Tombstone Tuesday – August 21, 2018 – Sophie Augusta Renkert Boyer


Sophie Augusta Renkert was the daughter of Fritz and Freida (Jacobs) Renkert born in Jamestown North Dakota on November 26. 1914. Fritz and Freda Renkert had six children; Freida (1907), Augusta (1910), Otto (1913), Sophie (1914), Hilda (1918), Louis (1921).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Fritz and Freida are listed in Jamestown, North Dakota and they have two children; Freida (1907)and Augusta (8 months). By the 1915 North Dakota Territoial Census, the family lists; Fritz, Ida (Freida), Augusta, Otto and Sophie in Jamestown, North Dakota. The daughter, Freida, must have died.

In 1922, Fritz died. In the 1930 Census, Freida is living in Detroit. She is a widow and her oldest son is employed as a bookkeeper for a Construction Company.


Austin Rex Boyer and Sophie Renkert were married on June 1, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan. Austin and Sophie had two daughters; Florence Mae (1935) and Beverly (1938).

Sixty-six years ago today, Sophie died in an automobile accident in Midland, Michigan.

The Obituary listed below was provided by her Granddaughter, Christie Heine through the website.

Boyer- Sophie Augusta Boyer, 2539 Paducah St., age 37, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 1952, at Midland, Mich. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 23, 1952, from Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Rev. Edward Jankens officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery. The body will be at the Algoe-Gundry Mortuary until 12 o’clock noon, then at the church. Death was due to an automobile accident. She was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, November 26, 1914, daughter of Fritz and Freda Renkert, lived in Flint for 20 years. She was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Surviving are: Husband, Austin; 2 daughters, Florence Mae and Beverly, both at home; 3 brothers, Otto and August Renkert, both of Detroit, Louis Renkert of Boston, Mass.; sister, Mrs. Hilda DuPois, of Saginaw. Obit provided by Christie Henning Heine.

She was buried in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint, Michigan.



Rest in peace, Sophie!

Love, Jan

Sophie was the wife of my Great Grand Uncle, Austin Rex Boyer or my Great Grand Aunt.




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