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KNOCK, Jennie 1867-1947


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/12/2012 at 13:36:53

End Comes for Mrs. H. E. Knock

Mrs. H. E. Knock died at her home in Grundy Center at two o'clock Saturday afternoon. She was afflicted with cancer. Her health had been noticeably failing since last June. In October she submitted to an examination when she learned of her condition for the first time. A short time later she was taken to the hospital for an examination where the diagnosis of the first examination was confirmed. She was treated for some time at the Rochester hospital which brought her some relief. Had she lived until the 11th of May, she would have been eighty years old.

The death of Mrs. Knock was received with deep regret by the many people who learned to know her and love her during her long and helpful lifetime.

Resided in County 73 Years
Mrs. Knock's maiden name was Jennie Vander Las. Her father was Rev. B. Vander Las, who was pastor of the Colfax Presbyterian church 25 years. Jennie Vander Las was 7 years old when she came with her parents to make their home in the Colfax church parsonage. She grew to womanhood there and she remained closely affiliated with that church during her lifetime in Grundy county. She early became a Sunday school teacher and officiated in that capacity for 60 years in the same church. She served as organist in this church for 48 years. There are not many instances in church history in which one member has served efficiently and faithfully for so many years.

Married in 1897
Jennie Vander Las and H. E. Knock were married April 21st, 1897, while her father was still pastor of the Colfax church. Her husband was a widower with four small children to whom the wife became and remained a devoted mother during the remainder of her lifetime.

Mr. and Mrs. Knock began life together on a Colfax township farm and continued to live there until they moved to Grundy Center 16 years ago. Mr. Knock died Sept. 4th, 1939. His wife continued to make her home in the house to which she and her husband came in Grundy Center. During her late illness her sisters, Mrs. J. W. Everds from Cedar Falls and Mrs. A. E. Boell of Grundy Center were with her much of the time.

Surviving children are Mrs. Henry Kruse, Peter H. Knock and Mrs. William Smit. One son, Eilert, died within the past year. Other surviving members of her family are one brother, Benjamin, from Milbank, South Dakota. There are three sisters. They are Mrs. J. W. Everds, Cedar Falls; Mrs. Harm Kruse and Mrs. A. E. Boell, Grundy Center.

Funeral Services Tuesday
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon and later at the Colfax Presbyterian church. The services were conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. George Swalve, and former pastor, Rev. J. E. Drake. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

--Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa) 27 March 1947, page 1


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