DIETRICH WIECHEN

DIETRICH WIECHEN

Age: 82 years, 3 months, 24 days

DIETRICH WIECHEN

DOB: March 25, 1868
on a farm in Will Township, near Peotone, IL USA

DOD: July 19, 1950
at home, Gould St. Beecher, IL USA

Son of Henry Wiechen Sr. and Sophie (nee Englelke) Wiechen

Brother to: William (Anna Schroeder), Henry (Christine Koenning), Ernest (Margareta Schwartz), Fredrick (Emma Koenning), Carl Charles, August (Dorothea Boicken), Albert and Louise (Henry Boicken) Wiechen

Husband of Louise (nee Klusmeyer) Wiechen, married September 2, 1894 in a Lutheran church, Sollitt, IL USA
Father to: Harry F. (Irene L. Fischer), Esther H. (Rudolph W. Braun) Wiechen


July 20, 1950 – Beecher Herald

DIETRICH WIECHEN DIED, WEDNESDAY A.M.

Diedrich Wiechen ObitDietrich (Dick) Wiechen, 82 years of age, passed away, early Wednesday morning, at his home on Gould Street. Mr. Wiechen suffered a stroke, Sunday, from which he never rallied. He had been a resident of Beecher for forty-six years.

Funeral services will be held, Friday at 2:00 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Chapel. Rev. G. Horst will officiate. Burial will be in the Mausoleum.

Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Esther Braun; four grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Fred Boicken.

OBITUARY – DIETRICH WIECHEN

Dietrich Wiechen obit 1The departed, Dietrich Wiechen, son of Henry and Sophia nee Engelke Wiechen, both deceased, was born on a farm in Will Township near Peotone, March 25, 1868. Baptized in early infancy, he was later, following a course of religious instruction, confirmed with others in Zion Lutheran Church near Sollitt, April 2, 1882, by the last Rev. A Wangerin. He was united in holy wedlock with Louise Klusmeyer, Sept. 2, 1894, the Rev. A. Wangerin performing the ceremony. This happy union was blessed with two children, Harry and Esther, of whom Harry, preceded the father in death, April 29, 1933, leaving only Esther, Mrs. Rudolph Braun, to deeply mourn the passing of a kind, loving father. Immediately after marriage, the young couple engaged in or continued farming until 1914, at which time they moved into their beautiful home on north Gould Street in Beecher. Still in the best of health and ever active, he became a member of the Wilke Lumber and Coal firm. Retiring from this and yet feeling the urge for work, he for some years took over the janitor-ship of the public school. School House 1907

Ten years ago, however, he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never completely recovered to gain his former health. More or less bound to his home, but always up and around again and frequent attacks of minor ills, he, on Sunday, July 16, at 4:45 p.m. suffered a severe heart attack from which he showed no signs of recovery although everything known to medical science and loving care was done.  His peaceful end came, Wednesday, July 19, at 4:45 a.m. at the ripe age of 82 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Dietrich Wiechen obit 2He leaves to mourn his passing his only daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Braun; one daughter-in-law, Irene, Mrs. Harry Wiechen; four grandchildren, Richard and Joyce Wiechen, and Marilyn and Harry Braun; one sister, Louise, Mrs. Fred Boicken; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Wiechen; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted, Friday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hack Funeral Home where Rev. G. Horst spoke comforting words to a large gathering of relatives and friends.  A quartet of Mrs. Vernon Huenerberg, Mrs. Hilda Boysen, Mrs. Mary Ostermeyer and Miss Carolyn Kappe, sang four appropriate songs, accompanied by Mrs. Marge Hunte. Beautiful floral pieces attested to the esteem in which Mr. Wiechen was held by all who knew him. He was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The departed, ever a kind, loving husband and father, lived a clean, upright Christian life in all sincerity and truth the present ways of life never influencing him to the extent of doubting or wavering in his Christian faith and hope. The Bible was and remained to him the spoken word of God, the revelation of God as his heavenly Father through faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thus we may trust and hope that he is now realizing the certain blessed truth of his confirmation verse — Romans 8. v18: “For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”


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

Wife: Louise (Klusmeyer) Wiechen
Niece: Dena (Wiechen) Monk

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, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Westphal, Wilkening.

CARL HUNTE

CARL HUNTE

Age: 59 years, 7 months, 18 days

CARL F.W. HUNTE

DOB: August 2, 1890
on a farm near Beecher, IL USA

DOD: March 20, 1950
Thorn Creek Forest Preserve, Thornton, IL USA

Son of Henry and Minnie (Rust) Hunte

Brother to: Herman (Malinda Fiene), Albert L. (Vera Matthias) Hunte


 

June 27, 1918  – Beecher Herald – MORE BOYS TO GET KAISER

Eight Farmer Boys From Washington Township Are Called

Will Entrain Today From Joliet For Camp Wheeler, Georgia

6-27-1918 More Boys to Get KaiserEight more Washington Township boys have been called to the colors and went over to Joliet, yesterday, to make up a unit of 518 Will County men from class one, which will join Uncle Sam’s great army in the fight for a worldwide democracy. They are: Albert Hartman, Wm. Matthias, George Ostermeyer, Elmer Tatge, Albert Guritz, Louis Beseke, William Riechers and Louis Matthias.

Camp Wheeler MaconThis morning, the selected men, headed by a couple of bands, paraded the streets of Joliet, and at 10 o’clock they boarded a Chicago & Alton special for Camp Wheeler, Macon, Ga., their destination. It is expected the contingent will reach the cantonment at about 4 o’clock on Saturday morning.

