LESLIE (LES) R. THIELMAN

replace photo with Les’s headstone when completed

LESLIE (LES) RALPH THIELMAN 

DOB: December 12, 1932
Hammond, IN  

DOD: July, 3rd, 2020
At Home, Arlington Heights, IL 

 

 

 

Son of Walter L. Thielman and Paula M. (nee Kuhlman) Thielman

 

Brother To: Loren W. Thielman

 


CHICAGO HEIGHTS AIRPORT / GOVENOR’S AIR PARK / WINGS FIELD 

Les grew up on his father’s airports, first the Chicago Heights Airport and later Governor’s Air Park, Richton Heights, IL 

Chicago Heights Airport

Governor’s Air Park / Wings Field

 

As a young man he enjoyed fixing and racing stock cars in addition to helping at the airport when needed. He was taught to fly by his older brother “Loren” and his father “Walter” 

 

1953, At the age of 21 he enlisted in the US Army and served at Fort Sheridan Army Base and  studied Chemical Biological & Radiological Warfare Defense and Artillery Survey Specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Expert Marksmanship Badge (M-1) He served in Battery 175 Field Artillery Battalion. 

Les ‘s is in the Amy Now

He also Married” Dollie Joanne Johnson 

Husband to: Dollie Joanne Johnson, Married  June 24, 1953

 

The Army Bridal Hut, Ft. Jackson, SC

Dad told a story about bring Dollie to the Bridal hut and they sent hours cleaning and sweeping it out and making it cozy, Dollie prepared dinner and for desert made a lemon meringue pie, After dinner they put the pie onto of the refrigerator and overnight the roaches ate all the meringue off the top of the pie.  ( it must have been love) 


 

Father To: Sherry L. (Larry) Gianneschi , Sandra Lee Thielman, Walter Scott Thielman 

In 1954 his first daughter came along: Sherry Lynn Thielman 

Followed by: Sandra Lee Thielman, 1956

And Last his son: Walter Scott Thielman, 1963

 

 

 

 

 


in 1959 at the age of 27,  He’s father “Walt” died of a massive heart attach and left his mother to run the airport on her own. Les joined his mother in managing Governor’s Air  park and later took over ownership and changed the name of the Airport to Wings Filed. In addition he was a used equipment salesman for Midwest Industrial Properties, Chicago Heights, IL 

 

 

As a hobby he also built a Go-Cart track on the airports property and began building go-carts.

 

 

 

He also built his own airplane from the ground up in the family garage in Park Forest, IL . It was quite a sight to see the airplane with its wings alone side of it strapped to a trailer and towed to the airport in Richmond Park, IL . 

 

 


November 5,  1968 at the age of 36, he lost his wife and the mother of his children: Sherry, Sandy & Scott. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Husband to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes , Married August 1969

Got to love the smirk on Les’s face

in 1969 at the age of 37, he Remarried a second time to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes in August 1969 and became step-father to: Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes.

In 1969 after the wedding he moved the whole family, all six kids and his  new wife to Prospect Heights, IL and sold Wings Field to the Civil Air Patrol.

in 1969 He’s started his own used machinery business “Wings Machinery” in Wheeling, IL . at the same time he bought himself a Beechcraft “Staggerwing Beech” model D17 bi-plane. 

 

Model Airplane collection

 

 

 

Les also owned, Auctions Unlimited and was an auctioneer. He was an avid reader of Si-fi and mystery books, he collected coins, lead soldiers and vintage model airplanes 

 

 

 

In the early 1970’s Les built his own 1939 Roadster from the Ground up, It gave him pleasure for many years and remains in the family to this day.

 

 

As the years past, Carol and Les had many good years, many wonderful vacations and many happy holidays together. 

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For many years Les & Carol owned and operated “The Mole Hole” A exclusive gift shop in Glenview, IL and also in Florida 

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The kids all grew up and most got married and the grandchildren started coming, these are just a few photo’s of the grandchildren. Too many photos to show all of them, there are 15 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren in all. 

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In 2017 Les lost his 2nd wide Carol , mother of Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes and for the last 2.5 years he lived in his home with his step-son Mark. 



Obituary for Leslie Ralph Thielman

 

Leslie Ralph Thielman, 87, of Arlington Heights, IL passed away peacefully July 3, 2020 in his home.

He was born December 12, 1932 in Hammond, Indiana to Walter Louis and Paula Marguerite Thielman. As a teenager, Les was enrolled in a mechanic school and then worked in a mechanic’s shop. He enjoyed working on cars so much that he started building cars, racing cars and go-carts. Les later then served in the United States Army as a land surveyor and mechanic.

