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CARLOS RANDECKER , age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Saturday, February 7, 2009, at his home in Mt. Carroll. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2009, at the Mt. Carroll Church of God, with Pastor Rick Zickefoose officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Mercy Hospice and the American Cancer Society, or to a memorial of your choice. Carlos was born February 10, 1932, in Woodland Township, Illinois, the son of Theodore and Ora (Sisler) Randecker. Carlos attended rural schools and graduated from Mt. Carroll High School in 1950. Carlos married Catherine Ross in 1950. Carlos served in the Illinois National Guard for three and a half years. Carlos worked for local contractors and owned and operated R and I Construction in Mt. Carroll for more than thirty years. Carlos held various offices in the Mt. Carroll Church of God where he was a member for over fifty years. Carlos enjoyed his family, friends, winters in Texas, traveling, cabinetry, hunting, fishing, and helping others. Carlos is survived by his wife Catherine of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; seven children, Jean Cooper of Newfield, New Jersey, Joan (Russell) Hartman of Mt. Carroll, Susan (Gary) McMillin of Decatur, Illinois, Sharon Schultz of Freeport, Illinois, Jerry (Carol) Randecker of Kewanee, Illinois, Linda (Allen) Pauley of Holiday, Florida, and Karen (Jeff) McDearmon of Morrison, Illinois; 19 grandchildren; three step – grandchildren; 19 great – grandchildren; and one step – great – grandchild; five sisters, Arlene Steen of Rockford, Illinois, Loretta (Robert) Schaut of Moravia, Iowa, Elizabeth Rath of Mt. Carroll, Jane (Gary) Cook of Stockton, Illinois, Janet Haas of Stockton, and one brother, Larry (Sue) Randecker of Mission, Texas. Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild, one great – grandchild, and three brothers
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

ORA (SISLER) RANDECKER , 79. Of Mount Carroll died Monday, November 5, 1984 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Robert Schubert and the Rev. Lawrence Shuman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (today). She was born September 2, 1905 in Carroll County, the daughter of Dorsey and Mary (Orr) Sisler. She married Theodore Randecker on November 8, 1927 in Mount Carroll. She was a member of Woodland United Brethren Church. Survivors include two sons, Carlos and Larry, both of Mount Carroll; five daughters, Mrs. James (Janet) Haas Jr. of Stockton, Mrs. John (Jane) Bergman of Flossmoor, Mrs. Robert (Loretta) Schaut of Addison, Mrs. Elizabeth Rath of Mount Carroll, and Mrs. Kenneth (Arlene) Steen of Tallahassee, Florida; 30 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Sisler of Mount Carroll and John Sisler of North Pekin; and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Pauley of Mount Carroll. She was preceded in death by her husband, three infant children, one grandson, two brothers and seven sisters. A memorial fund has been established for the Woodland United Brethren Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Carroll County Review, Thomson, Illinois Wednesday, November 7, 1984

THEODORE W. RANDECKER , 76, of Mount Carroll, died Thursday, December 17, 1981 in his home. A funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll with the Rev. Lawrence Shuman of United Brethren Church officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. He was born September 15, 1905 in Carroll County, to John and Bertha (Mader) Randecker. He married Ora Sisler on November 8, 1927 in Mount Carroll. He was a member of United Brethren Church. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Carlos and Larry, both of Mount Carroll; five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Arlene) Steen of Tallahassee, Florida, Mrs. Robert (Loretta) Schaut of Addison, Mrs. Elizabeth Rath of Mount Carroll, Mrs. John (Jane) Bergman of Flossmor, and Mrs. James (Janet) Haas Jr. of Stockton; 30 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two sister, Mrs. Robert (Mayme) Schubert and Mrs. Lila Smith, both of Mount Carroll. He was preceded in death by a sister, three infant sons, and a grandchild.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Carroll County Review, Thomson, Illinois Wednesday, December 23, 1981

