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Levi Erb Seibert[1, 2]
Male 1846 - 1932


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  • Birth  2 Aug 1846  Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Evangelical Association 
    Occupation  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Carpenter 
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Journeyman 
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
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    Residence  1872  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    carpenter 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Carpenter 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Methodist 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Undertaker 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Undertaker 
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    undertaker 
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Undertaker 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Evangelical 
    Misfortune  1932  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    died of injuries - hit by motor truck 
    Eby ID Number  00109-6507 
    Died  2 Mar 1932  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I22122  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Jacob S. Seibert,   b. 4 Jul 1823, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1904, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Magdalena Erb,   b. 8 Oct 1823, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1849 
    Married  28 Oct 1845  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5336  Group Sheet

    Family  Magdalena Wuest,   b. 8 Feb 1851, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  26 Dec 1872  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. William H. R. Seibert,   b. 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Joseph M. Seibert,   b. 10 Jul 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Elma L. Seibert,   b. 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F5338  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Levi Erb Seibert
    Levi Erb Seibert
    Courtesy of Tom Reitz

  • Notes 
    • Levi Seibert, "was born August 2nd, 1846. He is married to Magdalena Wüst and resides in Berlin where he is engaged as an undertaker by The Simpson Company. His family consists of three children".1a

      1aThe Biographical History of Waterloo Township, by Ezra Eby

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      Then there was Levi Seibert in charge of "Daddy" Simpson's Undertaking Parlors for twenty-five years, a tribute to the good work of the employee and the good appreciation of employer and the public, for the management of such a department requires great tact and unlimited good judgment and not a small amount of patience. He is still retained to manage that department for Schreiter' s.2a

      2aOfficial souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

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      Levi Erb Siebert - At the ago of seventy-eight, Levi E. Seibert is the oldest man engaged in his line of business, that of embalmer and funeral director, in this part of the Province, and probably in Ontario. His work brings him into the home in the hour of its darkest sorrow, and his fine consideration and sincere sympathy have won for him the regard and lasting friendship of those he has served. The founder of this branch of the family in Canada was Jacob Seibert, grandfather of Levi Erb Seibert, a native of Wahlfrshbach, in Rhein-Bavaria. From there he brought his bride, whose maiden name was Stein, and they settled in Waterloo Township. He was a man of considerable means and he bought a large acreage of woodland. This was cleared and developed into a fertile farm. His last days were spent with one of his sons in Caledonia, Michigan. His son, Jacob Stein Seibert, was born in Waterloo Township, and died there at the age of eighty-two. He learned the trade of carpenter, and early in life established himself in business as a building contractor. In 1856 he retired from that business to become a general merchant at Bridgeport, Ontario. While this venture was successful, his old business never lost its appeal, and after a few years he sold the store and resumed contracting. He continued thus engaged until he was compelled to retire on account of his health at the age of sixty-eight. He married Magdalena Erb, daughter of David Erb, both of them natives of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Of their three children, Levi E. was the only one who grew to maturity. Upon the death of his first wife, Jacob S. Seibert married her sister, Elizabeth Erb, and from this union six children were born, of whom four grew up: Aaron E., of Hamilton; Frank (deceased); Elizabeth, died aged 16; and Jacob, of Kitchener.

      Levi Erb Seibert attended the elementary schools of Berlin (now Kitchener) and the Berlin grammar school until he was eighteen. He then learned the trade of cabinet-maker and followed it as a journey-man until 1883. In July of that year he established himself in business as an undertaker. He was successful from the beginning and has continued actively engaged in that business until the present time. In 1919 the business was joined with that of the Schreiter Furniture Company, Limited, and Mr. Seibert became a member of the company and has continued as manager of the undertaking department of the business. He has officiated at more than seven thousand funerals. Mr. Seibert's fraternal memberships include the Woodmen of the World, Maccabees, and Canadian Order of Foresters.

      Levi Erb Seibert married, December 25, 1872, Magdalena Wuest, daughter of Joseph Wuest, of Waterloo Township. This union has been blessed with three children: 1. William who died unmarried. 2. Joseph M., who married Mary Heyd; she died leaving two children; William Henry R, (now deceased). Mr. Seibert is a member of the Evangelical Church, while Mrs. Seibert is identified with the First Church of Christ, Scientist.3a

      3aThe Province of Ontario - A History 1615-1927," Vol 4, pg 392 (pub 1927)

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      Veteran Funeral Director Passes Away at Kitchener
      Levi Seibert Victim of Accident. Aged 85 Years and Active Almost to Last


      Waterloo County's oldest and best known funeral director, Levi Seibert, aged 85, died on Wednesday, March 2nd, at the K & W Hospital as a result of injuries sustained when hit by a motor truck, Feb. 23. Mr. Seibert was until August, 1928, manager of Schreiter's Funeral Home. He continued active until his accident. Harry Osborne, driver of the truck, is being held on $500 bail. Mr. Osborne stated that Seibert stepped into the path of his car in Hall's Lane. The late Mr. Seibert was born two miles north of Waterloo on August 2, 1846, a son of Mr. and Mrs Jacob Seibert. After receiving training at the School of Embalming at Toronto, he became manager with Simpson and Aldous and later with Simpson, Anthes and Merner, Canada Furniture Co., and finally of Schreiter's Limited. On Dec. 26, 1872, he married Magdalena Wuest, who died Nov. 13, 1928. There survive one son, Joseph and one brother Jacob Seibert. The funeral was held from Schreiter's Funeral Home on Saturday. Interment was made I Mount Hope Cemetery. Rev. G. F. Barthel of Zion Church officiated.4a

      4aWaterloo Chronicle, March 10, 1932

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      A poem found with Levi's death notice in the newspaper
      Levi Siebert Died March 2, 1932. In charge of Schreiter's Funeral Service from 1885-1928.

      He was a faithful, kindly friend
      A friend we all did know,
      He sympathised with everyone
      In times of trial and times of woe.
      His task was oft a thankless one
      When called at break of dawn -
      To some far off, death-stricken home,
      To care for one who'd gone.

      We've often thought him heartless
      When he came to dress our dead.
      We've thought he didn't see our grief
      Or care that eyes were red.
      But now we know our grief was his.
      His heart was heavy too;
      He did the last few kindly deeds
      That one could ever do.

      He's closed the lids o'er sightless eyes,
      He's touched with reverent care
      The lips that used to smile so sweet,
      The face that was so fair.
      He's folded hands so tenderly
      Across the shrunken breasts,
      As he prepared the cast-off shell
      For its eternal rest.

      Now, in his place there's someone else,
      Must do these deeds of love,
      For he is in a happier land
      In clouds of heaven above.
      Let's give him praise, where praise is due,
      And ne'er forget this friend,
      His memory will linger on
      Until our journey's end.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 631.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 2 Jan 1873.
      26 Dec 1872 By Pastor Sagehorn in Berlin, Levi Seibert of Berlin was married to Magdalena Wuest of Waterloo Township.

    3. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 369.

    4. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div 2, Page 37.

    5. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, a-2 pg 1.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851.

    7. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Division 2 Page Number 43 Household Number 216.

    8. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, 130-22.

    9. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 69.

    10. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 43.

    11. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 22 Pg. 5.

    12. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div 6 Page 35.

    13. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 1 Page 9.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 2 Aug 1846 - Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical Association - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Journeyman - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - -- - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1872 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Dec 1872 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - carpenter - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undertaker - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undertaker - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - undertaker - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undertaker - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - died of injuries - hit by motor truck - 1932 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1932 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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