LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Mrs. Kane
Mrs. Tirzah Keller
Bohn Ariel Kellogg
Vetrous Kelsey
Mrs. Kennedy
Edward Kessel
Elizabeth Kessel
Christiana (Mann) Kilduff
Alanson King

Willis G. C. King
Anna Gertrude Klag
Katharine Elizabeth (Loewenberg) Klag
Jeremiah Klag
Peter Koensgen
Elizabeth Koerper
Paul H. Koerper
Philip Henry Koerper
Jacob Krebs

 Mrs Kane

The Dixon Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois)
March 27, 1872

Mrs. Kane, aged 66 years, mother of Thomas Kane of Wenona, whose legs were crushed by the cars in LaSalle, Ill., and amputated on Friday evening, came to town to see her unfortunate son on Saturday morning, and on seeing him immediately swooned and died.

Mrs. Tirzah Keller
Tonica News, Tonica IL October 16, 1875
Died on last Saturday afternoon Oct. 9th, 1875, Mrs. Tirzah Keller, wife of G. W. Keller. Aged 50 years.
Mrs. Keller has been ailing for almost a year, but has not been bedfast till about two months ago; and since that time till her death she has been perfectly helpless. She was a good mother and passed away with hopes of the better world. She was sinsible till her last although she endured great pain, and but a tshort time before her death she prepeated the twenty-third Psalm and said her time was short.

Bohn Ariel Kellogg
Henry Republican, Henry IL May 29, 1879
We learn with sadness of the death of Bohn Ariel Kellogg - Bonnie, as he was called - son of M. E. Kellogg, at LaSalle, a bright, active and unusually promising boy. His death is a great affliction to the family, as he was the mother's pet and the father's darling boy. The large circle of friends of Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg in this city and its vicinity will sympathize deeply with them in their sore bereavement.

Vetrous Kelsey
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 31, 1840
Died at Troy Grove on the 24th inst., Wm. Vetrous, son of Levi and Emma S. Kelsey - aged 2 years.

Mrs. Kennedy
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
Died on Wednesday, on the bluff, 2 miles from town, Mrs. Kennedy, quite aged.


Mr. Edward Kessel was taken from this vale of sorrow last Saturday afternoon, April 30th after a long period of illness. Mr. Kessel had reached the age of 72 years, 1 month and 23 days. Mr. Kessel had been in poor health for some time and all during his illness was tenderly cared for by his faithful wife who did everything possible to relieve his sufferings. Mr. Kessel, the fifth child of Adam and Barbara, nee Fetzer Kessel, was born at Maytown on March 7, 1860 and was baptized in St. Paul's church on the Old Chicago road soon after his birth. He was also instructed and confirmed there. On January 30, 1890, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Pohl. This union proved to be a happy one and was blessed with two daughters, both of whom survive their father. Mr. Kessel rented farms for several years after his marriage and in 1909 purchased a farm four miles north of Mendota. He worked very diligently and deserved the reputation of an efficient and thrifty farmer. In 1917 he and his wife retired and moved to Mendota. He was ever a busy man until illness made it difficult and finally impossible for him to get about. The deceased was respected by his neighbors and many friends. He was a consistent member of St. Paul's church of Perkins Grove during his residence in that locality and of St. John's Lutheran church of Mendota since his retirement. He was also a member of St. John's Lutheran Brotherhood. He is survived by his faithful wife and two grateful daughters, Mrs. Edwin Schlesinger and Mrs. Romer Reis, two grandchildren, Delphan and Clarmont Schlesinger; two brothers, Mr. George Kessel of Maytown, Mr. Jacob Kessel, Shaw Station; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Limmer and Mrs. Jacob Wolf of Mendota. His parents, five brothers, Philip, Ferdinand, Conrad, Henry and Albert Kessel, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Burdy preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 o'clock from the home and at 2 o'clock from St. John's Lutheran church with Rev. A. W. Engelbrecht in charge. Interment was made in Restland Cemetery, Mendota. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, May 5, 1932, Page 8 - Col. 5


