1908 Francisca (Bollinger) Studer obituary

This obituary was taken directly from newspapers of the area and is shown exactly as it was typed in the original newspaper of that time period. Please read correction note at bottom of page.

Mrs. Amandus Studer was born in Loderingen, Germany on June 10, 1820 and died at the home of her son Frank, on January 30, 1908, aged 87 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was united in marriage to Amandus Studer in August, 1842. They emigrated to Canada in 1847 moving from there to Illinois in 1870 and to Iowa in 1874, locating at Ackley from which place they moved to Wesley in 1883. To them were born 10 children, all of whom are living but one. 

Deceased leaves to mourn her loss 156 descendants, consisting of nine children 76 grandchildren. The following are the surviving children: August, Joseph, Nathan, Mrs. George Spengler, Mrs. Mary Paul, Amandus, Gregory, Mrs. Frank Immerfall and Frank who were all in attendance at the funeral except August who was unable to be in attendance due to sickness in his family. 

The funeral services were held at the St. Benedict Catholic Church Saturday morning conducted by Father Erdman and the remains were laid to rest in the St. Benedict Cemetery beside those of her husband who died in July, 1904. 

Mrs. Studer was a devout Catholic and devoted much time to her church. The great destroyer had placed his signet on her brow and today the hundreds who loved her living, mourn her dead. 

In the presence of such a sorrow how cold and impotent are words and how double deep would be the grief over the grave did not the rainbow of Christian hope span the dark gulf between time and eternity, and such pure bright lives inspire the belief that here is a better world beyond where, filled from the corroding cares of earth, the good and true and reunited "after life's fulfill fever". Mrs. Studer remained conscious to the last, and although fully aware that her life was near its close, she manifested no dread but bravely awaited the termination of the struggle. 

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to sorrowing relatives in their bereavement. 

Correction note provided by Richard E. Studer.  She was born Francoise Bollinger on July 9, 1821 in Obersultsbach [now called Soppe-le-haut] Alsace, France. She married Sept. 1, 1843 in Oberbruck Alsace, France. For whatever reason the obituary has incorrect information.