Katherine Gellner Wirth

Katherine Gellner Wirth
(Bernard Wirth) married a widow, Katherine Gellner at Kaluz, Galacia, Austria in 1893. Katherine and her first husband, who may have been a Johansen, had at least three children. Two married daughters from this union are believed to have remained in Bremen, Germany when their mother came to America.

The daughter of Franz Karl and Susana (Loewenberg) Gellner, Katherine was born September 1, 1854 in Augustdorf, Galacia, Austria. She had two brothers, Adam Gellner and John J. Kelner; a sister, Christina, who died in infancy, and four half-sisters: Marie Reich, Wilhelmina Schaffer, Karolina Herrboldt and Pauline Talladay [Tallada].

"The Spirit Lives On", Osnabrock, ND, 1887-1987

She died September 18, 1940 and is buried with Bernard in Calvary Cemetery, Langdon, ND.


  1. Who was Katherine's first husband, who died and presumably was named Johansen?
  2. Who are her three children who stayed in Germany?

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Edgar G. Westphal

Edgar G. Westphal, 62, of Munich, ND, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Munich. Rev. Charles Sheffler will officiate and burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home today from 12 noon until 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church one hour prior to services.

Serving as pallbearers will be Edgar's sons.

Edgar George Westphal was born on Jan. 27, 1939 in rural Cavalier County, near Clyde, ND, the son on Rudolph and Eleanor (Backes) Westphal.

He was reared and educated there, graduating from Clyde High School.

He served in the United States Army for 2 years.

On Sept. 7, 1963 he was united in marriage to Susan MacArthur in Munich.

They established their home in Clyde until moving to Munich in 1966.

They farmed near Clyde until retiring in 1996. He served as postmaster in Clyde for several years and also was a rural carrier out of Munich until 1994.

He was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Munich.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan of Munich, ND; sons, Bradley (Melissa) of Williston, ND, Michael (Donna) of Warroad, MN, Brian (Donella) of St. Cloud, MN, Matthew of Warroad, MN, Aaron of Grand Forks, ND and Adam at home in Munich, ND; grandchildren, Rebecca, Reggan, Jonathon, Anthony and Erica; sisters, Iona (Allan) DuBois of Langdon, ND, Retta (Pat) Klemisch of Thief River Falls, MN, Mary (Donald) Feldner of Starkweather, ND, Dorothy (Jim) Bassingthwaite of Watertown, SD and Faye (Larry) Schill of Lawton, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David.

Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake is in charge of arrangements.

Cecilia Gellner Lorenz

Cecilia (Cele) Lorenz, 85, of Langdon, ND passed away Thursday, December 14, 2006, at Maple Manor Care Center, Langdon, ND.

Cecilia Catherine Gellner was born June 8, 1921, in Perry Township, Cavalier County, North Dakota to Philip and Antholena (Moos) Gellner. She attended grade school in Perry Township and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School, Langdon, in 1938. Cecilia attended Valley City State Teachers College, Valley City, ND obtaining a life teaching certificate in elementary education. Cecilia had a lifelong interest in education, teaching in Loma and Perry Townships and St. Alphonsus Elementary School. In 1998 she was named an Honored Catholic Educator by the National Catholic Education Association.

On June 11, 1942, George B. Lorenz and Cecilia were united in marriage in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Langdon and together they farmed in Perry Township for 37 years until they retired in 1979 and moved into Langdon. George passed away April 13, 1986.

She was an active member of the community holding offices in many organizations, including St. Alphonsus Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Perry Homemakers. She was a member of the Maple Manor Auxiliary and a lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church for over 20 years. Cecilia immensely enjoyed entertaining friends and family and had a passion for cooking and playing bridge.

Cecilia is survived by her three sons and their wives, David George and Paula Lorenz, West Chester, PA, Timothy Michael and Jean Lorenz, Plymouth, MN and Gregory Allen and Diane Lorenz, Onida, SD; nine grandchildren, Sara, Luke, Kate, Shaun and his wife Lara, Denise, Kevin, Chelsea, Hannah and step-granddaughter Jessica and her husband Anthony Riddle; brothers, Raymond Gellner, Adelanto, CA and William Gellner, Fargo, ND; sisters, Mary (Phil) Tveten, Mesa, AZ, Elizabeth Landsem, Brier, WA and Beverly (Chauncy) Myers, Hillman, MN and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, parents, sister Lorraine (Ralph) Stremick and her brother Michael J. Gellner.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Brooks Funeral Home, Langdon and for one hour before the service on Monday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home followed by a Catholic Daughters Rosary.

