Rev Fr Robert Leon “Bob” Palen

Rev Fr Robert Leon Bob PalenRev Fr Robert Leon Bob Palen

Birth:  Oct. 14, 1916
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death:  Nov. 20, 2002
DuPage County
Illinois, USA 

Father Bob was a Catholic Priest, the son of Leopold Palen & Besse Leone (Koch) Palen.  After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he took his theology training in Innsbruck, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.Because of World War II, he completed his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.He was ordained June 7, 1941, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa by Archbishop Francis J. Beckman.Father Bob served as an Associate Pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa from 1941 to 1948.Father Robert “Bob” Leon Palen organized the building of the church and rectory at the Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1970’s. Diagnosed with Leukemia in 1979. Retired from the priesthood in July 1982. Father Bob resided at 1117 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302. He continued to give mass to his faithful followers, up until he became too ill to perform his duties. Father Bob resided in Oak Park and, subsequently, Oakbrook Terrace, up until he passed away on November 20, 2002.Surviving are a brother, William “Billy” Edward Palen, of Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. 

Family links: 
  Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
  Besse Leone Koch Palen (1895 – 1962)

Sacred Heart Cemetery 
Jackson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 30
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Letter to cousin, Harry William Linderman, my Grandfather, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, 7-27-1982

St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa.

Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church, c. 1950’s

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa

Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa

My Maternal Grand Uncle, Leo Francis Palen, Iowa

 Leo Francis Palen, 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, June 7, 1917

Name: Leo Francis Palen
Birth:  28 March 1890
Houston County
Minnesota, USA

Death:  5 June 1971
Lee County
Illinois, USA 

Leo Francis Palen, husband of Besse Leone (Koch) Palen, resided 815 Galena Ave., Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.

Father of Virginia Palen (Long), Rev. Robert “Bob” Leon Palen, and William “Billy” Edward Palen.

His Parents were Frank Joseph Palen, and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen.

His parents Frank and Emma resided at 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. 

Description: Beds 4 Bed, Baths 2 Bath, House Size 2,195 Sq Ft, Lot Size 2,600 Sq Ft Lot, Year Built 1890

Leopold’s Grandparents were Leopold Frank Palen and Mary “May”(Haupert) Palen both from Luxembourg. They resided in Caledonia, Houston, County, Minnesota.

Leo was the beloved brother of my maternal grandmother, Phyllis Eugenia Adele (Palen) Linderman. 

Family links: 
  Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
  Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen (1865 – 1930)
  Besse Leone (Koch) Palen (1895 – 1962)
  Robert Leon Palen (1916 – 2002)

  Virginia Besse “Ginnie” Palen (Long) (1919 – 2015)
  William Edward “Billy” Palen (1933 – Living) 

Burial: 1971
Mount Calvary Cemetery 
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA  

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Virginia (Palen) Long, Leo Palen, Harry Linderman, & Jean (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, c.1970.

Patsy, Phyllis Linderman, and Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946

Patricia “Patsy” Linderman, Phyllis Linderman, Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946

Leo Francis Palen and his sister, Phylis “Phyl” Palen Linderman, Dixon, Will County, Illinois, c. 1960’s 

  Leo Palen, Dec. 1962, 4102 Arnold St., Houston, Harris County, Texas, in the backyard of Harry & Phyllis Linderman’s home (Leo’s sister).

Leo Frank Palen, Dixon, Illinois

Leo Francis Palen, Dixon, Illinois, c. 1950’s

Palen family-1898–Back row–May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row–Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen. Front row–Nicholas Frank, Joseph Frank, and Anne Palen in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.

My Maternal Great German Grandmother, Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen

Emma Elsie <i>Claussen</i> Palen

Emma Elsie <i>Claussen</i> PalenEmma Elsie <i>Claussen</i> Palen

Name: Emma Elsie Claussen Palen

Birth:  Feb. 15, 1865 in Monee, Will, Illinois, USA

Death:  Nov. 27, 1930 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, USA 

Daughter of Henry Claussen and Mary (Koble) Claussen both born in Germany. 
Emigrated in 1855 to Illinois.
I was so excited to find Emma in the 1870 Census for Illinois, so now after 25 yrs. of searching I know who her parents and siblings were. Emma was my maternal great grandmother. 

The 1870 Census for Illinois shows:
name: Emma Classen
estimated birth year: 1865
gender: Female
age in 1870: 5y
color : White
birthplace: Illinois
home in 1870: Illinois, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Henry Classen M 43y Germany
Maria Classen F 43y Germany
August Classen M 13y Illinois
Frederick Classen M 11y Illinois
Mina Classen F 9y Illinois
Caroline Classen F 7y Illinois
Emma Classen F 5y Illinois
Louisa Classen F 1y Illinois
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Emma Classen in household of Henry Classen, Illinois, United States; citing p. 4, family 26, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 545791.

