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WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt

WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt

Male 1901 - 1978  (77 years)

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  • Name WILKENS, Erich Bernhardt 
    • Erich and Martha were close friends with Willy Stolle and Willy's wife Anna. Erich and Willy met while in Germany and later found each other living around the corner in Manhattan, New York City.
      Although there are no blood relations, the lives of Willy and Anna so closely intertwined with the Wilkens and later the families of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens, the Stolle's have a dedicated family tree in the Charest Family Genealogy site.
    Born 29 Apr 1901  Blexen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1978  Burlingham, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pinelawn Memorial Park, Famingdale, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19  Charest Genealogy | Members of The Wilkens Family
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2019 

    Father WILKENS, Johann Hinrech Gerhard 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother LOGEMANN, Anette Wilhelmine Hinrike 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family REICHELT, Martha Alwine,   b. 18 Jan 1894, Doberlug-Kirchhain, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1967  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1927  Manhatten, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Civil Wedding 
    Children 
    +1. WILKENS, Martha Hertha,   b. 20 Oct 1927, Manhatten, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 2019, McMinnville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Photos
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) WIlkens, Her Father and four children
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) WIlkens, Her Father and four children
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Her Father and four children. The family was wishing farewell to Erich Wilkens (Mom's father), who was leaving for a visit to Germany within a few days. Location was Queens, New York, in front of the house Erich was living in at the time.
    Names from top left to right;
    Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Ronald Charest, Erich Wilkens, Melinda Charest,
    Second row, left to right:
    Jeffery Charest, Howard Charest
    Photo taken Spring 1972
    Documents
    Marriage Certificate of Erich Wilkens and Martha Reichelt
    Marriage Certificate of Erich Wilkens and Martha Reichelt
    Marriage Certificate of Erich Wilkens and Martha Reichelt. Married February 4, 1927, Manhatten, New York City, New York
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pinelawn Memorial Park, Famingdale, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Martha and Erich Wilkens, and their daughter Martha. Taken about 1950
    Martha and Erich Wilkens, and their daughter Martha. Taken about 1950
    Martha and Eric Wilkens and their daughter Martha. Family photograph taken about 1950.
    Erich Wilkens, 1976
    Erich Wilkens, 1976
    This picture was taken of Erich about 1976, at his home in Burlingham, New York. At the time he was retired and kept busy running a "hobby farm," caring for a milk cow, several sheep and a ram, eighty chickens, and a small flock of ducks, along with two vegetable gardens.
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) WIlkens, Her Father and four children
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) WIlkens, Her Father and four children
    Family Photo of Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Her Father and four children. The family was wishing farewell to Erich Wilkens (Mom's father), who was leaving for a visit to Germany within a few days. Location was Queens, New York, in front of the house Erich was living in at the time.
    Names from top left to right;
    Martha (Charest) Wilkens, Ronald Charest, Erich Wilkens, Melinda Charest,
    Second row, left to right:
    Jeffery Charest, Howard Charest
    Photo taken Spring 1972

    Documents
    Birth Certificate of Erich Wilkens
    Birth Certificate of Erich Wilkens
    Birth Certificate of Erich Wilkens. This was apparently a sworn recreation of his birth certificate issued by the City of New York 16 July 1946. Born 29 April 1901 in Blexen, Germany.
    Death Certificate of Erich Wilkens
    Death Certificate of Erich Wilkens
    Death Certificate of Erich Wilkens. Erich died of an apparent heart attack while sitting in his recliner chair, in the main room of his cottage after dinner. He had cared for his farm animals and worked in his garden that day, and went into his cottage for dinner. He was found several hours later by a neighbor coming over for a visit.

    Headstones
    Burial Marker for Martha and Erich Wilkens
    Burial Marker for Martha and Erich Wilkens
    Burial Marker for Martha and Erich Wilkens. This particular section of the cemetery did not allow raised headstones.

    Histories
    History - Erich Bernhardt Wilkens
    History - Erich Bernhardt Wilkens
    A history of the life of Erich Bernhardt Wilkens, written by his oldest grandson Ronald Charest. The source of information in this story is oral family stories.

  • Notes 
    • The birthplace of Erich Wilkens is spelled variously as:
      1) Blexen
      2) Blexersande
      Both appear to be the same location in the district of the Lower Saxon town of Nordenham.
    • One of Erich Wilken's "defining characteristics" was not talking to people when he was angry. He could sometimes go weeks without talking to anybody, not just the person he was angry with. His grandchildren used to tease that "Opa (German title for Grandfather) was having spring fever."
      This appeared to be a Wilkens family trait. At one point Erich and his brother Henry (who also lived in Queens, New York) had a fight. They went several years without talking to each other, even though their wives remained close and the families used to visit during the time the two brothers were not talking.