OBIT: The Reveilor, Rolfe, Iowa, Fri. 21 Feb 1902
Grandma Hubel Called to Rest DIED--At the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. S. Smith, at Plover, Iowa, on Monday, February 10, 1902, Mrs. Mary Hubel, in her 83d year.
Many old settlers will recall Grandma Hubel, long a resident of Plover and whose husband, Wenzel Hubel, was the first postmaster of Pocahontas, Iowa. Mary Kershka was born at Piseck, Bohemia, Austria, in 1819. She was married to Wenzel Hubel at the age of 21. They emigrated to America and lived in CAnada in 1850, coming to Iowa City in 1851, where Mr. Hubel worked at this trade as a stone cutter, and the pillars on the east side of the old capital building are specimens of his work, which remain as a mo(nument) to his memory. At the removal of the capitol to Des Moines they removed to Tama county and purchased the tract of land on which the town of Vining is now built. From this place they moved to Fort Dodge in 1869 and remained three years, moving to Pocahontas in 1871, where Mr. Hubel served as the first postmaster of the town. In the eighties they returned first to Fort Dodge, then to Tama and thence back to Vining, where Mr. Hubel died in 1885. Since then she has made her home with her children. To them were born eight children, one of whom was buried in the ocean and two on Canadian soil. Two boys and three girls are yet living. The boys are W. A., who lives on a farm just west of Rolfe, and Fred, who lives at the old home at Vining. The daughters are Mary E., wife of J. S. Smith of Plover; Anna Drahos, who lives at Cedar Rapids, and Sadie, wife of A. J. Eggspuehler of Plover. Thus one by one they go into the newer and the larger life of that serener sphere. Grandma was a loyal, devoted Catholic in belief; but she was better than a mere Catholic or Protestant, for she had learned that grand truth
Creeds are not Christ
The love of God is broader
Than the measure of man's mind
And the heart of the Great Eternal
Is wonderfully kind.
Her only mission in life was to help others. Her children and her children's children arise to call her blessed.
The many friends who gathered at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday, February 11, spoke of the esteem in which she was held here, while those who gathered in the Catholic cemetery at Vining the next day told that all along life's journey she had sown friendship by her kindly deeds.