DEVRIES, Dena 1847-1937
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Date: 5/13/2014 at 19:47:25
Dies At A Daughter's Home Near Aplington
Mrs. Henry DeVries, who has been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, of north of Aplington died Thursday afternoon due to the infirmities of old age. Had she lived until the 19th of July she would have reached her 90th birthday. Mrs. DeVries was one of the most picturesque charactures of northern Grundy and was known by many of the early settlers. She raised a large and respectable family. Ben H. DeVries, her only son lives on the home place where he was born about 65 years ago and she had lived there most of her life until she moved to Aplington with some of her daughters of which she has five. They are Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, Mrs. Peter Kneppe, Mrs. Ben Lindaman, Mrs. Heiko Kramer and Mrs. Geo. Lindaman.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and burial was beside her husband in the cemetery adjoining the Engelke church.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lindaman, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Lindaman, Mr. H. G. Kramer and Orville, Mrs. D. J. Beving and Raymond, Mrs. George Hayenga, Mrs. Hattie Wubbens and Mrs. Dick Riekens attended the funeral of Mrs. DeVries at Aplington.
--newspaper clipping, source unknown
Mrs. Dena DeVries Dies Friday At Advanced Age
Mrs. Dena DeVries died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, a short distance north of Ackley, last Friday. She was 89 years old. Death was due to her advanced age. Her health had been declining gradually the past year until the end came.
A short funeral service was held at the home Monday afternoon and later at the Pannkuk church in Aplington, with the local pastor officiating. Burial was beside the husband in the cemetery adjoining the Engelke church of which the deceased was a member.
Mrs. DeVries maiden name was Dena Behrends. Her family were among the early residents of this section and they lived for many years on a German township farm.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. B. H. Lindaman and Mrs. H. G. Kramer of Wellsburg, and Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, Aplington.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 July 1937, Wellsburg News, pg 4
Obituary, Mrs. Dena DeVries
Mrs. Dena DeVries, nee Behrends, was born across the seas in Lubbas Fehn, Ostfriesland, Germany, on the 19th day of July, 1847. She came with her parents to America, arriving at Ackley, Iowa, May 10, 1868, settling in Grundy county. She experienced the hardships and privations of pioneer days and helped to build up the community to what it is today.
In the year 1874 on October 4 she married Henry DeVries. Their marriage was blessed with 6 children: 5 daughters and one son. Her husband left her to go to his final reward on January 28, 1904. For 22 years she made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. George D. Ludeman. Here she enjoyed all the comforts and conveniences that make life pleasant and happy.
During her long life she enjoyed a goodly measure of physical health and strength. About three months ago she went for a visit to the home of her oldest daughter, Mrs. Jerry Lindaman. During her stay here she became ill, suffering from a weak heart and other complications. She failed to recover, answering the summons of death at 1:30 on the afternoon of Thursday, July 8, at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 19 days.
During the long weeks of illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, she received the best of care and attention. She was a good mother and as such was tenderly, kindly and graciously cared for and attended to by her children who loved and appreciated her.
She leaves to mourn her departure her children: Mrs. Jerry Lindaman, Aplington; Ben H. DeVries, Aplington; Mrs. Peter Kneppe, Mrs. Helka Kramer, Mrs. Ben Lindaman, of Wellsburg; Mrs. George Ludeman, Aplington, together with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren besides other relatives and a host of friends.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 July 1937, pg 9
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