Ditzler, Helen Mae (Brainerd) (May 4, 1893 - June 16, 1945)

Unexpected Death Of Mrs. Ditzler

Shocks Community Passed Away Suddenly Saturday At Rochester; Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon

Unknown - June 17, 1945

Shocking news reached Douglas late Saturday afternoon with word of the sudden passing of Mrs. R.J. Ditzler at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., when it was generally thought she was well on the road to recovery.

Mrs. Ditzler died unexpectedly shortly after 5:30 o'clock in the afternoon, her husband here was advised.

Just several days before Mrs. Ditzler had written she was to be released from the hospital and planned to go to Milwaukee, Wis., for a visit with her mother and a sister.

Cause of Mrs. Ditzler's death was sarcoma of the lungs.

Mrs. Ditzler became ill early in May following a bad cold. Her condition had continued to grow worse and on May 22 went to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup. Since then she had been undergoing treatment to which she apparently was responding.

The body is being shipped from Rochester and will arrive in Douglas this evening on the Northwestern passenger.

Helen Mae Brainerd was born May 4, 1893, at Hebron, Neb., where she received her early education. She attended Nebraska University at Lincoln, and later taught school in Nebraska. On Feb. 29, 1916 at Woodlake, Neb., she was united in marriage to R.J. Ditzler. They lived there for three years and then moved to White Wood, S.D., where Mr. Ditzler was agent for the Northwestern railroad for two years. From there they came to Douglas where they have since made their home. Two boys and two girls were born to this union.

Douglas residents learn with deep sorrow of the passing of this fine woman. An active worker in all local causes and efforts she will be greatly missed.

For years she was active in the Douglas Woman's Club and the Douglas Music Club. She was publicity chairman of the Wyoming Federation of Music Clubs, and a past member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband her two daughters, Mrs. E.C. Cantlin of Sinclair and Mrs. Marcia Dull of Rawlins, who are both here now and two sons, Lt. Raymond Ditzler with the air corps in England, and Ensign David Ditzler. Ensign Ditzler has been contacted and will arrive here Thursday.

Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. Henry A. Brainerd of Peoria, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Jack Kornder of Ventura, Calif., Mrs. Marian Rhodes of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Ona Amsdat of New York City; one brother, Henry Brainerd of Denver. Expected here for the funeral are Mrs. Kornder, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brainerd and Mrs. Ona Amsdat. Others expected are Miss Lucille Ditzler of Chicago, sister of Mr. Ditzler and a brother, E.C. Ditzler of Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Episcopal church with Rev. C.E. Canterbury officiating.

Burial will be in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers are R.L. Swan, H.M. Peters, H.F. Esmay, J.D. LeBar, C.G. Irwin and R.C. Maurer.


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