1976 – 1981

Frank Antos     1976.06.18

Frank Antos, 89, of rural Big Rock, died June 25, 1976, at his home.

He was born July 8, 1886, in David City, NE, the son of Frank and Mary (Lopke) Antos.  He was educated in Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin schools.  He married Mary Flicek in 1914.

He was a farmer all of his life.

He is survived by a son, Joseph, Big Rock; a brother, Joe, Black River Falls, WI; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1975.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 28, at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Robert N. D. Yoak officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

  HR 7/1/1976

 

  1. Earl Swift 1976.06.19
  2. Earl Swift, 84, Aurora, died Friday (June 25, 1976) at St. Charles Medical Center. He was born September 2, 1891, in Waterman.

He is survived by his widow, Mildred (Mercer) Swift, Aurora; three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Virginia) Stark of Naperville, Mrs. Walter (Mary Jane) Gromly of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Mrs. Charlotte Young of Miami Springs, FL; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. viola Blackman of Sycamore and Mrs. Ione Ritter of California; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was a member of Wesley Methodist Church.  Mr. swift attended public schools in Waterman and the University of Wisconsin.  He farmed in the DeKalb County area until 1925 when he moved to Aurora and worked for several local dairies until his retirement in 1958. 

Funeral services were held Monday at the Healy Chapel, Aurora  Mrs. Mary Eakle, Dea Eakle, Mrs. Nancy Coss and daughter, Sue, Raymond Mercer, Florence Taylor, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean swift, all from Waterman, attended the funeral.

  HR 7/1/1976

 

                                 Agnes Boe Stahl     1976.07.03

Mrs. Agnes Stahl, 75, RFD 2, Leland, died Saturday, July 17, 1976 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Mrs. Stahl was born April 24, 1901 in Shabbona to Dave and Bertha Solberg Boe.

She was married to Earl Stahl December 27, 1923 in Hinckley.  The husband survives.

Mrs. Stahl was a resident of the Leland area all her life.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Hinckley.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Vern (Florence) Berg, Shabbona; son, Leonard Stahl, Sandwich; three sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Hilda) Sebby, Sandwich, Mrs. Everett (Gladys) Gilliand, Maple Park and Mrs. Milan (Dagney) Losee, Mesa, AZ; and six grandchildren.

The funeral was held Monday, July 19 at Burkhart Funeral Home, the Rev., Robert York officiating.  Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.          HR 7/22/1976

 

                            Jack Z. Meredith     1976.07.06

Jack Z. Meredith, 77, of 270 West McKinley, Waterman, died at Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich on Thursday July 1, 1976.

  Meredith was born on August 3, 1898 in Monticello, IN, the son of Will and Sarah Meredith.  He was educated in Indiana schools.  In 1918 he married the former Lila Vance and to this union was born his only son, Jack O. Meredith.  After her death in 1934, he married the former Grace Henning in 1937 and after her death in 1965, he married the former Peg Campbell in 1971.  He was a truck driver on milk routes for various dairies in the area.

Survivors include his wife Peg of Waterman; a son, Jack, of Waterman; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 3, at the Nash Chapel in Waterman, with Rev. Ronald Trapp officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery.          HR 7/8/1976

 

                                     Bettina L. Hall    1976.07.07

Bettina L. Hall, 16, of 403 Church Street in Plano, was killed last Monday (July 5, 1976) at 12:17 AM when she was struck by a car near Silver Springs State Park.

According to Kendall County police she was walking north on Fox River Drive with three companions when the incident occurred.  The companion said they were walking on the east side of the road, with the traffic, about a fifth of a mile north of River Road, when they heard a vehicle approaching, southbound, and a high rate of speed.

The car, driven by Martin R. Kermeen, 19, of 204 Sandy Lane in Plano, appeared to be out of control, the witness said.  It veered to the east side of the road, the three companions dove into a ditch, but Miss Hall apparently froze and as the car began to slide sideways it struck her and carried her along for nearly 100 feet.

The car then went over a steep embankment into a farm fence.  Kermeen, the driver, turned around and drove back on the road surface.  Kermeen told his passenger, Duane E. Coppes, also of Plano, to get out of the car and look for the girl he had just hit.  Coppes stepped out of the car, slipped, fell, and Kermeen drove over his left arm.

Coppes was taken to Sandwich Community Hospital where he was treated for abrasions, bleeding and released.

Miss Hall was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Miss Hall’s companions told police their car had broken down near the State Park, and they were on their way for help.

As a Wednesday afternoon at press time, no charges had been filed against the driver of the auto involved.  Kendall County police officials say the matter is still under investigation.

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Miss Bettina L. Hall, 16, of Plano, passed away Monday, July 5, 1976.  She was born April 25, 1960 in Ford Hood, TX.

She is survived by her parents, Lewis and Elizabeth Hall; a sister, Mrs. John (Rose) Kresser of Sandwich; a brother, David Hall of Plano; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Louie M. Hall of Plano; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Bettina was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Plano.  She was a student in the Plano High School.

The funeral services were held at 2 PM Wednesday, July 7, at the First Lutheran Church in Plano.  Rev. Leon O. Holtan officiated.  Burial was at the Plano Cemetery.

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Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cutsinger spent two days of last week in Plano, called by the death of her niece, Bettina Hall age 26 who was killed when struck by a car.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hall of Plano.  The funeral was held Wednesday, July 14.                               HR 7/22/1976

 

                                Hazel Larson     1976.07.14

Mrs. Frank (Hazel) Larson, 88, Route 3, Earlville, died July 29, 1976, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.  Services were held at 1 PM Saturday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. Robert Yoak of Hinckley, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Mrs. Larson was born July 24, 1888 in Bureau County.  She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Risley.  In 1905, she married Frank Larson of Paw Paw Township and he preceded her in death in 1945.

Surviving are two sons, Floyd of Leland and Robert of Shabbona; four daughters, Mrs. Tom (Irene) Fletre of Leland, Mrs. Gladys Mason of Aurora, Mrs. Wilbur (Helen) Mack of Hinckley, Doris at home; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, one grandson and two great-grandsons.

   HR 8/5/1976  (HR Wording somewhat different)

 

John H. Firkins     1976.07.16

John H. Firkins, 77, of rural Kirkland, died July 2, 1976 at home.

He was born May 28, 1899, near Paw Paw, IL to Reuben and Mary (Jamieson) Firkins.  He married Jennie Benson in Rollo December 25, 1921.

He farmed all his life and has lived in the Kirkland area since 1945.

Surviving are his widow; two sons, Donald of Columbia, IL, and Phillip of Kirkland; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Marilyn) Clark, Batavia; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Molly) Hawbaker of Shabbona and Mrs. Chester (Beulah) Jackson, Champaign; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and member and past master of the Mayfield Grange.  He formerly served as a grade school board member and was a former member of the Kirkland Lions Club.

Services were Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Martin officiating.  Burial was in East Paw Paw Cemetery.                              HR 7/8/1976

 

Mamie Mullins Carlson     1976.07.17

Mamie (Mullins) Carlson, 95, of Shabbona, died July 8, 1976, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born July 14, 1880, in Lee county to George and Mary Mullins.  She married Ernest Carlson January 4, 1905.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond of Shabbona, and Harold, Chicago; and three grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters and three brothers.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

   HR 7/22/1976

 

Frieda H. Kroeger Temma     1976.07.18

Mrs. Frieda H. Temma, 85, of Hinckley, died July 16, 1976, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born in Brandywine County, WV June 4, 1891, to Fredrick and Marie (Menicke) Kroeger.  February 22, 1912. she married Ernest Temma at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Hinckley.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aide society.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mildred Temma, Hinckley, and Mrs. Carl (Edna) Johnson, Riverdale, IL; one son, Arthur, Hinckley; one grandchild; and one great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Kahle of DeKalb and Mrs. Edna Marks, Tinley Park, IL; and one brother, August Kroeger of Baha Blanca, Argentina.

She was preceded in death by one daughter.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the  Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. John McKiness officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.              HR 7/22/1976

 

Minnie Bushing     1976.07.19

Mrs. Minnie Bushing, 90, of the Shabbona Nursing Home, formerly of Oak Park, died July 16, 1976 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Mrs. Oamela Cerny, DeKalb; Chet Mitchell, Naperville and Craig and Clay Mitchell, Barrington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry M. Bushing; a daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Mitchell.

Services were held Monday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, with the Rev. John Fredriksen officiating.                             HR 7/22/1976

 

Howard M. Mihm     1976.07.20

Howard M. Mihm, 220 S. Fifth St., DeKalb, died July 16, 1976 at his home.

He was born October 7, 1905 at Shabbona, the son of Albert and Maria O’Connor Mihm.  He married Isabel Roche at DeKalb February 10, 1934.

He was a retired employee of General Electric Company, DeKalb.

Survivors include Mrs. Isabel Mihm, DeKalb; a son, Howard J., Sparks, NV; one granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Craig, Shabbona and Mrs. John Schreiber, Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

He was a member of St. Mary Church, DeKalb, the Loyal Order of Moose; and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Services were at St. Mary Church, DeKalb, at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, DeKalb.                  HR 7/22/1976

 

Susanna Liikala Swanbum     1976.07.21

Mrs. Elmi (Susanna) Swanbum, 71, of 1018 E. Locust St., died July 25, 1976 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born February 20, 1905, in Fairport Harbor, OH, to Mr. and Mrs. Jeremias Liikala.  She married Clarence Swanbum in DeKalb June 7, 1928.

She was the operator of a knitting supply shop in DeKalb.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Marcia) Stegman of Earlville; a son, Robert Swanbum, Hinckley; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; a brother, John Liikala of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Barker, Jacksonville, FL; and two nieces, Ellen Sardina of New York and Mrs. Dwight (Pat) Francis, DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Services were Wednesday at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary with the Rev. Clifford officiating. 

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.             HR 7/29/1976

 

Olive Olson Sanderson     1976.07.22

Mrs. Olive (Myrtle) Sanderson, 81, of 902 Carlisle, Rochelle, died July 28, 1976, at the Rochelle Community Hospital following a long illness.

She was born February 6, 1895 in rural Lee, the daughter of William N. and Sarah L. (Boyd) Olson.  She married Lester E. Sanderson April 16, 1914, in Radcliff, IA.  He died July 28, 1952.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee, and was associated with Progressive Graphics, Oregon.

Surviving are a son, Lester E., Jr., of Oregon; two daughters, Mrs. Shirley  Pierce, Rochelle, and Mrs. William (Leona) Ellerby, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Lelia Hengesbach, Rochelle; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.    HR 8/5/1976

 

                                     Wilder A. Fay     1976.08.02

     Wilder A. Fay, Leland Road, Waterman, died Tuesday, August 31, 1976 at the Loyuola Medical Center, Maywood.

     He was born July 25, 1911, on the Fay farm where he had been farming since 1942.  He was a graduate of Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and taught vocational agriculture in Lamont, IA, and Stockton, IL.

     He married Martha E. Johnson of DeKalb on July 10, 1935.  Besides his wife, his family includes one sister, Mrs. Delbert (Marbry) Gabel of Newark, and three sons, Robert, Thomas and James, five daughters, Jacquelyn, Jane, Joanna, Mrs. Robert (Marcia) Dempsey, and Mrs. John (Linda) West and grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Rollin and Grace Fay.

     Wilder was well known in the area for his catering business, Fay’s Pork Chop Bar-B-Que.  He was affiliated with the Waterman Businessman’s Association, the Waterman Bible Church, and other community and county organizations.

     A memorial service was held Friday September 3 at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Pine and Third St., DeKalb.  A private graveside service was held at North Clinton Cemetery, near Waterman on Saturday.

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Wilder A. Fay, 65, of rural Waterman, died August 31, 1976 at the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

He was born in Clinton Township, DeKalb County, July 25, 1911, the son of Rollin and Grace (Roberts) Fay.  He married Martha E. Johnson July 10, 1935.

The Iowa State University graduate owned Fay’s Pork Chop Barbecue Catering Service of Waterman.  Survivors include his widow; three sons, Robert, Thomas, and James; five daughters, Jacqueline, Jane, Joanna, Mrs. Robert (Marcia) Dempsey, and Mrs. John (Linda) West; six grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Delbert Gabel of Newark.

He was affiliated with the Waterman Bible Church and the Waterman Businessmen’s Association.

Services were 7 p.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, with the Rev. Howard Webb officiating.  A private burial service was conducted at North Clinton Cemetery Saturday.                                       HR 9/9/1976

 

Lawrence A. Sanderson     1976.08.08

Lawrence A. Sanderson, 79, of 524 S. Fourth St., died August 3, 1976, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born November 21, 1896 in Lee, the son of Seward and Mary (Volem) Sanderson.  He married Nora Peterson.  He was a lifelong farmer in the DeKalb area.

Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Strausberger, Waterman, and Lois Sanderson, DeKalb; two sons, Robert and James both of DeKalb; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; five sisters, Anna Ferras, Marion Mark and Ellen Reinhardt, all of Rockford, Violet McCabe of Alaska and Lillian Johnson, Morton Grove; and four brothers, Elmer and Walter, both of DeKalb, Charles and Gordon, both of Rockford.

He was precede in death by one brother, Stanley.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Clifford Taylor officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.                            HR 8/5/1976

 

Julia Edwards Eden     1976.08.09

Julia Eden, 85, of 814 Market St., died August 4, 1976 at Rochelle Community Hospital.

She was born March 4, 1891, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Edwards.

Survivors include two daughters, Harriet Eckhardt and Constance Pearson, both of DeKalb; one son, Merrill, Wheaton; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brothers, Iver and Curtis Edwards, both of Lee; and one sister, Bertha Hilleson, Lee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin P. Eden; a daughter, Eleanor; and an infant son, Curtis.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Richard O. Johnson of the First Lutheran Church, Lee, officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.                                   HR 8/12/1976

 

                          John Victor Cronin     1976.09.08

John Victor Cronin, 65, of Route 1, Sandwich, died Tuesday, September 7, 1976, at the Sandhaven Nursing Home.  He was born May 31, 1911 at Van Wert, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Cronin, two brothers and one son.

He is survived by his wife Ellarea (Rogers), two brothers Argyle and Robert and one sister, Mrs. Glenn (Gretchen) Clayton Englewood all of Colorado.  One son, Jerry M. of Big Rock and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Vicki) Dunlop  of Somonauk and Mrs. Daryl (Kay) Waggle of Evergreen, CO.

Mr. Cronin served as Past Master for Somonauk Lodge 646 AF & AM.

Funeral services were held at the Burkhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was held at Oak Mound Cemetery.

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John Victor (Vic) Cronin, 65, of rural Sandwich, died September 7, 1976 at the Sandhaven Nursing Home.

He was born May 31, 1911 in VanWert, IA, the son of William and Ora (Machlan) Cronin.  He married Ellarea Rogers December 22, 1934 in Omaha, NE.

Survivors include one son, Jerry M. of Big Rock; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Vicki) Dunlop of Somonauk, Mrs. Darryl (Kay) Waggle of Evergreen, CO; one sister, Mrs. Glenn (Gretchen) Clayton of Englewood, CO; two brothers, Argyle of Denver and Robert of Littleton, CO; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, and one grandchild.

He was a farmer in rural Sandwich, past master of the Somonauk Masonic Lodge 646, and Somonauk Township Auditor.

Services were held Friday September 10 at 1 p.m. at the Burkhart Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Mound Cemetery.  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.

A Masonic service was held Thursday, September 9th.

         HR 9/16/1976

 

Floyd F. Challand     1976.09.12

Floyd F. Challand, 80, of rural Hinckley died Friday, September 3, 1976 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 9, 1896 in Waterman, the son of Walter and Alice (Seely) Challand.  A 35 year resident of the area, he had been engaged in farming as a hired man.

Mr. Challand is survived by two brothers, Lester of Aurora and Bryan of Bible Grove, IL. 

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 7, 1976 at 1:30 p.m. in the Nash Memorial Chapel.  The Rev. Robert N. D. Yoak officiated.  Final resting place was Johnson Grove Cemetery.                                   HR 9/9/1976

 

Viola Goble Rosette     1976.09.13

Viola Rosette, 99, of Paw Paw, died September 28, 1976, at Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born August 11, 1877 in Paw Paw.  She married Arthur rosette, who died in 1922.

Survivors include one son, Leonard of Paw Paw; two daughters, Winifred Erlenback of Waterman and Luella Bastian of Hinckley; one brother Clifford Goble of Paw Paw; eight grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Services were Friday at Paw Paw United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox officiating.  Burial was in South Paw Paw Cemetery.                         HR 10/7/1976

 

                       Florence Cecelia Hix Cook     1976.10.01

     Mrs. Florence Cecelia Cook, 74, formerly of Hinckley and Waterman, passed away at the Shabbona Nursing Home on Thursday, October 21, 1976, after a long illness.

     She was born in Morocco, IN on September 1, 1902, the daughter of Doc Franklin and Nancy Darroch Hix.  She attended schools in Indiana.  On October 15, 1923 she married Claude Cook in Crown Point, IN.  They farmed for many years southeast of Hinckley and moved to Waterman upon retirement where they lived for about eight years.  Mrs. Cook was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and the Home Bureau.

     Survivors include her husband Claude, two daughters, Mrs. Clark (Marry) DeBolt of Shabbona and Mrs. Jeanette Aska of Searcy, AR, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren., and three sisters, Mrs. Frances Ortt and Mrs. Ellen Huber of Hammond, IN, and Mrs. Wilhelmina Cleveland of Frankfort, IN.  She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

     Services were held Saturday, October 23, 1976 at the Nash Chapel in Waterman with Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery at Hinckley.           HR 10/28/1976

 

Adolph Miller     1976.10.08

Funeral services for Adolph Miller were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.  The Rev. John McKiness officiated.  Burial was in East Batavia Cemetery.

Mr. Miller, 85, of Shabbona, and formerly of West Chicago, died Friday (October 1, 1976) at Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born April 8, 1891 in Germany.  He farmed east of Batavia for many years before moving to Shabbona five years ago.

Surviving are his widow, Katherine; four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Pearson of West Chicago, Mrs. Herbert (Rose) Lancaster of Batavia, Mrs. John (Adeline) Ward of Shabbona and Mrs. Margaret Dubiel of Downers Grove; one son, Phillip of Batavia; two sisters in Canada and one sister in Germany; a brother, Phillip of Hinckley; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.                  HR 10/7/1976

 

Bernice L. Austin     1976.10.09

Mrs. Bernice L. Austin, 83, of Aurora, died Saturday (October 9, 1976) at St. Mary Hospital, Decatur.

She was born March 13, 1893, in Hamilton, IL.  She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Auxiliary and the Salvation Army Auxiliary.

Mrs. Austin is survived by two sons, Lee of Big Rock and Phillip of Yorkville; a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Orise) Nehmelman of Montgomery; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Ramer and Mrs. Mildred Wahlgren, both of Hinckley, and Mrs. Willa Heinemeier of Sycamore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Austin in 1963, her parents and two sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Healy Chapel.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

  HR 10/14/1976

 

 

 

  1. E. Todd Neal Larsen 1976.10.10
  2. E. Larsen, 76, of rural Shabbona, died October 3, 1976, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born February 11, 1900, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Todd.  She married Les Neal in 1920 and Lars Larsen in 1955.

Survivors include her second husband, Lars Larsen; two daughters, Mrs. Lee Heaton and Mrs. Roy Shaffer of California; three brothers, Clarence of Earlville, William and Lester of Shabbona; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the First Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev. Richard O. Johnson officiating.  Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

   HR 10/7/1976

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Mrs. Lars (Sadie) Larsen, 76, of rural Shabbona died October 3, 1976 in the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb after a long illness.  She was born February 11, 1900 to Johanna and David Todd in Shabbona Grove.  She was married in 1920 to Les Neal who preceded her in 1950.  Their two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Joyce) Heaton and Mr. Roy (Wilma) Shaffer, both of California, survive.  Also surviving is her husband Lars Larsen, to whom she was married in 1955.

Others to survive are three brothers, Clarence Todd of Earlville and William and Lester Todd, both of Shabbona; four grandchildren and three grandchildren.

Her parents and, recently, her brother, Harold, preceded her.  Funeral services in charge of Shabbona Funeral Director, David Jacobson were held in the Lee Lutheran Church Wednesday, October 6, and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  Rev. Richard Johnson of Lee was the officiating pastor.

   HR 10/14/1976

 

Earl Frank Bastian     1976.10.11

Earl F. Bastian, 83, rural Hinckley, died October 18, 1976 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born March 31, 1893, in Sandwich, the son of Peter and Johannette (Stahl) Bastian.  He married Alma Klein January 29, 1918, in Hinckley.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley; and the Hinckley Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Mortell, Hinckley; four sons, Alvin, of DeKalb, Wilbur, Allen and Ronald, all of Hinckley; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Herbert, Hinckley; one sister, Miss Fern Bastian, Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers, one sister and one great granddaughter.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with Rev. John Nienstad officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery rural Somonauk.                               HR 10/21/1976

 

Mary K. Chapman Bagge     1976.10.12

Mary K. (Chapman) Bagge, 68, of Big Rock, died Tuesday, October 12, 1976 in Copley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Bagge was born November 11, 1907, in Aurora.  She was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church and the Willing Workers of the church.

Mrs. Bagge is survived by her husband, Henry; two sons, John of Oakland, NJ, and H. Louis of China Lake, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Gloria) Schumm of Paramus, NJ, and Mrs. Peter (Frances) Scolaro of Cary; 17 grandchildren; a great grandchild and several cousins.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Big Rock Congregational Church with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Rock Ambulance Fund, care of the Hinckley State Bank, Hinckley.     

HR 10/21/1976

 

Signe Margreta Lofgren     197.10.13

Mrs. Signe Margreta Lofgren, 78, of Waterman, died October 17, 1976 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born in Sweden September 10, 1898.  She was married to Oscar Lofgren in Chicago July 11, 1923.  He preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Independent Order of Svitioj.

Survivors include a son, Howard, Waterman, and a grandson,
Scott.

Private services were Tuesday at the Nash Chapel, Waterman, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Cremation followed.                                HR 10/21/1976

 

Frank K. Johnson    1976.10.14

Frank K. Johnson, 66, of rural Lee died in Kishwaukee Community Hospital October 16, 1976.  He was born August 9, 1910 in Clinton Township to Frank M. and Sadie Graham Johnson.  He was married to Alvina Butler of Shabbona February 19, 1949.  She survives him.  Other survivors are two sons, Kenneth of Belvidere and James at home; three grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Johnson, and one sister, Mrs. Richard (Josephine) Maple, both of Waterman.  He was preceded by his parents and one brother.  The deceased served in World War II in the Red Ball Express.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 1253 of Lee.  He was also a member of the  First Lutheran Church in Lee where the services were held Tuesday, October 19, Rev. Richard Johnson officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Funeral services were in charge of Thorsen-Jacobson, Shabbona.               HR 10/21/1976

 

Bell L. Hough Heaton     1976.10.15

Bell L. Heaton, 93, Earlville, died October 15, 1976, at Mendota Community Hospital.

She was born July 24, 1883, in Earlville, the daughter of Adalaide and William Hough.  She married Albert H. Heaton June 22, 1905 in Earlville.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Willard (Edna) Pottenger, Shabbona and Mrs. Kenneth (Beryl) Richardson, DeKalb; three sons, James Heaton, Sycamore, Forrest Heaton and Everill Lee, both of Exeter, CA, a sister, Belle H. Lee, Earlville, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Russell and Harold, and her husband, Albert.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Thorsen –Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.

     HR 10/21/1976

 

Edmund M. O’Donnell     1976.10.16

Edmund M. O’Donnell, 75, Maywood, died October 11, 1976 at Loyola Hospital, Maywood.

He was born March 2, 1901, in Illinois, the son of Michael and Ellen (Marrin) O’Donnell.

He was a member of St. Eulalia Church, Maywood.

Survivors include his widow, Dorothie; one son, John K., Wisconsin; and one sister, Eleanor O’Donnell.  He was preceded by 2 brothers, Harry and Frank O’Donnell and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Agnes) Herrmann, all of Lee.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Eulalia Church with Monsignor Quinn officiating.  Burial was at St. James Cemetery, Lee.                                HR 10/21/1976

 

Alma Vandre Todd     1976.1.17

Alma Todd, 82, Shabbona, died October 12, 1976, at the Fountain Terrace Nursing Home, Rockford.

She was born April 7, 1894 in Mendota, the daughter of Fred and Amanda Vandre.  She married William Todd June 14, 1911 in Geneva.

Survivors include four daughters, Marjorie Hanson, of Phoenix, AZ, Doris Olson, of Shabbona, Rosella Aagesen and Betty Guler of Rockford; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, LeRoy.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson of the Rollo Congregational Church officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.   HR 10/21/1976

 

Robert E. Tangerose     1976.10.18

Robert E. Tangerose, 58, of Bloomington died October 23, 1976 in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.  He was born June 27, 1918 to Eli and Ida Severson Tangerose.  He served in World War II and was a member of VFW, and also the Masonic Order.  He lived and worked on farms in the Shabbona area prior to moving to Bloomington.  He worked at the Caterpillar Company at Morton. 

Survivors are a half-brother, Norman Tangerose of Kirkland and a half-sister, Beverly Landis of Danville and several nephews.  He was preceded by his parents and a sister, Mrs. Leonora Houghtby. 

The funeral was held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Loyal Wilkenson of the Rollo Congregational Church was the officiating minister.            HR 10/28/1976

 

Carl L. Carson     1976.10.19

Funeral services for Carl L. Carson, 82, of Oswego Township, were held Friday, October 29, 1976 at the Crain Funeral Home in Dongola, IL.

Burial was in Sheffer Cemetery in Dongola.

Mr. Carson was born July 26, 1894, in Joppa, IL.  He was a World War I veteran.

He is survived by his widow, Nellie; four daughters, Mrs. Brooks (Gloria) Hall of Jonesborough, AR; Mrs. Donald (Bonnie) Penrod of Conway, MO; Mrs. Sue Severson of Aurora; and Mrs. Joan White of Maple Park; two sons, Dan of Maple Park and James of Shabbona; and 20 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard, and his parents, Jefferson and Malissa Carson.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.                                   HR 11/4/1976

 

Lawrence E. Whitford     1976.10.20

Lawrence E. (Bill) Whitford, former Waterman businessman, died October 26, 1976, at the Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich.

Arraignments are pending at the Nash Funeral Chapel in Waterman.

A full obituary will follow in next week’s Review.

HR 10/28/1976

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Lawrence E. Whitford, 79, of 135½ North Cedar Street, Waterman, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 1976 at the Sandhaven Nursing home after a long illness. 

He was born October 2, 1897 in Waterman, the son of William C. and Mary Ann Kauffman Whitford.  He attended schools in Waterman.  June 2, 1921 he married the former Ella McAllister in Waterman.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War I and was the first man from Clinton Township to land on foreign soil during the war.  He was wounded in service and was awarded the Purple Heart.  For many years he was a prominent Waterman businessman, operating a grocery store until his retirement.  He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, a past master of the Masonic Lodge 728 AF&AM, a 50 year member of the lodge, a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 654, and a 50 year member of the Knights Templar and the Tebala Shrine of Rockford.

He is survived by his wife, Ella, one daughter, Mrs. Clark (Mary) Hull of Waterman, two granddaughters, and three great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 27, at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.  A memorial service was held Sunday, October 31, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ronald Trapp officiating.               HR 11/4/1976

 

Nathan H. Holden     1976.11.10

Nathan H. Holden, 50, of Lee, died November 8, 1976 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born December 3, 1925, in Bernie, MO, the son of Ode and Eunice (McGouwen) Holden.  He married Martha Lloyd in St. Charles August 23, 1957.

Survivors include his widow; three sons, Nathan R., of Poplar Bluff, MO, Russel W. of Elgin, Michael of West Chicago; one step-son, Jackie White, of Lee; one daughter, Mrs. Bobby (Phyllis) Lively, Lee; one step-daughter, Mrs. James (Faye) Haas, Dupo, IL; three brothers, Billy Gene and Norman of Truman, AR, Lavon of Flint, MI; six sisters, Mrs. Junior (Doris) Dunkerson, Mrs. Hank (Kathy) Crossnoe, Mrs. Lavelle Reynolds, and Mrs. Vay (Ann) Ingram, all of Flint, MI; Mrs. Gene (Ruth) Ballard, Peoria, Mrs. Al (Ruby) Duncan, Pleasant Grove, MS; and 12 grandchildren.

Services were held at the Unger Funeral Home, Rochelle.  Burial was at Trinity Memory Gardens, Rochelle.

   HR 11/11/1976

 

Dallas L. Spiller     1976.11.11

 Dallas L. Spiller, 44, of 2611 Forest Wood Drive, died November 4, 1976 at Condell Memorial Hospital, Libertyville.

He was born May 14, 1932, in Illinois, the son of William Carl and Hannah (Farner) Spiller.

Survivors included one daughter, Mrs. William (Betty) Cuny, of Fort Bliss, TX; three sons, William and Robert, of Wheaton, and Michael, in the Marine Corps; one grandson; one sister, Mrs. Wallace (Aileen) Reid, of Waterman; and two nephews.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the George R. Justen and Son Funeral Home, McHenry.  Burial was at Memorial Estates, Northlake.                      HR 11/11/1976

 

Retta G. Hough Hamilton Nehring     1976.11.12

Mrs. Retta G. Nehring, 76, of 314 W. Lincoln of Hinckley died November 11, 1976 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

She was born August 6, 1900 in Grove Springs, MO, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. V. Hough.  She married Raymond C. Nehring January 10, 1962, in Springfield, MO.  She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the Hinckley Women’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond, two daughters, Mrs. Jack, (Betty) Wells, of Ana, MO, Mrs. Tom (Ruby) Curry of Denver, CO; one son, Jack Hamilton of Springfield, MO; one step-daughter, Mrs. Harley (Marge) Bastian, two step-sons, R. L. (Bud) Nehring and Donald Nehring all of Hinckley; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, and six step-grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday November 13, 1976 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley with the Rev. Lavon Baylor officiating.  Burial took place at Mount Rose Cemetery, Lebanon, MO, following services held Monday, January 15, 1976 at the Colonial Funeral Home, Lebanon, MO.

HR 11/18/1976

 

Bradley J. Hart     1976.11.13

Bradley J. Hart, 14, of 2319 Hawthorne Lane, died November 11, 1976 in a farm accident at rural Waterman.

He was born October 3, 1962, in Sycamore, the son of John and Dottie (Smith) Hart.

He was a freshman at DeKalb High School.

Survivors include his parents; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Smith, Sycamore; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hart, Sycamore.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VanNatta Funeral Home with Rev. C Alfred Patten officiating.  Burial  was at Elmwood Cemetery.     HR 11/18/1976

 

Lillian Marie Kopfer Pooler     1976.11.14

Mrs. Lillian Marie Pooler, 76, a former Waterman resident, passed away Saturday, November 20, 1976 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home where she had lived for the past five years.

She was born October 1, 1900 in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Robert and Mary Temma Kopfer.  October 21, 1925 she married Herschel Pooler. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of DeKalb.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Gilkerson of DeKalb, three grandsons, two sisters, Mrs. Sam (Cora) Liddick of Waterman and Mrs. Laura Weiherman of DeKalb.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel, two brothers,  Floyd and Harvey Kopfer, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Leifheit.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23, 1976 at the Nash Chapel, Waterman, with Rev. E. George Krause of DeKalb officiating.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Hinckley.            HR 11/25/1976

 

Agnes Askeland Hipple     1976.11.15

A memorial service for Mrs. Agnes (Askeland) Hipple will be held Saturday, November 27, 1976 at 2 p.m. at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. Philip Nystrand officiating.

Agnes Hipple, 62, of 1200 North Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL passed away at Jackson Hospital in Miami, FL November 17, 1976.  She was born in Esmond October 1, 1914, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Askeland.  She was a graduate of Sycamore High School.  May 3, 1934 she married John Hipple.  She was a member of the Sebring United Methodist Church and was very active in church organizations.  She and her husband farmed near Waterman for many years until they moved to Florida 16 years ago.

Survivors include her husband, John of Sebring, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Linda) Cox of Brandon, FL, 3 grandchildren, 8 brothers and sisters.  She was preceded by her parents, one son, Larry, and one brother, Elmer Askeland.

   HR 11/25/1976

 

Nellie Mary Giles Revell     1976.11.16

Nellie Mary Revell, 87, of Earlville, died November 25, 1976 at the LaSalle County Nursing Home, Ottawa.

She was born February 25, 1889. in County of Kent, England, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Giles.  She married James Revell January 1, 1910. who preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Arthur, of Waterman; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister in England.

Services were conducted at the Earlville Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Alewyn Hughes officiating.  Burial was at Precinct Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by the Torman and Sons Funeral Home in Earlville.       HR 12/1/1976

 

Mrs. John Mortimer     1976.11.17

Friends of the John Mortimer family were saddened the hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Mortimer of Lancaster, CA, Monday November 29, 1976.  The deceased came from the Rollo area and was an early graduate of the Rollo High School  Mr. Mortimer is a brother to the late Mrs. Jessie Lawrence of Shabbona.  The family were former Paw Paw residents, moving to California years ago, and until recently made their home in Palmdale.  At the time of the passing of Mrs. Mortimer, they were being visited by Mr. and Mrs. Chester Gaines, close friends of Paw Paw.  They accompanied the deceased by plane back to Paw Paw for burial Friday December 3 in the Wyoming Cemetery.  Mr. Mortimer was unable to come.  Short graveside services were held.

The deceased was 78 years old.  Besides her husband, who survives, are two sons, Robert in the state of Oregon, Donald in California and one daughter, Marge Gilman of Mukwonago, WI, and grandchildren.                             HR 12/8/1976

 

Elizabeth Dolder Koenig     1976.11.18

Funeral services for Elizabeth Koenig, 88, of Elburn were held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn to St. Gall’s Church in Elburn.

The Rev. Thomas Dempsey officiated.

Mrs. Koenig died Tuesday (November 30, 1976) at Community Hospital, Geneva.  She was born October 9, 1888 near Somonauk.

She was a member of St. Gall’s Church in Elburn, the church’s Altar and Rosary Society and for more than 50 years a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Mrs. Koenig is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Leslie (Evelyn) Saddoris of Maple Park and Mrs. Floyd (Anabelle) Stratton of Batavia; two sons, Edward of Maple Park, and Gerald of Fort Pierce, FL; a sister, Amanda Dienst of Somonauk and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; a son, Donald; a sister, Ruth (Dolder) Gletty; and two brothers, Frank and Edward Dolder.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in Somonauk.

HR 12/8/1976

 

Louis C. Lyons     1976.12.20

Louis C. Lyons, 84, of Aurora, formerly of West Chicago, died Wednesday, December 1, 1976 at Community Hospital in Geneva.

Mr. Lyons was born April 28, 1892 in Shabbona Grove and was a resident of West Chicago for more than 45 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of West Chicago and a veteran of World War I.

Mr. Lyons owned and operated the Lyons Variety Store in West Chicago for many years.  At the time of his death he owned and operated general stores in Hinckley and Aurora, and he also owned the Lyon’s Inn Restaurant in Aurora.  He was the former owner of the Dixon Hotel in Ripon, WI.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Louise) Kaufman of St. Louis; four grandchildren; two brothers, Leo M. Lyons of Chicago and Dahyal M. Lyons of Arlington Heights; and a sister, Mrs. Norman (Marguerite) Mitchell of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his three wives, Mary Nash, Marjorie Grames and Marjorie Raue, and a son Charles Nash Lyons.                                      HR 12/8/1976

 

Harley Schoger     1976.12.21

Harley Schoger, 78, of Wheatland Township, died Friday, December 3, 1976 in Edward Hospital near Naperville.  He was born June 15, 1898 in Wheatland Township.

Mr. Schoger was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Wheatland Township.  He had served as the road commissioner of Wheatland Township for the past 22 years.  He was a lifetime resident and farmer of Wheatland Township.  He competed in many area plowing matches.

Surviving are his widow, Lillian (Leverenz); two sons, Grant and Harley J. Schoger; a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Elizabeth) Brossman of Wheatland Township; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Raymond Weber officiating.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Aurora.          HR 12/8/1976

 

Donald Lovett     1976.12.22

A freak accident in Shabbona Thursday December 2, 1976 took the life of Donald Lovett, 21, of rural DeKalb.  He was employed in his brother, Charles’, welding shop in Shabbona, when the accident happened.  He was mounting a truck tire and while filling it with air, the tire blew.  He received the  full impact.  He was rushed to Kishwaukee Community Hospital by the Shabbona ambulance but the accident proved fatal.

Donald attended the Lee Grade School, the family moving later to DeKalb.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kornes Lovett of DeKalb, four brothers, Charles of Shabbona, Larry of Somonauk, Billie of DeKalb, his twin brother, Ronald, at home, two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Smith of Rochelle and Mrs. Glenda Jacobson of Schaumberg and also his fiancée, Hope Samo of Malta.  The funeral services and burial were in DeKalb Saturday, December 4, 1976.                         HR 12/8/1976

 

Rae L. Finkel Farley     1976.12.23

Mrs. Rae L. Farley, 73, of Boulder Hill, formerly of Kaneville, died Wednesday (December 8, 1976) at Community Hospital, Geneva.  She was born January 23, 1903, in Milldlinburg, PA.

She moved to the Kaneville area during her childhood.

Mrs. Farley drove a school bus for Kaneland district 302 for many years.  She was a member of the Community Hospital Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Boulder Hill and taught Sunday School for more than 20 years at Kaneville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Jeanette) Wright of Waterman, Mrs. Everett (Debbie) Moffitt of Kaneville, Mrs. Henry (Jean) Greenstreet of Oswego; a son, Francis Farley of R. 3, Aurora; 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis W. Farley; her parents; a brother, James Finkel and a sister, Kate Jameson.

Funeral survives were held Saturday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Boulder Hill, with the Rev. William Kucenski officiating.

Burial was at Kaneville Cemetery.             HR 12/16/1976

 

Mildred Hickey     1976.12.24

Mildred Hickey, 67, of Aurora, died December 14, 1976 at the Elmwood Nursing Home, Aurora.

She was born February 21, 1909 in Shabbona, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Dugan) Hickey.

Survivors include three brothers, Bernard, of DeKalb, Henry of Shabbona, and Edwin of Elgin; and five sisters, Grace, Shabbona, Mrs. Ralph (Ellen) Herrmann, and Mrs. Alfred (Irene) Herrmann, both of DeKalb, Mrs. Leon (Dorothy) St. Jules, and Mrs. Harold (Mary) Moenkemier, both of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Services were held Friday at St. James Catholic Church, Lee, with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Lee.                                  HR 12/23/1976

 

Mylo L. Kittleson     1976.12.25

Mylo L. Kittleson, 79, of Creston, died December 30, 1976 at his home.

He was born May 11, 1897, in DeKalb County, the son of Charles and Betsy (Cody) Kittleson.  He married Lillie Johnson February 18, 1920 in Lee.

He was a lifelong member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.  He had worked as a carpenter and was a retired employee of DeKalb Ag Research. 

Survivors include his widow; one son, Mervin (Slim), DeKalb; two daughters, Mrs. James (Betty) Arends, Kirkland, and Mrs. Ralph (Marilyn) Magnuson, Genoa; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; two brothers, Peter, DeKalb, George, Malta; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Johnson, DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery.                          HR 1/6/1977

 

                             Orrin C. Bromeland     1977.01.02

     Orrin C. Bromeland, 73, of 905 N. Eddy St., Sandwich, died Monday, January 10, 1977 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born August 8, 1903 in Fox Township in Kendall County.

     He is survived by his mother, Ina Olson Bromeland of Caberry, his wife Gladys Highland, three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Alouise) Woodrick of Hinckley, Mr. Roy (Janice) HIll of New Lenox and Mr. Duane (Mary) Thurow of Hinckley, one brother Laverne Bromeland of Plano and one sister, Mrs. Russell (Charlotte) Johnson of Morris, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Von Ohlen, his father, Thomas, one brother and two grandchildren.

     He was a retired farmer and was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, 1977, at the Salem Lutheran Church with the Rev. Arne Peterson officiating.  Burial was in Hinckley Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

  HR 1/13/1977

 

John Fitzgerald    1977.01.13

John Fitzgerald, 77, of Shabbona died January 9, 1977, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born January 18, 1899, the son of James and Mary (Owler) Fitzgerald.  He marred Hazel Colby November 5, 1949.

He was a farmer in the Shabbona area.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Lee, and the church’s Holy Name Society.

Survivors include his widow; two sisters, Jayne Fitzgerald and Elva Peterson, both of Rockford; two brothers, Howard and Gerald, both of Rockford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. James Church, Lee, with the Rev. Clement Petit, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.       HR 1/13/1977

 

Bertha Thelma Waid     1997.01.14

Bertha Thelma Waid, age 91, of rural Hinckley, died Tuesday, January 11, 1977, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born October 7, 1885 in Alabama.

She was a housewife and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Clifford Heaps, Phoenix, AZ; Mrs. Laurence Larsen, Hinckley; Mrs. Margie Beck; and Mrs. Lon Shular, Perryville, MO; 4 sons, Roy Pruitt, Ware, MO; William Waid, Rockford, IL; Gordon Waid, Macon, GA; and John Waid, Zion, IL; a sister, Mrs. Will Benefield of Etheredge, TN, and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Nash Memorial Funeral Home January 13, and graveside services were held January 15 in Desoto with the Rev. Philip Nystrand officiating.

Final resting place is in Woodlawn Park Cemetery. 

HR 1/20/1977

 

Harry A. Hampton     1977.01.15

Harry A. Hampton, 74, of Hinckley, IL, died Friday, January 14, 1977 in Easton Hospital at Easton, PA.  He was born in Coffen, IL February 25, 1902.  He was in business many years in Plano, Big Rock, and Hinckley, and retired in 1970.

He is survived by his widow, Dorothy Henning Hampton, one son, Allen Hampton, Napa, CA; and his three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Marby) Larson, Burnt Ranch, CA; Mrs. Walter (Sara) Brown, Nazareth, PA; and Mrs. Sheldon (Carolyn) Chazson, Mancos, CO; and his sister, Mrs. Clinton Lane, Boca Raton, FL; eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hampton was a member of the Hinckley Methodist Church and Plano AF&AM 428 Masonic Lodge, for over 50 years.

The Hamptons had been spending several months with the daughter’s family in Nazareth, PA.

A Masonic service will be held at Nazareth, PA by the Whitfield Lodge of Nazareth.  Cremation will follow the service.

   HR 1/20/1977

 

Clarence P. Tate     1977.01.16

Clarence P. Tate of Mt. Vernon, IL, formerly of Waterman passed away January 17, 1977 at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21st at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, IL.  Rev. Preston D. Woods of Oak Park will be officiating.                         HR 1/20/1977

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Clarence P. Tate, 73, Mt. Vernon, IL (formerly of Waterman), died January 17, 1977 at the Jefferson, Memorial Hospital, Mt. Vernon.

He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Tate was born March 4, 1903 in Jefferson County, the son of Clarence A. and Mary E. (Ward) Tate.  He is survived by three brothers, Henry of Mt. Zion, Marshall of Effingham, and Wilburn of Mt. Vernon, and one sister, Helen Chestnut of Clay Center, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. January 21 at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, with the Rev. Preston D. Woods, Oak Park, officiating.  Burial was in the pleasant Hill Cemetery.  

HR 2/3/1977

 

Mrs. Ed. (Smith) Albracat     1977.01.17

Mrs. Ed. Albracat, St. Louis, passed away last week with services being held in Lindsay, NE. Mrs. Albracat is the sister of Mr. Ivan Smith of Waterman.  Mr. Smith traveled to Lindsay Thursday and Friday to attend the services.    HR 1/21/1977

 

Phillip Miller                    1977.01.18

Margaretha Potts Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Miller of rural Hinckley lost their lives in an apparent homicide/suicide Sunday, January 23, 1977.  The couple lived on Riimsnider Road.

Phillip Miller, 83, was born in Germany May 26, 1893, the son of Phillip and Sophie Miller.  He married Emily Duy May 15, 1915.  She passed away in 1953.  In 1955 he married Margaretha Potts.

Miller was a farmer and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.  He had lived here for 44 years.

He is survived by a son, Adolph Miller, of DeKalb and a daughter, Emily Becherer of rural Hinckley; three sisters, Mrs. Johana Miller, Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada, Mrs. Emily Baum, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Emma Seib, Germany; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded by a brother, Adolph, in Germany.

Services were held Wednesday, January 26, 1977 at 1:30 p.m. in the Nash Memorial Chapel.  The Rev E. George Krause and Rev. John McKiness officiated.  Final resting place is St. Paul’s Cemetery in Aurora.  

Margaretha Potts Miller, 73, was born January 25, 1903 in Germany.  She married Phillip Miller in 1955 in Aurora.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She had lived here 22 years.

She is survived by a stepson, Adolph Miller, DeKalb, and stepdaughter, Emily Becherer, Hinckley; two brothers, Herman Potts, Germany and John Potts, Texas and one niece in Germany.

Services were held Wednesday, January 26, 1977 at 10 a.m. in the Nash Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. E. George Krause and Rev. John McKiness officiating.  Final resting place is the Fairview Memorial Park.                       HR 1/27/1977

 

Everett C. Larsen     1977.01.19

Everett C. Larsen, 68, former Hinckley resident, died Wednesday, January 19, 1977 at LaGrange Hospital.  Services were held at 2 o’clock, Saturday, January 22 in Summit, IL.  He was a resident of Bedford Park, Argo, IL.  He taught 37 years in the Argo High School, retiring in 1973.  He is survived by his wife, Elsie, a son, James, Oak Park, a daughter Lynn, Bloomington, IL, one grandson and one sister, Agnes Dillenback, Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 2 sister.               HR 1/27/1977

 

Archie Julius Morsch     1977.02.15

Archie Julius Morsch, 84, passed away Monday, February 7, 1977 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born April 28, 1892 on the Morsch farm, southwest of Hinckley, the son of John C. and Rachael Beitel Morsch.

He was educated at the Fay School, and married Mary A. Morgan of Sandwich March 26, 1919.

Mr. Morsch started as a repairman in the L. E. Davis garage in Hinckley in 1911.  He worked for Sawyer Motors in Sandwich until 1914, when  in partnership with George Walker he bought the garage.  This partnership lasted until 1918, when both men enlisted in the service, Mr. Morsch leaving on June 12, 1918.  He trained in  lighter than air service in Kansas City, was transferred to San Antonio, TX, and was discharged January 22, 1919.

He returned to Hinckley in 1919 to work for Beitels Garage.  In 1925 he went with Dewey and Co., Nash in Aurora, where he was service manager until his retirement in 1957.  Since that time he did antique furniture repairing and restoring in his shop in Hinckley.

He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and Wade Post 598 of the American Legion.

Three sisters survive, Mrs. Harry (Eula) Phillips, Hinckley, Mrs. Walter (Grace) Batson, Shelbyville, IL, and Mrs. George (Lois) Scheidecker, of Millington, IL.  He was preceded by three brothers, Elmer, Bryon and Wells.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 9, 1977 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Wayne Gooch officiated.  Final resting place was Oak Mound Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dave Swanson, Lester Berwick, Jr., Richard Williams, Bill Kenner, Chuck Bastian and Gene Bastian.

    HR 2/10/1977

 

George Strand     1977.02.16

George strand, 58, of Aurora, died February 2, 1977 at the Copley Hospital.

He was born September 26, 1918, in Haugesund, Norway.

He was a 25 year employee of the Northern Illinois Gas Company, Aurora.  He organized the ”Sons of Norway” Nor-Deka Lodge No 518, of DeKalb.  Survivors include his widow, Viola (Johnson); two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Cheryl) Parlow, of Oswego, and Mrs. Steve (Marie) Franks, of Yorkville; a son, Randy, at home; and his mother and sister in Norway.

He was preceded in death by his father and a twin brother.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Aurora.  Burial was in the Norway Cemetery, Norway, IL.

His widow is the former Viola Johnson, daughter of Alice and the late Frank Johnson of Shabbona.  Mrs. Johnson who resided in the Shabbona Nursing Home was able to accompany the Shabbona relatives to Aurora for the  services for their son-in-law.                       HR 2/10/1977

 

 

Donald D. Hilt                  1977.02.17

Ruth Hilt

Brett Hilt

Funeral services for Donald D., Ruth and Brett Hilt of Oswego were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Rev. John W. Omerod officiated at the funeral in Oswego Presbyterian Church.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilt and Brett, their son, were killed Saturday (February 1, 1977) in an airplane crash near Sugar Grove.

Three other children survive.  They are Rick, Cynthia and Dawn. 

Their father, Donald, 43 was a district manger for Farmers Insurance Group and was a member of the Presidents council of Farmers’ Million Dollar Club.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Hilt was born November 24, 1933, in Grundy County.

Besides his three children, he is survived by his parents, Harold and Amy Hilt of Lisbon, IL, and two brothers, Wayne A. of Glen Ellyn and Ron H. of Hinsdale.

Contributions to Mr. Hilt’s memory may be made to the Naperville Hockey Association, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Hilt, who was called Elaine, was 40.  She was born August 22, 1936 in DeKalb County.

She was studying to become a realtor.

Besides her children, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Taylor of Sandwich; two brothers, Robert Taylor of Aurora and Don Taylor of Hinckley; four sisters, Mrs. Howard (Violet) Swanstrom of Sandwich, Mrs. Don (Verna) Sebby of Yorkville, Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Nelson of Big Rock, and Mrs. Don (Betty) Anderson of Newark, and several nieces and nephews.

Brett, who was 12, was a student at Eastview Elementary School, Oswego, where he was active in music and sports programs.

He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 63, the Naperville Hockey Association and the Oswego Park District Little League.

Brett was born December 8, 1964.

In addition to his brother and sisters, Brett is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Hilt of Lisbon and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Taylor of Sandwich.

Contributions in Brett’s memory may be made to the Naperville Hockey Association.                      HR 2/17/1977

 

Elmer R. Engstrom     1977.02.18

Elmer R Engstrom, 63, of 512 B, Somonauk Rd., DeKalb, died February 13, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born May 29, 1913 in Lee, IL, the son of Magnus and Johanna (Olafson) Engstrom.  He married Lois Plapp January 1, 1938, in Pierce Township.

He was a general contractor, a farmer and owner-operator of the DeKalb County Landfill site.  He was a member of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church, the Sons of Norway, and the DeKalb County Farm bureau.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Rodney D., of Cortland, and John R., of DeKalb; a daughter, Mrs. Sharon (Larry) Forest, of Cortland; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Taylor, of Alhambra, CA; four brothers, Dave and Carl of DeKalb, Henry of Azusa, CA, and Paul, of LaHarbra, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Clare Hewitt officiating.  Burial was in East Pierce Cemetery.  HR 2/17/1977

 

Herlie G. Bray     1977.02.19

Herlie G. Bray, 67, of rural Leland, died February 13, 1977 at his home.

He was born January 13, 1910, in Gleanings, KY, the son of James and Mary (Dotson) Bray.  He married Elma Suddeth March 6, 1937, in Shabbona.

He retired in 1975 from Ideal Industries, Sycamore.

Survivors include his widow; three sons, Donald of Genoa, Duane of DeKalb, and Gerald at home; two daughters, Judith Clark of DeKalb, and Mrs. Robert (Linda) Thompson of Sycamore; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Tom, of Hodgenville, KY, Richard of Kewanee, IL, and Ned, of Earlville; and a sister, Bessie Scrawls, of Hodgenville, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a grandchild.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home with the Rev. Elwin Colson, of the Bethany Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.                                    HR 2/17/1977

 

Marie Solberg Hengesbach Kellogg     1977.02.20

Marie Solberg Kellogg passed away Thursday, February 10, 1977, in Miami, FL. She was born in Strandebarm, Norway, in 1901.

She spent her early life in the Hinckley Big Rock area.

She is survived by her daughters, Fern Nore, of Miami, FL, a son, Harold Kellogg, Jr., of Pine Bluff, AR, and two granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee Hengesbach, her second husband, Harold Kellogg, Sr., a daughter, Doris Musulin, and her mother, Torbjor Solberg.

A private funeral was held in Miami, FL.        HR 2/17/1977

 

Carl Christensen     1977.02.21

Carl Christensen, 63, Shabbona, died February 7, 1977, at Hines Veteran’s Hospital, Chicago.

He was born September 7, 1913 in Withee, WI, the son of Nils and Karen Christensen.

He married Gladys Anderson February 4, 1935.  He was a carpenter in the DeKalb County area for the past 42 years.  He was a veteran of World War II having served in the navy.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Dan, of Sugar Grove, and Curt, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Eleanor) DeBolt of Anaheim, Ca, Mrs. David (Carol) Bend of Earlville, and Mrs. Scott (Karen) Krahenbuhl, DeKalb; five granddaughters; one grandson; and one sister, Eleanor, of Williams Bay, WI.

Services were Thursday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson of the Rollo Congregational Church officiating.                  HR 2/17/1977

 

 

Howard H. Riemensnider     1977.02.22

Howard H. Riemensnider, 82, of Hinckley, died Sunday (February 20, 1977) in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  He was born in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, August 13, 1894.

Mr. Riemensnider was a member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his widow, Signie of Hinckley; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Jane) Leifheit of Hinckley; a son Robert of South Lyndeborough, NH; five grandchildren and a brother, Warren of Plano.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery.              HR 2/23/1977

 

Edward Johnson     1977.02.23

Funeral services were held Monday at Nash Funeral Home in Hinckley for Edward “Red” Johnson, 69, who passed away Saturday morning (February 19, 1977).  Burial was at Leland Cemetery with Ray Osborne of Hinckley conducting the services.

Mr. Johnson was born July 29, 1917 in Detroit, MI, the son of Edward and Sophia (Fahrlander) Johnson.  He entered the U. S. Air Force in February 1941 and was serving on Corregidor in the Philippine Islands when the islands were captured in 1942.  He was a prisoner of war for 40 months.  After his release, he continued in the Air Force until his discharge in 1962.  After his discharge from the Air Force, he lived in the Hinckley area doing farm work and making his home with his aunt, Anna Meyer.

His survivors are his mother, Mrs. Harry (Sophia Johnson) Noss, his sister, Mrs. Bernie (Harriet) Kelley, his niece, Mrs. Ronald (Pat) Jones, all of Mt. Vernon, IL. 

He was preceded in death by his father.        HR 2/23/1977

 

Leonard Hill     1977.02.24

Leonard Hill, 83, of Hinckley, died Sunday (February 17, 1977) at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born September 8, 1893, in Campbellsville, KY.

He was a retired railroad fireman.

He is survived by his widow, Ruth Hill of Hinckley; a grandson; five granddaughters; a brother, Edwin D. Hill of Hinckley; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by  a daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Margaret) Pillatsch, in 1970; a brother and a sister.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and the Hinckley Masonic Lodge 301.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 2, at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

HR 3/3/1977

 

William Wetzel, Sr.     1977.02.25

William Wetzel, Sr., 81, of Paw Paw, died February 22, 1977, at the Illinois Valley Community Hospital, LaSalle.

He was born April 26, 1895, in Lincoln, IL, the son of Adam and Eva (Kuhn) Wetzel.  He married Mae King.

He was a member of Modern Woodmen for 53 years and the Rollo Congregational Church.  He was presently serving on the Wyoming Township Board. He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Shabbona area for 54 years.

Survivors include his widow; a son, William, Jr., of Paw Paw; two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Jane) Imel, of Marble Park, IA, and Mrs. Frederick (Norma) Nelson, of Earlville; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Fred of Paw Paw; a twin sister, Mrs. Doll Rumme, of Rockford.

He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers, and two sisters.                                 HR 3/3/1977

 

Donna Johnson Nelson     1977.02.26

Mrs. Donna Nelson, 30, of rural Earlville, died February 27, 1977 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Sheridan.

She was born February 22, 1947, in Waterman, the daughter of Vernon and Dorothy (Duffy) Johnson.  She married Stanley Nelson November 2, 1968.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Khristine and Karen, both at home; a son, Derek, at home; her parents, of Waterman; a brother, Daniel, of Waterman; a sister, Mrs. Julie Skoff, of Millington; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mae Duffy, of Earlville.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville.  Rev. Ronald Johnson officiated.  Burial was in Precinct Cemetery Earlville.

    HR 3/3/1977

 

Edward C. Helfers     1977.02.27

Dr. Edward C. Helfers, 81, of 194 Brentwood Dr., Des Plaines, died Saturday (February 27, 1977) in Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.  Dr. Helfers, who had offices at 4753 Broadway for 38 years, was the former president of the North Shore Medical Society and the staff of the Ravenswood Medical Center, where he was a staff member for 50 years.  Dr. Helfers also was a member of the American, Chicago, and Illinois Medical Societies and a member of the American Legion Post 473.

He was the uncle of Dennis Helfers who resides in Waterman, IL.                          HR 3/3/1977

 

Beth Powers Morgan     1977.02.28

Beth Powers Morgan, 89, of Denver, and formerly of DeKalb, died February 27, 1977 in Denver.

She was born in Rollo, IL, the daughter of a pioneer family of Rollo.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Nancy M. (Ben) Carpenter, of Sun City, AZ, and Mrs. Phyllis M. (Fred) Leo, of Englewood, CO; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Cremation took place in Denver, with the remains being placed at the Wendell-Powers family lot, Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb, where a prayer service was held.

HR 3/3/1977

 

Irene F. Larson Kammeyer     1977.03.17

Irene F. Kammeyer, 62, of rural route, Clare, died at her home March 3, 1977.

She was born in Big Rock July 18, 1914, the daughter of Reuben and Mollie Weddige Larson.

She attend Big Rock schools and was graduated from Big Rock High School in 1932.  She married Robert Kammeyer October 11, 1939 in Aurora.

