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Sylvester Bludau
Collision Kills Man; 4 Hurt

Drug Salesman Victim in Accident at New London Curve

Sylvester Bludau, 56, of 7429 Milwaukee av., Wauwatosa, a drug salesman, was killed and four other persons were injured in an automobile collision at New London, Wis., at 5 a.m. Friday [24 APR 1936].

Bludau's car collided head on with one driven by Ellsworth Clark, Appleton, Wis., at a curve on Highway 45 new the New London city limits. Clark and his brother, Donald, who was riding with him, and Paul Chirpich, 1137 W. Walker st., Milwaukee, and Miss Agatha Wirkus, 42, of Neenah, passengers in Bludau's car, were cut and bruised. The injured were taken to the Community hospital at New London.

Bludau was a salesman for Yahr-Lange, Inc. He had been employed by the firm for 35 years. Chirpich is a salesman for the same firm.

Bludau is survived by his mother, Mrs. Catherine Bludau; his wife, Ore; a son, Donald, and a daughter, Sylvia.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Mrs. Ellen (Foster) Campbell

Mar. 7 [, 1938], Ellen Foster Campbell, residence 2151 N. 38th St., wife of John Campbell, mother of Mrs. Joseph Scherwenka and James Campbell, sister of Margaret Downey.

Funeral from the funeral home of J. M. O'Boyle Co., 1214 W. Wisconsin av., Thursday, Mar. 10, at 9:30 a.m., to St. Thomas Aquinas' church. Interment Holy Cross.

Member of Happy Death society of Gesu church.

Members of altar society of Thomas Aquinas' church will meet at funeral home Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Members of Our Lady of Victory court No. 664, W. C. O. F., will meet at the funeral home Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

--from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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John Campbell

Jan. 25 [, 1940], John, residence, 2151 N. 38th st., husband of the late Ellen Foster Campbell, father of Mrs. Joseph Scherwenka and James Campbell; father-in-law of Joseph Scherwenka, brother of Dr. W. B. Campbell of Waukesha.

Funeral from the funeral home of J. N. O'Boyle Co., 1214 W. Wisconsin av., Monday, Jan 29, at 9:30 a.m., to St. Thomas Aquinas' church. Interment Holy Cross. Member of Holy Name society of St. Thomas Aquinas' church.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Steven H. Campbell
Staff Dentist at Home Dies

Dr. Stephen H. Campbell Succumbs in Office to Heart Attack

Shortly after arriving at his office at the soldiers' home Wednesday morning, Dr. Stephen H. Campbell, a dentist on the veterans' administration staff, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He was 57.

Dr. Campbell was born in Boltonville, Wis. He received his degree in dentistry at Marquette university. During the World War he saw long service at base hospital no. 22 in France as a first lieutenant in the dental corps. Continuing in the service after the war, he was attached to the veterans' administration in Muskogee, Okla.; Detroit, Kansas City, and Chicago before his transfer to the soldiers' home here in 1933.

Surviving are a son, James, Milwaukee, and two brothers, Dr. W. B. Campbell of Waukesha and John Campbell, 2151 N. 38th St.

Military funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Gesu church. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery. The body is at the O'Boyle funeral rooms, 1214 W. Wisconsin av.

--from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Mrs. W. B. Campbell

Waukesha, Wis.--Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Mrs. W. B. Campbell, 76, wife of a Waukesha physician. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. Mrs. Campbell died at Waukesha Memorial hospital after a long illness [Abt. 1940].

