The Merzke Family

The Merzke Family
Henry & Maria Merzke Family Circa 1925 - (front) Maria, Henry, Marjorie & Floyd. (rear) Lillian, Rose, Erwin, William, Marian, Charles, Albert, Walter, Henry, Jr., & Ella

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Marian Anna Merzke

Marian Merzke Roegner
Marian Anna Merzke
Marian Anna Merzke, the thirteenth child, was born at home at 181 Weaver Street on December 30, 1908.  She was baptized February 6, 1909. Her sponsors were Albert Bonke, Anna Scheiderman and Anna Missel.  She married a widower, Walter William Roegner  on August 30, 1927  in Concordia Lutheran Church. They were attended by Marian’s brother, Erwin L. Merzke and Walt’s sister, Alma Roegner. Walt Roegner’s first wife was Clara Bertha Felgner.  They married on February 20, 1919. Clara died of tuberculosis December 27, 1919 at the age of 21 years, 3 months 29 days.

Walt and Marion’s first home was at 8 Theodore Street. They lived at 86 Weyl Street for a time. For many years they made their home at 34 Loomis Street.  They moved to 181 Durnan Street about 1952 and remained there for the rest of their lives.

Walt Roegner

Marian worked for some time as a box maker.  Her real job in life was being a homemaker.  She kept an immaculate house that even included curtains on the windows of the garage.  She had four sets of matching chair pads, tablecloths, and curtain tiebacks for the kitchen that she changed with the seasons.  She was an expert in the kitchen turning out such treats as pies, cookies, fruit breads and fudge.  She kept singing canaries, a collie named Kipper, and a beautiful garden.  Walt worked as a painter and paper hanger.  He was later employed by the Eastman Kodak Company.  Walt could build or repair anything.  He and Marian salvaged parts from broken things they found on their daily walks.  Everything was organized and kept on shelves lined with white shelf paper.  Even after Walt was too old to climb a ladder, friends would ask for his help.  He would supply the tools and the know how, supervising while they did the work.

Russel Roegner
Walt and Marian had a son.  Russell Walter Roegner was born September 28, 1929 in Rochester, NY.  Marian died March 2, 1969.  Walt died five years later on February 23, 1974.  They are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester New York.

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