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Anthony Hochertz Jr

12-5-1912 to Aug. 1970




   1914 Edward Hochertz

   1916 Coletta (died 1919)

   1918 Marie Hochertz


   1919-Dorothy Hochertz


   1921 Magdalen Hochertz


   1923Charlotte Hochertz


   1925 Harry J Hochertz







 current generations not listed to protect their privacy



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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one of the boys is Tony, the other his brother Eddie, with (from left) his Grandma Anna Wachdorf, aunt Midge, mother Kitty, cousin Celia Roster

Interment record for Tony (I think) St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL

Paper Trail

1920 census Ward 31, District 1911, 21st Precinct, 5924 Parnell

Anthony Hochertz, age 39, born in Germany of German parents, imm 1890 (wrong), agent (illegible) gun/gum Co

wife Katherine, age 25, born in IL of German parents (wrong, mother born IL)

Son Anthony, age 7, born IL (all kids born IL)

son Edward, age 5

daughter Marie, age one year 11 months (census taken Jan. 1920)

daughter Dorothy, age 8 months


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


1943 Suburbanite Economist  (dates and names obscured for the privacy of the living)

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hochertz, 3300 W. 104th st., are the parents of a daughter born ... in Chicago Lying-In Hospital. The baby, who has been named ..., weighed 10 pounds, eight ounces at birth.


1945 Southtown Economist (dates and names obscured again)

(full article, not just an announcement, with photo)

Baby *** Arrives--He's Really a Bouncing Boy

A Southtown woman, Mrs. Mary Hochertz, became the mother of the second heaviest baby born in Lying-In hospital Thursday morning. The baby arrived at 9:45 o'clock and tipped the scales at 13 and a half pounds, second in weight to a child born in the same hospital some time ago that weighed 13 pounds, nine and a half ounces. A total of 42,600 babies have been born at Lying-In since 1938.

    "Gee, I hope he grows up and becomes a great football player," said Anthony Hochertz Jr., the baby's excited and happy father. Prospects that the child may become the answer to some grid coach's dream are good, for his father is six feet, two inches tall, and his mother is six feet, one inch in height. They live at 7921 Damen ave.

    "The delivery was normal and easy," said the attending physician, who admitted that the baby is the largest he ever attended.

    A child weighing 18 and a half pounds, born in a Raleigh, N.D. hospital November 8, now wears a cast on his left arm, broken in the course of delivery.

    The Southtown baby, who has been named ***, has a brother, ***, four years old, and a sister, ***, two. [The brother] weighed ten pounds, one ounce at birth and [the sister] 10 pounds, two ounces.

(Photo of masked nurse holding baby has caption: "He's the second heaviest in 42,600 births. Hiccupping gently, this 13 and a half pound baby, second heaviest in 42,600 births at Lying-In hospital, posed with his nurse for the Economist photographer. The baby, named ***, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hochertz Jr, 7921 Damen ave.")


The children of Tony & Mary Hochertz were listed in the Southtown Economist in 1955 and 1956 as attendees of the Summer Bible School of Brethren In Christ Mission.


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.


Social Security Death Index shows Anthony Hochertz born 12-5-1912, died Aug. 1970. Interment records for St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, have Anthony Hochertz, interred 8-6-1970 from a home address of 949 W. 35th Place but list his age as 56.