Elizabeth Mary Kuchta

F, b. 27 February 1907, d. 31 May 1991
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationElizabeth Mary Kuchta was also known as Lizzie M.
Name VariationElizabeth Mary Kuchta was also known as Mary Elizabeth.
Married Nameafter 1930As of after 1930,her married name was Kleinschmit.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth27 February 1907Elizabeth Mary Kuchta was born on 27 February 1907 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
Marriageafter 1930Elizabeth Mary Kuchta married Henry Matthew Kleinschmit, son of William Kleinschmit and Margaret M. Klinkner, after 1930.
Death31 May 1991Elizabeth Mary Kuchta died on 31 May 1991 at age 84.

Elizabeth Mary Kleinschmit

F, b. circa 1907, d. before March 2008
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationElizabeth Mary Kleinschmit was also known as Lizzy.
Name VariationElizabeth Mary Kleinschmit was also known as Lisie.
Married Name15 February 1927As of 15 February 1927,her married name was Messman.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1907Elizabeth Mary Kleinschmit was born circa 1907 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Marriage15 February 1927Elizabeth Mary Kleinschmit married Joseph J. Messman on 15 February 1927 at Gregory, South Dakota.
Deathbefore March 2008Elizabeth Mary Kleinschmit died before March 2008.

Frank George Kleinschmit

M, b. 4 December 1907, d. 12 December 1992
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Life EventDateDescription
Birth4 December 1907Frank George Kleinschmit was born on 4 December 1907 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Marriage11 March 1935Frank George Kleinschmit married Shandon Woods, daughter of William Woods and Erma Conklin, on 11 March 1935.
Death12 December 1992Frank George Kleinschmit died on 12 December 1992 at age 85.
  • Frank George Kleinschmit obtained US Social Security Card at South Dakota; last residence Wall, Pennington, South Dakota.

Joe Kleinschmit

M, b. 7 April 1909, d. November 1980
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJoe Kleinschmit was also known as Joseph.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth7 April 1909Joe Kleinschmit was born on 7 April 1909 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Marriage27 November 1935Joe Kleinschmit married Etta Piccola Whitwer on 27 November 1935 at Pennington, South Dakota.
DeathNovember 1980Joe Kleinschmit died in November 1980 at age 71.
  • Joe Kleinschmit obtained US Social Security Card at South Dakota; last residence Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota.

Rosina Kleinschmit

F, b. circa 1910, d. before March 2008
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationRosina Kleinschmit was also known as Rozina.
Name VariationRosina Kleinschmit was also known as Rosine.
Married Name15 July 1931As of 15 July 1931,her married name was Bunker.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1910Rosina Kleinschmit was born circa 1910 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Marriage15 July 1931Rosina Kleinschmit married Harry L. Bunker on 15 July 1931 at Gregory, South Dakota.
Deathbefore March 2008Rosina Kleinschmit died before March 2008.

Lucy Christina Kleinschmit

F, b. 27 December 1912, d. 14 March 2008
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationLucy Christina Kleinschmit was also known as Lucy Christine.
Married Name17 August 1933As of 17 August 1933,her married name was Brotsky.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth27 December 1912Lucy Christina Kleinschmit was born on 27 December 1912 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Marriage17 August 1933Lucy Christina Kleinschmit married Floyd Thomas Brotsky on 17 August 1933 at Gregory, South Dakota.
Death14 March 2008Lucy Christina Kleinschmit died on 14 March 2008 at age 95 Lucy C. Brotsky, 95, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the United Retirement Center in Brookings.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Brookings. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation begins at 5:00 p.m. today at Eidsness Funeral Home, with a wake service at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Thomas More Catholic Parish or the donor’s charity of choice.

Lucy Christina (Kleinschmit) Brotsky was born Dec. 27, 1912, at Menominee, Neb., to Henry and Mary (Kast) Kleinschmit. She moved to Gregory County with her family, where she attended country school. On Aug. 17, 1933, she married Floyd T. Brotsky at Paxton. The Brotskys ranched in the Paxton area until 1956 when they moved to Brookings. Lucy worked for the J.C. Penney and Ben Franklin stores in Brookings. Floyd died January 8, 1975.

Lucy was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Parish in Brookings and the Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing bridge, music, traveling, and going for rides in the countryside.

