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updated 07/24/2013

Pioneer Catholic Cemetery
(aka Humphrey cemetery)

Birdseye of the Pioneer Catholic cemetery is from Bing Maps
Birdseye of the cemetery is courtesy of Bing Maps

The cemetery is located in Monona township, Sec. 27 on 145th St. To reach the cemetery from Monona, take Hwy 18, west to Echo Ave., turn south traveling to 125th St. Turn west a short distance to Eagle Ave. Turn south on Eagle Ave. traveling to 135th St.. Turn east and travel to Essex Ave. turning south to 145th St. Turn right on 145th and travel to the cemetery.


The Pioneer Catholic Cemetery, located four miles southwest of Monona, is one of the oldest Catholic cemeteries in this part of the state, dating back to the pastorate of the Rev. Richard Nagle.

Because there was no Catholic cemetery closer than Prairie du Chien, the people were in great straits for burial ground. Michael Humphrey and his wife donated about an acre of their farm for use as a cemetery. Many people from all parts of this territory were buried in this cemetery until a few years after the second St. Richard's, now St. Patrick's Church was built.

In recent years, Norway spruce trees were planted around this cemetery. The last thing to be done was the erection of a life-sized corpus of Christ on the Cross in the center of the cemetery. This statue was donated by the late P. H. Humphrey as a symbol of salvation in honor of his parents and other members of the parish.

In the recent past, someone decided to "fix up" the cemetery and removed all the gravestones but one.

~contributed by Mildred Hall (date unknown)


1) Burials contributed by Mildred Hall from an unknown source
2) WPA cemetery records transcribed by Phyllis Montour


Name Birth Death Comments
Ambrose, Albert      
Canty, Jeremiah      
Coffey, Mathew   1854  
Coffey, Patrick      
Condon, Michael   1862  
Deneene, Mary   1875  
Engler, Mr. ??      
Griffin, Michael      
Griffin, Mrs. M.      
Henderson, Edward   1876  
Henderson, John   1876  
Henderson, Louis      
Humphrey, Alice   1875  
Humphrey, James   1860  
Humphrey, Mary Coffey   ?1875  
Humphrey, Mary McGuire   ?1875  
Humphrey, Michael   1875  
Humphrey, Richard   1867  
Irwin, Edward   1901  
Irwin, John      
Irwin, Margaret   1887  
James, Albert      
Jenreier, Vincil      
Kennedy, Margaret   1869  
Korte, Charles      
Lee, Charles   1873  
Lestina, Frank      
Lestina, Mary      
Lestina, Thomas      
Listen / Liston, Henry   1873  
Looney, Andrew      
McCarthy, Anna   1870  
McGovern, Hugh      
McGuire, Phillip   1871  
Manning, Mike      
Mitchel, John      
Mitchel, Mrs. J.      
Montour, Irene      
Montour, Mary      
Montour, Peter      
Quinn, Timothy   1870  
Roach, Michael   1875  
Roach, Thomas      
Ryan, Anna   1865  
Ryan, Bridget      
Ryan, John      
Ryan, Mary      
Ryan, James   1855  
Ryan, William   1876  
Skeely, Patrick   1866  
Tayek, Mary      
Thill, Christopher      
Walch / Welsh, Joseph   1879  
White, Jane E. / Eliza Jane   1871  
White, John   1871  
White, John T.   1882  
White, Margaret   1939  


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