Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                      Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach



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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Gallaway, Dorothy M.,   (d. 2-21-1998; b. 2-04-1927; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside memorial services for Dorothy M. Gallaway were held on Monday, March 2, at Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Gallaway, a resident of Spokane for 38 years, died on Saturday, Feb 21, 1998. She was 71 years old.  She was born in Odessa and was graduated from Odessa High school in 1944. She was a former resident of Moses Lake. She was a homemaker and a member of Hillyard Congregational Church. She is survived by two sons, Gregory and Steven Galloway, both of Spokane; two sisters, Lucille Underwood, of Spokane, and Lillian Derr, of Tacoma; and a brother, Donald Schibel of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-12-1998)

Gans surname: Suchland’s most recent listing of cemetery documentation shows: A. L. Gans in A-06-52, with no dates, no data. Christina and John Gans are shown in B-07, lots 31 and 32.  Otto and Mollie Gans are shown in E-17, lots 3 and 4. The record of the removal of Christina Dorothy Gans ‘from the north country’ to Odessa City Cemetery does not show the removal of other remains. The grave plot labelled A. L. Gans is presently (2005) of unknown identity for whose remains are in it, the earliest mapping appears to read R. L. Gans. The location of the graves of Geraldine and Marie is unknown, altho their tombstones were viewed in 1974 in the Odessa City Cemetery. Burial record nor obituary for either has been located. See also Mrs. Bertha Kuch, wife of Ed, with burial in Odessa Cemetery (1888-1943) whose death certificate shows her father as Gottlieb Schmidt and her mother as Mary Gans. See also Mary Zimmer Schmitt at the Quast Freedensfeld Cemetery, where it is assumed that other Gans burials took place.

Gans, A. L., (no data, Gans surname (as R. L. Gans) shown on early mapping of cemetery as well as in the index prepared by Harold Suchland (as A. L. Gans). It would be ‘possible’ that this plot holds the burials of Geraldine and Marie Gans; the alternative is that their stones were removed from another cemetery and placed in the Odessa Cemetery. Insufficient evidence at this time-2005- to make a determination. Local records show an Alfred Gans, Reinhold Gans and  Rudolph Gans.

Gans, Christina Dorothy, *  (d. 3-28-1922; date of removal: 11-20-38; TS; OC; Str; DC; LL) “Christine Dorothea Gans. Born 4 March 1864 in Saratov Russland, died 28 March 1922 in Odessa, aged 58 yr 24 days. Funeral in Odessa 2 April. H P Christensen, Pastor.” (Christ Lutheran Church Ledger) “Christina Dorthy Gans. Death: March 28, 1922; Cause: arterio sclerosis. Date of removal: 11-20-1938; By whom called: Emanuel Schmierer.” (Mortuary Ledger) Excerpt from the Dec 1, 1938 obituary of her husband, John Ludwig Gans, “Burial will be in the Odessa cemetery, beside the body of his wife, recently moved to this cemetery from the north area.” (edit: it is assumed that the original burial occurred in the Freedensfeld Quast Cemetery.) “Christina S. Gans. #2671, filed Jan 5, 1925. Christina S Gans died 28 March 1922, in  Odessa. The petitioner, surviving spouse, was Ludwig Gans. They held the following property: 317 + acres of farm land in Lincoln County and 160 acres in Grant County. A bill was presented by New England Undertaking Co, Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA, dated 3-28-1922, for $60, for casket and box. Heirs were the husband and 7 adult children: Mary P. Renz, daughter, 38, of Veradale, WA; Charles Gans, son, 37, of Trochu, Alberta; John Gans, son, 35, J. H. Steffer, in Indio, CA; Reinhold Gans, son, 33, of Odessa; Otto Gans, son, 32, of Odessa; Bertha Schmierer, daughter, 28, of Odessa; and Alfred Gans, son, 30, of Woodland, CA.” (notes from Lincoln County Superior Court, Probate file #2671, filed Jan 5, 1925) “Christina Dorothy Gans, female, white, married; b. Mar 4, 1864 in Russia; Father = John Stillman b. Russia; Mother: don’t know; Informant: Rudolph Gans (son), Odessa, WA;  d. Mar 28, 1922, artero sclerosis, Lee Ganson, MD; Burial: Freedenfelt Cemetery on 4-01-1922, no attendant.” (WA State Register of Death)

Gans, Geraldine,  (date 1935 only; TS; OC; Lartigues’ listing only of TS; Suchland shows five listings for the Gans surname, Geraldine is not included. The stone was apparently visible in 1974 for viewing by Lartigues. This placement has not been further investigated nor was a search done for the death record.)

