NELLIE M. FREERKING

NELLIE M FREERKING
DOB:JULY 26, 1907
DOD: MAY 11, 1991

FAMILY UNCERTIAN

I can not tell you much about Nellie. We do not have her obituary. What we do know is that Nellie Married Alexander Maass after the death of Alexander’s first wife Louisa in 1919. After Alexander’s Maass’s death in 1955, Nellie married August Freerking the brother of Henry J. Freerking. It has been mentioned that Nellie and Lydia Maass were cousins, but we can not confirm this connection at this time.

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

 

NANCY GRAHAM FENSKE

NANCY GRAHAM FENSKE
NANCY GRAHAM FENSKE

DOB: December. 17, 1951
Beecher, IL, USA

DOD: September. 7, 1977
Austin, Travis County, TX, USA

Daughter of Arthur and Charlene (Saller) Graham

Nancy GrahamSister to: Susan Kay (Ronald L. Clausing), Charles Arthur (Susan Unknown) Graham

Wife to: John William “Jack” Fenske, Married Aug. 9, 1976

We do not have an obituary for Nancy. If you can help us understand her life, please let us know.

We have pieced together some information about Nancy. Friends have told us that Nancy was very intelligent, loving and caring person. She taught many of the Beecher children to swim in her parents family in ground swimming pool and was a synchronized swim instructor from 1970-1972 or 1973. At one time she worked for a banjo company.

Nancy Graham.2In the mid 1970’s she found her way to Boulder, Colorado where she met and married her husband Jack on August 9, 1976. Shortly after their marriage Jack and Nancy moved to Jack’s home town area of Austin, Texas to be close to Jack’s family. Their happy marriage was suddenly cut short in less than a year when Nancy suffered a brain Aneurysm and died at only 26 years old. Nancy was brought back home to be buried along side her family in the mausoleum.

 

 

 

CLARA E. HAGER

CLARA E. HAGER
(NEE: HORN)

DOB: DEC. 30, 1888
Illinois
DOD: DEC. 28, 1971

 

Daughter of Charles H and Caroline/Lena (NEE: Kappmeier)

Sister to: Charles H ( Mae Howell), Walter L (Lillian A Bourg), Elsie (Robert D Groeneveld), Herbert Paul, Reinhold William, Loena, Arthur H and Vernon R. Horn

Wife to: Joseph H Hager – Married 1918 the year her mother Caroline’s death
Mother to: Phyllis Hager/Stewart.

CLARA E. HAGER

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Spingdler-Koelling Crete chapel for Mrs. Clara E. Hager, 82 of Crete, who died Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Convalescent center, South Chicago Heights.

Photo form a book “Crete Remembered”
by Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monk

Mrs. Hager lived at 477 North street in Crete.

She was a lifelong resident of Crete, having been born there December 30, 1888. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran church of Crete, the Ladies Aid of the church and the Crete Women’s club.

The Rev. A.T. Kretzman, pastor of Trinity, will officiate. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Thursday and until time of the services on Friday.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Stewart of Gary, IN; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Groeveld of Joliet; a brother, Vernon R. Horn of Aurora; three grand-children, and two great-grand-children.

What the obituary does not tell us is that Clara’s brothers; Walter, Charles, Arthur, Reinhold & Vernon lived with the Clara and Joseph from 1918 thru 1940. Clara’s mother died in 1918 the year of her marriage to Joseph, her father Charles, a former mayor of Crete was tragically killed in a train crash in 1905.

According to newspaper accounts, Arthur’s wife; Caroline Struve (NEE Kappmeier) and Clara’s mother Lena Horn (Nee Kappmeier) were cousins.

Because Clara’s headstone, along with a large portion of the Horn family compartment within the mausoleum, was destroyed by vandals, a temporary wood panel was installed. The information is incomplete and partially incorrect. It will be completed when possible.

More damage

to the Horn

Family

Compartment

 

Editor’s note: you’ll notice Clara’s replacement headstone has her middle initial as “T” and the wrong birth date. Clara’s marble headstone was so badly broken by vandals, we could not tell for sure what her middle initial and day of birth was. We will correct her temporary headstone marking in the future.

ARTHUR H. HORN

ARTHUR H. HORN

DOB: JULY 13, 1901
CRETE, IL USA
DOD: MAY 9, 1971

Son of: Charles H and Caroline F (NEE: Kappmeyer) Horn

Brother to: Clara (Joseph H Hager), Charles H ( Mae Howell), Walter L (Lillian A Bourg), Elsie (Robert D Groeneveld), Herbert Paul, Reinhold William, Loena and Vernon R. Horn

We only have a short obituary for Arthur, which reads:

Arthur H Horn

Funeral services were held Wednesday for former Crete resident Arthur H Horn who died Sunday at Baptist Medical center, Little Rock, Ark.
The Rev. A.T.Kretzmann of Trinity Lutheran church officiated. Mr. Horn was born July 13, 1901, in Crete and lived in the area before moving to Little Rock. He was retired.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Clara Hager of Crete and Mrs. Elsie Groeneveld of Joliet, and a brother, Vernon R of Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

This is the Damage to the Horn family compartment 1988-1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNA L. KRUEGER

ANNA L KRUEGER
(NEE: BURGER)

DOB: OCT. 13, 1884
ST. LOUIS, MO
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.”

