PETERSEN, U. H. 1838-1932
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/4/2015 at 18:29:44
U. H. Petersen, Early Grundy Resident, Is Dead
U. H. Petersen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dick Groenewold, in Sibley this morning from old age. He was in his ninety-fourth year. He had been sick and failing quite rapidly during the past six weeks. He had spent the past winter at the home of his daughter in Sibley. Several years ago Mr. Petersen built a new house on the home farm which has been his home. His son, Ubbie G., and family live in the old house on the same farmstead and they have been looking after him.
Mr. Petersen was one of the early residents of Grundy county and made his home continually on the farm. He was successful in his business and owned some good Grundy county property at the time of his death. He was --unreadable-- the county and he was held in high esteem by all of his neighbors and by others with whom he came in contact.
The time for the funeral has not been fixed. It will probably be on Saturday.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 May 1932, pg 1
Ubbie Petersen Funeral Services Last Saturday
Funeral services for U. H. Petersen, who died at the home of his daughter in Sibley, were held at the Lincoln Center church last Saturday afternoon and there was a very large attendance. Rev. J. E. Drake conducted the services.
Owing to the large number of relatives residing in Sibley and vicinity there was a funeral service held there on Thursday. This service was conducted by Rev. J. A. Rotschafer, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The remains were brought from Sibley to the home in Grundy county by a hearse Thursday night.
There are few people now living in Grundy county who resided here when Mr. Petersen came to Grundy county 64 years ago. He loved the farm and made his home there continuously.
Ubbie Petersen was born at Resen, Eastfriesland, Germany, Nov. 17, 1838. There he grew to manhood and was united in holy marriage April 6, 1863, to Henrietta Smidt. This union was blessed with ten children.
In 1868 Mr. and Mrs. Petersen left the country of their birth and came to America, locating near Ackley, Ia., later moving on a farm near Lincoln Center.
The deceased grew up in a Christian home under christian influence and always took an active interest in church work. He was a charter member of the Lincoln Center Christian Reformed church, which was organized in 1884. For many years he served that church as an elder. Of him it can be said what David expressed in Ps. 26, "Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house and the place where Thine honor dwelleth." It was but a few weeks ago that he expressed the desire that within a week or so he would again be able to come to church.
Three children preceded him in death in infancy, and his wife on Apr. 9, 1919. He leaves to mourn his seven children: Herman of Stout; Charles, Ubbie and Henry of Grundy Center; Mrs. Lee Moran of Kent, Washington; Mrs. D. G. Groenewold of Sibley; Mrs. J. G. Groenewold of Rushmore, Minn., 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Petersen enjoyed good health all his life, until old age began to gradually weaken his body. With the beginning of this year he gradually began to grow weaker, although medical care and the best of care was given him by his loved ones, his life could not be prolonged. He passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter Anna, Mrs. D. G. Groenewold, Sibley, on Wednesday noon at 12:30, May 11, attaining an age of 94 years, 5 months and 24 days.
May the dear Lord whom he loved and served, now be a comfort to his children and all who mourn his loss.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 May 1932, pg 1
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