Gans, John Ludwig h/o C. D.,   (d. Nov 1938; b. 1858; TS; OC; LL ) “Gans Funeral To Be Held Here Friday. - Funeral services for John Ludwig Gans, 80, who died at the home of his daughter at Vera, WA, on Saturday, will be held from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Friday afternoon, the Rev. G. F. Busch officiating.  Burial will be in the Odessa cemetery, beside the body of his wife, recently moved to this cemetery from the north area. Mr. Gans was born in Russia on July 19, 1858 and came to the United States on Nov. 30, 1904, farming near Quincy for 8 years and then for 13 years on his ranch 14 miles north of Odessa. In 1925, a few years after the death of his wife, he retired from ranching and has been making his home with his children. He was at the home of his oldest daughter when death claimed him. Survivors include Mrs. Mary Renz, Vera; Charles Gans, Canada; Mrs. Emanuel Schmierer, Odessa; John Gans and Reynold Gans, both of Wapato, WA; Otto Gans, Olympia; and Alfred Gans, California.”(Dec. 1, 1938; Odessa Record) “Gans, John Ludwig.  Died: 27 Nov 1938 at Vera in Spokane, WA; Birth: 19 July 1858, Lichenthal, Bessarabien Russland; Survivors include: 5 sons, 2 daughters. G. F. Busch, Ev. Luth. P.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) 

Gans, Marie,  (date 1926 only; TS; OC; Lartigues only; Suchland shows five listings for the Gans surname, Geraldine is not included. The stone was apparently visible in 1974 for viewing by Lartigues. This placement has not been further investigated nor was a search done for the death record.)

Gans, Mollie,  w/o Otto  (d. 4-06-1980; b. 3-17-1902; TS; OC; dc) “Funeral services for Mollie Gans of Olympia will be held on Saturday, April 12, 1980, from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. Mrs Gans was born in Walla Walla, WA on March 17, 1902. She passed away at a convalescent home in Olympia on Sunday, April 6, 1980. She was a resident of Ephrata for over 25 years until July 1979 when she moved to Olympia. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. Survivors include 2 daughters, Shirley Clark of Bothell, WA, and Velma Langlois of Lacey, WA; 3 sons, Erwin Gans of Spokane, Lauren Gans of Olympia and David Gans of Bellevue; 4 brothers, Henry Hardt of Spokane, Bill and Alvin Hardt of Odessa, and Clarence Hardt of Wilson Creek; 2 sisters, Mary Dormaier of Odessa and Frieda Hille of Yakima; 21 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Interment will be in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-10-1980) 

Gans, Otto,  h/o Mollie  (d. 9-05-1979; b. 6-30-1894; TS; OC; dc) Otto Gans, 85, a resident of Ephrata for the past 28 years, died on Wednesday in Olympia. He was born June 30, 1894, at Sarata, Russia, and was a retired farmer in the Ephrata area.  On Sept 25, 1921 he married Mollie Hardt in Odessa. Survivors include his wife, at the home; three sons, Ervin of Spokane; Lauren of Olympia and Dave of Bellevue; two daughters, Mrs. Velma Langlois, Lacey, and Mrs. Shirley Clark, Bothell; one brother, Alfred Gans, Woodland; two sisters, Bertha Schmierer, Odessa; and Mrs. Renz, Spokane; and 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1979)

