Obit: Rhea, Cecelia (1858 - 1932)

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Surnames: Rhea, Moe, Rossman, Dougherty, Landry, Brown, Sterling, Irish

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 21 July 1932

--Rhea, Cecelia (26 Oct. 1858 -8 July 1932)

Mrs. A. O. Rhea, wife of A. O. Rhea, for many years county superintendent and assemblyman of Clark County, died at their home in Thorp, July 8. The following sketch of her life is from the Thorp Courier:

Cecelia Moe was born October 16, 1858, near Marshall, Dane County, Wisconsin.

When eight years of age she moved with her parents to Long Coolie, LaCrosse county, where she passed her girlhood days. On July 10th, 1875, she was married to A. O. Rhea, who was teaching there at that time. They lived there five years, then moved to Holmen, a nearby village. After two years residence there Mr. Rhea was elected superintendent of schools of LaCrosse county and this necessitated a more central location, so they moved to West Salem, where they lived for a number of years. In the autumn of 1893, the family moved to Thorp where they have lived ever since.

To this union were born eight children, four of whom have preceded her in death.

Mrs. Rhea was a woman of rare Christian character, always having a pleasant word and a cheerful smile for everyone, which endeared her to the hearts of all who knew her. She was a faithful wife and a loving mother, every ready to do her duty.

Those left to mourn her death are her husband and four daughters: Mrs. E. J. Rossman of Wilmington, California, Mrs. J. F. Dougherty and Mrs. H. J. Landry of Kilbourn; Mrs. F. J. Brown of Minneapolis, and four grandchildren, Dr. Russell Sterling of Houston, Texas; Goldine Sterling of Madison, Robert Dougherty of Kilbourn and Warren Brown of Minneapolis, and one brother, John of Walla Walla, Washington.

The funeral service was held at the home on Monday afternoon, Rev. James Irish officiating.



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