NESEMAN, Christ 1852-1937
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/25/2014 at 16:58:43
Funeral Services For Mr. Chris Neseman
Christopher Neseman, for many years a resident of this community, who passed away Tuesday evening, January 12th, was laid to rest in the Shiloh cemetery on Friday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, who spoke from the text, Philippians 1:23.
The casket bearers were: R. W. Ross, George Lindaman, George G. H. Neessen, Joe Eygabroad, C. C. Meyer and J. L. Fischer.
Chris was caretaker of the Wellsburg school building for 18 years and his faithful work made him a valuable helper, while his friendly and obliging ways endeared him to all the pupils of the school as they came and went during his long service.
He had the respect and esteem of all who knew him, both young and old.
Christopher Neseman was born April 5th, 1852, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
When a boy of five years old he came with his parents to Burlington, Iowa. With four girls, he was the oldest of five children upon whom rested the great responsibility to help support the family, and acquired the shoemaker's trade.
He was joined in holy wedlock with Mary Lukes in 1889. God blessed their union with two children. In 1893 death marred the happiness of his home, taking the toll of three lives, his beloved wife and the two little girls of three years and eighteen months respectively.
The deceased then made his home with his sister, Mrs. Leinbaum in Burlington. In the year 1895 to 1896 he came to Wellsburg, making his home with his departed sister, Mrs. J. H. Gereke. At the time of his departure, all four sisters had preceded him in death. Their names are: Mrs. C. J. Eells, Mrs. Leinbaum, Mrs. J. H. Gereke and Miss Lena Neseman.
The health of the deceased was much wanting the past year until a malignant disease of the bladder demanded an operation in the State Hospital at Iowa City, where he received the needed care during the summer months of the past year. After he returned home, he became a patient sufferer under the tender care of Mrs. Fred Miller. The departed confessed Christ on Easter morning of last year by partaking communion for the first time. His own testimony was, "This was the happiest day of my life."
Christ, as he was always known by this name, was a diligent Bible reader and lived close to his God. Nothing pleased him more than if you would entertain him with the interpretation of God's precious and comforting word, hoping from day to day that the Lord might deliver him from the bonds of the flesh and translate him to the heavenly realm of glory. This his desire was fulfilled last Tuesday evening, January 12th, at about 6:00 o'clock, when by the grace of God he was called home to share rest with the people of God. The deceased reached the age of 84 years, 9 months and 7 days at the time of his departure.
His loss is mourned by the following relatives: Mrs. C. H. Heddens and Mr. Odie Eells, both of Wellsburg, Iowa; Mr. H. C. Eells of New York; Mr. Enno and Karl Leinbaum of Fontana, California, including a large circle of other relatives and friends.
May the Lord prepare all for a blessed end and comfort to those who mourn his loss.
--The Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 20 January 1937, pg 1
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