While working at his father’s airports, Chicago Heights Airport and Governors Air Park (Richton Park, IL), his passion for planes grew. He became a flight instructor, built full scale, and collected vintage model airplanes. Les took over the family owned airport after his father’s passing and changed its name to Wing’s Field. In June of 1953 he married Dollie Joanne Johnson and had 3 beautiful children: Sherry, Sandra, and Scott. After the passing of Dollie, Les married Carol Frances Koehn/Broertjes in August of 1969. Carol had 3 sons of her own, Mark, Scott and Kent making the family complete.

Les was a true businessman/entrepreneur. After a while, he sold the airport and took on new adventures. He was a used machinery salesman (Midwest Industrial Properties), used machinery business owner (Wings Machinery and Auctions Unlimited). He even dabbled in being an auctioneer and a co-owner of a specialty gift shop (The Mole Hole) before retiring to enjoy quality time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He had many passions that he enjoyed in his spare time, reading sci-fi and mystery novels, collecting (coins and lead soldiers). Along with being a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Prospect Heights, the Lions Club of Prospect Heights, and participated in the Beecher Mausoleum National Landmark Restoration Project.

Les was an amazing, strong, and generous man who had a heart of gold. He loved being around friends and family and was always there to help someone when they were in need. He loved to entertain his grandchildren with Donald Duck impressions and singing old time songs that always made them laugh and smile.

Les is survived by his children, Sherry (Larry) Gianneschi, Sandra Lee Thielman, and W. Scott Thielman and Stepson Mark Broerjtes; 15 grandchildren: Justin, Ryan, Shane, Brandon and Marisa Broertjes; Larry, Nick and Amanda Gianneschi; Christina Lee; Samantha, Stacey, Michael, Jacqueline, Alex and Steven Thielman; 7 great grandchildren, Tyler, Layla, Kain, Rocco and Gianna Broertjes; Aryanna and L.J. Gianneschi. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Paula Thielman; a brother, Loren Thielman; his wives: Dollie J. Thielman and Carol F. Thielman; stepsons, Scott and Kent Broertjes.

Les will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. A service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 W. Palatine Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070.

Memorials: Memorial may be made at: Hack-Jensen Funeral Home, Beecher, IL. https://www.hackfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Leslie-Thielman/ or at the Beecher Mausoleum www.beechermausoluem.org/Les.R.Thielman


  FINAL FLIGHT 

 LESLIE RALPH THIELMAN

December 12th, 1932

 July 3rd, 2020

1939 Staggerwing Beechcraft D17S

 

N236E, November 236 Echo, you are cleared for final take off. Destination – the pearly gates of heaven. Winds are calm, weather is good. Your final pre-flight check list is complete! All systems are go! Look Dad, do you see them? The little BOX family with all the kids are out again on the side of the runway to watch you take off one more time.

As if on an angel’s wing, you left this earthly plain for the last time as you soar through the clouds with aerobatic loops, rolls and spins and practicing your favorite trick with nose up and nose down maneuvers, you float your Zippo thru the air from the dashboard into your shirt pocket, Bravo Dad. Do it again please. Simply enjoying yourself just like you have done so many times before. Fly high Daddy, higher still. I know you can do it! Heaven waits for you now.

As you prepare for landing, your final checklist is complete.

Do you hear the band Dad? They are playing a few of the songs you loved, The Preacher and the Bear, The Darktown Poker Club, Deck of Cards and the 3 little fishes in the itty-bitty pool to name just a few. 

While all of those you once loved stand at the gate waiting for you to land. Look Dad, Your Grandparents are there, your Mom & Dad, your bother Shorty too. Your two beautiful wives are waiting to take your arm again. Scott & Kent are there. Look Dad, more are coming, all your family’s ties are there, The Kuhlmans, Bielfeldts, Thielmans, Johnsons, Stennings and Koehns too. Dad, do you see them?  There’s Shep, Bingo, Big Saam & Sheba, Kim, Dusty, Lucy and Gretel just to name a few, they have all come from across the rainbow bridge to play with you again.

While here on earth, those you left behind wept at your departure as we watched you fly into the clouds for the final time.

We will miss you everyday Dad.

We know our own flights to heaven are scheduled for another day

 So, Wait for us Dad.

Soon we will join you and we can all be together once more.

This is how I wish to remember your last day on earth Dad. I hope Heaven has wonderful Airports, Racetracks and Go-cart tracks waiting for you to play on.

Love you to the Moon and Back!!! Your Loving Daughter

and Daddy’s little girl.

