An Immigrant's Tale
Storyteller: Beth Gatlin
My great-grandfather’s sister Marie Schneider was born on April 11, 1890 in Remagen, Germany. She immigrated with her family to St. Louis, Missouri in 1892. On June 12, 1912 she married William F. “Bill” Illig. Their son William Philip Carl Illig was born in 1913. In 1918, Marie contracted influenza. Marie’s sister-in-law, my great-grandmother Paulina Gersbacher Schneider, brought food to Marie while she was ill. On November 28, 1918, after ten days of illness, Marie died of bronchopneumonia due to influenza. She was buried at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.