Walter W. Martens

M, b. 1 November 1904, d. 14 July 1995
Father*Franz Friedrich Martens b. 1868, d. 16 Mar 1937
Mother*Alvina Freda Nagel b. 1873, d. 21 Nov 1937
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1 November 1904Walter W. Martens was born on 1 November 1904 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of Franz Friedrich Martens and Alvina Freda Nagel.
Marriage7 November 1931Walter W. Martens married Geraldine Lauretta McWilliams on 7 November 1931.
Death14 July 1995Walter W. Martens died on 14 July 1995 at Wisconsin at age 90 Walter W. "Wadzy" Martens, age 90, of Darlington, Wis. died on Friday, July 14, 1995 at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County. He was born Nov. 1, 1904, at Cobb, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Alvina (Nagel) Martens. He married Geraldine L. McWilliams on Nov. 7, 1931 in Darlington, Wis. He graduated from Platteville High School and Platteville State Teachers College, now UW-Platteville.

He taught at Darlington High School for 42 years beginning in 1926 and coached for 35 years. His football teams won ten conference championships and two co-championships. He was head coach of the 1947 Wisconsin South All Star Football team which defeated the North Team 31-7. In 1953-1954 he served as president of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association, and was a scout for the University of Wisconsin for a number of years. In 1980, he was a charter inductee into the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He served on the Darlington Board of Education for 15 years following his retirement as a teacher and coach. In 1982, the athletic field at Darlington High School was named after him. He was an avid golfer all of his life. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Darlington, Wis.

Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Geraldine; three children, Donna (Freeman) Born of Santa Rosa, Calif., Don (Janan) Martens of Santa Ana, Callif. and Ted (Nancy) Martens of Easton, PA; four grandchildren; and a great grandson. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by four sisters; and a brother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Darlington, with burial in the church cemetery.

Wisconsin State Journal 16 Jul 1995.
Burialafter 14 July 1995He was buried after 14 July 1995 at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Darlington, Lafayette, Wisconsin.

Geraldine Lauretta McWilliams

F, b. 13 January 1909, d. 11 June 2011
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name7 November 1931As of 7 November 1931,her married name was Martens.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth13 January 1909Geraldine Lauretta McWilliams was born on 13 January 1909 at Wisconsin.
Marriage7 November 1931She married Walter W. Martens, son of Franz Friedrich Martens and Alvina Freda Nagel, on 7 November 1931.
Death11 June 2011Geraldine Lauretta McWilliams died on 11 June 2011 at Wisconsin at age 102.
Burialafter 11 June 2011She was buried after 11 June 2011 at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Darlington, Lafayette, Wisconsin.

Edith M. Martens

F, b. April 1892, d. 2 May 1979
Father*Franz Friedrich Martens b. 1868, d. 16 Mar 1937
Mother*Alvina Freda Nagel b. 1873, d. 21 Nov 1937
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name23 August 1911As of 23 August 1911,her married name was Engelke.
Life EventDateDescription
BirthApril 1892Edith M. Martens was born in April 1892 at Wisconsin.
She was the daughter of Franz Friedrich Martens and Alvina Freda Nagel.
Marriage23 August 1911Edith M. Martens married John William Engelke, son of Henry Friedrich Engelke and Minnie Steinhoff, on 23 August 1911 at Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin.
Death2 May 1979Edith M. Martens died on 2 May 1979 at Snohomish, Washington, at age 87.
Burialafter 2 May 1979She was buried after 2 May 1979 at Cedar Lawns Memorial Park, Redmond, King, Washington.

William Engelke


Child of William Engelke

Lucille Lawrence

F, b. 11 January 1926, d. 12 May 1998
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Wilson.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLucille Lawrence married Raymond Eugene Wilson Sr., son of George William Wilson and Katie Bernice VanNatta.
Birth11 January 1926Lucille Lawrence was born on 11 January 1926 at North Carolina.
Death12 May 1998She died on 12 May 1998 at North Carolina at age 72.
Burialafter 12 May 1998She was buried after 12 May 1998 at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Southern Pines, Moore, North Carolina.

Children of Lucille Lawrence and Raymond Eugene Wilson Sr.

William J. Bennett

M, b. 10 July 1893, d. May 1980
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageWilliam J. Bennett married Bertha May Taylor, daughter of William G. Taylor and Rebecca Rister.
Birth10 July 1893William J. Bennett was born on 10 July 1893.
BurialMay 1980He was buried in May 1980 at IOOF Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa, Iowa.
DeathMay 1980He died in May 1980 at age 86.

