Sunday, January 30, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Rev. Robert Anthony

 "Rev. Robert Anthony (hand-dated Mar. 16-1956)

EDEN, Wis., March 16 - (Special) - The Rev. Robert Anthony, 45, who was to have been celebrant Saturday morning for the funeral mass of a second cousin, died early Friday of a heart attack in the rectory of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in this Fond du Lac County community.

Pastor of St. Mary's and nearby St. James Mission since January, 1950, Father Anthony was to have officiated at services in St. Columbkille's Church at Elba (Dodge County) for Nicholas Powers, 80, who helped found the Astico State Bank and the Elba Canning Co.

A native of Columbus, Wis., where he attended schools before graduation from St. Francis Minor and Major Seminary in Milwaukee. Father Anthony was ordained a priest May 22, 1937, in St. Ann's Church, Milwaukee.

Well known throughout the Milwaukee Archdiocese, Father Anthony was assistant pastor at St. Joseph's in Fond du Lac from 1937-40, at St. Monica's in Whitefish Bay the following year, at St. Sebastian's in Milwaukee from 1941-45 and at St. Gall's Church in Milwaukee from 1945 until he came here.

His accomplishments at St. Mary's included building a school, convent and shrine to the Blessed Virgin, and organizing the first Boy Scout troop here.  A member of the Knights of St. George, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters, Father Anthony was completing plans for remodeling of the church and rectory at the time of death.

His body will be at the Dugan Funeral home in Fond du Lac from 3 p.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday, when it will be moved to his church to lie in state until services on Tuesday.

Area clergy will chant the Office of the Dead at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, preceding a solemn Requiem high mass at 11 a.m. at which Msgr, Henry G. Riordan, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Fond du Lac, will be celebrant, Archbishop Albert G. Meyer of Milwaukee will attend the funeral.

Burial for Father Anthony, an only child whom cousins survive, will be in St. Jerome's Cemetery at Columbus."

This and most of the other Wisconsin clippings I have were passed on to me from my husband's family.  This was from my mother-in-law, Dolores Cayemberg nee Kuehl.  I don't think the Rev Anthony was a relative.  I rather think that he was an ancestor's pastor and undoubtedly a cherished member of their church-family.  All that he accomplished as a priest before his early death at the age of 45 is amazing.  He was obviously a very dedicated man. 

I am a bit disappointed at the lack of information on his family.  The newspaper mentions the 2nd cousin who Rev Anthony was to preside over the funeral of, but it doesn't mention who his parents were.  There are nuggets of information in here that people can follow if they wanted to track down information on his lineage, to not mention someone's parents in an obituary is to do a great disservice to the deceased.  Just this genealogist's humble opinion.

Sunday's Obituary - Oscar Boegel

"Oscar Boegel (hand-dated June 18th 1980)

Funeral services for Oscar P. Boegel, 72, of the Town of Wayne, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Miller's Funeral Home, Kewaskum, and at 10:30 a.m. at  St. Bridget's Catholic Church in the Town of Wayne.

The Rev. John T. Budde, the Rev. Walter Morgan and the Rev. Elroy Pesch will officiate, and burial will be in New Holy Trinity Cemetery, Kewaskum.  Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He died Wednesday, June 18, 1980, at St. Joseph's Community Hospital, West Bend.

Mr. Boegel was born March 6, 1908, in the Town of Wayne, a son of the late William and Mary Zwaska Boegel.  On Oct. 7, 1930, he married Lucy Wietor at holy Trinity Catholic Church, Kewaskum.

He was a retired mail carrier and was employed by McGraw-Edison Co. for 22 years.  He was a member of Knights of Columbes Council 1964 of West Bend, and a life member of St. Bridget's Church, Town of Wayne.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, Lambert of West Bend, Norman of Chicago, William of New Orleans, La., John and James both of Kewaskum; and five daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Mary Ann) Sonnenberg of West Bend, Miss Rita Boegel of Racine, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Struebing of Wayne, Mrs. Thomas (Lucy) Bartelt of Kewaskum and Mrs. Leroy (Margaret) Myer of Wauwatosa.

Also surviving are 26 grandchildren; for great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dr. Arnold of Theresa and Norbert of Jackson; and a sister, Mrs. Mark (Lorraine) Grafmeier of Kaukauna.  A grandchild preceded him in death."

Clippings were passed on to me by my mother-in-law, Dolores, Cayemberg nee Kuehl.  It is unknown which Wisconsin newspaper the clippings were from