Page County, Iowa obituaries
transribed by Pat O'Dell

Anderson, Louise H. Palmer - Louise H. Anderson, 82, a former Northboro resident, died Sunday, May 14, 1989 at Elm Heights in Shenandoah where she had been a resident since March 5,1987.
Visitation is 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hackett Funeral Home in Shenandoah with funeral services 2 p.m. Wednesday, also at Hackett's, with the Rev. Peggy Hooper officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin. A memorial is being established to the United Methodist Church.
She was born May 15, 1906 near Coin, the daughter of Hayes R. and Winifred (Harris) Palmer. She grew up east of Coin and received her education in Coin schools.
She married Charles Anderson August 14, 1924, and allowing  their marriage, fhey farmed in Washington township in the Northboro vicinity.
She was a member of the Northboro United Methodist Church and had been active in United Methodist women. After her husband's death in 1979, she moved to Essex to be near her son, Larry.
Due to failing health, she became a resident of Park Crest in Shenandoah in the spring of 1985.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; three brothers, Leslie, Theodore, and Howard Palmer; and one son, Robert.
Surviving are two sons. Eldon Anderson and wife Karin of St. Louis, Mo. and Larry Anderson and wife Julie of Essex; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Harold (Joan) Brooks of Farragut; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Loraine Maxine Gere of Stewart, Ia.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 15, 1989

Ashford, Grace Anderson - Grace Ashford, 81, of Clarinda died Saturday afternoon, May 27, 1989 at Bethesda Care Center after a long illness.
She was born March 26, 1908, near Braddyville, the daughter of Karl and Mamie Barnhill Anderson.

She married Vern (Pete) Ashford on Sept. 22, 1924. Mr. Ashford died June 12,1974.
Mrs. Ashford had been a resident of Braddyville before coming to Clarinda. She had cooked at the school and at State Line Cafe. She also was a telephone operator.
Surviving are three children: Wanda Ashford, Clarinda; Bill Ashford, St. Joseph, Mo; and Mrs. Al (Twila) Annala, Arvada, Co. There are nine grandchildren and 11 great­grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband and three children. Jack, Silas, and Cheryl Ann.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Walker-Merrick Funeral home with Rev. Bettie Hull officiating.

Burial was in the Braddyville cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 01, 1989


Bartels, Harold, the infant son of Mr and Mrs Herman Bartels, died Friday, Jan 19, 1922 at the home of Mrs Bartels' parents, Mr and Mrs J.D. Wagoner, in Nodaway township. The baby was 1 month and 21 days old. Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran church in Nodaway township, Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by the Rev Mr Israel, pastor of the church. Mr Bartels, who has been ill in Colorado where he went for the benefit of his health and who has recently undergone an operation in a hospital there, was able to come to the funeral. He has returned and will be joined soon by Mrs Bartels.


Bartels, Martha - German Settlement and Upper Wall Street - The death of Martha Bartels Wednesday, Nov 14, 1917, came as a shock even to those who so anxiously guarded her bedside, altho her physician said she could not live, she made a hard fight for life and seemed for several days to be improving, when the death angel snatched her away. Obituary appeared in last week's Herald, but we will add that she was born Sept 11, 1900 was christened in the Lutheran church and later at about 15 years of age, confirmed; and remained a devoted christian, so was perfectly ready to join her Maker and Redeemer.

"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

Funeral services were held from the home at 1:30 at the Immanuel's Lutheran church later; conducted by her pastor, Rev C.H. Jaebker; those who carried her to her last resting place were: Paul Otte, Joe Wagoner, Arthur Sunderman, Walter Baumgarten, Martin Buch, Paul Solomo[n?]. Floral offerings were very profuse.

Those from a distance to attend the funeral were Mr Bartel's brothers, Henry Bartels from Columbus, Nebr, his cousin, Mr Henry Bartels and wife of Berlin, Nebr, and another cousin, Mrs Crabeck aslo of Berlin, Nebr., Martha's brother, Herman Bartels of Colorado, arrived during the first few days of her illness. The community joins in sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 22, 1917


Bartels, Martha - Miss Martha Bartels died at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs William Bartels, ten miles northwest of Clarinda, Wednesday, Nov 14, 1917, at 2:40 am of appendicitis. Her age was 17 years 2 months and 3 days. Besides her parents she is survived by three brothers and two sisters--Herman, Walter, Albert, Minnie and Emma. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon, Nov 16, at Immanuel Lutheran church in Nodaway township, conducted by Rev C. Jaebker, the pastor.

CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 15, 1917


Bartels, Miss Martha - Miss Martha Bartels, age 17 years, 2 months and 3 days, died Wednesday, at 2:40 am, at the family residence, 10 miles northwest of Clarinda. She is survived by her parents, Mr and Mrs William Bartels, three brothers, Herman, Walter and Albert, and two sisters, Minnie and Emma. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, at the North German Lutheran church, the Rev C.H. Jaebker officiating.

CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 15, 1917


Baumgarten, Mr Fredrick, died Tuesday, May 8, 1906, at the home of his son Fred Baumgarten, Jr, northwest of the city, aged 86 years, 3 months and 13 days. He had been in poor health for several years from throat affection but able to be around most of the ime, and while complaining more recently death was unexpected so soon. He retained consciousness until the last, talking with the family up to within two minutes before quietly and peacefully falling asleep in death.

Mr Baumgarten was born at Meklenburg, Germany, Jan 25, 1820, where he grew to manhood and was married, one child, a daughter, being born [to] them who now lives in Oklahoma, but his wife survived only a few years after.

June 3, 1860, he was married to Miss Sophia Schultz, and one son, Fred, Jr, was the fruits of this union.

In 1870 the family emigrated to this country, and after a few weeks sojourn in Chicago came to Page county where he purchased a farm which had since afforded him a comfortable home. March 20, 1835, he was confirmed in the Lutheran church, and was a faithful and consistent member until his death. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow, May 11, at the home, conducted by Rev Jaebker, and the remains laid to rest in the Lutheran church cemetery. The surviving wife and two children have the sympathy of all.

PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, May 10, 1906


Buch, Elizabeth Julia Schmieting - The funeral services of the late Mrs Henry Buch were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Nov 26th. The funeral procession was lead by the Rev F.C. Israel, two flower carriers and the pallbearers the Messrs. Fred Baumgarten, Henry Wagoner, Louis Sunderman, Wm Bartels, H.F. Sunderman, and Henry Wehmiller.

Elizabeth Julia Buch nee Schmieting was born Oct 23, 1876 in Malcolm, Nebr, where in her babyhood she was baptized into the Lutheran church. In 1890 she was confirmed into the Lutheran church, of which church she remained a faithful member unto her death last Monday.

Rev Israel in both of his sermons, one in the German language, the other in the English, pointed out how the death of a Christian was a wonderful gain and not a loss.

In the year 1896 she was united in marriage to Henry Buch, at which time she made Page County her home, and she remained in Page County until her death. To this union were born five children, Edward, Henry Martin, Mrs Albert Baumgarten, and Martha, who along with their father, Mr Henry Buch will all note the vacant chair in the home.

Mrs Buch will also be greatly missed among her large circle of friends and especially in the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid of which she was an untiring worker.

The funeral was held Thursday 11:30 am at the late home with services at Immanuel Lutheran Church following, Rev F.C. Israel, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Buch, Helen Gould Pennington - Clarinda and community were deeply shocked and sorrowed to hear of the sudden death of Mrs Fred Buch. Her death, Monday morning, at 8:15 o'clock, of influenza and pneumonia, came as a complete surprise to everyone. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the family residence conducted by Rev O. Neiting, and interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran church cemetery.

