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Susan Ritz Webster 1850-1929


Posted By: Karen DaPra (email)
Date: 5/28/2002 at 00:28:02


Susan, daughter of John Ulrich and Anna Ritz, was born in Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 20, 1850, and departed this life Nov. 28th, 1929, at her home in Selma, Iowa, aged 78 years, 11 months and 22 days. She came with her parents to the United States at the early age of nine months and has since made this her home. She was baptized in the Lutheran church when a child and has lived according to her faith.

She was united in marriage to John Webster Nov. 12,1874. To this union were born five children, Lillian Diehl of Selma, Pearl M. Webster of Douds, Daisy L. Carlton of Walsenburg, Colo., and Loie M. Hansahw of Keosauqua. One son, Jay, preceded her in death.

There live to mourn her departure and cherish her memory the husband and children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, also two sisters and two brothers, and many other relatives and a large circle of friends. Everything that loving hands could do was done to relieve her suffering and make her last days tranquil.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the M. E. church in Selma in charge of the pastor, the Rev. C. H. Chader. The Selma male quartet sang three comforting selections. Six of her nephews acted as pall bearers. Interment was made in Leando cemetery.

Many friends and neighbors from Douds and Mrs. Ella Hopkins of Agency attended the funeral.


Mrs. Susan Webster, 79 years old, and a pioneer resident of this community, died Thursday afternoon at her home here after an illness of six months. She is survived by her husband, John M. Webster and the following children. Mrs. Lillian Diehl of Selma, Pearl Webster and Mrs. Loie Hanshaw of Douds, and Mrs. Daisy Carlton of Walsenburg, Colo., also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, two brothers, H. W. Ritz of Selma, and Rinehart Ritz of Ogden, Utah, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Myers of Bloomfield and Mrs. Louisa Rogers of Spokane, Wash. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the M. E. church in charge of the pastor, Rev. C. H. Chader. A male quartet composed of J. C. Robinson, C. E. Nicklin, Garold Colston and Kenneth Copeland sang three selections. The pallbearers were the deceased's six nephews, Marion, Scott, Harve, Elmer and Wallace Russell and John Ritz. Interment took place in the Leando cemetery.

Please e-mail me if you had additional information on the Ritz and allied families.

[Original post 09 Dec 2000]


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