William and Elizabeth Huntzinger

Jeffrey La Favre - jlafavre@gmail.com

Elizabeth (Hagetschwieler) Huntzinger b. Sept. 1, 1845 d. Aug 19, 1907. Her family were Swiss German people: they came from Switzerland. This information from Aunt Grace Fox. Elizabeth was orphaned at 4 years old and was raised by the James Oard family. She was Mollly La Favre's mother. - Barbara La Favre

William Henry Huntzinger - was in the Civil War - born 1842, married Feb. 1869, died March 1878 at home. He wrote a Civil War Diary.

Mary Ellen Huntzinger about 5 years old and her brother James Henry 6 1/2 years old. Mary was called Molly and born in 1869. She is Floyd La Favre's mother.

Mary E. Huntzinger - about 1890

Obituary below provided by Mike La Favre, grandson of Floyd B. La Favre

Obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Huntzinger
 Elizabeth Hagetachwieler was born in Crawford County, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1845. She was left an orphan at the age of four years, and was lovingly cared for and brought up in the home of James and Mary Oard. Feb 21, 1868, she was married to Wm. H. Huntzinger who died March 29, 1878. She leaves four children, James Henry of Prescott, Iowa; Mary Ellen La Favre, Talmage, Iowa; Minnie Myrtle Charles and Wilhelmina Huntzinger of Hiddenwood, N. Dak; also one sister Mrs. Anna Nemnich of Morganville, Kansas; and many kindred of friends to mourn her departure.

She was converted at the age of 13 yrs., and was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church for many years.

The deceased, was an excellent lady and has long lived in our midst until a few years ago when she moved to Hiddenwood, N. Dak., with her daughters, Myrtle and Mina Huntzinger. Has been in poor health for the past year. She had been failing rapidly recently and was taken to the hospital at Minot, N. Dak., where she underwent an operation. She seemed to rally from the operation, but only temporarily and on Mon. Aug. 19, 1907 she died quite suddenly.

The remains were brought back to her old home at Otterbein, where the interment took place on Saturday Aug. 24, Rev David Fye her pastor conducting the funeral services, using for a text: Psalm 17:15, “As for me I will behold thy face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied whom I awake with thy likeness.” Mrs. Huntzinger formerly resided on a farm near Otterbein Chapel for many years.

Being left a widow in 1878 with four small children, bravely did this loving and devoted mother go through many hardships and trials to bring up her children. Everyone she brought up in the way of the Lord and at her death, they are all good Christian men and women and the highest tribute that could be paid to mother, was paid to her by her children when they said, “Hers was the one life we have known that had no blot.” To know her was to love her for she lived the life of a Christian every day and died strong in the faith with a bright hope of the life beyond.

Rest, sweet peaceful rest has come to her. The soul has been borne on holy wings to eternal glory. The remains were brought to Talmage by her daughter Mina and were taken to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. O. La Favre. She was buried on Saturday in the beautiful cemetery at Otterbein by the side of her husband who had preceded her, March 29, 1878.

The children and relatives have the sympathy of the many friends in this sad hour. Rest, sweet peaceful rest has come, The soul has been borne on holy wings to eternal glory. The evening shadows that lingered for a short time, Have blackened into night, and she sleeps. Calm and pure life has been. Timid yet to win She strove will all her power, And her success was sure.

Left alone with children small, With naught but her dear hands and loving mother heart, She fought the battle of life- from them she would not part, Alone? No., for He notes the sparrows fall, Her comport and her help has been, No need of monument great and tall For her’s has been to win the love and respect of all. When asked by loved ones if death should come, She smiling said, “His will be done” Calm as she lived she died. What greater joy could her betide? Home at last- the haven won.

NOTE: When Floyd La Favre originally typed this obituary he noted that in Mina Allens Bible, Elizabeth and Williams marriage date recorded as Feb. 2, 1868



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