Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 6, 1961 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

Raymond Oberele, 56, Dies Suddenly, Rites Will Be Wednesday

Walnut: - Raymond Oberle, 56, carpenter and electrician of the Walnut community, died suddenly in his home in Walnut this morning. Death was due to a heart attack.

The body was removed to the Ross Funeral Home where friends may call Tuesday evening. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home Tuesday at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the St. John's Catholic Church, the Rev. Edgar Taylor, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut cemetery.

Mr. Oberle was born Dec. 30, 1904 in Prophetstown, the son of Edward and Cora Jaquet Oberle. He was married to Rose Van De Velde in Hooppole on Jan. 12, 1927. They lived in the Hooppole area until 1939 when they moved to Walnut to reside.

Survivors are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Vivian) Odell, Walnut; one son, Darrell Oberle, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one brother, John, Tampico; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Mabel) Bubnick, Peoria; and Mrs. James (Edna) Wirth, Prophetstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one grandson.John O'Neal


The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Septebember 14, 1974 - pg. 2

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Mrs. Hans Olson Succumbs Friday

Walnut: - Mrs. Hans (Justine) Olson, 85, died Friday at Walnut Manaor Nursing home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Walnut with Father Fagen officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

The former Justine Herrmann was born Oct. 7, 1889 in Ettelbruck, Luxemborg. She came to American on March 21, 1920 and for the next two years was a personal maid for the Veilie family who resided where the Plantation is in Moline. She married Hans Olson on April 8, 1922 in Mason City, Iowa and resided there a number of years before moving go rural Walnut. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Normandy Community Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, War Mothers and the Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Lilly) O'Dell of Walnut and one son, Harry Olson of Walnut. She was preceded by her husband.


From Melva L. Taylor

Sterling Gazette March 28, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2

Manlius: - Mrs. Matilda Olson, 78, died Thursday morning at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, where she had been a patient since Monday.

The body was removed to the Howard Johnson Funeral Home at Manlius where friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Engen, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Manlius, will officiate. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery.

Mrs. Olson was born June 2, 1878 in Sweden, the daughter of Olaf and Ellen Gibson. She was married to John Olson on Dec. 30 1903, in ------------------. She was a member of the Fairfield Lutheran Church.

Survivors are four sons, Harold Olson, Manlius; Arnold Olson, Buda; Leonard Olson, Atkinson; Orland Olson, Sheffield; one daughter, Mrs. Lillian Dir, Walnut. She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers.

John O'Neal

Obituary - Bureau County Republican
Thursday, 4 September 1919
(Donated by Mike O'Neal)

John O'Neal, veteran of the Civil War and a highly respected citizen of Walnut for over fifty years, passed away at his home Thursday evening, August 21, after a serious illness of many months. He was 73 years old, being born at Mifflin, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, November 1, 1845.

Mr. O'Neal enlisted in the Union Army, Co. C., 21st Regiment of Volunteer Cavalry from Pennsylvania, and served two and one half years.  Here he married Miss Catharine LeFeber and five children were born, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving sons and daughters are: Mrs. J. N. Rust, of Pine Bluff Arkansas, Mrs. W. D. Milliken, of Chicago, Dr. H. E. O'Neal, of Chicago, and Dr. F. L. O'Neal, of Danville. Other relatives who were present at the funeral were Samuel O'Neal, of Chicago, brother of the decedent.

Mr. O'Neal had been in broken health for some years and during the past year suffered greatly in spite of the best medical skill. Last fall Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal undertook visiting their children, with a view of seeking a benefit by the change. While with their daughter, Mrs. J. D. Rust and family at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, they celebrated their golden wedding. Soon after returning home, Mr. O'Neal was confined to his room and had to give up receiving his many friends.

As a member of the local G. A. R. Post, he found pleasure in the association with his comrades, who were the favored visitors during the period of decline. The great war and present day national interests held his thoughts until the last.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at his late home, conducted by Rev. H. E. Miles, of the Walnut Baptist church, and the body was laid to rest in the family lot in the Walnut cemetery. Members of the G. A. R. attended the funeral of their departed comrade. The floral offerings from the G. A. R. , relatives, neighbors and friends were very beautiful and the W. R. C. furnished the beautiful silk flag, with which the casket was draped.


Contributed by Melva Taylor

Believe great great granddaughter is a misprint, I typed as found --.Melva Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 19, 1975 - Saturday, pg 4


Myrtle Owens, Tampcio Dies

Tampico: - Myrtle Allen Owens, 87, Tampico died Friday evening at Morrison Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Harmon of the Tampico First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

Myrtle Owens was born in Tampico Township on Feb. 26, 1888, the daughter of Rasmus and Soffrena Rasmussen. She was educated in the Tampico and Thomas schools. She married John Owens on Dec. 24, 1907 at Princeton. Mrs. Owens lived in the Tampico vicinity all of her life and was a member of the Tampico First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Florence) Kuepker, Deer Grove, and Mrs. William (Doris) Hinrichs, Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Heintzelman, Joliet, and Mrs. Alice Junk, Chillecothe; eight grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1957, one son, Frank, and one daughter, Hazel Mae, six brothers and three sisters.

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