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----Source: The Stark Family Scrapbook.
FINAL RITES READ FOR MRS. FRANK STURGEON
Final rites were read by Father Brady at the Holy Rosary church in Owen at 9:00 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14, for Mrs. Frank E. Sturgeon who passed away at her home Tuesday, Feb. 11, after a long illness. She was 85 years, 10 months and 26 days of age at the time of her calling.
Rose Valiquette was the last of seven children to pass on to eternal happiness. She was born on March 15, 1855, in Ohio where she lived the first three years of her life, then moving with her parents to LaCrosse, where she spent all of her child and girlhood. Here she met and married Frank E. Sturgeonin September 1874. At the time of her marriage she and her husband moved to this community where they settled the old Sturgeon homestead, one of the oldest in this community in Frenchtown, 65 years ago. The present day Frenchtown School now sits on an acre of land that the couple donated to the school.
In 1892 she and her family moved to Fitchburg, Mass., where they resided for eight years before coming back to the old homestead and at the same time operated the old Hotel Withee. In 1924 she moved to Owen where she has since made her home.
The last few years of her life here were ones of illness the past year being so severe on her that she was unable to get out of bed. Regardless of her being physically handicapped, she had a stout heart and was a firm believer in the Christian faith. She enjoyed her tiring moments in bed by reading the Bible. Her passing away leaves her family to mourn her loss as well as many relatives and dear frinds.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. S. L. (Lilly) Meek, Bellingham, Wash., and Cora and Theo of Owen, two sons, Cleveland and Sounie, of Owen, and six grandchildren, Aaron Sturgeon of Wausau, Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Marshfield, Bernadine Sturgeon of DePere, Milton Meek and Mrs. Earl Southworth of North Bend, Wash., and Mrs. Ted Cramer of Bellingham, Wash.; and two great grandchildren, Jerry Meek of North Bend, Wash., and Beverly Cramer of Bellingham, Wash.
Her husband and two children preceded her in death. Her husband passed away 25 years ago in 1916 and the oldest daughter, Esther, 45 years ago. A son, Golden, passed away last November 1.
Pallbearers at the service were William Hilt, Vern Merriman, Henry Legault, Earl McCray, Henry Mauel and Lawrence Doucette.
Out of town friends that paid their respects to the family were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jolivette and children of Abbotsford; Mr. and Mrs. Harris Jolivette, Greenwood; Vincent and Charles Jolivette and Mrs. Joe Jolivette of LaCrosse; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Granger of Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Albert Douphner and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Brandt of Eau Claire.
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