Obituary for Luise Marie Farr
Compiled by Linda Tenney and Judy Rieke, daughters.
Born June 4, 1930, in Hannover, Germany, to Friedrich & Louise Bolte, Luise grew up as an only child with much exposure to theater, music, travel and the arts. She loved reading, dancing and dreaming of far-away places. Once, Luise’s mother took her to audition before a famous actor. Luise had talent. She loved Broadway plays, musicals and stage performances of all kinds. She was a lover of music, from classical, jazz, and big bands to the great classic love songs of the 40s & 50s.
Luise’s parents operated a number of fine dining establishments in her early years and as WW2 was on the horizon, the family was moved to Eschwege, Germany and ran the military canteen there. Once the Allies took the small town, Luise and her parents cared for the US soldiers. Luise secured an office position with the US Army and there met her soon to be husband, Clifton E. Farr. Luise and Cliff were married December 4, 1951, in Eschwege, Germany. The newlyweds arrived in New York, NY, by ship on April 8, 1952, and Luise realized the beginning of her dream of far-away places.
US military life took Luise to many places in the world. In 1952 daughter Judy was born in Franklin, Indiana, and in 1954 daughter Linda was born in Landstuhl, Germany. Luise became an American citizen by naturalization on September 29, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1960 Cliff and Luise were divorced. Luise tried to power through as a single mom. She had a successful career as a secretary and worked hard to provide for her girls. Her parents had come from Germany to help her, but in 1964 the homeland called them back. Luise, her parents and two daughters sailed the big ocean one more time and started another chapter in the journey of life. They settled back in Eschwege and Luise worked her way up to executive secretary during her 30 year tenure at Massey Ferguson, manufacturer of agricultural equipment.
Both daughters eventually returned to marry and live in the USA. In the last 45 years Luise traveled to visit her 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren…..more than 30 times.
Luise loved her family deeply and loved to spend time with each of them. Travel, shopping and fine dining were among her favorite pastimes, but she never left the USA without having enjoyed a hearty hamburger, fries and a real, chocolate shake. When she was not in the USA, Luise found new places in Europe to explore.
Luise knew how to engage with her loved ones. When visiting she helped, served, supported and attended family activities, recitals, graduations, youth clubs, and events, spanning four and a half decades. All of her grandchildren were able to visit her in Germany and Luise imparted a big piece of German customs, culture and heritage to her family. Truly she left behind years of wonderful memories and a legacy of love to her family.
Luise moved to a retirement community in Göttingen, Germany, in 2012, but stayed every bit as busy and active as before. In 2012 she performed on stage before a large audience, at the Deutsche State Theater in Gottingen, along with several other seniors in a play titled “Autumn Heroes.”
Luise developed a strong faith and put her trust in Jesus Christ. She looked to God for guidance and gracefully accepted her increasing limitations as she got older. She knew her home would be in heaven when she died. We believe this is what brought her so much peace in her last days here on earth. Though incapacitated in so many ways, by the massive stroke, she was never anxious or restless. She acknowledged her inner peace and assurance that God was leading her through the valley of the shadow of death to her “new” far-away place in heaven.
Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, although he may die, yet he shall live! John 11:25
Beloved Mama, Mutsch, Mütterchen, Omi, Banana-Omi and Great-Omi, thank you for pouring into us your love and devotion and living a focused and intentional life of caring for us and many others whom God put in your path over the years. You will be remembered and cherished. Farewell, till we meet again!
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Paul Rieke of Seattle, WA, and Linda and Barry Tenney of Moscow, ID.She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Luise was preceded in death by granddaughter, Krissy Tenney in 2004.
A beautiful Memorial Service was held in Luise’s honor and among her friends in Gottingen, Germany on August 29th, 2017, and now we are gathering here in Moscow, ID, to celebrate her life and to lay her body to rest at the Moscow Cemetery. Luise’s final wish was to be buried in Moscow, ID next to her beloved grand-daughter Krissy. This request became a reality and after the family settled her affairs and had a memorial service for her in Germany the authorities granted the transfer of her urn to the United States for burial. Luise had pre-written a death announcement with that very request on it. This is how it read on her death announcement in Germany: “A memorial service will be held on ……..(TBA) at the St. Martin’s Chapel in Gottingen, but burial will take place at a later date in Moscow, ID, with the whole family present.”
So now, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 10:30 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Friends are welcome too. She will be laid to rest with her granddaughter, Krissy in a private family service at the Moscow Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Palouse Care Network, 1515 West A Street, Moscow, ID 83843.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.