Obit: Schoch, William (1877 - 1941)

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Surnames: Schoch, Rossman, Steward, Schultz, Breit

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 05/15/1941

Schoch, William (7 JUL 1877 - 5 MAY 1941)

Impressive services were conducted at the Methodist Church at two o’clock Thursday afternoon by the Thorp Lodge No. 264 F. & A.M., for Wm. Schoch, who died of a heart attack while working in the garden of Newell E. Qualle about three o’clock on Monday, May 5th, 1941. Rev. Jas. Irish officiated at the church service and the Masonic Rites at the grave were in charge of Evander J. Monat, of Chippewa Falls, as Master.

Three songs were sung during the service at the church by members of the Thorp High School Glee Club, accompanied by Miss Dorothy Broeren.

Wm. Schoch was born at Loyal, Clark Co., Wis., on July 7, 1877, and had reached the age of 63 years, 9 months and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Minnie Rossman at Loyal on Aug. 20, 1902.

Mr. Schoch came to Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) in the year 1904. He was employed on the railroad section here until 1911. Janitor of the Thorp Public School for twenty-seven years and janitor of the Thorp Finance Corporation for the past three years, Mr. Schoch was vice-president of the Thorp Volunteer Fire Co., of which he was a member for many years. He belonged to the local Masonic Lodge since 1924 and served as tiler for the past ten years. He was also a Modern Woodman since the age of 18.

Since the passing of his wife in Aug. 1930, his niece, Lilas Schoch, has been his housekeeper. He was an industrious gardener and spent much of his time in beautifying the grounds around the school while employed there and also his own home.

Flowers, which he loved so well, surrounded his body in its casket, and surpassed in profusion and beauty anything ever seen here before.

He was held in high esteem by citizens of Thorp and all who knew him, especially the school children who came, left and grew to manhood and womanhood during his period as school janitor.

Surviving him are four brothers, Henry of Groton, S.D., Peter and George of Loyal, and Frank of Mosinee; three sisters: Ellen (Mrs. Wm. Steward) of Montell, Lillian (Mrs. Wm. Schultz) of Greenwood, and Anna (Mrs. Nick Breit) of Bruce.

The body was laid to rest by relatives, brother Masons and friends, in the East Thorp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Anton Gulczynski, N.E. Qualle, Albert Childs, Art Hansman, Eph. Heidemann and Wm. J. Klouda.



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