Source: Mennonitische Rundschau 1 Apr 1896

Durachen P.Q. Butler Co. 22 Mar. 1896

The Lord has this year taken us through deep ways in that our daughter, Elizabeth, has been taken from us. The departed (Elizabeth) has grandparents in Russia as well as uncles and aunts; also in America, namely in Harvey, Reno, and McPherson counties plus many friends and acquaintances. May we through the Rundschau give a report. Her grandparents are the Daniel Siemens, Memrick Marienort, Russia. If the dear parents do not read the Rundschau may dear friends call their attention to this report.

Our daughter, Elizabeth Lohrenz, was born in South Russia, Molotschna, Kolonie (Colony) Elizabethal, the 16th of Dec. 1872. She died the 17th of Mar. 1896 reaching the age of 23 years and 3 months. She became ill the 12th of Feb. 1896. On the 8th of Feb. while she still enjoyed good health she received assurance of the forgiveness of her sins. She found comfort especially in II Cor. 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me".

Her sickness caused much suffering. My wife and I spared no effort to care for her. On the 14th we sought the help of a doctor. With medication she was helped so that after 2 weeks she had almost full recovery. In the first week in March she was fairly well; however, she was disappointed that she had not been able to die because she believed from the beginning that she would die. On the 8th of Mar. she again took ill. We again sought the help of a doctor but without results. The medicine did not help. Her condition worsened and from the 8th until the 17th she hardly slept. She endured great pain which was very difficult for us to witness. On the 16th, in the afternoon, the pain became more bearable until she died on the 17th at 11 o'clock A.M. She was buried on the 19th in the Chelsea Church Cemetery. Mourning her loss, but not without hope, are her parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters*.

Heinrich and Elizabeth Lohrenz

Located by Peggy Goertzen
Translated by Rufus Lohrenz, March 27, 1992.

* Helena, Mrs. John S. Foth; Henrich W., minister S Pres. of Tabor College; Peter W.; Katharina, missionary to India; Maria, Mrs. Hartin Koslowsky; Gerhard W. minister, Collinsville & Ebenfeld; Jacob W., minister; Anna, Mrs. P.C. Penner; Johann H., missionary to India.

(Elizabeth was the firstborn.)
Note: Elizabeth's grandmother later married a Daniel Siemens.
See p. 118 in The Peter Lohrenz Family 1811 - 1980

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