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Family History

The information published here is a collection from various websites.

Some of this information is based upon research in progress and

and has not necessarily been proven or finalized.

Welcome to our family pages.  We are Jay Funk and Barbra Ballard Funk and these pages are a labor of love for our children and the reset of the family.  These pages are simply an attempt to research and document where our families have come from, plus any other interesting tid-bits.

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Lesser Family

The Volga Germans

The Germans who left their homeland to settle in the Volga valley did so at the invitation of the Russian Tsarina Catherine.  On December 4, 1762, Catherine the Great issued a Manifesto inviting Western Europeans to settle in Russia. However, it was her second Manifesto of July 22, 1763, which offered transportation to Russia, religious and political autonomy, and land that incited many Western Europeans, mostly Germans, to migrate to Russia.  By the end of 1767 German settlers, coming primarily from central Germany, had organized more than one hundred colonies along the Volga River near Saratov. By 1869, the German population in the Volga region would exceed 250,000.                            http://www.ahsgr.org/villages.htm


History of the Village Frank
http://bouldernet.com/frank/

The colony of Frank was officially founded in 1767. At first the colony did not have a name, only a number, and was called Frank by the colonists. Shortly after this, it received its official Russian name of Med-Weditskoi Krestovoi Bujerak. According to the "Dictionary of Geographical Expressions, the word "buerak" means a ravine, gorge, hollow, or depression. It is a loan word from the Turkic language and in Russian occurs through-out the area of the Privolzhskaia Vozvyshennost (Volga Hills) which the Germans called the "Bergseite".

The village of Frank was called by the Russians, "Medveditskoi Krestovoi Buerak". "Medved" is a bear. "Medveditsa is a she bear, and "krest" a crossing. In addition Frank was located on the left bank of the river. So the Russian interpretation of the name of Frank would by "Bear Crossing Ravine".

Frank was located on the east bank of the Medveditsa River, on the western edge of the Saratov Province of the Lower Volga area. It is primarily an agricultural area, with some oil and gas resources in the area.

The village of Frank was populated by German immigrants at the invitation of Catherine-the-Great of Russia. It is believed that many of the original settlers were from the Hessen area of Germany, in the 1760's.

The official statistics state that 525 people of the Lutheran faith were settled here in 1767. Most of them had left their homelands the previous spring and had spend over a year in getting there. Many traveled by ship from Germany to Oranienbaum (near St. Petersburg) and then by wagons or boats to the steppes of the Volga.

According to tradition, the colonists found little or no preparation had been made for them. and like the settlers in the other Volga colonies, they had to dig into the banks of the river to make crude shelters for themselves. However, after a number of years, the village of Frank became a very prosperous agriculture community.

The picture of the church is that of the third church erected Frank. It was build in 1842 in what was called the :KontorStil (Official Style). It seated 1,114 people but more were often accommodated. The small old wooden church was then rebuilt in the daughter colony of Neu-Frank. The church was the focal point of the colony. From the bell tower, the sexton announced the deaths in the community by means of the church bell, designating by the first peals, whether the deceased by a man, woman, or child, and then tolling out the age. The bells were further used in cases of fire, and blizzards in order to direct wanderers to the village.

In the early years, educational interest was not high. The principal aim of the whole system was to perpetuate the German language and the traditional and religious customs and practices. In subsequent year the educational cause was promoted and higher educational standards realized.

Frank families were large. Like all pioneers, a part of their service was to multiply and replenish the steppes. Despite suffering, sacrifice, and struggle, the population grew.

When in the early seventies of the 19th century the Czar put an end to all privileges and was determined to make of these Germans full-fledged Russians, they sought a land of liberty, and America was the magnet. Emigration began almost at once, some going to South America, a few to Canada, but by far the largest number came to the United States.

Many settled in the State of Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Washington State and California. The immigration period started to decline about 1915.

 

Original Settlers of Frank FRANK                             http://bouldernet.com/frank/settlers.html
(Russian name: Medweditskij or Medwedizkoi Krestowoj Bujerak), present name is Medweditza, Kanton: Frank, Wolost: Frank. Established May 16, 1767, 115 families, 525 settlers, Lutheran Colony on the Bergseite, near Saratov and Engels, Russia. Listing of names as given by Mr. Carl Eckhardt, Hastings, Nebraska in Die Welt Post, October 19, 1939.

