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Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Ellen Johanna Ralph (Rahlf)
March 31, 1966
West Point Republican (West Point, Nebraska)

Ellen Ralph Rites At G. L. Church

On Tuesday afternoon, March 29, 1966, funeral services for Miss Ellen Ralph, life-time resident of West Point, were conducted at Grace Lutheran Church.

Pastor George P. Krebs officiated, burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery and the following served as pallbearers: Charles B. Beckenhauer, Lester Thompson, Grant Woerman, Lyle Jaspersen, Roscoe Wood and Norris Maack, all of West Point.

Marvin Von Seggern was soloist and Mrs. Kenneth Anderson served as organist.

Ben Stalp Funeral Service was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Ellen Ralph was born April 17, 1890, to Mr. and Mrs. Nicolaus Ralph and died Friday, March 25, 1966 in Immanuel Hospital in Omaha following several week's illness at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 8 days.

She attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebr., and was a Registered Nurse having completed her training at Nicholas Senn Hospital in Omaha.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Cuming County Registered Nurses Organization.

Survivors are one brother, Dr. Carl Ralph of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Mary Zich, Omaha; two nephews, Sheridan Ralph, Los Angeles, Calif., and Ralph Grunke of Omaha, and two nieces, Mrs. Joyce Allen, Rye, New York and Evelyn Huettelmaier of Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Catharine Grunke, Alma and Frieda Ralph and three brothers, Alfred, Henry and Johannes Ralph.


Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Heinrich George Ralph (Rahlf)
January 27, 1938
West Point Republican (West Point, Nebraska)

RITES HELD MONDAY FOR HENRY RALPH

Funeral rites were held Monday afternoon at the Conley Funeral parlors for Henry G. Ralph, 67, who had died Thursday morning at the hospital in Homer where he had been since suffering a stroke several months ago.  Pneumonia was the immediate cause of his death.  Burial was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.  Rev. W. A. Klink of the Grace Lutheran church had charge of the services.

Henry G. Ralph was born August 30, 1870 in Burg, Fehmarn, Germany and he lived in his native country, until he was 15 years of age when the family came to America.  They came direct to Cuming county, locating on a farm two and half miles east of this city.  The deceased operated this farm after the retirement of his parents.  In 1930 he disposed of this farm and moved to Thruston county in 1931.

Mr. Ralph was never married.  He is survived by the following sisters and brother, Mrs. Gus E. Grunke and Miss Ellen Ralph of West Point; Mrs. Joseph Zich of Omaha and Dr. Carl Ralph of Grand Island.

Mr. and Mrs. Zich and daughter, Miss Evelyn Mae and Dr. and Mrs. Carl Ralph and son, Sheridan, came here Sunday and returned to their homes Monday after the services.


Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Nicolaus and Catharina Dorothea Ralph (Rahlf)
April 5, 1928
West Point Republican (West Point, Nebraska)

MR. AND MRS. NICK RALPH BURIED ON SAME DAY

After nearly sixty-one years of married life, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ralph died within two days apart at their home on north Lincoln Street and were buried together on Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Ralph died on March 29 at the age of eighty-two years, 2 months and 21 days and Mr. Ralph died on March 31 at the age of ninthy-three years and three days.

Although Mrs. Ralph had been an invalid for several years, the immediate cause of her death was a severe cold.  Mr. Ralph, who always enjoyed a healthful life, was sick only from the time his wife passed away.  Hence, since their marriage in 1867, they were separated for only two days.

Nicolaus Ralph was born March 28, 1835 in Staberdorf, on the Island of Fehmarn, Germany.  He was baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church from which he also received his education.  When he reached the age when he could enlist as a seaman, he sailed under the flag of his country to all parts of the world.  This service terminated when he had been in the merchant marine for five years.

Dorothea Ralph, nee Tiedgens, was born January 8, 1846 in Burg, on the Island of Fehmarn, Germany.  She was likewise baptised and reared in the Lutheran faith.

On December 1, 1867, the couple was united in marriage.  They resided in Germany until 1885, when they came to America and located on a farm east of West Point.  Here they worked diligently as did all the early pioneers and their labors were richly rewarded in after years.

This union was blessed with nine children, five who are still living, two sons and three daughters; Henry, West Point, Carl, Grand Island, Mrs. Gus Grunke, West Point, Mrs. Joseph Zich, Omaha and Miss Ellen Ralph, West Point.  Two sons and two daughters proceeded the couple in death.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Ralph were citizens of fine character and contributed in a rich measure to the welfare and upbuilding of the communty.  Their principle aim during their married life was the welfare of their children, still they found ample time for the service of God and their fellow men.  They were ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Funeral services were held at Grace Lutheran church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. A. Klink officiating.  Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Besides their children named above, they are survived by five grandchildren.


Submitted by: Claire Marie Grant
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Erma Gertrude "Anna" Lafrenz / Ralfs
Born; August 06,1906 in Todendorf, Fehmarn Germany
Married; George Washington Ralfs Dec. 26,1924 in Durant, Iowa
Died April 26,1970 in Sioux Falls S.D.
buried April 29, Mapelwood Cemetery, Luverne Minn.

ANN L.RALFS
Ann L. Ralfs was born in Germany on August 28,1906. She was the daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Fritz Lafrenz. She came to America at age six and to Rock County in 1919. she was united in marriage to George Ralfs at Durant Iowa on December 26,1924. They moved to Luverne in 1940. Mr. Ralfs passed away in 1950. She is survived by her four children, Helen; Mrs. L.J. Sienbenahler of Hardwick, Harold Of Canton, S.D. Velma; Mrs. Vernon Grant of Humboldt S.D. and Julie Mrs. Dick Anderson of Madelia Minn. she is also survived by 12 grandchildren ,one sister Marie ;Mrs. Harley Bell of Luverne ,3 brothers Hans & Henry Lafrenz, Luverne and Fritz of Sioux
Falls. Mrs. Rals was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Luverne.


