Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

CLARENCE R. JACOBS

From Melva L. Taylor

Sterling Gazette

April 3, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2

CLARENCE R. JACOBS - of Princeton, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at his farm home north of Princeton. He was born June 15, 1902 in Montmorency Township, the son of Frank H. and Sophie Ditz Jacobs. He graduated from Sterling High School with the class of 1920 and attended Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he received recognition for his research in accoustics.

For many years he was an accoustical engineer for the Columbia Broadcasting System, New York, leaving there seven years ago because of impaired health. He married to Margaret Gibson who survives him, together with his son, Terry, a freshman at the University of Illinois.

He also leaves two sisters, Misses Cora and Lula Jacobs and a brother, Dr. H. M. Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Rock Island Whelan Funeral Home, with burial in Rock Island.


EUGENE W. JACOBSON

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 20, 1977 - Monday, pg 4

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Eugene W. Jacobson Rites Wednesday

Eugene W. Jacobson, 56, of New Bedford, died this morning at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Denby Caine officiating. Burial will be in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Howard-Johnson Funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the Manlius Rescue Unit.

Eugene Jacobson was born Feb. 28, 1921 in Greenville Township, the son of Julian Theobre and Nellie Young Jacobson. He married Marjorie Stubbs Dec. 26, 19160 in Manlius. He was employed as a nail operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and Walnut American Legion Post 179.

He is survived by his widow Marjorie; one daughter, Lisa at home, his mother, two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dennis (Barbara) Schaefer of Geneseo, Mrs. Dean (Susan) Stuffs, Mendota; two brothers, Charles and David of New Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Earl (Katheryn) Last of Sheffield and Mrs. Wilber (Donna) King of Walnut.


Aaron Jeffers

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 4, 1880

Whitefield Corners

Aaron Jeffers died of lung fever last Friday. He had been sick but a short time; was buried the Sunday following in the village graveyard. He was one of our best men. He leaves a wife and one child in comfortable circumstances.


AUGUST JENSEN

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 14, 1944 - Friday

August Jensen, 73, of New Bedford Passes Thursday Afternoon

August Jensen, 73, of near New Bedford, passed away at the home Thursday at 2:35 p.m. as the result of a heart attack. He had been ailing for some time and critically ill for a week. Funeral services will be held from the home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and from the Christian Church at 2 p.m. Committal will be in the Fairfield Cemetery.

Mr. Jensen, a bachelor, was born at Sheffield, Aug. 17, 1870, the son of Peter and Dorothy Jensen. He moved with his parents to the New Bedford vicinity at the age of eight years and spent the rest of his life there. He was a member of the Fairfield Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a brother, Anton, of New Bedford, and two sisters, Miss Martina Jensen of New Bedford and Mrs. Minnie Jorgensen of Rock Island.


KEVIN F. JENSEN

From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

September 17, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

KEVIN F. JENSEN - Princeton: Kevin Jensen Dies In Accident - Kevin F. Jensen, 21, RR4, Princeton, who was injured in an auto accident Saturday, died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Saturday. Funeral services will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Tuesday with his uncle, the Rev. Robert F. Devine, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call at the Norberg Memorial Home from 2-9 p.m. Monday. A scipture wake will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Kevin Jensen was born June 14, 1952 at Prineton, the son of Mary E. Devine Jensen and the late William P. Jensen. He attended Princeton schools and was a student at Northern Illinois University. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton.

Survivors include his mother, and nine brothers, William, Atkinson; Robert, Rockford; John, Princeton; James, Tiskilwa; Gary, Angola, Ind.; Greg, Princeton; Lawrence, Princeton; Thomas, student at Knox College, Galesburg; and Steven, at home. He was preceded in death by his father in 1961.


MARGINA JENSEN

From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

June 24, 1944 - Saturday, page 5

Miss Margina Jensen Passes Friday Night; Rites at New Bedford

Miss Margina Jensen, 72, resident of New Bedford, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Friday at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton where she had been a patient since June 11. She had been ailing for some time and bed-fast since the first of June.

The body will repose at the Johnson Funeral Home at Manlius until the hour of the funeral, 2 p.m. at the New Bedford Christian Church. Committal will be in the Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery.

