John Mahlon Nuss
The sythe of the grim reaper, Death, has been busy lately in gathering into the harvest the older members of our community. Among the last to be cut down was John Mahlon Nuss, who passed away at his home in this city, May 1, 1908. He was the son of Michael and Mary Nuss and was born at Greenville, Montgomery county, Pa., Feb. 11, 1827. On the 15, of February, 1851, he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Mary Krauss. This marriage was blessed in the gift of three children, Sarah Ann, Priscilla and Benjamin Franklin, all of whom have passed away. The mother was called to her reward June 6, 1855. January 25, 1861 he was again married, this time to Miss Leanna Andreas of Montgomery Co., Pa. Eight children came to their home, Levi A, Sarah, Oswin, John Mahlon, Leanna, Mary, Barbara and Emma. Of this number two have preceded the father to the better land, Oswin, Sept. 1, 1866, and Emma, Aug. 15, 1857. Mr. and Mrs. Nuss came to Jo Daviess county in 1863, moving from there to Lena where they have since resided. The deceased was baptized in infancy and reared by christian parents. At the proper age, he was confirmed as a member of the German Reformed church of East Greenville, Pa., and never severed his connection with that denomination. During his residence here, both himself and wife were faithful attendants of and contributors to Amity Lutheran church. On account of increasing feebleness, he was unable to attend the services of the sanctuary for sometime previous to his demise. At his request the pastor, Rev. C. Edward Derr, administered to him the holy sacrament on Good Friday. Mr. Nuss was a man whose christian character was shown by his life, and who had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. There remains to mourn his departure, a devoted wife, two sons, Levi A., Waddams, Ill.; John Mahlon, Brush, Colo.; and four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Ohlwine, Mrs. Leanna Byers, Mrs. Marry Dennis, Polo, Ill., and Miss Barbara Nuss, Lena, Ill. The funeral services took place at Amity Lutheran church at 10:30 Monday forenoon.The pastor preached a comforting and helpful sermon from the text, "Number now and see who has gone from us." Rev. F. Bahr followed with some appropriate remarks in German.
From The Lena Starr, May 7, 1908. Submitted by: Sharon Nuss Custer on 4 Feb 1999