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 Maria <I>Bowman</I> Kolb

Maria Bowman Kolb

Death 17 May 1921 (aged 81)
Burial Kitchener, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 19339925 · View Source
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Daughter of Maria 'Polly' Clemens and Elias Bear. Husband of Deacon Jacob Z. Kolb.

Gospel Herald
Kolb.-Maria Bowman Kolb, second daughter and sixth child of the late Elias and Polly (Clemens) Bowman, was born near Breslau, Ontario, on the old Bowman homestead now occupied by Simon Baer, on Dec. 8, 1839; died at her home now occupied by her youngest son Titus, near Kitchener, Ont., May 17, 1921. Of a family of fourteen children, she was the last survivor, and had also reached the highest age, having attained the ripe age of 81 y. 5 m. 7 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years, and was a faithful member until death. On July 5, 1857, she was married to Jacob Ziegler Kolb, who for forty-five years was deacon in the Mennonite Church at Kitchener and Breslau, and who predeceased her on June 3, 1919, at the ripe age of over 87 years, thus having enjoyed with him over 63 years of married life. Of their seven children, five survive, Polly and Simon having died when but four and two years old respectively. Those living are Leah (Mrs. Moses B. Betzner), Abram B., Elias B., Aaron C., and Titus L. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 69 nieces and nephews. During all her busy life she was a devoted follower of the Lord, and a loyal companion and helpmeet to her husband whose activities in his office as deacon, and organizer and superintendent of a number of Sunday schools in Waterloo county, are well remembered by a host of friends. Her help and counsel in her husband's Church work were of inestimable value to him, and her pleasant manner and winsome ways endeared her to all with whom she came into contact. She always exercised a particularly charitable spirit toward those who had in some way met with misfortune, and in addition to her own family she also reared five other children, John Ziegler, Fanny Beasley Pender, Allie Stengel, George Wenger, and John Carey; besides providing a home for her aged Uncle, Abraham Clemens, and a friendless man, Karl Rose, who lost his family shortly after arriving from Germany. Her sympathetic ministrations will be remembered by many throughout the neighborhood in which she lived so long, because, like Dorcas of old, of the "good works which she did," these being but the spontaneous outpouring of a heart which overflowed with compassion and beneficence. Though in frail health for some years prior to her last illness, having suffered from no less than four paralytic strokes, she retained her mental faculties to a remarkable degree for one of her age, and corresponded with her absent children regularly until within about a month of her death. She was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the First Mennonite Church of Kitchener. The large church was crowded to capacity by the many friends who came to pay a last tribute of respect to an old mother in Israel who had befriended so many during her active years. Funeral services were conducted by Oscar Burkholder, assisted at the home by M. H. Shantz, and at the church by U. K. Weber. Text, Gal. 1:9, 10, supported by Psa. 37:3, 27; Matt. 6:35; I Thes. 5:15. Mother Kolb was very fond of singing, a gift enjoyed also by her husband, and transmitted to their children. Her favorite hymn, "Oh, sing to me of Heaven," which she had marked in her hymnal with the request that it be sung at her funeral, together with "Hark! From the Tomb a Doleful Sound," "Shall We Meet?" "Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break," "We Are Going Down the Valley," and others, were used at the funeral services.

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  • Created by: Karen Tober
  • Added: 11 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19339925
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Bowman Kolb (8 Dec 1839–17 May 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19339925, citing First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Karen Tober (contributor 46901145) .