In 1909, the year that Martha married her husband John, the Lincoln design was adopted for the United States penny.

Martha Ernestina Bredendick

Martha W. Bredendick is Seth Stankowski's great grandmother.

Martha W. Bredendick was born in Birnamwood, Wisconsin on 20 December 1886. On 1 July 1909, she married John Albert Liesch in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.

The couple initially settled in Crandon, Wisconsin where, in 1910, Martha was working as a sorter at the Veneer Mill. In 1910, she not only lived with her husband, but also her brother-in-law Edward Liesch and a border named Grace E. McKay.

By 1920, Martha and her husband had moved to a farm in Wittenberg. She would remain in Wittenberg for the rest of her life.

Martha died on 18 November 1964 in the Tigerton Hospital. Her funeral was held on 21 November 1964 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Reverend Aaron Schulz officiating. Martha was buried in Forest Home Cemetery.


William Frederick Edward Bredendick
Ernestine Freidericka Borchardt


John Albert Liesch


Genevieve Liesch
William John Liesch
Ehardt Bredendick Liesch
Arthur A. Liesch
Adeline Liesch

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