POPPENGA, Cornelius 1869-1921
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Date: 3/17/2017 at 22:27:02
Cornelius Poppenga Dies Suddenly Monday Evening
Was Stricken While Attending The Fourth Of July Exercises At Buck's Grove
Many Years A Citizen Of Holland
His Sudden and Unexpected Death Casts Sorrow Over the Entire Community
Cornelius Poppenga is no more. That whole-souled, loyal, good citizen of Holland was stricken suddenly Monday afternoon while attending the 4th of July exercises at Buck's Grove. At first it was thought that he was overcome with the heat, it being an extremely hot day. He was standing by a tree and suddenly fell to the ground. He was carried away from the crowd and medical aid summoned.
It was two or three hours before a doctor could be reached and in the meantime Mr. Poppenga was taken to his home in Holland where everything possible was done for him, but he passed away about seven-thirty o'clock that evening.
Mr. Poppenga had lived all his life in Colfax township and for the past several years in Holland where he was one of the influential citizens of the town. He was about fifty-four years of age.
Mr. Poppenga was born in Ogle County, Illinois August 19, 1869. On March 12th, 1896 he was united in marriage to Lena Freese of this county, and he resided with his wife in this county ever since, living most of the time near Holland, and the past ten years in the town of Holland, Iowa.
Mr. Poppenga was a prominent man in this community. His genial spirit and kindness were marked. Of late he was a -- that the new church at Holland was built and just dedicated this spring. He was very active in the Master's service and frequently confided his trust in the Lord, to those, with whom he associated intimately. It's but a few weeks ago, when the Lord's Supper was administered in the new church at Holland, he was one of those who commemorated the Savior's death, remarking after the event, of the sweet communion he had experienced with his Lord.
Mr. Poppenga leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, who feels her loss keenly. He is also survived by his aged father Mr. P. Poppenga, who made his home with them, and furthermore also by two sisters, Mrs. Hillygus of Grundy county and Mrs. Nelson of Martin county, Minn.
Funeral services were held today Thursday afternoon, Rev. C. Hayenga, of Mountain Lake, Minn. and Rev. W. Bode, of Grundy Center, in charge, assisted by the male quartette, Messrs, O'Connor, Willoughby, Robinson and Taft of this city. Interment was in the Holland cemetery beside his mother.
Our brother is gone but not forgotten. We shall miss him; his memory is dear to us. We hope to meet again, where we shall be together forever with the Lord.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 July 1921, pg 1
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