    47. Lesser

 


Lesser Family Research


Samuel Lesser,
born January 28, 1836 and died on January 13, 1924 and “thus aged 87 years, 11 months, 16 days” was also born in Russia.
wife died in Russia 43 years prior.

Jacob Lesser  married  Elizabeth Lesser

Children
__ Jacob F Lesser 1870-1952

1906 imigrated from Frank, Russia

?? Henry Lesser 1862 - 1934


Jacob F Lesser 1870 - 1952



Jacob F Lesser 1870-1952
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30426694/jacob-f-lesser
Loveland Reporter Herald, Saturday, November 22, 1952 (Page 4 column 4)  Loveland, Colorado
JACOB F. LESSER FUNERAL TO BE MONDAY

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. for the late Jacob F. Lesser, who died Thursday morning in a local nursing home, where he had been for the past 14 months. The services will be held from the Kibbey Funeral home with the Rev. A. Brenning officiating. Interment will be made in Lakeside cemetery.

He was born in Frank, Russia, on June 6, 1870, to Jacob and Elizabeth Lesser. In 1906, he came to America, settling in Loveland, and has lived at 543 E. Thirteenth since then.

His wife and two sons preceded him in death. Mrs. Lesser died in 1948; one son, John was drowned in the flood of the Big Thompson river in 1950, and another son, Henry of Greeley, was burned to death in an auto accident in 1951.

Anna Mary Herbst Lesser
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30426680/anna-mary-lesser
Loveland Reporter Herald July 10, 1948 (Page 1 column 1)  Loveland, Colorado
Death Takes Mrs. Lesser

Mrs. Anna Mary Lesser, 77, wife of Jacob Lesser of 544 East 13th street, died last night after an extended illness of heart trouble and high blood pressure. She was born in Frank Russia, September 19, 1871, and had lived in Loveland since coming to America in 1907. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church.

Survivors are her husband; three sons, Henry Lesser and Jacob Lesser, Jr., of Greeley and John Lesser of Loveland and a brother George Herbst of Loveland.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock at the Kibbey Funeral Home. Interment Lakeside cemetery.

Children
1. Henry S Lesser 1900-1950
2. John Lesser      1903-1949
3. Jacob F Lesser  1909-1910     https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/145255548/jacob-f-lesser
4. Jacob Lesser     1912-1983

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/41831525/henry-samuel-lesser

Loveland Daily Herald, Saturday, January 2, 1960 (Page 2 Column 6)

Loveland, Colorado

HENRY LESSER DIES AT HOSPITAL HERE FRIDAY

Henry S. Lesser, 85, formerly of 731 Adams, died Friday at Loveland Memorial hospital. Since September he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. James Teal of Johnstown.

Mr. Lesser was born Aug. 29, 1874 in Russia where he was married in 1899. His wife died in Loveland in 1940. He was a member of the First Congregational church of this city.

Survivors include the following children: Mrs. Teal and Reinhold Lesser of Johnstown; Conrad Lesser of Cheyenne; Henry Lesser, Jr., of Windsor; Harry Lesser of San Diego, Calif.; John Lesser of Denver; Sam Lesser, in service in France; Mrs. Lydia Lovejoy of Ventura, Calif.; Mrs. Helen Floth of Greeley and Mrs. Linda Oppido of Santa Cruz, Calif. There also are 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Congregational church, with the Rev. A. Brenning officiating. Interment will be in Lakeside cemetery, with Kibbey's in charge of arrangements.

Escorts were Vill Lesser, Conrad Lesser, Don Lesser, Henry Lesser, John Lesser and Reinhold Lesser.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/41831524/elizabeth-katherine-lesser

Loveland Reporter Herald, Wednesday, December 4, 1940 (Page 1 Column 7)

Loveland, Colorado

Mrs. Henry Lesser Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Elizabeth K Lesser, 62, wife of Henry S. Lesser, died Tuesday afternoon at her home, 731 Adams, from a sudden heart attack which she suffered at ten o’clock in the morning. Mrs. Lesser had done her housework as usual and had not complained of feeling ill, when she was seized with the sudden illness, from which she did not regain consciousness. Her death came as a great shock to her family and friends.

Mrs. Lesser moved to Loveland from Johnstown in February, where she had resided since 1917. Before coming to Colorado she had lived in the state of Washington.