--probably from a Waukesha newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Margaret (Foster) Downey

Mrs. Margaret Downey (nee Foster) 1610 N. 50th st., beloved mother of Irene, William of Notre Dame, Ind., and Mrs. John G. Topp, grandmother of Jeanne Beasette, also survived by 5 other grandchildren, passed away July 7 [1946], aged 73 years. Funeral services Wed., July 10, at 8:30 a.m. from the funeral home of J. Becker & Sons, W. Lisbon av., at N. 54th st., to St. Sebastian church at 9 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross cemetery. Member of Happy Death society of Gesu church. Members of Christian Mothers of St. Sebastian's church and Altar Society, Third Order of St. Francis, Catholic Order of Foresters, Lady of Victory court No. 664 to meet for Vigil Tues. at 8 p.m. In state Tues. After 4 p.m.

Mrs. Downey was active in Catholic work here. She is the mother of William H. Downey, professor of economics at Notre Dame university. She died in the home of her daughter Mrs. John G. (Violet) Topp, 5123 W. Washington blvd.

Mrs. Downey, 73, was the widow of William H. Downey, former roadmaster of the Soo Line at Chippewa Falls, Wis. Born at Random Lake, in 1873, she spent the early part of her life in Milwaukee, where she married. From 1900 to 1923 she and Mr. Downey lived in Chippewa Falls.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Topp, wife of the personnel manager of First Wisconsin National bank, and her son, she is survived by another daughter, Miss Irene Downey, a teacher at Longfellow public school in West Allis.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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William H. Downey

Prof. William Downey of Notre Dame Is Dead

Niles, Mich.--William H. Downey, 56, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame died Sunday [1954] of a heart attack at his home here.

Professor Downey had taught at Notre Dame and at St. Mary's of Notre Dame for 28 years. He was born in Antigo, Wis., and lived in Chippewa Falls, Wis., until 1923. He was a graduate of Wisconsin State college, River Falls, and Marquette university. He received his master's degree from Notre Dame.

Survivors are his wife, Norma; two sons, John, in the air force, stationed at Seattle, Wash., and William, now brother Kilan, O.P., Dubuque, Iowal a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Vetter, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and two sisters, Miss Irene, a teacher in the West Allis public schools, and Mrs. Violet Topp, Milwaukee. Services and Burial will be Wednesday in Niles.

--from Milwaukee Journal, 1954
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Mrs. Bridget (O'Brien) Foster
Death Summons Prominent People

Mrs. Bridget Foster, formerly of Random Lake, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Campbell, at Milwaukee, Saturday Morning, May 5, 1928. The funeral was held Monday morning from the John Campbell home to St. Thomas Aquinas church where the solemn requiem Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Blackwell, assisted by Rev. Fathers Manly and O'Riley. Rev. Father Haberstock was in the sanctuary. The pallbearers were six grandchildren of the deceased, James and Paul Leahy, Melvin and Cyril Foster, Stan and Earl Reilly. After the services at the church, the funeral proceeded to St. Mary's cemetery, Random Lake where she was buried in the family lot beside her husband. Father Kolzer officiated at the grave.

Mrs. Bridget Foster (nee O'Brien) was born November 20, 1842 near Brown Deer, Milwaukee County, Wis. She Married John J. Foster, January 1, 1861 and with her husband came to [the] town of Freedonia and started life on the farm now owned by their son Thomas. On June10, 1883, her husband died from the effects of a kick from a horse leaving her and eleven children to mourn their great loss. After her husband's death, she stayed on the farm and by hard work, economy and thrift reared her family. During the last four years she lived with her daughter Mrs. John [Ellen] Campbell. Five of her children preceded her in death, Mary in 1888; Martha in 1895; Wm. J. in 1897; Dr. James in 1909; and John in 1919. The surviving children are Mrs. Patrick [Bridget] Reilly, Mrs. James [Elizabeth] Leahy, Michael, Mrs. Wm. [Margaret] Downey, Mrs. John [Ellen] Campbell, Thomas, and there are twenty-four grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. A very large number of relatives and friends of Milwaukee as well [as] Mrs. J. D. Leahy of Park Falls and John L. Nash of Wisconsin Rapids accompanied the remains to the cemetery where a large gathering of old neighbors and friends were in waiting to pay a last tribute to the deceased.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Cyril C. Foster