Mrs. Edward (Elizabeth M.) Kessel, 90, who made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Schlesinger at 1006 Thirteenth Avenue, died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, May 26, in Mendota Community Hospital. She had been a patient since the previous Saturday. Friends called at Bailey's funeral home. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidman, pastor, officiating. Miss Ina Stein was organist and singers were Mrs. Ralph Jacob and Mrs. B. Harry Reck. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Delphan Schlesinger, Clarmont Schlesinger, Harold Stephenitch, Otto Stephenitch Jr., Harold Schenebricker and Walter Pohl. Born June 15, 1864 in Lee County, she was the daughter of George and Margaret Schaller Pohl. She was baptized in Perkins Grove Church where she was confirmed March 25, 1877 by Reverend Mauermann. January 30, 1890 she was united in marriage to Edward Kessel by Reverend Plum of Perkins Grove. The couple resided on a farm north of Mendota until 1917 when they moved to town. Mr. Kessel preceded his wife in death April 30, 1932. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edwin H. (Hattie) Schlesinger, Mendota, and Mrs. Otto (Lillie) Stephenitch, Amboy, six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, June 2, 1955, Page 8 - Col. 6

Christiana (Mann) Kilduff
The Ottawa Free Trader, February 28, 1845
Died at Peru, Ill., on Thursday evening, Feb. 27th, in the 25th year of her age, Mrs. Christiana B., wife P. M. Kilduff, Esq., and daughter of the late Asa Mann, Esq., formerly of Mansfield, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. Her funeral will be attended on Saturday the 1st inst., at 10 o'clock P.M. The friends are invited.

Alanson King
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, November 30, 1849
Died in Ottawa on the 26th inst., Mr. Alanson King, aged 32 years. In the death of Mr. King our community sustains the loss of a most estimable person. His character was that of an unostentatious good man, virtuous and devoutly pious. In the relation of son, husband, brother - he will henceforth be missed with great sorrow and long mourning.

Willis G. C. King
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 11, 1849
Died on the 18th in this village of Scarlet Fever, Willis G. C. King, only child of Alanson and Betsy C. King, aged 3 years 10 months.

Anna Gertrude Klag
December, 1902 (newspaper clipping - source unknown)
Anna Gertrude Klag was born January 6, 1879 and died December 4, 1902. She was born near Tonica at the old Klag homestead and lived there until 1892, when she with her parents, moved to Granville. After eight years of residence there, her parents both died within seven months. She then made her home with her brother George. But she was not to enjoy life much longer after the death of her parents. In May 1901, she had hemorrhage of the lungs, which was repeated the following September, followed by a severe attack of pneumonia from the effects of which she never fully recovered. November 12, 1901, she started for Los Angeles, California, purposely to regain her health. But, to every one's sorrow, she was much more broken down in health when she returned home than when she went away. But she bore her fate patiently, and even still hoped to regain her strength, and for this purpose was taken to Chicago to consult a lung specialist, where everything that could be done for her comfort was rendered her, but all of no avail. Death, who reaps the golden grain, also withers the flowers that grow between. In the city by the lake, on December 4th, a half past six o-clock in the morning she was taken to her home above, pure and spotless as a dove. Robed in satin whiteness, lying in the beautiful white casket, she seemed angelic beauty and sweetness. Truly she was a bride of the tomb.
She leaves to mourn her untimely death, one brother, two sisters, and many relatives and friends. Rev. Baumann gave a most lovely and striking discourse from Luke 18:31, in the Lutheran church where the services were held. Interment was made in the family lot at Hope cemetery (Lostant, IL). As teh casket was being lowered to its last resting place, and the shades of evening were gathering in the close of day, the same quartet who sand to the burial of the deceased's father and mother, sang-
Good night, beloved;
Sleep and take thy rest
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best,
Good night! good night! good night!
A profusion of beautiful sweet flowers in many unique designs gave evidence of affectionate regard. Many friends from Hennepin, Granville, LaSalle, Peru, Minonk, Toluca and other places paid their last tribute of love to the deceased by their presence at the funeral services.

