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Pautsch, James Frederick (1932 - 2007)

James F. Pautsch, 75, of Rochester, IN died on September 12, 2007 in Ft. Wayne, IN.

James Frederick Pautsch was born August 27, 1932 in Denison, IA to Ida M. (Kusel) and Bernhardt J. Pautsch. A graduate of Des Moines Tech, he atteded Iowa State University. During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from McMahan-O'Connor and Phend & Brown Construction Companies.

Mr. Pautsch was married on July 2, 1966 to Martha Jane Mallers in Bluffton, IN.

He is survived by two sons, Bernard (Ben) James & wife Brooke of Tallahassee, FL. and Michael Mallers Pautsch of Carmel, IN. He alos leaves two granddaughters, Katelyn Elizabeth and Shelby Brooks Pautsch and a grandson Bryce Jameson Pautsch all of Tallahassee, FL. A sister, Marie Potter (Clarke) of Louisville, KY. also survives. Three sisters, Margaret Shelton, Helen Taylor and Dorothy Pautsch and brother, Bernhardt R.E. Pautsch, preceded him in death.

James attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Homes, Rochester, IN. in charge of arrangements. There was no visitation. Memorial may be sent to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Submitted by Mary Yamada

Petersen, Jacob Cornelius (1842 - 1912)

Schleswig Leader - December 12, 1912

Who knows how soon my life is ended!
Time flies and death is hasting on.
For suddenly, without a warning,
The end may come and life be gone!

These words written by a poet of old were again verified when our esteemed fellow citizen, Jacob Cornelius Petersen, was suddenly and almost without an instant's notice summoned before the throne of his creator on Wednesday evening, December 4th.

Early in May of this year Mr. Petersen suffered a light stroke of paralysis but had almost completely recovered from its effects and seemed to be as vigorous and strong as before, so that he was again able to discharge his duties as a director of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of this county. To go over the books of the company it was necessary for him to go to Denison and be away from home for a few days.

On account of Mrs. Petersen's severe illness he hesitated to go, but when her condition showed much improvement and all danger seemed to have passed he answered the call of duty. After days of weary toil and exertion he finished his task and was just getting ready to return home, when the messenger of death approached him and called him away from this life.

While being entertained at the home of his brother-in-law, John Holst of Denison, he suffered another stroke of paralysis and without regaining consciousness he passed away form the effects of this stroke at about 8:30 in the evening.

Jacob Cornelius Petersen was born Feb. 7, 1842 at Altendeich, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Here he passed his childhood days and grew to manhood and in 1865 entered into holy wedlock with Miss Christine Johannsen. This happy union union however lasted only two brief years as Mrs. Petersen was called away by death in 1867. Two years later the bereft husband and his one child came to America and settled in Davenport, Iowa.

Here Mr. Petersen was married to Miss Anna Holst on the 7th day of December, 1872, with whom he lived happily for nearly forty years.

In 1873 the deceased came to Crawford county and moved onto a farm in Otter Creek township. Being a good worker and a good manager he soon acquired a farm of his own and on this farm he lived until the spring of 1903 when he retired from active farm life and moved to Schleswig where he has since lived.

His earthly remains were brought home last Thursday and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the church and was very largely attended. Rev. W. R. Wetzeler the local pastor had charge of it and officiated at the home, the church, and the grave.

Mr. Petersen is survived by his wife and six children, one son and five daughters, and also by one sister while one son passed away in early youth.

Card of Thanks
We the undersigned with to express our sincere gratitude to the friends who remembered us during the illness and death of our husband and father. We desire to thank those who braved the inclement weather to attend the funeral and also the choir which sang so beautifully. The pastor has our heartfelt thanks for the consoling words spoken at the funeral and we wish to also thank Dr. Schultz who was so attentive to the deceased during his illness.
Mrs. Anna Petersen and children.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Pilcher, Mrs. Fay Winans (1883 - 1906)

Denison Review 11-8-1906

The past week has brought sadness and gloom over the entire neighborhood, three funerals being conducted in our little town on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. Three homes were entered by the grim monster death. Among the saddest is the mother, Mrs. Fay Pilcher, called from little ones, who will never know the tender care of a mother. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for those bereft of loved ones.

Mrs. Fay Winans Pilcher, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Winans, was born July 17, 1883 on the home farm near Deloit. She died at Deloit, Iowa at the home of her parents on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6th, 1906.

