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William F. Hammer (1892 - 1966)

William Fred Hammer, son of John and Caroline (Nulle) Hammer, was born near Westside on Dec. 22, 1892. In early infancy, he was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran church.

He was married to Clara Ress on Nov. 24, 1920 and they made their home in Denison. Mr. Hammer spent 29 years as caretaker of the Lutheran cemetery. He became ill the past month and on June 21 was taken to the Memorial hospital where he underwent surgery. He died at the hospital on July 7 at 9:30 a. m.

Survivors are his widow and the following children, Arthur of Denison, Mrs. Elizabeth Rabon of Columbia, S. C., Mrs. Betty Ransom of Denison, Donald Hammer of Columbia, S. C., Mrs. Luella Pelley of Omaha and Mrs. Marcella Bral of Denison; 18 grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Anita Freml of Denison, Mrs. Marie Zorn of Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Dora Wolfram of Davenport. One son, Melvin, died serving his country in World War II, three brothers, Ed, Henry and Louis and one sister, Mrs. Rosa Gluesing, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on July 9 at the Zion Lutheran church with Rev. Carl W. Schmidt officiating and sons were sung by the Lutheran Ladies Choir with Mrs. Fred Rabel serving as organist.

Transcribed by: Bob Kuehl

William Harm (1916 - 1962)

Funeral services for William Harm were held March 12 at the Zion Lutheran church in Denison. Rev. Schmidt officiated.

William H. Harm was the son of August and Mathilda (Listamann) Harm of Denison. He was born Dec. 6, 1891, in Goodrich township, Crawford County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran church.

On Sept. 27, 1916 he was united in marriage to Minnie M. Kunze, by Rev. Amstein of Charter Oak in St. John's Lutheran-church. They farmed near Goodrich where William was born and resided until 1946, when they moved to Denison.

Survivors are his wife, three children, Irvin of near Schleswig, Wilbur of Denison and Vernace Robert of Kiron; 13 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Annal Ullrich, and one sister-in-law, Mrs, Bertha Harm, of Denison. Preceding him in death are his parents, one brother, one infant daughter, Erma Marie, and one granddaughter.

Interment was made in Oakland cemetery. Pallbearers were Edward Baak, Walter Harm, Otto Kunze Jr., Vernon Kunze, Kenneth Namanny and Donald Pedersen.

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William J. Andresen (1911 - 1982)

William J. Andresen was born on Jan. 8, 1911, near Denison. Iowa, the son of George and Johanna Rogge Andresen. He died June 1, 1982,at Bishop Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Neb. at the age of 71.

William was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church. He spent his early years on a family farm. After receiving his early education in the rural schools William attended the Denison High School.

On June 19, 1940, William was united in marriage to Louise Wendt. Together they made their home in Denison. William was employed with 7 Up Bottling Company for many years. For the past 14 years, he was employed with the Denison Municipal Utilities. Since his retirement, William has continued to make Denison his home. where he was a life long member of Zion Lutheran Church.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther and Marie. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Denison, two sons, Dale of Florida, and Darrell of Denison, and two grandsons, Scott and John. Also surviving are two brothers, Walter Andresen of Moorhead, Iowa and Wilbur Andresen of Columbia, Missouri and three sisters. Edna (Mrs. Henry) Holst of Moorhead, Hilda (Mrs. Joe) Kessell of Deloit and Irene (Mrs. Rex) Littleton of Denison.

Funeral services were held June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Burial was in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens. The Rev. Jack D. Heck officiated at the services. Pallbearers were Fred Zage, Paul Reichardt, Fred Nemitz, Walt Schramm, David Fink and Duane Wessel. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Huebner Funeral Home of Denison.

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William Jensen Sr. (abt. 1894 - 1957)

William Jensen, Sr., died July 17 at the age of 63. He was a native of Denison coming to Antioch, Calif. three years ago. He died at the Oakland Veterans' hospital after a long illness.

Services were held from the Bereley Hills Chapel with Rev. John V. Strom, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church at Antioch officiating. Burial was made at the Golden Gate National cemetery, San Bruno.

He is survived by his widow, Elly, a son, William, Jr., two grandchildren, all of Antioch; his mother, Mrs. Louise Jensen, of Denison and a brother, Peter of Alhambra. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. post.

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William Jeschke (1906 - 1992)

William Jeschke was born on Aug. 26, 1906 the son of Fred and Amelia Jahn Jeschke. He died on Thursday, Jan. 30, 1992 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison at the age of 85 years.

William was born on a farm in Hanover Township, near Ricketts where he grew up receiving his formal education in a rural school near his home. He was baptized a Christian as an infant on Sept. 30, 1906, and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith on March 20, 1921.

