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Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1886
Livingston County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1943
Bloomington
McLean County
Illinois, USA

Born on a rented pioneer farm near Fairbury, the eldest of seven children of Gustav and Augusta Fritz Witt, Hannah was a talented homemaker, gardener and gifted healer, serving as nurse and midwife to many residents of Sibley area.

She married John Gerken on Feb. 28, 1907 at her father's home in Sibley. Her sister, Ida Witt [Franks]& Albert Brucker witnessed the ceremony conducted by B. H. Spaulding.

The couple farmed for Sibley Estate until his death in 1937. They had 3 children.

1.Henry Herman bd Aug 1907

2.John Theodore Gustav 1909-1973
m1938 Evelyn Sophia Steinberg d2007

3.Bernice Margaret Augusta 1914-1991
m1950 Albert LeRoy Hill d1976

Hanna was a dedicated member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Sibley, IL where she served as custodian and communion steward the latter years of her life. Hanna paid for a new pulpit for St. John's church in 1937, in memory of her husband. She was a beloved member of the community. 
 
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 Parents:
  Gustav Witt (1856 - 1938)
  Augusta Fritz Witt (1858 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Johann Gerken (1868 - 1937)
 
 Children:
  Henry Herman Gerken (1907 - 1907)*
  John Theodore Gustav Gerken (1909 - 1973)*
  Bernice Margaret Augusta Gerken Hill (1914 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken (1886 - 1943)
  Henry Karl Wilhelm Witt (1887 - 1957)*
  William Albert Witt (1888 - 1943)*
  Friedrich (Fred) Ernest Witt (1890 - 1957)*
  Marie Adelgunda Helena Witt Brucker (1892 - 1917)*
  Ida Martha Witt Franks (1894 - 1974)*
  Herman Gustav Witt (1896 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sibley
Ford County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jul 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6625701
Johanna Helena Adelgunda <i>Witt</i> Gerken
Added by: Rosetta
 
Johanna Helena Adelgunda <i>Witt</i> Gerken
Added by: Rosetta
 
Johanna Helena Adelgunda <i>Witt</i> Gerken
Added by: Rosetta
 
 
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Happy Christmas in memory, dear grandmother.
- Rosetta
 Added: Dec. 24, 2009
Merry Christmas roses, Grandma.
- Rosetta
 Added: Dec. 22, 2004
Like this herb, you were a healer. Love.
- granddaughter Rose
 Added: Nov. 29, 2002
 
 
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