Survivors include three sons: Robert (Eleda) Brotsky of Brookings; Kenneth (Judith) Brotsky of Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry (Claudine) Brotsky of Surprise, Ariz; a daughter, Kathryn (Ron) Schultz of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ralph (Regina) Kleinschmit of Mt. Angel, Ore., and Harold (Lillian) Kleinschmit of Wall. She was preceded in death by five brothers: Frank, Joseph, Lawrence, Peter, and Paul; two sisters, Elizabeth and Rosina; and a grandson, Mark Brotsky.

Lawrence Joseph Kleinschmit

M, b. 12 October 1915, d. 16 October 1996
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationLawrence Joseph Kleinschmit was also known as Laurence.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth12 October 1915Lawrence Joseph Kleinschmit was born on 12 October 1915 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Death16 October 1996Lawrence Joseph Kleinschmit died on 16 October 1996 at Marion, Oregon, at age 81.
  • Lawrence Joseph Kleinschmit obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Salem, Marion, Oregon.

Children of Lawrence Joseph Kleinschmit

Peter Henry Kleinschmit

M, b. 25 January 1917, d. 31 May 1984
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Life EventDateDescription
MarriagePeter Henry Kleinschmit married Ida Louise Braun.
Birth25 January 1917Peter Henry Kleinschmit was born on 25 January 1917 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Death31 May 1984Peter Henry Kleinschmit died on 31 May 1984 at Marion, Oregon, at age 67.
  • Peter Henry Kleinschmit obtained US Social Security Card at South Dakota; last residence Silverton, Marion, Oregon.

Paul G. Kleinschmit

M, b. 25 January 1917, d. 15 May 1990
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Life EventDateDescription
Birth25 January 1917Paul G. Kleinschmit was born on 25 January 1917 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Death15 May 1990Paul G. Kleinschmit died on 15 May 1990 at age 73.
  • Paul G. Kleinschmit obtained US Social Security Card at South Dakota; last residence Wall, Pennington, South Dakota.

Harold Jacob Kleinschmit

M, b. 18 June 1925, d. 2 November 2008
Father*Henry Kleinschmit b. 25 Dec 1876, d. 2 Nov 1947
Mother*Mary Kast b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1941
Life EventDateDescription
Birth18 June 1925Harold Jacob Kleinschmit was born on 18 June 1925 at South Dakota.
He was the son of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast.
Death2 November 2008Harold Jacob Kleinschmit died on 2 November 2008 at age 83 Harold Jacob Kleinschmit was born June 18, 1925, on a farm near Dallas, South Dakota, the son of Henry and Mary (Kast) Kleinschmit. He grew up and received his education at the Meadowbrook Rural School in that area. After his education, he remained on the farm helping his father.
At the age of eighteen, he entered the US Army on August 26, 1944. He served in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star. After his honorable discharge on July 9, 1946, Harold returned to the farm.
Harold married his country sweet heart Lillian Vrzal on September 17, 1946, in Paxton, South Dakota. After their marriage they remained on the farm until December, when they moved to Oregon, where Harold worked at a flax plant in Mt. Angel. After his father’s death, they moved to Wall, South Dakota, where he worked construction with his brother Frank. After nearly six years, Harold and Lillian moved back to the Dallas area to help Lillian’s father on their farm. After three years on the farm, they returned to Wall and once again joined his brother in the heavy construction business. After retiring from construction, they moved to the Wall Motel where Harold was the maintenance man for a number of years. In November 2007, they moved into Prairie Village where they have since resided.
Harold was a member of the Carroll-McDonald American Legion Post #246 of Wall, and the FJ Willuweit VFW Post #9120 of Quinn. In addition to his family, he enjoyed spending time woodworking, model airplanes and model T’s.
Survivors include his wife Lillian Kleinschmit of Wall; three daughters Peggy Aby and her husband Don of Wall, Linda Freeman and her husband Tom of Rapid City, and Karen Nissel and her husband Walter of Walnut Grove, Minnesota; one son Kevin Kleinschmit and his wife Sarah of Jefferson City, Missouri; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother Ralph Kleinschmit of Mt. Angel, Oregon; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers Pete, Paul, Joe, Frank, and Lawrence Kleinschmit; and three sisters Rosina Bunker, Lizzy Messman, and Lucy Brotsky.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.
Military graveside services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 10, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Harry L. Bunker

M, b. circa 1909
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1909Harry L. Bunker was born circa 1909.
Marriage15 July 1931He married Rosina Kleinschmit, daughter of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast, on 15 July 1931 at Gregory, South Dakota.

