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Maria DOBLER-105
Maria DOBLER Stahlecker
Born: 14 Jan 1874
Nessel Rode,South Russia
Died: 27 Dec 1956
Burlington, Colorado

  1. Anna STAHLECKER-107
  2. Martin STAHLECKER-782
  3. Dorothea STAHLECKER-108 (Child)
  4. Maria (Mary) STAHLECKER-126
  5. Martha STAHLECKER-127
  6. Theresia STAHLECKER-134
  7. Lydia STAHLECKER-135
  8. Edward STAHLECKER-136
  9. Andrew STAHLECKER-138
 10. Dorothea STAHLECKER-140
 11. Walter STAHLECKER-141
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Text File -- Family Group Sheets
Burial Place:
Hope Congregational Cemetery
Bethune, Colorado

Archive File:
1910 Census
1900 Census
Dobler Family Brothers and Sisters
Early Family Photo
   Maria, John, children Mary & Martin
Family Photo   c. 1915-1916
Family in front of House
Stahlecker children
  Born on January 14, 1874, (actually born on a different date before Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar.  She remembered having her birthday changed) in a German village called Toplitz in southern Russia. This was approximately 90 miles northerly from the Black Sea port town of Odessa.
She related stories of the three week trip on the boat through violent storms, many hours spent in the freezing, cold customs house, coming to South Dakota to the Tripp-Scotland-Yankton area to their first homestead, riding on the immigration train composed of all freight and cattle cars with no passenger cars for people.  The first three years, she worked for $10 per year; pre-dawn to post-dusk; at housework, farm chores, and field labor for the farmer--friend?  Who had forwarded some $200 plus to Great-grandfather Dobler for the fare to bring the family to America.  She talked about minor children becoming naturalized when parents were naturalized.  This must have happened sometime between 1885 and 1892, when they homesteaded in Colorado.
Grandfather John Stahlecker and Grandmother Maria Dobler were married on Sept. 11, 1897.  As I understand, my father felt badly on their wedding day and gradually got worse.  After the wedding, they put him to bed-with typhoid - where he was for 6 weeks.  They moved to Mosca in 1923, back to Bethune in 1932, back to Mosca in 1937 and back to Bethune in late 1938 and moved in to the one room with Uncle Chris and Aunt Mary.  She died after falling and breaking her hip and contracting pneumonia.
      -- From son Walt Stahlecker  

Time Line:

Pedigree Chart
Christian DOBLER-149
B. 23 Nov 1838
Toeplitz, Bessarabiea, South Russia
D. 23 Oct 1923
Bethune, Colorado
Maria DOBLER-105
B. 14 Jan 1874
Nessel  Rode, South Russia
D. 27 Dec 1956
Burlington, Colorado
Dorothea HANDEL-69
B. 30 Aug 1844
D. 28 Mar 1889
Scotland, South Dakota
Married: 11 Sep 1898
Johannes (John) STAHLECKER-142
B. 1 Sep 1876
Columbus, Nebraska
D. 7 Feb 1943
Bethune, Colorado


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Maria Stahlecker  --  1956

       Funeral services were held on Monday, December 31, (1956) for Mrs. Maria Stahlecker, 82, at the Hope Congregational Church in the Settlement, with the Rev. H. E. Wilske presiding.  Mrs. Stahlecker was a resident of the Settlement for approximately 70 years.  Burial was made in the Hope Congregational Cemetery. 
        Maria Stahlecker, daughter of Christian Dobler and Dorothea (nee) Handel, was born January 14, 1874, in Nessel Rode, South Russia.  In January of *1884, she came to the United States with her parents.  They resided in Scotland, S. D. for a few years, then came to Bethune to homestead north of the town.  She was joined in marriage to Johannes Stahlecker on September 11, 1898.  Four sons and seven daughters were born to the Stahleckers.  Mr. Stahlecker passed away on February 7, 1943 which left her the provider and homemaker for the children.  With a lingering illness that made it difficult to get around in later years, made her task all the harder.  Seventeen days before her death, Mrs. Stahlecker fell and broke her hip which necessitated hospitalization and an operation.  The ordeal was more than her weak heart could take, and she passed away on December 27, 1956.  Her age, 82 years, 11 months, and 13 days.
         Mrs. Stahlecker was a faithful member of the Hope Congregational Church north of Bethune, an active member of the Ladies Aid, and a good citizen of her community.  Generosity toward christian and other worthy causes was her living, practical testimony of being christian.
         Children that mourn the passing of their mother are Martin of Rocky Ford; Mrs. Chris Kramer, Bethune; Mrs. John Adolf, Bethune; Mrs. William Kramer, Bethune; Mrs. John S. Adolf, Bethune; Andrew of Hooper; Mrs. Henry Klein of Rocky Ford; and Walter of Fort Garland.  Two daughters and one son preceded their mother in death.
        Two sisters survive Mrs. Stahlecker:  Mrs. Chrstina Knodel, Stratton, and Mrs. Theresa Leupp, Washburn, N. D.  There are 28 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

*Obituary of  Christina Knodel states family came in 1885.

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