MARY GERHARDT WEST

MARY GERHARDT WEST
(nee MARY STELLA COFFMAN)

DOB: February 27, 1896
Lacon, IL USA

DOD: July 25, 1989
Anitgo, WI USA

 

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

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

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

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


 

MARY GERHARDT WEST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

WILLIAM PAUL GERHARDT

William Paul Gerhardt

Age: 57 years, 6 months, 1 day

WILLIAM PAUL GERHARDT

DOB: Jan. 17, 1897
Carbon Cliff, IL USA

DOD: July 18, 1954
At home, Beecher, IL USA

 

 

Moline High School 1915 Paul Gerhardt. I'm not sure if this really is William Paul Gerhardt or not

Moline High School 1915 Paul Gerhardt. We’re not sure if this really is William Paul Gerhardt or not

Son of William F. and Nellie (nee Nelson) Gerhardt

Brother to: Margaret and Gertrude (Edward Erickson) Gerhardt

Attended Augustana College & University of Illinois

Worked at R & V Wagner Ordinance Co, E. Moline, IL June 1918

Husband of Mary Stella Coffman, married August 18, 1918 in Chicago, IL

Served in WW1 Naval Reserves, June 19, 1918 through Sept 15, 1919

Born January 17, 1897, in Carbon Cliff, Illinois, Mr. Gerhardt had been a resident of Beecher for 20 years and was superintendent of Beecher Schools for 16 years. From 1951-1954, he taught social science and acted as guidance director for the schools.

He was a member of Chicago Heights American Legion Post 131, secretary of Beecher Lodge 1087; president of the Beecher Community Church board; a Bible class instructor; a member of the Royal Neighbors of America; a member of Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Delta Kappa, and a member of the National Education Association and Illinois Education Association. He was a graduate of Augustana College and had received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois.


August 18, 1949   – Beecher Herald

“PAUL GERHARDT WRITES FROM WISCONSIN RESORT”

8-18-1949 Gerhardt - Wisc ResortAnnounces That Schools Will Open Here On The Day After Labor Day

Paul Gerhardt, our genial Supt. of Schools, who is vacationing in Wisconsin, has the following to say in a letter dated Aug. 10 at Summitt Lake, Wisc.:
School will start the day after Labor Day – perhaps Labor Day will be a school holiday this year. The State Legislature passed the bill, but as yet, the Governor has not signed it. Perhaps he soon will.
An announcement will be made later as to the time, perhaps two days during the week before Labor Day, when parents may procure the books and supplies rented to the pupils for next year. These may be procured at the school at that time. All rentals will be CASH, as credit will involve too much confusion and bookkeeping. Rental fees will be published before that date.
Have you seen the newly remodeled grade school rooms and home economics department? After they are cleaned up, come in and see what can be done to an old room with a reasonable amount of work and expense. Compare the sound effects and lighting with those in the new addition and see the difference. We sincerely hope you will inspect the building before school begins, also the new desks.

 the article continues:     HIGHWAYS

8-18-1949 Gerhardt - HighwaysSince we are becoming road or highway conscious in Illinois, as well as education conscious, I want to comment on the excellent condition of the highways all over Wisconsin. There has been extensive improvements over a year ago, and the detours all over concrete or black top only indicate the fact that Wisconsin is doing a lot of road work. Even her off-roads are far better that our trunk lines. How can a poor state, relatively speaking, like Wisconsin be so progressive as far as all its highways, county as well as state, are concerned, and the richest state, with due apologies to California, be so hesitant to improving its highways much less building new ones? Perhaps we should not even mention our county roads at all. A year ago, in driving 600 miles of Wisconsin’s main highways and county roads, the writer hit only a few miles of bad roads, and it was awful. However, it was a stretch of highway passing a federal explosive storage area and the Federal Government had control of the upkeep of that strip of road.
Another sister state that is doing a great deal towards road building and road repairs (black-topping) is our neighbor state of Indiana – another state not especially known for its wealth. But somehow it is finding money with which to build and repair highways. IF there is some secret that these states and especially Wisconsin have perhaps they would share that secret with Illinois. Perhaps it would help in our extensive planning for a state highway system at this time. Certainly it would do no harm for us in Illinois to make a study of the methods used in financing both state and county road construction in some of our sister states.


January 1, 1953  – Beecher Herald

   “GERHARDT TO TEACH FIRST AID COURSE”

1-1-1953 Gerhardt

A standard Course in First Aid to be taught by Paul Gerhardt, is now being organized under the sponsorship of the public schools. This class, which is open to all adults in this and the surrounding area, will be offered if enough people are interested.
This training is especially important now because of the program of civilian defense underway.
Study materials for the eight evening meetings at the Beecher Public School will include the Red Cross First Aid textbook, the Civilian Defense Supplement, and the bulletin on the new method of administering first aid.
The first meeting will be held Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at which another more suitable evening may be chosen.
Those interested should notify the school by calling 3671 or 2781. Because the course has not been given here for several years, most of the Red Cross First Aid cards are no longer effective. These cards are effective for three years.