Herman Hunte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hunte, was called in the Kankakee County call, last week, and left, Monday, with the Grant Park contingent for Kankakee, where they entrained with boys from the company for some southern cantonment, the place we were unable to learn. The Red Cross and citizens of Grant Park gave the boys a grand send off and farewell reception, Saturday evening, at which the Red Cross presented each of the boys with a sweater and complete kit. Herman is the third and last son in this family to be called, Albert and Carl having gone south a couple of weeks ago.


March 23, 1950  – Beecher Herald – RITES FOR C. HUNTE AT FUN. HOME TODAY

Carl Hunte RItesFuneral services for Carl Hunte will be conducted by Rev. G. Horst at the Hack Funeral Home, Thursday (today), at 2:00 p.m.
The deceased, a native of Beecher, who had been engaged in the carpenter trade her for many years, was found dead at Thornton. An inquest, time of death at about 10:30 a.m., Monday.
He had been staying at the home of his brother, Herman, at Thornton since becoming ill, March 12th. He attained the age of 59 years.
Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hunte of Thornton; and other relatives. He is mourned by the entire community.

OBITUARY

Carl Fred William Hunte

Carl Hunte obitThe departed, Carl Fred William Hunte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hunte, both deceased, was born Aug. 2, 1890. The child of Christian parents, he was soon after birth received into the family of God, through Baptism. April 16, 1905, following a course of religious instruction in the fundamentals of our Christian religion, he was confirmed with five others in St. Luke’s Ev. and Reformed Church by the late Rev. D. Bierbaum. Soon after confirmation, he became clerk in his uncle’s store on the Dixie Highway. Having learned carpentry under his father, he, after the latter’s retirement from active work, carried on his chosen work, first with his brother Albert, and later, on his own. Not only did he become well known in this way but also well liked by all who came in contact with him because of his conscientious work.

 

During the First World War, he laid aside his peaceful occupation and entered the service, May 23, 1918. He was granted an honorable discharge on August 29,1919, at Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, Texas.Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, TX

Afterwards he carried on his chosen work in and around Beecher with much success. In the last year or two, his work became more or less a burden because of failing health. He carried on, however, until a week ago when he, together with his brother, Herman, felt he needed a rest which he sought in the latter’s home at Thornton. Here, always heartily welcome and fully and happily at home, he seemingly responded to the loving care and attention accorded him up to his tragic death, Monday, March 20, at the age of 59 years, 5 months and 18 days.

Funeral services were conducted, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Hack Funeral Chapel where a large gathering of friends had arrived to pay their last respects. A quartet of Mrs. George Ostermeyer and daughter, Mrs. Edward Lane, Mrs. Hilda Boyens and Mrs. Leona Henerberg, capably accompanied by Miss Joan Kurth, rendered three appropriate songs. Rev. G Horst, conducting the service spoke comfortingly on First Corinthians; 12,13. Beautiful floral pieces, presented by friends, spoke of the esteem in which he was held by those who knew Carl at his best. Interment was made in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The departed, well known and well liked in this, his hometown, always proved himself fair, upright and honest in all his dealings among his many friends. For years, following the death of his father, he gave loving care and attention to his mother. We, as friends will always remember Carl at his true self and best, and trust in the love and mercy of God that all is well with his soul. To the only brother and sister-in-law, and other near and distant relatives we extend heartfelt sympathy and pray that God may sustain, uphold and comfort them in the coming days and years.


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

Father & Mother: Henry Hunte & Minnie (Rust) Hunte
Brother: Albert L. Hunte
Uncle & Aunt: Henry F. Rust & Emma (Meyer) Rust
In-laws of Uncle (Emma Meyer Rust’s parents) Diedrich Meyer & Wilhelmina (Bock) Meyer
In-laws of brother Herman; Malinda (Fiene) Hunte’s parents: Heinrich Fiene & Emma (Ristenpart) Fiene
Aunt & Uncle of brother Herman’s wife, Malinda (Fiene) Hunte: Fredricke (Ristenpart) Kappe & George Kappe

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, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Rohe, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

 

CAROLINE L. STRUVE

Caroline L Struve

Age: 76 years, 2 months, 6 days

CAROLINE L. STRUVE
(nee KAPPMEYER)

DOB: January 1, 1874
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: March 7, 1950
Miami Beach, FL USA

(Editor’s note: Caroline’s headstone has been stained by the leaking roof. We are in the process of cleaning the marble)

Daughter of Heinrich and Marie (nee Bergmann) Kappmeyer

Sister to: Henry W. (Lena Rippe), Mary (August H. Lossmann), Minnie L. (John H. Williamson), Caroline L. and Emma L. (Rudolph Hack) Kappmeyer

Wife of Arthur Struve, married May 10, 1895, Beecher, IL USA

Mother to: Rosamond (William J. Orr) Struve

Grandmother to: Margaret “Peggy” Orr


Carrie Kappmeyer’s Autograph Books 1884 – 1886

Beecher Public Schools

Autograph Books 1884 - 1888

Autograph Books 1884 – 1888

These books have been donated to the Beecher Historical Society and are available at the Train Depot.

If you can read German, we would like to have some of the inscriptions translated.

