Margaret Johanna Keck, wife of the late John Grassley, was born at Hohenberg, Bavaria, Germany, May 16, 1841 and passed away at her home in Buda, Illinois, October 7, 1922, age 81 years, 4 months and 21 days.

She came to America with an uncle when she was 14 years of age, living at Monroe, Michigan, with her uncle’s family until two years later when her father and mother also came to this country. She made her home with them at Riga, Michigan and later went to Adrian to live. In that city she was married to John Grassley on September 23, 1861.

In 1866 they moved to Galesburg, Illinois and lived there until 1883, when they moved to Buda, where the remaining years of their lives were passed.

They were the parents of eight children, three of whom have passed away, - Mary, who died in infancy, Nettie, who died at the age of 18 and Sophia, wife of E. E. Chambers. Those left to mourn are Mrs. A. J. Henig, of Los Angeles, California, J. L. Grassley and Mrs. C. C. Tyler, of Galesburg, Mrs. Amelia Kinney, at home and E. O. Grassley, of Moline. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Her church membership was with the German Lutheran church of Galesburg, Illinois. It was in her home that she exemplified her belief and translated her faith into deeds from day to day. Her life centered in her home. She was a devoted wife and mother, always ready to do everything within her power for the welfare of her family. A true helpmate to her husband, she was also a loving and faithful mother. That she reared her children to the useful and honored manhood and womanhood that is the mainstay of the republic, is a tribute to her worth that none can gainsay.

In the fifteen years that she was an invalid, this love and devotion was repaid a thousand fold by the family circle but especially is this true of the youngest daughter, who has been nurse and companion to the aged mother, constantly in attendance at her bedside, anticipating every need and wish, faithful in every detail, with tenderness and devotion beyond compare. Between them there was complete sympathy and to the afflicted and helpless mother, the daughter was a tower of strength, never failing unto the end. Such devotion is a rare and beautiful exemplification of filial love, worthy of highest praise.

The funeral service was conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. R. T. Ballew, pastor of the Methodist church. A large number of sympathizing friends assembled to pay a last tribute of respect. A wealth of flowers expressed love and regard from relatives, neighbors and friends.

Those from a distance who came for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Tyler, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Grassley, Francis Grassley, Mrs. Leonard Adams, Mrs. W. A. Olson and Dr. B. V. McClanahan of Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Grassley and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kelly, of Moline, Dr. and Mrs. M. W. Deist, A. J. Henig, Jr. and Frank Kinney, of Chicago, Miss Helen Grassley, of Wyoming and Mrs. Peterson of Galva.

Burial took place in the family lot in Hopeland cemetery.

Note: Margaret Keck Grassley was the mother of Elizabeth Grassley Tyler who was the mother of Vera Tyler McClanahan, mother of Mary Elizabeth McClanahan Holstrom. Vera died 9 March 1922 from “shock following caesarean section” with the contributory cause “eclampsia”. Elizabeth lost her daughter in March and her mother in October. She died four years later, 11 May 1926, at the age of 57, of “Acute Cardiac Dilation” which could be interpreted as a broken heart.

(Buda Plain Dealer, Buda, Illinois, Friday, October 13, 1922, submitted by Marcia Murray Holstrom)




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