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Ferdinand Dickert and Elizabeth Meyer


Ferdinand Albert Dickert was born on March 31, 1869 in Wirsching Kreis Press Stargardt Reg. Becirck Danzig, West Breusen, Germany. He came to the United States in 1886.

Frank Karpinski and Edwin Dickert In 1890 Ferdinand Dickert married Elizabeth Meyer. Their Marriage License was recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket.

Ferdinand received full citizenship papers in 1894 in the courthouse of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 1894 Pittsburgh City Directory entry reads, "Dickert, Fred Roller 423 Cedar." Cedar was from Edmond to Laurel in the 16th Ward.

The 1900 Federal Census lists Ferdinand Dickert and his wife "Lizzie" and their children on Corday Alley. For the location of Corday Alley, see the Pittsburgh Map Showing Homes of the Meyer and Dickert Families. Ferdinand's occupation was listed as "Day Laborer (Mill)." By this I interpret the 1894 "roller" entry as meaning that Ferdinand worked at a rolling mill.
Rita Karpinski says that when she and Frank lived in Sharpsburg, her grandfather used to walk over to see her from Woolslayer Way.

Ferdinand and Elizabeth Dickert had twelve children:

  1. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's oldest child was Lottie Dickert, who was born on March 21, 1891. Lottie Dickert never married. She died on September 10, 1933.

  2. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's second child was Edwin Dickert who was born on November 16, 1892. His wife was Alice. Edwin was a victim of prostate cancer and died on March 4, 1967. This picture, courtesy of Rita Kelly Karpinski, shows Edwin with Frank Karpinski.

  3. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's third child was Marie Dickert, who was born on October 11, 1894. Marie married John J. Kelly, a machinist for the railroad, on January 28, 1913. According to Allegheny County Marriage License No. 8295, Series I Marie was living at 5137 Jorday Alley and John was living at 5133 Breedshill Street, later called Hillcrest. Ferdinand Dickert gave his consent. Marie and John had four children.

    1. Marie and John's oldest daughter was Catherine, born on August 19, 1914 on Herron Hill in Pittsburgh. Catherine married Alphonsus L. Helbling Jr., son of Alphonsus L. Helbling and Mary Gertrude Larkin. Catherine and Al had three children: Carol, Nancy and Jack.
    2. John and Marie Woolslayer Click to see larger image Marie and John's second daughter was Mary Elizabeth "Mae," who was born on Hillcrest Street in Pittsburgh on June 11, 1918. Mae married Charles V. McAdams, son of Thomas Joseph McAdams and Louise Wertz. Their sons were John Thomas and Charles Vincent McAdams, Jr.
    3. Marie and John's third daughter was Rita who was born on December 11, 1920 on Hillcrest Street in Pittsburgh. Rita married Frank Karpinski Jr., son of Frank Karpinski and Julia Tomaszewski. Frank and Rita had one son, Kenny.
    4. Marie and John's youngest son was John J. "Jack" Jr. who was born on September 1, 1924 on Hillcrest Street in Pittsburgh. Jack married Lucille and had four sons.

      John J. Kelly died on August 22, 1935. Marie's second husband was Charles Bainbridge, a retired policeman for the borough of Wilkinsburg.

      John G. Woolslayer, Marie's third husband was born in Pittsburgh July 14, 1891, shown here with Marie. He was the third of six children of Edward Woolslayer and Catherine Crocker. His brothers and sisters were Louis, Martin, Joseph P., Katherine and Elizabeth Woolslayer Gardner.

      Tom McAdams says that John Woolslayer was always a lot of fun, that he took grandma to Florida for the winter, and that he got tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games for Tom and his friends.

      John's first wife was Gertrude V. [1896 - 1948]. John's children were Thomas J., and Ruthie Woolslayer. Thomas J. Woolslayer, Sr. married Anna Claggett. Thomas J. Woolslayer, Jr. married Alice Drake. Edna Dickert, Freda Behm, and Rita Karpinski

      Alice Drake Woolslayer writes, "I have 5 children, three sons and two daughters, all with the last name Woolslayer, and one is also named Tom (the third) so that will probably add to some of the confusion."
      Alice's son, Ted Woolslayer bigredted2002@yahoo.com wrote that he learned alot, and that he appreciated the page detailing Ferdinand's family.

      John died on November 15, 1979. At the time of his death, John was living at the home of his daughter, Ruth M. Schwartz, 8 Clarion Avenue. Ruthie died on December 15, 1997. Her obituary described her as "Ruth M. Schwartz of Bellevue, formerly of East Liberty, wife of the late Hugh D. Smith; mother of Patricia Belanger, of Chicago and Suzanne Haslam of Toronto; sister of the late Thomas J. Woolslayer; grandmother, etc."

      John, Gertrude, Marie and Ruthie are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Section F Lot 112.

