Alice Marie Ziemer, born RADOVAN died on June 19, 2010 succumbing to the effects of a stroke suffered two years earlier. Alice was born in Chicago and raised on the East Side by her parents Louis RADOVAN and Edith OLSON until their separation in 1931. She spent three years with her Swedish grandparents, John and Mathilda OLSON, and their family. Eventually she went back to live with her mother and her stepfather Melker Franson. She attended Englewood High School and in that neighborhood met and married Raymond H. ZIEMER. The couple settled into a bungalow in Chicago Lawn where they raised three children: Barbara Lou (MCCAFFREY), Raymond Gene ZIEMER, and Susan Marie(BOUMA). After 1970 they moved to Oak Brook, IL where Alice was active in the women's clubs and enjoyed traveling, which she continued to do even after the death of her husband in 1996. She is mourned by many friends and family, her children and grandchildren Thomas and Matthew ZIEMER and Allison and Trevor BOUMA.
Alice descended from the OLSONS of Öland, and the BREDBERGs of Västergötland, Sweden, and was the grandchild of Slovenian immigrants Louise REDEK and John RADOVAN.
Jacqueline Marie Murphy, nee Ziemer, passed away October 22, 2009 after a period of ill-health. Jackie was born May 14, 1949 and grew up while the family lived on Sangamon St. in the Englewood neighborhood, just a block from St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was christened. She was the daughter of Robert Ziemer and Isabel Clemonts. Her siblings were brother Robin Ziemer of Joshua, Texas; and of younger sister Pamela, who died in childhood. The family moved to the southwest suburb of Oak Lawn, and Jackie attended Timothy Lutheran Church and School before spending 4 years at Luther High School South.
After high school, Jackie met and married Robert Murphy, a dedicated firefighter in Chicago and the southwest suburbs. They raised four children: Robert, Jr.; James; Christopher; and Kimberly. After husband Bob's accidental death in 1994, Jackie worked for the Village of Evergreen Park and enjoyed her growing family of grandchildren, which eventually totaled 9. She was active for many years at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Jackie will be remembered as a selflessly devoted mother and grandmother, as well as a sweet and kind friend to all.
Jackie was the granddaughter of Frank Ziemer and Bertha Heinrich, a descendant of immigrant ancestors Martin and Caroline ZIEMER and Fritz and Theresa HEINRICH.
Ruth Norway died in Kankakee, IL shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, in September, '09. She was the daughter of Ella Ziemer and John Kraft, but was raised by Ella and step-father Art Olsen. She married Joe Norway, a Chicago policeman, on May 5, 1951. They raised two daughters, Janet Dolmon and Sharon Mayer. Ruth also leaves three grandchildren behind.
Ruth's aunt, her mother Ella's sister, was Lillian Ziemer Soldan, and Ruth remained close to her Soldan Family nieces and nephews all her life. Ruth was a grandchild of Herman A. Ziemer, who immigrated from Germany along with the rest of the Martin Ziemer Family.
Evelyne Marie Ella Stoeckig, nee Heinrich, died at age 90 on August 23, 2008. She was the widow of the late Erwin "Bud" Stoeckig, who died in 1963; the loving mother of Ronald, Christine, and the late Marilyn Warnke; grandmother of Kurt (Laura), Eric, and Craig Warnke; great-gandmother of Alexis, Jocelyn and Camryn Warnke; sister of Richard (Carol) and the late Harry Heinrich; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews, and friend of many.
Evelyne was born in Chicago in November 1917, attended St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church and school, married Bud Stoeckig in 1940, and lived for many years in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago's South Side. In later years she lived with her daughter Christine in Chicago Ridge and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn. She was laid to rest Aug. 28, 2008 at Bethania Cemetery.
Evelyne was the daughter of Herman "Harry" Heinrich and Dorothy Frey, the granddaughter of our immigrant ancestors Fritz Heinrich and Theresa Roloff.
Pearl Jean Claussen, nee Soldan, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 22, 2007. Pearl is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frederick H. Claussen; sons Dr. Frederick L. Claussen and Scott Claussen, both of Minnnesota, and their families, including three grandchildren; also brother Donald Soldan of Arizona, his wife, and numerous nieces and nephews, including the children of her late brother Lou Soldan, Jr. Pearl's parents were Louis Soldan and Lillian Ziemer of Chicago, where Pearl was born. She had been a cosmetologist in Minnesota before retiring to Hot Springs Village in 1993.
