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BERNICE (SCHOONHOVEN) MACK , 85, of Freeport died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital. Born June 17, 1919, in Carroll County, she was the daughter of Jacob and Fannie (Buss) Schoonhoven. Berniece and Robert H. Mack were united in marriage on Feb. 2, 1938. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1975. Berniece was a member of Zion Church on Sabin Church Road, Ladies Lend A Hand group at the church and Stephenson County Home Extension. She also was an avid bowler and Cubs fan, and she enjoyed playing bingo. She is survived by daughters, Sharon Hummermeier and Mary Lou (Steve) Kaney, both of Pearl City, and Jane (Scott) Buck of Davis; one son, Kelly (Laura) Mack of Pearl City; 10 grandchildren, Dale (Lanna) Hummermeier of Colorado, Michael Hummermeier of Pearl City, Debra (David) Winter of Wisconsin, Joel (Lisa) Buck and Daniel Buck, both of Davis, Timothy (Angie) Kaney, Kristine (Joe) Stephan, and Samantha, Jacob and Grace Mack, all of Pearl City; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mayme Schoonhoven and Jean Mack, both of Freeport; and brother-in-law, Frank (Berniece) Mack of Shannon. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; one brother; and one son-in-law. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Church on Sabin Church Road. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Walker Mortuary. A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Contributed by Judi Wirtjes - The Journal Standard October 14, 2004

RONALD MACKEY (Sorry -- Obituary lost)

CARRIE (ZUCK) McNUTT , who resided in Mt. Morris for about 15 years before moving to Freeport early in 1947, died Saturday in a Freeport hospital following a brief illness caused by an infection. Mrs. McNutt who was prominent in Church of the Brethren work, came to Mt. Morris with her husband and two sons, Roy and Earl from her native Carroll county. The former Carrie Zuck she was born in Cherry Grove township near Lanark, Oct. 11, 1884 and at death was 63 years of age. Her marriage to William McNutt occured Nov. 9, 1904. Besides her husband and twin sons she is survived by a brother, Charles Zuck of Lanark. Services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home in Freeport, and the Freeport Church of the Brethren, the rites being in charge of Rev. C.B. Pike, Pastor and Dr. Foster B. Statler, pastor of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren. Burial was made in the Brethren cemetery near Lanark.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 31 March 1948

CHARLES MILTON McNUTT , was born Februrary 24, 1873, at Shannon, Illinois and died July 10, 1918, aged 45 years, 4 months and 16 days. The deceased was a son of Francis G. and Catherine McNutt and he has spent his entire life in the vicinity of Shannon. He was married to Ida Lutz on December 2, 1897. To this union were born two sons and four daughters. Merle, the oldest son passed away on March 9, 1915. Mr. McNutt followed farming and was energetic in his calling until about three years ago when his illness became so serve that he decided to move to Shannon. He was familiarly known by his neighbors and associates as an upright business man, a kind neighbor and a faithful church worker. He united with the Church of the Brethren in the year of 1899. On July 1, 1905, he was chosen to the office of deacon. In this capacity he attended to the duties of his office until incapacited by sickness. He was a faithful attendant at church when health permitted and was always ready to attend to church work. He served as superintendent of the Sunday School for two years and was relieved of the superintendency at his own request. There are left to mourn his departure are his aged mother; his wife and children; two brothers, George of Rock Island, Illinois and William of Shannon; and three sisters, Mrs. Allie Walker of Adel, Iowa, Mrs. Cora Beazor of Jefferson, Iowa and Mrs. Sadie Filer of Shannon. Milton will be greatly missed in the family, in church services and in the community. His faithful life gives assurance that his spirit has gone to God who gave it. His dying request to those living was that they be faithful in service to God. Funeral services were conducted by Elder C.E. Delp and interment was made in the Brethren Cemetery. Out of town attendants at the funeral were: A.C. Lutz of Big Stone, South Dakota; William Lutz and wife of Chicago; Mrs. Emerick and wife of Twin Grove, Wisconsin; D.F. Walker and wife of Adel, Iowa; Mrs. Cora Beazor of Jefferson, Iowa; George McNutt and wife of Rock Island, Illinois; C.A. Bryan of Dixon, Illinois; Victor Canfil and wife and Elder P.R. Keltner and wife of Freeport, Illinois; A.B. Rittenhouse and wife and Nelson and Lizzie Shirk of Mt. Morris, Illinois; also a number of relatives and acquaintances from Lena and Pearl City.
From the clippings of Mattie Brinkmeier Sturtevant - Submitted by Linda Sturtevant Irwin

MERLE LAWRENCE McNUTT , was born November 26, 1899, at Shannon, Illinois and died Tuesday, March 9, 1915, at the general hospital in Freeport, Illinois, aged 15 years, 3 months and 11 days, death being caused by Bright's disease. Merle was baptised February 18, 1912 in the Church of the Brethren and was a true conscientious christian youngman and the future hope of his sorrowing parents. He was just reaching the age where he was becoming a great help and usefulness to his father and for one just budding into young manhood, tis indeed sad to give way to the death messenger. On December 27th, he was compelled to take his bed, from which time he gradually grew worse. On Fedruary 5, he called for the annointing according to James 5: 14-16, submissive to God's will, Elders H.L. Baum and Charles Delp administering. On February 6th, he was taken to the general hospital in Freeport, Illinois for further treatment where he remained until God saw fit to take him to his heavenly home. He was a very patient sufferer and his demise is deeply deplored by a large circle of relatives and friends. Those who survive him are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. McNutt, four sisters: Fern, Ivy, Alice, and Grace, three grandparents and many more relatives besides a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted the following Friday forenoon at the Church of the Brethren in this city. Elder's Baum and Delp officiating and the remains laid to rest in the Brethren cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
From the clippings of Mattie Brinkmeier Sturtevant - Submitted by Linda Sturtevant Irwin

SUE E. (SCHULTZ) MENNEKE , 84, of Lanark, died Saturday night at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a long illness. A graduate of Lanark High School in 1933, she was employed at Jacksonville Public Library (Ill. for many years. (Note: As unlikely as it seems that she would have graduated from high school at age 33, my Lanark Alumni Directory 1867-1981 also indicates she graduated from Lanark High School in 1933.) For a number of years she was a telephone operator in Lanark. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark. Born May 5, 1900, in Lanark she was the daughter of Adolph and Anna (Poppe) Schultz. She married Arthur Menneke, who preceded her in death.

Surviving is one brother, Dr. John R. Schultz of Winchester, Mass. Mo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two infant children and seven sisters. Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Frank Funeral Home, Lanark, with the Rev. Lindsay Hulbert, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Wednesday at the funeral home until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MAE E. (KAHLER) MERKEL , 85, of Lanark, died on February 16, 2001 at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Februrary 21, 2001 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mr. Carroll. Cremation will take place. Inurnment will be in the Chadwick Cemetery. Mrs. Merkel was born on May 25, 1916 near Chadwick, to John and Dora (Fredricks) Kahler. She married Irving Merkel in 1933. He died in 1982. She worked with her husband for many years in a gravel trucking business. Survivors include a son, Ronald Merkel of Shannon; five grandchildren, Tami (Terry) Mulder of Winslow, Becky (Steve) Carroll of Cedarville, Susan Williams of Rockford, Randy Merkel of Freeport and Knoll (Sherry) Meighen of Freeport; 11 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, a daughter, three brothers and two sisters.
Contributed by Donna Rife

LOIS L. (GAYLORD) MERRILL was born July 27, 1873, in Hamilton County, NE and died at Watertown IL June 8, 1901, aged 27 years 10 months and 11 days. The most of Mrs. Merrill's life was spent about Milledgeville, she having moved to Carroll County with her parents in 1874. She was a pupil of the Milledgeville school having attended here a number of years. Afterwards she attended the Valpariso Normal School in Indiana for one year. Upon her return home she taught music for some time. October 28, 1894, she was united in marriage to E.A. Merrill of Mears, Michigan. They first lived in Milledgeville, then moved to Polo for two years, then one year in Freeport, returning to Milledgeville last winter. About three months ago it was thought advisable that she should go to Watertown, IL to receive medical treatment. But the physicians skill was unable to restore her to health, and she gradually failed. Her husband was with her at the time of her death, having gone to Watertown the preceeding Thursday evening. She leaves her husband, two children, Zaner age 6 and Zalia age 4 mts., a mother and three brothers, Alvah of Lyons Iowa; Stanton and Elston both of Beverly MA. Mrs. Merrill was of a quiet, retiring disposition and her loss will be a great one to her family and friends. She was a member first of the M.E. Church but in 1897 she united at Polo with the English Evangelical Lutheran church, being tansferred by letter to the same church in Freeport. The services were held from the M.E. Church Wednesday, Rev. C.A. Gage conducting the services. Interment at Bethel Cemetery.

ROSE (TUCKEY) MESSINGER , 81, died Friday at 8:00 PM in Savanna City Hospital. Private funeral services were conducted at 2 PM Monday in the Frank Funeral Home by the Rev. James Green, pastor of the Mount Carroll Baptist Church. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery. The former Rose Tuckey was born 1 September 1880, a daughter of Edward and Margaret Wolfe of Mt. Carroll. She was married to Bart Messinger 16 Dec 1903. Survivors include her hiusband; one daughter, Mrs. (Lila E.) Coleman of Mt. Carroll; two grandchildren; one sister, Miss Amanda Tuckey of Mt. Carroll; and a brother, Edward Tuckey of Oak Park, Illinois.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert from the Savanna Times Journal 7 November 1961

DANIEL W. METZ , well known resident in this county passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. D. Graves living on the river road a few miles north of the city, last night (Monday) at ten o’clock. Death was due to complications and infirmities of old age. Mr. Metz has been feeble and ailing for some months past. Daniel W. Metz, son of Mr. And Mrs. Abram Metz, deceased, was born in Chambersburg, Pa, August 28, 1834, and at the time of his death was 88 years, 11 months and 2 days old. In the year of 1863, He was united in marriage and came west setting in Mr. Carroll where he lived for one year. He and his family then moved to the homestead farm about five miles east of here, which had been his home for about sixty years. Mr. Metz is the last member of a family of seven children. Besides his aged wife, who is 81 years old, he leaves to mourn his death, two daughters, Mrs. W. D. Graves living on the river road; Mrs. Bert Bealer of Freeport; four sons, Webster of Armour, S. D., Harvey of Mt. Carroll; Charles, living in Chestnut Park, this city; and Howard, who lives on the old homestead farm. There are also fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren surviving. Mr. Metz was a man loved by his family and endeared to many neighbors and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when anyone was in need. He ___ for years and proved very successful at this vocation. He has been a member of the United Brethran Church. He was a believer in the word of God. He was a very interesting man to hold conversation with and could tell many an interesting story of the pioneer days of Savanna and vicinity.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon. There will be short prayer services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Graves. The funeral cortege will then proceed to Center Hill where services will be conducted and interment will be made in the Center Hill Cemetery. Rev. Earl Edwards of the United Brethran Church of Mt. Carroll, will conduct the services. The Times Journal with the many friends of the widow, and family extend sympathy in their hour of sorrow."

