Finding Illinois Ancestors
Lake County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices

Bessie Abarbanel
ABARBANEL, Bessie "Bea" Gilmore 83, a longtime Chicago-area resident, died Friday (23 Jul 1999) in St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Mrs. Abarbanel was born and raised in Waukegan, where her family was one of the founding members of Congregation Am Echod. Shortly after graduating from Waukegan High School, Mrs. Abarbanel married Leo Gilmore and moved to Fond du Lac, Wis., where the couple opened Holman's Furniture. Mrs. Abarbanel lived there for 29 years before moving to Los Angeles in 1961. Her husband died soon after, and Mrs. Abarbanel returned to live in Highland Park. In 1966, she married her second husband, Nathan Abarbanel, and moved to Chicago. She was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Though she worked part time and was involved in several organizations, she devoted almost all her time to her family. "Once you became a member of our family or extended family, you were a member for life," said her daughter, Leslie Grendahl. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Abarbanel is survived by two sons, Mark Gilmore and Richard Gilmore; a stepson, Jonathan Abarbanel; a stepdaughter, Susan Abarbanel; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Congregation Am Echod, 1500 Sunset Ave., Waukegan.
[Chicago Tribune - sub by FoFG]

Nathan Abarbanel
ABARBANEL, Nathan - beloved husband of Bessie; loving father of Susan Fischel of New Hampshire and Jonathan Abarbanel; grandfather of Noah Fischel; brother of Anne Wolfe. Funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Congregation Solel, 1301 W. Clavey Rd., Highland Park. Interment Am Echod Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Info., 433-3556. (dod 2 Sep 1983)
[Chicago Tribune - sub by FoFG]

Dr. Henry Bagg
Died, Jan'y [?]th, a [?] [?] in Waukegan, Ill, Dr. Henry Bagg, [rest of image too faded.] (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, March 16, 1864; JD, Sub by FoFG)

Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey was born December 31, 1856 at Antioch, Lake County, Illinois. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Bailey. In his early boyhood he moved with his parents to Maquoketa where he has resided ever since. He was married to Miss Lucy Mericle in 1888. To them were born three sons, all of whom survive him: Eugene of this city, Orlie of Amber, and Charley in the service in France. His wife, one sister, Mrs. Addie Safford, and one brother, Homer, survive him. After a long and serious illness he departed from this life January 31, 1919, and his last resting place will be on Mt. Hope’s beautiful hillside.
[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, IA, Feb. 4, 1919, Submitted By Ken Wright]

John Wesley Bailey
Former Maquoketa Resident Dies in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
John Wesley Bailey, son of Orlando and Lucy Bailey, was born at Antioch, Illinois, July 18, 1844; died at his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, April 30, 1918. He enlisted at the age of 17 in the 96th Illinois Infantry and served nearly three years in the Civil War. He had been afflicted with heart trouble for a number of years and had suffered greatly through the past winter. He was a man of sterling honesty of purpose and decision of character. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lester Lane, and one grand-daughter, Naundice Lane. A sister, Mrs. Addie Safford, and a brother Homer Bailey from Maquoketa, were present during his last days. He was laid to rest in Green Ridge cemetery at Antioch, the Lovell Post of the Grand Army of the Republic being in charge of the services. Deceased was well known in Maquoketa, having been a resident here for a number of years.
[Jackson Sentinel, May 21, 1918 - Submitted By Ken Wright]

Mary Baker

Mrs. Mary Baker, nee Pahlman, was born February 28, 1846, in Lake county near Long Grove, now known as the Druggan estate, was confirmed in the Long Grove church and united in marriage with Nicolas A. Baker, in Long Grove, May 15, 1864. Mr. Baker preceded his wife in death December 19, 1919, at the age of 80 years. Mrs. Baker attained the age of 82 years, 23 days.
This couple was blessed with ten children, Mrs. Katherine Rudolph, Mrs. Louise Quentin, Mrs. Ellen Storm, Mrs. Emma Hall, Mr. Henry Baker, Mrs. Mary Bicknase, Mrs. Amelia Keyes, Mrs. Clara Wagner, Mrs. Lydia A. Born and Miss Caroline Baker, Mrs. Rudolph and Miss Caroline Baker preceding their mother in death. There are 31 grand children, 10 great grand children and 5 brothers and one sister, Mr. Herman Pahlman of Biscay, Minn., Mr. Garrett Pahlman and Mr. Herman Pahlman of Palatine, Mr. John Pahlman, Long Grove, Ernst Pahlman, Barrington, Ill., and Mrs. Emma Kleinschmidt of Palatine. Mrs. Baker resided in Lake county from the time of her birth to the year 1900, or 54 years. The last 28 years she had resided at Palatine on Chicago avenue. Mrs. Baker has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Born since 1911 and was one of the most lovable mothers that anyone could find. Her parents were laid to rest on the old Pahlman farm now known as the Druggan estate. She seemed to be well up to March 12th and passed away March 22nd, at 6:25 p. m. Was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery March 25, 1928, in the family lot. [Source: The Daily Herald (Chicago, IL) March 30, 1928]

