Simonsen, Rev. Niels P. 1860-1931 Laurens Obituary
Rev. Niels P. Simonsen Dies at Home in Laurens
Laurens, Nov. 9---Rev. Niels P. Simonsen, 71 years old, pastor of the Danish Lutheran church here, died at his home, following an illness of six weeks' duration. Rev. Mr. Simonsen had been in ill health for the past two years.
He was born in Denmark in 1860 and 44 years ago he came to this country and lived in the Middle West. Three years ago he came to Laurens and became pastor of the Danish Lutheran church here. During his pastorate the church expanded and in September the edifice was re-dedicated after extensive alterations had been made when the Atlantic division of the Danish Lutheran American Synod met here for a four-day conference.
Funeral services will be held Thursday with a private prayer service at the home at 1:30 o'clock, followed by services in the Danish Lutheran church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Kloth of Falmouth, Me., president of the Atlantic division of the Synod, will officiate. Burial will be in Laurens cemetery.
Mr. Simonsen was twice married. He is survivied by four children of his first marriage, Samuel and Emil Simonsen of Sioux City, Iowa, Esther Simonsen of Graettinger, Iowa, and Dagny Simonsen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four children by his second marriage, Arthur Simonsen of Fremont, Neb., Mrs. William Nelson of Laurens, Cora Simonsen, a student at Hartwick college, and Quintin Simonsen, residing at home, and two grandchildren.