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IOWA OBITUARIES: THE LEVI FEAY LINE
   
   
These obituaries and notes can be found at the Clayton County Iowa GenWeb site. The obituaries were transcribed and posted by Mary Durr "from my mother's obituary collection." Many thanks to her for her contributions and to all for the work on that site.
   
IOWA FEAY DIRECTORY
   
Index of Obituary Notices Posted Below
   
   
James McCoy Fay (biography)
Charles H. Fay (1879-1953)
Mrs. Charles H. (Jennie Snell) Fay 1871-1956
Frank Fay 1869-1946
MRS. Frank (Effie Harmon) Fay 1872-1947
Fay - Harmon marriage 1889
MRS. George W. (Eva Blanche Webb) Fay 1879-1974
   
   
JAMES MCCOY FAY: A Short Biography
   
--History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 827
   
Grand Meadow Twp. -- James M. Fay was born in Pennsylvania, June 18, 1845. His father, Alexander Fay, was born in Pennsylvania in 1806, and came to Iowa in 1850, bringing his son, James M., with him, and settling in Grand Meadow Township. He died in 1867. James M. Fay has resided in Grand Meadow Township continuously since he came, in 1850. He received a limited education in the ordinary district schools, and has always pursued the occupation of a farmer. He has a fine farm of 200 acres, in section 35, which is in a good state of cultivation. He raises stock and grain of all kinds. He was married to Elizabeth Shriner, July 4, 1868. She was born in Ohio, May 15, 1842. Their union has been blessed with five children--Franklin A., born March 29, 1869; Charles H., born Sept. 25, 1870; Oliver J., July 2, 1874; George W., Aug. 25, 1877, and Mary E., Oct. 19, 1879.

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CHARLES H. FAY 1879-1953
   
--Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated 1953 (Mary Durr)
   
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church for Charles H. Fay, 83, who passed away at his home on Saturday. He was a resident of this community the entire period of his life.

Rev. Walter T. Martin, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church, had charge of the rites. Burial was in Postville cemetery.

Charles H. Fay, son of James and Elizabeth Shiner Fay, was born September 26, 1879 on a farm in Grand Meadow township, Clayton county. He passed away at his home in Postville Saturday, October 17, at 6:10 p.m. at the age of 83 years.

On August 30, 1893 he was united in marriage to Jennie Snell at Monona. To this union four girls were born: Hazel, who died in infancy; Mabel, Mrs. George Farmer, of Waterloo; Florence, Mrs. Emil Kluss, of Waterloo; Flossie, Mrs. Herb Gass, of Clermont.

Charles Fay is survived by his wife, three daughters, one sister, Mrs. Mary Eno, of Luana and three grandchildren. His three brothers, Frank, Oliver and George preceded him in death.

Mr. Fay spent his entire active life as a farmer in Grand Meadow and Marion townships. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors in Clayton county for two terms. The last 12 years of his life were lived in Postville.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fay celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary on August 30, 1953 in Postville.

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MRS. CHARLES H. (Jennie Snell) FAY 1871-1956
   
--Postville Herald newpaper clipping (Mary Durr)
   
Funeral services were held at the Schutte Funeral Home Saturday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Charles Fay, 84, who passed away August 16 at Waterloo. The Rev. Walter T. Martin, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church, was in charge of the rites. Burial was in Postville cemetery.

Jennie Snell Fay, daughter of Henry and Arabelle Snell, was born November 13, 1871 at Postville, Iowa. She died August 16, 1956 in Waterloo at the age of 84 years, nine months and three days.

Jennie Snell was married to Charles H. Fay on August 30, 1893 at Monona, Iowa. Mr. Fay passed away on October 17, 1953.

Mrs. Fay is survived by three daughters, Mrs. George Farmer of Cedar Falls, Mrs. Emil Kluss of Waterloo and Mrs. Flossie Gass of Clermont; two sisters, Mrs. J. Westcott of Ventura, Iowa and Mrs. Joe Blietz of Monona; two brothers, David R. Snell of Dallas, Texas and William H. Snell of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and three grandchildren. A daughter, Hazel, died in infancy.

