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Perham Enterprise Bulletin
Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, October 17, 1929

Mary (Schoenberger) Keerbs
Mrs. Keerbs Passes Away - Well Known Resident of Perham Succumbs after Long Illness Burial at St. Paul's Church Today
Mrs. Emil Keerbs passed away at her home in Perham Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock after an illness of several months. She had been in ill health for some time when, May 12 last she was taken to the hospital for an operation. It was found that she was suffering from cancer and that there was no hope of her recovery. After a two weeks stay at the hospital she returned to her home and until about the middle of July she seemed to gain. From then on she continued to fall until death mercifully ended her suffering early Tuesday morning. Born in Germany august 18, 1874, Mary Schoenberger came to America with her parents at the age of 9. Her father, John Schoenberger farmed on the prairie west of town and she grew to womanhood in this vicinity. She was married to Emil Keerbs May 17, 1896 in Perham. Four children were born to them of whom two are living, Mrs. Hubert Paulsen and Luella. In addition she is survived by her husband, her sister, Mrs. Margaret Lang of Perham, her brothers, John Schoenberger of Becker County, George of Wheatland, Romann of Casselton, and her sister, Mrs. Barbara Bradow of Uniontown, Washington. During her residence in the village Mrs. Keerbs made many friends whose sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband and daughters. Funeral services were held today, Thursday at St. Paul's church at 2 p.m., interment being made in the Devil's Lake cemetery.


Duluth-Tribune, January 2, 1934
John F. Kelly, 80, 729 West First street, died at a Duluth hospital. He had been a resident of Duluth about 15 years. The body will be taken to Brainerd, where survivors reside, for burial.
Note: John is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery at 1105 NE 3rd Avenue, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401. Block 32 Lot 11. He is buried next to his wife Mary Kelly. The Kelly family lived in Rush Lake Minnesota from 1890-1907. In 1907 the family moved to Aitkin Minnesota. Mary Kelly, John's wife, will die in Brainerd, Minnesota on 04-26-1943. She died at the home of her daughter Francis Rose Wise of Brainerd.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, October 21, 1976 - pg 8

Rites Held Saturday For Charles Krekelberg

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church for Charles H. Krekelberg, 69, Perham, who died Thursday, Oct. 14 at Perham. Father Eugene Meemken officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Schoeneberger's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Krekelberg was born Aug. 3, 1907, in Edna Township. He married Kathryn Menz September 7, 1931. They farmed in the St. Joseph area until recently, when they moved to Perham. Survivors include his wife and nine children: Richard of St. Joseph; Eugene, South St. Paul; Henry, St. Louis Park; Donald, New Hope; Mrs. James (Mary) Kelin, Beardsley; Gerald, Richfield; Charles, Jr., St. Paul; Mrs. Wayne (Patricia) Greenwood, Brooklyn Park; and Kenneth, Barlesville, Okla. Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters: Mrs. Hugh (Mary Ann) Hannigan; Mrs. Helen Gerber, Perham; Bill, Duluth; Lawrence, Dent; and Leo and George, both of California. Mr. Krekelberg had 20 grandchildren.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, July 8, 1937

