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Katherine Eva "Kate" Buerk

Female 1865 - 1938  (72 years)


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  • Name Katherine Eva "Kate" Buerk  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname Kate 
    Born 25 Sep 1865  Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 Jan 1938  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Buried Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • She was said by Art Peck to be a half sister of Rudolph and Marie Kaiser. Her death certificate showed her as a daughter of Fred Buerk, with her mother's name not listed. The name Fred Buerk may have been in error, as she had an uncle Fred Buerk as well. It could well be that she listed her uncle as her father, as BonnieMargaret Jacobs wrote, on page 162 of her unpublished manuscript about the Benkelman family, that Kate/Katie was raised by Fred Buerk and Catherina Benkelman as if she were their own daughter, who was also named Catherine. To avoid confusion, Katherine Eva was called Kate or Katie, and her elder cousin (by just one month) was called Catherine.

      Cass City Chronicle
      October 3, 1933

      A birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Striffler in honor of the birthdays of Mrs. Striffler and her sister, Mrs. G.E. Krapf. A brother, W.R. Kaiser of Detroit, whose birthday is within a few days of his sisters, was also expected but because of illness was unable to be present. Other guests of the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Striffler, Miss Gertrude Striffler and Russell Atwell, all of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Reagh and family, and Mrs. Alma Schenck and family.

      Cass City Chronicle
      October 6, 1933
      Local Happenings, Page Four

      Thursday, September 29, was named as the date for the celebration of four birthdays in the Striffler and Kaiser families and a dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Striffler on Leach street. The birthdays of Mrs. Striffler, Mrs. G.E. Krapf and Grant Reagh, all of Cass City, and W.R. Kaiser of Detroit all occur within a week. Members of all four families were present at dinner.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Vol. 32, Number 43
      Cass City, Michigan, Friday, January 21, 1938
      Page One
      Pioneer Resident Found Dead in Home By Son
      Unexpected Passing of Mrs. Solomon Striffler Is Great Shock to Relatives

      Returning from an errance to a grocery store to buy supplies for the following day, Leonard Striffler, who makes his home with his mother, Mrs. Solomon Striffler, on the corner of Leach and Third streets, found her dead on the bathroom floor when he returned home about six o'clock Saturday evening. He had been absent but a short time and had left his mother with no sign of any serious ailment. Mrs. Striffler had visited her physician Saturday afternoon because she felt slightly indisposed and her spoke encouragingly of her general health. Relatives and friends were naturally greatly shocked to hear of her sudden and unexpected death. Funeral services were held in the Evangelical church on Tuesday afternoon, Dr. R.N. Holsape, the pastor officiating, in interment was made in Elkland cemetery. Katherine Buerk was born in Waldhausen, Wuertemberg, Germany, September 25, 1865, and came to Elkland township with her grandmother, Mrs. Christine BUERK, in 1873, when she was seven years of age. On November 15, 1883, she and Solomon Striffler were married by the Rev. B.F. Wade, at the home of the bride's uncle, Fred BUERK, in Elkland township. The following spring Mr. Striffler erected a residence on his farm one mile north of Elkland cemetery and here he and Mrs. Striffler lived and reared their children until 15 years ago when they moved to Cass City. Both Mr. and Mrs. Striffler were for many years active members of the Evangelical church, Mrs. Striffler being much interested in the activities of the Ladies' Aid Society. On November 15, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Striffler celebrated their fiftieth marriage anniversary and many friends and acquantances, those of the pioneer days and those of a more modern age, called at their home to pay their respect and show their love for this venerable couple, who by their spirit and intergrity and kindness had won a large circle of friends in the community where they had long resided.

      Mr. Striffler passed away on May 8, 1936.

      Mrs. Striffler leaves six children, Frank, Louis, and Miss Gertrude Striffler, all of Detroit, and Leonard Striffler, Mrs. Ira REAGH and Mrs. Alma SCHENCK, all of Cass City; eight grandchildren; a brother W.R. KAISER of Detroit; and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel STRIFFLER of Battle Creek and Mrs. G.E. KRAPF of Cass City. A daughter, Luella, 6, preceded her mother in death.

      Friends and relatives from distant points who attended the funeral her Tuesday included Mr. and Mrs. Joseph FRUTCHEY, Mrs. A.D. McINTYRE, Mr. and Mrs. Jack GIBBS, Mrs. Mary CROCKER, all from Saginaw; Miss Icele PASCHALL, MR. J. SPANGLER, E. ATWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Earl GOODEN, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. BLAKELY, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. KAISER, Mr. and Mrs. William QUIGLEY, John, Kenneth and Ruth KAISER, Mrs. Burke AREHART and Mrs. William McINTYRE, all of Detroit; Mrs. Samuel STRIFFLER of Battle Creek; Donald SCHENCK and Miss Genevieve RUEDE of Jackson.
    Person ID I5942  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father ??? Bürk,   b. Bef 1854, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Barbara ???,   b. Bef 1854, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1865 
    Family ID F9405  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Solomon Striffler,   b. 5 Apr 1859, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1936, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1883  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 6
    • Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, November 10, 1933
      Volume 28, Number 31

      An article and photo commerating their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary was featured on page 1
    Children 
     1. Franklin Arthur Striffler,   b. 13 Aug 1886, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1959, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Alice L. Striffler,   b. 30 Mar 1889, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1966, Eustis, Lake County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Leonard "Len" Striffler,   b. 5 May 1891, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1983, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Alma Louise Striffler,   b. 11 Mar 1893, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1966, Elkton, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Anna Luella Striffler,   b. 15 Oct 1899, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1906, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     6. Louis John Striffler,   b. 13 Jan 1903, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1986, Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Gertrude Edna Striffler,   b. 19 Sep 1905, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1981, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F3069  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Sep 1865 - Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Nov 1883 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jan 1938 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Buerk, Katherine Eva (Mrs. Solomon Striffler), Death Certificate
    Buerk, Katherine Eva (Mrs. Solomon Striffler), Death Certificate
    Death Certificate from the State of Michigan

    Headstones
    Striffler, Kate (Buerk)
    Striffler, Kate (Buerk)

  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.

    2. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, January 21, 1938 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 156, 162 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 156 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S577] Dibean, Jack & Marianne "Michigan Marriage Index" http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/dibeanindex/.

    6. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, November 10, 1933 (Reliability: 3).