BOTTEMA, Theo. 1876-1932
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Date: 9/7/2015 at 19:43:30
Theo. Bottema Dies In Hospital After Operation
Theo. Bottema died in the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown at 8:45 Friday evening. Four days before he submitted to an operation for the removal of the gall bladder. His case was considered serious from the beginning.
The remains were brought from Marshalltown to the Coffman mortuary in Grundy Center Friday night. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Father P. J. Boyle were held at the Catholic church Monday morning. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.
Mr. Bottema was born in the Netherlands. Had he lived until the 20th of November he would have been 57 years old. He came to this country 31 years ago in company with Will Dekker. Both young men came to Grundy county and took jobs on Grundy county farms. Mr. Bottema the first year he was in this county worked for the Boven family. Twenty-three years ago he returned to Netherland and the young lady who accompanied him back to this country, Miss Mena Klein, became his wife. They were married shortly after their arrival here. The year following their marriage Mr. Bottema began farming on this own account. The family farmed here continually except during two years when they resided on a farm in Mitchell county. After returning from Mitchell county the family for a number of years occupied the Mrs. Rose Bailey farm in Colfax. The past few years they have been living on the Williamson & Willoughby farm in Washington township.
Mr. Bottema was a hard worker and a good manager. He understood the farming business thoroughly. His neighbors liked him and those who knew him trusted him.
Surviving are the wife and nine children. The oldest of the children, a son, is 22. The youngest is a son of 4. The names of the children are John, Henry, Catherine, Johanna, Will, Lena, Elizabeth, Mary and Reinhart. There are two brothers, Jake and John, from this county.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 October 1932, pg 12
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