Matrilineal Monday – Beryl Catherine Richert Siefken

Beryl as baby

Beryl as baby

Beryl Catherine Richert was born in Lisbon, Linn County, Iowa on October 25, 1905 to George Daniel and Mabel (Moses) Richert.  Her brother Edward was two when she was born.  When she was a toddler the family moved to Jerauld County, South Dakota.  Beryl’s mother Mabel died of an illness in 1914 when Beryl was 9.  Her father married Carrie Saville in 1919.

Edward, Beryl, and George Richert

Edward, Beryl, and George Richert

Beryl married George Herman Siefken in South Dakota on September 1, 1926.  Herman and Beryl had three daughters, Doris (1927), Inez (1929-1929), and Jean (1931).  Inez lived only a day.  My mother (Jean’s oldest daughter) didn’t ever even know about her – but she was mentioned in Beryl’s obituary.  Sometime between 1935 and 1940 the family moved back to Iowa, Jones’ county (next to Linn County).

Herman, Beryl, Doris and Jean

Herman, Beryl, Doris and Jean

They lived in Morley and during that time Herman and Beryl ran a small restaurant.  I ‘d like to know more about this restaurant and where it was in Morley.  In early March, 1953, Beryl had a blood clot in her leg that went to her brain.  She died March 14, 1953 of a brain aneurism at the hospital in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.

4 Generation - Beryl, George, Karen, and Jean

4 Generation – Beryl, George, Karen, and Jean

She lived long enough to see both of her daughters married and to get to know at least one of her grandchildren.  My mom was three when her grandma Beryl died.  She doesn’t remember her but Grandma left her her watch because they say mom liked to play with it when she sat on Grandma’s lap.


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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