After having completed his education, William worked for his brothers on the family farm until he was united in marriage to Ella Gregosches on Feb. 25, 1936. The couple settled on a farm in the Denison area and then moved to the Vail area where they began raising their family. They subsequently moved to a farm near Schleswig where they remained until 1950 when they purchased a farm near Denison. In 1967, William retired from farming but he and Ella continued living on the farm until 1977 when they sold the farm and moved to Denison.

Throughout his life, William worked hard to provide for his family. He was a devoted husband and loving father who enjoyed the time he shared with his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping and socializing with his family and friends. The devotion he had for his Lord is illustrated by the memberships he had in his church which included: the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Zion's men's club and the Lutheran Layman's League in addition to church sporting events that included dart ball tournaments. Other memberships include the Denison Kiwanas Club and neighborhood social clubs.

William was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Otto, Ben and Gustov and one sister Edna. Survivors include his wife, Ella of Denison; two sons Jerry and his wife Helen of Houston, Texas, Jim and his wife Stephanie of Sioux City; one daughter Darlene Taylor and her husband William of Culpeper, Va.; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two brothers Carl and his wife Frieda of Denison and Herman and his wife Ena of Vail and one sister Amelia Godberson of Denison.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 1992 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison with Rev. Kurt Kaiser and Rev. Philip Bloch officiating the service and graveside rites held in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison. Karen Kahl provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Larry Boeck singing "How Great Thou Art" and congregational hymns "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Just As I Am, Without One Plea." Pallbearers were: Freddie Friedrichsen, Robert Schneller, Marvin Jeschke, Berdel Jeschke, Kenneth Paup and Dwight Boeck. The family invited everyone to return to the church and join them in fellowship and lunch served by the Dorcas Society. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Walter A. Huebner and Sons' Funeral Home in Denison.

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William P. Fineran (1912 - 1983)

William Patrick Fineran was born on October 1, 1912, near Denison, Iowa, the son of James and Sarah Bauman Fineran. He died on Saturday evening, January 8, 1983, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison, Iowa, at the age of 70.

Bill spent his early years on a family farm near Denison, Iowa. He attended the rural schools near his home as well as St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Denison. After the completion of his education, he farmed with his family.

On October 1, 1936, Bill was united in marriage to Mary Miller at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Together they made their first home in Minnesota for a brief time before moving to a farm near Ute, Iowa in Monona County. A short time later, they moved to the Boyer area. Since 1947, Bill made his home on the same farm near Boyer. Bill was a long time member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Denison. Throughout his career he was active with various farm associations.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by five brothers. Survivors include, his wife Mary of rural Deloit, two sons, Roger and David both of Odebolt, three daughters, Sharon, Mrs. Richard Kepford of Dunlap, Sister Shirley Fineran of Chicago, Illinois and Therese, Mrs. John Tieber of Durango, Colorado, nineteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. Also surviving are three brothers, Francis of Owatonna, Minnesota, Joe of Vail, Iowa and Gerald of Denison, Iowa and five sisters, Louise Schroeder of Denison. Iowa. Sarah. Mrs. Paul Gaffev of LeMars, Iowa, Agnes Dalton of Denison, Iowa, Sister Noreen Fineran of Templeton, Iowa and Genevieve Fineran also of Denison.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 11, 1983, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at Denison. Father Robert Keefe officiated at the Mass of Christian Burial. A rosary was recited on Sunday evening prior to the funeral and a Scripture service was held the evening before the funeral at St. Martin's Catholic Church. Pallbearers included grandsons, Douglas Kepford, Mark Kepford, Randall Kepford, Steven Kepford, Brian Fineran, Lawrence Fineran, Jeffrey Fineran, Jason Fineran and Jermey Tieber. Serving as honorary pallbearers were John Henkelman, Albert Gronau, Lawrence Schlies, Glen Ballantine, Elroy Koch and Don Neumann.

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Adelina Schoening (1848 - 1915)

Denison Review, Wednesday, August 4, 1915

Tuberculosis Causes Death of Estimable German Lady Monday at her home in Denison


Leaves husband and six children
Lived in Crawford since 1870 and in Denison many years.

Mrs. John Schoening passed away at the family residence in East Denison on Monday morning after a long illness. She was afflicted with the dreaded tuberculosis and her condition steadily grew worse, finally resulting in her death. She bore up throughout with great fortitude and was comforted by her children who remained with her throughout her illness.

Adelina Schoening was born on Jan. 28, 1848, at Dittmarcken, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where she resided with her parents until she was twenty-one years of age. In 1869 she came to America and located in Clinton County in this State. On the 4th of January, 1870, she was united in marriage to Mr. John Schoening, moving to Crawford County soon after. For a number of years they lived on a farm south of Denison, later moving to Denison.