July 20, 1954 – Chicago Heights Star

“BEECHER EDUCATOR, PAUL GERHARDT, DIES AT AGE 57”

Paul Gerhardt obit-the starFuneral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today for Paul Gerhardt, 57 an instructor and guidance director for Beecher Schools, who died Sunday morning at his home on Prairie Avenue in Beecher after a long illness.

The rites will be conducted in the Hack Chapel, with Dr. John Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Beecher Mausoleum, with Beecher Lodge 1087 conducting the graveside rites.

Born January 17, 1897, in Carbon Cliff, Ill., Mr. Gerhardt had been a resident of Beecher for 20 years and was superintendent of Beecher schools for 16 years. For the past four years he taught social science and acted as guidance director for the schools.

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Old Main Building Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

He was a member of Chicago Heights American Legion Post 131; secretary of Beecher Lodge 1087; president of the Beecher Community church board; a bible class instructor; a member of the Royal Neighbors of America; a member of Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Delta Kappa, and a member of the National Education Association. He was a graduate of Augustana college and had received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. kappa-delta-phi-educational-foundation-edward-f-we-66

Mer. Gerhardt is survived by his wife, Mary; one sister, Mrs. Edward Erickson of Carbon Cliff, and five nephews and seven nieces.


July 22, 1954 – Beecher Herald

“FUNERAL SERVICES HELD HERE TUESDAY FOR WM. PAUL GERHARDT”

7-22-1954 Gerhardt

The many friends, both young and old, deeply mourn the passing of Paul Gerhardt, 57, at his home on Prairie Avenue, early Sunday morning, following several months’ illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today for Paul Gerhardt, 57 an instructor and guidance director of Beecher Schools, who died Sunday morning at his home on Prairie Avenue in Beecher after a long illness.
The rites will be conducted in the Hack Chapel, with Dr. John Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Beecher Mausoleum, with Beecher Lodge 1087 conducting the graveside rites.
Born January 17, 1897, in Carbon Cliff, IL, Mr. Gerhardt had been a resident of Beecher for 20 years and was superintendent of Beecher schools for 16 years. For the past four years he taught social science and acted as guidance director for the schools.
He was a member of Chicago Heights American Legion Post 131; AmerLegioncolorEmblemsecretary of Beecher Lodge 1087; president of the Beecher Community church board; a bible class instructor; a member of the Royal Neighbors of America; a member of Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Delta Kappa; and a member of the National Education Association and Illinois Education Association. He was a graduate of Augustana College and had received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Gerhardt is survived by his wire, Mary: one sister, Mrs. Edward Erickson of Carbon Cliff , and five nephews and seven nieces.


July 29, 1954  – Beecher Herald

‘SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS PLAN GERHARDT MEMORIAL”

7-29-1954 Gerhardt

A group of representatives of the Alumni, P.T.A. and faculty met in the Beecher High School on Monday, July 26th. Members present included Mrs. Shirley Wille, chairman; Miss Garneta Ehlers, treasurer; Mrs. Charlene Graham, Mrs. Kiedaisch, Norman Holdt and Alfred Pirtle.
Plans were discussed regarding the promotion of a memorial fund for Mr. Paul Gerhardt, who was a teacher and superintendent in the Beecher schools for twenty years. The general consensus of opinion would indicate that something useful and permanent should be donated to the school from the fund.
Donations for this fund should be given or sent to Miss Ehlers at the Farmers State Bank. Plans for another meeting of this committee has been set for 8 o’clock August 20th, at the high school. Anyone interested in attending this meeting, please feel free to come.


November 25, 1954  – Beecher Herald

 “PAUL GERHARDT MEMORIAL PRESENTED AT PTA MEETING”

11-25-1954 Gerhardt

At last Tuesday night’s P.T.A. meeting, the members and guests were permitted to watch a regular school board meeting. The able president of the board, Carl Peterson presided, with Wilmer Selk acting as secretary Pro-Tem, due to the absence of the board secretary, Arnold Brands. Printed sheets of the business to be considered were given to the PTAers so they could have a clear understanding of the board procedure.
One point was discussion of the necessity of increasing the education tax rate. Right now, Beecher’s pay for new teachers is on the average about $300 less than communities like Beecher, which means the difficulty in getting more teachers will be increasingly more acute in the future. This year the sate funds for education aid will be about 10 percent less which means a loss of several thousand dollars to this area. Another item pointed out in the discussion is the fact that the tax rate for education is the same as it was when the unit system was organized although the expenses have risen yearly.
Board members present were Pres. Peterson, Wilmer Selk, John Weber and Ray Wassman. The treasurer, Henry Ohlendorf and Superintendent French were also present.
Rev. H. Wunderlich gave a prayer of Thanksgiving at the beginning of the PTA meeting. Mrs. James Franks presided in the absence of Mrs. Zehr.
The Paul Gerhardt memorials were presented to the school by Mrs. Willard Wille, chairman of the Gerhardt memorial fund for the school and were accepted by the Sr. class president, Walter Schultz. A fitting tribute was paid to the late Paul Gerhardt by coach Welton Stedt, who spoke as a student, a subordinate, a co-worker and as a friend.
The high school chorus under the direction of Miss Torri, sang a Thanksgiving Medley that was well received.
Refreshments were served by the members of the Freshman and Sophmore classes.

