Butler County Obituaries VII
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Obituaries from Butler County, Ohio
Part VII

Table of Contents
John C. SEBALD Obituary
Nancy Belle DAY Obituary
Caroline COLVIN Obituaries
Ruth J. CODDINGTON Obituary
William Bascum LEFFERSON Obituary
Miss Kate B. WRENN Obituary
Mary E. DOTY Obituary
David F. COYLE Obituary
Jerry Dale MALOTT Obituary
Emma E. STOOPS Obituary
Emma A. BONNELL Obituary
Louise GALEESE Obituary
Elizabeth PRESSLER Obituary

  • John C. Sebald Obituary, March 30, 1936, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    JOHN C. SEBALD, BUSINESS MAN DIES
    HEART DISEASE PROVES FATAL TO PIONEER IN BARBER CIRCLES; FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY
    Late Restaurant Proprietor Also Active in Several Lodges

    John C. Sebald, 62, well known business man of Middletown for more than 40 years, died Monday at 3:40 A.M. at the family residence, 100 South Broad Street.
    Suffering three attacks of heart disease in less than a week, Sebald's death was not unexpected to his family and friends. A sufferer from heart disease several years, he had been in serious condition the past year but courageously resisted illness, despite the fact that he was greatly weakened in recent months.
    Only last Wednesday, when he was stricken with the first of three rapid attacks, he had spent part of the day at his restaurant on Broad Street and at other favorite haunts in the business section. That night he was taken ill and the family was summoned to his bedside, anticipating the end. His rally the next day was followed by another relapse. The third came in quick succession Sunday night.
    In Sebald's death Middletown loses an upright citizen and his family a generous husband and father. His kindness lavished on his family, also found its way into many odd channels but usually reached the man in the street who asked for alms and always found a friend in John Sebald. It was said that no deserving man ever left the door of his restaurant hungry.
    Sebald was born in Middletown, July 8, 1873, the son of Christian and Maria Sebald, who settled this section of Ohio upon coming to this country from Germany. They were substantial citizens and contributed to the early growth of Middletown. Among the monuments to them is the St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church, of which they were charter members. He too was reared in that church and in his younger days was a member of the choir.
    Their son, John Christian, began his varied business career in the barbering business in the middle 90's. At the last location of his barber shop near Central Avenue and Wall Street, the business was considered the largest in Middletown at that time. During his career, he conducted three different shops.
    About 1916 he opened his present place of business on Broad street, meanwhile engaging actively in real estate in California where he and Mrs. Sebald had gone annually for the last 12 years. They returned to the city last October, Sebald saddened and broken in spirit over the death of his sister, Mrs. Charles Dell, in California.
    He was an influential member in Middletown Elks' Lodge many years and had held membership in the Knights of Phythias, Eagles and Moose.
    A firm Democrat, Sebald's values to the party was enhanced when he was named a member of the Democratic Central Committee, an office he held many years. In that capacity, he vigorously aided the party's interests and proved himself an immeasurable influence in Democratic circles.
    In 1896, Sebald was married to Anna Marie Kurtz, who survives him with three children, Mrs. E. D. Rathman, Mrs. R. O. Brosius and J. Thomas Sebald, eight grandchildren, and two brothers, Fred C. and George Oliver Sebald, all of Middletown.
    Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:45 P.M. at the late residence and at 3 P.M. at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church. The Rev. H.H.Jung will conduct the service. Burial will take place in Woodside cemetery.

