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May 30, 2017 Received an email from Andreas Koberstein over a year ago on February 16, 2016 about the Koberstein's in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He is interested in finding where his family originated before the wars. If anyone can help let me know.
February 10, 2017 A possible connection between the Koberstein families in Corvallis, Oregon and North Dakota with the Koberstein families in Nebraska and Colorado. they both originated from Sternberg, Brandenberg, Prussia.
September 29, 2015 Found a Koberstein family in the 1871 Ireland census.
June 17, 2015 Cecil L. Koberstein Jr., of North Bend, was born April 13, 1932 in Gaston, Ore. and passed away peacefully June 1, 2015, at his home.
March 31, 2015 Joseph Frederick Koberstein III, age 67, was born to Joe and Olga Koberstein on Nov. 27, 1947, in Madison, and died on March 28, 2015
February 28, 2015 Sterling, Alaska resident, Donald Stanley Koberstein, 77, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
February 15, 2015 With sadness we have learned of the passing of Linus L. Koberstein on November 14, 2014.
September 26, 2014 In September 2014, Kent Kobersteen was able to visit the town of Brynsk, Poland where the earliest Ludwig Koberstein family originated.  He even found two Koberstein graves in the Catholic Cemetery.
July 11, 2014 It is noted, with sadness that Harlan Koberstein passed away on July , 2014 in Madison Wisconsin.
July 4, 2014 With sadness we note the passing of Lorene A. Koberstein on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
February 21, 2014 Wilhelmine "Billie" K. Hannan, 94, of Fremont passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.  Billie was born April 27, 1919, on a ranch north of Lewellen to Ernest and Marie (Kuehne) Koberstein.  Billie married William T. Hannan on May 25, 1941, in Lincoln.  See obituary.
January 16, 2014 Robert Koberstein of Hinton, Alberta, Canada passed away on Thursday January 16th, 2014, he was born on Wednesday Mar. 1, 1922.
November 4, 2013 With sadness we note the passing of Alvin L. Koberstein of Princeton, IN.

Alvin L. Koberstein, 86, of Princeton passed away Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Specialty Select Hospital in Evansville. He was born April 30, 1927 in Haubstadt, Indiana to Emery & Henrietta (Bultman) Koberstein. He lived in the Princeton since 1948, moving here from Hazleton. - See more:

October 15, 2013 Verner W Koberstein, 73, of Polk died Friday October 11, 2013 at Cleveland Clinic.

Funeral services will be Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Matteson Funeral Home in West Salem with Pastor Floyd Costello officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday 5-8. Burial in Polk Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at the funeral home website @  He was born January 1, 1940 in Elyria, Ohio the son of Rudolf and Adolfina (Bock) Koberstein.  He had been engaged in farming all his life.  He is survived by his wife- Donna K. (Klaibor) Koberstein who he married in 1963.  Son, Wayne (Martha) Koberstein of Polk, grandchildren, Christy and Rudolph (Laurel) Koberstein, sisters, Elsie Tyrpak of Rittman and Edna Mudra of Hinkley.  His parents, sister, Carrie and brother, Arthur died previously.

September 30, 2013 Eleanor Koberstein 1927 - 2013 Death Notice: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on September 15, 2013: Koberstein, Eleanor Died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sept. 10, 2013. Ellie was born in Michigan, on Jan. 13, 1927, and grew up in Milwaukee where she met and married her husband, Cal. They raised their 5 children in Menomonee Falls and retired to Las Vegas, NV., to have some fun. Ellie will be remembered for her keen sense of humor and wit, her patience and gentle acceptance of others. She had a great affection for words, be it reading, writing clever poems or word games. Ellie joins her husband Cal, who died in July after 64 years of marriage, on a new journey.
August 16, 2013 We came across this obituary for William Roger (Bill) Koberstein Jan. 7, 1944 - Dec. 25, 2011.  Bill Koberstein was born to Frederick William "Fritz" and Vaneta Wanda Koberstein (née Stagner) at Anderson Hospital in Corvallis.
August 16, 2013 KOBERSTEIN, Erwin July 28, 1934 ~ April 13, 2013 Erwin was predeceased by his parents Gustav and Olga of Poland; wife June; brother-in-law Bill Moffat; and nephew Max Moffat. He is survived by his sister Marie Moffat; nephews Richard (Elizabeth) and Earl (Audry); nieces Denise (Dwayne), Dianne and Ellen; sisters-in-law Curine, Muriel and Pearl; numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2015 4th Avenue North, Regina, SK on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Erwin may be made to the Mount Olive Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2015 4th Avenue, Regina, SK S4R 0T5.
August 15, 2013 With great sadness we note the passing of Donna Koberstein.  Here is the obituary.  "Donna Jean Koberstein (January 7, 1949 - August 6, 2013):  Donna Jean Koberstein Age 64, passed away on Aug. 6, 2013. She had been a department manager at Wal-Mart. She is survived by her husband Ronald Koberstein; sons Paul and Timothy Koberstein; and sister Florence Carry. She is also survived by two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Fibromyalgia Association
November 4, 2012 Additional probable extensions of the Ludwig Koberstein line in West Prussia are delineated.

