DeNelda Christina Steffen

F, b. 5 January 1933, d. 7 February 2021
Father*Frank Steffen b. c 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Mary Mueller b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Potts.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageDeNelda Christina Steffen married Leonard Potts.
Birth5 January 1933DeNelda Christina Steffen was born on 5 January 1933.
She was the daughter of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Death7 February 2021DeNelda Christina Steffen died on 7 February 2021 at age 88 Denelda C. Potts age 88 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Sunday, February 07, 2021 at Angelhaus in Yankton, SD, with family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Constance, Nebraska with the Rev. An Duy Phan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Constance. Visitation will be on Wednesday morning, at church, from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Face masks and social distancing are required. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.

Pallbearers: Shane Jansen, Leroy Clair, Tyler Potts, Shelby Ewing, Duane Schieffer, Marlen Schieffer

Honorary Pallbearers: Patricia Potts, Irma Arens, Betty Potts, Katie Tramp

Denelda Christina was born on January 5, 1933 in Constance, Nebraska to Frank and Mary (Mueller) Steffen. She grew up in the Constance area and attended school in Constance through the eighth grade. She was the youngest of 10 children. Her father died when she was 10 years old and then she cared for her mother who had rheumatoid arthritis. She helped on the farm milking cows by hand, raising a huge garden, sewing cloths, and raising her (7) children. Denelda was not afraid of a hard days’ work.

Denelda was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. Her Faith was of utmost importance to her. She was a selfless, kindhearted, giving person her entire life. She was a member of the Crofton Senior Center and delivered meals. Denelda also did a lot of volunteer work for the Center. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She liked to play cards and do puzzles.

Denelda is survived by her five children Charles Potts of Crofton, Charlene (Paul) Stevens of Pewaukee, WI, Charlotte Jansen of St. Helena, NE, Cathy (Leroy) Clair of Carlisle, IA, Chad (Danielle) Potts of Crofton; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mary Steffen; daughter Donna Wiebelhaus in 1993; son Donovan in 2009; son-in-law Vern Jansen in 2015; nine brothers and sisters.

Leonard Potts

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Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLeonard Potts married DeNelda Christina Steffen, daughter of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.

Victor Steffen

M, b. 19 January 1918, d. 5 February 2014
Father*Frank Steffen b. c 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Mary Mueller b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationVictor Steffen was also known as Vic.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageVictor Steffen married Hilaria Van Heek, daughter of John Van Heek and Mary Arens.
Birth19 January 1918Victor Steffen was born on 19 January 1918 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Death5 February 2014Victor Steffen died on 5 February 2014 at age 96.
Census DateLocationDescription
3 April 1930Precinct 3, Cedar, NebraskaVictor Steffen was listed as a son in Frank Steffen's household on the 1930 Census at Precinct 3, Cedar, Nebraska.1

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED4. Dwelling 11.

Hilaria Van Heek

F, b. 19 July 1922, d. 31 October 2015
Father*John Van Heek
Mother*Mary Arens
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Steffen.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageHilaria Van Heek married Victor Steffen, son of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Birth19 July 1922Hilaria Van Heek was born on 19 July 1922.
She was the daughter of John Van Heek and Mary Arens.
Death31 October 2015Hilaria Van Heek died on 31 October 2015 at age 93.

Ralph F. Steffen

M, b. 1 November 1921, d. 2 March 2002
Father*Frank Steffen b. c 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Mary Mueller b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageRalph F. Steffen married Dorothy Gertrude Spenner.
Birth1 November 1921Ralph F. Steffen was born on 1 November 1921 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Death2 March 2002Ralph F. Steffen died on 2 March 2002 at age 80.
Burialafter 2 March 2002He was buried after 2 March 2002 at St Michael's Cemetery, Nebraska, Service Info.: PFC US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II.
Census DateLocationDescription
3 April 1930Precinct 3, Cedar, NebraskaRalph F. Steffen was listed as a son in Frank Steffen's household on the 1930 Census at Precinct 3, Cedar, Nebraska.1

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED4. Dwelling 11.

