Tombstone Tuesday–Lydia A. 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 Lydia A.  Schinnerer and her parents, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Their marker is inscribed:


Henry F.

 Louise M.

 Lydia A.

I featured this tombstone a few weeks ago and wrote about Lydia’s parents Henry F. and Louise (Schumm) Schinnerer.

Lydia is buried next to her parents and her name is inscribed on the right side of the marker. This post includes Lydia’s obituary.

Lydia Amalia was the third child born to Henry F. and Louise (Schumm) Schinnerer, born 21 November 1897 in the Schinnerer family home about a half mile east of Willshire. She was baptized 5 December 1897 at home, with Mrs. Rosine Germann and Amalia Schinnerer as sponsors.

Lydia and her brother Fred resided in the Schinnerer family home all of their lives. It had once been the home of Ansel Blossom and Lydia’s grandfather Friedrich Schinnerer purchased it from him in about 1878. Lydia died there 29 December 1985, at the age of 88 years, 1 month, and 8 days.


Lydia Schinnerer
Lydia A. Schinnerer, 88, route 1, Willshire, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 29 at her home, the same house in which she was born in November 21 1897 in Willshire Township of Van Wert County.

The daughter of Henry F. and Louisa Schumm Schinnerer, she never married. She was a housekeeper and a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm.

Survivors include a sister-in-law in Fort Wayne, Martha Schinnerer, and several cousins in the Schumm area. Two brothers are deceased: Fred and William Schinnerer.

Funeral services were held last Friday in Zwick-Boltz and John Funeral Home, Rev. Gary A. Luderman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. [1]


[1] The Photo Star, Willshire, Ohio, 8 January 1986, p. 3.


    • Florence E. Gause on April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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    I did the history of the Farmers picnic for the “78” history book and it’s on page 697 in that book.
    and I’ll give you permission to use it, if that is necessary. I have been in the program s as they were held in
    the “Grange Hall” for several years.

    1. Thank you, Florence! I should have looked there first. I see that the Farmers Picnic was started by the officers of the Farmers’ Institute. Thanks for the great information and for giving your permission to use it. I will pass this information on and I am sure they will appreciate it. Hope you have been well.

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