Helen Gould Pennington was born December 1, 1894 in this city, and died February 16, 1920, aged 25 years. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Lee W. Pennington, who were Clarinda residents for many years, but are now living at Homer, Nebr. Mrs Buch spent the most of her life in this city, with the exception of about nine years in Missouri with her parents. She was united in marriage to Fred L. Buch on January 14, 1911. To them were born three children, one of whom has passed away. The two children who remain to mourn their loss are Orville, age 6, and Edwin, aged 18 months. Besides her husband and children, Mrs Buch is also survived by her parents, one sister and a brother. They are Mr and Mrs Lee W. Pennington, Mrs Veta Meads, and Earl Pennington, all of Homer, Nebr.

CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 19, 1920


Buch, Helen Gould Pennington - Mrs Helen Pennington Buch, wife of F.L. Buch of this city, passed away at her home Monday morning, Feb 16, 1920, at 8:15. She had been ill for over four weeks, first with influenza and later with pneumonia. The late Mrs Buch was born in Clarinda, Dec 1, 1894, and had attained the age of 25 years 2 months and 15 days. She leaves her husband; two little boys, Orville aged 7 years and Edward aged 22 months; her parents, Mr and Mrs L.W. Pennington of Homer, Nebr; a sister, Mrs Veta Meads and a brother, Earl Pennington, both of Homer, Nebr, besides other relatives and many friends. The funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon, at 1:30, by the Rev O. Neiting, pastor of the St John's Lutheran church of this city of which she was a member. Two selections were sung by a sextette composed of Mrs Minnie Jones, Miss Anna Rurode, Miss Emma Rurode, Miss Emma Gadke, Miss Lena Henneman, Miss Emma Henneman. Miss Wilma Otte was the pianist. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran cemetery in Nodaway township.

CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 19, 1920


Burks, Charles E. - Funeral services for Charles E. Burks, 88, of Clarinda will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Dick Quinlan officiating.           
Burks died Wednesday night, Jan. 4, 1989 at Municipal Hospital after a long illness.
He was born July 16,1900, in Taylor County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mason Burks. On Feb. 22, 1930 he was married to Majorie Bagge, who preceded him in death Dec. 17, 1962. On May 4, 1974 he married Lottie McMullen, who survives.
Burks was director of Page County Welfare Department for 35 years before his retirement. His last three years of work was in the state office in Des Moines from 1963-1966.
Burks is survived by his wife Lottie of the home and one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Katharine) Hunter of Clarinda. There are seven grandchildren. Stepchildren are Vernon McMullen of Rapid City, S.D., Marvis Anderson of Clarinda and Phyllis Smith of Springfield, II. There are nine step grandchildren and 13 step great-grandchildren. Mrs. Marjorie Surface of Des Moines is a daughter-in-law. Brother and sisters are Chester Burks of King City, Mo., Gladys Hunter of Tonogonxie, Ks, and Letha Keller of Blue Springs, Mo.
He was preceded in death by parents, first wife, Marjorie and son Philip on March 22, 1981.
Masonic services will be held at the funeral home and burial will be in Clarinda cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 5, 1989


Clamor Henry Steeve. The subject of this short biography was one of the oldest inhabitants of Clarinda. He was born on May 3, 1840, in Heithoefen, Hanover, Germany, and died last Monday evening, Dec 18, 1922, at his home on East Tarkio street, at the advanced age of 82 years 7 months and 15 days.

In his early infancy he was baptized in the name of the triune God and later confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran church, and to his end remained a farm member thereof. The years of his youth were spent near the place of his birth. On Nov 24, 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Maria Clara Hagedorn of Wimmer, Germany. This union was blessed with seven children of which six are surviving the father.

In the year 1880 he came to the United States and immediately to Page county, Iowa, which latter place there resembled the wild prairies of the West more than its own present high state of cultivation. Hardships, difficulties and disappointments were not missing. But since both Mr and Mrs Steeve were thrifty, hard working people they prospered in earthly means. Mr Steeve was of a strong physical condition, sickness being unknown to him until he was about 80 years old. His home, however, was not spared from sorrow and affliction. On April 20, 1909, his wife died who had been a faithful companion for many years. All of his children being of age, he withdrew from active farming and lived in Clarinda ever since. Aug 13, 1912, he was married again, to Mrs Augusta Bremer, with whom he lived very happy to his end.

It must also be stated that during his lingering illness--being sick in bed for over a year--he was always very patient and well contented, cheerfully hoping that Jesus, in whom he firmly believed, would soon deliver him from all evil.

Besides the sorrowing widow the following children survive: Ernest Steeve, Henry Steeve, Mrs Hy Wehmiller, Mrs William Salomon, who are all living at Clarinda; Fred Steeve and Mrs D. Hinkeldel of Alta, Iowa, besides sixteen, grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the church at 10 o'clock am at the home, and at 12 o'clock noon at the church, today, by the Rev T.J. Vogel who will be assisted by the Rev F.C. Israel of Immanuel's church.


Comer, Louise Nicholson - Funeral services for Mrs. Paul (Louise) Comer, 78, of Clarinda, formerly of Shannon City, la, will be at L30 p.m.
Friday at the United Methodist Church in Shannon City with Rev. Eydie Stephens officiating.
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m., this Thursday evening at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.
Mrs. Comer died Tuesday evening, May 9, 1989 at her home in Clarinda.
She was born Oct. 27,1910, at Mayer, Co, the daughter of Oren Day and Mary Haviland
Nicholson. On Aug. 5, 1929 she was married to Paul Allen Comer, who survives.
They lived on a farm near Shannon City until last August when they moved to Clarinda.
Survivors include her husband Paul of the home; son Paul and wife Marilyn of Glenwood, Ia; and daughters, Mrs. Samuel (Audrey) Lewellen of Vacaville, Ca; and Mrs. Ron (Ann) Sanson of Clarinda. There are nine grandchildren and two granddaughter-in-laws. Mrs. Lucille Davis of Lakewood, Co, is a sister.
Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery at Shannon City.

Memorials may be directed to the Shannon City United Methodist Church

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 11, 1989


Cooney, Shurlean Lorraine Elmer - Shurlean Lorraine Cooney, 58, of Shenandoah, died suddenly the afternoon of June 4, 1986 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held this Friday at 1:30 pm at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, with burial to be in Oak Grove cemetery near Clarinda.

She was born July 28, 1927 at Clarinda, the daughter of Sherman Elmer and Maude Pearl (Smith) Elmer.

She had worked for a longtime at Mount Arbor Nurseries.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. John D. (Wilma) Sparks, Shenandoah; three sisters, Edith Morse of Kansas City, Ks, Mrs. Gaylen (Ellen) Radford and Mrs. Raymond (Opal) Marsh, both of Nebraska City, Ne; and a brother, Earl Smith of Nyangria, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three infants and a brother, Elmer Smith.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 5, 1986


Davison, Evelyn Peden - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Davison, 76, of Clarinda will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Dick Quinlan officiating.
Mrs. Davison died Saturday morning at St. Francis Care Center in Burlington, la, where she had been since September 1987.
She was born July 16, 1912 at Bloomfield, Ia, the daughter of Earl and Blanche Waggoner Peden.
She was a graduate of Milton High School in 1930.
Mrs. Davison was a supervisor at MHI and later became a teacher. She received her bachelor's and master's degree from Northwest Missouri University. She taught in the Clarinda School until her retirement.
In 1942 she was married to Delbert Davison, who preceded her in death in 1981.
Survivors include a son Ralph F. Bell of Kissimmee, Fl, Mrs. Wayne (Patricia) Blume of Burlington, and a step daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Lela) Astrella of Aptos, Ca.
There are seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Edith Palmer of Shenandoah is a sister and Emery Peden of St. Paul, Mn. a brother.
Burial will be in Clarinda Cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 29, 1989


Esaias, Viola May Griffey - Mrs. Viola May Esaias, 85, of rural Essex died Monday morning, May 29 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital after several months illness.
She was born Feb. 3, 1904 in Page County, Iowa, the daughter of Hulin A. and Alta May Geer Griffey. On Oct. 11, 1922 she was married to Emmit R. Esaias who preceded her in death Dec. 16,1987. Mrs. Esaias worked at MHI, retiring when she was 62.
She is survived by three daughters and one son: Mrs. Arvid (Chrystal) Sandahl, Shenandoah; Mrs. Eugene (Deloris) Conley, Clarksdale, Mo; Mrs. Joseph (Wyona) Conrad, Clarksdale, Mo; and Norman Esaias of Clarinda. Robert Summers of Clarinda is a son-in-law. There are 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband, daughter, Neva Summers and one grandson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Dick Quinlan officiating.
Burial was in Clarinda cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 01, 1989


Freudenburg, Catherina Henrietta Dickhouse - Grandma Freudenburg Gone - The funeral of Mrs Ernest Freudenburg was held Friday noon, at the Yorktown St Pauls Lutheran Church, conducted by the pastor Rev W.J. Horn. The burial was in the cemetery adjoining Immanuel Lutheran Church northeast of Yorktown.