Dorothy Gertrude Spenner

F, b. 7 September 1926, d. 29 September 2018
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Steffen.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageDorothy Gertrude Spenner married Ralph F. Steffen, son of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Birth7 September 1926Dorothy Gertrude Spenner was born on 7 September 1926.
Death29 September 2018She died on 29 September 2018 at age 92.

Irene Steffen

F, b. 2 March 1916, d. 7 May 2001
Father*Frank Steffen b. c 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Mary Mueller b. c 1889
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name29 April 1941As of 29 April 1941,her married name was DeBlauw.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth2 March 1916Irene Steffen was born on 2 March 1916 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Marriage29 April 1941Irene Steffen married Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw, son of Gerrit S. DeBlauw and Anna M. Reisch, on 29 April 1941.
Death7 May 2001Irene Steffen died on 7 May 2001 at age 85 Irene DeBlauw, 85, died May 7, 2001, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. Visitation was May 11 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington. A vigil service was held later that evening at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley.     Mass of Christian Burial was May 12 at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Bow Valley, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.     Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Bow Valley. Pallbearers were Sarah Becker, Jason Becker, Anthony Pinkelman, Dean Ebbinga, Dale Ebbinga, Ryan Steffen and Tom DeBlauw. Irene was born March 2, 1916 to Frank and Mary (Mueller) Steffen in Constance. n April 29, 1941, she married Anthony G. DeBlauw in Constance. He died Aug. 11, 1978 at the age of 61. Irene grew up in the Constance area and attended St. Joseph's Catholic School, Constance. She worked as a hired girl for mothers having babies and she also worked as a maid at the Crofton Hotel for two years. After her marriage they farmed near Crofton for six years and then farmed northeast of Hartington until moving to Pine Lane Assisted Living in Hartington in Dec., 1999. She was a member of Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise and Christians Encounter Christ Prayer Group. Survivors include: eight children and spouses: David and Em DeBlauw, Rockford, Ill., Joan and Bill Ebbinga, Elkton, S.D; Rose and Kenny Pinkelman, Wynot; Don and Dorothy DeBlauw, Healy, Alaska; Marvin DeBlauw, Hartington; Stanley and Rhonda DeBlauw, Kalispell, Mont; Carol and Keith Becker, Emerson; Patty and Kelly Steffen, Hartington; 24 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; five sisters and husbands: Adelaide and Joe DeBlauw, Crofton; Clara Steffen, Cedar Bluffs; Sister Irma Steffen, Omaha; Barb and Irvin Arens, Randolph; Denelda and Leonard Potts, Crofton; three brothers and wives: Vic and Hilaria Steffen, Crofton; Ralph and Dorothy Steffen, Hartington; Clarence Steffen, Crofton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister, Sister Antonelle Steffen.
Census DateLocationDescription
3 April 1930Precinct 3, Cedar, NebraskaIrene Steffen was listed as a daughter in Frank Steffen's household on the 1930 Census at Precinct 3, Cedar, Nebraska.1

Child of Irene Steffen and Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw

Citations

  1. [S250] U.S. Federal Census 1930 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED4. Dwelling 11.

Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw

M, b. 11 February 1917, d. 11 August 1978
Father*Gerrit S. DeBlauw b. c 1869, d. a 1920
Mother*Anna M. Reisch b. c 1875
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAnthony Gerrit DeBlauw was also known as Tony.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth11 February 1917Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw was born on 11 February 1917 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Gerrit S. DeBlauw and Anna M. Reisch.
Marriage29 April 1941Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw married Irene Steffen, daughter of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller, on 29 April 1941.
Death11 August 1978Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw died on 11 August 1978 at age 61.

Child of Anthony Gerrit DeBlauw and Irene Steffen

Sister Antonelle Steffen OSF

F, b. 1930, d. 29 December 1969
Father*Frank Steffen b. c 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Mary Mueller b. c 1889
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1930Sister Antonelle Steffen OSF was born in 1930.
She was the daughter of Frank Steffen and Mary Mueller.
Death29 December 1969Sister Antonelle Steffen OSF died on 29 December 1969.

