1) Heinrich Heiar Luxemburger Gazette 9 Apr 1895
Mr. Henry Heiar died March 27th in St. Donatus, Ia. at the age of 73 years, administered with the last rites after an illness of 5 months. Deceased was born in Bettembourg, Canton Esch in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg in the year 1821 and came to America and St. Donatus in 1871, where he remained until his death. He is leaving his 2nd wife as well as 5adut children: Nicholas and John Peter of St. Donatus, , John Nicholas from Springbrook, Anna who is devoted to caring for the sick in the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Padova, Italy and Catherine , who is a nun at St. Anthony’s church in Chicago. Deceased was a respected and upright Catholic. The funeral took place in the morning of 29th March in St. Donatus with numerous people attending. As the deceased was a member of the St. Joseph Society, said society participated at the funeral ceremony. May the deceased rest in peace!
2) Anna Groß 10 Mar 1896 p. 8
[Note: The article was printed in the Gazette on 10 March and not, as posted, on 3rd October. There are two articles on Anna Gross on that page]
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We draw your attention to an obituary printed at another emplacement. On Peter Groß, whom death bereaved of his father and brother, “de Jong vu Schwetzbengen” wrote the following:
Philadelphia March 4th 1896
Mr. Henry Groß from here, who by divine retribution lost his dear father and brother, is one of the most outstanding Luxembourgers in the State of Pennsylvania, a loyal reader of the Gazette and a devout Catholic, who by work, industry and circumspection managed to create one of the most outstanding clothing factories of the City of Philadelphia. In tis factoy Groß employs a great number of workers, whom he literally, as recommended by Pope Leo XII in his encyclical on the abor question, according to the Christian principles. Writer personally knows that the poor, the hospitals and orphanages from here have a great supporter in his person. Or deepest condolences go to Mr. Groß for his harsh loss. Respectfully, with greetings! L.M. Kieffer
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It has pleased Allmighty God in his unfathomable decision, to strike us within a short period of time with the harsh death of two of our dearest relatives.
and Nikolaus Groß.
The first named, John Groß, our loved and youngest son and brother, died on February 2nd in Hostert in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg after a short illness in the flower of youth at the age of 26 years. Known and loved by all the young men of the village who paid him their last respects and had three masses held for the rest of his soul and to whom we express our deepest gratitude. Hardly 8 days after the death of our son and brother, namely on February 10th, death bereaved us of our deeply loved husband and father, whom the sorrow over the cruel loss of his dear son has drawn way too fast towards his tomb. Nikolaus Groß died at the age of 73 years, also in Hostert in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Deceased father was born in Oberanven and we were blessed to have him with us here in Philadelphia 4 years ago, where he spent 4 months in America in our midst in very good spirit and who bid us a final farewell when he left to return to the old country. May God give eternal rest to our dear relatives and you, gently reader, pray an “Our Father” for the souls of the deceased. This is the request of the mourning bereaved.
Magadalena Groß, nee Wagner, mother and wife
Peter Groß and wife
Nikolaus Groß and wife
Anna Groß, wife of J.B. Stoffel
P.S. “de Jong vu Schwetzbengen” is the Luxembourgish nickname of Mathias L. Kieffer, a friend and regular correspondent of editor Nick Gonner. The name means “the boy from Schwebsange”, Schwebsange being his place of birth in Luxembourg.
The mentioned encyclical is Rerum Novarum (Latin for On the New Things) issued by Pope Leo XIII on May 15, 1891.