Below are a few of the notes Carrie’s friends wrote in her autograph school books:

“Dear Carrie: When you are sitting all alone and thinking of the past; Remember that you have a friend that will forever last. Your Schoolmate, Mary Wendling, 1887 Friends”

“Carrie Jan. 17, 1888 When these pages you are turning and chase these lines to see I this token of my friendship leave for you to think of me. Your Friend, Emma Heldt”

“Dear Carrie! Play not with my heart, let all my joy depart. Your Friend, Freddie Heldt , Beecher; March 24, 1886”

“Friend Carrie: May the wings of your happiness never lose a feather. Sincerely, Tillie Boltman, Beecher Feb. 8th, 1886”

“To Carrie: At some time or another the Lord will Provide, it may not be thy time, it may not be my time and yet in his own time the Lord will provide. Your Friend: Alvine Boecker”

“Dear Friend Carrie: In after years when this you see; I wonder what your name will be. Your Friend: Sophia Guritz 1885”

“To Carrie: Remember well and bear in mind; A faithful friend is hard to find; And if you find one just and true; Change not the old for the new. Emma Fick Aug. 2nd 1885”

“Dear Carrie: May you be happy each day of your life. Get a god husband and make a good wife. Your friend: Augusta R. Wehling , Remember me, March 4th 1886”

“Dear Carrie: Please have in mind the prettiest boy is hard to find! If you find one bright and gay. Hang on to his coat tails night and day. Your friend: Emma Heldt, March 24th 1886”

“Dear Carrie, Take my heart, Lord for I cannot give it to thee. Keep it for I cannot keep it for thee. Your friend: Christ Akermann, Beecher Feb. 22nd 1887”

“Dear Carrie: Jan. 30, 1888 Faith in Jesus Christ will give sweetest pleasures while you live; Faith in Jesus must supply solid comfort when we die. Your schoolmate: Minnie Ristenpart, Beecher, IL”

“Carrie, May he who clothes the lilies and makes the sparrow fall. Protect and save you Carrie and guide you safe through it all. Your friend: H.C. Hunte Beecher IL Feb. 1, 1887”

“Carrie: In the storms of life, When you need an umbrella. May you have to uphold it a handsome young fellow. Your Friend: M.E. Dodge, Crete, Feb. 23rd 1885”

(I like this one the best)  “To Carrie: Make a life happy, Give at your ease, Get a good husband and do as you please. Florence Smith, Crete March 5th 1887”


 March 9, 1950 – Miami Daily News

Mrs. Caroline Struve

Caroline Struve - Miami Daily NewsMrs. Caroline L. Struve, 76, of 8119 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, died Tuesday. Mrs. Struve had been here two months and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rosamond Orr, Miami Beach. The body will be sent to Chicago Heights, Ill., by Lithgow 54th St., center.

 


March 10, 1950 – Chicago Heights Star

Funeral Services for Mrs. Arthur Struve Tomorrow

Caroline Struve obit - The StarFuneral services for Mrs. Arthur Struve will be held at two p.m. tomorrow at the chapel at 1340 Otto Boulevard. The widow of Arthur Struve, well known Chicago Heights real estate man, Mrs. Struve died Tuesday night at Miami Beach, Fla., after an illness of ten days. She was 76 years old.

The Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate at the rites, and entombment will be at the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mrs. Struve had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. William J. Orr, 223 Country Club Road, since the death of Mr. Struve on July 27, 1932.

She was born January 1, 1874, in Beecher and was married to Mr. Struve in the village on May 10, 1895. She was a member of the Chicago Heights Woman’s Club and of organizations affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Struve is survived by one granddaughter, Miss Margaret Orr.


March 16, 1950 – Beecher Herald

MRS. ARTHUR STRUVE BURIED IN MAUSOLEUM, SATURDAY

Caroline Struve obit - Beecher HeraldFuneral services were held for Mrs. Arthur Struve of Chicago Heights at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the chapel at 1340 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights. Entombment was made at the local Mausoleum. Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the Chicago Heights First Presbyterian Church officiated.

The widow of Arthur Struve, former Beecher banker and Chicago Heights real estate man, died, last Tuesday night, at Miami Beach, Florida after an illness of ten days. She attained the age of 76 years.

Mrs. Struve was born January 1, 1874 in Beecher. She was united in marriage with Arthur Struve, May 10, 1895. She was active in social affairs for many years while residing in Beecher and after moving to Chicago Heights, she became a member of the Chicago Heights Woman’s Club and organizations of the First Presbyterian Church there. She had resided, since the death of her husband, July 27, 1932, in the household of her daughter, Mrs. William J. Orr, at Chicago Heights.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by one granddaughter, Margaret Orr.


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

Husband: Arthur Struve
Mother-in-law: Rosamunda Struve
Cousin: Caroline “Lena” F. (Kappmeyer) Horn
2nd Cousin: Clara E. (Horn) Hager
2nd Cousin: Walter L. Horn
2nd Cousin: Reinhold W. Horn
2nd Cousin: Arthur H. Horn

 

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, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.

 

ELIZABETH KILBORN

ELIZABETH KILBORN

Age: 68 years, 10 months, 7 days

ELIZABETH “LIZZIE” KILBORN

DOB: May 12, 1880
Germany

DOD: March 19, 1949
Hammond, IN USA

Parentage unknown

 

Wife of Albert F. Kilborn, married June 3, 1906, Lake County, IN USA
Mother to: Charles A. (Mildred L. Thielman), and Marguerite (Carl Schau) Kilborn

Help Please

 

Can you help identify Elizabeth’s
birth family?

 


 

March 21, 1949  – Hammond Times

ELIZABETH KILBORN

Elizabeth Kilborn obitFuneral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Kilborn, age 69, of 6723 Delaware, Hammond, Ind. will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Neidow Chapel, 117 Rimbach. Rev. George Krupp will officiate. Interment will be at the Beecher Mausoleum, Beecher Illinois.

Surviving are a son, Charles and one daughter  Mrs. Marguerite Schau of Hammond, and three grandchildren.

Kilborn Family before 1919

Elizabeth, standing, second from the right.

Albert, standing, center

Charles, standing, second from the left

 


(Editor’s note: Albert & Elizabeth Kilborn’s remains were moved to the Beecher Mausoleum after the mausoleum where they were originally interred, located in Indiana, was so badly vandalized it was ordered demolished by the city. I believe it was in Crown Point, IN.)


