|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1856|
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1936|
Kunigunda was born in Bavaria, Germany on April 26, 1856. After spending five years working at an infirmary as a young girl, she set her sights on the dream of America. She tried to get her mother to join her, but to no avail. Her mother, Barbara Roesner, had lost her husband after his ship sank on his voyage to America. So it was that Kunigunda Roesner came to America, leaving behind her family and friends. But like so many other immigrants, she found low wages and long hours to be her life.
She married Julius Mittelstadt on December 1 1884 in St. Louis. In 1897 the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
He died in 1903.
Without a father to provide for them, it would be their German-speaking Mother, Kunigunda, who would care for the family. Due to Kunigunda's inability to speak English, she was unable to find work and was forced to accept a job as a housekeeper. Facing long hours and low wages, she managed to make enough to feed and support her family of five.
Seeing to it that her children did not face her obstacle, Kunigunda demanded that the children speak English. "Nicht auf Deutsch, auf English," (not in German, in English) was her constant admonishment to the children. She learned to speak the language through contact with neighbors and language classes at the Catholic Church, but always with her thick accent. She spoke with the German way of placing the verb at the end of the sentence such as, "Make the door shut, or I can't make the stairs go up". Her stern personality did prevail, but when she laughed she could make everyone around her a part of the joviality, often ending in tears of laughter.
Kunigunda kept her home until about 1930 when her youngest daughter, Annie, left. She broke up housekeeping and moved in with her married children. At the time of her death she was living with her daughter, Julia and family.
Julius Mittelstadt (1851 - 1903)*
Julia Marie Mittelstadt Goodding (1888 - 1969)*
Mount Saint Marys Cemetery
Created by: Barbara Dines Hoffman
Record added: Jun 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111793823