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Obituary Coordinator: Dennis Bauer, PA - USA
Est. 13 May 2009 by Dennis Bauer, publication 13 May 2009 at DVHH.org by Jody McKim Pharr.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021

HADERER – Eleonore Haderer Basler, 52, of Ewing Tpwnship, NJ, died 8 July 1976. Born in Stuttgart, West Germany. Wife of Josef Basler [Palankaer], mother of Rolf Basler of Morrisville, PA & Michael Basler of  Ewing Township. Buried in Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.  Palanka Family OSB #392. The Evening Times, 9 July 1976 issue.

HAJDU, Eva (1952 - 2010, nee CAPDEBO). Born in Budapest, Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Dezso Capdebo & Eva Kvaszinger. It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Eva on September 13, 2010, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her husband George; son, Szab (Erynn); daughter, Sophia (Mark) and grandchildren, Alexander and Julianna. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at St. Emeric Church, 12960 - 112 Street, Edmonton. Her obituary is found in the Edmonton Journal of 9/17/2010. [Interview with Eva, by Alex Leeb, 2008]

HAESILI – George Haesili, 63, of Trenton, NJ, died 28 March 1966. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Survived by wife, Maria Beinstingl Haesili; daughters, Mrs. Anne M. Pollich & Miss Elizabeth Haesili; two grandchildren, all of Trenton and two brothers of Europe. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB #3966. The Evening Times, 28 March 1966 issue.

HAMERT (Hemmert) – John Hamert (sic, Hemmert), 65, of Penn Valley, PA, died 12 June 1926.  [Born in Obrowatz, Hungary]. Husband of Mary Hamert, nee Mayer. Viewing at son-in-law,, Charles Bauer’s, home in Penn Valley [Palankaer]. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #442. The Trenton Sunday Times, 13 June 1926 issue & the Trenton Evening Times, 16 June 1926 issue.

HANFTALER – Robert J. Hanftaler, 59, of Cleveland, OH, died 7 October 2013.  Born 20 January 1954  in Linz, Austria, son of late Josef Hanftaler.  Survived by mother, Magdalena Hanftaler (nee Fischer – Palankaer), sister, Renate (Edgar) Geisler; nephew, Edgar Geisler, Jr.; cousins, Frank (Sharon), Michael, Joanna & Anton Graef  and aunts, uncles & cousins in Germany.  Palanka OSB Family #4017. The Plain Dealer, 13 October 2013 issue and the Palankaer Heimatbrief, November-December 2013 issue.

HARAS (Harras) – Robert Anthony Haras, 62, of Ewing Township, NJ, died 8 September 1980. Born 13 Jun 1918 Trenton , NJ, [son of  late Robert, Palankaer, & Rose Duacsek Haras].  Survived by wife, Margaret Girton Haras; daughter, Bobbi Haras Erickson, of  California and several aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews.   Buried at Ewing Cemetery. Palanka OSB Family # 2167 & 4042. Social Security Death Benefit Index, Ancestry.com and Trenton Evening Times, 9 September 1980 issue.

HASILI (Häsili, Haesili) – Eva Goodwin (nee Hasili), of Trenton, NJ, died 4 October 1992. Born in Trenton, NJ, daughter of late Paul & Agens Schmidt Hasili and wife of late David C. Goodwin. Survived by sons, David Goodwin, of Panama City, FL, James Goodwin, of Hamilton, NJ & Gerald Goodwin, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; daughter, Monica Pangaldi, of Hamilton Square, NJ; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Catherine Van Pelt , of Hamilton and many nieces and nephews. Buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB Family # 3963 & 10349. The Times, 6 October 1992 issue.

HASILI – Paul Hasili, 59, of Trenton, NJ, died 8 December 1945. [Born in Palanka, Austria-hungary] Husband of Agnes Schmidt Hasili. Surived by wife, daughter, Mrs. David Goodwin; son, John Hasili and four grandchildren. Bured at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB #3963. The Trenton Evening Times, 10 December 1945 issue.