Burial Notice - Funeral services for the late Daniel W. Metz were held at the Center Hill Church yesterday afternoon. Rev Earl Edwards officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. The body was conveyed from the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. D. Graves, where he died, to the church early in the afternoon. Mr. Metz’s five sons, Howard, Webster, Charles, Wesley and Harvey and a son-in-law, William D. Graves, acted as pall-bearers. The funeral was largely attended, relatives and friends joining in a last tribute to the memory of the venerable pioneer.
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EVA B. (DOWNING) METZ , 89, of Mt. Carroll died Sunday, January 23, 2000 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Eva was born December 10, 1910 on Preston Prairie, near Mt. Carroll, the daughter of Harvey Loomer and Eva Belle (Bickelhaupt) Downing. She married Paul Metz on May 1, 1930 in Mt. Carroll. He died September 19, 1995. Eva was a Mt. Carroll High School graduate with the class of 1928. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband all her life. Eva raised a lot of chickens, dressed them to sell, and sold eggs. She sewed for her family and enjoyed crocheting. Eva really enjoyed her garden and gave away extra produce. She could rake hay till 11:30 and have a meal on the table by 12:00. Eva made the best fudge in the world. She was a member of the Neighborhood Club, Mt. Carroll. Eva's family includes two daughters, Erma (Allen) Krum of Mt. Carroll and Nancy (Michael) Adolph of Savanna; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Florence Horner of Rockford, Illinois, Georgia Stubbe of Anaheim, California and Vivian (Cliff) Luettig of Pearl City, Illinois, and one brother Preston (Bessie) Downing of Mt. Carroll. Eva is preceded in death by her husband; a son, John; a daughter Evelyn, a brother, Harve, and a sister, Grace Getz. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. The Rev. Dave Davies of Hpe United Methodist Church in Chadwick will officiate. Burila will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HOWARD METZ , of Mount Carroll died Saturday night, March 2, 1968 in Colonial Acres Nursing Home at Sterling. He was born January 12, 1882 in Savanna, son of Daniel and Rebecca (Branthaven) Metz. On November 25, 1903 he married Mina Weidman. Surviving are three sons, Carl of Manlius, Paul of Mount Carroll, and Glen of Chadwick; three daughters, Mrs. Harvey (Ruth) Downing of Lanark, Mrs. Howard (Esther) Kness of Chadwick, and Mrs. Roger (Ruby Doris) Coleman of Milledgeville; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. His wife, a daughter, and a grandson preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Woodland United Brethren Church near Mount Carroll. The Rev. Darold Coppernoll, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. (Alice Horner’s note: This burial location is incorrect; he is buried at Center Hill Cemetery. Center Hill Cemetery is also near Mount Carroll, on Highway 52/64 between Mount Carroll and Savanna, Illinois. It is a church cemetery, and the church occupying the building for many years was a United Brethren Church. But Woodland is north of Mount Carroll and the Woodland Brethren Cemetery is an entirely different place, several miles away.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois March 4, 1968

JOHN METZ , 63, of Savanna died Sunday August 15, 1999 in his home. He was a farmer his entire life. His family was most important to him. His hobby was bulldozing. He was born November 24, 1935 in Mount Carroll Township to Paul and Eva (Downing) Metz . He married June Shippert May 31, 1959 in Nachusa. Survivors include June Metz of Mount Carroll; three daughters, Shirley (Jim) Wierseme of Mount Carroll, and Ellen (Tim) Adolph and Sandy (Tom) Imel, both of Chadwick; two sons, Donald (Lisa) Metz of Lanark and Roger (Alisha) Metz of Mount Carroll; nine grandchildren; his mother, Eva of Mount Carroll; a special friend, Karen Jaeger of Mount Carroll; and two sisters, Erma (Allen) Krum and Nancy (Michael) Adolph, both of Mount Carroll. Preceding him in death were his father and one sister. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 18, at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll . Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery , Mount Carroll . A memorial fund has been established for Mercy Hospice in Clinton , Iowa .
Contributed by Alice Horner

ROGER PAUL METZ , age 36, of Lanark, Illinois, died Saturday, October 27, 2007 at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Reverend Dave Davies of the Albany United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be given in Roger's memory. Roger was born July 29, 1971 in Savanna, Illinois, the son of John and June (Shippert) Metz. He is a graduate of the Mt. Carroll High School with the Class of 1989. On July 27, 2007, Roger married Melissa Weems. Roger lived for his children. He loved farming and re-building Chevy trucks. He had a knack for mechanical work, enjoyed landscaping with large boulders that he would find while farming, and liked spending time with friends. Roger will be dearly missed by his wife, Melissa Metz of Lanark; a daughter, Taylor Metz, and son, Tyler Metz, both of Lanark; two step-daughters, Samantha and Kaitlyn Myers, both of Lanark; his mother, June Metz of Mt. Carroll; his brother, Don (Lisa) Metz of Savanna; and three sisters, Shirley (James) Weirsema of Mt. Carroll, Ellen (Tim) Adolph of Chadwick and Sandra (Tom) Imel of Chadwick. Roger is preceded in death by his father and all of his grandparents

ALVIN MEYER - former Freeport resident, died Sunday [4-29-1956] at his home after a short illness. He was born May 18, 1897, in Freeport, son of William and Ann Meyer. He married the former Miss Belle Johnson Jan. 21, 1932. Mr. Meyer lived here about 10 years. He was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses in Rock Falls. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Clarence Lubber of Freeport, Mrs. John Linneman of Madison, Tenn., and Ava, at home; three sisters, Mrs. John Holton of Boy River, Minn., Mrs. Roy Foley and Mrs. Mabel Alexandra both of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Woodin Funeral Home. The Rev. I.eo Heubner of Clinton, Iowa, will officiate. Burial will be in South Elkhorn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 5 Date: 4-30-1956

ETHEL (FIKE) MEYERS - Aug. 16, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Spanogle, little Ethel Fike Meyers, infant daughter of Mr. F. B. Meyers and Amanda B. Meyers (deceased). Little Ethel was born March 5th, 1893, and had never been a strong child. The mother having died March 18th, little Ethel was given into the care of Mrs. Chas. Spanogle, who by careful nursing and mother care prolonged its life to the present. The funeral services were held in the Progressive church at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, conducted by the Pastor.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping.

Fred B. MEYERS - At the home of his father in Milledgeville, Ill., Nov. 7, 1893, of diphtheria, Mr. Fred B. Meyers, aged 33 years, 4 months and 12 days. The deceased was born in Wysox Township, Carroll Co. Ill., June 26th, 1859; became a member of the German Baptist Church in 1876; was married to Miss Amanda F. Fike in 1877. The wife and mother departed from this life March 18, 1893. Five children were the fruits of this union, four of whom still survive, two boys and two girls, aged respectively 15, 11, 6 and 3 years, the youngest child, little Ethel, having died Aug. 16 last. Our brother and friend departed from this life trusting his Savior happy in the promises of his live and pardon. No funeral services were held, only the usual burial services at the interment. Memorial services at the church will be announced at a future date. The remains were interred in the Dutchtown Cemetery, the pastor of the Progressive Church officiating.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

HELEN (KINGERY) MEYER , 86, of Chadwick, died this morning at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Morrison. She was a social worker for the National Tuberculosis and Health Association of Iowa and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Iowa, the order of the Eastern star, Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem, DAR and Carroll County Historical Society. Born Oct. 16. 1896 in Chadwick, she was the daughter of Charles and Eda (McLaughlin) Kingery. Surviving are one daughter, Helen Kay Latouche of Jamaica, N. Y.; one brother, John Kingery of San Diego, Calif.; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick with the Rev. Robert Porterfield, pastor of Chadwick Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount. Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 17, 1982 - Wednesday, page A4

ORANGE LESTER MEYERS - Funeral services for Orange Lester Meyers were held at the Frank funeral home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. C. Boblitt, pastor of the Christian church. Mr. Meyers passed away at the St. Francis Hospital, Freeport Friday afternoon. He was born on a farm in Carroll county, March 12, 1898, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Meyers. On June 19, 1929 he was united in marriage to Edna Evaline Roth. He resided at or near Lanark his entire lifetime. For many years he was an active and faithful member of the Lanark Volunteer fire department. He leaves to mourn his passing his widow, his aged mother and his brother Victor, all of Lanark. His father sister Mabel and two brothers, Ralph and Frankie, preceded him in death. Mr. Meyers was universally respected and honored by all who knew him. Interment was made in the Lanark cemetery. Vocal selections were rendered by Dr. Boblitt with Mrs. Boblitt as accompanist. Pallbearers were Zernie Brenaman, Don Brown, Arthur Grentner, Myron Krause, Walter Garland and Guy Beck. Mrs. Sherman Brenaman and Mrs. Roy Wiley were in charge of the flowers.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Lanark Gazette clipping Jan. 3, 1946 (Thursday)

OSCAR M. MEYERS - Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for O.M. Meyers who died last week. The Rev. G.E. Cone of the Brethren church officiated. The funeral was in charge of the Masons. Oscar M. Meyers was born at Dutchtown near Milledgville Oct. 10, 1868. He was preceded in death by his brother Fred. His sister Mrs. Della Coleman still lives in this community. He was married Dec. 3, 1890 to Rosa F. Talbott. Three children survive, Guy A. Meyers, W.Harry Meyers and Hazel C. Knox, all of Milledgeville and four granddaughters also live here. Mr. Meyers has a member of Milledgeville Lodge No. 345 A.F. and A.M., and Eastern Star, Bernice Chapter N. 492, of which he was a past Patron. He was serving a fourth term as township supervisor. The board of supervisors of Carroll county attended the service in a body. Attending the casket were Masonic Brothers H.C. Knox, R.F. Puterbaugh, H.B. Hendrick, H.E. Erickson, W.R. Clough and Ward Deets. Burial was made at Bethel cemetery.
Thomson Review 26 Mar 1931