Frances P. Tramp

F, b. circa 1922, d. 1 October 1984
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name7 January 1946As of 7 January 1946,her married name was Arens.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1922Frances P. Tramp was born circa 1922.
Marriage7 January 1946She married Raymond J. Arens, son of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 7 January 1946.
Death1 October 1984Frances P. Tramp died on 1 October 1984.

Norma Jean DeLozier

F, b. 4 September 1927, d. 12 December 2006
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namebefore June 1985As of before June 1985,her married name was Rose.
Married Name21 June 1985As of 21 June 1985,her married name was Arens.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth4 September 1927Norma Jean DeLozier was born on 4 September 1927.
Marriagebefore June 1985She married Wayne Rose before June 1985.
Marriage21 June 1985Norma Jean DeLozier married Raymond J. Arens, son of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 21 June 1985.
Death12 December 2006Norma Jean DeLozier died on 12 December 2006 at age 79.

Wayne Rose

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Life EventDateDescription
Marriagebefore June 1985Wayne Rose married Norma Jean DeLozier before June 1985.

Raymond J. Thunker

M, b. 1 April 1911, d. 17 June 1990
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationRaymond J. Thunker was also known as Ray.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1 April 1911Raymond J. Thunker was born on 1 April 1911.
Marriage14 January 1942He married Leona Loretta Arens, daughter of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 14 January 1942.
Death17 June 1990Raymond J. Thunker died on 17 June 1990 at age 79.
  • Raymond J. Thunker obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Crofton, Knox, Nebraska.

Norbert P. Reifenrath

M, b. 5 May 1915, d. 13 October 2004
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 May 1915Norbert P. Reifenrath was born on 5 May 1915 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Marriage25 September 1944Norbert P. Reifenrath married Viola I. Arens, daughter of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 25 September 1944.
Death13 October 2004Norbert P. Reifenrath died on 13 October 2004 at age 89 Norbert P. Reifenrath, age 89 of Crofton, died on Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton, SD.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, October 16, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance, NE with the Rev. Joseph Broudou officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Constance, NE.
Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 8:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Chad Reifenrath, Casey Reifenrath, Brent Mueller, Jon Ballard, Brandon Smith and Brent Tschirren. Honorary pallbearers will be Susan Smith, Jenny Tschirren, Tasha Mueller and Annie Goeden.
Norbert was born on a farm southwest of Constance, NE on May 5, 1915 to Frank Gerlach and Theresa (Mueller) Reifenrath. He grew up in the Constance community with his five brothers and two sisters. He attended St Joseph's School and Church in Constance. Norbert helped farm with his father and brothers for many years. He married Viola Arens on Sept. 25, 1944, at Crofton. They resided on a farm southwest of Constance which Norbert's parents homesteaded when they married. They continued farming with his dad and brothers and later purchased the farm and lived there for 42 years. They moved to their new home in Crofton in 1986. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September.
Norbert was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and served on the parish council, member of the Holy Name Society, NFO, was a former linesman and secretary for Fairview Telephone Co., and was a former board member of the Crofton Golf Course. Norbert was a baseball pitcher with the Constance team for many years and later enjoyed bowling, golfing, and playing cards. During his retirement, he helped in the development of the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course. He loved being a part of the progress and was very proud of it. He read the newspaper in detail every day and was always concerned about our country and had a deep respect of Mother Nature. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his daughter and family in Las Vegas during the winter months. His grandchildren will always cherish the tractor rides, the go-cart, baseball games, golfing, the garden, flying kites, 4th of July fireworks, and their visits after school. We will always remember his big blue eyes, calm temperament, and the love he gave to each of us.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Viola, 4 children and their spouses, Connie and Dave Ballard of Las Vegas, NV; Mick and Kathy Reifenrath, Terry and Mike Mueller, Marie and Randy Goeden, all of Crofton, NE; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Susan and Brandon Smith, Jon Ballard, Chad Reifenrath, Casey Reifenrath, Brent Mueller, Jenny and Brent Tschirren, Tasha Mueller, Annie Goeden, one great grandchild, Sydny Mueller, 2 brothers and their wives, Lawrence and Kay Reifenrath, Crofton, Don and Imogene Reifenrath, Crofton, and one sister and her husband, Laura and Clarence Arens, Crofton.
He was preceded in death by his parents 3 brothers, George, Albert, and Rudolph Reifenrath, and one sister, Mary Ann Leise.

