Mary T. Cullen, age 71, of 1616 17th Ave. Bloomer, Wisconsin, was fatally injured Friday evening, October 15.

She was born in Cooks Valley March 3, 1900. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Yakish. She was united in marriage to Peter Cullen July 1, 1950, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bloomer.

They operated the Cullen Ben Franklin Store for two years. They moved to Florida where they lived until 1965. Mrs. Cullen returned to Bloomer after the death of her husband, Peter, in 1965.

She was a member of the American Legion Woman's Auxiliary, The Bloomer Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Altar & Rosary Society of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

She is survived by three brothers, Felix Yakish of Bloomer, Vern Yakish of Bellingham, Washington and George Yakish of Winona, Minnesota. Two sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Stoffel and Mrs. Oscar Hassemer, both of Bloomer.

Funeral services were held Monday October 18, at 10 o'clock a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Joseph Ferron officiating. The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Paul's Catholic Church formed a guard of honor at the church.

Interment was in North Catholic Cemetery, Bloomer. Friends and relatives called at the Rock-Driscoll Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Altar & Rosary Society recited the rosary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Parish Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Pallbearers were John Yakish, George Clements, Ronald Stevens, Thomas Yakish, Robert Yakish and John Hassemer.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday October 21, 1971 Edition)

City Marks First Traffic Death In '71

Mrs. Mary T. Cullen, 71, of Bloomer was struck by a car Friday as she left services at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Bloomer's Main Street.

Mrs. Cullen died three hours later at Bloomer Memorial Hospital.

Her death marks the 15th traffic fatality for Chippewa County and Bloomer's first traffic death in 1971.

According to the Bloomer Police Department, Mrs. Cullen sustained internal and head injuries and a broken arm and leg as she was hit by a car driven by Thomas Watkins, 62, 623 Plum St., Eau Claire.

Officer Wayne Geist of the Bloomer PD reported that probably no charges would be filed as a result of the mishap because Mrs. Cullen was crossing the street diagonally, not at the pedestrian crossing, and Watkins had passed through radar just before the accident and was clocked at a 15 to 20 mph speed.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday October 21, 1971 Edition)

Lillian Hassemer

Lillian F. Hassemer, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1992 at The MapleWood in Bloomer, WI. Lillian was born on May 5, 1915 in Cooks Valley to John Yakesh and Anna Pecka. She married Oscar Wm. Hassemer in November of 1945. She lived and worked in Milwaukee, WI before moving back to Bloomer, where they farmed until retiring.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Oscar in 1985; 4 brothers: George, John, Felix and Vern Yakesh; and 2 sisters: Katherine Stoffel and Mary Cullen.

Lillian will be sadly missed by her children, John (Susan) Hassemer of Eau Claire, Donald Hassemer of Bloomer and grandchildren, Patrick, Erin and David Hassemer.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with burial at North Catholic Cemetery in Bloomer. Father Thomas Langer officiated.

Friends called at the Driscoll Funeral home, Bloomer on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

There was a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a Wake service at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

During the service Neoma Sykora, organist, assisted Bernadette "Bernie" Hassemer, soloist in the music selections.

Casket bearers were Patrick, John, Donald, Earl, David and Erin Hassemer.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Wednesday September 16, 1992 Edition)


Morgan, Barbara

Publication Date: Jan. 23, 2002

(Nee Yakesh) Surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 21, 2002 at the age of 62 years. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Michael (Jaelyn), Timothy and Susan (fiancÚ Christopher Richter) Morgan. Dear sister of Ramona Zumbrock, John (Rose) Yakesh, Charlotte Ager, Irene Burr and Robert (fiancÚ Sandy) Yakesh. Further survived by 2 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thurs., Jan. 24, 2002 at 10 AM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, N88 W17558 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls (MEET AT CHURCH). Visitation Wed. (TODAY), 4-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 7 PM AT THE FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Good Shepherd New Century Fund or the American Brain Tumor Association appreciated. Barb was the Commercial Account Manager for AIS Group for 23 years, volunteer at Community Memorial Hospital and the Menomonee Falls Health Care Center, member of the Ladies of Columbus and an active member of TOPS. The Morgan family would like to give a special thank you to the Neuro Surgery Department at Froedtert and Community Memorial Cancer Care Center of Menomonee Falls. 

