Tombstone Tuesday–Alma A.W. Sauer

Alma A.W. Sauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Alma A.W. Sauer, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Alma A.W.
Tochter von
L. n M. Sauer
Geb. 21 Jan. 1911
Gest. 15 Jan. 1912

Alma A.W., daughter of L. and M. Sauer, born 21 January 1911, died 15 January 1912.

“Alma” Anna Wilhelmine Sauer was born in or near Schumm on 21 January 1911, the daughter of Leonhard & Minnie (Hofferberth) Sauer. Alma was baptized at home on 5 February 1911 with Anna Sauer and Minnie Hofferberth as her sponsors. Her father Leonhard (1876-1944) was born in Germany and her mother Minnie (1882-1920) was born in Ohio.

Alma Sauer died of gastroenteritis on 15 January 1912, at the age of 11 months and 25 days. She was buried on the 18th.

Alma’s parents, Leonhard and Minnie (Hofferberth) Sauer, had the following children:
Arthur Heinrich (1909-1976), married Minnie Louise Hammer
Alma Anna Wilhelmine (1911-1912)
Edna Maria (1913-1938), never married
Carl Emanuel (1915-1999), married Betty Louise Cole
Wilma Katharine (1919-2012), married Charles Lewis Cole


  1. A very good older friend of mine (Donald Schmidt) was married to a Kathryn Sauer. Just curious did you by chance run across Kathryn’s name?


    1. Yes, there is a connection to your friend Donald Schmidt’s wife Katherine Sauer. Katherine’s father, Louis Sauer, was a brother to Leonard Sauer. Leonard Sauer was Alma Sauer’s father. So Katherine and Alma would have been first cousins. Leonard Sauer (1876-1944), Louis Sauer (1894-1978). Thanks for writing!

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