She has worked at Automatic Electric, Genoa, since 1959.  She was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Ma Rubeck Circle.

She lived in the Genoa-Kingston-Clare area over 35 years.

Survivors include her husband; one son, James, Elgin; one daughter, Phyllis Nelson, Rio, WI; four grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Larson, Metamora, and Donald Larson, Kirkland; one sister, Myrtle Bass, DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Funeral services were held Saturday at the Cooper-Sullivan Funeral Home, Genoa, with the Rev. Harold Schmidt officiating.  Burial was at Mayfield Cemetery.                          HR 3/10/1977

 

Allan A. Redmond     1977.03.18

Allan A. Redmond, 85, of 1307 W. Lincoln Highway, died March 8, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born February 19, 1892, in DeKalb Township, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Lyons) Redmond.  He married Ruth Harrington January 5, 1920, in Beloit, WI.

He was a farmer in the Shabbona area for many years.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, DeKalb, and the DeKalb Elk’s Club No 765.

Survivors include his widow; a son, Harrington, of Shabbona; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Vorda, of Houston, TX; a sister, Elizabeth Redmond, of Racine, WI; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Services were held Thursday at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.  Burial was in Malta Cemetery.                      HR 3/10/1977

 

Alma Hage Dolder     1977.03.19

Mrs. Alma (Hage) Dolder, 79, of Hinckley, died March 9, 1977, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born May 21, 1897, the daughter of George and Minnie (Lang) Hage in rural Hinckley.

She was married June 28, 1917, to Albert Dolder in Hinckley.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley; the St. Paul’s Guild and the One-Way Group.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Kirk (Jeanne) Kirkpatrick, of Maple Park; eight grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. David Dolder, of Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lung, of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pritchard, of Hinckley, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pritchard, of Wooster, OH; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Stella) Grometer, of Aurora, and Mrs. Harley (Alta) Breuer, of Sheridan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Albert H. (Bud), and a brother, Harry Hage.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, with F. W. Kirkpatrick, and the Rev. Harold DeArmond officiating.             HR 3/17/1977

 

Orva B. Jones     1977.03.20

Miss Orva B. Jones, 89, a lifelong resident of the Big Rock-Hinckley area passed away Friday, March 18, 1977, at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born February 4, 1888 in Big Rock the daughter of John M. and Anna price Jones.  She attended the Long School in Big Rock and high school in Sugar Grove.  She was a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church and a charter member of the Farther Lights Society of the church.  She was also a regional officer of the church.

Survivors include one brother, Ira P. Jones of rural Hinckley, 6 nieces, 2 nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.  She was preceded by a brother, Montague.

Funeral services were held in the Big Rock Baptist Church Tuesday, March 22, 1977 with Rev. Earl King officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.           HR 3/24/1977

 

Olive Townsend Lanan     1977.03.21

Mrs. Dell (Olive) Lanan, 94, of 338 Parkside Drive, Sycamore, died March 19, 1977, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born September 1, 1882, in Mayfield Township, the daughter of Edwin and Lorinda (French) Townsend.  She married Dell Lanan February 22, 1906.

She was a charter member of the Mayfield Congregational Church and later a member of the United Methodist Church, Sycamore.

Survivors include one daughter, Orisa Lanan, of Sycamore; one son, Howard, of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters and her husband.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Van Natta Funeral Home with the Rev. Gates Vrooman and the Rev. Donald Bourne officiating.  Burial was in Mayfield Cemetery.

   HR 3/24/1977

 

Peter T. Firkins     1977.03.22

Peter T. Firkins, 80, of 310 E. Garfield, Waterman, passed away Saturday, March 19, 1977, at the DeKalb County Home, in DeKalb.  He was born August 31, 1897, in Shabbona Township, DeKalb County, IL, the son of Neal Martin and Gertrude Mae Price Firkins.

He served as an airplane mechanic in World War I.  He married Gladys Mae Foster June 19, 1921 in DeKalb.  They lived in California for 7 years and then moved to south  of Waterman where they farmed for 29 years.  They moved to Waterman in 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys of Waterman, two daughters, Mrs. Dianna Vilmin of Kirkland and Mrs. Rufus (Darlene) Roberts, Jr., of Aurora, 8 grandchildren, 3 great granddaughters, and one sister, Miss Zilpha Jane Firkins, Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich.  He was preceded by seven brothers and one sister.

Mr. Firkins was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, and the American Legion Post 654 of Waterman,

Funeral services were held Monday, March 21, 1977 at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. Phillip O. Nystrand officiating.  Burial was in Victor Cemetery.

    HR 3/24/1977

 

John J. Meisinger     1977.03.23

John J. Meisinger, 69, of Naperville died Friday (March 25, 1977) at his home.

Mr. Meisinger was born March 25, 1908, in Naperville.

He is survived by his widow, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Ann (Richard) Kuhn of Plano, and Mrs. Rose (LeRoy) Cowan of Hinckley; a son, Dr. John J. Meisinger of Columbia, MD; 13 grandchildren, a great granddaughter; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Davenport of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine.

Mr. Meisinger retired from Phillips Auto Parts in Aurora in 1973.

The funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Naperville.  Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.                    HR 3/31/1977

 

William Kuester     1977.03.24

William Kuester, 96, of 154 N. View St., Hinckley, passed away March 25, 1977, at the Sandhaven Convalescent Center.

He was born June 18, 1880 in Germany, the son of William and Amelia (Lampe) Kuester.  He married Ruberta Hartman in Aurora September 21, 1916.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League and Men’s Club.

Survivors include his spouse, two sons, Norman and Arthur, both of Hinckley, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

Services were held March 28 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. John McKiness officiating.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.        HR 3/31/1977

 

Esther M. Bodin      1977.03.25

Esther M. Bodin, of Oak Park, mother of June Hillman of Hinckley and Dorothy Scanion of Orina, CA, passed away while visiting her daughter in California March 21, 1977.

Surviving her besides her daughters are a sister, Minnie Henrikson, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 1962.

Memorial services were held March 27th at the Second United Presbyterian Church of Oak Park, following the regular Sunday service.

Chuck and Sandy Hillman came from Green Bay Friday and Sandy Pahl on Sunday.  The burial services were private.

Mrs. Bodin had visited in Hinckley many times and had many friends here.                         HR 3/31/1977

 

Leila Jane Kent Cheney     1977.03.26

Mrs. Leila Jane Cheney, 79, of Hinckley, died March 24, 1977, in Kishwaukee Community Hospital .

She was born October 1, 1897, in Amboy, the daughter of Horatio and Loretta (Hampton) Kent.  She married Paul Cheney July 1, 1916, in Geneva. 

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and the church’s Corinthian Class, and Circle 1 of the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Marion (Norman) Kuester, of Hinckley; one brother, Vernon, of Paw Paw; one sister, Mrs. Hazel (Albert) Wiggin, of Maple Park; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and a grandson.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Wayne Gooch officiating.  Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.         HR 3/31/1977

 

George Bark     1977.04.20

George Bark, 85, of rural Hinckley, died April 2, 1977 at his home.

He was born October 6, 1891, in Squaw Grove Township, the son of George F. and Florence (Patterson) Bark.  He married Christine Johnson October 12, 1912, in rural Somonauk.

He was past president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and had served on the DeKalb County Board of Supervisors for 19 years.  He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include one son, Wayne, of rural Hinckley; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Weber, of Hinckley; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a son, two sisters and a brother.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.                      HR 4/7/1977

 

Willie Houston Payne, Sr.     1977.04.21

The funeral for Willie Houston Payne, Sr., 77, Morrilton, AR, a former Malden area resident, who died Monday (April 4, 1977) in Conway County Hospital at Conway, AR, was held at 2 p.m. today in Bradshaw Funeral Home at Malden.

The Rev. Bill Goyne officiated with burial in Stanfield Cemetery.

Mr. Payne was born February 3, 1900 in Arkansas.  In 1923 at Atkins, AR, he married Ezzie Parham who died in 1966.  He was of the  Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Payne of Hinckley, IL, and Eillie Payne, Jr. of Little Rock, AR, three daughters, Mrs. Imo Mitchell of Morrilton, Mrs. Annie Leroy of Sikeston and Mrs. Ruby Dockins of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Oscar Payne of Morrilton and Eddie Payne of Russellville, AR; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Hogan and Mrs. Georgia Lewis of Morrilton, Mrs. Lillie Metcalf of Hot Horn, CA, and Mrs. Bessie Watt of Fresno, CA; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

    HR 4/7/1977

 

Caroline Andes     1977.04.22

Relatives from Steward and vicinity recently received word of the death of Mrs. Caroline Andes, 100, of 416 E. Church St., Nanticoke, PA.  Mrs. Andes was married to William Oliver Andes (“Ollie”) who died October 15, 1961 at the age of 87, and uncle of Miss Hattie Andes, the late Harry Andes, long time Steward residents, and Joseph E. Andes, Ashton, IL.  Mr. Andes died Monday, January 10, of this year at the age of 85.

Mrs. Caroline Andes was the oldest member of the First English Baptist Church at Nanticoke where she and her husband, William, were married February 28, 1899.  This church will celebrate its 100th anniversary this April 24th.  Mrs. Andes was a member of the Ladies Aid and Missionary Societies and a former treasurer of the latter society.  She also was a charter member of Purity Council 6, Daughters of America and over 50 year member of the Nanticoke Chapter 174, Order of the Eastern Star.

Open house was held for her 100th birthday (December 3, 1976) in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Howard, Nanticoke, where she resided, on December 5, 1976.  She was the last of the Andes Pennsylvania relatives.  There were 3 boys and 4 girls—William, Charlie and Joseph Peter (H. Andes’ father), all worked the coal mines.  Joseph didn’t particularly care for this type of work so he came to Illinois in 1885 and became involved in farming all his life.  The four sisters were Susie Evans, Louise Knorr, Elizabeth Kressler (“Lizzie”) and Lillie Dykins.

Harry and Lulu Andes’ daughters, Ethel Irene Hanson, R. R. 4, Rochelle and Vera Jane Chambers, Shabbona, can recall when Lillie Andes Dykin’s sons, Harry and Leonard, visited the Steward relatives years ago.  Hattie Andes said Charlie Andes spent some time here with her father (Joseph), assisting him with farming.  She said he had a wooden leg as a result of a mining accident in Pennsylvania.

Hattie Andes, who will be 89 this May 23, and her sister, the late Mrs. Clifford (Pearl) Allbee (died December 1965) accompanied Mary Beth Cook, Steward, therapist at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, to Pennsylvania in July of 1957 where they visited relatives at Nanticoke and Mary Beth visited her brother, the late Robert Cook, a resident there at that time.  He later resided in Texas where he died about a year ago.  Their father, Harold, died last January (1977) at the age of 85.  Florence A. Cook, Steward, Shabbona High School Principal for many years, was his sister.  Miss Cook retired in 1973 after serving for 44 years in the school system.  Lulu Andes still lived at their Steward home where they have lived since March of 1924.  She observed her 86th birthday February 26.  Other older residents are M. William Raunaas, 97; Mrs. Bertha Rednous, 90, March 10, 1977; Bill Olson is the oldest Steward native 75, March 8, 1977.                        HR 4/7/1977

 

Florence Sawyer Jacobson     1977.04.23

Mrs. Arthur (Florence) Jacobson, 85, Shabbona native, died Saturday, April 2, 1977, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, after a short illness.  She was born September 15, 1891, in Shabbona, the daughter of George and Almina (Whitford) Sawyer.  September 5, 1928 she married Arthur B. Jacobson.  She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Shabbona, and a member of the Homemakers Extension Unit, Shabbona.  Mrs. Jacobson always looked forward to these meetings and was a faithful member since 1945 (22 years).  She had received many awards (ribbons), for this fete (perfect attendance record) according to her daughter, Emily.  When Mrs. Jacobson first joined this organization it was known as the Home Bureau.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur, 209 W. Navaho St., Shabbona; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Marian) Hanson, Creston, and Mrs. Louis (Emily Calhoon) Hardy, Shabbona Grove Rd., Waterman; 1 sister, Mrs. Orson (Alta) Colton, Pine Acres Retirement Center, DeKalb; 6 grandchildren, Mrs. Marvin (Mary Ann) Somerville, Malta; Ernest A. Hanson, Creston; Gerald Hanson, Creston, Mrs. Roger (Deborah) Berg, Shabbona; Kenneth Hardy, DeKalb; and Linda Hardy, Waterman; also, 4 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 1977 at the First Baptist Church, Shabbona, with the Rev. Earl Kinney, Woodstock, IL (Former Shabbona Baptist minister), and the Rev. Steve Hammond, present pastor of the Shabbona Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Visitation was held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 4th at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.       HR 4/7/1977

 

Gene C. Westphall     1977.04.24

Gene C. Westphall, 48, of Big Rock, died Sunday (April 10, 1977) at Mercy Center Hospital.

Mr. Westphall was born December 22, 1928, in Aurora.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Brummett of Sugar Grove and Karen Westphall of Plano, a son, Jerry of Aurora, two grandchildren; five brothers, Merle of Oswego, Milton of Big Rock, Leland of California, and Francis and Frank, both of Aurora; and six sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Scroggins of Aurora, Mrs. Gwendolyn Clark of North Aurora, Mrs. Joane Frieders of Plano, Mrs. Iris Doucet of Louisiana, Mrs. Joyce Paquin and Jurlan Westphall, both of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack and Richard.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Healy Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth Hall officiated.

Burial was in the Lincoln Memorial Park.      HR 4/14/1977

 

Linda Fouts Riley     1977.04.25

Memorial services for Linda Fouts Riley, age 32, will be Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at the Spring Street Congregational Church in Rockford.  Linda, a former Hinckley resident and daughter of the late Rev. David Fouts and Mary Fouts, who now resides in Sterling, passed away Monday, April 18, 1977 at Rockford from cancer.  She is survived by her husband, Steve, two small daughters, her mother, Mary Fouts of Sterling, one brother, Dr. David Fouts, York, PA, 2 sisters, Nancy Fouts Chapin, White Fish Bay, WI, and Gail Fouts Hansen, Bloomington, IL.                                HR 4/21/1977

 

Brian C. Melton     1977.04.26

Brian C. Melton, 25, of 207 W. Park, Runnels, IA, died April 21, 1977, of a gunshot wound received while on duty as a Des Moines, IA, police officer.

He was born April 6, 1952, in Aurora, the son of Charles and Marilyn (Harrington) Melton.  He married Karin Harvey in Shabbona December 18, 1972.  He had been a police officer in Des Moines for five years.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Carrie, and a son, Eric, both at home; his parents, of Malta; a brother, Barry S. Melton, DeKalb; sister, Mrs. Thomas (Mary) Folowell, of Malta, and his grandmother, Mrs. Helen Harrington, Lyndon.

He was a member of the Reynolds, IA, Christian Church, the Iowa Policemen’s State Association and the Iowa Chiefs and Peace Officers Association.

Services were held in Iowa at the First Christian Church of Des Moines at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Lyndon Cemetery, Lyndon, with the Rev. Dan Boxwell of the First Congregational Church of Lyndon officiating.                                    HR 4/28/1977

 

Stanley R. Anderson, Sr.     1977.04.27

Stanley R. Anderson, Sr., 50, of Big Rock passed away Wednesday, April 13, 1977 in Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born June 30, 1926 in Big Rock.

Mr. Anderson owned and operated the Anderson Camper Sales in Big Rock for 11 years.  He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of the Elburn Lions Club, the Big Rock American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose 400 of Aurora.

Surviving are his widow, June M.; a son, Stanley R. Anderson, Jr., of Aurora; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Jacque) Davis of Big Rock; four grandchildren and his mother, Mrs. Edith Anderson of Plano.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 15th at the Healy Chapel in Aurora with the Rev. Earl King officiating.

Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.       HR 5/5/1977

 

Grant Barshinger     1977.05.12

Grant Barshinger, 116 Taylor Street, DeKalb and formerly of Afton Township, died May 3, 1977, at the Pine Acres Retirement Center.

He was born November 18, 1891 in Marysville, PA, the son of Tolbert and Minnie (Kocher) Barshinger.  He married Edith Pooler in December 1913 in Afton Township.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, a charter member of the Pamona Grange and Silver Star Grange; a member of the Modern Woodmen of America; and the DeKalb County farm Bureau.  A farmer since 1910, he had been active in Afton Township civic affairs until retiring in 1960.

Survivors include three sons, Clarence of rural Waterman, Paul of DeKalb, and Kenneth, of rural Waterman, 17 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Philip Holtsford officiating.  Burial was in the Afton Township Cemetery.

   HR 5/5/1977

 

Mae Smith     1977.05.13

Mrs. Bessie Burmester attended the funeral of Mrs. Mae Smith, grandmother of her son-in-law, William O. Park of Geneva, Tuesday, May 3, 1977.  Dr. Preston Bradley of the Peoples Church of Chicago officiated.  Mrs. Smith, 97, was a member there for many years.  She is the last of the older generation.  Surviving are two grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Burial followed at the Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Chicago.

  HR 5/5/1977

 

Irene Neugebauer Morris     1977.05.14

Mrs. Irene N. Morris, 78, of Chicago, and formerly of Sycamore and Waterman, died May 3, 1977, at the Episcopal Church Home, Chicago.

She was born May 11, 1899 in Goodland, KS, daughter of Frank and Rose Neugebauer.  She married Field C. Morris  November 8, 1934, in California.

They moved to Sycamore in 1944 and later resided in Waterman.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. William Neugebauer, of Seal Beach, CA; one nephew, Richard Neugebauer, of Pasadena, CA; one niece, Mrs. John Erlenborn, of Sycamore; one great niece and several great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Elwood Cemetery, Sycamore, with the Rev. Charles Brieant and Rev. William Gros officiating.                     HR 5/12/1977

 

Harold W. Gram     1977.05.15

Harold W. Gram, 71, of Waterman, died May 4, 1977, at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

He was born June 2, 1905, in Oak Park, the son of Lauritz and Emma (Carter) Gram.  He married Alice Bergeon June 23, 1934, in Valders, WI.

He was a retired furrier.  He was a member of the Waterman Centennial Board and the Waterman Businessmen’s Association.

Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Susan) Schuerr, of West Chicago, and Mrs. James (Ginger) Fay of Waterman; two sons, William, of Lisle, and Robert of Oak Forest; eight grandchildren; his father, of West Allis, WI; one sister, Mrs. Edna Pollack of Madison, WI; one brother, Laurence, of West Allis, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Philip Nystrand and the Rev. David Voshell officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.                               HR 5/12/1977

 

Clyde Barry Davey     1977.05.16

A 21 year old DeKalb man was found dead in a DeKalb garage Friday afternoon (May 13, 1977) at 331 S. Tenth Street, the apparent victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clyde Barry Davey of 843 Crane drive, was found dead by a resident of 331 S. Tenth Street about 3:44 p.m.  DeKalb police and the DeKalb County Coroner, William Sullivan were called to the scene.  Sullivan pronounced Davey dead at 4:16 p.m.

Sullivan said no autopsy will be performed.  An inquest will be held at a later date.     —————–

Clyde Barry Davey, 21, of 843 Crane Drive, DeKalb, died May 13, 1977 in DeKalb.

He was born April 18, 1956, in Chicago, the son of Clyde and Betty (Kittleson) Davey.  He married Dian Barshinger April 3, 1976 in DeKalb.

He was employed at General Electric Co., and had been the organist at the Uptown Restaurant for the past 5 years.  He was a 1973 graduate of Shabbona High School.  He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee; and of the Musicians Protective Association Local 572 of DeKalb.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Andrea Lynn; his father, Clyde, of rural Malta; his mother, Mrs. Betty Arends, of Kirkland; one sister, Mrs. Joe (Phyllis) Barshinger, rural Waterman; two brothers, Wayne of North Carolina and Gerald, rural Malta; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Kittleson, and paternal grandfather, Clyde Davey, both of Creston; and several aunts an uncles.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery.         HR 5/19/1977

 

Lars Larsen     1977.05.17

It was a saddening news when word was received of the sudden death of Lars Larsen last week  He was on a vacation trip into Canada with his step-daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaffer of Anaheim, CA, when he was taken.  The couple had been with him for some time after bringing him back home from the winter in California with them and the other step-daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Everell Heaton in Exeter.  The trip was made into Canada to visit the Shaffer’s daughter and family, the Dennis Bergs.  They, and also the Heatons of California, all came back to the funeral which was held Saturday, May 21. All of Mr. Larsen’s brothers and sisters were here also, except the Rev. Sigurd Larsens of Africa.

Lars Larsen 74, of Shabbona, died May 17, 1977, at Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.

He was born November 26, 1902, in Twett, Norway, the son of Ludwig and Inger Larsen.  He married Sadie Neal in December 1955, in Dixon.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Lee.  He was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Survivors include five brothers, Rudolph, of Corvallis, OR, Hilbert of DeKalb, Sigurd, of Africa, Arthur and Laurence, both of Hinckley; four sisters, Margot Brewe, of Morris, Bertha Howell, of Chicago, Esther Notestein, of Monroe, LA, and Dorothy Anderson, of Lee; two step-daughters, Mrs. Joyce Heaton, of Exeter, CA, and Mrs. Billie Shaffer of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev. Richard O. Johnson officiating.  Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.   HR 5/26/1977

 

Warren J. Hawbaker     1977.05.18

Warren J. Hawbaker, 706 Glidden Ave., DeKalb, died May 20, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born February 3, 1922 in Paw Paw the son of Joseph and Ethel (Schoenholz) Hawbaker.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, the Shabbona Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona.  He had been an employee of General Electric since 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; one daughter, Cheryl, DeKalb; one son, Arlen, DeKalb; mother, Ethel, Paw Paw; one sister, Ada Simpson, Paw Paw; one brother, Arthur, Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his father, two sisters and one brother.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox of the Paw Paw Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Masonic services were conducted at 8 p.m., Saturday, in the Shabbona Masonic Lodge.                       HR 5/26/1977

 

 

 

Elizabeth Theresa Walthers Hilliard     1977.05.19

Elizabeth Theresa Hilliard, age 92, of Hinckley, IL, passed away Saturday, May 28, 1977, at the Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born October 4, 1884, the daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth (Miller) Walthers.  June 27, 1917, she married Claude Hilliard in Somonauk, IL.

She was a member of the St. Paul’s Church in Sandwich.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Florence) Darling of Hinckley; 2 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Lillian Daum of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, her husband, a brother, and a sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 1, 1977, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Kane officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                                HR 6/2/1977

 

Robert Roy Mitchell    1977.05.20

Robert Roy Mitchell, 48, of Waterman, died May 26, 1977, at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born August 28, 1928, in Waterman, the son of Roy and Arlene (Hutter) Mitchell.  He married Sylvia Hartman February 14, 1952, in Waterman.

He was a route man at Northern Illinois University.

Survivors include his widow; four sons, Michael, Dennis, Jerold, and Jay, all of Waterman; his parents, of Waterman; two brothers, Jack, of Pierre, SD, and Tom, of Muskego, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services were held Sunday, May 29, at Nash Chapel, Waterman.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 6/2/1977

 

Lawrence G. Hilleson     1977.06.14

Lawrence G. Hilleson, 78, of Lee, died June 5, 1977 at the Franklin Grove Health Care Center. 

He was born December 22, 1898 near Lee, the son of the late Hille and Anne (Nelson) Hilleson.  He married Bertha Edward January 1, 1924 in Lee.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church.  He had farmed in the Lee area all his life.

Survivors include his widow, one son, Eugene, DeKalb; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Virginia) Jackson of DeKalb; Mr. Roger (Carol) Prentice, of Rockford; one brother, Thomas of Lee; one sister, Emma Hilleson, of Shabbona; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church, Lee with the Rev. Richard O. Johnson officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery, Lee.

   HR 6/9/1977

 

Emmet F. McGirr     1977.06.15

Emmet F. McGirr, 78, died June 9, 1977 at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.  He lived at 923 S. Second Street in DeKalb.

He was born August 23, 1898 in Afton Township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McGirr.

He married Josephine Buehler in DeKalb, August 29, 1945.

He was a retired farmer in the Afton area.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine McGirr of DeKalb, a sister, Mary of DeKalb, a brother, Edward of DeKalb, and a brother, Kenneth of Hinckley, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb with the Rev. Joseph Kulak officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb.

HR 6/17/1977

 

Decca Ostewig Danliker     1977.06.16

Word was received the first of  last week of the death of Mrs. Rudolph Danliker, formerly of Chicago.  She died Monday, June 6, 1977.

She had spent the winter in Black Canyon City, AZ with her niece and had been making her home with her sister, Dorothy Boslough, in Lake Mills, WI since the death of her husband.  She will be remembered as Decca Ostewig, formerly of Shabbona.  There were no children of the marriage.  The burial was in Chicago.                           HR 6/17/1977

 

John G. Greenacre     1977.06.17

Capt. John G. Greenacre, 58, died June 11, 1977, at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Long Island, NY.

He was born May 4, 1919, in Hinckley, son of John G. and Mabel (Klomhaus) Greenacre.

He was a veteran of World War II, a pilot with Pan American Airlines since 1941.

He is survived by his widow, Betsy (Wagner); three daughters, Mrs. Sandra Dorland of Fairfield, CT; Mrs. Peggy Bucher of DeKalb, and Mrs. Bonnie Pinto of Huntington, NY, a son, Steven, of Centerport, Long Island; his mother, Mabel Spitz; one brother, Lawrence, of DeKalb; and three grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service was held June 14 at Centerport United Methodist Church in Centerport, CT.          HR 6/23/1977

 

Joseph Hajek     1977.06.18

Joseph Hajek, 74, of Shabbona, died June 16, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born in Chicago February 14, 1903.

He was a retired motorman from the Chicago streetcar system.

He married June Mormley, September 30, 1967.

Survivors include his widow; a son, Joel of Bakersfield, CA; a sister, Mrs. Catherine Hull of Calumet City, IL, and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by is first wife, Leona, in 1962.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.          HR 6/23/1977

 

Glenn C. Klotz, Sr.     1977.06.19

Glenn C. Klotz, Sr., 76, of Rt. 1, Genoa, died Saturday (June 18, 1977) at his home.  He was born May 6, 1901 in Hinckley.

He is survived by his widow, Eleanor (Voss) Klotz; two sons, Dwight of Big Rock, and Glenn Jr., of Genoa; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Delores) Anderson of St. Charles; a brother, Morris of Hinckley; a sister, Mrs. Marvin (Edna) Anderson of Somonauk; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son and two sisters.

He was a farmer in the Sandwich area for many years and moved to Genoa in 1957.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa, and was a past trustee of the church.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Genoa.  The Rev. Harold Schmidt officiated.

Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

   HR 6/23/1977

 

Donald Francis Schweiger     1977.06.20

Donald Francis Schweiger, 45, of Peoria, died June 22, 1977, in Peoria.

He was born March 7, 1932, son of the late Joseph Francis and Rosella (Gallagher) Schweiger.

He is survived by his mother of rural Earlville; two sons, Joseph and James, both of Aurora; a brother, Robert of Earlville and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. James Church in Lee, with the Rev. Clement Pettit officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.                     HR 6/30/1977

 

Mary Christofferson     1977.06.21

Mrs. Mary Christofferson, grandmother of Rodney Dannewitz and Mrs. Arlene Erickson, passed away Saturday, June 25, 1977, at Four seasons Nursing Home in Aurora.  Mrs. Christofferson would have been 102 years of age in August.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna Moutray of North Aurora, and Mrs. Kathryne Dannewitz of Plano.

Private funeral services were held at the Larson Funeral Home in Plano.                             HR 6/30/1977

 

Nathan Dwene Lancaster     1977.06.22

Nathan Dwene Lancaster, 15 months, died June 22, 1977, at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He was the son of Tod and Marjorie (Hutmacher) Lancaster.

Survivors include his parents; one sister, Amy Lynn; his grandparents, Mrs. Donald Hutmacher, Mr. and Mrs. Dwene Lancaster, all of Warren, IL; great grandparents, Mrs. Celia Lancaster of Hinckley, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gum of Big Rock and Mrs. Marie Schubert of Lena, IL.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Warren, with the Rev. Norman Remmers officiating.  Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Warren.      HR 6/30/1977

 

                       James Russell McAllister     1977.07.03

James Russell McAllister, 78, of 49 Sahal Palm, Largo, FL, died Sunday July 10, 1977 in Largo.

Mr. McAllister was born May 21, 1899 in Waterman, IL.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Keene February 9, 1969.

He is survived by his wife Ann Lander, three sons, Orland and Merril of Sandwich and William of Carlinville and one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Bonnie) Courtney of Madison, NJ.  He is also survived by two brothers, Ralph of Manzinillo, Mexico and Donald of Bridgeton, NJ.

Mr. McAllister also has three sisters, Mrs. Russell (Edna) Rasmussen of DeKalb and Mrs. L. E. (Ella) Whitford and Mrs. Frazer (Reba) Hipple, both of Waterman, IL.

Mr. McAllister was a resident in Florida for seven years.  He had previously farmed in Waterman, served on Waterman School Board, member of Oak Mound Cemetery board, was a World War I veteran and a member of Waterman American Legion.  He was also an Elder in the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

The funeral was held Wednesday, July 13 at 2 PM at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  The Reverend Richard Harmison gave the services.  Burial was at the Oak Mound Cemetery.

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James Russell McAllister, 78, of Largo, FL, died Sunday (July 10, 1977) at his home in Florida.  He was born May 21, 1899 in Waterman, the son of Ward and Mary McAllister.

He was married to Gladys Keene who preceded him in death February 9, 1969.  April 25, 1970 he was married to Ann Lander, who survives him.

Survivors include three sons, Orland and Merrill, both of Sandwich and William of Carlinville, IL; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Bonnie) Courtney of Madison, NH; two brothers, Ralph of Manzinillo, Mexico and Donald of Bridgeton, NH; three sisters, Mrs. Russell (Edna) Rasmussen of DeKalb, and Mrs. L. E. (Ella) Whitford and Mrs. Frasier (Reba) Hipple, both of Waterman; and 11 grandchildren.

McAllister was a farmer in the Waterman area, and an elder of the Somonauk, United Presbyterian Church, past member of the County Board of supervisors, a charter member of the Waterman Lions Club, a member of the Waterman School board, a past member of the Oak Mound Cemetery Board, a World War I veteran and a member of the Waterman American Legion.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery.  HR 7/14/1977

 

                       William Raymond Stratton     1977.07.04

Funeral services were held for William Raymond Stratton, 69, of Shipshewana, IN, on Monday, July 11 and 11 AM from the Miller Funeral Home in Middlebury, IN.  He died of a heart attack at his home Saturday morning, July 9, 1977.  Burial was in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.

He was born January 24, 1908 in Victor Township, a son of George and Margaret (McMaster) Stratton.  He farmed in the Leland-Shabbona area until his retirement in 1969 when he moved to Shipshewana.

He is survived by his wife, Enola and six children: John, Iowa City; Donald, St. Charles; George, DeKalb; Theresa Heckert, Mendota; Joan Benson, Washington, IL; and Kelly at home; five brothers: John, James and Robert, Leland; Samuel, Sandwich; Newton, Somonauk, and one sister, Mary Leedom of Whittier, CA.  His parents, two sisters and his first wife, Roberta Johns, preceded him in death.

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William R. Stratton, age 69, Shipshewana, IN, died July 9, 1977.  He was born in Leland, IL January 24, 1908 to George and Margaret Stratton, one of nine children.  He was married to Roberta John of Shabbona and is survived by their five children, George of DeKalb, Donald of St. Charles, John of Iowa City, Theresa (Mrs. Don Heckert) of Mendota, and Joan (Mrs. Richard Benson) of Washington, IL.

He was a farmer in the Shabbona rural area for many years.  He married for the second time and leaves a widow and their daughter, Kelly, of Shipshewana, and also 5 brothers and 1 sister.  The funeral and  burial were in that place July 11, 1977.

HR 7/20/1977

 

Vernon Houghtby     1977.07.16

Vernon Houghtby, a lifelong resident of Shabbona, died suddenly at his home, rural Shabbona, Thursday, July 1, 1977.  The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 4, at home and burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Loyal Wilkinson of the Rollo Congregational Church was the officiating minister.

Vernon was 62 years old, born in Shabbona to Ezra G. and Ada M. Houghtby December 12, 1914.

He was married to Margaret Schoen of Wisconsin September 7, 1974 at his farm home in Shabbona.

He served in the Armed Forces 1941-1945 with the 33rd Division, 108th Engineers an was in the Pacific Theatre of action.  He was a member of the Shabbona American Legion Post No 677.

He is survived by two brothers, Burton and Gordon, of Shabbona; two sisters, Marjorie Christensen of Hinckley and Edna Shields of Sycamore, also twenty nieces  and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents, one brother, Maurice, and one sister, Marion Houghtby.                         HR 7/14/1977

 

William Griffith Williams     1977.07.17

William Griffith (Bill) Williams, 89, of Waterman passed away suddenly in Chicago Sunday, July 10, 1977.

He was born October 24, 1887 in Landdaniel, Anglesey, North Wales.  He was the son of William and Catherine Griffith Williams.

Mr. Williams attended school in North Wales, and was a member of the Cana Chapel in North Wales.

April 15, 1916 he married Anna Pritchard in Chicago.  She preceded him in 1964.

Mr. Williams was a retired farmer and was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Harland (Edith) Isaacson of Waterman and one son, Stanley Williams also of Waterman; 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, July 15, 1977 at the Waterman Methodist Church with the Rev. Philip O. Nystrand officiating.  Burial will be in the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the J. A. Nash Funeral Home in Waterman.                  HR 7/14/1977

 

Earl Charles Boesche     1977.07.18

Earl Charles Boesche, 50, of 2102 Elva Road, died July 9, 1977 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

He was born February 17, 1927, in Bensenville, IL, the son of George and Edna (Kruse) Boesche.

He married Patricia Read in DeKalb July 30, 1961.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in DeKalb, served on the board of directors of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and was a member of the DeKalb Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by his widow; one son, Richard, at home; two brothers, Wallace of Waterman and Ralph of DeKalb; and his mother.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Donald E. Mayer officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.

HR 7/14/1977

 

Timothy Allan Evans     1977.07.19

Timothy Allan Evans, 11, of Big Rock, IL, died Friday, July 15, 1977 in Eldon, MO.

Evans was born October 12, 1965, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Evans of Big Rock.

Survivors include a sister, Tammie at home, a step-sister, Mrs. Delores Phillips of Hinckley; three brothers, Steve, Dale, and Rodney, all of Big Rock; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Evans of Big Rock; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Parish of Big Rock and Mrs. Ruby Evans of Aurora.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.           HR 7/21/1977

 

Keith North     1977.07.20

Keith North, 65, of Waterman, died July 15, 1977 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born August 30, 1911, in Lane, IL, the son of Jesse and Rosa (Cowels) North.

He married Erline Robertson in Cherokee, IA, September 14, 1932.

He was a former fuel oil dealer in Waterman and a member of the  Waterman Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Cindy) Ferris of Sandwich; two sons, Ron of Spring Valley, Tony of Waterman; two sisters, Mrs. Leland Luft of Maryland, Mrs. Walter Hassinger of Rockford; and six grandchildren.

Private funeral services were held Monday in Waterman.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 7/21/1977

 

Kenneth Strand     1977.07.21

Kenneth Strand, 78, DeKalb, IL, passed away Friday, July 15, 1977, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Strand was born August 20, 1898, the son of Albert and Anna (Jacobson) Strand.

Survivors include a son, Louis Caquelin of DeKalb; two brothers, George Strand, Sandwich, IL, and Stewart Strand of Plano; and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Simmons of Port Charlotte, FL.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                                     HR 7/21/1977

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth M. Clark Nehring     1977.07.22

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Nehring, 78, lifelong resident of this community died suddenly Thursday, July 28, 1977 in the Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born November 25, 1898 to John Clark and Margaret Campbell Clark, one of eleven children.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, and one grandson, Gregory, five brothers, Robert, William, James, Maxwell and Arch; two sisters, Margaret and Bessie.;

She is survived by two sons, Clark and Gale, both of Hinckley, two grandchildren, Stephen and Christine, two great grandchildren, Stacey and Adam; also one brother, Ace Clark of Hinckley, two sisters, Mrs. Helen Ashton of Aurora, and Mrs. Priscilla Nehring of Tulsa, OK.

Christian Science services for Mrs. Nehring were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nash Memorial Chapel.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.                                 HR 8/4/1977

 

Galen Moore     1977.07.23

Galen Moore, age 50, died at his home Friday, July 22, 1977 after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife,  Shirley, two daughters, Mrs. John Manderscheid of Maquoketa, IA, Cheryl of Clinton and two sons, Brian and Eric at home.  His mother, two brothers and two sisters preceded him.  He was a lifelong resident of Maquoketa, a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the local Methodist Church where the services were held Monday, July 25.                             HR 8/4/1977

 

                                    John L. Fraser      1977.08.03

     John L. ‘Jack’ Fraser, 53, of Rt. 1., Sandwich, died Thursday August 11, 1977 in Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born October 8, 1923 in Sandwich, the son of Oliver and Edna (Betz) Fraser.

He married Veronica Burkes June 28, 1947 in Sandwich.

     Mr. Fraser was a real estate broker for Fraser Realty in Sandwich, which he started in 1950.  He was senior member of DeKalb County Board, joining in 1960.  He was a member of the American Legion of Sandwich, the 40 and 8 Club, the VFW of Sandwich, and the Loyal Order of Moose of Sandwich.

     He was an Army veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Historical Society.  He was one of five members of the Aurora Board of Realtors, who started the Multiple Listing Service in 1958.  He started the Tri-County Board of Realtors in 1960.

     Mr. Fraser was Chairman of the Sandwich Bicentennial Committee and co-chairman of the DeKalb County Bicentennial Committee.  He was chairman of the Forest Preserve Committee of DeKalb County.  He was a delegate to two national conventions for presidential elections.

     He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church of Somonauk, and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Sandwich.

He is survived by his widow, Veronica (Berkes); a daughter, Mary Edna Fraser of Springfield, IL; two sons, David of DeKalb and Joseph of Sandwich; his father, Oliver Fraser of Sandwich; and a granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Kane and the Rev. Charles McCarren officiating.

     Burial will be in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Sandwich.

     Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. both evenings.

     Contributions in Mr. Fraser’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  HR 8/18/1977 (HR Wording somewhat different)

 

  1. Ione Riemensnider 1977.08.13

Miss E. Ione Riemensnider, 72, of Aurora, died Monday (August 1, 1977) in St Charles Medical Center.  She was born November 10, 1904 in Hinckley.

She was a member of Rising Sun 51 Order of the Eastern Star and Star of the East 16 White Shrine.  She was employed by the Fox Valley Park District until her retirement.

Surviving are an uncle, an aunt, and several cousins.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home with the Rev. Kathleen Anderson officiating.  Burial was in Plano Cemetery.  Services were also conducted Tuesday at the Star of the East 16 White Shrine at 7:30 p.m.                                   HR 8/4/1977

 

Geoffrey Ellis Magnuson     1977.08.14

Geoffrey Ellis Magnuson, 2 months, died Thursday, August 11, 1977 at the Children’s Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 26, 1977, the son of Gary Ellis and Judy Ann (Schumacher) Magnuson.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Magnuson of Hudson, IL; a brother, Gregory; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Magnuson of Genoa and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Plapp, Maple Park; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schumacher, Hinckley; paternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Taylor of DeKalb; and maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Carl Roemer of Dundee.

Geoffrey was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Ann in 1975.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday, August 12, with the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating.  Burial was in Pierce Cemetery.                                      HR 8/18/1977

 

Hattie B. Keene Sawyer     1977.08.15

Hattie B. Sawyer, 85, formerly of 413 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, died August 15, 1977 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born August 23, 1891 at Greentown, IL, the daughter of George and Linda (Merritt) Keene.

She married Joseph Sawyer December 22, 1920 in Waterman.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of DeKalb.

She is survived by a son, Roger of rural Sycamore;  one brother, Floyd Keene of Waterman; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Sawyer of Waterman, Mrs. Pearl Knutson of Malta; two granddaughters and one great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and two sisters.

Service were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Donald E. Mayer officiating.  Burial was in Victor Cemetery rural Waterman.  

HR 8/18/1977

 

Dean T. Walsh     1977.08.16

A 23 year old DeKalb man died Sunday (August 21, 1977) after his car apparently went out of control and hit a bridge abutment on Somonauk Road near Hinckley.

Dean T. Walsh, of 1615 Suburban Estates, died at Mercy Hospital in Aurora, from injuries he received in the one car accident.

He was headed northbound on Somonauk Road, one fourth mile south of Illinois 30 when he apparently lost control and skidded about 264 feet into the abutment according to DeKalb County Sheriff’s police.

He was transported to Mercy Hospital by the Hinckley Rescue squad where he died shortly after arriving at 4:27 p.m.

    HR 8/25/1977

 

Grace E. Mosher Michael     1977.08.17

Grace E. Michael, age 79, of R.1, Granart Road, Big Rock, died Saturday, August 27, 1977, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born October 15, 1897 in Northville Township, LaSalle County, IL, the daughter of Samuel and Emma (Hupach) Mosher.

Grace married Curtis Michael July 9, 1937 in DeKalb.

She was a member of the Big Rock English Congregational United Church of Christ, and a member of the Big Rock community for 40 years.

She is survived by her spouse; two daughters, Mrs. Ron (Rita) Jandt, Hinckley, and Mrs. Carmen Stevenson, Big Rock; a son, Arthur Doran, Ft. Myers, FL; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Walter Mosher, Benton Harbor, MI; and a sister, Mrs. A. T. (Lucille) Schlemner, Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services were held  Tuesday August 30, 1977 at 1:30 p.m. at the Big Rock Congregational Church with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

    HR 9/1/1977

 

August A. Reingardt     1977.08.18

August A. (Gus) Reingardt, 78, of 150 North Hickory Street, Waterman passed away Monday, August 29, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born in Waterman March 24, 1899 the son of William and Sophie Dillenback Reingardt.  February 7, 1920 he married the former Erma Halverson of DeKalb.  Gus worked as a laborer and truck driver for the Pogue Lumber Company in Waterman until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Erma, two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Theola) Frost of Hinckley, and Mrs. Victor (Delite) Boyd of DeKalb, one son Robert of Earlville, 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild, five brothers, Art and Ralph of Aurora, Oscar, Alfred, and Wilbur of DeKalb, and five sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Bemis and Mrs. Helen Diedrich of DeKalb, Mrs. Lillie Rimsnider of Aurora, Mrs. Louise Skau of Hinckley, and Mrs. Mary MacDougall of Waterman.  He was preceded by his parents, three sisters and two brothers. 

Graveside services were held Wednesday, August 31, 1977 at 1:30 p.m. at the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.  Rev Ralph Wheaton officiated.                        HR 9/1/1977

 

                           Clarence B. Ugland     1977.09.10

     Clarence B. Ugland, 89, of Sandwich, died Thursday, September 22, 1977 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  Mr. Ugland, a member of the United Church of Sandwich, was born October 15, 1887 in Norway, IL.

     Survivors include his wife, Lillian, a daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Louise) Judd of Big Rock, a sister, Mrs. Floyd (Ruth) Jacobson of Norway, IL, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held Saturday at the Burkhart Funeral Home.  The Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.  Interment was held at the Millington-Newark Cemetery.            HR 9/29/1977

 

Edward A. Cheze     1977.09.13

Edward A. Cheze (Cheezy) passed away at his home Sunday, September 18, 1977 at the age of 83.

Mr. Cheze was born in Chicago, IL November 19, 1893 to John and Martha (Wolschon) Cheze.

He was educated in Chicago and married Sophia Swierkowski August 30, 1933 in Thorp, WI.

Mr. Cheze worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 48 years before farming.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church  in DeKalb; Brotherhood of Carmen 1266 Lodge Chicago; and DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He was a member of the U. S. Army being honorably discharged June 26, 1919.

He is survived by his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, Francis J. Cheze of Muldrow, OK; Thomas A. Cheze of Hinckley; Mrs. John (Mary) Harris, Champaign, IL; Mrs. Francis (Agnes) Perryman of Broadview, IL; six grandchildren, one brother, Henry Cheze of Oak Park, IL; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Kulpins of Des Plaines, IL; Mrs. Mathilda Kobie of Westland, MI; and Mrs. Frank (Martha) Meyers of Sarasota, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother and one sister.

Visitation and wake services were Tuesday evening at Nash’s Funeral Home in Hinckley.  Funeral mass was said by Rev. Father Joseph F. Kulak Wednesday morning at 10:30 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb.                           HR 9/22/1977

 

Dorothy Thomas Mueller     1977.09.14

Dorothy Mueller, 69, of 22618 Poplar Road, rural Marengo, died September 16, 1977, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born in Big Rock July 3, 1908, the daughter of Julius and Florence (Brown) Thomas.

She is survived by her husband, Gus, whom she married March 10, 1928 in Marengo; a son, Robert, rural Marengo; a daughter, Beverly Thompson, Genoa; thee grandchildren; a sister, Cecilia Knepprath, Rockford; and a brother, Gerald, Hinckley.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Marengo, with the Rev. Edwin Rossow officiating.  Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, Harmony.    HR 9/22/1977

 

Laura A. Malmgren     1977.09.15

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura A. Malmgren were held Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m.  It was held at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock with the Rev. Tom Pedigo officiating.

Burial will be in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Mrs. Malmgren, 94, of Big Rock, died Monday (September 26, 1977) in Four Seasons Nursing Home in Aurora.  She was born August 2, 1883 in Fairfield, IA.

Surviving are two sons, Marshall A. Malmgren of Aurora and the Rev. Stanley H. Malmgren of Bismarck, ND; three daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Bessie) Lee, Mrs. Arlie (Gladys) Jones and Mrs. Ervin (Louise) Nelson all of Big Rock; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Mrs. Malmgren’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Big Rock.               HR 9/29/1977

 

Carl S. Garman     1977.09.16

Carl S. Garman, of 413 Maplewood Avenue, DeKalb, died September 23, 1977, in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford.

He was born July 18, 1913, in Waterman, the son of Edward and Alma Garman.

He married Esther Thomas, in DeKalb, March 22, 1947.

He worked as a painter for Algot Moline for 30 years.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, George Garman of DeKalb, Ronny Garman of Sycamore; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Sharon) Ollmann of Kingston, Mrs. Victor (Loretta) Benson of DeKalb; a stepson, Cliff Fuller of Sycamore; one brother, Raymond Garman of Rockford; 21 grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lee Garman and one granddaughter, Lisa.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church; veteran of World War II; a member and past commander of VFW Post 2887 and a member of Painter’s Union Local 815.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Ronan Moore Mortuary with the Rev. Norman T. Remmers officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.

    HR 9/29/1977

 

Lloyd Eugene Bowman     1977.09.17

Funeral services for Lloyd Eugene Bowman, 57, former Sycamore resident, were held in Orange, CA, September 16, 1977.  He died September 13, 1977.

He was born February 6, 1920 in DeKalb County, the son of Ernest and Inez (Glover) Bowman.

He married Lois Carter in Sycamore November 11, 1945.

He was a member of the Broadway Baptist Church of Santa Ana, CA, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was employed by the U. S. Post Office in California.

He is survived by his widow; two sons, David and John of Orange, CA; one daughter, Mrs. Ben (Bonnie) Hale of Anaheim, CA; one sister, Mrs. Frank (Edda) Renick of Kingston; one brother, Ray Bowman of Waterman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.        HR 9/29/1977

 

Margaret A. Mihm     1977.09.18

Mrs. Margaret A. Mihm, 91, of Rochelle, died Friday, September 30, 1977 in Americana Nursing Center in Rochelle.  She was born March 1, 1886 in Shabbona.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Irvin (Mildred) Carney of Rockford, Mrs. Kenneth (Helen) Messinger and Mrs. C. L. (Ethel) Bruschied of Aurora, Mrs. Francis (Margaret) O’Rorke and Mrs. Cloyed (Bernadine) Holloway of Rochelle; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church of Rochelle.  The Rev. Francis Kennedy officiated.

Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Rochelle.

HR 10/6/1977

Ada Mandell Hinz     1977.09.19

Funeral services for Mrs. Ada M. Hinz were held October 3, 1977 at 1:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley.  the Rev. John McKiness officiated.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Mrs. Hinz, 74, of Lee, died Friday, September 30, 1977 in St Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.  She was born May 8, 1903 in Hinsdale.

She married Paul Hinz March 29, 1936 at Darien.

Mrs. Hinz was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.

Surviving are her husband, Paul Hinz; a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur (Joan) Burton of Lee; five grandchildren; two brothers, Elmer Mandell of Plainfield and Carl Mandell of Darien; and a sister, Miss Adele Mandell of Darien.                 HR 10/6/1977

 

               Virginia L. Woods Reiman     1977.10.05

Virginia L. Reiman, 39, of Sandwich, died Sunday, October 16, 1977 at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.

She was born June 28, 1938 in Waterman, the daughter of Ted and Dorine (Hinkston) Woods.

She married Wayne Reimann, October 15, 1955, in Shabbona.

Mrs. Reiman is survived by her husband, Wayne; four sons, David Wayne, Mark Allen, of rural Sandwich, Jeffery Joe, and Kevin Lee; two daughters, Penny Sue and Sandy Louise, all at home; her parents, Ted and Dorine Woods.  She also is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Sandra) Zeiter of Waterman, Mrs. Robert (Paula) Wilson of Plano and Mrs. Chris (Robin) Johnson of Plano; and one grandchild, Timothy Allan Reimann.

She was preceded in death by one sister.

She was a member of the Plano Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 at the Burkhart Funeral Home.  Burial was at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, south of Waterman.              HR 10/20/1977

 

Madeline Wilke     1977.10.13

Madeline Wilke, 74, passed away Sunday, October 2, 1977 at the Westmont Health Care Center.  She had been a resident of the rural Hinckley area for seven years.  She was born in Chicago January 4, 1903.

Survivors include a son, Donald, Chicago; three daughters, Bernice Dudzik, Harwood Heights, Madeline Burke, Aurora and Florence Klinger, Hinckley; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.                                    HR 10/6/1977

 

James Wise     1977.10.14

Word has been received of the death of James Wise of Tampa, FL.  Mr. Wise died October 8, 1977 after a lingering illness and was buried at Myrtle Hill, Tampa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Anna Meyer who was a sister of the late Henry Meyer and Elsie Olson.  He is survived by a daughter, June Fincher, two grandchildren and five sisters.                  HR 10/20/1977

 

Jennie Eigle Wielert     1977.10.15

Mrs. Jennie Wielert, 89, of Hinckley, died at the Shabbona Nursing Home, October 16, 1977.

She was born March 29, 1888, in Hinckley, the daughter of Joseph and Jennie (Beaumont) Eigle.

March 3, 1909, she married William J. Wielert in Aurora.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley and the Lutheran Ladies Aid.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harry (Ruth) Larson of Hinckley, Mrs. Howard (Wilma) Dunteman of Bensenville, Mrs. Blanche Sparrow of St. Charles; one brother, Frank Eigle of Sarasota, FL; seven grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, one brother and three sisters.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. John C. McKiness officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.                 HR 10/20/1977

 

Grace M. Smith Cofield     1977.10.16

Mrs. Grace M. Cofield, 91, Lee, IL, died Wednesday, October 12, 1977 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  She was born July 12, 1886 in West Brooklyn, IL, the daughter of William Smith and Matilda Stram Smith.  She married Bert Cofield August 6, 1913 in Lee.  She was a member of the Lee Methodist Church, this church no longer is active.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Irma) Pittard, Kirkwood, MO, Mrs. LaVerne (Helen) Mullins, Lee, IL, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 14, at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon, pastor of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

  HR 10/20/1977

 

Carolyn Klein     1977.10.17

Carolyn Klein, age 102, of Hinckley, died Thursday, October 20, 1977 at the Pine Acres Retirement Center.

She was born January 23, 1875 in Pierce Township, the daughter of Theodore and Caroline (Erhardt) Klein.

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, and had been employed as a private secretary in the wholesale grocery business for many years.

Miss Klein is survived by 3 nieces and 3 nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 22, at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Gooch officiating.  Burial was in Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

HR 10/27/1977

 

 

Christine Alma Jacobson Youngren Jordal     1977.10.18

Mrs. Ernest (Christine Alma) Jordal, 70 of Wade Street, Creston, died at her home October 17, 1977.

She was born January 6, 1907 in Shabbona, the daughter of Jacob and Carrie (Page) Jacobson.

April 6, 1970, she married Ernest Jordal in Malta.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb.

Her survivors include her husband; one son, James Jacobson of Duran; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Holdridge of DeKalb, Mrs. Clara Challand of Mesa, AZ, Mrs. Lillie Eglund of Shabbona; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one bother and her first husband, Ernest Youngren in 1966.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20, at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Mortuary, DeKalb, with Rev. Remmers officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Memory Gardens.

HR 10/27/1977

 

Alice Keller Matthews     1977.10.19

Alice K. Matthews, 67, of 404 Buena Vista, Champaign, IL, died October 29, 1977 in Mercy Hospital in Champaign.  She was born July 9, 1909 in Princeville, IL, to Wilder H. and Mary Tindall Keller.  December 25, 1935 she was married to John W. Matthews in Princeville.  She attended Illinois State University at Normal, IL, and in later years took higher education at the State University.  She was retired from thirty two years of teaching, several in the Shabbona area, when they lived here and twenty in the Philo, IL Elementary School.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Champaign, the First Methodist Women’s Club and the Fourth Nightly Club of Champaign.

Survivors are her husband, John, one son, Rev. J. R. Matthews of Worthington, OH and three grandchildren.  She was preceded by her parents and one brother, Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in her church in Champaign and the burial was in Princeville.

Arrangements were in charge of the Mittendorf Funeral Home in Champaign.

A memorial has been established in her memory a the First United Methodist Church in Champaign.             HR 11/3/1977

 

Ethel Smith Smith     1977.10.20

The funeral of Mrs. Ethel Smith was held in Mendota and the  burial in Lamoille Thursday, October 27, 1977.  She died Monday, October 24, 1977 in the Illinois Valley Hospital in LaSalle, IL after a long illness.

She was born in Shabbona may 6, 1930 to Frank and Olive Smith.  Survivors are her husband, Robert Smith, a daughter Helen Smith of Arlington, two brothers, Chester and Donald Smith, both of DeKalb; and three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Reingardt, DeKalb, Mrs. Margaret Roberts of Waterman and Catherine Lawson of Louisa, VA.  She was preceded by her parents and two brothers.                        HR 11/3/1977

 

                            Charles Stanley Low     1977.11.01

Charles Stanley Low, 59, of rural Waterman died Sunday, November 13, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  He was born May 6, 1918 in Crookston, MN.  Mr. Low was a farmer and worked in the maintenance department at Northern Illinois University in Anderson Hall.

He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, AF & AM Lodge 728, and was a 4-H leader.

He is survived by his widow, Jane; one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Susan) Littlejohn of Newark; two sons, Charles of Aurora, and Richard at home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Sue Low.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Chapel in Waterman.  The Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiated.  Burial was at the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel where Masonic services were held at 8:30 p.m.

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Charles Stanley Low, 59, of University Road, Waterman, IL passed away Sunday, November 13, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born in Crookston, MN May 6, 1918, the son of Charles H. and Cornelia Collins Low.  He moved to the Waterman area at the age of 5 and has farmed the family homestead since.  June 2, 1944 he married the former Jane Getzinger at Warrenville, IL.  In addition to farming, Mr. Low worked in the maintenance department of Northern Illinois University in Anderson Hall.  He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, AF&AM Lodge 728, and a 4-H leader.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Susan) Littlejohn of Newark, two sons, Charles of Aurora, and Richard at home and 6 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16, at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery.           HR 11/17/1977

 

Willard Rollin Morsch     1977.11.14

Willard Rollin Morsch, age 62, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, November 5, 1977, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles.

He was born January 25, 1915, in Hinckley, the son of Rollin and Mollie (Rissman) Morsch.

He was married to Maxine Myers February 12, 1936 in Hinckley.

Morsch was a foreman at Barber Greene.  He belonged to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, and was a member of the Quarter Century Club of Barber Greene.  He had lived in Hinckley all of his life.

He is survived by his widow, Maxine; two children, Mrs. Richard (Bonnie) Keith of Hinckley and Barry Morsch of Aurora; 2 grandchildren; a brother Ronald, of Aurora; and a sister, Mrs. Warren (Marna) Larson of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry, in 1943.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev William Myers officiating.  Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.            HR 11/10/1977

 

Linda Sue Collette Baylon     1977.11.15

Mrs. Linda Sue Baylon, 18, of 513 Center Street, Sycamore, IL, was killed in a traffic accident in Blufield, VA, November 5, 1977.  She was born May 7, 1959, in DeKalb, the daughter of Raymond Collette and Shirley  Piercy Collette Kelchner.  She attended the Shabbona school system.  April 17, 1977, she was married to Jaime Baylon.

Survivors include her husband, Jaime of Sycamore, her father, Raymond Collette of Limestone, TN, her mother, Mrs. Shirley Kelchner of Waterman, one brother, James Westerman of DeKalb, and two sisters, Mrs. Donna Pike of Blufield, VA and Rhonda Collette of Waterman.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 9, 1977, at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery.

  HR 11/10/1977

 

Faith M. Nauman Hardt     1977.11.16

Faith M. Hardt, 62, of Lee, died November 10, 1977, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born August 27, 1915, at Sparta, WI, the daughter of George and Majel (Hoteling) Nauman.

She was married to William Hardt, who survives her.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Larry (Jean) Johnson of Lee, Mrs. Ray (Joan) Barringer of Waterman; one brother, Ted Nauman of Briggsville, WI; four sisters, Maida of Lacrosse, W, Elizabeth of California, Ruth of Superior, WI, Violet of Milwaukee, WI; and six grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13, at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Steve Hammond of the First Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Lily Lake Cemetery, Lily Lake.

