1856 Oltman Uke Lupkes 1942


Background Information

Hilke (Fisher) Modder, Born Dec. 25, 1811 Germany, Died Nov. 25, 1896 Iowa had a son named Gerd (George) Modder Born 1839 Germany, Died 1909 Iowa. Gerd married Antje (Halfwassen), Born Dec. 11, 1844 Germany, Died Jan. 28, 1892 Iowa.

All are buried at Pleasent Hill Cemetery; Ackley, Iowa

Gerd and Antje (Halfwassen) Modder

Gerd and Anjte had a daughter named Hilke Modder, Born Mar. 26, 1867 Germany, Died Jan. 28, 1892 Iowa. Hilke Modder married, September 8, 1883, Oltman Uke Lupkes son of Uke and Benna (Buker) Lupkes, born May 5, 1856 Petkum, Ostfreisian, Germany, Died Jun.4, 1942 Wheaton, MN.



Oltman Uke & 1st wife Hilke (Modder) Lupkes

They had five children all born near Ackley, Iowa.

Antje (Halfwassen) Modder her daughter Hilke (Modder) Lupkes and Hilke's infant daughter all died January 28, 1892.












Hilke & Infant Lupkes
Antje Modder
Grave Marker

"Deep sorrow overcame the family as Mrs. Modder, her daughter Mrs. Lupkes, and her youngest born child were placed in one grave. So our mother, daughter and grandchild passed into eternal rest. We comfort ourselfs in the hope of a eventual reunion in Heaven."

GEB = Born in Gremany GEST = Date of Death

Hilke (Modder) Lupkes

March 20, 1867 - January 28, 1892

Antje (Halfwassen) Modder

December 11, 1844 - January 28, 1892

Pleasant Hill Cemetery

Photo January 1998





Obituaries of Anjte Modder her daughter Hilke Lupkes & Lupkes newborn

1.Hilke Lupkes "With this notice we advise all relatives and friends that it has pleased the Lord to take my dear wife and our loyal mother, Hilke Lupkes, wife of Oltman U. Lupkes and daughter of Gerd and Antje Modder to him. She was born on March 20, 1867 and ended her earthly life on January 28, 1892 in Franklin County, Iowa at the age of 24 years, 9 months and 9 days. She was married in 1833 with her now sorrowful spouse, this marriage was blessed with 5 children of which the youngest one followed the mother in death. She left behind a grief-stricken husband, 4 children, her father, and elderly grandmother, along with many friends who cry over her death."

"Deep sorrow overcame the family as Mrs. Modder, her daughter, Mrs. Lupkes, and her youngest born child were placed in one grave. So our mother, daughter, and grandchild Passed into eternal rest. We comfort ourselfs in the hope of a eventual reunion in Heaven. Pastor F Belzur conducted the services. The sorrowing husband, Oltman U. Lupkes at Faulkner, Franklin County, Iowa."

2. Antje Modder "We advise our friends and relatives the sad news that it has pleased God to take my dear wife, Antje Modder, born Halfwassen, to take her by death from our midst.
She was born in Marienchor, Kreis Weener, Ostfriesland on December 11, 1844 and was on January 28, 1892, 47 years, 1 month and 18 days old. She was married on April 8, 1866 with Gerd E. Modder and the marriage was blessed with one child, a daughter. She died after 2 years suffering under consumption in the blessed hope for eternal life and left a sorrowing husband, and elderly mothe-in-law, three brothers, four sisters, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren to sorrow over her death. Pastor Belster conducted the services before a large gathering. The sorrowful husband, Gerd E. Modder at Faulkner, Franklin County, Iowa."

*The first translation above indicates that the mother, daughter and grandchild were all buried on the same day. and it appears the mother and child were buried in the same grave.

After Antje (Halfwassen) Modder died in 1892 Gerd Modder sent back to Germany for his wife's cousin Etta (Halfwassen) Bruns to come to America and marry him. She came with two children.

i. Etteus (Ed) Bruns , a son born October 28, 1877 Jemjum, Ostfriesland Germany - died July 16, 1966
ii. Antje Bruns born September 12,1870 Jemjum, Ostfriesland Germany - died January 28, 1910 Wheaton, MN.

Gerd Modder and Etta (Halfwasson) Bruns were married.

Etta's daughter Antje (Bruns) became Oltman Uke Lupkes Second wife in 1892.


