My great-grandparents, John and Gertrude Kramer (or Cramer) Pape, are buried in Lot 18, Block 6 of St. Henry's Cemetery on Chicago's north side.
Gertrude Kramer or Cramer was born January 9, 1859, and baptized January 11, 1859, at Sankt Servinus Katholisch [Catholic Church] in Calle Meschede, Westphalia, Germany. Her parents were Joseph Cramer and Catharina Becker, and she had two sisters and one brother. She attended a boarding school in Paderborn, Germany, when she was 18 years old. In 1885 or 1888 she emigrated, and married John Pape in 1888. They had seven children. It appears that she lived almost all her life in the United States in Evanston, Illinois. She may have had family in Fowler, Indiana. She died of liver cancer on August 20, 1919.
John (Johannes) Pape was the oldest of four living sons of Jacob Pape and Maria Elisabeth Gierse. He was born October 25, 1851, and baptized October 28, 1851, in Boedefeld, Westphalia, Germany. John came to the USA in 1880. At least one brother stayed in Germany and at least one other (Anton, along with first wife Regina and son Hugo) also came to the United States.
John became a US citizen on August 15, 1892. Gertrude Kramer/Cramer was his second wife; his first wife and two daughters by her died in Germany. His third wife was Hedwige Agnes Reimer? who died May 16, 1937. John was a carpenter and later a dry goods merchant (Singer & Pape) in Evanston and north Chicago. He died on March 9, 1945, at age 93 from liver cancer, chronic myocarditis and arteriosclerosis.
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