Obit: Raether, Ella (1873 - 1916)

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----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 04/29/1916

Raether, Ella (5 SEP 1873 - 25 APR 1916)

The community was saddened Tuesday morning by the news of the death, although not unexpected, of Mrs. Ella Raether, which occurred at an early hour, after several weeks of intense suffering.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. H. S. Witherbee, and were attended by a large congregation of friends and neighbors. The burial was in the family lot in the cemetery in the town of Garden Valley, Jackson Co., Wis. A large profusion of flowers covered the casket, a token of esteem for the deceased and sympathy to sorrowing relatives.

Miss ella Louisa Staves was born Sept. 5, 1873, in the town of Cleveland, Jackson Co., Wis. She grew to womanhood while living with her parents on the farm. On March 8, 1898, she was married to Mr. Edward Raether; to them was born one daughter, Miss Nellie. Since the fall of 1895, Mrs. Raether has made her home in Humbird, Clark County, Wis.. She was converted in 1895, and united with the M. E. Church, and for about twenty years has been active in the work of the church. For some time she was president of the Epworth League, and held nearly every office in the League. She was also active in Sunday school work, and was president of the Ladies Aid Society at one time and has given generously of her service to the church. During a good share of the time she has been connected with the church, she has been a steward and faithfully filled that office, from which many shirk. In her self-denial and keen concern for the happiness of others she showed that she had learned the great principles which distinguish the Christian religion. Her mother love was so unbounded that she considered no sacrifice too great for her only daughter.

Two years ago Mrs. Raether sold her home in this village, and since then has made her home with her sister, Mrs. Fowler. It would be hard to find two sisters more attached to each other than they were, and it was altogether fitting that in the last sickness of the one, the other could always be present, with her sympathy and loved, to minister to her need. Mrs. Raether's kind words, pleasant smile and Christian character will be missed in Humbird, but her influence will live on; for "Blessed are they that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

For three years her health has been somewhat precarious and she had suffered physical breakdowns, but has recovered, until the last attack, which resulted in her death.

The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. D. Fowler; one brother, Mr. Staves; and one daughter, Miss Nellie. One brother and one sister and her father and mother have preceded her into the other world.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Huyck of Duluth; Miss Lois Cheney and Carrie Curry, Lawrence College; Mrs. F. F. Ruseling, Eleva; Mrs. F. M. Prucia, New Lisbon; Mrs. Brewer, Altoona.



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