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Obituaries for surnames beginning with the letter "R"
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RAMSDELL, Russell T.
REAL, Johanna
REINHART, Amelia Bessie
REINHART, Earl Henry "Tip"

REINHART, Frances L.

REINHART, Russell A. "Bailey"
REZARCH, Winifred
RHODES, Burton

RUSSELL, Vincent James
RYDELL, Florence

RAMSDELL, Russell T. aka R. T.

R. T. Ramsdell Called by Death

R. T. Ramsdell, age 77, venerable and respected citizen of this community and a resident of Spooner for many years, passed away suddenly at about 7:30 o'clock Monday monring, April 29 (1929), death being caused by apoplexy.  He had gone to the home of his son Harry that morning and when about to leave was fatally stricken, death claiming him a few minutes later.  His passing caused a feeling of genuine regret among his many friends, while his family is deeply grieved over his loss.  Deceased had been in apparent good health, despite his advanced years, and had been about town daily up to the day of his death.  In fact he was about to start his annual rounds as assessor for the city when the final summons reached him.

Russell T. Ramsdell was born in the state of Illinois on July 30, 1851, moving with his parents to Houston, Minn., when a child, where he spent his youth and young manhood.  He was united in marriage with Ella Simpson at Caledonia, Minn., in 1874, to which union five children were born, of whom Mrs. G. H. Ross of this city is the only surviving one, four children preceding him to the grave at an early age.  His wife passed away on October 19, 1884.

In 1887 deceased was married a second time, to Eva Jo Edgbert at Sumner, near Barron, Wis.  Two children were born to this union, being Mrs. Chas. Merha, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lloyd, of Grand Rapids, Minn.  His second wife died in 1897.

He married his third wife, Lula Eby, at Barron on July 12, 1899.  To this union two sons were born, Harry and Robert, both of this city.

Mr. Ramsdell was engaged in work as traveling salesman for many years, coming to Spooner with his family in 1907 and engaging in the telephone business for a number of years, being associated with his son-in-law, G. H. Ross.  Since disposing of his interests in that concern he was engaged in different work, being employed as clerk at the Spooner Hotel for a number of years.  Last year he had charge of the information booth in the city and had been retained for that position this coming season.

Deceased was a member of Spooner Lodge F. & A. M., and R. A. M. Possessing a bright and cheerful nature, his personality won for him many friends.  He also served as alderman during his residence here.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon, at two o'clock, final arrangements having not been made at this time.  Interment will take place in Spooner cemetery.

Surviving relatives, besides his widow and children, are twelve grandchildren and four grreat-grandchildren.  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Albert Porter, of Cavalier, N. D., and Mrs. Martin Jacobson, of Benedict, N. D.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 02 May 1929, page 1


REAL, Johanna (nee BOENSCH)

Johanna REAL, 90, passed away at the Spooner Nursing Home on May 1, 1979.  She was born September 21, 1888 in Hamburg, Germany to Carl and Emily Boensch.  Her early life was spent in Chicago.

She was married to Walter Real in Chicago, Ill.  Following their marriage they lived in Charlevoix, Mich. ten years, then went back to Chicago and have lived in Minong since 1969.

Preceding her in death was her husband in 1960.

She is survived by one son, Walter, Minong, Wis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30, May 3, 1979 at Blume-Pockat Funeral Home.

-Transcribed from The Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 01 May 1979


REINHART, Amelia Bessie (nee EK)


A. Bessie Reinhart, Shell Lake, died Thursday, June 28, 1984, at the Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake.

The former Bessie Ek was born July 30, 1896 in Shell Lake, She was a 1912 graduate of the Shell Lake High School and the Superior Normal School in 1914. She taught school in the Shell Lake school district in the town of Beaver Brook. On June 12, 1917 she married Earl Reinhart in Shell Lake. He preceded her in death in 1963.

She is survived by two sons, D. B. Reinhart, LaCrosse, and Darrel, Shoreview, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Shell Lake, with Fr. Dean Buttrick officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at the Pockat Funeral Home, Shell Lake, where there was a scripture service.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 05 Jul 1984, page 12


REINHART, Earl Henry "Tip"

Earl Henry Reinhart, of Shell Lake, died suddenly at his home Thursday morning, May 23 (1963), at the age of 72. He was born October 25, 1890, at Farmhamville, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Reinhart.

