Miami Union

June 2, 1910

FESSLER, JOHN MARTIN - Polo--John Martin Fessler died Sunday morning, May 29, at his late home near here his death being due to a complication of diseases.  He was born August 3, 1833, in Baden, Germany, and was the son of John and Salome Fessler.  February 13, 1862, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Petersime.  The wife, two sons, three daughters, two brothers and many other relatives and friends survive to mourn his death.  The funeral which was largely attended, was held from the Evangelical Lutheran church Tuesday, May 31, and was conducted by the Rev. C. E. Krumm.  Interment at Forest Hill.  

Miami Union

June 16, 1910 

FESSLER, JOHN MARTIN - John Martin Fessler was born August 3, 1833, in Baden, Germany.  On August 6, 1833 his christian parents dedicated their son to the triune God in Holy Baptism.  In obedience to their baptismal vow he was also instructed in God's word at home and in the church.  After having complete a course of Bible study in the catechism he made a public confession of his faith and was received into full communicant membership of the Evangelical Lutheran church by the rite of confirmation on the 26th day of May 1849.  The pastor, who instructed and also confirmed him, was Rev. Isaac Hursch.  Brother Fessler came to America in June in the year 1845.  On February 18, 1862, he was united in marriage with Miss Katherine Elizabeth Peterseim, Rev George Schafter officiating.  God blessed their home with 10 children, six sons and four daughters.  Brother Fessler departed this life May 29, 1910, having attained the age of 76 years, 9 months and 26 days.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, two brothers, besides a large circle of relatives and friends.  A precious one from us has gone.  In many respects father Fessler was a noble example and worthy model.  He was well and favorably known throughout the community in which he lived.  By word and deed he was kind and obliging, honest and upright, peace loving and law abiding.  In his home he was a loving husband and father, one who ever sought to train up his children in the way they should age.  He was a sincere Christian and to his death a loyal Lutheran, one who took an active interest in the welfare of his church.  For many years he rendered valuable services to the St. Paul's Lutheran congregation of which he was a faithful member in the capacity of deacon, trustee, treasurer and elder.  His last illness dates back about five weeks, when a complication of ailments set in.  All was done for him that loving hearts and willing hands could do, but his condition gradually grew worse, until death brought him sweet deliverance.  On Sunday morning, May 29, his soul took its homeward flight and he entered into his eternal rest.  Funeral services were conducted at the St. Paul's Lutheran church of Newberry township, Miami county, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 31, by the pastor, Rev. C. E. Krumm of Piqua, who spoke words of instruction and comfort from the text, Matt. 25:21.  May the memory of his whole life be an inspiration and comfort to the members of his family and his church.  We will not think of him as dead, but as ever living, the grave is now the peaceful resting place for his body and heaven is the home of his soul.  He was laid to rest in beautiful Forest Hill cemetery at Piqua, there to await the glorious resurrection morn at the last great day.  May he rest in peace.                         C. E. K.

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