HECKENBERGER - Anna Heckenberger Brassinger, 94 of 7407 15th Ave., W, Bradenton, Fl died Feb. 15, 1979 in Blake Memorial Hospital.  Cremation was by Shannon Funeral Home, Bradenton.  Anna will be buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Croswell, Michigan.  Anna was born in Kolluth (Kolut), Austria-Hungary and was the wife of the late Anton Brassinger (Praschinger).  Surviving are two sons, Joseph of Twining, Michigan and Anton of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; a daughter Mary Haupt of Bradenton, Fl, seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  The Bradenton Herald, Feb. 17, 1979. Submitted by Judy Ottinger, St. Clair Shores, Michigan – Granddaughter.

HERDT - John Herdt, 90, of Crosswicks, NJ passed away at his home on July 24, 2020. He was born in Palanka,Yugoslavia on March 7, 1930, and in 1944, he and his family left their homeland for Austria. In 1951, they immigrated to America and settled in Bronx, NY where John worked in a grocery store and learned the English language. He met the love of his life, Apollonia, whom he lovingly called “Loni” and they married on July 10, 1954.

John and Apollonia moved to Trenton, NJ where John learned the iron working craft, started their own family and finally settled in Crosswicks, NJ. John and his father Frank founded the fence business Herdt Fencing in 1959. John worked hard to build up his business and was proud of his workmanship over the next 36 years until his retirement in 1995.

John and Apollonia had four daughters who were blessed to have their father working in their back yard so that he was always available to them. John’s family was his #1 priority, despite enduring busy and long working days. He was proud of his growing family with the eventual addition of son-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was proud of his heritage and was a member of the German American Society and Trenton Donauschwaben Club. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church.

Son of the late Frank and Magdalena (Kist) Herdt, brother of the late Katharina (Herdt) Mikkelsen and father of the late Rose Mary Herdt, John is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Apollonia (Mayer) Herdt of 66 years, his daughters and son-in-laws Mary Anna and John Zeiselmeier, Katharina and Anthony Tozzi and Barbara and Michael Galati, his grandchildren Craig Kendall, Jr., Erika Kendall, Nicole Coleman, Alison Zeiselmeier, Matthew Tozzi, Michael Tozzi, Christopher Galati and Dayna Galati and their spouses and significant others as well as his four great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces, brother and sister-in-law Franz and Josephine Herdt and brother-in-law Richard Mayer in addition to many others whom he considered a part of his extended family.

Interment will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Hamilton. Source: Trenton Donauschwaben E-News, 27 July 2020 and the Trenton Times.

HETTIGER - Margaret V Hettiger nee Michnay. She passed away on Jan 11, 2014 at 101 years old. Living most of that time in Cleveland OH.

HIEL -  Ferdinand (Fritz) Joseph Hiel - Today we lost the ultimate Cubs fan and the "King of Hearts", Fritz Hiel, second child of Peter and Madeline Hiel, died of natural causes, on March 17th, surrounded by the love of his family.  Fritz was born on 1/2/1925 in Trenton, New Jersey, with Charles his older brother and Peter the youngest. Fritz grew up and went to school in Trenton, playing soccer throughout his childhood. Not quite old enough for the military Fritz lied his way into the Navy. During WW II he served on several Naval vessels in the Pacific, manning the gyro compass. Ask us about the "Jack of Diamonds" story. After the war Fritz, or as his Navy tattoo reads "FRED", returned to the States and found his way to Chicago, Illinois. The real story begins here when he spotted a young woman lying on the beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, Dorothy, the soon to be "love of his life", found this sailor, fed him some lunch, and stayed with him for 70 years. Fritz soon found work after the war with Sears Roebuck and started his family only 2 blocks from Wrigley Field. There, between Cubs games, the family began, first with Michael, soon followed by Jeffrey and Lisa. With the help of the G.I. bill Fritz and his young family moved out of the city to the new and expanding suburbs into a new house in the small town of Carpentersville, IL. Still working for Sears Fritz's family began to grow, grow and grow.         After a lull of ten years, Matthew, Madelyn, Julie, and Christine followed, rounding out the family to seven children. Besides being very active at home, Fritz was very active in his church, St. Monica's and served on the City Council, and Police Commission. As the family grew and started moving away, Fritz and Dorothy followed Michael and Jeffrey to Montana in 1997. Here he became active with the Senior Center helping with the "pinochle card" program, volunteering with his wife at Hawthorne School library, until health problems forced him to quit. Helena was now his home and there was never a person he met that was not a friend. He sincerely was interested in what they were doing and who they were.   It took many years of family prodding to get Fritz to go to the VA at Fort Harrison, he always said that the VA was for the "real sick", vets. Finally he started go there and has had nothing but great, quality care until the end, and the family is grateful. During his last years health problems continued and help was needed. Daughter Madelyn and her husband Ken moved next to Fritz and Dorothy and with the additional help from Home Sweet Home health care continued to care for him through the end.
A special thanks goes out to Betty (Home Sweet Home) and Frontier Hospice whose compassionate efforts helped the family during these trying times. Independent Record (Helena, MT) - Sunday, March 24, 2019

