Saturday, December 18, 2010

Arnold Benjamin Wurnelle

Arnold Benjamin Wurm/Wurnelle, son of Philip John and Elizabeth (Missig) Wurm, was born 16 December, 1883 at Sandusky, Ohio.  Arnold was a twin to Rheinhold "Reynold" Wurm.  As an adult Arnold changed his last name to Wurnelle.  His first marriage was to Mary Bradley Crotty.  Arnold and Mary had two children and later divorced.  Their children were later adopted by Mary's second husband, Joseph McEvoy, thus changing their surname to McEvoy.  In 1918, Arnold was living at Denver, Colorado.  His second marriage was on 12 July 1920 at Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana to Opal Ridings.  Opal was born about 1899 to Fred and Nellie (Busby) Ridings.  It is believed that Arnold and Opal later divorced.  Arnold's obituary states he was precede in death by his wife, Mae, but no further information on Mae is available.  Arnold died in December 1969 at Kansas City, Missouri.


Obituary of Arnold B. Wurnelle - Sandusky Register, Sandusky, Ohio, 24 Dec 1969, page 3
"Arnold B. Wurnelle, 86, Kansas City, Mo., died Monday at the Jackson County Public Hospital in KAnsas City.

He was born in Sandusky and was an actor in vaudeville most of his life, retiring about 1940.

Survivors include a son, Renny McEvoy, North Hollywood, Calif., a former actor himself: three grandchildren: eight great grandchildren: a brother, Carl and a sister, Mrs. Tess Ennis, both of Sandusky and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae, and a son, Harold.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Funeral services are to be held Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the David Suitor Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, the Rev. Thomas Marlborough officiating.  Burial is to be in Calvary Cemetery."


Arnold Benjamin and Mary Bradley (Crotty) Wurm/Wurnelle had two children:

1 - Reynold Thomas "Renny" Wurnelle/McEvoy (1905-1987)
2 - Harold Arnold Wurnelle/McEvoy was born 15 March 1907 at Sandusky, Ohio and died 30 April 1935 at Toledo, Ohio.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery at Toledo, Ohio.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Herman Edward and Elizabeth Mary Dorothy (Wurm) Ranker

Elizabeth Mary Dorothy Wurm, daughter of Philip John and Elizabeth (Missig) Wurm, was born 7 Aug 1881 at Sandusky, Ohio and died 12 Sept. 1966.  She married Herman Edward Ranker.  Herman was born 16 Jan 1882 to Joseph L. and Rose Kunigunda (Kirchner) Ranker and died 22 Dec. 1953.


Obituary of Elizabeth M. (Wurm) Ranker - Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 13 Sept 1966, page 18
"Mrs. Elizabeth Ranker, 85, of West 8th Street, was pronounced dead in Elyria Memorial Hospital at 8:30 p.m. after having a heart attach.  She was the widow of Herman E. Ranker who died 15 years ago.

Mrs. Ranker was born in Sandusky Aug 9, 1881, and lived in Elyria 38 years.  She was a member of St. Mary Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Third Order of St. Francis, Mission Circle and one of the Air Force Mothers.

Surviving are two sons, Howard, Cleveland Heights, and John, Elyria; four daughters, Mrs. A.P. (Dorothy) MacDermott, Cleveland Heights; Mrs. Charles (Kay) Imber, Columbus; Mrs. W.J. (Barbara) Henry and Mrs. William (Genevieve) Barnes, both of Elyria; two brothers, Carl Wurnelle, Sandusky, and Arnold Wurnelle, Kansas City, Kans.; and a sister, Mrs. Theresa Ennis, Elyria.

Requiem high mass will be sung at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary Church and burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  The rosary will be recited in the Goldcamp Funeral Home at 8 p.m. today.  Friends will be received after 7 p.m. this evening and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow."


Herman Edward and Elizabeth Mary Dorothy (Wurm) Ranker had six children:
1 - Dorothy Elizabeth Mary Ranker (1904-1994)
2 - Howard Edward Ranker (1908-2001)
3 - Genevieve Hildegarde Ranker (1912-2007)
4 - John Albert Ranker was born 12 Nov 1915 at Fremont, Ohio and died 4 Aug 1990 at Elyria, Ohio.  He married Lois E. Hughes 26 Nov 1966.  Lois was born 21 March 1918 and died 3 March 2005.  John was a veteran of World War II and was later employed by Electro Alloys.  He is buried in Brookdale Cemetery at Elyria, Ohio.
5 - Mary Catherine "Kay" Ranker (1919-)
6 - Barbara Jeanne Ranker (1923-)

John Conrad & Adeline Elizabeth (Kecch) Wurm Family

John Conrad Wurm, son of Philip John and Elizabeth (Missig) Wurm, was born 6 April 1877 at St. Stephen, Seneca County, Ohio and died 15 February 1949 at Cleveland, Ohio.  John's first marriage was on 19 June 1901 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio to Mary Volz.  Mary was born in 1874 to John and Louisa (-) Volz and died of typhoid fever in 1904.  John's second marriage was on 19 October 1911 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio to Adeline Elizabeth Keech.  Adeline was born 7 March 1888 at Sandusky, Ohio to Albert C. and Christina (Linz) Keech and died 1 Sept. 1969.  John served in Company B of the Sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish American War.  John is buried in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery at Findlay, Ohio.


Wedding of John Wurm and Mary Volz - Daily Star, Sandusky, Ohio, 19 June 1901, pge 5
"At 8 o'clock this morning, Mr. John Wurm and Miss Mary Volz were quietly married in St. Mary's Catholic Church by the Rev. Fr. Widman.  Only a few of the near relatives and friends witnessed the ceremony, which was beautiful and impressive.

The bride presented a charming appearance gowned in white silk muil and wearing flowers in her hair.  The entire service was a pleasing picture which made a lasting impression on those who were present.

This evening there will be a reception at the home of the bride on Lindsley Street, for which over 200 invitations have been issued.  The couple will go to housekeeping on Wayne street.  The atttendants were Miss Margaret Callan and Mr. Fred Leise."


Obituary of Mary (Volz) Wurm - from Sandusky, Ohio newspaper
"Mrs. Mary Wurm died at her home Thursday.  Typhoid fever was the cause of another death in this city Thursday.  This time the vcitim was Mrs. Mary Wurm, wife of John Wurm, who died at her late residence, 114 Hendry street Thursday morning at 5:20 o'clock.  She was 27 years old and she leaves besides a husband, four brothers, Henry Volz of Toronto, Canada; Alvos, Louis and William Volz of this city, and three sisters, Mrs. Johanna De Lor, Mrs. Michael Calian and Mrs. Orlin Harmon of this city.  The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock."


Wedding of John Wurm and Adeline Keech - Sandusky Star-Journal, Sandusky, Ohio, 17 October 1911, page 2
"TO WED WEDNESDAY - A wedding beautiful in every appointment will take place at St. Mary's Church Wednesday morning at half after eight o'clock, when Miss Adeline Elizabeth Keech, daughter of Mrs. Frank Mainzer, and granddaughter of the late C.C. Keech, will become the bride of Mr. John Conrad Wurm of Xenia.  The Rev. Father Joseph Widmann will perform the ceremony.  The bride will wear an exquisite gown of white messaline fashioned empire style with trimmings of duchesse lace and fringe and pearl garniture.  Her veil will be fastened with valley lillies and she will carry a prayer book and rosary.  She will be attended by Miss Theresa Wurm as bridesmaid, who will be gown in white silk, also made empire, with trimmings of crystal.  Roses will be arranged in her haid and she will carry an arm bouquet of roses.  Dr. L.F. Myer will serve the groom as best man.  Following the ceremony an elaborate seven course breakfast will be served at the home of the bride's mother.  Pink and white will predominate in the decorations, with roses and carnations the chosen floewrs.  About twenty-five guests, including relatives only, will be served.

Mr. Wurm and the bride will leave in the afternoon for a trip to Cleveland, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, the bride traveling in a pretty suit of blue serge with hat to match.  After November 1, they will be home to their friends in Xenia, where the groom is military instructor.

On Monday evening Miss Keech was tendered a pleasant courtesy at the home of Mrs. Frank Ross on Monroe Street. The affair had been arranged as a miscellaneous shower and the bride-elect was presented with numberous lovely gifts.  Four tables were filled for a merry game of hearts, in which Mrs. Frank Krause won the highest honors, Mrs. Frank Tousley took second prize, and Miss Viola Frick was consoled.  At the close of the vening an elegant supper was served.  The table decorations were carried out in blue and red, with strings of hearts extending from the chandelier to the corners of the table, and a wedding bell was suspended from the chandelier.  A bride's cake surrounded by flowers formed an attractive centerpiece and tiny bells were favors at each place.  Covers were laid for the Misses Ada and Viola Frick, Corrine and Alma Ging, Anna Steinert, Laura Hosfeld, Mrs. Frank Krause, Mrs. Al Hosfeld, Mrs. Ed Weigand, Mrs. F. Tousley, Mrs. L. Hudson, Mrs. Frank Mainzer, the guest of honor and the hostess."