RONALD G. MIATKE , 37, Oskaloosa, Iowa, died in University hospital, Iowa City, Saturday (Jan 29, 1971) after a short illness. He was news director and broadcaster of station KBOE, Oskaloosa. He was also a minister of Gospel Tabernacle there. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Newman Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville, with the Rev. James Black officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville. Mr. Miatke was born March 18, 1933, in Milledgeville, the son of George R. and Clara Pilgrim Miatke. He married Sylvia Beegle, Wooster, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1959. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Survivors are the widow, three children, Rhonda, Raymond, Rex, at home; his parents; one sister Mrs. James (Helen) Kane, Milledgeville
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 1, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

ABRAHAM MILLER - Brother Abraham MILLER was born Washington Co. MD June 19, 1786 died April 26 1868, aged 81 years 10 months and 7 days. He moved from Washington Co MD to Carroll Co IL in 1854 and shortly after coming West became a member of the Church. Funeral discourse by Christian Long.
Contributed by Carol Parrish - with thanks to Dennis from "The Monthly Gospel Visitor" (1851-1873)

ALICE (MENSCH) MILLER was born in Columbia County, PA Jan. 23, 1862 and died at her home in Milledgeville Oct. 22, 1903. She was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Mensch and came to IL with her parents when about 3 years old. She wsa married to Milton F. Miller, Dec. 22, 1881. To this union were born five children, Emma May, Ida Belle, Edith Eva, Ethel Edna and Albert M ilton, who with the husband are left to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. Four sisters and five brothers also mourn the death of their sister, Eva Yates of Omaha NE, Martin L. of OK, Wm. Alfred of Morrison IL, Jacob of KS, Hattie Pittman, Laura Chalmers and John of Sterling, Clarence of Mason City IA and Ida Shultz of Lyndon IL. Mrs. Miller and family have been residents of Milledgeville for a number of years and have many kind friends. Mrs. Miller was a good neighbor and kind christian woman having become a member of the Lutheran church when a young girl. Her illness was but a week's duration when the Master called. Service were held Sunday afternoon at the M.E. church and were conducted by the former pastor Rev. C.A. Gage, now of Rock Falls. The remains were interred in Bethel cemetery, south of town. Mrs. Miller was a member of Mystic Workers and Bankers Union of the World of this place.

ALYN J. MILLER , 73, of Shannon died Friday, June 26, 1998 at Villas of Shannon Nursing Home. Son of Jesse and Ruth (Fuller) Miller he was born July 24, 1924 in Shannon, ILL. In 1942 he graduated from Groton High School, Groton, SD. On Oct 11, 1947 he and Norma "Peg" Popp we married in Freeport, ILL. He worked for 22 year for Savanna Proving Grounds and later was employed by Schneider Oil Co. in Shannon, Intercity Box and Plastic in Freeport and retired from Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. after 23 years. During WW2 he served in the Army, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He also served in the Army reserves for 22 years. For 40 years he served the community in the Shannon Fire Department and Ambulance. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist church in Shannon, American Legion, Shannon Lions Club and Shannon Masonic Lodge. Surviving are two son, John and Patrick (Jan) Miller, both of Shannon, two grandchildren, Angie and Troy Miller of Shannon, one sister, Arline, (Dwight) Smith of Wauseon, OH. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife and an infant son. Graveside services and burial will be 10am Monday in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. A memorial service will follow at 11am Monday at Bethel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Larry Thomson will officate the services. Visitation will be 4 to 8 pm, Sunday at Hermann funeral home in Shannon, where a masonic service will begin at 7pm.

ARTHUR MILLER , of Chadwick died Monday afternoon in Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison, Wis. A 1932 graduate of Chadwick High School, he attended Coppins Business College in Dixon. He was employed by Savanna Army Depot. He was a member of Chadwick A.F. and A.M. Masonic Lodge and Chadwick American Legion. He had been a school treasurer, and was trustee of Chadwick Fire Department. The son of Conrad and Mary (Geisz) Miller, he was born Sept. 23, 1915 in Chadwick. On April 13, 1941 he married Elaine Zugschwerdt. Surviving are his widow; one son, James, at home; and two brothers, Leo of Dixon and Eugene of Chadwick. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Chadwick, of which he was a member. The Rev. Kenneth H. Lein will officiate. Burial will be in Chadwick Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening at Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

BETTY ELEANOR (YENNEY) MILLER , Betty Eleanor Miller, age 76, formerly of Savanna and Argo Fay, Illinois passed away October 7, 2007, at the Wyndcrest Nursing Facility in Clinton, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Chaplin Ray Hilgendorf of Mercy Medical Center officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 5:00–8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A memorial fund has been established in Betty’s memory. Betty was born May 30, 1931 in Savanna, the daughter of George and Viola (Ewalt) Yenney in Savanna, Illinois. She married John Edwards on July 5, 1949. She later married Milton Miller, on January 1, 1977 at Hope Methodist Church, Chadwick, Illinois. Betty worked for twenty four years at Atwoods Manufacturing in Mt. Carroll, retiring in 1991. Betty enjoyed camping, cooking, reading, attending family reunions, and spending time with her family. Betty will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Cathy (Lee) Siedenburg of Clinton, Iowa, Teresa Benischek of Durant, Iowa, and Lisa (Pete) Robinson of Savanna, Illinois; and one son Lonnie (Marsha) Edwards, of Heron Lake, Minnesota; and two step-sons, “Skippy” (Diane) Miller of Chadwick, Illinois, Gary Miller of Savanna; and one step-daughter JoAnne Thornberry of Savanna; twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband Milton; one daughter, Gaye Fliflet and two brothers Franklin and Keith Yenney.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

CATHERINE (SENG) MILLER , was born in Hessen Darmstadt Germany July 27, 1849 and was the only child of William and Margaret Seng. When but a girl of twelve years, she in company with her parents came to America and located in Carroll Co. ILL. On December 22, 1866 she was united in marriage with Henry Miller also a German from the fatherland and to this union was born ten children, five sons and five daughters. They are William of Scotland, SD; Edward of Meadow, SD; George of Breckenridge, Minn; Mrs. Ella Harrington of Seattle, WA; Mrs. Theresa Zugschwerdt,of Chadwick, ILL; Mrs. Millie Rahn, the Misses Rose and Matilda, Charles and Albert all of Lanark. For many years Mrs. Miller resided on a farm four miles north of this city, with the exception of a few years. Last February because of impaired health the family came to Lanark to reside. She united with the Lutheran church at the early age of twelve in Germany and together with her husband and all of her children has been a faithful member of the Lutheran church of this city. The last rites of the church were extended to her ten days before her death when husband and all of her children partook of the Lord's supper. Mrs. Miller possessed very many friends as she was of a kind and christian dispostion. To all who came into her home she extended a welcome hand and greeted them with a smile. Though but in the meridian of life 63 years (Died 02 Oct 1912) and a few months-she was loath to leave a devoted husband and family whom she dearly loved and faithfully ministered unto in her life. She sincerely thanked all who befriended her as life was slowly ebbing away and said to them "I am ready. Come, Dear Lord, and take me home." May her Christian example be cherished by her loved ones and friends, preparing them to meet mother in that heavenly home. As the day was balmy, the services were held in the Progressive Brethern church, instead of the Lutheran to accomodate the very large concourse of relatives and friends. her pastor, Rev. C.M. Wachter, officated, assisted by Rev. Tunkey of Chadwick and Rev. Smith of this city. Interment was made in the Lanark Cemetary.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith

CHARLES EDWARD MILLER - Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 for Charles Miller, former Washington Township assessor and supervisor, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. A. Winston, 33 Diagonal Street. The Rev. H. J. Rendall, pastor of the Presbyterian church, was in charge. During the services Mrs. Garfield Watson and Mrs. C. E. Ferguson sang "Rock of Ages" and "I Need Thee Every Hour." Burial was made in the Savanna Township cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Keyport, Charles D. Hatfield, Leo Hebling, William Gibbons, Arthur Haas, and Frank Diehl. Born in Savanna Township Jan. 6, 1860, the son of Frederick and Jane Hatfield Miller, Charles E. Miller was a resident of this vicinity during his entire life time. He was oone of the organizers of the Carroll County Fair association and was a director for years. He had lived on the Miller farm north of here for more than 70 years. In 1888 he married Georgianna Matheson of Jo Daviess county. They are the parents of six children. Mr. Miller died Sunday evening at his daughter’s home here of angina pectoris. He had been ill for about four months. Besides his wife, the six children, on brother, and 14 grandchildren survive."
Found on the website of Lyn Miller Smith / Rootsweb

