HEMPEN, Rena 1880-1925
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/22/2015 at 08:10:17
Death of Mrs. Joe F. Hempen
Mrs. Joe F. Hempen died at her home four miles south of Stout last Saturday evening after an illness from anemia covering a period of several years. Funeral services were held at the Lincoln Center church Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Weeldreyer, assisted by Rev. Sinning from Grundy Center.
Rena Alida Hempen, nee Saathoff, was born on the 15th of March, 1880, in Leer, Eastfriesland, Germany. As an infant of about one year she immigrated with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Saathoff, to this country. She grew to womanhood in Grundy county. September 6, 1905, she was joined in marriage with Mr. Joe F. Hempen. This union was blessed with five children, of which one preceded her in death in infancy.
Mrs. Hempen was a great and patient sufferer. Her afflictions were many. In the later years of her life she had to submit to two operations. About two years ago it became known that she was suffering from anemia. All available means were tried to overcome the illness, but it pleased the Lord of Life and Death, whom she believed, confessed and heartily trusted, to call her home on July 25, at 10:40 p.m. Her end was peaceful.
Since Oct. 6, 1906, Mrs. Hempen was a faithful member of the Lincoln Center church, being received upon a letter of dismissal from the Holland Presbyterian church. She leaves to mourn her husband, her four children, Jennie, Herman, Albert and Henrietta; her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Saathoff, of Grundy Center, her sister, Mrs. Ben VanDeest, and her brother, J. A. Saathoff, of West Liberty, Iowa. Her loss is also keenly felt by Mr. Hempe Hempen, the father of the husband, who is staying with the family, besides many other relatives and friends.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 July 1925, pg 3
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