Pearl was descended from our immigrant ancestor Martin G. Ziemer through his 2nd son Herman Ziemer, and Herman's daughter Lillian.
Adeline Bernice Hennig, nee Oldenburg, passed away June 28, 2007. She was the widow of the the late Gus Hennig, and had survived two daughters, Janice Vervlied and Carol Krueger. She has left behind five grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Adeline was raised with her two sisters Loraine Schwartz and the late Pearl Hoffman in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood - born on Carpenter Street and confirmed at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. She was laid to rest at Bethania Cemetery following services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, IL. Adeline was the daughter of William Oldenburg and Lydia HEINRICH, the granddaughter maternally of Prussian immigrant ancestors Friedrich Heinrich and Theresa Roloff.
Shirlee Taylor passed away on her 80th birthday after complications from heart surgery. She was at her Port Richey, FL home surrounded by her pets, in the company of her sister Darlene and nieces Marlene and Sharon. Her surviving brother Harold also flew in from Chicago. Shirlee was born in and lived in the Chicago area and later in Wisconsin (including residence in the old family cottage at Pell Lake). She and her late husband Johnny retired to Florida. The ashes of both were interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva. Shirlee was the oldest chld of Harold and Lydia Ziemer, a granddaughter of Bertha Heinrich and Frank Ziemer, descended from Martin and Louise BONOW ZIEMER and Fritz and Theresa ROLOFF HEINRICH.
Jeffrey L. Ipema passed away suddenly at age 45 in his South Holland. MI home. Born in Evergreen Park, IL, he came to South Holland, MI in 1972, the son of the late Henry Ipema and Sharon OLSON LETTINGA. He leaves behind his wife Tammi, a son Greg Ipema, two other children David Batey and Michael Heck; and three grandchildren. He had been employed by Holland Dye Cast Co. and Hydro Co. of Holland. Jeffrey was the grandson of Luther OLSON and the great grandson of Swedish immigrants John OLSON and Mathilda BREDBURG.
Ruth Gergolla, age 89, of Elmhurst passed away after some months of illness. Widow of the late Adolph Gergolla, she is survived by her son Paul Gergolla and daughter Eileen Sarate, as well as grandchildren Anthony II and Leslie Sarate, great-grandchildren Candace and Emily, and numerous nephews and nieces. Ruth had been active at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst.
Ruth was herself the granddaughter of Prussian immigrants Gottfried Gergolla and Emilie Roloff. Raised in Englewood on the South Side of Chicago with her sister Dorothy, she attended St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. She married her cousin Adolph Gergolla, who - like Ruth's father Paul - was born and raised where the Gergolla and Roloff families had settled in South Dakota.
Donald Martin Ziemer died Saturday, April 22, in Florida. He was the third child of Harold Frank Ziemer and Lydia Saess, growing up on Carpenter Street in the Englewood neighborhood. His siblings were Shirlee (John) Taylor, the late Frank (Shirley) Ziemer, Darlene (Richard) Prendergast, and Harold (Jean) Ziemer. He went to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, married the late Ruth Gunther, and was the father of the late Donald Martin Ziemer, Jr.; the late Ronald Lee Ziemer; and is survived by his daughters Dawn (Michael) Ferrara, Donna (Craig) Hietikko, and Debra (Daniel) Figueroa; and ten grandchildren. He lived and worked on Chicago's south side and south suburbs.
After divorce, Donald married Betty June Frederick in 1978, and they moved to Florida, spending Donald's later years in Zephyr Hills.
Donald was a grandchild of Frank Carl Ziemer and Bertha Heinrich.
Pearl Lydia Hoffman, age 96, beloved wife of the late Elmer, loving mother of Arlene (the late Daniel) Kluge and Nancy (David) Derhake, died Monday April 10, 2006. She was the proud grandmother of Mark, Kurt, and Christopher Kluge and David (Laura), Michael and Steven (Michele) Wolfe, great-grandmother of 6, dear sister of Adeline Hennig and Loraine Schwartz.
