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Helena Ahrens 

Helena Ahrens

Female 1859 - 1944

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  • Birth  1 Nov 1859  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Christened  1 Jan 1860  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender  Female 
    Name  Helen Ahrens 
    Name  Helena Schneider 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Swedenborgian 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    New Church 
    Residence  1883  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Swedenborgian 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Swedenborgian 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-37581 
    Died  3 Nov 1944  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I37581  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Charles Andrew Ahrens,   b. 11 Jul 1827, Hohen-Wesdt, Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1903, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Charlotte Henrietta Roth,   b. CALC 29 Jun 1831, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1896, Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Apr 1854  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F14767  Group Sheet

    Family  John Metz Schneider,   b. 17 Feb 1859, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1942, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Nov 1883  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 9
    Children 
     1. Charles Alexander Schneider,   b. 17 Nov 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1945, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Herbert John Schneider,   b. 20 Oct 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1905, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Norman Christoph Schneider, MP,   b. 9 Dec 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1985, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Frederick Henry Schneider,   b. 1 Aug 1890, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1967, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Emma Louise Schneider,   b. 21 Jul 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F9859  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Helena Ahrens
    Helena Ahrens
    image from: Meet the Family by Betty G. Schneider 2007
    Helena Ahrens
    Helena Ahrens
    image from: Meet the Family by Betty G. Schneider 2007

  • Notes 
    • Mrs. Schneider, 85, Passes Away, Wife of Pioneer Widow of the late John M. Schneider, founder of the J. M. Schneider Ltd., Mrs. Helena Schneider died at her residence, 379 Queen Street., S., early this afternoon after an illness of a year.

      Mrs. Schneider celebrated her 85th birthday two days ago, Nov. 1, and although in failing health, she received messages of felicitation from many of her friends.

      A life long resident, Mrs. Schneider was held in high respect by all who knew her. Possessing an energetic and generous character, she played a large part in the difficult pioneering days of the founding of the J. M. Schneider Company 55 years ago.

      BORN IN KITCHENER

      A great deal of the success of the now nationally known meat packing company was due to her untiring efforts and the encouragement she gave her husband in the early days. From a small beginning the business grew rapidly into the universally known firm it is today.

      "The best bargain I ever got was when I married" was the statement made by the late Mr. Schneider in 1939, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, when he referred to his success. Mr. Schneider died Feb. 23, 1942. The daughter of the late Charles Ahrens, former city treasurer and founder of Charles A. Ahrens Shoe Company, and the late Mrs. Ahrens, Mrs. Schneider was born in 1859 at the family residence located on Queen St.

      Her marriage to Mr. Schneider took place at the home of her parents Nov. 8. 1883. The ceremony was performed by Rev. F. W. Tuerk, pastor of the New Jerusalem Church of that day. The couple marked their golden wedding anniversary Nov. 9, 1932

      HELPED TO BUILD CHURCH

      Always prominent in city affairs, one of the greatest pleasures in Mrs. Schneider's life was that which she shared with her husband in the erection of the new edifice by the Church of New Jerusalem, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Queen St. N., which opened in 1935.

      A faithful member of the church, Mrs. Schneider was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and of the Independent Dorcas Society and the Kitchener Red Cross. She served for a number of years on the Kitchener Orphanage Board when it was located on Charles St. She also accomplished a great deal in the giving of relief, particularly during the depression years.

      Surviving are three sons, Charles A., Norman C. and Frederick H., and one daughter, Mrs .W. V. (Emma) Siegner, all of Kitchener. Also surviving are three sisters, Louise Ahrens, Emma Ahrens and Mrs. W. H. (Mary) Halliwell, one brother Herman F. Ahrens, all of Kitchener, and nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

      The remains are resting at the Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.1a

      1aKITCHENER-WATERLOO RECORD Wednesday, November 3, 1944

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-10 Page 5.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 12202-83.
      John SCHNEIDER, 24, shoemaker, Canada, Berlin, s/o Christopher SCHNEIDER & Anna Elizabeth METZ, married Helena AHRENS, 24, Canada, Berlin, d/o Charles A. AHRENS & Henrietta ROTH, witn: Henry ROTH of Preston & Henry AHRENS of Berlin, 8 Nov 1883 at Berlin

    3. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), November 3, 1944 - Obituary of Helena Ahrens.

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 69.

    5. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      John Schneider Age: 24 res: Berlin Place of Birth: Berlin Names of Parents: Christ. Schneider & Anna El. Metz Name: Hellena Ahrens Age: 24 res: Berlin Place of Birth: Berlin Names of Parents: Chas. A. Ahrens & Henrietta Roth Name: Henry Roth res: Preston Name: Henry J. Ahrens res: Berlin Date of Marriage: Nov. 8, 1883

    6. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 5.

    7. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Helena b. 1 Nov 1859, bapt. 1 Jan 1860 c/o Charles A. & Henriette Ahrens

    8. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 22 Pg. 7.

    9. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 24.

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    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1 Nov 1859 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1 Jan 1860 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Church - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1883 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Nov 1883 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Swedenborgian - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Nov 1944 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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