This active cemetery is located on the west side of Highway 74, 1 1/3 miles northeast of the center of Lannon Village, Southeast 1/4 of Section 8, Menomonee Township.
On March 3, 1855, the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association was organized. There were seven recorded burials prior to this date and from their locations it is obvious that the cemetery was platted out at some prior time, although there is no record of a cemetery being in any of the deeds or abstracts for this parcel of land. It is believed to have been established circa 1839. The earliest recorded burial is that of Betsy Waterman, age 32, who died in 1847. She is not buried near the Bancroft lots so it is assumed that she was not related to them.
History of the Property-On October 29, 1846, the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 8 in the town of Menomonee was deeded to Joel Bancroft. Sunnyside Cemetery is located in this parcel of land.
Joel Bancroft died in 1848. In December of 1848 this parcel was sold to Abner Rowe who sold it to Daniel and Charity Smith in May of 1851.
On January 3, 1862, one acre comprising the original plat was deeded to the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association by Daniel and Charity Smith. On October 1, 1888 Daniel Smith's son, George and his wife, Elizabeth deeded the First Addition to the cemetery. This is the area from the big maple trees down highway 74, then known as Waukesha road.
In June of 1892, the name of Menomonee Center Cemetery Association was changed to Menomonee Union Sunnyside Cemetery and in June of 1894 changed again to Menomonee Sunnyside Cemetery. Later in 1894 it was re-named again to Sunnyside Cemetery.
In 1898 a narrow strip of land on the south and west sides containing a row of maple trees was sold to the cemetery for $1.00 by George and Elizabeth Smith. In 1922 a 1 1/2 acre strip of land on the north side was purchased from Nicholas and Anna Lauer, and in 1960 a 4.022 acre parcel on the south and west side was purchased from Alvin and Charles Smith.
It was discovered that both the State of Wisconsin and Waukesha County claimed to have no record of the cemetery being organized or incorporated, so on February 24, 1975 the Sunnyside Cemetery Association was re-organized and incorporated in accordance with the regulations of the State of Wisconsin. Old records in our possession indicate that the incorporation of the Menomonee Center Cemetery Association of March 3, 1855 was indeed recorded in Vol. 1, page 37 by Wm. R. Williams, Register of Deeds, Waukesha County on March 28, 1855!
As of April 15, 2000, Sunnyside Cemetery contains 2278 burials with probably a few more early burials in unmarked graves or those where stones were broken off.
Negotiations are presently under way to acquire an additional 9.6 acres behind the cemetery for future expansion.
Dated April 18, 2000 Article submitted to Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society by Lois Clementi (Rec'd June 5, 2002) Copied here with permission from the SLAHS.ORG webmaster
There is a chart of the cemetery, but it is incomplete. The records are held by the Sunnyside Cemetery Association. They are not generally open to the public, for research but the association will answer mail requests.
