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Unclaimed Property

Treasurer’s Top 5: Pierce County


Pierce county

This week, we travel to Pierce County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Pierce County

Marlene Ann Janish

John Docter

Matthew and Marcia Palmer

Gladys and Eldon Oberg

Barbara And Richard Cooklock


FAQ Unclaimed Property: Where Do I Call With Questions on Unclaimed Proeperty?


Some of the Numbers have changed as the Unclaimed Property Program is now being adminstered by the Department of Revenue.  The Office of the State Treasurer is still responsible for promoting the program and is happy to answer any questions we can for you.  However, at the request of the Department of Revenue, direct lines to claims processors were removed from our website and they asks you to call and general line.  That number is: 

(608) 264-4594

 

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Treasurer Smith Passes Away


Charlie Smith 

Five-term Former Wisconsin State Treasurer Charles P. “Charlie” Smith

He was very proud of his contributions to the Unclaimed Property initiative around the country and  routinely stopped by the office to check on how many claims were being processed and how much money we had given back to Wisconsin citizens.” –Mary Celentani, former Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Administrator

 

Charles P. “Charlie” Smith, age 88, of Madison, left this world with family by his side on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare.

 

Although he was born in Chicago, he was a lifelong Wisconsin resident. The youngest child of William A. and Lillian C. Smith, Charlie spent his early years in Oconto, on the shores of Green Bay, where he attended Lincoln School. After his father passed away, the family moved to Madison in 1940 where they lived at 38 Breese Terrace and he enrolled in West High School. After graduating in 1944, Charlie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went on to serve in the South Pacific and on Okinawa with the 7th Regiment of the First Marine Division. On Okinawa, he was wounded in action for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation.

 

Charlie was on convalescent leave when he returned to Madison in 1945 and met his love and best friend, Bernadette “Bert” Carroll. They were married in Milwaukee in August of 1947. After his discharge from the military, he went on to Milton College where he earned a B.A. with majors in history and sociology and minors in English and political science by the time he graduated in 1950. For the next 11 years, his young family moved frequently as his work for Dane County, Mobil Oil Co., Guardian Life Insurance Co., College Life Insurance Co., and Olin Corporation at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant demanded. Finally in 1961, they were able to move “home” to their beloved Madison. Friends and acquaintances will fondly recall many a post-Badgers Football game party at the old house on South Spooner Street.

 

Bitten by the political bug, Charlie pursued a life in public service. He served as a supervisor on the Dane County Board, was active on the Madison Rivers and Lakes Commission, served on the Dane County Democratic Committee, and ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 1968. In 1970, he ran for state treasurer again, was elected, and went on to serve the people of Wisconsin for four more terms until his retirement in 1991. One of his biggest achievements while in the Treasury was the investment of idle state funds with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.

 

He served on the State of Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, was a founding and active member of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and instrumental in implementing the State of Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Program to return unclaimed property to the citizens of Wisconsin. He was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party, serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1972 for George McGovern, in 1980, for Ted Kennedy and 1984, for Gary Hart. Charlie also served his local community on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dane County, the Madison Opportunity Center and Wisconsin Special Olympics.

 

Charlie enjoyed his family and friends, Dixieland jazz, boating and being near the water, travelling, meeting new people and spending time at the condo in Cable. His proudest accomplishments were having been elected a constitutional officer by the people of Wisconsin, his wealth of friends – Democrat and Republican alike, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and most of all, his loving wife of almost 67 years, Bert. He will be forever remembered as a friend to all, and for his wonderful sense of humor.

