Obiturary of MRS. ETTA AGENA
Death came peacefully to the community's oldest resident, Mrs. Etta C. Agena, the evening of Thursday, September 13, 1973, at the age of 96 years, 9 months and 16 days. For 18 years she had made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kress, and had been in failing health a long time, being bedfast for the last six months.
Etta Catherine Foss, daughter of Claus and Tena Eilers Foss, was born November 27, 1876 in Gage County, Nebraska, northeast of Adams. She was baptized in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sterling on December 16, 1876. She was confirmed in April, 1895 by Rev. Dierks in St. Johannes Church, Febing, Nemaha County, Nebraska.
On June 30, 1901 She was married to Gade Agena in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sterling. They were the first couple to be married in the new Immanuel church. She lived all her life in the Adams and Sterling community and for many years she and her husband were members of Immanuel Church.
Mr. Agena died in 1955, and for the 18 years since his death his widow resided in the Kress home. She was fond of handwork and as long as her health permitted she was always busy and was kind and helpful to those about her.
She is survived by two daughters; Mrs. Wike (Lena) Harms of Buena Vista, Colorado and Mrs. Raymond (Loretta) Kress of Sterling. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sterling Monday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur Wittrock officiating. The congregation sang "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" and "Rock of Ages," her favorite hymns.
Pallbearers were Wilke Kelle, Walter Boden, August Boden, Orvin Rathe,
Norman Rathe and William Buss. Burial was at Immanuel Cemetery.
Gehde J Agena
1878–1955 (m. 1901)
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