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Source: "Watertown Daily Times" 3/27/56, page 1

Former City Resident Is Dead in Paris
E. F. Wilkowski Stricken During Tour of Europe

Funeral services have been held in Paris, France for Ernest W. Wilkowski, 66, former Fond du Lac hotel operator and a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wilkowski, formerly of Watertown, who died in the American Hospital in Paris following a heart attack. He had also been ill a week with pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilkowski had been in Europe for 18 months, having gone there to spend a vacation with their daughter, Miss Jean Mary Wilkowski, a Foreign Service officer at the American Embassy in Paris. They had made an extensive tour of the continent since their residence there.

Mr. Wilkowski was born on Aug. 15, 1889 at Watertown and went to Fond du Lac in 1910 from Milwaukee. He managed the old Palmer House in Fond du Lac and was co-partner of the late D. C. Sargent and A. E. Merritt in the Wisconsin Hotel Association, which operated hostelries in Sheboygan, Rhinelander, and Bedford, Ind. In 1916 Mr. Wilkowski went to Rhinelander where he opened and operated the Oneida Hotel, severing his connections there is 1926. He later managed large ocean front hotels at Miami Beach, Fla. until 1954.

Mr. Wilkowski was married to Miss Mae Dorgan of Fond du Lac, June 2, 1915 in St. Patrick's Church. She survives him. Besides his daughter and Mrs. Lange, is a son, Maj. E.W. Wilkowski who is stationed with the Air Force at Great Falls, Mont., and four granddaughters.

Mrs. Leo F Lange, Fond du Lac is a sister.

submitted by Mary Trogg

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