Age: 82 years, 11 months, 28 days

(nee HORN)

DOB: December 30, 1888
Crete, IL USA

DOD: December 28, 1971
South Chicago Heights, IL USA
Suburban Convalescent Center

Daughter of Charles H. and Caroline/Lena (nee Kappmeyer) Horn

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

Wife of Joseph A. Hager, married in 1918, the year her mother Caroline died
Mother to: Phyllis Hager Hensley(Joseph H.) Stewart


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

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.

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

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

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



Joseph Hager obit

Neither Clara’s nor Joseph’s obituaries tell us that Clara’s brothers Walter, Charles, Arthur, Reinhold & Vernon lived with Clara and Joseph from 1918 thru 1940.

Walter was married in 1921 and left the family home.

Clara’s mother died in 1918, the year Clara married Joseph, and Clara & Joseph took over the care of the family.

Clara’s sister Elsie was married in 1914

Clara’s father Charles, the son of the first mayor of Crete, was tragically killed in a train crash in 1905.

Because Clara’s headstone, along with a large portion of the Horn family compartment within the mausoleum, was destroyed by vandals in the mid 1980’s, we are in the process of trying to obtain white Colorado Yule Quarry “Lincoln Gold Vein” marble needed to replace the missing panels.

More damage to the Horn Family Compartment.

Due to the damage, we aren’t certain which crypts contain the remains of Caroline, Arthur & Clara


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

Mother: Caroline “Lena” (Kappmeyer) Horn
Brother: Walter L. Horn
Brother: Reinhold W. Horn
Brother: Arthur H Horn
First Cousins 1x removed: Caroline “Carrie” L (Kappmeyer) Struve & Arthur Struve

According to newspaper accounts, Arthur Struve’s wife, Caroline Struve (nee Kappmeyer) and Clara Hager’s mother, Caroline “Lena” Horn (nee Kappmeyer) were first cousins.



Age: 81 years, 16 days

(nee RUST)

DOB: October 22, 1862
Southwest of Beecher, IL USA

DOD: November 7, 1943
St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Daughter of Friedrich and Gustine (nee Meyer) Rust
Sister to: Anna, Fred, Henry F. (Emma Meyer) Rust and William Meier (adopted brother)

Wife of Henry Hunte, married January 15, 1888, St. John’s UCC, Beecher.

Mother to: Albert (Vera Matthias), Carl F. and Herman (Malinda Fiene)  Hunte

(Editor’s note: All three of Minnie’s and Henry’s sons served in WW1)

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.

November 11, 1943  – Beecher Herald 


Minnie Hunte DiesMrs. Henry Hunte, a pioneer citizen of Beecher, passed away at St. James Hospital, Sunday morning, at 11:00 o’clock. Mrs. Hunte, who attained the age of 81 years on October 22nd, had been in good health until several weeks ago when she suffered from the effects of a bad fall. Apparently fully recovering from this accident, she recently became ill and was removed to St. James Hospital, Nov. 2, where expert care was given her, but to no avail.

Surviving are her two sons, Carl, with whom she had been living in the family home on Woodward Street, and Herman, of South Holland; and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Herman Hunte.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.J. Merzdorf of St. John’s Ev and Reformed Church, (substituting for Rev. G. Horst), at the Hack Funeral Home, Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:00 o’clock at St, Luke’s Ev and Reformed Church. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Obituary – Mrs. Minnie M. Hunte

Minnie Hunte obitThe departed, Minnie Marie Hunte, nee Rust, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Friedrich Rust, was born south and west of Beecher, October 22, 1862. She was received into the covenant of God’s grace through Holy Baptism in infancy. During her school age, she also received religious and confirmation instruction under the pastorate of Rev. Keuchen at St. John’s Evangelical Church. During the instruction season she stayed at the parsonage, helping the pastor’s family with the work of the household. With twenty-three other members, she was then confirmed in her Christian faith promising to be faithful to her Lord and Savior unto death, April 9, 1875. Throughout the years of her maidenhood, she remained loyal to her parents, assisting them in the work of their household. Then at the age of 26 years, she gave her heart and hand into marriage to Henry Hunte, January 15, 1888, when the Rev. Koch officiated at the ceremony. Out of this marriage, three children were born, three boys, and the oldest of these, Albert, preceded the mother in death, ten years ago. In October 1930, her husband was also taken from her side, leaving her a widow unto the day of her death.  She was a good wife to her husband and a good mother to her sons. For many years she was a faithful and loyal member of the St. Luke’s Church. She also was a charter member of the Ladies Aid Society of St. Luke’s and gave cheerfully and freely of her time and talents towards this organization. She held the office of secretary of the Ladies Aid Society for a number of years and also was treasurer. Later she also became a member of the Sewing Circle, where she served with interest until her health failed.

