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Willard & Joan Buntjer - Yvonne in Center


Willard, Yvonne and Joan.  Willard and Joan Buntjer live in Freeport.  Willard is a first cousin of our father, Walter Buntjer. 

Check out the picture below!  It is a Buntjer family at the beginning of the 20th Century!  They had a 'tent' show in Nebraska and had post cards printed for advertising and sales!  

The Buntjer Tent Show  in Nebraska 100 Years Ago!

Check out the Buntjer Tent Show 100 Years Ago on this Page!

Buntjer Tent Show Post Card - Front

Elizabeth C. DeWall - Sister of Willard Buntjer

Forreston, Illinois -- Elizabeth C. DeWall, 93, passed away Monday, May 17, 2004, at her home.

She was born Nov. 2, 1910, in Ogle County, a daughter of Ben Buntjer and Minnie Monk Buntjer.  On Feb. 22, 1933, Elizabeth and Clarence S. DeWall were wed in Forreston.  Mr. DeWall preceded her on Nov. 25, 1989.

Mr. and Mrs. DeWall farmed in the Shannon area for 40 years, retiring in 1971 and moving to
Forreston.  She was a member of Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church and Ogle County Farm Bureau.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, flowers and participating in United Presbyterian Women.

Surviving are one daughter, Ruth Ann (Lorence) Ludwig of Forreston; one brother,
Willard (Joan) Buntjer; one sister-in-law, Elma Buntjer; two grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) and Randall (Laura) Ludwig of Baileyville; and eight great-grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Andrew, Aaron, Nathaniel, Marissa, Sara and Daniel Ludwig.
Buntjer Tent Show Post Card - Back

Preceding her in death were her husband; two sisters, Sylvia Buss and Minnie Borgmann; and three brothers, Arthur Buntjer and two in infancy. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Janice Diefenthaler, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at
White Oak Cemetery in Forreston.

Visitation hours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston.


Note:  My sister received the following information from a friend.  It is very interesting as we have never heard of these family members before.  We will be checking out the information - could they be related to our 'tent' family selling those elixirs known to cure 'all' illness!  With all the alcohol, it at least made you forget your problems for a while!

I was just looking into my history and found out a lot of information about my family tree. My father is Robert Anneus Buntjer who is the son of Adolar Rheinhardt Buntjer who is the son of Anneus Rheinhart Buntjer who had 6 brothers. I know that Anneus had six sibblings that came over from Germany as acrobats. I'm not sure of all of their names but I do know that Benjamin and Henry are two of them.