Submitted by: Marlene Heinsohn
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Margaretha Radecker Reimers
14 May 1920
West Point Republican

Mrs. Julus Reimers
We are pained to announce the death of Mrs. Julius Reimers which ocurred on Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Walter, on the east side.  Mrs. Reimers was 69 years of age and for the past year has been confined to her bed due to inability to walk.  She is survived by her husband, Julius Reimers, three sons, Herman, Charles and Walter, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild, all of whom reside in this county.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Friday) from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 3:30 and interment made in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Reimers, nee Radecker, was born October 30, 1851 at Petersdorf, Germany, and spent her childhood in that country.  On September 25, 1870, she was united in marriage to the husband who survives her, and established a home in Germany where her three sons were born.  In the spring of 1882, the family emigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago, and remaining there one year, when they came to this county and settled on a farm near this city.  After twenty five years residence there, they retired to West Point.  Ten years later, the aged couple returned to the farm and made their home with their son, Walter, where death overtook the mother.

Mrs. Reimers was a woman of notably, fine character, a hard worker, prudent and careful woman, an excellent wife and mother, and held
in the highest esteem by all who knew her.  She was possessed of many sterling domestic virtues and here highest ambitions were the welfare and prosperity of her husband and children.

The Republican extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband and children.


Submitted by: Marlene Heinsohn
hootiejo@webtv.net

Charles Reimers
October 25, 1962
Cuming County Democrat

Chas. Reimers Rites Oct. 17

Funeral rites for Charles J. Reimers, West Point were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1962 at St. Paul's Lutheran church.

Rev. F. A. Niedner officiated and burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery and the following served as pallbearers: Otto, Melvin, Louis, Julius and Allen Reimers and Franklin Radecker, all of West Point, with Ray J. Smith Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Charles John Reimers was born Dec. 31, 1873 in Famern, Germany, to Mr. and Mrs. Julius (nee Margaret Radecker) Reimers and died Monday, Oct. 15, 1962 at his home in West Point following old age complications at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 14 days.

He was baptized in Germany and with his parents moved to Chicago, Illinois and later to West Point, Nebr.

He was confirmed at St. Paul's Luthern church in West Point by the late Rev. E. Oelschlaeger and received his education in District 15, near West Point.

On March 10, 1903 he was married to Alma Gerhardt at St. Paul's church by Rev. E. Oelschlaeger and they were parents of 2 children, Kathryn and Perry.

He farmed his entire life near West Point, and in 1931 retired and moved to his home at 219 South River St., of this city.

Survivors are his wife, Alma, one daughter (Kathryn), Mrs. Arland Sass, and one son, Perry Reimers, both of West Point; also 3 grandchildren, Jerry and Thomas Reimers and Charles Sass, and 2 great-grandchildren, Danny and Janette Reimers.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Herman and Walter.
 
Relatives and friends attended the funeral services from Beemer, Wisner, Pender, Bellevue, Omaha and West Point, Nebr.



Submitted by: Marlene Heinsohn
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Herman Reimers
17 Dec 1942
West Point Republican

Funeral services were held for  the late Herman Reimers Saturday at one-thirty from the family home and at two from St. Paul's Lutheran church.  Rev. E. Oelschlaeger officiated at the services and burial was made in Mount Hope cemetery.
Herman John Reimers was born May 30, 1871 in Fehmarn, Germany to Julius Reimers and his wife Margaret Radecker Reimers.  He came as a young boy with his parents to the United States in 1882 and settled near West Point, in which community he continued to make his home until his death.
He was married March 10, 1898 to Miss Emma Gerhardt at West Point.  She preceded him in death on December 16, 1925.  Five children survive him and they are Mrs. Johanna Radecker, Otto, Mrs Martha Lauritsen, Allen and Melvin, all of this community.  Eleven grandchildren and two brothers, Charles and Walter of West Point also survive.
Mr. Reimers was interested in civic and church affairs as is evidenced by the offices he held through his life.  He was director of school district 15 for many years, and served on the township board.  His interest in affairs of the Farmers Union was an active one as he had served as director of the Farmers Cooperative company for 27 years and as secretary of the organization for several years.

 


Submitted by: Marlene Heinsohn
 hootiejo@webtv.net

 
John Reimers
 August 8, 1913
 Cuming County Democrat
 
The funeral of John Reimers was held from the residence of his brother,  Julius Reimers, in this city on  Wednesday afternoon, August 6, at 2  o'clock, and the services conducted  at St. Paul's German Lutheran church by Rev. Oelschlaeger.  Interment in  Mt. Hope cemetery.  The deceased was not in good health for about three  months, but his conition did not  become serious until a few days  before his demise.  On Saturday,  August 2, he went to Fremont where  he submitted to an operation which  the physicians did not complete  because of his apparent ill  condition. He passed away at the  Fremont hospital on Tuesday morning  at 10 o'clock, aged 56 years, 1  month, and 16 days, his death being
due to internal cancer.  The body  was brought to this city Tuesday  evening and taken to the Julius  Reimers home.

 John Reimers was a native of  Germany, being born in  Schleswig-Holstein, June 20, 1857.   In 1870, he came with his father  Herman Reimers, then a widower, and  the rest of the family except Julius Reimers, to America locating at  Chicago.  Leading an unmarried life, the subject of this obituary lived  and worked at various places.  For
some time later in life, he lived  upon a section homestead at Cody,  Cherry county.  He sold this section of land last winter and since that  time has made his home at West Point
with his brother or in the country  with his nephews.  He is survived by two brothers, Julius Reimers of this city, and Herman Reimers of  Michigan; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothea Jurgenson of California and Mrs.  Amelia Bertram of Michigan; also  three nephews, Herman, Charlie and  Walter Reimers who are sons of  Julius Reimers, and two nephews and  two nieces, namely. J. J. and Wm  Clausen and Mrs. Martin Bysong and  Mrs. Ed Bysong, who are children of  Mrs. J. C. Clausen (Caroline Louise, now deceased), first wife of J. C.  Clausen, all of this place, besides  many other relatives living in other states.

