5 No. 2 - September 1993 to January 1994
Hunter Wrote Good-by Note To Family
night I tried to get over the top to get back to camp. 100 yds
short. I was exhausted so I thought I'd drop down & go to
the pickup. I came to a rock bluff and tried to climb down to
the ravine pack pass, fell 15-25 ft., broke my right hip.
love you Mark, Denise, and Elizabeth, Valerie, Julie and Dennis.
Things don't look good right now. God Bless you all and see you
Lobsinger, Sept. 13, 1993
Lobsinger's family: Dennis Joseph, Mark Alan, Jr., Valerie, wife
Denise holding 6 mos old Julie, and Elizabeth.
Hunting Accident Blamed For Death Of Mark Lobsinger, Sr.
Colo. (AP) - An Oklahoma hunter who died from hypothermia near
here (September 13, 1993) last week knew he was going to die but
had time to write a good-bye note to his family, authorities said.
Coroner Mike Ferrara ruled Friday that hunter Mark Lobsinger,
39, died of hypothermia after exposure during a surprise storm.
Searchers found Lobsinger at about 11,400 feet on Independence
Pass, near the bottom of a 20 foot drop.
Lobsinger, from Oklahoma,
had apparently fell down the small cliff and dislocated his right
hip, disabling him and preventing him from finding his way back
to his camp and safety.
had suffered fairly minor injuries, nothing that would have killed
him," Ferrara said.
the fall, Lobsinger crawled to a clearing and rested against a
probably fell asleep, woke up and wrote a note," Ferrara
note says, 'It's Saturday night, I was trying to get back to the
ridge (by his campsite) when I fell."'
exhausted, wet and hypothermic from a surprise storm, the fall
took the rest of the man's energy, authorities said.
speculated that after he wrote a narrative saying what he had
been doing, he passed out from the hip pain. When he woke up,
the father of five had time to write a good-bye note to his family.
knew he was in trouble," said Ferrara, who refused to release
the note. "It's pretty personal stuff. I'm turning it over
to the family."
were called Wednesday afternoon when Lobsinger's partner, Terry
Phillips, returned to camp and found it unoccupied.
Building New House For Mark's Wife & Kids
a dozen years ago, Mark Lobsinger adopted the town of Newkirk,
Oklahoma as his home town, after moving there from Lake Worth,
Florida. Now, the town has adopted his widow and 5 children after
his tragic death in September on a Colorado hunting trip.
in the town are building the family a new home on the little five
acre tract he bought east of town. The family of seven has been
living in an old trailer home on the land he loved, where he gardened,
raised sheep and turkeys and a myriad of other pets.
new home for his wife and kids was Mark's dream and goal. It was
to be his next project. In August, Mark said he planned to start
the home "as soon as I get the pickup paid off." Mark
had the house drawn out on a sheet of paper, to be just behind
the trailer, next to the garden area.
an employee of Southwestern Bell, transferred to Oklahoma from
Southern Bell in about 1978. He and his first wife Nancy and their
infant son Mark, Jr., bought the trailer house and moved it to
the five acres as a temporary dwelling until he got better established.
when tragedy first struck his family, and Nancy came down with
incurable cancer. After two years of suffering and massive medical
expense, Nancy was laid to rest in the Newkirk Cemetery. Mark
cared for her and the baby constantly throughout her illness and
never complained. His smile and pleasant disposition shined through
days that would have broken most of us.
later met and married his second wife, Denise. Together they had
four more children, all packed into the small three bedroom trailer
house that was showing the signs of wear and tear.
new house seemed to be just a vision in the future, with the bills
from Nancy's illness and the expenses of raising five children.
But Mark worked on without complaint. He spent endless hours with
his children, playing catch in the big yard, coaching their softball
and T-ball teams, taking them to the multitude of youth sporting
events across the state, and spending weekends on family camping
would often stick his head into his brother's newspaper office
in the middle of the night with a roll of film to develop... pictures
he had taken of Newkirk kids at a summer baseball game, with anywhere
from one to four of his own kids tagging along behind.
house would get built when it was possible to build one.
personal hobby was hunting. He loved the Colorado Rockies, and
made the trip every summer with other hunting buddies from Newkirk.