The pall bearers being her five stalwart sons, Will, Henry, George, H.C., and John, also the two sons-in-laws, Henry H. Meyer and Harmon Herzberg. The flower bearers at the funeral were Ernest Meyers, Hannah Freudenburg, Paul Herzberg and Melvin Freudenburg.

Catherina Henrietta Dickhouse was born in Ostenfeld, Germany, Sept 10, 1839. She came to America in 1866, settling first in St Louis, Mo., where she met and married Ernest Freudenburg. After several years residence there, they moved to Jackson County, Indiana, where they farmed for four years, moving then to Page County, Iowa, settling on a farm just west of Immanuel church, which is still the home place, and farmed by the children, the farm comprising about 600 acres.

In 1907 Mr and Mrs Freudenburg retired from active work on the farm, moving to Yorktown. Two years later the husband was called to his eternal reward, at the age of 66, since which time Mrs Freudenburg has lived with her children, making her home chiefly with her son Will and his family, who more than a year ago moved to Yorktown, where they have since lived. It was here that the end came for Grandma Freudenburg, on Wednesday morning, Jan 29th, at the age of nearly four-score years. She had not been well all summer.

The end came peacefully, being conscious to the last. Besides the five sons above named, and two daughters, Mrs Henry H. Meyers and Mrs Harmon Herzberg, Grandma Freudenburg had sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, besides a host of friends who mourn the loss of one who has had much to do with the building up of this community.

CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 6, 1919

[marriage in St Louis, Mo 2? Jan 1867 Ernst Freudenburg and Catherine Dieckhaus]


Freudenburg, Herman Henry, passed away at the home of his son, H.H. Freudenburg Jr, Monday evening, June 6, his death coming rather unexpectedly. Rising in the morning as usual, up and about during the day he had, toward evening, seated himself in an armchair on the porch of the home where he passed away. Indeed

"The world that smiled when morn was come
May change for me ere close of eve;
So long as earth is still my home,
In peril of my death I live."

Mr Freudenburg, though hardly ever seriously ill during his long life, had been severely ill in late winter and early spring. He recovered, however, and it seemed as though it was the Lord's will to prolong his sojourn upon this earth for some time, as he gained rapidly after his recovery in spite of his old age. All the more unexpected, therefore, was his passing away.

Herman Henry Freudenburg was born Oct 25, 1840, in Epe, Hanover, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In 1860 he was united in holy wedlock with Anna Henke. This union was blessed with nine children, five of whom preceded their father to eternity. In 1881 he came to this country with his family, locating in Page county, in the neighborhood of Clarinda. In 1910 his wife, died, leaving him a widower. He spent his last year with his children, Mrs Spangenberg at Yorktown and H.H. Freudenburg Jr north of Clarinda, at whose home he passed away.

Mr Freudenburg reached the ripe old age of 83 years 7 months and 12 days. He is survived by four children, three sons and one daughter, also 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19, in Immanuel Lutheran church, after a brief service at the home, conducted by the pastor of the congregation, burial taking place in the church cemetery. --F.C. Israel.


Friedenburg, Ernest - Ernest Friedenburg died at his home at Yorktown last Friday morning about eleven o'clock at the age of 66 years, 5 months and 23 days, and was buried at the German church cemetery northwest of Yorktown, Monday afternoon. The cause of the death was bright's disease.

CLARINDA HERLAD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 10, 1909


Frieling, Miss Frieda, 79, of Clarinda died early this Monday morning at Northview Rest Home at Tarkio, Mo, where she had been a patient since July 22. Previously she lived at Gillespie Rest Home for several years.

Miss Frieling was born Aug 8, 1895, at Clarinda, the daughter of John Frieling and Doris Stunkel. She was employed at Peerless Laundry before her retirement. The family home was at 300 E Nishna.

Funeral services for Miss Frieling will be at 2 pm Thursday at St John Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Lueker officiating. Burial will be at Immanuel Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Miss Frieling is survived by two nieces: Mrs Dorothy Brooks of New Market and Mrs Elaine Crawford of Bedford.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 1974


Gibson, Mary Ellen Black - Funeral services for Mary Ellen Gibson, 96, of Greeley, Co, will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in College Springs with Rev. Leon Lebuda officiating. She had been a resident of College Springs until moving to Greeley in 1973 to make her home with her daughter.
Mrs. Gibson was born Dec. 21, 1892 at Clarinda, the daughter of Wm S. and Margaret J. Clarnon Black. She was married to James Gibson in 1917. He preceded her in death in 1963.
Mrs. Gibson was a graduate of Somerfield, Ks, High School and taught in rural schools.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rev. W.H. (Eloise) Philips of Greeley, Co, three grandchildren and seven great­grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, husband, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter, Mary Alice.

Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery at College Springs with Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 29, 1989


Goss, Velma Craig - A memorial service is being held in Clarinda on June 8 for Velma Craig Goss, 83, of Tempe, Az, for whom a previous service and burial were held. The family is coming to join local relatives this weekend.                                             
Dorothy Bloomquist is a first cousin and Mrs. Robert G. (Florence) Brown is a niece. Other more distant local relatives include Dr. Walter Woods, Carolyn Beery, Frances Johnson, Eleanor Blair and Eunice Craig. Mrs. Brown is inviting family and friends to her home following the service, which is at 2:30 pm, in the Trinity Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Charles Bulger in charge. Goss died Dec. 25, 1985, at Tempe. The funeral was Jan. 2 at Friendship Village Convacation Hall there, and the interment in the Clarinda Cemetery.
She was born in Clarinda Feb. 2, 1902 and was educated in Iowa and California, graduating from Iowa State College with a degree in home economics in 1924. She worked as a hospital dietician for a short time.
She married J. Fletcher Goss Sept. 1, 1926, in Clarinda and they lived in Peoria, II, for 39 years. Upon his retirement they moved to Arizona.
Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Jane Shackelford of Indiana, Mary Beltman of Minnesota, Ruth McKay of Texas and Alice Hazel of Illinois; a sister, Ethel Craig of California; 13 grandchildren and four great­grandchildren.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa Jun 5, 1986


Hall, Fern C. Cooper
Mrs. Fern C. Hall, 86, died Monday, Jan. 2, 1989 at the Stanton Care Center where she had lived for nearly two years.
She was born Jan. 29, 1902, near New Market, the daughter of Walter and Rhoda Jones Cooper. She worked in various places and had been employed by civil service with the Navy Budget Department in Washington D. C. before her retirement.
She came to the Stanton Care Center to be near her family when her health failed.
She is survived by a brother, Doyle Cooper of Clarinda; two nieces, Sherry Wiges of ElkHorn, la, and Lorraine Copp of Clarinda; and one nephew, John Squire of Lakeworth, Fl.
She was preceded in death by parents and two sisters, Thelma Rapp and Theo Squair.
Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon at Memory Cemetery at New Market with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.
Walker Merrick Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

CLARINDA HEROLD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 05, 1989


Handorf, Jean G. Watt - Graveside services for Mrs. Jean G. Handorf, 78, of Detroit, Mi, will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15 at Polsley Cemetery near Yorktown.
Mrs. Handorf died Saturday, Jan. 7, 1989 at Detroit.
She was born Sept.13,1910 at Schenectady, N.Y., the daughter of William Watt and Alice Elder.