 To all bereaved by his decease we  extend our condolences.


Submitted by: Marlene Heinsohn
hootiejo@webtv.net

Julius Reimers
26 March 1925
The West Point Republican

As recorded in last week's Republican, Julius Reimers passed away at the home of his son, Walter, on Tuesday noon of last week, March 17th.  Julius Reimers was born on the 16th of November, 1841 at Fehman, Germany and thus at the time of his death had attained the age of eighty-three years, four months and one day.  He grew to manhood in his native land.

On September 25, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Margrette Radecker and three sons were born to this union, Herman, Charley and Walter.  The family came to America on May 30th, 1882 and for a year made their home in Chicago.  They then moved on a farm southeast of West Point, the present Walter Reimers home, and there they lived for many years.  After years of fruitful labor on the farm, Mr. and Mrs. Reimers retired and moved to West Point, residing here for ten years, after which they moved back on the farm to make their home with their son, Walter and family.

Mrs. Reimers preceded her husband into the Great Beyond, having passed away on May 11th, 1920.  Mr. Reimers continued to make his home with his son until his death which resulted from dropsy and the infirmities of old age.

Mr. Reimers was a kind father and true friend.  He was upright and honest in all his dealings with his fellow men and was highly respected by all who knew him.  When still active on the farm, he was always prompt to render service and help his neighbors in time of need.  He was a stanch member of St. Paul's Lutheran church of this vicinity.

He leaves to mourn his death his three sons, Herman, Charley and Walter all of this community, one brother and two sisters in Michigan, one sister in California, fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides numerous friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock at the home and 2:30 o'clock at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rev. Oelschlaeger officiating.  Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

The Republican extends condolences to the bereaved children and friends.


Submitted by: Linda Risinger
risinger@bloomnet.com

Dora Vadersen Reisz
May 16, 1974
Bloomfield Monitor

Dora Reisz Dies May 6th

Mrs. Henry Reisz, nee Dora Vadersen, was born in Danschendorf of Fehmarn, Germany, on May 24, 1889, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Vadersen

She came to America in 1892, settling in Crawford County, Iowa, where she received her education. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith and later became a member of the Methodist Church in Bloomfield.

On September 19, 1907 she was married to Henry William Reisz (Heinrich Wilhelm Reiss). They lived on several different farms in Knox county, Nebraska. She passed away suddenly May 6, 1974, at the home of her sons where she was living.  She was helped by her daughter, Mrs. Tena Elfline. She enjoyed good health until November of 1970 when she suffered a stroke.  She had reached the age of 84 years, 11 months, and 12 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in January of 1957, two sons, two daughters, her parents, one sister and three brothers.

She leaves to mourn her passing, five sons and eight daughters, Harry Reisz, Bloomfield; Mrs Herman (Clara) Rathman, Bloomfield; Louie Reisz, Bloomfield; Mrs. Ole (Frieda) Olson, Bloomfield; Mrs. Arnold(Emma) Sutter, Bloomfield; Mrs. Leonard(Elsie) Benck, Omaha; Mrs. Geo.(Tena) Elfline, Bloomfield; Herbert Reisz, Creighton; Mrs. Eddie(Lena) Wenke, Bloomfield; Mrs. Lawrence(Edna) Moeller, Creighton; Jurgen Reisz, Yankton, SD; Harvey Reisz, Bloomfield; Mrs. Louis(Dorothy) Blunck, Creighton; 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


Submitted by: Linda Risinger
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Heinrich Wilhelm Reiss
Jan 31, 1957
Bloomfield Monitor

Funeral held for Henry Reisz, 74, at Bloomfield.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christ Memorial Methodist Church in Bloomfield on Thursday, Jan. 24, for Henry W. Reisz, 74, farmer living northeast of Bloomfield, who passed away January 21 at a Sioux City, Ia. hospital where he had undergone surgery.  He was slowly recovering from a gall bladder and other operations when he suffered a paralytic stroke eight days before his death.

He is survived by his wife Dora and 13 children, Mrs. Otto Wilker, Mrs. Arnold Sutter, Mrs. Laurence Moeller, Mrs. Louis Blunck and Herbert Reisz, all of Creighton; Harry, Louie and Harvey, at home; Mrs. Ole Olson, Mrs. Eddie Wenke, Mrs George Elfline, and Mrs. Leonard Benck, all of Bloomfield, and Jurgen of Yankton, S.D.


Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Agnes Dorothea Rickers
August 30, 1917
The Schleswig Leader (Schleswig, Iowa)

SKETCH OF DECEASED PIONEER

Mrs. Agnes Dorothea Rickers was born on the 20th of December 1845 at Vadersdorf, on the Island of Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein.  In the year 1865 she came to America with her parents.  At first she stayed in New York where she was employed while her parents went to Davenport.  A year later she came to Davenport and on the 24th of March 1867 was married to Adolph Rickers with whom she lived with for 39 years.  The first seven years of their married life was spent on a farm in Scott county and then they came to Crawford County and settle on a farm in Otter Creek township.  She lived in this township for 30 years, from August 1874 until the death of her husband April 9, 1906.  After his death she came to Schleswig and made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Hugo Krohnke.  Since last Easter she had not been feeling well although she was able to be up and around.  Ten days before her death she was taken sick and confined to her bed and on the evening of August 25th at 2:35 o'clock was taken from this life by a s


Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Dorothea Marie Rickers
February 14, 1963
The Bloomfield Monitor (Bloomfield, Nebraska)

Funeral Saturday for Mrs. Dora Rickers

Passes Away in California on Sunday, Feb. 3rd

Funeral Services for Mrs. Dora Rickers were conducted Saturday morning, February 9th, at St. Mark's Lutheran church.  The Rev. Clarence J. Hansen, pastor, officiated at the last rites at 10:00 o'clock.  A previous service had been held for her at the Methodist Church in Harbor City, California on February 6th, where she passed away on February 3rd.

Burial was made in the Bloomfield Cemetery under the direction of Prescott Funeral Chapel.  Pallbearers were Ray Wilken, George Lukens, Lender Eliasson, John R. Hansen, Edward Hansen and Henry Wilken.

