Margaret Strobel -- 1980
Margaret Christina Strobel was
the first child born to the late Joseph and Margaret Weisshaar in Yale,
on April 13, 1908. She grew up in Bethune on the old homestead that
her parents built upon arriving from Russia in 1904.
She was working for Rev. Maedche and
family in 1926 when John Strobel (who was also born and raised near Margaret
in Bethune) invited her to a Christmas program at the church. They
were married Dec. 15, 1927, in Hope Congregational Church in the farm settlement
and lived on the farm John built in 1924.
She raised turkeys and chickens during
the depression and John had a machine shop that still stands today, tools
intact. Their daughter Esther was born at this home in 1936 and they then
left soon after to go to California where John worked as a carpenter.
They met WGP Blumert and John worked for his company, Pacific Painting
until he retired.
Through Mr. Blumert, they joined the
German Methodist Church in Oakland and were charter members when it moved
to its present location known as Montclair Methodist Church. Margaret
loved the Ladies Aid and spent many hours at the church making quilts and
such for the poor. They built a home together in El Cerrito, Calif. in 1941 and
have remained there almost 50 years. Because of the good weather,
she loved her garden and many flowers. They returned many times over
the years to their farm home in Colorado to visit the many relatives and
friends and to help in the harvest. The last trip being this past
September and Mother had a good time talking about the old days.
In 1987 Margaret broke both hips and
after a bout with cancer, remained in a wheel chair most of the time.
She entered the hospital Dec. 5 with a kidney infection and went to be
with the Lord Dec. 31, 1990.
She was the dear mother to Ester Wethern and fond mother-in-law
to Stanley Wethern of San Lorenzo, Calif. Honored grandmother to
Stephen Wethern, James Wethern, Karen Welch and Kathleen Silva. Great
grandmother to seven little girls. She was the loving sister to Lydia
Carpenter, John Weisshaar and Paul Weisshaar of Colorado. Also a
sister of the late Magdalena Wardona and Joseph Weisshaar Jr. of Colorado.
Final burial was at the Hope Congregational Church cemetery in
Bethune Jan. 8, 1991. Pallbearers were Stan Wethern, Paul Weisshaar,
John Weisshaar, Ted Schaal, Arnold Strobel and Leland Strobel. Honorary
pallbearers were Alvin Strobel, Calvin Strobel, Art Strobel and Roland