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          This page has obituaries printed in local Wisconsin newspapers for musicians and music-related people.

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Oshkosh Northwestern, Febrary 17, 1983, p. 20

          George F. Johnston, 75, of Oshkosh, died early Thursday morning at Mercy Medical Center.
          He was born May 21, 1907, in Oshkosh, the son of William and Meta Otto Johnston. He married Rose Mauritz June 7, 1930, in Oshkosh.
          Mr. Johnston was self-employed in music recording. He was a charter member of Musicians Local No. 46, and played with various musical groups throughout the Fox Valley.
          Surviving are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Chris (June) Winters, Pickett; one sister, Marguerite Johnston, Oshkosh; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
          Services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in Fiss and Bills Funeral Home, the Rev. Arthur J. Keen officiating. Internment will be in Lake View Memorial Park.
          Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.

Oshkosh Northwestern, November 5, 2006, p. B3

          Theodore "Ted" E. Engelke IV, 68, of Oshkosh, died with his loving family near on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. Ted was born on September 29, 1938 in Oshkosh the son of Theodore J. and Verna Koelpin Engelke. Ted married Donna Delehant on March 23, 1984 in Golden, Colorado.
          Ted was an active member of Elk's Club #292 for 34 years, and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed hunting and sang with the Oshkosh Barbershopers. He worked as a bricklayer in the Oshkosh area for many years and was a member of Brick Layers Union Local 3, 9, 11. He was also a Lieutenant in the Winnebago County Sheriff Reserve and had been an EMT in Ellsworth, Kansas.
          Survivors include his loving wife, Donna; two sons, Theodore J. "TJ" (Mary) Engelke V of Winneconne, Kelly G. (Merry) Engelke of Fond du Lac: daughters, Debra L. (John) Brandenstein and Dawn M. (Steve) Kaufman both of Oshkosh; stepsons, Steven Willis and Shawn Willis both of Texas, and Scott Willis of Arizona; step daughter, Lora (Nick) Wells of Florida; brother, Robert O. (Becky) Engelke of Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Nancy J. (Monte) Harrison of Winneconne, and Sherry L. Engelke of Milwaukee. Also surviving are his Godson, Shawn M. Engelke; fifteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
          Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with an Elk's service at 7:00 PM and the funeral service to follow, all at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home-Westside. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. A memorial has been established.
Oshkosh Northwestern, Febrary 17, Febrary 17, p. C3

          Paul F. Hedge, Paul F. Hedge, age 77 of 2360 B Patriot Lane, Oshkosh, WI, passed away in Appleton, WI on November 20, 2006. He was born on November 19, 1929 in Lincoln, NE the son of Ivan and LaVada Hedge. He married Lois Snyder on July 31, 1951.
          Following graduation from Doane College, Crete, NE, in 1951, Paul began his career in the banking profession in Scottsbluff, NE. In 1953, he began pursuing a masters in Music Education at Northern Colorado University in Greeley, CO. Paul taught instrumental music for 23 years in Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming. While in South Dakota, he served as Vice President for two years of S.D. Bandmasters and two years as president. He also served on the South Dakota High School Activities Board for several years.
          Rushmore Music Camp in the Black Hills was established by Paul and Lois in 1971, and is still held annually each August for junior high and high school band students. Over the years, thousands of students have attended this camp near Mt. Rushmore. Paul was honored for Distinguished Service to Music by the SD Phi Beta Mu, Band Director's Organization in 1992, by his alma mater Doane College in 2001, and by SD Music Educators Association in 2003.
          In 1975, Paul and Lois purchased a music store in Powell, WY and added another Hedge Music in Worland, WY in 1981. The Hedges were in the music store business for 21 years. Since retirement in 1996, Paul spent a great deal of time with his wife at his cabin in Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He volunteered as chairman of the Firewise Committee for the Spearfish Canyon Owner's Association from 2001 to 2006.
          Paul was active in civic affairs while a resident of Powell, WY, for 32 years serving as chairman of the Downtown Improvement Committee for a number of years, president of Kiwanis, many offices in the United Methodist Church, and a loyal member of the church choir. He was a long-time board member for the Cody-Powell Community Concert Association.
          Above all, Paul loved his family and loved music. He especially loved to play his trumpet and taught music lessons to many young students. He continued to play his trumpet in municipal bands, community symphonies, and at church wherever he lived. Most recently he played solos and with the Praise Band at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church in Oshkosh.
          Paul is survived by his wife, Lois of Oshkosh, brother, Richard of Mead, CO, son Randy (Holly) Hedge of Oshkosh, five grandchildren: Stephanie, Carly, and Joshua Hedge of Oshkosh, and Tyler Frederick of Worland, WY, and Heidi Frederick of Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by daughter, Catherine Jean Frederick of Worland, WY, and by his parents, Ivan and LaVada Hedge of Filley, NE.
          Memorial services will be held on Friday November 24, 2006 at 2:00 PM at the Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church. Coffee/fellowship will be held following the services in the Paine Hall in the church. A memorial has been established for the student scholarships at the Rushmore Music Camp.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 27, 2013, p. ?
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Michael G. Corenthal Death Notice

      Corenthal, Michael G. Passed away suddenly June 25, 2013, just days before his 68th birthday. Preceded in death by his immigrant parents. Survived by friends and readers of his nine published books, including The Illustrated History of Wisconsin Music. Michael liked to call himself "Mr. Mike, Your Nostalgia Navigator" and was proud of his many years on the radio and his enormous knowledge of records and printed music among other topics. Michael was the proprietor of Yesterday's Memories and MGC Publications. He enjoyed "the rummage route," estate sales, and dinners at his favorite restaurants. He was a kind and generous soul and a loyal friend. Graveside services Thurs., June 27 (TODAY) at 11:30 AM, at Spring Hill Cemetery, 166 S. Hawley Ct., Milwaukee. GOODMAN-BENSMAN Whitefish Bay Funeral Home 4750 N. Santa Monica 414-964-3111

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