Article about John C. Wurm - Sandusky Star-Journal, Sandusky, Ohio, 31 March 1919, page 9
"REGRET LEAVING OF MR. WURM - The Xenia Gazette says of a former Sanduskian:  After serving nearly eight years as instructor in military tactics at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home, Major John C. Wurm has tendered his resignation, to become effective April 1.  He will enter the restaurant cafeteria business at Bellevue, O.

Major Wurm, whose home was Sandusky, succeeded Major McAaron as military instructor at the Home, when the later took a position as military man at a western university.  They were "buddies" in the Spanish-American War, serving through the Cuba campaign and at that time a lasting friendship was established.

Keeping pace with the military changes and innovations, Major Wurm has kept the training of the battalion at the Home up to date, and it is one of the best trained cadet bodies in Ohio.  Officials at the home regret to part with Major Wurm, and as yet no action has been taken to appoint his successor.  Major and Mrs. Wurm and their two charming little children, Urban and Gladys, are interesting members of the official family at the institution, and their departure from the Home is a source of regret to employees and children alike, a most cordial relation existing among them.

The military man at the Home has many duties aside from that of merely instructing the boys in military tactics, and the selection of a successor to Major Wurm is a mtter which will require considerable time."


Obituary of John C. Wurm - Republican-Courier, Findlay, Ohio, 17 Febuary 1949
"Funeral services for John C. Wurm, 71, 206 Western Avenue, will be held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Michael's church.  His son, Major Urban J. Wurm, an army chaplain, will officiate.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Mr. Wurm died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday in Crile Veterans hospital in Cleveland.  He had been in failing health for several years.

A former foreman at the D-W-G Cigar corporation plant here, he was born on April 6, 1877 at St. Stephens, a son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Missig) Wurm.  He married Adeline E. Keech on Oct. 19, 1911 and she survives.

Besides his wife and son, he leaves two daughters, Miss Gladys Wurm, at home, and Mrs. Russell O. Bell, Louisville, Ky: three sisters, Mrs. Herman Ranker, Elyria, Mrs. Dorothy Dehnhard and Mrs. Frank Enis, Cleveland; two brothers, Carl and Arnold Wurnelle, both of Kansas City, Mo; and one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Bell.  Two brothers are deceased.

Mr. Wurm was a Spanish American War veteran and belonged to Company B, Sixth Ohio Infantry.  He was a member of General Rosser Camp, United Spanish War Veterans.  A member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, he belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Order of Foresters, the Holy Name Society, and the Knights of Columbus lodge.

The body is at the Coldren funeral home, and will be removed to the residence at 206 Western avenue, where friends may call after noon today.  The Altar and Rosary society and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia will recite the rosary at 7:30 p.m. today at the residence."


Obituary of Adeline Elizabeth (Keech) Wurm - Findlay, Ohio newspaper
"Mrs. John C. (Adeline) Wurm, 81, of 305 Western Ave., died at 6 p.m. Monday of a heart illness in the rectory of St.Mary's Catholic Church in Wakeman, where her son, Monsignor Urban Wurm, is the pastor.

Born March 7, 1888 in Sandusky, she was the daughter of Albert F.a nd Christine (Linn) Keech.  She was married to John C. Wurm October 18, 1911, and he died February 15, 1949.

Also surviving are daughters Mrs. Richard (Gladys) Curry of Fostoria; Mrs. Russell (Elizabeth) Bell of Southern Pines, N.C., seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and seven great-step-grandchildren.  A brother, Albert, and sister, Ethel Krause, are deceased.

Mrs. Wurm lived most of her life in Findlay, where she was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and belongs to the following societies: Altar and Rosary Society, of which she served as past president; Martha's Confraternity; Blue Star Mothers and the Sun Bridge Club.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, with burial in the parish cemetery.  Friends may call at Kirkpatrick Hawkins Funeral Homes on Lima Ave. after 1 p.m. today."


John Conrad and Adaline Elizabeth (Keech) Wurm had three children:
1 - Urban Joseph Wurm was born 24 July 1912 at Sandusky, Ohio and died 10 Nov. 1987 at Findlay, Ohio.  Urban was a Catholic priest.  (See articles below.)
2 - Gladys M. Wurm (1916-1995)
3 - Elizabeth Christina Wurm (1921-)


World War II Article about Msgr. Urban J. Wurm - from papers of Germaine (Wurm) Flock
"Warm tributes to America's boys in uniform were on the lips of two veteran chaplains who have returned on furloughs to the diocese of TOledo - one from across the Atlantic, the other from across the Pacific.

Not until his return home did the diocese learn that Maj. Uvan J. Wurm, who went overseas with the troops that invaded North Africa, was the receipient of the Legion of Merit.

Capt. John C. Radlinski, who has been in the New Guinea area, was enjoying his first visit home since leaving the States July 20, 1942.

FROM WASHINGTON this week the Catholic Chronicle received the Legion of Merit citation to Chaplain Wurm, dated November 5, 1943: 'For exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services from Jly 10 to August 14, 1943, during the Sicilian campaign.  With improvised equipment and limited assistance, Chaplain Wurm accompanied the division in all its engagements, frequently traveling through heavily mined areas and working under intense first in order to accomplish his mission as graves registration officer.

Through his courage and untiring efforts, hundred of Allied and enemy dead were identified and given fitting burial in estalished cemeteries.  The efficient performance of these duties under extremely adverse conditions reflects credit upon Chaplain Wurm and the Chaplain's Service of the American military forces.'

By command of General Eisenhower, it was signed by Brig. Gen. E.L. Ford, GSC, Chief of Staff.

CHAPLAIN WURM also received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Belgium December 30, 1944, at the time of Von Rundstedt's break through in the Ardennes.  Chaplain Wurm, a former curate at Lima St. Rose, was with the Second Armored Division in Africa and Sicily, and with the Third Armored Division on the continent.   

Father Wurm, who became a Major en route to Africa, was on a beachhead 30 miles away when Father Clement M. Falter, C.PP.S., a native of Landeck in the diocese, was killed on November 8, 1942, as troops stormed the African beaches off Fedalia.  The two priests were together before entering service when Father Falter visited the Findlay home of Major Wurm's parents.

FATHER WURM attended the requiem Mass offered by Archbishop Spellman of New York over the grave of the first American Catholic chaplain to be killed in offensive action on foreign soil in World War II.

Father Wurm was at the front in Germany just before V-E Day and he had an opportunity to witness some of the story of the Rhine Valley.  In the boys who have been fighting Europe Father Wurm sees the makings of great leadership and the promise of a bulwark for the Church in the years ahead.  He said the Catholic boys wre generous in sacrifice to take advance of opportunities for Mass and the sacraments.

Chaplain Radlinski was strong in his praise of the American boys.  He said they edified him.  'I certainly have high hopes for the future of America in their hands,' said the former curate at St. Anthony's Parish.  'I consider my service overseas as giving me some of the happiest days of my life.'  The past six months Father Radlinski had charge of the ordering and distribution of Chaplain's supplies in New Guinea.

There is need for increased shipment of supplies for use by the chaplains,  said Father Radlinski.  More supplied must come from America, even though there may be market difficulties.  The Army has been procuring most of the supplies from Australia, he said...hosts, Mass wine, altar equipment, linens and kits.

Never, said Father Radlinski, has the procurement office been able to supply the need for rosaries, medals and missals.  Father Stedman's Missal is a favorite, said the chaplain."



Obituary of Monsignor Urban J. Wurm
"A funeral Mass for Monsignor Urban J. Wurm, 75, a resident of Heritage House Nursing Home, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St Michael's Catholic Church - Downtown, the Rev. Robert Donnely officiating.  There will be no visitation.  The body has been donated to medical science.  Monsignor Wurm died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.

He was born July 24, 1912 in Sandusky to John C. and Adeline (Keech) Wurm.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Richard L. (Gladys) Curry, Fostoria; and Mrs. Russell O. (Elizabeth) Bell, Southern Pines, N.C.  Monsignor Wurm was a retired Roman Catholic priest and U.S. Army chaplain.