Gans, R. L. owner on map

Gaspard, Bernice Wacker Carkeek, (added) see Carkeek, for TS & obit

Geile:  "Elizabeth Wilamina Geile; b. 11 Nov 1905, Hillyard; d. 2 Nov 1925, Odessa, WA. Lizzie Geile was the daughter of Johann Heinrich Geile and his wife, Katherine Oster. John and Katie had the following known children: Lizzie, John Jr., Anna, William, Herman, Esther, Fred (Fritz), and Albert. John Geile worked as a clerk and salesman for the Kriegler-Page Mercantile Co while in Odessa. The family was documented as living in Odessa from 1908 through 1917. The parents of Katie Oster were identified tentatively as Ludwig and Frederica (Pfaff) Oster." (research done in 2006 to identify the grave, obit not yet obtained)  

Geissler, Fred,  h/o Gen.  (d. 1953; b. 1866; TS; OC)  

Geisler, Frieda S.,  w/o Wm A.  (d. 1954; b. 1903; TS; OC; Cong) “Mrs. Freida Geissler, age 50, June 16, 1954.” (English Congregational Ledger, not original script, typed copy) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon for Frieda Geissler, who died at a Spokane hospital, from the English Congregational Church. The Rev F. William Westwood officiated. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge. A vocal duet was given by Mrs. Robert Haight and Mrs. Joe C. Laney, with Mrs. James Lyons as organist. Pallbearers were Jim Kadlec, Ritzville; Lewis Kremsreiter, Otto Schoonover, James Willoughby, M. Totusek and David Weber.  Members of the Royal Neighbors lodge attended as a group, and took part in the graveside service.  Mrs. Geissler was born in Chicago, IL, Sept 13, 1903. She was married to William Geissler at Pullman in 1925, and they have made their home here since.  Living on a ranch east of Odessa, Mrs. Geissler had an active part in community life. She was a 25 year member of the Royal Neighbors lodge here, and attended the English Congregational church. Survivors include her husband, William Geissler, at the home; one sister, Mrs. Edna Ish, Odessa; two brothers, Clarence Happner, Kennewick; and Arthur Happner, Bridgeport; three nieces and three nephews.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1954)

Geissler, Genavieve,  w/o F.  (d. 1959; b. 1878; TS; OC) “Genevieve Geissler. Died: 14 Feb 1959, age 80, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Wenzel Schneider. Mother: Agnes Kerslager. Batch id # 523583.” (WA State Death Records) 

Geissler, Raymond E.,   (d. 1960; b. 1909; TS; OC; Cong) “Ramond Geissler. Age 51; Died: April 21, 1960, Odessa burial” (English Congregational Ledger-handwritten) “Raymond Emanuel Geissler. Died: 21 April 1960, age 51, Odessa, Adams Co, WA. Father: Fred Geissler. Mother: Genevieve Schneider. Batch id # 282912.” (WA State Death Records)

Geissler, Wilhelm,  h/o Frieda  (d. 1962; b. 1900; TS; OC; obit) “William A. Geissler, 61, Odessa, was killed on US Highway 10 near Easton Sunday when a station wagon he was driving and a house trailer struck. The trailer was being towed by a truck driven by William W. Dukes, 39, Seattle. The truck and a car driven by Wilmer G Bell, 25, of Richland had collided. Bell had stopped for another car, the newspaper accounts stated. Funeral services were held from St Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday morning with burial in the Odessa Catholic Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral  Home. Father William Brennan of Cheney, former Odessa minister, officiated. Son of a pioneer Odessa family, Mr. Geissler was born here and grew to manhood in the community. In addition to his farming operations he was active as a director of the Odessa Union Warehouse Co and director of the Grange Supply Co of Odessa. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Mary Louise Horak, two nieces, Ann and Carol Horak, and two nephews, Paul and Steven Horak, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-1962) “Funeral services for William A. Geissler, 61, were held... Pallbearers were Otto Schoonover, David Weber, Louis Kremsreiter, L. O. Williams, Jim Kadlec and Winston Weber. In addition to area friends and relatives, representatives of the state grange wholesale firms attended.  Mr. Geissler had been a former member of the board of the Odessa Grange Supply and the Grange Wholesale organization. He also served as a director of the German-American Mutual Farmers Fire Insurance association, and as an officer of the board of the Odessa Union Warehouse co-op board of directors. Born Dec 10, 1900, on the family farm south of Odessa, he was a member of one of the earliest of the pioneer families.  His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Geissler, were here in territorial days and Mr. Geissler helped vote the territory into statehood.  William graduated from the Odessa High School as valedictorian of his class, attended Washington State University, and returned here to help with farm operations. He married Freda Heppner, on Sept 13, 1925 and she died in June 1954. The death of Mr. Geissler was the result of a freak accident, when a wooden trailer swerved into his driving path, as the truck pulling it was stopping rapidly to keep from hitting a car that was ahead of it that was also stopping to avoid a collision with a third car. A small piece of wood from the home made trailer was reported to have pierced the chest of Mr. Geissler, causing his death. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Mary Louise Horak, two nieces, Ann and Carol Horak, and two nephews, Paul and Steven Horak, Odessa. A brother, Raymond E. Geissler, had been killed earlier in a farm machinery accident, and his widow, Mrs. Beulah Geissler, now lives in the Seattle area.” (Odessa Record: 10-18-1962)

