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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

SAMSON – Frank (Franz) Samson, 87, of Mississauga, ON and formerly of Campbellford, ON and Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, died on April 7, 1995 at Mississauga Hospital. Born in the Banat at Albrechtsflor/Kleintermin (Teremia-mica), Austria-Hungary (Romania) on March 28, 1908 to the late Caroline Weber and Matthias Samson.  He married Theresa Titzler on April 27, 1935 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Niagara Falls, ON.  Survived by son, James of Toronto, Caroline (Mrs. Larry Halk) of Newmarket, Barbara (Mrs. Hank Willis) of Campbellford, and Terry (Mrs. John Adach) of Mississauga, and six grandchildren, Janet and Christopher Samson, Sara and Stephen Halk, and Jennifer and John Adach. Buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Campbellford. Campbellford Herald and Kitchener-Waterloo Record, April, 1995.

SAMUELSON – Katherine (Krimhilde Katharina Pospischil). With profound sadness we announce the passing of Kathy Samuelson on the evening of February 14, 2021 from a battle with lung cancer.  Survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Gerald Raymond, and her two daughters and families; Lisa and Darren Jarvis and son Samuel Jarvis, and Karen Samuelson and partner Kyle Conway and daughter Sarah Samuelson.  Predeceased by her birth parents and brother, her adoptive parents and three brothers, and her first child, stillborn son.

Katherine was born in Lovas, Yugoslavia, Krimhilde Katharina Pospischil was the youngest child to Barbara Heckli and Johann Pospischil.  Sponsored by her brother John Pospischil, Krimhilde and her mother came to Canada in September 1952 to start a new life.  Unfortunately, by January of 1955 Barbara succumbed to cancer leaving Krimhilde an orphan. She went to live in a Catholic orphanage and was soon referred to as Katharine.  By end of February, Katharine was wanted by a Canadian family with three boys. The Bouchards became her family. George and Gladys sponsored her to become Canadian Citizen at age 16, and she lived at home until she was married on November 7, 1964.

Kathy leaves behind a legacy in all she did throughout her life. She was tiny in stature but grand in love and life. Her family was everything to her; she was a wife, mother, aunt, sister and grandmother. She will be missed immensely by her husband, her family and friends.  She was an extremely diligent and dedicated worker and actively volunteered. She had a zest for life, doing crafts, ceramics, painting, knitting and sewing. Skiing and camping we’re favorite family activities along with playing cards and board games. It was nothing for Kathy to host a Christmas dinner for 20 people or more. In her later years she was an active participant in her seniors centre.  www.arbormemorial.ca/valleyview/obituaries/katharine-samuelson-krimhilde-katharina-samuelson/62495/


SCHACH – Katharina Schach Wortner, 97, of Westchester, NY, died 22 January 2009. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary of Michael & Franziska Kovac Schach].  Palanka OSB Family #9903. Social Security Death Index and the Palankaer Heimatbrief, November-December 2010 issue.

SCHAEFFERFRANZ Schaeffer - Rest in peace. Franz was born in Deronje, Yugoslavia February 3, 1929. Survivor of Gakovo, died DeRidder, Louisiana February 15, 2013.

SCHERER – Julianna Scherer of Franklin Square died on February 2, 2008 at the age of 94. A native of Sekitsch, Yugoslavia, she was the widow of the late Rudolf, devoted mother of Robert Scherer and Helen Wild; also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment in Linden Hill Cemetery.  Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. February 14, 2008. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

SCHEUER – Barbara Scheuer Wolfram, b. 07 Jul 1937 - d. 07 Sep 2005.  Barbara was born in Gabos, lived in Vodjinci, Yugoslavia, then in Garsten, Upper Austria. Immigrated to the USA, January of 1952 and lived in Coloma, Michigan.  Her family is traced through 1841 in Neu Futok and Herzeg Falva, Austria/Hungary.  She had spent her young years in Yugoslavia, that she referred to as beautiful Upper Austria and at age 14 began her new life in the USA.  Barbara was one of the first DVHH village coordinators.  She was very helpful to all researchers and was a delightful lady to correspond with.  Barbara was very active on the Banat mail list in previous years before joining the DVHH. 
Tribute page to Barbara, DVHH Village Coordinator for Vodjinci. Submitted by Jody McKim

