Thursday, March 10, 2011

Late Paternal Grandfather: Leu

I sent an email to GENEALOGICAL AND HERALDIC SOCIETY OF THE REGION OF BASEL‏ and was given this information about my father's father's parents, which I previously did not know:

Hans Felix Leu was born 1. Dec. 1925 in Basel. His parents were Hans Mathias Leu and Frida Elisabeth Schmidt. Hans Mathias Leu came from Leiniswil, canton Bern, but was also from Basel.  Hans Mathias Leu's parents were Hans Leu and Anna Jenny last name unknown.  Frida Elisabeth Schmidt's parents were Friedrich Schmidt and Frieda Blum.
I never had the chance to meet my father's father, Hans Felix Leu. I guess they were estranged for years. I don't know the names of his parents, so I have been trying to find out more about that family line.

Hans "Johnny" Felix Leu
born Dec 1, 1925
place Basel Switzerland
nationality Swiss
parents Hans Mathias Leu and Frida Elisabeth Schmidt
married Eva Maria Aeppli
divorced, later married Hascheli "Edith" Raufer
(Hascheli Edith Raufer had previously been married to Michel Péclard.  They had a son Alain Peclard, who went to Steiner School with my father, Felix Leu.)
child Felix Vital Leu
died 3/14/2001, age 76
place Basel Switzerland
occupation architect

1962 the architect Hans Felix Leu, a former pupil, under five, submitted projects to the architectural competition for a new school building for the Rudolf Steiner School in Basel.

Basel is in the Canton Basel-Stadt


  1. Jane, my name is Christina Zabolitzki-Schneider and we live in Charlotte, NC.
    I knew your Grandfather Hans (he was Johnny!!!!!) Leu and his second wife Haescheli. I had also met your father Felix when he was visiting them in Bottmingen BL. Haschi called him "Tingueli"! I had also met your mother, sailing on the lake of Thun..... "Johnny", your Grandfather had a fabulous racing boat on the Lake of Thun. Would love to tell you more about your Grandfather!!!!!


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