Obit: Habeck, Friederica "Rica" (Scheelk) (1878 - 1956)

Contact: Linda Mertens

Surnames: : Habeck, Scheelk, Sprengler, Vircks, Doberstein, Schmidt, Beisner, Busse, Riehl, Broeske,

----Source – Anna Johnson’s Scrapbook

Friederica "Rica" Habeck (18 Jan 1878 - 5 Mar 1956)

Dorchester-Final rites were held Friday afternoon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for Mrs. John Habeck, who died at her home here March 5 at the age of 78. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiated and burial was made in Memorial cemetery.

Organist Mrs. Max Vircks accompanied soloist Janice Zier for the hymn, “Heaven is My Home.” Another hymn, “Abide With Me,” was sung by members of the Ladies Aid and Sewing Circle. Pallbearers were John Doberstein, Richard Schmidt, Eric Beisner, John Busse, William Riehl and Elroy Broeske.

Here from out of town were Mrs. Rudolph Riebel, Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. William Riehl, Marshfield; Mrs. Edna Waldhart, and son, Colby; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dallenbach, Mrs. Herb and Mrs. Emma Wilhelmi, Mr. and Mrs. John Busse, Abbotsford; Mr. and Mrs. Anton Datel, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marheine, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Marheine, Louisa J. Marheine, Brantwood; Irene Frisko, Ashland.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scheelk, Fenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Radke, Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Huntoon, Berglan, Mich.; M.C. Marheine, Milwaukee, Airman Fred H. Marheine, Pvt. Theodore Marheine, Mr. and Mrs. William Haar, Unity; Mrs. B.C. Swarthout, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Georgas, Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Dake, Medford.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Schultz, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Haas, Unity; Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Tabalsky, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Petry, Wausau; Mrs. Clara Swentner and Arnold Habeck, Park Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sauter, Tomahawk, Mrs. Fred Woempner, Abbotsford.

Note added by Linda Mertens:

Rica Scheelk was born near Peshigo, WI, and came to the Dorchester area in 1885 with her parents, August and Sophia (Scheller) Scheelk. The family settled on a farm south of the village.

She and John Habeck were married June 7, 1903, in the "old" St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dorchester. They had one son, Elmer F., who was born in 1904 and died in 1925.



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