ISIDOR C. NUNN conducts at 2041 East Eighty ninth Street an undertaking business that has been in three successive
generations of the family at different locations in Cleveland.
Isidor C. Nunn was born at his father's home on Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. His grandfather was born in Baden,
Germany, was reared and educated there, served an apprenticeship at the cabinet maker's trade, and in 1851 caine
to the United States by a sailing vessel that was forty two days on the water. He landed in New York and soon came
to Cleveland. He followed his trade as a cabinet maker. At that time the cabinet maker was almost invariably a
coffin maker, since coffins were then ordered as needed from some local cabinet making shop. In time he established
himself in business as a coffin maker on Lorain Street in what was then Ohio City, and subsequently combined the
service of an undertaker. He is now living retired at the venerable age of ninety two. His wife was a Miss Miller,
also a native of Baden, Germany, and she died many years ago.
One of their nine children is John I. Nunn, who was born in Cleveland in 1860, and as a youth began assisting his
father and later started in business on his own account on Woodland, near Wilson Avenue, a property he leased from
John D. Rockefeller. The Nunn undertaking quarters were on Woodland Avenue for a number of years and subsequently
were moved to 2347 East Fifty fifth Street, and later to 2041 East Eighty ninth Street. John I. Nunn married Mary
Lenze, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and daughter of Casper and Theresa (Knowles) Lenze, who came to this
country from Alsace Lorraine. John I. Nunn and wife had four children: Isidor C., Alardus J., Olga and Wanda. Alga
married Peter Murphy, and Wanda is the wife of Chester Gynn.
Isidor C. Nunn was educated in public and parochial schools, including the Central High School at Cleveland, and
finished his literary education in Notre Dame University at South Bend, Indiana. For one year he studied law in
Cleveland, but gave up further progress in that profession to become associated with his father in the undertaking
business, and is now the manager of the establishment on Eighty ninth Street.
In 1910 he married Miss Anna L. Richard, who was born at Ripley, Ohio, daughter of Emil P. and Elizabeth Richard.
They have three children, John R., Robert C. and William. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of Moose.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
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Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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