Friday, March 18, 2011

Augusta A. Wiley

Anna Augusta Gensch was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Gensch on June 23, 1877, according to her death record which is available at Family Search Labs. She passed away at the Golden Age Rest Home in Fitchville, Ohio on March 17, 1962. An obituary for Mrs. Wiley appeared in the March 17, 1962 issue of the Sandusky Register. (Mrs. Wiley's name sometimes appeared as Anna Augusta, and other times as Augusta Anna.) Her obituary stated that Mrs. Wiley was survived by a daughter, five grandchildren, three sisters, and a brother. Her older brother John had died in a train accident in 1893. Rev. Theodore Stellhorn, Jr. conducted funeral services for Augusta Wiley, and burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

On November 23, 1963, tragedy struck the Golden Age Nursing Home in Fitchville, Ohio, which had been the final home of Augusta A. Wiley before her death in 1962. A fire swept through the home, which burned to the ground. 63 of the 84 patients at the Golden Age Nursing Home lost their lives in the tragic fire. The cause of fire was faulty wiring, which led to major changes to the building codes of all nursing homes.

The names of the patients lost in the fire at the Golden Age Nursing Home are listed on this marker from the Ohio Historical Society located at Fitchville, Ohio.

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