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Remsen Bell-Enterprise
Remsen Bell-Enterprise
Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Description: Death Takes Aged Remsen Resident

Mrs Marie Moritz, 87, Passes Away Friday, Burial Held Monday

Date: August 14 1941

Newspaper published in: Remsen

Source: photocopy of newspaper page

Remsen Bell-Enterprise, Remsen, Iowa Thursday, August 14, 1941

Death Takes Aged Remsen Resident

Mrs Marie Moritz, 87, Passes Away Friday, Burial Held Monday

A resident here for more than a half century, Mrs Marie Moritz, native of Germany and who with her husband settled here among the pioneers fifty-six years ago, passed away last Friday evening in the home of her daughter, Mrs Tena Spiecker; where she had resided for the last eight years. Mrs Moritz was 87 years old and is survived by eight children. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Christ Lutheran church.

Mrs Moritz for many years resided alone in Remsen, but began to share the Spiecker home eight years ago after having suffered a paralytic stroke. From this, under excellent care, she recovered to the extent of being able to be about, and her health generally was good until last February when complications arose which gradually weakened her and which soon became alarming. Her condition became grave three weeks prior to her death and the end was foreseen. She passed away in the Spiecker home Friday evening at 9:30 o'clock.

Born July 9, 1854, at Dosa [Dose], Friesland [Ostfriesland], Germany, Marie Anke Lutjens came to the United States in 1868 with her parents, a brother and a sister. The family settled in Woodfort [Woodford] county, Ill. In 1875, at Panther Creek, Ill., Marie Lutjens became the wife of Gerd D. Moritz, a native of Marienhafen [Marienhafe], Friesland [Ostfriesland], who also came to this country in 1869, also settling in Woodfort [Woodford] county, Ill. The couple farmed there for ten years and in 1885 came to Plymouth country, settling south of Remsen where they resided for several years, later moving north of town, in Meadow township. On this farm Mr Moritz passed away March 4, 1903, and the widow with her children continued on the farm for two years. Mrs Moritz came to make her home in Remsen in 1905 and had been a highly respected and beloved resident here ever since.

Marie Moritz, a lifelong member of the Lutheran faith which she was baptized and confirmed in her native home, was strict in her application of the early teachings she received and was one of the staunch members of Christ Lutheran church here ever since coming here 56 years ago. She was a woman of admirable qualities, a devoted wife and mother, and a friend who was ever willing to give of her heart and her hand to those with whom she came in contact. Mrs Moritz had hundreds of acquaintances who loved her because of her fine womanly attributes, and who were sorely grieved over her sickness and death. The hundreds of good friends of this prominent family join this newspaper in sympathy over the loss of an excellent mother and esteemable resident of this community.

Mrs Moritz was the mother of eleven children, eight of who survive her, as follows: Mrs Charles (Etta) Lahrsen, Remsen; Mrs Philip (Margaret) Raveling, Lucan, Minn.; Mrs Spiecker and David Moritz, Remsen; John Moritz, Paullina; Mrs George Meyer, LeMars; Mrs Anton Ufken, Marshall, Minn., and George Moritz, Scranton, N.D. Two daughters and a son preceded her in death.

Surviving also are 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services in Christ Lutheran church Monday afternoon were conducted by the pastor, the Rev A. Noack, followed by burial in the Remsen cemetery. The services were attended by many from far and near who came to join the bereaved family in its sorrow over the loss of a devoted mother.

Pall bearers were L.E. Kriege, Herman Raveling, Walter L. Lang, Will Hansen, Clarence Harnack and Carl Mehlhop. Flower bearers were Mrs Minnie Koch and Mrs Mary Koch.

Relatives who came from a distance are: George Moritz, Scranton, N.D.; Mr and Mrs John Moritz, Paullina; Mr and Mrs Philip Raveling, Lucan, Minn.; Mr and Mrs Anton Ufken, Marshall, Minn.; Mr and Mrs George l. Meyer, LeMars; Ervin Moritz, Mr and Mrs Henry Moritz and Mr and Mrs George Moritz, Benson, Ill.; Mr and Mrs Sievert Raveling, Lake Park, Iowa; Mrs Everett Hufmeister, Mrs Peter Nystrom and Mrs Earl Stiners, Worthington, Minn.; Mrs Oscar Richardson, Minneapolis; Fred Grauer, Cherokee; Mr and Mrs Harm Johnson, Wentworth, S.D.; Mr and Mrs Herman Johnson, Council Bluffs; Mr and Mrs John Johnson, Paullina; Miss Esther Moritz, Cherokee; and Mr and Mrs C.C. Kilker Manhattan, Kas.

Friends from a distance were Mrs Minnie Deviney, Mr and Mrs John Barinsky, Mr and Mrs Leonard Schoenrock and Mrs Alma Rohde, all of LeMars.

Submitted: 05/26/11

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