DOB: August 26, 1873
Beecher, Will County, IL
DOD: December 30, 1947
Hazel Crest Hospital, Hazel Crest, IL USA
Daughter of Friedrich Gerhard “Charles”. and Engel Maria (nee Wulf) Wehling
Sister to: Mary M. (Heinrich Wilkening), Catharina L. (Lewis M. Penoyer), Heinrich C., Gerhardt (Sophia Wilkening), Maria Lisette “Minna” (Frank Fowler), Alfred (Emma M. Wassmann), William (Louisa Bockelman & Stella Krause) Wehling
Wife of Henry Conrad Wehmhoefer, married September 24, 1895, in Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL USA
Mother of: Ethel (Arthur J. Hack), Lawrence (Magnetta L. Kurth), Harold G. and Howard H. (Marian L. Hinze) Wehmhoefer
January 8, 1948 – Beecher Herald
SERVICES FOR MRS. H. WEHMHOEFER, JAN. 2
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Henry Wehmhoefer by Rev. G. Horst, Saturday, Jan. 2, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Hack Funeral Home and continued in St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church where a large gathering of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last respects. Interment was in the Mausoleum.
Mrs. Wehmhoefer had been in poor health for some time and suffered a stroke several weeks ago. She was taken to Hazel Crest Hospital where she passed away, last week, Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 pm at the age of 74 years. Obituary appears elsewhere in this issue.
OBITUARY – Mrs. Henry Augusta Wehmhoefer
The departed, Mrs. Henry Wehmhoefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wehling, both deceased, was born, Aug. 26, 1873, on Old Wehling homestead, 3 miles southeast of Beecher. Being the child of Christian parents, she was soon after birth received into the christian church through the holy rites of baptism in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Petersburg. Following a course of religious instruction in the great fundamentals of our christian religion, she was confirmed with others in the same church, April 3, 1887, by the late Rev. H. Gose. On Sept. 24, 1895, she was united in holy wedlock with Mr. Henry Wehmhoefer, the ceremony taking place in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chicago, the late Rev. J.C. Nuetzel officiating. This happy union was blessed with four children, of whom one, Harold, in 1905, preceded the parents in death. The surviving children, who deeply mourn the passing of a true loving mother, are: Ethel, Mrs. Arthur Hack; Lawrence and Howard, all of Beecher. Immediately after their marriage the young couple established their home in Beecher, where the young husband bought and successfully operated the well known Wehmhoefer Hardware Store. Gifted with rare business acumen, he later acquired the Tatge Garage on the Dixie Highway, which also crowned his foresight and ability. Because of his many sterling qualities and his deep interest in community welfare, he not only served as president of the school board, but also, for many years, as president of the Farmers State Bank.
Sharing this happy, busy, successful life, the departed, together with her children, was deeply grieved when July 9, 1936, following a long siege of painful illness, her husband was called to eternal rest. Finding comfort and strength in her faith, she lovingly carried on her duties as mother, deeply interested in the welfare of her children and with millions of other mothers silently bearing the anxiety and strain of the late World War in which her son, Howard, also took part as an officer of the air force. Deeply grateful and happy over his safe return, she nevertheless began to show reactions of the ordeal and became more or less dependent upon the loving attention and care of her children, especially the care and attention given her by her daughter, Ethel, Mrs. Arthur Hack, who did everything possible to brighten and cheer her. However, it became more and more apparent that her strength was rapidly failing and thus when she suffered a stroke a little better than two weeks ago, the doctors could offer but little hope for recovery, yet hoping against hope, they had her transferred to the Hazel Crest Hospital, Tuesday, to do everything possible known to medical science, but God in his wisdom and love granted her a peaceful exit out of this life the same day, Dec. 30, 1947, at 7:30 pm, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 4 days.
She leaves to mourn her passing, the children already mentioned; one son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 grandchildren, one great grandchild, 2 brothers, 6 sisters-in-law, Mrs. Sophie Wehling, Mrs. Wm. Wehling, Mrs. Leonard Cole, Mrs. Ed. Wehmhoefer, Mrs. Martin Peters and Miss Carrie Hoffman; one brother-in-law, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted, Saturday, Jan. 2. beginning at 1:30 pm at Hack Funeral Home and continued at St. Luke’s Church where Rev. G. Horst, her pastor, spoke fittingly to the relatives and a large gathering of friends. The following: Mrs. Leona Huenerberg, Mrs. Violet Meeter, Mrs. Mildred Elk, Mrs. Marie Ostermeyer and Mrs. Hilda Boyens, sang three appropriate songs. The many exceptionally beautiful floral pieces and numerous memorial wreaths attest to the esteem in which the deceased was held. She was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.
The departed, a loving wife and mother, was always deeply attached to her home and loved ones: as a child of God and Christian, she ever remained true to her Christian upbringing and training, being a member of St. Luke’s Church and its Women’s Guild and at all times being found willing in supporting her church and the kingdom work at large. Not given much to the vanities of life, she sought and longed for the deeper life promised to all the children of God. Realizing her life here upon earth was drawing to a close, she, in faith and hope looked forward to the day that shall endless be in the presence of God.
Augusta’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Henry C. Wehmhoefer
Mother-in-law: Maria (Seegers) Wehmhoefer Hoffman
Brother & Sister-in-law: Edward J. Wehmhoefer & Charlotte (Thiesfeld) Wehmhoefer
Sister-in-law: Matilda “Tillie” (Wehmhoefer) Westphal
Daughter & Son-in-law: Ethel E. (Wehmhoefer) Hack & Arthur J. Hack
Uncle & Aunt of daughter (Ethel’s) husband: Charles J. Hack & Anna D.Schroeder Schmaedeke) Hack
Uncle & Aunt of daughter (Ethel’s) husband: Henry Hack & Mary Minnie (Bielfeldt) Hack
Uncle & Aunt of daughter (Ethel’s) husband: Herman Hack & Eva F. (Ruge) Hack
Nephew: Edwin D. Wehmhoefer
Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn, Kirchhoff, Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wiechen, Wilkening.