Thoughts on Being Without Grandparents


With the death of my maternal grandfather this week, I hit one of those sad life milestones. I now have no more living grandparents, and it's an odd feeling. I was fortunate to have all four of my grandparents throughout most of my life. I got to spend time with all of them. My children also got to … [Read more...]

Take Care, Grandpa

LeRoy Thielke

LeRoy Arthur Thielke 16 November 1925 - 1 November 2015 Today we lost a wonderful, hard-working, funny man, my grandfather, LeRoy Thielke. Growing up, he was one of the funniest people I knew, and his wit and sense of humor was still sharp until the end. The bright side is that he wasn't without … [Read more...]

Memories of Grandma


Marjorie Jean (DeBroux) Thielke 8 June 1927 - 13 February 2015 Earlier today, my maternal grandmother passed away. Her death, while not a shock or surprise, still pains us deeply. Even though you try not to pick one, she was always my favorite grandparent. I loved all of them the same, but I was … [Read more...]

The Last Thielke

Peter Thielke Headstone

The twenty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Henry Peter THIELKE. He is the last ancestor that I have information for in my Thielke line. I am hoping to find more information about him back in Germany to expand my Thielke line. The most documented date … [Read more...]

Sister Minnie

The eleventh person in my 52 week challenge is actually not an ancestor this week. During research on my THIELKE line, I decided to do some research on my great-great-grandfather Johann's siblings. I had a lot of luck with his sister, Minnie THIELKE. I originally ran across her name in the 1860 … [Read more...]

Five Generations of Photos

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Achievement unlocked! With a small collection of photos that my mom gave me to look through and scan from her side of the family, I now have photos of every one of my ancestors five generations back to my great-great grandparents. That's pretty impressive, at least I think so, compared to my wife's … [Read more...]

Grandpa in World War II

LeRoy Thielke

Over the last few months I've put together a lot more information about what my grandfather did in World War II. As previous posts mention, he never really talked about the war, not even to my mom. Though, he has kept a lot of items from the war and I guess he was starting to put together a map … [Read more...]

The Other Half

circa 1919-1920. Click for larger. Much, much larger.

Up until now, I really only had photos and documents from my paternal side of the family, not including documents found online, etc. Recently, I've finally been given a collection of those things from my maternal side and it's pretty awesome. As always, a lot of the photographs are unlabeled, but … [Read more...]