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GEERDES, Mrs. Jacob 1859-1939


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/28/2012 at 17:10:30

Mrs. Jake Geerdes Is Called To Rest

Old Resident Of The Vicinity Dies At The Home Of Her Daughter, In Tipton, On Monday

Funeral Is On Thursday

Services Will Be Held In The First Christian Reformed Church Just West Of Wellsburg

Mrs. Jake Geerdes, 79 years of age and for a great many years a resident of the Wellsburg community, and well known and very highly respected by all of us passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl W. Neessen at Tipton, Iowa, on Monday, May 8. The cause of death is reported as an attack of heart trouble.

Mrs. Geerdes, nee Meyer, was born near Oregon, Illinois, and came to Iowa with her parents, and settled on a farm west of Wellsburg.

She was married to Jake Geerdes on March 12, 1880 and they took up farming two and a half miles west and a mile and a half south of Wellsburg, where they made their home until in 1909 they moved from the farm to Wellsburg where they made their home until 1935 when her husband passed away. Since that time she has spent much time with her children, two sons, Albert, near Wellsburg; George J. Steamboat Rock; and two daughters, Mrs. Treno J. Riekena, Wellsburg; and Mrs. Earl W. Neessen, at Tipton, at whose home she completed life's span. A brother W. A. Meyer, Wellsburg, also survives.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock from the Albert Geerdes home and later at the First Christian Reformed church west of town with the pastor of the church Rev. L. F. Voskuil in charge. Interment will be made in the Voskuil church cemetery.

--Wellsburg Herald and The Grundy County Spokesman (Wellsburg, Iowa), 10 May 1939


Mrs. Jake Geerdes Laid To Last Rest

A Pioneer Resident, She Had Been In Grundy County For The Most Of Her Long Life

Was 79 Years Of Age

The Funeral Services Were Held On Last Thursday At The Voskuil Church West Of Town

Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Jacob Geerdes, long time resident of this community, who passed away quite suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Neessen, in Tipton, on Monday, May 8th. The services were held from the home of her son, Albert Geerdes, southwest of town and from the First Christian Reformed church west of Wellsburg, and were in charge of the church's pastor, the Rev. L. F. Voskuil. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased Jake Geerdes, Wayne Geerdes, Edward Geerdes, Gratus Geerdes, Williard Riekena and Raymond Riekena.

Mrs. Jacob Geerdes was born September 10, 1859 in Ogle County, Illinois. She came to this community as a child and continued living here until the time of her death.

On March 12, 1880, she was married to Jacob Geerdes, who preceded her in death on September 17, 1935. To this union were born four children. With this family they resided on a farm southwest of Wellsburg until 1909 when they took up residence in the town of Wellsburg.

On August 22, 1892 Mrs. Geerdes affiliated herself with the First Christian Reformed Church by confessing her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to which faith she remained true to the time of her death.

Due to her advancing years and increasing weakness she had been staying in the home of her children for the past few months. The last two weeks of her life were spent at the home of her daughter at Tipton, Iowa, where on Monday, May 8, she suffered a heart attack which abruptly ended her long earthly pilgrimage of 79 years, 7 months and 28 days. Though death came suddenly, her Christian life and conversation were a testimony that death for her would be merely a translation to the heavenly home for which she longed.

She is survived by her four children, George J. Geerdes of Steamboat Rock; Mrs. Trieno J. Riekena and Albert Geerdes of Wellsburg; Mrs. Earl Neessen of Tipton. One brother Wiebe A. Meyer of Wellsburg and twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

--Wellsburg Herald and The Grundy County Spokesman (Wellsburg, Iowa), 17 May 1939


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