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JOANNE JEAN (BAHEN) BAKER , 71, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, September 9, 2001 at Rush-Copley Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on April 27, 1930 in Dixon, Illinois, the daughter of Edith and Miles Bahen. Joanne grew up in Ottawa, Illinois, and graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 1948. She then went on the graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor or Arts in Education in 1952. She first taught French and English at Roberts-Thauville High School. She then taught at Carl Sandburg High School before traveling to the Phillipines in 1957 to teach at Clark Air Force Base. During her overseas teaching job, she traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. She was married in the Phillipines and returned to her husband's home state of Texas in 1960. Joanne finished her teaching career in 1985 after teaching English for 15 years at Decatur High School in Decatur, Texas. She will be fondly remembered by the many students whose lives she touched. Joanne moved back to Illinois in 1991 to be closer to her family. She worked at both the Aurora and Oswego Public Libraries, which she enjoyed because she was an avid book reader. She retired in the spring of 2001 due to complications from her illness. Besides reading, Joanne enjoyed traveling to Europe as well as throughout the United States. She also loved to cook and collected a variety of cookbooks. She was well known for her homemade bread. Along with her sister, Joanne was also working on her family's genealogy. Joanne's other love was music and singing. She sang in many choirs throughout the years and was a soloist at many weddings. Joanne was a member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora, Illinois. At the time of her death, she was serving as president of the Fourth Street United Methodist Women as well as secretary of the Illinois District Conference United Methodist Women. She was also an active member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church Macabeans and recently was re-certified as a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.In addition, Joanne belonged to Aurora and Decatur, Texas chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. During the 2000 elections, she served as a Kane County election judge. While she lived in Decatur, Joanne was an active member of the Woman's Club and served a term as President. She was honored to be named their Woman of the Year. Joanne is survived by her children, John (Misty) Baker of Austin, Texas, and Janet (Rob) Janssen of Kihei, Hawaii; her three grandchildren, Jake Janssen, Austin Baker and Alec Baker; her sister, Barbara Murray of Montgomery, Illinois; her nephew, David (Stephanie) Murray of Yorkville, Illinois; her niece, Susan (Bob) McGowan of Springfield, Illinois; her great-nephew, Rory McGowan; her great-niece, Mackenzie Murray; her stepsister, Lynn (Art) Krantz; her stepbrother, Rick Ritenour, both of Aurora, Illinois; as well as an aunt, uncle, and many cousins, all of whom will miss her special caring nature. She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant grandson, Evan Janssen; and her brother-in-law, William Murray. Joanne's care was handled by Dr. Chandra of the Dreyer Medical Clinic. Since her diagnosis, her sister, Barbara, unselfishly acted as her caregiver and comforted her during her last months. In addition, her aunt, Fentie Welsh, was a great help. Her last days were made easier by the loving care of the doctors, nurses, and aides of the Rush-Copley Cancer Care Unit, especially Lauri Choate. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2001, at Fourth Street Methodist Church in Aurora. The Rev. Norval Brown will officiate with interment at Franklin Grove Cemetery in Franklin Grove, Illinois. Joanne will lie in state from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at the Dieterle Memorial Home. Memorials should be made to Fourth Street United Methodist Church, Aurora, Illinois 60505. Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery, Illinois.
Contributed by James Seidelman

JOHN A. BAKER , 80, of Dixon, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was employed by Eagle's, Princeton, as a meat cutter, before retiring. Jack was born May 17, 1929, in Dixon, the son of George H. and Esther T. (Carlson) Baker. He served in the Army. Jack married Barbara M. Lowe on July 12, 1952, in Dixon. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an excellent carpenter, and loved to cook. John was the last survivor of his immediate family. Survivors include his wife of Dixon; one son, John A. (Gloria) Baker Jr. of Kirkwood; and two daughters, Bonnie (Mike) Skeffington and Cathy (Doug) Delhotal, both of Dixon. "Poppy" also is survived by eight grandchildren, Shawn Baker, Desiree Yocum, Josh (Sara) Delhotal, and William and Megan Skeffington, all of Dixon, John A. (Yesinia) Baker III of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ryan Baker of Kirkwood, and Sgt. Adam Delhotal of Fort Bliss, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Nolan and Mackenzie Yocum, and Eric Delhotal, all of Dixon, and Katherine Baker of Grand Rapids, Mich. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ellen; his parents; two brothers, George and Warren Baker; and two sisters, Esther Spangler and Margaret Stover. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with Rita Wolf, chaplain of Hospice of the Rock River Valley, officiating. Burial, with full military honors accorded by the combined Dixon veterans organization, is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

