Huntzicker, May Elizabeth Watenphul (1846 - 1913)






 ----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 3/ /1913


Mrs. May Elizabeth HUNTZICKER who died March 21st, at the old homestead, two miles south of Greenwood, was born in Prussia, Jan. 29, 1846. The same year she came with her parents to America, where they settled at once in Washington County, Wisconsin, whence they came to Clark county in 1864. During that same year she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry HUNTZICKER, Dec. 18th.

Clark county was then a wilderness where the native Indian roamed and hunted and sang his dear songs at his pleasure and there the wild beasts of the forest howled and contended for life and liberty and the fruits of happiness just as millions of God's creatures are still doing on American soil.

Forty nine years ago Mr. and Mrs. HUNTZICKER began their battle of life together on the beautiful farm where the husband and father died on July 28, 1903 and where the wife and mother died March 21st 1913. Amidst these beautiful surroundings and in this home of peace and comfort and luxury, the fruits of honest industry and patient toil, there grew to manhood and womanhood four sons and one daughter. Four fine farms almost adjacent, are still held by the family all of which are still living on parts of the old homestead except Albia who lives at Ivanhoe, Minn. This is one of the notable cases in Clark county where the old home was cultivated and improved until it remained a monument of industry and good taste, with other homes clustering around it, all showing how well it is for sons and daughters to follow in the footsteps of their parents.

After the death of Mr. HUNTZICKER, there were ten years of lonely widowhood, two of which were years of deep affliction and patient suffering. During these long weeks and months, while battling against disease, and while "hoping against hope" in her burning desire to remain a few years longer with her family who were always so loving, so patient, and so true, the fond mother became more and more reconciled to the fact that her pilgrimage on earth was drawing to a close, and that it was well for her to heed the Savior's call to follow dear departed ones to a better home.

Having had her early religious training in the Lutheran church, the church of her fathers, in later years Mrs. Huntzicker a living and faithful part for about twenty years as a member of the Presbyterian church of Greenwood where she usually attended services at Rutger's Chapel.

Thus the hospitable home of the Huntzicker family came to be a sort of "Bond of Union" between the congregation of Greenwood and the equally efficient congregation of Rutger's chapel.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church of Greenwood March 24th, many dear friends coming from "near and from far," to pay their tribute of respect and love and confidence. The floral tributes from friends and relatives came from all directions and were indeed lovely tokens from loving hearts.

The fond mother of Mrs. HUNTZICKER is still alive at the age of ninety-six, but was not able to attend the funeral. Her son Albia C. was present from Ivanoe, Minn. Her grandson Paul HUNTZICKER came from Spring Valley, Wis., and her nephew Victor HUNTZICKER, came from Neillsville, Wis. Other relatives from abroad were Mr. WATENPHUL of Pleasant Ridge, Wis., Philip WATENPHUL, Adam WATENPHUL, Mrs. Catherine LAMBERT, Mrs. Ana ROLLINS, all of Augusta, Wis., also, J. R. WATENPHUL of Fairchild, Wis.

By special invitation of friends the sermon was preached by Rev. M. WICKMAN, pastor of the German Lutheran congregation of Greenwood, while the concluding address was by the Pastor Emeritus of the Pres. church of Greenwood, Rev. W. T. HENDREN, an old friend of the family for nearly forty years.

Thus pastors and church united in tearful as well as joyful remembrance of one who had lived a life of faith and died to the sound of the righteous rejoicing to the glory of God.



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