1 No. 1 - October 1987
Rev. Thomas J Lobsinger
Promoted To Bishop
Of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Thomas Lobsinger, a native of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and descendent
of the family of Louis Lobsinger, has been named Bishop of Whitehorse,
in Ayton, Ontario, Father Lobsinger came to Brantford with his family
in 1934, when he was only six years old, and had his formative schooling
and his family are well known to many of the area residents.
of his three sisters, Teresa Walsh and Joan Luciani, still live
other sister, Anne Margrett, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, weaved the
vestments for the ceremony during which he was ordained as bishop.The
ceremony took place Oct. 1 in Whitehorse.
91 year old mother, Leone, passed away quietly on September 15th
of this year. Shortly before her death, she said being named bishop
came as a surprise to her son.
has spent 27 of his 32 years working with the poor, mostly in isolated
native reservations throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
He became a licensed pilot with the help of money raised by the
native Indians. He
used the skill to pilot a plane through the remote areas, sometimes
helping in rescues and often bringing supplies to isolated communities.
is the practical work of helping others that Father Lobsinger is
happiest doing, said his mother."Anything
he can do to help other people, he will do," she said. Her
son never aspired to the offce of bishop, "but that's the way
preference for life "in the bush" is something he will
continue to experience as Bishop of Whitehorse. Mrs. Lobsinger thought
becoming a priest was always in the back of her son's mind.
Father Lobsinger had served as Provincial for the St. Paul's Province
of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate for 1-1/2 years when he was appointed
He entered the Oblate order in 1947, and was ordained priest in
1954, following studies at Holy Rosary Scholasticate in Ottawa.
told the B.C. Catholic, a religious publication, that the greatest
challenge in his new role will be to "bring the Good News to
people. Especially those who are indifferent to it. "He
welcomed the new appointment as another opportunity to serve in
what he considers the traditional call of the Oblate order- "to
be with the poor and underprivileged in places nobody else wants,
whether it be in big cities or remote areas."
Lobsingers Visit In Newkirk Okla.
Ross (Jack) and Catherine Lobsinger are in the process of making
their annual summer trek across the country visiting scattered children.First
stop was in Huntsville, Arkansas, where Jack stopped to visit with
his brother Phil before heading on into Oklahoma to visit three
sons in Newkirk.
is a descendant of Peter Lobsinger, founder of one of the lines
of Canadian Lobsingers.In
Newkirk, Oklahoma, Mr. and Mrs. Lobsinger will visit with son Robert
William, who published this newsletter and who is publisher of the
Newkirk Herald Journal; son John Francis Lobsinger, a paramedic
and fireman in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and son Mark Allan Lobsinger,
an employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
John R. Lobsingers also have a son, James Ross, who is an electrical
engineer with Honeywell in Phoenix, Az.In
addition, there are 3 more sons and one daughter still living in
their home town of Lake Worth, Florida; Mary Ann Quinn, Byron Louis,
Patrick Leo, and Michael Eldon. And a bunch of grandchildren...
Branch Of The Lobsinger Family Do You Belong To?
are three distinct branches of the Lobsinger family in the New World:
The Canadian branch which appears to be the largest; the St. Louis
branch; and the Swiss branch.There
are also a few families that so far don't appear to fit into any
of the other groups.
patriarch of the Canadian branch was a fella named Joseph Lobsinger
who appears to have been born about 1810, possibly in the Alsace
Lorraine area of France or in nearby Germany. Joseph
appears to have had at least 4 sons and maybe more. Three of them
appear to have settled in Ontario, Canada, and one was born there.
of them founded a line of Lobsingers that continues today, and most
Lobsingers with Canadian roots can be traced back to one of these
4 brothers: Louis, Peter, Joseph, and Jacob Anthony.Thomas J Lobsinger,
on the front page of this newsletter for instance, is a descendent
of Louis Lobsinger. John Ross Lobsinger is a descendent of Peter.
There are over 700 known descendents of the original Canadian Joseph
St. Louis branch of the family traces its roots back to Langatte,
France to a fella named Nicolas Lobsinger who was born about 1680.One
of his descendants, Antoine Jean Michael Lobsinger came to the new
world in 1837 on the ship Utica with his older brother Joseph, who
was reportedly a Count. (who later turned out to be Joseph, founder
of the Canadian Branch) After Antoine settled in at St. Louis, Count
Joseph returned to France, and later brought another brother, Michael,
over and settled him in Belleville, III, Then he returned to France
again and nothing further is known about him at this time.(Actually,
later research confirms he settled in Canada) If you have roots
in the St. Louis area, you are probably a descendent of Nicolas
Lobsinger. Count Joseph, incidentally, was born in 1804. Could he
have been the mysterious patriarch of the Canadian branch of the
family? (he was)
Beme County, Switzerland... not far from the Alsace Lorraine area,
there are many families of Lobsigers, without the "n"
in their name.One of them, a fella named Benjamin Lobsiger came
to the US and settled in Peoria, Ill. His grandson John William
is the first place the name shows up spelled Lobsinger, with the
"n" in place. John William was the third child in the
family. The older two girls kept the old spelling. If you have a
Lobsiger spelling in your family history, you may belong to any
of several families that appear to have immigrated from Switzerland.
In addition, there are several families that are still total mysteries.
Some are related to the Canadian bunch but the connection is still
obscure. Some don't seem to be related to anybody yet.