SCHAFFHAUSER – Georg Schaffhauser, 90, of Leamington, Ontario, Canada, died 19 June 2019. Born 29 September 1929 in Palanka, Yugoslavia of Georg and Katharina Schaffhauser, nee Brucker. Survived by wife Katie and two sons, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Palanka OSB#9937. Palanka Heimatbrief, November-December 2019 issue.

SCHLEIS – Stephen Scheis
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on October 14, 2009

SCHLUNSKY – Franz Schlunsky, 92, of Trenton, NJ, died 25 April 1999. Born 12 September 1907 in Bukin, Austria-Hungary [grandmother from Palanka]. Husband of  Eva Stiller Schlunsky of Obrowatz. Survived by daughters, Barbara & Eva. Palanka OSB Family #10242. Bukiner Heimatglocken, December 2008 issue.

SCHLUPP – Elisabeth Schlupp passed away October 19, 2008 peacefully at the age of 87. Loving wife of the late Peter Schlupp and mother of Anita (Roman) and Peter (Kelly). Kitchener, Canada. From DS Verband Web page.

SCHMELTZ – John Joseph Schmeltz, infant, of Trenton, NJ, died 11 March 1925. Son of John & Eva Schmeltz. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #10296. The Trenton Evening Times, 12 March 1925 issue.

SCHMELTZ – John M. Schmeltz, 64, of Trenton, NJ, died 6 March 1963.  Born in [Palanka] Austria-Hungary, husband of Eva Maas Schmeltz. Also survived by son, Joseph; daughter, Mrs. Albert [Virginia] Krause; brothers, Max, Joseph, Anthony & Nicholas Schmeltz, all of Trenton; sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Tosti & Mrs. Eva Shirley, of Seneca, SC and two grandchildren.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #10296.  The Trenton Evening Times, 7 march 1963 issue. 

SCHMELTZ – Joseph Schmeltz, 90, of Trenton, NJ, died 30 March 1956.  Born in [Palanka] Austria-Hungary. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Mary Bricks, of Skillman, NJ, Mrs. Lena Majorski, of Europe, Mrs. Eva Shirley, of  Senaca, SC & Mrs. Evelyn Tosti, of Hamilton, NJ; sons, Mathew, Joseph, John, Anthony & Nicholas Schmeltz, all of Trenton; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews and brother, Anton Schmeltz. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton. Palanka OSB Family #10280. The Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser, 30 March 1956 issue.

SCHMELTZ – Max Schmeltz, 71, of Brooklyn, NY, died December 1981. Born 2 August 1910. Palanka OSB Family #10293. Social Security Death Index, www.genealogybank.com.

SCHMELTZ – Nicholas Schmeltz, 85, of Mission Hills, FL, died 13 February 1989. Born in [Palanka] Hungary, formerly of Trenton, NJ., husband of Mary Bates. Also survived by sister, Barbara DePue, of Trenton & nephew, George DePue, of Trenton.  Palanka OSB Family #10290. The St. Petersburg Times, FL, 16 February 1989 issue.

SCHMIDT – Agnes Schmidt Hasili, 85, of Hamilton, NJ, died 16 January 1973.  [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary] Wife of late Paul Hasili. Survived by son, John F. Hasili, of Hamilton; daughter, Mrs. Eva Goodwin, of White Horse, NJ; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #3963 & 10349. The Trenton Evening Times, 7 January 1973 issue.

