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Fr. Martin Joseph Mager, O.S.B.

Fr. Martin Joseph Mager, O.S.B.

Male 1894 - 1933  (39 years)

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  • Name Martin Joseph Mager 
    Title Fr. 
    Suffix O.S.B. 
    Born 1 Apr 1894  Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christened 8 Apr 1894  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Name Joseph Mager 
    Residence 13 Jun 1900  102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 20 Apr 1910  102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 5 Jun 1917  St. Anselm College, 100 St. Anselm Dr., Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Clergyman 
    Residence 5 Jun 1917  Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 12 Apr 1930  [6
    Benedictine Priest, Teacher 
    Reference Number PERS129 
    Residence 12 Apr 1930  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    _HEIG Medium  [4
    _WEIG Medium  [4
    Died 13 Nov 1933  Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Saint Mary's Cemetery, 150 Springdale Ave, East Orange, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Priests' section
    Person ID I129  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 

    Father Valerian Mager,   b. 13 Apr 1862, Zepfenhan, Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1913, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anna Marie Steets,   b. 8 Apr 1863, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1941, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Jan 1886  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 8, 9
    Reference Number MARR188 
    Documents
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    Essex, Newark, Ward 3, P. 75, Valerian Mager Family
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    Essex, Newark, Ward 3, P. 76, Mager & Steets Families
    1900 U.S. Census
    1900 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16A-B, Valerian Mager and Jacob Steets Families (1 of 2)
    1900 U.S. Census
    1900 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16A-B, Valerian Mager and Jacob Steets Families (2 of 2)
    1910 U.S. Census
    1910 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED17, P12-B, Valerian Mager Family
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    1920 U.S. Census
    1920 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED119, P. 22-A, Anna Steets Mager Family
    Family ID F60  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Apr 1894 - Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 13 Jun 1900 - 102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 20 Apr 1910 - 102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman - 5 Jun 1917 - St. Anselm College, 100 St. Anselm Dr., Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 5 Jun 1917 - Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Nov 1933 - Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    1907 First Generation of Magers in America
    1907 First Generation of Magers in America
    Valerian Mager, Anna Steets & Children
    Fr. Martin Mager
    Fr. Martin Mager
    1921 Fr. Martin Mager, O.S.B.
    1921 Fr. Martin Mager, O.S.B.
    Probably taken around the time of his ordination

    Documents
    1930 U.S. Census
    1930 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 2, ED7-228, P1-A, Fr. Martin J. Mager OSB
    WWI Civilian Draft Registration Card
    WWI Civilian Draft Registration Card
    1917-06-05 Martin Joseph Mager, OSB
    1921-07-03 Fr. Martin J. Mager ordination prayer card
    1921-07-03 Fr. Martin J. Mager ordination prayer card
    1933-11-14 Fr. Martin Mager obituary
    1933-11-14 Fr. Martin Mager obituary

    Headstones
    Headstone, Martin Mager, OSB
    Headstone, Martin Mager, OSB
    Plot: Priests' section

  • Notes 
    • From Kristen Eggert Vogel, 20 September 2006: "A kindly priest in Newark sent me the obituary listed in the Benedictine directory (and I didn't even ask, so it was quite a surprise!)"

      Father Martin Mager 1 April 1864 - 13 November 1933

      Born in Newark, New Jersey, on 1 April 1894, Joseph Mager was baptized in Saint Mary's Church, Newark, and grew up as a member of Saint Mary's Parish. His early Benedictine influence led him to seek admission to Saint Mary's Abbey, and he was educated both in Newark and in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he attended Saint Anselm College and received a degree of Bachelor of Arts. College studies were interrupted, however, to allow Joseph to complete a year of novitiate in Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and on 7 July 1915, he was professed as Frater Martin, in Saint Mary's Church, Newark, in the presence of Abbot Ernest and confreres.

      At the completion of college studies, Frater Martin began the pursuit of Theology, and on 16 July 1918, he was solemnly professed in Saint Mary's Church, with Abbot Ernest receiving his vows. On 26 June, 1921 Father Martin was ordained to the priesthood, and was assigned to the Abbey and to the Faculty of Saint Benedict's Prep School. His field was the Classics, and he helped many a student get underway in the study of Greek, in an age in which four years of Latin and three years of Greek were the regular staple of the classical course.