He attended St. Michael's Elementary and Findlay secondary grades, graduating from Findlay High School in 1929.  He was graduated from St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana in 1933 and received a bachlelor of arts degree from St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati, in 1935.  He attended St. Mary's Theological Seminary in Cincinnati and was ordained a priest June 3, 1939.  His first assignment began June 17, 1939 as assistant at St. Peter's parish in Huron.  He remained there until Sept. 8, 1939 when he was assigned to St. Rose parish, Lima where he remained until 1941 when he entered active duty in the Army as a chaplain with the Second and Third Armored Divisions.  He participated in the North African and Gela Beach Sicility invations and subsequently five campaigns on the European Continent.

After World War II, he served as president of the Army Chaplain Board from 1947-48.  He was on duty in Japan at the break of the Korean Conflict and entered Korea by way of the Inchon Invasion in September 1950 with the 10th U.S. Army Corps.  In 18 campaigns, he received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Belgian Croix de Guerre and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.  In 1967, he was made a monsignor.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969 with the rank of a full colonel.

In 1969, Monsignor Wurm returned to the Diocese of Toledo as temporary chaplain at St. Francis Convent, Tiffin.  He remained there until June, when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's parish in Wakeman.  He retired from active ministry in January 1970 and then moved to Findlay.  He had been a resident of Heritage House Nursing Home the past 1 1/2 years.

Monsignor Wurm was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Findlay Elks Lodge 75 and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Detroit General Assembly.  Arrangements are being handled by Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home."

Louis William & Ida Josephine (McCarthy) Ranker

Ida Josephine McCarthy, daughter of Dennis Joseph and Mary Anna (Wurm) McCarthy, was born 7 June 1876 at Carrothers, Seneca County, Ohio and died 24 Jan 1954 at Tiffin, Ohio.  Ida married Louis William Ranker 26 Sept 1892 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tiffin, Ohio.  He was born 3 March 1872 to Joseph L. and Rose Kunigunda (Kirchner) Ranker and died in 1934.


Article noting the marriage of Louis Ranker and Ida McCarthy - Tiffin Daily Tribune, Tiffin, Ohio, 26 Sept 1893, page 5 column 5

"MARRIED - Ranker-McCarthy - At St. Mary's Catholic Church, at 7:30 o'clock, Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, by Rev. M. Healy, Mr. Louis Ranker and Miss Ida McCarthy, both of this city.

The happy young couple have many friends in the city who extend congratulations and best wishes."


Gravestone of Louis W. & Ida J. (McCarthy) Ranker - St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio

Louis William & Ida Josephine (McCarthy) Ranker had nine children:
1 - Regina Clara Ranker was born 15 Oct 1894 at Tiffin, Ohio and died 25 March, 1913 at Tiffin.  Regina drowned during the flood of 1913.  (See articles below)
2 - Urban Lewis Ranker (1897-1951)
3 - Raymond Charles Ranker (1900-1976)
4 - Mervin George Ranker was born 19 Nov 1903 at Tiffin, Ohio.  In the fall of 1926 he began preparation for the Catholic priesthood in the Fransican Order, and he was ordained to the priesthood on 15 June 1937, taking the religious name of Leo Mervin Ranker.  Fr. Ranker died 13 June 1938 at Olean, New York.  His death was the result of complications following an operation for relief of sinus trouble.  (See obituary below.)
5 - Millard Joseph Ranker, twin to Mildred, was born 2 August 1907 at Tiffin, Ohio and died 22 Aug. 1907 at Tiffin, Ohio.
6 - Mildred Mary Ranker, twin to Millard, was born 2 August 1907 at Tiffin, Ohio and died 18 Aug. 1908 at Tiffin, Ohio.
7 - Madeline Katherine Ranker (1910-1999)
8 - Vincent Berlie Ranker (1913-1971)
9 - Joseph Leo Ranker (1914-1996)


1913 Flood Article on Regina Ranker - Seneca Advertiser, Tiffin, Ohio, 10 April 1913, page 5 column 4

"REGINA RANKER'S BODY RECOVERED - The body of Miss Regina Ranker was found in the Abbott's Island area by Mr. Don Bender.  The body was in a good state of preservation.  When found, the hair of the corpse had entwined itself about some debris so firmly that the debris had to be broken in order to release it.  About the neck was a thin gold chain from which a double heart-shaped crystal pendant was suspended.  As soon as the family of the unfortunate young lady was brought to the morgue, word was sent to the Ranker family home on Prospect street.  Mrs. Ranker, the grief stricken mother, accompanied by Mrs. Nicholas Serin, who resides next door to the Rankers, came at once to the morgue.  The scene when the mother identified the body was most affecting.  The suspense of that mother during the past two weeks - - a mother who knew her daughter was dead but knew not where her body reposed - - is now relieved, and the sympathy expressed on all sides for her and the other members of the family would but east their grief and would be easy to bear.

Miss Regina Ranker was born in this city 18 years ago on the 15th day of last November.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ranker of 129 Prospect Street.  Up to about a year ago she was employed in Kaler's and since that time she was a popular office employee in the U.S. Glass Company.  She was a fine appearing young lady and possessed a disposition which endeared her to all with whom she was acquainted.  Had she lived until the coming summer she would have become the bride of George Klingshirn, Jr., who with his mother, four sisters, two brothers and brother-in-law, Ray Hostler, were buried in one grave in St. Josephs'c cemetery on Monday morning.  She was in the Klingshirn home when it left its foundation at 11 o'clock Tuesday night, March 25, since which time searching parties have been at work trying to locate her body and that of Joseph and William Klingshirn, who were also in the ill-fated dwelling.  The body will be taken to the Ranker home on Thursday morning and the funeral services will be held in St. Joseph's Church Friday morning. "


Obituary of Regina Ranker - Tiffin Daily Tribune, 12 April, 1913, page 5 column 3

"DOUBLE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR TWO MORE FLOOD VICTIMS IS HELD AT ST. JOSEPH

The funeral of Miss Regina Ranker and William Klingshirn was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 8:30 o'clock this morning, and was attended by a very large number of friends and relatives.  Solemn requiem mass was held and was officiated as follows: Rev. Fr. Hultgen, Celebrant; Rev. Fr. Zinsmayer, Deacon, and Rev. Fr. Bonner, Sub-deacon.  The sermon was preached by Rev. Fr. Hultgen.  Members of the Young Ladies' Sodality of St. Joseph's church acted as honorary pall bearers for Miss Ranker.

Both the flood victims were buried in the plot at St. Joseph's cemetery where the others who lost their lives in the reent disaster have been interred."


Obituary of Fr. Leo Mervin Ranker - Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, Tiffin, Ohio, 14 June 1938, page 12 column 3

"The Rev. Leo Mervin Ranker, OFM, died unexpectedly in a New York hospital following an operation for relief of sinus trouble.  He was stricken with a sinus attack and was taken to a hospital where an operation was performed.  He had suffered from sinus trouble but friends had been under the impression that a cure had been effected. 

Born in Tiffin, Father Ranker was baptized by the late Msgr. Francis L. Hultgen durin gthe first year of the latter's pastorate at St. Joseph's Church.  After attending Columbian High School and the Dell Business School here, he went to Washington D.C. where he obtained a government position.  Resigning the position in 1926, he began preparation for the priesthood in the Franciscan Order in the fall of 1926.  He pursued his classical studies in St. joseph's Seminary, Callicoon, New York, and in 1930 entered the Franciscan Novitiate in Patterson, New Jersey, taking the name of Leo in religion.  He pursued his philosophical studies in St. Stephen's Monastery, Croghan, New York, and St. Anthony's Monastery, Butler, New York, and theological studies in the Franciscan College of the Holy Name, Washington, D.C.  Father Ranker was ordained to the priesthood in Washington, D.C. June 15, 1937, and celebrated his first mass Sunday, June 20, 1937, in St. Joseph's Church in this city.  Burial will be made in the Franciscan Cemetery at Allegheny, New York."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Anthony & Christina (McCarthy) Richard

Hellena Christine "Christina" McCarthy, daughter of Dennis Joseph and Mary Anna (Wurm) McCarthy, was born 21 March 1870 in Bloom Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 28 July 1941 at St. Paul, Neosho County, Kansas.  Christina married Anthony Richard 21 Aug 1888 in Paulding County, Ohio.  He was born 6 Nov 1851 in Seneca County, Ohio to Jacob and Madelaine (Schane) Richard and died 6 March 1909 at Erie, Kansas.  Anthony had been previously married to Mary Philomena Casanova, daughter of John Peter and Margarette (Falter) Casanova, who died in 1886.  Following Anthony's death, Christina married George Thomas Pierce on 18 Jan 1916 at Erie, Kansas.  George was born in 1861 at Pawnee, Illinois to W.Y. and Harriett (-) Pierce and died 29 April 1928 at Walnut, Kansas.


