26 December 2010

Obituary--Mrs Grace Hoeker

While many of our old time residents were born in the Netherlands, this woman was born in Germany.  And unfortunately she had a difficult life, resulting in commitment to the state mental hospital.  This hospital was active for many years before being phased out.  It seems that she lived her last years in this hospital.
From the 26 February 1914 Fremont Times Indicator;


Mrs Grace Hoeker was born in Nordhorn, Germany, January 4, 1870 and died in the state hospital at Traverse City, February 13, 1914, after an illness extending over a period of about three weeks.
Mrs. Hoeker when quite young came to this country in 1882 with her parents, who settled on a farm a few miles southeast of this city, and lived with her parents most of the time until her marriage with Jacob Hoeker, which took place in Grand Rapids, October 3, 1901.  About four years ago symptoms of a nervous and mental breakdown began to appear and it was thought best to remove her to the state hospital.  However, her recovery, which was hopefully looked for, never occurred, and she passed away in Traverse City, Friday, Feb. 3.
The remains were brought to Fremont Monday, Feb 16, and the funeral held from the Reformed church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Oosterhof officiating in a very impressive service.
Mrs. Hoeker is survived by her husband, who lives in Muskegon, her mother, Mrs. G. Sandschulten, one sister, Mrs Henry Burns, and one brother, Herman.  To the sorrowing ones the heart of the community goes out in sincerest sympathy.  The interment was in Oakwood cemetery, in Muskegon.

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