Caroline Luise Christiane Schwerdtfeger (1881-1923)

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Caroline Luise Christiane Schwerdtfeger Catob
Lina at age 19
Born: 30 Jun 1881 Sievershausen, Germany
Died: 19 Mar 1923 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Carl Clemens Heinrich August Schwerdtfeger
Mother: Caroline Charlotte Amalie Melching
Siblings: Ernestine Caroline Hermine Schwerdtfeger
Caroline Luise Christiane Schwerdtfeger
Frieda Wilhelmine Amalie Schwerdtfeger
Carl Heinrich August Schwerdtfeger
Louise Marie Wilhelmine Schwerdtfeger
Caroline Wilhelmine Anna Johanne Schwerdtfeger
August Wilhelm Heinrich Clemens Schwerdtfeger
Spouse: Johann Adolph Chudobba
Married: Oct 1907 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Children: Karl August Johann Catob
Frieda Marie Catob
Gertrude Caroline Catob
Helene Isobel Catob

Caroline Luise Christiane Schwerdtfeger was born June 30, 1881 in Sievershausen, Hanover, Germany.

Her parents are Carl Clemens Heinrich August Schwerdtfeger and Caroline Charlotte Amalie Melching.

Lena was the second of seven chidren: Ernestine Caroline Hermine Schwerdtfeger, Frieda Wilhelmine Amalie, Carl Heinrich August, Louise Marie Wilhelmine, Caroline Wilhelmine Anna Johanne, August Wilhelm Heinrich Clemens Schwerdtfeger.

(Gertrude said that her grandmother Caroline Schwerdtfeger was called Lena while her mother Caroline Catob was called Lina. )

Lina married Johann Adolph Chudobba in October 1907 in Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan.

They built their home on Third Street in Harbor Springs.

Their children are Karl August Johann, Frieda Marie, Gertrude Caroline and Helene Isobel Catob.

By the accounts of her children, Lina was an adoring mother and wife. Lina died when her children were very young, Gertrude being only 6 years old, at the time. She remembered her grandparents, Schwerdtfeger, coming to get her from Sunday School in a sleigh drawn with a horse. They took the children to the Petoskey hospital to see their mother one last time.

Lena died after a miscarriage in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan on 19 March 1923. She is buried at the Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs.

Lina, Frieda, Karl & John Catob

Death Notice

Petoskey Evening News, Tuesday, March 20, 1923:


Mrs. John Catob passed away Monday about 11:30 a.m. at the Petoskey hospital. Mrs. Catob has been seriously ill for almost five months and was in the hospital three months. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday from the home.


Petoskey News-Review, Wednesday, March 21, 1923:

          DIED ON MARCH 19

Lena Christine Schwerdtferger was born June 30, 1881, at Sievershausen, Germany. She came to this country with her parents in the fall of September 12m 1900. After the family visited in Ohio for a few months they came to Harbor Springs. On October 20, 1907, she was united in marriage to John Catob at Harbor Springs. To this union four children were born: Carl, Freda, Gertrude and Helene. She passed away Monday, March 19, at Petoskey after almost a five months' illness from an abscess. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, was a devout companion and mother. Besides her husband and children she is survived by her mother, four sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Ernestine Herzog of Chicago, Mrs. Frieda Melching, Miss Louise Schwerdtfeger, of Harbor Springs; Mrs, Johanna Buettner, of Petoskey; Carl and August Schwerdtfeger, of Harbor Springs.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the home, Rev. Walter G. Carlson, of the Presbyterian church, officiating. She was laid to rest in the family lot in Lakeview cemetery.


  • Marriage: Emmet County Michigan, Vital Records Search Marriages:
Date: 10/28/1907
Liber: 4
Folio: 34
Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs
Catob, Lina,
Died: 1923
Sec E
JUNE 30, 1881 MAR 19, 1923
  • Family Records of Gertrude Caroline Catob Howse Carmer
  • Theim, Karin. Ahnen Stand 24.5.2011 NK DsNr 1486 Christian Chudobba Kartei.pdf