MARGARET E. BAKER , 79, of Dixon, formerly of Los Angeles, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at KSB Hospital after a short illness. She was employed by Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, as a secretary. Miss Baker was born March 19, 1924, the daughter of Elmer and Bessie (Bowlin) Baker. Survivors include a sister, Jean Jennings of Dixon; and two nephews. Private services are at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Dixon
Gazette May 13, 2003

NETTIE BAKER , 76, died at her home at 928 Grant av., at 6:30 p.m. Friday (17 August 1951). She is survived by her husband, Charles, six daughters; Mrs. Emory (Helen) Palmer, Rockford, Mrs. Elvin (Hazel) Eshelman, Mrs. Edna Wedekind, Mrs. George L. (Jennie) May, MRs. Edward (Ruth) Nicklaus and mrs. Rose Kinn, all Dixon; a son Ruben, Rock Falls, 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preced by her parents, four sons, a daughter, three brothers and three sisters. Services will be 2:30 P.M. Monday at the Preston Funeral home with the Rev. A.C. Nesmith officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 August 1951

SHIRLEY (BARR) BAKER , 80, of Freedom Township died Sept. 25, 2004 at Mendota Community Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Waltham Presbyterian Church with Rev. Roy Backus, pastor and Rev. Ellsworth Young officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa. Pallbearers were Chad, Sean, Clint and Kelly Baker, Ryan Stafford and Jordan Campbell. Mrs. Baker was born Oct. 23, 1923 in Freedom Township to Ben and Elva (Chalus) Barr. She married Earl Baker on June 24, 1945 at the Waltham Presbyterian Church. He preceded her in death on April 5, 1986. Survivors include one son, Gary B. (Sue) of Earlville; five grandchildren, Casey Stafford, Chad, Clint, Sean and Dan Baker; and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Allen E.; one daughter, Diane, in infancy; and one sister, Mrs. Glen (Betty) Ryan. Mrs. Baker was a 1941 graduate of Ottawa Township High School. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Earlville Farmers Co-op and was a member of the LaSalle County Farm Bureau and the Waltham Presbyterian Church.
The Mendota Reporter

WARREN A. BAKER , 55, of 1714 W. 3rd St., Dixon, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning (03 March 1982) at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon with the Rev. Robert Neace, pastor of the Rock River First Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from noon until 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the family present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Rock River First Church of God of Rock Falls. Mr. Baker was born Oct. 27, 1926 in Sublette, the son of George H. and Esther (Carlson) Baker. He was united in marriage to Norma McCluney on June 29, 1946 in Dixon. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was the owner operator of the Baker Door Service in Dixon for nine years. He was a member of the Rock River First Church of God of Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife, Norma; two sons, Warren jr., and Stephen, both of Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Susan K Meusel of Dixon; two brothers, George H. of Brevard, North Carolina and John A. of Dixon, two sisters, Mrs. Orlando (Esther) Spangler and Mrs. Leslie (Margaret) Stover, both of Dixon and three grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 3, 1982 - Wednesday pg 4

MARGARET (PETERS) BAUER - Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Mrs. Margaret Bauer, 72, of 1123 Peoria Ave., Dixon, who passed away Saturday (05 December 1953) at 9 p.m. following a brief illness. Wednesday's services will take place at 9 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home and at 9:30 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. T. F. Green officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon. Mrs. Bauer was a lifelong resident of this area. She was born in Jordan Township, Whiteside County, on March 16, 1881, a daughter of Philip and Katherine Heiser Peters. She married Joseph Bauer and resided in Harmon until 1934 when the family moved to Dixon. Mrs. Bauer was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1940, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include one daughters, Mrs. George Lebre, Dixon; one son, Clarence of Sterling; two sisteers, Mrs. Matt Grennan Sr., and Mrs. John Bauer, both of Sterling; and nine grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1953 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

MILDRED C. BAUER - 89, formerly of Harmon, Ill., died Tuesday July 4, 2006, at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling. A luncheon will follow the Mass. Burial is 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Ill. She was born June 8, 1917. She married Philip John Bauer. He preceded her in death. Survivors (and spouses) include children, Gary (Marilyn) Bauer, Sterling, Mark (Barbara) Bauer, Geneseo, Mary Beth (Richard) Dombroski, Morrison, Marlene Osterhaus, Davenport, Patricia (Wilbert) Vetch, Eau Claire, Wis., Philip Bauer, Harmon; sister, Loyola Koehler, Dixon; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM V.O. BEARDEN , 59, of Dixon, died, Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. At a very young age, Bill followed in the footsteps of his father and favorite uncle, R.P. Farster, into the trucking and construction businesses, later known as Ling Transfer, Inc. Mr. Bearden was born January 6, 1947, in Dixon, IL, the son of William and Joan (Farster) Bearden Sr. He married Linda K. Outhouse on April 4, 1970, in Salem, IL. Bill served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife; one son Cory Bearden; one daughter, Stacey Bearden, all of Dixon; two sisters, Gail (Gene) Hartzell, Dixon, Vicki (Larry) Cooper, Sterling; his mother-in-law, Orphia Outhouse; one brother-in-law, Wayne (Vicki) Stevens; two nieces, Heather (Jay) Krick, Emily (Brant) Blackburn; four nephews, Dr. Christofer (Dina) Cooper, Coty Cooper, Doug Cooper, and Andy Stevens. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Vincent Marrandino, pastor, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans’ organizations will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

KATHARINE BEECH , a resident of Oakwood Village Hebron Oaks, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at age 90. Pat was born in Shanghai, China, on March 17, 1912. Her late father, Dr. Joseph Beech, was a Methodist missionary and a founder of West China Union University in Chendu, Szechwan province. Pat spent her early childhood in Chendu, where her mother, Miriam Decker Beech, was also an educator. She returned to the United States for high school, graduated from Rockford College, Rockford, Ill., and completed training in physical therapy at Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston, Ill. She pursued her career as a physical therapist at several hospitals in Evanston and Highland Park, Ill., working with many polio patients. Pat is one of several children, and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Judy Gregg of Black Earth. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at RESURRECTION CHAPEL, Oakwood Village West, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison. Interment of ashes will be at a private ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery in the family's home town of Dixon, Ill. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Oakwood Lutheran Homes, attention the Foundation Office, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705.

FRANCES M. BENSON , 81, a resident of Lee County Nursing Home, formerly of Sterling, died in the nursing home on Tuesday (15 Feb. 1983) , following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Jones funeral Home with the Rev. Gerald P. Kobbeman, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, officiating. Visitaion will be held on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Frances Benson was born on June 6, 1901 in Chicago the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Miller. On Oct. 29, 1924 she married Felix L. Benson in DeKalb. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1961. Survivors include one son, Robert J., Dixon, two grandchildren and five great granchildren. Preceding her in death were two sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1983 - Wednesday, pg A4

