Catherine Miller (1845 - 1917)
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----Source: The Neillsville Times, Neillsville, Wis., Jan. 25, 1917 p. 4
Mrs. Lucas Hale died Monday, Jan.8, 1917, after a brief illness of only eight days, at the age of 71 years and 19 days. Mrs. Hale suffered a stroke of paralysis on the last day of the year of 1916, but was not confined to her bed until the second day, when she seemed to grow worse and remained in bed. Dr. Housley of Chili was called to give medical aid, but he gave the relatives no hopes for her recovery, and she grew continually worse but was conscious and knew her relatives and friends who came to the bedside until the last. On Monday night, Jan 8th, at 10 o'clock, she passed away. Her husband and children were with her during her illness and did for her everything that loving hands could do. The funeral services were held from the home Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The funeral was a large one and Rev. Hasz of the Greman Lutheran church officiated.
Interment was made in the Lynn cemetery beside the body of her deceased husband. The pall bearers were six of her grandsons, Leo, Gilbert, Raymond, Carl and Rudolph Sternitzky, and Carl Opelt.
Deceased was born Catherine Miller, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Miller at Hartford Wis., and later became a resident of Neillsville. She was born Dec. 20th, 1845, at Hartford, Wis., and when she was ten years old came to Neillsville with her parents, where she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 11th, she was married to Carl Sternitzky. Mr. and Mrs. Sternitzky settled in the town of Lynn, on the farm where she has always lived and where she died. There were born to them four children, two sons and two daughters, Albert and William, Mrs. John Martin and Mrs. Max Opelt, all residing in Lynn except Mrs. Opelt, who a few months ago moved from here to her new home in the town of Levis. Mr. Sternitzky died 17 years ago on the 12th of this month. On Sept. 20th, 1904, deceased was married to Lucas Hale, and he with her four children, 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive her. She also leaves two sisters, Mesdames Anna and Elizabeth Ayers. To say she will be missed inadequately expresses the vacancy made by the hand of the grim reaper. She was a kind neighbor and a faithful friend, and in her younger days she was ever offering her aid to the sick and the suffering. Her life was spent honestly and industriously and her memory will long remain in the hearts of her neighbors and friends. The floral tributes sent in during her illness and for the funeral were many and beautiful. The family gave a beautiful floral pillow with the word "Mother", which bespoke the love of the family for their mother. The Carnation Art Club of Lynn gave a carnation piece which showed the honor and esteem in which she was held by the members of the club. She leaves many warm friends who extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. A particularly sad incident which connected with this death was that while Mrs. Max Opelt was at the bedside of her mother, Mr. Opelt and his daughter, Martha, drove home to Levis from here and found his father, Carl Opelt, dead, as a result of heart trouble or apoplexy at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon, and at 10 o' clock that same day, Mrs. Hale passed away.
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