Benedict Arens

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Father*John William Arens b. Sep 1893
Mother*Caroline Mary Luft b. c 1893
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationBenedict Arens was also known as Benjamin.
Life EventDateDescription
Benedict Arens was the son of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft.
DeathBenedict Arens died at died at birth.

Mary Ann Tramp

F, b. 26 November 1922, d. 5 October 1999
Father*Peter C. Tramp b. c 1897
Mother*Theresa Hegge b. c 1898
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name25 January 1944As of 25 January 1944,her married name was Arens.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth26 November 1922Mary Ann Tramp was born on 26 November 1922 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Peter C. Tramp and Theresa Hegge.
Marriage25 January 1944Mary Ann Tramp married Lawrence Fred Arens, son of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 25 January 1944.
Death5 October 1999Mary Ann Tramp died on 5 October 1999 at age 76 Mary Ann Arens, Crofton, 76, died Oct.5, 1999, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. Visitation was Oct. 6 at Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton. A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 7 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with Rev. Bob English officiating. Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton. Pallbearers were Bob Tramp, Brad Tramp, Mike Tramp, David Arens, Marcel Arens and Paul Arens. Mary Ann was born Nov. 26, 1922, to Peter and Theresa (Hegge) Tramp in Menominee. She grew up in the Menominee area. She married Lawrence F. Arens Jan. 25, 1944, in Crofton. He died Nov. 30, 1998, After their marriage, they farmed southwest of Crofton. They moved into Crofton in 1970. She had worked for Gurney Seed & Nursery Co. and Dale Electronics in Yankton. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, an EME, a member of the Ministry of Praise, a member of the Christian Mothers and a former Parish Council member. She was instrumental in helping her husband develop the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course. She enjoyed crocheting, golfing, bowling, card playing and Nebraska football. She is survived by two children and their spouses, Larry and Ann Arens, Crofton; and Judy and Steve Boesch, Longmont, Colo; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bernie (Sharon) Asbra, Laurel; eight grandchildren, Amy Diefenderfer;
Shawn Arens; Patrick, Kelly, Trisha and Todd Arens; Jeremy and Adam Wysuph;
two great-grandchildren, Kayle and Colton Diefenderfer; three brothers, Giles Tramp, Gretna; Alvin Tramp, Omaha; and Jerome Tramp, Omaha; and one sister, Joan Cook, Leeds, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Cletus and Ron Arens; one grandson, Drew Foster; one sister, Frances Arens; three
brothers, Art, Donald, and Linus Tramp; an infant sister, Angeline Tramp; and an infant brother, Dennis Tramp.

Children of Mary Ann Tramp and Lawrence Fred Arens

Albert Reifenrath

M, b. 2 September 1910, d. April 1979
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAlbert Reifenrath was also known as Ab.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth2 September 1910Albert Reifenrath was born on 2 September 1910 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Marriage2 September 1941Albert Reifenrath married Cecelia M. Arens, daughter of John William Arens and Caroline Mary Luft, on 2 September 1941.
DeathApril 1979Albert Reifenrath died in April 1979 at age 68.
  • Albert Reifenrath obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Crofton, Knox, Nebraska.

