Tombstone Tuesday : Woldemar Von Renner

Woldemar Von Renner grave marker, St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.
Woldemar Von Renner grave marker, St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.

 

Karl August Woldemar Von Renner (18 December 1838-17 November 1918) was born in Lübben-an-den-Spree, Brandenburg, Prussia.[1] With his parents and siblings he immigrated to the United States in 1855 aboard the Bark Copernicus.[2] The family settled in Illinois.[3] In 1869 he married Dorothea Bernthal in Frankenmuth.[4] Woldemar attended the Concordia Theological Seminary to become a teacher and graduated in 1859. He served congregations in Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1874 he began teaching at Frankenlust, Michigan, and in 1881 he began his tenure at Richville, serving as both teacher and principal of St. Michael’s parochial school district.[5] In total he worked as a teacher for 53 years.[6]

Woldemar passed away at his home in Denmark Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.[7] A small headstone marks his burial location in St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery.[8]

Sources:

[1]”Jubilee Celebration and Most Remarkable Tribute to Lutheran Pastor and Teacher,” The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 15 August 1909; digital images, Ancestry.com , Historical Newspapers Collection.

[2]”New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 April 2014), manifest, Bark Copernicus, 23 June 1855, list stamped 540, “Erste Cajute” [First Cabin] line no. 3, Waldemar von Renner, age 16; citing microfilm publication M237 (Washington: National Archives and Records Administration), roll 153.

[3]”Jubilee Celebration and Most Remarkable Tribute to Lutheran Pastor and Teacher,” The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 15 August 1909; digital images, Ancestry.com , Historical Newspapers Collection.

[4] ibid.

[5] ibid.

[6] “W. Von Renner Dies at Richville, Age 80,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 21 November 1918, p. 1, col. 6; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 29 April 2014).

[7] ibid.

[8]St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery (Richville, Tuscola County, Michigan), W. V. Renner marker; personally read, 2012.

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