Gravestones of Anthony & Christina (McCarthy) Richard - St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul, Neosho County, Kansas


Anthony and Hellena Christine (McCarthy) Richard had eight children:
1 - Cecilia Marie Richard (1889-1969)
2 - Joseph Carl "Charley" Richard was born 18 Sept 1891 in Harrison Township, Paulding County, Ohio and died 3 Sept 1892 in Harrison Township, Paulding County, Ohio.
3 - Oliver Anthony Richard (1893-1961)
4 - Lewis John Richard (1896-1985)
5 - Henry Virgil "Harry" Richard was born in April 1899 at Payne, Paulding County, Ohio and died 29 Feb 1952 at Erie, Kansas.  He married Anna Catherine Aitenhofen 22 Nov 1932 at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul, Kansas.  She was born 24 Oct 1894 in Seneca County, Ohio to Alvton and Catherine (Kongs) Aitenhofen and died 10 Sept 1985 at Oswego, Kansas.  Harry and Anna did not have any children.
6 - Marie Veronica Richard (1902-1943)
7 - Raymond Hugh Richard (1904-1997)
8 - Eugene John Richard (1906-1985)


Gravestone of Henry V. & Anna C. (Aitenhofen) Richard - St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul, Neosho County, Kansas

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Leo Charles & Estella Maria (Wurm) Schunck

Estella Maria "Stella" Wurm, daughter of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 4 Sept 1891 in Harrison Township, Paulding County, Ohio and died 2 Dec 1973 at Celina, Ohio.  She married Leo Charles Schunck 14 July 1908 in Mercer County, Ohio.  He was born 20 Nov 1887 at Celina, Ohio to Peter H. and Frances (Wagerer) Schunck and died 6 Oct 1936.


Gravestone of Leo C. and Estella M. (Wurm) Schunck - Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio


Leo Charles and Estella Maria (Wurm) Schunck had six children:
1 - Mildred Schunck (1908-1965)
2 - Paul Frank Joseph Schunck was born 7 April 1911 at Celina, Ohio and died 22 April 1972 at Lima, Ohio.  He married Marie Cecellia Apple 15 Dec 1936 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, Ohio.  She was born 1 Oct 1917 in Auglaize County, Ohio to Oscar Henry and Clara (Hirsh) Apple.  Paul and Marie had one daughter, further informaion unavailable.
3 - Woodrow L. Schunck (1913-1963)
4 - Blanche Adeline Schunck was born 5 Jan 1915 at Celina, Ohio and died 11 Jan 1989 at Celina, Ohio.  She never married.
5 - Vivian Jenette Schunck (1917-1982)
6 - Lucille Mildred Schunck (1919-1989)


Gravestone of brothers Paul and Woodrow Schunck - Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio
Obituary of Paul F.J. Schunck - The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 23 April 1972, page A4
"CELINA - Paul J. Schunck, 61, Rt. 4, died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in St. Rita's hospital. He had been hospitalized one day due to a heart condition.

Born April 7, 1911 in Celina, his parents were Leo and Estella Wourms Schunck.  He is survived by his mother and three sisters: Mrs. Vivian Knuge, Miss Blanche Schunck and Mrs. Ted (Lucille) Gilliland, all of Celina.

Services will be held 12:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Robert Hunt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and had been an employee of the state highway department for 27 years.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the W.H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home.  A Rosary will be read at 7:30 p.m. today in the funeral home."

Evie William & Theresa Henrietta (Wurm) Thomas

Family of Evie and Theresa (Wurm) Thomas, about 1911
Left to right - Evie, Grace (standing), Frances (baby), Theresa & Margaret

Theresa Henrietta Wurm, daughter of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 20 Oct 1884 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 22 March 1977 in Mercer County, Ohio.  She married Evie William Thomas 22 Aug 1904 in Mercer County, Ohio.  He was born 3 Dec 1882 in Van Wert County, Ohio to David and Ellen Jane (Wood) Thomas and died 12 Dec 1939 at Piqua, Miami County, Ohio.  Evie and Theresa divorced before 1930.


Gravestone of Theresa H. (Wurm) Thomas - Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio

Obituary of Theresa H. (Wurm) Thomas - The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 24 March 1977, page A4
"CELINA - Theresa Thomas, 92, died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Total Care Nursing Home.

Survivors include six daughters: Grace Ehringer of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs. William (Frances) Edsall of Kettering, Mrs. Eugene (Mary) Mull of Sidney, Theresa Mull and Mrs. Duane (Emma) Ashcraft, both of here; 16 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call until 9 tonight at W.H. Dick and Son Funeral Home."


Evie William and Theresa Henrietta (Wurm) Thomas had eight children:
1 - Helen Thomas was born 9 Dec 1904 at Celina, Ohio.  She died when 3 or 4 days old.
2 - Grace Marie Thomas was born 17 April 1906 at Celina, Ohio and died 16 March 1990 at Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She married William Crabtree in 1929.  He died in 1952.  Grace's second marriage was on 22 Nov 1956 at Fort Wayne, Indiana to Bernard Henry Ehinger.  Bernard was born 24 April 1896 at New Haven, Indiana to John B. and Mary A. (-) Ehinger and died 10 June 1963.  Grace and Bernard are buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Grace did not have any children.
3 - Margaret Rosellen Thomas(1908-1993)
4 - Frances Eleanor Thomas (1911-1991)
5 - Edward J. Thomas (1913-1961)
6 - Teresa A. Thomas (1916-1996)
7 - Mary Anna Thomas (1917-1988)
8 - Emma Mae Thomas (1921-1987)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bernard Franklin & Colette Rose (Wurm) Puthoff

Colette Rose Wurm, daughter of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 22 Oct. 1882 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 27 April 1962 at Coldwater, Mercer County, Ohio.  Her birth record in the Seneca County Probate Court records her name as Rose Corletta Wurm.  Colette married Bernard Franklin Puthoff 17 Oct 1905.  He was born 20 Feb 1873 at Egypt, Ohio to Frank H. and Catherine (Brandewie) Puthoff and died 22 July 1922.


Gravestone of Bernard F. and Colette R. (Wurm) Puthoff - Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio

Obituary of Colette R. (Wurm) Puthoff - The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 28 April 1962, page 2 (Note - spelling of last name in obituary is in error)
"COLDWATER - Mrs. Colette Puthoss, 79, of 3178 E. North, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Mercy Hospital where she had been a patient for the past four days.  She was the widow of the late Ben Puthoss who died in 1922.

She was born Oct. 22, 1882, the daughter of the late Christian dna Adalina (Engleman) Wurm.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann Rosary Society and the Altar Society of Immaculate Conception Church in Celina.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Chris Hoening of Coldwater, Mrs. Arnold Wendell of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Ivo Huelskamp of Coldwater; three sons, Robert and Lee of Coldwater, and Cyril of Chickaway; two sisters, Mrs. Estella Schunck and Mrs. Treasda Thomas, both of Celina, 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Requiem high mass will be sung at 10 a.m. Monday in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Albert Metz as celebrant.  Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Celina.

Friends may call at the Desch's Funeral Home in Coldwater after 7 p.m. today."



Children of Bernard & Colette (Wurm) Puthoff
Standing, L to R - Madonna, Christilda,
Marie & Bernadine
Sitting, L to R - Robert, Ruth & Leo
Bernard Franklin and Colette Rose (Wurm) Puthoff had eight children:
1 - Marie C. Puthoff was born 25 Aug 1906 at Celina, Ohio and died 28 Oct. 1946 at Minster, Ohio.  Marie became a Catholic nun and was known as St. Mary Hildebertha.
2 - Bernadine Tresa Puthoff (1907-1930)
3 - Mary Christilda Puthoff (1909-1979)
4 - Leo Joseph Puthoff was born 14 Oct 1910 at Celina, Ohio and died 1 Oct 1977 at Dayton, Ohio.  He never married.
5 - Madonna R. Puthoff (1911-1987)
6 - Robert John Puthoff (1913-1986)
7 - Ruth M. Puthoff (1914-1974)
8 - Cyril William Puthoff (1916-1987)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thomas H. & Mary Antoinette (Wurm) Tester

Mary Antoinette "Mary Ann" Wurm, daughter of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 10 Oct 1879 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 2 April 1959 at Piqua, Ohio.  Mary Ann married William Schulty 9 June 1900 at Celina, Ohio.  William was born 26 Nov 1878 in Mercer County, Ohio to Henry and Minnie (Gruby) Schulty and died 7 Jan 1939 at Celina, Ohio.  William and Mary divorced in 1908 and Mary married Harry C. Worley on 28 Nov 1908 at Celina, Ohio.  Harry was born 18 July 1873 in Mercer County, Ohio to John and Anna (Beck) Worley.  Harry and Mary divorced in 1913.  Mary's third marriage was on 24 Feb 1914 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, Ohio to Simon G. "Sam" Kriegel.  Simon was born 24 Oct 1868 at Cranberry Prairie, Mercer County, Ohio to Peter and Catherine (Schuck) Kriegel and died 18 Oct 1952 at Van Wert, Ohio.  Simon and Mary divorced in 1918.  Mary's final marriage was on 9 Sept 1918 at Greenville, Ohio to Thomas H. Tester.  Thomas was born 12 June 1886 at Red Key, Indiana and died 2 April 1966 at Piqua, Ohio.  Thomas and Mary are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery at Piqua, Ohio.



