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Do you know what it means when someone calls Lena? No, they're not looking for someone. As Elizabeth (Miller) Hengesbach put it in her story, "Every time someone plays their cards alone and makes it, they get Lena."
Elizabeth told us many stories about her card playing group, TOB; we think that most everyone wanted to join that group after hearing her stories! She doesn't stop there, of course. She has great stories about her life, her family, baking and much more.
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From the Cemetery Walk 2018 brochure: Elizabeth was born April 11, 1901 on Price Road, 3/4 mile east of Westphalia. Her parents were John Miller and Mary Weiland. She had two brothers: Ted and Isidor (Pro), and a sister, Julina who died when she was a year old. She married Julius Hengebach in 1924. Their children are Ruth, Sister of Christian Charity, Louis Jr. (married Evelyn Platte), Robert (married Harriet Thelen) and Ted (married Rose Marie Seitz).
Her granddaughter, Heidi (Hengesbach) Killion, presented her story.
Marie Bengel came to Westphalia, Michigan on Memorial Day in 1948. Prior to that she had been a forced member of Hitler Youth, fled the Russians, been a refugee and married Julius Bengel in 1947.
She flourished in her life in the US, learning English and just about anything else she could find to learn. In her "words", "Everything piqued my interest. Germans are known for their hard work ethic and I was no exception."
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