Anna Marie Becker Harre

Mrs. Matt Harre died at her home, three and a half miles east of Exeter, Monday afternoon, October 3, 1910, after an illness of two months.

She leaves a husband, five children and many other relatives to mourn her death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Catholic church, conducted by Father Hagen.

The services were largely attended.

Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
October 6, 1910


Mathias William Harre

Mathias William Harre was born in Melle, Germany, on March 9, 1872, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Wiszmann) Harre. Coming to America, with his parents, at the age of nine, he had made his home in Exeter township, since that time.

Living on the farm that his father homesteaded until 1918, when he moved with his family to the farm where he resided at the time of his death. He was the last surviving member of the Harre family, his parents, one brother, three sisters, Mrs. Henry Allewelt, Miss Anna, Mrs. Peter Michaley, and one half sister, Mrs. August Winkler, having preceded him in death.

On October 6, 1896, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Becker at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter. To this union six children were born. On October 3rd, 1910, his wife Anna passed away. From that time on he was both father and mother to his five small children, the oldest, Anna, having died at birth. Another deep sorrow came to him in the loss of one son, Aloysius, who passed away on January 6th, 1933.

"Grandpa" Harre, as he had come to be known, was a respected and honored member of the Exeter community. He was beloved by all members of his family and will be sorely missed from his family group. Especially, will be missed from the family circle, where he and his youngest son , Jerome, his wife, Henrietta, and their children had lived together for the past 22 years. The loving memory of his kindly presence will ever linger in his home as a gentle reminder of grandpa's piety, kindness and his patient disposition.

Grandpa Harre passed away on Sunday morning, July 20th, 1958, at the Friend hospital, following a brief illness. The Requiem funeral Mass was said by Msgr. H. H. Ingenhorst at St. Stephen's Church on Tuesday, July 22nd, where he was a devoted member for his entire life. Three grandsons, Steve, Leon and Joseph Harre and two great grandsons, Glen and Richard Coffey, were Altar boys. Six grandsons, Robert, Frank, Thomas, James, Jerome E. and Kenneth were pallbearers.

Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery.

Among those attending the funeral from out-of-town were Jody Tatro, Denver; Miss Anna Niessing of Bellflower, California; Mrs. Josephine Judge, Atkinson; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geiger, Mr. and Mrs. James Geiger and family of Utica; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Harre, A1C and Mrs. Richard Nicholas, A1C and Mrs. Jerome Paulus, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Hruby, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Harre,  all from Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Becker, Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fuller of Hallam; Mrs. Mathias Harre of Crete; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keil of Fairmont; and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pospisil of Friend.

Grandchildren not able to be present were S-Sgt Matthias Harre and SP3 Al Harre, who were on Reserve duty, Mrs. Clarence Harre of Winslow, Arizona, Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Williamsen and Rochelle of Fairfax, California, S-Sgt and Mrs. Wm. Hansen and baby of Lincoln and SP4 Verlyn Kuska of St. Sill, Oklahoma.

Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
July 31, 1958