Age 70, Feb. 12, 1973, beloved husband of Marcella Foster (nee Halzbauer), father of Patrick J. (Beverly Ann), Sally B., Mrs. Kathleen (Michael) Costigan, further survived by five grandchildren, 1 brother Gordon (Margaret) Foster, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, Thursday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home to Mother of Good Counsel Church at 11 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross cemetery. Parish vigil at 8 p.m. Member of the American Bar Assn., Wisconsin Bar Assn., and Milwaukee Bar Assn. In state Wed. after 4 p.m. Becker Funeral Home 5330 W Lisbon, 442-5330.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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John J. Foster

We learn that Mr. John Foster, in the town of Freedonia, was kicked by a horse last Saturday in the barn of Chas. Sands in Random Lake. While a saddler was fitting a collar to one of his horses, having a sore breast, John was standing behind the horse when it kicked and struck him in the abdomen, from which injury he died Monday morning [9 JUN 1883], John had a good many friends in this county who feel sorry for his sad misfortune.

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Death of John Foster of Random Lake

It is a source of regret to the many friends of Mr. John J. Foster, of Random Lake, to learn of his painful and rather sudden death on Tuesday from the effects of a kick received from a horse on the 7th [of June 1883]. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, and came to Wisconsin in 1856 and settled in the township of Freedonia, Ozuakee County, where he has ever since been successfully engaged in farming. As a Catholic he lived in accordance with the teachings of the Church and performed many acts of charity and kindness. By his death, the cause of temperance loses a zealous advocate. In his last moments, he was tended by Rev. Father Hamm, who administered the consolations of the Church. He leaves a wife and eleven children, five sons and six daughters, to mourn his untimely death. May his soul rest in peace.

--probably from a Random Lake newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Miss Martha Foster

Random Lake, April 19th, 1897. Miss Martha Foster aged sixteen died Saturday evening at the home of her mother, one and one-half miles south-west of this village. She had not been in good health for several weeks, but not until a half hour before she died did her relatives begin to realize that the end was near. It seems hard to realize that she is dead, she was a highly accomplished young lady and a general favorite with all. Among her friends the deceased will be sadly missed especially by the members of St. Mary's Choir in which she was a leading member. The funeral took place Monday forenoon from the family residence, the remains were taken to St. Mary's Catholic Church where the services were conducted by Re. Father Miller, after which a large concourse of friends followed the cortege to Mount Calvary cemetery where the remains were laid to rest.

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Once again the members of the Foster family are chilled by a strange stillness for a member has passed stealthily through the dark halls. A heavy shadow fell from the wing of death as its unbaffled voice called and demanded from our midst our youngest sister, a gentle girl of sixteen summers. At six o'clock in the Evening (Easter Saturday), after a short illness, Martha quietly breathed hew soul into the arms of her maker. In our sorrow we wonder why one so young and gifted should be snatched from the world she had not yet learned to know. But while we leave this with the many mysteries that must remain unsolved in this live [we] can but repeat the words, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

When we say that she was a good girl, we say but little that might be said of her gentle disposition and manner, always more thoughtful of others than of herself. None knew how but to love her, and she will be missed by her family and host of friends. She was a member of the choir and Young Ladies Sodality of St. Mary's congregation, and the place that she filled among them can never be filled by another that by itself shows how deeply her loss is realized. The cause of her death was that dreaded disease, pneumonia, turning into heart trouble. She had been sick only three weeks and apparently grew better the last week even speaking of joining the family for the Easter Greeting on the morrow, the morrow which was never to come for her. All that could possibly be done to save her was done by kind and loving hands. But all earthly power and medical skill having failed, God called her for His own.