She married E. W. Pilcher of Ida Grove, Aug. 2, 1902, To this union three children have been born, one son and two daughters, named Curtis, Bessie and Fay. Curtis, a sweet little boy and to whom they were dearly attached was taken from their home by the hand of death June 15, 1906.

Mrs. Pilcher was born and raised near Deloit and, therefore, was known for miles around. On account of ill health for several months, she was obliged to give up housekeeping and had to come to her parents home to be cared for by the loving hand of her mother. She had recovered from her illness and she and her husband had happily planned on again going to housekeeping the first of this month, where Mr. Pilcher had already prepared her home. She was so cheerful and happy at the prospect of again being able to get to housekeeping, when their fond hopes were blighted by the severe illness of short duration, which called her to depart this life, where pain and suffering never come. Mr. Pilcher has the sympathy of relatives and friends in this, his double sorrow, the loss of wife and son. Mr. Pilcher is engaged in the hardware business at Ida Grove.

The funeral will be preached on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the L. D. S. church. Elder J. M. Baker of Sioux City will deliver the sermon if he can be reached by message. Mrs. Pilcher leaves her husband, two daughters, father, mother, brother and sister to mourn their loss. The remains will be laid to rest in the Deloit cemetery. Little Curtis will be removed from the Ida Grove cemetery and place by her side. It is indeed very sad for the family and all join in sympathy for the bereaved ones and we commend them to Him who doeth all things well, who alone can console and bless.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Pilcher, Opal Fay (1906 - 1907)

Denison Review July 24, 1907

Once more the angel of death visited our little town and claimed for its victim little Opal Fay Pilcher, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Pilcher, who was born April 3rd, 1906 at Ida Grove, Iowa. Died at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Winans at Deloit, Iowa, July 20th, 1907 at whose home she was greatly loved and tenderly cared for, her mother and little brother having preceded her to the grave a few months previous.

The funeral was conducted from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Elder J. M. Baker of Sioux City preaching the discourse and the remains laid to rest by the side of her mother and brother in Deloit cemetery. The sympathy of friends was shown toward this greatly bereaved family by the large gathering at the home funeral.

Mr. Pilcher seems to be having more than his share of sorrow, in thirteen short months his wife and two children have been torn from his embrace. A happy home of give was broke and now reduced to two, one little daughter yet being spared. We sincerely hope she may live to be a comfort to her father. Little Fay had been a joy and comfort to her grandparents, partly filling the vacancy felt by the death of her mother, their eldest daughter, thus entwining a double cord of love around their heartstrings. The home will now be very lonely without her. The writer too will miss the dear little girl, she loved to be out of doors and living near the post office, she was out nearly every day until she took sick some two weeks ago and under my observation.

Little Fay leaves Papa, sister, two grandmas and two grandpas, aunts and uncles to mourn her loss, but they do not mourn as those without hope for our Savior has...

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Pithan, Lt. Vincent (1916 - 1944)

January, 1945
Memorial Military Mass for Lt. Vincent Pithan, was offered at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak, Monday morning, January 22, at 9:30 with Father George O'Brien j in charge. Text: John 16:14. Sermon "Greater love than this no one has, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Lt. Vincent Pithan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Pithan of Denison, formerly of Ute, and a brother of Raymond Pithan of Ute, died December 17 (1944) in Germany of wounds received in action.

Vincent was born January 6, 1916 at Charter Oak. He received his early, education at St. Boniface school at Charter Oak and attended the Ute high school for two years. He was drafted into the coast artillery October 8, 1941, from Los Angeles, California, where he had been working as a carpenter. He received his training in different camps on the west coast until July, 1943, when he was sent to England.

On May 10, 1943, he was married to Isabelle Canizo of San Fernando, California, where she still resides. At Christmas time he sent two one dollar bills to a niece and nephew which he had carried with him from the states. They had been in six countries, England, Normandy, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Germany.

He was made a second lieutenant from the battle field, an honor very few receive. He also, received a Silver Star for gallantry, which his wife received only two days before word of his death.

Honor Guard were: Pvt. Lloyd Keim and Cpl. Robert Butler. Presentation of the United State Flag was made. by Chaplain Hoefer for the Charter Oak Legion Post. Taps were sounded by Miss Patricia Nellor and the Echo by Ralph Scoles of Ute.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Potter, John Francis (1857-1919)

Dow City (1919)

Dr. J.F. Potter passed away at his home in Dow City Sunday June 22, 1919 at 9:30 pm. His first serious illness occurred about ten years ago and his health has not been strong since then, though nothing which approached the suffering borne during the illness which ended in his death. He had been sick only about eight hours when he passed away.

