Girndt Family notes . . .
Charles William Girndt (Robert "Bob" Girndt's nephew)
OBITUARY: Syracuse or Dewitt newspaper, dtd 8 Feb 1993
Charles William (Rowe) Girndt, 75, of Idle Wheels Trailer Park, Pennellville [Oswego Co.], died Saturday [6 Feb 1993] at the [Syracuse] Veterans Administration Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Girndt was born in Franklin, and lived in syracuse most of his life. He held several track records at Solvay High School, which stood until the 1970s.
He was an army veteran of world war II and retired from General Electric, where he was employed for 30 years.
Surviving are a son, William C. of Liverpool; two daughters, Deanna J. Hildebrandt and Gail M. Dalmaso, both of Syracuse; a brother, Raymond Rowe of Kirkville; a sister, Jane Traver of Syracuse; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday [9th] at Dewitt Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Dewitt.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 4901 Jamesville rRoad, Dewitt.
Contributions may be made to Teen Challenge.
Murrel Leta (Young) Girndt
Double wedding with sister, Violet Young, married in their home in Eskridge
- School Teacher. Worked in the town laundry, flour mill in Newton KS. Had a very hard life raising her three girls.
- Made dresses from the flour sacks, which was common among the poor, and for all her family during WWII.
- Wonderful with flowers -- had a flower garden about 30ft x 30ft at home on 424 W. 5th St. in back left corner of back yard. Shed wear a long sleeved shirt to protect her from the sun, and had a straw gardening hat which she wore religiously. Grew lots of vegetables - corn, tomatoes, green beans. She liked to make Sand Hill Plum Jelly. The plum trees would grow in the sand hills along the road - hence the name.
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, KS, Sun 2 May 1999
"Topeka Woman Marks 100th Birthday"
Murrel Young Girndt of Topeka will celebrate her 100th birthday as guest of honor at a reception at 2 p.m. today at Plaza West Regional Health Center at 1570 S.W. Westport Drive.
About 50 relatives from Texas, Missouri, Virginia, Colorado and California are expected to celebrate her birthday with her. Friends also are invited to attend.
[Murrel] Girndt and her identical twin sister, Lucile, were born May 2, 1899, in Wakarusa and grew up on a farm in Eskridge. Her twin, Lucile Young Iott, is deceased.
Girndt graduated from Eskridge High School and Emporia Normal College, now Emporia State University, with a degree in education. She taught at Elmdale and Cottonwood Falls. She also taught in New York state.
She married Robert Paul Girndt on Sept. 3, 1927. He is deceased. She has three daughters, Mary Lu Mayer, Topeka; Gail Hale, Osceola, Mo.; and Roberta Kelly, Houston. She has 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
OBITUARY: The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, KS, Sun 9 Mar 2003
Murrel Leta Young Girndt, 103, Topeka, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at a Topeka care facility.
Mrs. Girndt was an air-raid warden during World War II and she worked for the Green Thumb Agency in Newton until 1986. She also had taught school in New York State and in Kansas.
She was born May 2, 1899, in Eskridge, to Sherman and Carrie Brown Young. She graduated from Eskridge High School in 1918, and attended Emporia Normal College. She moved to Topeka from Newton in 1986.
Mrs. Girndt was a member and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Newton.
She married Robert P. Girndt on Sept. 3, 1927. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Girndt also was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a great-grandson.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary "Lu" Mayer, Topeka, Roberta Kelly, Houston, and Gail Hale, Osceola, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Girndt will lie in state at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of America Hospice LC, 3715 S.W. 29th St., Topeka, 66614.
Robert "Bob" Paul Girndt
Only educated to the 6th grade, but had great financial achievements in his life.
In NY as a teenager he was a hunting/fishing guide and tracked in the winter. When he met Murrel Girndt he was an automotive mechanic. Self-taught and very skilled with working with his hands - a natural talent.
After Murrel taught in NY for 3 years, she came back home to Eskridge, and he followed her there a few months later. He proposed, they got married and he obtained a job in Newton, Ks as an auto mechanic during the depression years. He made good money, because people could not afford to buy new cars, so they fixed the old ones. He owned and operated a radiator shop.
Paul McDaniel was the owner of the Buick dealership and eventually Bob bought into the business. When Paul McDaniel retired, Bob bought him out and became soul owner, and renamed the dealership to the Girndt Motor Company. It was located on E. 6th Street, and eventually he also opened a used car lot.
The dealership on 6th St. had a fire when Gail was in the 8th grade (possibly in the fall), but she couldn't go see it [the fire] because she had the measles, and she wanted to so badly. The dealership reopened at the used car lot on Hwy 81 on the South end of town.
OBITUARY: The Newton Kansan, Newton, KS, dtd Jun 26, 1975
ROBERT P. GIRNDT
Robert P. Girndt, 75, 1201 Parkwood Lane, retired automobile dealer, died Wednesday at Axtell Christian Hospital.
He was born Sept. 1, 1899, in West Lawrence [sic], N.Y., the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Girndt. He came to Newton 48 years ago from New York and for 35 years was owner and operator of the Girndt Motor Co.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Moose Lodge at El Dorado.
His [2nd] wife, Verna E., died in 1961. He married Mrs. Pauline Hilberling of Sedgwick in 1962. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Gail Hale, Peculiar, Mo., Mrs. Mary Lou Brady, Topeka, and Miss Roberta Girndt, Houston, Tex., one step-daughter, Mrs. James (Doris) Helfer, Newton; one step-son, Victor Hilberling, Hondo, Tex.; 17 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with Msgr. Irvin Lampe officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home. Calling time at the funeral home will be prior to services."
CORRECTION OF OBITUARY submitted by Murrel Leta Young Girndt, The Newton Kansan, Newton, KS:
"The name "Miss Roberta Girndt" should have been "Mrs. Roberta Barrus." Mr. Girndt came to Eskridge, Kansas in 1927, where he married Murrel Young who bore him three daughers and who, in turn, blessed him with twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
From Abilene, Kansas, he moved with his wife and infant daughter, to Newton, in 1928, forty-seven years ago, where he opened and operated a radiator shop, and later went into partnership with Paul McDaniel at the Buick garage.
After McDaniels left for Florida, Bob became sole owner of the place till he retired in 1967."
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