Ida Franziska Wilhemine Radach1,2,3

F, b. 10 June 1886, d. 14 November 1975
  • Birth*: Ida Franziska Wilhemine Radach was born on 10 June 1886 at MN, USA.1,3
  • Christening: She was christened on 12 June 1886 at Sanborn, Redwood County, MN, USA.3
  • Marriage*: She married William Carl Nickel on 9 March 1905 at Sanborn, Redwood County, MN, USAG.4,5
  • Residence*: Ida Franziska Wilhemine Radach lived in 1975 at Jeffers, Cottonwood County, MN, USAG.1
  • Occupation*: Housewife. in 1975.1
  • CauseDeath: Noted as Coronary thrombosis (1 minute) due to atrial fibillation (3 days) due to arteriosclerosis (10 years.)1
  • Death*: She died on 14 November 1975 at Springfield, Brown County, MN, USAG, at age 89.1
  • Burial*: She was buried on 17 November 1975 at Germantown Twp, Cottonwood County, MN, USAG.1,6
    Ida Nickel gravestone, Red Rock Cemetery
  • ObituaryText: Ida Wilhelmina Radach Nickel daughter of Ferdinand and Marie Radach, was born June 10, 1886 in Redwood County, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Sanborn, Minn. On March 9, 1905 she was united in marriage to William C. Nickel. To this union five children were born. They lived on the family farm until 1941 when they retired and moved to Jeffers. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers and two sisters. Survivors include two sons, Arnold of Jeffers, Marvin of Springfield, Minn. three daughters, Alma (Mrs Orva Hoehne) Jeffers, Mabel (Mrs Arnold Gode) Sanborn, and Elnora (Mrs Melvin Gode) Willmar, Minn., seventeen grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and two sisters, Adina Leopold, Springfield and mrs. Martin Bierman, Jeffers. Blessed be her memory.7

Family: William Carl Nickel b. 29 Mar 1882, d. 17 Jan 1959

Citations

  1. [S367] Ida Nickel, Certificate of Death.
  2. [S424] Gary and Arthur L. Finnell Richter, Sanborn Centennial History, p. 191.
  3. [S615] Gary Leopold, "Family Group Record."
  4. [S423] Typed manuscript.
  5. [S545] Windom Reporter, 23 Jan 1959, unknown.
  6. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 57447180.
  7. [S511] Cottonwood County Citizan, 19 Nov 1975, p. 6.

Amanda Hermonia Esmeralda Dittbenner

F, b. 25 February 1877, d. 16 June 1950

Family: William John Gode b. 6 Jun 1874, d. 29 Aug 1950

Citations

  1. [S371] Lowell Gode, Birth certficiate certid# 1918-06953 (unknown file date.)

Verna Cora Gode

F, b. 17 March 1899, d. 5 June 1968

Family: August Carl Redemske b. 27 Apr 1892

Rollance Arthur Gode1

M, b. 1 April 1903, d. 30 October 1984

Family: Zella Royer b. 6 Sep 1899, d. 25 Aug 1973

Citations

  1. [S435] Rollance Gode, Birth registration. MN 1903-05098 (unknown file date.)
  2. [S862] 1940 Census.
  3. [S617] MOMS.
  4. [S436] Rollance Gode, Certificate of Death.
  5. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial #117225443.

Edna Alice Gode1

F, b. 24 October 1907, d. 5 December 1991

Family: Albert Martin Vollmer b. 26 Jun 1903, d. 20 Feb 1982

Citations

  1. [S429] Edna Alice Gode, Certificate of Birth.
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial 117226489.

Lowell Leslie Gode1

M, b. 17 January 1918, d. 12 March 1993

Citations

  1. [S371] Lowell Gode, Birth certficiate certid# 1918-06953 (unknown file date.)

Anna E Nash1

F, b. 21 November 1862, d. 16 September 1887

Family: George Peter Swartz b. 24 May 1859, d. 26 Oct 1932

Citations

  1. [S308] Mary E Nash Marker, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S205] Work Projects Administration, Graves registration survey.
  3. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 26041299.

