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THE WESTERN STAR, 24 December 1909
Obituary of DIANA KNECHT

At 7 p.m. on last Monday, December 20, Mrs. Stephen Knecht died at her home in this city. For about seven years she had been in failing health, the principal cause being diabetes. But not until about a month ago did
she cease to attend to her household duties. During the last few days of her sickness she suffered intensely, but with no word of complaint. Her patience and fortitude under severe suffering was remarkable. She became
unconscious about 18 hours before she died and the end came peacefully and scarcely without the movement of a muscle. The funeral services were conducted at the home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and were attended by a large number of the friends and neighbors. Rev. C. E. Brown of the M. E. church had charge of the services and preached an appropriate and impressive sermon. The remains were laid to rest in the Coldwater cemetery.

Diana Kaercher was born in New Middletown, Mahoning county, Ohio, on May 12, 1838. On October 18, 1857, she was married to Stephen Knecht. In the spring of 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Knecht moved from Ohio to Branch co., Michigan, where they lived until November 1884, when they moved to Comanche co., Kans., settling at Avilla. They continued to live there
until a few years ago when they moved to this city. Two children were born to the union, Elwood Patrick and William Henry. Only the latter survives, his home being in Avilla tp., this county. The husband, now nearly 80 years of age and still hale and hearty, survives and is
serving his second term as mayor of Coldwater.

Mrs. Cora McCune lived with he family since she was 2 1/2 years old and has always been regarded the same as one of the family.

Deceased was a woman whom to know was to respect. Kind, obliging and neighborly, yet quiet and unassuming, she lived a life of devotion to her duties as wife and mother. She left the world better by having lived in it. About 35 years ago she united with the Free Methodist church and lived a devoted Christian life. To the sorrowing relatives the sincere sympathy of all is extended.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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