Richard Kobditch

M, b. circa 1919
Father*George Kobditch b. c 1883, d. b 1930
Mother*Flora E. Stuer b. Apr 1883, d. a Apr 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationRichard Kobditch was also known as Kobdish.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1919Richard Kobditch was born circa 1919 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of George Kobditch and Flora E. Stuer.
Census DateLocationDescription
16 April 1930Platteville, Grant, WisconsinRichard Kobditch was listed as a son in Flora E. Stuer's household on the 1930 Census at Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin.1

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED41. Dwelling 134.

Nicolaus Bierman

M, b. 9 April 1867, d. 12 December 1956
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationNicolaus Bierman was also known as Nicholas.
Name VariationNicolaus Bierman was also known as Nicklas.
Name VariationNicolaus Bierman was also known as Nick.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth9 April 1867Nicolaus Bierman was born on 9 April 1867 at Wisconsin.
Marriage12 May 1896He married Anna Neis on 12 May 1896 at Grant, Wisconsin.
Death12 December 1956Nicolaus Bierman died on 12 December 1956 at age 89.
Census DateLocationDescription
12 April 1930Harrison, Grant, WisconsinNicolaus Bierman was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Harrison, Grant, Wisconsin.1

Children of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED17. Dwelling 74.

Anna Neis

F, b. September 1871, d. after April 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAnna Neis was also known as Annie.
Married Name12 May 1896As of 12 May 1896,her married name was Bierman.
Life EventDateDescription
BirthSeptember 1871Anna Neis was born in September 1871 at Wisconsin.
Marriage12 May 1896She married Nicolaus Bierman on 12 May 1896 at Grant, Wisconsin.
Deathafter April 1930Anna Neis died after April 1930.
Census DateLocationDescription
12 April 1930Harrison, Grant, WisconsinAnna Neis was listed as wife in Nicolaus Bierman's household on the 1930 Census at Harrison, Grant, Wisconsin.1
  • Anna Neis had 3 with 1 living in 1900 children.
  • She had 7 with 5 living in 1910 children.

Children of Anna Neis and Nicolaus Bierman

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED17. Dwelling 74.

Laura M. Bierman

F, b. 28 March 1902, d. 25 November 2006
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name21 February 1922As of 21 February 1922,her married name was Pluemer.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth28 March 1902Laura M. Bierman was born on 28 March 1902 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.
Marriage21 February 1922Laura M. Bierman married Ben Joseph Pluemer, son of Joseph F. Pluemer and Josephine M. Langmeier, on 21 February 1922.
Death25 November 2006Laura M. Bierman died on 25 November 2006 at age 104 Laura M. Pluemer of Tennyson, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, peacefully at home, at age 104. Laura was born on March 28, 1902, in Harrison Township. She was married to Ben Joseph Pluemer on Feb. 21, 1922, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Tennyson. Together they farmed in British Hollow and then moved to Harrison Township, where they farmed with their sons. After retirement, they moved to Tennyson, in 1966. Laura loved fishing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, cards and kept a continuous diary since World War II, when her son Gerald was in Europe. She also loved cooking and was known for her wonderful culinary skills. She enjoyed cooking for her family, which she did every Sunday up until her death. Everyone in Tennyson/ Potosi area will never forget her many pies, especially her raisin cream pie. Laura was a long time member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Laura is survived by 21 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Bierman and Margaret Bierman; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben J. Pluemer, on Dec. 12, 1971; she was also preceded in death by her parents; her two sons, Gerald (Joyce) Pluemer and Wilfred (Mary) Pluemer; her granddaughter, Karen Eveland; her grandson, Michael Pluemer; her three brothers, Peter, Walter and Oliver; and her four sisters, Huldah, Magdalena, Lillian and Viola. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at 11 a.m. at ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Tennyson, with the Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, Potosi, with a Scripture Service at 3 p.m. Friends are also welcome on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
  • In February 1947 25th wedding anniversary of Ben and Laura (Bierman) Pluemer.
    Dubuque Telegraph Herald February 27, 1947 - 25th wedding anniversary of Ben and Laura (Bierman) Pluemer

Children of Laura M. Bierman and Ben Joseph Pluemer

Lillie M. Bierman

F, b. 30 January 1904, d. before 2006
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationLillie M. Bierman was also known as Lillian C.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth30 January 1904Lillie M. Bierman was born on 30 January 1904 at Grant, Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.
Deathbefore 2006Lillie M. Bierman died before 2006.

