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Wilhelm (William) John Feddeler, son of Wilhelm Heinrich (William Henry) and Elizabeth Brumann, born 2 February 1842 Neustadt Am Rubenbge (on the river), Hannover Germany, arrived New Yorkfrom Bremen at the age of 16 aboard the steamship "New Orleans", on 20 November 1858.(Germans to America, Volume 12,November 1857-July 1859)The name has been noted as Fedeler, Fedler and Feddeler. 12 January 1868, Lake County, Indiana, William married first to Dorathea (Dora) Kahle⁄Kahl at the Zion Church in Dyer. Dorathea born Empede (near Am Neustadt) Hannover, Germany. Also on board the steamship "New Orleans" was Joseph Kahle,22 years of age and Anton Kahle,16. Relationship to Dorathea is unknown. Dora, born 11January 1852,died 26 February 1874 giving birth to son Johnnie. Dora, Herman and Johnnie are buried in the Borger Cemetery, Brunswick, Hanover Township.
(1) Wilhelm Feddeler and Dorathea Kahle
(2) William b.14 February 1869, died 5 December 1901 married 29 March 1897 to Mathilda Tillis Schmidt b. 24 September 1863,died
26 January 1932
(2) Heinz "Henry" John b.19 June 1871,d.17 April 1956 married Josephine J. Geoghegan b.27 May 1871 d.18 February 1966
(2) Johnnie b. 27 February 1874 d. 4 April 1874
Henry Feddeler, an early settler of West Creek Township, passed away at our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Dyer, where he had been confined since suffering a heart attack on April 8.After improving and planning to return home, he was stricken at 11:00 a.m. and succumbed. He came to West Creek at a young age. Farming was his main occupation. However, he did road contracting in Chicago for 35 years. In 1951 he returned to his West Creek farm. Memorial services were conducted in the Eskridge Funeral Home, interment at St. Edward's Cemetery. He is survived by an only son, Elmer J. of Grant Park, Ill, brother J. Edward Feddeler of Cook four sisters, Mrs. Charles Blume of Crown Point, Mrs. Roland Stenson of Munster, Miss Sena Feddeler of Chicago and Mrs. Margaret Rodge of El Paso Texas. Lake County Star.
Henry's son, Elmer J., passed away Sunday, July 10, 1983, at St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is survived by wife, Emma; four sons, Edward (Judith), Henry (Clara), Robert (Mary) and Thomas (Jolene)all of Lowell); two daughters, Marjorie (Paul) Phillips and Janette Feddeler, both of Lowell. Funeral services held at St. Edward Catholic Church in Lowell, burial will follow at St. Edward Cemetery in Lowell. Elmer was a lifetime member of the Engineers Union, Local 150. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the  American Cancer Society.
Lowell Tribune, Wednesday, July 13, 1983
(1) William Fedeler and Josephine Waleski
(2) Emma b. 3 June 1875 married John Klieg (second wife)
(2) Anna b. 1877,d. 1882
(2) Herman b. 10 November 1879 d. 18 January 1880
(2) Elizabeth b. 12 December 1889 d. 2 December 1970, married
Charles Blume
(2) Sena b. 1883 d. 1968
(2) Margaret married Jake Rogde
(2) Joseph Edward b.17 December 1888,d.6 November 1965, married 14 January 1913 Josephine M.Stark b.11 February 1889, d.19September1978
(2) Emil G.b. 23 January 189,d. 22 May 1912
(2) Ella b. 30 June 1892, d. June 1940 married Fall 1913 George Calnon b. 20 May 1893, d.1971
(2) Clara died Age 49
(2) Mabel J.b.1897 b.1897 d.23 December 1976 married Roland Stinson b. 1897,d.1953
(J. Roland Stinson was the son of a Hammond attorney, James K. Stinson).
Witnesses at the marriage of Joseph Edward Fedeler and Josephine Stark were her brother George and sister Frances Stark. J. Edward passed away at the Lake County Convalescent Home. He was a lifetime resident of Cedar Lake and Lowell, a retired farmer and a former Hanover Trustee with 16 years of service.
(1) Jacob Waleski b. 29 June 1826,d. 22 January 1924 married 26 December 1874 to Katherine? b.1828, d. 1924. Both were born in
Poland, buried Zion Cemetery, Dryer The 1880 Census notes Jacob and Katherine resided in West Creek, Lake Co, Indiana.
(2) Josephine b.7 March 1857 Poland,d.27 September 1940 married 26 December 1874 to Wilhelm Feddeler b.2 February 1842,
d.12 May 01 - both buried German Methodist Cemetery. Information taken from LDS Film #849927 and "Lake County, Indiana;
Old Cemeteries" (Brown, A. B. & McBride, F. M., 1954). William died 12 May 1901 of heart failure, buried with Josephine in
the German Methodist Cemetery Cedar Lake. Mrs. Josephine J.Feddeler,94 of Lowell, passed away February 18th. Funeral services were held Monday, February 21st,St.Edwards Church with the Reverend Chester Zurawiec officiating. Burial St. Edwards Cemetery.
