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Welcome to the Tentinger Family Page!

Updated: 10 January 2014

If you have information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, diaries, etc.) of the Tentinger and related families, please contact Jim Adams for inclusion on these pages.

See John Tentinger in the Snyder family tree at

Can you identify the Tentingers in this Tentinger family photo? Please contact Jim Adams with the names!

Back row, left to right: Anna Katherine, Margaret Mary, _______________?

Front row, left to right: Peter John, Nicholas Arend, Joannes "John" Peter.

Descendants of Jacobus (b. Feb 1825 in Altwise, Luxembourg -  06 April 1888 in St. Donatus, Jackson, IA) and Margaretha  (Scheltgen) Tentinger (13 Dec 1830 in Kellen, Luxembourg - 06 Dec 1917 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA). She was the daughter of Johann & Margaretha (Bechen) Scheltgen. Jacobus & Margaretha had 4 children:

  1. Peter John (03 Jan 1851 in Jackson, IA - 08 Dec 1921 in Plymouth, IA) married Anna Katherina Hoffman (09 Oct 1858 in St. Donatus, Jackson, IA - 04 Nov 1946 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA). She was the daughter of Johann & Anna Katherina (Mueller) Hoffman). They had six children.

    1a. John Henry Tentinger (13 Feb 1884 in LeMars or Marion, Plymouth, IA - 24 Dec 1918 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA) married Margaret E. Nemmers (07 April 1882 in LeMars, Plymouth, IA - 23 Jan 1973 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA). They had a son, Carl J. Tentinger (see below) and a daughter, Marie M. Tentinger.

    1b. Joseph Jacob (09 Jan 1886 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA - 05 Jan 1982 in Hawarden, Sioux, IA) married Laura D. Miller (b. about 1890 in Iowa). They had 4 children. Joseph P. Tentinger (b. about 1913 in Iowa - 20 March 1979 in Brainerd, Crow Wing, MN)

    1c. William John (01 Nov 1887 in Remsen, Plymouth, IA - 25 Sep 1965 in Plymouth, IA) married Kathryn Ludwig (04 Aug 1890 in Kehmen, Diekirch, Luxembourg - 1983 in Remsen, Plymouth, IA). They had 7 children. Ramon (01 July 1914 in Remsen, IA - 28 Feb 2006 in Le Mars, IA); Erwin C. (b. about 1914 in Iowa City, IA - 06 July 1996 in Alton, Sioux, IA)

    1d. Margaret (09 Oct 1889 in Remsen, IA - Oct 1974 in Le Mars, IA)

    1e. Edward Peter (03 June 1894 in Le Mars, IA - 22 May 1984 in Forest Park, Cook, IL) married Marie Cecelia Wasmer (14 Dec 1896 in Sheldon, Osceola, IA - 20 Nov 1978 in Park Ridge, Cook, IL). They had a daughter.

    1f. Raymond John (02 Sep 1897 in America, Plymouth, IA - 05 April 1988 in Le Mars, IA) married Anna (b. about 1891 in Iowa City, IA - 02 July 1990 in Iowa City, IA). They had 2 sons: Wallace Robert (24 May 1923 - 10 Sep 2001); Gordon F. (04 Aug 1924 - 19 Jan 2004)


  2. Henry (1857 in Iowa City, Wright, IA - 30 July 1870)

  3. Margaret Mary (10 Nov 1861 in St. Donatus, Jackson, IA - 14 Jan 1945 in Emery, Hanson, SD) married Nicholas P. Arend (12 Dec 1858 in St. Donatus, Jackson, IA - 28 June 1913 in Emery, Hanson, SD). They had 4 children.

  4. Joannes Peter (10 May 1866 in St. Donatus, Jackson, IA - d. after 1931 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA) married Anna Wolbers (13 Oct 1868 in Iowa City, Wright, IA - 1946) in 1889. They had 10 children.

  1. Carl J. Tentinger (04 May 1914 in LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa - 06 Feb 1997 in Dubuque, Dubuque, IA) married Esther A. Ludwig (29 Dec 1921 in Marion, Plymouth, IA - 02 April 1991 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA), daughter of Michael & Mary M. (Kestel) Ludwig. They have 4 children. Carl served in the U.S. Army from 24 July 1942 - 30 Oct 1945.

  2. Marie M. Tentinger.

Lauters Family Tree at (subscription required) begins with Jacobus & Margaretha (Scheltgen) Tentinger (1825 -1888) By Stuart Lauters

Snyder Family Tree (Tentinger & Ludwig) at (rlsdds_1)

Kass, Schmitz, Treiber, Renken family tree at (subscription required)

Luxembourg-American Families at

Tentinger Obituaries

Margaret E. (Nemmers) Tentinger:

Mrs. John (Margaret) Tentinger, 90, a lifetime Le Mars resident, died Tuesday (Jan. 23, 1973) at Floyd Valley hospital after a long illness. She was the former Margaret Nemmers, daughter of Charles and Margaret Nemmers. She was born April 7, 1882 in Le Mars. Her marriage to John Tentinger took place Nov. 25, 1908 in Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 10 am Friday at St. Joseph Catholic church in Le Mars with Msgr. Dean Walker officiating. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery under direction of the Luedtke funeral home. Tots and Teens store in Le Mars will be closed until 12, noon, in memory of Mrs. Tentinger. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 pm Thursday and the rosary by Christian mothers will be at 3 pm. Rosary by the parish will be at 8 pm and by the Catholic Daughters at 8:30 pm. Survivors are a daughter, Marie Tentinger, and a son, Carl Tentinger, both of Le Mars. There are four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1918 and by four brothers.

24 Jan 1973 Le Mars Sentinel


Carl J. Tentinger

LE MARS, Iowa - Carl J. Tentinger, 82, formerly of Le Mars, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa, following a lengthy illness.


Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Jerry Cosgrove officiating. Burial, with military rites by the American Legion Wasmar Post 241, will be in Le Mars Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today, with a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., and a rosary said by the Knights of Columbus at 7:30 p.m., all at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.

  Mr. Tentinger was born May 4, 1914, at Le Mars, to John H. and Margaret (Nemmers). He grew up in Le Mars and attended St. Joseph's Catholic Schools. He married Esther A. Ludwig on May 12, 1947, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Oyens and Le Mars area until 1958, when they moved to Le Mars. He worked for many years as a bookkeeper for various Le Mars businesses, most recently with Meis Seed and Feed, until his retirement. His wife died April 2, 1991.

  He was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he was an usher for many years, the Holy Name Society, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council 1466, and the American Legion Wasmar Post 241. He also served as treasurer of the Gehlen Band Parents Association for many years. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during WWII.

  Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Mary and Dr. Keevin Franzen of Dubuque, Joan and Bruce Larson of Apple Valley, Minn.; two sons and their wives, Dr. John and Cynthia of Killingworth, Conn., Dr. Charles and Ruth of Stevens Point, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Ben, Sarah, and Martha Franzen, Alyssa Larson, Stephen, William, Abigail, and Madeline; a sister, Marie of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Gehlen Catholic Schools.