Gravestone of Thomas and Mary Ann (Wurm) Tester - Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio

Obituary of Mary Ann (Wurm) Tester - Piqua Daily Call, Piqua, Ohio, 1 April 1959, page 2, column 2
"Mrs. Mary Anna Tester, 79, wife of Thomas Tester, 526 1/2 Adams, died at 3 a.m. today in Piqua Memorial Hospital where she was admitted Tuesday.  She had been in ill health since 1938 and bedfast for some time.

A long-time resident of Piqua, Mrs. Tester was born Oct. 1, 1879, in St. Stephen, O, the daughter of Christian and Adaline Engemann Wurm.  She was married to Thomas Tester Sept. 9, 1918 in Greenville.

She was a member of St. Boniface Church here where services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday.  The Rev. A.C. Monter will officiate.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Surviving, besides her husband, are three sisters, Mrs. C. Puthoff of Coldwater, Mrs. Teresa Thomas and Mrs. Stella Shrunk, both of Celina.

Friends may call at the Jamieson Funeral Home Thursday afternoon and Friday and until the hour of services Saturday."


Obituary of Thomas H. Tester - Piqua Daily Call, Piqua, Ohio, 4 April 1966, page 2, column 1
"Thomas Tester, 79, of 431 Wilson, retired employee of Beckert Bros., died at 10 p.m. Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Piqua Memorial Hospital.  He had been hospitalized seven hours and ill five years.

Born in Red Key, Ind., June 12, 1886, he was a son of William H. and Viola Evilsizor.  His first wife, Mary, died April 1, 1959 and he later married the former Olga Glass Tester, who survives, with a step-sister, Mrs. Edward Watson of Piqua.

The funeral mass will be conducted at 9 1.m. Wednesday in St. Boniface Church here where he was a member.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Jamieson Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Tuesday.  Men of St. Boniface Church will meet there at 7 p.m. Tuesday for prayers."



Mary Antoinette (Wurm) Tester had two known children:
1 - Ferdinand Henry Kriegel (1897-?)
2 - Floy Alice Schulty/Helen Worley was born about 1900 or 1901.  In William and Mary (Wurm) Schulty's divorce records, Mary states that she and William had adopted a daughter in Arkansas in 1907 named Floy Alice Schulty.  This adopted daughter was listed as eight years old in the divorce records (1908).  However, family remembers Mary Ann's daughter being named Helen, not Floy.  In the 1910 census, Harry and Mary Worley have a nine year old daughter named Helen Worley living with them.  Because their ages are similar, and because there is no record of Floy Schulty outside of William and Mary's divorce proceedings, it is assumed at this time that Floy Alice Schulty and Helen Worley are the same individual.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

William Bernard Wurm Family

William Bernard Wurm, son of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 2 Nov 1874 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 12 May 1928 at Lima, Ohio.  He married Elnora Catherine Rampe 22 May 1903 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in North Creek, Putnum County, Ohio.  Elnora was born 22 Feb 1885 at Fort Jennings, Putnum County, Ohio to Francis and Anna Christine (Doepker) Rampe and died 1 Sept 1920 at Leipsic, Ohio.  William's second marriage was on 15 Nov 1922 at Leipsic, Ohio to Mary (Haulter) Fisher.  Mary was born 16 March 1858 at Tiffin, Ohio to Anthony and Mary (Bour) Haulter and died 5 May 1947 at Lima, Ohio.


Obituary of Mary (Haulter) Wurm - The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 6 May 1947, page 2
"LEIPSIC -  Mrs. Mary Fisher Wurm, 89, died at 4:30 p.m. in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry A. Huttinger, here.  She had been ill five months.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Haulter, she was born March 16, 1858, in Tiffin.  The family came to Leipsic from Bluffton in 1884.

Mary Haulter was married to Joseph Fisher in 1875 and he died in 1915.  Seven years later, Mrs. Fisher married William Wurm, who died in 1928.

One daughter, Mrs. Huttinger, Leipsic; three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Helene Robertson, Defiance, survive.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church of which she was a member.  Rev. Henry Bushkuhl will officiate.  Burial will be made in the church cemetery.  The body is at the Huttinger residence in Leipsic."


William Bernard and Elnora Catherine (Rampe) Wurm had seven children:
1 - Emmaline Anna Wurm (1904-1976)
2 - Leo Frank Wurm (1905-1940)
3 - Joseph Clarence Wurm (1908-1982)
4 - William Cletus Wurm was born 19 April 1910 at Van Buren, Ohio.  It is believed he died in childhood.
5 - Leonard Henry Wurm was born 20 Jan 1912 at Leipsic, Ohio and died 17 Nov 1977 at Leipsic.  He married Leona R. McClure 28 June 1933 at Columbia City, Indiana.  She was born 27 March 1917 at Ottowa, Ohio to Plyn C. and Mary Belle (Harris) McClure.  It is believed that Leonard and Leona's marriage ended in divorce.  Leonard is buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Leipsic, Ohio.
6 - Robert Edward Wurm (1918-1987)
7 - infant Wurm was born and died 1 Sept 1920 at Leipsic, Ohio.

Louis John & Hattie Belle (Brandon) Wurm

Louis John Wurm, son of John Christian and Adeline Rose (Engeman) Wurm, was born 22 Aug 1872 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 13 Oct 1947 at Celina, Ohio.  He married Hattie Belle (Shaner) Brandon 4 Oct 1911 in Mercer County, Ohio.  She was born 22 March 1875 in Darke County, Ohio to Silas and Tabitha (Hemmick) Shaner and died 6 March 1935.  Louis and Hattie had one child, a daughter who died in infancy.


Obituary of Louis Wurm - The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 14 Oct 1947, page 2
"CELINA, Oct. 14 - Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for Louis Wurm, 75, lifelong resident of Celina, who died at the Otis hospital Monday.

For more than 30 years he was a band saw operator at the Mersman Brothers Corp.  He was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Name Society and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are four sisters and a brother: Mrs. Estella Schunck, Mrs. Mary Tester, Mrs. Theresa Thomas and Edward Wurm, all of Celina, and Mrs. Ben Puthoff, Coldwater.

The body will be in the Pulskamp funeral home until time for the services.  Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lawrence Worm

Lawrence Worm, son of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 19 Sept 1886 in Cranberry Township, Crawford County, Ohio and died 17 June 1976 at Traverse City, Michigan.  He married Rosella M. Peyton 25 May 1908 at Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  Rosella was born in 1890 at St. Paul, Ramsey County, Michigan to John Joseph and Mary Ann M. (Towey) Peyton and died of appendicitis 18 Dec 1916 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  In the 1920 census, Lawrence is living with the family of his brother, Peter Worm.  His second marriage was on 18 July 1921 to Margaret Riley.  Margaret was born 21 March 1891 at Hemlock, Michigan and died 16 Dec 1955 at Traverse City, Michigan.  Lawrence did not have children by either marriage.


Obituary of Lawrence Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 18 June 1976, page 3 (note - obituary contains error, Lawrence was not born in Germany)
"Lawrence Worm, 89, of 811 W. Seventh Street, Traverse City, died Thursday at the Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility after a long illness.

He was born in Germany Sept. 19, 1886, lived most of his life in the Grand Traverse area, and served in the U.S. Army during WWI.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was employed as a painter.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Margaret.

Surviving are a sister, Josephine Umlor of Hannah and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Reynolds-Hanson Funeral Home with Fr. Ronald Gronowski officiating.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home."


Obituary of Margaret (Riley) Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 16 Dec 1955, page 23
"DEATH CLAIMS MRS. WORM
Mrs. Lawrence Worm, 63, of 811 West Seventh Street, died early this morning at Munson hospital following several months illness.

Margaret Riley was born March 23, 1892 at Hemlock, Michigan, where she resided until her marriage to Mr. Worm on July 18, 1921.  They resided at Saginaw and Detroit prior to moving to Traverse City in 1924, where she has since resided.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Holy Family Society.

