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Lesser Family Research
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
__ Jacob F Lesser 1870-1952
1906 imigrated from Frank, Russia
?? Henry Lesser 1862 - 1934
Jacob F Lesser 1870 - 1952
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.
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.
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
Loveland Daily Herald, Saturday, January 2, 1960 (Page 2 Column 6)
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.
Loveland Reporter Herald, Wednesday, December 4, 1940 (Page 1 Column 7)
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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
John Lesser 1904-1934
Dorothy Alvina Lesser 1925 - 2007
To Be Continued......