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Ida Barganz

1882 - 1946


Funeral services for Miss Ida Barganz, retired Watertown school teacher who died October 8, 1946, in St. Mary's hospital were held Friday the Schmutzler Funeral Home. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. William A. Eggert of St. Mark's Lutheran Church officiated.


Miss Barganz died following an operation which she underwent on Oct. 1. She was progressing after the operation, but complications caused by a heart condition brought death.


She was born in Watertown Oct. 17, 1882, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Barganz. She spent her entire life here and began teaching while still a girl in her teens.  She had received her education here and graduated from Watertown High School, supplementing this with attendance at summer sessions at state normal schools. For many years she taught the first grade of Douglas school. She retired a few years ago.


Miss Barganz, following her retirement, became active in the Curtain Club and helped organize and directed the Junior Curtain Club. The children in this group, like her many pupils in Douglas School, came to like her and held her in high regard. She had a talent for working with children and winning their confidence and cooperation. This was among her many fine attributes. She had also been active in the affairs of the Watertown Historical society, the State Historical society, the Euterpe club and many other local movements which worked for the progress and cultural development of the community.


She was a public spirited citizen, interested in community, affairs and active to the fullest possible extent that her time and leisure afforded. In her death Watertown has lost a truly fine citizen whose influence for good has touched the lives of hundreds of Watertown boys and girls who have grown to manhood and womanhood.


Up to a few years ago Miss Barganz had also been active in the Red Cross movement and during World War I and II gave freely of her services to all such projects.


She was survived by four brothers, Carl, Walter and Fred, all of Watertown, and Herman, West Allis. Her mother died only a short time ago and a brother, Ted, also preceded her in death.


Miss Barganz was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.





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