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Family History, News, and Plans for the World Wide Gathering of the Pulskamps August 1-3, 2008

Velma E. Dieckmann

Posted on November 16, 2019 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Velma E. Dieckmann, age 90 of Batesville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born August 13, 1929 in Cedar Grove, Indiana, she is the daughter of Alma (Nee: Pulskamp) and Alfred Deffner.  She married Harold Dieckmann September 8, 1956 at Guardian Angel Church in Cedar Grove.  A homemaker, she was a member of St. Louis Church and the Daughters of Isabella.

An exceptional cook, her homemade bread and rolls will be dearly missed.  Velma also was a longtime babysitter, having watched many of the children from the area through the years.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Wilma “Willie” and Dennis Moeller of Oldenburg; sons and daughters-in-law Paul and Anita Dieckmann of Danville, Indiana, Brian and Sandy Dieckmann of Whiteland, Indiana; sisters Pat Naayers of Florida, Sharon Singer of West Chester, Ohio; brother Dale Deffner of Brookville; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Ron Deffner.

Leon J. Pulskamp

Posted on October 12, 2018 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Leon J. Pulskamp, of Batesville, was born on March 9, 1949 in Saint Mary’s, Indiana, a son of Anne Mae (nee Kirschner) and Willard Pulskamp.  He grew up in Oldenburg, Indiana, the oldest of three children and graduated from BHS in 1967.  He served in the Army from 1968-1971, including 2 combat tours in the Vietnam War where he earned a bronze star. Following his service, he returned home and married Linda Swain on August 7, 1971.  Leon and Linda opened their own store in Batesville, Pulskamp’s Carpet Service, in 1978. He successfully grew and expanded his business for nearly 25 years until retirement.

Leon and Linda found a second family, affectionately known as “The Gang,” through friendships made on a softball team which continues today, more than 50 years later.  Following his retirement, his love of farming came to the surface with the purchase of his Grandfather’s farm.  Leon became known for his collection of antique John Deere tractors.  Outside of working at the farm, local tractor shows and parades and camping, he and Linda also enjoyed supporting the Batesville VFW and the American Legion of which he was a member for more than 40 years.

Leon is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter, Julie (Chad) Abel, son, Jeff Pulskamp, and daughter, Jill (Tim) Weberding; mother Anna Mae Feller, one sister, Linda (Dallas) Suding; one brother, Allen (Kay) Pulskamp; six grandchildren, Jude, Max, Evelyn, Aurora, Ellie, and Sadie.  He is preceded in death by his father, Willard Pulskamp and grandparents Alois & Mayme Pulskamp.

Visitation is October 14th, Sunday, 1-4p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Monday, October 15th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville V.F.W.

World Wide Gathering of the Pulskamps II This time in Germany!

Posted on September 24, 2018 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Start saving now and contact all your Pulskamp relatives! 2020 marks the 175th anniversary of our family coming to America! To celebrate, we invite all the Pulskamps to visit Germany and see where it all started. We have not yet set a date, but we are starting to save up so we can take as many of our immediate family as possible. We are aiming for some time between May and July. The plan is to visit the farm in Merzen if they will have us and to explore the area where our family lived. There are some interesting museums in the area that should be fun. My immediate family is looking to rent a large house that we can use as headquarters but each family will need to make their own transportation and housing arrangements. Let us know which dates might work best for you.

A New Pulskamp Connection

Posted on August 8, 2015 - Filed Under Family history

I have recently been in contact with a descendent of a sister of Frederika Schaefer Pulskamp we did not know about. Mary Elizabeth Pulskamp, in her book about the Pulskamp family, lists Frederika Louise Schaefer, wife of Henry Theodore John Pulskamp, having two sisters and a brother: Anna Maria, Maria Agnes, and Louis. It turns out that the eldest child, Clara, was left out of that book. Our newly discovered cousin has an obituary for Clara that clearly lists Frederika Pulskamp as her sister.

Did you know about Clara at all? If so, what do you know? Please let us know!

