Source – author photo, Edgar – late 1950s Renata died on September 29, 1943, a victim of breast cancer.Her husband, Erich, moved to a small home on the Pioneer Orchards farm next to Renata’s Nieman cousin whose wife became a surrogate mother to Glenrose.Elda suffered a nasty almost fatal fall three years before she died, and was cracking jokes on what might have been her deathbed!Elda died at the age of 91 in 1995, cared for in her old age by the woman she had cared for as an infant, Marcella.
She also made the best chicken any of her relatives have ever dined on.
As a very small child, she was sickly and the surprise to the family was her remarkable longevity.
Cordelia’s husband, John Pfohl, was a Lutheran pastor; they lived in the tiny village of Leland near the Natural Bridge State Park in Sauk County for nearly twenty-two years.
27, 1940 Left to right: Glenrose Heckendorf, Ruth Pfohl, Sylvia Graese, Marcella Lueder, Ronald Pfohl, and Vivian Graese with Augusta in her wheelchair in the back ground.
The Depression was a severe trial for Augusta and her family.