|In 1860, Abraham Ritter, father of Thekla, was already living in Waconia (Carver County)
Maria and their daughter, Cresentia were still living with Georg and Thekla in
St. Mary's, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
Census 1860 Hollywood Township. Carver County, Minnesota
(spelled Rytter on the census record)
Abraham served in the 4th Minnesota Infantry,
Company E as a Private during the Civil War.
|Photos from the private
collection of Brenda Conzet.
Civil War Monument
Headstone, St. Joseph's Cemetery
"Thank you, Brenda"
|In 1864, George sold his land in Pennsylvania to his brother John
and with his family and mother-in-law, Maria Ritter, they moved west to Minnesota
and settled in Waconia. It wasn't long before George established himself
as a very integral part of the community, building and running the first lumber yard
in the history of Waconia. He held many public offices, Postmaster, County
Commissioner, Councilman, Assessor and President of the Board for
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, for which he help lay the cornerstone in 1902.
George died on October 18, 1910
Maria Thekla preceeded him to the grave, November 9, 1901
They are buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery; Waconia, Minnesota
born February 29, 1888
died February 14, 1972
He married Mary Magdelene Schmitt
They had 5 children:
Joseph, Lawrence, Loretta, Raymond & Bernadette
|4. Matthew Kugler
born January 7, 1857
died February 13, 1942
He married Mary Theresa Mueller
February 26, 1889
They had 6 children:
born February 24, 1864
died October 2, 1942
Joined the Jesuit Order and he
spent most of his life serving the Indian Missions.
He was also Superintendent of St. Regis Mission
Kettle Falls, Washington
born July 28, 1871
He married Mary Steinhagen
They had 4 children,
Married Christina Heck in 1920
Gertrude (died 1969)
Married Mr. Temple
|12. Anna Kugler
born August 25, 1873
died July 10, 1960
She became Sister Basilia of the
Order of the Franciscan Sister.
From 1932-1947 she was
Provincial Sister of the order.
|13. Edward Kugler
born March 14, 1876
died September 14, 1905
He married Mary Gransom
September 11, 1900
They had 2 children,
Mary married Joseph Korman after Edward's death.
|15. Elizabeth Kugler
born February 12, 1880
died July 24, 1981
She married Peter Mihm
November 27, 1906
Elizabeth and Peter had three children:
Adopted daughter of Georg and Thekla
Became a Nun.
|George, Death Certificate||John George, Obituary||John Kugler (1856-1894) Obituary||Mary Schmitt Kugler, Obituary||Albert Kugler, Obituary|
|George, Obituary||Laura Olson Kugler, Death Certificate||John Kugler, (1856-1894) Headstone||Matthew Kugler, Death Certificate||Albert Kugler, Death Certificate|
|George, Headstone||Anthony Kugler, Death Certificate||Mathew (Rev. Justinian Kugler), Obituary||Matthew Kugler, Obituary||Loretta Kugler, Headstone|
|Thekla, Obituary||Rose Kugler Roan, Obituary||Mathew (Rev. Justinian Kugler) Death Certificate||Marie Kugler McKay, Obituary||Matt Kugler, Headstone|
|Thekla, Headstone||Edward Kugler, Death Certificate||Frances Kugler Henke, Obituary||George Kugler, Obituary||Matt Kugler, Obituary|
|Joseph, Death Certificate||Otto Kugler, Death Certificate||Frances Kugler Henke, Death Certificate||George Kugler, Headstone||Matt Kugler, Death Certificate|
|Joseph, Obituary||Tillie Haken Kugler, Death Certificate||Joseph Henry Kugler, Death Certificate||Maude Kugler, Headstone||Phyllis Kugler, Headstone|
|Henriette, Obituary||Elizabeth, Death Certificate||Joseph Henry Kugler, Obituary||Albert Kugler, Headstone||Phyllis Kugler, Obituary|
to Brenda Conzet, Minnesota; Ginny Eakin, Pennsylvania and Kate Bower
for contributing some of the information & photos found on this page.
|After coming to the United States, the brothers
took up residence in
St. Mary's (Elk County) Pennsylvania.
|St. Mary's Elk County, Pennsylvania was also home to
Abraham and Maria Seitz Ritter.
