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 Sam Abraham Quiring

Sam Abraham Quiring

Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA
Death 15 Mar 2008 (aged 94)
Goessel, Marion County, Kansas, USA
Burial Goessel, Marion County, Kansas, USA
Plot South Addition, Row 6, No. 55
Memorial ID 30083577 · View Source
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Born: Midway Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Near the village of Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

Died: Bethesda Home, Goessel, Marion County, Kansas.

Father: Abraham P. Quiring, 20 Dec 1887 to 7 Feb 1972
Mother: Elizabeth Goossen, 1 Apr 1887 to 8 Feb 1920

Baptized: 31 May 1936, Rev I.J. Dick, First Mennonite Church of Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

Married: 1 Sep 1949 to Elva Edna Ratzlaff, Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Nebraska.

Children: Dennis Dean, Grace Elizabeth, Clarice Ann.

Siblings: Frieda Elizabeth
Half Siblings: Adeline Helen, Geneva Agatha.

Sam Abraham Quiring

Sam Abraham Quiring, 94, was born on March 11, 1914 on a farm 4 miles north east of Mountain Lake Minnesota to Abraham P and Elizabeth Goossen Quiring. Sam's mother passed away due to influenza when Sam was almost six years old. Sam was also quite ill at this time. Sam has a sister Frieda, who is 3 years older. Sam's father married Katherine Goertzen and there were two sisters born, Adeline and Geneva.

Sam completed his formal education at the 7th grade but was always an avid reader of current events, church related publications and agricultural topics.

On May 31, 1936 Sam was baptized upon confession of faith by Rev. I. J. Dick and became a member of the First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake Minnesota.

Sam's younger years through the Depression were ones of hardships. In 1937 Sam and his sister Frieda purchased and lived on the farm where they were born. Frieda married and left the home farm in 1948.

Sam's sister, Adeline was teaching at Freeman Jr. College in Freeman South Dakota during those early years on the farm and brought Elva Ratzlaff, a friend and fellow teacher, home for a visit. Sam and Elva began a long distance courtship and were married on September 1, 1949 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson Nebraska. After a 10 day trip to Yellowstone National Park they settled on the farm North East of Mountain Lake.

Three children were born to this couple, Dennis, Grace and Clarice. Sam always enjoyed fishing with his friends and with his family. Sam and Elva retired from farming in 1978. In 1986 Sam and Elva moved from the family farm to a house in town. The grandchildren have fond memories of trips to Minnesota, playing in the snow and pushing the stroller around the driveway of the house in town. There were 2 special fishing trips when the whole family went to Shell Lake Minnesota for anniversary celebrations and a general time of fellowship and family togetherness.

Sam and Elva enjoyed traveling after retirement and took trips to the Holy Land and the Soviet Union. They also enjoyed the many trips to the far corners of the US in Sam's 1962 Chevy pickup with the topper.

Sam and Elva were committed to the church and their faith. They spent many hours volunteering for MCC meat canning, at the Care & Share Shop, and gladly did various jobs around the church. Devotions and Bible reading were a daily part of their lives.

Sam and Elva moved to Goessel Kansas in November of 1998 to be closer to their children who all live in Kansas. They enjoyed living in the Duplex of Bethesda Home for those years and did call it home. In October of 2006 they entered Bethesda Home as their health was declining. This was a difficult transition for Sam. He often commented that Bethesda was a very good place to be if you needed to be there. Of course he did not think that HE was the one who needed to be there. His faith and his family were what were most important to him and these helped him through is biggest struggle and frustration of his life. Sam was daily challenged by his failing hearing and failing eyesight, which made communication with him very difficult.

Sam became ill with influenza in late February 2008. He seemed to be gaining strength and celebrated his 94th birthday on March 11th. On Saturday March 15th he went to meet the Lord after falling asleep in his favorite recliner, holding Elva's hand.

Sam is survived by his wife Elva, sisters Frieda Toews of Cincinnati Ohio, Adeline Friesen of Freeman South Dakota, and Geneva and her husband Waldo Stoesz of Mountain Lake Minnesota. Children Dennis and wife Annette Quiring of Newton Ks, Grace and her husband Harlan Bartel of Newton Ks, and Clarice and husband Robert Hostetler, Grandchildren Elissa Bartel of Houston TX, Gretchen and DJ Bookout, Karl Quiring, Anna Quiring, and Konrad Quiring of Newton, Sierra Hostetler, Mariah Hostetler and Bryce Hostetler of Dodge City. Sam was well loved by his many nieces and nephews.

Y DNA haplogroup: R-Z341

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  • Maintained by: Dennis Quiring
  • Originally Created by: Tom Crago
  • Added: 26 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30083577
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sam Abraham Quiring (11 Mar 1914–15 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30083577, citing Alexanderwohl Friedhof Cemetery, Goessel, Marion County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Quiring (contributor 47340753) .