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Pioneer Rock Cemetery

aka Ceres or Independence cemetery

Ceres, Sec. 34, NW/SW, Garnavillo twp.

The cemetery is approx. 4.2 miles south of Garnavillo and approx. 6 miles north of Guttenberg, on Hwy 52, a short distance west of the intersection of Hwy 52 and Kale Ave. (X-47).

Pioneer Rock church & Ceres cemetery - from Bing maps
Birds-eye view of Pioneer Rock church & cemetery from Bing maps


Many gravestone photos have been contributed for this cemetery - View gravestone photos for Pioneer Rock / Ceres cemetery

Obituaries have been contributed for people buried in this cemetery - Clayton co. Obituary Index

Sources:
~WPA cemetery records, transcribed by Phyllis Montour (the lot numbers are also from the WPA records)
~Other burials, dates & additional information have been added from gravestone inscriptions, death certificates and obituaries

Name Birth Death Comments
Andregg, Betty L.     w/o Gerald
Andregg, Gerald J. 11/08/1933 04/05/2009 h/o Betty; U.S. Marine Corps veteran
Backhaus, (Willard? or Richard?) 11/22/1861 03/07/1863 unable to determine first name accurately
Backhaus, Anna Maria 'Mary' nee Schmidt 03/07/1844 11/04/1919 w/o Henry C.; d/o Hermann
Backhaus, Herman H. 07/02/1862 11/06/`863  
Bachaus, Henry Casper 04/22/1833 07/23/1898 h/o Anna M.
Backhaus, Carl Henry 02/13/1837 06/26/1917 h/o Katherine
Backhaus, Hanna 1819 07/21/1866 aged 47y; w/o C.H.
Backhaus, Katherine nee Walker 09/15/1844 11/17/1911 w/o Carl
Batley, Georgann W.     w/o Nathan
Batley, Nathan Cobb 12/25/1920 12/07/2001 h/o Georgann; Tec-3 U.S. Army, WWII
Bauer, Carl 02/16/1811 11/18/1889 inscription is on the back of the Wm. Lewin stone
Bierbaum, Anna F. 03/07/1862 03/04/1910 d/o Gerhardt H. & Caroline
Bierbaum, Anna Catharina M. 09/04/1860 09/22/1864 d/o Christoph & Florentine
Bierbaum, Gerhard H. 11/26/1825 11/23/1907 h/o M.M. Caroline; s/o John & Elizabeth (Davendal)
Bierbaum, M. M. Caroline nee Walker 1836 03/17/1917 w/o Gerhard
Bierbaum, Maria Elisabeth 04/14/1858 04/27/1859 aged 1y & 23d
Borcherding, Burnell F. 12/21/1940 05/06/2009 h/o Helen; Veteran
Borcherding, Helen S.     w/o Burnell
Clefisch, infant   03/??/1901 infant of Henry & Anna
Clefisch, son   12/03/1942 infant s/o Earl & Romilda
Clefisch, Albert - - no dates on stone
Clefisch, Anna nee Kregel 1882 04/??/1956 w/o Henry
Clefisch, Anna 1879 1898  
Clefisch, Earl O. 1918 2007 h/o Romilda
Clefisch, Elmer - - no dates on stone
Clefisch, Fred 03/08/1876 01/10/1947 h/o Louisa C.
Clefisch, Gary Harley 09/10/1950 12/04/2000 s/o Harley & Hattie
Clefisch, Hattie Marie Carrie nee Winch 12/04/1921 10/25/2009 w/o Harley L.; d/o Ernest A. & Rebecca (Thein)
