I recently found this obit of a distant relative, Anna Marie Spaeth, married to Johan Hirning. There is quite a bit of family information and I thought it may be useful to someone!
Anna Marie Spaeth Hirning and her husband lived in Wyandotte Co and Johnson Co KS, immigrating from Germany in 1881.
I'd be interested in finding the families of John Spaeth from Bethel, KS and Louis Spaeth or Rochelle, New Jersey and exchanging information.
The Olathe Mirror
Thursday May 17, 1934
Mrs. Anna Marie Hirning
Anna Marie Spaeth, daughter of Margaret and Christian Spaeth, was born in Wurtenburg, Germany, May 23, 1851, and passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO May 12, 1934, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 21 days.
On September 11, 1877 she was united in marriage to John Hirning in Swartzwald, Germany. They came to America Jun 8, 1881, settling on a farm in Wyandotte County, where they resided for a number of years.
To this union were born eight children, three having died in infancy, she leaves to mourn her loss, two daughters, Margaret Sutter, and Bertha Burkey and three sons, Ernest, Herman and Frank Hirning; five grandchildren; two brothers, John Spaeth, Bethel, Kansas and Louis Spaeth, Rochelle, New Jersey and a host of other relatives and friends. And after the death of her husband in 1900, she moved to the present home near Zarah, Kansas.
She has been a member of St. Peters Evangelical Church it he past 40 years, but for her failing health the past year, she was unable to attend church services or visiting tin the homes of her friends and neighbors. She enjoyed having visitors, however in her home she was always cheerful and happy despite her suffering. She was a woman of whom many good things can be said and written, and we find words inadequate to express the esteem of all who knew her. She never took an active part in affairs outside the confines of her own home. She looked after the ways of her own household, and was never too busy with her own tasks that she did not lend a hand where help was needed.
Funeral services were held a the Julien Chapel on Monday afternoon, May 14, 1934, at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Silas Bittner of Kansas City, Missouri. Interment in the Olathe Cemetery.
A good woman has gone from our midst and may we who are left try to emulate some of the many virtues, which found expression in her life.
“So when death comes, th0ugh hard it seems to bear
And long the years with all their loneliness,
The loved one has been called way from care
To high promotion, rest and happiness.
She has been called from pain and hurt and strife.
From all the ills, which fall to flesh and clay;
She has been raised into an ampler life,
Nor should we mourn too much who still must stay.”
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