Richard J. Bardo of Gurnee
A Mass of the Resurrection for Richard J. Bardo 74, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 114 N. Lincoln St., Round Lake. Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Chicago, he passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at home. Interment will be in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake. Mr. Bardo had made his home in Grayslake for more than 38 years, living in Gurnee for the past eight months. He was a World War II veteran of the Army, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific, where he was awarded one Bronze Star, and the Philippine Liberation, where he was awarded another Bronze Star. He retired in June 1998 from Woodland School District where he taught Social Studies. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake, he was an avid pilot of small engine aircraft in his leisure time.
He leaves his loving wife, Dorothy (nee Ehlert), whom he married on Nov. 22, 1958, in Grayslake; sons, Tom (Jacki) Reuss of Wildwood and Donald Reuss of Grayslake; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Edwin Bardo of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Amanda Bardo; and brother, Clarence. Friends of the family may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Ltd., 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Hugo Bruno Bein

Hugo Bruno Bein of Ingleside Ill, beloved husband of Rose, nee Justin; father of Robert, step-father of Mrs. Jane Callard, James Shalek; grandfather of four; brother of Richard.
Member of Herter Lodge, No. 669, A.F. & A. M., Chain O’Lakes Resort Owners association; Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers workman, local 546, owned and operated Bein Boa dock. Services Wednesday, 10:30 at Strang funeral chapel, Grayslake, IL
Interment Acacia Park.
[Chicago Tribune, 5 April 1960 - Sub. by Denise Parsons]

Rose Justin-Shalek Bein
Rose Shalek Bein, nee Justin, of Ingleside, formerly of Cicero, operated Beins Boat Dock, Ingleside for past 35 years, dear mother of James (Evelyn) Shalek of Ingleside, Robert (Marcia) Bein of Ingleside and Jane (Very) Callard of Arlington Heights; grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of four. Resting at K.K. Hamsher Funeral Home, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Rd., Fox Lake, Ill. Sunday 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday. Interment Bohemian National Cemetery.
[Chicago Tribune – August 28, 1983 - Sub. by Denise Parsons]

Frank L. Biddlecom
Class of 1879 - FRANK LINUS BIDDLECOM. B. 12 Dec., 1856, Waukegan, Ill. Engineer. D. 27 Mar., 1909, Ouray, Colo.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1908-1909, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Lena Braeckman, age 74, died unexpectedly at 9 a.m. Sept. 16, 1952 in her home at Indian Point, Antioch IL. She succumbed to heart disease.
Surviving are her husband, Peter; two sons, Emil Rudolph and Arthur Carl Lubkeman, both of Antioch and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Braeckman was born March 21, 1879 in Petershagen, Germany. She came to the United States as a young woman settling first in Chicago and moving to Antioch in 1915. She was preceded in death by two husbands, (Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Luebkemann) William Lubkemann and Wilhelm August Grube and a son William Lubkemann Jr.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Antioch chapter 428 and of the Royal Neighbors of America, Antioch Camp 459. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Strang Funeral Home, Antioch. The Antioch OES chapter and the Rev. G. Richard Tuttle will officiate at the service.
Burial will take place in Concordia cemetery, Chicago. Friends may call tonight after 7.
[Chicago Daily News, 18 Sep 1952, Sub. By: Denise Parsons. Full name: Christine Lena (nee Graeper) Lubkemann Grube]

R.T. Buscher
R.T. Buscher, Jr., 36, Antioch, Ill., found dead in chair in saloon of H. Mertz, 3535 W. Chicago Av.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 07 May 1913.; Sub by KT]

Mrs. Bute
Barrington: Mrs. Bute died at her home, Monday evening, of consumption. She as an earnest worker in the Methodist church and was member of the W. R. C. [Source:  Algonquin Herald (Algonquin, IL) March 13, 1902, page 8]