She was a woman who was held in high esteem by all with whom she came in contact and her friends were numbered by her acquaintances. While her death did not come as a surprise, it cast a gloom over her friends and neighbors.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her death six children, namely: Hilmar of Denison; Mrs. Fred Schroeder of Blooming Prairie, Minne; Hartwig of Battle Creek, Iowa; Mrs. William Schwiesow, of Manilla; Waldemor, of Denison; and Mrs. John Sieck, of Schleswig.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home and at the German Lutheran church at 1:30 o'clock, Rev William Frese, the pastor officiating.

The Review joins with the friends of the bereaved family in extending sympathy in this their hour of sorrow.

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John F. Namanny (1891 - 1976)

John Frederick Namanny, son of August and Mary Tensfield Namanny, was born Nov. 25, 1891, in Crawford County, Iowa and died Monday, Jan. 5, 1976, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital, at the age of 84 years 1 month and 10 days.

Mr. Namanny was baptized and confirmed on April 11, 1935, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charter oak. On Aug. 27, 1916, he was united in marriage to Anna Plagge. After their marriage they farmed until 1941 when they moved to Charter Oak to make their home. Two children were born to this union, Leona and Elmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Henry and August, three sisters, Sophie Bohman, Dora Claussen and Emma Claussen, and one grandson, Richard.

Survivors include his wife, Anna, one daughter, Leona (Mrs. Fred Burr) of Schleswig, one son Elmer of Schleswig, one grandson, Gerald, one great grandson, Adam, one brother, William of Schleswig, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Fastje of Denison, Mrs. Alice Carstensen of Jefferson, and Mrs. Minnie Demay of Independence, California, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charter Oak on Thursday, Jan 8, at 10:30 AM, with Pastor Albert Prouty officiating. Pallbearers were Hugo Frehse, Harvey Clausen, James Namanny, Ralph Vogt, William Fastje, Jr. and Ronald Maack. Interment was made in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Charter Oak, with Huebner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Kathering (Mueller) Nihsen (1898 - 1968)

Mrs. Hans Nihsen dies after brief illness March 7, 1968. Funeral services were held on Saturday, march 9, 1968, for Mrs. Hans Nihsen of Kiron at the United Church of Christ with Rev. R.J. Ratzlaff officiating.

Mrs. John Evers, organist accompanied soloist, Henry Henningsen with the following hymns, "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me."

Kathering Elizabeth Mueller Nihsen was born in Fehmen, Germany April 29, 1898. Her parents were Nicholaus and Margaretha Mueller.

December 15, 1915 she was married to Hans Nihsen at Denison, Iowa. They had lived in this community for 46 years.

Mrs. Nihsen died March 7 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She attained the age of 69 years, 11 months and 22 days.

Survivors are her husband, Hans; a daughter, Mabel (Mrs. Ray Kollbaum) of Kiron; two sons, Vernon of Denison and Gilbert from Schleswig; seven grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and three sisters in Germany. One brother preceded her in death.

Mrs. Nihsen was a member of the United Church of Christ. Interment was made in the Morgan Cemetery with Fred Beeck, Walter Grell, Verle Massman, Alfred Grau, Fred Jepsen and J. Henry Schroeder as pallbearers.

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Lena (Plagge) Nammanny (1902 - 1967)

Services for Mrs. Lena Namanny were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Monday July 17 with Rev. F.A. Wiese officiating. Mrs. Ray Schmidt, organist accompanied the choir who sang "Rock of Ages" and the congregation who sang "Abide with Me."

Lena Olga, daughter of Henry Plagge and Augusta nee Koenig was born on April 5, 1902 in the Charter Oak Township. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak.

She was united into marriage to William L. Namanny on February 9, 1920. The couple lived on the homeplace south west of Schleswig for forty years. In 1965 they purchased a home in Schleswig.

She is survived by her husband, William L. of Schleswig, four sons, Leonard of Denison, Wilbert of Deloit, Kenneth of Denison and William H. of Omaha, four daughters, Marcella wife of Melvin Petersen of Deloit, Donna Mae, wife of Donavon Wed of Sioux City, Shirley, wife of William Ahart of Denison and LaDene Weis of Sioux City.

She is also survived by thirty-two grandchildren, three great grandchildren, three brothers, Fred of Charter Oak, Adolph of Mapleton, and Henry of Blenco, Texas, three sisters, Minnie of Schleswig, Annie of Charter Oak and Hilda of Charter Oak.

She died unexpectedly at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Sioux City on Friday, July 14, at the age of 65 years, 3 months and 9 days. She was a life long member of the Lutheran Church, belonging to the Aquila Priscilla Guild and the Ladies Aid Society of the Immanuel Lutheran Church congregation.

