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Johannes "John" Kieler (1800-1882)
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Lawrence Kieler (1837-1920) was a brother of my great-great-grandmother Barbara (Kieler) Uthe. Lawrence Kieler married Elizabeth Collogan (1844-1922) in Grant County, Wisconsin, in 1863. They farmed there until 1889, when they moved their family to Greene County, Iowa, near Grand Junction, where they farmed in Hardin Township.    T.L.

Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler

Lawrence Kieler was born on October 29, 1837, in Germany, son of Johannes and Catharina (Hupe) Kieler [John and Katharina (Hupe) Kieler], and he received his schooling in the old country. Presumably Lawrence came to America in 1855 with his parents. In 1860, at the age of 22, he was living in his father's household in Jamestown Township in Grant County, Wisconsin, with an occupation of farmer.

Lawrence Kieler married Miss Elizabeth Collogan in 1863 in Wisconsin. Elizabeth was born on April 12, 1844, in northern Illinois (although the family moved to Wisconsin shortly thereafter), daughter of Patrick and Barbara (Magby) Collogan (also seen spelled as Colligan).

For some years Lawrence and Elizabeth Kieler lived on a farm in the township of Jamestown, in Grant County, Wisconsin. By the time of the 1870 U.S. census, Lawrence and Elizabeth had four children: John, age 6; Rose, age 4; Louisa, age 3; and Thomas, age 1. Lawrence was farming with Elizabeth keeping house. The value of their real estate was listed at $1000 and their personal estate at $300. By 1880, four additional children were born into the family, which now consisted of Lawrence, age 42, farmer, and Elizabeth, age 36, keeping house, and their children, John, age 16, farmer; Rosa, age 15; Louisa, age 13; Thomas, age 11; Joseph, age 11; Francis, age 6; Dora, age 4; and Barbara, age 2. Two additional children were born into the family, George in 1881 and Benjamin in 1884.

In 1889, Lawrence and Elizabeth Kieler moved to Greene County, Iowa, first for a short time near Grand Junction, and then in Hardin Township, where they farmed. Two of Elizabeth's brothers, Martin Collogan and Thomas Collogan, also lived there, and ostensibly is the reason Lawrence and Elizabeth were drawn to the area.

Lawrence Kieler dies.
Lawrence Kieler, 82, died on February 5, 1920. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction, Iowa.

MRS L. KIELER DEAD
HER LIFE ENDED LAST MONDAY
A Resident for Many Years in Hardin township, Where She was Well Known

      Mrs. Elizabeth Kieler, wife of Lawrence Kieler, died at her home in northeast Hardin township [Greene County, Iowa] on last Monday evening [June 26, 1922]. The cause of death was advancing years, and a tumor which had afflicted her for some time. She had been quite ill for the past two months.
      Mrs. Kieler was born in Illinois on April 12, 1844 and was wedded to Lawrence Kieler in Wisconsin in the year 1863. Thirty-three years ago they came to Greene county, settling for a short time near Grand Junction, and then moving to the farm which they purchased, and was their home since that time. To them were born twelve children, two of whom are dead, Mrs. Thomas Lenstra and Mrs. Bridgett O'Shaughnessy. The living children are: John, Thomas, Joe and Henry of Jefferson; Frank Kieler of Des Moines; and George Kieler of Wisconsin; Louisa Williams and Dorothy Flanagan, also of this county, all of whom have the deep and abiding sympathy of many friends in this hour of their sorrow.
      Mrs. Kieler was one of those home loving folks who have made the American family the bulwark of our civilization and prosperity. Her interest was always in her husband and children. Mr. Kieler died two years ago on February 5, since which she has never ceased to mourn for him who, for more than fifty years, was her dearest companion. She has gone to that rich and wonderful reward for those who have lived faithful and devoted lives, and who, by their love and help for their fellow beings, emulated the blessed teachings of the Holy One who gave His life that the world might be saved.
      Burial will be made [in Mount Calvary Cemetery] at Grand Junction and the solemn mass will be said at St. Brigid's church there on tomorrow (Thursday) morning [June 29] at 10 o'clock. The funeral cortege will leave the Kieler home at 9 o'clock.
obituary from the Jefferson Bee, June 28, 1922, page 1.

gravestone of Lawrence Kieler       gravestone of Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler


Children of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler:

  1. John Patrick Kieler was born on January 27, 1864, in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. When he was 25, he came with his parents to Greene County, Iowa, and since that time, most of his life was spent on a farm in Hardin Township, with the exception of six years when he resided in Perry, Iowa, with a niece.
          John Kieler married Mary Katherine Piepel on January 7, 1891, at Grand Junction, Greene County, Iowa. Mary Piepel was born on April 17, 1870, in Wisconsin, daughter of George and Catharina "Kate" (Haas) Piepel, who in 1880 were living at Seymour, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
          John and Mary Kieler had one son, Samuel G. Kieler, who was born on October 18, 1891. Mary K. Kieler died just four days later, on October 22, 1891, likely of complications of childbirth. The son, Samuel, himself died just two months later, on December 30, 1891. They were buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

    JOHN P. KIELER, 81, DIED AT JUNCTION John Patrick Kieler, 81, died Sunday, February 4, 1945, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Louisa Williams, in Grand Junction, Iowa. The funeral service was at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, at St. Brigid's Church in Grand Junction. Father Henry Meyer sang the requiem mass. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction.
          Mr. Kieler's health had been poor for about three years, but it was only in the last two months that his condition became serious.
          He was survived by two sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Louisa Williams, of Grand Junction, Ia., Mrs. Dora Flanagan, of Jefferson, Ia., Thomas Kieler, of Jefferson, Ia., Frank, of Des Moines, Ia., George Kieler, of Dubuque, Ia., and Ben Kieler, of Grand Junction, Ia., as well as many nieces and nephews. His wife and son; parents; two brothers, Joseph and Frankie; and three sisters, Kate, Rosa, and Barbara, preceded him in death.

  2. Rosa Kieler was born on March 6, 1865, in Wisconsin, presumably in Grant County, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Rosa Kieler married Thomas C. Lenstra on October 18, 1887, in Grant County, Wisconsin. Thomas Lenstra was born on April 7, 1865, in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of John and Frances (Van Delden) Lenstra.
          Thomas and Rosa Lenstra lived in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa, where they farmed. Evidently they took in their nephew, Arthur Williams, who was living in their household at the time of the 1900 and 1910 U.S. censuses.

    Rosa Lenstra died on August 4, 1920, and was buried in Golgotha Cemetery in Grant Township, Greene County, Iowa.

    At the time of both the 1930 and 1940 U.S. censuses, Thomas Lenstra was a boarder in the household of Robert W. and Eva (Hatfield) Calvert in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa.

  3. Mary Louisa Kieler was born on February 14, 1867, at Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Louisa later moved to Montana where she married John Williams. John and Louisa Williams had two children, Arthur Williams and Walter Williams.

    Their first son Arthur was born in Montana in 1895. Their second son, Walter, was born back in Iowa, in January 1898, and so the family had returned to Iowa by that time. Evidently Mr. Williams died by 1900 (it is not known if he died in Montana or Iowa), as by that time he does not appear in the 1900 U.S. Census with his family; his wife Mary Louise and son Walter were living with her father Lawrence Kieler, while Arthur was living with his aunt and uncle, Rosa and Thomas Lenstra (Arthur was still living with them at the time of the 1910 census). In 1930, Mary Louise Williams was listed in the household of her brother John P. Kieler, as was son Walter, in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa. During the Great Depression, Louisa, with her sons, moved to Anoka, Minnesota.

    MRS. LOUISA WILLIAMS RITES HELD JULY 27.
    Grand Junction funeral services were held Saturday morning at 9:30 in the Catholic church for Mrs. Louisa Williams, 79, who died Wednesday, July 24, 1946. The Rev. Henry Meyer was in charge of the services and burial was made in Mount Calvary cemetery.
          She was survived by two children, Arthur and Walter Williams, and three brothers and one sister, George Kieler, of Dubuque, Ia., Frank Kieler, of Des Moines, Ia., and Ben Kieler and Dora Flanagan of Grand Junction, Ia.
          She was preceded in death by her husband.

