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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: 23 Feb 2022

NIESSNER (Niesner) – Frank (Franz) Niessner, 75, of Royal City, WA, died 4 may 1968. Born 1 September 1891 [Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Palanka OSB Family #8284. Washington Death Index 1940-1996 & SSDI, Ancestry.com.

OSWALD – George (Gregor) Oswald, 72, of Trenton, NJ, died 16 November 1930. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Survived by wife, Teresa Oswald; sons, George & Anthony Oswald of Europe and Joseph Oswald of Trenton and daughters, Mrs. Mary Paul & Mrs. Catherine Keller, of Trenton and Mrs. Eva Szulanyi , of Europe. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #8492. The Trenton EveningTimes, 17 November 1930 issue.

Pappert - John J.  Pappert died  Friday, March 15, 2013, and was baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection. Dear husband of Ann Pappert (nee Ries); dear father of Eric, Mark and Keith (Kim) Pappert; dear grandfather of Miah, Camryn, Calen and Carsen; dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.  Entombment Resurrection Cemetery.  Note: John was President of  the St. Louis German Cultural Society (Donauschwaben club) and born in 1937 in the German-speaking village of Sackelhausen, Banat, Romania. Source:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 17, 2013 & www. zoominfo.com.

Pappert - Katharina Kegler, see: Kegler (nee Pappert) - Katharina

Pappert - John (Hans) Pappert of Mt. Ridge Circle, NY,  died Nov. 27, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospice. Mr. Pappert was a retiree of Genesee Brewery. He was a member of  Verein der Donauschwaben, German American Sport Club and Rochester Schwaben Verein.  He was predeceased by his wife, Rose, and daughter- in-law, Carol. He is survived by his son, Eric; daughter, Rosemary (Charles) Mancuso; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Jeffrey and Lindsay Pappert; Charles, Lacie, Joseph and Renee Mancuso; several nieces and nephews. Source: Greece Post (NY) - Thursday, December 13, 2007

PAUTZ – Maria Wolfram (nee Pautz), 89, of  Cincinnati, OH, died 1 September 2011.  Born 25 September in Neu Palanka, Yugoslavia, wife of late Michael Wolfram and mother of late Mary Ann Wolfram.  Also the mother of Helmut Wolfram and sister of late Katherina Gottschall, Hans & Nikolaus Pautz.  Survived by sister Anna Wagner. Palanka OSB Family #8683 & 13388.  The Rehold Rosennacker & Sexton Funeral Home Obituary Page & Social Security Death Index

PIFFATH – Ronald Joseph Piffath, 75, of Belcamp, MD, died 27 June 2010.  Born in Trenton, NJ of late Frank Joseph & late Mary Oswald Piffath (Palankaers) and husband of late Maureen Claire Tracy Piffath and brother of late Arthur J. Piffath. Survived by son, Steve J. Piffath of Aberdeen, MD; daughter, Nancy J. Bowman of Belcamp, MD and four grandchildren, Shannon Clair & Rachel Maureen Bowman, both of Belcamp, Jonas Michael & Connor James Piffath, both of Aberdeen. Buried at Highview Memorial Gardens, Fallston, MD. Palanka OSB Family #8489 & 9070. The Times, 30 June 2010 issue.

PILLER (Pillar) – Elizabeth Bakter (nee Piller), of Trenton, NJ, died 4 January 1940. Born in [Palanka] Yugoslavia, wife of late John Bakter. Survived by sons, Anthony P. Bakter, Frank J. Bakter & Joseph Bakter, all of Trenton; daughter, Mrs. Carl Elmer, brother, George Piller, of Tuckahoe, NY and 15 grandchildren & one great-grandchild.  Buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Trenton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #284 & 9078. The Trenton Evening Times, 5 January 1940 issue.

PILLAR (Piller)– Joseph Pillar, 46, of Philadelphia, PA, died 14 October 1908. Born in [Palanka] Hungary, son of Georg Pillar & Katherina Slocker. Survived by wife. Buried in North Dakota. Palanka OSB Family #9079?. Philadelphia Death Certificate and  Familysearch.org.

PITTMANN - Theresa P. Masur, nee Pittmann of Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, formerly of Flowers Mill in Langhorne, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at St. Joseph�s Manor. She was 87 years old. Theresa was born March 7, 1933 in Starcevo, Yugoslavia, daughter of the late Lorenc Pittmann and the late Barbara Pittmann (nee - Rausch). She is the beloved wife of the late Ferdinand Masur; loving mother of Ernst Masur and Barbara Kulp; adored grandmother of Benjamin and his wife Kelly, Matthew and his wife Lauren, and Timothy and his wife Katie; great grandmother of Keegan, Brinley. Maeve, Gemma, and Matilda. She was predeceased by her sister Rosa Petri (nee Pittmann). Theresa immigrated to the United States from Germany in June 1956. She and her husband lived in Philadelphia and moved to Ohio for a short time before moving back to Philadelphia. She was a long time member of the Danube Swabian Association of Philadelphia and Past President of the Women's Auxiliary. Theresa was also a long time member of a German women's choir known as the Damenchor Heimat-Echo. Theresa enjoyed gardening, sewing, and singing. She was part owner of a clothing manufacturer, Double M, in Philadelphia. Starting as a seamstress and working her way up to ownership. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 9:30 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 225 Bellevue Avenue, Penndel, PA 19047. Her graveside service will follow at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, 1215 Super Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047. Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Cesar Javier Izaguirre-Gonzalez from Our Lady of Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or Holy Redeemer Hospice - Holy Redeemer Health Systems, 521 Moredon Road, Second Flr., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Family flowers arranged by Blake Florist 215-379-8787. www.wetzelandson.com