VICTORIA BEVILACQUA - Funeral services have been set for Mrs. Victoria Bevilacqua, 74, who died Saturday at Dixon Public Hospital following a short illness. Services will be held Tuesday at 12:30 in Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, and at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dixon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Monday night. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Mrs. Bevilacqua and her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Witzleb, operated the Bevilacqua Restaurant on Rt. 30, Rock Falls. She married Louis Bevilacqua Dec. 8, 1913. He preceded her in June, 1942. Survivors include three sons, Anthony (Tony), Rock Falls; Louis, Des Plaines; Dr. Lee, Omaha, Neb.; four daughters, Miss Gilda, Rockford; Mrs. William (Josephine) LeFevre Dixon; Mrs. Oscar (Rose) Witzleb, Rock Falls; Mrs. Herbert (Florence) Hames, Oglesby; two brothers, Anthony Magnafici, Chicago; Emil Magnafici, LaSalle; 21 grandchildren. She was precded by her parents, a brother and a sister
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 4, 1971 Monday

AUGUST BIESTER , 71, native of Sublette and long a resident of that community, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Aurora Sunday morning Aug. 18, 1946 about 8 o'clock. He had been a patient there five weeks. Mrs. Lena Blowers and sons Theodore and Erich Biester of Amboy, Harold Biester of Franklin Grove and Clarence Biester of Chicago, motored to Aurora Wednesday to attend the final rites held at the Healy Mortuary that afternoon, Interment was in an Aurora cemetery. The youngest son ofMr. and Mrs. Christian Biester of Sublette, Mr. Biester was born December 18, 1874. He farmed the home for a number of years and has resided in Aurora the past 15 years. He is survived by his widow Minnie, one son Glenn and one brother, Louis Biester, all of Aurora. He was preceded by two brothers and three sisters.
Dixon Telegraph 23 August 1946

CHRISTIAN BIESTER - The funeral of Mr. Christian Biester, who died Sunday morning, August 14, 1904, was held at his late residence near Sublette, IL. Tuesday, at one o'clock, and from the Baptist church of Sublette at two o'clock, Rev. August Bruncehler of Perkins Grove, Clarion Township Lutheran church, and Rev. E. W. Annable of Amboy, conducting the services. Christian Biester was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 14, 1831, where he lived until 1855, when he cam to Chicago, living there for several years, and finally coming to Sublette, where he was employed by Silus Reniff upon his farm. The fall of 1861 he returned to Germany, and in the month of March 1869, was united in marriage to Miss Doretta Mueller of Hanover. The summer of the same year, they returned to America, coming at once to Chicago, removing shortly afterwards to Sublette, and renting the farm of Mr. Reniff. Mr. Biester worked this farm for about five years, at the end of that time purchasing the first eighty acres of the present homestead. Here Mr. and Mrs. Biester made their permanent residence, adding to the farm from time to time as their affairs prospered, and would permit. Seven children were born to them, namely: Louis H., Ernest, H, August and Mrs. Dora Walters, all of Sublette; Henry E., of Geneva, Neb., Mary, wife of Mr. George Bouer of West Brooklyn and Annie, wife of Mr. George Hoppy of Chicago. These all survive to mourn their loss. Mr. Biester was a consistent, and honored member of the Lutheran church all his life, a man of the strictest integrity and honor. Quiet, unobtrusive and unassuming, he neverthless impressed upon those about him the fact that he was endeavoring to live right and worthily. For many years he faithfully served District No. 8, of Sublette township, as pathmaster. With his children, he also leaves his wife bereaved by his death; also a brother, Henry Biester, and a half brother, Fred Biester, both of Hanover Germany and twelve grandchildren. He passed away, after a long and exceedingly paninful illness, Sunday, August 14th. The remains were laid to rest in Peterson cemetery, Sublette.
Contributed by Chris Clampitt Amboy paper dated August 19, 1904