Clefisch, Harley L. 12/11/1917 04/18/1977 h/o Hattie
Clefisch, Harvey J. 12/11/1917 12/03/1944 s/o Fred & Louisa; Pfc. U.S. Army, Field Artillery, KIA
Clefisch, Henry August Elmer 01/14/1905 02/23/1905 s/o Henry & Anna
Clefisch, Henry F. 1874 1957 h/o Anna
Clefisch, Herbert Frederich 03/16/1906 01/01/1929 s/o Henry & Anna
Clefisch, Jessie Elizabeth nee Keehner 1915 11/19/1996 w/o Virgil
Clefisch, John J. 07/22/1847 05/26/1920 h/o Engel; s/o Fred & unkn.
Clefisch, Katherine Elisabeth 'Kay' nee Yohe 02/27/1922 11/02/2009 w/o Kenneth; d/o George & Elsie (Luther)
Clefisch, Kenneth A. 07/22/1921 10/04/2001 h/o Katherine; s/o Fred & Louisa; Veteran U.S. Army, paratrooper, 82nd Airborne WWII
Clefisch, Lavern J. 'Red'     2nd h/o Luva
Clefisch, Leona Sophia nee Levin 02/07/1894 1965 w/o William H.; d/o John
Clefisch, Laura Sophia Maria 03/17/1908 02/21/1909 d/o Henry & Anna
Clefisch, Louisa C. nee Lewin 1891 01/06/1946 w/o Fred
Cefisch, Luva E. Hansel nee Kulper 01/23/1920 02/02/2008 w/o 1st Merlin Hansel, Lavern J.; d/o John & Martha (Hansel)
Clefisch, Marie Engel nee Tuecke 08/11/1849 03/27/1933 w/o John; d/o Ferd & unkn.
Clefisch, Romilda L. 1922 2006 w/o Earl O.
Clefisch, Sidney 1916 1917 s/o W. & L.
Clefisch, Sophia M. 03/10/1879 04/15/1901  
Clefisch, Verla Jean 03/25/1936 11/23/1939 d/o Virgil J. & Jessie
Clefisch, Vern     s/o Lavern & Luva
Clefisch, Virgil J. 05/17/1917 12/01/1969 h/o Jessie; s/o William & Leona; suicide
Clefisch, William H. 08/16/1884 10/08/1940 h/o Leona; s/o John & Engel; suicide by hanging
Duwe, August 05/31/1866 09/15/1928  
Duwe, Henry 04/10/1833 11/06/1896 h/o Louise
Duwe, Herman   1949 h/o Marie
Duwe, Louise 12/04/1838 11/06/1920 w/o Henry
Duwe, Marie A.   1978 w/o Herman
Eberlind, Louis 1874 1877  
Engler, Caroline Freda nee Handke 1912 10/??1969 w/o Fred
Engler, Fred R. 03/26/1905 04/24/1961 s/o Louis; h/o Caroline
Engler, Jordan Lee 1936 1937  
Freidlein, Derek Jesse 09/11/1988 05/05/2003 aged 14y; s/o Jeff & Kari (Grave)
Gieseke, Blake Levi   11/29/2011 infant s/o Levi & Michelle
Hagen, Caroline E. 1871 1951 w/o Henry
Hagen, Henry 1856 1936 h/o Caroline
Hagen, Henry G. 08/28/1898 02/19/1899 s/o H. & C.E.
Hagensick, Anna Margeretha 1831 1880 lot 20; w/o J. Matthias
Hagensick, John Matthias 08/05/1826 09/28/1897 lot 20; buried w/3 of his wives; obit also says he was survived by a wife
Hagensick, Margeretha Barbara 1826 1862 lot 20; w/o J. Matthias
Hagensick, Wilhelmina 1841 1863 lot 20; w/o J. Matthias
Handke, Albert W. 02/11/1918 09/18/2007  
Handke, Edward John 05/03/1920 02/13/2010 Tec-3 U.S. Army, WWII
Handke, Lorenz A. 'Larry' 08/15/1922 11/13/1985  
Handke, Margaret Joan 10/03/1927 02/22/2012  