SCHMIDT – Erich SCHMIDT of Ridgewood died on June 19, 2010 at the age of 81. He was a native of Torscha, Yugoslavia. Services were officiated at the Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood by Rev. Thomas Goodhart, followed by interment in Linden Hill Cemetery. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

SCHMIDT, Frank Joseph (of Heimat Publishers) Toronto, Canada dies on August 9, 2019. Is the former editor of the Danube Swabian paper `Heimatbote`, a monthly that styled itself as ``The Voice of the Danube Swabians in North America." and has also translated a number of books into English, such as Father Wendelin Gruber`s "In the Claws of the Red Dragon", an eyewitness account of conditions in several Yugoslav death camps.  During World War II, Frank served five years in the Canadian Army, including a one-year stint in occupied Germany. Having visited the sites of Yugoslav death camps, he was well acquainted with the subject matter. Frank was born in Kernei but raised and educated in Toronto. One of the first articles published at DVHH was from Frank Schmidt, “Recollections of a Danube Swabian Christmas in the "Old Country"”  www.dvhh.org/heritage/traditions/christmas~Schmidt.htm. Below is the family obituary. (More info).

     SCHMIDT, FRANK JOSEPH Passed away peacefully at the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care, on August 9, 2019, in his 98th year. He was predeceased by his wife Elisabeth, his daughter Susan and his brother Andrew. Frank is survived by his sons, Robert Schmidt (Dianne) and Ronald Schmidt (Shelley), grandchildren Kyle (Natalie), Bradley (Vanessa), Ann (Brian) and Eric (Stephanie), six great-grandchildren and his brother, Joseph.
     Frank was born on March 22, 1922 in Kernei, in the former Austrian Hungarian Empire to Ignace and Magdelena Schmidt, immigrating to Canada when he was 11. He served in WWII with the Canadian Armed Forces in many European theatres of the war including the liberation of The Netherlands. He had many careers including auto mechanic, auto salesman and dealership sales manager.
     In later life, he became an author, writing stories about his life experiences and editing a German language newspaper. He was very proud of his Danube Swabian heritage and acted as president of the Danube Swabian Club for many years. Frank was a voracious reader and valued books very highly, always willing to learn something new. He had an extensive knowledge of classical music and was passionate about languages, being totally fluent in German as well as English and had a working knowledge of many others. Frank had a knack for fixing things and passed those skills on to his sons. He loved his cottage in Haliburton and worked tirelessly to make it a beautiful refuge for his family. He enjoyed travelling and with his wife, visited many countries on every continent except Antarctica.
     A private interment has taken place at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Tony Stacey Centre for their effort, care and dedication. Also many thanks to Mike Jellen who spent much quality time with Frank in his last few years. In lieu of flowers, donations to Multiple Sclerosis Society or Prostate Cancer Canada would be appreciated. [Published in the Toronto Star on Aug. 13, 2019]

SCHMIDT, MARIA nee Kaiser, beloved wife of Adam K.; dear mother of George (Elizabeth) and Mary (Stefan) Hehn; fond grandmother of Robert, Ronald, Tina (Christopher) Brocata, Monica (Matthew) Keogh and Karl; cherished great-grandmother of Hannah and Jack; loving sister of Adam (Anna) Kaiser. Maria will be missed by her longtime caretaker Regina. Lying in state Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass 11 a.m. at St. Raymond Church, Elmhurst Road (Rte. 83) at Lincoln Street, Mt. Prospect. Visitation Friday 2 to 8 p.m.at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect. Interment All Saints Cemetery.
50 year member of Donauschwaben. Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois 20 Feb 2003.

SCHOEN (Schön, Schon) – Joseph, 82, of Trenton died 16 Feburaury 2017.  Born in Palanka, Yugoslavia, 24 July 1934 of late Michael Schön and Rosina Schön.  Survived by wife, Elizabeth Kuppek Schön and four sons. Buried 22 February 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB # 10579 & 10571. The Palankaer Heimatbrief, June/July 2017 issue.

