Clarence Kettwich (1914-2008)

[Englisch] Clarence Gerhart Kettwich, 94, Minonk, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 9, 2008) at the Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service Saturday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com
He was born June 27, 1914, in Minonk, a son of Henry and Phoebe Barth Kettwich. He married Elda L. Moritz on Oct. 29, 1940, in Benson. She passed away Feb. 11, 1984. He later married Lillian Harms in 1985 in Minonk. She passed away in 2002.

Survivors include two sons, Larry (Lynn) Kettwich, Lake Villa, and Donald (Sharon) Kettwich, Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Jeanne Kettwich, East Peoria; one sister, Ruth Timmerman, Minonk; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Clarence was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.

Clarence farmed in the Minonk area for 50 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed doing woodworking, tinkering in his shop and bird hunting.

He was a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a past member of the Minonk Sportsmen’s Club.

 

Thanks to Amy Robbins-Tjaden for providing this obituary!

Lillian P. Kettwig (1919-2008)

[Englisch] Funeral services for Lillian P. Kettwig, age 89, of Watertown, SD, formerly Hazel, SD will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Watertown. Rev. Benjamin Radtke will officiate. Music will be provided by Karen Mischke as organist with congregational singing. Lillian passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at a care center in Watertown. She was the widow of Johnny Kettwig.

Burial will be in the Hazel Cemetery, Hazel, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robin Risvold, Stacy Billings, Aurelia Sasse, Paula Kirton, Natalie Billo, Megan Kettwig, Anna Kettwig, Amanda Surat, Kelly Keszler, and Terra Kettwig. Active pallbearers will be: Mike Risvold, Pete Billings, Damon Sasse, Danny Kirton, Nathan Billo, Raleigh Kettwig, Jason Kettwig, Joshua Kettwig, and Trinity Surat.

Visitation will be in the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Tuesday. The family is requested to meet at the church on Tuesday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.

Lillian was born on April 6, 1919 at Henry, SD to Carl and Hertha (Boehnke) Lohmiller. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry, SD. Lillian graduated from Henry High School.

On September 30, 1940, Lillian married Johnny Kettwig at Henry, SD. The couple began farming and later ran the Hazel Café for ten years, while still farming. The couple farmed their entire life.

Lillian was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry for 80 years and was currently a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. She enjoyed her grandkids and playing pinochle. Lillian’s home was open to whoever stopped. Her entire family was important to her. She enjoyed quilting and has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren.

Lillian is survived by four sons: Richard and his wife, Kay Kettwig, of Minnetrista, MN, Douglas and his wife, Carole Kettwig, of Watertown, SD, Leslie and his wife, Beverly Kettwig, of Surprise, AZ, and Leland and his wife, Bette Kettwig, of Hazel, SD; one daughter, Judy and her husband , Richard Sasse, of Sun City, AZ; one brother, LaVerne and his wife, Betty Lohmiller, of Hot Springs, SD; one sister, Alvina and her husband, Clare Reiter of Kiel, WI; two sisters-in-law, Doris Schamens of Hazel, SD and Grace Lohmiller of Custer, SD; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; one son, Steven; her parents; and one brother, Adolf.

Source: http://www.crawfordfuneralchapel.com

Lillian P. Kettwig (1919-2008)

Funeral services for Lillian P. Kettwig, age 89, of Watertown, SD, formerly Hazel, SD will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Watertown. Rev. Benjamin Radtke will officiate. Music will be provided by Karen Mischke as organist with congregational singing. Lillian passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at a care center in Watertown. She was the widow of Johnny Kettwig.

Burial will be in the Hazel Cemetery, Hazel, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robin Risvold, Stacy Billings, Aurelia Sasse, Paula Kirton, Natalie Billo, Megan Kettwig, Anna Kettwig, Amanda Surat, Kelly Keszler, and Terra Kettwig. Active pallbearers will be: Mike Risvold, Pete Billings, Damon Sasse, Danny Kirton, Nathan Billo, Raleigh Kettwig, Jason Kettwig, Joshua Kettwig, and Trinity Surat.

Visitation will be in the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Tuesday. The family is requested to meet at the church on Tuesday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.

Lillian was born on April 6, 1919 at Henry, SD to Carl and Hertha (Boehnke) Lohmiller. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry, SD. Lillian graduated from Henry High School.

On September 30, 1940, Lillian married Johnny Kettwig at Henry, SD. The couple began farming and later ran the Hazel Café for ten years, while still farming. The couple farmed their entire life.

Lillian was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry for 80 years and was currently a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. She enjoyed her grandkids and playing pinochle. Lillian’s home was open to whoever stopped. Her entire family was important to her. She enjoyed quilting and has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren.

