North Dakota Cemeteries


Pierce County - Selz
 St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery  

 

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Location: Twp 151 N, S 24, R 72 W

St. Boniface Church of Odessa District was located 3 1/2 miles east and 2 1/2 miles north of Selz. The cemetery was across the road to the east of the church, placing it in Benson County since the road was the dividing line between Pierce and Benson Counties.
The church was first organized in 1895 with the construction of a prayer house which served as a church for 10 years. During this time, Fr. Wagner made regular visits with occasional visits by Benedictine Fathers from St. Gall Priory, Devils Lake, ND.
In 1905, Rev. Buehler had a church built with a 500 seat capacity. The church had a membership of 69 families, all total of 498 persons (all were Germans from Russia and their descendants). Between 1907-1908, 13 families departed for Canada, where homestead land was still available.
This church survived until 1930 when services were discontinued, familiesreassigned to Esmond and Selz, and the church demolished. People who died during the last few years of the church's existence were sometimes buried at Selz, Edmond, Strassburg, or Minnewaukan, depending on the wishes and convenience of the priest or survivors. The church cemetery records show this to be the case.
Priests who were assigned to St. Boniface Church of Odessa at one time or another were: Rev. Buehler, Rev. Anthony Woeste, Rev. Joseph Augustine Kern, Rev. M. V. Mueller, Rev. Herman J. Deiker, Rev. Antonius Nussbaumer, Rev. Basilius Thum, Rev. Ambrosius Johannes, Rev. Herbert Buerschinger, Rev. Geogius Keim, and Rev. Otmar Steinhart. Some of these priests served more than one parish simultaneously. Church records which survive are in the custody of the resident priest of St. Boniface Church of Esmond, N D.
Today, the condition of the Odessa cemetery is in a sad state of disrepair. Wooden grave markers have virtually disintegrated. All paint is gone from wooden and wrought iron crosses, therefore there is no way to identify the descendant. The few which can still be identified are the marble and stone markers into which names were chiseled. Such is usually the case with rural cemeteries which today are usually located out on the plains far from urban areas.

Date given is date of death.  Additional names are either parents or spouse.
* - burial at Selz                  *** - burial at Strassburg
** - burial at Esmond          **** - burial at Minnewaukan

