Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 2 May 1963




Rites for Herman L. Senstock, who had lived in Phillips County most of the time for more than 50 years, were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst.


Officiating was Rev. James Pomeroy, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Holyoke. Interment was at the Amherst Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Lewis Funeral Home of Holyoke. Mr. Senstock passed away Monday evening, April 22, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Clyde Nelson, in Denver. He had been in poor health for some time and was hospitalized in Denver before going to the Nelson home.


A son of Herman R. and Martha Petau Senstock, Herman L. Senstock was born March 7, 1892, in Pierce County, Nebraska, where he spent his boyhood and youth. He moved to Colorado with his parents in 1910, when he was 18 years of age, and engaged in farming between Amherst and Venango until 1941. He moved to Oregon in 1941, residing there until 1945, when he then returned to Phillips County. He had farmed near Paoli since that time and had made his home in Holyoke.


Surviving Mr. Senstock are two sons, Clifford Senstock, Venice, California, and Miles Senstock, Portland, Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. Darlene Neel, San Jose, California; his father, Herman R. Senstock, Denver; three brothers, John Senstock, Sterling, Fred Senstock, Denver, and Arthur Senstock of California; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Bangert, El Paso, Texas, and Martha, Mrs. Clyde Nelson, Denver; four grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.




Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, March 21, 1968


Herman Senstock of Denver, who lived in the Amherst community for many years, passed away Thursday, March 14, at the home of a daughter in Denver following a brief illness. Mr. Senstock celebrated his 100th birthday last fall.


He was remarkably active and alert for his age and was able to be "up and around" most of the time until about a week before his death. He was honored by a large group of relatives and friends at open house at Grace Lutheran Church in Denver on his 100th birthday, October 8, 1967.


Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst, with Rev. Theodore Schauland, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was at the Amherst Cemetery.


One of a family of nine boys, Mr. Senstock was born at Nuesdorff, Germany. When he was 17 years of age, in 1884, he came to the United States after being encouraged to do so by a brother, Ernest, who had come to this country the previous year.


Soon after arriving in New York, Mr. Senstock went to Nebraska by train. Unable to speak English at first, Herman and Ernest Senstock began farming near Tobias, Nebraska. They resided there for a short time, then moved to a farm near Pierce, Nebraska, and later settled near Friend, Nebraska in 1888.


Herman Senstock was united in marriage to Martha Petau of Friend, Nebraska, in 1889. Thirteen children were born to this union, four of whom survive.  After living near Friend for a time, Mr. and Mrs. Senstock, accompanied by Mr. Senstock's brother, moved to a farm near Plainview, Nebraska. They moved to the Amherst, Colorado community in 1910 and made their home in a granary until they could build a house. It was there that Mr. and Mrs. Senstock celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1914 and their 50th anniversary in 1939.


Mr. Senstock's surviving children are Mrs. Clyde Nelson, already mentioned, and Fred Senstock, both of Denver, Mrs. Fred Bangert, El Paso, Texas, and Arthur Senstock, who lives in California. Others surviving include 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.






Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 1 Feb 1940




Amherst Woman Dies at 75 Month after Suffering Paralytic Stroke


Mrs. Herman Senstock, who suffered a stroke of apoplexy on December 29, died at her home in Amherst January 24 at 8:40 p.m., having been confined to her bed ever since the day of her affliction.


Mrs. Martha Senstock was born at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, October 5, 1866, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Petau. In infancy she was baptized in the Lutheran Church of that city. At the age of thirteen, she renewed her baptismal vow in person, when she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Friend, Nebraska. In 1874 she accompanied her parents from Wisconsin to Friend, Nebraska, where she received her education, and grew to womanhood, and where she also made the acquaintance of Herman Senstock. They were married September 3, 1889, and that same year the young couple moved to Pierce, Nebraska, to make their home. Four years later, in 1892, they moved to Plainview, Nebraska, where they lived on a farm until they came to Colorado in 1910, when they purchased a farm near Amherst. Later when their children had grown up they retired from the farm and moved into Amherst.


Surviving are her husband, five sons, John of Amherst, Herman of Malin, Oregon, Fred of Venango, Nebraska, Arthur of California and Harold of Hastings, Nebraska, and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Bangert of Sidney, Nebraska, and Mrs. Clyde Nelson of Kansas City, Kansas, one sister, Mrs. Ed Thomas of Columbus, Nebraska, three daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.


Last September 3 she and her husband celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary of which occasion she was very proud. She was a charter member of the St. Paul's Lutheran ladies' aid, and always was a willing helper. She had always been in good health, and although affected with loss of hearing to some extent, she always enjoyed visiting, and took a personal interest in community quilting parties.


Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon, Rev. W.W. Wilk officiating. The remains was laid to rest in the Amherst Cemetery. Visiting relatives, attending the funeral were: H.L. Bartells of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mrs. Ed Thomas of Columbus, Nebraska, Herman Senstock, Jr. of Malin, Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bangert and family of Sidney, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Nelson of Kansas City, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Senstock and family of Venango, Nebraska, Harold Senstock of Hastings, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. George Naggatz, Mrs. Alvin Dunbar and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rodeman of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Nelson, and Mr. and Mrs. Nels Nelson and son, all of Sidney, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rigsby and daughter and Leon Schnase of Venango, Nebraska.




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