Harold L. Pulskamp 1926-2015

Posted on April 24, 2015 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Harold L. Pulskamp, age 88 of Oldenburg, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born September 6, 1926 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Mary (Nee: Risselman) and Aloysius Pulskamp. He married Dolores Kirschner May 10, 1947 at Holy Family Church and she preceded him in death on February 23, 1995. He married Dolores Bella June 1, 1996 at Holy Family Church. Harold farmed and was a supervisor at Ford/Visteon, retiring from there in 1983. He served as a Franklin County Councilman 23 years, over 45 years as a Precinct Committeeman, was a member of St. Mary’s of the Rock Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and Sons of The American Legion Post #271 in Batesville.

Although working at Ford and farming kept Harold busy, he filled his free time with several activities. He loved to dance and for years was a square dance caller. He also enjoyed following the Reds, I.U. basketball, playing Solo, making his own wine, watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and old westerns. In recent years Harold and Dolores liked eating out and were able to do quite a bit of traveling including numerous trips out west.

He is survived by his wife Dolores; daughters and son-in-laws Darlene and Ron Obermeyer of Oldenburg, Lois and Verlin Israel of Batesville, Donna and Steve McQueen of St. Mary’s; son and daughter-in-law Melvin and Loraine Pulskamp of St. Mary’s; step daughters Stephanie Binz of Cincinnati, Mary Sue Koch of Batesville, Kristina Schneider of Sunman, Regina Davidson of St. Mary’s; step sons Jerome Spaeth of Guilford, Thomas Spaeth of St. Mary’s; sisters Shirley Laker and Elvira Timke, both of Batesville; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren. In addition to his former wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother Willard Pulskamp; one grandson and one step great grandson.

Visitation is Tuesday, April 28th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Mary’s Preservation Fund or Hospice of Margaret Mary Health.

Seán David Pulskamp

Posted on December 18, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized

My brother’s grandson, Seán David Pulskamp, died recently at the age of 19. He was a great kid and left far too soon. My brother spoke at his memorial service and I wanted to share his words with you all. Cherish each other!


To all of our friends and family: Good after noon, as good as it can be. And, yes, in spite of our hearts being heavy and filled with sadness, it can still be a good afternoon.

I’m honored to be able to speak today. For those who don’t know me, my name is John Pulskamp. I am Seán’s paternal grandfather.

Seán started out in this life a little early. He was born prematurely and spent, what seemed to us, as an awfully long time in the hospital before he could come home. So, physically, he started out very small and frail. But over time he grew to be big and strong, and to be honest, very remarkably handsome as well.

Like every family I’ve ever known, Seán’s family had their own sets of difficulty. There were times when his father couldn’t be with him, and eventually his parents parted ways. Judging from the fine young man Seán grew to be, it appears that he weathered the storm quite well. Fortunately, Seán was able to continue to spend time with both of his parents. Whatever difficulties there might have been within the family Seán was always loved, aware of that love, and was able to reciprocate with love as well. In addition to his parents he was blessed with grandparents, many other family members, and a little sister, Jade, whom he cherished.

I am fortunate that during the past few months I was able to talk with my grandson about several things. He told me he had been thinking of attending Peirce College. We discussed it a bit, and told him that I’d go with him to help get through all the red tape involved with registration and selecting classes. I also had talked to him about the wonderfully educational experience of traveling, not so much to tourist places, but to places where one would be able to meet and mix with regular people from very different backgrounds. We talked about youth hostels, and even kicked around the idea of maybe taking a little trip here in the U.S. and staying at some hostels. Unfortunately, well . . .

A quick story about Seán’s name: Backing up a couple of generations . . My father’s name was John Joseph, to avoid confusion and since my middle name was Richard, I was always called by the nickname, “Dick.” at home. At school and everywhere else I was known as “John” which eventually created confusion anyway, especially when people would call on the phone and ask for John. My dad would end up with my calls, and I with his. Seán’s father, John Thomas or Tommy, and I ended up with the same sort of ancestral problem. We were each known as “John” to our friends and co-workers, and just as I was called “Dick” by my parents, Seán’s father has always been “Tommy” to us. When Seán was born, Tommy said he was going to avoid all the confusion with the names, so he and Sharon named their baby “Seán” instead of “John.” Try as they might, though, the confusion, though minimized, was not entirely eliminated. You see, the name “Seán,” in the Irish, is usually anglicized to “John,” and there are a number of people who have always called me by that name, “Seán,”anyway And so, it continues.

