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MOLENDORP, Theodore 1903-1940


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/10/2012 at 13:29:36

Theo. Moldendorp Died Last Sunday

Passes Away While On A Visit With Relatives And Friends In The Sibley, Iowa, Vicinity

Funeral Services Today

Last Rites Are Being Held At The Colfax Center Presbyterian Church This Afternoon

Funeral services are being held today (Wednesday) October 23, 1940, at the Colfax Center Presbyterian church, for Mr. Theodore Molendorp, who passed away Sunday at the home of a cousin at Sibley, Iowa, while on a visit in the northwest Iowa city. Cause of his death is given as acute indigestion. He had been in poor health for several years past, but of late appeared to be regaining his strength to some extent, and had high hopes of ultimate recovery before his final illness put a termination to his life's span at the age of thirty-seven years and six days.

Funeral services are being conducted by the Rev. George Swalve, pastor of the Colfax Center church and interment is being made in the cemetery at the church. Music for the services is being furnished by Luverne Dieken, Claus Kruger, Arnold Kruse and Clarence Kruse. The pallbearers are six men whose friendship have been lifelong: Harm H. Kruse, John H. Kruse, A. T. Kruse, Conrad Molendorp, Jerry Molendorp and Herman Molendorp.

Theodore Molendorp was born October 14, 1903, near Wellsburg, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Molendorp, and has made his home in the vicinity most of the thirty-seven years of his life, being well and most favorably known to all of us. He attended the Wellsburg high school being graduated in the class of 1924. He was a graduate of Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, and taught in the schools here before becoming superintendent of schools at Pepelje, Montana, until an attack of pneumonia about five years ago weakened his health to a point where he was unable to continue his work.

He was united in marriage with Miss Lillian Stahl in 1932, and his widow, his father, and a brother Bert, is left to mourn his untimely death. His mother passed away seventeen years ago. He also leaves other relatives and a great circle of friends to mourn his departure, for to know him was to like him and respect him. He will be greatly missed by us all.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 23 October 1940


Great Number Attended Ted Molendorp Funeral

About seven hundred and fifty relatives and friends attended the funeral services for Ted Molendorp, one of the best liked young men of our acquaintance, at the Colfax Center church, last Wednesday afternoon. The services were in charge of Rev. George Swalve, pastor of the church. Music was furnished by Luverne Dieken, Arnold Kruse, Claus Kruger and Clarence Kruse. Pallbearers were lifelong friends: Harm H. Kruse, John H. Kruse, A. T. Kruse, Conrad Molendorp, Jerry Molendorp and Herman Molendorp. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church.

Theodore Molendorp, son of Martin Molendorp was born on October 14th, 1903 in German Township, Grundy County. He received his High School education at Wellsburg, Iowa, graduating with the class of 1924. He entered college at Morningside college, Sioux City, Iowa, finishing in 1928, and did post graduate work at Cedar Falls Teacher's College during the summer of 1931. Following his preparatory education, he taught rural school in German township, District No. 7 for two years. Then he became superintendent of schools at Rapelji, Montana, which position he held faithfully until ill health caused him to resign. He was a member of the Masonic Order in Rapelji, Montana.

On August 11th, 1932, he was united in Holy Wedlock with Lillian Stahl.

At the time of his death, Ted by which name he was best known, was clerk of German Township and Inspector of the State highway. He was enjoying better health than usual until about three weeks ago when he contracted influenza, but seemingly had recovered and was spending the week end with his brother and other relatives at Sibley, Iowa, when he was suddenly stricken with acute indigestion and other complications, ending in death on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, 1940, at the age of 37 years and six days.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his bereaved wife, Lillian, his father Martin Molendorp of Wellsburg, and one brother, Bert of Sibley, Iowa, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. his mother preceded him in death on March 30, 1923.

The departed, before his death, declared that he was prepared to meet his Lord. He has left us a beautiful example of courage and fortitude in his suffering. Our hearts go out to the bereaved in sincere sympathy.

Those who attended the funeral from a distant were, Mr. Aeilt Molendorp, Mrs. Henry Loof, Mrs.Clifford Brady and Larry, Mr. Conrad Molendorp, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Molendorp, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Molendorp, and Gene, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Molendorp, of Allendorp, Iowa. Mrs. Elsie Thornton, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bordeckers, of Rockwell, Iowa. Mrs. Fred Begeman, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Herbrechtsmeier, of Hubbard, Iowa. Mrs. Anna Franken, Mrs. Henry Wiebke, Mr. and Mrs. Eppe Arends, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Wiebke, of Allison, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fletcher, Miss Edna Fletcher, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Henze, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Stahl, of Stout, Iowa. Mrs. Henry Smit of Kesley, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stahl, Sr. and Henry Stahl, of Brownsdale, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stahl Jr., Mr. and Mrs. George Stahl, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stahl, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Stahl, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Tufteskog, of Austin, Minnesota, Henry Walters, Sr., Mrs. Art Davids, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brousher, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Heronimus, Mrs. Alma Claassen, Mrs. Mary Schultaz, Mrs. John Hayenga, of Little Rock, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. John Willemssen, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Frey, Mrs. Russell Eberline, Mrs. Freda Jacods, Mrs. Geo. Schilling, Mrs. Fannie Bonk, Mrs. David Vaselcarr, Mrs. Bernice Claassen, of George, Iowa. Mrs. and Mrs. John Molendorp, of Sibley, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. John Stahl, Sr., Mrs. Herman Kruger, of Ocheyedan, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Landsman, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Molendorp, Mr. and Mrs. Arand Naber, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frieling, Henry Molendorp, and Marvin, Gertie Molendorp, of Aplington, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Benning, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sailer, Mrs. Ben Hayenga, Mrs. Emma Martin, of Ackley, Iowa.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 30 October 1940


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