|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1865|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1919|
Long suffering of Mrs. W.F. Henninger ended in death on Saturday. To the end she had Christian endurance and devout faith in Jesus.
Christine Caroline Henninger, born Kuhner, was born on April 29, 1865 in Bloom Switch, Scioto County, Ohio, the sixth child of twelve. The parents, pious and God-fearing southern Germans, taught their children in the education and admonition of God. She was confirmed in the evangelical Lutheran church of St. John in South Webster, OH, where she was a faithful member for many years. After her education in the public school, she started working in her father's large business, where she made many friends with her amiable and sunny personality. She worked there until her 32nd year and after her father's death, she ran the business alone including the Post station and the train station. On June 29, 1897 she married her pastor, W.F. Henninger. At the time of her marriage she was the best known business woman in all of southern Ohio between Portsmouth and Columbus and had a large circle of friends, both rich and poor.
The young couple moved to Waverly, Ohio where they lived for five years. Two children were born there, Gretchen and their only son, Lothar, who died at the age of 1½ years. In 1902 the family moved to Tiffin, Ohio, to St. John's Church. Two more children were born there, Brunhilde and Isolde. In 1907 they moved to New Bremen, Ohio to the Evangelic Lutheran St. Paul Church.
She practiced life-long good health and no one suspected that she was so close to death. In February 1916 she accidentally discovered the first signs of the disease and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In July 1916 she had an operation in Indianapolis, which brought some relief, but in the fall of 1917 the cancer was back. Although local medical treatment helped, it was soon apparent that the disease was in the blood and that any further treatments would be in vain. With wonderful Christian patience, submission, and fortitude, she endured the terrible pain and never lost her friendly, loving manner. On January 11, 1919 about noon, she quietly and peacefully passed away with a firm belief in her Redeemer. As a true Christian pastor's wife, she had sown much love, especially among the poor and the children and during her suffering she should have harvested much love. She had reached the age of 53 years, 8 months and 13 days. Surviving her is her husband, who is 9 years younger than the deceased, three daughters: Gretchen, Brunhilde and Isolde as well as three sisters: Mrs. Hy. Gleim and Mrs. W. Rase of Portsmouth, Ohio and Mrs. Chas. F. Duteil of South Webster, Ohio.
The funeral in St. Paul Church on Tuesday was the largest in years, because not only St. Paul church members, but members of other churches also attended, so that the church was filled to the last seat long before the service began. At the house of mourning Pastor VonRague gave a short prayer, and then the body was taken to the church where Pastor G.A. Kienle from Mansfield and Pastor Diegel from Massilon spoke inspiring words while the rest of the service was handled by other fellow pastors of the grieving husband.
In the evening the funeral procession of automobiles traveled to Columbus and stayed there overnight. On Wednesday morning they carried on to South Webster where in the afternoon Pastor VonRague of St. John's Church gave a final service in English and German. The deceased was buried in the cemetery in South Webster.
Source: Stern des Westlichen Ohio
Thursday, January 16, 1919
(Translated by Darla A. Lee)
Walter F. Henninger (1873 - 1929)
Emogene Brunhilda Koester (1904 - 1984)*
South Webster Cemetery
Created by: Lucille Francis
Record added: Apr 24, 2011
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