Verta Mae Von Tersch

Visitation: March 27 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison, Iowa
Rosary: March 27 4:30 PM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison
Mass of Christian Burial: March 28 10:30 AM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison

Verta Mae Von Tersch was born September 29, 1929, in rural Gray, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Gertrude (Schroeder) Barten. She passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of eighty-nine.

Verta Mae was baptized in Christ and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Manning, Iowa. She received her education at Lincoln No. 5 country school near her home in Audubon County, and graduated from Irwin High School, in Shelby County, with the class of 1947. On April 18, 1949, Verta Mae was united in marriage with Eugene "Tunney" Von Tersch at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Defiance, Iowa. The couple made their home on the farm south of Denison and was blessed with nine children.

There were three things in life that Verta Mae jokingly said she would never do and those were...she would never marry a Catholic or a farmer or ever have children, but those were the three things she embraced with the deepest affection. In the early years, she was employed at the Red Lantern and JoMart Steak Houses and as a hostess at Cronk's Cafe, all in Denison. She also provided counseling at the Denison Job Corps.

Music provided much pleasure for Verta Mae as she particularly enjoyed yodeling, singing in the church choir, singing and dancing. She was an excellent seamstress sewing all the clothes for her family. Verta Mae was also a good cook and enjoyed baking, especially bread and cinnamon rolls. World traveling provided many fond memories for her as she made trips to Yugoslavia, China, Italy, and the Holy Land. She also enjoyed socializing with neighborhood women. Verta Mae was a member of the Altar Society, Neighborhood Women's Society, Council for Catholic Women, and Cancer Society.

Verta Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene in 1977; one son, John Von Tersch; one grandson, David Von Tersch; one sister, Charleen Knudson and her husband, Kenneth; one brother, Arlo Barten; a stepbrother, Marland Mork and a step-brother-in-law Jerald Axland. Survivors include: eight children, Larry Von Tersch (Kathy) of Platte City, Missouri; Sharon Tesar (Michael) of Omaha, Nebraska; Joan Von Tersch (Bill Wege) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one daughter-in-law, Diane Von Tersch of Glenwood, Iowa; Dale Von Tersch (Carolyn) of Denison, Iowa; Paul Von Tersch (Annette) of Wayland, Iowa; Mary Hanno (John) of Sioux City, Iowa; Gene Von Tersch (Krystal Ferguson) of Denison, Iowa; and Teresa Shook (Chad) of Salix, Iowa; twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; a step-stepsister-in-law, Jeanie Mork of Denison, Iowa, and step-sister, Dwanna Axland of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Memorials may be designated to Holy Spirit Retirement Home or Trinity Heights in Sioux City, Iowa.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and the staff at Holy Spirit Retirement Home where she has spent the last three years.

Walter Barten, Lillie Hansen, Clarence David

John Barten - confirmation Trinity Lutheran Church (Lincoln Township)

Lincoln No. 5 country school December 1913

1913 Back: Alfred David, Edna David, Emil David, ??, ??, ? teacher, ??, ??
Front: Clarence David, ?? ??, ??, John Barten

December 14, 1933 Program and Box Social
A program and box social will be held at Lincoln No. 5 Wednesday evening, December 20th, 1933.
"Mrs. Rowe's Christmas Guests" will be presented by Mrs. Walter Barten, Inez and Alice Jurgens, Robert Newell, Donald Beck, Edna Schultz, and Jack Bobenmoyer.
"Christmas Plots" will be presented by Ella Musfeldt, Ethel Anderson, Lydia Beck, Jack Bobenmoyer, Glen Huffman, and Robert Newell.
"Fish to Nuts" comedy by Julius and Herman Sonksen.
Music between acts.
Teacher, Herbert Briggs

December 20, 1934
LINCOLN CENTER (No. 5) SCHOOL PROGRAM AND PLAYS To Be Held Wednesday, December 26th

