Ancestors and Their Descendants"
Saint Peter's Lutheran church was founded by the Reverend C. F. A. Kaessmann, who began a Sunday School in the fall of 1862 and St. Peter's Cemetery parklike organized the church congregation 1 January 1863. he had come from Sebastopol, Perth Co., Ontario on the invitation of the church synod, which saw the need for a second Lutheran church in Berlin. Some of the theology of St. Paul's pastor, F. W. Bindeman, was no appreciated by everyone, and at any rate, the growing German population indicated a need. The first meetings were at the town hall, but soon a church was necessary and it was built and dedicated by July 1863. The small building lasted only until 1877, when an enlarged church was built and dedicated in 1878. On the same site is the current edifice, one of the most magnificent in Kitchener dating from 1966.
At the time that St. Peter's was founded, each church in Berlin had its own cemetery or churchyard, but the move had already started to change to a municipal burying ground. As no new cemeteries could be launched in the centre of town, St. Peter's asked the council to grant it the right to a cemetery of its own, or to begin a municipal one. Although the town began to consider a municipal plot in 1890 action was slow. In the end, the church started its own land bought from Menno Erb on the outskirts of town. A special congregational meeting of 18 Jun 1871 authorized the purchase, levying each member with the cost of $3.05. The cemetery is now larger than it was originally was described in 1950 as the largest Lutheran cemetery in Canada.
Although it began on the edge of town, it now lies near the city's core, accessible through large decorative gates on Weber street near Stirling avenue. It backs on the churchyard of First Mennonite church, making the two cemeteries indistinguishable, except a long chain link now divides them. The parklike setting, carefully kept grounds and mature trees make this cemetery one of the lovelies in our county, and touches such as the life-size figure of a beautiful woman on an otherwise unadorned grave add to the atmosphere.
|Bechtel, Allan (1870 - 1942)
Julia (Kaufman) and Allan Bechtel
|Bechtel, Allan (d. 26 Jul 1942)
Kaufman, Julia (d. 1949)
|Bieber, Adam Hieronymus (1851 - 1925)
Adam and Bertha (Naediger) Bieber
|Bieber, Adam Hieronymus (d. 31 Jul 1925)
Naediger, Bertha (d. 13 Feb 1930)
|Hintz, Norman (1897 - 1960)
|Hintz, Norman (d. 28 Nov 1960)
Rodenburg, Nellie (d. 1946)
|Martin, Donald Melvin (1925 - 1970)
Donald Melvin Martin
Birth: Oct. 18, 1925
Death: Aug. 16, 1970
Son of Elam & Clara May (Cressman) Martin.
Edna Marion Schmidt
Birth: Jun. 25, 1929
Daughter of Albert & Selina (Lichty) Schmidt.
|Martin, Donald Melvin (d. 16 Aug 1970)
Schmidt, Edna Marion L. (d. 2000)
|Neeb, Henry Edward (1890 - 1955)
Bertha (Smith) and Henry Edward Neeb
Their Daughter-in-law Gladys Lydia (Bricker) Neeb
|Bricker, Gladys Lydia (d. 6 Feb 1963)
Neeb, Henry Edward (d. 2 Feb 1955)
Smith, Bertha (d. 18 Feb 1962)
|Neeb, Milton Henry (1916 - 1997)
Mildred (Cress) and Milton Henry Neeb
|Cress, Mildred (d. 30 Jul 2008)
Neeb, Milton Henry (d. 27 Sep 1997)
|Pryse, A. Penry (1917 - 1999)
A. Penry Pryse
Lorraine A. Berger
Wife of A. Penry Pryse.
|Berger, Lorraine A. (d. 2004)
Pryse, A. Penry (d. 1999)
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