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Date: 1993-03-30 

Description: "Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers carry Dr. Greg Langenfeld's casket from St. Theresa Catholic Church."

Date: 1993-03-30 

Description: "Peggy Langenfeld is flanked by her son Peter (left) and Funeral Director Charles Koepsell as they wait for transportation to the cemetery."

Historical Object

Paul Vanderbilt Pairing 45

Date:  date unknown

Description: The house was smaller than its legendary fill of righteousness
The author knelt before the scratched and wintered argument
to learn that Grace, in an...

Date: 1925-06-22 

Description: Robert, Jr., Belle Case, and Philip La Follette in foreground; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sucher follow, and George Middleton in background. To the left: E.N. Warn...

Date: 1862 ca.

Description: Sally Blair Fairchild, the wife of Jairus Fairchild, the first mayor of Madison, and the mother of Lucius, Cassius, Charles Fairchild, and Sarah Fairchild...


Funeral Flowers

Date: 1928 

Description: Floral decorations for a funeral, massed in the corner of a residential room. Printed on large ribbons adorning the decorations are the words: "Husband," "...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Deceased body of a man in coffin.

Date: 1925-06-21 

Description: A crowd of mourners viewing the flag drapped casket of Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr., in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda.

Historical Essay

Young Girl's Burial Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Burial dress for a young girl offered for sale by the A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, Menomonee Falls, c. 1900. (Museum object #1983.267.7)

Date: 1973-08-19 

Description: The Bishop WIlliam O'Connor Memorial Chapel at Resurrection Cemetery, which is a pyramid-shaped building with a spire on top and a cross at the point.


Memorial Cross

Date:  date unknown

Description: Funeral memorial card with a floral cross and bouquets.

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: A funeral party is assembled around a casket in front of an upright-and-wing frame house. Two older men on the left, one identified as Lars D. Reque, stan...

Date: 1865-05 

Description: Albumen print of the Congressional Committee, in front of the Abraham Lincoln home for Lincoln's funeral. The Congressional Committee accompanied Lincoln's...


Description: Open casket with the corpse of an European American man lying inside it wearing a dark-colored suit coat and bow tie. Floral arrangements are placed above...

Date: 1923 

Description: Several floral arrangements for the funeral of August Krueger at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Date: 1897 ca.

Description: Studio portrait of various bouquet wreaths in several shapes, including a cross and anchor, in front of a painted backdrop.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Martin Keefe, owner of the livery stable, drives a horse-drawn hearse, which has sled runners. The hearse was for the funeral of Mrs. Tom Hill. The buildin...

Date: 1957-05-07 

Description: Crowd of mourners at the funeral of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy outside St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Date: 1934-04-21 

Description: Casket and flowers at cemetery for the funeral of Lorraine V. McGraw.


Wreath and Portrait


Description: A wreath of roses and feathers surround a photograph of a studio portrait of a standing woman.

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