Survivors are her husband; and eleven children, Conrad, Reinhold and Mrs. James Teal of Johnstown; Henry of Windsor; Harry of Denver; Lydia of Nampa, Idaho; John of Frederick, Colo.; Mrs. John Floth of Greeley; Sam and Olinda of Loveland. Also a sister, Mrs. Margaret Bretgauer of Brush, and two brothers, Jake Schissler of Ione and Chris Schissler of Brighton.

Funeral services will be held at the Congregational church Friday at 2 p.m. Interment will be made in Lakeside Cemetery.

********** Kirchenbote Vol. 59 A #5, January 30, 1941  Yankton, South Dakota

Katharina Elisabeth Lesser, nee Schissler, was born 1 August 1878 in Walter, Russia. She was the daughter of Christian and Margarina Schissler.

On 10 April 1900 she married Heinrich S Lesser. The family immigrated to America in 1906. They lived in Ritzville, Washington, Walla Walla, Washington and in 1917 came to Weld County in Colorado. They farmed in Johnstown, Colorado. In February 1940 they moved to Loveland.

She died 3 December at the age of 62 years 4 months and 8 days.

Loveland, Colorado Gaeckle, Pastor

Children: (8)

Conrad Lesser 1904-1992 of Cheyenne

Reinhold Lesser 1906-1990 of Johnstown

Elizabeth L. Lesser Teal 1908-2012 of Johnstown CO

Henry Lesser Jr. 1910-1989 of Windsor

Harry Lesser 1911-1999 of San Diego, Calif.

Lydia Lesser Lovejoy of Ventura, Calif.; 

Linda Lesser Oppido of Namps Idaho / Santa Cruz, Calif.

Sam Lesser of Loveland CO


John T. Lesser : 1915 - 2004
John T. Lesser a resident of Loveland since 1987, died Monday, October 11, 2004. He was born October 10, 1915 to Henry S. and Catherine E. Schissler Lesser in Walla Walla, WA.A former resident of Denver, John was a tire builder for Gates Rubber Comapny for 37 years before retiring in 1974. He was a member of Church of Hope Lutheran Church and loved gardening, woodworking and fishing.Preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters, John is survived by his wife, Nellie Lesser; son, Roger T. Lesser and wife, Judy, of Denver, CO; stepson, Ray Homeburg and wife, Chris, of Westminister, CO; stepdaughters, Mary Ann Greth and husband, Richard, of Peoria, Az, Janet Homeburg of Thornton, CO; brother, Sam Lesser of Loveland, CO; sisters, Helen Heimbegner of Greeley, CO and Elizabeth Teal of Johnstown, CO; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.A service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 15, 2004 at the Church of Hope Lutheran Church.Interment wiill be in Foothills Garden of Memory, Longmont, CO.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO 80538.

Helen Lesser Floth Heimbegner : 1917 - 2017

     
Death: June 3, 2017        Helen & Mother
                                      Elizabeth Catherine Schissler

Helen Lesser of Greeley CO was born August 8, 1917 in Moreno, Colorado to Elizabeth Catherine Schissler, Mother, and Henry Lesser, Father, both whom were born in Russia. Her Grandparents, Samuel Lesser, born January 28, 1836 and died on January 13, 1924 and “thus aged 87 years, 11 months, 16 days” was also born in Russia. His wife, Mom’s grandmother, died in Russia 43 years prior.
She married John Floth on September 15, 1937. Together they had four children, Jon Jr., Judy, Jeanette, and Jayne. John Sr. preceded her in death in 1981 along with her only son, Jon Jr. who also died in 1981. She tirelessly sacrificed her own needs for those of her family cherishing her strong German faith and roots, along with the courage that only God can allow to see her through.
In January of 1985 she married George Heimbegner, who died on April 3, 2003. They enjoyed a wonderful friendship together spending many hours walking, being with friends and family, and traveling.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Judy Simmons (Rob), Jeanette Roe (Bob) all of California and Jayne Shields (John) of Eaton, CO; grandchildren, Jesse, J.D., Josh, Chelsea, Bonnie and John; great grandchildren, Dominic, Greta, Conner, Luke, Mallory and Jordan; brother, Samuel Lesser and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Floth and George Heimbegner; son, Jon Floth, Jr.; five brothers and three sisters.

http://adamsonchapels.com/book-of-memories/2949326/Heimbegner-Helen/obituary.php

1930 United States Federal Census - Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado : Lottie age 24

Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colorado) October 23, 1930 - Henry Lesser - Fined for Speeding