The Hardt family lived for several years in Shabbona on Navajo Street.  They had many friends her who extend sympathy to the surviving daughters, Jean Johnson, with whom mother lived and was tenderly cared for, and Joan Barringer.

   HR 11/17/1977

 

Ruby Mae Whitten Evans     1977.11.17

Mrs. Ruby Mae Evans, 51, of Big Rock, died November 14, 1977, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.

She was born January 28, 1926, in Bastrop, LA, the daughter of Oza and Dora (Motley) Whitten.

She was employed at the Western Electric Company at Montgomery.

Her survivors include three step-sons, Edward and Darrel of Big Rock, and Ray of Los Angeles, CA.

Services were Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Thomas Pedigo officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.        HR 11/17/1977

 

Louis F. Haish     1977.11.18

Louis F. Haish, 85, of Hinckley, died November 21, 1977 at Pine Acres Retirement Center, DeKalb.

He was born July 27, 1892 in Pierce Township, the son of the late Henry and Amelia (Ziegler) Haish.

He married Martha Baie, January 19, 1915, in Pierce Church, Maple Park.

He was a farmer and member of the Pierce United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hulbert (Neva) Loring of Aurora; three sons, Willard Haish of Oswego; Calvin Haish of Hinckley; Arthur Haish of Maple Park; 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, in 1969, and two sons, one brother and one sister.

Private services were held at 10 a.m. in the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  The Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiated.  Burial was in the Pierce Cemetery.                   HR 11/24/1977

 

Clifton M. Whisler     1977.11.19

Clifton M. (Mick) Whisler, 69, of rural Hinckley, died November 21, 1977, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born July 7, 1908, in Greene Township, Franklin County, PA, the son of James B. and Florence V. (Rhoades) Whisler.

October 1, 1936 he was married to Vivian Dellenback at Hinckley.

He was a farmer.

His survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Margery) Fuller of Rockford, Mrs. James (Diana) Craycraft of Springfield, OH; one brother, Ralph of Lebanon, PA; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Sylvia) Mark, Hummelstown, PA, and Mrs. Edna Roger, New Bloomfield, PA; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday November 25, 1977 at the Pierce United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating.  Burial will be in Pierce Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday November 23rd at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Visitation will also be until 12 p.m. Friday at the chapel.               HR 11/24/1977

 

Pauline Brown Stoddard     1977.11.20

Mrs. Fred C. (Pauline) Stoddard, 53, of McGirr Road, Shabbona, died November 20, 1977 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born January 27, 1924, at Greenville, TN, the daughter of Tee and Imogene (King) Brown.

May 6, 1967 she was married to Fred C. Stoddard at DeKalb.

She was employed at the Automatic GTE plant in Genoa.

Her survivors include her husband; four sons, Charles H. Rader of Genoa, James J. Rader of Rochelle, Billy T. Rader of East Lansing, MI, Jarral R. Stoddard of Spring Valley; two daughters, Anna Marie Grutter of Creston, Lola Mae Strasser of DeKalb; her parents of Greenville, TN; eight brothers, Paul Brown of Malta, Elmer and Ken Brown of DeKalb, Buster Brown of Mt. Vernon, IA, Clarence Brown and Joe Babb, both of Greenville TN; five sisters, Mrs. Kathleen Fortener, Mrs. Hazel Fox, Mrs. Helen Norton, Mrs. Wilma Malone, Mrs. Ruby Laughtern all of Greenville; and 13 grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday November 23rd at the Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Cole of the Malta United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was in the Malta Cemetery.                                     HR 11/24/1977

 

Barbara A. Brown     1977.11.21

Barbara A. Brown, 27, of rural Earlville died at her home Tuesday, November 15, 1977 after a long illness.

She was born at Mendota, April 21, 1950, to Mrs. Mary Lou Gibson/Brown and the late William Brown.  Survivors include her mother; two brothers, Larry of rural Earlville and Ray of Paw Paw; and one sister, Linda at home.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Graveside service was conducted Friday morning, November 18 by Rev. Loyal Wilkinson and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                            HR 11/24/1977

 

Ralph G. McAllister     1977.11.22

Dr. Ralph G. McAllister, 75, of Manzanillo Colima, Mexico, formerly of DeKalb, died November 26, 1977 at Mercy Hospital, at Denver, CO.

He was born March 25, 1902, at Waterman the son of the late Ward and Mary (Reid) McAllister.

June 18, 1936 he was married to Verna Boget at Maywood.

He was a former member of the First Congregational Church of DeKalb, the DeKalb County Medical Society, a charter member of the Academy of General Practitioners, and a former member of the DeKalb Kiwanis Club.  He was a veteran of World War II.

His survivors include his wife; one son, Robert W. of Aurora, CO; one brother, Donald of Bridgeton, NJ; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Whitford and Mrs. Reba Hipple, both of Waterman, Mrs. Edna Rasmusen of DeKalb; one grandson, Jamie of Hanover Park.

One son and one brother preceded him in death.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Donald E. Mayer officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

    HR 12/1/1977

 

John I. Treadwell     1977.11.23

John I. Treadwell, 74, of Maple Park died November 26, 1977, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born December 26, 1902, at Chicago, the son of the late John and Agnes (Milnamow) Treadwell.

He attended Maple Park schools and July 15, 1930 was married to Orrel McKenzie at Rochelle.

He owned and operated the Treadwell Oil Company of Maple Park for more than 30 years.

He was a member and served as fire chief of the Maple Park Fire Department.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Church  at Maple Park, and a 25 year member of the DeKalb Moose Lodge.

His survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Henry J. (Jane) Wanner of Wheaton; three sisters, Miss Marie Treadwell of Elgin, Mrs. Allen (Lucile) Minnegan of Waterman, Mrs. Mark J. (Celeste) Sammon of Rapid City, MI; four grandchildren.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday November 30 at St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. William Kriegsmann officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.               HR 12/1/1977

 

Heather Blossom Dunaway     1977.11.24

Graveside services were held Friday morning, November 25, at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, for Heather Blossom Dunaway of Sycamore.

She died at birth, November 22, 1977, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She is survived by her parents; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Trapp, Waterman; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coan of Leland; paternal great grandmother, Mrs. Mary E. Dunaway, of Rockford; and paternal great grandfather, William Todd of Waterman.  The maternal great grandmother is Mrs. William Perkins of Shabbona and the maternal great great grandfather is Harvey Downs of Lebanon Junction, KY.

Arrangements were made by Nash Memorial Chapel, Waterman.                                    HR 12/1/1977

 

Marjorie Josephine Fay     1977.11.25

Miss Marjorie Josephine Fay, 84, formerly of Hinckley, died November 27, 1977 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born January 19, 1893, at Hinckley, the daughter of the late Alcott and Florence (White) Fay.

She was a retired school teacher and a member of the National Retired Teachers association.

Her survivors include one nephew, Wells E. Fay of Elgin; and one niece, Mrs. Delbert (Marbry) Gabel of Newark.

Memorial service arrangements are pending at this time at the Nash Memorial Chapel.                             HR 12/1/1977

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Marjorie Josephine Fay, 84, of Chicago, died Sunday, November 27, 1977 at the Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona, IL.

She was born January 19, 1893, in Squaw Grove Township, Hinckley, the daughter of Alcott and Florence (White) Fay.  Educated in the Hinckley Grade School and the East Aurora High School, she graduated from the University of Chicago, obtaining her Master’s Degree in 1916.

Waterman High School was her first teaching position, moving after two years to teach in Dixon, IL. After a number of years in Dixon, she obtained a position at the University of Chicago Lab High School, teaching Latin there for nine years.  For many years she taught at the Harvard School for Boys in Chicago, retiring from her chosen career in 1956.

She was a member of the University Disciples of Christ Church in Chicago, a holder of the Phi Beta Kappa Key, a member of the national Retired Teachers Association, and a member of Business and Professional Women Club.

She is survived by a nephew, Wells E. Fay of Elgin, a niece, Mrs. Delbert (Marbry) Gabel of Newark and also a number of grand-nieces and nephews.

Miss Fay was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Rollin C., Wells E., Sr. and Everett L., and a nephew, Wilder A. Fay.

A memorial service was held Saturday, December 3, 1977 at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Darrel Malcolm of the Christian Church of DeKalb officiating. 

HR 12/8/1977

 

                               Harry F. Ploger Sr.     1977.12.15

Harry F. Ploger, Sr., 79, of 523 East Railroad Street, Sandwich, died Monday, December 19, 1977 at his home.  He was born in Hinckley in February 1898 to John and Sophie Ploger.  He and his wife, Dorothy (Tanser) were united in marriage August 16, 1932 in Geneva.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy, a son Harry Ploger, Jr., of Somonauk; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Ann) Henrich of Sandwich, Mrs. Donald (Dorothy) Skinner of Oakland, and Mrs. Ralph (Charlotte) Jones of Aurora; a sister, Mrs. Edward (Evelyn) Johnson of Galva and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 21 at the Burkhart Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Wildermuth officiating.  Burial was at the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

 HR 12/22/1977

 

Kenneth Newell Boyer    1977.12.18

Kenneth Newell Boyer, 63. of Hinckley, passed away December 1, 1977 at Hines Veterans Hospital.

He was born March 18, 1914 to Newell and Mary Osland Boyer in Steward, IL.

Mr. Boyer was unmarried and was self-employed as an agricultural sprayer.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He lived in the in area for 25 years.

His survivors include one sister, Mrs. Lauren (Evelyn) Abell of Hinckley; two nephews; one niece and one great niece.

Funeral services were held  Monday, December 5, 1977, at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

    HR 12/8/1977

 

Marie Rissman Leifheit     1977.12.19

Marie Leifheit, 80, of Aurora died Friday (December 9, 1977) at Copley Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 15, 1897 in Hinckley.

She is survived by a son, Gerald H. of Oswego; two daughters, Mrs. Oliver (Charlotte) Stephens and Mrs. Jack (Ramona) Miller, both of Aurora; a brother, Albert Rissman of Hinckley; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1963.

Mrs. Leifheit was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Aurora, the Flower and Altar Guild and the Mission Society of the church.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hinckley.

Memorials may be give to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

HR 12/15/1977

 

Clara Brown Richardson     1977.12.20

Clara Richardson, 81, of Lee, died Thursday, December 8, 1977, at the Franklin Grove Health Care Center.  She was born September 4, 1896 in Steward, the daughter of Albert and Martha  (Lee) Brown.  January 27, 1916, she married Hiram Richardson.  She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee.

Survivors include her husband, three sons, Garland, Lee; Dale, Rochelle; and Lloyd, Lee; also 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and one sister, Edna Johnson of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Albin and Raymond, three sisters, one brother, and one great grandchild.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, at the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at the church cemetery.

HR 12/15/1977

 

 

Dan Killus     1977.12.21

Dan Killus, 87, of Shabbona, died Monday, December 12, 1977, at University Hospital, Iowa City, IA.

Although of Finnish descent, he earned the name of  “Indian Dan” by his way of life.

He lived most of his life in the Shabbona community, working as a handyman, hedge trimmer and wood cutter.  He lived for a time in a wooded area north of Shabbona Grove and hunted and fished to supply his own needs.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 12/15/1977

 

Stephen M. Schnorr     1977.12.22

Stephen M. Schnorr, 65, of rural Steward, died December 6, 1977 at Rochelle Community Hospital after a long illness.

He was born at Steward November 2, 1912, the son of the late August and Mary Jane (Marron) Schnorr.

He attended Steward and Shabbona schools, and lived and farmed in the Steward area all his life.

He was married to Lorraine Herrmann.

He belonged to the St. James Catholic Church at Lee and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His survivors include his wife; two sons, Jim of Pleasanton, CA; Gerry at home; one sister, Marguerite Guilfoyle of Mendota; and three grandchildren.

One son preceded him in death.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Church, with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Lee.          HR 12/15/1977

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Services for Stephen M. Schnorr, 65, rural Steward, were held Saturday, December 10, at St James Catholic Church, Lee.  The Rev. Clement P. Petit officiated.  Mr. Schnorr died Tuesday, December 6, 1977 in the Rochelle Community Hospital after a long illness.

The  son of August and Mary Jane (Marron) Schnorr, he was born in Steward November 2, 1912.  He lived and farmed in the Steward area all of his life, attending schools in Steward and Shabbona.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St James Catholic Church, Lee.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lorraine Herrmann; two sons, Jim of Pleasanton, CA, and Gerry, at home, one sister, Marguerite Guilfoyle, Mendota; and three grandchildren.  He was precede by his parents and one son.

Visitation was held from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, where a wake service was recited at 8:00.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

Visitation was originally scheduled for Thursday evening and the funeral on Friday, but they each were moved up  a day due to the inclement weather.                         HR 12/15/1977

 

Maynard G. Risetter     1977.12.23

Maynard (Pat) G. Risetter, 70, of rural Lee, died Saturday, December 10 1977, at Rochelle Community Hospital.  Born October 17, 1907, he was the son of Harvey and Julia Risetter, and was married to the former Crystal Martin December 7, 1932.  He lived and farmed in the Lee area all of his life.

Survivors include two sons, Richard of Lee and Kenneth, DeKalb, also four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald and his wife.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, at the First Lutheran Church, Lee.  The church pastor, Rev. Richard O. Johnson, officiated.  Burial was in the church Cemetery, Lee.

    HR 12/15/1977

 

Sylvia Jordal Oleson     1977.12.24

Sylvia Oleson, 83, of DeKalb, formerly of Lee, died Sunday, December 11, 1977, at the Franklin Grove Health Care Center, after a short illness.

She was born September 29, 1894 at Lee, the daughter of Gunder and Anna (Larsen) Jordal.  She married Gilbert Oleson January 8, 191 in Lee.

Survivors include eight children, Ordine, Sleep Eye, MN; Gordon, Edmond; Mrs. Fred (Stella) Kingdon, Rochelle; Mrs. Arthur (Minerville) Larson, DeKalb; Mrs. Harold (Edith Ann) Ebens, Chana; Howard, Rochelle; and Merle Glenn, Byron, also three sisters, Leila Edwards, Lee, Mara. Adolph (Martha) Askeland, Esmond, and Mrs. Carl (Edith) Larson, Sycamore, 37 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.

Se was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, three brothers, one grandson and two great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15 at the First Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev Richard O. Johnson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, Lee.

HR 12/15/1977

 

Esther Larson Knudson     1977.12.25

Esther Knudson, 82, of Derby Line Road, Genoa, died December 14, 1977, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born in Norway March 20, 1895, the daughter of Lars and Helene (Aanensen) Larson.

She was married to Olaf Knudson December 24, 1917, at Rollo.  She and her husband moved to Genoa in 1943, and farmed in the area.

She was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge and a member of the Genoa Senior Citizens Club.

Her survivors include two sons, Leonard and Raymond both of Genoa; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Ethel) Zweifel of Westfield, WI; one brother, John Larson of Sandwich; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter and two brothers,.

Services were held Saturday at the Cooper Sullivan Funeral Home with the Rev. David Taylor of the United Methodist Church. Officiating.  Burial was in the Genoa Cemetery.

   HR 12/22/1977

 

                           William M. Hobbs     1977.12.26

William M. “Max” Hobbs, 63, of Ocala, FL, formerly of West Chicago and Hinckley, died Saturday (December 24, 1977) in Monroe Memorial Hospital, Ocala.  He was born May 19, 1914, in Missouri and moved to Ocala two years ago from Hinckley.

For the past 32 years he had been employed at Midwest Contractors in Wheaton as field superintendent and was a member of the local 150 International Union Operating Engineers.  He was also a member of Lodge 941 AF&AM Elmhurst, the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago and the Medinah Temple AAONMS.

Surviving are his widow, Bertha (Gangested); a son, Max of Amboy, IL, a daughter, Phyllis Gaddy of Sperry, OK; six grandchildren; four brothers, Melvin of Wilmington, IL, Bert of Decatur, James of Cisco, TX, and Everett of Little Rock, AR; and two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Hazel) Lyles of Skiatook, OK, and Mrs. Walter (Ruby) Newcomb of Warrenville.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodward Funeral Home, Route 59 and Pine Street, West Chicago.  The Rev. Robert Garisham officiated.

Burial was in Chapel Hill Gardens West, Elmhurst.

Contributions in Mr. Hobbs’ memory may be made to the Heart Fund.                               HR 12/29/1977

 

                                   Alice M. Noss Holstine    1978.01.19

Mrs. Alice M. Holstine, 82, of Plano, died January 25, 1978 at the Sandhaven Convalescent Home in Sandwich.  She was born April 7, 1895 in Missouri.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Peter (LeOra) Lorang and Mrs. Ted (Edna) Hauer both of Aurora; Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Ellis of Sandwich; a son, Willard Noss of Plano, several stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Conrad Noss and her second husband Howard Holstine, two sons, Melvin and Delvin Noss, and two grandsons.

Mrs. Holstein was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 395 in Plano and of the Golden Harvesters in Plano.

Funeral services were held on January 27 from the Larson Funeral Home in Plano.  Rev. William L. Brown officiated and burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

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Funeral services for Alice M. Holstine were held Friday January 27, 1978 at the Larson Funeral Home, Plano.  The Rev William L. Brown officiated.

Private burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Mrs. Holstine, 82, of Plano, died last Wednesday (January 25, 1978) in Sandhaven Convalescent Home, Sandwich.  She was born April 7, 1895 in Missouri.

Mrs. Holstine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 395, Plano, and the Golden Harvesters in Plano.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Peter (LeOra) Lorang and Mrs. Ted (Edna) Hauer, both of Aurora, and Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Ellis of Sandwich; a son, Willard Noss of Plano; several step-children; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Conrad Noss, her second husband, Howard Holstine, two sons, Melvin and Delvin Noss and two grandsons.

Contributions in Mrs. Holstine’s memory may be made to Fox Valley Senior Citizens.

The Noss family lived in rural Hinckley at one time.

HR 2/2/1978

 

 

 

William A. Swanson     1978.01.22

William A. Swanson, 80, of 1512 N. Somonauk Road, DeKalb, died January 1, 1978, at his home.

He was born February 22, 1897, in Shabbona, the son of August and Ann (Bergman) Swanson.

He is survived by two brothers, Harold Swanson of Rockford, Harvey of Ferguson, MO; three sisters, May Swanson of DeKalb; Myrtle Baie and Connie Kinroth both of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.

He was a 50 year member of the Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge and a member of the Freeport Consistory.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 1978 at the Quiram, Sycamore Funeral Home with Pastor William Kmet officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                                      HR 1/5/1978

 

Edith H. Cooper     1978.01.23

Funeral services for Mrs. Edith H. Cooper were held Monday, January 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.  The Rev. David Dierks officiated.

Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper, 86, of Kaneville Township, died Friday (January 6, 1978) in Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born September 29, 1891 in England.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Leonard (Mabel) Hubbard of Plano, Mrs. Alice Davis and Mrs. John (Shirley) Leadbetter, both of Aurora; two sons, George of Aurora and Carroll of rural Kaneville; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Also surviving is a nephew of Big Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Cooper in 1969, an infant son, her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

   HR 1/12/1978

 

Bernice Edith Willis Schlefer     1978.01.24

Mrs. Bernice Edith Schlefer, 73, of Big Rock, died January 9, 1978, at Mercy Center, Aurora.

She was born May 25, 1904, at Big Rock, the daughter of the late John and Jane (Thomas) Willis.

She worked at the Anchor Brush Co. at Aurora for many years.

She was a member of the Big Rock Congregational, Church.

Her survivors include one son, Robert of Hinckley; one brother, George of Big Rock; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Services were held Wednesday at the Big Rock Congregational Church with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.           HR 1/12/1978

 

Knute Maakestad     1978.01.25

Knute Maakestad, 82, formerly of Steward area, died Sunday January 8, 1979 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home where he has resided for the past several years.

He was born June 27, 1895 in Steward, IL, the son of Torgyls F. and Engeborg (Bleie) Maakestad.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb.

Survivors include one brother, Sjur T. Maakestad, Milwaukee, WI, and two sisters, Agnes Harris and Margaret Johnson, both of Chula Vista, CA.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday January 11 at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Clifford Taylor of the Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb officiating.  Burial was at First Lutheran Church, Lee.

Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb.                                     HR 1/12/1978

 

Elvin W. Bish     1978.01.26

Elvin W. Bish, 87, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Aurora, died January 12, 1978, in St. Petersburg.

He was born December 12, 1890 in Hinckley.

He was a member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church and the Kane county Farm Bureau.  He has farmed in the DeKalb-Kane County area for most of his life.

Services were held at Healy Chapel, Aurora, Monday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. David W. Carlisle officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

HR 1/19/1978

 

Edward F. Duffy     1978.01.27

Edward F. Duffy, 82, died Tuesday, January 10, 1978, in the Shabbona Nursing Home after a long illness.  Formerly of Sandwich, he was born May 14, 1895 in rural Shabbona, the son of Lawrence and Caroline (Mihm) Duffy.  He was married to Doris Owens September 12, 1917 at Lee, IL.  He was  member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. LeRoy (Ruth) Becker, Spencer, IN; Mrs. William (Jean) Raso, Long Beach, CA; and Mrs. Wayne (Marge) Bark, Hinckley, IL; one son, Richard Duffy, Somonauk, IL; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Gletty, Somonauk, Major M. G. Duffy, and Mary Duffy, both of Sandwich, IL; also 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, 1 grandchild, two sisters, and two brothers.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 13 at St. James Catholic Church, Lee, with Father Kane of Sandwich officiating.  Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

Visitation was held at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday where the Rosary was recited at 8:30.                   HR 1/19/1978

 

Arthur F. Baker     1978.01.28

Arthur F. Baker, 63, of Morrison, IL, passed away Sunday, January 22, 1978 at the Morrison Community Hospital.  He was born January 26, 1914 in Garden Plain Township, and reared and educated in Union Grove Township.  He was the son of Ralph and Catherine Wierenga Baker.  He was married to Ethel Snyder July 27, 1940.

Mr. Baker is survived by his widow, one son, Dale, at home; two daughters, Mrs. John (Nancy) Mason of Hinckley, and Mrs. Michael (Alice) Andres of Rock Falls; two brothers, Harold of Henderson, IL, and Clarence of Morrison, IL; a sister, Mrs. Lorin (Marie) Franks of Oquaka; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 24, 1978, in the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home, with Rev. Bruce Brendmann of the United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Groveville Cemetery, Morrison.                   HR 1/26/1978

 

Glenn LaVern Borchers      1978.01.29

Glenn LaVern Borchers, 67, of 127 S. Main St., Sycamore, died January 17, 1978 at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

He was born April 21, 1910 in Hinckley, to Louis Henry and Emelia (Garbelman) Borchers.

He was married November 25, 1938 to Mildred Clair, who preceded him in death in 1968.

November 6, 1969 he married Mary Lewis in Sycamore.

He was a farmer in the Hinckley area until 1963 and then worked as a machine operator at Anaconda in Sycamore until ill health forced him to retire.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sycamore.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Carol) Chamberlain of Elgin, Mrs. Robert (Doris) Rediger of Aurora; two sons, Gerald of Sycamore, Ralph of California; two step-daughters, Mrs. Fidel (Necia) Campuzano of Sycamore, Mrs. Robert (Ethel) Woodruff of Rome, WI; two step-sons, William Moore of DeKalb, Roger Moore of Dallas, TX; one sister, Mr. Harold (Ethel) Koltz, Hinckley; 30 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. January 20, the Rev. Loren S. Krout and the Rev. John McKiness officiating.

Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

   HR 1/26/1978

 

Ernest E. Bridgewater, Sr.     1978.01.30

Ernest E. Bridgewater, Sr., 86, of 201 S. Genoa St., Genoa, died January 17, 1978 at his home.

He was born January 8, 1892 in Henryville, IN, to Olus and Esther (Hancock) Bridgewater.

Survivors include one son, Ernest, Jr., Genoa; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Opal) Buford and Mrs. Paul (Madge) Rogers, both of Hinckley; one sister, Mrs. Goldie Knight of Indiana; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. January 19, at the Slater Funeral Home in Genoa with the Rev. J. G. Howe officiating. 

Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.

  HR 1/26/1978

 

Earl W. Little     1978.01.31

Earl W Little, 78, formerly of Carlinville, died January 18, 1978, in Mesa, AZ.

Survivors include his wife, Viola; two sons, G. Howard Little, Waterman; Don E. Little, Vandalia; and a daughter, Mrs. Melba Bacon, Carlinville.

Funeral services were Sunday at Berry’s Funeral Home, Girard.                          HR 1/26/1978

 

Iona Vera Baie Furland     1978.01.32

Iona Vera Furland, 80, of Waterman, died Thursday (January 26, 1978) in Pine Acres Retirement Center, DeKalb.  She was born November 11, 1897, in Waterman.

Mrs. Furland was a member of Suydam United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. LaVerne (Harriet) Sebby of Aurora, Mrs. Russell (Phyllis) Breese of DeKalb, and Mrs. Clarence (Charlotte) Swanson of DeKalb; two brothers, Christian Baie of Sycamore and Arden Baie of Waterman; three sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Phoebe) Nichols of Hinckley, Mary Cleaver of Cameron, MO, and Mrs. Rollin (Ora) Ziegler of Maple Park; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Furland, a sister and a grandson.

Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Suydam United Methodist Church with the Rev. Victor Browne officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 2/2/1978

 

John S. Sherman     1978.02.12

John S. Sherman, 66, of Aurora, died Wednesday (February 1, 1978) at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born December 6, 1911 in Yates City, IL.

Mr. Sherman was a World War II veteran, serving in the Philippines.  He farmed in Big Rock before moving to Aurora in 1957.  He worked for the J. B. Reed Trucking Co. until his recent retirement.  He then worked part-time for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the security division.

He is survived by his widow, Ruth Sherman of Aurora; a daughter, Rosemary S. Wendel of Batavia; a son, John R. Sherman of Aurora; a sister, Lavonne Nelson of Hinckley; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Healy Chapel at 8 p.m.

Burial was held Saturday at the Yates City Cemetery.

   HR 2/9/1978

 

William A. Johnson     1978.02.13

William “Bill” A. Johnson, 84, of Aurora, died Sunday (February 5, 1978) at Aurora Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in 1894, in Corinth, MS.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his widow, Mary Lois Johnson; three sons, Gerald and Charles Johnson of Aurora, and Beacher J. Johnson of Corinth, MS; two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Ruby) Wilson of Big Rock and Mrs. Kenneth (Joyce) Boatright of Dayton, OH; 18 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Dieterle Memorial Home.         HR 2/9/1978

 

Serina O. Staurland Fredrickson     1978.02.14

Mrs. Serina O. Fredrickson, died February 13, 1978 at her home.

She was born December 10, 1909, in Rochelle, the daughter of Ole and Julia (Dale) Staurland.

She married Ingval Fredrickson in Ottawa.

Survivors include one son, Donald I. of DeKalb; one brother, Kearney Staurland of DeKalb; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Lee Osland of Daytona Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Se was preceded in death by one brother.

She was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb; Lydia’s Circle and also a member of the Sons of Norway.

Services will be held today, Thursday, February 16, 1978 at 1:30 p.m.  at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Clifford Taylor officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Memory Gardens.

HR 2/16/1978

Robert H. Gourley     1978.02.15

Dr. Robert H. Gourley, 55, of 124 Warren Place, DeKalb, died February 6, 1978, at his home.

He was born May 10, 1922, at Buncombe, the son of R. A. and Nova (Hunsaker) Gourley.

February 13, 1943, he was married to Louella (Campbell) in Chicago.

He was a Northern Illinois University professor.

His survivors include his wife; one son, Robert Steven of Amherst, MA; three daughters, Sarah, Laura Sue, and Shelia, all of DeKalb; one granddaughter; his mother of Buncombe; and one sister, Mrs. Frances Shiplett of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He was a member of various organizations including the American and Illinois Associations of School Administrators, the American and Illinois Associations of Business Officials, the National and Illinois Associations for staffing Universities, Colleges and schools, the Great lakes Association for Staffing, the Illinois Principals Association, the DeKalb Eagles, Moose and Elks Clubs, Kishwaukee Country Club and Phi Delta Kappa.

He was a World War II veteran.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. John Peterson of the Campus Baptist ministry officiating.

Graveside services were held Friday at the Fraternal Cemetery, Vienna, IL.                             HR 2/16/1978

 

Rufus Harry Roberts     1978.02.16

Rufus Harry Roberts, 71, of rural Waterman, died Friday (February 9, 1978) in the home of his daughter in Gordon, NE.  He was born August 4, 1906 in Waterman.

Mr. Roberts was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Masonic Lodge of Waterman.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Wielert and Mrs. Alice Leifheit of Waterman, Mrs. Rita Luscher of Gordon, NE, and Virginia Dorneden of DeKalb; two sons, Rufus, Jr., of Aurora and Glen of Hinckley; 23 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Harry Burke of Plainfield.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 2/16/1978

 

George Frank Hubert     1978.02.17

George Frank Hubert, 68, of Hinckley, died February 16, 1978, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born April 11, 1909, in Chicago, the son of Tillie and John Hubert.

He married the former Ora June Biehl April 1, 1945, in Hinckley.

He was a parts and service manager in several garages in the area and had owned the Ford agency in Hinckley for about 10 years.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley and was village clerk of Hinckley, serving at the time of his death in his third elected term.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, George Jr. of Hinckley; Greg of Salem, OR; two brothers, William of Chicago; John of Tinley Park; two step-sisters, Mrs. Emma Fox and Mrs. Gertrude Shults, both of Chicago.

Services were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. John McKiness officiating.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. 

HR 2/23/1978

 

Evelyn Mollie Herold     1978.02.18

Evelyn Mollie Herold, 71, of Walnut Street, Hinckley, passed away February 21, 1978 in Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born December 11, 1906 in Hinckley the daughter of Leo and Minnie Weddige Herold.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley.

Miss Herold is survived by two brothers, Glen of Lake Park, FL and Roy of Aurora; five sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Grace) Graves, Aurora, Mrs. Roy (Mabel) Morgan, Aurora, Mrs. Orville (Loula) Mullis, Sandwich, Mrs. Mahlon (Elsie) Schoener, DeKalb and Miss Dorothy Herold, Aurora.  She was preceded by her parents.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 24, 1978 at 1:30 p.m. from the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. William J. Myers, of St Paul’s United Church of Christ will officiate.  Final resting place will be Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call tonight, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the chapel.                            HR 2/23/1978

 

Harry I. Storey     1978.02.19

Harry I, Storey, 76, died Thursday, February 16, 1978, in the Skiff Memorial Hospital in Newton, IA.  He was born to John and Mary Storey of Shabbona May 27, 1901.

He grew up on a farm in rural Shabbona and was a graduate of Shabbona High School, and later graduated from Mt. Morris College in Mt. Morris, IL.

He was married to Fern Shievely December 1, 1923 in Egeland, ND.

The deceased entered the educational field, later becoming legislative Director of the Iowa Farm Bureau.  He was a member of the Grace Methodist Church in Des Moines where he and his family lived from 1948 to 1971 when the and his wife moved to Mesa.  AZ.  His health failing, they moved back to Newton, IA, two years ago.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Jay Storey of Newton, IA; and one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Gene) Selfe of  Houston, TX; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also one brother, Kenneth Storey of Shabbona; and two sisters, Mrs. Allen (Ruth) Gilberg of Ft. Myers and Mrs. Lane (Hazel) Clapsaddle, his twin sister, of Shabbona.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lester storey; and one sister, Ethel Houghtby.  The funeral and burial were in Des Moines, IA, Saturday, February 18, 1978.  

HR 2/23/1978

 

Clarence H. Klomhaus     1978.02.20

Clarence H. Klomhaus, 68, of rural Hinckley, was killed in a farm accident February 21, 1978, near Ohio, IL.

He was born April 9, 1909, in Yorkville to Reinhold and Ida (Jandt) Klomhaus.

He was a farmer all his life and was a retired security guard for Northern Illinois University.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Viola, of Hinckley; a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Mona) Roberts, Hinckley; four sons, Ray and Allen, both of Lancaster, CA; Jerry of Mount Ayr, IA; Gene of Ellston, IA; four sisters, Mrs. Les (Selma) Halverson of Hinckley; Mrs. Alma Bastian of Aurora; Mrs. Mabel Spitz of DeKalb; and Mrs. Emma Schmidt of Grosse Pointe, MI.

He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, with the Rev. John McKiness officiating. 

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, rural Somonauk.

    HR 3/2/1978

 

Claude Cook     1978.02.21

Claude Cook, 78, formerly of Hinckley and Waterman, died February 23, 1978, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born August 15, 1899, in Shawneetown, to William and Margaret (Cricel) Cook.  He married Florence Hix in Crown Point, IN, October 15, 1923.

He was a retired farmer, a member of the United Church of Christ of Shabbona, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clark (Mary) DeBolt of Shabbona and Mrs. Jeanette Aska of Searcy, AR; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Maude Becklinger of Belvidere; and one brother, Lowell Cook of Kingston.

He was preceded in death by his wife and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  HR 3/2/1978

 

John W. Lane     1978.02.22

John W. Lane, 75, of rural Shabbona, died February 21, 1978, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born December 20, 1902. to Elmer and Betsy (Cox) Lane in Shabbona Township.  He married Neva Todd August 18, 1939.

He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Gayle (Norma) Rebel of West Bloomfield, MI; Georgia Lane of DeKalb; one brother, Everett Lane Sr., of Waterman; two sisters, Mrs. Herbert (Ella) Chaney of Ottawa; Mrs. Wilbur (Carrie) Thatcher of Mesa, AZ; and one grandson.

Private funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson of the Rollo Congregational Church officiating.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  HR 3/2/1978

 

                         Agnes Jane Henning     1978.03.02

     Miss Agnes Jane Henning, 79, of Plano died Saturday, March 18, 1978 at Mercy Center hospital in Aurora.  She was born November 14, 1898 in Plano.

     She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. P. (Marbry) Williamson of Alta, CA, and Mrs. H. A. (Dorothy) Hampton of Hinckley; a brother, Laurence A. Henning, Sr., of Plano, and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Elias and Carrie Keister Henning; a brother, Robert L. Henning and a sister, Florence Henning.

     Miss Henning was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plano and the Retired Teachers’ Association.  She was retired from a teaching career in the Sandwich and Plano public schools.

     She was a member of the Kendall County Historical Society, Cedardell Golf Club, the Golden Harvesters and a previous board member of the Little Rock Township Library.

     Funeral services were held Monday from the First Baptist Church in Plano.  The Rev. William L. Brown officiated.  Burial was at the Plano Cemetery.      HR 3/23/1978

 

Myrle Kinney Henne     1978.03.10

Mrs. Myrle K. Henne, 77, of Big Rock passed away at Copley Memorial Hospital March 7, 1978.  She was born November 24, 1901 in Sugar Grove Township.

She was the daughter of Edward C. Kinney and Mattie (Lye) Kinney.  February 12, 1931 she was united in marriage to Elde A. Henne.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Lorraine) Kaus of rural Hinckley, a son, Ronald of Elburn, five grandchildren, three step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1970 and a son Robert in 1938.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sugar Grove, IL and of the WSCS.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 10, at the Healy Chapel in Aurora, with the Rev. Carlisle officiating.  Burial will be at the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel after 4 p.m. Thursday.                                HR 3/9/1978

 

Ruth A. Boyce Gum     1978.03.11

Ruth A. Gum, 70, of Big Rock, died March 4, 1978, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born June 6, 1907, the daughter of Frank and Iza (Minard) Boyce on the family farm on Scott Road.

She married Wilbur Gum in Kaneville February 10, 1926.  they farmed on Lorange Road near Elburn.  In 1928 they moved to Big Rock where they farmed until 1948.  They then moved to their present home in Big Rock.

She was a member of the Willing Workers of the English Congregational, Church, Big Rock.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Joanne Lancaster of Warren; and Mrs. Judy Kay Minor of Big Rock; two sons, Robert of Big Rock, and Gerald of Genoa, one brother, Russell Boyce of Big Rock; 16 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

She way preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Nathan Lancaster.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonley Funeral Home, Elburn, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

Burial was in Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Memorials may be given in her memory to the Heart Fund.

   HR 3/9/1978

 

 

 

 

William R. Babel     1978.03.12

William R. Babel, 49, of Big Rock, died Thursday (March 2, 1978) in Mercy Center Hospital as the result of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident.  He was born February 15, 1929, in Aurora.

Mr. Babel was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock and the Telephone Pioneers of America.  He was an Army veteran.  He had been employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for the past 24 years in communication services.

Surviving are his widow, Clara A., a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Janet Marie) Thicksten of St. Charles; a son, William Allan Babel at home; his mother, Mrs. Harry (Martha) Babel of Aurora and two brothers, Robert Babel of Princeton, WI, and Jerald Babel of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Babel, a brother and an infant son.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Dieterle Memorial Home.       HR 3/9/1978

 

Perry Watts     1978.03.13

Word came back to Shabbona Sunday from Branson, MO, stating that Perry Watts had died Saturday, March 4, 1978.  He had been very ill.  No other data is available at this writing except that all the arrangements and burial will be there.

The Watts family lived for years in Shabbona where he was a building contractor and had a business until failing health took them to another climate and retirement.  They have many friends in this area who are in thought with his widow, Hazel, and their only daughter, Patty, in their bereavement.          HR 3/9/1978

 

Peter C. Kittleson     1978.03.14

Peter C. Kittleson, 86, of 1333 N. Thirteenth Street, DeKalb, died March 4, 1978, at home.

He was born October 8, 1891 in Milan Township to Charles and Betsy (Cody) Kittleson.  He married Clara Maakestad in 1921 in Lee.

He was a farmer most of his life in the Lee area.  He was a veteran of World War I serving in the Army and was a charter member of the Lee American Legion Post 1253.  He was a lifelong member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.

Survivors include his wife; and one sister, Emma Johnson of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.

Burial with full military honors was in Union Cemetery, rural Lee.                                     HR 3/9/1978

 

Max Edmeier     1978.03.15

Max Edmeier, 80, of Aurora, died Saturday (March 11, 1978) in Aurora Manor.  He was born February 17, 1898 in Germany.

Mr. Edmeier was employed for 25 years by the William F. Jobbins Co. until his retirement in 1965.

Surviving are his widow, Theresa; three daughters, Mrs. William (Rose) Thill of Aurora, Mrs. William (Kathleen) Martin of Crystal Lake, and Mrs. Ludwig (Sandra) Stadler of Chicago Heights; four sons, Nicholas and Thomas of Aurora, Richard of Hinckley, and Michael of Bristol; 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gertrude in 1928, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Daleiden Mortuary to St. Therese Church.  The Rev. J. Philip Reilly officiated.

Burial was in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

    HR 3/16/1978

 

Andrew Hall     1978.03.16

Andrew Hall, age 84, of 717 North 4th St., DeKalb, died March 14, 1978, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born January 10, 1894, at Lindenwood, IL, the son of Ole and Margaret (Tuntland) Hall.  July 9, 1913, he married Hulda Dahlquist.

Prior to moving to DeKalb, he had farmed in the Pierce Community Township area for many years.

Hall is survived by his wife; one son, Kenneth of Cortland; 6 daughters, Mrs. Silas (Margaret) Jordal of Cortland; Mrs. Ernest (Mildred) Martin of Harvard; Mrs. Willard (Dorothy) Berg of Lee; Mrs. Dale (Helen) Herrmann of Shabbona; Mrs. Mervin (Edith) Kittleson of DeKalb; and Mrs. Lester (Marian) Anderson of Sycamore; 20 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Henry Hall of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 4 sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Andersen Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. William Kmet of Salem Lutheran Church of Sycamore officiating.

Burial was in Plano Cemetery.

Memorial contributions amy be made to the First Baptist Church of Plano, the Kendall County Historical Society, or the Little Rock township Library.              HR 3/23/1978

 

Peter P. Barr     1978.03.17

Peter P. Barr, 82, of Aurora, died March 18, 1978 at St. Joseph Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.

He was born July 18, 1895 in West Brooklyn.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Aurora; three daughters, Mrs. Cleo Francis of Phoenix, AZ; Mrs. William (Betty) Comer and Mrs. Wayne (Irene) Kaufman both of Aurora; three sons, John, Paul and Eugene all of Aurora; 28 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother, Fred of Rapid City, SD.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of Aurora; the American Legion Wade Post 598 of Hinckley.

He retired in 1959 from farming in the Hinckley area.

Services were held Wednesday from Corcoran’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m.  Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.                     HR 3/23/1978

 

Irma Jean Hund Evans Carlson     1978.03.18

Irma Jean Carlson, 39, of Big Rock. died Tuesday, March 14, 1978, at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.

She was born July 3, 1938 in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Vivian (Unk) Hund.

In June, 1967, she was married to Kenneth C. Carlson in Big Rock.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of Big Rock; a daughter, Mrs. Steven (Delores) Phillips of Hinckley; three sons, Steven Evans, Dale Evans and Rodney Evans, all of Big Rock; two grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Vivian Hund of Chicago; 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Big Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Pedigo officiating.  Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

    HR 3/23/1978

 

Cecil Gum     1978.03.19

Cecil Gum, 81, of rural Elburn, died March 26, 1978 in Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

He was born April 7, 1896, at Petersburg, IL, to William and Eliza (Davis) Gum.  At age nine his family moved to a farm north of Kaneville.  October 22, 1919 he married Helen McNair.  He farmed 58 years on a farm on Rowe Road.

He was a World War I veteran and a charter member of American Legion Post 630 in Elburn and was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Carrie Petrie of rural Elburn; Mrs. Helen Grace of Westlake, Wheaton; Mrs. Elaine Johnsen of DeKalb; Mrs. Cecilia Lund of Lily Lake; one brother, Wilbur, of Big Rock; 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and one grandson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, with the Rev. Walter Thyng officiating.                        HR 3/30/1978

 

                  Clarence C. Wilkening     1978.04.05

     Clarence C. Wilkening, 67, of Sandwich, died April 10, 1978 at Sandwich Hospital.  He was born June 1, 1910 in Plano to William and Anna Wilkening.  He married Lora Lane February 18, 1933 in Hinckley.

     He is survived by his wife, Lora, four sons, Paul, LaVerne and Ron, all of Sandwich, Allan of Aurora, one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Carol) Bussen of Sycamore, two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Frieda) Pflugfelder of DeKalb, Mr. George (Laura) Grandgeorge of Somonauk, one brother, Marvin of Sandwich, and six grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Wilkening.

Mr. Wilkening lived here most of his life as a farmer; a road commissioner for 26 years in Sandwich Township; a charter member of Sandwich Sportsman Club.

     Funeral services were held April 13 at Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.  Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiated and burial was at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

HR 4/13/1978 (HR Wording slightly different)

 

Clinton G. Langdon     1978.04.07

Clinton G. Langdon, 76, of 318 E. Lincoln, Hinckley, IL, passed away April 2, 1978, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born August 8, 1901, in Findlay Lake, NY, the son of Rev. C. G. and Laura Jane (Sweezy) Langdon.  November 1, 1930 he married Mae Johnson of Aurora.

Langdon was the publisher of the Hinckley Review from 1944-1969, and with the Beacon News for 18 years.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, a 50 year member of Hinckley Lodge 301 AF&AM, and a 20 year member of the DeKalb County zoning Board of Appeals.  Langdon served for 17 years as the Squaw Grove Township Clerk and for 12 years on the Village Board.

Survivors include his wife, Mae, of Hinckley; a daughter, Mrs. Ronalee Johnson of Hinckley; a son, Dean, of Hinckley; 3 granddaughters, Shirleen Downing, Sharon Bauer, and Jennifer Johnson, all of Hinckley;  and 1 great grandson, Nathaniel Bauer of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen; 5 brothers; and 1 sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. William Myers officiating.  Burial was in Lily Lake Cemetery, Elburn.          HR 4/6/1978

 

Isabelle Sands Thorson     1978.04.08

Mrs. Isabelle Thorson, 81. of Big Rock, died Tuesday, April 11, 1978, in Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born August 21, 1896 in South Dakota.

Mrs. Thorson was a member of the Platteville Lutheran Church and the Church Women’s Circle.

Surviving are three sons, Harold and Merle of Big Rock and Alvin of Hinckley; a daughter, Mrs. Haskell (Alma) Hatfield of Big Rock.; a brother, Ralph Sands of Chickasha, OK; four sisters, Mrs. Lavina Smiley of Cement, OK, Mrs. Inga Chambless of Chickasha; Mrs. Thea Willis of Simi Valley, CA, and Mrs. Clara Brown of Oceanside, CA; eight  grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ole Thorsen, in 1958, a son, a daughter and four sisters.

Funeral services for Mrs. Isabelle Thorson were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Larson Funeral Home, Yorkville, with the Rev. Vernon Tweetdt officiating.  Burial was in Helmar Lutheran Cemetery, Helmar.                    HR 4/20/1978

 

Anita Mae Rice Javier     1978.04.09

Mrs. Anita Mae Javier, 51, of Ames, IA, died April 16, 1978 in Ames.

She was born May 9, 1926, in Chapin, IL, to Philip and Cynthia (Greeley) Rice.  She married Ernie Javier, June 20, 1965, in Waterman.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ames and a professor at Iowa State University.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; three brothers, Carlton of Dundee, Craig of Waterman, Curt of Saskatchewan, Canada; and one sister, Mrs. Gerald (Arla) Staublin of Charlevoix, MI.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Waterman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Philip Nystrand and the Rev. Fernando Laxamana officiating.

   HR 4/20/1978

 

Harry C. Knuth     1978.04.10

Harry C. Knuth, 76, of Hinckley, died April 20, 1978 at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb following an illness of eight days.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, 1978, at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clare Hewitt and the Rev. Ralph Wilson officiating.  The Hopewell singers, a trio from Kouts, IN, sang “The Grass is Greener on the other Side” and “How Great Thou Art”.  The congregation sang “Children of the Heavenly Father”.  Mrs. Sandra Cutsinger was the organist.

Burial was in the Pierce Cemetery and serving as pallbearers were Sheldon Klotz, Francis Miller, John Olson, Stanley Schumacher, Oliver Westphal, and William Wurtz

Mr. Knuth was born March 30, 1902 in Bloomington, the son of Charles and Wilhelmina (Diedrich) Knuth.  He married Sylvia Gerig in Flanagan June 13, 1940.

He was educated in the Bloomington schools.  He worked for the Snow and Palmer Dairy Distributors, Bloomington prior to farming in the Flanagan area.  In 1954, he moved to Hinckley where he continued farming until his retirement three years ago.  He was a member of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church.  At the time of his death, he was serving as Squaw Grove Township Trustee.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Charlotte Perillo of Loring Air Force Base, ME, and Lois Capp of South Pasadena, CA; two brothers, George of Bloomington and Carl of Denver, CO; and four grandchildren.                       HR 4/27/1978

 

Annette Dettra Lanterman     1978.04.11

Mrs. Annette “Toni” Lanterman, 81, of Big Rock, died Friday, April 21, 1978 in Four Seasons Nursing Home, Aurora.  She was born July 14, 1896, in Pennsylvania.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Edith Anderson of Plano; a great niece; a great nephew; three great great nephews; and a great great niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dettra; a brother, Harold Dettra; a sister, Edna Morris Kouth; and a nephew Stanley R. Anderson, Sr.

Private funeral services were held Monday, April 24.

    HR 4/27/1978

 

Thomas Graham     1978.04.12

Thomas Graham, 62, of Shabbona, died April 20, 1978, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born September 18, 1915, in Waterman to Thomas and Vida Davenport Graham.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the South Pacific and retiring after 33 years of active service in the Army and Army Reserves.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include one nephew, Joel Hajeck, of California.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

  HR 4/27/1978

 

Frances Potter Mercer     1978.04.13

Mrs. Frances P. Mercer, 82, of Waterman, died April 19, 1978, at Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born in Waterman November 24, 1895. to Wilder G. and Mae (Allen) Potter.  She attended Waterman High School and the DeKalb Teacher’s College, now Northern Illinois University.

She married Raymond Mercer January 1, 1918, in Waterman.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Ellen) Eden of Palos Verdes, CA; one grandson; one brother, Frank Potter of Sycamore; and two sisters, Mrs. Nora Matteson and Mrs. Florence Taylor, both of Waterman.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, 1978, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with the Rev. Philip Nystrand officiating.   Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.                                        HR 4/27/1978

 

Ethel Kelly     1978.04.14

Word was received Sunday, April 23 of the death of Ethel Kelly, 79, at the home of her niece in North Miami, FL.  The news was not unexpected as she had been seriously ill for some time.  She has lived alone in her home in Shabbona until going to Florida for the winter with her niece.  The arrangements were made by the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home.  Obituary next week.                                  HR 4/27/1978

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Ethel Kelly, 79, of Shabbona, died April 23, 1978, in Miami, FL.

She was born September 11, 1898 in Shabbona Township to James and Margaret (Donlan) Kelly.

She lived all her life in Shabbona where she and her twin sister, Eva, operated a restaurant for a number of years.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee; the Altar and Rosary Society of the church; and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three nieces; one nephew; and several grandnieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Lee.             HR 5/4/1978

 

Oscar Vatne     1978.04.15

Oscar Vatne, 79, of 817 N. Seventh Street, DeKalb, died April 29, 1978 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born May 18, 1898 in Creston.

His parents were Knute and Bertha (Benson) Vatne.

He married Vivian Rinkard in Aurora February 15, 1922.

He was a lifetime farmer in the DeKalb area.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian; one brother, Charles Vatne of DeKalb; three nephews; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Services were from the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, Wednesday, May 3, 1978 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Fernando A. Laxamana officiating.

Burial was in Union Cemetery in Lee.             HR 5/4/1978

 

 

 

Marshall T. Foster     1978.04.16

Marshall T. Foster, 65, of 926 N. 14th Street, died April 30, 1978 at Kishwaukee Hospital.

He was born December 28, 1912 in Harrodsburg, KY.

His parents were Goldie and Effie (Shirley) Foster.

He married Luella beck in DeKalb August 10, 1935.

He was a maintenance engineer for the Babson Farms for over 32 years.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Marcia) Raymond of Sycamore, Mrs. Paul (Carole) Dolder of Waterman, Mrs. Gary (Sandra) Miller of Rockford; six grandchildren; a stepmother, Mrs. Pearl Foster of Waterman; a half sister, Mrs. Donald (Bonnie) Moudy of Sandwich; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a half sister.                                  HR 5/4/1978

 

   Lawrence R. Grebner     1978.05.13

Lawrence R. Grebner, 72, of Marengo, died May 6, 1978 at St. Joseph Hospital in Belvidere.

He is survived by his wife, Edna, two daughters, Mrs. David (Mary) Engel of Hinckley, Mrs. Richard (Bernice) Fowler of Genoa and 7 grandchildren, also four brothers and three sisters.

He was a retired farmer and was in the Hinckley area for several years.                             HR 5/11/1978

 

Floyd W. Von Ohlen     1978.05.14

Floyd W. Von Ohlen, 82, of Ft. Wayne, IN died May 9, 1978 at his home.

He was born in 1896 in Hinckley.  He married Laura Schroeder in 1932 in Hinckley.

He retired as a professor from Parson’s College in Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Carol) Fingo of Ft. Wayne and two grandchildren, also one brother, Earl of Aurora.

The funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, 1978 with  the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating at the Nash Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m.                   HR 5/11/1978

 

Melody Bunning     1978.05.15

A 24 year old Waterman woman was found dead in her bedroom Monday (May 5, 1978) by DeKalb County Sheriff’s police.

DeKalb County Coroner William Sullivan said Melody Bunning of Rural Route 1, Waterman, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sullivan said that although there is no evidence of foul play, an inquest is pending.                              HR 5/11/1978

 

Ray Franklin Stevens     1978.05.16

Ray Franklin Stevens, 94, died at his home May 8, 1978.

He was born October 18, 1883 in rural Shabbona.

His parents were Murray and Harriet Stevens.

He graduated from Shabbona High School and attended Morgan Park Academy.

He married Ivy Spoor February 14, 1907.

They lived their married life in the Shabbona area, where he farmed until 1954 when they moved to a home in town.

He is survived by seven children, Millard of San Diego, Russell of Riverside, CA, James and Robert, both of Rockford, Mrs. Betty Challand of Lee, Phyllis Stevens of Denver, CO, and Mrs. Shirley McGinnis of East Moline; 11 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister and one brother.

Visitation was Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Services will be at the funeral home Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                           HR 5/11/1978

 

Lee P. McKenna     1978.05.17

Lee P. McKenna, 35, of RR 1, Big Rock, was killed Sunday (May 7, 1978) when his motorcycle left a township road in northeastern Wisconsin and struck a tree.

The accident occurred 30 miles north of Green Bay, according to Oconto County sheriff’s police.

Police said McKenna missed a curve, struck the tree and continued on to hit several rocks before the cycle stopped.

Police said McKenna was not wearing a Hemet or eye protection.

The accident occurred near a ski towing area, police added.  

HR 5/11/1978

 

Emma C. Thoreson Swanson     1978.05.18

Emma C. Swanson, 95, died Friday, May 5, 1978 in Franklin Grove Health Care Center.

She was born May 16, 1882 in Armstrong, IA, the daughter of Christopher and Eva Thoreson.

Survivors include one daughter, Mavis Hilleson of Lee; one brother, George Thoreson of Ponce de Leon, FL; one sister, Hattie Oberg of Bellingham, WA; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, seven brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  The Rev. Richard O. Johnson of the First Lutheran Church of Lee officiated.

Services were also held Tuesday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Swea City, IA.  Burial followed in Swea City’s Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.           HR 5/11/1978

 

Barbara L. Wagner     1978.05.19

Barbara Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Wagner of Wheaton, formerly of Sandwich, was found dead in DeKalb, Saturday (May 13, 1978) the apparent victim of a beating.

Services were held May 16 at 11 a.m. in Assumption Cemetery, Winfield, for Barbara L. Wagner, 25, of 528 Clifford St., DeKalb, who died May 13, 1978.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Wagner of Wheaton; two brothers, James R. of Lake Holiday and Gerald J. of Wheaton; one sister, Nancy J. of Sandwich; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Wagner of Wonderlake and Mr. John VanKanegan of Wonderlake.

Miss Wagner was a graduate student in English at Northern Illinois University. A 1970 graduate of Sandwich High School, she had also attended the University of Illinois.   HR 5/18/1978

 

James D. Smith     1978.05.20

James D. Smith, 56, died May 21, 1978 at home.

He was born May 9, 1922 in Dundee, KY to Mr. and Mrs. James N. and Jessica (Morris) Smith.

He attended schools in Kentucky and was a graduate of Purdue University.

He married Rosalie Powers December 9, 1959 in Joliet.  He was owner of the Smith Construction Co. in Waterman.

Hw was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge in Whiting, IN, and a member of American Legion Post 654 in Waterman.

He was also currently serving as a village trustee for the Village of Waterman.

He served in the U. S. Air Force in World War II.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, James and C. Edward, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Beverly Gajdek of Morris; one granddaughter; two brothers …………………..  HR 5/25/1978

 

Leila Johnson Mosher     1978.05.21

Mrs. Leila J. Mosher, 84, of 1105 E. Perry Road, Shabbona, died May 31, 1978, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born July 30, 1893 near Shabbona to Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Johnson.

She married Clarence W. Mosher of DeKalb November 28, 1914.

Survivors include her son, Donald of DeKalb; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Dora) Koski of Kankakee; one brother, Truman Johnson of Lee; two sisters, Mrs. Freda Hovden of North Hollywood, CA, and Mrs. Thelma Bly of Lee; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of DeKalb, a member of Royal Neighbors of America, and a member of the Afton Women’s Club.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, 1978, at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Mayer officiating.

Burial followed at the Fairview Memory Gardens. 

HR 6/8/1978

 

Dorman E. Gibson     1978.05.22

Funeral services for Dorman E. Gibson, 67, former resident of Route 3, Earlville, were held Monday in the Rollo Congregational Church.  The Rev. Loyal Wilkinson officiated and burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.  Pallbearers were Richard Hunter, Carl Meyerholz, Chester Mohn, Steve Lake, Elmer Hood and Larry Buland.

Dorman E. Gibson was born May 14, 1911 in Larue County, KY, the son of George and Mary Connors Gibson.  He died unexpectedly at his home at Route 2, Leland Friday, May 26, 1978.  He was employed as a farmer for Dean Lake for many years.

He is survived by one son, Dorman R. Gibson; one grandchild, Marcy Gibson; two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Earl (Bea) Nallie of Buffalo, KY, Mrs. Hansford (Pearl) Atherton of Shelbyville, KY and Ellis Gibson of Paw Paw.

Mr. Gibson’s wife, Ethel Shofner Gibson, died March 7, 1977.            HR 6/8/1978

 

Elsie E. Morsch Weddige     1978.06.12

Mrs. Elsie E. Weddige, 91, of Hinckley died June 10, 1978, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born June 7, 1887, in Squaw Grove Township, the daughter of Henry and Lena (Baie) Morsch.

She married Albert W. Weddige in Hinckley January 15, 1907.

She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

She is survived by LaVern Weddige, Lubbock, TX; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Berdena) Bergstrand of Hinckley; two brothers, Virgil Morsch, Hinckley; Melvin Morsch, Big Rock; four sisters, Mrs. Martin (Alta) Olsen, Cortland.  Mrs. William (Hilda) Leifheit, Hinckley, Mrs. Stanley (Delia) Thompson, Big Rock, Mrs. Clyde (Celia) Lancaster, Hinckley; two grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and two sisters.

Private funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Rev. William Myers officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

HR 6/15/1978

 

Pauline Pfisterer Riedelsperger     1978.06.13

Mrs. Pauline Riedelsperger, 93, of rural Maple Park, died June 7, 1978, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born August 11, 1884, in Germany, the daughter of Christian and Barbara (Dietz) Pfisterer.