EVELYN M. (SKILES) RANNOW , age 73, of Savanna, Illinois, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at home. According to her wishes, Evelyn will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Law – Jones Funeral Home in Savanna with Reverend Mike Jones of Wesley United Methodist Church of Stockton, Illinois officiating. Burial will follow in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Evelyn was born on August 8, 1936, in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Clyde and Luella (Libberton) Skiles. She graduated as Salutatorian from Savanna Township High School with the Class of 1954. Evelyn served her country in the United States Marine Corp. She married Laurence A. Rannow on September 19, 1958, in Kansas City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 21, 1996, in Clinton, Iowa. Evelyn worked for the United States Postal Service in Savanna for thirty – three years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the VFW Post 2223 Ladies Auxiliary. Evelyn was a crossword puzzle master, an avid reader. She enjoyed taking walks, and listening to country music. Most importantly, she loved the time she spent with her family. Evelyn is survived and lovingly remembered by three daughters, Raquel (Bill) Stocker of Darlington, Wisconsin, Laura Rannow of Savanna, Illinois, and Ronda Rannow of Clinton, Iowa; three sons, Michael (Rhonda) Rannow of Savanna, Ray (Mary) Rannow of Savanna, and Brian (Becky) Rannow of Savanna; one stepson in-law, Gilbert Stralow of Morrison, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Florence (Marv) Brandt of Clinton; and two brothers, Frank (Sharon) Skiles of Slidell, Louisiana, and Raymond (Joanne) Skiles of Savanna, Illinois. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Laurence; twins at birth, Randy and Rayo; and one stepdaughter, Carol. Memorials may be given to Mercy Homecare 638 South Bluff, Clinton, Iowa 52732 in Evelyn's honor.
Contributed by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent - Law-Jones Funeral Home Date: 3 May 2010

MINER RANSOM - At his home in Otter Creek, Monday, March 15, 1897, Miner Ransom, aged eighty-three years, ten months and one day. Miner Ransom was born in Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1813. September 6, 1838, he married Elizabeth Shonk. Eleven children were born to them, of whom eight are still living. About forty-five years ago, he moved with his family to Otter Creek and settled on the farm which was his home until his death. Two years ago in March, his wife died. Not withstanding the almost impassable condition of the roads and the heavy rain, a large number of the friends and relatives of the deceased attended the funeral. Pastor Annable, of the Milledgeville Baptist Church, conducted the services. The remains were taken to Lanark for burial.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

NICHOLAS REDDING , age 23, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Friday, October 26, 2007 after an accident near Savanna, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Nick was born May 3, 1984 in Aurora, Colorado, the son of David and Judy (Kodweis) Redding. He attended school and grew up in Hollister, California. In May, Nick moved to Mt. Carroll to be with family. He was currently employed at Swiss Colony, Savanna. Nick had plans to serve in the United States Army and attend college. He loved the outdoors, had a good sense of humor and enjoyed making other people laugh. Nick will be dearly missed by his parents, David and Judy Redding of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; two sisters, Kathryn Marie Redding of Freeport, Illinois and Kristin Amber Redding of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; two brothers, Sean Redding, a student of the University of Wyoming at Laramie, Wyoming, and Staff Sergeant Rory Redding of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and maternal grandparents, Bob and Toni Kodweis of St. George, Utah. Nick is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

IMOGENE (McCARTHY) RINEHART , age 83, of Polo, Illinois formerly of Savanna, Illinois, died Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Polo. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2008 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, Illinois. Pastor Lisa Mapes of the First United Methodist Church Savanna will officiate. Interment will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Jean was born on May 24, 1925 in Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank P. and Ethel H. (Bisbach) McCartney. She attended Platteville area schools. Jean was married to Harold J. Ehrler. Harold passed away and Jean later married Herschel Rinehart. Jean was a homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was also a Nurse’s Aide at the Savanna City Hospital and was a substitute teacher for Savanna area schools. She also farmed near Milledgeville, Illinois for twenty years. She was a member of the Milledgeville Lutheran Church in Milledgeville, where she was active in several church circles. Jean enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, and creating crafts. Most of all, Jean enjoyed spending time and drinking coffee with her friends. Jean will be dearly missed by five sons, William “Bill” Ehrler of Napa, California, Robert “Bob” Ehrler of Denver, Colorado, Dennis Ehrler of Savanna, Thomas “Tom” Ehrler of Savanna, and David Ehrler; one daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Ehrler of Forreston, Illinois; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren; five brothers, Gerald (Wilma) McCartney of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, Burnell McCartney of Potosi, Wisconsin, Douglas McCartney of Livingston, Wisconsin, Delmar McCartney of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and Cletus (Charlene) McCartney of Oregon, Wisconsin; two sisters, Joetta Siegwarth of Clinton, Iowa, and Joyce Yeoman of Camanche, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. Jean is preceded in death by her two husbands, Harold and Herschel; one daughter, Delores Weiler; and one brother, Robert McCartney.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