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

Husband: Albert F. Kilborn
Brother & Sister-in-law of son (Charles): Walter L. Thielman & Paula M.(Kuhlman) Thielman
Father & Mother-in-law of son (Charles): Henry F. Thielman & Minnie K. (Bielfeldt) Thielman
Nephew: Loren W. Thielman
Nephew’s Wife: Dollie J. (Johnson) 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, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

 

LOUIS FICK

Louis Fick

Age: 87 years, 1 month, 3 days

LOUIS FICK

DOB: June 4, 1861
Mecklenburgh, Germany

DOD: July 7, 1948
Hazelcrest, IL, USA

Son of Joachim and Mary (nee Knoll) Fick

Brother to: Mrs. Roy Motz

Husband of Mary Heldt Fick, married October 25, 1888

Father to: Amanda (Ben Johnson), Emma (John L. Lange), and an infant son who died shortly after birth.


OBITUARY 

Beecher Herald – July 15, 1948

Louis Fick

Louis Fick Obit, Page 1The departed, Louis Fick, son of Johann Fick and his wife, Mary nee Knoll, long deceased, was born, June 4, 1861 in Mecklenburgh, Germany.  He was soon after birth received into the fellowship of the Christian church through the holy rites of baptism.  When he was four years old, his parents immigrated to this country and settled on a farm, 3 1/2 miles southeast of Beecher.  Soon afterwards, they became members of St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, east of Beecher, where the deceased, following a course of religious instruction, was confirmed, April 9, 1876, by the late Rev. Keuchen as one of a class of twenty-three.  On Oct. 25, 1888, he was united in holy wedlock with Miss Maria Heldt, the ceremony taking place in St. John’s Church with the late Rev. G. Koch officiating.  This happy union was blessed with three children, of whom one, a boy, died shortly after birth.  The surviving children, who deeply mourn the passing of a kind, loving father, are Emma, Mrs. John Lange, Beecher; and Amanda, Mrs. Ben Johnson, also of Beecher.  Immediately after their marriage, the young couple took up farming on the County Line on a farm known as the Fick homestead.  While living here, they were faithful and loyal members of St. John’s Church.  After 27 years of successful farming, they acquired and made their home on the southeast edge of Beecher adjoining the Dixie Highway.  Here they were privileged to enjoy many carefree and happy years until Jan. 28, 1937, when the loving wife and mother was called into the better life.  Deeply grieved, the departed carried on in Christian faith and fortitude, always enjoying the best of health and loving care of his daughter, Amanda.

About a month ago, advanced age complications began to undermine his health.  In order that the best of medical skill might be given him, his doctor, a little better than two weeks ago, suggested that he be taken to the Hazelcrest Hospital.  However, it soon became apparent that there could and would be no recovery.  And thus, Wed., July 7, around noon, his life came to a peaceful end at the ripe age of 87 years, 1 month and 3 days.

Louis Fick Obit, Page 2He leaves to mourn his passing the two daughters already mentioned; two sons-in-law; a grandchild, Leonard Lange; two brothers-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at Hack’s Funeral Home, Saturday, July 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and continued at St. Luke’s Church where Rev. G. Horst spoke fittingly to a fine gathering of relatives and friends.  The following, under the direction of Mrs. Rose Hunte, rendered three appropriate songs: Mrs. Leona Henerberg, Mrs. Violett Meeter and Mrs. Ester Braun.  Beautiful floral pieces eloquently spoke of the esteem in which the aged pilgrim was held.  He was placed to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The deceased, as husband and father, gave his best to his family and home.  As a Christian, former member of St. John’s and later member of St. Luke’s Church, Beecher, he ever proved his sincerity, loyalty and interest, not only in almost regularly attending services, but also in contributing liberally towards the church and its larger kingdom work.  As a friend and neighbor, he was ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

Because of his morally clean, fine Christian life, he was honored and respected throughout his long life by all who knew him.  By way of farewell, we quote Isaiah 12, verse 2, 3: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for Jehovah, even Jehovah, is my strength and song and He is become my salvation.” – Contributed.


LOUIS FICK ESTATE VALUED AT $18,000

Louis Fick Estate Valued at $18,000Admitted to probate in probate court yesterday was the will of the late Louis Fick which disposed of an estate at $18,000.

As directed in the will, Probate Judge Fred R. Adams names a daughter, Mrs. Amanda Johnson, of Beecher, the executrix. The will was dated Feb. 17, 1937.

To a grandson, Leonard Lange, of Beecher, he left $500 and directed that another daughter, Mrs. Emma Lange, also of Beecher, be given 40 acres of land with a life interest in a 10-acre plot and farm home going to Mrs. Johnson. With her death, the property is to go to Mrs. Lange, the will provides. She in turn is to pay $1000 to Benjamin M. Johnson, also of Beecher, a grandson.

The residue of the estate is to be divided between the two daughters.

Mr. Fick died July 7 leaving $6,000 in personal property and real estate valued at $12,000 – Joliet Herald News, Oct. 10, 1948


Beecher Cemetery and Mausoleum Assoc.

Formed and registered with the State of Illinois March 21, 1914

 

 

Editor’s note: Louis was also one of the elected officers on the Mausoleum Board after its construction in 1914.

Click on the photo to see the list of elected officers.

