Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 12 Feb 1942




Resident of County 34 Years Dies February 2 at Amherst Home


Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at Amherst for Fred Nierman, a resident of the Amherst community the past 34 years, who died Monday morning, February 2, at his home.


The final rites were held at the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the pastor, Rev. Harold Brauer, officiating. Burial was made in the Amherst Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Walter Leben, William Radtke, Leonard Rodeman, Fred Rafert, Wilfred Schmidt and George Rafert. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Herman Senstock, Sr., Julius Schmidt, Henry Rodeman, Ernest Rehfeld, H.W. Bauer and Charles Helms.


Mr. Nierman, who was 75 years, six months and 10 days old at the time of his death, suffered a heart attack the previous week. His eyesight commenced failing him 35 years ago, at which time he submitted to operations at Omaha, Nebraska, for the removal of cataracts. Following the operations, his sight was restored and he was again able to read and manage his business affairs. However, his advanced age and weakened optic nerve caused almost total blindness during his last eight years.


Johann Friedrich Nierman, known as Fred Nierman, was born July 23, 1866, at Brownstown in Jackson County, Indiana, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nierman. During his infancy, he was baptized in the Lutheran Church and he was confirmed in that faith May 2, 1880, at Wegen, Indiana. He received his education in the parochial schools at Wegen.


In 1880, Mr. Nierman left Indiana and moved to Pierce County in Nebraska to seek employment. The marriage of Mr. Nierman and Miss Ida Stark was solemnized February 9, 1893. Following their marriage, they established their home on a farm near Osmond, Nebraska, where they lived until 1909, when they and their children moved to Phillips County and settled on a farm one and one-half miles east of Amherst. Mr. and Mrs. Nierman retired from the farm in 1920 and moved into Amherst, where they had built a new home. Mrs. Nierman died February 27, 1926, and since that time the late Mr. Nierman had resided in the home with one of his children or other relatives living with him.


Throughout his life, he was a member of the Lutheran Church. He was a charter member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Amherst, which congregation he helped to organize in 1910.


Surviving are three sons, Otto C., Clarence and F.W. Nierman of Amherst; three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Schmidt and Mrs. E.C. Schmidt of Amherst and Mrs. E.J. Davis of Sedgwick; a brother, Ed Nierman, of Brownstown, Indiana, three sisters, Mrs. Henry Horstman, Mrs. William Horstman and Mrs. William Quade of Browntown, Indiana; 24 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.






Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, 13 Apr 1967




Otto C. Nierman of Amherst, well known retired rural mail carrier, died at about 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at Melissa Memorial Hospital here. He was 72 years of age.


Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst, with Rev. Theodore Schauland officiating. Interment was at the Amherst cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Lewis Funeral Home.


Mr. Nierman suffered a heart attack in 1958 but recovered and again enjoyed good health until several months ago. He and his wife went to Mesa, Arizona in January, where they had been spending part of the winter for the past few years. They returned home on March 27 and Mr. Nierman entered the local hospital on March 31.


A son of Fred Nierman Sr., and Ida Stark Nierman, Otto Carl Nierman was born September 26, 1894 at Osmond, Pierce County, Nebraska. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Plainview, Nebraska, on November 11, 1894, and was confirmed on April 12, 1908 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osmond, Nebraska. He came to Amherst in the spring of 1909 and resided in that community the rest of his life. On October 22, 1919, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Leben at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst. To this union seven children were born, six of whom survive.


Mr. Nierman served in the U.S. Army from August 7, 1918 until August 13, 1919, and had been an active member of the American Legion since that time. He held many offices in the Legion and was a member of Post No. 90 of Holyoke.


He became a rural mail carrier of January 1, 1925, and retired on September 30, 1964, after almost 40 years of service. He was very active in district, state and national mail carriers' associations and took an active part in civic and community activities. He served as a Sunday school teacher at St. Paul Lutheran Church, was a member of the choir, held various church offices, and was a Lutheran Laymen's league officer, both on the circuit and state levels.




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