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Obituaries and death announcements of our members and associates over the years. Their loss is shared by the communities they served and colleagues they affected.

Charles “Tom” Coe, former owner of the Whitewater Register, dies at 74

Charles “Tom” Coe, former owner of the Whitewater Register and the Palmyra/Eagle Enterprise, died Wednesday, Oct. 24. He was 74. Coe ran the Register from 1982 to 2001, when he ended 128 years of family leadership by selling it to Southern Lakes Newspapers. The family also owned The Enterprise for two stretches totaling nearly 45…

Former Milwaukee photographer Sherman Gessert Jr. dies at 83

Sherman A. Gessert Jr., a longtime photographer for both the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel, died Oct. 22, at the age of 83. Gessert joined the Sentinel staff in 1956, after graduating from Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art. He started taking photos for both the Journal and the Sentinel after the Journal Co. purchased the…