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Louisa Bittlingmeier Schneider Bechtold Gammel
born July 16, 1846 in Hasselbach, Baden, Germany
died November 21, 1890 in Newark, New Jersey - age 44 years.

Father: Christoph Ludwig Bittlingmeier (1808-1876)
Mother: Margaretha Gauss (1807-1867)

Cause of death: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis

Chronic Interstitial Nephritis is a persistent inflammation of the spaces between kidney tubes, eventually leading to kidney failure. Although the disease can be caused by a bacterial infection in the kidneys, the more likely cause is by an allergic reaction to a drug.

At times there are no symptoms of this disease, but when they do occur they are widely varied and can occur rapidly or gradually. When caused by an allergic reaction, the symptoms of acute tubulointerstitial nephritis are fever, rash, and enlarged kidneys. Some people experience dysuria (painful urination), and lower back pain. In chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis the patient can experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weight loss.

At the time of her death, Louisa was married to her third husband, Jacob Gammel. Her first husband, William Schneider, died in battle during the Civil War. She married her second husband, Jacob Bechtold, in 1865. They had five children together. Jacob died in 1887. When Jacob Gammel's second wife died in January of 1890, he married Louisa in May. Sadly, she lasted only six months in this marriage. She is buried in the Bittlingmeier family plot at Woodland Cemetery in Newark.