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Bernadine Fendrich
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Salem Special, Salem, South Dakota Jan 2, 1941

Mrs. Joseph Streff died at the family home in this city on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1940, at about eight o'clock, after an illness of many weeks. Her condition had been exceedingly serious for some time and a week earlier her son, Gregor, the only one of the children living away from Salem, was summoned from Los Angeles, California, arriving the day before she passed away. Funeral services were conducted at nine o'clock on Friday morning, December 27th, at St. Mary's Catholic church, the Solemn Requiem Mass being sung by Rt. Rev. Monsignor B. Weber, assisted by Rev. Henry Kolbeck of Farmer and Rev. U.J. Rodenbur of Webster, SD. The pall bearers were Pierre Kugener, John E. Bies, Charles McShane, Frank Feterl, Henry Tuschen and Henry Reif. Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Bernadine Fendrich was born at Anholdt, Westphalen, in Germany, and was brought to the United States by her parents when she was 8 years old. The family first settled in Carroll county, Iowa, but in 1882 they moved to Salem and since then she has always made her home in this community. On February 22, 1889 she was united in marriage to Joseph Streff in this city, and from then until three years ago they made their home on one of the gentleman's farms near Salem. After Mr. Streff retired from active farming they moved into town. She is survived by her husband; nine children, Gregor of Los Angeles, California; Anna, Bernadina, Joseph, Philemon, Alphonse, John, William and Henry, all of this community; and one brother, Ben Fendrich, also of Salem. One child died in infancy.

Mrs. Streff was a kindly soul, whose consideration for others gained her many friends. She was a devout Christian and aside from her interest in church activities she was content to devote all of her energies and efforts to the home family.