George, Pete H.,   h/o Mary  (d. 9-03-42; b. 10-01-1864; burial not confirmed)

Gettman: see also Gettmann (spellings not consistent)

Gettman, Amalia,  w/o Henry  (d. 1966; b. 1893; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Mrs. Amalia Gettman will be conducted by Pastor Werner J. Fritz this afternoon from Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa at 2 p.m.  Interment will follow in the Odessa Cemetery.  The pallbearers, all close relatives, will be Hershall Heimbigner, Walter Heimbigner and Lester Pfannekuchen of Ritzville; Clarence Heimbigner of Spokane; Dan Gettman, Odessa, and Floyd Gettman, Quincy, WA.  Mollie Gettman was a lifetime resident of this area, having moved here at the age of two with her pioneer parents, Andrew and Katie Heimbigner. She attended Odessa schools and was active in the surrounding farming community during her early years. She and Henry G. Gettmann were married in 1919 and raised their children on a ranch east of town. Moving to town in 1949, she became more active in her church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Gettmann passed away quietly in her home on Sunday, May 1.  She is survived by her husband, Henry Gettmann, and three children, Eldora Harland, Boise, ID; Elmer Gettmann, Ritzville; Alva Richardson, Odessa; and four grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5 May 1966)

Gettman, Anna,  w/o Geo Jr.,  (d. 1-21-1952; b. 2-14-1886; TS; OC; LL) “Anna Gettman. Born Feb 14, 1886 at Frank, Russia. Died: Jan 21, 1952, at Odessa, WA. Buried: Jan 24, 1952, at Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Cardiac decompensation. Age 65 yrs 11 mos 7 days. Mourned by husband, George Gettman; 4 daughters, Mrs. J. Carr, Mrs. C. Carr, Martha, and Mrs. J. Lewis; 2 sons, Fred and Daniel; 4 grandchildren; 3 sisters. Text: I Peter 1:3-5 (German); Col. 1:12-14 (English). E. R. Pflueger.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)  “Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the Christ Lutheran Church for Mrs. Anna Gettman, 65, who died at the Veterans Memorial hospital on Monday, after having been taken there that morning for treatment.  Born in Frank, Russia, Feb 14, 1886, she was married there Jan 25, 1904 to George Gettman, Jr., and in 1906 the family came to America, coming directly to Odessa and remaining here until death. Since 1941 she and Mr. Gettman have lived in a town home. Death came just four days before her 48th wedding anniversary, and less than a month before her 66th birthday.  She has been an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Ladies Aid, and member of the family have been identified with business and farming activities in the community. Survivors include her husband, George Gettman, Jr., at the home; two sons, Daniel and Fred, Odessa; four daughters, Mrs. Rachel Carr, Mrs. Mary Carr, Miss Martha Gettman, all of Odessa, and Mrs. Elnora Lewis, Spokane; 4 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Jacob Schafer and Mrs. John Hofferber of Lincoln, NE; and Mrs. Conrad Wagner, of Sherman Oaks, CA.” (Odessa Record: 1-24-1952)  “Funeral services were held on Thursday from the Christ Lutheran church for Mrs. Anna Gettman, 65, resident of the area since 1906. Pastor E. R. Pflueger officiated with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Born in the German colony in Frank, Russia, Feb 14, 1886, she was married in 1904....” (Odessa Record: 1-31-1952)