She was a member of the Diamond Club of Community Presbyterian Church of Postville.

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FRANK FAY 1869-1946
   
--Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated Oct. 4, 1946 (Mary Durr)
   
Frank Fay Passes After Amputation

Frank Fay, 77, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away Saturday morning in the University hospital where he had been a patient since the amputation of his left leg several weeks ago. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock in the Catholic church in Clermont and interment was in Postville cemetery.

Mr. Fay was born in Grand Meadow township March 29, 1869, as the son of James and Elizabeth Shriner Fay. He was married to Effie Harmon September 10, 1890, and followed the occupation of farming for many years. For the past eight years he was manager of the Farmers Commission Company at Clermont, in which city the family home was established.

Mr. and Mrs. Fay were the parents of two children, Mrs. Frank Cahalan of Cedar Rapids and Oliver Fay, the latter passing away 16 years ago.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, Charles of Postville, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Eno of Luana. His parents and two brothers, Dr. Oliver J. Fay and George W. Fay, and his son, Oliver, preceded him in death.

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MRS. FRANK (Effie Harmon) FAY 1872-1947
   
-- Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated Nov. 12, 1947 (Mary Durr)
   
Mrs. Frank Fay Passes at Clermont

Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning for Mrs. Frank Fay, 75, in St. Peter's Catholic church in Clermont, with the Rev. Robert Cooney officiating. Interment was in Postville cemetery and pallbearers were Ed McNeil, Bert Waters, L. O. Beucher, E. L. Crowe, B. Riegel and Dan Burke.

Mrs. Fay passed away at her home in Clermont last Wednesday following a short illness.

As Effie Harmon she was born in Viroqua, Wis., December 4, 1872, as the daughter of George and Marie Harmon. When she was 14 years old, she came with her sister, the late Mrs. Maie Pixler, to Postville to make her home.

On September 10, 1889, she was united in marriage to Frank Fay of Postville and to this union two children were born, Oliver Harmon Fay who passed away a number of years ago, and Pearl Elizabeth, now Mrs. Frank Cahalan, who with her family lives in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Fay passed away on October 4 of last year.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Fay is survived by eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers, V. P. and P. J. Harmon, both living in California.

Except for the 14 years spent in her girlhood home, Mrs. Fay had lived in the Postville, Gunder and Clermont communities all of her lifetime. In 1917 the family moved to Clermont where Mr. Fay held positions of responsibility with the creamery, lumberyard and finally as manager of the commission company.

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Fay - Harmon marriage 1889
   
--Postville Review (Allamakee) September 14, 1889 (Sharyl Ferrall)
   
MARRIED.

At the residence of Mr. George PIXLER, in Grand Meadow, by Rev. J.O. THRUSH, Mr. Frank FAY to Miss Effie HARMON, both of Clayton co.

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MRS. GEORGE W. (Eva Blanche Webb) FAY 1879-1974
   
--Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated 1974 (Mary Durr)
   
Eva B. Fay, 93, Interred Monday

Funeral services were held Monday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m., at Schutte's Funeral Home, Postville, for Mrs. George W. (Eva B.) Fay, 93, Postville. Rev. Dick Harberts officiated, with burial in Postville Cemetery. She died Friday evening, March 9, at the Good Samaritan Center.

Eva Blanche Webb was born April 24, 1879, youngest daughter of Henry and Rozella Dresser Webb, at the farm home about five miles east of Postville. She received her education in the South Grove School about a mile from her home.

She was united in marriage to George W. Fay, December 11, 1901 at the family home. They started farming on the Fay farm south of Postville [Grand Meadow township]. In December, 1905, they moved to Postville where Mr. Fay became an employee of the Citizens State Bank.

She became active in the Postville Rebekah Lodge and the Community Presbyterian church. For the past few years she had lived in retirement homes in the area or the Community Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George in 1933, and four sisters: Mrs. C. P. (Lucy) Smith, Mrs. John F. (Ida) Staadt, Mrs. Eugene (Melissa) Owen and Mrs. Adolph (Bertha) Thias; and her brother, Herman D. Webb. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Mrs. Herman Webb, Los Angeles, and several nieces and nephews.

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