              Sandra Lee 

                 Thielman

 

 

 

In Loving Memory 

Editors note:  When i was little I could not say foxes. So every time I asked dad to take me out to see the foxes it came out BOXES. You could only see them when you taxied an airplane down the runway. Otherwise they would always hide. Kits are baby foxes, but again I called them KIDS. 

 


Up, Up and away on angels wings to Heaven’s gate you Soared : July 3rd, 2020

                      At Dad’s Funeral we had the honor of the US. Military Honor Guard and a few pilots for Galt Field honored Les with a fly over. We are very Honored to have loved such a great man. 


We will miss our Father very, very much, it is very hard to say Good-Bye, So I’ll just close in saying “Till we meet again Mom’s & Daddy” 

Les is preceded in death by his Parents: Walter & Paula Thielman, his Brother: Loren Thielman, his Grandparents: Henry & Minnie Thielman,  his Wife: Dollie Joanne Thielman, his second Wife: Carol Frances Thielman, his Step-sons: Kent Broertjes and Scott Broerjtes

Other family members resting in the mausoleum are: 

 

Wife: Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman 
2nd Wife: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes Thielman 
(a small portion of Carol’s ashes are entombed with Les
Father & Mother : Walter L. Thielman & Paula  M. (Kuhlman) Thielman
Brother:    Loren Walter Thielman
Grandparents: Henry F. Thielman & Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

(Editor’s note): If you have not guessed, this is my father. This man set me on my path to save and restore the Beecher Mausoleum 26 years ago. I didn’t think it was possible, but Dad gave me just enough time. This year 2020  I hope to complete the last of the restoration that I am capable of. I’m praying there is another out there to pick-up the project and see it into the next century. With a little care the Mausoleum is capable of standing for 100’s and 100’s of years into the future and continue to bury family members next to family for many more years.  With Pride and Love I hope to rest next to my parents and my family in the future myself. 

Sandra Lee Thielman 

 

 

 

 

PAULA M. THIELMAN

Paula M. Thielman

Age: 97 years, 7 months, 13 days

PAULA MARGUERITE THIELMAN
(nee KUHLMANN)

DOB: November 25, 1903
Melrose Park, IL USA

DOD: July 8, 2001
Arlington Heights, IL USA

 

Daughter of Ernst Henry and Emma Katharina (nee Holtzen) Kuhlmann

standing XXX, Lorna, XXX, XXX, Caroline, Esther, XXX, Sitting Paula, Hilda, Norma, Emma L., Ernst, Erna, Rose Kuhlman, standing men are Alwin W., Ernst H., Edgar H., Edwin M. order uncertian @ 1935

Standing: XXX, Lorna, XXX, XXX, Caroline, Esther, XXX.   Sitting: Paula, Hilda, Norma, Emma L., Ernst, Erna and Rose Kuhlman.   The standing men are Alwin W., Ernst H., Edgar H., Edwin M. in unknown order, circa 1935.  Can you help us identify the standing brothers? Note: one brother, Ewald, is not in the photo as he died in 1929.

Sister to: Erna Anna (Franklin E. Harnisch), Lorna Anne (Fred H. Wilkening), Ewald, Rosa Marie (William W. Voigts), Hilda Mathilda Kuhlmann

Half sister to: Alwin W. (Louise Kozlowski) , Ernst, Edgar (Mabel I. Miller), Edwin (Mardell Leonard), Esther (William H. Hofeling), Ella Caroline (Laverne H. Decker),  Norma (Elsworth Langellier) and Flora E. Kuhlmann


Mrs. Paula Thielman

 

Wife of Walter Louis Thielman

Married October 11, 1924

Mother to: Loren Walter and Leslie Ralph Thielman

Grandmother to: Sherry Lynn, Sandra Lee and Walter Scott Thielman

 

 


 

PAULA MARGUERITE THIELMAN 

Services were held Thursday, July 12, for Paula Kuhlmann Thielman of Arlington Heights, formerly of Park Forest and Chicago Heights at Hack Funeral Home. Mrs. Thielman died July 8, 2001, at Northwestern Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

The funeral will begin at noon. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Paula was born November 25, 1903, in Melrose Park. She was a homemaker and sewing – quilting instructor.

Mrs. Thielman is survived by a son, Leslie (Carol) Thielman of Prospect Heights; three grandchildren, Sherry (Larry) Gianneschi of Windemere, FL; Sandra Thielman of Wonder Lake and Scott (Lorie) Thielman of Palatine; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter L Thielman; and a son Loren W. Thielman.