 

 

 


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

Wife: Mary (Heldt) Fick
Uncle & Aunt of wife: Ernst Heldt & Lisette Friedericke Heldt
Brother-in-law: Henry Heldt Sr.
Cousins of wife: Fred E. Heldt & Ida (Peters) Heldt
Father & mother-in-law of cousin (Ida Peters Heldt) Martin Peters & Fridaricka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of cousin (Ida Peters Heldt) Rudolph Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of cousin (Ida Peters Heldt) William F. Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters

HELEN PETERS

Helen Peters

Age: 48 years, 1 month

HELEN PETERS
(nee WEHLING)

DOB: May 21, 1900
Sollitt, IL USA

DOD: June 21, 1948
at home, Steger, IL USA

Daughter of Henry W. and Emma (nee Piepenbrink) Wehling

Sister to: Arthur H. (Amanda Rust), twin-sister Amelia (Henry H. Rust), and Harry G. (Sylvia Wehrman) Wehling

Wife of William F. Peters, married November 29, 1919.
Mother to:  Ruben (Mona D. Owens), Verna (Erwin H. Eckhoff), Eleanore (Joseph A. Palanca), Norman W. (Donna Franke) Monroe H. and William Jr. Peters


June 25, 1948 – Chicago Heights Star

HOLD FINAL RITES FOR MRS. WILLIAM PETERS IN STEGER

Helen Peters obit 1Mrs. William Peters, 48, died at her home on 17 West 32nd Street Monday evening after suffering a stroke while attending the Immanuel Lutheran Sunday School outing in Gardner’s Grove in Crete Sunday.

This afternoon at 1:30 o’clock services will be held in the Hack Funeral Parlor in Beecher and at 2:15 o’clock in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Steger, with the Rev. William Mehringer officiating. Interment will be in the mausoleum at Beecher.

Mrs. Peters was born in Sollitt, Illinois on May 21, 1900. Before her marriage to Mr. Peters on November 29, 1919, she was Miss Helen Wehling.

Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Verna Eckhoff and Mrs. Eleanore Palanca, and three sons, Rubin, Norman and William Jr., two brothers, Arthur Wehling of Sollitt and Harry Wehling of Chicago Heights, and a twin sister Mrs. Amelia Rust of South Chicago Heights. There are four grandchildren.


June 24, 1948 – Beecher Herald

STEGER RESIDENT TO BE BURIED HERE, FRIDAY

Helen Peters obitMrs. William Peters, 48, sister-in-law of Mrs. Fred Heldt, who resided at 17 W. 32nd St., Steger, passed away in her home, Monday, at 11:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Wm. G. Mehringer, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, Friday, at 1:30 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Home and at 2:15 o’clock at the Steger church. Interment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Surviving are her husband; three sons, Rueben, Norman and William, of Steger, two daughters, Mrs. Verna Eckhoff of Beecher and Mrs. Eleanore Palanca of Steger; four grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Wehling of Sollitt and Harry Wehling of Chicago Heights; and a sister, Mrs. H. Rust of Chicago Heights.


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

Husband: William F. Peters
Father & Mother-in-law: Martin C. Peters & Friedaricka J (Barmann) Peters
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ida E. (Peters) Heldt & Fred E. Heldt
Brother & Sister-in-law: Rudolph F. Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Father & Mother-in-law of Sister-in-law (Ida Heldt) Ernest A. Heldt & Lisette F. (Stadt) Heldt
Father & Mother-in-law of brother (Arthur Wehling) Henry F. Rust & Emma (Meyer) Rust
Grandfather & Grandmother of brother’s wife; Arthur & Amanda (Rust) Wehling: Diedrich Meyer & Wilhelmina (Bock) Meyer

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, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa,  Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

 

MINNA KAPPE

MINNA KAPPE

Age: 70 years, 11 months, 13 days

FREDRICKE MINNA KAPPE
(nee RISTENPART)

DOB: March 19, 1877
Two miles south of Beecher, IL USA

DOD: March 3, 1948
Hazelcrest Hospital, Hazelcrest, IL USA

Daughter of Friedrich and Louise (nee Ortung) Ristenpart
Sister to: William (Hermine Danne), Emma (Heinrich Fiene), Fred (Carrie Paulsen), Bertha and Louise Ristenpart

Wife of George Kappe, married March 15, 1899
Mother of Regina (Dr. Henry C. Krueger), Harriet E. (Russell A. Piper), and Erna Kappe


July 31, 1930  – Beecher Herald

KAPPE FARM SCENE OF DISASTEROUS FIRE

George Kappe - Fire 7-1930Early Saturday morning, the Beecher Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call from the farm home of George Kappe, just south of town, when the large barn, tool shed and corn crib were ablaze. The fire had gained such headway before it was discovered, that none of the three buildings could be saved, so efforts were turned towards protecting those remaining. How the fire originated remains unknown, although it is thought that it was caused by spontaneous combustion in the hay, due to the excessive heat the preceding days.

The Kappe family were not aware of the fire until aroused by two men who were driving past in a truck. Noticing that there was no one about the blaze, they turned in the alarm.

The Kappe entails a heavy loss besides the buildings destroyed. About 30 tons of hay, 800 bushels of corn, 2 horses and some farm machinery were also burned. A tractor and an automobile were saved. We understand the loss is partially covered by insurance.


March 11, 1948  – Beecher Herald

OBITUARY

Mrs. George (Minnie) Kappe

Minnie Kappe obit 1The departed, Mrs. Minnie Kappe, nee Ristenpart, daughter of Fred Ristenpart and his wife, Louise Ortung, both deceased, was born, March 19, 1877, two miles south of Beecher. The child of Christian parents, she was soon after birth, received into the family of the children of God through baptism. Later in life, following a course of religious instruction, she was confirmed with others, March 30, 1890, in St. John’s Evan. & Reformed Church by the late Rev. G. Koch. On March 15, 1899, she was, in the same church and by the same pastor, united in holy wedlock with Mr. George Kappe, which happy union was blessed with four children, of whom, one, Erna, six days after birth, preceded the parents in death. The surviving children, who now deeply mourn the passing of a fine loving mother are: Regina, (Mrs. Henry Krueger), Clear Lake, Iowa; Henry, Beecher; Harriet, (Mrs. Russell Piper), Beecher.

