01 September 2012

Obituary--Mrs. John J (GertrudeVanderPloeg) Oosting

In many ways, this obituary is typical of many area obituaries of this time.  Born in the Netherlands, a member of First Reformed Church, and even the so common blatant typo/editorial mess-up.  But in this one, a little more is given about her.  Her maiden name and brief biography, that are so often missing, are told here.  It is refreshing to see a detailed yet unembellished obituary.
From the 20 February 1930 Fremont Times Indicator.

 Mrs. John . Oosting died Monday night at her home on Decker Ave at the age of 88 years.  She fell and dislocated her hip and broke a limb about two years ago and had been in ill health since that time.
Mrs .Oosting is survived by her (this is the mess-up I spoke of, the line is repeated in the proper place below.) was Gertrude VanderPloeg, was born in the Netherlands October 12, 1841 and was married when she was 24 years of age to John J. Oosting.  Nine days after their marriage they left for America and settled in Muskegon where they lived until 1886 when they moved to Fremont and took up farming a mile south and a quarter mile east of Fremont.  They lived there until 1903.  They then moved to Fremont and have since made their home in the city. 
She was a member of the First Reformed church.
Mrs. Oosting is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. C. J. Appel of Grand Rapids and four sons, Peter, Jacob, Corneil, and John all of Fremont.  Two sons died in infancy.
The funeral service will be held this afternoon at 1:30 from the home and 2:00 from the First Reformed church, East Main St. the pastor, Rev, Wm. Rottschaefer, officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Grove cemetery. 

Just a simple little obituary. 
And one other item that is a sign of the times.  That simple sentence: Two sons died in infancy.  Those were simpler times to be sure, but also more fraught with heartache and danger.

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