First of a time line of Koberstein records in Colonie Brinsk (1834-1892) is set forth indicating this family spend over 58 years is the tiny village of Colonie Brinsk.  Given the historical setting on links given there it appears they were in this village from the nearly the time when Prussia annexed this land till it was soon to go back Polish hands.

     The earliest Koberstein vital statistic in Colonie Brinsk is June 6, 1834 for the birth of Christoph’s daughter Wilhelmine.  The latest Koberstein vital statistic in Colonie Brinsk is September 27, 1892 for Carl Hermann Saube son of Johann Saube and Therese nee Koberstein daughter of Johann Friedrick Gottfried Koberstein son of Christoph. Thus Carl is the Great Grandson of Christoph. Thus Koberstein vital statistics covers 58 years in the little village of Colonie Brinsk, West Prussia.  Three of Christoph’s sons (probable), Ludwig Sr., Gottlieb, and Martin immigrated to America about 1854.

Here is a probable connection of the Colonie Brinsk Koberstein family to probable ancestors in Alt-Hutte and Belsin, Posen, Prussia:

     Christoph Koberstein and wife Maria Elizabeth Ikert (Jokert) both of which died in Colonie Brinsk who had a son Ludwig Koberstein.  No birth location for Ludwig in the Colonie Brinsk data, and he is known to have emmigrated to America in 1854.

     Here is a theory for Ludwig Koberstein Birth in Alt-Hutte, Posen, Prussia.  The father here is Christoph born about 1775 and mother Anna Elise Ikert, which is probably the same as Maria Elizabeth Ikert (Jokert).

Here is a probable birth record for Christoph's wife Maria Elizabeth Ikert (Jokert) born in nearby Czarnikau, Posen, Preußen, Germany.

The links below include some of the probable linked Koberstein information.

Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898," Maria Elisabeth Ikert
name: Maria Elisabeth Ikert
gender: Female
baptism/christening date: 20 Dec 1795
baptism/christening place: Czarnikau, Posen, Preußen, Germany
birth date: 01 Dec 1795
father's name: Gottfried Ikert
mother's name: Maria Elisabeth Lentz
indexing project (batch) number: C92628-1
system origin: Germany-EASy
source film number: 1191147
reference number: 169

