Alexander County

Obituary - Catherine Steckhahn Lohr

The Cairo Daily Bulletin, Wednesday, 18 Jun 1879

When on Saturday last, we spoke of the successful removal of the ovarian tumor from Mrs. A. Lohr, and the hopes entertained of her final recovery, we indicated doubts as to the realization of the hopes. Like nine out of every ten women who subject themselves to the operation, Mrs. Lohr was unable to rally and on Monday evening last, despite the most skillful medical attention Chicago could furnish, she died. While her death will be deeply and sincerely mourned, it is true nevertheless, that her affliction was one for which there is no known cure. It was her special desire, we understand, to undergo the operation. Without it her existence would have been prolonged but a few months. The operation could do nothing more than hasten the inevitable, and it offered the only known way to reach a cure. The body, in charge of the bereaved husband, will be brought to Cairo today, at 2 o’clock p.m. Funeral notice tomorrow.

The Cairo Daily Bulletin, Thursday, 19 Jun 1879

The funeral notice of Mrs. A. Lohr appears in another column. The procession will move from Mr. Lohr’s residence, on Eighth Street, at 1 o’clock p.m., and move to the Lutheran church on Thirteenth Street, from whence, after service, the remains will be escorted to the train, which will be in waiting at the foot of Twelfth Street, to convey them to Villa Ridge.

FUNERAL of Mrs. Andrew Lohr will leave residence at one o’clock sharp, and go to the German Lutheran Church, on Thirteenth Street. Train will leave Twelfth Street for Villa Ridge at 2:30 p.m.

The Cairo Daily Bulletin, Friday, 20 Jun 1879

The funeral procession that escorted the remains of Mrs. A. Lohr from the church to the train and attended them to the grave was one of the largest that has been seen in the city for several years. The five coaches in waiting to carry the friends to Villa Ridge were filled to repletion. The general and genuine sympathy thus manifested must have been gratefully received by the bereaved husband and other members of deceased’s family. ...

The large attendance at the funeral services of Mrs. A. Lohr, deceased, held in the Lutheran church, yesterday, furnished a gratifying proof of the high esteem in which deceased was held by those who knew her. But while she is thus deeply lamented, it is scarcely probable that she would, were it a matter of will with her, return to the life of suffering from which death has freed her. All that money and medical skill could do for her relief was freely done, but without avail. We are told that a number of years ago, she addressed an eminent German surgeon, in the old country, intending to make the trip across the ocean to undergo the operation that recently resulted in her death, if the answer gave her any encouragement. The surgeon replied that the chances against her recovery from so fearful an ordeal were not less than 59 out of 60. Hence, when she left Cairo for Chicago, she well knew that the probabilities were quite all against her return alive. She must have felt that she was going out to her death. But the meager hope of escaping the life that was no longer tolerable, encouraged her to assume the risk.

Contributed 25 Aug 2019 by Jo Ann Block Ramseyer

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