Why do we mourn departing friends, the question is easily answered, we miss them so. A noble young girl has gone home and will be there to welcome others as they come. Deceased was attired in her First Communion suit, her long and curly hair hanging over her shoulders, a smile on her face seemed to say she was only sleeping. The funeral services were held Monday from St. Mary's church by. Rev. Mueller it being one of the largest ever held in this parish. The body was laid to rest besides those of her father, who died when she was in her third year, and her sister, Mary, who proceeded her in death by over seven years.

Among those from abroad who followed the remains to the last resting place were Mr. and Mrs. William Downey of Antigo, Mr. Thomas Bradley and daughter Maggie of Newburg, Mr. Jno. O'Brien, Mrs. M. Rilley and daughters Aggie and Lizzie, Misses Jennie and Annie O'Brian, Miss Mary Rilley, of Milwaukee, and Jas. And Nellie Mooney of Brown Deer, besides a host of friends who came to pay their last tribute to all that was left of their dear friend and school mate. The pallbearers were Thos. Hand, Jno. Arends, C. D. Malloy, Will Rheingans, Willie McCafrey and Andrew Arends. Besides her mother, she leaves to mourn her loss five brothers and four sisters, Mrs. P. Rilley, Mrs. Jas. Leahy of this place, Mrs. Wm. Downey of Antigo, and Miss Ellen, her brothers are James, Michael, John, Thomas and Willie.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Miss Mary Foster
The Sudden death of a Most Estimable Young Lady

Miss Mary Foster died Wednesday evening [10 DEC 1888] at the residence of her mother, aged twenty-one years. Her death was very sudden, having been sick but two days. All that medical skill and loving friends could do for her was of no avail. Miss Foster was all that was pure and good, and was one of the few persons whose greatest happiness was to make others happy. Her kind manner and loving disposition endeared to a large circle of friends, who held her in the highest esteem. She was the light and life of her home, and her unexpected death has brought great and deep sorrow to her mother, sisters, and brothers. The funeral occurred Friday at St. Mary's Church, the pastor, Rev. Father Muenzer, assisted by Rev. Father Lochemes, officiating. The bereaved have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.

 

She is sleeping sweetly sleeping

Where the wind's low wailing moan

Chants a requiem solemn, sadly

O'er the spirit quickly flown.

Strange It is that one so cherished,

Should in youth be torn away,

But 'tis this, she was too holy

In the wicked world to stay.

Calmly rest then, dearest Mary,

In your narrow home of clay;

Pray that we may also join you,

On some happy future day.

A Friend.

--probably from a Random Lake newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Mrs. Mary (Farrell) Foster
Death Calls a Former Resident

Mrs. Mary Foster, nee Farrell, aged 57 years, a former local resident [of Random Lake], died last Friday [11 FEB 1938] in her home, 3840 Lisbon avenue in Milwaukee.

Mary Foster was a native of Otogamie county, and after her marriage to Thomas Foster, in January, 1908 [at Little Chute], the couple moved onto the premises known now as the Foster farm, south-west of this village. Mr. Foster died on August 14, 1930, and shortly after his death, Mrs. Foster suffered a stroke from which she never fully recovered. For the past several years she resided in Milwaukee.

Mrs. Foster, before her affliction, was one of the industrious women of this community, devoting her time to the welfare of her family, church and neighborhood. Although her affliction curbed her activities as a worker she, never-the-less did what she could, and under trying conditions retained her cheerful disposition until the end.

Mrs. Foster is survived by three children, Melvin of Waubeka [note: another obit says Freedonia], and Marion and Adrian of Milwaukee.

Funeral services were Monday [Feb. 14,at 8:30 from the funeral home of J. N. O'Boyle Co., 1214 W. Wisconsin av., to] St. Thomas Aquinas church in Milwaukee, and the remains were brought here where interment was made in the family lot in St. Mary's cemetery, with the Rev. R. Knauer conducting the services at the grave.

 

--primarily from a Random Lake newspaper with information added from a Milwaukee newspaper and an unknown source.

