Oh, this is sad. My condolences to all who knew her. Even though she was a fellow Michigander, I never met her...and that she died in the same hospital that I was born, well; I have no choice but to always remember her~
I concur with Darren's quote from Alex Haley. How fortunate for history that she lived a long and fruitful life. We have all been blessed by the survivors. I owe my life to them. They inspired me at age 9 to overcome severe traumas I had already experienced at so tender an age. If not for the thought that if they could survive the Titanic, I could survive what I was going through, perhaps I would not be here today. God bless Mrs. Van Tongerloo in death.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15
This was in our local newspaper today:
Winnifred Quick Van Tongerloo, one of the few remaining survivors of the Titanic sinking, has died at age 98.
(I'm paraphrasing now - for space)
She was 8 when the Titanic went down.......
She died last Thursday on July 4th, 2002 in East Lansing , where she had moved after breaking her hip 6 years ago, the Detroit Free Press reported.
She, of course, was an honorary member of the "Titanic Historical Society"......
After artifacts from the ship was brought up in 1987 & a tv program was made about it, Van Tongerloo was one of the survivors interviewed. She said the progarm was interesting "but a little on the phony side." Van Tongerloo also said she had never expected scientists to find the ship at a depth of 2 1/2 miles.
Survivors, include 2 daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Services were schueduled for Tuesday in Warren, with a burial in Detroit, where she grew up.
I know a death in the family is a private affair and should be. However, I am still amazed at how the AP has not reported this notable death. In Walter Lord's book "The Night Lives On", Walter speaks of how "in America every survivor now rates an obituary in the New York Times. He goes on to say "Typical was the case of 90-year old Ethel Beane,who lived in Rochester, New York,in 1983. She hadn't even told her Titanic experiences for 71 years. But she was nevertheless newsworthy-simply by being a survivor".
i also would like to express my condolences on the death of mrs tongerloo and i hope that she will rest in peace and i would also like to say eventhough miss dean was a baby when the sinking happened she must have some memories of the events because she remembers being put into a sack when she was rescued by the carpethia jennifer mueller
I am so sorry that Phil and George have lost a friend and that Mrs Tongerloo's family have lost a loved one. Give my best to George, Phil and also to the family as they mourn.
Darren, death and weddings can be very private affairs by choice, not necessarily due to lack of appreciation of the situation by the media. The family may simply be respecting Mrs Tongerloo's desires for privacy and have requested no media coverage or just did not announce it far and wide.
But she will certainly be missed.