She married Louis Riedelsperger June 25, 1904, in Pierce Township.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and a member of the Woman’s Guild of the church.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Florence) Heyer of Hinckley, Mrs. Henry (Ella) Wassman of Hinckley, Mrs. Ralph (Clara) Ziegler of Plainfield, Mrs. Martha Lyle of Maple Park, Mrs. Walter (Elsie) Rissman of Shabbona; two sons, Walter of Maple Park, Ronald of Hinckley; 14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son and her husband.

Services were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Hinckley.  The Rev. William Myers officiated.  Burial was in Pierce Cemetery in rural Maple Park.              HR 6/15/1978

 

Donald T. Schopp     1978.06.14

Donald T. Schopp, 47, of North Aurora, died Friday, June 9, 1978 at his home.  He was born August 28, 1930 in Aurora.

Mr. Schopp owned and operated Schopp’s Bakery in Aurora; prior to that he had been employed at Buchner’s Bakery as a baker for 25 years.  He served as fire chief of the Moecherville Fire Detent from 1960 to 1964.  He was a member of the Union Congregational Church, North Aurora.

Surviving are his widow, Kathleen; a daughter, Vicki of North Aurora; four sons, Wayne, Michael and Rich of Aurora and Jay of North Aurora; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Matilda Schopp of Aurora; three sisters, Mrs. Bob (Sharon) Adams of Garden Grove, CA; Mrs. Robert (Pat) Rouse of North Aurora and Mrs. Gene (Rose) Chesselow of Big Rock; and six brothers, Wayne, Dale, Jack, Earl and Ed, all of Aurora, and Ronald Jr. of Batavia and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Jr. in 1952, his father, Ronald, Sr. May 8, his paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, Catherine and Peter Heimenz.       HR 6/15/1978

 

Herman Dale Greene     1978.06.15

Herman Dale Greene, 29, of Big Rock, died Saturday, June 10, 1978 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, following a motorcycle accident on Jericho Road.  He was born December 15, 1948 in Clarksville, TN.

He was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge 90 and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

 He is survived by his widow, Janet R. Adermann Greene, his mother, Mrs. Mildred Greene of Clarksville and a brother James of Clarksville.

Funeral services were Wednesday at McReynolds Funeral Home in Clarksville.                                HR 6/15/1978

 

Belle Westervelt Greene     1978.06.16

Mrs. Belle Greene, 90, of rural Waterman died June 9, 1978, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1888, in Churdan, IA, the daughter of Miles Westervelt and Rose (Diemer) Westervelt.

She attended Cedar Falls Teachers College.

She married Ralph Greene December 31, 1912 in Churdan.

She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She taught the Friendship Bible Class until her death.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Doris Hendrickson, Waterman; one son, George Diemer, Plattsburg, MO; two grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one brother, Ralph Westervelt, St. Petersburg, FL.

She was precede in death by her husband and one son.

Services were held Monday at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. Phillip Nystrand officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.      HR 6/15/1978

 

Blanche Wixom Cole     1978.06.17

Mrs. Elgrin (Blanche Wixom) Cole, 79, of Naples, FL, died Sunday morning, June 18, 1978, after suffering a severe heart attack in late spring, and being hospitalized since.

Mrs. Cole’s two sisters, Mrs. Randall Foster of Rollo and Mrs. Chester Wills of Mendota flew to Florida to see her and Mr. Cole in the middle of May.

Services were held June 20 and burial was in Naples.

   HR 6/22/1978

 

Emmerson Ickes     1978.06.18

Emmerson Ickes, 62, of Shabbona, died June 15, 1978, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born July 2, 1915, in Shabbona, the son of George and Alice (Collins) Ickes.

Survivors include three brothers, Albert of Blue River, WI, Emory of Utica and Otto of West Brooklyn and one sister, Jane Hinman of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  The Rev. Stephen Persson of the First Baptist Church of Sycamore officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.                HR 6/22/1978

 

Robert E. White, Sr.     1978.06.19

Robert E. White, Sr., 84, of Waterman, passed away Sunday, June 18, 1978, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born in Somonauk December 2, 1893, son of Hampton and Margaret Henry White.  He attended school in Somonauk.  March 3, 1920, he married the former Pearl Dolder in Somonauk.  Mr. white was a member of the Congregational Church in Somonauk, was a farmer in the Waterman area until he retired and moved to Waterman, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 654.  He served with the U. S. Army during World War I.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl of Waterman, two sons, Lawrence . of Granville, and Robert E., Jr., of Waterman, two daughters, Mrs. Lyle (Emma) Moeller of Beaman, IA and Mrs. William (Barbara) Lynch of Malta, two brothers, William of Sandwich, and Eugene of Laguna Beach, CA, one sister, Mrs. Alexander (Jeanette) Gilchrist of Waterman, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  He was preceded by two sons, Fredrick and Berton, 1 brother and 1 sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 20, at the Nash Chapel with Rev. Larry D. Brown officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery in rural Somonauk.  American Legion Post 654 was in charge of the military funeral.          HR 6/22/1978

 

Charles Henry Ziegler     1978.06.20

Charles Henry Ziegler, 79, of Maple Park, died Saturday, June 24, 1978, at Four Seasons Nursing Home, Aurora.

He was born December 8, 1898 in Pierce Township, DeKalb County. 

He was a retired farmer and a member of the Pierce United Methodist Church.

He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Junior (Ida) Smith of Sugar Grove, Mrs. Vera Verly of Hinckley, Mrs. Clarence (Ethel) Varbel of DeKalb, Mrs. Rufus (Margaret) Henderson of DeKalb, and Mrs. Wiley (Charlene) Wilson of Kaneville; three sons, Harold of Danville, Everette of Waterman and Howard of Aurora; 41 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Rollin of Maple Park and Ralph of Plainfield, and one sister, Mrs. Ivy Ashby of Lombard.

Services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pierce United Methodist Church, Maple Park.  Burial was in Pierce Cemetery.

    HR 9/29/1978

 

Eunice Goebel Greeley     1978.06.21

Word has been received by Mrs. Addie Babcock that private services for Mrs. Eunice Goebel Greeley, a long time resident of Winnetka, were held on shipboard at LaJolla, CA, and her ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean, as she has many times requested.  Her son, Paul W. Greeley, Jr., read the services.

Mrs. Greeley was the wife of Dr. Paul W. Greeley, a former resident of Waterman.  She died June 4, 1978 in LaJolla, where she had lived the past eight years.  She was the daughter of Prof. Jules Goebel, a founder of Stanford University, and had been a resident of Winnetka for 40 years.  She was active in the Garden Club, Indian Hill Country Club and the Women’s Auxiliary of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital  In addition to her husband, she leaves her son, Paul W., Jr., and three grandchildren to mourn her passing.

Her husband, Dr. Paul W. Greeley, is the son of the later Dr. P. E. N. and Mrs. Greeley, who built and owned Waterman’s East Side Hospital.                             HR 6/29/1978

 

                                         Charles Phillips      1978.07.01

     Charles Phillips, 80, died July 2, 1978 at Sandwich Hospital.  He was born on October 11, 1897.  He was married to his wife, Ruby, on December 20, 1924.

     He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. J. A. (Shirley) Johnston of Elmhurst; and two sons, Larry Phillips of Sandwich and Richard Phillips of Big Rock.

     Mr. Phillips was Deacon Emeritus at Big Rock English Congregational Church.

     Burial was at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

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Charles Phillips, 80, of Plano, died Thursday,  July 6, 1978 in Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born October 1, 1897, in Aurora.

Mr. Phillips was a member of the Big Rock English Congregational Church.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his widow, Ruby; a daughter, Mrs. J. A. (Shirley) Johnston of Elmhurst; two sons, Larry of Sandwich and Richard of Big Rock; nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Roy, Albert, Floyd and Arthur.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Big Rock English Congregational Church.  The Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Contributions in Mr. Phillip’s memory may be made to Big Rock English Congregational Church.             HR 7/13/1978

 

                                Donald H. Voss    1978.07.06

Donald Voss, 55, of Waterman died suddenly July 8, 1978 in Galena, MO.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM Tuesday, July 10, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Trapp officiating.  The Nash Funeral Home, Waterman, had charge of arrangements.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery.

Mr. Voss was born March 24, 1923 in Somonauk, the son of John M. and Mary Arndt Voss.  He is survived by one daughter, Mary Carol Farmer of Tomahawk, WI, one son, Marrtin Voss of Evanston; four brothers, Edmund of Cedar Rapids, IA; John C., Gerald and Raymond Voss all of Somonauk, and one sister Mrs. Eleanor Klotz of Genoa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty and two sisters.

He was employed by the State of Illinois Highway Department and was a member of the Waterman Lions Club, the American Legion, the Waterman Presbyterian Church and the church Board of Trustees.

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Donald H. Voss, 55, of 340 N. Oak Street, Waterman, IL passed away suddenly July 8, 1978 in Lampe, MO while on vacation.

He was born March 24, 1923 in Somonauk, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Voss.  He graduated from Somonauk  High School and was employed by the Illinois Tollway Authority. May 28, 1949 he married Betty Jean Thompson in Somonauk.  He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 654, the Waterman Lions Club and was a veteran of World War II having served in the Marine Corps.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Farmer of Tomahawk, WI, one son Martin of Des Plaines, 4 brothers, John of Somonauk, Ed of Cedar Rapids, IA, Raymond of Somonauk and Gerald of Somonauk and one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Klotz of Genoa.  He was preceded by his wife Betty in 1975.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 11 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ronald Trapp officiating.  Interment was in Oak Mound Cemetery in rural Somonauk with American Legion Post 654 in charge of the military funeral.

HR 7/13/1978

 

Elaine Oakland Dillenback     1978.07.07

Mrs. Elaine (Oakland) Dillenback, 57, of Rimsnider Road, rural Hinckley died Monday, July 10, 1978 at her home.  She was born December 9, 1920 in Steward, IL the daughter of Elmer and Sena Bjerge Oakland.

Mrs. Dillenback received her education in Steward and Hinckley.  February 4, 1939, she married Yale Dillenback at the Oakland home in rural Hinckley

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and the Women’s Society of Christian Service.  She resided on the Dillenback farm for 39 years.

Mrs. Dillenback is survived by her husband, Yale, one son, Ronald O. Dillenback of Hinckley; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Donna) Mack, DeKalb and Connie Dillenback of DeKalb; one brother, Harold Oakland, Williamsville, NY; three sisters, Mrs. Howard (Ethel) Ackland, West Brooklyn, IL, Mrs. George (Stella) Hendrickey, Aurora, IL, Mrs. Joseph (Ruth) Garaghty, Wasco, IL; and five grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Ivan Oakland, and one grandson.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 13, 1978 at 11 a.m. at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne D. Kirk officiating.  Final resting place will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  The body will lie in state at the church preceding services.  A memorial is being established in care of Nash Memorial Chapel.

HR 7/13/1978

 

                                       Lyle E. Delp     

Lyle E. Delp, 64, died on Thursday, July 13, 1978 at Sandwich Hospital.  Mr. Delp was born on February 16, 1914, at Hancock, MN.

Mr. Delp is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mabel; a daughter, Mrs. Dan (Judy) Hays; a son, Richard L. Delp; three brothers, three sisters, and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Delp came to Sandwich from Shabbona 11 years ago.  He was a member of the Shabbona Baptist Church.  The service was held at the Shabbona Baptist Church with the Rev. Stephen Hammond and the Rev. Earl Kinney officiating.

Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  It is asked that memorials be sent to the Shabbona Baptist Church.

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Lyle E. Delp, 64, of Sandwich died July 13, 1978 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born February 16, 1914 in Hancock, MN, the son of Ernest and Merle (Read) Delp.

He married Mabel Beaver December 31, 1936 in Hancock.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Dan (Judy) Hays, Fairport, NY; one son, Richard L., Somonauk; three brothers, Carl, Darwin, MN, Berl, Earlville, Verne, Prescott AZ; three sisters, Mrs. Phillip (Janette) Murphy, Alexandria, MN, Mrs. Russell (Lola) Dorothy, St. Paul, MN, Mrs. George (Neva) Rebuck, Atascadero, CA; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

   HR 7/20/1978

 

Kelsey Fred Thomas     1978.07.14

Kelsey Fred Thomas, 74, of Eagle Grove, IA, died Tuesday, July 4, 1978, in his home.  He was born October 6, 1903, in Aurora, IA.

Mr. Thomas was a veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose of Aurora, IA, for 35 years.

He is survived by his widow, Ruth; three sons, Gerald of Apopka, FL, Ronald of Aurora, IL, and Timothy of Eagle Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Bill (Dorothy) Bramblett of Marshalltown, IA, Mrs. Bob (Pat) Bjornson of Eagle Grove and Renee Thomas of Eagle Grove;  17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Bill of Olympia, WA and Lee of Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Kastler-Babcock-DeYoung Funeral Home, Eagle Grove. The Rev. Don Callen officiated.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove.

The Thomases were residents of Hinckley for many years.

HR 7/13/1978

 

Pearl Townsend     1978.07.15

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Townsend of Holt, MI will be held today, Thursday, July 13, 1978 at 1 p.m. at the J. A. Nash Chapel in Hinckley.                           HR 7/13/1978

 

William E. Woods     1978.07.16

William E. (Bill) Woods, 52, of Waterman, died July 6, 1978, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born August 16, 1925, in Waterman, to Preston I. and Maude (Dean) Woods.

He was a graduate of Waterman High School and the University of Illinois.

He married Patricia Brown in Waterman August 22, 1948.

He was a plant manager for Northern FS Inc. in DeKalb and a member of the United Methodist Church, where he was the former chairman of the church board and a Sunday School superintendent.

He was a member of the Kishwaukee chapter of SPEBSQSA,  barbershop singers.

He was a former member of the Waterman School Board and was on the steering committee for Kishwaukee College.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Survivors include his widow; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Preston I. Woods of Bradenton, FL; three daughters, Mrs. James (Leslie) Lanham, Jr. of Rosell, Mrs. Brian (Marilyn) Harding, of Rocheelle, Nanette Woods of Waterman; one son, Peter of Waterman; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Sheldon (Betty) Kesner of Hinckley, Mrs. Robert (Ella Jean) Davis of Brook, IN; and one brother, the Rev. Preston D. Woods, of Oak Park.

A memorial service was Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Waterman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry D. Brown officiating. 

Arrangements were made by Nash Chapel, Waterman.

    HR 7/13/1978

 

Anna C. Hughes Johnson      1978.07.17

Anna C. Johnson, 78, of Shabbona died July 24, 1978 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born May 23, 1900, in Freedom Township, the daughter of William and Annie (Owens) Hughes.

She married Hiram Johnson February 24, 1925, in Earlville.

Se was employed for many years as a cook with the Shabbona School District.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Survivors include one son, Robert, West Allis, WI; one grandson; and one brother, Edward Hughes, Earlville.

She was preceded in death by  her husband, two brothers and four sisters.

Services will b held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.  The Rev. Clement Petit will officiate.  Burial will be in the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Earlville.

   HR 7/28/1978

 

Gladys Mae Foster Firkins     1978.07.18

Mrs. Gladys Mae Firkins, 74, of St. Alban’s Green in Sycamore, passed away suddenly at her home Sunday, July 23, 1978.  Mrs. Firkins had moved to Sycamore from Waterman after selling her home in Waterman following the death of  her husband, Peter.

Gladys Mae Firkins was born May 29, 1904, the daughter, of Loran and Lottie Constable Foster.  June 19, 1921 she was married to Peter Firkins in DeKalb.  They farmed on Leland Road for many years and moved to Waterman following Peter’s retirement.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dianna Vilmin, Kirkland, and Mrs. R. H. Roberts, Jr. of Aurora, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry D. Browne officiating.  Burial was in Victor Cemetery.          HR 7/28/1978

 

Edith G. White     1978.07.19

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White and their families traveled to Ralston, IA to attend the funeral of their mother and grandmother which was Friday, July 28th.

Edith G. White, age 64, died at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, IA July 25, 1978 following a long illness.  She is survived by her husband, Verly of Ralston, a son, Leonard of Lidderdale, IA, a daughter, Marjorie Thompson of Big Rock, IL, and a son, Joseph of Big Rock, a daughter, Margaret Moore of Giltner, NE, 18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

She is also survived by 3 brothers and 5 sisters.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two grandchildren.

The courage she has shown during her ling illness will always serve as a tribute to those who loved her.    HR 8/10/1978

 

Nellie S. Hampton Hyde     1978.07.20

Nellie S. Hyde, 88, of Rollo, died July 30, 1978 in Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born March 17, 1889 in Rollo.  His parents were Riley J. Hampton and Sarah Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Anton (Marjorie) Flerssner of Big Rock; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday August 2, 1978.

Burial was at Stevens Cemetery, Rural Route Earlville.

   HR 8/10/1978

 

Vernie J. Wood     1978.07.21

Vernie J. Wood, 72, of 1514 Sparkhayes Drive, Sycamore, died Friday, July 28, 1978 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born September 19, 1905 at Keens, IL.  He married Ruby Austin January 1, 1926.

He is survived by  his wife, one son, Russell Wood of DeKalb; three daughters, Mrs. Morris (Joan) Drury of DeKalb, Mrs. Joyce Holzer of DeKalb, Mrs. Berry Hilleson of Lee; fifteen grandchildren; three brothers, Earl of Keens, Walter of Rockford and Ross of Indianapolis, IN; and two sisters, Mrs. Bonnie Hanes and Mrs. Milly Anderson of Carmi, IL.

Mr. Wood was a farmer in DeKalb for many years and most recently had been the maintenance supervisor at the University Plaza.

He is a member of the Mayfield Grange and the Pomona Grange.

Services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. John L. Fredricksen of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. 

Burial was at the Fairview Memory Gardens.  HR 8/10/1978

 

Dorothy Keightly O’Donnell     1978.07.22

Eleanor O’Donnell of Waukegan visited last week with her sister-in-law, Marian O’Donnell, coming for the funeral of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Edmund O’Donnell.  Others coming from Waukegan were Mary and Tom Drew.

Mrs. Edmund (Dorothy Keightly) O’Donnell, 72, of Lombard, IL, died Saturday July 29, 1978. 

The funeral was held at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard Wednesday, August 2 and burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee. 

The deceased was preceded by her husband two years ago and is survived by one son and three sisters and several nieces and nephews.  She was a former teacher in the Lee High School department years ago.                          HR 8/10/1978

 

 

 

Ray H. Dienst     1978.08.16

Ray H. Dienst, 86, of Hinckley died at home Wednesday, August 9, 1978.

He was born in Pierce Township, November 23, 1894, the son of George Dienst and Matilda Klotz.

He attended school in Pierce Township and farmed in the Hinckley area his entire life.

He was married February 28, 1924 at the St. Paul’s Parsonage to Irene Stahl.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ of Hinckley, the St. Paul Brotherhood and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and St; Paul’s Church Council.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Norman R. of Hinckley; and one granddaughter, Mrs. Jeffrey (Cathy) Kleckner of Aurora; and one sister, Mrs. Everett (Stella) Baie of Hinckley.

He was preceded by one brother.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

The Rev. William J. Myers officiated.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

 HR 8/17/1978

 

Michael H. Marks     1978.08.17

Michael H. Marks, 32, of Rochelle, died in Rigaby, ID as the result of a crop dusting plane accident.

H was born April 25, 1946, in DeKalb to Henry and Alice (Eakle) Marks.

He married Kathleen Lohrmann in Texas November 26, 1977. 

He was a 1964 graduate of Rochelle Township High School.

Survivors include his wife; his parents, of Rochelle; two sisters, Heather Marks of Seattle, WA, and Melissa Marks of Rochelle; and his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Eakle of Waterman.

Services were Tuesday (August 15, 1978) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rochelle, with the Rev. Arthur Oswald officiating.

Burial was in the Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

  HR 8/17/1978

 

Adelbert W. Rissman     1978.08.18

Adelbert W. Rissman, 66, of Hinckley died suddenly Saturday, August 19, 1978, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born September 28, 1911, in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley and the Men’s club of the church.  He was a veteran of World War II.

April 5, 1945 he married Mabel Johnson Knudtson in Hinckley.  He was a self-employed general contractor.

Mr. Rissman is survived by his widow; four sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Myrtle) Ulrich of Aurora, Mrs. Luella Vodden of Kirkland, Mrs. Hayden (Juanita) Karau of Aurora, Mrs. Verdette (Adella) Colby of Waterman; five brothers, Loernz of Springfield, IL, Walter of Shabbona, Earl of Aurora, Michael and Robert of Hinckley.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.

Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

HR 8/24/1978

Meredith F. Barker     1978.08.19

Meredith F. Barker, 75, of Genoa died Saturday, August 19, 1978, at his home.  He was born December 16, 1902 in Cicero, IL, the son of Owen and Mabel Barker.

He graduated from the Glen Ellyn public schools and attended the University of Illinois.

He married the former Allie May Strever.  They moved to Genoa in 1942, where Mr. Barker and his father operated the Genoa Bowling Alley for many years.  He operated Barker’s Accounting Service for 35 years in Genoa.

Barker was a charter member of the Genoa Lions Club, Genoa Chamber of Commerce, 50 year member of the Genoa Masonic Lodge and a member of the Faith United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, one son, Michael, at home and one sister, Mrs. Elwyn (Helen) Rickert, Sandwich.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 at Cooper-Sullivan Funeral Home in Genoa.  Masonic services were conducted at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial was in Genoa Cemetery.

A memorial fund is being established in his name.

HR 8/24/1978

 

Robert Newman Dyer Yoak     1978.08.20

Rev. Robert N. D. Yoak, passed away Saturday August 19, 1978 at his home in Fort Pierce, FL from a chronic lung disease and emphazema.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Baird Funeral Home conducted by Rev. H. Page Williams, pastor of the Indian River Presbyterian Church in Ft. Pierce.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, son Chuck, daughters Gerry and Martha, three step children, Steve, Bob and Brenda and one grandson Bradley.

Rev. Yoak retired a year ago as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley.

Anyone wishing to contact the family may write Norma at 314 S. 23rd St., Ft. Pierce, FL 33450                 HR 8/24/1971

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The Rev. Robert Newman Dyer Yoak, 63, of Ft. Pierce, FL, died August 19, 1978 at Lawnwood Medical Center, Ft. Pierce.  He was born August 27, 1914 in West Virginia.  He was the retired minister of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Rev. Yoak also held the pastorates of Harvard Church, Oak Park, IL, and Doremus Congregational Church, Chicago.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Yoak of Fort Pierce; a son, the Rev. Charles S. Yoak of Mendota Heights, MN, two stepsons, Robert A. Parks of Chicago, IL; and Stephen L. Parks of Fort Pierce; two daughters, Mrs. Dennis McCurnin of Ames, IA and Miss Martha Yoak of Keokuk, IA; a step-daughter, Brenda K. Parks of Tucson, AZ; and three grandchildren.

The funeral services were held in Fort Pierce, with the Rev. H. Page Williams of the Indian River Presbyterian Church officiating.

A memorial fund has been established in Rev. Yoak’s memory at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

  HR 9/7/1978

 

 

Clarabelle McCorrey     1978.08.21

Friday morning (August 18, 1978) Mrs. Hazel McCrea was saddened by the news of the sudden death of her sister, Mrs. Clarabelle McCorrey of Monroe, WI.

Marjorie, Wayne and Julie McCrea and Mrs. Walter Bock of Aurora attended the funeral in Monroe Monday.  Due to a recent illness Mrs. McCrea could not attend.           HR 8/24/1978

 

Lena E. Voss     1978.08.22

Miss Lena E. Voss, 74, of North Aurora, died Tuesday (August 22, 1978) in the home of her brother in DeKalb.  She was born July 29, 1904 in Tomahawk, WI.

Miss Voss was a past employee of Aurora Metal Co. and was a legal secretary for Youssi and Bina attorneys in Batavia.  She was a member of the Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She was active in Lutheran church work most of her life and held several offices in Lutheran Women’s Mission League.

Surviving are two brothers, Walter of DeKalb and Martin J. of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. G. H. Voss and a brother, Fred.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. John P. Gaertner and the Rev. Marcus Bode officiating.

Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contribution in Miss Voss’ memory may be made to Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church.         HR 8/31/1978

 

Rodney L. Davis     1978.08.23

Rodney L. Davis, 23, of 1207 Wild St., Sycamore, died Friday, August 25, 1978 at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee from injuries sustained in a May 29 auto accident.

He was born May 7, 1955 in DeKalb, the son of Marvin and Marylyn Naese.

Survivors include his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Davis; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hindenberg of Sycamore; five brothers, Randy and Mike Davis of Shabbona, Bill and Chuck Hindenberg of DeKalb; Brian Hindenberg of Sycamore, two sisters, Rebecca and Laura Hindenberg, both of Sycamore; and two grandfathers, Jesse Davis, Mt. Vernon, Charles Naese of Chicago.

He was a 1973 graduate of Sycamore High School and graduated from Northern Illinois University in December of 1977.  He was a fifth grade teacher at the Prairie Grove grade school in Crystal Lake.

He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church, an eagle scout, a member of the Order of the Arrow, a member of the Illinois High School Association, and an active member of the YMCA.

Services were held Monday at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home.  The Rev. Elwin Colson officiated.  Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.                       HR 8/31/1978

 

Verne M. Powers     1978.08.24

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Christensen attended the funeral of Harry’s nephew, Verne M. Powers, 53, of Glen Ellyn last week. Verne’s father Vere Powers was a Hinckley man.

Verne was killed August 18, 1978 when he and a friend were flying to their cabin in Wisconsin.  They were caught in a storm and hit a high power line and the plane exploded and burned.

Services were held at the First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn.  Masonic and Legion services were also held.

Verne had recently retired from the Glen Ellyn Police Dept. and was working as a bailiff at the Wheaton Courthouse.  The Glen Ellyn Police and Fire Depts. attended the funeral.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene, a son and daughter and his mother, Mrs. Mildred Powers. 

Harry’s two sisters, Carla Christensen and Mrs. Allie Johnson and brother Melvin came from Minnesota for the funeral.                                                HR 8/31/1978

 

Robert J. Herrmann     1978.08.25

Robert J. Herrmann, 90, of Rockford, formerly of rural Steward died Thursday, August 31, 1978 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1887 in Steward, the son of John and Mary (Riley) Herrmann.

He lived in Rockford one month, after moving there from rural Steward.

He married Alice O‘Donnell January 29, 1913 in Lee.

He graduated from Dixon Business College in 1910.  He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Alice, three daughters, Marguerite Cook of Rockford, Elaine Barger of Rockford, and Margery Perino of Deer Grove, IL; 14 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one brother, Claude V. of Rochelle.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen Craig.

Funeral services were Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church in Lee with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Lee.             HR 9/7/1978

 

Harold E. Trotz     1978.09.16

Harold E. Trotz, 64, RR 1, Illinois Rte. 38, Malta died September 1, 1978 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born October 16, 1913, in Kaneville, the son of Rudolph and Bessie (Richardson) Trotz.

He married Catherine Fowler in DeKalb June 30, 1940.

He had worked at Northern Illinois University for over 23 years.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Roxie) Sawyer of Waterman, Judy Burton of Sycamore, and Mrs. Fred (Janet) Johnson of Cortland; five sons, Duane of New York, Larry of Naperville, Ken of Marengo, Gene of Malta and Doug of Cortland; 18 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Ivan of Leon, IA; one sister, Mrs. Marian Scheer of Darien, WI; and two nieces and two nephews.

He was a member of the Malta United Methodist Church, the Malta Lions Club and he was vice president of the Malta Community Chest Drive.

Services were Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Malta United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Paul Cole officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.

    HR 9/7/1978

 

 

 

Lillian L. Burdick Erwin     1978.09.17

Lillian L. Erwin, 87, of Four Seasons Rest Home, died Monday, September 11, 1978, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born April 3, 1891.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aurora.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Fern) Patterson of Elburn; a son, Stanley Erwin, of Montgomery; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Burmester of Hinckley and Mrs. Luella Meetz of Oswego; and a brother, Kenneth Burdick of Sandwich.

Mrs. Erwin was preceded in death by her parents, James and Emma Burdick; her husband, Roy S. Erwin, and a son.

No visitation will be held.

Memorial services will be held today (Thursday) at the First Baptist Church.

Contributions in Mr. Erwin’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Erwin lived at the Burmester residence a period of times, several years ago.                                    HR 9/14/1978

 

Ethel Lane Holland     1978.09.18

Mrs. Ethel L. Holland, 67, of rural Barber Greene Road, Sycamore, died September 5, 1978 at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born December 23, 1910, in Hanna City, IL, the daughter of Walter J. and Florence (Ewalt) Lane.

She married James R. Holland February 18, 1934 in Hinckley.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Gayle Schied of Denver, CO; five sisters, Mrs. Erma Sowers of Seattle, WA, Mrs. Iola Swanson of Morton Grove, Mrs. Lora Wilkening of Sandwich, Mrs. Anna Utis of Aurora, Mrs. Ruth Peterson of Jacksonville, AR; one brother, Glenn Lane of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the  Daughters of the American Revolution, the DeKalb Woman’s Club and the DeKalb Methodist Church.

Services were Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Van Natta Funeral Home.  The Rev. Lawrence Swanson officiated.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.            HR 9/14/1978

 

Reuben Jacobson     1978.09.19

Reuben Jacobson, 82, of Shabbona died September 14, 1978 at home.

He was born May 12, 1896 in rural Shabbona, the son of Jacob and Mary (Olson) Jacobson.

He farmed in the Shabbona community until he retired to town and later ran a greenhouse.

Survivors include one son, Wyeth of Aurora; one brother Arthur of Shabbona; three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, one daughter an three brothers.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Reader John Hennessy from the First Church of Christ Scientist in DeKalb officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                   HR 9/21/1978

 

 

Glenn H. Heyer     1978.09.20

Glenn H. Heyer, 63, of Waterman, died Sunday (September 17, 1978) in Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  He was born June 23, 1915 in Waterman.

Mr. Heyer was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, the Men’s Club of the church and the Lutheran Laymen’s League.  He was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and was a former 4-H leader.

Surviving are his widow, Lanita; a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Pat) Groeneveld of Sandwich; a son Robert Carl Heyer of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandchildren and his mother, Mrs. Ida Heyer of Waterman.

The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 19 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery.                HR 9/21/1978

 

                                 Kevin L. Wallis     1978.10.06

     Kevin L. Wallis, 23, 155 Magnuson Lane, Somonauk, died Friday, October 27, 1978 at Shabbona.

     He is survived by his wife, Rita, and two children., Chris and Jeremiah, both at home; his parents, Ronald and Patricia Wallis; three brothers, Kendyl, Kyle and Karl; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Mall of Sandwich.

     Services were held Monday, October 30 at Burkhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Leslie Fox officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.  Memorials may be sent to the National Wildlife Federation.

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A 23 year old Somonauk resident drowned while boating in the Shabbona State Park Lake Friday, October 27, 1978.

Kevin Wallis was apparently alone in a small fishing boat in the manmade lake when it overturned.  Other fishermen a great distance from the scene noticed Wallis in the water, but could not tell authorities exactly what happened.

The Shabbona Rescue squad was called to the scene.  They in turn called the Ottawa Rescue Squad and other local units to assist with the search, according to a prearranged plan worked out by the Shabbona group some months ago.  In their first test of the plan, DeKalb County Coroner, William Sullivan called it an “excellent, well-coordinated effort.”

Sullivan pronounced Mr. Wallis dead at the scene about 5:45 p.m. Friday evening.  No medical cause was found for the death, with all indications that of drowning, according to the coroners office.

Wallis was a native of Sandwich, and he lived in Somonauk for about two years.  He was an employee of All-Steel Corporation, Aurora, and had attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

He is survived by his widow, Rita (Rhea); two sons, Chris and Jeremiah; his parents, Ronald and Patricia Wallis of Sandwich; three brothers, Kendyl, Kyle and Karl, all of Sandwich, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Mall of Sandwich.

Funeral services were Monday, October 30, 1978 at 8 p.m. in the Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.             HR 11/2/1978

 

                            Robert Westle Bark     1978.10.08

     Robert Westle Bark, 54, died Thursday, October 12, 1978 at the Sandwich Hospital.  He was born December 28, 1923 in Sandwich.

     He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Erna Meyer; two daughters, Mrs. Victor (Evonna) Johnson of Sandwich and Mrs. Robert (Linda) Prater of DeKalb; two half brothers, Claude of Sandwich and Charles of Apache Junction, AZ; one half sister, Mrs. George (Gertrude) Kramer of Batavia; and five grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nellie Vories Bark, and one son, Roger.

     He was a self employed plumber.  He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.  Visitation was at Salem Lutheran Church on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

     Memorials are requested for the Salem Lutheran Organ Fund.

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Robert W. Bark, 54, of Sandwich died October 12, 1978 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born December 28, 1923 in Sandwich, the son of Charles and Nellie (Voreis) Bark,

He married Erna Mayer June 11, 1943 in Somonauk.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Victor (Evonna) Johnson of Sandwich, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Prater of DeKalb, two half brothers, Claude Bark of Sandwich, Charles Bark of Apache Junction, AZ; one half sister, Mrs. George (Gertrude) Kramer of Batavia; five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.

He was a self-employed plumber in the Sandwich area.

He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church of Sandwich and a veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion, the I.O.O.F. and the Sandwich Sportsmen’s Club.

Services were held Saturday at the Salem Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Philip Lund officiated.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.                           HR 10/19/1978

 

Julius L. Rokop     1978.10.16

Julius L. Rokop, 65, of Hinckley, died Monday (October 10, 1978) at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born February 8, 1913 in Aurora.

He was employed by the Burlington Railroad for 38 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Burlington Veterans Association and of Loyal order of Moose Lodge 400.

He is survived by his widow, Alice; a daughter, Nancy Rice of Elgin, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis and by his parents, Julius and Helen Rokop.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 13, 1978 at the Holy Angels Church in Aurora.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund.                                     HR 10/12/1978

 

Treva Leona Batchelor Eisenberg     1978.10.17

Treva Leona Eisenberg, 65, of Plano, died October 6, 1978, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born December 14, 1912 in Brazil, IN, the daughter of Daniel and Minnie (Wiggle) Batchelor.

She married Glenn Eisenberg in Plano in 1927.

For many years she was a supervisor at Plano molding Company.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Carol) Eastabrook, Mansfield, TX, Esther Eisenberg, Newark; two grandchildren; one brother, Harold Batchelor, Loves Park; two sisters, Mrs. Stelle Eisenberg, Plano, and Mrs. Viola Phillips, Terre Haute.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Rev, Clare Hewitt officiating.  Burial was in the Plano Cemetery.   HR 10/12/1978

 

Reba Reed Lewis     1978.10.18

Mrs. Reba Lewis, 74, North Sycamore Street, Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 1978 in Copley Hospital, Aurora.  She was born February 6, 1904 in New London, IA.

Mrs. Lewis was retired from the Illinois Bell Telephone Co.  She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, and the Telephone Pioneers of America Club.

She is survived by a sister, A. J. (Winnie) Brown of Monterey Park, CA; a brother, Carol R. Reed, New London, IA and two nephews.

Funeral services will be today, Thursday, October 19, 1978 in the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Clare Hewitt officiating.

Burial will be in Big Rock, IL.  Visitation was Wednesday evening from the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home in Oswego.

Memorials should be give to the Hinckley United Methodist Church.                                  HR 10/19/1978

 

Charles C. Hunt     1978.10.19

Charles C. Hunt, 74, of 2705 Illinois 38 East, DeKalb, died October 22, 1978 at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born May 25, 1904 in DeKalb, the son of Clifford S. and Jenny (Wright) Hunt.

He married Frances Farnsworth.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lynn Gerber of Wheaton; three granddaughters; two sisters, Mrs. Jackson (Helen) Lewis of Oak Park, Mrs. Russell (Harriet) Smith of DeKalb and several nieces and nephews.

He was a retired woodshop teacher.

He was a past president of the Ellwood House Association and the first president of the DeKalb County Historical Association.

He belonged to the DeKalb Community Fire Protection District.  He was a former county board member and a member of the Methodist Church of DeKalb.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Edwin Hunt officiating.  Burial was in Mound Rest Cemetery in Cortland.  

HR 10/26/1978

 

Frank Albin Anderson     1978.10.20

Frank (Albin) Anderson, 79, of Wonder Lake, IL, died in the Shabbona Nursing Home October 19, 1978.

He was born in Orland, Sweden, January 7, 1899 the son of Karl Nelson and Jennie Larson.

He was educated in Sweden.  He worked for U.S. Steel in South Chicago.

He married Tillie Miller December 16, 1939 in Chicago.

He was a member of the Nativity Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; three brothers, Anselm Victor and Siefard Karlson all of Sweden; one sister, Mrs. Alfa Larson, Sweden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Nash Chapel, Waterman.  Burial was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Waterman.                                 HR 10/26/1978

 

Dorothy Biddle Boyer     1978.10.21

Mrs. Dorothy (Biddle) Boyer, 68, of 180 N. Garfield, Hinckley, died Monday, October 23, 1978 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born March 9, 1910, the daughter of Hiland Warren Biddle and Hester Mary Womer, in Osceola Mills, PA.

She attended the University of Pittsburgh, PA.  She married F. Ellis Boyer August 6, 1937.

Mrs. Boyer was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority, and served on the Osceola Mills board of education.  She  has been a resident of Hinckley for 1½ years.

She is survived by one son, Ellis Boyer, Aurora; three daughters, Mrs. Mark (Dorothy) McQuillen, Marietta, GA, Mrs. Earl (Mary) DeWerff, Hinckley; Miss Margaret Boyer of Pennsylvania and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents, her husband, a grandchild, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held, October 25 from the Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. William Myers officiating.  Final resting place will be the Allport Cemetery, Allport, PA. 

HR 10/26/1978

 

Francis J. Williams     1978.10.22

Francis J. Williams, 52, formerly of Big Rock, died Wednesday,  October 18, 1978 in Temple, TX.  He was born June 1, 1926 the son of Richard and Vivian Williams,

“Dutch” operated the Big Rock Truck Stop for 20 years.  He had been an Explorer Scout leader, on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Director of the Crossroads Christian Youth Center and Past Commander of the Big Rock American Legion.  He served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve; four daughters, Susan Grabanski, LaPorte City, IA, Diane Ledger, London, England, Patricia Sprinkle, Normal, IL, Cheryl Halmagyi, Aurora, IL; 2 sons, Rodney Williams, Virgil, IL, and John Williams, Dallas, TX; his mother, Mrs. Vivian Williams, Aurora; one brother, Richard Williams, Jr., of Elburn; and 12 grandchildren.  He was preceded by his father and one son.

Funeral services were October 23, 1978, at 1 p.m. from the Big Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev Dick Martin officiating.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.           HR 10/26/1978

 

Mabel Leila Jordal Edwards     1978.10.23

Mabel Leila Edwards, 82, of Lee, died October 18, 1978 at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

She was born November 11, 1895, in rural Lee, the daughter of Gunder and Anna Jordal.

She married Arthur Edwards June 6, 1917 in rural Lee.

She was a lifelong member of the  First Lutheran Church in Lee.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur Jr., Long Island, NY; Gerald, Capron, IL; Arnold, Joliet; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha Askeland, Esmond, IL, and Edith Larson, Sycamore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday October 20, 1978 at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with the Rev. Donald Meyhers of the Calvary Church of Lee officiating.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lee.         HR 10/26/1978

 

Russell W. Fuller     1978.10.24

Russell W. Fuller, 63, DeKalb, died October 21, 1978 at his home.

He was born October 28, 1914, in DeKalb, the son of William and Martha (Holland) Fuller.

He married Hazel Lange in Clinton Township May 30, …..

He owned and operated the Service Cab Company, DeKalb.  He was also employed at General Electric for 13 years and at Northern Illinois University for 11 years.

He is survived by one daughter, Ruth Ann Smith, DeKalb; three brothers, Rodney, Waterman, Robert (Bud) Benson, DeKalb, and Charles Benson, Sarasota, FL; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Martha) Hart, South Bend, IN; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one brother and one sister.

He was a member of the Eagles Club.

Services were held Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. David Kell officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery.                              HR 10/26/1978

 

Gerald J. Eakle, Sr.     1978.10.25

Gerald J. Eakle, Sr., 74, died in Elkhart, IN, October 22, 1978.

He was born November 4, 1903, in Waterman.

He married Mildred K. Peacock July 31, 1926, in Aurora.

He was retired from the Thor Power tool Company in Aurora where he had been employed for 35 years.  He was a member of several Masonic Lodges.

He is survived by his wife and one son, Gerald, Jr., both of Elkhart.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Riverside Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. John E. McAdams officiating.

   HR 10/26/1978

 

Diane Miller Cooley     1978.10.26

Diane Miller Cooley, 46, of 203 Soapstone Drive, Reston, VA, formerly of Hendersonville and Arden, died Wednesday, October 18, 1978, in Washington, DC after a period of declining health.

She was the wife of David W. Cooley, president of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

A native of Florence, SC, Mrs. Cooley was the  daughter of the late Harry Small Miller and Edna Charlesworth Miller, formerly of Aurora and Waterman.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Ann of Hampton, VA; three sons, John Cooley, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Phillip and Matthew Cooley at home.  Three brothers, Gerald A. Miller of Hinckley, IL,
Roderick W. Miller of Hendersonville, NC, Harry S. Miller, Jr. of Salisbury, NC, and an uncle Alfred Charlesworth of Hinckley, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Diane Cooley Memorial Scleroderma Research Fund, Sam Hunt Trustee, Trustee in care of Southern Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 1399, Greenville, SC 29603                                            HR 11/2/1978

 

Orden Olson     1978.10.27

Orden Olson, 94, of Shabbona died October 1, 1978 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 24, 1881 in Milan Township, the son of Ole and Bertha (Cody) Olson.

He married Susie Johnson November 5, 1905 in Chicago.

He was a retired farmer and moved to Shabbona from a farm near Creston where he resided for 63 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include six sons, Clarion and Peter, Rochelle, Harland, Shabbona, Alvin and Donald, Malta, and Joseph, Creston; one daughter, Violet, Shabbona; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Johnson, Monroe Center, and Mrs. Frances Peterson, Forest City, IA; 17 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and several step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rural Lee with the  Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.                    HR 11/9/1978

 

Erwin J. Wenzel     1978.11.07

Erwin J. Wenzel, 74, Big Rock, died November 11, 1978 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born August 8, 1904 in Chicago, the son of Ferdinand and Emma (Huber) Wenzel.

He married Helen Roggentine June 5, 1924.

He was a self-employed general repairman and a former assistant fire chief in Lisle.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Henricks, Big Rock; one son, Robert, East Peoria; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and a son.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Rev. Richard Martin officiating.  Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

   HR 11/16/1978

 

Virginia O. Nelson Johnson     1978.11.08

Virginia O. Johnson, 89, Sycamore, died November 11, 1978 at Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born June 1, 1889 in DeKalb, the daughter of Andrew and Ida (         Gustafson) Nelson.

She was married March 6, 1912 to Albert O. Johnson.

She taught in rural DeKalb County schools and worked for the Sycamore schools cafeteria service.  She was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church, DeKalb.  She served as president of the Rockford District Women’s Missionary Society.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Elaine) Olson, DeKalb, Yvonne Johnson, Sycamore; one son, Kenneth, Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, with  the Rev. John L. Fredricksen and Rev. Norman T. Remmers officiating.  Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.                            HR 11/16/1978

 

Rosten S. Knight     1978.11.09

Rosten S. Knight, 76, Shabbona, died November 11, 1978 at his home.

He was born March 26, 1902, the son of William  and Margaret (Moore) Knight.

He married Della McLain September 17, 1921, in Mosheim, TN.

He farmed prior to his retirement.

Survivors include his wife; one son, William Gail, Peoria; one brother, Robert, Greenville, TN; one sister, Willie Sue Knight, Whitesbury, TN; and one grandson.

Funeral services were at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. M. Melvin Hough of the United Church of Christ, Sterling officiating.

Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

  HR 11/16/1978

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Mr. and Mrs. Jack Niles of Blue River, WI came down Tuesday for the funeral services of Rosten Knight.  Mr. Niles was on the faculty staff of the Shabbona High School for several years.  They were guests of relatives in the area.  Others coming from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of West Allis, WI.                                  HR 11/23/1978

 

Louise Probst Gerhardt     1978.11.10

Louise Gerhardt, 81, Hinckley, died November 20, 1978 at Hillside Nursing Home in Yorkville.

She was born January 4, 1897 in Plano, the daughter of Jacob and Frances Probst.

She was married November 28, 1917 in Somonauk to Walter Gerhardt.

Survivors include one brother, Vernon Probst, Delavan, WI; and one sister, Mabel Wright, Plano.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Friends may call Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.                                 HR 11/23/1978

 

Eugene T. White     1978.11.11

Funeral services for Eugene T. White, former postmaster and longtime Laguna, CA resident, were held November 9, 1978.

Mr. White, who served as postmaster of the Art Colony in the 1960’s, passed away, November 6, 1978.  Mr. White was born July 13, 1897 on a farm north of Somonauk.

Interment followed at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach.  Rev. Albert O. Hjerpe officiated.

He worked in the Hinckley State Bank for a period of time.  He married Mary Gilroy, a former Hinckley school teacher.

Active in the Community Presbyterian Church of Laguna Beach, Mr. White was also involved in the Laguna Beach Boys’ Club, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.  He was also secretary of the Services of the Blind organization in Santa Ana.

South Lagunan Bill Baker, who served as assistant postmaster under White from 1960-1968 and his successor Don Roe from 1968-1972, characterized Mr. White as a “Very active” individual.

“He was a really nice guy—he would give you the shirt off his back,” the 30 year veteran of the post office told the News-Post.  “He was very active in civic affairs including the Presbyterian Church.”

The World War I veteran is survived by his wife, Mary of Leisure World; one brother, William White of Sandwich, IL, and one sister, Mrs. Lex Gilcrest of Waterman, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the Services of the Blind.                    HR 11/23/1978

 

Edna C. Campbell     1978.11.12

Edna C. Campbell, 95, of Earlville, IL passed away Friday evening (November 24, 1978) at the Sunrise Nursing Home where she had been residing.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 27, 1978 in the Earlville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jimmy Saltzman officiating.  Burial was in the Precinct Cemetery at Earlville, IL.

Mrs. Campbell was the mother of Mrs. Doras (Sally) Richards of Hinckley.

She was survived by two sons and four daughters, thirteen grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.                                    HR 11/30/1978

 

Kent Michael Hanson     1978.11.13

Kent Michael Hanson, 15, rural Esmond, died November 23, 1978 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

He was born July 1, 1963 in Viroqua, WI, the son of Orlando and Connie (Buckingham) Hanson.

Survivors include his parents; five brothers, Keith, Viroqua, Kelvin, Lee, IL, Korry, Onalaska, WI, Kraig and Kevin, both at home; two grandmothers, Gladys Hanson, Viroqua, and Emily Buckingham, Ridgeway, WI.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kerry.

He was a member of the Esmond United Methodist Church.  He was a sophomore at Rochelle high School.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Esmond United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Romoser officiating.  Burial was in Greenview Cemetery in Esmond.

   HR 11/30/1978

 

Anna Todd Frost     1978.11.14

Anna Frost, 86, of DeKalb, died November 23, 1978, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born April 7, 1892 in Shabbona Grove, the daughter of William and Augusta (Baltz) Todd.

She married Fred Frost February 21, 1917 in Wheaton.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church, DeKalb, a 50 year member of the Shabbona Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Elva Grange.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Helen Hawbaker, DeKalb; one granddaughter, Cheryl, DeKalb; one grandson, Arlen, DeKalb; one sister, Stella Quilhot, North Aurora, and two sisters-in-law, Pearl Frost of North Aurora and Mrs. William (Gertrude) Nelson of Racine, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and five brothers.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox of the Paw Paw Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

An Eastern Star service was held at 8 p.m.    HR 11/30/1978

 

Ralph R. Colby      1978.11.15

Ralph R. Colby, 81, Shabbona, died November 27, 1978, in Shabbona.

He was born March 15, 1897, in DeKalb County, the son of E. R. and Nellie (Post) Colby.

He married Jeannette Hardy June 16, 1923.

He was a farmer all his life.  He was a member of the Steward United Methodist Church and the Shabbona Masonic Lodge No. 374.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Sanderson, DeKalb; a daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Marilyn) Seaton, Plano; two grandsons, William Seaton, Aurora, and Barry Seaton, Pekin; and two great grandchildren.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox of the Paw Paw Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

A Masonic service was conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, at the funeral home.            HR 12/7/1978

 

William C. Ott     1978.12.13

William C. Ott, 76, of Princeton, IL, died Friday, December 1, 1978, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.  He was born October 27, 1902 in Big Rock.

Mr. Ott graduated from Plano High School and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1926.  In 1940 he received his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.

He had been a teacher, a coach and administrator in the Bureau County high schools for 42 years.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton, Masonic Lodge 587.  He was past patron of Ruth Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Princeton.  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Princeton, and the Bureau County Camera Club; a life member of the National Education Association, and an honorary member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

He is survived by his widow, Evalyn (Fenlon); two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Alma) Kemerling of Prairie du Chien, WI, and Mrs. Louis Cutter of Orlando, FL; a son, James L. Ott of Princeton; a sister, Mrs. Stella Mitchell of Walnut, IL; seven grandchildren, and a great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 3, 1978 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ernest Francis officiating.

Burial was in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.

Contributions in Mr. Ott’s memory may be made to First United Methodist Church of Princeton or to the American Cancer Society.                            HR 12/7/1978

 

Kenneth L. Davis     1978.12.14

Kenneth L. Davis, 45,  of Big Rock, died Tuesday, December 12, 1978 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born July 27, 1933 in Aurora, the son of Hubert and Lois Seavy (Humiston) Davis.

He lived his entire life on the family farm on Lasher Road in rural Big Rock.

He married Rhesa Gates April 7, 1956.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, the Aurora Elks Club and Kane County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Karen and Kristi, both at home; one son, Kevin, Big Rock; his mother, Lois Davis, Big Rock; two brothers, Loren, Elburn and Ivan, Big Rock; one sister, Valerie, Big Rock; one granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, in Elburn.  Rev. Robert Easterly of the Big Rock Baptist Church and Rev. Robert Cooper of the Linwood Baptist Church in Oswego officiated.

Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.       HR 12/21/1978

 

Edward L. Price     1978.12.15

Edward L. Price, 70, of 837 N. 12th Street, DeKalb, died (December 18, 1978) at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born May 8, 1908, in Waterman to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Price.

He married Elizabeth Thomas November 18, 1929 in Hinckley.

Survivors include his son, William D. Price of DeKalb; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, his wife and two sisters preceded him in death.

He did radio repair work and from 1955 to 1960 managed a radio and television outlet.  From 1960 to 1973 he managed J. & M. Electronics in DeKalb.

Services were held Thursday at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. Philip Holtsford officiating.

Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

  HR 12/21/1978

 

Truman Paul Erlenbach     1978.12.16

Truman Paul Erlenbach, 70, of rural Waterman passed away at Sandwich Community Hospital Sunday, December 17, 1978.

Mr. Erlenbach was born in Paw Paw April 7, 1908, the son of Henry and Margaret Todd Erlenbach.  January 1, 1936 he married the former Winifred Rosette in Paw Paw.

He was a dairy farmer and later raised eggs on his farm on North Waterman Road.  He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Winifred, one daughter, Mrs. George (Phyllis) Reid of Marengo, one son, Harold Erlenbach of Waterman, 7 grandchildren, two brothers, Lester of Paw Paw and Homer of DeKalb, and three sisters, Mrs. Harold (Verda) Wiltse of DeKalb, Mrs. Tom (Flossie) Eichelberger of Plano, and Mrs. Gladys Denny of Sandwich.  He was preceded by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Brown officiating.  Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw.

   HR 12/21/1978

 

Randall Gates     1978.12.17

Randall Gates, 69, died December 16, 1978, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born April 12, 1909, in Shabbona Grove, the son of William and Cora (Stroyan) Gates.

He married Corine Carlson in Chicago December 21, 1931.

He was a mechanic in DeKalb and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, and a member of the DeKalb VFW.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Robert, Tampa, FL, James, Waukegan, Ronald, Sycamore, and Arian, stationed in Korea; three sisters, Mrs. Halous (Helen) Carey, Mrs. Margaret Peterson, and Mrs. Tom (Pearl) Hayes, DeKalb; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Norman J. Williston of the First Baptist Church, DeKalb.  Burial was at Fairview Memory Gardens.             HR 12/21/1978

 

Robert Williams     1978.12.18

Robert Williams, 85, of rural Elburn died Wednesday, December 20, 1978 in Copley Memorial Hospital.

The son of Mary and Richard Williams, he was born October 26, 1893 in Llangold, North Wales and came to America in 1911.  He was married to Della V. Morris December 31, 1926.  to this union one son, Morris R. Williams survives.  Besides his wife and son, he is survived by one sister, Jennie Hughes, and four nieces in Wales.  He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, having brought his church letter from Wales.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 22, 1978 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating. 

Final resting place is the West Big Rock Cemetery.

HR 12/28/1978

 

Magnus E. Birch     1978.12.19

Magnus E. Birch, 63, of Jericho Road, Big Rock passed away Sunday, December 24, 1978 in Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born March 6, 1925 in Shabbona the son of Ole and Inga Fredrickson Birch.  He received his education in Hinckley and August 4, 1976 married Maxine Evans of Big Rock.

He was employed by Caterpillar and Barber-Greene, was a member of the Lutheran Church and the Hinckley Post American Legion having served in the Army in World War II.

Mr. Birch is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Iftakhar (Carmen) Fidia of Clarendon Hills; three brothers, Elliott Birch of Kirkland, John Birch of Elburn and Henry Birch of Waterman; four sisters, Mrs. Jens (Bertha) Staurland of Malta, Esther Birch of Elburn, Mrs. (Martha) McAboy of Venice, CA, and Mrs. Wayne (Evelyn) McCrea of Hinckley.  He was preceded by his parents.

Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 1978 in the Nash Memorial Chapel with Rev. William Myers officiating.  Final resting place is the Johnson Grove Cemetery.

   HR 12/28/1978

 

Virginia Granger Keyes     1978.12.20

Mrs. Virginia G. Keyes, 79, of Hinckley passed away Saturday, December 30, 1978 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born March 10, 1899 in Cillah, WA.

Mrs. Keyes was a graduate of the University of Washington and Wesley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a member of the Episcopal Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Arthur L. Keyes; a son, Robert H. Keyes of Hinckley; and three brothers, Walter Granger of Yakima, WA, Roscoe of Tracy, CA, and Frank of Pasco, WA.

She was preceded in death by a son, Walter, in 1953 and by two brothers.

Funeral services for Mrs. Keyes were held Wednesday, January 3, 1979 at Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Rev. Charles H. Brieant officiating.

Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, Hopedale, IL.

There was no visitation.                                   HR 1/4/1979

 

Richard W. Faxon     1978.12.21

Richard W. Faxon, 41, of Aurora died Friday, December 29, 1978 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born January 25, 1937 in Waterman.

Mr. Faxon was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church, Aurora Moose Lodge 400, and the Lucky 50 Club.  He was a cubmaster of Pack 353 of St Rita of Cascia Church.  He attended West Aurora High School and was employed by Oberweis Dairy for the past 11 years.

Surviving are his widow, Carol; a son, Richard E. Faxon and a daughter, Yvonne A. Faxon, both of Aurora; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney J. Faxon of Chicago, and two brothers, Rodney J., Jr. of Aurora, and Robert G. of Baltimore, MD.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 1979 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rita of Cascia Church with the Rev. Everett H. Hiller officiating.

Contributions in Mr. Faxon’s memory may be made to St. Rita of Cascia Church.                            HR 1/4/1979

 

                             Marguerite A. Devine     1979.01.07

Marguerite A. Devine, 90, of Sandhaven, passed away January 21, 1979, at the Sandwich Hospital.  She was born September 29, 1888 in Hinckley, to Michael and Margaret Griffin Devine.

She is survived by a brother William (Pat) Devine.

Marguerite was a schoolteacher and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and belonged to the Christian Women’s Society.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 24 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Kane officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

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Miss Marguerite Devine, 90, of Sandwich, died Sunday (January 21, 1979) at Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich.  She was born September 29, 1888 in Hinckley.

She was a former school teacher and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.  She also was a member of the Christian Women’s Society.

She is survived by a sister, Isabelle Devine, and a brother, William (Pat) Devine, both of Sandwich.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  The Rev Thomas Kane officiated.

Burial was at St John’s Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.

   HR 1/25/1979

 

                        James O. Thompson, Sr.     1979.01.10

James O. Thompson, Sr., 73, of Triangle Trailer Court, passed away Saturday, January 27, 1979 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  Mr. Thompson was born November 24, 1905 in Mercer County, KY to James F. Thompson and Effie L. Brown.

He is survived by six sons, James Jr. and Melvin of Aurora, Richard of Plano, Arthur of Big Rock, LaVerne of Sandwich and Larry of North Aurora; five daughters, Mrs. Paul (Mary Ann), Tometick of Des Moines, IA, Mrs. Gary (Carol) Batterton also of Des Moines, Mrs. Gerald (Janet) Dalton of Boulder Hill, Mrs. Bruce (Bonnie) Poynor of St. Charles and Paulette Thompson of Aurora; one sister, Mrs. Cassius (Katherine) McRay of Harrodsburg, KY; 27 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Thompson was a retired engineer for Burlington Railroad.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 30 at 10 AM at Burkhart Funeral Home.  Father Thomas Kane officiated.  Burial was at Kirkwood Cemetery, Bondsville, KY.

