Carroll County Obituaries

HENRY PABST - Funeral Services for the late Henry Pabst will be held Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o'clock at the Lutheran church, Rev. Mr. West, the pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Lanark cemetery. Mr. Pabst, who was 79, died Thursday afternoon in a Freeport hospital. He was born in Germany on March 3, 1865, and at the age of 15 came to America. He was united in marriage to Emma Hess on April 9, 1892. Surviving are the widow; two children, Mrs. Edward Orth of Lanark and Emil Pabst of Shannon; one step-daughter, Mrs. Bernard Rinderman, of Freeport; three brothers and three sisters, John Pabst of Amboy, August of Dixon, George of Maryland Station, Mrs. Kathryn Brick, Mrs. Mary Dean and Mrs. Anna Homberg of Freeport. A daughter and a brother preceded him in death.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard August 26, 1944

HERBERT W. PAGE , was born at Auburn, N. Y., July 3, 1850, came to Illinois in 1876 was married in 1873 to Amelia Landon, of Fremont, Il. To them three children were born, two daughters and one son, of which only the son, Herbie, a boy of seven years, is now living. The deceased had been a sufferer of heart trouble for years, but had no serious illness until about a year ago when he was attacked with brain fever, from which he never fully recovered. A few months ago consumption set in and he grew weaker day by day until Nov. 27, at 15 minutes to six p.m. he died, at the home of his father-in-law, G. W.Landon. Funeral services were held at the house, Rev. Z. T. Livengood officiating. The remains were taken to the family burial place six miles west of Fremont. The bereaved wife and family desire to express thanks to neighbors and friends for kindness shown them in their affliction.
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HELLEN LEONA PAGE , daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Herbert Page, was born in Rockford IL July 11, 1909 and died at the family home Sept. 27, at the age of 2 years 2 months and 16 days. The body was brought to Milledgeville to the home of William Calkins on Thursday evening. The funeral was conducted from the house on Friday afternoon at 2 by Rev. Z.T. Livengood. Interment was made in Bethel cemetery.

MRS. A.WILLFONG PARKER - It is with much regret that it becomes our painful duty to chronicle the demise of Mrs. A. W. Parker, who passed beyond the cares of this earth, Tuesday afternoon, at about 2:30 o'clock, after a painful illness of six weeks. the deceased's maiden name was Mary Willfong and was born in the state of Indiana, June 28, 1843, thus she was just entering upon the 55th year. She was married in 1864 to Mr. A. W. Parker and for a number of years resided in Illinois, thence in Dakota and some seven years ago moved to this place with her husband and family. She had always enjoyed good health until taken ill a number of weeks ago and about a week ago was much better and her recovery was thought to be a certainty, but last Sunday evening she began to fail and she knew that her time was close at hand and notified her husband and sons of the fact, but remained conscious up to the last, and just before the Angel of Death called her away she bid one and all of her family a parting good bye, and then passed away sweetly and calmly, having trusted all with her Maker. She was a firm believer in the Christian faith and was an earnest member of the M. E. church of this place. She leaves a beloved husband, five sons, all of whom are men grown, and a large circle of warm friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church at this place, yesterday afternoon, Rev. O. E. Curry officiating, and her remains laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. We copy the above from the Puget Sound Mail, published at Laconner, Washington. The deceased was a sister to M. H. Willfong who lives near Milledgeville.
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SUSIE E. PASSMORE - At her home in Rockford, Ill., thursday morning Nov. 2, 1893, of tuberculosis and rheumatism, Mrs. Susie E. Passmore, aged 30 years. Mrs. Passmore was a sister of Mr. I. N. Evans of this place, and was born in Oneida Co., N. Y. She spent a number of months in Milledgeville several years ago, at which time she formed many warm friends who will now greatly mourn her loss.
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BENJAMIN L. PATCH , ex-county judge, and one of Carroll county's best known citizens has answered the summons of the higher Judge of all mankind and crossed the dark river into the mysterious country of the blessed dead at 3:45 o'clock Wednesday afternoon May 25. For six weeks the venerable man has been confined to his room and for several days past it was realized that he was nearing the end. He knew that his days were drawing to a close and calmly awaited the end and met it bravely. He was born in Susquehanna county, Pa., Sept. 13, 1828, and was raised on a farm. He attended the public schools of his day and later took a course in the Hartford, Pa., University. He learned the printer's trade which he followed for a time. He also taught school in his home state and in Illinois. He came to Mt. Carroll Dec. 4, 1853. He had been admitted to the bar earlier in the season, arriving there late in the afternoon and the next day tried a law suit, which he won and his future was made. He built up a large practice and became one of the solid pioneer citizens of the city and county. He rose in politics, as in law, was county clerk, then went to the legislature, where he prepared and had passed a special charter creating the city of Mt. Carroll. Then he was elected county judge and succeeded himself time and time again until he had held the position for 29 years and had administered many estates. At the conclusion of his term of county judge he resumed the practice of law. Handwritten date 1910

