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Walter Charles Vandenbusch

M, b. October 11, 1915, d. January 2, 1996

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Walter Charles Vandenbusch was born on October 11, 1915 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 2, 1996, at age 80, in Riverside, California.

Rose Theresa Dietrich

F, b. circa 1883

Family: Edward VandenBusch (b. July 11, 1880)

Biography

  • Birth: Rose Theresa Dietrich was born circa 1883.

Clyde Bernard VandenBusch

M, b. October 29, 1906, d. May 9, 1972

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Clyde Bernard VandenBusch was born on October 29, 1906 in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 9, 1972, at age 65, in Norway, Dickinson Co, Michigan.

Melinda Lilly Doucette

F, b. May 10, 1887, d. October 8, 1918

Family: Bernard VandenBusch (b. February 22, 1884, d. May 11, 1973)

Biography

  • Birth: Melinda Lilly Doucette was born on May 10, 1887 in Howard, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 8, 1918, at age 31, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Bernard VandenBusch

M, b. June 23, 1908, d. May 1, 1970

Parents

Family: Ruth Perrelt (b. circa 1908)

Biography

  • Birth: Bernard VandenBusch was born on June 23, 1908 in Preble, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on May 1, 1970, at age 61, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Florence Josephine VandenBusch

F, b. December 15, 1917, d. January 22, 1995

Parents

Family: Harry Vaile (b. December 14, 1901, d. May 17, 1981)

Biography

  • Birth: Florence Josephine VandenBusch was born on December 15, 1917 in Duck Creek, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on January 22, 1995, at age 77, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Harry Vaile

M, b. December 14, 1901, d. May 17, 1981

Family: Florence Josephine VandenBusch (b. December 15, 1917, d. January 22, 1995)

Biography

  • Birth: Harry Vaile was born on December 14, 1901.
  • Death: He died on May 17, 1981, at age 79, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Anna Fruzyna

F, b. circa 1894, d. December 20, 1961

Family: Peter VandenBusch (b. November 29, 1893, d. 1936)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Fruzyna was born circa 1894.
  • Death: She died on December 20, 1961 in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Martha Vandenbusch

F, b. 1918, d. August 1, 1930

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Martha Vandenbusch was born in 1918.
  • Death: She died on August 1, 1930, at age ~12.
  • Note: WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL AUGUST 1, 1930.

    CRASH KILLS FIVE--Two Mothers and Three children died. Six injured in Manitowco accident: Two mothers and three little children were killed and another is not expected to live. Five other youngster ranging in age from two to fourteen were injured, when the car in which they were riding was struck by a gasoline train on Northwest Railroad crossing five miles south of here..

    The dead are: Mrs. Frank Mrotek 30; Mrs. Victor Powaliz 26, Marion Powaliz 2, Gretrude Mrotek 5 and Martha Vandenbush 10. Injured are Mrs. Peter Vandenbusch 36, driver of the car, Eleanor Mrotek 8, Leona Vandenbusch 14, Dorothy Vandenbusch 4 and Donald Vandenbusch 2..

    Mrs. Povalisz, Mrs. Mrotek and Mrs. Vandenbusch were sisters. Mrs. Mrotek and her daughter, Gretrude and Mrs. Povalisz and Martha Vandenbusch were killed instantly. Mrs. Povalisch's daugher, Marion, died on the way to the hospital. The three Vandenbusch children are not believed to be seriously injured and all are expected to recover. Doctors fear that Eleanor Mrotek suffered internal injuries, although her condition is reported good. Mrs. Vandenbusch, who was driving the light car when it was stuck, is in a semi -conscious condition. Coroner W. G. Kemper immediately ordered an inquest into the accident. He has selected a jury today and has taken them to the grade crossing to view the auto and the scene of the accident..

    Identification of the babies was impossible for sometime after the crash, with two mothers killed and the third unable to talk, officials summonded Mr. & Mrs. Fruzyna. The three sisters and their children were headed for the Fruzyna farm to pick beans. Engineer, William Krltzow, Green Bay, said he saw the car approaching, but it seemed to have plenty of time to cross the tracks. As it reached the grade, however, it seemed to hesitate and that is when the train struck in it the rear, throwing it 20feet against a warning signal, he told officials..