Other family members resting in the mausoleum are: 

Husband: Walter L. Thielman
Son: Loren Walter Thielman
Son & Daughter-in-law: Leslie R. Thielman & Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman
Father & Mother-in-Law: Henry F. Thielman & Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

MARGUERITE BAHLMAN

 

Age: 92 years, 3 months, 6 days

MARGUERITE  BAHLMAN
“Peggy” (nee Toleson, Greenfield) Bahlman

DOB: January 5, 1902
Pullman, Cook County, IL, USA

DOD: April 11, 1994
Crete, Will County, IL, USA

Daughter of Theodore “Teodor” and Florence Lillian (nee Tebodo) Toleson

Bahlman Coat of Arms

Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

 

Wife to: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS
Married: October 31, 1930, Cook County, IL

Mother to: Audrey H. Greenfield Bahlman Amram (Jack Amram)

Marguerite Toleson married Arthur Greenfield on June 20, 1920 and had Audrey Greenfield in 1921. Marguerite and Arthur’s divorce was between 1921-1922.

On October 31, 1930 she married Henry W. Bahlman, and Henry Bahlman adopted and raised Audrey as his very own child.


BEECHER HERALD

APRIL 13, 1994

OBITUARY

MARGUERITE BAHLMAN-SECRETARY

Marguerite “Peggy” Bahlman of Crete, died Monday, April 11, 1994 at St. James Manor. She was 92.

She was born Jan. 5, 1902, in Pullman, IL.

Mrs. Bahlman had worked as a secretary.

She is survived by her daughter, Audrey (Dr. Jack) Amram of Crete; five grandchildren, Robert Amram of New York, Dr. James Amram, Dr. Jack Amram and Dr. Peggy Amram, all of Crete, and Dr. Cynthia Knox of Fayetteville, Ark. and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Henry Bahlman, in 1964.

A memorial service for the family will be held later at Hack Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. James Manor Nursing Home.


This is a photo of Marguerite’s mother Florence Lillian (Tebodo) Toleson Irwin along with Marguerite’s grandmother, Adeline Tebodo and her 11 children, Marguerite’s Aunts and Uncles.

Florence Lillian was married four times, to Theodore Toleson, Charles Duesling, Frank Jones and Fred Irwin.

Marguerite’s grandmother was: Adeline (Benjamin) Tebodo 1852-1933. Her aunts and uncles and mother in order of birth were: Georgiann (Victor Thuot & James E. Devore), Louis A. (Lena Berner), Agnes E. (John Kruzick) William J. (Delia Lambert) Adeline (Theodore Remillard), Florence L. (Theodore Toleson), Cecelia (Michael McManimen), Elizabeth M. (Charles McManimen), Edna M. (Manning M. Nevin), Genevieve H. (Dr. Joseph M. Hannell), and Victronie M (Ernest F Willets) Tebodo. As you can see, the husbands and wifes of the Tebodo children are not in the photo.

 


 

Marguerite’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Henry W. Bahlman
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Aunt-in-law: Lena M. Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt-in-law: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann
Uncle-in-law: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt-in-law: Charles H. Bahlman & Minnie Schweer Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian  Bahlman Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora B. Bahlman Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Sister-in-law: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother-in-law: Donald W. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne Bahlman Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
1st cousin of husband: Dorothy Bahlman Saller & Herbert C. Saller
1st cousin 1x removed of husband: Charlene M. Saller Graham & Arthur Graham
1st cousin 2x removed of husband: Nancy Graham Fenske

(Note: Some family members maintained the original spelling of Bahlmann while others omitted the last “n”)

DOROTHY B. SALLER

DOROTHY B. SALLER AND BABY SALLER

Age: 89 years, 1 month, 11 days

DOROTHY B. SALLER
(nee  BAHLMAN)

DOB: May 16, 1903
DOD: June 27, 1992

Only daughter of Charles H. and Minnie (Schweer) Bahlman

Wife of Herbert C. Saller, married Dec. 17, 1925, Chicago, IL
Mother to: Charlene Marilyn (Arthur Graham), Baby Saller,  Herbert F “Bud” (Melrose Rhode), William T. (Rosemary Teske) Saller


March 17, 1926 – Beecher Herald

“JUST MARRIED”

Herbert & Dorothy Saller - Just MarriedThe Fred W. Saller family received the surprise of their lives last week. Miss Lenore Saller brought home the mail from the post office, and in looking it over, she came to what looked like an invitation to some affair. She looked the envelope over, and on discovery, it was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Saller and daughters (not family) the son being omitted. And in a regularly sisterly manner she began to laugh, and called out: “Ha! Herb, see, you are not invited!” Then she went on reading and in a twinkling of an eye, the sisterly giggle stopped, as she digested the contents, which read something like this: Mrs. Charles H.  Bahlman invites you to attend a marriage reception to be given at my home, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Saller, who were married on December 17, 1925. After Miss Lenore recovered her equilibrium, she passed the “surprise” invitation over to her mother, and then the father. They looked at the invitation – then at Herbie – and Herbie fessed up. He and Miss Dorothy Bahlman of Beecher hid themselves away one cold December day, and were quietly made man and wife – and it was no one’s dumb business.

