Well Known Astoria Lady Passes Away

Mrs. Joseph A. Gruber Dies At Age Of 62, Funeral Held Sunday

Mrs. Joseph A. Gruber, a well known and highly respected Astoria lady, died at her home in this city Thursday, aged 62 years and 15 days.

Elizabeth Wherley, daughter of John and Catherine Wherley, was born at Astoria, June 20, 1872. She was united in marriage to Joseph A. Gruber of Astoria on March 3, [year is illegible on film – might be 1891]. To this union were born four children, two sons and two daughters. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. O. A. Bloomfield, and one son, Jesse W. Gruber, both of Astoria. Also ten grandchildren. Also two brothers, George and Conrad Wherley, both of Astoria and two sisters, Mrs. I. M. Swartzbaugh of New Philadelphia and Mrs. A. H. Lind of south of Astoria.

Mrs. Gruber early in life united with the Church of the Brethren. She lived a true, conscientious Christian life. She was a woman of culture, refinement, sympathy, a kind neighbor, devoted mother and a true friend, and withal a woman of heroic mould in bravely meeting the stern requirements and often the disappointments of life. Mrs. Gruber was an every day Christian.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Church of the Brethren, Astoria conducted by Rev. E. F. Caslow of Virden, Ill. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 7/11/1934

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