Willis Ferdinand Harke

9 December 1924–23 August 2011 (Age 86)
Willingboro Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Willis Ferdinand

When Willis Ferdinand Harke was born on 9 December 1924, his father, Albert John Harke, was 34 and his mother, Pearl Irene Frankenfield, was 31. He married Carolyn Mary Sperber on 31 May 1947. He lived in Cinnaminson, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1930 and Cinnaminson Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1940. He died on 23 August 2011, in Willingboro Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States.

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Willis Ferdinand Harke
Carolyn Mary Sperber
Marriage: 31 May 1947

Spouse and Children

31 May 1947

Parents and Siblings



    Verna Mae Harke


    Ella C Harke


    Rev Albert Frankenfield Harke



    Pearl Harke


World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 9

New Jersey was severely impacted by the Great Depression. In response to the economic woes of the country, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued a series of programs and regulations referred to as the "New Deal". One-tenth of the New Jersey population was already using New Deal programs by 1933.
1947 · New Jersey State Constitution (Current Version)

Age 23

The New Jersey state government was reorganized through a new update to the state constitution. One of the most notable changes was that voting rights were restored to females and non-white citizens. Other adjustments included: Governors could serve four years (instead of three), and the state legislature would include a 40-member senate and 80-member General Assembly.

Name Meaning

North German:1. from a Frisian personal name, a short form of any of the Germanic personal names with hari, heri ‘army’ as the first element ( see for example Herman , Herwig ). 2. possibly a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Middle Low German harke ‘rake’, or a topographic name from herk, hark ‘marsh’, ‘bog’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Willus Harke in household of Albert J Harke, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Willis F Harke in household of Albert J Harke, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willis F Harke, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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