[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Michael Foster

Michael Foster, 65, an employee of the International Harvester Co. for 20 years, died Friday after an illness of two weeks. He lived at 648 N. Eighth St. Before coming to Milwaukee from Random Lake, where he was born, he was a railroad engineer.

Mr. Foster was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the men's sodality, the Happy Death and Holy Name societies of Gesu church. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Downey and Mrs. John Campbell, both of Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the O'Boyle chapel, 1214 W. Wisconsin Ave., and at 9:00 a.m. at Gesu church. Burial will be at Random Lake.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Robert A. Foster
"Typical American Soldier," Foster, Killed in Action

New York, Sept. 17 [1918]--The photograph of Corporal Robert A. Foster of this city, mentioned in today's casualty lists as killed in action, was used on postcard representations of the "typical American soldier." A member of the One Hundred and Sixty-fifth infantry, he carried the Irish flag over the top during the second battle of the Marne and was awarded the coix de guerre for gallantry under fire.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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William Foster

It is with feelings of profound regret that we record the early death of Brother William Foster, which sad even occurred on September 19 at the residence of his brother, Dr. J. J. Foster, 824 3rd Street, Milwaukee.

The deceased young gentleman was only twenty-four years of age, and had been for four years a student of St. Francis' Seminary, where his brilliant intellect and aptitude for learning had enabled him to run one year ahead of his studies. His sunny disposition and gentlemanly conduct won for him the esteem of his classmates, and his strict compliance with the discipline of his superiors made him the college favorite. But, alas, for the profession in which he would have shone as a twinkling luminary, and for the home that was made ethereal by his presence, they are both bereft of their priceless jewel. Hard study and close application undermined his youthful constitution and left him an easy prey for the grim reaper, who makes no distinction between young and old, worker or drone. In hopes of recuperating he bent his steps westward to the climate of golden sunset and invigorating breeze, only to find that his earthly sojourn was fast coming to a close. His anxious friends, learning that the western climate was powerless to bring about his much-desired recovery, besought him to return home, that they might be able to comfort him in his last moments, or, perchance, alleviate the pain of his feverish brow. Accordingly, Dr. J. J. Foster, examining physician of our division, went to Mexico and brought him back to breathe his last in the bosom of his family and dearest friends.

Thus ended in life's roseate morn the career of a brilliant and promising Irishman. His death leaves a void that cannot be easily filled in the hearts of his parents and friends, who are prostrate with grief at the loss of their darling boy. Let us that Time, the great healer of sorrows, will supply the balm for the wound his death so unexpectedly inflicted in their loving hearts. His exemplary life is a guiding star for all who desire to tread the narrow path of virtue and uprightness. To his bereaved family and our esteemed brother, Dr. J. J. Foster, we tender heartfelt sympathy in the heavy affliction that has befallen them.

The large concourse of mourners that followed the remains to their last resting place, Random Lake, testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The out-of-town visitors were numerous. Among them were Father Ryan of St. Francis and Father Madden of Chicago. A large delegation of members of Hibernian Division No. 1, headed by the redoubtable Francis J. Sweeney, was present at the funeral. May he rest in Peace!

James Coogan

Division No. 1

--from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Paul Foster "Skipper" Leahy, Jr.
Plunge in Lake Kills Driver

Port Washington, Wis.--A Port Washington man was killed Wednesday [1 DEC 1971] when he drove his car over a bluff above Lake Michigan.

The Ozaukee County Sheriff's department said Paul F. Leahy, 28, drove his car at a fast speed on a road that ended at the bluff, three miles south of Port Washington.

A witness told authorities that the car smashed a guard post at the bluff, then sailed about 300 feet in the air and landed in the lake about 100 feet from shore.

The bluff is about 75 feet high there, authorities said. Ozaukee County Coroner John F. Walsh said the death was a suicide.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Paul Foster Leahy, Sr.

