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jane austin
RE: Barbara Willms Gustavus
You're not kidding! I was just a little freaked out by that coincidence! :)

Added by jane austin on Nov 17, 2015 8:51 PM
jane austin
Look what showed up in Friday the 13th's newspaper. I was just ready to email you and ask if you were sure she wasn't still alive!

We can still make the services... No wonder I couldn't find her!
*THANK YOU* for all of your help and encouragement. Robert has been found as well. I have put in edits for his marriage to Barbara as well as his obituary. His memorial is 155075623.


Added by jane austin on Nov 16, 2015 10:18 PM
jane austin
Well beans. I neglected to post the info. Just saw that you have your email addy here, so I will send the whole thing immediately following this send.


With that said, I can't guarantee that she hasn't passed since April. But there was only one new grave there in this section.

Added by jane austin on Nov 16, 2015 4:45 PM
jane austin
RE: Barbara Gustavus
She's still living in Plano TX. Hardy family!

This is from her sister Margaret's obit. I am posting it here so that you can get the info, but I cannot post the living survivors on Find A Grave. I will post what I can of this obit.

No wonder I couldn't find her remains.

Oddly enough, I did not find a stone for Margaret when I walked the cemetery last month. Hmmm...

Case closed for now. :)


Added by jane austin on Nov 16, 2015 4:42 PM
jane austin
RE: Barbara Gustavus
I don't have an obituary, and after searching for several days, I'm not even sure she's deceased?

I cannot find anything on her death. No obituary, death notice, comments, social security index, state notices. Nothing.

Do you have any information on her that's not on the memorial?

I know the names Selzer and Willms, and I found her parents and siblings as well as Jack's. But I am turning up nothing for her. There's only one mention of her in the Peterson paper, and that's a society blurb about her visiting an aunt and uncle at Okoboji with her cousin one summer when she was a young teen.

If you have a husband's obit, that would be helpful.

Thanks for sharing what you can. I'm sitting back for a bit to let the search engines warm up after I beat on them for hours.

Added by jane austin on Nov 15, 2015 2:05 PM
jane austin
RE: Barbara Gustavus

I have Barbara's maiden name as Gleason. Was that the name of her husband? Or a grandfather? I got that somewhere, and I'm thinking that I pulled it out of the cemetery books?

Added by jane austin on Nov 14, 2015 1:55 AM
jane austin
RE: Barbara Gustavus
You're welcome! She was the last one of about 2300 graves recorded for me, and she did make it difficult to find her. :) I had just about decided that her grave was unmarked because I had looked at every single grave and she just wasn't there. I was in the library talking with the librarian and poring through the records, and the groundskeeper just happened to be in the town office when I stopped by. I had three tough ones, and two (and one husband) turned out to be resting in unmarked graves. Someone, and I'm pretty sure it was Carey, the groundskeeper, said that he thought she had married again and that he knew the Gustavus grave. This was after the librarian said the she believed she was a Selzer by birth, so the two of them really put their heads together for me and came up with the Gustavus memorial.

Carey described it just as it is (and the photos do it no justice) - beautiful colored granite with many many colors that shift as the light does - all the way on the west side of the cemetery. So I went back to the cemetery for about the twelfth? fifteenth? twentieth? time. And indeed. There they were. There was already a memorial and photo for her, but they weren't very clear so I took a couple more for posterity. And then I decided I wasn't happy with the lighting that day. So I waited for a day just like today - cold, crisp and sunny.

I think Ms. Barbara will be seeing a lot of me, because I still haven't captured the beauty of that stone. It's not as easy as one might think. The colors of the granite chosen are just beautiful. I've never seen anything like it. It makes the engraving a little more difficult to read, but in my opinion, it's worth it. ;)

I don't think I looked for an obit for her under Gustavus. I did look under Selzer and Slezer and Willms. I was just so happy to have found the grave! I'll follow up on that and get back to you PDQ.

It was a good day of hunting. I didn't turn out much in terms of quantity, but at the end of the day, I felt like Nancy Drew! :)

Added by jane austin on Nov 14, 2015 1:31 AM
K.S. Richards
Susan Peilecke
I have Henry Andrew Peilecke married to Mary Sniderwick and they have seven children; Maria, Christian, Susanna C., Tillie, Matida, Mary Alice, William Henry. The only ones I don't have a marriage for are Maria and Susanna C.
Henry Andrew I have him on the 1880 IA, Census, and off family group sheet. I have Susanna C. born abt 1853 in PA, and died 11 Dec 1936 Oelwein, Fayette County, IA.
Added by K.S. Richards on May 16, 2015 1:56 PM
RE: John Leroy Hansen
Were you able to check with the office to make sure he is there?
Added by Deb on Apr 30, 2015 8:28 AM
Thank you for the headstone photo.

Added by DBS on Apr 29, 2015 10:06 PM
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