Barneveld, WI Tornado, Jun 1984 - Tragedy, Joy, Hope


AP, Special to The Journal

Barneveld, Wis. - For the survivors of a tornado that devastated this farming village and killed nine people last week, life goes on. And for some, there is even reason for joy and hope in the midst of tragedy.

Tom and Katy Jo Mauger, thrown by the tornado from their upstairs bedroom to their lawn 50 feet away, have a new baby girl.

Mrs. Mauger, 26, gave birth to Danielle Sunday. The youngster's grandmother, Mrs. Roman Schlimgen, said mother and daughter were both doing fine.

Doug Manteufel of Barneveld and Tory McGraw of nearby Mount Horeb were married at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Ridgeway because all that was left of St. Mary's Church in Barneveld was the steps.

"Love endures all things," Father Donald Moran told the couple. "We mourn death and we mourn the tragedy, but I believe that we cannot stand still for a moment. There is no point in life if we cannot believe we are a people of hope."

The honeymoon that was supposed to start the next afternoon was postponed. Manteufel was back in Barneveld, cleaning up debris at his parents' house.

"Life goes on," said his mother, Beulah. "We just can't quit."

Steve Frame and Jane Sullivan were married Saturday afternoon by the Rev. Robert Twiton of Barneveld. Their wedding took place at Mount Horeb Evangelical Lutheran Church because only the bell tower of Twiton's Lutheran Church in Barneveld now stands.

Twiton had more somber duties on schedule for Monday and Tuesday: officiating at the funerals of tornado victims.

Services for Robert Arneson, 55, were to be held Monday morning at the Mount Horeb Evangelical Lutheran Church. Services for Harold Kirk Holland, 35, are scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at the church.

Services for Bruce Simon, 35, Jill Simon, 31, and their daughter Cassandra, 8, will be at 7 p.m. at the Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc. The bodies will be at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m.

Services for other victims have also been scheduled or held. Services for Elaine Slewitzke, 55, and her brother, James Slewitzke, in his 50s, were to be held Monday noon at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Mosinee.

Services for Matthew Aschliman, 2-year-old son of Susan and Charles Aschliman will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb. The body will be at the Ellestad Funeral Home in Mount Horeb after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial services for Ralph F. Hammerly Jr., 38 will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello.

The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, WI 10 Jun 1984