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Marie Lenz was born in 1859 in Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lenz. In about 1870, Marie Lenz married Christian Bergman. According to Volume 44 of Germans to America, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Bergman, along with their infant son Otto, emigrated to the United States. They traveled from Le Havre, France to New York City aboard the ship France, and they arrived in New York on August 16, 1882. By the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Christ Bergman was employed as a contractor and the family resided on Shelby Street in Sandusky, Ohio. Marie and Christ had a large family at that time, which included four sons and a daughter, ranging in age from 1 to 19 years of age. Mrs. Bergman was active in the Ladies Aid Society of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Church, now known as St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. Marie Lenz Bergman passed away on October 21, 1933 at the age of 75, thirteen years after the death of her husband. Mrs. Bergman was survived by her five children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and two brothers and a niece. Funeral services for Marie Lenz Bergman were held at the home of her son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bergman. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. The portrait of Marie Lenz Bergman was taken by Sandusky photographer W.A. Bishop.
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