John L. Horne

M, b. 20 October 1882, d. 28 December 1969
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageJohn L. Horne married Ethel Annie Shinoe, daughter of John Lewis Shinoe and Ollie Mae Rister.
Birth20 October 1882John L. Horne was born on 20 October 1882.
Death28 December 1969He died on 28 December 1969 at Levy, Florida, at age 87.

James P. Wallace

M, b. 4 September 1903, d. 13 February 1996
Life EventDateDescription
Birth4 September 1903James P. Wallace was born on 4 September 1903.
Marriagecirca 1929He married Caroline Shinoe, daughter of John Lewis Shinoe and Ollie Mae Rister, circa 1929.
Death13 February 1996James P. Wallace died on 13 February 1996 at age 92.

Cameron Erickson

M, d. 2005
Life EventDateDescription
Marriageafter 1989Cameron Erickson married Elna Marie Lykken, daughter of Ole L. Lykken and Goldie Etta Newbold, after 1989.
Death2005Cameron Erickson died in 2005.

Anna Kruse

Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1939As of 1939,her married name was Huls.
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage1939Anna Kruse married John Henry Huls, son of Hinrich Tönjes Janßen Huls and Rinne Margaretha Reinken, in 1939.

Byron O'Connor

Life EventDateDescription
MarriageByron O'Connor married Elizabeth Huls, daughter of John Henry Huls and Meta Adeline Christine Onnen.

Henry Ahrendt

M, b. 11 February 1905, d. 5 March 1990
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageHenry Ahrendt married Helen Johanna Heeren, daughter of Herman D. Heeren and Meta Von Hagel.
Birth11 February 1905Henry Ahrendt was born on 11 February 1905.
Death5 March 1990He died on 5 March 1990 at Iowa at age 85.
Burialafter 5 March 1990He was buried after 5 March 1990 at Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery, Craig, Plymouth, Iowa.

Charlene L. Yates

F, b. 20 September 1949, d. 26 April 2008
Father*Clarence Yates
Mother*Leona Kisting
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Williams.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageCharlene L. Yates married (?) Williams.
Birth20 September 1949Charlene L. Yates was born on 20 September 1949 at Iowa.
She was the daughter of Clarence Yates and Leona Kisting.
Death26 April 2008Charlene L. Yates died on 26 April 2008 at age 58 Charlene Williams, 58, of Seney, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Charlene L. Yates was born Sept. 20, 1949, at Akron, the daughter of Clarence and Leona (Kisting) Yates. Charlene lived on a farm near Brunsville until she was 6 years old and the family moved to Le Mars. She attended elementary school in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1967.

As a young woman, Charlene had worked at the B & B Store, Frontier Café, Dobson Grocery Store, and the Club Café. It was while she worked at the Club Café she met her future husband, Dick. Charlene was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Williams on Oct. 7, 1967, at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. Charlene worked at Aalfs Manufacturing for 22 years. Following the closing of the plant, Charlene attended Western Iowa Tech where she was an "honor student" graduating in 2002 with an associates degree. In 2000, she started her career at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel. She was the mail-room supervisor until last month when her health prevented her from working.

Charlene enjoyed helping with her grandchildren and reading books.

She will be remembered for her inner strength, dedication, and wonderful sense of humor.

She will be lovingly remembered her husband of 40 years, Dick of Seney; three daughters and families, Stacie and Mike Means and their children Hayden and Jacob of Hinton, Carrie and Mike Wilkison and their children Gavin and Ella, of Hawarden and Jessica Williams and her fiancée Jason Peters and their children Kaylie and Rylie of Le Mars; four sisters, Darlene and Selmer Bergerson of Knoxville, Tenn., Arlene Klemme of Akron, Marlene Henry of Kingsley, and Eilene and Jerry Rolling of Le Mars; several nieces and nephews; and her many friends and coworkers of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Leona (Kisting) Yates; a son, Troy in infancy; brothers-in-law, Dale Klemme, Emmett Henry, and Gerald "Corky" Hagan; and her godson, Brian Rolling.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Jason Larson of the Seney United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

Pallbearers will be Mike Means, Mike Wilkison, Jason Peters, Dan Klemme, Bruce Rolling, and Doug Hagan. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Hayden and Jacob Means, Gavin and Ella Wilkison, and Kaylie and Rylie Peters.

From: Le Mars Daily Sentinel, April 29, 2008.

