Mary Auguste LANGBECKER

Female 1918 - 1953  (35 years)


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  • Name Mary Auguste LANGBECKER 
    Born 24 Apr 1918  Kuraby, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Nov 1953  Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Cause: Died of severe burns received when a cane fire passed over her and her husband, who also died. 
    • Mrs Zunker Dies

      Mrs Mary Zunker, 35-year-old wife of Woongarra cane farmer Charles Frederick Zunker, died in Bundaberg General Hospital about 8 o'clock last night from severe burns she received in a cane fire on their farm on Monday morning. Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Donnelly, said late last night that Mr Zunker's condition was still very critical. He was in a semi-conscious state.
      Mr and Mrs Zunker were rushed to hospital after being trapped in the fire which passed over them as they lay huddled on the ground.
      Hospital doctors supervised constant blood transfusions in an effort to save Mrs Zunker's life.
      Dr Donnelly said blood supplies were maintained from the Queensland Laboratory of the Red Cross Society in Brisbane and the Bundaberg blood donors panel.
      He paid tribute to the ready response to calls made on the local panel.
      Mrs Zunker was born at Kuraby, and married in Bundaberg. She leaves four children, Edward, Katherine, Kevin and Maurice.

      News-Mail, Thursday 12 Nov 1953, p 2
      Fire on Monday 9 November 1953
    Funeral Service 14 Nov 1953  Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 1000 At Funeral of Fire Victims

      More than 1000 people attended the funeral on Saturday of Mr and Mrs Charles F Zunker, who died from burns received when they were trapped in a cane fire on their farm on Monday morning last.
      Mrs Zunker (35) died in hospital on Wednesday night and Mr Zunker (39) on Thursday afternoon.
      Florists were unable to cope with the demand for wreaths, numbering hundreds, and many orders could not be fulfilled.
      Two hundred motor cars were in the cortege, which was more than a mile long. All sections of the sugar industry attended. Millequin Sugar Coy Ltd was represented by its General Manager (Mr E W Duus), and Qunaba mill management by Mr R Lehfeldt.
      It was a fine tribute to the esteem in which the deceased, their parents (Mr and Mrs J J Zunker, and Mr and Mrs C Langbecker), and their families were held.
      St John's Lutheran Church was beautifully decorated, almost wholly in white, and the many wreaths were a fitting testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased were held.
      The church was far too small to accommodate the 1000 or more mourners among whom were also the children of the deceased. Only the nearest relatives and friends found room in the church but a loud speaker relayed the service to those outside.
      Tribute was paid to the deceased for the services they were rendering their church at the time of their death by the laying of wreaths on behalf of the church committee, the building sub-committee, the Ladies' Guild the Sunday School teachers, and pupils of Kalkie Sunday School.
      The service, both at the church and at the cemetery, was conducted by Pastor John H Biar.
      Quiet faith in God and a humble submission to the will of God marked the atmosphere of the whole service.
      In the church the Pastor comforted the mourners with the words of God spoken through Isaiah the prophet, ch 43, v 1-3: "Thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel: Fear not; for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour."
      At the cemetery, the Pastor admonished all mourners to be prepared for the day the Lord will call them. He used John 11.28c as his text: "The Master is come and calleth for thee."
      Miss Joyce Dahl officiated at the organ in the church.
      The pall-bearers at the church for Mr Zunker were Messrs W E Zunker, J C Zunker, E J Zunker, H Zunker, J Langbecker and H Langbecker, and for Mrs Zunker –  Messrs Edward Langbecker, Albert Langbecker, B Zunker, A Zunker, H Killer and J Watts.
      Members of the church committee, Ladies' Guild and Kalkie Sunday School formed a guard of honour at the Church.  Pall-bearers at the cemetery for Mr Zunker were W E Zunker, G C Zunker, E J Zunker, Norm Zunker, John Langbecker, and for Mrs Zunker –  Edward Langbecker, Albert Langbecker, E Berndt, R Killer, L Shaw and J Watts.

      (Wreath list will be published in tomorrow's issue)
    Buried 14 Nov 1953  Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I7704  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 

    Father Carl Conrad Emil Wilhelm LANGBECKER,   b. 9 Feb 1881, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1970, Bargara, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Auguste KREBS,   b. 15 Oct 1892, Pimpama, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1956, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1916  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles Frederick ZUNKER,   b. 23 Sep 1914, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1953, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 14 May 1938  Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), Friday 1 July 1938, page 8

      Zunker -- Langbecker

      St. John's Lutheran Church, South Bundaberg, was chosen for the wedding of Mary Auguste, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Langbecker, of Langbecker's Nursery, and Charles Frederick, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zunker, Quay-street, Bundaberg, formerly of Yengarie, which was celebrated on Saturday afternoon, May 14, in the presence or a very large congregation of relatives and friends.

