Wednesday, May 9, 1917

Forreston Journal



Eva M. Fess, nee Lampert, was born April 23, 1833 in Eppingen, Baden, Germany. She came to America in 1852, and made her home with her brother at West Melton, Saratoga Co., N. Y. Three years later she moved to Belvidere, Ill. Here she was united in marriage with Henry Fess, September 29, 1857. This union was blessed with 3 children. Soon after her marriage she came to this vicinity, and has lived here the rest of her life. While residing at Belvidere, Ill., she was a member of the Presbyterian church. In this community she became a member of the Evang. Association, after she had experienced a change of heart. She was a charter member of this church.

Mother Fess was a true Christian. She knew whom she had believed, and was persuaded that he is able to keep that which she had committed unto him against that day. She communed often with God, and his word was sweeter than honey to her. The church periodicals and other good literature was much enjoyed by her. Like the psalmist of old, she loved the habitation of God’s house, and the place where his honor dwelleth. As long as her health permitted it, she attended public divine services regularly. She was member of the Woman’s Missionary Society and of the Sunday School. In former years, she served as a Sunday School teacher. God’s cause was always liberally supported by her. To the ministers of the gospel she was a faithful friend. Her home was a Christian home. She was a real helpmate and a loving mother. She brought up her children in the nurture and admonition of the lord. Of her It can be said, “Her children rise up, and called her blessed.” She was respected and honored by all who knew her, because of her noble Christian character. One daughter, Emma M., preceded her in death at the age of 14 years. Her husband departed this life May 20, 1911.

She died May 4, 1917 at the age of 84 years and 11 days. Her death was caused by apoplexy. She leaves to mourn her departure, 1 daughter, Louisa E. of Forreston, 1 son, William E. of Mendota, Ill., 1 brother, Mr. Frank Lampert of this town, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 6, 1917 at the Bishop’s Evangelical church, Rev. W. Albrecht officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the White Oak cemetery.

May God grant all a happy reunion in the glorious realms beyond.

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