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Ronald C. Ortmann
formerly of West Dundee
A memorial service for Ronald C. Ortmann 69, of Cherokee Village, Ark., will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Dundee. Rev. William P. Yonker will officiate.
Born Dec. 20, 1929, in Elgin, the son of Edgar and Helena (nee Ehlert) Ortmann, he died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Private burial will be in Arkansas.
A 4-year resident of Cherokee Village, he had been a former Dundee area resident for many years. He retired from the Walmart store in East Dundee where he worked as the electronic department manager. A member of Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village, he served the church as a trustee. Mr. Ortmann had been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in West Dundee and had attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Vera Bode Ortmann, whom he married on May 2, 1987; son, William M. (Christine M.) Ortmann of Elgin; stepdaughter, Diana (Ron) Bachem of Algonquin; stepson, Robert (Lee Ann) Bode of Dundee Township; granddaughters, Ingrid Bode, Gretchen Bode and Vanessa Bachem; and sister, Leota Ortmann of West Dundee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Doris E. Ortmann on Nov. 11, 1985.
Arrangements were made by Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - Submitted by Sara Hemp

Mark S. Walsh
Memorial services for Mark S. Walsh 37, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, at Willow Creek Community Church Chapel in Barrington. Rick Miller will officiate.
Born Sept. 13, 1961, in Beloit, Wis., to Jack and Kay Walsh, he passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Burial will be private.
A resident of Elgin since 1991, Mr. Walsh was a comptroller for the Fox River Stone Company and also owned and operated his own consulting business associated with the World Wide Group. He was a member of Willow Creek Community Church of Barrington, a board member of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the NSA Young Leaders, and a member of the Watch City Cosmopolitan Club.
Surviving are his wife, Cristine Walsh (nee Rose) of Elgin; daughters, Kayla and Andrea, both at home; father, Jack Walsh of Beloit; brothers, Tim, Kevin (Vicki) and Brian Walsh; and many close friends and business associates. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Kay Walsh, in 1997. Visitation will be at the time of services only.
Arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home, Elgin.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 Mark S. Walsh of Elgin, submitted by Sara Hemp

Lucille E. Skar of St. Charles
A memorial Mass for Lucille E. Skar 78, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Charles. Rev. Joseph Linster will officiate.
There will be a reception following the service at the home of Lucille's son and daughter-in-law, James and Karen Skar, 41 W 579 Foxbend Drive, St. Charles.
Born Jan. 12, 1921, in Wilmette, the daughter of William B. and Mary C. (nee Surges) Thalman, she died Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview. Interment was private.
Mrs. Skar is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Carol) of Hunt Valley, Md., William of San Francisco, Calif. and James (Karen) of St. Charles; daughters, Virginia (Robert) Sisler of Littleton, Colo., Deborah (David) Heins of St. Charles and Patricia Skar of Houston, Texas; brother, Bill (Loraine) Thalman of Westerville, Ohio; sisters, Elizabeth (John) Rosemark of Rochester, Minn., Evelyn (Les) Rakow of Northbrook, and Florence Thalman and Mildred Thalman, both of Wilmette; and grandchildren, Daniel, Stacey, Tanya and Katie Skar, Steven and Patrick Sisler, Stephanie Meier and John Heins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Zenon 'Jim', in 1983; and her parents.
Arrangements were made by Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Sara Hemp]

James L. Simpson of St. Charles
A funeral Mass for James L. Simpson 84, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles. The Rev. Edward Seisser will officiate.
Born Nov. 22, 1914, in Dubuque, Iowa, to John and Mildred (nee Baker) Simpson, he died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, St. Charles.
Mr. Simpson was a member of St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles where he had served as an usher for many years. Prior to his retirement at the age of 80, he had worked as a purchasing manager for Harig Products in Elgin.
Surviving are his wife, Jennie R. Simpson; children, Wayne Simpson of Lisle, Mary (Dave) Bulkluy of South Elgin, Gail (Doug) Grzywa of St. Charles and Shirley (Harold) Godby of Bennington, Okla.; sisters, Betty Simpson and Diane (Robert) Ollen, both of Elgin; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., St. Charles.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Donald E. RINNE - 78, of Elgin, died Monday, August 9. Arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, (847) 741-8800. [Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

William J. Chamberlain
formerly of Elgin
Services for William J. Chamberlain 68, of Houston, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. Samuel Lake will officiate.
Born Nov. 18, 1930, in Geneva, the son of Ivan and Florence Clifford Chamberlain, he died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, in Loveland, Colo. Burial will be in Bluff City Cemetery.
He grew up in Illinois and Fort Wayne, Ind., and was employed by Ace Coffee Bar as a route man for many years. He was a veteran of the Army and Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Haman Chamberlain; daughters, Brenda (John) Wigley of Houston and Elizabeth Chamberlain of Elgin; granddaughter, Brittany Wigley of Houston; sister, Beverly (Don) Russell of Elgin; sisters-in-law, Mary (John) Golding, Betty Myers, Darlene (Carl) Doering and Donna (Paul) Hoffman, all of Loveland, Lois (Don) Baum of West Chicago and Dorothy Forbes of Yorba Linda, Calif.; mother-in-law, Jessie Haman of Loveland; cousin, Robert Clifford of West Chicago; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Rev. Donald Forbes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Frances M. Fischbach of East Dundee
A funeral Mass for Frances M. Fischbach 77, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee. Rev. W. Michael McKinstra will officiate.
Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Coleman, Wis., the daughter of Ward and Gertrude (nee Weber) Wiseman, she died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
Burial will be in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee.
A 60-year resident of the area, she was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church and the Dundee Historical Society. She served as a Kane County election/poll judge and was a member of the Dundee Township Senior Citizen Organization. Mrs. Fischbach was an avid fund raiser for the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the Polio Foundation.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary (Clifford) Rath of Texas, Constance 'Connie' Roberts of East Dundee and Gail (Mark) Edwards of Crystal Lake; sons, Craig (Marcia) Fischbach of East Dundee, James (Lily) Fischbach of Elgin and Douglas Fischbach of Colorado; grandchildren, Tricia and Lance Rath, Brenda (Leon) Kao, Troy and Tracey Fischbach, Jim M. Fischbach, and Bob and Eric Edwards; brother, Marvin (Florence) Wiseman of Pound, Wis.; and sister, Irene Raycraft of Ringwood, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd W. Fischbach, on March 23, 1990; daughter, Pamela S. Fischbach, on March 3, 1984; and sister, Mildred Gibbs.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Miller Funeral Home, 504 W. Main St., West Dundee, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass Thursday, at the church.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Obituary of
Bruce Alan Link

Bruce Alan Link, 43, of Elgin died Wednesday, November 21, 2001at Sherman Hospital.
He was born April 30, 1958, the son of Donald and Patricia Link. Bruce graduated from Larkin High School in 1977, and Illinois State University in 1982 with a degree in Elementary Education.
For 15 years he owned his own business, Link's Decorating, refurbishing historic homes in the Elgin area.
For several years Bruce worked for The Association for Individual Development and Jayne Shover Easter Seal Center in the Special Recreation Department. He was currently employed by Cavitt Enterprizes. Bruce had a passion for sports and participated in Elgin area softball and volleyball leagues.
He had a huge heart and enjoyed helping others. Bruce's optimism and kindness endeared him to many.
Bruce's greatest joy in his life were his children.
Survivors are his wife, Donita Lyle Link of Elgin; son, Benjamin Dale; daughter, Caleigh Ann; stepson, R. Andrew Lyle all of Elgin; his mother, Patricia Link of Elgin and his father, Donald (Doris) Link of Astoria, OR; a brother, Donald Ryan Link of Nashville, TN; twin sisters, Cathryn (David) Bergman of Gross Point Woods, MI and Karen (Joseph) Kelly of West Linn, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 10 AM at O'Connor and Homeier Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, November 26, 2001 from 4 to 9 PM at O'Connor and Homeier Funeral Home, 364 Division St., Elgin, IL, 60120. 847-741-1400.
[Courier-News, Elgin, IL, November 25, 2001, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Dixon -- LeRoy H. Christensen, 92, of Dixon , died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at his home. He and his wife owned and operated A & W Restaurant, Dixon , for 18 years, retiring in 1983, and was employed by Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon , for many years. LeRoy was born July 30, 1915, in Maple Park, (Kane County) the son of Howard and Johanna (Peterson) Christensen. He married Florida Elliott on Sept. 11, 1937, in Kaneville. LeRoy was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church , Dixon ; Tebala Shrine, Rockford ; 69-year member and past master in the Masonic Lodge, DeKalb; and past watchman in the White Shrine, DeKalb. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Elvin (Lois) Christensen of Sycamore and Bruce Christensen of East Dundee; two daughters, Lila Loescher of Kent , Wash. , and Karen (Bernie) Lendman of Dixon; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Christensen. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial is at 12:30 p.m. at Gardner Cemetery , Maple Park , immediately following the service. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and an 8 p.m. Masonic service, Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Oak Park , and Ogle County Hospice.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, August 23, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2, submitted by Pat Esterday]

