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Anna Hilfers Groninga


The Worthington Globe November 9, 1927


Mrs. Anna Hilfers Groninga, who recently moved from Org, passed away at her home November 5th, at the age of 51 years, 6 months and 5 days.

Mrs. Groninga was born May 1st, 1876 in Ostfriesland, Germany. At the age of three she came with her parents to the United States and lived at Breda, Iowa, until 1876. From there she moved to Nobles County, where she lived until her death. In March, 1900 she was united in marriage with Claus (Klaas) Groninga. This union was blessed with nine children, of which two died in their infancy. Mr. Groninga preceded her in death on September 2, 1910. She leaves to morn her five daughters and two sons. The daughters are Mrs. Alice (Harlan) Pierce, Betty, Anna, Dena and Kate Groninga. The two sons are Louis and John Groninga. Besides her children are two sisters and four brothers left.

It was her lot in this world to bear a heavy burden. Besides her own infirmities it seemed that one sad event after another had to add to the burdens of her life. Only a few weeks ago she moved from Org to Worthington to have better care and more comfortable accommodations. Not feeling well on the evening of November 5th, 1927, she was called to her eternal rest on the next morning. Praise is due the children for the devotion and the care they gave their mother since she was a widow (1910).

Short services were held at the Benson undertaking parlors November 8th, from where the remains were taken to the Salem Presbyterian Church of Reading where Rev. H.G. Schipper preached to a large audience. The Salem quartet consisting of the Misses Louise and Lucille Redinius, Ed Funk and Rev. Schipper, sang three of her favorite hymns, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “Come Unto Me, Ye Weary,” “I Wandered Far Away From God.”

Pallbearers were George Hilfers, Menno Hilfers, Aldrich Hilfers, Joest Groninga and John Groninga. Internment was at Summit Lake Cemetery at Reading.

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