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Wibben, Anna Berends 1876-1965

LENDE, FOKKEN, WIBBEN

Posted By: Raechel Fox (email)
Date: 2/13/2020 at 03:19:02

Titonka Topic
June 17, 1965
Funeral Services Are Held Here For Mrs. Anna Wibben
Mrs. Anna Wibben, former Titonka resident, passed away in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rudolf Willrett, at Burt on Friday, June 11th.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka with the Rev. A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Leonard Leeck, organist, accompanied the church choir. Casket attendents were Thomas Loats, Fred Hagen, Edward Harms, Ehno Folkerts, William Everding and Harm Wibben.
In the wonderful providence of God as expressed through His creative powers there came to the family of Ben Johnson Fokken and his wife, Anna Margaretha Lende Fokken, the joyful responsibility of a daughter whom they were pleased to name Anna Berends. She was born on October 27, 1876 at Reysom, Germany. God claimed this infant daughter as His through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism received by her in the Reform Church, Reysom, in November 1876, with Pastor Seaer officiating. She spent her childhood years in Reysom and Campen and attended public school there. She continued her studies in the teaching of the Church and was confirmed in 1893. God provided her a spouse Klaas Jenssen Wibben and were united in Holy Marriage at Campen on May 25, 1901. Two years later they came to America and settled on a farm near Hartsburg, IL. In 1915 they moved to Kossuth County and farmed east of Burt for a short time, then moved to another farm near Burt, and then settled on a farm near Bancroft. In 1928 they affiliated with Good Hope Lutheran Church; and in 1939 moved to Titonka to enter retirement.
After 51 years of union in marriage, he was called into death on August 24, 1952. She continued to live in the Titonka family home until January 1, 1961, and the remaining years were spent in the homes of her children. She was faithful to her family, her church and her God. Day by day she lived in His word, attended services regularly and communed frequently. Following the death of her son, John, earlier this year, she became ill and never seemed to gain her full strength back. She had several sick spells in recent weeks but seemed to recover. Last Wednesday night she grew worse, Thursday afternoon she was able to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and she passes away quietly in a sleep at 12:15 a. m. Friday, June 11th.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, a daughter, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Herman (Margaret) Willrett of Britt, Mrs. A. R. (Ann) Willrett of Algona, Mrs. Dena Saliger of Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Ernest (Julia) Haack of Livermore, Mrs. R. G. (Bertha) Willrett of Burt, and Mrs. Louis (Edna Mae) Price of Lakota; by three sons, Albert and Bennie of Algona, and Garbrant of Whittemore; 35 grandchildren, 58 great-granchildren, one brother, Ben, of Algona, and by one brother and one sister in Germany.
Anna will be remembered as a good wife and mother; by her quiet ways and strong influence in the lives of her children; but especially for her faithfulness to her Lord and the ease and the joy it was for her to let people know of the goodness of the Lord in her life, especially in the later years.

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