52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
[Note: This ancestor is part of my Rode/Arvis Project and not an ancestor related to me. It has also been privitized to not include information regarding living individuals. -Don]
Delilah Hoefner was born on 2 September 1911[i], the youngest of ten children in Wisner, Cuming county, Nebraska. Her siblings included Emil, Ella, Albert, Edmond, Hattie, Arthur, Wilburt, Martin, and Paul – seven brothers and two sisters.
The 1920s were a bad decade for Delilah. It started out with her living with her parents and three brothers in West Point, Cuming county, Nebraska[ii] which was fine. But later that year, 9 August 1920, her father William Henry Hoefener died[iii]. Her mother, Marie, followed William five years later, passing on 30 December 1925[iv]. Her brother, Albert, also died in 1926. Life improved by the end of the decade. She married Reinold Rode in 1927 at the age of 16; Reinold was 22 years old.[v]
The 1930s began with the couple living near Allen, Pierce county, Nebraska.[vi] The couple also had four children, two girls and two boys. In 1935, the couple were still living in Cuming county, Nebraska but moved to Willow, Antelope county, Nebraska before the 1940 Census in April.
The Rode’s moved to the Tacoma, Pierce county, Washington state. Reinold died in 1992. Delilah (Hoefner) Rode, died about two years later at the age of 83, at Tacoma, Pierce county, Washington state on Thursday, 12 January 1995[vii]. She is buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA with her husband.[viii]
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