Seán’s mother and her family are Jewish; his father’s family was already one of mixed cultures. Seán’s paternal grandmother is Diné (pronounced “dih neh”) or Navajo. His paternal grandfather, myself, came from a somewhat typical Irish-American Catholic background. Seán was proud of his Native ancestry and occasionally was able to attend various pow wows around southern California, and on at least one occasion was able to visit the Navajo Reservation, “the Rez,” and meet loads of Navajo cousins, aunts, and uncles. According to Diné tradition one of the four sacred stones should be worn, sort of as a prayer, and as a way for the deities and others in the spirit world to recognize one as Diné. Seán is being buried wearing a beautiful turquoise necklace.

With all this mixed cultural background there are quite likely things that could result in questions, or even misunderstandings. The funerary traditions of Jews and Catholics may differ a bit, but the general outlook on death is probably fairly similar. For the very traditional Diné people, and maybe for Jews, some of the Irish traditions might seem completely irreverent. Today, though, in spite of any cultural differences there might be, we are all one people tied to together by Seán’s life, and yes, sadly, by Seán’s death.

Many, or probably even most of us, upon learning of a loved one’s death begin to mentally go through a painful thought process bringing up a litany of things we could have, or should have, done differently. This is natural, but I think not helpful. Each of us has a life to live, and when we are occupied taking care of one thing, there is always something else we could be doing instead. It is fundamentally fruitless to grieve about what we could have, or should have, done with Seán while he was with us. I can’t imagine that Seán, in any way, felt that any one of us even slightly let him down, or disappointed him. If you are having these kinds of feelings or doubts, forgive yourself! What we can do though is to look around, think about the people you know, especially those whom you may have offended in some way, or friends with whom you’ve lost touch. If one of these, still living, were to die, what would go through your mind as far as the “what you could have done, or should have done” for them or with them? To honor Seán, do those things! It’s never too early to avoid being too late. I think Seán would be pleased to have us honor him in that way.

Long Lost Cousins

Posted on June 7, 2013 - Filed Under Family history, Pulskamps Today

On Thursday, June 6, 2013, I drove to Tell City, Indiana to meet with some of the descendents of Catherine Pulskamp Dickman and Anton Dickman. I am guessing that descendents of Catherine and descendents of her three brothers had not seen or met each other in 100 years or more! It was really fun.

The cousins I met are descended from Norma Dickman. Norma had two children, out of wedlock, so they kept the Dickman name, then she married a very nice man, August Steinhauer, who turned out to be a good father and grandfather for the Dickman children and grandchildren.

The Dickman’s treated me to a lovely lunch at Capers in Tell City then took me to see Catherine’s grave site as well as other Dickman memorials. Anton is buried in a different cemetery for some reason, which is why we had a hard time locating Catherine.  Cousin Kay Poehlein Seibert who had previously done some volunteer work for the local historical society was the one who did the research to find Catherine.

Now if only we could find some information about the other Pulskamp girls who arrived with the family in 1845. After the ship, the barque Louise landed, we heard no more about those girls and can find no information about them. It’s a mystery!

Mike Dickman, Kay Poehlein Seibert, and Joe Dickman

Mike Dickman, Kay Poehlein Seibert, and Joe Dickman

Pulskamp Centennial in North Dakota

Posted on June 4, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized

In 1913, Jacob Pulskamp purchased 198 acres of land north of Hillsboro, North Dakota. That farm is still very much viable today and the Pulskamp family is planning for a big centennial celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

The big day will include lunch, a presentation by Leo Pulskamp on his recent book: Namesake: The Story of Jacob Pulskamp, family friendly activities and dinner. On Sunday, the family and friends are invited to join for Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 8:30 AM, which will be followed by a lite snack at the Pulskamp Farm.

If you can attend, bring cameras, stories, and family photos to share. For more specific information, send me a comment and I will email you directly with what details I have. The North Dakota Pulskamps would like to know by June 10 if you plan to attend so they can plan accordingly.

