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McDermott, Ellen (Dorgan) 1856 - 1913


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/11/2020 at 15:12:16

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Sept. 5, 1913, P-4, C-6

Mrs. John McDermott, residing northwest of Cresco, passed away at four o’clock yesterday morning, after a summer’s illness of cancer of the stomach. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at the Church of the Assumption.

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Sept. 12, 1913, P-FP, C-5

The funeral of Mrs. John McDermott, who passed away at her home near the city, Thursday morning last, was held from the Church of the Assumption, Saturday morning at ten o’clock. There was a large attendance at the services, and the many beautiful floral offerings testified the love and sympathy of the friends of the family. Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Reverend pastor, and the funeral sermon was preached by his assistant, Father John Murtagh, who paid a most eloquent tribute to the life and character of the departed Father Murtagh spoke of her as the very realization and exemplar of the virtues of faith, hope and charity; a faith which was a practical and essential factor in her every day life; a hope which was most real in the very shadow of death; and a love which reached out beyond the limits of family and church, to her neighbor in the true scriptural sense. It is no ordinary life or character that could deserve such a tribute, and such deep and heartfelt sympathy as has been called forth by the death of this good woman. For over a quarter of a century she had been a resident of this community, and her thoughtfulness, unselfishness and good will had reached a wide circle of friends where sorrow over her death and sympathy for the surviving members of her family are everywhere heard. The family express the deepest gratitude for the many kind and thoughtful services rendered to them in their hours of sorrow by their loyal friends and neighbors.
Ellen Dorgan was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1856. On May 4, 1886, she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to John McDermott, at Keyesville, Wisconsin, immediately taking up her home in this county where her husband had been a resident for several years. Here this worthy couple have lived ever since, loved by their neighbors and respected by the community. Their two children, John and Julia, were raised here and educated in the schools of Cresco, John being at present connected with Loomis drug store, and Miss Julia having been for the past two years a teacher in the Cresco public schools. The deceased is also survived by three sisters residing in Wisconsin, who were present at the funeral, namely: Mrs. Julia Clemmons, of Bear Valley; Mrs. Frank Crapser, of Sextonville, and Mrs. Tim Collins of Waseka. Other relatives of the family present from abroad were, B. J. Dorgan, Robert Clemmons, Frank Crapser, and Tim Collins, Mrs. Ryan and Miss Ella Hughes, all of Wisconsin, and T. G. McDermott and Miss Mary McDermott of Mason City, and Mrs. E. W. Gurren and Mrs. Eva Gurren of Cedar Rapids. After the services at the church the funeral train wended its way to the Catholic cemetery where the remains were laid to rest, Father Thomas Murtagh reading the final burial service. Peace to her soul whose life was one of peace and good will to all.

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