SCHOEN (Schön, Schon)Josef Schoen, 101, of Trenton, NJ, died 2 March 2009 in the Lawrenceville Nursing Home, NJ. Born in Batschka, Palanka, Austria-Hungary, father of the late Guenther Jakob Schoen [died WWII in Jarek, Yugoslavia]. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Theresia Schoen (nee Spildener); two nephews, Joseph Schoen and Peter Spildener, a niece in Canada, and many nieces and nephews in Germany and in the Trenton area. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #10572. The Times, 4 March 2009 issue.

SCHOEN – Theresia (Spildener) Schoen TRENTON - Theresia (Spildener) Schoen, 99, of Trenton passed away Monday at Compassionate Care Hospice. She was five days short of celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born in Batschka Palanka, along the Danube River, she lived in Heidenheim, Germany, after World War II and immigrated to the United State in 1955 She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, a longtime parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. She enjoyed sewing, baking, walking and trips to Atlantic City. Wife of the late Josef Schoen, she was the mother of the late Gunther Jakob Schoen. Surviving are nephew, Peter Spildener; nephew, Joseph Schoen; niece, Katherina Schen, and their families; one niece in Canada and several nieces and nephews in Europe Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish - Immaculate Conception Church, 540 Chestnut Ave., Trenton. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Knott's Colonial Funeral Home, 2946 South Broad St., Hamilton. Memorial donations may be made to either Compassionate Care Hospice, 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton NJ 08609, or to Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 25 Bayard St., Trenton, NJ 08611. Published in The Times, Trenton, on May 29, 2013.

SCHNEIDER – Julius Schneider, 88, of Pennington, NJ, died 20 December 2010.  He was born in Perles, the former Yugoslavia. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosina Oder Schneider; nephew, Anton Kuppek and his wife, Patricia; niece, Elizabeth Kuppek Schoen and her husband, Joseph; seven grand-nieces and nephews and spouses, Robert and Ingrid Schoen; Joseph and Dawn Schoen; Richard and Nicole Schoen; Ed and Nancy Schoen; Virginia Kuppek Miller and husband, John; Anton F. Kuppek and wife, Sally, and Cynthia Kuppek Zumbrun and husband, David; 14 great-grand nieces and nephews, Erik, Adan, Katrina, Jenna, Drew, Patrick, Izabelle, Layla Schoen, Austin and Valerie Kuppek; Danielle and Melissa Zumbrun and Hannah and Ava Miller; several cousins in Germany. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. The Times, Trenton, on December 22, 2010

SCHNEIDER – Susanna Schneider of Glendale died on January 27, 2005 at the age of 97. A native of Fegeic, Hungary (assume this is Feketitsch). She was the dear sister of Heinrich Brauchler. Religious services were held at graveside, officiated by Reverend John Huncke, 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.  February 3, 2005. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

SCHEIRICH – Agatha Ehardt (née Scheirich) died 2 August 1955 in Chicago, IL.  Also lived earlier in New York City. She was born 15 March 1886 in Deutschbentschek, Hungary, the daughter of Josef & Magdalena (Zimmermann) Scheirich.  Immigrating to the United States in 1906, she met and married Johann Ehardt of Klein-Beregsau that same year.  Agatha was the mother of five children and the grandmother of  fifteen.  Submitted by granddaughter Jane Ehardt Moore.

SCHULTHEISS – Elizabeth Nagel Schultheiss born 17 April 1908 in Schondorf, Banat, Hungary. Died 24 Nov 1964 in Ridgewood Queens New York. Daughter of Ignatz Nagel and Anna Hackspacher of Schondorf. Father Ignatz Nagel died in Schondorf on 20 Sept 1938. Ignatz and Anna had two other children Ignatz and Barbara Nagel.

SCHUMACHER – John Schumacher, 56, of Trenton, NJ, died 28 August 1927. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Husband of Catherine Haubrich Schumacher.  Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Palanka OSB Family #10749. The Trenton Evening Times, 30 August 1927 issue.

SCHUMMER – Joseph George (Josef Georg) Schummer, 77, of Roseville, CA, died 1 December 2012. Born 25 October 1935 in Batschka Palanka, Yugoslavia [of Georg & Susanna Kaltenback Schummer].  Survived by wife, Vikki [nee Cummings] & daughter, Erika. Buried at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, CA.  Palanka OSB Family #10812. The Sacramento Bee, 5 December 2012 issue and the Palankaer Heimatbrief, June 2013 issue.

