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Kornelsen, Elizabeth Schierling (1873-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Sep 29 p. 8

Birth date: 1873 Jan 22

text of obituary:


Elizabeth Schierling Kornelsen was born on Jan. 22, 1873 in South Russia. At the age of six years she with her parents William and Anna Pauls Schierling migrated to North America, homesteading southeast of Buhler, Kansas. Later they moved to the Inman community where she spent the rest of her life. She went to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, 1966, at the Pleasant View Home, where she stayed the last four years of her life. She reached the age of 93 years, eight months, and 17 days.

Being the oldest daughter in a large family, mother did not have the best opportunity for an adequate education. However, she learned to read and write. She loved her Bible and memorized many Bible verses, which was a great blessing to her in her later years when eyesight failed her. She also knew many songs from memory.

At the age of 18 mother accepted the Lord as her personal Saviour. Upon confession of her faith she was baptized by Elder Jacob Klassen and accepted into the membership of the Zoar Church, of which she remained a faithful and active member until her death.

As a prayer reminder, she wrote many notes of admonition and encouragement and placed them in her Bible. She was praying for all her children and grandchildren.

G. F. Kornelsen and mother were married Oct. 1, 1891 in the Zoar Church. Father preceded in death in 1950. To this union eight children were born. Four of these have gone on before. Isaac died in infancy, George reached the age of 67 years, Anna 72 years, and Jake 61 years.

Those who remain are Jake Peters of Inman, Mrs. Geo. C. Kornelsen of Hillsboro, Agnes and Abe Peters of Greensburg, Kan., Elizabeth and Elias Friesen of Meade, Kan., Willie and Elsie Kornelsen of Minneola, Kan., Abe and Katherine Kornelsen of Salina, Kan., Mrs. Jake Kornelsen of Inman, 22 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters. — The Children.

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