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Catherine C. Lawler Kennedy 1861-1913


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 6/12/2011 at 16:57:18

Death of Mrs. Kennedy
Passed Away Sunday Morning After Brief Illness
Pneumonia the Cause
Resided in This County for Twenty-One Years – Wife of J. P. Kennedy of Twelve Mile Lake
Mrs. James P. Kennedy died at 5:30 Sunday morning at the family farm home in Twelve Mile Lake township, of pneumonia, after an illness of less than a week. The news of her death was a shock to the many friends of the Kennedy family in Estherville on account of very few of them knowing of her serious illness. She was taken sick on Monday and Drs. Birney and Bradley called. They told the family it was a serious case of pneumonia and the children were sent for to come home and all were at her bedside when she passed away.

Deceased was born March 10, 1861, at DeKalb, Ill., and died on her birthday. She was educated at the DeKalb public schools and afterwards taught school for six years. She was married Nov. 18, 1885, to James P. Kennedy at DeKalb, Ill., and resided on a farm near there until spring of 1892 when they came to Wallingford and purchased a farm in Twelve Mile Lake township where the family have since resided. A family of seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy. They are Francis, Clara, Mae, Edward, Katie, Rose and Bessie, all living except Edward, who died three years ago on the same date that his mother passed away.

Mrs. Kennedy was a kindhearted and noble woman and after a long, busy and useful life she died as she had lived, honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in the hearts of all who knew her. Her life was completed, if work all done and well done constitute completion. She had been a member of the Catholic church since infancy and she lived a true Christian life and raised a family of children that any mother could well feel proud to raise. Her death is not only mourned by relatives but by hundreds of friends who had learned to love her as a neighbor and friend. To the bereaved father and children, the people of this vicinity extend their heartfelt sympathy.

Funeral services will be held at nine o’clock Wednesday morning at the farm home and at 10:30 at the Catholic church in this city. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, March 11, 1913)

Funeral of Mrs. J. P. Kennedy
Seldom has there been a funeral so largely attended as the one of Mrs. J. P. Kennedy at the Catholic church last Wednesday. Friends and relatives from far and near came to pay their last respects to the departed and to comfort the stricken family. The church was not large enough to accommodate all who came.

The floral offerings were profuse and very beautiful. Relatives from abroad to the funeral were: Miss Mary Lawler of DeKalb, Illinois; Miss Lizzie Lawler of Chicago, sisters of the deceased; Mrs. Alice Rowe of DeKalb, Illinois; Mrs. Henry [Maggie] Hickey and Mrs. Thomas Maley of Malta, and Mrs. Thos. [Nora] Gannon of Elburn, Illinois, sisters of Mr. Kennedy; and his niece and nephew, Miss Mable Donlon and Jas. Donlon, of Clinton, Iowa. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, March 19, 1913)


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