Obit: Gierl, Catharine (1854 - 1914)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 05/21/1914

Gierl, Catharine (23 SEP 1854 - 19 MAY 1914)

Mrs. Frank Gierl Sr., one of the settlers who came here in the pioneer days, died at her home in the town of Hull, Marathon Co., Wis., at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, May 19th, 1914, of Bright’s disease, after an illness of three years, aged 59 years, 7 months and 26 days.

Catharine Winker was born in Bayern, Germany, Sept. 23rd, 1854, and came to this country, direct to Milwaukee, when eighteen years of age. On May 3rd, 1873, she was united in marriage to Frank X. Gierl. In the year 1878, with her husband, she came to Colby and resided in the village while a house was being built on the land near the city, which by hard work she helped to transform into the beautiful farm of today. She was held in high esteem by her neighbors and all who knew her. She was a member of the Christian Mothers’ Society of St. Mary’s Church. She is survived by thirteen children, nine sons and four daughters, John, Frank Katie (Mrs. F. Lukowicz), Robert, Louis, Ida (Mrs. Leo Lukowicz), Mary, (Mrs. J. Dietrich), Joseph, Albert, Killian, George, Ernst and Anna, all residing in Colby except Robert and Mary, who live in Abbotsford, Wis. She also leaves two sisters living in Germany, and nine grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from St. Mary’s Church at 9:30 o’clock Friday morning, Rev. H.J. Artmann officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery by the side of her husband who passed from this life Feb. 7th, 1911.



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