The symbol on William’s headstone indicates he was a member of the freemasons.

 

William Paul Gerhardt’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Wife: Mary Stella (Coffman) Gerhardt West

Help Please

Does anyone have a photo of William Gerhardt or Marry Stella (Coffman) Gerhardt West ?

 

 

 

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

MINNIE THIELMAN

 

Minnie Thielman

Age: 64 years, 1 month, 10 days

MINNIE K. THIELMAN
(nee BIELFELDT)

DOB: May 13, 1878
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: June 23, 1942
at home, Chicago Heights, IL USA

 

Daughter of Simon and Augusta (nee Kraemer) Bielfeldt
Sister to: Henry J. (Lava C. Johnson), William (Minnie D. Baumgartner), John F. (Elizabeth Gerloff), Annie (Henry Hack), Albert A, Frank C.(Lorena K. “Reno” Hasney), Grover C. (Rose Gandolph) and Herman (Minnie Schmidt) Bielfeldt

Minnie Bielfeldt ThielmanWife of Henry F. Thielman, married September 26, 1901, Beecher, IL USA

 

 

 

Minnie Thielman

 

 

 

Mother to: Mildred Lillian (Charles A. Kilborn), Walter Louis (Paula Marguerite Kuhlmann) and Henry Biefeldt (Joyce Moncrief) Thielman
Step-mother to: Harry F. Thielman

 

 

 


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.


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.


Paula, Minnie, Les, Woman, Loren Thielman

Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman second from left

Paula, Minnie, Les, unknown young lady & Loren Thielman, taken at Chicago Heights Airport, Chicago Heights, IL circa 1940


July 2, 1942 – Beecher Herald 

FINAL RITES HELD HERE FOR MRS. HENRY THIELMAN

OBITUARY

The departed, Mrs. Henry Thielman, nee Minnie Bielfeldt, daughter of Simon and Augusta Bielfeldt, both deceased, was born in Beecher, May 13, 1878. Soon after birth she was received into the family of the children of God through the holy rites of Baptism in St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, northwest of Beecher. Later, having received the customary instruction in the great fundamentals of the Christian religion, she was confirmed with others in St. John’s Ev. and Reformed Church, southeast of Beecher by the late Rev. G. Koch.

Minnie, Henry F., Harry, Mildred & Walter Thielman, circa 1905

On Sept. 26, 1901, she was married to Mr. Henry F. Thielman, which happy union was blessed with three children, Walter of Chicago Heights; Mildred, Mrs. Charles Kilborn, Hammond, Ind. and Henry B.,Cairo.

Henry & Minnie Thielman’s home at Hodges & Reed Streets, Beecher, circa 1901

Immediately after marriage the young couple built and for fifteen years resided in their new home on the corner of Reed and Hodges streets. After which the family in 1916 became residents of the city of Stuttgart, Ark. From here, in 1928, they returned to Illinois making Chicago Heights their home.

The departed, who during her formative years enjoyed the blessings so lovingly and richly bestowed upon her in the late Henry Hack family, where she was regarded as a daughter, and who through many years knew no ill or ail, and gladly accepted and performed the many labors which fell to her lot, was given a severe blow to her physical health in  contracting tularemia which gradually undermined her health and so affected her most vital organs that a heart attack on May 13, in spite of all medical skill and loving care, resulted in her peaceful death, Tuesday, June 23, at 9 p.m. at the age of 64 years, 1 month and 9 days. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, the children already mentioned, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, four grandchildren, four brothers, John, Herman, Albert, Grover and a host of other relatives and friends.

Minnie Thielman obitFuneral services were conducted, Friday, June 26, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Home, where Rev. G. Horst spoke fittingly to a large number of relatives and friends. Two duets by the sisters, Mrs. Herman Seitz and Mrs. Irvin Albers, greatly enhanced the services. Many beautiful floral pieces spoke eloquently of the high esteem in which the departed was held by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The deceased, gifted and blessed with many fine traits of character, and ever true to her religious training and essential worthwhile things of life, highly esteemed by her many friends, will above all be cherished in loving remembrance by those with whom her life was so intimately interwoven and to whom she gave so unstintingly of her time and care. Thus we may hope that she, having followed the light of life here, may now forever joyfully realize those things that our Heavenly Father has prepared for those who love him.


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

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