Black Hawk County

Pvt. Lester A. Bremer

 

SERVICE NEWS

Pvt. Lester A. Bremer has arrived in France with an infantry unit according to word received Friday by his wife, who resides at 430 Stratford avenue. Private Bremer, son of Frank Bremer , Tripoli, Ia., was employed by the Rath Packing Co. before entering service May 27 this year. He took his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, December 03, 1944, Page 30

SERVICE NEWS

The Purple Heart, awarded posthumously to Pfc. Lester A. Bremer, 26, who was killed in action in Germany on Feb. 28, was received Saturday by his wife at 430 Stratford avenue.

Private Bremer was serving in the infantry at the time of his death. Mrs. Bremer has received word that her husband is buried in Holland. No other details of his death have been received.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 1945, Page 3

Breakenridge, Bremer
Die in Action

War department telegrams received here Monday had informed two Waterloo women that their husbands had been killed in action. Dead were Marine Capt. Hugh Wallace Breakenridge, 25, and Pfc. Lester A. Bremer, 26.

Private Bremer, whose wife resides at 430 Stratford avenue, was killed in action Feb. 28 while with the infantry in Germany.

Born Mar. 31, 1919, on a farm near Frederika, Ia., son of Frank and Alvenia Bahlman Bremer, he graduated from high school there and came to Waterloo four years ago. Prior to entering the service in March, 1944, he was employed by the Rath Packing Co.

He received his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and while here on furlough married Kathleen Dunbar, of Waterloo, on Oct. 14, 1944. He was sent overseas immediately afterwards.

Surviving besides his wife are his father at Tripoli; one daughter by a previous marriage, Sally Jane, four years old, living with her mother, Mrs. William Clapp, 83 Webster street; two brothers, Paul, Tripoli, Ia., and Arnold of New Hampton, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Hilda Holmes, Clarion, Ia.; Mrs. [Page 2] Adella Testarff, New Hampton; Mrs. Helena Bergmann, Ionia, Ia.; and Mrs. Hilda Hagendarn, Frederika.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, March 12, 1945, Pages 1 & 2

Lester A. Bremer
Memorial Service Sunday at Tripoli

Tripoli, Ia. –  Memorial services for Pfc. Lester A. Bremer will be Sunday at 2 p. m. in St. Peter’s Evangelical church of Tripoli, with Rev. Robert T. Fauth in charge.

Private Bremer was killed in action in Germany, Feb. 28, 1945, and buried in Holland. He was the son of Frank Bremer, Tripoli.

A police officer, he entered service in May, 1944, received his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and was overseas four months.

He married Kathleen Dunbar of Waterloo while home on furlough Oct. 14, 1944, and was sent overseas upon returning to duty.

He was born Mar. 31, 1918, son of Frank and Alvina Bremer, and baptized and confirmed in [the] Evangelical church of Leroy township. He was graduated from Frederika high school I 1937 and was employed at the Rath Packing company in Waterloo prior to his induction.

Survivors include his wife, who resides in Waterloo, his father, a daughter, Sally Jane, 4, by a previous marriage; two brothers, Paul, Tripoli, and Arnold, New Hampton; and four sisters, Mrs. Helena Bergman, Ionia, Mrs. Adella Testarff, New Hampton; Mrs. Olinda Hagedarn, Frederika, and Mrs. Hilda Holm, Clarion.

His wife has received the Purple Heart.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, June 29, 1945, Page 15

SERVICE NEWS

Mrs. Kathleen Bremer, 430 Stratford avenue, whose husband Pfc. Lester Bremer was killed in action Feb. 28, 1945, recently received her husband’s personal belongings from the war department.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, September 09, 1945, Page 7

Births Reported

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bremer, 430 Stratford avenue, Oct. 28, daughter, Susan Kay.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, November 11, 1945, Page 29

Bremer Rites in Tripoli Friday

Funeral and reburial services for Pfc. Lester August Bremer, formerly of Waterloo who was killed in action Feb. 28, 1945, in Germany, were scheduled for 3 p. m. Friday in Tripoli, Ia., at St. Peter’s Evangelical church.

A former employe (sic) of Rath Packing Co., Private Bremer served in the army infantry. He was born Mar. 31, 1918, on a farm near Fredericka, Ia., son of Frank and Alvina Bremer. He came to Waterloo four years before entering service in March, 1944. He received his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and while there on furlough married Kathleen Dunbar of Waterloo Oct. 14, 1944.

He was sent overseas immediately afterward. He died before the birth of their daughter, Susan Kay, now 3.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen, who since has been remarried to Glenn Bemus, 418 Lafayette street; their daughter, Susan Kay, another daughter, Sally Jane, by a former marriage; his father; two brothers, Paul, Tripoli, and Arnold, New Hampton, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Hilda Holmes, Clarion, Ia., Mrs. Adella Testoroff, New Hampton, Mrs. Helena Bermann, Ionia, Ia., and Mrs. Linda Hagendorn, Frederika, Ia.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, April 15, 1949, Page 15