For weeks before the hunting trip last summer, Mark was out early
in the morning hiking up and down the gentle hills around Newkirk
with his dogs Drake and Shadow, and sometimes his oldest son,
Mark, Jr. Getting in shape for the trip was a ritual, and even
though he was a husky individual to start with, he knew the challenges
of the Rocky Mountains. This year, the mountains won.
was nobody important. Just a hard-working, blue collar telephone
worker who loved his family, enjoyed his many friends, and never
had an unkind word to say about anyone. He lived his own life
to the fullest and it should be an example of what "real
men" aspire to be and do. People from across the state came
to his funeral. It was one of the largest ever seen in this small
town, and cars in the funeral procession were still leaving the
town when the lead car turned into the cemetery, some two miles
north. Mark was placed at rest beside his first wife, and a triple
wide headstone will someday bear the names of Nancy, Mark, and
Wathor worked the ground and shot the grades for Mark's new house
in the weeks that followed. Joe Leaming brought in his backhoe
and dug the footing. Terry Phillips, and Merle, Steve, Pat, and
Mike Kiser came over and helped pour the footing. Wathor, Bob
Tull, and several others helped form up for the concrete floor
to be poured. Jerry Mitchell volunteered to do the plumbing. Clint
Johnston helped him. A.J. Ford is working on the heating and air
conditioning duct work.
soon as the weather permits, the floor will be poured with help
from Larry Layton and his crew, and then a myriad of carpenters
from the area plan to swoop down on the project for a weekend
'barn raising.' All free labor. Mark Lobsinger touched their lives...
coached their kids, ..joined them on hunting and camping trips,
...kept their telephones working, ... helped his neighbors when
they needed it...
was their turn to do something for him.
From The Mail Bag...
Allan Patrick Lobsinger of St. Albert, Alberta dropped us a note.
It's been a long time since we've heard anything from his branch
of the clan. He's a son of Frank Hugh Lobsinger. Dan has moved
to a new house, but reports he has the same wife and two children.
Daniel Sterling Lobsinger was born August 13, 1988 and Davis Rockwell
Lobsinger was born August 31, 1989. We didn't have either of his
youngsters on the data base, so we were glad to get the new information.
Dan works for Federated Insurance in Edmonton. (House of Peter)
Lobsinger, St. Clair Shores, MI., writes that he enjoys the newsletter
and has saved them all since the very first one. He sadly reports
the death of his sister, Agnes Ducharme on November I3, 1993 at
the aged of 101. David asked us to send the newsletter to his
daughter, Mrs. Robert Degentenaar in Armada, Ml. and we are happy
to do so. (House of Louis)
Schmidt, Mildmay, ON., writes that this has been one of the busiest
years her family has ever had, but they have enjoyed it all. She
and husband John Schmidt celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary
on May 8th and their kids had big plans for the party, but it
had to be canceled due to a bout with the shingles. Nevertheless,
the kids showed up with the fixings for a BBQ and it all turned
out fine. During the 75th Anniversary Homecoming for the town
of Mildmay, they had a house and yard full of friends and relatives
- about 30 in all. Then they attended the International Plowing
Match where son-in-law Gary Napper portrayed Lord Bruce for the
week. She reports husband John's team won the horseshoe championship,
but it was close and they had to have a pitch-off. She reports
also that Ellen Lobsinger underwent surgery in the Fall, but came
through fine and is at the Maple Court Retirement Lodge for the
winter. Amelia Lobsinger was reported to be "hanging in there"
at Brucelea haven, but not doing very well. Dolores also says
she and some girlfriends took a four day trip to Ottawa - her
first visit to the capitol - and thought it was a very beautiful
and clean city. She also sent some photo post cards from the early 1900s
that were produced by Luke William Lobsinger on one of his excursions
to Western Canada. (House of Peter)
Lobsinger (front) with his uncle Ellsworth Bundy. Both worked
in a press room in Regina, SK., in 1912. Alex was a deaf-mute,
son of Joseph L. Lobsinger of Mildmay. (House of Peter)
William Lobsinger in paint shop somewhere in Sasketchewan, apparently
before he moved to Florida. (House of Peter)
and Allean Lobsinger of Denver and Apache Junction, were close
enough to where Mark Lobsinger's hunting accident happened to
hear in on the news, and sent us a sympathy letter. He also reports
that his brother Dale Lobsinger, who lives in California, was
about 25 miles from all the fires, so he "didn't even get
his whiskers singed." Earlier, Harold sent us his brother
Dale's new address, which we appreciate. (House of Antoine)
and I had the pleasure of meeting Harvey and Bev Lobsinger of
Minneapolis while we were attending a conference in that city
in November. They took us out to dinner one night and we enjoyed
ourselves visiting and reconstructing branches on the family tree.
