Magdalena Dobler -- 1954
Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church in the Settlement Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. H.E. Wilske, for Magdalena Dobler, 72, a resident of the community for the past 64 years. On Wednesday morning of last week, Mrs. Dobler was suddenly stricken with a severe heart attack when she arose to start the day's work. Able to call one of her children by telephone, several joined and came to her aid. She was rushed to the hospital and given constant care and attention. On Thursday she appeared much improved and quite cheerful. But this was not to last long. Later in the evening another attack was more than the heart was able to bear, and at 11:15 pm, she passed away. She was 72 years, 10 months and 27 days of age at the time of her death.
Magdalena Dobler was born in Plotzk, Russia, to Frederick and Maria Stutz on Dec. 21, 1881. It was there her parents dedicated her to God in holy baptism during her infancy. In 1889, at the age of eight, she came to the United States with her parents who settled near Scotland, S.D. However, this was not to be their future home, for they soon moved eight miles north of Bethune; where they homesteaded. When Magdalena was old enough, she received religious instruction and was confirmed by the Rev. Gerhardt Jensen, who later also officiated at her wedding, when she was united in marriage to John Dobler on April 2, 1899. This union continued for a little over 49 years, when Mr. Dobler passed away on July 21, 1948. Thereafter Mrs. Dobler lived with her children for nearly five years. Then a home was provided for her in Burlington in which she resided the last 16 months of her life. More than 40 years was spent on the farm a half mile west of the Congregational church. During those years, Mrs. Dobler was an active and faithful member of the Hope Congregational church, and the missionary and aid society after it was organized. The church and its other organizations, as well as all other worthy causes, received her generous support in time, help and money.
Six sons live to mourn their mother's passing. They are: William of Denver, John, Theodore, Arthur and Elmer of Burlington, and Walter of Newton Centre, Mass. One daughter passed away at the age of 2 1/2 years. The six sons acted as pallbearers. Four sisters and one brother also survive her: Mrs. Lydia Gramm, Stratton: Mrs. Emma White, Grand Junction; Mrs. Wilhelmena Hammelmann, Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. William Schlichenmayer, Burlington and William Stutz, Denver. To this list is added 10 grandchildren, other relatives and friends.