Mary (1841 - 1907)
Surnames: Kronschnabl, Etten, Fritsch, Laughlin, Mertens, Herman, Ringsmuth
----Source: CLARK COUNTY HERALD (Dorchester, WI) 09/06/1907
Kronschnabl, Mary (24 Feb 1841 - 28 Aug 1907)
Mrs. Mary Kronschnabl was born near Regan, Bavaria, a kingdom of Germany, on February 24, 1841. She died at 5:48 p. m. Aug. 28, 1907, after a long, busy and useful life. She died as she had lived, honored, trusted and loved and reared her own monument in the hearts of those who knew her while she lived. Her life was completed, if work all done and well done constitutes completion. Her Christian life was beautiful from its beginning to its close, and thru all the vicissitudes and sorrows that she met in the way, her faith in God never wavered. But she has left us and now the autumn leaves fall upon another grave that hides from our sight all that is mortal of a true and noble woman.
From the citizens of the fair town that she loved so well day by day went up the silent prayer:
"Not here, O Death, not here, Is there no other flower for thee to take?
All the world is thine, and for its sake, Oh! come not here."
But alas, "Death loves a shining mark" - and so it came.
As the death dew gathered on her brow, around her bedside gathered her husband, sons, and daughters-in-law, always children to her, but now grown to mature years with children around their own firesides. And they stood and watched with tearful eyes as life so long interwoven with theirs, passes slowly but surely over. The love of a mother for her children passeth human understanding. The bereaved ones that gathered around the dying mother who so bravely fought the Death Angel, long ago passed out from the little home circle. Business cares and their own firesides have encroached upon their time may have robbed mother of their companionship, but she was ever just the same: rejoicing in their successes and grieving at their sorrows. They may have grown away from her but she never from them.
Our little city and its hospitable people ever held a warm corner in her heart. It was here the best days of her life were spent and when her last hour came and the God of eternity called her to her everlasting rest, it was her desire that beneath the shady trees of our Silent City, on its sloping hillsides, surrounded by the beauty, happiness and contentment of our people, where the flowers are sweetest and the birds warble their most melodious songs, should be the eternal abiding place of all that was mortal of her.
The deceased was the mother of seven children, of which two passed away when infants and a third one, Alois, who was well known in this community, died eleven years ago. Of those who survive her are her husband (Joseph), four sons, namely: George, Max, Joseph, and Herman, and eight grandchildren. The funeral occurred Friday forenoon at 10 o’clock from the Catholic church, Rev. Father Birsner officiating.
Note: Her husband's name and following info was provided by Linda Mertens
You might add the following for surnames: Fritsch, Etten, Laughlin (maiden names of daughters-in-law) and Mertens, Herman, Ringsmuth (surnames of married grandchildren).
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