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 Edith L. “Edy” Kaiser

Edith L. “Edy” Kaiser

Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Death 28 Mar 1981 (aged 67)
Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbiana, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
Plot Sec NE Rows 15 & 16
Memorial ID 97412829 · View Source
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The life of Edith Kaiser is interesting yet somewhat peculiar.

She was born in Youngstown Ohio to Ruth F Thierman and it is not clear how "Edy" took on the name Kaiser. Her step father was Wilbur Wilson, who raised her. Sometime after 1940 the family purchased the old Buzzard property on Woodworth Rd where they lived until the death of Wilbur Wilson in 1974. Since there were several Wilson sons, we believe they decided to sell the house 1978 and the neighbor Ed Baron (owner of A-1 scrap yard) purchased it.

Edith Kaiser known as "Edy", Aunt Edy, Mrs Wilson, was the step child that fell through the cracks of her family and life. After the house was sold she lived in her car, parking it for the night at nearby friends. Her life posessions stored in the back seat and trunk.

Edy was often seen asleep sitting up in a booth during the night at the Penn-Ohio Truck Stop, open 24 hours, and no one bothered her. She was a small, frumpy looking woman who always wore a housedress, sweater and hat. She liked to drink beer, only a few, and also could be found sitting alone at a table, at the Point Tavern on South Ave. She never bothered anyone.

I became aquainted with her when Ed Baron, who purchased her house was concerned over her welfare and asked if I could give her a place to live. She accepted the offer of a room with board for $30 per month in 1979, however Edy could not deal her situation. She did not understand the matter of paying the rent when due, nor sleeping in her new room on a regular basis. She continued to sleep in her car until She eventually disappeared.

Word came Edy was found in her car one cold morning sleeping and suffering from hypothermia. She was taken in to the house and warmed, later taken to the hospital where she died as a result of condition. It is difficult to fathom a lifestyle of such to be found on in a rural area.

Edy talked of her brothers in Berlin Twp and spoke highly of her father she called "our father". Looking back it was thought she received a minimal social security check** and perhaps s monthly interest amount from a certificate of deposit, purchased from her share of property sale. Edy never held employment in her life and she may have been somewhat mentally slow. It will always be a mystery.

** After making the assumption of receiving a social security check, I realized Edy was too young to qualify for social security.

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  • Maintained by: Anne Rupert
  • Originally Created by: Audrey Allison
  • Added: 19 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97412829
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edith L. “Edy” Kaiser (21 Nov 1913–28 Mar 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97412829, citing Columbiana Cemetery, Columbiana, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Anne Rupert (contributor 21366448) .