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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
September 3, 1914

OBITUARY - DOROTHY AYERS GERINGER

Dorothy AYERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. [Delilah (SHELLENBARGER)] David AYERS, was born June 14, 1840, in Knox County, Ohio, and died at her home in Riley Township, August 13, 1914, aged 74 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was united in marriage to John L. (sic) GERINGER, March 5, 1854. To this union were born eleven children, two of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her aged husband and nine children: A. W. GERINGER, Jerome; H. D. GERINGER, Axtel, Montana; E. A. GERINGER, Gettysburg, South Dakota; Mrs. J. H. NEWMAN, Leon; Byron GERINGER, Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Anna BILLINGTON, Willow Lakes, South Dakota; A. A. GERINGER, G. C. GERINGER and W. A. GERINGER, who are still at home. Twenty-five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Ella GOGLEMAN, of Kirksville, Missouri, besides a host of other relatives and friends are left to mourn her loss.

At the age of 13 she was converted and united with the Christian Church and remained a faithful and consistent member until the time of her death. She was a faithful wife, a kind and loving mother and her first thoughts were of ministering to her family and those around her, being ever ready to help bear the burdens of others. She was very patient during her last illness which lasted about five weeks and all that loving hands could do for her was of no avail and she succumbed to disease and passed away from this world to await the summons of the resurrection morning.

Funeral services were held from the Mt. Zion Church Friday afternoon and interment was made in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. GERINGER were pioneer residents, having settled in Ringgold County in April, 1861.

David AYERS was born 03 May 1812, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and died 22 Aug 1903, Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio, at the age of 91 years. David married in 1839, Henry County, Ohio, to Delilah SHELLENBARGER who was born 19 Dec 1819, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and died at the age of 78 years on 16 Feb 1898, Maloy, Ringgold County, Iowa.

John Jacob GERINGER was born 23 Jan 1828, Holmes County, Ohio, the youngest of five children born to John J. GERINGER (13 Aug 1777, MD - 09 May 1861, OH) and Elizabeth (BOWERSMITH) GERINGER (1783, MD - 09 Oct 1854, OH). John J. and Elizabeth (BOWERSMITH) GERINER were interred at Ayers Cemetery in Fulton County, Ohio. John Jacob GERINGER, a farmer, died at the age of 88 on 13 Jul 1916, Ringgold County, Iowa. John Jacob and Dorothy (AYERS) GERINGER were the parents of eleven children:

1. Albert W. GERINGER, born 03 May 1855, Fulton Co. OH; died 17 Oct 1918, Appanoose Co. IA
    married 15 Sep 1877, Ringgold Co. IA, to Eunice WARNER, born circa 1858, OH

2. Harvey David GERINGER, born 17 Feb 1857, Fulton Co. OH
    married Matilda (?), born circa 1859, IA
    Children: 1) Leonard GERINGER, born circa 1878, IA
                  2) Anna May GERINGER, born circa 1879, IA

3. Amos A. GERINGER, born 22 Mar 1858, Fulton Co. OH

4. John E. GERINGER, born 13 Sep 1861, IA

5. Ell Abraham GERINGER, born 01 Jan 1865, Ringgold Co. IA; died 11 Jul 1942, Ringgold Co. IA
    married Laura Etta NEWMAN
                 born 15 Dec 1869, Middle Fork Twp, Ringgold Co. IA; died 23 Feb 1935, Aberdeen SD
    Child: 1) Pearl Francis GERINGER, born 25 Jul 1897; died Jan 1984, Mellette, Spink Co SD

6. Dorothy Emma GERINGER, born 12 Feb 1869, Ringgold Co. IA; died 25 Apr 1949, Decatur Co. IA
    married, Ringgold Co. IA, to Henry Julius NEWMAN, born 24 Apr 1861, Largo, Wabash Co. IN
    Children: 1) Rose NEWMAN, born 24 Mar 1890; died 1985
                  2) Maud NEWMAN, born 20 Jan 1892; died 04 Oct 1986, Leon, Decatur Co. IA
                       married 09 Jun 1910, Grant City MO John Elvis GELATT, died 18 Jul 1953, Leon IA
                  3) Richard Earl NEWMAN, born 31 Aug 1894, Redding IA; died 22 Mar 1983, Leon IA
                  4) Ezra Clinton NEWMAN, born 20 Feb 1898, Redding IA; died 21 Mar 1942, Leon IA

7. Byron Napoleon GERINGER, born 30 Mar 1872, Ringgold Co. IA

8. Anna Dell (GERINGER) BILLINGTON, born 31 Jan 1876, Ringgold Co. IA

9. George C. GERINGER, born 16 May 1878, Ringgold Co. IA

10. Rosa B. GERINGER, born 17 Sep 1880, Ringgold Co. IA

11. William A. GERINGER, born 15 Feb 1888, Ringgold Co. IA; died 28 Feb 1960, inter: Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton IA

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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