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From The History of Wabasha County (Minnesota) published 1884

John Megers (see note following), farmer, was born in 1812, eighteen miles west of the city of Luxemburg. He was married in 1837, to Anna Leid (should be "Ley"), and left his native land ten years later, settling in Sheldon, Wyoming county, New York. In 1865 he became a resident of Chester, where his wife died in April, 1881. His first purchase of land here included eighty acres on section 5, which is now in the hands of his youngest son. He afterward bought forty acres, that he now owns. At present he resides with his younger son. Himself and family are members of the Roman Catholic church. There are three children: Nicholas J., Mazeppa; John N. (see below); Anna (Mrs. William Janti), section 6, Chester.

NOTE: John's name was spelled "Megars" in one of the censuses as well as this account, but that is incorrect. He was baptised as "Majeres" and later changed his name to "Majerus" when he lived in Bellechester. Hhe was buried with his wife in Bellechester at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

From The History of Wabasha County (Minnesota) published 1884

John N. Megers, son of above (John Megers), was born March 26, 1841. Has always been a farmer. Was twenty-four years old when he came with his father to Chester. He now resides on section 8, where he has eighty acres, besides that received from his father as above noted. In 1872 he married Justina Schroeder and is the father of six children, christened as below: Lena, Peter, Lucy, Mary, Louise and George.


Plainview -- Lawrence Stephen Majerus, 94, a former long time plainview resident died Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Wabasha. He and his wife had resided at the nursing home since 1981. Born Sept. 15, 1894 in Bellechester, he attended rural Bellechester schools. On July 25, 1921, he married Bertha Reding in Bellechester and they farmed in Bellechester, Rochester and Hammond areas until moving to Plainview in 1940. After moving to Plainview, Mr. Majerus worked for Lakeside Packing and later as a black tender for construction work in Rochester. He was a member of St. Joachim's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife; a son, Omer of Albert Lea; two daughters, Delores Ryan of Rochester and Marian Becker of Plainview; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two brothers, George of Lake City and Ray of Goodhue and a sister, Verona Befort of Lake City. He was preceded in death by two daughters, seven brothers and two sisters. A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Plainview with the Rev. Milo Ernster officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Bellechester. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview. The rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

BERTHA MAJERUS, Area Native, Dies at 91
Rochester Post Bulletin Monday, September 28, 1992

Bertha L. Majerus, 91 a resident of St. Elizabeth's Nursing Home in Wabasha the past 11 years and formerly of Plainview, died Sunday evening (Sept. 27, 1992) at the nursing home. Bertha L. Reding was born Aug. 25, 1901 in Bellechester. They farmed in the Bellechester, Rochester and Hammond areas before moving to Plainview in the 1940's. Mrs. Majerus had worked at the St. Joachim's Catholic Church and in 1983 received the Bishops Award. Her husband died May 17, 1989. Survivors include a son, Omer of Albert Lea; two daughters, Delores (Mrs. Stanley) Ryan of Rocheter and Marion (Mrs. Charles) Becker of Plainview; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; a sister, Veronica (Mrs. Richard) Majerus of Zumbrota; and a brother; Florian Reding of Bellechester. Two daughters, four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Plainview, with the Rev. Leland Smith officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellechester.

Rochester Post Bulletin, Saturday, November 11, 1989

Funeral Rites set for George Majerus -- The funeral for George Majerus, 90, of Mazeppa will be Monday. He died Thursday at the Lake City Nursing Home, where he had lived for five years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mazeppa with the Rev. Joseph LaPlante officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr Majerus was born June 19, 1922 in Mazeppa. He was assistant manager at the Mazeppa field mill, retiring in the 1963. On August 23, 1922, he married Christine Veronica Tri at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Chruch in Mazeppa, Wabasha Co. She preceded him in death on July 26, 1987. Surviving are the three sons; Alfred and Leo both of Beloit, Wisconsin and Harold of San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Ray of Bellechester; and one sister, Mrs. Verona Befort of Lake City. He preceded in death by five brothers.

Dies at 87

LAKE CITY -- Veronica M. Befort, 87, of Lake City, a Mazeppa native and formerly of Bellechester, died Thursday (March 3, 1994) at Lake City Nursing Home where she resided 10 years. Veronica Majerus was born March 19, 1906, in Mazeppa. On Oct. 18, 1927, she married Nicholas Befort at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bellechester. They made their home in Bellechester and she was employed as bookkeeper at the Bellechester Creamery for many years. After moving to Lake City following her husband's death in August 1971, she was a housekeeper at Lake City Hospital. Mrs. Befort was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City and its Altar Guild. Survivors include a daughter, Joan (Mrs. Lloyd) Abraham of Lake City; a son, Donald of Lake City; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ray Majerus of Mazeppa. Nine brothers and a sister preceded her in death. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church here, with the Rev. Donald Leary officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellechester. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Anderson-Peterson-Mahn Funeral Home here and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home

NOTE: Her name was actually spelled "Katherina" and her nickname was "Kate."
Her name on the tombstone is spelled Katherina.

Mrs. Catherine Majerus, age 84, died at Bellechester Sunday, Feb. 8 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nick Befort, where she resided. She was born in Germany May 4, 1863 and at the age of three she came to this country with her parents. She was married to Joseph Majerus Feb. 15, 1886 at Bellechester. The couple farmed in Bear Valley and retired in 1928 and moved to Bellechester. Mr. Majerus passed away March 20, 1932. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Nick Befort. and six sons; the Rev. Stephen Majerus of Rollingstone, Lawrence of Plainview, George of Mazeppa, Clarence of Wabasha, Tony of South St. Paul and Ray of Mazeppa. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Steve Weber of Harvey, ND; five sisters, Mrs. Margaret Schmitt of Harvey, Mrs. Mike Conrad of Harvey, Mrs. William Hofschulte and Mrs. John Hofschulte of Mazeppa, and Mrs. Anna Hofschulte of Zumbro Falls. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10. a.m. at St. Mary's Church, with a solemn Requiem High Mass celebrated by the Rev. Stephen Majerus. Msgr. John Bartholome of Wabasha was deacon, The Rev. Paul Sainsburg of West Albany was sub-deacon, Father Berger was master of ceremonies and the Rev. James Donovan preached the sermon. Interment was in the Bellechester Cemetery. Pall Bearers were three grandchildren and three nephews; Alfred, Harold and Omar Majerus, Herm Weber, Richard Schmitt and John Hofschulte, Jr. Mrs. Majerus has many freinds and relatives in Mazeppa, and her death was a great loss to all.

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