Plattenburg, Llewellyn “Lou”(Lockhart) 2 Sep 1868-15 Nov 1943

*OBITUARY AS REPRINTED FROM “THE INDEPENDENT”, NOV. 18, 1943

Mrs. Lou Plattenburg Passed Away.
Was Prominent Newspaper Woman
Active in Civil and Social Affairs. Funeral Held Wednesday Afternoon

Mrs. Lou Plattenburg, 75, for many years connected with the Hancock Courier as an executive and widely known in the state, Hancock and Brooke Counties and the Tri-State area, died at 8 o’clock Sunday morning, November 15th, 1943, at the Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville.

Mrs. Plattenburg’s death was unexpected and the news of her passing came as a shock to her family and legions of friends. She had just eaten her breakfast and was joking and laughing with the nurse and all at once it was noticed that she had been seized with an attack. Physicians were called and her trouble pronounced coronary thrombosis and beyond medical aid.

Mrs. Plattenburg on Tuesday, Oct. 5th sustained a fall in her home and fractured her left hip bone, and was removed to the Ohio Valley hospital in Steubenville, where she had been a patient until her death. She had fractured her right hip a number of years ago and never fully recovered from that accident and walked with a slight limp. Both hips were placed in casts and she was improving and seemingly in the best of spirits when death struck.

Mrs. Plattenburg was associated for many years with the Courier in co-operation with her late husband, Jesse T. Plattenburg, until his death, which occurred in 1912. John R. Plattenburg, present publisher, took over after his father’s death and his mother continued in the newspaper work until death stilled her hand. She was the oldest woman member of the newspaper fraternity in West Virginia.

Mrs. Plattenburg was born September 2, 1868 at Bethany, in Brooke County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Lewellyn Lockhart. She was married when quite young and resided in New Cumberland since 1891.

In addition to her newspaper activities she was a civic and social leader in her home community and took an active part in the various church organizations of this place, being a member of the Christian church, the Presbyterian Missionary society of the Trinity Methodist church, the New Cumberland Woman’s club and chairman of the club, the Order of Eastern Star, the Victory club and served on the service canteen committee.

She also took an active interest in Democratic circles, and for many years had served as representative of her party on election boards.

Mrs. Plattenburg is a woman who will be greatly missed in this community. A woman of many friends. She always greeted one with a smile and ripple of laughter and good cheer. She was always doing for others with no thought of self, self sacrificing in her many deeds of kindness. A devoted wife as long as her husband lived and devoted to her children and loyal to her friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Julia Bambrick, widow of Thomas T. Bambrick, of Hollidays Cove, two sons, John R. Plattenburg, of New Cumberland and Joe Plattenburg of Weirton, six grandchildren. One grandson, Captain John William Plattenburg, recently returned for the North African campaign and has been recuperating from injuries in the Valley Forge hospital at Phoenixville, Pa.

Mrs. Plattenburg is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Eunice Kingsbury of Bellaire, Ohio.

The funeral services were held at the Arner Funeral home in New Cumberland Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Allen Fields, pastor of the Christian church, assisted by Rev. J. Russell Butcher, former pastor of the Presbyterian church, of this place, now located at White Hall, Maryland.

The services were impressive and the many floral offerings spoke in silence of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

The interment was made in the family burial lot in the local cemetery. The active pall bearers were: ???cian Swan, Thos. F. McKenzie, H.C. Scott, Don G. Stewart, Scott Brown and George McCauslen, the latter of Steubenville.

The honorary pall bearers were: Fred T. Bradley, Thomas J. Garlick, N.W. Ballantyne, Geo W. McNeil, Jesse Godwin, R.M. Brown and Frank Rypka, the latter of Weirton.