    Children of John and Louisa (Kieler) Williams:

    • Arthur Leo Williams was born on March 21, 1895, in Montana, son of John and Louisa (Kieler) Williams. Arthur Williams married Dorothy Lavina Farnham in 1928 at Anoka, Minnesota. Dorothy Farnham was born on June 27, 1903, in Minnesota, daughter of Stanley and Lillian "Lillie" (Tompkins) Farnham of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
            In 1930, Arthur and Dorothy Williams were living at Anoka, Minnesota. During the Great Depression they lived in Iowa for a time, but it is said Arthur could not get work and the county sent the family to Minnesota to live with Arthur's mother Louise and brother Walter. Arthur was able to get a job with the city. They stayed there for a time and then moved back to Iowa, to Grand Junction. Circa 1947, the family returned to Anoka, Minnesota, where they bought their first house, and where they lived the rest of their lives.
            Arthur and Dorothy Williams had five children: Marlys Williams, Earl Williams, Lucy Williams, Janice Williams, and Florian Williams.

      Arthur L. Williams, 83, died on November 7, 1978, in Anoka County, Minnesota. Dorothy L. Williams, 79, died on January 22, 1983, in Anoka County, Minnesota.

    • Walter Patrick Williams was born on January 22, 1898, in Iowa, son of John and Louisa (Kieler) Williams. Walter Williams had fallen down some stone stairs when he was a little boy, and a paralysis slowly formed, resulting in an inability to walk or talk. Walter remained living with his mother during his life, in Iowa and then in Minnesota, at Anoka.

      Walter P. Williams, 50, died on August 15, 1948, in Anoka County, Minnesota.

  4. Thomas Albert Kieler was born on March 26, 1869, in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler.
          Thomas Kieler married Dorothy Ann Piepel in the Catholic church at Jefferson, Iowa, Tuesday morning, January 11, 1898, at 9 o'clock, Father O'Farrel celebrating the wedding mass. After the ceremonies, the happy couple, accompanied by the bridesmaid, Dora Kieler, and groomsman, Frank Kieler, and the wedding guests drove to the bride's mother's house in Hardin township and sat down to a sumptuous dinner. After dinner, dancing was the order of the day, and night, too, for they continued to dance till daylight. Many handsome and valuable presents were left as tokens of friendship.
          Dorothy Piepel was born in November 1878 in Wisconsin, daughter of George and Catharina "Kate" (Haas) Piepel, who in 1880 were living at Seymour, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
          Born to Thomas and Dorothy Kieler were Edmund L. Kieler, Raymond J. Kieler, and Leo Thomas Kieler. Thomas Kieler farmed until 1908 and moved to Jefferson, Iowa.

    Thomas A. Kieler died Thursday, December 6, 1951, at Jefferson, Iowa, at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 10 days. Services were held at St. Joseph's Church in Jefferson, on Monday, December 10. Rev. A. E. Zimmerman, D.D., pastor of St. Joseph's Church, celebrated the Mass. Casket bearers included Leighton Murray, L.J. Minnihan, Francis McNulty, F.P. Cudahy, John Butler, and Harold Conry. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Jefferson.
          He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his son Edmund L. Kieler; four sisters, Mrs. Rosa Lenstra, Mrs. Dora Flanagan, Mrs. Louise Williams, and Mrs. Barbara Shaugnessy; and two brothers, John Kieler and Joe Kieler. Those surviving are two sons, Raymond J. Kieler and Leo T. Kieler, both of Jefferson; two grandchildren, Thomas Kieler and Edmund Kieler of Sioux City; and other relatives and many friends.

    Services for Dorothy Ann Kieler of Jefferson, Iowa, mother of Raymond and Leo Kieler of Jefferson, sister of Mrs. Mathilda Kearney of Jefferson, were held on Monday, September 8, with the Requiem High Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Jefferson, Iowa, at 9 a.m. Interment was in the church cemetery.

    Children of Thomas and Dorothy (Piepel) Kieler:

    • Edmund Lawrence Kieler was born on September 7, 1900, at Jefferson, Iowa, son of Thomas and Dorothy (Piepel) Kieler. Edmund began employment with the Iowa Public Service Company in 1923 and was transferred to Sioux City, Iowa, in 1928. Edmund Kieler married Effie Violet Robbins of Sioux City, Iowa, on October 19, 1936, at Jefferson, Iowa. Effie Robbins was born on January 15, 1912, at Sulpher Springs,? in Providence Township, Buena Vista County,? Iowa, daughter of James Ora and Effie Marie (Bailey) Robbins.
            Edmund and Ellie Kieler lived at Sioux City, Iowa, and had two children, Thomas and Edmund.

      Edmund L. Kieler, 43, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kieler, of Jefferson, Iowa, died Wednesday, January 19, 1944, at Sioux City, Iowa, where he had made his home since about 1928. Death was caused by pneumonia.
            The funeral rites were conducted at 9 a.m., Saturday, January 23, from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jefferson, with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Rev. Father A. Zimmerman, pastor, was in charge.
            Survivors include his wife, the former Effie Robbins, of Sioux City, Ia.; a son, Tom Kieler; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kieler, of Jefferson, Ia.; and two brothers, Leo Kieler and Raymond Kieler, both of Jefferson, Ia.

      Effie (Robbins) Kieler subsequently married Harry Edward Porter. An item in the February 13, 1956, Le Mars, Iowa, Globe Post mentioned that Mrs. Effie Kieler married Harry Porter at 8 o'clock, Wednesday morning, at St. Boniface Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Harry Porter was born on March 31, 1916, at Manning, in Carroll, Iowa, son of Harry E. and Nellie I. (Dillingham) Porter.

      Effie Porter, 72, died in December 1984, with a last known residence of Sioux City, Iowa.

      Harry E. Porter, 76, died on June 11, 1992, at Sioux City, Iowa.

    • Raymond John Kieler was born in 1906, in Iowa, son of Thomas and Dorothy (Piepel) Kieler. Raymond Kieler graduated from Jefferson High School, Jefferson, Iowa, in 1925. Raymond Kieler lived at Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa, in the his parents' household; in 1940 his occupation was given as section laborer for the railroad.

      Funeral services for Raymond J. Kieler, of Jefferson, Iowa, were held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 7, 1969, at St. Joseph's Church in Jefferson, and interment was in the church cemetery and shares a grave marker with his brother Edmund. He was the uncle of Tom Kieler of Orange City, Ia., and Ed Kieler, of Sioux City, Ia.

    • Leo Thomas Kieler was born on August 9, 1910, in Jefferson, Iowa, son of Thomas and Dorothy (Piepel) Kieler. Leo Kieler always made his home in Jefferson. He graduated from Jefferson High School, Jefferson, Iowa, in 1929. He was employed at the post office and was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Jefferson.

      Leo Thomas Kieler died on Saturday, March 16, 1963, at his home in Jefferson, Iowa, at the age of 52 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Final rites were were held at 9 a.m., Monday, March 18, from St. Joseph's Church in Jefferson, with the Rev. J.P. McGuire, pastor of the St. Joseph's Church, in charge. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers included Paul McNulty, Harold Conroy, Francis Cudahy, Ed Minnihan, John Butler, and Clem O'Brien.
            Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother Ed. Surviving are his brother Raymond of Jefferson, two nephews Tom and Ed Kieler of Sioux City, and other relatives and friends.

  5. Joseph M. Kieler was born circa 1872-1873, in Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Joe Kieler lived in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa, during the course of his lifetime. In 1910 he was living in the household of his brother-in-law and sister, Thomas and Rosa Lenstra, in Hardin Township. In 1930 he was living in the household of his brother, John P. Kieler, in Hardin Township.

    Joseph Kieler died on Wednesday, March 15, 1944, near Adel, Iowa. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, March 17, at St. Brigid's Church in Grand Junction, Iowa.

  6. Frank W. Kieler was born in September 1874 in Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Frank Kieler married Isabelle Agnes Banks on January 15, 1902. Isabelle Banks was on born May 18, 1874, in Warren, Iowa, daughter of George and Sylvina (Bergner) Banks.
          Isabelle was a teacher at Simpson College. In 1940, Frank's occupation was that of engineer at Dowling College* in Des Moines, Iowa.
    * = formerly Des Moines Catholic College and now Dowling High School.
          Frank and Isabel Kieler had the following children: James L. Kieler, Mary Eloise Kieler, George F. Kieler, Kenneth Thomas Kieler, Agnes Kieler, and Donald Kieler.