Catherine E Swartz

F, b. 6 August 1884
  • Birth*: Catherine E Swartz was born on 6 August 1884.

Eliza Jane Koch1

F, b. October 1829, d. 5 November 1883

Family: Henry Pfeil Swartz b. 21 Feb 1829, d. 1 Mar 1904

Citations

  1. [S904] Unknown compiler, "Family Tree", Ancestral File, Family search id: L6WN-K8H.
  2. [S217] Lewis Swartz, Certificate of Death.
  3. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 61682857.

Angie Elmina Swartz

F, b. September 1886
  • Birth*: Angie Elmina Swartz was born in September 1886 at IA, USA.

William Nash

M

Family: Mary E Gates b. 17 Apr 1840, d. 29 Oct 1899

Mary E Gates1

F, b. 17 April 1840, d. 29 October 1899

Family: William Nash

Citations

  1. [S308] Mary E Nash Marker, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com,
    Memorial# 26041251.

William F Howe1

M
  • Birth*: William F Howe was born at England.2
  • Note*: FROM HANDWRITTEN NOTE BY MABLE PANKONIN

    Bertha Howe's parents: William Howe (England) Augusta Pethrnick
    The Howe's owned a string of bakeries in England, Holland and Germany.
  • Marriage*: He married Augusta Petznek.
  • Note: Daughter's death certificate says Wm born in Germany in 1920.3

Family: Augusta Petznek b. 19 Jan 1824, d. c 22 Jan 1888

Citations

  1. [S306] Marlin F. Klatte, "Update Augusta Petznek," e-mail to Susan Hansen, 9 Jun, 2009.
  2. [S516] Julius Howe, Certificate of Death.
  3. [S307] Maria A. Klatte, Certificate of death.

Augusta Petznek1,2

F, b. 19 January 1824, d. circa 22 January 1888

Family: William F Howe

Citations

  1. [S306] Marlin F. Klatte, "Update Augusta Petznek," e-mail to Susan Hansen, 9 Jun, 2009.
  2. [S563] Bertha Pankonin, Certificate of Death.
  3. [S307] Maria A. Klatte, Certificate of death.
  4. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 58920792.