      Father Martin was a popular confrere, joyous of countenance and genial in spirit. Contract bridge was a popular card game at recreation in those days, and Father Martin could be seen regularly at one of the bridge tables with his confreres.

      While still a young man Father Martin developed a heart condition that seemed always to deteriorate further. He died at the age of thirty-nine, on 13 November 1933.

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      Recollections from family members solicited and compiled by Terese Schirmer Piccoli, organized and transcribed by Anne Marie Zellner:

      Sr. Loretta Schirmer, OSB (Bernie):

      He baptized me as I was the first niece to be born after he was ordained. He died just before I reached my 12th birthday in 1933.

      He helped out at Blessed Sacrament Church in Elizabeth. Dad took him there every Sunday. I think Uncle George picked him up and took him to Grandma’s. He walked to our home on Crawford Street almost every day to get in his mile walk as exercise for his weak heart. He was always solicitous for us at weddings and other celebrations.

      He took chances at the Blessed Sacrament bazaar for his brothers and sisters. Whatever he won -- dolls, buggies, scooters, basketballs etc. were drawn for according to how much money each sibling gave him to spend ($10.00 = 10 chances on the prizes etc.)

      He taught German and Greek at St. Benedict’s. In 1933 Dad took him with Bill, Sis (Mary Ag) and Angie to the World’s Fair in Chicago.

      Joan (Zellner) Scheuermann:

      A Benedictine monk from St. Mary’s Abbey, Newark; was a German and Greek teacher at St. Benedict’s Prep.

      He was one of the few smokers of cigarettes. I used to sit on his lap at Grandma’s when I was very little and tell him “No ‘moke, Martin!” I remember my dad picking him up almost every Sunday to bring him to Grandma’s for dinner and then we would take him and Grandma, my mom, Anne and me for a ride. We frequently went to Newton (St. Paul’s Abbey) for Vespers or to Delbarton (St. Mary’s Monastery) where we’d sit outside and enjoy cookies and milk for kids, tea and coffee for adults. The abbot joined us and we always loved going to either place.

      He suffered a fatal heart attack at age 39. I was only 6 when he died Nov. 13, 1933.

      Mary Agnes (Sis Schirmer) Schoenberger:

      I loved Uncle Martin. We saw him frequently as he parked his car in our garage on Crawford St. He was very caring about us as children. I still remember some of the prayers from a prayer book (paperback) he gave to us older children. He had a bad heart and when Dad took him, Bill, Angie and me to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, he wore out easily. He would ride the tram in between the exhibits and the three of us would walk and meet him there. I also remember when he was in the hospital toward the end of his life, Bill and Angie and I stopped in to see him on a blustery cold November day as we were on our way to a St. Benedict’s football game. He was very concerned about whether we were dressed warmly enough.

      I also remember him, together with a few fellow priests, and a few of Mom’s brothers coming to Crawford St. every Saturday night to play cards with Dad in the basement. About 11 o’clock, we would take down coffee and sandwiches with orders to come back and remove all food and drink before midnight so everyone could go to Communion on Sunday morning. Uncle Martin always had a late Mass on Sunday and so the 11 o’clock repast was to hopefully stave off hunger until he was able to eat after saying the Mass. The rest of them could all go to an earlier Mass.

      Buddy Sieben:

      Uncle Joe (Fr. Martin OSB) was a teacher at St. Benedict’s Prep school. He taught German and Greek (but it was all Greek to me!) and on Sundays he said Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Elizabeth. His hobby was building radios back in the ‘20s. I remember him bringing a radio to our house and setting it in a cut-glass bowl in the middle of our dining room table and we could all hear KDKA. He was a heavy smoker and died from a heart attack at an early age.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S55] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten, Dr. Edwart Mager, (Location: Freiburg im Breisgau; Date: 1935;), 193.

    2. [S168] Parish Register of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Newark, New Jersey.

    3. [S9] 1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T623, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16 A-B.

    4. [S217] WWI Civilian Draft Registration Card.

    5. [S11] 1910 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T624, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED17, P12-B.

    6. [S15] 1930 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T626, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 2, ED7-228, P1-A.

    7. [S92] Grave Stone.

    8. [S130] Marriage Register of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Newark, NJ, January 1858 - December 1888, 131.

    9. [S266] New Jersey, Marriages, 1678-1985.