Here is the obituary for Anna (Schmidt) Kramer, b. 25 February 1861 and d. May 1906, Caseyville, Madison County, Illinois. She was my husband's great-great-grandmother. The Kramer's were part of a German farming community in Madison County, Illinois. Obituary is from the May 19, 1906 issue of the Belleville Daily Advocate.
"Mrs. Anna Kramer, aged 45, dropped dead Saturday afternoon at her home on the Caseyville road, five miles northwest of Belleville, while attending to some household duties. Deceased was a powerful woman and weighed over 300 pounds. She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for a number of years and over exertion is supposed to have hastened her death. Coroner Irwin of Belleville held an inquest and a verdict of death from natural causes was returned. Mrs. Kramer is survived by her husband and several children. The funeral was held Monday afternoon to the Caseyville cemetery."
The obituary was written at a time when yellow journalism was used in the area. We now call it the tabloid press. Adding that she dropped dead and her weight certainly was a sensational read! The other obituaries on the page fared a little better. Glad that practice is no longer common in the press.