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Lorena Sarah (Churchill) Cole
Born - December 28, 1885
Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa
Graduated High School - 1903
Stanton High School, Stanton, Nebraska
Attended Doan College,
Married - October 10, 1906
Stanton, Stanton County Nebraska
Died - December 10, 1914
Hotel Loyal, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Buried - December 13, 1914
Stanton Cemetery, Stanton County, Nebraska
Photograph courtesy of Donna Lorena (Wertz) Gardiner
Mrs. Harold Cole
Mrs. Harold Cole of Cody, Nebraska, died in Omaha, Thursday of
last week and was buried in Stanton
Sunday forenoon at 11 o'clock from the Congregational church.
The sermon was preached by Rev. Edwin
Booth of Norfolk, and was a beautiful discourse. A quartette composed
of Mr. Welch, Mr. Pilger, Mrs. Eberly and Mrs. Harris sang.
The church was decorated with a profusion of flowers.
Rev. John F. Poucher delivered an appreciation and in part he said:
"I have stood on the wharf and watched a ship glide to its pier
at the quays after a short and pleasant voyage. It moved so quietly
to its place in the harbor that its motion was almost imperceptible.
I hardly knew when it was anchored and the voyage ended."
"After weeks of suffering with alternating hope and despair among
those nearest to her the end came tranquilly
and sweetly and peacefully she glided into the haven of rest."
"Lorena Sarah Churchill was born December 28, 1885, at Waterloo, Iowa.
Her father, Loren E. Churchill died when she was an infant and
one of his last requests was that she should receive the rite of baptism.
This request was granted and she was baptized by the
Rev. J. H. Rhea, D. D. of Waterloo, Iowa.
The first nine years of her life were spent in
Waterloo with her grandparents.
"While her mother was engaged in kindergarten work at Naperville, Illinois,
she became acquainted with Reverend John J. Klopp. This acquaintance
ripened into affection and they were married. Mrs. Klopp's daughter,
Lorena and Mr. Klopp's daughter Grace, stood with their parents
when the ceremony was pronounced that united them in one family.
From that time on she made her home with her mother
and adopted father and the family lived as happily as any family
could possibly live. Mr. Klopp and Lorena were deeply
attached to each other and the most confidential relations were
established between them.
No father could love his own daughter more ardently than did
Mr. Klopp and this daughter by marriage. And no daughter could
trust and honor her own father more fully than did Lorena trust
and honor her foster-father. And the children that came into the home
later only added to its happiness."
"For two years their home was in Naperville and then two years
were spent in Chicago from whence the family came to Stanton in 1898.
She was a graduate of the Stanton High School of the class of 1903.
She also was a student in Doan College.
"While living in Stanton she met Harold Cole and on October 10, 1906,
they were united in marriage. Two little ones came to bless this union of hearts. Ruth Evelyn, who is now seven years old, and Margaret Maxine,
who has now reached the age of four years.
For five years she lived with her husband in Stanton before moving to
Cody, Nebraska, where they have made their home since 1911.
"She was a member of the Congregational church, having united
with the church at this place shortly after coming to Stanton.
She was also a member of the Woman's Literacy club.
"She passed away on December 11, 1914, at the age of 28 years,
11 months and 13 days."
"And so she left us, the lovely and loving daughter, sister, wife,
mother, friend, when womanhood's morning almost touches noon,
and while the shadows still were falling to the west. While yet in love with life
and raptured with the world, she passed to silence and pathetic dust.
Yet after all, it may be best, just in the happiest, sunniest hour
of the voyage, while eager winds are kissing every sail, to dash
against the unseen rock, and in an instant hear the billows
roar above a sunken ship. For whether in mid ocean or among
the breakers of the farther shore, a wreck must mark at last
the end of each and all; and every life, no matter if its every hour
is rich with love and every moment jeweled with joy, will, at its close,
become a tragedy as sad and deep and dark as can be woven
of the warp and woof of mystery and death."
"For in this world we are in the midst of mystery.
Why should so good a woman be called so terrifically to suffer?
We think of all the days of tense anxiety when the devoted husband took
her from Norfolk to Omaha and to Rochester and wanted to take
her to Baltimore but the surgeons shook their heads."
"That husbandly affection is but a poor fiber which lasts only
while the eyes sparkle and the cheek has in it the flush of sunrise.
The loving husband held that hand as tenderly and as lovingly after
it was wasted and shrunk as when it was round and well and strong.
The intensity of the affection only increasing as the life waned.
"Why should she be taken at this age? At the very height of her
usefulness and influence? Why not wait until she was worn out with old age?
Why was it when she was so much needed y her husband and these
motherless little ones? To the sick and infirm who can look forward
to nothing but pain and suffering, death is a grateful and happy release.
To those who have accomplished the allotted span,
and whose life-work is over, it is but a lying down to sleep,
preparatory to a glorious and eternal morning. That this is so we
all reverently believe, and our natural sorrow at parting is
chastened by that belief. But when one who has not yet reached
the noon of life and in the meridian of her usefulness, with the
tendrils of affection reaching from her heart and entwining those
who art yet helpless and dependent, is suddenly and without
warning swallowed up and engulfed in the great ocean of eternity,
it comes to us as a terrible calamity, and not even the knowledge
"that He doeth all things well," can assuage our grief.
No wonder that we cry out in anguish of spirit,
"Why did he not take us, who could be so much better spared."
"It is a sorrowful thing when a useful life is cut short;
it is an awful blow to those who have to cry with stunned head
and bleeding heart. How shall we ever do without her?
It is terrible when the anxious mother, who cannot imagine
how the little children, in a hundred ways, can do without her
for a single day is stricken down. When she must leave them
behind her not knowing who will care for them, only knowing that
no mortal under heaven will care for them and watch their little ways,
and anticipate their little wants, as she would have done had
God spared her. But who of us dares presume that her
mission was not accomplished."
"And so like the lily her fragrance is still with us and as we
think of her sunny disposition and cheerful life
we will not say that her death was untimely.
Card of Thanks
We desire to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many kind
friends and neighbors who assisted us during our recent bereavement
and to those who contributed flowers.
J. J. Klopp and Family
H. A. Cole and Family
The Stanton Weekly Picket
December 17, 1914
Husband - Harold Andros Cole
Born - March 26, 1887
Rosebud Agency, South Dakota
Occupation - Bank Teller - Stanton, Nebraska
Died - August 20, 1931
Buried - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Harold's Father - Judge A.D. Cole
Harold's Mother - Alice (Nicklin) Cole
To This Union 2 Children Were Born
Daughter - Ruth Evelyn (Cole) Wertz
Born - June 11, 1907
Stanton, Stanton County, Nebraska
Husband - Vernon Hart Wertz
Daughter - Margaret Maxine (Cole) Hjelle
Born - August 16, 1910 - Nebraska
Husband - Roy H, Hjelle
Note - After Lorena's untimely death at only 28 years of age, Harold Cole
Married again to one of Lorena's friends, Florence Maude (McKitrick)
Cole and had 3 boys, Robert A. Cole, Bruce M. Cole & Gordon D. Cole.
Information supplied by Lorena's Granddaughter, Donna Gardiner.
Father - Loren Edward Churchill
Mother - Ida Mary (Bodey) Churchill Klopp
Step - Father - Rev. John James Klopp
Grandfather - George Bodey
Grandmother - Sarah (Hoy) Bodey
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