Harvey is the son of Clarence, son of Simon. He lost his son John
to the war in Vietnam, and John's name is engraved on the memorial
in Washington. Beverly has a Macintosh computer, so when we returned,
we sent her a copy of the family data base. She wrote back that
the computer never had to work so hard or so long as it did installing
the family tree. It has something over 4,500 individuals on it
now. We also found out we never got Harvey's daughter Judy Emery
on the mailing list, so we sent her some back issues as well,
to make up for the oversight. She lives in Bemidji, MN.
E. Lobsinger, Mt. Pleasant, Ml., writes to inform us of the deaths
of his uncle Clarence Lobsinger on Sept. 8, 1989, and his brothers
Robert Eli Lobsinger on Sept. 25, 1991 and Paul Peter Lobsinger
on Sept. 18, 1992. George says his grandchildren enjoy reading
the newsletter. (House of Joseph Carl)
Chase, Nanaimo, BC., says she especially enjoyed the last issue,
as it was about the British Columbia branch of the family and
"didn't leave much room for anyone else." She reports
that her daughter Penny and husband Al Spidel had perfect weather
for their 25th anniversary cruise on Holland America Sept.18th.
She also says Lorne and Wily Lobsinger visited with them for several
days recently and all seem to be doing fine. (House of George)
Lang, Regina, SK., says she spent a couple of weeks in Toronto
in June with her son Tony and his wife Sarogini, who have a new
baby (see last newsletter). While she was there, they visited
the Ontario Agricultural Museum which has on display several of
the Lobsinger Threshing Machines and the old apple press from
Mildmay, where the family produced apple juice, cider, and butter
during the threshing off season.
also managed to find a cemetery list for St. Agatha, hoping to
find (Count) Joseph Lobsinger and his wife Mary, since they lived
in that area and many of their children were baptized there. But
no luck. She says there are about a dozen iron crosses with no
markings, and they may be among the unmarked ones. There are over
twenty Hergotts buried there, several Tschirharts, and a few Webers...
possibly Mary's family. (House of Peter)
Teresa Ann (Lobsinger)
and husband Brian Baker. She is the daughter of John F. Lobsinger
of Lake Worth, FL., and currently lives in Miami, FL. (House of
P. Lobsinger of Hanover, ON., says he enjoys reading of the many
people in the family who have succeeded in life. He also sent
us some of the details on his particular branch of the family
and we appreciate the information. Arthur and his wife Lois June
(Weidner) are parents of Allen P. Lobsinger and Ann E Lobsinger.
Allen and his wife Joan Louise (Cronin) have provided Arthur with
four grandsons, Adam, Trevor, Jason, and David Lobsinger. Until
this small population explosion, this was one of the smallest
branches of the House of Louis.