Well, all there is to it, although Herbie delayed divulging his little secret for almost one-half a year, we with a host of relatives and friends, join in wishing him and his charming little bride many years of happiness and prosperity.

I wish I was there, don’t you?


December 4, 1969 – Beecher Herald

Mrs. Saller Robbed Tuesday Night

Mrs. Saller RobbedMrs. Dorothy Saller was robbed about midnight Tuesday as she checked out the day’s receipts at the Bahlman Gas Station. According to Mrs. Saller, she and Mrs. Rose Muehsler and Mrs. Myrtle Scheiman were on the way home from a Women’s Welfare meeting when they stopped at the station.

Women's Welfare Club

Women’s Welfare Club

 

 

 

 

 

As Mrs. Saller came out of the station, two colored men stopped her, took the money bag and ran to the rear of the station. They jumped in a car, went west at a high rate of speed, turning south on Catalpa Street.

The day’s receipts and records were in the money bag and she has no idea of the amount taken.

Mrs. Saller thought one man had something in his right hand but she did not see it too clearly in the dark and could not say it was a gun. They didn’t touch her, just grabbed the bag and ran.


July 1, 1992 – Beecher Herald

DOROTHY B. SALLER

Dorothy Saller obit - Beecher HeraldDorothy B. Saller of Beecher died June 27, 1992 at The Anchorage Nursing Home in Beecher.

She was born May 16, 1903, in Washington Township to Charles and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman.

Mrs. Saller worked in the family oil business from 1925 until 1985. She became owner of the business in 1960.

She was a member of the Zion Dorcas Society, the Altrusa Club, and was a charter member and past president of the Women’s Welfare Club in Beecher. She also belonged to the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Beecher Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert “Bud” (Melrose) of Chicago Heights and William “Bill” (Rosemary) of Beecher; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert; and a daughter, Charlene Graham; an infant son; and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 1 at Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher with the Rev. Ken Lueke officiating. Interment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church in her name would be appreciated.

This information was published in the Beecher Herald, July 1, 1992, and supplied by the staff of the Beecher Community Library.


June 28, 1992 – The Star

DOROTHY B. SALLER

Dorothy Bahlman Saller.resizedDorothy B. Saller (nee Bahlman) a lifetime resident of Beecher, and owner and manager of Bahlman Oil Company, Beecher, died Saturday, June 27, at Anchorage Nursing Home, Beecher.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, Beecher, with the Rev. Ken Lueke officiating. Entombment will be in Beecher Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.

The former Dorothy B. Bahlman was born May 16, 1903 in Washington Township, Beecher.

She was employed in the family business, Bahlman Oil, since 1925 and became owner in 1960 until 1985.

She was a member of Zion Dorcas Society, Altrusa Club of Chicago Heights, Beecher Fire Department Auxiliary, Illinois Petroleum Marketers Assn., and was a charter member and past president of Beecher Women’s Club.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert “Bud” of Chicago Heights and William of Beecher; nine grandchildren ; and 15 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Beecher.


Daughter & Son-in-law: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Aurhur Graham
Granddaughter: Nancy (Graham) Fenske
Father & Mother-in-law: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia Minnie (Schweer) Bahlman
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Cousins: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert & Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Cousins: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Cousins: Henry W. Bahlman DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Cousin: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Cousin: Donald W. Bahlman
Cousin: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman

Other, more distant family include: Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.

ARTHUR GRAHAM

Arthur Graham

Age: 77 years, 9 months, 12 days

ARTHUR GRAHAM

DOB: September 20, 1913
Beecher, Will County, IL, USA

DOD: July 2, 1991
Oak Forest, Cook County, IL, USA

 

Son of William S. and Ida (Leising) Graham

Brother to: Ruth E. (William C. Konow), Chester L., Lloyd E. (Gladys A. Erdman), William H. (Arlene Hopkins) and Martin Graham

Husband of Charlene Marilyn Saller, married November, 1945.
Father to: Susan Kay (Ronald L. Clausing), Charles Arthur (Susan G. unknown), Nancy (Jack Fenske) Graham.


