Gene Notes

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sympathy Saturday - Josephine Zimmeth Whiteside

This was my grandfather Zimmeth's oldest sister, affectionately known as Phene. She was born in 1876 and grandpa in 1888.

From the Big Rapids (Michigan) Pioneer, April 17, 1972:

Josephine S. Whiteside, 95, R. 2,Stanwood, died Sunday afternoon at Community Hospital. She was born in East Tawas, and had resided in the Stanwood area for the last six years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1940. They were married in 1901.

Mrs. Whiteside was a member of St. Apollina's Catholic Church, Morley. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Georgiana Bradley, and Mrs. Virginia Hall, both of Newaygo; three sons, Emery, Oliver, both of Stanwood; and Glenn, San Gabriel, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and a brother, Charles Zimmeth, Pinconning.

 The picture on the left was taken on the occasion of my grandfather's 74th birthday. Phene would have been 86. They were the last two surviving children of the eleven born to August and Augusta Zimmeth.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Grandpa didn't look much different at 90, did he? Lotta miles on that guy.

  2. Nope and he wore his hair like that too. His hair didn't turn gray all over till right before he died.