SCHUTZ – Walter Schutz passed away suddenly on January 1, 2022. He was 87 years old. Walter was born in Uihei,(Neusiedel) Romania to the late Eva and Nikolaus Schutz. He is survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Joe Hartmann. Walter is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Susanna (nee Reiter) and his sister Marie Schutz Merkl.

Walter was a barber by trade spending most of his years in Rockledge. He was a simple man who understood the value of hard work and providing for his family. He was a passionate gardener until the end. He was proud of his Danube Swabian heritage, kept many of the old traditions, and was more than happy to pass them on to others.

Relatives and friends are invited to Walter's Life Celebration on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at McGhee-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 690 Belmont Avenue, Southampton, PA 18966. A second viewing will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Road, Richboro, PA 18966. A mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 noon. Interment will take place at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Langhorne.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's name may be sent to the Danube Swabian Foundation c/o Joseph Brandecker, 11 Senf Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08620.  To share your fondest memories of Walter and to express your condolences to the Schutz family, please visit www.McGheeGivnish.com.

SCHWARTZ – George Schwartz, 57, of Trenton, NJ, died 14 September 1949 Husband of Mrs. Theresa Singler Schwartz  [born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Survived also by daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Patrick, Mrs. Theresa M. Bolla & Miss Frances C. Schwartz; sisters, Mrs. Katherine Flrss of New York & Mrs. Ann Frauenshoe of Windsor, Canada; brother, Anthony Schwartz of Detroit, MI and two grandchildren. Buried 16 September 1949 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #10868. The Trenton Evening Times, 14 September 1949 issue.

SCHWENDEMANN – Anna Schwendemann Klespies, 98, of Washington Crossing, PA, died 28 July 2011. Born in Palanka, Serbia, wife of late Franz Klespies. Survived by daughter, Inge Kornfeld; granddaughters, Heidi Kornfeld & Lori & husband Jack Kramer; great-grandchildren, Krsiten Pinciotti & her husband, Michael, Ryan, Eric & Alexa Kramer and great-granddaughter, Ava Leigh Pinciotti.  The Trenton Donauschwaben Nachrichten, July-September 2011 issue.

SIEGEL – Margot Weiss (nee Siegel), 90,  of Hamilton, NJ, died 11 November 2013. Born in Rietschen, Germany, wife of  late Josef Weiss [Palankaer].   Survived by daughter, Gieselgunde (Gail) Weiss and son-in-law, Mickey Sacco, many family members in Germany and family members, Josef & Barbara Dupp, of the USA.  Buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #12922.  The Times, 13 November 2013 issue.

SINGLER – Theresa Schwartz (nee Singler), born 28 November 1900 [Parabutsch, Austria-Hungary], died 11 August 1996, Trenton, NJ. [Wife of late George Schwartz, Palankaer]. Palanka OSB Family #10868. Social Security Death Index.

SKLENA – Johann Sklena, age 97, b. 14 May 1910 - died 14 Apr 2007.  Johann Sklena, born 14 May, 1910 in Kupinovo, Austria/Hungary passed away this morning - 14 Apr 2007.  His ancestors are from Jabuka/Apfeldorf BANAT and Bohemia before that. [Family Information http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/r/o/Eve-H-Brown/index.html] From the DVHH mail list members: Eve, you have shared with us so many little snippets of the life he and your mother shared and the rich culture passed on to you, we almost feel as if we knew him ourselves.  Submitted by daughter Eve Brown, MI.

SPIEGL – Anton Spiegl, of Trenton, NJ, died 13 January 1942. [Born in Palanka, Austria-Hungary]. Son of Anna & late Anton Spiegl. Survived by mother; son, Private Frank Spiegl, of the 105th Field Artillery Medical Detachment; daughter, Mrs. Robert M. Huntley, of Portland; sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Hutzl & Mrs. Karl Abel, both of Trenton & Mrs. Adolph Gold, of Roebling, NJ. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #11244.  The Evening Times, 14 January 1942 issue.

