I have always had an affinity for my single or childless family members. Who will remember them long after they are gone? Who will pass on their contributions to the family? Who will tell their stories?
I am woefully ill-equiped to due any justice in attempting to answer these and other questions. I do know, that if I don’t pass on what little information and stories that I have, their lives will blurr into the past and be long forgotten that they walked upon this earth.
Johanna was born 18 December 1873 in Leer, Niedersachen, Germany. Leer is located in the northwest part of Germany. She died 4 August, 1959 and is buried next to her parents in Ad Matha Cemetery (AKA Jenkin’s Cemetery) northwest of Flush, KS. She had been ill for some time and was in a nursing home in Wamego, KS, at the time of her death.
Much of the information I have on the Tieking – Heickman family came indirectly from Johanna. When she passed away, the things she saved were kept by her brother Herman and his son Fred. Fred Tieking later passed the “treasures” onto me. She wrote and received letters from her cousins on her mother’s side and saved all letters and pictures, newspaper clippings and the German bible the family brought with them from Germany with the family information recorded.