Walburga McCloud

F, b. 10 May 1920, d. 20 August 2006
Father*William McCloud
Mother*Leona (?)
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationWalburga McCloud was also known as Wallie.
Married Name24 November 1939As of 24 November 1939,her married name was Wiebelhaus.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth10 May 1920Walburga McCloud was born on 10 May 1920.
She was the daughter of William McCloud and Leona (?).
Marriage24 November 1939Walburga McCloud married Herman G. Wiebelhaus, son of Fred Wiebelhaus and Theresa Uhing, on 24 November 1939.
Death20 August 2006Walburga McCloud died on 20 August 2006 at age 86 Services for Walburga "Wallie" Wiebelhaus, 86, of Center will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre with burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Wynot. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Chapel in Verdigre with a 7:30 p.m. wake.
Mrs. Wiebelhaus died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at the Bloomfield Good Samaritan Center.
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Wallie was born May 10, 1920, to William and Leona McCloud in Allen. She attended grade school in Jackson.
She was united in marriage to Herman G. Wiebelhaus on Nov. 24, 1939, in St. James. They lived in the Wynot-Hartington area until 1960 when they moved and farmed north of Center.
Wallie was a homemaker. She loved flowers, to garden, bake, fish and play cards with the children, grandchildren and friends. Her passion was crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her children, Kenneth Wiebelhaus of Center and his friend, Cherl of Creighton, Sharron and her husband, Alvin Arens of Norfolk, Gary and Judy Wiebelhaus of Fort Scott, Kan., James and Sharon Wiebelhaus of Neligh, Patricia Potts of Crofton, Herman and Susan Wiebelhaus of Center, Dennis Wiebelhaus of Creighton, Jane Hinrichs of Winnetoon; a family friend, Jerry Vogt of Creighton; 36 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Donavon and his wife, Dixie McCloud of Oskaloosa, Iowa; sisters, Josephine Schumacher of Hereford, Texas, Leona and Raymond Stewart of Wheatland, Mo., Peggy and Cliff Stover of California, Bonnie and Harlen Ochs of Texas; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Mary Frances; an infant grandson, Ryan James; three sisters; and daughter-in-law, Donna (Potts) Wiebelhaus.

Child of Walburga McCloud and Herman G. Wiebelhaus

William McCloud

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Life EventDateDescription
DeathWilliam McCloud died.
DeathHe died.
MarriageHe married Leona (?).

Child of William McCloud and Leona (?)

Leona (?)

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Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was McCloud.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLeona (?) married William McCloud.
DeathLeona (?) died.

Child of Leona (?) and William McCloud

Mary Frances Wiebelhaus

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Father*Herman G. Wiebelhaus b. 13 Jul 1909, d. Dec 1978
Mother*Walburga McCloud b. 10 May 1920, d. 20 Aug 2006
Life EventDateDescription
Mary Frances Wiebelhaus was the daughter of Herman G. Wiebelhaus and Walburga McCloud.
DeathMary Frances Wiebelhaus died at died in infancy.

Frank Gerlach Reifenrath

M, b. 15 November 1875, d. 24 December 1957
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationFrank Gerlach Reifenrath was also known as Gerlach.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageFrank Gerlach Reifenrath married Theresa Mueller.
Birth15 November 1875Frank Gerlach Reifenrath was born on 15 November 1875 at Nebraska.
Death24 December 1957He died on 24 December 1957 at Nebraska at age 82.
  • On 12 September 1918 at World War I Draft Registration, Cedar, Nebraska.

Children of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller

Theresa Mueller

F, b. circa 1884
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationTheresa Mueller was also known as Theresia.
Married NameHer married name was Reifenrath.
Name VariationTheresa Mueller was also known as Tresia.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageTheresa Mueller married Frank Gerlach Reifenrath.
Birthcirca 1884Theresa Mueller was born circa 1884 at Arkansas.