  • Nancy Belle Day Obituary, July 6, 1948, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Death came suddenly Thursday afternoon to Mrs. Nancy Belle Day, wife of Joseph M. Day, Sr., of 109 N. Leibee St., who was chosen Middletown's most typical mother last Mother's Day.
    Stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage while at work at the P. Lorillard factory, where she was employed 16 years. Mrs. Day last spring proved to hundreds of competing women that a typical mother can be one who works, rears a large family and keeps her own house, besides having time for gracious gestures that mark a good neighbor and a congenial co-worker.
    She was voted the most representative mother in the contest sponsored by the John Ross Store, at which time she passed on advice to modern young mothers to do their own babysitting, as she did, if they want a normal family life. She was the mother of 11 children, 10 of whom are living.
    These are Mrs. Emma Lambert, Mrs. Florence Bianchi, Mrs. Ruth Moon, Mrs. Ella Mae Yenser, Mrs. Bertha Hillman, this city, Mrs. Carrie Siler, Germantown Route 1, William Allen, Homer Lee, Joseph M., Jr., and Jesse. May 8, Mr. and Mrs. Day celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
    Also surviving her are a sister, Mrs. Ruth Fitzgerald, Valparaiso, Ind., and a brother William Stanfield, of Wellington, Ohio.
    The funeral will be conducted at First Church of God on Crawford St., her parish, at 2:30 p.m., Monday. The Rev. Herschel Caudill, of Germantown, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.
    Friends may call at the residence after 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Caroline Colvin Obituaries
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Middletown Journal, January 16, 1914

    Funeral Of Mrs. Caroline Colvin Will Be Held Tomorrow From Home

    The funeral of Mrs. Caroline Colvin will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. The services will be private. Rev. D. F. Rittenhouse, pastor of the First Baptist church will officiate. Interment in charge of A. T. Wilson & Son will be made in Woodside cemetery.
    The four children to survive are two sons, Homer and George of this city and two daughters, Mrs. C.E. Mulford, of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. C. H. Barkelew, of Eldon, Mo. One brother also survives, Fletcher Byrkett, of Troy, O. The daughters will be unable to attend the funeral as one lives so far away she could not get here in time and the other daughter is ill. The brother arrived today for the service.

    The Middletown News-Signal, January 15, 1914

    WELL KNOWN
    Middletown Woman Passes Into Great Beyond at Age of Seventy Seven

    Mrs. Caroline M. Colvin,77, widow of the late Silas Colvin, died this morning at 8:10 o'clock at her home, 125 North Broadway from old age and general debility. She has been ailing since the March flood. She was born February 25, 1837, and has been a resident for the past fifty-one years. She is a prominent member of the W.C.T.U. in which work she has been closely allied for several years past. She is also a faithful member of the First Baptist church. She is well known here and at all times has proved a good neighbor and a kindly friend. Two sons, Homer and George both of this city and two daughters, residing at a distance are left to mourne the loss of a kind and devoted mother. The funeral arrangements will be made later. A. T. Wilson are the undertakers in charge.

  • Ruth J. Coddington Obituary, March 27, 1930, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    FORMER WELL KNOWN WOMAN DIES AT CALIFORNIA HOME

    Many old friends here of Mrs. Ruth J. Coddington will be interested and grieved to learn that her son, Rev. Geo. D. C. Coddington, of West Middletown, received a wire informing him of the passing of his mother, Wednesday evening in Los Angelos, Calif., where she lived since 1913.
    She has surviving her one brother, Gilbert Doty, now living at Jamestown, N.Y., who is almost three years older than she. Also two children, Rev. Geo. D. C.Coddington of West Middletown, and Mrs. Pearl Risskopf, of Los Angelos, three children having died in childhood. There are nine grandchildren living and twelve great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Coddington was a grandaughter of Daniel Doty, who was the first white settler in Butler county, and the daughter of Joseph Doty, and was born on a farm on the Lebanon Canal road, which is now part of the Armco property and part of Mayfield Subdivision.
    She was one of the early members of the Baptist church of this city, having joined it when a young girl.
    Mr. and Mrs. Coddington bought the property at Central and Clinton where The Union Gas and Electric shop now is, shortly after the close of the Civil War and where they lived and conducted a photograph gallery for many years, before they moved to West Middletown, where they manufactured a new patent fruit can sealing wax.
    Mr. Coddington died in 1922, and Mrs. Coddington went to Los Angelos, Calif., in 1913, and liked it so well that she never cared to return to Ohio.
    Mrs. Coddington was a very talented woman, being a splendid draftsman and having made drawings for the Patent Office for many years. Besides this she was a noted oil portrait artist. Many of her portrait paintings are still to be found among the art treasures of some of the older families of Middletown and vicinity. Her records show that in one year when she worked most with her brush, that she painted one hundred portraits besides retouching negatives for the photograph gallery of Mr. Coddington.
    Her mind was remarkably clear all her life. Up until only a few weeks of her death she kept all her own accounts and attended to all her business.
    She has lived to a ripe old age and her pathway is strewn with many good and kind deeds, helping many others over the rough places, who were less fortunate than she. Always kind and comforting to those in trouble and need. And while most of her old friends have gone on before, she will be remembered kindly by many who still count her among their esteemed friends.
    Mrs. Coddington will be buried next Monday in Los Angelos in accordance with her request.

