Mary E. Hinze

Age: 91 years, 11 months, 21 days


DOB: NOV 4 1877
DOD: OCT 25, 1969

Daughter of: Louis L and Christina (NEE: Bruns) Jessen

Sister to: Henry (Mary NEE:Kirch and Christina Harret), Emma (Charles W Bartels), August W, Bertha (Herbert Edwards), Alvina K (Friedrich H Langreder), William H (Lena Bock), Charles F (Lene Wilke), Ernest H (Caroline Clausing), Clara M (Christian Scheer), Augusta and Louise Jessen

Wife to: Friedrich “Fred” Langreder – Married June 2, 1897
Mother to: Charles C, Allice M (Frank H Leder) and  Mildred Langreder
Step-mother to: Clara and Walter (Alda L. White)

Friedrich was originally married to Mary’s Older sister: Alvina K Jessen, married Oct 9, 1889. To this union, Clara and Walter were born. Alvina died June 26, 1895
Fred Langreder died July 19, 1940 and is resting in the Beecher Mausoleum

Mary married a second time to: Albert A Hinze on July 31, 1941
No children were born to this union.

Mary now rests with her first husband Fred Langreder and all three of her children: Charles, Alice and Mildred.


Mrs. Mary Emma Hinze, 91 of Beecher died Saturday, October 25, 1969 at the Bensonville Home in Peotone after a brief illness.

Mrs. Hinze, a life long resident of Beecher, lived the last five years at Bensonville Home. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of American of Chicago Heights and St. Luke’s Church in Beecher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Louis Jessen; her husband, Albert; a son, Charles; and a daughter, Mildred.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Alice Leder of Peotone; and a sister, Mrs. Clara Scheer of Arlington Heights.

Services were held at the Fredde-Helfrich Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Coffey officiating. He was assisted by Mrs. Edwin Radtke, soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Robert Dubbert.

Interment was at the Beecher Mausoleum with john Wieggel Sr., Walter Becker, Virgil Selk, Henry Kappe, Vern Unruh and Ray Stadt serving as pallbearers.


Sophie M. Bohl

Age: 93 years, 1 month, 5 days


DOB: February 6, 1876
Kankakee County, IL, USA

DOD: March 11,1969
Beecher, Will County, IL, USA

Daughter of: John and Katharine (nee Urhammer) Blievernicht

Sister to: William Blievenicht, Minnie (August Pfingsten), Herman C. (Anna Luescher), Emma (William F. Heldt), Melissa (Claus Stoeven), John C. (Anna D. Unknown), Louise M. (John C. Bohl)

Wife of Henry H. Bohl, Jr., married February 9, 1898



Funeral Services Saturday for Mrs. Sophie BohlFuneral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ for Mrs. Sophie Bohl, 93, of 640 Indiana, Beecher. The Rev. John Merzdorf will officiate and interment will be at the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mrs. Bohl died Tuesday at her home. She was born February 6, 1876 in Kankakee County and was a lifelong resident of this area.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry on June 3, 1953, 3 brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be after 3 p.m. at the Hack Chapel and from 1 to 2 on Saturday at the church.

Editors Notes: Heinrich Bohl Sr., Sophie’s father-in-law, lived with Henry & Sophie from the time of their marriage to the time of his death in 1921.

Nieces and nephews survive.

Sophie’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Henry H. Bohl
Father-in-law: Heinrich “Hy” Bohl


Dollie Joanne Thielman

Age: 33 years, 9 months, 15 days


DOB: JAN. 21, 1935
Girard, KS USA

DOD: NOV. 5, 1968
Park Forest, IL USA


Daughter of: Clarence and Lillie (NEE: Thornton) Johnson

Sister to: Rita Joy (Andy) Fridrich and Marilee (Robert) Young

Wife to: Leslie R. Thielman – Married June 24, 1953

Mother to: Sherry Lynn (Gianneschi), Sandra Lee and Walter Scott Thielman




Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Spindler-Koelling Lincolnway chapel, Matteson, for Mrs. Dollie Joanne Thielman of 192 Nauvoo, Park Forest, who died Tuesday in her home.

The Rev. Luther Bekemeier of Hope Lutheran church, Park Forest, will officiate, and entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Friends may call at the chapel after 2 p.m. Thursday and until time of services Friday.

Mrs. Thielman was born January 21, 1935, in Kansas, and had lived in Park Forest for six years. In addition to being a loving mother and wife she was a talented artist and taught art classes on occasion to the children of Talala grade school. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran church.

