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 John W. Torbeck

Born - Friday, March 28, 1884

Married -  Sunday, May 29, 1910

Died - Friday, February 23, 1938



John Torbeck Answers

Final Summons

Former Johnson Resident Died


Deceased Who Passed Away At Byron, Was Native of

Nemaha County and Well Known to Many People Here.

Has Led Active and Useful Life.



John Torbeck, son of Reiner and Christena Torbeck, nee Dirks,

was born in Nemaha county, March 28, 1884. Following a brief

illness at his home, he departed this life Wednesday morning,

February 23, at the age of 53 years, 10 months and 25 days.


He was baptized in early infancy and later given the benefit of

religious instruction in the parochial school in his native county.


When a young man he moved to Byron, where he united with Zion

Lutheran congregation on March 31. 1907. From 1931 to 1937

he gave faithful service to the congregation as a member of the

church council. Since 1907 he had been continuously engaged in farming.


In 1910 he was united in marriage to Adelia Schleufer. This union

was blessed with four children. One daughter, Helen,

preceded him in death June 24, 1931.


Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife two sons, Erwin and Edwin, his daughter, Leona, and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Erwin Torbeck.  He is also survived by seven sisters, all of whom live in this state; Mrs. Theta Marquart, Byron; Mrs. Hilka Malpert, Nora;

Mrs. Christena Schleufer, Lincoln; Mrs. Augusta Schleufer, Nora;

Mrs. Emma Oestmann, Auburn; Mrs. Dora Harms, Byron; and

Mrs. Anna Kienker of Johnson; and three brothers, Fred and Herman of Johnson and Dick of Byron.


Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 28, at Zion

Lutheran church near Deshler. The pastor, William Feller, spoke

words of comfort and admonition in German on Romans: 6:23

and in English on I Thes: 4:13-14. Interment was in the church

cemetery. Pallbearers were Ed Fintel, Henry Heipman, William

Eickman, Richard Eickman, Arthur Pohlman and Herbert Pohlman.


Those in attendance from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Furn Henry,

John and Conrad, Wolf Gaylord, Kansas; Mrs. August Suchsland,

Lenora, Kansas; Mrs. George Weimers, Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Otto

Hacker and Miss Emma Hacker, Orleans; Mr. and Mrs. John

Caspers and Mr. and Mrs. Onno Jurgens and family, Hildreth;

Mrs. Alka Malpart and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Malpart and

Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Schleufer and Elmer, Nora; Mr. and Mrs.

Lester Schleufer, Edgar; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Torbeck and family,

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kienker and Lorene, Mr. and Mrs. Herman

Torbeck and Melvin, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Oestmann, Mr. and Mrs.

Herman Dirks, all of Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Oestmann

and Eileen, Mr. and Mrs. Aldolph Lunzman and Mr. and Mrs.

Vern Moody of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. John Schleufer, Lincoln;

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weers and Vernon and Mr. and Mrs.

Henry Archer, Hebron, and Conrad Kreckler of Gothenburg.

Nemaha County Herald


March 3, 1938




Wife - Adelia H. (Schleufer) Torbeck

Born -  June 10 1890

Died -  June 10, 1938

Parents - Henry G. &  Sophia (Syhodole) Schleufer



Woman Answers

Final Summons

Former Johnson Resident is Called


Mrs. Adella Torbeck Passed Away At Deshler After Long Illness and Untimely Death is Mourned by Many Nemaha County Friends


Adelia Margaretha Torbeck, nee Schleufer, daughter of John and

Sophie Schleufer, was born June 10, 1890 at Johnson, and

departed this life on her birthday, Friday morning, June 10, at the

age of 48 years.


She was baptized in early infancy by her pastor, Reverend J. H.

Dirks, and she enjoyed the religious training of a German parochial

school. She was confirmed by the same pastor March 27, 1904,

at Saint John's Lutheran church in Benton precinct.


In 1907 she moved with her parents to Deshler, where the
Zion Lutheran congregation became her church home. She was

united in marriage to John Torbeck May 29, 1910. Their home

was blessed with four children.


Her health began to fail about two years ago. Treatment at

various places was resorted to, but relief was only temporary and

efforts to restore her to health proved futile. She bore her

sufferings patiently until the end. She was preceded in death

by her father in 1928, her daughter, Helen, in 1931, and by

her husband in February of this year.


Surviving to mourn her passing are her children, Edwin and

wife, and Leona, all of Byron; one sister, Mrs. Mary Weers of

Hebron; seven brothers; John Schleufer, Lincoln; George

Schleufer, Milwaukee, Oregon; Henry Schleufer, Nora;

 Otto and Martin Schleufer, Byron,

 and Fred and Edward Schleufer, Deshler.


Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home

and Zion Lutheran church at Deshler and were conducted by

pastor, Reverend William Feller. Appropriate words of

consolation were based on Matthew 11:28 in German and

Palms 23:4 in English. Interment was made in the church cemetery.


Those from Nemaha county who attended the funeral were:

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Torbeck, Ora and Opal, Mr. and Mrs.

Herman Oestmann and Eileen, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Torbeck,

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kienker, Mrs. Adolph Lunzmann,

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Moody, Mrs. Ervin Oestmann, Mr. and Mrs.

Herman Dirks, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reiners, Mrs. Tena

Bright, Rudolph Gerdes, Tom Gerdes, Albert Behrends

and Kiel Eltiste. 

Nemaha County Herald


June 16,1938




Son - Erwin O. Torbeck

Born - 1910


Son - Edwin John Torbeck

Born -  October 26, 1914

Married - August 10, 1941

Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

Died -  January 6, 1995

Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

Buried - Foothills Gardens of Memory
Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

Wife - Leona Gertrude (Heider) Torbeck

Born -  December 1, 1918 - Nebraska

Father - John George Heider

Mother - Augusta F. (Scherweit) Heider


Daughter - Helen A. Torbeck

Born -  September 10, 1919

Died - June 24, 1931


Daughter - Lona C. Torbeck

Born - 1923



Sister - Theta Marie (Torbeck) Marquart

Born - March 19, 1878


Sister - Hilka Johanna (Torbeck) Malpert

Born - March 3, 1880


Sister -Christena (Torbeck) Schleufer

Born - January 16, 1882

Brother - Fred W. Torbeck

Born - March 14, 1886


Sister - Augusta (Torbeck) Schleufer

Born - December 6, 1887


Brother - Herman Torbeck

Born - November 25, 1889


Sister - Emma (Torbeck) Oestmann

Born - April 11, 1892


Brother - Dietrich "Dick" Torbeck

Born - January 21, 1895


Sister - Dora (Torbeck) Harms

Born - December 17,1896


Sister - Anna (Torbeck) Kienker

Born - September 14, 1900



Father - Reiner Hillerichs Torbeck

Mother - Christena (Dirks) Torbeck



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