 










Birth:        1903               Death: January 6, 1947
Parents:    John David Lesser 1875-1956 & Anna Margaret Bath Lesser 1875-1960
Spouse:      Lydia Reider 1905-1982
Siblings:    John L Lesser 1897-1974  Anna Margaret Lesser Frank 1899-1987  
                  Conrad 1900-1928 Fredrick 1907-1964  George 1910-1986  Adolph John 1915-2008  David 1917-1996
Children:   Elmer Robert 1921-1922  Ruth May Lesser Lowery 1923-2010  LeRoy Rober 1924-2010  
                  Florence L Lesser Stotts 1933-2001  Ruby J Lesser 1935-1996
1930 United States Federal Census - Mead, Weld, Colorado
    - Henry age 27; Lydia Reider age 25; LeRoy age 5; Irene age 1

Loveland Daily Herald, Tuesday, January 7, 1947 (Page 1 Column 1)
Loveland, Colorado
HENRY LESSER DIES MONDAY
Henry J. Lesser, 43, died at his home near Longmont Monday of a heart attack. He had farmed in the Loveland and Longmont districts the past twenty years.
The deceased was born in Frank, Russia, and came to the United States in 1914.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lydia Reider Lesser; four daughters, Mrs. LeRoy Lowery of Tabbanash, Washington; Irene, Florence and Ruby Lesser; and two sons, LeRoy Lesser and Raymond Lesser; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Lesser of East Fourth street, Loveland, a sister, Mrs. Henry A. Frank, and six brothers John, Fred, George, Jake, Dave, and Adolph Lesser.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, except that the service will be at Peace Lutheran church in Longmont.
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Loveland Daily Herald, Thursday, January 8, 1947 (Page 5 Column 5)
LESSER FUNERAL TO BE THURSDAY
Funeral services will be held at the Peach Lutheran church in Longmont Thursday at 2 p.m. for Henry J. Lesser, 43, who died at his home near Longmont Monday of a heart ailment. He had formerly lived in the Loveland community.
Rev. George Busch will conduct the services at Longmont, arrangement for which are being made at the Howe mortuary. Burial will be at Loveland Thursday between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.



Heinrich "Henry" Lesser 1862 - 1934 & Katherine Schisler 1864 - 1930

Heinrich "Henry" Lesser
Birth:           April 7, 1863 in Frank Russia

Marriage:    Katherine
Death:         March 6, 1934 in Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Coloado
Burial:         Riverside Cemetery @ Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado, USA
                    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74316062/henry-lesser

     LESSER
1930 United States Federal Census - Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado
  - Henry age 67 - John age 26
  - Immigration: 1903 from Russia
  - Ted & Lottie & Maxine Farmer - Katherine Helzer
  - Address: 830 Main Street,
 

Maria Katherine Schisler                                                Catherine Schisler on son John's Death Certificate
Birth:           October 10, 1864 in Walter Russia                         https://www.geni.com/people/Maria-Lesser/6000000066476592136
Occupation: Midwife
Death:          February 6, 1930 in Colorado
Burial:          Riverside Cemetery @ Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado, US

The Lesser family fled Russia in 1904, first to Switzerland and then to the United States. 
Henry was a wealthy land owner in the lower Volga area in Russia (??and served in the Russian Parliament according to Grandma Lesser??) 
 

Henry and Katherine's Children

 

1. Katherine "Katie" Lesser          
Birth:         Dec 10, 1886 in Frank or Walter Russia
Marriage:  Peter M. Adler, Jr. on May 17, 1906
                  Peter Morris Adler, Jr. born November 13, 1884 in Kolb, Saratow, Russia
                      Father:  Peter Adler born April 1859 in Russia
                      Mother: Mary born Sept 1859 in Russia
                      Immigration: 1893
                      Death:  March 24, 1956 in Loveland, CO
                      1900 United States Federal Census - Hastings, Adams, Nebraska
                      1920 United States Federal Census - Hastings, Adams, Nebraska - Peter Adler, Sr. age 61
Children:   Harry Peter Adler 1907-1972
                  Helen Alfreida Adler Strasheim 1908-1986
                  Rudolph Henry Adler 1922-1982
                  Victor F Adler 1926-1926
                  Elsie Sarah Adler Winn 1927-2002

