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Ruth is mentioned in Wachdorf letters from California, including 1955 Apr 1 Irene; 1955 June 4

Ruth I. Wachdorf

2-26-1916 (Michigan) to 6-27-1976 (Illinois)







after Joe's death,

the girls went into the Angel Guardian Orphanage



her parents:

Joseph Wachdorf


 Jessie McCormick





Ruth never married.

After leaving the

orphanage she moved in

with her father's sisters,

Mae and Madeline, and remained with them.



Her paternal grandparents:

Anton Wachdorf


Anna Klein


Her maternal grandparents:

Charles McCormick


Mary Drouin



Her great-grandparents: John Klein and Christina Alberg Klein

Her paternal aunts & uncles:

1883-Clara Roster & Henry; 1884-Kitty Hochertz & Tony; 1886-Harry H. Wachdorf & Dell; 1888-Edward Wachdorf & Irene; 1895-Lettie Myers & Harvey; 1897-Mae Wachdorf; 1899-Frances Stevens & Frank; 1902-Madge Wachdorf


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photo dated 9-7-1916 that is probably Jessie holding Ruth

Joe and his four girls

1937 Ruth, Leona, Coletta, Blanche

Ruth is fourth from the left in the back row (only her head visible), Coletta's wedding day 1937, full i.d. below photo gallery


Who's who in Coletta's wedding photo, left to right. The two seated on the ground are Marge Kary Wachdorf (wife of Edward Wachdorf Jr.), and Madge Wachdorf. Of the three girls, I can only identify the littlest one: Dolores Wachdorf on the left, between bride Coletta and bridesmaid Leona. The backrow, from left: Lettie Wachdorf Myers (Joe's sister), Blanche, Leona, Ruth, Anna Klein Wachdorf (Joe's mother), unknown man, bride Coletta Wachdorf Howicz (the name has many spelling, detailed on her page), unknown woman, groom Steve Howicz, possibly Frank Stevens (Fran's husband), Fran Wachdorf Stevens (Joe's sister), unknown old man behind two unknown girls who are probably two of the Stevens girls.

Death certificate 6-27-1976, Ruth I. Wachdorf, age 60 at last birthday, born 2-26-1916. Died at Northwestern Nursing Center, Evanston, IL. Birthplace: Michigan. Never married. Occupation: Nurse's Aide, kind of business: hospitals. Address 820 Foster St., Evanston. Father's name: Joseph Wachdorf. Mother's maiden name: Jessie McCormick. Informant--record's clerk for hospital. Cause of death: Extension of cerebral vascular accident (interval between onset and death: 3 weeks) due to or as a consequence of cerebral vascular accident (interval between onset and death: 2 years). No other significant conditions listed. Dr. attended from 9-4-1975 to death. Died at 1:30 PM. Burial St. Mary's, Evergreen Park 6-30-1976