DANIEL M. MILLER - was born in Elk Lick, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, November 22, 1829, and died at his home in Milledgeville, Carroll county, Illinois, Sunday, June 21, 1908. The subject of this sketch was married to Mary Lichty in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in 1851. In the year 1864 he moved to Carroll county, Illinois and settled on a farm five miles northwest of Milledgeville where he resided until last February when he moved to Milledgeville. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were the parent of five sons and five daughters. The oldest child died at the age of three years and the youngest at the age of seven years. The children who are left to mourn with the aged wife and mother are: Mrs. E. P. Livengood of Lanark, Mrs. Henry Livengood of near Milledgeville, Mrs. Christian Rowland recently of Lanark but now of Sunnyside, Washington, Mrs. Joseph Livengood of Seattle, Washington, Wilse Miller of near Milledgeville, Calbin Miller of Milledgeville, J. E. Miller, president of Mt. Morris college, Mt. Morris, Mrs. S. E. Turner of Milledgeville. He is survived by one brother, Elder S. M. Miller of Waterloo, Iowa, and three sisters, Mrs. S. J. Lichty of Pennsylvania, Mrs. John Fike of Waterloo, Iowa and Mrs. Samuel Fike of Milledgeville. Since 1859 he was engaged in religious work along with his farm duties and was termed a farm minister. In the death of Elder Miller the community loses a devout Christian man. His noble example will live in the hearts of many. The past four years he had not been actively engaged in the ministry. Two years ago his health began to fail but his condition did not seem serious until six months ago. Since one week ago last Thursday until the time of his death his illness was of a very serious nature and his death did not come unexpected. The funeral services were conducted from the Brethren church at Dutchtown on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. The officiating ministers were Elder J. H. Moore of Elgin and Elder D. L. Miller of Mt. Morris. The pall bearers were, his three sons and three of his son-in-law. The interment was at the cemetery near the church. The two daughters residing in the state of Washington could not be present at the funeral.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping
Another Obit: Daniel M. Miller was born in Elk Lick, Somerset Co., Pa., November 22, 1829 and died at his home in Milledgeville, Carroll Co., Ill. Sunday evening, June 21, 1908 at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 29 days. The deceased was married to Mary Lichty in Somerset county Pa., in 1851. They moved to Carroll county, Ill., and located on a farm northwest of Milledgeville where he lived until he moved to town last spring with his daughter Mrs. Silas Turner and family. Ten children were born to this union, two of which, the oldest died when three years old and the youngest when seven years of age. Those left to mourn the loss are his wife, Mrs. Mary Miller and children, Mrs. Silas Turner and Mrs. Henry Livengood of Milledgeville, Mrs. Joseph Livengood of Seattle and Mrs. Christian Rowland of Sunnyside, Washington; Mrs. Elias Livengood of Lanark; John E. Miller of Mt MOrris, Wilson Miller and Calvin D. Miller of this place; one brother Elder S. M. Miller of Waterloo, Ia., and three sisters, Mrs. Samuel Fike of Milledgeville, Mrs. John Fike of Waterloo, Ia. and Mrs. S. J. Lichty of Pennsylvania. The deceased was a man of exemplary habits, a good citizen and neighbor and an earnest christian gentleman living closely to the doctrines of the church to which he belonged for about 50 years. He was an elder in the church and for many years attended services regularly in Dutchtown where he preached the gospel as he saw and understood it. Elder Miller was a man of strong convictions backer up by a faith and fidelity that never wavered. Several years ago his health began to fail and he was obliged to give up active and arduous labors. About six months ago he grew worse and continued to gradually fail until a week ago last Sunday when the spirit took its flight to him who gave it. "The summer is gone, the harvest is ended. Well done thou good and faithful servant." The funeral services were held at the Dutchtown church at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon of last week and were in charge of Elders J. H. Moore of Elgin and D. L. Miller of Mt. Morris. The pall bearers were his three sons and three sons-in-law. Interment in the Dutchtown cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

DUANE MILLER , son of O. W. and May Miller, was born in Norway, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1890 died in Milledgeville, Ill., Aug. 15, 1891. Services, consisting of song, prayer, and a short discourse, were conducted at the house, by Rev. A. C. Gruber, on Sabbath morning, Aug. 16. Burial at South Elkhorn cemetery. The Reaper whose name is Death reaps the "bearded grain at a breath, and the flowers that grow between."
COntributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

DONNA (WOESSNER) MILLER , age 75, of Shannon died Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at her home. Donna was born October 30, 1929 in Shannon, daughter of Earle and Marie (Abbass) Woessner. Donna married Raymond Miller on March 16, 1955 in Shannon. She was a 1947 Graduate of Shannon High School and a 1952 Graduate of the Deaconess School of Nursing. She had worked at the Deaconess Hospital in Freeport and the Villas Of Shannon for over 35 years before retiring. She enjoyed working with patients, shopping, collecting Hummels and her grandchildren. Donna is survived by her husband, Raymond; her son, Eric (Cheryl) Miller of Shannon; and three grandchildren, Logan, Jordan and Megan. Her parents precede Donna in death. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. Visitations were from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Hermann funeral Home in Shannon. Burial will be in the Brethren cemetery in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established.

DOROTHY (GAAR) MILLER - Services for Dorothy Miller, 78, who died November 1, 2003 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Memorial Chapel, Portales. The Rev. Don Hay and the Rev. Harry Gray will officiate. Pallbearers will be Bob Perry, Delbert Gaar, Merle Gaar, Diego Lucero, Donald Buxton and Scot Hickerson. She was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Thomson, IL to Charlotte and Harry N. Gaar. She served in the WACs during World War II. On April 20, 1945, she was married to Verril Miller, who was a native of Roosevelt County. The couple made their home in Portales, where they were involved in the operation of Portales Steam Laundry, which was owned by the Miller family. She was later employed at the Eastern New Mexico University library and at the Community Services Center. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and was a member of Assembly of God Church. She had recently become a member of Church of God in Portales. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Vaughn and Paul Gaar,and by her husband, who died Sept. 2, 1964. Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tami Miller of Berthoud, Colo.; three daughters, Jann Hickerson of Artesia, Karen Ikeler of Arvada, Colo., Jerri and husband Donald Buxton of Portales; three brothers, Delbert Gaar of Provo, Utah, Darrell Gaar of Oswego, Ill., and Merle Gaar of Hobbs; two sisters, Beaulah Smolck of Savanna, Ill., and Leatha Murney of Polo, Ill.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Alice Horner

EDWARD N. MILLER , 79, Milledgeville, died Wednesday (30 June 1976) at Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Woodin Funeral Home with Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of the Milledgeville United Meth. Church officiating. Burial will be in Bethel. Edward Miller was born Sept. 10, 1896 at Fair Haven, the son of Henry & Kate Hiller Miller. He married Minnie Nusbaum at Morrison Dec. 23, 1919. He was a retired farmer and lived in the Milledgeville and Lanark areal all of his life. Survivors include his widow, one son, Donald of Milledgeville, one daughter, MRs. Allen (Virginia) Salier of Shannon; three grandchildrena dn five great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, a brother and three sisters.
The Daily Gazette July 1, 1976

ELIZABETH (FUCHS) MILLER , widow of the late John E. Miller, was born Feb. 7, 1840 St Sellenrod, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany and passed away at her home in Lanark, ILL March 12, 1922 at the age of 82 years, 1 month and 5 days. At the age of eighteen years she came with her two sisters and one brother and other friends to this country and located in Rock Creek township, Carroll County, Illinois.

On September 10, 1859 she was united in marriage to john E. Miller and together they located on a farm in the same township and nine years later moved to another in Freedom township, where they lived until the fall of 1911 at which time they retired from farm life to take up their residence in Lanark. She is survived by seven children, her husband and six other children proceded her to the other world. Fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive her also. The surviving children are, Mrs. John Dietrick of Mt. Carroll, Ill; Mrs. Chas. Chown of Peoria, Ill; Mrs. Chas. Carter, Mrs. Frank G. Peters, of Lanark, Henry J. Miller of Shannon; Wlater F. and Clara E. at home. She is also survived by one siste, Mrs. Anna mary Witchy of LaCygne, Kansas, one brother, George Fuchs, of Shannon, Ill. and many other relatives and friends who held her in high esteem. When a little child she was consecrated to God in Holy Baptism and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the age of 14 years. Being well trained in the catechism, she was familiar with the fundamental truths of the Bible and was a staunch and faithful member of the church. Having heard the sermon in english she often referred to her German Bibile to enrich the truth heard in the sermon. In her afflictions she was often heard to quote the Word. She trusted in Christ, fed upon His word and sacraments and was comforted. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Mrs. Miller's funeral was held at the Lutheran church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Haithcon conducting the service. Interment in Lanark Cemetary.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith

ELIZABETH MILLER - Died, in the Milledgeville Congregation, Ill., Aug. 29, 1871, Sister ELIZABETH MILLER, aged 31 years, 6 months and 14 days, consort of bro. Cyrus Miller, and daughter of bro. Samuel and sister Mary Ober. She left a sorrowful husband and four children to mourn their loss; but not to mourn as those who have no hope. She obeyed her Master's call in her early days, and lived and died a consistent member. Funeral occasion improved by Elder Jacob S Hauger and bro. Provant, from Rev. 14: 12, 13.
Contributed by Carol Parrish - with thanks to Dennis from "The Monthly Gospel Visitor" (1851-1873)

EMMA MILLER - was born in York County, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1876 and in 1879, when but a child she came with her parents to Carroll County, illinois, where she grew to womanhood. On January 1, 1893, she was united in marriage to George Edward Conrad, and to this union were born tow choldren. On April 13, 1911, she was left a widow b the death of her husband. May 12, 1912, she became the wife of William Mooney, who preceded her in death November 12, 1922. Mrs. Mooney had been a sufferer from Brights disease for some time, seeming not so bad until about two weeks ago, when it took a rather vicious form causing her death Sunday evening, June 10, 1923 at the age of 46 years, 9 months and 3 days. She leaves to mourn her passing her son of Harry, of Dixion, Illinois and her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Summers, of Chicago, Illinois, four brothers, Daniel, of Mindenmen, Colorado, George of Thomson, Illinois James,of Dixon, Illinois and Eli of Savanna, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs Leanna Peterman of New Freedom, Pennsylvania. She also leaves two grandsons and one granddaughter,and other relatives and a host of friends who sorrow because of her death. Wherever she went she made friends because of her cheerful disposition and desire to help and speak words of encouragement to those who ...... lost.
Contributed by Linda Irwin

ENOS S. MILLER - Died in Cherry Grove church Carroll county, Ill., March 31st (1863) of lung fever ENOS S MILLER, infant son of Alex. W and Mary H Miller, aged 3 years, 4 months and 19 days. Funeral Attended by the brethren from Num. 23. 10. E. W. Miller
Contributed by Carol Parrish - with thanks to Dennis from
"The Monthly Gospel Visitor" (1851-1873)

ERNEST MILLER , 88, died Saturday in the Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Ia. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. today (Tuesday)in the Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Rev. Richard Roth officiated with burial in Chadwick Cemetery. He was born Nov. 5, 1891 in Luray, Va., the son of Thomas and Ada Sours Miller. He was united in marriage to Florence Strauch on Jan. 24, 1920 in Chadwick. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Chadwick. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Florence; two sons, Russell of Mount Prospect, and Ralph of Camanche, Ia.; one brother, Raymond of Gaithersburg, Md.; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Nicols of Luray, Va.; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great grandchildren and 12 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, four sisters and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 19, 1980 - Tuesday, pg 4