Surviving besides the husband are her mother, Mrs. James Riley of Ithaca; four brothers, Pat, William and David, all of Saginaw, and James of Ithaca; four sisters, Mrs. Adolph Brown, Mrs. Leonard Snyder, Mrs. Russell Kennedy, and Mrs. Gerald Claybugh of Saginaw; and several nieces and nephews.  One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Mrs. Worm was taken to the Reynolds funeral home where the Rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. and services will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at Immaculate Conception church with Father R.W. Passeno officiating.  Burial will be made in Oakwood Cemetery."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

John Frank & Cecelia (Worm) DeFer

Cecelia Worm, daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 17 Jan 1884 in Crawford County, Ohio and died 7 Jan 1974 at Traverse City, Michigan.  She was baptised at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio on 19 Jan 1884.  Cecelia married John Frank DeFer 5 Oct 1908 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  He was born 22 April 1881 in Macomb County, Michigan to Frank and Mary (Jacomb) DeFer and died 23 Jan 1972 at Traverse City, Michigan.

Obituary of John F. DeFer - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 24 Jan 1972, page 3
"JOHN DEFER DIES AT AGE OF 90
John F. DeFer, 90, of 1011 Cass Street, died Sunday noon at Munson Medical Center following a short illness.

Mr. DeFer was born April 22, 1881, in Macomb County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeFer.  He was married to the former Cecelia Worm Oct. 5, 1908 at Hannah.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

He is survived by two sons, Harvey DeFer of Traverse City and Sylvester DeFer of Mobile, Alabama, and one grandchild.

Mr. DeFer came to Traverse City from Detroit in 1927 and lived here since that time, operating an auto repair service.  He was a member of St. Francis Church, the Dads Club of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the FOE Number 383.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from St. Francis church with the Rev. Fr. Louis Bergen celebrant.  A rosary will be recited tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral Home where the body reposes.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery."


John Frank and Cecelia (Worm) DeFer had two children:

1 - Sylvester J. DeFer was born 24 Oct 1909 at Traverse City, Michigan and died in May 1983 at Mobile, Alabama.  Sylvester did not have any children.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Traverse City, Michigan.
2 - Harvey George DeFer (1923-1979)


Obituary of Sylvester J. DeFer - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 24 May 1982, page 11
"MOBILE, Ala. - Sylvester (Sal) DeFer, 73, who retired as an aircraft technician from Berkley Air Force Base after 30 years og service, died Saturday at his home.

He had lived in Mobile for the past 41 years, moving from Traverse City.

He was born in Traverse City on Oct. 24, 1909, to John and Cecelia (Worm) DeFer.

He is survived by a nephew, Randall DeFer; a sister-in-law, Floy DeFer; and a great-nephew, Matthew DeFer, all of Traverse City; and several cousins.  Preceding him in death was a brother, Harvey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds-Hanson-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City, where friends may call on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Michigan Heart Association.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home."

Monday, October 11, 2010

John James & Rose Frances (Worm) Cronin

Rose Frances Worm, daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 12 Oct 1882 in Crawford County, Ohio and died in March 1949 in Mason County, Michigan.  She was baptised as Rose Magdalen Worm at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio on 14 Oct 1884.  Rose married John James Cronin 7 July 1903 at Hannah, Michigan.  John was born 19 Dec 1876 at Detroit, Michigan to Cornelius and Mary (Carmondy) Cronin and died in 1959 in Mason County, Michigan.


Obituary of Rose F. (Worm) Cronin - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 1 April 1949, page 3
"Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Frances Cronin, 66, of Ludington, a former resident of Hannah, who died at Paulina Stearns hospital following a two weeks' illness, were held there Tuesday morning at St. Simon's Church.  Mrs. Cronin was born Oct. 12, 1882 in Ohio, and came with her family to Hannah at the age of four years.  Her marriage to John Cronin took place in 1903, and the couple moved to Benton Harbor where they resided for three years before moving to Ludington.  Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. William Langdon of Huntington Woods, and Mrs. Raymond Helmar of Detroit; two sons, Edward of South Bend, Indiana and Lawrence of Hingham, Mass., six grandchildren, six brothers, and three sisters."

John James and Rose Frances (Worm) Cronin had four children.

1 - Agnes Cronin was born about 1905.  She married William Langdon.
2 - Lawrence J. Cronin was born 11 Sept 1906 and died 28 March 1978 at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.  He married Jeanette - .
3 - Edward Joseph Cronin (1908-1980)
4 - Mary Elizabeth Cronin (1919-2005)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cornelius Peter & Helena (Lautner) Worm

Wedding of Cornelius Worm &
Helena Lautner - 1903
Cornelius Peter "Neil" Worm, son of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 4 March 1881 at New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio and died 19 April 1970 at Traverse City, Michigan.  He was baptised at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio on 4 March 1881.  Neil married Helena Lautner 3 Nov 1903 at Traverse City, Michigan.  She was born 27 Jan 1879 in Leelanau County, Michigan to Edward and Teresa (Sigh) Lautner and died 16 May 1962.

Obituary of Cornelius P. Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 20 April 1970, page 19
"Cornelius Worm, 89, of 521 S. Garfield, Traverse City, died Sunday afternoon at Munson Medical Center after a long illness.

A funeral mass will be sung at Traverse City St. Francis church, Rev. Fr. Louis Van Bergen celebrant, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.  A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds funeral home in Traverse City.

Mr. Worm was born March 1, 1881, at New Washington, O., the son of Thomas and Barbara Worm, and lived most of his life in the Grand Traverse area, where he owned and operated a farm.  He was a member of Traverse City St. Francis Church.

On November 3, 1903 at Traverse City, he was married to Helena Lautner, who died in 1962.  His parents, seven brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.

Surviving are a daughter: Mrs. Kenneth (Josephine) Reece of Traverse City; a son, Walter of Cadillac; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Umlor of Kingsley and Mrs. Cecilia DeFer of Traverse City; and a brother, Lawrence of Traverse City."


Obituary of Helena (Lautner) Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 16 May 1962, page 12
"MRS. WORM DIES AT 83

Mrs. Cornelius (Neil) Worm, 83, of 521 S. Garfield, Traverse City, died early this morning at her home after a lingering illness.

Helena Lautner was born January 27, 1879 in Leelanau County, later living on a farm in Garfield Township and moving to the Garfield Road residence in 1933.  On November 3, 1903, she was married to Mr. Worm, who survives.  She was a life member of Traverse City St. Francis church.

Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Josephine) Reece of 539 Garfield, one son, Walter, of Cadillac, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; six brothers, Edmund, Edward, Stephen, William, Joseph and Theodore Lautner, all of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews.

One son, Stephen, died in 1946.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the St. Francis church, Rev. Fr. Joseph E. Kohler officiating, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.  The rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Funeral Home in Traverse City."


Cornelius Peter and Helena (Lautner) Worm had three children:

1 - Josephine Ann Worm (1906-2004)
2 - Stephen Edward Worm (1909-1946)
3 - Walter Alfred Worm (1913-1996)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Frank Clous Family

Left - Wedding of Frank & Mary (Worm) Clous - 1900
Right - Wedding of Frank & Hattie (Wurm) Clous - 1905

Gravestone of
Mary (Worm) Clous -
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery,
Hannah, Grand Traverse
County, Michigan
Frank Joseph Clous was born 12 March 1877 at Ney, Ohio to Matthias and Mary (Hahler) Clous and died 1 July 1965.  He married Mary Worm 9 Jan 1900 at Hannah, Michigan.  Mary was born 4 March 1879 in Crawford County, Ohio to Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm.  She was baptised as Miriam Worm at St. Bernards Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio on 6 April 1879.  Mary died of heart failure 30 March 1905 in Blair Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  Following Mary's death, Hattie Wurm, daughter of Joseph and Katherine Dorothy (Weis) Wurm, began helping Frank with the care of his young daughter Marcella.  Hattie Wurm and Frank Clous were married 14 Nov 1905 at St. Mary's Catholic in Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  Hattie's baptismal name was Hedwig Maria Louisa Wurm.  She was born 18 Nov 1887 in Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio and died 5 Jan 1986 at Kingsley, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.


Obituary of Frank J. Clous - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 2 July 1965, page 8
"HANNAH - The funeral mass for Frank J. Clous, 88, of Hannah will be sung at 10 a.m. Monday at Hannah St. Mary's Church, Rev. Fr. Francis Karl celebrant, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Clous died Thursday morning in a Traverse City hospital after a long illness.

He was born March 13, 1877 at Defiance, O., the son of Mathias and Mary Clous, moved to Suttons Bay at an early age with his parents, and in 1898 settled at Hannah, where he had since reside and where he was a farmer.  He was a member of Hannah St. Mary's Church and Holy Name Society.

