Obit: Rhea, Cecelia (1858 - 1932)
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----Sources: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 07/14/1932

Rhea, Cecelia (26 OCT 1858 - 8 JUL 1932)

Mrs. A.O. Rhea, a resident of Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) for thirty-nine years, passed away at her home July 8th, 1932, after a lingering illness.

Cecelia Moe was born Oct. 26, 1858, near Marshall, Dane County, Wis.

When eight years of age she moved with her parents to long Coolie, LaCrosse Co., where she passed her girlhood days. On July 10th, 1876, 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,a nd 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, ever ready to do her duty.

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

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



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