JONATHAN PATCH , was born September 14, 1842 at Westbury, New York, and passed away at his home in Milledgeville, Carroll County, Illinois, Sunday morning April 12th at 6 o'clock. Mr. Patch had not been in good health for a years or more but his last illness dated from Friday, April 3rd. During his illness he was tenderly cared for by his wife and children who in his death lose a kind husband and father. Mr. Patch was united in marriage at Coleta, Illinois, in 1866 to Miss Dorothy Chase who with one daughter, Mrs. George Fleming of near MIlledgeville, and two sons, James who resides in Kansas and William who it at the home, are left to mourn. Mr. Patch had resided in Milledgeville for about twelve years and during that time made many friends who will miss him as he was an honored citizen. For many years he had been member of the Christian church at Coleta, his former home before coming to Milledgeville. The funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Brethren church in Milledgeville. Rev. Marlow, pastor of the Christian church at Coleta, officiated. The interment was made in Bethel cemetery.
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MARY CLEMENTS WEBBER PAVEY - (Mrs. Gilbert Pavey) - the oldest sister of Mrs. Joseph Lawton and Mrs. E. Jackson of Milledgeville, died at her home in Rutland, Iowa, Tuesday, march 5th, after a lingering illness of more than one year with a cancer. She was a patient sufferer being confined to her bed since last June. The deceased's maiden name was Mary Clements. She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Clements and was born in New York State. She came west with her parents and before going to Iowa she resided in the vicinity of Polo. She has been married twice. Her first husband was Benjamin Webber and after his death she was again married to Gilbert Pavey who with the following brothers and sisters is left to mourn. Charles Clements of West Branch, Iowa and David Clements of Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs. E. Jackson and Mrs. ANna Lawton of Milledgeville and Mrs. Richmond of Rolfe, Iowa. The later lived about twelve miles distant from her afflicted sister and was able to be with her a great deal during her long illness. Mrs. Pavey was 58 years old last August and was a woman who was highly esteemed for her many acts of kindness. The funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church at Rutland last Thursday. Her sisters who reside here were unable to be in attendance at the funeral on account of sick...... end of obit missing.
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MR. & MRS. G.W. PERRY - The home of Rev. G. T. Perry, pastor of Red Lion charge Cincinnati conference, has been the scene of deep affliction for several months. The father. Rev. G. W. Perry, a superannuate of Rock River conference, departed to his reward in great peace March 22, and the wife of our deceased brother followed him April 1. Mrs. E. M. Perry was a faithful wife and mother, She died in triumph. - Northwestern Christian Advocate. We publish the above, as we think it may be of interest to many of our readers. Rev. and Mrs. Perry were residents of Milledgeville some 16 or 17 years ago, Mr. Perry having charge of the M. E. church here for two years.
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JAMES PHIALMLEE of Savanna, who was an equipment operator with the Savanna Army Depot before retiring, died Tuesday in Savanna City Hospital. He was a World War II veteran. Born Feb. 1, 1911, in Hanover, he was the son of James and Mary (Atkins) Phialmlee. He married Faye Bowers Nov. 23,1940, in Clinton, Iowa. Surviving are his widow; a brother, Robert of Savanna; and five sisters, Mrs. Hal (Joy) Shrake of Savanna, Mrs. Clyde (Gertrude) Law, Mrs. Kenneth (Jessie) Bryant and Mrs. Frank (Maxine) Quade, all of Thomson, and Mrs. John (Leona) Mason of Hanover. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. The Rev. David Williams, pastor of Savanna Community United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard Date: 7-17-1974

MRS. RAYMOND PHILLIPS - Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home for Mrs. Raymond Phillips, 73, who died in her home Wednesday [1-4-1967] following a short illness. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. She is survived by her husband and a brother, Harry Casselberry, Savanna.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 6 Date: 1-5-1967