Uncle Bob, 112, Was Illinois' Oldest Vet
Cemetery Headstone

Robert (Uncle Bob) Wilson, Negro veteran of the Confederate army who observed his 112th birthday last January 13, died early yesterday morning in the veterans' hospital at the Elgin State hospital, where he had made his home for several years. Dr. Sidney Klow, who had attended him, stated that Uncle Bob had had two previous sinking spells in the last few weeks. When the third came Saturday evening, he failed to rally, and died at 12:28 a.m.

Once Farmer, Preacher
The aged Negro was the state's oldest war veteran. War Department records show that he was born to slavery at Richmond, Va., on Jan. 13, 1836. He was in the crowd which witnessed the hanging of John Brown, the abolitionist, at Charles Town, Va., in 1859. According to John T. Nelson, veterans' service officer, the records show that "Uncle Bob" took the name of the owner of the plantation on which he lived. He enlisted as a private in Company H of the 16th regiment of Virginia Infantry on Oct. 9, 1862 and discharged May 31, 1863. After the Emancipation Proclamation, Wilson engaged in farming and later took to preaching. He had been living in Chicago at the time he was admitted to the Elgin State hospital Feb. 14, 1941. There he spent considerable time each day reading his Bible. When the weather permitted, he attended church services at the institution.

Gift from Governor
Besides a big cake and a party, the highlight of his 112th birthday last January was receiving a half-dollar from Governor Dwight Green. The 50-cent piece was sent by the governor to replace a similar coin the governor gave, Uncle Bob during a visit to the state hospital November, 1941. The first coin was "for tobacco" but Uncle Bob refused to spend it. He proudly displayed it to visitors and was very disconsolate when he lost it a few weeks before his last birthday. A private funeral is being arranged by Service Officer Nelson for either today or tomorrow. Burial will be in the state hospital's cemetery.
[Elgin Daily Courier-News, Monday, April 12, 1948 - Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Janice Perfors]

Mrs Mary Scott
Death, St Charles, Kane co, Ill
Mrs Mary Scott, widow of John Scott
Date: 9-26-1881
Other info inc'd in listing: born 9-15-1809 Apperley, Leeds, Yorkshire, Eng. Came to Oriskany, Oneida co, Ny 1818. Married 1828, John Scott b 1805 Londonderry, Ireland. Came to Chicago 1837, in St Charles abt 1839. John died 10-17-1877 St Charles, also at son William Scott

Margaret Bartelt Vanderhoof
Newspaper: The Beacon News (Aurora, IL)
Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu

Margaret Bartelt Vanderhoof, 98, of Wasco, IL, passed away unexpectedly on May 5, 1997 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, IL. She was born October 14, 1898 in Batavia Township, the daughter of John William and Rosaline Rose (Alexander) Bartelt. Margaret began her education at the Peck School, near Peck and Keslinger Roads. Following graduation from Batavia High School, she took an exam for teaching at the Kane County Court House and began her career in education. Over the years she continued with summer courses at DeKalb Normal (now NIU) and graduated in 1926. For some thirty-six years, Margaret taught in the Chicago schools. Many of those years were spent at the Shields School at 47th and Western where she taught day and night shifts. On March 29, 1934, she was united in marriage to George L. Vanderhoof and settled into a very different life as both farm wife and Chicago teacher. They made their farm home on Burlington Road until 1952 when they retired and moved to Wasco. Although Margaret continued to teach until 1959, she retired in that year and opened a tea room. A few years later she sold the tea room and retired again-this time, to simply keeping house. For a short time Margaret also wrote a column for the Elburn Herald. Many days, however, they simply enjoyed traveling across the country. She was a member of the Wes Johnson American Legion Auxiliary Post #1195, Wasco and LaFox Farmers Club, and attended the Geneva United Methodist Church. She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Spaulding of Raymondville, TX; one brother, John (Edie) Bartelt of Geneva; one step-daughter, Lois Cardy of Indianola, Iowa; three grandchildren, David Cardy of Montana, Elizabeth of Denver and Patti of Des Moines, Iowa; and 11 nieces and nephews. She joins now her parents; her husband, George; one brother, Spencer; and a nephew, Robert Mungerson, who preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, 1997 at the Geneva United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Hilkemann officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitney Cemetery in Wasco. Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home on Friday, May 9, 1997 from 4 pm until 8 pm.

John A Bartelt
Newspaper: Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

ST. CHARLES - John A. Bartelt, 94, of St. Charles and formerly of Geneva, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. He was born Jan. 29, 1911, on the family farm on Bartelt Road in Blackberry Township. On June 17, 1931, he married Edith Johnson. He attended Geneva schools and grew up to serve the school board for many years. He was a farmer from his youth, and he took over the family homestead at Restmore Farm where he raised pigs, beef and chickens. He supplied many area restaurants and families with eggs. He enjoyed playing cribbage and cards and was especially fond of baseball. When his children were young he coached, umpired, and played on the Geneva "South Siders" team. He was a lifetime member of Geneva United Methodist Church. Survivors include four children, John Bartelt of Polo, Richard (Sharon) Bartelt of Hinckley, Jayne (Jim) Gilligan of Laona, Wis., and Judy (Robert) Connor of Woodstock; 15 grandchildren, Ronald Bartelt of Polo, Scott (Lynn) Bartelt of Goshen, Ky., Steven Bartelt of Polo, Jeffrey (Holly) Bartelt of Stockton, Susan (Kurt) Cavanaugh of St. Charles, Patricia Meyer of Polo, Cheryl Bartelt of Hinckley, Julie (Daniel) O'Brien of Geneva, Amy (Michael) Pedone of Batavia, Pamella (John) Warden of Lakewood, Wis., Kary (David) Bradle of Laona, Wis., JoDee Dufek of Green Bay, Wis., Joan (Richard) Peralez of South Sioux City, Neb., Jim (Jessica) Gilligan of DePere, Wis., and Sean Connor of Woodstock; 32 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother, Spenser; two sisters, Margaret and Dorothy; a grandson, James John Gilligan; a grandson-in-law, Robert Dufek; and a great-granddaughter, Angela Dufek. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Geneva United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jenny Weber will officiate. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva.

