Wisconsin Coronavirus Deaths: Remembering the Victims


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Wisconsin coronavirus deaths are beginning to be reported. Among the many victims, from L, clockwise, Lenard Wells, Dale Witkowski, Roderick Crape, and Robert Blackbird.

A beloved former police commander who helped the African-American neighborhood. Three senior residents at a Grafton, Wisconsin senior care facility, together with a World Warfare II veteran who was an airplane mechanic in the course of the Berlin Airlift. A person who labored at Mercury Marine and had a “coronary heart of gold.” A former Milwaukee firefighter remembered by his son as a hero. A West Allis girl remembered as a “girl of God.” A Milwaukee County man described as an individual who noticed “happiness within the worst conditions.” A Vietnam Warfare veteran who lately underwent remedy for most cancers.

“Keep in mind Dale as you knew him. Bigger than life, a giant teddy bear of a person with a present for laughter and hugging and a caring coronary heart that knew no limits,” the obituary for Dale Witkowski reads. “A lot of the progress in legislation enforcement by individuals of shade and girls could be attributed to the sheer power of his persona,” the Milwaukee County Sheriff mentioned of Lenard Wells.

Three individuals have died at Village Pointe Commons, the Ozaukee County senior care facility. The Nationwide Guard is aiding there.

These are these among the many faces of coronavirus deaths in Wisconsin. These are the victims who’ve misplaced their lives to COVID-19. We must always keep in mind their lives, not simply their deaths. You possibly can see a bio for every named sufferer beneath on this article.

Not the entire victims’ names have been launched. They are going to be added to this put up when they’re. As of March 26, 2020, the state of Wisconsin was reporting eight coronavirus deaths on its web site. Nevertheless, the Related Press says the loss of life toll in Wisconsin rose to 14 by March 27.

You possibly can see the Wisconsin Division of Well being and Human Companies web page for coronavirus data right here. Here’s a chart of Wisconsin coronavirus instances as of March 26, 2020. Most individuals who get coronavirus will get well from it, however it may well take a heavy toll on individuals with compromised well being or the aged specifically.

Wisconsin coronavirus instances as of March 26, 2020

Right here’s a roundup of the entire deaths to this point with tributes and photographs when out there.

Lenard Wells

Though he had moved out of Milwaukee (however handed away there whereas visiting), Lenard Wells was a beloved determine in the neighborhood.

In line with his LinkedIn web page, he was an teacher on the College of Memphis for the previous six years, specializing in felony justice coverage, corrections, and crime deterrence. He was a ebook writer. He wrote a novel a couple of single mom elevating three African-American boys in Milwaukee.

He was CEO of a consulting agency and had labored as an adjunct teacher and school facilitator for different universities. He was the previous Chair of the State of Wisconsin Parole Fee and was the previous director of Grownup Training for the Miller Park Means Middle at Concordia College in Wisconsin.

Many Milwaukeeans knew Wells from his time on the Milwaukee Police Division. He was a police lieutenant and patrol officer who served 28 years on the power in quite a lot of capacities.

Wells had a PhD in Management, Studying and Service from Cardinal Stritch College and a grasp’s in public administration from the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as a properly as a bachelor’s diploma in psychology from UWM.

The tributes flooded in for Wells on social media. He touched many individuals. Max Helms, a analysis assistant on the Public Security institute, wrote on Fb, “The previous few days I’ve been looking for the phrases to say, and the sentiments to really feel. For anybody who didn’t get an opportunity to satisfy or speak to this man, let me say this. Dr. Wells was, palms down, essentially the most real, caring, nurturing particular person I’ve ever met. He would have completed something for anybody, and would at all times go up and over any request ever given to him. I’m honored to haven’t solely labored beside him, however to get to know him over the previous few years. There is no such thing as a one on this world that I’m extra grateful to have had be my mentor, and my pal. I’ll miss operating into him at work and simply speaking about something and every little thing for hours, particularly our conspiracy theories and pleasant politics speak. Till we meet once more pricey pal.”

Chad Sean Alexander wrote on Fb, “The final dialog we had was not deliberate…was attempting to name Uncle Walter. Now I see why my cellphone dialed your quantity as an alternative. The legacy you left behind won’t ever die. It’ll be amplified.” Bert Burraston wrote, “It has been a honor and pleasure to have Dr. Lenard Wells as a pal and colleague! Lenard and I typically talked grandchildren (nice grandchildren) and he would at all times say ‘that’s what it’s all about,’ and smile his large lovely smile.”