Floyd Thomas Brotsky

M, b. 20 March 1904, d. 8 January 1975
Life EventDateDescription
Birth20 March 1904Floyd Thomas Brotsky was born on 20 March 1904.
Marriage17 August 1933He married Lucy Christina Kleinschmit, daughter of Henry Kleinschmit and Mary Kast, on 17 August 1933 at Gregory, South Dakota.
Death8 January 1975Floyd Thomas Brotsky died on 8 January 1975 at age 70.
  • Floyd Thomas Brotsky obtained US Social Security Card at South Dakota; last residence Brookings, Brookings, South Dakota.

Mike J. Vrzal

M
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMike J. Vrzal married Lenora (?).

Lenora (?)

F
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Vrzal.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLenora (?) married Mike J. Vrzal.

Barbara Kuchta

F, b. circa 1908, d. before August 2004
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1908Barbara Kuchta was born circa 1908 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
Deathbefore August 2004Barbara Kuchta died before August 2004.

Louis J. Kuchta

M, b. 31 March 1910, d. September 1975
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationLouis J. Kuchta was also known as Louie.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth31 March 1910Louis J. Kuchta was born on 31 March 1910 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
DeathSeptember 1975Louis J. Kuchta died in September 1975 at age 65.
  • Louis J. Kuchta obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Saint Helena, Cedar, Nebraska.

George Kuchta

M, b. 4 July 1912, d. April 1983
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationGeorge Kuchta was also known as Geo.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth4 July 1912George Kuchta was born on 4 July 1912 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
DeathApril 1983George Kuchta died in April 1983 at age 70.
  • George Kuchta obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Crofton, Knox, Nebraska.

Leonard Kuchta

M, b. 8 November 1913, d. November 1983
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Life EventDateDescription
Birth8 November 1913Leonard Kuchta was born on 8 November 1913 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
DeathNovember 1983Leonard Kuchta died in November 1983.
  • Leonard Kuchta obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Fordyce, Cedar, Nebraska.

Rose Kuchta

F, b. 23 August 1915, d. 26 May 2006
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationRose Kuchta was also known as Rosa.
Married Name25 November 1936As of 25 November 1936,her married name was Vornhagen.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth23 August 1915Rose Kuchta was born on 23 August 1915 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
Marriage25 November 1936Rose Kuchta married Edward J. Vornhagen, son of Henry Thedor Vornhagen and Anna Marie Schmidt, on 25 November 1936.
Death26 May 2006Rose Kuchta died on 26 May 2006 at age 90 Rose Vornhagen, 90, of South Yankton, Nebraska, died on Friday May 26, 2006 at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, NE with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be on Tuesday at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home in Yankton from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers are Allen Vornhagen, Bob Vornhagen, Casey Nieman, Shannon Vornhagen, Brenda Gobel, and Lisa Phillips.
Rose was born on August 23, 1915 at Menominee to Joseph and Anna (Kast) Kuchta. She attended school in Menominee and worked as a housekeeper and nanny for the Kabeisman family. Before her marriage she worked at the Collins Hotel in Yankton as a housekeeper and cleaned the room where Lawrence Welk stayed when his band played on WNAX Radio in Yankton. Rose was married to Edward Vornhagen by Rev. Otto Zillig on November 25, 1936 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee. Over the next several years she cleaned homes in and around Yankton. Rose operated the cafi at Arnold Tramp's Station in East Yankton. She then operated Rosie's Coffee Cup in South Yankton and also worked at the Hitching Post Cafi when Gavins Point Dam was being built. Rose worked at Gurney's Seed and Nursery, Stuelpnagal's Egg Plant, and then in 1967 she began working at the Cimpl Meat Packing plant in Yankton until her retirement in 1980.
Rose is survived by 3 children and their spouses: Dorothy Gobel of Yankton, Arlene and Maynard Nieman of St. Helena, NE., Ralph and Cindy Vornhagen of South Yankton, a daughter in law, Donna Vornhagen of Yankton, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Louise Collins of Wichita, Kansas, Juliana Pinkelman of Yankton, 3 sisters in law, Betty Vornhagen of Brentwood, CA., Rita Vornhagen of Niobrara, NE., Kay Vornhagen of Petaluma, CA and a brother in law, Francis "Dick" and Margaret Vornhagen of Conroe, Texas.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward, son, Gerald, "Jerry" Vornhagen, infant daughter, Eleanor Vornhagen, granddaughter, Dawn Vornhagen, grandson, Clyde Nieman, son-in-law James Gobel; 3 brothers, Leonard, Louie, and George Kuchta, 2 sisters Elizabeth Kleinschmit, and Barbara Kuchta.