    MAINTOWOC HEARLD AUGUST 2, 1930---FOUR OF THE FIVE DEAD TO BE BURIED IN SAME LOT. TWO OF INJURED STILL UNCONSCIOUS TODAY..

    Manitowoc's most pitful funeral cortege in history of the city will wind its way through city streets on Black Monday, when four of he five victims of the crossing accident at Clover yesterday morning will be buried in a single grave at St. Mary's cemetery, the procession will continue to Calvary cemetery, where the Vandenbusch girl will be buried..

    As prepartation for the funeral were being completed today, it was learned that two of the injured, Donald Vandenbusch 1 and Eleanor Mrotek 7, have been able to leave the hospital yesterday afternoon and today as their injuries were only minor. Dorothy Vandenbusch 5 and Leona Vandenbusch 14, continue to remain unconscious at the Holy Family hospital and the terrible shock of the tragedy was taken a toll upon Mrs. Peter Vandenbusch, driver of the death car, and the condition was being aggrevated as details of the accident occurred to her at the hospital..

    In vivid language, Eleanor Mrotek, who lost her mother and sister in the accident told her father of the scenes enacted immediately before and after the tragedy. The driver of the death car had not noticed the approach of the train. Eleanor first observing it from her vantage place in the front seat. She called to Mrs. Vandenbusch and the others took up the call to halt the automible but it was too late-the crash occured in a moment. Little Eleanor, suffering from bruises, told of crawling out of the werckage, of seeing her sister lying dead across a fender and of seeing others in the party in heaps in the immediate vicinity. Mrs. Vandbusch, ignoring her own injuries went from person to person as she realized the terrible nature of the accident, she became hysterical and all the way to Manitowoc was suffering terribly from the mental anguish..

    An expert from Chicago was called here last night to assist local undertakers in rebuilding the features of the mangled victims, Mrs. Victor Povalish and Martha Vandenbusch being the most cut up as the others went to their death because of internal and other injuries. During all of last night and again today, several undertakers were at work preparing the bodies so they could be taken to the respective homes late this afternoon and they will remain there until funeral services..

    Four persons, Mrs. Vandenbusch, the driver; Leona Vandenbusch with her one year old brother, Donald on her lap and Miss Eleanor Mrotek were occupants of the front seat of the 1923 touring, car while Mrs. Pavolish 26, Mrs. Mrotek 32, Gertrude Mrotek 5, Marian Povalisz 2, Dorothey Vandenbusch and Martha Vandenbusch were in the rear seat..

    All of the dead were occupants of the rear seat, the only one seated in the front seat to be seriously injured being Leona Vandenbusch, who is still unconscious. The sixth occupant of the rear seat, Dorothy Vandenbusch 5 is also still unconscious..

    The funeral services are planned to start the funeral procession at the home of Peter Vandenbusch home at about 8 am Monday morning. From there the procession will go to the Mrotek home, where the bodies of Mrs. Mrotek and her daughter will be received, the procession then winding it way to Victor Pavolisz home where Mrs. Pavolisz and their only child will join the other dead to be taken to St. Mary's church where funeral services will be held. A Solemn requiem high mass service has been arranged for 9 am..

    Following the services at the church, the four bodies will be taken to the St. Mary's church cemetery and will be buried in the same lot. After that the procession will continue to Clavary cemetery where services for Martha Vandenbusch are to be held..

    The terrible nature and the completeness of the disaster which almost wiped out three familes today still gripped the members of this relationship so that little coherent details could be secured. The tragedy is the worst automobile accident in the history of the county and records disclose it to be the worst grade crossing accident in this section in ten years. The accident which took the largest number of lives is on that took place near New London, which killed six residents at Sheboygan..

