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Barbara Rieth Lucker
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1873
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Sep. 15, 1958
Saint Joseph
Berrien County
Michigan, USA

News-Palladium (Benton Harbor MI) 16 Sep 1958:
Mrs. Barbara Rieth Lucker "Mother of the Year" in 1950 and well-known South St. Joseph resident, died at her home on Washington avenue, near the Glenlord-Scottdale road, Monday at 9:45 p.m. She had been seriously ill since Friday. She was 85. Mrs. Lucker, who resided with her son, Victor, since the death of her husband, Fred C. Lucker, was selected for the honor by the Benton Harbor Retail Merchants association. She was nominated by her son, Theodore. She raised seven stepchildren and 10 of her own. All but two are living. Included among her survivors are many great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lucker lived a life filled with hard work and the frequent problems of large families, but it was a happy one. She was married at 19 to a man who had seven children, the youngest five years old and the oldest only three years younger than the bride herself. Widowed when the youngest of her own children was quite small, she carried on not only as mother to her brood but as provider as well. She was described by her family and friends as a "completely unselfish woman" who can "always see the cheerful side of life." She was born in Wurtenberg, Germany, on Jan 13, 1873. Her mother died when Mrs. Lucker was three, and this woman who raised seven stepchildren was raised, herself, by a stepmother. At the age of six, she came with her father and stepmother to this country. They settled in the Scottdale area. She was married to Fred C. Lucker, St. Joseph businessman on Feb 7, 1892. He died on May 8, 1930. Mr. Lucker was owner and manager for 42 years of the Lucker meat market, one of this city's oldest business houses. After his death, she moved to the farm of her son, Victor, where she died yesterday. She was a former president of the Evans school Parent-Teachers association, a member of the Homemakers Extension club, and a gold star member of the Trinity Lutheran church.
She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Leo (Florine)Kull of Stevensville, Mrs. Clarence (Ruth)Barts of East Moline, ILL., Mrs. Rehm (Barbara) Carley of St. Joseph; Mrs. Clayton (Cecelia)Anderson of Marshall, and Mrs. Harvey (Helen)Berndt of Stevensville; and four sons, Victor, Theodore L., Gabriel of Niles and Allen of St. Joseph. Also surviving are five stepsons, Lawrence of Shelby, Richard of El Paso, Texas, and Ben and Arthur, both of Benton Harbor, and Fred G. of St. Joseph, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Anna Christ of St. Joseph. Surviving, too, are 26 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. A son, Irving, died in 1917. A stepson, William, died in 1922. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran church with the Rev. Martin J. Zschoche, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Royalton Heights cemetery. Friends may call at the Kerlikowske funeral home until 10:30 a.m. Thursday. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frederick Christian Lucker (1854 - 1930)*
 
 Children:
  Richard Emilo Lucker (1883 - 1962)*
  Florine Lucker Kull (1892 - 1980)*
  Barbara May Lucker Carley (1898 - 1986)*
  Gabriel P. Lucker (1900 - 1999)*
  Victor Scott Lucker (1903 - 1961)*
  Irving J. Lucker (1906 - 1917)*
  Helen Lucker Berndt (1912 - 2014)*
  Theodore Louis Lucker (1919 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Saint Joseph
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: okieskater
Record added: Jun 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91827363
Barbara <i>Rieth</i> Lucker
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