VENENGA, B. U. 1872-1935
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Date: 9/18/2011 at 18:00:19
B. U. Venenga Died Friday; Was Sick 3 Months
B. U. Venenga died at his home in Holland at 6:45 Friday evening following an illness of nearly three months. He suffered quite a severe heart attack on the 24th of July from which he never fully recovered. He failed gradually from the time he was stricken.
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon and later at Drake's church. Rev. J. E. Drake had charge of the services. Burial was in the cemetery at Holland.
Was Born in Eastfriesland
Mr. Venenga was a native of the province of Eastfriesland in Germany. He was born on May 8, 1872, and was 63 years old on his last birthday. At the age of 11 he came with his parents to America. The family stopped at Forreston, Ill., where they remained for three years after which they came to Holland. That was in 1876. They were among the pioneer families in this town.
Mr. Venenga began working on the farm shortly after the family arrived here and he continued to make farming his business. In 1892 he was married here to Miss Lena Stoehr. Following their marriage the young couple began housekeeping on a farm a short distance northeast of Wellsburg. A number of years later they moved to a farm a short distance south of Holland. In 1909 the family moved to Franklin county where they resided on a farm for eleven years. After that time Mr. Venenga sold his property interests in Franklin county and he and his family returned to Holland. That was 15 years ago. Since that time Mr. Venenga lived here in retirement where he enjoyed the earned comforts of his years' savings while he was operating a farm and where he was surrounded by his devoted family and his large group of friends.
Surviving are the wife and seven children. The children are Will, Mrs. Chas. Toomsen, Mrs. Ted Brower and Bert from Franklin county, John B. and Mrs. C. B. Sonnenberg from Holland, and Ben from Wellsburg. There are eleven grandchildren. Surviving also are one brother, Franz, and one brother-in-law, George Weseman.
Large Attendance at Funeral Service
There was a very large attendance at the funeral service. Those from a distance were: from Hampton--Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. John Richtsmeier, Mr. and Mrs. Afton Wohlford, Mr. and Mrs. John Sailer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Muessegmann, Mr. Paul Schnabel, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Strutoff, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Raisch, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Raisch and Lillian, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Graff and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Brower and Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Aeilt Duit and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Toomsen, Lambert Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Wort Meyer, Mrs. Harold Gramer, Ubbie Toomsen, Alfred Elsing, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Lauterbach.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Koenen, Reading, Minn.; Frank Franzen, Frank Keiwick, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Franzen, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sonnenberg and son, Titonka, Iowa; Heiko Stohr, Woden, Iowa; Rev. and Mrs. C. Fisher, Dunkerton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. John Toomsen and daughters Carrie and Freda of Forreston, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Will Willemsen, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brower, Kanawha.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 October 1935, pg 4
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