Leonard R Vandenbusch

M, b. July 19, 1920, d. January 1, 1984

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Leonard R Vandenbusch was born on July 19, 1920 in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 1, 1984, at age 63, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Donald Vandenbusch

M, b. May 17, 1928, d. November 3, 1975

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Donald Vandenbusch was born on May 17, 1928.
  • Death: He died on November 3, 1975, at age 47, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Shirley Vandenbusch

F, b. February 18, 1931, d. December 1993

Parents

Family: Michael Kukurich (b. September 13, 1931, d. June 20, 2006)

Biography

  • Birth: Shirley Vandenbusch was born on February 18, 1931.
  • Death: She died in December 1993, at age 62, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Michael Kukurich

M, b. September 13, 1931, d. June 20, 2006

Family: Shirley Vandenbusch (b. February 18, 1931, d. December 1993)

Biography

  • Birth: Michael Kukurich was born on September 13, 1931 in Ohio.
  • Death: He died on June 20, 2006, at age 74, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Andrew Vandenbusch

M, b. 1897, d. 1909

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Andrew Vandenbusch was born in 1897.
  • Death: He died in 1909, at age ~12.

Edward Vieau

M, b. September 1897, d. 1920

Family: Sophie Caroline VandenBusch (b. May 13, 1898, d. January 29, 1986)

Biography

  • Birth: Edward Vieau was born in September 1897.
  • Death: He died in 1920, at age ~23, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Edward John Vieau

M, b. November 21, 1920, d. February 13, 1991

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Edward John Vieau was born on November 21, 1920 in Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on February 13, 1991, at age 70, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Robert Lawrence Ruelle

M, b. May 3, 1924, d. April 14, 1991

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Robert Lawrence Ruelle was born on May 3, 1924 in Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 14, 1991, at age 66, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Donald Ruelle

M, b. 1926, d. 1930

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Donald Ruelle was born in 1926.
  • Death: He died in 1930, at age ~4, in Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Bernadina Katherine Johnsen

F, b. July 9, 1933, d. October 22, 1999

Family: John Vandenbusch (b. August 24, 1930, d. January 6, 2001)

Biography

  • Birth: Bernadina Katherine Johnsen was born on July 9, 1933.
  • Death: She died on October 22, 1999, at age 66, in Whitelaw, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Martha E Konitzer

F, b. January 8, 1901, d. May 26, 1913

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Martha E Konitzer was born on January 8, 1901 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on May 26, 1913, at age 12, in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.

John Benjamin Konitzer

M, b. August 13, 1902, d. January 11, 1982

Parents

Family: Juliann Gallas (b. January 9, 1904, d. July 16, 1990)

Biography

  • Birth: John Benjamin Konitzer was born on August 13, 1902 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Juliann Gallas were married on November 8, 1921 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Benjamin Konitzer died on January 11, 1982, at age 79, in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.

Juliann Gallas

F, b. January 9, 1904, d. July 16, 1990

Family: John Benjamin Konitzer (b. August 13, 1902, d. January 11, 1982)

Biography

  • Birth: Juliann Gallas was born on January 9, 1904 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Benjamin Konitzer were married on November 8, 1921 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Juliann Gallas died on July 16, 1990, at age 86, in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.

Gordon A Konitzer

M, b. September 26, 1922, d. January 3, 1998

Parents

Family: Floralee Carling (b. November 9, 1921, d. October 24, 1998)

Biography

  • Birth: Gordon A Konitzer was born on September 26, 1922 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Floralee Carling were married on January 3, 1942.
  • Death: Gordon A Konitzer died on January 3, 1998, at age 75, in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.

Floralee Carling

F, b. November 9, 1921, d. October 24, 1998

Family: Gordon A Konitzer (b. September 26, 1922, d. January 3, 1998)

Biography

  • Birth: Floralee Carling was born on November 9, 1921.
  • Marriage: She and Gordon A Konitzer were married on January 3, 1942.
  • Death: Floralee Carling died on October 24, 1998, at age 76.

Lucy Louise Konitzer

F, b. August 21, 1910, d. July 2, 1999

Parents

Family: Norman W Birr (b. March 21, 1905, d. November 1, 1996)

  • Joan Birr (b. February 26, 1931, d. July 2, 2005)

Biography

  • Birth: Lucy Louise Konitzer was born on August 21, 1910 in Oconto Falls, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Norman W Birr were married on October 23, 1928.
  • Death: Lucy Louise Konitzer died on July 2, 1999, at age 88, in Pulaski, Brown Co, Wisconsin.