Francis E. Clarke
Class of 1851 - FRANCIS ERASMUS CLARKE. Born, Mar. 4, 1828, Williamstown, Vt. Son of Elam and Cynthia (Lewis) Clarke. Fitted at Ludlow and at Townsend, Vt. Read law at Waukegan, Ill., while principal of the academy there, 1851-54; began the practice of law in the same town and continued it until his death. Served as county superintendent of schools for several terms, and also as superintendent of city schools; held the office of judge of the county court from 1879 to 1894, and that of master of chancery of the circuit court for about twenty-five years. Was a director of the First National Bank of Waukegan since its organization in 1865, and at the time of decease was its vice president.
Died, July 29, 1899, Waukegan, Ill., of diseases of the heart and bladder.
Married, Jan. 13, 1858, North Hadley, Mass., Hannah Cowles Scott, daughter of Rufus and Martha (Dickinson) Scott. Children: Mary E., Helen C., Lucy M.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Thomas Joseph Corbeil
Thomas J. Corbeil, of Gurnee, IL died July 19, 1997 at his home.
Beloved husband of Sandi; loving father of Christopher, Brent & Tiffany (Kris) Inselberger. Dear grandfather of Kaytlynn Inselberger.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 24, 4PM at the Gurnee Community Church, 4555 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL.
[The News Sun, (Waukegan, IL) - July 23, 1997 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Ira Doolittle, Libertyville, tried to die by gas. Then shot himself.  [Source: The day book., March 21, 1917 - Sub. by Janice Rice]

Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas, one of the best-known foresters in the country, died at Waukegan, Ill., last week.  He domesticated the Colorado blue spruce.  [Evening Star.(Washington, D.C.), June 14, 1897, Page 15]

James Elsbury
Antioch News, Thursday 2 May 1912
Dispatch From the White Star Line Says That Elsbury is Not a Survivor
Gurnee Man on Titanic Not Among Survivors--Family Now Compelled to Give up Hope.
The last hope of the James Elsbury family of Gurnee that their husband and father, a passenger on the ill fated Titanic might yet be returned to them, was completely swept away when on Wednesday a telegram from New York stated that he was not among the survivors. When news of the disaster first spread, the Elsbury family clung to the hope that he might have been delayed in starting, but a cablegram from relatives across the water destroyed that hope and proved to a certainty that he was aboard the sunken vessel. Day after day passed while the family waited in suspense for some word from the missing one, sometimes fearing the worst and sometimes inspired by hope. At times Mrs. Elsbury was sure that he must some way have been saved, but as time wore on and no message came she began to lose hope, feeling that if alive, he would ere this have communicated with her. And then came the report that a man had been picked up in an unconscious condition by the rescue ship, and had been placed in a New York hospital. That he had never regained his reason and that his only utterance were the words "Lake County, Illinois." Then hope sprang anew in the Gurnee home and telegrams bearing Ellsbury's description, were at once sent and his picture was also forwarded. But a crushing blow was dealt the family when the answer came from the White Star Line that the man in question is not James Ellsbury. All hope of his being alive is now abandoned as is also that of ever receiving his body, and in all probability it will never be known whether the well known, highly respected Gurnee farmer, lies among the unidentified buried at sea or whether he was among the number whose bodies were never recovered.
(Submitted by K. Torp)

Kathryn Faulkner of Libertyville
A funeral Mass for Kathryn Faulkner (nee Portegys) 90, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Church, 121 E. Maple, Libertyville.
Born March 20, 1909, in Chicago, she died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at home. Burial will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.
Mrs. Faulkner had been a resident of Libertyville for 88 years and was a member of the St. Joseph Parish and the Guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Survivors include her sons, Lewis 'Bud' (Joanne), Raymond (Sandy) and Ed (Karen) Faulkner, all of Libertyville, and Kenneth (Pam) Faulkner of Mundelein; daughters, Catherine (Charles) Eiserman of Libertyville, Jean (Rod) Leafblad of Gurnee, Evelyn (Elmer) Vetter of Colorado and Margaret (Frank) Pieroni of Florida; brothers, Nick and John Portegys; sister, Anne Dickson; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Gertrude (nee DeBoer) Portegys; her husband of 54 years, Lewis Faulkner, who died in 1981; son, Donald Faulkner; grandson, Nick Eiserman; brothers, James and Peter Portegys; and sisters, Nellie Metcalf, Mary Lightbody and Gertrude Dietz.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today, at McMurrough Chapel, 101 Park Place, Libertyville.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Ruth Fitzgerald of Lake Zurich
Memorial services for Ruth Fitzgerald will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, at Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Rd., Rolling Meadows.
Born in Greensville, Pa., she died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon, Pa. A self-employed hairdresser for many years, she was the wife of the late James; mother of Darlene A. (David) King, Gary (Janet) Kiser and the late Connie Mae Kiser; grandmother of Connie Mae Rang, Nicole Caldwell, Scott Kiser, Lisa Larkin, Mark Kiser and the late Christopher Tufano; and great-grandmother of seven.
Memorial visitation will be from 7 p.m. until the time of the services Thursday, at the funeral home.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Goggin (child)
Killed While He Lay in Bed
Waukegan, Ills., March 5 - In a windstorm late Sunday afternoon a fatal accident occurred on the poultry farm of Birke Cros., at Gurnee, five miles west of here.  A tall chimney was blown down and crashed through the roof of a bedroom in which were the wife of Frank Goggin, principal of the Gurnee school, and her 8-year-old son.  The boy was struck on the head and died in 15 minutes.  [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 05 March 1901]

