Michael A. Stecker


Home   Lehner Photos   Lehnerfamily2   Descendants of Max Lehner   1934 Lehner letter   Mary Lehner Weiss   MinnieWeiss/ShellyStecker
Michael Stecker's Family Tree on My Heritage   Pedigree of Michael Stecker   Solomon Weiss Family  
Weiss Family Photo Page
Stecker FamilyPhoto Page   Stecker Information   Genealogy Database References   Shared DNA between Cousins - video 1
Max Lehner and wife Minnie Cohen Family
first name in Hebrew is Menashe or Manish
(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 

Lehner Family slideshow on YouTube:

Photos & Documents in Lehner Family Album on FamilySearch


Click on either link below to center on Max Lehner (94HB-7L3) of t
he Stecker-Albert-Weiss-Lehner family on FamilySearch dot org:
(fan chart view)

(landscape view)

Next, Sign-In when prompted
if a family member email Michael at
for Username and Password

Lehner Family slideshow


Ancestry dot com GEDCOM of Stecker-fromMH652018 made on January 16, 2022

as of January 16, 2022

GEDCOM for Stecker-Albert-Weiss-Lehner families generated from Legacy 8 family tree software on January 4, 2019:

GEDCOM Legacy Family Tree for Stecker-Albert-Weiss-Lehner-Rothberg as of January 4, 2019

as of January 4, 2019
1,370 individual, 462 families, 1,135 KB
It is a text file with no pictures, that can be imported into any genealogy software to navigate the family tree.



Lehner Family Tree
(As of July, 2022.  Please click mouse twice over image above for family tree enlargement with larger text)

Max Lehner 1900 US Census  image, 1a
MinnieWeiss/ShellyStecker Data
Minnie Weiss-Lehner Letter



Max Lehner
Max Lehner 1909 US passport application
Linda's February, 2019 emails regarding Max migration to Jerusalem in 1911
Max (Menachem"or or in Hebrew Menashe or Manish) Lehner was a "dealer meats" (butcher) born in Russia (Kiev?) circa1838 or 1845(?). 
He immigrated to the USA with his 7 children entering at the Port of New York in August, 1891.
The family residence as of the 1900 US Census, ED1731, was 16 Harrison Street,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 (nee: Cohen) Lehner
Partial composite of 1934 Lehner letter on FamilySearch family tree


Louis Lehner
documents: 1, 2, 2a, 2b, 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: 1891(?).
Residence in 1910 census is Worcester, Massachusetts.  His first wife wife was Sarah Alemski (born 1874,
Died October 26, 1910 (death certificate, 1, 2, 3)

Louis and his first wife Sarah Alemski  had five sons:
Max Lehner, b. 1896, 1930 US census, 1940 US census
Philip Lehner,1898-1982, ? 1940USCensus, wife of Philip: Evelyn Bloomberg(?), only child a son born Marvin (1939) but later changed to George
Emanuel Lehner, b. 1903, single no children
Robert Lehner, b. 1905, married with one son (no children)
Harry Lehner
 born: 29July1909, died: 26Sep1989 (online link), Find-A-Grave

Harry Lehner's wife was the late Adeline Kaplan Lehner(1912-1992).  They have two daughters living in Massachusetts: Susan Lehner Sapolsky and Louise (marred Steer?) grandchildren
Harry Lehner burial information (from Find-A-Grave):
Sharon Memorial Park
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section Gilboa, 11, Lot 69 D, 2
gravestone: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/find-a-grave-prod/photos/2016/246/129204443_1472914129.jpg

Louis had a second wife Rachel (Rosa) Rosenbloom Rapport
 Rosa Rosenbloom Rapport married Louis in 1911 and later divorced .  They had one surviving son Joseph Lehner.
Joseph Lehner 1939 Photo
Or online at:

Joseph --
29 October 1912, New York City – 5 August 2013, Haverford, PA was a famous mathematician (Atkins-Lehner theorem & worked on Manhattan Project to enrich U235 thru gases diffusion).  He had one daughter born in 1943.

Israel Lehner
documents: 1, 2, 2a, 2b, 3 -- why documents

Israel Lehner Family from REF

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, 1b, 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, 1b, 2, 3a, 4, 5, 6
1930 US Census for David Epstein family


