PETERS, Trientje 1837-1928
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Date: 1/31/2015 at 07:32:44
Wellsburg Woman Dies At Age 91 Years
Mrs. Claas Peters Died in 91st Year Last Sunday
Mrs. Claas Peters died at her home in Wellsburg about noon last Sunday after having been sick for about a week. Death came largely as the result of infirmities of old age. Mrs. Peters was 91 years old. She was the oldest woman living in the northwest portion of the county.
Funeral services are being held today. They will be at the Reformed church at Wellsburg with the local pastor, Rev. Landsiedel, officiating.
Mrs. Peters was born in Germany. She came to this county sixty years ago. For a little less than two years she made her home near Freeport, Ill. After that she came to Grundy county and she was a continuous resident of Shiloh township for more than fifty-eight years. She made her home on the farm until fifteen years ago, when she and her husband moved to town. Her husband died thirteen years ago. Since then Mrs. Peters lived alone with her two daughters nearby to look after her necessary wants.
Mrs. Peters is survived by seven children. The children are Mrs. Bergner from Pratt, Kans.; Mrs. Christ Neessen, Wellsburg; Riant Peters, Parkersburg; Mrs. George Neessen, of Wellsburg; Mrs. Henry Dudden, Grundy Center; Simon Peters, Parkersburg; Mrs. Jacob Wolfe, Sibley.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 March 1928, pg 1
Obituary of Mrs. Trientje Peters
Mrs. Trientje Peters, born Reints, was born March 17, 1837, Irhofe, Ostfriesland, Germany.
As it behooves God-fearing parents, baptism was administered to her in early infancy, and after having received a thorough instruction, being matured of age, the blessing of confirmation was bestowed upon her.
Being a gifted and intelligent young maiden, she became assistant teacher with her father in the school in which he taught which she held until she was united in holy wedlock to Claas Peters, February 7, 1860.
As it was the wish of her deceased father that after his earthly departure the mother should go with the children to America, she and her husband decided to join the mother and also came with their two children to America in 1864.
Landing first at German Valley, Ill., they remained there until 1867, when they moved to Iowa, establishing their new home on the farm in German township. Their wedded life was blessed with nine children, of whom one daughter at the age of six years, and another married daughter, Mrs. John Groenevolde, at the age of 28, both preceded her in death.
During their stay on the farm God visibly blessed their efforts and devotion of their calling. After a life of labor and sorrow (it was in the summer of 1914) according to the providence of God they saw themselves obliged to move to Wellsburg to spend there the eve of their life with the sad experience that only nine months later God made her a widow, leaving her to mourn the loss of her faithful companion, and surviving him by thirteen years.
By the grace of God, they shared life's burdens and joys and sorrows together for nearly fifty-five years.
Her departure is sorely lamented by her seven surviving children, two sons and five daughters: Margaret (Mrs. C. Gergner, Pratt, Kansas); Hermina (Mrs. Chris Neessen); Reints Peters of Parkersburg; Grietje (Mrs. George G. H. Neessen); Ella (Mrs. Henry Dudden, Grundy Center); Simon Peters, Aplington; Johanna (Mrs. Jake Wolfe, Sibley, Iowa); besides these, one brother and two sisters mourn her death. These are H. Reints and Mrs. J. Poppen, German Valley, Illinois; Mrs. H. Siemens, Lennox, S.D. Also 42 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
The congregation and also the Ladies' Aid feel the gash that her death has torn in their midst, and wish her the rest of the people of God. let us not mourn as such who have no hope.
Those present at the funeral from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peters, Steamboat Rock; Mrs. John Masselink, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Claus Peters, Rev. Zindler and daughter Nellie, Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Lindaman, all of Aplington; Ulfert, Reint and Yelderk Poppen and daughter, Margaret and son, Lando, German Valley, Ill.; George Ibling and daughter, Gertie, and son, Able, Dumont; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Groote, Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mulder, Miss Levi Lynn, all of Parkersburg; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bergner, Pratt, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wolff, Sibley; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dudden and sons, Claus, George and Carl, and daughter, Mary, Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. Simon Peters and daughter, Grace, and sons, William and Cecil, Parkersburg; Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Peters and daughters, Amanda and Margaret, of Parkersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Dudden, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nederhoff, Mrs. Fred Graves, all of Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. Nicholsen, Parkersburg.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 April 1928, pg 3
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