    1. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's fourth child was Edna Dickert, born on June 28, 1896. Edna married Ed Kelly, who drove for Duquesne Brewery. This picture, courtesy of Rita Kelly Karpinski, shows Edna, her sister Freda, and her niece Rita Kelly Karpinski. Ed Kelly and Edna had a daughter Edna Kelly, born January 13, 1923 who married Joseph Halagich. Edna Kelly Halagich retired from Pittsburgh Reflector Company where she had been an executive Secretary. She died on November 16, 1996. Edna Dickert Kelly was a victim of breast cancer and died on April 17, 1980.
      Walter, Joe, and Rose Dickert
    2. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's fifth child was Walter Dickert was born on June 14, 1898. Walter married Rose Hardy, who was born in Scotland on August 16, 1897. Tom remembers that Walter was always chewing a cigar. Walter and Rose had one son, Walter Joseph "Joe" Dickert, Jr., born on July 25, 1934. Walter and Rose lived on Corday Alley with Harry Dickert for a time, and later moved to Toronto. The next picture, courtesy of Rita Kelly Karpinski, shows Walter, Joe in uniform, and Rose Hardy Dickert. Joe married Diana Shipley, e-mail dianadickert@stargate.net, born on October 8, 1942. Joe and Diana have two sons: Joseph Michael "Joey" Dickert, born October 15, 1970 and Brian Patrick Dickert, born December 26, 1971. Brian married Suzane Wilson. Their son is Lyle Wilson Dickert, born on October 12, 1998. In 1999, Brian, Suzane and Lyle were living in Charlottesville, VA. Brian and Suzane were in business together as chiropractors. Walter Dickert died on August 12, 1988.

      I remember meeting Rose Dickert only once, at Rita and Frank Karpinski's Fiftieth Anniversary Party on July 3, 1991. At 94, Rose was full of life with acharming Scotch brogue. Rose Hardy Dickert died a few short weeks later on August 3, 1991 and was buried with Walter in St.

    3. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's sixth child was Alma Dickert was born on March 9, 1901. She died on December 18, 1904.Lyle Dickert Age 5 Augustine's Cemetery, Shaler, PA.

    4. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's seventh child was Esther Dickert was born on July 14, 1903. She died on November 12 of the same year.

    5. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's eighth child was Hilda Dickert was born on August 13, 1905. She died on December 13 of the same year.

    6. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's ninth child was Freda Dickert was born on February 18, 1907. She had two husbands: Don Conray and Clifford Behm. Cliff died on April 10, 1986. Freda lives in Cleveland.

    7. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's tenth child was Alfred Dickert, Sr., born on June 12, 1909, who went by the name Albert as did his youngest son. Albert married Magdalene Pekar. Alfred and Magdalene lived in Monongahela, PA. They had seven children:
    Albert Dickert Holding Beth Anderson
    1. Richard Dickert--2 sons, 2 daughters; 3 grandchildren
    2. Albert Michael Dickert who passed away in ??Sept of 1969
    3. Christine Dickert Petrosky who has 1 son--1 grandson, and; Joan Bernadette (Anderson)--who has 3 sons and 1 daughter, Beth Anderson who supplied the picture of her grandfather, shown here; 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
    4. Geraldine Dickert who married Henry (Hank) Michaloski, the former mayor of N. Charleroi.
    5. Rita Dickert Sivak
    6. Joan Dickert Anderson
    7. and Madeline Dickert Kimball. Magdalene died in February 1985.

    Alfred Dickert Sr. died on December 22, 1992.

    1. Ferdinand and Elizabeth's eleventh child was Ethel Dickert, born August 15, 1910 who married Jack Tribbey. Ethel and Jack had three children: Melvin Tribbey, Bruce Tribbey and Sandy Tribbey. Ethel Dickert Tribbey died on March 17, 1998 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    2. Harry Dickert, the youngest of Ferdinand and Mary's twelve children, was born on December 11, 1912. He married Eleanor Fusarini. Their daughter is Donna Dickert Mahler, born August 16, 1957. Harry lived on Corday Alley and later in Wilkinsburg where he had a TV repair shop. This picture, courtesy of Rita Kelly Karpinski, shows Eleanor and Harry standing behind Harry's mother, Elizabeth Meyer Dickert while Elizabeth holds her grandaughter. Harry died on May 18, 1986 in Shadyside Hospital. His obituary read:Eleanor, Harry, Elizabeth Meyer & Baby Donna Dickert
      DICKERT On Sunday, May 18, 1986, Harry, of Swissvale, beloved husband of Eleanor Fusarini, father of Donna Mahler, of Swissvale, step-father of Rosaria (Dee) Capezzuto, of Murrysville and Thomas Scapio of Penn Hills; 16 grand & five great-grandchildren; brother of Albert of Monongahela, Freda Behm of Cleveland, OH, Ethel Tribbey of FL and Walter of Lawrenceville; also nieces and nephews. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mon. & Tues. at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial, Wed., 10 a.m. at the Madonna Del Castello Church.

      Source: The Pittsburgh Press Monday, May 18, 1986 pg B4
      Harry was buried in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Eleanor died in November, 2001. Her obituary appeard in the Post-Gazette. It read:
      DICKERT
      ELEANOR E.
      On Monday, November 19, 2001, of Swissvale, age 88; wife of the late Harry; beloved mother of Rosaria "Dee" Capezzuto of Murrysville, Thomas and his wife Rita Scanio of Penn Hills, and Donna and her husband Stephen Mahler of Swissvale; 16 grandchildren & 29 great-grandchildren. Friends received Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 pm at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC. 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday at 9:30 in Madonna Del Castello Church. Interment in All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

      Published Tuesday, November 20, 2001

    Ferdinand died on July 2, 1947 of a ruptured aneurysm. His residence was 4412 Woolslayer Way at the time of his death. His obituary read:

    DICKERT - On Wednesday, July 2, 1947, Ferdinand Dickert, husband of Elizabeth Meyers; father of Mrs. Marie Bainbridge, Mrs. Edna Kelly, Mrs Freda Behm, Mrs. Ethel Tribby, Edwin, Walter, Alfred and Harry Dickert; also seventeen grandchildren and one niece. Rita says there was no neice, that was a mistake] Friends received at the Funeral home of Grime and Blair, 4520 Penn near Friendship avenue. Services on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 4, 1947
    Ferdinand is buried in Minersville Cemetery, off Wiley Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA.

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