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Despondency over ill health is believed to have prompted the suicide of Mrs. Anna H. Seidel, 75, widow of the late Charles E. Seidel, in a garage at the rear of her home, corner Peoria and Clay streets, at 7:30 o'clock this morning.
Her body, hanging from a crossbeam, was discovered by Ralph Koehnle, a son-in-law, after he had been summoned home by his wife when she became worried by her mother's disappearance. Mr. and Mrs. Koehnle resided with Mrs. Seidel.
Mrs. Seidel had made a rope out of sheeting and ended her life by fitting a noose about her neck and kicking away a low stool on which she had climbed.
She had been in ill health in recent months. When Mr. Koehnle left for his work shortly before 7 o'clock Mrs. Seidel had indicated to her daughter that she would arise for breakfast a little later. Mrs. Koehnle lay down for a short rest before beginning the day's work and when aroused by a messenger a few moments later was unable to locate her mother.
Mrs. Seidel had apparently arisen from her bed, donned a bathrobe and went quietly to the garage.
Upon discovery of the body, Coroner Al Ahrens was immediately notified. The inquest will probably be held Monday evening.
Anna Cutlip was born south of the city February 20, 1860, and last February observed her 75th birthday. She was married to Charles E. Seidel March 31, 1887, and his death occurred in August, 1931.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. A.G. Fraser, Evanston, and Mrs. Koehnle of this city; one son, Sherman Seidel, Elkhart, Ind.; and four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Sorrell, Lincoln; Mrs. Priscilla Steele, Massillon, Ohio; Mrs. Ella Council, Chicago; and Mrs. Edocia Acton, Decatur.
the body was removed to the Goff Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. Services will probably be conducted Monday.