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Klinkenberg, Johanna (Radloff) 1867-1926


Posted By: Renae Hodgin (email)
Date: 11/2/2013 at 18:59:20

Johanna, daughter of Fredrick Radloff and wife Marie, nee Henning, was born at Robkow, Germany, on June 1st, 1867, and moved to Wegezin, when one year old. There she spent her childhood days, attended the public school, and was confirmed at the age of fourteen years. In 1881 the family left its native country and came to America, selecting Clayton County, Iowa, as their future home.

A few years later, on February 13th, 1885, Johanna was married to August Klinkenberg, at Clayton Center. The young couple went to housekeeping on a farm on the Elkader-McGregor road, about four miles north of Elkader. This was to be their home for the next ninetten years. Then, because of Mrs. Klinkenberg's impaired health, it was thought best to leave the farm. So the place was rented, and in the spring of 1904 the couple moved to Elkader, where in a short time they had won the high esteem of neighbors and friends.

Thus the years passed by, until on October 29th, 1921, Mr. Klinkenberg, having been ill only a few days, was called by the "Grim Reaper, death." As Mrs. Klinkenberg was in feeble health, the almost sudden departure of her life's companion proved to be too much of a shock, from which she never fully recovered. Although it was a lonely life, she could not make up her mind to break up the home which had become so dear to her. So she remained, only occasionally visiting relatives and friends; always glad to return home again.

For the last twenty years Mrs. Klinkenberg suffered more or less from diabetes, but was able to be up and around until three weeks ago, when infection set in, causing intense suffering most of the time. The best of care was given her by loving relatives and friends, a nurse was called, and nothing was left undone to give relief and comfort to the suffering patient, until toward evening on Tuesday, September 14th, 1926, her spirit returned unto God who gave it. Her journey of life here upon earth having been 59 years, three months and 13 days.

Her departure is mourned by one brother, Fred Radloff, of Garner, Iowa, and four sisters as follows: Mrs. Lena Kuhse, Postville, Iowa; Mrs. Bertha Ihde, Hawley, Minn.; Mrs. Alvina Strien, Farmersburg, Iowa and Mrs. Mathilda Heins, Elkader, Iowa; and a host of friends and neighbors.

She was a faithful member of the Evangelical church and the Frauen-Verein.

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, Sept. 17th, at the Evangelical church, Rev. C.H. Franke, officiating. the Frauen-Verein attended in a body, and sang two songs in memory of the departed member. Interment was made in the East Side cemetery.

~unknown newspaper clipping & issue date, most likely an Elkader paper
~Submitter was a Radloff


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