HR 2/1/1979 (HR Wording slightly different)

 

      Mary C. Modoff Holstine Stage     1979.01.11

Mary C. Stage, 61, of 440 east Church Street, Sandwich, passed away January 30, 1979, at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL.  She was born April 2, 1917 in Belgrad, MN  to Charles Modoff and Margaret Wengler.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband; she is survived by her stepmother, Rose Modoff  of Lisle, seven sons, William Holstine of Plano, Robert Holstine of Aurora, Howard Holstine of Ironridge, WI, John Holstine of Joplin, MO, Patrick McKillian of Dexter, MI, Bernie Holstine  of Sandwich, and Lawrence Stage, Jr. of Pensacola, FL; four daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Sullivan of Hinckley, Mrs. Tony (Barbara) Swain of Las Vegas, NV, Mrs. Richard (Bonnie) Reeves of Valind, CA, and Mrs. Michael (Patricia) Phelps of Sandwich; three brothers, Leo Modoff of Missouri, Vincent Modoff  of Lisle, IL, Charles Modoff of WI; five sisters, Mrs. Sam (Rose) Kendall, Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) Doerr, Mrs. Roy (Ruth) Anderson, Mrs. Gerald (Elaine) Young all of Lisle and Mrs. Ralph (Alma) Fauth of Peru, IL; 35 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 2 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Kane officiating.  Burial was at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock, IL. 

       HR 2/8/1979 (HR Wording slightly different)

 

Alma C. Baie Klein     1979.01.12

Alma C. Klein, 87, died January 3, 1979, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born December 17, 1892, in Waterman, the daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina Baie.

She married Paul C. Klein in Waterman January 10, 1912.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Herbert, Eglin, and Donald, DeKalb; five granddaughters; one grandson; two great grandsons; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Mrs. H. C. (Martha) Franklin.

Funeral services were at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 1979, with the Rev. Norman T. Remmers officiating. Burial was inI Fairview Memory Gardens.

HR 1/11/1979

 

Raymond J. Mittman     1979.01.13

Funeral services for Raymond J. Mittman, 59, of Hinckley, formerly of Aurora, were at 9 a.m. Saturday from Daleiden Mortuary to Holy Angels Church at 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. Thomas E. bales officiated with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mr. Mittman died Wednesday, January 3, 1979, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born July 1, 1919, in Aurora.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Mittman was a member of the Knights of Columbus 736. Fourth Degree Marquette Assembly, Legion of the Moose, Catholic Order of Foresters and Sheet Metal Workers Union, local 220.

He owned Mittman Heating Co. for 18 years.

He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Bryan (Mary Beth) VonBehren of Aurora and Mrs. John (Connie) Gurley of Hinckley; one son, Richard R. Mittman of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. William (Catherine) Price of Aurora and Mrs. Arnold (Marion) Bauer of St. Charles, and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Mary Mittman; one son, Bradley J. in 1976, and one brother.

   HR 1/11/1979

 

Ruby E. Schmidt Beitel     1979.01.14

Ruby E. Beitel, 86, Aurora, died January 6, 1979, in Aurora Manor Nursing Home.

She was born May 31, 1892, in Aurora, the daughter of Fred and Emmaline (Whetson) Schmidt.

January 18, 1912, she married Claude F. Beitel.

She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Aurora.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Cox, Morton; one son, Glen, Aurora; four grandchildren;  and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Robert Crocker officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  HR 1/11/1979

Dorothy Lawrence Shrader Walker     1979.01.15

Mrs. Dorothy L. Walker, age 57, of Newark, IL, passed away Monday, January 15, 1979 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, following a long illness.

She was born in Big Rock, IL August 11, 1921 to Ernest and Frances (Mander) Lawrence.  She was educated in the Big Rock school system.

April 5, 1963 she married Edward J. Walker in the Big Rock Baptist Church, and had resided in Newark the past 6 years.

Survivors include her husband; her mother, Mrs. Ernest Lawrence of Big Rock; a son, James R. Shrader of Big Rock; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Sharon) Carls of Hinckley; seven grandchildren; 2 brothers, Albert E. of Big Rock and LeRoy E. of South Elgin, IL.  She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Arthur V. and Robert V.

Visitation was Wednesday January 17 at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral will be Thursday, January 18, 1979 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial will be in South Big Rock Cemetery.

      HR 1/18/1979

 

Charles L. Colby     1979.01.16

Charles L. Colby, 83, of rural Malta, died January 10, 1979 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born November 25, 1895, in Milan Township the son of Sherman T. and Lillie (Hurst) Colby.

He farmed most of his life in Milan Township, until his retirement.

Survivors include three daughters, Becky, of Waterman, Loraine, Malta, and Evelyn Taylor, Muncie, IN; two sons, Robert, Springfield and John, Malta; one brother, Edgar, Shabbona; two sisters, Hazel Fitzgerald, Shabbona, and Helen Waldschmidt, Fallbrook, CA. six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers.

Private family services were held Saturday, January 13, at 2 p.m. at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                              HR 1/18/1979

 

Bessie Kutzner     1979.01.17

Miss Bessie Kutzner, 86, of Lakeland, FL, passed away January 10, 1979.

She was born February 29, 1892 in Victor Township, to Albert and Edna (Wilson) Kutzner.

She was a retired teacher and a member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Andrew (Grace) Holmes, Winterhaven, FL, Mrs. Ross (Marguerite) Graham, Waterman; one brother, Leland Kutzner, Lincoln, IL.  She was preceded by her parents and one brother.

Services were held Saturday, January 13, 1979 at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Waterman at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery.            HR 1/18/1979

 

 

 

Emaline Larabee Burnett     1979.01.18

Mrs. Emaline Burnett, 83, of McGirr Road, Hinckley, passed away January 19, 1979 in her home.

She was born February 15, 1895, in Earlville, IL, the daughter of James W. and Myra (Howard) Larabee.

May 27, 1919, she was married to Wilbur Burnett in Morrison, IL.

Mrs. Burnett was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Burnett of rural Hinckley; one son, Lowell Burnett of Hinckley; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Beverly) Reeves of Park Ridge, IL; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; three brothers, Sam Larabee of Earlville, Howard Larabee of Hinckley, and John Larabee of Leland; and three sisters, Mrs. Byrdie Merriman of Paw Paw, Mrs. Frank (Belle) Patrick of Sandwich, and Mrs. Hannah Pardue of Des Plaines.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 22, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

HR 1/25/1979

 

Ralph E. Hammett     1979.01.19

Ralph E. Hammett, 49, of rural Hinckley died Saturday morning, January 27, 1979, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born May 10, 1929 in DeKalb.

Mr. Hammett farmed in the Hinckley and Waterman area for 25 years.  He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

He was also a member of Lodge 144 AF&AM in DeKalb, the Tebala Shrine, the Knights Templar Sycamore Commandery 15, the Royal Arch Masons DeKalb Chapter 52, and the DeKalb County Shrine Club.

He is survived by his widow, Vivian of Hinckley; three daughters, Mrs. Jay (Jean) Hallaron of Lexington, KY, Mrs. Steven (Joan) Menz of Sandwich, and Miss Jane Hammett of Hinckley; and a sister, Mrs. Harry (Marjorie) Spohn of Franklin Grove, IL.

The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.

Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

HR 2/1/1979

 

Robert Sherman Colby     1979.01.20

Robert Sherman Colby, 55, of Springfield, died January 24, 1979 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.

He was born December 13, 1923 in Waterman.  He grew up in the Shabbona and Milan areas and attended schools in Shabbona and DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by three sisters, Becky of Waterman, Lorraine of Malta and Evelyn Taylor of Muncie, IN; one brother, John of Malta; five nieces and nephews and eight grand-nieces and nephews.

He worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield for the past 10 years.

Funeral arrangements were made at Bisch’s Funeral Home in Springfield.                                 HR 2/1/1979

 

Ervin A. Long     1979.02.15

Ervin A. Long, 60, of Kaneville, died February 12, 1979 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

He was born May 30, 1918, in Pierce Township, the son of  Arthur and Lulu (Buerer) Long.

He attended Kaneville schools and began farming with his family.  March 26, 1944, he married Marjorie Larson.  They made their home on the Long farm on Dauberman Road.

Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Mrs. David (Patricia) Sigmund, Batavia; three sons, Richard, Lebanon, IN, Dennis and William, rural Kaneville; his parents, rural Kaneville; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Pierson, and Mrs. Everett (Virginia) Sauder, rural Kaneville; two brothers, Arnold and Raymond, rural Kaneville; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Herbert. Funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church, Kaneville, Thursday (today) at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Morgan McLeland officiating.  Burial will be in Kaneville Cemetery.                             HR 2/15/1979

 

Theola Reingardt Frost     1979.02.16

Theola A. Frost, 58, rural Hinckley, died February 13, 1979, at St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, WI.

She was born December 17, 1920 in Waterman, the daughter of August and Erma (Halverson) Reingardt.

She was married October 2, 1939 to Ray Frost in Clinton, IA.

She was a member of the Waterman United Presbyterian Church and the Women of the Moose.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Sharon Schram, Virginia Beach, VA; two sons, William, Hinckley, and James, Atlanta, GA; her mother, Mrs. Erma Reingardt of Waterman; one grandson; one brother, Robert Reingardt, Waterman; one sister, Mrs. Victor (Delite) Boyd, DeKalb.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Waterman United Presbyterian Church, with Rev. John Ekstrom officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.    HR 2/22/1979

 

Inez V. Eide Prestegaard     1997.02.17

Inez V. Prestegaard, 87, of Lee died February 13, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born December 12, 1891, in Lee, the daughter of Tollef and Christine (Greva) Eide.

She married Berent Prestegaard September 20, 1916, in Lee.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee and served as an organist for 45 years.

Survivors include one son, Robert of Evanston; one brother, Alwin Eide of Columbus, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.  The Rev. Stephen Woita officiated.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery.                              HR 2/221979

 

Hugh White     1979.02.18

Hugh White, 88, Hinckley, died February 24, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 13, 1890, in Dowagiac, MI, the son of John and Flora (Skinner) White.

He married Ruth Hickey in DeKalb.

He worked 25 years with the Central Illinois Light Co.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 66, DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, two grandchildren; one great grandchild, one brother and one sister.

Survivors include three sons, Robert, Hinckley, Jack, DeKalb, and Donald, Louisville, KY; two daughters, Mrs. Jim (Mary) Yeske, DeKalb, and Mrs. Loretta Barker, Clearwater, FL; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis McKenna, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb, officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.                                HR 3/1/1979

 

Ernest C. Carlson     1979.02.19

Ernest C. Carlson, 81, of DeKalb, passed away Sunday, February 25, 1979 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born June 8, 1897, in Sweden.  He married Sigrid Midas in June 1916.  He later married Gunhild Hovland March 24, 1973 in DeKalb.

Mr. Carlson had been employed by the Del Monte Corporation for 30 years until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Gunhild, one son, Robert of DeKalb; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Violet) Phillips, Sycamore, Mrs. Murray (Mildred) Buchanan, DeKalb, Mrs. Joe (Bernice) Williams, DeKalb; two step daughters, Mrs. Bud (Clara) Schnorr, Waterman, Mrs. LeRoy (Gulborg) Kastler, Waterman; 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; one brother and 3 sisters in Sweden.

He was preceded by his first wife and one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 28, 1979 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. Clifford Taylor officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.

HR 3/1/1979

 

Inez McVean Schuetz     1979.03.07

Mrs. Inez Schuetz, 90, formerly of Hinckley, died Monday, March 5, 1979, at Pine Acres Retirement Center.

She was born August 1, 1888, the daughter of John D. and Leona (Mason) McVean.

In January 1912, she was married to Edward J. Schuetz.

Mrs. Schuetz was a member of the Waterman Bible Church.

She is survived by two cousins, Ervin Funk of Kernan, IL, and George H. Bunge of Downers Grove, IL.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery.   HR 3/8/1979

 

Shirley Nelson Moyer     1979.03.08

Mrs. Robert F. (Shirley) Moyer, 53, Thousand Oaks, CA, formerly of Shabbona, died March 3, 1979 at her home.

She was born August 4, 1925, in DeKalb, the daughter of August W. and Gladys (Lutz) Nelson.

She attended Shabbona schools and the Business College of Rockford.

She married Robert Moyer in 1945.  They moved to California 30 years ago. 

Survivors include two sons, Gary, Los Angeles, CA, and Jeff, serving in the Air Force in Korea; two daughters, Mrs. Dave (Laurie) Buckhouse, Salt lake City, UT, and Jan, Logan, UT; a grandson, Colby Buckhouse; two brothers, Jack L. Nelson, Shabbona, and R. Lynn Nelson, Clay, NY; one sister, Mrs. Pierre (Donna) Simonian, Clarendon Hills, IL; several nieces and nephews; an aunt, Mrs. Clayton E. Kennedy, DeKalb.

Services were held in California.                 HR 3/8/1979

 

William O. Hill     1979.03.09

William O. Hill, 51, of rural Waterman, passed away Sunday, March 4, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born in Creston, IL February 10, 1928, the son of Royale and Martha (Gjelvick) Hill.

June 20, 1953, he married Helen Soderholm in Batavia, IL.

Hill was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and a Waterman resident for 11 years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, of Waterman; two daughters, Constance Marie of Waterman and Martha Eileen, at Eastern Illinois University; two sons, Scott Alan of Dixon, and Howard James of University of Illinois; three brothers, Robert Hill of Stevens Point, WI, Royal of Lombard, and Douglas of Aurora; and a sister, Mrs. Covell (Marguerite) Terwilliger of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held at the Waterman United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 1979. with the Rev. Larry Brown officiating. Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery.                           HR 3/8/1979

 

Raymond Clarence Nehring     1979.03.10

Raymond C. Nehring, 82, of Hinckley, died Saturday, March 10, 1979, at Mercy Center in Aurora.

He was born in Pierce Township April 20, 1896, the son of August H. and Anna (Kukuk) Nehring.

He was married November 15, 1919 to Grace Larrison in Aurora, who preceded him in death in 1957.  January 7, 1962 he was married to Retta Hough Hamilton in Springfield, MO, who also preceded him in death in 1977.

Nehring was a farmer until 1944, and then owned an implement business from 1940 until his death.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the American Legion, and the Loyal Order of Moose.  He was a World War I Army veteran.

Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Harley (Marjorie) Bastian of Hinckley; two sons, Donald E. and Raymond L. (Bud) both of Hinckley; two step-daughters, Mrs. Tom Curry of Denver, CO and Mrs. Jack Wells of Ava, MO; a step-son, Jack Hamilton of Springfield, MO; and six step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both his wives, Grace and Retta, three brothers, and his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with the Rev. Wm. Myers officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.  HR 3/15/1979

 

Andrew Welwood Holmes     1979.03.11

Andrew Welwood Holmes, Sr., 78, of Winterhaven, FL, formerly or Waterman, died Saturday, March 10, 1979, in Winterhaven Hospital.  He was born July 9, 1900 in Chicago.

Mr. Holmes was a retired school teacher in the Chicago Public School System. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1923.

He was a member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  He was a 50 year member of the West Inglewood Home Lodge 1074 AF&AM, Chicago.

Surviving are his widow, Grace; a son, Andrew W., Jr., of Salem, VA, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, 1979, at the Nash Chapel, Waterman.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

  HR 3/15/1979

 

Hattie M. Larson Axel     1979.03.12

Hattie M. Axel, 75, of Lee, died March 15, 1979, at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford.

She was born November 1, 1903, near Steward, the daughter of Andrew and Elsie (Jameson) Larson.

She married Dr. Carl Axel May 25, 1933, at Myland Lutheran Church.

She was a registered nurse and was graduated from Lutheran Deacons Hospital.  She was a lifelong member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee.

Survivors include one son, Robert, Mundelein; one daughter, Elizabeth, Lee; one grandson; and two brothers, Carl and Oscar, Rochelle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and one brother.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery.                       HR 3/22/1979

 

Anna E. Wigert     1979.03.13

The funeral for Mrs. Anna E. Wigert was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Nash Chapel, Waterman.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Mrs. Wigert, 78, of rural Waterman, died Tuesday, March 13, 1979, in Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was born November 11, 1900, in Minneapolis, MN.

Surviving are her husband, Albert T.; a son, Albert G., Jr. of Waterman; four grandchildren; a great grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Alice Felhandt of Minneapolis and Ivor Johnson of Rosemont.

HR 3/22/1979

 

Karl A. Schreiber     1979.03.14

Karl A. Schreiber, 67, of Hinckley, died Saturday, March 24, 1979, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Schreiber was born October 23, 1911 in Germany, the son of Emil and Johanna Schreiber.

September 8, 1936, he was married to Marian Dannewitz in rural Hinckley.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a 43 year resident of Hinckley.

Survivors include his spouse, Marian of Hinckley; two children, a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Johanna) Hahne of Genoa, and a son, Gerald; three grandchildren; a brother, Herman of Germany; and three sisters, Mrs. Emelie Binderwald, Mrs. Wilhelmina Derger, and Mrs. Johanna Pomorin, all of Germany.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with Howard Crawford officiating.   Brurial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

     HR 3/29/1979

 

Wilfred, L. Dorion     1979.03.15

The funeral for Wilfred L. Dorion was at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 1979, at English Congregational Church, Big Rock.  The Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiated.

Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

Mr. Dorion, 80, of Big Rock, died Tuesday, March 20, 1979, in Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was born July 14, 1898. in Illinois.

He was a farmer in the Big Rock area early in his lifetime.  He then moved to Aurora and was employed at Stephens-Adamson Mfg. Co. until his retirement in 1965, when he moved back to Big Rock.

He was a charter member of the Big Rock Legion Post No. 529.

Surviving are his widow, Ruth, two sons, Oakley of Studio City, CA, and Bill R. of Big Rock, three grandchildren; three great grandchildren, a brother George of Yorkville, and sister, Mrs. Jenny Kartheiser of Yorkville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

Contributions in Mr. Dorion’s memory may be made to the English Congregational Church.                HR 3/29/1979

 

Mildred R. Shaddle     1979.03.16

Mildred R. Shaddle, 79, of Wytheville, VA, formerly of rural Plano, died Friday, March 23, 1979, in Virginia.  She was born December 6, 1899 in Big Rock, IL.

She is survived by two sons, Morris of Plano and Dale of Wytheville, a daughter, Alice Shaddle of Chicago; 10 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Lee N. in 1968, and two sisters, Dorothy Lynn and Margery Morris.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, CA.

The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Big Rock United Church of Christ.  The Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiated.

Burial was in the Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock.

Memorials may be contributed to the Big Rock United Church of Christ.                                    HR 3/29/1979

 

Edward H. Kukuk     1979.03.17

Edward H. Kukuk, 83, of Aurora died Tuesday, March 20, 1979, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born November 20, 1895, in Illinois.

Mr. Kukuk was a barber in Aurora for 40 years.

He was a member and past officer of the Barbers Union, a member of Shabbona Masonic Lodge 374 and a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his widow, Elgin (Lakin) Kukuk of Aurora; two sons, Edward H. of Jacksonville, FL, and Fredrick L. of Aurora; daughter, Mrs. John (Christine) Christofferson of Aurora; a sister, Bertha Valentine of California; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The funeral we held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, 1979, at Dieterle Memorial Home with the Rev. Ted W. Harmon officiating.

Burial was in Plano Cemetery.                HR 3/29/1979

 

Marion Wykle     1979.03.18

Mrs. Marion Wykle, age 81, of 1321 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, CA, passed away in a Lodi hospital March 17, 1979, following a lengthy illness.  Born in Waterman, IL, she grew up there and attended schools there.  She was a pianist and was very active in church work.  In 1949, she married Rev. Edgar John Wykle in Pasadena, CA.  He preceded her in death in 1968.  She moved to Lodi, CA in 1970.  She was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church in Lodi.

She is survived by one step-son, Dr. John Wykle of San Andreas, CA; three step-daughters, Mrs. Wilma Friddle of Stockton, CA, Mrs. Sally Shepard of Santa Rosa, CA, Mrs. Corah Yilek of Sebastopol, CA; several cousins in Illinois; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 21st in the Lodi Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon V. Robertson of the Grace Presbyterian Church officiating.  A graveside service was held march 22nd at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

    HR 3/29/1979

 

James H. Bellinger     1979.03.19

James H. Bellinger, 57, died March 22, 1979, at his home in Sycamore.

He was married to Betty Jane Baskin July 28, 1951, in Hinckley.

He was a veteran of World War II and he worked for Ideal Industries in Sycamore for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, one son, John, and a daughter, Jacqueline, both at home; two brothers, Virgil, Lawrenceville, and George, Sycamore; and three sisters, Mrs. Marguerite Waltirp, Lawrenceville, Mrs. Lois Charnstrom, Sycamore, and Mrs. Mable Ernest, DeKalb.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday at the Van Natta Funeral Home.  The Rev. C. Alfred Patten officiated.       HR 3/29/1979

 

Leon A. Thurow     1979.04.11

Leon, “Lee” A. Thurow, 44, of Aurora, died Monday April 1, 1979 in Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 15, 1934 in Big Rock.

Mr. Thurow graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1956 and taught in the Aurora School District for 23 years.  He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a son, Michael of Aurora; two daughters, Patricia and Stacy, both of Aurora; his parents, Emmett and Albertine (Meyer) of Hinckley; a brother, Harlow of rural DeKalb, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be today, Thursday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Healy Chapel with the Rev. W. David Diercks and the Rev. John S. Hall officiating.

Burial will be in Plano Cemetery.                   HR 4/5/1979

 

 

 

 

Emery E. Dillon     1979.04.12

Emery E. Dillon, 59, of Aurora, died Tuesday, April 3, 1979 at his home.  He was born March 3, 1920, in Albany, MN.

Mr. Dillon was self employed as a real estate broker.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Aurora, and an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Helgren); a son, Jeff D. of Aurora; three daughters, Debra L., Susan B., and Jodee A., all of Aurora, and a brother, Armand D., of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Harriet.

The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Dieterle Memorial Home with the Rev. Wayne Lang officiating.

Burial was inn Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora.

The Dillon family were Hinckley residents some years ago when Everett Dillon was agent at the local Burlington depot.

    HR 4/12/1979

 

Herbert Jess Roop     1979.04.13

Herbert Jess “Skip” Roop, 45, of Aurora died Monday (April 16, 1979) at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born November 23, 1933, in Harvey, IL.

Mr. Roop was employed by Chicago Freightway.  He was a veteran of the  U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his widow, Mary (Colwell) Roop of Aurora; three sons, Mark A., Herbert J., Jr., and John J., all of Aurora, and two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Jessica) Seidelman of Millington and Ms. Rhonda Roop of Aurora.

He is also survived by four brothers, Corky and Tommy, both of Aurora, Dave of Hinckley and Michael J. of Sandwich; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley DeSandre of Chicago Heights and Mrs. Edward (Ann) James of East Moline; his father, Herbert L. of Steger, IL; his mother, Dorothy of Hinckley, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

The Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dieterle Memorial Home with the Rev. Robert Jackson officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.               HR 4/19/19779

 

Seward Johnson     1979.04.14

Seward “Pappy” Johnson, 85, of Shabbona, died April 13, 1979, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born December 5, 1882 in rural Lee, the son of Ira and Hannah (Vareberg) Johnson.

He farmed in the area and drove a livestock truck.

Survivors include a foster daughter, Mrs. John (Margaret) Graf, North Aurora; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie, two brothers and four sisters.

Services were held Monday afternoon at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Steven Woita officiating.

Burial was in Union Cemetery, rural Lee.       HR 4/19/1979

 

Betty Carlson Anderson     1979.04.15

Betty Anderson, 92, of Elburn, died April 14, 1979, at her home.

She was born April 30, 1886 in Horred, Sweden, the daughter of Karl and Inga (Christofferson) Henriksson.

She came to the United States in 1906 and began housekeeping for the B. J. Richmond family, Elburn.

She married Carl M. Anderson in 1909.  they made their home in Batavia and moved to the Elburn area in 1913 where they farmed on several area farms until 1949.

She was a member of the Geneva Lutheran Church, the Vesta Lodge No 349, Batavia, the Ladies Guild of the Elburn Congregational Church, and the Senior Citizens of Elburn.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Alice) Proctor of Elburn, and Mrs. Paul (Florence) Lehman of Waterman; two sons, Edward of Leland and Oliver of Elburn; four brothers, Axel, Carl and John Carlson of Sweden, and Claus Carlson of Four Seasons Nursing Center, Aurora; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sons, Paul, Harold, and Gunnar, two brothers, Henrik and Andrew, and one sister, Anna.

Services were held at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, with the Rev. Howard Fintzen and the Rev. Walter Thang officiating.

Burial was in Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn.    HR 4/19/1979

 

Fredric W. Todd     1979.04.16

Fredric W. Todd, 75, died April 17, 1919, at his home.

He was born in Leland, October 31, 1903, the son of Robert and Maude (Clapsaddle) Todd.

He married Selma Thorson December 31, 1929.

She is survived by his wife; one son, Fredric of Waterman; three grandchildren; one brother, Robert, Shabbona; and one sister, Neva Lane, Shabbona.

He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Services were Friday, April 20, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at Torman Funeral Home, Earlville, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkenson officiating.                                     HR 4/26/1979

 

Martha Sebastian Babel     1979.04.17

Mrs. Martha Babel, 76, of Oswego, died Monday April 30, 1979 in Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born March 10, 1903 in Frankfort, Germany.

Mrs. Babel was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ, the Friendly Center Club and was a volunteer worker of the Salvation Army.

Surviving are two sons; Jerald L. Babel of Aurora and Robert H. Babel of Princeton, WI; five brothers, Emil Sebastian of Springville, CA, Gustav and Ernest Sebastian, both of Aurora; LeRoy Sebastian of Dequim, WA and William Sebastian of Kerman, CA; three sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Frieda) Hattner and Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Deilfel both of Aurora and Mrs. Gerald (Theresa) Schmidt of Hooper, NE; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Babel in 1966, two sons, William in 1978 and a son in infancy, and two brothers, Fritz and Harry Sebastian.

The funeral will be today, Thursday, May 3, 1979 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ with the Rev. Lee Roy Klemm officiating.

Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.         HR 5/3/1979

 

 

 

Jennie K. Bland     1979.04.18

Mrs. George Bland, a resident of Pine Acres Retirement Center, died Saturday, April 28, 1979.  She was from Kirkland, the stepmother of Malvern Bland of Shabbona.

The funeral and burial were in Kirkland, Wednesday, May 2.  

—————————-                HR 5/3/1979

Jennie K. Bland, 93, of Kirkland, died April 28, 1979, at Pine Acres Retirement Center.

She was born January 26, 1886 in Scotland,.  She married George Bland in Kirkland in 1953.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, one brother and a daughter.

Survivors include a son, Malvern, Shabbona; two daughters, Myrtie Rollins and Irene Thurlby, Kirkland.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kirkland, the WSCS and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Milbrandt officiating.

Burial was in Maple Cemetery.                       HR 5/3/1979

 

Arthur W. Ruehe     1979.04.19

Arthur W. Ruehe, 95, died Wednesday, April 25, 1979.

He was born in Gilman, IL, and was a 23 year resident of Dunedin.  He was a retired salesman for U.S. Steel Corp of Chicago.  He was a member and the treasurer of Dunedin Chapter AARP.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah; and a nephew, Major Richard Ruehe, Hampton, VA.

Services were held Friday at the Moss Dunedin Chapel.  Burial was in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.

Mrs. Beulah Ruehe is a former Waterman resident, daughter of Fred Allen.                                      HR 5/10/1979

 

                            Eva Ulrich Dolder     1979.05.04

     Mrs. Eva Dolder, 88, Roosevelt Square, Sandwich, died Thursday, May 31, 1979 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born September 12, 1890 in Sheridan, IL to Henry and Matilda Kuehlem Ulrich.

     Mrs. Dolder is survived by three sons: Ralph H., Waterman, Robert F., Waterman, and James U., DeKalb; three brothers: Leo Ulrich, Florida, Lawrence Ulrich, Aurora, Wilbur Ulrich, Aurora; one sister, Mrs. Edward (Allene) Millen, Aurora; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank.

     Mrs. Dolder was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

     Funeral services were held Monday, June 4 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Kane officiating.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Sandwich.

HR 6/7/1979 (HR Wording different)

 

                     Elsie Herold Schoener     1979.05.05

     Mrs. Elsie Schoener, 85, of Sandwich, died Tuesday, May 22, 1979 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born January 20, 1894 in Hinckley to Leo and Minnie Weddige Herold.  On June 28, 1919 in DeKalb County, she married Mahlon Schoener.

Mrs. Schoener was a member of the United Church of Sandwich and the American Legion Auxiliary of Sandwich.

     Mrs. Schoener is survived by five daughters; Mrs. Kathryn Leifheit, Maple Park; Mrs. Helen Belden, Sheridan; Mrs. Arlene Bauer, Compton; Mrs. Edna Mae Carlson of Sandwich, and Mrs. Lucille VanKirk of Richardson, TX; five sisters, two brothers; 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mahlon, and a son.

A private funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Contributions in Mrs. Schoener’s memory may be made to the United Church of Sandwich.    HR 5/31/1979

 

                          Wilfred H. Caquelin      1979.05.07

     Wilfred H. Caquelin, 80, of Sandwich, died May 13, 1979 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born May 4, 1899 in Indiana.

     He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Russell (Eldonna) Ford of Sandwich, 2 sons, Leon of Sandwich and Jerry of Somonauk, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, also 4 sisters, Rose Holmes of Shabbona, Ida Proskey of Quincy, Nellie Moral of Aurora and Emma Woods of Somonauk, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, 3 brothers and his parents.

     Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  Rev. Harold Legant officiated.  Arrangements were made by Larson Funeral Home in Plano.                           HR 5/17/1979

 

John Schreiber     1979.05.14

Mrs. Craig of Shabbona received word of a different nature last week, the death of her brother-in-law, John Schreiber of Aurora who was the husband of her sister.  He died May 4, 1979.  She accompanied her son, Joe Craig, into Aurora Sunday and back Monday morning for the services and burial in Aurora.  Joe also took her into Aurora previously to see the new little baby girl.                                      HR 5/10/1979

 

Henry Wassmann, Sr.     1979.05.15

Henry Wassmann, Sr., 74, of Hinckley, died Saturday, May 12, 1979, in Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born May 3, 1905 in Germany and was a retired farmer, having lived in the Hinckley area for 55 years.

Mr. Wassmann was a member and former elder of Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Hinckley.  He also was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and was treasurer of the Hinckley Grain Co.

Mr. Wassmann is survived by his widow, Ella; two sons, Henry, Jr. of Waterman and Carl of rural DeKalb; a daughter, Mrs. William (Hilda) Novotny of Aurora; two stepsons, Harold Bish, Jr. and Roger Bish, both of Hinckley; a stepdaughter, Sylvia Bish of DesPlaines; two brothers Gustav of Oscoda, MI and Richard of Germany; a sister, Mrs. Karl (Joanna) Rahrig of Germany and 13 grandchildren.

The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

   HR 5/17/1979

 

 

John M. Munson    1979.05.16

John M. Munson, 85, of Shabbona, died May 30, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born in Chicago June 6, 1893, the son of Chris and Martha (Palleson) Munson.

He was married to Marion Jacobs April 29, 1933.  He attended Shabbona schools and was an electrician in the Shabbona area most of his life before retiring in 1964.

Survivors include his wife; one brother, Maurice, Chicago; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Martha Turney and Clara Thorson; one brother, Conrad.

Graveside memorial services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona, with the Rev. David Cook of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiating.

Arrangements were completed by the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                        HR 6/7/1979

 

Irma M. Rimsnider Freundt     1979.06.11

Mrs. Irma M. Freundt, 85, of 130 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley, passed away Saturday, June 2, 1979, at Copley Hospital.

She was born January 30, 1894, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Baie) Rimsnider.

She was married to Edward H. Freundt in 1912.

Mrs. Freundt was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the Hinckley Woman’s Club, and the Guild of St. Paul’s Church.

Survivors are her two children, Mrs. Lud (Wilma) Watne of Hinckley, and Edward Freundt, Hinckley, 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Orin Rimsnider of Hinckley; and a sister, Mrs. Elrie Wiley of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. William Myers officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.                                  HR 6/7/1979

 

Eva Good Malmberg     1979.06.12

Eva G. Malmberg, 76. pf 447 E. McKinley, Hinckley, passed away Saturday, June 2, 1979 at Copley Hospital.

She was born November 7, 1902 in South English, IA, the daughter of Saylor and Sally (Sniteman) Good.

She was married to Paul A. Malmberg November 29. 1932 in Naperville.

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church’s Corinthian Class.

Survivors include her husband, Paul A. Malmberg of Hinckley; one son, Edward, Hinckley; and two brothers, Harry Good and Jay Good of Milford, MI.

Graveside services were held Monday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona, with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.                              HR 6/7/1979

 

Alton B. Fleenor     1979.06.13

Alton B. Fleenor, 74, of rural Franklin Grove, died June 1, 1979, at KSB Hospital, Dixon.

He was born October 19, 1904, in Washington County, IN, the son of Elmer and Mae (Cunningham) Fleenor.  He farmed for many years in the Rochelle area.  He was employed at the Daulberg Chemical Co., Dixon.

He married Esther Ferguson, December 9, 1925 in Sycamore.  He was a member of the Franklin Grove Presbyterian Church, a past master of the Holcomb Masonic Lodge No. 505, a member of the Franklin Grove Lions Club, and also a member of the Lee County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife; one brother, Gerald, Phoenix, AZ; four sisters, Mrs. Orville (Bernice) Johnson, DeKalb, Mrs. Thomas (Hazel) Crowder, Kokomo, IN, Mrs. Walter (Leta) Overby, Shabbona and Mrs. James (Loraine) Mitchell, Mesa, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, at the Cluts-Simes Funeral Home in Rochelle with the Rev. Norman Dalton and the Rev. Paul Troy officiating.  Burial was in the Franklin Grove Cemetery.                         HR 6/7/1979

 

Darryl L. Rissman     1979.06.14

Darryl L. Rissman, 40, of Byron, formerly of Kaneland, died June 7, 1979, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 26, 1938, in Aurora, the son of Walter M. and Elsie (Riedelsperger) Rissman.

They lived in Hinckley until he was 15, and then they moved to Elburn.  He was graduated from Elburn High School in 1956.

He married Dianne Wilson September 5, 1959, at Elburn.

They made their home in Aurora, and for the past nine years they lived in Byron.

He has worked in the trucking industry for the past 18 years.

He was a member and second vice president of the Byron Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Susan and Robyn; and two sons, Steven and Randall, all at home; his parents, Shabbona; two brothers, Dave, Elburn, Gary, Shabbona; three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Marcia) Kush, Plato Center, Mrs. Larry (Connie) Erickson, Kaneville, Mrs. Ken (Vicki) Lackey, Elburn; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Byron with the Rev. James Weber and the Rev. Dave Hubner officiating.

Burial was in Byron Cemetery.                    HR 6/14/1979

 

Donald G. McAllister     1979.06.15

Donald G. McAllister, 66, Centerton, Rd., R.F.D. 5, Bridgeton, NJ, died Thursday, June 7, 1979 in the Bridgeton Hospital.

He was Farm Advisor in DeKalb County prior to his move to Bridgeton, NJ, in 1944, where he was manager of the Seabrook Farms for many years.  At the time of his retirement, he was employed by the U. S. Government as Business & Industrial Loan Chief of the Farm Home Administration.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtis, formerly of Hinckley; a son, Dr. John McAllister, a neurosurgeon in Winchester, VA; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Gregory, Cincinnati, OH; five grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. L. E. (Ella) Whitford, Mrs. Fraser (Reba) Hipple of Waterman, and Mrs. Edna Rasmusen of DeKalb.  His parents and two brother, J. Russell McAllister of Florida and Dr. Ralph G. McAllister, DeKalb, preceded him in death.

Services were held in the First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10.  Memorial services were held at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church with burial at Oak Mound Cemetery.                           HR 6/14/1979

 

Albert Torsten Wigert, Sr.     1979.06.16

Mr. Albert Torsten Wigert, Sr., 76, of rural Waterman, passed away at his home Tuesday, June 12, 1979.  He was born in Sweden August 15, 1902, the son of Albert Torsten and Ida Olivia Berg Wigert.  May 10, 1930 he married the former Anna Johnson.  He was self employed as a carpenter and contractor and founded the Wigert construction Company and the Albert T. Wigert Construction Company, retiring in 1965.

He is survived by a son, Albert T. Wigert, Jr., of Waterman, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and a brother, Walter Wigert of Dundee.

He was preceded by his wife Anna, in March 1979, and by a grandson, William Douglas Wigert.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 14, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with Rev. Duane Heap officiating.  Burial will be in North Clinton Cemetery.

Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.    HR 6/14/1979

 

Irene Hickey Herrmann     1979.06.17

Mrs. Alfred (Irene) Herrmann, 81, died June 9, 1979 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born February 1, 1898, in rural Shabbona to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hickey.  She married Alfred Herrmann in Lee, January 31, 1923.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred Herrmann of DeKalb; one son, Roland Herrmann of Sycamore; four daughters, Mrs. Louis (LaVern) Faivre, Mrs. Donald (Arlene) Faivre, and Mrs. Ronald (Bernadine) Meier, DeKalb, and Mrs. Roger (Marcella) Carstedt, Milwaukee, WI; four sisters, Mary Moenkemeier, Aurora, Dorothy St. Jules, Aurora, Ellen Herrmann, DeKalb and Grace Hickey of Malta; three brothers, Bernard Hickey, DeKalb, Henry Hickey, Malta; and Edwin Hickey, Elgin; 48 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one daughter, four brothers and one sister.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb.

Services were held Tuesday, June 12, 1979 at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.                 HR 6/14/1979

 

Dorothy L. Coil Olson Whitford     1979.06.18

Dorothy O. Whitford, 68, 111 Oak Knoll, Hinckley, passed away  Sunday, June 17, 1979, in Gridley, CA.

She was born February 5, 1911, the daughter of Fred and Mattie (Richardson) Coil.

She was married to Percy Olson in Aurora in 1931.  He preceded her in death in 1946.  In 1953 she was married to Manley Whitford in Aurora.  He also preceded her in death in 1975.

Mrs. Whitford was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and of the Methodist Women.

Survivors include her three sons: Alvin Olson of Hinckley, Kenneth Olson of Gridley, CA, and Harold Olson of Santa Fe, NM; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and one brother, Paul Coil of Cumberland, WI.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.                                   HR 6/21/1979

 

Warren S. Hubbard     1979.06.19

Warren S. Hubbard, 78, of Aurora passed away Sunday, June 17, 1979.  He was born January 19, 1901, in Hinckley.

Mr. Hubbard was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and taught at Purdue University and at the university of Wisconsin, Lacrosse, until his retirement in 1973.

He was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church and the Meridan Sun Lodge 76 AF&AM, LaGrange, IN.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Verne (Ruth) Evans of Elkhorn, WI and Mrs. William J. (Delight) Ahasic of Aurora.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19. at St. David Episcopal Church with the Rev. John E. McAdams officiating.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 HR 6/21/1979

 

Charles G. Mihalka     1979.06.20

Charles G. Mihalka, 21, of Aurora, died Saturday, June 16, 1979, in Aurora Township.  He was born September 10, 1957, in Aurora.

He is survived by his parents, Capt. Alex M. Mihalka of the Aurora Police Department and Leona (Banks) Mihalka; three brothers, Alex, Jr., of California, John of Aurora, and Brian of Montana and one sister, Mrs. Nancy Chally of Hinckley.

He was a 1976 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School.

Funeral arrangements were made by Daleiden Mortuary.

HR 6/21/1979

 

Earl Babb     1979.06.21

Friends of Nancy Hurmence Babb of Lampe, MO, were saddened the hear of the death of her husband, Earl Babb, Saturday, June 9, 1979.  He died in a hospital in Springfield, MO, where he had been critically ill since December. 

Besides his widow he leaves four children and four step children. 

The funeral and burial were in Grandy, MO.  The deceased, Earl Babb, was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy and he and Nancy had been wed for two years.                 HR 6/21/1979

 

Chester O. Eden     1979.06.22

Chester O. Eden, 67, a member of the Farmer City Council, died June 29, 1979, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center, Bloomington.

He was born July 16, 1913, at the Eden Homestead, Lee, IL, the son of Swen B. and Hannah Eden.  He was married to Edith Luke May 5, 1936.

He is survived by his wife, Edith; two daughters, Barbara, Huntsville, AL, and Betty, Aurora, IL; five grandchildren; two sisters, Henrietta Risetter and Ethel Osland, both of Shabbona, IL; and one brother, Raymond Eden of Palos Verdes Est., CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 2, at the Farmer City Methodist Church with burial and graveside services at Restland Memorial Gardens, Mendota, IL.         HR 7/12/1979

 

                                  Ross S. Houghtby     1979.07.04

     Word has been received of the death of Ross S. Houghtby, formerly of Geneva, IL, at his home in Venice, FL.  He was born February 21, 1904 to William and Lucretia Houghtby at Shabbona Grove, IL.

     He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Loyal Order of Moose #685 of Batavia.

     He is survived by his wife, Leona, two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Hayman of Plainwell, MI, and Mrs. Dwayne (Carol) Cox of Olympia, WA, and four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Beulah Vandre of Aurora, and two brothers, Robert and Lyle of Aurora.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and an infant son.

     Funeral services were held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Burkhart Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Boggs officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

     Memorials may be made in Mr. Houghtby’s memory to the First Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

HR 7/19/1979

 

Arnold Hans Iverson     1979.07.16

Arnold Hans Iverson, 71, died July 3, 1979, at Mendota Community Hospital.

He was born November 24, 1907, in Iowa, the son of Hans and Catherine (Knudsen) Iverson.  He married Laretta Ferguson August 29, 1931, in the Paw Paw Baptist Church.

He farmed until retirement and then moved to Paw Paw.  He was a member of the Mendota Elks Lodge and the Rollo Congregational Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lauretta; one son, Gilbert, Paw Paw; three grandchildren; his mother, Catherine Harto, Ida Grove, IA; five sisters, Mrs. Frank (Doris) Gabriel, San Fernando, CA, Mrs. James (Helena) Coatney, Kettering, OH, Mrs. Allen (Rosamold) Williams, Sylmar, CA, Mrs. Lee (Mildred) Schuett, Ida Grove, IA, Mrs. Frank (Hildred) Stockton, Des Moines, IA; six brothers, Fred Iverson, San Diego, Ca, Jerry Iverson, St. Joseph, MI, Leonard Iverson, Maryland, Raymond Harto, El Cajon, CA, Donald Harto, Ida Grove, IA, and Roland Harto, Sycamore.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Rollo Congregational Church, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson officiating.  Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.

   HR 7/12/1979

 

Everett M. James     1979.07.17

Everett M. (E.M.-“Fat”) James, 69, of 2300 S. Lewis Street, Anaheim, CA, passed away Saturday, July 7, 1979, at his home.

He was born in Illinois March 9, 1910, the son of William T. and Ida Mae James.

He was married to Caroline Revland June 21, 1932.

James was a member of the Protestant Church and the Hinckley Masonic Lodge.  He was in the trucking business for 45 years.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline; one son, Robert of Big Rock; one daughter, Mrs. Donna Day of Garden Grove, CA; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, one sister, and his parents.

Graveside services were held at the South Big Rock Cemetery Wednesday, July 11, 1979, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.                                HR 7/12/1979

 

Jeanette K. White Gilchrist     1979.07.18

Jeanette K. Gilchrist, 83, of 365 N. Hickory Street, Waterman, passed away Saturday, July 7, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born December 7, 1895, in Somonauk, the daughter of Hampton and Margaret E. (Henry) White.

September 2, 1919, she was married to Alexander S. (Lex) Gilchrist at the U.P. Church in rural Somonauk.

Mrs. Gilchrist was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, James of Gladbrook, IA, and Richard of Waterman; one daughter, Mrs. Claude (Beth) Workman of Wickenburg, AZ; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and one brother, William White of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry Brown officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.                                  HR 7/12/1979

 

John Henry Anderson     1979.07.19

John Henry Anderson, 84, of 133 S. View, Hinckley, passed away Saturday, July 14, 1979.

He was born April 9, 1895, in Big Rock, IL.

He was married to the former Frances Manser.

Anderson was a member of the Protestant Church and a member of the Luxemburger Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. William (Leah) Steinke of Aurora and Mrs. John (Helen) Lehnert of Aurora; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 brother and 3 sisters.

He was preceded in death by his wife and 10 brothers and sisters.

Private graveside services were held Tuesday, July 17 at Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. William Myers officiating.

HR 7/19/1979

 

Lois Swanson Hetland     1979.07.20

Lois Hetland, 76, of Escondido, CA, died July 16, 1979, in LaJolla, CA.  She was born July 7, 1903, in Shabbona the daughter of J. W. and Anna Swanson.

She was precede in death by two brothers, Raymond and Frank, and one son, William, who died in 1968.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred and two grandchildren, Mark Hetland and Peggy.

Graveside memorial services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona, with Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.       HR 8/9/1979

 

 

 

 

                               Dorothy M. St. Clair     1979.08.01

Dorothy M. St. Clair, of 321 West 5th Street in Sandwich, died Saturday, August 4, 1979 at the Sandwich Hospital.  She was born January 24, 1910 in Freedom Township, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William O. and Nellie (Poole) St. Clair, and one brother.  Dorothy never married.

She is survived by her brother, Mervin St. Clair of Waterman, and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Leora) Brand of Sandwich.  She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services were Tuesday at 2 PM at Burkhart Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Henderson presiding.  Burial will be at West Serena Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Dick Legner, Don Fahrlander, Earl Underwood, and Albert Lawrence, Ron Jandt, and Harold Brand.                     HR 8/9/1979

 

Joseph E. Walsh     1979.08.07

Joseph E. Walsh, 58, of Waterman was killed Monday night (August 6, 1979) in a three vehicle accident a mile east of Hinckley on Rt. 30.

State Police stated a pick up truck driven by Charles Ruh 19, of Big Rock was eastbound when it started to cross the center line hitting a westbound station wagon driven by Ashikei Tefik of Sugar Grove, which then swerved off the road, after which the Ruh truck hit the westbound Walsh car.  Ruh is in serious condition at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

Walsh was the owner of Electro Shield Corp., of rural Waterman.                        HR 8/9/1979

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Joseph E. Walsh, 58, of rural Waterman, died Monday August 6, 1979 as the result of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident near Hinckley.  He was born July 6, 1921 in Chicago.

Mr. Walsh was owner of Electro-Shield Corp., of Waterman.  He was a member of the St. James Church of Lee, the Waterman Lions Club and the Indian Oaks country Club of Shabbona.  He was an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his widow, Jane; a brother, Gerald of Chicago; five sisters, Mary Walsh of Chicago, Mrs. Jena Gannon of Cupertino, CA, Kay Walsh of Mountain View, CA, Roberta Walsh of Santa Clara, CA, and Mrs. Margaret Insley of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

    HR 8/9/1979

 

Robert W. Williams     1979.08.08

Robert W. Williams, 30, died August 5, 1979.  He was born April 25, 1949, in DeKalb.

He was employed by Labor Local 109, and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include three sons, Aaron, Jamie and Jerry, and twin daughters, Sara and Kara, all of Sycamore; his father, James L. Williams, Hinckley; his mother, Mrs. Shirley Oakley, Bismarck, AR; two grandmothers, Frances Stroyan DeKalb and Florence Williams Safford, AZ; one sister, Cindy Williams, DeKalb; one brother, James Williams, California; four step-brothers; two step-sisters; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in Mound Rest Cemetery, Cortland.     HR 8/9/1979

 

Jane A. Watson     1979.08.09

A Batavia woman fell 3,500 feet to her death Saturday, August 4, 1979. near Hinckley when her parachute failed to open.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s police and a Federal Aviation Administration official said Jane A. Watson, 31, of 1303 E Wilson St. jumped with three others over the Hinckley airport at 2:15 p.m.

The identities of the other parachutists were not known to police or the official.

The FAA official said both her regular parachute and her emergency parachute failed to open.

The police spokesman quoted and FAA investigator as saying the dead woman’s parachute was in apparently good working condition.”

An autopsy was scheduled.

Batavia police officials stated that the deceased woman had no relatives in this area.  She lived alone.             HR 8/9/1979

 

Maurice E. Daum     1979.08.10

Maurice E. Daum, 63, died August 6, 1979, at Rochelle Community Hospital.

He was born October 16, 1915, in Steward, the son of Edward and Effie (Smith) Daum.

He was a rural letter carrier in Steward and also the mayor of Steward.  He was a member of the American Legion, Lee, the Floyd J. Tilton VFW, Rochelle, and the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District.

He was married in Lee September 22, 1951, to Bertha C. Arne.

Survivors include his wife, Steward; two sisters, Mrs. William (Dolores) Hartman, Blue Eye, MO, and Mrs. James (Florence) Pierce, Rochelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St James Catholic Church, Lee  with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery in rural Lee.           HR 8/9/1979

 

Verneille Dulian Hozie     1979.08.11

Verneille Hozie, 72, died August 2, 1979, at Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born April 8, 1907, in Grand Ridge, the daughter of George and Lizzie (Offord) Dulian.

October 7, 1923, she married Joe Hozie in Dwight.

Survivors include her husband, Joe, Waterman; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Doris Jean) Dimmig, Manville, and Mrs. Jack (Mary Lou) Brown, Phoenix, AZ; one son, Vernon, Sandwich; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; two brothers, Russell Dulian, Ottawa, and Kermit Dulian, Rockford.

Funeral services were Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Ridge United Methodist Church.  Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Streator.                                HR 8/9/1979

 

 

 

 

Charles H. Raney     1979.08.12

Charles H. Raney, 90, of rural Waterman, died August 2, 1979, at Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born September 22, 1888, in Malta, OH, the son of William and Jane (Strahl) Raney.

August 25, 1910, he married Forrest Taylor in Kirksville, OH.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Arlene Johnson, Plano, IL; Mrs. Edward (Myrna) Fox, Big Rock; Mrs. Vera Raney, Waterman; five sons, Carroll Raney, Roselle, IL; Melvin, Ottawa; Burl, Aurora; Kenton, Denver, CO; Eldon, Sandwich; 22 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, 1 son, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Chapel, Hinckley.  Burial was in Little Indian Creek Cemetery, Leland, IL.                             HR 8/9/1979

 

Clarence W. Mosher     1979.08.13

Clarence W. Mosher, 85, died August 1, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was formerly of rural DeKalb.

He was born August 6, 1893, in Afton Township, the son of Charles and Ella (Rollins) Mosher.

He married Leila Johnson at Lee November 28, 1914.

He was a lifetime farmer in the Waterman and DeKalb area.

Survivors include one son, Don, DeKalb; one daughter, Dora Koski, Bay Field, CO; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, …… Johnson, DeKalb, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and two sisters.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church, DeKalb.  He was a long time member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and also served as the Afton Township Clerk for several years.

Funeral services were at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Donald Mayer of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.                                HR 8/9/1979

 

Bessie E. Davies     1979.08.14

Bessie E. Davies, 73, of Big Rock, died Thursday (August 17, 1979) in Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born March 3, 1906, in Big Rock Township.

Miss Davies was a member of the English Congregational Church, Aurora, the Ladies Aid of the church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Homemakers Extension.  She taught piano and voice in the Big Rock area for many years.

Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m.  at English Congregational Church, with the Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.

Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.       HR 8/23/1979

 

Blanche E. Overby Piercy     1979.08.15

Blanche E. Piercy, 68, of Shabbona, died August  8, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born February 13, 1911, to Luther and Lucy (Bagewell) Overby.

She married Clifford E. Piercy December 15, 1931.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford, one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Kelcher, Shabbona Grove, one son, Eugene L., Waterman, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 3 brothers, Walter Overby, Shabbona, Ralph, Sandwich, and Gordon, Shabbona Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, 1 sister and 1 granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday August 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Chapel.

Burial was at Johnson Grove Cemetery.          HR 8/23/1979

 

Leona F. Dienst Phillips     1979.08.16

Mrs. Leona F. Phillips, 50, of rural Hinckley, died Sunday, August 19, 1979 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  She was born July 19, 1929, in Hinckley.

Mrs. Phillips was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  At one time she was a teller at the Hinckley State Bank.  She was also a 4-H leader.  She was married December 21, 1956 to Wayne F. Phillips in Hinckley.

Surviving are her husband, Wayne s. Phillips, a son, Bill, and two daughters, Barbara and Beverly, all at home; and three sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Wilhelmina) Davis of Plano, Mr. Richard (Gladys) Brush of Sycamore and Miss Grace Dienst of Sycamore.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, rural Somonauk.

HR 8/23/1979

 

Wilbur D. Gum     1979.08.17

Mr. Gum, 74, of Big Rock, died Wednesday, August 15, 1979 in Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  He was born October 1904 in Petersburg, IL.

Mr. Gum farmed on Lorang Road near Elburn until 1928, then moved to a farm near Big Rock on Wheeler Road where he farmed and trucked until 1948 when he retired and moved to Big Rock.  After his retirement he drove a school bus in Big Rock and delivered mail for the post office there for many years.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose 400, Aurora, and was a volunteer fireman in Big Rock.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dwene (Joanne) Lancaster of Apple River, IL, and Mrs. Terry (Judy Kay) Minor of Big Rock; two sons, Robert of Big Rock and Gerald of Genoa; 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, his parents, three sisters, four brothers and a great grandson.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, with Rev. Walter Thyng, pastor of the Elburn Congregational Church officiating.

Burial was in Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to the Big Rock Fire Department. 

HR 8/23/1979

 

Meryl E. Johnson     1979.08.18

Mrs. Meryl E. Johnson, 83, of Batavia, died Friday, August 17, 1979, at Community Hospital in Geneva.

She was born January 30, 1896, in Indiana.

Before their retirement, Meryl and her husband Eric, owned, and operated for many years the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Batavia.  Later they operated the Highway Café in Mendota and the Big Rock Truck Stop in Big Rock.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Noel (Phyllis) Lauring of Downers Grove and Mrs. John (Marjorie) Kolske of Dallas, OR, two sons, Robert Mortemore, and John (Abe) Lincoln, both of Batavia, a sister, Mrs. George Kuntz of Williamsfield, OH, ten grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric R., in March 1979.

The funeral was at 1 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Crane Funeral Home, 1180 West Wilson, Batavia.

Burial was in Naperville Cemetery, Naperville.

   HR 8/23/1979

 

William Lyle Morse     1979.08.19

William Lyle Morse, 77, of Big Rock died August 15, 1979, at Sandhaven Convalescent Center in Sandwich.

He was born December 21, 1901, in Custer Park, the son of William and Daisy May (Doty) Morse.

He married Esther Kavanaugh in Joliet September 11, 1935.

He was a farmer and a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church.

Survivors include his wife of Big Rock, one son, David of Waterman; Mrs. Phyllis Benson of Downers Grove; two grandchildren; two brothers, Harold of Dwight, Billy of Morris; and six sisters, Jessie Gredericksen of Kankakee, Susan Strobel of Aurora, Rita McClaien of Kankakee, Nola Kilbride of New Lenox, Mary Simms of Huntsville, AL, and Betty Pepin.

Services were held Saturday, August 18 at 1 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was at Custer park.             HR 8/23/1979

 

Rose M. Espe Wickness     1979.08.20

Rose M. Wickness, 90, died August 20, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Center.

She was born August 10, 1889, in Steward, the daughter of Elias and Guri (Bly) Espe.

She married Otto Wickness January 27, 1910, in Steward.

She belonged to the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.  Her father was a pioneer settler from Norway in the 1850’s.

Survivors include one son, Raymond E. Wickness, Rochelle, two daughters, Mrs. Kent (Eleanor) Randall, Blackwell, OK, and Mrs. Orville (Lillian) Krahenbuhl, DeKalb; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.  The Rev. Donald Myhres will officiate.  Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, Lee.

Friends many call Wednesday from 3-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Unger Funeral Home, Rochelle.                      HR 8/23/1979

 

David B. Wade     1979.08.21

David B. Wade, 19, died August 18, 1979, at Iowa City, IA.

He was born October 30, 1959, in Belvidere, the son of Eugene and Janet Wade.

He was self employed.

Survivors include Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wade, Shabbona; three brothers, Ted and Kevin both of Shabbona, Gordon, Norway, IA; one sister, Mrs. Lonnie (Lory) Little, Shabbona; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Arthur Johnson, Scottsdale, AZ; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Louise Wade, Sycamore; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Butler, Malta; several aunts and uncles and several nieces and nephews; and Ted Lang, Genoa.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, and one sister.

Funeral services were at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. David Kell officiating.  Burial was in the Malta Cemetery, Malta.                 HR 8/23/1979

 

Beulah Honeycutt     1979.08.22

Mrs. Alex (Beulah) Honeycutt, 79, died August 7, 1979, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, at the Tobias Beavercreek Funeral Home, with burial in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, OH.

She is survived by seven sons, Clyde of Greenville, Jack, Glenn, Raymond, Harold, and Luke, all of Dayton, and Howard, of Davidson, NC, six daughters, Mrs. Eddie (Lucille) Rybacki of Somonauk, Mrs. James (Mary) Jensen of Hinckley, Mrs. Edwin (Irene) Reid of Malta, Mrs. Fred (Sydney) Edgar of Batavia, Mrs. Richard (Joella) Norris of Tennessee, and Mrs. Frances Fricker of Dayton; 45 grandchildren; also 30 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, her parents, three brothers and one sister.             HR 8/23/1979

 

Darrell Moore     1979.08.23

Darrell Moore, 60, of Big Rock, died Tuesday, August 21, 1979, in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born July 21, 1919 in Dixon.

Mr. Moore worked for the City of Aurora Water Department and served as its supervisor.