Harry William Bartelt
Harry Bartelt, 54, died yesterday [May 1, 1946] in his home in Hart rd., East Batavia, in Kane county. He was a department head for the Howell Manufacturing company of St. Charles. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Caroline Bartelt of Batavia; two brothers and a sister.
[Chicago Tribune - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Edward Harry Bartelt
Edward H. Bartelt, 96, died April 16 [1982] in Tallahassee, Fla., husband of the late Margaret; father of Carl A. and the late Edward G.; grandfather of six; great-grandfather of three. Memorial services May 1, 2 p.m., at United Methodist Church of Geneva, Ill. Please omit flowers.
[Chicago Tribune, Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Clifford V "Cliff" Anderson
Obit: Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Batavia man they say had a zest for life and a good baseball game. Just weeks after celebrating his 70th wedding anniversary, Cliff Anderson, 94, died Sept. 18 due to congestive heart failure. Tami Dipietro has fond memories of her grandfather sitting out on the back porch with his transistor radio, smoking his pipe and listening to whatever ball game was on. "He was a big sports fan," she said. "He would put peanuts in his shirt pocket; the squirrels and chipmunks would run up his shoulder to get out the nuts." Jim Anderson of Batavia attributes his father"™ s longevity to his strong ties to Christianity. "His strong beliefs helped carry him through," he said. For more than 50 years, Cliff Anderson owned and operated Anderson Hardware. Though she was young, Dipietro remembers time spent in the hardware store. "Mainly I remember Boo Boo Days where all the merchants had a big sidewalk sale," she said. " (And) playing with all the nails in the hardware store." From 1961 to 1985, Cliff Anderson held the post of Batavia Township supervisor. He was also a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Boy Scout Troop 6, which just celebrated its 80th anniversary. Cliff and his wife, Helen, 93, both lifelong Batavia residents, were married Sept. 11, 1937, at the parsonage of Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia. Cliff Anderson sang in the choir at the church. Family and friends helped them celebrate their milestone with a party. The couple built a home in Batavia in 1948 on the property where Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory stands today. When Fermilab was built in 1968, the Anderson"™s rebought their house from the government for $1 and moved it two miles west to Center Street in Batavia. More recently, the Andersons lived at the Holmstad Retirement Center. " The fact that he had a lot of good friends at the Holmstad and the support of the Holmstad community kept him going," Jim Anderson said. Cliff Anderson is survived by his wife, Helen; his sons, Jim and Denny (Linda) of Batavia and Dick (Marilyn); his daughter, Vicki (Chris) Trimble; his grandchildren, Nick and Victor Anderson, Billy and Holli Trimble, Randy Anderson and Lori Gregorski, Richard Anderson and Tami DiPietro; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was private. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia.

Clifford V. "Cliff" Anderson Born: April 24, 1913; in Batavia Died: Sept. 18, 2007; in Batavia Anderson Hardware was a Batavia fixture for 50 years

BATAVIA - Clifford V. "Cliff" Anderson, 94, a resident of Michealsen Health Care at the Holmstad in Batavia, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. Cliff was born April 24, 1913, to Victor and Alma Anderson in Batavia. He attended Batavia schools and was on the football team at Batavia High School. He was very active in Boy Scouts. He was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Troop 6, and current troop members recently presented Cliff with a plaque at a celebration of the troop's 80th anniversary. After graduation, Cliff joined his father at Anderson Hardware, which he owned or co-owned for more than 50 years. In his early years as a businessman, Cliff attended Coyne Institute in Chicago for radio repair, after which he opened a radio-repair shop and toy store two doors south of the hardware store on South Batavia Avenue. Sports were a big part of Cliff's life. He loved to recollect memories of his play on the Green Pheasants baseball team. He also was an avid fan of the Blackhawks, Bears, Chicago Cardinals, and White Sox. He was an early and active member of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Kane County Board of Supervisors, Cliff voted on issues that helped shape Kane County through the 1960s. He served as a justice of the peace, and was elected to six terms as Batavia Township supervisor from 1961-1985, a position that his son, Jim, has held since Cliff's retirement. Cliff was an active, lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir and served on the church board. Cliff always enjoyed a cup of coffee and the opportunity to discuss sports, politics and local issues with friends at nightly coffee klatches. Cliff was united in marriage to the former Helen Bartelt on Sept. 11, 1937, at the Bethany Lutheran Church parsonage. Cliff and Helen just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a large gathering of family and friends. They built their home in 1948 on a piece of the Bartelt farm property on East Wilson Street. When Fermilab was formed in 1968, they rebought their house from the government and moved it 2 miles west to Center Street in Batavia. Cliff and Helen were lifelong partners and enjoyed gardening, travel, their beloved church and, most importantly, their children and grandchildren. Cliff is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen; his sons, Jim and Denny (Linda) of Batavia and Dick (Marilyn) of Riverside, Calif.; his daughter, Vicki (Chris) Trimble of Peoria; his grandchildren, Nick and Victor Anderson, Billy and Holli Trimble, Randy Anderson and Lori Gregorski, Richard Anderson and Tami DiPietro; and five great-grandchildren. Burial will be private, and a memorial service will be held at a date to be determined.

Grover F Herring
Grover F. Herring, 72, of Aurora, lost his battle with cancer January 1, 2004 at Countryside Care Centre. He was born December 4, 1931 in Greenville, Alabama, the son of Buford and Myrtle (Fleming) Herring. Grover was a member of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Service, Inc., better known as the INC Board for over 28 years. Grover, who was a local Realtor and parent of a developmentally disabled child, joined the INC Board and the Aurora Township Community Mental Health 708 Board in January 1975. He represented Aurora Township on the INC Board from January 1975 through January 2000. He served as President of the INC Board from 1978-1981 and 1994-1995. Grover continued on the INC Board as a member-at-large, current treasurer and a member of the executive committee. He was called upon frequently in matters of expertise, such as insurance, real estate and finance. He was a valuable asset to the INC Board. Grover was a long time Commercial Realtor in the Aurora area, finishing his career with Ketley-Herring Commercial Real Estate. Grover was a member of the Jerusalem Temple Lodge #90, A.F. & A. M., the Aurora Area Shrine Club and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago. He was a 50 years member of the Masons. He was a member of the Aurora Rotary Service Club, the Aurora Board of Realtors and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Marilynn (Leighton) Herring of Aurora; three children, Brian Herring of Springfield, IL, Susan Herring of Elizabeth, CO and Patrick Herring of Macomb, MI; two brothers, Robert E. Herring of Santa Ana, CA and Ben B. Herring of Plainfield, IL; two sisters, Kathi Scott of Land O' Lakes, FL and Linda C. Hagler of Pekin, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9AM, from The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Visitation will be on Monday, January 5, 2004 from 3 to 7 PM at The Healy Chapel, Aurora, where a Masonic Service will follow at 7 PM. Interment will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton, IL at 2 PM Tuesday.
[The Beacon News, Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