  • William Bascum Lefferson Obituary, March 7, 1931, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    PIONEER CITIZEN TAKEN BY DEATH
    Illness of Three Weeks Fatal to William Lefferson

    Again, was the news spreads of the death of William Bascum Lefferson,88, at his home 2300 Christel Avenue, following an illness of three weeks, Middletown pauses to mourn the passing of another of these staunch citizens who helped record the pioneer history of this section of Butler County.
    Born at Poastown on October 4, 1842, the son of Garret and Rachel S. Lefferson, the decedant has been a lifelong resident of this vicinity, making his home in Middletown since 1916.
    When a boy, his parents moved from Poastown to a farm on the Bebanon Pike. In May, 1866 when Mr. Lefferson married Martha Ann Piper, the young couple went to housekeeping at West Middletown, known in those days as Heno. Residing there for eighteen months Mr. Lefferson then purchased land on the Blue Ball Pike and soon went into the dairy business.
    As his business prospered and as time passed he acquired other farms included in part of what is now Highland Farms addition, and for the next forty-five years he remained in that location, his business activities taking him to all parts of the city and township and proving instrumental in the acquirement of a large circle of friends all of whom unite today in expressions of deepest regret in his death.
    In the year 1916, Mr. Lefferson decided to retire from active business, sold his land to a Middletown real estate company and moved into residence on Christel Avenue where he and Mrs. Lefferson have since resided and where he was stricken with a severe cold, three weeks ago.
    William Lefferson was one of those few sturdy pioneers left as a reminder of the earlier days of this section. He was possessed of those characteristics which builded a reputation for honesty and business integrity, placing his name in lasting memory of all of those he came in contact. In his circle of more intimate friendships, too, he won much admiration, while he was always known as a man of most sincere religious inclinations. This was shown in his life-long and faithfull membership in the Presbyterian church of Blue Ball.
    He was a member of the Lemon township school board for many years and in that capacity gave of his best business ability.
    Mrs. Lefferson, now 82 years of age, still lives and even in this sad hour of bereavement, possesses a feeling in satisfaction that she and the loved one with whom she shared happiness and sorrow for so many years, were one of the few couples who lived to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary and then travel still further along the highway of life.
    Besides the widow, the following children survive, Mrs. William Bailey, Mrs. Louis Whiteman, Earl and Homer Lefferson in addition to eleven grandchildren, also a brother John at Liberty, Indiana and Mrs. Alice Bailey, of this city. To all of these the heartfelt sympathy of an exceptionally wide circle of friends is being extended today.
    Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Tuesday at the residence.

  • Miss Kate B. Wrenn Obituary, November 2, 1934, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    LAST SURVIVOR OF PIONEER FAMILY OF THIS CITY DIES; SUFFERED STROKE RECENTLY
    Miss Kate B. Wrenn, Daughter Of One Of Founders Of Paper Mill Firm

    Miss Kate B. Wrenn, daughter of the late Allen S. Wren, one of the founders of the Wrenn Paper Company, died Friday morning at 11 o'clock at the home of Mrs. George B. Shafor, of 517 South Main Street. She was 75 years old.
    In ill health about a year, Miss Wrenn suffered a stroke of paralysis three years ago and for the past week had lain in a coma without recognizing the close attention of a wide circle of friends, who mourn her death and regret the passing of a former substantial and influential woman of Middletown.
    Miss Wren was the last survivor of the five children of Allen S. and Parthenia Wrenn, whose names are written indeliby into the early history of Middletown.

