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William George Buchholz
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1890
Deepwater
Henry County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 1973
Bellefontaine Neighbors
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

As a boy he worked along with his brothers and father in the coal mines near Belleville, Illinois.

William G. Buchholz and his twin brother John P. Buchholz were supposedly the first two licensed emblamers to operate in both Illinois and Missouri.

William and John graduated from The Chicago Embalming School in 1909. In 1910 they along with their older brother purchased interest of the Weaver Brothers in the Weaver-Brichler Livery and Undertaking Company, changing the name to Brichler-Buchholz Company located in Belleville, Illinois. In 1916 or 17, Alonzo associated himself with a morturary concern in East St. Louis, and apparently John Brichler continued to provide livery services for the Buchholz brothers. This first adventure into the Undertaking business was a financial failure with the brothers moving on to seperate areas of interest.

William then moved his family to St. Louis Missouri in 1917 and took employment with the Hoffmeister Undertaking & Livery Company and a year later moved to North St. Louis where he was employed with the A.I. Kron Livery and Undertaking Co. until 1926 when the family moved to Breese, Illinois.

William followed this first business adventure, joining with his brother-in-law as partners in the Rensing-Buchholz Furniture and Undertaking Company of Breese, Illinois. This business was later sold and the family once again relocated to St. Louis where he accepted employment with Math Herman & Sons Funeral Home located on the corner of Fair Ave. and West Florissant. While with Math Herman he eventually becoming the lead embalmer. During the 1930's he was supposedly the highest paid embalmer in the city of St. Louis, earning $100 a week. He remained with Math Herman until 1949 when he opened The Buchholz-Koeller Funeral Home at 5967 West Florissant. As the years went by Mr. Koeller's interest was bought out and the business was renamed "Buchholz Funeral Home". The Buchholz Funeral Home became one of the most successful in the city. The continued success of this establishment provided the springboard for the opening of the Buchholz Spanish Lake Mortuary at 1645 Redman Ave. This second facility was considered one of the most modern in the St. Louis area.

At the time of his death he was president of two of the more successful funeral homes in North St. Louis. 
 
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 Parents:
  Johan Buchholz (1840 - 1904)
  Elizabeth Bruehl Buchholz (1851 - 1927)
 
 Spouses:
  Johanna Mary Rensing Buchholz (1888 - 1959)
  Geraldine Felitis Claywell (Alfert) Buchholz (1907 - 2003)*
 
 Children:
  John W Buchholz (1911 - 1978)*
  Frank Joseph Buchholz (1912 - 1989)*
  Cletus Frederick Buchholz (1918 - 1984)*
  Wilfred Frederick Buchholz (1924 - 2001)*
  Marcella Clara Buchholz Reising (1930 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Peter Buchholz (1878 - 1948)*
  Fredrick William Buchholz (1887 - 1978)*
  John Peter Buchholz (1890 - 1969)*
  William George Buchholz (1890 - 1973)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Sec. 202 Lot 000B
 
Maintained by: Bill Buchholz
Originally Created by: Katie
Record added: Apr 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35760949
William George Buchholz
Added by: Bill Buchholz
 
William George Buchholz
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William George Buchholz
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