John Hanlan
On January 5, 1881, Chicago fire department Driver, John A. Hanlan of Engine 25 died in the line of duty while responding to a fire. Hanlan was driving a hose cart on West twelth Aveenue when he toppled forward out of the cart and was crushed under the right wheel. The Captain, riding next to Hanlan reported that the driver may have lost conscious before this fall. Funeral services for Hanlan, a Civil War veteran, were held on January 7. He was survived by his widow and two children.
[Note: He was buried at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Newport Township, Lake County, Ill.;
Unknown newspaper, Jan 6 1881 - Submitted by Marie Chapman]

John Harroner
Barrington: John Harroner died at the home of his parents, Friday, of consumption, aged 28 years. [Source:  Algonquin Herald (Algonquin, IL) March 13, 1902, page 8]

Ella Heideman

At Amherst, Ill., on the 16th there occurred the sad death of Ella Heideman, cousin of C. W. H. Heideman and Mrs. Schmidt of this city. Her death was caused by the fright sustained while in a railroad accident between her home and Wheaton, where she was attending college with a bright and promising future. [New Ulm Review, May 25, 1892]

Samuel Helms

At Little Fort, IL., Capt. Samuel Helms, 82, formerly of Boston.
[Christian Register, 17 Jul 1847 - Submitted by Denise Helms Ferraro]

Bernard Hertel
- formerly of Fremont Center, Illinois
Funeral arrangements are pending for Bernard Hertel 88, of Bayfield, Colo.
Born Oct. 11, 1910, he died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colo.
A former member of St. Mary's Church, Fremont Center, he is survived by his son, Roger of Bayfield; daughter, Joan of Montrose, Colo; brother, Raymond of Shannon, Ill.; and sister, Matilda Dietz of Libertyville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda (nee Strazer), in 1991; brothers, John, Anthony and Joseph; and sisters, Mary Spoerlein, Anna Etten, Elizabeth Bauer, Rose Kattner and Catherine Leffelman.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Donald Keith Heser
Donald K. Heser, 51, of Medford, Wis., formerly of Grayslake, died March 6, 1984, of injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born August 22, 1932 in Tomah, Wis. On Dec. 1, 1956, he married Evelyn Motl in Grayslake area and worked for a number of businesses. In 1970, he moved to Medford and was employed at Liberty Homes in Spencer, Wis. Since 1972, he had been employed at the Packaging Corp. of America in Colby, Wis. He was a maintenance specialist and was on his way to work when the fatal accident occurred. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Heser; six children, Susan (Arthur) Walls of Colby, John Heser, Mary Hahn and Michael Heser, all of Medford, Margaret Heser of Shakopee, Minn. and Kenneth Heser, at home; six grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Heser of Round Lake; one sister, Diane Morse of Snohomish, Wash; and his mother, Veora Heser of Grayslake.
Funeral services were held March 8 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Fr. Brendon Kunda officiating.
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Diana Heser Morse]

Oscar Raymond Heser
(Born 17 Dec 1905, Died 23 July 1979)
Funeral services for Oscar Heser, 73, of Grayslake, formerly of Round Lake are pending for Thursday, July 26, at Strang Funeral Chapel, Grayslake.
Mr. Heser died July 23 at Condell Memorial Hospital following a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time. He had lived in the Grayslake and Round Lake area for the past 30 years. He was employed by the Milwaukee Road retiring in 1970.
Survivors are his widow, Veora; one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Diana) Morse of Seattle, Wash.; two sons, Donald of Medford, Wis. and Eugene of Round Lake Beach; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs Van (Vila) Evans of Tomah, Wis. and Mrs. James (Doris) Graves of South Chicago. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Arlen in 1951; and by three brothers and three sisters. The interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake.
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
Richard Heser