Surviving are his widow, Naomi; two sons, Carrell of Aurora and Robert of Naperville; two daughters, Candy Moore and Kristie Moore, both at home, and a granddaughter.

A private graveside service was Wednesday, August 23, in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.  The Rev. W. David Diercks officiated.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel.

    HR 8/30/1979

 

Scott A. Bain     1979.08.24

Scott A. Bain, 15, of Big Rock, formerly of Batavia, died Tuesday, August 21, 1979 in Batavia in an accident.

He was born January 3, 1964.

He was active in the Sugar Grove pony baseball league, Kaneland High School basketball and football, and the Hinckley-Big Rock track team.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Roy and Sharon Rogers of Big Rock.  his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bain of Batavia; a sister, Lori, and a brother, Kenny, both of Big Rock; and a step-brother, Roy Rogers, Jr. of Schaumberg.

Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Loree Lay of North Aurora; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Bain of Batavia, and his maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Sylvia Miller of Novinger, MO.

The funeral was held Thursday, at Johnson-Crane Funeral Home, Batavia.  Rev. Delbert Rossin officiated.  Burial was at River Hill Cemetery, Batavia.                          HR 8/30/1979

 

Dorothy Holmes Billings Hornback     1979.08.25

Dorothy Hornback, 61, died August 21, 1979 at her home.  She was married to Leonard Hornback.

She was born October 3, 1917, in Waterman, the daughter of Roy and Rose Holmes.

Survivors include three sons, Gary Billings, DeKalb, Doug, Hinckley, and Terry, at home; four daughters, Cindy and Mrs. Paul (Pamela) Fruit, both of Sandwich, Mrs. Terry (Kimberly) Rachas, Shabbona, Mrs. Robert (Tamara) Risley, Waterman; her mother, Rose  Holmes, Shabbona; six sisters, Thelma Sallee, Rosella Pool and Mrs. Lawrence Shrader, all of Shabbona,  Emilie Dvorak, Cedar Rapids, IA, Charlene McNeece, Clinton, IA, Shirley Moore, Maquoketa, IA; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, husband and one son.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, 1979 at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona with the Rev. David Cook of the First Baptist Church, Shabbona, officiating.

HR 8/30/1979

 

  1. Sophia Peterson Hetland Wald 1979.09.17
  2. Sophia Wald, 91, of Earlville, died September 3, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born May 25, 1888, in Freedom Township, the daughter of Thomas and Nana Peterson.

She married Clarence Hetland in 1907.  He preceded her in death in 1915.  She married Richard Wald in 1920.  He preceded her in death in 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Holtman of Genoa, Dorothy Frankierro of Palm Springs, CA; three sons, Alvin Hetland of Lee, Mervin Hetland of Rockford, Lyle Wald of Earlville; two brothers, Oscar Peterson of Ottawa, Albert Peterson of Rockford; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Services were held September 6, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville, The Rev. Dennis Peppyjohn and the Rev. Lyle Wilkinson officiated.  Burial was in the Harding Cemetery.

   HR 9/13/1979

 

Ruth D. Leifheit Wielert     1979.09.18

Ruth D. Wielert, 65, of Hinckley, died Sunday, September 16, 1979, at her home.

Mrs. Wielert was born November 12, 1913, to Frederick and Louise (Henne) Leifheit in Lisbon, IL.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Ladies Aid, Hinckley, and the northern Illinois Steam Power Club.

Mrs. Wielert had resided in Hinckley for the  past 42 years.

She is survived by her husband, Burton E.; two sons, Allan B. and Darrell K., both of Hinckley; five grandchildren and a great grandchild; and two brothers, Paul Leifheit of Platteville and Arnold Leifheit of Sugar Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by a granddaughter.

The Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Dr. Henry C. Dequin officiating.  Burial was in Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley. 

HR 9/20/1979

 

LeRoy F. Schweiger     1979.09.19

LeRoy F. Schweiger, 48, died September 12, 1979 at home.

He was born April 3, 1931, in West Brooklyn, the son of Frank and Anna (Haub) Schweiger.

He married Gladys George August 4, 1956, in Rockford.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and farmed near Creston most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys; one daughter, Judith Marotta, Omaha, NE; two grandsons, Jeffery and James Marotta, also from Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.  Burial with military rites was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                                  HR 9/20/1979

 

Chris Tweed     1979.09.20

Chris Tweed, 94, died September 24, 1979 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born February 21, 1885, in Lee, the son of John and Gurina Tweed.

He owned and operated a horse-riding academy for many years.  He was later employed by the Del Monte Corp.

Survivors include two brothers, George Tweed, Beaver Dam, WI; and Harry Tweed, Strawberry Point, IA; two sisters, Clare Bemis, Anderson, IN, and Bess Latimer, Clare; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Philip Holtsford officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens.      HR 9/27/1979

 

Walter Edgar Mathesius     1979.09.21

Walter Edgar Mathesius, 44, died September 24, 1979, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator.

He was born December 2, 1934, in Mendota, the son of Ervin and Flora (Truckenbrod) Mathesius.

He married Clarann Kandra in Naperville July 7, 1956.

He was a member of the Leading Knights, the DeKalb Elks, the DeKalb Moose and the Paw Paw United Methodist Church.

He farmed all his life.

Survivors include his wife, one son, Richard, at home; three daughters, Brenda, DeKalb, Donna and Robin, both at home; his parents of Shabbona; two brothers, Ralph, Paw Paw, William of Minooka; one sister, Mrs. Rodney (Dorothy) McConn, DeKalb; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 26, at 2 p.m. at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox officiating.  Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.                HR 9/277/1979

 

 

 

 

Russell E. Rohrer     1979.09.22

Russell E. Rohrer, Waterman, died September 18, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 12, 1902. in Northville Township, the son of Henry and Christine Rohrer.

He was married to Frances Grandham in Somonauk November 23, 1927.  He was employed in farming in Afton Township for many years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb, Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Forresters, the Farm Bureau and the Soil and Water Conservation.

He is survived by his wife; eight daughters, Mrs. Donald (Emma) Bybee, Oregon, IL, Mrs. Donald (Joan) Jones, Sycamore, Mrs. Raymond (Gertrude) Seldal, rural DeKalb, Mrs. Roland (Barbara) ….. rural Sycamore, Mrs. Stanley (Marie) Bourey, McHenry, Mrs. Dennis (Margaret) Videgar, Boulder Hill, Mrs. Edward (Mary) Fatchett, Hilldale, MI, Mrs. George (Noel) ……..  Pattan, CA, three sons, Martin of Chana, Raymond of Malta, and Paul of Leroy, MN; 44 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Aubrey (Celestine) Clapper, Somonauk, and Leona Rohrer, Chicago; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and one brother; one son; three grandchildren.

Services were held at St. Mary’s Church, DeKalb, at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.  Burial was at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Somonauk.       HR 9/27/1979

 

Dana S. Daw     1979.09.23

Dana S. Daw, 23, died Sunday (September 30, 1979) at Mercy Center Hospital. Aurora, the result of a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning.  She was born May 31, 1956, in Aurora.

She is survived by her parents, Duane and Shirley (Bennett) Daw of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Daryl (Debra) Somogyi of Metamora and Diane Daw of Aurora, and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Daw or Aurora.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Daleiden Mortuary.

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A Big Rock woman died early Sunday about four hours after she was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sugar Grove Township.

She is Dana S. Daw, 23, of John Street.

The girl was a passenger on a motorcycle operated by Byron A. Hicks, III, 31, of the same address.

Both were taken by Sugar Grove Ambulance to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, where Hicks was released after treatment.

He said they were riding west on Jericho road west of Route 14 shortly before 1 a.m. when an animal ran across the road in front of them.  He said he swerved to avoid the animal and lost control of the motorcycle.

Kane County sheriff’s police investigated.    HR 10/4/1979

 

Robert C. Bybee     1979.09.24

Robert C. Bybee, 51, died September 29, 1979, at the Rochelle Community Hospital.

He was born April 22, 1928, in Lee Center, the son of Buren and Jennie (Vincent) Bybee.

He married Dolores Glover October 21, 1951, in Champaign.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Air Force.  He was also a former director of the Lee County Farm Bureau, a former director of the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District.  He was a member of the Steward Methodist Church and the Alto Masonic Lodge, Steward.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; his mother, Jennie Bybee, Amboy; three sons, Thomas, Indianapolis, IN, William, Holcomb, and Joseph, at home; one daughter, Barbara, Kentland, IN; two brothers, Francis of Ottawa, and Donald of Oregon; three sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Rita) Richardson, DeKalb, Mrs. Charles (Marie) Herrier, Utica, and Mrs. Donald (Ruth) Book, Dixon; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Rochelle, with the Rev. John Cantwell of the Steward Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was in the Trinity Memory Gardens, Cemetery in Rochelle.

HR 10/4/1979

 

Mamie Ethel Tinsley Piercy     1979.09.25

Mrs. Mamie Ethel Piercy, 90, of Shabbona Grove, IL died Saturday, September 29, 1979, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born in Jefferson County, IL, August 25, 1889.  February 20, 1910 she married William Piercy in Jefferson County, IL.

Survivors include one son, Clifford of Shabbona Grove; a brother, Herbert Tinsley, of Dixon, IL; one sister, Mrs. Janie Pittman, also of Dixon; two grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiating.

Burial was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

 HR 10/4/1979

Melvin A. Papenberg     1979.09.26

Melvin A. Papenberg, 64, of Aurora, died Saturday, September 8, 1979 in Americana Nursing Home, Naperville.

Mr. Papenberg was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are his widow, Mildred; two daughters, Donna McMahon of Aurora and Mrs. Marilyn Cobb of Albuquerque, NM, and a brother, LeRoy of Big Rock.

He was preceded in death by  his father, Charles and sister, Evelyn.

The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Healy Chapel, with the Rev. Hampton White officiating.

Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.                HR 9/13/1979

 

                                             Fred Weir      1979.10.02

     Fred Weir, 84, formerly of Plano, died October 26, 1979 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was born March 12, 1895 in Illinois.  He is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Cecil (Gwen) Davis of St. Germaine, WI, Mrs. John (Virginia) Weir of Sugar Grove, Mrs. Richard (Jeanne) Baker of Leland, and Mrs. Jan (Mary) Giltjes of Plano, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and a son, Fred R. Weir, and 2 sisters.

     Mr. Weir was the owner and founder of Weir Machine and Foundry in Plano.  He was an Army veteran of World War I, and a member of the Forty & Eight, member of the American Legion Post 395 in Plano, also a former board member of the Plano High School and a member of the Plano Rotary Club.

     Private funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, from the Larson Funeral Home in Plano.  Elder Sumner Walker officiated.  Burial was at the Plano Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Open Door in Sandwich.

HR 11/1/1979  (HR Wording different)

 

Harold Ziegler     1979.10.10

Harold Ziegler, 53, died October 7, 1979 in Homosassa, FL.

He was born in Pierce Township, December 13, 1925.  January 8, 1950 he married Dorothy Trvax in Dubuque.

He served in World War II with the Army and his occupation was truck driver.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Danville, IL; five children, Kenneth of St. Paul, Diana Moody, Danville, Donna Asbury, High Ridge, MO; Sandra Hatfield, Kilean, TX, Harlene Harvel of DeKalb; two brothers Everett of Waterman and Howard of Danville; three sisters, Mrs. Junior (Ida) Smith of Aurora, Mrs. Vera Verly, Danville, and Mrs. Clarence (Ethel) Harvel of DeKalb.

The funeral will be Friday, at 1p.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with Rev. Clare Hewitt officiating.  Burial will be at Pierce Cemetery.                                   HR 10/11/1979

 

Gertrude Frost Nelson     1979.10.11

Gertrude (Frost) Nelson, 79, of Racine, WI died Monday, October 15, 1979 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine.

She was born in Shabbona June 23, 1900.  She graduated from Valparaiso University in 1923.  July 17, 1924 she married William L. Nelson.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, P.E.&O.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband, William L.; a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Evelyn) Lauerman, of Racine; two sons, Roger L. Nelson of Walnut, CA, and William T. Nelson of Madison, WI; a sister, Pearl M. Frost of Aurora, IL, and seven grandchildren.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 17 in the Maresch-Meredith Funeral Home, Racine with the Rev. Roy F. Fox officiating.

Final resting place was the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona at 3 p.m. Wednesday.                                 HR 10/18/1979

 

Irene M. Hutchison     1979.10.12

Mrs. Irene M. Hutchison, 68, of DeKalb, died Thursday, October 25, 1979 in Sycamore Hospital, Sycamore.  She was born May 20, 1911 in Aurora.

Mrs. Hutchison was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb, the DeKalb Women’s Club and the DeKalb Senior Citizens, where she had been a former corresponding secretary.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Tiger Athletic Club, Aurora.

Surviving are her husband, Virgil R. Hutchison; four sons, Lt. Col. Ronald L. Hutchison of Bossier City, LA, Wayne R. Hutchison of Waterman, Edward R. Hutchison of Wyanet, IL, and Gregory J. Hutchison of DeKalb; a daughter, Mrs. Karen Schnitz of Oswego; 18 grandchildren, and a sister, Bernice Tintinger of Aurora.

The funeral was at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb.

Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora.     HR 11/1/1979

 

Harold A. Bly     1979.10.13

Harold A. Bly, 77, died October 31, 1979, at Bixby Hospital, Adrian, MI.

He was born in August 1902, in Lee County, the son of Martin and Hattie (Johnson) Bly.

He married Doris Fleming September 11, 1940.  He retired from the Humphrey Cadillac-Olds Co. in Rockford after working there for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Connie) Borton, Birmingham, MI, and Mrs. James (Carole) Hamman, Onsted, MI; six grandchildren; one brother, Orville Bly, Lee; two sisters, Mrs. Gertie Edwards, Lee, and Violet Knutson, DeKalb.

Funeral services were Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church in Adrian, MI.          HR 11/8/1979

 

Raymond H. Keene     1979.10.14

Raymond H. Keene, 72, of Waterman, IL, died Tuesday, October 30, 1979, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Raymond was born March 26, 1907, in Victor Township, DeKalb County, IL to Clyde and Jessie (Cross) Keene.

He married Charlotte Greenacre.

Survivors include one son, Duane, DeKalb; one daughter, Sandra, Waterman; and 3 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and 2 infant sons.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 2, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Chapel with Rev. J. Leslie Fox officiating.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, IL.

HR 11/8/1979

 

Ellen Ashton Stadler     1979.10.15

Ellen Stadler, 67, of Aurora, died Monday (October 29, 1979) in Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 14, 1912, in Dexter, NM.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Pyles of Encinitas, CA.  Mrs. Stadler was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1971, and her parents, Arthur and Athena Ashton, former Hinckley community residents.

Graveside services were at West Big Rock Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, with the Rev Calvin Marcum officiating.

There was no visitation.  Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were made by Healy Chapel.    HR 11/8/1979

 

Jerri Thorson Ward     1979.11.07

Mrs. Jerri (Thorson) Ward, 30, of Elgin, formerly of Big Rock passed away Sunday (November 4, 1979), at her home in Elgin.

She was born in DeKalb, August 24, 1949.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, one son, Shawn Ward, two daughters Stacy and Paula Simonson.  Her parents Mr. and Mrs. Merle Thorsen of Big Rock; one brother, Kim Thorson of Sugar Grove; one sister Joni Thorson of Big Rock.

Funeral services will be today, Thursday, November 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Larson Funeral Home in Yorkville with the Rev. Vernon Tweedt officiating.   Burial will be in Helmar Lutheran Cemetery in Helmar, IL.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Larson Funeral Home Wednesday, November 7th.               HR 11/8/1979

 

Jane Firkins     1979.11.08

Word was received by relatives and friends of the family stating Jane Firkins died in the Sandwich Nursing Home Friday November 2, 1979.  She had been a resident there for a long time and was past 80 years of age.  She was the last member of the Neil and Gertrude Firkins family and was a sister to Stanley Firkins, formerly of Shabbona.  Crematory services were held.

HR 11/8/1979

 

John A. Faxon     1979.11.09

John A. Faxon, 96, died November 8, 1979, at Tiller’s Nursing Home, Oswego.

He was born May 18, 1883 in Hinckley, the son of Addison and Helen Price Faxon.

He was married September 27, 1905, to Bessie Barnard, in Sandwich.  She preceded him in death in 1943.  He married Rae Eigle January 11, 1944, in DeKalb.  She died in 1969.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm bureau and a 50 year member of the Hinckley Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include one son, John Faxon, Aurora, one daughter, Mrs. Nancy Watts, Freeport; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, October 10, 1979, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Rev. Clare Hewitt officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.                                 HR 11/15/1979

 

Irvin E. Leifheit     1979.11.10

Irvin E. Leifheit, 89, died November 13, 1979, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born January 11, 1890, in Hinckley, the son of Adolph and Louise (Granart) Leifheit.

He married Marvel McAllister in 1914.

He farmed for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Marvel, Hinckley, one son, Jack D. of Hinckley, two grandchildren; one sister, Hattie Wedemeier, Aurora.

Private Funeral services were November 15, 1979 at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Rev Wayne Kirk officiating.  Cremation followed.                 HR 11/22/1979

 

Mary M. Patterson White     1979.11.11

Mrs. Mary M. white, 78, of Aurora, died Friday (November 23, 1979) at Four Seasons Nursing Home in Aurora.  She was born July 4, 1901, in Campbellsville, KY.

She is survived by two sons, George White and Harold White, both of Aurora, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Middlebrook and Mrs. Shirley Eaton, both of Aurora.

Also surviving are six sisters, Rose Williams, Ethel Patterson, Helen Carter and Marjorie Flores, all of Aurora, Geraldine Gaither of New Mexico and Claudia Taylor of Rock Island; three brothers, William Patterson of Aurora, Everett Patterson of Hinckley and Theodore Patterson of Elgin; 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband, George, two sisters, Elizabeth and Myrtle, and a brother, George.

The funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Healy Chapel in Aurora.

Burial was in River Hills Memorial Park.  Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Mrs. White was a Hinckley resident some years ago, the daughter of the late Charlie Patterson and attended the Hinckley Public Schools.                                   HR 11/29/1979

 

Leona Mae Vice Antrobus     1979.11.12

Mrs. Leona Mae Antrobus, 87, passed away Monday, November 26, 1979 at the Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born in Falmouth, KY August 25, 1892 to Frank and Ida (Draper) Vice.  She married Weber Antrobus in Kentucky in 1917

Mrs. Antrobus was a member of the Somonauk Baptist Temple and the Jolly Sixties Club.  She had resided in Hinckley for the past nine years.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1940, a son Clyde in 1972, and three brothers, Frankie, James and Floyd Vice.

Survivors include one son, Harold of Hinckley; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jo Ferrell, Loves Park and Mrs. Dorothy Erickson Jenkins of Elburn; two brothers, four sisters 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 29, 1979 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Rev. Gil McGregor officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Friends may call on Wednesday evening at the Nash Memorial Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m.             HR 11/29/1979

 

  1. F. Anderson 1979.11.13
  2. F. Anderson, 63, died November 22, 1979, at St. Luke’s West Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born June 6, 1906, in Auburn, IA, the son of Swan and Anna (Johnson) Anderson.

He was married to Neva Spray of Shabbona March 19, 1932 at her parents home in Shabbona.

He was a graduate of Iowa State University and was a retired regional sales manager for Timken Roller Bearing Co.

Survivors include his wife, Neva; two sisters, Mrs. John (Blanche) Yepsen, Sioux city, IA, and Mrs. Martin (Carrie) Koppleman, Lawton, IA; several nieces and nephews.

Family services were at 1 p.m. Monday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                                         HR 11/29/1979

 

Edwin J. Hickey     1979.11.14

Edwin J. Hickey, 63, of Elgin, died Thursday (November 22, 1979) in Kishwaukee Hospital, in DeKalb.  He was born July 2, 1916, in DeKalb County.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald G. Hickey of Aurora and Richard E. Hickey of Yorkville; a daughter, Mrs. George (Patricia) Dubin of Earlville; two brothers, Henry Hickey of Shabbona and Bernard Hickey of DeKalb; four sisters, Grace Hickey of Shabbona, Mrs. Ellen Hermann of DeKalb, Mrs. Mary Moenkemier and Mrs. Leon (Dorothy) St. Jules, both of Aurora, and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marella C. Hickey, in 1972, his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

A private funeral was held Saturday at Dieterle Memorial Home.

Burial was in Lincoln Park Cemetery, Aurora.

   HR 11/29/1979

 

John C. Kelson     1979.11.15

John C. Kelson, 55, of 642 E. Glade St., Mesa, AZ, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, November 29, 1979 at Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix.

He was born December 2, 1924, in Urbana, IL.

He lived most of his life in Aurora.

Mr. Kelson was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.  He was a former welder at Barber-Greene Co. in Aurora and operated a sign business in Aurora prior to his move to Arizona in 1977.

He was a member of Aurora Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his widow, Margaret (Kahoun) of Mesa, AZ, three daughters, Jacqueline Wilson of Yorkville, Karen Eriksen of Big Rock and Kathy Kelson of Mesa; a son, Kurt Kelson; his mother, Marion Remlinger of Venice, FL, and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Kelson, in 1929 in an airplane accident.

Cremation took place Saturday in Mesas.    HR 12/6/1979

 

Clara M. (  ) Judy Whildin     1979.11.16

Clara M. Whildin, 95, of Big Rock died Thursday, November 29, 1929 in Tillers Nursing Home, Oswego.  She was born December 11, 1883, in New Cambria, MO.

Mrs. Whildin was a member of Big Rock Congregational Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Stella Michael of Lena, IL, and Ruth Dorion of Big Rock; and two stepsons, Wayne Whildin of Aurora and Harlow Whildin of Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Judy in 1944, and her second husband, Ira Whildin in 1969. 

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Big Rock Congregational Church with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

Burial was in Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock.       HR 12/6/1979

 

                             Esther P. Noack Lett      1979.12.01

     Mrs. Esther P. Lett, 82, of Shabbona Nursing Home, formerly of Sandwich, died Saturday afternoon (December 7. 1979) at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.

     Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, with the Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiating, at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

     The former Esther P. Noack was born October 2, 1897 in Sandwich, the daughter of the late Edwin G. and Martha A. Hayden Noack.  She married Herbert S. Lett on February 8, 1917 in Aurora, IL.  He died in November 1969.  They lived on their farm south of Sandwich until 1958.  She kept her home in town until 1971 when she moved into a nursing home.

     Survivors include a son, Thomas P. of Englewood CO, a daughter, Mrs. Robert W. (Marion) Sutherland of Aledo, IL, 4 grandsons and a granddaughter.

     She was also preceded in death by a son James R., a brother and seven sisters.                          HR 12/13/1979

 

                                      Gene E. Bastian     1979.12.07

Gene E. Bastian, 51, of rural Hinckley, died Monday (December 24, 1979) on Route 30 one mile west of Dugan Road, Big Rock.  He was born June 11, 1928, in Hinckley.  Mr. Bastian operated Bastian Insurance and Real Estate Co., Hinckley for 27 years.  He owned the Hinckley Airport.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge 301, Hinckley, the Hinckley American Legion, the Hinckley Fire Department, the Experimental Aircraft Association and numerous professional and aeronautical societies and organizations.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was graduated from the Hinckley schools and from Monmouth College.  He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his widow, Gretchen (Clark); two sons, Keith and Scott; two daughters, Mrs. Bryce  (Amie) Carey and Greta Bastian; his mother, Mrs. Louise Bastian; a brother, Charles L. Bastian, and a sister, Mrs. Virginia Hauser, all of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Everette.

The funeral will be at 11 AM Friday at Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Wayne D. Kirk officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Visitation will be after 5 PM, Thursday at Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

A Memorial will be established in Mr. Bastian’s memory.

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Gene E. Bastian, 51, Hinckley business man, passed away Monday, December 24, 1979.  Bastian, a resident of rural Hinckley, was found in his car along Route 30, one mile west of Dugan’s Road, late Monday afternoon.  He had apparently suffered a heart attack.

Gene Bastian was born June 11, 1922 in Hinckley the son of Everette Louis and Louise Greenacre Bastian.  He was educated in Hinckley schools, and was a graduate of Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.

He was married to Gretchen Clark, September 10, 1950.

Bastian was engaged in the insurance and real estate business for 27 years, along with owning the Hinckley Airport.

He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Hinckley Masonic Lodge 301, the American Legion, the Hinckley Fire Department, the experimental Aircraft association, along with numerous professional and aeronautical societies and organizations.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a lifelong resident of the Hinckley community.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Keith and Scott; two daughters, Mrs. Bryce (Amie) Carey and Greta Bastian; his mother, Mrs. Louise Bastian; one brother, Charles L.; and one sister, Virginia Hauser.  All are residents of Hinckley.  He was preceded by his father.

Funeral services will be Friday morning, December 28, at 11 a.m. in the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wayne D. Kirk officiating.

Final resting place will be the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Nash Funeral home after 5 p.m. Thursday until the time of services.   HR 12/27/1979

 

                        Sherman Mark Kuester     1979.12.12

Sherman Mark Kuester, 19, of 435 East Washington Street, Somonauk, died Sunday, December 30, 1979 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  Sherman was born April 9, 1960 at Aurora.

Sherman’s parents are Sherman J. and Sally Passow Kuester of Somonauk.  Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Passow, Leland.  He has one sister at home, Sondra.

Sherman was a sophomore at Northwestern University, majoring in engineering.  He also was in the Fraternity of Phe Kappa Alpha (pike).

The funeral was Thursday at 1:30 in St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Rev. Craig Wagner officiated.  The burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation was Wednesday 5-9.  Memorials will go to the Athletic Department of Somonauk Public School.  Pallbearers were, Randy Anderson, Scott Christopher, Mark Johnson, Michael Vermeland, Joe Frieders, Brad Woodrick, Roger Derdzinski and Todd Haas.

HR 1/3/1980 (HR wording somewhat different)

 

                                        Bernt Ryg     1979.12.14

Bernt Ryg, 76, of 310 North Oak Street, Hinckley, died Saturday, December 29, 1979 at the Sandwich Hospital.  Bernt was the son of the late Nick and Carrie Holland Ryg, and was born on June 17, 1903 in Ottawa.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Voga.  They were married in Princeton IL on September 5, 1929.  Bernt is also survived by seven children, Mrs. Clifford (Elaine) Imel, Earlville, Mrs. Wayne (Delores) Torman, Earlville, Wayne Ryg, Ottawa, Emmitt Ryg, Ottawa, Mrs. Don (Kathryn) Burgrabe, Marion, Mrs. Joe (Pat) Isham, Malta, and David Ryg, Rockford.  He is also survived by a brother, Vernon, of Ft. Dodge, IA, and a sister, Mrs. Jewell (Mable) Brent of Florida.  Bernt was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, one son and one grandson.  There are 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  Originally he lived in Earlville before living in Hinckley.  Bernt has lived in Hinckley since 1956, farming for Hinckley Grain Elevator from 1960 to 1971.  Bernt was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Sandwich.

The funeral was January 1 at 11 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.  Rev. David Kaul officiated.  The burial was at Leland Cemetery.   HR 1/3/1980 (HR wording different)

 

Albert P. Gommel     1979.12.15

Albert P. Gommel, 65, died December 4, 1979, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born January 13, 1914, in Malta, the son of Karl and Frieda Gommel.

He married Phyllis Swingley in Malta in 1951.

He was a member of the Congregational Church, Malta.  He also had farmed it the Malta-DeKalb area for many years and for the past 10 years was an electrical contractor.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of DeKalb; one son, Dale Gommel, Hinckley; one daughter, Karla Gommel, DeKalb; two granddaughters; one brother, William Gommel, Malta; one aunt and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Armin Munz officiating.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Creston.

   HR 12/13/1979

 

Helen A. Fuller Harvel     1979.12.16

Helen A. Harvel, 64, died December 8, 1979 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was a resident of the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born August 6, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Bowman) Fuller, in Rutland.

Survivors include two brothers, Charles Fuller, Big Rock, and George H. Fuller, Sycamore; one sister, Orena Haugen, Thornton, CO; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers,

A prayer service was held Monday, December 10, 1979, at the Van Natta Funeral Home.  Graveside services followed at the Ohio Grove Cemetery, rural Sycamore.            HR 12/13/1979

 

Orrie M. Johnson     1979.12.17

Orrie M. Johnson, 86, died December 8, 1970, at his home.

He was born November 18, 1893, in Bureau county, the son of Charles and Ida (Taylor) Johnson.

He married Elvira Johnson January 24, 1917, in Bureau County.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the First Baptist Church, Shabbona.  He was a well known farmer and cattle feeder in both Bureau and DeKalb Counties.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Phyllis) Merriman, Rockford; two sons, Orrie L., Shabbona, and Gordon of Earlville; one sister, Mrs. Alfred Madsen, Sheffield; one brother, Lloyd, Princeton; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, four brothers, and one grandson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday at the first Baptist Church, Shabbona, with the Rev. David Cook officiating.

Burial followed in the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 12/13/1979

 

Mack Firkins     1979.12.18

Mack Firkins, 87, died December 5, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born at Rollo September 17, 1892, the son of Charles and Sarah (Sheldon) Firkins.

He married Lela Schreck of Paw Paw January 28, 1920.

He farmed in the Shabbona area for many years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  For 50 years he was a member of the Shabbona Congregational Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lela; one son, George, Alta Vista, IA; three daughters, Dionne Holliday, Sycamore, Marilyn Cook, Kankakee, and Janet Larson, Shabbona; 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Private services were at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona Saturday.  Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, in Paw Paw.                                     HR 12/13/1979

 

Ada Rowley Cory     1979.12.19

Ada Cory, 84, died December 6, 1979, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born February 10, 1895, the daughter of Frank and Helen (Savage) Rowley.

She married Jess Cory June 30, 1920.

She was a teacher in the Rollo area for many years and was a 1917 graduate of the Northern Illinois Teachers College.  She was a member of the Rollo Congregational Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jess, Shabbona Nursing Home; one daughter, Elizabeth Stauth, two brothers, Clarence Rowley, Plainfield and Willard Rowley of Rockport; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rollo Congregational Church with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

   HR 12/13/1979

 

Ethel Cameron Getzinger     1979.12.20

Ethel Getzinger, 91, died December 8, 1970 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born in Chicago October 10, 1888 to Edward and Mary Cameron.  Sept 3, 1910 she married Philip L. Getzinger in St. Charles, IL.

Mrs. Getzinger attended the Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jane E. Low of Waterman; and a son, Col. Philip Getzinger of Hampton, VA.  There are six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1943.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 12 with Rev. Ralph Wheaton, Belvidere officiating.

Burial was at Johnson Grove, Waterman, IL.

   HR 12/13/1979

 

Marbry Fay Gabel     1979.12.21

Mrs. Marbry Gabel, 64, of Newark, IL, died Saturday, December 15, 1979 in Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born January 12, 1915 in Waterman the daughter of Rollin and Grace Roberts Fay.

She married Delbert W. Gabel in Waterman September 1, 1951.

She was a past Home Extension Advisor in DeKalb and Kendall counties.  She was a member of the Platteville United Methodist Church, the Bethany Circle, the United Methodist Women, the Kendall County Homemakers Extension Association, and a past 4-H leader.

Mrs. Gabel is survived by her husband, a son, Carlton, of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Mardel) Robinson, of Herford, TX; granddaughter, Erin Robinson, also of Herford, TX, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Wilder Fay.

Funeral services were Tuesday, December 18, 1979 at the Platteville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doyle Blamton.  Final resting place is the Platteville Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Larson-Gabel Funeral Home, Newark.                                        HR 12/20/1979

 

Frances L. Ferguson Johnson     1979.12.22

Frances L. Johnson, 72, died December 20, 1979 at the Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona.

She was born October 26, 1907, in DeKalb, the daughter of William and Delilah (Klein) Ferguson.

She married Harold H. Johnson, December 21, 1926 in Sycamore.

Survivors include her husband, Harold J. Johnson, DeKalb; one daughter, Mrs. Beverly Johnson, DeKalb; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Overton, DeKalb; one brother William B. “Bernie” Ferguson, Edgerton, WI; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary at 11 a.m. Monday.  Burial followed at Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.  Rev. William E. Kmet officiated.       HR 12/27/1979

 

James E. Brummel     1979.12.23

The Rev. James E. Brummel, 49, of Hinckley, formerly of Naperville, died Tuesday, December 25, 1979 at home.  He was born April 14, 1939 in Chicago.

Rev. Brummel attended Sacred Heart Seminary, Geneva, Conception Seminary and St. Procopius Seminary, Lisle.  He was ordained May 27, 1967, at the Cathedral of St. Raymond, Joliet, by Bishop Romeo Blanchette.  He was assistant pastor at St. Alexis Church, Bensenville; Holy Trinity Church, Westmont; Sacred Heart Church, Lombard; and St. Anne’s Church, Oswego.  He was pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Paxton, from 1975 to 1977.

Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Mary Brummel of Naperville; a sister, Mary Ann Muehlfelt of Wheaton, and a brother, Joseph M. of Aurora.

The funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS Peter and Paul Church, Naperville.

Burial was in Annunciation Cemetery, Marywood.

   HR 1/3/1980

 

Virginia Bateman Greenawalt     1979.12.24

Virginia Greenawalt, 42, of Yorkville, died December 23, 1979 at the scene of an automobile accident on Bliss Road near Sugar Grove.

She was born March 26, 1937, in Aurora, the daughter of Ralph and Neba (Bourne) Bateman.

She attended Elburn schools and was graduated in 1954.

She married John R. Greenawalt June 26, 1954.  They lived in the Elburn area until 1956, when they moved to Yorkville.

They have operated the Kendall Outdoor Equipment Co. in Yorkville since 1968.

She was a member of the Yorkville Congregational Church and a member of the church choir.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Michael of Montgomery, Randy of Yorkville and Dale, at home; her parents of Elburn; one sister, Mrs. Lee (Alverna) Vaughn of Yorkville; three brothers, David, Rowland and Glenn, all of Elburn; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

Se was preceded in death by her grandparents and one nephew.

Service was at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn.  The Rev. Lawrence Rezash of the Congregational Church of Yorkville and the Rev. Walter Thyng of the Congregational Church of Elburn officiated.

Interment was at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

   HR 1/3/1980

 

Sture N. Wallin     1979.12.25

Sture N. Wallin, 86, of Oswego, died Saturday (December 29, 1979) at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born December 31, 1892 in Nebraska.

Mrs. Wallin was an Army veteran of World War I and was a member of the Big Rock American Legion Post 529.

He is survived by his widow, Sara (Peterson) Wallin of Oswego; two sons, Robert Wallin of Aurora and Richard Wallin of Middletown, NJ; two daughters, Mrs. John (Helen) Shumway of Batavia and Mrs. Richard (Janet) Johnson of Montgomery; 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora.  The Rev. Keith T. Nelson officiated.

Burial was in Spring Lake Cemetery.                HR 1/3/1980

 

Alice Kern Harker     1979.12.26

Mrs. Alice K. Harker, 80, of Sugar Grove, died Sunday (December 30, 1979) in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born April 25, 1899 in Aurora.

Mrs. Harker was a member of First Congregational Church, Big Rock, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Home Bureau, and past secretary of the Jericho Cemetery Association.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Gene W. (Marjorie) Anderson of Downers Grove; five granddaughters; two great grandson, and a brother, Lambert Kern, Sr. of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Harker, a daughter, Shirley M. Harker, a brother, Earl Kern, and a sister,
Evelyn K. Harker.

The funeral was Wednesday at Healy Chapel with the Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.

Burial was in Jericho Cemetery.                    HR 1/3/1980

 

Myrtie Christman Chamberlain    1979.12.27

Myrtie Chamberlain, 91, formerly of Lee, died December 22, 1979, at Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Prophetstown.

She was born August 19, 1888 in Delavan, WI, the daughter of George and Frankie (Roberts) Christman.

She married Fred Chamberlain July 19, 1908, in Wisconsin.

She is survived by two sons, James H., Des Plaines, George H. of Hanover; one daughter, Edith Bromeland, Normal, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by four sisters, one brother, two sons and one daughter.

She is a former member of the First Methodist Church in Lee.

Private Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Woita of the First Lutheran Church of Lee officiating.

Burial was in Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock.      HR 1/3/1980

 

Lorenzo Miller     1979.12.28

Lorenzo miller, 75, died December 27, 1979 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born August 11, 1904, in Shabbona, the son of Lorenzo and Vera (Bailey) Miller.

He married Florence Windom July 4, 1935, in Princeton.

He worked as an automobile mechanic all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Florence; two brothers, Alford, Aurora, and Lyle Sandwich; three sisters, Lorena Canode, Holcomb, Vera Mayhem, Sandwich; and Ella Mihm, Rockford; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.  Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                          HR 1/3/1980

 

Virginia I. Eberly Thelander     1980.01.15

Mrs. Virginia I. Thelander, 57, of Eureka, formerly of Batavia, died Wednesday January 2, 1980 in the Eureka Hospital.  She was born March 29, 1922 in Waterman.

Mrs. Thelander was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Batavia for 24 years.

She is survived by her husband, Whitney; a daughter, Mrs. James (Caroline) Wingard of Eureka; two sons, Douglas of Aurora and Kenneth of Wheaton; her mother, Mrs. Miranda Eberly of Hinckley and five grandchildren.  Mrs. Thelander was preceded by her father, Warren Eberly.

Services were held Saturday January 5, 1980 at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia at 11 a.m.  Gust Flodstrom officiated.

Burial was in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

  HR 1/10/1980

 

Florence Biester Wenzel     1980.01.16

Florence Wenzel, 85, died January 3, 1980, in Rockford.

She was born September 17, 1894, in garden Prairie, the daughter of Louis and Caroline Biester.

She married Earl L. Wenzel February 25, 1920 in Belvidere.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kirkland, and the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clare (Iolene) Hewitt, Maple Park, and Mrs. Guy (Frances) Wickewire, Glen Ellyn; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, one sister and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were at the Kirkland Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Burial followed in Maple Cemetery, Kirkland.                                       HR 1/10/1980

 

Arthur Ray Sullivan     1980.01.17

Arthur Ray Sullivan, 52, of Hinckley passed away Monday January 14, 1980 at the Sandwich Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 23, 1927 in Eli, KY to Elmer and Cora Johnson Sullivan.

He was educated in Kentucky and was a truck driver for Alexander Lumber Company of Oswego until his retirement.

He married Dana Devers in Campbellsville, KY April 18, 1950 and after a divorce married Mary Holstine may 26, 1962 in Plano.

He served in the armed services.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of Hinckley; three daughters, Janet and Maggie at home and Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Strausberger of Waterman; one son Paul at home; two grandsons; one brother, Falus Sullivan of Loveland, OH; three sisters, Mrs. Dora Lee Lawson, Dunnville, KY; Mrs. Rittie Johnson, Russell Springs, KY, Mrs. Eva Tucker, of Russell Springs, KY.

He was preceded by his parents, one brother and a son (Kim).

Services will be held today, Thursday, January 17, 1980 at the Nash Memorial Chapel at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Bowman officiating.

Burial will be in South Big Rock Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday January 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.             HR 1/17/1980

 

Harley M. Davis     1980.01.18

Harley M. Davis, 54, of Big Rock died Monday, January 14, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

He was born May 30, 1925 in Big Rock to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Davis.  The Davis family was a pioneer Big Rock family having occupied the same farm since 1836.

He was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church, a past master of Hinckley Lodge No 301 AF&AM, a director of the Big Rock County Mutual Insurance Co.  He was very prominent as an auctioneer in the area for many years.  He was also very active in the Big Rock Plowing Match Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marvel (Evans) Davis of Big Rock, and his parents.

He was preceded by a sister, Virginia.

Services are today, January 18, 1980 at the Healy Chapel in Aurora at 1:30 p.m.  Rev. Kurt Simon and Rev. Wayne Easterling will officiate.

Friends may call Wednesday after 4:30 p.m.

Burial will be in the Welsh Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Big Rock Plowing Match Association.                         HR 1/17/1980

 

Charles W. Reuland     1980.01.19

Charles W. Reuland, 82, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, formerly of Aurora, died Tuesday, January 8, 1980, at New Smyrna Beach.

Mr. Reuland, a retired shop foreman for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, was born June 25, 1897 in Aurora.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cecilia Challis of Florida and Mrs. Thelma Challis of Benson, AZ; two sons, Charles F. of Lincoln, NE, and Jack of Villa Park; 14 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Beck of Big Rock, Mrs. Caroline James of California and Helen Reuland of Aurora.

The funeral for Charles W. Reuland was at 11:30 a.m. Friday from Daleiden High Street Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at noon.

The Rev. Robert Jackson officiated.

Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora.     HR 1/17/1980

 

Gretta C. Hess Bunce     1980.01.20

Gretta C. Bunce, 87, died January 11, 1980, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born April 16, 1892 in Sanborn County, SD, the daughter of Daniel and Clara (Germain) Hess.

She was married October 6, 1909, to Arthur Bunce.

They came to the Hinckley area in 1937.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Guy Mishler, Maple Park; two sons, Dwayne Bunce, Big Rock, Delos Bunce, Aurora; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Scott, South Dakota; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, two brothers, two half-sisters, and three half-brothers.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

  HR 1/17/1980

 

Lillian M. Nelson Lee     1980.01.21

Lillian M. Lee, 66, of Aurora died Saturday, January 19, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

She was born January 26, 1913 in Illinois.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Dolores) Johnson of Aurora; two sons, Richard Lee of Big Rock and Tyrone Lee of North Aurora; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. Emely Nelson; a brother, Ray Nelson, and a sister, Edith Jackson, all of Aurora.

Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee.

The funeral was at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.  The Rev. David R. Slaight officiating.

Burial was in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

HR 1/24/1980

 

Clarence Buehler     1980.01.22

Clarence Buehler, 76, died January 17, 1980, at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

He was born January 23, 1903, in Mount Vernon, the son of Anton and Mary Buehler.

He married Grace Dugan in Lee December 30, 1929.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, DeKalb.

He farmed in the DeKalb area until 1955.  Later he worked for Farm Service and acted as custodian in the Sycamore schools until five years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Grace; two sons, John and Roger, both of DeKalb; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Dave (Lena) Coffey, Genoa, and Josephine McGirr, DeKalb; one brother, William Buehler, DeKalb.

Funeral services were at St. Mary’s Church DeKalb, at 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. David Heuser officiating.  Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.          HR 1/24/1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis C. Larson     1980.01.23

Lewis C. Larson, 90, of Hinckley passed away Monday January 29, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Plano November 29, 1889 to Rasmus and Marie (Olson) Larson.  He married Bertha Walters in Aurora January 31, 1917.

He had lived in Hinckley for 41 years before taking up residence at the Four Seasons Nursing Home in Aurora.  He was a farmer.

He is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Long of Kaneville and a son Harry Larson of Hinckley, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 

Mr. Larson was preceded by his wife and two sisters.

Services will be today, Thursday, January 31, 1980 at the Nash Chapel at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nash Chapel in Hinckley Wednesday, January 30th.                 HR 1/31/1980

 

Carrie R. Berg Schwebe     1980.01.24

Carrie R. Schwebe, 85, died January 28, 1980 at Highland Hospital, Belvidere.

She was born June 18, 1894 near Leland, the daughter of Andrew and Martha (Brogenvik) Berg.

She married William A. Schwebe March 9, 1921, at Lee.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb.

Survivors include one son, William, Reno, NV; two daughters, Mrs. Warren (Bernice) Davis, Somonauk, and Mrs. James (Doris) Modglin, Genoa; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Carl Berg, Aurora; four sisters, Mrs. John (Anna) Jarvis, Aurora, Mrs. Elmer (Josie) Rompf, Somonauk, Mrs. Omer (Mabel) Jordal, Malta, and Mrs. Gerhard (Gladys) Olson, Sioux City, IA; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers.

Funeral services were Wednesday at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Norman T. Remmers officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens.         HR 1/31/1980

 

Lillian Kidwell     1980.01.25

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Knecht were called to Lincoln, IL over the weekend by the death of her mother, Lillian Kidwell, age 86.  She had been a resident for a long time in a nursing home in Lincoln, but died in the Abraham Lincoln Hospital.  She was survived by eleven children (all present), twenty four grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. Knecht were accompanied by their two daughters, Dr. and Mrs. David Smith of Rockford and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Smith of Rochelle.                                            HR 1/31/1980

 

Russell B. Davies     1980.01.26

Russell B. Davies, 59, of Big Rock died Tuesday, January 29, 1980 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born May 7, 1920 in Big Rock.

Mr. Davies was a member of the English Congregational Church of Christ in Big Rock; the Big Rock Plowing Match Association and the Big Rock Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

The funeral will be today, Thursday January 31st at the English Congregational Church of Christ in Big Rock with Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.

Burial will be in Welsh Big Rock Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.

Contributions in Mr. Davies’ memory may be made to the Big Rock Plowing Match Association.                 HR 1/31/1980

 

                                 Isabelle Devine     1980.02.16

Isabelle Devine, 86, of 223 West Pleasant Street, Sandwich, died Friday, February 29, 1980 at the Sandwich Hospital.  She was born December 29, 1893 in Hinckley, IL.

She is survived by one brother, William Patrick Devine of Sandwich and was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

The funeral was held Monday at 11 AM at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Thomas Kane officiating.  Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.           HR 3/6/1980

 

Clayton Jornlin     1980.02.18

Clayton Jornlin, 72, of Plano, died Saturday (February 2, 1980) in Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born June 6, 1907 in Brookings, SD.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. in Plano.  He farmed in the Somonauk and Leland area for many years.

He is survived by his widow, Susanna (Arend); a son, Walter of Oswego; a daughter, Mrs. Martin (Anna) Andersen of Big Rock; three brothers, Maurice of Earlville, Howard of West Allis, WI, and Kenneth of Minneapolis; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Della and Walter Jornlin, and by a grandson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano.  The Rev. Anthony Kalpas will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Bristol.

  HR 2/7/1980

 

James A. Grover     1980.02.19

Services for James A. Grover, 26, who died Wednesday (February 5, 1980) in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee, with burial in Union Cemetery there.

He was a mechanical engineer at Lee Blacksmith Inc., Rochelle, and Mayrath Inc., Compton.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his parents, William and Ruth Grover, Malta; paternal grandmother, Mattie Grover, Malta; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nordeen, DeKalb; and three sisters, Lois Miles, Round Lake Heights, Nancy Grover, Davenport, IA, and Betty Grover, Malta.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Rochelle, and from 12:30 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made for  Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Fund.                 HR 2/7/1980

 

Frank Eigle     1980.02.20

Frank Eigle, 90, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Aurora, died Monday, February 4, 1980 in Sarasota.  He was born November 10, 1889, in Hinckley.

He is survived by his widow, Edna Eigle.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday at the Dietele Memorial Home, Aurora with the Rev. John S. Hall officiating.

Burial will be in Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home.                     HR 2/7/1980

 

Margaretta Hutter Chestnut     1980.02.21

Margaretta H. Chestnut, 79, died at home February 11, 1980.  She was born to Peter and Edith Hutter in Waterman, January 5, 1901.  December 1, 1926 she married Joseph Chestnut in Waterman.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph, DeKalb; three daughters, Mrs. Russell (Josephine) Elliott, DeKalb; Mrs. Warren (Louise) Lowe, Sycamore; Mrs. Charles (Beulah) Swanson, Gilberts, IL; three sons, Wendell, Japan; Jesse, DeKalb; and Paul, Prospect, OH.  There are 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, also two brothers, Harry Hutter, Toledo, OH; Jesse Hutter, DeKalb, two sisters, Mrs. Roy (Arlene) Mitchell, Waterman, Mrs. J. Everett (Annie) Winter, DeKalb.

Mrs. Chestnut was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 son.

Funeral services were Wednesday February 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Chapel with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery.           HR 2/14/1980

 

Cornelius M. Miller     1980.02.22

Cornelius M. “Neil” Miller, 82, Hinckley, died February 13, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born April 18, 1897 in Hinckley the son of George and Mary (Marshall) Miller.

He was a former Standard Oil dealer in Hinckley.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cecil (Betty) Loring, Hinckley, and Mrs. Vincent (Joyce) David, Aurora; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and one brother, Harold, Somonauk.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandson.  Graveside services were held Monday, February 18, 1980 at 11 a.m. at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.      HR 2/21/1980

 

Alice O. Crosby Ramer     1980.02.23

Alice O. Ramer, 83, of 265 Sycamore, Hinckley died Tuesday February 19, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born in Carthage, IL April 23, 1896 to Charles and Mary (Simons) Crosby and was married February 22, 1917 to Arch Ramer in DeKalb.

Mrs. Ramer attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church and Corinthian Class.

Survivors include one son, Robert C. Ramer, Sycamore, one daughter, Mrs. Paul Roge, Naperville, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Heinemeier, Sycamore; Mrs. Hugo Wahlgren, Hinckley. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and 3 sisters.

The funeral is Friday, February 22, 1980, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne D. Kirk officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

   HR 2/21/1980

 

 

 

Marion R. Pierson Austin     1980.02.24

Marion R. Austin, 61, Big Rock, died February 13, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital, in Aurora.

She was born July 15, 1918 in Cambridge, MN, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pierson.

She married Lee Austin November 2, 1941 in DeKalb.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, where she was a deaconess and a church choir member.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Austin, Big Rock; a daughter, Mrs. John (Alynn) Whildin, Sugar Grove; four sons, Dana, Sugar Grove, Larry and Daniel, both of Streator, and Donald, Hinckley; six grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Royal, Minneapolis, MN.

Funeral services were held Saturday February 16, 1980 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Big Rock, with the Rev. Wayne Easterling officiating.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley. 

HR 2/21/1980

 

Edna Gittleson     1980.02.25

Many Shabbona friends of Mrs. Harvey Gittleson, age 77, who lived on Rt. 51 were saddened to hear of her sudden death in Florida last week where she and her husband had gone for the winter months.  She is survived by her husband and two sons.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon February 19 in the church at Scarboro of which she was a member and the burial was in Rochelle.                HR 2/21/1980

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Mrs. Harvey (Edna) Gittleson, a friend and neighbor of the Big Rock community some years back, passed away in Florida, February 14, 1980.  When they lived near Big Rock their three sons, Ronald, Vernon and Leon attended the Big Rock schools.  They all live in the Rochelle area now.  She has left many friends; some that still live in the Big Rock area.  They will miss her very munch.                           HR 3/13/1980

 

Bertha Wold Vagle     1980.02.26

Bertha Vagle, 93, died February 16, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born November 9, 1886 in Oslo, Norway, the daughter of Jacob and Serina Wold.

She immigrated to the United States in 1905 and worked in DeKalb until her marriage to Christian L. Vagle January 9, 1907.  Her husband had immigrated from Stavanger, Norway, in 1900.  Together they farmed in the Shabbona area for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. William (Irene) Boston, Earlville, and Mrs. Garnet (Bernice) Suddeth, Shabbona; one son, M. C. “Tony” Vagle, Kings; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                         HR 2/21/1980

 

 

 

 

Edna Boesche     1980.02.27

Edna Boesche, 82, died February 13, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born March 21, 1897 in Elk Grove.

Survivors include two sons, Wallace, Waterman, and Ralph, DeKalb.

Her husband and her son, Earl, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Church of Christ, Bensenville.  Burial was in Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge.                 HR 2/21/1980

 

Charles J. Dixson     1980.02.28

Charles J. Dixson, 68, formerly of Hinckley passed away Monday, February 25, 1980 at the Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich.

Mr. Dixson was born in DeKalb February 6, 1912 to Charles A. and Emma (Kuester) Dixson.

Mr. Dixson worked locally as a carpenter.

He married Ruth Darnell in Hinckley November 13, 1938 and his second wife Arline Christensen in Boulder Hill February 27, 1970.

He was a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Boulder Hill, the American Legion in Hinckley and the 40 and 8 society.  He moved from  Hinckley 12 years ago.  Mr. Dixson served in the armed forced during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Arline of Aurora; four daughters, Miss Sue Dixson, Aurora; Mrs. Terry (Diane) Sorensen, Mrs. Donald, (Ellen) Larson, Mrs. Marie Bryant all of Hinckley; two sons, James Campbell of Hinckley and Harold Campbell of Boulder Hill; 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons; two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Evelyn) Fogey, Orlando, FL and Mrs. Albert (Helen) Lee, also of Orlando, FL.

He was preceded by his first wife in 1968 and his parents.

Services will be held today, Thursday February 28, 1980 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev William Kucenski officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the chapel.                               HR 2/28/1980

 

Theresa Bugner Swan     1980.02.29

Theresa (Bugner) Swan, 85, of Elburn and formerly of Aurora and Big Rock, died Friday (February 22, 1980) at Aurora Manor Nursing Center in Aurora.  She was born October 28, 1894 in Mina, SD.

Mrs. Swan is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frances James, and two sons, Charles and Duane Swan, all of Elburn.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Martha Masteller of Litchfield, MN, and Mrs. R. V. (Hattie) Hogue of Southgate, CA; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Emelia (Angerhofer) Bugner; her husband, Glenn Swan; one son, Clarence; four sisters and four brothers.

The funeral was at 1 p.m. Monday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  The Rev. Walter Thyng officiated.

Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora.

   HR 2/28/1980

 

 

ayne Whildin     1980.03.15

Wayne Whildin, 66, formerly of Sugar Grove, died Sunday (March 2, 1980) in Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 1, 1914 in Big Rock Township.

He attended Big Rock schools and graduated from West Aurora High School.  He farmed in the Sugar Grove area and for the past few years lived in Aurora.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aurora and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his widow, Mary; a son, John of Sugar Grove; a brother, Harlow of Joliet; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Edith (Lewis) Whildin.

The Funeral services were Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn and burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the library fund of First Baptist Church.                                HR 3/6/1980

 

Lorraine F. Wrigley Pease     1980.03.16

Lorraine F. Pease, 63, died March 2, 1980 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rockford.

She was born June 15, 1916, in Lee, the daughter of Earl and Myrtle (Jordal) Wrigley. She married Charles Pease October 12, 1940 in Lee.

She was employed by the Northwestern Illinois Association Regional Special Education Office and was formerly an employee of the food services at Northern Illinois University for more than 10 years.

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Women’s Fellowship Group of the church, and an active member of the Community Chest of Malta.

Survivors include her husband, Charles, Malta; three daughters, Mrs. Les (Darla) Trautvetter and Mrs. John (Charla) Lynch, both of Malta, Mrs. Steven (Janine) Meyers, Rockford; one son Frank Pease, Malta, 10 grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Wrigley, Lee; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter and her parents.

Private funeral services were Tuesday morning and burial was at Malta Cemetery.

A public memorial service will be Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.                                       HR  3/6/1980

 

Effie W. Bergstrand Sponholtz     1980.03.17

Effie W. (Bergstrand) Sponholtz, 63, of Aurora, died Sunday (March 9, 1980) at her home.  She was born December 20, 1916 in Hinckley.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the church’s Lydia Circle.

She is survived by the  husband, David A. Sponholtz of Aurora; a son, David W. Sponholtz of Grays Lake; a daughter, Mrs. Susan Bettcher of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Thompson of Sycamore and Mrs. Myrtle Sponholtz of Batavia; two brothers, Glen Bergstrand of Brookfield, and Charles Bergstrand of Hinckley, and four grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aurora.  The Rev. Wilbur W. Zielke officiated.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.      HR 3/13/1980

 

Morris F. Klotz   1980.03.18

Morris F. Klotz, 84, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday March 9, 1980 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born December 18, 1895 in Plano, IL to Herman and Amelia (Jandt) Klotz.

Mr. Klotz married Stella Rimsnider November 30, 1920 in Hinckley.  He farmed in the Hinckley area until he retired.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and a retired volunteer fireman.  He had lived in Hinckley for 60 years.

He is survived by his wife, Stella of Hinckley, three sons, Harley and Sheldon of Hinckley and Kenneth.  One sister, Mrs. Edna Anderson of Somonauk, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, two sisters, 1 brother and 1 grandson.

Services were held Wednesday, March 12, 1980 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with Rev. LaVon Baylor officiating.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.             HR 3/13/1980

 

Jessie E. Stram Keene     1980.03.19

Jessie E, Keene, 94, died March 5, 1980, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  She was formerly a resident of Shabbona.

She was born September 24, 1884, near Waterman, the daughter of Charles and Emily (Johnson) Stram.

She lived with her son, Paul, in Hinckley for the past 20 years.

She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ since 1896 and a charter member of the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a past member worthy matron of the Pokonokah Chapter No. 648 Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include one son, Paul Keene, Hinckley; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cleo; Dr. H. L. Keene; four sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  HR 3/13/1980

 

Anna M. Thomas Haagensen     1980.03.20

Anna M. Haagensen, 78, died March 6, 1980, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

She was born in Llanddona, Anglesey, North Wales January 20, 1902, the daughter of Owen and Eliza Thomas.

She was married April 24, 1925 in Chicago to Carl J. Haagensen, who preceded her in death in 1974.

She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist and the American Legion Auxiliary, Wade Unit 598 of Hinckley.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Oakley (Cleo)) Hartman, Hinckley, Mrs. James (Marlene) Larson, Macomb, and Mrs. Robert (Carla) Dixon, Brookfield, WI, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.                             HR 3/13/1980

John F. Evans     1980.03.21

John F. Evans, 91, of Big Rock passed away Monday March 10, 1980 at home.

He was born April 11, 1888 to Levi and Tillie (Mathwig) Evans in Oelrichs, SD.  He married (Roselein) Edna Pritchard June 19, 1916 in Hinckley.  He was a farmer, a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, a past president of the Big Rock Plowing Match Association, and the Big Rock Grade School Board.  He had lived in Big Rock for the past 83 years.

