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Max Lehner Family
(My mother's maternal family)
"My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors, to put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the  family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story!  So, we do.  In finding them, we somehow find ourselves ...."
from: The Story Tellers by
Della M. Cummings Wright 

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Max Lehner
Max ("Menachem") Lehner was a "dealer meats" (butcher) born in Russia (Kiev?) in 1838.  He immigrated with his family to the USA circa 1890.
The family residence as of the 1900 US Census, ED1731, was 16 Harrison St., Worcester, MA (aerial view).

1900 US Census for Max Lehner family - online:

Max Lehner family of Worcester, MA in 1900 US Census
Max Lehner (father, head of household, sells meats, born May 1838 in Russia)
Louis Lehner (eldest son, born August 1871 in Russia)
Israel Lehner (son, born July 1873 in Russia)
Eva (daughter, born April 1879 in Russia)
Sarah (daughter, born January 1882 in Russia)
Mary (daughter, born June 1884 in Russia)
Solomon (son, born December 1885 in Russia)
Isaac (youngest son, born May 1889 in Russia)

Children of Max and Minnie Lehner
Partial composite of 1934 Lehner letter on FamilySearch family tree

Louis Lehner
documents: 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, 7, 8, 8a -- why documents

Louis Lehner was the eldest child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born in 1872 in Russia.  Immigrates to USA: 1889(?).
Residence in 1910 census is Worcester, Massachusetts.  His wife was Sarah Alemski (born 1874, Died (death certificate, 1, 2, 3) October 26, 1910).
He had a second wife Rosa Rosenbloom Rapport who he married in 1911.
Louis and his wife Sarah had five sons:
Max Lehner, b. 1896, 1930 US census, 1940 US census
Philip Lehner,
b. 1899, ? 1940USCensus
Emanuel Lehner,
b. 1903
Robert Lehner,
b. 1905
Harry Lehner,
born: 29July1909, died: 26Sep1989 (online link)

Israel Lehner
documents: 1, 2, 2a, 3 -- why documents
Israel Lehner Family from REF

Israel Lehner was the second living child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born July, 1874 in Russia.  Died December 24, 1960.
Israel and his wife Annie Chafitz Lehner had eight children:
Rose, 1893-1960 (married Abraham
Berman), Child: Alan Maxwell Berman, 1927-1954
Samuel, 17Feb1895-17Jul1895
Minnie, 1896-?
Louis Shreier), Child: Edith/Enid?,  about Minnie
Etta, 1899-?
Jessica, 1904-1981
Alan Dansker), Child: Marvin
Milton, 1906-1909
Lillian Harmony, 1907-1996
Bennett, 1908-1969
(married Clara Shrair) had -- Children: Boy & Girl, grandchildren: 4, great grandchildren: 8

Eva Lehner
documents: 1, 1a, 2, 3,
4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6, 6a
Eva Lehner was the third child of Max Lehner. Born April, 1879 in Russia and died December 31,1915 in Worcester, MA.
Eva mother's maiden name is unclear as Windyl Elemsky is listed on Eva Rosenblum's death certificate (
2) of 1915.  Also on the death certificate, her father
is listed as Max Lehner and witness is Louis Lehner (probably her elder brother).
I believe she and her husband Israel Rosenblum, a tailor, in Worcester, MA are listed in Minnie Weiss Baby book (
3) as
dress & peticoat gift giver Mr. & Mrs. I. Rosenblum.
Her gravestone (4, 4a ) suggests she had children.
Eva Lehner and her husband Israel Rosenblum had two sons I could find:
Herman Rosenblum, b. Jan. 6, 1911
(5, 5a)
Abraham T. Rosenblum, b. Dec. 10, 1913
(6, 6a)

Sarah Lehner
documents: 1, 1a, 2
Lehner was the fourth
 child of Max Lehner.  Born January, 1882 in Russia.  Her married last name was Epstein and she lived in Brooklyn, NY.
She had at least two daughters.

