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



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 30, 1994

Services will be held Tuesday for Janet Dana Valentine, a former costume designer who worked for the Milwaukee Repertory and Melody Top Theaters.

Valentine, formerly of Pewaukee, died of an apparent combination of respiratory failure and heart failure March 21 in Prescott, Ariz. She was 75.

Valentine had worked as a costume designer with Milwaukee's Repertory and Melody Top Theaters in the 1970s.

She outfitted several screen stars, including Leonard Nimoy, Jane Powell and Rita Moreno, and had designed costumes for shows such as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," "Gigi," "The Music Man" and "Showboat."

Valentine is survived by her husband, John, of Prescott, Ariz.; four sons; a daughter; and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill Cemetery in Pewaukee.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, April 16, 1903 | Page 2

John J. Valentine, the venerable and much respected colored man, who has resided in this city many years and was universally known as "Uncle John", died at his home on Madison St., last Thursday morning. Deceased lad been in poor health for some time and was subject to congestive chills, suffered an attack that morning, which caused his death. Mr. Valentine was born near Raleigh, N. C., Aug. 9, 1822. While a small boy he moved with his parents to Columbus, O., where he was married in 1846 to Miss Losia Manley, the couple celebrating their golden wedding in 1896.

In the same year he was married they came to Janesville, where they resided until 1863. In that year Mr. Valentine enlisted in the union army, and with other volunteers was sent to Camp Randall at Madison. Later he was sent to Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he joined Company I, Seventh United States Colored Volunteer infantry, which was organized by Col. William Shatter, Dec. 12, 1863. He served for about two years, being honorably discharged on account of disability Jan. 15, 1865. He was in several fierce engagements during his army career, the most notable in which his regiment participated being the battle of Nashville, Dec. 15, 1864, and the battle of Overton's Hills. After his discharge he resided on a farm near Milton Junction for some years, and later moved into the village of Milton Junction.

He came to this city in 1871, where he has since continuously resided. For years he had been known to residents of this city as "Uncle John." and was noted for his charity and benevolence, being a great friend of the poor. He was engaged in the hotel and restaurant business with Robert Tiliar for over twenty years, withdrawing from the firm in December last. The restaurant was known as "Uncle John's Restaurant," and many a poor person received food and shelter. He was also with Mr. Tiller, proprietor of the Valentine House on Madison street. He was a member of W. B. Cushing post, G. A. R. Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. G. A. Reese and Mrs. R. C. Crosswhite, of the city, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The funeral was held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock under the auspices of W. B. Cushing post, G. A. R. The Rev. W. A. McKillop officiated. Interment at Prairie Home cemetery.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, February 01, 1906 | Page 1

Mrs. J. J. Valentine, aged 76 years, died Tuesday at her home on Madison street, after a long period of feeble health. Her husband was "Uncle John" Valentine, a civil war veteran.  She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Green Reese. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the house, Rev. W. E. Chalmers officiating.


Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel. (Milwaukee, WI) April 28, 1883; pg. 2; col A



Oconomowoc, April 27. - Geo. W. Van Brunt, proprietor of the Springdale summer resort, near Dousman, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and one of the most prominent stockraisers and farmers of the county, died at his residence, of consumption, at an early hour this morning. Deceased was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, in July, 1830, and was nearly 53 years of age. He came to Wisconsin in 1846, and first settled in the Town of Burnett, Dodge County, and followed farming until 1861. He then removed to Horicon, where he engaged with his brothers in the manufacture of the Van Brunt Seeder, of which he was the inventor and patentee. In 1873 he sold his interest in the seeder works and bought the E. W. Edgerton farm in the Town of Summit, of 320 acres, which was known as the premium farm of the State. He first turned his attention to the breeding of trotting horses, and built one of the finest stables and farm residences in the State. Of late years he has converted his elegant house into a summer resort, there being a very valuable mineral spring on the farm. In 1853 he married Miss Jane Head, in Jefferson County, New York, and from this union they had two children, Mrs. E. V. Beals, of Milwaukee, and Chas. B. Van Brunt, who resides on the homestead. Less than a year ago symptoms of the disease made their appearance. He passed the winter South, hoping to find relief, but with indifferent success, returning home a few weeks ago, only to die with his family. G. W. Van Brunt was a man who always identified himself with every improvement. As a citizen he was beloved and respected by all, and his death removes from this section one of our most respectable and well-known farmers. The funeral will take place from the residence in Summit at 3 P. M. tomorrow.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, January 22, 1903 | Page 5

The sad news of the death of George Vanderpool of Delafield, Wis., was received here Monday. Mr. Vanderpool was for many years a resident of Vernon and has many friends in this town.

Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, January 22, 1903 | Page 1

The death of George J. Vanderpool which occurred at the home of his eldest son, Byron, in Delafield, on Monday morning at 2 o'clock, another early settler of Wisconsin has passed to that bourn, from which none ever return.  He came to this state at the age of 26 years, from his native place, Albany, New York, where he was born in 1831. He was thus 76 years of age at his death.

Mr. Vanderpool came with his parents to the west and they settled in the town of Vernon in 1847, living for some time in a rude plank house.  The father had become blind previous to moving west and there were six children, and as may be imagined it was trying times for the family. The sale of a quantity of standing timber for ash at this time proved of great assistance, and was looked upon as almost direct aid from heaven.  But in course of time and through well directed efforts better conditions were brought about.  Eventually the subject of this notice became possessed of a fine farm and lived to enjoy property and to do honorable service in defence of his country.

In 1856 Mr. Vanderpool was married to Miss Catherine Van Buren, also a native of Albany Co., N.Y., and was related to President Martin Van Buren.

Mr. and Mrs. Vanderpool reared five children, four sons and a daughter George O., of Delafield, Leslie, o Nebraska; Lindon of Milwaukee; and Mrs. Lily Commer of Michigan.  One son died at the age of 10 years.

Since the organization of the society of the 28th, he had served as treasurer thereof and his happiest times were passed at the annual reunion of his old comrades.  Nothing was too good for them on such occasions and he esteemed it a special pleasure to make all the old boys in blue feel they were in the home of their friends whenever they came to Waukesha.  He was also active in the affairs of the G.A.R. and in kindred societies.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and a consistent member of the Methodist church.

Since the death of the companion of his youth, Mr. Vanderpool had been much broken, and he divided his time among his married sons and daughter always finding a welcome at their homes.

Death was a result of a complication of deseases (sic), pyaemia being the immediate cause.

A younger sister, Mrs. Jas. Murphy of Prospect, died but a few weeks since.

The death of Mr. Vanderpool will be lamented by many, and he will be long missed.

The funeral took place at Delafield on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Rev. Dr. H.P. Haylett officiated.  Interment was in Prairie Home cemetery.


Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) August 23, 1893; pg.8; col A


Waukesha, Wis., Aug. 22. - H. D. Van Renssalaer died to-day, aged 45 years, of heart disease, from which he had suffered for some time. Mr. Van Renssalaer was a member of the old New York family of that name. He leaves a wife, formerly Mrs. Kate B. Hill. They were married here about two years ago.


Source: [newspaper source and date unknown] submitted by researcher/see contributors page

Erwin C. Van Valin, "Old Time Doctor", Dies of Heart Attack

Sussex -- Dr. Erwin C. Van Valin, 65, a general medical practitioner in northwestern Waukesha county for 37 years, died at 10:45 am Sunday at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

He was stricken with a heart attack at his home at about 9:30 am Sunday and was taken to the hospital.

Doctor Van Valin was described as one of the last of the old time doctors in the county, one who would go to a patient's home in the middle of the night instead of suggesting that the patient come to the doctor's office the next morning.

He established a medical practice in Sussex upon completing a year's internship at St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee, in 1930. He took his undergraduate studies and his medical training at Marquette University.

Doctor Van Valin was on the staff of Memorial Hospital for 37 years. He belonged to the county, state and American Medical Societies. He was a former president of the county medical society and was its delegate to the state convention.

He was born at Caldwell, Waukesha county, on Dec. 17, 1902, and attended school at Waterford and Mukwonago.

His memberships included the Sussex Methodist Church, Lions Club and Masonic Lodge of Sussex.

Doctor Van Valin lived at 152 W. Main St. His offices were at 109 Silver Spring Dr.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter; a son; and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Sussex Methodist Church. The body will lie in state after 4 pm Tuesday at the AA Schmidt and Sons Funeral Home, Menomonee Falls, and at the church from 11 am Wednesday until time of services. Ashlar Lodge No. 193 F and AM will conduct Masonic rites at 8 pm Tuesday.

The family suggests memorials to the Sussex Methodist Church or St. James Catholic Church.


Source: Mukwonago Chief March 21, 1895
submitted by researcher/see contributors page

Charles Vanderpool, an old and highly respected citizen of the town of Vernon, and a man well-known to many of the readers of the Chief, departed this life on Thursday, March 14, at the ripe old age of 83. The deceased was not among the earliest settlers of the town, but when he came west in 1853, the country was still wild and improvements on the land he bought were very meager. He was born in Albany County, NY and came from old Knickerbockerstock, his grandfather having been one of the early settlers on the Van Rensselaer claim, a part of the famous Holland purchase. "Uncle Charlie" as he was generally called, was a man of generous impulse and honorable in his dealings. His Wisconsin life of 42 years was spent on the farm which he bought and settled upon in 1853. He leaves but one son, A.C. Vanderpool, with whom he has made his home for many years and who spared no pains to make the declining years of the deceased, happy and comfortable ones. The funeral was held at the house and the interment at Prairieville cemetery at Waukesha, where the remains of his wife rest.


