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Johanna Kranz Obituary

Johanna Caroline KRANZ nee GUNTHER, died at Murtoa on the 7th of January 1899. The following notice was published in the Dunmunkle Standard on Friday the 13th of January 1899.

"On Tuesday last the remains of Mrs. John G. Kranz were laid to rest in the Murtoa cemetery, she having at the time of death almost reached the ripe age of 82. Mr. and Mrs. Kranz were amongst the oldest settlers of the Hamilton district, where three of their daughters became Mrs. Heinrich Schulz, Mrs. Frederick Schulz, and Mrs. Holtkamp, all of whom are highly respected and well-to-do farmers of the Murtoa district. Their other children are Mrs. Germain of Dunkeld, Mrs. Geo Eckel of Minyup, and Mr. John Kranz of South Hamilton.

The old couple came to the Wimmera about 12 years ago, and the first break in the family was the death of the father, which took place about eight years since. For some time after her husband's death Mrs. Kranz lived in a cottage in this township, and it was not until about 18 months ago that the old lady experienced her first illness, which took the form of a paralytic stroke.

She was then removed to Mr. H Schulz's residence, where amid the affectionate attention of children and grandchildren, she spent the closing months of a lengthy, vigorous and useful life.

Like many others of the fast dwindling band of old Australian colonists, Mr. and Mrs. Kranz had had to face the hardships and difficulties of pioneer life, but courage, energy, and thrift enabled them to get ahead of all such obstacles and in both their lives there was light at eventide.

The funeral procession which started from Mr. H Schulz's residence, was followed by about 40 vehicles and some horsemen, and the service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. Pastor Hiller.

It may be added that the venerable couple left 43 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.  Mr. Wm. Crouch, local undertaker, satisfactorily conducted the funeral arrangements."

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Johanna C. KRANZ nee GUNTHER