From Â“The Cedarburg Weekly NewsÂ” (Ozaukee County)
Wednesday, June 10, 1885
OBITUARY. Died in this city on Friday, June 4, 1885 at 4 oÂ’clock in the morning, Louise, relict of the late Frederick Hilgen, after a long and painful sickness. The deceased was born at Hatten in the Grand Dukedom of Oldenburg, Germany, on the 6th day of February 1814 and consequently had reached the age of 71 years and four months lacking a few days. She had with her husband 13 children of whom eight are yet alive, the rest dying young at Charleston, South Carolina, where the parents resided first from the year 1837 until 1843, when they removed to Milwaukee with the one surviving child the present Mrs. D. Wittenberg. It was chiefly on account of the loss of the children, that a change of residence was thought by them desirable. The late Frederick Hilgen had been in the United States several years before his marriage but returned from Charleston, S.C. to Germany for the purpose of getting married to the deceased in the year 1837 and their nuptials took place at Hatten on the 11th day of August 1837, after which event the couple immediately returned to Charleston. In the year 1845, the family removed to Cedarburg where the deceased with her husband have resided ever since. If it had not been on account of a local incurable desease, the subject of this sketch might have lived many years longer as she had a strong and robust constitution, enjoying life most heartily until some time last fall when the fatal desease of which she died made her first appearance. The deceased was one of a most amiable and kind disposition and her loss is heavily felt in the whole community. At all social gatherings she was to be found and had a kind word to say to each on such occasions. As a wife and mother, she had few equals and no superiors, being busy all her life time to secure the comfort of her husband and children. At every birthday in the family, extending to the many grand children, she was the first to call on those who did not live with her but had a home of their own, congratulating them, assisting in celebrating the event and making appropriate birthday presents, which custom she kept up religiously until she was taken ill. For the poor and needy, she always had a good word and assistance at hand.
The very large attendance at her funeral, which took place last Sunday at 2 oÂ’clock P.M. was a sign of the love and respect she enjoyed in the community in which she had resided for the for the last forty years. WeberÂ’s music corp, aided by four musicians from BachÂ’s Milwaukee Band, played funeral pieces of music, preceding the hearse from the family mansion to the cemetery. The funeral oration at the grave was delivered by Mr. Chas. Wilke in a very impressive manner. The Cedarburg Maenner Choir sang a few verses on the occasion and all that was mortal of her was then consigned to its last resting place. Peace to her ashes.