She was a Good Christian Lady

From the Batavia (Illinois) Herald, Wednesday 16 January 1901:

“Death of an Aged Mother – Died, at the home of her daughters, Misses Christina and Amanda Tolf, on Hueston [sic] St., West Batavia, Sunday, Jan 13, 1901, after an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Elena Tolf, aged 78 years. Deceased was an old resident of this city. She had reazed a large family of children, four sons and four daughters, four of whom live in Batavia. She was a good christian [sic] lady and a kind and devoted mother. Funeral will be held at the Swedish M.E. church, Thursday afternoon. Burial at West Batavia cemetery.”

From the same newspaper, Wednesday 23 January 1901:

“Card of thanks – We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother, and especially to those who sent the beautiful floral pieces. Christine and Amanda Tolf”

From newspaper clippings in “E.S. scrapbook #1 pg 40” on microfilm the Gustafson Research Center in Batavia Illinois:

“Mrs. Carl Tolf, died at the home of her daughters Christine and Amanda Tolf on Houston street, at 4:45 last evening of heart failure. She had been ill for some time and the end was not entirely unexpected. She was born February 27, 1822. Eight children survive to mourn her loss. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the house and 2:30 from the Swedish Methodist church on McKee street.”

My 3rd great-grandmother Helena Tolf nee Åman was born in Ulfsman Fiskaby, Jönköping, Småland, Sweden on the 28th of February 1822. She and her husband Carl were married on the 26th of December 1846. They immigrated to Batavia in May of 1878 with their four youngest children.

The eight children mentioned in the obituaries above were Gustav (1847-1930), Carl Johan (1849-?), Frans Magnus (1852-1928), Carolina Fredrika (1855-1930), Peter August (1858-1929), Kristina Elisabet (1860-1941), Frida Katrina (18693-1937) and Amanda Sofia (1865-1940). The four who lived in Batavia at the time of their mother’s death were Gustav, Kristina, Amanda, and my 2nd great-grandfather Peter.

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