She was married to Howard Handorf, who preceded her in death in 1969.
Survivors include three children, Howard Handorf of Culpeper, Va, Marilyn Feddeler of Washington, Mi, and William C.Handorf of Bethesda, Md. There are eight grandchildren.
Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Beulah Handorf of Coin and a brother-in-law, Everett C. Handorf of Memphis, Tn.
Walker Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 9, 1989


Herzberg, Emma Wehrkamp - Funeral services for Mrs Martin (Emma) Herzberg, 84, of Yorktown were held this afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev Gary Arp officiating.

Burial under the direction of the Lavelle Funeral Home was in the church cemetery. Casketbearers were her grandsons and included Marlin Gries, Joe Micanek, Larry, Bruce, Michael and Gerald Herzberg.

The organist was Mrs Irwin Buch. At the register books were Mrs Joe Micanek and Meri-Beth Herzberg. The users were Scottie Eickemeyer and Darrel Robberts.

Mrs Herzberg died Friday morning at the Lutheran Home in Omaha.

She was born Sept 26, 1889, the daughter of Henry Wehrkamp and Madeline Acker in Dudleytown, Ind. The family moved northwest of Clarinda when she was 12 years old. She was baptized in Indiana and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

She was married to Martin Herzberg on April 16, 1914 at Immanuel Church. They farmed northwest of Clarinda until 1955 when they moved to Yorktown. Mr Herzberg died in 1965. Since December 1971 she made her home in Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by five sons, Elmer, of Marcus, Earl and Delbert of Clarinda, LaVern of Wichita, Kans and Lawrence of Creston. Will Wehrkamp of Gravity is a brother and four sisters are Mrs Ella Friesz of Albion, Nebr, Mrs Elizabeth Zuber of Los Angeles, Calif, Miss Hilda Wehrkamp and Mrs Lela Dietschweiler of Clarinda. She has 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 1974


Herzberg, Jay Duane, was born November 10, 1954 at Clarinda, Iowa the son of Eldon and Shirley Christensen Herzberg. He departed this life April 22, 1975 at the age of 20 years 5 months and 12 days at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital after a brief illness.

Jay was baptized on November 28, 1954 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church and he attended Immanuel Lutheran grade school and was confirmed on April 27, 1969. He attended Clarinda Community High School and Iowa Western Community College, where he would have graduated this May. While in high school he was a member of boys glee, mixed choir, C-Club and participated in football and wrestling. At IWCC he participated in intermural sports and was a member of the Social Science Club. He was engaged in farming with his father and brother, and was an active member of 4-H and LYC at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Jay leaves to mourn his death his parents, Eldon and Shirley, twin brother Jon Wayne and a sister Linda Ann, his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Arnold Herzberg, and Mr and Mrs Fred Christensen, aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

"May time dull the feelings of sorrow and loss, but enhance the fondest memories."

Funeral services were conducted at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Friday April 25 at 2:00 pm with Rev Gary Arp in charge. Soloist was Joel Pottinger and organist Mrs Ronald Perry. Casket bearers were John Brummett, Brian Buch, Dennis Cavner, George Crawford, Brian Reed and Michael Williams. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa Apr 1975


Hill, Ruth Marjorie - Ruth Marjorie Hill, 59, of Topeka, Ks, died Friday, Jan. 6, 1989 at a Topeka hospital.
She was born Dec. 24,1928 at Nodaway, daughter of Ernest Leighton and Eva Virginia (Fielder) Hill. She spent her early years in Iowa, graduating from Clarinda High School and Clarinda Junior College.
She served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1951 to 1954. She worked for Federal Civil Service for several years in Virginia and California.
She had been a Topeka resident for the past several years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Oceanside, Ca.
She was preceded in death by parents and three brothers. Surviving are brothers, Ray Hill of Medicine Heights, Mi; Roger Hill and Allan Hill of Los Angeles, Ca; and Loren Hill of Lenox; and four sisters, Audrey McCotter of Baltimore, Md; Joyce Sleep of Clarinda, Lela Joan Hill of Topeka, Ks; and Shirley Carrion of Spain.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka, Ks.
Graveside services are at 3 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss.

Family will receive family and friends Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made at the local Cancer Society

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 9, 1989


Irwin, Alma L. Muchow Salomon- Funeral services for Mrs Alma L. Irwin, 82, of Yorktown will be at 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown,  with Rev. Steven Kamprath officiating.

Mrs. Irwin died the night of June 7, 1986  at Nebraska Methodist  Medical  Center in Omaha where she had been for three days.

She was born Sept. 30, 1903 in Minnehaha  County,   SD, the daughter of Carl J. and Mathilda (Borcherding) Muchow.

She  was  married   to Paul Salomon in 1933. He preceded her in death, and she was married to Victor Irwin in 1972. Mr. Irwin died in 1980.

Mrs. Irwin is survived by two brothers, Herbert Muchow and George Muchow, both of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by parents, husbands, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Burial will be in Polsley cemetery near Yorktown, with Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa Jun 9, 1986


Knost, Henry William, was born in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana, January 12h, 1848, being a son of Henry Knost and his wife Engel nee Haberkette. In his early youth he became a member of God's family by being baptized in the Name of the Triune God. In the year 1860 he was confirmed in Seymour, Indiana by the Rev C. Werderstrom. The days of his youth were spent near the place of his birth. He was reared to the occupation of a farmer, and assisted in his father's store. For a while he was also operating a ferry-boat on the river.

However, for some time his great ambition was to westward, hoping that the West offered greater opportunites. In 1870 he bid farewell to his dear relatives in Indiana and followed a western course, yet did not reach the extreme West, but landed in Page County, Iowa and here he as made his home ever since. In those days Page County presented a different picture than today. The subject of our sketch directed his attention to farming, working the first few years by the month, breaking prairie land a portion of the time, and then he began active farming himself in Douglas and Nodaway Townships. And those who knew him well for many years considered him a successful agriculturist.

In the year 1874 Mr Knost was united in marriage to Mrs Mary Losetta Driftmier, widow of Henry Driftmier. This union was a happy one. Over fifty years he shared the joys and the sorrows of life with his faithful helpmate. Unto the children of Mrs Knost Mr Knost was not a "step-father" in the usual meaning of the term, but a kind father. In his own quiet, unassuming way he labored for what he considered right before his God. In 1892 he retired from active farming moving to Clarinda to live.

Mr Knost took an active part in church work for many years, being a life long member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was not a man of many words; he said but little, but what he said was worthy of consideration. He was a charter member of our St John's congregation and for many years one of the elders, one upon whose loyal support the pastor could always depend. He confessed his faith in Christ, the Redeemer to the very last, and peacefully fell asleep last Tuesday afternoon at 1:50 at the ripe old age of 79 years, 2 months and 24 days. His death is mourned by his wife Mrs Mary Knost and her sons John Driftmier and Ed Driftmier of this city, and Joseph Driftmier of Yakima, Washington, one brother in Indiana, besides many other relatives who will remember him in years to come.

