Obit: Wiric, John (1860 - 1948)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Wiric, LeSard, McGonigal, Corr

----Source: The Loyal Tribune (Loyal, Clark County, Wis. 19 Feb. 1948)

Wiric, John (05 JAN 1860 - 12 FEB 1948)

John Wiric, for many years a resident of Loyal, passed away early Thursday morning, Feb. 12. Born in Sandusky (now Hill Point, Wis.) on Jan. 5, 1860, he was the son of John and Mary Corr Wiric. His father, an officer in the Civil War, was killed in the battle of Cold Harbor, Md.

Mr. Wiric was graduated from the Winona (Minn.) Normal college and taught school in Neillsville, before going to work for the Foster Mercantile Company of Fairchild in 1882. He came to Loyal in 1890 and entered into partnership with Will Mulligan and A. E. Lawrence in the operation of a general merchandise store. About 10 years later the business was sold to B. W. Colby.

Later he opened another store and continued in business here until 1923, when he sold out and moved to Minneapolis where he operated a grocery store until 1937. Since then he has been living with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGonical, here.

As a pioneer merchant in this community, Mr. Wiric is remembered not so much for his success as a businessman as much for his kindness, consideration and patience in his dealings with others during the many periods of adversity that come to those pioneers who build a town out of a wilderness.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Blanche LeSard of Minneapolis and Mrs. Frank (Mary) McGonigal of Loyal; a son, Victor of Quincy, Ill.; two nieces, Mrs. Catherine Kelly of Madison and Mrs, Frances Loesser of Milwaukee; three grandchildren, James H. Clark of Los Angeles, Cal., John Roger Clark of Berkeley, Cal., and Mrs. Verna Swanson of Minneapolis, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock Sataurday morning with the Rev. Fr. Aloys Zinthefer officiating at the requiem mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic church and burial was in the parish cemetery.

The pallbearers were Bert Brown, Ed Bertz, L. A. Davel, James Bertz, William Theisen and Frank Degenhardt.

The Tribune extends to the survivors its sympathy in their loss.



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