Gettman, August, (see Gus Gettman)

Gettman, Fred,  (added) d. Mar 10, 2004 “Fred Gettman, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 in Odessa. He was 92 years old.  He was born April 24, 1911, in Odessa, the son of George and Anna (Kammerzal) Gettman. He grew up and attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School in 1928.  Fed married Klara Hemmerling. He farmed for many years in the Odessa area before retiring and moving to town.  He was a member of the Odessa Grange and Christ Lutheran Church.  He is survived by his wife, Klara, of Odessa; one brother, Dan Gettman, of Bellevue; one sister, Elnora Lewis, of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Fred was preceded in death by three sisters, Rachel Carr, Mary Carr and Martha Gettman.  Funeral services were held on Monday, March 15, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Interment was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record: 3-18-2004)

Gettman, George Jr.,  h/o Anna  (d. 10-11-1982; b. 11-28-1884; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for George Gettman, Jr., who died on Oct 11, 1982, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, was held at 2 PM on Oct 14, 1982 from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. George Gettman, Jr., was born on Nov 28, 1884 in Frank, Russia. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the Lutheran Church.  He received his formal education in Frank, Russia. On Jan 25, 1904 he was married to Anna Elizabeth Gettman. Seven children were born to this union. In 1906 the family came to the United States and moved directly to Odessa, where he lived until his death.  George farmed in the Odessa area until he retired from the farm to his home in Odessa in 1941. Preceding him in death were his wife in 1952; and infant son in Europe, and his daughter, Rachel Carr.  Survivors include three daughters, Mary Carr and Martha Gettman, Odessa and Elnora Lewis of Spokane; two sons, Fred and Dan Gettman of Odessa; seven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Mr. Gettman had been a faithful and active member of the Christ Lutheran Church since his arrival in Odessa 76 years ago. Sacred selections, “Jesu geh’ voran” and “O Take My Hand, Dear Father” were sung by Mrs. Donna Schafer. Mrs. Leo Stout accompanied her on the organ. Casketbearers were Dan G. Gettman, David Lewis, Mark Lewis, Robert Carr, John McDaniel, George Gies and Harold Gies. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.”  (Odessa Record: Oct 21, 1982)

Gettman, George Sr.,  h/o M.  (d. 1931; b. 1860; TS; OC; LL) “Georg Gettman, Sr, born 15 June 1860 in Frank, N. Russland. Parents: Friedrich Gettman and Cath. Margrete nee Litzmann. 1906 to America to Odessa. Spokane hospital, operation, dying 7 August 1931. Surviving 4 sons, Georg, John, Henry, David; 11 grandchildren. Aged: 71 yrs 1 mo 22 days.” (German script Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Gettman, Gus,  (added) St Mathew Cong. d. 1918  “Gus Gettman. Aged: 18 yrs 5 mos 6 days. Dated: Nov 15, 1918. Burial: Odessa.” (St Matthews Congregational ledger; burial not confirmed, however there were early Gettman burials in A-06-44 & 45 not identified.)

Gettmann, Henry J.,  h/o Eliz.  (d. 5-19-40; b. 2-21-1874; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Henry J. Gettman. Born Feb 21, 1874 in Frank, Russia. Came to this country 48 years ago. Was married to Elizabeth Mowers, 1904. Two children (2 sons). Died in Spokane May 19, 7:45. Buried in Odessa, May 22, 1940. Heart attack. Age 67 yrs 2 mos 17 days. G. F. Busch, Ev. Luth. Pastor.”  (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Henry J. Gettmann. Residence: Stevens Hotel, Spokane, WA. Death: May 19, 1940, 7:45 a.m., Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, WA. Informant: Fred E. Gettman, Arlee, MT. Birth: Feb 21, 1874, Russia. aged: 66 yrs. Male, white, widowed, retired rooming house owner, apartment houses, last worked: July 1938. Time in occupation: 4 years. Wife if deceased: Elizabeth B. Morris. Length of residence in Spokane: 13 months. Previous residence: Roundup, MT; In US: 48 yrs. Father: Jake Gettmann, born Russia; Mother: Katherine Kammersel, born Russia.  Physician: Dr James E. Cunningham. Relatives: one son: Fred E. Gettman, Arlee, MT; 3 grandchildren; 4 sisters (names not given). (Mortuary Ledger)

