Obituary Record

Peter Siert
Died on 11/15/1927
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1-Published in the Blair Pilot November 23, 1927

Peter Siert Funeral Sat.-Body Brought Here From Norfolk Thursday and Funeral Held-Was Past 73 Years Old

The body of Peter Siert, whose death occurred at Norfolk, Nebr., last Tuesday, was brought here Thursday by his wife, who had been with him during his lasts illness of about a week.

The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon at Trinity Church, Rev. Geo. H. Wolter, of Arlington, officiating, taking his text from 1st Timothy, 1:12. The mortal boy was laid in its final resting place in the Blair Cemetery by Christian hands as was his wish. The young folks of the congregation sang two songs at the service.

There was a large attendance at the funeral service and the wealth of flowers showed something of esteem in which Mr. Siert and his family were held in the community. He was a lover of the church and was always a faithful attendant at its services, having been confirmed in the Lutheran faith when he was a lad of fifteen years.

Peter Siert was born in Ramsdorf, Province of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, June 26th, 1855, so the span of his earthly life was 72 years, four months and 19 days. When he became of age he spent three years in the German Army after which he worked for three years for the minister who confirmed him in the Lutheran faith. Thus coming under Christian influence which strengthened him in that faith his whole life through.

After his father’s death in the spring of 1884 he came to this country and worked for a short time in New York City for Rev. Holste at a Child’s Savings Institute. He came to Blair and made his home with his brother, Henry for a time, returning to Germany in the fall of 1885.

In January of 1886 he was united in marriage to Miss Mathrine Sieh and in February of that same year he and his wife came to Blair and settled on a farm near Kennard after a few years he moved to this city, which had been his home ever since, but for a few years again spent on his farm.

Their only daughter passed away at the age of twelve years, leaving aching hearts that never ceased to mourn for her. Now the father has gone to be with her through all the years, and the mother will not be completely happy until she joins them in the great reunion over there.

Mr. Siert is survived by his wife, one brother in Germany, his sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry Siert, of this city, and a number of nephews and nieces, all of whom have the deepest sympathy of their many friends in their period of mourning.

#2-Published in the Enterprise November 24, 1927

Peter Siert was born June 26th, 1855 in Ramsdorf Province, Schleswig Holstein, Germany. He was confirmed in 1870. For years he worked on his father’s farm. Three years he served in the German Army as a soldier. After this he worked for his minister who had confirmed him, for over three years. Here he was under Christian influence which strengthened him in his faith to which her was true all his lifetime. After the death of his father in the spring of 1884 he immigrated to America.

Coming to New York he worked for some time for a Rev. Holste at a Child Savings institute. After this he came to Blair, Nebr., making his home with his brother. In the fall of 1885, he went back to his old home in Germany and in January, 1886 he was married to Miss Katharine Sieh. In February following he and his wife came back to Blair, settling on a farm near Kennard where he conducted a liquor business for several years, afterwards going back to farming. In 1908 he retired from active life, making his home in Blair for the remainder of his life.

Their union was blessed with one daughter, who preceded him into eternity at the age of almost twelve years. He leaves to mourn him, his wife, Katharine; one brother in Germany, one sister-in-law and a number of nephews and nieces.

He fell asleep in Jesus, Nov. 15 at the age of 72 years, 4 months, 19 days. The funeral services were conducted in Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. G. Walter of Arlington, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19. He preached a very impressive sermon based on Second Timothy 1-12. “For I know whom I have believed and an persuaded that he is able to keep, that which I have committed unto him against that day.” We know that Peter Siert was mentally beclouded for some time but we also know that he was a Christian soldier all his lifetime. Interment was made in the Blair Cemetery.

#3 Published in the Nov.,24 1927 Tribune, Blair, Nebraska


Last Rites of Peter Siert Observed Saturday Afternoon

The funeral of the late Peter Siert, who died at Norfolk last Tuesday morning of heart trouble, was held at the Trinity Lutheran church in this city at 2:30 last Saturday afternoon. The deceased was born in Schleswig Holstein, Germany in 1855 and after having received an education in the public schools, he was married. A few years later he and his wife came to the United States, and for a short time lived in New York where the husband was employed.

About 1880 they moved to Washington county and bought a farm near Kennard where they lived for a number of years until the deceased purchased a business in Blair. He was engaged in business in this city until his retirement some time ago, and since that time he had lived at his residence on west Lincoln street. He was a long-time resident of Washington county and had a host of friends who thought highly of him.

He leaves to mourn his loss his bereaved wife and several relatives in Germany. Following a short service at the church the body was laid to rest in Blair cemetery.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library ~~~

Printed in the Blair Pilot on 11/23/1927