Obituaries & Death Notices
NEISWENDER, Esther Heltzel
Mrs. Esther Neiswender, after little more than a week's illness with abscess of the head, passed away on Monday,
March 14, 1910, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Wanner on North Wyanet street.
Esther Neiswender, then Heltzel, was born November 5, 1823 in Bedford County, Pa. and came to West Salem, Ohio,
when but a child. She was united in marriage to William Neiswender, February 23, 1840.
To this union was born four sons and seven daughters of whom four survive-Mrs. Mary Fones, Mrs Isabel Wanner, of
Geneseo; Mrs. Lydia Bauer of Moline and William Frank Neiswender of Norton, Kansas. Besides the four children, she
is survived by twenty-eight grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, three brothers, Peter Enoch and Martin
Heltzel, three sisters, Mrs Katherine Traub, Mrs. Mary Bitner and Mrs. Margaret Traub.
She came with her family to Phenix Township in 1854 and in 1863 came to Geneseo which has since been the family
home. She was converted to God when a child of ten years and has been a faithful member of the Evangelical church
for 78 years. She was ever friendly and hospitable and her home was the home of many of the early preachers of the
For the last fourteen years she has had her home with her daughter, Mrs. John Wanner.
The funeral was conducted at Zion Evangelical Church Wednesday at 2 p.m. by Rev. W. C. Hallwachs. The interment
was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Source: Geneseo Republic Newspaper, March 18, 1910.
Contributed by Betty Niswender
NORBERG, Jennie Matilda
Former Resident Dies At Nekoma
News was received here late Monday evening of the passing of Mrs. Peter Norberg, whose death occurred at her
home in Nekoma, after many months of suffering. She had been in poor health for a long time and during the past
year submitted to an operation for cancer at one of the Chicago hospitals in the hope of finding relief. But her
hopes failted of realization and she continued to grow weaker until death came as a welcome release from pain.
The family lived in this vicinity over twenty years ago, and left here eighteen years ago, moving to Nekoma,
where they have since made their home. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed.
Source: Stark County News, Wednesday, 22 March 1922
Mrs. Jennie Matilda Norberg
Mrs. Jennie Matilda Weberg was born in Bishop Hill 29 December 1860 and passed away at her home near Nekoma, 20
March, at the age of 61 years, 2 months and 20 days. She was united in marriage to Peter Norberg in 1875 and to
them thirteen children were born, nine of whom survive their mother. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Norberg
lived on a farm in Clover township where they have since made their home.
Mrs. Norberg was a woman of sweet disposition, a devoted wife and mother. She submitted to an operation for
cancer at the Augustana hospital in Chicago last October, which afforded her but temporary relief.
She leaves to mourn her death her husband and nine children, Frank, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Mrs. Lydia
Stevenson, of West Point, Iowa; Mrs. Mabel Gibbs and Mrs. June Sloan and Mrs. Alice Mock, of Victoria; Mrs. Cora
Haggerty, of LaFayette; Mrs. Pearl Olmstead, of Bishop Hill, and two sons, Emery and Ray, at home; seventeen
grandchildren, an aged mother, Mrs. Annie Weburg, of Galva, five sisters and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and from the Community Methodist Episcopal church in Bishop Hill
Thursday, Reverend C.H. Malmquist in charge. Interment was in the Bishop Hill cemetery.
Mrs. August Westlin and daughters, Mrs. Everett White and Mrs. Verne Laird, went to Bishop Hill Thursday to
attend the funeral of Mrs. Westlin’s sister, Mrs. Peter Norberg.
Marvin Grimm motored to the home of his mother, Mrs. Sam Collinson, near Victoria, Friday, to visit with his
sister, Mrs. Frank Norberg, of Salem, Iowa, who was called here by the death of Mr. Norberg’s mother, Mrs. Peter
Source: Stark County News, Wednesday, 29 March 1922, LaFayette news
Contributed by Pat Thomas