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Lembke, Elise (Springborn) 1862-1946


Posted By: Ken Johnson (email)
Date: 9/15/2017 at 22:40:46

From the Thurs., 2 May 1946 issue of “The Monona Leader,” page 1, column 5:

Mrs. Lembke Services Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Fred Lembke, 84, were held last Saturday afternoon from the residence at 1:45 o’clock to St. Paul’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock with Rev. R. C. Schlueter officiating.

Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery.

Since 1926 Mrs. Lembke’s eyesight had been poorly, being almost blind in recent years. During this time Miss Winnifred Clark patiently cared for her. She suffered a stroke, April 20, and was taken to the New Sanitarium at Prairie du Chien for treatment. She died from the effects of the stroke Wednesday evening, April 24, at 10:30 o’clock.

As Elise, she was born the second youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Springborn in Clayton county at Elkader, Feb. 12, 1862. She was educated in the public schools of Clayton county and lived all her life in Clayton and Allamakee counties.

She was married to Fred Lembke, Feb. 28, 1884, at the home of his deceased brother, Henry Lembke, Sr., then living on a farm 3 miles south of Monona. In March, 1884, Mr. and Mrs. Lembke settled on a farm 3 miles north of Monona in Franklin township, Allamakee county, where they lived 33 years, retiring to Monona in February, 1917.

The Lembkes were privileged to celebrate 59 wedding anniversaries together with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Lembke died March 22, 1943.

Mrs. Lembke was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran church for 62 years. It was a at her wedding that plans were made to establish a Lutheran church in Monona. For many years she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Karl (Elizabeth) Erb of Monona and Mrs. S. L. (Laura) Koehler of Ramona, S. D.; three sons, John of Luana, Emil of Monona, and Arthur of Burlington, two stepsisters, Mrs. Henry Kutzbach Sr. of Farmersburg and Mrs. John Hoth of Elkader, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Ella, died in infancy.

Music at the services was provided by a quartet composed of Mrs. Erwin Hamann, Mrs. Myron Dettmann, Rev. R. C. Schlueter, and Donald Sabbann. Mrs. Schlueter was the organist.

Pallbearers were Gustav Strelow, Charles Doerring, Ed Allert, John Krambeer, Bert Bruehahn, Gus Colby, Gust Klingeman, and George Aulerich.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral services were:

Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Lembke of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lembke and Andrew Lembke of Owatonna, Minn., Mrs. Henry Hoth of Waubay, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Koehler of Ramona, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Glawe and Mrs. Albert Breitsprecher of Elkader, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kutzbach and Daila Kutzbach of Farmersburg, Mr. and Mrs. John Schultz and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Heins of Postville, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Lembke of McGregor, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lembke of Burlington.

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