Katharine Elizabeth (Loewenberg) Klag
January 1901 (newspaper clipping - source unknown)
Katharine Elizabeth Klag, nee Loewenberg, was born December 9, 1829 at Dreysen, Talahnate, Germany and died at her late home in Granville, Tuesday, January 15, 1901, aged 71 years, 1 month and 6 days. She came to America in 1848 and after one year spent in Ohio, came to Granville, Ill. In the year 1853 she was married to Peter Engel. To them were born two children, both of whom are dead. In 1856 Mr. Engel died. After four years of widowhood she married Jeremiah Klag with whom she lived forty years. To this union were born six children, four of whom survive her, namely George Klag of Hope township, Mrs. Kate Haszler and Miss Anna Klag of Granville, and Mrs. Mary Wink of Toluca.
Mrs. Klag had been in very poor health since her husband died last June. The immediate cause of her death was heart failure. She was a kind friend, a good and thoughtful mother, and always a hard worker. She was confirmed in the Lutheran church when fourteen years of age, and was always a steadfast member, and faithfully raised her children in a knowledge of teh same Christian faith.
On Friday morning, after a prayer at the late home of the deceased, the remains were taken to Eden township Lutheran church where funeral services were held at 10 am. There was a large attendance. Rev. R.G. Baumann preached an excellent discourse from Saint John 19:30.......
Interment was made in the Lostant cemetery at 2:15 pm, the same day. The casket covered with lovely flowers was opened so that friends unable to go out to the church might take a last look at the peaceful, kind face. By special request, the quartet, who sand at Mr. Klag's funeral, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. McDermott, Elmer Phillips and Mrs. S.B. Merritt, sang "It is well with my soul," and "Nearer, My God to Thee". Rev. Baumann offered a prayer and teh body was lowered to its resting place beside that of her husband buried less than a year ago.
Two brothers and one sister survive the deceased besides her immediate family. Those from a distance in attendance at the funeral were Mr. Herman Tecentin of Chicago, Messers, Henry Falk, Coney Leisge, Henry Wink sr., John Korneman and Mr. Vashey of Toluca and John Wink of Weston, Ill.

Jeremiah Klag
June 1900 (newspaper clipping - source unknown)
Jeremiah Klag, a retired farmer of Granville, died this morning, aged 70 years. His death resulted from a second stroke of paralysis, the first having occurred last fall. Funeral at 10 o'clock, Friday morning from Rev. Bauman's church on the meridian, south of this city, to Lostant.

Peter Koensgen
Minonk Matters
Peter Koensgen was born in Hosenberg Kreis Seig Rgk, Ceoln, Prussia, Sept. 8, 1827 and died at his home near Dana, Dec. 31, 1902, being at the time of his death, 75 years, 3 months and 23 days old. He was married to Katrina Schmitz in 1853. Two children were born to them, one dying in infancy, the other, Margaritha Albus, who lives near Pontiac, survives him. His first wife died in 1856. June 7, 1859 he married Gertrude Sibigtroth. To this latter union eight children were born, one dying in infancy in Germany and Joseph aged 5 and Frank, aged 20, died here. Those surviving are Margaritha Albus, Henry, Ella Fetzer, Peter, Kate Klesath and William, aged in order as named. All live near Dana except Mrs. Albus. The deceased came to this county in 1867 and settled near Peru, Ill., living there till February, 1868, when he moved to the farm southwest of town, where he resided up to the time of his death.

