Walter Jonas

Walter Carl Ferdinand Jonas is the youngest child and son of Friedrich and Minnie (Sporleder) Jonas. He was born 22 Jun 1899 in Two Creeks Manitowoc County. By September 1918 he had moved to the Wausau area to learn the cheesemaking trade. He was employed with John C. Chiber. By 1920 he was employed with Gust J. Hollinger as a hired hand at the Hollinger cheese factory.

In 1924, Walter married Vesta H. Revie, the daughter of the late Xavier and Henrietta (Seymour) Revie. The couple lived in Marathon county until they moved to Chicago about 1950.

They had one son, Elwyn. Elwyn, known as Al, was born 28 Jun 1928 in Wausau. Elwyn had three children and farmed in the Weyauwega area of Wisconsin. Elwyn served as a Staff Sargent in the US Army during the World War II and the Korean War. Elwyn died 23 Nov. 2001 and is buried in Oak Cemetery, Weyauwega.

Vesta lived to be 105 years old. She died February 9, 2006. She had a full life. Vesta graduated from River Falls Normal School in 1916. She then graduated from Marathon Co. School in 1919 and worked as a teacher for five years. After Walter’s death Vesta moved to the Bloomfield area where she lived until marrying Orville “Jack” Wilson in 1972. They then moved to Waupaca where Vesta was active in her church and the community. Vesta served as Secretary for the local AARP Chapter, she was a member of the Over 50 Club and volunteered in the Waupaca Lioness Club.

Vesta was buried in Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, IL. Cedar Park Cemetery has existed since about WWI and was originally a Masonic cemetery. It is very well maintained and still active, with a funeral home on the property. One very unique fact about this cemetery. It is surrounded by a wrought iron fence, with deer and ducks within the cemetery. Any time you visit you can see deer roaming the grounds, and there is a pond for the ducks.

Walter died October 1962 and is presumed also buried in the Cedar Park Cemetery.  Further research will need to confirm his burial location.

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