During the many years of a long life, she enjoyed good health with but a few exceptions. Last Monday, her latest illness became so serious that it was advisable for her to be removed to the hospital at Chicago Heights, where we visited her as acting pastor, praying with her and for her in the presence of her son, Carl. We promised to visit her again, this week, but God willed it different for her. She was called out of this world to her heavenly reward Sunday forenoon, at 11:30 o’clock, November 7, at the age of 81 years and 15 days.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her two sons, Carl of Beecher and Herman of South Holland, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Herman Hunte; 2 brothers-in-law; Frank Hunte, Beecher; Fred Hunte, Springville, Iowa and August Hunte, Alhambra, California; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Hunte of Beecher and Mrs. Henry Rust of Steger; besides cousins and other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Husband: Henry Hunte
Son: Albert L. Hunte
Son: Carl Hunte
Sister & Brother-in-Law: Henry F. Rust & Emma (Meyer) Rust
Parents of Sister-in-Law Emma (Meyer) Rust: Diedrich Meyer & Wilhelmina (Bock) Meyer
Father & Mother-in-Law of Son (Herman & Malinda (Fiene) Hunte): Heinrich F. Fiene &  Emma (Ristenpart) Fiene
Uncle & Aunt of son’s wife (Herman & Malinda (Fiene) Hunte): William Ristenpart & Hermine (Danne) Ristenpart
Aunt & Uncle of son’s wife (Herman & Malinda (Fiene) Hunte): Fredricke M. (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,


Mary Fick

Age: 70 years, 11 months, 2 days

Maria Heldt Fick

DOB: February 6, 1866
Downers Grove, IL, USA

DOD: January 8, 1937
Washington Township, IL, USA

Daughter of William and Johanna S. (nee Stadt) Heldt

Sister to: Henry Sr. (Maria D. Grages) William H (Alvina Kaiser) , Charles (Pauline Klemme), Herman (Louise M.Hadders), John (Emma W. Klemme), Emma (William Klemme), Emil (Emma Schroeder) Heldt

Wife of Louis Fick, married October 25, 1888.

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


Beecher Herald – January 14, 1937

Mrs. Louis Fick

Mary Fick Obit, page 1The departed, Mrs. Louis Fick, nee Maria Heldt, daughter of William and Hannah Heldt, both deceased, was born, Feb. 6, 1866, at Downers Grove.  The child of Christian parents, she was soon after birth received into the larger family of the children of God through the holy rite of Baptism.  When her parents, a few years later, located near Beecher and became affiliated with the St. John’s Church, she received the religious instruction and was confirmed in that church by the Rev. E. Keuchen, March 21, 1880.  On October 25, 1888, she was also married in the same church to Mr. Louis Fick, Rev. G Koch officiating.  This happy union was blessed with three children, one of whom a boy, died shortly after birth.  The surviving children, who with their father deeply mourn the passing of a loving wife and mother, are Emma, Mrs. John Lange; and Amanda, Mrs. Ben Johnson, both near and in Beecher.  Immediately after their marriage, the young couple engaged in farming on the county line, about 3 ½ miles southeast of Beecher.  After twenty seven years of successful farming, they acquired and made their home on the southeastern edge of town, adjoining the Dixie Highway.

Not quite well in late years, the intensive heat of last summer aggravated her real trouble to such an extent that she was unable to perform her household duties.  Given the best of medical care and every loving attention on the part of her husband and children, she, at times seemed to rally but not sufficient to give any hope for recovery.  Even so, her sudden end, Friday morning, at six o’clock, came as a distinct shock to her loved ones and a large circle of friends in and near Beecher.  The days of her earthly sojourn number 71 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Those who deeply mourn her passing are the husband, the two daughters and sons-in-law, already mentioned; one grandchild, Leonard Lange; one sister, Mrs. Wm. Klemme, Hanover Township, Ind.; four brothers, Charles, Herman, John, near Beecher, and Emil, Oelwein, Ia.; and a large host of other relatives and friends.