Children of Rose Kuchta and Edward J. Vornhagen

Louise Kuchta

F, b. 1 May 1918
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Collins.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1 May 1918Louise Kuchta was born on 1 May 1918 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.

Anna Mary Lenzen

F, b. 20 February 1902, d. 7 November 1973
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1922As of 1922,her married name was Kleinschmit.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth20 February 1902Anna Mary Lenzen was born on 20 February 1902 at Nebraska.
Marriage1922She married Jacob E. Kleinschmit, son of William Kleinschmit and Margaret M. Klinkner, in 1922 at Cedar, Nebraska, license issued Oct. 14, 1922.
Death7 November 1973Anna Mary Lenzen died on 7 November 1973 at San Joaquin, California, at age 71.

Edward J. Vornhagen

M, b. 9 September 1912, d. 28 August 2004
Father*Henry Thedor Vornhagen b. 1879, d. 1962
Mother*Anna Marie Schmidt b. 1888, d. 1978
Life EventDateDescription
Birth9 September 1912Edward J. Vornhagen was born on 9 September 1912 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Henry Thedor Vornhagen and Anna Marie Schmidt.
Marriage25 November 1936Edward J. Vornhagen married Rose Kuchta, daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast, on 25 November 1936.
Death28 August 2004Edward J. Vornhagen died on 28 August 2004 at age 91 Edward J. Vornhagen, age 91, of South Yankton, died Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2004, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee, Nebraska, with the Reverend Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Menominee. Visitation is from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m., at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton. Visitation will resume Saturday morning one hour prior to the service time at church. Pallbearers are Clyde Nieman, Allen Vornhagen, Bob Vornhagen, Casey Nieman, Shannon Vornhagen, Scott Vornhagen and Rick Vornhagen. Edward was born September 9, 1912, at Bow Valley, Nebraska to Henry and Anna (Schmidt) Vornhagen. He attended school in Fordyce, Nebraska, and worked as a farm hand for Alphonse Schulte where he learned the blacksmith business. He also managed the gas station in Fordyce. On November 25, 1936, he married Rose Kuchta in Menominee, Nebraska. He worked for Cedar County and drove a caterpillar clearing roads during the blizzard of 1948-49. In 1950, he moved to South Yankton where he started his own welding and repair shop, known as South Yankton Welding, which he operated for many years. Ed also worked for A.E. Kraling Construction Company during the building of Gavins Point Dam. He traveled with the construction company to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana doing welding, truck driving, and heavy construction work of the dams of the Missouri River. In 1999, he became a resident of Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton. Ed was an avid hunter, fur trapper, cowboy and commercial fisherman, which he taught to his son, Ralph. He was very knowledgeable about the Missouri River and was one of best card players around. Ed loved life and his family, teaching all his children the meaning of hard work and survival. He was an animal lover and could often times be found with a cat or dog or even a wild animal on his lap. Sometimes these wild animals became the family pet. Ed was a patient man and stressed to his family that you "could learn a lot if you listen." Ed will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him, especially his family. Survivors include his wife, Rose Vornhagen of Yankton; three children and their spouses: Dorothy Gobel of Yankton, Arlene and Maynard Nieman of St. Helena, Nebraska, a daughter-in-law, Donna Vornhagen of Yankton, and Ralph and Cindy Vornhagen of South Yankton; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a future great-grandchild; two brothers and their wives: Lee and Betty Vornhagen of Brentwood, California and Francis "Dick" and Margaret Vornhagen of Conroe, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Louise Collins of Wichita, Kansas and Juliana Pinkelman, Crofton, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gerald "Jerry" Vornhagen; infant daughter, Eleanor Vornhagen; granddaughter, Dawn Vornhagen; four brothers, Martin, Art, Clarence, and Ray Vornhagen; two sisters, Criscentia "Sis" Kuchta and Bernadette "Curly" Bonertz; and a son-in-law, James Gobel.

Children of Edward J. Vornhagen and Rose Kuchta

James Gobel

M, d. before August 2004
Life EventDateDescription
Deathbefore August 2004James Gobel died before August 2004.

