Jun 19, 2016

Mother's F A T H E R

C A R L   R O D E W A L D
5/5/1897 --- 10/13/1952

I wish I knew more. 

When I was young, 10, 11, 12, 13, I didn't  ask questions about life, loss, family ancestors; I never asked my MOM about her FATHER. 

I knew her FATHER died young, I knew that MOM was away at nursing school when he was killed, I knew he died as a result of an accident, his truck hit by another truck.  

A few years ago I found an amazing RODEWALD website, the labor of love of Dale Bunny, a distant Rodewald cousin.  Dale has documented the Rodewald family 4 and 5 generations going all the way back to small towns and villages in Germany where my MOM's family originated.  

Regarding my Grandpa Carl, the information from his obituary was posted on the Rodewald website. 

 Carl Rodewald, 55, of Rockwell City on Monday became Calhoun County's 3rd highway fatality of 1952. Mr. Rodewald, a county employee, died at 11:11 a.m. Monday at McCrary-Rost hospital in Lake City of injuries he received at 10 a.m. in a 2 truck collision at a county road intersection 2 miles south and 5 miles east of Lohrville. Driver of the other truck, Carl Andrew Jurgenson, 18, of Churdan was believed not seriously hurt. He suffered scalp lacerations. Mr. Rodewald, traveling west was driving a county gravel truck. The Jurgenson truck, headed north, was carrying about 100 bushels of corn. The county truck smashed into the Jurgenson vehicle just back of the cab, turning it on its side. Mr. Rodewald was thrown out of the truck and suffered a skull fracture and other injuries.

     Funeral services for Mr. Rodewald will be at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Morton funeral home and at 2:15 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Rockwell City. Rev. W. C. H. Schaefer will officiate. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, with graveside services in charge of the Twin Lakes Post of the American Legion.

     Mr. Rodewald was born May 5, 1897 at Ronuck [Roanoke], Illinois and received his early education at Rockwell City. He married Jan. 24, 1923 to Minnie Schofield at Rockwell City. He had been a resident of this community for 53 years. Surviving are Mrs. Rodewald and 3 children: Kermit of Rockwell City, JoAnn of Rochester, Minn., Mrs. Walter Sparrow of Omaha.
He also leaves 2 brothers-Siebert and Tobe of Rockwell City and 3 sisters-Mrs. Kate Alt of Billings, Montana, Mrs. Will Zierke of Mt. Ayr, Iowa and Mrs. Edwin Kirk of Redwood City, Calif. 


From the Rodewald website 


I love that Aurich, Germany, the birth place of my great, great Grandfather Johann, is 15 or 20 miles from the sea.  I hope to visit that area one day. 

Johann Christoph Theodore Rodewald
  • Born 
    25 May 1832  Aurich, Germany 

Father of 

Siebelt Adden Rodewald
  • Born  21 Aug 1859  Leepens, Germany  
  • Immigrated  28 Mar 1884  From Bremen to Baltimore on the ship Habsburg  
  • Died  9 Jun 1906  
  • Buried in Rockwell City, Rosehill Cmty, IA 

Father of - 

Carl Rodewald 
  • Born 5 May 1897 in Illinois


Arleen Caroline, JoAnn Catherine and Kermit Carl.