Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
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Niobrara County Library - Merna Inez Stigile (July 10, 1913 - June 4, 1927)

Merna Inez Stigile (July 10, 1913 - June 4, 1927)

The Lusk Herald
June 9, 1927


Friends Pay last Tribute to Young Lady Whose Death Brought Sorrow in Community

Funeral services for Merna Inez Stigile were held Monday afternoon at the East Divide school house at 2 o'clock with Rev. H. H. Koontz officiating.

Music for the services was furnished by a mixed quartet from Lusk with Miss Alice Fowler at the organ.

The crowd of friends and neighbors that gathered to pay their respects to the young girl and her family, more than filled the building, and the myriads of beautiful flowers was mute testimony of their love for the deceased.

She had attended school during the past term in the building where the services were held and would have been among the county eighth grade graduates had she not been prevented by illness which covered a period of six weeks.

Six girl friends, the Misses Pauline Shrum, Bernice Alcorn, Orian Sturman, Katherine Hanson, Emma Bump and Hildred Towne, acted as pallbearers. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Midwest Hardware company undertaking department.

The Lusk Herald
June 9, 1927
DIVIDE section

The entire community has been saddened by the death of Merna Stigile, on June 4, 1927, after a lingering illness at the Alliance hospital. Funeral services were held at the Divide school house, with Rev. H. H. Koontz of Lusk officiating. Interment was made in the Lusk cemetery, where she was laid to rest among a bower of beautiful flowers. The last tribute of love and esteem of her many friends and little schoolmates.

The community expresses its deep and abiding sympathy to the bereaved family in their great sorrow.

We cannot say and we will not say
That she is dead - she is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She had wandered into an unknown land -
And left us dreaming how very fair
it needs must be, since she lingers there.

The Lusk Herald
June 9, 1927

Merna Inez Stigile, duaghter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Stigile was born in Hemmingford, Nebr., on July 10, 1913, and passed away at Aliance, Nebr., on June 4, 1927, after an illness of six seeks. Peritonitis is given as the cause of her death.

She leaves to mourn her passing her father, stepmother, three brothers, E. Willis, Robert and Kenneth, and two sisters, Mildred and Norma Rae. Her mother preceded her in death when she was a small child.

Note: Although the cemetery records and gravestone indicate that Merna died in 1929, the above articles concerning her death, were published June 9, 1927. She died on June 4, 1927, and was buried on June 6, 1927.

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