March 17, 2013

Geneva Hollabaugh Pflaumer, Grandmother

 Geneva Evelyn Hollabaugh Pflaumer
Something is just wrong with the neck in this photo!

My husband's grandmother was a diminutive woman with a long name, but most of the time, she was known as Eva or Evie.  I have only found Geneva used in official documents:
Born on November 13, 1878 to parents, William Levi and Mary L. (Case) Hollabaugh, she was the fourth of eight children and the third daughter.  Her father farmed and so she knew the farm life when she married Edward Pflaumer on February 6, 1901 at the age of 22.

After a short while in Allen County, the couple spent the rest of their lives in Dekalb County, Indiana, raising their seven children.
 Eva was known as a fine seamstress, according to her daughter, Violette, and often made her own clothing.  After her husband's death in 1947, she continued to live on the home farm with the assistance of a son, Laverne, who did the farming and cared for her when she became advanced in age.
Grandmother's coin purse and prized photo
 Suffering from dementia in her last days, she spent the last two weeks of her life in the hospital in Hicksville, Ohio.  Eva Pflaumer was 89 when she died on September 16, 1968.
 Her obituary from the Auburn, Indiana newspaper on September 17, 1968:
Mrs. Eva Pflaumer, 89, of Rt. 1, Spencerville, passed away at 2 p.m. Monday in the Hicksville, O. Community hospital of complications of an illness of six months.  She was a patient in the hospital for two weeks.
She was born Nov. 13, 1878, in St. Joe, a daughter of the late William Hollabaugh and Mary Case Hollabaugh. She had resided in Spencer township for 65 years.
Mrs. Pflaumer was the widow of Edward Pflaumer, who passed away Feb. 21, 1947.  The couple were married Jan. 1, 1900. (*error)
The body was taken to the Baidinger and Walter funeral home in Spencerville where funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Officiating at the services will be be Rev. Ivan Miller of Reading, Mich.
Burial will follow in the Riverside cemetery in St. Joe.
Surviving are four sons, Laverne, Hicksville; Lawrence, New Carlisle, O.; Floyd, Urbana, O.; and Russell, Dekalb, Illinois; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Leins, Rt. 3, Auburn and Mrs. Violette Kline of St. Joe; a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Ginther of Spencerville; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pflaumer was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran church in St. Joe.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home."
(*Rev. Ivan Miller was a former pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran.)

At her estate sale, my husband bought this radio for $4.00. It doesn't work - it needs a tube - but it stands in our foyer.  (The grandchildren call it the weather station and love to punch the buttons.)

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