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East Side Bakery

618 E Main


1935†††††† 618 E Main





WDT 11 25 1967

Edwin G. Conant, 60, Dies; Rites Monday


Edwin G. Conant, 60, well known Watertown businessman, died suddenly Friday afternoon at his home, 804 Werner Street.Death followed a heart attack.


Mr. Conant had owned and operated the East Side Bakery with his wife for the past 20 years.


A lifelong resident of Watertown, he was born April 9, 1907, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Conant.His marriage to the former Alice Wilke took place in Lake Mills on Sept. 1, 1929.


Mr. Conant received his education in Watertown schools.He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church.Before taking over the operation of the East Side Bakery, he was a baker at the Quality Bakery for 22 years.


Surviving are his wife; one son, James, at home; his mother, Mrs. Amanda Conant, Watertown, and one sister, Mrs. George Schlueter, Watertown. His father and one brother, Arthur A. Conant preceded him in death.


Mr. Conant was well liked by business associates and friends throughout the city.He held the respect of all who knew him.


The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 oíclock at the Hafemeister Funeral Home.The Rev. Eugene Kauffeld will officiate.Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery.



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2023†††††† James "Jim" A. Conant <> September 13, 1947-August 26, 2023

James "Jim" A. Conant

James A. Conant, 75, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 5:00pm at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Carina Schiltz of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 3:00 until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to St. Judeís Childrens Hospital, Watertown Moose Lodge, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at


James Arthur Conant was born on September 13, 1947, in Watertown to Edwin and Alice (Wilke) Conant. He was a 1965 graduate of Watertown High School. On September 28, 1968, he married Ellen Snow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown.


Jim owned and operated East Side Bakery in Watertown and later became the Bakery Manager at Tomís United Foods in Watertown. He continued to work at the store after the Breslow family purchased it until his retirement.


Jim was an avid bowler, bowling a 300 game as well as being a member of the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame. Jim especially enjoyed taking the train to national bowling tournaments with his friends. He coached all three of his sons in youth bowling and youth baseball. He was a member of the Watertown Moose Lodge and for many years spent every other Friday night frying fish there. His special place was the cabin up north on Lake Ahmeek in Iron River. He loved the retreat while gardening, fishing, and riding around the property on his golf cart. He enjoyed playing cards, especially solitaire and cribbage. Telling jokes was a favorite pastime. Even at an early age he was known as the class clown. He always had a funny joke or story to tell and if you needed to borrow a joke, you could find one in the many joke books he acquired over the years.


Jim is survived by his wife Ellen Conant of Watertown; sons and grandchildren: Andy (Diane Krahn) Conant of Rome and their daughter, Kinley Conant; Paul (Kelly Zahn) Conant of Elk Grove Village, IL and children Lillie, Andrew, and Noah Conant; Matt (Sarah Bartels) Conant of Edgerton and children, Hudson, Audreana, Lincoln, and Deacon Conant; as well as other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Oliver Conant.





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