He is survived by his wife, Edna of Big Rock, two sons, Mark and Keith of Hamilton, MT, 1 daughter, Mrs. Harley (Marvel) Davis of Big Rock, one brother, Perry Evans, Big Rock, one sister, Mrs. Louise Jones, Colton, CA, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded by his parents, 3 brothers and two sisters.

Services will be held Friday, March 14, 1980 at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Easterling officiating.

Burial will  be in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.                            HR 3/13/1980

 

Edna Brown Johnson     1980.03.22

Edna B. Johnson, 88, died March 8, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was a former resident of Lee.

She was born June 20, 1891 in Steward, the daughter of Albert and Martha Brown.

She married Ervan Johnson October 9, 1909 in Steward.

She was a lifelong member of the Calvary Lutheran Church.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald A Johnson, DeKalb, and Willard Johnson, San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one niece; and several nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, two brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Donald Myhers officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery.        HR 3/13/1980

 

Thomas E. Hilleson     1980.03.23

Thomas E. Hilleson, 94, died March 4, 1980, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was born September 6, 1885, in Lee, the son of Hille and Anna (Nelson) Hilleson.

He married Sarah M. Opedahl October 27, 1912, in Goldfield, IA.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lee First Lutheran Church where he was an active lifelong member.

He farmed in the Lee area all of his life and was a charter member of the Lee County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include one son, Edmund Hilleson, Lee; three daughters, Helen Olson, Thousand Oaks, CA, Aagot Challand, DeKalb, Ruth Freeman, Oakland, CA; one sister, Emma Hilleson, Shabbona; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday at the First Lutheran Church, Lee, with the Rev. Steven Woita officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.                              HR 3/13/1980

 

 

Garfield S. Swenson     1980.03.24

Garfield S. Swenson, 77, died Friday, March 7, 1980 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born November 4, 1902 to Samuel and Sina Swenson in Sandwich, IL.  He married June Haffey December 14, 1929 in Mayfield, IL.

Mr. Swenson worked as a trainman for Northwestern Railroad and attended Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, June, Waterman; two sons, Garfield, Jr., West Chicago; Donald, Waterman; two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Donna) Davidson, Yorkville; Mrs. Jack (Darlene) Carlson, Batavia; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Mervin, Yorkville, Alfred, Waterman Harold, Big Rock; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Gorton, Clarksville, AR, Mrs. Sadie DeRosa, Galesburg, IL.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

The funeral was Monday, March 10, 1980 with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk, IL.  

HR 3/13/1980

 

Alma Elizabeth Tellefson Sanderson     1980.03.25

Mrs. Alma Elizabeth Sanderson, 65, of Waterman passed away March 10, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born August 4, 1914 in Leland to Lewis and Ida (Buckhart) Tellefson.  She married Forrest B. Sanderson February 2, 1935 in Leland.

She was a housewife and a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jon of Kirkland, and David of Aurora, and a daughter, Mrs. David (Nancy) Birch of Waterman, two brothers, Ivan Tellefson, Ottawa and Willis Tellefson of Leland, four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Baker, Mrs. Louella Olson, both of Leland, Mrs. Shirley Engelhart, Earlville and Mrs. Janet Prizzia of Wilmington, NC, and 8 grandchildren.

She was preceded by her husband in 1972, her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Services will be held today, Thursday, March 13, 1980 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church at 13 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Heap officiating.

Burial will be in Leland Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at Nash Memorial Chapel in Waterman.                   HR 3/13/1980

 

Charles Challand     1980.03.26

Charles Challand, 79, of Stewardville, MO, died March 1, 1980 in the St. Joseph Hospital in that place.  The services were held there and burial was in Weston, MO.  Mr. Challand was born and raised in Shabbona.                         HR 3/20/1980

 

Fred A. Brown     1980.03.27

Fred A. Brown, 73, of Waterman, died Sunday, March 16, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born in Letart, WV, February 15, 1907 to Adam and Henrietta Brown.  He married Edna Rickard in Middleport, OH April 10, 1940.

He was a watchman for DeKalb Ag.

Survivors include his wife, Edna of Waterman, two sons, David, Belvidere, Joe, Stillman Valley; five grandchildren; three brothers, Walter, Letart, WV, Bill, Racine, OH, Woodrow, Letart, WV, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Louise) Hoffman, Letart, WV, Mrs. John (Edna) Clark, Middletown, OH.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and 5 brothers.

The funeral services were Tuesday, March 18, 1980 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Gary Bowman officiating.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery Waterman.

HR 3/20/1980

 

Marvel McAllister Leifheit     1980.03.28

Marvel Leifheit, 88, died March 21, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born March 17, 1891, in Sterling, the daughter of Howard and Maude (Miller) McAllister.

She married Irvin E. Leifheit in 1914.

She was a former member of the Hinckley Women’s Club, and the Squaw Grove Library Board.

Survivors include one son, Jack D. Leifheit, Hinckley, and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services were Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with Katherine Hough officiating.  Cremation followed.                               HR 3/27/1980

 

Fred J. Hickey     1980.03.29

Fred J. Hickey, 81, died March 18, 1980 at Rochelle Community Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born April 9, 1898, in Shabbona, the son of James and Agnes (Powers) Hickey.

He married Eva Herrmann January 27, 1934 in Rochelle.

He was the founder of Fred J. Hickey Realtors; the founder of the Ogle County Board of Realtors; a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Rochelle; a member of the Rochelle Kiwanis; a lifetime member of the Rochelle Moose Club; and a former furniture store owner in Rochelle.

Survivors include his wife, Eva, Rochelle; one son, Edward, Rochelle; one daughter, Mrs. James (Margaret) McCaslin, Rochelle; three brothers, Emmett, Rochelle, Francis, DeKalb, and Gerald, Elgin; three sisters, Anne Dugan, Kirkland, Agnes Mihm, Rockford, and Helen Hickey, Port Charlotte, FL; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one granddaughter.

Funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Rochelle, with the Rev. Francis Kennedy officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.     HR 3/27/1980

 

Myrtle M. Challand Sanford     1980.03.30

Myrtle M. Sanford, nee Myrtle Challand, of Belvidere, died Thursday, March 20, 1980 in Highland Hospital after a long illness.  She was born in Shabbona, youngest daughter of Annie and George Challand. 

Survivors are her husband, Earl Sanford, two brothers, Millard of Polo and George of Ukiah, CA, one sister, Julia Carr of DeKalb.  The funeral was held Saturday a.m., March 22, 1980 and burial was in Belvidere.                           HR 3/27/1980

 

 

 

Jesse Alvin Simpkins     1980.03.31

Funeral services for Jesse Alvin Simpkins, 69, of Aurora were from Daleiden High Street Mortuary at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to St. David Episcopal Church at 10 a.m.  Mr. Simpkins died Tuesday March 25, 1980.

The Rev. John McAdams officiated.  Burial was in Spring Lake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions were made to St. David Episcopal Church.

Mr. Simpkins was a former Mooseheart student and was employed at Austin-Western in Aurora for 38 years until his retirement in 1973.

He is survived by his widow, Flora; his mother, Mrs. Frances Wagner; a daughter, Mrs. James (Flora) Houser of Aurora; two sons, Ron of Big Rock and Jess of Hinckley; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and two brothers, Charles of Big Rock and Clarence of Texas.                             HR 4/3/1980

 

Louis J. Okapal     1980.03.32

Louis J. Okapal, 72, of Baraboo, WI, formerly of Aurora, died Wednesday (March 26, 1980) in Baraboo.

Mr. Okapal was born November 11, 1908 in Czechoslovakia.

He is survived by four sons, Richard of Aurora, Thomas J. Sr. of Naperville, Jon Louis of Big Rock and Andrew of Baraboo; four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Janet) Brackett, Mrs. Raymond (Joan) Fichtel, Mrs. Jerry (Peggy) Weber and Lou Anne Okapal, all of Aurora; two brothers, Jon of Aurora and Joe of California; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Nicholson, of California Mrs. Theresa Modaff of Colorado and Mrs. Agnes Burgert of Aurora; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Okapal was preceded in death by his wife, Marion in 1969 and by a brother, Frank.

Funeral arrangements were made by Daleiden High Street Mortuary.                                     HR 4/3/1980

 

Ralph Overby     1980.03.33

Ralph Overby, 65, died March 27, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born January 8, 1915, in Waterman, the son of Luther and Lucy (Bagwell) Overby.

He attended schools in Shabbona Grove and was a truck driver in the area for many years.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army.

Survivors include two brothers, Walter, Shabbona, and Gordon, DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Burial was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.                           HR 4/3/1980

 

Grace Mary Brown     1980.03.34

Grace Mary Brown, of Winnemucca, NV, died Saturday, March 8, 1980 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Waterman, IL, December 23, 1901, graduated with distinction from Stanford University, and has made her home in Winnemucca since 1923.  She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Silver State Chapter No. 6, and served as Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Nevada Grand Chapter in 1940-41 with George S. Cade as Grand Patron.  She was currently on the floor work and benevolence committees of the Grand Chapter.  She was also a 50 year member of the Winnemucca United Methodist Church and served in many positions.  She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Winnemucca Civic Club, Delta Delta Delta, Beta Sigma Phi-XI Kappa, and Past Matrons.  She received the Grand Cross of Color from the Order of Rainbow for Girls.  She served as chairman of the Humboldt County Library Board of Trustees and was chairman of the Nevada Library Trustees Association in 1960-61.  She had been president of the Winnemucca Grammar School and Humboldt County High School PTA’s and Vice President of Nevada Congress PTA.

She taught English, speech, and matematics in high school until 1966 and substituted in the  schools for many years.  Her biography was included in Who’s Who of American Women, fifth edition.

Grace Mary “Nana”, is survived by three daughters, Meryde English of Winnemucca, Carolyn Reinnoldt of Carmichael, CA, and Delora of San Gabriel, CA; five grandchildren, Marlene Hillion, Karen Ware, Diana Pargeon, Donald Reinnoldt II, and Michelle Reinnoldt; and three great grandsons, Billy, Brandon, and Jason Ware.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Winnemucca United Methodist Church and graveside services and burial were at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Waterman United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie K  Brown in 1955 and her father, Fred A. brown in 1932.     HR 4/3/1980

 

Jodie Ann Koester     1980.03.35

Jodie Ann Koester, 3, of 270 W. Cleveland, Waterman, IL, died March 27, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born May 19, 1976 to Wesley Koester and Margaret (Hartman) Koester.

Survivors include Mrs. Frances Hartman, grandmother, Waterman, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Koester of Waterman and brother Jeffrey at home.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 29, at St. James Catholic Church, Lee, with Rev. Fr. Clement Pettit officiating.

Burial was at St. James Cemetery, Lee, IL.      HR 4/3/1980

 

Luella B. Trottnow Storey     1980.03.36

Luella B. Storey, 70, of Shabbona, passed away Friday March 28, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born November 15, 1909, in Bureau County, the daughter of Harry and Annis (Scouton) Trottnow.

She married Kenneth Story October 22, 1928 in Shabbona.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Shabbona.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth of Shabbona; a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Pat) Herrmann of rural Pecatonia, a son, Richard of Shabbona; eight grandchildren, 1 great grandson, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister and her parents.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  HR 4/10/1980

 

Herman Siewert     1980.03.37

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Granart received a letter from Mrs. Maude Siewert of Cabot, AR, telling of the death of her husband, Herman Siewert, age 85, Friday, March 21, 1980.  Mr. and Mrs. Siewert are former Big Rock residents who built and lived where the Wayne Bickfords now reside.    HR 4/17/1980

 

                      Elmer H. Remsnyder, Sr.     1980.04.08

Elmer H. Remsnyder, Sr., 91, of Sandwich, died Saturday, April 5, 1980 in Sandwich Hospital.  Mr. Remsnyder was born May 13, 1888 in Hinckley, IL to Mr. and Mrs. George Remsnyder. 

He is survived by a son, Elmer Remsnyder, Jr., Batavia, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Warren (Ida) Landers of Burlington, IA. 

Remsnyder was a member was United Church of Sandwich.

Services were held Wednesday, April 9 at the Burkhart Funeral Home with the Reverend Fred Hinshelwood officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Susan Brown was a soloist at the service.  HR 4/10/1980  (HR Wording slightly different)

 

Chester D. Kouth     1980.04.10

Chester D. Kouth, 80, of Big Rock, died Tuesday (April 1, 1980) in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born August 25, 1899 in Sugar Grove.

Mr. Kouth was a member of the First Baptist Church, Big Rock, and the Big Rock Volunteer Fire Department.  He was an active participant and supporter of the Big Rock Plowing Match association and the Hinckley Senior Citizens Club.

Surviving are his widow, Theresa; three daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Ila) Goss of Aurora, Mrs. Avid Clever of Boulder Hill and Mrs. Lois Williams of DeKalb; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; six stepsons and a stepdaughter.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eva Caruth Kouth in 1971.

The funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, 1980 at the Big Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Easterling officiating.

Burial was in the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Kouth’s memory may be made to Big Rock Baptist Church, Big Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Big Rock Plowing Match Association or the American Cancer Society.                                       HR 4/10/1980

 

Josephine Maakested     1980.04.11

Josephine Maakested, 93, died April 5, 1980 at the Americana Health Center, Rochelle.

She was born February 12, 1887 near Lee, the daughter of S. J. and Martha (Oleson) Maakested.

She was a  lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

Survivors include three sisters, Mertie Rue; Adah Maakested, both of Lee, and Clara Kittleson, DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother.

Services were Wednesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Rev. Steven Woita of the First Lutheran Church of Lee officiating.  Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.                                  HR 4/10/1980

 

Edward H. Boekenhauer     1980.04.12

Edward H. Boekenhauer, 99, died April 2, 1980, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was formerly of Waterman.

He was born August 31, 1880. in Marshalltown, IA, the son of Charles and Alvina (Leifheit) Boekenhauer.

He was married February 2, 1905, in Clinton Township to Laura Kettler.

He was a former farmer in the area and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Hinckley.

He is survived by one daughter, Esther Dixon, Waterman; one son, Clifford Boekenhauer, Waterman; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Henry Dequin officiating.  Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.              HR 4/10/1978

 

Thor Thorson     1980.04.13

Thor Thorson, 87 died April 8, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1892 in Norway, the son of
Tom and Ausie (Knutson) Thorson.

He was married to Sophia Nori September 16, 1915, in Yorkville.

He is survived by four sons, Virgil, Dundee, Otto, DeKalb, Franklin Paw Paw, and Maurice, Marengo; four daughters, Mrs. Lester (Esther) Todd, Shabbona, Mrs. Francis (Dorothy) Montavon, DeKalb, Mrs. Carl (Mildred) Waslsberg, DeKalb, and Mrs. Lloyd (Helen) Getzelman, Woodstock; 41 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; one brother, Carl Thorson, Buckingham; three sisters, Ruth Graf, St. Paul, MN, Eileen Olson, Santa Rosa, CA, and Mae Glass, Portland, OR; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, one sister, and four grandchildren.

He was a retired farmer, having farmed most of  his life in the Burlington area.  He was a member of the DeKalb Loyal Order of Eagles for more than 40 years, and a member of the Farm Bureau.                                       HR 4/17/1980

 

Frederick Hoffman     1980.04.14

Frederick Hoffman, 88, of Naperville, died Sunday, (April 20, 1980) in Edward Hospital, Naperville.  He was born January 21, 1892 in Wheaton.

Mr. Hoffman was a member of the Dupage County Farm bureau and was a Naperville resident since 1940.  Prior to his retirement he had farmed in the Naperville area.

Surviving are four daughters, Elizabeth Richards, of Palm Springs, CA, Alice McCalmon of Garland, TX, Lucille Albanese of Castro Valley, CA and Virginia Ehrhart of Naperville; three sons, Lawrence of Hinckley, Henry of Ottumwa, IA, and Fritz of Naperville; 31 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth. 

The funeral was Wednesday at 9:30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Naperville with burial in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

HR 4/24/1980

 

Joseph T. Winckler     1980.04.15

Joseph T. Winckler, 91, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Aurora, died Friday (April 18, 1980) in San Diego.

Mr. Winckler was born December 4, 1888 in Naperville.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and a brother, Frank of Big Rock.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth; two sisters, Margaret Pelling and Henrietta Frieders; a brother, Edward; a half brother, Leo and a half sister, Barbara Assell.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Thursday from Daleiden High Street Mortuary to St. Mary’s Church, at 11:30 a.m.

The Rev Richard Paddock officiated.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.                         HR 4/24/1980

 

Lois E. Wade     1980.04.16

Lois E. Wade, 61, of Aurora, died Sunday (April 27, 1980) at Loyola Medical Center, Chicago.

She was born May 3, 1918 in Aurora.

She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church; Rising Sun Chapter 51; Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas and Larry Wade, both of Aurora; two daughters, Mrs. Francis (Lois) Prieboy of Aurora, and Mrs. Elvin (Sharon) Keeton of Big Rock, and 10 grandchildren.

The funeral was Wednesday at Healy Chapel with Rev. John S. Hall officiating.

Burial was at Clifton Cemetery, Clifton, IL.      HR 5/1/1980

 

Gabe Aukland     1980.04.17

Friends of Serine Svihus of Glen Ellyn have received word of the death of her brother-in-law, Gabe Aukland of Lombard.  It occurred last week in the hospital where he had formerly submitted to open heart surgery. 

The funeral and burial were in Lombard, where the  family lived, on Wednesday April 30, 1980.  Mr. Aukland will be remembered as a former Shabbona resident when he worked with the Svihus Bros., contractors.               HR 5/8/1980

 

                James Edward Price     1980.05.01

     James Edward Price, 59, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Sandwich, died Thursday, May 1, 1980 in Mesa.

     Until his retirement last fall, when he moved to Mesa, Mr. Price was personnell assistant at Caterpillar Tractor Co., Aurora.

     Born in Hinckley, November 17, 1920, he moved to Sandwich in 1947 when he married the former Phyllis Cochran.

     A veteran of World War II and a former Sandwich businessman, he was a past president of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and the Sandwich Lions Club.  He also served as a member of the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals and as a trustee of the United Church of Sandwich.

     Mr. Price is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Mesa; a son, Kenneth; a daughter, Susan; and five grandchildren.

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the United Church of Sandwich on Lions Road, the Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiating.

     Memorials may be given the United Church of Sandwich.

HR 5/8/1980

 

                   Grace E. Anthenat Caquelin     1980.05.03

     Grace E. Caquelin, 71, of Sandwich died Friday, May 23, 1980 in Sandwich Hospital.  She was born September 6, 1908 in Waterman, IL to Ernest and Tildia (Jensen) Anthenat.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Caquelin.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur (Vida) McKee of Sandwich.  She also leaves a brother Everett Anthenat, Plano, a sister, Mrs. Clayton (Vida) Ellison, Sandwich, two half sisters, Mrs. Charles (Ardella) Pickett of DeKalb and Charlotte Anthenat of DeKalb; also two half brothers, Clifford Anthenat of Rochelle and Robert Anthenat of DeKalb.  She is survived by five grandchildren: Veronica Stan, Velda Oleson, Vanessa Griffith, Velissa Iverson and Ericka Iverson.

     Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at  Burkhart Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Waters officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery.          HR 5/29/1980

 

                              Lillian Fritz Ugland     1980.05.06

     Mrs. Lillian Ugland, 103 E. Sixth St., Sandwich, died Tuesday, May 6, 1980, in Copley Memorial Hospital.

     Mrs. Ugland was born in Newark, IL to Hanz and Louise (Dahl) Fritz.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clarence Ugland, two sisters, and one brother.

     She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Louise) Judd of Big Rock, IL, and a sister, Mrs. Grant (Helene) Johnson of Aurora, two grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

     She was a member of the United Church of Sandwich and the Order of the Eastern Star.

     Funeral services were held at Burkhart Funeral Home, Thursday, at 1:30 with the Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiating.  Burial was at the Millington-Newark Cemetery. HR 5/15/1980

 

                      Irene V. Scheidecker     1980.05.07

     Irene V. Scheidecker, 90, of 21 W. 3rd St., Sandwich, died Tuesday, May 6, 1980 at Sandhaven Convalescent Center in Sandwich.

     Miss Scheidecker was born November 28, 1889 in Shabbona, IL to George and Emma (Delbridge) Scheidecker.  She is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Frank (Pearl) Murray, Shabbona; Mrs. Kenneth (Florence) KIng, Sandwich; Myrtle Scheidecker, Sandwich; and Mrs. Paul  (Helen) Barton, Ottawa.

She was a retired dental assistant and member of the United Church of Sandwich.

     Funeral services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Burkhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery.       HR 5/15/1980

 

                               Charles B. Dolder     1980.05.08

     Funeral services for Charles B. Dolder of rural; Somonauk, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk, with the Rev. Charles E. Sherman officiating.

     Mr. Dolder died at home, Saturday, May 10, 1980.  Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery and pall bearers included Bob Ronning, Chuck Fox, Craig Fox, Don Gates, Chris Butler and Glen Reuter.

     Mr. Dolder was born August 26, 1916 near Harding, the son of Benjamin and Rozetta Hinckley Dolder.  He farmed near Serena for 10 years and has farmed west of Somonauk for the past 23 years.

     He married Jean Larson April 28, 1943 in Ottawa.  He is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Madelyn Haas of Somonauk; two sons, Stephen Dolder of Hinckley, and Stacey Dolder of Somonauk; two brothers, Robert of RFD 3 Ottawa, and John F. of Maple Park, and six grandchildren.

     He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk.

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Charles B. Dolder, 63, of Somonauk, died Saturday (May 10, 1980) at home.  He was born August 26, 1916 in Harding, IL.

Mr. Dolder farmed west of Somonauk for 23 years, was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk, and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose of Sandwich.

Surviving are his widow, Jean (Larson); daughter, Mrs. Madelyn Haas of Somonauk; two sons, Stephen Dolder of Hinckley and Stacey Dolder of Somonauk; two brothers, Robert H. Dolder of Ottawa and John F. Dolder of Maple Park, and six grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk with the Rev. Charles Sherman officiating.

Burial was in St John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.

   HR 5/15/1980

 

Elmer T. Peterson     1980.05.16

Elmer T. Peterson, 79, of Shabbona, passed away early Sunday morning May 4, 1980 at Kishwaukee Hospital.  Mr. Peterson was born near Lee August 7, 1900, the son of Julia (Espe) and Isaac Peterson.  He married Altha Warburg of Lee at the Lee Lutheran Church July 9, 1927.  He farmed in Iowa and Illinois for many years and later was in the upholstery business until he retired.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman.

He is survived by his widow, Altha, 2 sons, Richard of Lee and Lloyd of Shabbona, one daughter (Carol) Mrs. Mark Hamilton of Rockford, three sisters, Mrs. Nora Sanderson of DeKalb, Mrs. Gladys Thorsen of Lee and Mrs. Ernie (Irma) Siberschlag of Tucson, AZ, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, May 7, at Nash Chapel, Waterman  with Rev. Larry Brown officiating.  Burial was in Calvary Union Cemetery in Lee, IL.           HR 5/8/1980

 

Orville B. Sands     1980.05.17

Orville B. Sands, 75,  of rural Malta, died May 3, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1905 in Chicago, son of Ole and Bertha (Bartel) Sands. He married Adelaide Johnson October 18, 1934 in Chicago.

He farmed in the Malta-Shabbona area for many years and worked at General Electric Co., DeKalb for 10 years.

He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, rural Lee.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Jo Ann Johnson, Rockford, Mrs. James (Karen) Anderson, Elgin, Mrs. Richard (Sandra) Moudy, DeKalb, Mrs. Ervin (Debra) Wold, Sterling; two sons, Douglas, Elgin, and Dennis, Malta; two sisters, Irene Stilwell and Esther Sands of DeKalb; 17 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a son, Orville, Jr., one brother and his parents.

Services were Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Perry Road, Lee, with the Rev. Donald Myhres, officiating.

Burial was in Norway Cemetery.            HR 5/8/1980

 

Iver Edwards     1980.05.18

Iver Edwards, 93, of Lee, died May 3, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born November 8, 1886 in Lee, the son of Edwin and Christi (Iverson) Edwards.

He married Gertie Bly March 4, 1926, in Lee.  He was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee where he was baptized and confirmed.

He farmed in the Lee area all of his life.

Survivors include his wife; one brother, Curtis, of Lee; one sister, Bertha Hilleson, of DeKalb, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brother and three sisters.

Services were Monday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. Steven Woita of Lee First Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.     HR 5/8/1980

 

Junior P. Smith     1980.05.19

Junior P. Smith, 61, of Aurora, died May 4, 1980 at Mercy Center in Aurora.

He was born June 30, 1918, in Faulkton, SD, the son of Jonathan P. and Bertha H. (Berger) Smith.

He was married in Yorkville May 8, 1954, to Ida Ziegler.  He was a carpenter, a member of the Lynhope Baptist Church of Oswego, and a member of the DeKalb Moose Club.

Survivors include his wife, Ida of Aurora; four sons, Richard Smith, Norcross, GA; William Gates, Aurora, Tony Smith, Sugar Grove, and Charles Gates, Kaneville; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Lois) Hund, Kaneville, Mrs. Edward (Laura) Feltz, Malta and Mrs. Randall (Charlotte) Estes, Plano; one foster son, Kenneth Verly, Marseilles; 25 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four brothers, Guy, Virginia, MN; Wayne, Oregon; Roy, California; and John, Belgrade, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services will be today, Thursday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pierce United Methodist Church, Maple Park with the Rev. Clare Hewitt officiating.

Burial will be in the Pierce Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.                       HR 5/8/1980

 

Chester Jackson     1980.05.20

Mary Hawbaker received word of the death of her brother-in-law, Dr. Chester Jackson at his home in Winston Salem, NC May 2, 1980.  The funeral was held in Winston Salem.  His body, by his request, was donated to science and at a later date there will be memorial services at the East Paw Paw Cemetery.  The obituary will be printed later.  His widow is the former Beulah Firkins.                                HR 5/15/1980

 

Delia Morsch Thompson     1980.05.21

Mrs. Delia M. Thompson, 82, of Sandwich, IL, formerly of Big Rock, died May 15, 1980 at Sandhaven Nursing Home.

She was born in Hinckley March 26, 1898 to Henry and Lena (Baie) Morsch.

She married Stanley Thompson in Maywood, IL May 17, 1925.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce, Big Rock, and Don, Albuquerque, NM, and one daughter, Mrs. Dean (Judy) Kramer, Albuquerque, NM, 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Carl Morsch, Hinckley; Melvin Morsch, Big Rock, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Celia) Lancaster, Hinckley; Mrs. Hilda Leifheit, Hinckley; Mrs. Alta Olson, Cortland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Funeral services were Monday May 19, 1980 at Nash Memorial Chapel, with Mrs. Katherine Hough officiating.

Burial took place at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

    HR 5/22/1980

 

Myrt O. Rogers     1980.05.22

Myrt O. Rogers, 85, of Paw Paw, died May 14, 1980 at the Sunrise Nursing Home in Mendota.

He was born November 21, 1894, the son of James and Margaret (Foster) Rogers.

He married Bessie Thompson October 13, 1925, in Mendota.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paw Paw.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie, Paw Paw; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Grace) Tucker, Ashley, Mrs. William (Ruth) Meyer, Ashton, and Mrs. Harold (Helen) Olson, Chana; two brothers, Eugene, Granite City, and Paul, Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers,

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Paw Paw, with Pastor Jack Smith officiating.  Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.              HR 5/22/1980

 

Ivor B. James     1980.05.23

Ivor B. James, 86, died May 16, 1980 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

He was born November 8, 1893, in Big Rock, the son of Edward T. and Mary Jane (Bateman) James.

He attended Kaneville schools where he was graduated in 1910.

He became a farmer, farming in the Kaneville area with his brother for more than 60 years.

He was one of the earliest members of the Elburn Legion Post 630, where he was also a past commander, having served in the Army during World War I.

He was a member of the Men’s Club and the 59 and Holding Club of the United Methodist Church in Kaneville.  He was a long time member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his brother, Huber James, Kaneville; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Morgan McLeland officiating.  Burial was at the Kaneville Cemetery.

       HR 5/22/1980

 

Chester S. Banas     1980.05.24

Chester S. Banas, 61, of Route 2, Maple Park, died Sunday (May 25, 1980) at Delnor Hospital, St. Charles.

He was born September 7, 1918, in Chicago.

Mr. Banas served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was employed for many years as a skilled meat cutter at DeLeo’s Food Market in Chicago.

His family later moved to rural Maple Park, where he worked for Dreymiller and Kray Meat Inc. in Hampshire.

Mr. Banas is survived by his widow, Ann; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Maryann) Vazily of Chicago and Mrs. Rodney (Deanna) Forston of Maple Park; three sons, Adrian of DeKalb, Chester of Aurora and Charles of Hinckley; two brothers, Joseph and Walter of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. John (Anna) Panek of Chicago; three step-sisters; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marja (Mizera) Banas, and a brother, Edward.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, and St. Gall’s Catholic Church, Elburn.

The Rev. Walter C. Roberts officiated.

Burial was in Baker Cemetery, Plato Township.

   HR 5/29/1980

 

Donald E. Jacobson     1980.05.25

Donald E. Jacobson, 48, of Aurora, died Saturday (May 24, 1980) at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born February 26, 1932 in Hinckley.

Surviving are his widow, Virginia (Edwards) Jacobson and two sons, Steven E. and Jeffrey M. Jacobson, all of Aurora, and two daughters, Diane Loomis of Aurora and Mrs. Dalton (Cheryl) Green of Germany.

Also surviving are two brothers, John Jacobson of Aurora and Robert Jacobson of Shabbona; three sisters, Doris Wagner and Shirley Smith, both of Aurora, and Mrs. Randy (Sandy) Cooper of California, and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Jacobson was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Montgomery VFW Post 7452.

The funeral was Tuesday at Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora with the Rev. Edwin C. Houk officiating.

Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.                 HR 5/29/1980

 

Nicholas C. Schmal     1980.05.26

Nicholas C. Schmal, 80, of St. Charles, died Thursday, May 22, 1980 in Delnor Hospital, St. Charles.

He was born April 14, 1900 in Maple Park.

He retired in 1967 after 40 years as caretaker of the St. Charles Community Center.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Dorothy) Gorecki of St. Charles; two sisters, Mrs. Edward (Sue) White of Waterman and Mrs. Kathryn Baines of Palo Alto, CA; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; his parents, Peter and Apolonia Schmal; three brothers, Peter, John and Edward Schmal, and a sister, Marie Schmal;

The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, St. Charles.                                  HR 5/29/1980

 

Gilbert W. Rieser     1980.05.27

The funeral for Gilbert W. “Gib” Rieser was at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 1980 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Naperville.

Burial was in Assumption Cemetery, Winfield.

Mr. Rieser, 66, of Wildomar, CA, formerly of West Chicago, died Wednesday, May 28, 1980 in St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA.  He was born October 6, 1913 in Naperville.

Mr. Rieser was a retired carpenter and an Army veteran of World War II.  He had lived in West Chicago for 30 years and for the past two years in California.

Surviving are his widow, Bernice; a daughter, Mrs. Delvin (Judith) Chubick of Yorba Linda, CA; a son, Thomas W. Rieser of Carol Stream; two grandchildren; two brothers, Harold of Santa Ana, CA, and Donald of Glen Ellyn, and four sisters, Isabel Rieser of Naperville, Mrs. Alvin (Geraldine) Jungels of Hinckley, Mrs. Larry (Evelyn) Jensen of St. Charles and Mrs. Alice Knapp of Anchorage, AK.                      HR 6/5/1980

 

Deborah Ann Fine     1980.05.28

Miss Deborah Ann Fine, 21, of Killingworth, CT, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday (May 29, 1980) in Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.  She was born November 8, 1958 in Aurora.

Miss Fine was an honor pre-med student at Boston College.

She is survived by her parents, Ronald D. and Judith (Moore) Fine; a sister, Stephanie G. Fine at home, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. John Moore of St. Charles, formerly of Big Rock.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Killingworth Congregational Church.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Killingworth.

Contributions in Miss Fine’s memory may be made to the Melanoma Fund, in care of Yale university School of Medicine, P.O. Box 333, New Haven, CT 06510                  HR 6/5/1980

 

Helen I. Mosher Baie     1980.05.29

Helen I. Baie, 70, of Sycamore, died May 29, 1980 at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

She was born March 15, 1910, in Afton Township, the daughter of Lee and Effie (Berger) Mosher.

She was married to Christian H. Baie may 28, 1932 in DeKalb.  They lived for several years in Waterman, and since 1946 have made their residence in Sycamore.

She is survived by her husband, Christian; two sisters, Charlotte Mosher and Mrs. Bremmer (Harriett) Martha, both of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

She was a graduate of DeKalb High School and a member of the First Baptist Church, DeKalb.

Private family services were held Saturday afternoon at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Norman Williston officiating.  Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.                              HR 6/5/1980

 

                              Mary Mabel Stratton     1980.06.09

Mary Mabel Stratton died June 20, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.  She was born to Samuel E. and Mary Challand Stratton on a farm in Victor Township February 24, 1891.  In March of that year the family moved to Sandwich, which has been her home her entire life, except for a few years spent in Chicago.

After graduating from Sandwich High School, she taught school for a few years.  She was always interested in education and the advancement of people.  She graduated from the Chicago Branch of Northwestern University.  Her garden was one of her greatest joys, and she enjoyed taking bouquets to friends and shut ins.

When a girl she joined the Presbyterian Church in Sandwich and became a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church while in Chicago.  She was a member of the DAR Womans Club, and founded the David Gardening Colony of new England Women on July 13, 1968

During her long illness of seven years, she never complained and greeted visitors with a cheery smile, accepting her lot graciously

Her parents and a brother, George H. Stratton, preceded her in death

A sister, Mrs. William (Lila) Pratt of Somonauk, several nieces and nephews and many friends are left to mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held Sunday June 22, 1980 at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, with Rev. Alfred Perkins officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.  HR 6/26/1980  (HR Wording somewhat different)

 

Thomas P. Erhart     1980.06.13

Mr. Thomas P. Erhart, 85, of Aurora, died Sunday (June 1, 1980) at Hines Hospital, Hines.  He was born February 12, 1895 in Selma, KS.

Mr. Erhart farmed the Bishop farm on North lake Street and other farms in the Aurora area for 40 years.

He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He is survived by a son, Edward Erhart of Big Rock; four grandchildren, JoAnn, Tom, Steve and Judy Erhart; three sisters, Mrs. Naomi Harvey of Gas City, KS, Mrs. Clara Stephens of Hobbs, NM, and Mrs. Cleo Beckett of Santa Ana, CA; five brothers, Monroe E. of Bush City, KS, Russell E. of Westport, WA, Frank of Shenandoah, IA, Forrest of Aurora, and Clifford of Bucyrus, KS.

The funeral was at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Healy Chapel.  The Rev. John M. Webster officiated.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.                              HR 6/5/1980

 

Lois Hyde Geddes     1980.06.14

Word has been received by local relatives that Mrs. Lois Hyde Geddes of Claremont, CA died at her home June 1, 1980.  She was a sister of Mrs. Helen Baker of Earlville.

Mrs. Geddes was born February 23, 1893 in Paw Paw Township (Rollo), a daughter of George S. and Frances Boardman Hyde.  She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH and taught in Joliet High School until her retirement, when she moved to California.  She married Ernest R Geddes June 20, 1965 and they made their home in Claremont.

HR  6/5/1980

 

Walter W. Bagge     1980.06.15

Walter W. Bagge, 90, of Fort Pierce, FL, died Sunday (June 8, 1980) at Four Seasons Nursing Home, Aurora.  He was born October 18, 1889.

He is survived by a brother, Henry Bagge of Big Rock; four sisters, Mrs. Mildred Shipley of Columbia, MO, Mrs. Ellen Nissen of Riverside, CA, Mrs. Helen Jacobson of Pomona, CA, and Mrs. Marguerite Bergsjo of Eagle River, WI.

Mr. Bagge was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Langhorst Bagge, and by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Bagge was a  veteran of World War I.

Memorial services will be announced later.  Arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel.                 HR 6/12/1980

 

Lawrence Wingate     1980.06.16

Lawrence Wingate, 72, of Hinckley died Tuesday, June 17, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born May 31, 1908 in Linn County, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, one sister, Ruth Patterson of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and 2 sisters.

Mr. Wingate was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church and Aurora  Moose No. 400.

Funeral arrangements were by Dieterle Funeral Home and will be held Thursday, June 19 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Kurt Simon, officiating.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Joliet. HR 6/19/1980

 

Geno P. Goodell     1980.06.17

Geno P. Goodell, 22, of Aurora, died recently as the result of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident in DuPage County.  He was born January 18, 1958 in Wisconsin.

Mr. Goodell was employed by Barber-Greene Manufacturing Co.

Surviving are his widow, Debbie Lynn (Jones); a daughter, Gena Jewell Goodell at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Goodell of Maple Park and three sisters, Patty Goodell of Maple Park, Julia Congdon of Aurora, and Mrs. Ricky (Susie) Condoff of Yorkville.

Funeral arrangements were made by Dieterle Memorial Home.                                HR 6/19/1980

 

Hazel Matteson Houghtby     1980.06.18

Hazel M. Houghtby, 88, formerly of Shabbona, died June 12, 1980, at Pleasant View Lutheran Home, in Ottawa.

She was born October 13, 1891, in Waterman, the daughter of Lorenzo and Mary Jeannette (Hartley) Matteson.

She married Arthur Houghtby December 22, 1914.  She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and for the past 14 years has made her home at Pleasant View Lutheran Home in Ottawa.

Survivors include three sons, Raymond, Jacksonville, FL, Stanley, Melbourne Beach, FL, and Harold, Indialantic, FL; five daughters, Mrs. Sigurd (Florence) Larsen, St. Louis, Senegal, Africa, Dorothy Nelson, and Mrs. Julius (Evelyn) Brewer, both of DeKalb, Mrs. Harley (Mildred) Radtje, Waterman, Mrs. Robert (Jean) Sprowl, Waukegan; two sisters, Mrs. Guy (Minnie) Babcock, DeKalb County Nursing Home, and Ruth Challand, Shabbona; 37 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Henry Peterson, chaplain of Pleasant View Lutheran Home, officiating.  Burial was in old English Cemetery, Shabbona.                         HR 6/19/1980

 

Rose S. Anderson     1980.06.19

A private funeral for Mrs. Rose S. Anderson was Saturday at Healy Chapel with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.

Ms. Anderson, 89, of Big Rock died Wednesday (June 25, 1980) in Mercy Center, Aurora.  She was born May 31, 1891 in Salem, WI.

She was a member of Big Rock Congregational Church and the Willing Workers.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Clinton (Naurine) Thomas of Big Rock; two sons, Martin Anderson of Big Rock and Stanley Anderson of Cadiz, KY; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Louis Gruschow and Mrs. Anna Held of Elmwood Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, two brothers and a sister.

Contributions in Mrs. Anderson’s memory may be made to Big Rock Ambulance Fund.                            HR 7/3/1980

 

Eva H. Parish     1980.06.20

Eva H. Parish, 86, of Big Rock died Sunday (June 29, 1980) at Fountain View Place Nursing Home in Elkhart, IN.  She was born March 14, 1894 in Big Rock.

She is survived by five sons, Chester of Revenden, AR, Russell Albert of Constantine, MI, Fay of North Aurora, Warren of Big Rock and Robert of Elkhart, IN, and a daughter, Mrs. Grace Lewis of Big Rock.

Also surviving are 24 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Souders of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell in 1945.

Mrs. Paris was a member of Big Rock Baptist Church.

The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Healy Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Easterling officiating.

Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.           HR 7/3/1980

 

Swan Ostewig     1980.06.21

Swan Ostewig, 95, of Lee, died Friday, June 27, 1980 at Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Rock Falls.

He was born August 30, 1884 in Kopervik, Norway, the son of Frederick and Olena Ostewig.

He came to Lee at the age of 9 with his parents, a sister and a brother.

He married Sarah Book in 1910.

In his early years, he was in the automobile business and did auto racing as a hobby.

In 1916 he was one of the top 10 winners at the Indianapolis races, now called the Indy 500.

Prior to his retirement at age 72, he was in the excavating business.  After retirement, he had an orchard and evergreen nursery.

He was a member of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge 374.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Costigan, Moline, Joy Hester, Rock Falls, and Lillian Broman, Park Ridge; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Monday the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Masonic services were conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.                                    HR 7/3/1980

 

                              William P. Devine     1980.07.10

William P. (Pat) Devine, 88, of Sandwich, died Sunday, July 20, 1980 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 6, 1892 in Somonauk to Michael and Margaret Griffin Devine.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.  He is survived by one great-nephew, Joel  Binder of Aurora.

Devine was a retired farmer and member of St. Paul’s Church.

The funeral was held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Fr. Alfred S. Paolucci officiating.  Burial was the St. John’s Cemetery in Somonauk.  The Rev Alfred S. Paolucci and the Rev. Thomas Kane officiated

Pallbearers were Leo Fox, Louis Miller, James Connolly, Howard Delano, Lawrence Manning and Wayne Bark.

HR 7/24/1980

 

                                  Isaac Scott Cain     1980.07.11

Isaac Scott Cain, 82, Route 1, Hinckley, died Thursday, July 24, 1980 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born December 28, 1897 in Independence, KY.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Davis Cain, and seven children; Mrs. Maurice (Luella) Fallier, Kansas City, KS; Charles Cain, Alberta, AL; Stanley Cain, Hinckley, IL; Mrs. Joseph (Belma) Stevens, Broadview, IL; Robert Cain, Cortland, IL; Ivan Cain, Melrose Park, IL; Daniel Cain, Maple Park, IL; also a sister, Mrs. Edward (Annabelle) Claude of DeKalb and three brothers: Stanley Cain, Jacksonville, FL; Leonard Cain, and a sister, Mrs. Roy (Melba) Chappman of Jefferson, TN.  There are 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Cain was a retired welder from Batavia Body Company and had served in the U.S. Army.

The funeral was held Monday at 1:30 at the Burkhart Funeral Home.

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Isaac (Scott) Cain, 82, Route 1, Hinckley died Thursday (July 24, 1980) at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.

He was born December 28, 1897 in Independence, KY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cain.

He was married to Helen Davis September 18, 1922 in Des Moines, IA.

Survivors, besides his wife, include two daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Luella) Fallier of Kansas City, KS and Mrs. Joseph (Blema) Stevens, Broadview; five sons, Charles, Alberta, AL, Stanley, Hinckley, Robert, Cortland, Ivan, Melrose Park, and Daniel, Maple Park; two sisters, Mrs. Edward (Annabelle) Claude, DeKalb, and Mrs. Roy (Melba) Chapman, Jefferson, TN; two brothers, Stanley, Jacksonville, FL, and Leonard, Chicago; seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  One brother preceded him in death.

He was a retired welder and a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral was Monday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. Fred Hinshelwood officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.                                  HR 7/31/1980

 

                                    Otis F. Ivie     1980.07.12

Otis F. Ivie was born in rural Lawrence County, IL, on November 21, 1901.  His parents, who preceded him in death, were Charles Walter and Addie Wright Ivie.

On May 31, 1925 he married Kathryn Randle, who survives him, as does his son, Otis F. Ivie, Jr., of Deerfield, IL.

Also surviving him are four brothers, Hubert, Walter, and Charles Ivie of Salem, OR and Paul Ivie of Paxton, IL.  Mr. Ivie died in Shabbona Nursing Home on July 25, 1980.  His body has been donated to Northwestern University Medical School for research.  Memorial services are to be announced.

He was a member, Board of Directors of Fox Valley Older Adult Services, Chicago Nature Camera Club, Fox Camp Valley Movie Camera Club, National Education Association and United Methodist Church.

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Otis F. Ivie, 79, of Sandwich, died July 25, 1980 at Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona.  He was born November 21, 1901 in rural Lawrence County to Charles Walter and Addie (Wright) Ivie.  He married Kathryn Randle May 31, 1925 in Murrayville, IL.

He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and received a masters degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign.  He taught for 20 years.  His last position was at Odell, IL, where he was superintendent of schools for 20 years.  He then accepted a position with James Knights Co. in Sandwich, where he worked until his retirement in 1961.

He was a member of the National Education Association, the Nature Camera Club of Chicago, the Fox Valley Amateur Movie Club of Sandwich and the United Church of Sandwich.

Surviving are his widow, Kathryn; a son, Otis Ivie, Jr. of Deerfield, and four brothers, Hurbert, Walter and Charles of Salem, OR, and Paul of Paxton.

His body was donated to Northwestern University Medical School for research.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. August 20.

     HR 8/7/1980

 

                                 Ida Dillenback Colbe     1980.07.13

Mrs. Ida Colbe, 93, of Sandwich, died Monday, July 28, 1980 at Sandhaven Convalescent Center in Sandwich.

She was born July 22, 1887 in Hinckley, IL to Joseph Dillenback and Hannah Kaus Dillenback.  She was married November 29, 1911 to Charles Colbe who preceded her in death in 1972. 

She is survived by her children, Mrs. Clarence (Gladys) LaBolle, Route 1, Somonauk, Mrs. Kenneth (Kathryn) McGirr, Hinckley; Mrs. Dwight (Shirley) Houghtaylen, Sandwich.  She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held Thursday at Burkhart Funeral Home with Fr. Charles Sherman officiating.  Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.                        HR 8/7/1980

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Jesse Cory     1980.07.15

Jesse Cory, 87, rural Earlville, died July 4, 1980 at Havasu Regional Hospital in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

He was born July 24, 1892 in Paw Paw Township, the son of David and Susan (James) Cory.

He married Ada Rowley June 30, 1920 in Lockport.

He farmed for many years in the Rollo area and was very active in the DeKalb County Farm bureau.

He was a member of the Rollo Congregational Church, and was one of the original stockholders of DeKalb Ag-Research.

HR 7/10/1980

 

Howard E. Whitacre     1980.07.16

Howard E. Whitacre, 61, Shabbona, died July 12, 1980 at home.

He was born December 17, 1918 the son of Russell and Grace (Letheby) Whitacre.

He was raised by his aunt and uncle the John Lethebys of Shabbona.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army.  He had lived in the Shabbona area all his life.

He was employed as a carpenter and was caretaker of the Shabbona cemeteries.

He was preceded in death by his mother and four uncles.

Survivors include eight cousins.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                    HR 7/17/1980

 

Joseph A. Lindenmayer     1980.07.17

Joseph A. Lindenmayer, 69, of Conway, MO, died July 8, 1980 in Missouri.  He was formerly of Maple Park.

He was born December 18, 1910.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel; one son, Joseph R., Shabbona; one daughter, LaVonne Roe, Norman, OK; two grandchildren, David and Diane Lindenmayer, Shabbona.

Funeral services were Saturday at 2 p.m. in Marshville, MO.  Burial was in Missouri.                         HR 7/17/1980

 

Joyce A. Timm Stuber     1980.07.18

The funeral for Mrs. Joyce A. Stuber was Thursday at Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home, Batavia, with the Rev. Richard Daily officiating.

Burial was in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

Mrs. Stuber, 43, of North Aurora, died Tuesday (July 15, 1980) in Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was born May 29, 1937, in Aurora.

She was a member of Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd, North Aurora, where she taught Sunday School for 14 years.  She raised tropical birds for a hobby.

She is survived by her husband, Albert D. Stuber; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Butz of North Aurora; two sons, Danny G. Stuber of Aurora and Carl R. Stuber at home; her mother, Mrs. Alta Timm of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Doris) Thomas of Big Rock and Mrs. Benjamin (Lois) Smith of Sugar Grove; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Timm, in 1971.

      HR 7/24/1980

 

Bertha Levin Lyon     1980.07.19

Bertha Lyon, 93, of Shabbona Nursing Home, died July 14, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born September 18, 1886, in Lithuania, the daughter of Herschel and Gertrude Levin.

She married Joseph L. Lyon in Sterling February 1, 1915.

Survivors include one son, Dr. Samuel S. Lyon, Lincolnwood; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph L. (Evelyn) Katz, DeKalb; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter.

She was a member of the Hadassash and also the Pioneer Women of Rock Island.

Graveside services were at Rock Island Hebrew Cemetery in Rock island with burial following.                      HR 7/24/1980

 

Colise Marie Balch     1980.07.20

Colise Marie Balch, infant daughter of Joel and Sharon (Fuller) Balch, died shortly after birth July 11, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Survivors include her parents, of Kirkland; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bodil Stewart, Licking, MO; maternal grandfather, Levoy Fuller, Bolingbrook; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Balch, Kirkland; maternal, great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Dietrich, Saginaw, MI; paternal great grandmother, Pearl Larson, Shabbona; paternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Balch, Rochelle; several aunts and uncles.

Graveside Funeral services were Friday at Maple Cemetery in Kirkland, with Pastor Peter Holmer officiating.  Burial followed.

Arrangements were made by Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home.                                      HR 7/24/1980

 

Kenneth C. Wood     1980.07.21

Kenneth C. Wood, 58, Earlville, died July 21, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1922 in Mount Vernon, the son of John and Edna (Pierce) Wood.

He married Alma Rathbun December 27, 1944, in Sycamore.  He farmed in the rural Earlville area for many years.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Alma; two sons, Duane, Harvard and Don, Belvidere; one daughter, Lesa, at home; one brother, Kirby, Belvidere; five sisters, Marjorie Pullium, and Doris Wood, both of Sycamore, Maxine Warden, Georgia, Evelyn Woehan, Tennessee and Marilyn Weaver, Colorado; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by  his parents and two brothers.

Funeral services were Wednesday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

   HR 7/24/1980

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Kenneth Wood of Route No. 3 Earlville died suddenly of an apparent heart attack Sunday night, July 20, 1980.  Mr. and Mrs. Wood had been to their son, Don’s in Belvidere for a birthday party honoring Mr. Wood, had returned home and had retired, when the attack came.                                  HR 7/24/1980

 

Emilie Burmester Papenberg     1980.07.22

Emilie Papenberg, 91, died July 16, 1980, at the Pine Acres Nursing Home.

She was born May 12, 1889, in Waterman, the daughter of Fred and Wilhelmina Burmester.

She married Ed Papenberg in Waterman.

Survivors include one son, Earl, DeKalb; one sister, Dora Alford, Waterman; one step-grandson; four step-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, Jeanette, five sisters, and one brother.

She was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Funeral services were Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. E. George Krause officiating.

Burial was at the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

    HR 7/24/1980

 

Rickey A. Bennett     1980.07.23

Rickey A. Bennett, 23, Hinckley, died July 19, 1980 at New Lebanon.

He was born April 12, 1957 in DeKalb.

He was a self employed painter.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Haish, Big Rock; two brothers, Jeff Bannister, Charleston, SC, and David Haish, Sycamore; six sisters, Kathy Bannister, DeKalb, Hope Bannister, Big Rock, Joanna Harvel, Patricia Wally, Debbie Haish, all of Hinckley and Sherry Haish, Aurora.

Private Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Burial was at South Big Rock Cemetery.                                  HR 7/24/1980

 

Robert P. Stenfelt     1980.07.24

Mr. Stenfelt, 34, of Hinckley died Thursday (July 24, 1980) in Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  He was born April 9, 1946 in Canton.

He was employed as supervisor, then production manager, and finally, director of the Kennedy Rehabilitation Center Workshop.  He was graduated from Canton Senior High School in 1964.  He also was a member of the First Methodist Church, DeMolay and the Explorer Post in Canton.  He attended Boys state and was a member of a quartet ensemble that won the Arion Award for Music.

After attending college he moved to Aurora.  He was active as Boy Scout leader for Troop 9 at Greenman School, Aurora and was past vice president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1316, DeKalb.  He was acting technical advisor for Greater DeKalb Area Municipal Foot Stompin’ Ensemble and was a member of the American Swedish Institute.  He also was a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and the Illinois Association of Retarded Citizens, where he served on the workshop committee for Illinois Rehabilitation Association.

Surviving are his widow, Mary Ann (Sherwin), and a sister, Cheryl Lingle of Brown Deer, WI, nephew William, niece Laura, and God daughter Annette Jones of Aurora.

Contributions in Mr. Stenfelt’s memory may be made to the Robert Stenfelt Memorial Fund or to the Illinois Heart Association.                            HR 7/31/1980

 

Wilfred J. Fitzgerald     1980.07.25

Wilfred J. Fitzgerald, 80, of Pierce Township, died July 22, 1980 at the Pine Acres Retirement Center.

He was born October 25, 1899 in Rockford, the son of Michael T. and Alice (McGrath) Fitzgerald.

He lived in the DeKalb area since moving there from Rockford at the age of 3.

Survivors include one brother, Jams Fitzgerald, Sycamore; six sisters, Margaret Wegener and Ethel Munson, both of Wauconda, Mildred Fitzgerald and Helen Spillard, both of Evergreen Park, and Gertrude Casey and Eileen Ingiald, both of McHenry; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, the American Legion Post of Maple Park, the Eagles Club of DeKalb, a charter member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, and a member of the John Deere Battalion.

Funeral services were Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb, with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.                              HR 7/31/1980

 

Alfred J. Maier     1980.07.26

Alfred J. Maier, 70, of Sugar Grove, died Sunday (July 27, 1980) in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born February 28, 1910 in Sugar Grove Township.

Mr. Maier farmed all his life in the Sugar Grove area and became a well known cattle feeder.  He retired nearly six years ago and moved to Nottingham Woods, Sugar Grove.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm bureau and the Livestock Feeders Association.

Surviving are his widow, Norma; two daughters, Mrs. James  (Joanne) Gehringer of rural Elburn and Mrs. George (Sharon) Needham of Kaneville; a brother, Earl of Sugar Grove; five sisters, Mrs. Dwight (Anna) Davis of Big Rock, Mr. Edward (Clara) McDonald, Mrs. Ellen Brown and Mrs. Palmer (Eva) Erford, all of Aurora, and Mrs. Harold (Marian) Hage of Yorkville, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Myrtle (Hines) Maier, and twins in infancy.

The funeral was Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home Elburn.  The Rev. Morgan McLeland officiated.

Burial was in Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn.

An open memorial has been established in his memory.

    HR 7/31/1980

 

 

 

John J. Bauer                   1980.07.27

Carmen Bauer

John J. Bauer, 60, and his wife, Carmen, 57, died July 18, 1980 in a car crash on a mountain road between Sao Paulo and Rio DeJaniero, Brazil.

Bauer had been  a staff designer with Caterpillar Tractor Co., in East Peoria since 1939.  He and his wife moved to Brazil in June 1979, where Mr. Bauer worked at Caterpillar’s plant in Piracicaba.

Mr. Bauer was born May 5, 1920 in East Peoria.  Mrs. Bauer was born March 23, 1923 in Fairfield,.

Survivors include five sons, John and Jay of Big Rock, and Jeff and Jim of Augusta, GA and three grandchildren.

Mr. Bauer served with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

Services were Friday in Groveland Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jamie Milam officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the church memorial fund.

   HR 7/31/1980

 

John D. Mihm     1980.07.28

John D. Mihm, 63, Sycamore, died July 26, 1980 at the Sycamore Municipal Hospital.

He was born November 21, 1916 in Shabbona, the son of Harmon and Elizabeth (Deegan) Mihm.

He married Margaret E. Harris August 19, 1961, in Deerfield.  He was employed at Turner Brass for 21 years and at Barber-Greene for 15 years.  He retired from Barber-Greene in 1973 to farm full time.

He retired from farming this year.

He was a member of the VFW Post No. 5768 of Sycamore, a veteran of World War II, and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, Sycamore; two sons,  Michael, Sycamore and David, DeKalb; one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services were at Van Natta Funeral Home with the Rev. William H. Regnier officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.                          HR 7/31/1980

 

Katherine Miller     1980.07.29

Katherine Miller, 84, of Shabbona, formerly of West Chicago, died July 23, 1980 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rockford.

She was born March 3, 1896 in Germany.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

She is survived by four daughters, Lillian Pearson, West Chicago, Mrs. Herbert (Rose) Lancaster Batavia, Mrs. John (Adeline) Ward, Shabbona, and Margaret Dubiel, Downers Grove; one son, Philip, Batavia; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph in 1976 and by one daughter and one son.

Funeral services were Saturday at Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.

Burial was in East Batavia Cemetery.             HR 7/31/1980

 

Ragnvald F. Hanson     1980.07.30

Ragnvald F. Hanson, 88, Lee died July 23, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital after a long illness.

He was born May 3, 1892 in Lafoten Island, Norway, the son of Hans Nielsen Alvestad and Henrika Nielsen Steria.

He was baptized and confirmed in a Lutheran Church in Norway, came to the United States in 1911, and settled in the Lee area, where he was a dairy farmer for many years.

He married Lottie Kittleson September 19, 1917 in Creston.

He was a member of the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Lee.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Otto (Thelma) Oleson, Lee; one son, Richard, Lee; one sister, Sigvarda Johansen, Norway; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and eight brothers and sister.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lee.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

    HR 7/31/1980

 

George R. Stryker     1980.07.31

George R. Stryker, 82, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Waterman, died Tuesday (July 22, 1980) in Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  He was born April 4, 1898.

Mr. Stryker was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Bradenton and the Waterman Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Hazel) Barshinger of Waterman; three sons, Ralph of Bradenton, James of Upland, CA, and Wayne of Waterman; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Florence Cullen of Waterman.

The funeral was Saturday at Nash Chapel, Waterman.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

HR 7/31/1980

 

Eugene L. Almond     1980.07.32

Funeral services for Eugene L. Almond, 76, of Aurora were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. Arlan H. Brandt officiated with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Mr. Almond died Thursday, July 24, 1980 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He was born March 22, 1903 in Aurora.  Survivors include his wife, the former Alice M. Mack.

Mr. Almond was preceded in death by a brother, Elbert, and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Carter, both of Aurora.           HR 8/7/1980

 

Willard Kahle     1980.07.33

Willard Kahle, 59, of Howison Road, rural DeKalb, died Tuesday, July 19, 1980 in Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.

