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DESMARIAS, Charles 1876-1947


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/4/2010 at 17:48:41

Last Rites For C. K. Desmarias

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Coffman funeral home for Charles K. Desmarias and there was a very large attendance of old friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Merton B. Green, pastor of the Methodist church. He was assisted by two former pastors of the Grundy Methodist church, Rev. H. H. Palmer from Mt. Vernon and Rev. J. B. Bird from Cedar Falls. Burial was by the side of the wife in the Grundy Center cemetery.

Charles K. Desmarias was born Dec. 21, 1876, in Grundy Center, Iowa, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Desmarias. All of his life was lived on the farm on which he was born, but for a period of 6 years immediately after his marriage and for 11 years prior to his death. He was married to Ella M. Booheister on March 23, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Desmarias moved to town in 1936, and he continued to operate his farm until last year. Lyle Amburn made his home with them from the time he was 9 years old until the time of his marriage. Mrs. Desmarias passed away May 20, 1942. After a brief illness, following an operation last July, Charles Desmarias took to his bed and there remained until his death early Thursday morning, Oct. 23.

Charles Desmarias was active in the Methodist church all of his life, and for ten years was the treasurer. For the past 18 years he served as an usher and his geniality and friendly spirit were characteristics that endeared him to everyone. No one was more interested in people, and much of his time and influence was spent doing good for those who needed his help. Not being one addicted to publicity, many of the lovely triumphs of his good life were known only to himself and to God.

A host of friends and neighbors mourn the loss of this man who can best be described as a Christian gentleman. Through the living of his faith, he learned to walk a path of triumph, and leave a better world. Such is the glorious destiny of those who heed the Master's call, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Surviving members of his family are one brother, John, and two sisters, Mary Desmarias and Mrs. Edith Wilhelm.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 October 1947, sec 2, pg 1


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