Cottonwood Chronicle Thursday, June 3, 1937


Residents of Cottonwood received a shock Sunday morning when word was made known of the death of Mrs. Mary Klapprich, pioneer resident of this community. Mrs. Klapprich was 83 years of age at the time of her death and while she had been in failing health for some time her demise came unexpectedly and as a surprise to relatives and friends. Death was attributed to complications arising from old age.
Mary Herbrand was born at Habschied, Germany on August 23, 1853 and came to the United States with her parents when two years of age. The family settled in Minnesota where she grew to womanhood. In 1876 she was united in marriage to Peter Klapprich and shortly afterward they moved to Bismarck, N.D. where they lived until 1903 when the family came west and located on a farm near Cottonwood.
In 1916 Mr. and Mrs. Klapprich retired from the strenuous life of operating the farm and moved to town to live. Mr. Klapprich passed away in October 1930.
Mrs. Klapprich, a life long member of the Catholic Church, was a staunch Christian and was a loving mother, and a friend to all who knew her. The entire community offers sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their hour of sorrow.
Surviving relatives are three daughters, Mrs. Frank Jaszkowiak, Bismarck, N.D., Mrs. John Schnider and Mrs. E.J. Terhaar, both of Cottonwood; three sons, Harry, Joseph and Louis, all of Cottonwood and two brothers, Nick Herbrand, Foley, Minnesota and Michael Herbrand, Denver, Colorado.
One daughter, Mrs. Thomas Gentry passed away at Cottonwood in 1920 and the eldest son died when a child of two years of age.
Funeral arrangements were held at the Catholic Church in Cottonwood Wednesday morning at eight o'clock with the Rev. Fr. Verhoeven reading the Requiem Mass and the church was crowded with friends who came to pay their final respects the venerable lady taken from the community. Following the services at the church, interment was in the local cemetery.
Pallbearers were Henry, Louis, Bernard and Richard Schnider and George Jaszkowiak, grandsons of Mrs. Klapprich and Delmar Rad, a great-grandson.
Funeral arrangements were in charge of Brower-Wann, Lewiston.

Submitted by Chris Cornett



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