LaSalle County

Katherine Formhals


Ottawa Republican Times

July 12, 1899



On receipt of a telegram Mrs. C. J. Lutz and Mrs. E. S. Sapp went to Babylon, Ill., Friday last to be at the bedside of their mother, who was considered to be dangerously ill. She improved somewhat until Sunday evening, when she passed away from the effects of heart failure and asthma. Mrs. Formhals (nee Lachner) was about 58 years of age. She was born near Hawksville, Waterloo county, Ontario, and in 1866 she was married to William Formhals, being his second wife. They resided in Ottawa for a number of years and subsequently removed to a farm near Babylon. While here Mrs. Formhals was an active member of the German Evangelical church, her husband being one of the founders of that organization. She had maintained her Christian character until her death, and all who knew her held her in the highest esteem. Many of her friends here will regret to learn of her death. Besides her husband, two boys---Ulysses and Calvin --- and two step-daughters, Mesdames Lutz and Sapp--four brothers and two sisters survive her, all of the latter living in Canada, excepting one, a sister, at Portland, Oregon.


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