Dorothea Marie Jensen, daughter of Rasmus and Maria (Bumann) Jensen, was born August 8, 1876 in Burg, Fehmarn, Germany.  Baptized in the Lutheran faith as a child, she lived in Germany until 1895, when at the age of nine years, she came to America with her parents.  The family came to Crawford County, Iowa, where she grew to adulthood and was confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

On November 4, 1896, she was united in marriage to George Rickers.  The couple farmed in Crawford County, Iowa until 1908, when they moved to Knox County, Nebraska and a few years later made their residence in Bloomfield.  In 1918, Mr. and Mrs. Rickers went to California, but they returned to the midwest five years later and made their home in Bloomfield from 1923 until Mr. Rickers's death in September of 1950.

Following her husband's passing, Mrs. Rickers continued to make her home in Bloomfield.  She was an active member of St Mark's Lutheran church and of the Women's auxiliaries of the congregation.  She was also active in the Eastern Star and of the American Legion Auxiliary and was past Noble Grand of the Rebecca Lodge of Bloomfield.

Mrs. Rickers was able to continue her residence at her home in Bloomfield until two years ago, when failing health made it necessary for her to move to California to stay with her daughters in that state.  There she continued to be relative active until she had the misfortune to break her hip several weeks ago.  Complications following this proved too much for her frail condition and on February 3, 1963, she passed away in the hospital at Harbor City, California, at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 26 days.

Mrs. Rickers was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers and four sisters.  Survivors include one brother, John Jensen of Schleswig, Iowa; her six children, Henry of Long Beach, California, Lester of Milbrae, California, Lee of Bloomfield, Neb., Mrs. Walter (Hattie) Schroeder of Harbor City, California, Mrs. Hilma Thayne of Fallbrook, California and Mrs. Grace Sawatzke of Delano, California; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends both in Bloomfield and in California.


Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
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Carl Rickert
April 11, 1913
Reinbeck Courier (Reinbeck, Iowa)

CARL RICKERT PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY
Was Sick But a Few Days and His Death a Shock to the Community

Early last Friday morning, April 4th, this community was shocked by the announcement that Carl Rickert had passed away about 11 o'clock Thursday evening at his home north of town.  The announcement was all the more surprising and startling, because it was not generally known he was seriously ill.  In fact, he was in town only a few days before and did not take to his bed but a few hours before his death.

It was known that Mr. Rickert had been afflicted with diabetes for the past ten or eleven years, but in spite of his ailment his rugged constitution kept him up, although the past year or two he had begun to a lose flesh and in a greater or less degree showed that he was not the strongly constituted man he was before the disease fastened itself upon him.

But what really hastened his death was a large and painful carbuncle on his neck, which had been troubling him for a week or more.  This seemed to tax his strengh and vitality and doubtless had much to do in causing his sudden and unexpected death.

Mr. Rickert was born May 1, 1858 in Niendorf, Fehmarn, Germany to Peter and Tebbel (Jansen) Rickert and was at the time of his death, April 3, 1913, aged 54 years, 11 months and 2 days.

His grandfather was a farmer owning something over two hundred acres of land on the Island of Fehmarn, but his father heard the call of the sea and became a ship captain and owner of trading vessels.  The son, Carl, attended the government schools at the home until he was sixteen years of age when, in company with his older brother Hermann, he came to this country.  They journeyed westward to Iowa and found work among the farmers in Scott county at $16 dollars per month.

After he had been in this country for six years, he was married to Miss Emma Strohbehn on December 12, 1880 in Davenport.  For three years after their marriage, they made their home on a rented farm in Scott county, moving then to Grundy county.  In 1887 they purchased the first 80 acres of the present home farm situated a short distance north of Reinbeck.  Here has been the continuous residence of the family for over twenty-six years.

Nine children was born to this union, five sons and four daughters, all living.  They are: William P., living near Cedar Falls, Herman A., and Emil D., both living on the Stewart farm south of town and Elmer C., and Frank Rickert, both at home, Mrs. Bertha C. Shoup, living in Grant township and Anna M., Clara E., and Dorothy Rickert, all at home.  There are also two grandchildren.  These with a beloved wife is left to mourn his death.

The only living member of Mr. Rickert's immediate family is an uncle living in Germany, now 91 years of age.

Mr.  Rickert was a man of industry, integrity and good judgment, a good neighbor and friend, a kind husband and father.

In the death of Mr. Rickert, the community loses a highly respected citizen, one whose counsel was frequently sought and always regarded as reliable and good.  He has held many positions of trust, among the number being assessor for Black Hawk township for about ten years and in none of the positions he held was he ever found wanting or his integrity questioned.  He grew up in the faith of his church of his fatherland and in this faith he died.

Funeral services were held from the Congregational church in this city Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. A. W. Sinden, the pastor, officiating, with interment in the Reinbeck Cemetery.  The procession from the home numbered over sixty carriages and the funeral was one of the longest held in this city for some time.
 


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Daniel Riessen
January 10, 1924
Long Beach Press Telegram

(Daniel Riessen was born October 7, 1857 in Danschendorf, Fehmarn and died January 9, 1924 in Long Beach, California.  He was the son of Claus Riessen and Gertrud Meislahn.  He immigrated to the US with his family as a boy.  He married Agnes Maas (Maass) March 9, 1883 in Crawford County, Iowa)

Daniel Riessen Dies Suddenly Following Acute Heart Attack, Stoops to Remove Board From Driveway and Falls:  Succumbs Later.

