OELMANN, Jennie 1879-1959
OELMANN, MEESTER, EVERDS
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/17/2016 at 08:12:18
Mrs. John Oelmann
Last Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, at 3:45 p.m. marked the passing of another life-long Grundy county resident. Mrs. John H. Oelmann at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 25 days, slipped quietly away out of this life into the life of eternal bliss. She had been in failing health all winter and on January 28th it was deemed wise to take her to Allen Memorial hospital where a thorough observation of her physical condition was made and where her complications were diagnosed as uremia caused by hardening of the arteries in the kidneys. Even tho the best of medical care was given, she slipped into a coma on Tuesday, Feb. 24th, from which she never regained consciousness.
Mrs. John Oelmann, nee Jennie Meester, was born Sept. 3, 1879, the daughter of Jacob and Antje Everds Meester. Her parents were pioneers and homesteaded on a farm a half mile south of the Pleasant Valley Reformed church south of Parkersburg.
She received her academic education in the local rural school. Her childhood religious training was given her in the Pleasant Valley Reformed church which she attended faithfully. She was instructed in the Heidelberg Catechism under the supervision of the late Rev. Daniel Schaefer. These fundamental truths were greatly loved by the deceased and remained firmly in her memory all the days of her earthly life.
In 1913 her parents moved to Parkersburg and she continued to live on the home place with her younger brothers and sister.
On May 7, 1919, she was united in marriage to John H. Oelmann at the Christian Reformed parsonage in Parkersburg by the late Rev. Ahuis. They began farming on the Oelmann home place in Beaver township where her husband had resided since the age of 5 and which remained their home to the day of her death.
Mrs. Oelmann took a great interest in her church, both local and denominational activities, always willing to do whatever she could for the furtherance of the Kingdom. She was greatly interested in the plans of the building of a new educational building and parsonage at Stout and also in the growth of the new missionary church at Cedar Rapids. She was a generous giver at all times, never faltering in doing her share.
She was the possessor of a very keen mind and had a good memory. She enjoyed good reading material and took a great interest in all the members of her large family tree. She was a hardworking, thrifty and industrious woman and will be missed by all those who knew her.
Survivors are her husband, two daughters, Johanna, Mrs. Walter Heyenga of Cedar Falls, and Annie at home; three grandchildren, Mary Jan, Cathy and John Heyenga. Five brothers and three sisters survive from a large family of 14 children. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Daniel and Will, and three brothers and sisters in infancy. The five living brothers and Joe J., Hillerd, John E., Harry and Andrew, all of northern Grundy county, and two sisters, Mrs. Susan Bergman of Stout, and Miss Nettie Meester of Holland. Many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives also survive.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 March 1959, pg 3
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