Patricia Theresa Pulskamp Busch December 15, 1950 – July 16, 2012

Posted on July 25, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Patti Busch, born Patricia Theresa Pulskamp on December 15, 1950, died Monday, July 16, 2012 at her mother’s home. Patti was the fourth child of John and Kay Pulskamp and grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. After graduating from St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, Patti attended Loyola Marymount University. In 1972, Patti met Ron Busch, the love of her life, while both were working at the same company. A few years later, after their wedding, they joined Patti’s younger sister Mary working at Lake Amador, welcoming campers and fishermen to the resort and running the restaurant there. In 1991, Patti and Ron, in partnership with Mary and her husband Robert, purchased a diner on Main Street Jackson that became the beloved Rosebud’s Classic Café. Patti was well loved by customers and staff. After a trip to Ireland in 2001, the two couples opened the Celtic Knot, an Irish import store next door to the café. Several years ago they split the two businesses, with Patti and Ron taking full control of the Celtic Knot.

Patti had a great love of horses, especially her beloved big brown, Henderson, the “world’s most wonderful horse”.

Patti had a beautiful sense of style and beauty. She used that in needlework, knitting and also painted wonderful (mostly blue) furniture that is treasured by all who see it. Of course, her awesome sense of design and beauty is evident in the marvelous items she has selected to carry in the Celtic Knot.

The young people who came to work at the café and shop were so blessed by her guidance. She was a positive impact in the lives of her ‘peeps’. She held them all close to her heart and saw them as family.

Patti was so good to everyone! Her superpower was to recognize and jump into service to others, often before they realized their own needs. The last several years, Patti became an integral member in J.B.C.A. where she sat on the board and served as the membership coordinator.

Patti is best remembered as a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, aunt, (fairy) godmother, employer, shop owner, sports fan, horse-loving savant, and friend. She is survived by her husband, Ron Busch, brother John Pulskamp and his wife Betty, sister Ellen Turner and her husband Ray, sister Mary Pulskamp and her husband Robert Lockhart, and brother Michael Pulskamp and his wife Deborah, as well as almost sister Laurie. Patti also leaves her many nieces and nephews: Morrigan, Cailin, Tom, Kevin (and Lisa), Brighid (and Bill), Brendan, Emmet, Diarmuid, Robert, Nora, Jennifer, Ben (and Megan), Rebecca (and Paul), Meghan (and Paula), Tyx, and Kyle. Grandnieces and grandnephews include: Fiona, Sean, James, Rachel, Patrick, Kristin, Rebecca, Alana, Liam, Maggie, Kate, Elanor, and Molly. Patti was greeted on the other side by her amazing parents, John and Kay Pulskamp and her sister Carol.

Family and friends will be waking at 290 Gold Strike Court in Sutter Creek from 11 am to 11 pm on Monday July 30 th. with a Gathering Circle and Celebration of Life at 5:30 pm. Please join us.

Donations in Patti’s memory would be appreciated at:

Mountain Oaks Health Center
556 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 498-2014

My dear sister, Patti, had no health insurance, and so rarely saw a doctor in the last dozen or so years. If affordable healthcare had been available, we might have enjoyed this wonderful woman for another 15 or 20 years.

Harold H. Pulskamp

Posted on June 27, 2011 - Filed Under Uncategorized

Harold H. Pulskamp, 89, Celina, passed away at 3:45pm on June 25, 2011, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.

He was born on March 9, 1922 in Mercer County to Wiro & Lela (Orr) Pulskamp.

On June 29, 1944, he married Blanche Mills, who survives.

Also surviving: son: Frank (Linda) Pulskamp, Ostrander, OH; niece: Lee Stickland, N. Augusta, SC.; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister: Mary Mackling.

Harold was a 1943 graduate of Celina Senior High School. He retired from Mersmans in 1984 after 41 years of service.

Funeral services will be held 3pm, Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Reverend Tom Christen, officiating. Private family burial rites will be held at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1pm until 3pm on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Beaver Chapel, Celina.

Arrangements are by Cisco Funeral Home, Celina. Condolences may be left at www.ciscofuneralhome.com

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