Last Name  First Name  Birth  Death  Comments 
Arnold Lev   28 Nov 1929 3 days David Arnold **
Bachmeier Theresia Katharina   19 Dec 1917 18 mos
Bachmeier Henri   13 Jul 1920 25 yrs.  Catherine Leinz *
Backer Karl   10 Nov 1911 14 yrs.  Paulus Backer
Bany Stephan   3 Apr 1924 38 yrs.  Francisca ?
Bartch Emilia Maria   22 Jan 1911 3 mos, Sebastian Bartch
Bartch Stephan   23 Oct 1911 30 yrs.  Albert and Marianna Bartch
Bartsch Hildagard Marie Anna   23 Sep 1926 3 days,Rammaldi Bartsch
Bartsch Marianna   25 May 1928 78 yrs.  Bommaldus Bartsch
Bartsch Christina   1 Jun 1921 13 yrs. Sebastian Bartsch/Maria Wiest
Bartsch George   8 Apr 1921 8 yrs. Sebastian Bartsch/Maria Wiest
Bertsch Stanisluas   4 May 1918 60 yrs *
Bertsch Maria Anna   21 Jan 1922 6 yrs. Martin and Catherina Bertsch
Bochler Bonifatius   14 Feb 1909 2 mos, Armilia Bochler
Brinster Michael   17 Jul 1916 12 hrs, Josephi Brinster
Busch Catharine   22 Sep 1927 21 yrs. John Busch ***
Deck Alfred Anton   8 Apr 1929 5 days, John Deck *
Dosch Aloysius   4 Mar 1921 10 mos, Aloysii Dosch/Rose Martel
Dosch Katharina   1 Sep 1910 4 mos, Alois Dosch
Dosch Guonnes   27 May 1916 12 days, Aloysii Dosch
Duffy Gordon Francis   12 Sep 1925 2 yrs. Bernard Duffy/Margaretha Hunter **
Duffy Christina   21 Jun 1930 84 yrs ****
Duffy Grannus Franciscus   8 Oct 1916 26 yrs. Gasolei and Christina Duffy ***
Ebole Infant   29 Dec 1931 1 day, Lebnis Ebole
Erk Christina   15 Feb 1914 38 yrs. Karl and Amelia Bickler
Fettich (Fettig) Adam Joseph   25 Jan 1922 8 mos, Joseph and Magdalena Fettich
Fettich (Fettig) Eva   17 May 1922 1 day, Joseph Fettich
Fettig Beno Antonio   5 May 1913 6 days, Lebold and Julianna Fettig
Fisk Agatha   4 Jun 1917 76 yrs
Fix Michael   19 Jul 1908 22 yrs. Johannis Fix
Fix Catharina Christina   17 Jun 1918 3 mos, Antoni Fix/Barbara Leier
Fix Francis   9 Feb 1923 83 yrs. Agatha Meier
Fix Joannes   17 Jul 1915 55 yrs
Fleith Margaretha   10 Aug. 1917 54 yrs. Josephi Thomas
Frank Rudolph   17 Apr 1916 52 yrs. Michael Frank/D Riffel
Ganje Catharina   27 Sep 1927 61 yrs
Ganje Anna Maria   19 Jul 1913 2 days, Johannes Ganje/Margaret Rueport
Ganje Gabriel   1 Dec 1915 4 mos, Joannis Ganje
Gefre Anna Maria   15 Feb 1915 9 mos Antoni Gefre **
Geier Ferdinand   19 Sep 1906 3 mo, Ignaz Geier
Goldade Glelena   18 Dec 1917 24 hrs, Antonio Goldade/Scholastica Bartsch
Grad Philomena   7 Dec 1927 3 yrs. Joseph Grad/Caroline Lesmeister ***
Grund Wenzeslaus   11 Oct 1908 24 yrs. Josef Grund/Francisca Leichts
Gummeringer Jacob   5 Apr 1929 79 yrs
Gung Eduardus   5 Jul 1916 3 yrs. Adam Gung
Gushi Peter   4 Nov 1910 53 yrs. Joseph Gushi
Hacusler Rosa   15 Jun 1918 13 days, Joseph Hacusler/Gertrude Pflieger
Hager Jacob   17 Oct 1924 6 mo, Stephan Hager
Hager Franciscus   16 Jun 1923 3 mos, Stephan Hager/Barbara Thomas
Hager John   10 Apr 1913 4 mos, Michael Hager/Maria Keller
Hammer Joseph   6 Dec 1931 70 yrs. Ferdinand Hammer **
Heilmann Casper   18 Apr 1908 4 yrs. Casper Heilmann
