Elsie Dorthea (Knudsen) Sonderup, 1862-1925
Obituary – Elsie Dorthea Sonderup, her maiden name being Knudsen, was a daughter of Knud Knudsen and his wife, Kirsten Marie, was born April15, 1862 in Folding, Jylland, Denmark. She came to American in the spring of 1884 and was united in marriage to Mr. Wilhelm M. Sonderup, on March 23, 1887 at St. Paul, Nebr. This union was blessed with five sons and three daughters, Henry, Christian and Michael and two other little boys who died in infancy; the daughters being Marie, Emma and Esther. Mrs. Sonderup fell asleep in the Lord peacefully on Sunday morning, Sept. 20th, after an illness of about two weeks at the age of 63 years, 5 months and 5 days. Her death indeed was a gain for her, for she went home to be with the Lord as she was longing for; but a loss to her dear ones, who will always remember her as a loving, faithful, [illegible], self-sacrificing wife and mother. She was indeed a child of peace. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and children, nine grandchildren, a brother, Anders Knudsen, a niece, Mrs. John Swingholm of Wolbach, a nephew Mr. Knud Knudsen of Geneva, Nebraska, besides two brothers and an old dear mother, 94 years old, also in Denmark, and a host of friends. Blessed be her memory. The funeral was held from the Logan church Tuesday afternoon and a very large audience was present to pay their last respects to this noble woman. Rev. J. C. Pedersen from Dannebrog officiated at the funeral and spoke on a text in Ps. 50:15. Mr. N. Johnson, Rev. Magnussen of Ord and Rev. White of Wolbach all took part in the services and all spoke comfortingly about the life and example of this good, Christian wife and mother, and of the great hope that shines over the grave of a Christian. May the Lord comfort our bereaved friends in their sorrow. Card of Thanks – We hereby wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all our friends and neighbors who so kindly helped and comforted us at the death and funeral of our beloved wife and mother. Thanks for all the beautiful flowers and for every kind and comforting word. Especially do we thank the ministers who spoke so comfortingly at the services. William M. Sonderup, Marie, Emma and Esther Sonderup, Henry Sonderup & Children, Michael Sonderup & family, Christian Sonderup & family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 1, 1925
Wilhelm Mikkelsen Sonderup, 1864-1944
DEATH TAKES W. M. SONDERUP – Funeral Services Are Held At St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Funeral services were held Sunday, August 20, at St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Logan for W. M. Sonderup, a native of Denmark and a pioneer resident of this community. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased. His grand-daughters served as flower bearers. Wilhelm Mikkelsen Sonderup was born March 23, 1864 in Linstrup, Schleswig, Denmark. He died August 18, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Theo Petersen, near Dannebrog, Neb. He came to America in 1884, and spent two years at Dwight, Ill., coming from there to Howard county where he has since made his home. On March 22, 1887 he was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Knudsen. To this union were born five sons and three daughters. Two of the sons died in infancy. Mrs. Sonderup died in 1925. Mr. Sonderup took an active interest in the work of the church. For many years he served as a member on the church board of the North Logan church and also as Sunday School superintendent. He is survived by three sons, Henry of Howard county, Chris of Fullerton and Michael of Blair; three daughters, Mrs. Theo Petersen, Mrs. Marius Rasmussen and Mrs. Andrew Enoveldsen, all living near Dannebrog. There are also 29 grandchildren and 5 great grand-children. Out-of-town relatives attending the last rites included Mr. and Mrs. Niels Brojholm and daughter of Battle Creek, Ia., Mrs. Effie Sonderup of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Knud Knudsen of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sonderup of Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sonderup and family of Fullerton, Norman and Doris Sonderup of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hansen and family of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hansen and sons of Ralston.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 31, 1944