Tombstone Tuesday–Mary Breuninger Stamm Koehler

Mary Stamm Koehler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Mary (Breuninger) Stamm Koehler, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: KOEHLER, Mary A. Stamm, 1858-1930.

Mary was the third child of my great-great-grandparents Louis and Maria (Seckel) Breuninger.

According to Mary Koehler’s death certificate she was born 10 October 1858 in Wisconsin to Lewis Breuninger and Mary Seckle. She died 16 June 1930 at age 71 years, 8 months and 6 days. (Certificate of Death, Ohio DOH, Van Wert County, District 1291, Primary Registration District 8525, Registered #71.)

According to the church records of Zion Lutheran, Schumm, Maria Breuninger married Peter Stamm on 30 October 1879 in the house of the bride’s parents.  Peter was from Harrison Township, Van Wert County, and Maria was from of Zion’s parish. Peter died 7 October 1895.

Mary and Peter had the following children: Richard (b. 1880); Martin (b. 1882, married Clara Kessler); Alvina/Alverna (b. 1883, m. William Muntzinger); Ida (b. 1885, m. Martin Hollenberg); and Anna Bertha (b. 1887, m. John Smith).

Mary married Oscar Koehler 18 November 1919 in Van Wert County, Ohio. They were married by Rev. Osterhouse. Her occupation was housekeeper and he was a retired farmer. (Van Wert County Marriages, Vol. 15:378, digital image, film #1015865,, accessed 3 June 2012.)

Highly Esteemed Resident of Boyd Avenue, Long a Resident of County, Passes Away.

Mrs. Oscar Koehler, highly esteemed resident of Boyd Avenue, died Monday afternoon at the Van Wert County Hospital, after being in ill health the past five years.  Mrs. Koehler was aged 71 years and was a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  She had resided in this county practically her entire lifetime.  Her direct survivors are her husband, a brother, Peter Breuninger, three daughters, Mrs. William Muntzinger, Mrs. Martin Hollenberg and Mrs. John Smith, two sons, R.L. Stamm and Martin Stamm and thirteen grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon, at 1:30 o’clock, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church.  Interment will be made at the Schumm cemetery, at Schumm.
(The Van Wert Daily Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 17 June 1930.)

Mrs. Mary (Stamm) Koehler of Van Wert died at the Van Wert County Hospital Monday, June 16, 1930, where she had been a patient since nine weeks ago, because of complications setting in from a fractured hip.

Mrs. Koehler is survived by these children: Martin Stamm of Willshire Township, Richard Stamm and Mrs. Martin Hollenberg of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Wm. Muntzinger of near Convoy and Mrs. John Smith of Van Wert.

Funeral services were held at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Lutheran church in Van Wert and burial was made in the Lutheran Cemetery at Schumm.

Mrs. Koehler was a resident of Willshire Township for many years, residing on the Stamm farm, four miles east of Willshire, before removing to Van Wert.  (The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 19 June 1930)




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