Mary Augusta Ketzle

After a long period of failing health, during the last few weeks of which she was confined to her bed, Mrs. Marion Wait, age 85, succumbed peacefully to the death she had awaited without fear at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at her home in Taylor Ridge. Her husband, two daughters, and a sister, Mrs. J.W. Neaman, were at her bedside. Funeral services were held at the Reynolds Methodist church at 2:00 p.m. yesterday and burial was in the Reynolds cemetery. The Rev. Lester L. Earp, her pastor, officiated, and the Crummy Funeral home was in charge. Pallbearers were two grandsons, James Pettit and Richard Danielson, the husbands of two granddaughters, Forrest M. Anderson and Dr. O.K. Van Roekel, and two nephews, Robert Ketzle and John Neaman. Music was by Mrs. Kathryn McConnel, organist, and Geral Shaw, soloist. Mary Augusta Ketzle, daughter of Henry and Mary Clarke Ketzle, was born at the Ketzle home a mile southwest of Reynolds on August 21, 1972. She was married to Marion T. Wait on Dec. 26, 1900. Her death on Tuesday came exactly 41 years after the death of her father, a German immigrant and Civil War veteran. Mrs. Wait's mother, born in 1841, was the daughter of Preemption pioneers. As a girl Mary Augusta Ketzle attended the Dexter and Reynolds schools and Illinois Normal university. She taught school for seven years preceding her marriage. She took pride in the fact that her mother, both her daughters and one granddaughter also were teachers. Upon her marriage she became a farmer's wife and for many years they lived on the Wait family farm west of Reynolds, later moving to a farm of their own northwest of Reynolds. They retired from farming about ten years ago and purchased the place in Taylor Ridge which has since been their home. Mrs. Wait had been a member of the Reynolds Methodist church longer than any other member. She was a faithful member of the church societies. She was a charter member of the Reynolds Woman's Club and held continuous membership. Mrs. Wait's survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Royce E. Pettit and Mrs. Walter G. Danielson of Reynolds; two sisters, Mrs. James A. Grimm of Williams Bay, Wisc., and Mrs. Neaman of Reynolds; a brother, H.B. Ketzle, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; six grandchildren, Lt. Royce E. Pettit Jr., U.S. Navy, Mrs. Forrest M. Anderson Jr., Mrs O.K. Van Roekel, James Pettit and Richard and Barbara Danielson; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Mr. and Mrs. Wait enjoyed an open house reception on their golden wedding anniversary seven years ago. Mrs. Wait's parents had live to see their 50th wedding anniversary and the parents of her father, who died just two days after that even, had lived in Germany for 60 years past their wedding date.

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