M. (Lobsinger) Richardson of Tarawa Terrace, NC., asks how many
issues are in a volume of the newsletter. Four. We do have a few
copies of past issues, except for/the first volume, which is all
gone. We can regenerate the type on those from the computer, but
not the photographs. Anyone wanting back issues please write and
we'll try to fill the order as long as they last. Postage donations
always appreciated. (House of Louis)
Paulitzke, Elliot Lake, ON., sent us some postage money, but no
news. Maybe next time. Thanks for the bucks, just the same! (House
Evelyn Lobsinger sent
us a photo of her husband Giles, who celebrated his 90th birthday
with a gathering of friends and neighbors on August 22,1993. Giles
was born in Carlsrue, ON., and later moved to Hanover. He currently
lives in Stratford. He has five children, all married, and 14
grandchildren. But we only have 12 of them on the data base. Who
are the most recent two? (House of Louis)
Lobsinger recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Shown here at
his favorite pastime, playing cards. (House of Louis)
Schwehr, Blind River, ON., asks us to change her mailing address
and we will do that. We appreciate notification of address changes
as it saves a lot of time trouble and money sending these things
out. (House of George)
and Elly Lobsinger, Maple Ridge, BC, sent us a nice letter regarding
the stories on the Collett Ranch and Allan Collet's family. Much
of the original land has now been sold off, he says, and is being
used to raise Gensing, which draws a hefty price due to its supposed
medicinal properties in the Far East. According to a news brief,
25 acres of the crop is worth about $4 million, and with a new
potato digger type of harvesting machine, takes only 6 people
instead of 80. Elly says I got Marie (Lobsinger) Bartolome's age
wrong in the last newsletter - she's only 86 instead of in her
90s - and I'll probably hear about it. Sorry. (House of George)
jolly old England comes a note from Sr. Janet Mikol, who says
she had no idea she had so many relatives in the world. She is
a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Aidan's Convent
in Huyton. (House of Louis)
Rinck (with a "c") dropped us the obituary of Sylvester
Lobsinger. It's been awhile since we heard from Charles, and we're
glad to know he's still around. Charles, or someone else related
to Sylvester: If you know, could you tell us if Laura Ann is the
daughter of Dolores or Stephen in the obituary. The way it is
written, it is impossible to tell which family she belongs to.
Lobsinger and her sister Margaret Ann Lobsinger of Lake Worth,
FL., Both are daughters of the late Luke William Lobsinger from
Mildmay, ON. (House of Peter)
Maslen, Lucan, ON., sent us the picture of her only daughter Linda
Marie, who was married to Cecil Wood on May 15,1993. He is the
son of Pearl Wood of Exeter. A reception was held at the Lucan
Legion. She also attended the 90th birthday of Giles Lobsinger
in Stratford where she and husband Leonard met a few relatives
they had not seen in awhile. On Sept. 26, they went to Hamilton,
ON., to celebrate her brother Elmer's 70th birthday. All the family
including brothers and sisters were there and had a great time
exchanging gag gifts. (House of Louis)
and Mrs. Cecil Wood were married May 15, 1993. She is the former
Linda Marie Maslen. (House of Louis)
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil
Wood were married May 15, 1993. She is the former Linda Marie
Maslen. (House of Louis)
Jean Mier Blancher says she enjoyed reading the article in the
last issue about Langatte, France, as she remembers her mother
talking about it when she was a young girl. She also sent us an
address change for her son Patrick Blancher, which we have made.
(House of Joseph Carl)
Lobsinger, Kitchener, ON., sent us a short note telling us he
enjoys the newsletter, as well as some postage money. Thank you,
and sympathy on the loss of your son David. We did not receive
the news until recently. (House of Louis)
Richard J. Lobsinger of Warren, Ml., writes that his daughter
Laurie and her husband James Cross have a new baby boy born May
31st, 1993 by the name of Matthew James Cross. He's expecting
another grandchild in March by way of his daughter Denise and
her husband Dale Alexander. (House of Peter)
G. Lobsinger of Holiday, FL says, "Appreciate receiving 'Lobsingers'
Keep up the good work." Thanks for the vote of confidence.
