Obit: Verkuilen, Mayme (1894 - 1922)

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----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 09/21/1922

Verkuilen, Mayme (5 APR 1894 - 16 SEP 1922) A most regrettable accident occurred at the Ramberg corner crossing, two miles south and one mile west of this village (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.), about 5:30 o'clock on Saturday afternoon last. At that time Miss Mayme Verkuilen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Verkuilen, was driving her father's Mitchel car with her two younger sisters, Elsie and Leona in the rear seat, along the road going west and when reaching the crossing an Oakland car driven by Mrs. Claus Kolpien, coming from the north reached the crossing at the same moment. A collision resulted in overturning the Verkuilen car, smashing the top, windshield and breaking the steering wheel, the latter crushing the head of the driver, Mayme Verkuilen, resulting in instant death. The Misses Elsie and Leona suffered cuts and bruises, the latter quite severely, but both are recovering. Mrs. Kolpien and Mrs. Frank Schultz, occupants of the Oakland car, escaped unhurt. Within a very short time a number of men were on the scene, who cared for the injured and summoned medical aid.

Miss Mayme Verkuilen was born in Outagamie Co. on April 5, 1894, her parents moving her during the same year, locating on a farm in the town of Worden, where she attended district school and at the age of seventeen graduated from the Thorp High School. After graduating she was granted a teacher's certificate, since which time she has taught in various schools of the county with remarkable success, and the present school year was a teacher of the 5th and 6th grades of Thorp Village schools. Bright, happy and cheerful, she carried sunshine with her wherever she went. She always had a smile and a pleasant word for her friends. To her the struggle and burden bearing of earth are ended, and we confidently trust that like one who awakes from a troubled dream she has awakened to see life's endless morning break and knows herself at home with all the vast throng of loved ones, missed from earth, safe about her. Her home instincts were strong here in this fevered world of disappointment. Her affection for friends was tender and abiding.

Deceased leaves to mourn her parents, two brothers, Mike and Walter, and five sisters, Mrs. J. Vanderjagt of Kaukauna, Elsie, Florence, Susie and Leona who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their great bereavement.

The funeral was held yesterday morning from St. Bernard's Church, Father Neises officiating. The public school closed and children attended, also the members of the local lodge of Lady Foresters, of which deceased was a member. Interment took place in the Catholic Cemetery.



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