Kettwig Family History

It was probably in the year 1995 when I started to play around with genealogy, trying out the first basic software at that time. Over the years I have gathered a great amount of information, mainly data of deceased people who were somehow connected to different Kettwig families. Truth is that I have not done anything genealogy related in many years and I am aware of the fact that some information on my digital family tree is not as well researched as I would like it to be and in some cases even contains false family connections. I can’t say what the future might bring, but I don’t really see myself spending much of my free time online anymore. I much rather engage in outdoor sports such as rock climbing, hiking, skitouring, snowshoeing, etc. In other words, this Kettwig family history (website) is history now.

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Sandy Kettwig (1947-2014)

Sandy Kettwig of Doniphan, Missouri, departed this life June 16, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born December 19, 1947, in Cobden, Illinois, to the late Ed Sweitzer and Georgia (Allen) Sweitzer. Sandy was employed as a custodian at the Doniphan R-1 School District and attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed a clean home, arts and crafts and especially her dogs.

She was married to Joe Kettwig on May 29, 1965, and he survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Terry (Ryan) Kettwig of Georgia and Joe Kettwig of Doniphan; six grandchildren, Kyle, Preston and Connor of Doniphan and Hunter, Sydney and Dru of Georgia; one great-grandchild, Kayden of Doniphan; three sisters, Phyllis (Jim) Brasser of Doniphan and Linda Goddard and Debra (Les) Gabel, both of Indiana; one brother, Dan (Genna) Holt of Doniphan; one step-brother, Tom Hunter of Arkansas; and two step-sisters, Jeannie Mitchel of Michigan and Mary Thrift of Doniphan.

She was also preceded in death by two step-fathers, Woodson Hunter of Doniphan and Bob Holt of Indiana; and three step-brothers, Cliff Holt, Vic Holt and Dwayne Hunter.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, June 18, 2014, from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan. The funeral service will take place Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Pope Chapel Cemetery near Doniphan.


Kurt Dolf Michael Kettwig (1958-2014)

Kurt D. Kettwig, 55, of La Center, Washington passed away at his home on March 19, 2014. He was born September 21, 1958 in Portland, Oregon to Larry and Linda Kettwig.

He was kind, caring, always willing to help someone out. He loved nature, fishing, music, and being with friends and family
Kurt is survived by his daughter, Angel Kettwig; grandchildren, Caleb Peters and Keira Hartford; and sister, Kim Reynolds. He is preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Linda.


The Ministry of Flowers

Part of the history of Salem Evangelical Church (Rochester, New York):

The beautiful custom of placing flowers on the altar every Sunday began November 26, 1911. The first flowers were given by Mrs. Minnie Nelson Gerhard, Miss Amelia Kall, and Miss Lena Kettwig. Immediately thereafter Mrs. J. George Kaelber spoke to Miss Kettwig and suggested that flowers be placed on the altar every Sunday. Mrs. Kaelber offered them for the following Sunday, and the donors on the remaining Sundays of the month were: Mrs. Julius C. Hoffman, Mrs. Katharine Loeffler, Miss Emma Hess, and Mrs. Mary Milow. Since that time there has not been a Sunday without flowers on the altar. After accomplishing their purpose in church on Sunday, these flowers have been sent with messages of comfort and cheer to many hundreds of sick, shut-ins and afflicted in homes and hospitals.

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Der Kanzler Dr. Wolfgang Kettwig

Der folgende Bericht wurde verfasst von Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch und erschien in Verein für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde. – Bd. 26 (1861), S. 11-16. Die Textvorlage stammt aus der Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern .

Die Canzler in dem güstrowschen Landestheile lassen sich nach der im J. 1520 vorgenommenen Landestheilung erst seit dem Anfange des J. 1526 verfolgen. Der erste güstrowsche Canzler war Dr. Wolfgang Ketwig, welcher am 6. Januar 1526 als Canzler angestellt sein wird, da die Markgrafen von Brandenburg späterhin sagen, daß seine Bestallung mit dem Tage der Heil. Drei Könige 1530 ablaufe und er nach andern Nachrichten auf 4 Jahre berufen war. Continue reading Der Kanzler Dr. Wolfgang Kettwig

Our name

The name Kettwig and Kettwich is rather rare in the German speaking countries. In Austria there are only two known families (my parents and I). In Germany there are more instances found, according to the telephone directory of the year 2002 (will not be updated due to a decreasing number of fixed line phones) about 123 entries in 37 distinct counties. Projected to the total population in Germany there might be approximately 328 people with that name. The following maps were created with the help of Geogen . More details, such as a map with names of all counties and regions, can be found there as well. Continue reading Our name

Todd Alan Kettwig (1967-2013)

Todd Alan Kettwig (12 Aug 1967 – 20 May 2013)

Family, friends, the California Highway Patrol Gold Run Area and an entire community are deeply saddened to report the passing of Officer Todd Alan Kettwig. Born August 12, 1967, Todd grew up with a love of trains and the California Highway Patrol. Todd graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1986 and attended Diablo Valley College obtaining an Associate’s Degree in 1988. Todd graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy on October 25, 1990, serving as the Gold Run Area public information officer. Todd remained an important member of the Gold Run Area Squad throughout a courageous 19 month battle with cancer. His tremendous work ethic will forever be remembered.

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Michele D. Kettwig (1952-2013)

FRANKLIN, NH – Michele D. Kettwig, 60, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the New London Hospital. She was born in Titusville, PA on May 10, 1952 and received her Nursing Degree from Youville Hospital. Michele had previously worked for many years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH and later for Jarit Instruments. Most recently she had been employed by Case Medical as a Nurse Consultant. Michele had also helped her husband in the operation of the Andover Arms Guest House in Andover, NH.

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Ernst Kettwig (1868 trip to the USA)

On March 5, 1868 a 37-year old mechanic from Germany, Ernst Kettwig, crossed the Atlantik on the steamship “Bremen” from Bremen to New York. He wanted to settle in the USA.


The BREMEN. Source: Georg Otto Adolf Bessell, 1857-1957, Norddeutscher Lloyd; Geschichte einer bremischen Reederei (Bremen: C. Schünemann [1957]), p. 11.