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RIEKENA, Jessie 1877-1927


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/31/2015 at 08:38:18

Mrs. Riekena Dies At Hospital

Wellsburg Woman Passed Away Yesterday After Long Illness

Mrs. D. J. Riekena, wife of County Supervisor D. J. Riekena of Wellsburg, died at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown at 2:30 yesterday. Anemia from which Mrs. Riekena suffered for several years was the cause of her death. She was taken to the hospital seven weeks ago. Her remains were taken to her home in Wellsburg yesterday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at the German Reformed church in Wellsburg at one o'clock next Saturday. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Mrs. Riekena's maiden name was Jessie Primus. She was born at Steamboat Rock fifty years ago on the 28th of last May. She resided in Shiloh township nearly all of her life. She was married to D. J. Riekena on Feb. 10, 1897. She lived in Wellsburg during all of her married life.

Mrs. Riekena is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. John Snittjer. She leaves one brother, Henry Primus, of Shiloh township, and three sisters, Mrs. J. J. Peters of Seaforth, Minn., Mrs. M. H. Thomas of Marshalltown, and Mrs. Helen Doyen of Holland, Minn.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 October 1927, pg 1


Mrs. D. J. Riekena was buried last Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 o'clock, services being in charge of Rev. W. Landsiedel. The pastor preached both in German and in English and chose as his text Isaiah 38:17. The capacity of the large church was insufficient to hold the big attendance of friends from various sections of the county far and near to pay their last respects to the departed. Interment was made in the cemetery of the Wellsburg Reformed church.

Among those present from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. Jake Peters, Seafort, Minn.; Mrs. Cecil Buckholtz, Watertown, So. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Riekena, Monroe, So. Dak.; Mrs. Geo. Dykstra, Parker, So. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Beving, Fostoria, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. R. Sietsema, Renville, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. John Bode, Woden, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Riekena, Woden; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Aukes, Buffalo Center, Mrs. T. Isebrands, George, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schlorholtz, Miss Swanette Schlorholtz and Jake Tjaden, all of Lake View, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huendling and Rev. Huendling, Breda, Iowa; Wiard Aukes, German Valley, Ill.; Jake Riekena, Irwin, Iowa; John Riekena, Ames; Mrs. John Muller, Little Rock, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Geerdes, Waterloo; Mrs. Reak Riekena, Mr. and Mrs. R. Riekena, Mrs. Richard Vogt, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Vogt, Mr. Oltman Vogt, Mr. Dick Vogt, all of Aplington; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ross, Kesley, Mr. and Mrs. Meint Thomas, Marshalltown; Miss Jessaline Thomas, Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cobie, John Ryken and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ubbie Beving, Mrs. John Freese, Mr. and Mrs. C. Freese, Martin Ryken, all of Ackley, Casper Jutting, Cleves; Mrs. K. Kruger, Grundy Center; Mrs. Tom Ruppelt, Steamboat Rock; Jakie Peters, Ames.

The pall bearers were H. J. Frerichs, J. L. Fisher, Dr. C. C. Graham, George Lindaman, J. L. Lutterman, R. W. Ross.

Jessie Riekena was born May 28, 1877, at Steamboat Rock, Iowa. In her infancy she moved with her parents on the farm south of Wellsburg, and later on into Wellsburg. She was joined in holy wedlock with Dirk J. Riekena on February 10, 1897, and spent most of her life in Wellsburg. Over 30 years she shared life's joy and sorrow with her husband, who stood faithfully by her side through her long siege of illness. Their wedded life was blessed with 3 children, of whom in infancy two preceded her in death.

About five and one-half years ago, she was afflicted with a treacherous disease, from which she never fully recovered. It was at this time that the Lord like unto Lydia opened her heart, and she confessed Jesus Christ to be her Savior. By the effects of her great weakness she was always exposed to colds so that her old illness seemed to attack her once more fatally, when she went to the Ev. Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown for treatment seven weeks ago. Her physical strength and resistance gradually became less, and when all medical help seemed to fail the Lord in His great wisdom relieved her from her suffering, severing the bonds of her earthly pilgrimage on Wednesday, October 26, at 2:30 a.m. to receive her soul in the realm of eternal bliss and happiness, where there is no more suffering, nor pain, nor sorrow, nor tears and death. She reached the age of 50 years, 4 months and 28 days. What else should be said of her loss? The sorrow stricken husband and daughter will realize her departure most. Since 1916 she held her membership with the Wellsburg Reformed congregation and adhered faithfully to her church. The Ladies' Aid Society also, of which she always was a faithful member, and whom she also assisted by her deeds and counsel, feels the gash rent in their midst. Also a great host of friends, which she won by her friendly and amicable disposition will mourn her loss. Yet let us say, "Lord, Thy will be done," and may she enjoy the lot which has fallen to her in heavenly places.

Besides the sorrow-stricken husband and daughter, Mrs. John Snittjer, one brother and three sisters mourn her untimely loss: Henry Primus, Wellsburg; Mrs. J. Peters, Seaforth, Minn.; Mrs. M. Thomas, Marshalltown; Mrs. Sam Doonan, Holland, Minn.; one grandson, Sherwood Snittjer, and a large circle of relatives and friends. May the God of all comfort, soothe the afflicted hearts, and prepare all to meet a blessed end.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 November 1927, pg 3


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