I have considerable information onElizabeth Ahrens Koester, spouse of William Koester, who resided and raised a family in Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN, for many years.Though her name is inscribed on her husband's gravestone in Terre Haute, there are no dates--so that was my clue to see if she was buried elsewhere.
From her death certificate in County of Los Angeles, CA, I have the following information.She was born 27 May 1848 in Mechlinburg (sic--should be Mechlenburg), Germany, to father Shoemaker Ahrens (his birthplace unknown) and to a mother of an unknown name and birthplace in Germany.She died 23 Jan 1939 while residing at 2715 Zoe Ave., Huntington Park, CA, where she had lived for the past 15 years (same residence as her daughter Carrie M. Chaplin who was the informant on the death certificate).Altogether she had lived in California for 33 years total [ever since being widowed perhaps?).She had lived in the USA for 74 years, so by my calculation she immigrated at about age 16.She was 90 years old, 7 months and 26 days old at the time of her death by angina pectoris complicated by senility.She is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery near Los Angeles.
Her obituary from the Terre Haute Tribune appears below:
MRS. ELIZABETH KOESTER Mrs. Elizabeth Koester, 94 (sic) years old, former Terre Haute resident, died at 6:30 o'clock Monday morning at her home in Huntington Park, Cal., according to word received here.She is survived by two sons, William F. and Fred E. Koester of Terre Haute; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Grauel of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. C. E. Chaplin and Mrs. E. L. Grasious of Huntington Park, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Funeral services and burial will be Wednesday at Los Angeles, Cal.
I have never known anything about this Ahrens-Koester family before they arrived on the scene in Terre Haute.I think I have some inkling that at least one of the families was from New York state.I should be glad to learn of any additional information to put Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth in the context of her Ahrens family.
Her father's name" is given on the death certificate as "Shoemaker Ahrens"--seems unusual, so I am curious if they are conflating an occupation with a name or if the spelling of his first name could have been Schumacher.Please, post or notify me directly at email@example.com.Maribeth Fischer, Indianapolis, IN