Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday's Obituary: Minnie Workman

Following one of the daily blogging prompts from the Geneabloggers ( ...

This obituary was originally published in the Brookings Register in April 1944 and a copy is currently located in my Great-Grandma Leola's research files.

Mrs. M. Workman Passed Away at Home on Thursday
Was Resident of County for Sixty-Six Years; Services Held Monday Afternoon

Mrs. Minne Workman, 90, passed away at her home in  Sterling township on Thursday, April 13, following a brief but critical illness.  Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Sterling Methodist church with Rev. Edward W. Stodghill officiating.

Pallbears were Ed Clifford, Frank Person, Tom Kerr, Clarence Schmidt, Fred Rittman and Walter Steinkamp.  Special services were held at the home at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Interment was in the Sterling Methodist cemetery.

Mrs. Minnie Workman, whose maiden name was Minnie Koester, was born on October 5, 1853, in Jackson, Ind.  When a child of 10 years, she came with her parents to farm near Northfield, Minn., where she grew to womanhood.  On March 2, 1874, she married George Workman who preceded her in death in 1901.  She and Mr. Workman lived in Iowa for four years following their marriage.  They then moved to Sterling township where Mrs. Workman has resided for 66 years.

She was always active in community affairs and was a member of the Methodist church, with which she became affiliated while in Northfield, Minn., and also a members of the Women's Society of Christian Service.  She was one of the charter members of the Sterling Methodist church which was originally in the German conference.

Surviving are two sons, Jesse Workman and County Commissioner Lowell Workman of Brookings and Sterling respectively; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Farrankop, Oxboro, Minn., and Miss Sarah Koester, Altadena, Calif'., eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Three brothers and three sissters preceded her in death.

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