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Ida (Lehfeldt) Aebischer (1863 - 1899)

Obituary of Ida (Lehfeldt) Aebischer
from Denison newspaper

AEBISCHER - at her home in this city, Sunday evening, April 2d, Mrs. Ida Aebischer, aged 36 years, 1 month and 28 days.

Ida Lehfeldt was born in Kurau, Province of Holstein, Germany, February 4th, 1863, coming with her parents to this country, and was married June 26, 1886, to Mr. Alex Aebischer, the well known market man. She was of exceedingly industrious habit, and cheerful disposition, a loving and contented wife, a kind neighbor and generous friend. She was greatly attached to her home duties, and was a model housewife, the solace and cheer of her devoted husband, who is indeed sorely stricken in her loss.

Beside her husband, she leaves an aged mother, five sisters and three brothers to mourn her departure. Her sisters are Miss Minnie, who lived with her and was her constant companion, Mrs. H.F. Schwartz, Mrs. B. Brodersen and Mrs. M. Jessen, of this county, and Mrs. Lange of Chinook, Montana. Her brothers, Messrs. Henry, Julius, and John are at present in Big Sandy, Montana, where they are engaged in the stock business. Her father, Hon. H. H. Lehfeldt, preceded her about a year ago to the 'Land of the Leal'. All these bereft ones have the sincerest sympathy of the entire community where they have all lived so long and won so many friends.

The funeral which was to have taken place to-day, Thursday, has been unavoidably postponed until on o'clock p.m., Saturday, pending the arrival of friends from Montana. The service will be held at the late home of the deceased, and burial will be had in the Denison cemetery where the loved remains will sleep forever and age beside those of her father. The pall bearers will be Messrs. B.Y. Nicholson, E. Gulick, Ph. A. Schlumberger, John Fastje, C.O. Faus and Henry Seemann.

Submitted by Shirley Brodersen Ross

George Albert (1863 - 1900)

Denison Review, Friday, March 9, 1900 - Vail

On Tuesday, February 27, 1900, occurred one of the saddest accidents the community surrounding Vail ever witnessed. On that morning George Albert and a few neighbors went to haul hay from the B. L. King farm; while coming home the wagon swung around throwing Mr. Albert out on the opposite side, falling on his head. His neck was broken and he died instantly. This was indeed sad as there were four teams started home at the same time but Mr. Albert stopped to talk with Mr. King, the others coming on home.

There was no one present when the accident occurred except Nels Martinson, who worked for Mr. Albert's brother, W. Albert, who hastened for help. Dr. Glynn was brought as soon as possible but found him dead. His homecoming was a very sad one to his wife whom he left but a few hours before, strong and well.

Mr. Albert being a resident of Crawford for the past twenty-four years leaves a host of warm friends who extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family. The deceased being of a quiet, jovial disposition, no one knew him but to like him.

George Aaron Albert was born near Low Moor, Clinton county, Iowa, March 17, 1863, and coming to Crawford county when but a child, he has lived here since.

He was married February 26, 1890 to Miss Jennis Bell of near Vail. His wife, four sons and one daughter, two brothers and a sister and many friends and neighbors are left to mourn his loss.

The funeral was conducted from the Presbyterian church in Vail, Rev. Sweeney preaching the services. The funeral cortege was a large one showing the many friends of the deceased and family.

The following relatives were present: Mrs. Lizzie Raftery, a sister; Logan John Boyd, cousin, Logan; Aaron Cousins, uncle, Low Moor, Iowa; Wm. Robinson, Dunlap; Rob Bell, South Dakota; Geo. Lyons and wife, Dunlap; Mrs. Mary Baker, Nebraska; Mrs. Bell, mother-in-law, Nebraska.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Alice Louise Coroline (Schillerberg) Aldag (1927-1990)

Alice Louise Coroline Aldag, the daughter of Herman and Augusta Tech Schillerberg, was born February 12, 1927 in Hanover Township near Charter Oak, Iowa, and died April 23, 1990 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 63.