     Stooping to remove a board from the driveway yesterday at his home, 1427 Linden Avenue, Daniel Riessen, 66 suffered a heart attack and died in the Montell ambulance as he was being conveyed to the St. Mary's hospital.
     Mr. Riessen, according to his wife, had frequently complained of heart trouble during the past few months.  Yesterday he and his wife were preparing to go downtown and before backing the car out of the drive, he stopped to remove a board in the path of the car.  It is thought that the action was the immediate cause of the fatal attack.
     Montell's ambulance responded to the call but on reaching the hospital Riessen was pronounced dead by Dr. W. H. Newman.  Mr. Riessen was a retired farmer and a native of Germany.  His widow, Mrs. Agnes M. Riessen, five daughters, one son and three brothers survive.  Montell is making burial arrangements.
(Long Beach Press Telegram, January 10, 1924)

Funeral Notice

Riessen, Daniel - aged 66 years died at hos home 1427 Linden Ave.  Widow Agnes M. Riessen.  Father of Mrs. Edward Herbst of Stanton Neb., Mrs. William Schact of Long Beach, Miss Alvena Riessen of Long Beach, Mrs. Hugh Wright of Torrance, Albert Riessen of Livermoore, Calif. and Mrs. Mattie Stetzer of L.A.  Funeral services at Montell, 2pm. Rev. George M. Rourke officiating.  Internment at Sunnyside Cemetery, Sunday January 13, 1924.  (Long Beach Press Telegram, January 13, 1924)

Dan Riessen Passed Away at His Home In California.

     Mrs. George Riessen received word last week of the death of Dan Riessen of Long Beach, California, January 9th.  Mr. Riessen will be remembered here by many having lived in this vicinity for a good many years.  He moved from here to Nebraska and thirteen years ago, moved to California where he has since been making his home.  (The Schleswig Leader, Jan.17,1924, Crawford County, Ia)


Dan Riessen Dead is Reported Here (Randolph, Neb.)

     Dan Riessen, former well known farmer and stock raiser of the McLean neighborhood, is reported to have passed away last week at his home in Long Beach, Calif.  About 18 to 20  years ago Mr. Riessen was one of the best known farmers in this locality and owned the farm now occupied by L. Schomberg 5 miles due west of Randolf.  For many years he has lived in Long Beach.  He has a brother who lives in Osmond, Nebraska.
     Mr. Riessen was a lover of good cattle and was successful as a feeder.  At one time he had a very good heard of Shorthorn cattle, and one of the first in this section.  (The Randolf Times-Enterprise January 17, 1924)


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Dorothea (Schwarzlos) Riessen
April 30, 1925
Osmond Republican

Dorothea Schwarzlos was born May 11, 1845, in Petersdorf, Fehmarn, Germany, and died at her home in Osmond, Nebraska, on April 23, 1925, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 12 days.

In 1868 she came to the United States to Davenport, Iowa, where on January 18, 1876, she was married to Heinrich Riessen. This union was blessed with seven children, namely: Annie, Mrs. W.F. Boye of Glendora, California; Mr. Claus Riessen of Osmond, Nebraska; Mrs. Dora Horstman, of Glendora, California; Bertha Riessen and Amanda Riessen, both of Osmond. Two sons died in infancy.

They lived on a farm near New Liberty, Scott County, Iowa, for 25 years, and in the year 1901 moved to a farm near McLean, Nebraska, and in 1903 moved to Osmond, where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Riessen was baptized and confirmed in the Iowa Synod of the Lutheran church. Funeral services were held from the Osmond Presbyterian church on Monday April 27, 1925, Rev. Sullenberger, a former pastor and close friend of the family, officiating. He was assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Guest.

Both spoke very highly of the Christian character and life of Mrs. Riessen, and the good which she had accomplished during her long life. The church was filled with friends of the departed, and the floral offerings were profuse and very beautiful. Beautiful and appropriate music was furnished by the Misses Emma Cizek, Edna Hoeppner and Mesdames Weeces, Borchert and Hering.

The pall bearers were Andreas Nissen, Nis Nissen, Claus Hinrichsen, John Davids, Joachim Bumann, and August Blunck. Burial was made in the Osmond Cemetery.

Mrs. Riessen was a noble Christian wife and mother, ever solicitous for those who were near and dear to her, and a true friend to all in affliction and distress. Her life was well lived, and the world and her many friends are better for having known her. During her long illness she was a patient sufferer, ready and waiting for her Master's call to come home. She is survived by her devoted husband, the five children and a large number of friends and relatives.

Note: Dorothea was the daughter of Johann and Dorothea (von Thien) Schwarzlos


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George Riessen
January 13, 1916
The Schleswig Leader

George Riessen, a well known respected resident of Schleswig, died in his home here at 9:30 o'clock a.m., January 8, 1916. Age 66 years, 8 months and 16 days. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Friedens Church, with Rev. W.R. Wetzeler in charge. Interment was made in the Morgan Cemetery.

George Riessen was born in Danschendorf on the Island of Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on April 22, 1849 to Claus and Gertrud Meislahn Riessen. Soon after his birth, his parents moved to Petersdorf, Fehmarn, where he grew to manhood. When sixteen, he became a seaman but resigned a year later and came to America first settling in Scott and Shelby counties in Iowa. In 1873 he came to Crawford County, Iowa and settled on a farm in Morgan Township. On September 30, 1875 he was married to Miss Elsabe Rix and to them four children were born, who with his loving wife survive him, except his son Henry M. Riessen, who passed away September 30, 1914. The three daughters are: Minnie, Mrs. Gustav Else on the home farm in Morgan Township, Bertha, Mrs. Ernest Burk of Battle Creek, and Rosa, Mrs. Otto A. Hollander of Schleswig.

The deceased is also survived by seven grandchildren. Five brothers: Nicholas of Fort Calhoun, Neb., Henry of Osmond, Neb., Jurgen of Schleswig, Daniel of Long Beach, California, and Johannes of Charter Oak, Iowa. A step-mother, Mrs Anna Riessen and step-sister, Mrs. Claus Thiedeman of Westside.

Mr. and Mrs. Riessen have lived in town since 1907. Mr. Riessen was a good man of many noble traits. He was liked by everyone and his death is felt all over town. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of everyone.

Those from out-of-town at the funeral were: Henry Riessen of Osmond, Neb., Nicholas Riessen of Fort Calhoun, Neb., Mrs Ed Herbst of Osmond, Neb., Johannes Riessen of Charter Oak, Iowa.


