From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
MRS. LEO (JOSEPHINE KURTENBACH) SNEYD JANUARY 21, 1937
Mrs. Leo A. Sneyd died in St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, January 18, following a major operation performed Tuesday of that week. Her age was 39 years, 8 months and 26 days. Until very recently, Mrs. Sneyd's health was such as to permit her in addition to her home duties, to render capable care of others requiring her ministrations. The fatal culmination of her recent illness, therefore was a distinct shock to her family and friends. Following death she was brought to the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Ellen Kurtenbach, in Chatsworth, lying in state there until the hour of the funeral. The funeral was held at 9:30 Wednesday morning in Saints Peter and Paul's church, the funeral mass being sung by the pastor, Rev. P. Markey, and the sermon given by Rev. James J. Kerrins, of Ashkum. Interment was in St. Patrick's cemetery. The casket bearers were: Paul E. Trunk, Martin F. Brown, Edward A. Cooney, Raphael McGreal, Henry H. Rosenboom, Frank M. Trunk, Frank M. Herr and Leslie J. Ribordy. Josephine Olive, a twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kurtenbach, Sr., well known and highly honored pioneer settlers of the Chatsworth neighborhood, was born on a farm south of Chatsworth, April 22, 1897. Her twin sister, Nellie, died December 8, 1912. Her education was obtained in St. Patrick's school in Chatsworth, graduating from the grade and high school departments. She was married to Leo a. Sneyd here September 1, 1920. Two children were born to this union, Leo and Dorothy, both of whom are left to comfort their sorrowing father. Her father died in September, 1928. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. Mrs. Mary ellen Kurtenbach is comforted now by only four survivors, John F., Peter H., Mrs. Mary Ellen Watson, of Chatsworth and Mrs. Kathryn Pittenger, of Tacoma, Washington. Although she spent most of her lifetime in this community, Mrs. Sneyd was away from here for several years during which time she and her husband resided in Seattle, San Francisco and Louisville. They came back to Chatsworth about two years ago, continuing personal, social and fraternal ties that were never severed, because of a charming personality that kept, alway an endearing hold upon the friendships formed in childhood. In addition to her religious affiliations, she was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.