    Frank W. Kieler died in 1953, and he was buried in Glendale Cemetery at Des Moines, Iowa.

    Isabelle Kieler died on September 8, 1954, and she was buried in Glendale Cemetery at Des Moines, Iowa.

    Children of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler:

    • James L. Kieler* was born November 15, 1902, at Churchville in Jefferson Township, Warren County, Iowa, son of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. James Kieler married Mildred R. Pintar on December 30, 1925, at Des Moines, Iowa. Mildred Beeler was born circa 1907, in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Jacob [James] and Mary "Mamie" (Turk) Pintar. In 1910, the Pintar family was living yet at St. Louis; Jacob and Mamie had a child born in Illinois in 1912; and by 1920 the family is found in Saylor Township, Polk County, Iowa, with Mamie as head of household.
      * = an online birth record has Leo for James's middle name, but Lawrence is given as his middle name on California Death Records.
            At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, James and Mildred Kieler were living in Des Moines, Iowa, and they had one child, James Francis Kieler, born circa 1927 in Iowa. The family were living yet in Iowa in 1935, where James and Mildred had one more child, Richard, born circa 1935, but before 1940 had moved to California, where they were living in Maywood, Los Angeles County, California, with two more children both born in California, Annette, born circa 1938, and Dolores, born circa 1939. James Kieler had an occupation of upholsterer for a department store in 1940.

      James L. Kieler died on May 30, 1982, with a last residence of Maywood, California.

    • Mary Eloise Kieler was born on April 12, 1904, at Churchville in Jefferson Township, Warren County, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. Mary Eloise Kieler married Homer E. Blackford on May 10, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa. Homer Blackford was born on January 5, 1901, at Des Moines, Iowa, son of Ora and Mary J. (Brandon) Blackford.

      Homer and Elosie Blackford lived at Des Moines, Iowa, and their children included sons Homer and Carl and daughters Mary, Marilyn, Judy, and Becky.

      Homer Blackford, 73, died on April 23, 1974, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery at Des Moines, Iowa.

      Eloise Blackford, 94, died on November 5, 1998, with a last residence of Des Moines, Iowa.

      Children of Homer F. and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford:

      • Mary I. Blackford was born on February 8, 1923, in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford. Mary graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. Mary Blackford married Francis E. Dennis on July 6, 1941. Francis Dennis was born on January 25, 1920.
              Francis and Mary Dennis lived at Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2004.
              While in Des Moines, Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she served on the Rosary Society. She enjoyed cross stitching, quilting, needle point, and ceramics.

        Francis E. Dennis, 88, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Sunday, February 10, 2008.

        Mary I. Dennis, 89, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died January 4, 2013, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Cremation took place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. A private memorial service was planned for a later date.
              She was survived by her son, Frank (Carolyn) Dennis of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two daughters, Mary Lou (Joe) Lienau, of Downers Grove, Ill., and Patty (Gary) Brunk, of West Des Moines, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Barb Dennis, of South Carolina; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, C. Patrick (Vicci) Blackford, of Albia, Iowa; a sister, Becky (Joe) Solem, of Des Moines, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
              She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Dennis; son, Joseph Richard Dennis, Sr.; parents, Homer E. and Mary E. (Kieler) Blackford; a brother, Homer F. Blackford Jr.; two sisters, Marilyn Bence and Judy Cron; and a granddaughter, Ann Marie Lienau.

      • Homer Francis Blackford, Jr., was born on March 14, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, son of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford. Homer married Anna Louise Thompson in 1944.* Anna Thompsonwas born in the Des Moines, Iowa, area on October 3, 1925, a coal miner's daughter, the youngest of the eight children of John and Betty (Baker) Thompson. In 1941, at age 16, she graduated from East High School then began working for Iowa Pack where she worked for over 10 years.
        * = 1944, according to Homer's obituary; 1945, according to Anna's obituary.
              Homer and Anna Blackford lived at Des Moines, Iowa, and they raised ten children in their Eastside home. Homer, with his wife, was a concessionaire at the Iowa State Fair for over 50 years, helping to earn extra money for his children's education. Homer was a tireless, hard worker and a very loyal, dependable husband and father. Homer loved airplanes and had a small craft pilot's license before he started raising children. Homer had the great fortune to travel during his retirement to Alaska, Canada, England, and all over the United States.
              Like his father before him, Homer was a lifelong Teamster (Local 147), who worked for many trucking companies in Central Iowa. He retired in 1986 after a career that spanned over 40 years in the trucking industry. He was employed by Bruce Motor Freight, Mid American Truck Lines, and Roadway.
              Homer's philosophy on children was, "There is always room for one more." The Blackford children feel very blessed to have had a father who was so dedicated to them and who showed them an example of hard work, devotion, and family loyalty. They are especially grateful to him for his many sacrifices for all of them over the years. Homer was a good man and a dependable provider. They were lucky to have him as their father.
              Anna had a great entrepreneurial spirit and created many small business ventures. She sold Memorial Day flowers, rented tandem bikes at the State Fairgrounds and, most notably, was an Iowa State Fair Concessionaire for over 50 years. She sold everything from Cotton Candy to Snow Cones and Popcorn. Anna and her children loved the State Fair and rarely missed a day of the Fair during her 50 years of concession work.
              She gave everything she had to her children, and even worked as a waitress at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in the 1970s and 1980s to help earn extra money for her children's educations. In her later years, she enjoyed playing cards and going to Las Vegas. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She bestowed on them a legacy of optimism, love, hard work and fun.

        Anna Louise (Thompson) Blackford, 85, died Thursday, December 23, 2010, at Valley View Village in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, December 27, at Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, at the funeral home followed by burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
              Those left to cherish Anna's memory include her husband of 64 years, Homer; ten children, Linda (Dick) Hill, Carl (Dawn) Blackford, Nancy (Mike) Schrader, Steven (Karen) Blackford, Dennis (Kathy) Blackford, Gary (Kathy) Blackford, Tim (Betsy) Blackford, Gregg (Stacy) Blackford, Cherie (Dan) Schuler, and Brian (Jenny) Blackford; and 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven Blackford, Jr.
              The family expressed thanks to all those who helped to care for Anna in her last year at Valley View Village and special appreciation to their mother's good friend, Ruth, for being so kind to their mother.

        Homer Francis Blackford, Jr., died peacefully on August 23, 2012, at Iowa Health Hospice-Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, August 27, at Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, August 26, at the funeral home.
              Homer is survived by his children, Linda (Dick) Hill, Carl (Dawn) Blackford, Nancy (Mike) Schrader, Steve (Karen) Blackford, Dennis (Kathy) Blackford, Gary (Kathy) Blackford, Tim (Betsy) Blackford, Gregg (Stacy) Blackford, Cherie (Dan) Schuler, and Brian (Jenny) Blackford; 27 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Marybelle Dennis, Carl "Pat" Blackford, and Becky Solem.
              He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; a grandson, Steven Blackford, Jr.; and two sisters, Marilyn Bence and Judy Cronn.

      • Carl Patrick Blackford was born circa 1928-29, in Iowa, son of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford.

      • Marilyn Blackford was born on March 24, 1932, in Iowa, daughter of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford. Marilyn lived most of her life in the area of Des Moines, Iowa. She served as a volunteer at Bishop Drumm, and was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Des Moines.

        Marilyn M. Bence, 71, of Norwalk, Iowa, died September 22, 2003, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. A Memorial Mass was held Friday, September 26, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial was at Norwalk Cemetery.
              She was survived by five daughters, Catherine Jacobs of Rogers, Ark., Joan Naylor of Winterset, Ia., Pam Johnson of Norwalk and Laurie Bence and Kim Allen, both of West Des Moines, Ia.; two sons, Mark Bence of Winterset, Ia., and Bradley Bence of Pinedale, Wyo.; two brothers, Carl Blackford of Melrose, Ia., and Homer Blackford of Des Moines, Ia.; three sisters, Judy Cron and Mary Dennis, both of West Des Moines, Ia., and Becky Solon of Des Moines; and 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
              She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters.

      • Judith A. Blackford was born on May 28, 1936, in Iowa, daughter of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford. Judy Blackford married Merle B. Cron. Merle Cron was born circa 1936, in Iowa, son of James and Zola (Butner) Cron.

        Judy Cron, 70, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006.