On January 9, 1900 he was married to Mary Wurm, four children being born to the union, and after her death was married on March 14, 1905 to Hedwig Wurm, who survives.

Also surviving are: four daughters, Mrs. Marcella Beuth of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Edward (Dorothy) Stein and Mrs. Whitney (Mary) Lyon of Traverse City, and Mrs. Howard (Teresa) Bott of Hannah; 10 sons, Victor, Clarence, Edmund, Ralph, August, and Francis of Kingsley, Leonard and Raymond of Buckley, Alfred of Traverse City, and Joseph of Saginaw; 76 grandchildren, including Rev. Fr. William Beuth of Peru, South America, and Sister Madeleva of Puerto Rico; 40 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Ed (Anna) Hoch of Traverse City; a brother, Joseph of Traverse City; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Clous was preceded in death by, in addition to the first wife, five sons, Wilfred, John, Thomas, Lawrence, and Julius; three brothers, Charles, Albert and George; and two sisters, Mary Chimoski and Kate Seiber.

Rosaries will be recited at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Smith funeral home in Kingsley."


Gravestone of Frank J. and Hedwig (Wurm) Clous - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Obituary of Hedwig M. "Hattie" (Wurm) Clous - shared by Dorothy Simon-Tibbe
"KINSGLEY - Hedwig Maria Clous, 99, a homemaker, died Sunday at home.

She had been a resident of Hannah since the age of seven.  She was the oldest pioneer member of St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church, where she was a charter member of the Altar Society and St. Marie's Circle.  She belonged to the Third Order of Carmel.

She was born Nov. 18, 1887, in Stephens, Ohio, to Joseph and Katherine (Wise) Wurm.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Clous in 1965.  Also preceding her in death were two sons, Julius and Lawrence; a brother, Innocence Wurm; a sister, Olivia Hahler, and several grandchildren.

She is survived by 10 sons, Victor and Alfred, both of Traverse City, Joseph of Saginaw, Edmund, Clarence, Ralph and Francis, all of Kingsley, Leonard and Raymond, both of Buckley, and August of Grawn; four daughters, Marcella Beuth of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Dorothy Stein and Mary Lyon, both of Traverse City, and Teresa Bott of Kingsley; a brother, Alois Wurm of Hannah; 86 grandchildren, 130 great grandchildren and 43 great great grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church.  The Rev. James McLaughlin will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A rosary will be recited tonight at 7 at the church, where friends may call from 2 until 9 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to Mass intentions.

In addition to regular services here, a memorial Mass will be celebrated later by her grandson, the Rev. William Beuth of Lima, Peru.

Arrangements were made by the Covell-Smith Funeral Home, Kingsley."


Frank J. Clous Family
Back row, left to right: Victor, Clarence, Alfred, Leonard, Raymond and Edmund
Middle row, left to right: Theresa, Dorothy, Marcella and Joseph
Front row, left to right: Hattie, August, Francis, Ralph, Mary and Frank

Frank Joseph and Mary (Worm) Clous had four children:
1 - Wilfred E. Clous was born 25 Oct 1900 at Kingsley, Grand Traverse County, Michigan and died 9 April 1901.
2 & 3- John Clous and Thomas Clous, twins, were born and died 4 May 1902 in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  John lived for one hour and Thomas for an hour and a half.
4 - Marcella Mary Clous (1903-1996)


Frank Joseph and Hedwig Maria Louisa (Wurm) Clous had fifteen children:
1 - Julius August Clous was born 13 Sept 1906 at Kingsley, Grand Traveres County, Michigan and died 14 April 1930.
2 - Lawrence A. Clous was born 5 April 1908 at Kingsley, Michigan and died 8 Sept 1908.
3 - Victor Aloysius Clous (1909-1999)
4 - Clarence Theodore Clous (1911-2004)
5 - Edmund John Clous (1913-2003)
6 - Leonard Walter Clous (1915-2008)
7 - Raymond Charles Clous (1917-)
8 - Alfred Joseph Aloysius Clous (1919-)
9 - Dorothy Mary Clous (1921-)
10 - Joseph Francis Clous (1923-)
11 - Ralph Henry Clous (1925-2006)
12 - Theresa Marie Adeline Clous (1928-)
13 - Augustine John Philip Clous (1930-2000)
14 - Mary Rose Clous (1933-)
15 - Francis William Clous (1934-)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Adam Michael & Mary Josephine (Steinebach) Worm

Family of Adam M. & Mary J. (Steinebach) Worm


Wedding of Adam & Mary (Steinebach) Worm
Adam Michael Worm, son of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 20 Feb 1878 and died 27 Aug 1969 at Traverse City, Michigan.  He was baptised at St. Bernards Catholic Church in New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio on 24 Feb 1878.  Adam married Mary Josephine Steinebach 25 Nov 1902 in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  She was born 8 Nov 1885 at Grand Rapids, Michigan to Joseph and Mary (Vogt) Steinebach and died 14 Sept. 1955.


Obituary of Adam M. Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 28 Aug 1969, page 3
"ADAM WORM DIED AT 91 - Adam Worm, 91,  of 3036 Pineview Drive, Traverse City, a former Hannah resident, died early Wednesday afternoon at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City after a short illness.

A funeral mass will be sung at 10 a.m. Staurday at Hannah St. Mary's Church, Rev. Fr. Robert Bissot celebrant, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rosaries will be recited at 8 o'clock this evening and Friday evening at Smith funeral home in Kingsley.

Mr. Worm was born February 20, 1878 at Sandusky, O. and at an early age moved with his parents to the Hannah area.  He was a member of Hannah St. Mary's Church and was a farmer for many years before moving to Traverse City in 1955.

In 1902 he was married to Mary Steinbach, who died September 14, 1955.  A son, Joseph, died on Juily 28, 1944, while serving with the U.S. Army.

Surviving are; seven sons, Julius of Grand Rapids, Isadore of Muskegon, Ambrose of Kingsley, Harold of Vassar, and Eugene, Bernard and Kenneth of Traverse City; three daughters, Mrs. Loraine Yanski of Traverse City, Mrs. Paul (Louise) Frisch of Saginaw, and Mrs. Carl (Mary) Revett of Traverse City; 31 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild; two brothers, Lawrence and Cornelius, both of Traverse City; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Umlor of Kingsley and Mrs. John (Cecilia) DeFer of Traverse City, and many other relatives."


Obituary of Mary Josephine (Steinebach) Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 15 SEpt 1955, page 9
"MARY J. WORM, HANNAH, DIES - Mrs. Mary J. Worm, 79, of Hannah, died Wednesday morning in the Boardman Valley hospital following a brief illness.

Mary Steinebach was born November 8, 1885, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Steinebach.  At the age of 11 years she moved with her parents to Hannah.

On November 25, 1904, she was united in marriage to Adam Worm of Hannah and to this union were born 11 children.

Mrs. Worm was a member of the St. Mary's church at Hannah and was a member of the Altar Society of the parish as long as her health permitted.

Surviving, besides her husband, are three daughters, Mrs. Loraine Yanski of Traverse City, Mrs. Louise Frisch and Mrs. Mary Revett of Saginaw; seven sons, Julius and Eugene of Grand Rapids, Isadore of Muskegon, Ambrose of Kingsley, Harold of Vassar, Bernard of Detroit and Kenneth of Saginaw; two brothers, Joseph Steinebach of Grand Rapids and William Steinebach of Hannah; one sister, Mrs. Louise Bunce of Traverse City; 29 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.  One son, Sgt. Joseph Worm, was killed July 28, 1944, in France.

Mrs. Worm was taken to the Smith funeral home in Kingsley and will be taken to the farm home Thursday afternoon where the Rosary will be recited Thursday and Friday nights at 8:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from the St. Mary's church at Hannah Saturday morning at 9:00 o'clock.  The Rev. Fr. Clement Sigmund will officiate and burial will be made in the church cemetery."


