"Kate Wenzel ... was born 5 Aug 1852 in Milwaukee, Waukesha, WI. Her step father's name was John Wenzel. Her mother was Mary Ann Van Hyde ... I am looking for Kate's birth father and more information on her mother."
There are death notices in Milwaukee's German newspapers for a Maria Wenzel, née der Heyde, 40 yr; survived by Joh. Karl Wenzel. This may or may not be a match to this 1999 query?
"Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950).
Gary Rebholz, compiler/editor
Indexing Milwaukee's German newspapers continuously since 2007... helping family researchers collect evidence of our historic German-American culture.