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 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


Rose W. Dunlap

Age: 89 years, 11 months, 21 days

(nee HACK)

DOB: October 13, 1895
Washington Township, IL, USA

DOD: October 1, 1985
Munster, IN, USA


Only child of Charles J. and Alma (nee Schroeder) Hack

Wife of Asa James Dunlap, married July 12, 1919 (home wedding) Chicago Heights, IL

Mother to Rose E. (Carl F. Morganthaler)



Hammond Times October 6, 1985

ROSE W. DUNLAP, TIMES 10-6-1985Dunlap, Rose W. age 89, of Lansing, Illinois, passed away Friday October 4, 1985 at Community Hospital, Munster. Survivors; one daughter, Rose (Carl) Morgenthaler of Freemont, California; granddaughter, Sheri (Thomas) Cobble of Long Beach, California; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 8, at 11 a.m. from the Schroder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd, Lansing, with the Rev. Robert Blackburn officiating. Burial Beecher Cemetery, Beecher, Illinois. Visitation will be Monday 8 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.


Eastern StarMrs. Dunlap was a charter member of Arcadia Chapter order of the Eastern Star #697 of Lansing which will hold services Monday evening at the funeral home.




Rose’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Asa James Dunlap
Father & Mother: Charles J. Hack & Anna D. (Schroeder-Schmaedeke) Hack
Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva Friedricke Ruge Hack
Uncle & Aunt: Henry Hack & Mary W. Beilfeldt Hack 
Uncle & Aunt: William Haltenhof & Sophia Schmaedeke Haltenhof
Cousins: Arthur Hack & Ethel E. Wehmhoefer Hack
Cousins: Edmund C. Hack & Margareta B. Schwatz Hack


Mary Hack

Age: 69 years, 3 months, 21 days

(nee Bielfeldt)

DOB: July 20, 1855
Norderstafel, Schlesswig, Holstein, Germany

DOD: November 10, 1924
at home, Beecher, IL USA

Daughter of Henning Bielfeldt and Catherine (Dethlefs) Bielfeldt

Sister to: Simon (Augusta Kraemer),  Anna (Fred Bielfeldt), Minnie (Myron Tillotson),  Henry (Tillie Boltman) Bielfeldt

Wife of Henry Hack, married May 1, 1883
Mother to: Edmund C. MD ( Margaretha Schwarz), Albert B. “Pat”  (Marie Deneke) Hack




Mary Hack obit 1Beecher and community was shocked Monday morning, when the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Henry Hack, who had passed away at midnight, was circulated. It was generally known that Mrs. Hack had been ill for the past two years, but even members of her home circle were not aware that the call of the supreme maker was so near. She had been feeling in her usual health all day and even up to the time of retiring for the night.

Mrs. Henry Hack, nee Mary Bielfeldt, was born July 20, 1865 at Norderstafel, Schlesswig, Holstein, Germany. When 11 years old she, together with her parents, came to America, making Thornton, Ill., their home. On May 1, 1883, she was married to Henry Hack, Rev. Gustav Koch, then pastor of St. John’s Church, officiating. This happy couple was blessed with two sons, Edmund and Albert. After their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Hack took charge of the so-called Bielfeldt hotel,Bielfeldt House which is now known under the name of Hack’s hotel, has a splendid reputation both far and wide, this reputation being mostly due to the motherly, friendly ways of Mrs. Hack, who possessed the rare gift of making everybody feel at home who stepped under her roof. Ill for some years, her condition gradually grew worse. But even then she could not see her way clear of laying down the work which had become a second nature to her. Thus, although still attending church in the morning, and seemingly as well as could be expected, the great call came to her, as she often expressed it would in full pursuance of the work for which she was so well fitted. Fifteen minutes past twelve, on Monday morning she closed her weary eyes, having reached the age of 69 years, 3 months and 20 days.

Mary Hack obit 2The surviving and deeply mourning relatives are the husband, the two sons, Dr. Edmund Hack of Hammond, Ind., and Albert of Beecher; two sisters, Anna (Mrs. Fred Bielfeldt) of Mount Vernon, S.D., and Minnie (Mrs. Myron Tillotson) of Beecher, two grandchildren, as also a large host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted, today at 1:30 o’clock from the house, where Rev. Horst officiated and a quartet composed of Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Prohl, Mrs. Sprot and Mrs. Saclow of Hammond Ind., rendered a song. The services were continued at St. Luke’s Church, which was crowded to overflowing, where Rev. Horst paid due homage to the deceased in the two beautiful sermons in German and English, and where the quartet rendered the deceased’s favorite song and Mrs. Proh; rendered a very touching solo. Mrs. Wells of Hammond presided at the organ for the quartet and the solo, while Mrs. Herman Niedert preformed the usual services as organist. The numerous and tastefully arranged floral pieces in some way paid a silent tribute to the high esteem in which Mrs. Hack has been held by everyone who knew her.

Eastern StarHer remains were laid at rest in the Beecher Mausoleum, where after Rev. Horst had consecrated the body, the Eastern Star of which the departed had been a member, conducted a service according to their ritual.

“Mother” Hack as she was familiarly and fittingly called, possessed in a remarkable way the ability of making and holding friends wherever she was.

Mary’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Henry Hack
Son & Daughter-in-law: Dr. Edmund C. Hack & Margaretha B. (Schwarz) Hack
Nephew & Niece: William Bielfeldt & Minnie D. (Baumgartner) Bielfeldt
Great Nephew: Raymond J. Bielfeldt
Brother & Sister-in-law: Herman Hack & Eva F. (Ruge) Hack
Brother & Sister-in-law: Charles J. Hack & Anna Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
Nephew & Niece of husband: Arthur Hack & Ethel (Wehmhoefer) Hack

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, 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, Wilkening,