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Heinrich Riessen
June 1929
Osmond Republican

The community was saddened by the sudden death of Mr. Henry Riessen who passed away at his home in Osmond, Nebraska Wednesday morning, June 19, 1929 at the age of eighty-two years, two months, fourteen days.

Mr. Riessen had been feeling poorly for over a year, when he had suffered two paralytic strokes, but during the intervening months had recovered to a great extent. Monday morning he had pursued his usual activities, and had not complained of feeling in ill health but was suddenly stricken with an attack of paralysis, which left him struggling to maintain a feeble grasp of life. Medical counsel was summoned but gave him little hope.

Heinrich Riessen was born April 5, 1847 on the Island of Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. When he was seventeen he came to America with two of his brothers; Jochim and Matthais, on the ship "E. Brockelman" landing in New York City August 22, 1864. He settled and worked in and around Davenport, Iowa for two years, after which he moved to the vicinity of New Liberty, Scott County, Iowa, where he farmed for thirty-five years. On January 18, 1876 he was married to Doris Schwarzlor at Davenport, Iowa. To this union seven children were born.

He became a citizen of the U.S. in 1880. In the year 1901 the family moved to a farm near McLean, Nebraska, living there two years. He then moved to his present home in Osmond, Nebr., where he resided twenty-six years.

Preceding him in death were his wife Doris, who died April 23, 1925 and two sons in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his loss one son, Claus Riessen, of Osmond, four daughters; Annie, Mrs. W. F. Boye of Medford, Oregon, Mrs. Dora Horstman of Glendora, California, Amanda Riessen and Bertha Riessen, also of Osmond, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one half-brother, Johannes Riessen of Charter Oak, Iowa, besides many other relatives and friends.

Relatives present for the funeral from Iowa, were the following: Miss Emma Riessen, Miss Alma Riessen, Henry Riessen, Mrs. John Glau from Schleswig, Mr. And Mrs. Albert Riessen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Koch of Ida Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard Riessen, and Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Ericksen of Battle Creek, Iowa.


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Joachim Christian Riessen
June 25, 1931
Davenport Democrat (Davenport, Iowa)

J. C. RIESSEN, 84, RETIRED FARMER, DIES

Joachim C. Riessen, a retired farmer formerly of Muscatine county and a resident of Davenport for the past 20 years, died this afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at Mercy Hospital, after an extended illness.  He was 84 years of age.  He made his home at 1715 Filmore Street, Davenport.

Mr. Riessen was born March 12, 1847 in Bannesdorf, Fehmarn, Germany to Paul and Hanna (Muller) Riessen and came to America, direct to Scott county, when 10 years of age.  He received his education here and was married May 3, 1871 to Miss Anna Puck at Davenport.  The couple farmed near Walcott for nearly 40 years, when they retired in 1911 and moved to this city to make their home.

Mrs. Riessen preceded her husband in death April 26, 1920.  Two children died in infancy.  He was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Mr. Riessen was a member of the German-American Pioneers of Davenport and of the Knights of Pythias of Walcott.

Surviving are 11 daughters, Mrs. Edward (Minnie) Dietz and Mrs. Paul (Paulina) Leese, both of Hartley, IA., Mrs. John (Edna) Kupper of Everly, IA., Mrs. Frank (Emma) Boldt of Alfred, ND., Mrs. Louis (Cecelia) Dietz, Mrs. Agnes Jepsen and Mrs. Harry (Clara) Willey, all of Davenport, Mrs. Ernest (Anna) Werner and Mrs. Arnold (Lillian) Sindt, both of Walcott and Mrs. Ernest (Dora) Plett and Mrs. Julius (Ella) Schroeder, both of Blue Grass; two sons, Paul Riessen of Hartley, IA., and James Riessen of Stockton, IA.; one brother, Jurgen Riessen and one sister, Mrs. Marx (Elsabe) Harder, both of Walcott, IA.


The body was taken to the Runge mortuary and will be returned to the home Friday morning at 10 o'clock.  Saturday morning at 10 o'clock it will be returned to the chapel for funeral services.  Burial will be in the Walcott Cemetery.
 


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Johannes H. Riessen
May 12, 1938
The Schleswig Leader


CHARTER OAK, IOWA    Johannes H. Riessen, son of Claus and Anna (Maass) Riessen, was born January 27, 1864 on the Isle of Fehmarn, Germany, and was baptized there in the Lutheran Faith in his infancy. At the age of six years he emigrated with his parents to North America, settling in Davenport, Iowa. In the year of 1880 the family moved to Morgan Township, Crawford County, Iowa. While living there with his parents he attended the Lutheran School in Hanover Township and was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in 1881, by the Reverend Gossweiler. On February 6, 1896 he was united in marriage to Luise Clausen, by the Rev. A. Amstein. They moved to their farm in Willow Township, south of Charter Oak, Iowa. This union was blessed with thirteen children. They lived on their farm until 1904, then moving to Charter Oak and soon became the owners of the residence still occupied by the family. Soon after coming to town, Mr. Riessen became interested in he livestock business, forming a partnership with the late Broder C. Jacobsen. This business continued for nearly 25 years. During his lifetime in and near
Charter Oak, Mr. Riessen held many offices ranging from Township constable, township clerk, school director, to that of President of Corporations. At the time of his death he was President of the Farmer's Store and Vice-President of the Farmer's State Bank. He held the office of member of the public school board for over thirty years. Mr. Riessen's health has not been the best for several years, but he became seriously ill less then a week ago, and on Monday May 2nd he entered the Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, for observation and treatment. Here everything possible was done for him, but he grew weaker and at 12:30 PM, Wednesday, May 4, 1938, he passed away, having reached the age of 74 years, 3 months, and 7 days. He leaves to mourn his death: his widow, Luise Riessen, seven daughters ad three sons, namely: Mrs Rosa Christiansen and Mrs
Frieda Mennerich, both of Denison, Iowa, Mrs Hilda Rouze of Ames; Mrs Gertrude Rush of Des Moines; Mrs Helen Ausberger of Jefferson; John Riessen of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Edna, Herbert, Irvin, and Irene at home. Two daughters; Annie and Ella, preceded him in death in infancy and one daughter, Alvina died in 1920 at the age of 18 years. He is survived by 19 grandchildren. One half-sister, seven step-brothers, and one step-sister also preceded him in death. Mr. Riessen was loved and respected by the entire community and great is the number of his friends who mourn his death. Interment at St. Paul's
Lutheran Cemetery on May 6, 1938, the Reverend W. Schroeder officiating