Ralph Edward Vornhagen

M, b. 2 April 1948, d. 17 September 2009
Father*Edward J. Vornhagen b. 9 Sep 1912, d. 28 Aug 2004
Mother*Rose Kuchta b. 23 Aug 1915, d. 26 May 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Birth2 April 1948Ralph Edward Vornhagen was born on 2 April 1948 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Edward J. Vornhagen and Rose Kuchta.
Death17 September 2009Ralph Edward Vornhagen died on 17 September 2009 at age 61 Ralph Edward Vornhagen, age 61, of South Yankton, Nebraska, died Thursday, September 17, 2009, as a result of an accident at his home. Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Monday, September 21, 2009, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska with Reverend David Fulton officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery with military honors provided by the Nebraska Military Honor Guard and the Crofton American Legion Post No. 128. Visitation is from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton. Pallbearers are Stacey Barnes, Mike Kollars, Neal Neuhalfen, Wil Sanger, Jason Schoenfelder and Pat Zavadil. Honorary pallbearers are Galen Kleinschmit, Ed Koch, Ron Potts, Leander Schroeder, and those serving in the Charlie Battery who can’t attend because they are deployed overseas. Ralph was born April 2, 1948, in Menominee, Nebraska, to Edward and Rose (Kuchta) Vornhagen. He attended Aten Grade School and then Yankton High School. In 1968, Ralph was drafted into the United States Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam Conflict. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. On February 20, 1971, Ralph married Cindy Lyke in Menominee. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a welder. He worked at Morgen Manufacturing for a few years and then worked with his father at South Yankton Welding. In 1977, Ralph purchased Bruno’s Store which he operated for 27 years until he retired in 2004. Ralph was a member of the Crofton American Legion Post No. 128 and the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, tinkering in his shop, and his hot rods. But above all, he loved his grandchildren and treasured the time spent with them. Ralph is survived by his wife, Cindy Vornhagen of South Yankton; three sons: Shannon (Sherri) Vornhagen of Crofton, Scott Vornhagen of Buckeye, Arizona and Rick (Amy) Vornhagen of South Yankton; four grandchildren: Kaitlynn, Keirra, Kolton and Jaycee Vornhagen and also one on the way; two sisters, Dorothy Gobel of Yankton and Arlene (Maynard) Nieman of St. Helena, Nebraska; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Dawn Vornhagen; infant grandson, Ty Vornhagen; and a brother, Jerry Vornhagen.

Child of Ralph Edward Vornhagen

Gerald A. Vornhagen

M, b. 7 December 1943, d. 13 November 2003
Father*Edward J. Vornhagen b. 9 Sep 1912, d. 28 Aug 2004
Mother*Rose Kuchta b. 23 Aug 1915, d. 26 May 2006
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationGerald A. Vornhagen was also known as Jerry.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth7 December 1943Gerald A. Vornhagen was born on 7 December 1943.
He was the son of Edward J. Vornhagen and Rose Kuchta.
Death13 November 2003Gerald A. Vornhagen died on 13 November 2003 at age 59.

Juliana Kuchta

F, b. 1 May 1918, d. 6 October 2007
Father*Joseph Kuchta Jr. b. Jan 1879, d. 1957
Mother*Mariam Anna Kast b. 17 Jun 1880, d. 1959
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJuliana Kuchta was also known as Anna.
Married Name12 June 1951As of 12 June 1951,her married name was Pinkelman.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1 May 1918Juliana Kuchta was born on 1 May 1918 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast.
Marriage12 June 1951Juliana Kuchta married Florenz I. Pinkelman, son of August Henry Pinkelman and Minnie (?), on 12 June 1951.
Death6 October 2007Juliana Kuchta died on 6 October 2007 at age 89 Juliana Pinkelman, age 89, of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at the Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Timothy Lange and Rev. Joseph Broudou officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton.
Visitation will be on Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church from 3-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service and video tribute at 7:30 p.m.

