From the Beemer Times, 6/16/1932
This community was called upon to mourn the early death of one of its younger people when it became known that Leota, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Chas Toelle had passed away at the University hospital at Omaha. She became ill last Wednesday and was taken to Omaha Thursday and late night she submitted to an operation for Bowel Obstruction. From the first the reports were discouraging but anxious friends here hoped hourly for better news. Her parents were with her throughout illness and those nearest and dearest to her remained within call. All that loving hearts and skilled hands could do was done, but to no avail and she passed away on Monday near midnight after five days of intense suffering, secure in her faith and expressing herself as happy that she was soon to be home.
Universal regret was expressed that a life so bright with the promise of a happy future, whose friendship was cherished by all her associates and whose love hallowed the home circle should be cut down on the very threshold of its work.
Leota was a lovable girl of Christian character whose friendly smile and pleasant manner endeared her to all who came within the circle of her cheerful and wholesome influence.
Leota Barbara Lenora Toelle was born February 7, 1911 and died June 6, 1932, aged 21 years, 3 months and 29 days. In her infancy she was christened in the Lutheran church and confirmed on April 10, 1927.
Early she suffered an illness which interrupted her education and from the effects of which she never recovered; when 10 years of age she was forced to leave school altogether a keen disappointment to her. Just a year ago she submitted an operation at Norfolk hoping to regain that health which is the heritage of happy girlhood. She leaves to mourn her early passing, besides her parents, her fiancee, Kenneth Vogel of West Point, two sisters, Iona and Rozella, and two brothers, Lowell and Duane, her maternam Grandmother, Mrs. Sophia Raasch and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Lutheran church, Reb GC Falsken preaching the words of comfort in German and Rev WJ Oetting of Madison, a friend and former pastor speaking in English. Preceeding the last sermon members of her confirmation class, Mrs RA Fried and the Misses Ardyce Karlen, Phillis Kitzerow, Lorena Dossow and Rhoda Iden sang Leota's favorite hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." The profusion of flowers bore mute testimony to the love and respect in which the deceased was held, six girls, Faye Nellor, Roberta Baas, Gertrude Ludwig, Esperance McDonald, Iona and Evelina Wascher, carried the flowers, and Harry Ludwig, Leslie Jones, Harry Schulz, Harold Kitzerow, Frank and Harry Brown were pall bearers. Interment was made in the Beemer cemetery.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral of Miss Leota Toelle Thursday were: Mrs Ida Loewe, Mr and Mrs CF Reinke, Clearwater. Mrs Anna Sass, Almsa Sass, Norman Sass, Mr and Mrs Warner Sass and son, Mesdames Oswald Uehling and Harry Meyer, Scribner. Messers and Mesdames Herman Horst, Harold Sass, John Sass and families and Mrs Gesina Alberts, Hooper. Mr and Mrs John Raasch family, Bancroft. Messrs and Mesdames Nash Vogel, Wm Mahnke and families, West Point. Messrs and Mesdames Emil Schulz, Fred Hass, Aug Toelle and families and Messrs and Mesdames Julius Luedke and Rheinhart Behling, Wisner.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all those who assisted us and sympathized with us during the illness, death and burial of our beloved daughter, sister and fiancee, and for the beautiful floral offerings, the singing and words of comfort spoken by Revs Falsken and Oetting.
Mr and Mrs Chas Toelle and Family