Survivors include her husband, Leslie R; her father, Clarence Johnson of Conover, Wisconsin; her mother, Mrs. Lillia Stenning of Joplin, Missouri; two daughters, Sherry Lynn and Sandra Lee; a son Walter Scott, and two sisters, Mrs Rita Fredricks of Steger and Mrs. Marilee young of Monee township.



Anna L Krueger

Age: 82 years, 8 months, 9 days


DOB: OCT. 13, 1884
DOD: JUNE 22, 1967



We do not have Anna Krueger’s obituary yet, but this is what we know so far:

Editors note:  Anna and her husband August moved into the home of Carl Vagt after the death of Mrs. Vagt in 1932 and lovingly took care of Mr. Vagt. .

Mr. Vagt per his obituary “Since the time of his wife death tried pitifully to carry on alone, both the burden of many years making itself felt, he happily accepted the gracious offer of Mr. and Mrs. August Krueger to move in with him and take care of him. This arrangement proved a veritable blessing to Mr. Vagt, a blessing which he deeply appreciated and which flooded his declining years with peace and quiet of a beautiful sunset. Being relieved of all cares and worries and surrounded by loving attention and care, he enjoyed life as never before and no doubt desired to have it continued.”


Henry Wegert DDS

Age: 87 years, 10 months, 10 days


DOB: MAY 30, 1879

DOD: APR. 9, 1967

Son of: Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Wegert and Karoline W H (Roehl) Wegert

Brother to: Mathilda, William (Emma Bernicke), Anna (Frank Poe), Fredrick (Anna Hamann) and Rudolph (Alvina Deneke) Wegert

Husband to: Lillian Bahlman – Married May 15, 1922

Fourth of July, 1900, Henry H. Wegert, first row, third person from left. Trombone player.





Two Young Beecher Boys Become Full-fledged Doctors

Both Have Locations and Will Begin Practice at Once

Dr Hack & Dr. Wegert 1911Two if Beecher’s young men have become full-fledged doctors, having received their “sheepskins” from the Bennett Medical College at Chicago at their graduation on last Monday. Ed, Hack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hack and Henry H. Wegert, brother of R.H. Wegert, our tonsorial artist, were the two who were honored. Both young men are well and favorable known, and their many friends will join us in wishing them success in their chosen professional vocation.Loyola School of Medicine 1911

Those from Beecher who attended the graduation exercises were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hack and son, Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hack, Herman Hack and family, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Thielman and children, Dr. and Mrs. D.D. Van Voorhis, Mrs. Henry Bielfeldt and son, Elmer, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Wegert, Albert Hack and Miss Marie Deneke.

Dr. Wegert has accepted an interne at the West Side Emergancy hospital at Chicago, and Dr. Hack and his college friend Dr. Methrow, who also graduated, Monday, have accepted a like call at the Rockford hospital.

All three young doctors are thrifty, ambitious and full of vim and no doubt will become popular and successful in their profession as physicians and surgeons.


Funeral services were held at the Hack Chapel, Beecher, for Dr. Henry Wegert, 3145 Belden Ave, Chicago, on Wednesday, April 12. Dr. Wegert passed away Sunday, April 9, at the Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, Chicago, following a lingering illness. Born May 5, 1879 in Defiance, Ohio, he was 87 years of age.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Bahlman Wegert.

Rev. John Melchert of Park Forest officiated at the services, and burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.



Henry W. Bahlman

Age: 64 years, 10 months, 25 days

“Henry William Bahlman”

DOB: December 1, 1899
Eagle Lake, Will County, IL, USA

DOD: October 26, 1964
Chicago Heights, Cook County, IL, USA

Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Son of Henry F. and Emma (NEE Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Brother to: Lillian B. (Henry H. Wegert), Lora B. (Arthur A. Hinze), Carolyn M. Bahlman, Donald W. (Martha Jo Mitchell), Ferne (William R. Hildeman)

Husband of Marguerite (NEE Toleson Greenfield) Bahlman
Married October 31, 1930
Adoptive Father to: Audrey Greenfield (Jack Amram)

Graduate of Bloom Township High School, Class of 1920

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Graduate of Chicago Dental College Chicago 1926



 Chicago Heights Star – October 27, 1964

Dr. Bahlman, City Dentist, Is Dead at 64

Henry W. Bahlman (right)

Henry W. Bahlman (right)

Henry W. Bahlman obit 10-26-1964

Funeral services for Dr. Henry W. Bahlman, 64 of 9 East 16th street, Chicago Heights, and Boca Raton, Florida will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Hirsch’s West End Funeral Establishment. The Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, will conduct the ceremony.

Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. The service will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Bahlman died Monday at St. James hospital. A 1926 graduate of Chicago (Loyola) Dental School, he practiced dentistry in Chicago Heights from 1927 to his retirement in 1963. He was born December 1, 1899, in Eagle Lake, IL and lived in the area his entire life.