Louis Fick Obit, Page 2Funeral services were conducted, Sunday, beginning at 1:30 at the house and continued at St. Luke’s Church at 1:50, where her pastor, Rev. G. Horst, spoke fitting words of comfort in both the German and English languages.  The members of St. Luke’s Ladies Aid, in which organization the deceased held membership, rendered two appropriate songs.  Beautiful floral pieces and a very large gathering of friends testified to the high esteem in which the departed was held by all who knew her.  She was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

As a wife and mother, the departed gave gladly, freely and fully of her love, strength and time to her loved ones and always delighted in serving all who entered her friendly, hospitable home.  As a child of God she loved his Word and the place where his glory dwelleth, and found much inspiration in attending divine services.  As a former member of St. Luke’s Ladies’ Aid, she was ever Kingdom minded and gladly contributed her share of the blessings received.  Well knowing that her earthly days were numbered she together with her husband, only last Sunday, partook of the Lord’s Supper.  In bidding her farewell, we may comfort ourselves in the thought and hope that she is forever realizing her Saviour’s promise: “I go to prepare a place for you, etc. John 14.

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

Husband: Louis Fick
Uncle & Aunt: Ernst Heldt & Lisette Friedericke Heldt
Brother: Henry Heldt Sr.
Cousins:  Fred E. Heldt & Ida Peters Heldt
Father & mother-in-law of cousin (Ida Peters Heldt) Martin Peters & Friedaricka 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



Age: 72 years, 9 months, 2 days


Eva Friederica (Ruge) Hack

Born: June 24, 1860
W. Chicago, IL USA

Died: March 26, 1933
at home

Daughter of: Carl Wilhelm and Wilhelmina (Zirzow) Ruge

Sister to: Charles F. (Maria Grabe), Herman (Anna Meyer), Bertha (Henry R. Meyer) , Wilhelm (Dorathea Meyer), Alvine (Otto C. Knuth) Emma S. (Gustav C. Koch), Wilhelmine (William Ostermeyer) Heinrich Nicolaus, Henry B. (Sophie Batterman) , Emil H. (Elva Pearl Nichols), Robert Friedrich, Johann Carl Ruge

Wife of Herman Hack, married September 28, 1876

Mother of 12: Henry, Emma B. (George J. Klein), Minnie (Maurice J. Howe), Amanda (Herman Graves), Alvina M., John C. (Blanche Apking), William C. (Gertrude M. Adolph), Cynthia, Talitha (William Becker), twins Amelia & Malinda, and Evaline.


Eva Hack obitThe departed, Mrs. Eva Friederica Maria Dorothea Hack, nee Ruge, daughter of Charles and Wilhelmina Rufe nee Zirzow, was born, June 24, 1860, at West Chicago in DuPage Co. Being the child of Christian parents, she was in early infancy placed in the arms of her Saviour through baptism in a Lutheran church at Downers Grove. When she was about five years old her parents moved to a farm, west of Goodenow, residing there two years, after which they established the so-called Ruge homestead, five miles south-east of here. Her parents having united with the St. John’s congregation gave the departed every opportunity to gain a thorough religious education so that, March 29, 1874, in the hour of her confirmation and in the presence of her pastor, Rev. Keuchen, and a large congregation she could gladly and gratefully promise allegiance to her Master.

On Sept. 28, 1876, she was united in marriage with Herman Hack, Rev. Keuchen officiating. This happy union was blessed with twelve children, of whom three – Henry, Cynthia and William, preceded the mother in death. The surviving children, who deeply mourn the departure of a loving mother, are: Emma, Mrs. George Klein, Chicago; Minnie, Mrs. Mauirce Howe, Chicago, Amanda, Mrs. Herman Graves, of Crown Point; Alvina; John of Peotone; Talitha, Mrs. William Becker, Peotone; and Amelia, Malinda and Evaline. May also be mentioned here that one grandchild, Mamie Graves, fully shared in a mother’s love with these children.

Immediately after marriage the young couple engaged in farming on the Hack homestead, southeast of town. After thirteen years on this farm they moved to Cissna Park, where for four years they followed the same occupation. Returning to Beecher they lived for one year on the so-called Many farm, after which they re-settled on the old homestead.