LEAHY--Capt. Paul F., U.S. Navy, age 59, passed away at Guam, MI. Requiem mass Friday [2 OCT 1964] 10 a.m. at the U.S. Naval Base Chapel, Fort Snelling. Rosary Thursday at 8 p.m. at Gill Brothers (Bloomington-Richfield) Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave., So. Interment Fort Snelling National cemetery. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m.

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Port Dentist Is Killed in Auto Accident on Guam

Body Is Returned to St. Paul, Minn., for the Funeral Rites

Capt. Paul F. Leahy, 59, a former Port Washington dentist was fatally burned in an automobile accident last week Wednesday on the island of Guam where he was stationed with the United States Navy.

Capt. Leahy, a native of Random Lake, was alone in the automobile when the accident happened on the Agana naval air station, according to word received here. His wife Maybelle had been with her husband during the 1 1/2 years he was stationed there.

After practicing dentistry here since the 1930's, Capt. Leahy served in the navy during World War II, and was recalled during the Korean conflict. He remained in the service and was stationed at the Great Lakes (Ill.) training center, in Tokyo and in California before going to Guam. The family lived here until about three years ago.

Son and Two Daughters

Survivors besides his wife include a son, Paul Jr., who was living at Madison, and two daughters, Mrs. Ann Vandre, of Lake Mills, Wis., and Mrs. Lois Monahan of Mazomanie, Wis.

The navy informed family members that the body would be returned to St. Paul, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Bloomington, Minn., with interment at Fort Snelling, U.S. Navy cemetery, St. Paul, Minn.

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Navy Man's Body Being Sent Here

Agana, Guam--The charred body of a man found Wednesday in a burned car was identified today as that of Navy Capt. Paul F. Leahy, senior dental officer at the naval air station on Guam.

The body will leave Guam Saturday en route to St. Paul for burial. Leahy's hometown was not given.

The Twin Cities naval air station had no record of an officer of this name.

--probably from a Port Washington newspaper; none of three sources specifically identified.
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Michael O'Brien

"Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." These were the words with which Michael O'Brien, one of the oldest settlers in the town of Granville, Milwaukee Co., closed his eyes at 7:30 Monday morning, Oct. 27 [1880], surrounded by his family, which consisted of seven children, fours sons and three daughters, including many of his grandchildren and two of his great grandchildren.

The deceased was a native of County Limerick, Ireland, born in 1808, and emigrated to this county twenty-one years later, fortified with a true knowledge of his religion, which he uncompromisingly practiced to his dying moments, and likewise instilled the same spirit into his children.

Besides his seven children, he leaves a most devoted wife, who is but two years younger than the deceased. On the twenty-fifth of November, he was to have celebrated his golden wedding, and was preparing to gather around him all his children, but , like the autumn leaves nipped with frost, he faded away. His deathbed was surrounded by all of his own, and was a most beautiful scene, he being fortified with all the sacraments of the Church and being resigned to the will of God. Officer John O'Brien, Wm. O'Brien, U. S. Railway Postal clerk, Patrick O'Brien, Mrs. Mary Cordigan, residing in Chicasaw county, Iowa, Mrs. John Foster, of Random Lake, Wis., James O'Brien, his second-youngest son, and Mrs. E. Daily, his third daughter, are children of the deceased. He closed his remarkable career with the words, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

A Mourner

--probably from a Waukesha newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Michael A. O'Brien

Funeral services for Michael Alfred "Alf" O'Brien, a retired railway mail clerk, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the O'Boyle chapel, 1214 W. Wisconsin av., and at 10 a.m. at St. Rose's church. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery.

Members of Holy Name society of St. Rose's church will meet at the funeral home Friday at 8 p.m. Remains may be viewed after 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. O'Brien died Tuesday at his home, 3002 W. Juneau av., after an illness of three weeks [1943].

