Translation of his obituary from a German newspaper Jefferson, Wi by Mrs. H.H. Zilm:
"John Adam Puerner, one of the earlist and amoung the last of the living pioners of Jefferson, Wis., was born April 13, 1824 in Grafenreuth, distrcit of Wunsiedel, Bavaria. He was the last of seven brothers and two sisters.
He was married to Katherine Ursula Thoma in 1846. Of this marriage there were eleven children, of whom, one girl died in infancy.
The family came to America in 1853 and settled in Jefferson Wis. One son, George and two daughters, Kate, (Mrs. Lorenz Meyer) and Elizabeth, (Mrs. G.J. Loetz came with the family.
At that time indians were still living in their native habitate at Jefferson and as children weretold often about these Indians coming to the homes of white people and begging. Hardships, privations and fatigue of pioneer life were not spared tho them, but they bore this all in joyful courage.
J. Adam Puerner was a man of a cheerful nature, He associated with and tool part in the social life of the little town of Jefferson, in a happy frame of mind, and had no small part in the growth and development of the little twon into a thriving progressive community.
In 1864 Mr. Puerner was the founder and organizer of the Arbieter Verein (Workingmen's Society) which organization was still functioning at the time of his death. He was elected the first president and held this office for many years, maintaining interest in its growth and functions. He was looked upon as the "Father of the Arbeiter Verein". The society was a great blessing to many in times jof illness, with its sympathy and ministry in times of bereavement in members familes. Mr. Puerner will ever be honored a founder of this society.
He was also prominent in musical circles. For many years he was a Director of the Luthern Church Choir, and also a teacher in the Luthern Church School in its early years.
He was for many years Leader and Dirctor of the Second Reginental Band of Jefferson, an organization much in demand for special events in various parts of the state, through many years. A large percentage of the Band's membership consisted of Mr. Puerners sons and sons-in-law.
In business, Mr. Puerner opened a saloon in 1877 and some years later a bakery was added. This was in charge of one of his sons, John Puerner.
The last years of Mr. Puerners life were ones of adversity, also illness and finally total blindness. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. G. J. Loetz, where he was given the best care and comfort, until he was called ot the Great Beyond, at the age of 84 years, 11 months, 26 days.
Surviving were six daughters, Mrs. Kate Meyer, Mrs. G.J. Loetz, Mrs. B.H. Straw, Mrs. Margaret Bellman, Mrs. Hubert Heinz, Mrs. W.T. Thiele and three sons: Henry, John, and Martin, George having preceeded him by three years.
Services were held at the home of Mrs. G.J. Loetz, 1110 Park St. conducted by the Rev. Henry Vogel of the German Luthern Church. A quartett, consisting of Mrs. Albert Jahn, Miss Pearl Fox, Geo. J. Hispert and John Bierlang sang appropriate hymns at the service. The Arion Band escorted the funeral party to the Union Cemetery, playing Chopin's Funeral March, a favorite selection, for such an occasion, of Mr. Puerners.
The Arbeiter Vernin in a body, also accompanied the remains to the cemetery, At the grave, a male quartette consisting of John Bienfang, O. J. Kerschensteiner, Frank Jung and Carl Mueller sang Goathes "Uber Allen Gipfel ist Ruh" (There is a rest over all mountain tops). Six grandsons served as pallbearers.