Note: Discrepancy in the date of death for Josephine and place of burial for this couple.
(2) Joseph Fedeler and Josephine Stark
(3) Roy b.24 October 1913, d. 6 July 1998
(3) William b.8 June 1921 married 25 June 1945 to Mariorie Turner b.20 April 1926
(3) Janet b. 25 June 1924,d. 2 December 1972,married 25 June 1945 to Leo Kleine, b.1 August 1920
Joseph Edward and Josephine M. Stark Fedeler were born in Cedar Lake, married at the Holy Name Church and are also buried there. Josephine Stark is the daughter of Joseph Stark and Susan Thiel. The Reverend Wilhelm Meier (Meyer) was on the Cedar Lake Circuit,
Chicago German Conference from 1873 -1875 and married Wilhelm Feddeler and Josephine Walleske in the Old German Methodist Church which was then located on Highway 41. In order to keep his two families separate; Wilhelm changed the spelling of his name to "Fedeler". Wilhelm and Josephine lived on a farm four and one-half miles northwest of Lowell. In a letter written by Jane Calnon Sohl, (daughter of Ella); March 12,1989,she indicates she always thought her grandfather (Wilhelm) had died when her mother was very young. She apparently never knew him nor did her mother as she states "Is it possible he worked so much that his children barely knew him?" She describes her grandmother (Josephine) as being a "little energetic German lady" who lived with Aunt Em after Wilhelm's death. She was known to have spoken "high" German all her life. Grandma lived in Lowell most of her life but moved to Hammond where
she lived in a flat on Ogden Street and had to speak English. Josephine and Mable lived together while Mable attended Indiana University majoring in Home Economics. Aunt Mabel was quoted as "a terrific cook and homemaker. "She is described as being very independent and accomplished at quilting and handmade braided rugs. Mabel eventually moved to Lansing, Illinois after the death of her husband where she donated her time to helping the sick and elderly. Jane, author of the letter, indicates she attended the German Methodist Church as a child and her father played the piano. Uncle Ed was instrumental in cleaning up the cemetery. Sena is noted as describing her father (Wilhelm) as having a "good head on his shoulders and a hard worker." Emil G. Feddler died at his home in West Creek Township. He had been a sufferer for some time with rheumatism and was a known hemophilia. He graduated from Hammond High School and was well like by all. His funeral occurred at the German Methodist Church in West Creek. Clara Fedler graduated from Central High in Hammond. She went on to graduate from Indiana University with a major in Education. She taught math in southern Indiana before attending Columbia University in New York where she obtained her masters degree in Physical Education. She eventually became a professor in Physical Education at Indiana University. Clara is noted as having a "lovely" little brick home furnished in antiques at 1109 E. Hunter in Bloomington where she sub-letter to other teachers and students who needed aid. Roland is quoted "Clara Fedler could have been a general in the army. "Clara lost her battle with cancer at the Bloomington Hospital at age 49. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered over a favorite spot in Brown County. Margaret Fedler taught school before her marriage to Jacob Rogde, a World War One Army doctor. They resided at 4227 Hastings Street,  El Paso, Texas. After her divorce, Margaret returned to school, got a degree, and taught second grade to bilingual students until she retired. She died of a heart attack.
Elizabeth and Charlie lived on the Fedler farm for three years. They grew grain and held dairy interests on a property six and one-half
miles southeast of Crown Point which they later bought. They were noted as making wine during prohibition. Both were active in the
Trinity Lutheran Church in Crown Point, she a member of the Ladies' Aid, he a member of the Men's Club. Charles served on the election board for 20 years. "Uncle Charlie was an armchair politician and Aunt Lizzie was a saint." Sena Fedler was engaged twice but never married. She taught in Brunswick before moving to Chicago where she worked as a secretary for the Lehman Estate. After retirement Sena moved to El Paso, Texas but didn't like the climate or perhaps two independent types who clashed! She returned to Chicago, bought into the Bethany Home where she had an efficiency apartment. It was known to be a pilot in the concept of a life-care facility. She died of an intestinal bug, which she had for many years. Ella graduated from Central High in Hammond. She lived with a family in Hammond and worked for her room and board while she attended school. It was reported to have been an unpleasant experience. She worked as a secretary to the principal before marrying in 1913. They lived on a farm one-mile north of Cedar Lake. In 1917 their home and all outbuildings were destroyed by a tornado. Ella was found over the branch of a tree with a broken pelvis.
Submitted By Rusty Kleine
Email - RKleine@metromat.com