He was born August 17, 1920 in Afton Township, DeKalb County and was a farmer all his life.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

Survivors include his mother, Agnes Kahle of rural DeKalb; a sister, Mrs. Ernest (Wilma) Kastler of Waterman; and two brothers, Harold of Sycamore and Walter of Des Plaines.

Services were Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.                             HR 8/7/1980

 

 

 

Gregory J. Hutchinson     1980.07.34

Gregory J. Hutchinson, 33, of DeKalb, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, July 31, 1980 in Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  He was born October 17, 1946 in Aurora.

Mr. Hutchinson was owner of Auto Products Supply Co., in DeKalb.  He was a member of the class of 1964 of East Aurora High School, a member of the Sycamore United Methodist Church, the Tiger Athletic Association, Aurora, and the DeKalb Loyal Order of Moose.

Surviving are his widow, Mary; a son, Ryan; a daughter, Kari Anne, both at home; his father, Virgil of DeKalb; three brothers, Ronald of Bossier City, LA, Wayne of Waterman and Edward of Wyanet, IL, and a sister, Karen Schnitz of Oswego.

The funeral was Saturday at Sycamore United Methodist Church with the Rev. C. Alfred Patten officiating. HR 8/7/1980

 

Max Gerald Koehler, Jr.     1980.08.08

Max Gerald Koehler, Jr., 21, of Hinckley died August 2, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, after an extended illness.

He was born January 29, 1959, in Livonia, MI, the son of Max and Jacqueline (Hibbs) Koehler.

He married Donna Sapitro of Palatine in 1979.

He was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; one daughter, Beverly at home; one brother, James, Paonia, CO; his parents, Max and Jacqueline Koehler also of Paonia, CO; two grandmothers, Belvidera Hibbs, Chelsea, MI, and Dorothy Shuart, Paonia, CO.

He was a member of the DeKalb Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  He had lived in the Sugar Grove area most of his life and had moved to Hinckley one year ago.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 1980 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in DeKalb, located on Barber Greene Road.

Cremation followed.                                         HR 8/7/1980

 

Richard W. Thompson     1980.08.09

Richard W. Thompson, 44, rural Lee, died August 4, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born December 4, 1935, in Waterman, the son of Tony and Mildred (Fleming) Thompson.

He farmed in the Lee area all of his life and was a member of the DeKalb Elk’s Club and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He married Cheryl Larson in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, Lee; four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Donna) McRoberts, Shabbona, Mrs. Don (Terri) Wood, Belvidere, Kathy Clark, Malta, and Shelly Thompson, at home; one son, Richard Tony Thompson, at home; one step-son Richard Larson, at home; one step daughter, Shawn Larson, at home; his mother, Mildred Thompson, Shabbona; three sisters, Mrs. Stewart (Phyllis) Larsen, Lee, Mrs. Larry (Mary) Simpson, Earlville, and Mrs. Lynn (Karen) Colby, Valparaiso, IN; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother who died in infancy.

Funeral services were Wednesday August 6 at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Paw Paw United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in Old English Cemetery, in Lee.                                        HR 8/7/1980

Alvin W. Hartman      1980.08.10

Alvin W. Hartman, 83, of Hinckley died August 3, 1980 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born September 16, 1896, in Big Rock Township, Kane County the son of Edward and Anna (Weddige) Hartman.

He was married February 18, 1922 to Lillian Johnson in Chicago.

He was a retired farmer and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian, Hinckley; one daughter, Mrs. Ted (Elaine) Christian, Aurora; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one brother, Oakley, Hinckley, one sister, Mrs. Ora Rimsnider, Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 6, 1980 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, with the Rev. Edwin D. Otte officiating.  Burial  was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                                      HR 8/7/1980

 

Jean Edwards Golden     1980.08.11

Mrs. Jean (Edwards) Golden, age 46, of Loves Park died Friday August 8, 1980 after a long illness.  She was born November 7, 1933 in Lee, IL, to Orpha and Clifford Edwards.  Survivors are her husband Rex Golden, four sons, Robert and Steve England, Darin and Alan Golden; three daughters, Mrs. Randy Clark (Gail), Mrs. James Wakefield (Doreen) and Mrs. Darlene Bradley, all of Colorado; five grandchildren, her mother, Orpha Bremer Edwards of Sycamore, two brothers, John Edwards of Sycamore and James Edwards of Carpentersville and one sister, Mrs. Vernon (Laura Lee) Penrod of Elgin.  She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, whose pastor, Rev. Kmet officiated at the funeral service at the Van Natta Parlors in Sycamore Monday, August 11 and at the burial which was in the Twin Groves Cemetery near Scarboro.  In respect to Jean’s appreciation of simplicity, a memorial for the Cancer Fund was requested instead of flowers.

    HR 8/14/1980

 

Leone M. Waterbury Graeff     1980.08.12

Leone M. Graeff, 97, formerly of Shabbona, died August 5, 1980, at Ribershores Nursing Home in Marseilles.

She was born August 26, 1882, in Polo, the daughter of Millard and Anna (Bope) Waterbury.

She married Landis Graeff in Polo June 16, 1904.

Survivors include one son, Paul, Rockford; three daughters, Mrs. Millard (Mildred) Thorsen, Shabbona, Lois Riggs, Ottawa, and Florence Boyer, Beloit, WI; one sister, Blanche Stull, Rockford; 11 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, a son, a grandson, three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial was at Fairmont Cemetery, Polo.                                HR 8/14/1980

 

 

 

 

 

David P. Bastian     1980.08.13

David P. Bastian, 20, of Mexico, MO, formerly of Maple Park, died Wednesday (August 6, 1980) at Riceville, IA, as the result of an automobile accident.  He was born April 16, 1960 in DeKalb.

Bastian attended schools in Hinckley and Riceville.

He is survived by his parents, Paul E. and Janice (Schumacher) Bastian, three brothers, Craig, Robert and Michael, and a sister, Elizabeth all of Missouri; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Bastian; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schumacher, both of Maple Park, and his maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Hilda Leifheit,  of Hinckley.

There was a private funeral service at Pierce Community United Methodist Church in rural Maple Park with the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating. 

Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Funeral arrangements were made by Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.                              HR 8/14/1980

 

Clare B. Hewitt     1980.08.14

The Rev. Clare B. Hewitt, 63, Maple Park, died August 17, 1980 at Sandwich Hospital.

He was born October 22, 1916 in Aurora, the son of Clare J. and Alice (Benham) Hewitt.

He married Iolene Wenzel in Kirkland August 11, 1943.

Survivors include his wife, Iolene, Maple Park; one son, John, Hanover Park; four daughters, Carolyn, at home; Kathy, Bloomington, Mrs. Thomas G. (Jean) Moe, Sycamore, and Jarri Lynn, Rockton; two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one daughter.

He graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, and had a master of divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  For 40 years he has been a member of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served in numerous parishes in the conference.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ben Gordon Mental Health Center; the pastoral services department of the DeKalb County Nursing Home; the Stage Coach Theatre, where he had recently appeared in “The Girls in 509”, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau; the Sandwich Rotary Club; Freedom Masonic Lodge in Harding; and the Freeport Consistory.

For the past four years he was pastor of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church north of Hinckley.

Graveside services and burial were Wednesday at Maple Cemetery in Kirkland.  A memorial service was also held Wednesday at the Pierce Community Methodist Church, with Bishop Paul Washburn officiating at both services. 

Quirem-Sycamore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.                                       HR 8/21/1980

 

Emma Johnson Darling     1980.08.15

Emma Darling, 82, of 180 N. Garfield St., Hinckley died Sunday, August 24, 1980 at Sandhaven Convalescent Center.

She was born September 5, 1897 in Waterman to Nels and Sarah (Olson) Johnson.  January 1, 1916 she married Leon A. Darling in Waterman.

Survivors include two sons, Everett of Aurora and Harold of Hinckley, three grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  There is one brother, Albert Johnson of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

The funeral was Wednesday at Nash Memorial Chapel with Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

   HR 8/28/1980

 

Fred Steben     1980.08.16

Fred Steben, 80, of Big Rock, died Wednesday (August 20, 1980) in Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born September 3, 1899, in York Center, IL.

Mr. Steben was a farmer in the Big Rock area for 30 years.  He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, the church’s Men’s Club and the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

Surviving are his widow, Lydia; a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Patricia) Phillips of Clinton, IL; a son, Emil Weiss of Kaneville; five grandchildren; and two brothers, Edwin and Arthur, both of Lombard.

The funeral was Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.  HR 8/28/1980

 

Gladys M. Beamish Jakes     1980.08.17

Gladys M. Jakes, 81, formerly of Sycamore, died August 25, 1980 at the Sandhaven Nursing Home in Sandwich.

She was born November 21, 1898, the daughter of George H. and Minnie M. (Tewksbury) Beamish in Virgil.

She was a member  the South Burlington Ladies Aid and the Rebecca Lodge.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Leon (Vivian) Butts, Sycamore, one son, Burton W. Lee, Sr., Genoa; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four stepdaughters, Lois Weaver, Tucson, AZ, Martha Suhr, Poplar Grove, Marion Anderson, Sycamore and Garnet Lenz, Aurora; one step-son, Louis Jakes, Shabbona and one aunt, Ethel V. Carlson, Sandwich; several step-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Lola Heidenreich, Stockton, and Lois Rampenthal, Beloit, WI, one brother, Lloyd Beamish, Sycamore.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Thursday August 28, 1980 at the Van Natta Funeral Home in Sycamore with Pastor William E. Kmet officiating.

Burial was in South Burlington Cemetery.   HR 9/4/1980

 

Jack Jennings     1980.08.18

Jack Jennings, 59, formerly of Shabbona, died August 27, 1980 in Laguna Hills, CA.

He was born June 25, 1921 in Texas, the son of Homer and Elizabeth Jennings

He was a retired farmer.

He married Thelma Carnes.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma, Laguna Hills, CA; one son, Steve, Channel Island, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Mary) Owen, Apple River, WI; and Cynthia Jennings, Dallas, TX; his mother, Elizabeth, Dallas, TX; four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were at Starkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.  Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Wolf City, TX.                               HR 9/4/1980

 

Leslie E. Mullins     1980.08.19

Leslie E. Mullins, 77, of Paw Paw died August 25, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born May 13, 1903 in Lee, the son of Robert and Alice (Challand) Mullins.

He married Elizabeth Harbert of Iowa, December 26, 1928, in Joliet.

He was a well known and longtime member of the American Hereford Association and a well known cattle feeder in the area.

He was a lifelong member of the Lee Methodist Church and a member of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge No. 374.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of Paw Paw; one daughter, Mary Louise Cover, Janesville, WI; two sons, Leslie, Jr., Paw Paw, and Richard, Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Alvin Butler, and Harold, Lakeland, FL; two sisters, Frances Campbell, Rochester, NY, and Roberta Levine, Malta; four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday August 28th at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. J. Leslie Fox of Paw Paw United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Old English Cemetery, rural Lee.

  HR 9/4/1980

 

Louise Strausberger Kahle     1980.09.16

Louise Kahle, 84, Waterman, died September 5, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born March 16, 1896 in Sugar Grove, the daughter of Martin and Caroline Strausberger.

She was married September 20, 1916, in rural Kendall County to Harvey Kahle.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Hinckley, the Ladies Aid Society, and the Altar Guild.

Survivors include one daughter, Marion Swanberg, Sycamore, one son, Irvin, DeKalb, four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Martin Strausberger, Aurora; Charles Strausberger, Geneva, and August Strausberger, Montgomery; seven sisters, Margaret Garbelman, Sycamore, Lena DuSell, Syracuse, NY, Rose Stallman, and Martha Schneider both of Aurora, Frieda Wehrs, Plano, Mary Garbelman, Shawano, WI, and Edna Siverly, Montgomery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and one brother.

Funeral services were Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  HR 9/11/1980

 

Wilfred R. Byrd     1980.09.17

Wilfred R. Byrd, 77, Shabbona, died September 11, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born February 3, 1903, in Steward, the son of Willard and Katherine (Hochstrasser) Byrd.

He married Edna Buchanan March 5, 1924, in Naperville.

He farmed in the Steward Shabbona area most of his life and was a DeKalb seed corn salesman for many years.

He was a member of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge No. 374, where he was currently serving as treasurer and has served as master.  He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and active in several gun clubs and many area activities.

Survivors include his wife, Edna, Shabbona; a sister, Mrs. Clifford (Neltta) Brett, Rochelle; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bernell (Mildred) Byrd, Rochelle; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services were at Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Loyal Wilkinson, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                          HR 9/18/1980

 

Caroline A. Pedersen Winterton     1980.09.18

Caroline A. Winterton, 96, Lee, died September 8, 1980, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born February 3, 1884 in Chicago, the daughter of Nocolai Pedersen and Inga Indahl.

She married William B. Winterton July 6, 1907, in Chicago.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee.

Survivors include three sons, Elliott, Byron; Wilbur, Oregon, IL; and Irving, Lee; two daughters, Helen Morel, DeKalb, and Peggy Bell, Evanston; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, two great great grandsons.

Funeral services were at the First Lutheran Church of Lee with the Rev. Steven Woita officiating.

Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery.     HR 9/18/1980

 

Mabel E. Johnson Rissman     1980.09.19

Mrs. Mabel E. Rissman, 76, of 118 S. View, Hinckley, IL died thy, September 25, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Mrs. Mabel E. Rissman was born October 12, 1903 in Paw Paw, IL to John H. and Betsy (Solomonson) Johnson.

She married Adelbert Rissman April 5, 1945, in Hinckley.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, sisters, Mrs. Blanche Jacobson, Lee; Mrs. Lillie Kittleson, Creston, Mrs. Alvina Sanderson, DeKalb; and Mrs. Lulu Morsch, Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her husband and 2 brothers.

Services were held Monday, September 29, 1980 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.

Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.  HR 10/2/1980

 

Alice Caquelin DeBolt Deegan     1980.09.20

Alice Deegan, 78, Shabbona, died September 23, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born in Wheatfield, IN, January 9, 1902, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Caquelin.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Survivors include three sons, Clark, Shabbona, Gerald, Anaheim, CA, and Jack, Sycamore, four sisters, Mildred Phillips, Huntington Beach, CA, Irma Short, Spring Valley, and Lillian Caquelin and Louise Bastuck, both of Marseilles; two brothers, Arthur Caquelin, Ottawa, and George Caquelin, Lansing, 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward DeBolt, in 1945, and her second husband, Robert Deegan, in 1971, one sister and one son.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.

Friends called at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, where a Christian wake service was conducted at 8 p.m.                                       HR 10/2/1980

 

Fred Mohr     1980.09.21

Fred Mohr, 85, Shabbona, died September 28, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1895 in Shabbona, the son of Conrad and Lena (Nowe) Mohr.

He was a veteran of World War I, serving two years overseas.

He was a retired auto mechanic.

There are no immediate survivors.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and his parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

     HR 10/2/1980

 

Joe H. Eastabrooks     1980.09.22

Joe H. Eastabrooks, 79, of 295 Reese St., Hinckley, died Tuesday, September 30, 1980 at Mercy Center, Aurora.

He was born March 3, 1901 in Hinckley to James A. and Sarah (McCrea) Eastabrooks.

He married Charlotte Anderson June 12, 1931.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, Hinckley Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Mr. Gerald M. (JoAnn) Skow, Sugar Grove, IL, great grandchildren John Eastabrooks, Oak Park, IL, Miles Eastabrooks, Mansfield, TX, and William Eastabrooks, Rollo, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 3, 1980 at 10 a.m. at Nash Memorial Chapel with Rev. Daniel Hummer officiating.

Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, IL.

HR 10/9/1980 & 10/23/1980

 

Ora Leon Suddeth     1980.10.10

Ora Leon Suddeth, 55, Momence, died October 1, 1980 at Momence Terrace Nursing Home after a long illness.

He was born November 18. 1924, in Waterman, the son of Ora and Pearl (Hosea) Suddeth.

Survivors include two brothers, Farrell, DeKalb, and Marvin, Genoa; two sisters, Mars. Clifford (Vecil) Myers, DeKalb and Mrs. Robert (Violet) Challand, Waterman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carmel.

Graveside services were at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                           HR 10/8/1980

 

Joseph Adzima     1980.10.11

The sad news came to Barbara Adzima Sunday (October 12, 1980) of the sudden death of her son, Joseph (Joey) Adzima, Chief Warrant Officer in Schweinfurt, Germany.  He was 39 years old and is survived by his wife, Diana and two children.  An R.O.T.C. official came down from DeKalb and told his mother the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

The body will be brought back to Iron River, MI for burial.  Joey was well known and liked by Shabbona folk who feel sorrow for his mother and other Shabbona relatives.

   HR 10/16/1980

 

Terry L. Baker     1980.10.12

Terry L. Baker, 23, of Sycamore, died October 8, 1980 in a motorcycle accident.

He was born November 3, 1956, in Sycamore, the son of Everett and Donnabel (Robinson) Baker.

He attended Sycamore schools and was employed at General Electric in DeKalb.

Survivors include his parents, Sycamore; three brothers, Larry R., Kirkland, Thomas L. and Everett R., Jr., both of Sycamore; three sisters, Mary. Houghtby, Shabbona, Jean Barnes, Kingston, and Judy Burnett, Yorkville; one grandmother, Helen Manning;  several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in  death by one brother.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 11, 1980 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sycamore, with the Rev. C. Alfred Patten officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.

HR 10/16/1980

 

Allen Taylor     1980.10.13

Allen Taylor, 74, of Shabbona, died October 8, 1980 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 13, 1906 in Kentucky, the son of Sam and Carrie (Murray) Taylor.

He married Claudia Patterson in 1934.

He was employed as a truck driver for many years by Paul Johnson, Inc., of Waterman.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jackson, Rock Island; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter, several nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday October 13, 1980 at the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Rev. David Cook, pastor of the Shabbona Baptist Church officiating.

Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery, rural Waterman.

HR 10/16/1980

 

Wilbur Holle     1980.10.14

Wilbur “Burt” Holle, 52, died October 9, 1980, at Mendota Community Hospital.

He was born February 8, 1928, the son of George and Gertrude (Hanson) Holle.

He attended Lee and Waterman schools.

He was baptized and confirmed in the First Lutheran Church, Lee.

He served two years in the Army during the Korean conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, Rochelle; a brother, Glenn, Lee; and a sister, Mrs. Raymond (Gladys) Schnorr, Lee.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrel.

Funeral services were at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Rev. Steven Woita, pastor of the Lee First Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.

  HR 10/16/1980

 

Valjean Faye Korth Emerling     1980.10.15

Valjean Faye Emerling, 25, Billings, MT, died October 8, 1980 at Deaconess Hospital in Billings after a sudden illness.

She was born September 22, 1955 in DeKalb, the daughter of Arnold and Marie (Wichman) Korth.

She married Thomas Emerling July 9, 1977 in Lee.

She attended Lee and Shabbona schools and was a graduate of Illinois State University in Normal.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas, Billings, MT; a son, Jeromy, at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Korth, rural Malta; one brother, Ronald, Rochelle; four sisters, Marlene Prestegaard, Steward; Jennine Long, Stoughton, WI; Ilene Thornton, Knoxville, TN; and LaRene Korth, Aurora; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, where a Christian wake service was held.

HR 10/16/1980

 

Dorothy R. Glisson     1980.10.16

Dorothy R. Glisson, 61, of Springfield, IL, died Wednesday (October 15, 1980) at her home.  She was born March 14, 1919, in Springfield, IL.

Mrs. Glisson was employed as a licensed practical nurse.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA and taught bridge for 20 years.

Survivors include three sons, Dr. Silas Glisson, III, of Lombard, Gil N. Glisson, of Springfield and William Glisson, of Lexington, KY, one daughter, Mrs. Leo (Penelope) Conway, of Big Rock; two brothers, one sister, seven grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

The funeral was Saturday at Elinger, Kunz & Davis Funeral Home in Springfield.  The Rev. Charles Hendricks officiated, with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, in Springfield.

Local arrangements were made by the Larson Funeral Home in Yorkville.                              HR 10/23/1980

 

Patricia M. Nash Wise     1980.10.17

Patricia M. Wise, 48, of Batavia, died October 14, 1980 at Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 26, 1932 in Aurora, the daughter, of Paul Robert and Jane (Hewitt) Nash.

Her family lived in Elburn where she attended Elburn schools and Holy Angels.  She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora.

She married Dean Wise June 17, 1950.  they lived in Elburn until the mid 1950’s, when they moved to Batavia.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Batavia, the Highlands Mother’s Club and Women’s Club, and the Geneva School District PTA.

Survivors include her husband, Dean, one daughter, Patricia Ann, at home, two sons, Paul “Butch”, St. Charles and Richard Dean, at home, one foster son, Daniel Arnold, Jasper, AL, and her mother, Jane Nash, St. Charles, three brothers, Charles Nash, Big Rock, Paul Nash, Aurora, and Daniel Nash, Hebron, three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul R. Nash.

Burial was in St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.      HR 10/23/1980

 

Roy D. Raymond     1980.10.18

Roy D. Raymond, Aurora area industrialist and former chairman of the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals, died early Sunday (October 19, 1980) after a freak accident Saturday.

Raymond, 72, of 129 S. Randall Road, Aurora, died of shock and exposure after being pinned underneath a tree for six hours Saturday, according to Mary Lou Kearns, Kane County Coroner.

According to the coroner’s report, Raymond had cut down an 80 foot tree about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on a farm he owns on Camp Dean Road in Big Rock Township.

While trimming the tree, it rolled over, knocking Raymond to the ground and trapping him underneath.

He was found about 8 p.m. by Mike Hollenbeck of Big Rock.  Raymond was still conscious when he was found.

Raymond was taken to Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, where he died at 2:22 a.m. Sunday.

He was president of Lakone Co., a plastic engineering firm in Montgomery.

Raymond was zoning board chairman from 1969 to 1979.

   HR 10/23/1980

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Roy D. Raymond, 72, of Aurora, died October 19, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 11, 1908 at Plano, IL.

He was a farmer and was an active member of the Big Rock Plowing Match Association; president of South Big Rock Cemetery Association

Survivors include his wife, Irene of Aurora; one daughter, Miss Janet Raymond of Aurora; three brothers, Harry, of Aurora, Kelly and Robert both of Big Rock; several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church; Aurora Lodge No. 400 Loyal Order of Moose.

The funeral was Tuesday October 21 at the Healy Chapel with Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Burial was in South Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Big Rock Congregational Church, Big Rock Plowing Match Association, or to Kenny Field Memorial Fund.                             HR 10/23/1980

 

Harold Emil Alfredson     1980.10.19

Mr. Harold Emil Alfredson, 70, of Big Rock, died Sunday, October 19, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born January 26, 1910 in Plano, IL.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ of Big Rock.  Mr. Alfredson had been a farmer in the Sugar Grove and Big Rock area for 48 years, retiring two years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Majora, of Big Rock; one daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Susannah) Lee, of Big Rock; one son, Harold, Jr., of Big Rock; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, his 101 year old father, Emil, of Big Rock; one brother, Arthur, of Big Rock and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his mother Ansgaria Magnusson Alfredson.

Private funeral services were held Wednesday at the United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiated.  Burial was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer treatment Center at Copley Memorial Hospital.                         HR 10/23/1980

 

Myrtle M. Hargis Stevens     1980.10.20

Mrs. Myrtle M. Stevens, 77, of Aurora, died October 19, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born August 24, 1903 at Naperville, IL.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church where she was an elder, and of the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary No 946.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (June) Durland, of Thompson, IL, and Mrs. Patricia Ann Swanson, of Aurora; three sons, John E., of Big Rock, Donald E., of Aurora and William L., of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Amiel (Florence) Miller, Mrs. Bernice Rennicke, and Mrs. Paul (Ora) Morrison, all of Aurora and Mrs. William (Flossie) Miller, of Phoenix, AZ; and two brothers, Robert Hargis, of Sugar Grove, and Gene Hargis, of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward M., in 1970 and one sister, Mrs. Edward (Daisy) Smith, of Aurora.

The funeral was held Wednesday at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. Sam R. Baniqued officiated, with burial in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation was at the Healy Chapel.             HR 10/30/1980

 

Donald J. Testin     1980.10.21

Donald J. Testin, 64, of Aurora, died Monday, October 20, 1980, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born June 25, 1916 in Aurora.

Mr. Testin was in the automobile sales business for 12 years, and then he was employed as an investment executive to Shearson Loeb Rhoades Inc. in Chicago for the past 20 years.  He served 6 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, life member of the Aurora Lodge 400; Loyal Order of Moose  where he was a member of Legion of the Moose.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred E. (Bailey) Testin, of Naperville; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Colleen) Watgen, of Sugar Grove and Mrs. William (Deborah) Miller of Big Rock; two grandchildren; one brother, Lyle Testin, of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara Testin and one brother, Roy.

The funeral was Thursday at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. John S. Hall officiated with burial in Lincoln Memorial Park.

HR 10/30/1980

 

George J. Adzima     1980.10.22

George J. Adzima, 39, died October 16, 1980 at his home in Schweinfurt, Germany.

He was born April 19, 1941 in Ft. Sheridan.

He attended schools in Stambough, MI, and graduated in 1959.

He entered the U.S. Army in November 1959.

He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star.

He was a former member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, MI, a member of the Warrant Officers Association and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He married Diane Nelson December 1, 1962.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; one son Andrew, at home; one daughter, Renee, at home; his mother, Barbara Adzima, Shabbona.

Funeral services were held at Duvall-Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, MI, where a parish rosary was recited  Rev. Donald Hartman officiated the service a St. Cecilia Church with full military honors.                                HR 10/30/1980

 

Helen Eden Johnson     1980.10.23

Helen E. Johnson, 78, of Lee, died October 24, 1980 in Lee.

She was born February 27, 1902 in Lee the daughter of Arena and Matilda (Nelson) Eden.

She married Harley A. Johnson January 9, 1924 in Lee.

She was a lifelong resident of Lee and attended local schools.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Lee.

She is survived by three sons, Glenn D., Flint, MI; Harley, Murfreesboro, TN; and Keith, DeKalb; two daughters, Mrs. Jon D. (Sharon) Hartman, Fairfax, VA; and Mrs. James (Kay) Harrington, Orange Park, FL; three sisters, Anna Marie Arends, Paw Paw, Mrs. Curtis (Betsy) Sanderson, DeKalb; and Oleva Johnson, Paw Paw; 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, ; a son, John A.; and a brother, Oliver Eden.

Funeral services were held Monday at First Lutheran Church, Lee with the Rev. Steven Woita officiating.

Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.

HR 10/30/1980

 

Floyd E. Keene     1980.10.24

Floyd E. Keene, 87, passed away Monday, October 27, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1893 in Waterman to George and Melinda (Merritt) Keene.  He married Ruth Love January 24, 1917 in DeKalb.  He was a farmer prior to his retirement.

Mr. Keene was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Waterman; one daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Ardith) Politsch, Earlville; a son, Donald Keene of Sandwich, two sisters, Mrs. Edith Sawyer, Waterman and Mrs. Pearl Knutson, Malta; one grandchild and one great grandchild.

He was preceded by four brothers, two sisters and a grandson.

Services were held Wednesday October 29, 1980 at Nash Memorial Chapel in Waterman with the Rev. Sid Kingdon officiating.

Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery Waterman.

HR 10/30/1980

 

Wilbur Thatcher     1980.10.25

Wilbur “Bill” Thatcher, 82, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Hinckley and North Aurora, died October 18, 1980 at the Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa.  He had not been in good health for some time, following heart surgery.

Mr. Thatcher was born in Naperville July 1, 1898, the son of Mae (Leifheit) and Clyde Thatcher.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carrie Lane of Shabbona, a sister, Mrs. Leila Lutz of Hinckley and a niece, Mrs. Ben (Wilma) Chesley of North Aurora.

Mr. Thatcher was a retired air pilot.  He was the pilot for the late “Flying Doctor” H. J. Neubauer of Hinckley who made many of his calls by plane.  He was an instructor at the Hinckley Flying School in the 1920’s.  Later he was at the Aurora Airport, located on North Lincolnway, and then moved to Mesa where he was a commercial pilot until his retirement.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 21st, in Mesa with graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery.

    HR 10/30/1980

 

Kathryn M. Higgins Burkart     1980.10.26

Kathryn M. Burkart, 65, of Sycamore, died October 30, 1980 at her home of a sudden illness.

She was born February 23, 1915 in Hinckley the daughter of Jon and Maggie (Norr) Higgins.

She married Donald L. Burkart in Sycamore January 20, 1935.

She worked as a waitress in several DeKalb and Sycamore restaurants.

Survivors include her husband, Donald, Sycamore; two sons, Patrick, Sycamore; and Michael, DeKalb; four daughters, Kathleen Campbell, Flint, MI, Constance Arends, Sycamore, Donna Adams, Seattle, WA, and Teresa Burkart at home; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Higgins, Sycamore, and John Higgins, DeKalb; one sister, Gertrude Higgins, Fort Huron, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Howard.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore.

Funeral mass was Monday at the church with the Rev. William Regnier officiating.  Burial was at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore.                HR 11/6/1980

 

Mildred K. Martinson Challand     1980.11.08

Mildred K. Challand, 58, of rural Shabbona died Sunday, November 9, 1980 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

She was born February 8, 1922 in Malta to John and Marlene (Bue) Martinson.

She married Reid Challand March 15, 1941 in Shabbona.

She was a member of Shabbona United Church of Christ, the American Legion Auxiliary, long time member of Illinois Womens Bowling Association, Sunshine Circle and Winning Wheels.

Survivors include her husband, 2 daughters, Kathy of Amboy, and Joyce Strawn of Portage, WI; 2 sons, John, rural DeKalb, and William rural Shabbona; 2 grandchildren, her mother Marlene Wedlake, Malta; 4 sisters, Eleanor Gansberg, Downers Grove, Ruth Striker of Duquoin, Dorothy Fuller of Big Rock, and Mary Johnson, Fairfield Bay, AR; 2 brothers, Chuck Martinson, Malta and Jerry Martinson of Hinckley and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and 2 brothers.

Services are at 2:00 Thursday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home Shabbona with Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Friends may call Wednesday 5-9 at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established.                    HR 11/13/1980

 

Mary Heal Davidson     1980.11.09

Mary Davidson, 93, Creston, died November 7, 1980 at the Shabbona Nursing Home  after a long illness.

She was born January 1, 1897 in Devonshire, England, the daughter of George and Mary Johns Heal.

She married William Davidson December 23, 1908 in Rochelle.

Survivors include five sons, Glen E., Rochelle, Robert, Mendota, George, Amboy, Stanley, DeKalb, and John, Creston; two daughters, Mrs. Ocie (Leona) Inboden, DeKalb and Mrs. William (Marion) Kirchner, Winnebago; one brother, Fred, Shabbona; 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services were Monday at Unger Funeral Home in Rochelle with the Rev. E. George Krause officiating.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Creston.

   HR 11/13/1980

 

Mildred L. Wingert Letheby     1980.11.10

Mildred L. Letheby, 79, Shabbona, died November 8, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born June 14, 1901 in Ashton, the daughter of William and Verna Wingert.

She married John Letheby, Malta, July 4, 1922.

They farmed near Malta for one year, then moved to Shabbona where they farmed for many years before retirement.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth and Fred, both of Shabbona, and John R., Crystal Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary Ann) Taylor, Sycamore, and Mrs. Virgil (June) Hinkston, Shabbona; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters; one half-sister; one half-brother; one son; and one nephew, and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home Shabbona with the Rev. James Bourdon of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                        HR 11/13/1980

 

LeRoy H. Schaffer     1980.11.11

LeRoy H. Schaffer, Sycamore, died November 10, 1980 at his home.

He was born May 21, 1918, the son of John and Ida (Faucett) Schaffer.

He married Marjorie (Niemeyer) Edlund November 20, 1977 in Honolulu, HI.

He had been employed by Stahl Construction, and previously owned Pick and Save Variety Store, Shabbona and also worked for the Wurlitzer Co.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Roger, Fairdale; three step-daughters, Dian Edlund-Brush, Sycamore, Pamela Bannister, DeKalb, and Tamara Edlund, at home; two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (Evenson) Schaffer, and his parents.

He was a member ot Teamsters Local 330, and was a veteran of World War II.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Kmet officiating.  Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.                                     HR 11/13/1980

 

John A. Ward     1980.11.12

John A. Ward, 57, of rural Shabbona died Tuesday, November 11, 1980 at his home.

He was born in Lombard, March 18, 1923 to Edwin and Judith (Anderson) Ward.  He married Adeline Miller in Batavia November 14, 1942.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Board, vice president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, an elder at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley and a member of the Shabbona Lions Club.

During World War II, Mr. Ward saw active duty in Europe and the Pacific Theatre, serving with the 302nd Field Artillery Battalion 86th Division of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Adeline; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Penny)  Moser of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Don (Rebecca) Espe of rural Steward; one brother, Frank Ward of West Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Gerhard (June) Christian of Algonquin and Mrs. Mike (Virginia) Auer of Bartlett, IL.

Mr. Ward donated his body for scientific research.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday November 17, 1980 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Lee Road.

Memorials will be established at Bethesda Lutheran Home, Immanuel Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were completed by Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, IL.                    HR 11/13/1980

 

Rachel Davis Lindenmayer     1980.11.13

Rachel Lindenmayer, 69, Conway, MO, died November 9, 1980 in Springfield, MO.

She  was born December 10, 1910.

Survivors include her mother, Lydia Davis, Oswego; four sisters, Martha Carpenter, Oswego, Doris Hatterly, Montgomery, Clair Ringberg, Oswego, and Dorothy Eddy, Long Beach, CA; one son, Joseph Lindenmayer and his wife, Kathleen, Shabbona; one daughter, LaVonne Roe, Noble, OK; two grandchildren, Diane Lindenmayer, Shabbona, and David Lindenmayer and his wife, Tammy, DeKalb.

Funeral services are Thursday at 2 p.m. at Frakers Memorial Funeral Home in Marshfield, MO.               HR 11/13/1980

 

Golden Rhea Chapman     1980.11.14

Golden Rhea Chapman, 96, of Shabbona, died Thursday, November 13, 1980 at Shabbona Nursing Home.  She was born January 4, 1884 in Carmi, IL.

She was a member of the Sycamore United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Lenhardt of Hinckley, one son, Roger of Hinckley; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Hampton of Maxon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest in 1961 and one brother,

Funeral services were Saturday, November 15 at Nash Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

 HR 11/20/1980

 

Walter Schumacher     1980.11.15

Walter Schumacher, 79, of rural Hinckley, died Friday, November 21, 1980 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born March 23, 1901 in Lombard, IL.

Mr. Schumacher was a retired farmer.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include one brother, Otto, of Hinckley; and three sisters, Miss Ida Schumacher of Hinckley, Mrs. Marie Golterman, of Genoa, and Mrs. Emma Peto, of Addison.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Olive Steben; and two brothers, Harvey and Hugo.

Funeral services were Monday, November 24, 1980 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.                         HR 11/27/1980

 

John C. Burgholzer     1980.11.16

John C. Burgholzer, 83, of Aurora, died November 28, 1980 at his home. He was born November 17, 1897 at Aurora, IL.

He was a member of Roosevelt Aurora Post 84, the American Legion.

Survivors include one step-son, Harry Schoger, of Big Rock; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma, in 1935; his second wife, Pearl, in 1967 and by one step-son Clarence Schoger in 1971.

Private Funeral services were held Monday at the Healy Chapel with Fr. Robert Jackson officiating.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund or to the American Cancer Society.         HR 11/27/1980

 

Robert R. Graham     1980.11.17

Robert R. Graham, 57, of Aurora, died Thursday, November 27, 1980 at Hines Veterans Hospital.  He was born December 26, 1922 at Aurora, IL.

He was a member of First Christian Church and the 7th Ward Club.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Katherine Graham, Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellsworth, Big Rock and Mrs. Durward (Marguerite) McNeil, West Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Graham, in 1953 and by a sister, Gladys in 1944.

The funeral was Monday at the Healy chapel with Rev. John W. Webster officiating.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

HR 11/27/1980

 

 

 

Fred Luscher     1980.12.10

Fred Luscher, 57, of Gordon, NE, died December 4, 1980.

He was born October 29, 1923 in Waterman.

He moved to Nebraska in 1966.  He operated the Standard Station in Waterman for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Roberts; one son, Fred Luscher, Jr., six daughters, Lorraine Pourier, Rena DeWeese, Lana, Cosetta, April, and Lisa Luscher; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday at Chamberlain-Gates Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.                HR 12/10/1980

 

Eva Blanche Hill Yeager     1980.12.11

Mrs. Eva Blanche (Hill) Yeager, 76, of Lewisville, TX, formerly of Aurora died December 1, 1980 at Denton, TX.  She was born August 13, 1904 in Jellico, TN.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Alamo Chapter, Aurora.

Survivors include, a son, Ernest W. Hill, Lewisville, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 6 brothers, and 4 sisters.

The memorial service was Friday, December 5, 1980 at the  Nash Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gary Pierce officiating.

Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona, IL.

HR 12/11/1980

 

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  2. Glendon Williams, 62, of DeKalb, died December 12, 1980, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born May 8, 1918, in Paw Paw; the son of Charles and Nora (Pierce) Williams.

He married Mildred Mullis in DeKalb May 1, 1941.  He was a lifelong DeKalb area farmer.

Survivors include his wife, DeKalb; one daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Marlene) Fleming, Lee; three grandchildren, Greg, Derek, and Ryan Fleming, Lee; two brothers, Oran Williams, Fremont, NE, and Ivan Williams, DeKalb; one sister, Mrs. Roy (Velma) Knudtson, Ottawa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, a director of the Salvation Army in DeKalb, and a member of the DeKalb Voluntary Action Group.

Funeral services were Monday at the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Philip Holtsford officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.

     HR 12/18/1980

 

Ella Rose Miller Seaton     1980.12.13

Mrs. Ella Rose Seaton, 93, of Aurora, died Wednesday, December 10, 1980 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born January  1, 1886 at Shabbona, IL.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald W. Seaton of Moline, IL, and Clifton R. Seaton of Boulder Hill; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Wolf of Boulder Hill; one brother, William H. Miller and one sister, Mrs. Edna M. Henning, both of Aurora; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. Seaton and one brother, Henry Miller.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the Dieterle Memorial Home to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  The Rev. Father Richard Paddock officiated.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.                         HR 12/18/1980 

 

Willard I. Johnson     1980.12.14

Willard I. Johnson 64, formerly of Mendota, died December 9, 1980 at the Mission Bay Hospital in San Diego, CA.

He was born March 29, 1916 near Lee, the son of Irvin and Edna (Brown) Johnson.

He married R. Catharine Schwarz August 15, 1940 in Mendota.

He was fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Mendota Moose Lodge, and a past exalted ruler of the Elks Club.

He owned and operated the Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota, from 1941 to 1972.  He also was formerly the director of the First State Bank, Mendota.

Survivors include his wife, Catharine; one son, Willard II., Washington, D.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Philip (Catharine) Pailey, San Diego; one brother, Gerald, DeKalb; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Funeral services were Friday at Holy Cross Church, Mendota.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

   HR 12/18/1980

 

Alta Woods Cobb     1980.12.15

Alta Cobb, 81, died December 14, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born October 8, 1899, in Afton Township the daughter of John and Ella (Broughton) Woods.

She married Arnold C. Cobb September 21, 1929 in Waterman.  She attended Waterman area schools, Jennings Seminary in Aurora, and graduated from Cornell College in Iowa.

She taught school in Waterman, Kentucky, and Ohio.

She was a member of the Fort Payne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Naperville, and the Naperville Congregational Church.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Warren Cobb, and John Cobb, both of Naperville, David Cobb, Hazelcrest; two brothers, John Woods, Palmetto, FL, and Preston Woods, Bradenton, FL; one sister, Addie Babcock, DeKalb and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Carrie and Ruth and one brother, Ralph.

Funeral services will be today Thursday December 18, 1980 at 1:30 p.m. at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Bourdon officiating.

Burial will be in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at  the Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

   HR 12/18/1980

 

Lewis Wall     1980.12.16

Lewis Wall, 74, of Aurora, died December 22, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 24, 1906 in Chicago.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Wall; three sons, William of Aurora, John of Naperville and Thomas of Big Rock; one daughter, Marilyn Wall of Kansas; two grandchildren and four sisters, Marie Kassel of Plano, Genevieve Frieders of Big Rock, Dorothy Dockendorf of Florida and Alberta Hancock of Florida.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Daleiden Lame Street Mortuary.               HR 12/25/1980

 

John Quilhot     1980.12.17

John Quilhot, 58, of Shabbona died December 18, 1980 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1922 in Shabbona, the son of Harry and Alice (Carroll) Quilhot.

He was employed as a maintenance worker at Northern Illinois University.

He is survived by several aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services were Monday at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.

Arrangements were completed by Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                 HR 12/25/1980

 

Melvin G. Heal     1980.12.18

Melvin G. Heal, 62, died December 16, 1980 at his home.

He was born July 27, 1918, in DeKalb County, the son of Fred and Barbara (Schubert) Heal.

He married Mary Lou Halverson January 11, 1975 in DeKalb.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; his father, Fred Heal, Shabbona; four sons, Larry Heal, Phoenix, AZ, Kenneth Heal, Rockford, Fred Heal, Kearney, NE, and Ron Heal, Esmond; two stepdaughters, Lisa Nelson, Esmond, and Marilyn Halverson, DeKalb; one stepson, Jack Halverson, Malta; two brothers, Clifford Heal, Elgin, and Francis Heal, Shabbona; one sister, Marge Betts, Creston; and nine grandchildren.

He was a farmer and a member of the Esmond Methodist Church.

Funeral services were Friday at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle with the Rev. Cliff Taylor, of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb, officiating.  Burial was at Esmond Cemetery.                                   HR 12/25/1980

 

Karilena (Caroline) Fuss Borax      1980.12.19

Karilena (Caroline) Borax, 91, of Aurora, IL died December 18, 1980 at the Four seasons Nursing Center.

She was born in Austria January 4, 1889 to John Fuss.

She married John Borax in 1907.

She resided in Hinckley for 2 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Snyder of Hinckley, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one son.

Funeral services were Monday December 22.

Burial was in Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago.

   HR 12/25/1980

 

Mary E. Stommel Herrmann     1980.12.20

Mary E. Herrmann, 91, died December 22, 1980, at home.

She was born September 7, 1889, in Mendota, the daughter of Christian and Julia (Craig) Stommel.

She married Lawrence P. Herrmann September 9, 1914, at Holy Cross Church in Mendota.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the Shabbona Catholic Ladies.

Survivors include three sons, Jerome Herrmann, Esmond, Eugene Herrmann, Shabbona, and Harold Herrmann, Rock City; three daughters, Loretta Herrmann, Shabbona, Rosemary McMenamin, DeKalb, and Catherine Burgholzer, Casa Grande, AZ; 30 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services were Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with the Rev. Clement Petit officiating.  Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Lee.         HR 1/1/1981

 

Russell L. Fetzer     1980.12.21

Russell L. Fetzer, 75, died December 27, 1980 at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford.

He was born September 21, 1905 in Earlville, the son of Simon and Bertha (Tomlin) Fetzer.

He married Gladys Brown June 1, 1932, in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

He farmed and raised pure-bred cattle from 1931 to 1959 in the Shabbona area.  He moved to Genoa in 1959.  For the past 15 years he was a fertilizer and chemical salesman for the Kaneville Seed Company and later for the DeKalb Fertilizer Company.

He was a class A judge of purebred cattle, a member of the Red Polled Cattle Club of America and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys; three sons, Wayne Fetzer, DeKalb, Dale Fetzer, Temple, TX, and Jack Fetzer, Elgin; one daughter, Joyce Watson, Malta; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Fetzer, Mendota, and Melvin Fetzer, Green Bay, WI; one sister, Bertha Schuster, Medford, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, and one brother.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Cooper-Sullivan Funeral Home in Genoa with the Rev. Roger Olson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Genoa Cemetery.   HR 1/1/1981

 

Nancy Evensen     1980.12.22

Nancy Evensen, 28, formerly of DeKalb, died December 28, 1980 at New London, WI, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

She was born July 25, 1952, in DeKalb, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Edwards) Evensen.

She was employed by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Survivors include her parents, Appleton, WI; two bothers, Greg and John Evensen, Appleton, WI; one sister, Pam Pray, Waukesha, WI; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Edwards, Cisco.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. William E. Kmet, of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                 HR 1/1/1981

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It was saddening news received in Shabbona Sunday afternoon, December 28—the news of the death of Nancy Evensen, 28 year old daughter of Betty and Robert Evensen of Appleton, WI.  The Evensen family lived in Shabbona, where Nancy was born and lived until she was seven or eight years old.

  She is survived by her parents, an older brother, Gregg, and sister, Mrs. Pamela Pray and a younger brother, Jeff.  The deceased was enroute home to St. Paul, where she was employed by the University of Minnesota after spending Christmas with the family.  The car accident occurred at New London about 30 minutes from Appleton.  The bereaved family is comforted by the memory of a happy Christmas together and that she had a visit in Cisco with her grandparents, the Francis Edwards.  The funeral was held in Shabbona and burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.  The Evensen family was hosted by their close friends, the J. C. Pools and Warren Millers and are in the prayers and thoughts of their many Shabbona friends.                      HR 1/8/1981

 

Grace Jane Tallman     1980.12.23

Grace Jane Tallman, 94, of Aurora, formerly of Waterman died December 23, 1980 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

She was born in Waterman, October 15, 1886, the daughter of Edward Ross and Levena (Scott) Tallman.

She attended school in Monticello, IN, and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Indiana.  She taught school in this area for many years.

She was a member of the North Aurora Congregational Church and the Waterman Methodist Church.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Earl (Hazel) Paxton, Aurora.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Funeral services were Friday at the Nash Chapel, Waterman with Rev. Sidney Kingdon officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.                HR 1/1/1981

 

Claude J. Quirin     1981.01.11

Claude J. Quirin, 77, of Aurora, died Monday, January 5, 1981 at St. Charles Medical Center.  He was born June 9, 1903 in Aurora.

Mr. Quirin was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad as a machinist.  He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include one son, Barrett Quirin of Big Rock; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother, Alfred J. Quirin of Wheaton; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Ewen of Aurora; Mrs. Roma Miller of Franklin Park, IL, and Miss Juliette Quirin of Aurora and 13 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite; his parents, Alfred and Maria Quirin; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday January 8, 1981 at 10 a.m. from the Daleiden High Street Mortuary to St. Mary’s Church at 10:30 a.m.  The Father Richard Paddock will officiate.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

HR 1/8/1981

 

 

 

Paul H. Seitzinger     1981.01.12

Paul H. Seitzinger, 73, of Aurora died January 5, 1981 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born June 25, 1907 in Waterman.

Mr. Seitzinger was employed at Kane Ford as a service manager.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer, elder, assistant financial secretary and on the finance committee for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Aurora; one daughter Mrs. Rosemary Swenson of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Houghtby of Aurora and Mrs. Gretchen Voss of Somonauk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma (Staley) Seitzinger.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 1981 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Tony Davison officiated.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. HR 1/8/1981

 

     Joshua Gabriel Ward     1981.01.13

Joshua Gabriel Ward died January 3, 1981 at birth at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

Survivors include his parents, Harold and JoAnn (Norton) Ward, Waterman; four sisters, Cathy, Patty, Deborah and Kim Ward, Waterman and one brother, Matthew Ward, Waterman; three grandparents, Donald and Myrtle Norton, Shabbona and Verna Ward, Tennessee; and several cousins.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 7, 1981 at 4 p.m. at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.        HR 1/8/1981

 

Jennie Ryan Klein     1981.01.14

Jennie Klein, 102, died January 12, 1981 at the DeKalb Retirement Center.

She was born August 19, 1878 at Maple Park, the daughter of Michael and Adaline (Lakin) Ryan.

She married Frank Klein January 15, 1913 at Maple Park.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Klein, Hinckley and Charles Klein, Maple Park; two daughters, Marion June Montgomery, Rockford and Eleanor Plesa, DeKalb; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers, three sisters and two children who died in infancy.

She attended Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College in 1908 and took nurse’s training in Oak Park.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb.

The funeral mass will be at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb today, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Andrew Plesa officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb.

Friends may call at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

A wake service will be recited Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.                         HR 1/15/1981

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth E. Fessler Todd     1981.01.15

Mrs. Ruth E. Todd, 59, died January 9, 1981 at Tillers Nursing Home.  She was born September 3, 1921 at Decatur, IL.

Survivors include her husband, John W.; two sons, David D. of Bristol and Stephen E. of Big Rock; five grandchildren; one brother, R. D. Fessler of Hillsboro, IL, one sister, Mrs. Walter (Kathleen) Meinert of Aurora, and her mother, Mrs. Glenn D. Fessler of Hillsboro, IL.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. John S. Hall officiated.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial may be given to the Salvation army. HR 1/15/1981

 

  1. Elmer Willrett 1981.01.15
  2. Elmer Willrett, 85, died January 19, 1981 at home in Genoa.

He was born January 6, 1896, in Milan Township to Gottlieb and Mary (Gommel) Willrett.

He married Helen Culbertson in 1920.  She preceded him in death.

He married Ann Cooper in 1973.  He farmed in the DeKalb area until 1962.  He then moved to rural Cairo, MO, where he farmed for another ten years before retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; one daughter, Joyce Willrett, DeKalb; one son, Elmer L. (Bud) Willrett, Osage Beach, MO; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, John Willrett, Hinckley; two sisters, Elizabeth Davison, DeKalb, and Otilia Barrett, Venice, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Helen and one brother.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, January 22, 1981 at 2 p.m. at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary in DeKalb with the Rev. Joe W. Summers and the Rev. J. G. Howe officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Memory Gardens in DeKalb.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                         HR 1/22/1981

 

Mabel M. Bornemann Maier     1981.01.17

Mabel M. Maier, 76, of Sugar Grove, died early Thursday morning, January 15, 1981, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born November 21, 1904, in Big Rock, IL.

She is the daughter of August and Carrie Sebby Bornemann.  She grew up in the Big Rock area attending local schools.  She was united in marriage December 24, 1925 to Earl J. Maier and they farmed in the Sugar Grove area until retiring in the early 70’s and then moved to Sugar Grove.  She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church; the LCSS; the WECS and the Merry-Go-Round Senior Citizens of Sugar Grove.

Survivors include her husband, Earl; six daughters, Mrs. Frank (Rose) Pavlovich of Michigan, Charlotte Maier at home; Mrs. Eugene (Marilyn) Spurgin of Elburn, Mrs. Frank (Marcella) Thomas of Geneva, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Classert of Wisconsin, and Mrs. Margaret Hedden of Evansville, NY; five sons, Earl J., Jr. of Westmont, Robert of Big Rock, Glenn of Sugar Grove, Melvin  of Oswego, Norman of Aurora; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Helen) Harker of Plano and Mrs. Arly (Dorothy) Dobbs of Sun City, CA; 35 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Randy Spurgin; one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.  The Rev. David Carlisle officiated.

HR 1/22/1981

 

Alvera M. Patrick Choitz     1981.01.18

Alvera M. Choitz, 66, of 373 Gale St., Elgin, died Wednesday (January 14, 1981) at St Joseph Hospital, Elgin.  She was born March 12, 1914 in Hinckley, IL.

She is the daughter of Frank and Emily Christiansen Patrick.  She made her home in Elgin most of her life.  She is a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond; two sons, Gerald G. of Sugar Grove and Ronald L. of Elgin; one daughter, Mrs. John (Cindy) Leigh of North Aurora; her mother Emily Patrick of Elgin; five grandchildren; one brother, Alvin of Elgin and three sisters, Leila Young and Corrine Eickstadt, both of Elgin, and Norma Campbell of Plato Center.

She was preceded in death by her father and one son, Charles.

Funeral services were held Friday in Calvary Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Harold Ross officiated.  Burial was in Lake Street Memorial Park Cemetery, Elgin.

Memorials may be made in her memory to the Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.                          HR 1/22/1981

 

Ida M. Riemensnider Landers     1981.01.19

Ida M. Landers, 100, died January 26, 1981, at Mary Margaret Manor in Elgin.

She was born May 1, 1880, in Hinckley, the daughter of George and Caroline (Hartman) Riemensnider.

She attended local schools.

February 14, 1901, she married Warren Landers.  They made their home in the Lily Lake area until they retired and moved to Burlington.

She was a member of the Lily Lake Congregational Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Hazel Swanberg, DeKalb, Gertrude Knief, Burlington, and Mrs. Robert (Virginia) Hoyt, Elburn; one son, Wayne Landers, Elgin; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, six brothers, five sisters, and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services were Thursday at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn with the Rev. Peter Ackemann, pastor of the Lily Lake Congregational Church, officiating.  Burial was at the Lily Lake Cemetery.                    HR 1/29/1981

 

Vivian R. James Williams     1981.01.20

Vivian R. Williams died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, January 21, 1981 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, where she was hospitalized Tuesday when she became ill at her Aurora Manor home.

Age 80, she was born July 21, 1900 in Big Rock, the daughter of John and Anna Wilkening James.  She attended Big Rock schools and later, following graduation from the Jennings Seminary at Aurora, returned to teach in area schools.  In October of 1920 she was united in marriage to Richard Williams in Big Rock where they farmed for a number of years.  In the early 40’s they took over the Big Rock Truck Stop where Vivian cooked and managed the crews that kept food and coffee flowing 24 hours a day for the larger part of nearly 25 years.  Always friendly and out-going, Vivian made friends from coast to coast and even to recent days still corresponded with many of them.  Evidence that her heart was as deep as it was wide could easily be found in the lines of her many poems and musical verses.

She is survived by one son Richard of Elburn, two sisters, Evelyn (Mrs. Milo Boyce) of Sugar Grove and Roberta (Mrs. Byron Scott) of rural Big Rock; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Richard, she is preceded in death by one brother Wylie, one daughter, Betty, one son Francis “Dutch”, and one son James in infancy.

She was a member of the English Congregational Church at Big Rock and active in the Willing Workers.

Her funeral service was held from the church Saturday.  The Rev. Kurt Simon officiated and interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery.                                    HR 1/29/1981

 

Viola Johnson Strand     1981.01.21

Mrs. Viola Strand, 60, of Aurora, died Saturday, January 24, 1981, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born April 7, 1920, at Waterman, IL.

Mrs. Strand was employed at Stevens Cleaners as a counter lady for 14 years.  She was a  member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway.

Survivors include one son, George R. “Randy”; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Cheryl) Parlow of Oswego and Mrs. Stephen (Marie) Franks of Yorkville; her mother, Mrs. Alice Johnson of Shabbona and one sister, Mrs. Marvin (Claretta) Suppeland of Cortland, IL; three brothers, Ernest and Paul Johnson of Shabbona and Richard Johnson of DeKalb; and three grandsons, Eric and Jason Parlow and Bryan Franks; one granddaughter, Dana Franks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in February of 1977.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 27, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Robert B. Kasperson officiating.  Burial was in Norway Cemetery.              HR 1/29/1981

 

William H. Stark     1981.01.22

William H. Stark, 90, died January 25, 1981, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

He was born November 7, 1890, in Bloomingdale Township, Cloverdale, the son of Martin and Matilda (Harmening) Stark.

He married Stella Armbrust in Wheaton January 29, 1913.

He was a lifelong DuPage County dairy farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Stella; one son, Harry Stark, DeKalb; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Earl, his parents, four brothers and one sister.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, the Knights of Columbus, and the Wheaton Council.  He was also a member of the DuPage County Farm Bureau.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb Wednesday with the Rev. Harold Nilges officiating.  Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Wheaton.              HR 1/29/1981

 

Marie Harbert Halliburton    1981.01.23

Marie H. Halliburton, 83, of DeKalb, died January 21, 1981, at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

She was born May 5, 1897, in Shellsburg, IA, the daughter of Albert and Alice (Bergen) Harbert.

She was married to James Robertson Halliburton in 1925

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of DeKalb.

Survivors include two sisters, Ethel Boyd, Rock Island, and Elizabeth Mullins, Paw Paw; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant daughter, Alice.

Private family services were  today at the Wirtz-Roche-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Finke officiating.  A graveside service was Thursday, January 22, at the Oakhill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, IA.

There was no visitation.                           HR 1/29/1981

 

Guy L. Paquin     1981.01.24

Guy L. Paquin, 49, who resided in Hinckley, died Wednesday, January 21, 1981  in Brooksville, FL.  He was born in South Haven, MI and has been a winter resident in Chassahowitzka, FL.  One brother, Bernard, of Chassahowitzka, FL, and several nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral services were Saturday at Turner Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel.  Cremation followed.     HR 1/29/1981

 

Eva Anderson Gunderson     1981.01.25

Eva Gunderson, 89, died January 28, 1981, at the Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa.

She was born February 2, 1891, in Leland, the daughter of Bardenus and Hannah (Farley) Anderson.

She married Irvin Gunderson in Leland in 1913.

Survivors include five daughters, Hazel Klein, Hinckley, Frances Nelson, Sterling, Ruth Marshall, Mount Morris, Edna Burch, Lindenwood, and Helen Carr, Madison, IN; 19 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one brother, Burton Anderson, Leland.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one sister, Helen Swanson.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland.  Burial was at the Baker Cemetery.

    HR 2/12/1981

 

Elvira Nelson     1981.01.26

Mrs. Elvira Nelson, 89, of Somonauk, died January 28, 1981, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.  She was born October 4, 1891, in Ottawa, IL.

Survivors include two sons, Henry and Allan, both of Sandwich; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Souder of Big Rock and Mrs. Lora Voga of Aurora; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; one daughter, Mae and two sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Burkhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Harmison officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

A memorial fund will be established.              HR 2/12/1981

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