Contact: Sunnyside Cemetery Association 19166 Main Street Lannon, WI 53046
Originally copied from tombstone and other available cemetery records by Mrs. Edith M. Tallmadge, Curator of Waukesha County Museum and County Historian, assisted by Mrs. Miriam Wood of the Waukesha County Medical Society Auxiliary. 1849 - approx. 1963. Some entries have additional material added from Register of Deeds office, Waukesha, for fuller family information. More recent burials have been entered by Mike Reilly. There is a recent book of transcriptions available at the Waukesha & Milwaukee Libraries, possibly through interlibrary loan.[ A ][ B ] [ C ][ D ][ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ][ I ][ J ]
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DAHMS: Donna M./1939 - _____ Curtis R./1936 - _____ Irene (Mother)/1911-1941 Leo P.1910-1963/father Vivian L.1909-1997/mother/(b. 07 Nov 1909/d. 02 Apr 1997/SSDI) DAILEY: William L./b. Feb. 23, 1954/July 21, 2001 Elizabeth M. (ROSE)/Jan. 2, 1966-Mar. 3, 1991 DALIBOR: Irmgard R. (WILLGERODT)/b. Oct. 15, 1920/d. Nov. 28, 1998/age 78 years DANA: Clara L./1880-1979/(b. 16 Dec 1880/d. Nov 1979/SSDI) Edgar W./1869-1954 DAUS: Arlene J. /no dates Louis J./Jul. 2, 1929-____/US Army Korea 8 yrs. DAVIS: Helen/?-? Edgar L./1877-1948 E.P. (father)/1848-1915 James S. J.E.D. (prob. son)/?-? M.A. (mother)/1848-1907 James E./? -? Lloyd R./1912-1988/(b. 24 Aug 1912/d. 06 Jul 1988/SSDI) Myrtle//d. Nov. 29, 1883/ae. 5 mo 2 days/dau. of J.E. & H.M. Eugeane C.Sept. 21, 1846-Oct. 15, 1951/son H.M.?-?/wife of J.E. Cyrus S./b. Apr. 12, 1820 in N.Y./d. Jul. 26, 1894 Doris M./1921 - _____ Noble N.A.D./?-? Nettie L./1878-? (1850?) Lucy or Lucinda/Jul. 13, 1824-Jul. 7, 1905/wife of Cyrus/daughter of Charles G. & Clarissa BALDWIN DAVISON: Rodger J./Apr. 6, 1933-Oct. 9, 1998 Louise M./Jan. 27, 1933 - _____ DAY: Joseph P./Aug. 10, 1924-June 18, 1990/WT3 U.S. Navy WWII Marion E./1926 - _____ DECKER: Ralph M./1904-1973/(b. 11 Nov 1904/d. Oct 1973/SSDI) Dorothy/1913-1994/(b. 28 Nov 1913/d. 19 Sep 1994/SSDI) DEGEORGE: Maria A./Feb. 28, 1908-June 20, 1994 DEIDA: Michelle Ann/Nov. 5, 1992-Mar or Apr. 4, 1993/daughter of Suann & Michael DEKONIG: JoAnn/Aug. 9, 1934 - _____ Roland/Jul. 5, 1934-Mar. 27, 1995/Sgt. US Army Korea DELAITSCH: Thomas Gregory/Dec. 6-9, 1991 DELAURA: Beulah S./Apr. 1, 1917 -Dec. 28, 1979 Cleo N./Sept. 9, 1915-Apr. 15, 1966 DELORM: Gordon L./Jul. 16, 1925-Sept. 27, 1989/married Shirley (b. May 5, 1927)/ Cpl. USMC WWII DENGEL: Carmela/1909-1984/(b. 26 Sep 1909/d. Aug 1984/SSDI) DENT: Harriet (MUZZY)/1828-1877/Wife and daughter of S.S. Muzzy Myron/Mar. 15, 1868-Mar. 13, 187?/Son Sylvia/Sept. 27, 1879-724, 188?/Daughter William/1821 or 1824-185? JohnAug. 16, 1873-June 12, 187?/Son Alice/Jul. 6, 1870-Jul. 30, 1883/Daughter James/b. Aug. 1, 1831 in Hornellsville, NY/d. May 23 (?), 1906 in Waukesha/Pioneer of 1843/son of Richard & Jean Jean (MCKIBBEN)/d.Dec. 26, 1878/ae. 79 yrs. 10 mo. 18 days/ wife of Richard Richard/1799-May 11, 1879/ae. 79 yrs. 10 mo. 8 days/In memory of Lemyra J/1845 -1929/wife of James/dau. of John & Elizabeth (OLIVER) Dent DESTERHOFT: Martha/1902-1986/(b. 05 Jul 1902/d. Apr 1986/SSDI) DETTLAFF: Richard R./Nov. 13, 1936 - _____ Marilyn J./June 28, 1940-Jul. 20, 1979 DEVILBISS: Mary C./May 21, 1937-Feb. 8, 1996 DEYER: SEE GRUNWALDT DIEDRICH: Rev. Paul F./1885-1959 Julia F./1885-? DIEHL: Catherine (BIELAND)/b. Aug. 14, 1829 in Germany/d. Jan. 2, 1903/wife Christopher/1829-1902 ?: ?