Newspaper Unknown - March 7, 1938

Passes After Short Illness
Mrs. Mary Louise Oschwald was born December 6, 1865 at Wolschow, Province of Brandenburg, Germany, the daughter of Frederick Duckwitz and his wife Dorothea nee Devanter.

She was united in marriage to John George Oschwald at Springfield on August 27, 1885 and faithfully shared joy and sorrow with him for 47 years, until it pleased the Lord to call him from her side on September 9, 1932. This union was blessed with 11 children, five of which have preceded their mother in death.

While afflicted for some years with a malady which at times seized her with painful attacks, she was able to be about her usual tasks to the very last. When she suffered a very violent attack last Sunday afternoon, no particular alarm was felt by the family that her end was imminent. Quite unexpectedly therefore her soul quietly and peacefully winged its flight from its earthly tabernacle to the eternal mansions of rest on Monday afternoon, March 7, 1938. The days of her earthly pilgrimage were 72 years 3 months and 1 day.

Her departure is mourned by her six children, George of Lawrenceville, Ill., William, Martin, Mrs. George Richter sr., Mrs. Frank Hinds, all of Andrew, and Mrs. Edward Kruse of Brazil, South America; 3 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law, 15 grand-children, and 1 great-grand-child.

Mrs. Oschwald was a devout member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Athens and of the Ladies Aid Society.

Funeral services were conducted at her late home in Andrew and at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 9, 1938, Rev. E. C. Pautsch officiating. Interment was made in Indian Point Cemetery.

Appropriate hymns were sung at the church by Henry Ferden and Mrs. Ed Engel, with Helena Engel at the organ.

The following served as pall bearers: John Tobias sr., Wm. F. Dirks, Forest J. Barr, John Garmers, John Rath and Ed Engel.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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