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Joseph Odenthal Family
Father, Mother and Daughter Pass Away
After Brief Illness of Flu-Pneumonia
The home of Thomas Higgins has been the scene of one bereavement after another during the past week. His wife was taken sick with flu-pneumonia two weeks ago, a week later her mother was taken with the same disease, her father falling sick 24 hours later.
The mother was the first to succumb, the father following within a day’s time, and the only daughter a few day’s later without realizing that her parents had preceded her.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Odenthal, father and mother of Mrs. Higgins, were former residents of Batavia and both bodies were sent there for interment.
The sickness of Mrs. Higgins excited intense sympathy throughout the community, hovering between life and death and losing both parents. Physicians and nurses labored night and day to snatch her away from the grave, but without avail. She made a brave fight to the last, but the treacherous disease undermined her strength and she slowly dropped into sleep that knows no awakening on this earth.
Lillian Odenthal was born in Chicago in 1889. Her girl-hood days were spent in Maple Park, Ill., where she graduated from the public school. Later she accompanied her parents to Batavia, Ill., where she was united in marriage to Thomas Higgins on May 6, 1915. They immediately took up housekeeping duties on a farm north of town where their brief wedded life had been happily spent. Two daughters blessed this union, Margaret Elaine and Audrey Genevieve, who with their father survive, and they have the sincere sympathy of all.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Drennan, officiating, with music by the choir. The funeral was largely attended, with floral offerings that filled several autos. Friends were here from Chicago, Aurora, Batavia, Rochelle, Plano and other cities.
Internment was in the Catholic cemetery, and the body bearers were Eugene McNeary and James Arlington of this city, Roy Murry of Chicago, Harry Davis and Jack Lally of Batavia, and Hon. John Hart of Aurora.
Taken from:
The Marengo Republican-News, Thursday, Feb., 1922 Submitted By: Pat Esterday


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