Obituary of John Gerdes

Source: "Lakefield Standard", Lakefield, MN

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 1920. Pg. 10. c. 3

Obituary of John Gerdes

After a lingering sickness John Gerdes passed out of this world on the 9th

of September. The cause of his death was tumor. The funeral rites were

conducted in the Ev. Lutheran Trinity church of Brewster, Rev. H. Krieger

officiating. The sermon was preached in both the English and the German

languages and was based upon the text recorded in the 23 chapter of Saint

Luke, verses 42 and 42. Very many friends were present to pay him their

last tribute of respect and love. Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery.

John Gerdes was born February 22, 1851 in Stapel near Remels in Eastern

Fresia, there he was baptized and confirmed. In the year 1872-1873 he

fought in the Franco-Prussian war. He came to America in 1875 and settled

near Minonk, Illinois. He came to Minnesota in 1900. One brother in

Germany and a sister in Flanagan, Illinois, survive.

He married Helen Leenerts on Aug. 15, 1879, in Livingston county, Ill.

Fourteen children were born to them of which five died in their infant

years. His life-mate, Mrs. J. Gerdes, eight children and twelve

grandchildren mourn his death. We extend to them our sincerest sympathies.

submitted by: Colleen Boose






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