DIANA RUTH (RUSSELL) RICHARDS , age 65, of Freeport, died Thursday, November 27, 2003 at the Freeport Manor. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2003 at the Brethren Cemetery in Shannon, with Pastor David Wood of the Shannon Baptist Church officiating. Visitations were from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schwarz Funeral Home in Freeport. A memorial has been established in her memory. Diana was born November 21, 1938 in Little Rock, Arkansas daughter of Bennett and Gussie (Roberts) Russell. Diana married Eugene Richards in Colorado. She was employed at Micro Switch for 15 years. Her great joy was her grandbabies. Diana's family includes her four children, David Richards of Freeport, Tina (Jeff) Kuniej of Freeport, Larry (Shelly) Richards of Austin, Arkansas and Garry (Karen) Richards of Orangeville; her grandchildren, Nicole and Michael Kuniej of Freeport, Savanna, Shannon, and Shyann Richards of Little Rock. Her parents and one son, Eugene Roland Richards precede her in death.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

JESSIE LUCINDA (GROHARING) RIDDLE , 82, of Savanna died Thursday, January 20, 2000 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton , Iowa . Born June 13, 1917 in Savanna, she was the daughter of Howard and Jessie (Hitchcock) Groharing. She married Francis James “Bud” Riddle November 11, 1962 in Savanna. She was a 1935 graduate of Savanna High School . She had been a clerk for the National T Grocery Store in Savanna, and had been a telephone operator for the Savanna Army Depot for 10 years. She was a member of Savanna Bible Church, Ladies Missionary Group, and take Off Pounds Sensibly. Surviving are her husband, Bud, of Savanna; a sister, Opal Cross of Appleton, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, and three brothers. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Savanna Bible Church with Brent Hall, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery . Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A memorial fund has been established for the Savanna Bible Church Building Fund.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ELIZABETH RINGER - At her residence, near Morgan's Glade, Preston Co., West Virginia, Mrs. Elizabeth Ringer, Nov. 30, 1893. She was the eldest sister of Mrs. C. S. Gaylord of this place. She was a devoted Christian and leaves a husband and two sons to mourn her departure.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

GLADYS (TALLMAN) RISTER , of Lanark, who formerly taught school in the Lanark area, died Tuesday, November 27, 1973 in a Dubuque, Iowa hospital. She wa a member of Brookville United Methodist Church. Born October 20, 1903 in rural Lanark, she was the daughter of Ady and Martha (Shafer) Tallman. She was married to Max Rister May 28, 1935 in Dixon. Surviving is her husband. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Frank Funeral Home, Lanark. The Rev. George Woosman, pastor of Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois November 28, 1973

WILLIAM RISTER , 76, a retired Chadwick farmer, died Tuesday evening (17 March 1953) at Community General Hospital in Sterling. He entered the hospital Monday. Death was attributed to a heart ailment. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Fairhaven Church, with burial at South Elkhorn Cemetery. The body is at the Frank Funeral Home. He had farmed south of Chadwick many years and made his home on the farm. His wife, Nellie, died in 1949. Surviving are a son, Max, of Lanark, and three daughters, Mrs. Ned Spencer of Argo, Fa., Mrs. Charles Sucher of Chadwick and Mrs. Kenneth Pearson of Tampico.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 18, 1953 - Wednesday, pg 2

