DeKalb County Indiana Obituary
Submitted by Roselyn Wells
The Evening Star, Friday, June 5,
ASHLEY WIDOW, 88 YEARS OF AGE, DIES IN AUBURN
A resident of Ashley nearly all of her lifetime, Mrs. Zidania Grate,
88, widow of the late George Grate, died in the Dr. Bonnell M.
Souder hospital in Auburn Wednesday morning. Mrs. Grate, who had
been in good health previously, died of pneumonia. She had been
visiting in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Day of Ashley, when
she was stricken.
Mrs. Grate was born on Oct. 14, 1864, the daughter of the late
Isaiah and Sarah Cox Smith.
The body was removed to the Swank funeral home at Ashley for burial
preparations and will remain there for funeral services at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday. The Rev. Herbert Schuckers, pastor of the Methodist church
at Ashley, of which Mrs. Grate was a member, will officiate at the
services and burial will be in Cedar Lake cemetery.
Surviving besides the daughter, are another daughter, Mrs. Pearl
Oberlin of Hamilton; two sons, Jay Grear of Ashley and Ralston Grear
of Ossian; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight
great-great grandchildren, and four brothers, Ira and Jerry Mortorff
of Ashley, Orin Mortorff of Stroh and Charles Mortorff of