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 Johanna Helena Adelgunda <I>Witt</I> Gerken

Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken

Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Death 19 Nov 1943 (aged 57)
Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sibley, Ford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6625701 · View Source
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Born on a rented pioneer farm near Fairbury, the eldest of seven children of Gustav and Augusta Fritz Witt, Hannah was a talented homemaker, gardener and gifted healer, serving as nurse and midwife to many residents of Sibley area.

She married Johann Gerken on Feb. 28, 1907 at her father's home in Sibley. Her sister, Ida Witt [Franks]& Albert Brucker witnessed the ceremony conducted by B. H. Spaulding.

The couple farmed for Sibley Estate until his death in 1937. They had 3 children.

1.Henry Herman bd Aug 1907

2.John Theodore Gustav 1909-1973
m1938 Evelyn Sophia Steinberg d2007

3.Bernice Margaret Augusta 1914-1991
m1950 Albert LeRoy Hill d1976

Hanna was a dedicated member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Sibley, IL where she served as custodian and communion steward the latter years of her life. Hanna paid for a new pulpit for St. John's church in 1937, in memory of her husband. She was a beloved member of the community.




  • Created by: Rosetta
  • Added: 21 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6625701
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken (3 Mar 1886–19 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6625701, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley, Ford County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Rosetta (contributor 46558106) .