Name: ELISABETH (LIZZIE) KEPPLER
Change Date: 13 FEB 2009
Birth: 04 FEB 1853 in Germany (Deutichland)
Death: 15-APRIL-1912 in Creighton, NE
Burial: St Ludgers Cemetary Creighton NE
Henry & Lizzie visited OK & purchased a farm in Custer County OK which became part of there estate, however they never lived in OK. In 1945 their grandson Lawrence Klein purchased the farm. Upon Lawrence's death in 1997, his sister Rita inherited the farm. Where she still resides today 7-2000. Lizzie died of neuralgia of the heart. Very little is known of Lizzie's family. Conflicting information gives her birthdate as 2-11 or 12.Her obituary & a booklet in Mary Neyens Klein's handwriting have it as 2-4-1853. In 3-98 a memorial card printed in German was found listing a Valentin Keppler born 12-28-1841 at Deutichland died 5-22-1911 at Dubuque IA. Could this be a brother of Elisabeth. Also a card for a Catherine Keppler died 10-19-1886 could this possibly be Elisabeth's mother, grandmother or aunt?(Rita Klein Schimmer has this info).Info from Rita from Anna King in 1997, a note in her bible says his name is Wilmer.
Notes: The following were newspaper articles found in the belongings of Henry J. & Elisabeth L. (Keppler) Neyen's deceased grandson, Lawrence Herman Klein, who was the son of their daighter, Mary (Neyens) And her husband, Adolph Marion Klein. Mary was the youngest child of Henry & Elisabeth Neyens.
"Mrs. Henry Neyens died quite suddenly Monday morning about one o'clock of what was said to neurlgia of the heart. She was in good health and attended church Sunday morning. In the afternoon she felt somewhat indisposed and went upstairs and laid down. And at bedtime was up again for a short time. About midnight, she called on the members of the family that she was sick and in pain; a doctor was called, but she passed away before he arrived. Mrs. Elisabeth Neyens was born in Germany, February 4, 1853; she came to America with her parents when five years old, they settled near Galena, IL, and later moving to Cascade, IA, where she was married to Henry Neyens in April, 1877. To this union 9 children were born--six boys and three girls, all of whom are living. They came to Knox County in 1894 and have lived on a farm west of town. Her husband died about four years ago.
The funeral will be held tomorrow, Friday, from the Catholic Church by Rev. Father Windoph.
Mrs. Sophia Rath, a sister from Omaha (spelling may be Reth or Roth); John Neyens, a brother-in-law from Cascade, IA; Mrs. Norbert Ruhland, a daughter from LeMars, IA; and Ben Neyens, a son and his wife from Tripp County SD, came the first of the week to attend the funeral."
The obituary: Mrs. Neyens Dead
"Elisabeth Keppler was born in Germany February 4, 1853 and died Monday morning aged 59 years, 2 months, and 11 days. She was married to Henry Neyens in Dubuque, IA 35 years ago. Eleven children were born to them and nine of them, six boys and three girls survive. Mr. Neyen, Husband of the deceased, died four years ago. Mrs. Neyens died very suddenly and her last moments were peaceful. She only lived about an hour after becoming sick. The funeral was held Friday morning from the Catholic Church at 10 o'clock and was conducted by Father Windolph. Mrs. Neyens has always been a good neighbor and a sterling Christian woman in the fine old sturdy stock of her ancestors. She comes of the people that make empires and her death will be keenly felt. To the bereaved family the hand of sympathy and consolation will be extended by all and all will regret her demise.
Darling mother you have left us.
Never more we'll hear your voice
For you've gone to join the angels.
It should make our hearts rejoice
For you're through with all your suffering,
From your breifs and cares at rest.
You are resting, sweetly resting
On the heavenly Father's breast.
Patiently you bore your suffering
Not a murmur, no, not one.
Now you're resting from your labors,
For your work on earth is done.
We will strive to meet you, Mother
In that home wherein you dwell
Where all is peace and joy and gladness
Until then, Mother dear, farewell."
Another little article: "The funeral of Mrs. Henry Neyens this morning taxed the capacity of St. Ludger's Church to its capacity. Old neighbors from far and near came to pay their last token of one of the women who have made NE and the West what it is. To the large and sorrowing, we tender our condolence; their mother cannot be replaced but her influence for good in this section will live for years."
Additional notation: The only little bit about Elisabeth's family was revealed in the information above, which listed Elisabeth having a sister by the name of Sophia Rath. The printed spelling in that article was not distinct, so the spelling of Sophis's married name may be Rath, Roth, Teth, Rith, or even Routh.
Father: JOSEPH CHARLES KEPPLER b: 26 OCT 1810 in Buttstedt im Eichfeld, Saxony, East Germany
Mother: CHRISTINA BARBARA FUNKE b: 04 JAN 1811 in Buttstedt im Eichfeld, Saxony, East Germany
HENRY J NEYENS b: 05 APR 1851 in BurgLinsterLuxenburg
03 APR 1877
in Cascade Dubuque Co IA
- JOSEPH NEYENS b: 03 FEB 1878
- JOHN NEYENS b: 21 MAR 1879 in Dyersville IA
- HENRY NEYENS b: 03 SEP 1880
- JOSEPH WILLIAM NEYENS b: 03 FEB 1882 in Cascade IA
- CHRISTINA NEYENS b: 01 MAR 1883
- BENJAMIN NEYENS b: 25 APR 1885
- JAKE NEYENS b: 05 MAY 1887
- PETER NEYENS b: 10 DEC 1889
- MARGARET MARY "MAGGIE" NEYENS b: 29 DEC 1891
- MARY THERESA NEYENS b: 21 JAN 1895 in Winnetoon NE
- SON NEYENS b: 26 DEC 1898