Source: Waukesha County Democrat 18 Mar 1882

Mrs. S.H. Vedder, formerly of Eagle, buried Friday last in the cemetery southwest of the centre.


Source:date unknown, probably Waukesha Freeman or Milwaukee Sentinel



WAUKESHA, Wis., Dec. 15. - Mr. H. Vincent, manager of the Park Hotel, died this morning from injuries received by a fall last Sunday evening. Mr. Vincent attempted to step into an elevator and was precipitated head first nine feet below and never fully recovered consciousness after the accident. Mr. Vincent came to Waukesha about ten years ago and took charge of the Arlington Hotel. For the past six or eight years, together with Mrs. Vincent and daughter, Mrs. E. Hughes, he has managed the Park Hotel. Mrs. Vincent and his daughter, Mrs. Hughes, survive him. Deceased was 67 years of age.



Source: Waukesha Freeman, The | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, August 27, 1896 | Page 6

VOGT. — Peter Vogt, a well known president of this city, died at his home on Barstow street Tuesday morning of appendicites aged 57 years.  Funeral services will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock under the auspices of W. H. Cushing Post, G. A. R. of which deceased was a member. Rev. J. Herzog will preach the sermon. Mr. Vogt was born in Mittelstraniseh, Prussia, came to America in 1853, and to Waukesha in 1858. In 1860 at this place he married Miss Margaret Kern.  In 1862 he enlisted in the 28th Wisconsin, and was mustered out in 1864. Shortly after he re-enlisted in the 48th Wisconsin and served during the war.  Mr. Vogt was a tailor by trade. He was an honorable man, a good citizen, and was universally esteemed.  His wife and three children survive, Mrs. W. R. French of Waterloo, Iowa: Mrs. H. Lyons of this city, and J. C, Vogt.



Fred Volkman, 86, Dies
at Hartland Monday
Source: Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, May 02, 1945, Page 3

Fred Volkman, 86, died Monday a. m. He was born in West Prussia, Germany and married Florence Proebe there, 64 years ago. They came to Hartland 61 years ago and lived there for 10 years. Mr. Volkman worked for the Nunnemacher estate for 58 years.

Beside his wife, survivors are two children born in Germany, Gustave and Augusta, four sons born here, Fred, Herman, John and Henry, two daughters Mrs. George Hardiman Watertown and Alma Volkman, Milwaukee. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church in Hartland. with Rev. Hartwig officiating. The body will lie in state at the Marshall funeral home, Hartland, tonight.



Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, October 03, 1912 | Page 5

Charles A. Vollert died at his home at Pewaukee Wednesday, Sept. 25, after a short illness. Mr. Vollert was born in Alstadt, Germany, in 1836. While still a young man he came to Milwaukee and entered business. He was one of the most active members of the German Turnverein, having celebrated his membership of fifty years, one year ago. He served in Co. C, 5th Wisconsin Regiment, during the Civil war. He was also active in a. number of clubs and lodges. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. E. Maguire of Pewaukee; four sons: Charles, Edward. Reinhold and Hugo, all of Milwaukee.

Deceased was of a genial, kindly nature and will be greatly missed by many friends. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon and was largely attended by friends from Milwaukee and Pewaukee despite the heavy rain. Rev. J. H. Cameron officiated. Interment was in Forest Hill cemetery. Floral offerings were abundant and beautiful.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Wednesday, March 20, 1946 | Page 8

Charles J. Voss, 77, Pewaukee, Dies Friday

Charles J. Voss. 77. died at the home of his son, Carl Voss, Pewaukee, Friday. He is survived by four sons Walter of Milwaukee, Carl of Pewaukee, Roland of Eagle and Arthur of Hartford, Conn.: two daughters, Mrs. Esther Williams and Mrs. Elsie Glasenopp of Milwaukee.  One brother, William Voss of Milwaukee, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the William R. Hansen funeral home in Pewaukee with the Rev. W. Bender of the Emanuel Baptist church of Milwaukee officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Hill cemetery of Pewaukee.



Waukesha Daily Freeman, Saturday, March 05, 1955 Waukesha, Wisconsin

Funeral services for Mrs Edna Helen Voss, 49, town of Lisbon who died at Waukesha Memorial hospital Friday will be at 2 p.m Sunday. Services will be from the William R Hansen Funeral home Pewaukee. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery Pewaukee the Rev Gilbert officiating. The body will in state after 2 p.m today.

Mrs. Voss is survived by her husband Carl one son Lloyd at home, four (rest cut off).