Edith K. Bartelt
Edith Karen 'Edie' Bartelt, age 89, of Geneva, IL, passed away Monday, March 2, 1998, at Firwood Health Care Center in Batavia, IL, where she had been a patient in recent weeks. She was born February 10, 1909 in St. Charles, IL, the daughter of Hans and Jessie (Birnie) Johnsen. Her parents lived on the Evergreen Farm, which stood where the Valley Shopping Center and the St. Charles Post Office are located today. When Edie was three years old, her family moved to the Keller Farm at Bald Mound, near Batavia, IL, and later moved again to the Fred Washburn farm on Hughes Road. Edie graduated from Geneva High School with the class of 1926 and went on to attend Mt. Morris Teachers College and later Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb, IL. Having promised her father that she would teach school for five years after graduation, she fulfilled that promise by teaching at the Silver Glen School on Rte. 31, north of St. Charles until 1931. On June 17, 1931, Edie was united in marriage to John A. Bartelt on the Pratt farm on Harley Road in Blackberry Twp., IL. They made their home on the Bartelt family farm on Bartelt Road until 1966, when they moved to their current home in Geneva. Edie was a genuine 'farm wife' helping raise stock, harvest grain and perhaps the biggest job of all, 'feeding the men'. In later years, she served as Circuit Court Clerk in Geneva for ten years. John and Edie were married for over sixty-six years, a loving partnership of work and companionship and friendship. In recent years, John has lovingly been the stronger one, his big hands tenderly guiding her through her day's activities. Edie was a member of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, IL, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, LaFox Farmers Club and the Bald Mound Farmers Club. She is survived by her devoted husband, John A. Bartelt of Geneva, IL; two sons, John Bartelt, III, of Polo, IL and Richard (Sharon) Bartelt of Hinckley, IL; two daughters, Judy (Robert) Connor of Woodstock, IL and Jayne (Jim) Gilligan of Laona, WI; fifteen grandchildren; Ronald Bartelt of Polo, IL, Scott (Lynn) Bartelt of Louisville, KY, Steve Bartelt of Polo, IL, Jeff Bartelt of San Antonio, TX, Susan (Kurt) Cavenaugh of Bartlett, IL, Patricia (Roger) Meyer of Polo, IL, Cheryl Bartelt and Julie (Dan) O'Brien, both of St. Charles, IL, Amy (Michael) Pedone of Elgin, IL, Pamela (John) Warden of Lakewood, WI, Kary (David) Bradle of Laona, WI, JoDee (Robert) Dufek of Green Bay, WI, Joan (Rich) Peralez of Kansas City, MO, James Gilligan of Laona, WI, and Sean Connor of Woodstock, IL; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; five great great-grandchildren and one sister, Dorothy Farrell of Geneva, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, James Gilligan in infancy and two brothers, Arthur and Frank Johnsen. Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL on Thursday, March 5, 1998, from 4-8pm. Edie's funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Geneva, corner of Second St. & Hamilton St., Geneva, IL, on Friday, March 6, 1998 at 11am. There will be a time of visitation from 10am until the hour of service. Rev. Travis Bonnette Kim will officiate and interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva. [The Beacon News, March 4, 1998, page C4, Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Christ Angelos is in receipt of a letter from Mrs. Seth G. Gibbs of 810 Garfield Ave., Aurora, Ill., informing him of the death of her husband on March 23 of this year.
Mr. Gibbs will be remembered by many as operator of the local Board of Trade office. He has been ill the past year, and bedfast the last two months of his life.
He was born Dec. 9, 1875 in Chicago, and is survived by his widow, Margaret E.; two daughters, Mrs. Leroy (Mary J) Watt and Mrs. Everett (Margaret) Leins of Aurora and three grandsons.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the Dieterle Lake St., Memorial Home. Dr. William Jacobs, officiated. Interment was in West Aurora cemetery.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 19, 1957 - Monday, pg 2 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

Jonas Buck
At Elgin, Aug. 1, Jonas Buck, aged 87 years, grandfather to Miss Jessie and Kittie Buck, of this city.
[The Henry Republican, Henry IL, August 8, 1872 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Mrs. Abigail Chapman
At Aurora, March 16, Mrs. Abigail Chapman, 81, mother of Jason R., Edwin C. and Sylvester N. Chapman, of Lacon. She was an old settler of Marshall county, locating at Lacon in 1842. Funeral and interment at Lacon, March 18th.
[The Henry Republican, Henry IL, March 25, 1880 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Mrs. Anna M. Dofler
At Avon (Aurora), April 18, Anna M. Dofler, aged 77. Mrs. Dofler lived several years in this city in the family of Samuel Parker, his first wife was her daughter. Of late years she had lived with Mr. Wilson, another son-in-law at Avon, and since Mr. Wilson's death with his children, brother and two sisters who did all they could to smooth and sooth her declining years. All her children and several grandchildren had gone before her to the spirit land. Thus greatly bereaved and greatly afflicted with asthma for over 30 years, she has found rest at last.
April 29, 1880 --The death of Mrs. A. M. Doppler, published in our death column last week, was given as at Avon - should have been Aurora, where she died and where the funeral took place. Mr. Samuel Parker attended the obsequies.
[The Henry Republican, Henry IL, April 22, 1880 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Betty Louise Jensen
Betty Louise Pahl was born on August 3rd 1928 in Oakbrook, Illinois, the daughter of Herbert C. Pahl (of Michigan City, Indiana) and Lucille Herbener (of Bartlett, Illinois). Betty married Wayne Edward Jensen (of Bartlett, Illinois, son of Ed Jensen and Serena Steffensen, both originally from Denmark) in April 1949. Betty and Wayne moved from Bartlett to Elgin, Illinois, were they raised four daughters and one son. Betty died at the age of 74 on July 12th 2003 in Elgin. Betty was proceeded in death by both parents and her brother Herbert (Jr).
Betty was survived by her husband, Wayne; five children Bobbi Lynn Jensen, Denise (Ron) Cedegren, Gail (Brian) Hazle, Craig Edward and Jeanine (Luther) Sommerville; sister Carol (Jim) Jacobson of Paw Paw, Illinois; her grand children: John (Celia) Banks, Kyleen (Waldo) Estrada and Chirstina Jensen; Robert and Josh (Julie) Owen; Heather, Sara and Brian Hazle; Corey, Mark, Paul (Monica) and Tiffany Jensen, Amber Jensen; Deanna and Kyshia Sommerville; her great-grandchildren: John Jr, Nikki and Benjamin Banks; Elijah Estrada; Josh Jr and Victor Owen; Paul Jr and Issac Jensen;
[Unknown newspaper; c. July 2003; Submitted By Corey E Jensen]

JACOBS, Marjorie Elsa Brown - nee Maack, 77, of St. Charles, formerly of Ormond Beach, FL, dear wife of the late Benjamin; loving mother of Stephen (Marie); fond grandmother of Gregory and Scott Jacobs and Suzanne (William) Archer. Funeral services Tuesday 10 a.m. from Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (North Ave.), St. Charles. Interment Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. [Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) March 11, 1991 - Submitted by Source #96]

Helen Burton
Mrs. Helen Burton, 85, passed away last night at Waynewood east of St. Charles on Route 64 where she lived with her son Lee. She was born at Dundee Nov. 21, 1862 and came to St. Charles about 30 years ago. Joining the First Methodist Church when Rev. J. Pierce Newell was the pastor, she became very active in many of the organizations. She was also an active member of the W.C.T.U. Besides her son Lee, she is survived by three grandchildren, Carl and Mrs. Gertrude Pate of St. Charles, Mrs. Ruby Bill of Genoa City, Wis.; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Marshall; and one brother, William, Bradley both of Elgin. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Russel Norris funeral home. Friends may call Friday afternoon and evening.
[St. Charles Chronicle?, May 20, 194?5 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Peggy I. Mikesell
Peggy I. Lanham Mikesell, 57, of South Elgin, formerly of Rushville, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.
She was born Aug.18, 1942, in Macomb, to the late Leonard Lanham and Virginia Irene Armstrong Lanham Jones. She marned William "Mike" Mikesell May 4, 1973, in Elgin. He survives.
Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. David (Judy) Ward and Mrs. Dick (Connie) Miller, both of Rushville, a half brother, Lee Lanham of Evergreen, Colo., a half sister, Mrs. Jim (Cheryl) Sutton of Aurora, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a half brother, Tim Lanham.
A resident of South Elgin since 1974, she graduated from nurses training at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield in 1963. She also received an associate of science degree from Elgin Community College. She was Public Service Administrator for the Elgin Mental Health Center. Peggy was a lover of dogs.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating. Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.
[The Rushville Times, September 21, 1999 - Submitted by S. Hemp]