Richard Arlen Heser, 12, of Nippersink Avenue, Round Lake, died Tuesday, September 18 at noon in St. Therese Hospital in Waukegan following an illness of nine days. Richard was born March 19, 1939, in Tomah, Monroe County, Wis., a son of Oscar and Veora Heser. He was a pupil in the Round Lake Elementary school.
Surviving, in addition to this parents, are two brothers, Donald and Eugene, and a sister Diana Rae. The body is at the Strange Chapel in Grayslake where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at the chapel at 1:00 PM Friday with the Rev. W. C. Silven officiating. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery, west of Round Lake.
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
Veora Caroline Vroman Heser
(written by Veora prior to her death, always organized, death date added by family)
passed away on December 4, 2000 at Condell Memorial Hospital, Libertyville, Illinois. Veora was born at home in Warrens, Monroe County, Wisconsin on April 7, 1912, the daughter of William Henry Vroman and Estella Belle Lamb Vroman. Veora was the widow of Oscar Raymond Heser whom she married on March 29, 1930 in Winona, Minnesota. Oscar and Veora started their married life in Tomah, Wisconsin, and in 1944 moved to Illinois. Oscar retired from the Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Railroad in 1970 and passed away in 1979. Four children were born to this union, namely Donald Keith, Richard Arlen (both deceased), Diana Rae Morse of Tieton, Washington and Eugene Paul Heser of Round Lake, Illinois. She also leaves a daughter-in-law Evelyn Marie Motl Heser of Medford, Wisconsin, plus 7 grandchildren and numerous great grand children. Besides her two sons, 3 brothers (Chester Archie, Frank William, Erwin Keith) and 3 sisters (Louisa Caroline, Eva, Mabel May) proceeded her in death. Veora had been in ill health for several years, but kept active, trusting in God to keep her on her feet. She belonged to several Senior organizations and was an active member of the Living Waters Assembly of God Church in Grayslake, Illinois. Veora chose to be cremated and her remains were interred at Fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake, Illinois beside her husband and one son.
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Diana Heser Morse]

E.C. Hibbard
Mr. E.C. Hibbard, one of the earliest settlers in Lake County, died last Monday, aged 57.

Mabel B. Holle
Mabel B. Holle, a member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and longtime woman's sports advocate, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home in Lake Forest, after a long illness. Born in Jacksonville on March 21, 1920, she loved to play sports as a child and spent most of her time outdoors. In 1943, she became a member of the original South Ben Blue Sox of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She played third base and outfield and the highlight of her career was when her mother and two younger sisters attended a game when she had the game winning hit. She had a very strong arm and was known for throwing out runners at home plate from the outfield. She also played with the Kenosha Comets for a short period of time. On Nov. 5, 1988, Mabel was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., as a member of the All American Girls Leaague. After professional baseball, Mabel became a physical education teacher. She was coach and athletic administrator in the Waukegan schools for most of her professional career. Mabel was the first person to chair the IHSA Girls Track and Field Advisory Committee. She served as a member of the Advisory Committee during the early years of the girls state series, and then on the Games Committee of the girls state meet. In 2001, she beame the Illinois State Girls Track Honorary Referee. Mabel graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1942. She was inducted in the MacMurray sports hall of fame in 1993 and has an annual award in her honor that goes to the female athlete who exemplifies leadership in the classroom and the playing field. Mabel is survived by her longtime partner, Linda Hoffman; her sisters, Patricia Patrick of Lake Forest and Charlene Hobbie of Waverly; her nieces, Dixie Hanks Richter (John) of Albuquerque, N.M., Betty Holder of Houston, Wendy Friedland (WarrenI) of Rockville Md., and Carrie Carr (Bill) of Barrington; nephew, Larry Patrick (Amy) of Gurnee; her two sweet Schnauzers, Maggie and Ellie; her many great and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews; and wonderful friends and former teammates. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathryn (Ollie) and Frederick Holle; sister, Emma; and brother, Frederick. A private memorial will be scheduled at a later date.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Ben Jensen
Body of Ben Jensen, painter, Maywood, found in Mineola Bay, Fox Lake, Ill.  Murder or suicide?  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 04 Oct. 1913]

Amos Jones
Class of 1844 - And. Theol. Sem., 1847. B. 9 Aug., 1821, Lunenburg, Mass. Pastor. D. 16 Nov., 1903, Zion City, Ill.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1904-1905, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Delia King
Dies at 104
Zion, Ill., March 4 – Mrs. Delia King, 104, died today from influenza. More than 40 years ago she was said to have contracted an incurable disease and was told she could live only a few months. Her living descendants are nine children, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
[The Morning Tulsa Daily World; Tulsa, OK; March 5, 1922 (Transcribed by D. Donlon; Transcribed as written)]