POLLICH  - Josef M. Pollich, 83, of Trenton, NJ, died 29 November 2012. Born in Backa Palanka, Yugoslavia of late George M. & Maria Lang Pollich and husband of late Anne M. Haesili Pollich. He is survived by daughters, Monica M. Pollich & Anneliese Pollich, both of Trenton; brother, Anton Pollich and his wife, Herta, of Wels, Austria and sister, Marianne Vaishnav, of Gaithersburg, MD. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #9143. The Times, 3 December 2012 issue.

POSTNAK – Viola Agnes Frick (nee Postnak), 89, of  North Olmsted, OH, died 2 December 1999. Born 20 November 1910 in Cleveland, OH. [Daughter of late Mike & Susie Postnak, wife of Edward John Frick]. Palanka OSB Family #3154. Social Security Death Benefit Index & Ohio Deaths 1958-2002, Ancestry.com.

PROKESCH - Margaret Prokesch, of Smithtown, New York, died on November 9, 2003 at the age of 90. A native of Sekitsch, Yugoslavia, she was the widow of the late Anton, devoted mother of Lorraine Ledger and Anton Prokesch; also survived by four grandchildren. Buried at Linden Hill Cemetery. Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. 13 November 2003. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

PROLL - Josef Proll, passed away on January 13th 2020 at the age of 83. Josef is survived by his loving wife Julie Proll (Nee Ritt) of 53 years and his children; Joseph Proll (Cindy), Robert M. Proll (Evelyn), and Linda M. Hawley (Joseph). Josef leaves behind an impressive legacy in his six grandchildren; Zalma (Sergio), Connor, Matthew, Ryan, Tyler, Thomas, and great granddaughter Mia. Josef will also be greatly missed by his brother Matthias Proll (Margit), and his nephew Markus.
                Joe was born in Filpowa Yugoslavia, present day Serbia, in 1936. In 1955, at 19 years old, Joe immigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, Germany, where he came to live in Philadelphia with his aunt and uncle. After moving to Philadelphia, in 1966, Joe married the love of his life, Julie Ritt. During this time, Joe started his career as a Machinist in the Tool and Die Industry. He would then work for the Jade Corporation for over 20 years.
Joe was a lifelong member of St. Martha Parish and community.
                Joe was always an avid soccer fan, and athlete; his favorite professional team was Stuttgart. Josef was a founding member of the Danube Swabian Association, where he played in the men's soccer league for many years. Joe also played for the United German Hungarian Soccer Club.
                Joe will always be remembered as the family man he was. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, as he was their loving "Opa." Whether he was attending soccer games, babysitting, or spending time in North Wildwood NJ, Joe truly enjoyed being with his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to Joe's Life Celebration visitation on Friday January 17th at St. Martha Parish 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 from 9-10AM with a Mass to follow at 10AM; interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory to the American Kidney Fund, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital would be greatly appreciated. United German Hungarian Facebook Page, 14 January 2020.

REHLINGER – Theresia Mendel (nee Rehlinger), of Kelowna, Canada, died 10 September 2011. Born in Palanka, Yugoslavia 26 September 1928 of Josef & Katharina Schumacher Rehlinger. Palanka OSB Family#9474. The Palankaer Heimatbrief, November-December 2011 issue.

RELINGER – Peter Relinger, 62, of Trenton, NJ, died 30 March 1958. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Husband of Maria Jurisch Relinger.  Also survived by nieces and nephews. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #9471.  The Trenton Evening Times, 31 March 1958 issue.

REIN – Frank J. Rein, 86, of Hamilton Township, NJ, died 9 January 2013.  Born in Trenton, NJ, son of late Eva Flesch Rein & Andrew J. Rein [Palankaers] , husband of  late Dolores Karloff Rein, and  brother of  late Andrew J. Rein and late Joseph Rein, Sr. survived by; daughters, Carol A. and her husband, Jack G. Large of Hamilton, and Kathleen M. Kamaras, of Bordentown, NJ and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces. Buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #9500.  The Times, 12 January 2013 issue.

