Obit: Kenney, William (1861 - 1942)

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Surnames: Kenney, Kennedy, Beckman, Moen, Dobmeier, Poppe, Matayo, Ghionzoli, Radcliffe, Baldeschwiler, Schaeffer, McGrogan

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 04/30/1942

Kenney, William (11 MAR 1861 - 26 APR 1942)

Wm. Kenney, 81 years of age, passed away at the Marshfield, Wisconsin Hospital on Sunday evening where he had been for the past two weeks.

Mr. Kenney has been a resident of this community (Thorp, Clark Co., Wis.) for 43 years, and operated a farm south of Thorp for many years. Since his retirement from farming he has resided in the village.

An obituary will be published next week.

(Follow on in 5/7/1942 Thorp Courier)

Funeral rites for Wm. Kenney, retired farmer and highly respected citizen of the village were conducted by Rev. F.A. Kulig and Rev. Ted Szerbicki at St. Hedwig’s Church on Wednesday morning, April 29th, at 10:00 o’clock. Mr. Kenney passed away of heart disease of St. Joseph’s Hospital at Marshfield on Sunday, April 26, 1942, having reached the age of 81 years, 1 month and 15 days.

The deceased was born at Jefferson, Wis., on March 11, 1861. His first wife, the former Margaret Kennedy, to whom he was united on Jan. 1, 1885, at Hollandtown, Wis., died Feb. 18, 1895. They had two children, W.R. Kenney of Marshfield and Mrs. Jacob (Mae) Dobmeier of Park River, N.D.

On Jan. 14, 1902, Mr. Kenney married Martha Beckman Moen at Thorp, who survives with eight children, three sons, James of Chicago, Arthur of Thorp and Ray in the U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Elliot, San Diego, Calif.; five daughters, Mrs. C. (Florence) Poppe, Eau Claire, Mrs. Pete (Margaret) Matayo, Rhinelander, Mrs. Wm. (Alice) Ghionzoli, Chicago, Mrs. E.W. (Lorraine) Radcliffe, Chicago, and Mrs. Alfred (Grace) Baldeschwiler of Thorp; one step-daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Lila) Schaeffer of Armstrong, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Bessie McGrogan of Thorp, and sixteen grandchildren.

The Kenney family came to Thorp from Hollandtown on April 6, 1899. Mr. Kenney purchased a 160 acre farm south of the village in the Town of Worden, which he later sold to F.W. Fischer and moved on a 120 acre tract just 1 ½ miles from Thorp. This farm he cleared of timber and improved into one of the choice places of the countryside, with a herd of pure bred Guernsey dairy cattle. He retired from farming in 1919 and moved to the village of Thorp with his family, where he continued working as a carpenter, until forced to discontinue about eight years ago.

He was laid to rest in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Anton Baldeschwiler, Louis Henke, George Haas, Joseph Gengler, Walter Milewski and Fred W. Schmidt.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Kenney and Joan, of Marshfield, Mr. and Mrs. James Kenney, Mrs. E.W. Radcliffe, Mrs. Wm. Ghionzoli and sons, and Miss Dorothy Dobmeier, of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Elmer Schaeffer of Armstrong, Ia., Pvt. E.W. Radcliffe, Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Poppe and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Beckman and Ethel of Eau Claire, Mrs. Jacob Dobmeier of Park River, N.D., P.F.C. Ray L. Kenney, Camp Elliot, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baehr and family of Withee, Mrs. Peter Matayo of Rhinelander, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Dallendorfer, Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Weber, F.F. McDonald, J.S. McDonald, L.J. Faloon, J.L. Stauber and Earl Len of Marshfield, and Mrs. Josephine Chemelski of Lublin.



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