State Rep. David Bowen (who has coronavirus) wrote, “One among my mentors and superior neighborhood Brother Lenard Wells former MPD Management and Neighborhood Radio Host visited Milwaukee, contracted the virus and didn’t survive. Please pray for his household throughout this troublesome time!” Katina Dozier wrote, “An incredible man, a real chief, and an actual hero of the Milwaukee Police Division & a fearless warrior for the League of Martin.” The League of Martin is a company of African-American law enforcement officials that Wells as soon as led.

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas was additionally one of many many individuals providing tribute to Wells. “I’m saddened by the passing of Dr. Lenard Wells, or Lenny as he was affectionately recognized,” he wrote.

“Lenny is a kind of individuals who many, if that they had the chance, would say, ‘there’s no me, with out you.’ A lot of the progress in legislation enforcement by individuals of shade and girls could be attributed to the sheer power of his persona. Lenny spoke fact to energy in methods solely few individuals might, and he even confirmed compassion for individuals who displayed little or no concern for others. He was a power to be reckoned with who kindled the hearth in me and others to proceed to persevere by way of the battle and the storm. He made lasting contributions to the legislation enforcement neighborhood in Milwaukee that may perpetually be remembered by generations to come back. I ship my deepest condolences to his loving spouse, Corene and his household and all those that treasure his reminiscence. Could a star information him house safely to his heavenly reward.”

Members of the family additionally supplied tribute. “Uncle Lenny, Lenard Wells, was one in every of a sort and crammed with a lot love and data! He had one of many BIGGEST hearts I’ve ever seen,” wrote his niece.

WISN-TV reported that Wells died of coronavirus.

Tommie Lee Loving

Tommie Lee Loving

In line with WISN-TV, Loving was 69 years outdated, from Milwaukee, and died of coronavirus issues.

69 yr outdated male from Milwaukee died at a neighborhood hospital on right now’s date from issues of corona virus (COVID-19). Had been hospitalized since 3/25.

— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) March 27, 2020

Christopher Loving supplied tribute to his uncle on Fb, writing, “R.I.P. Uncle Tommie Loving. He is without doubt one of the newest to cross away from issues of this COVID-19 pandemic. He died in a Milwaukee Hospital on the age of 69. The Vietnam Warfare veteran additionally lately went by way of radiation for Prostate Most cancers. This pandemic is actual. Keep house!!!!”

In an interview with Heavy.com on March 27, 2020, Christopher shared, “He died this morning. He lately completed radiation for Prostate Most cancers a number of months in the past. From what I perceive, he began feeling signs 2 weeks in the past and was identified with pneumonia. His situations began getting worse. He went to the hospital final Friday and examined constructive for Coronavirus. Over the past week his situations received worse and his organs began failing yesterday. He handed away this morning. He’s survived by his spouse Anna. Tommie Loving was 69 years outdated and would have made 70 in April. He was a Vietnam Warfare veteran.”

Dale Witkowski

Dale Witkowski

In his obituary, Dale Witkowski’s household described him as having a “large coronary heart of gold” and requested the general public to take COVID-19 significantly. He was from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

“On March 19, 2020, we misplaced our pricey brother, pal, neighbor, cousin, uncle, nephew and co-worker. Dale was born on February 25, 1965 in Fond du Lac, WI. He grew up in Eden and North Fond du lac and graduated from Marian Faculty. He celebrated his 55th birthday in Egypt on a visit with one in every of his sisters. Whereas in Egypt, he contracted COVID-19 and succumbed to this ugly virus at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI,” his obituary says.

“Dale was a large shining gentle in our lives and on this world. Those that knew him appreciated his large coronary heart of gold and terrific humorousness. His home was at all times open (and tidy) and his fridge full (and arranged) for family and friends. Dale was consistently serving to these in want and was a treasure to elders who might at all times depend on him. He was the ‘go to man’ for therefore many individuals. Dale certain had a beneficiant spirit,” the obit reads. “Dale sorted his dad and mom with the deepest of care and love.”

Dale labored for MercNET and at Mercury Marine.

“Dale’s present function was as Supervisor of MercNET, Product Safety and Guarantee however he crammed many positions throughout his lengthy profession at Mercury Marine. His work at Merc was essential to him and he was passionate in regards to the firm, its product and its historical past. Dale noticed it as his responsibility creating a top quality office and discovering options for colleague and buyer points. He was a robust ambassador for the group,” the obit reads. “Dale deeply revered and appreciated those that serve our nation within the army, protecting providers and as first responders. Like his father, he was an enthusiastic supporter and attendee at EAA. Dale was an avid airplane buff and hosted many aviators from across the nation and world.”