/one new grave (in 1963?)/unmarked/belonging to ? DIETRICH: Julia F./1885-1970/(b. 01 Jul 1885/d. Oct 1970/SSDI/issued Iowa) DIMICKELE: Chad L./Dec. 17, 1981-Oct. 6, 1983 DINA: SEE BINA DITTRICH: Lonnie/1923-1990/(b. 03 Mar 1923/d. 25 Apr 1990/SSDI) Betty/1935 - DOLLASE: Rose E.Aug. 27, 1908-Oct. 27, 1993/married Elmer on Apr. 25, 1932 Elmer O./b. Feb. 7, 1910 in Watertown/d. Feb. 3rd, 2002/age 92 years DOMANN: William G. "M. D."/1889-1970/(b. 22 Nov 1889/d. Mar 1970/SSDI) Louisa S./1891-1969/(b. 18 Aug 1891/d. Apr 1969/SSDI) Doris (ANDERSON)/1927-1985 DONAHUE JOHN J. "JACK": b. Nov. 2 1923/d. Jan. 22, 2002/age 78 years DONKLE: Leona G./b. Mar. 27, 1905/d. Jan. 2, 1999/age 93 years/Wife of Marion Marion C./Apr. 16, 1907-Feb. 22, 1994 DONLEY: Alberta/Mar. 24, 1926-Mar. 27, 1995 DOPKE: Ella K./1908-1993/(b. 19 Apr 1908/d. 09 Nov 1993/SSDI) DORNER: Hans E./1909-1990/(b. 16 Feb 1909/d. 19 Oct 1990/SSDI) Hedwig/1913-1994/(b. 17 Jun 1913/d. 19 Feb 1994/SSDI) DRAGICH: Donna/1937 - _____ Charles J./b. Apr. 13, 1928/d. July 3, 1999/age 71 year Anthony "Tony"/1935-1985/(Tony/b. 4 Oct 1935/d. Apr 1985/SSDI) DRAHOS: Lawrence M./1921-1982/Sgt. US Army WWII/(b. 25 Jan 1921/d. 19 Apr 1982/ SSDI/Long time or retired railroad worker/last res. VA) Adeline G./1920-1995/Sgt. US Army WWII/(b. 22 Mar 1920/d. 09 Aug 1995/ SSDI/issued Minnesota) DRAKE: Dorothy O. (JAHN)/Mar. 1, 1917-Jul. 16, 2002 Melvin W./Mar. 18, 1912-Oct. 31, 1995/CM3 U.S. Navy WWII DRESEN: SEE EVANS DRESSEL: Phyllis J./1926-1980/(b. 30 Oct 1926/d. Aug 1980/SSDI) Robert J./1924-1981/Tec4 US Army WWII/(b. 12 Nov 1924/ d. 01 Sep 1981/SSDI/last residence VA) DRISCOLL: Benjamin Michael/d. June 19, 1991 Gordon C./Nov. 5, 1930-Nov. 29, 1996/US Army Korea/married Arline on Oct. 6, 1954 Arline R./Sept. 3, 1931 - _____ DRONEN: Tillie/1913-1952 Sigurd/1902-1969/(b. 15 Apr 1902/d. May 1969/SSDI/issued Illinois) DUCKERT: William/b. 1907/d. Apr. 8, 2000/age 93 years/Husband of Katherine (KELLER)/ (b. 10 Jan 1907/d. 08 Apr 2000/SSDI) Katherine/b. 1917/d. January 8, 2001/Wife of William DUEHRING: Effie A./1905-1973/(b. 10 Feb 1905/d. Mar 1973/SSDI) Welton A. /b. Oct. 24, 1924/d. Sept. 24, 2002/age 77 years Allen C./June 13, 1921-Aug. 1, 1997 Nola M./Jan. 3, 1918-Feb. 17, 1986 Alma H./1886-1976/with W. F. Duehring Phyllis E./1931-1979/(b. 20 Feb 1931/d. Jul 1979/SSDI) Louis F/1903-1970/(b. 8 Feb 1899/d. Jul 1974/SSDI) DUEHRING: SEE BUCK DUWEL: Albert A. J./May 12, 1891-Oct. 6, 1918/151st Depot Brigade Co. 2, Camp Grant, Ill., WWI, U.S./iron marker Emma B./1890-1980/(b. 05 May 1890/d. Feb 1980/SSDI) Reinhard/1893-1964/(b. 20 Feb 1893/d. Jan 1964/SSDI) Williamb. Mar. 23, 1855 in Mecklenburg/d. Aug. 18, 1935/son of Carl Duwel & Elizabeth NELS Anna (DREWS)Jan. 16, 1861-Apr. 29, 1939/wife/dau. of William Drews DYER: Roger M./May 14, 1942-Nov. 27, 1987 Barbara A.Sept. 4, 1947 - _____/married Roger on May 28, 1965