Mrs. Krekelberg Succumbs To Stroke July 4

Mrs. Clara Krekelberg, relict of Henry Krekelberg, who died last year, was called by death Sunday, July 4, at the hospital. Mrs. Krekelberg suffered a stroke several weeks ago and her condition had been precarious since. She was brought to the hospital but medical aid was unavailing. Mrs. Krekelberg had suffered high blood pressure for the past ten years. Mrs. Krekelberg was the daughter of the late Charles and Mrs. Altstadt. She was born April 9, 1881. She grew up in this locality and on October 10, 1905, was married to Henry Krekelberg. Mr. Krekelberg died suddenly from a heart stroke when his car ran off the road near the Dent creamery April 12, 1936. Mrs. Krekelberg was the mother of nine children of whom seven are living. One died in infancy and one, Albert, died in 1924, at the age of 14. The surviving children are: Charles, who farms the former Frank Menz farm, Marion (Mrs. Hugh Hannigan) Helen and William of Minneapolis, Lawrence, Leo and George, who are at home. The children were all present for the funeral. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Genevieve Goyke of Barron, Wis., Gust of New York Mills, Rose (Mrs. Zierhut) and Albert of Minneapolis. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart church in Dent, interment being in the parish cemetery. Attending the funeral were all of the children and the following immediate relatives: Miss Celia Altstadt of Minneapolis, Mrs. Genevieve Goyke of Barron, Mrs. Ann Schrut and Mrs. Albert Altstadt, sister-in-laws of Minneapolis, Gust Altstadt of New York Mills and Ed of Fergus Falls.


We take this means to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our relatives, neighbors and friends for all the kindness and assistance shown us during the illness and after the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Clara Krekelberg, especially do we thank the St. Magdalene society and those who contributed spiritual and floral offerings.


Richfield fisherman dies on Round Lake

Gerald George Krekelberg

Carbon monoxide poisoning is being blamed for the death of a Richfield ice fisherman on Round Lake Saturday, according to Sheriff Glen Melby. The fisherman was identified as Gerald George Krekelberg, 38. Melby said Krekelberg was fishing alone in a portable fishhouse in Rush Lake Township south of Perham. According to other fishermen in the area, Krekelberg left his fishhouse shortly after 1 p.m. when he began to feel ill. Melby said Krekelberg was using a lantern for warmth in the fishhouse, which had only several small openings for ventilation. Krekelberg walked from his fishhouse to one occupied by Al Benke. Krekelberg sat and talked with Benke for several minutes and then collapsed. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Krekelberg had told Benke he felt ill while he was walking over to Benke's fishhouse and that he had "barely made it." Melby said Country Coroner Mehdi Orandi had ruled out a heart attack as the cause of death.


Gerald Krekelberg

Gerald Krekelberg, age 38, 7445 Vincent Ave. So., Richfield, Mn. passed away on December 26, 1981 in Perham, Minnesota. Gerald, better known as "Jerry", was well known in the Perham area. He was born March 9, 1943 to Charles and Katherine Krekelberg. He was raised in the rural Perham "St. Joe" area. He married Sandra Parchem of Perham on March 6, 1967 and thereafter, made his home in Richfield, Minnesota. A very kind, quiet and understanding Christian man, a man of many talents, especially the art of carpentry, he gave generously of himself and his talents to members of his family, church and community. For the past fifteen years he had worked for the Hennepin County Highway Department. He was a very active member of St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield. He is survived by his wife, Sandra and three children, Broc, age 10, Taylor Sue, age 5 and Brent, age 1 1/2, his mother, Katherine Krekelberg of Perham and 6 brothers and 2 sisters. He was preceded in death by one infant son, Gerald and his father, Charles Krekelberg. Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29 in St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield. Father Roger Pierre and five celebrants officiated at the 7:30 p.m. funeral mass. Cemetery burial rites were conducted following the mass service. Internment was in St. Henry's Cemetery in Perham, Minnesota.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, April 16, 1936, pg. 1


