Tombstone Tuesday–Eda E. (Hoehamer) Shindeldecker

Eda E Shindeldecker, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Eda Elizabeth (Hoehamer) Shindeldecker, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Eda E.

Edie “Eda” Elizabeth Hoehamer was born in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 3 September 1901, the daughter of William and Margaret E. “Maggie” (Kallenberger) Hoehamer. [1] She was baptized at Zion Chatt as Ida Elisabetha Hoehamer on 22 Sep 1901, with her maternal grandparents Andrew and Elizabeth (Burkhart) Kallenberger serving as her sponsors.

In 1910 the William Hoehamer family lived on West Pearl Street in Rockford, Ohio, where William was a blacksmith. Eda was enumerated at Edith in the 1910 census. William and Maggie had been married 10 years and Maggie had given birth to 3 children, all of whom were living. Their household in 1910: William M, 35; Maggie, 36; Edith, 8; Freda, 7; and William, 1. [2]

Eda was confirmed at Zion Chatt by Rev. W.F.H. Heuer on 30 May 1915. She was confirmed as Ida Hoehamer.

In 1920 Eda, enumerated in the census again as Edith, lived with her parents in Blackcreek Township. Their household in 1920: William Hoehamer, 44, farmer; Elisabeth, 46; Edith, 18; Frieda,16; William, 10; and “Kallen Barger,” mother-in-law, 79, widow, who was very likely Maggie’s mother, Elizabeth (Burkhart) Kallenberger. [3]

Eda Hoehamer married Carl A.B. Shindeldecker on 24 July 1923 at Zion Chatt, married by Zion’s Rev. J.E. Albrecht. Rev. Albrecht’s wife Clara was the witness. Carl was the son of Frank and Eudocia (Roebuck) Shindeldecker and was a farmer. Carl was from Rockford and was 22 years old. Eda was 21 years old and this was the first marriage for both. [4]

Eda and Carl attended Zion Chatt back then. They had a son, William Ansel Levine, born 29 January 1924, and a daughter, Elizabeth Jane Shindeldecker, born 15 April 1925. Both were baptized at Zion Chatt on 19 July 1925 and William Jr and Maggie (Kallenberger) Hoehamer, their maternal grandparents, were their sponsors.

In 1930 Carl and Eda lived in Dublin Township. Their household in 1930: Carl, 29; Eda, 28; Ansel, 6; and Elizabeth, 4½. Carl did road work, mixing concrete. [5]

Within the next year or two the Carl Shindeldecker family moved to RR#2 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where Eda gave birth to another child on Christmas Day 1932. Eda died a few days later.

Eda (Hoehamer) Shindeldecker died in South Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, on 31 December 1932 at 9:30 p.m. Her death certificate indicates that she died of influenza following the birth of a child on 25 December 1932. Eda was a housewife, aged 31 years, 3 months, and 28 days. She was buried on 4 January 1933 and Joseph Pratt and Brothers, Van Wert, Ohio, in charge of the funeral arrangements. Eda’s husband Carl was the informant for the information on her death certificate. [6]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Eda Shindeldecker was survived by 2 daughters, her parents, a sister and a brother. If that information is correct, I wonder what happened to their son Ansel. The other daughter mentioned was the child born on Christmas Day, a few days before Eda died.

Their daughter Elizabeth “Betty” married Gustav K. Carlgren and she died in 2005 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. According to Betty’s obituary, she was survived by a brother Dan and a sister Mary. [7]

Eda’s husband Carl Shindeldecker married Verna J. (Glentzer) (1918-1981) after Eda’s death and they had several children together. Verna preceded Carl in death and Carl lived in Preble County, Ohio, at the time of his death in 1989, although he died in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana. He died of aspiration pneumonia and a cerebral infarction on 15 April 1989 and is buried in Preble County. [8] [9]  

Carl and Eda E. (Hoehamer) Shindeldecker had the following children:
Ansel Levine (1924-?)
Elizabeth “Betty” (1925-2005), married Gustav K. Carlgren
Eda M (1932-?), married Emmett A. Miller

Eda’s siblings were Friedericke Louisa “Freda” Hoehamer (1903-1970), who married John Patrick Martelock and Wilhelm Andreas Hoehamer Jr (1909-1978), who married Alice Luella Deitsch.


[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images,, Edie Elizabeth Hoehamer, 3 Sep 1901; Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Births, Vol. 4, p.58, no.75; FHL microfilm 2367098.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 111, p.7B, dwelling 182, family 187, William M. Holehower;; FHL microfilm 1375227, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] 1920 US Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.10A, dwelling 190, family 190, line 20, William Hoehamer; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 21 July 2013); from National Archives microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[4] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images,, Carl Shingledecker & Eda Hoehamer, 24 Jul 1923; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 12, p.225; FHL microfilm 2366955.

[5] 1930 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 6, p.9A, dwelling 153, family 191, Carl Shindeldecker;; NARA microfilm T626.

[6] Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1966, Mrs. Eda Elizabeth Shindeldecker, 31 Dec 1932; database on-line,; Pennsylvania Death Certificates, Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission 1906-1963, series 11.90, certificate no. range 106501-109500.

[7], Betty D. Shindeldecker Carlgren, memorial no. 123841622, accessed 23 Apr 2018.

[8], Carl Ancel Shindeldecker memorial no. 19180823, accessed 23 Apr 2018.

[9] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Carl A Shindeldecker, 15 Apr 1989; database on-line,, accessed 23 Apr 2018; Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Year 1898, roll 7.

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