Anna Ockenfels was born 14 April 1875 in Westphalia, Germany to John Victor Ockenfels (1819-1894) and Anna Maria Schidt (1831-1907) and died 13 May 1954 Norway, Iowa, United States of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Reinhart Brecht (1867-1944) 22 November 1894 in Iowa, United States.


Offspring of Anna Ockenfels and Joseph Reinhart Brecht (1867-1944)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Katheryn Anna Brecht (1895-)
John B. Brecht (1898-)
Frank Brecht (1901-)
Maria Brecht (c1902-)
Victor J. Brecht (1903-1978)
Loretta Brecht (c1906-)


  • Katheryn Anna Brecht: born 19 Jun 1895 in Newhall, Benton, Iowa
  • John B. Brecht: born 26 Sep 1898 in Milford, Iowa
  • Victor J. Brecht: born 20 Dec 1903 in Milford, Iowa


At the age of six, Anna joined her parents and most of her siblings to travel to the Untied States. 1910 census lists the date as 1881.


The 1900 census states that she gave birth to three children, two of which were still living. The 1910 census shows seven children, six living. She ended her life with six surviving children. The infant was likely born after 1894, their marriage year, and must have died before June 6th, 1900, the date on which they were entered into the census.


Mrs. Anna Brecht Service Held Sunday, May 16 - Norway Woman, 79, Survived by Three Daughters, Three Sons

Mrs. Anna Brecht was found dead in her home by her daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Wack, Thursday evening, May 13. Her death was attributed to a heart ailment.

The daughter of Victor and Anna Eschmidt Ockenfels, born April 14, 1875, in Germany, she came to this country with her parents at the age of six years. She had 12 brothers and sisters.

She married Joseph R. Brecht Nov. 22, 1894. He passed away July 29, 1944.

At the time of her death, she was 79 years old.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Wack of Norway; Mrs. Marie Spalding of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. Loretta Schmuecker of Watkins; three sons, John of Strawberry Point; Frank of Norway; and Victor of Earlville; 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. Michael's church in Norway, Sunday, May 16, at 9 a.m. with Rev. Nicholas Krull officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery.

Thos attending from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. John Ockenfels and family of Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. John Ockenfels and Fritz Ockenfels of Curry, Minn.; Mrs. Kathryn Rupp and Mrs. Charles Ankrum of Tracy, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fields of Phoenix, Ariz.; R. V. Kuen, Laura Kuen and Frank Kuen, Mrs. Clara Lang and Mrs. Rose Gavin of Cedar Rapids.


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