Bertha Augusta Pankonin

F, b. 17 August 1882, d. 27 August 1951

Bertha Schwanke gravestone, Lamberton Cemetery. Photo courtesy of FAG member #47325501 Marilla W.
  • Birth*: Bertha Augusta Pankonin was born on 17 August 1882 at Wasioja Twp, Dodge County, MN, USAG.1,2
  • (Witness) Census: She appeared on the census of 6 June 1900 in the household of Bertha Mathilde Howe and Ludwig Erdmann Pankonin at Germantown Twn, Cottonwood County, MN, USA.3
  • Marriage*: Bertha Augusta Pankonin married Charles Henry Schwanke on 15 January 1901 at Cottonwood County, MN, USA; MN Marriage index COTTONWOOD     M4-129
    From Loranie Schwanke: "According to family lore, Charles met Bertha after chasing down a runaway team of horses for the young lady...Both of her (Loraine Schwanke) parents loved to read, and often read books and Bible stories to their children. The parents regularly brought their family to the Germantown Evangelical Church...Yet financial hardship did not prevent her parents from enrolling their youngest daughter in correspondence school music lessons."
  • Occupation*: Housewife in 1951 at Springfield, Brown County, MN, USA.2
  • CauseDeath: Noted as cerebral hemorrhage due to previous similar hemorrhages (3 or 4) due to arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Other significatn conditions: renal damage - 1 kidney removed years ago.2
  • Death*: Bertha Augusta Pankonin died on 27 August 1951 at Springfield, Brown County, MN, USA, at age 69.2
  • ObituaryText: Mrs. Charles Schwanke, 69, former resident of this community, passed away in Springfield Sunday night following a brief final illness from a heart ailment with which she had suffered for many years. A short time before death claimed her she had lapsed into uncounsciousness and she passed away near the midnight hour. Funeral services will be held at the Evnagelical United Bretheran church at 1:30 Thursday afternoon. Bertha A. Pankonin was born on July 7, 1882, to Ludwig and Bertha Pankonin at Dodge Center, Minn., and was baptized in the Evangelical church there. In 1893 her parents moved to a farm in the Red Rock community where she grew to womanhood. Her parents, together with her brothers and sisters and herself, were among the charter members of the Red Rock Evangelical church which was organized in 1898. On January 15, 1901 she was united in marriage to Charles H. Schwanke at the Red Rock church, the Rev. C.F. Kachel reading the service. They made their home on a farm three miles west of Sanborn where their son Lyle now lives. Seven children, all of whom are still living, were born to the couple. They are Clarence of Sanborn; Rosells (Mrs. Arthur Linneman) Buffalo Lake, Luella (Mrs Maurice Bottomley) Hutchinson, Gladys (Mrs Allen Buller) Henricks, Mae (Mrs Allen Dumke) George, Iowa, Lyle of Sanborn and Loraine (Mrs Stanley Mueller) Lake Norden, S.D. The couple retired from the farm on June 14, 1939 and moed to Springfield where they have since resided. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this year. Mrs. Schwanke led a quite, peaceful and humble Christian life. She was of a generous nature and her main aim in life was her duty to her God whom she served untiringly. She leaves hur husband, her children, dixtreen grandchildren and eight brothers and sisters. They are Gustave, Charles and Emil of Jeffers; Fred, Minneapolis; Louise (Mrs. A. Nickel) springfield; Helen (Mrs. Fred Kierce) Minneapolis; Amelia (Mrs. Pooch) Lamberton, and Hannah (Mrs isaac Foth) Windom. Two sisters, Martha and Selma, preceded her in death. Rev. Herbert Cook of Springfield will be in charge of funeral servies. Pallbearers are Larry Pooch, Donald Schwanke and Harold, Walter, Kenneth and Geo. Pankonin. Interment will be in the Lamberton cemetery.4
  • Burial*: She was buried on 30 August 1951 at Lamberton, Redwood County, MN, USA.2

Family: Charles Henry Schwanke b. 1 Jun 1871, d. 22 Mar 1953

Citations

  1. [S455] Bertha Pankonin entry, Birth registration (17 Aug 1882.)
  2. [S602] Bertha Schwanke, Certificate of Death.
  3. [S469] Gustaf Pankonin household, 1900 U.S.Federal Census, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.
  4. [S790] Lamberton News, 30 Aug, 1951, p. 1.

Charles Henry Schwanke

M, b. 1 June 1871, d. 22 March 1953
  • Note*: "According to family lore, Charles met Bertha after chasing down a runaway team of horses for the young lady...Both of her (Loraine Schwanke) parents loved to read, and often read books and Bible stories to their children. The parents regularly brought their family to the Germantown Evangelical Church...Yet financial hardship did not prevent her parents from enrolling their youngest daughter in correspondence school music lessons.1
  • Birth*: Charles Henry Schwanke was born on 1 June 1871 at WI, USA.
  • Marriage*: He married Bertha Augusta Pankonin on 15 January 1901 at Cottonwood County, MN, USA; MN Marriage index COTTONWOOD     M4-129
    From Loranie Schwanke: "According to family lore, Charles met Bertha after chasing down a runaway team of horses for the young lady...Both of her (Loraine Schwanke) parents loved to read, and often read books and Bible stories to their children. The parents regularly brought their family to the Germantown Evangelical Church...Yet financial hardship did not prevent her parents from enrolling their youngest daughter in correspondence school music lessons."
  • Death*: Charles Henry Schwanke died on 22 March 1953 at Lamberton, Redwood County, MN, USAG, at age 81.
  • Burial*: He was buried after 22 March 1953 at Lamberton, Redwood County, MN, USA.2
    Charles Schwanke gravestone, Lamberton Cemetery. Photo courtesy of FAG member #47325501 Marilla W.

