MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 419
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007
Tuesday morning, March 12th, at 5 o’clock occurred the death of Michael Healey, one of the old settlers and respected citizens of Muscatine county whose face has been a familiar one to the residents of our city for upwards of thirty-six years. He had been in poor health for several years, but his illness did not assume a serious turn until the last three weeks, since which time he was confined to his bed and aware of his approaching demise. Loving relatives and friends did all they could for him, but the hand of disease was too strong, and their efforts served no further purpose than to add to his comfort and happiness in his last moments. His illness was borne with a spirit of patience and resignation, such as is rarely witnessed. He knew his end was near at hand, and he was prepared and contented to meet it. Throughout his entire life he was a devoted member of the Catholic church, and had the happiness of receiving the consolations of religion before the final summons came.
Michael Healey was born near Kilkenny, Ireland, Sept. 29th, 1822. In the spring of 1847, he with his wife emigrated to America and located at Pittsburg, Pa., where they lived for twelve years. In 1859 they came went to Muscatine, where Mr. Healey has resided continuously ever since, his wife having been called to her final home in August, 1883. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom three are dead, two having died in infancy many years ago, the oldest son, Thomas, in November, 1893. The nine surviving children are Mrs. Anna M. Spellman, of Adams county, Iowa; Sister Mary Cyril, superioress of the Sisters of Charity, at Lincoln, Ill.; Andrew, James, John, William, Clara, Edward and Frank, all of Muscatine county. Mr. Healey was widely known throughout the county, and the number of his friends is only limited by the number of those who knew him.
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