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Featured Family Member - Bertha Cavanaugh

Bertha is the grandmother of Mary Beth Ross. The following is her obituary which appeared in the Mattoon (Illinois, USA) Journal-Gazette on 26th January 1942.

Mrs. Charles A. (Bertha) Newland died at 7 o'clock Saturday evening at her home, 921 Moultrie Avenue, as a result of a paralytic stroke suffered Thursday. Mrs. Newland had been in ill health more than a year. She was 58 years old.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with Rev. Father J. J. Holmes officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Newland, as Bertha Cavanaugh, was born February 12, 1884, in this city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cavanaugh. She attended the Mattoon schools. On October 5, 1902, she was married to Charles A. Newland of this city.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Harold of Mattoon and John "Jack" Newland of Camp Forrest, Tenn; two daughters, Miss Mary Martha at home and Miss Bertha Jane of Decatur; two grandchildren and a brother, Michael Cavanaugh of Decatur.

Mrs. Newland was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the  Altar Society.


Bertha Johanna Cavanaugh
Bertha Johanna Cavanaugh
(1884 - 1942)