Of all the funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. A simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived.
Enjoy the discovery process.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Frederick Ochs 1810 - 1886

One overlooked feature of Ancestry.com is Member Connect.  It is by far one of the greatest additions to their website.  If you haven’t explored this valuable research tool, I encourage you to do so.  When you locate your family member in the census be sure to check the right margin of the page to see if another family historian has added the individual you are investigating to their family tree.  Many genealogy treasures are to be found this way.
A great read would be Frederick Ochs' will.  If only I could find my way to Fairfield County, Ohio.  His funeral card on eBay by sellers “keithandmargie12” is just short of spectacular. The huge Victorian style card measures 13 ½ x 26 inches enough pressed paper stock to make twelve normal 4 x 6  funeral card size.  At one hundred and twenty-four years later, what does the card size alone say about those left to mourn his death and their attempts to reflect their love and respect for their father for future generations?  The salutation reads, “In fond remembrance of dear Father,” followed by Frederick Ochs died April 27, 1886; age 76 years, 24 days.
The Ochs, Hemphill, Spooner & Hoppock  Family Tree and The Gleich Family Tree had significant dates that somewhat correspond with Frederick Ochs funeral card.  Both of these family tree owners could benefit greatly from the record of his death.  The Ochs tree reflects his date of birth as 3 Apr 1811, the card calculates to 3 Apr 1810.  The Gleich Family Tree has his date of death as 27 Apr 1883; the card reveals 27 Apr 1886.  It is amazing that the card has been preserved possibly longer than his tombstone date carvings.
Wonder which progeny will claim their German ancestor’s of Pleasant, Fairfield, Ohio funeral card?
Update: Mr. Donald Leo Gleich passed away 18 Mar 2009.  He was the noted family historian in his family and was thoroughly enjoyed genealogy.  In his memory, from the Columbus Dispatch, 20 Mar 2009.
Donald Leo Gleich Sr., age 75, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Donald was employed for 28 years with Westinghouse and 15 years with Mid Ohio Electric. He was the Past President of Buckeye Quarter Midget Racing Association. In retirement he has enjoyed working on his family genealogy. Preceded in death by parents Clarence and Adele Gleich and great-granddaughter Isabella Kathleen Ann Daniel. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lillian Gleich; sons, Donald L. (Sandra) Gleich Jr. and Norman Douglas (Gay Alene) Gleich Sr.; daughter, Tina M Gleich (Philip) Myers; step-children, Butch, Sandy, Tina, and Dottie; grandchildren, Patricia, Crystal, Douglas, Katie, and Stacey; five great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence (Norma) Gleich; and sisters, Carol Witt and Margorie (Gary) Sagsetter. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel, 3030 W. Broad St., where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Pastor Wayne Beard officiating. Entombment Green Lawn Mausoleum.

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