Wintz Funeral Home of Crofton is in charge of arrangements.
To send online condolences or to view the video tribute, go to www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com/.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Vornhagen, William Kuchta, Darrell Pinkelman, Terry Pinkelman, Mike Kuchta, Marvin Kuchta and Don Guenther.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Cindy Vornhagen, Sue Sandvig, Sally Hoffmaier, Bev Guenther and Clarice Boelter.
Juliana Pinkelman was born on May 1, 1918, in Menominee, Nebraska to Joe and Ann (Kast) Kuchta. She attended school in Menominee and graduated from the 8th grade. She then kept house for Rev. Otto Zillig in Menominee for a period of time. After that she kept house for numerous people in the Nebraska and South Dakota area. Juliana married Florenz I. Pinkelman on June 12, 1951, in Menominee. They resided in Wynot, NE after getting married and began farming. After a short period, they moved back to a farm two miles west of Menominee and continued farming. Juliana and Florenz had a son, Arland, born to them on January 25, 1956. In 1960, Juliana, Florenz and Arland moved to a farm two miles south of Crofton until Florenz died in 1971. Then Juliana and Arland moved into Crofton. She was a part-time housekeeper for Rev. Tim Lange and also took care of Rev. Tim's mother for several years.
Juliana loved to be around babies and babysat and kept house for numerous people in the Crofton area. She worked at Bogner's Steak House. She enjoyed baking for others who requested certain items they would like her to make for them. She especially enjoyed making cookies, pies and homemade bread. Everything had to be made by hand and by Juliana's recipe. She enjoyed her flower garden and planting a big garden, canning items to enjoy during the winter or when guests arrived. The coffee was always ready 24 hours a day. She enjoyed visiting with anyone. Juliana had a love for animals, especially cats. She always wanted to see pictures of the newborn colts and the other baby animals. She spent lots of time watching the colts play in the pasture. Juliana loved every visit from her granddaughter, especially playing house and dolls with her. They would play cards, visit, read stories, or just watch TV in her chair, having Jenny sit on her lap. Juliana loved to play bingo and was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
She is survived by her son, Arland and his wife, Debbie Pinkelman of Crofton; her twin sister, Louise Collins of Wichita, KS; granddaughter, Jenny Pinkelman of Crofton; sister-in-law, Veronica Kuchta of Yankton, SD; brother-in-law, Augustine Pinkelman of California.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Florenz; three brothers: Leonard, Louise and George Kuchta; three sisters: Elizabeth Kleinschmit, Barbara Kuchta and Rose Vornhagen.

Eleanor Vornhagen

F
Father*Edward J. Vornhagen b. 9 Sep 1912, d. 28 Aug 2004
Mother*Rose Kuchta b. 23 Aug 1915, d. 26 May 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Eleanor Vornhagen was the daughter of Edward J. Vornhagen and Rose Kuchta.
DeathEleanor Vornhagen died at died in infancy.

Florenz I. Pinkelman

M, b. 2 February 1918, d. August 1971
Father*August Henry Pinkelman b. 21 Apr 1887
Mother*Minnie (?) b. c 1891
Life EventDateDescription
Birth2 February 1918Florenz I. Pinkelman was born on 2 February 1918 at Nebraska.
He was the son of August Henry Pinkelman and Minnie (?).
Marriage12 June 1951Florenz I. Pinkelman married Juliana Kuchta, daughter of Joseph Kuchta Jr. and Mariam Anna Kast, on 12 June 1951.
DeathAugust 1971Florenz I. Pinkelman died in August 1971 at age 53.
  • Florenz I. Pinkelman obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence not specified.

August Henry Pinkelman

M, b. 21 April 1887
Father*Frank Pinkelman b. 4 Aug 1832, d. 20 Jun 1907
Mother*Elizabeth Wohltering b. Oct 1843, d. a Jun 1900
Life EventDateDescription
Birth21 April 1887August Henry Pinkelman was born on 21 April 1887 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Pinkelman and Elizabeth Wohltering.
Marriagecirca 1914August Henry Pinkelman married Minnie (?) circa 1914.
Census DateLocationDescription
15 June 1900Precinct 2, Cedar, NebraskaAugust Henry Pinkelman was listed as a son in Frank Pinkelman's household on the 1900 Census at Precinct 2, Cedar, Nebraska.1

Children of August Henry Pinkelman and Minnie (?)

Citations

  1. [S245] U.S. Federal Census 1900 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 2, Cedar, Nebraska; Roll: T623_919; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 34.

Minnie (?)

F, b. circa 1891
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1914As of circa 1914,her married name was Pinkelman.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1891Minnie (?) was born circa 1891 at Nebraska.
Marriagecirca 1914She married August Henry Pinkelman, son of Frank Pinkelman and Elizabeth Wohltering, circa 1914.

Children of Minnie (?) and August Henry Pinkelman