Feick had been a resident of Providence Memorial Center for three years
prior to her death. Son Tom was the second-in-command at Providence Hospital
during this time. She had lived at home at 321 Decatur Street after her
husband died, living alone until 1970 when her grandson, Edward L. Feick,
Jr. came to stay with her while his parents were vacationing. He was working
in the downtown area then and it was a great place for him to stay. He was
22 years old then. On the return of his parents, Mylitta asked if he could
not remain with her as he was good company during the long evenings. Edward
is mildly retarded and was an invaluable aid to his grandmother and to the
family for she could not be alone the last years, help was difficult to
obtain, and she sometimes would lose her balance and fall. Mylitta's main
interests in life were her family, her sons and her daughter.
Feick during WWII worked in an office in Washington, D.C. She had attended
Miami University after graduation from Sandusky schools. After the war she
obtained a position with the Coast Guard in their Cleveland office. She was
a devoted daughter, coming back to Sandusky every weekend to visit with her
died of coronary thrombosis due to artiosclerosis. He was president of
J.C.Feick Lumber & Supply Co., attended Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh and
was married while attending college. He had known Mylitta all his life,
being born on Maple Avenue right around the corner from her parents home on
Monroe Street. They were married in January of 1912 and lived in Pittsburgh
while Charles finished out the term. They then moved home with Charlie's
parents and lived with them until the parents died.
was a lively, lovely young girl. The boys used to chase her around the
Taubert dinging table to get a kiss. Young men also drank wine from her
slipper!!!! She had dark curly hair and a petite figure. It is no wonder
that Charlie Feick came home from college for a weekend and took her back
with him to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada where they were wed.
As the J.
Charles Feick children started coming, the Maple Street home was too small
and also the business was expanding. John A. Feick purchased the Decatur
Street property with its large home and land enough in the rear to build a
storage building, office and shop. The home had four bedrooms plus one on
the first floor that was converted into the office for the building firm
until the warehouse at the back was built. Until this building was
constructed, the office and drafting room were in the home and in the
basement of the house was a cabinet shop. Often basement windows had to be
removed to facilitate the removal of some large object which had been built
in the basement.
that must have
been a busy household with the two sets of adults, four children, a
workshop, an office and drafting room all under one roof with also a supply
of customers and workmen also coming and going. The women must have been
glad to see the office and warehouse at the rear of the lot constructed.
In later years,
after Edward and I were married (we lived next door for 10 years) Charlie
had his life worked down to a routine and his office in the warehouse became
almost a men's club in the late evening. He slept until 10 A.M.; had a light
breakfat; checked on the workmen and what was doing in the shop; dinner was
at 12 noon - sharp! he napped until 1:30; back to work checking the various
jobs; supper was at 5; in the evening friends of his and friends of
Mylitta's stopped in and stayed until about 10; Mylitta then retired and
Charlie would go back to his office in the warehouse, to his drafting board,
and from 10 until the wee small hours there would be a parade of people
(mostly men) to see him on business or just to talk; people wanting work
done, drawing made, advice, or just someplace to go; often around 1 a.m.
they would go to a neighborhood bar for a sandwich (Charlie did not drink);
this routine was carried on every day except Saturday. On Friday nights also
it varied a bit for he and Mylitta then went to an early movie and on
Saturday evening they either entertained or were entertained by friends. We
always knew just where they were.
gundlach Feick - March 1981