Robert H. "Red" Druehl
Birth: Jul. 5, 1910 -- Death: Feb. 22, 2001
Robert H. "Red" Druehl, age 90, of Pingree Grove died on Thursday, February 22, 2001 at Alderwood in South Elgin where he had resided for the past one and a half years. He was born in Itasca on July 5, 1910, the son of Henry and Louise (Betzel) Druehl. Prior to entering Alderwood, Red had lived in Pingree Grove for 58 years and served the community in various capacities, such as fire chief, sheriff, and village board member. Red had also proudly served in both the European and Japanese theaters in WW II. Though his primary work experience was at Kerber Packing Co. in South Elgin, followed by working for Robert Proffitt and Sons in Hampshire, Red fondly remembered one of his earliest jobs: he was a delivery man for Krumm's Bakery in Elgin where he met Helen Krumm who was to become his wife. They were married on August 6, 1932 and were blessed to celebrate 68 years together.
Red loved dogs, especially black labs and he is survived by his 16th dog, Krumpet. His hobbies included hunting, woodworking, and gardening. Many townspeople will remember seeing him collecting aluminum cans to recycle.
In addition to being sadly missed by his loving wife, Helen, of Pingree Grove, he is also survived by his youngest daughter, Becky (Phillip) Dambacher, also of Pingree Grove. She had been there to support, care for, and comfort him throughout the last few difficult years. Her family did likewise; they include granddaughter Robin (John) Kowalkowski and children, Dalton and Bailey, all of Poplar Grove; and also, granddaughter Brook Dambacher of Chicago. Her eldest daughter, Susan (George) Harrington, and grandson, Bradley, reside in Elmwood Park. Granddaughter Georgina (Michael) Bendis and children, Mitchell and Quinn, reside in Bartlett. While at Alderwood, Red developed a special relationship with staff member Melissa Stare; his family deeply appreciates her care and compassion. Red was preceded in death by his parents and his three older sisters: Erma, Clara, and Marguerite.
Private graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 24, at the Washington-McQueen Cemetery on Highland Ave. in rural Elgin. Fredrick Funeral Home, Hampshire, was in charge of arrangements.
[Submitted by Joe@OglesbyFamily.net]

Joseph Odenthal Family
Father, Mother and Daughter Pass Away
After Brief Illness of Flu-Pneumonia
The home of Thomas Higgins has been the scene of one bereavement after another during the past week. His wife was taken sick with flu-pneumonia two weeks ago, a week later her mother was taken with the same disease, her father falling sick 24 hours later.
The mother was the first to succumb, the father following within a day’s time, and the only daughter a few day’s later without realizing that her parents had preceded her.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Odenthal, father and mother of Mrs. Higgins, were former residents of Batavia and both bodies were sent there for interment.
The sickness of Mrs. Higgins excited intense sympathy throughout the community, hovering between life and death and losing both parents. Physicians and nurses labored night and day to snatch her away from the grave, but without avail. She made a brave fight to the last, but the treacherous disease undermined her strength and she slowly dropped into sleep that knows no awakening on this earth.
Lillian Odenthal was born in Chicago in 1889. Her girl-hood days were spent in Maple Park, Ill., where she graduated from the public school. Later she accompanied her parents to Batavia, Ill., where she was united in marriage to Thomas Higgins on May 6, 1915. They immediately took up housekeeping duties on a farm north of town where their brief wedded life had been happily spent. Two daughters blessed this union, Margaret Elaine and Audrey Genevieve, who with their father survive, and they have the sincere sympathy of all.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Drennan, officiating, with music by the choir. The funeral was largely attended, with floral offerings that filled several autos. Friends were here from Chicago, Aurora, Batavia, Rochelle, Plano and other cities.
Internment was in the Catholic cemetery, and the body bearers were Eugene McNeary and James Arlington of this city, Roy Murry of Chicago, Harry Davis and Jack Lally of Batavia, and Hon. John Hart of Aurora.
Taken from:
The Marengo Republican-News, Thursday, Feb., 1922 Submitted By: Pat Esterday

Leo Defano
Leo Defano, 93, of Geneva, formerly of Shabbona and St. Charles, died Friday, Jan. 14, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.
He was born April 16, 1900, in Bari, Italy.
Mr. Defano was united in marriage to Margaretta Petros in January 1934, and farmed in Shabonna for several years until he retired and moved to St. Charles. He is survived by two sons, La Verne (Shirley) Defano of Sycamore, and Jim (Sandy) Defano of Waterman; two daughters, Marie (Tony) Valent of St. Charles, and Jeanette (Rich) Warber of Geneva; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaretta, his parents, nine brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 17, from the Malone Funeral Home in Geneva, to St. Peter's Catholic Church in Geneva. The Rev. James. W. McLoughlin officiated. Burial was at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.
[St. Charles Republican (St. Charles, Illinois) - Thursday, January 20, 1994 - Submitted by Eleanora L Smith, elbws@yahoo.com]

John S. Dumser dies at 102.
One of the last veterans of Civil War, former Elginite, and national figure in the Grand Army.

John S. Dumser, one of the few surviving veterans of the Civil War and for 40 years a resident of Elgin before moving to the west coast in 1900, died shortly after midnight this morning in the Veterans Administration hospital in Oakland, Calif., at the age of 102. Considering his age, he was in remarkable health right up to the end. Thanksgiving Day, he gave his usual reception to fellow patients and friends in the lobby of the hospital from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. The following day - his birthday - there was a family reunion attended by his daughter and son, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Lucy Thomas Stone, 3718 Randolph Street, Oakland.
Dr. Dumser explained that he went to the veterans' hospital for "safe keeping". His eyesight wasn't what it used to be and while he could walk even without a cane, he was subject to falls. It was a series of falls that sent him to the hospital. Mentally, the grand old man was as keen as ever and his memory, only a few days ago, went back nearly 100 years.
His last visit in Elgin was in 1938, when he stopped here on his way back from the G.A.R. encampment at Gettysburg. He was accompanied by a grandson, Everett B. Howe, at the time an assistant professor at the University of California. In an interview with a representative of The Courier-News, he was able to recall all of the more important happenings during his lifetime, giving the approximate dates.

On his 100th birthday, two years ago, he amazed west coast newspapermen who interviewed him by telephone. Hal Johnson, an Oakland writer, commented: "He caught every one of our questions without repetitions and his answers came with the alacrity of the famous Quiz Kids. When I asked what G.A.R. post he belonged to, he shot back, 'Don't belong to any now. I outlived two of them, Admiral D.D. Porter in Oakland and Veteran post 49,in Elgin, Ill."

Word of Colonel Dumser's death was received in Elgin this morning by his only living sister-in-law, Mrs. David J. Dumser. 316 State Street, and his several nieces and nephews residing in this city.

Colonel Dumser was a national figure in the Grand Army of the Republic over a long span of years. He was one of the organizers of Veteran post in this city and outlived all of his fellow members by several years. As far back as 1938, he was the only living member of the famous 52nd Illinois Civil War regiment, recruited in this area. Up to a few years ago, he had attended every national convention of the G.A.R. and was commander-in-chief of the organization in 1942-1943. Previously, he had had three terms as adjutant-general and quarter-master general. He had also held practically every important post, including that of commander, in Veteran post in this city, Admiral Porter post in Oakland and in the G.A.R.'s California-Nevada department. He was born near Chicago Nov. 25, 1847. He enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 16, Feb. 4, 1863, and served throughout the balance of the Civil War with Company K of the 52nd Illinois Infantry.

During the war, he saw rugged service. He was in the bloody battle of Chickamauga Sept. 20, 1863, when the northern commander, Gen. W.S. Rosencrans was defeated by Gen. Braxton Bragg's forces. He was also in action at Kenesaw Mountain near Marietta, Ga, and went through the 100 days of fighting at Snake Creek Gap and Recaca, Ga. Then, he was with General Sherman on the famous march from "Atlanta to the Sea", which spelled the beginning of the end for the Southern cause. During the siege of Atlanta, Colonel Dumser was sunstruck and was in critical condition for a time. He was returned to Chicago for hospitalization.

After the war, he came to Elgin and in 1868 entered the employ of Elgin National Watch Co., working in the motion room until 1899, when he retired in anticipation of moving to California. It was here that he married Miss Mary Benham, who died nine years ago at the age of 90.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Howe and a son, Raymond B. Dumser, both of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in Oakland, Calif., Monday. The time and details have not yet been received here.
[The Elgin Daily Courier-News, December 9, 1949 - Submitted by Judi Farster]
Muster Roll information:
Rank PVT Company K Unit 52 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics
Residence HANOVER, KANE CO, IL; Age 16; Height 5' 5; Hair BROWN
Eyes HAZEL; Complexion LIGHT; Marital Status N/A; Occupation FARMER
Nativity LAKE CO, IL
Service Record:
Joined FEB 8, 1864 Joined Where ELGIN, IL
Joined By Whom CPT BARTO; Period 3 YRS
Muster In FEB 23, 1864 Muster In Where ELGIN, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUL 6, 1865
Muster Out Where LOUISVILLE, KY Muster Out By Whom CPT GUTHRIE
Remarks SENT TO HOSPITAL JUN 25, 1864

Fred Frisberg, Aurora, died from heat while riding on Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul train.
["The Day Book". (Chicago, Ill.) , July 08, 1912 - sub. by K.T.]