Lillian is survived by four sons: Richard and his wife, Kay Kettwig, of Minnetrista, MN, Douglas and his wife, Carole Kettwig, of Watertown, SD, Leslie and his wife, Beverly Kettwig, of Surprise, AZ, and Leland and his wife, Bette Kettwig, of Hazel, SD; one daughter, Judy and her husband , Richard Sasse, of Sun City, AZ; one brother, LaVerne and his wife, Betty Lohmiller, of Hot Springs, SD; one sister, Alvina and her husband, Clare Reiter of Kiel, WI; two sisters-in-law, Doris Schamens of Hazel, SD and Grace Lohmiller of Custer, SD; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; one son, Steven; her parents; and one brother, Adolf.

Source: http://www.crawfordfuneralchapel.com

Lucile Johanna Kettwich Tolan (1922-2007)

[Englisch] MINONK — Lucile Johanna Tolan, 84, Minonk, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday (July 15, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to services Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minonk Ambulance; Heritage Manor Volunteers; or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk.

Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

Lucile was born July 28, 1922, in Minonk, the daughter of John and Gretke Harms Kettwich. She married Lyle E. Tolan on June 22, 1941, in Minonk. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Soltwedel, Shumway, and Lois (John) Freberg, Oneida; two sons, Emerson (Betty) Tolan, Minonk, and James (Barbara) Tolan, Rochelle; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, one brother and one grandson.

She was raised and educated in Minonk. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. She was a 4-H Leader for many years, and a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.

Source: Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph online

Lucile Johanna Kettwich Tolan (1922-2007)

MINONK — Lucile Johanna Tolan, 84, Minonk, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday (July 15, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to services Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minonk Ambulance; Heritage Manor Volunteers; or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk.

Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

Lucile was born July 28, 1922, in Minonk, the daughter of John and Gretke Harms Kettwich. She married Lyle E. Tolan on June 22, 1941, in Minonk. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Soltwedel, Shumway, and Lois (John) Freberg, Oneida; two sons, Emerson (Betty) Tolan, Minonk, and James (Barbara) Tolan, Rochelle; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, one brother and one grandson.

She was raised and educated in Minonk. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. She was a 4-H Leader for many years, and a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.

Source: Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph online

Alfred Tjark Kettwich (1918-2007)

[Englisch] Minonk- Alfred Tjark Kettwich, 88 of 116 S. Elm St., Minonk passed away at 8:05 P.M. May 25, 2007 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk where his funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 . Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk.

Alfred was born July 5, 1918 in Minonk Township a son of John and Geskhe Harms Kettwich. He married Mabel M. Warnkes on July 9, 1939 at Benson. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Beverly (Arlen) Ruestman, Toluca; a son, Brad (Tina Whirrell) Kettwich, Eureka; a sister, Lucille Tolan, Minonk; 9 grandchildren, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Ken (Jocelyn) Kettwich, Laura Kitts, Kelly Adolphson, Greg Ruestman, Paul (Katie) Kettwich, Richard (Kristin) Kettwich, Bruce Kettwich and Robert Kettwich; 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Everett and Glenn, and a grandson, Brian Kettwich; and two sisters, Alice Uphoff and Marie Krug.

Alfred was a longtime farmer and an avid outdoors man. He truly enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a former member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk of the Communities of Maple Lawn, Eureka.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com

Alfred Tjark Kettwich (1918-2007)

Minonk- Alfred Tjark Kettwich, 88 of 116 S. Elm St., Minonk passed away at 8:05 P.M. May 25, 2007 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk where his funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 . Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk.

Alfred was born July 5, 1918 in Minonk Township a son of John and Geskhe Harms Kettwich. He married Mabel M. Warnkes on July 9, 1939 at Benson. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Beverly (Arlen) Ruestman, Toluca; a son, Brad (Tina Whirrell) Kettwich, Eureka; a sister, Lucille Tolan, Minonk; 9 grandchildren, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Ken (Jocelyn) Kettwich, Laura Kitts, Kelly Adolphson, Greg Ruestman, Paul (Katie) Kettwich, Richard (Kristin) Kettwich, Bruce Kettwich and Robert Kettwich; 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Everett and Glenn, and a grandson, Brian Kettwich; and two sisters, Alice Uphoff and Marie Krug.

Alfred was a longtime farmer and an avid outdoors man. He truly enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a former member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk of the Communities of Maple Lawn, Eureka.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com

Dick Kettwig (travelling 1906)

Dick (Dirk) Kettwig travelled on the Kaiser Wilhelm II from Bremen to New York from January 9-17 1906. He must have been on a short visit to his home country and was now on the way back to his wife in Lennox, South Dakota, where they had been living since 1882. Continue reading Dick Kettwig (travelling 1906)

George C. Kettwig (travelling 1898)

On 24 Feb 1898 the US-citizen George C. Kettwig of Terre Haute, Indiana arrived at New York. He was 33 years of age and married and had boarded the ship “Trave” in Bremen.

I’m still searching for more information on George!

The TRAVE.

Photograph of the TRAVE after her 1896/97 rebuild. Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Source: Arnold Kludas, Die Seeschiffe des Norddeutschen Lloyd, Bd. 1: 1857 bis 1919 (Herford: Koehler, c1991), p. 35.

Sources: 
http://www.geocities.com/mppraetorius/com-tr.htm#trave1886 
http://www.ellisisland.org