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Weidauer, Opal (Fischer) 1916-1939


Posted By: Ardythe Rees Stoesz (email)
Date: 8/5/2007 at 20:58:20

From the LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, August 29, 1939, Page 1, Column 5:

Opal Weidauer Dies in Hospital At Mitchell, S. D.

Young Woman Fatally Hurt In Auto Crash Two Weeks Ago

Mrs. Opal Weidauer, 23, wife of Merle A. Weidauer of Stanton township, died at a hospital in Mitchell, S. D., as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident 16 miles southwest of Mitchell August 16.

Mrs. Weidauer's death was the second fatality from the crash of two automobiles involving 13 persons near Tobin Center. She suffered a fractured pelvis. Her mother, sister and baby daughter were injured in the same crash. The mother and sister are still in the hospital.

Also injured fatally in the accident was Mrs. William Wolfe, Omaha, who died several hours after the collision.

Still In Hospital

At the time of the accident Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wieczorek of Mount Vernon, S. D., were going to visit Mr. and Mrs. Will Schumacher near Ethan, S. D.

Mrs. Wieczorek was formerly Mrs. Kate Fischer of Stanton township and LeMars and was wedded last June to Mr. Wieczorek.

They were both badly cut and bruised, their son, Clifford, injured. Her daughter, Bethel Fischer, suffered a broken leg and her daughter, Mrs. Merle Weidauer, suffered fractures of the pelvic bone and her nine months old baby suffered a broken leg.

Mrs. Wieczorek is still confined to the hospital in Mitchell and her condition is critical. Bethel Fischer is slowly making recovery.

Body Returned Here

The remains of Mrs. Weidauer were brought back here for burial and the funeral will be held from the Fischer farm at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and services held in the Stanton Evangelical church at 2 p.m., Rev. E. M. Bauer officiating.

Lived Here All Her Life

Mrs. Merle Weidauer lived all her life in this county. Her maiden name was Opal Fischer and she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fischer of Stanton township. She was born January 26, 1916, and was married September 25, 1937 to Merle A. Weidauer.

Besides her husband and infant she leaves to mourn her death her mother, Mrs. Wieczorek and three sisters, Leola, Wilma and Bethel Fischer.

Additional obit, source and date unknown:


Mrs. Merle Weidauer Died Saturday at Mitchell, South Dakota

Mrs. Merle A. Weidauer, who resided near Merrill, passed away at a hospital in Mitchell, S. D. Saturday as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident 16 miles south of Mitchell two weeks ago.

Opal Fischer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fischer, was born in Plymouth county on January 23, 1916. She received her early education in the rural schools before her marriage. She was 23 years 7 months and 3 days of age at the time of her passing.

Funeral services will be Tuesday p.m. at 1:30 o'clock from the residence and at two o'clock from the Stanton Evangelical church. Rev. Elmer Bauer will officiate. Mauer's will be in charge of the arrangements.

Surviving to mourn her untimely passing are the widow and one baby daughter; her mother, Mrs. Herman Wieczorek, formerly Mrs. Kate Fischer and three sisters, Bethel, Leola and Wilma. Her father preceded her in death.

(Note--Opal's date of death calculates to 26 Aug 1939.)


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