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Maria Catharina Luitjens Johnson
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1852
Death: Sep. 23, 1933
Le Mars
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA

She was born in Lopsum, Ostfriesland, a daughter of Johann and Ette Maria Gerdes Luitjens.


Death Monday claimed Mrs. J. A. Johnson [Maria Catharina Luitjens Johnson] of LeMars, a resident of Plymouth County for 45 years and in earlier days a resident of Remsen vicinity for 16 years, who passed away in the Sacred Heart hospital Monday shortly before midnight. Her death was due to infirmities coupled with complications arising from injuries two weeks prior in a fall at her home. She was 81 years old and is survived by her sorrowing husband, seven sons and two daughters.

Mrs. Johnson, two weeks before her death, while about her household work, met with an accident when she fell and fractured her hip. She was taken to the hospital where later developments aggravated her already serious condition, and her advanced age made it a difficult fight from the start. She declined gradually and passed away, with a number of the family at her bedside, at 11 o'clock Monday night.

Mrs. Johnson was a true Christian woman of noble traits, ever a friend to those seeking helpful counsel and material aid, and a woman possessed of those fine qualities that make for a successful and happy home life and earned admiration from the friends with whom she came in contact. In her later years she spent her time in brightening the comfortable home where she and her husband spent their declining days in LeMars, while she never lost the personal touch of her sons and daughters who made it a matter of duty and found it a genuine pleasure to make frequent visits to the parental home. She had many friends in and around Remsen as well as LeMars, who regret exceedingly to hear of her sudden passing.


INJURY TO HIP PROVES FATAL. Mrs. Johnson Suffers Fall Two Weeks Ago and Fails to Recover. HAS MANY DESCENDENTS. Lives to Celebrate Sixtieth Anniversary of Wedding.

Following an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Johnson, wife of J. A. Johnson, residing on Third Avenue SE, died at her home early Tuesday morning at the age of 81 years. Mrs. Johnson suffered a fracture of the hip bone in a fall she sustained about two weeks ago and never recovered from the injury and shock.Her maiden name was Catherine Marie Luetgens and she was born at Dosa, Germany, April 21, 1852. She came to the United States with relatives in 1868 and was united in marriage with J. A. Johnson at Eureka, Ill., February 2, 1871. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson enjoyed a long and happy wedded life and celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding day in Le Mars in 1931. After their marriage in Eureka, Ill., they engaged in farming near there for seventeen years and then came to Plymouth county where they settled near Remsen and took up farming. They came to Le Mars in 1904 and made their home here since. Mrs. Johnson leaves to mourn her death her husband and children who are John A. Johnson, Harm, Joergen, Henry and Enoch, of Remsen, Alt Johnson of Madison, s. d., Geo Johnson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mrs. Anna Heldt, of Wentworth, S.D., Mrs. Etta Backer, of Pipestone, Minn. There are thirty two grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren.One son, Bernard, died in September, 1888.Funeral This Afternoon. The funeral will be held from the residence Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock and services will be held at the Hildreth Memorial church, Rev. O. M. Yaggy, the pastor, officiating. The remains will be taken to Remsen for interment in the family burying ground in the Remsen cemetery.Mrs. Johnson was one of the pioneer women whose influence (?) and good works helped to build up the community in which she lived. She was a devoted wife, mother and home builder, a good neighbor and friend and enjoyed the esteem of all who knew her. - Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Friday, September 29, 1933.

Also –
Old Resident Here Claimed by Death. Mrs. J.A. Johnson, Mother of Large Family, Passes Away in Le Mars Monday.

Death Monday claimed Mrs. J.A. Johnson of Le Mars, a resident of Plymouth county for 45 years and in earlier days a resident of Remsen vicinity for 16 years, who passed away in the Sacred Heart hospital Monday shortly before midnight. Her death was due in infirmities coupled with complications arising from injuries two weeks prior in a fall at her home in Le Mars. She was 81 years old and is survived by her sorrowing husband, seven sons and two daughters. Funeral services will be held Friday.

Mrs. Johnson two weeks before her death, while about her household work, met with an accident when she fell and fractured her hip. She was taken to the hospital where later developments aggravated her already serious condition, and her advanced age made it a difficult fight from the start. She declined gradually and passed away, with a number of the family at her bedside, at 11:50 o'clock Monday night.

Born April 21, 1852, in Ostfriesland, Germany, Mrs. Johnson, nee Kathryn Lutgens, came to the United States alone at the age of 16 years and located at Secor, Ill., where she had been preceded by relatives and friends. Three years later in 1871, on February 2, she was united in marriage to J. A. Johnson of that place and the couple went to farming in that vicinity where they resided until the spring of 1888. Then they came to Remsen, buying a farm three miles east of town, which they improved and later added to and for 16 years they operated the place with success. They moved to Le Mars in 1904, turning the farm over to their oldest son, John A. Johnson, who with his family still resides there. The aged couple lived in Le Mars in retirement ever since, and both have enjoyed excellent health and happiness, with the accident two weeks ago coming as the first severe interruption in 62 years of happy wedded life. They celebrated their golden wedding 12 years ago with all of their nine children and their families gathered round them in a happy reunion.

To this union 10 children were born, one son, Bernard, passing away at the age of four years in 1888. Surviving, besides the husband, are the following: John A., Remsen; Mrs. Etta Becker, Pipestone, Minn; Alt, Madison, S.D; Harm and Joergen, Remsen; Mrs. Annie Held, Wentworth, S.D.; George, Sioux Falls, S.D and Henry and Enoch, Remsen.

Mrs. Johnson was a true Christian woman of noble traits, ever a friend to those seeking helpful counsel and material aid, and a woman possessed of those fine qualities that make for a successful and happy home life and earn admiration from the friends with whom she came in contact. In her later years she spent her time in brightening the comfortable home where she and her husband spent their declining days in Le Mars, while she never lost the personal touch of her sons and daughters who made in a matter of duty and found it a genuine pleasure to make frequent visits to the parental home. She had many friends in and around Remsen as well as Le Mars, who regret exceedingly to hear of her sudden passing and the family have the warm sympathy of their many acquaintances.

Funeral services will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Hildreth Memorial Evangelical church, Le Mars, and burial will be in the Remsen cemetery. – Remsen Bell-Enterprise, September 28, 1933, page 1, column 3 and page 4, columns 4-5.


Obituaries courtesy of Linda Mohning December 2012 and February 2013. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Jürgen Albers Johnson (1848 - 1935)*
 
 Children:
  John A. Johnson (1871 - 1959)*
  Etta Marie Johnson Backer (1873 - 1937)*
  Alt Johnson (1875 - 1937)*
  Jürgen A. Johnson (1879 - 1969)*
  Anna Johnson Heldt (1882 - 1966)*
  Gerd (George) J. Johnson (1884 - 1971)*
  Bernard J. Johnson (1886 - 1888)*
  Henry Johnson (1890 - 1940)*
  Enoch A. Johnson (1895 - 1972)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Remsen Cemetery
Remsen
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Record added: Feb 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24802821
Maria Catharina <i>Luitjens</i> Johnson
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Maria Catharina <i>Luitjens</i> Johnson
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Maria Catharina <i>Luitjens</i> Johnson
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