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John Edward FITZGERALD, son of William H. and Emily Fitzgerald was born in Clay County, Illinois, September 2, 1859 and departed this life at his home in Iola, Illinois March 23, 1938 at the age of 78 years, 6 months, and 21 days.
He was united in marriage to Louisa Frances Scott in 1879. To this union was born thirteen children, six preceding him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and seven children: Fred Fitzgerald of Bloomington, Illinois, Esta Fitzgerald of Iola, Illinois, Mrs. Pearl Krutsinger of Louisville, Illinois, Mrs. R. B. Mitchell of Louisville, Illinois, Mrs. Hugh Holloway of Rochelle, Illinois, Mrs. Barton Gibson of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Ray Weidner of Springfield, Illinois. Also, eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters, being S. T. Fitzgerald of Hoosier, W. F. Fitzgerald of Iola, Illinois, and Pearl Fitzgerald of Farina, Illinois, Mrs. Louis Wolfe, of Louisville, Illinois, Mrs. John Woods of Flora, Illinois, Mrs. Oscar Burgess of Flora, Illinois, and a host of other relatives and friends.
The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, and toil with a will. Place no faith in tomorrow for the clock may be still.
We the family wish to thank our many neighbors and friends for their untiring efforts during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father, for the many words of sympathy and the many beautiful floral offerings.
(signed) Mrs. Fitzgerald and children
We have lost our dear father, we have lost our dear father.
He has bid us all adieu; he has gone to live in Heaven
And his form is lost to view.
Oh that dear one, how we loved him,
Oh how hard to give him up,
But and angel came down for him and removed him from our flock.
Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more than height
Since the spirit of our loved one took its happy homeward flight.
Farewell, till in some happy place
We shall behold thy face again.
Tis our’s to miss thee all our years and tender memories of thee keep,
Thine in the Lord to rest for so He giveth his beloved sleep.
So live, that when the summons comes to join the innumerable caravan,
which moves to that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death.
Thou go not like the quarry slave at night, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed.
Does an unfaltering trust approach thy grace, like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

Lawrence Earl FITZGERALD
Lawrence Earl FITZGERALD, 81, of Farina, passed away at 1:25 AM Saturday, April 14, 1984 in St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Mr. Fitzgerald was born in Louisville, as son of Madison Lafayette and Lillian Mae (Halberstadt) Fitzgerald. He was the former owner of Fitzgerald’s Grocery Store in Aurora and a retired supervisor for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He married Lavina Land in 1922. She passed away in 1925. He married Vaudeth Pemberton in 1929. He married Alma Bostic Fitzgerald in 1964. Surviving are his wife, son Harold of Las Vegas, Nevada, daughters, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Sommers and Karen Remy, both of Aurora, brother Glenn of Farina, thirteen grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A son, a daughter, three sisters, a brother, and two grandchildren preceded him in death. The funeral was held Monday, April 16th at 1:30 P.M. at the Ranken Farina Chapel with Rev. Larry Collins officiating. Burial was in the Iola Cemetery.

Thus passed Madison Lafayette FITZGERALD on February 2nd while at Weber Sanitarium. The surroundings and circumstances of his death are best descriptive of the man. He died as he had lived; his chart had no blind voids, his compass was steady, and his course straight. He was the son of William H. and Emily Fitzgerald, born near Louisville, Illinois on June 15, 1869. He was 60 years, 7 months and 17 days of age. On October 1, 1891, he was united in marriage to May Halbaerstadt. To this union six children were born; Three sons and three daughters. One daughter, Nellie, died in infancy. He joined the Protestant Methodist Church as a young man. His spiritual life was manifested in his faith, courage, and righteousness. He leaves to mourn their loss his loving companion, three sons, Bryan, Earl, and Glenn; two daughters, Mrs. William Synder of Farina and Mrs. B. M. Sims of Chicago. Also, five brothers; John and Howard of Iola, Stewart of Louisville, and Wake. And four sisters; Pearl of Farina, Mrs. Rose Wolfe, Mrs. Laura Woods, and Mrs. Flora Burges, all of Flora, Illinois, besides a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C. L. Hill, Wednesday, February 5, at the Methodist Church in Iola. Burial was in the Iola Cemetery.