Heilmann Josef   18 Apr 1908 6 yrs. Casper Heilmann
Heilmann Adamus   28 Jan 1925 4 yrs. Sebastian Heilmann/Catharine Bossert
Heilmann Ramualdus   13 Jul 1920 22 yrs. Casper Heilmann/Magdalena Keller
Heilmann Antonius   29 Feb 1916 7 mos, Casper Heilmann/Magdalena Keller
Heinz Helena   29 Oct 1918 4 yrs. Joannis Heinz
Heinz Michael   14 Sep 1909 40 yrs. Franz Heinz/Johanna Hunzale
Heisler Wendelin   23 Nov 1923 19 yrs. Joseph and Gertrude Heisler
Heisler Joseph   9 Dec 1923 13 yrs. Joseph Heisler/Gertrude Pflueger
Heisler Norbert   11 Jul 1928 2 1/2 mos, Thomas Heisler/Philomena Schwan **
Heisler Rosa   15 Jun 1918 13 days, Joseph Heisler/Gertrude Pflueger
Held Clara Theresia   23 Oct 1928 5 mo, Carl Held *
Held Antonius   23 Sep 1916 21 yrs.  Stephan Held/Barbara Phlieger
Held Joseph   16 Sep 1911 1/2 hr, Lukas and Mary Held
Held John   1 Feb 1913 premature, Stephen Held/Barbara Pflieger
Hoffart Agatha   29 Aug 1906 36 yrs.  Andreas Gelounis/wife of Paul Hoffart
Hoffart Balthasar   28 Aug 1926 74 yrs. Catharina Deibert *
Hoffart Vincent Ignatius Paul   18 Apr 1929 3 mos/Vincent Hoffart **
Hoffart Clara   28 Aug 1912 32 yrs
Hoffart Palus   24 Jul 1913 13 yrs. Paul and Agatha Hoffart
Hoffarth Dolores Catharina   4 Mar1928 3 wks, Vincent Hoffarth/Anna Busch**
Hoffarth Jacob   27 May 1929 76 yrs **
Huber Magdalena   21 Mar 1914 2 mos, Jos Huber/Julianna Richter
Joseph Franz   9 Mar 1913 78 yrs
Judoc Andreas   2 Dec 1911 84 yrs
Jung Barbara   19 Sep 1919 11 mo, Joseph Jung/Marianna Schloss *
Jung Joanna Apollonia   2 Oct 1919 1 yr, Joseph Jung/Marianna Schloss *
Jung Joannes   20 Jun 1920 5 yrs. Joseph Jung/Marianna Schloss *
Keller Anna   27 Jun 1906 3 yrs. John P Keller
Keller Joannis   4 Jul 1906 4 yrs. John P Keller
Keller Aloisius   3 Aug 1906 4 mos, John P Keller
Keller Rosa   12 Dec 1906 5 days, Joannis Keller
Keller Anna Maria   18 Oct 1907 1 1/2 mo, John P Keller
Keller Ignatius   10 Dec 1907 8 yrs. Anton Keller
Keller Maria Magdalena   18 Sep 1923 3 yrs Sebastian Keller/Catharine Wack
Keller Laurentius   24 Sep 1924 7 mo, Joseph Keller/Rosina Lesmeister
Keller Joseph   8 Dec 1925 5 days, Michael and Josephine Keller
Keller Catharina   26 Sep 1926 17 yrs. John Keller
Keller Isabella   27 Mar 1928 1 day, Joseph Keller/Anna M Young *
Keller Joannes   2 Nov 1919 72 yrs. Joseph and Margaretha Keller
Keller Joannes   8 Feb 1920 2 yrs. Joseph Keller/M Magdalena Lesmeister
Kiefer Eugenius   1 Jul 1919 3 wks, Michael Kiefer/Magdalena Wiest *
Klein Ludwig   21 Sep 1911 4 mo, Michael Klein/Magdalena Haberlach
Klein Andreas   5 Jun 1912 8 days, Michael Klein
Klotz Theresia   28 Jun 1928 George Klotz
Kopp Hildegard   29 Dec 1907 1 1/2 mo, Mansuetus Kopp
Kraemer Wendelin   31 Mar 1920 31 yrs. Catherine Thomas
Kraft Joseph   25 Feb 1925 31 yrs. Joseph Kraft/Rosina Fisher
Kramer Georgious   7 Nov 1918 29 yrs. Joannis Kramer/Theresa Martel
Kunnanz Raymond John   24 Jan 1929 2 yrs, Frank Kunnanz *
Kunnanz Elizabeth   23 Feb 1909 4 days, Peter Kunnanz/Katharina Dosches
