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Thursday, January 17, 1935
OBITUARY ~ BERTHA MARY NELSON SOMA
Bertha Mary Nelson was born August 12th, 1856 in Sylling, Lier, Norway and died Saturday morning, January 12th, 1935, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Herring in Clearfield, at the age of 78 years, 5 months.
She came with her younger brother Henry to the United States at the age of twenty, coming to Philadelphia, then on by train to Chicago. From Chicago they came to Essex, Iowa and after several years there, to Gravity. In 1881 she came to Clearfield and spent two years and returned to Gravity where she was married in 1884 to Thorwald Soma, also a native of Norway. To this union were born, seven children, three of whom survive the parents. They moved to Clearfield in 1887 and here the husband died in March 1923. Since 1887 Mrs. Soma has resided in her home in Clearfield and has never been out of her home town over night since coming here to reside. The house was moved from west to east Clearfield in 1889. She was a good, kind mother, always ready to do for others in any way opportunity offered. She was a member of the Lutheran church in Norway, and united with the Clearfield Methodist church, attending faithfully its services while health permitted. She was fond of the Foreign Missionary society and the oldest member of the American Legion Auxiliary unit here.
She is survived by Mrs. Nellie Herring of Clearfield, two sons, John of Quincy Illinois, and Fred of Bedford, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren, one brother,Henry Nelson of Irvington, Alabama, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Monday afternoon at two o'clock, her pastor, Rev. John C. Turner officiating and a quartette: Lyle McKelvey, Mesdames Arthur Conaway and Ed Vogel and E. C. Heaton with Mrs. Belle Anderson at the piano, furnishing music. Interment in Clearfield cemetery.
January 11, 1935
OBITUARY ~ BERTHA MARY (NELSON) SOMA
Bertha Mary Nelson was born in Sylling Lier, Norway, near what was then Christiana, now Oslo, on August 12 of 1856, and passed away Saturday morning, January 12th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Herring in Clearfield, at the age of 78 years.
She came with her younger brother, Henry to the United State at the age of twenty years to Philadelphia, then on the train to Chicago. From Chicago they came to Essex, Iowa where they resided for several years, then came to Gravity. In 1881, the sister came to Clearfield and spent two years, returning then to Gravity where she was married in 1894 to Thorwalk Soma, also a native of Norway.
To this union were born seven children, three of whom survive their parents. They moved to Clearfield in 1887, and here the husband passed away Marsh 24, 1923. Since 1887, Mrs. Soma has resided in her home here—and has never once been away from her home town overnight, the house, having been moved from where they resided in West Clearfield to its present site near the Park in 1883.
She loved her home, and was a good kind mother; a true friend, a real neighbor, always ready to do for others whenever opportunity offered. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Norway, and united with the Clearfield Methodist Church, attending its services faithfully while health permitted, being especially fond of the missionary society and was always ready to do her full share of its work. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She leaves to mourn her loss her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Herring of Clearfield, her two sons, John of Quincy, Illinois and Fred of Bedford, Iowa, fourteen grandchildren. Also her brother Henry, 76 years old, of Irvington, Alabama; other relatives and many friends.
The funeral service was held in the Methodist Church on Monday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. John C. Turner. Her favorite hymns were sung by the quartette. Mrs. A. S. Conaway, Mrs. E. E. Vogel, E. C. Beaton and Lyle J. McKelvey. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcriptions by Lorelei Rusco, January of 2012
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