RAMONA J. FRIEDRICH
B. January 2, 1936 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. March 13, 1944 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL
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- Father: John Friedrich born March 28, 1908 in Munchen, Germany; married Gladys Thiel on June 30, 1934 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; John died December 14, 1984 (See section pertaining to John Friedrich buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Mother: Gladys (Thiel) Friedrich born July 11, 1911 in Eldorado, Saline County, IL; Gladys died August 23, 1997 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Glady Friedrich buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Richard H. Friedrich born October 31, 1938 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL; Richard died March 13, 1944 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Richard H. Friedrich buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Ferndale Drive the household members were: John Friedrich, head, age 32, married, highest completed grade: H-2, born in Illinois, residence in 1935, Chicago, IL, occupation: sausage maker, meat company; Gladys Friedrich, wife, age 29, married, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Illinois; residence in 1935: Chicago, IL; Ramona Friedrich, daughter, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Richard Friedrich, son, age 1, single, born in Illinois
According to the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere IL) Tuesday, March 14, 1944, page 1:
“TWO CHILDREN KILLED BY SMOKE
WAUKEGAN, March 14 – Ramona, 8, and Richard Friedrich, 5, suffocated today when they fled from their fire-swept home to the connecting garage and were trapped when they were unable to open the doors.
The tragedy occurred at Round Lake beach in Lake county, an oil stove started the fire and flames quickly swept the five-room cottage.
Lake county deputy sheriffs said the father, John, 35, was at work in a Waukegan war plant and the children’s mother, Gladys, was visiting neighbors.
The fire did not touch the garage, but the small addition to the cottage was filled with smoke when the members of the Round Lake volunteer fire department found the children huddled in a basket.”
According to the Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL) Wednesday, March 15, 1944, page 6:
“TWO CHILDREN SUFFOCATE
Waukegan, Ill. – (INS) – Richard Friedrich, 5, and his sister Roman, 8, suffocated Tuesday when they fled their burning home to an adjacent garage from which they were unable to escape. The fire destroyed the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Friedrich, at nearby Round Lake Beach.”