Tombstone Tuesday–Edward H. & Margaret E. (Laderman) Linn

Edward H & Margaret E Linn, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Edward H & Margaret E Linn, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Edward H. and Margaret E. (Laderman) Linn, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Margaret E.
Apr 10, 1907-Oct. 1, 1997
Edward H.
Jan 30, 1899-May 14, 1972

Margaretha Elisabeth Laderman was born 10 April 1907 in Geneva, Indiana, the second child born to William and Mary (Schott) Laderman. She was baptized at Zion Chatt on 12 May 1907, with Michael and Margaretha Schott as her sponsors. [1]

When Margaret was only 11 years old her mother died and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Maggie and Otto Bollenbacher. Maggie (Laderman) Bollenbacher was her mother’s sister.

Edward H. Linn was born 30 January 1899 in Chattanooga, Liberty Township, Mercer County, the son of Henry and Margaret (Deitsch) Linn. [2]

According to Zion’s records, Edward Linn, of Celina, age 26, married Margaret Laderman, of Adams County, Indiana, age 18, on 3 October 1925. Witnesses to the marriage were Henry and Clara Klopfleisch.

Edward and Margaret Linn had the following children:
Dorothy Mae (1927-1929)
Mary Evelyn (1930- ) married Eugene Dieringer
Virginia Ruth (1932- ) married Ronald Brewer
Martha Jane (1934- ) married James Fisher

Margaret Linn
Margaret E. Linn, 90, of Celina, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, at Shane Hill Nursing Home, Rockford.
She was born April 10, 1907, in Geneva, Ind., to William and Mary (Schott) Laderman. On October 3, 1925, she married Edward Linn, who died May 14, 1972.

Survivors are three daughters and their husbands, Mary Evelyn and Gene Dieringer and Virginia and Ron Brewer, all of Celina, and Martha and Jim Fisher, Rockford; a sister, Josephine Chapman, Fort Wayne, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, two sisters, and Otto and Maggie Bollenbacher, with whom she lived from age 10 following her mother’s death.

She was employed at Mersman Brothers Furniture Factory, a cook at Celina High School cafeteria, a clerk at Benny’s Bakery and clerk at Goldstein’s Department Store, all of Celina. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, and its Hope Circle, and Mercer County Council on Aging.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 5, at the church with Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga. [3]

Edward and Margaret are buried next to Mary C. (Schott) Laderman, Margaret’s mother.


[1] Zion Chatt’s records indicate Margaret was born in 1906, but all other records indicate she was born in 1907. I believe the 1906 date was written by the minister in error.
[2] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 September 2014), Edward H. Linn, 30 January 1899; citing Liberty Tp., Mercer Co., Ohio; FHL microfilm 2367097.
[3]The Photo Star, Willshire, Ohio, 22 October 1997, p.3.


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  1. Hi Karen, I wanted to let you know I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.

    1. Thanks, Shelley! I am honored that you nominated me.

    • Sharon Schaadt Cowen on September 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    Hi Karen,

    Thanks so much for posting this. Ed and Margaret were my Uncle and Aunt. Ed was my Mom’s brother. What wonderful people, and what a wonderful family.

    Sharon Schaadt Cowen

    1. How nice to hear from you, Sharon! Since you are family, do you know what happened to Margaret’s father, William Laderman? Thanks for any help and thanks for reading.

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