|Anke Hayen Tobiassen
April 1, 1854–January 21 1930
Pioneer Lady of Wayne Twp. Passes Away
Had Been Ill For Nearly Six Weeks: Funeral Next Sunday
|Death ended the earthly suffering of Mrs. Anke Margaret Tobiassen last Tuesday evening shortly before 9 o'clock. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frederick Helgens, in Wayne township. Mrs. Tobiassen had been in failing health during the greater portion of the past winter, and a month ago her condition became worse. A severe case of pneumonia developed which was the direct cause of her death. Throughout her illness she was given tender care by her children, who had the assistance of a nurse.
Mrs. Tobiassen was a daughter of John and Elretka (nee Oltman) Hayen. She was born at Moens, Ostfriesland, Germany, April 1, 1854, and was therefore past 75 years of age at the time of her death. She emigrated to the United States with her sister, Eliza, in 1872. A year later she was married to Bernhard H. Tobiassen, October 28, 1873. The marriage occurred at St. John�s Evangelical Lutheran church.
Mr. and Mrs. Tobiassen became the parents of eight children, three of whom died at an early age. Those surviving are Mrs. Katherine Folkerts, Mrs. Grace Helgens, Mrs. Annie Stahlberg, Tobias R. Tobiassen, and Hayo Tobiassen. All of the children, together with fifteen grandchildren reside in Wayne township.
The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Tobiassen was celebrated October 28, 1923. A fine dinner was given in their honor by their children, which was attended by 125 guests. The children presented each of their parents with a gold watch. Following a four course dinner, Rev. J. Willms, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran church, delivered a fitting tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Tobiassen.
After an active life on the farm for forty-three years, they retired in 1916. They made their home for some time with Mr. and Mrs. John E. Folkerts and later with their son, Tobias Tobiassen. It was at the later home that Mr. Tobiassen died July 27, 1927. He was one of the founders of Zions's Lutheran church in Wayne township. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Tobiassen, has made her home visiting for periods her children in Wayne township.
Funeral services for Mrs. Tobiassen will be held next Sunday, January 26. Short services will be held in the home Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Helgens at 10:30 o'clock and later at Zion's church at 11 o'clock. Both services will be in charge of Rev. J. Willms, pastor of Zion's church. Mrs. Tobiassen's body will be laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Submitted by: Sharon Oltmanns
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