ABELS, Barney 1868-1940
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/28/2017 at 14:12:13
Barney Abels Died Wednesday Morning of Stroke
Barney Abels died at his home in Colfax township at two o'clock Wednesday morning as the result of a stroke a week before. He was stricken while he was seated in a rocking chair at his home. His throat was affected and he was unable to speak. He failed to rally from the shock and continued to get weaker until the end came. He suffered a stroke about two years ago from which it was believed he had completely recovered.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon. There will be a short service at the home at 12:30, followed by a service at the Colfax Presbyterian church, of which he was a member the greater part of his life. Burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Resided in Grundy County 70 Years
Had he lived a day longer, Mr. Abels would have been 72 years old. He was born at Bunker Hill, Illinois. He was one of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Abels. Three of the children were born in Illinois. 70 years ago the Abels family, the father and mother and the three children, came to Grundy county to make their permanent home. They located in Colfax township and some members of the family have been residing in that township ever since.
Mr. Abels was married to Anna Kruse, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kruse. They began housekeeping on a farm a half mile north of the Colfax Presbyterian church. They resided there one year, when they moved to a farm in southwest Palermo township where they resided four years. Forty years ago they moved to their own farm in Colfax township which has been their home ever since.
Mr. Abels was the father of nine children. One son preceded him in death. Eight of the children and his wife survive. The surviving sons are Conrad, John, Henry and Harm. The four daughters are Mrs. Albert Franken, Margaret and Bernice, all from Grundy county, and Esther who is employed at Sibley.
Of the seven children of the J. F. Abels family, only three now remain. They are Luke from Grundy Center, John C. from Colfax township, and Mrs. John Cramer, Grundy Center. The deceased members including Barney are Harm, Mrs. Joe Kramer and George.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 February 1940, pg 1
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