October 27,2012 A branch of the Matys Matthias Koberstein family from Czarnikowu, Posen, Prussia Charles (Carl) A. Koberstein and Joseph Koberstein imigrated to the United States.  A middle name for Joseph was found in the passport application for his brother Charles (Carl) Andreas Koberstein
October 13, 2012 has extracted and index the records, "Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874".  I have searched all Koberstein entries and put them in the appropriate location maps.  These locations are Spremberg Sorau (I created a probable family file with the names from this location), Schweren an der Warthe, Meseritz, Cottbus, Lübben, Sauen of Beeskow-Storkow in Furstenwalde (with proable family file), Ruppin and Templin.  No clear conncections with existing family ancestral files were seen at this time.  Let me know if you see any.
October 12, 2012 Diego Natalucci Koberstein of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina shared information on his Koberstein ancestry back to Friedrick Koberstein and Justine Saide.  " great-grandfather called himself Friedrich Koberstein, born the 23/1/1883 married with Justine Saide who arrived in Argentina in 1925 from Oriental Prussia I understand near the lake Masurenseen. One of the siblings of Friedrich left to USA." clarified as follows, "... My grandparents were Maximilian Erich Hörhammer (7/8/1902-11/9/1974) married with Wilhelmine Koberstein and the siblings of her: Gustav Koberstein (3/3/1909), Gerard Koberstein (17/11/1914), Frieda Koberstein (26/5/1917) and Reinhold Koberstein (1/12/1922).  I should correct that Friedrich Koberstein his wife Justine Saide with four children arrived first to Uruguay where Wilhermine married M. E. Hörhammer, (in the department of Cannelonis, Uruguay) and then they traveled to Argentina where you resided, I understand that Gerard arrives later here. I look forward to any additional information on this family, which I had not know about previously.  Much thanks to Diego for providing this information.
October 7, 2012 With great sadness I learned from Stefan Robertz that his aunt, Josefine Hildegard Maria ROBERTZ born on 29 Dec 1922, Daughter of Maria Elisabeth KOBERSTEIN and Hermann ROBERTZ passed away on Sept. 04 2012. in Bergheim at the age of 89.  She was suffering from her age and was being taken care of by her sons Wolfgang and Jürgen at her home in Bergheim in Germany.  The funeral was Sept. 11th, 10:00 CEST in Bergheim.  The Ancestral file has been updated.
October 5, 2012 The 1940 United States Federal Census has been extracted for all Koberstein's and linked to know family lines.  A number of new links have been made.  Take a look at the 1940 census and see if the linkages are correct.  Let me know if you can lin any Koberstein names for which I don't kown the family connection.  I have found 269 Koberstein (including variations such as Koberstine, Kobersteen as well as extraction/spelling errors of Koberstien, R used instead of K etc.).  I have been able to link 95% or 256 of them to existing information.  I found one family in Wisconsin, Outagamie county that was unknown before.  Does anyone know which family line they belong to?  Typically this more current cencus data gave infomation on Koberstein born after the 1930 census and before 1940.  Hope you enjoy this easy access to the 1940 census for U.S. Koberstein families complete with links to the actual census sheets.

April 25, 2012 With sadness we note the passing of Clifford Edwin Koberstein, 94, died April 7, 2012, at his home in Kennewick, Washington.  Funeral services were at10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2012, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta Colorado. Burial was at the Eckert Cemetery.  Survivors include one sister, Wilhelmine “Billie” Pauline Han; two sons, Jerrold Lee Koberstein and Rodney Clifford Koberstein; three daughters, Cheryll Elaine Austin, Renee Siminoe and Merrianne Door; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

January 20, 2012 With sadness we note the passing of Adolph J. Koberstein Jr. 

In Memory of Adolph J. Koberstein;  May 16, 1923 - December 18, 2011

Adolph Joseph Koberstein was born May 16, 1923 in Summerville, Massachusetts and passed away December 18, 2011 in Newport Beach, California.


November 1, 2011 Allan Lee Koberstein (1942 - 2011)

December 23, 1942 - October 31, 2011

BROWNSVILLE - Allan died at home in Brownsville, Oregon. He is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and two sisters. Allan retired as a custodian with the Salem Public School District in 2003. He was highly respected for his vocal talent, and won the International Barbershop Quartet Championship with his quartet, the Mark IV in 1969. Memorial service, potluck, and barbershop entertainment by: Four over Fourty. Saturday, December 3rd, 4:00pm, at the Brownsville Christian Church, 117 Main St.

Published in StatesmanJournal on December 2, 2011

January 13, 2012 From: Nick Koberstein []

Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 10:20 PM

To: Terry Koberstein

Subject: New Koberstein

Jerad Michael Koberstein had his second child, Isaiah Michael Koberstein born December 9, 2011 in Texas

Nicholas Ryan Koberstein

October 29, 2011 Rolf Scheufele, 82, of 1318 Gatehouse Ct., passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Piedmont Medical Center. A native of Urach, Germany, Mr. Scheufele was born December 7, 1927, a son of the late Herman and Alma Eisele Scheufele. He was a Mechanical Engineer, a U.S. Army Korea veteran and member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Erie, Pa. Mr. Scheufele was preceded in death by four brothers Herman, Karl, Werner and Gunther Scheufele, all of Riederich, Germany. Surviving are his wife, Helga Scheufele; three daughters, Susi Willis and husband, Ted, of Erie, Pa., Ingrid Koberstein and her husband, Hans, of Sindelfingen, Germany, Christa Eibl and her husband, Carl, of Rock Hill; a son, Marty Scheufele, and his wife, Teresa, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Doris Knodel, and her husband, Martin, of Sindelfingen, Germany; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date in Erie, Pa. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011. Condolences can be e-mailed to the family online at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is serving the family, 700 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, SC.

