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William F. Duensing

Prominent Citizen of Algonquin Succumbs to Pneumonia

William Frederick Duensing died at his home in Algonquin, Ill., at 11:45 a.m.., Saturday, Feb. 20, 1904, of pneumonia. He was aged 58 years, 3 months and 24 days.

William Duensing was born Oct. 26, 1845, at Luther, Hanover, Germany. March 10, 1856, he came to America with his parents, who settled on a farm east of Algonquin. He was united in marriage to Miss Maria Mensching of Bloomington, Ill., at Dundee, by the Rev. Steege, June 6, 1870. This union was blessed with nine children, three of whom have preceded their father in death. There are left to mourn his departure the widow, Mrs. Maria Duensing, and six children- Mrs. Sophia Vette, Mrs. Mary Vette, Mrs. Minnie Diercks, Fred, Renato and Arnold Duensing, six grandchildren and two sisters- Mrs. John Calbow and Mrs. Christ Koch of Waverly, Iowa.

The funeral services were held Tuesday, at 1 o'clock at the house, and 1:30 at the German Lutheran church. The services were conducted in German by Rev. Walter VonSchenck of Belleville, Ill.,and in English by Rev. Moldenhauer, pastor of the Lutheran church of Algonquin. Interment was in the Algonquin cemetery.

Mr. Duensing was highly esteemed and honored, by all who knew him,, as an honest and faithful man and a kind and loving father. He was a man always willing to aid his fellow-men and his loss will be a great blow to his many friends. He was instrumental in organizing the German Lutheran congregation in Algonquin, and was an old settler, having resided in Algonquin for nearly 47 years.

Having acquired a competence as a farmer, he had retired, and occupied one of the finest residences in the village of Algonquin. In the home and in business, church and social life he occupied a happy and prominent position, and his death is a severe blow to the community in which he made his home. The loss is deeply and sincerely mourned.

Crystal Lake Herald
February 25, 1904



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