Walter A. Bierman

M, b. 6 March 1906, d. 14 October 1986
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Life EventDateDescription
Birth6 March 1906Walter A. Bierman was born on 6 March 1906 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.
Marriage22 October 1929Walter A. Bierman married Margaret Schollmeyer, daughter of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra, on 22 October 1929.
Death14 October 1986Walter A. Bierman died on 14 October 1986 at age 80.
  • Walter A. Bierman obtained US Social Security Card at Wisconsin; last residence Prairie Du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin.

Viola E. Bierman

F, b. 18 May 1909, d. 8 May 1998
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Kress.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageViola E. Bierman married George Kress.
Birth18 May 1909Viola E. Bierman was born on 18 May 1909 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.
Death8 May 1998Viola E. Bierman died on 8 May 1998 at age 88.
Census DateLocationDescription
12 April 1930Harrison, Grant, WisconsinViola E. Bierman was listed as a daughter in Nicolaus Bierman's household on the 1930 Census at Harrison, Grant, Wisconsin.1

Child of Viola E. Bierman and George Kress

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED17. Dwelling 74.

Peter Bierman

M, b. before 1900, d. before 1900
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Life EventDateDescription
Birthbefore 1900Peter Bierman was born before 1900.
Deathbefore 1900He died before 1900.
He was the son of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.

Huldah Bierman

F, b. December 1896, d. before November 2006
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationHuldah Bierman was also known as Huldy.
Life EventDateDescription
BirthDecember 1896Huldah Bierman was born in December 1896 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.
Deathbefore November 2006Huldah Bierman died before November 2006.

Magdalena Bierman

F, b. before 1900, d. before 1900
Father*Nicolaus Bierman b. 9 Apr 1867, d. 12 Dec 1956
Mother*Anna Neis b. Sep 1871, d. a Apr 1930
Life EventDateDescription
Birthbefore 1900Magdalena Bierman was born before 1900.
Deathbefore 1900She died before 1900.
She was the daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis.

Ben Joseph Pluemer

M, b. February 1900, d. 12 December 1971
Father*Joseph F. Pluemer b. 27 Jun 1870, d. Oct 1945
Mother*Josephine M. Langmeier b. 11 Sep 1880, d. 6 Apr 1957
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationBen Joseph Pluemer was also known as Joseph Ben.
Life EventDateDescription
BirthFebruary 1900Ben Joseph Pluemer was born in February 1900 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of Joseph F. Pluemer and Josephine M. Langmeier.
Marriage21 February 1922Ben Joseph Pluemer married Laura M. Bierman, daughter of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis, on 21 February 1922.
Death12 December 1971Ben Joseph Pluemer died on 12 December 1971 at age 71.
Census DateLocationDescription
1 June 1900Potosi, Grant, WisconsinBen Joseph Pluemer was listed as a son in Joseph F. Pluemer's household on the 1900 Census at Potosi, Grant, Wisconsin; living next door to Peter Pluemer.1
  • In February 1947 25th wedding anniversary of Ben and Laura (Bierman) Pluemer.
    Dubuque Telegraph Herald February 27, 1947 - 25th wedding anniversary of Ben and Laura (Bierman) Pluemer

Children of Ben Joseph Pluemer and Laura M. Bierman

Citations

  1. [S245] U.S. Federal Census 1900 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED51. Dwelling 144.

Gerald Pluemer

M, d. before November 2006
Father*Ben Joseph Pluemer b. Feb 1900, d. 12 Dec 1971
Mother*Laura M. Bierman b. 28 Mar 1902, d. 25 Nov 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Gerald Pluemer was the son of Ben Joseph Pluemer and Laura M. Bierman.
Deathbefore November 2006Gerald Pluemer died before November 2006.

