James A Casey 1863-1917
GORMAN, BRANNIGAN, PHELPS
Posted By: Vicki Chase (email)
Date: 9/2/2008 at 20:47:06
Life Sketch of the late James A Casey
Was born in Michigan During Civil War and Lived Life of Usefulness
James Austin Casey, 54, died Sat Dec 1, 1917 at his home in Richland township, from an acute attack of pneumonia. He met the Great Summoner without fear for he had so lived the Christian life that death had no sting and the grave no terrors for him.
He was born in Niles, Michigan, October 6, 1863 and was the oldest son of James G and Catherine Gorman Casey who migrated to America from Ireland. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1865 where he grew to sturdy manhood. He was a strong man pure in mind, industrious and ambitious.
Mr Casey was joined in the sacrament of matrimony with Miss Mary Brannigan of Tama, Rev Father Mahmar administering. The young couple began life together on a farm in Richland township. To this union three children were born: Leo and Sherman of Chelsea and Mae who died in infancy. This happy union was broken by the death of his beloved wife in 1891.
In April, 1894 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Amy Phelps of Chelsea, Rev Father Monhanan of Brooklyn administering. The couple lived on a farm in Richland township. To this union two children were born: Clarence Austin and Roy Allen. All were present to assist in caring for their father and comfort their bereaved mother. Besides the beloved wife and four sons he leaves four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs Mary Hamill, of Toledo to mourn his death.
James Casey was cradled in the faith of the Catholic church and amid all life’s temptations and allurements he adhered firmly to the doctrine taught. In his simple honest way he walked thru life and those who knew him best know his sincerity of purpose and charity of mind. His influence and his example touched all.
The funeral services were held in St Patrick’s church in Brooklyn on Monday. Rev Father O’Brien of Tama celebrated the requiem mass and preached the funeral sermon. A very large number was present at the funeral. The interment was in the Catholic cemetery in Brooklyn.
The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mrs Mary Hamill; Joe and Mayme Hamill of Toledo; Mr and Mrs James Poncus of Elma; Mrs EA Clark of Elma; Mr and Mrs Tom Hamill of Toledo; Mr and Mrs John Kearney of Clutier; Mr and Mrs Hugh McDonald of Montour and Mrs Pat Riley of Victor.
In Loving Remembrance of James A Casey (on 6x8 Flowers & Poem Funeral Card printed by H.F. Wendell of Leipsic, Ohio)
There is no Death, what seems so is transition
This life of Mortal Breath is but a Suburb of the Life Elysian
Whose portal we call Death (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
We miss thee from our home, dear Father
We miss thee from thy place
A shadow o’er our life is cast
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee - -
We miss thee everywhere.
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