Minnie Kappe obit 2Immediately after marriage, the young couple engaged in farming on the present home site where their combined labors were signally blessed throughout the years, granting them a care-free life. When on Feb. 27, 1941, the loving husband and father was called to his eternal rest, the departed remained on the homestead, happy in the loving care and attention given her on the part of her loved ones, and especially cheered and comforted by a late visit of her daughter, Regina. She nevertheless longed for and prayed to be taken to her eternal home.  This desire was deepened after partaking of the Lord’s Supper and consenting to be taken to the Hazel Crest Hospital, upon suggestion of her doctor, where as she had long desired, she peacefully fell asleep, Wed., March 3, at 7:55 p.m. at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 14 days.

She leaves to mourn, her children already mentioned, 6 grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted, Sat. March 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Hack Funeral Home and continued at St. Luke’s Church where her pastor Rev. G. Horst, spoke consolingly to a large concourse of relatives and friends. A choir composed of Mrs. George Ostermeyer and daughter, Delphene, Mrs. Henry Meeter, Mrs. Vern Henerberg and Mrs. William Selk, rendered three appropriate songs, accompanied by Mrs. Rose Hunte. Many beautiful floral pieces gave eloquent evidence of the very high esteem in which she was held by those who knew her. She was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The departed, always doing what she could as wife and mother, for which double role she was especially gifted with a beautiful love, sympathetic understanding and rare patience, was deeply rooted in the Word of God, which nourished and strengthened her faith and hope. As an active, loyal member of St. Luke’s Church and the Women’s Guild, she never failed in willingly and liberally upholding both as also the larger kingdom work in its various branches. Thus living a full, rich, Christian life here on earth, ever drawn by the loving kindness of her heavenly Father (Jeremiah 31:3) we may well bid her farewell in the comfort and hope that the everlasting love of her heavenly Father and the glory of her Savior eternally enfold her.


Minnie’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: George Kappe
Husband’s Grandfather: Charles W. Beseke
Brother & Sister-in-law: William Ristenpart & Hermine (Danne) Ristenpart
Sister & Brother-in-law: Emma (Ristenpart) Fiene & Henry Fiene
Husband’s Uncle & Aunt: Charles Beseke & Margreta (Tobeck) Beseke
Husband’s Uncle: Conrad E. Beseke
Husband’s Aunt & Uncle: Caroline (Beseke) Kirchhoff & Louis Kirchhoff
Husband’s Cousin: Harry W. Kirchhoff
Husbands Cousins: Frieda (Beseke) Riley McCarthy & John J. Riley

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, 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, Westphal, Wilkening,

 

HENRY F. THIELMAN

Henry F. Thielman

Age: 83 years, 5 months, 16 days

HENRY F. THIELMAN

DOB: May, 4, 1864
Mount Vernon, IN USA

DOD: October 20, 1947
Largent Convalescent Home, Midlothian, IL USA

 

Son of Heinrich F. and Johanna (nee Thiels) Thielman

Brother to: Annie Sophia (August Bieker), Christian F. (Wilhelmina Menikheim), Magdalena “Lena” H. (Georg Weil), Johannas “John” (Sophia C. Menikheim),Dorothea Caroline (Thomas Welborn),  William Jennings (Carrie C. Uebelhack), and Louis Henry (Mamie Elizabeth Dansman) Thielman

Husband of Lucy Grage, married in 1890, Iowa
Father of: Harry F. Thielman, born Oct. 14, 1894 in Manning, Iowa USA
It is assumed Henry’s first wife died in childbirth. Harry was raised by his grandparents, Ferdinand & Maria H. (Evers) Grage until Henry F. re-married in 1901. Harry visited them frequently in Iowa.

Husband of Minnie K. Bielfeldt, married September 26, 1901, Beecher, IL USA
Father to: Mildred Lillian (Charles A. Kilborn), Walter Louis (Paula Marguerite Kuhlmann) and Henry Biefeldt (Joyce Moncrief) Thielman

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Minnie, Henry F, Harry, Mildred & Walter Thielman.  The house- keepers’ names are unknown. Can you help identify them?

 


THINGS I HAVE SEEN

BY: HENRY F. THIELMAN

Things I Have Seen, written by Henry as an old man, sitting in his apartment in Chicago Heights. I believe he wrote it on behalf of or by request from his son Walter, my grandfather. My father Les cherished it for many years,but finally passed it on to my siblings and me, Henry’s great-grandchildren. I hope you will read it with kindness and forgive his grammatical errors. It’s an interesting look into the past.


During the period of 1907-1914,  Henry Thielman and Dr. Miley were strong advocates for Hard Roads (gravel roads) and wrote many interesting newspaper articles on the subject. If you would like to read some of their articles, click on the link below:

“HARD ROADS” 


Henry Thielman and the Arkansas Rice Lands

Henry Thielman was one of Beecher’s ambitious real estate entrepreneurs. He owned and also sold farm land in Stuttgart, Arkansas that he advertised in the Herald from approximately 1905-1914. To read more about the Stuttgart, Arkansas rice lands, click on the link below:

“The Rice King of Cereals”


 

November 26, 1909 – Beecher Herald

IN SOCIAL CIRCLES

Atlas of Will County, IL 1909, George A. Ogle & Co. Henry Thielman residenceMr. and Mrs. H.F. Thielman entertained about sixty of their friends, Tuesday evening, at their beautiful home at the corner of Hodges and Reed Streets. The printed cards which were sent invited the receivers to “come and grab a piece of fun,” and in accordance they all came with both “grabbers,” and each vied with one another in the effort to grab the biggest piece. Games, word contests and various other amusements were indulged in to pass the time away. Every minute was fun and every guest mingled in the fun. In the word contest there were two divisions – the letters composing the names of a great man, and the making of as large a number of words from the letters in a given time. Mrs. Arthur Struve and Mrs. Frank Hunte were tied for the honors of discovering the name of the great man – Henry Thielman – and drew cuts to ascertain the winner, Mrs. Hunte coming out victorious and received a handsome china plate as the prize. Mrs. Arthur Ehrhardt wrote the largest number of words and received a beautiful mustard cup as a prize. Gus. Hoff and Christ. Eskilson were tied for “booby” prize, and they, too, were compelled to draw cuts. Mr. Eskilson won out and was presented an alphabet book. At about midnight the guests were seated at a banquet spread in the basement, where a most bounteous repast was partaken of. After the feast the guests were escorted to the beautiful parlors where more fun, music, both vocal and instrumental, and general mirth prevailed. It was one o’clock before the party broke up and each member bid Mr. and Mrs. Thielman as having an enjoyable time. Mr. and Mrs. Thielman are royal entertainers.


