Last month I took the kids on an adventure to Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California. This is the cemetery where many of my husband’s Pope ancestors are buried. There are many people buried in the family grave so I will present a couple of them to you at a time. This week is the head of the family, John and Catherine Pope.
John Pope is the family patriarch. He immigrated to the United States from Germany in the late 1800’s. He married Catherine Offerman after arriving in San Francisco. They had 4 children together. John was the president of Northstar Brewing Company in San Francisco. He is my husband’s great-great-grandfather.
Catherine Offerman was also born in Germany. She is listed as the beloved wife of John Pope in her obituary. Catherine died a horrible death after the house caught on fire while cleaning the floor with gasoline. Her obituary lists many women and german groups that she belonged to. Catherine is my husband’s great-great-grandmother.