EUGENE MILLER , 68, of Chadwick died Sunday at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was owner of the grain elevator at Chadwick for many years and was a member of First Lutheran Church of Chadwick, the Masonic Lodge, Freeport Consistory, Tebala Shrine of Rockford and a charter member of the Chadwick Lions Club. Born Oct. 17, 1913 in Chadwick, he was the son of Conrad and N. Marie (Geisz) Miller. He married Mildred Batty April 27, 1936 in Dixon. Surviving are his widow; one son, Larry of Chadwick; one daughter, Mrs. Carole Sue (Larry) Gipe of Milledgeville; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Roth officiating. Burial will be in Chadwick Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick, where a Masonic service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Kidney Foundation.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FRED MILLER , of Lanark, a World War I veteran, died Sunday night in the Ortiz Convalescent Home in Lena where he had been a patient for over a year. (Note: Date of death, October 14, 1967, was handwritten onto this obituary.) He was born April 12, 1892 in Mount Carroll, son of Felix A. And Katherine (Schleuning) Miller. He married Minnie Weber at Cordova April 21, 1924. Mr. Miller was a retired barber and farmer. He and his wife moved to the Lanark area from Thomson 18 years ago. He was a member of Lanark First Methodist Church. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Robert W. And Fred J., both of Lanark; five grandchildren; a brother, Charlie of Wacker; three sisters, Mrs. Lee (Lizzie) Morgan of Fulton; Mrs. Ben (Ella) Marten of Chicago and Mrs. Nettie Knaver of Freeport. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. The Rev. John Vanscoy, pastor of the Lanark First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GLEN GILLESPIE MILLER , 83, died today [11-28-1977] at his rural Savanna home. He was a farmer in the Savanna area until retiring in 1969, a member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Washington Community Club. Born Sept. 2, 1894, in Savanna, he was the son of John W. and Rebecca (Gillespie) Miller. He married Fern Ross Dec. 25, 1919, in Washington Township, Carroll County. She died Dec. 7, 1972. Surviving are two sons, Allen of Hardy, Ark., and Paul of Savanna, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son and one brother. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with the Rev. Richard Johnson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday al the funeral home.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 12 Date: 11-28-1977

HARRY E. MILLER , 91, formerly of Lanark died Saturday, July 3, 1982 in the Villas of Shannon Nursing Home. He had resided there for the past two years. Mr. Miller was born Aug 1, 1891 in Carroll County. He married June E. Dick Sept 21, 1917. She died in 1970. He had been a farmer for many years in the Lanark area and had been employed by Green Giant canning compnay while the firm was based in Lanark. He was a member of the Lanark First Brethern Church, where he served as deacon. Survivors include a son, James, of Mesa, AZ; two granddaughters and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. The funeral was held in the Frank Funeral home. The Rev. David E. Cooksey of Lanark First Brethern Church officiated. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Michaelene Smith

HAZEL MILLER , Adopted Daughter of Wm. Hendrix Dies Saturday Night - Saturday night at midnight the life of little Hazel Miller, the three year old adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hendrix, who live on the Alvin Joiner farm in the South Otter Creek district, ended. For several days prior to her death she had been troubled with a throat trouble and it was thought that tonsillitis was the ailment. When she began to grow worse Dr. Wright, of Fair Haven, was called Friday night. He found that she had diphtheria and saw that her case was hopeless. However, immediately he called Dr. W. A. Gray in consultation, but the little girl died that night about midnight. Sunday the remains were taken to Polo by Homer Olmsted, and the burial took place in the cemetery near that city, There were no funeral services owning to the nature of the disease, but at the grave there were short services. The child was a daughter of Mrs. Hendrix' brother, who lives at Polo. The little one's mother died when the child was an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix took her into their home and cared for her. There are one brother and two sisters living with their father in Polo. The little one was especially bright and will be missed very much. Other two children, Carrie Welch, and adopted girl from a St. Louis Orphan's Home, and Harry Ferris, Mrs. Hendrix's nephew, were with the little girl considerably after she was taken ill and are liable to be taken with the disease at any time. Friday they went to the Otter Creek school and when school was called Monday and the teach, Noah Wine, heard of the prevalence of diphtheria and thinking that possibly the whole school might then be exposed, he dismissed school for two weeks. Where the child became exposed is not definitely known, but about three weeks ago the family visited in Polo and we understand that near the place where they visited, the presence of diphtheria was known. The greatest precaution has been used ti disinfect everything in the house, and it is thought the other children will not take the disease.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated Nov. 10, 1900

HENRY MILLER , son of John and Anna Marie Miller, was born in Hessen Darmstadt Germany, Sept. 28, 1839 and died April 25, 1918. At the age of eight years he came with his parents to Rock Creek Township, Carroll Co. ILL in the year 1847. At the age of 21 he was confirmed at the Eastwood school house. October 4, 1864 he enlisted in the Civil War and was honorably discharged October 16, 1865, December 22, 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Seng, only daughter of William and Margaret Seng. To this union was born five sons and five daughters. They are William H. of Scotland, SD; J.George of Doran, Minn; Edward F. of Hecula SD; Mrs. Ella Harrington of Sunnyside, WA; Mrs. Theresa Zugschwerdt, Chadwick, Mrs. Millie Rahn, Charles J. and Misses Rose and Matilda, all of Lanark and Albert F. of Camp Grant, ILL. There are thirteen grandchildren. For many years he with his family resided on a farm five miles northwest of this city, retiring about six years ago. Mrs Miller passed away Oct. 2, 1912. He leaves two sisters and one brother, George B. Miller, Miss Clara Miller and Mrs. Henry Diehl all of Shannon, ILL The funeral obesequies were held in the Lutheran Church, Lanark, April 29th and burial was in Lanark Cemetary, his pastor, Dr. Haithcox officating. Father Miller was a steadfast member of the Lutheran church and faithful in the use of the means of grace. The large number present at the funeral service indicated the high respect in wheich he was held. Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith

HENRY J. MILLER ,84, died early Thursday, (Sept 15 1949) in his home here. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Sunday in the Frank funeral home in Lanark. The Rev. T.R. Moritz, pastor of the Shannon E.U.B. church officated and burial was in Lanark cemetary. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Rahn sang, accompanied by Mrs. Harry Engles, Mrs. F. Woessner and Mrs. D. Winters were in charge of the flowers. Pallbearers were Earl Wilken, Walter Martin, Stanley Finifrock,Henry Sweitzer, Earl Delp and Charles Zuck. Mr. Miller was born July 14, 1865 in Freedom township the son of John and Elizabeth Miller. On Sept. 1, 1889 he was united in marriage to Mary E. Hyams. They farmed in the vicinty of Lanark until about 20 years ago when they moved to Shannon, where Mrs. Miller passed away several years ago. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Aspinwall of Freeport; three sons, Jess of Shannon, Harry of Lanark, and J. Frank of Rockford; four grandchildren; one great grandchild and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Chown, Mrs Emma Carter, Mrs. Ella Giddings, and Miss Clara Miller of Chicago.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith from the Lanark Gazette September 22, 1949

JESSE LEON MILLER , a native of Carroll County, died suddenly Friday night from a heart attack in Lanark. He was born in Carroll county June 10, 1892 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Miller and was educated in area schools. He farmed in Carroll county for several years and also farmed in Groton, SD returning here in 1942. He was then employed at the Savanna Ordinace Depot until he retired in 1955. His marriage to Ruth Fuller took place Dec. 24, 1921 in Quincy, ILL. Survivors include his wife, a son Alyn of Shannon, a daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Arline) of Wauseon, OH; two brothers, Harry of Lanark, J. Frank of Rockford, and one sister, Mrs. Ralph (Opal) Aspinwall of Freeport and four grandchildren. He was a veteran of World War 1, a member of First Brethern Church of Lanark and a member of the American Legion of Shannon. Services were held in the Frank funeral home at 2 pm Monday. The Rev. Francis Berkshire, pastor of First Brethren church officated. Interment was in Chapel Hill cemetary at Freeport. The American legion conducted services at the grave. Out of town folks attending the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Smith and family of Wauseon, OH., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Aspinwall of Freeport, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller of Rockford, Harry Miller of Lanark, Mr and Mrs. William Fuller of Milbank, SD, Richard Fuller of Groton, SD and Dwight Fuller Jr. of Bath, SD Friends from area towns were also in attendance.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith from the Lanark Paper 30 March 1957

JOHN E. MILLER , a well known resident of Lanark, was found dead in his wood shed about 4:30 Monday afternoon (23 March 1915), presumably stricken with heart trouble that ended his life instantly. During the day he had apparently been as well as usual, and in the afternoon after doing a number of little chores about the place he went to the woodshed where with a chopping block and hatchet he was cutting up some corn fodder to strew on his garden as fertilizer. His wife heard him steadily chopping for some time, then callers came and after their departure she went to look for him and found him leaning over the chopping block, dead. Mr. Miller was 77 years of age, and had been a resident of Carroll County for about 50 years. About three years ago he moved from the farm in Freedom township to Lanark where he became a familiar figure on our streets. He leaves to mourn his sudden taking away his aged wife and eight children all grown to manhood and womanhood. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Summers conducting the services, assisted by Rev. Burnworth. Interment was in the Lanark Cemetary. Contributed by Michaelene Smith
2nd Obituary: John E. Miller was born January 31st, 1838 at Sellenrod, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany and died March 22, 1915 at his home in Lanark, Ill. At the age of 77 years, 1 mo. and 22 days. At the age of nine years he came with his parents to the United States and settled in Rock Creek Twp., Carroll County, Ill. On a farm, where he grew to manhood. At the age of twenty-two he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Fuchs. Together they located upon a farm in the same township and nine years later removed to another in Freedom Twp., Carroll Co., Ill. Where they lived until four years ago, when residence was taken up in Lanark at the present home of the family. He was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran church and was confirmed at the age of twenty-two, remaining steadfast in the faith till the end, and always faithful in his attendance when health permitted at the Lutheran church and Sunday school. He is survived by his wife and eight children, five having preceded him to the other world, also by fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. The children are: Mrs. John Deitrick and Mrs. Wesley Mumford of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. Chas. Chown of Peoria, Mrs. Chas. Carter, Mrs. Frank Peters and Henry Miller of Lanark; Walter F. and Clara E, at home. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters. They are Mrs. Henry Diehl, Clara M. and George B. of Shannon, and Henry Miller of Lanark. Many other relatives remain to mourn his loss. The deceased was well and favorably known to a host of friends, among whom he was held in highest esteem. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. H. C. Summers, assisted by Rev. B. T. Burnworth and internment in the Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Lanark Gazette, March 31, 1915. From the collection of the Lanark Public Library, Lanark, IL
** I leave the descendants to calculate the death date. The 2nd obituary would calculate out to a birthdate of 28 Jan 1838.. While the first one, if he died on Monday - the 22nd March as a death date is correct!

JOHN FRANK MILLER , 60, 635 Hall St. who died Sunday morning (January 1958) in Swedish American Hospital were held at 10:30am in the Sundberg Funeral Home Tuesday. The Rev. Timothy Reeves, pastor of the centennial Methodist church officiated. Masonic rites were conducted. Burial was in the Lanark Cemetery. Mr. Miller was born Oct 21, 1897 in Cherry Grove township, Carroll county, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Miller. He married Berniece Williams in Savanna, Nov 27, 1929. He was employed as a custodian by Lincoln Junior High School. He was a veteran of World War 1, serving in France and was a member of Rockford lodge 102 A.F.and A..M. and of the forest City chapter 590, Order of Eastern Star, Survivors include his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Johansson, Belvedere, a sister Mrs. Opal Aspinwall, Freeport; a brother, Harry E. Miller, Lanark; and two grandchildren. Mr. Miller was a brother of the late Jesse L. Miller of Shannon. Mrs. Miller and son, Alyn, attended the funeral.
Contributed by Michaelene Smith

JOHN E. MILLER , 76, of Mount Carroll died Monday, March 30, 1998 at his home. Son of George E. and Sylvia I. ( Rogers ) Miller, he was born Saturday December 10, 1932 in Lanark. After graduating from Mount Carroll High School , he served in the Army during World War II. He received the Purple Heart. On October 31, 1947 he and Phyllis Mickle were married. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad until retiring in 1983, and was maintenance man for 25 years at Sievert’s Pizza in Mount Carroll and Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. He was a carpenter all his life. He was a member of Mount Carroll United Methodist Church and Mount Carroll American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and spoiling them with doughnuts and suckers, and loved to have his house filled with family. He enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends at the local cafes, shooting pool, going to local auctions, and doing all he could for his family and friends. He spent his leisure time taking long walks and feeding the birds and squirrels. He was a Chicago Bulls fan. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Sheri (Ed) Traum of Mount Carroll, Sharon Woodhurst of Savanna, Jeanne (Kyle) Schnitzler of Mount Carroll, and Wendy (Art) Sipe of Mount Carroll; six sons, John E. Miller of Morrison, Roger (Terry) and Richard (Carol) Miller, both of Savanna, Robert, Michael, and Doug (Cheryl) Miller, all of Mount Carroll; 39 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlotte Devine of Mount Carroll, and one brother, Donald Miller of Pace, Florida. Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister, Patricia Miller, and twin sons. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll with the Rev, Nancy Blade of Mount Carroll United Methodist Church officiating, Burial with military rites will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOHN George MILLER - Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller invited the former’s father and mother to ride with them down town. Mr. J[ohn] George Miller said that he would sooner stay at home and read his paper. The trio returned to the Miller home on 11th Street shortly before ten o’clock. His son, Max, asked his father how he was. Receiving no answer, he repeated the question. When Mr. Miller didn’t answer, Max walked over and touched him lightly on the shoulder. As he did so, his father’s head fell to one side and one of his arms dropped from the arm of the chair. A physician was summoned and declared that J. George Miller had passed away not over five minutes before the relatives had reached home. For years Mr. Miller had suffered from heart trouble. A week before to the very hour of his death he had been involved in an accident. While driving a number of school children on a sleighride party a car skidded into his team, badly injuring one of his horses. It is believed that this accident had caused him much worry and had affected his heart. Mr. Miller was a friend of everyone who knew him. Especially was this true among the children, whom he often took on sleighride parties. J. George Miller was a good Christian gentleman and a man who was a credit, not only to the city of Breckenridge, but to the entire county. He was blessed with a quiet, unassuming disposition and was extremely religious. His loss will be deeply felt by all who were fortunate enough to know him. J. George Miller was born the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller on February 8, 1875, at Lanark, Illinois. He was 65 years of age at the time of his death. Until 1911 he made his home at Lanark, then moving with his family to Doran, Minnesota, where he settled on a farm. He had been in the agricultural business all his life. On September 16, 1901, at Lanark, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Miss Daisy Annis. To this union three children were born, namely, Miss Catherine, who resides at home, Helen (Mrs. Cliff Caley) of Washington, D.C., and Max, who resides in this city. As a child Mr. Miller was baptized in the Christian faith and in 1902 he was taken into the membership of the Methodist church at Lanark. While residing in Doran his family became members of the Presbyterian church and worked with that denomination until moving to Breckenridge where they united with the local Methodist church on February 7, 1926. Left to survive this grand character are a loving wife [Daisy Annis Miller], two daughters, Catherine and Helen; sisters Rose, Mathilda, and Mrs. H. B. Rahn [Millie] of Lanark, Illinois, Mrs. F. W. [Theresa] Zugschwerdt of Chadwick, Illinois, and Mrs. Ella Harrington of Sunnyside, Wash.; two brothers, Edward of Hecla, So. Dakota, and Albert of Balaton, Minn. Funeral services were conducted [at] 2:30 from the Methodist church. The church was filled with relatives and friends who came from all parts of the country to pay their respects to a man they so highly honored. Rev. F. W. Hill, who officiated, gave a splendid sermon and told of the high character of the deceased. A choir composed of Walter Heinecke, Mrs. A. E. Hagel, Mrs. John Laird, and D. J. Jones, sang several of the favorite hymns of Mr. Miller. Mrs. C. W. Davis accompanied them at the piano. The pallbearers were Manley Storey, Clifford Stoebe, A. A. Stoebe, Tony Bokinski, C. W. Davis, and Ernest Kuehn. The Gazette-Telegram joins the entire county in expressing their heartfelt sympathy to the family in their hour of sorrow.
Contributed by Shiela Hughes -
Transcribed from the original newspaper clipping (undated) Jan 1941
Breckenridge Gazette-Telegram, Breckenridge, Minnesota
I found this clipping on 4/24/10 among my grandmother's family records.

JOSEPH E. MILLER , 78, clerk of Wysox Township, Carroll County for thirty-five years and engaged in the coal business in Milledgeville for forty years, passed away about 4:45 o’clock this morning at his home in Milledgeville following an illness of about two years. Mr. Miller was born in Somerset County , Pennsylvania October 16, 1861, the son of Cyrus and Elizabeth Miller, and came with this parents to Illinois in 1868. Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Emma Herrington at Lanark on January 1, 1882. They operated a farm near here until 1891, when they moved to Milledgeville. Subsequently Mr. Miller engaged in the coal business, which he operated for a period of forty years, retiring from active work about two and a half years ago. He was a member of the Milledgeville Brethren Church . He is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Ward Beard, Arlington , West Virginia , two sons, Lloyd of Sunnyside, Washington , and Edward Miller of Klondike , Alaska ; one sister, Mrs. S. M. Herrington of Milledgeville; one half-sister, Mrs. Sadie Bowers, of Lanark, and two half-brothers, William Miller and Milton Miller, both of Lanark.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, July 29, 1940

KATE MILLER , 76, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 6, 1943 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hollowell, near Milledgeville, of heart trouble and complications. Kate Fierheller was born in Germany January 1, 1867, and came to this community when young. (Alice Horner’s note: The Ancestry.com source, “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916 – 1947” which appears to get its information off death certificates, gives the same date of birth but states that she was born in Chadwick, Carroll County, Illinois. It gives her death incorrectly though, as September 9, 1943 but also her burial on the same date.) She was married to Henry A. Miller, who preceded her in death several years ago. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Emma Merkel of Lanark, Mrs. Ruth Hollowell of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Mary Plummer of Sterling; seven sons, William, Wesley, and Lewis of Lanark, Charles of Polo, Fred and Henry of Chadwick, John of Milledgeville; two sisters, Mrs. Lana Shidler of Lanark and Mrs/ Mary Laudner of Hampton, Iowa (Alice Horner’s note: I have her surname as Landner.); twenty-five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Fred and George, preceded her in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois September 7, 1943
Alice Horner’s note: Her obituary doesn’t show her burial location but the afore named Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 gives it as the Chadwick Cemetery.

KATE (SCHLEUNING) MILLER , wife of Felix Miller, who for many years farmed the Thomas Stagg farm where Albert Prins now lives, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 1937 at the home of her son Charles Miller, near Argo-Fa. She had been in poor health for several years and for the past six months had been confined to her bed and was cared for in the home of her son. Mr. Miller during her more active years was deeply interested in her home and the tasks about the farm. She was ever faithful to these and throughout her life lived the true part of an active farm mother. Kate Schleunning, daughter of Andrew and Maggie Schleuning, was born January 1, 1871 in Salem Township, Carroll County. She was married to Felix Miller of that locality who for several years was employed on the Hostetter farm near Carroll, who were one of the first makers of ice cream in this district. They moved to Thomson to the farm owned by Mrs. Lena M. Stagg and in a few years they moved to the Thomas Stagg farm. Better than 20 years ago they bought a small farm in their native district, that of Salem, and have since lived there where they enjoyed the advantages of owning their own land. Besides her husband, Mrs. Miller is survived by two sons, Fred and Charles Miller of York Township; Mrs. Ben Martens of Chicago; Mrs. Charles Knauer of Mt. Carroll; and Mrs. Lee Morgan of near Thomson; fifteen grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Richter of Chamberlain, S. D., and Mrs. Charles Legel of Mt. Carroll; and a brother, Conrad Schleuning of Stockton. Private services for the immediate family will be held in the Charles Miller home at 1 p.m. The Rev. Mr. Hoeppner of Lanark will officiate and burial will be made in the Salem cemetery near the church. (This cemetery was Daggert/Adams Cemetery on Salem Church Road.)
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARY ANN (APPEL) MILLER , 85, of rural Chadwick died July 1, 2005 at Carroll County Good Samaritan Home. She farmed with her husband in the Chadwick area. Mrs. Miller was born July 5, 1919 in York Twp., the daughter of Fred Balsar and Eva Anna (Burkholder) Appel. She married Glenn F. Miller on March 8, 1942 in Dixon. Survivors includer her husband, three daughters, Annalee Capos, Angeline Paddock and Shirley Gothard, a son Larry and seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 11 a.m. at McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Milledgeville with Rev. Rick Koch officiating, burial at Bethel Cemetery.
Contributed by Jan Roggy

