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Leona is spoken of in the following letters: 9-9-1932 Wachdorfs and 9-30-1932 Irene

Leona A. Pfleger

born c. 1916



 Marie Pfleger (Traut)

 Catherine Pfleger (Seaman)



John Brennan






not listed

to protect

their privacy



Lou Pfleger


Gert Bornhofen

spouse's parents:

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 right of image, back onto image and click again. *photo loaned by one of Marie's daughters.

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

Catherine and Leona, identified by Marie's daughter

labeled Catherine but it looks like Leona

4/1929 her grandparents' 50th. See link at bottom of photo gallery to go to labeled version of this photo. Her parents & sisters in the shot too

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

Link to labeled version of her grandparents' anniversary photo: Bornhofen's 50th

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.

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.

Letter dated Sept. 9, 1932, written by her Aunt Irene Pfleger Wachdorf (to Irene's daughter): "I almost forgot to tell you Leona Pfleger came home from the hospital Thursday night and has developed pneumonia since. I think she is pretty sick, say a prayer for her." (She refers to her as Leona Pfleger because there is also a Leona Wachdorf.) Then on Sept. 30 she writes, "I am at Aunt Gertie's...Thought I would drop out and see Leona as I hadn't been to see her since she took sick. She is feeling pretty good now and expects to go to school soon." (Leona's illness is followed within two months by her sister Catherine becoming so sick that both doctor and priest are sent for in the middle of the night.)

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.