LESTER B. ROBERT , age 93, of Lanark, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 12, 2008, in the Meadowbrook Manor, Bolingbrook, Illinois. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 16, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, Illinois. Burial will follow in the Oakhill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, August, 15, 2008, at the funeral home. Lester was born on July 24, 1915, the son of Theron and Elizabeth (Letto) Robert in Lanark. He served his country from 1942-1945 in the United States Army during World War II. Lester married Margaret Hoover-Jones on December 22, 1948 in Savanna, Illinois. Lester was employed by the Milwaukee Road Railroad in Bensenville, Illinois for 32 years as a switchman. Lester lived in Palatine, Illinois from 1957-1987; after the death of his wife Margaret in 1985, Lester decided it was time to move back to his hometown of Lanark. He loved all animals and was a lifetime member of the Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Association. He enjoyed collecting antiques and playing cards. Most of all, Lester cherished the time be spent with his family. Lester will be dearly missed by three sons, Frederick (Joy) Robert of Hayward, Wisconsin, Lester (Nellie) Robert of Bolingbrook, and Phillip Robert of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Lester is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; three brothers, John, Ralph, and George; and two sisters, Alta and Ester.

ARNOLD A. ROBERTS , 88, of rural Chadwick, Illinois, died Monday, October 6, 2003 at Carroll County Good Samaritan Center in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 10, 2003 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Chadwick, Illinois. Rev. Marcia Strahl, Pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Chadwick, will officiate. Burial will be in Chadwick Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home. Arnold was born Tuesday, June 15, 1915 in rural Savanna, Illinois, the son of Clarence Andrew and Grace (Canaga) Roberts. Arnold married Marian Lucille Zugschwerdt on October 10, 1937 in Davenport, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 14, 1979. He married Joyce Eastabrooks in 1980 in Rawlins, Wyoming. She preceded him in death in 1990. Arnold farmed for many years in rural Chadwick. His memberships included First Lutheran Church in Chadwick and the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Arnold had a great love for the outdoors and was fond of fishing, especially on the Mississippi River. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, traveling and restoring antique tractors. Survivors include his special lady friend of thirteen years, Virginia Livingston of rural Chadwick; a son, Dennis (Betty) Roberts of Chadwick; a daughter-in-law, Carol Lewis Roberts of Rawlins, WY; two grandchildren, Clint Roberts of rural Mt. Carroll, IL, Deb Roberts and her husband Mike Kruger of Chanhassen, MN.; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lavonne Bushman of Milledgeville, IL., a nephew, Ronald (Judy) Bushman of Milledgeville and two great nieces. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, and a son, Larry Roberts on February 13, 1996

BERTHA ROBERTS , 76, Clinton, Iowa, a former Savanna resident, died at 4:40 p.m. Monday [8-21-1967] in Mercy Hospital, Clinton. Survivors include her husband. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Law-Jones Funeral home, here, with burial in Savanna Township Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard Date: 8-22-1967

BLANCHE (ATKINS) ROBERTS , 66, of rural Savanna, died Thursday morning [7-28-1977] at Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. Born May 14, 1911, in Jo Daviess County, she was the daughter of Marion and Ela (Conley) Atkins. She married Herman Roberts July 19, 1953, in Freeport. Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Ray (Jean) Bowden, Maquoketa, Iowa, Mrs. Don (Helen) Holloway, Deer Grove, and Mrs. Dennis (Connie) Zink, Savanna; one son, James Resel, Fond du Lac, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Oscar (Florence) Morrissett, Savanna. She was preceded in death by her parents, one great-granddaughter, one brother and one sister. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna: The Rev. David Coppernoll, pastor of the United Brethren Church of Savanna, will officiate. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard Date: 7-28-1977

GEORGE R. ROBERTS , Savanna, Illinois – George R. Roberts. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Savanna, for George R. Roberts, 68, of Savanna. He died Monday, October 13, 1997 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City. The Rev. Bill Landis will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery, with full military rites accorded by the Savanna VFW. He was born November 13, 1928 in Savanna, to Bert E. and Maria (Weseloh) Roberts. He married Mary Sue Sisler July 14, 1957 in Savanna. He served in the United States Navy and the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a brakeman with the Milwaukee Railroad for 30 years until retiring in 1991. He also owned and operated Robert’s Storage for 10 years in Savanna. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Savanna, the Savanna Moose Lodge 1095, the Savanna VFW Post 2223 and the United Transportation Union. Survivors include his wife; a son, Dave Roberts of Savanna; two granddaughters; four brothers, Harold Roberts of Preston, Iowa, Fount Roberts of Lincoln, Alabama, Wesley Roberts of Lancaster, California, and Melvin Roberts of Cedar Ridge, Colorado; and a sister, Vera Barnes of Tahelequah, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, a brother, and a sister.
Contributed by Alice Horner - The Herald, Clinton, Iowa Wednesday, October 15, 1997

