Lake City Graphic-Republican
Lake City, Minnesota
May 26, 1925
MRS. CLAUS FITSCHEN PASSES AWAY FRIDAY MORNING
Maria Prigge was born in the Province of Hanover, Germany October 24th, 1945 and after spending the greater part of her girlhood days in the city of Hamburg, came to America in the spring of 1872. On July 12th, of the same year she was united in wedlock to Claus Fitschen and together they established their home in Hay Creek Township, Goodhue County, Minn., on a farm, where they resided until they came to Lake City in 1911. Mrs. Fitschen experienced the many hardships incident to near pioneer days, which however became the builder of a character such as we find in our older settlers.
She became a devout Christian early in life and was very active in leading a good life. During her later years her health began to break down and which condition was hastened by the death of her husband, which occurred Sept. 21, 1922, when she began to look forward to a happy reunion in that Eternal Home with those gone on before and her Lord whom she loved, brought her earthly life to a peaceful close on Friday morning, May 23rd, 1925 at the home of her daughter , Mrs. Edward Wiebusch, where she was visiting for a short time.
She leaves to mourn her death, three daughters and one son. Mrs. Anna Gilbert, Mrs. Peter J. Schafer of Lake City, Minn., Mrs. Edward Wiebusch of Hay Creek township, Goodhue County, and Albert Claus Fitschen also of Lake city. One sister, Mrs. Cord Fitschen of Pasadena, Cal., and a number of grand and great-grand children and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at her home in Lake City at 1:30 and from the St. John's Lutheran church at 2:00 p.m. Monday May 25th and her remains laid to rest in the family lot in Lakewood cemetery with Rev. Theo. II Albrecht of said church officiating.
Not ___, not dead, not gone, not even sleeping, Tho we have laid them in the grave with weeping; No sharp despair our chastened hearts can fill, for they are with us still.
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