Frank Hack store advertisement 1908

Frank Hack store advertisement 1908

In 1912 they gave up farming and came to Beecher where Mr. Hack until Jan. 1, 1923 acquired and successfully conducted his brother Frank’s store. On Feb. 19, 1926, he was quite unexpectedly called to his eternal reward. Following the death of her husband, the departed continued to live in her home on Indiana Street where her daughter, Malinda, and her granddaughter, Mamie Graves, made her life as pleasant and comfortable as they possibly could. Eva Hack obit 2Having failed in health for some time but without due cause for alarm it came as a distinct shock to her loved ones and the community when, Thursday morning, March 23, a paralytic stroke brought her to the very door of death. A doctor and the children being immediately summoned, it soon became apparent that medical skill and loving care on the part of the daughters, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Hack, and Miss Verna Adolph would prove of no avail. Thus, Sunday morning, March 26, at 8:06, she peacefully closed her eyes in death at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 2 days. Those deeply mourning her passing are the children already mentioned, three brothers and Emil of Lowell, Indiana; one sister, Alvina, Mrs. Otto Knuth of Chicago; two daughters-in-law; twenty-six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted, Wed. March 29, at 1:30 p.m., at the house, Rev. Horst officiating and Mrs. Adkins rendering a solo. Services were conducted at St. Luke’s Church, where her pastor spoke the German and English languages to a very large attendance. In addition, the Ladies Aid of which Mrs. Hack had been an active member, sang two appropriate songs. Mrs. Adkins also sang two heart-touching solos. Rev. Thomas Adkins, Crown Point, Ind., pastor of Mrs. Graves, who was too ill to attend her mother’s funeral, offered a consoling prayer. Many beautiful floral pieces gave ample evidence of the esteem in which the departed was held by all who knew her. She was buried in the mausoleum. The pallbearers were: Arthur Hack, Arthur Ruge, Dr. E.C. Hack, Wesley Ruge, Leslie Schultz, Irwin Loitz, Wm. Meyer and Otto Meyer. The grandchildren served as flower carriers.

In the passing of Mrs. Hack, a life enriched by loving service has come to its eternal reward. As a true loving wife and mother she gave a worthy example of the real beauty of Christian faith, love and hope, delighting in the manifold labors which brought comfort and happiness to her loved ones. As a child of God she found rare pleasure in the word of God, and was at all times deeply interested in her church and the larger kingdom work. As a neighbor and friend she will long be remembered because of her ready sympathy and help. Thus it may be said of her– Rev. 14, verse 13. “And I heard a voice from Heaven saying: Write, Blessed are the dead who are in the Lord from henceforth: yea, sayeth the spirit that they may rest from their labors, for their works follow with them.”

Eva’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Herman Hack
Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law: Charles J. Hack & Anna (Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law: Henry Hack & Mary (Bielfeldt) Hack
Husband’s Niece & Nephew: Rose W. (Hack) Dunlap & Asa James Dunlap
Husband’s Nephew & Niece: Arthur J. Hack & Ethel (Wehmhoefer) Hack
Husband’s Nephew & Niece: Dr. Edmund Hack & Margaretha B (Schwarz) Hack

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, 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,






Melsina Meyer

Age: 69 years, 7 months, 23 days

(nee FIENE)

DOB: December 9, 1860
Elmhurst, IL USA

DOD: August 1, 1930
at home, Beecher, IL USA

Daughter of Friedrich and Catharine Dorothea (nee Redeker) Fiene

Sister to four:  twin sister Mathilde C. (Conrad Riechers), Fred G. (Wilhelmine Wille),  Heinrich F. (Marie Herbertz), Sophia M. (Friedrich Grages) Fiene

Wife of Ferdinand Engelking, married in 1886. (Ferdinand died Dec. 22, 1894)
Mother to: Sophia (Henry Farrenkopf), Frederick W. (Bertha Boicken), Carl F. (Helena S. Peters) and Anna (Emil G. Dierking) Engelking

Wife of Henry F. Meyer, married July 18, 1896
Mother to: Heinrich, Augusta and Harry H Meyer

August 7, 1932 – Beecher Herald


Melsina Meyer obitMelsina Catharine Louise Meyer, nee Fiene, was born December 9, 1860, in the neighborhood west of Chicago, where her parents Fr. (Friedrich) Fiene and his wife lived at the time. Later when they moved into the neighborhood of Beecher they joined the St. John’s Church. Here in 1874, she was confirmed by Rev. E. Keuchen. In 1896, she was united in holy wedlock to Ferdinand Engelking, who died in 1894, leaving her a widow with four small children. After a widowship of one year and a half, in July, 1896, she entered into matrimony with Henry Meyer. To this union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy.

Mrs. Meyer has been ailing in health for several years, yet by her sunny disposition the burden was borne with a real Christian spirit. About a year ago, her health began to fail rapidly, and more so since early spring. Only for nine days was she favored to live in the beautiful new bungalow (139 Dixie Highway, Beecher, IL) which her husband built the past months. Visibly her condition became lower and at 5:20 p.m., August 1, she closed her eyes peacefully forever on this earth. She brought her age to 69 years, 8 months and 8 days.

