MCNAMARA, Patrick L. 1849-1929
Posted By: Susan Carter
Date: 1/6/2016 at 08:55:45
Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, Iowa
October 31, 1929
P.L. McNamara Buried Saturday
Well Known Ida Grove Citizen Native of Columbus, O. Past 80 years old.
Patrick Leo McNamara, one of Ida Grove's oldest citizens, passed away at his home at 5:30
Thursday morning, October 24 at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 20 days. He had been in
failing health for a number of years and bedfast for the past year and a half. He was taken suddenly worse with a high temperature on Wednesday afternoon and sank rapidly to the end.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 10a.m. at the Sacred Heart church and burial took place in the Catholic cemetery west of town.
Mr. McNamara was born in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1849, being the eldest of a family of nine children. His parents were Daniel and Margaret McNamara, natives of County Clare, Ireland. At the age of 16 the family moved to Wisconsin and then to Chicago, where he took up insurance work. In 1888 he went to LeMars where on Jan. 26, 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Gahlagher and Jan. 28 they came to Ida Grove, where they have since resided, Mr. McNamara having worked in the insurance and real estate business as long as his health permitted.
He is survived by his wife and ten children, Dan, of Foley, Minn; John, of Ronneby, Minn; James, of Sioux City; Mrs. P.J. McDermott, of Dell Rapids, S.D.; Mrs. Bryce Vollmer, of Holstein; William K., of Miami, Fla; Ruth, Jennie, Margaret and Frank of Ida Grove. Also fourteen grandchildren. One son, Leo, lost his life in the battle of the Argonne and is buried in French soil. One brother, J.H. McNamara of Chicago and one sister, Mrs. Frank Butler of Storm lake also survive.
Mr. McNamara was born in and lived in the Catholic faith. He was a man of unusual kindness and honest in his dealings.
Those present at the funeral from out of town were: Mrs. P.J. McDermott and son Horace of
Dell Rapids, S.D.; Mrs. Frank Butler of Storm Lake; Mrs. Bryce Vollmer of Holstein.
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