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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.
"Put your trust in God and then you won't be so sad."
Sister Bonifacia's mom repeated this line to her in the years after her father died, leaving her and her mom. She was only six at the time.
Many years later she left Germany when the German government (led by Otto von Bismark) passed laws that prevented religious orders to teach. Mother Pauline (who later visited Westphalia and later became a saint) encouraged the Sisters not to give up.
Soon after, Sr. Bonifacia left Germany; she traveled to Pennsylvania and Minnesota before continuing on to St. Mary, Westphalia. There's much more to her story!! Read it by clicking the button below.
In 2016, Sergeant Martin John Rademacher joined us to tell the story of his 19 years of life. In those years, he delivered milk, worked for Ed Witgen, played baseball and eventually made his way to Europe, where he was a B24 Liberator tail gunner during World War II. He was part of 26 missions before dying for his country.
Read about his story by clicking the link below.
Presented by his grandson, Tom Manning, Mathias Belen "joined" us for the 2017 Cemetery Walk. Find the answers to these questions and more by clicking on the button below.
She was a lifetime learner, girls' basketball coach, wife, mother, business partner to her husband, early historical society member and more.
Read Estelle Geller's story from the 2015 Cemetery Walk by clicking on the button below.
Arens General Store
Battle Of Chickamauga
Belen's Meat Market
Civilian Conservation Corps
Fourteen Holy Helpers
Gross Cabinet Shop
Holy Name Society
Infant Of Prague
K Of C
Little Flower Market
Men's Glee Club
Mother Pauline Von Mallinkcrodt
Otto Von Bismark
Ox's Meat Market
Peace Of Westphalia
Riley Busy Bees
Simon's Flower Shoppe
Sisters Of Christian Charity
St. Joseph Society
St. Mary Church
St. Mary High School
St. Mary Play
St. Mary Rectory
St. Mary School
Trierweiler Insurance Agency
Westphalia Milling Company
Westphalia Telephone Co.
World War I
World War II