 

Charlie is survived by his wife, Bert; son, Steve Smith (Jeanne) of Madison; daughter, Megan Smith (Jen Kern) of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Haley Smith of Madison; granddaughters, Tonya Vike (Tim), Kristyn Blazich (Michael) and Lisa Bayorek (Charlie); as well as grandchildren, Russell and Brooke Vike, Sam and Will Blazich and CJ and Landon Bayorek; and his twin sister, Nancy Simeone. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Bill Smith; nephew, Michael Smith; and his son, Charles P. “Charlie” Smith II.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at NOON on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison. Relatives and friends may call on the family at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Monsignor Michael Burke will officiate.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Goodman Community Center or St. Maria Goretti Parish. The family would like thank the staff at the UW Hospital First Day Surgery Unit, F6/Urology, Dr. Jennifer Passini and the compassionate caregivers of Agrace HospiceCare.

 

From the Wisconsin State Journal

Read more:  Charlie Smith was ‘one of the truly decent people’


Treasurer’s Top 5: Polk County


polk countyThis week, we travel to Polk County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Polk County

Evelyn Green

Harold Leu

Joy Peterson

Esther Surkamer


FAQ: Where Do I Call With Questions About Unclaimed Property?


Some of the Numbers have changed as the Unclaimed Property Program is now being adminstered by the Department of Revenue.  The Office of the State Treasurer is still responsible for promoting the program and is happy to answer any questions we can for you.  However, at the request of the Department of Revenue, direct lines to claims processors were removed from our website and they asks you to call and general line.  That number is: 

(608) 264-4594

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Polk County


polk countyThis week, we travel to Polk County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Polk County

Evelyn Green

Harold Leu

Joy Peterson

Esther Surkamer

Joyce Hill


FAQ Unclaimed Property: Where Do I Call With Unclaimed Property Questions?


Some of the Numbers have changed as the Unclaimed Property Program is now being adminstered by the Department of Revenue.  The Office of the State Treasurer is still responsible for promoting the program and is happy to answer any questions we can for you.  However, at the request of the Department of Revenue, direct lines to claims processors were removed from our website and they asks you to call and general line.  That number is: 

(608) 264-4594

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Pierce County


Pierce county

This week, we travel to Pierce County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Pierce County

Marlene Ann Janish

John Docter

Matthew and Marcia Palmer

Gladys and Eldon Oberg

Barbara And Richard Cooklock


FAQ Unclaimed Property: Where Do I Call for Help With My Claim?


Some of the Numbers have changed as the Unclaimed Property Program is now being adminstered by the Department of Revenue.  The Office of the State Treasurer is still responsible for promoting the program and is happy to answer any questions we can for you.  However, at the request of the Department of Revenue, direct lines to claims processors were removed from our website and they asks you to call and general line.  That number is: 

(608) 264-4594

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Pierce County


Pierce county

This week, we travel to Pierce County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Pierce County

Marlene Ann Janish

John Docter

Matthew and Marcia Palmer

Gladys and Eldon Oberg

Barbara And Richard Cooklock


FAQ Unclaimed Property: How Does Property Become Unclaimed?


HOW DOES PROPERTY BECOME UNCLAIMED?

Property becomes unclaimed or abandoned when there has been no owner activity in relation to the account for a period of 5 years and when the owner has not been able to be contacted by the holder of that asset. A holder may include a bank, savings institution, credit union, insurance company, business or utility company.

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Pepin County


pepin countyThis week, we travel to Pepin County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Pepin County

Betty and Manley Kruger

Gilles Isaksson Insurance

Benedict L Bauer

Andrea Olson

Pepin County Nursing Services


FAQ Unclaimed Property: How Does Property Become Unclaimed?


HOW DOES PROPERTY BECOME UNCLAIMED?

Property becomes unclaimed or abandoned when there has been no owner activity in relation to the account for a period of 5 years and when the owner has not been able to be contacted by the holder of that asset. A holder may include a bank, savings institution, credit union, insurance company, business or utility company.

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Ozaukee County


Courtesy: www. travelwisconsin.com

Courtesy: www. travelwisconsin.com

This week, we travel to Ozaukee County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Ozaukee County

Lawrence Kunesh

HH Spake

Kim Ziegelbauer

Brian, Darren, Todd and James Schmeling

Myron Haack

 


FAQ Unclaimed Property: What Is Unclaimed Property?