Hansel, Gary J. 'Buck' 07/11/1941 01/08/2013  
Hinzman, Roger C. 08/06/1945 05/09/2013 SFM3 U.S. Navy, Vietnam
Hyde, Anita nee Lundt 1907 1981 w/o Dale
Hyde, Dale E. 1903 1959 h/o Anita
Hyde, Keith D. 10/11/1928 04/18/2013 s/o Dale E. & Anita; US Army veteran
Johnson, Stacy Lynn 04/28/1984 05/17/2001 d/o Tom & Sheila
Kim, James 'Augie' 1971 2000  
Kraus, August 1884 1958 h/o Earana
Kraus, Daniel Lee      
Kraus, Donald T. 07/28/1910 04/11/1979  
Kraus, Earana 1887 1979 w/o August
Kraus, Eunice L.     w/o Lincoln
Kraus, John H. 1961 1976  
Kraus, Lincoln R. 1925 1987 h/o Eunicee L.
Kraus, Marvin A. 08/17/1911 07/05/1944 U.S. Army, KIA; originally buried at Blosville, France; re-interred at Ceres in April 1948.
Kraus, Rollyn E.     h/o Roseann
Kraus, Roseann L. nee Balk 05/28/1955 05/05/2013 w/o Rollyn; d/o Andrew C. & Anna (Cuchna)
Levin, Friedricke Ch. J. nee Putzier 1855 04/04/1889  
Lewin, Ernastina 1869 1899 lot 43; "Mother"; w/o John
Lewin, Hildegard 'Hilda' 1892 12/21/1910 lot 43; d/o John & Ernastina
Lewin, John 1851 1927 lot 43; "Father"; h/o Ernastina
Lewin, John Robert 01/21/1953 03/01/2015 s/o Robert & Delorres (Moser)
Lewin, Maria 10/10/1838 08/15/1906 lot 43; w/o William
Lewin, Martha 07/03/1899 1970? w/o Raymond
Lewin, Raymond John 'Ray' 05/18/1897 09/05/1991 h/o Martha
Lewin, William 05/28/1827 01/18/1896 lot 43; h/o Maria
Mewhirter, Kristine Elsie nee Clefisch 10/22/1953 09/22/1986 w/o Jim (divorced); d/o Kenneth & Katherine (Yohe)
Mewhirter, Kyle J. 08/19/1981 08/13/2003 s/o Jim & Kristine
Meyer, Annie 1875 1877  
Moore, Fred B. JR 08/10/1959 11/25/1998 h/o Dana; s/o Fred SR & Shirley
Moore, Fred B. SR 04/03/1918 02/26/2008 h/o Shirley
Moore, Shirley A.     w/o Fred SR
Muller, Johann 12/10/1867 11/30/1886 lot 21; s/o Johann H.W. & E. Muller
Muller, William J.     s/o Louis & Dorothea
Nieman, Constance J. 'Connie' nee Borrett 06/05/1932 07/14/1997 w/o Lowell
Nieman, Edward H. 1897 1964 s/o Gerhardt & Augusta; Veteran
Niemann, Elsa 1897 1973  
Niemann, Louis 1892 1989  
Nieman, Lowell L. 'Chic'     h/o Connie
Niemann, Augusta 1865 1950 w/o Gerhard
Niemann, Hermann H. 1801 06/22/1890 lot 2
Niemann, Gerhardt 1848 1932 lot 15
Niemann, Maria Engel nee Overbeck 12/06/1817 10/02/1909 lot 2
Overbeck, A. W. 04/08/1860 11/06/1912 lot 40; h/o Katharine A.
Overbeck, Carolina 03/14/1856 02/02/1868 lot 40; d/o Johann & Catharina
Overbeck, Catharina 1816 07/31/1886 lot 40; w/o Johann A.
Overbeck, Johann A. 06/30/1813 01/03/1868 lot 40; h/o Catharina
Overbeck, Katherine A. 03/09/1862 05/12/1900 lot 40; w/o A.W.
Overbeck, Marie E. 1840 or 1845 04/12/1862 lot 40; d/o Johann & Catharina
Overbeck, Marie E.C. 04/04/1849 12/16/1867 lot 40; d/o Johann & Catharina
