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Frederick Lehnherr

From the Pine Island Record, Thursday, October 28, 1943, Number 23.
Fred Lehnherr Dies
After Brief Illness

Frederick Lehnherr was the fourth child of Jacob and Susan Lehnherr and was born at Wemmes, Canton Berne, Switzerland, October 21, 1867. He came to this country with his parents at the age of 17, going first to Monroe, Wisconsin; later moving to Chester, Minnesota, and finally settling near Berne. With the exception of seven years spent in northern Minnesota, he lived the rest of his life in this community.

In 1893 he was married to Mary Egger who died within the year.

On September 1, 1898, he married Margaret Denny, who passed on twenty-two years ago.

Mr. Lehnherr became ill October 7 and was taken to St. John's hospital at Red Wing. Here everything possible was done to restore his health but to no avail. He passed quietly to his reward Friday evening, October 22 at the age of 76 years and one day.

The deceased leaves to mourn his passing four children, Grace Morlock of Savage, Minn., Ruth Buehler at West Concord, Hilda Ashler of Pine Island and John of Minneapolis. There are 12 grand children and one great grandchild, one brother, Gottlieb, of Sebatha, Kansas, and a host of friends.

He was baptised in infancy and later confirmed in the Swingli Reformed church of Switzerland. He has remained a faithful follower of this church all his life.

For many years he has been a faithful worker in the Odd Fellows lodge and a member of the Happy Home Rebekah Lodge.

Funeral services were conducted October 24 from Mahler's Funeral chapel at 12:45 and the Berne church at 1:30. Interment was in the Berne cemetary.

Funeral services were attended by an honorary guard of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs who officiated at the grave. Pallbearers were all brother Odd Fellows: Fred Closner, Walter Schutz, Earl West, Earl Hurd, Peter Stucky, and Leon Cornwell.

In Memoriam

They call it death when the Angel comes
To open the Door of Life.
The door that opens and shuts us in
From the world's toil and strife.
Thank God for the door, by whatever name,
That waits at the end of the road.
For it opens wide to let us in
To the Paradise of God.


WHEREAS, the Supreme Grand Mater has seen fit in His wisdom to remove from our midst our friend and Brother, Fred Lehnherr, be it by Pine Island lodge No. 84, I.O.O.F.

RESOLVED, that in the death of Brother Lehnherr this lodge mourns the loss of a true and faithful member, one who was ever ready to do his full share for his brother members and the order at large. Be it further

RESOLVED, that this lodge extends its sincere sympathy to the family of our deceased brother is whose sorrow we share. Be it further

RESOLVED, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the lodge, that our charter be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days, that copies be sent to the members of the family and that a record be sent to the Pine Island Record for publication.

M.H. LaRock

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Frederick, Gottfried, Gottlieb and Jakob Lehnherr

Frederick LEHNHERR. Born, 21 Oct 1867, in Wimmis, Bern, SWI. Died, 22 Oct 1943. Buried 24 Oct 1943.


  1. John Jacob Wilford (1907-1959)

  2. Grace LEHNHERR Morlock

  3. Hilda LEHNHERR Ashler

  4. Ruth LEHNHERR Buehler

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Margaret and Frederick on their wedding day

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Ruth, Grace, Hilda
Margaret, John, Frederick

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