SPILDENNER – Magdalena Krcmar (nee Spildener), 86, of Arlington Heights, MI, died 2 November 2013.  Born 24 July 1927 in Palanka, Yugoslavia.  Wife of  late Mihajlo Krcmar.  Buried in St. James Cemetery, Arlington Heights.  Palanka OSB Family #?  Palankaer Heimatbrief, April/May 2014 issue.

SPILDENER – Maria Kristina Krcmar (nee Spildener), 86, of Arlington Heights, IL, died 2 November 2013. Born in Backa Palanka, Yugoslavia on 24 July 1927 [daughter of late Georg Spildener & Christine Suhanyi] and wife of  late Mihajlo Krcmar.  Survived  by sons, Michael, Rudy & Roland (Heidi) Krcmar; grandchildren, Tina, Christopher, Michelle, Michael, Alex & Adam and great-grandchildren, Christina & Nicolas.  Palanka OSB Family #11360.  The Daily Herald, 15 November 2013 issue.

SPILDENER - Peter Spildener, 90 of Hamilton Township passed away on March 20, 2021. Born in Palanka on August 9, 1930, he immigrated to the USA in 1949 from Germany. He served with the US Air force during the Korean War. Peter worked for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation for 5 years and retired from Federal Civil Service at McGuire Air Force Base in 1987. Peter was a member of St. Raphael's R.C. Church. He was an honorary member of the German American Society. He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and the Air Force Association (AFA). During his younger years he enjoyed the mountains and lived in the state of Washington for 5 years. Peter is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian. He is predeceased by a stepdaughter, Elfriede Chac of Philadelphia, PA. He is also survived by a daughter, Linda P. Spildener; a son and daughter in law, John and Stephanie Spildener of New Egypt, NJ; a granddaughter Victoria Spildener and fiancé Hal Boston of Jackson, NJ; granddaughter Jennifer Spildener and fiancé Trey Potter of Virginia Beach, VA; granddaughter Christina Chac and husband John Goodman of Philadelphia, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish 3500 South Broad St. Hamilton on Friday March, 26th at 10am. Interment will immediately follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 8am - 10am on Friday March 26th, 2021 at Knott's Colonial Funeral Home, 2964 S. Broad St, Hamilton Twp, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made be made in Peter's memory to NFCR (National Foundation of Cancer Research). Knott's Colonial Funeral Home 2946 S. Broad St. Hamilton, NJ 08610 609-888- 4723 To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in "The Times, Trenton," on Mar. 22, 2021.

SPILDENER – Theresia Spildener Schoen, 99, of Trenton, NJ, died 27 May 2013. Born in Batschka Palanka, Hungary [parents,Sebastian & Eleanor Penz Spildener], wife of late Josef  Schoen and mother of  late Gunther Jakob Schoen. Survived by nephews, Peter Spildener & Joseph Schoen; niece, Katherine Schen, and their families; niece in Canada and several nieces & nephews in Europe.  Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #10572 & 11350. The Times, 29 May 2013 issue.

SPILKA – Martin Spilka, 59, of Bellevue, Allegheny County, PA, died 3 Oct 1938.  Born 23 August 1879  in Palanka, Hungary and husband of Centa Ermeier Spilka. Parents, Joseph Spilka & Katherie Kappla, both of Palanka.  Buried at United Cemetery, Allegheny County, PA.  Palanka OSB Family #?????  PA Certificate of Death, Ancestry.com.

STADER – Stefan Stader b. 20 July 1923, Satnitz, Slavonia & d. 16 December 2003. Yesterday afternoon (16.12.2003) the funeral service for Stefan Stader (born 20.07.1923 in Satnitz, Slavonia, died 10.12.2003 in Hanau) took place at the Bischofsheimer Cemetery. He died after a long illness and leaves a wife, two daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren. The installation of the urn in its final resting place will take place at a later date.

