Sunday, December 12, 2010

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."

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