Saturday, October 15, 2011

Aloysius William & Bertha Philomena (Wurm) Bechtel

Wedding of Aloysius Bechtel & Bertha Wurm
Bertha Philomena Wurm, daughter of Matthias Nathan and Martha Christine (Falter) Wurm, was born 31 Oct 1890 and died 18 March 1986.  She married Aloysius William "Ollie" Bechtel 4 Feb 1914 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Stephen, Seneca County, Ohio.  He was born 21 June 1890 at New Washington, Ohio to John and Elizabeth (-) Bechtel and died 26 Nov 1965.

Obituary of Bertha P. (Wurm) Bechtel - from papers of Germaine (Wurm) Flock
"A funeral mass will be said Friday for Bertha P. Bechtel, 95, of St. Francis Home, Tiffin, who died Tuesday, March 18 at the home after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Bechtel was born Oct. 31, 1890 in St. Stephens.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Aloysius "Ollie" Bechtel, in 1965.

Surviving are: three sons, Harold, New Washington, Paul, Bucyrus, and Gerald "Jake", Willard; four daughters, Mrs. Ray (Alma) Long, New Washington, Mrs. Gerald (Eileen) Studer, Bucyrus, Sister M. Gregory and Sister M. Eileen, both of St. Francis Convent, Tiffin; 22 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; one sister, Florine Faeth.

She was preceded in death by a son, Sgt. J.A. Bechtel, killed in World War II, a daughter, Marie Supon, three brothers and six sisters.

Mrs. Bechtel was a housewife and spent most of her life in New Washington.  She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, New Washington, the Altar-Rosary Society and the St. Francis Home Auxiliary.  She was a member of the New Washington American Legion Auxiliary and was a Gold Star Mother.

Fr. Robert DeSloover will say the funeral mass in St. Bernard Catholic Church Friday at 10 a.m.; burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Secor Funeral Home, New Washington.  Prayers will be held at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made in the form of masses or donations to St. Bernard Catholic Church or the Sisters of St. Francis."

Gravestone of Aloysius W. & Bertha P. (Wurm) Bechtel - St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio

Aloysius William and Bertha Philomena (Wurm) Bechtel had nine children:

1 - Harold Joseph Bechtel (1915-2002)
2 - Marie Martha Bechtel (1916-1982)
3 - John Aloysius Bechtel was born 19 Sept 1918 at New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio and died 10 Sept 1944 in France.
4 - Frances Elizabeth "Sr. Mary Eileen" Bechtel was born 9 June 1920 at New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio.  Sr. Mary Eileen belongs to the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio.
5 - Helen Mary "Sr. Mary Gregory" Bechtel was born 3 May 1922 at New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio and died 10 May 1998.  She belonged to the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio.
6 - Paul Eugene Bechtel was born 5 Feb 1924 at New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio.  He married Florence C. Stockmaster 26 June 1948 at Bellevue, Ohio.  She was born 27 April 1924 at Willard, Huron County, Ohio to Frank Joseph and Lillian R. (Gates) Stockmaster.  Paul and Florence later divorced.  Paul's second marriage was on 3 May 1975 at Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio to Gertrude Mae (Graham) Seele.  Gertrude was born 9 April 1927 at Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio to David Elmin and LuEtta (Holland) Graham and died 8 Nov 2010 at Bucyrus, Ohio.  She is buried in Brokensword Cemetery in Crawford County, Ohio.
7 - Alma Regina Bechtel (1925-)
8 - Gerald Bernard "Jake" Bechtel (1927-1997)
9 - Mary Eileen Bechtel (1929-)

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