The household said: “We ask you to be severe about COVID-19. Please don’t panic, relatively educate your self and your loved ones. Please don’t blame or shun, relatively be supportive and compassionate, particularly with the individuals who have examined constructive for this virus. We responded too slowly as a rustic and now we’re seeing devastating results in our nation, state and neighborhood and for us, our household. Information and conscious, secure practices are what is required now.”

Folks supplied tributes on Fb. Donna Moore wrote, “OMG. I knew Dale each from working at Merc and from from my youthful day at his and his brother’s events at their pad in North Fond du Lac. So sorry for his household. He was a very nice and enjoyable loving man. So unhappy.” Penny Braatz wrote, “RIP Dale, you’ll at all times be remembered, as an incredible Human being.” Kevin Clark wrote, “Dale was a pal and colleague after I labored in Mercury Marine Plant Three in Fond du Lac, WI. He was man and shall be missed. This virus is a giant deal and all of us have to take it significantly.”

Mercury Marine launched an announcement that known as Dale “humble, selfless, and an awesome listener. Household and mates have been his precedence. With a coronary heart of gold, Dale would at all times encourage others to enhance themselves; he was inviting and considerate, and at all times seemed out for others.”

Robert Blackbird

Robert Blackbird

Robert Blackbird was age 91 when he handed away. He was previously of Eden, WI and Inexperienced Bay, WI, and he handed away on March 19, 2020 in Grafton, Wisconsin, in accordance with his obituary.

“Bob was born in Eden, WI, the fifth of seven youngsters born to Man and Katherine (Nee Norton) Blackbird. In 1949 Bob enlisted within the Air Power the place he went to Fundamental Coaching in Mississippi. His tour of responsibility took Bob to Germany the place he was stationed in Celle and he labored as an airplane mechanic within the Berlin Airlift,” the obituary reads.

“It was on the ‘Union’ in Celle that he met the love of his life, Stefanie (nee Simka). Bob and Stefanie married on September 1, 1951. After returning to the USA, Bob took an apprenticeship and have become a grasp machinist. After working in Salt Lake Metropolis, Bob and Stefanie moved to Inexperienced Bay the place he had lengthy profession at Paper Changing Machine Firm. They raised their household in Hobart however retired in Inexperienced Bay.”

The obituary explains that Bob “was a passionate man who cherished the Packers, crusing, fishing. He cherished dwelling out within the nation the place he drove his Ford tractor round his homestead. The animals cherished Bob the place he had not solely pet canine and a whole lot of cats, however a ravishing dove that adopted him in all places. Bob cherished the individuals round him. He took nice delight in his coworkers at Paper Changing and cherished their friendships. He was a pal to everybody who knew him and took time to talk with everybody he met. As dementia took over, he turned much more loving to these round them telling everybody how great they’re. Bob was a person of sturdy religion. He learn his bible day by day and shared his beliefs with everybody.”

Bob was one of many individuals who died at Village Level Commons. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Blackbird examined constructive for COVID-19.

Lawrence Riley

Lawrence Riley was 66 years outdated. In line with Fox 6 Milwaukee, he was the primary Milwaukee County loss of life from coronavirus. On Fb, his son, Elvaughn Riley had a message for the world: “Corona Virus is extraordinarily severe this illness took the lifetime of my father. I urged everybody to pay attention to others and take the required precautions to maintain your self and others secure.”

MCMEO investigating the loss of life of a 66 yr outdated male from issues of Coronavirus (COVID-19) an infection. Decedent was a Milwaukee resident and had been hospitalized for a number of days previous to his loss of life.

— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) March 20, 2020

Riley’s son, Elvaughn Riley, instructed Fox 6 that his father was a beloved household man. The Skilled Hearth Fighters of Wisconsin revealed that Riley was one in every of them, writing, “A former Milwaukee Firefighter and Navy veteran misplaced his battle with the coronavirus, after falling in poor health final week.” Heavy.com has reached out to Elvaughn.

In line with WTMJ-TV, Lawrence left behind a spouse, six youngsters and eight grandchildren. His son instructed WTMJ that Riley served within the Navy throughout Vietnam and was a Milwaukee firefighter from 1978 to 1990. He known as him a “hero and an icon.” Leola Whitley wrote on Fb, “Hey everybody, it’s me once more. It’s with nice disappointment that I announce that my brother in legislation Lawrence Riley handed final evening. He was the very best man, father, brother in legislation pal, anybody might ask for.”