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Jurgen Riessen
June 1921
The Schleswig Leader

     SCHLESWIG, IOWA. The passing of Jurgen Riessen at this home here last Saturday evening, May 28, 1921 removed from our midst another of the pioneer settlers and a good and true citizen. Death came peacefully after several weeks of illness, at the age of 70 years. Mr. Riessen was a man of true worth and character, a hard worker and a kind, loving and indulgent husband and father. His many traits of kindness and his ever ready willingness to assist those in need, won to him a host of warm and true friends who will deeply regret his death. His home life was ideal and his devotion to his wife and children was manifested in his daily life, for his aim and ambition was always to do the things that brought happiness not only to his home circle, but to those with whom he came in contact. Jurgen Riessen was born March 19, 1851, on the Island Fehmarn, Germany. Here he grew to young manhood and received his education and confirmation. At the age of 16 years he came to America, and in 1867 he landed in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Here he worked for about ten years. He then moved to Aspinwall where he purchased an 80-acre farm which he farmed for about six years. He was united in marriage at Aspinwall on the 2nd day of November, 1877, to Miss Minnie Witt, and to this union eight children were born, all of whom are left to mourn the death of their father. A few years after his marriage he moved to a farm in Morgan Township where he made his home until 1910, when he gave up farming and moved to town in order that he and his good wife might enjoy their declining years in peace and comfort. On March 7, 1915, about five years after moving to town, the angel of death entered his home and took his good wife across the river. Since that time he has been at home with his daughter Emma, looking after his wants during these years. His death is deeply mourned by all, especially the children who are: Emma at home; Louie, John, and Dora (Mrs. John Glau), all of this vicinity; Edward at Anthon; Albert and Barney, Ida County; and Maggie (Mrs. Gustav Ericksen) of Battle Creek. He also leaves four brothers, Nicholaus, at Ft. Calhoun, Neb.; Henry, at Osmond, Neb.; Daniel, at Long Beach, Calif., and John, at Charter Oak, Iowa. He is also survived by his aged stepmother at West Side, Anna Gertrude Riessen, who is now past 94 years of age, and 14 grandchildren. The funeral was held from Friedens Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. R. Wetzeler conducting the services, and was largely attended, and the remains consigned to their last rest place beside those of his wife in Morgan Cemetery. The SCHLESWIG LEADER joins with the host of friends of this worthy citizen in extending deepest sympathy to the stricken children and relatives in this sad hour of their trial and tribulation. Those from out of town who attended the funeral are: J. H. Riessen and wife, Louis Sprock and Mrs. F. Rotz of Charter Oak, John Hagge and wife, Julius Thiedemann and wife, Louie Thiedemann and wife, Chas. Thiedemann and wife, and Henry Bornhofdt of West Side, Ed Herbst of Stanton, Neb., Geo. Riessen of Ft. Calhoun, Neb., Ernst Burk and wife, Dan Greenwaldt and wife, Hans Greenwaldt an wife, and Theo. Greenwaldt and wife of Battle Creek, and Louie Ehler and wife of Ida Grove.


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Jurgen Riessen
March 12, 1946
Davenport Democrat Leader (Davenport, Iowa)

Jurgen Riessen, Retired Walcott Farmer, Dies At 92

Jurgen Riessen, 92, a retired farmer and the oldest resident of Walcott, died in his home at 11:25 p.m., Monday following an illness of the past six months.

Mr. Riessen was born September 14, 1853 in Bannesdorf, Fehmarn, Germany to Paul and Hanna (Muller) Riessen and sailed for America with his parents on May 1, 1857, arriving in New York on May 16.  The family came directly to Davenport, purchased a farm near Walcott and resided there for some time, later farming throughout Scott and Muscatine counties for a number of years.

Mr. Riessen married Catharina Anderson in Muscatine county on June 22, 1874 and the couple farmed near Walcott until retiring in 1908 and moving to Walcott.  Mr. Riessen was a member of the German-American Pioneer society.  His wife died March 11, 1928 and a son, Paul, died December 11, 1929.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Katie Frick of Hartley, IA., Mrs. Jay (Bertha) Shaw and Mrs. Harold (Elsie) Fries, both of Davenport and Miss Alvina Riessen at home; five sons, George and Albert Riessen, both of Walcott, IA., Rudolph and Adolph Riessen, both of Stockton, IA., and Carl Riessen of Sanborn, IA.; 28 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will he held in the Runge chapel at 1:30 p.m., Thursday followed by burial in the Walcott Cemetery.
 


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Luise (Clausen) Riessen
April 16, 1959
Charter Oak Times

Luise Riessen was born on July 12, 1877, on the Isle of Fehmarn, Germany.  She was the daughter of Fred Clausen and Fredericka Harenberg Clausen.  In March 1892, she was confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Petersdorf, Fehmarn,  Germany.

In 1893 she immigrated to America and on February 6, 1896, she was united in marriage to Johannes H. Riessen at Charter Oak, Iowa, by Rev. A. Amstein. The couple lived on their farm three miles south of Charter Oak until 1905.  Then they moved into Charter Oak making their home for a short time in a house in the main part of the city, later moving to the southwest part of town where she made her home for 54 years.  Here she lived until the time of her death on Tuesday morning, April 7, 1959.  Mr. Riessen preceded his wife in death on May 1, 1938.

Mrs. Riessen enjoyed good health until the time of her death.  She was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.  She was also a honorary member of the Directors of the Farmers State Bank.