ELIZABETH PETERS

ELIZABETH “ETTA” PETERS
(NEE: ECKHOFF)

DOB: FEB. 27, 1892
ILLINOIS
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

RITES HELD IN CRETE FOR MRS. ETTA E. PETERS

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

LORA (BAHLMAN) HINZE

DOB: DEC. 7, 1892
BEECHER, IL
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.

ALEXANDER A. MAASS

ALEXANDER AUGUST WILHELM MAASS

DOB: SEPT. 28, 1880
SUMNER TOWNSHIP,
KANKAKEE COUNTY, IL
DOD: MAR. 2, 1955

Son of: William and Emilie Auguste (nee: Hamann) Maass

Brother to: Ida Emile Mass, Anna Friederick (William Hopner), Bertha Auguste (William Wilkin), Wilhelm Carl, Amelia Friedericke, Albert Henry (Amanda B. Reaman), Otto Fred (Anna Unknown), Leona, Mathilda Augusta, Rudolph Henry, Benjamin Wilhelm (Minnie L Fick) and Adeli Stevenson Maass

Husband to: Louise Maria Magdalena Priess – Married November 12, 1903
Father to: Lila R (Frank L Hodges), Elmer and Clifford R Maass

Also Husband to: Nellie (maiden name unknown) – Married @ 1928

WE DO NOT HAVE ALEXANDER’S OBITURARY YET, IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE LET US KNOW

CHARLOTTE WEHMHOEFER

CHARLOTTE “LOTTIE” WEHMHOEFER
(NEE: THIESFELD)

DOB: June 24, 1880
DOD: July 2, 1954

 

Daughter of: Diedrich and Sophia (Nee: Schweeweis) Thiesfeld

Sister to: Wilhelmina (Albert Pauling)
Half Sister to: Henry (Mary Schroeder), Sophie (Nicholes Ulferts), Melosine (William H Schroeder) and Fred H (Emma Voight) Thiesfeld

Wife to: Edward John Wehmhoefer, married March 5, 1905

Mother to: Edwin D Wehmhoefer

HENRY H. BOHL

HENRY H. BOHL JR.

DOB: March 9, 1873
Washington Township, IL, USA

DOD: June 1, 1952
Hazel Crest, IL, USA

 

Son of Heinrich “HY” Sr. and Whilmina (nee Schultz) Bohl

Husband to: Sophie M. (nee Blievernicht) Bohl, married Feb. 9, 1898

BEECHER HERALD JUNE 5, 1952

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR HENRY BOHL, THIS AFTERNOON

Funeral Services For Henry Bohl, This AfternoonHenry Bohl, 79, a native of Washington Township and resident of Beecher for the past twenty-six years, passed away at the Hazel Crest General Hospital following a week’s confinement, late Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Edwin Otte, Thursday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m., in the Hack Chapel and following at St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church . Burial will be in the Mausoleum.

Surviving are his wife Sophie; one brother, John, of Grant Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Obituary

Henry Helmuth William Ernest Christ Bohl, son of Henry and Minnie Bohl, was born on the Bohl homestead in Washington Township, March 9, 1873. He was confirmed in the Christian faith, April 3, 1887, at St. John’s Evangelical Church of Beecher by Pastor Gustav Koch. On February 9, 1898, Mr. Bohl was united in marriage to Miss Sophie Blievernicht. The couple enjoyed many years of happy married life. In 1948, they observed their 50th wedding anniversary. They lived on the Bohl homestead for 28 years, moving to Beecher in 1927.

Mr. Bohl became ill May 23rd. He was taken to the Hazel Crest Hospital and submitted to an operation, May 28th. Due to advanced age, he failed to gain strength and was called from this life, Sunday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. He is survived by his wife and 23 nephews and 14 nieces.

Mr. Bohl was well and favorable know in this community. He was faithful to the vows taken at his confirmation and was an active member of his church throughout his lifetime. He was a member of St. John’s Church of Beecher for many years. He served as trustee for 12.5 years. On moving to Beecher, he joined the St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1928. He was a regular in attendance and sincere in the profession of his faith. In Revelation 2:10, we find a passage which is a fitting commentary on his life and faith, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Editor’s notes: Henry’s father Heinrich Sr. lived with Henry & Sophie from the time of their marriage to the time of his death in 1921.

Henry H. family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Wife: Sophie M. Blievernicht Bohl
Father: Heinrich “Hy” Bohl