Theodor Frederick Stoerker1,2

M, #107, b. 3 February 1907, d. 2 February 1996
Relationship
1st cousin 1 time removed of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Paul Stoerker b. 8 October 1883, d. 12 January 1955
Mother*Josephine Charlotte Martin b. 23 July 1883, d. 21 July 1979
     Theodor was born in Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA, on 3 February 1907.3,1,4,5,6 He was the son of Paul Stoerker and Josephine Charlotte Martin.

     Photo in 1907. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Standing -- Paul, Alma, Flora, Josephine, Ella, and Julia Stoerker, Frieda and Christian Mohr
Seated -- Conrad, Wilhelmine (holding Theodore) Stoeker
Ground -- Gottlob, Theophil, and Adolph Stoerker, Waldemar Mohr.


     His common name was Ted Stoerker.

     Photo of Paul Stoerker's Children??. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)



     Photo of Paul, Josephine, Conrad, Ted, Wilhelmine, and Billie (in lap) Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)

Paul, Josephine, Conrad, Ted, Wilhelmine, and Billie (in lap) Stoerker


     Photo.



     Photo of Paul Stoerker's Children??. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)



     Photo of Paul Stoerker's Children??. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)



     Photo of Paul Stoerker's Children??. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)



     Photo of Paul Stoerker's Children??. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)



     Photo at Eudora Township, Douglas County, Kansas, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Fred, Hilda, Ted, Conrad, and Paul Stoerker at the parsonage in Eudora, Kansas.

Fred, Hilda, Ted, Conrad, and Paul Stoerker at the parsonage in Eudora, Kansas

     Theodor Frederick Stoerker was a minister.
     He was a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, in 1930.7

     Grace Josephine Albert and Paul Armin Stoerker Jr. were married by Theodor Frederick Stoerker on 8 October 1935.3,8
     In 1939, Ted was serving a church in Kansas City, Kansas and had not yet married.

The following is from the records of John Altenbernd.

After a rather stormy marriage, Roberta walked out on Ted taking Ted Jr. with her. Ted lost all track of them and never saw his son again. Since the son never looked him up, Ted assumed that Roberta told him his father was dead.

Ted married again in later years and had two daughters, Joy and Holly.
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In 1991, Ted was living at the Lyngblomsten Care Center with Parkinson's disease. Ted's memory for the distant past remained good.

Ted was able to take a short excursion to his daughter, Holly's, house for Christmas.

Ted died of Parkinson's disease.

ME by John Altenbernd

Ted Hires Out


     Ted Stoerker spent a great deal of time at our place that summer of 1941. With his church in Kansas City, Kansas, it was an easy trip for him. And he did a lot of things for my mother when she most needed help right after Dad's death.
     Ted was planning to get married that Fall, to Roberta Tucker, the daughter of a New England Congregational minister. He had met her some time "before when she was on the Kansas University campus. She was a graduate from there, but I don't recall whether she was still a student then or worked there. Anyway, that probably helped account for Ted's frequent trips to Lawrence and to our place. In the summer of 1941 though, Roberta was back home in New England getting ready for the wedding.
     Ted was looking for extra money with his wedding approaching (and Roberta was a woman of rather luxurious tastes). So he used his vacation that summer to work for my mother during the potato harvest.
     Russell put him in the box car weighing the sacks on the scales. The truck would unload 100 pound sacks of sorted potatoes in the box car rather hap-hazardly. Ted would then take each sack, put it on the scale, and take out or put in potatoes through the stitching as needed to weigh out at 100 pounds. Then he would stack that sack in its proper place in the box car. (When potatoes are sorted in the field, as they were that year, there is no way to drag a scale along through the field. They have to be weighed at the box car.) By the time Ted would finish with all that another truck load would have come.
     It's really not that hard a job - if your muscles are used to doing that kind of labor. But Ted probably had not done that kind of continuous, physical, heavy work in years. Ted was not used to it. (Others in the work gang joked about the preacher in their midst who didn't have any stamina.) Neither was he used to working so hard in that kind of heat, although the box car was cooler than most places.
     Ted was soon wearing himself out, nearing total fatigue. He got terrible blisters on his hands. (Aunt Julie, who was with us at the time, was sure the blisters would get infected and Ted would lose his hands.) On about the third or fourth day, Ted came in from work at noon near tears, and he looked about ready to collapse.
But Ted wouldn't give up. He insisted upon going back out after lunch.
     Mom took matters in her own hands. She told Russell to move Ted onto the sorter and put someone else in the box car. She didn't get Ted's permission first.
     It worked out much better for Ted on the sorter. That job may have been dirtier and hotter, but it involved less physical strain. Ted finished out the harvest.
     The marriage was not a good one. After putting Ted through a dog's life, she left him, taking their baby son with her. Ted never saw either of them again.

(an unknown value)


( Altenbernd Farm, Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, between June 1941 and August 1941.)9
     Theodor Frederick Stoerker married Joyce Claire Thomson, on 29 June 1951.3
     He applied for his social security number in Minnesota, USA, between 1952 and 1953; 468-38-0131.6,5
     Theodor worked in First Congregational Church, Topeka, Kansas, USA, between 1966 and 1973.8 He was ill with (an unknown value) in 1991.10
     He resided in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA, in February 1996.5,6 He was cremated. The ashes are scattered at Paul's summer cottage, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA.1,8
     Theodor died on 2 February 1996 in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA, at age 88.1,11,5,6
Last Edited=24 December 2020

Family: Theodor Frederick Stoerker and Joyce Claire Thomson

Citations

  1. [S5] Letter from Joyce Stoerker (#177) (1760 Hampshire Court, St. Paul, MN 55116-2458) to Art Tiedemann (#190) (unknown recipient address), July 1996; Sheila Sue Altenbernd (12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at).
  2. [S21] Arthur Theodore Tiedemann Sheila Sue Altenbernd. August 14, 1996.
  3. [S132] Wilbert Stewart Greb unknown date.
  4. [S75] Marion Adolph Stoerker unknown date.
  5. [S1247] Theodore Stoerker (#107), 468-38-0131, Ancestry SSDI, U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 (Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry, May 16, 2016) (Document Source Number: 00107-1996-02-02-01). Hereinafter cited as SSDI.
  6. [S1586] NUMINT, Death Files, 1936 - 2007 (Last Names S through T); Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), created 1936 - 2007, documenting the period 1936 - 2007. - Record Group 47; https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=3020&mtch=11&cat=GP21,22,23,24,44&tf=F&q=stoerker&bc=sl&rpp=20&pg=1&rid=4265321&rlst=4265321,4265324,4265329,4265330,4265322,4265323,4265325,4265326,4265327,4265328 (College Park, Marylandc: NARA). (Document Source Number: 00107-1996-02-15-01).
  7. [S878] University of Chicago, Cap and Gown Yearbook (Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago, 1930).
  8. [S488] Holly Stoerker, "Stoerker, Holly -- Email -- 2001-Feb-03," e-mail message to Sheila Sue Altenbernd, Feb 3, 2001. Hereinafter cited as "Email".
  9. [S1348] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"Ted Hires Out" in ME; Page(s) 222-223; Published:.
  10. [S218] Letter from Joyce Stoerker (#177) (unknown author address) to unknown recipient (unknown recipient address), Christmas 1991; Sheila Sue Altenbernd (12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at).
  11. [S360] Deaths, University of Chicago Magazine, Aug 1996, online www2.uchicago.edu/alumni/alumni.mag/9608/9608BOBDeaths.html, viewed on March 4 2000 . Hereinafter cited as Deaths, University of Chicago Magazine, Aug 1996.
 
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