Tombstone Tuesday–Mary LaRue Stroh

Mary LaRue Stroh, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Mary LaRue Stroh, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Mary LaRue Stroh was born at Otis Hospital, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio, on 26 October 1937, the daughter of Milbert Frederick and Koneta Maria (Fisher) Stroh. Mary’s paternal grandparents were John and Lena (Rehn) Stroh, from Auglaize County, Ohio. Her maternal grandparents were John Adam and Minnie Christina (Koch) Fisher, from Liberty Township, Mercer County.

Mary Stroh was baptized by Zion Chatt’s Rev. Carl Yahl on 9 November 1937. Her maternal grandparents served as her sponsors.

Mary died of an abdominal obstruction on 10 November 1937 in Liberty Township, Mercer County. She was only 15 days old and was survived by her parents and grandparents. Mary was buried on the 12th. Ketcham Brothers and S. S. Egger were in charge of the arrangements. Minnie Fisher was the informant for the information on Mary’s death certificate. [1]

Mary’s parents as well as her maternal grandparents are also buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.


[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images,, Mary Larue Stroh, 10 Nov 1937; Liberty Twp, Mercer, Ohio, file no. 70755; FHL microfilm 2023540.


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  1. Sad to think about a short 15-day life…good to know Mary’s memory is being kept alive, in your posts and with this stone.

    1. It is sad and I can’t imagine how hard it was for the family. My hope is to keep these memories alive. Thanks for writing!

    • Linda Hole on March 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    My dad farmed for Milbert and Koneta when I was in school. I didn’t know, or was too young to know, that they had a daughter that had passed away that young. I knew they had adopted another daughter, Sandra, who is deceased. Thank you for posting this. Always, Linda Bollenbacher Hole

    1. I barely remember Milbert and Koneta from church, but I remember Sondra better. I wonder if Mary was their only child. Thanks for writing and sharing your memories.

    • Martha Rose Fisher Lawler on March 27, 2018 at 8:42 pm
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    I spent time at their home when I was a little girl with my parents and grandparents. I don’t remember any children until they adopted Sondra. Thank you for bringing back many memories for me. I’ve learned things I never knew even though I lived in Chatt until I was 18.

    1. Thank you for writing and sharing your memories. I am not sure where they lived. Did they live right in Chatt?

    • Martha Rose Fisher Lawler on March 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Milbert and Koneta lived with her parents, Adam and Min Fisher. Adam was a brother of my Grandfather, William. Adam Fisher was a farmer, and they lived about 1-2 miles south of Frahm Pike on the west side of the road. I don’t know if the buildings are still there or not, because I haven’t been out that way for a long time. The first farm on the west side of the road there was Jacob Betzel, my great grandparents. Keep up the good work and I will keep reading all your blogs.

    1. Thank you for that information. I know just about where they would have lived.

    • Linda Hole on March 29, 2018 at 12:09 am
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    I believe the original house was standing the last time I went past it and appeared that someone was living in it. I think the original barn is gone and replaced with a quonset hut type barn with a rounded roof. I enjoy reading your Tombstone Tuesdays as well as other articles.

    1. Thank you for that information.

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