Palas, Anlieas 10/15/1788 10/22/1868  
Plevisch, Engel 1849 1933 lot 24
Plevisch, John J. 1848 1920  
Pohle, Louis H. 1863 1867  
Pufahl, Alfred C. 12/23/1894 12/30/1979 h/o Ruth
Pufahl, Ruth L. nee Koth 11/20/1897 12/31/1975 w/o Alfred; d/o Herman & Helen (Henkes)
Putzier, Cristina Marie 'Mary' nee Levin 07/18/1822 08/15/1905 lot 65; w/o Carl; d/o Johann & Katherina D. (Flinth)
Putzier, John Karl 'Carl' 10/13/1823 09/29/1902 lot 65; h/o Marie
Reinitz, Gustav V. 1876 1957 h/o Otillie
Reinitz, Otillie 1877 1955 w/o Gustav
Roeder, Brian Cyril 09/23/1952 11/20/1952 s/o Clyde & Marian
Roeder, Clyde L. 1925 04/30/2009 h/o Marian; urn
Roeder, Marian M.     w/o Clyde
Roeder, Marla Kay 05/06/1955 06/04/1973 d/o Clyde & Marian
Rolfe, Karen nee Hefel     w/o Milo
Rolfe, Kevin R.     s/o Milo & Karen
Rolfe, Michael     s/o Milo & Karen
Rolfe, Milo R. 11/22/1954 07/21/2008 h/o Karen
Rulon, Elizabeth A. 'Mary' nee Bloodworth 09/28/1937 12/30/1917 w/o James M.; Obit = died at County Home; burial in Ceres has not been confirmed, but very likely as husband's death cert. gives his burial here
Rulon, James Monroe 11/13/1834 06/24/1914 h/o Elizabeth 'Mary'; s/o William & Mary (Ashcraft); Note: no extant gravestone found, Death cert = burial in Ceres cemetery
Sadewasser, August 01/10/1858 11/05/1882  
Schall, Fridrika 1842 06/01/1902 lot 63
Schall, Joachim 1835 - lot 63
Schaub, Stephanie Jo 03/09/1981 07/13/2004 d/o Fred & Brenda
Schievelbein, Michael 07/11/1821 09/10/1886  
Schlake, Elisabeth 08/24/1811 09/04/1895 lot 3; w/o Joseph
Schlake, Joseph 02/15/1823 11/15/1896 lot 3; h/o Elisabeth
Schlake, Lenore 1800 12/13/1884 lot 3
Schmal, Elfrieda nee Hagen 1905 03/19/1992 aged 87y
Schmidt, John Henry 06/07/1842 09/22/1863 lot 48; United States Army, Co. K, 17th MO Reg. Volunteers
Schroeder, Albert 04/09/1890 04/12/1908 lot 14; ssa Ida
Schroeder, Caroline M. 1864 02/16/1898 lot 45; w/o H.F.
Schroeder, Henrietta 02/15/1821 03/06/1903 lot 45; w/o J.F.
Schroeder, H.F. 07/10/1863 05/26/1950 h/o Caroline M.
Schroeder, Ida 02/10/1898 07/20/1908 ssa Albert
Schroeder, J. F. 03/21/1822 01/31/1888 lot 46; ssa Henrietta
Schroeder, Wilhelm 11/17/1887 04/21/1908 ssa Albert & Ida
Schutte, Anna Marie nee Stenner 12/26/1821 05/27/1905 lot 17; w/o Henry
Schutte, Heinrich 'Henry' 1818 11/07/1893 lot 17; h/o Anna
Storck, Georg F.   01/10/1865 s/o G. & W.; DOD is best guess
Storck, J. Georg   04/07/1851 aged 41y 11m
Storck, Phillip   01/11/1847 age 11y 3d; s/o J.G. & B.
Thiese, David L. 04/19/1942 06/16/2006 h/o Norma L.; Veteran
Thiese, Ferdinand Otto 'Ferdy' 12/22/1914 12/24/1999 aged 85y; h/o Gertrude L.
Thiese, Gertrude L. 10/02/1917 04/16/2000 aged 82y; w/o Ferdinand
Thiese, Norma L.     w/o David