ELIZABETH KOERPER, 85, (nee Brucker)

Mrs. Henry (Elizabeth) Koerper, 85, died suddenly at her home, 1107 Monroe Street, Sunday afternoon, March 2. She had laid down in the afternoon to rest and was found dead about 4:00 o'clock. She had been under a doctor's care for some time. Elizabeth Brucker Koerper was born August 31, 1872 in Sublette Township, a daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine Betz Brucker. She was married to Phillip Henry Koerper, February 16, 1892, in the Church on the Old Chicago Road, and the couple resided on a farm in Sublette Township until sixteen years ago when they moved to Mendota. Mr. Koerper died April 5, 1952. Mrs. Koerper was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Surviving are two sons, Paul of Mendota and George, Sublette; five daughters, Mrs. Harvey Wohlfert of Davis Junction, the Misses Lillian, Clara and Florence Koerper of Dixon, and Miss Martha Koerper at home; six grandchildren; two brothers, William Brucker of Mendota and George Brucker, Sublette; four sisters, Miss Rose Brucker and Mrs. John Sibigtroth of Mendota, Mrs. Herman Sibigtroth and Mrs. Henry Bauer, Oelwein, Iowa. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidmann officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Visitation was at Merritt's funeral home. Pallbearers were Roy Brucker, Howard Brucker, Edwin Sibigtroth, Karl Betz, Lester Betz and Richard Betz. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, March 6, 1958, Page 2 - Col. 3


Paul H. Koerper, 75, of RR 1, LaMoille, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 1983 in Mendota Community Hospital where he had been a patient since Dec. 16. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. John's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Quarbert officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marvin Koerper, Kevin Cherry, H. Merritt Setchell, J. Dean Reynolds, Glen Fischer and Dr. Dwight Becker. Visitation was Friday evening in Merritt Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice. Mr. Koerper was born Sept. 19, 1907 in Sublette Township to Henry and Elizabeth (Brucker) Koerper. He married the former Lorraine Lorey in 1941 in Streator. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He had farmed his entire adult life and for many years he was a seed corn salesman for Hughes Hybrid Seed Company. Mr. Koerper is survived by his wife; a son, Kevin of New York City, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. George (Cheryl) Ginder of Rochester, and Mrs. Dennis (Leslie) Wilson of Richton Park; six grandchildren; a brother, George of Geneseo; and five sisters, Miss Martha Koerper and Mrs. Rose Wohlfert of Mendota and Miss Lillian Koerper, Miss Clara Koerper and Miss Florence Koerper, all of Dixon. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, December 28, 1983, Page 4 - Col. 1-2


Philip Henry Koerper, 84, passed away at his home, 1107 Monroe Street, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5. His death was quite sudden although he had been in failing health for the past several months. Born April 2, 1868 on a farm near Henkel, Lee County, he was a son of Jacob and Margaret Pohl Koerper. February 16, 1892 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Brucker and to this union ten children were born. The couple resided on the farm near Henkel where Mr. Koerper was born until moving to Mendota 11 years ago. Mr. Koerper was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; eight children, William and Mrs. Harvey Wohlfert of Davis Junction, Lillian, Clara and Florence of Dixon, Paul of Mendota, Martha of Ottawa and George of Sublette; six grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Kramer of Mendota, Mrs. George Kersten of Sheldon, Iowa, and Mrs. Minna Farnsworth of Los Angeles, California; and one brother, John of Oakland, California. A son died in infancy and a daughter, Edna, died in 1932. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jacob, George, Will and Charles, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Englehardt and Mrs. Louise Lutz. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Albert Heidmann officiating. Miss Katherine Schuetz was organist and John Goebel, soloist. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Edgar Koerper, Lester Kramer, Elmer Kramer, Howard Brucker, Roy Brucker and Edwin Sibigtroth. Relatives and friends from a distance attending the Koerper funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. George Kersten, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brunk, Sheldon, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grissell, Mrs. Minnie Esterday, Mrs. Edward Whitney, Van Orin; Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Zwicher, Rock Island; Dr. George Rathbun, Princeton; Arthur Hill, Miss Helen Lorey and Merritt Setchell, Streator; Mrs. Floyd Wohlfert, Newark; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brucker, Franklin Grove; Mrs. William Meyer, Mrs. Dunlop, Mrs. Edward Schick, John Shanks, Dixon. - Contributed by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, April 10, 1952, Page 1 - Col. 6

Jacob Krebs
Tonica News, Tonica IL August 28, 1875
Died on Thursday, Aug. 26, 1875, at his residence in Tonica, Jacob Krebs, aged 78 years.

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