Obit: Vrobel, Mary (1850 - 1918)

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----Source: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Wis.) 12/05/1918

Vrobel, Mary (7 APR 1850 - 29 NOV 1918)

Mrs. John Vrobel, formerly Mrs. Mary Haslbeck of this city (Colby, Wis.), died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Poplanske at Fond du Lac, Wis., Friday morning Nov. 29, 1918 of Bright's Disease.

Mary Berkmeyer was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 7, 1850, and was united in marriage with Joseph Haslbeck in Nov. 1865. They came to America about thirty years ago, direct to Colby, and Mr. Haslbeck engaged in brick making on the place just south of the city for the next fourteen years. After discontinuing the brickyard they built and operated the saloon on the Wausau corner at the end of Division St. Shortly after this Mr. Haslbeck passed away and Mrs. Haslbeck continued the business until 1908, when she sold the property to Jacob Berg who disposed of it to Otto Janke Sr., of Curtiss, who sold to Henry Thirbach, the present owner. She was married to John Vrobel of Grand Rapids July 1909, and has since made that city her home.

About a month ago she was not feeling very well and she and her husband went to Fond du Lac to stay with her daughter for a while, thinking the change would be of benefit. However, she grew worse and the grim reaper claimed her.

She leaves to mourn her besides her husband, seven daughters: Mrs. John Demmer of Kolze, Ill., Mrs. Frank Dankemeyer of Unity, Mrs. Adolph Hannie of Forest, Wis., Mrs. Walter Poplanske of Fond du Lac, Mrs. W. Meyer of Chicago, Mrs. Irvine Pershohn of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Christ Hannie of Fairbury, Illl, all of who were here to the funeral except Mrs. Poplanske and Mrs. Hannie. She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Demmer of this city, Mrs. John Frank of Park Falls, Mrs. Joseph Exner of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Matt Roth of Pittsville, and one brother, Sebastian Berkmeyer of Wausau, besides twelve grandchildren.

Mrs. Vrobel was a gentle, kindhearted woman and has many old friends here who will speak of her death with regret and sympathize with the bereaved ones.

The body was shipped here from Fond du Lac and taken to the home of Mrs. Joseph Demmer and the funeral was held from St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock Monday morning, Rev. H. Lachnit officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Colby St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.



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