                ?? Pauline K. Adler born 1922 in Fort Morgan, Colorado|Marriage:  David Kuntsmann Death:  1994 in Carlsbad, New Mexico
Death:       May 22, 1969 in Loveland, Colorado
Burial:         Loveland Burial Park @ Loveland Colorado

1918 World War I Draft Registration - Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado
 

 

2. Anna Margaret Lesser
Birth:         December 14, 1888 in Frank Russia. 
Marriage:  Conrad Batt born November 13, 1882 in Russia; died 1941
                      Father:  Conrad Batt born August 1854 in Russia
                      Mother: Mary Batt born Janyary 1856 in Russia
                      Immigration: 1889 Germans from Russia to New York, NY destined for Kansas or Dakotas
                      1900 United States Federal Census - Hastings City, Adams, Nebraska - Conrad age 17
Children:   Melvin L      born ~1912 in Nebraska
                  Rosa A Batt born ~1916 in Nebraska
Death:       February 20, 1967
Burial:       Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff Nebraska

1910 United States Federal Census - Winters Creek, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
    - Conrad age 28 - Laborer Beet Field - immigrated 1889 from Russia
    - Annie    age 21 - Laborer Beet Field - immigrated 1902 from Russia
1917 World War I Draft Registration - Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska
1920 United States Federal Census - Castle Rock, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
    - Conrad age 37 - Farmer - immigrated 1889 from Russia
    - Annie    age 31 - immigrated 1902 from Russia
    - Melvine L age 8 & Rosa A age 4 both born in Nebraska
 

3. Henry Lesser   Birth: 1890-92 in Frank Russia and died shortly after birth

4. Amalie / Amelia  Lesser born Nov 10, 1894 in Frank Russia

5. Henriette Lesser            born May 19, 1896 in Frank Russia
 

6. George Lesser  
Birth:        July 30, 1900
Death:      September 3, 1982 in Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado
Burial:      Memory Gardens @ Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado, USA
According to my Grandma Lesser/Funk, George was a brakeman for the railroad.  Got hurt and was disabled.
1918 World War I Draft Registration - Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado

1918 Farmer - Employer: Henry Lesser - Address: 810 Ensign St, Fort Morgan, Colorado
 

7. Henry Lesser  born 1903
 

8. John Adolph Lesser
Birth:           July 20, 1904 in Lapeer Michigan, one month after Henry and Katherine came to the USA .
Occupation: John was a musician and entertainer, playing accordion.
Marriage:     Ella Fanny Sanks on August 16, 1924
1930 United States Federal Census - Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado : John age 26 Farm Laborer
Death:          April 11, 1934 in Denver Colorado [Death Certificate]
                      Father: Henry Lesser of Germany  Mother: Catherine Schisler of Germany
                      Informant: Virginia Lesser Farmer P155 California
Burial:          Riverside Cemetery in Denver Colorado 4-14-34 [rootsweb] [Find A Grave]

 

 

9. Virginia "Lottie" Lesser
Birth:            October 10, 1905 in Ft. Morgan Colorado                 
Marriage:     Ted Farmer ~1926   Birth: ~1905-06 in Kansas  Father: Charlies Farmer born ~1862  Mother:
                     1915 Kansas State Census 0 Lincoln, Crawford, Kansas : Ted age 9
                     1930 Occupation: Cook Restaurant
Children:      Maxine born in December 1926 in Colorado
Death:          November 15, 1987 in Denver, Colorado [Social Security Death Index]
Burial:         


 


Hooker Nebraska

 

John Lesser  1904-1934

John Lesser
Birth:           July 30, 1904 in Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan
Occupation: John was a musician and entertainer, playing accordion.
Marriage:     Ella Fanny Sanks on August 16, 1924

1930 United States Federal Census - Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado : Henry age 67 - John age 26

Death:
          April 11, 1934 in Denver Colorado (Death Certificate)
Burial:          Riverside Cemetery in Denver Colorado 4-14-34 (rootsweb) (Find A Grave)

 

Ella Fanny Sanks
Birth:            April 7, 1908 in Hooker Nebraska -- Ella was one of eight children
Father:         Claude Everett Sanks (born May 5, 1883)
Mother:        Flora Mae Wengard (born Feb 29, 1884 in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE.
Death:
          November 14, 1935 in Deer Lodge, Montana
Burial:          ?????