Pearl was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the daughter of Lydia Heinrich and William Oldenburg. Pearl had been for decades the eldest living grandchild of our immigrant ancestors Fritz Heinrich and Theresa Roloff. She was confirmed at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Englewood, and remained a devout Lutheran all her life, being always active in church. In her later and widowed years she lived in Evergreen Park, Illinois, where she continued devotion to her family, was especially close to her sisters and cousins, and delighted in her grandchildren.
Pearl was laid to rest in Bethania Cemetery after a service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL.
Thomas J. Burke, 63, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at his residence. Tom was born in Chicago, Ill. on Sept. 26, 1940, son of the late Henry and Margaret (nee: Ziemer) Burke.
Tom was the beloved husband of Debby (nee Copeland) Burke; loving and much loved father to Judy (Dan) Thorne, James (Cheryl) Burke, Joseph (Lisa) Burke, Jennifer (Mark) McInnis; Grandfather to Megan, Adam, TJ, Nicholas, Margaret Grace, and Matthew; brother of Richard (Pat) Burke; loving stepfather to Christopher (Lu) Barbeaux, Melanie (Tom) Stinson, Melissa (Brad) Lindsley; special friend to Kimberly and Fred Musselmann and dear friend to many. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Joanne, his brothers John and Bill.
Tom was a Master Lithographer and member of Graphics Communicators International Union for 40 years. He retired from Golden Books in 2000 after 18 years employment. Tom loved fishing, trains, old cars, and the Cubs. Above all, he loved his family and was a gentle, loving man who lived his life with honor and dignity.
After funeral services January 9, 2004,Thomas Burke was interred in Babcok Cemetery, Babcock, WI.
He was a descendant of our immigrant ancestor Martin G. Ziemer, a grandson of Willie Ziemer and Margaretha Kaiser.
SOURCE: Obituary clipping from newspaper datelined "RACINE"
Marilyn J. Warnke, nee Stoeckig, died at Central Du Page Hospital in Winfield, Illinois on July 3, 2003. Born in Chicago October 11, 1942 to Evelyne Heinrich Stoeckig and the late Erwin Stoeckig, Marilyn graduated from Luther High School South and Chicago Teacher College. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools and served as a volunteer with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn for 28 years. Funeral services were held there on July 8 before interment at Bethania Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Fred Warnke; sons Kurt, Eric, and Craig; and by granddaughter Alexis; also by her mother Evelyne, brother Ron, and sister Christine Stoeckig.
Marilyn was the granddaughter of Harry Heinrich and Bertha Frey, and a great-granddaughter of Fritz and Theresa Roloff Heinrich.
Janice A. Vervlied, nee Hennig, passed away rather suddenly on Wednesday, February 20, 2002. She was survived by her husband *Charles P. Vervlied; two sons: Stephen and Jeffrey; and grandchildren Jeffrey and Jacob. She was the daughter of Adeline Oldenburg Hennig and the late Gustav Hennig, and the sister of the late Carol Hennig Krueger. She was a devout member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, Illinois, from whence her funeral proceeded to interment at Bethania Cemetery on Saturday, February 23.
Janice was the granddaughter of Lydia Heinrich Oldenburg and William Oldenberg; she was the great-granddaughter of Fritz Heinrich and Theresa Roloff who emigrated to Chicago from East Prussia.
*Charles P. Vervlied, born July 19, 1935, died July 20, 2002.
Ronald Lee Ziemer of Schaumburg, Illinois passed away January 18, 2002 at Loyola Hospital in Maywood after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Pamela Kay (nee Neuzel), and children Sunny Elizabeth and Joshua Lee. He was the son of Donald Martin Ziemer of Florida and the late Ruth Gunther; brother of the late Donald Ziemer, Jr.; Dawn Ferrara; Donna Hietikko; and Debbie Figueroa.
Ron was a loving husband and father who was admired for his helpfulness to friends and family, especially with all things mechanical. He will be remembered for his sense of adventure, and his mischievous nature will be missed as well. He founded and ran a successful machine tool business; he enjoyed music and good times, played guitar and wrote songs.
Ronald was a descendant of Martin G. Ziemer and Caroline Bonow through their son Frank Carl Ziemer, and of Fritz Heinrich and Theresa Roloff through Bertha Heinrich Ziemer. His paternal grandfather was Harold Frank Ziemer.