Emma was the sister of: August, Frederick, Minnie, Caroline “Carrie”, and Louisa Claussen.
Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, beloved first wife of Frank Joseph Palen, married in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. 

Mother of Phylis Adele Eugenia (Palen) Linderman, my maternal grandmother. I never knew my Great Grandmother, Emma because she died before I was born.

My Mother is Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, and she told me that Emma was Lutheran, but Frank was Catholic. And…that poor Emma had to attend her church alone, because she had promised to raise their children as Catholic. 

My Grandmother wasn’t allowed to attend church with her Mother, and was forced to attend Catholic schools until she was in High School. 
Phylis changed spelling of her name to Phyllis, and then she begged her Father to allow her to go to Public High School. He never forgave himself for it, because she married a Lutheran not a Catholic. 

Through research, thanks to LeRoy Amacher, I found out that Frank and Emma were both buried in the Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, beside each other. Back then if you were not Catholic, then you could not be buried in a Catholic Cemetery.
Emma was a good, loving, and kind woman. She was a homemaker.

Emma and Frank had four children: Leo, Phylis, Hedwig, and Flossie Palen. Hedwig and Flossie died very young. 
They have many, many descendants. They would be proud.

One of their daughters, my Grandmother, Phyllis Adele (Palen) Linderman, and Harry William “Billy” Linderman, had four daughters: Yvonne Phyllis (Burgess) (Levesque), Yvarra “Billie” (Jackson), Jean Marie (Frederick) (Mancill), and Patricia Mae “Patsy” (Cooke), and no sons. 

Family links:
  Henry Claussen (1827 – 1901)
  Maria (Koble) Claussen (1827 – 1903)
  Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
  Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
  Fleicitas Mary “Flossie/Flory” Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920)
  Hedwig Josephine Palen Genz (1898 – 1921)
  Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963) 


Burial: 1930 Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, USA 

CalvarycemeteryThis is the old chapel at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. It is near the center of the cemetery

Old Chapel, Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa

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My Maternal Great Luxembourgeise Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen

English: Description: The rear side of St. Rap...

Dubuque, Iowa, Wagon Bridge, Mississippi River...

The exterior of Saint Mary's Church, Dubuque, ...   The exterior of Saint Mary’s Church, Dubuque, Iowa, United States. This shows the steeple and the exterior of the church. Great grandpa Frank attended this church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Above group photo: Leopold Frank Palen Family-1898-Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota

Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with mustache , Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with mustache)  [my Great Grandfather].

Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary (Haupert) Palen.

Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.

Frank Joseph Palen, in 1948, at 705 W. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa. Great Grandsons; Mike Jackson, Pete & Bill Burgess

Name: Frank Joseph Palen
Birth: Dec. 6, 1864
Houston County
Minnesota, USA

Death: Dec., 1953
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

My Maternal Great Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen, son of Leopold Frank Palen & Mary (May) Haupert Palen, from Bachleiden, Luxembourg.Married Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.Father of Leo Frank, Phylis Adele “Eugenia”(Linderman), Hedwig G., and Flossie Palen.

Devout Catholic.

Resided at 1208 Jackson St. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Married second time to a widow, Ann Nason, who had one daughter (name unknown Nason).

Frank & Ann (Nason) Palen had no children together.

Frank Palen, attended a Catholic Church, there close to the River, the Cathedral of St. Raphael there on Bluff St, because that is where his Grandson, Robert Leon Palen, was ordained on 7 June 1941.

Frank Joseph & Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen are buried beside each other in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Frank resided in Retirement Home near Mount Calvary Cemetery up until his death, because Ann had died before him. His home at 1208 Jackson Street was sold, and the house was hers from her former marriage.

A world of thanks to LeRoy Amacher for taking the time to go and take this photo of Frank Joseph & Emma Elsie Palen’s headstone. I was soooo excited to see it for the first time!

Frank & Emma’s Granddaughter, my Mother, Jean Marie Linderman Frederick Mancill, was 84, and resided in Houston, Texas, Jan. 1, 2012. Mother passed away on 9 March 2012.

Family links:

Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)
May Haupert Palen (1844 – 1937)

Emma Elsie Claussen Palen (1865 – 1930)

Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
Fleicitas M. Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920)
Hedwig J Palen Genz (1898 – 1921)
Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)


Mount Calvary Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

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My Maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold Frank Palen, Luxembourg

English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houst...
English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque,...
English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Luxembourg Skyline



Leo Palen family-1898-Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary Haupert. Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.

Leopold Frank PALEN's Family, 1909, (Leopold's funeral) Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Leo’s funeral, his wife and children, 2 November 1909, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota

My maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen, husband of Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen. Leopold was born on 4 February 1839 in Diekirch, Luxembourg, and died on 2 November 1909 in Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Both of them were from Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Leopold emigrated in 1862 to New York and then by covered wagon to Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leo and May married on 29 March 1864 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Leo was a farmer, and May was a Homemaker.

