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Julia Charleson Christopher 1867-1941


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 7/7/2013 at 01:52:10

Mrs. Christopher Passed Away; Funeral Saturday
Funeral Services Will Be Held Saturday Afternoon at the Methodist Church; Mrs. Christopher Had Been Ill for Several Months
Mrs. L. Christopher, 74, passed away at her home in Graettinger shortly before noon Wednesday, June 18. She had been ill for a long time and was confirmed to her bed for months. She was given the best of medical and nursing care but was unable to rally and regain her strength. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon. Services will be conducted at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist church at 2:00 p.m. (Graettinger Times, Graettinger, IA, June 19, 1941)

Remains of Mrs. L. Christopher Laid to Rest
Funeral Services For Mrs. Lewis Christopher Held Saturday Afternoon; Burial Was in High Lake Cemetery
A short mention was made in last week’s Times of the death of Mrs. Lewis Christopher, who passed away shortly before noon, Wednesday, June 18, 1941. Mrs. Christopher had been ill for over a year. Last fall she was a patient in the Iowa City hospital for several weeks. She improved slightly and for a time after she returned home it was hoped she might regain her former health and strength. She was given the best of medical and nursing care but gradually grew weaker until called by death Wednesday of las week.

The funeral was held Saturday. Services were conducted at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist church, Graettinger, at 2:00. The services were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Wm. G. Bohl [Bohi?]. Rev. Bohl was assisted by the Rev. A.R. Cuthbert, Titonka, a former pastor here. Rev. Cuthbert assisted at the church and pronounced the benediction at the grave. Mrs. Olene Jacobsen and Mrs. Emmet Jackman sang three numbers with Mrs. Robert Vasey accompanying on the piano. The remains were laid to rest in the Christopher family lot in the High Lake cemetery. Many old neighbors and friends were in attendance at the funeral services. Banks of beautiful flowers adorned the casket. The pallbearers were Lawrence Iverson, Iver Iverson, John L. Johnson, Peter Anderson, L.H. Rockne, and Frank Herke.

Julia Charleson, daughter of Charles Carleson and Ingeborg Davis Charleson, was born at Camp Grove, High Lake township, Emmet county, Iowa, June 24, 1867. She was almost 74 years of age at the time of her death. On September 24, 1885, she was united in marriage to Mr. Lewis Christopher. With the exception of three years spent in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mrs. Christopher spent her entire lifetime in the Graettinger vicinity and in Graettinger. She was widely known in the Graettinger and Wallingford vicinities and had a host of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher were the parent of three daughters. They are Mrs. Leon Nefstead, Newton, Iowa, and Miss Cora Christopher who is at home. A daughter, Vera Mae, passed away in 1926. Besides her husband and daughters she leaves two grandsons, Lewis and Paul Nefstead, Newton, Iowa; two brothers, Carl Charleson, Arlee Montana; and Oscar Charleson, Conrad, Montana; two sisters, Mrs. G.C. Oleson, Oakland, California; and Mrs. J.R. Sisco, Waterloo, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Graettinger people were saddened by the death of Mrs. Christopher although they realized for weeks and months that her condition was serious and that there was little hope for recovery. All who knew Mrs. Christopher were her friends and their wishes and prayers were for her recovery. Friends were always welcome at the Christopher home and in days gone by it was a happy meeting place for the members of the family and their classmates and friends. Mrs. Christopher enjoyed young people. Sharing their views, their thoughts and their hopes enabled her despite her fairly advanced years, to never grow old. The deceased was a sincere and devout Christian woman. She was active in every church activity as well as in community activities of a worth while nature. Her devoted partner of almost 50 years of married life will miss her very much and will grieve deeply for her. Her daughters who were always companions of their mother, feel keenly the loss they have sustained; the grandchildren feel deeply the sorrow that has touched their young lives; brothers and sisters will recall, despite their sadness, loving memories of boyhood and girlhood days; friends and neighbors will miss Mrs. Christopher and will long remember her for her many acts of kindness and friendship. Our community has lost a most charming and lovable Christian wife, mother and friend. The Times extends heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Christopher, to the daughters and the grandchildren, and to the brothers and sisters in their sorrow. (Graettinger Times, Graettinger, IA, June 26, 1941)


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