Friday, March 11, 2011

Fearless Females - Death Comes to Young Mother

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

My grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp Creeden died at the age of 24 on December 2, 1934 in Celina, OH a few days after giving birth to my father.

My great-grandparents Charles and Anna Creeden raised my father and he lived with them until he went to college. My grandfather relocated to Dayton, OH and while he was involved in my father's life, it was at a distance. My father lost touch with the Pulskamp side of the family when he moved away from Ohio. My grandmother had a twin sister Emma Lee that lived until 2001, so I'm sure many things would have been different if Anna Lee had lived her full life. Anna Lee's obituary is below.
Death Comes to Young Mother Sunday Noon - Dec. 2, 1934
Mrs. Robert Creeden succumbs to complications following childbirth
Body removed to home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pulskamp, North Walnut Street - Funeral Arranged For Wednesday Morning

   Mrs. Anna Lee Pulskamp Creeden, wife of Robert Creeden of 325 South Walnut street, succumbed to complications following childbirth on Sunday at 12 o'clock at Gibbons hospital.
   On November 21, the Creedens were made intensely happy by the arrival of a son, but that happiness has been turned to grief only 10 days later with the death of the beautiful young mother. She died well fortified with the last sacraments of the Catholic Church.
   Mrs. Creeden was born in Celina the twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Pulskamp, June 11, 1910 and had reached the age of 24 years.
   On December 27, 1930, she became the bride of Robert Creeden the only son of Postmaster and Mrs. Charles Creeden and they were indeed a happy couple.
   Mrs. Creeden was a devout Catholic, a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Auxiliary to the Knights of St. John.
   Surviving are her grief stricken husband, the 10 day old son, Robert Jr., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Pulskamp, her twin sister, Emma Lee, the wife of Clarence Art, her sisters Marie, the wife of Ben Rapien of St. Bernard; Antoinette, the wife of Robert B. English of Southgate, Kentucky, three brothers, Andreas of Sebastian; Hugh and George Jr., at home, and a host of other relatives and friends.
   The body has been removed to the home of her parents at 623 North Walnut street, where it will lie in state until the time of the funeral, Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.


  1. Beautiful and sad. Thanks for posting this. I will try to link it to the blog.
    Peace and joy!
    Ellen Pulskamp Turner

  2. What a moving story, Kathryn. I am enjoying reading your blogs in this series.