Billy Leach
Billy Leach, one of Chicago's pioneers in radio and television broadcasting, died at 3:30 pm on November 11, 1997 of complications after open heart surgery. Billy was 86 years old.
Starting in radio broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA's WMBJ as early as 1931, Billy was voted Chicago's most popular radio singer a number of years during his tenure with WBBM Radio between 1946 and 1967 where he starred as a vocalist and program host. He was the star of the Luncheon With Billy Show on CBS Chicago, one of the earliest live TV programs initiated in Chicago. In 1954, his hit single, "Song of the Barefoot Mailman" reached 16 on the pop charts.
As a vocalist and producer, his commercials for Pepsodent, Kelloggs, Wrigleys Gum, Budweiser, Mr. Kleen, and many others were aired on radio and television across the nation. Most recently he was audio director for SVE, Inc. which was involved in educational film strips.
Since retirement in 1982, Billy has been dedicated to the Broadcast Pioneers, he reorganized the Deerfield Public Library music collection and was deeply involved with the St. Gregory's Episcopal Church music effort, his favorite charity. Most recently his lectures on the early days of the big bands, the early days of radio and television broadcasting were applauded. As late as 1996, before the onset of a serious heart valve problem which limited his activity, he was an active tennis player, golfer and hiker.
Billy was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous in which organization he spent 46 sober years helping others. He died sober.
Billy lived in Deerfield Illinois.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter Hannah Leech Moss, and sons Peter Leech and Christopher Leech. His grandchildren are Peter J. Leech, Andrew T. Leech, Katie Leech, Herbert Wm. Moss and Richard W. Leech.
Billy received his early music training at Divine Providence School in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1932 from Duquesne University, and a Masters in Theater from Northern Illinois University in 1968. He performed with a number of big bands including Art Kassel Orchestra, The Lou Breese Orchestra at Chez Baree, The Raymond Scott Orchestra on CBS in New York, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra on CBS in the Waldorf Astoria and Roosevelt Hotels. During the 1970's he performed with Wayne King in Chicago and on tour. He recorded on Victor Records.
His radio career, which began on WMBJ, Pittsburgh as a disk jockey (which in those days was called "Radio Reviewer"), included his own program with song and piano on WJAJ Pittsburgh, in 1932, programs on KDKA, Pittsburgh as a vocalist and production manager in 1933, Bana Broadcasts on the Red Network, and CBS New York on the "Concert in Rhythm" with Raymond Scott and Dorothy Collins in 1993. After four years service with the US Navy during World War II, he joined WBBM Radio, performing as a vocalist and program host while contributing as a board member of the program committee.
He was Assistant Conductor of the CBS orchestra under Ceaser Petrilo. His tenure on Radio and Television with CBS spanned from 1946 through 1967. His recording career included vocals with Wayne King and Guy Lombardo as well as his 1954 hit single, The Song of the Barefoot Mailman. Memorial services and a reception will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, November 15 at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church at the corner of Deerfield Road and Wilmot Road in Deerfield, Illinois.
For funeral info. call KELLEY & SPALDING FUNERAL HOME [
News Sun, Waukegan, IL, November 13, 1997 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

James Maguire
James Maguire, Lake county farmer, killed by train at Antioch. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 02 Nov. 1911]

Silas Marble

Fort Hill, Sept. 5, 1847
Horrible Murder – We are in the midst of quite an excitement, caused by a most unprovoked murder which has been just committed.  There was a “Harvest Ball” given on Friday evening last, at the new Hotel of Mr. D. Goodell, Esq., of Fort Hill; and about 10 o’clock in the evening, the deceased, Silas Marble, whose occupation was that of a peddler, was enticed away from the house about 80 rods and then beat to death with clubs.  His body was first discovered the next morning about ten o’clock, the head mangled in the most cruel manner.  A coroner’s jury was empanelled and after a close and patient examination, a verdict was rendered of “wilful murder, by some person or persons to them unknown.” It is just to observe here that no suspicion is attached to any one in or about the house.  Three individuals have been arrested, who are now in charge of officers, who will lodge them in jail today. – Cor. Chicago Dem. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 10, 1847 - Sub. by N.P.]