WHAT IS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY?

Generally, any financial asset that has had no activity by its owner for a period of 1 year or more. This includes savings accounts, checking accounts, uncashed dividends, stocks, customer deposits or overpayments, certificates of deposit, credit balances, refunds, matured life insurance policies and uncashed death benefit checks. The law also requires that utility deposits, unclaimed wages and property resulting from business dissolutions be reported as unclaimed property after one year of inactivity. The Unclaimed Property Act does not include real estate.

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Ozaukee County


Courtesy: www. travelwisconsin.com

Courtesy: www. travelwisconsin.com

This week, we travel to Ozaukee County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Ozaukee County

Lawrence Kunesh

HH Spake

Kim Ziegelbauer

Brian, Darren, Todd and James Schmeling

Myron Haack


FAQ Unclaimed Property: What is Unclaimed Property?


WHAT IS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY?

Generally, any financial asset that has had no activity by its owner for a period of 1 year or more. This includes savings accounts, checking accounts, uncashed dividends, stocks, customer deposits or overpayments, certificates of deposit, credit balances, refunds, matured life insurance policies and uncashed death benefit checks. The law also requires that utility deposits, unclaimed wages and property resulting from business dissolutions be reported as unclaimed property after one year of inactivity. The Unclaimed Property Act does not include real estate.

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Outagamie County


Outagamie County Courthouse, Appleton

Outagamie County Courthouse, Appleton

This week, we travel to Outagamie County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Outagamie County

Leroy H Johnson

Shirley R Kane

AAL Bank and Trust

Rebecca and Frances Applegate Beck

Brenda Winter


FAQ Unclaimed Property: Why Does Wisconsin Have An UP Law?


WHY DOES WISCONSIN HAVE AN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LAW?

The law was enacted in 1970 to enable Wisconsin residents to search in one place for missing funds. After 1 to 5 years of inactivity Wisconsin businesses are mandated to turn over all unclaimed money, stock, and safe deposit box contents to the State Treasurer’s Office. This process relieves businesses from the expense and liability associated with carrying unclaimed property on their financial records. Most importantly, the process benefits Wisconsin residents because the State Treasurer’s Office makes an active effort to reunite all rightful owners with their unclaimed property.

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Onedia County


Oneida county

This week, we travel to Oneida County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Oneida County

Eldon R Sanford

Anna H Stefffen

Frank Baur

Hop Spots Fishing, Inc.

Thomas C Swendson


FAQ Unclaimed Property: How Long Does It take My Claim to Get Paid?


Wisconsin Statutes require we receive, process, pay out or deny a claim from any person or business within 90 days.  The Office of the State Treasurer would usually have claims processed and paid within 30 days.  Treasurers Sass and Schuller made it a personal policy to process and pay out all claims collected face-to-face at Wisconsin’s State Fair…. within 9 days.  Record return times.

For more information on filing a claim, log onto our website:  www.wismissingmoney.org

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Treasury Fun Fact of the Day: Record Amounts of Money Returned to Wisconsinites!


Treasury Fun Fact of the Day:

In 2012, the Office of the State Treasurer was responsible for placing back into the hands of Wisconsin people and business owners a RECORD $35.9 Million.  That’s a significant chunk of cash infusing Wisconsin’s economy and all without costing the taxpayers a dime.  You see, OST operates off of revenue generated from its programs AND contributes to the general fund as well as other public serving funds.  We don’t take from taxpayers’ pockets, we fill them with CASH!  It’s a Win-Win!

 

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Treasurer’s Top 5: Oconto County


Oconto County

This week, we travel to Oconto County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

 Oconto County

Donald A Taylor

Lillian Ratter

Clifford J Brown

Rudolph Saffran

David A Mauer


Treasury Fun Fact of the Day: Schuller SINGS!


Treasurer Kurt Schuller sings tenor in the South Shore Chorale in Fond Du Lac!

 

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