Tombstone Tuesday–Leonard Laverne Kallenberger

Leonard Laverne Kallenberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Leonard Laverne Kallenberger, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Leonard Laverne
Son of John & Margra
Sept. 12-Oct. 6, 1944

Leonard Laverne, son of John and Margra (Burkhart) Kallenberger, was born prematurely on 12 September 1944. According to Zion’s church records Leonard was baptized on 13 September 1944 by Agnes Nelson at the Decatur Hospital in Decatur, Indiana. A baptism can be performed by a lay person if an infant is born prematurely and death seems likely. Leonard’s death on 6 October 1944 was due to his premature birth, bowel problems and indigestion. Survivors included his parents, a brother Leon and a sister Anna. He was buried on 8 October.

Hold Services for Infant Son

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for the infant son of John A. Kallenberger, at the home, with committal and interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery immediately afterward. Child was born Sept. 12, and died Oct. 6. Name Leonard Laverne. [1]


[1] The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio, 10 Oct 1944, p.1


1 comment

  1. Premature? Interesting that this is one of those stories that no one wants to discuss. Seems there is much more to the family history than any obit., paper or official record will show. Yet the record is as short as his life. Nothing about the desparate and lonely days and nights of struggling to keep him alive, at home with no support such that we would enjoy today with modern technology.

    Why did Wes strike that blow?

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