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KOOLMAN, Grace 1865-1949


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/29/2015 at 19:44:32

Mrs. H. B. Koolman Died Thursday

Mrs. H. B. Koolman, who for many years was one of the best known and most highly esteemed women in this community, died at her home in Wellsburg last Thursday following a long illness caused from a heart ailment. She was 84 years old on the 30th of last month.

Mrs. Koolman, whose maiden name was Grace Gleason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gleason of Parkersburg, was married 58 years ago to H. B. Koolman. She was born at Parkersburg and grew up there. After their marriage the couple established a home in Wellsburg and they entered the mercantile business in the building on the corner where the Beecroft gas station is now. Mrs. Koolman assisted in the sales and in the management of the store and in that position she became widely known in this locality and greatly beloved by all who knew her. Theirs for many years was one of the leading general mercantile stores in the county. Her husband died Nov. 21st, 1935, after a short illness.

Mrs. Koolman was one of the charter members of the 2nd Christian Reformed church at Wellsburg and continued to be an active worker as long as her health permitted.

Mr. and Mrs. Koolman had but one son, Bernie, from Des Moines who survives. There are three grandchildren.

Funeral Services Saturday
Funeral services were held Saturday. There was a short service at the home, followed by service at the Second Christian Reformed church, with Rev. J. H. Rubingh, local pastor, officiating. Burial was by the side of her husband in the Reformed church cemetery.

Casketbearers were H. C. Neessen, Virgil Claassen, Henry A. Geerdes, C. C. Graham, Odie Olthoff and Wm. Bettenga.

Relatives from a distance who were here for the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Koolman, Des Moines, Grace Vivian Koolman, Chicago, Mrs. Gertrude Koolman and Mrs. Howard Wiebner from Davenport.

Mrs. H. B. Koolman, a lifetime resident of this vicinity, was born on April 30th, 1865, in Parkersburg, Iowa. Her maiden name was Mrs. Ada Grace Gleason. She was the daughter of Charles and Mary Gleason. Her childhood years were spent in the parental home in Parkersburg, where she also received her education. In early woman hood she was engaged for many years in teaching the rural schools north of the village of Wellsburg. It was during this time that she made the acquaintance of H. B. Koolman to whom she was married on Feb. 17, 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Koolman established their home in Wellsburg where Mr. Koolman operated a general store. For many years Mrs. Koolman was active with her husband in this local business. To their union was also born one son, Bernie Koolman.

Mr. and Mrs. Koolman were spared for one another for some forty-two years. The deceased was a faithful helpmate and home builder. On Nov. 21, 1935, her husband was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and passed away.

In these remaining years of her life Mrs. Koolman has continued to live in her home here in Wellsburg among the wide circle of friends and acquaintances who had learned to love and respect her thru these years.

Quite suddenly in March of 1943 she was stricken with a severe stroke. After a period of hospitalization she was able to return to her home and made a fairly good recovery. Yet it was apparent to her friends that her active and busy days were over. This too was a blow to her, yet she bore with patience the limitation and frailties of old age. In these last years she was constantly attended in the home, and although able to a degree to be up and about her failing health made it impossible for her to participate in church and community life as she had formerly done.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 June 1949, pg 15


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