DORATHEA BIESTER - died Sunday at the house of her son August of Sublette township at the age of eighty three years. The funeral arrangements were made for Wednesday afternoon but owing to the delay in the arrival of one of the daughters from Texas, the services were held Thursday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock from the Baptist church at Sublette, interment being made in the Peterson cemetary. She is survived by four sons and three daughters.
Contributed by Chris Clampitt Amboy News dated Friday, November 8, 1912
There are also write ups from the Lee County Genealogical Society in the 2000 Biographies of the Citizens of Lee County, Illinois about the family - and some of that info was taken from the "A History of Lee County" published in 1881. It indicates that Christian eventually owned 236 acres and the site of his farm and home was located at the current site of Shady Oaks Golf Course. In the write-up it seems to indicate that Christian and Doreatha (they say Miller in this article and Mueller in the obit) went back to Germany around 1901 to find a german wife for their son Ernest. They returned with Lena A. Hotho of Redege, Hanover, Germany. Ernest and Lena were married and farmed near the current entrance to Woodhaven Lakes. They had four sons, Theodore, Eric, Harold and Clarence. Lena re-married in 1917 to Forest Blowers and they moved to Amboy where she died at the age of 75.

LOUIS A. BIESTER , 87, Aurora, died at his home yesterday. He was a former resident of sublette. Surviving are three sons, Fred, Herman and Howard, Aurora and two grandchildren. A burial service will be held at Peterson cemetery, Sublette, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 16 (1951) at 3 o'clock.
Dixon Telegraph 15 January 1951

HELEN M. (JOYNT) BIRD , 86, of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 6, 2008 at home surrounded by her family. She was a school bus aide for Laidlaw Transport Inc. for many years prior to her retirement in December of 2007. Prior to that, Helen was employed with Raynor Manufacturing and also with P & W Supply Co. of Dixon. Mrs. Bird was born January 24, 1922 in Wheaton, MN, the daughter of William and Hazel (May) Joynt. She married Robert E. Craney on June 30, 1944 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on December 15, 1961. She married Cleo D. Bird on September 2, 1967 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2001. Survivors include one daughter, Jean (Howard) Glessner, of Dixon; two sons, Raymond (Joyce) Craney, of Dixon, Donald James (Bonnie) Craney, of Marengo, IL; one step-daughter, Dona (Dennis) Marsh, of Rock Falls; one brother, Lester (Helen) Joynt, of Dixon; one sister-in-law, Helen P. Joynt, of Dixon; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren. Helen was also preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Raymond, Orville, and Paul Joynt. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Phil Gronbach, interim pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 2 - 4:00 p.m. and 6 - 8:00 p.m.

MAXINE K. (JACOBS) BOEHLE , 58, of Harmon, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was a beautician before retiring. She was born Feb. 29, 1948, in Dixon, the daughter of George and Ruby (Hicks) Jacobs. She married Leon Boehle on Aug. 3, 1968, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon. Survivors include her husband; a son, Brian (Kristi) Boehle of Harmon; two sisters, Martha (Dick) Pumfrey of Ashton and Marjorie (Dave) Kelso of Florida; and three grandchildren, Alex, Lane and Carter. She was preceded in death by a son, Curtis; and her parents. Prayer service is at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Flannen Church, Harmon. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

JAMES A. BLUE , Age 58 of Amboy died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Jim was born January 5, 1957 in De Kalb, formally of Waterman, IL the son of James Vernell "Doc" and Delores (Hamilton) Blue. He married on February 21, 1997 in Dixon. Jim worked at Crest Foods in Ashton for 13 years as an order filler. He was preceded in death by his parents.
From "Bob" at Find-A-Grave

