Obit: Ritzel, Margaret (1863 - 1943)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Ritzel, Scherer, Meyer, Thoma, Shude, Zeller, Schmidt, Biegler, Linster, Skroch, Simek, Wasserburger, Schield, Feuerstein

----Sources: The Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 18 Feb. 1943

Ritzel, Margaret (8 Feb. 1863 - 12 Feb. 1943)

The life of Mrs. Margaret Ritzel was terminated quite suddenly at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. C. Scherer, after a brief illness with pneumonia, although her health had been poorly for some time.

Mrs. Ritzel was born in Arcadia, Wis., Feb. 8, 1863, to Caspar and Mary Ann Meyer. Mrs. Ritzel had been a resident of Clark County since the spring of 1883.

She was united in marriage with Joseph Ritzel, a stone mason, on April 28, 1884, the marriage taking place in Neillsville, Wis. They were the parents of five children: Mrs. M. C. (Elizabeth) Scherer, Neillsville; Joseph A. Ritzel, Philadelphia; Sadie and Frank at home and Mrs. Carl (Gertrude) Thoma, Neillsville, all of whom survive. Mr. Ritzel preceded his wife in death by several years. She also leaves a brother and two sisters: Joseph Meyer, Neillsville; Mrs. Carrie Meyer, Laurium, Mich., and Regina Shude, Detroit, Mich. A brother, John Andrew and two sisters, Mary Zeller and Lena Schmidt, preceded her in death.

The body was removed from the Schiller-Terhune Funeral home to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Scherer Saturday afternoon, where a rosary service was held at 8:15 Sunday evening.

Deft in the art of rug-making and an expert gardener, Mrs. Ritzel devoted such time as she could spare from her household duties to these arts. She loved flowers, surrounding herself with many varieties, all of which she was able to bring to a point of luxuriant growth and beauty each year.

Burial rites were held Monday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 am. At St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Father J. A. Biegler officiating. Interment was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

All of the children were here for the rites except Joseph, who was unable to make the trip on account of illness.

The pallbearers were: Nick Linster, Paul Skroch, Frank Simek, Henry Wasserburger, Joseph Schield and Martin Feuerstein.



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