Marlene M. Yates

F, b. 22 May 1942, d. 9 May 2008
Father*Clarence Yates
Mother*Leona Kisting
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Henry.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMarlene M. Yates married (?) Henry.
Birth22 May 1942Marlene M. Yates was born on 22 May 1942.
She was the daughter of Clarence Yates and Leona Kisting.
Death9 May 2008Marlene M. Yates died on 9 May 2008 at age 65 Marlene M. Henry, 65, of Kingsley, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Marlene Martha Yates was born May 22, 1942, on the family farm near Westfield, the daughter of Clarence and Leona (Kisting) Yates. The family resided in Brunsville prior to moving to Le Mars. Marlene attended school at Le Mars Community. Following her education she worked as a waitress.

On July 30, 1960 Marlene was united in marriage to Gerald "Corky" Hagan at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. The couple lived in Oklahoma for a brief time while Corky was in the service. The couple returned to the Kingsley area following Corky's discharge from the military. Corky died in 1972. Marlene later married Emmett Henry on June 6, 1996 at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. Emmett died in 2003.

Marlene was employed at the Kingsley Dental Clinic for 35 years, recently retiring in May 2007. She was a member of the Kingsley United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Marlene will be lovingly remembered by her children, Doug and Tammy Hagan of Alton, Iowa, Valerie and John Ites of Laurie, Mo., and David Hagan of Kingsley; grandchildren Angela, Amanda, Beth, Amy, Hanna, Ashley, Brittany, and Curt; great-grandchildren Hailee, McKenzie, Jake, Vanessa, Desiree, Liberty, and Ryley; sisters Darlene and Selmer Bergerson of Knoxville, Tenn., Arlene Klemme of Akron, and Eilene and Jerry Rolling of Le Mars.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Gerald "Corky" Hagan; second husband Emmett William Henry; twin infant daughters Denise and Diane; and a sister Charlene Williams.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Kurtenbach will officiate. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home of Kingsley. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer services at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Tuesday.

From: Le Mars Daily Sentinel, May 12, 2008.

Fred William Grosenheider

M, d. 9 July 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage2 April 1937Fred William Grosenheider married Bernice Wilhelmina Ida Jurgenson, daughter of William Jurgensen and Laura Klemme, on 2 April 1937.
Death9 July 2006Fred William Grosenheider died on 9 July 2006.

Donald C. Baack

M, b. 5 February 1926, d. 11 March 1980
Father*Carl Baack d. b 1962
Mother*Katherine Plueger d. a 1962
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 February 1926Donald C. Baack was born on 5 February 1926.
He was the son of Carl Baack and Katherine Plueger.
Marriage22 August 1948Donald C. Baack married LaVonne Lorraine Jurgenson, daughter of William Jurgensen and Laura Klemme, on 22 August 1948.
Death11 March 1980Donald C. Baack died on 11 March 1980 at age 54 Donald C. Baack, 54, Le Mars, died Tuesday (March 11, 1980) at St. Joseph hospital, Sioux City, after a 9-month illness. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's American Lutheran church in Craig. The Rev. William Gregerson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of the Mauer funeral home.

Mr. Baack, was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Reading township, Sioux county, Iowa to Carl and Katherine Plueger Baack. He lived in Sioux county until 1950, moving to a farm in Plymouth county. He served as a mailman and also farmed since 1961. The family moved to Le Mars in 1972. Mr. Baack served 19 years and 10 months with the United States post office. He was the Le Mars downtown letter carrier for 17 years. He was active in Brunsville's Heeren-McHale post Legion club and a veteran of World War 2. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran church in Craig.

He married LaVonne Jurgensen August 22, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran church in Akron.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne, Le Mars; a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Susan) Bachman, Denver; two sons, Dennis of Sheldon and Jim of Le Mars; one grandson; his mother, Mrs. Katherine Baack, Le Mars; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Klemme, Le Mars and Mrs. Donald (Doris) Haage, rural Akron; and a brother, Duane Baack, Denver.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Akron Register-Tribune, Akron, Plymouth, Iowa, USA March 20, 1980.

Paul Nitzschke

Life EventDateDescription
MarriagePaul Nitzschke married Mary Lanners.

Child of Paul Nitzschke and Mary Lanners

Mary Lanners

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Nitzschke.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMary Lanners married Paul Nitzschke.

Child of Mary Lanners and Paul Nitzschke

Robert Loll

M, d. before 2018
Life EventDateDescription
Marriagebefore 2003Robert Loll married JoAnna Ruth Klemme, daughter of Marvin Emrey Klemme and Mildred Lemen, before 2003.
Deathbefore 2018Robert Loll died before 2018.