Wilfred Pluemer

M, d. before November 2006
Father*Ben Joseph Pluemer b. Feb 1900, d. 12 Dec 1971
Mother*Laura M. Bierman b. 28 Mar 1902, d. 25 Nov 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Wilfred Pluemer was the son of Ben Joseph Pluemer and Laura M. Bierman.
Deathbefore November 2006Wilfred Pluemer died before November 2006.

Margaret Schollmeyer

F, b. 7 April 1908, d. 7 July 2007
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMargaret Schollmeyer was also known as Margie.
Name VariationMargaret Schollmeyer was also known as Marguerite.
Married Name22 October 1929As of 22 October 1929,her married name was Bierman.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth7 April 1908Margaret Schollmeyer was born on 7 April 1908 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
Marriage22 October 1929Margaret Schollmeyer married Walter A. Bierman, son of Nicolaus Bierman and Anna Neis, on 22 October 1929.
Death7 July 2007Margaret Schollmeyer died on 7 July 2007 at age 99 Margaret "Margie" Bierman, age 99, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007, at the Prairie Maison Care Center.
She was born April 7, 1908, in Cuba City, daughter of William and Martha (Vondra) Schollmeyer. She married Walter Bierman on Oct. 22, 1929, at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville. He preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1986. She and her husband farmed in the Brodtville area and enjoyed a good card game especially euchre and 500. She was a very devout Catholic and a great cook. Margie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by a son Lyle (Frances) Bierman of Sauk City; two daughters Darlene (James) Gerke of La Crosse and Patricia Heer of Bagley; a brother Paul Schollmeyer of Dubuque, IA; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six brothers; Charles, Irvan, Vernon, Bernard, Joe and Paul along with two sisters, Dorothy Nihles and Marie Wallenhorst.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. James Warosh S.J. officiating, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. www.garrityfuneralhome.com.

William Schollmeyer

M, b. circa 1878
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageWilliam Schollmeyer married Martha Vondra.
Birthcirca 1878William Schollmeyer was born circa 1878 at Wisconsin.

Children of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra

Martha Vondra

F, b. circa 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Schollmeyer.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMartha Vondra married William Schollmeyer.
Birthcirca 1889Martha Vondra was born circa 1889 at Wisconsin.

Children of Martha Vondra and William Schollmeyer

Charles Schollmeyer

M, b. 26 September 1906, d. March 1981
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
Birth26 September 1906Charles Schollmeyer was born on 26 September 1906 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
DeathMarch 1981Charles Schollmeyer died in March 1981 at age 74.

Ervin W. Schollmeyer

M, b. 26 January 1916, d. 28 September 1997
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationErvin W. Schollmeyer was also known as Irvan.
Name VariationErvin W. Schollmeyer was also known as Irvin.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageErvin W. Schollmeyer married Margaret Timmerman, daughter of Peter H. Timmerman and Christina C. Folmer.
Birth26 January 1916Ervin W. Schollmeyer was born on 26 January 1916 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
Death28 September 1997Ervin W. Schollmeyer died on 28 September 1997 at age 81.

Vernon D. Schollmeyer

M, b. 19 August 1922, d. December 1980
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
Birth19 August 1922Vernon D. Schollmeyer was born on 19 August 1922 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
DeathDecember 1980Vernon D. Schollmeyer died in December 1980 at age 58.

Bernard Schollmeyer

M, b. 30 June 1919, d. August 1976
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
Birth30 June 1919Bernard Schollmeyer was born on 30 June 1919 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
DeathAugust 1976Bernard Schollmeyer died in August 1976 at age 57.

Joseph Schollmeyer

M, b. 24 February 1914, d. April 1977
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJoseph Schollmeyer was also known as Joe.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth24 February 1914Joseph Schollmeyer was born on 24 February 1914 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
DeathApril 1977Joseph Schollmeyer died in April 1977 at age 63.

Paul Schollmeyer

M, d. before July 2007
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
Paul Schollmeyer was the son of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
Deathbefore July 2007Paul Schollmeyer died before July 2007.

