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Catherine is mentioned in the following letters: 10-13-1932 Irene and 11-4-1932 Irene and 1956 Aug 31 Irene

Catherine R. Pfleger Seaman

11-21-1912 to 11-12-1988



  Marie Pfleger (Traut)

  Leona Pfleger (Brennan)



Lawrence Seaman

4-11-1912 to 2-17-2005






not listed

to protect

their privacy



Lou Pfleger


Gert Bornhofen

spouse's parents:


Edward Seaman



maternal grandparents:

John Bornhofen & Catherine Merten


paternal grandparents:

Johann/John Pfleger & Maria Grimm

maternal aunts & uncles:

Joe Bornhofen & Katherine Bitner


paternal aunts & uncles:

c. 1878-Henry Pfleger & Louise Lift; 1880-Oscar Pfleger & Annie Wirtz; c.1885-Dell Pfleger Wachdorf & Harry; 1888-Irene Pfleger Wachdorf & Edward

click on any image to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom move the cursor to the right of the image, back onto the image, and click again. *photo loaned by one of Marie's daughters.

little Catherine with big sister Marie (labeled by Marie's daughter)

Catherine and Leona

label of previous, by Marie's daughter

*clockwise from left: her Uncle Joe Bornhofen, Marie, grandfather John B, grandmother Katherine B, herself, father Lou, mother Gert, Leona on lap

It's labeled Catherine, but she looks like Leona

the label

maybe Catherine

maybe Catherine

maybe Catherine

her grandparents' 50th anniversary, April 1929. She is in the 3rd row, 6th from right (light lapels on dark coat) (labeled in next shot)

same as previous, labeled. Best viewed by printing out (change page orientation to landscape) Kids numbered 63 to 57 descending from left

from left: her aunt Dell Wachdorf, cousin Ed (Oscar's), mother, herself, Marie, Leona, her Uncle Oscar, father Lou, cousin Eleanor (Oscar's)

Born c. 1913 in Chicago.

1920 census, Chicago, 7429 Harvard: in the Bornhofen household with her grandfather John, grandmother Catherine and uncle Joe. Her father lists his parents as born in Bavaria and Ohio, his occupation as: book keeper--factory. Gert now lists that her father was born in Coblenz and her mother in Wisconsin. Marie is 11, Catherine 7, Leona 3 years and four months.

11-26-1924 article in Daily Southtown in reference to play put on by the Carthaginian's Club on Nov. 17 & 18 says, "specialties were provided by...Catherine Pfleger accompanied by Clement Slowy...and Marie Pfleger..." Between the actual performance and publication of the announcement, Catherine's grandma Pfleger died on Nov. 24.

In 1929 she was named godmother of her niece, Dolores Wachdorf. The godfather was her cousin George Pfleger (Henry's son).

1930 census, Chicago, 7429 Harvard: She's still in grandparents John and Catherine Bornhofen's house (Lou rents for $40/month) but Joe has moved out (yet a 1951 reference in the Southtown Economist refers to him as Joseph Bornhofen of 7429 Harvard). Lou, age 47, married at 22, lists his profession as accountant for a woolen goods manufacturer. Gertrude, married at 19; Marie C., 21, profession: teacher--dramatic arts; Catherine: 17, Leona A: 13.

1932 letters written by her aunt Irene Pfleger Wachdorf mention Catherine's sister Leona coming home from the hospital in Sept. 1932, and then on Nov. 4, 1932, "Catherine is still pretty bad although she does have a pretty good day once in a while." Nov. 17: "Say a prayer for Catherine as she is very sick, had the priest and doctor at 4 o'clock Saturday morning."

April 7, 1943 (from the Daily Southtown, with misspelling of Pfleger left in place): Three Sisters Become Mothers Within 11 Days: Within 11 days the three daughters of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Psleger, 7429 Harvard ave., each gave birth to a baby girl. The Pslegers now have 12 grandchildren. On St. Patrick's day, March 17, an eight-and-one-half pound girl was born to Mrs. Lawrence Seaman of the Harvard ave. address in the St. Bernard hospital. The baby had been named *** ***. Friday, March 26, also in St. Bernard hospital, *** ***, weighing eight pounds, 12 1/2 ounces, was born to Mrs. Bernard Traut, 9341 Damen ave. Two days later, Sunday, March 28, little *** Brennen was born to Mrs. John Brennen, 245 W. Marquette rd. in the Michael Reese hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds 15 ounces at birth.

3-20-1960 Catherine is listed as the informant on the death certificate for her father. Her address is given as 100 Talcott Rd (the same address for her father).

Chicago Tribune Obituary Index has Seaman, Catherine R. Pfleger 11-14-1988. Based on that, the Social Security Death index has Catherine R. Seaman born 11-21-1912 died 11-12-1988, last address Park Ridge, IL

Chicago Tribune Obituary 2-18-1988 (names of current generations removed): Lawrence A. Seaman Sr., age 92, of Park Ridge, beloved husband of the late Catherine, nee Pfleger; loving father of *** (***) and *** Seaman; dear grandfather of Elizabeth (***) ***, Robert (Julie) and the late Lawrence John ***; great-grandfather of Allison, Andrew, Benjamin, Faith, and Christian; fond brother of the late George, Dave, Edward, and Hazel. Funeral Monday, February 21, 9:30 a.m. from Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy. (2 blks S. of Touhy), Park Ridge to Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church.

Connection: her aunt was Irene Pfleger Wachdorf