Saturday, July 9, 2011

Otto Jacob & Dorothea Irene (Wurm) Gerhardstein

Dorothea Irene "Dora" Wurm, daughter of John Christian and Philomena (Falter) Wurm, was born 19 Feb 1888 at St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio and died 10 March 1960 at St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio.  She married Otto Jacob Gerhardstein 6 May 1909 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio.  He was born 12 May 1881 in Thompson Township, Seneca County, Ohio to Anthony and Theresa (Ruffing) Gerhardstein and died 1 March 1965 at Huron, Ohio.

Gravestone of Otto and Dora (Wurm) Gerhardstein - St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery, St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio

Wedding of Otto J. Gerhardstein & Dorothea I. Wurm - Seneca Advertiser, Tiffin, Ohio, 13 May, 1909, page 2 column 7
"MARRIED - Gerhardstein-Wurm - A very pretty and inspiring church wedding occurred at St. Stephens on Thursday, May 6, when Otto Gerhardstein and Miss Dorothy Wurm, both of that place, were united in marriage by Rev. H. Gerhardstein, of Salem, an uncle of the groom. They were attended by Lawrence Wurm and Miss Elnora Gerhardstein.  After the ceremony they returned to the home of Mrs. J.B. Falter, the grandmother of the bride, where they with immediate relatives, partook of an excellent three-course dinner.  The bride wore a beautiful gown of cream victoria sublime.  She is the youngest daughter of John Wurm of this place and is very accomplished and popular.  The groom is the son of the late Anthony Gerhardstein of Bellevue.  He is the owner and able manager of the local Brick & Tile factory, with which he has been very successful and which is a material help to the village.  The day was ended with a tremendous old fashioned belling.  It was long since evident that something great must befall Otto for he wore the smile that 'wouldn't come off' which he could well afford, considering the prize he has won."

Obituary of Dorothea I. (Wurm) Gerhardstein - Bloomville Gazette, Bloomville, Ohio, 17 March 1961, page 1
Funeral services were held Monday morning for Mrs. Dora Irene Gerhardstein, 72, wife of Otto J. Gerhardstein of St. Stephen, who died at 4:35 pm Thursday in Mercy hospital.   She had been in failing health for a year or more, and had been in the hospital since Feb. 1.

Born Feb. 19, 1888 near Attica, Mrs. Gerhardstein was a daughter of John and Philomena (Falter) Wurm.  She was married in St. Stephen's Catholic church May 6, 1909 to Otto Gerhardstein, and is survived by her husband; two sons, Ralph T. and Arnold V., both of St. Stephen; a daughter, Mrs. Frieda Miller, Lucerne, Cal.; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Ida Gerdeman, RD, Attica.  A daughter, Mary Louise, died in infancy, and another daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Fraley, died May 4, 1959.  Two brothers and two sisters are also deceased.

Mrs. Gerhardstein was a member of the St. Stephen's Catholic church, the Bloom Community Club, and the Bloom Grange.

The Rev. Kenneth Moore, pastor of St. Stephen's church, was the celebrant of a requiem High Mass in the church at 9:30am Monday.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.  Hubert C. Young funeral home of Attica was in charge of the funeral services, and the St. Stephen Altar Sodality conducted services there Sunday evening."

Otto Jacob and Dorothea Irene (Wurm) Gerhardstein had five children:
1 - Ralph Thomas Gerhardstein (1910-1974)
2 - Arnold Victor Gerhardstein (1912-)
Gravestone of Mary Louisa Gerhardstein 

3 - Frieda Marie Gerhardstein was born 1 Jan 1914 at St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio and died in March 1994 at Corning, Tehama County, California.  She married Roy Burton Miller 20 May 1939 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio.  He was born 16 March 1914 at Greensprings, Seneca County, Ohio to Alton Roy and Susan Elizabeth (Shubach) Miller and died 5 OCt 1994 at Anderson, Shasta County, California.  Roy and Frieda did not have any children.
4 - Mary Louisa Gerhardstein was born 2 Feb 1917 at St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio and died 25 March 1917 in Bloom Township, Seneca County, Ohio.  She is buried in St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephens, Seneca County, Ohio
5 - Mary Ann Gerhardstein (1920-1959)

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