They were the parents of 7 known children.
One son and one daughter were stillborn, another daughter
who was also named Maria Thekla only survived about a year (1830-1831).
There were four other children, all daughters; namely
Martha, Maria Regina, Cresentia and Maria Thekla (#2)
|These four children died at birth or in infancy:
1. Maxmillian born and died in 1852
5. Cresentia born and died in 1869
7. Marta born between 1864 & 1866 and died 1866
10. Frank born and died 1869
The dates of death are too early to support the probablility
of finding death records.
|Nine children were born to Joseph and Henriette:
born November 3, 1877
died June 3, 1903
He drowned in a creek in
Oliver County, North Dakota
He never married.
|The surviving children of Georg & Thekla
|2. Joseph Georg Kugler
born December 15, 1853<><>died April 28, 1932.
He met Henriette Kusserow, born November 16, 1854, (she also went by the name Anna)
she was the daughter of Christian Kusserow.
Joseph and Henriette were of different religious backgrounds,
she was Lutheran and Joseph Catholic, and it was against
his parents wishes that they marry.
But they did marry on January 23, 1877.
I have been trying to find proof that Henriette was the sister of
my great-grandmother, Johanna Kusserow Dresow.
The immigrated to the US at the same time on the same ship
If anyone can offer any information on Henriette it would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph and Henriette moved from Waconia
and settled in Nobles County, Minnesota.
born February 13, 1879
died October 23, 1904
She married Joseph Willits
She died in childbirth and is buried
in Riverview Cemetery.
I do not know if the child survived.
(I apologize for the poor quality of
born March 23, 1880
died March 30, 1969
He married Laura Olson
November 24, 1907
They were the parents of 8 children:
Joseph, Anthony, Bernard, Bertha
Lillian, Mabel, Julie, Hazel.
(I apologize for the poor quality of
born February 20, 1882
died December 25, 1969
She married James Roan
March 2, 1908
I believe they had one daughter.
born December 21, 1883
died March 22, 1921
He married Lillian Smith
I do not know if they had any children.
born January 16, 1886
died August 18, 1983
He married Tillie Haken
They had 5 children:
Alice, Walter, Anna, Leona, Edward.
died January 11, 1894
He married Barbara Miller/Mueller
They had 3 children:
Mathew, Frances, Joseph
born November 1, 1882
died August 5, 1952
He joined the Franciscan Order and was ordained, Rev. Justinian Kugler, O.F.M.
on June 24, 1910 and said his first mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in
Waconia, Minnesota. When he passed away he was the parish priest of
the St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria, Minnesota.
born June 18, 1884
died March 28, 1978
She married Lawrence Henke.
They had 2 children:
Anna Mae and Ray
|6. Mary Cresentia
born November 2, 1862
died May 29, 1930
She married John Aretz January 18, 1881
They had 12 children:
|Thank you to Charleen Feekes for taking
this headstone photo. Please also visit
Henriette's memorial on Findagrave.com
Kugler Family Part 2
|Phyllis Kugler, Death Certificate||Mathilda Kugler Wickenhauser, Obituary||Elizabeth Kugler Mihm, Death Certificate|
|Matthew G. Kugler, Obituary||Mathilda Kugler Wickenhauser, Death Certificate||Elizabeth Kugler Mihm, Obituary|
|Matthew G. Kugler, Death Certificate||Mary Steinhagen Kugler, Obituary||Marie Mihm, Obituary|
|Magnus Kugler, Obituary||Anna (Sister Basilia), Obituary||Marie Mihm, Death Certificate|
|Magnus Kugler, Death Certificate||Edward Kugler, Obituary||Anna Kugler Cutter, Death Certificate|
|Magnus Kugler, Headstone||Edward Kugler, Death Certificate||John Kugler 1895-1974, Obituary|
|Mary Kugler Aretz, Obituary||Peter Mihm, Obituary||
|| Mary Kugler Aretz, Death Certificate
|| Peter Mihm, Death Certificate
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