Sunday’s Obituary: Frederick Sanchez, 1918

I always hate reading obituaries for people who were taken in the prime of their life. 

This man was a son of Milton Francis Sanchez, a brother to my great-grandfather, Theodore Francis Sanchez.  He would have been my grandfather’s first cousin, although he died the same year my grandpa was born. 

The article doesn’t mention what this man died of, but he was only 34 yrs old and left behind a wife and four children.  Very sad.:(

This was an unidentified clipping, so I don’t have info on the newspaper it was from.  I’m sure it was a local paper though – in Keokuk county, IA.

Frederick M. Sanches, son of Milton and Almeda Sanchez, was born near Hedrick, July 3rd, 1884 and passed into the Great Beyond at his home in Martinsburg, Oct. 10th, 1918, at the age of 34 yrs. 3 mo. and 7 days.

He was converted in the M.E. Church of this place in early life.  At the time of his death he was a respected member of both the Masonic and Modern Woodman Lodge.  He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother a devoted wife and four children, Glady Marie, Mary Almeda, William Frederick, and Paul Eugene. One sister, Mrs. Belle Lotspiech and one brother, Harry Sanchez besides a host of near and dear friends who extend to the bereaved family their sincere sympathy in their hour of their bereavement.

Private services were conducted at the home Saturday at 2:30 P.M. by Rev. Chas. Hawk of the M.E. church.  Interment was at the Mt. Zion cemetery.

The Martinsburg Masonic Lodge had charge of the services at the grave.

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  • Joan - January 15, 2012 - 7:44 am

    It’s just a possibility, of course, but there was a worldwide flu pandemic (aka Spanish Flu) in 1918.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

    How sad! I agree, those obituaries always get to me too. They make me want to find out why. Joan makes a great point. It could have been from the pandemic. If you get back to the area and can check the newspapers, some of them announced who contracted the flu and even who died from it. They generally (at least the ones I’ve seen) weren’t with the obituaries. I guess the obituary was for how the family wanted to remember them in life and not how they died, although we genealogists would like the extra information! It’s not certain that he died of flu though. I still have yet to find an ancestor that succumbed to the pandemic. I thought I had one. He died right in the middle of it. Turns out he was electrocuted at the coal mine he worked in. You never know. I wonder how the family faired.ReplyCancel

  • shaz - January 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

    The above url is from the Find a Grave
    site. There is a photo of Frederick’s tombstone. You have dates from the obit that don’t appear on the memorial.
    You can click on Edit and supply the dates (or the entire obit) to the person who created it last year. You can also supply the names of his parents, wife and children. This could be helpful to others researching the family.

    If you’d rather — I could make the contact as I’m a contributor to Find a Grave.

    Cheers! Shaz in Surprise, AZReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 15, 2012 - 11:44 am

      Thanks Shaz! I’ll do that. I just became a volunteer for Find a Grave recently.ReplyCancel

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