|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 7, 1942|
Ashland Daily News- Monday, June 8, 1942 Lavelle Woman Ends Life By Drinking Mixture Of Lye Mrs. Wilbur Bolich, 21, Lavelle, mother of a 15-month-old son, committed suicide at 1:15 o’clock on Sunday morning by drinking a mixture of lye and water the Frackville detail of State Police reported today. Mrs. Bolich died at 4:35 am Sunday at the Ashland State Hospital, to which institution she was rushed immediately, but where all efforts to save her life failed. Despondency and ill health were blamed for her act.
The police said Mrs. Bolich and her husband had attended the Lavelle Firemen’s Block Party on Saturday night and that she returned alone to her bungalow home adjoining the Fair grounds, where the block party was staged, shortly after midnight.
She was apparently not feeling well and talked with her 10-year-old niece, Beatrice Kellerman, who had remained at the home to watch the baby until her husband returned. Mr. Bolich came home after one o’clock and retired for the night. At 1:15 he was aroused by his niece who told him “Aunt Janet” had fallen on the floor. Knowing that at one time his wife was subject to convulsions, Mr. Bolich thought it was an occurrence of the old illness and rushed immediately to the kitchen.
There he noticed the partly empty can of lye and a cup containing a little of the solution on the sink. Realizing at once what happened, he summoned his wife’s brother, Robert Kellerman, who removed his sister to the hospital.
Following her death, an inquest was performed by Dr. J. Larson, Dr. Otto A. Miller, county coroner; said death was caused by toxemia, due to lye poisoning. The interior of her stomach, mouth, and throat were burned and eaten by the strong acid.
Beatrice Kellerman said she saw her aunt mixing the drink but thought she was taking baking soda.
Mrs. Bolich was born in Lavelle, a daughter of Elmer Kellerman and the late Mame (Hepler) Kellerman on November 1, 1921. She attended the Lavelle schools and for three terms attended Ashland High School. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Lavelle.
To survive she leaves her husband and son, Wilbur Jr. Her father and these brothers and sisters, Mrs. Grace Reiff, of Bethlehem; Robert, Charles and Anna, of Lavelle, and her twin sister, Jean, at home, also survive.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from her father’s home, further services will be in the Evangelical Church at 2:00 o’clock and interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery at Huntersville. Rev. J.J. Tice will officiate.
Elmer A Kellerman (1886 - 1952)
Mamie Alverda Hepler Kellerman (1892 - 1924)
Robert Kellerman (____ - 1957)*
Charles E Kellerman (1910 - 1960)*
Jeanette E Kellerman Bolich (1921 - 1942)
Created by: Scott Keuper
Record added: Aug 20, 2010
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