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Caroline Mathilde Auguste "Lena" Papke Claus
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1883
Metz
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1962
Rockport
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA

Note by Ralph A. Pugh:
Lena was born on the Metz Township (Presque Isle County, Michigan) farm of her German immigrant parents William Carl Papke and Pauline (nee Trapp) Papke; she was their eldest child. She married Emil Claus in 1905 and remained in Presque Isle County when her parents and all her siblings moved as a group to the City of Alpena in 1907 (many of them settling on Mill Street--now Ford Avenue). Lena and her siblings remained in touch over the years and there were many trips back and forth; many extended visits between cousins (the Claus family in Presque Isle; the Papke and Krueger families in Alpena).

Lena was a paternal aunt to my mother Doris A. (nee Papke) Pugh. Lena was hard-working and showed amazing fortitude in raising a large family in the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Like practically all her siblings, she died from heart disease (a heart attack in her case).

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Obituary, The Alpena News (1962):

ROGERS CITY--Mrs. Emil Claus, 78, Hawks, died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Rogers City Hospital where she was entered at 8 p.m.. She had been ill several years.

Lena Papke was born Dec. 7, 1883 in Presque Isle county and married Mr. Claus on Oct. 31, 1905.

Surviving are her husband; five sons, Paul of Hawks, Herbert of Detroit, Elmer, Erhardt and Marvin of Rogers City; seven daughters, Mrs. Henry Grulke, Mrs. Roy Urlaub, Mrs. Alfred Brege and Mrs. Kenneth Tulgetske of Hawks, Mrs. Arthur McEchren and Mrs. Herbert Nagel of Detroit and Mrs. John Myers of Rogers City; 53 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a brother, August Papke of Alpena; and a sister, Mrs. C.M. Baker of Chicago. Another daughter, Mrs. Gustav Grulke, died two years ago.

Mrs. Claus' body will be at the McWilliams funeral home until noon Tuesday, then will be taken to St. John Lutheran Church in Rogers City where the funeral will be at 2. The Rev. William Shere, of Hope Lutheran Church of Hawks, will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.


 
 
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 Parents:
  William Charles Papke (1857 - 1915)
  Pauline Wilhelmine Emilie Trapp Papke (1861 - 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Emil Albert Claus (1879 - 1967)*
 
 Children:
  Edna P Claus Grulke (1906 - 1995)*
  Amanda Ann McEachern (1909 - 1998)*
  Dorothy Bertha Claus Nagel (1910 - 1996)*
  Florence Claus Urlaub (1912 - 2008)*
  Elmer Emil Claus (1920 - 2014)*
  Patricia Effie Claus Brege (1922 - 2009)*
  Paul August Claus (1924 - 1988)*
  Erhardt Emil Claus (1926 - 1978)*
  Marvin A. Claus (1928 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Caroline Mathilde Auguste Papke Claus (1883 - 1962)
  August Franz Julius Papke (1885 - 1969)*
  Albert Bernhard Friedrich Papke (1887 - 1919)*
  Florentine Augusta Charlotte Papke Krueger (1890 - 1959)*
  Anna Therese Bertha Papke Baker (1893 - 1978)*
  Herman Julius Carl Papke (1903 - 1947)*
  Stillborn Papke (1905 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rogers Township Cemetery
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: Ralph A. Pugh
Originally Created by: PedersenAnc
Record added: Jun 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92082026
Caroline Mathilde Auguste Lena <i>Papke</i> Claus
Added by: Ralph A. Pugh
 
Caroline Mathilde Auguste Lena <i>Papke</i> Claus
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Caroline Mathilde Auguste Lena <i>Papke</i> Claus
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