Grand-Aunt Ilene

I learned the term “Great-Aunt” while growing instead of  “Grand-Aunt”, but “grand” is apparently more correct.  However, in her case, I think “Great” is also appropriate.  She was pretty great!

Ilene Florence Larson was born on August 3, 1924 and died May 6, 2004.  Obviously, she died relatively young.  She was a lifelong teacher.   Her first teacher was her older sister Lucile at the local one-room schoolhouse.  Ilene was the young child of seven, and the only to never marry.   She was always involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews, and later her grand-nieces and nephews.  I took time off of work to be able to attend her funeral in Wisconsin.

I remember visiting her in the summer of 1986.  She was still teaching then (which makes sense because now I realize she was only turning 61 then, which now seems quite young to me, but she seemed old to me at the time . . . I was just 11!)

Before I publish this, I need to find out more about her from my mom!

M is for Mulder

My great-grandparents on my maternal grandma’s side were Mary Carman and James Mulder.   Here is their wedding photo from 1919.

L is for Lucy/Leuntje

My Great-Great Grandmother on my maternal side was Lucy (Leuntje) Melis.  She married Henry (Hendrik) Mulder in 1892 in Wisconsin.  They were both immigrants as children from the Netherlands – Lucy from Zeeland and Henry from Gelderland.  Lucy’s name listed on the ship manifest is Leuntje.  I am still unsure how to pronounce this name in Dutch.  It would seem she changed her name to Lucy upon arrival in the United State.  She arrived with family at the age of five in 1876.

I did a post on her two years ago, so if you would like to know more,  please read this post:

Here is a picture of Lucy and Henry (no photos included in the old post!):


H is for Hilda

This is a picture (circa 1928) of my great-grandmother Hilda with her husband and her two sons.  The older one (my grandpa) is  still living.


G is for Gerrit

I have several Dutch ancestors by the name Gerrit (or Garrett, or some other variation thereof.)

Gerrit Jan Ten Pas was my 4th Great Grandfather on my mother’s mother’s side of tree.

F is for Fasse

Two years ago, for the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge, I composed the following post about Simon Fasse, my 3rd Great Grandfather:

One of his daughters, Anna Marie Fasse, was born in 1875 in Wisconsin.  She was the third child of Simon and her mother Wilhelmine Boedeker.  She was perhaps named for her great-grandmother on her father’s side (Anne Marie Elisabeth Deppings), and perhaps for her great-grandmother on her mother’s side (Anna Maria Christine Krampe.)  She married Carl Stuckmann born in 1860.  Carl was one of a set of twins.  Maybe coincidentally, Anna Marie and Carl had a set of fraternal twin girls in 1896 (their birthday is coming up on April 24).  One of these girls became my great-grandmother – she died relatively young at age 64.    They had another daughter as well three years later who perhaps I will write about in the future.  They also had a son.

I don’t know much more about Anna Marie.  I wish that I did.  I do know that she died very young at the age of 37.  Carl never remarried.  Their youngest child, their son, was only 11 years old.

E is for Elmer

Today’s entry will be a brief story of my great-grandfather, but I will write more about him in the future.

Elmer Jaberg  was born in 1893 in Magley, Indiana.  It is a small area northwest of Decatur, Indiana.  His ancestors eventually all moved there either from Westphalia, Germany or from Switzerland (by way of Ohio.)  He was the second child of Samuel and Caroline (Bloemker) Jaberg – they had seven total, but there were also three older half-brothers as well from Samuel’s first marriage (she passed away young.)

Elmer went to Mission House (now Lakeland College) in Howards Grove, WI to complete college and seminary to become a minister.  He met a young woman while in Wisconsin, Hilda, and they married in 1921 in Indianapolis, IN.  Elmer was the pastor at a couple of different churches in Indiana in the 1920s and 30s.  (Another post for another time.)

Elmer died well before I was born.  He died relatively young at the age of 59 in 1953.   Very recently, my mother gave me a packet of photos and also a few news clippings and a few letters.  Some of the photos I don’t recall every having seen before! Several of them were of my dad when he was a baby and then a child.  Here is a photo of my Great-Grandfather Elmer and my dad in 1950.