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Dec 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Edna M. & Alma E. Berger

Edna & Alma Berger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

Edna & Alma Berger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Edna M. and Alma E. Berger, located in row 7 in Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Children of
D. & M. Berger

 Edna M.
Nov. 21,
1902
Nov. 7,
1910

 Alma E.
Jan. 17,
1901
Nov. 10,
1910

These two sisters, who share a tombstone, were the daughters of David and Mary R. (Hiller) Berger. [1] The Bergers attended church at Zion Lutheran, Chatt.

Emma Elma “Alma” Berger was born 17 January 1901 in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. She was baptized 18 January 1901 with David Berger and Emma Bollenbacher as her sponsors.

Edna Maria Berger was born 21 November 1902 in Jefferson Township and was baptized 10 April 1903 with her parents serving as sponsors.

The two sisters were enumerated in only one census, the 1910 census, enumerated with their parents and their five siblings: David, 41; Mary, 39; Melia, 16; Rosa, 15; Willie, 13; Alma, 8; Edna, 6; Oma, 3; and Maryann, 11 months. [2]

Edna & Alma Berger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

Edna & Alma Berger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

Edna died of typhoid fever on 7 November 1910, at the age of 8 years, 11 months, and 15 days. She was buried on the 9th and was survived by her parents, 1 brother, and 4 sisters.

Her sister Alma died three days later, also from typhoid fever. Alma died on 10 November 1910, at the age of 9 years, 9 months, and 23 days. She was buried on the 13th. Survivors included her parents, 1 brother, and 3 sisters, according to church records.

Their tombstone is located near the markers of their parents and a couple of their siblings.

 

[1] The surname Berger was sometimes spelled as Burger in the church records.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p. 2A, house & family 34, David Berger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Dec 2015); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

 

 

 

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