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AUGUSTA LOHAFER DIES AT AGE 82

Was born in Germany and came to this country when 19 years old.

Good woman was resident of Mount Morris over half century-Member Lutheran Church

In the passing of Mrs. Augusta Lohafer, whose death occurred Friday morning, December 28, 1917, at the home of her son, Henry Bearman, in Mount Morris, the community has lost one of its most estimable citizens who has lived in this township for the long span of 58 years.

The death of Mrs. Lohafer was hastened through a fall she received December 18, in which she was quite painfully injured, pneumonia later developing which her extreme age could not withstand.

Mrs. Lohafer was born in Waldeck, Germany, May 5, 1835, and death came at the age of 82 years, 7 months, and 23 days. At the age of 19 years with her father, her mother having previously passed away, she came to America in 1854, the family locating in Stephenson County, Ill, near Freeport. Following her marriage to Frederick Bearman, March 11, 1856, removal was made to a farm northwest of Mount Morris which remained the family home for over half a century. There were twelve children born to them, eight whom survive. Frederick, one of the older children, died at his home in Mount Morris in May last. Those surviving are Hiram, Henry, and Frank Bearman and Mrs. Minnie Floto residing in Mount Morris; William Bearman and Mrs. Louise Schelling, Leaf River, Ill; August Bearman, Granville, N. Dak., and Mrs. Dora Floto, Canby, Minn. There are also thirty-one grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Mr. Bearman departed this life April 7, 1886.

Her second marriage to Frederick Lohafer occurred February 23, 1898, who died in 1900.

Mrs. Lohafer became a member of the Lutheran Church in girlhood. Through all her long life she remained a conscientious Christian woman who was devoted to the welfare of her children and grandchildren. She was a kindly neighbor and she was ever held in the greatest esteem by all her many friends as well as sharing in a marked degree the love and affection of her sons and daughters.

The funeral service was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Evangelical Church in Adeline. Rev. H. E. Zimmerman, pastor of the Lutheran Church at Mount Morris, giving the funeral discourse, assisted by Rev. Heffle of Adeline.

Interment was made in the family lot at the cemetery at Adeline.

Mt. Morris Index, January 3, 1918