Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Obituary - Edmund "Shorty" Lommel

St. Cloud Daily Times, 23 Oct 1979

  Edmund C. "Shorty" Lommel, 75, 312-14th Ave. N, died Tuesday at St. Cloud Hospital.

  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Cantius Catholic Church with the Rev. Lawrence Torborg officiating. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery.

  Friends may call after 3 today at Daniel Funeral Home. Loyal Order of the Moose will meet at 7 tonight at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 8.

  Mr. Lommel was born Jan. 12, 1904, in Albany to the late Joseph and Anna (Friedrich) Lommel. He married Mildred Willenbring July 24, 1928, in St. Mary's Cathedral. He was employed as an automobile mechanic 47 years by Tenvoorde Motor Company and later by Bernick Bottling Company. Following his retirement in 1966, he was employed part-time by St. Cloud Park Department. He was a member of St. John Cantius Parish and Loyal Order of the Moose.

  Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters, Robert and Donald, St. Cloud; Lois D'Luhy, Kensington, Md.; Mrs. Stephen (Sharon) Kettells, Richmond, Va.; sisters and brothers, Sally, St. Cloud; Gilbert, South Haven; Mrs. August (Gertrude) Meyer, St. Paul; Mrs. Ray (Johanna) Weismann, Minneapolis; Mrs. Ray (Rose) Uberecken, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Herschel (Anna May) Kiebert, Meridan, Idaho; Dr. Jerome Lommell, Madesto [sic], Calif., and 11 grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

  Pallbearers will be Conrad Kloskin, Victor and Virgil Hengel, LeRoy May, Tom Lommel and Don Schwegmann.

Edmund C. "Shorty" Lommel's obituary is included in the scrapbook I received in a recent Treasure Chest Thursday.  Edmund was my wife's grandmother's brother, and an older brother to the creator of the scrapbook in question.   This is a very good obituary!  It contains birth and marriage dates, spouse's maiden name, residence and occupational information for the deceased.  It also gives first and last names of survivors, including female spouses.  Also included are church and fraternal organization memberships.  Very informative compared to many I have seen.

I have now done the initial digitization of the entire scrapbook using my digital camera as I discussed in Part I of my Tech Tuesday article on Digitizing With Cameras.  I used the technique I discussed of cleaning up the image to get the best possible image for use in my OCR software.  The resulting text you see above came out of the software error free. At that low error rate of a few or no errors per conversion, it's well worth the time spent cleaning up the image to avoid transcribing it all manually.

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.