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Gertrude Edna Striffler

Female 1905 - 1981  (75 years)


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  • Name Gertrude Edna Striffler  [1, 2
    Born 19 Sep 1905  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Mar 1981  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 23 Mar 1981  Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Cass City Chronicle
      Oct. 19, 1923
      Page Four
      Local Items
      Miss Gertrude Striffler, who teaches school at Snover, spent the weekend at her home here.

      Gertrude Striffler was a teacher at the Cedar Run School from 1926-1928. She is pictured with the Class of 1927 in "The Way it Was" a publication of "The Cass City Area Historical Society" Volume 7, January 2002, Number 1.  Cedar Run School was located on the north side of Elmwood Road, just west of Cedar Run Road. It was called Elmwood #1 Fractional because although it was located in Elmwood Township, it was just across the road from Ellington Township, so students came from both townships.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Vol. 33, Number 50
      Friday, March 10, 1939

      Miss Gertrude Striffler, who broke her right arm, when she fell on the ice in Detroit last week, is spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Alma Schenck.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, November 12, 1954
      Page Six
      Cass City Area News Items

      Mr. and Mrs. Harry Falkenhagen were in Marlette Saturday evening for installation of Eastern Star officers when Mrs. Falkenhagen was installing officers.

      Mr. and Mrs. Harry Falkenhagen and Leonard Striffler were callers in Saginaw Sunday, called there by the death of Mr. Falkenhagen's sister-in-law, Mrs. Grace Falkenhagen.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Thursday, March 26, 1981

      Falkenhagen funeral held Monday

      Gertrude Edna Falkenhagen, 75, of Cass City died Saturday at Provincial House.

      She was born Sept. 19, 1905, in Cass City, the daughter of Solomon and Katherine (Buerk) Striffler.

      After graduation from Cass City High School and County Normal School in Caro, Miss Striffler taught school for a short time and held numerous business positions in Detroit and later Cass City.

      She married Harry Falkenhagen Sept. 14, in Cass City. Following their marriage they made their home on a farm in Snover. They moved to Cass City in 1964. Her husband died Jan. 2, 1972.

      She was a lifelong member of the Salem United Methodist church of Cass City. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, Rebekah Lodge of Snover; Decker Chapter No. 438, Order of the Eastern Star, and a life member and past matron of Echo Chapter No. 337, OES, Cass City.

      Mrs. Falkenhagen is survived by two brothers, Leonard Striffler of Cass City and Louis Striffler of Detroit; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Philip (Evelyn) Smith of Snover; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

      An Eastern Star memorial service was held Sunday evening at Little's Funeral Home, Cass City, under the auspices of Echo Chapter.

      Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Salem United Methodist church, Rev. Eldred Kelley officiating.

      Burial was in Elkland cemetery.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Winter 2007)

      She worked for the United States Post Office in New York, Michigan, and other places in Michigan. (Down Memory Lane, Cass City Chronicle, June 2, 1966, page 13)
    Person ID I5958  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Katherine Eva "Kate" Buerk,   b. 25 Sep 1865, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1938, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1883  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    • 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
    Family ID F3069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harry Falkenhagen,   b. 23 Apr 1888, Blumfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1972, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1948  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Volume 12 of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST, published September 5, 1949, reported the marriage of Gertrude Striffler to Harry Falkenhagen at Gaylord, Michigan.
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2008 
    Family ID F1749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Sep 1905 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Sep 1948 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Mar 1981 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 23 Mar 1981 - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Falkenhagen, Gertrude (Striffler)
    Falkenhagen, Gertrude (Striffler)

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

    2. [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).

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

    4. [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).

    5. [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).

    6. [S595] Striffler-Benkelman Broadcast, (Family Publication, published sporadically to record family milestones in connection with the annual Striffler-Benkelman Family Reunions, with Vol. 1, Number 1, published Sept. 7, 1936. Issues on file at the Rawson Memorial Library in Cass City, Michigan include Vol. 5 (1941), Vol. 7 (1944) and Volumes 8 (1945) through Vol. 28 (1968). Issues published from 1961 through 1964 were not assigned volume numbers, and 1963 appears to be missing. Xeroxes of the existing issues were also made by Melinda McLemore Strong in 2007. According to a article published by the Cass City Chronicle on August 6, 1981, commemorating the Fiftieth and Final Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, the final issue of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST appears to have been Volume 28, published in 1968.), Volume 12, Septembe 5, 1949. (Reliability: 3).