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.


(NEE: Blievernicht)

DOB: Feb. 6, 1876

DOD: March 11,1969

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) Blievenicht

Wife of Henry H Bohl Jr.-  Married Feb. 9, 1898



Funeral 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.

Heinrich Bohl Sr. Sophia’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.



DOB: JAN. 21, 1935
DOD: NOV. 5, 1968


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.




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.”



DOB: MAY 30, 1879 OHIO
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.




Henry was a 1912 graduate of Loyola University Medical School.



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 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 (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 (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) & 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).



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.



DOB: DEC. 7, 1892
DOD: JUNE 5, 1963


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

Sister to: Lillian (Henry H Wegert), Henry W. (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, but she only got to meet two of them.

We do not have a full obituary for Lora yet, so we can’t tell you much more than what we found in her wedding announcement.

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 Stade.


(Nee: Ida Elizabeth Johanna Peters)

DOB: Aug 12, 1883
Mecklenberg, Germany
DOD: Aug. 23, 1962

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

Funeral services were held Monday at 2pm 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.



DOB: March 24, 1906
Beecher, 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. & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne (Bahlman) & William R. Hildeman
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: John H. & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. & Minnie M. (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousins: Dorothy B. (Bahlman) & Herbert C. Saller
Cousins: Charlene M. (Saller) & 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”)