Catherine Janette

Born: April 19, 1898

Died: April 27, 1918

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Death of Catherine Martens
Shortly after six o'clock Saturday evening occured the death of Miss Catherine Janette Martens, daughter of Mr. and Mr. C. W. Martens, at the family home in this city, following a lingering illness of many months.

Deceased was one of the popular and highly respected young ladies of Milbank. She was born here April 19, 1898, and had attained the age of 20 years and 8 days. She attended school thru the grades in St. Lawrence school and upon graduation from St. Lawrence entered Milbank high school, graduating with the class of 1916. Her taking away makes the first break in the Martens family and in addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, W. J. Martens of this city, Francis Martens, now in the U.S. Aerial Signal Service and stationed at Waco, Texas, and John Martens, in the U.S. Coast Artillery Service, stationed at Fort Barraneas, Florida, and seven sisters, the Misses Winnifred, Margaret, Irene, Agnes, Alice, Grace, and Mamie, all at home except Irene, who is a teacher in the Redfield high school. The latter arrived home Saturday and both Francis and John arrived home Tuesday afternoon.

Other relatives from a distance here for the funeral were Mrs. Hannah Walsh and daughter, Miss Susie, of Lead, this state.

The funeral was held from St. Lawrence church at 9:00 o'clock yesterday morning and a solemn requeim mass celebrated by Father O'Neill, assisted by Fr. Buechler, of Webster, and Fr. Keefe, of Colton, both former assistants to Father O'Neill here. A sermon was preached by Father Keefe. The service was very largely attended and spoke eloquently for the esteem in which the deceased was held. The pall bearers were Leonard Jurgens, Maurice McKenna, Wm. Heffernan, Hurley McKenna, Sylvester Morgans, and Leonard Kaercher. Interment was in St. Lawrence cemetgery.

The sympathy of their hundreds of friends in Milbank and Grant county is extended to the Martens family in their sad bereavement.

St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Milbank SD

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