HARMON ROBERTS , 89, of Mount Carroll, died Sunday at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna, Ill. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery, rural Mount Carroll. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. He was born Jan. 27, 1915, in Savanna to Harmon Augustus and Eliza Elizabeth Brunner Roberts. He married Blanche Hazel Atkins Resel on July 19, 1952, in Freeport, Ill. She died in 1977. He attended a country school between Mount Carroll and Savanna. He farmed in Mount Carroll and Savanna. He was a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Connie (Dennis) Zink of Savanna; his companion, Eugenia Francis of Mount Carroll; two stepdaughters, Jean Bowden of Bettendorf and Mrs. Helen (Don) Holloway of Coleta, Ill.; one stepson, James Resel of Dubuque; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann (Leroy) Garien of Preston and Betty Elizabeth Roberts of Savanna; and three brothers, Paul (Frances) Roberts of Mount Carroll, Philip Roberts of Neponset, Ill., and Julius (Donna) Roberts of Morrison, Ill. He was preceded in death by his wife, six brothers and four sisters.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert - Clinton Herald June 24, 2004

HATTIE (GARNER) ROBERTS , 77, died at about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon at her home in Cherry Grove, following an extended illness. Mrs. Roberts, formerly Miss Hattie Garner, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Garner was born in Cherry Grove, March 22, 1861 and on February 22, 1883 was united in marriage. Mr and Mrs. Roberts moved to Fairbanks, Iowa, where they remained until returing to this community in 1911. She is survived by her husband, two children, Mrs. Pearl Rahn of Milledgeville and Earl Roberts of Rockford, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home and at 2 o'clock from the Cherry Grove Church. Rev. I.D. Leatherman, pastor of Church of the Brethren, at Lanark will officate and burial will be made in Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Linda Irwin from the Freeport Journal Standard Date: May 2, 1938

JAMES EDWARD ROBERTS , 80, of Mount Carroll, passed away Sunday 18 February 1968, at Moline Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, the Rev. Gerald Bowers of the Thomson Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. James Roberts was born Dec. 1, 1887 in Frederick, Md., the son of George and Hannah Weddle Roberts. He married Eleanor Scott on Oct. 12, 1910 in Hagerstown, Md. He is survived by his widow, one son Scott of Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Olive) Gilbert of Savanna; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Caroline Hartzell of DeKalb. He was preceded by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 19, 1968 - Monday, pg 2

JOHN WILLIAM BRIGHT ROBERTS - Rest comes at Eventide John W.B. Roberts passed away Sunday evening at 7:30. Recently celebrated Sixty Seventh Wedding Anniversary. John W.B. Roberts aged ninety years, passed away at his home on East Bowen Street Sunday evening shortly after seven o'clock. On August 14 of this year Mr. Roberts and his venerable wife reached the sixty-seventh anniversary of their marriage. At that time Mr. Roberts was apparently in fairly good health although rather feeble. A few days following the marriage anniversary the aged man was taken sick and since then gradually failed and it was realized that life was on the ebb and the end came peacefully at eventide Sunday. Mr. Roberts was born in Henry County, Kentucky in 1822 and when a young man came to Fulton Co., this state where he worked as a farmer. August 14, 1845 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Joy. The first year of their wedded life was spent in Fulton Co. They then decided to locate elsewhere and made their way to the Mississippi River in a prairie schooner. Arriving at the river they disposed of their belongings and came north by boat and landed at Sand Prairie and then walked to Elizabeth where they resided four years. Later they came to Carroll Co. which has been their home. Four children were born to Mr. & Mrs. Roberts, Harmon, Elizabeth (Mrs. J. Hamel Jones) and John have passed away. William resides in Nebraska. Mr. Roberts possessed a remarkable constitution and in his younger days was a man who had great strength. He followed the occupation of miner and farmer in early life and only when age came upon him did he lay aside active duties. In spite of his advanced years his mind was keen and he could relate many interesting tales of pioneer days, when the Red man roamed the forest. Mr. Roberts held the esteem of his fellowman as he was always honest and hard working. His aged wife who has shared his joys and sorrows for a period of over sixty-seven years survives him. During the past several years the aged couple have been tenderly cared for by their grandson, Will Roberts, a youth of about sixteen years who did all in his power to make their last days peaceful and comfortable. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Tuesday). The cortege will leave the home at twelve o'clock and go to Center Hill where services will be held and interment made in the cemetery at that place.
Contributed by Glenda Richter - Savanna Times Journal 30 Sept 1912.