John Francis Potter was born May 29, 1857 at Mohawk, New York, and died at his home in Dow City, Iowa., June 22, 1919 being 62 yrs. and 23 days of age.

He moved with his parents to Muscatine, Ia., in 1867 and from there to Atlantic in 1876 where he lived with his parents until age of 23. At this time he entered Iowa City Academy and Graduated June 13, 1883, admitted to the bar in the year 1884. From 1887 to 1890 was spent in United States Railway Mail Service. Then graduated from St. Louis College Physicians and Surgeons, 28 day of March 1893 Practicing medicine twenty six years the last seven years in Dow City.

He was married to Cara Louise Hofer at Solon, Iowa, Oct. 13, 1886. To this union eight children were born, seven of whom are living Helen Thompson of Newhall, Ia; David P. of Onawan, Ill.; Francis P. of Dow City, Mary Smith of Clark, S. Dak.; and Balbina, Adelaide and Clara Potter of Dow City.

He also leaves two brothers James of Omaha and David of Atlantic and three sisters, Mary Ellen Potter of Atlantic and Anna McFadden of Pheonix, Arizona. Four grandchildren Francis and Woodrow Thompson of Newhall, Ia.; Helen and Grace Potter of Onawan, Ill.

The funeral services was held from the residence Wed. morning at 11 o'clock in charge of Rev. Rink. The remains were laid to rest in cemetery at Atlantic, Iowa. His surviving children, sisters and brothers were present at funeral except sister Anna McFadden and husband of Phoenix, Arizona, son-in-law J. C. Smith of Clark, S.Dak.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Mrs. Levina Seagrave Prentice (1818 - 1901)

Denison Review - September 18, 1901

Mrs. Levina Seagrave-Prentice was born in Uxbridge, Mass., Feb. 17, 1818 and died in Denison, Iowa at the home of Mrs. Ella Morris, Sept. 12, 1901 and was nearly 84 years of age.

She was the daughter of Dorrington and Jerusha Seagrave and the sister of the late Joseph D. Seagrave, so long a resident and prominent citizen of Denison. She came here in 1857, accompanying Mr. Seagrave and his family and made her home with them for several years.

She was married in 1871 to B. F. Prentice, deceased and survived him over four years. For several years past she has been deprived of both hearing and sight and was thus unable to communicate with her friends except to a limited degree and has consequently been shut in and away from those associations that she had formerly prized. In these trials and in the sufferings attendant upon her declining years, she was patient and calm, awaiting and sometimes longing for the time of her release. She became many years ago, a member of the Denison Baptist Church. Her Christian character was apparent and her kindly, affectionate disposition will be remembered with tenderness. Death came from no special disease other than the failure and weakness of extreme age.

The interment was by the side of her late husband in Oakland cemetery. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. F. W. Bateson at the home of Mrs. Morris at 2 o'clock p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14th.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Michael Purcell (1849 - 1897)

Denison Review - February 10, 1897

Michael Purcell died at his home in Paradise Township, Monday afternoon, February 8, at 2 p.m., aged 54 years, and 10 months. He had been sick for some time with pneumonia, when a sudden attack of lagrippe seized him.

The deceased was born in Ireland, April 19, 1849, and came to the United States in 1866 and spent the first year in Friedensvile, Penn., from thence he went to South Bethlehem, the same state, where he lived some time.

While here he met Mary Jane Burnett, whom he afterward married. Ten children blest this happy union, seven of which are living - Johanna, Michael, William, John, Maggie, Mary and Patrick. Three have gone before - Mary, Anna and Jane. Besides the sorrowing wife who is lying quite ill, he leaves a brother, Wm. Purcell and a sister, Johanna Keating.

The deceased with his estimable wife have been residents of Crawford County for eleven years. They were members of the Catholic Church and were consistent supporters of the faith. As a citizen he was a quiet honorable and law-abiding man, always endeavoring to do his duty as best he saw it.

The funeral will be held in the new Catholic Church in this city this Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, the Rev. Father Murphy of Vail, attending the ceremonies. The remains will be laid in their last resting place4 in the cemetery northeast of town. The family have the deepest sympathy of their many friends in this sad hour of trial.

Submitted by Melba McDowell