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Oct 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Alma Schinnerer

Alma Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Alma Schinnerer, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

ALMA SCHINNERER
1891-1977

“Alma” Rosina Elizabeth Schinnerer was born 17 November 1891 in Van Wert County, Ohio, the first child born to Frederick G. and Wilhelmine “Minnie” (Roehm) Schinnerer. Alma was baptized 20 November 1891, with Mrs. Elizabeth Schinnerer, Mrs. Rosine Schinnerer, and Mrs. Rosine Roehm serving as her sponsors.  

The Frederick Schinnerer family in the 1900 census, living in Willshire Township: Fred G, 39; Minnie, 29; Alma, 8; Martha, 6; Herman, 4; Carl, 2; Paula, 0; and Delton Bohlembach, 21, farm laborer. Her father Frederick was a farmer and the family lived east of Willshire. [1]

The Frederick Schinnerer family in 1910: Frederick, 49; Minnie, 39; Alma, 18; Martha, 16; Herman, 14; Carl, 12; Paula, 9; Gerhart, 6; and Arthur, 4. [2]

The Frederick Schinnerer family in 1920: Frederick, 58; Minnie, 48; Alma, 28; Martha, 26; Herman, 23; Gerhardt, 16; and Arthur, 14. [3]

By 1930 just Alma Schinnerer, 38, and her brother Arthur, 24, lived with their parents in the large white Schinnerer house just east of Willshire. Her father Frederick, 69, was a farmer and her mother Minnie was 59 years old. [4]

The father Frederick Schinnerer died 24 September 1935. [5]

In 1940 Alma, 48, lived with her widowed mother Minnie Schinnerer, 69. It appears they were living with Alma’s brother Arthur and his family, likely living in Friedrich Schinnerer’s (1824-1905) old house, just east of Willshire. Arthur was married by this time and had a year-old son, Joseph. [6]

It appears Alma had moved to Fort Wayne by 1950. Forty Wayne city directories indicate that she worked as a maid there in 1950-1952 and possibly longer, and as a cook at the Duemling Clinic in 1960. The Old Duemling Clinic was located on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne.

Alma died of a heart attack on 29 January 1977 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. She was buried on the 31st. [7]

Alma’s parents, Frederick and Minnie (Roehm) Schinnerer, had the following children:
Alma Rosina Elizabeth (1891-1977), never married
Martha Juliana Louisa (1893-1989), married George “William” Joseph Schinnerer
Herman George Ludwig (1896-1954), married Norma Emilie Nofer
Karl Friedrich (1898-1964), married Ella Thomas
Paula Ida (1900-1912)
Gerhardt Johan (1903-1953), married Lillian Marcella Buechner
Arthur Heinrich Ludwig (1905-1961), married Helen Rosetta Spring

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 97, p.9, dwelling 179, family 193, Fred G Schinerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 13 Oct 2019). 

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.3A, dwelling & family 51, Frederic Schimerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 13 Oct 2019).

[3] 1920 U. S. Cesus, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, Ed 146, p.6A, dwelling 116, family 117, Fred G Schinnerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 21 Oct 2019).

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, Ed 24, p.2A, dwelling 27, family 28, Fredrick G. Schinnerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 21 Oct 2019).

[5] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Willshire, Van Wert, Frederich G Schinnerer, 24 Sep 1935; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PTH-9HBL?i=1505&cc=1307272&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AX6WL-3FG : viewed 21 Oct 2019).

[6] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.10A, house visited 195, Minnie Schinnerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 20 Oct 2019).

[7] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1977, Roll 1, Alma E. Schinnerer, 29 Jan 1977; database on-line, Ancestry.com.

2 comments

  1. fred james

    My messages won’t go through

    1. Karen

      This one came through fine, as well as the one you sent a few minutes earlier. I don’t know if you sent any others recently, but I received two on the 26th.

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