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Lydia Failes Sunderman


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 9/4/2011 at 21:12:33

Lydia Failes Sunderman was born on July 17, 1885, near Lansing, Iowa, in a little village called Dalby. She received her education in the Dalby school after which she excelled as a seamstress and worked in a millinery shop in Lansing.

She married Fred Sunderman on October 19, 1904. He was born in Germany and came to the States as a small boy. After their marriage, Mr. Sunderman worked as a butcher in Waukon until his death. They had three sons and one daughter of whom two sons are deceased. A son, Kermit, lives in Waukon and her daughter, Bernita Hopewell, lives in Neteong, N.J. She has one granddaughter, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Her husband died in November of 1958.

Lydia was an active member of the Evangelical Church and sang in the choir. She was a news reporter for the Lansing Mirror newspaper which was owned by George Metcalf, now deceased. She was the eldest of 11 children, and her youngest brother, Edward, is the only survivor. He resides in Kansas City, Ks.

Lydia has a lovely smile and we enjoy her. She loves music, dancing and sing-a-longs, and her toes keep tapping rhythm to any music. She especially enjoys hymn-singing. She became a resident at Hillcrest in October of 1975.

~Sumner Gazette, Hillcrest Resident of the Week Column, pg 5, Jan 27, 1977


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