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Leo Zedrow, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 29, 1886, Germany
Death: Jun., 1963
Illinois, USA

Leo Zedrow Sr. is the son of
John Zodrow Sr. and
his wife Agnes Mielke.
Leo was born in
Lebehnke, West Prussia
(East Germany).
Leo immigrated to the U.S.
from the port of Bremen, Germany,
on June 29, 1887, at Baltimore,
Baltimore County Maryland,
with his parents and his three
older siblings, and settled
at 15 Main St. in
Naperville, DuPage County Illinois.
They came on a ship named "Weser".
Leo was listed as 11 months of age
at the time.
These immigration records, may be
viewed (on microfilm), in the
genealogical section of the
Allen County Pubic Library,
in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Note: "Naperville Heritage Society,
Library/Archives Collections,
Collection # 19",
has records concerning
Lots 8, 9, and 12, in Block eleven,
of the original town of Naperville,
in Section 13; a warranty deed for
John Zodrow [Sr.] in 1887, and 1898
(the Zodrow family settled in
Naperville in 1887).
Also for John Zedrow and Leo Zedrow
(concerning this same property),
in 1953, and 1986,
(pages 4 and 5). Google it.
A "John Zedrow" was named as a
Commissioner for the city of
Naperville, in 1967, 1969, and
part of 1971 (two year terms).
Note: Leo is listed as "Zodrow" on
his W W II draft registration card, and
as "Zedrow" on his Social Security card
(issued through the Railroad Board).
The German spelling of the name was "Zodrow".
Leo Sr. (along with his wife and children),
later changed it to the American
spelling of "Zedrow".
Many families from Germany, later
switched to the English spelling
of their name, especially when the
United States went to war against
Germany in 1941-42, the beginning
of World War II,
as they then wanted to appear as
Americans, and not as Germans
(for fear of retaliation).
Leo's parents, and his brother John Jr.
had already passed away "before"
World War II broke out, and his sisters
were already married and using their
married names, so Leo [Sr.] and his
wife Martha, and children John and
Leo Jr., were the only family members
left to change the spelling of their name.
Leo "Zodrow" was married to
Martha Kowalski, on Dec. 27, 1921.
They lived in Naperville, DuPage
County Illinois, in the 1930 and
1940 census'.
Leo and Martha had two children:
1. John W. Zodrow, then Zedrow.
Born about 1922, in Illinois.
Served in U. S. Coast Guard in W.W.II.
m. Laura Evelyn ("Peaches") Miller, in 1946,
the daughter of Charles Miller.
John attended Iowa State Teachers College
(now University of Iowa), and earned his
B. A. degree. He taught elementary school
in Peru, Illinois, and Endustrial Arts
in the Hinsdale system. He has been
co-manager of the DuPage County Fair
Association, and Grounds Manager for
the DuPage Fair Association. He served
on the Naperville High School Board of
Education for nine years, and on the
Naperville City Council. He is a member
of Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
John lives in Naperville, ILL (in 2015).
2. Leo W. Zodrow, then Zedrow Jr.
b. March 18, 1929, in Illinois.
m. Shirley Enge.
Three children.
Lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
d. Sept. 2, 2011, in Waukesha, WI.
Note: The "Naper Settlement",
in Naperville, Illinois, has a
"letter of certification" for the
marriage of Leo "Zodrow",
to Martha Kowalski, who were
married on Dec. 27, 1921, at the
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church,
in Naperville, DuPage County Illinois.
Leo Sr. is buried next to his wife Martha,
in "St. Thomas the Apostle, Row 2".
See the memorial for Rev. August Wenker,
of Illinois, who was the Priest of the
Sts. Peter and Paul Church from 1878 to 1911. (Leo and his family came to Naperville, Illinois in 1887).
See the memorial (with photo), for Leo's
eldest sister Otilia "Tillie" (Zodrow) Koch,
of Memphis, Shelby County Tennessee.
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captions, and additional photos.
Family links: 
  John Zodrow (1844 - 1912)
  Agnes Mielke Zodrow (1847 - 1915)
  Martha Kowalski Zedrow (1893 - 1982)*
  Otilia Zodrow Koch (1873 - 1933)*
  Lucy Zodrow Herron (1880 - 1967)*
  Mary Zodrow Keller (1883 - 1954)*
  Leo Zedrow (1886 - 1963)
  John Henry Zodrow (1892 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
DuPage County
Illinois, USA
Plot: St. Thomas the Apostle, Row 2.
Created by: Nancy Heib
Record added: Jul 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14821139
Leo Zedrow, Sr
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Leo Zedrow, Sr
Added by: Nancy Heib
Leo Zedrow, Sr
Added by: Nancy Heib
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Social Security Death Index; Name: Leo Zodrow; SSN: 707-09-5047; Last Residence: Illinois; Born: 29 Jun 1886; Died: Jun 1963; State; SSN issued: Railroad Board (Issued Through) (Before 1951)
- Janet LaMotte
 Added: Feb. 3, 2014
1900 fed census, Naperville, DuPage, IL: John Zodrow 55 Germany, Agnes Zodrow 45 Germany, Leo Zodrow 14 Germany, John Zodrow 7 IL.- Janet LaMotte
- Janet LaMotte
 Added: Feb. 3, 2014

- Diana
 Added: Jun. 17, 2008

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