Her departure is mourned by her husband and his son, Harry, and by her two daughters and two sons of her first union: Mrs. Gustav Dierking, Beecher; Mrs. Sophie Farrenkopf, Harvey; Karl Engelking, Beecher; and Fritz Engelking, Grant Park, besides 14 grandchildren, one sister; Mrs. Sophie Grages, Beecher, and one brother, Fred Fiene of Wells, Minnesota.

The funeral services were held on Monday, August 4, at the St. John’s Church, conducted by Rev. C. Nauerth, who spoke both in German and English words of comfort to the bereaved ones and exemplifying to the multitude her Christian character. The Ladies Aid Society sang two songs for their departed member. The pall bearers were Frank Hunte, Paul Adolph, Henry Deeke, Henry Bohl, Ed. Rehborg and Ed Grages. Interment took place at the Beecher Mausoleum.

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

Husband: Henry F. Meyer
Son: Harry H. Meyer
In-Laws of step-son (Carl F. Engelking) Martin C. Peters & Friedericka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of step-son (Carl F. Engelking): Rudolph F. Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of step-son (Carl F. Engelking): William Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, 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, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,





Age: 74 years, 2 months, 13 days

Dorthea (nee Ohlenkamp)

DOB: October 23, 1855
Hanover, Germany

DOD: January 5, 1930
Beecher, IL USA
at home

Daughter of Conrad and Sophie (nee Bredemann) Ohlenkamp

Sister to: Diedrich and Wilhelm Ohlenkamp

Wife to: August Guritz Sr., married Nov. 21, 1879, Lake County, IN USA

Mother to eight: Sophie (Ed Willie), Lena (Emil Kiedaisch), Carolina (William C. Hamann), Herman (Wilhelmina Einspahr), August (Hulda Bredermeier), Ida (Edwards H. Albers), William (Ella M. Selk) and Dorothea (William Reichers) Guritz.

January 9, 1930   OBITUARY   –    MRS. DORA GURITZ

Guritz, DOra obit .1Mrs. August Guritz, nee Dora Ohlenkamp, was born October 23, 1855, in Province Hanover, Germany. In 1866 she came with her parents to America locating near Elmhurst, where after religious instruction, she was confirmed. In the year 1870, her parents left Elmhurst and definitely located in Kankakee County. On November 21, 1879, she was married to Mr. August Guritz, Rev. Keuchen of St. John’s Church officiating. This happy union was blessed with the following children: Emma, Mrs. Ed Willie, Beecher; Lena, Mrs. Emil Kiedaisch, Beecher; Mary, Mrs. Wm. Hamann, Grant Park; Herman, Lowell, Ind.; August, State Line, Grant Park; Ida, Mrs. Ed Albers, Beecher; Wm., Beecher; and Dora, Mrs. Wm. Riechers, Beecher.

After 30 years of successful farming, Mr. and Mrs. Guritz made their home, living quietly and happily for 18 years, until the sudden death of Mr. Guritz on April 8, 1926. Shortly afterwards the departed, persuaded by her children made her home with her daughter, Mary, at Grant Park. Here in the hospitable home of her daughter, visited frequently by her children, she lived a quiet, contented, happy life. Suffering from an incurable sickness which at times caused her considerable pain, she nevertheless remained patient and deeply grateful for the loving care and attention so freely given.

Guritz, Dora obit .2On Saturday-Sunday night, at 12:40, she peacefully closed her eyes in death at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 12 days. She leaves to mourn the above mentioned children, one brother, Diedrich Ohlenkamp, Beecher, one aged mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Guritz, 22 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.

The departed, a faithful loving wife and mother, a sincere true Christian, found her life’s work and greatest happiness in the loving care and attention she gave to her own. As a member of St. Luke’s Church and St. Luke’s Ladies Aid, she was always interested in the affairs of the church and the kingdom work at large.

Funeral services were conducted, yesterday afternoon, at 1:00 o’clock at the Wm. Hamann home and continued at 1:45 at St. Luke’s Church, where Rev. G. Horst spoke fittingly in both the German and English language, followed by Rev. Wilking of Grant Park, who also extolled the character of the departed. The local Ladies Aid rendered two appropriate songs, one of which was the favorite of Mrs. Guritz. The many beautiful floral pieces were a fitting tribute of the esteem in which she was held by all who knew her. She was laid to rest near her husband in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Dora’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: August Guritz
Half-brother-in-law & sister-in-law: John H. Guritz & Martha (Tatge) Guritz

Other extended, more distant families include:
Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Froboese, Graham, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof, Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppenstead, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn, Kirchhoff, Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, McCarty, Meyer, Monk, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,