Miss Jensen was born near Sheffield and at an early age moved to Fairfield Township with her parents. She is survived by one brother, Anton Jensen, and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Jorgensen of Rock Island.


ROBERT K. JENSEN

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

September 18, 1990 - Thursday, pg A2

Sheffield: - Robert K. Jensen, 70, of Rt. 2, Sheffield, died Monday at his home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, with Rev. Eric Forss officiating. Burial will be at Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Howard-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius, with a 6:30 p.m. Masonic service.

Mr. Jensen was born Jan. 4, 1920 in Sheffield, the son of James and Katie (Lush) Jensen. He married Dorothy Bird Sept. 7, 1946, in Arlington. She survives. He farmed in rural Sheffield most of his life until retiring in 1985. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius; a 40 year member of Manlius-Sheffield Masonic Lodges; a past president of the Manlius Board of Education.

He is survived by two sons, Kendall, rural Sheffield; Kari, Roselle, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Sandy) Romanoski, O'Phallon, Mo.; Mrs. Keith (Robin) Stithem, Sterling; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel Ohlson, Princeton; Mrs. Grant (Ruth) Meyer, Rockford.

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


PATARICIA M. (Kennedy) JIRIK

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 29, 1996 - Wednesday, pg A2

Ohio: - Patricia M. Jirik, 65, of Ohio, died Tuesday, May 28, 1996, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with the Rev. Gordon Grant, pastor of Hampshire Colony Congregational Church, Princeton, officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, Ohio. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Jirik was born March 15, 1931, in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph Francis and Eugenia (MontMarquette) Kennedy. She married Ronald E. Jirik on June 24, 1950, in Berwyn. He died on June 19, 1993. She operated a ceramic shop and was a bookkepper for her husband's contracting business. Survivors include two daughter, Pam (Charles) Gonigam--, and Susan (Ernest) Joa----, Kasson, Minn., five grandchildren, one sister, Valarie Calu---- of Buffalo Grove; one brother, Thomas Kennedy of Atkin--- and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.


CHRISTIAN D. JOHNSON

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

October 3, 1918 - Thursday, pg 6

(Copied as published)

Christian D. Johnson was born in Denmark and came to America when a young man in 1870 and settled in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, where he resided the larger part of his March, 1916, and moved to Tampico life. He retired from active life in where he has since resided. He lived a life that gave him a reputation as a man of high principles and integrity and was universally respected as a man of high principles and integrity and was universally esteemed. He was married to Achsa Hayes in 1879 and eleven children were born to this union, four of whom died in infancy.

He is survived by his widow and seven children, as follows: Mrs. F. B. Potter of Hume, Frank Johnson of Rockford, Mrs. A. J. Pierson of Manlius, Mrs. Frank Swanson of New Bedford, Stacey Johnson on the home farm, Wayne of Fairfield and Irene at home. He also leaves two brothers, John of Fairfield and James W. of ____ Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Christiansen of Agra, Kansas.

Buried: Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery)


GRACE (Morrell) JOHNSON

Contributed by Christine Walters

February 11, 1963 - Monday, pg 2

Mrs. Edward Johnson Passes Away Saturday

Tampico: - Mrs. Edward (Grace) Johnson, 62, died in her home in Waukegan, Saturday at 9:30 a.m., where she had been ill for one year. She was born March 26, 1900 in Yorktown, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrell. She married Edward Johnson and they made their home in Waukegan for 37 years.

Surviving is her husband. Funeral services will be held in Marsh Funeral Home in Waukegan, Tuesday. Graveside services will be at Riverside Cemetery receiving vault at Prophetstown at 3 p.m. and interment will be made in Yorktown Cemetery.


HJALMAR JOHNSON

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Sterling Gazette March 21, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2

Walnut: - Hjalmar Johnson, 81, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the Rest Haven Nursing Home at Dixon following an illness of two years. The body was removed to the Ross Funeral Home where friends may call Friday evening. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the Rev. E. V. Hallock, pstor of the Walnut Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.

