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BRISTLEY, Kathryn 1879–1950


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/8/2013 at 14:27:28

Mrs. Jud Bristley Passes Away

Mrs. J. C. Bristley, 70, died at her home here at 12:02 a.m. Friday following several years illness. She would have been 71 Monday.

Kathryn Koehler was born Jan. 16, 1879, near Mt. Carroll, Ill., the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Koehler. When 2 years old, she moved with her parents to a farm near Grundy Center, then to a farm south of here when a young girl. On Feb. 4, 1903, she was married to Judson C. Bristley of Conrad, and lived west of Conrad on their farm home until March of 1935 when they retired to Conrad, and have since made their home here.

To this union were born 4 children: 2 sons died in infancy. Surviving are her widower; a son Francis Ward Bristley and a daughter Mrs. Robert (Mabel Lucile) Bridgeford both of Conrad; 5 grandchildren, Marva, Mary and Leon Bristley and Carolyn and Barbara Bridgeford; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Bartholomew and Mrs. Earl Minard of Conrad, and Mrs. Lena Thomas of Whitten; 3 brothers, Fred Koehler of Marshalltown, Charles Koehler of New Hampton and John Koehler of Conrad. Also several nieces, nephews and other more distant relatives and a large circle of friends.

Besides her two sons, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers who died at an early age, 2 sisters Mrs. E. L. Stover and Mrs. Anna Cannon, and a grandson Larry Bridgeford.

Mrs. Bristley united with the Conrad Methodist church when a young girl. She was a member of the WSCS and also the Progress club. She was a kind, loving wife and mother always enjoying her home, children and grandchildren. During her years of illness, she was always considerate of others, and never complained. She will be greatly missed by her family, relatives and all who were privileged to know her.

Funeral services were held at the Conrad Methodist church at 2 p.m. Monday in charge of the Rev. W. G. Warren and Johnston’s Service. Burial was in Conrad cemetery.

Music was furnished by Russell Kruse and Paul Franzenburg Jr. accompanied by organist Evelyn Stevens. They sang “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Good Night and Good Morning” and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.”

Pall bearers were nephews of Mrs. Bristley: Herbert Stover, Glenn and Floyd Bartholomew, Kenneth and Keith Koehler and Harold Minard. Flower girls were Mrs. John Koch and Mrs. Lynnford White.

The community extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Source: Unknown newspaper clipping found in scrapbook belonging to my great grandmother.


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