LAURA LEE ROBERTS , infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Roberts, died Friday at 4:20 a.m. in Savanna City Hospital shortly after birth. Surviving are her parents; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sisler of Mount Carroll; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Bert Roberts, Savanna. The child's mother is the former Mary Sue Sisler of Mount Carroll. Funeral service was Friday afternoon in the Law Fuenral Home, Savanna. The Rev. Theophil Mahnke, interim pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in Savanna Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Sept. 21, 1957

MARY (JOY) ROBERTS - dies Friday Night. Mrs. Mary Roberts widow of the late John Roberts passed away at her home on Third Street Friday night at about eleven o'clock, death being due to a natural decline. Mr. Roberts died September 30, 1912 a few weeks after he and his venerable wife celebrated the sixty-seventh anniversary of their marriage. At that time Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were in fairly good health. Soon after the husband was taken sick and passed away. Since then the wife began to fail and on Friday night the end came peacefully. Mary Joy was born December 25th 1825 in Augusta, Maine, and came West with her parents when quite young. Her marriage to Mr. Roberts took place at the home of her parents, August 14, 1845. The first year of their wedded life was spent in Fulton Co. Later they decided to locate elsewhere and made their way to the Mississippi River in a prairie schooner. Arriving at the river they sold their belongings and then took a boat to Sand Prairie and from there walked to Elizabeth where they made their home for four years. Later they came to Carroll County where the family home has been since. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Harmon, Elizabeth (Mrs. J. Hamel Jones) and John have passed away. William resides in Nebraska. Mrs. Roberts while feeble enjoyed the visits of her neighbors and friends and until recently could give interesting accounts of the early history of the county. It was always a pleasure to hear these tales given in her own quaint manner. During the past year Mrs. Roberts has been cared for by her grandson and granddaughter, Will and Grace Roberts, who looked after her comfort with tenderness and love. She has lived a good life and now at the eventide has laid aside its joys and sorrows and has gone to her reward. The funeral will be held at the Center Hill Church tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will be made in the cemetery here."
Contributed by Glenda Richter - Savanna Times Journal 18 April 1914

MARY (SISLER) ROBERTS , Mary Sue Roberts, age 65, of Savanna, Illinois, died Friday, April 2, 2004 at her son's home in Savanna. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, IL. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna, IL. Reverend Tom Moe will officiate. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Mary Sue's name to the First United Methodist Church. Mary Sue was born Saturday, July 16, 1938 to Harold and Gladys (Moore) Sisler at their home in Mt. Carroll, IL. She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School. She married George Roberts on July 14, 1957 in Savanna, IL. George died October 13, 1997. She worked as a cook at Sieverts Restaurant in Mt. Carroll for 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. She was a devoted and active member of the Parents' Teachers' Association. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching a variety of birds and wild animals in her backyard, gardening, and caring for neighborhood pets and her dog, Dudley. Mary Sue is survived by one son, Dave (Sheila) Roberts of Savanna, IL; three granddaughters, Shauna Roberts, Elisa Brown, and Shayla Roberts all of Savanna; one great-granddaughter, Kloey Ostendorf; and one sister, Janette Church of Chicago, IL; She is preceded in death by her parents, husband George, two brothers Ray and Richard "Stoagy" Sisler, and a daughter in infancy.

