The kids and I headed out to search the local cemeteries. As the family did not venture far from where they settled when they immigrated, I started with the public cemeteries nearby. I was able to find some of the family in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, and some at Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, but I was still missing some of the siblings. I found I had been making a lot of assumptions along the way, and had eliminated Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park as viable resting place. Having searched all of the other cemeteries, we headed over to Concordia. There they were, my great-great-grandparents, along with the missing siblings! In order to be buried in Concordia, individuals had to be members of a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (no one ever mentioned that any of the family had attended St. John's Missouri Synod Lutheran, only St. Paul's and St. Peter's - both Evangelical Lutheran. We headed over to St. John's to see if there were any records. The church secretary pulled out a very large book. The book had the death records for my Wilemina and Carl Stange.
As I continued my research, I found Grandpa's memory was not failing, indeed, the wives of his uncles Alfred, Eugene and Otto were named Frieda. Everything Grandpa told me, I was able to prove. I found it is important to take information handed down with a grain of salt, but when it came to information given to me by my grandfather, I knew it was reliable.