Ella Fanny Sanks

1935

Marriage #1 John Lesser on August 16, 1924
Marriage #2 Leland Holcomb about 1929

Children:

1. Dorothy Alvina Lesser

Birth:        April 20, 1925 in Gering, Nebraska
                 Dorothy moved to Montana with parents Ella and Lee at the age of 7.
                 After the death of her mother, she was placed in the state orphans home in Twin Bridges from
                 1935 to 1941.  After 1941, She lived with the Tom and Nellie Wilson family on Indian Creek
1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Dorothy Holcomb age 14

Marriage: #1 Harold Donegan Funk in 1942; Harold died in 1962.
Marriage: #2 Larry Duncan Preston on April 24, 1981.
Death:      Dorothy went home to be in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, June 25, 2007


1. Mildred Lucille Lesser born about 1927 in Gering, Nebraska

1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Mildred Holcomb age 13
Death:       June 30, 2005
Burial:       West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah


Married:   Walter J Brown on June 6, 1943


Children:  Walter & Cecilia & Steve & ______

 

3. Herrietta born 1929 and died of diabetes when she was about 15.

 

Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb
Birth:             September 23, 1899 in Nebraska
Residence:     1959 Leland lived in Deer Lodge, Montana.
                      After coming to Montana, he was employed by the Milwaukee and Norther Pacific Railroad for several years.
Death:           Monday, September 14, 1959 in Deer Lodge, Montana
                      Montana Standard (Butte) September 15, 1959 - Leland Holcomb Obiturary

 

Marriage #1: Ella married Lee about 1929.
Marriage #2: Garnet of Deer Lodge

Lee and Ella's Children

1. Leland Adrian Holcomb aka. Lee Laverne Hill (1930-2014)

2. Donna Jean Holcomb Becker (193x-2010)

 

Dorothy Alvina Lesser 1925 - 2007

Dorothy Alvina Lesser was born on April 20, 1925 in Gering, Nebraska. 
After Dorothy's mother Ella in 1935, Lee Holcomb was unable to care for Dorothy and her two sisters. 
They were placed in the Montana Children's Center, the state orphan's home in Twin Bridges Montana.
Dorothy Lesser and Harold Donegan Funk were married on May 15, 1942 in Sheridan Montana.

Dorothy Elvina Lesser Funk

July 4 1942

Hawaii 1993

with first Great Grandson

Christopher Funk (1988)

 

Gering was founded in 1887 at the base of a bluff which is now a National Park called Scotts Bluff National Monument. The city of Scottsbluff was founded across the North Platte River from the bluff in 1900. Separated only by the river, the two cities have since grown together and now form the 7th largest urban area in Nebraska.  It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County

 

 

1930 United States Federal Census
about Dorothy Lesser

Name: Dorathy Lesser
Home in 1930: West Winters Creek, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
Age: 4
Estimated birth year: abt 1926
Birthplace: Nebraska
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's name: Leland
Mother's name: Ella
Race: White
Neighbors:  
Household Members:
Name Age
Leland Halcomb 30
Ella Halcomb 22
Dorathy Lesser 4
Mildred Lesser 3
Harrietta Lesser 1
Flora Schaffer  (mother of Leland) 61

1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Dorothy Holcomb age 14
 

Harold Donegan Funk
Birth:            November 15, 1912 (or 1913) at the Moltich Ranch north of Sheridan.
Parents:       Rob & Katie Funk in Sheridan Montana. 
Occupation: Worked as a rancher, welder for the railroad and brand inspector for the State of Montana
Marriage:     Dorothy Lesser on May 15, 1942 in Sheridan
Death:          Killed in a auto accident near Dillon on December 31, 1962

In 1941, at the age of 16, Dorothy moved from the orphans home and lived with the Tom and Nellie Wilson family on Indian Creek in Sheridan Montana.   She worked cooking and cleaning on the Wilson Indian Creek ranch and attended school in Sheridan.  Harold lived on the neighboring ranch and would make a point of finishing feeding cows about the time Dorothy would be walking home from school.  He would pick her up and give her a ride home on the tractor. 

Dorothy Lesser and Harold Donegan Funk were married on May 15, 1942 in Sheridan Montana.

They have three sons and one daughter.

 

Harold, Dorothy, Jim & John Funk - 1945                  Harold Funk

Children:
1. Harold James "Jim" Funk
2.
John Joseph Funk
3. Michael Thomas Funk
4. Diana Lynn Funk

This picture was taken of Gramma Dorothy

at her 80th birthday party in July 2005.

 

Married:   Walter J Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Continued......

 


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