The funeral service was conducted Thursday afternoon, two o'clock at the St John's Lutheran Church, his pastor, the Rev T.J. Vogel, officiating. He had chosen for his text the beautiful words: "I know that my Redeemer liveth--, Job 19:25-27" The Misses Mabel Sunderman and Emma Rurode sang a comforting duet: "Asleep in Jesus, Blessed Sleep". The following old friends and neighbors acted as pallbearers: J.K. Sunderman, Henry Johnson, H.F. Otte, J.H. Wagoner, H.H. Meyer and H. Hartstick. Interment was made in the family lot on the cemetery of Immanuel Lutheran Church. The many beautiful flowers which were heaped about the casket, spoke of the love and esteem in which the departed brother was held.

Rev 14, 13, "And I head a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."


Lortz, Evelyn Kenagy - Funeral services were held in Billings, Mt. for Evelyn Lortz, 48, of Billings, formerly of the College Springs area. She died May 7, 1986.
Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Kenagy of rural Clarinda; her husband, Burdette,
of Billings, Mt; five sons, Terry of Rapid City, S.D. and Kirk, Steve, Phillip and Mark, all of the home;
three grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Nielsen of Omaha, Ne. and a brother, Karl Kenagy of College

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 29, 1986


Mascher, Alma Sophie Marie Henneman - Funeral services for Alma Sophie Marie Mascher, 76, 300 North 15th, Clarinda, will be conducted at 2 pm Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Bud Bohannon Jr, Chester Mascher, Marvin Mascher, Loren Otte, Dan Rasmussen and Darrel Robberts. At the guest registers will be Marlene Robberts and Maxine Bohannon. Mrs Irwin Buch will be the organist accompanying Mrs Ivan Otte and Mrs Stanley Wagoner. Ushers will be Scottie Eickemeyer and Kenneth Glasgow.

Visitation for friends and relatives will be this Monday from 12 noon until 9 pm. The family will receive friends and relatives from 7-8 pm this Monday. Clarinda Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangments.

Mrs Mascher died at her home Saturday evening. She was born April 20, 1898, in Douglas Township, the daughter of Fritz and Pauline (Krull) Henneman. She married Wilbert Mascher Feb 9, 1922, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and she and her husband lived northwest of Clarinda. Mr Mascher died in 1961 and Mrs Mascher moved to Clarinda in 1962. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was active in the church until the time of her death.

She is survived by: one son Donald of Clarinda; four daughters, Mrs LaVern (Dorothy) Otte of Clarinda, Mrs Duane (Agnes) Dunham and Mrs Robert (Martha) Rasmussen, both of Omaha; Mrs Kenneth (Janice) Breach of Sharpsburg; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs Emma Link of Clarinda and Miss Helen Henneman of Omaha; two brothers, Albert Henneman of Des Moines and Wilbert Henneman of Omaha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, one brother and one sister.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 1975


McAlpin, Miriam Horning - Miriam McAlpin (85) of Jamestown, N.D., died Saturday, May 6 at the Jamestown Hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Debra Ball-Kilbourne officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clarinda Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Merrick Funeral Home.
Miriam Horning was born April 5, 1904 at Shambaugh, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Martha (Jewett) Horning. She graduated from Clarinda High School and the Maryville, Mo, Teachers College. She received a lifetime teachers certificate from the college. She went back to Iowa and taught rural school for several years. She married Charles Oliver McAlpin June 19, 1929 at Clarinda.
They moved to Wadena, Mn, in 1943, and lived there until 1945 when they moved to Jamestown. While in Jamestown, she worked for Eddy Furniture making drapery and also taught rural school. She retired in 1960 and continued to make drapes out of her home until 1966. Mr. McAlpin died July 27, 1966. Mrs. McAlpin continued to make her home in Jamestown and spent her winters in California with her daughters.

She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and is a Past Matron, member of the Prairie Rose Garden Club, Asbury Circle-Methodist Church, and also of the Retired Teachers Association. She was also the Sunday school superintendent.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Beverly) Anderson of Shoreview, Mn; Mrs. P.W. (Judy) Stansbury of Los Gatos, Ca, and Corinne McAlpin of Sunnyvale, Ca; one son, Larry of Andover, Mn; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Caskey of Marion, Ia.
Preceding her in death is her parents, husband and one son, Charles E. McAlpin.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 08, 1989




Rope, John D. - The death of John D. Rope came as a sad surprise to his relatives and friends. It was found Tuesday morning that his soul had passed to the Great Beyond during the night. He was at the home of his son, John Rope in Douglas township at the time.

The late Mr Rope was born in Germany Nov 14, 1843. He was the son of Harmon Rope and Sophia (Nothwehr) Rope. His father died in Germany and when he was 13 years of age he came to America with his mother and other children. He married Maggie Ochman, who passed away in 1913. Three children survive, Henry Rope of Yorktown, John Rope and Dick Rope of Douglas township, besides a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr Rope served in the Union army in the Civil war for three years. He was in the Eighty-second Illinois infantry. After the war he came to Page county. Mr Rope made two visits to Germany after being a resident of Page county. He was a pleasant, well informed gentleman, an interesting talker, and was well worth listening to. He was a man of integrity and will be missed as a good friend and citizen. The funeral was to be held at 10:30 this morning at the Immanuel Lutheran church in Nodaway township, preceded by short services at the home of John Rope. The late Mr Rope was a member of the St Paul Lutheran church at Yorktown and the services were to be conducted by the pastor of that church, Rev C.E. Schroeder. Interment was to be in the cemetery at the Immanuel Lutheran church.


Rope, Melvin John Jacob, the son of Mr and Mrs D.C. Rope, was born February 8, 1905, and passed away in the Clarinda Municipal hospital July 30, 1940, at the age of 35 years, 5 months, and 22 days, following a heart attack.

He was baptized the 5th day of March, 1905, and confirmed June 1, 1919, by the Reverend C.H. Jaebker. To his confirmation vow he remained faithful until the time of his earthly departure.

Melvin graduated from the Clarinda High School in 1923 and from the University of Iowa in 1928.

While in the university he was a member of the national professional fraternity, the Phi Delta Gamma.

Since that time he has been active in his own community with 4-H and other outstanding activities. A dramatic star in school, he assisted the young people of his community in giving many plays. He was always patient and cheerful, with a ready wit and friendly greeting.

He leaves to mourn his death his father and mother and one brother, Herbert, many relatives and hosts of friends and neighbors.

The service was conducted by the Rev William Mueller with a brief service first at the home in Douglas township, the main service at Immanuel Lutheran church. Nearly 500 attended at the church. In addition to the music by the congregation, beautiful music was furnished by a trio of Sunderman sisters, Maxine, Lois, and Eunice.

Pall bearers, most of whom were in Mel's original confirmation class, were Gerhard Freudenberg, Herbert Otte, Guy Steeve, Emmett Sunderman, Paul Herzberg, and Lawrence Otte, Honorary pall bearers were George Alexander, Don Griswold, Karl Swanson, Ralph Dalbey, Paul Negley, and C.C. Caswell. In charge of flowers were Lillie Ernsting, Anna Freudenberg, and Norma Otte.


Smith, Hazel Davison - Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Smith, 88 of Clarinda will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 2, 1989 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. John Clark and Rev. David Renfro officiating.
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m., this Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, May 30, 1989 at Municipal Hospital where she had been a patient for two weeks.
She was born May 13,1901, at Clarinda, the daughter of Lawrence and Cora Maley Davison. On May 17, 1919 she was married to Harry E. Smith who preceded her in death May 21,1986.
Mrs. Smith had worked at Berry Seed Co, J.C. Penny's and had done alterations in her home.
She is survived by five children: Everett (Bus) Smith, Gilbert, Az, Wanda Holmes, Lakewood, Co, Kenneth and Jack Smith of Clarinda and Ron Smith, New Hall, Ca. There are 19 grandchildren, 25 great­grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Clifford Davison of Clarinda is a brother.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband, 1 granddaughter, two great-grandchildren and two sisters, Gladys Fletcher and Laverne Holland.
Burial will be in Clarinda cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to heart or cancer fund

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 01, 1989


Steeve, Clara - Mrs Clara Steeve, wife of C. Steeve, living six and a half miles northwest of Clarinda, died Tuesday, April 20th, 1909, after a protracted illness from Bright's disease. She was born in Hanover, Germany, February 16, 1838, and was 71 years, 2 months and 4 days old at the date of her death.

