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Kieler · Uthe · Schumacher
Heritage

Johannes "John" Kieler (1800-1882)
Barbara (Kieler) Uthe (1836-1917)
Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher (1865-1897)
Anna (Schumacher) Gerken (1895-1967)
Joan (Gerken) Larson (1926-1994)
Thomas Larson (1962-)

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Tom Larson

Katherine "Kate" Uthe (1878-1950) was a sister of my great-grandmother Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. Kate Uthe married Martin Hauser (1873-1942). They resided in Dubuque, Iowa.    T.L.

Martin and Katherine (Uthe) Hauser

Katherine "Kate" Uthe

Photo image contributed by Marge Rice, who bought the original photograph from an antique dealer in Dyersville, Iowa. The photo was taken by Lenz Bros., photographers in Dubuque, Iowa, and on the back of the photo was written Kate Uthe.
Katherine Uthe was born on April 19, 1878, in Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Barbara (Kieler) Uthe. Kate Uthe married Martin F. Hauser on May 1, 1900, in Kieler, Wisconsin. Martin Hauser was born on May 23, 1873, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Gertrude (Legler) Hauser.

Martin and Kate Hauser resided in Dubuque, Iowa, moving there circa 1905.Martin and Kate Hauser had three children, Loretta Hauser, Leona Hauser, and Walter Hauser. The family were members of Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque; Kate was a member of the parish rosary society, and Martin was a member of the St. Aloysius Society. She was also a member of St. Agatha court, Women Catholic Order of Foresters. Martin Hauser was a machinist at Morrison Brothers in Dubuque and a member of the Machinist Union.

Martin Hauser dies.
Martin F. Hauser, 68, employed during the past 25 years as a machinist at Morrison Brothers Company, died Thursday, New Year's morning, January 1, 1942, at 3:15 o'clock, following an illness of one week, at the family home on Pinard Street in Dubuque, Iowa.

The body was transferred late Thursday afternoon from the Hoffmann Mortuary in Dubuque to the family residence, where friends were able to call after 6 o'clock, Thursday evening. The funeral was held Saturday, January 3, at 10 o'clock, from the family home to the Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, with the assistant pastor, the Rev. Clarence Raker, officiating. Father Raker also officiated at graveside rites in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, where burial was made. Pallbearers were Charles Uthe, Wilbert Uthe, Joseph Schumacher, Alfred Carroll, Clarence Jacobi, and Melvin Runde.

Persons from out of the city who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hauser, and Miss Jean Hauser, all of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hauser and George Hauser, Cuba City, Wis.; Mrs. Frank Heim, Argyle, Wis.; Andrew Hauser, Breda, Ia.; Nicholas Hauser and Henry Hauser, Wall Lake, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Timmerman and Bernard Bassen, Kieler, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. William Runde and son Eldon, Zwingle, Ia.; Arthur Wiederhold, Dickeyville, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Speaker and son Ralph, Galena, Ill.; and Mrs. Harold Farley, East Dubuque, Ill.

Mr. Hauser was survived by his wife Katherine; two daughters, Mrs. Loretta B. Biver and Miss Leona E. Hauser, both at home; one son, Walter A. Hauser, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; six sisters, Mrs. Frank Heim, of Argyle, Wis., Mrs. Ed Jacobi, Mrs. Anthony Haas, and Mrs. Curran Carroll, all of Dubuque, Ia., Mrs. Peter Timmerman, of Kieler, Wis., and Mrs. William Runde, of Zwingle, Ia.; four brothers, Joseph Hauser, of Cuba City, Wis., Andrew Hauser, of Breda, Ia., and Henry Hauser and Nick Hauser, both of Wall Lake, Ia.; and three grandchildren.

Katherine Hauser dies.
Katherine "Kate" Hauser, 71, widow of the late Martin Hauser, died at 11:15 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 1950, at the family home on Pinard Street in Dubuque, Iowa. Although ailing for the past year, she had only been seriously sick for only the past three months. She was the last of the Uthe family, her brothers and sisters all preceding her death. The remains were at the family residence, where friends called after 7 p.m., Monday, January 16. The funeral was held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, to Holy Ghost Church, Dubuque, and burial was in Mt. Calvary in Dubuque.

Mrs. Hauser was survived by one daughter, Leona E. Hauser, at home; one son, Walter A. Hauser, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; three grandchildren, Eldon Biver, of Dubuque, Ia., Jean Hauser, of Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Ia., and Jerry Hauser, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; and two great-grandchildren, William and Robert Biver. She was preceded, besides her parents and her husband, by a daughter, Mrs. Loretta Biver, four sisters, and five brothers.


Children of Martin and Katherine (Uthe) Hauser:

  • Loretta B. Hauser was born on November 8, 1901, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, daughter of Martin and Katherine (Uthe) Hauser. Loretta Hauser married Ralph J. Biver on March 10, 1921, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. Ralph Biver was born on January 14, 1902*, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Peter and Anna (Hemmen) Biver. Ralph was a stepson of Andrew Wanger of Dubuque.
    * = this date is from a reading of his gravestone that appears online; a Telegraph Herald obituary has the month of birth as February.

