Obit: Seefeld, Lorraine Elsie (1918 - 1918)




Surnames: Seefeld, Seefeldt, Hendrickson, Walholz, Georgas, Bodle


----Sources: Cemetery Burial Permit, Wikepedia, St. John's Church Records - Spencer, Marathon, Wisconsin.


Lorraine Elsie Seefeld (1 Jun 1918 - 8 Jul 1918)


Lorraine Elsie, the one month, four day old infant daughter of Albert and Elsie Seefeld was born 1 Jun, 1918 and died in Unity, Township, Marathon Co., Wisconsin, 8 Jul 1918 of *Double Otitis media and **Cerebral Septicemia.  She was the first born of her young parents, 21 yr. old Albert Gottlieb Ernst and 16 yr. old Elsie Emilie (Hendrickson) Seefeld who had married 12 Dec. 1917.  It was a sad summer for her parents who buried her tiny body in the St. John Church Cemetery, Spencer, Wisconsin (North Cemetery) long before she had a chance to enjoy the sunshine of life.  The undertaker was A. C. Georgas.


*Otitis media (Latin for "inflammation of the middle ear") is the medical term for middle-ear inflammation. There are 2 major types of otitis media: acute otitis media and otitis media with effusion. The former is usually symptomatic, especially ear pain (otalgia), whereas the latter is most commonly without acute symptoms. Chronic suppurative otitis media, incorrectly called “chronic otitis media,” is less common and is a complication of acute otitis media, and is associated with perforation of the ear drum, with or without drainage; all 3 of these conditions are most frequently associated with hearing loss. Otitis Media is very common in childhood but can occur at any age.  All otitis media is middle-ear disease, but all middle-ear diseases and disorders are not otitis media, such as cholesteatoma, congenital malformations of the middle-ear.

**Many sudden onset and chronic infections can lead to brain damage. One of the most dangerous is septicemia, the presence of bacteria in the blood. It is often associated with other infections in the body, including those of the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. It can also be associated with infections of the central nervous system (meningitis), the heart (endocarditis), and the bones (myelitis).  Septicemia’s onset is swift and violent, often beginning with rapid breathing, spiking fevers, and chills. Quickly, these symptoms progress to shock with fever, decreased body temperature, sudden drop in blood pressure, confusion, and blood clotting problems that cause red spots on the skin. Urine output may decrease or cease altogether. The seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated.


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1920 Federal Census, Unity, Clark, Wisconsin, United States


Elsie Seefeld, white married female (Mother of Lorraine Elsie Seefeld / Seefeldt)
Father's Birthplace: Finland
Mother's Birthplace: Finland

Household Members
Albert Seefeld Head M 23 Wisconsin
Elsie Seefeld Wife F 18 (1902) Wisconsin


1940 Federal Census, Unity Town, Clark, Wisconsin, United States


Albert Seefeld, white, married male
Birth Year (Estimated): 1897
Last Place of Residence: Same House

Household Members
Albert Seefeld Head M 43 (1897) Wisconsin
Elsie Seefeld Wife F 38 Wisconsin
R Virgil Seefeld Son M 9 Wisconsin
Frank Seefeld Father M 81 Germany 



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