Published in the Erie Times-News from September 29 to October 2, 2010

 September 16, 2011 Koberstein, Margaret Jean

90 of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on September 9, 2011. She was born August 26, 1921 in Seward, NE. She married Roy Koberstein and moved to MN where they had two sons, Roy, Jr. and Michael. Margaret was a hairdresser along with her husband and sons in Minneapolis. They moved to Phoenix in 1968 and started an insulation manufacturing business. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Sandra Koberstein, granddaughters Shawn (Eric) Cashman, Chris Koberstein, Hastie Koberstein and several great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held September 17, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix. Memorial donations in Margaret's name may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Please visit to leave a tribute in the guest book for the family.

September 4, 2011 Brooks - Koberstein

Laurie and Jim Templeton, along with Arnold and Jan Brooks and Ed and Pryna Koberstein are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children Sandra Joy Brooks and Vance Edwin Koberstein. Wedding will be in Calgary July 29, 2011.


Published in the Calgary Herald on 7/24/2011.

August 31, 2011 Anthony 'Tony' Koberstein, 82, of Nampa, died Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at a Nampa hospital Services are pending Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel 442 8171. Published in Idaho Press Tribune on August 28, 2011
May 5, 2011 Barbara R. Koberstein was born on May 31, 1921 and passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Barbara was a resident of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.

March 10, 2011 Improved theory of the Koberstein surname migration pattern in Europe and then emmigration around the world.
February, 11, 2011 The New Zealand pages has been upgraded with links to Voter Roles and other directories and Immigaration records which have improved the William Koberstein ancestral file.
January 17, 2011 Connected then entry for Karl Koberstein in the WW1 Military Roster for Bavaria, Germany with the Carl Koberstein in the Indiana, U.S.A. Koberstein line.  This family has roots in Volkersleier, Bavaria, Germany.  This record gives his birth and death date (presumably during WW1 in France).
January 14, 2011 62 Koberstein entries for the WWI Military Roster for Bavaria have been extracted.  This a great database since it often contains both spouse as well as parent information.
December 23, 2010 Florence Koberstein widow of Charles W. Koberstein passed away on December 18, 2010 at Saint Elizabeths Medical Center after a long illness. (obituary)
December 11, 2010 I have extended the Canada Koberstein family by one generation.  There are probably more generations however there is not clear genealogical proof at this time.  After more records are extracted this may improve.
December 4, 2010 A new source of records for the Chelm/Lublin area of what is now Poland has revealed many new Koberstein families.  This appears to extend the Koberstein family line that Karl and Gustav Koberstein Immigrated to Canada.
June, 11, 2010 The Hamburg Emigration Passenger Lists had entries for Julius and Matilde Koberstein.  I have been able to put together and interesting biography of this couple that immigrated to the United States.
June, 4, 2010 Recently the Hamburg Emigration Passenger Lists were published to the internet.  I was able to search for Koberstein and was delighted to find emmigration information about Koberstein's going to Brazil which connects with one of the two Koberstein families I know of in southern Brazil.  The root individual Emil Koberstein (data base known as Emil) was in the list.  However on the same passenger list I found his apparent parents, Franz (age 58) and Wilhelmina age 56) Koberstein and their daughter, Frieda (age 15). Since they are all listed as traveling on the same ship and time, I have to assume that Emil (age 32) is the son to Franz and Wilhelmina. Therefore Emil would be brother to Frieda. See the Emil database and the passenger list information.  I had some time before received information about a Francisco, who it is clear is the full name for this Franz.  "My name is Marcos Schroeder, 39 years old, born in Rio do Sul, State of Santa Catarina, South of Brazil. Since many years I search about my ancestors and towns where they lived. I know that the first teacher in Rio do Sul (at that time Südarm, later Bela Aliança and finally Rio do Sul) was Franz KOBERSTEIN. He was born at 06.06.1846 and died at 30.07.1924. I have only this information about him and know that exist some families descendents in Rio do Oeste, near to Rio do Sul and others in Paraná, another State ."  Also more information about this Franz, "The first school that is on record, belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Community, dated in the year 1908. ... The teacher of the school name was Francisco Koberstein (although there is controversy in Hobus the Pastor was the first). Fiori (1991), explains that, for the descendants of foreign - such as "Südarm" was to develop a system of schools where make the distinction between urban areas maintained by school corporations, belonging to the religious congregations and schools or Community colonial (typical of rural areas and low population density). These schools are fit and foreign, in which one or most subjects were taught in foreign language, even if the teacher would be Brazilian nationality. And that is where the problems begin Lutheran School in Rio do Sul."
April 16, 2010 A sad note my third cousin passed way, Terry Kenneth Koberstein.


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