Dorothy Schollmeyer

F, b. 5 March 1910, d. 2 June 2004
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name21 October 1930As of 21 October 1930,her married name was Nihles.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 March 1910Dorothy Schollmeyer was born on 5 March 1910 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
Marriage21 October 1930Dorothy Schollmeyer married Raymond N. Nihles on 21 October 1930.
Death2 June 2004Dorothy Schollmeyer died on 2 June 2004 at age 94 Dorothy C. Nihles, age 94, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2004, at her home. She was born on March 5, 1910, in Grant County, the daughter of William and Martha (Vondra) Schollmeyer. On Oct. 21, 1930, she was united in marriage to Raymond N. Nihles at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville. Together they farmed for many years in the south Lancaster area. In 1974, they retired and moved to Lancaster. She was a devoted member of St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Dorothy put a great deal of hard work into gardening, her flowers, her yard, and canning. She enjoyed her grandchildren, playing cards and crocheting. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. Surviving are two sons, Robert N. (Dolores) Nihles, Platteville, and Merlyn (Mary) Nihles, Mineral Point; two daughters, Kathleen (Gerald) Koeller, Potosi, and Judy (Stanley) Henry, Platteville; a daughter-in-law, Gwen Nihles, Lancaster; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Bierman, Prairie du Chien; a brother, Paul (Maria) Schollmeyer, Dubuque, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Margie Schollmeyer, Cuba City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on Aug. 24, 1987; a son, Vernon; her parents; three grandchildren, Steven, Sharon and Randy Nihles; five brothers, Charles, Irvin, Joseph, Bernard and Vernon Schollmeyer; and her sister, Marie Wallenhorst. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 4, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH in Lancaster, with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert officiating. Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Lancaster. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2004, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the SCHWARTZ FUNERAL HOME in Lancaster, where a 4 p.m. parish Scripture service will be held.

Children of Dorothy Schollmeyer and Raymond N. Nihles

Raymond N. Nihles

M, d. 24 August 1987
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage21 October 1930Raymond N. Nihles married Dorothy Schollmeyer, daughter of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra, on 21 October 1930.
Death24 August 1987Raymond N. Nihles died on 24 August 1987.

Children of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer

Marie Schollmeyer

F, b. circa 1913, d. 24 July 1966
Father*William Schollmeyer b. c 1878
Mother*Martha Vondra b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Wallenhorst.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1913Marie Schollmeyer was born circa 1913 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of William Schollmeyer and Martha Vondra.
Death24 July 1966Marie Schollmeyer died on 24 July 1966.

Robert N. Nihles

M, d. before 2016
Father*Raymond N. Nihles d. 24 Aug 1987
Mother*Dorothy Schollmeyer b. 5 Mar 1910, d. 2 Jun 2004
Life EventDateDescription
Robert N. Nihles was the son of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer.
Deathbefore 2016Robert N. Nihles died before 2016.

Kathleen Nihles

F, b. 16 February 1931, d. 9 May 2016
Father*Raymond N. Nihles d. 24 Aug 1987
Mother*Dorothy Schollmeyer b. 5 Mar 1910, d. 2 Jun 2004
Kathleen (Nihles) Koeller 1974
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name16 November 1949As of 16 November 1949,her married name was Koeller.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth16 February 1931Kathleen Nihles was born on 16 February 1931.
She was the daughter of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer.
Marriage16 November 1949Kathleen Nihles married Gerald C. Koeller on 16 November 1949.
Death9 May 2016Kathleen Nihles died on 9 May 2016 at age 85 Kathleen M. Koeller, age 85, of Potosi, passed away on Monday, May 09, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 16, 1931, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Schollmeyer) Nihles. On November 16, 1949, Kathleen was united in marriage to Gerald C. Koeller at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Together, they operated the family farm just outside of Potosi for more than 50 years. Kathleen's passion in life was being a wife and mother, a true matriarch. She was a loving caregiver to her family, realizing their successes were her successes. No one ever left the house without hearing the phrase, ''come back again'' trailing them out the door as she always had a ''not-so-secret stash'' of ice cream treats waiting for them to return. In this life Kathleen was a lot to a lot of people. She was a daughter, older sister, devoted wife, giving mother, loving grandmother, friend and a life-long neighbor. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on in the many lives she has touched.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gerald; their eleven children: James Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and Baby Reding on the way; her siblings: Judy (Stanley) Henry; Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; sister-in-law: Delores Nihles; nieces, nephews, and many members of the Koeller family.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brothers: Vernon (Gwen) Nihles and Robert Nihles; sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; three nephews: Steven, Randy, and Terry Nihles; a niece, Sharon Nihles.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends called on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Kathleen M. Koeller Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.
  • In November 1974 25th wedding anniversary of Gerald and Kathleen (Nihles) Koeller.
    Dubuque Telegraph Herald November 10, 1974 - 25th wedding anniversary of Gerald and Kathleen (Nihles) Koeller