She was married to Mr Steeve in the Fatherland, and they lived there until their emigration to the United States in 1879, coming direct to Page county and settling on one of the county's fine farms. For thirty years Mrs Steeve had lived on this same old home farm. Seven children, with the husband, survive the mother. The funeral service was held at the home this afternoon at 2 o'clock, followed by a short service at the grave in the German church cemetery, Rev Jaebker conducting the obsequies.


Steeve, Clara Goecker - Funeral services for Mrs Clara Steeve, 90, were held Saturday afternoon at St John Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Lueker officiating. Mrs Steeve died Thursday at West Heights Manor [Clarinda, Iowa].

Mrs Steeve was born March 24, 1884, near Bethesda, the daughter of John and Marie Riske Goecker. She was maried to Martin Steeve, who died in 1958.

Mrs Steeve is survived by two children, Guy Steeve of Clarinda and Mrs Joe (Enola) Scott of Sutter Creek, Calif, a granddaughter and four great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Immanuel cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Harlie Sunderman, Dean Firkins, Lee Werner, Jesse Steeve, Leslie Brooke and Walter Steeve. Mary Lynn Herzberg was organist. Ushers were Arnold Meyer and Melvin Freudenburg.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 1975

Steeve, Henry - A highly esteemed citizen of Page county--one of her good and successful farmers--Henry Steeve--died at his home in Douglas township Saturday, Nov 2, 1918, at 2 am of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza. He had been ill some eight or ten days, and was taken with the disease after having brought home his son, Harvey, from north of Yorktown, Harvey having influenza. The father with parental solicitude and kindness wanted the son where he could care for him. Others in the Steeve home are ill, or have been, with the same disease.

The late Henry Steeve was the son of the late Mr and Mrs John Henry Steeve, and was born near Madison, Cook county, Ill. He had lived in Page county for forty-nine years. He was brought here by his parents when he was one year old. The family on coming to Page county located in Douglas township where the father, fifty years ago, bought one-half of section 22. He bought it before the family came here to live. The son, Henry Steeve, who has just passed away, lived on the north half of the same section 22, one and one-half miles northeast of Bethesda.

In his boyhood Henry Steeve attended the public school in Douglas township and the parochial school connected with Immanuel Lutheran church in Nodaway township. Farming was his life occupation.

He was married in the spring of 1894 to Miss Elizabeth Herzberg, daughter of Mrs Sophia Herzberg, now living near Vienna school house in Nodaway township.

Besides his wife, Henry Steeve is survived, by the following children: Harvey, Joseph, Jesse, Paul, Stella, and Ren. Two children, Joseph and Edward, died at the ages of 5 and 7. Joseph lives one-half mile north of Yorktown, Harvey on the farm adjoining. The others art at the family home in Douglas township. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: John, in Harlan township, William, in California, Louis P., in Clarinda, George, in California, Martin, on a part of the old homestead--in section 22, Mrs H.H. Sunderman, near College Springs, and Mrs William Huelle, near Madison, Neb. One brother, Fred, and two sisters, Elnora and Louisa, are deceased.

The funeral was Sunday at 2 pm and was held on the grounds just outside of Immanuel Lutheran church, conducted by Rev C.H. Jaebker, the pastor of that church, and burial was in the cemetery near the church.

CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 7, 1918


Sump, Audrey Marie, was born June 19, 1936, was baptized July 5 by Rev Wm Mueller, and passed away September 5 at the tender age of 2 months and 15 days.

She is survived by her bereaved parents, Mr and Mrs Herbert Sump; one sister, Clytha; her grandparents, Henry Herzberg and Mr and Mrs John Sump; uncles and aunts and many other relatives.

Although little Audrey was not as strong as she could have been she was a happy sweet baby. She because seriously ill Saturday morning with pneumonia and quietly fell asleep at 3:45 pm of the same day.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Immanuel Lutheran church. Rev Mueller chose for his text, St Mark chapter 10, verses 14 and 15, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." The congregation san the hymn "Asleep in Jesus," and the school children, under the direction of M.E. Burroughs, sang the hymn "Gentle Shepherd, Thou hast stilled now Thy little lamb's brief weeping," No. 537 in the hymnal. Pallbearers were Arthur Steeve, Alfred Sump, Floyd Wagoner and Ivan Wagoner. Those caring for the flowers were Aletha Herzberg and Evelyn Sump.


Sunderman, Alvin - Funeral services for Alvin Sunderman, 93 of Clarinda will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. David Renfro officiating.
Visitation will be at Walker Merrick Funeral Home this Monday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunderman died Saturday morning, Jan. 7,1989 at Goldenrod Manor [Clarinda, Iowa].
He was born Feb. 24, 1895 in Page County, the son of Henry and Sophia Wagoner Sunder­man.
On Feb. 3, 1916 he was married to Melinda Otte, who preceded him in death in 1979. Sunderman was a farmer and stockman living west of town before his retirement.
Survivors include children, Mrs. Max (Leora) Sunderman of Clarinda, Mrs. Robert (Darleen) Wilson of Naples, Fl, LaVern Sunderman of Clarinda, Darrell Sunderman of Carroll, and Mrs. Rev. Norman (LaDonna) Discher of Elmore, Mn; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Hubert Sunderman of Clarinda is a brother and Mrs. Walter (Laura) Steeve of Clarinda is a sister.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Burial will be in Clarinda Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 9, 1989


Sunderman, Beulah - Funeral services for Mrs. Harlie (Beulah) Sunderman, 87, of rural Villisca will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. David Renfro officiating.
Visitation will be at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 29.     
Mrs. Sunderman died May 27, 1989 at the Methodist Medical Center in Omaha.
She was born Feb. 6, 1902 at Hot Springs, S.D. and moved to Iowa when she was 2 years old. She taught school before she was married to Harlie Sunderman on Aug. 29,1923.
Mrs. Sunderman was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband of the home and four children: Mrs. Ronald (Dora) Steeve of Clarinda, Duane Sunderman of Clarinda, Russell Sunderman of New Market and Lowell Sunderman of Bedford. There are 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Sisters are Nina Newman and Iris Peterman and her sister-in-law Mrs. Edwin Newman, all of Clarinda.
She was preceded in death by parents; sister, Opal Sunderman; and brother Edwin.
Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 29, 1989


Sunderman, Dan - Funeral services for Dan Sunderman, 83, of 708 North 14th, Clarinda, Iowa will be conducted at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2 pm on Wednesday with interment in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may view from 9 am to 9 pm Tuesday and 9 am to 11 am Wednesday. The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 to 8 pm Tuesday at Clarinda Memorial Chapel, where arrangements are being made for the service.

Mr Sunderman died at Municipal Hospital Sunday evening.

He was born Dec 8, 1891, in Page County, the son of JK and Charlotta (Otte) Sunderman. He spent his life in Page County, except for five years of his youth, which was spent in Colorado. He was active in farming.

In 1966 he married Nora Wagoner and moved to Clarinda. He was a member of the 60 Up Club and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council.

He is survived by his wife, Nora, two children, Mrs Marrel (Ruth) Sump of Yorktown, Wayne Sunderman of Clarinda, five step children, Stanley Wagoner of Essex, Marie Rausch of Creston, Ralph, Clemon and Duane Wagoner of Clarinda, 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Emma in 1962, one brother and two sisters.