Fritz was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, who passed last September, his parents, Peter and Madeline born in Palanka, Hungary, and his brothers, Charles and Peter. His legacy continues with Michael and Debra Hiel, Jeffrey and Terry Hiel, Madelyn (Hiel) and Ken Thomas, all of Helena, Lisa (Hiel) and Mark Kolkovich Hartwell, GA, Matthew and Renee Hiel of Jefferson GA, Julie and Wilbur Meyer of McHenry, IL and Christine and Boedy Gann, of Elberta, Alabama. Grandchildren Sarah Linden, Peter Hiel, Kaylee Hiel, Jaclyn Hiel, Brittany Chandler, Lauren Maness, and Carly Thomas, all of Montana. Richard Kolkovich, CO, Amanda Calvo, GA, Emily Adams, and Tori Hiel, GA, Emilie Meyer, and Malarie Meyer, IL, Jacob, Miranda Engel, IL, Zachary Engel, and Evan Gann, AL. Great-grandchildren Henry, Adela, Riley, Trevor, Daxyn, Arthur, Lyndon, Alexander, Kadyn, McKenzie, Kennedy, Scarlett.

The family is planning a celebration of both Fritz's and Dorothy's extraordinary life together this coming June 26th. A Funeral Mass for Fritz and Dorothy will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Cathedral of Saint Helena, 530 N. Ewing St. in Helena. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Montana State Veterans Cemetery. The family will have reception following the committal service at a location that will be announced closer to the date of the services. Donations in his name are welcomed to a charity of choice, the family recommends Frontier Hospice, Angle Fund, YWCA, and Friendship Center - all of Helena. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Fritz. Independent Record, Helena, MT 24 March 2019.

HEIM – Anna Heim Major Lampman, 74, of Trenton, NJ, died 27 March 1960. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Theresa Flores; sons, Albert G. Major & Anthony G. Major; sister, Mrs. Eva Kamrad; brother, George Heim; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #4337. The Trenton Evening Times, 28 March 1960 issue.

HEIM – Eva Heim Kamrad, 80, of Ewing, NJ, died 9 August 1978. Born in [Palanka] Hungary, survived by husband Mathias Kamrad; son, Capt. Joseph G. Kamrad, Retired USN, of Virginia Beach, VA; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family 34327 & 5213.  The Trenton Times, 10 August 1978 issue.

