Sep 06

Tombstone Tuesday–Pauline Becher

Pauline Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2011 photo by Karen)

Pauline Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Pauline Emma Becher, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Wm. P. & C.S. Becher

Pauline Emma Becher was born prematurely at 7:30 p.m. on 2 August 1912 at her parents’ home in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. She was the sixth child born to William P. and Katie (Schaadt) Becher. The records do not say how premature she was but she must have been very weak because her parents had her baptized at 10:30 p.m. that same evening. Conrad Heffner served as her baptismal sponsor.

Pauline Emma died the next day, 3 August, at 10:00 a.m., having lived only 14 ½ hours.

Pauline was buried on the 4th and the church records also indicate that she was survived by her parents, brothers and sisters, and the William Becher family. The records gave her cause of death as premature birth.

Pauline Becher death certificate. [1]

Pauline Becher death certificate. [1]

Pauline’s parents were both from Liberty Township and her grandparents were John and Anna Maria (Becker) Becher and Adam and Mary (Koch) Schaadt.


[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 3 Sep 2016), Pauline E Becher, 3 Aug 1912; from Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, no. 45137; FHL microfilm 1953425.

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