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OBITUARY OF MRS. August Schurke Baker (Wilhamina)

-- Kiron News clipping

Mrs. August Baker peacefully passed away Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 o'clock , August 21, 1934 at the home of her son Chas. Baker, on mile south and two miles east of Kiron following a short period of illness. Mrs. Baker has been in failing health the past year and had been most tenderly cared for during this period at the home of her five sons, Chas. Fred and Louie at Kiron, Willie in Denison and Albert in Schleswig.
Mrs. Baker, nee Schurke, was born in Preussen, Germany on August 15, 1849. She was united in marriage to August Baker in Germany in the year 1867 and two months later they immigrated to America. They settled at Clinton where they remained for seven years. From there they moved to Crawford county, Stockholm township, locating on the homestead now occupied by her son, Chas. As early pioneers they experienced many hardships but labored courageously for better means for their family. Through pioneer days as well as later years in Mrs. Baker's life she did many a good deed to neighbors and friends.
Mr. Baker passed away in 1917 after which Mrs. Baker moved to Kiron where she still had her home, but during the last years has resided with her children.
This union was blessed with nine children of whom five sons survive to mourn the going of their mother. They are. William, Denison, Albert, Schleswig, Chas. Fred, and Louie of Kiron. She also leaves the five daughter in laws, eleven grand children, three great grandchildren, two brothers, William and August Schurke of Denison, a large number of other relatives and a host of friends. Mrs. Baker had reached the age of 85 years and 6 days. Her last illness came a day before her birthday, August 15, when she had the privilege of having her five sons and their families with her.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at one o'clock from her home in Kiron and at two o'clock from the St. Johns Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. L. H. Loesch. The church was filled and many outside who came to pay their last respects to this beloved and respected pioneer. The pall bearers were the five sons, Albert, Willie, Chas. , Fred and Louie and a nephew, Judge Henry Vauck of Clay Center, Nebraska. Her two twin grandsons, Lloyd and Lionel Baker, carried flowers. There were beautiful offerings banked about the casket. The choir rendered two beautiful hymns. The remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Stockholm Lutheran church cemetery.
Mrs. Baker was a tender and loving mother, sister and friend. Her passing brings to a close a life well spent and leaves an empty place in the community, which cannot be filled. She was highly respected and loved by all who knew her.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vauck and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vauck of Clay Center , Nebraska were those from a distance attending the funeral besides those many friends from Schleswig, Denison, Odebolt, Wall Lake and Boyer.

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