Family: Bertha Augusta Pankonin b. 17 Aug 1882, d. 27 Aug 1951

Citations

  1. [S147] Seth Schmidt, "She's a poet, with a book to show it."
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial #72002211.

Clarence Theodore Schwanke

M, b. 13 July 1902, d. 26 December 1992
  • Birth*: Clarence Theodore Schwanke was born on 13 July 1902 at MN, USA.
  • Death*: He died on 26 December 1992 at Redwood County, MN, USA, at age 90; MN Death index 1992-MN-034981.

Rosella Florence Schwanke

F, b. 31 March 1905, d. 18 November 1992

Citations

  1. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 77464619.

Ella Frymar Swartz

F, b. 14 July 1857, d. 1 April 1915
  • Birth*: Ella Frymar Swartz was born on 14 July 1857 at Clinton County, IA, USA.
  • Marriage*: She married Edwin Price Keith on 2 February 1879 at Tipton, Cedar County, IA, USAG.
  • Note*: Ida Grove lost a beautiful character and a devoted christian mother in the
    death of Mrs. E P Keith which took place last Thursday after an illness of a
    year.
    Ella Frymar Swartz was born July 14, 1857 in Clinton County Iowa and was
    married February 2, 1879 to E P Keith in Cedar County and they moved to Ida
    County in 1884.
    Ten Children were born to them, seven of whom survive. Those living are H E
    Keith of Ida Grove, Mrs. Edna Spees, Sioux Falls, Mrs. Eva Blake, ida Grove, H
    S Keith, Cambridge NE, Misses Ethel, Bessie and Nellie of Ida Grove.
    All the children were present at the funeral except Mrs. Spees who was unable
    to come on account of illness.
    She is survived by four brothers two of who were present the funeral, George
    Swartz of Boyer, and Louis Swartz of Windom, Minnesota.
    Mrs Keith was a member of Ida Grove Rebekah Lodge of the Past Noble Grand Club
    and of the German Reformed Church of Tipton Iowa.
    Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the M E Church, Rev. Mr. Blue
    assisting Rev. W. J. Todd. Services at the grave were conducted by the Ida
    Grove Rebekah lodge.
    in April 1915.1
  • Death*: Ella Frymar Swartz died on 1 April 1915 at Ida Grove, Ida County, IA, USAG, at age 57.
  • Burial*: She was buried after 1 April 1915 at Ida Grove, Ida County, IA, USA.2
    Ella Keith gravestone, Ida Grove Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Conley Wolterman.

Family: Edwin Price Keith b. 19 Aug 1856, d. 5 Jan 1942

Citations

  1. [S105] Unknown short newspaper title.
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial #46273093.

Luella Berthine Schwanke

F, b. 20 October 1906, d. 27 January 1985

Citations

  1. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 95120510.

Gladys Louise Schwanke

F, b. 16 July 1909, d. 12 October 2003

Citations

  1. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 93086278.

Mae Helen Schwanke

F, b. 14 March 1912, d. 16 January 2009
  • Marriage*: Mae Helen Schwanke married Rev Allen Wilbert Dumke.
  • Birth*: Mae Helen Schwanke was born on 14 March 1912.
  • Death*: She died on 16 January 2009 at Hendricks, Lincoln County, MN, USA, at age 96.
  • ObituaryText: Mae Helena Dumke, age 96, of Hendricks, passed away Friday, January 16, 2009 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.

    Funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at United Methodist Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-7:30 pm at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 pm and will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Robert Neff will officiate. Burial will be in Hendricks City Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers will be all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren & great great grandchildren. Active casket bearers will be her grandsons, Brad Dumke, Keith Dumke, John Dumke, Kevin Dumke, James Dumke and Brian Dumke. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com.

