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Emilie Kreuchen Wurm, a resident of San Francisco since 1916 and a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, died last week in her home. She was 89.
   Born in Germany, Mrs. Wurm became the maid of a wealthy German family, and saved money to come to America. In April 1912 she booked passage for New York City on board the Titanic.
   She told relatives she first knew the ship was in trouble when she stepped from her quarters into a passageway filled with water, and went to the purser to ask what was wrong. She was told to return to quarters while parts of the ship were blocked off to slow the flow of water.
   She said she was summoned to a lifeboat by a whistle, and shared the open boat with 20 other passengers. Their lifeboat was found shortly after daybreak.
   Eventually reaching New York after the sinking and rescue, Mrs. Wurm traveled to Missouri to visit relatives who had come to America a few years earlier. A year later she returned to Germany, but emigrated in 1916, settling in San Francisco.
   She married the late Weimar Wurm, an investment consultant, and the couple lived at 1319 30th Avenue in the City.
   She was a member of the Schuetzen Damenverein and the Odd Fellows Ladies' Auxiliary.
   She is survived by a sister, Anna Schneider of 491 Anita Drive, Millbrae, and two nieces, Gertrude Berner of San Francisco and Dr. Suzy Wieland in Germany.
   Funeral services will be held this morning, Monday, at 11 o'clock at Gantner-Felder-Kenny Funeral Directors, 1965 Market Street. Interment will be in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, San Mateo.
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) MRS. WURM, TITANIC SURVIVOR, DIES AT 89 (San Francisco Chronicle, Monday 29th March 1971, ref: #289, published 28 August 2003, generated 3rd August 2021 09:35:55 PM); URL :