Utica, Aug. 12 -- Mrs. John Schimmel, one of the oldest resident of this city and the oldest
member of St. Joseph's Church, died at noon yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John
Stiefvater 162 Columbia street. For more than sixty-five years she had lived in Utica and by
all who knew her she was highly respected. Eva Peterman was born in Hambach, Hese Darmstadt,
Germany June 1, 1813. In March, 1840, in company with her husband, she sailed for this country,
the voyage across the Atlantic consuming three months. Ever since then she had lived in Utica.
She was married to Adam Witzenberger in Germany in 1838, and it was with him that she came to
this country. He died in 1852. She was married to Joseph Schimmel in 1853. He died in 1883.
As one of the oldest members of St. Joseph's Church she was one of the earliest members of the
Altar Society in which she had kept up her interest until failing health prevented. She also
belonged to the League of the Sacred Heart. She had a kindly disposition was charitable, and
therefore had a great many friends. She was the mother of 10 children, of whom three survive,
John Schimmell, Peter Witzenberger and Mrs. John Stiefvater. She also leaves thirteen
grandchildren, one brother John Peterman of Rome and two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Smith of Rome
and Mrs. Frances Naegel of Peoria, Ill.
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