MELVIN G. ROBERTS , 70, of Cedaredge, Colo., died Tuesday (April 19, 2005) at Veteran's Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colo. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel, Cedaredge. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the chapel with James Gall officiating. Burial will be in the Elgin Cemetery in Green River, Utah, at 3 p.m. Friday. The Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. He was born Jan. 27, 1935, in Savanna, Ill., to Bert Ester and Marie Weseloh Roberts. He spent his childhood in Savanna. He married Laura Jane Brown on Sept. 14, 1963, in Savanna. The couple moved to Cedaredge 10 years ago. He attended Savanna schools. He worked as a missile mechanic with the United States government for 42 years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957 earning the rank of A/1C. He earned numerous medals. He was a member of American Legion Post 104 in Cedaredge. Survivors include his wife; one son, Melvin G. (Regina) Roberts Jr. of Eynon, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. Cindy M. (Von) Roberts-Bowerman of Green River; three brothers, Harold Roberts of Preston, Fount (Joyce) Roberts of Tarrant, Ala., and Wesley Roberts of Canyon County, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert - Clinton Herald

WALTER ROBERTS , 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Roberts of Savanna, died in the Savanna hospital early Sunday morning. Short prayer services were held in the Law funeral home Tuesday afternoon, with burial rites in the Center Hill cemetery. The Rev. Grover Foltz officiated. He was born in Mt. Carroll Township July 10, 1922, and lived with his parents about four miles east of Savanna on the Mt. Carroll road. Surviving are the parents and eleven brothers and sisters. Five brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thursday January 28, 1937 edition Thomson Review

MRS. HIRAM ROBERTSON , an aged widow residing between this place and Coleta, died on Saturday evening at 9 o'clock and was buried Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church, quite a large number of friends being present to pay their last tribute of respect to the old settler.
Contributed by Karen Fyock -- dated May 7, 1887 Scrapbook Clipping

LEO M. ROBERTSON , of Savanna died Tuesday in Savanna City Hospital. Surviving are his widow, Velva; two daughters, Mrs. William Crist and Mrs. Joyce Plosch, both of Savanna; four grandchildren; and two sisters. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Law-Jones Funeral Home at Savanna. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery.
From Dave & Pam Jindrich at Find-A-Grave- Freeport Journal Standard, pg. 3, Wed., Aug. 23, 1967

ERMA L. (BARTH) ROCHE , age 85, of Savanna, Illinois, died Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Alverno Nursing Facility in Clinton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna, Illinois. Reverend Michael Jones will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Savanna. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church in Erma’s memory. Erma was born on June 16, 1922, the daughter of Sherwood C. and Luella Mae (Elliott) Barth in Savanna, Illinois. She married Raymond L. Rocho on June 3, 1962 in Savanna. Erma worked as a Waitress for Shores Restaurant and in Sales for Winkler Jewelry in Savanna. She also worked for the Savanna Army Ordnance Depot as a Munitions Handler. Erma was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wa Tan Ye Club in Savanna. Erma loved dancing and attending military balls with her husband. She was also active in many military ladies organizations. She enjoyed sewing, traveling and spending time with her family. Erma will be dearly missed by one sister, Gloria D. Mc Donnell in Clinton, Iowa; one brother-in-law Donald Adams of Thomson, Illinois and several nieces and nephews. Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; one sister, Berness J. Adams; one infant brother, Leroy and one brother-in-law, Eugene McDonnell.

HELEN M. (FLETCHER) ROOT , wife of ex-postmaster George Root of Lanark died very suddenly at her home in Lanark, Monday morning, November 23, 1903. Mrs. Root was about sixty years of age, and was seemingly in the best of health. She retired Sunday night without offering a complaint. Between four and five o'clock Sunday morning her husband heard her breathing heavily. He arouse to light a lamp. When he turned to the bedside of his wife he found life had left her. Mrs. Root was the mother of five children, Irvin of Dakota; Robert, Mrs. Ezra Schrock, Misses Lizzie and Viola Root, all of Lanark. The funeral services will be held in Lanark, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. Mrs. Root's maiden name was Helen Fletcher, she having been the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Byron Fletcher of Milledgeville.... end of obit missing
SECOND OBIT: Helen M. Fletcher was born near Milledgeville, Ill., on the 7th day of July 1841, and died at Lanark, Ill., on the 23rd day of November, 1903, aged 62 years. 3 months and 26 days. She was united in marriage to George A. Root on the 17th day of June, 1866. Seven children were born to this union two of which number have passed into the world beyond, and the five surviving are, Mrs. Anna Strock, F. Irvin, Lizzie, Robert and Viola, who with their father and two grandchildren, are heartstricken in the consciousness of their great personal loss. While always living within a few miles of Lanark the deceased became a resident of this city in Nov. 1888.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