MARY ELIZABETH (HYAMS) MILLER , wife of Henry J. Miller of Shannon, passed away at a local hospital at eight o'clock this morning (5 Dec. 1930) following an extended illness. Mary Elizabeth Hyams was born March 29, 1872 at Cumberland, MD. She was united in marriage to Henry J. Miller on September 1, 1889. Besides her husband she leaves the following children; Harry E. and Jesse L. Miller residing near Shannon; Opal Mae and J. Frank Miller, both of Rockford. Mrs. Miller was a member of the Evangelical church.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith

MAUDE M. (RAHN) MILLER , died Thursday (11 April 1968) in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mount Morris following an extended illness. She was born March 31, 1889 in Lanark, daughter of Conrad and Margaret (Dill) Rahn. On June 20, 1918 she was married to Daniel L. Miller of Freeport. He died in February of 1946. Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. of Louisville, Ky., and Edward L. of Mount Morris. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Mount Morris Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Warren Hoover, pastor of the church, will officiate. He will be assisted by the Rev. F. B. Statler, chaplain at Pinecrest Manor. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

NICHOLAS MILLER died at her home at this place Friday morning at seventy-five years of age. Mrs. Miller had been sick but a few days of lung fever. She leaves but one daughter Mrs. Henry Miller of Freedom. She was first married to William Seng who died several years ago. She was then married to Nicholas MIller who still survives. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Lutheran church at this place. She was buried in the Lanark cemetery beside her ____ husband. Mrs. Miller was a woman of a kind disposition and a good neighbor. She leaves many friends to mourn her departure.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1902 Scrapbook Clipping

NORMA L. (POPP) MILLER , 72, of Shannon, died Thursday, March 4, 1993 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. A homemaker, she previously worked for Fairbanks Morse & Company in Freeport and then for Elkay Company in Lanark. She was a member of Shannon Bethel United Methodist Church. Born Aug. 8. 1920 in Freeport, she was a daughter of John and Martha Popp. She married Alyn J. Miller on August 11, 1947 in Freeport.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Pat (Jan) Miller and Jon Miller, all of Shannon; one sister, Lucille (Vernon) Corman of Freeport; and two grandchildren, Angie and Troy Miller of Shannon. She was preceded in death by her son David, and a brother, Lloyd. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary in Freeport, with the Rev. Larry Thomson of Shannon Bethel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Contributed by Alice Horner

PHYLLIS (HECKMAN) MILLER , lifelong resident of Lanark, went to her home with the Lord on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at the age of 73. The daughter of Frank and Zella Heckman, she was born April 2, 1933, on their Lanark farm. After graduating in 1951 from Lanark High School, she continued farming with her family. On Nov. 12, 1960, Phyllis married Fred Miller, and moved two miles down the road to his farm where they have lived and worked together for more than 45 years. Phyllis enjoyed spending time with family, working outside with Fred, raising livestock, bird-watching and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Fred; her daughters, Susan (Dale) Williams of Hudson, Ohio, and Beverly (Mike) Macolusky of New Milford; three granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel Williams, and Hannah King; her brothers, Don (Barb) Heckman of Dixon, Ron (Mary) Heckman of Freeport and John (Donna) Heckman of Grantsville, Utah; sister, Pat (Jerry) Witt of Stow, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and their families. Her parents died previously. The family would like to thank ACT Medical Group, Lena Living Center and FHN Hospice for their compassionate care and thoughtfulness. Bev would like to thank Provena St. Anne's of Rockford for their support and encouragement. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A private memorial service officiated by Pastor Jerry Witt will be held for the family. Burial will be at Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by JoLyn Crofton-Kruse

RAYMOND EUGENE MILLER , age 77, of Shannon died Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Joe was born January 2, 1928 in Shannon, son of Joseph and Pearl (Martin) Miller. He was a graduate of Shannon High School. Joe married Donna M. Woessner on March 16, 1955 in Shannon; she died May 31, 2005. He had served in the US Army and farmed in the Shannon area all of his life. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and the American Legion Boyle Hoy Post 379. Joe is survived by his son, Eric (Cheryl) Miller of Shannon; three grandchildren, Logan, Jordan and Megan; one sister, Gladys Appel of Shannon. His parents and wife, precede Joe in death. A visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2005 at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established.

RUTH (FULLER) MILLER , 77, 105 S. Chestnut St. died early Sunday morning (July 5, 1981) in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. She was married to Jesse L. Miller on Dec. 24, 1921 in Quincy, ILL and he died March 29, 1957. Survivors include a son, Alyn, Shannon; a daughter, Arline Smith, Wauseon, OH; three grandsons, one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Georgia Boies, Billings, MT; two brothers, Raymond Fuller, Billings, MT and Dwight Fuller, Groton, SD Services will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday at Scharman funeral home in Shannon. Friends may visit from 7 to 9 pm tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill cemetery, Freeport. A memorial has been established at the church.
Contributed by Michaelene Smith

W.H. MILLER , was born on a farm in Lima township, Carroll county about forty-five years ago. He spent his boyhood days in that township. He graduated from the college of physicians and surgeons at Chicago in 1893. He then went into partnership with his brother, Dr. R. C. Miller at Shannon where he remained and practiced two years. In the fall of 1895 he came to Chadwick and has practiced here ever since. March 21, 1895 he was married to Lu_ia Mae Herb of Brookville. He was a member of the Masons, of the WOodmen and the Macabees. He was village treasurer of this place. Tuesday night before he was taken ill on Wednesday he was installed examining physician for Woodmen and Royal Neighbors. Wednesday he was taken ill with pneumonia and was seriously ill from the first. He left besides his wife, his aged mother, two brothers, L. S. Miller of Iowa and Dr. R. C. Miller of Shannon, five sisters, Mrs. Beck of Kansas, Mrs. Rubendall of South Dakota, Mrs. Paul of Minnesota, Mrs. Spotts and Miss Josephine Miller of Shannon. Funeral services were held at the house at eleven o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Paetznick. The Masons had charge of the burial services which took place at Brookville. Dr. Miller will be greatly missed among his associates.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

WALLACE MILLER , 68, a carpenter of Milledgeville, passed away Sunday at the Rockford Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Lutheran Church, the Rev. William Welk officiating, with burial in South Elkhorn Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodin Funeral Home. At 11 a.m. Wednesday the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until time of services. Wallace Miller was born Jan. 1, 1899 in Milledgeville, the son of Charles and Phronia Sarber Miller. He married Ruby Cheshire in 1944 in Rock Falls. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He is survived by his widow, one son Wallace Jr. of Chicago, one daughter Mrs. Phylis Bahr of Rockford; 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister in Kansas.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

WALTER MILLER , 58, who died Sunday night (Nov 20, 1938) at the home of his sister, Miss Clara Miller were held from her home this afternoon at 2:00 with the Rev. W. E. Koepf, pastor of the Lutheran church officiating. Walter F. Miller, son of John E. and Elizabeth (Fuchs) Miller was born Aug. 7, 1879 in Freedom township, Carroll County and has spent his entire life in this community. Survivors include five sisters and one brother, Mrs. Theresa Dietrich, Rockford, Mrs. Charles H. Chow, Peoria, Miss Clara Miller, Mrs Ella Peters and Mrs. Charles Carter, all of Lanark and Henry J. Miller, Shannon. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Michealene Smith

WESLEY MILLER , a long-time resident of Lanark who was Rock Creek Township Road Commissioner for 28 years before retiring in 1963, died Wednesday afternoon, September 12, 1973 in Dixon Public Hospital. Mr. Miller, a member of First Brethren Church here, lived in Lanark until entering Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Dixon four years ago. He was born March 3, 1888 in Milledgeville, son of Henry and Katie (Fierheller) Miller. On May 5, 1912, he married Kathryn Rogers in Chadwick. (Alice Horner’s note: Kathryn [Rogers] Miller’s tombstone photo on Findagrave.com shows her name as Lydia K. Miller.) Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Lois) Edeus of Rock Falls, Mrs. Donald (Ethelyn) Rahn and Mrs. Howard (Dorothy) Nelson, both of Lanark; a son, Elmer R. of Rock Falls; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Hollowell of Milledgevill, Mrs. Emma Merkel of Lanark, and Mrs. Mary Plummer of Sterling; and five brothers, William H. and Louis, both of Lanark, Charles of Polo, Fred of Thomson, and John of Milledgeville. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Brethren Church, Lanark, with the Rev. Paul Steiner, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at Frank Funeral Home, Lanark.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois September 13, 1973

WILBUR MILLER , of rural Savanna was dead on arrival at Savanna City Hospital Saturday night, July 9, 1977 after an apparent heart attack. He was co-owner of Wacker and Miller Texaco service station and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Savanna and Savanna Masonic Lodge. Born July 19, 1924 in Savanna, he was the son of Glen and Fern (Ross) Miller. He married Opal Fowler November 30, 1952 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Deborah) Neuschwanger of Savanna; his father of Savanna; and two brothers, Paul of Savanna and Allen of Hardy, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter and his mother. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Richard Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, July 11, 1977

WILLIAM WESLEY MILLER - Near Milledgeville, Ill., Oct. 30, 1895, of paralysis, Wm. Wesley Miller, son of Conrad Miller, born near Bakersville, Somerset Co., Pa., age 23 years, 3 months and 24 days. He came to Milledgeville, Feb. 28, 1895. As he and his brother were engaged in running a threshing machine he injured himself lifting at the engine, also while warm by bathing in cold water. He took sick about the first of August, became paralyzed, lingering in that condition until Oct. 30th., when his spirit took its flight. He leaves a father, four brothers, and two sisters mourn their loss. The esteem in which he was held by those who knew him was evidenced by the large crowd of sympathizing friends and relatives that attended the funeral. The funeral took place November 1st, 1895, at the Brethren church, near Milledgeville, Tobias S. Fike officiating, assisted by Elder D. M. Miller after which the remains were interred in the "Cemetery" near by. May his untimely death be a warning to those who are out of Christ "to enter while you may." Thomas S. Fike
Contributed by Karen Fyock Undated Scrapbook Clipping

