2. Kinkelaar, Lawrence
1. Richter, Julius
3. Wangelin, Harold
Haas, Mary 1
- Born: Sep 2, 1902, Mascoutah, St. Clair, Illinois, USA
- Marriage (1): Richter, Julius on Oct 20, 1920
- Marriage (2): Kinkelaar, Lawrence
- Marriage (3): Wangelin, Harold on Oct 18, 1952
- Died: Jun 22, 1998 at age 95
- Buried: Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, USA
I remember the Sunday afternoon that we went to visit my mother on South County Road in Mascoutah. The doorbell rang and there was my half-sister Mary with her third husband. It had been thirty years since she was estranged from her family. I was about seven years old when she last came to our house. My Dad, her stepfather, kept me and my little sister in the house while my mother confronted her in the yard. She was coming again to ask for money to buy shoes for her children. My mother had found out what was happening to the money she gave her. Her husband was using it to buy alcohol. My mother told her she could come home but she wouldnít be getting any more money.
Mary had gotten pregnant when she was eighteen and my mother found in her dresser drawer some abortion pills, which she disposed of promptly. She advised Mary to have a quiet wedding, but Mary wanted to be dressed in white and have a veil, and her wish was granted. She had a baby just about every year until she had eight children, and all the while living with her husbandís mother and father and unmarried sister, who eventually lost their home and farm because of their sonís alcoholism. Some of the neighbors knew that he beat up on her often.
After all of the children wee grown, she gathered the courage to get a job, divorce her alcoholic husband, and start a new life. She had a second marriage which didnít last long. Lawrence Kinkelaar died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Now Mary was coming back home with her third husband, a respectable person, who was very good to her. During the years that followed, she joined the family when we had get-togethers. About 1958, when Mary & Harold had a house near a railroad track in Belleville, she invited Mom and all of us sisters & families on a Sunday afternoon and made a delicious dinner with apple pie. She never failed to express regret that we didnít know each other better. I felt that she had been in the wrong place at the wrong time; she was a victim of circumstances. She had lived a hard life. When our mother died, she shared an equal inheritance with the rest of us.
About 1990, Mary told Celie that our great-grandfather married a full blooded Indian, told to her by her grandfather. Ruth Siegel had often been asked by her classmates if she had any Indian ancestry. I myself thought that Sarah Siegel looked like a papoose when she was five years old. I sent for our grandfatherís death certificate and it showed that he and his mother and father wee all born in Bavaria. I spent the next five years collecting records and composing the HAAS FAMILY HISTORY. When Mary received her copy, she sat down and read it for three hours and said it was fascinating.
MOn June 17, 1993, Gene and I had lunch with her at 16 Rusty Wil Drive in Belleville, IL. All of her children came and brought food. At this time she told me her father-in-law was very good to her and often praised her for being a hard worker. Walter said he dearly loved his grandfather and that his Dad was mean; just ask Katy.
During the summer of 1996, Celie and Norman and Gene and I went to visit her at the Health Care center at 700 Weber Road in OĒFallon. It was a beautiful place.
She died at the age of 95 and is buried beside Harold in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville, IL.
Mildred Haas Fellin
ary is now living at 16 Rusty Wil Drive in Belleville near her daughter Katherine. She has a friendly Boston Terrier named Brittany.
Mary married Julius Richter on Oct 20, 1920. (Julius Richter was born on Feb 14, 1899, died on Aug 11, 1985 and was buried in Mascoutah, St. Clair, Illinois, USA.)
Mary & Julius lived with his paints on a farm in Mascoutah Township, along Perrin Road. Neighbors were Amelia Bee with her twelve children ages eighteen to forty-one; Henry Richter & family; and Julius Christ & family.
Mary next married Lawrence Kinkelaar, son of John Kinkelaar and Anna Behrens. (Lawrence Kinkelaar was born on Jul 29, 1907 in Saint Libory, St. Clair, Illinois, USA, died on Jan 19, 1951 and was buried in Saint Libory, St. Clair, Illinois, USA.)
Mary next married Harold Wangelin on Oct 18, 1952. (Harold Wangelin was born on Aug 18, 1911, died on Oct 17, 1972 and was buried in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, USA.)