Wilhelmina Schreck, her husband, John W., and other family members
are buried in Lot No. 39 (Lot. No. 30 under what apparently was Salem Cemetery's
original lot numbering system). "Wilhelmina" has proved to be a troublesome
name. It is spelled this way in her obituary, "Willimina" in her husband's
and "Williminea" on her tombstone and in a brief family history published
1978 in a Lucas County Genealogical Society publication, "History of Lucas
Mrs. Wm. Schreck
Mrs. Wm. Schreck of this city (Chariton), passed away at the home of her
son, Paul Schreck, in Cedar township on Thursday morning, June 24th, 1915,
at 2 o'clock after an extended illness. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. George
J. Cornford, were held at the Salem church on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
after which interment took place in the Salem cemetery.
Wilhelmina Kestner was born in Saxon, Wiemar, Germany, on Dec. 28th, 1832.
In 1855, she came to America and located at Pekin, Ill. In 1856, she was united
in marriage to John William Schreck. In 1868 she with her husband and children
came to Lucas County, Iowa, and located on a farm in Benton township where
they resided until 1900, when they moved to Chariton and this place was her home
until last March, since which time she has made her home with her children. Mr.
and Mrs. Schreck were the parents of eight children, three sons and five daughters,
all of whom are living. They are Mrs. A. B. Sassman, of Dallas, South Dakota,
Paul, Will and Henry Schreck, Mrs. Lena Hupp, Mrs. John Sharp, Mrs. Kate
Becker, all of this county, and Mrs. Minnie Duckworth of Corydon, all of whom were
present during their mother's illness and death. Mr. Schreck died on May 4th, 1911.
Besides her children she is also survived by thirty-five grandchildren and
eighteen great grandchildren.
When fourteen years of age she was converted and united with the German
Lutheran church, remaining a faithful and consistent member of the same until
her Lord and Master called her to the church triumphant. She was a kind and
indulgent mother, always looking after the welfare of the family, and was
every ready to lend assistance to others. She was highly regarded by all who
knew her, and her demise will be deplored by a host of friends, who will extend
sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.
Clipping dated July 1, 1915
Lucas County Genealogical Society obituary collection
Some inconsistencies: Lucas County Genealogical Society transcriptions of
the Schreck tombstone at Salem Cemetery give Dec. 28, 1833 (as opposed
to 1832), as Wilhelmina's date of birth and June 25 (as opposed to
June 24), 1915 as her date of death.