Casketbearers for the Sunderman services will be Darrel Sump, Marvin McKinnon, Larry Sunderman, Kenneth Wagoner and Kirk Jamison.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 1975

Another obituary gives following info: Two brothers are Adolph of Clarinda, Glen of Portland, Ore and three sisters, Mrs Joe (Mabel) Steeve of Yorktown, Mrs Ted (Esther) Paulson of Manning and Mrs Francis (Elsie) Muller of Coin.


Sunderman, Elizabeth Anna Meyers - The early pioneers of Page county are rapidly leaving from among our midst. Mrs Elizabeth Anna Sunderman, wife of Herman Sunderman, passed away at the Sunderman residence on North Fifteenth street, Monday evening, at the age of 75 years, three months and twenty days. Mrs Sunderman was born Jan 16, 1854, in Jackson county, Ind. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Gottlieb Meyers. At the age of two years she came westward with her parents, coming directly to Page county. They did not travel over the railroad or in automobiles, but came in a covered wagon, over the lonely prairies of Illinois and Iowa.

Mrs Sunderman is survived by her husband, Herman Sunderman, and the following children: Charlotte, wife of Albert Lambring, of Seymour, Ind; George J. Sunderman, Clarinda; Amelia Sunderman, Clarinda; Lizzie, wife of Dick Jensen, Breckenridge, Okla; Mary, wife of H.C. Freudenburg, and Sofie Sunderman, Clarinda, who took care of her mother during her illness. Nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and three brothers also survive. Mrs Sunderman had been sick for the past several months.

Short services will be conducted at the home today at 2 o'clock, and the funeral services at 2:30 from the St John's Lutheran church, conducted by Rev T.J. Vogel, pastor of the church.


Sunderman, Emilie - Mrs Emilie Sunderman, 86, died Saturday afternoon at the Clarinda Municipal hospital after being hospitalized since late Friday evening. She had been in poor health since last August when she had suffered a stroke.

Mrs Sunderman was born Sept 29, 1877, the daughter of Mr and Mrs John Sunderman, on a farm just south of the Immanuel Lutheran church and had spent her entire lifetime in that immediate neighborhood, the last several years making her home with her daughter and son.

Mrs Sunderman had been a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran church and was also an active member of Immanuel Ladies Aid.

She is survived by two sons, Arnold Sunderman of Sidney, Nebr, and Gilbert Sunderman of Clarinda; one daughter, Mrs C.A. Schilb of Clarinda; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs R.J. Nothwehr, Mrs Herman Eitzen, Mrs Will Otte and Mrs Herbert Sunderman, all of Clarinda; three brothers, George Sunderman, Emil Sunderman and Robert Sunderman, all of Clarinda. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Sunderman, in November of 1951; a daughter Bertha who died at age 17 in 1918 and also an infant daughter.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday with a prayer service at Williams Memorial Chapel at 1:30 pm for the family. Services at 2 pm at Immanuel Lutheran church. The Reuben L. Ehlen, pasor of the church, will officiate. Immanuel senior choir will sing with Thomas Ehlen as organist.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers, Raymond Eitzen, Arlo Sunderman, Ivan Sunderman, Wendell Otte, Kenneth Sunderman and Harold Eitzen. The ushers will be Delbert Herzberg and Gerald Herzberg. Interment will be in Immanuel Cemetery.


Sunderman, George Frank Emil - Emil Sunderman, 87, farmer in the Immanuel area, died Sunday at West Heights Manor [Clarinda, Iowa], and services are to be held Tuesday, the funeral at 2 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church northwest of Clarinda and burial in the church cemetery.

Mr and Mrs Sunderman have lived on their home farm for most of their 58 years of married life. George Frank Emil Sunderman was born to John [Sunderman] and Wilhelmina Wehrkamp and was married Dec 23, 1915, at Yorktown to Minnie Myers, who survives him.

He has been a lifetime farmer, known for his head of Angus cattle and his work in the Page county Angus Association. He was active in the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Among his survivors are sons Mervil of Clarinda, Roger of Ft Dodge, Clifford of Coin, Otis of Lincoln, Neb, and Arnold of Braddyville, 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was [a] brother of George and Robert Sunderman of Clarinda, Mrs W.F. (Alma) Otte and Mrs Herbert (Wilma) Sunderman of Clarinda.

He was preceded in death by parents, three sisters, Mrs L.J. (Emile) Sunderman, Mrs Richard (Anna) Nothwehr, and his twin, Mrs Herman (Emma) Eitzen, and two brothers, Carl and William.

Rev Gary Arp will officiate at the services, the Clarinda Memorial Chapel making arrangments. Bearers will be David, Richard, Mark, John, Clinton and Vincent Sunderman.

In charge of flowers will be Janell, June, Marla and Charmaine Sunderman.

Friends may meet the family between 7:30 and 8:30 pm this Monday at the Clarinda Memorial Chapel.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 1974


Sunderman, George John - Funeral services for George John Sunderman, 84, of 417 North 15th, Clarinda, were conducted at Immanuel Lutheran Church this Thursday. The Rev Gary Arp officiated. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Casketbearers were Duane Dinville, Ray Pollert, Frank Sunderman, Paul Sunderman, Lamont Wallin and Lee Werner. Mrs Irwin Buch was the organist and Mr and Mrs Darold Cooper were in charge of the register. A memorial was established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation was held Wednesday. Clarinda Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr Sunderman, a life long resident of the Clarinda area, died at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital Tuesday, Dec 17, after a short illness. He was born Dec 31, 1889, on a farm northwest of Clarinda, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Meyers) Sunderman.

He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He married Anna Katherine Steltenpohl, Jan 6, 1915, in Brownstown, Ind. Mr Sunderman was engaged in farming northwest of Clarinda until his retirement in 1965, when he and his wife moved to Clarinda. His wife Anna preceded him in death Aug 18, 1973.

He is survived by two sons Donald and Max both of Clarinda, one daughter, Mrs Ray (Ruth) Wallin of Stanton, one sister, Mrs Elizabeth Janssen of Garber, Okla, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, wife, one brother, and five sisters.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 1974


Sunderman, Hattie Goecker - Mrs Robert (Hattie) Sunderman, 70, died this Thursday morning at the Clarinda Municipal hospital. Mrs Sunderman had been hositalized 10 days, seriously ill since Christmas.

Mrs Sunderman was born on July 16, 1893, at Yorktown, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Ferdinand H. Goecker. Mrs Sunderman had spent her entire life time in the Page county area.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church. Mr and Mrs Sunderman were married on Dec 10, 1914 and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming December. Their home is northwest of Clarinda.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Marvin of Clearmont and Ivan of Clarinda; one daughter, Mrs L.S. (Bernice) Helsley of Alexandria, Va; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Mrs Charlie Otte of Clarinda, Mrs Emma Wilkening and Mrs Amelia Goecker, both of Council Bluffs; two brothers, George Goecker and Otto Goecker both of Clarinda.

Funeral services will be Saturday, a prayer service at 1:30 pm at the Williams Memorial Chapel in Clarinda followed by services at 2 pm at Immanuel Lutheran church. The Rev Reuben L. Ehlen will officiate. The senior choir of the church will sing, accompanied by Thomas Ehlen as the organist. Interment will be in Immanuel cemetery.


Sunderman, John, was born December 26, 1848 at Seymour, Jackson county, Indiana, and died on April 5th, 1935 at his home 7 miles northwest of Clarinda, Page county, Iowa. His parents were Frederick Sunderman, and his wife, Wilhelmine, nee Winkelman. He was baptized in infancy. After receiving the necessary religous instruction he was confirmed in the Lutheran church by the Rev J.G. Sauer on April 26, 1863.

He came to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1867, and worked for the late Henry Sunderman and others for two and one-half years, then returned to Indiana February 19, 1874. He was married to Wilhelmine Wehrkamp also of that community and the same spring they came to Page Center, Iowa, and located on the present home where they have lived for sixty-one years. He was one of the first members of the Immanuel Lutheran church, of which he remained an active member until his death.

