1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula

November 12, 2018 all-day

His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Stefan of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Tuscany, is buried beside his wife, Mary Jerrine Soper, in the quaint St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in remote Northern Michigan.

Archduke Stefan was born August 15, 1932, in the suburban community of Modling, Vienna. He was the eldest son of Archduke Anton of Austria and Princess Ileana of Romania. The family moved a number of times during his youth, including to Romania in 1942 in the midst of World War II. There, they lived for a period in Bran Castle, made famous by its similarities to Count Dracula’s castle. In 1947, the family fled the Communist takeover of Romania, living for a time in both Switzerland and Argentina before ending up in the United States.

Archduke Stefan graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), came to Michigan to work for General Motors, and in 1961 became a citizen of the United States. He passed away on November 12, 1998, and was buried in this Saint Wenceslaus Cemetery in Leelanau County, Michigan.

The church and adjoining cemetery are situated almost equidistant between Suttons Bay, Omena, Northport, and Leland, and this region along Grand Traverse Bay contains a fairly sizable Bohemian population from central Europe.

Source : Atlas Obscura.