VERBEKE, MARION, wife of William K. Verbeke, was born in Harrisburg, November 9, 1829, and died March 8, 1896. Her body rests in the family burying ground in the Harrisburg cemetery. She was the eldest daughter of Charles and Eliza Anderson, and was married, January 3, 1849, to William K. Verbeke, the present city controller of Harrisburg. In speaking of Mrs. Verbeke's death the Harrisburg Telegraph of March 9, 1896, says:
"The friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Marion Verbeke will be pained to learn of her death, which occurred last evening, at 7:30 o'clock. Her sickness was of long duration, and of much suffering, which she bore patiently and uncomplainingly. Being of a mild, gentle and happy disposition she made home one of unalloyed bliss and tenderness. Her affection and solicitude for the welfare, comfort and care of her family were unbounded. Her friends loved her for her sunny ways, and their friendships were strong and enduring. She has passed away, but the memory of this good, true woman remains.
"We recall her active life in the church which was dear to her heart. Steadfast to her duties to the end, what a noble Christian character she leaves behind as a solace to the loved ones of her household. With her family cares and her numerous public duties, which were of daily occurrence, she found time when the first soldiers of the war were brought into the improvised hospitals, with a heart full of love for her country and pity for the poor, unfortunate volunteer, sick and wounded, many of them mere boys away from home and friends, to minister to their daily wants. She took with her the choicest delicacies, wines, liquors, preserves -- everything that was nice, palatable and strengthening to them, which they so much needed -- and with a mother's care and tenderness nursed them and watched them until recovery, and when they left they blessed her for what she had done. She never tired of this work, but from the earliest period of the war until the close she was the constant attendant at the hospitals, caring alike even for the wounded Confederates from the battlefield of Gettysburg and though she done this she was bold enough to condemn them for the part they took in their unholy war. Often she was opportuned to prepare a history of the hospital service of Harrisburg, for which she was offered pay, her services and knowledge of them being complete, so much so that no other one person could have given the facts she knew and the different actors who were associated with her. In honor of these great services, as a token of their real appreciation of her noble work, one of our Pennsylvania regiments conferred the honor upon her of electing her "Daughter of the Regiment." Well she deserved it. No history of the participants of the bloody struggle from I861 to 1865 can be written without giving Mrs. Marion Verbeke a prominent place as an active, energetic, untiring agent in the military hospital service. All her labors were free, given with heartfelt pleasure, never looking for remuneration, with no other motive than to do good to a fellow-being. Such a lovely, generous woman, one of our own people, has passed away, but the memory of her will be ever fresh and green among us and shall never perish. She leaves, beside her husband, two sons, William K., of Phoenixville, and Marion, of this city, and a daughter, Miss Gertrude."
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 20 Feb 2001
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