HELLEIS (Helleisz, Helleisen) - Barbara Helleis Majofsky, 73, of Trenton, NJ, died 26 May 1969.  Born in [Batsch/Bacs] Yugoslavia, wife of late Andrew F. Majofsky.  Survived by son, David A. Majofsky of Yardley, PA; sisters, Mrs. Theresa Bauer of Fallsington [wife of Palankaer Jacob Bauer] & Mrs. Joseph Eisele of Germany and  brother, Frank Helleis of Allentown, NJ.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Trenton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #438.  The Evening Times, 27 May 1969 issue.
HELLEIS - Frank Helleis, 74, of Allentown, NJ, died 20 February 1985.  Born in Bacs (Batsch), Yugoslavia.  Survived by wife, Catherine Maas Helleis and sister, Theresa Bauer of  Fallsington [wife of Palankaer Jacob Bauer], PA. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Trenton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #438. The Times, 22 February 1985 issue.
HELLEIS - Lorenz Helleis, Sr., 71, of Morrisville, PA, died 8 January 1938. [Born in Batsch/Bacs, Hungary]. Husband of Barbara Blank Helleis.  Survived by sons, Lawrence Helleis Jr. & Frank Helleis of Morrisville; daughters, Mrs. Andrew Majofsky of Trenton, NJ,  Mrs. Jacob Bauer of Morrisville [wife of Palankaer Jacob Bauer] & Mrs. Mary Eislie of Austria; brother, Nicholas Helleis of York, PA and sister, Mrs. Lena Ort of York.  Poll bearers were Christian Bauer [Palankaer], Joseph Majofsky, Jacob Maas, John Fuchs, Joseph Kuhn & Matthew Hahn. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Trenton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #438. The Doylestown Dailey Intelligencer, 10 January 1938 issue, the Trenton Evening Times, 10 January 1938 issue & the Delaware Valley Advance, 13 January 1938 issue.
HELLEIS - Lorenz “Larry” Helleis, Jr., 59, of Nokomis, FL, died 14 February 1958.  Born in [Batsch/Bacs] Austria-Hungary, formerly of Sackett’s Harbor, NY.  Survived by wife, Helen Helleis; son, Andrew Helleis of Morristown, NJ; sisters, Mrs. Barbara Majofsky of Trenton, NJ & Mrs. Theresa Bauer of Fallsington, PA [wife of Palankaer Jacob Bauer].  Palanka OSB Family# 438. The Venice Gondola, 17 February 1958 issue.
HELLEIS - Theresa Helleis Bauer, 87, of Fallsington, PA, died 30 June 1991 in Trenton, NJ.  Born in [Batsch/Bacs] Hungary, wife of late Jacob Bauer, Sr. [Palankaer].  Survived by daughter, Elsie B. Penrith of Fairless Hills, PA; son, Jacob Bauer Jr. of Levittown, PA; grandchildren, Dennis Bauer of Levittown, Daniel Penrith of Sewell, NJ, Susan Burns and Lea Hepler of Levittown, PA.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #438. The Bucks County Courier Times, The Times & the Trentonian, 1 July 1991 issues.

HEMERT (Hemmert)- Theresa Hemert Bauer, 87, of Hamilton, NJ, died 18 November 1985.  Born in [Obrowatz, Austria-Hungary of Johann Hemmert, Palankaer & Maria M. Mayer] Europe, widow of Charles Bauer [Palankaer], mother of late Matthew C. Bauer.  Survived by daughter-in-law, Jean T. Bauer of Trenton, NJ; grandchildren Christine Rednor of Lawrenceville, NJ & Mark C. Bauer of Trenton.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #440 & 4421.  The Times, 19 November 1985 issue.
HEPP - Alexander Hepp, Sr., 72, of Trenton, NJ, died 14 June 1974. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary, marriage #1 Helena Katharina Bruder]. Survived by wife [#2], Jolan Straub Hepp; sons, Alexander, Hepp Jr. of Yardville, NJ & Wilhelm Hepp of Trenton; sister, Theresa Bohn of Robbinsville, NJ; brothers, Joseph Hepp & Stephan Hepp of Austria and Nikolaus Hepp of East Germany.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (sic, Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery), Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #4451.
HEPP – Therese Bohn (nee Hepp), 95, of Robbinsville, NJ, died, 1 August 2004. Born in [Palanka] Yugoslavia, wife of late Joseph Bohn. Survived by daughter, Marlena Novoselo; son, Joseph Bohn and grandson, Major Markus Richard Novoselo, U.S. Army in Bosnia.  Palanka OSB Family #4445. The Trentonian, 3 August 2004, The Times, 4 August 2004 & the Palankaer Heimatbrief, November 2004 issues.
HERDT - Frank Herdt, 94, of Crosswicks, NJ, died 1 March 2001.  Born in [Neu Futog] Yugoslavia, lived in Crosswicks since 1951.  Husband of late Magdalena Herdt (nee Kist, Palankaer), son of the late Michael & Katerina Herdt and father of late Katherine Mikkelsen.  Survived by sons & daughters-in-law, John & Apollonia Herdt and Franz & Josephine Herdt; son-in-law, Aren Mikkelsen; grandchildren, Mike & Cindy Mikkelsen, Mary Anna & John Zeiselmeier, Ingrid & Bob Schoen, Cathy & Tony Tozzi, Frank & Arlene Herdt, Karen & Richard Lanning, Linda & Tod Littleton, Barbara & Michael Galati and Susan Herdt.  Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, PA.  Palanka OSB Family #4466.  The Times, 3 March 2001 issue and the Trentonian, 4 March 2001 issue.
HERDT - Katherina Herdt Mikkelsen, 52, of Ewing Township, NJ, died 17 February 1985.  Born in Palanka, Yugoslavia.  Survived by husband Paul Arne Mikkelsen; son, Michael Mikkelsen of Crosswicks, NJ; daughters, Ingrid Schoen of West Trenton, NJ & Magdalene Herdt of Crosswicks; brothers, John Herdt of Crosswicks & Franz Herdt of Yardville, NJ and granddaughter, Stefanie Herdt of Crosswicks.  Cremation at Ewing Crematorium.  Palanka OSB Family #4466 & 7746. The Trenton Times, 19 February 1985 issue.
HERRING (Häring) – Sebastian Herring, of Trenton, NJ, died 25 October 1913.  [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary,  son of Andreas Häring & Anna Böhm,  husband of Elisabeth Bläsius].  Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #3930. The Trenton Evening Times, 27 October 1913.