Kunnanz Maria Anna   27 Dec 1915 Joannis Kunnanz
La Grave Charles   21 Jul 1930 14 yrs. Grover LaGrave **
Lauber Joannes   8 Mar 1925 72 yrs. Lidia Bickler *
Leboldus Elizabeth   24 Nov 1905 4 mos, Andreas Leboldus/Marianna Keller
Leboldus Andreas   11 Aug. 1919 49 yrs.  Marianna Keller
Leboldus Juliana   1 Jul 1910 7 yrs.  Andreas Leboldus/Marianna Keller
Leboldus Magdalena   13 Jul 1910 4 mos, Andreas Leboldus/Marianna Keller
Leboldus Elizabeth   24 Jul 1910 3 yrs. Andreas Leboldus/Marianna Keller
Leibhan Dorothy   1 Feb 1928 50 yrs. Erhard Leibhan
Leibhan Raymond Bernard   24 Apr 1931 3 mos.Alexander Leibhan **
Leier Edeltrudis Magdalena   6 July 1926 8 mo, Jacob Leier/Catharine Bartsch
Leier Victor Jacob   22 Dec 1922 1 mo, George Leier/Barbara Bachmeier
Leintz Antonius   25 Apr 1918 3 days, Nicholi Leintz/Magdalena Leier
Leintz Valentin   29 Jul 1914 4 yrs. Nicholaus Leintz/Magdalena Teier
Leismeister Laurentier   6 Apr 1907 16 yrs. Lawrence Leismeister
Lesmeister Nicholus   25 Feb 1923 57 yrs.  Margareta Erger *
Lesmeister Annastasa   19 May 1914 55 yrs.  Karl L Wiest
Lesmeister Angelina   16 Jul 1915 5 1/2 yrs. Georgi Lesmeister
Martel Anna Isabella   8 Jun 1927 1 yr, Joseph Martel/Katharina Wentz
Martel Petrus   28 Feb 1915 87 yrs
Martern Francis Joseph   23 Jun 1907 4 yrs.  Henry Martern
Martern Catharina   24 Jun 1907 3 yrs. Henry Martern
Martern Peter   3 Jul 1907 1 1/2 yrs. Henry Martern
Marthe Isabella Barbara   1 Jun 1923 3 yrs.  Joannis Marthe
Marthe Balthasar Casper Melchior   25 Jan 1910 3 wks. Ferdinand Marthe
Marthian Franciskus Josefus   16 Mar 1908 4 mo, Joannis Marthian and Katherine Mattern
Marthian Heinrich   1 May 1910 9 mos, Joannis Marthian
Martian Catharine   13 Nov 1923 52 yrs. Joannes Martian
Martian Elizabeth   22 Jan 1928 70 yrs. Francis Martian *
Martian Ferdinand   16 Nov 1909 4 yrs. Johannes Martian/Katharina Mattern
Meier Raymond Joseph   23 Jul 1920 4 mos, Joseph Meier/Christina Young *
Meurer Ida   19 Jun 1915 1 yr, Joannis Meurer
Miller Ignatius   24 Jul 1927 10 yrs. Peter Miller/Margaretha Schmitt **
Pfeifer Fabian Sebastian   16 May 1923 2 mos. Sebastian Pfeifer and Veronica Thomas
Pfleiger Michelina   18 Dec 1908 65 yrs.  Ferdinand Schafor
Piatz Maria   16 Apr 1906 4 yrs.  Wendelin Piatz
Piatz Magdalena   4 Jul 1923 63 yrs. Wendelin Piatz
Rerich Georgius   30 May 1919 3 mos, Ferdinand Rerich/Helen Schumacher
Richter Rosina   18 Feb 1926 37 yrs. Francis Richter
Richter Wendelin   12 Dec 1917 69 yrs. Johannis and Katharine Richter *
Richter Theresia   16 Oct 1919 73 yrs. Wendelin Richter *
Richter Franciscus Joseph   28 Feb 1922 9 yrs. Jacob Richter and Catherina Bachmeier
Richter Mathias   9 Jan 1910 62 yrs. Anton Richter/Juliana Vellig(Welk?)
Richter Christina   23 Jul 1910 28 yrs. Joseph Bachmeier et Weigel
Richter M Anna   11 Aug 1910 Francisci Richter
Riegert Joannes   28 Mar 1915 62 yrs
Ripplinger Barbara   21 Dec 1906 3 days, Joannis Ripplinger
Ripplinger Maria Anna   12 Mar 1918 1 hr, Constantini Ripplinger and Rosa Gummeringer
