History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Bertha H. Dillenbeck, "Ent. & News issue 2/18/65.
Donated by Gail McCreedy
Mrs. Bertha H. Dillenbeck died early yesterday morning at the Van Allen Nursing Home, Little Falls where she had been a patient since September 11. She had suffered a fractured hip in a fall on June 11, and had been hospitalized at Little Falls Hospital until September when she was moved to the nursing home.
She was born November 19, 1873 in Peru, Illinois, the daughter of Abner H. Klock and Helen Nellis, both descendants of the early settlers 2in the Mohawk Valley under the grant by the Queen for the Klock and Nellis Patent. The early part of her life was spent in Illinois where her father was a cheesemaker. Later the family moved to Emmonsburg and St. Johnsville.
Mrs. Dillenbeck was a member of one of the first graduating classes in St. Johnsville, the Class of 1892 and a past president of the Alumni 1900. She later taught school in the Palatine Church and Stone Arabia school districts.
Mrs. Dillenbeck was the last charter member of the DAR, a past Regent, a charter member of Maquaes Chapter Eastern Star and its third matron, a 50 year member of St. John's Reformed Church. Also a member of King's Daughters, Muzzle Loaders Association, Past President and secretary of Klock Family Association. She was town tax collector from 1943 to 1953 and was a member of the Reaney Memorial Library Board at the time of her death.
Keenly intersted in history and all historical events, she was always ready to help anyone in need of research.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. at the Smith Funeral Home, Center Street, with Rev. Robert A. Geddes, pastor of St. John's Reformed Church officiating. Burial will take place in St. Johnsville Cemetery.
Members of Maquaes Chapter OES will conduct reiualistic services this evening at 8 o'clock at the funeral home.
(The obituary didn't mention many important things. Her husband was Ezra L. (dob 5/6/1870 died 1/27/27) Dillenbeck; son was Kenneth Klock Dillenbeck (dob 10/10/1898), daughter was (Mrs. Harland) Dorcas (Devendorf) dob 12/21/1900. She had two grandchildren: Harlow and Joan.)
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