Death of Mrs. John VANNORTWICK Been a Resident of Batavia for Forty-Seven Years A Long and Useful Life of an Esteemed Citizen and Beloved Mother is Ended
Sunday, Aug. 20, 1893, death removed another of the earliest residents of the city of Batavia, Mrs. John VANNORTWICK, whose husband preceded her in death, 3 years and 3 months. At 10 o'clock, Sunday morning, this venerable lady, laid down the burden of life and passed to the Golden Reward beyond.
Mrs. VANNORTWICK has been a resident of Batavia for 47 years, being on of the few links which remained to connect the pioneer life of the past, with this present age of progress.
Very impressive funeral services were held at her late home, Wednesday at 2 p.m., the spacious residence being filled to overflowing, many being present from Aurora and other surrounding cities. Rev. G. H. Barry conducted the last sad rites according to the Episcopalian Ritual. Appropriate music was furnished by a quartette, composed of Mrs. Ed. Burton, Mrs. E. W. McCullough, H. N. Wade and C. E. Crankshaw, with Miss Annie Burton as organist. Those who acted as pall bearers were: F. H. Buck, F. K. George, Joseph Town, Peter Hobler, John Griffeth, abd James Mair. The floral offerings were very beautiful and appropriate. The remains were followed to their last resting place, West Batavia Cemetery, by a very large concourse of mourning friends and placed beside her husband. Following we give the obituary, which was prepared by Mr. D. H. Andrus, who has been personally acquainted with the departed lady for several years.
Mrs. Patty Mari VanNortwick, widow of the late Hon. John VanNortwick, died at the family residence in Batavia, Sunday morning, Aug. 20, 1893, aged 81 years. She had been in poor health for several months, and the end was not unexpected.
Patty Mari MALLORY, was married to John VanNortwick, at Pen Yan, N. Y., Feb. 11, 1836, and came to Batavia, Ill., in 1846, with her husband and two children, cheerfully sharing the hardships of a new country, to secure a home, and lay the foundations for future prosperity.
Deceased was the mother of five children, two sons and three daughters, Wm. M. VanNortwick, of this city, J. S. VanNortwick, of Appleton, Wis., Mrs. F. B. RICE, of Aurora, who was permitted to be with, and tenderly care for her during her last illness and death, Mrs. Amos BURTON, who died in 1891, and Miss Elenor, who passed away in childhood. Besides the children, she leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
During the residence of Mrs. VanNortwick in Batavia, nearly fifty years, a generation has come and gone, and but few of her early acquaintances are left. Yet all who have ever known her, if permitted to speak, would testify to her gentle and unassuming manner, her kind and sympathetic nature, and her faithful devotion to family and friends. Modest in her professions and unostentatious in her acts of benevolence, she was ever unconsciously teaching the doctrine of practical piety. She was no respector of persons. The humblest and the wealthiest shared alike her love and hospitality, and her friendship and aid were never wanting to the needy.
In the death of this loving mother, a happy home and family rendezvous of more than half a century is broken forever, and its memory is cherished with the sacred things of the past. The adornment of her mansion above has been made beautiful and complete by her loving deeds in the one below.
Forcibly the words of the poet come to us.
"Change and decay in all around I see;"
And in the solitude and agony if our hearts, we cry:
"Who like thyself, my guide and stay can be?"
"Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me."
Mrs. VanNortwick was a member of Calvary church of this city, having united herewith a few years since her husband, thus obeying the Gospel exhortation, adding to a long and christ-like life, the witness of a public professions.
The even temper, so characteristic in all her life, was emphasized during her illness, by the absence of a murmer or complaint. When he work was done, she patiently waited the summons of the Master to join her husband and daughters, and the innumerable company on he shore, and her last hour was
"Like one who wraps the drapery of his Couch" "About him, and lies down to pleasant Dreams."