Eleanor DuBois

F, d. after 1969
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1964As of 1964,her married name was Borchers.
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage1964Eleanor DuBois married John Gerhard Borchers in 1964.
Deathafter 1969Eleanor DuBois died after 1969.

Darlene Plueger

Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1951As of 1951,her married name was Gronemeyer.
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage1951Darlene Plueger married Glenn Gronemeyer in 1951.

Mable Elfreida Friske

F, b. 20 March 1913, d. 25 August 1992
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMable Elfreida Friske was also known as Mabel.
Married Name17 November 1938As of 17 November 1938,her married name was Hillrichs.
Married Name21 August 1983As of 21 August 1983,her married name was Klemme.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth20 March 1913Mable Elfreida Friske was born on 20 March 1913.
Marriage17 November 1938She married Edwin Hillrichs on 17 November 1938.
Marriage20 March 1952Mable Elfreida Friske married Harry Hillrichs on 20 March 1952.
Marriage21 August 1983Mable Elfreida Friske married Walter Albert August Klemme, son of Edwin Klemme and Anna Frederika Wilhemina Bubs, on 21 August 1983.
Death25 August 1992Mable Elfreida Friske died on 25 August 1992 at age 79 Mable Elfreida Klemme, 78, Akron, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1992 at the Akron Care Center after a long illness.

Services were Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron. Rev. Allen Bidne and Rev. William Flemr officiated. Gerald Klemme, vocalist, sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset", accompanied by Marietta Nielsen, organist. Congregational hymns sung were "How Great Thou Art" and "Lift High The Cross". Burial was in Riverside cemetery, Akron, under direction of Schroeder Funeral home. Pallbearers were Heath Hillrichs, Clint Nielsen, Terry Dolan, Troy Dolan, LaMont Rohlfs, Amy Nielsen, Heather Hillrichs, Leslie Dolan.

Mrs. Klemme was born March 20, 1913 at Kingsley, Iowa, daughter of Gustav and Anna (Roloffs) Friske. She married Edwin Hillrichs November 17, 1938 in Preston township, rural Akron. He died Sept. 18, 1949. She married Harry Hillrichs March 20, 1952 in Sioux City. He died Feb. 20, 1976. She later married Walter Klemme Aug. 21, 1983 in Akron. She had farmed in the Akron area until 1971, when she moved to Le Mars, She moved back to Akron in 1976. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She had been baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran church in Akron. She was a member of the ELCA and Rural Home Culture club in Akron.

Survivors include her husband, Walter of Akron; two daughters, Joann and her husband Bill Dolan of Beresford, and Darlis Nielsen of Akron; a son and his wife, Gary and Charlotte Hillrichs of Akron; a sister, Edna Friske of Hawarden; a brother, Paul Friske of Akron; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. In addition to her first two husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Freida Scheld and Mary Balk; a brother, Arthur and a grandson, Rusty Hillrichs.

Akron Register Tribune
Thursday, September 3, 1992.
Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 31 Aug 1992 - Mabel (Friske) Hillrichs Klemme obituary

Edwin Hillrichs

M, d. 18 September 1949
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage17 November 1938Edwin Hillrichs married Mable Elfreida Friske on 17 November 1938.
Death18 September 1949Edwin Hillrichs died on 18 September 1949.

Harry Hillrichs

M, d. 20 February 1976
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage20 March 1952Harry Hillrichs married Mable Elfreida Friske on 20 March 1952.
Death20 February 1976Harry Hillrichs died on 20 February 1976.

Charles Utesch

M, d. before 1987
Father*Paul Richard Utesch b. 2 Sep 1875, d. 21 Nov 1963
Mother*Louise Bertha Jans b. 28 Nov 1876, d. 25 Feb 1950
Life EventDateDescription
Charles Utesch was the son of Paul Richard Utesch and Louise Bertha Jans.
Deathbefore 1987Charles Utesch died before 1987.

Al Doering

Life EventDateDescription
Marriagebefore 1987Al Doering married Myrtle Utesch, daughter of Paul Richard Utesch and Louise Bertha Jans, before 1987.

(?) Gerdes

Life EventDateDescription
Marriage(?) Gerdes married Anna Plueger, daughter of Louis B. Plueger and Reika Dirks.

William Johnson

Life EventDateDescription
Marriage1959William Johnson married Shirley Ann Jurgenson, daughter of William Jurgensen and Laura Klemme, in 1959.