Mr.Johnson was born Sept. 23, 1875, in Sweden. He came to the United States in 1891 and was married to Alma Stromberg in St. Louis, Mo., in 1897. They came to Walnut to live 10 years ago. Mrs. Johnson died in 1950.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Howard Jaquet, Mrs. Philip Magnuson, both of Walnut; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Amanda Lindquist, San Franciso, Calif., and two brothers, Emil Johnson, St. Louis, Mo.; and Herman Johnson, in Sweden


JOHN W JOHNSON

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

February 17, 1941 - Monday, pg 5

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

J. W. Johnson Funeral Services at Baptist Church on Saturday

Funeral services for the late J. W. Johnson were held Saturday afternoon in the Tampico Baptist Church, with the Rev. E. C. Ralston, local pastor, officiating. The subject for his message of comfort was "Life Is a Trust -- Do You Gamble With It?" and his text was Mark 8:36, 37. Two hymns, "Rock of Ages" and "The Old Rugged Cross," were sung by Mrs. Ivan Exner of Yorktown and Mrs. Joe Young accompanied by Mrs. Glen Carlson.

The beautiful floral offerings were silent messages of love and respect. Pallbearers were M. Shaheen, Edward Crone, John Edberg, Glen Wroten, William Staack, and Holger Pedersen. Interment was in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Sketch of Life

John W. Johnson was born in Denmark, March 12, 1868, the son of Rasmus and Hannah Johnson. He came with his parents to this country when a small child, and settled in Fairfield Township, where his boyhood days were spent and where he attended the rural schools. He was the second of a family of 12 children, two brothers and one sister having died in infancy. One sister, Christine, passed away in young womanhood, another sister, Mrs. Mary Adams of Tampico, and a brother, Peter J. Johnson of New Bedford, and also his parents preceded him in death.

After attending rural school he furthered his education in the schools of Quincy and Dixon, Illinois, preparing himself for a teacher, and later taught for a number of years. He was reared in the Lutheran faith, but later attended the Baptist Church of Tampico, where he attended as long as his health enabled him.

He was united in marriage to Eleanor Elizabeth Pierson on August 12, 1902. They resided for a short time at Van Orin, Ill., later moving to a farm southwest of Tampico. One son, Gilbert, was born to them. He and his wife Pearl, now reside at Woodhull, Ill. Two children, Russel of Dixon, and Aileen, now Mrs. Lester Hollis of Rock Falls, were taken into their home and cared for as their own. They lived on the same farm until the spring of 1937 when they moved to Tampico, both being in poor health.

They entered the Saxon nursing home in Sterling last May 29 where they had been cared for until death. Mrs. Johnson passed away six weeks ago. Mr. Johnson passed away February 12, 1941, at the age of 72 years, 11 months.

Mr. Johnson was a successful farmer and was always greatly interested in community affairs, having been a member of the high school board for several years.

He is survived by his son, Gilbert and wife of Woodhull, the daughter, Aileen and family of Rock Falls, and Russel of Dixon; three sisters, Mrs. Dora Meek and Mrs. Fred Stier of New Bedford, Mrs. Emma Drayton, Princeton, and two brothers, Theodore of Tampico and Rhinehart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, also many nieces, nephews and other relatives.


NELS AUGUST JOHNSON

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

August 26, 1977 - Friday, pg 10

Manlius: - Nels August Johnson, 95, Manlius, retired farmer and maintenance man at Manlius schools died Thursday at Colonial Acres Rest Home, Rock Falls.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Manlius. Burial will be in Manlius Cemetery. No formal visitation will be observed. However, persons may call at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the church or to the Manlius Rescue Unit.

Nels Johnson was born Sept. 13, 1882 in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, the son of Lewis and Melinda Swanson Johnson. He married Blanche Stenros in 1911 and she died in 1925. He married Mary Whetstone May 15, 1926 at Dixon. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and had taught a Sunday School class for 37 years. He had graduated from an engineering school.

Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Floyd (Helen) Woodin, Polo; two sons, Arthur Champaign and Eldon, Buda, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Orville, one grandchild, two brothers and six sisters.


RALPH E JOHNSON

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 14, 1948 - wednesday, pg 13

Ralph E. Johnson Dies Tuesday Night

Ralph E. Johnson, 61, 412 1-2 West Tenth Street, passed away at 7 p.m. Tuesday in his home. He suffered a fall from a ladder Sept. 9, 1947, while working for the late Albert H. Reed at 601 Seventh Avenue, fracturing hs pelvis and hip. He never recovered from the injuries.

