MARIA MATILDA LARSON HEDSTROM
born - 6 June 1868 - died 13 Nov. 1936
Mrs. Hedstrom Had Suffered Many Weeks
Mrs. J. O. Hedstrom passed peacefully away in her home in Kiron,
Friday morning at 7:50 o'clock after a lingering illness of a
period of about two years. The last months she was bed ridden
and suffered intensely. All that was possible to do was done by
her near and dear ones to relieve her sufferings. She was patient
thru it all and looked forward to the day when she would be relieved
from her suffering.
Maria Matilda Larson-Hedstrom was the daughter of Carl and Charlotte
Larson, born on June 6, 1868, in Misterhult Socken, Kalmar Lan,
She journeyed to America with her parents, brothers and sisters
in 1882. They came directly to Kiron vicinity where she experienced
some of the hardships of the pioneers. She was converted and baptized
while in Omaha, joining the Swedish Baptist church in Kiron in
1887, where she remained a faithful and trustworthy member up
to the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to John O. Hedstrom on Oct. 10, 1889.
This union was blessed with five children, all of whom were born
and raised on the hedstrom homestead where they resided up until
1929 when Mr. and Mrs. Hedstrom retired from farming and moved
to Kiron which has been their palace of residence until death
which took place on 13 Nov 1936, at the age of 68 years, 15 months
and 7 days. She leaves to mourn her departure her aged husband,
and her three daughters and two sons, namely: Amble, Mrs. Frank
Lindquist of Arthur; Ethel, Mrs. V. H. Meleen, Paul and Jubel
Hedstrom and Mrs Ruth Lindberg, all of Kiron, also a step-daughter,
Mrs. Pearl Lindgren of Emmettsburg, Iowa, two sons-in-law and
two daughters-in-law, nine grand-children, one sister, Mrs. Minnie
Larson of Kiron, four brothers, Charles and Alfred of Sioux City,
Eric of Omaha, and Otto of Kiron, many other relatives and a host
of friends. One sister, Clara, Mrs. John Engberg, and one brother,
John, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hedstrom was a lovely Christian woman. She was kind and gentle
and her life was full of good deeds. She lived a devoted life
for her loved ones. Home and church were her main interests.
She was very appreciative of any act of kindness shown her. She
will be greatly missed in the family circle, in the church and
by her many friends.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the
home and 2:00 o'clock from the Baptist church conducted by the
pastor, Rev. Walfred Johnson. A mixed quartette composed of Mrs.
Dorothy Clauson, Miss Fern Johnson and Bert and Harry Lindstrom
sang, "Lead Kindly Light" and "The Lily of the
Valley" with Miss Lillian Engberg at the piano. The beautiful
floral offerings, in their silence, spoke of the high esteem for
the departed sister as also did the large number of relatives
and friends who had come to pay their last respects. The pall
bearers were six nephews, namely, Emroy Lahrson of Omaha, Edner,
Clifford, Eugene, Howard and Edgar Larson. Interment was made
in the family plot in the Kiron Cemetery. Peace be unto her memory.
Relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs.
Enoch Hedstrom and son, Eldred, and P. A. Hedstrom of Rockwell
City, Mrs. Pearl Lindgren and son, Waldon, of Emmettsburg. Mr.
and Mrs. E. S. Lahrson and Emroy of Omaha, Mrs. Della Larson,
Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Larson and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Larson
and baby of Alcester, S. Dak., Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Larson and Mr.
and Mrs. A. W. Larson of Sioux City, Mrs. A. C. Gottburg and daughter
of Schleswig, besides the many friends from Odebolt and Arthur.
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