November 22, 1945          “POPULAR COUPLE WED IN CHICAGO”

Graham-Saller Wed 1945

November 17, 1945

Miss Charlene Saller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Saller, and Mr. Arthur Graham, son of W.S. Graham, were united in marriage, Saturday afternoon, in a ceremony performed by Dr. Williamson, former pastor at Chicago Heights and of the Beecher Community Church, at the residence of the pastor in Chicago.
The bride was attired in gray with black accessories and carried a bouquet of mums and pom poms. The couple were attended by Miss Shirley Cooper, roommate of the bride, and Mr. Richard Hiatt.
Mr. Graham operates the Graham Service Station on the Dixie Highway, and his bride, a former student at the U. of Illinois, is at present employed in Chicago.


January 9, 1947   “ARTHUR GRAHAM APPOINTED TO TOWN COLLECTOR POST”

Graham Town Collector 1947The Town Board met, Monday morning, and appointed Arthur Graham to fill the unexpired term of Mrs. Gertrude (Hack) Haltenhoff as Town Collector.
Graham will serve until the election in 1949. Actually he will make the collections, if the books are available for the next three years.
Mrs. Haltenhoff resigned when she moved to Chicago, last summer.


August 26, 1948  “GRAHAM PREPARING SERIES OF HISTORICAL ARTICLES”

Village Trustee Graham, since the discovery of the historic marker, site of the old Hubbard Trail, now known as the Dixie Highway, has in process of preparation an article or perhaps a series of articles touching on this historic trail. This will also include the trail known as the Ox Trail, which was in use long before the survey was run for the present Dixie Highway and which passed through approximately 20 rods west of the present highway. This, on the north side of the village, would be between the residences of Dr. H.H. Hiatt and Wm. Wiggenhauser. It crossed Indiana Street at a point where the present Catalpa Street is located. The trail wound its way through the prairie to Vincennes, Ind.
This article or series will appear in the Herald as soon as sufficient data has been collected. Anyone having any information on this old Hubbard Trail is kindly requested to get in touch with Mr. Graham. He will be glad to receive it and use it if possible.
Graham is also contemplating another project, the complete history of Beecher, which would be a valuable work, and would probably be coveted by many local citizens.

Editor’s note: no historical articles written by Arthur have been found to date


Editor’s note: 1965  Art worked hard for the improvement of the Beecher Community. He donated his personal labor to help install the two tennis courts in 1965 and offered the use of his private family in-ground swimming pool to give the Beecher community’s children swimming lessons. The swimming lessons were taught by his two daughters, Nancy and Sue, along with Yvonne Squire.

Arthur Graham


AUTHUR GRAHAM

Art Graham Obit 1991Funeral services were held Saturday at Hack Chapel for Arthur Graham who died July 2, 1991, at Oak Forest Hospital in Oak Forest. The Rev. Kenneth Lueke officiated at the service. Entombment was at Beecher Mausoleum.

Arthur Graham was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Beecher. His parents were Ida (nee Leising) and William Graham. He was the owner operator of Graham Trucking for many years and served as trustee on the village board 20 years.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan Clausing, and one son Charles Graham, both of Beecher, eight grandchildren, and one brother, William Graham of Beecher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlene; daughter, Nancy; three brothers and one sister.


Arthur’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Charlene (Saller) Graham
Daughter: Nancy (Graham) Fenske
Father & Mother-in-law: Herbert C. Saller & Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller
Wife’s Grandparents: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia M. (Schweer) Bahlman
Wife’s Great Uncle & Aunt: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Wife’s Great Uncle & Aunt: John H. Bahlman & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlman
Wife’s Great Aunt: Lena C. Bahlman
Wife’s Great Uncle: William F. Bahlman
Wife’s cousins 1x removed: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Wife’s cousins 1x removed: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Wife’s cousins 1x removed” Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman & Henry W. Bahlman DDS
Wife’s cousin 1x removed: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Wife’s cousin 1x removed: Donald W. Bahlman
Wife’s cousins 1x removed: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman

Other more distant family include: Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,

NELLIE M. FREERKING

Nellie M. Freerking

Age: 83 years, 9 months, 15 days

NELLIE M. FREERKING

DOB: July 26, 1907
Indiana, USA

DOD: May 11, 1991

Parentage & birth family uncertain

 


Help PleaseI cannot tell you much about Nellie. We do not have her obituary. Below is what we do know:

Nellie married Alexander A Maass around 1928 after the death of Alexander’s first wife, Louisa Priess Maass, who died in 1919.

After Alexander A Maass’ death in 1955, Nellie married August Freerking  on April 18, 1956. August Freerking’s first wife, Lydia Maass, died Nov. 29, 1944.

August Freerking was the brother of Henry J. Freerking, who is interred in the mausoleum.

It has been mentioned that Nellie and Lydia Maass Freerking, the first wife of August Freerking, were cousins, but we cannot confirm that connection at this time.