STAMLER – Margaret Stamler of Glendale.  A native of Sekitsch, Austria Died on December 6, 2000 at the age of 89.  She was the widow of the late Paul, devoted mother of Paul; also survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment in Linden Hill Cemetery.  Times Newsweekly, Ridgewood, NY. December 14, 2000. Submitted by Noelle Giesse.

STEFAN – Joseph D. Stefan, 74, of Lebanon, PA, died 14 June 1960. Born in Palanka, Yugoslavia, naturalized in 1923. Survived by wife, Margaret Benner Stefan; children, Anne Stefan of Chicago, IL, Theresa Umberger & husband, Edmund, of State College, PA and Barbara Stefan of CA and three grandchildren.  Palanka OSB Family #11461. The Lebanon Daily News, 15 June 1960 issue.

STEPHANHeinrich Stephan  B. October 31, 1928, Bulkes & died on 18 May 2016, Karlsruhe, Germany at 88 years old. His personal Bulkes Flight Memories/http://www.bulkes.de/flight.html.  DVHH Bulkes Village Coordinator, Batschka 2004-2016.

You are my God!
My time is in your hands.
Save me from the hand of my enemy
And from those who pursue me.

(Psalm 715.1)

STERLING – Wayne R. Sterling, 69, of Bokeelia, FL, died 28 November 2011 in Reno, NV.  Born in Trenton, NJ, son of  late Paul &  Katherine Loch Sterling [Palankaer line]. Survived by wife, Donna Kalish Sterling; sons, James & wife, Kimberly Sterling and Christopher & wife, Jane Sterling and grandchildren, Alexandria, Trent, Logan & Nora Sterling; brother, David & wife, May Sterling and sister, Lillian Taylor. Buried at Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, PA.  Palanka OSB Family # 4873. The Bucks County Courier Times, 1 December 2011 issue.

STILLER – Eva Stiller Schlunsky, 97, of Trenton, NJ, died 29 January 2007. Born 1 August 1910 in Obrowatz, Austria-Hungary. Wife of late, Franz Schlunsky of Bukin [grandmother from Palanka]. Survived by daughters, Barbara & Eva. Palanka OSB Family #10242. Bukiner Heimatglocken, December 2008 issue. 

STAGL Rudy Stagl, Sr., 80, passed away January 31, 2013. Born in Pisanica, Yugoslavia he came to the United States in 1951 and became a U.S. Citizen in 1954. Rudy served in the U.S. Army and was active with the German Family Society where he served as President and Vice President. Rudy was employed by McNeil Akron and retired in 1979. Preceded in death by a daughter, Lilly in 2006, he is survived by his wife of 57 years Anna; daughters Heidi (James) Chambers, Annette (Bob) Misbrener; son Rudy P. (Amy); grandchildren: Colin, Aaron, Alayna, Duane, Kelsey, Geena, Kristen and Marina. Friends are invited to the Redmon Funeral Home for visitation Monday from 4 to 7 PM, where service will be conducted Tuesday 10 AM. Interment Oakwood Cemetery with military services conducted by American Legion Falls Post 281.

STROIK – Anna Stroik Stroik (nee BERNHARD) - Friday, December 15, 2006 - A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Canby for Anna Stroik, who died Dec. 12 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 65. Anna Bernhart was born July 13, 1941, in Ilok, Yugoslavia. She immigrated to Germany in 1955, and then to the United States, living in several locations with her military husband, until settling in Canby in 1976. She was a homemaker, as well as Eucharistic minister for her parish for 25 years. In 1959, she married Richard J.  Survivors include her husband; son, Joseph M.; daughters, Camille Stoller and Tamara Nagl; sister, Helen Swartz; and five grandchildren. Remembrances to the fund for the poor through the church. Arrangements by Canby Funeral Chapel.

