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May 21

Tombstone Tuesday–Friedrich J. Stegmeier

Friedrich J. Stegmeier, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Friedrich J. Stegmeier, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

FRIEDRICH J.
Sohn von
L. und K.
STEGMEIER
Gest. den. 13
Feb. 1892
Alter
2 J.  9 T.

Friedrich J., son of L. and K. Stegmeier, died 13 February 1892, aged 2 years, 9 days.

“Friedrich” Johann Stegmeier was born 4 February 1890, the third child of Leonhardt “Leonhard” G. and Leah “Katharine” (Rettig) Stegmeier.  He was baptized at home on 16 February 1890, with Friedrich Rettig of Convoy and Nickolaus Steger serving as his sponsors. His father Leonhard was born in Wuerttemberg.  

Friedrich Johann Stegmeier died of lung fever on the afternoon of 13 February 1892, at the age of 2 years and 9 days. He was buried on the 15th, according to Zion Schumm’s records.

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

Friedrich J. Stegmeier had the following siblings:
Karl Georg (1884-1954), never married
George Adam Anton “Tony” (1886-1929), married Anna Giessler
“Antoinette”/”Nettie” Elisabeth Martha (1897-1983), married James A. Bell

Friedrich’s parents his two brothers are buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery. His sister is buried at Convoy.

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