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ASCHER, August 1866-1939


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/28/2012 at 14:07:15

August Ascher Is Called By Death

Long Time Resident Passes Away After An Extended Illness Early Last Friday Morning

Funeral Held On Monday

Interment Made In The Cemetery At The St. Paul Lutheran Church Northeast Of Wellsburg

Funeral services for Mr. August Ascher were held Monday afternoon in the Wellsburg Reformed church, they being in charge of the Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, pastor of the church, who chose for his sermon text in the English language Romans 10:13, and in the German language, Psalm 39:8.

The services were largely attended by those who came to pay their final respects to the departed. The casket bearers were old friends of the deceased, John Harms, Sr., Dick Muller, H. G. Neessen, Anton Terfehn, Jake Peters and John Finke.

Interment was made in the cemetery lot in the St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery, four miles northeast of Wellsburg.

Conrad Herman August Ascher was born April 29, 1866, in Jefferson township, Stephenson county, Illinois. On July 8, 1866, the sacrament of baptism was administered to him in the Ebenezer Evangelical church, in Elroy, Illinois, and on the 21st of March, 1880, after a period of religious training he was confirmed in the same church by the Rev. J. Lurring, receiving for his confirmation scripture Romans 12:12, "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer."

At the age of fifteen years he came with his parents to Grundy county, Iowa, in March, 1881, where he grew up to Manhood on the farm in Shiloh township.

He was united in holy wedlock to Trientje Peters, on December 30, 1891, by the Rev. H. Schmidt, then pastor of the Eastfriesland Presbyterian church. They established their home on a farm two miles northeast of Wellsburg, where he spent the rest of his life. By the grace of God they shared life's burdens and joys and sorrows together for nearly forty-eight years. Their wedded life was blessed with seven children, of whom two in infancy, preceded him in death. During the last three years his life became an unbroken chain of suffering when a peculiar malady affected his health four weeks ago and caused him a weary, yet patient sufferer, to be confined to his bed.

Whatever medical aid for relief could be offered was of no avail and he grew steadily weaker, until the Lord in his wise providence and tender mercy released him from his suffering and translated him, as we confidently hope, to the blessed realm of rest and peace on Thursday, October 27, at 5:00 a.m. He had reached the age of 73 years, 5 months and 27 days.

Besides his sorrow stricken companion his untimely departure is mourned by his five surviving children: Christine, Mrs. H. Calthoff, of Steamboat Rock; Jacob and Gepke, Mrs. John Vanderwerf, of Grundy Center; Augusta, Mrs. Fred Henze, of Holland, and August, of Wellsburg; also ten grandchildren, one brother and three sisters, Henry Ascher, of Morrison; Mrs. Henry Olthoff, of Wellsburg; Mrs. James Decker, of Clark, South Dakota, and Mrs. Omke Harrenstein, of Greene, Iowa, lament his loss.

The St. Paul Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a faithful member, as well as a great circle of relatives and friends lament his loss, and will preserve for him a kind and loving memory. May the Lord assuage their sorrowing hearts and bind up their aching wounds.

--Wellsburg Herald and The Grundy County Spokesman (Wellsburg, Iowa), 1 November 1939


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