He came to Washburn county, locating in Shell Lake about 1902, and followed the carpentry trade for many years. He served overseas in France in World War I, and was a member of the Francis Bergin - Paul Neiman American Legion Post No. 225. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church, and was united in marriage to Bessie Ek at Shell Lake, June 12, 1916. Two sons were born to this union.

Mr. Reinhart was familiarly known by his nickname "Tip" and developed the area on Shell Lake, known as "Tiptown."

Funeral services were held Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's church, Rev. Fr. Paul Boshold officiating, burial in the family lot at St. Joseph's cemetery. Recitation of the rosary was held at the Blume funeral home Friday evening. Military honors were accorded by the Legion post at the cemetery, and members of the post served as honorary pallbearers. Pallbearers were P. E. Clanton, Everett Rounce, Ellis Axon, Russell D. Stouffer, Louis Villella, Ernes DesJardins, Sr. Survivors include his wife, Bessie; two sons, DeWayne, La Crosse, and Darrell, Duluth; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Reinhart, Mrs. Olive Schon, both of Shell Lake, Mrs. Jeanne Van Pelt, Austin, Minn.; three brothers, Leo, Kenneth and Russell, all of Shell Lake.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 30 May 1963, page 7




Miss Frances L. Reinhart, Shell Lake, died Thursday, June 16, 1983, at the Shell Lake Indianhead Medical Center.

She was born in Farnhamville, on November 24, 1902. She moved to Shell Lake as a young child and graduated from Shell Lake High School. She also graduated from the Minneapolis Business College. She was employed by the Shell Lake Telephone Co. and also worked in the Register of Deeds Office, Washburn County Court House.

Survivors include a sister, Olive Schon, Shell Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery, Father Buttrick officiating. Visitation was at the Pockat Funeral Home on Sunday.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 23 Jun 1983, page 6




Leo Reinhart, 81, Shell Lake, passed away Tuesday, April 11 (1978), at the Shell Lake Hospital. He was born June 8, 1896 in Iowa and had lived in the Shell Lake area since 1903.

He married Leona Merchant on September 27, 1928 in St. Paul. He worked most of his life for Peterson Boat Works. After retirement he had a fix-it shop in his home. He was a veteran of World War I.

He is survived by his wife, Leona; one daughter, Mrs. William (Elaine) Hurd, LaCrosse; two grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Reinhart and Ollie Schon, both of Shell Lake.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 1:30, at the Blume-Pockat Funeral Home with Rev. Mike William officiating and burial in the Shell Lake Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 13 Apr 1978, page 6




Mrs. Matilda Reinhart, 70, for many years a resident of Shell Lake, died on Monday (27 Mar 1939) following a heart attack which she suffered Sunday evening while attending church services at St. Joseph's Catholic church in that village. Funeral services were held last Thursday.

Mrs. Reinhart was a resident of the Shell Lake community since 1902. Her passing is mourned by a large circle of friends.

Surviving are five sons, Earl H., Floyd, Leo, Kenneth, and Russell, and three daughters, Mrs. Walter Van Pelt of Austin, Minn., Frances and Mrs. Frank Schon of Shell Lake, also ten grandchildren.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 06 Apr 1939, page 5


REINHART, Russell A. "Bailey"


Russell A. (Bailey) Reinhart, 67, died at the Shell Lake Indianhead hospital Friday (17 Sep 1971).

He was born in Shell Lake June 23 1904, the son of Charles and Matilda Reinhart. He had served in the Armed Forces during World War II. He was parts man at a Rice Lake garage, worked for an oil company in Shell Lake and for the local boat company prior to his retirement.

Funeral services were held at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Blume Funeral Home, the Rev. Fr. Paul Boshold officiating. Burial was in the Shell Lake Catholic Cemetery.

The Francis Bergen - Paul Neiman American Legion Post No. 225 conducted military services at the graveside.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Beverly Plante, Eau Claire; a brother, Leo, of Shell Lake; two sisters, Frances Reinhart and Mrs. Olive Schon, both of Shell Lake.

Casket bearers were Howard Nebel, Charles Foley, Mike Haremza, Wendell Pederson, Milton Len and George Parent.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 23 Sep 1971, page 9


REZARCH, Winifred


Winifred Joyce Rezarch, age 83, a resident of Spooner passed away on Monday, June 23, at the Spooner Nursing Home.

