Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Gary Lightcap

Research blocks stink!  And I've hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating endeavor.  I'm looking for information on the death of my father's infant brother, Gary. In April 1946, my grandmother gave birth to her fourth child and son, Gary, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. He died after 16 days. I've always been told Gary died due to "bad water" at Mercy Hospital. He wasn't the only one either; according to family members a "bunch of babies" died.  How many is a bunch? Between 15 and 20; otherwise … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 5 of 6

(adults, left to right) Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, Jack Strelesky, Burt MacDonough, Norma (Sanders) MacDonough; (kids) Herbert and Alice Strelesky

When the family moved from Dubuque to Omaha our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] was very homesick and lonely for the Sanders family. Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders], her mother, sent Aunt Norma to Omaha to keep our mother company. As a young adult she was quite different from the person she later became. She was very popular, had many friends, and got along with our dad [Jack Strelesky]. She got an excellent position with the telephone company as night chief operator. As a result any courting that was done by her boyfriends had to be done in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alvin E. Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders, brother of my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born on March 12, 1896, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. His parents were Ernest Vincent Sanders and Mary Francis Josephine Uhlrich. Alvin married Genevieve M Duccini about 1928. They had six children: Alvin, Richard, Thomas, Mary Margaret, Alice, and John. Alvin died August 25, 1956, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Racine. His obituary appeared in the Racine Journal Times on August 25, 1956. Transcription of obituary: SANDERS, ALVIN … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Marie (Strelesky) Smith was the daughter of Frank Strelesky and Fannie Hainey, and an older sister of my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky. She was born March 27, 1877, in Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wisconsin.  She died August 21, 1942, in Dubuque, Dubuque county, Iowa. She married Theodore M. Smith in Sioux City, Iowa, on November 23, 1911. They had three children: Alexander, Leonard and Marcella. She is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  Her obituary appeared in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on Friday, August 21, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Gary George Lightcap

Gary Lightcap

Gary George Lightcap was the infant son of my grandparents, Wally and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, and older brother of my dad. Gary was born on April 7, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, and died on April 23, 1946. He passed at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, one of several babies who died due to an illness that spread through the nursery. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, next to his grandparents John Joseph and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky. Transcription of obituary: GARY GEORGE LIGHTCAP Funeral services for Gary George Lightcap, 1250 W. Fifth street, … [Read more...]

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, my gg-grandmother,  died in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 12, 1935.  Josephine, born September 28, 1859 in Rock Island, Illinois, was the oldest of eight children.  Her parents were Francis Joseph and Theresa (Heid) Uhlrich. Josephine married Ernest Vincent Sanders on October 28, 1886, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  They had eight children, four of whom preceded her in death including my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky.  Ernest died in 1928.  Funeral services for Josephine were held on Monday, January 14, 1935, … [Read more...]

Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, 1920.  She was 32.  Ernestine is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Ernestine was born in Galena, Jo Daviess co, Illinois, on November 20, 1887, to Ernest and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was the oldest of eight children. A Roman Catholic priest married Ernestine and Jack Strelesky in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 19, 1906.  They had four … [Read more...]

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride. Gladys died during childbirth on October 24, 1917, in Dubuque.  The unnamed baby girl passed away a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Citizen's Cemetery, also known as Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Laban discovered his … [Read more...]

Marriage: Mildred Berryman and James Horan

Marriage: John Horan and Mildred Berryman

Grandma Davis was a collector of newspaper articles about family members and people that she knew.  Thank goodness for that - these gatherings have provided invaluable guidance for me while researching my family history. The marriage announcement of Mildred Berryman and James Horan was found with other newspaper articles in my grandmother's collection.  There is no familial relationship, that I know of, between my family and John and Mildred Horan. I believe my grandma had this article because it references Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Gummow, uncle and aunt of the bride.  … [Read more...]

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa.  They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie.  In 1920, Ernestine and her unborn child died of influenza in Sheridan, Wyoming, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

Albert Wallace Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in infancy. His obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 16, 1975. Transcription of obituary: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 A.W. Lightcap Services for A.W. “Wally” … [Read more...]

Cemeteries

I've added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward. All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad's side of the family. … [Read more...]

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

My great-grandfather, John J Strelesky, of the Edes Robe Tanning Co. came from the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, and opened an office in South Omaha, Nebraska. An article was published in the Omaha World Herald on December 5, 1909 discussing the new venture. Transcription of article: Edes Robe Tranning Co. Locates at South Omaha John J. Strelesky of the Edes Robe Tanning company, who comes from the home plant at Dubuque, has secured an office at 2415 Q street, South Omaha, and will take orders there this winter. He will open a branch factory next … [Read more...]

Streletzkys from Dubuque, Iowa

I've been researching my grandmother Eunice Strelesky ancestors and I've come across a family with the last name of Streletzky living in Dubuque, Iowa.  While my grandmother wasn't born in Dubuque, she grew up there.  Since Strelesky is not a common name, I've wondered if there could be a connection between the families.  I believe if the families are related, the lineage connection would probably be between Frank Strelesky, my grandmother's grandfather, and John Streletzky (married to Margaretha Giesler/Margaret Geisen).  I think it's highly possible that they were … [Read more...]

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children.  I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather. There are Sanders children buried … [Read more...]

Obituary: Paul George Lightcap

Paul was the brother of my grandfather, Albert "Wally" Lightcap. Even though Paul died in 1999, I never met him or any of his family.  Paul's obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on June 20, 1999.  I don't have a newspaper clipping, but I have the text. Transcript of the obituary: Paul G. Lightcap, 93, of 2611 Windsor Ave., died at 4:55 p.m., Friday, June 18, 1999, at ManorCare Health Services. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dubuque Bible Church, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave., with burial in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 … [Read more...]

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he's probably buried there. Transcription of obituary: A.F.E. Sanders After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all … [Read more...]

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice StreleskyEunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother's obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Obituary: Ernest Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two). His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright's disease.  They had no children. In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother).  They had two sons, Paul and Albert.  She died on Sept 18, 1917.  According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion.  I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her … [Read more...]

Obituary: Frank J Uhlrich

Frank J Uhlrich. Photo courtesy: H. Scott Wolfe.

Below is the obituary for my g-g-g-grandfather, Francis J. Uhlrich.  It was published in the Dubuque Times Journal on January 8, 1915.  I received both the image and obituary from H. Scott Wolfe.  (Actually, I cropped this image to show only Frank, but you get the idea.) FRANK J. UHLRICH DIES AT FOUR SCORE HIGHLY RESPECTED CITIZEN IS CALLED AFTER LONG AND USEFUL LIFE Death claimed Frank J. Uhlrich, a highly respected resident of Dubuque, on Thursday at 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Hatzenbuehler, 60 Edison Street. For the past five weeks … [Read more...]

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