FRERICHS, Wobke 1857-1929
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Date: 5/4/2015 at 16:45:26
Mrs. Frerichs, Grundy Pioneer, Passes Away
Death Occurred On Friday Afternoon, July 12th, At Her Home In Holland
A Resident Of County For Past Sixty Years
Pneumonia Preceded by Years of Poor Health Was Cause of Sudden Death
Mrs. H. H. Frerichs (nee Wobke Freese) was born in Germany, Feb. 17, 1857, and passed away at her home in Holland, Iowa, on Friday afternoon at 2:30, July 12th, 1929, aged 72 years, 4 months and 25 days.
Mrs. Frerichs had been in rather poor health for a number of years, and recently she contracted pneumonia, which was the direct cause of her sudden death.
The deceased came to America with her parents when seven years of age and located at Forreston, Ill., and came to Iowa in 1869, settling on a farm near Wellsburg.
She was married on Jan. 13th, 1876, to Hermanus H. Frerichs, who preceded her in death in 1905. To this union were born ten children, Will, Tillie (Mrs. W. B. Buus), Kate (Mrs. E. A. Lingelbach), Reka (Mrs. M. H. Tjaden), Jennie (Mrs. John Boven), Minnie (Mrs. John L. Dirks) and Sue, who lived at home with her mother. Two children died when young, and Sophia, wife of Jurgen Stahl, died 27 years ago last January leaving three children. The youngest, Fritz, was adopted by his grandmother, who raised him as one of her own children. There were eleven other grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In her own family there were five children, all of whom preceded her in death. They were Asjen Freese, 1910; Mrs. Ben Buus, April, 1929; Mrs. H. P. Smit, 1927, and a younger brother who died in Germany at the age of nine years.
Mrs. Frerichs was a kind and loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend and she will be greatly missed by those who have known and honored her for these many years.
Funeral services were held from the home on Tuesday afternoon of this week, Rev. C. Heinrichs, pastor of the Lutheran church near Wellsburg, preaching in German, and Rev. C. Bode preaching from the same text at the Christian Reformed church in Holland.
The pallbearers were Remmer and John Stickfort, Jake Franken, Henry Dirks Jr., Henry Siefken, John A. Meyer.
Those relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. M. H. Tjaden, Pike Road, Alabama; Mrs. C. Poppenga, Wellsburg; Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Peters, Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Meyer and daughter, Wellsburg; Mrs. Lee Koser, Iowa City; Mrs. F. Beckman and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Biebesheimer, Grundy Center; Mrs. Earl Smith, George, Iowa; Mrs. Menne Smith, Madison, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. John Buus and children and Henry Buus, Lennox, So. Dak.; Mrs. Jack Souers, Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. Louie Kettwig, Reinbeck; John Kettwig, Dike; Mrs. George Tjaden, Iowa Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tjaden and children, Iowa Falls; Mrs. Andrew A. Meyer, Marshalltown; Mrs. Jay Hileman, Waterloo.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 July 1929, pg 1
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