Sander Jacob   23 July 1906 13 days, Rochus Sander
Schneider Eva Cecilia   14 Feb 1925 Cashmir Schneider/Catherine Wenz **
Schneider Martin   4 Apr 1926 78 yrs. Walburga Kloetzel **
Schneider Felix   2 Oct 1922 1 mo, Peter Schneider/Varie Eva Gissinger
Schwab Ottilia   12 Jan 1908 2 yr, 2 mo
Schwab Nicodemus   12 Mar 1926 3 mo, Michael Schwab/Theresia Goetz **
Schwahn Joseph   20 Aug 1921 3 yrs. Anton Schwahn/Elizabeth Fisher *
Schwarz Albert Anton   1 May 1921 26 days, Phillip Schwarz *
Selzer Joseph   5 Apr 1907 76 yrs
Selzler Carolina   26 Feb 1925 57 yrs. Jacob Selzler
Senger Joannes   24 Jan 1915 73 yrs
Star??sky Barbara   22 May 1925 73 yrs *
Tandeske Ignatius   29 Nov 1918 2 yrs. Thomas Tandeske/Margaret Fix
Thomas Rosa   23 Feb 1906 1 day, Casper Thomas
Thomas Clara   17 Dec 1923 52 yrs. Balthaser Thomas
Thomas Remigius   11 Dec 1924 11 mo, Michael Thomas/Catharine Wiest
Thomas Catharine   18 Feb 1926 90 yrs. Martin Thomas
Thomas Michael   20 Apr 1928 36 yrs. Balzer Thomas *
Thomas Aloysius   8 Aug 1917 10 yrs. Andreas Thomas/Apolonia Haberloch
Thomas Magdalena   5 Sep 1919 1 mo,  Michael Thomas
Thomas Franciscus   15 Apr 1909 65 yrs.  Andreas Thomas/Josefa Lenger
Thomas Appolina   24 Jan 1914 10 mos. Casper Thomas/Anna Heilmann
Uhrich Aegidius   5 May 1920 84 yrs
Volk Conrad   27 Sep 1925 86 yrs. Barbara Abel
Volk Joseph   18 Mar 1931 63 yrs **
Volk Georg   8 Mar 1910 4 yrs. Joseph Volk
Volk Margaretha   23 Oct 1910 17 yrs. Franz Volk
Wack Catharina   31 Aug 1920 3 yrs. Peter Wack/Anna Marie Richter
Wack Stephanus   19 May 1923 56 yrs. Maria Ziegler
Wentz Catharina   24 June 1906 4 yrs. Anton Wentz
Wentz Sebastian   24 June 1906 2 yrs. Anton Wentz
Wentz Adam   2 Jul 1906 1 yr, Anton Wentz
Wentz Peter   7 Dec 1924 90 yrs. Catharina Thomas
Wentz Infant   7 Oct 1931 1 day
Wentz Johannis   13 Sep 1908 Peter Wentz/Katharina Kyrski
Wentz Rochus   28 Sep 1914 6 mos, Peter and Katharine Wentz
Werlinger Joseph   21 Jul 1918 1 day, Cashmir Werlinger
Wiest Emma Christina   26 Nov 1928 11 1/4 mos, Frank Wiest/Caroline Hager *
Wiest Christina   12 May 1920 52 yrs. Ludovic Wiest
Wiest Karl   3 Jun 1913 21 yrs. Vincenz Wiest
Willey Jacobus Mathaeus   19 Oct 1918 12 yrs. Albert Willey/Victoria Toombs
Willey Josephina Victoria   25 Jan 1914 9 yrs. Albert Willey/Victoria Toombs
Willy Gertrudis   25 Nov 1919 17 mos, Albert and Nina Willy
Willy Manica Cecelia   8 Mar 1922 11 yrs. Albert Willy/Victoria Marie Toombs
Wittman Carolina   17 Aug 1920 74 yrs.  Mathice Wittmann *
Woest Maria   5 Dec 1909 4 yrs. Ludwig Woest/Christine Metzel
Yohner Lucille Josephina   3 May 1926 1 day Georgeii Yohner/Margarita Wittmann
Yohner Marie   6 May 1928 22 yrs. Michael Yohner *
Ziegler Joannes   21 Jan 1927 Andreas Ziegler/Barbara Martel
Zimmerman Lucas   1 July 1925 58 yrs

 

 

Source: Leonard Axtman
Coordinated with GRHS Village Research Clearing House for Cemeteries
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