Obit: Weetz, John (1879 - 1939)

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Surnames: Weetz, Hoover, Bitters, Daley, Anderson, Ingersoll, Gibson, Konecny, Lindberg, Steinke, Schneekloth, Doyscher

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 05/18/1939

Weetz, John (20 Oct. 1879 - 11 May 1939)

Funeral services for John Weetz, age 59, who committed suicide early last Thursday morning by hanging, were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ervin Bitters, in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Rev. E. Hoover officiating. Pall bearers were William Daley, Martin Anderson, Kenneth Ingersoll, Thomas Gibson, Joseph Konecny and John Lindberg. Masonic funeral rites were held at the grave in the Abbotsford cemetery. The members of the Abbotsford chapter of the Eastern Star were in charge of the flowers.

According to authorities, Weetz, who had been in ill health for some time, arose Thursday morning at about 4:00 o’clock, made some coffee and then went into the bedroom of his son, Clarence, woke him up, and said, "Goodbye son, I’m going now," and left.

A short time later, Mrs. Weetz, who had awakened to build a fire, went in search of her husband when she noticed he had failed to put on his coat. He was found dead in the garage at the rear of his home. He was hanging from a rafter.

The deceased was born October 20, 1879, in Holstein, Germany. He was married in Jackson, Minn., June 10th, 1903, to Miss Emma Steinke, and they moved to Abbotsford in 1921 from Pittsville. He was an insurance agent and a member of the Masonic lodge. Despondency over illness was the cause of his suicide. Surviving are his widow; two children, Mrs. Adeline Bitter, Abbotsford, and Clarence Weetz, at home; a brother, Alfred Weetz, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Schneekloth and Mrs. Anthony Doyscher, all of Jackson, Minn.



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