Car Tipped Over In Ditch Sunday Night After

Lights Failed-Wife In Car Was Unhurt

Henry Krekelberg, Edna Town farmer and well known resident of this locality for many years, lost his life Sunday night when his car ran off the road near the Dent creamery and tipped over. Mr. Krekelberg was returning with his wife from a farewell party for Con Wonsewicz shortly after midnight Sunday. As he approached Dent his lights suddenly failed and he brought the car to a stop. He was unable to find the trouble and decided to drive on in the dark. He lowered the window and started forward but had only gone a short distance when his car went off the road and overturned, pinning him by one arm. Mr. Johnson the mail man, had gone to the station to hang the night mail bag. Upon his return about 20 minutes later he found the Krekelberg car in the ditch. With the assistance of neighbors Mr. Johnson was able to lift the car, releasing the injured man who was pinned by one arm. Mr. Krekelberg was conscious and spoke to his rescuers but in a short time collapsed and died. No postmortem was performed and the exact cause of death could not be determined. One arm was broken by the car door. Mrs. Krekelberg escaped with a few scratches, sustained when she was helped thru the window of the car. Henry Krekelberg was born in Chaska, Minnesota October 24, 1878. He came here with his parents in 1881. He was married to Clara Altstadt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Altstadt October 10, 1905. Nine children were born to their union, two of whom preceded him in death, one in infancy and Albert at the age of 14 years in 1924. Surviving him are his wife and the following children: Charles, living at home, (Marion) Mrs. Hugh Hannigan, of Minneapolis, Helen, of Minneapolis, William, Lawrence, Leo and George at home. He leaves the following brothers and sisters: Frank, of Dent, Joseph of Minneapolis, John of Brainerd, Mrs. Henry Siebel (Lizzie) of Perham, Otillia of Redlands, Cal., Mrs. Charles Robinson (Kate) of Cary, N. D. Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart church in Dent Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Fr. Besselaar officiated. Interment was made in the parish cemetery beside his son. The pallbearers were his three brothers Joseph, Frank and John, and Gust, Albert and Ed Altstadt his brothers-in-law. Attending the funeral from other points were: his daughter Helen of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hannigan and his brother Joseph of Minneapolis, his brother John, of Brainerd, Albert Alstadt, of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Alstadt of Fergus Falls, Henry Wellans, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Wellans and George Wellans of Chaska.


William "Bill" F. Krekelberg, 73, of 5128 Juniata St., died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1987, in Park Point Manor. He was born in Dent, Minn., and had lived in Duluth since 1952. He retired in 1972 as a sales manager of Swift & Co. where he worked for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Parish. His wife, Viola M., died in 1980. He is survived by a daughter, Linda M. Liskiewicz, of Duluth; a sister, Mary Ann Hannigan of Minneapolis; a brother, Lawrence of Dent; and two grandsons. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today with wake prayers at 7 p.m. in Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin
Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, July 31, 1952
Mrs. J. Kremer Passes Away
Mrs. Catherine Kremer, 82, a lifetime resident of Otter Tail County, died at her home in Dent July 24 at 12:30 p.m. Catherine Seifert was born in Otter Tail County May 5, 1870. She married Jacob Kremer, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Kremer is survived by eight children: Mrs. Maggie Meyer, Hubert and James Kremer of Dent John, Adolph and Mrs. Cecelia McCabe of Minneapolis, Nic Kremer of Delano, Minnesota; and Ambrose of Wheatland, North Dakota. A brother, John Seifert and a sister, Mrs. Barbara Silbernagel, are also living. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30 at the Sacred Heart Church of Dent.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin
Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, March 1, 1934
Jacob Kremer Fractures Ribs
Jacob Kremer is reported in a serious condition at his home as a result of a fall from a chair. Mr. Kramer is severely crippled by rheumatism and in the fall broke several ribs.
Perham Enterprise Bulletin
Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, March 8, 1934
Jacob Kremer Died Friday
Suffered Thirty Years with Rheumatism and Been Bedridden for Sixteen Years.
Jacob Kremer one of the pioneer settlers of Edna township died Friday evening, March 2nd of pneumonia, of a very short illness. He had been an invalid the past 16 years spent in bed or in a chair, and had suffered from rheumatism the past thirty years. He died at the age of 69 years. He was born at Hastings, Minnesota. At the age of thirteen years he came with his parents and brothers to Otter Tail county in a covered wagon in the year of 1888 in August. He was united in marriage to Miss Kathryn Seifert at the St. Joe Church. They have made Otter Tail county their home the past 46 years, except for a few years which they spent in Red Lake Falls. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a patient sufferer through all his years of helplessness. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, seven sons, George, Hubert, Adolph, Ambrose and James at home, John of Minneapolis and Nick of Watertown and two daughters, Mrs. F. N. Meyer of Star Lake and Mrs. M. J. McCabe of Dead Lake, one son having preceded him in death, and 8 grandchildren, two brothers, John of Perham and Nick of Grand Rapids, and two sisters, Mrs. Peter Schmitz of Gordon, Wisconsin and Mrs. John Seifert of Perham, besides a host of nieces and neighbors. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Sacred Heart church of Dent. Rev. Father Besselaar officiating. Interment was made in the parish cemetery. The pall bearers were his six sons and the seventh one being cross-bearer.