Gerald C. Koeller

M, b. 8 April 1927, d. 17 July 2017
Gerald Koeller 1974
Life EventDateDescription
Birth8 April 1927Gerald C. Koeller was born on 8 April 1927.
Marriage16 November 1949He married Kathleen Nihles, daughter of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer, on 16 November 1949.
Death17 July 2017Gerald C. Koeller died on 17 July 2017 at Wisconsin at age 90 Gerald C. Koeller, age 90, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Epione Pavilion Nursing Home in Cuba City. He was born on April 8, 1927, in the Koeller family farm house that he lived in for all of his life, the the son of Clarence and Ruby (Retallick) Koeller. On November 16, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Nihles at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. They were married for 67 years. Gerald attended Sinners Creek, a one room school house, about three miles from his home. He then attended Lancaster High School where he graduated in 1944. Gerald was involved in FFA and served as the club's president for three years. He also worked on his family farm and had a job selling shoes. After high school, Gerald wanted to enlist in the United States Navy to serve our country. Instead, he decided to stay home and start his family. He enjoyed boxing and dancing during his high school years and young adulthood. Gerald always told people he graduated from the "College of Hard-Knocks." After graduating high school, he started his lifelong career as a farmer. Gerald worked many times from dawn until dusk. He was his own engineer designing and building his own equipment he needed in order to farm. Gerald loved horses, especially his horse, Prince. Reading was a favorite past time. He retired from farming in 1990. The stage of life that he loved most was his midlife because he got to enjoy his family. He and "Mother" enjoyed the company of their family and extended family. There was a lot of laughter on Sunday afternoons when the family gathered in the farm house. Many times, time was spent sitting around the kitchen table talking, laughing, and having a beer together. While enjoying company on a Sunday afternoon, you could expect to find Gerald and his family watching a Green Bay Packer's game. He was also active in the community. Gerald was a member of the Potosi Township Board, St. Andrew-Thomas Parish Council, AMPI Milk Board of Directors, and the Grant Electric Co-Op, now known as, Scenic Rivers Energy Co-Op Board of Directors for more than 30 years. During that time, he also served on the Dairyland Powers Board of Directors and as Chairman for five years. In March of 2001, Gerald was awarded with WECA's (Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association) highest honor, given annually to recognize service to the rural electric program above and beyond the routine performance of duties. In June 2016, Gerald was an honored guest at the 75th anniversary of Dairyland Power, where he received recognition for his years of service and commitment that he dearly enjoyed.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Gerald was preceded in death by sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; twin sister, Geraldine (John) Skonetch; a brother, Melvin Koeller; sisters-in-law, Mary and Rosemary Koeller; three brothers-in-law, John Flesch, Vernon (Gwen), Robert Nihles; and many members of the Nihles family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.
  • In November 1974 25th wedding anniversary of Gerald and Kathleen (Nihles) Koeller.
    Dubuque Telegraph Herald November 10, 1974 - 25th wedding anniversary of Gerald and Kathleen (Nihles) Koeller

Vernon Nihles

M, d. before June 2004
Father*Raymond N. Nihles d. 24 Aug 1987
Mother*Dorothy Schollmeyer b. 5 Mar 1910, d. 2 Jun 2004
Life EventDateDescription
Vernon Nihles was the son of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer.
MarriageVernon Nihles married Gwen (?).
Deathbefore June 2004Vernon Nihles died before June 2004.

Gwen (?)

F, d. before 2016
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Nihles.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageGwen (?) married Vernon Nihles, son of Raymond N. Nihles and Dorothy Schollmeyer.
Deathbefore 2016Gwen (?) died before 2016.