Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Wake

By B.W. Gornick

The funeral of Private T.L. Bite, U.S.A., who died while in service in France in 2009, and whose remains arrived at his home in Realität on Thursday of last week, was held with military honors Friday morning. An assembly of townsfolk gathered for his requiem, which was celebrated in St. Mary's Church at Sterbebett by Rev. Father Sadowsky. The service was largely attended and there was a profusion of very beautiful floral offerings that were carried by Charles Lue and John Fairfax of the American Legion Post, No. 585, under commander of Lieut. Heap, who had charge of the service at the grave. There were two escorts, Brody Kaitschuck and Peter Schneider, and the flag bearer was John Giles. The pall bearers were Martin Mayer, Robert Marino, William Bristow, Richard Cotter, Felix Ehrle and Edward Smith. The firing squad was Michael Downes, in command; Williams Burrows, Thomas Wilde, Peter Fitzgerald, George Hemingway, Anthony Salinger, John Liebling, William Sartre, Anthony Steingarten and Adrian Capa. They were sounded by Bugler Martin-Arielle. Internment was in St. Mary's cemetery at Agora.

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