Obit: Ratzburg, Augusta (1859 - 1929)

Contact: Ken Wood


----Source: MARSHFIELD NEWS HERALD (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) 03/13/1929; P.2

Ratzburg, Augusta (24 NOV 1859 - 3 MAR 1929)

Loyal, Clark County, Wis., March 13 - Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the local Lutheran church for Mrs. Karl Ratzburg, 69, who was found dead in her bed Sunday morning, evidently having died during the night. The Rev. H. F. Leschensky, pastor of the congregation, officiated. Burial was made in the parish cemetery.

Mrs. Ratzburg, whose maiden name was Augusta Schultz, was born Nov. 24, 1859, at Schoenhagen, Pommerania, Germany, and immigrated to America in 1875. She came directly to Loyal, where she was married April 25, 1878, to Karl Ratzburg, and together they took up their residence on a piece of timberland near Loyal. Bearing the hardships common to pioneers, they evolved a farm out of the forest, and reared their family of four sons, after which in 1917, they retired to a well earned rest, taking up their residence in Loyal. The father, however, felt the urge of manual labor, and met his death Jan. 29, 1921, while attempting to fall a tree.

The mother continued to make her home here, and was an active worker in the Lutheran congregations, of which she was a charter member. She was also affiliated with the Ladies Aid society, and on Friday evening prior to her death, attended the business meeting of that organization following the regular Lenten service in the church.

On Sunday morning she was missing from her accustomed place in church, and an investigation by her son Oscar, who lives near Loyal, disclosed her death.

She is survived by three other sons, Frank of Marshfield, Ernest of Conrad, Mont., and Ervin of the town of Sherman, besides 11 grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends. A son, Otto, preceded his parents in death.




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