    Mae was born on March 14, 1912 on the family farm in Charleston Township, Redwood County, near Sanborn, MN, the daughter of Charles & Bertha (Pankonin) Schwanke. She attended District 16 country school and graduated from Lamberton High School. She attended Germantown Evangelical Church. It was here she received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, studied Catechism, joined the Church, attended Sunday School and youth group and accepted Christ as her Saviour. On September 2, 1931, she became the bride of Allen W. Dumke of Tilleda, WI. To this union four children were born, Allen C., Darlene, John, and David.

    For a time they farmed, first in Wisconsin and then near Sanborn, MN. In 1943, Allen received the call to the ministry. After his schooling, they served EUB churches in Merril, George, Washta, Cedar Falls and Dubuque, IA. He then transferred to the United Church of Christ and served in Twin Lakes, WI, Peterson, IA and Garvin, MN. While at Garvin, they built their retirement home on Lake Sarah. Later they moved to the Stone House in Hendricks. Here they became members of Grace United Methodist. Allen entered the nursing home in February 1995. Mae followed in August 1996. After she entered the nursing home, she became known as a "Prayer Warrior & Comforter" for other residents & staff. She made it a priority to greet new residents and make them feel welcome.

    Mae enjoyed working with the children in the churches they served. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, belonged to the Ladies group and helped wherever help was needed. She had a great compassion for the elderly. She provided Room & Board for them while in the Twin Lakes and again at Lake Sarah. She loved to garden, grow flowers, make quilts, and spend time with family and friends. Mae enjoyed writing letters and inspirational articles in the local newspaper. If you ever visited Mae at her home, she always made room for more at the table. She had an unshakeable faith in the Lord.

    She leaves to mourn her sons, Allen (LaVonne) of Hendricks, John (Nita) of Omaha, NE, David (Sue Ann) of Brule, WI; daughter, Darlene (Robert) Stuart of Guthrie, OK; 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; brother, Lyle (Florence) of Springfield, MN; sister, Loraine Mueller of Tracy, MN; special niece, Dona (John) Engleman of Cedar Falls, IA and many other nieces & nephews.
  • Burial*: She was buried on 20 January 2009 at Hendricks, Lincoln County, MN, USA.1

Family: Rev Allen Wilbert Dumke b. 1 Nov 1909, d. 17 Feb 2000

Citations

  1. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 93179242.

Lyle Charles Schwanke

M, b. 29 December 1915, d. 29 December 2014
  • Education*: Lyle Charles Schwanke was educated about 1921-1931; Attended Charlestown Township country school until 8th grade.1
  • Birth*: He was born on 29 December 1915 at Sanborn, Redwood County, MN, USA.2
  • Occupation*: Farmer between 1940 and 1977.1
  • Death*: He died on 29 December 2014 at Springfield, Brown County, MN, USA, at age 99.2
  • ObituaryText: SANBORN - Lyle Charles Schwanke, 100, of Sanborn, died Dec. 29, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

    Service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at the United Methodist Church in Lamberton.

    Visitation will be one hour before the services Saturday at the church.

    Burial will be at the Lamberton Cemetery.

    Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in

    Lyle Charles Schwanke was born to Charles and Bertha (Pankonin) Schwanke on Dec. 29, 1914, in their farmhouse west of Sanborn.

    He is survived by children, Barbara Berggren of New Brighton, Bernel Schwanke of Sanborn, and Beverly Mullinix of Sibley, Iowa; nine grandchildren ; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.2
  • Burial*: He was buried on 3 January 2015 at Lamberton, Redwood County, MN, USA.2
  • ObituaryText: Lyle Charles Schwanke was born to Charles and Bertha (Pankonin) Schwanke on December 29, 1914, in their farmhouse west of Sanborn, MN. He attended the one room country school in Charlestown Township until 8th grade. Then he had to stay at home to help his dad with the farm work. In 1939, Lyle took over the family farm when his parents moved to Springfield, MN. He met Florence Leibfried in 1940 and they were married on January 15, 1942. They had 3 children. Lyle loved farming and at one time farmed up to 480 acres. He retired at age 62, but continued to help his son Bernel until 2006. A broken thigh bone brought them first to Vista Ridge in Springfield, then assisted living at the Maples, and lastly at St. John Lutheran Home. Lyle was a loving father and husband, a hard worker, and a man of deep faith. He was an active church member, serving in many leadership roles at the Germantown EUB Church and the Lamberton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for 20 years and also served as a catechism mentor for young people at church. He was a Farm Bureau member for 50 years and was part of the Board of Directors. He and Florence helped establish a new 4-H club “Charlestown Challengers” and both were club leaders for years. Lyle was very proud of his fundraising for the CROP program - The Christian Rural Overseas Program. He served on the Country School board for 10 years and the Sanborn School board for 6 years. He loved children, and they loved him, so he was “adopted” as a grandparent for the St. John daycare children.


