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Kutzbach, Wilhelmina D.L. (Meier) Benzing 1855-1951

KUTZBACH, MEIER, BENZING, HOPPE, WITT, WITTE, KUTHE, HOTH, KLUTH, HEINS, SPRINGBORN

Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 3/2/2015 at 12:56:04

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Mon., 15 Jan. 1951.

Monona- Services for Mrs. Wilhelmina Kutzbach, 96, were held Monday at Farmersburg. She died Thursday.

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Added by S. Ferrall 3/2/15:

Wilhelmina Dorthea Louise Kutzbach, nee Meier, daughter of John and Wilhelmina Meier, nee Hoppe, was born March 30, 1855 in Estorf near the Weser, Hanover, Germany. She was baptized on April 9, 1855.

In April, 1856, she came to America with her parents, being on the water eight weeks. Her first birthday was spent on the ship. They first came to an uncle near Garnavillo with whom they stayed for a short while. Then they went to a sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Witt, where they made their home for almost a year, after which they settled on a farm near there for several years. Her father died in the year 1862, when she ....

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On Oct. 12, 1943 she moved to a farm one mile northwest of Farmersburg with her son Louie and her daughter, Adele, where she made her home until her death.

Mrs. Kutzbach was confirmed in our St. John's Lutheran church in 1914 and since that time has been a communicant member of the church. She was a charter member of the Frauen Verein.

Mrs. Kutzbach was an invalid for a little over eighteen years. She was confined to her bed on Nov. 27, 1936 and since that time spent most of her time on the sick bed. She has been totally blind since 1938. She died last Thursday night, Jan. 11, at the age of 95 years, nine months, and 11 days.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, her step-father, two husbands, four children, two brothers, four sisters, three step-sisters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Surviving are her children, Charlie Benzing, Williams, Minn.; Emma (Mrs. Richard Kuthe), Monona; Lena (Mrs. Henry Hoth), Waubay, S.D.; Ernest Kutzbach, Elma, Iowa; Minnie (Mrs. Ernest Kluth), Monona; Louie Kutzbach, Adel Heins and Henry Kutzbach of Farmersburg; Amelia (Mrs. Henry Heins), Luana; Sophie (Mrs. Gus Benzing), Calmar; 28 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Elisa (Mrs. John Hoth), Elkader and other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. from the home of Harland Kutzbach and at 2:00 p.m. from St. John's Lutheran church, Farmersburg. Burial was in Farmersburg-Wagner cemetery. R.H. Steege officiated.

~Clayton County Register, Jan 25, 1951

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Added by Ken Johnson on 9/15/2017:

From the Thurs., 18 Jan. 1951 issue of “The Monona Leader,” page 2, columns 3 and 4:

Mrs. Kutzbach Dies; 95 Years

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Kutzbach, 95, of Farmersburg were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Harland Kutzbach home to St. John’s Lutheran church in Farmersburg at 2 o’clock with Rev. R. H. Steege officiating.

Burial was in the Farmersburg and Wagner cemetery.

Mrs. Kutzbach died Thursday night, Jan. 11. She was an invalid for more than 18 years. She was confined to her bed, Nov. 27, 1936, and since that time spent most of her time on the sick bed. She was blind since 1938.

As Wilhelmina Dorthea Louise, she was born the daughter of John and Wilhelmina Meier, nee Hoppe, March 30, 1855 in Estorf near the Weser, Hanover, Germany. In April, 1856, she came to America with her parents, being on the water eight weeks.

They first came to an uncle near Garnavillo with whom they stayed for a short time. Then they went to a sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Witt [Witte], where they made their home for almost a year, after which they settled on a farm near there for several years.

Her father died in 1862, when she was seven years old. A short time after his death, she with her mother and stepfather, Fred Springborn, moved to a farm 5 miles west of St. Olaf, where they lived three years. They then moved to a farm 3 miles north of Froelich.

She was married to Henry Benzing, April 9, 1871. They settled on a farm, ½ [or ¼] mile northwest of Farmersburg, where she lived for 52 years. Six children were born to this union, four of whom preceded her in death. They were the former Mrs. Richard Kuthe at 18 years, Henry Benzing at 15 years, and two infants. Her husband, Henry Benzing, died Feb. 6, 1880.

Mrs. Kutzbach remained on the farm as a widow for two years. She was married to Henry Kutzbach, Nov. 26, 1882, remaining on the same farm. Eight children were born to this marriage, all of whom are living.

Her husband, Henry Kutzbach, died May 24, 1915. She continued to live on the farm with her sons, Louie and Henry, for ten more years. Jan 1, 1923, she moved into the town of Farmersburg with her son, Louie, where she lived for 20 years. On Oct. 12, 1943 she moved to a farm one mile northwest of Farmersburg with her son Louie and her daughter, Adele, where she made her home until her death.

Mrs. Kutzbach was a member of the Frauenverein of St. John’s Lutheran church.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Richard (Emma) Kuthe and Mrs. Ernest (Minnie) Kluth of Monona, Mrs. Henry (Lena) Hoth of Waubay, S. D., Adele Heins of Farmersburg, Mrs. Henry (Amelia) Heins of Luana, and Mrs. Gus (Sophie) Benzing of Calmar; four sons, Charles Benzing of Williams, Minn., Ernest Kutzbach of Elma, and Louie and Henry Kutzbach of Farmersburg, one sister, Mrs. John Hoth of Elkader; 28 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, who were, Everett Kluth, Earnie Heins, Victor Benzing, Harland and Wallace Kutzbach, and Harvey Kuthe.

[TRANSCRIBER’S NOTES: Other sources give her father’s first name as Fred and her step-father’s first name as John. The “Mr. and Mrs. Fred Witt” would be Friedrich Witte and his second wife Sophia Meier who lived west of Garnavillo at that time. Finally, the distance of her first farm from Farmersburg, noted in the 7th paragraph, is hard to read in the online scan of the obituary.]

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