HIEL – Jacob J. Hiel, 62, of  Seaside Park, NJ, died 19 June 1966. Born Trenton, NJ, 5 October 1904. Survived by wife, Rose Hiel; son, Robert Hiel of Trenton; daughter, Mrs. Robert Meyers of Jamaica, NY and brother, John J. Hiel of Trenton. Buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Trenton.  Palanka OSB Family #4527. Social Security Death Benefit Index & the Evening Times, 20 June 1966 issue.

HIEL – John J. Hiel, 73, of Trenton, NJ, died 21 October 1979. Born 23 October 1906 in Trenton, NJ. Survived by wife, Kathryn Ward Hiel; niece, Mrs. Betty Joan  Meyer of Lincroft, NJ and nephew, Robert J. Hiel of Lawrenceville, NJ. Burial mass at Immaculate conception Church, Trenton. Palanka OSB Family #4536. Social Security Death Benefit Index & the Trenton Evening Times, 22 October 1979 issue.

HIEL - Walter Heil, 67, of Pinellas, FL, born 30 June 1925, died 15 October 1992. [son of late John & Catherine Hiel]. Palanka OSB Family #4536.  Social Security Death Benefit Index, Ancestry.com.

HORWATH – Stephen Anthony Horwath, 82, of St. Petersburg, FL, died 9 February 1997. born in [Batsch] Yugoslavia, husband of Marie [Mueller, a Palankaer] Horwath . Survived also by daughters, Monica Mazzola of St. Petersburg & Hildegard Risi of Parlin, NJ and four grandchildren. Palanka OSB Family #8004. The St. Petersburg Times, 10 February 1997 issue.

HOUBRICK (Haubrich) – George Houbrick, of Trenton, NJ, died 17 February 1931. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary], son of late Stephen & Catherine Houbrick. Survived by brothers, Jacob & Stephen Houbrick; step-sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprietzer & Mrs. Theresa Yasensky and step-brother, Stephen Wenzler, Jr.  Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #4158. The Trenton Evening Times, 19 February 1931 issue.

HOUBRICK (Haubrich) – Jacob Houbrick, 32, of Trenton, NJ, died 23 November 1936.  Born in [Palanka] Hungary. Husband of Elizabeth Bakter Houbrick. Also survived by son, Robert Houbrick and brother, Stephen Houbrik. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #4158. The Trenton Evening Times, 24 November 1936 issue.

HUNSINGER - Jakob Hunsinger, 78, of Mansfield, Ohio died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at his home. Born June 17, 1934 in Cservenka, Yugoslavia he was the son of Peter and Margaret (Michl) Hunsinger. He came to the United States on March 15, 1952. A veteran of the United States Army, he retired from Tappan and was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He was also a 54 year member of the Liederkranz spending over 40 years as their President and was very active playing soccer and later serving as a mentor to the soccer teams while also participating in the golf league, bowling league and the Liederkranz dance group. He was also a lifetime member of the AMVETS. He is survived by his wife, Maria (Felix) Hunsinger; a son Jacob Hunsinger of Mansfield; two daughters, Mary (Paul) Frey of Mansfield and Heidi (John) Mertler of Westerville; two step-sons, Walter Harfmann of North Carolina and Edmund (Lynna) Harfmann of Indiana; six grandchildren, Julie Mertler, John Mertler, David Frey, Kaitlyn Harfmann, Alene Harfmann and Christine Harfmann; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Edith Hunsinger. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Peter Hunsinger. Burial at Mansfield Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  Wappner Funeral Home.

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2020

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