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WANCHURA, Joseph 1830-1924


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/12/2015 at 08:29:41

Mr. Joseph Wanchura, who has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Gus Hagberg, for the past several years passed away Saturday morning and was buried from the M.E. church here Sunday. Mr. Wanchura was a native of Austria and was at the time of his death past 94 years of age.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 June 1924, pg 3


Obituary of Joseph Wanchura

Joseph Wanchura was born in Wixch-Statel-Bil Grullich Bamen, a province of Austria, on January 11, 1830, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gus Hagberg, in Beaman, on the morning of June 7, 1924, aged 94 years, 4 months and 26 days.

On January 10, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Wanchura.

Following their marriage they lived in Austria until 1896 when they came to America to live their remaining years with their daughters, who had already come to this country. Since their first year in this new land they have lived their entire time with their daughter, Mrs. Anna Hagberg. The mother died on March 19, 1906.

To them were born six children, two of whom died in infancy, a boy, Joseph, who died at nine years of age, Mrs. Rosa Saliger, who died at St. Anthony, Iowa, October, 1917, and Adolph, who died in Austria four years ago. The only surviving child is Mrs. Hagberg. He also leaves to mourn his departure five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was a member of the state church of Austria and was well informed in its ritualistic ceremonies. When a boy he assisted in the regular worship and later became a member of the great choir which sang the funeral masses. He loved the church and the religion of Jesus Christ, although he was unable to use his talent in the churches here, for he never learned to speak English, yet he sympathized with every minister or church that worked for the Kingdom. He had been heard to say, "I like Austria, but I like United States better."

Funeral services were held from the Beaman M.E. church on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. J. J. Sayder. Interment was made in Conrad cemetery.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 June 1924, pg 7


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