    He is survived by children - Barbara (Roger) Berggren of New Brighton, Bernel (Delores) Schwanke of Sanborn, and Beverly (Larry) Mullinix of Sibley, IA; 9 grandchildren - Kim, Amy, Lisa, Nicole, Tammy, Mark, Audrey, Laura, and Shari; 15 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; wife Florence; a great great granddaughter - Alexis; brother Clarence; sisters - Rosela, Luella, Gladys, Mae, Loraine.1

Citations

  1. [S947] Sturm Funeral Home, ccessed 4 Jan 2015, http://www.sturmfh.com/book-of-memories/2015598/…
  2. [S946] Journal, 2 Jan 2015, http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/558819/…

Loraine Dorothy Schwanke

F, b. 9 November 1920, d. 11 December 2011

Loraine Mueller. Photo courtesy of Russell Schwarz, FAG member#47672131
  • Note*: ...opening poem, " My Legacy." I give my heart to you in words well rooted to the soil of time: A priceless moment-like a rose that opens fully in its prime. The inspiration of a scene my heart preserved in secret room becomes a poem. Its impact falls like petals of a rose in bloom....1
  • Birth*: Loraine Dorothy Schwanke was born on 9 November 1920 at Sanborn, Redwood County, MN, USA.
  • Burial*: She was buried after 9 December 2011 at Lamberton, Redwood County, MN, USA.2
  • ObituaryText: Loraine Dorothy Mueller, age 91, of Watertown, SD, formerly of Tracy, MN, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2011, at a hospital in Watertown, SD. She was the widow of Rev. Stanley Mueller.

    Funeral services will be on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy. Rev. Craige Haberman will officiate. Music will be provided by Rev. Mark and Sherry Brickzin.
    Burial will be in Lamberton Cemetery, Lamberton, MN. Honorary pallbearers will be Loraine's great-grandchildren: Cody Woods, Justin Woods, Chanler Menshausen, Chelsea Menshausen, Brooke Janoski, and Brandon Janoski. Active pallbearers will be: Allen Dumke, Roger Berggren, Wayne Brock, Jim Donner, Bernel Schwanke, and Larry Mullinex.

    Visitation will be at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. Sarah Nelson officiating. Visitation will continue at the church in Tracy prior to the services on Thursday.
    Loraine was born in Sanborn, MN, on November 9, 1920, to Charles and Bertha (Pankonin) Schwanke. In 1937, she graduated from Sanborn High School.

    She married Stanley Mueller on September 6, 1939. Loraine and her husband, a Methodist minister, lived in various communities serving their parishes.
    Loraine's first priority was her relationship to God and she was a prayer warrior for many friends and family members. Her warm loving spirit and smile made her a superior mother, grandmother, and friend who valued those relationships highly.

    She became an award winning poet, piano teacher, choir director, certified Lay Speaker, and composer. Loraine was a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and held state memberships in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. She was also a member of the Poet's Study Club of Indiana.

    Loraine was listed in Who's Who in US Writers, Editors and Poets, Hymn Society of America. She was published in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. In 1989, she published "Petals of Roses Falling", a collection of her many award winning poems.