    Ralph and Loretta Biver lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of Sacred Heart Church. Loretta was later a member of Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Ralph was employed by Morrison Brothers Company in Dubuque, and was affiliated with the Machinists' union. Loretta was employed by the Klauer Manufacturing Company in Dubuque, and she was a member of the International Association of Machinists.
          Born to Ralph and Loretta Biver were Gerald M. Biver and Eldon A. Biver. . Their son Gerald died at the age of six years: he was born April 15, 1921, and died June 5, 1927; he was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Ralph J. Biver, 31, of Washington Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, December 26, 1933, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, after a six-weeks' illness. Only thirty-one years old, Mr. Biver had, nevertheless, a deep devotion to his home and family. The funeral was held on Friday morning, December 29, at 9 o'clock, from the family home to Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. The Rev. Louis Gerleman said the mass, gave the funeral sermon, and officiated at the burial service in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Pallbearers were Louis [E-----], Albert Barron, Albert Rogan, Ambrose McGuinn, Ruben Link, and [--n] Blondin.
          Out-of-town people in attendance were Mrs. Langer, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Louis Graves, of Marshall, [?]; Mr. and Mrs. Aloysius Uthe, of Jesup, Ia.; Miss Christina Uthe, of Gilbert, Ia.; Miss Rena [Lorene] Uthe and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hubler, of Kieler, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jacobi and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Farley, of Cuba City, Wis.; Mrs. William Runde, of Hazel Green, Wis.; and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Timmerman, of Louisburg, Wis.
          Mr. Biver was survived by his wife, Loretta; a son, Eldon, at home; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wanger, of Dubuque, Ia.; three sisters, Mrs. Joseph Haas, Mrs. Margaret McGinn, Miss Anna Mae Wanger, and three brothers, Andrew, Albert, and Leo Wanger, all of Dubuque, Ia. He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald, in 1927.

    Loretta B. Biver, 40, of Pinard Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday night, August 31, 1942, at 8:10 o'clock, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, following a week's illness. The body was transferred from the Hoffman Mortuary in Dubuque to the family home. The funeral was held from there to Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, where the Rev. R.E. Braun, an assistant pastor, officiated. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, where Father Braun also officiated. Pallbearers were Al Barron, Louis Kuehnle, Al Regan, Anthony Ham, Ralph Schmitt, and Otto Bauch.
          Out-of-town persons attending the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hauser and family, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Mrs. Frank Uthe, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Uthe, and Aloysius Uthe, all of Gilbert, Ia.; Mrs. John Jarman, of Sioux City, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heim, of Benton, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lange, of Gratiot, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiederhold and Mrs. Joseph Wiederhold, all of Dickeyville, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Speaker and Miss Bernice Speaker, all of Galena, Ill.; Mrs. Virgil Hubler, of Kieler, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hauser and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Timmerman, all of Cuba City, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Will Runde and Mrs. Ralph Simon, all of Zwingle, Ia.; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Otto, of Auburn, Ia.
          Mrs. Biver was survived by one son, Eldon A. Biver, of Dubuque, Ia; her mother, Katherine Hauser, of Dubuque, Ia.; and one sister, Leona Hauser, of Dubuque, Ia.; and one brother, Walter Hauser, of Cedar Rapids, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; one son, Gerald; and her father, Martin Hauser.

    Children of Ralph and Loretta (Hauser) Biver:

    • Gerald Martin Biver was born on April 15, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph and Loretta (Hauser) Biver. He was a pupil of Holy Ghost School in Dubuque.

      Gerald Biver, age 6, died Sunday morning, June 5, 1927, at 10:30 o'clock, at his home on Washington Street in Dubuque, Iowa, after an illness of ten days. Funeral services were conducted at the home* on Monday, June 6, by the Rev. William Weirich, pastor of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.
      * = The newspaper funeral notice stated the services occurred at the home; the headline of the notice stated the funeral was held at Holy Ghost.
            He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Biver; a brother, Eldon; his grandparents, Messrs. and Mesdames Martin Hauser and Andrew Wanger, several aunts and uncles, all of this city.

    • Eldon A. Biver, son of Ralph and Loretta (Hauser) Biver, married Mary Virginia Gereau on July 12, 1947, at St. Columbkille's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Virignia Gereau was born on August 15, 1925, in Dubuque, daughter of Frank and Anna M. (Kisting) Gereau. Virginia graduated from St. Columbkille's High School in 1943.
            Fritz and Virginia were faithful parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Dubuque for more than 60 years, where Virginia was a member of the Rosary Society. Eldon, known as "Fritz," was a driver and salesman at the former Trausch Baking Co., Dubuque, before he retired in 1985.
            Cherishing her life-long vocation as a wife and mother, Virginia also worked in the cafeteria at Hempstead High School for 20 years. She chaperoned with the Colt .45 (now Colts) Drum and Bugle Corps for 10 years and was a member of the Colts Hall of Fame.
            Virginia was an avid bowler for 50 years and served for two years on the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association Board of Directors. In 1964, she and her partner, Betty Schroeder, won the Dubuque City Doubles Bowling Tournament. She was also a member of the Dubuque 600 Club and bowled in a number of state and national tournaments. And Virginia was a lifetime believer that the Cubs would actually win it all someday.

