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 Mary <I>Zeitler</I> Detweiler

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Mary Zeitler Detweiler

  • Birth 30 Oct 1874 Minier, Tazewell County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1968 Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Shickley, Fillmore County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 11313969

daughter of Jacob Zeitler
and Rosina ----;
wife of 1)Daniel Birky
- married Nov 24, 1892,
and 2)Christian H Detweiler
- married Oct 16, 1902

Mary Detweiler, daughter of Jacob and Rosina Zeitler, was born October 30, 1874, near Minier, Ill. She departed this life November 21, 1968, at the Fillmore County Hospital, in Geneva, Neb, at the age of 94 years and 22 days. At the age of four she made her home with Jacob and Katie Zimmer. In 1882 they moved to Milford, Neb, then in 1889 they moved to Decatur County, Kansas. At the age of 16 she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the Mennonite Church by Joseph Schlegel. She remained a faithful member until her death. November 24, 1892, she was married to Daniel Birky. Five children were born to this union. Two small daughters died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs Henry (Lydia) Reeb and Jacob A Birky, both of Delavan, Ill. Deceased are Joe Birky, Mary and Katie Birky. April 13, 1902, her husband passed to his reward. October 16, 1902, she was married to Chris Detweiler, who had four daughters. Those surviving are Mrs Fred (Nellie) Reeb of Geneva, and Mrs Carl (Barbara) Reeb of Eureka, Ill. Deceased are Mrs Jake (Lydia) Saltzman and Mrs John (Susie) Springer. After this marriage the family moved to a farm near Shickley, Neb. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Surviving are Fred of Scottsbluff, Neb, Perry of Sunset Home, Geneva, Mrs Herman (Laverne) Roth of Twin Falls, Idaho. Deceased is a son, Edwin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, March 12, 1950. December 7, 1961, she retired to live at Sunset Home, where she resided until her death. Survivors include 44 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren and 48 great-great-grandchildren. She lived a dedicated life for her Lord, and in her later years yearned to go Home to her Heavenly Father. Cherished memories will be the winning smile she had for everyone and the calmness and peace that she displayed throughout the handicaps she endured. She was an inspiration to all who visited her, and she showed a keen appreciation of any kindness shown her. She will be greatly missed by everyone.
(The Nebraska Signal, Nov 28, 1968)
[Contrib 2017: M Jensen Seggerman #47078678]


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  • Created by: Ted K
  • Added: 8 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11313969
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Zeitler Detweiler (30 Oct 1874–21 Nov 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11313969, citing Salem Cemetery, Shickley, Fillmore County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Ted K (contributor 46511688) .