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Lotza, Joseph J. 1896-1938


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 3/20/2019 at 19:16:16

Joseph J. Lotza, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Lotza, was born on January 10, 1896, in Giard township, near Beulah, and departed this life on May 6 1938, at the age of 42 years, 3 months, and 25 days.

Practically all his life was spent near there with the exception of about 15 months when he answered the call to serve his country, leaving home on Feb. 25, 1918. On April 25th, 1918, he sailed for France. He was wounded in the Argonne Forest drive on September 29, 1918. He arrived home on May 8, 1919.

He was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Voss on Feb. 19 1924, after which he settled on a farm near the place of his birth and which occupation he followed all his life.

Military funeral service were held Monday, may 9th from St. Patrick's Church with the American Legion attending in a body. Due to the illness of Rev. Luke Donlon, the Requiem Mass was offered by Rev. Vernon Peters who also preached an eloquent funeral sermon.

His untimely death is deeply mourned by his widow parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Lotza, one brother, Sylvester Lotza, Monona, and two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Fett and Mrs. Ben A. Lestina, Monona. One brother, George, passed away in infancy.

Eight cousins of the deceased acted as pall bearers: Ward and Clarence Ferguson; Vernon and Edwin Tayak; Jason and Lawrence [name obliterated by ink blot]; Will and Simon Meeds [or Meets].

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bohrer, Arthur and George Jr., of St. Paul; Mrs. Wm. McClure and son Wayne of Malcom; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gerner of Charles City; Frank Mayer Albert Mayer Henry Goldgrapher of Donnelly, Minn.; Mrs. Edward Niemeyer, Guttenberg; Mr. and Mrs. Vlad Macha of Mabel, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Irving Hartong of Waterville; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Monroe, Castalia.

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for the many acts of kindness and words of sympathy, the spiritual bouquets, the floral offerings; also the choir of St. Patrick's Church and everyone who in any way helped in our time of sorrow.
Mrs. Joseph J. Lotza
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Lotza
Brother and Sister

~Monona Leader, May 19, 1938


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