Wilhelmine Henriette <I>Suermondt</I> De Fremery

Wilhelmine Henriette Suermondt De Fremery

Birth
Den Haag Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death 13 Oct 1927 (aged 67)
Bern, Switzerland
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot de Fremery Family Plot
Memorial ID 7569402 · View Source
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Wife of Capitalist James Leon de Fremery. Sterling citizen, society matron and philanthropist. Died while on a world tour at Interlaken, Switzerland, of complications from emergency surgery. She died after the operation for inflamation of the salivary gland at 10:45 P.M.at the district hospital with two of her sons at her bedside. Fortunately, two of her sons made it to her bedside before she died, Paul de Fremery and Leon de Fremery. At the time of her death she owned one of the largest art collections in the United States which had been inherited by her husband, James de Fremery, from his family. The paintings went to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in a special room for a few years. During the depression, the Walgreen Drugstore family owned most of them as her son Paul had borrowed money from Mr. Walgreen and used them as collateral for a loan.

Unfortunately, Paul shortly afterwards, got ill with pneumonia and died suddenly, in New York, after the loan was made, at age 35 years old. He had been in New York to try and regain the family wealth lost in the stock market crash of 1929. The Walgreen family eventually placed them up for auction in New York, much to the dismay of the entire de Fremery family.



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  • Created by: Karen Mickel Bennett
  • Added: 12 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7569402
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilhelmine Henriette Suermondt De Fremery (17 Mar 1860–13 Oct 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7569402, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Karen Mickel Bennett (contributor 46580610) .