Dr. Bahlman is survived by his wife, Marguerite; a daughter, Mrs. Audrey Amram of Crete, a sister, Mrs. Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights, and five grandchildren.

(Editor’s note) The newspaper obit has a few errors: Henry graduated Loyola (Chicago) Dental School 1926 (not 1936), and practiced dentistry in Chicago Heights from 1927 (not 1937). He was also 64 years old, not 63 years old

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

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

(Editors note: According to the 1923 edition of “The Bloom” Henry was listed as “Henry W. Bahlmann,” (double “nn”) a 1920 graduate of Bloom Township High School and a student of Chicago Dental College in 1923).


Elizabeth Peters

Age: 72 years, 28 days


DOB: FEB. 27, 1892
DOD: MAR. 26, 1964


Daughter of: Gerhard and Hermenia (NEE: Wilken) Eckhoff
Sister to: Gerhardt (Ida Unknown) Eckhoff

Wife to: Rudolph Peters
Mother of: Martin G, Edgar R and a third son that died in infancy


Final rites were held Sunday for Mrs. Etta Elizabeth Peters, 72, of 455 Exchange St., Crete. She died Thursday, March 26, at St. James Hospital, after a two week illness.

She was born February 27, 1892 in Sollitt. She had lived in the area for 20 years.

Surviving are two sons, Martin of Crete and Edgar of Peotone; a brother Gerhardt Eckhoff of Momence; and two grandsons.

The Rev. A.T. Kretzmann conducted the services at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.


Lora B Hinze

Age: 70 years, 5 months, 29 days


DOB: December 7, 1892

DOD: JUNE 5, 1963

Daughter of: Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Sister to: Lillian (Henry H. Wegert), Henry W. DDS (Marguerite Toleson), Carolyn M., Donald W. (Martha J. Mitchell) and Ferne (William R. Hildeman)

Wife to: Arthur A. Hinze – Married October 31, 1924

Mother of: Lowell A. (Julie Terry) Hinze

Grandmother to three grandsons; Mark W., Jeffery A., Daniel T. Hinze, but she only got to meet two of them.

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We do not have a full obituary, only a short obit from the Chicago Tribune for Lora yet, so we can’t tell you much more about her life, if you can help please let us know.





Miss Lora Bahlman of Beecher and Arthur A Hinze were quietly married, Friday evening October 31, 1924, at the home of Rev. J.G. Grace on West Fifteenth Street. They spent their honeymoon at Davenport, IA. Mrs. Hinze has been employed in the city clerk’s office for several years. The groom is chief clerk of the Zouri Drawn Metals company – Chicago Heights Star.

Mr. and Mrs. Hinze are both well known and highly respected Beecher people, the bride being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Bahlman and the groom is the son of Dora Hinze-Stade.


Lora B. Hinze, of Chicago Heights, beloved wife of the late Arthur: loving mother of Lowell of San Diego; fond sister of Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights and Dr, Henry Bahlman of Chicago Heights; grandmother of two. Resting at West End Funeral Home, 1340 Otto blvd., Chicago Heights after 4 p.m. Thursday. Services Friday, 1:30 p.m. Entombment Beecher cemetery

Lora’s family also resting in the mausoleum are:


Ida Heldt

Age: 79 years, 11 days

(nee: Ida Elizabeth Johanna Peters)

DOB: August 12, 1883
Mecklenberg, Germany

DOD: August 23, 1962
at Home, Beecher, IL USA


Daughter of: Martin Christian and Fridericka Johanna (Nee: Barmann) Peters

Sister to: Friedericka (August Piel), Rudolph (Elizabeth Eckhoff), Emma (Wilhelm Klemme), Helena (Carl Engelking) and William (Helen Wehling) Peters

Wife to: Fred E. Heldt – Married December 16, 1900 in Beecher

Mother of : Violet (Henry T. Meeter) Heldt

Can you see Violett sitting on her mothers lap in the buggy?


