Obit: Sontag, Lottie C. (1871 - 1910)

Contact: Ann Stevens



Surnames: Sontag, Dyer, Torrey, Risser, Hackney, Severance, Crawford, Briggs, Walk, Snowberry, Heser, Amen


----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  07/28/1910


Sontag, Lottie C. (Jan. 2, 1871 - July 20, 1910)


Died - Lottie C. Sontag, wife of George Sontag, on Wednesday, July 20, 1910, aged 39 years, 6 months and 18 days.


Lottie C. Dyer was born in Lindiana, Juneau County, on Jan. 2, 1871, being the second daughter of Geo. H. and Ann Torrey Dyer.  Here she spent her childhood days and attended school, winning a diploma at the age of fourteen.  She became imbued with the ambition to make teaching her life work, and so to accord with that desire, her parents sold their early home and moved to Mauston, that she might have the greater advantages.  She graduated from the high school there with a class of seven in 1891.  Even during her busy school days she found sufficient time to devote herself to religious work, and attended the Methodist Church and Sunday School and for years sang in the choir and took an active part in the social work of the Epworth League.  In 1892 she began her career as teacher which she followed successfully for several years at Mauston, Wausau and Neillsville.


On Nov. 20, 1901, she was united in marriage to George Lewis Sontag, and has ever since been a resident of this city.  June 23, 1906, Baby Jane Helene was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sontag, and the Sontag home brightened and blessed until about a year later failing health compelled Mrs. Sontag to leave home in an endeavor to regain her health.  She seemed to be greatly benefited by the change, but it was only temporary, for soon after returning home the disease again returned and she waged a battle with it for three years of patient suffering.


A grander, nobler woman than Lottie Sontag never lived.  She seemed most happy when giving others happiness, and in Neillsville her name was the synonym for charity, true friendship, faithful wifehood and motherhood.  She was possessed of a beautiful disposition and the many friends she endeared to her came because of her combination of truth, love, and kindness.  Mrs. Sontag was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and faithfully served this order for three years, until failing health compelled her to give up the work in which she took a great interest.


The funeral services were held at the Sontag home Sunday afternoon, prayer and a brief sketch of Mrs. Sontag’s life being given by Rev. Risser of the Congregational Church, which church she attended while in health.  The Eastern Star services were held both at the home and at the grave, and the songs sung, "Lead Kindly Light," "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Jesus is Mine," were of her own selection.  Interment was made in the Neillsville cemetery.  Mrs. Sontag is survived by her husband and little daughter, her aged mother and three sisters, Mrs. A.E. Hackney of Mather, Mrs. Mary Severance and Mrs. Cora L. Crawford of Mauston, and her three brothers, Lyman Dyer of Colfax, Webster Dyer of Green Bay and H.A. Briggs of Mauston.


The relatives from out-of-town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Hackney, Mrs. Ann Dyer, Mrs. Mary Severance, Mrs. Cora Crawford, Lyman Dyer, Webster Dyer, Mrs. Emma Walk of Bay City, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sontag of Altoona, Julius Sontag of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sontag and Miss Lillian Sontag of Ft. Atkinson, Mrs. Laura Snowberry, Wm. Fred and Geo. Heser of Tomah, and Wallace Amen of La Crosse.



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