceded her in death fifteen years ago. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Borgwardt Funeral Home, last rites being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Zinch, pastor of a Milwaukee Lutheran church. Interment was in the Forest Home cemetery. - 1934



Rites Held Saturday For Mrs. Gutenkunst
Newspaper unknown probably Manitowoc County
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday for Mrs. Sigrid Gutenkunst, 77, from the Meiselwitz Funeral Home. The services were conducted by the Rev. Allen L. Bowe. Burial was made in Forest Home cemetery, Milwaukee. Mrs. Gutenkunst died Thursday noon at a Sheboygan hospital. Mrs. Gutenkunst was born July 6, 1879, in Chicago, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ackerhielm, and receiving her education in that city. June 2, 1903 she was married in Milwaukee to Edward Gutenkunst, and the couple took up residence in Kiel, where Mr. Gutenkunst had established a drug store the year previously. She was a member of the Kiel Frauenverein. Mr. Gutenkunst died in 1942. - February 1957