Tombstone Tuesday – Ed & Helen (Lee) Roesner

North Grove Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Edward Roesner and his wife Goldie “Helen”, nee Lee. They are buried in Ward 13, Row 7 in North Grove Cemetery, just north of Celina in Mercer County, Ohio. Edward was the subject of the two previous posts. The marker is inscribed:


Edward Roesner was born 27 November 1893 in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Dietrich and Christine (Schorr) Roesner. He was baptized 10 April 1896 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert. His parents were his sponsors at baptism. His siblings, Melinda, Christian, Friedrich, and Hanna were also baptized the same day. Another sister, Louise, was born and baptized the following month.  (Source: Church records, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Van Wert, page 69.) Edward married Helen Lee on 18 July 1921 in Van Wert County by W. F. Henkel, minister. (Vol. 15:586) Edward died 22 December 1957 in Mercer County, Ohio. According to his death certificate he died of acute cardiac failure due to chronic myocardial insufficiency.

Christian, Ed (standing), Fred Roesner, brothers

Roesner Rites Tuesday P.M. in Funeral Home. Edward Roesner, R.R. 4, Celina, died Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Otis hospital. He had been in failing health and death was attributed to a complication of ailments. Born in Van Wert County November 29, 1893, he was a retired railroader. He had been employed by the railroad for 46 years.  Thirty six years ago he was married to Helen Lee, who survives. He is also survived by a son, Frederick L. Roesner of Lima, a daughter, Mrs. Dwight Bennett of R. R. 3, Celina, nine grandchildren, a brother, Fred Roesner of Oregon and two sisters, Mrs. Larry Sheay of Santa Ana, Calif., and Mrs. Minnie Williams of Van Wert. Dick and Stallter have charge of the arrangements and friends may call in their Funeral Home on West Market Street, until the time of the rites. Rev. W.D. Sharp will have charge of the services on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home.
(Source: The Daily Standard, 23 December 1957, page 9, column 1)

Edward’s obituary in The Van Wert Times Bulletin mentioned that his body was to be cremated. (Source: The Van Wert Times Bulletin, 23 December 1957, page 24)

Roesner Rites Held Tuesday P.M.
Rev. W.D. Sharp conducted funeral rites on Tuesday afternoon in Dick and Stallter Funeral Home for the late Edward Roesner. Rev. Sharp delivered the consoling sermon and read verses of several hymns. Interment was made in North Grove Cemetery with the following acting as pallbearers, Levi and Russell Lee, William Myers, Virgil Vorhees, Charles Kirkendall and Fred Boyd. (Source: The Daily Standard, 26 December 1957, page 3, column 7)

Helen G. Roesner, 86, died at 10:12 a.m. Sunday at Celina Manor, Celina. She was a homemaker. Her husband of 36 years, Edward Roesner, died Dec. 22, 1957. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Bennett of Celina; a son, Fred of Curtis; a brother, Russell Lee of Fort Wayne; a sister, Geneva Wilder of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina. Calling from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral Home. Burial in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. (Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 30 September 1991, page 4A)

Louise, Helen, Ed, Fred Roesner, c1925

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