Ralph Stremick

The Book: Langdon ND Centennial Edition 1888-1988

RALPH STREMICK Bio - page 450

Ralph Stremick was born 2 May 1903 at Langdon to Anton and Ann Kram Stremick. He married Lorraine Gellner, daughter of Phillip and Antholena Moos Gellner.

Lorraine was born 29 June 1916 and died 9 August 1969. They had five children, all born in Langdon, ND.

Donna Stremick married Gerald Coyle and they have two children: Carla and Gerald Michael. Carla is married to Craig Friday and lives in St. Paul, MN. Donna and Gerald reside in Cottage Grove, MN.

Gary Stremick married Toni pavlicek and they have two children: Scott and Suzann, they reside in Fargo, ND.

Kenneth Stremick married Dianne Knutson and they have two children: Corey and Stephanie and reside in Langdon.

Candace Stremick marrried Gary Bimler and they have two children: Chad and Stacey and they reside in both Fargo and Langdon.

Mark Stremick lives in Fargo. Ralph Stremick married Helen Johnson. --recorded 4/85

Gary Stremick

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Gary P. Stremick, 59, Fargo, ND, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.

Gary Stremick was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Langdon, ND. He grew up on a farm and graduated from St. Alphonse High School in Langdon. He served in the US Army in Vietnam. After the service he moved to Fargo. In 1978 he began working for the ND Department of Transportation where he worked for 24 years. Gary and Toni Pavlicek were married in Fargo on May 5, 1984.

He lived his life with a positive and outgoing enthusiasm that was infectious. In life he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lorraine Stremick, Langdon.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Stremick; sons, Scott Stremick, Omaha, NE, and Mike Pavlicek, Wolverton, MN; daughters, Sue Skiple, Redwood Falls, MN, Kathy (Steve) Barnes, Bozeman, MT, and Teri (Greg) Nowacki, Apple Valley, CA; eight grandchildren, Blaine, Derek, Cody, Will, Claire, Sophie, Kaylee and Callan; brothers, Kenneth (Dianne) Stremick, Langdon, and Mark Stremick, Fargo; sisters, Donna (Gerald) Coyle, Hillman, MN, and Candace (Gary) Bimler, Langdon; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5217 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 221, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 11, 2002, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Visitation will continue Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at 1 PM in Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 PM in Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo.

Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Donna A. Westphal

Donna A. Westphal (April 22, 1965 - August 23, 2008)

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Donna A. Westphal

Donna Adele Westphal, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at her home in Warroad, Minnesota. Donna was born April 22, 1965 in Baudette, Minnesota, the daughter of Rex Jr. and Barbara Clay. Donna grew up and attended schools in several communities: New London, Browerville, Eagle Bend, Minnesota, and Edgewood, Iowa. She spent her high school years in Greenbush, Minnesota, and graduated from high school there. She was also a graduate of Thief River Falls AVTI.

Donna was united in marriage to Darryl Peterson on March 1, 1986, and they resided in Germany where Darryl was serving in the military. They had one daughter, Rebecca Leigh.

On June 28, 1992 Donna married Michael Westphal at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad. Mike and Donna had one daughter, Reggan Deanna. They resided in Warroad where Donna was employed at Marvin Windows and Doors. Donna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and especially enjoyed fishing and bowling. She was a kind and generous person and had a multitude of friends. Donna touched many lives with her thoughtful ways and special gift of friendship. She was loved dearly and will be missed.

Donna is survived by her husband, Michael Westphal of Warroad; daughters: Rebecca Peterson of Mayville, North Dakota and Reggan Westphal at home; her parents, Rex and Barbara Clay of Warroad; brother, Daniel (Kelly) of Auburn, Alabama; sisters: Debra (Darin) Sapp of Ashland, Missouri, and Denise (John) Richards of Troy, Missouri; grandmother, Marjorie Hage of Halstad, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Susan Westphal of Munich, North Dakota; brothers-in-law: Bradley (Melissa) of Williston, North Dakota; Brian (Donella) of St. Cloud, Minnesota; Matthew (Janet) of Chesterfield, Missouri; Aaron (Ericka) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Adam Westphal of Munich, North Dakota as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Rex and Dorothy Clay, and Leland Hage; her father-in-law, Edgar Westphal; one aunt, Kathleen Harper, and one cousin, Anita Hage.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. at the Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

Interment services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Munich, North Dakota.

Memorials may be sent to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota (www.wishmn.org) or the Warroad Friends of the Library, Inc., to support children’s books and programming at 202 Main St., Warroad, MN, 56763.

Franz Karl Gellner

Peter Gellner

Langdon, Cavalier County, North Dakota

Born: November 11, 1912

Death: December 01, 1980

Age At Death: 68

Christian Deutcher

Heinrich Weber

Susanna Löwenberg Gellner