      • Rebecca Blackford was born in Iowa, daughter of Homer and Mary Eloise (Kieler) Blackford. Becky Blackford married Joe Solem.

    • George Francis Kieler was born on July 4, 1905, in Iowa, son of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. George Kieler married Mary Frances Riley on November 28, 1934, at Anthony's Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa. George and Frances Kieler lived at Des Moines, Iowa. Mary Frances Riley was born on July 20, 1912, in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of William James and Emma May (Hanstrom) Riley.

      George F. Kieler, 85, died on December 4, 1990.

      Mary Frances Kieler, 91, of West Point, Iowa, and formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, died at 5:17 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2004, at the West Point Care Center. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
            She was survived by her sons, Daniel Kieler and his wife Maureen, of West Point, Ia., and John Kieler and his wife Anna, of Des Moines, Ia., and daughters, Mary Bleimehl and her husband Edward, of Mt. Dora, Fla., and Madeline Harlan and her husband Robert, of Green Bay, Wis.

      Children of George F. and Mary Frances (Riley) Kieler:

      • Mary Terese Kieler was born on November 7, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of George F. and Mary Frances (Riley) Kieler. Mary Kieler was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines, and attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, Iowa. In the early 1960s, Mary began a professional career with IBM, where she met the love of her life, Edward Charles Bleimehl III. Mary and Ed were married on October 14, 1961, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
              After marrying, Mary devoted her life to beginning and nurturing her family and took great pride in watching them flourish. Mary was generous with her time through many activities in support of her children's schools and throughout the communities where she lived. Some highlights of her volunteer service included working on the Papal Visit to Des Moines, the Agape Crisis Pregnancy Center of Des Moines, and the Hospice Hope Chest in Mt. Dora, Florida.

        Mary Terese (Kieler) Bleimehl, 78, of Urbandale, Iowa, formerly of Mt. Dora, Florida, passed away on Thursday morning, September 11, 2014, at the Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Family and friends called from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 15, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines, Iowa, where a Vigil Service began at 7 p.m. Cremation rites followed the Vigil Service. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, in Urbandale. A private committal service was held at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook, Illinois.
              She will be greatly missed by her loving family that includes her husband, Ed; two daughters, Carolyn (Jerry) Rainey and Julia Bleimehl, all of Urbandale, Ia.; two sons, Edward Charles (Bridget) Bleimehl IV, of Des Moines, Ia., and Terry Bleimehl, of Urbandale, Ia.; seven grandchildren, Loral, Matthew, Christopher and Kate Rainey, Natasha (Jason) Bovee, Edward Charles (Michelle) Bleimehl V, and Nicklaus Bleimehl; six great-grandchildren, Fiona, Aubrey, Lailie, Edward Charles VI, Sophie, and Josephine; a sister, Madeline (Robert) Harlan of Green Bay, Wis.; a brother, John (Anna) Kieler, of Des Moines, Ia.; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Ellis) Kahn of Kewaskum, Wis., and Maureen Kieler of West Point, Ia.; and many nieces and nephews.
              Mary was preceded into eternal life by an infant son, Timothy George; an infant daughter, Susan Mary-Kathryn; her parents, George and Frances Kieler; and one brother, Dan Kieler.

      • Madeline A. Kieler was born circa 1939, in Iowa, daughter of George F. and Mary Frances (Riley) Kieler. Madeline earned a degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Madeline Kieler married Robert Ernest Harlan circa 1959. Robert Harlan was born circa 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, where he grew up.
              Bob and Madeline Harlan had three sons, Kevin, Bryan, and Michael.
              In 1958, Bob Harlan from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a degree in journalism . He had a brief tour of duty in the U.S. Army and then worked as a reporter for United Press International in Milwaukee. He became sports information director at Marquette in 1959. Bob joined the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization in 1965, serving as director of community relations and the speakers' bureau and then as director of public relations. He received a 1967 World Series ring during his tenure with the Cardinals.
              Bob joined the Green Bay Packers football organization as assistant general manager on June 1, 1971. He later served as corporate general manager and corporate assistant to the president. He was named president and CEO of the Packers in 1989, chairman and CEO in 2006, finally served as chairman before his retirement on January 28, 2008, capping a 37-year career with the organization. Bob was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on July 17, 2004. After his retirement, he was named chairman emeritus and serves the organization as a goodwill ambassador.

      • Daniel Kieler was born on October 8, 1943, at Des Moines, Iowa, son of George F. and Mary Frances (Riley) Kieler. Daniel was a graduate of Dowling High School in Des Moines. He attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa; Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri; and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Dan was a teacher and principal at St. Mary’s in Marquette, Iowa, and Holy Trinity Catholic Schools in West Point, Iowa.
              Daniel Kieler married Maureen C. Link on August 17, 1968, at St. Mary’s Church in West Point, Iowa.
              Dan was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, the West Point Knights of Columbus Council #2286. He served on the Student Tuition Organization (STO), Holy Trinity Catholic Schools Foundation which he served as Secretary, the Diocesan School Board, the Diocese of Davenport Pastoral Board; he also served on many civil and religious committees within St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the community of West Point.

        Daniel J. Kieler, 69, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 8:05 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. Visitation was after 1 p.m., Monday, August 12, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point. There was a Knights of Columbus rosary recited at 3 p.m. The family met with friends from 5 until 8 p.m., Monday evening, at the church where a Christian wake service was held at 7 p.m.
              His body lay in state after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Holy Trinity Catholic School gymnasium in West Point until the Mass of Christian burial. The Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 13, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, with Father David Wilkening as celebrant. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.
              He was survived by his wife, Maureen, of West Point, Ia.; three daughters, Cecilia (husband Eric) McVey, of Galesburg, Ill., Patricia Kieler, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Theresa Kieler, of West Point, Ia.; a son George (wife Hanna) Kieler, of West Point, Ia.; six grandchildren, Kieley and Gabriel Brathwaite; Brannock, Kittner and Breck McVey; and Madelyn Kieler; two sisters, Mary (husband Ed) Bleimehl, of Mt. Dora, Fla., Madeline (husband Robert) Harlan, of Green Bay, Wis.; a brother John (wife Anna) Kieler, of Des Moines, Ia.; and several nieces and nephews.
              He was preceded in death by his parents, one niece, one nephew and aunts and uncles.

      • John Kieler was born in Iowa, son of George F. and Mary Frances (Riley) Kieler.

    • Kenneth Thomas Kieler was born on June 29, 1908, in Iowa, son of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. Kenneth Kieler married Hildreth Hohl circa 1929. Hildreth Hohl was born on March 28, 1910, daughter of Alfonso and Laura (Willits) Hohl.

      Kenneth Kieler died in July 1986 with a last residence of Des Moines, Iowa.

      Hildreth Kieler died October 12, 2001, with a last residence of Bevington, Iowa.

      • William John Kieler was born on January 27, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa, son of Kenneth and Hildreth (Hohl) Kieler. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was employed by Des Moines Water Works for over 40 years. William was a member of Southgate Lodge #657, American Legion Post 731, Chairman of the Board at Bloomfield United Methodist Church, and on the board of the Des Moines Water Works Credit Union. He loved woodworking and was a history buff and avid reader.

        William John Kieler, 77, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m., with Masonic service at 7 p.m., Sunday, August 10, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines. Funeral service was at 10 a.m., Monday August 11, at Bloomfield United Methodist Church in Des Moines, and burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
              William is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; children, John Kieler, Laura (Michael) Boring, and Mike (Amanda) Kieler; two granddaughters and three great-granddaughters; a sister, Lauretta (Guy) Kaplan; and a brother, Rick (Kathy) Kieler.
              He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tom, Larry, and Michael.

      • Michael Lee Kieler was born on January 16, 1941, in Des Moines, Iowa, son of Kenneth and Hildreth (Hohl) Kieler. Michael attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1959. Michael Kieler was united in marriage to Betty Niswender on November 18, 1959 in Des Moines, Iowa.
              Michael worked as an electrician for the 42 years. Michael was a member of the Pleasant Lodge #128 A.F.& A.M., IBEW #347, the Booster Club, Saddle Clubs, and 4-H. He enjoyed little league, attending ball games, playing cards, square dancing, car racing, camping, road trips, trips to Canada fishing for 19 years and also hunting for many years. Michael loved spending time with his family especially his beloved grandchildren.

