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Text permission of Mary Ann Miller, Yakima, Washington, October 2014


Melita (Schall) Miller was born in Selz, Russia on November 15th, 1926.  Her sister Ida Schall is not married and was born on January 14th, 1932 in Selz.  Her sister Emilia Paul (last name is Paul) was born on October 14th, 1928 in Selz.  Emilia Paul was married to Nicholaus (Kolja) Paul who was born on January 7th, 1929.  These three were all born in Russia.  They live in Chemnitz, Germany.  The city of Chemnitz used to be called Karl Marx Stadt during the time when the Communists were in control of East Germany.  Emilia’s husband’s formal name is Nicholaus, but they called him Kolja.  Nicholaus Paul died on December 8th, 2008.

Emilia and Nicholaus Paul’s three children are:

  1. Alexander (Sasha) Paul who was born on March 11th, 1953 in Wachtan, Russia.  Alexander is married to Sonja Paul who was born on August 13th, 1954.  Alexander and Sonja Paul have two children who are Robert Paul, born on January 13th, 1984 and Michael Paul, born on November 17th, 1981.  They call Alexander by the nickname of Sasha.  Robert and Michael were both born in Chemnitz, Germany.
  2. Melita Siegel who was born on March 11th, 1954.  She was married to Frank Siegel who was born on March 18th, 1953.  They had a son named Denis Siegel who was born on March 16th, 1979 and he died in a car accident on the autobahn in Germany on October 4th, 1997.   Frank Siegel died on June 1st, 2006.  Denis was born in Chemnitz, Germany.
  3. Ira Kalweit who was born on July 27th, 1956.  She is married to Detlef Kalweit who was born on August 12, but we don’t know what year.  They have a son named Thomas Kalweit, born in Chemnitz, Germany on April 16th, 1983.

These all live in Chemnitz, Germany.

Melita Miller’s parents are her mother Eva (Zerr) Schall born on July 30th, 1902 in Selz, Russia and Eva died on December 30th, 1986 in Chemnitz, Germany; and Melita’s father was Pius Schall born on March 23th, 1899 in Selz, Russia and he died on August 27th, 1965 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, he died from pancreatic cancer.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Yakima, Washington.
Pius and Eva Schall were married on November 4th, 1924 in Selz, Russia.
Eva (Zerr) Schall’s parents were her mother Margaret (Stolz) Zerr, who was born in 1874 and died in 1942; and her father Wendelen Zerr who was born in 1877 and died in 1946.
Pius Schall’s parents were his mother Francisca (Feller) Schall who was born in 1873 and died in 1933; his father was Sebastian Schall who was born in 1869 in Selz, Russia and died in 1935.

This is from Ned Schall’s research:

Sebastian Schall’s father was Joseph Schall, who was born in 1835 in Selz, Kutschurgan, Russia.  He married Margaretha Frank on June 20th, 1855.  Margaretha was born on September 2nd in 1834 in Selz, Kutschurgan, Russia.

Joseph Schall’s father was Xavier Schall, who was born in 1810 in Selz, Kutschurgan, Russia.  He married Johanna Legzinska.

Xavier Schall’s father was Xavier Schall, who was born in 1785 in Kaidenburg, Weissenburg, Seltz, Alsace, France.  He immigrated with his parents to Selz, Russia in 1808.  He died before the year 1852 in Selz, Kutschurgan, Russia.  He married Marianna Stinger in 1809.  Marianna was born in 1786.

Xavier Schall’s father was Jacob Phillip Schall, who was born on April 30th, 1754 in Eberbach, Weissenburg, Seltz, Alsace, France and he died in 1814 in Selz, Kutschurgan, Russia.  He immigrated with his family from Alsace, France to Selz, Russia in 1808.  He married Eva Margaretha Brinster on July 3rd, 1775.  Eva was born in 1756 in Kaidenburg, Weissenburg, Seltz, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.  Eva died in 1806 in Kaidenburg, Weissenburg, Seltz, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France

Jacob Phillip Schall’s father was Georgius Schall, who was born on January 28th, 1716 in Harthausen, Haguenau, Alsace, France.  He died on January 22nd, 1774 in Eberbach, Weissenburg, Seltz, Alsace, France.  He married Maria Eva Jos.  Maria Eva Jos was born on January 7th, 1725 in Niederroden, Eberbach, Weissenburg, Seltz, Alsace, France and she died on May 12th, 1773 in Eberbach, Weissenburg, Seltz, Alsace, France.  Maria Eva Jos’ father was Antony Jos. Maria Eva Jos’ mother was Maria Eva Killy.  Maria Eva Killy was born in 1702 and died on February 12th, 1777 in Eberbach, Wissembourg, Seltz, Alsace, France.

Georgius Schall’s father was Johannes Schall, who was born in 1684 in Harthausen, Haguenau, Alsace, France.  He married Anna Maria Gehl.  Anna was born in 1686 in Harthausen, Haguenau, Alsace, France.

Johannes Schall’s father was Jacob Schall, who was born in 1645 in Huttendorf, Alsace, France.  He married Anna Eva Gangolphi on October 1st, 1673.  Anna was born in 1648 in Huttendorf, Alsace, France.  Anna’s father was named Jois Michael Gangolphi.