Alice was baptized a Christian April 14, 1927, at St. Paul's Lutheran Chruch in Hanover where she also received her early education in their school. She was confirmed at St. Paul's March 17, 1940, and after having graduated from their school, she continued her education at the Charter Oak High School graduating with the class of 1944. As a young woman, she moved to Sioux City, Iowa, for two years while she was employed at the Security National Bank.

March 9, 1947, Alice and Louis Aldag were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover and their lives together were blessed with the birth of three children. As a family they farmed in Ida County near Schleswig until 1982 when Alice and Louis moved to Schleswig, Iowa.

Throughout her life, she was devoted to her husband and family. After her children had grown, she continued her affection for her nine grandchildren and occupied her spare time with sewing, and caring for her flowers. She dedicated her life to her Lord and Savior and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother Clarence Schillerberg. Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, April 26, 1990 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Richard E. Nelson officiated at the services with interment in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Alma Marie (Lange) Aldag (1900 - 1974)

Alma Marie Aldag, daughter of Henry and Carolyn Hansen Lange, was born May 10, 1900, and died Sunday, October 13, 1974, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa.

Mrs. Aldag was born in Audubon County, near Gray, Iowa. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and was confirmed in 1915 at the Zion Lutheran Church. She attended the elementary school and the Lutheran school in Denison.

On February 14, 1922, she was united in marriage to Theodore H. Aldag at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Denison. They settled on a farm in Hayes Township north of Schleswig. In 1939 they moved to a farm in Milford Township and in 1950 they located in Goodrich Township, where they continued to farm until 1962, when they retired and moved to Denison.

Mrs. Aldag was preceded in death by her parents, one brother William Lange, and one grandchild. She is survived by her husband Theodore; two daughters, Joyce and Joleen, four sons, Kenneth, Lowell, Merlin and Theodore; twenty five grandchildren; eight gtreat-grandchildren; one brother Harry; two sisters Bertha and Hedwig.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 1974, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, with Pastor Robert Maschke officiating. Burial was in the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Erma Paulina (Jahn) Aldag (1918-2003)

Erma Paulina Aldag was born January 15, 1918, the daughter of Otto and Lula Plough Jahn. She died Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of eighty-five.

Erma was baptized on February 17, 1918 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover Townsip, Charter Oak, Iowa, and was confirmed on March 20, 1932, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. She received her education at Zion Lutheran School in Denison.

Erma was united in marriage to Gordon Aldag at her mother's home in Denison. The couple made their home on a farm near Deloit and were blessed with the birth of four children. The couple also farmed near Vail and in 1941, made their home on a farm in Ida County. In 1967, the couple moved to Schleswig and Erma began working at the Schleswig Golf Course Club House, a job she held for nearly ten years.

Erma and Gordon were very involved with organizing and building of the Schleswig Community Building. She also served as a School Mother, helping with various activities at the Schleswig school. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, and their Ladies Aid.

Erma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards and singing songs in German with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her huband Gordon in 1985; two sisters: Eileen Peters, and Esther Champion; one grandson, David Aldag.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2003 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Gordon August Aldag (1914-1985)

Gordon August Aldag was born on May 29, 1914, in Crawford County, the son of William Rudolf and Wilhimena Bielenberg Aldag. He died Friday morning, December 13, 1985, at the Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove at the age of 71.

Gordon spent his childhood years on a farm in Crawford County. He was baptized as a child and later confirmed at the Friedens Evangelical Church in Schleswig. He later became a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church at Grant Township. Gordon received his formal education in the Otter Creek Township school.

On September 8, 1935, he was united in marriage to Erma Jahn in Denison. Together they made their home on a farm near Deloit and later near Vail. In 1941, they made their home on a farm in Ida County. In 1967, they moved to Schleswig during which time Gordon continued to farm part time. Following their move to Schleswig, they transferred their membership to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Gordon retired from an active farming career in 1973.

Gordon served as one of the first directors of the Schleswig Community Building. He was a life-long member of the Community Club and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig.

