Maria Stahlecker  --  1956

       Funeral services were held on Monday, December 31, (1956) for Mrs. Maria Stahlecker, 82, at the Hope Congregational Church in the Settlement, with the Rev. H. E. Wilske presiding.  Mrs. Stahlecker was a resident of the Settlement for approximately 70 years.  Burial was made in the Hope Congregational Cemetery. 
        Maria Stahlecker, daughter of Christian Dobler and Dorothea (nee) Handel, was born January 14, 1874, in Nessel Rode, South Russia.  In January of *1884, she came to the United States with her parents.  They resided in Scotland, S. D. for a few years, then came to Bethune to homestead north of the town.  She was joined in marriage to Johannes Stahlecker on September 11, 1898.  Four sons and seven daughters were born to the Stahleckers.  Mr. Stahlecker passed away on February 7, 1943 which left her the provider and homemaker for the children.  With a lingering illness that made it difficult to get around in later years, made her task all the harder.  Seventeen days before her death, Mrs. Stahlecker fell and broke her hip which necessitated hospitalization and an operation.  The ordeal was more than her weak heart could take, and she passed away on December 27, 1956.  Her age, 82 years, 11 months, and 13 days.
         Mrs. Stahlecker was a faithful member of the Hope Congregational Church north of Bethune, an active member of the Ladies Aid, and a good citizen of her community.  Generosity toward christian and other worthy causes was her living, practical testimony of being christian.
         Children that mourn the passing of their mother are Martin of Rocky Ford; Mrs. Chris Kramer, Bethune; Mrs. John Adolf, Bethune; Mrs. William Kramer, Bethune; Mrs. John S. Adolf, Bethune; Andrew of Hooper; Mrs. Henry Klein of Rocky Ford; and Walter of Fort Garland.  Two daughters and one son preceded their mother in death.
        Two sisters survive Mrs. Stahlecker:  Mrs. Chrstina Knodel, Stratton, and Mrs. Theresa Leupp, Washburn, N. D.  There are 28 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

*Obituary of  Christina Knodel states family came in 1885.