Tombstone Tuesday–Milbert & Koneta (Fisher) Stroh

Milbert F. & Koneta M. (Fisher) Stroh, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Milbert Frederick and Koneta Maria (Fisher) Stroh, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Koneta M.

Milbert F.

Milbert Frederick Stroh was born 15 February 1903 in Washington Township, Auglaize County, Ohio, the son of John F. and Lena F. (Rehn) Stroh. [1]

In 1920 the John Stroh family lived in Washington Township, Auglaize County. Their household in 1920: John 53, head; Lena, 48, wife; Elmer, 18, son; Milbert, 16, son; Larue, 10, daughter; Conrad, 51, brother; and Harry Stolte, 19, hand. Milbert’s father John was a farmer. [2]

Milbert Stroh married Koneta Fisher on 27 June 1925 at Zion Chatt. They were married by Zion Chatt’s Rev. Albrecht and the witnesses to their marriage were Luther Fisher and Larue Stroh. At the time of their marriage Milbert was a rubber worker and lived in Lima. Koneta lived in Celina [or had a Celina address] and worked as a housekeeper. [3]

Koneta Maria Fisher was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio on 6 February 1905, the daughter of Adam John and Minnie Christina (Koch) Fisher. [4]

In 1910 Koneta lived with her parents on Willshire Road, which was most likely State Route 49, several miles south of Chatt. Their household in 1910: Adam, 32; Minnie, 25; and Koneta, 5. Her parents had been married 5 years and Koneta was their only child. Koneta’s father Adam was a farmer. [5]

The Adam Fisher household in 1920: Adam J, 41; Minnie, 35; and Koneta, 14. Adam was a farmer. [6]

In 1930: Milbert & Koneta lived with her parents south of Chatt and south of Frahm Pike.

Koneta’s parents remained in the household with them in 1940 and Milbert farmed: Milbert, 37; Koneta, 35; AJ Fisher, 62; and Minnie Fisher, 56. Their neighbors included Elmer and Mable Fritzinger, Jacob and Fred Betzel, Margaret Bollenbacher, and Charles Bollenbacher. [7]

One daughter, Mary LaRue, was born to Milbert and Koneta in 1937. Mary died in infancy at the age of 15 days. A few years later, sometime in the late 1940s, they adopted their daughter Sandra.

According to the 1975 Mercer County Directory Milbert was retired and he and Koneta lived on State Route 49, with a Route 1 Celina address.

Milbert Stroh died 9 December 1976 at Lima Memorial Hospital, Allen County, Ohio. He was 73 years old and according to Zion Chatt’s records he died of a heart attack. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. He was buried on the 12th. [8]

Koneta moved to Greenville, Ohio, sometime after Milbert’s death. She died 24 October 1989 in the Wayne Hospital in Greenville at the age of 84. [9] Neither her death nor her burial are mentioned in Zion Chatt’s records.

Their daughters and Koneta’s parents are also buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.


[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images,, Milbert Fred Stroh, 15 Feb 1903; Washington, Auglaize County, p.245, no. 45; FHL microfilm 963053.

[2] 1920 U.S. Census, Washington, Auglaize, Ohio, ED 87, p.8B, dwelling 148, family 157, John Stroh;; NARA microfilm T625, roll 1348.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013” database with images,, Milbert F Stroh & Koneta Marie Fisher, 27 Jun 1925; Mercer Marriages, Vol. 12, p.373; FHL microfilm 2366955.

[4] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images,, Koueta Fisher, 6 Feb 1905; Mercer County, unpaginated, no. 10; FHL microfilm 2367099.

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 119, p.11A, dwelling 197, family 202, Adam Fisher;; FHL microfilm 1375227, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 140, p.10B, dwelling 198, family 215, Adam J. Fisher;; NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-22, p.7B, household 145, Milbert Strok [corrected as Stroh];; NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[8] Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, Milbert F. Stroh, 9 Dec 1976; database on-line,; Ohio Department of Health, Vol. 22686, no. 085086.

[9] Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, Koneta Marie Stroh, 24 Oct 1989; database on-line,; Ohio Department of Health, Vol. 27863, no. 072648.



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