(This post originally appeared on my previous blog, A Face to the Sun, on July 23, 2013.)
again, I've been diving into some old newspapers and this time, I came
up with a few obituaries for siblings of my grandmother, Ida Spoering
Elling. Both of these brothers died when I was very young, so I have no
memory of them.
First, Fred Spoering's obituary was found in the Findlay Republican Courier, December 27, 1954:
"FRED SPOERING RITES HELD SUNDAY
Henry Co. Native Succumbed Friday
Deshler, Dec. 26 - Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday for Fred Spoering, 67, a retired farmer who resided northwest of Deshler.
Rev. Otto Ehlen officiated at services at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Burial was in the church cemetery. The Pelter Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
Spoering died at 1:10 a.m. Friday at his residence after an illness of
two years. He had lived his entire life in Henry County.
was born Nov. 6, 1887 in Marion Twp., Henry Co. to Henry and Marie
Spoering. He married Anna Imbrook, Dec. 11, 1919 and she survives.
surviving are a son, Richard, Altoona, Pa.; daughter, Mrs. Martha
Sunderman, Deshler; step-daughter, Mrs. Helen Drewes, Deshler; brother,
George, Napoleon; sisters, Mrs. Mary Baden, Malinta; Mrs. Sophia
Marksch, Deshler; Mrs. Anna Helmke, Mrs. Lydia Louden and Mrs. Frieda
Lang, all of Napoleon; Mrs. Kate Tietje, Hamler; Mrs. Amelia Schlagel,
Traverse City, Mich., six grandchildren and one great-grandchild."
Henry Spoering's obituary was also in the Findlay Republican Courier, February 9, 1952, page 2:
"FIND WORKMAN DEAD IN SHOP
Holgate Man, 66, Succumbs Friday
Holgate, Feb. 8 - Henry Spoering, 66, was found dead about 6 p.m. today in his workshop near his home here by two neighbors.
Riebesehl, who visited Mr. Spoering each day, found his friend on the
floor of his workshop and called Ray Kline, a neighbor.
A physician was called and he said Mr. Spoering died of a heart attack at approximately 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
Spoering was born November 10, 1883. He is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Emil Hahn, Hamler; Mrs. Paul Sandman, Bowling Green; and
Mrs. Roy Baer, Deshler; two brothers, Fred, Bartlow Twp, and George,
Erie, Mich.; and seven sisters, Mrs. Mary Baden, Malinta; Mrs. Sophia
Marks, Deshler; Mrs. Anna Helmke, Mrs. Frita Lange and Mrs. Lydia
Loudon, all of Napoleon; Mrs. Katie Tietje, Hamler; and Mrs. Amelia
Slagel, Traverse City, Mich. There are three grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Wesche Funeral Home in Napoleon. Funeral arrangements are incomplete."