Age: 74 years, 3 months, 10 days


DOB: June 11, 1863
Zwickau, Saxony, Germany

DOD: September 21, 1937
at home, near Dyer, IN USA

Help PleaseGerman parents and family unknown, can you help identify Edward’s family heritage?





Husband of Betty (nee Ehm) Pansa, married March 12, 1892 Cook County, IL.

Pansa Family, Charles, Edward Jr., William, Anna, Betty, Ella, Edward Sr., Minnie

Charles, Edward Jr., William, Anna, Betty, Ella, Edward Sr., Minnie Pansa, circa 1917-1919

Father to: Edward W. (Hulda Tegtmeier), Charles (Esther Koenning), Minnie (Edward C. Spaulding), Anna (Hugh Henderson), William (Clara Ruder), Ella (Louis Moeller) Pansa

Edward immigrated to the United States in 1883 while still a youth, making his home on the Pansa Homestead in Crete, Illinois according to the 1910 census.

September 30, 1937 – Beecher Herald


Edward Pansa obit 2Final rites for Edward Pansa, 74 years old, who passed away at the Pansa homestead near Dyer, Ind., last Tuesday, were held, Friday afternoon, with services at the home and interment in the local mausoleum.

Mr. Pansa was born in Germany, June 11, 1863 and came to this country when a youth, around 1883. Besides living in this neighborhood, he also made his home in Dyer and Chicago Heights. Death came after a long illness. He leaves his widow, three sons; Edward Jr., Charles and William; three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Spaulding, Mrs. Anna Henderson and Miss Ella Pansa; and 11 grandchildren.

September 24, 1937 – Chicago Heights Star


Edward Pansa obit 1Final rites will be held at two o’clock this afternoon at the Pansa homestead farm near Dyer for Edward Pansa, 74 years old, who died Tuesday afternoon following a lingering illness. Interment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

A pioneer resident of the community, Pansa had lived in Dyer, Beecher and Chicago Heights at various times, his last address being 11 East Twenty-third street. He was born in Germany on June 11, 1863.

Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Betty Pansa; three sons, Edward, Jr., Charles and William, all of this community; three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Spauling, Mrs. Anna Henderson and Miss Ella Pansa, and eleven grandchildren.

December 14, 1937 – Harrisburg Daily News  


Organized Hunt for Killers After Brutal Crime East of Crete

WOMAN MAY LIVE – Shot, Crawls on Ice for Aid

Hulda & Edward Pansa wife is shot by bandits in raid at homeEditor’s note: It was only 3 short months after Edward Sr.’s death that his family had to endure yet another death in their family. His eldest son, Edward Jr. was murdered in cold blood on his farm, when a couple of thugs came to the farm under pretense of buying a pig, then tortured and killed him. Completing the job, they shot his wife Hulda in the bedroom. Believing them both to be dead, the criminals departed the farm. Hulda was able to recover sufficiently to miraculously drag herself to the farm of William Pansa, a half mile away, in the freezing cold. She was rushed to the hospital after relating the tragedy, and the authorities were notified. By very fine work, the criminals were soon rounded up and identified at the hospital by Mrs. Pansa. The two accused criminals received just punishment, one by hanging himself in the county jail and the other by execution in the electric chair.



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

Wife: Betty (Ehm) Pansa

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, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,


2 thoughts on “EDWARD PANSA

  1. My name is Joyce Lueder and I am the great-granddaughter of Edward and Betty Pansa. I am doing family research and was thrilled to find out information about my great-grandparents and also about the murder of my great-uncle Edward. Of course I grew up hearing about the murder but my grandmother and aunts never really talked about their brother’s death. I would love to get a copy of the newspaper article you have on your site. I have tried to locate it but have had no luck. Would you be able to tell me how you obtained it? I also want to thank you for posting as much information as you do on your website. It is a help to family members. I recall visits to mausoleum to pay respects to Edward and Betty. I would like to visit again but the l as t time it was locked. Thank you again and any help will be greatly appreciated m

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