Pallbearers were Ralph Vogt, Ray Namanny, Ronald Maack, Orlan Creese, DeWayne Vogt, and Elmer Namanny. Interment was made in the Memory Gardens at Denison.

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Leo T. Nahnsen (1907 - 1974)

Funeral services for Leo T. Nahnsen were held Saturday, August 17, 1974, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig with Rev. F.A. Wiese officiating. Mrs. Ray Schmidt was the organist. The congregation sang "Abide with Me" and the choir sang "Just As I Am".

Leo Theodore Nahnsen of Schleswig, son of Charles Nahnsen and Louise nee Price, was born on June 10, 1907 at Paton, Iowa in Greene County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

He was married to Martha Huebner at Denison, Iowa on December 25, 1927. The couple farmed for six years in Webster County, Iowa. They moved to Crawford County in 1934 on a farm southwest of Schleswig. In 1959, the couple moved to Schleswig where they continued to live. For 37 years, he was a feed salesman for the Vigortone Company. After a lingering illness, Leo died at the St. Joseph's Hospital at Sioux City on August 14. He attained to 67 years, 2 month and 4 days.

He was a long time member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, holding both the offices of elder and financial secretary, and was a voter of the congregation. He is survived by his widow Martha; one son Gordon of Schleswig; one daughter Rheta, wife of Edward Ehler of Parkston, South Dakota; six grandchildren; and one brother Albert Nahnsen of Jefferson, Iowa.

Preceding him in death were his parents, eight brothers, six sisters and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers were: Walter Petersen, Herbert Miller, Ervin Neddermeyer, Gerald Pedersen, Milford Schultz and J.G. (Bud) Hagen. Interment was in Morgan Cemetery.

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Louie H. Mueller (1889 - 1965)

Louie Henry Mueller, son of Carl Mueller and his wife Augusta nee Bohm, was born March 9, 1889 in Goodrich Township, Crawford County, Iowa. Here he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Emma Kahl on February 21, 1912.

After their marriage they resided on the farm until 1920 when they came to Denison. Mrs. Mueller died in 1962. They had gone to make their home in Charter Oak in 1954.

Mr. Mueller had been in poor health since Thanksgiving Day. On January 30 he was taken to the Claudia Home in Denison and here he died on February 7.

Surviving are two sons: Clarence of Denison and Loyal of Oskaloosa, and one daughter, Mrs. Delores Hiller of Charter Oak. Also surviving are one brother, Emil of Denison and one sister, Mrs. Rosa Kolls of Lake Park; ten grandchildren and other more distant relatives. His wife, one son, one daughter and two brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Mueller was baptized in infancy and was later confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Denison. Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran church in Denison on February 10 with the Rev. Carl W. Schmidt officiating. Mrs. Fred Rabe served as organist and hymns were sung by the Lutheran Ladies Choir. Interment was made in the Garden of Gethsemane, Crawford Heights Memory Gardens, Denison.

Pallbearers were Harold Eggert, Alfred Gluesing, Harry Gunderson, Carl Hiller, Peter Jepsen, and William Sonnichsen.

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Louis Naeve (1886 - 1965)

Louis Naeve died in Omaha on June 29th, 1965. He was 78 and a resident of Plattsmouth and vicinity for 49 years, died Tuesday at an Omaha hospital after an illness of several years.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 2 with Russell F. Mertz pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Naeve was born August 27, 1886 at Schleswig, Iowa, son of Henry and Emma Tietjens Naeve. He was married to Lorreta Soll at Bloomfield, Nebraska, January 3, 1917.

She survives, along with son Fred H. Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Fred Naeve, Jr. and Lisa Ann Naeve of Cincinnati and Steve Timm of Plattsmouth; brothers Albert and Roy of Longmount, Colorado, and Ben of Loveland, Colorado and sisters Mrs. Meta Bielenberg and Mrs. Edna Teut of Schleswig and Mrs. Ruth McGonigle of Sioux City, Iowa.

The Naeves' daughter, Mrs. Nadine Timm, died in 1945. Two brothers also preceded him in death. Mrs. Naeve was a farmer and stockman at LaPlatte before moving to Plattsmouth.

Those attending funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Naeve, Loveland, Colorado; Mrs. And Mrs. George Kuhlmann, Mr. Irwin Kuhlman, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Bielenberg and Mrs. Lenhardt Teut from Charter Oak and Mrs. And Mrs. Roy Naeve, Ute, Iowa, Mrs. Emma Naeve, Ida Grove, Mrs. Murle Naugle, Emmetsburg, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, Mrs. Ruth McGonigle and Mrs. Delbert Ullrich from Sioux City and Mrs. And Mrs. Otto Teut and Meta Bielenberg from Schleswig.

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