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Wilhelm Bittlingmeier
born July 26, 1856 in Newark, New Jersey
died January 21, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey - age 74 years.

Father: Ludwig Bittlingmeier (1809-1876)
Mother: Margarita (?-1867)

Spouse: Rosalie Bernes Bittlingmeier (1853-1928)

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.

Wilhelm suffered from the disease for two months before dying at home in Newark. He was buried with Rosalie at Woodland Cemetery in Newark.

Other family members who died from cirrhosis of the liver were Wilhelm's brother Louis, and Margaret Surbeck Greuter, the grandmother of Anna Bauer who married Louis' son William A. Bittlingmeier.