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Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 25 August 2009/27 August 1963


Ottilie (Aunt Till) was my grandaunt. I never knew her because she moved from Illinois to California after I was born and died before I got out to the West coast. I knew her daughter, my 1st cousin once removed, however. So I finally went to visit her grave at Forest Lawn in Long Beach, just before they made restrictions on photographing headstones and getting information about those buried there. Ottilie was cremated and her remains are in a vault, as are those of other, more distant family members.

Ottillie Phillipine Mueller (b: 9 July 1877, Manhattan, New York, New York; d: 27 August 1963, Torrance, Los Angeles, California), was married three times:
1) William Schmeckebier, April 1894, Chicago, Cook, Illinois (d), no children
2) Carl Dallman, bef. 1898, Cook County, Illinois (d), 3 children (all deceased)
3) ? Luepke, aft. February 1912, Cook County, Illinois (d), no children

Her life was a hard one and much of it spent as a single mother. She finally decided to join extended family in California. She was interred in Sunnyside Memorial Park, which was later purchased by Forest Lawn.

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