MESSER, Louisa 1848-1926
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/31/2015 at 22:25:42
Obituary of Mrs. Conrad Messer
Louisa Merbeck was born in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 14, 1848, and died Sept. 9, 1926, aged 77 years, 11 months and 26 days.
She came to America with her parents when but four years of age. Her parents cleared a place in the woods not far from Manasha, Wisconsin.
Later with her parents she moved near Ashton, Ill., where she was married in 1870 to Conrad Messer. In 1872 they moved to Benton county, Iowa, and in 1880 with three children the family settled in Colfax township in this county. In 1893 she with her family moved to their present home.
She united with the Church of the Brethren at Garrison, Iowa, in 1875 and since that time has lived a sincere christian life as a mother, neighbor and a friend to all of her acquaintances. She lived the life of a true pioneer, going thru privations and hard work that those early days demanded of all, always being strong and well until the last eighteen months of her life.
She had three brothers and four sisters, only one of whom survive her. This only sister is Mrs. Caroline Vaupel, Bellingham, Minnesota. She leaves also a daughter, Hannah C., and a son, Adam G., both living on the home farm and a son, Charles F., of Mount Morris, Ill. Nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive her.
She spent two winters in Corpus Christi, Texas, where her husband died in April, 1925. Since that time she has been sickly and suffered much yet in it all she was patient and trustful, very much desiring that she could attend church services and associate with other Christian friends.
The Ivester church was filled at the time of her funeral Sunday, Sept. 12. The Ivester pastor preached from the text II Tim. 1:5.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 September 1926, pg 12
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