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MARIA MATILDA LARSON HEDSTROM born - 6 June 1868 - died 13 Nov. 1936



Mrs. Hedstrom Had Suffered Many Weeks
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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, Småland, Sweden.
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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