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Notes for Mary Pfeifer Gantzert

Baptised October 1852 in Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL

1860 census Goodfarm, Grundy Co., IL
Household #423/419
George Phifer, age 46
Mary, age 30, b. Bavaria
Mary, age 7, b. Bavaria
Fletcher, age 5, b. IL
Margaret, age 3, b. IL
Amelia, age 1 month, b. IL

1870 census Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL page 304
Household #84 July 13, 1870
George Pfeiffer, age 55, b. Beyerne
Mary, age 40, b. Beyerne
Mary, age 17, b. IL
Frederick, age 15, b. IL
Margaret, age 12, b. IL
Amelia, age 10, b. IL
William, age 1, b. IL

GANTZERT, JOHN H PFIFER, MARY GRUNDY 02/24/1874 / 04063(1)

1880 census Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL page 288 A
John Henry Gantzert, age 32, farmer, NY/Germany/Germany
Mary, age 28, IL/Baiern/Baiern
Frank, son, age 5, IL/NY/Baiern (?)
Clara, daughter, age 3 months, IL/NY/Baiern (?)

1900 census Goodfarm Twp. Grundy Co., IL
Household #60
Henry Gantzert, Feb 1848, age 52, married 26 yrs, farmer, NY/Germany/Germany
Mary, Aug 1852, age 47, married 26 yrs, 5 children, 5 surviving, IL/Germany/Germany
Clara, daughter, March 1880, age 20, IL/NY/IL
Edward, son, Oct 1883, age 16, IL/NY/IL
Frederick, son, Oct 1885, age 14, IL/NY/IL
Almer, son, May 1891, age 9, IL/NY/IL

1910 census Goodfarm Twp. Grundy Co., IL
Household #102
Henry Gantzert, head, age 52, married 36 yrs, farmer, NY/Germany/Germany, farmer, general farm
Mary, wife, age 57, married 36 yrs, 5 children, 5 surviving, IL/Germany/Germany
Fred, son, age 24, IL/NY/IL, farmer, partner, general farm
Elmer, son, age 18, IL/NY/IL, farm labor, at home, general farm

History of Grundy County, Illinois, 1914, pages 813-814
John HENRY Gantzert was born on 8 Feb 1848 in New York City, NY. He was baptized on 15 Feb 1848 in New York City, NY. He died on 28 Sep 1918 in Dwight, Livingston Co, IL. John Henry Gantzert came to Illinois in 1855 with his parents, settling in Goodfarm Township, this county. On February 24, 1874, he married and settled down to farming becoming the owner of 590 acres of land, 270 in Grundy County, and the balance in Livingston and Lee Counties, all of which he acquired through his own efforts after coming to this locality. He and his wife had five children: Frank; Clara, who is Mrs. William Huffman of Goodfarm Twp; Edward, who is living in Good Farm Township, married Anna Bruner; Fred, who is living on his father's homestead, married Julia Schrotberger; and Elmer, who is also living on the old homestead. The father and mother of this family are now living retired at Dwight, Ill., to which place they moved in 1912.

John Henry Gantzert died 1918

1920 census Dwight, Livingston Co., IL
Mary Gantzert, age 67, widowed

1930 census Dwight, Livingston Co., IL
East Delaware Street
Mary Gantzert, head, age 77, widowed, IL/Germany/Germany
Vivan M. Jenkins, servant, age 43, widowed, IN/IN/OH

ELDERLY FARMER AT DWIGHT DIES (He died February 21, 1940)
Dwight, Feb 21 - Fred Pfeifer, 84, farmer, residing five miles north of Dwight, died at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after a brief ? of infirmities. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from Salem Evangelical church in Goodfarm township with internment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Leo Schmidt will officiate. Born March 28 1855 in Goodfarm township, he was married to Margaret Schotenberger, who died in 1938. His son George also preceded him in death. Surviving are a brother William, sisters Mary Gantzert and Mrs. Mickleson, two grandsons Wallace & Fred Pfeifer and several great-grandchildren.

Mary Pfeifer Gantzert died on October 12, 1944

Mrs, Mary Gantzert. 92 year old resident of Dwight for many years, passed away at her home at 300 East Delaware St., last Thursday
night, October 12. She had long been in poor health and her death was attributed to the infirmities of her advanced years. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock last Sunday afternoon at the Zion Evangelical Church, of which denomination she had long been a member. The pastor. Rev. Fred 0. Stroebel, officiated at the services, and Mr. and Mrs. Orland Bossert sang "Rock of Ages," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Under His Wings," Mrs. Wilson Drew presided at the organ. The church ushers were Erwin C. Darm and Harold Morse. FoIlowing the service the body was taken to Goodfarm Cemetery for burial. Pall bearers were Reuel Hoffman, Everett Gantzert, Harvey Gantzert, Ralph R. Gantzert, Vernon A. Rieke and Wayne Hoffman. Mrs. Mary Gantzert, daughter of George and Mary Haag Pfeifer, was born on August 19, 1852, in Goodfarm Township, Grundy County, Illinois. and died at her home in Dwight, Ill,, on October 12, 1944, having reached the age of 92 years, 1month and 23 days. As a result of her sickness about six years ago, Mrs. Gantzert was left with impaired health; and though she was able to be up and about the house most of the time yet she suffered a great deal of pain. In recent weeks her condition gradually became worse due to infirmity of age, and on Thursday, October 12. her soul withdrew from the weary and worn house of clay and winged its flight to the realms of evertasting day. Mrs. Gantzert lived her entire life in the vicinity of her birth. On February 24, 1874, she married Henry Gantzert. The couple took up farming in Goodfarm Township. Here their home was blessed with four sons and one daughter. In 1911 they left the farm and moved to Dwight, which has since been Mrs, Gantzert's home. Early in life she experienced Chrlatian conversion and joined the Evangelical Church where she was ever faithful and active. In recent years when her health did not permit her regular attendance she was still keenly interested in the activity and progress of her Church and the Kingdom of God. Her husband died on September 28, 1918, about 26 years ago. Two brothers and a sister also preceded her In death. There remain to mourn her departure, her five children:
Frank of Mazon, Mrs. William Hoffman, Edward, Fred and Elmer of Dwight; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Mickelson, of Cicero, Ill.; fifteen
grandchildren, fourteen great-grand-children and a host of other relatives and friends.
"She did not die; She simply laid the soul's trail vesture by And gently passed away As melts the morning star In golden day For life commencing here, Is but a prelude to its full career. Love, hope, faith and assurance give We do not live to die but die to live."

Born Goodfarm Township, Grundy County. Illinois, August 19, 1852
Died Dwight, Illinois October 12, 1944
Crossing The Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be
no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
For tho from out our bourne
of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot - face to face
When I have crost the bar.
Servlces: Zion Evangelical Church, October 16, 1944, Two-Thirty O'clock
Clergyman Rev. Fred 0. Stroebel
PalI Bearers: Reuel HofTman, Everett Gantzert, Harvey Gantzert, Ralph R. Gantzert, Vernon A. Rieke. Wayne Hoffman
Vocalists: Mr. and Mrs. Orland Bouert
Organist: Mrs. Wilson Drew