In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Baak and Emma Kaskey. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 17, 1985, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig. The Rev. Richard Nelson officiated at the services and graveside rites.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Henry M. Aldag (1886-1977)

Henry M. Aldag died Thursday morning, Jan. 27, 1977 at Eventide Lutheran Home, Denison at the age of 90. He was born April 20, 1886, the son of Henry and Sophia Aldag at Hayes Township in Ida County.

As a young man he attended school at Hayes No. 9, attending class in the winter months and working on the family farm during the summer months. He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grant Township.

On Feb. 19, 1913, Henry was united in marriage to Louise Marth at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Together with his wife Louise, he spent his entire life operating the family farm in the Hayes area, retiring in Schleswig in 1947. Throughout his life he was active in the Lutheran Church holding various positions in both Trinity Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Vernie (Edna) Grounau, of Kiron; three sons Theodore Aldag of Schleswig, Louis Aldag, Schleswig and Vernis Aldag, Schleswig; fourteen grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren. Also by two brothers Ted Aldag, Denison and John Aldag of Ida Grove; and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Linke of Omaha and Mrs. Ella Grell of Denison.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise in 1976, one son Walter in 1947, one granddaughter Elaine Gronau in 1946; also by one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Schleswig, with the Rev. Theodore Letzring officiating. Burial was in the Grant Township Cemetery.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Leona Ann (Schultz) Aldag (1913-2002)

Leona Ann Aldag was born January 25, 1913, the daughter of Fred F. and Louise Nemitz Schultz. She died May 22, 2002, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa at the age of eighty-nine.

Leona was born on the family farm in Hanover Township, Crawford County, Iowa. She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover and was also confirmed there on April 10, 1927. She received her education at the Hanover Parochial School.

On May 16, 1938, Leona was united in marriage to Theodore A. Aldag at the Lutheran Parsonage in Carroll, Iowa. The couple made their home on the family farm and was blessed with the birth of three children. In 1970, the couple retired from farming and moved to Schleswig. In 1996, Leona entered Eventide Lutheran Home.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmoter who enjoyed spending time with her family. Her hobbies included gardening and tending to her flowers, quilting, and sewing. She also enjoyed playing cards and belonged to several card clubs. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig where she taught Sunday School for fifteen years and was a life long member of Ladies Aid, in which she held several offices.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Gertrude Schultz, Lydia Hollander, Edna Kastner and Lillie Johnson; one brother Harold Schultz; one son-in-law, John Winsor. Survivors include her husband, Theodore of Schleswig; two daughters, Janice and JoAnn; one son James; nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Vernie Gronau of Kiron, and Vernis Aldag of Schleswig; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Immanuel Lutheran church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Louis William Aldag (1919-1997)

Louis William Aldag was born May 4, 1919, the son of Henry and Louise Marth Aldag. He died at his home in Schleswig, Iowa on January 8, 1997, at the age of seventy-seven.

Louis was baptized in Christ on June 8, 1919, and later confirmed on April 9, 1933, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grant Township and received his education in a rural school in Hayes Township, near his home.

After receiving his education, he helped on the family farm, until entering the United States Army in 1944, serving his country in the 41st Infantry Division, while stationed in New Guinea, Australia and the Philippines.

After receiving his discharge from the service he returned to the Schleswig area to farm and on March 9, 1947, Louis was united in marriage to Alice Schillerberg at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover Township, Charter Oak, Iowa. The couple farmed the family farm in Ida County near Schleswig, until 1982 when they moved to Schleswig, Iowa.

Louis was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Schleswig American Legion and V.F.W. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed babysitting for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed the activities of his grandchildren, fishing, socializing with a cup of coffee at the feed store and going out to the farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Alice in 1990, one brother, Walter and one sister Edna Gronau. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra and Evelyn, one son, Bruce; two brothers Theodore Aldag and his wife Leona; Vernis Aldag all of Schleswig; four brother-in-laws, Vernie Gronau of Kiron; Harry Backhaus; Harold Schillerberg and his wife, Darlene all of Denison; Merle Schillerberg of Charter Oak and one sister-in-law, Jeannette Johnson of Mapleton.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, 1997 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. Rev. Merle Mahnken officiated the service and grave side rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Louise Juliane (Marth) Aldag (1893-1976)

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Aldag were held Tuesday, December 14, 1976, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig with Rev. Theo. A. Letzring officiating. Interment was made in Grant Township Cemetery.