Clyde Henry Mathis

Died: March 31, 2013 in Beach Park, Illinois. Age 99.
Born: May 16, 1913 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Parents: Charlie B. and Rachel Mathis.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother Carl C. Mathis; daughter Barbara Anne; son-in-law William H. Butterbaugh.
Survivors include: wife Esther Nell; daughter Rosemary L. Butterbaugh; son Carl B. Mathis and his wife Rosemary; granddaughter Laura Butterbaugh Lindeman and her husband Steve; granddaughter Louise Herberger and her husband Terrance; granddaughter Lucile Butterbaugh; grandson Charles Mathis and his wife Heather; grandson Chris Mathis and his wife Nancy; grandson Eric Mathis; granddaughter Anne Stander; grandchildren Andrew and Rachel Mathis, Elaine, Terra and Margaret Herberger and Denly and Eleanor Butterbaugh Lindeman.
Interment: April 6, 2013 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas.
[Source: Madison County Record (Madison County, AR) 11 April 2013; submitted by Melissa Frye]

Micheal McRory
Fatal Accident: Micheal McRory
of Lake County, IL, was killed by the caving of a bank on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad about 10 miles from this place on Sat. 28th ult.. He was crushed in a shocking matter and killed instantly- Joliet Signal [Rock Island Advertiser, Wed. March 10, 1852 - submitted by Candi Horton]

Emil Edward Mesenbrink
Services for Emil E. Mesenbrink, 73, of 219 Brainerd av., Libertyville, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in St. John's Lutheran church, Libertyville. Mr. Mesenbrink retired in 1957 as owner and operator of the Libertyville Floral Company, Milwaukee and Church streets in Libertyville. He is survived by his widow, Lydia; two daughters, Miss Gertrude Mesenbrink and Mrs. Frances Kok-Alblas; a son, Paul; three brothers; two sisters; and four grandchildren. Mr. Mesenbrink died Monday in Condell Memorial hospital, Libertyville. [Chicago Tribune (Illinois), September 27, 1961 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Irene M. Misinski of Lindenhurst
A funeral Mass for Irene M. Misinski, 72, formerly of North Chicago, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Grand Avenue and Route 83, Lake Villa.
Born July 29, 1927, in Kenosha, Wis., she died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at her home. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville. Mrs. Misinski had retired in 1989 after 44 years of service for Abbott Laboratories. She was a former member of Holy Rosary Church in North Chicago and most recently was a member of Prince of Peace Church in Lake Villa. She was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Abbott Quarter Century Club.
Survivors include her husband, Bruno Misinski; son, William (Kimberly) Misinski of Lake Villa; grandchildren, Pamela, Michael and Branden; brothers, Julius (Dolores) Kowalski of Racine, Wis., and Chester (Zosia) Kowalski of Waukegan; and sisters, Mary Schlichling of Waukegan and Genevieve Villanova of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John Kowalski, in 1992.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Salata Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Grace Mitchell
- Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. Selden Mitchell, who died February 23 at the age of 84. Grace Towner was born August 9, 1877 in Diamond Lake, Ill. Her family traces its history back to William Brewster, the English clergyman who came to the new world on the Mayflower. [The Miller Press, (Miller, SD), c. March 1, 1962 - Submitted by Dennis Hargens]

James S. Ochsner

Army Sgt. 1st Class James S. Ochsner, 36, Waukegan, Illinois; Orgun-E, Afghanistan
Sergeant First Class James Scott Ochsner lost his life on November 15, 2005 while conducting combat operations near Lwara (Camp Tillman), Afghanistan. He was born at Great Lakes Naval Base in May of 1969, he attended Cook Magnet School, St. Anastasia Grammar School, and St. Joseph High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He entered the army in July 1987. Jim's first enlistment was as an Artillaryman in Germany from 1987-1990; however at the end of that first enlistment he wanted more and reenlisted for the Infantry. Jim would spend from 1990-1999 with the famous 325th and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments of the 82nd Airborne Division. With the exception of a tour to Korea in 1997 where he served his nation as a part of the United Nations Security Force, Jim would lead soldiers and deploy all over the globe as part of America's Guard of Honor; including Combat Duty in the Arabian Peninsula during Desert Storm and Peace Keeping Duty in the Sinai Desert as part of the Multi-National Forces. In 1999, Jim left the 82nd Airborne Division and volunteered for the Special Forces. Jim completed his training in 2001 as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant and was assigned to the 3rd Special forces Group (Airborne). Jimbo deployed four times to Afghanistan. His final assignment was as the Operations and Intelligence sergeant for ODA344 and he was one of the best advanced Special Operations Trained Operators conducting missions in Operation Endearing Freedom. SFC Jim Ochsner's awards include The Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Army Commendations Medal with "V" Device, The Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Army Good Conduct Medal with 4 Knots, The National Defense Service Medal 2NS Award, The Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, The Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award, The Expert Infantryman Badge, The Air Assault Badge, The Parachutist Badge, and The Special Forces TAB. Jim is survived by his wife, Ann (Marion), his daughter, Meagan, his son Nicholas, his parents Robert and Sandra and his brother, Master Sergeant Robert L. Ochsner, and his sister, Jennifer. A Mass of Resurrection was said on December 2, with Burial immediately followed at Arlington National Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be said on Saturday, December 10, at Our Lady of Humility Church, Zion, Illinois at 11:00 AM.
[The News-Son, Waukegan IL- Dec 08, 2005]

