GAUGER, Charles F. 1840-1913
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Date: 1/6/2017 at 17:56:15
Charles Frederick Gauger, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gauger, was born at Ganzks Pribbernow, near Greifenberg, in Pommerania, Germany, June 10, 1840, and died at his home March 22, 1913, after an illness of three weeks, aged 72 years, 9 months and 12 days.
When but 13 years old his father died and the care of his mother and younger sister rested upon him. In order to contribute toward their support he learned the trade of carpenter. At his birth place he was baptized, confirmed and also married.
His wife was Miss Johanna Matilda Kroening of Streckintine, in Pommerania. His married life was extraordinarily blessed and happy. In true love and faithfulness, united in the one true faith in our Lord Jesus.
To this union there were given 12 children, of whom four sons, preceded their father in death.
In 1868 he emigrated to America, bringing his family with him. For the first two years he followed his trade as carpenter in Chicago. Then he bought the farm in Grundy county, where he resided until 1900, when he and his wife moved to Waterloo. After two years, however, they moved to Dike where they have since resided.
He leaves to mourn him, his wife, Mrs. Fred Gauger; a sister, Mrs. Peter Miller, of Oak Park, Ill.; a son, John Gauger, of Reinbeck. His daughters are: Mrs. J. S. Balkie, of Chicago; Mrs. Wm. Benorden, of LaPorte; Mrs. J. B. Thiemer, of this city; Mrs. J. F. Behrens, Mrs. George Behrens and Mrs. W. C. Behrens of Cedar Falls.
Prof. George Zilinger of Dubuque preached in English.
Rev. Voss of Fern, preached the funeral sermon in German.
Patiently he bore his cross, also during the last days of his intense suffering and anguish and finally committed his soul into the hands of Him whom he trusted all his life.
The services were held at the home at 12 o'clock Tuesday and the remains laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery in Black Hawk township four miles northeast of Reinbeck.--Dike New Era.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 April 1913, pg 8
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