JEAN S. RURY - Lanark – Memorial services for Mrs. Clyde (Jean S.) Rury, 66, of 138 Harmon Road, Mabank, Texas were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 1987 in the First Baptist Church of Cedar Creek Lake, with Rev. Shelby Bulla officiating. The body was cremated and burial was in Texas. She died suddenly Monday, June 15, 1987 at Lakeland Medical Center in Athens, Texas. She was a former Lanark resident before moving to Texas. She was born on March 3, 1921 in Illinois, the daughter of Frank A. and Henrietta (Woodside) Sisler. She was a resident of Gun Barrel City, Texas since 1980. A 1939 graduate of Lanark High School, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Creek Lake, and the Gun Barrel City Chapter No. 1114 of the Order of the Eastern Star. A former resident of Dallas, she was employed as a microfilm operator with Texas Instruments before her retirement. Survivors include her husband, Clyde Rury of Mabank, Texas; one daughter, Linda K. Ritter of Grand Prairie; two sons, Jan S. Rury of Midlothian, and Jay R. Rury of Dallas; one sister, Betty Perry of Gun Barrel City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Carroll County Review, Thomson, Illinois Wednesday, July 1, 1987

ANNA RUSH - Mrs. James (Anna) Rush died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Olice Atherton today. Her maiden name was Mahalia Curran and she was the daughter of William and Mahalia Bailey, both deceased. She was born at Ohlopyle, Fayette County, Pennsylvania on April 20, 1846 and died at 78 years 11 days; she was united in marriage to James R. Rush at Ohlopyle, Pennsylvania 57 years ago last Christmas Day. Four children were born to them: Carrie (Mrs. Olice Atherton) of Ideal; Fannie (Mrs. Fred Noble) of Granger, Washington; and sons Thomas of Savanna and Frank of Thomson. She had four brothers: Thomas, Hiram, Irvin, and Cramer, all of Ohlopyle, Pennsylvania, one sister, Mrs. Clara Jackson, also of Ohlopyle; ten grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Another Obituary: May 8, 1924 - Mrs. James R. Rush funeral is to be held tomorrow morning at ten at the home of her son Thomas Rush, 28 Walnut Street, Savanna with Rev. E. K. Knapp of the Baptist church of Milledgeville officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll.
Cotnributed by Alice Horner - Daily Times Journal, Savanna, Illinois May 7, 1924

IRVIN RUSH - self-employed auto mechanic, died Saturday [10-10-1964] in Savanna City Hospital where he had been a patient 11 days. Mr. Rush had lived all his life in Mount Carroll. He was 65. Surviving are his widow, Wilma; two daughters, Mrs. Joan Hough, Mount Carroll, and Mrs. Carol Holmes, Freeport; two brothers, James, of Galesburg, and Donald, Mount Carroll; and five grandchildren. Service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Frank Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Freeport Journal-Standard, pg. 6 Date: 10-12-1964

MARIAN (BUCK) RUSH , 81, of Mount Carroll , died Sunday, December 10, 1995 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Mount Carroll . She had worked for 19 years at Frank Furniture Store as a clerk and had also worked for 10 years at the Tea Room in Mount Carroll . Mrs. Rush was born February 2, 1914 in Mount Carroll to William and Susan (Summerville) Buck. She married Donald Rush August 9, 1949 in Mount Carroll . Survivors include her husband and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll with Rev, Suellen Myers of the Luther Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church in Delevan, Wisconsin officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery , Mount Carroll .
Contributed by Alice Horner

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