She was born on October 24, 1891 at Butterfield, Minn.  On October 10, 1917 she was united in marriage to Edward Rezarch at Ladysmith.  They lived at Park Falls, for two months and came to Spooner in 1917 and resided here since then.

She is survived by three sons, Bill of St. Paul, Minn., Edward of Bloomer, and Robert of Spooner.  Also 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and one sister Mrs. Sidney Alexander of Norman, Okla.

Her husband, one daughter, three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Spooner, Rev. Veryl Schubert officiating with burial in Spooner Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday afternoon and evening at Dahl Funeral Home. And from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church on Thursday.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 26 Jun 1975, page 6.


RHODES, Burton


Word has been received of the death of Burton Rhodes, 60, a former Spooner area resident, at Bremerton, Wash., in December, 1977.

Mr. Rhodes was born September 29, 1917, in Spooner, attended school here and later logged and farmed in this area before moving to Bremerton in 1943 to work...(rest of obituary missing)

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 09 Feb 1978, page 8



Bert Robbins was born at Monticello, Illinois, on May 12, 1889.

On December 21, 1910 he was united in marriage to Clara Haskins at Storm Lake, Iowa, and to this union three children were born.

The family resided in Iowa until 1937 when they moved to the Earl Community and in 1940 moved to their farm in the town of Trego, where they have resided since.

Mr. Robbins had been in failing health for the past seven years and passed away at his home on Thursday, January 9, at the age of 74 years.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; one daughter, Mrs. Clifford Nelson (Thelma) of Ringsted, Iowa; two sons, Galen and Kenneth, Trego; also 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Mrs. Ora Buckingham of Storm Lake, Iowa, Mrs. Perry Rasmussen of South Sioux, Nebr., and Mrs. Gale Kroeger, Sioux City, Iowa; two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

The body lay in state at Dahl Funeral Home until Monday noon and funeral services were held on Monday, January 13, at 2 p.m., at Earl Church, Rev. Roy Brown officated, with burial in Earl Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Pete Rhodes, Arthur Butenhoff, Lawrence LeMoine, Anton Heller, Walter Rasmussen and Walter Butenhoff.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Jan 1964



Fred Rothgeber of Clear Lake, former publisher of the Clear Lake Star, died at his home in that village on December 3rd (1935).  He published the Star for fifteen years, selling in 1932.  After taking a rest he returned to Clear Lake and continued making his home there until his death.  He was 45 years of age.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 19 Dec 1935


RUSSELL, Vincent James

Vincent James Russell was born inthe town of Crystal, Washburn County, on June 10, 1924.

He passed away on Tuesday, January 9, at New Richmond, at the age of 43 years.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Russell, Milwaukee; one sister, Geraldine Russell, also of Milwaukee; one brother, Tory Russell, fo Kewaskum; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Tory Ingbretson, of Stone Lake; three nieces and one nephew, and an uncle, Edward Holmberg, of Springbrook.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 11, at 3:30 p.m. at the Dahl Funeral Home, with Rev. Milton Ford officiating, burial was in the Anah Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 18 Jan 1968, page 7


RYDELL, Florence (nee CALDWELL)


Mrs. O. E. (Florence) Rydell, Rte. 2, Rice Lake, died Monday, November 6, at her home.

The former Florence Caldwell was born January 29, 1905 at rural Shell Lake.  She was a graduate of nurses' training at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing, Superior, in 1927.  She taught nursing in Superior after graduation and also taught nursing at Minneapolis, Minn., Bethel, Alaska, and the Haskell Indian School, Kansas.  Mrs. Rydell was also a nurse lieutenant with the Army during World War II and was the first director of nurses at the Shell Lake Hospital prior to her marriage in 1948.  She was active in both civic and political affairs in the area.  Mrs. Rydell was a member of the Eastern Star Crescent Chapter No. 17, Shell Lake, was a member of the Rice Lake Fortnightly Club and was past president of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

Besides her husband, Dr. Rydell, she is survived by two sisters, Sibyl Lonergan, Duluth, and Catherine Caldwell, Shell Lake; and two brothers, Donald, Shell Lake, and Robert, Brainerd, Minn.

The funeral was Thursday at Appleyard's Home for Funerals in Rice Lake.  Rev. Douglas Schoen officiated, with burial in the Shell Lake Cemetery where military rites were accorded.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Nov 1978, page 8



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