Posted by Kathy Miescke-Tellstrom on Sun, 25 Oct 1998
Surname: KAEDING, PUHL, GARBE, MIESCKE, ZAMZOW, GEILER, MUENCHOW, ERDMAN, LOWENBURGER, HEUER, MEHLS, ROGERS, RANDALL
Bertha Kaeding was quite a woman. She married Friedrich William KAEDING who was a widower with eleven children and proceed to care for his children and adding eight more children of their own. Heinrietta PUHL was Friedrich KAEDING's first wife. The following obituary only mentions one of her step children, Mrs. Eleanore "Laura" GARBE since the other ten were deceased by 1957. Imagine that!
Bertha and Friedrich KAEDING had a daughter named Helen who married Gust MIESCKE, my grandparents. Helen died due to childbirth leaving the five young MIESCKE children motherless. The then grandmother, Bertha KAEDING, cared for her daughter, Helen (KAEDING) MIESCKE's, five children. Bertha ZAMZOW KAEDING left an incredable legacy.
OLDEST PERSON IN FALL CREEK DIEDS AT HOME: MRS BERTHA KAEDING
LEADER-TELEGRAM NEWS, FALL CREEK--Mrs. Bertha KAEDING, 98, Fall Creek's oldest resident, died in her home Sunday morning.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. James Trinity Lutheran church with the Rev. J. H. Kolberg officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery.
Born in Germany, Mrs. KAEDING came to this country in 1879. [Bertha Emilie Charlotte ZAMZOW on November 11, 1858 in Zlotow, Germany daughter of August and Auguste (GEILER) ZAMZOW. Bertha ZAMZOW married Friedrich William KAEDING in 1883 in Fall Creek Friedrich was 21 years her senior. [William KAEDING was the son of Michael and Rossina (MUENCHOW) KAEDING.]
Mrs. Bertha KAEDING is survived by three sons, Alex (Daisy ERDMAN) of Fall Creek and Emil (Katherine LOWENBURGER) and Edward (Alvina HEUER) of Churchbridge, Sask.; and four daughters, Mrs. Mary MEHLS (William) of Kelowa, B.C., Mrs. Clara ROGERS(Roy) of Cody, Wyo., Mrs. Anna RANDALL (Richard) of Fall Creek and [Step-daughter] Mrs. Laura GARBE (John) of Churchbridge, Sask.
She is also survived by a brother, Adolph ZAMZOW, of Runnymede, Sask.; 26 grandchildren; and 47 great-
Friends may call at the Keller Funeral Home today and Wednesday until 12:30 p.m. when the body will be taken to the church.
--taken from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 1 January 1957