ELIZABETH (ZUCK) PIESEN , Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Piesen, 73, 312 S. Broad Street, who died Friday morning (September 2, 1977) in Freeport Memorial Hospital after a short illness, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Lanark Church of the Brethren with burial in Lanark Community Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today in Frank Funeral Home. A memorial has been established for Pine Crest Manor. Survivors include her husband, Rev. Joseph Piesen; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Zuck, Lanark; a son, David E. Piesen, Lakewood, Ohio; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Homer A. Zuck and John B. Zuck, both of Lanark.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOSEPH F. PIESEN , 77, of Lanark, died Tuesday evening at Freeport Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He attended Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and Bethany Biblical Seminary in Chicago. He was pastor of Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren near Pearl City and the West Branch Church of the Brethren until retirement in 1979. However, he continued to serve as a part-time pastor several years for different congregations. He was a member of Lanark Lions Club and the Lanark Church of the Brethren. Born April 3, 1905 in Mason, Mich., he was the son of Francisco and Amelia (Gater) Piesen. He married Anna Schmidt in 1928. She died in 1937. In 1938, he married Elizabeth Zuck, who died in 1977. On March 2, 1979 he married Beulah Wilson. Surviving are his widow; one son, David of Cleveland, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn (Richard) Zuck of rural Lanark; one brother Julius of Cottonwood, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to two wives, he was preceded in death by one brother. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lanark Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Don Roberts, pastor, the Rev. Orville E. Cole, pastor of Lanark United Methodist Church and the Rev. Carl Myers, pastor of Elgin Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ROSIE (GRIMES) PLOCK , 80, Lanark, died Wednesday morning (01 Jan 1975) in Freeport Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Frank Funeral Home in Lanark with the Rev. Merle Hawbecker officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Friday. Rosie Plock was born March 3, 1894 in rural Lanark, the daughter of Charles and Florence Stahl Grimes. She married Louis Plock on Mar 18, 1914 in Lanark. They farmed in the Lanark area, moving into Lanark in 1949. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Esther Kluck of Lanark; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; one brother, Russell Grimes of Lanark; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Dorothy) Lessman of Shannon. One brother preceded her in death.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday, 2 Jan 1975

EDWARD POORMAN , 74, died early Thursday morning, June 6, 1946 in his home at 1420 Roosevelt Street, Clinton, Iowa after a brief illness. Funeral services were held in the Shadduck funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2, with the Rev. Howard J. Machlan of Lyons Methodist Church officiating. Mrs. George O. Hanssen and Mrs. Albert Witt sang “Rock of Ages,” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” with Mrs. Nicholas Peterson the accompanist. Pallbearers were Calvin McPeek, Harold Roggendorf, Martin Anderson, and Harry O’Dell. Burial was in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Illinois. Mr. Poorman was born March 3, 1872 in Mount Carroll, where he lived until 12 years ago when the family moved to Clinton, Iowa. Besides his widow, he is survived by four sons and one daughter; Marion Poorman of Thomson, Ed Poorman Jr. of Burlington, Ben Poorman of Rock Island, Lee Poorman and Mrs. John Swienty, both of Chicago.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, June 13, 1946

EDWARD M.POORMAN , 78, formerly of Thomson, died January 2, 1980 at Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Iowa. The funeral was Saturday in Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson, with the Rev. Howard Brooks, Thomson, officiating. Burial was in Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay. Mr. Poorman was born April 16, 1901 in Mount Carroll to Edward and Jennie (Shoemaker) Poorman. (Alice Horner’s note: The Carroll County Birth Certificates Index shows his birth date was April 17, 1901.) He married Neva Legel. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Virgil (Lois) Anderson of Covina, California; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Lucille Poorman of Savanna; and two brothers, Marion of Wisconsin and Ben of Rockford.
Cotnributed by ALice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois January 8, 1980

LEE POORMAN , 52, of Savanna, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 1950 in the Savanna Hospital where he had been a patient for three days. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of relatives. Friends may call at the Law Funeral Home. Mr. Poorman was a native of Carroll County. He was married to Helen Beck of Thomson, who preceded him in death. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. John (Lucille) Swienty of Chicago and three brothers, Marion Poorman of Savanna, Edward Poorman of Burlington, Iowa, and Benjamin Poorman of Davenport, Iowa. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mrs. William (Neva) Lego. (Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday, December 21, 1950)
Funeral services for Lee Poorman, 52, of Savanna were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 22, 1950 in the Law Funeral Home with Rev. H. Foster Whitney, pastor of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. During the services Arnold Berntsen sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Old Rugged Cross” with Mrs. Raymond Phillips at the organ. Casket bearers were Earl Holman, Joseph Runyan, James Kennedy, D. C. McGinnis, Kyle McGinnis, and Jake McGinnis. Burial was in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Mr. Poorman died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday December 20, 1950 in the Savanna Hospital where he had been a patient for three days. He was born January 12, 1898 in Mount Carroll, son of Edward and Jennie (Shoemaker) Poorman. (Alice Horner’s note: The Carroll County Birth Certificates Index shows his date of birth as January 12, 1899.) Surviving are a sister, Mrs. John (Lucille) Swienty of Chicago, and three brothers, Marion of Savanna, Edward of Burlington, Iowa, and Benjamin of Davenport, Iowa. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mrs. William (Neva) Lego.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday, December 28, 1950

