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Mary Anne Koch
Female 1867 - 1966


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  • Birth  1867  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Female 
    Church Membership  St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Elmira, Waterloo Region Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Name  Mary Anne Geisel 
    Religion  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Religion  1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lutheran 
    Religion  1921  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-216979 
    Died  1966 
    Buried  Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I216979  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Nicholas Koch,   b. 1839, Lingelbach, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Barbara Ratz,   b. 1850, South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  2 Feb 1868  South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F210909  Group Sheet

    Family  John S. Geisel,   b. 20 Sep 1867, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1962, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Jan 1895  [5
    Children 
     1. Nellie E. Geisel,   b. 25 Oct 1895, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lillie M. Geisel,   b. 6 Apr 1898, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964
     3. Edward Geisel,   b. 1900, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Edward John Geisel,   b. 14 Jan 1901, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1977, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Walter Henry Geisel,   b. Aug 1903, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Oscar George Geisel,   b. Jun 1910, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988
    Family ID  F14385  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • GEISEL, John and Mary Mr. and Mrs. John Geisel Mark Sixtieth Year of Marriage

      "We've had many hard times and we've had many pleasant times too," said John Geisel and his wife Mary agreed. His remark illustrated the theme which has run through their 60 years of married life, the anniversary of which they celebrated Sunday at their home, 5 Centre street.

      Mr. Geisel, 87, has been a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for 74 years. He and his 86-year old wife enjoy good health and take an active part in the church activities. Mr. Geisel, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Geisel, still works in his garden and shovels snow for exercise. For amusement he plays solo with retired fellow farmers.

      His wife, the former Mary Ann Koch, can no longer sew or read. She is fond of house plants and cares for those that decorate the rooms in her home. She does her own housework and cooking. Ladies aid activities still interest her. The couple were married in St. Paul's Luther personage by Rev. John French. They were attended by Henry Geisel, the former Lena Geisel, Henry Koch and the former Christine Koch. The last two are now dead.

      Mr. and Mrs. Geisel remember when Mr. Geisel worked on a 100-acre farm all winter for 27 cents a day and Mrs. Geisel was paid 75 cents a week for housework. When they set up their home they furnished it for $48 and bought two new stoves for $50. Mr. Geisel worked a year for a farmer for $100 and a rent-free house plus firewood and a cow in pasture. With the $100 they had to supply their own food for the year.

      Mrs. Geisel recalls when she prepared and packaged butter for 12 cents a pound and sold eggs at eight cents a dozen. The couple started farming in Woolwich township 50 years ago in Balsam Grove school section No. 11. They were there for 51 years before selling the farm and moving to Elmira.

      They have five children: Mrs. Herbert (Nettie) Norris, Waterloo; Mrs. Edward (Lillie) Ritter, St. Jacobs; Edward, Elmira; Walter, Winterbourne, and Oscar at home. They also have 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.1a

      1aKitchener-Waterloo Record 17 Jan 1955

  • Sources 
    1. [S148] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1901, Woolwich F-4 Page 7.

    2. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 15 page 13.

    3. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Wilmot Twp. 1871 Div. 2 Page 28.

    4. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Sub Dist. 15 Page 1.

    5. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of John S. Geisel - 14 Dec 1962.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1867 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch Membership - - St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Elmira, Waterloo Region Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1921 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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