WILTS, Fentje 1861-1931
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Date: 1/30/2015 at 07:57:58
Funeral For Mrs. Otto Wilts Held Saturday Afternoon
Funeral services for Mrs. Otto Wilts were held at the home Saturday afternoon and later at the Reformed church with Rev. Wm. Landsiedel in charge. Burial was by the side of the husband in the local cemetery. Mrs. Wilts' death came after an illness of several months. Most of her life was spent in this community.
Mrs. Otto Wilts, nee Fentje Harms, was born Jan. 27, 1861, in Stephenson county, near German Valley, Ill. In the fall of 1864 when but 3 years of age she came with her parents to Iowa and here grew to womanhood. On Feb. 15, 1883, she was united in marriage to Otto Wilts. They shared life's sorrows and joys together for 43 years. Their union was blessed with six children, four sons and two daughters, of whom one son met his death in the late war and preceded the mother in death since 1918.
Nineteen years ago she left the farm with her husband and moved to Wellsburg to spend the remaining years in peace and comfort. Mr. Wilts passed away April 7, 1926, the loss of whom she lamented sorely.
Her health began to fail a year ago. She suddenly became afflicted with a rheumatic attack which confined her closely to her home. Her greatest sacrifice was that of being denied the experience of worshiping in the house of God. With tears, she stated, "Would only men attend church and hear the Word of God while in good health."
Gradually complications developed until all medical help was of no avail. She bore her suffering patiently and without a complaint. For 10 1/2 months our gracious Lord and Savior prepared her in the school of affliction that she might enter and share the glory of His saints.
The pastor was privileged to serve her many an hour in fellowship and prayer at her side.
Since December, 1916, when becoming a member of the Wellsburg Reformed church, she proved herself to be loyal and faithful. She was a true friend and sacred support of the pastor.
God Almighty who is the author and dispenser of life and death in His great wisdom delivered her from her great affliction and inexpressible suffering. She very peacefully fell asleep last Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. only to awake in the great beyond where there is no more parting or sorrow. May the Lord comfort all sorrowing hearts over the untimely loss of the departed and beloved and impress upon them the words "Precious is the death of the saints in Thine eyes."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 December 1931, pg 3
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