        Michael L. Kieler, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 26 days. Funeral Service were held at the Mason Funeral Home in Pleasantville, Iowa, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 10 a.m., with Danielle Grace as celebrant. Casketbearers were John Kieler, Doug Kieler, Paul Deaton, Tim Thorne, Kyle Kieler, Bob Kieler, and Mike Leland Kieler. Interment was in Swan Cemetery at Swan, Iowa.
              Those left to honor his memory include his wife Betty; daughters, Deb Kieler (and Jeremiah Patton), Susan (and Shawn) Matthews; two grandchildren, T.J. and Stacey Matthews, all of Swan, Ia.; a sister Lauretta (and Guy) Kaplan of Coloma, Wis.; brothers, Bill (and Nancy) Kieler of Des Moines, Ia., Rick (and Kathy) Kieler of Bevington, Ia.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Tom Kieler and Larry Kieler.

    • Agnes M. Kieler was born on September 18, 1911, in Hinton, Plymouth County, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. In 1940, Agnes, age 27, was living in her parents' household at Des Moines, Iowa, with an occupation of nurse in a doctor's office.

      Agnes Kieler married Dale M. Stump on July 27, 1942, in Bethany, Missouri. Dale Stump was born on September 28, 1907, in Iowa, son of Arthur J. and Margaret "Maggie" (Hedrick) Stump, of Van Meter, Iowa, and later of Des Moines, Iowa.

      Dale M. Stump, 73, died November 10, 1980, with a last residence of Lyndon, Illinois. He was buried in Lyndon Cemetery at Lyndon, Whiteside County, Illinois.

      Agnes M. Stump, 94, formerly of Lyndon, Illinois, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at the Four Season Living Center in Morrison, Illinois. Services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 28, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown, Illinois, with visitation from 10 a.m. to services. Burial was in Lyndon Cemetery at Lyndon, Illinois. Arrangements were by McDonald of Prophetstown.
            She was survived by a daughter, Dale Ann (Terry) Cook, of Lyndon, Ill.; a son, Timothy Stump, of Lyndon, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Gail Stump, of Sterling, Ill.; grandchildren, Mary Kay (Ron) Riley, Marda (Don) Phillips, Edward Stump and William Stump; and great-grandchildren, Stephanie Vasquez, Drew Vasquez, Colton Riley and Sidney Cook.

    • Donald Kieler was born on October 28, 1913, in Iowa, son of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler.

      Donald Kieler died in August 1987 with a last residence of Des Moines, Iowa.

  7. Dora A. Kieler was born in July 1876 in Wisconsin, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Dora Kieler married Thomas P. Flanagan on May 16, 1900, at the St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa, with the Rev. Father Patrick C. Kenny officiating. The groom was in the employ of J.W. Jameson at Dana. The lady of his choice was one of the accomplished young ladies of that city.
          Thomas Flanagan was born in July 1867 in Illinois*, daughter of John and Bridget Flanagan. By 1878, the Flanagan family had moved from Illinois to Hardin Township in Greene County, Iowa. The 1900 U.S. census gives Thomas's occupation as a salesman of implements.
    * = likely at Momence, Kankakee County, Illinois, where the family was living in 1870.

    Thomas Flanagan died in 1913. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction, Iowa.

    Dora Flanagan died on Thursday, October 2, 1947, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Tiffany. Funeral services were held Saturday morning, October 4, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction.
          She was survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Elizabeth) Tiffany and Mrs. Carl Peterson, of Dana, Ia., and two sons, William Flanagan of Chicago, Ill., and Thomas Flanagan, of Milwaukee, Wis.

    Children of Thomas and Dora (Kieler) Flanagan:

    • William B. Flanagan was born circa 1902-1903, in Iowa, son of Thomas and Dora (Kieler) Flanagan.

    • Elizabeth Magdalene Flanagan was born on April 10, 1904, in Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Dora (Kieler) Flanagan. Elizabeth Flanagan married James Albinus Tiffany on February 22, 1927, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa. The bride and groom were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tiffany. James Tiffany was born on April 3, 1905, in Iowa, son of Chandler and Mary (Smith) Tiffany, of Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa.
            James and Elizabeth Tiffany had two children, Eleanor Elizabeth Tiffany and Edward Eugene Tiffany.

      James A. Tiffany died in 1973, with a last residence of Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction, Greene County. Iowa. Iowa.

      Elizabeth M. Tiffany, 80, of died in March 1985, with a last residence Grand Junction, Iowa, and she was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction, Greene County. Iowa. Iowa.

      Children of James A. and Elizabeth M. (Flanagan) Tiffany:

      • Eleanor Elizabeth Tiffany was born circa 1931, in Iowa, daughter of James A. and Elizabeth M. (Flanagan) Tiffany. Eleanor Tiffany married Roderick Cox Krieger. Roderick Krieger was born on June 14, 1926, in Junction Township, Greene County, Iowa, son of Louis and Leila (Cox) Krieger. Roderick and Eleanor Krieger lived in Greene County, Iowa.

        Roderick C. Krieger, 66, died Wednesday, February 3, 1993, with a last residence of Grand Junction, Iowa. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction.

        • Roger Dean Krieger was born on January 25, 1965, at Jefferson, Iowa, son of Roderick Cox Krieger and Eleanor Elizabeth Tiffany Krieger. Roger was baptized at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa, and attended East Greene School. Roger married Jane Minnihan on February 15, 1986, and they were the parents of a daughter, Brenna.
                Roger began his career as a semi truck driver at the age of 18. He drove all over the United States. Roger spent several years living in Arizona hauling for Tavasci Livestock. He returned to live in Grand Junction about 7 years ago. Roger enjoyed watching Nascar and was a Kyle Busch fan.

          Roger Krieger, 44, of Grand Junction, Iowa, passed away suddenly Saturday, January 31, 2009, at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 4, at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction. Burial of his cremains was in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction. Visitiation was after 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson, and the family greeted friends at a memorial visitation from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
                He was survived by his daughters, Brenna Krieger of Johnston, Ia., and Haley Krieger of Laurens, Ia.; mother Eleanor Krieger, of Grand Junction, Ia.; 3 sisters, Susan Hogueison (John) of Glenwood, Ia., Teresa (Dale) Crouse of Dana, Ia., and Regina (Jeff) Thorpe of Grand Junction, Ia.; significant other, Rhonda Muldoon; 3 nephews, 3 nieces, and 3 great-nephews; and other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death was his dad.

      • Edward Eugene Tiffany was born in rural Greene County, Iowa, in Junction Township, on May 17, 1934, son of James A. and Elizabeth M. (Flanagan) Tiffany. Edward Tiffany attended country school and St. Mary’s Academy and graduated from Dana High School.
              Ed Tiffany worked in Milwaukee after graduation and then entered the Army in 1955 for two years. After being discharged, he farmed with his dad for a couple of years. Ed worked in retail sales until he retired in 2005 due to poor health. His joys in life were his nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa.

        Edward E. Tiffany, 73, died on April 12, 2008, at Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jefferson, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Grand Junction. Visitation with the family began at 9 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
              He was survived by his sister, Eleanor Krieger; nieces Susan (John) Hoguieson, Teresa (Dale) Crouse, Regina (Jeff) Thorpe, and nephew Roger (Rhonda) Krieger, 8 great-nieces and -nephews, and 3 great-great-nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law.

    • Dorothea Harriett Flanagan was born on November 7, 1906, in Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Dora (Kieler) Flanagan. Harriett Flanagan married Carl W. Peterson on Wednesday, May 19, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, with Judge Thompson officiating. Carl Peterson was born on May 13, 1906, in Illinois, son of Martin and Gertie (Mattison) Peterson. In 1910, the Peterson family were living in Sullivant, Ford County, Illinois, and by 1920, had moved to Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa. Carl and Harriett Peterson lived at Dana, Greene County, Iowa.

      Carl W. Peterson, 72, died in July 1978, with a last residence of Dana, Greene County, Iowa. He was buried in Jefferson Cemetery at Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.

      Harriett Peterson, 83, died on January 16, 1990, at Jefferson, Iowa, with a last residence of Grand Junction, Iowa. She was buried in Jefferson Cemetery at Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.

