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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 in March 1865 in Wisconsin, 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 in 1920 and was buried in Golgotha Cemetery in Grant Township, Greene County, Iowa. Thomas Lenstra died after 1930.

  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 is 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.
          Mr. Kieler 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 Iowa, son of Thomas and Dorothy (Piepel) Kieler. Raymond Kieler graduated from Jefferson High School, Jefferson, Iowa, in 1925.

      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. 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.

    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 Isabel Banks on January 15, 1902. Isabel Banks was on born May 18, 1874, in Warren, Iowa, daughter of George and Sylvina (Bergner) Banks. Isabel was a teacher at Simpson College.
          Frank and Isabel Kieler had the following children: James L. Kieler, Mary Eloise Kieler, George F. Kieler, Kenneth Kieler, Agnes Kieler, and Donald Kieler.

    Isabel Kieler died on September 8, 1954. She was buried in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Children of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler:

    • James L. Kieler* was born November 15, 1902, in Jefferson Township, Warren County, Iowa, son of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler. James Kieler married Mildred Beeler. Mildred Beeler was born on August 24, 1910, in Iowa, likely in White Breast Township in Warren County, daughter of Charles H. and Amelia "Millie" (Konrad) Beeler.
      * = an online birth record has Leo for James's middle name, but Lawrence has also been cited as his middle name.
           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 ca. 1927 in Iowa).

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

      Mildred (Beeler) Kieler died on May 8, 1998, with a last residence of Henderson, Nevada.

      Note. Another child of James and Mildred Kieler evidently was Richard Joseph Kieler, born January 13, 1935, in Iowa, and died August 23, 1987, in Santa Clara, 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.

    • 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, Wisc.

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

    • Agnes Kieler was born in Iowa, daughter of Frank and Isabel (Banks) Kieler.

    • 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 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 frrm 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.

  8. Barbara E. Kieler was born on September 10, 1878, in Wisconsin, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Collogan) Kieler. Barbara Kieler married Patrick Shaugnessy on January 14, 1903, at St. Brigid's Church in Grand Junction, Iowa, with Father Kenny officiating. According to the 1910 U.S. Cenus, Patrick Shaugnessy was born in Ireland ca. 1870 and came to the United States in 1896.

    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 Shaughessy (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 widow, living in a household by himself, in Powhatan Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. His son Patrick had died in February that year. It is unknown what became of his daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who would have been three years old in 1910--whether she died an infant or if she was taken in and raised by other family members, as was common.

  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.
         
          George and Mary Kieler had the following children: Catherine Kieler, Elizabeth M. Kieler, Joseph J. Kieler, Louise Kieler, Edward Kieler, Lawrence Kieler, Sue Kieler, and Angeline Kieler.

    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.
            Mrs. Loeffelholz 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.
            Mr. Loeffelholz 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.
              Mrs. Novotney 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 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.

      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.
            Mr. Van De Wiel 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.

    • 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.
            Mr. Kieler 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.
            Mrs. Kieler 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.
            Mr. Kieler 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.
              Mr. Kieler 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 Tennuyon, Wisconsin. 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.
            Mr. Wedig 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. At one time she taught school at Stockton and Lisle in Illinois. On July 15, 2001, Sister Angeline Kieler 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 "Benn" 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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