    She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Endres, of Watertown, SD; four grandchildren: Kimberly Winter of Tucson, AZ, Tamara Menshausen of Wantage, NJ, Loraine Woods of Sacramento, CA, and Dorian Dunlap of Chico, CA; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lyle Schwanke, of Springfield, MN.

    Loraine was preceded in death by her husband, in 1983; one daughter, Eileen Dunlap; her parents; one brother; and four sisters.

    She'll be greatly missed. Heaven has one more angel.3
  • Death*: She died on 11 December 2011 at Codington, SD, USA, at age 91.

Citations

  1. [S147] Seth Schmidt, "She's a poet, with a book to show it."
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, memorial #82187828.
  3. [S948] Unknown.

Melvin Carlton Pankonin

M, b. 13 August 1912, d. 24 August 1912
  • Note*: FROM: CHARLES PANKONIN GENEALOGY SHEET
    Melvin died 11 days after birth of yellow jaundice

    May have been 1912 instead of 1911.
  • Birth*: Melvin Carlton Pankonin was born on 13 August 1912 at Cottonwood County, MN, USA.1
  • Death*: He died on 24 August 1912; yellow jaundice.

Citations

  1. [S892] Melvin Pankonin, Birth registration 1912-05946 (unknown file date.)

Bernace Amelia Pankonin

F, b. 10 April 1914, d. 28 October 1918

Citations

  1. [S751] Bernice Pankonin, Certificate of Death.
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial #57447192.

Frederick Schwanke

M, b. 8 September 1831, d. 10 January 1913

(back) Theodore (front) Minnie, Molly Schwanke
  • MilitaryService*: "...military training was compulsory, he was a solder for three years. He was in charge of a group of men, but what his rank was is not known. It is said he was a friend of Fredrick Hohenzallern, son of William the I, who later became the 1st Kaiser of a United Germany. He talked much of the Kaiser and was addened when William the 1st died."1
  • Occupation*: "As a young man, he was an apprentice, learning the blacksmith trade in Wanderbrust."1
  • Religion*: Frederick Schwanke was "in his youth, confirmed as a Lutheran..."1
  • Note*: FROM: Genealogy sheets on the Schwanke's prepared by Granddaughter Nelda
    Schuelke Uischer.
    PARENTS: William Alfred Schwanke and Dorothea Augusta (nee Pantico)
    Born in Wetzliben Prussia. Confirmed in Lutheran faith as a youth. Apprenticed
    as a blacksmith in Wanderburst. Soldier for 3 years but rank not know. It is
    said hw was a friend of Frederick Hohenzallern, son of William the I who later
    became 1st kaiser of United Germany. Courtship with Louise was a month. 1864
    decided to go to America. Left april 30th. Took 44 days. June 12 1864 docked at
    New York harbor. Went to Ripon Wisconsin to be with brother Daniel Schwanke.
    (Much more narrative in folder.)
  • Birth*: He was born on 8 September 1831 at Wetzliben, Prussia.
  • Marriage*: He married Louise Bethke on 13 February 1860 at Lobsens, Posen, Preussen; "courtship...was apparently short, for it was said they went together one month and then were married..."1
  • Immigration*: Frederick Schwanke immigrated in 1864; 1910 census indicates this was the year of immigration.
  • Death*: He died on 10 January 1913 at Blue Earth County, MN, USA, at age 81; MN Death Index 1913-MN-000993.1,2
  • Note: ... She (Minnie) tells about her parents immigrating from Germany because of religious difficulties. "Father said his landlord expected him to work on Sunday, like shoeing the horses and it made him peeved, so he thought he would go to America. They came first to Wisconsin where his brother was already. "It was wartime, and father was drafted for the army. He had two children then, so his brother went for him. They came to Minnesota in 1873 with oxen. There were 12 of us in the family. I an the eighth and the last one living." on 14 January 1976.

Family: Louise Bethke b. 24 Aug 1840, d. 12 Jan

Citations

  1. [S967] Matthias Zacharias, Fredrick and Louise Schwanke.
  2. [S474] See memorial number unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, http://www.findagrave.com, Memorial #123805324.