Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 1, 1966 - Thursday, pg 6 col 5


Manlius: - John Edlesson, 82, of Manlius, a retired farmer passed away yesterday at the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, the Rev. Elwood Anderson officiating with burial in Manlius Cemetery.

The family will not be in attendance, but friends may call at the Johnson Funeral Home Friday afternoon and evening. The body will lie in state at the Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday from 12 o'clock until time of services. A memorial has been directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church memorial fund.

John Edlesson was born March 19, 1884 in Manlius, the son of Peter and Engeline Clausten Edlesson. He married Elsi Anspach in Manlius on March 10, 1909. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church since 1906.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Beaulah) Wessel of Walnut; Mrs. Horace (Ruby) Setterlof of Mount Carroll; Mrs. Garland (Ona) Oiler of Louisville, Ky., two sons, Robert of Ohio; Delbert of Manlius; 14 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Dora Thomas of Kewanee. He was preceded by his parents, one son, one daughter and three sisters.

Mrs. Lizzie C. Edminister

April 17, 1873

Died near Leavenworth, Kansas, March 30, of phthisis, Lizzie C., wife of Howard S. Edminister, a daughter of Mrs. E. Bennet of Milo, aged 20 years, 10 months and 15 days. The funeral was attended at Milo, April 2d.

Mrs. William Edmister

March 14, 1872

In Milo, Bureau Co., Mrs. William Edmister, aged 39 years


- Contributed by  Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 27, 1943 - Tuesday

Mrs. Bertha Gertrude Elgin, widow of John Henry Elgin who passed away seven years ago, died of a stoke last Thursday night at the family home, 223 Ave D., Rock Falls. She will be buried at the Yorktown Cemetery. Funeral services by Rev. Wayne Leighty of the Rock Falls Methodist Church
Bertha Wetzell was born in Frederrick County, Maryland, March 9, 1894, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Wetzell.
Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Mildred Whittington of Hooppole, Mrs. Violet Riley of Sterling, Mrs. Evelyn Thompson and Mrs. Hilda Clayton of Rock Falls; one son, Lloyd, and stepdaughter Mrs. Mamie Galt of Sterling. One son preceded her in death.

Cedric Ericson

Nov 11, 1992 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Wyanett – Cedric Ericson, 89, of Wyanet, died Tuesday at Snyder Village Health Center of natural causes.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius, with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will be at Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  A memorial has been established to Wyanet Fire Department.  Mr. Ericson was born May 23, 1903, in Galva, the some of Erice and Kirstin (Akerson) Ericson. He married Edith Appenheimer Oct. 29, 1930, in Galva. She died Aug. 26, 1990. He farmed most of his life in rural Wyanet, retiring in 1974.  He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Orville (Dolores) Teske of Manlius; three grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and an infant son.

THELMA IRENE ERICKSON (88) (nee Caldwell)

Contributed by Pat Esterday

Princeton __ Thelma Irene Erickson, 88, of Princeton, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. She taught at Bureau Township High School and was employed by Dureau County Senior Center, Princeton. Mrs. Erickson was born Aug. 26, 1918, In Industry, the daughter of John and Mae (Burnham) Caldwell. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She married Russell H. Erickson on Oct. 10, 1948, in Industry. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1974. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Manlius, and Bureau County Senior Center, Princeton. Survivors include two sons, John Russell (Nancy) Erickson of Wyanet and James Lee Erickson of Crestwood; a daughter, Carol Ann (Mark) Lubbs of Rock Falls; a sister, Jeanette Hannum of Industry; four grandchildren, Benjamin (Angie) Erickson of Bloomington, Joshua (Sarah) Erickson of Redmond, Wash., and Scott (Amanda) Lubbs of San Jose, Calif., and Heidi (Tony) Tompkins of Belvidere; and five great-grandchildren, Brooke, Haley and Samuel Tompkins and Vera and Jack Lubbs. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Mary Erickson; and two brothers, Meredith and Marvin Caldwell. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Manlius, with the Rev. Donald Winter, officiating. Burial is at Manlius Baptist Cemetery, rural Manlius. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Pallbearers will be John Erickson, James Erickson, Mark Lubbs, Mike Vaughn, Scott Lubbs and Ben Erickson. Memorials have been established to First Baptist Church, Manlius, and Walnut Manor Nursing Home.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, August 26, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2-


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

July 11, 1963 - Thursday, pg 3 col. 1

L. D. Etheridge Rites Conducted Thursday

Ohio: - L. D. Etheridge, 70, Ohio, lifetime Bureau County resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday.

He was born in Nebraska Sept. 6, 1898, the son of James and Hetty Kepner Etheridge. He was married Feb. 7, 1911, to Elizabeth McCormick.

His parents, a son, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Included among his survivors are his wife; three sons, Sylvester, Tampico; Harold, Oohio, and Ronald, East Peoria; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Helen) Cooney, Ohio; three brothers, Guy and Cashius, Mendota, and James, Princeton; a sister, Mrs. May Kranov, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at the Etheridge family home. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Marcellus Everill

May 6, 1875

Bureau County - The Hennepin Record gives an account of the sad death of Marcellus Everill of Leppertown. His team ran away and a harrowing wagon box were dragged of the wagon with him under them, crushing him to death almost instantly. One tooth of the harrow passing through into his mouth, another entering the back of his head. He was 22 years of age and the son of Nathaniel H. Everill.

William Ewbanks

March 17, 1870 - General News

Mr. William Ewbanks died at his residence in Bureau county a few days since at the age of 75 years. He had been a resident of the county for nearly 40 years.

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