Obit: Beeckler, Daphne (1899 - 1978)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Beeckler, Okray, Podratz, Hollanitsch, Noble

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/22/1978

Beeckler, Daphne (14 June 1899 – 18 June 1978)

Daphne Beeckler, age 79, died Sunday at 10:03 p.m. after being severely injured in an automobile accident that afternoon. Miss Beeckler along with four other persons, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield after a two-car collision occurred at County Trunks H and Y in the Town of Fremont, ten miles west of Marshfield.

According to the sheriff’s department, a car driven by Helene M. Okray, Monona, failed to stop for a stop sign and struck broadside an auto driven by Norman R. Podratz, St. Paul. Others injured were Podratz, 53, his wife, Jacquelyn, 49, Helene Okray, 63, and Sandra Hollanitsch, 28, of St. Paul, a passenger in the Podratz vehicle. Miss Beeckler suffered broken ribs, head-cuts and a broken arm and leg.

The Rev. William Noble conducted the funeral at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Granton. The burial services were held at the Windfall Cemetery with friends calling until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilbertson Funeral Home in Granton. The Carmi Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Neillsville conducted a prayer service at 8:00 p.m.

Miss Beeckler was born June 14, 1899, in Granton and attended schools there. She completed studies at Stevens Point Teachers College and taught in Granton, Black River Falls, Hillsboro, Clintonville and at the Neillsville High School until retiring in 1969.

After retiring she worked as the librarian for the Granton Library and was a member of the Modern Priscillas of Granton and the Carmi Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Neillsville. She also belonged to the United Methodist Church in Granton and its Ladies Aid.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.



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