Riley’s niece wrote in a tribute on Fb, “This can be a message for individuals that isn’t taking it severe, to start out now. This was my uncle and he misplaced his life to this. Uncle Larry Lawrence Riley…as tears wells in my eyes typing this, phrases can’t specific how a lot I’ll miss you. You have been my favourite, and the very best uncle a woman cld have. You gave me among the finest recommendation from a ‘dads’ perspective as a result of u knew I nonetheless wanted it after my dad’s loss of life. I’m sorry I didnt recover from there to see you as many instances as I mentioned I might, however that may NEVER take the love that I’ve for u away…You’re resting now, and in no extra ache, so for that I’m grateful. You’re in the very best palms of all of them. I hate that loss of life is so everlasting. Love whilst you can, hug whereas there’s nonetheless breath as a result of whenever you’re gone, you’re gone. I’ll at all times at all times at all times love you large man.”

Roderick Crape

In line with Fox 6, Roderick Crape was 54 years outdated and died solely Eight hours after being admitted to the hospital for coronavirus.

“He was humorous, easygoing. He cracks you up. Only a large, lovable teddy bear. He introduced sunshine to the room. He noticed happiness within the worst conditions,” his pal, John Harris, instructed Fox 6 of Roderick Crape.

Crape’s twin brother launched an announcement to the tv station that learn, “These try instances and including to the difficulties was the passing of my twin brother Roderick Crape. He was a enjoyable loving individual that cherished his household and mates. In his passing and realizing my brother he would need to say I really like you, goodbye to everybody and I shall be alright. Roderick mentioned on numerous events if I’m not afraid to dwell, I’m not afraid to die. I really like you RIH my brother you can be missed.”

A pal wrote on Fb, “Actual speak!! R.i.H Roderick Crape wow good individuals gone to quickly , love within the air my condolences to his household.”

Sheila Staten

Sheila Staten was 57 years outdated and from West Allis, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s workplace reported that she died of issues from coronavirus and had been hospitalized since March 19. “The storm is over Now 😢😔😔😢😢 R.I.P. My lovely Mam,” wrote Almeka Staten on Fb. Heavy.com has reached out to Almeka.

57 yr outdated feminine from West Allis died at a neighborhood hospital from issues of corona virus (COVID-19). Had been hospitalized since 3/19.

— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) March 26, 2020

In line with WISN-TV, Staten’s daughter mentioned she had lately traveled to Texas and Arkansas. In a tribute posted to Fb, Latisha Days wrote, “I simply take into consideration the final time I noticed you Sheila Staten… you have been smiling with pleasure at my mother’s 60th party. I cherish each second I had you in my life. You at all times had an ear and also you have been at all times smiling. I really like you dearly for the gorgeous love you introduced…”

A pal wrote, “Lord you are actually with God and his different Angel’s. We simply crossed paths and also you had that very same wonderful smile and galvanizing persona with a little bit of spice. You’re a soldier for the military of the Lord. I do know you’re nonetheless with us. You in all probability requested God to allow you to keep and watch over your Tribe. Love you sister Sheila. Tremendous Dope Lady of God and inspiration.”

Callie Roundtree

In line with WISN-TV, Roundtree was 79 years outdated, from Milwaukee, and died of coronavirus issues.

79 yr outdated feminine from Milwaukee died at a neighborhood hospital on right now’s date from issues of corona virus (COVID-19). Had been hospitalized since 3/16.

— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) March 26, 2020

This put up shall be up to date when extra data is discovered about Roundtree’s life.

Carolyn Johnson

5) Sheila Staten – 57, of West Allis, died in hospital

6) Callie M. Roundtree – 79, of Milwaukee, died in hospital

7) Carolyn V. Johnson – 65, of Milwaukee, died in hospital

8) Tommie Lee Loving – 69, of Milwaukee, died in hospital

— Chernéy Amhara (@CherneyAmharaTV) March 27, 2020

In line with WISN-TV, Johnson was 65 years outdated, from Milwaukee, and died of coronavirus issues.

65 yr outdated feminine from Milwaukee pronounced lifeless right now at 2:06 p.m. at a neighborhood hospital from issues of corona virus (COVID-19). Had been hospitalized since 3/21.

— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) March 26, 2020

Johnson’s sister instructed the tv station that she was “a loving and caring one that would do something to assist her family and friends.”





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