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Death of Mrs. Charles Pfingsten

April 24, 1924

Transcribed by Sharlene Miller


Dorothea Elizabeth Lena Mary Rippe was born November 8, 1880 in Beecher, Ill., the daughter of Henry Rippe and his wife Catherine, nee RØtter. She departed this life on Good Friday afternoon, April 18, at 1:40, aged 43 years, 5 months and 10 days.

The deceased was baptized at the old home in Illinois. In the year 1881 she moved with her parents to Nebraska. She was confirmed in the South Lutheran church, March 26, 1893, by the Rev. Max Henning, pastor at the time.

January 10, 1901, she was married to August Pfingsten. To this union were born eight children, one dying in infancy. Her husband, the late August Pfingsten underwent an operation November 12, 1913, dying the same day. He was buried from the Lutheran church, November 16, 1913. She married a brother of her first husband, Charles Pfingsten, April 11, 1918. This union was blessed with one child, Albert.

In January, 1923, Mrs. Pfingsten had a stroke of paralysis, but recovered within a few weeks. Sunday, April 13, 1924, about eventide she was instructing her smaller children in the Sunday school lessons. On finishing she went into the bedroom, where her husband had been doing his chores, found her lying on the floor. Her physician pronounced in apoplexy. For about five days until her death she lay in an unconscious state, the stroke having left her sightless, speechless, deaf, and with no use of her body.

Mrs. Pfingsten had never been in the best of health and for the last three years her health had been failing. A few days before she was stricken, new life and energy seized her, and in the realization of renewed health, there seemed to be promises of the enjoyment of better days. Her faith in Christ sustained her and she has entered into rest. To those who survive her there lives a memory of a life full of energy and devotion, a sweet companionship with her immediate family. The large number at the funeral showed the high esteem in which she was held.

The funeral service was held Monday afternoon, April 21, at the Lutheran church at 2 p.m. Rev. J. A. Bahnsen, the Pastor, had charge of the service, taking two texts, in German---St. John 13, 7 and in English---St. John 14, 18-19. A quartet sang three selections. It was one of the largest funerals held from this Lutheran church.

The church altar was banked with ferns and blooming plants placed there by the flower committee of the Frauenverein. Burial took place in St. John's Lutheran cemetery by the side of her first husband.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Charles Pfingsten, the children, Mrs. Sophia Strauss and husband and two children, her aged grandmother, Mrs. RØtter, her mother, Mrs. Henry Rippe, one sister, six brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Pfingsten was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.




Card of Thanks

Our heartfelt thanks are extended to neighbors and friends for their service and sympathy during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother; also are we very thankful for the floral offerings and to the Frauenverein for their thoughtfulness.

Charles Pfingsten
Mrs. Sophia Strauss
George Pfingsten
Louie Pfingsten
Malinda Pfingsten
Clara Pfingsten
Edward Pfingsten
Martha Pfingsten
Albert Pfingsten