Well, the obit states her birth date and parents names (as mentioned). That's enough to get me a birth certificate (if they're available for that time). Her wedding date is in there too, so I can get that record, and with the publication information/death date, I can get the death certificate. The obituary even tells you what church she belonged to so that opens up baptismal, matrimony, and other sacramental records if they are still in existence. The Catholic Church is great with record keeping so unless there was fire or disaster, I should be good. There is most always a way around a not-so-perfect obituary.
So who was Mrs. William Pesch? Her name was Anna Pesch nee Rosbeck and she was the third of 9 known children born to George and Margaretha Rosbeck nee Thelen: Frances, Bertha, Anna, John, Hermann, Martin, Adolph, Alfred, and Mary.
|Commonwealth Reporter, 28OCT1965|
Anna Pesch nee Rosbeck is my husband's great great aunt.
“Mrs Pesch Of Kewaskum Expires at 81
St. Mathias Church Service Announced; Survivors Listed
Mrs. William Pesch, 81, Kewaskum, died today at St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.
She was born in the Town of Auburn Nov. 18, 1884, the daughter of George and Margaret Thalen [sic] Rosbeck. She was married to Mr. Pesch June 27, 1905, at St. Killian. She was a member of St. Mathias Catholic Church, Town of Auburn, Ladies Altar Society and the Apostolate of the Suffering.
Survivors include a son, Elroy, Kewaskum, R. 1; three daughters, Mrs. Albert Gross, Campbellsport, R. 2, Mrs. Erwin Guldon, Kewaskum, and Mrs. Joe Hammes, West Bend; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five brothers, Herman, Knowles, John, Minneapolis, Martin, West Bend, Alfred, Mayville, and Adolph, Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at Miller’s Funeral Home, Kewaskum. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mathias Church, Rev. Walter Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.”
[Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) Commonwealth Reporter, Thursday, October 28, 1965, pg 30]
Many times the same obituary is published in various newspapers, but don't make assumptions. See the difference another newspaper can make. Here we've got her first name, the first names of the daughters that married, and when her husband died. You never know until you look!
|The Sheboygan Press, 28OCT1965|
"Mrs. Anna Pesch
Mrs. Anna Pesch, 81, of Kewaskum, died early today at St. Joseph's Hospital, West Bend.
The former Anna Rosbeck was born in St. Kilion [sic], Wis., on Nov. 18, 1884, daughter of the late George and Margaret Thelen Rosbeck.
She was a member of St. Mathias Caholic Parish, Town of Auburn, and the Ladies Altar Society and the Apostolate of the Suffering.
She married William Pesch at St. Kilion [sic] on June 27, 1905. He died on April 6, 1950.
Surviving are a son, Elroy, R. 1, Kewaskum; three daughters, Mrs Albert (Ceceila) Gross, R. 2, Campbellsport, Mrs. Ervin (Celesta) Golden, Kewaskum and Mrs. Joseph (Lorraine) Hammes, West Bend; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; five brothers, Herman, Knowles, John, Minneapolis, Minn., Martin, West Bend, Alfred, Mayville, and Adolph, Milwaukee.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mathias Catholic Church, Town of Auburn, with the Rev. Walter Morgan, pastor, the celebrant of the Requiem Mass. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Miller's Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Friday."
[The Sheboygan Press, October 28, 1965, pg 8]
It was also incredibly helpful that in this case I had a funeral card passed on to me as well.