DOB: February 22, 1856
Lake County, IN, USA
DOD: April 8, 1926
Beecher, IL USA
Son of William and Caroline (nee Herre) Guritz
Brother to eight siblings: Charles, William (Catherine Ziegler), Heinrich, Friedericka (Fred Wehrmann Sr.), Amelia (Peter H. Lorenzon), Christian (Emma T. Voshage), Caroline (Ernest Bergmeier) and Peter Guritz.
Half brother to: Mary (Fred Foy), Sophie (Frank Rudolph), Louisa, John (Martha Tatge), Emma (Henry F. Haseman), Louis (Emma Wehrmann), Bertha (William Wilkening), George (Ella D. Lindermann) and Henry Guritz ( Whew, now that’s a big family, seventeen siblings total)
Husband of Dorthea Ohlenkamp, married Nov. 21, 1879, Lake County, IN.
Father to: Sophie (Ed Willie), Lena (Emil Kiedaisch), Carolina (William C. Hamann), Herman (Wilhelmina Einspahr), August (Hulda Bredermeier), Ida (Edward H. Albers), William (Ella M. Selk) and Dorothea (William Reichers)
April 15, 1926 OBITUARY – AUGUST GURITZ
Mr. August Guritz was born February 22, 1856, near the state line, Lake County, Indiana. Confirmed April 10, 1870 by Rev. Reineke at St. John’s Church. On Nov. 21, 1879, he was married to Dora Ohlenkamp, Rev. Keuchen officiating. This happy union was blessed with eight children as follows: Emma, Mrs. Ed. Willie, Beecher; Lena, Mrs. Emil Kiedaisch, Beecher; Mary, Mrs. Wm. Hamann, Grant Park; Herman, Lowell, Ind.; August, State Line, Grant Park; Ida, Mrs. Ed. Albers, Beecher; Wm., Beecher; and Dora, Mrs. Wm. Riechers, Beecher. After thirty years of successful farming, Mr. and Mrs. Guritz In 1908 made Beecher their home. Although not quite well, he still persisted in doing odd jobs until two years ago, when his physical condition demanded rest from all labor. Without apparent warning of any kind, having partaken of dinner as usual, a peaceful death claimed him at 1:30 o’clock, Thursday, April 1, at the age of 70 years, 1 month and 18 days. Those mourning his sudden departure were his wife, his mother, Mrs. Mary Guritz, the children already mentioned, three sisters, Mrs. Fred Wehrmann Sr.; Mrs. Ernest Bergmeier, New Ulm, Minn.; Mrs. Peter Lorenzen, Frankfort; three half-brothers, John, Lewis and George in and near Beecher, three half-sisters, Mrs. Fred Foy, Tripley, Minn.; Mrs. Frank Rudolph, Lowell, Ind.; Mrs. William Wilkening, Goodenow; 21 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted, Sunday afternoon, at 1 o’clock, at the house and continued at St. Luke’s Church, where Rev. G. Horst spoke most fittingly in both the German and English languages, to an audience that crowded the church to the utmost. This audience, as well as the beautiful floral pieces, gave witness of the high esteem in which Mr. Guritz was held. His remains were laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.
In the passing of Mr. Guritz, not only the bereaved relatives, but the community in which he lived 70 years, has lost a faithful and loving husband and father, an upright sincere Christian and a true friend to his friends, who at all times fulfilled his various duties with singular faithfulness.
Other extended, more distant families include:
Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Froboese, Graham, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof, Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppenstead, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn, Kirchhoff, Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, McCarty, Meyer, Monk, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,