1909 Halloween postcardMr. and Mrs. S.R. Stites and Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt entertained about 50 of their married friends at a Halloween party. Saturday evening. The party gathered at the home of Mrs. H. Bielfeldt at 7:30 o’clock and from there preamble around in and effort to locate where the function proper would take plate. When they arrived at the Stites home they were directed through the dimly lighted rooms, following a narrow roped passage to the basement. Before reaching their destination, however, they heard weird and hideous noises that fairly made the cold chills creep up and down their spinal columns. The basement was in utter darkness, but a match was brought into play and jack-o-lanterns and lighted candles soon illumined the room, when it was found tables were set with plenty of good things to eat that would even tempt a ghost. Unique and appropriate decorations adorned the tables. Large jack-o-lanterns were placed in the center of the tables, while at each plate there were small candles with carrots as candlesticks. Alongside of each plate were also small turnips filled with assorted candies. Even the paper napkins were adorned with a pumpkin face and a witch, appropriate to the occasion. After satisfying the inner man – at which the writer must confess we overdone it – the happy throng were escorted to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt, where they found the rooms tastily decorated with corn stalks and autumn leaves. 1909 Halloween Good WitchHere games, vocal and instrumental music, dancing and general merriment prevailed and each guest seemed to enjoy and equal share of the fun. At midnight the good witch made her visit with a kettle of sparkling grape juice just to put on the finishing touch, and shortly afterward the party dispersed, regretting that it had “got late late so early”. The ladies, Mesdames Stites and Heldt, are charming entertainers and are deserving of much praise for their party on Saturday evening, which was so successfully carried out.
Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Lake of Chicago were the only out-of-town guest.




Colonial Room Chicago 1950Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heldt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Dec. 16th, They received many cards, flowers and lovely gifts. The couple were the guest of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meeter and children, Patricia and Dudley, at a dinner in the Colonial Room in Chicago. A quartette of costumed carolers rendered several Christmas songs at their table. As the desert was served, a cake with lighted candles was placed before the honored couple while the organist played “I Love You Truly”, “The Anniversary Song” and “Because”.

August 30, 1962 – BEECHER HERALD

Final Rites Monday for Mrs. Fred Heldt

Final Rites Ida HeldtFuneral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Hack Chapel in Beecher for Mrs. Fred Heldt, 79, of 705 Woodward street, Beecher, who died Thursday at her home following a lingering illness.

Born in 1883 in Germany, Mrs. Heldt came to the United States as a child.

Mrs. Heldt is survived by her husband, Fred a daughter Mrs. Henry Meeter of Beecher; two sisters, Mrs. Helena Engelking of Beecher and Mrs. Emma Klemme of Steger; a brother, William Peters of Steger; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

Services were conducted by Rev. Glenn Schwerdt with burial in the Beecher Mausoleum.

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

Husband: Fred E. Heldt
Mother & Father: Martin Peters & Fridericka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: Rudolph Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: William Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters
Father & Mother-in-law: Ernest Heldt & Lisette (Stadt) Heldt
Cousin of husband: Henry Heldt Sr.

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






Donald W. Bahlman

Age: 55 years, 8 months, 27 days


DOB: March 24, 1906
Beecher, Will County, IL,  USA

DOD: December 21, 1961
Virginia Beach, VA,  USA


Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Son of: Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Husband to: Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman, married 1945

Father to:
Carol L. Bahlman (John Evans), Donna R. Bahlman (Dr. Joseph Killen), Donald W. Bahlman, Jr.

UOI-Urbana Theta XI - Donald WGraduated from the  University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. A member of THETA XI Fraternity.

Worked as a Junior Accountant at a Chevrolet assembly plant in St. Louis, Mo after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1930.

Automobile salesman of Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs while waiting to be commissioned in the Navy at the start of WWII.



Served in World War II as Inspector at the U.S. Norfolk Naval Ship Yard – Retired Lieutenant Commander



DECEMBER 22, 1961


VIRGINIA BEACH – Donald William Bahlman, 55, husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman of 200 75th Street, died in a Virginia Beach hospital Thursday at 11:50 a.m. after a long illness. A Native of Beecher, ILL, he was a son of the late Henry F. Bahlman and Mrs. Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman. He lived in Virginia Beach seven years. He was a sales engineer with American District Telegraph Corp.

Besides his widow, surviving are two daughters, Miss Carol Lynne Bahlman and Miss Donna Reid Bahlman of Virginia Beach: two sisters, Mrs. Lora Hinze and Mrs. Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights; and a brother, Dr. H.W. Bahlman of Chicago Heights.

The body was sent from Maestas Funeral Home to Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where a private funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Editor’s note: Mr. and Mrs. Bahlman were expecting their third child. Donald W. Bahlman Jr. was born four months after his father’s death)

Donald’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Father: Henry F. Bahlman
Mother: Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian Bahlman & (Henry H. Wegert)
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora Bahlman & (Arthur A. Hinze)
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman & (Marguerite Toleson Bahlman)
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne Bahlman & (William R. Hildeman)
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: John H.Bahlmann & (Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann)
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & (Minnie M. Schweer Bahlman)
Cousins: Dorothy B. Bahlman Saller & (Herbert C. Saller)
Cousins: Charlene M. Saller Graham & (Arthur Graham)
Cousin: Baby Son Saller
Cousin: Nancy Graham Fenske

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