Children of Theresa Mueller and Frank Gerlach Reifenrath

Lawrence Hubert Reifenrath

M, b. 15 October 1917, d. 19 March 2011
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationLawrence Hubert Reifenrath was also known as Mac.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth15 October 1917Lawrence Hubert Reifenrath was born on 15 October 1917 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Marriage3 June 1977Lawrence Hubert Reifenrath married Catherine R. Grady on 3 June 1977.
Death19 March 2011Lawrence Hubert Reifenrath died on 19 March 2011 at age 93 Lawrence H. Reifenrath, 93, Crofton, died March 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington. Visitation, with a vigil service and video tribute, were March 22 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, and continued one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be March 23, at 10:30 a.m., at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Constance. Pallbearers will be Troy Joachimsen, Chris Boswell, Adam Hintz, Aaron Severns, Tom Grady and Dan Grady. Mac was born Oct. 15, 1917, at Constance, to Francis and Theresa (Mueller) Reifenrath. He grew up in the Constance area and graduated from Crofton High School in 1936. He married Catherine R. Grady June 3, 1977, at Constance. Mac farmed in the Constance area until moving into Crofton in 1993. He had been a resident of the Golden Living Center, Hartington, since December 2010.
Mac was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He loved to golf and was a charter member of the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener. Mac is survived by six step children and their spouses, Linda and Jim Joachimsen, Crofton; Nancy and Don Boswell, Herman; Steve and Deb Grady, Omaha; David and Holly Grady, Denver, Colo; Mary and John Hintz, Lincoln; Julie and Mark Severns, Cabot, Ark;14 step grandchildren; 20 step great-grandchildren; a sister, Laura Arens, Crofton; a brother, Don “Tom” and Jeanie Reifenrath, Crofton; and a sister in law, Viola Reifenrath, Crofton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Catherine, June 27, 2008, at the age of 87; four brothers, George, Albert, Rudolph and Norbert Reifenrath; a sister, Mary Ann Leise; and a step grandson, Steven Allen Grady.

Catherine R. Grady

F, b. circa 1921, d. 27 June 2008
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationCatherine R. Grady was also known as Kay.
Married Name3 June 1977As of 3 June 1977,her married name was Reifenrath.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1921Catherine R. Grady was born circa 1921.
Marriage3 June 1977She married Lawrence Hubert Reifenrath, son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller, on 3 June 1977.
Death27 June 2008Catherine R. Grady died on 27 June 2008.

Donald Reifenrath

M, b. 31 May 1927, d. 3 February 2020
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationDonald Reifenrath was also known as Tom.
Name VariationDonald Reifenrath was also known as Don.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth31 May 1927Donald Reifenrath was born on 31 May 1927 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Death3 February 2020Donald Reifenrath died on 3 February 2020 at age 92 Donald “Tom” F. Reifenrath age 92 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Monday, February 03, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Constance with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s cemetery in Constance. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Constance. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Hansen, Holly Haberman, Jacquie Kelley, Mike Reifenrath, Nick Reifenrath, Jennifer Kerschinke, Faith Reifenrath, Heather Reifenrath, and Jason Smith.

Donald Frank was born on May 31, 1927 in Constance, Nebraska to Gerlach F. and Theresa (Mueller) Reifenrath. He attended school in Crofton and helped his dad and brothers on the family farm. He married Imogene Antionette Bonertz on January 29, 1951 in Menominee, Nebraska. Seven children were born to this union. Donald “Tom” farmed on his own until 1984. He raised grain, livestock, chickens, and hogs. After retiring from farming Donald did janitorial work for Yankton College for four years, then janitorial work for 10 years at Gavin Point Dam Power Plant. He then was the janitor for Crofton Elementary School for 10 years, retiring again in 2008 at the age of 79 years.

Donald “Tom” was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Constance. He raised a big garden for many years, always having watermelon and sweetcorn. He loved to mow and tinker around outside. He always enjoyed his children and grandchildren and had a sense of humor. He and Imogene loved to Polka dance. He was a baseball fan – watching the Twins, rooting for the Vikings and Nebraska Huskers.

Donald “Tom” is survived by his wife of 69 years, Imogene of Crofton; six children and spouses Donna Smith of Sioux Falls, SD, Ken and Patty Reifenrath of Kearney, NE, Gary Reifenrath of Omaha, NE, Loren Reifenrath of Yankton, SD, Laurie (Dave) Hansen of Crofton, Bryan (Val) Reifenrath of Surprise, AZ; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a sister Laura “Lolly” Arens of Norfolk, NE.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, son Randy on 1/6/1994 at age 32; daughter-in-law Joanne Reifenrath on 4/13/1994; brothers and spouses George (Clara) Reifenrath, Albert (Ceil) Reifenrath, Rudolph (Ceil) Reifenrath, Norbert (Viola) Reifenrath, Lawrence “Mac” (Kay) Reifenrath; sister Mary Ann (Alphonse) Leise; brother-in-law Clarence J. Arens.

