ABELS, Anna 1872-1940
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/28/2017 at 14:34:57
Mrs. Barney Abels Dies Suddenly Wed. Evening
Mrs. Barney Abels died suddenly at her home in Colfax township last Wednesday evening from heart trouble. She had been doing her usual household duties during the day. Late in the afternoon she complained about a heart distress which she thought was caused from gas on the stomach. She died about an hour later. She had been afflicted with high blood pressure for some time.
Mrs. Abels' husband died on January 31st of this year. Her maiden name was Anna Kruse, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kruse. She was 67 years old. She was born at Forreston, Ill. She came to Grundy county with her parents when she was 13 years old. Forty-five years ago she was married to Barney Abels. They began housekeeping on a Colfax township farm a short distance north of the Colfax Presbyterian church. From there they moved to a Palermo township farm where they resided four years. Forty years ago they moved on their own farm in Colfax township where the family has lived ever since.
Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, followed with services at the Colfax Presbyterian church. The services were conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. George Swalve. Burial was by the side of the husband in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Mrs. Abels was the mother of nine children. Eight of them are living. They are four sons, Conrad, Harm, Henry and John. There are four daughters, Mrs. Albert Franken, Margaret and Bernice who are at home, and Esther who is employed at Sibley. Conrad, Henry and John reside at home. Harm is the janitor and custodian at the Colfax Presbyterian church.
Two brothers are living, Rev. A. C. Kruse of South Dakota and John K. Kruse from Cedar Falls. Surviving sisters are Mrs. D. H. Dieken, Grundy Center, and Mrs. John J. Abels, Colfax township.
Relatives present from a distance at the funeral services were the daughter, Esther, from Sibley; her brother, Rev. A. C. Kruse, from Emery, South Dakota; John Hayenga and Walter DeVries, Forreston, Ill.; Mino Hemmen, from Kamrar.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 June 1940, pg 12
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