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HARBERTS, Greitje 1852-1932


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/8/2015 at 14:56:20

Mrs. D. Harberts Dies at Daughter's Home In Sibley

Mrs. D. Harberts died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. D. Stachour, at Sibley at noon Monday following an illness of less than a week from pneumonia. She left in October to visit with her relatives in Lyon and Osceola counties and she expected to return to her home in Grundy Center following the Christmas holidays. Symptoms of pneumonia had developed when she was taken to her daughter's home in Sibley a week ago and her condition continued to increase in seriousness until the end came. Relatives from Grundy county as soon as they were advised of Mrs. Harberts' critical condition went to her bedside and they were with her before she passed away.

The remains were brought to Grundy Center and they reached here Tuesday evening and were taken to the home of Mrs. Harberts' daughter, Mrs. Harvey Bockes.

Short services will be held at the H. M. Bockes home at 1:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon, following by services at Drake's church. Burial will be by the side of the husband, who died 17 years ago last October.

Mrs. Harberts was 80 years old and she had been a continuous resident of Grundy county for sixty years. She had enjoyed good health up to the time of her final illness.

Surviving relatives are seven sons and two daughters. The sons are Jurgen Harberts, Rock Rapids; Dick, Fred, John and George of Grundy county; Ralph of Algona, and Rev. William Harberts of Chickasha, Okla. The daughters are Mrs. Harvey Bockes of Grundy Center and Mrs. C. D. Stachour of Sibley. There is one surviving brother, Ralph Veenker, George, Iowa.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 December 1932, pg 1


Many Old Friends Attend Mrs. D. Harberts Services

Funeral services for Mrs. D. Harberts were held at the home of Mrs. Harvey Bockes in Grundy Center Thursday afternoon, and later at Drake's church in Colfax township. Rev. J. E. Drake, assisted by Rev. K. J. Stratemeier, officiated at the services. Rev. Mr. Drake delivered a sermon in German, based upon Psalm 42:12, a text selected by the deceased before her death. Rev. Mr. Stratemeier spoke in English. Every seat in the large church in Colfax township was occupied during the service by old friends of Mrs. Harberts. Mrs. Harberts was the last charter member of the church who retained her membership to this day. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Drake church cemetery.

Mrs. Greitje Harberts, nee Veenker, was born October 30, 1852, in Pilsum, Ostfriesland, Germany. After spending her childhood days in the land of her birth, she emigrated with her parents to this country in June of 1868, settling in Oregon, Ill. In 1871 she was united in holy wedlock with Dirk Harberts, and the same year they moved to Grundy county, Iowa. This union was blessed with eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, two of whom died in infancy. The greater part of her married life was spent on a farm north of Grundy Center, which still bears the family name. In 1904 they quit the farm and moved to the town of Grundy Center, where Mr. Harberts died October 12, 1915.

When in 1871 the Holland Presbyterian church was organized, she with her husband united as charter members, which membership they retained until their death. Her husband served this church as elder for over forty years. Mrs. Harberts possessed that rare characteristic of soul which enabled one to frankly admit the shortcomings, but also confess the unswerving faith in a divine Savior. In the search for and the finding of saving truths, she experienced what the evangelist St. John expresses as passing from death unto life, wherefore she greatly appreciated the gospel sermon and loved the house of God.

In September she went to western Iowa to visit her son, daughter and brother in Osceola and Lyon counties, where she remained until Tuesday, Dec. 13, when she was suddenly stricken with pneumonia, from which she succumbed Monday noon, Dec. 19, 1932, at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 20 days.

She leaves to mourn her departure seven sons, Jurgen of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Ralph, of Algona; William, pastor at Chickasha, Oklahoma; Dick, Fred, John and George of this county; two daughters, Mrs. Kate Bockes of Grundy Center, and Mrs. Elizabeth Stachour of Sibley; one brother, Ralph Veenker, at George, Iowa, forty-two grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 December 1932, pg 6


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