NIEHAUS, Johanna 1844-1938
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Date: 11/11/2016 at 10:42:47
Mrs. C. Niehaus, Oldest Grundy Resident, Dead
Mrs. Casper Niehaus, oldest resident of Grundy Center, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Wolthoff, in Grundy Center Tuesday morning, March 22. If she had lived until December 14th of this year, she would have been 94 years old.
Mrs. Niehaus, whose maiden name was Johanna Okken, was born at Bunde, Eastfriesland, Germany. There she was united in marriage to Casper Niehaus on October 16, 1870. This marriage continued for over 65 years, or until the death of the husband on January 8th, 1936.
Mr. Niehaus first came to this country to find a home for his family while the wife and mother remained to take care of the children at home. In 1890 the family followed the husband and father to this country. They lived at Conrad for three years, after which they moved to a farm a half mile west of Grundy Center where their son John now lives. In 1913 they moved to Grundy Center, which was their home until their death.
Following the death of her husband she made her home alternately with her daughters, Mrs. Cobus Koch of Reinbeck and Mrs. Peter Wolthoff of Grundy Center, who gave her most thoughtful care in which the other children and all other relatives heartily cooperated. With the beginning of the New Year her usual strength began to fail noticeably and she was confined to her bed most of the time, but her very active mind kept alert until the very last and always was she ready to welcome friends and gratefully received and acknowledged the pastoral visits. Her peaceful end came shortly before six o'clock Tuesday morning, March 22, 1938, at the age of 93 years, 3 months and 8 days. She leaves to mourn her departure the children: John Niehaus, Mrs. Cobus Koch, Mrs. Peter Wolthoff and Dick Niehaus, 25 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of devoted friends.
When in 1901 the First German Presbyterian church was organized Mrs. Niehaus together with her husband united with the organization as a charter member on confession of faith and remained faithful and continued a warm interest in this church. She was a charter member of the Ladies Aid and though for years unable to attend she retained her membership in this organization until her end.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephen Funeral home and at 1:30 p.m. at the First German Presbyterian church, Rev. K. J. Stratemeier officiating.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 March 1938, pg 1
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