STUMPF – Elizabeth Stumpf Gomola, 73, of Trenton, NJ, died 17 April 1959.  [Born in Obrowatz, Austria-Hungary]. Survived by husband, Anton Gomola [Palankaer]; daughter, Mrs. Anna Geiger; sister, Mrs. Anna Radler; three grandchildren and a niece and nephew. Palanka OSB Family #3623. The Trenton Evening Times-Advertiser, 19 April 1959 issue.

SZMUTKO – Francis Szmutko, 85, of Ewing, NJ, died 31 January 2012. Born in Trenton, NJ, son of late Stephen & Rose Linzenbold Szmutko, husband  of Hilda Frey Szmutko [Palankaer]. Also survived by sons & wives, Deacon Steven & Mary Szmutko, of Ewing and Lawrence & Paula Szmutko, of Bartlesville, OK; grandchildren, Emily and  husband Joseph Dempster, of  Mt. Penn, PA; grandchildren, Eva Szmutko, Steven Francis Szmutko, Carl Szmutko & Lauren Szmutko; three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Anthony Astore and his children. Buried at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.  Palanka OSB Family #3148. The Times, 2 February 2012 issue.

(some) of Frank Schmidt’s Publications -

Father Wendelin Gruber`s "In the Claws of the Red Dragon" Translated to English by Frank Schmidt.
“In the Claws of the Red Dragon: Ten Years under Tito's Heel”– 1988 by Wendelin Gruber. 
Alaso known as: This is a translation from the German edition “In den Fangen des Roten Drachen” published by the Miriam-Verlag D-7893 Jestetten. Front cover and drawings by Sebastian Leicht. The book is based on excerpts from the diary of Father Wendelin Gruber, a Catholic priest who was an eyewitness to the systematic extermination of the Danube Swabians (ethnic Germans) of Yugoslavia by the Tito regime during, and in the years immediately following, World War II. This atrocity claimed the lives of over 100,000 people, or 50% of those who remained at home when the Communists took power. On a per capita basis, the Danube Swabians suffered a greater loss of life than any European people in recent history did. This calculated genocide was carried out openly when the world was ostensibly at peace, and practically everyone in the area was a witness to it--albeit a horrified one often frightened into silence. Strangely enough, for over forty years the Western media have ignored this atrocity, which was of such magnitude that it affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and completely changed the traditional ethno cultural make-up of a large part of Europe. For this reason alone the publication of the English version of "In the Claws of the Red Dragon" fills a great need. 
Truth and justice versus lies and hatred: Germany’s fate from a German perspective. English translation by Frank Schmidt. Toronto: Heimat Publishers, 1998 (c. 1997) https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/24109919/truth-and-justice-versus-lies-and-hatred

[Der amerikanische Jude Theodore Nathan Kaufman veroffentliche im März 1941 sein buch Deutschland muss sterben in dem en vorschlug das Deutsche Volk nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg durch Sterilisation total auszurotten und Deutschland zu zergliedern. Eine kritische analyse dieser teuflischen hetzschrift und entgegensetzung der lügnerischen verleumdung des deutschen volkes. Toronto: Verlag Heimat Publishers. N.d. 5. Juchem, Wolfgang.]
Schmidt, Frank. “Who are the Danube Swabians?” Pamphlet. This article previously appeared in the Danube Swabian monthly Heimatbote (Feb. 1991) and The Barnes Review, Washington,DC (June 1996). as well as other periodicals.
The Genocide of the Indigenous Ethnic Germans of Yugoslavia (1944-1948) and the Deliberate Media Cover-up. A timely revelation---by Frank Schmidt  http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~ecarla/genealogy/genocide.htm

The Genocide of the Indigenous Ethnic Germans of Yugoslavia (1944-1948) and the Deliberate Media Cover-up Heimat Publishers 1998. 
Johann Jakob Henneman (1744‐1792) : the defender of Werschetz. Written by Frank Schmidt. S.L.: S.n., Copyright 1986.
“The Annihilation of a People.” by Schmidt, Frank. Toronto, Canada: Heimat Publishers, 2000.


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