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Fenche Gerrietts Schafer
Mrs. Dirk
Mrs. Dirk Schafer passed away June 5 at her home on South Chestnut Street, Monticello. She was born at Etzel, Germany 31 October 1863. her parents were Jurgen and Grace Margaret (Tuetken) Gerrietts. She was baptized at Etzel, Germany by Rev. Hibben at the Lutheran Church. On August 15, 1882 she immigrated to the US at age 18, settling in Pekin, Illinois with some uncles. She was accompanied to this country by her brother, John Gerrietts. Later came to Wayne Township to visit friends and found work in the home of John Bates. Mrs. Schafer was married October 31, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer were the parents of five children—Harm, died in 1890; John, died in 1901; Henry, of Scotch Grove Township; George, who lives on home place in Wayne; and Mrs. Carl Gerdes (Hanna) who lives in Cass. She is also survived by a brother and sisters. John of Manito, Illinois; George and Mrs. Anna Hinrichs, Parma, Missouri; Mrs. George (Minnie) Helle, Peoria, Illinois.

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Source: Monticello Express, 6 June 1935
Note: Mrs. Schafer's first name was Fenche.

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