Mrs. Ida Falkenstein, 72, life-long resident of Sturgis and vicinity, died suddenly of a heart attack this morning at 8:15 o’clock at her home, 103 South Orange Street.
She had been in poor health for some time and had been under care of a physician, but early this morning Mrs. Falkenstein felt well enough to have breakfast. She went into the yard for a few moments, then returned to the house to rest when the fatal heart attack occurred.
Born in Sturgis on Oct. 7, 1867, she was a daughter of Charles and Caroline Waterstraut. She was first married to Henry Lampe, who preceded her in death in 1889. In 1903  she was united in marriage to Frank Falkenstein who died in 1936.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Etta Troupe, South Bend; Mrs. Minnie Wharton of Elkhart, Mrs. Helen Friend of Sturgis, and Mrs. Carrie Bowman resident near Centerville; a son, Floyd Falkenstein, Sturgis; one brother, Martin Waterstraut of Hillsdale; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the home, 103 South Orange Street where services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with the Rev. H. M. Laws of the St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be made in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Foglesong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sturgis Daily Journal, May 26, 1939
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman