Ferdinand Albert Dickert was born on March 31, 1869 in Wirsching Kreis Press Stargardt Reg. Becirck Danzig, West Breusen, Germany. He came to the United States in 1886.
In 1890 Ferdinand Dickert married Elizabeth Meyer. Their Marriage License was recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket.
Ferdinand received full citizenship papers in 1894 in the courthouse of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 1894 Pittsburgh City Directory entry reads, "Dickert, Fred Roller 423 Cedar." Cedar was from Edmond to Laurel in the 16th Ward.
The 1900 Federal Census lists Ferdinand Dickert and his wife "Lizzie" and their children on Corday Alley. For the location of Corday Alley, see the Pittsburgh Map Showing Homes of the Meyer and Dickert Families. Ferdinand's occupation was listed as "Day Laborer (Mill)." By this I interpret the 1894 "roller" entry as meaning that Ferdinand worked at a rolling mill.
Rita Karpinski says that when she and Frank lived in Sharpsburg, her grandfather used to walk over to see her from Woolslayer Way.
Ferdinand and Elizabeth Dickert had twelve children:
John J. Kelly died on August 22, 1935. Marie's second husband was Charles Bainbridge, a retired policeman for the borough of Wilkinsburg.
John G. Woolslayer, Marie's third husband was born in Pittsburgh July 14, 1891, shown here with Marie. He was the third of six children of Edward Woolslayer and Catherine Crocker. His brothers and sisters were Louis, Martin, Joseph P., Katherine and Elizabeth Woolslayer Gardner.
Tom McAdams says that John Woolslayer was always a lot of fun, that he took grandma to Florida for the winter, and that he got tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games for Tom and his friends.
John's first wife was Gertrude V. [1896 - 1948]. John's children were Thomas J., and Ruthie Woolslayer. Thomas J. Woolslayer, Sr. married Anna Claggett. Thomas J. Woolslayer, Jr. married Alice Drake.
Alice Drake Woolslayer writes, "I have 5 children, three sons and two daughters, all with the last name Woolslayer, and one is also named Tom (the third) so that will probably add to some of the confusion."Alice's son, Ted Woolslayer firstname.lastname@example.org wrote that he learned alot, and that he appreciated the page detailing Ferdinand's family.
John died on November 15, 1979. At the time of his death, John was living at the home of his daughter, Ruth M. Schwartz, 8 Clarion Avenue. Ruthie died on December 15, 1997. Her obituary described her as "Ruth M. Schwartz of Bellevue, formerly of East Liberty, wife of the late Hugh D. Smith; mother of Patricia Belanger, of Chicago and Suzanne Haslam of Toronto; sister of the late Thomas J. Woolslayer; grandmother, etc."
John, Gertrude, Marie and Ruthie are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Section F Lot 112.
- Richard Dickert--2 sons, 2 daughters; 3 grandchildren
- Albert Michael Dickert who passed away in ??Sept of 1969
- Christine Dickert Petrosky who has 1 son--1 grandson, and; Joan Bernadette (Anderson)--who has 3 sons and 1 daughter, Beth Anderson who supplied the picture of her grandfather, shown here; 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
- Geraldine Dickert who married Henry (Hank) Michaloski, the former mayor of N. Charleroi.
- Rita Dickert Sivak
- Joan Dickert Anderson
- and Madeline Dickert Kimball. Magdalene died in February 1985.
Alfred Dickert Sr. died on December 22, 1992.
DICKERT On Sunday, May 18, 1986, Harry, of Swissvale, beloved husband of Eleanor Fusarini, father of Donna Mahler, of Swissvale, step-father of Rosaria (Dee) Capezzuto, of Murrysville and Thomas Scapio of Penn Hills; 16 grand & five great-grandchildren; brother of Albert of Monongahela, Freda Behm of Cleveland, OH, Ethel Tribbey of FL and Walter of Lawrenceville; also nieces and nephews. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mon. & Tues. at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial, Wed., 10 a.m. at the Madonna Del Castello Church.Harry was buried in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Eleanor died in November, 2001. Her obituary appeard in the Post-Gazette. It read:
Source: The Pittsburgh Press Monday, May 18, 1986 pg B4
On Monday, November 19, 2001, of Swissvale, age 88; wife of the late Harry; beloved mother of Rosaria "Dee" Capezzuto of Murrysville, Thomas and his wife Rita Scanio of Penn Hills, and Donna and her husband Stephen Mahler of Swissvale; 16 grandchildren & 29 great-grandchildren. Friends received Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 pm at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC. 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday at 9:30 in Madonna Del Castello Church. Interment in All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2001
DICKERT - On Wednesday, July 2, 1947, Ferdinand Dickert, husband of Elizabeth Meyers; father of Mrs. Marie Bainbridge, Mrs. Edna Kelly, Mrs Freda Behm, Mrs. Ethel Tribby, Edwin, Walter, Alfred and Harry Dickert; also seventeen grandchildren and one niece. Rita says there was no neice, that was a mistake] Friends received at the Funeral home of Grime and Blair, 4520 Penn near Friendship avenue. Services on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.Ferdinand is buried in Minersville Cemetery, off Wiley Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 4, 1947
Copyright © 2000 Nancy McAdams
Updated May 23, 2000
Last update December 24, 2003
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