The body rests at the Melvin Funeral Home where Coroner C. M. Frye will conduct an inquest at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery, New Bedford.

Mr. Johnson was united in marriage to Marie Wescott Sept. 16, 1915. Surviving with the widow are two sons and two daughters, Virden, Darrell and Oreetha at home, and Mrs. Clarence (Loretta) Millerschoen of Sterling; one brother and two sisters, Henry Johnson of Rock Falls and Mrs. Roy Rosene and Mrs. Wayne Wescott of Tampico. A daughter Dorothy and a son Francis both died in April, 1919.

Preceding Mr. Johnson in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


RICHARD LEROY JOHNSON

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illiniois June 20, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2

Richard L. Johnson, Wyanet, Dies Suddenly

Manlius: - Richard Leroy Johnson, Wyanet, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Johnson, died suddenly at his home Wednesday. The body was removed to the Howard Johnson Funeral home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. It will be taken to the family home east of Manlius at 10 a.m. Friday, to remain until noon. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. (CST) at the Manlius Baptist Church, the Rev. Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery.

Richard Johnson was born Sept. 22, 1945 at Princeton, the son of Everett and Dorothy Spratt Johnson.

Survivors are his parents, one sister, Darlene; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Spratt, Princeton; and his paternal grandfather, Peter Johnson.


WAYNE WATSON JOHNSON

From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 15, 1968 - Friday, pg 6

Wayne W. Johnson Dies In Nursing Home

Tampico: - Wayne Watson Johnson, 73, of Tampico, passed away this morning at the Prophets Riverview Center after being ill for some time.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schmidt Chapel, the Rev. Richard Sprague of Prophetstown Church of Christ and the Rev. Emil Ross Blobaum of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown, officiating, with burial in the Yorktown Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. on Saturday. A memorial has been established for the Yorktown Church of Christ.

Wayne Johnson was born Sept. 19, 1894 in Bureau County, the son of Christian D. and Achsa Johnson. He was educated in the elementary schools in Bureau County and attended Browns Business College. He married Eva Delle Brooks on Dec. 15, 1915 in Princeton, and lived in Tampico vicinity all his life. He was a member of the Yorktown Church of Christ, Farm Bureau, trustee for Fairfield Greenville Cemetery.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elbert Lathe of Sterling, four grandsons, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, one son Merle in 1953, his wife in 1964, three brothers and one sister in infancy, three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Potter, Mrs. Lulu Pierson and Mrs. Edith Swanson; two brothers, Frank J. and Stacy H.


William O.Jones

From Melva L. Taylor

Sterling Gazette

April 3, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2

Manlius: - William O.Jones, 99, retired businessman and oldest resident of the Manlius area, died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bert B. Miller, after an extended illness. The body was removed to the Howard Johnson Funeral Home where friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery.

Mr. Jones was born July 1, 1857, at Malden, the son of William and Lucinda Jones. He was married to Ella Pope on Feb. 15, 1883, at DePue. He was engaged in various businesses in the Manlius community for a number of years.

Survivors, in addition to his daughter, Mrs. Miller, with whom he made his home, are Mrs. Cora Scholle, San Gabriel, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons and one daughter.


Mrs. Ortha Jorgensen (nee Hartz)

Dec 26, 1974 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Ortha Jorgensen Dies Wednesday

Manlius – Mrs. Lester (Ortha) Elizabeth Jorgensen, 61, rural Sheffield, died Wednesday at her home.

Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Denby Cain officiating. a memorial has been established to the Trinity Lutheran Church Fund Manlius. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Howard-Johnson Funeral Home Thursday from 7-9 p.m.  Ortha E. Jorgensen was born Aug. 4, 1913, to George and Priscilla Dale Hartz in Manlius Township. She married Lester Jorgensen, June 9, 1937 in Manlius township. She was a retired grade school teacher.  Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Mrs. William (Ila Dale) Pavesic, Elk Grove; one grandson, two sisters, Mrs. Chalmer (Mary) Alters and Mrs. William (Nellie) House, both of Princeton; one brother, James Hartz, Manlius.  She was preceded by her parents, four brothers, one sister.


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