SCHMIDT & BARTELT A.A. Schmidt and Sons Funeral and Cremation Services Menomonee at Town Hall Menomonee Falls 


John Baker, one of our highly esteemed pioneers, passed away last Thursday night at the ripe age of 84 years. He was in his usual good health up to within a few days of his death, and his sudden demise came as a shock to his family and friends.

The deceased was born in Bohemia in 1833. He came to America in middle life and for thirty five years he has lived on the farm in Cooks Valley.

The funeral was held at the Cooks Valley Catholic church on Monday morning, Rev. A. H. Rosenthal officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. We join in deepest sympathy to the sorrowing family in their bereavement.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance January 3, 1918)


Miss Mary Pecha, aged 78, died at the home of her brother-in-law, John Yakish, in the city at 11:30 o'clock Monday morning.

Miss Pecha was born in Bohemia in 1863 and came to the United States with her parents in 1883 and the family settled in Cooks Valley, where she has since made her home. She is survived by her brother-in-law and by three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church in Cooks Valley yesterday morning at 9:00 o'clock, with interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Father Eberhardy officiated.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance October 9, 1941)


The death of Mrs. Frank Schwartz aged 70 years, took place at the hospital in this city Sunday night, shortly after her arrival there. Death was due to heart trouble. The remains were taken to her late home at Cooks Valley. Several grown-up children survive.

(Printed in the The Chippewa Falls Independent Wednesday February 5, 1919 Edition)


Mrs. Peter Yakesh, a much beloved Cooks Valley lady, died at the Chippewa hospital on Sunday morning as a result of injuries received on Friday. At about four o'clock Friday afternoon she took a lunch out to the men who were harvesting corn. The men had a load of corn ready to take to the barn and Mrs. Yakesh volunteered to drive it in. She road on the whiffle trees and in passing from the field into a road the front wheels dropped into a furrow or ditch and Mrs. Yakesh was thrown under the wagon and the load passed over her chest, crushing her frightfully and injuring her internally.

Mr. Yakesh took her to the hospital at Chippewa Falls at once, little thinking that she would live to reach it. Her injuries were such that medical skill and tender nursing could avail but little and she passed away on Sunday morning after the most intense suffering.

Agnes, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Lawrence Boehm of New Auburn, was born in Eau Claire, Dec. 27, 1873, and has lived in the vicinity of Eau Claire, New Auburn and Bloomer all her life. She was joined in marriage to Peter Yakesh in her young womanhood and moved to their farm in Cooks Valley where they have since resided. She was one of a family of seventeen children and is the first of this fine big family to be called from this earth. Besides her parents, brothers and sisters, she is survived by her husband, three sons and one daughter.

The funeral was held yesterday morning from the Cooks Valley Catholic church, Rev. A. H. Rosenthal officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church.

We join friends innumerable in expressions of sincere sympathy to the sorrowing family in their bereavement.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday October 3, 1918 Edition)

Mrs. John Yakesh

Mrs. John Yakesh passed away at her home in this city at 12:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a lingering illness. She had been failing in health for many months.

Mrs. Yakesh was born in Czechoslovakia in July, 1873, and came to America with her parents when a young girl. The family settled in Cooks Valley, where she resided until a few years ago. She was married in 1895 to John Yakesh, and they continued to reside on a farm in Cooks Valley until they retired and moved into this city about six years ago.