(House of Michel)
Barthel of Freeburg, IL writes that since reading about the Gemma's
trip to Langatte, she now knows where her great grandparents are
buried: Charles Lobsinger and Anne Marie Wetzer. She is still
trying to find out about Jean Nicolas Klein and Marguerite Lobsinger
Klein. who died in 1854 in a cholera epidemic in the St. Louis
area. The tree has kinda lost it's leaves and is hard to trace
back. Good luck.
seem to be no living Lobsingers from this branch of the family
in the new world. But there are a bunch of Kleins. The family
is related however, to the original Langatte Lobsinger of about
1645, through his son Nicolas, Nicolas's son Etienne, to Etienne's
son Charles. (The rest of the Yankee Lobsingers are descended
from Etienne's other son Antoine.) Charles's son Sebastien had
a daughter Marguerite who married Jean Nicolas Klein, and these
are the people from whom Vera Barthel descends. Anyone know what
happened to them?
Alan Lobsinger, Sr.
Allan Lobsinger, Sr., resident of Newkirk, Okiahoma, died Monday,
Sept. 13, I 993 as the result of a fall in a hunting accident
in the Aspen, Colorado area. He was 39.
son of John Ross and Catherine Marie (Davis) Lobsinger, he was
born September 28, 1954 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He grew up
in Lake Worth, Florida where he attended Sacred Heart Primary
School and graduated from Cardinal Newman High School. After graduation
he began his career as an employee of the Southern Bell Telephone
System, working as a cable technician and repairman.
November 2, 1974 he and Nancy Ellen Kraus were married in Lake
Worth, where they established their first home. In the summer
of 1979 they moved to Ponca City, OK., where he had accepted a
transfer to Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. They lived in
Ponca City for a short time before moving to rural Newkirk. On
May 1,1982, Mrs. Lobsinger died after an extended illness.
August 20, 1982 he and Starla Denise Womack were married at Donaldsonville,
Georgia. They established their home in rural Newkirk where they
have since resided.
was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the
Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Communications
Workers of America Union. He was involved in youth activities
of all kinds and coached T-Ball and Little League teams in the
area. He loved hunting and the rugged country of Colorado where
he died. He spent many hours with his children at their sports
functions and games, and endless more time playing with them in
the yard at home.
is survived by his wife, Denise; five children, Mark, Jr., Elizabeth,
Valerie, Dennis, and Julie, all of the home; his mother, Mrs.
Catherine Lobsinger of Lake Worth, Florida; six brothers, Robert
William Lobsinger of Newkirk, James Ross Lobsinger of Phoenix,
Arizona, John Francis Lobsinger, Byron Louis Lobsinger, and Patrick
Leo Lobsinger, all of Lake Worth, Florida, and Michael Eldon Lobsinger
of Port St. Lucie, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Michael (Mary Ann)
Quinn of Bloomfield, Kentucky; and many nephews and nieces.
service was held at 7 p.m. Monday in Miller-Stahl Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 21
in St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Lowell Stieferman
as Celebrant. Burial followed in the Newkirk Cemetery under the
direction of Miller-Stahl funeral Service. Pall Bearers were Don
Backhaus, Roger Davison, Amsden Mothes, Marlin Parker, Terry Phillips,
and Larry Young.
memorial fund has been established for the children's education.
Contributions may be made in Mr. Lobsinger's memory through Eastman
National Bank of Newkirk, or the Bank of Oklahoma, Newkirk Branch,
Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647. (House of Peter)
Ducharme, of Walkerton, ON., passed away at Brucelea Have, Walkerton
on Saturday, November 13, 1993. She was 101.
by four brothers, Edward Lobsinger of Hamilton, Clarence and David
Lobsinger of Detroit, and Irwin Lobsinger of Walkerton. Also survived
by nieces and nephews.
by her husband Joseph Ducharme; three sisters Christine, Isabelle,
and Helen, and one brother Norman.
was at the Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton. Funeral
Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 10 am at Sacred heart Church,
Walkerton. Internment in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton.