REIN – George Rein, 67, of Trenton, NJ, died 1 September 1936. Born in Yugoslavia [Palanka]. Survived by sons, Fabian, George, Karl & Joseph Rein; daughters, Mrs. Joseph Kuhn of Philadelphia, PA & Mrs. Voorhees Craig of Hightstown, NJ; brothers, Joseph & Jacob Rein of Yugoslavia and Wendell of Trenton; sisters, Mrs. Anna Berger of Trenton & Mrs. Magdalen Tilli of Yugoslavia and eight grandchildren & one great-grandchild.  Buried at Riverside Cemetery, Trenton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #9500.  The Trenton Evening Times, 2 September 1936 issue.

REIN – John A. Rein, 83, of Roebling, NJ, died 10 April 2011.  Born in Trenton, NJ, son of late George & Catherine Blechl Rein [Palankaers] and husband of late Helene Rein, father of late Judith Rein & brother of  late George Rein. Survived by children & spouses; Barbara & Dave Boldizar, Chris & Sherry Rein and Tim & Kimberly Rein, all of Florence, NJ; 14 grandchildren; brother and spouse, Richard & Grace Rein of Cream Ridge and many nieces and nephews. Buried at Holy Assumption Cemetery, Roebling. Palanka OSB Family #9500. The Times, 13 April 2011 issue.

RIES – John K. Ries of New Fairfield, Connecticut died on April 16, 2007 at the age of 87. A native of Torza, Yugoslavia, he was the beloved husband of Elizabeth, devoted father of John J., dear brother and brother-in-law of Marie and Henry Wolf; also survived by family and friends. Religious services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood officiated by Reverend Albert Potgeiter followed by interment in Maple Grove Cemetery. Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. April 26, 2007. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

REITENBACH - George Reitenbach of Ridgewood died on January 17, 2002 at the age of 89. A native of Yugoslavia, he was the husband of the late Susanna. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Reverend Michael Ross, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood. Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. January 24, 2002. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

REITER - Johanna Reiter was called home to God on January 16, 2022. Her life spanned 89 years. She was born December 19, 1932 in Frantztal (Banat), Yugoslavia to Jacob and Agatha Brenner. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's after being forced to leave their home in Frantztal in 1944. In 1956, Johanna married and is survived by Joseph Reiter, who also immigrated to the US. They celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2021. She is also survived by her two sons and their wives John and Connie Reiter, Joe and Barbara Reiter; grandchildren Allysa, Kristen, and Joe; brothers Steve Brenner and Herb Brenner and his wife Bonnie. 

     "Liebe geht durch den Magen," which literally means "love goes through the stomach." Her love and passion for cooking and baking for our family was one of her expressions of the deep love she had for all of us. She was proud of her heritage and brought with her and kept up many of the Donauschwaben (Danube-Swabian) traditions from her homeland. Johanna celebrated those traditions with her family and fellow immigrants as part of the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia and Vicinity. She has been an active member of this wonderful organization since shortly after her arrival in the United States. She spent several years teaching and passing on our traditions to the children's dance group.

     Rosemary (Rosemarein) is a big part of Donauschwaben tradition and a symbolic mark of all stages of life. As Johanna embraced those traditions may we ponder: "Rosemarein, Rosemarein, you are us with through happiness and strife. When we are laughing under the maypole and bring our festivals to life. When we get married and join in wedded bliss. When we go home to God and rest peacefully in his midst."

     In lieu of flowers, donations in Johanna's name can be made to the United German Hungarian Children's group. Donations made payable to "United German Hungarians" can be sent to the cultural group chairperson: Susan Hartmann, 8800 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115.

RISCHAR – Jacob Rischar, 78, of Canfield, OH, died 8 February 2007. Born 2 December 1928 in Plavna, Yugoslavia, son of late Martin & Elizabeth Rischar and brother of late Steve Rischar. Survived by wife, Rosemary Rischar; daughter, Christine and her husband, Ray, of Logansport, IN; sons, Martin & his wife Marijo and David & his wife, Kathi, of  Medina; five grandchildren & two great-grandchildren. Palanka OSB Family#?.  Canfield newspaper.

RITTER - Dr. Joseph John, 82, of Mount Airy, MD., died at home, with family, on January 25, 2020, after a long illness. He was born August 10, 1937 in Catskill, NY to the late Peter Ritter and Helen Breunig Ritter. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Beth) Flanigan Ritter; sons, Thomas J. Ritter of Olney, MD., James Robert Ritter (Michele) of Fairfield, PA and daughter, Lisa Mary LaCour (John) of Zachary, LA. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Matthew Ritter, Andrew Ritter, Katelyn Ritter Mester, Christina Ritter, Valerie Ritter, Tiffany Ritter, Stephen Ritter, Victoria LaCour and Michael LaCour. He is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren, and his brother, Robert Ritter (Margaret), of Leeds, NY. . [Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2020]
Joe was a nice man and loved engaging about food and recipes on our email list. Here are 2 items he contributed to the DVHH:


ROTH - Friedrich Roth of Ridgewood died on February 26, 2002 at the age of 88. A native of Neu Werbas, Yugoslavia, he was the husband of the late Christine, devoted father of Adam and Friedrich Roth; also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, officiated by Reverend Albert Potgeiter, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery. Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. 7 March 2002  Submitted by Noelle Giesse.


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