Sunday, December 12, 2010

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


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."

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