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From: Roger Peters <>
Subject: [OSTFRIESEN] Looking back: Vera Abbas, Kanawha, Iowa
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:13:39 -0800 (PST)


As we close the year, it is a good time to look back as well
as to the future and I thought it would be appropriate to recognize Vera
(Maddick) Abbas, formerly of Kanawha, Iowa for her efforts to record history
for the future.  Vera spent countless
hours recording and sharing the history of her small farming community that had
many settlers from the border area around Bunde/Wymeer, Ostfriesland and
Beerta/Bellingwolde, Netherlands.  She
provided significant assistance with the publication of Kanawha’s 100 year centennial
book in 1999 and other histories.  Vera
passed away on October 6, 2012.
 
Vera was married to Clarence Abbas, one of my great-uncles, the
son of Daniel Abbas, who was born in Wymeer,, and Nomke Kristjaans (Nancy
Christians) who was born in Bellingwolde.  Daniel is listed in entry # 19 in the Wymeer OFB, the son of Freerk
Abbas and Grietje Gruis.        
 
I have posted some early pictures of Kanawha if you want to
see the community that Vera chronicled.  It was founded in 1899 when the railroad came through and probably followed
the same quick initial growth path as many new farming communities along rail
lines.  Here’s a link to the pictures: www.flickr.com/photos/rptrs
 
Vera’s obituary was provided by the Ewing Funeral Home of Kanawha, Iowa on October 7,
2012 .
 
Vera Marie
(Maddick) Abbas, 93, of Kanawha, left to meet her Lord peacefully Saturday,
October 6, 2012, at the Kanawha Community Home.
 
Graveside
services, per her wishes, will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 1:00 PM
at Amsterdam Township Cemetery in Kanawha with Pastor Tim Rieckhoff-Faris
officiating.
 
Vera was born
February 21, 1919 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of James and Hazel
Maddick.  They later moved to Kanawha.
 
She was
baptized in the Methodist Church and attended Kanawha schools.  On September 5, 1936 she married Clarence
Abbas and they began farming South of town.  They had one son Larry.
 
In her younger
years she enjoyed sewing and crocheting, and coaching girls softball.  Later in life she loved collecting antiques
especially dolls, keeping town history and traveling the United States, England
and Europe gathering information on family history.  She helped start the Labor Day Celebration in
Kanawha.  She is survived by her son
Larry and his wife Kathleen, three grandchildren, Kurt, Kristen, Nicholas and
their spouses and children.
 
She was
preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 70 years, twin sisters Arline
and Darline and sisters Vivian and Iliah.
 
The family
wishes to thank the Kanawha Community Home and Hospice for their care.
 


Roger Peters



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