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Harry J. Hochertz

8-24-1925 to 4-3-1999



   1912 Tony Hochertz Jr

   1914 Edward Hochertz

   1916 Coletta (died 1919)

   1918 Marie Hochertz


   1919-Dorothy Hochertz


   1921 Magdalen Hochertz


   1923Charlotte Hochertz










Anthony John "Tony" Hochertz


Kitty Hochertz

(Catherine Anna "Kitty" Wachdorf)

spouse's parents:

maternal grandparents:

Anton Wachdorf & Anna Klein


paternal grandmother:

Johanna Hochertz

maternal aunts & uncles:

1883-Clara Roster; 1886-Harry H. Wachdorf; 1888-Edward Wachdorf ; 1892-Joseph Wachdorf;  1895-Lettie Myers; 1897-Mae Wachdorf; 1899-Frances Stevens; 1902-Madge Wachdorf


paternal aunts:

Sr. Mary Achatia; Sr. Mary Radegundis

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Harry in the backrow, far right, beside his brothers-in-law. His sisters are in front of him, his parents in front of them flanking his aunts


Paper Trail

1930 census 17th Ward, block 85 District 651, 5924 Parnell (owns, value $6000, has radio)

Anthony Hochertz, age 50, married at 31, born in Germany, immigrated 1882, vender--machine gum/gun

wife Katherine, age 47, married at 27, born IL of parents born in IL (wrong, father born Germany)

son Anthony, age 17, born IL (all kids born IL), worker--odd jobs

son Edward, age 16, errand boy--grocery

daughter Marie, age 12

daughter Dorothy, age 10

daughter Madeline, age 8

daughter Charlotte, age 6

son Harry, age 4 yrs 8 months


Kitty's obituary, Chicago Tribune 3-22-1965

Hochertz, Catherine A., nee Wachdorf, beloved wife of Anthony; devoted mother of Anthony, Edward, Dorothy Boersma, Magdalen Puiszis, Charlotte Warnke, Harry and the late Marie Lindblade; grandmother of 19; five great-grandchildren; sister of Clara Roster, Edward Wachdorf, Coletta Meyers, Mae Wachdorf, Madge Wachdorf, Frances Stevens and the late Harry and Joseph Wachdorf. Funeral Wednesday 9:15 a.m. from Hornburg & Son funeral home 8400 S. Ashland ave to St. Gerald Church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary's.


Suburbanite  Economist 4-12-1972

Lawn squadron joins in exercise

    The Oak Lawn Composite Squadron participated in the recent Civil Air Patrol (CAP) communications exercise, CAP-COMM '72. Fifteen members of the squadron kept the Oak Lawn radio station manned for six hours at Cook school, 5926 S. Cook ave, sending and receiving messages originating from CAP national headquarters at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.

    Under the supervision of Captain Harry Hochertz the unit operated two radios receiving messages from Illinois Wing Net Control and passing the information along to other stations.

    The purpose of the exercise was to determine the effectiveness and capability of CAP radio networks while operating on a full scale basis., utilizing existing frequencies and equipment.

    Those interested in the Civil Air Patrol may attend any of the Oak Lawn squadron meetings Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Cook school.


Suburbanite Economist 8-20-1972

Civil Air Patrol lauds Hochertz

    Captain Harry Hochertz, CAP from the Oak Lawn Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award at a squadron ceremony this month. This is one of the highest awards a Civil Air Patrol senior can be awarded. It is earned by distinctive performance of duties.

    Capt. Hochertz received this award for "continually being one of the most devoted, hardest working and most conscientious members of the Oak Lawn squadron."

    Hochertz has been active in squadron communications and keeps a current inventory of necessary supplies.

    He had been a volunteer since joining CAP in 1961. Hochertz often acts as a senior escort for squadron activities. He helped the community during the tornado disaster in April 1967. Hochertz also wears the wings of rated flight observer.

    The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is opened to anyone age 13 to 18. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Oak Lawn Squadron 425-4505.


Economist ran a photo 11-8-1972 of Civil Air Patrol open house, including Captain Harry Hochertz.


Nevada marriage licenses (Clark County) have a record of a Harry J. Hochertz of Illinois marrying Marie A. Sullivan of Illinois 5-27-1976. I do not know if this is the right Harry Hochertz.


Social Security Death Index: Harry J. Hochertz born 8-24-1925 died 4-3-1999 last check issued from Oak Lawn, IL.