Mrs. Sarah Bennett. Mother of Mrs. C. E Allen, died of paralysis at the home of her Daughter, Mrs. Ballard in Chicago, Jan. 11, aged 71 years. She leaves eight children. Interment at Plato Center, her home for many years.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

Mrs. Abigail Giddings died of heart trouble at the home of her Son, George Giddings, Jan. 11, aged 83 years. She was an active member of the Congregational Church.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

Eulalie Avice, little daughter of Cyril and Lillian Gregoire, died at their home on Franklin Street, Jan. 11, aged 2 years.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

Hannah, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Leverenz, died of la grippe at her home on North Gifford Street, Jan. 8, aged 22 years. She was much interested in the young people's work in the Church and leaves many young friends to mourn for her early death.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

W. H. Schepker died of cancer Jan. 11, aged 58 years. He has lived in Elgin 15 years. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mesdames W. J. Christie and F. Partie.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

Chauncey, infant son of Lansing Warner, died Saturday evening. Interment at Udina.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

James Winnel died of pneumonia, after a short illness at his home on Center Street, Jan. 14, aged 73 years. He came here about eight years ago from Huntley. He leaves a wife and four sons.
["Every Saturday" - Jan. 16, 1892 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern]

Albert Thrun, well known Pingree Grove farmer, died at his home near that village yesterday following a short illness. Albert Thrun was born in Pommern, Germany, January 31, 1858. He came to this country in 1881and had resided on a farm near Pingree Grove since then. Besides his widow, he is survived by four sons, Herman and Gustave of Dundee, John and Will of Pingree Grove and two daughters, Mrs. Herman Raddle of Hanover and Mrs. Otto Watterman of Pingree. A brother and sister also survive him. The funeral will be held from the late residence Sunday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock and from the Pingree Grove Church at 1 o'clock. Burial will be at McQueen.
(Taken from The Elgin Daily News, Feb. 12, 1915 - Pg. 3, Col., 2 - Sub by Suzan Stern)

Mrs. Charles Thrun
Friends and relatives of Mrs. Charles Thrun were deeply grieved and shocked to hear of her sudden death on Wednesday night. Although she had been ill for some time, it was thought that she was on the road to recovery. She was able to be up and around, but was very weak. On Wednesday evening she was seized with a very severe hemorrhage. All that medical aid could do was of no avail, and she passed to her rest shortly before midnight. Mrs. Thrun was of a kind and congenial disposition and was beloved by all who knew her. She was a good Christian mother devoting all the time to her family and her church. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, six young children, her parents, brothers and sisters and a large number of other relatives and friends.
(Taken from the Daily Courier March 27, 1913, Pg. 9 - Col. 4 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Peterson (infant)
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Peterson died Monday from whooping cough. Funeral Wednesday afternoon.
. (Taken from the Daily Courier March 27, 1913, Pg. 9 - Col. 3 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

