Walworth County Historical Society
We remember special friends who have passed. They will be greatly missed.

Doris Marie Reinke January 12, 1922 - January 12, 2018      Past President


Miss Doris Marie Reinke, age 96 of Elkhorn, WI, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Tender Reflections in Elkhorn, WI. She was born January 12, 1922 in Racine, WI, the only child of the late Otto W. and Louise A. (Goehring) Reinke. Doris graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1943 from UW-M and her Master’s degree in 1967 from UW-W. Doris taught Kindergarten and Second Grade in the Elkhorn Area School District for 40 years, from 1943 to 1983. She wrote “Webster Notes” a weekly column for the Elkhorn Independent and a monthly column for The Week. Doris authored A Bit of History – Walworth County Historical Society Legacy. She was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church and Elkhorn Women’s Club. She served as a member and was a past President of the Walworth County Historical Society. Doris was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and served as state president 1968-70. Doris volunteered at the Webster House museum and the Elkhorn Food Pantry. She enjoyed reading, baseball, bird watching, traveling and fishing. Doris was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Doris is survived by her loving friends and neighbors.(from her obituary which was prepared by the Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory)

Merrybell Seeber July 20, 1926 - December 19, 2013      Member of the Board of Directors


Merrybell Seeber, age 87 of Delavan, WI, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Thursday, December 19, 2013 resulting of Breast Cancer. She was born July 20, 1926, the daughter of Ernest and Violet Cooper. Merrybell was a 1945 graduate of Whitewater College High School. She was united in marriage to Robert Seeber on October 23, 1946. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1995. Merrybell was a member of the Delavan United Methodist Church; Walworth County Historical Society, Delavan Historical Society, and Whitewater Historical Society. She also belonged to the Union Maine Historical Society, Friends of Aram Public Library, American Legion Auxiliary, Charter member of Daughters of Union Veterans Tent 23, past member of Harvard Moose, 25 year member of R.S.V.P.-Volunteer Connections. Merrybell truly enjoyed volunteering, her biggest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Merrybell is survived by her three sons, Robert (Sue), Kenneth, and Ronald (Kris), one daughter, Roberta (Gary) Wright, six grandchildren, William (Chris) Seeber, Michael Seeber, Rodney (Tammy) Wright, Rhonda Wright, Shawn Seeber, Stacy Seeber, seven great-grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Dakotah, Colton, Tyler, Corey, and Jermey, her sister, Margaret Legois, and her sisters-in-law, Donna Cloute and Ruth Seeber. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews, dancing companion Don Teske, and several dear pen pals. Merrybell was preceded in death by her husband, her sister and brother-in-law Marjery and John Love, her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Cooper, and her brothers-in-law, Maynard Eide, Claude Legois, Raymond, Lawrence, and William (Bud) Seeber.
(from her obituary which was prepared by the Monroe Funeral Home of Delavan)