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Sophia Koehler


The Catholic Herald, 01 07 1926


Watertown:  Funeral services for Mrs. John Koehler, who died from bronchial pneumonia, were held Tuesday of last week from St. Henry's Church. The Rev. F. X. Schwinn officiated. Burial was at St. Henry’s Cemetery.


Mrs. Koehler was a native of Switzerland.  Her maiden name was Sophia Werner and she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Werner who came here in 1853.


She was born on February 24, 1850. Since coming to Watertown with her parents, Mrs. Koehler has made her home in this city.  Her marriage to Mr. Koehler took place here on February 11, 1873.  Mr. Koehler preceded his wife in death eleven years ago.




Daughter          Rose Koehler, Watertown

Daughter          Helen Koehler, Watertown

Daughter          Miss Julia Koehler, Madison

Daughter          Miss Sophia Koehler, Flint, MI

Son               Joseph Koehler, Watertown

Son               John Koehler, Manitowoc

Sister            Miss Caroline Werner, Sheboygan






John Koehler

1849- 1915

Watertown Gazette, 04 15 1915


Death of John Koehler.


Our citizens were greatly shocked Tuesday evening on learning of the death of our esteemed citizen John Koehler, which took place on that evening at St. Mary’s hospital, where he was operated on the evening previous for appendicitis.  Mr. Koehler had been ill only since the previous Wednesday evening, and on Tuesday he was taken to St. Mary’s hospital with the hope of saving his life by an operation.


Mr. Koehler was born on November 11, 1849, in Landskron, Germany, and came to this city from that place in 1860, where he has ever since resided.  On February, 1883, he was married to Sophia Werner, who with seven of the children born to the union, survive him:  John Koehler, Manitowoc; Joseph Koehler, Watertown; Miss Julia Koehler, Neosha; Misses Rose, Sophia, Laura and Helen Koehler, Watertown.  One brother, Ignace Koehler, Chicago, also survives.


For many years he conducted a wagon shop on Third Street, and when the Watertown Electric Light Co. was organized here, Mr. Koehler was appointed its superintendent and was associated in that business with the late Joseph Terbrueggen and with L. H. Cordes, till they disposed of the plant to its present owners.


For some time after that he was connected with the brickmaking firm of L. H. Cordes & Co., and on the death of Mr. Terbrueggen, a member of the firm, Mr. Koehler became his successor.


He was an active member of St. Henry’s Catholic church, being secretary of the congregation for 35 years and a member of the church choir 40 years.  He was also a member of St. Henry’s Society and of Branch 85, Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, carrying a policy of $2000 in the latter society. 


Friday morning at 8:45 o’clock his funeral will take place from his late home to St. Henry’s church.  The interment will be in St. Henry’s cemetery.


In Mr. Koehler’s death this community has lost one of its very best citizens.  Of quiet inoffensive manner, he was a man of acknowledged foresight and force, experienced and eminently successful in business affairs, conciliatory in temperament, in character a man of integrity, strongly disposed toward justice and good will to his fellow man.




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