Tombstone Tuesday-Paula I. Schinnerer

Paula I. Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Paula I. Schinnerer, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Paula I.
14 Mai 1900
23 Dec. 1912
Text: Luca, 2.11.

Paula Ida Schinnerer was born 14 May 1900, the daughter of Frederick and Wilhelmine “Minnie” (Roehm) Schinnerer. She was baptized at home on 27 May 1900 with Ida Schumm, Clara Schinnerer, and Alma Roehm serving as her sponsors.

About three weeks later Paula was enumerated in the 1900 census, her age shown as under one month (0/12). The Frederick Schinnerer family in 1900: Fred G, 39; Minnie, 29; Alma, 8; Martha, 6; Herman, 4; Carl, 2; Paula, 0; and Delton Bohlembach, 21, farm laborer. Her father Frederick was a farmer and the family lived east of Willshire. [1]

The Frederick Schinnerer family in 1910: Frederick, 49; Minnie, 39; Alma, 18; Martha, 16; Herman, 14; Carl, 12; Paula, 9; Gerhart, 6; and Arthur, 4. [2]

Paula Schinnerer came down with typhoid fever on 8 December 1912 and was attended by Dr. J.K. Christy several times before she died at home on 23 December 1912. She was 12 years, 7 months, and 9 days old and was buried on the 26th. [3]

Paula’s parents, Frederick and Minnie (Roehm) Schinnerer, had the following children:
Alma Rosina Elizabeth (1891-1977), never married
Martha Juliana Louisa (1893-1989), married George “William” Joseph Schinnerer
Herman George Ludwig (1896-1954), married Norma Emilie Nofer
Karl Friedrich (1898-1964), married Ella Thomas
Paula Ida (1900-1912)
Gerhardt Johan (1903-1953), married Lillian Marcella Buechner
Arthur Heinrich Ludwig (1905-1961), married Helen Rosetta Spring

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 97, p.9, dwelling 179, family 193, Fred G Schinerer; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 13 Oct 2019).  

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.3A, dwelling & family 51, Frederic Schimerer; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 13 Oct 2019).

[3] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Van Wert County, Willshire Township, Paula Schinnerer, 23 Dec 1912;  database with images, ; (  : viewed 13 Oct 2019).


    • Janet Goodwin James on October 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Our family was friends with the Arthur Schinnerer family who attended church with us at Zion U.B. Church south east of Willshire. We went to school with Him and Helen’s children. We were told that he was kicked out of the Zion Lutheren church because he couldn’t pay his tithes, etc. They never spoke about it but we always felt sorry for them for that treatment . They were a good family and their children were well thought of. Our Mom befriended Helen Schinnerer and helped take her to church and befriend her in many ways after Arthur passed away .

    1. Thank you for sharing your memories, Janet. It is always nice to hear from people that have a connection to these families. Thanks for writing.

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