H.L. Zook
Master of finance, H.L. Zook of Eochiel? Lodge, Knights of Pythias, received a telegram today informing him of the death of George Crisp, a member of the lodge, residing at Bridgeport, Conn. Mr. Crisp at one time was employed in the machine room of the watch factory and about twenty years ago removed to Bridgeport, being employed in a machine shop there.
(Taken from the Elgin Daily News, Feb. 12, 1915, Pg. 3, Col. 2 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Charles Lund, Jr.
Charles Lund, Jr., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Lund, Hill and North streets, died at the family home at 2 o'clock this afternoon following an extended illness. He was 12 years of age. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, John and a sister, Dorothy Lund. (Taken from The Elgin Daily News, Feb. 12, 1915, Pg. 3, Col. 2 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Lydia Leipitz
Lydia Leipitz, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Leipitz 465 Jefferson avenue, died this at the home of its parents at 12:30 o'clock today. She had been ill of pneumonia only three hours.
(Taken from the Elgin Daily News, Feb. 12, 1915, Pg. 3, Col.2 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Anna Thurn
Anna, wife of Charles Thurn, died Wednesday at her home one-half mile north of McQueen station, aged 38. She was born at Cleveland, Ohio and had lived in this vicinity since she was one year of age. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krempke of Plano. She leaves a husband, six children, three brothers and two sisters. Her brothers and sisters are: John of Udina, Albert of Dixon, Fred of Plato, Mrs. August Fierke of Plato, and Miss Minnie Krempke of Elgin. (Taken from the Advocate, March 22, 1913 - Pg. 2, Col. 3 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Lenoie Stanson
Lenoie, wife of G. J. Stanson of 411 Raymond street, died at Sherman hospital Tuesday morning. She has been suffering with a paralysis for several weeks. Her husband was a patient at the hospital at the same time and it was the belief of physicians that they both were suffering from the same disease. Mr. Stanson is making a recovery and is able to be about. Mrs. Stanson was born I France, July 22, 1889 and had resided in this state twenty-two years. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Charles Beckwith and a son, Henry Verdel. Mrs. G. A. LeBlanc of Bloomfield, Neb. was a sister. (This was at the end of her obit, but not sure if it has anything to do with her. Tuesday March 18 afternoon at 2 o'clock at Immanuel Baptist Church)
(Taken from the Advocate, March 22, 1913 - Pg. 2, Col. 2 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Eli F. Austin
Eli F. Austin, who first came to Kane County in 1844, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. David A. Grant 162 Summit street, Tuesday afternoon at 5:20 o'clock. He was born in Monroe County, New York January 7, 1832 and came west in 1844. In 1848 the family removed to the hamlet of Batavia and remained there until 1853 when they moved to the present location of Genoa. He was engaged in farming near Sycamore, at Wasco, and at Wayne. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his children and came to Elgin a year ago. Three sons and three daughters survive him. They are Peter and Mrs. David Grant of Elgin, Willard and Mrs. Edith Gleland? of Batavia, Charles of St. Charles and Mrs. Rose Clark of Bartlett. Willard R. Austin of Wasco is a brother and there are 2 brothers, Charles and Edwin who live in Nebraska. Mrs. Ellen Palmer of Rockford is a sister. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at one o'clock at the home of Mrs. Grant and the remains were taken to Batavia for burial. (Taken from The Advocate, March 22nd, 1913, Pg. 2, Col. 2 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Ludwig Bauer
Ludwig Bauer died at his home, 423 Hill Avenue at 1:15 o'clock Thursday morning, aged 82 years. He was born in Germany and came to Illinois in 1881. His home was at Dundee for one year, then he removed to Elgin where he has since resided. A wife and six children survive. The latter are: Mrs. Lena Miller, Mrs. Emma Schmelling, John, Max and Fred of Elgin and Charles of Dundee. There are twenty three grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock at the house and at 2:30 o'clock at the St. John's church. (Taken from the Advocate, March 22, 1913 - Pg. 2, Col. 3 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Mrs. Henry Clausen
Mrs. Henry Clausen died Wednesday at her home in Schaumburg. She was sixty years of age and had resided there many years. She leaves eight children and several brothers and sisters. Among the later is Mrs. Louise Biesterfeld of this city. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the family home.
(Taken from the Advocate, March 22, 1913 - Pg. 2, Col. 3 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Jack E. Cook
Jack E. Cook age 86 of Elgin passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Born on September 12, 1924 in Elgin. Beloved husband of Barbara, father of Mari (Dale) Gathman, Tom (Michelle) Cook, and Stacey (Ron) Jakes. Grandfather to Jay, Jonathon, Tom, Mari, Nic, Zac, Chris, Jon and Brian. Life long resident of Elgin, graduate of the University of Illinois School of Pharmacy and proprietor of Parkview Drugs, Cook's Pharmacy and Manor Pharmacy. Active sponsor, manager and coach of Cook's Cardinals women's fast- pitch baseball and women's hockey teams. This World War II and Korean War Veteran was also a 15 year member of the Kane County Board serving as President of the Forest Preserve District for 8 years. He was a life-long Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, and Kane County Cougars fan. And of recent pride was his role to fund and construct Veterans Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at Elgin Evangelical Free Church, 1900 Big Timber Road, Elgin Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 4:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, 1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320, Geneva, IL. 60134.
(Taken from The Courier News, Feb. 6, 2011, Pg. 12 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Richard E. Bailey
Richard Eugene "Survey Dick" Bailey, 84, passed away in Murray, Utah, January 11, 2011 at the Intermountain Medical Center. He was born September 23, 1926, the son of Albert and Alice Bailey in Elgin, Illinois. He grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High in 1944. Dick served in the United States Navy during WWII aboard the USS Mt. Olympus. He held the rank of Radarman Third Class. He was decorated with American Area Campaign Medal, Phillippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. After the war, he went to work for W. A. Rakow and Associates for 30 plus years as a land surveyor. Later in his career he started Richard E. Bailey and Associates where he worked in the field into his seventies. Dick drew each plat by hand with a quill pen and ink well. He retired in Elgin in 1998. Golf, bowling, tennis, and fishing were his favorite past times. A scratch golfer for several years in his youth, Dick stayed competitive for many years after. Summer vacations in Phelps, WI, were memorable experiences for 20 plus years. He moved to Salt Lake City in 2005 to be close to his son and family. Survivors include his Scott (Ramona) Bailey, two grandsons, and one granddaughter, all of Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Phyllis Bailey, son, Paul Bailey, and his brother Robert Bailey. Graveside services will be at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin at a later date.
(Taken from The Courier News, Feb. 6th, 2011, Pg.12 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Elnora Wilkinson
Elnora W. (Thrun) Wilkinson 96, passed away Janurary 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. She was born December 20, 1914 the daughter of John C. and Helma (Peters) Thrun. She worked at Brody Coat Factory until it closed. She married Robert H. Wilkinson on August 12, 1933 in Bartlett, IL. They lived in Chicago and Oak Park before moving to Elgin where they lived many years before moving to South Elgin and later moving to Las Vegas, NV. in 1995. She is survived by 4 Children, s sons, Donald of Las Vegas, NV, and Gene of Orlando, FL, 2 daughters, Sharon Wilkinson of Elgin and Jan Gabriel of Las Vegas, NV, 3 sisters, Henrietta Bates of Boubonnais, IL, Edna Chartier of Phoenix, AZ, and Helma "Boots" Rosenthal of Bartlett, IL. 8 grandchildren, 16 great-granchildren, and 10 great,great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her son Gerald, her parents, Brother Lavern Thrun, 2 sisters, Elizabeth Wencek and Dorothy Radatz, son-in-law, Leonard Gabriel. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, February 8,2011 at 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 Division Street, Elgin,IL. 60120, with Rev. Olin Sletto officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9am until the time of service. Info (847) 742-2100
(Taken from The Courier News, Feb. 6, 2011, Pg. 12 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Daisy Oakley
Miss Daisy Oakley, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Oakley, died at her home last Wednesday after a long and painful illness. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Services by the Rev. W.B. Doble. Miss Oakley was a graduate of our high school here and was esteemed by all who knew her, and also had a large acquaintance, being the oldest member of the Oakley Sister's Orchestra. The entire family has the sympathy of the community. She leaves a large circle of friends.
(Taken from The Advocate, Dec. 9, 1899 - Pg. 8, Col. 5 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Mary Kesier
Mary Keiser, two years old, fell into her father's milk-cooling vat at Elgin, Ill., and was drowned.
[The Princeton union.(Princeton, Minn.), April 26, 1894 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Abigail Corsolini
Abigail Corsolini (nee O’Byrne), 96, of Aurora, died Friday November 12, 1999 at Tabor Hills Healthcare in Naperville. She was born April 5, 1903 in Spring Valley, Illinois, daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine (Carr) O’Byrne.
Abigail was a member of Holy Angels Church. She was a seamstress for many years at two prominent businesses in Aurora. Nonie enjoyed music, whether it be listening to it or playing it on the organ, singing it or dancing to it. She was a great lady and will be missed by all.
She is survived by her daughter in law Rose Corsolini, grandchildren: Thomas (Susan) Corsolini, Candice (John) Medgyesi, Jeffrey Corsolini, James (Karen) Corsolini, David (Kathy) Corsolini, Daniel (Rosemary) Corsolini, Mark Corsolini and Patircia (Dan) Vogel. Abigail is also survived by 10 great grand children and many nieces and nephews.
Abigail was preceded in death by her husband Daniel E. Corsolini, son Daniel R. Corsolini and by four sisters. Interment Mt. Olivet.
[Unknown Newspaper, c. Nov 1999 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Gregory Wood Lanigan
Born 9/20/1956 - Died 3/20/1990
Son, Father Dies On Kennedy In Auto Accicdent
Survived By Wife Joyce, Daughters Magan And Michelle
[Daily News, 22 Mar 1990 - Sub. By Joyce Lanigan]

J.L. Abell
J. L. Abell, Father of W.W., R.E., and A. J. Abell, and Brother-in-law of Superintendent Hunter, dropped dead in Chicago Thursday. He was a man of 66 years, apparently in good health and actively engaged in the hardware business. Many years ago he received a sunstroke, which he had never quite recovered and which partially caused his death.
["Every Saturday" July 22, 1893 - Sub. by Suzan (Shepherd) Stern]

Ezra, infant Son of Meyer Burton died of congestion of the brain, July 6. Interment at Oak Park.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Jane, third wife of William Burton died of dropsy of the heart after a long illness at her home on Walnut Avenue, June 16, aged 59 years. She leaves a husband and 6 children. Ernest and Sarah living in Elgin.
["Every Saturday" Sat. June 25, 1892 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

William Earl, Son of Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Burton died Aug. 3 aged nearly 1 yr. ["Every Saturday" Aug 6, 1892 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Mrs. Thirza Smith Gould, mother of Erwin S. and L. J. Gould died at her house in Fayette, Wis., June 30, aged 89 years. Five children survive her.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Mrs. Phoebe Guptail died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. I. Cranston, at South Elgin, July 9, aged 95 years, She has lived in Elgin over sixty years. Eleven children survive her, Fred, Mrs. Guy Adams and Mrs. Eliza Corron living in Elgin.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Sarah Helen, wife of Alfred H. Hayes, died of consumption, July 2, aged 31 years. She was born in Beloit, Wis., but had lived here many years, having been employed in the watch factory before her marriage. Her husband and one child survive.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

James McLaughlin, formerly of Elgin died at his home at Lake Geneva, of quick consumption, July 2, aged 37 years. Interment at Bluff City Cemetery.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Adolph Paeper died of cancer, July 4 aged 71 years. He was born in Germany, but had lived here about forty-three years. His wife and five children survive him.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

PETERSON (infant)
An infant son of Henry Peterson died at his home on Center Street, July 8, aged eight days.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Rosa, infant daughter of Gotlieb Sturm, died July 7, aged twenty days.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Andrew and Mary GOODELL
Died at 2 o’clock yesterday morning, at Sugar Grove, near Aurora, Ill., of the measles, Andrew P. Goodell, of Palestine Grove, Lee Co. Ill., - a much esteemed and valuable citizen.
[The Ottawa free trader., February 09, 1844 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

