Rudolf William Mumme gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. February 16, 1909 in Sichau, Germany
D. February 12, 2002 in Crystal Lake, McHenry County, IL
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  • Father: Otto Mumme; Otto died before 1936 in Germany
  • Mother: Helene (Preetz) Mumme born November 23, 1880 in Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Helene died February 15, 1962 in Oak Park, Cook County, IL (See section pertaining to Helene (Preetz) Mumme buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Wife: Mary C. (Schavotis) Mumme born December 8, 1913 in Gras, Austria; married Rudolf William Mumme on April 15, 1931 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Mary died June 13, 2001 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL (See section pertaining to Mary C. (Schavotis) Mumme buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Clotilde Helen “Claudie” (Mumme) (Ruhnke) Rodiek born August 29, 1934 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married (1) Ronald Ruhnke (1935-1994); married (2) Herman T. Rodiek (1923-2000); Clotisde died January 24, 2016 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL; Clotilde and Herman are buried in Woodland Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry County, IL

According to the Northwest Herald (Woodstock IL) Thursday, January 28, 2016, page 6:

Born: Aug. 29, 1934; in Chicago, IL
Died: Jan. 24, 2016; in McHenry, IL
   Clotilde H. “Claudie” Rodiek, age 81, died early Sunday morning, January 24, 2016, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
   She was born August 29, 1934, in Chicago to Rudolph and Mary Mumme.  Formerly of Mt. Prospect and Palatine, she was an educator and secretary for many years.
   Claudie lived in McHenry for over 25 years, and was an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry.  At church, she served on the Altar Guild, led the Naomi Circle, participated in Wednesday night Bible study, and most recently attended every meeting for the committee in charge of the renovation of the kitchen and sacristy areas at church.  If someone were in need of a ride at church, it was Claudie who often volunteered.  She brought a wheelchair-bound member to church every Sunday and also brought the person in with her when she helped the church office in special projects.  Claudie regularly visited nursing home residents as well as those hospitalized.  Her pleasant and caring nature and spontaneous willingness to help where needed will be greatly missed by her church family.
   She is survived by her children, Ronald (Caryn) Ruhnke, Douglas (Dawn) Ruhnke, Tim (Sheila) Rodiek, Karen Rodiek, Pam Rodiek, and Amy (Kurt) Klebe; six grandchildren, including Elisabeth (Chris) Baima and Kurt (Mary) Ruhnke and four other grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Rodiek, on May 17, 2000.
   Friends will gather to visit with her family from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050.  The memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at church.  Inurnment will be private in Woodland Cemetery, McHenry.
   For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, Claudie’s family suggests memorials be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
   Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
   For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit; www.justenfh. com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for her family.”

  • Siblings:
    • Marie Dorothy (Mumme) Schmicker born December 2, 1901 in Sichar, Federal Republic of Germany; married Arthur W. Schmicker (1893-1959) in Knox County, IL; Marie died May 22, 1992; Marie and Arthur are buried in the Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, IA
    • Luise (Mumme) (Heinrichs) Holle born August 21, 1904 in Sirhan, Germany; married (1) Ernst Heinrichs on July 26, 1925 in Raetzlingen, Germany and divorced before 1939; married (2) Fritz J. Holle (1899-2004) on February 4, 1950 in Cook County, IL; Louise died January 29, 1991 in Stanislaus County, CA
    • Lena (Mumme) Korell (of Hamburg, Germany)
    • Otto Mumme (of Germany

Additional Information:

According to the New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island) , 1820-1957:

ALL ALIENS arriving at a port of continental United States from a foreign port or a port of the insular possessions of the United States, and all aliens arriving at a port of said insular possessions from a foreign port, a port of continental United States, or a port of another insular possession, in whatsoever class they travel, MUST be fully listed and the master or commanding officer of each vessel carrying such passengers must upon arrival deliver lists thereof to the immigrant officer
This (white) sheet is for the listing of THIRD-CLASS PASSENGERS ONLY
S.S. “MUENCHEN”, Passengers sailing from BREMEN, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1926.  Arriving at Port of New York, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 1926.
Family Name: Mumme; Given Name: Rudolf; Age: 17, Sex: M; Married or single: M; Calling or occupation: Farml.; Read: Y; Red what language: GERMAN; Write: Y; Nationality: GERMANY; Race of people: GERMAN; Place of birth County: GERMANY; City or town: SICHAU; Immigration Visa Number: 11090; Issued at: Bremen; Date: 25. 8.26; Last permanent residence: GERMANY SICHAU; The name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came: UNCLE OTTO MUMME, SICKAU I./SACHSEN; Final destination: Iowa, Hellington; Whether having a ticket to such final destination: Y; By whom was passage paid: SELF; Whether in possession of $50, and if less, how much?: $25; Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address: AUNT LOUISE SCHMICKER, BELLINGTON IOWA; Condition of health, mental and physical: GOOD; Deformed or crippled: NO; Height: 5 Feet, 4 Inches; Complexion: Fair; Hair: BL.; Eyes: GR; Marks of identification: NONE

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL residing at 1509 Diversey Blvd, the household members were:

“Ernst Heinrichs, head, age 29, married age 24, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1926, occupation: Iron man – tin trunks; Louise Heinrichs, wife, age 25, married at age 20, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1926; Edith Heinrichs, daughter, age 5, single, born in Germany, immigrated in 1926; Rudolph Mumme, boarder, age 21, single, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1926, occupation: painter – tannery; Edward C. Haughawout, roomer, age 29, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Indiana, occupation: Handy man – odd jobs”

According to the Illinois, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records 1856-1991:

This petition for naturalization hereby made and filed, respectfully shows:
(1) My full name is Rudolf Mumme (2) My place of residence in 1635 N. California Ave., Chicago, Illinois (3) My occupation is Laborer (4) I was born at Sichau, Germany on Feb. 16, 1909 (5) My nationality is Germany (6) My race is German (7) I declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States on Oct. 28, 1937 in the U.S. DIST. Court of THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILL. at CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (8) I am married.  The name of my wife or husband is Mary; (s)he now resides at with me we were married on April 15, 1931 at Chicago, Illinois; (s)he was born at Graz, Germany on Dec. 8, 1913; entered the United States at New York, N.Y. on December 24, 1923 for permanent residence therein; (9) I have 1 children, and the name, date, and place of birth and place of residence of each of said children are as follows: Clotilde Helen, August 29, 1934 in and residing in Chicago, Ill. (10) My last foreign residence was Sichau, Germany.  I emigrated to the United States of America from Bremen, Germany.  My lawful entry (arrival) for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N.Y. under the name of Rudolf Mumme on Sept. 22, 1926, on the vessel SS Munchen as shown by the certificate of my arrival attached hereto… (12) I am able to speak the English language (13) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of 5 years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since Sept. 22, 1926 and have resided continuously in and have had a continuous residence within the County of Cook State of Illinois for the term of 6 months at least immediately preceding the date of the petition, to wit, since April 1, 1928. (14) I have not heretofore made petition for naturalization
                        Signed: Rudolf Mumme
   I Bernard L. Degan, occupation Insurance Salesman residing at 2643 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, Illinois
   I George Blandon, occupation Musician residing at 1224 Altgelt Street, Chicago, Illinois each being severally, duly, and respectively sworn, depose and say: I am a citizen of the United States of American; I have personally know and have been acquainted in the United States with Rudolf Mumme, the petitioner above mentioned since Jan. 1, 1934, and that to my personal knowledge the petitioner has resided in the United States continuously preceding the date of filing this petition, of which this affidavit is a part, to wit, since the date last mentioned and at Chicago, Ill. in the County of Cook, State of Illinois continuously since Jan. 1, 1934…
   Subscribed and sworn to before me the above named petitioner and witnesses in the respective forms of oath shown above in the office of Clerk of said Court at Chicago, Ill. this 11th day of June, Anno Domini 1940.  I hereby certify that Certificate of Arrive No. 11-182798 from the Department of Labor, showing the lawful entry for permanent residence of the petitioner above named together with Declaration of Intention No. 132026 of such petitioner, has been by and filed with, attached to, and made apart of this petition of this date.
                        Hoyt King, Clerk”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County residing at 1635 North California Avenue, the household members were:

“Rudolph Mumme, head, age 31, married, highest grade completed: H1, born in Germany, citizenship: have papers, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: rollman – soap manufacturer; Mary Mumme, wife, age 26, married, highest grade completed: H2, born in Austria, citizenship: alien, lived in same place in 1935; Clotilde Mumme, daughter, age 5, single, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935”

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

Name: Rudolf William Mumme; Address: 1635 N. California Av., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Telephone: Armitage 8976; Age in Years: 31; Date of Birth: Feb 16, 1909; Place of Birth: Sichau, Germany; Country of Citizenship: Germany; Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Rudolf William Mumme: Relationship of That Person: Wife; Address of That Person: 1635 N. California Av, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Employer’s Name: Swift & Co.; Place of Employment or Business: Union Stock yards, Chicago, Illinois; Race: White; Height: n/a; Weight: n/a; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Blonde; Complexion: Light; Signed: October 16, 1940″

According to the 1950 U.S Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 3010 Whipple Street, the househole members were:

“Rudolph W Mumme, head, age 41, married, born in Germany, Occupation: Machinist in Exper. lab. – Meat packers; Mary C Mumme, wife, age 36, married, born in Austria, Occupation: Relief Assembly – Radio mfrs., Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born in?: Father: Hungary, Mother: Austria, What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S10, Did he finish this grade?: Yes, Last year in how many weeks did this person do any work at all?: 36 weeks, Last year (1949) how much money did he earn working as an employee for wages or salary?: $1,500; Helene Mumme, mother, age 69 widowed, born in Germany; Claudie H. Mumme, daughter, age 15, never married, born in Illinois”

According to the U.S., Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002:

“Name: Rudolph Mumme; Residence Years: 1995; Address: 4915 W. Oakwood Dr; Residence Place: McHenry, Illinois, USA; Zip Code: 60050-4968; Phone Number: 708-385-3390”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Thursday, February 14, 2002, page 146:

“Rudolf W. Mumme, age 92, of McHenry, formerly of Chicago and Round Lake, 50 year member of Wright’s Grove Masonic Lodge No. 779, beloved husband of the late Mary C. Mumme; loving father of Claudie Rodiek of McHenry; cherished grandfather of Douglas (Dawn) Ruhnke of Cary and Ronald Ruhnke of Algonquin; dear great-grandfather of Elisabeth and Kurt Ruhnke.  Resting at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home, 3519 W. Elm St., McHenry.  Visitation 4 to 8 p.m.  Thursday, February 14, 2002.  Funeral Service 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the funeral home.  Interment in Fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake.  Memorials appreciated to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.  Info, 815-385-2400.”

According to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights IL) February 14, 2002:

“Rudolf W. Mumme of McHenry
      Funeral services for Rudolf W. Mumme, 92, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home, 3519 W. Elm St., McHenry.  The Rev. Roger Schneider will officiate.  Born Feb. 16, 1909, in Germany, to Otto and Helen (nee Preetz) Mumme, he died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Crystal Pines Health Care Center in Crystal Lake.  Interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake.  Formerly of Chicago, Rudolf and his wife, Mary, moved to Round Lake in 1950.  In 1960 they moved to Griswold Lake, where they lived for 30 years until moving to McHenry.  Rudolf was employed by Swift and Co. in Chicago for 20 years and later owned Anchor Inn in Round Lake for five years.  He was a member of Wright’s Grove Masonic Lodge @#779 for more than 50 years.  His favorite pastime was gardening and he also enjoyed games of illusion.  Survivors include his daughter, Claudie Rodiek of McHenry; grandson, Douglas (Dawn) Ruhnke of Cary and Ronald Ruhnke of Algonquin; and great-grandchildren, Elisabeth and Kurt Ruhnke.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary C. Mumme, on June 13, 2001; sons-in-law, Ronald Rihnke and Herman Rodiek; three sisters; and one brother.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.  Memorials to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green St., McHenry, IL 60050, would be appreciated by the family.  Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book at  For information, (815) 385-2400.”