Tombstone Tuesday – November 3,2020 – Sarah Elizabeth Densmore Stechow

Sarah Elizabeth Densmore was the daughter of Norman and Cora (Hamacher) Densmore. She was born in West Branch Michigan. Norman and Cora had seven children; Charles (1901), Norman (1904), John C (1906), Sarah E. (1908), Lila M (1908), Thelma (1911), Alfred (1915)

In the 1910 Federal Census, Norman and Cora are found in Klacking, Ogamaw County Michigan with five children; Charles, Norman, John C, Sarah E and Lila M. Norman is a farmer. By the 1920 Census, Norman and Cora are living in Gladwin. He remains in farming. They have six children living with them Charley, John C, Sarah, Lila, Thelma (1911) and Alfred (1915).

By the 1930 Federal Census, Sarah is working as a clerk in a retail store in Clare Michigan where she remain living with her parents and the remain siblings who are still at home.

Sarah Densmore became the second wife of Lloyd William Stechow. They were married in Pontiac on the 16th of February, 1939 by Rev. H. L. Sheffield. They lived in Pontiac, Michigan. Lloyd’s first wife, Vada died in 1938.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Sarah and her new husband Lloyd live at 2221 Opdyke Road in Pontiac. Sarah is employed by Fisher Body as a seamstress. She was sewing seat covers for Automobile seats.

In the 1945 Pontiac City directory, Lloyd and Sara are listed and they are employed at Fisher Body. In the 1960 Pontiac Michigan directory Sarah remains in Pontiac. She is now a widow.

Sarah and Lloyd had one son for certain. Lloyd and Vada had one son, Donald Lloyd who died shortly after he was born. I also saw a reference to a newspaper notice of a marriage which indicate that Barbara Stechow , daughter of Lloyd Stechow married David Harrison. I have been unable to verify this information due to the recent nature of this information.

Twenty two years ago today, November 3, 1998, Sarah Elizabeth Densmore Stechow died in Waterford, Michigan. She is buried at the Perry Mount Park Cemetery according to online researchers. When I browsed for her in the Perry Mount Park Cemetery on, I did not find an entry. There are over 9000 graves in this large cemetery.

Rest in peace, Sarah!

Love, Jan

Sarah E. Densmore Stechow is my first cousin two times removed.

When I obtain a tombstone picture or can otherwise verify some of the family information, I’ll update this post.

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