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Lingenfelder, John (1883-1954)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Oct 7 p. 1

Birth date: 1883 Jan 28

text of obituary:


Hanston, Kans.—Funeral services for John Lingenfelder, 71, a pioneer settler in the Hanston community, were held Sunday afternoon at the Hanston Mennonite church, Rev. Henry Goossen officiating. He died Friday, Oct. 1, at Hodgeman county hospital.

Born in Musdach, Germany, on Jan. 28, 1883, he came here at the age of four. He became well known for his work in photography, having opened a studio here in 1904. He was also active in Halston civic affairs.

Surviving are his wife, Emma, one sister and three brothers.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Oct 14 p. 9

text of obituary:


John Lingenfelder, oldest child of John and Katerina Bauer Lingenfelder, was born at Musbach, Germany on Jan. 28, 1883, and died Friday morning Oct. 1, 1954, at the Hodgeman County hospital in Jetmore following a heart attack suffered during Thursday night.

When a small boy he came to Hodgeman community with his parents, settling on the family homestead north of Hanston. Here he spent his boyhood days, often comforting his mother when pioneer life became difficult to bear, and advising the younger children while the father was away earning a living.

Prior to the opening of his studio in 1904, he attended the Emporia Normal School in Emporia, Kansas. Plans were underway to observe the 50th anniversary and the closing of his business career as photographer this fall. In his retirement from business he had planned to spend much of his time painting and drawing pictures.

"Johnnie," as he was known to the children and grownups, was a favorite among all who knew him. Everyone looked for his friendly smile and he will be greatly missed not only in his home and church, but also at his studio where people just dropped in for a chat.

He was baptized as an infant in a Lutheran church, but joined the Hanston Mennonite church at Hanston, Kansas and was a very enthusiastic worker in the young people's work as well as other church activities. He loved his church and never was too busy to help where help was needed in any phase of church work. During the past summer he was interested in the church orchestra. He played his violin just last Wednesday night, Sept. 29.

On May 12, 1910, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Miller, who preceded him in death Dec. 12, 1944.

On July 24, 1949, he and Emma Miller were united in marriage and they lived in their remodeled home until his death.

Johnnie's home was a place where friends met and where relatives spent many happy hours together. He was a charter member of the local Lions Club and was active in Lions affairs as well as all civic work. At one time he served as a member of the City Council.

He leaves to mourn his death the wife Emma; three brothers, Jacob of North Newton, Kansas; Gustav of Burdett, Kansas, and Philip of Calgary, Alberta; and one sister, Mrs. Fred Overton of Jetmore, Kansas. Besides these he leaves many relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted minister, Rev. Henry Goossen, assisted by Rev. Carl Harbach and Rev. Samuel Warren, and his body was laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery surrounded by a profusion of beautiful floral offerings, a fitting tribute to one who was an artist at heart. Two nieces, Marilyn Miller and Jeanette Sperling, sang three of his favorite songs: My God and I, Near to the Heart of God, and Abide with Me, accompanied at the piano by Wm. Schowalter who also furnished all the other music.

The pall bearers were six of his nephews: Lester and Bob Bauer, Ted Overton, Ralph Ankrom, Max Regier, and H. V. Edmonds.

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