    OLD HOME STANDS

    Memory of the Wrenn family always takes older Middletonians to the happy times when Mr. and Mrs. Wrenn and five children occupied the old brick home which still stands on the south west corner of Main and Manchester Avenue. This was the Wrenn homestead and about it always cling memories of the years when they occupied it and important happenings for Middletown radiated from it.
    A short distance away, in the old brick house now occupied by the "Kopper Kettle," a brother of Mr. Wrenn (George L.) lived. Both homes were considered among the finer in Middletown at the time and were pointed out for their beauty of architecture and the prominence of the families they protected.
    Mr. Wrenn came to Middletown early in life from Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was born in 1815. He was married to Parthenia Taylor, daughter of David Taylor and Joanna Enyart, of Middletown in 1845. To them five children were born, Thomas A., Edward, Mary, Charles, and Kate B.
    Since the death of her parents, many years ago, Miss Wrenn had made her home among her friends. Early in the summer she took up residence with Mrs. Shafor, after having spent several years with Miss Bessie Harding, of Excello.
    With Joseph Sutphin as his partner, A.S. Wrenn founded the Wrenn Paper Company which played a prominent part in the publishing of newspapers during the Civil War. Newsprint was then a scarcity and it was the local mill which furnished the Cincinnati Enquirer all of the material on which were printed its editions carrying news from the Confederate and Northern lines.

    CHANGES HANDS

    With the passing of A.S.Wrenn, his stock in the company fell to his children and other relatives and eventually became the property of the late Austin Smith and John Gibson, Jr. They organized the corporation which is today known as the Wrenn Paper Company.
    Miss Wrenn was a member of the First Baptist Church all of her life and recognized as one of its most earnest promoters.
    Miss Wrenn's only survivors are nieces and nephews in the east who are now enroute for the funeral service. Arrangements for the funeral will be made later.

  • Mary E. Doty Obituary, October 12, 1940, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    WIDELY KNOWN RESIDENT OF CITY IS DEAD
    Mrs. Mary E. Doty, 87, Succumbs At Home On Yankee Road

    Mrs. Mary E. Doty, 87, of 1000 Yankee Road, widow of Joseph C. Doty, member of the pioneer family that settled Middletown and around whom its early life centered, died at 2:40 P.M. Friday at her home.
    Mrs. Doty, who had been in failing health the last six months, suffered several stokes of paralysis during that time, the last one a week ago.
    Outliving her husband many years, Mrs. Doty viewed Middletown's progress as it passed her door at the old Doty homestead, where Yankee Road, Woodside Avenue and Verity Parkway join. Some years ago she saw the erection of a stone monument opposite her home on the banks of the old Miami and Erie Canal and later witnessed the transformation of the old waterway into a wide boulevard over which motor vehicles whisk at a pace which was beyond any dream of old canal travelers.
    Her husband was one of Middletown's leading ice and coal dealers, who conducted a thriving business by methods now considered crude. Blocks of ice weere hewed each winter from Doty's pond, the center of winter attractions to young skaters in years gone by.
    She came here as a bride in 1873 from St. Mary's, Ohio, and while she was not familiar with Middletown as her husband and Daniel Doty knew it, she came to know the story of their early experiences by heart.
    Four children were born to that union. Two still survive, Arthur F. Doty and Mrs. Fern Countryman. Ten grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Loretta Wollam and Mrs. Flora Mallernee, this city, also are left.
    The funeral will be conducted Monday at 3 P.M. at the residence by Dr. Carroll Lewis, pastor of First Methodist Church. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.

