Peter Paul Ockenfels was born 24 June 1868 in Niederbreisig, Prussia, Germany to John Victor Ockenfels (1819-1894) and Anna Maria Schidt (1831-1907) and died 3 November 1938 Currie, Minnesota, United States of carcinoma of tongue and throat. He married Adelheid Brecht (1879-1964) 4 February 1896 in Norway, Iowa, United States.


In 1881, at the age of 13, Peter immigrated to the United States with his parents. They settled in Norway, Iowa and farmed land there. He married in Iowa and started a family. In 1904 he moved to Currie, MN with his wife and the eldest five of his fifteen children. He farmed land in Minnesota until his death in 1938.

Interment Deed 1922 Ockenfels.jpg He lost his last two children in infancy and a daughter, Rose, to tuberculosis at the age of twenty four. His daughter, Agnes, gave birth to twins in the last month of his life, only one survived. Peter and his family knew he was dying when the twins were born, so they waited to bury little Margaret until his passing so they could be buried together the following month.

Peter and Adelheid Ockenfels family 1932.jpg


Offspring of Adelheid Brecht and Peter Paul Ockenfels (1868-1938)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Reinhart Victor Ockenfels (1896-1988)
Rose Anna Ockenfels (1898-1922) 29 March 1898 Milford, Iowa, United States 16 March 1922 Worthington, Minnesota, United States
Catherine Margaret Ockenfels (1900-1992)
Peter Paul Ockenfels (1902-1988) 1902 Norway, Iowa, United States 1988 Currie, Minnesota, United States
Elizabeth M. Ockenfels (c1904-aft1938)
John Mathias Ockenfels (1905-1999)
Mary Dolores Ockenfels (1906-2007) 4 November 1906 Murray County, Minnesota, United States 5 February 2007 Tracy, Minnesota, United States Charles Ankrum (1906-1985)
Cecilia Gertrude Ockenfels (1908-1982) 17 October 1908 Currie, Minnesota, United States 29 March 1982 Coon Rapids, Iowa, United States Aloysius Henry Dorpinghaus (1899-1992)
Joseph Arthur Ockenfels (1910-1980) 1910 1980 Vivian Kathleen Johnson (1920-)
Agnes Mary Ockenfels (1912-2008) 14 May 1912 Murray County, Minnesota, United States 1 July 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Matthias William Lynch (1907-1963)
Mathias A. Ockenfels (1914-1994)
Francis William Ockenfels (1916-?) 24 February 1916 Currie, Murray County, Minnesota, United States 18 June 2018 Prescott Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona, United States Gracella Noreen Madson (1926-1988)
Marguerite Adelheid Ockenfels (1918-1939)
Anthony Michael Ockenfels (1920-1996) 1920 1996 Elizabeth Ann Ruppert (-)
Donald S. Ockenfels (c1920-c1920) May 1919 Murray County, Minnesota, United States April 1920
Baby Ockenfels (1922-1922)



Footnotes (including sources)

Ω Birth
  • Death Certificate of Peter Paul Ockenfels+Obituary Peter Paul Ockenfels
₪ Wedding
  • 1880 Census of the United States
¶ Death
  • Death Certificate of Peter Paul Ockenfels