GLADYS MARIE (ATKINSON) BOLLMAN , 93, of Harmon, died, Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Heritage Square Nursing Home, Dixon. Gladys was born April 21, 1915 in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Joy and Farie (Ransom) Atkinson. She married Robert Henry Bollman, on January 9, 1939 in the living room of the Atkinson farm. Gladys grew up on a farm and assumed management of her own farm after her husband's passing on March 22, 1959. She enjoyed an active life in the community, leading the Nelson Merrymakers 4-H Club for 30 years, and participating in the Lee Co. Home Extension, Dixon Lioness Club, and the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Gladys was a lifeguard along with her sisters at the pool built by their father on their home farm, which Dixon residents also enjoyed. Active in sports, she played on a softball team in high school comprised of nine Atkinson girl players. Each morning she caught up on all the news with her sisters, Buzzy, and Renie, and friends at Henegar's Snow White Bakery. Gladys loved to knit afghans and make lap robes for the Marine Auxiliary. Mom's philosophy was, "Yesterday is gone so there is no sense in worrying about it--you can't change it. Tomorrow isn't here yet, so just do the best you can for today." Survivors include, Anne L. Stouffer of Glen Ellyn, IL, Allen R. (Lynn) Bollman, of Dixon, Henry R. (Judy) Bollman, of Arlington, TX, Nancy S. (Rick Merlo) Carter, of Rockford, IL, and Karen L. (Michael) Bales, of Pembroke, NH; thirteen grandchildren, Deborah (Rick) Wholey, of River Forest, IL, Vicki (Michael Bianchi) Stouffer, of Phoenix, AZ, Bradley (Michele) Stouffer, of Brighton, MI, Leigh Ann Stouffer, of Prague, Czech Republic, Eric (Carrie) Stouffer, of Norcross, GA, Keith (Danielle) Bollman, of Glen Ellyn, IL, Krista (Mike) Shehorn, of Dixon, Kayla (Kye) Gaffey, of Dixon, Kevin Bollman, of Bloomington, IL, Christy Hilbun, of Cedar Park, TX, Kelly (John) Crouch, of Mansfield, TX, Craig Carter, of Rockford, and Scott (Vickie) Carter, of Virginia Beach, VA; nineteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ethel "Buzzy" Baker, and Irene "Renie" Palen, both of Dixon. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, Ernest Atkinson; and one sister, Florence Atkinson. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, interim pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 2 - 4:00 p.m. and 6 - 8:00 p.m.

LOWERY L. BRICKEY , 59, of Dixon, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Thomas Moe, Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been extablished. Mr. Brickey was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Waterman, the son of Curts and Evelyn (Walters) Brickey. He was employed at Delbert Coated Products. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother, Evelyn of Dixon; one brother, Keith Brickey of Bloomingdale; four sisters, Peggy (John) Dowding and Betty Bay both of Dixon, Kathy (Gary) Gerdes of Clinton, Iowa, and Karen (Robert) Kreger of Franklin Grove; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 25, 1997 - Tuesday, pg A2

JOHN HENRY BRINDLE , 80, died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, the Verdette Kibbles, 1334 Long av., Monday afternoon after a lingering illness. The Rev. Brindle was born in Allen, Pa., Feb. 26, 1873, the son of Abner and Anna Goodyear Brindle. On Nov. 16, 1899, he married Nora Elizabeth Deardorff in Lanark. He was educated in schools in Kauffman, Pa., and attended Mt. Morris college, Mt. Morris. He was ordained a minister May 10, 1902, in the Church of the Brethren. He served churches for many years in the service of the free ministry in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The Rev. Brindle is survived by three sons, Galen, York, Pa.; Orville, Dixon; John, Polo; three daughters, Mrs. Cyril (Vivian) Staub, Gettysburg, Pa.; Mrs. Verdette (Etta) Kibble, Dixon; and Mrs. Clark (Marie) Phillips, Franklin Grove; one sister, Elsie Miller, Waynesboro, Pa.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Elizabeth, and a son who died in infancy. Services will be Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Church of the Brethren, Dixon, with the Rev. John H. Blough officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill cemetery. Friends may call at Chapel Hill funeral home until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at which time the body will be taken to the church.
Contributed by Carol (Schlueter) Long - Find-A-Grave / The Dixon Evening Telegraph - Dixon, Illinois, Tuesday, June 2, 1953

