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Katherine Dorothy "Katie" Marks Alsdorf
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1884
Shawnee County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1974
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Katie's parents had both immigrated from a German Catholic colony in Pfifer, Russia, in 1876 and 1880. Her father supported the family as a machinist helper in Kansas, as a farmer in Colorado, and again in Kansas as a cobbler who also repaired leather harness in his "Electrical Shoe Shop" in Lakin Kansas.

Katie was the 2nd oldest in the family of 13 children and the oldest daughter. She married Fred Alsdorf, a Topeka man of German descent, on April 29, 1907.

Fred had started working for the railroad in Topeka in 1900, when he was 16 years old. In 1902 he began his apprenticeship as boilermaker for the railroad, repairing the steam locomotives.

Fred and Katie had their first daughter in Kansas, and then moved to Denison, Texas, so that Fred could work in the railroad shops there as a full-fledged boiler maker. While living in Denison they had 6 more children, one of whom died as a young child from whooping cough in 1912.

The family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa about 1925, and Fred worked for the railroad there until he retired in 1950. Katie was a good homemaker and mother, sewing most of her children's clothes when possible. She was an excellent quilter, with her quilts being cherished by her grandchildren today.

Fred and Katie moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950 to join their daughter, Izetta, for their retirement years. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1957. Sadly, she had to give up her quilting as arthritis made it too difficult for her. At the time of her death in 1974, Katie was survived by 6 children, 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

The one son of Fred and Katie that is not listed below is Frederick Marks Alsdorf (1912-1982).
Family links: 
  Ferdinand Marks (1862 - 1928)
  Katherine Oberst Marks (1865 - 1946)
  Frederick Louis Alsdorf (1884 - 1977)
  Ruth Harriet Alsdorf (1908 - 1987)*
  Izetta Elizabeth Alsdorf (1909 - 1996)*
  Louis Morton Alsdorf (1910 - 1912)*
  Julius Robert Alsdorf (1915 - 1982)*
  Mary Rosalie Alsdorf Brockman (1918 - 1993)*
  Albert Jacob Alsdorf (1920 - 2011)*
  Peter Jacob Marks (1882 - 1954)*
  Katherine Dorothy Marks Alsdorf (1884 - 1974)
  John Joseph Marks (1888 - 1954)*
  Mary Elizabeth Marks Schanfeldt (1890 - 1950)*
  Jacob Peter Marks (1893 - 1966)*
  Rose Gertrude Marks Kaeberle (1895 - 1964)*
  Anna C. Marks Appelhans (1897 - 1986)*
  Caroline Madeline Marks Roth (1901 - 1992)*
  Matilda Martha Marks Breight (1904 - 1988)*
  M. Clarissa Marks (1906 - 1996)*
  Louise Josephine Marks Hewes (1908 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Acres Memorial Park
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Created by: Tamara Brockman Foran
Record added: Jan 31, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104444920
Katherine Dorothy Katie <i>Marks</i> Alsdorf
Added by: Tamara Brockman Foran
Katherine Dorothy Katie <i>Marks</i> Alsdorf
Added by: Tamara Brockman Foran
Katherine Dorothy Katie <i>Marks</i> Alsdorf
Added by: Tamara Brockman Foran
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You were a beloved mother and grandmother to us all. The strength you showed in dealing with adversity is an example for all of us, your descendants, to follow.
- Tamara Brockman Foran
 Added: Feb. 5, 2013

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