If you can help us identify Nellie’s family, please let us know.


Nellie’s known family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Second Wife to: Alexander A. Maass
Alexander A Maass’s first wife is also in the mausoleum: Louise M (Priess) Maass
Brother-in-law: Henry Freerking
First husband’s (August Freerking) grandmother: Wilhelmina (Stradtman) Scheer Pralle

 

FERNE HILDEMAN

FERNE HILDEMAN
(nee BAHLMAN)

DOB: March 12, 1909
Eagle Lake, IL USA

DOD: June 28, 1990
Boise, ID USA

FERNE HILDMAN

Daughter of Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Sister to: Lillian (Henry H. Wegert), Lora (Arthur A. Hinze), Henry W. (Marguerite Toleson), Carolyn Marie and Donald W. (Martha Jo Mitchell) Bahlman

 

 


Ferne & Robert Hildeman Wedding DayFerne with her father on her wedding day.resizedWife of William R. Hildeman, married June 18, 1938, Presbyterian Church, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Mother to: Mary (Louis Bryant) and Robert E. (Linda Lyon) Hildeman

Grandmother to: Dana Hildeman

 

 

 

 

 


FERNE HILDEMAN – OBITUARY

Ferne Hildeman of Scottsdale, Arizona, a former resident of Chicago Heights, died Thursday, June 28 in Boise, Idaho.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. July 14 at First Presbyterian Church, Chicago Heights, IL.

Mrs. Hildeman was born March 12, 1909. She was a former school teacher of the intermediate room in the Beecher schools and a leader of the Girl Scouts troop #8 .

She received her Teaching degree from the University of Illinois.

Mrs. Hildeman is survived by a daughter, Mary Bryant of Poughkeepsie, NY.,  a son, Robert of Boise; and a grandchild.


Ferne’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Willaim R. Hildeman
Father & Mother Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt : Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt:  John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed: Nancy (Graham) Fenske

Other, more distant family include: Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,

MARY GERHARDT WEST

MARY GERHARDT WEST
(nee MARY STELLA COFFMAN)

DOB: February 27, 1896
Lacon, IL USA

DOD: July 25, 1989
Anitgo, WI USA

 

Daughter of James Plummer Coffman and Ella Priscilla (nee Gray) Coffman

Sister to: Emma Olive (Gardner R. Williams), John David (Lizie Ledbetter), James Plummer (Henrietta Beck), Ethal, Elsie, William Gray, Teresa (Marion H. Bennett) and Grace E. (unknown Shafer)  Coffman

Wife of William Paul Gerhardt, married Aug. 28, 1918 in Chicago, IL (age 22).
No children were born to this union.

After William Gerhardt’s death in 1954, Mary was married to Roy Foster West on December 16, 1961 (age 58), which is why her name is listed as Mary Gerhardt West.


 

MARY GERHARDT WEST

Mary Gerhardt West ObitFormer Beecher resident Mary Gerhardt West, 93, died July 25, 1989, at Eastview Manor nursing home in Antigo, Wisc.

Mrs. West was born Feb. 27, 1896, in Lacon, IL  to James and Ella Coffman.

A graduate of Illinois State University, she was formerly a school teacher in the Beecher area. She was a member of the Beecher PTA, Women’s Welfare Club, Hazel Chapter 390, Order of Eastern Star, and the Beecher Community Church.

Mrs. West is survived by a stepdaughter, Norma Jean (West) Wentland of Fence, Wisc. and a sister Grace Shafer of Lacon.

Her husband Paul Gerhardt, was a longtime superintendent of schools in Beecher. He died July 18, 1954. Her second husband Roy Foster West, died August 13, 1971. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bill Beagle Saturday at the Hack Funeral Home. Entombment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Eatern-Star-quarter inch

The star on Mary’s headstone is the “Eastern Star”

 

(Editor’s note: What Mary’s obit does not tell us is that before William Paul’s death, Mary and Paul vacationed at a resort in Summitt Lake, Wisconsin. Mary continued to go back to Summitt Lake after William Paul’s death. Mary met and married her second husband, Roy Foster West, at Summit Lake. Roy West also died at Summitt Lake, WI and is buried next to his first wife, Frances Stevens West, in Delavan, Wisconsin, in Spring Grove Cemetery)


Mary’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: William Paul Gerhardt

OLIVE M. MILEY

DR. M.R. MILEY & OLIVE M. & ALICE A. MILEY (800x525)

 Age: 74 years, 5 months, 8 days

OLIVE M. MILEY

DOB: January 17, 1915
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: June 25, 1989
Los Angeles, CA USA

Daughter of Dr. Michael Miley & Anna E. (Manz) Miley

Sister to: Alice A., Bernice E. (Albert A. Anderson Jr.), Mary E. and  Milton C. Miley


June 4, 1926 – Beecher Herald

1-scouting-for-girls-official-handbook-1926Girl Scout patrols one and two held a meeting at the home of Captain Myrick Wednesday evening at 7:30. The principal business transacted was the election of officers for the ensuing year. The new officers are listed below.