May 13, 1910 – Beecher Herald

Personals – Henry F. Thielman

Circa 1910 Halladay Automobile

Circa 1910 Halladay Automobile

Henry Hack and Will Selk went to Streator, last week, and brought home Henry Thielman’s new Halladay automobile. It is the same style and pattern as those of Deneke & Wegert and Arthur Struve.


December 4, 1914 – Beecher Herald

H.F. Thielman and family departed, Monday, for Stuttgart, Ark., where Mr. Thielman will embark in farming. During Mr. Thielman’s residence in Beecher he has figured as one of our foremost and progressive citizens, always ready to lend his aid to the uplift of the village and community. Mrs. Thielman is a charming woman who has always been an excellent neighbor and has figured among the social element as one of the leaders. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Thielman and their family health and prosperity in their new home.


June 8, 1933 – Beecher Herald

BEECHER TO HAVE NEW FUNERAL HOME

HENRYS HOUSE TODAY POARCH IS CLOSED IN NOW

Hack Funeral Home Circa 2013

Henry Hack & Son have purchased the old Thielman home. This residence was built by H.F. Thielman some years ago as one the largest, most pretentious homes in the section. It has remained vacant for a number of years due to its enormous size and the changed living conditions which has made it unmarketable for purely residential purposes.

It is the intention of the purchasers to convert the first floor of the residence into a modern funeral home while using the second floor for living purposes. In making this move, Henry Hack & Son will also retire from the garage business, having rented their garage and former residence, and will direct all their attentions to funeral directing.

In making this progressive step it is their intention to provide for the community a funeral home which will be surpassed by none in this section with all the privacy, neatness and convenience of your own homes. They will also restore to its former beauty one of the outstanding architectural monuments of our village.


October 23, 1947 – Beecher Herald

HENRY THIELMAN, 83, IS BURIED HERE,

 MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 1947

Henry Thielman, 83, passed away, Saturday morning, at the Largent Convalescent Home, Midlothian.

Funeral services were conducted, Monday, at the Hack Funeral Home. Rev. J.J. Merzdorf of St. John’s Ev. and Reformed Church officiated in the absence of Rev. G. Horst. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Surviving are Walter Thielman of Chicago Heights, Mildred Kilborn of Hammond, Henry Thielman Jr. of Stuttgart, Arkansas and Harry Thielman of Long Beach, California; also nine grandchildren.

Henry F. Thielman came to Beecher in 1899. He had been vice president of German-American Land Co., dealers in southern lands and particularly Arkansas rice acreage. He built the beautiful residence which is now the Hack Funeral Home, and will be remembered as the owner of the finest automobile in Beecher at the time when the motor car was still a curiosity.

For a number of years he had been a resident of Chicago Heights.


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

Wife: Minnie K. (Bielfeldt) Thielman
Son & Daughter-in-law: Walter L. Thielman & Paula M. (Kuhlman) Thielman
Nephew: Loren W. Thielman
Daughter-in-law of son Walter L. Thielman: Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman
Father & Mother-in-law of daughter (Mildred L. Kilborn) Albert F. Kilborn & Elizabeth (Dole) Kilborn

HENRY FIENE

HENRY FIENE

Age: 77 years, 9 months, 7 days

HENRY FIENE
Heinrich Friedrich Fiene

DOB: December 27, 1867
Washington Township, IL, USA

DOD: October 3, 1945,
Santa Rosa, Texas, USA

Son of Heinrich and Ida (nee Struebe) Fiene

Brother to: Friedricke Dorothea, Carl Dietrich, William (Sophia M. Tramm), Friedrich Johanne, John (Caroline Wehrmann) Fiene

Husband of Emma Maria Ristenpart Fiene, Married April 14, 1895 in St. John’s Evangelical Church, Eagle Lake, IL. Emma died August 23, 1919.

Father to: Malinda (Herman Hunte) , Reinhard T. (Anna E. Meyer) and Rose Hermine Fiene

Husband of Emma Augusta (nee Kluesendorf) Sievers (the widow of Henry G. Sievers) Henry Fiene and Emma Sievers were married Aug. 29, 1923

Step-Father to: Anna Marie (Ralph H. Dugan), Wilma (husband Brillesauer), Henry, Erna (Enar A. Swanson), Carl A. (Erna L. Matthias), Gustav W. (Mildred M. Schmidt) Sievers.


HENRY FIENE DIES IN TEXAS; BURIED HERE

Beecher Herald October 11, 1945

Henry Fiene Dies in Texas; Buried Here, ObitFuneral services were held in the Funeral Home at Harlingen, Texas, Friday, for Henry Fiene, former resident of the community, who passed away in Texas, Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 5 days. The remains were brought to Beecher, and services were conducted by Rev. Helme of Blue Island in the Hack Funeral Home, after which burial was here Monday afternoon.