  • David F. Coyle Obituary, December 21, 1942, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    DAVID F. COYLE STRICKEN FRIDAY

    David F. Coyle,74, 1334 Manchester Ave., died Friday at 5 A.M. at the Middletown Hospital after an illness of three weeks.
    A veteran tobacco worker, Mr. Coyle was employed only by the P. Lorrilard Company from the time he was able to work. A member of Holy Trinity Church, he was a member of the Holy Name Society.
    He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Heckman Coyle; seven daughters, Mrs. Thomas Skinner, Mrs. William Sullivan, Mrs. Leeman Dunlap, Mrs. Joseph DuLak, Mrs. Knight Goodman, Margaret Coyle, Frances, all of Middletown; Mrs. Arthur Burkhardt, of Indianapolis; three sons, Robert, Bernard, Richard, all of Middletown; 29 grandchildren.
    Friends may call at the residence after 2 P.M. Saturday. Requiem Mass will be said at 9 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery. Members of the Holy Name Society will meet at the residence at 7 P.M. Sunday for services.

  • Jerry Dale Malott Obituary, August 22, 1942, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    YOUNG FARMER DIES SATURDAY
    Jerry Dale Malott, 30. Ill Only Week

    Jerry Dale Malott, 30, Middletown Route One, died at the Middletown Hospital at 6:50 A.M. Saturday. He had been ill for one week.
    Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 P.M. at the Monroe United Presbyterian Church. The Rev. S. A. Livingston will officiate. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home after 7 P.M Saturday until 1:P.M. Monday.
    A farmer all his life, Mr. Malott was an active member of the Monroe Grange and a member of the Monroe United Presbyterian Church.
    Surviving him are his wife, Louise and two daughters, Jerry Elain, four and Helen Louise, two; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Malott, of Lebanon Route Four; one brother, Elmer, Middletown Route one; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Moon, of Monroe, Miss Esther Malott and Miss Grace Malott, of Lebanon.

  • Emma E. Stoops Obituary, March 21, 1941, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    MRS. EMMA STOOPS SUCCUMBS FRIDAY
    Rites Will Be Held Monday Afternoon

    Funeral services for Mrs. Emma E. Stoops, 65, of 404 Park Street, who died at 6:35 A.M. Friday at her residence after an illness of less than 24 hours, induced by a stroke, will be conducted at 2:30 P.M. Monday at the residence. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.
    Survivors are her husband, Oscar; two sons, Raymond and Robert, both of Middletown; four daughters, Mrs. William Morgan, Mrs. Carol Humphries, and Miss Gertrude Stoop, all of Middletown, and Mrs. Ed Wells, of Urbana; a brother, Edward Monjar, of Miamisburg, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Ruble, of Middletown, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    She was a member of Calvary Methodist Church and the Rev. I. M. McVey of that church will officiate at the services. Friends will be received at the residence after 7 p.m. Friday.

  • Emma A. Bonnell Obituary, December 4, 1936, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    MRS. EMMA A. BONNELL, NATIVE OF CITY AND GRANDAUGHTER OF ITS FIRST MAYOR, IS DEAD
    With Late Husband, Assisted in Operating Former U.S. Hotel

