Category: Deininger

Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It’s funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis’ mom’s siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom’s binders.  It would have been much more helpful to have found this before I spent all that time.

Willis’ note states “This is all I can find in her [Louisa (Muegge) Deininger’s] old bible, there is nothing about her parents or dads parents names. Sorry I can’t help you more. Willis & all”.

Here’s Willis information:

Willis’ parents: William Deininger,  born May 22, 1860; Louisa Muegge, born June 25, 1866.

William’s siblings:

  • John
  • Barbara – married Charles Menzemer
  • Amelia – married August Geselbracht
  • Mary – married Gotleib Weik

Louisa’s siblings:

  • Julius Muegge
  • Mary – married Paul Reschkowsky
  • Amelia – married John Ulreich

Willis’ siblings:

  • Bertha – married William Studier
  • Rose – married John Jowaski
  • Minnie – married Leo Bohnsack
  • Herbert
  • Clara – married Rex Lyles
  • Amanda – married John Jowaski and Ted Wagner
  • Pauline – married Cliff Dunstan
  • John – married Vivian Brush and Beulah Brush
  • Willis – married Alma Bardell
Willis Deininger Note

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.)

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Transcription of obituary:

Death Calls Aged Woman

Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena

Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born in Germany, Oct 27th, 1827, but came to this country when a young woman. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago.

Funeral announcement and further particulars will be published later.