Gettman, Henry G.,  h/o Amalia  (d. 1966; b. 1895; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services for Henry G. Gettman will be conducted  by Pastor Werner J Fritz Thursday afternoon from Christ Lutheran church of Odessa at 2 p.m.  A military service will be held at the Odessa Cemetery by the American Legion Post.  The pallbearers will be Gus Weber, John Kissler, H. P. Wacker, Dave Weber, Frank Groh and Fred Lenhart.  Henry Gettman, a pioneer resident of this area, settled north of Odessa with his parents, George and Mary Gettmann, at the age of nine, after the long trip from Frank Russia. He attended the early grades of school in Odessa. He served in the US Army during World War I in France. Henry Gettmann and Mollie Heimbigner were married in 1919 and the first several years of their married life was spent in Odessa. They later moved to a farm east of Odessa and in 1929 bought the Crab Creek ranch where he became a prominent shorthorn breeder.  Mr. Gettman was very active in the American Legion, serving in the various offices of the Post. At the time of his death he was Senior Vice Commander. He is survived by three children: Eldora Harland, Boise, ID; Elmer Gettman, Ritzville; Alva Richardson, Odessa; and 4 grandchildren. Other survivors include 3 brothers: George Gettman, Sr, Odessa; John Gettman, Wenatchee; and Dave Gettman, Yakima.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-1966)

Gettman, Henry Sr.,  h/o Marie  (d. 3-05-1935; b. 6-20-1850; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Henry Gettman, Sr. Shipped in from Portland, Oregon, Pearson Funeral Home. Residence: Portland, OR. Death: 3-05-1935, at Portland. Informant: John Gettman, of Odessa. Birth: June 20, 1850, Russia. Age: 84 yrs 8 mos 15 days. Male, white, widowed. Funeral: March 8, 1935, Odessa, WA, Rev Wacker, 2 p.m. Bearers: Con Eckhart, Henry Schmidt, Jacob Miller, Jacob Myers, Con Stroh, John Frank. Burial: Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Henry Gettman. Aged: 84 yrs 8 mos 15 days. Dated: March 8, 1935. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) 

Gettman, Jacob,  h/o Kath.  (d. 10-04-1931; 7-02-1887; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Jacob Gettman, son of Heinrich Gettman, born 5 June 1887 in Frank, Russland. 1913. To America. 1913 married Catharina nee Schwab. Four children: Helen, Herman, Herold and Violet. On 4 October in Dryden, a deadly auto wreck. Survivors: wife, 4 children, 3 brothers: Georg, Henry and John; 4 sisters. Age: 44 yrs 3 mos 29 days. H. P. Christensen.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Jacob Gettman. Death: Oct 4, 1931. Occupation: farmer. Informant: John M. Gettman of Odessa. Age: 43 yrs 3 mos 29 days. Married, Kathrine Gettman. Birthplace: Russia. Father: Henry Gettman, Sr., born Russia; Mother: (not shown). In US 29 years. Cause of death: auto accident. Shipping Funeral Director: Jones and Jones. Place of Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Person in charge: H. H. Strate, Odessa. Leaves wife: Kathrine. Physical: Dark hair, gray eyes; 5 ft 7 inches; 165 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Gettman, Klara,  (added) “In Loving Memory of Klara Gettman. Born May 2, 1922, Lichtenthal, Romania; Passed Away June 12, 2005, Odessa, WA; Funeral Service Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 1 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA, Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Congregational Hymn ‘It is Well With My Soul’, Sharon Eide, Organist; Special Music, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, Sharon Eide, Organist, Kathy Scrupps, Soloist; Concluding Services and Vault Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.  Casket Bearers: Rick Hemmerling, Lon Lowe, Bob Kromm, Ivan Gruber, Ernst Haemmerling, Art Hemmerling.” (Funeral Program) “Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 15, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa for Klara Gettman, with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating.  Mrs Gettman, who was 83 years old, died on Saturday, June 12, 2005, in Odessa. She is survived by her three brothers, Otto Hemmerling, of Germany; Art Hemmerling of Shoreline, WA; and Ernest Haemmerling, of Hillsborough, CA; one sister, Adelle Esslinger, of Kenmore, WA, and 8 nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Maria (Baier) Hemmerling, and by her husband, Fred Gettman. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-16-2005)