Louise Juliane Marth, the daughter of Hans and Juliane Marth, was born in Hayes Township, Ida County, Iowa, on January 6, 1893. She was baptized February 3, 1893, by Pastor Schug and confirmed at the Grant Township Lutheran Church on April 12, 1908, by Pastor Amstein.

On February 19, 1913, she married to Henry M. Aldag at the Grant Township Lutheran Church. They lived on the farm in Hayes Township for 34 years before they retired and moved to Schleswig May 1, 1947.

Mr. and Mrs. Aldag were granted the privilege of celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary with an open house at Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1963. They observed their 63rd wedding anniversary this past February. She was a faithful member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and of the Ladies Aid in which she held various offices.

She took ill suddenly November 1 and died December 11, 1976, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, attaining the age of 83 years, 11 months and 5 days.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one son Walter; one granddaughter Elain Gronau; three brothers, Albert, Henry and Edward Marth; and two sisters, Emma Abbe and Adela Burk.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Theodore H. Aldag (1897-1994)

Theodore H. Aldag was born October 21, 1897, the son of Claus Heinrich and Sophie Marie Prosch Aldag. He died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 7, 1994, at the age of 96 years.

Theodore was born in Hayes Township, Ida County, north of Schleswig, Iowa, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grant Township. After receiving his education in a rural school near his home Theordore and his brother, Henry farmed until 1922 when Theodore began farming on his own.

On February 14, 1922, Theodore was united in marriage to Alma Lange at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Denison and were blessed with the birth of six children.

In 1939, they moved to a farm in Milford Township where they remained until 1950 when they moved to Goodrich Township where they lived until retired from farming in 1962 and moved to Denison. Theodore was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and member of the Zion Voting Assembly. He enjoyed socializing at dances and a game of cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alma on October 13, 1974; one son, Merlin Roy in 1979; one grandson, Dennis Blunk in 1975; one granddaughter, Debra Marie Aldag in 1962; three brothers, Henry, William and John; and three sisters, Minnie, Anna, and Ella.

Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, April 26, 1990 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Richard E. Nelson officiated at the services with intermnent in the Morgan Cemetery near Schleswig.

Submitted by Joyce Heide

Armour, O. O.( - 1911)

Denison Review - March 8, 1911

The funeral of O. O. Armour, formerly of Rock Island, Ill. was held at the First Methodist church at Deloit, Iowa, at 10 o'clock a.m., March 14, 1911.

Mr. Armour died at Rock Island, March 12th of pneumonia, after an illness of four weeks. He was formerly in the United States navy, having obtained his honorable, discharge a little over three years ago. He was a son-in-law of J. M. Childress, of Deloit, Iowa. The funeral services were under the auspices of the Odd Fellow lodge of which he was a member. Rev. Wall of the First M. E. church of Deloit, who is an Odd Fellow, officiated at the funeral, held at the church in Deloit. At the cemetery at Deloit the beautiful burial services of the lodge were given.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Anderson, Mrs. Abram (1821 - 1901)

Denison Review - March 19, 1901 - Johnsonville

Died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Johnson on Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock, March 17, 1901, Mrs. Abram Anderson, at the advanced age of nearly eighty years.

She had been sick for some four weeks but was not thought serious until four days before her death, the end being very quiet and with no apparent struggle. The deceased was born in Allharad, Sweden, May 8, 1821.

She came to LaCrosse, Wis., when 33 years of age and three years later she married Abram Anderson of Houston, Minn., this union being blessed with four children, three of whom survive her; Mrs. F. L. Johnson, her only daughter, and with whom she made her home since the death of her husband which occurred Dec. 10, 1893.

