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Catherine Gaarde Ries, 1867-1953


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 3/11/2009 at 18:44:33

Mrs. Catherine Ries

Mrs. Catherine [Marie] Gaarde Ries was born April 11, 1867, in Schleswig Holstein, then a province of Denmark, and died Friday morning, March 5 [1953] at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 22 days.

In 1880, when she was 13 years old, she came to the United States with her parents. They made their home in Bellevue, Iowa. The family moved to Emmet County in April, 1882.

She was confirmed in the Lutheran church at Clinton when she was 16 years old. On April 7, 1887, she was married to Peter A. Ries. They were the parents of four children, Lewis Ries of Ringsted, Arthur Ries of Oklee, Minn., Edna Ries of Sioux Falls, S. D. and Edward Ries who died in 1894. Peter Ries died in 1895.

After her husband's death Mrs. Ries lived in Armstrong for a short time, later moving to a farm where she lived until 1925. She made her home in Estherville for a few years but returned to farming on her farm three miles north of Ringsted where she spent the rest of her life.

Surviving her death are three children; four grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Augusta Wilson of Glad, Kan., Mrs. Marie Thomsen of Sioux City, Mrs. J. J. Rovn of Ringsted and Mrs. Sena Tarner of Fargo, N. D.; and three brothers, Hans Gaarde of Estherville, Peter Gaarde of Armstrong and Chris Gaarde of Rapid City, S. D. Another brother, Nels Gaarde of Clinton, died in 1934.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 from St. Paul's Lutheran church in Ringsted, conducted by the Rev. Walter Nave. Burial was in the church cemetery west of town.

Relatives and friends from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ries and Shirley of Oklee, Minn., Miss Edna Ries of Sioux Falls, S. D., Mrs. Agusta Wilson and Dale of Glade, Kan., Mrs. Marie Thompsen, Miss Ella Christensen, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Christensen of Sioux City, Mrs. Sena Tarner of Fargo, N. D., A. Gaarde and Albert of Mason City.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Estherville Daily News, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, March 12, 1953.


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