MURRA, Andrew 1871-1950
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/27/2015 at 08:07:25
Andw. Murra Died Suddenly Friday
Andrew Murra, who spent nearly all of his life in this locality, died very suddenly at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Ohling, at 9:15 Friday night in Wellsburg. Death came very suddenly following a heart attack. He had been in his usual health the day before and when he retired for the night on Friday. The family were attracted by a little disturbance a short time after Mr. Murra went to his room and when they looked in upon him they found he was dead. A year ago last October while he was visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Kuper, he suffered a heart attack resulting from a heart block, but he recovered from that attack and his health had been good up to the time that he was suddenly stricken Friday night. He was 79 years old on the 21st of last month.
Was Native of Germany
Andrew Murra was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Murra. He was born in Kampen, Ostfriesland, Germany, Feb. 21, 1871. At the age of eight he and his mother and brothers and sisters came to America. The father died a short time before the family left for this country.
The mother and children located on a farm in Hardin county. They resided there a few years after which they moved to a farm in Shiloh township where Andrew attended school and grew to manhood.
On February 22, 1899, Andrew Murra and Afke Jaspers were married. They began their life together on the Murra farm. The wife and mother died June 25th, 1937. He continued to make his home on the family farm for two years after the wife's death. After that he made his home with his children. At an early age Mr. Murra became a member of the Reformed church at Wellsburg and was a constant attendant and an earnest worker in the church. For 32 years he served as one of the church officers. He gained a very wide acquaintance during the many years he lived here and he had the respect and the confidence of all who knew him.
Funeral Services Tuesday
Funeral services were held at the John Ohling home at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon and later at the Wellsburg Reformed church. Rev. Edward Jurgens officiated at the service. Burial was by the side of the wife in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Eight Children Survive
Mr. Murra is survived by eight children. They are: Helen, Mrs. John Ohling; Fannie, Mrs. Peter Ruter; May, Mrs. Joe Kuper, Lennox, So. Dak.; Kate, Mrs. August Haupt; Carrie, Mrs. Carl Nederhoff; Abe, George and Alle. All but Mrs. Kuper live in Wellsburg and vicinity. There are 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Other surviving relatives are one sister, Mrs. John Bruise, 83, Lennox, S.D. His parents and two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 March 1950, pg 9
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