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The Sheboygan Press - Wednesday - February 9, 1944 - P. 12

New Holstein Girl is Fourth Death Victim

Betty Jane Schwantes is Dead Tuesday From Injuries Sustained in Crossing Crash


Betty Jane Schwantes, 19, of New Holstein, died Tuesday afternoon at St. Nicholas hospital, Sheboygan, the fourth victim of an auto-train crash at Kiel on Sunday afternoon. She had been taken to the hospital immediately following the accident.

Miss Schwantes died as a coroner's jury met at Kiel to view the bodies of the others killed in the accident, Richard Neumann, 18, and Miles Mothers, 18, of Kiel, and Virginia Klapperich, 19, of New Holstein.

It has not yet been decided if there is to be a coroner's inquest, but a jury was paneled and they viewed the bodies of the victims in case an inquest would be ordered.

Betty Jane Schwantes was born April 26, 1925, in New Holstein, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schwantes. She graduated from the New Holstein High school last spring.

Funeral Friday

She was a member of the Bible class, the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher at Zion Evangelical Lutheran church of New Holstein; and was also a member of the Hipke Orchard bowling team of the New Holstein Women's Bowling league.

She was employed at Elkhart Lake during the past summer and since has been employed at the Hart-Carter Co. (Lauson Division) of New Holstein.

Survivors are her parents; three brothers, Alfons and Claude of Manitowoc and Pvt. Victor J. Schwantes in service overseas; her grandfather, Carl Schwantes of Hustisford.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Erbe-Hoffmann Funeral home in New Holstein and at 2 p.m. at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church. The Rev. Karl Ramthun will officiate and burial will be made in the New Holstein City cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 12:30 o'clock noon Thursday until the time of the services.


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