|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1854|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1939|
Franziska Duschl, "Aunt Fanny" as we will refer to her, was born to ,Joseph M. and Theresa Fuerthbauer Heistbeinan Duschl on December 23, 1854 on the farm 2 1/2, miles southwest-of Jonesboro, Illinois.
She was a lifetime member of St. Paul's German Lutheran Church (Kornthal) where as an infant was christened, as a young girl, confirmed, and as a young woman united in marriage to John Adam Bernhard on April 13, 1874.
Aunt Fanny was a devout Christian. Her entire life was one of concern, not only for her family but for all people.
She was more like a mother to me (Otto Duschl) when I made my home with her and Uncle Adam for about two years when I farmed with their son, John.
Some of the memories I recall about this time were the long team and wagon rides morning and evening which was about three miles each way. We were farm-ing land adjoining Grandpa's farm on Dutch Creek. The evenings were the most enjoyable especially after putting in a hard day's labor. And then on the way home we would wind up the long, Bernhard "holler" as we referred to it then. The drive was beautiful with the winding road lined with timber. We enjoyed. "fording" the creek several times that flowed the entire length of the hollow. We would see wild game crossing ahead of us many times. When John and I arrived at the barn, our first chore was to unharness the horses - generally 4 to 6 head. They would roll in the dust. Can't you see those sweaty horses covered with dust? Then they would head for a large, concrete vat filled with ice-cold spring water.
All these things mentioned took place in the mid-20's and I shall always cherish them as long as I live. Aunt Fanny departed this life peacefully on Sunday evening at 11:40, February 25, 1939 at her home in Jonesboro. Her funeral was held at Kornthal and she was laid to rest in the Jonesboro Cemetery.
Jonesboro Gazette obituary 3 Mar 1939:
"Franziska (Duschl) Bernhard died 26 Feb 1939, at home in Jonesboro, aged 84 years, 1 month, 27 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery. Her funeral was at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, south of Jonesboro. She was born 23 Dec 1854, on a farm about three miles south of Jonesboro, the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Duschl. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran (Kornthal) Church. She married at Kornthal Church on 13 Apr 1874, John Adam Bernhard. They had five sons and two daughters. Two children, Marie Bernhard and John Bernhard, preceded her in death, as did her only brother, John Duschl, and one half brother. She left her husband, five children, Hugo Bernhard and Fred Bernhard, both of Jonesboro, Louise Mees and Leo Bernhard, both of Anna, and Egbert Bernhard, of Clairmore, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild."
John Adam Bernhard (1849 - 1939)*
Mary Theresa Bernhard (1877 - 1904)*
John Adam Bernhard (1879 - 1930)*
Louise Bernhard (1884 - 1960)*
Egbert G Bernhardt (1885 - 1962)*
Frederick Joseph Bernhard (1887 - 1965)*
Leo Konrad Bernhard (1893 - 1969)*
Created by: Lynn Bernhard
Record added: Jan 12, 2008
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