It is the purpose of this newsletter to gather as much information
as possible about all of the Lobsinger families until they can all
be placed under a common ancestor
Raises Medical Doctors,
Musicians, And Teachers In Family
Leonard W. Lobsinger, owner of the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in
Sarnia, Ontario is pleased to announce that his daughter Marie Dafoe
is presently in charge of the cancer clinic in Ottawa. She graduated
as a nurse and continued her education in the medical field, attaining
her current position.
husband is Dr.William Dafoe who is on the cardiac team for heart
surgery and transplants in Ottawa. Dr. Dafoe recently returned from
2 weeks in Humana Hospital and Denver, Co., where he studied the
Jarvik Artificiall Heart.
Defoes have two children, Allen, who is 7 years old, and Johanna,
who is 10 months.
and Mrs. Lobsinger also have a son Joseph who is a music instructor
at the Catholic Elementary School. He is married, and he and his
wife Anne have 3 girls, ages 15 and twins 13. Anne is an English
Teacher and part time vocal and drama instructor at St. Patrick's
High School. The Leonard Lobsingers send greetings to the Florida
Lobsingers, whom they have not been able to visit as often as they
Mary (Russell) Lobsinger
Mary (Russell) Lobsinger, born December 9th 1895, died September
l5th, 1987. Wife of Reuben Joseph Lobsinger, mother of Teresa Walsh,
Joan Luciani, Rev. Thomas J. Lobsinger, and Anne Margrett. Grandchildren
includePatrick Walsh, Michael Walsh, Mary Bond, Cathy Pearson, Tom
Luciani, Sharon Thompson, Marie Delaney, and Billy Luciani.She
will be missed by so many.
Does George William Fit In?
Note: This story was pieced together from bits of information and
fragments of poor memories... consequently it proved to be substantially
incorrect a few months later when we received more information)
Collins was a Bomber Pilot in World War II when he got the orders
to attack Hitler's Headquarters in Germany. (Well, It wasn't Loren
Collins, we found out later, it was Lorne Lobsinger) He is one of
the interesting descendents of a man named George William Lobsinger
who started a branch of the Canadian family that included maybe
10 kids and as many as 20 grandchildren and still counting...Loren
is the son of George's daughter Caroline Lobsinger Collins and her
lived atone time in Vancouver, B.C., and at one time in the 1920's,
John Collins owned or sponsored a professional Hockey Club. (Well,
it turns out that he is the son of George's son Louis Steven. John
Collins was his aunt Caroline Lobsinger's husband.) Old George Lobsinger
was probably born about 1820 and lived in Ontario. He later moved
to Regina. He was a farmer, bank trustee, and key custodian of a
prison. He is closely related to the other Lobsinger families from
the Ontario region, but so far no one has been able to make a direct
connection. (George turned out to be the youngest son of Count Joseph
George Lobsinger's address book, which has survived the times, there
are addresses of other Lobsingers of that time from the line of
Peter. His daughter Kate married a man named Hergotte and moved
to Saskatchewan. The Hergotte name is familiar in the Peter Lobsinger
line because some of Peter's descendants bought the Hergotte Machine
Shop in Mildmay, Ontario and converted it into a farm equipment
of the current generation of Lobsingers descending from George's
son Joseph G Lobsinger and by his grandson Roland Lobsinger include
Richard and Tom Lobsinger of Williston, N.D., Gary Lobsinger of
Jamestown, N.D., Mickey Aldrich, also of Jamestown, Louis of Wishek,
N.D., and Susan Kennedy of Williston.
G Lobsinger, (Old George's son), was married to Mary Diemert, a
common name in Ontario.. Another of Joseph G's sons was William
George Lobsinger. His children include William George, Jr, now in
Omaha, NB, James J Lobsinger of Jamestown, N.D., and Jerome M. Lobsinger
of Minot, N.D.George's grandson Raymond is the founder of one of
the California branches of the family, with members in Los Angeles,
Granada Hills, and Frazier Park.
George had several granddaughters, as well, and their descendents
include members of the Hooper, Tipton, Allen, and Crider families
out in the Helena, Montana area.Veronica Olstead, one daughter of
Joseph George, lives in Minneapolis, MN., and her children bring
the Olstead, Kmety, and Christenson names into the family fold.
If anyone out there has any further information on Old George William
Lobsinger, the prison guard, let us know about him. He may be a
brother or son (he was) of Joseph the Canadian Lobsinger patriarch,
and it would be nice to tie him in with all of the rest of the Canadians
House Still Stands
In Village of Langatte, France
Lobsinger's residence, made of field stone, with red clay tile roof,
is still standing in Langatte, France.It was built in 1806, about
180 years ago. It is no longer inhabited, but is in a state of good
repair and is being used to store forage and agricultural equipment,
according to researcher Charles Rink of Collinsville, IL.
has Lobsingers in his ancient lineage, and some of their descendants
founded the St. Louis branches of the Lobsinger family in the new
world. One of those descendants was a man named Antoine Jean Michael
Lobsinger who became an important figure in St. Louis politics and
became quite wealthy in the construction and busline business in
that bustling frontier city. Antoine built a "commodious"
mansion for his day, and furnished it with hand made, oversized
furniture that wouldn't fit in a normal size home. The
Lobsinger Mansion remained a landmark in downtown St. Louis well
into this century, when it was demolished.
Belleville, II, Antoine's brother Michael set up shop and founded
the second branch of the St. Louis Lobsingers. He appeared to
be equally active in the politics of the day, and quite successful
in his own right. Both family lines continue today, with many
descendants still in the St. Louis and Belleville, IL area