Obit: Cotter, Theodosia (1891 - 1946)
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Surnames: Cotter, McClean, Cardin, Cassetta, Gunderson

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 01/09/1947

Cotter, Theodosia (21 OCT 1891 - 30 DEC 1946)

Funeral services for Mrs. James Cotter, who died at the Wis. General Hospital in Madison after undergoing a gall stone operation on Monday, Dec. 30, 1946, were held at St. Bernard’s Church at 9:30 o’clock Saturday morning Jan. 4. The Rev. A. M. Muckerheide officiated at the funeral services. Interment was made in the St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Cotter, nee Theodosia Mary McLean, was born Oct. 21, in Mattoon, Wis. She was 54 years, 2 months and 9 days old at the time of her death. She was united in marriage to James W. Cotter on April 12, 1931 in Mattoon, Wis. They came to Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) in June 1928, where the family have resided ever since. Her husband preceded her in death one year and one day.

Surviving are three sons, James, Edward and Lucian, and one daughters, Julia, all of Thorp, and four sisters, Mrs. Louis Cardin, Green Bay, Mrs. Joseph Cassetta, Bowler, Mrs. Bernard Gunderson, Wittenberg, and Miss Mary McClean, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Pallbearers were: A. E. Bauer, tom Polnaszek, Jos. Benzschawel, Bruno Lis, Malen Malinowski and Wilfred Vanderhyden.


Jim Cotter family appeared in the 1930 Thorp, Clark Co., WI Census


Theodosia Cotter, 54, Thorp, at a hospital. Dec. 30.


The Death of James W. Cotter

James W. Cotter Sr. "Jim", 78, well-known DePere businessman, passed away peacefully Friday morning December 12, 2003, following a brief illness. Jim was surrounded by his loving family. The son of the late James W. and Theodosia (Mc Clean) Cotter was born April 10, 1925 in Cadott, Wisconsin. Jim moved to the Green Bay area following his service in WW II and the death of his parents where he met his wife Elaine Pfotenhauer. Jim and Elaine were married September 3, 1949 at St. Philip Catholic Church, Green Bay and recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

He served in WW II from 1943 to 1945 in the European Theater of Operations. Jim was employed at Milprint in DePere while pursuing his education to be a funeral director. He received his funeral director's license in 1959 and founded the Cotter Funeral Home in February 1962. He continued in the profession until the time of his death. Jim was very active in many community organizations, including the DePere Chamber of Commerce, DePere Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, the DePere Men?s Club, Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, Greater Green Bay Area Funeral Directors Association, DePere VFW Post 2113, American Legion, the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Abbot Pennings Council 3955, and St. Jude Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Jim was also an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in DePere, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and an usher. Jim greatly enjoyed golfing with his Thursday and Saturday morning golf groups at Hilly Haven.

Survivors include his wife Elaine, their children and their spouses, James Jr. (Suzanne), Green Bay, Dan (Lori), DePere, Mary Jo, Allouez, Jean (Dennis) Van Hoof, Sheboygan, Mike (JoAnn), DePere. Grandchildren are Michael, Katherine, Nicholas, Matthew, Eric, Alayna, Melissa, and Daniel. He is survived by one brother and two sisters-in-law, Lucian (Selma), Warren, Mich., and Lorraine Cotter, Two Rivers; Elaine's family; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Donald (Nancy) Pfotenhauer, West Bend; and Joan Pfotenhauer, Green Bay; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Julia (Eugene) Armstrong; brother, Edward Cotter; and brother-in-law, Gerald Pfotenhauer.

Friends may call at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., DePere, from 4 until 8 on Monday, December 15, 2003. Parish prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday. Visitation will continue Tuesday after 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S. Michigan St., DePere. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. V. Anthony Dolski officiating. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in DePere. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Robert Wampler, and the caring staff at St. Vincent Hospital for all of their care and concern.  The Green Bay News-Chronicle, January 5, 2004.



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