Sarah Lehner was the fourth  child of Max and Minnie Lehner. 
Born: January, 1882 in Kiev, Russia. 
May 2, 1963
Sarah married David L. Epstein of Brooklyn, NY
(David was born May 15, 1885 in New York and died April 15, 1961 -- David's parents were Jacob Epstein and Jennie Weinstein)
Sarah (Lehner) and David Epstein had 2 daughters and one son:
Minnie Epstein (Cohen)
born June 20, circa 1908
Minnie Epstein married Sydney Cohen (b. July 4, year unknown).
They had two daughters:
Joan Cohen (b 5/17/33).  Joan is married to Murray Evans (b 6/28/26) and they have 2 children.
Evelyn Cohen (b. ?).  Evelyn is married Martin Coleman and they have 2 children as well.
Freda Epstein (Kessler)
born June 6, 1911 in Brooklyn NY and died October 23, 1979
Freda married Solomon Kessler, on December 15, 1934.
Solomon Kessler was born
April 23, 1911 & died March 1, 1990 in Boca Raton, FL.
Freda and Solomon had two children:
Gerald (Jerry) Kessler, b. February 7, 1941 of Brooklyn, NY
Barbara Kessler (Vaccaro), b. December 14, 1944 of Brooklyn, NY.
Barbara has two sons --
Michael Alan Vaccaro (b. October 28, 1968 in Flushing NY and Scott Ethan Vaccaro (b. May 13, 1971 in New Hyde Park NY)
Arthur Victor Epstein
born December 4, 1913, died May 29, 1967, burial: New Montefiore Cemetery,
West Babylon, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Arthur died at age 54. Arthur was married to:
 Shirley Blatt, b. January 31, 1920, d. 2007
 They had a daughter Renee Marilyn Epstein (b. Jan. 10, 1947, d. Feb. 13, 2018) and a son Alan L. Epstein, M.D., Ph.D. of Pasadena, CA (b. 1950)
Unfortunately, the Kesslers lost touch with them after Arthur died.

Andrew Paul Kessler, born:
January 4, 1972 in Suffern, Rockland, New York, USA., living
Andrew's wife is: Sarah Joy Linzenberg, born: 16 May 1986 in Englewood Cliffs, Bergen, New Jersey, USA, living
Andrew Kessler's father is: Gerald Aaron Kessler, born: 2 Jul 1941in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA, living
Andrew Kessler's mother is Esther Reicher, Born: 26 Dec 1943 in New York County, New York, USA, living

from Barbara Kessler Voccaro on 7-29-2018
Gerald Kessler birth date is February 7, 1941 and Andy’s is January 4, 1972. Barbara's birthday is December 14, 1944.
Barbara's husband’s (2nd marriage) name is Paul Colontino and his birthday is March 13, 1946. My father, Solomon Kessler, was born
April  23, 1911 and he died March 1, 1990 in Boca Raton, FL
Barbara has 2 children, Michael Alan Vaccaro and Scott Ethan Vaccaro. Michael was born October 28, 1968 in Flushing NY. He has 1
daughter, Carly Shaina, born March 13, 2001 in Mt Kisco NY. Scott was born May 13, 1971 in New Hyde Park NY. He is married to
Antoanela Ciomo born April 9, 1972 in Romania. They have 2 children. Emma Caroline was born June 18, 2001. Brett Mathew was born
June 10, 2004. Both were born in Manhasset NY.



Mary Lehner
circa 1884-1915
Possible gravestone of Mary nee: Lehner Weiss (mistaken: Miriam Wise)
(used surname: Leonard)
see 4, 5: my maternal grandmother Mary L.Weiss
documents: 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7a, 8, 8a -- why documents
Lehner Photos

Mary Lehner
(aka Leonard) was the fifth
child of Max and Minnie Lehner. Born June, 1884or5? in Russia, she married (4, 8, 8a) my maternal
grandfather Harry B. Weiss 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):
Possible gravestone of Mary nee: Lehner Weiss (mistaken: Miriam Wise)
Worcester Hebrew Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Auburn, MA 01501
Plot: Section 1 Row H Lot 20
Mary's first child was my mother Minnie Weiss (born February 25, 1914 in Worcester, MA, died December 12, 1982 in California).  Mary's second child was a boy -- Martin Weiss (born 24 September 1915 in Worcester, MA, died 17 November 1915 in West Millbury, Worcester, MA).  Mary died September 26, 1915 when my mother, Minnie Weiss, 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

25 Feb 1914 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 Lihner
(born: Solomon Lehner)
documents: 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8a
Naturalization certificate reference
Lihner gravesite at Adath Israel Cemetery, Boston, MA
https://billiongraves.com/grave/Mathilde-E-Lihner/20018198    also: here
Lehner (later  changed to Lihner) was the sixth
 child of Max and Minnie Lehner
Born: April, 1886 (or possibly December, 1885) in Kiev, Russia (
  He died in 1960 (gravestone)
Solomon Lihner of Worcester, MA married Mathilde(sp?) Ellis (line 42) of Roxbury, MA in 1912 (6 ,
8, 8a).
Solomon Lihner and his wife Mathilde Ellis (1889-1948, gravestone) "Aunt Tillie" had ne daughter:
Bernice M. Lihner
Bernice of Dorchester, MA married Robert Siegel (7), son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Siegel of Brookline, MA in 1947. 
Bernice nee: Lihner and Robert Siegel had 3 sons and one daughter, also grandchildren and great grandchild.
John Harry Lihner
(born: Isaac Lehner)
documents: 1, 1a, 1b, 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

Isaac 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 on 29 Aug 1956
Robert S. Patterson, born in Los Angeles, CA on 15July1958
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


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)



Worcester, Massachusetts, circa 1905


West Los Angeles Mormon Temple