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 Harry Settele, Sr

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Harry Settele, Sr

  • Birth 7 Dec 1877 Munich (München), Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Death 16 Jul 1951 New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Section 12
  • Memorial ID 39060089

Son of Friedrick & Greisel Settele he was born in Mauerstetten, Ostallgäu, Bavaria, Germany. Father of Fritz Settele, with his first wife, Ann (surname unknown). They were divorced while he was still living in Germany.
He was married for the second time to Bertha Baumeister on June 4, 1904. After several miscarriages they had a son, Alfred "Freddy", (b.1906, d. 1993, m. Leocardia "Dot" Sutkiewicz) and a daughter, Bertha, nicknamed Mitzi, (b. 1907, d. 1986, m. Arthur Belanger) before immigrating to the United States.
He came to the States alone, arriving on November 2, 1907, and his wife and two children arrived the following year on May 2, 1908.
They settled in New Bedford, where he'd found work in the cotton mills.
He also did photography as a side job.
He took design courses at Swain School of Design to enable him to apply for the better paying pattern making jobs at the mills and is credited with doing the photography for one of Swain's course offering catalogues.

Harry and Bertha had six more living children and one stillborn daughter:

Ellen, b. 1909, d. 1988, m. Maurille Gervais
Clara, b. 1910, d. 2005, m. Peter Joseph Eckert
Harry, Jr., b. 1912, d. 2003, m. Mary Anna Josefek
Otto Paul, b. 1913, d. 1997, m. Sophie Julia Kusniesz
Stillborn daughter, 1914
Louis Harry, b. 1915, d. 2001, m. Kathleen Mary "Kay" Higham
Norma, b. 1922, d. 2010. m. David Pimental.

The 'baby' of the family was my mother, Norma, who was born in the house her father built at 452 Hawes St. in the north end of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Harry was grandfather to 23 grandchildren from the eight children who grew up in New Bedford.
Alfred's children: Bertha (Settele) Thall; Ronald Settele; Pauline (Settele) Heyder; Alfred Settele Jr.
Bertha's children: Arthur 'Sonny' Belanger; Estelle (Belanger) Steffens; Eleanor (Belanger) Zbranek; Raymond Belanger.
Ellen's children: Maurice Gervais; Louis Gervais.
Clara's children: Allan Paul Eckert; Stephen Eckert; David Eckert.
Harry, Jr's children: Maryann (Settele) McCann; Dorothy Ellen (Settele) Bednar; Carol (Settele) Forte; Harry Settele III; Bertha (Settele) Jacob.
Louis' children: Karen E. (Settele) Martin; Lois (Settele) Oullette; Richard H. Settele.
Norma's children: Bertha Settele 'Sara' (Pimentel) Andrews; Donna J. Pimentel.
Otto had no children and it isn't known if Harry's son from his first marriage had any.

Widowed in 1949, he sold the house on Hawes St and lived with my parents for a short time. He married for a third time, while traveling in Ohio to visit a stamp collecting show. The marriage appears to have taken place in Ohio in late 1950 or early in 1951, to a women he'd met while traveling.
When I was growing up, whenever they talked about her at family gatherings, no one ever used her name. It seems that Harry didn't have a will so she got "everything" which included a fairly large, valuable stamp collection.


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Gravesite Details He was cremated and his ashes were buried beneath the hearth of an outdoor fireplace on a small piece of land that wasn't sold with the house. The land was later sold outside the family before the ashes could be moved.
  • Created by: D J Pimentel
  • Added: 4 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39060089
  • D J Pimentel
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Settele, Sr (7 Dec 1877–16 Jul 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39060089, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by D J Pimentel (contributor 47148697) .