      Mary "Virginia" Biver, 85, of Kane Court, and formerly of Marquette Place in Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 22, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after graciously enduring the effects of Parkinson's disease for many years.
            A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Rev. Thomas Zinkula officiating, assisted by Deacon Bill Biver and Deacon Jim Thill. Wake services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home in Dubuque, where visitation continued until 8 p.m.
            She was survived by her loving husband, Fritz, of 63 years; her five children, Deacon Bill (Sue) Biver, Bob (Linda) Biver, Barb (Tom) Callahan, John (Jolene) Biver, and Tom (Lynn) Biver, all of Dubuque, Ia.; 18 grandchildren, Laurie (Brick) Jones, Mark (Staci) Biver, Jenni (John) Bauer, Matt Biver, Nick Biver, Jon Biver, Capt. Ben (Sarah) Biver, U.S. Army, Bridget (Brian) Crossley, Lisa (Wes) Dolphin, Mike (Andrea) Callahan, Tim (Randi) Callahan, Dr. Tom (Alanna) Callahan, John (Erin) Callahan, Laura Callahan, Julie (Mike) Ivanov, PA-C, Steve (Jacqueline) Biver, Staff Sgt. Joe Biver, Iowa ARNG and Kevin (Leslie) Biver; 26 great-grandchildren with two more expected; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Kress; a sister-in-law, Clarine Gereau; and four nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Jeff, Brian, and Chad Biver; her parents; her sisters, Sister Virginia Gereau, PBVM, and Sister Victoria Gereau, PBVM; her brothers, Roy and Frank Gereau; and her brother-in-law, Hughie Kress.

  • Leona E. Hauser was born on September 12, 1903, in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Martin and Katherine (Uthe) Hauser. Leona Hauser lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where she was a member of Holy Ghost Church. Leona, who was called "Lonie," worked at Klauer Manufacturing Company for many years before her retirement. Lonie was a member of the Holy Ghost Rosary Society, Legion of Mary, Catholic Order of Foresters, Ladies Benevolent Society, Senior Citizens Volunteer Group, Xavier Auxiliary, and the Machinist Local.

    Miss Leona E. "Lonie" Hauser, 81, of Pinard Street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 5 a.m., Monday, September 24, 1984, at home. Family and friends called until 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, at Behr's Funeral Home in Dubuque, where the parish rosary was said at 7 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 27, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
          Miss Hauser was survived by a niece and two nephews.

  • Walter Anthony Hauser was born on September 27, 1905, son of Martin and Katherine (Uthe) Hauser. Walter Hauser married Wanda S. Brown. Wanda Brown was born on July 8, 1908, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Lonie W. and Teenie (Frank*) Brown.
          In 1935, Walter and Wanda Hauser moved from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they were members of All Saints Catholic Church. They had two children, Jean Hauser and Jerry Hauser. Walter was the night superintendent at the Iowa Steel and Iron Works until his retirement in October 1970, and he was a member of the International Association of Machinists. Wanda was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
    * = Teenie was the daughter of Adrian Frank and the stepdaughter of Christ Wurz.

    Walter A. Hauser, 66, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday evening, November 4, 1971, at home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, November 8, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. In Cedar Rapids, family and friends called from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, at the Stewart Funeral Home, where Rev. Edmund Becker recited the Rosary at 8 p.m., and in Dubuque, family and friends called after 3 p.m., Sunday, November 7, at the Hoffmann Mortuary, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m.
          He was survived by his wife, Wanda; a son, Jerry L. Hauser, of North Liberty, Ia.; a daughter, Mrs. Milton (Jean) Drucker, of Tustin, Calif.; five grandchildren; and a sister, Leona Hauser, of Dubuque, Ia.

    Wanda Hauser moved to North Liberty, Iowa, where her son Jerry was living, and sold the Hauser home in Cedar Rapids in 1972.

    Mrs. Wanda S. Hauser, 68, of North Liberty, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, died at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 1976, in Iowa City, Iowa, following a long illness. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 6, at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edmund J. Becker officiating. Burial was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. In Cedar Rapids, family and friends called from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 5, and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Stewart Funeral Home, where the Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Friday, by Msgr Becker. In Dubuque, family and friends called at the Hoffmann Mortuary, Monday, March 8, from 4 to 9 p.m., where the Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m.
          She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Milton I. Drucker, of Tustin, Calif.; a son, Jerry L. Hauser, of Swisher, Ia.; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Virgil Brown and Milton Brown, both of Dubuque, Ia.


Sources include obituaries from the Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald; the Rootsweb.com "Social Security Death Index Interactive Search," online at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi; readings of grave markers at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque by The Phoenix Group, online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iatpg/; and Dave Halm's geneaologies at Rootsweb.com, "Haverhill, Marshall County, Iowa; Menominee, JoDaviess Co. Illinois; Grant Co. Wisconsin: Kreis Lingen, Hanover, plus more," online at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=haverhill_iowa.


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