Obit: Wagner, William J. (1872 - 1955)
Surnames: Wagner, Black, Heiser, Rasmussen
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 05/12/1955
Wagner, William J. (20 JAN 1872 - 6 MAY 1955)
Funeral services were held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church here on Monday morning for William J. Wagner, 83, who passed away at the Stanley Hospital on Friday, May 6th, 1955 of old age infirmities. For the past five years he had been residing in the city at the Hallanger Hotel.
William J. Wagner, who was born in Manitowoc County, Wis., on Jan. 20, 1872, came to Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) with his parents, the late John and Mary Wagner, in the year 1885, at the age of 13. This was about the time the village was beginning to take the shape of a permanent settlement and was four years after the advent of the railroad. On June 5, 1905, he was united in marriage to Maude Black. They moved to Washington in 1910 and Mrs. Wagner passed away two years later.
Mr. Wagner returned to Thorp in 1920 and spent the intervening years farming the the town of Reseburg and Worden, until his retirement in 1950.
He is survived by one brother, George of West Bend, Washington, two sisters, Theresa, Mrs. Mike Heiser of Stanley, and Frances, Mrs. Julius Rasmussen of Thorp, five nephews and four nieces.
He was laid to rest in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert Wink, Alfred Kass, Wm. Keller, Anton Keller, Frank Schmidt and Robert Broeren.
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