Gettman, Marie Barb Witter,  (d. 8-21-1931; b. 9-18-1851; w/o Hy Sr.; OC; Strates; Cong) “Marie Barbara Gettmann, nee Witter. Aged: 79 yrs 11 mos __ days. Dated: Aug 23, 1931. Burial: Odessa.” (St Matthew Congregational Church ledger) “Mary Barbra Gettman. Death: Aug 21, 1931, 5:55 a.m., Odessa, WA. Occupation: Housewife. Informant: John M. Gettman, Odessa, WA.  Age: 79 yrs 11 mos 2 days. Birth: 9-18-1851, Russia. Father: ?Ditter, born Russia; Mother: ? born Russia. In US 29 yrs. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Leaves Husband, Henry Gettman, Sr., Odessa; 4 sons: H. George Gettman, Camby, OR; Henry Gettman, Camby, OR; Jake Gettman, Odessa, WA; and John Gettman, Odessa, WA. 4 daughters: Mrs. Henry Wacker, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Mary Schwab, Portland, OR; Mrs. Henry Gerbach, Portland, OR; and Mrs. Carl Wiedspahn, Odessa, WA. Physical: Gray hair, Gray eyes, 5 ft 5 inches; 160 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Gettman, Martha, (b.6-23-1917; d. 6-20-2003; TS; OC)  “Martha Gettman, a lifelong resident of Odessa, died Wednesday, June 20, 2003, at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was 85 years old. She was born June 23, 1917, in Odessa, the daughter of George and Anna E. (Kammerzal) Gettman. Martha was raised in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School. She worked at Brooks Cafe in Odessa with her sisters Rachel Carr and Mary Carr. Later, she was a caregiver to her parents. She was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church. She loved the music, choir and teaching of the children.  She was a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center for the past 3 ½ years. She is survived by two brothers, Fred (an Clara) Gettman, of Odessa, and Dan (and Lydia) Gettman, of Mercer Island, WA; a sister, Elnora, of Spokane, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa on Tuesday, June 24, with interment following at Odessa Cemetery. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-June 26, 2003) 

Gettman, Mary,  w/o Geo Sr.  (d. 1916; b. 1861; TS; OC; LL; obit) “Gettman, Maria Barbara (Schafer). Birth: 16 Aug 1862, in Russland. Died: 11 Jan 1916 in Spokane, WA; Funeral: 14 Jan 1916 in Odessa, WA. Aged: 53 yrs 4 mos 26 days.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) “Mrs George Gettman Sr died at the St Lukes Hospital Tuesday following a double operation for appendicitis and affected gall bladder, at the age of 54 years. Her death came as a shock to her many friends, as Saturday she was in town transacting business and attended the Sunday morning services at the German Lutheran church. Sunday afternoon she was taken violently ill, and Monday evening it was deemed advisable to take her to Spokane for an operation which she submitted to upon her arrival at the St Lukes hospital under the direction of Dr Lambert. So serious was her condition that practically no hope was given for her recovery and she gradually grew weaker until Tuesday evening when she passed away. The remains were shipped to Odessa Wednesday and funeral services will be held this afternoon at the German Lutheran church, rev John Eichhorn officiating.” (Odessa Record: Jan 14, 1916)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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