NEVA (LEGEL) POORMAN , 91, of Fulton, formerly of Burlington, Iowa, died Thursday May 20, 1999 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. She worked as a housekeeper at various hotels in Burlington and at the Burlington Basket Factory. She enjoyed working on crafts and gardening. She was born August 26, 1907 in Mount Carroll, to Charles and Lucinda (Schleuning) Legel. She married Edward Poorman April 27, 1926 in Clinton, Iowa. He died January 2, 1980. Survivors include three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two daughters, three sisters and four brothers. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, May 22 at Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay, with the Pastor Peter Ye of the Thomson United Methodist church officiating. Memorials may be made to her family.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois Thursday, May 27, 1999

MARGARET L. PURCELL - 46, of Savanna, died Dec. 14, 1993 at her home at 5496 Marcus Road, Washington Township. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with the Rev. Lucille Fritz, pastor of Community United Church of Christ, Savanna, officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Camanche, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Ms. Purcell was born Nov. 29, 1947 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Orlin B. and Margaret B. (Oswell) Rallie. She owned and operated the Copper Spoon restaurant in Thomson and later moved it to Savanna where she operated it for several years. Survivors include one son, Richard Pursell of Savanna; a special friend, Joy Raymond of Savanna; and one daughter, Mrs. Allen (Jean) Quick of Morrison. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette December 16, 1993 - Thursday, pg A2

NANCY (WALTERS) PURCELL - At her home in Milledgeville, Ill., Nov. 3, 1893, of cholera morbus, Mrs. Nancy N. Purcell, aged 73 years, 4 months and 1 day. The maiden name of the deceased was Nancy N. Walters, and she was born in Loudon Co. Virginia, in July 1820. She removed to Ohio with her parents, and in 1838 she was united in marriage to Thomas V. Purcell. She and her husband returned to Virginia where they resided until they moved to Ogle County, Illinois in 1860. They lived at Eagle Point, Ogle Co., until about 1872 when they moved to Milledgeville which place has been her home up to the time of her death. Mr. Purcell having been called to his eternal home a number of years ago, and all of her children having gone to homes of their own, Mrs. Purcell spent her last years alone. The deceased was blessed with six sons and two daughters, all of whom are living but one son who died in infancy. The names of those who survive her are: Joseph, Madrid, Iowa; Mahlon W., Eagle Point, Ill.; John N., Paola, Kan.; Mrs. Jasper Shumaker Eagle Point, Ill.; Thomas, Eagle Point, Ill.; Prof. E. H. Purcell, Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Stewart, Marysville, Kansas. She also leaves three brothers and one sister to mourn her loss: William and Dr. T. H. Walters of this place John Walters of Waterford, Knox Co., Ohio and Mrs. Samuel Lester of Hazelhurst. Mrs. Purcell has been in a feeble condition for several years, and yet had it not been for that dreaded disease, cholera morbus, she might have lived many years yet. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. L. Baldwin, occurred at the Brick Church, at half past two o'clock Saturday afternoon, attended by many neighbors and friends of this community and a number of her old neighbors of Eagle Point. Interment took place in the Brick Church yard cemetery. Thus has gone from our midst, one of the old settlers of the community,
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THOMAS PURCELL - The Old Settler, After Months of Intense Suffering, Passes Over to the Great and Silent Majority. The subject of this sketch was born in Loudon county, Virginia, June 7, 1818, where he was educated and grew to manhood. He was married in Knox county, Ohio, in 1839 to Miss Nancy Walters, who with five sons and two daughters survive him. In November, 1860, he came from Virginia, and located at Sterling, Ill., and the following year he moved to the east side of Elkhorn Grove and purchased a farm. There he made his home until 1873 when he purchased property in this place and lived here an honored and respected citizen until his death which occurred on Saturday, February 19, 1887, at 6:55 in the evening. While the death of Mr. Purcell had been expected for weeks, the final announcement that all was over with the brave old pioneer was received with feelings of sorrow by the citizens of Milledgeville and the surrounding country, where he has been a familiar figure to the years gone by. He was a man of genial disposition, but at the same time held very decided opinions and when engaged in conversation always expressed himself clearly and freely. In politics he was a democrat of the Jackson school and the ascendancy of his party to power was a source of great gratification to him, after participating for years in its defeats. Previous to his removal from Virginia he held some minor offices, but while time and again prevailed upon to accept some public position of trust he peremptorily declined, preferring to continue in the walks of private citizen. Thus he lived. An unostentatious life, yet filled with good deeds, performed almost unconsciously, so true and decided were his convictions to right and justice toward his fellowmen. His life was a personification of those traits of character which will weave flowers of sympathy and love around his memory. The people who knew him best are those who now mourn him most sincerely, and who will recall the many good qualities of "Uncle Tom" when the flowers have bloomed again and again above his grave.
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