Emily Schmidt FITZGERALD
Emily Schmidt FITZGERALD, daughter of Elizabeth and Joseph Schmidt, was born in Ohio Oct. 9, 1838. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Burgess, at Flora IL March 23, 1925 at the age of 86 yrs., 5 mo. and 14 days. She had been in failing health for two years but was able to be up around the home until the last two weeks of her life. She was united in marriage to W.H. Fitzgerald Sept. 17th, 1856. To this union were born 13 children...8 sons and 5 daughters, nine of who survive her. John, Howard and Lafe Fitzgerald of Iola, IL, and Steward of Louisville, IL. Wakeman of Clay City, IL, Pearl of Farina, IL and Laura Woods of Flora, IL. Two sons, James and David and 2 infant daughters preceded her in death. Her husband fell dead from heart failure Oct. 13, 1911 at the age of 76 yrs. Mrs. Fitzgerald was the youngest and last of the Schmidt family. She came to Illinois with her parents more than 80 yrs. ago. The brothers were John, Edward, James, Joseph and Jacob and two sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth. The funeral services were held at the home in Flora, IL at about 2:30 p.m., the same day of her death conducted by Rev. Doty, pastor of the First Christian Church of Flora, IL. After the services the remains were taken to the home of her son Howard at Iola and 2:30 p.m., Tuesday the usual funeral was held at the M.E. Church conducted by Rev. Russell of Farina, IL. A large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last respects to an old time relative and friend. After the service she was laid to rest beside her husband in Iola Cemetery, there to await the coming of Him who said, "I am the resurrection. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Farewell, dear mother, the last is done, Your toils are over the victory won.

Feb. 11, 1941, Mrs. Angeline FITZGERALD, widow of the late David Fitzgerald, died at the Dellos Allen home Tuesday. Mrs. Fitzgerald had been ill for nine weeks. She was 79 years of age. She is survived by Irwin Fitzgerald, a son, and Mrs. Dellos Allen, a daughter. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Home church this afternoon.

Nancy Flinn Fleming
Mrs. Nancy Flinn Fleming was born near Johnsonville Ill. June 28, 1842, died at her home in Xenia, Ill. June 3, 1914, age about 72 years. She was married to the late Robert Fleming in 1865 (Mr. Fleming died Feb. 1901.) To this union six children were born; two of whom died in infancy, one daughter Nellie, Mrs. G. A. DeFlome, died in Oct. 8, 1912. The surviving children are Robert Fleming of Xenia, Mrs. R. H. Parrot of Catlin and Mrs. Bert Rowland of Ludlow, all of whom were with her during her last sickness and death.
Besides the children she leaves three grand children and five children of her step daughter, Mrs. Kate Holaday, to whom she was grandmother indeed and since the death of their parents especially has give to them her great mother love in abundance.
When 16 years of age Mrs. Fleming was converted and united with the General Baptist church. A few years ago she changed her membership to the Xenia Methodist church. She was an earnest faithful follower of Christ thorugh all the years. A great lover of home and above all else a loving Christian mother. Her children’s interests first in her thought; their salvation first in her prayers, truely a mother in Israel has gone to her reward.
[Source: Southern Illinois Record (11 June 1914). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

George T. Fry
The Passing of a Good Citizen
Uncle George T. Fry passed away at his home in this city last Monday morning at 12:45, after an illness of nearly eight weeks. He was 83 years of age, and came to this county from Clark County, Ind., over 30 years ago. Up to eight or nine years ago he successfully followed the business of a farmer on the place he entered when he came to the county, two miles south of this city, when he retired and moved to Flora. After a residence of one year there he moved to Louisville, which became his home.
Uncle George was a volunteeer soldier of an Indiana regiment during the war between the states, and for the past forty years he has been a volunteer soldier of the christian church. He is survived by five living children.
The funeral services were Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church, conducted by Elder J.S. Rose, and the interment was in Orchard Hill cemetery.
It was fitting that Elder Rose could preach this man's funeral, for they had been friends for many years and were very close--Louisville Republican
[Source: Flora Journal Record September 22, 1921]



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