Jacob Schall’s father was Jacob Schall, who was born in 1615 in Huttendorf, Alsace, France.

Jacob Schall’s father was Lorentz Schall, who was born in 1565 in Geuderheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.  He married Agatha Bauer on July 30th, 1593.  Agatha was born in 1570 in Geuderheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.  Agatha’s father was named Wendel Bauer.
 
Lorentz Schall’s father was Christmann Schall, who was born about 1520.
Melita Miller’s mother Eva (Zerr) Schall had the following sisters and brothers:

  1. Helena Scherr and her husband Anton Scherr and they both died in Siberia, Russia.  They had children named Otto and Amalia.
  2. Katherina Jundt and her husband Franz Jundt and they both died in Germany.  They had children named Maria, Rafael, Viktoria Ungemach, and Maria.  Viktoria Ungemach was born in 1940 in Germany and died in 2000 in Germany.
  3. Magdalena Kiefel who died in Siberia, Russia.  Her husband Rochus lives in Germany.  They had two children.
  4. Karolina Zerr who was single, she died in Siberia, Russia.
  5. Barbara who died in Siberia, Russia as well as her husband Remigius Wolf.  They had no children.
  6. Josef Zerr and his wife Marianna who both died in Siberia, Russia.  Their child Otto is in Russia and their child Eugen is in Germany.

Melita Miller’s father Pius Schall had the following brothers and sisters:

  1. Joseph Schall, born in 1893 in Selz, Russia.
  2. Anton Schall, born in 1895 in Selz, Russia.
  3. Johannes, born in Selz, Russia.
  4. Katherina, born in Selz, Russia.
  5. Karolina Fetsch, born in Selz, Russia on November 24th, 1910.  She died on February 18th, 2004 in Regensburg, Germany.

Melita Miller also had a relative in Yakima, Washington named “Aunt” Margaret Weissbeck.  She wasn’t really Melita’s aunt, she was a second cousin of Melita’s father Pius Schall.  Margaret’s first husband had the last name of Stober, then he died.  Then Margaret married her second husband who was Peter Essig.  Margaret was born on March 17th, 1887 in Selz, Russia and she died on February 7th, 1961 in Yakima, Washington.  Her husband Peter Essig was born on August 8th, 1878 in Hungary and he died on February 2nd, 1961 in Yakima, Washington.  Margaret and her husband Peter Essig died within one week of each other in 1961 in Yakima, Washington.  Melita said she thinks that Margaret committed suicide by taking an overdose of pills a week after her husband Peter died.  Margaret Weissbeck’s parents were Franz Joseph Weissbeck who was born in 1861 in Selz, Russia and died on November 1st, 1918 in Vibank, Saskatchewan, Canada, and he was the son of Valentine Weissbeck and Margatetha (Welk) Weissbeck.  Margaret Weissbeck’s mother was Elizabeth (Schall) Weissbeck who was born in 1864 in Selz, Russia and died on September 15th, 1908 in Vibank, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Elizabeth and Franz Weissbeck were married in 1883 in Selz, Russia.
The brothers and sisters of Margaret Weissbeck were as follows:

  1. Regina Weissbeck, born September 6th, 1884 in Selz, Russia; died October 16th, 1967 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  2. Appolonia Weissbeck, born May 4th, 1889 in Selz, Russia; died July 25th, 1928 in Yakima, Washington.
  3. Anton Weissbeck, born February 25th, 1893 in Selz, Russia.
  4. Barbara Weissbeck, born May 25th, 1895 in Selz, Russia; died July 16th, 1956 in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  5. John Weissbeck, born January 1st, 1901 in Selz, Russia; died December 24th, 1976 in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He farmed and later opened a blacksmith shop.  Later he opened a garage, car, and farm implements dealership.  He died of an injury suffered in a car accident.
  6. Joseph Weissbeck, born April 20th, 1904 in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada; died April 28th, 1973.

Balzer and Melita Miller were married on January 2nd, 1952 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  They had children as follows, all born in Yakima, Washington:

  1. Linda Marie Miller born on December 1st, 1952
  2. Rose Marie Miller born on February 25th, 1956
  3. Michael Joseph Miller born on October 3rd, 1963 and died on November 2nd, 1965 from water on the brain.
  4. Mary Ann Miller born on February 11th, 1967.

These four children of Balzer and Melita were all born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Yakima, Washington.

Linda Miller married Jim Doriss on August 9th, 1975 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima, Washington.  They have two children, Kristi Michelle Doriss who was born on December 9th, 1981 and Kevin James Doriss who was born on August 13th, 1985 and they were both born at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon. 

Rose Miller married Chuck Pasquan on June 19th, 2010 at the Yakima County Courthouse in Yakima, Washington.

Kristi Doriss married Tony Varela on July 18th, 2014 at the Balch Hotel in Dufur, Oregon.
  
The famous American band leader Lawrence Welk’s parents came from Selz, Russia to Strasburg, North Dakota in 1893.  Lawrence Welk’s parents’ names were Ludwig and Christina Welk.

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