Tombstone Tuesday-J.R. “Rudy” & Henrietta (Warrick) Strabel

J.R. "Rudy" & Henrietta (Warrick) Strabel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)This is the tombstone of J.R. “Rudy” and Henrietta (Warrick) Strabel, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Johann Rudolph “Rudy” Strabel was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 22 July 1897, the son of Peter (1869-1957) and Louise (Fisher) (1870-1953) Strabel. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Chatt, by Rev. August Affeld on 22 August 1897, with Johann Strabel and Carolina Fischer serving as his baptismal sponsors. He was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 9 April 1911.

As far as I remember, he was always called Rudy and I will use that name in this writing.

This is a photo of Rudy with his Confirmation Class in 1911. Rudy is one of the few individuals in the photo who is specifically identified. Rudy Strabel, Row 3, far left. [1]

1911 Confirmation Class with Rev. Haas, Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio.

Rudy Strabel, 1911 Confirmation, Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga

Rudy Strabel was the oldest child of Peter and Louise Strabel. He grew up in Liberty Township with his siblings, Leona, George Albert, Marcella Magdalene, Opal Victoria, and Carl William “Charles.“ The family attended Zion Chatt and all their children were baptized there.

The Peter Strabel family in 1920: Peter, 50; Louisa, 49, Rudolph, 22; Albert, 15; Marcella, 13; Opal, 10; and Charles, 3. [2] By 1930 siblings Rudy, Opal, and Charles lived with their parents in Liberty Township.

Rudy Strabel married Henrietta Warrick in Mercer County on 28 November 1935, married by Rev. Koenig.

Henrietta Warrick was born in Black Creek Township on 31 March 1904, the oldest child of Frank H. (1879-1956) and Zell Bertha (Hinton) (1881-1920) Warrick. [3]

The Frank H. Warrick family in 1910: Frank H, 31; Zella B, 29; Henrietta, 6; Rosa I, 4; and Doris R, 2. All family members were born in Ohio and the father Frank was a farmer. [4]

By 1920 the Frank Warrick family had moved to Hopewell Township, Mercer County, and the family included several more children: Henrietta, 16; Rhoa, 14; Doris, 12; Marcella, 10; William, 8; Wilson, 3; and Betty, 1. [5]

In 1930 Henrietta, 26, and her sister Betty, 11, lived with their widowed maternal grandmother Ida C. Hinton, 68, on West Livingston Street in Celina. Henrietta worked as an inspector in a furniture factory. [6]

After their marriage in 1935, Rudy and Henrietta moved to Liberty Township, where Rudy farmed. Henrietta was baptized at Zion Chatt on 9 April 1939 by Rev. Carl Yahl. They resided in Liberty Township in 1950 as well. [7]

Henrietta (Warrick) Strabel died from complications of a stroke in Berne, Indiana, on 17 June 1971, at age 67. She was buried on the 18th. Her obituary:

Henrietta Strabel dies in Berne
Mrs. Henrietta Strabel, 67, of Celina, O., Route 1, died Tuesday night at the Berne Nursing Home. A daughter of Frank and Bertha (Hinton) Warrick, she was born March 31, 1904. Mrs. Strabel was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Chattanooga, O.

Surviving are her husband, R. J. Strabel; four sisters, Mrs. Rhoa Tricker of Monroe, Mrs. Doris Kuhn of Coldwater, O., Mrs. Marcella Imes of Osakis, Minn., and Mrs. Betty Mundhenk of Centerville, O; and two brothers, Hollis Warrick of Detroit, and Wilson Warrick of Celina.

Rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Vale and Stein Funeral Home in Celina, with Rev. Ralph Hershberger officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Chattanooga. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.

Widower John Rudolph/Rudy Strabel died in Celina on 19 March 1984, age 86, following a heart attack while driving a car. He was buried on the 22nd.

Rudy and Henrietta did not have any children.

[1] 1911 Zion Chatt Confirmation Photo: Row 1) Ed Strabel, far left. Row 2) Clarence Becher, far left; Carrie Becher last girl far right. Row 3) Rudolf Strabel far left; Rev. Haas. Remaining individuals in photo, order unknown: Gertrude Haas, Lizzie Kuehm, Bertha Huffman, Klara Huffman, Frieda Kessler, Clara Bender, Elvira Baker, Hulda Andrews, Mary Andrews, Carl Berron, Heinrich Kuehm, Louis Brandt, Raymond Becher, Albert Becher, Wilhelm Berger, Omar Heffner, Otto Allmandinger.

[2] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 140, p.9B, dwelling 178, family 192, Peter Strabel;

[3] Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, Mercer County, Vol. 14, p.291, John Rudolph and Henrietta Warrick, 28 Nov 1935;  

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Black Creek, Ed 107, p.6B, dwelling 134, family 135, Frank H Warick [sic];

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Hopewell, ED 135, p.7A, dwelling 132, family 140, Frank H Warrick;

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Celina, ED 17, p.1B, dwelling and family 19, Ida B Hinton;  

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 54-22, p.8A, household 148, Rudolph Strabel;

[8] Henrietta Strabel Obituary, Decatur Daily Democrat, Decatur, Indiana, 17 June 1971;

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