|Name||Age||Place of Birth > Place of Death||Newspaper||Publication Date||Submitter|
|WELLING, Bernard H||84||Lingen NSAC,DEU>Aviston IL,USA||Cathy Kuhl|
Died 29 March, 1936
Aged Aviston Man Dies There Early Sunday Afternoon
It was indeed a very sad Sunday afternoon at the Welling home in Aviston, last Sunday, when the aged father, Bernard H. Welling, passed away, at 1:30 pm. He was well prepared, having received the last sacraments Saturday afternoon. Shortly before his demise, it was noted that death was near. Father Lohman was called at 12:45 pm and the last blessing was bestowed upon him. His wife and children, with the exception of George of Kansas, were at his bedside when he passed on.
Deceased was born in Lingen, Germany May 26, 1852, and when he was 21 years of age he sailed to this country, coming to the home of his sister, Mrs. John Peters, at Germantown. There he worked on the farm until he was united in marriage, being in the year 1876 to Miss Mary Wibben. To them one child was born who later was married to Gus Stoff but she died in 1903 in OK.
Mr. Welling's first wife died a year and three months after their marriage. In 1879 he married Miss Mary Marchack. They lived happily together 20 years, during which time eight children were born to them, but only one child from this union survives, namely, George Welling, of Murdock, Kansas. His second wife died 20 years their marriage.
Then on April 28, 1903, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Geo. Rieling, and to this union six children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Those who survive are: Mrs. Geo Kuhl of St. Louis, and Bernard, Leo and Louis Welling all of home. There is also one step-daughter, Rose, who is Mrs. Leo Seger, of this city. He also leaves his wife and 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the St. Francis Church at Aviston Wednesday morning, and interment was in St. Francis Cemetery there.
During the 83 years of Mr. Welling's life, he brought happiness to many, always having a smile, always friendly and cheerful. He was a faithful Catholic, and did everything he could for the parish at Aviston and for the hospital and school. For 26 years he took the hospital sisters through the Aviston district with horse and wagon, to collect potatoes and other necessities. He lived there until 1923 when he moved to his sister's farm, 3 1/2 miles northeast of Albers, where he also made many friends, and lived there until he retired in August 1930, when he returned to Aviston. He belonged to the "Old Gentlemen's Card Club", whose members played cards every day except Saturday and Sunday. He enjoyed life until three weeks ago, at which time he became ill with the flu. He was a very jolly many at all times, never having any cross words, appearing at all times to be happy. Because of his pleasant disposition he was familiarly called "Puet Ben", meaning "well". Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved family in their said loss.
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