Mr. Fiene was born in Washington Township, Will County, Illinois, on the farm of his parents, the oldest child of Henry and Ida Fiene, Dec. 27, 1867. Here he was raised and received his public school education. He was instructed and confirmed in the Christian faith in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Petersburg. On April 14, 1895, he married Emma Ristenpart in St. John’s Evangelical Church, east of Beecher . Three children were born to this union, Linda, Reinhard and Rose. The mother of these children passed away, Aug. 23, 1919. On Aug. 29, 1923, Mr. Fiene was married to Mrs. Sievers. In 1930, he sold his farm and moved to Texas where he took up citrus farming in the Rio Grande Valley.  He enjoyed the climate, the country and the work, but looked forward to his periodical visits to Beecher. A stroke three years ago made it impossible for him to travel since that time.

The survivors include the widow, Mrs. Fiene of Santa Rosa, Tex.; three children of the first marriage, Mrs. Herman Hunte, Thornton; Reinhard, Kankakee; and Miss Rose, Chicago; 7 grandchildren (children of Reinhard Fiene); 6 stepchildren, Henry Sievers of Gibson City; Wilma Brillesauer of California; Erna Swanson of Santa Rose, Tex., Anna Marie Dugan of Decatur; Carl and Gustav Sievers of Grant Park; one brother Wm. Fiene, of Momence; one sister-in-law, Mrs. John Fiene, of Beecher


Henry’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Wife: Emma (Ristenpart) Fiene
Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law: William Ristenpart & Hermine (Danne) Ristenpart
Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law: Fredricke Ristenpart Kappe & George Kappe
Father-in-law & Mother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Henry Hunte & Minnie (Rust) Hunte
Brother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Albert L. Hunte
Brother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Carl F. Hunte
Aunt & Uncle of daughter (Malinda) Henry F. Rust & Emma (Meyer) Rust

HERMINE RISTENPART

HERMINE RISTENPART

Age: 76 years, 2 months, 6 days

HERMINE (nee DANNE) RISTENPART

DOB: June 20, 1869
Washington Township, IL USA

DOD: August 26, 1945
Manteno State Hospital, Manteno, IL USA

Daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina (maiden name unknown) Danne

Sister to: Minna (Heinrich Ohlenkamp) Danne

Wife of William Ristenpart, married March 25, 1894, in St. Johns UCC, Beecher, IL USA.


September 6, 1945 – Beecher Herald

Mrs. Hermine Ristenpart Succumbs To Long Illness

Hermine Ristenpart obit 1Mrs. Hermine Ristenpart, aged 76, passed away, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o’clock at the Manteno State Hospital, after having been ill for more than a year following a stroke. She had been an inmate of the hospital for almost a year.

Funeral services were held, Wednesday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Home and at 2:00 o’clock at St. Lucas Church. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Margaret Frese of Indiana; a nephew, Emery Ohlenkamp, of South Chicago, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo. Kappe.

OBITUARY

Hermine Ristenpart obit 2Mrs. William Hermine (nee Danne) Ristenpart was born, June 20, 1869, in Washington Township, the daughter of the late Henry and Minnie Danne. Baptized, October 3, 1869, she was later, following her instruction in the great fundamentals of our Christian religion, confirmed in St. John’s Ev. & Reformed Church, April 1, 1883. On March 25th, 1894 she was united in holy wedlock with William Ristenpart, the ceremony taking place in the above mentioned church, with the late Rev. G. Koch officiating.

This union, although not blessed with children, was always a happy partnership of two loving, loyal hearts.

For the first fifteen years of their married life, the young couple lived on the Danne homestead, five miles south-west of Beecher, from where they came to Beecher, establishing their home in our community. On May 25, 1933, her husband was called to his eternal rest. Loyal to the memory of her departed husband, she carried on in Christian fortitude until May, 1944, when a paralytic stroke necessitated her removal to our Evangelical Hospital at Chicago. Somewhat regaining her strength, she was graciously taken into the home of her nephew, Emory Ohlenkamp, at South Chicago, who, together with his wife, accorded her tender loving care. Considerably stronger, she returned to her home in Beecher, but even though she was given the best of care here on the part of Mrs. Miley and Miss Miller and neighbors, it was soon found necessary for her niece, Margaret,(Mrs. Ernest Frese), to take her into her home. But here again, in spite of loving care and attention, her condition became such that in the later part of September 1944, she had to be removed to the Manteno State Hospital for treatment and care. Showing little improvement at first, she, at the beginning of this year, gradually began to regain her health. It was the impression of all who visited her regularly, an impression shared by twenty ladies, who in late July, called upon her and had her out for luncheon, that she might eventually fully recover, but when on August 23, she was unexpectedly stricken by another stroke resulting in coma, all hope for recovery vanished. She peacefully came to her death, Sunday, August 26, at 2:00 p.m., at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 6 days.

Hermine Ristenpart 3She leaves to mourn her departure, a nephew, Emory Ohlenkamp; one niece, Margaret, Mrs. Ernest Frese; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and may other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted, Wednesday, August 29, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Home and continued at 2:00 o’clock at St. Luke’s Church where her pastor Rev. G. Horst, spoke fittingly to a large attendance of relatives and friends. A duet composed of Mrs. Henry Meeter and Mrs. Irvin Albers, accompanied by Mrs. Rose Hunte, rendered three appropriate songs. Many beautiful floral pieces evidenced the high esteem of her relatives and friends. Interment was made in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The departed, who together with her late husband, held membership in St. Luke’s Church, as also for many years in the Women’s Guild, and up to her death in the Women’s Guild Auxiliary, was ever true to her Christian upbringing, proving herself a loving wife, a loyal Christian, a faithful attendant at divine service, a helpful, dependable friend and neighbor. May she richly experience the promise of God as contained in His Holy Word, “And God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow or crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” Rev. 21, vs 3-4


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

Husband: William Ristenpart
Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law: Emma (Ristenpart) Fiene & Henry F. Fiene
Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law: Minnie (Ristenpart) Kappe & George Kappe