To this union was born seven children. One son, John, died in France during the World War. Surviving are her husband and six children: Mrs. William Stoffel and Felix of Cooks Valley, Mary and Lillian at home, Vernon of Bellingham, Wash., and George of Milwaukee. One sister, Miss Mary Pecha of Cooks Valley and eleven grandchildren also survive.

A few years after the war Mr. And Mrs. Yakesh made a tour of Europe to their birth places and to the grave of their son, John, who died in service. It was a happy experience for them both and an event from which they have drawn a great deal of satisfaction.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Catholic church in this city at 9:00 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) morning, with interment in the cemetery at St. John's Catholic church in Cooks Valley. Rev. Father Aug. Frisch will officiate.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday June 1, 1939 Edition)

Anna Yakesh

Anna Yakesh, 92, of Bloomer, died Sunday, July 27, 1997, at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chippewa Falls.

She was born in Tilden on May 18, 1905, to John and Theresa (Meinen) Stoffel. She married Felix Yakesh on June 4, 1929, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cooks Valley. She and her husband farmed in the Cooks Valley area until retiring in 1960 and moving to Bloomer. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and the P.C.C.W., Bloomer.

She is survived by two sons, John (Rosemarie) and Robert Yakesh, both of Bloomer; four daughters, Ramona Zumbrock of Chippewa Falls, Charlotte Ager of Chetek, Irene Burr of Waukesha, and Barbara (John) Morgan of Menomonee Falls; two brothers, Carl (Geraldine) Stoffel of Bloomer and Peter (Evelyn) Stoffel of Winona, Minn.; three sisters-in-law, LaVern Stoffel, Margaret Stoffel, and Martha Yakesh; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in September of 1974; seven brothers, William, Adolph, Eugene, Leo, Joseph, George and the Rev. Elmer Stoffel.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bloomer, with Father Thomas Lange officiating. Burial will be made in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Cooks valley. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer, and until time of services Wednesday. There will be a 4:30 p.m. P.C.C.W. rosary, followed by a 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service at the Funeral Chapel on Wednesday.

Mrs. Yakish

The funeral of Mrs. Yakish who died on Wednesday of last week was held Friday at the Catholic Church, Rev. John G. Laurer officiating. We have been unable to learn any of the particulars regarding her death.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday April 14, 1910 Edition)

Felix P. Yakesh

Felix P. Yakesh, age 71, of 1121 Main St., Bloomer, died suddenly Sunday evening, September 8, 1974, at the Bloomer Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 20, 1902., in Cooks Valley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Yakesh. On June 4, 1929, he married Anna Stoffel in Cooks Valley, where they lived and farmed until moving to Bloomer in 1960. Mr. Yakesh was a member of the Moose Lodge 1077, and St. Paul's Catholic Church. He was the first person baptized at that church and was christened Felix Peter. The Church added another name, Paul.

He is survived by his wife Anna; two sons, John and Robert, both of Cooks Valley; four daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Romona) Zumbrock, Chippewa Falls, Mrs. Waldemar (Charlotte) Ager, Chetek, Mrs. Donald (Irene) Burr, Winona; Minn., and Mrs. John (Barbara) Morgan, Menomonee Falls; 20 grandchildren; on great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. William Stoffel and Mrs. Oscar Hassemer, both of Bloomer, and two brothers, George, Winona, Minn., and Vern, Bellingham, Wash.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bloomer, with Father Joseph Ferron officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Cooks Valley.

Friends called at the Rock-Driscoll Funeral Home. A parish prayer vigil was at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday September 12, 1974 Edition)

Jacob Yakish, 82, Dies at Bloomer

BLOOMER-(Special) - Funeral services for Jacob Yakish will be held at 9 a.m. this morning in St. Paul's Catholic church with Rev. M. Haas officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Yakish, 82, died early Saturday morning at his home in Cook's Valley. He was born in Bohemia May 1, 1866, and came to this country in 1882, settling on a farm in Cook's Valley, west of here.

