Obituary Record

Bernhard Abels
Died on 3/21/1923
Buried in Kennard Cemetery

#1-Published in the Blair Pilot March 21, 1923

B. Ables, who has been in business at Kennard for the past thirty-three years, passed away at 7:30 this morning from the effects of a paralytic stroke he suffered ten days ago while talking to a friend in the store. He sank to the floor and became unconscious, from which he never recovered. The funeral will be held at the Methodist church at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Wm. D. Smith officiating. Mr. Ables was born in Oldenburg, Germany February 19th, 1855, and was, therefore, just past 68 years of age. He came to this country in 1881 and settled for a time in Omaha, where he was married to Miss Johanna Donnamann. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Kennard, which had been their home ever since. Three daughters were born to them, Mrs. Allie Edwards; Tillie, Mrs. R.L. Pettit; and Bertha, Mrts. W.F. Seahold, both of Omaha. He was clerk of the Modern Woodman lodge and had always taken a deep interest in the order, which will have charge of the burial in the Kennard cemetery. He is survived by two brothers, Henry and Anton, both of Omaha. Mr. Ables was a good husband, father and citizen and will long be remembered by all who knew him.

#2-22 Mar., 1923 - The Enterprise


The sad news of the death of Bernhard Abels of Kennard reached Blair yesterday. Coming unexpectedly as it did, it was a shock to the community in which he had been a prominent figure for many years.

Mr. Abels was born in Oldenburg, Germany February 19,1855, and came to this country in 1881. He first settled near Omaha where he made his home for about seven years, and then moved to Kennard where he has since resided.

He was married to Miss Johanna Donnamann in April of 1882, and three children, all girls, came to gladden their hearts. These girls have grown to womanhood and are married: Mrs. Allie Edwards of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. W. P. Seabold and Mrs. R. S. Pettit of Omaha.

Two brothers, Henry and Anton, both of Omaha, besides the grief-stricken wife and daughters also survive.

Mr. Abels was a man well known and liked in his community and held the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends who will grieve with the family over their loss.

He was a member of the M.W.A. lodge of Kennard, and the funeral services will be held under the auspices of that organization from the M.E. church in Kennard at one o’clock p.m. with Rev. Smith of that church delivering the funeral address, after which the interment will be made according to the beautiful ceremonies of the order.

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

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