Warden Rinear
Warden Dies of Pellagra
Waukegan, Ill., Nov 3. - Warden Rinear of Antioch, Ill., who was committed to the State Hospital for Insane at Elgin, October 30, 1908 from Lake County, died at the institution Wednesday of pellagra.  When the disease was discovered to exist at the institution two years ago, Rinear was one of the sufferers. [The Cairo Bulletin. (Cairo, Ill.), 04 Nov. 1911]

Amanda A. Schaewe - 440 Elm Street, Deerfield, beloved wife of the late Fred; dear mother of Elmer and Lillian Pottenger; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; fond sister of Alma Bendler. Resting at funeral home, 825 Waukegan road, Deerfield, where services will be held Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Interment Eden cemetery, WIndsor 6-1716. [1958-03-07, Chicago Tribune Submitted by Lori Gilbert]

Thos. Schaussan
Thos. Schaussan, Antioch, Ill., killed by C.& N.W. train at Mayfair station.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 02 Jan. 1913

John Tiernan
Waukegan, Ill., August 14 - John Tiernan died at his home in this city last night from the effects of taking an overdose of medicine.  Tiernan was an unmarried man, 67 years of age.  He leaves a large circle of relatives at Waukegan.  He has been a resident of this city for a number of years.  [The Cincinnati Daily Star. (Cincinnati, OH), August 14, 1876]

Louisa Katherina Umdenstock
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, From which none ever wakes to weep; A calm and undisturbed repose, Unbroken by the lust of foes.
This hymn which was sung in church by Mrs. Ralph Meyer, Misses Mabel Hans and Ethel Umdenstock and Mr. Adolph Kalkbrenner Thursday, Nov. 5, fittingly describes the peaceful departure of Mrs. Louisa Katherina Umdenstock, nee Pahlman. She was born at Long Grove, July 27, 1848; baptized in the same year and confirmed in the Evangelical church in 1863. June 29, 1873, she was united in Holy wedlock with Mr. George Umdenstock, the well known village blacksmith. This happy union was blessed with 3 children. All her life she enjoyed the best of health and worked cheerfully for her family. She was a life long member of the Evangelical church, loved and respected not only by her immediate family, but as well by her numerous friends and neighbors.  In 1923 she and her husband were so fortunate to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, enjoying the company, congratulations and gifts of their many relatives. This fall she visited in company of her husband with relatives in Minnesota. After her return she took sick and for nearly three weeks was confined to her bed. Comforted and strengthened by God's Word and prayer she passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 1925, at 8:50 a. m. She reached the good age of 77 years, 3 months, and 6 days.
Funeral service took place on Thursday, Nov. 5 beginning at the house at 1 p. m. Rev. Carl A. Stadler spoke words of comfort to the mourning family in German based on John 6:39 and 40, and in English from Rev. 7:9-10. The church building was filled to overflowing; many and costly floral pieces gave testimony of the friendship and love for Mrs. Louisa Umdenstock and sympathy to the bereaved husband and children. Many relatives and friends from Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Pahlman from Fairmont, Minn., attended the funeral.
She is survived by her husband who very keenly feels his loss, her son, G. B. Umdenstock and wife, who for 17 years shared the happy home life, her daughters, Mrs. H. I. Krueger of Long grove, Mrs. Wm. Schley of Libertyville, who being sick, could not pay the last tribute of love to her dear mother, by two grandchildren, Mrs. Walter Gosswiller of Long Grove and Miss Mabel Schley of Libertyville, also by six brothers, Henry Pahlman of Biscay, Minn., Herman Garret and Ernest of Palatine; William of Welcome, Minn., and John of Long Grove, by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Baker and Mrs. Emma Kleinschmidt of Palatine, and by many other relatives. Chas. Gosswiller, Stephen Keiler, John L. Hans, M. Kraus, A. Maether, John Keiler were pallbearers.
Interment took place at Long Grove cemetery where the remains were laid to rest with scripture reading, prayer and benediction.
"Asleep in Jesus! O for me May such a blissful refuge be; Securely shall my ashes lie, Waiting the summons from on high."  - A Friend. [Source: The Daily Herald (Chicago, IL) November 13, 1925]



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