Lizzie Helfritz obituary
NEWSPAPER The Lyle Tribune
DATE Feb. 3, 1933
Lizzie Olson Helfritz, daughter of Amund and Helga Olson, was born February 25, 1884, on a farm in Lyle Township, and passed away January 28, 1933 at the age of 48 years, 11 months and 3 days.
On June 30, 1909 she was united in marriage to W. B. Helfritz of St. Ansgar, Iowa. This union was blessed with nine children, two having preceded her in death. She leaves besides her husband Hazel, Russel, O[illegible:?] Delmar, Gladys, Lois and Robert at home.
Mrs. Helfritz was a home-loving woman, always thinking of her family. During the past year, she had not been in the best of health, and became steadily weaker, so it became necessary for her to remain in bed where she was given the best of care. But medical skill and tender care could not stop the messenger, death, and on January 28th, she passed quietly away, leaving only a memory of a kind hearted and dear mother, who will be sadly missed by her family.
She leave to mourn her loss, besides her immediate family, four sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Newton Dennis, Mrs. Julia Peterson, Mrs. Emil Schwanke; Mrs. Geo. Jahr, Sam and Ole Olson, all of whom reside in this community.
"How hard it is to part on earth,
With those we love so dear,
The heart no greater trial knows,
No sorrow more severe.
What happy hours we once enjoyed
How sweet your memory still,
But you have left an aching void,
This world can never fill.
The funeral services were conducted at the house at 1:30, and at Lyle Lutheran church at 2 P. M., on Tuesday, Jan. 31st; the pastor Rev. O. Langehough officiating. Interment was made at Pleasant Hill cemetery.
One of the special numbers rendered by a male quartet was the well known old hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" which was a favorite of the deceased. A few hours before her death she requested those at her bedside to sing the hymn. No one, however, felt able to grant the request; Mrs. Helfritz sang the familiar words: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", as a testimony. Another special number rendered by the quartet, Dahl, Dahl, Krause, Anderson was "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" After comforting message of hope and sympathy, for the the large group of friends assembled, Rev. Langehough sang, as a solo; "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" and emphasized the necessity of allowing the Divine Potter to have His way. This hymn was also a favorite.
The church was beautifully decorated with a wealth of flowers, tokens of love and sympathy from sympathizing friends and relatives. A basket of cala lilies, on the piano, were symbolic of the future life in the Heavenly Home where there shall be no more pain, sorrow or crying. Announcement was made that numerous memorial wreaths had been offered, the names of this contributing being too numerous to be read at the service.
Among those from away, here to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Wolters of St. Charles, Minn., Misses Blanche and Helen Thorsen, Mrs. Anna Thorsen, Henry Thorsen, Mrs. Kittleson son and daughter, of St. Ansgar, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Burndt and Chester of Austin.