On March 20, 1925 (ten days before his death) Steiner wrote to Marie:
My health is improving, only slowly. I hope that in time, I will be able to work on the building model (design for the second Goetheanum) in order to avoid delays.
On March 27, 1925 (three days before his death) Steiner wrote to J.C. Träxler, a tradesman who had taken the brother and sister of Steiner into his own house in Horn.
Dear Mr Träxler,
I was saddened to hear of my sister’s eye condition. (She had an eye disease and, around 1925, became completely blind). Unfortunately, I am so sick myself that I cannot think of visiting her, but I would not want my sister to become worried by the news of my illness. I am so very grateful to you, honourable Mr. Träxler, for taking such loving care of my brother and sister. I think that Mrs Barth, who I know well, was a good choice. (She was a distant relative who cared for Steiner’s brother and sister until the autumn of 1926).
Will you give the good woman my cordial greetings? Mrs. Barth’s fee will, as usual, be settled on my behalf by my friend Count Polzer. I must leave it to our friend, Dr. Glass, to decide whether an examination of the left eye will be necessary. He will write me with his opinion, once he has been to Horn. I will also write to him.
Source (German): GA 262 (letter 235, page 458) en GA 39 (letter 651, page 482)
Rudolf Steiner monument in Schweizergarten, a park in Vienna
Previously posted on July 15, 2016