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Servigna Godfrey 1880 - 1918


Posted By: Linda H Meyers (email)
Date: 5/31/2008 at 00:37:16


Death Claims Mr. Godfrey After Only a Few Days' Illness -- Burial Made Sunday Morning in the Mt. Hope Cemetary - Masons Attend in Body

A death surrounded by more than usually sad circumstances and one which brought sorrow to everyone occurred about 6 o'clock Saturday morning when Servigna Godfrey passed away after a short illness from the dread disease, dyphtheria. Mr. Godfrey's entire family contracted the disease and the home, two miles northwest of Madrid, was quarantined last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey were both very ill, but their two little girls appear to have escaped with a minor attack. Mrs. Godfrey has borne up will under her sickness and sorrow, and her condition is regarded with every encouragement.
It was thought on Friday evening, the evening before Mr. Godfrey's death, that he would recover. The medicines given him failed to bring a favorable response in his condition however, and he grew worse. Everything possible to do for him was done, but the efforts were futile.
Mr. Godfrey's entire life had been passed in the community. He was born November 8, 1880, in Cass twonship, and at the time of his death on July 20, 1918, was 37 years, 8 months, and 12 days of age. On January 8, 1908 he was united in marriage to Miss Rena Barnevelt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnevelt of Madrid, and to the union were born two daughters, Edna and Bernice. A few years ago they purchased a farm northwest of Madrid where they have since made their home. A beautiful home was erected, the farm improved, and Mr. Godfrey had just reached the place where he expected, very naturally, to enjoy the fruits of several very industrious years, when death claimed him.
Because of the nature of the diseased, a public ceremony was out of the question. As a consequence, the members of the Masonic Lodge of Madrid, with which the deceased was idntified, assembled near the home and Rev. Rockwell of the Christian church read a scripture lesson and made a few brief remarks. Old and familiar hymns were sung by members of the choir of the Christian church. The company of fraternal brethren and friends then preceded the remains to the Mt. Hope cemetery where they were laid to rest.
Mr. Godfrey is survived by his widow and two little daughters, Edna and Bernice; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Godfrey, and brothers and sisters as follows: Mrs. James McGuire, Ashland, Nebr.; Mrs. Amos Hill, Montose, Colo.; Mrs. Delbert Beasley, Boone; J. W. Godfrey, Northwood, Iowa; J. E. Godfrey, Grafton, Iowa; Albert Godfrey, Rembrandt, Iowa; Mr. Chad Godfrey and Miss Zylph Godfrey, Madrid. One sister, Flora, preceded him in death.
The bereaved relatives, particularly the heartbroken wife and little daughters, and the aged father and mother, have the heartfelt sympathy of all. Mr. Godfrey was respected and admired by the entire community. His entire life had been passed here, and none knew him except in the spirit of friendship and neighborliness which characterized his whole life.

from the Madrid Register, Thursday, July 25, 1918


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