Saturday, June 30, 2018

Obit for Lyla Maria Fister Miller, 98

My great aunt Lyla Maria (Fister) Miller, 1901-1999), probably in the mid-1920s when she was a nurse at Washington Park Hospital in Chicago.  Image courtesy of Tom Cairns.

My grandmother's sisters Edith and Fern lived out here in San Diego, but the rest of her siblings were unknown to me, except for Lyla, who I met briefly in the late 1980s.

She was my grandmother Margaret Fister Hartley's oldest sister:

Corry Journal (Corry, Erie, PA)
Friday, August 6, 1999
page 2 
Lyla Maria Fister Miller, 98 
Lyla Maria Fister Miller, 98, formerly of 218 E. Smith Street, Corry, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, in Corry Manor Nursing Home. 
Mrs. Miller was born June 29, 1901, in Newark, Ill., a daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Corina Anderson Fister. 
She was raised and educated in the Newark area where she graduated from Newark High School in 1919.  Following high school, she attended and graduated from Washington Park Hospital with a nursing degree.  After graduation, she worked for Washington Park Hospital for several years.  In 1926, she had been a surgical floor supervisor at the Illinois Central Hospital. 
Mrs. Miller moved to Marinesco, Mich., after her marriage and resided there for many years.  She had also resided in Cicago, Ill., and later in Youngstown, Ohio.  In 1987, Mrs. Miller moved to Corry to be near her daughter and grandchildren. 
Mrs. Mller attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Corry.  While a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, she had been a member of the Eastern Star there. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse LeRoy Miller Jr., in 1987.  They were married August 16, 1927, in Chicago, Ill.  Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Kathryn M. Keller, in 1990; a sister, Edith Bornhoft; and five brothers, Roy, Lyle, Russell, Alvin and Myron Fister. 
Survivors include a daughter, Susann E. Rozelle of Corry; a son, Eugene LeRoy Miller of King George, Va.; three sisters, Fern E. Fister, Margaret Hartly and Doris Cairns Shulkin, all of San Diego, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Eric John Rozelle of Glenham, N.Y., Jay Thomas Rozelle of North East and Suzanne Janine Baron her husband, Michael, of Rock Springs, Wy. 
No calling hours or funeral services will be observed.  Correspondence is welcome and can be addressed to Susann Rozelle... 
Burial will be made in Greenhaven Cemetery in Canfield, Ohio. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Corry Unit, 2 South Center street, Corry, Pa. 16407. 
Funeral arrangements are under the director of the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 North Center street, Corry, PA. 16407.

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  1. Christine - It was very nice to find this about my grandmother online as well as some of your other dedicated genealogical work about some of our other ancestors. I appreciate your time and efforts! Please reply if you would like. Thank you.
    Eric - another great-grandchild of Ben and Mary Fister

    1. Thank you cousin! I'm thrilled to "meet" you! :-)

  2. hi Cousin Christine :) - I sent you a message on