    • Thomas Lawrence Flanagan was born on April 26, 1909, in Iowa, son of Thomas and Dora (Kieler) Flanagan. Thomas Flanagan married Nellie Evelyn O'Neal on June 5, 1934, at Grand Junction, Iowa. Nellie O'Neal was born on October 16, 1918, in Allen Township, Warren County, Iowa, daughter of Ollie T. and Gertie (Henry) O'Neal. In 1940 Tom and Nellie Flanagan were living in her parents' household at Grand Junction, Iowa, along with a two-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Ann Flanagan. Tom's occupation at that time was mechanic at a garage.

      Thomas Flanagan died on October 21, 1987, with a last residence of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was buried in Grand Junction Cemetery at Grand Junction, Greene County, Iowa.

      Nellie Flanagan subsequently married [?] Fisher.

      Nellie E. Flanagan Fisher died Monday, July 18, 2005, with a last residence of Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was buried in Grand Junction Cemetery at Grand Junction, Greene County, Iowa.

  8. Barbara E. Kieler was born on September 10, 1878, in Wisconsin, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Barbara Kieler married Patrick John Shaugnessy on January 13, 1903,* at St. Brigid's Church in Grand Junction, Iowa, with Father Kenny officiating. Patrick Shaugnessy was born circa 1870, in Ireland , son of Daniel and Mary (Ahearne) Shaugnessy, and he came to the United States in 1896.
    * = January 13, according to a marriage record as transcribed online; January 14, according to an obituary, as given below.

    Patrick and Barbara Shaugnessy first lived in Greene County, Iowa, and moved to a farm in Pocahontas County, Iowa, in 1906. They had two children, Patrick L. Shaugnessy (born April 18, 1904, died February 26, 1910, buried Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Junction, Iowa) and Mary Elizabeth Shaughnessy (born March 15, 1907, Powhatan Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa).

    Barbara Shaugnessy died on March 18, 1907, at home, north of Plover, Pocahontas County, Iowa. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

    Died--At her home north of Plover [in Pocahontas County, Iowa] on Monday night, March 18, 1907, aged twenty-eight years, Mrs. Barbara Shaugnessy, the beloved wife of Patrick Shaugnessy, a prosperous and well-respected farmer.
          Miss Barbara Kieler was born at Dubuque, Iowa, September 18, 1878, and moved with her parents to Greene county near Grand Junction where she lived until about one year ago when she moved with her husband to the farm north of Plover. She was married to Mr. Shaughnessy in Grand Junction, January 14, 1903.
          Besides the faithful husband, her little boy of three years old and a baby of four days, she leaves a father and mother, five brothers and three sisters. All are living at Grand Junction except a brother and sister in Michigan and a brother in Dubuque. Mrs. Shaugnessy had been in delicate health for some time.
          Friday March 15, 1907, she gave birth to a bright little baby girl. She gradually failed and all that kind and loving hands could do was without avail and she passed away as before stated.
          A short service was held at the home Wednesday and the remains taken to Grand Junction where they were laid to rest [in Mount Calvary Cemetery] to await the final resurrection morn. She was a faithful Catholic and lived and died in that faith. The community here is greatly saddened and the bereaved ones have the deepest sympathy of all.
    from the Rolfe Reveille, Thursday, March 21, 1907, Page 2.

    In 1910, Patrick Shaugnessy was a widower, living in a household by himself, in Powhatan Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. His son Patrick had died in February that year. His daughter Elizabeth was evidently placed in another home to be raised.

    • Mary Elizabeth Shaugnessy was born on March 15, 1907, in Powhatan Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Barbara (Kieler) Shaugnessy. Elizabeth's mother died three days later, evidently from complications of childbirth, and her brother Patrick died in 1910. Elizabeth was likely placed with a relative to live and to be raised. Her father Patrick was living in a household by himself at the time of the 1910 U.S. Census.
            Elizabeth Mary Barbara O'Shaughnessy* married Glenn Carl Pike, age 24, on June 2, 1928, in Greene County, Iowa. Glenn Pike was born ca. 1904, in Iowa, son of Robert and Margie McCofferly, who in 1920 were living in Spring Valley Township, Dallas County, Iowa. Glenn and Elizabeth Pike were living in the same place at the time of the 1930 census. In 1940, Elizabeth M.B. Pike is head of household in Perry, Spring Valley Township, Dallas County, Iowa, that includes two uncles, John P. Kieler, 76, and Ben Kieler, age 55, a laborer doing odd jobs. Elizabeth's occupation was given as chamber maid for a hotel. Glenn Pike is noticeably absent from the household.
      * = her name as transcribed online from a marriage record.

      In 1993, Elizabeth Gartin, age 86, died on March 26, with a last known residence of Perry, Dallas County, Iowa. Elizabeth Gartin has the same birthdate as Elizabeth (Shaugnessy) Pike, and it seems likely these Elizabeths are one and the same.

  9. George Raymond Kieler was born on April 28, 1881, in Paris Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. George Kieler married Mary Magdalene Kunkel. Mary Kunkel was born in September 1888 in Osceola County, Iowa,* daughter of Edward Bernard and Katherine (Alt) Kunkel.
    * = in Minnesota, according to the 1930 census.
          In 1920, George and Mary Kieler were living at Dubuque, Iowa, with daughters, Catherine, age 3, and Elizabeth, age 1. In 1930, George and Mary were living in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, with their children, Catherine, age 13; Elizabeth, age 11; Joseph, age 9; Louise, age 8; Edward, age 6; Lawrence, age 4; and Sylvia, age 1. Another daughter, Angeline, would be born later that same year. It seems that George Kieler must have been working across the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1930, as he was listed in the household of Mary Kluck and family there as a boarder.
          George Kieler's World War II draft registration card lists his residence as Paris Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, and that he was employed at Morrison Brothers in Dubuque, Iowa.

    George R. Kieler died in 1956. Mary M. Kieler died in 1959. They were buried in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Kieler, Wisconsin.

    Children of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler:

    • Catherine S. Kieler was born on October 18, 1916, in Iowa, daughter of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Catherine Kieler married Vincent C. Loeffelholz on September 25, 1935, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin.

      Couple Wed At Kieler Ceremony.
            Miss Catherine Kieler and Mr. Vincent C. Loeffelholz were married Wednesday morning at St. Mary's church in Kieler. Miss Kieler is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kieler of Kieler and the bridegroom is the youngest son of Mrs. Michael Loeffelholz of Dickeyville. The Rev. J.N. Greiveldinger celebrated the ceremony.
            Miss Elizabeth Kieler, sister of the bride, and Rudolph Loeffelholz, brother of the groom, were the attendants.
            The bride's gown was of white satin and lace and her floor-length tulle veil was fashioned into an embroidered and pleated cap, fastened with orange blossoms. She carried pink roses and baby breath.
            The bridesmaid wore rose colored satin trimmed with fur.
            After the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents and more than 100 friends and relatives were guests at dinner and supper. Rose and white decorated the dining room.
            A dance was held at Kieler in the evening, at which the bride wore a blue satin dress trimmed with fur dyed a corresponding blue.
      from the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald - Tuesday, October 1, 1935.

      Before her marriage, Catherine lived on farms near Kieler, Wisconsin, except for two years spent in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended parochial school at Kieler.
            Vincent Loeffelholz was born on June 9, 1913, in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Michael and Theresa (Dietzel) Loeffelholz.
            Vincent and Catherine Loeffelholz lived on a farm near Dickeyville, Wisconsin, where they were members of Holy Ghost Church. Catherine was also a member of the Altar Society and the Society of the Little Flower, and Vincent was a member of the Holy Name Society. Vincent farmed until his retirement in 1979, and later worked parttime at Holy Ghost School in Dickeyville.

      Catherine S. Loeffelholz, 33, died Sunday, February 5, 1950, at her farm home near Dickeyville, Wisconsin. She had been ill for two years. The body was returned Monday, February 7, to the farm home from the Karrmann Funeral Home at Platteville, Wisconsin. Funeral services were at 9 a.m., Wednesday, February 9, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with the Rev. Adelbert Smetana officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            She was survived by her husband, Vincent; nine daughters, Bernadette, Cecelia, Felicia, Agnes, Imelda, Ruth, Jane, Madonna, and Mary, all at home; three sons, Fidelis, Vincent, and Thomas, all at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Kieler, of Kieler, Wis.; three brothers, Joseph Kieler, Lawrence Kieler, and Edward Kieler, all of Kieler, Wis.; four sisters, Mrs. Jerry Van De Wiel and Mrs. Wallace Wedig, both of Cuba City, Wis., and Louise Kieler and Angeline Kieler, at home; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ed Kunkel, of Kieler, Wis.

