Sudden Summons, Mrs. Levi Nuss Found Dead on the Bed Tuesday Morning by Her Grief-Stricken Husband
The death angel has again made one of its sudden and unlooked for calls in our midst, and deprived a home of one of its most loveable inmates, and leaving a devoted husband and a prattling babe, with hosts of relatives and friends, to mourn the taking away of a young wife and mother. Mr. Levi Nuss, who resides on the Spencer Shoesmith farm about two miles west of Lena, arose Tuesday morning about seven o'clock, and after awakening his wife, got up, built the fire and went out to do the chores. On returning to the house he heard his wife up stairs, and supposed she was dressing, as she had informed him that she would get up at once. He went out again to give a sick horse some medicine, and on returning, heard the baby crying up stairs, and on going up, he was horrified to find his wife dead lying partly on the bed, but with her feet on the floor. He did everything he could think of in his fright and sorrow to resuscitate her, but all in vain. In the full bloom of health, and no apparent cause, in the presence of her innocent babe, her spirit had passed over the river. The neighbors were soon alarmed, and doctors sent for. One of the physicians pronounced it a case of apoplexy and another blood-stopping of the heart.
Emma C. Daws, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Daws, was born in Kent township, December 13, 1868, and was 19 years and three months of age at the time of her death. She resided with her parents until Feb. 23, 1886, when she was united in marriage with Mr. L. A. Nuss, who with a son aged 11 months and 17 days, survive her. She was always considered a healthy woman, and on the morning of her death appeared in perfect health. The blow is crushing one to all concerned, and the sympathy of the community goes out to the relatives in this sad hour. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in Lena, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J.H. Stough, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Lena cemetery. The bereaved husband, and relatives desire to express their thanks publicly to the neighbors and friends who so nobly rallied to their assistance in the dark hour of their trouble.
From The Lena Star, March 16, 1888. Submitted by: Sharon Nuss Custer on 4 Feb 1999