Sunday, March 16, 2014

Obituary of Herman Abel

Herman Abel, 74, for 54 years a resident of this city [Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin], where he engaged in the carpenter and contracting business, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at his home, 531 Birch Street, after a two months illness.  Death resulted from a heart attack, suffered two weeks ago while he was convelesing from a surgical operation.

Funeral services will be held at 1:45 Tuedsay afternoon from the Krohn and Berard chapel, to the First Moravian Church, Revs.I. Richard Mewaldt and John O. Wollin officiating, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home until the time of services.

Born July 11, 1861 in Milwaukee, Mr. Abel came here at the age of 20 and resided here ever since.  For a number of years, he engaged in the contracting business, in partnership with the late Louis Schroeder, which firm held contracts for the remodeling of the Wood County Court House, and construction of the First Moravian Church as well as a number of other buildings and residences.

Mr. Abel held public office, both as a member of the City Council and of the County Board of Supervisors.  He also was an active member of and held offices in the Carpenter Union and Central Labor Union.  He followed his trade until about five years ago, when he retired.

On March 15, Mr Abel underwent an operation at Riverview Hospital, for a perforated stomach ulcer.  Dismissed March 25,, he had apparently been making satisfactory recovery, until stricken with a heart attack, two weeks ago.

Surviving him are his wife, the former Augusta Syring, whom he married Jan. 1, 1884, in the town of Sigel; two sons, Frank D. Abel, city; and Henry C. Abel, Minneapolis; two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Slekey, Johnsons Creek, and Mrs. William C. Hofmann, Berlin; a sister, Mrs. James Shearier, city and several grandchildren.  One child died in infancy.

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