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Magnhild Senovia Haavig Meeker

Birth
Elbow Lake, Grant County, Minnesota, USA
Death 10 Dec 1945 (aged 48)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 90151011 · View Source
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Magnhild Synove Haavig was born near Elbow Lake, Grant County, Minnesota, and was the daughter of Hans T. Haavig and Kari Formo.

She was baptised at the Rock Prairie Church in Stony Brook Township, Grant County, Minnesota. Her godparents and the witnesses to her christening were Albert Haavig and Mathilda Smith (Haavig). Her father was a farmer and was known for his acrobatic abilities.

Magnhild first married Ralph Rathgeber. She and Ralph had one son, Ralph Rathgeber, who later became the well known stage and screen actor, Ralph Meeker. The family moved to Chicago in 1923.

Magnhild died young at the age of 48 in Chicago, and her remains were laid to rest in Oak Woods Cemetery (this, according to her death certificate).

Her son's first Broadway play was Strange Fruit, which opened November 29, 1945, and one wonders if Magnhild was able to see her son perform on Broadway ... though it is doubtful, as she died just twelve days after the play opened.

It is sad that Magnhild did not have the opportunity to see her son's wonderful success on stage and screen before she died.

Biography written by her cousin, David Pierce, May 14, 2012. Magnhild's godparents were my great-grandparents.


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  • Created by: David M. Peirce
  • Added: 14 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90151011
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Magnhild Senovia Haavig Meeker (8 Jul 1897–10 Dec 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90151011, citing Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by David M. Peirce (contributor 47460027) .