NORA ELIZABETH (DEARDORFF) BRINDLE - The funeral of Mrs. Nora Elizabeth Deardorff Brindle, 72, whose death Friday evening at her home was announced in Saturday's Telegraph, will be held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Polo Church of the Brethren, with burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. Mrs. Brindle was born April 22, 1873 in Shady Grove, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, and was married to the Rev. J. H. Brindle, who survives, on Nov. 16, 1899. The couple moved to Franklin Grove, Ill., where they resided for five years before moving to Polo where they have since made their home. Mrs. Brindle became a member of the Church of the Brethren at an early age and at the time of her death was president of the Ladies' Aid society of the West Branch church near Polo. Besides her husband, a retired minister, she is survived by three sons, Gailand, York, Pa., Cpl. Orville D., Camp Gordon, Fla., and John, Oregon; three daughters, Mrs. Cyril Staub, Gettysburg, Pa., Mrs. Burdette Kible, Dixon, and Mrs. Clark Phillips, Franklin Grove; three sisters, Miss Katie Deardorff, Mrs. Joseph Flory and Mrs. Jessie Sollenberger, all of Waynesboro, Pa., and nine grandchildren. Three brothers, a sister and an infant son preceded her in death.
Contributed by Carol (Schlueter) Long Dixon Evening Telegraph, Monday, July 24, 1944 - Find-A-Grave /

RONALD KENNETH BRINKMEIER , 69, of Dixon died Monday, August 7, 2006, at his home. He worked as a plastic engineer for Borg Warner, Dixon, for 10 years, Micro Switch, Freeport, for 10 years, and for Hoechst Celanese/Ticona, Newark, NJ, for more than 30 years prior to his retirement in January of 2002. Mr. Brinkmeier was born July 23, 1937, in Freeport, IL, the son of Royal “Barney” and Irene (Miller) Brinkmeier. He married Barbara Louise Soladay on June 10, 1956, at Embury United Methodist Church, Freeport, IL. Ronald graduated from Lena High School, Lena, IL, in 1955 and served in the United States Army from 1956 – 1958. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, board member of the Dixon Sister Cities Association, was Assistant District Director for three years and member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and Dixon Junior Achievement. Survivors include his wife, Dixon; two sons, Scott (Tammy) Brinkmeier, Dixon, David (Cathy) Brinkmeier, Sterling; two sisters, Barbara (Richard) Downing, Weaverville, NC, Sandra (Daniel) Tyrrell, Freeport, IL; four grandchildren, Colin, Trenton, Jessica, and Cameron; three nieces; one nephew; two great nieces; and three great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Beverly Shepherd, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Freeport.

DELBERT E. BRYSON , 58, of Dixon, died Sunday, September 14, 2008, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. He worked at Rayovac and Spectrum Brands in Dixon. Mr. Bryson was born July 21, 1950, in Dixon, IL, the son of Delbert Russell and Joyce (Horton) Bryson. He married Alma L. Helfrich on June 28, 1980, in Dixon. Survivors include his wife Alma of Dixon; five sons, Richard (Karen) Hoff of Wentzville, MO, Shannon Hoff of Kansas City, MO, Stacey Bryson, Cory Bryson, Russell Bryson, all of Dixon; one daughter, Shawni (Donald) Groezinger of Shannon; two brothers, Robert Bryson, of McLeansboro, James (Carmen) Bryson of Machesney Park; one sister, Debra (Ronald) Brashaw of Mt. Carroll; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 19, 2008, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 6 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

SARA (FISK) BRYSON , 29, 911 S. College, Dixon died in Rockford Memorial Hospital Friday (Feb. 8, 1980) following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Pastor E. L. Welch of the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Sterling, officiating, and interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Sara Fisk was born Feb 23, 1950, in Rocton, Ill., the daughter of Edward and Viola (Lucian) Fisk, and was married to Delbert Bryson July 1, 1968, Mt Carroll. Mrs. Bryson had been employed at the Dixon Developmental Center for the past 12 years, and was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Delbert, Dixon; two sons, Stacey and Cory, both at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fisk, Glover, MO; seven sister, Mrs. Joe (Gloria) Carr, Harvard, Ill, Mrs. Ronald ( Donna) Hahm and Mrs. Jerry (Edith) Walters, both of Beloit, Wis.; Mrs. Ralph (Mary Ann) Clark, Estherville, Iowa; Mrs. Dan (Carol) Kutz, Polo; Mrs. