submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007


At her home on East Fifth street, Sunday morning, July 16, 1893, at 1:45 o’clock, Mrs. ANNA DORA KEGEL, widow of the late Christian Kegel, aged 60 years, 9 months and 15 days.

Deceased was born in Germany, Oct. 1, 1832, and came to Muscatine in the fall of 1851. On September 31, 1852, she was united in marriage by Rev. A. B. Robbins with Christian Kegel, who preceded her in death March 7, 1888. For twenty-five years or more past she had been an invalid and was seldom found away from her quiet home on East Fifth street. Her sufferings at times were intense, but with true Christian patience she bore them without a murmur of compliant. At times she was able to be up and about, but had not for nearly a quarter of a century seen a well day. Last September she was afflicted with an attack of nervous prostration from which she did not fully recover. Her last serious illness, which culminated in her demise yesterday morning, dates back about two weeks. During all the period of her illness she had been devotedly waited upon and cared for by the only daughter, Miss Carrie Kegel, whose very life has been wrapped up in the mother and dearest of friends. Her greatest aim has for these many years been to make her suffering mother comfortable, and forget her pains and ills, and in this she has shown a most heroic and Christian spirit. The same is true of the only surviving son, Will. C. Kegel, now of Dubuque. Whenever it has been in his power to be at home he has done so and has assisted in ministering to the wants of their suffering parent. Realizing fully her condition, as they did, and that the end must soon come, this devoted son and daughter were most painfully shocked when the messenger came in the small hours of the night, for it came too soon, as it does for all of us.

They have the full sympathy of their many friends in this sad hour of bereavement. Besides them there is left to mourn a brother, Adam Reuling, and his family, as well as other relatives.

The funeral is appointed for to-morrow afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family residence, the services to be conducted by Rev. A. B. Robbins, who officiated at the wedding over forty years ago.

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