VENENGA, Lena 1872-1949
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/27/2016 at 16:36:23
Last Rites Friday For Mrs. Venenga
Last rites were held Friday for Mrs. B. U. Venenga, who died at her home in Holland on Tuesday of last week. There was a short service at the home. This was followed by a service in the Colfax Presbyterian church. The services were conducted by Rev. F. J. Langenberg, pastor of Bethany Presbyterian church, Grundy Center, and Rev. Henry Petersen, pastor of the Christian Reformed church at Holland. The seating capacity of the large church auditorium was filled during the church service. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Holland cemetery.
Relatives from a distance who were here for the funeral service were Mrs. Eggo Stoehr and son Theodore from South Dakota, Lawrence Trie and family from Forreston, Ill., Rev. and Mrs. H. Smidt and Mrs. John Toomsen, Breda, Iowa.
From Titonka, George Sonnenberg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Heiko Bruns, Mrs. Henry Bruns, Mrs. Henry Rhode, Herman Franzen, H. Redenius, Mr. and Mrs. Meint Uhlman.
Bert Brower and Mr. and Mrs. Will Willemsen, Kanawha.
There were many other relatives and friends from Hampton, Ackley, Parkersburg and Cedar Falls aside from the many nearby relatives and friends.
Mrs. Bus U. Venenga, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Stoehr, was born Dec. 28, 1872, in Colfax township, near Wellsburg, Iowa.
On Feb. 11, 1892, Lena Stoehr and Bus U. Venenga were united in the holy bond of marriage, to which union seven children were born.
The departed spent her entire life in the Holland community, except for 11 years when the family lived on a farm near Hampton, Iowa. Twenty-nine years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Venenga came to make their home in the town of Holland, where the departed lived until her death.
Her husband died in October 1935. A granddaughter, Carol Venenga, lived with her grandmother the past 7 years.
Mrs. Venenga was baptized, confirmed, and brought up in the Lutheran Church, but for many years now, has been a regular attendant in the Colfax Center Presbyterian church. She also was a good friend of the Christian Reformed church of Holland, often attending worship services there, especially on Sunday nights.
Mrs. Venenga had many friends. She was very much interested in the church activities in the community, as well as in other town affairs. By many she was simply called "Grandma Venenga." Because of her friendly spirit, and a willing helper in time of need, she will be greatly missed by the whole community.
Grandma Venenga had been suffering from a heart ailment during the past year, but was able to be up and about until Sunday, Oct. 30th. On Monday her condition became more serious, rapidly hastening to the close of her earthly pilgrimage. Her departure came as a shock to the community, when the Lord called her out of this life early Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, at 2:15 in her home in Holland. She reached the age of 76 years, 10 months, 3 days.
In her departure she leaves the following relatives: four sons, Will and Bert of Hampton; John of Holland, and Ben of Grundy Center; three daughters, Mrs. Tillie Toomsen of Hampton, Mrs. Etta Brower and Mrs. C. B. Sonnenberg of Holland; three sisters, Mrs. John Schoon of Holland, Mrs. Henry Rust and Mrs. Albert Loots of Grundy Center; one half-brother, William Stoehr of Grundy Center; five half-sisters, Mrs. Davida Meyer of Wellsburg, Mrs. Melvin Fletcher of Cedar Falls, Mrs. Ben Grimmius and Mrs. Leeno Grimmius of Grundy Center, and Miss Minnie Stoehr of Des Moines; also 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 November 1949, pg 14
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