Patrick A. Maher: Birth: 19 OCT 1932. Death: 1 JAN 1993
Note: The Morristown World Friday 2-7-1947 The many friends of John P. Maher were shocked when they learned of his death Wednesday 1-29-1947. John P. Maher, the oldest son of John Maher and Margaret Hassett Maher was born at Sag, Illinois on 3-5-1894. He received his grade school and commercial education at St. Mary's in Joliet, Illinois. He came to Beresford, SD with his parents in 1908 where he lived until the death of his father in 1915. After farming a year near Hartford, SD he moved to his present ranch seven miles northeast of Morristown, SD where he was prominent in civic and agricultural ventures. He was inducted into the Army on 4-30-1918. He engaged in the battles of St. Mihiel and Premy offenses where he was wounded in action. He received his discharge in June 1919. On 1-20-1925 he was united in marriage with Elsie Spielmann in St. George's Catholic Church at Hartford, SD. He became one of the directors of the Morristown State Bank and Divisional Director of the Federal Land Bank, he also served on the local school board several years. After his eldest son, John Jr. enlisted in the navy, in eagerness to rally to the colors by carrying on the food production, he over estimated his physical strength. On 4-26-1945 he suffered a severe stroke while running his tractor. This stroke was followed by a second one and a third which ended his life on 1-29-1947. When death became imminent, John Jr. was summoned from Brookings State College and James and Patrick from St. Mardns Academy at Sturgis. All members of his immediate family were at his bedside when his death occurred with the exception of John who was delayed by late trains. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss, eight sons; John Nicholas, Joseph Michael, James Anthony, Patrick Ignatus, Paul Eugene, Francis Xavier, Jerome Vincent, and Vincent Aloijsuis, two daughters, Mary Joan and Rose Mary; two brothers; Daniel C Maher of Peoria, Illinois, and James J. Maher of Morristown, SD; four sisters; Mrs. I.J. Brunner of Beresford, SD; Sister Joan of Mitchell, SD; Mrs. James Mc Eneany of Wolf Point, Montana; and Mrs. J.E. Mc Ilvenna of Beresford, SD. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Nick Spielmann of Hartford, SD; Helen Spielmann of Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. Francis Urban of Browerville, Minnesota; Sister M. Joan of Mitchell, SD; Mrs. I.J. Brunner of Beresford, SD; Mr. and Mrs. James Mc Ineany and daughter of Wolf Point, Montana; Mrs. Jack Mc Ilvenna of Sioux Falls, SD; and Dan C. Maher of Peoria, Illinois.
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