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors and all our relatives for their acts of kindness during our sad bereavement in the death of our beloved husband and father, also we thank Father Besselaar for his kind words and also the choir.
Mrs. Jacob Kremer and Children.



Services for Celia Kuntz, 84, of Melrose and formerly of West Union, were Wednesday, March 18, 1987 at 11:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Melrose with Father Leo Moenkedick officiating. Burial was in St. Alexius Cemetery in West Union. She died March 15 at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale. Cecelia was born April 20, 1902 to John and Genevieve (Alstadt) Goyke in Perham. She married George Kuntz June 22, 1932 in West Union. They farmed near West Union until moving to Melrose 14 years ago. She was a resident of Rseview Manor for the last year. She was a member of Daughters of Isabella, Osakis Council, Christian Mothers, West Union and Social member of St. Elizabeth's society, Melrose. She is survived by sons, Eugene, Eagan; Dr. Ervin, Brooklyn Park, Leo, Aurora, Col; daughters, Mrs. Wilfred (Gladys) Clasemann, Minneapolis; Mrs. Joseph (Bea) Tillman, Brooklyn Center; Mrs. Robert (Dolores) Hollenback, Deer Lodge, Montanta; brother Albert, Seattle Wash, and 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George; brothers Hugo, Ralph and Norbert; sisters Mrs. Grace Stoen, Clara Wacker and Louse Elwood and one grandchild. Crossbearer was Janice Tillman. Active pallbearers were Gary Kuntz, Gerard and Kevin Clasemann, Bob Smith and Dick and Joe Tillmann. Honorary pallbearers were Ceil Lindner, Elizabeth Meyer, Rose Wehlage, Betty Pohlmann, Angeline Deters, Francis Moening, Margie Kemper, Francis Tiemann and Rose Rademacher.



Funeral services for George H. Kuntz of West Union were held from St. Alexius Church on Thursday, February 15, 1968, with Rev. David Sheldon officiating. Deacon at the funeral Mass was Rev. Mr. Vincent Kuntz, nephew of the deceased; sub-deacon was Rev. Permin Wendt, cousin of the deceased. Pallbearers were Ed and Al Miller, Ed Sauer, Tony Messer, Joe Pische and Herman Hoffman. Crossbearer was John F. Miller. Interment was made in St. Alexius cemetery. Members of the St. Joseph's Society were honorary pallbearers. George H. Kuntz was born in Douglas County on June 16, 1904 to Joseph and Mary Kuntz. On June 22, 1932 he was united in marriage with Cecilia Goyke, who survives his passing, along with the following children: Mrs. Wilfred (Gladys) Clasemann of Minneapolis, Mrs. Joseph (Beatrice) Tillman of Minneapolis, Eugene of St. Paul, Ervin of Minneapolis, Leo and Dolores of Denver, Colorado, and Jerome of Minneapolis. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph of Minneapolis, and Tony of St. John's Michigan and two sisters, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Tillman of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Edwin (Ann) Dehler of Casper, Wyoming. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Albert; and one sister, Margaret. Mr. Kuntz was a member of St. Alexius Church, West Union, where he also belonged to the St. Joseph Society. He passed away on FEbruary 12, after a short illness, at the age of 63 years.


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