PATROL ONE

Secretary, Elizabeth Wehrley; treasurer, Florence Batterman; 1st lieutenant, Verna Adolph; patrol leader, Rosalind Hunte; Colorbearer, Rosabelle Boderius.

PATROL TWO

Secretary, Helen Batterman; treasurer, Florence Batterman, 1st lieutenant, Verna Adolph; patrol leader, Lorraine Schultz; Colorbearer, Olive Miley.

Instead of holding joint meetings as heretofore, the two patrols will now meet on alternate Fridays.

(Editor’s note: Olive was age 11)


Help Please

We do not have Olive’s obituary, but what we do know is:

Olive was born and raised in Beecher, IL

 

Attended Beecher High School three years

Olive Miley, Bloom High School 1930

 

Attended Bloom Township High School 1926-1930Olive Miley year book 1930

 

Olive Miley 1930 Bloom Township High School

Olive is in the middle row, 4th from the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the 1930 census, she was living at home with Dr. Miley, Anna & Bernice, attending school, with no occupation.

University of Missouri, Olive Miley 1932

University of Missouri 1932 Read Hall

In 1932, she may have attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Read Hall. (unconfirmed; we can only find one reference to an Olive Miley and can’t confirm by a good photo)

On Jan. 29, 1939, Dr. Miley died, and Anna, Alice & Olive were at his bedside.

In the 1940 census, Olive is listed as living with Anna in Beecher, working as a laundry maid, National Park.

On Aug. 22, 1953, the Beecher Herald reported that “Miss Olive Miley of Chicago spent a few days recently with her mother, Mrs. Anna Miley, who has been ill.” (this would have been in Beecher)

On August 21, 1954, Olive’s mother, Anna Miley, died.

 

 


Cruise ship Evangeline

In May of 1955, Olive traveled to Miami and Havana, Cuba. It appears that Olive traveled alone.

In February of 1956, Olive traveled to Miami, FL, the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico on a first class cruise. It appears that Olive traveled alone.

Trans Wold AirlinesIn May of 1957, Olive traveled to London, England via Trans World Airlines.

In May of 1958, Alice & Olive took a cruise together to Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

We do know that Olive eventually moved to California to live with her sister Alice.

Neither sister ever married


Olive’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Father & Mother: Dr. Michael Miley & Anna (Manz) Miley
Sister: Alice A. Miley
Sister & brother (twins): Mary E. & Milton C. Miley

WILLIAM R. HILDEMAN

WILLIAM R. HILDEMAN

DOB: APRIL 18,1908
Chicago Heights, IL USA

DOD:  AUGUST 3, 1986, St. James Hospital Medical Center, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Son of William F. and Jane (Dennison) Hildeman

Brother to: Edward Thomas and Gene Frederick Hildeman

 


Ferne with her father on her wedding day.resizedFerne & Robert Hildeman Wedding DayHusband of Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman,
married June 18, 1938, First Presbyterian Church, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Father to: Robert E. (Linda Lyon) and  Mary (Louis Bryant) Hildeman

Grandfather to: Dana Hildeman

 


Memorial rites for Hildeman set tomorrow

A World War II veteran, William R. Hildeman of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Sunday at St. James Hospital Medical Center.

SeaBees

 

 

 

 

1943 Through  1945 US Navy – Seabees – LT. Commander, UNIT CBMU 515

The Rev. Gordon Reif, pastor will conduct 1:30 p.m. memorial services tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago Heights. Burial will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mr. Hildeman was born April 18, 1906 in Chicago Heights and lived in the south suburbs until 1981. He was graduated in 1925 from Bloom High School and in 1930 from the University of Illinois, Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. ADVERTISEMENT

He was former owner of Hildeman Plumbing and Heating Company, Chicago Heights, which he took over after his father, William F. Hildeman, passed away.

 

 

He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Medina Temple.

 

He is survived by his wife, Ferne; one daughter, Mary Bryant of Poughkeepsie, NY, one son, Robert E. Hildeman of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Gene of Chicago Heights and one granddaughter.

 

 


William’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother-in-law & Wife: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister-in-law: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother-in-law: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt of Wife: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle of Wife: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin of Wife: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed of Wife: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed of Wife: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed of wife: Nancy (Graham) Fenske

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,