Obit: Venzke, Herman (1893 – 1934)
Surnames: Venzke, Johns, Griepp, Kohl, Abbitz, Samy, Kennett, Bobbe, Remus, Rumus, Gunz, Kieser, Held, Mautik, Kline
----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 03 May 1934
Venzke, Herman (16 Jan. 1893 – 2 May 1934)
Herman Venzke, prominent farmer of the Town of Johnson, one mile west of Milan, died at the Memorial hospital at Wausau, Wednesday at 6 o’clock.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at St. John’s Evangelical church at Milan with the Rev. Edwin G. Johns and the Rev. Reuben Griepp officiating. The Rev. Michael Kohl gave the German sermon at the home at 1:30 o’clock. Internment was made at the Lutheran cemetery.
The deceased was born January 16, 1893, in the Town of Johnson, and was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Abbitz in 1920. He lived on the present farm 20 years. Mr. Venzke served in the World war overseas.
Mr. Venzke was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee where he underwent an operation in February. After five weeks he was returned home, and then was taken to the hospital at Wausau. He was one of the prominent farmers of his community, a neighbor always ready to help, a fine Christian man. The very large attendance at the church at the time of his funeral showed the high esteem in which he was held.
Surviving Mr. Venzke are his widow, five children, Earnest, Frieda, Alvin, Martin and Loren; three brothers, Emil, Albert and Henry of Milan; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Damy, Stetsonville and Mrs. Laura Kennett, New Jersey.
The pallbearers were Fred Bobbe, John Remus, Richard Rumus, Chas. Gunz, August Kieser and Christ Held. Those acting as flower girls were Evelyn Mautik, Lillian, Beatrice, Pearl and Elva Venzke, and Irene Kline. Mrs. Mautik and Mrs. Kohl sang a duet at the home. Mrs. John Remus and daughters, Arvil and Elenora sang a trio and Mrs. Edwin Johns of Wausau, sang a solo at the church.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral included Mrs. Henrietta Abbitz and sons, George and Walter, Medford; Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Abbitz, Athens; Mr. and Mrs. William Abbitz, Goodrich and Mrs. Laura Kennett, Stetsonville.
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