William Jansen

William Jansen was born in Germany, December 21, 1871. He passed away at Superior, Nebraska, November 1, 1934, aged 62 years, 10 months and 10 days.

He was one of a family of eight, having five sisters and two brothers. He came to America with his parents when he was seventeen years old and settled in the vicinity of Exeter, Nebraska.

On May 31, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Menke of Exeter. To this union were born five children, two daughters and three sons. In 1918 he moved to Superior, where he made his home until death.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, two daughters, Sister Mary Jeanette of Concordia, Kansas, two sons, Leo of Elsie, Nebraska and Paul of Superior, three grandchildren, William Warren and Donna Marie Jansen, and Shirley Lee Carlson, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four sisters and two brothers, besides other relatives and friends. One son William, preceded his father in death.

Mr. Jansen was a loving husband and father, a good neighbor and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew hike. The funeral services were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. E. Boll. Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery beside his son.

Mrs. August Barkmeier went to Superior on Monday, where
 she will stay a week with here sister, Mrs. William Jansen.

Nebraska Signal
 Geneva, Nebraska
Thursday, November 8, 1934


Mary Ann Menke Jansen

Mary Ann Jansen, daughter of Louis and Anna Becker Menke, was born January 27, 1977, in Exeter, Nebraska. She passed away in Portland, Oregon, June 21, 1944, at the home of a son.

She was united in marriage to William Jansen, May 31, 1898, at Exeter, where they made their home until 1918. To this union were born five children, two daughters and three sons. Surviving are Sister M. Jeanette of Concordia, Kansas, Leo and Paul of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Alvin Carlson of Superior. Her husband and son, William Jr., preceded here in death. Also surviving are six grandchildren and three brothers, Henry Menke and John Menke of Exeter and William Menke of Wray Colorado, five sisters, Mrs. Adam Dumpert and Mrs. August Barkmeier of Exeter, Mrs. William Matthews and Mrs. Richard Matthews of McCool and Mrs. Minnie Hammond of Lincoln.

In 1918 the family moved to Superior, where they made their home until the death of Mr. Jansen in 1934. Later Mrs. Jansen went to Portland, Oregon.

Mrs. Jansen will long be remembered in this community, where she made her home so long, not only as a model mother, but as a church worker, one who was always ready to lend a helping hand to her many friends and neighbors, by all of whom she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held at Exeter June 26, at 9:30 with a Solemn Requiem High Mass sung by Rev. John Kozlik of Milligan. Rev. H. B. Hart of Lincoln was deacon and Rev. Joseph Kearney of Superior was sub-deacon.

Pallbearers were six nephews of the deceased, Lou Barkmeier, William Dumpert, Leo Erdkamp, Ralph Jansen, Herb Becker and Clarence Becker.

The esteem in which Mrs. Jansen was held was shown by many relatives and friends in attendance at the funeral rites. Those attending from out of town were Sister M. Jeanette and Sister M. Rudolph of Concordia, Kansas, Leo of Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Carlson and Shirley Lee of Superior, Mr. and Mrs. William Matthews and Marie of McCool, Rev. H. B. Hart, Felix Dumpert, Mrs. Margaret Hall, Mrs. Helen Woulf and Mrs. Minnie Hammond all of Lincoln, Rev. Joseph Kearney, Mrs. H. E. Carlson, Mrs. August Krothe, Mrs Ralph Cooper, Mrs. Eden Whittloed, Mr. and Mrs. Kim Reese and Mr. and Mrs. George Reese of Superior, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Palodero of Greeley, Nebraska, Herman Dittmer and daughter, Miss Sophia Dumpert of York, Mrs. Lena Bertschinger of Creighton, Mr. and Mrs. William Menke of Wray, Colorado, Mrs. J. N. Emanuel and Barbara, Carolina Emanuel of North Bend, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dey, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Geiger of Seward, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Geis and Donald of Beaver Crossing, Mrs. Herb Jansen of O'Neill, Mrs. John Becker of Geneva, Mrs. Anna Becker of friend, Bill Erdkamp of Staplehurst and Mrs. Clara Biester of Geneva.

Nebraska Signal
 Geneva, Nebraska
Thursday, June 29, 1944

 Louis and Anna Marie Becker Menke

(Standing - Back Row -Left to Right)
William "Billy" Menke, Helena "Lena" Menke Matthews,
 Philmina Maria "Minnie" Menke Hammond, John Menke,
 Anna Barbara Menke Barkmeier, Sophia Menke Matthews and Henry Menke

(Sitting - Front Row - Left to Right)
Fredericka "Rica" Menke Dumpert, Anna Marie Becker Menke
 and Mary Menke Jansen


(Standing - Back Row -Left to Right)
John Menke, Frank Hammond, August Barkmeier, William Matthews,  Sophia Menke Matthews, William "Billy" Menke, Helena "Lena" Menke Matthews, Henry Menke, William Jansen, unknown child and Adam Dumpert

(Adults Sitting - Front Row - Left to Right)
Elizabeth "Lillie" Nevins Menke holding child,  Maria "Minnie" Philmina Menke Hammond holding child, Anna Barbara Menke Barkmeier with children Louis and Rose on her right, Ella on left and Helena "Lea" on lap, Anna Marie Becker Menke, Mary Menke Jansen and children, Fredericka "Rica" Menke Dumpert
 and children

Wedding Day of Sophia Menke and William "Bill" Matthews
May 31, 1911