"A Merry Christmas After All"
Bobby Allen, who has a vivid imagination, Arnold Musfeldt
Peggy Allen, who conspires with him, Rosa Elsberry
Anna, the cautious maid, Martha Kienast
Grace Allen, the mother, Gertie Barten
Jim Allen, the father, Jack Bobenmoyer
Eleanor Marston, the aunt, Edna Schultz
Gordon Hayes, Eleanor's erstwhile fiancee, Donald McMurphy
Elmer Merriwell, an unexpected guest, Virgil Elsberry
An officer, determined to do his duty, Homer Elsberry
"The Christmas Bouquets"
Aunt Mary, Milda Kienast
Katie, beautiful Irish maid, Ella Musfeldt
Barbara, a flirt, Pearl Elsberry
Tom, her suitor, Don McMurphy
Dick, her suitor, Homer Elsberry
Hairy, her suitor, Jack Bobenmoyer
Ladies, please bring, boxes Teacher: Herbert Briggs

From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:

John and Ada Barten
Johann Wilhelm "John William" Barten was a farmer and livestockman in Lincoln Township, Audubon County until his "retirement" to Manning on January 15, 1923. Until his death on December 1, 1936, he served the Manning community as a two-term member on the Town Council, a Street and Alley Department member, a founder and stockholder of the Manning Trust and Savings Bank, and a board member of the Farmers' Union. He and his family were members of Zion Lutheran Church.

John Barten was born in Washington Township, Jackson County, Iowa, on December 1, 1871, on the Barten homestead. His parents were Christian Hinrich Martin Barten, a native of Rosenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, and Anna Joss Barton, a native of Herolfingen, Canton Bern, Switzerland. John spent his early years in eastern Iowa until he located in Lincoln Township in the late 1890s.

He married Miss Ada Meyer, daughter of Ernest August Meyer and Marie (Wollenberg) Meyer (deceased 1886) and step-daughter of Katherine (Kettlesen) Meyer, on March 6, 1901 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township by Rev. A. Ehlers. Dorothea Friederike Ida "Ada" Meyer was born on April 1, 1876, in Washington Township, Will County, Illinois. Her father was a native of Wendenhof in Hannover and her mother was born in Stralsund in Pommerania.

John and Ada were the parents of three sons: Richard August Christian, born June 4, 1902; Walter Ernest, born September 19, 1905; and John Friedrich Wilhelm, born December 30, 1908. On October 16, 1916, Ada, along with her unborn son, died in an Omaha hospital following surgery for a lingering intestinal disorder. They are buried in the Barten family plot in the Manning Cemetery.

On February 20, 1918, the Barten home in Lincoln Township was the setting for the marriage of John to Luise Pauline Müller by Rev. G. Krumm of the Peace Evangelical Church in Manning. Pauline was born May 17, 1888, in Dettingen an der Erms, Württemberg, Germany. She died June 21, 1977. Her parents were Johann Müller and Maria Agnes (Schneider) Müller. To this marriage one daughter, Lorraine Frieda, was born on December 26, 1919. She married Frank Danner on October 10, 1964. Lorraine passed away on February 19, 1967.

On July 24, 1934, Richard married Ida Zaiger (born: June 24, 1899, died: September 20, 1986). They were the parents of four children: Lloyd (deceased), Jerald living in Ankeny, Leone (deceased), and Bernice now living in Rockwell City. Richard farmed and drove a truck until he died on December 18, 1960. Richard and Ida are buried in the Manning Cemetery.

Walter married Gertrude Viola Schroeder (born: June 5, 1912, died: October 24, 2003) on March 1, 1929. They were the parents of three children: Verta Mae of Denison, Arlo living in Des Moines, and Charlene living in Irwin. Walter farmed the Barten homestead in Lincoln Township and for a short time before he died they lived in Irwin. Walter died on February 19, 1947. Walter and Gertrude are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin.

John married Elda Rothfolk (born: December 28, 1913, died: June 8, 2002) on August 3, 1937. John died December 22, 1988. They were the parents of four children: Roger of Audubon, Dorothy of Irwin, Robert (deceased), and Linda living in Cedar Rapids. John and Elda are buried in the Manning Cemetery.

The following sister and brothers of John W. Barten also lived in the Manning community: his sister, Mrs. Herman D. (Emma) Hinz, and his brothers, Chris Barten, William Barten and Charles Barten. William and family eventually departed for Oklahoma and Charles later moved to Nebraska.

From the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book:

Back: Gertrude, Henry, Wilhelmina
Charles & Margaretha (Schultz) Schroeder
Charles Schroeder, son of Henry and Wiebke Schroeder, was born November 7, 1877 near Manning. He lived in this area all his life. His father bought a farm in Iowa Township, Crawford County, and when he retired from farming Charles moved to the farm.