    Mrs. Emma A. Bonnell, of 115 North Main Street, who was a lifelong resident of the city and a direct descendant of the early settlers in this territory, expired of heart disease Thursday night.
    Until three weeks ago, when Mrs. Bonnell removed to Middletown Hospital, she continued to direct the activities of her home. This direction came from her bed where she was confined by a weakened heart, but her mind refused to be bound and her natural love for her home remained at the center of her interest to the end. Her condition drew steadily worse and death came at 7 P.M. at the hospital.
    Mrs. Bonnell was born 79 years ago on a farm, now a part of the city, a daughter of Isaac Wolverton and Jane Colvin Wolverton. She resided in or near Middletown during her entire useful life, having attended the public schools of Amanda and Middletown.
    She was a grandaughter of David Wolverton, the first mayor of Middletown, elected in 1829.
    In early life she was married to James Vail Bonnell, former city clerk in the old City Council, who through his mother was a direct descendant of Stephen Vail, founder of Middletown in 1802. On his paternal side he was a descendant of Samuel Bonnell one of the earliest settlers of Middletown.
    There was thus united the blood of ancestors, whose life and work are inseparable in the history of Middletown, and through them was retained the legacy of public service. More than 60 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. James V. Bonnell purchased the home on North Main Street.
    For a number of years they owned and operated the old U.S. Hotel when much of the color of that once famous hostelery flowed through the walls of the old, unused buildings where the famous and near famous once gathered for the day's comforts and for the festive life of the city. By joint efforts of Mr. and Mrs Bonnell the hotel became a landmark of rest and entertainment, noted for its quality of food and service. It became known as a favorite stopping place between Cincinnati and Dayton and during their ownership its parlors and lobby ranking as a much sought place for gatherings of citizens of Middletown and vicinity. Within its walls, too, during the regime of the Bonnells, many plans for betterment of Middletown were evolved.
    Three children now survive the union of James V. and Emma A. Bonnell. They are Mrs. Edna V. Lucas, now an invalid of Waltham, Mass., Mrs. B. F. Harwitz and Fred V. Bonnell, of Middletown, three grandchildren, one of whom, Louise Lucas, has been librarian of Fogg Library of Art at Harvard, and is recognized as one of the foremost in that line in the country. Two great grandchildren also are left.
    Deeply religious and charitable, Mrs. Bonnell's death was as quiet and peaceful as her life.
    Last rites for the highly respected woman will be held in the home she loved, sacred with memories of early days when her family was about her.
    The funeral will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday with the Rev. A. L. Kenyon, rector of the Church of the Ascension, as officiant. Burial will take place in Woodside beside the body of her husband.

  • Louise Galeese Obituary, January 31, 1938, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    MRS. JOHN GALEESE, WIFE OF PROMINENT GROCERYMAN, DIES AFTER ILLNESS OF ONE YEAR
    Operation Fails To Aid And Death Follows Sunday Afternoon

    Grief is felt in a large circle of friends over the death of Mrs. Louise Galeese, of 16 Clark Street, wife of John F. Galeese, grocer and vice-president of the Citizens Building and Loan Company.
    Death at 2:15 P.M. Sunday followed an operation last Wednesday at Middletown Hospital. Mrs. Galeese had been in failing health for a year, her condition becoming serious early last week. She had experienced lapses into unconsciousness since the operation keeping her family and friends in anxiety.
    Mrs. Galeese known principally for her devotion to her family and church was a native of Middletown. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James J. Slack, who were earlier residents of high respect.
    Mrs. Galeese was reared in Holy Trinity Church and remained one of its most faithful and lovable members. She never affiliated with any of the church groups but was always ready to assist wherever her services were needed.
    Known for a decided personal charm, Mrs. Galeese's friendship was sought and held dear to acquaintances who admired her as an ideal mother, wife and neighbor.
    Her loss is mourned by the husband, three sons, John, Tom and Ralph; two daughters, Mary Katherine and Elizabeth, and one brother Ray Slack, of this city.
    The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery.
    The body was removed to Joseph R. Baker Funeral Home and will be taken to the residence Tuesday.

  • Elizabeth Pressler Obituary, November 4, 1945, Middletown Journal
    Submitted by
    Carolyn Lacey

    Mrs. Elizabeth Pressler Dies Thursday At Local Hospital

    Mrs. Elizabeth Pressler, 68, of 4007 Coles Rd., active in Catholic Church circles for many years, died at 3:15 P.M. Thursday at Middletown Hospital.
    Mrs. Pressler had been ill for two months, and had been in critical condition most of that time.
    In addition to her church work, Mrs. Pressler was an accomplished gardner and her house on Coles Rd. was one of the show spots of the city.
    For many years, Mrs. Pressler, was a member of Holy Trinity Church, but changed her affiliation to St. Mary's Church when it was established in the east end. She was a member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society, and its members will honor her memory Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Schramm Funeral Home.
    The widow of Neal Pressler, who died in 1943, Mrs. Pressler had been a resident of Middletown 36 years. She was a native of Hamilton.
    Surviving here are two sons, Clarence F. Smith, sales manager for the Inland Container Corporation here and Bernard A. Smith of Middletown one sister, Mrs. Herman Ludwig of Hamilton, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
    Requiem High Mass will be sung at St. Mary's Church Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Stephen's church at Hamilton.

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