Obit: Balch, Nettie B. (1860 - 1938)
Contact:  Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Balch, Whipple, Brown, Longenecker, Sontag

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 Nov. 1938

Balch, Nettie B. (16 April 1860 – 15 Nov. 1938)

Mrs. Nettie B. Balch of 610 Leonard Street, Madison, passed away at Madison General Hospital Tuesday, November 15, 1938, after an illness of several years duration, old age being the direct cause of her death.

Nettie Whipple was born April 16, 1860, at Lima, near Sheboygan Falls, to Charles and Harriet Brown Whipple, the parents being born in New York State.

She was married to Rella W. Balch at Sheboygan Falls November 22, 1881, and from that year until 1919 he was resident of Neillsville, Wis.

Two sons, Leland R. and Harold C. were born to them. Mr. Balch preceded his wife in death and the son, Leland passed away in 1928. She is survived by her son, Harold and seven grandchildren: Margaret, Dorothy, James and Ruth, children of Leland R. and Willard R., and Harold C., Jr., children of Harold C.

Mr. and Mrs. Balch built a beautiful home on North Hewett Street where they lived until Mr. Balch passed away and Mrs. Balch, after living there along for several years, preferred to move to Madison to be near the home of her son. They were among the finest of the earlier citizens of Neillsville, Mr. Balch being in the merchandising business.

Mrs. Balch was a charming woman, refined in manner, quiet and home loving in her tastes, and a talented musician. She spent many of her spare hours at the piano and was also popular as an instructor.

Funeral services were held at the Lowe Funeral Home Thursday morning, November 17, conducted by the Eastern Star chapter and Rev. G. W. Longenecker, interment taking place in the Neillsville Cemetery.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were: Mrs. Margaret Balch and daughter, Dorothy, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Balch and son, Billy, of Madison; Mrs. Jule Sontag of St. Paul; and C. F. Balch and son, Robert, of Wauwatosa.



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