The two surviving sons are Rev. J. E. Abramson of Bird Island and F. O. Abramson of Houston, Minn., to the latter place her remains were sent, accompanied by F. L. Johnson and his son, Reuben. Mrs. Anderson has been a cripple for ten years and walked about with the aid of a crutch and cane and since last January she has not been able to see, having been almost deprived of her eyesight. Yet while thus afflicted she never lost her faith n God whom she trusted and served.

The funeral services were held at the residence on Monday at 2 o'clock p.m. the Rev. A. P. Hanson of the Baptist church of Kiron officiating. Although "Grandma Abram" as she was called will be greatly missed she is not to be begrudged her new found rest. And may He who doeth all things well, sustain the sorrowing ones who are left to mourn her loss. They have the sympathy of the entire community.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Ethel Melissa Austin (1874 - 1901)

Denison Review 1-29-1901

Miss Ethel Melissa Austin died this afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 29th, at 1:30 o'clock. Miss Austin has been a sufferer for the past year and a half and during the past week her death has been daily, almost momentarily expected. Death came as a relief from intense and hopeless suffering.

Miss Austin was born in West Side Township, Crawford County, Iowa, on February 11, 1874. She has resided the greater part of the time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. Austin, although for the five years preceding her illness she taught school, first in Shelby county and later in Clay county, her last school being in Everly, Ia, which position she was obliged to resign on account of failing health.

Physicians declare that for several years before she had been struggling with dread disease but, like the brave, good and helpful girl she was, she continued her work until strength and health went and she was obliged to return to her home, sick and broken in body, but strong and cheerful and loving in spirit. Bravely she struggled against the encroachment of disease, hopeful almost to the end and trying in every way to lighten the burden for her loved ones.

Her life was singularly pure and beautiful in its good ness; she was a sincere Christian, helpful in all good works and she did not forget that charity and kindness begin at home. For more than a year her parents and family have watched over her and cared for her, and many indeed are the sacrifices they have cheerfully made that nothing might be neglected that might restore her to health.

Not long ago, Miss Austin was sent to Colorado, in the hope that the mountain air might prove a benefit. Her letters written from there were filled with bright hopefulness and words of cheer to the loved ones at home, whom she knew were watching every mail for better tidings. Finally, however, the physicians told her that there was no room for hope and it was then that she returned to Denison to spend the last few days with those who had loved her so tenderly, and whose kindness and attention had brightened the dark hours of trial and pain.

Our hearts bleed for the brave young life thus early called from earthly scenes and for the loving father and mother and the sisters to whom she has been so dear and who would have gladly suffered all themselves could they have spared her pain. We are wont to eulogize the great of earth; it is easy to find in them tremendous and overshadowing virtues and to minimize their shortcomings but in the life of this young girl, devoted to her duty to her family and to her God, in the cheerfulness with which she bore her sufferings in order to alleviate the sorrows of those about her and in the many sacrifices which her loved ones in turn made for her.

There is a lesson which neither the lives of kings nor queens can teach; a lesson of simple love and faithfulness, a lesson of patience and of kindness, a lesson that cannot fail to make its impress upon the hearts of all. The funeral services will take place at the First Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock and interment will be made in Oakland cemetery.

Denison Review - February 1, 1901
The funeral of Miss Ethel Austin took place on Thursday afternoon, and very many loving friends attested their respect and affection by their presence. The floral tributes were beautiful and the altar of the Methodist church was almost hidden behind banks of flowers and potted plants. The music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mesdames Voss and Sibbert and Messrs. Gibson and Cassaday. Mrs. Sibbert sang as a solo the beautiful hymn, "Rest for the Weary". Dr. E. M. Holmes preached a touching sermon dwelling upon the character of the deceased and her Christian devotion and her thoughtfulness for others. Many relatives were present from different parts of the county and, in spite of the cold weather, a large number went with the funeral cortege to the final resting place in Oakland Cemetery.

Submitted by Melba McDowell