Troester, Alvin Edwin 08/02/1905 05/28/1998  
Troester, Emil C. 08/18/1907 09/11/2000 h/o Ruth
Troester, Ruth Marie Louise 12/05/1920 12/15/1998 w/o Emil
Tucke, Jos. H. 06/27/1876 09/14/1878  
Tucke, Jobst / Joseph Henry 01/15/1851 10/10/1905 h/o Sophia
Tucke, Sophia nee Schroeder 06/15/1856 08/27/1939 w/o Jobst H.
Tuecke, Anne 1884 1958  
Tuecke, Joseph Henry 07/18/1848 05/30/1896 lot 52?; h/o Christina Bergman
Tuecke, William F. 1893 1921 lot 52; WWI Veteran
Tucker, Frederick 1806 05/17/1884 lot 11; h/o Marie
Tucker, Maria E. 06/16/1816 05/25/1863 lot 11; w/o Frederick
Tucker, Maria 04/22/1860 03/29/1863 d/o Frederick & Maria E.
unknown, Jentma A.S. 12/05/1887 01/11/1890  
Walke, Adeline     dates no longer legible; d/o G.H. & Cath.
Walke, Anna 1845 1899 lot 5
Walke, Bertha M. 1881 1968 w/o Fred
Walke, Catherine   05/01/1875 lot 5; aged 74y 10m; w/o Gerhard H.
Walke, Clarence J.F. 12/16/1898 01/07/1899  
Walke, Delos H. 1905 1983 h/o Julia
Walke, Evelyn 1908 1976  
Walke, Fred G. 1878 1959 h/o Bertha
Walke, Johann J. 04/??/1864 10/28/1881 lot 5; s/o Johann H. & Maria
Walke, John H. 07/24/1834 03/24/1896 lot 4; 1st w/Mary, 2nd w/Mina
Walke, Julia A. 1908 06/06/2000 w/o Delos
Walke, Louisa 08/18/1875 11/15/1899 lot 22; w/o H.H.
Walke, Margaretta 1886 1888  
Walke, Maria M. nee Tuecke 1844 04/10/1864 lot 5; age 20y; 1st w/o John H.; d/o Joseph
Walke, Rudolf H. 09/09/1866 08/23/1867  
Walke, Wilhelmina 'Mina' nee Wuensch 1847 11/21/1920 lot 5; 2nd w/o John H.; d/o Philip
Walter, Audrey Mae nee Settle 03/17/1936 06/06/1995 1st w/o Edwin; U.S. Navy RN, Korea
Walter, Dorothy 1909 2004 w/o Edward
Walter, Edward 1901 1978 h/o Dorothy
Walter, Edwin Reed 06/21/1935 01/25/2012 h/o 1st Audrey Settle, 2nd Arta Andrada; U.S. Navy, Korea
Wehrkamp, Anna Marie nee Schlake 01/24/1835 05/27/1905 2nd w/o John H.
Wehrkamp, Elenora M. 1867 1944 d/o John & Anna
Wehrkamp, Herman J. 07/03/1869 04/17/1896 ssa Anna & John H.
Wehrkamp, Johann Heinrich 'John' 04/15/1812 04/26/1905 h/o 1st Elenora Sohmaear (d. bef. 1858), 2nd Anna
Wehrkamp, Louis 11/10/1872 11/25/1901 ssa Anna & John H.
Wehrkamp, Mary 03/02/1864 09/27/187? ssa Anna & John H.
Wiegmann, infant 03/13/1861   d/o J.H. & Anna Mary
Winch, Ernst 01/02/1834 08/19/1896 lot 32; h/o Wilhelmine Wunch
Winch, George 08/21/1880 08/31/1909 lot 32; s/o Ernst; died at Insane Asylum, Independence, IA
Winch, Henry 1886 1960  
Winch, William C. 01/27/1889 03/11/1965 Co F, 352nd Inf., WWII veteran
Winch, Wilhelmina nee Sadewasser 02/11/1858 03/30/1936 lot 32
Wunch, Heinrich 1802 05/20/1882 lot 32; aged 80 yrs
Wunch, Wilhelmine   03/31/1882 lot 32; aged 36y 1m; w/o Ernst Winch/Wunch

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