HARMS, Johanna 1868-1942
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Date: 12/23/2016 at 16:31:52
Johanna Harms Buried Monday Afternoon
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home, for Miss Johanna Harms, who passed away Friday morning, at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown after a lingering illness.
The services were in charge of Rev. William Landsiedel and the casket-bearers were C. O. Nederhoff, M. C. Bunger, J. A. Eckhoff, Neil Okones, Fred Gross and Fred Terfehn. Interment was in the First Christian Reformed church cemetery. She was the last member of her family, a brother and sister preceding her in death.
Johanna Harms was born February 23, 1868, in Ogle county, Illinois. When about a year old she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Harms to Iowa, first living in Shiloh township west of Wellsburg. Until December 1917, when she had been faithfully taking care of her then departed parents, she moved to Wellsburg where she resided until her death. During the time she lived in Wellsburg she experienced certain periods of illness. Five times she had to submit to an operation at intervals at the hospitals in Marshalltown. It was yesterday four weeks ago when she entered the Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown, and after a hopeful convalescence from an operation, weakness of her physical condition affected her heart so that in the wise Providence of God her earthly pilgrimage came to an unexpected end.
The Lord had prepared her for this inevitable hour, of which she has given testimony, saying, "when the Lord comes to call us home then all shall be well." This, her desire, was fulfilled when she quietly fell asleep early Friday morning, September 11, at 3 a.m. She reached the age of 74 years, 6 months, 19 days.
If any one in our community, the departed was one who would daily read the Word of God, asking the Lord for instruction and guidance in her spiritual trials.
She leaves to mourn her nearest kin consisting of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Wellsburg Reformed Church of which she has been a member since June 13, 1920, also with many other friends lament her sudden departure.
May we all heed the scripture she did recite so many times during her lifetime and whenever her pastor called on her, which is recorded in 2 Corinthians, verse 10: "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." May we all be prepared to meet our God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
--The Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 16 September 1942, pg 1
Johanna Harms Died Friday At Hospital
Miss Johanna Harms died last Friday at the hospital at Marshalltown where she was taken four weeks before for an operation. The operation seemed to be successful but it later affected her heart and death resulted from heart failure. She was 74 years old last February.
Funeral services were held at the home in Wellsburg Monday afternoon. Rev. Wm. Landsiedel was the officiating pastor. Burial was by the side of her father and mother in the cemetery adjoining the First Christian Reformed church.
The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Harms. She was born in Ogle county, Ill. She came to Iowa and to Grundy county with her parents when she was a little girl and made her home here continually ever since. The family when they came here located on a farm southwest of Wellsburg where the father and later the mother died. Following the death of her mother, Miss Harms had a new home built for her in town which she occupied continually up to the time she went to the hospital.
Miss Harms is the last of her family. The parents and a sister and brother preceded her. The brother Wessel died within the past year.
Surviving are three nieces and two nephews. The nieces are Mrs. Gertrude Gersema, Mrs. H. J. Rindels, Mrs. Grace Beeken. The nephews are George W. Harms and Elwin Harms.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 September 1942, pg 9
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