At the same place (Sugar Grove), on the 30th ult., also of the measles, Mary H., daughter of A. P. Goodell, aged about two years.
[The Ottawa free trader., February 09, 1844 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Class of 1825 - MARK WENTWORTH FLETCHER. Born, Oct. 15, 1803, Thetford, Vt. Son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Fletcher) Fletcher. Fitted in Hanover, N.H. Read law in Batavia, N.Y., and commenced practice there, also engaging in surveying. He continued practice in Geneva, Ill., and was clerk of court in Kane County some years. Was best known for his work in surveying and adjusting conflicting claims in the newly settled districts. Later he engaged in farming at Fox River, Wis., and Wayne, Ill. He held nearly all the county offices in the course of his life. For many years he has been the oldest living graduate of the College.
Died, Feb. 3, 1900, Wayne, Ill.
Married, Aug. 26, 1846, Harriet Dunham of Oak Lawn, Ill. Eight children, three of whom, James M., Hattie, and Charles, are living.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Class of 1852 - EDWIN PIERCE. A.M. B. 25 June, 1826, Barnard, Vt. Teacher. First Principal of Cushing Academy, 1875-78. D. 14 Feb., 1912, Elgin, Ill.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1911-1912, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Reymond a Suicide -- Prominent Aurora man Cuts throat with Razor - leaves Large Family.
Aurora, Ill, Nov. 21 - A. W. Raymond, a well-known citizen of Aurora, committed suicide today by cutting his throat with a razor, nearly severing his head from his body.  He had been in ill health and despondent.  He leaves a large family.
[November 21, 1902; Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, IL) - NOTE:  Name is spelled both ways in story]

Birth: March 1, 1890 (Elgin, IL)
Parents: Edward & Almeda Mills (Lindsay)
Marriage: Thomas W. Moss (April 4, 1910, Highmore, SD)  3 children
Death: January 19, 1991 (Highmore Healtcare Center, Highmore, SD)
Age: 100 yrs 9 mos 18 ds
Funeral: Monday, January 21, 1991 (United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery
Education: Elk Point, Highmore schools
Occupation: Ranch (N. Hyde Co, till 1947 - retired)
Locations: Elgin, IL; Flandreau, SD; Highmore (in 1901)
Preceded in death by: husband, son Willard, twin brother, 5 sisters, 1 granddaughter
[From the memorial leaflet; Contributed by Jacque McDonnell -- Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Mrs. Gus Miller
Mrs. Miller Funeral:  Mrs. Gus Miller who died at the St. Charles hospital Friday morning, will be held from the late home at 263 South Broadway Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Charles Bready will officiate. Interment will be in the Spring Lake Cemetery. Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, her widowed mother, three sisters, Mrs. John Stoner, Mrs. William Hartman of Shannon, Ill., and Mrs. James Rihdel of Morehead, Minn.; and three brothers, Henry Myer of Columbus, New York; Clarence Myer of Freeport and Louis Myer.
 [Unknown newspaper/unknown date.  Submitted by Tammy Glendenning who adds:   This is the obituary of my g-gm's sister.  Some discrepancies: Clarence is actually Cunningham and Louis is Diestelmeier.  Mrs. Meyer was thrice married.  Mrs. John Stoner is my GGGrandomther.]

Della Holden Olmstead
 – At South Park, Ill., June 29, 1879, Della Holden, only child of William A. and Helen M. H. Olmstead, aged 8 months and 17 days.
(Lewis County Democrat (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, August 20, 1879)

Noah N. Harger
Died, At Udina, Kane county, Ill., on the 11th inst., Noah N. Harger, long a resident of West Martinsburgh, Lewis County, N.Y., aged 81 years. The infirmities of old age was the cause of his death.  Camly and peacefully he resigned this for a better world. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, May 13, 1863)

Patricia Nephew Lee
February 8, 1961 - April 2, 2014
Patricia N. “Trish” Lee, age 53, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 with her family by her side at her residence in Geneva.  She was born February 8, 1961 in Cedar Rapids, IA, the daughter of Oliver Thomas and Gloria (nee Romans) Nephew.    She was united in marriage to Craig P. Lee on November 24, 1996 in Geneva.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Craig of Geneva; her children, Christopher (Tabitha Kowitz) Lee of South Elgin, M. Brandon Lee of La Habra, CA and Trisha Kaufman of West Chicago; her parents, Oliver and Gloria Nephew of Geneva; her siblings, Martha (Dr. Michael) Langford of Middletown, MD, Stan (Kristie) Nephew of St. Charles, and Mike Nephew of Phoenix, AZ; and her nephews, Jason and John Langford.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street (three blocks west of the river and one block south of Rt. 64) in St. Charles.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third Street in Geneva.  Interment will be private  [funeral home notice, April 4, 2014]

Oliver Thomas Nephew
Born: June 21, 1929; in Iowa City, IL
Died: Jan. 16, 2015; in Geneva, IL
Oliver Thomas "OT" Nephew, age 85, of Geneva passed away Friday, January 16, 2015, at Greenfields of Geneva.  He was born June 21, 1929, in Iowa City, Iowa to Harry and Esther Nephew nee Johnson and grew up in Tipton, Iowa.  Oliver is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gloria Nephew nee Romans; three children, Martha (Dr. Michael, COL. US Army Retired) Langford of Middletown, Maryland, Michael of Phoenix, Arizona, and Stanley (Kristie) of St. Charles; four grandchildren, Jason Langford of Middletown, Maryland and Dr. John Langford of Baltimore, Corey Darula and Michael Darula, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and six great grandchildren, Calvin, Jared, Sienna, Caden, Avery and Mackenzie.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Lee.  He graduated Tipton High School in 1947 and from Iowa State College in 1951 with a BSME in Mechanical Engineering. Commissioned Ensign USNR in 1951 at Iowa State College, served two years on board the Destroyer USS Henley DD762 1952 & 1953.  Received his professional Engineers License from the State of Iowa on Dec 3, 1970.
Mr. Nephew learned the relationship of engineering to manufacturing during his employment in the Adams Division of Letourneau Westinghouse. At Link Belt he designed, tested and got into production the Link Belt YC-18, YC-28, YC-38, and the YC-48 rough terrain cranes. He was also instrumental in design and development of the hydraulic boom and uppers on the HC-200, HC-300 and the HC-400 hydraulic truck cranes. During his time at Link Belt he designed the Hydraulic Power Systems for the first Link Belt Hydraulic Powered Back Hoes. At Clark Equipment Co. He became Chief Engineer - Hydraulic Cranes, responsible for developing two hydraulic rough terrain cranes and four hydraulic truck cranes with capacities of 14 to 100 tons for both the United States and European markets.
After leaving Clark Equipment Co. Mr. Nephew was Chief Engineer-Railroad Products for Pettibone Corp.; Vice President, Teleweld Corp.; Vice President, Swingmaster Corp. and Consultant, Teleweld Corp. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. on February 7th at Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva where Oliver sung in the choir and was a member for 44 years. Interment will be at Tipton Cemetery in Tipton, Iowa.  [Source: Kane County Chronicle, January 20, 2015]
[Webmaster's note: Being personally acquainted with this family, I know that Tom was an avid genealogist and spent many years tracing his family history back to the earliest immigrants to America and beyond. I also know that as a genealogist, he would've wanted accuracy in his own obituary, so the corrections are:  He had the two Langford grandchildren, 2 Darula step-grandchildren, and the six step-great-grandchildren. Omitted from this obituary were his other two step-grandchildren, Christopher and Brandon Lee, by Patricia and her husband Craig Lee, and one special person, Tricia Kaufman, raised by Patricia and Craig, whom he also considered as his grandchild. See Trish's obit of April 2014]

Timothy Holden
San Diego, Cal., Jan. 4 – Timothy Nathan Holden, 89, who attended the convention that nominated Lincoln for President in 1860, and was one of Illinois’ first volunteers in the Civil war, died here after an illness of two weeks.  He formerly was mayor of Aurora, Ill.  [The Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) Friday, January 4, 1929; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Sidney George
age 20 yrs., son of Joel GEORGE, member of Order of the Sons of Temperance, Aurora Div., 1/9/1849 in Aurora, fractured skull; [1/16/1849, Joliet Signal]



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