Staunton Star-Times - Friday, March 13, 1914



John Faulstich Passes Away At His Home Last Tuesday

John Faulstich passed away at his home in this city at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 1914, aged 83 years, after suffering for a week from the effects of a paralytic stroke.

His last illness and death came as a severe shock to his children, for just a week previous to his death he was found able to follow his daily routine of life in the usual manner. The paralytic stroke overcame him without a moment of warning, while he was walking in the yard. When the blindness came upon him he was prevented from falling to the ground by holding to a post when he gave a warning of his illness and was tenderly carried to the house by relatives where he gradually became very much worse until the call of death relieved him from his suffering.

After the death of Mrs. Faulstich, which occurred about 3 years ago, Mr. Faulstich has continued to reside in the old Faulstich home place and in order that his wishes might be gratified, his daughter and her husband, former city clerk Charles F. Kruse and wife, stored a portion of their furniture and left their pleasant home in the east part of the city to reside with him in the old home place, which has been for many years. The devotion of this daughter and her family to her father was a beautiful example of love well repaid.

John Faulstich was born in Londorf Kries, Krienburg, Germany on March 15, 1831. In September, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Helena Conrad. In 1868 they emigrated to America and located at Staunton, Ills., where the couple resided until their deaths.


For many years Mr. Faulstich was identified in a prominent manner with the business interests of Staunton. In the year 1906 he retired from business, leaving it in the hands of his sons. The store has continued and at the present time is under the management of his two sons, Messrs. George and Charles Faulstich.

To Mr. and Mrs. Faulstich were born ten children, six sons and four daughters, eight of whom survive. Mr. Faulstich leaves to mourn his passing the following children: William, a minister of the Lutheran Church in Whittemore, IA; Catherine, the wife of Rev. Leimer of Beemer, Neb., Louis, of St. Louis, Elizabeth, wife of A. Kiesling of St. Louis, Henry, George, Charles and Tina, wife of C. F. Kruse of Staunton. The wife, also two children are deceased, namely John, who resided in Danville and Margaret.

Mr. Faulstich held the office of Elder in the Zion Lutheran Church in this city for nearly 30 years and his death records the passing away of another one of the oldest and most devoted citizens and members of the church. He was dearly loved by his children who strove to make his last days pleasant ones. He was also highly esteemed throughout the city and there are many who are grieved to learn of his death. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at Zion Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m., Rev. J. G. F. Kleinhans officiating.