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Margaret Surbeck Greuter
born February 18, 1843 in Switzerland
died October 10, 1919, in Newark, New Jersey - age 76 years.

Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown

Spouse: Felix Greuter (1838-1892)

Cause of death: Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease but has many other possible causes.

Fluid retention in the abdominal cavity is the most common complication of cirrhosis and is associated with a poor quality of life, increased risk of infection, and a poor long-term outcome. Other potentially life-threatening complications are hepatic encephalopathy (confusion and coma) and bleeding from esophageal varices (extremely dilated sub-mucosal veins in the lower esophagus). Cirrhosis is generally irreversible, and treatment usually focuses on preventing progression and complications. In advanced stages of cirrhosis the only option is a liver transplant.

Margaret suffered from the disease for three months before dying at home in Newark. She was buried at Woodland Cemetery in Newark, next to her husband, Felix.

Besides Margaret, the brothers Louis and Wilhelm Bittlingmeier also died from cirrhosis of the liver.