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Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel 1867-1930

Lewis F. Scheidel

Here is a list of descendants that connect Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel as a 2 x great grandfather to my friend Eric.

Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel (1867 – 1930)
2nd great-grandfather of my friend Eric
Oscar Augustine Scheidel (1903 – 1978)
Son of Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel
Patricia Josephine Scheidel (1938 – 2014)
Daughter of Oscar Augustine Scheidel
Barbara Maguire 
Daughter of Patricia Josephine Scheidel
Eric Anderle 
Son of Barbara Maguire
When Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel was born on January 30, 1867, in Alpine, Michigan, his father, Ferdinand, was 38 and his mother, Catherine Vierheilig, was 34.
LEWIS’ MOTHER: Lewis’ mother was Catherine Vierheilig who was born on 14 June 1832 in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany. She died on 1 Nov 1901 in Alpine Township, Kent, MI.
In the 1880 US census, Catherine is 48 years old. She lists her birthplace as Bavaria. Her occupation is “keeping house.” She lives in Alpine, Kent, MI. Her husband was 57 at the time of this census and is working as a farmer. His birth location is stated to be Baden.
In the 1900 US census, Catherine is 67 years old. She stated that she immigrated to the US in 1832. That was also the year of her birth. She clearly lists her birth location as Germany.
LEWIS’ FATHER: Lewis’ father was Ferdinand “Fred” George Scheidel. Here is a photo found on Ancestry.
Ferdinand Fred George Scheidel
LEWIS’ WIFE: Lewis married Alice Katherine Williams on September 3, 1889. They had 14 children in 19 years. Alice was a direct ancestor and 2x great grandmother to Eric.
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Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel wedding pic
Alice’s death certificate was an important genealogy tool for me because it gives the names and birth locations of Alice’s parents and those would be Eric’s 3x great grandparents! An interesting note for me is the introduction of Eric’s ancestry connections to England.
death certificate of Alice Katherine Williams Scheidel
LEWIS’ DEATH:
Lewis died on October 8, 1930, in Alpine, Michigan, at the age of 63, and was buried in Comstock Park, Michigan. Note that his death certificate has an error. His name seems to be hand-written as Lewis…but is typed in as Louis. This type of error was very common for the time period. Spelling often seemed to be a sort of “free for all.”
death certificate of Lewis Scheidel
This amazing photo below was shared on Ancestry. It does not give a photo legend for each of the persons but is titled “Family portrait of Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel.” This photo must certainly also include Oscar Augustine Scheidel who was Eric’s great grandfather!
family portrait of Lewis Scheidel

Betty Louise Remenak Anderle 1936-2014

When Betty Louise Remenak was born on October 17, 1936, in Michigan, her father, Leo, was 26, and her mother, Stella Waszkiewicz, was 23. I am writing this blog about Betty because she was the paternal grandmother of my friend Eric.

Betty Anderle

BETTY’S FATHER: Betty’s father, Leo, had been born on 30 April 1910 in Poland.  Leo must have Americanized his last name at some point from Rzemieniak to Remenak. Leo was Eric’s great grandfather.

In 1929, Leo married Stella Waszkiewicz. He was 21 years old and she was 16 years old.

Marriage of Leo and Stella

In the 1930 US census. Leo is 21 years old (his wife is only 17 years old). He states that he speaks Polish. In this census, he is living with his wife in Grand Rapids, MI and working as a furniture re-finisher. His wife is working in furniture upholstery.  They live in a rented home on 6th Street. In this census, he states that he immigrated to the US in 1912 when he was 2 years old.

In the 1940 US census Leo is 29 years old and living with his wife Stella and their 3 children on Graceland Street in Grand Rapids. Leo states that his highest level of education completed is 8th grade. He lists his citizenship as naturalized. I found a city directory that gave their address as 843 Graceland NE., Grand Rapids, MI.

I did find some WWII Navy muster rolls that show Leo served in the military on the USS Pine Island. This record is dated 1948. I also found this application for a military headstone.

Leo headstone.JPG

Leo died on 15 Dec 1956. He was only 46 years old. I did not find his obituary, but I did find an article about the accident that claimed his life. The driver of the car that struck Leo was brought up on charges 2 times, but each time there was insufficient evidence to charge the driver of the car that struck Leo with negligent homicide.

Detroit Free Press 16 Dec 1956 Leo

BETTY’S MOTHER: Betty’s mother, Stella. had been born on 17 Feb 1913 in Michigan. Her parents had been born in Poland. Stella was Eric’s great grandmother.

In the 1920 US census, Stella was 7 years old and living with her parents,George Waszkiewicz and Anna Reda, and her sister Estiva. In this census record, George is working as a sander in a fur factory and states that he cannot read or write. He lists Polish as his mother tongue. Anna is also working as a painter in a carpet sweeper industry. She also says that she is unable to read or write … would this just be a reference to not reading English? Not sure. The family lives on Blymier Court in Grand Rapids, MI.

Stella lived for many years after the death of her husband. She died at the age of 81 on 27 Oct 1994. She is buried near many of the Remenak family at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

http://www.migenweb.org/kent/cemeteries/grandrapids/fairplains/2013/Ra-Ri.html

BETTY: I was delighted to find that Betty’s high school has digitalized many of their yearbooks. Here are some of the photos that I found. Please let me know if any of these are not Betty so I may remove the photos from the blog!

Creston High School 1953 yearbook

1953 Creston H.S. yearbook

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Creston High School 1954 yearbook

1954 profile pic in Creston H.S. yearbook

year book

Betty married Gerald Ladd Anderle.

Betty passed away at the age of 77. This is a link to an obituary:

https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=betty-l-anderle&pid=170796659&fhid=21038