Bearers were John Voisin, Rob Voisin, Harry Schnurr, Ron Lobsinger,
Len Schmidt and Scott Koeslag.
Service was held at Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home on Monday,
Nov. 14. CWL service was held Monday at 2:30 pm.
donations the Brucelea Haven, Walkerton, would he appreciated
as expressions of sympathy. (House of Louis)
W. Lobsinger died at Freeport Hospital Health Care Village with
his family at his side, on Saturday, June l 9, 1993. Robert Walter
Lobsinger, of 131 Roger St., Waterloo, was age 69 years.
was a member of St. Louis Church. He had served overseas in the
Second World War with the Perth Regiment as a Corporal. He had
been employed as a tool and die maker with Electro Porcelain Co.
Ltd. for 30 years retiring in 1986 due to ill health.
husband of the former Kathleen (Kay) Marcella for 50 years; loving
father to Robert and his wife Melanie of Heidelberg, Lyn and her
husband Ray Spiewak of Kitchener; brother to Arthur and his wife
Mary of Salmon Arm, B.C., Rita Barney of Kitchener, Buppy to Bradley
and his friend Silvia and Erin; Grandpa to Stephen and Andrea.
Also survived by two sisters-in-law, Evelyn of Waterloo and Jean
of British Columbia. Fondly remembered brother-in-law of Thomas
Marcella and his wife Donna and Robert Marcella and his wife Jackie.
He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
by his parents, George Lobsinger and Matilda Margalini and one
may call at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King St. W., Kitchener,
from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, today (Monday) where the parish prayers will
be recited at 8:30 pm. Prayers will be said at the funeral home
Tuesday at 10 am, followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 am at St.
Louis Church with Father Bob Liddy, CR, officiating. Cremation
to follow. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of K-W
or Freeport Hospital Health Care Village Palliative Care Unit,
as expressions of sympathy.
Michael Lobsinger died on Friday, June 18, 1993 at Stratford General
Hospital in his 44th year. David Michael Lobsinger was the dear
son of Laurier and Verna Lobsinger of Kitchener. Loving father
of Rhonda Lobsinger of Kingston. Fondly remembered by brothers
Howard of Toronto and Frank and his wife Kim of Tillsonburg and
one sister, Sharon Wilson and her husband John of St. Agatha.
Dear grandfather of one grandchild.
were incomplete in the notice we received.
to the Children's Wish Foundation, 1730 McPherson Court, Unit
30, Pickering, ON., would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy
by the family.
J. Lobsinger, 74, of Belleville, born March 23,1919, in Belleville,
died Monday, October 11,1993, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
was retired from the pans department at Stag Brewery; a World
War II Army Veteran; member of Teamsters Local #50, Teamsters
Retirement Club, Stag Brewery Retirement Club, and served on the
Board of Directors of the Belleville Area Humane Society.
was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Magdalene, "Lena",
nee Grimmig, Lobsinger; a brother, Marcelles Lobsinger; and a
granddaughter, Lisa Kay Lehr.
are his wife, Martha, nee Schempp, Lobsinger; a son and daughter-in-law,
Stephen and Fusayo Lobsinger of Fairview Heights; a daughter and
son-in-law, Dolores Faith and Gary Lehr of Belleville; a brother,
Alvin P. Lobsinger of Belleville; a grandson, Eric John Lobsinger;
and a granddaughter, Laura Ann and husband, Kevin Schanics, of
Services were held at 11 am Thursday at Pete Gaerdner Funeral
Home in Belleville, with Deacon Al DuBois officiating. Burial
was in College Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Memorials may be made
to Humane Society of Belleville Area. (House of Michel)
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