Clarence J. Arens

M, b. 16 August 1919, d. 5 June 2005
Father*Edward John Arens b. 15 Nov 1885, d. 6 Apr 1956
Mother*Ida Louise Schulte b. 12 Jun 1884, d. 22 Apr 1984
Life EventDateDescription
Birth16 August 1919Clarence J. Arens was born on 16 August 1919 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Edward John Arens and Ida Louise Schulte.
Death5 June 2005Clarence J. Arens died on 5 June 2005 at age 85 Clarence J. Arens, age 85, of Crofton, died Sunday, June 5, 2005, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton with Reverend Joseph Broudou officiating. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 7, 2005, from 3-9:00 p.m. with a rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. all at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.
Pallbearers are grandchildren: Brian Arens, Todd Schieffer, Jason Arens, Scott Arens, Jeff Arens and Daniella Bolin. Honorary pallbearers are all of his grandchildren.
Clarence was born August 16, 1919, in Fordyce to Edward and Ida (Schulte) Arens. He grew up on a farm 3 miles east of Fordyce and attended school at District 108. He farmed with his father and worked for Art Arens at the elevator in Hartington prior to his marriage. He married Laura Reifenrath on February 15, 1944, in Constance. He and his wife farmed 6 miles southwest of Crofton until 1976 when he retired and moved into Crofton. He loved the farm, playing cards, fishing, traveling and spending time with his entire family.
Clarence was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton and was a former trustee of the church.
He is survived by his wife, Laura of Crofton; six children and their spouses: Jim and Marietta Arens of Norfolk; Norma and Vern Schieffer, Charles and Delores Arens, Dale and Charlotte Arens, Clair and Diane Arens, all of Crofton; Alice and Jon Bolin of Norfolk; 24 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters: Sylvia Hochstein of Crofton, Loretta Pick of Bow Valley, Isabelle Kramer of Hartington, Mildred Kramer of Hartington, Rosella Kramer of Yankton; 2 brothers and their wives: Rudolph and Ella Arens and Roman and Arlene Arens, both of Hartington.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; and infant daughter, Rose Marie Arens; a grandson, Curt Arens; 3 sisters: Pauline Lammers, Hildegard Lammers, Marie Kube and 7 brothers-in-law.

Child of Clarence J. Arens

George W. Reifenrath

M, b. 24 December 1907, d. November 1978
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Life EventDateDescription
Birth24 December 1907George W. Reifenrath was born on 24 December 1907 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
DeathNovember 1978George W. Reifenrath died in November 1978 at age 70.
  • George W. Reifenrath obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Crofton, Knox, Nebraska.

Rudolph H. Reifenrath

M, b. 20 January 1913, d. 22 December 1996
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Life EventDateDescription
Birth20 January 1913Rudolph H. Reifenrath was born on 20 January 1913 at Nebraska.
He was the son of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Death22 December 1996Rudolph H. Reifenrath died on 22 December 1996 at age 83.

Mary Ann Reifenrath

F, b. 10 March 1920, d. 28 March 1992
Father*Frank Gerlach Reifenrath b. 15 Nov 1875, d. 24 Dec 1957
Mother*Theresa Mueller b. c 1884
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Leise.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMary Ann Reifenrath married Al Leise.
Birth10 March 1920Mary Ann Reifenrath was born on 10 March 1920 at Nebraska.
She was the daughter of Frank Gerlach Reifenrath and Theresa Mueller.
Death28 March 1992Mary Ann Reifenrath died on 28 March 1992 at age 72.
  • Mary Ann Reifenrath obtained US Social Security Card at Nebraska; last residence Hartington, Cedar, Nebraska.

Children of Mary Ann Reifenrath and Al Leise