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I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 13. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 25 August 2009/27 August 1963


Ottilie (Aunt Till) was my grandaunt. I never knew her because she moved from Illinois to California after I was born and died before I got out to the West coast. I knew her daughter, my 1st cousin once removed, however. So I finally went to visit her grave at Forest Lawn in Long Beach, just before they made restrictions on photographing headstones and getting information about those buried there. Ottilie was cremated and her remains are in a vault, as are those of other, more distant family members.

Ottillie Phillipine Mueller (b: 9 July 1877, Manhattan, New York, New York; d: 27 August 1963, Torrance, Los Angeles, California), was married three times:
1) William Schmeckebier, April 1894, Chicago, Cook, Illinois (d), no children
2) Carl Dallman, bef. 1898, Cook County, Illinois (d), 3 children (all deceased)
3) ? Luepke, aft. February 1912, Cook County, Illinois (d), no children

Her life was a hard one and much of it spent as a single mother. She finally decided to join extended family in California. She was interred in Sunnyside Memorial Park, which was later purchased by Forest Lawn.

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