Tombstone Tuesday–Henry F. & Louise M. (Schumm) Schinnerer

Henry F., Louise M., Lydia A. Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Henry F., Louise M., Lydia A. Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry F. and Louise M. (Schumm) Schinnerer and their daughter Lydia A. Schinnerer, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Henry F.

 Louise M.

 Lydia A.

Heinrich Friedrich Schinnerer, known as Henry F., was the fourth child born to Friedrich and Elisabeth (Schumm) Schinnerer, born 2 May 1867 in Dublin Township, Mercer County, Ohio. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, on 19 May 1867 and his sponsors were Friedrich Schumm Jr. (son of Georg Schumm ) and Heinrich [unreadable in the church records].

Henry F. Schinnerer (1867-1952)

Henry F. Schinnerer (1867-1952)

Henry’s father owned and operated a gristmill on the St. Marys River west of Shanesville [known as Rockford today]. When Henry was five years old his family moved to Van Wert County, about ½ mile east of Willshire, where he resided the rest of his life. This was the same home his father Friedrich purchased about 1872, the home where three generations of Schinnerers would live over the years. Henry was a farmer, raised livestock, and was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

Henry Schinner, c1910.

Henry Schinnerer with bull, c1910.

Henry married Maria “Louise” Schumm on 1 May 1892 at Zion Schumm. They were both members of Zion’s parish and they had attended school together.

Henry Schinnerer & Louise Schumm, marriage 1 May 1892.

Henry Schinnerer & Louise Schumm, marriage 1 May 1892.

Louise was the third child born to Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm. She was born 15 December 1870 in Dublin Township and was baptized at Zion Schumm on 26 December 1870. Sponsors at her baptism were Maria Schumm and Eva Maria Germann.

Henry Schinnerer home east of Willshire, 1906.

Henry Schinnerer home east of Willshire, 1906.

Louise died of a stroke on 22 July 1952 at their home near Willshire, at the age of 81 years, 7 months, and 7 days. She was buried on the 26th in Zion Cemetery. Henry died at their home a few months later, on 10 September 1952, at the age of 85 years, 4 months, and 8 days. He was buried in Zion Cemetery on 13 September.

Henry and Louise Schinnerer had the following children:

Georg Wilhelm Joseph “William” (1893-1963) married Martha Juliana Louisa Schinnerer
Emma Maria (1895-1896)
Lydia Amalia (1897-1985)
Frederick Heinrich (1904-1984)
Heinrich Frederick (1907-1908)

Mrs. Louise Schinnerer Succumbs Following a Cerebral Hemorrhage
Funeral services for Mrs. Louise M. Schinnerer, 81, who died early Tuesday morning at her home east of Willshire, will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home and at 3 o’clock at Zion Lutheran Church in Schumm, Rev. Werner P. Kuhlberg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in charge of Zwick Funeral Home of Decatur, Ind.

Mrs. Schinnerer suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last Friday and had been in critical condition since.

She was born December 15, 1870, in Mercer County, a daughter of Fed and Mary Germann-Schumm, and had resided in Willshire Twp. since her marriage to Henry Schinnerer May 1, 1892. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Surviving in addition to the husband are two sons, William of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Fred, at home; one daughter, Miss Lydia Schinnerer at home; four brothers, George Schumm of Orange, Calif., Charles, Philip and Ferdinand Schumm, all of near Rockford; and three sisters, Mrs. Steve Germann of near Ft. Wayne, Mrs. Otto Germann and Mrs. Fred Week, of near Van Wert. One son and one daughter are deceased. [1]

Schinnerer homestead as it looks today.

Schinnerer homestead. (2001 photo by Karen)

Henry F. Schinnerer Claimed by Death; Rites To Be Held Saturday
Henry F. Schinnerer, 85, retired farmer, died at his farm home one and one-half miles east of here Wednesday at 1 p.m. following an extended illness. He had been bedfast two weeks.

He was a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Schumm Schinnerer and was born May 2, 1867, near Rockford, where his father operated the Schinnerer grist mill. On May 2, 1892, he was married to Louise Schumm. The couple went to housekeeping at the present home, where they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in May of this year.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm. His wife, Louise, died July 22.

Surviving are two sons, William of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Fred at home; a daughter, Miss Lydia Schinnerer, at home, and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Scare and Mrs. T.C. Hoffman, both of Willshire Twp., and Mrs. B.B. Balyeat of Altadena, Calif.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the residence and at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm with Rev. W.P. Kuhlberg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Zwick Funeral Home of Decatur, Ind., will return the body to the residence, where friends may call after 8 p.m. today. [2]

Their daughter Lydia is buried next to her parents. Lydia Amalia Schinnerer was born 21 November 1897 in Willshire Township. She was baptized 5 December 1897 at home, with Mrs. Rosine Germann and Amalia Schinnerer as sponsors. Lydia died 29 December 1985, at the age of 88 years, 1 month, and 8 days.

Siblings Fred and Lydia resided in the Schinnerer home east of Willshire until their deaths.


[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 24 July 1952, p.1.

[2] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 11 September 1952, p. 1.

1 comment

  1. In the past, one of the children nearly always kept the family home and continued to live on that property until they passed it to one of their children. It only came on the market when the family line ended or financial devastation took it from a family. How different the passing of homes today! Even farms and fabulous homes of the rich and famous seem to be temporary assets, bought and sold several times in a single generation. What does this say about our lifestyle, values and aspirations? Good? Bad? Both?

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