03 May 2010

Obituary --Mrs Nicholas DeHaas

This is a obituary that lead me to some investigation. I had read several obituaries referencing the same hospital, but had never heard of it. Ahhh, Google is a wonderful thing.

From the 21 December 1911 Fremont TimesIndicator:


Wife of Local Physician Passes Away At U.B.A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, December 13th.

The death of Mrs. Nicholas DeHaas occurred suddenly last Wednesday at the U.B. A. hospital in Grand Rapids. Mrs. DeHaas was taken to the hospital December 2 and underwent an abdominal operation from which no unfavorable symptoms resulted. However, on the 13th other complications caused a turn for the worst and she passed away about 9 o'clock Wednesday evening.
Mrs. DeHaas, whose maiden name was Marie Teressa Dorman, was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1875. She resided in Canada until she was seven years of age at which time her parents came to Michigan. they moved to Beaver township, Newaygo county, were Mrs. DeHaas spent the early part of her life. She attended business college in Muskegon and Grand Rapids and held several positions as stenographer in the latter city.
Three years ago last November she married Dr. Nicholas DeHaas of this city and to this union one son, Moyer who is now 17 months old, was born.
Besides a husband and son she leaves a mother and step-father, Mr and Mrs Joseph Castonia, of Beaver.
The funeral services were held last Saturday morning at All Saints Catholic church, Rev. Father Drew saying the mass. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. R. W. Paul, pastor of the Congregational church interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

She showed no unfavorable symptoms? Seems to me that death is a fairly major unfavorable symptom. I also had to do some digging on this obit to find out where the U. B. A Hospital was. It a forerunner of the current Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids MI. The initials stand for the Union Benevolent Association. The image was taken from from this website: http://www.jengod.com/postcards/slides/105.UBA Hospital.html

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