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Gentz, Anna L. C. (Baltz) 1883-1974


Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 4/18/2007 at 15:11:49

Mrs. WILLIAM (Anna Louise Christina Baltz) GENTZ 1883-1974

Mrs. Wm. Gentz

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Luana, for Mrs. William Gentz, who died at the Lutheran home in Strawberry Point, December 2. The Rev. Emil Reinking officiated. Burial was in the Postville Cemetery.

Anna Louise Christina was the daughter of Frederick and Minnie Baltz. She was born January 1, 1883 in rural Postville. She was baptized in infancy in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville, and attended rural schools in the Luana community. She went to work in Peoria, Illinois where she met her future husband. They were married June 7, 1911 in Peoria and shortly after their marriage came to this community living between Postville and Castalia, later moving to the Luana community.

They became parents of eight children. Three children and her husband preceded her in death. Louis died in infancy; her husband died May, 1937; Mrs. Lester (Agnes) Schulte died in December 1939 and Mrs. Gene (Rita) Doerring died in August, 1969.

In 1941 Mrs. Gentz moved into Luana to make her home and lived there until 1968 when she moved to the Lutheran Home at Strawberry Point.

Survivors include a son William of Dubuque; four daughters, Mrs. Harley (Mary) Radloff, Luana; Mrs. Ivan (Hester) McGuire of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Albert (Lou Ann) George of Sommerville, Massachusetts and Mrs. James (Marjorie) Leach of Hiawatha. Also, two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Buhlman and Mrs. Louise Klaus, both of Waterloo; 25 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Submitter note: In Anna's brother Carl Baltz's obituary their mother's maiden name is listed as Zachow. It also says Carl was born in Rattag, Germany and came to the United States with his parents at the age of two years; Carl was born Sept. 21, 1880 and died May 15, 1960. His parents, one sister Minnie and three brothers, August, William and Fred preceded him in death. He was survived by four sisters: MRS. ANNA GENTZ of Luana, Mrs. Bertha Buhlman of Waterloo, Mrs. Louise Claus of Waterloo, Mrs. Lena Johnson and one brother, Ernest Baltz of Orange, California.

Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated 1974, from my mother's obituary collection. Submitter has no further information.


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