Ida Heldt

Age: 79 years, 11 days

(nee Ida Elizabeth Johanna Peters)

DOB: August 12, 1883
Mecklenberg, Germany

DOD: August 23, 1962
at Home, Beecher, IL USA


Daughter of Martin Christian and Fridericka Johanna (nee Barmann) Peters

Sister to: Friedericka (August Piel), Rudolph (Elizabeth Eckhoff), Emma (Wilhelm Klemme), Helena (Carl Engelking) and William (Helen Wehling) Peters

Wife of Fred E. Heldt, married December 16, 1900 in Beecher.

Mother of Violet (Henry T. Meeter) Heldt

Can you see Violet sitting on her mother’s lap in the buggy?


1909 Halloween postcardMr. and Mrs. S.R. Stites and Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt entertained about 50 of their married friends at a Halloween party Saturday evening. The party gathered at the home of Mrs. H. Bielfeldt at 7:30 o’clock and from there ambled around in an effort to locate where the function proper would take place. When they arrived at the Stites home, they were directed through the dimly lighted rooms, following a narrow roped passage to the basement. Before reaching their destination, however, they heard weird and hideous noises that fairly made the cold chills creep up and down their spinal columns. The basement was in utter darkness, but a match was brought into play and jack-o-lanterns and lighted candles soon illuminated the room, when it was found tables were set with plenty of good things to eat that would even tempt a ghost. Unique and appropriate decorations adorned the tables. Large jack-o-lanterns were placed in the center of the tables, while at each plate there were small candles with carrots as candlesticks. Alongside of each plate were also small turnips filled with assorted candies. Even the paper napkins were adorned with a pumpkin face and a witch, appropriate to the occasion. After satisfying the inner man – at which the writer must confess we overdone it – the happy throng were escorted to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt, where they found the rooms tastily decorated with corn stalks and autumn leaves. 1909 Halloween Good WitchHere games, vocal and instrumental music, dancing and general merriment prevailed and each guest seemed to enjoy an equal share of the fun. At midnight the good witch made her visit with a kettle of sparkling grape juice just to put on the finishing touch, and shortly afterward the party dispersed, regretting that it had “got late late so early.” The ladies, Mesdames Stites and Heldt, are charming entertainers and are deserving of much praise for their party on Saturday evening, which was so successfully carried out.
Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Lake of Chicago were the only out-of-town guests.




Colonial Room Chicago 1950Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heldt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Dec. 16th. They received many cards, flowers and lovely gifts. The couple were the guest of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meeter and children, Patricia and Dudley, at a dinner in the Colonial Room in Chicago. A quartette of costumed carolers rendered several Christmas songs at their table. As the dessert was served, a cake with lighted candles was placed before the honored couple while the organist played “I Love You Truly”, “The Anniversary Song” and “Because.”

August 30, 1962 – BEECHER HERALD

Final Rites Monday for Mrs. Fred Heldt

Final Rites Ida HeldtFuneral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Hack Chapel in Beecher for Mrs. Fred Heldt, 79, of 705 Woodward Street, Beecher, who died Thursday at her home following a lingering illness.

Born in 1883 in Germany, Mrs. Heldt came to the United States as a child.

Mrs. Heldt is survived by her husband, Fred, a daughter, Mrs. Henry Meeter of Beecher; two sisters, Mrs. Helena Engelking of Beecher and Mrs. Emma Klemme of Steger; a brother, William Peters of Steger; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

Services were conducted by Rev. Glenn Schwerdt with burial in the Beecher Mausoleum.

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

Husband: Fred E. Heldt
Mother & Father: Martin Peters & Fridericka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: Rudolph Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: William Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters
Father & Mother-in-law: Ernst Heldt & Lisette (Stadt) Heldt
Cousin of husband: Henry Heldt Sr.

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





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