A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, he entered the railway mail service in 1894, and retired in 1936. Since September, 1942, he had been employed as a weigher and inspector of grain at the Milwaukee Grain and Stock exchange.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Corrine (Traut); three sons, Neal J. of Tampa, Fla.; Dr. Paul T., of Menasha, Wis. And Hugh, and a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Cane, also of Menasha.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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William M. "Bill" O'Brien
Bill of the O'Brien Run, Old Mail Clerk, Passes

When William M. (Bill) O'Brien, 88, died Tuesday [11 APR 1939] at his home, 1518 Wauwatosa av., Wauwatosa [, WI], an unusual chapter in the records of the federal government was closed, it was revealed Friday. In 1888 Bill O'Brien became a railway mail clerk. From then until 1923, when he retired, he plied the railroads in Wisconsin, sorting and stamping mail. In 1894 Alfred O'Brien, a son, also became a railway mail clerk and he also retired in 1937 after 43 years' service. Thus the government had father and son on pension at the same time. That was a most unusual situation according to government records.

Bill O'Brien was born in the town of Granville, Milwaukee county, in 1850, into a family which had settled there in 1838. His first run as a mail clerk was between Chicago and Minneapolis on the Milwaukee road. The trip took 14 hours. The number of that train was, and still is, 57, but the run today is made in six and one-half hours.

After eight years Bill O'Brien was shifted to the Milwaukee-Mineral Point run, and it was on this route that he became so well known that railroad men called it the "Bill O'Brien run." He sorted mail for 20 years between here and Mineral Point. He was one of the first men to come under the federal pension plan.

Funeral services were held Friday [14 APR] morning at the J. N. O'Boyle funeral chapel, 1214 W. Wisconsin av., and later at St. Bernard's church. Burial was in Holy Cross cemetery. He is survived by four sons, Alfred and James, both of Milwaukee; John, of Eau Claire, Wis., and Oliver, of Fargo, N.D.; six daughters, Cecilia, Mrs. Frank Doherty, Mrs. Edward Corrigan, Mrs. Sylvester Benden, Mrs. William R. Madden, and Mrs. Norbert J. Barry; 32 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, all of Milwaukee.

--from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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John J. Reilly

Funeral services for John J. Reilly, 55, of 3630 W. Mount Vernon av., an engineer for the Milwaukee road, will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the O'Boyle chapel, 1214 W. Wisconsin av., and at 9:00 a.m. at St. Rose's church. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery.

Mr. Reilly was found dead in his bedroom Sunday [5 March 1939] morning. Bruises on his face were caused when he fell as he collapsed, it was revealed at an autopsy Monday afternoon. Death was attributed to heart disease.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; a daughter, Mrs. Herman Strauss; two brothers, Michael and Stanley, five sisters, Mrs. Thomas Schlosser, Mrs. Wm. Bierlein of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Harry Whitesell, Helen and Theresa, and one grandchild. Mr. Reilly was a member of the brotherhood of locomotive engineers. Members of the Holy Name society of St. Rose's church will hold a vigil at the funeral chapel at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Catherine E. (Campbell) Scherwenka

2120 N. 73rd st., beloved wife of Joseph M. Scherwenka, mother of James J. and Thomas W. Scherwenka, sister of James W. Campbell passed away Dec. 10, 1953, aged 49 years. Funeral services Mon., Dec. 14, at 8:30 a.m. from the funeral home of J. Becker & Sons, W. Lisbon av., at 54th st., to St. Bernard's church at 9 a.m. Interment Holy Cross cemetery. Member of card circle of St. Thomas Aquinas church. Members of Married Ladies' sodality of St. Bernard's church to meet for vigil Sun., 7:30 p.m. In state Sunday after 2 p.m.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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Joseph M. Scherwenka

Services held Jan. 3, 1957. Milwaukee, WI.

--probably from a Milwaukee newspaper
[from papers of Anne C. (Spellman) Leahy;
courtesy of Jody (Leahy) Filipi]

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