This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Greg Hesch 1951-2011

That's Janet on the left, and
Greg, sitting farthest from the camera
Some sad news in this morning's St Cloud Times: an obituary for a second cousin, Greg Hesch.  (Second cousin because his grandfather and my grandfather were brothers).

Julie (Hesch) Pozel and her husband Stephan, John Hesch, and Greg and his wife Janet were at the 2009 Hesch reunion, representing John and Ket Hesch's descendants, along with Girlie's sons and Paul's daughter and granddaughter, and Sue Chrastil, who's Aggie's granddaughter. That was great fun.

Greg's wide smile was included on the Sgt Pepper/Hesch collage we did last spring (way on the right).  I wish I had spent more time with these previously unknown cousins...I definitely intended to, at the reunion.   What a sad way to learn the lesson to keep in touch.  I'm truly sorry I missed knowing you, Greg.

Gregory B. "Greg" Hesch

Nov. 15, 1951 - March 2, 2011

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids, for Gregory B. "Greg" Hesch, age 59, who died Wednesday at his home. There will be a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Greg was born Nov. 15, 1951 in St. Paul to John A. & Alice C. (Jansen) Hesch. He married Janet Schmitt on Aug. 16, 1975 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Buckman. They lived in St. Cloud prior to moving to Rice in 1993. Greg was a mechanical engineer for the MN Department of Transportation for 15 years and retired from the St. Cloud Reformatory as Director of Operations in 2006. He also taught community education for the St. Cloud School District. Greg enjoyed golf and was a member of Oak Hill Golf Club. He also enjoyed woodworking, camping, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time outdoors, agate hunting. Greg was known for his kindness, generosity and great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Janet of Rice; sons and daughter, Chris (Janel) of St. Cloud, Tony (Libbie) of Plymouth, and Cathy of Rice; brothers and sister, John and son Conor of Minnetonka, Mark and son Caleb of St. Paul, Jerry of Oakdale and Julie (Stephan) Pozel of Woodbury. Greg was preceded in death by his parents.

1 comment:

  1. He was so young. And you know the interesting thing here is that Janet is a Suess relation...Thanks for posting. I wouldn't have heard otherwise.