|Obituary for Lawrence C. Diebel - Detroit Free Press, 2 Aug 1961, page 22|
Lawrence Charles Diebel married my 1st cousin twice removed, Catherine G. FORSYTH on 9 Sep 1914 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. Catherine outlived Lawrence by 30 years, dying on 24 May 1991. They had 3 children; Eleanor Louise, Jeanette Marie and Lawrence C., Jr.
Lawrence was the son of Lorenz DIEBEL, Jr (1860-1915) of Germany and Fredericka Victoria BOYD-BOUKALTZ (1864-1933) of Germany.
I heard mention of the Diebel family as I was growing up, but never met any of them.
Our common ancestors are my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph GILLESPIE and Susan BURGESS of Tiverton, Devon, England.
Here is my transcription of Lawrence’s obituary
Lawrence C. Diebel, retired title company executive, died Monday in East Side General Hospital. He was 70.
A native Detroiter, Mr. Diebel, of 8925 E. Jefferson, retired in February, 1960, after 48 years with the Abstract and Title Guaranty Co.,
He started with the firm in 1912 in the tax department and was a director and executive vice president when he retired.
He also was a Mason, member of the Knights Templar, Detroit Boat Club, Detroit Mortgage Bankers and Detroit Real Estate Board, and was active in Episcopal Church of the Messiah
Survivors include his wife, Catherine; a son, Lawrence C., Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Haarz and Mrs. Jeanette Ferry; a brother, William C., and nine grandchildren.
The body will be in state at the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, until 10 p.m. Thursday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Messiah, 231 E. Grand Boulevard. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Cemetery.
Lawrence is buried at While Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Troy, Oakland, Michigan. You may visit his memorial here #145166584
|Burial plaque photo courtesy of Jim Lyles|
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