AMELIA (SUTER) SPECK HYAMS MITCHELL , was born in the state of Maryland, March 4, 1834 and died in Lanark, ILL., December 1, 1907, aged 78 years, 8 months and 27 days. Her first husband was William Speck, who died several years since, leaving her the mother of two children, William of Savanna, and Frank Speck of this city. She was married the second time to Samuel M. Hyams. To this union was born five children, all girls, to wit: Mrs. Ira Arnold of Trenton,MO., Mrs. Charles Campbell of Alleghany, PA., Mrs. Beulah Waldon of Lanark, Mrs. Robert Johnston of Freedom, and Mrs. H.J. Miller of Cherry Grove. She was married the third time to Martin M. Mitchell, April 13, 1879. He and all her children are still living. She also has a brother in Piedmont, WV and two sisters in Cumberland, MD; also 25 grandchildren. Her funeral was preached in the Church of God, December 2, by Elder Robert G. Huggins of Oregon, ILL. He was assisted in the services by Elder Z.T. Livengood of Lanark. A large concourse of residents and a goodly number of visitors attended the brief but solomn funeral services.
Contributed by Michaelenne Smith

JACQUELINE (EVANS) MITCHEL - Funeral services for Mrs. Jacqueline Mitchell, 26, Savanna, a former Lanark resident were held Saturday afternoon in Frank Funeral Home at Lanark, with Rev. John E. Vanseoy of Lena officiating. Mrs. Mitchell died Wednesday in Illinois Research Hospital in Chicago following a short illness. Mrs. Emerson Champion was organist and accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Hardacre as they sang "In the Garden." Caring for floral tributes were Mrs. Gerald Orth and Mrs. James Hoffman. Pallbearers were Kevin Edler, Michael Edler, Scott Edler, Rodney Hartman, Richard Hartman, and Randall Lobdell. Burial was in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor -The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1973 - Monday, pg 2
OBITUARY: Mrs. Jacqueline Mitchell, 26, of Savanna, who formerly lived in Lanark, died Wednesday in Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, following a brief illness. She was born September 1, 1946 in Rockford, daughter of William and Doris (Lamoreux) Evans. Surviving are three sons, Daniel, Douglas, and Mitchell, all at home; three brothers, Steven of Freeport, and Fred and Cecil, both of Savanna; her mother, Mrs. Doris Orth of Savanna, and her father, also of Savanna. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Frank Funeral Home, Lanark. The Rev. John E. Vanscoy of Lena with officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner Message bodyFreeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Friday, January 12, 1973

MARTIN M. MITCHELL , who has been ill for several weeks died last Wednesday January 5, 1910. He was born in Vermillion Co., In April 27, 1827 (Biography says April 21) and at the time of his death was 82 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was the son of Azariah and Huldah Mitchell. He with his parents moved to Stephenson Co., when he was nice years old. He came to Lanark in 1898. In 1853 he was married to Thirza Herrington. Eight children were born to them, four of whom are living: Cordelia Gray, of JoDavies County; Anna Wertz, Amanda and Stephen Mitchell of Lanark. He was married to Ameila Hyams in April 1879, who died three years ago. The funeral was held on Friday afternoon at the Abrahamic church of which he was a member. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Marsh and interment was in the Lanark cemetary.

ROBERT DALE MITCHELL , 78, of Savanna, died Saturday at his home. Funeral services were 11 a.m. today at the Community United Church of Christ with the Rev. Robert Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church today prior to the funeral service. Military rites will be provided by the Sabula American Legion Mississippi Post 74. There will be a luncheon at the Community United Church of Christ following services at the cemetery. He was born July 24, 1926, in Savanna to George and Sena Jurgens Mitchell. He married Joyce Dickinson on June 4, 1949, at the United Methodist Church in Sabula. He worked as a railroad engineer with the Savanna Army Depot for 35 years before retiring in 1981. Prior to his employment at the depot, he served in the United States Navy during World War II during the South Pacific campaign. He also played a musical instrument in the United States Navy Band. He was a member of the Sabula American Legion Mississippi Post 74 and the Masonic Resurgam Lodge 169 of Sabula. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert (Mary) Mitchell of Clinton and Rodney (Diane) Mitchell of Camanche; one daughter, Mrs. Sena (Tim) Schoenig of Savanna; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Mitchell of Savanna; and one stepsister, Norma Zajicek of Savanna.
Clinton Herald August 9,2004

ELIZABETH (FALLON) MONN , 81, formerly of Savanna, died July 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. The Rev. Lisa Mapes of the First United Methodist Church, Savanna, will be officiating. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born April 26, 1923, to Patrick and Helen Fallon in Edinburgh, Scotland. She came to the United States and married her husband Milo on Aug. 21, 1946. She was a member of the Community United Church of Christ. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tricia (Len) Norten of Phoenix; three grandchildren; one sister, Cathy Tait of Edinburgh; and a brother, Tommy Fallon of Edinburgh. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, one brother and one sister. A general memorial fund has been established.
Clinton Herald 27 July 2004

CHARLES S. MONTAG , a lifelong resident of this community, passed away suddenly last evening, July 19, 1938, while in his yard, death being caused by a heart attack. He was born near Pleasant Prairie, in Carroll County, March 1, 1861, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Montag, early settlers of northern Illinois. As a young boy he moved to a farm near Shannon all the remaining years of his life being spent in this community. He was married December 23, 1890 to Miss Rosa Olbert, who survives, as do a daughter, Mrs. E. C. Truckenmiller, of Shannon, a son August of Maywood, Ill., and one grandson. He has two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Bohen, of Miller, South Dakota and Mrs. Emma Sword of Lanark. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Montag was a member of the Masonic lodge and on June 12 a picnic was given in his honor at which time he was presented with a fifty-year badge. He served as a worthy patron of the Eastern Star for a number of years. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
COntributed by Alice Horner

KARL AUGUST MONTAG , 90, longtime educator and mason, a resident of a retirement home in Lodi, Wis., formerly of Shannon and Rochelle, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 1994 in St, Mary’s Hosptial in Madison, Wis. Born Jan. 18, 1904 on a farm near Shannon, he was a son of Charles F. And Rosa (Olbert) Montag. He and Ruth Genevieve Sheetz were married July 23, 1930, in Plains. She died June 20, 1985. He moved to Rochelle from Bellwood in 1970. He was a member of St. Bride’s Episcopal Church in Oregon, a 65-year member and Past Master of the Shannon Masonic Lodge, an honorary member of the Melrose Park Masonic Lodge, a member and Past Worthy Patron of the Freeport Order of the Eastern Star, a member of Freeport’s Scottish Rite Bodies and Medinah Shrine of Chicago, and a charter member of the Rochelle Community Hospital Surgical Reception Committee. He retired in 1966, after serving 25 years as superintendent of the Berkley Cook County District #87 School System. Surviving are one son, Charles (Leslie) Montag of Poynette, Wis., and three grandchildren, Thomas F., Marc C. and Laura L. Montag, all of Pittsburgh, PA. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Mary Truckenmiller, in 1983. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church with the Revs. Thomas J. Lamb and Donna DeHetre officiating. Burial will be in the Shannon Brethren Cemetery in Shannon. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bride’s Episcopal Church or to a church of the donor’s choice. Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, made the arrangements.
Contributed by Alice Horner

RUTH MONTAG , 82, of Rochelle, formerly of the Shannon area, died Thursday morning (June 20, 1985) at the Rochelle Community Hospital after a brief illness. In June 1930 she graduated from Deaconess School of Nursing (now Freeport Memorial) in Freeport. For a number of years, she was employed by Drs. Smith and Murray in Maywood. She was a member of St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, Oregon, active in the Rochelle Community Hosptial Auxiliary and a past worthy matron of the Rochelle Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was born in Freeport on June 3, 1903. On July 23, 1930 she married Karl August Montag in Pleasant Plains. Surviving are her husband; one son, Charles F. Of Rochelle; and three grandchildren. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Brethren Cemetery, Shannon. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to St. Bride’s Episcopal Church or the church of your choice. Arrangements were completed by Scharman Funeral Home, Shannon.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MYRTLE C. (WILSON) MORGAN , 89, of Mount Carroll died Friday, March 12, 1999 at Freeport Memorial Hospital . Daughter of Clarence and Margaret (Douglas) Parker Wilson, she was born Wednesday June 2, 1909 in Chicago . She and her family moved to Savanna when she was young, and she attended both grade and high schools in Savanna. On April 17, 1926 she and Clyde Morgan Sr. were married in Clinton , Iowa . She was a member of the Nase Corps 95 (W.R.C.) and served as Worthy Matron of Ola Chapter 1970, Order of the Eastern Star in Mount Carroll , and the Carroll Chapter of the DAR. Her community work encompassed 22 years of Girl Scouts, including Girl Scout leader for many years. A member of First Baptist Church in Mount Carroll , she was a Sunday school teacher for eight years, and participated in the Martha Circle . She enjoyed flower gardening, tending to her houseplants, and keeping bird feeders outside her home for the hummingbirds and finches. Surviving are two daughters, Betty (Lee) Divelbiss of Mount Carroll and Margaret (Marvin) Bausman of Thomson; one son, Douglas (Lillian) Morgan of Camanche, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one son, Clyde Morgan Jr.; two brothers, Chester and Irving Parker; one sister, Margaret Stevenson; and two great-great-grandsons, Kyle and Zachary Preston. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Dan Cunningham of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll . Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday to time of service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for First Baptist Church .
Contributed by Alice Horner

ORA MAY (SCHNITZLER) MORGAN , 83, Lanark, died Friday at her daughter's home near Dixon, Ill. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, Ill., with Pastor David Vidler of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, Ill. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. She was born April 15, 1920, near Massbach, Ill., to John and Birtha Erhdt Schnitzler. She married Raymond Morgan. She attended country school. At one time, she worked at Alcoa in Savanna, Ill. Survivors include two sons, Raymond Morgan of Lanark and Vernon Morgan; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy (Phil) Szewczyk of Dixon and Mrs. Alfreda (Tom) Jackson of Cooksville, Ill.; seven grandchildrne; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Bowman of Savanna, Myrtle Gorzney of Mount Carroll and Ruby Sipe of Baudette, Minn. She was preceded in death by a daughter, nine brothers and sisters and a great-grandson. A memorial fund has been established for KSB Hospice in Dixon, Ill.
Clinton Herald November 14, 2003

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