He is survived by a brother, John Yakish, and a number of nieces and nephews. The body will remain in the Rock Funeral home here until the time of the services.

(Printed in the Eau Claire Leader Wednesday February 9, 1949 Edition)

John Yakish

John Yakish, aged 85, of this City, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital early Saturday morning.

He was born June 2, 1864, in Czechoslovakia, and at the age of 18 years came to the United States with his parents, and settled in Chippewa County. In 1895 he was married to Anna Pecha at Bloomer. They resided in the town of Cooks Valley until 1935 when he retired and moved into this city. His wife preceded him in death and one son, John Jr. was killed in World War I.

Mr. Yakish is survived by three daughters and three sons, Mrs. William Stoffel, Cooks Valley; Miss Mary Yakish, of this city; Mrs. Oscar Hassemer, town of Woodmohr; Felix, Cooks Valley; Vernon of Bellingham, Wash; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

The remains were in state at the Rock Funeral Home, in this city, from Sunday morning until the hour of the funeral. Services were held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock at St. Paul's Catholic church with Msgr. Hirt officiating. Interment was made in St. John's cemetery, Cooks Valley.

Funeral services for the late John Yakish were held at the Rock Funeral Home at 8:45 Tuesday morning and at St. Paul's Catholic Church at nine o'clock, with Msgr. Hirt officiating.

Pallbearers were: Albert Schwartz, Albert Bleskacek, Walter Samens, Theodore Wolf, Eugene Stoffel and John Schwartz. Interment at the St. John's cemetery in Cooks Valley.

Out-of-town relatives attended included: Mr. and Mrs. George Yakish and family from Winona; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sbatlik of Neilsville; Mrs. James Marx of Eau Claire.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday May 4, 1950 Edition)

John Yakesh Makes Supreme Sacrifice in France

The news of the death of John Yakesh was conveyed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Yakesh of Cooks Valley, Monday in the following telegram from the war department at Washington: "Musician John Yakesh died Nov. 10, from wounds received in action." This news came as a shock to his family and old friends here, as the last heard from him before was to the effect that he had practically recovered from his wounds.

John Yakesh was born in Cooks Valley on Aug. 7, 1896. He attended the rural schools until he had completed the course to fit himself as a railway mail clerk. He passed the examination and received an appointment soon after his enlistment, he was appointed a second time soon after he arrived in France.

He enlisted on April 13, 1917, at Eau Claire and sailed for France June 10, 1917, being among the very first to arrive on French soil. He was with Pershing's original men and was assigned to duty in the trenches some six weeks after landing in France, where he had seen service almost continuously, with the exception of the time he was in the hospital. He was gassed three times and wounded once. The last time he was gassed his flesh was badly burned and was very painful. On Oct. 25th he wrote his parents that he practically recovered from his wounds and had transferred to membership in the regimental band. It must be that blood poisoning developed in the burns which caused his death.

The deceased is survived by his parents, three brothers and three sisters, besides many other relatives and a host of friends. He had considerable musical ability which made him a general favorite among all classes. For several years he was a member of the Bloomer band. His death is a distinct loss to the community, and all join the Advance in expressions of sympathy to his sorrowing family in their bereavement.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday January 9, 1919 Edition)


The death of Peter Yakish, 71 years pioneer resident occurred Friday night at his home after suffering a paralytic stroke. Mr. Yakish was a Native of Austria, coming here some forty years ago. His wife preceded him in death some seven years ago. Ten years ago they purchased the Frank German farm. He is survived by three sons, James, Edward and Richard and one daughter, Mrs. Edward Zwiefelhofer. Funeral services were held Tuesday at nine o'clock, Rev. Charles Rudolph officiating.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday June 11, 1925 Edition)


Thomas Jakes, an old resident of Bohemian settlement died Friday, May 8th. He was born in Bohemia seventy-one years ago. Heart failure was the cause of death. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, Rev. H. Glaser officiating.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday May 14, 1903 Edition)