Parents of twelve (12) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” (Koel), Josef F. “Joe” Palen.

Leopold’s parents were Joseph Palen & Anne Catherine (Pletschette) Palen both of Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Both were Catholic. They are buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. 

My Maternal Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, was the daughter of Frank Joseph Palen.

According to the U.S.Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota for 1880, Mary’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg. All were Catholic.

Luxembourg, 1980, Postcard

I traveled to Luxembourg, France, Belgium,  Netherlands, and England in April 1980 with my parents, Louis & Jean Mancill, and my first husband, at that time, Richard Fallin. This is one of the postcards from our trip.



My Mother’s 85th. Birthday Present~Honoring Our Ancestors

Phylis Eugenia Palen Linderman, Sept. 1928, Yvonne, Billie, & Jean (baby)Linderman, Dubuque, Iowa.
Phylis Eugenia Palen Linderman, Sept. 1928, Yvonne, Billie, & Jean (baby)Linderman, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jean Marie Linderman, c. 1930

This is the only picture that I have of my mother at age two. Jean Marie Linderman, age 2, 1930, Dubuque, Iowa.Phylis Adele Palen Linderman, 1950-60's, Houston, Harris County, Texas at 4002 Arnold St, West University Place

Phyllis Adele Palen Linderman, 1950-60’s, Houston, Harris County, Texas at 4002 Arnold St, West University Place.

Jean Marie “Jeanie” Linderman Frederick Mancill


Birth: Dec. 3, 1927
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

Death: Mar. 9, 2012
Brazoria County
Texas, USA 

Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, daughter of Phyllis “Phyl” (Palen) Linderman and Harry William Linderman.

Granddaughter of Frank Joseph Palen and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, also of Edward Francis Linderman and Gudrun Ivarra (Lund)Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa.

Yvonne, Patsy, Jean, Billie, and Phyllis Linderman, April 28, 1941, Indianapolis, Indiana

Yvonne, Patsy, Jean, Billie, and Phyllis Linderman, April 28, 1941, Indianapolis, Indiana

Jean, Sally, Fran, Pat, and Phyllis, 1987, Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas

Jean Mancill, Sally Brown, Fran Frederick, Pat Aherne-Conroy, and Phyllis Hyden, 1987, Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas

First husband LeRoy Eugene Frederick. Married 15 November 1947, Liberty, Texas. Divorced 1968. the Frederick homestead was at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Texas 77029. Six children together: Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean, Sally Ann, Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie, and Sarah Kay Frederick. Mother was a very loving and creative woman. She taught me how to sew at 16, she made us a braided rug, she knitted, crocheted, needlepointed, and quilted.

Second husband Louis “Honey Lou” Clifford Mancill. Married 5 December 1968, Houston, Texas. Our Mancill homestead was at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas. My Mother and Dad made our house a home. We celebrated many a birthday, and all holidays at this home, at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St., in Houston, Texas. He preceded her in death. No children of this union. Four step sons, Michieal Wayne Mancill, Billy Carl Thomas, Carl Louis and Robert Lawrence Mancill.

She was the life of the party. She lived, she laughed and she loved. Lou called her his “satan pussycat”, and the “princess and the pea”. She was spoiled by my Dad. They spoiled each other. They were each other’s best friends. They were deeply in love.
Mother passed away at home surrounded with family that loved her. She just drifted off, and the angels came to get her. My consolation was she was not in pain, and not alone, and I was able to be there with her for her last six years of her life. Mother just passed today, March 9, 2012, in Rosharon, Texas. She left us peacefully to be with Jesus. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the last six years living together with Mother. We got to be even closer than ever.
She was blessed with a good life, and a good family. She really was always there with all of us six children, up until the last week of her life. She fell on Monday, and we think she had a mini stroke, she never was able to speak clearly after that. She passed away on Friday afternoon, in her sleep.
Mother left us just like she wanted to. She had dignity and respect from all who knew her. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a very giving person, and always was there for her six children. Our family was a very loving, close-knit family.
Burial followed at the same Oaklawn Cemetery, where Aunt Yvonne Linderman (Levesque), Uncle Kenneth Jackson, and Aunt Yvarra “Billie” Linderman (Jackson) are buried.
Mother’s viewing was held on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 4-9pm. The funeral services were on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @11am @ Oaklawn Cemetery Pavilion, on Hwy. 36 in Somerville, TX. location at:, Strickland Funeral Home at 545 8th Street, SOMERVILLE, TEXAS 77879, (979)596-2133.

Family links:
Harry William Linderman (1903 – 1995)
Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)

Leroy Eugene Frederick (1926 – 2006)
Louis Clifford Mancill (1924 – 2002)

Oaklawn Cemetery
Burleson County
Texas, USA 

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Mother’s family was a very musical one. Her father played the violin and organ, and her mother sang and played the piano. Jean was very creative too. Mother and her sister, Patsy both sang. They were all artists.

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