      Vincent C. Loeffelholz, 72, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 1986, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called until 9 p.m., Friday, January 22, at the Gene Siegert & Son Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 25, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            He was survived by nine daughters, Mrs. Leo (Bernadette) Abing, of Lancaster, Wis., Mrs. James (Cecilia) Collins, of Dubuque, Ia., Mrs. Anton (Felicia "Bitsy") Schmitt and Mrs. LaVern (Ruth) Wiederholt, both of Cuba City, Wis., Mrs. Norbert (Agnes) Fritz, Mrs. Michael (Madonna) Whitaker, and Mrs. Harvey (Mary Lou) Kruser, all of Potosi, Wis., Mrs. Robert (Imelda) Hying, of Dickeyville, Wis., and Mrs. Donald (Jane) Novotney, of Fargo, N. Dak.; three sons, Fidelis G. "Bud" Loeffelholz, of Platteville, Wis., Vincent J. Loeffelholz, of Cuba City, Wis., and Thomas Loeffelholz, of Dickeyville, Wis.; 43 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Theresa M. Loeffelholz, of Dickeyville, Wis.; and four brothers, Cyrillus Loeffelholz, of Dubuque, Ia., and Raymond Loeffelholz, Peter Loeffelholz, and Rudolph Loeffelholz, all of Cuba City, Wis.

      • Jane F. Loeffelholz was born on April 20, 1947, in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, daughter of Vincent C. and Catherine (Kieler) Loeffelholz. Jane was a graduate of Vocational Technical & Adult Education School in Fennimore. Jane Loeffelholz married Donald F. Novotney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Novotney of Streator, Illinois, on June 3, 1972, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. At the time of their marriage, Donald, a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, was principal at Holy Ghost School in Dickeyville.
              Donald and Jane Novotney were residents of La Crosse, Wisconsin, for 14 years, where Donald was the former superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of La Crosse. Donald and Jane later lived at Jefferson City, Missouri, where Donald serves as the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Jefferson City. They had also lived at Fargo, North Dakota, for a time.

        Jane F. Novotney, 60, of Jefferson City, Missouri, died Saturday, June 9, 2007, her father’s birthday, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 11 months earlier. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 15, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where Reflections was at 7 p.m., and a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friends also called at the funeral home on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with the Revs. Francis Steffen and Joseph Hirsch officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
              She was survived by her husband, Donald Novotney, of Jefferson City, Mo.; three daughters, Nicole Novotney, of Denver, Colo., Tara Novotney, of Omaha, Neb., and Theresa Novotney, of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Thomas (Julie) Novotney, of Rockwell, Ia., and Michael Novotney of Milwaukee, Wis.; four grandchildren, Allison, Cecilia, Daniel and Emma Novotney; eight sisters; and three brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents.
        Obituary for Jane Novotney from the La Crosse Tribune, accessed online July 20, 2007,
        at http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/06/14/obituaries/00obits14.txt

    • Elizabeth M. Kieler was born on June 19, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Elizabeth Kieler married Gerald H. Van De Wiel on May 14, 1940, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Gerald Van De Wiel was born on January 30, 1919, son of Henry A. and Margaret (Brant) Van De Wiel.
            Gerald, who was called "Jerry," was a World War II Army veteran and had attained the rank of private first class. Gerald and Elizabeth Van De Wiel lived at Cuba City, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Jerry operated the Cuba City Feed Mill from 1946 to until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of the VFW Post 8318, American Legion Henry Pinch Post 104, and the Knights of Columbus Council 765. He also was a volunteer fireman for the Cuba City Fire Department.
            Liz was a Red Cross volunteer and donor, giving five gallons of blood. She worked in the St. Rose Grade School lunch program for 15 years, retiring in 1983. Liz was a member of St. Rose Council of Catholic Women. Liz loved all children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family and her faith were important.

      Gerald H. "Jerry" Van De Wiel, 72, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday morning July 9, 1991, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, Wisconsin. Family and friends called until 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, at Casey-Siegert Funeral Home in Cuba City, where the Knights of Columbus and St. Rose of Lima Parish rosary devotion was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City. Burial was in the church cemetery, where military rites were accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8318 and the American Legion Henry Pinch Post 104, both of Cuba City. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth; six daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Marilyn) Berning of Hudson, Wis., Mrs. Thomas (Rita) Wedig, of Belmont, Wis., Mrs. Eldon (Jerri Lou) Schardt, of Belvidere, Ill., Mrs. Robert (Joan) Ramaker, of Cuba City, Wis., Mrs. Tim (Ruth Ann) Ausloos, of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Betty Van De Wiel, of Madison, Wis.; two sons, John (and Ann) Van De Wiel, of Cuba City, Wis., and Steve (and Carolyn) Van De Wiel, of Platteville, Wis.; 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Van De Wiel, of Dubuque, Ia.; and two sisters, Helen Placke of Cuba City, Wis., and India St. Clair, of Bettendorf, Ia. He was preceded in death by a son, David Van De Wiel, on April 3, 1982.

      Elizabeth M. "Liz" Van De Wiel, 95, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City, with the Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 6, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, where a parish wake service was held at 2:45 p.m. Visitation continued from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home before the service.
            Survivors include six daughters, Marilyn (Gerald) Berning, of Cuba City, Wis., Rita (Thomas) Wedig, of Belmont, Wis., Jerri Lou Schardt, of Belvidere, Ill., Joan (Robert) Ramaker, of Cuba City, Wis., Ruth Ann (Tim) Ausloos, of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Elizabeth Van De Wiel, of Madison, Wis.; two sons, John (Ann) Van De Wiel, of Cuba City, Wis., and Steve (Carolyn) Van De Wiel, of Platteville, Wis.; three sisters, Sylvia Wedig, of Belmont, Wis., Louise Kieler, of Dubuque, Ia., and Sr. Angeline Kieler, OSF, of Lancaster, Wis.; a brother, Lawrence (Ruth) Kieler, of Platteville, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Bernice Kaiser, of Kieler, Wis.; and 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
            She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; a son, David, on April 3, 1982; a great-grandson, Cory Adams; a son-in-law, Eldon Schardt; two brothers, Ed and Joe Kieler; a sister, Catherine Loeffelholz; a sister-in-law, Mary Kieler; and two brothers-in-law, Wallace Wedig and Vincent Loeffelholz.

    • Joseph J. Kieler was born on May 5, 1920, on the family farm in Jamestown Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, son of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. He attended school in Kieler, Wisconsin, and was a World War II Army veteran. Joseph Kieler married Mary Theresa Loeffelholz on June 26, 1946, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Mary Loeffelholz was born on February 3, 1923, daughter of Charly and Emelia (Salzmann) Loeffelholz.

      Joseph and Mary farmed in the Platteville, Wisconsin, area. After retiring from farming, Joseph was employed on the maintenance staff at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for 13 years, retiring in 1983. He had continued to help on the family farm. The family were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville. Joseph was a member the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5274 and the American Legion Post 42 of Platteville. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Mary was known for her love of quilting and those she shared it with.

      Joseph J. Kieler, 77, of rural Platteville, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, December 31, 1997, at home. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 2, at Mergen-Boll Funeral Home in Platteville, where there was a parish scripture service at 5 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville, with the Rev. Kevin Dooley officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Platteville, where a military graveside service was held.
            He was survived by his wife, Mary Kieler, at home; two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Noel, of Platteville, Wis., and Karen Kieler, of Denver; three sons, Robert Kieler, Gerald Kieler, and Roger Kieler, all of Platteville, Wis.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: a brother, Lawrence (Ruth) Kieler, of Platteville, Wis.; and four sisters, Elizabeth Van De Wiel, of Cuba City, Wis., Louise Kieler, of Dubuque, Ia., Sister Angeline Kieler of Lancaster, Wis., and Sue Wedig, of Belmont, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Catherine Loeffelholz; and a brother, Edward Kieler.