February 22, 1905 Charles married Margaretha Schultz. She was born at Stolp Pomerania, Germany September 22, 1881, to William and Wilhelmina Schultz. She and her mother came to America in 1892, and they first stayed in the home of her mother's uncle near Wall Lake.

After Charles retired in 1919, he, Margaretha and their family moved from the farm to Aspinwall, where they bought an acreage from Chris Hollander on the east end of town. The acreage included three acres of pasture, so Charles bought some cows and the children did the milk chores, selling milk to a number of families in town.

The family included three children, Wilhelmina Amanda (Mrs. Art Fuss), Marceline, Missouri, born December 18, 1905; Henry Wilhelm, Manilla, born May 6, 1909; and Gertrude Viola Mork, Irwin, born June 5, 1912.

Charles lived in Aspinwall until his death in 1959. Margaretha lived there a few more years and, because of failing health, moved to Eventide Nursing Home in Denison, where she passed away in 1970.

These next pictures came from the Emma Schroeder collection. 3 of them were identified as taken on the Charles Schroeder farm, but unfortunately like so many old pictures - there were no identifications.
Any help with identifications and family connections will be greatly appreciated.

Minnie - Wilhelmina (Schroeder) Fuss

Taken on the Charles Schroeder farm

Luella - taken on the Charles Schroeder farm
I'm thinking this was actually taken in a small town.
There is some writing on the large building in the background.
Also, the road doesn't appear to be a graveled country road.

John on the Charles Schroeder farm

More unknown pix

Could this be Gertrude & Minnie?


?Mayday event - Minnie?

Emma (Schroeder) Schilling in swing



?Richard Schacht?

It is possible some or all of the school pictures below are connected to the Aspinwall town school.
The Schroeder family moved into Aspinwall in 1919 when the oldest, Minnie, was 14.
Previously the Schroeder kids would have attended Iowa No. 2

Back: ??, ??
Front: ??, Marie (Schwiesow) Schroeder, ??
Heading to school - Aspinwall Independent School
I'm fairly sure that is the Emil Ehrichs Hudson dealership brick building in back on Main Street.

country school - Iowa No. 2

Back: ??, ??, ??, ??
Middle: ??, ??, Minnie, ??
Front: ??, Gertrude Schroeder, ??
country school - Iowa No. 2

country school - Iowa No. 2

country school - Iowa No. 2

Page 107 of the Manning Schools history book

Possibly the Charles Schroeder barn - painting and repairs

1928 Iowa license plate

?Possibly Minnie Schroeder & Elmer Otto?

Extended Barten family

1923 Elverta Barten holding Roland Derner
Elverta Barten was Charlie Barten's daughter
Charlie was married twice - Elverta was from first marriage - Second marriage - Louise Derner

Detlef & Emma (Barten) Hinz family

Circa 1917 Elma, Thurman, Alford, Richard, Georgia
William B., Rebecca holding Zona Gail, William F. holding Christena, Annetah
They homesteaded a wheat farm near Leedy, Oklahoma.

Chris Barten home in Bellevue, Iowa

Back: Emma (Barten) Hinz (Roger Hinz's grandmother), Louisa (Barten) Dobrick, Rosa (Barten) Dobrick (Louisa and Rosa married brothers and lived in Chicago), John Barten (grandfather of Roger Hinz), Charles Barten (his only granddaughter was Donna Fae Mohr who married Marvin Bogatzke)
Seated in front are Anna (Joss) Barten (she was born in Herrolfingen, Canton Bern, Switzerland) and Christian Hinrich Martin Barten (he was born in Rosenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany) - 2 little girls unidentified
Not in the picture, sons Henry, William, Chris

Charlie Barten with his daughter Alberta (Barten) Mohr

Emma & Chris Barten

Charles & Louise Barten

Chris & Emma (Ross) Barten wedding
Back: ??, Ida (Ross) Borkowski

Charley Barten - twin brother of Chris Barten
Charley lived in Leedey, Oklahoma
Charles' brothers were John Barten, Sr., Chris Barten, and sister Emma (Barten) Hinz

Back: John, Charles, Henry
Front: William, Chris
Taken in 1912 when their parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Emma (Barten) Hinz

Clarence Barten's WWII dog tag - purchased off e-bay by Dave Kusel from Glendale, California
E.B. Barten would be Emma (Ross) Barten, mother of Clarence

John Barten barn destroyed by the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado

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