Posted By:Carol Page Tilson
Subject:Obits: William & Marie [Ruff] Sielaff
Post Date:December 21, 2005 at 15:16:34
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From "Grand Island Daily Independent" [Grand Island, Hall Co., NE], Aug 1964 [exact date unknown; he d. 03 Aug 1964]:

Wm Sielaff Succumbs

William C. Sielaff, 808 W. 7th Street, died this morning at a local hospital

Mr. Sielaff had entered the hospital Sunday. Services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 from Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. O. A. Graebner, officiating. Interment will be in the Grand Island Cemetery.

Visitation hours will be held Wednesday evening from 7-9 at the Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

Mr. Sielaff, son of Adolph and Therese Sell Sielaff, was born May 8, 1882 at Chicago, Ill. He moved with his parents to Nebraska at the age of five.

Mr. Sielaff farmed as a young man.

He married Marie Ruff 29, 1907 at Grand Island.

The family made their home on a farm near Ravenna until 1913 when they moved to Grand Island.

In 1932 Mr. Sielaff entered into a partnership in the Holmann and Sielaff gas and oil station. He continued in this capacity until 1945 when he retired.

Mr. Sielaff was a member of Trinity Lutheran church. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Chicago and confirmed at Ravenna.

Survivors include his wife, Marie, one son, Delmar, Sr. Three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Two brothers, George, Ravenna, and Robert, Ainsworth. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Sielaff Rites Held Thursday

Funeral services for William Sielaff were held Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. O. A. Graebner officiating.

Pallbearers were: William Fila, Leonard Fila, Leon Lucas, Marion Codner, Edward Ruff and Kenneth Lyon. Burial was in Grand Island Cemetery.

Present from out of the city were: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bamesberger of Hampton; Rev. and Mrs. Carl Tiemann, Palmer; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Koester, Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. George Sielaff and Mrs. Fred Sielaff, Ravenna; Harry Stein and Mrs. Stella Witrock, Sidney; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lucal, Central City; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Fuss, Cotesfield; Mrs. Rose Fuss of Ord and friends from St. Libory.

From "The Grand Island Daily Independent" [Grand Island, Hall Co., NE], 28 Apr 1969, p. 13, col. 3-4:

Marie L. Sielaff Dies; Funeral Set

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie L. Sielaff, 87, of 112 N. Pine will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Otto Hussmann officiating.

A family prayer service will be held at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in the church chapel. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sielaff died Saturday in a local hospital.

She was born Feb. 23, 1882, on a farm north of Grand Island to John and Wilhelmina [Beier]* Ruff and attended Trinity Parochial School. She was married to William C. Sielaff April 29, 1907, at St. John's Lutheran Church northwest of Grand Island.

They farmed near Ravenna before coming to Grand Island in 1913 where Mr. Sielaff was a gasoline operator. He died in August, 1964.

Mrs. Sielaff was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Golden Age Club.

She is survived by a son, Delmar, Sr., of Grand Island; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter of Grand Island; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Quandt of Anaheim, Calif., and Mrs. Rose Nau of Omaha.

Mrs. Sielaff was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.

*Note: Marie's parents were John Adelbert Ruff and Wilhelmina Beyer.