This union was blessed with ten children, of which nine still survive, the oldest son, William, died October 16, 1903.

He is survived by his aged widow, four sons, Carl, George, Emil and Robert, and five daughters: Mrs L.J. Sunderman, Mrs R.J. Nothwehr, Mrs Herman Eitzen, Mrs W.F. Otte and Mrs Herbert Sunderman, all living in this community, also twenty-seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, besides one brother, Herman Sunderman, living in Clarinda. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr John Sunderman lived to be 86 years, 3 months and 9 days.

Mr Sunderman was a communicant member of Immanuel congregation at the time of its organization and was the ninth member to sign the constitution.

Mr and Mrs John Sunderman, with their children and their families celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

Two funeral services were held, English text was "What Must I Do to be Saved?" and German text, "Lazareth our Friend Sleepeth."

Pallbearers were Mervil Sunderman, Roger Sunderman, Wilbur Eitzen, Walter Eitzen, Marvin Sunderman, Kenneth Sunderman. Those who cared for the flowers were Norma Nothwehr and Minnie Sunderman.


Sunderman, Julia - Mrs Julia Sunderman, wife of Ben J. Sunderman, and daughter of John Groeling of this city, passed away at her home eight miles northwest of Clarinda, Thursday, March 29, 1917.

Mrs Sunderman's death was caused by septicemia, her illness extending over a period of one month.

The deceased had a host of friends, not only in the country where she lived, but in this city, where her father resides and where she often came. She was known everywhere by her amiable, sunshiny disposition. She will be greatly missed by many whom she did not think of as friends but who grew attached to her in store and shop in this city where she did the greater part of her purchasing.

Mrs Sunderman was born in Page county forty-four years ago. She was married in 1894 and she and her husband at once went to housekeeping on a farm 6 1/4 miles north of this city. They continued to reside on this place until the death of Mr Sunderman's father, William Sunderman, several years ago, when they moved to the old home place of the Sundermans, a short distance west of the North German church.

Mrs Sunderman is surived by her husband, three children, Herbert, Norta and Adeline, her father, two sisters, Mrs Albert Glasgow, living south of Clarinda, and Mrs A. Waters whose home is in California, and one brother, Albert Groeling, who now resides in Nebraska. Mrs Waters was present at the funeral.

Funeral services over Mrs Sunderman's remains were conducted at the North German church by Rev Jaebker Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, in the presence of the largest concourse of people that has ever presented itself in that place on a similar occasion. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 5, 1917


Sunderman, Julia Groeling - Mrs Benjamin J. Sunderman. Julia Groeling Sunderman, wife of Benjamin J. Sunderman of Douglas township, died suddenly at her home, Thursday, March 29, 1917, following a short illness of two weeks. It is thought that a blood clot, traveling from one of the lower limbs to the heart, was the cause of death. Short funeral services were held at the home, Monday afternoon, April 2, 1917, followed by services at 1:30 o'clock pm from the Emmanuel Lutheran church of Nodaway township, conducted by the pastor, the Rev C.H. Jaebker. Interment was in the church cemetery.

The deceased was born in Douglas township, Aug 4, 1872. She was married in Harlan township, March, 1894 to Benjamin J. Sunderman. From this union three children, Herbert, Elnora and Adeline, survive. The deceased is also survived by her father and step-mother, Mr and Mrs John Groeling of Clarinda, by a brother, Albert Groeling, of Geering, Nebr, and by two sisters, Mrs Rosa Walters of Chico, Calif, and Mrs Minnie Glasgow of Harlan township.

John Groeling's brother, Herman Groeling, from Verdigree, Nebr, and a number of the brothers and sisters of the bereaved husband were present for the funeral services. The deceased was known as a bright and cheerful woman, carrying sunshine wherever she went, and the attendance at the funeral, one of the largest ever held from the Emmanuel Lutheran church, attested the general esteem and affection in which she was held by the numerous acquaintances, who join the relatives in mourning their severe loss.

CLARINDA JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 5, 1917


Sunderman, Marvin J. - Funeral services for Marvin J. Sunderman, 73, of rural Clearmont, Mo. will be at 10 a.m., Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. David Renfro officiating.
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. this Thursday evening at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.
Sunderman died Wednesday morning, May 10, 1989 at Municipal Hospital after a long illness.
He was born April 24,1916 at Clarinda, the son of Robert and Hattie Goecker Sunderman.
He was married to Juanita Hagemeier on Feb. 19,1939.
Sunderman was a farmer.
Survivors include his wife Juanita of the home and two children, Larry Sunderman of Clearmont, Mo, and Mrs Lloyd (Lindy) Krutzfeldt of Clutier, Ia. There are five grand­children and four great­grandchildren. Ivan Sunderman of Clarinda is a brother and Mrs. Berniece Helsley of Columbia, S.C. is a sister.
Burial will be in Clarinda cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Lutheran Hour or Diabetes Foundation.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 11, 1989


Swanson, Raymond - Word was received by friends and relatives that Pastor Raymond Swanson, formerly of the Bethesda area died in Galesburg.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 5, 1989


Wagoner, Rebecca Grieme - Nodaway Township, Page County, March 21[1922]--Another of the old time residents of Page county has gone to her final rest. Mrs Rebecca Wagoner, nee Grieme, on March 12, 1922, departed this world and has gone to her heavenly home. Though ailing for a number of years her death came a saddening surprise to many.

Mrs Wagoner was born in Matfelt, Province of Hanover, Germany, Dec 19, 1845. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in her early years and remained true to her church until her death.

In 1867 at the age of 22 years she immigrated to America, settling in Cook county, Ill. The following year, 1868, on March 20, she was married to Henry Wagoner, a veteran of many battles of the Civil war, with whom in 1871 she came to Page county, Iowa, where she has resided until her death. The union was blessed with twelve children, ten of whom, besides the aged father, are mourning their loss, two having preceded her to eternity.

The surviving children, who with their father mourn the loss, are as follows: John, Henry Jr, Herman, Martin, Karl and Ed, and the daughters, Anna, Mrs H.F. Sunderman; Augusta, Mrs John Herzberg; Lena, Mrs Fred Jenssen of Oklahoma; Alvina, Mrs Ed Sunderman, besides thirty-five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Herman Grieme, of Clarinda.

The burial of Mrs Wagoner took place on Wednesday, March 15. The funeral was conducted from the home, where short services were held, to the North Lutheran church, where the funeral service proper was conducted. The officiating minister was Rev F.C. Israel. Her remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery. The pall bearers were her six sons; her undertaker Roy E. Harmon. Mrs Wagoner reached the age of 76 years 2 months and 21 days.


Webster, Oma - Shambaugh, May 5- Bonnie Bunting received word that her mother's sister, Oma Webster passed away April 25 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Her funeral was April 27 in Buffalo, Mo.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa, May 15, 1989


Woolson, Jennie S. Shultz - Jennie S. Woolson, 84, died at the Hillhaven Convalescent Center in Des Moines on June 4, 1986, in the afternoon. Funeral services are pending at Columbia, la, and at Des Moines.
She was a native of Marion County and had been a longtime schoolteacher, including several years at Lenox when her husband, John Shultz, was superintendent there.
In 1977, she married George Woolson of Clarinda, and the couple had made their home in Des Moines since then.
Besides her husband of 2610 Park Place in Des Moines, she is survived by a daughter, Mary Oler of Des Moines; three grandsons and four great-grandchildren. Step-children are Ruth Laning and family of Indianola and John Woolson and family of Clarinda.    Burial will be this Friday at Columbia,  la,  with memorial services early next week at Central Presbyterian  Church in Des Moines.

CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Clarinda, Iowa Jun 5, 1986