      Mary T. Kieler, 75, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in rural Lancaster, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at Mergen-Boll Funeral Home in Platteville, where a parish scripture service was held. Visitation continued after 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plattteville, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Kevin Dooley officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Platteville.
            She was survived by two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Noel, of Platteville, Wis., and Karen Kieler, of Denver; three sons, Robert Kieler, Gerald Kieler, and Roger Kieler, all of Platteville, Wis.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul (Alice) Loeffelholz, of Rewey, Wis., and Linus Loeffelholz, of Brooklyn, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; a brother, Sylvester Loeffelholz; and a sister, Margaret Richter.

    • Louise Kieler was born in Wisconsin, daughter of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Louise Kieler lived at Dubuque, Iowa.

    • Edward C. Kieler was born on November 29, 1923, in Wisconsin, son of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Edward Kieler married Berniece Mary Abing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abing of Potosi, Wisconsin, at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 1949, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Joseph Henry officating the double-ring ceremony. . The bride, who was living on Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa, was a graduate of St. Andrew High School in Tennyson and was employed by the Dubuque Casket Company. Her husband graduated from St. Mary's High School in Kieler. After a wedding trip to northern Wisconsin and Minnesota they planned to make their home in Kieler, Wisconsin, where the bridegroom was endaged in farming.
            Edward and Berniece Kieler lived at Kieler, Wisconsin, where they were members of Immaculate Conception Church. Edward was also a member of the church's Holy Name Society. He was employed with the Earl Droessler Construction Company in Kieler.

      Edward "Eddie" Kieler, 57, of rural Kieler, Wisconsin, died Monday evening, February 9, 1981, at home. Family and friends called until 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, at the Gene Siegert & Son Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 12, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            He was survived by his wife, Berniece; two sons, Dwaine Kieler, of Rt. 1, Cuba City, Wis., and Kevin Kieler, of Davenport, Ia.; three daughters, Mary Jo Kieler, of Janesville, Wis., Mrs. Steve (Sharon) Kaiser, of Dickeyville, Wis., and Lori Kieler, at home; two grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Kieler and Lawrence Kieler, both of Platteville, Wis.; and four sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Liz) Van De Wiel, of Cuba City, Wis., Louise Kieler, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Wallace (Susie) Wedig, of rural Mineral Point, Wis., and Sister Angeline, OSF, of Lisle, Ill.

      • Kevin E. Kieler was born on January 27, 1953, son of Edward and Berniece (Abing) Kieler. Kevin Kieler was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He lived at Dubuque, Iowa, and later at Long Grove, Iowa, where he was on the Planning and Zoning Board.
              Kevin lived life to the fullest. His greatest love was his daughter and son. He was the type of person who would do anything for anybody. He enjoyed working on all types of John Deere tractors, and with his friends, he rebuilt many of them over the years. Kevin was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to hunt and fish.

        Kevin E. Kieler, 46, of Long Grove, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, October 21, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center West Campus in Davenport, Iowa, due to injuries sustained in an accident in Long Grove. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, October 25, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Burial was in the church cemetery. Friends called from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 23, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Long Grove, where there was a vigil service at 7 p.m. Friends also called from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 24, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where there was a wake service at 7:30 p.m.
              He was survived by his daughter, Rachel, of Long Grove, Ia.; his son, Ben, of Long Grove, Ia.; his mother, Berniece Kieler Kaiser, of Kieler, Wis.; a brother, Dwaine C. (Mary Rose) Kieler, of Oregon, Wis.; three sisters, Mary Jo Kieler, of Brookfield, Wis., Sharon Kaiser, of Dickeyville, Wis., and Lori (Dave) Freese, of East Dubuque, Ill.; two step-sisters, Joan (Matt) Kieler, Wis., of Hazel Green, Wis., and Mary Jo (Dave) Brant, of Kieler, Wis.; nine nieces and nephews; and 10 step-nieces and step-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward C. Kieler. May they rest in peace.
              "Kevin was a gift to us all. He's given us many happy memories. His devotion to his family, friends and community was unconditional. We will miss his laugh, his smile, and his joy of life. His love for us all will be be truly missed."

    • Lawrence Kieler was born in Wisconsin, son of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Lawrence Kieler, of Platteville, Wisconsin, married Ruth Kerkenbush, of Potosi, Wisconsin, on February 14, 1953, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Joseph Henry officiating the double-ring ceremony. Ruth was a daughter of Joseph and Edna C. (Schiffman) Kerkenbush. Lawrence and Ruth Kieler farmed south of Platteville, Wisconsin.
            In 2003, Lawrence and Ruth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Country Heights Supper Club near Kieler, Wisconsin, on November 30. Their children are Jean (Gerald) Tauke and Cathy (Dennis) Pregler, both of Dubuque, Iowa; Louis (Ann) Kieler, George (Jackie) Kieler, and Shirley (Bill) Buss, all of Platteville, Wis.; Ray (Kelly) Kieler, of Verona, Wis.; and Rose (Kevin) Silveira and Donna Kieler, both of Madison, Wis.

    • Sylvia Kieler was born daughter of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler. Sylvia "Sue" Kieler married Wallace J. Wedig on May 26, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Wallace Wedig was born on June 27, 1924, in Elk Grove Township, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, son of Leo J. and Gertrude (Leary) Wedig.
            Wallace and Sue Wedig farmed in the area of Belmont, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Philomena's Catholic Church. Wallace was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Hinkins-Moody American Legion Post 453 of Belmont.

      Wallace J. Wedig, 70, of Belmont, Wisconsin, died Friday, April 21, 1995, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Steil-Camacho Funeral Home in Darlington, Wisconsin, where there was a rosary service at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 24, at St. Philomena's Catholic Church in Belmont, with the Rev. Tom Gillespie officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            He was survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Patrick (Mary) Wedig, of rural Mineral Point, Wis., Mary Therese (Ron) Muller, of rural Cuba City, Wis., Gerard (Bev) Wedig, of rural Mineral Point, Wis., Paul Wedig, of rural Platteville, Wis., Jane (Jim) Pickel, of Kieler, Wis., and Sue (Dan) Baert, of North Aurora, Ill.; 18 grandchildren; a brother, Thomas (Rita) Wedig, of Belmont, Wis.; and two sisters, Sister Mary Sharon, RSM, of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Sara (Richard) Klein, of Cuba City, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, John Wedig, on July 19, 1982; two brothers, John Norbert Wedig, as a child, and Leo L. Wedig, on April 20, 1993, and a sister, Joan E. Lovell, on January 16, 1994.

    • Angeline Kieler, daughter of George and Mary (Kunkel) Kieler, entered St. Joseph Convent at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 31, 1950, and received the religious habit on June 13, 1951, as Sister Mary Justa. She has taught grade school at several locations in Illinois, including Lisle and Holy Cross in Stockton, Ill., and St. Clement's in Lancaster. At one time she taught school at Stockton and Lisle in Illinois.
            On July 15, 2001, Sister Angeline Kieler, SSSF, celebrated her 50th Jubilee with the School Sisters of Saint Francis. She is on the staff at St. Clement School in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

  10. Henry Benjamin Kieler was born on September 5, 1884, in Wisconsin, son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. References suggest he was known primarily by his second given name of Benjamin and was called "Ben" or "Benno." He lived in Hardin Township, Greene County, Iowa. At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, at age 45, he was living in the household of his brother John P. Kieler.

    Henry Benjamin Kieler died on August 15, 1968, with a last residence of Perry, Iowa.


Sources include news articles and obituaries from the Jefferson Herald and Bee, Dubuque Telegraph Herald; readings of gravestones at the Immaculate Church cemetery in Kieler, Wisconsin; a biographical entry for George Kieler in the 1901 Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette, Wisconsin (pages 896-898, as transcribed at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wigrant/bio351.htm); U.S. census records available on microfilm at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the 1880 U.S. census, online at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website, at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp; online cemetery and marriage records at the Jo Daviess County, Illinois ILGenWeb website at http://users.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iljodavi/; Grant County, Wisconsin Birth Records - Earliest to 1891, see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wigrant/links.htm; Dave Halm's WorldConnect webpages at Rootsweb.com, Haverhill, Marshall County, Iowa; NW JoDaviess County, IL; SW Grant County, WI; Wabasha, MN & Emsland, Hanover, Germany, at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=haverhill_iowa, and Dave also furnished copies of obituaries from the Jefferson, Iowa, newspaper; and images of gravesites at Find-A-Grave at http://findagrave.com/.


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