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Wilhelmina Frederica Siebert

In Memory of Wilhelmina Frederica Siebert.

Since the deceased had so many friends at home and abroad, we hope to do them a favor by stating the following:

She was born May 7th, 1837, at Neuhof, in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg, Schwerin. When she was about ten years old her father died. In 1856 she came with her mother and sisters to this country. After a stay of one year at New York she started for LaPorte, Ind. Here it was where she was married to John Siebert in 1859. In 1864 Mr. Siebert moved to Valparaiso, and resided here since that time.

The deceased has been a great sufferer. The first child of hers was deaf and dumb, and what mother would not grieve at seeing her child bereaved of the precious gift of hearing and speaking. Six years ago this child died. Almost ever since the deceased was weak in health, several times dangerously ill.

Eight days before Christmas last she again was laid on the sick-bed, which has now been her death-bed. Great pains she endured, and though naturally nervous, she bore the pains with patience. She knew that she was not to rise from her sick-bed again for this world, and therefore prayed to God for a peacable death. She acted according to scripture: "Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order: for thou shalt die and not live."

Many a consoling word she spoke to her beloved husband. Her children she trusted to their Maker, and advised them to fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and truth. Her friends and those that took care of her during her sickness she often admonished to bear patiently whatever may God send them. She saw the approaching of death and prepared herself repentingly. January 7th, for the last time, the sacrament of the Lord's supper was administered to her, to strengthen her faith in Christ. From hence she only longed for departing from this life to be with her Savior forever. And God has heard her prayers, and has granted her peaceful death on Wednesday the 25th inst., aged 44 years, 8 months and 18 days. She was married 25 years and 6 months. Among those of her nearest relatives were the widower, three minor children, four sisters, and an aged and almost blind mother. But not only the widower mourns his wife; not only the children an affectionate mother, not only the old mother one of her children; nor the sister a sister always dear to them, nay, even the whole German Ev. Luth. Congregation mourns her death. She was one of the most faithful members of said church; she attended the services regularly, when not sick -- even the Sunday-school, which many of the members deem a superfluity, and she attended frequently. She would not suffer any one around her doing wrong, but would show them the right way.

How she was loved and esteemed, could clearly be seen at the funeral last Friday. More than 250 persons, children and adults, were assembled in the church, where the funeral sermon was given by Rev. W. J. B. Lange. The test for the sermon was taken from the second epistle of St. Paul, the Apostle to Timothy, chapter IV, v. 6-8, reading thus:

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them that also love his appearing."

the subject on which the minister spoke was:

Fiatful Christians' cheerful Song of Triumph, when departing from the abode of calamity.

Well were the sermong worthy to be given here literally; and so it should, if it would not take too much of the limited space of this paper.

All those that were present will not forget it; and the items showing how the deceased had been a champion of faith, how she fought a good fight, how she finished the course -- authorize to hope, that the crown of righteousness is now placed upon her head. May the rememberance of her be a blessing to all.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: February 2, 1882
Volume Number: 26
Issue Number: 5
Page: 1
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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