      The altar was profusely decorated with white dahlias, and the church with tall palms, baskets of gladioli and roses. An arch of flowers and streamers was suspended across the aisle, and white bows marked the guests' pews.

      Given away by her father, the pretty bride wore a one piece frock of magnetic satin, front panel shirred into two narrow godets, and a full skirt falling into a graceful train; the blouse was lightly shirred into a round shoulder yoke, high neck tapering off to a deep V at front, finished off with a spray of orange blossoms, rows of buttons down the back of the frock and long bridal sleeves, buttoned at waist. The beautiful frock was set off by a full tulle three-tier veil, surmounted by orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of gladioli and chrysanthemums.

      Attending the bride were Miss Ida Harch (chief), Miss Iris Zunker and Miss Maud Schuhkraft, each wearing identical taffeta frocks of pink, lemon and mauve, made in old world effect, with boafant skirts and shirred bodices, the square neck line accentuated by forget-me-nots, which were repeated in the tulle veiled caps. The frock worn by the little flower girl, Val Zunker (niece of the bride-groom), was a replica of the frocks worn by the bridesmaids.

      The bridegroom was supported by Messrs. Jack Dunlop, of Maryborough, (best man), John Killer and Edward Langbecker (groomsmen).

      The officiating clergyman was Pastor M. O. Reuther, and as the bride reached the church, the bell was rung in her honour and in recognition for her services rendered in the church, as a teacher in the Sunday School, and a member of the Mission Society and Young People's Society. The congregation sang "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden," and "Jesus be our Guide." The wedding march was played by Mrs. Reuther, and Mr. Tom Eriksen sang "Because." The reception was held at McRobbie's Cafe, where the guests, numbering 120, were received by the bride's mother, wearing a frock of navy floral crepe, with hat and shoes to match. The bridegroom's mother was frocked in navy mariette, with a matching hat of felt, and shoes to match. Both carried lovely bouquets of red and cream roses and red gladioli.

      On leaving the church, a horse shoe was placed on the bride's arm by little Bethel Killer, niece of the bridegroom, wearing a dainty frock designed on Early Victorian style, in moonlight blue mariette, with tiny frills of lace.

      The tables were decorated with the colours of the bridesmaids, pink, lemon and mauve, and vases of gladioli and roses. The wedding cake, supplied by Messrs. Whittred Bros. was decorated to synchronise with sugar cane and flowers.

      Pastor M. G. Reuther presided, and submitted the health of the newly married couple. Other toasts, appropriate to the occasion were honoured.

      A fine collection of wedding presents was received, including cheques. Telegrams and letters, of congratulations came from many parts of Queensland, New South Wales, America and Germany. The honeymoon was spent on a motor tour of Brisbane, Tambourine Mountains and Southport. The bride travelled in a royal blue embossed frock, of attractive design, with gold chain ornaments at corsage, hat, shoes and handbag to match.

      The wedding frock, traveling frock and bride's mother's frock were designed and made by Mrs. Laurine Norgard, and the bridesmaids' frocks were made by Mrs. Sheppard. The flowers were supplied by Langbecker's Nursery and the chrysanthemums came from Mr. E. Greenhill, Yeronga, Brisbane. The bouquets were made by Miss Coomber, and the church was decorated by friends of the bride.

      Mr. and Mrs. Zunker will make their home on the Sandhills' Road. [7]
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F5377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Apr 1918 - Kuraby, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1938 - Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Died of severe burns received when a cane fire passed over her and her husband, who also died. - 11 Nov 1953 - Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral Service - 14 Nov 1953 - Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Nov 1953 - Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Birth registration: Mary Auguste Langbecker, Birth date: 24/04/1918, Mother's name: Auguste Krebs, Father/parent's name: Carl Conrad Emil Wilhelm Langbecker, Registration details: 1918/C/6584.

    2. [S497] Graeme Langbecker, "Re: Comments" e-mail message to Jennifer Crockett, 24 Jun 2010.

    3. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death registration: Mary Auguste Zunker, Death date: 11/11/1953, Mother's name: Auguste Krebs, Father/parent's name: Carl Conrad Emil Wilhelm Langbecker, Registration details: 1953/C/4296.

    4. [S73] Headstone transcription, Bundaberg Cemetery.

    5. [S491] News-Mail, (http://www.news-mail.com.au), Thursday 12 Nov 1953, p 2.

    6. [S491] News-Mail, (http://www.news-mail.com.au), 16 Nov 1953 p2.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1938 'Zunker—Langbecker', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 1 July, p. 8. , viewed 31 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article152164511.

    8. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Charles Frederick Zunker, Marriage date: 14/05/1938, Spouse's name: Mary Auguste Langbecker, Registration details: 1938/C/1375.