Mary Lehner
(used surname: Leonard)
see 4, 5: my maternal grandmother Mary L.Weiss
documents: 1, 1a, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7a -- why documents
Lehner Photos

Lehner was the fifth
child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born June, 1884or5? in Russia, she married (4) my maternal grandfather Harry B. Weiss (ref) on Nov. 10, 1912 (Boston) and lived at 37 Paine St., Worcester, MA in 1915.  She died (3) on September 26, 1915 at age 30 and was buried in the Hebrew Cemetery in Auburn, MA.  Her gravestone is probably mis-labeled as Miriam Wise with the correct death date of September 26, 1915 (7, 7a, 7b):
Worcester Hebrew Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Auburn, MA 01501
Plot: Section 1 Row H Lot 20
Her first and only living child was my mother Minnie Weiss (born February 25, 1914 in Worcester, MA). Mary died when my mother was less than two years old. My mother Minnie (later changed to Shelly)  married Samuel L. Stecker.
Mary Lehner/Leonard and her husband Harry B. Weiss had one daughter:
Minnie (Shelly) Weiss, 1914-1982

25Feb1914 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Minnie Weiss (Shelly Stecker) died on December 12, 1982 in Chula Vista, CA.
Buried on 15Dec1982, 2:00 PM, at Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary, Los Angeles 90045
 grave site:
 Shelly Minnie Stecker
 Block 6, Plot 139, Space 8, Mt. of Olives
 Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
 6001 Centinela Ave
 Los Angeles, California 90045

She married Samuel L. Stecker and had two children -- Stephen Leonard Stecker and Michael Alan Stecker.
Three grandchildren from Stephen Stecker & Alix Colcombet: Tiffany, Mathieu, Dylan Stecker of San Diego, CA  

Solomon Lehner
(used name: Solomon Lihner)
documents: 1, 1a, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8a
Naturalization certificate reference
Lehner (later Lihner) was the sixth  child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born December, 1885 or possibly April, 1886 in Kiev, Russia (5).  Solomon Lihner of Worcester, MA married Mathilda(sp?) Ellis (line 42) of Roxbury, MA in 1912 (6 , 8, 8a).
Solomon Lihner and his wife Mathilde Ellis "Aunt Tillie" had at least one daughter:
Bernice M. Lihner
Bernice of Dorchester, MA married Robert Siegel (7), son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Siegel of Brookline, MA in 1947. 

Isaac Lehner
(used the name: John Harry Lihner)
documents: 1, 1a, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 6
1934 Lehner letter
1942 Draft Registration card for John Harry Lihner
1940 US Census for John H. Lihner family, ED no. 60-1143, lines 12-15
John H. Lihner grave
Buried 1962 at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills, CA), plot: Summerland, Map A46, Lot 6238, Space 1
Headstone photo & memorial on Find A Grave

Lehner was the seventh living
 child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born May, 1889 in Russia and died 3March1962 in Los Angeles, CA.  He changed
his name to John Lihner and was referred to as "Uncle Johnny" in the 1934 letter to my mom and in her baby book.  He married Lillian R. of Vermont and lived
 in Los Angeles, California.

John H. Lihner (Isaac Lehner) and his wife Lillian Ruby Guyette had twin daughters (ref1, ref2, ref3) after 15 years of marriage:

Joanne Marie Lihner, daughter of John Lihner, probably born 6 Dec 1931,was married with children:
Husband of Joanne Lihner: Raymond Ellsworth Patterson, married in Maywood (Los Angeles), 2Dec1951
Children of Joanne Lihner & Raymond Patterson:
Lucy R. Patterson, born in Los Angeles, CA in 1956
Robert S. Patterson, born in Los Angeles, CA in 1958
Betty Jane Lihner, daughter of John Lihner, probably born 6 Dec 1931, had two husbands
first husband of Betty J. Lihner: Ralph Harrison Shears, married in Los Angeles on 13 Feb1954
second husband of Betty J. Lehner was Glenn E. Montgomery, married 3June1961



Worcester, Massachusetts, circa 1905


Mary Lehner (Leonard) Weiss Death Certificate
(my maternal grandmother died September 26,1915 in Worcester, Massachusetts)

Actual  online death certificate for Mary Lehner Weiss at:


Harry Weiss and Mary Leonard/Lehner Marriage Data
(My maternal grandparents)
Marriages Registered in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1912 (no. 1593)




Lehner-Weiss-Albert-Stecher Family



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