Ou & Anjte had 9 Children

i. Rolfe born 1893 - died 1895 at 11/2 yrs. From a fall, "Brain infection"
ii. Albert born 1894 - died 1972
iii. Ralph born 1896 - died 1979
iv. Mary born 1897 - died 1976
v. Frank born 1900 - died 1970
vi. Kathryn born 1902 - died 1981
vii. Lillian born 1904 - died 1996
viii. Hilda born 1906 - died 1990
viiii. Herman born 1909 - died 1959



Oltman Uke Lupkes with his Birthday Cakes



Roelf Oltman Lupkes. "All friends of this newspaper are given notice that it has pleased the Lord who rules over Heaven over life and death to call Roelf Oltman Lupkes from Franklin County, Iowa, after a short sickness at his eternal rest. The child died on March 25, 1893 from a brain inflamation after a two day sickness in the age of 1 year, 6 months, and 15 days leaving behind deeply sorrowing parents, Oltman Lupkes and Antje Lupkes, born Bruns. May God heal these wounds. He divides wealth, but gives life after death! E. Kreuzenstein, Evangelical Pastor, Ackley, Iowa"


Following the funeral services held for Oltman Uke Lupkes, Monday afternoon, June 8, 1942 at the St. Johns Lutheran Church, with the Revernd E.C. Halstein officiating, the remains were laid to rest in Wildwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers, all grandsons of Mr. Lupkes, were Wayne Lupkes, Fred Lupkes, Fred U. Lupkes, Albert Reckner, Carl Lupkes and Ole Lupkes.

Relatives attending the funeral from a distance were Uke Lupkes, and family, Parkersburg, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Boots, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lupkes, Mrs. Reka Dirksen, Mrs. Katie Johnson, John Lupkes and Aielt Lupkes, Rushmore, Minnesota. Mrs. Neil Stomberg, Adrian, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Christensen and daughter Joan, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lupkes, Mr. and Mrs. William Lupkes, Mrs. Richard Burman, Ackley, Iowa. And John Lupkes of Aplington, Iowa.

Born at Petkum, Ostfreisen, Germany, May 5, 1856, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Uke Lupkes, Mr. Lupkes had attained the age of 86 years and 29 days. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 26, first settling at Ackley, Iowa in 1881. He married Miss Hilke Modder, to which union five children were born. After the death of his wife, he married Miss Antje Bruns in 1892 and to this union nine children were born. The Lupkes family moved to Rushmore, Minnesota in 1899 and four years later came to Traverse County to settle on a homestead seven miles east and one mile north of Wheaton.

Mr. Lupkes had enjoyed good health until a year ago when the infirmities of old age began to take their toll and he died Thursday June 4th.

The surviving 12 children; are Oscar, George, Aielt, Frank and Herman all of Wheaton; Mrs. A. Barkhoff (Annie) of Dike, Iowa. Albert of Dumont, Ralph, Alexandria, Mrs. Earl Reckner (Mary) of Norcross, Mrs. Leroy Randolph (Katie) , of Yakima, Washington, Mrs. Fred Seifert (Lillie) of Arora, Illinois, and Mrs. Hans Christiansen (Hilda), of Minneapolis.

One brother, George Lupkes of Dumont, Iowa. 37 Grandchildren and five Great Grand-Children also survive.

His second wife Antje (Bruns) Lupkes preceeded him in death in 1910.She is buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton, Minnesota.

Special Thanks to Olan & Maxine Lupkes for OU's Obituary & Gravestone photo


14 Jan 1910: "Mrs. OU Lupkes of Monson, who has been in a Minneapolis hospital for some time past, returned home."

4 Feb 1910: Mrs. OU Lupkes of Clifton passed away on Friday last(1/28/1910) after a long illness. Mrs. Lupkes has been a resident of this county for several years past and was highly esteemed by neighbors and friends."


A Personnal Notice by Antjes mother Etta (Halfwasson) Bruns-Modder. Transcribed from the original in German.

I want to inform all my friends, relatives and acquaintances that I received the sad news from Wheaton, Minnesota that my dear daughter Antje Lupkes (Bruns) has been taken from the midst of her family by death. She was in the hospital for a long time and had undergone 3 operations.

She was born in Jemjum, Ostfriesland and reached the age of 38 years, 4 months and 16 days. She leaves behind her husband and 9 children. One child preceded her in death.

For me her loss has been very hard and severe. My husband died just 5 months ago. However, may
the Lord's will be done.

Etta Modder (Halfwassen) and family
Ackley, Iowa

Special Thanks to Linda (Bruns) Whiteside for these notices, the Obituary notice and transcription


"The Cross Leads Generation On"

O.U. and Antje (Bruns) Lupkes are buried in Wildwood Cemetery Wheaton, Minnesota.


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