Maude Mary (Montgomery) Fiegenbaum
1878 — 1953
Mrs. Fiegenbaum's services held at Methodist Church. Mrs. William E. Fiegenbaum of Geneva passed away at a Lincoln hospital at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, 6 September 1953, aged 74 years, 10 months and 8 days. She had been in ill health several months and was taken to the hospital Thursday, August 27th. Maude Mary Montgomery was born in Jackson, Ohio 28 October 1878. At the age of four and one-half years the family moved to Oregon, Missouri. After the death of her mother, she and her two sisters were reared and educated by an uncle, Robert Montgomery. She graduated from the Oregon High School, and attended Kansas State University and Western College at Oxford, Ohio. On 8 October 1901 she and William Edward Fiegenbaum were united in marriage and they came to live in Geneva, Nebraska which has been their home ever since. Three children blessed their marriage, Frederick Robert, who tarried with them just four and one-half months; Frances Montgomery, now Mrs. L. F. Klein of Lincoln; and William Edward II, who has just returned to Geneva after serving as a captain in the United States Army in Germany. Mrs. Fiegenbaum was a member of the Presbyterian Church during her girlhood. Following her marriage she and her husband united with the Methodist Church of Geneva, and for half a century they have loved and served this church faithfully and officially in many capacities. She also belonged to Chapter "O", P. E. O., the Geneva Woman's Club, and its several departments, and the O. K. Kensington. There are four grandchildren, Gretchen Turner, Nancy Klein, Susan Fiegenbaum and William Edward Fiegenbaum III, and one great grandchild, Karen Turner. Two sisters, Mrs. Henry Fiegenbaum of Springfield, Nebraska and Mrs. Grace Dungan of Oregon, Missouri also survive. A year and 11 months ago Mr. and Mrs. Fiegenbaum celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and at that time received the greetings and good wishes of a multitude of friends. Mrs. Fiegenbaum requested no flowers at the service, but suggested that any expressions of sympathy might be made in the form of a contribution to the Memorial Fund of the church which she loved for more than fifty years. Funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist Church of Geneva Tuesday morning, 8 September at 10:30. Dr. F. E. Pfoutz, pastor, gave the tribute. Organ music was provided by Miss Gayle Walton, the church organist. Mrs. Fiegenbaum's favorite hymn, "Crossing the Bar," was read with organ accompaniment. The pallbearers were Lyman Brooke, Lyle Cumberland, Tyler Edgecombe, John C. Gewacke, Charles Grothe and Harold Heath. Ushers were C. M. Humphrey and Wayne C. Winchell. Interment was in the Geneva Cemetery.
Source: The Nebraska Signal, of Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska; 10 September 1953. This transcription and citation were provided by Frances Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts.