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Obituary of Mary Charlotte Jonas Haas


Smith County Pioneer

Mary Charlotte, daughter of Joel and Nancy Jonas, was born July 26, 1883, at Boggstown, IN. She came with her parents ot Naponee, in March 1884, where her father homesteaded, five miles north of Naponee. Here she grew to womanhood, receiving her education at the country school, Boswell, now Sindt District 14.

Mary, better know to her old friends here as Mollie, was united in marriage to Fred Haas, September 24, 1904, in the original sod house on her parents homestead. To this union five children were born: Minnie Mae, Clifford Andrew, Albert Louis, Ruby Jane, and Henry Carl.

On May 19, 1920, her husband Fred, was killed by lightning. She was married to John Harp at Franklin, in September 1923. They moved to Benkleman, where he passed away March 9, 1925, due to cancer. In February 1926, she married August Gunther of Benlkeman. He passed away August 25, 1954. After his death, she went to California to make her home with her son, Henry. Due to the death of her son-in-law, Albert DeRiese, she lived the remainder of her years with her daughter, Minnie, at Tieton, WA. She passed away June 20, 1962 at Summitview Manor, Yakima, WA, age 78 years, 11 months and 26 days.

She leaves to mourn her passing, Minnie DeRiese, Tieton, WA; Clifford Haas, Smith Center, KS, and Ruby Andrews, Derby, CO. Albert Louis was killed in action in Belguim on December 17, 1944, Henry passed away at his home in Inglewood, CA, January 3, 1959, also 30 grandchildren, one great granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Riley and Mrs. Hattie Schnuerle of Naponee; one brother, Barton Jonas of Hunter, KS and a host of friends and other relatives.

Mrs. Gunther was a member of the Baptist Church of Benkleman. Funeral Services were held in Hutchins Funeral Home, Monday June 25, 1962 at 2pm with the Rev. John Brady of Naponee officiating. Mrs. Lorraine Babcock and Mrs. Pauline Stone, accompanied by Miss Alma Kleen, furnished the music. Pallbears were Victor Wohleb, Perry Losey, Charles Quinn, Chris DeRiese, Theodore DeRiese, and Glenn Gardner. Interment was in the Naponee Cemetery.


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