Gravestone of Adam M. and Mary J. (Steinebach) Worm - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan

Adam Michael and Mary Josephine (Steinebach) Worm had eleven children:

Gravestone of Joseph A. Worm -
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery,
Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
1 - Julius J. Wurm (1903-1990)
2 - Isadore Thomas Wurn (1905-1994)
3 - Lorraine Margaret Worm (1906-1999)
4 - Eugene William Wurm (1909-1997)
5 - Ambrose Cleo Wurm (1912-2001)
6 - Louise M. Worm (1914-1982)
7 - Joseph A. Worm was born 31 May 1917 at Hannah, Michigan and died in France 28 July 1944.  He married Louise Marie Ziets 1 Nov 1941 at Hannah, Michigan.  She was born about 1919 at Lake Leelanau, Michigan to Frank and Isabelle (Couturier) Ziets.  Following Joseph's death, Louise married Jerome John Mikula.
8 - Harold John Wurm (1919-1981)
9 - Bernard Francis Wurm (1922-2009)
10 - Mary Veronica Worm (1924-1993)
11 - Kenneth Cornealius Worm was born 5 Nov 1928 at Kingsley, Michigan and died 11 July 1993 at Mesa, Arizona.  He married Jeannine M. Schroeder 19 Jan 1952 at Traverse City, Michigan.  She was born about 1932 at Traverse City, Michigan to Arthur and Wanda (Morton) Schroeder.  Kenneth and Jeannine divorced before 1959.

Frank Joseph & Magdelina Helena (Ockert) Worm

Frank Joseph Worm, son of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 11 Dec 1876 in Crawford County, Ohio and died 11 Sept 1949 in Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  He was baptised as Joseph Ausabains Worm on 17 Dec 1876 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio.  Frank married Magdelina Helena "Lena" Ockert 27 Sept 1904 at Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  Lena was born in 1883 at Remus, Michigan to Christopher Joseph and Katherine (Steinebach) Ockert and died in 1920.


Gravestone of Frank and Lena (Ockert) Worm - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hannah, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Obituary of Frank J. Worm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 12 Sept 1949, page 5
"Frank Joseph Worm, 72, died Sunday at the Boardman Valley hospital following an illness of several weeks.

Frank Worm was born Dec. 8, 1872, in Ohio, the son of Thomas and Barbara Worm.  At an early age he came with his parents to Michigan and settled on a farm near Hannah.  In 1904 he was united in marriage to Helena Ockert of Hannah and to this union were born five children.

Mr. Worm owned and operated a farm up until the past few years which he spent in Muskegon and Traverse City.  He was a member of the St. Mary's church, Hannah, and also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, No. 383, Traverse City.

Surviving are four sons, Vincent of Munising, Wendell of Hannah, Raymond and Edwin of Traverse City; one daughter, Mrs. Leon Dobson of Traverse City; five brothers, Peter, Benjamin, Cornelius, and Lawrence of Traverse City, and Adam of Hannah; three sisters, Mrs. Kate Fasel and Mrs. John DeFer of Traverse City, and Mrs. Ivan Umlor of Hannah; 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Two children died in infancy and his wife preceded him in death in 1920.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. from St. Mary's church, Hannah.  The Rev. Father Clement Sigmund will officiate and interment will be made in the family lot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hannah.

The body will repose at the home of his son, Wendall Worm, of Hannah, where the rosary will be recited Monday and Tuesday evenings."


Frank Joseph and Magdelina Helena (Ockert) Worm had seven children:

1 - infant daughter Worm was stillborn 16 May 1905 in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.
2 - Elsie Worm was born 4 Jan 1907 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan and died of intestinal hemorrhage 5 Jan 1907 in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.
3 - Vincent Frank Worm (1908-about 1940)
4 - Wendell Peter Worm (1910-1958)
5 - Raymond Theodore Worm (1913-1962)
6 - Irene Helen Worm (1915-1998)
7 - Edwin Joseph Worm (1918-1979)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Benjamin & Margaret (Ockert) Worm

Benjamin Wurm, son of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 22 Jan 1874 in Crawford County, Ohio and died in 1958.  He was baptised as Bernard Worm on 23 Jan 1874 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio.  He married Margaret "Maggie" Ockert 22 May 1899 at Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.  She was born 28 March 1879 to Christopher Joseph and Katherine (Steinebach) Ockert and died in 1953.



Gravestones of Benjamin & Margaret (Ockert) Worm and their son, Linus Worm - Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
 Obituary of Margaret (Ockert) Wurm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 6 July 1953, page 16
"Mrs. Ben Wurm, 74, passed away Sunday morning at her home, 919 Cass street, following a lingering illness.

Margaret Ockert was born March 28, 1879 at Remus, the caughter of Christopher and Catherine Ockert, and when a small child moved with her parents to this region, settling on a farm near Hannah.

On March 28, 1899, she was united in marriage to Ben Wurm, also of Hannah, and the couple settled on their own farm near Hannah, where they resided until 1915 when they moved to Traverse City to make their home.

She was a life long member of the Catholic church and Altar society, and a member of the Order of Martha.

Surviving are the husband and one daughter, Mrs. E.J. Martineau of Traverse City; three sons, Clarence of Alexandria, Virginia, and Linus and Wilford of Traverse City; three sisters, Mrs. J.P. Simon of Remus, Mrs. Anna Reamer of Muskegon, and Mrs. A.K. Stroh of Cadillac; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.  One daughter, Amelia, one brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

The body was taken to the Reynolds Funeral home and services will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock at St. Francis church with Fr. Joseph Kohler officiating.  Burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Oakwood.  The rosary will be recited at the funeral home tonight at 8:00 o'clock."


Benjamin and Margaret (Ockert) Wurm had five children:

1 - Esther Katherine Wurm (1900-1994)
2 - Clarence Thomas Wurn (1902-1984)
3 - Linus Frank Wurm was born 12 Nov 1903 at Hannah, Michigan and died 19 Sept 1962 at Traverse City, Michigan.  Linus never married.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City, Michigan. 
4 - Amelia Wurm was born 10 Dec 1904 and died of infant cholera 24 May 1905 in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.
5 - Wilfred L. Wurn was born 11 April 1907 at Hannah, Michigan and died 23 July 1955 at Grawn, Michigan.  As an adult he used the surname Wurn.  Wilfred married Margaret E. "Marge" Legraff 3 Aug 1944 at Richmond, Virginia.  She was born 23 March 1910 at Elk Rapid, Antrim County, Michigan to Edward Morrison and Ethel Maud (Turk) Legraf and died 20 July 1981 at Muskegon, Michigan.  Following Wilfred's death, Marge married Charles Joseph Cyr.  Wilfred is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City, Michigan.  He and Marge did not have any children.


Obituary of Linus F. Wurm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 20 Sept 1962, page 12
"Linus F. Wurm, 57, of 919 Cass Street, died Wednesday evening at Medical Care Facility following a two month illness.

Mr. Wurm was born November 12, 1905, at Hannah, and in 1915 came to Traverse City with his parents.  He had lived here since.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ervin J. Martineau of Traverse City; a brother, Clarence, of Alexandria, Virginia, and two nieces, one nephew and other relatives.

Services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Church with Fr. Joseph Kohler officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The Rosary will be recited Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Reynolds funeral home here."


Article on Wilfred L. Wurm - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 3 July 1945, page 3
"TRANSFERRED TO FRANCE - Mr. and Mrs. Ben Worm, 919 Cass Street, have received word that Sgt. W.L. Worm has been transferred from Germany to France.  He has received his E.T.O. shoulder pads and also the E.T.O. ribbon, and Good Conduct medal with two battle stars.  He has been in France, Germany and Holland.  His wife, Mrs. Marge Worm, resides here with her sister, Mrs. Hubell, Garfield avenue."


Obituary of Wilfred L. Wurn - Record Eagle, Traverse City, Michigan, 3 July 1945, page 3
"Wilfred L. Wurn, 48, Grawn, died suddenly Saturday morning at his home.

Mr. Wurn was born April 11, 1907, at Hannah and when eight years old came to Traverse City with his parents, where he resided until recently, attending St. Francis school.  He served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, six months being served in the European theater.  He and his wife had just returned the day before from visiting his brother in Alexandria, Virginia.

Surviving are the widow; his father, Benjamin, of this city; two brothers, Clarence of Alexandria, Virginia and Linus of this city; one sister, Mrs. E.J. Martineau of this city; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  His mother and one sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Wurn is at the Reynolds Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited tonight at 8:00 o'clock and funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock at St. Francis church with Rev. Fr. Joseph Kohler officiating.  Burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Oakwood.  Military committal services will be held at the cemetery by the American Legion."

Joseph & Katherine Helen (Worm) Fasel

Katherine Helen "Katie" Worm, daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Miller) Worm, was born 30 Sept 1871 in Crawford County, Ohio and died 10 Oct 1956.  She married Joseph Fasel 2 June 1891 at Traverse City, Michigan.  He was born 27 Oct 1866 to Mathias and Anna M. (Steinebach) Fasel and died 18 Feb 1938.

Joseph and Katherine Helen (Worm) Fasel had three children:

1 - Mathias Joseph Fasel (1892-1988)
2 - Anna Mary Fasel (1893-1980)
3 - Edward Theodore Fasel (1897-1976)