Mrs. Riessen leaves to mourn her death seven daughters and three sons:  They are: Rosa, Mrs John C. Christiansen of Denison, Frieda, Mrs. Charles Mennerick of Wood River, Illinois, Hilda, Mrs. V.L. Rouze of Fort Worth, Texas, Gertrude, Mrs. F.M. Rush of Des Moines, Edna, with whom Mrs. Riessen made her home, John Riessen of Rock Valley, Iowa, Helen, Mrs Lee Ausberger of Jefferson, Iowa, Herbert Riessen of El Segundo, California, Irvin Riessen of DePew, Oklahoma, and Irene, Mrs. Eugene Huelsman of Charter Oak.

Three daughters preceded their mother in death; Annie and Ella in infancy, and Alvena, who died in 1920 at the age of 18 years.  Three brothers preceded their sister in death.  The are: Jochim Clausen, Paul Clausen, and Chris Clausen. 

She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Catherine Gottberg of Schleswig, Iowa and Los Angeles, California.  Also two brothers, Dan and Andrew Clausen of Schleswig, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Emma Westphalen of Charter Oak.  She also leaves 32 grandchildren, and 41 great grandchildren. many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon from St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charter Oak with the Rev. Otto R. Schlegelmilch in charge.  Miss Janet Christiansen of Denison, granddaughter of Mrs. Riessen sang the Twenty-Third Psalm during the service.  Pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Riessen: Jerry Davis, Howard Ahrenholtz, Walter Baker, Duane Smith, Jim Ausberger, and Glenn Rouze.  Interment was made in St. Paul's Cemetery.


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Jacob Robert
Charlevoix County Hearld

     Jacob Roberts passed away at his home in Wilson Township, April 14th, in his 81st year from cererbral hemorhage. He had been ailing for some time past, but was ill only three days.
Mr. Roberts was born in Germany, March 26, 1859 a son of Kai Roberts. He came to the United States with his parents in 1877, and has resided in this region for many years. He lived on and owned a 120-acre farm in Wilson township for some fifty years. There, he purchased timber-land, logged it off, cleared and built a farm home. His specialty was truck farming and retailing his products. He not only sold in East Jordan, but, before the advent of the auto, with team and wagon he went to Boyne City, Charlevoix and Petoskey where he sold his crops. In 1904 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Wetzel at East Jordan. He is survived by two sons and three daughters:--Julius Roberts of East Jordan, Albert Roberts of Flint; Mrs. Grace Moblo, Mrs. Jack Boss, Dorothy Roberts, of East Jordan. Also by fifteen grandchildren. Four brothers, residing in Nebraska, also survive. Funeral services were held from the M. E. Church in East Jordan Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. James Leitch. Burial was at Sunset Hill.


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Kai Roberts
Charlevoix County Herald

Kai Roberts, a well-known resident of this village died at the home of his son, Jacob in Afton last Monday of dropsy. Funeral services were held from the Afton Grange Hall Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. A. D. Grigsby. Deceased was born in Germany January 16, 1837, and came to the United States in 1880, settling on a farm in Nebraska where he lived for about twenty years. He came to East Jordan some ten years ago and since resided here, owning a home on the West Side. He was twice married, both wives preceding him to the beyond, and he leaves five sons--Jacob, James, Julius, Chrisopher and John.


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Marie (Mueller) Roennau
January 1967

Mrs. Asmus Roennau died at the Eventide home on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 2, 1967 at the age of 70 years and two days.
She was born Dec. 31, 1896 in Burg Fehmarn, Germany, the daughter of Max Mueller and Nicolina (Lafrentz) Mueller. In early infancy she was baptized and later affiliated with the Lutheran Church by the rite of confirmation.
At the age of 17 she came to America and made her home in Crawford County. Here she was wed to Henry Marquardt in 1916 and to this marriage one child was born. Mr. Marquardt died in 1923.
In 1925, she was married to Asmus Roennau in Omaha, Neb., and after their marriage they farmed in Ida and Crawford Counties coming to make their home in Denison in 1934. To this marriage, three daughters were born.
Mr. Roennau died on March 14, 1966. Since the month of August in 1966, Mrs. Roennau was a resident of the Eventide home in Denison.
Surviving her death are one son, Leonard Marquardt of Carroll; three daughters, Mrs. Donnabelle Massmann of Westside, Mrs. Darlene Ernst of Schleswig and Mrs. JoAnn Grau of Denison; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as three sisters residing in Germany and one sister, Mrs. Tena Nihsen of Kiron.
Preceding her in death were a brother who died in World War II, one granddaughter, one grandson and one son-in-law, Vernon Ernst of Schleswig.
Her funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church on Jan. 6, with Rev. Carl W. Schmidt officiating. Hymns were sung by the Lutheran Ladies Choir with Mrs. Fred Rabe serving as accompanist. Interment was made in the Morgan Township cemetery. Pallbearers were Walter Grell, Richard Grell, Vernon Nihsen, J. Henry Schroeder, Jack Lambert, and Arnold Suntken.


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Johannes (John) Ruge
July 1965
Sturgis, South Dakota

John Ruge Rites Friday Masonic funeral rites for John Ruge, long-time Meade County resident who died Tuesday at the Deadwood hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Fridey in the Anderson-Stingley Funeral Chapel., J. Wilson Sweaney will be the acting Worshipful Master for the rites.  Ruge, who was born May 21, 1873 on Fehmarn Island at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He came to Cherokee, Ia., on May 27, 1884, and homesteaded near Clough in Meade County in 1909. He was married on Dec. 29, 1915, and his wife preceeded him in death. He served for many years on his township board and was its first treasurer. He also served on his district school board. He is survived by a number of nephews. Interment will be in the Bear Butte Cemetery.

Note: Date of death was July 27, 1965. Place of death was Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota. Burial in the Bear Butte Cemetery at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota. Johannes(John)Ruge was born at Petersdorf,Fehmarn to Joachim Ruge and Anna Dorothea Russmeier.


 

 


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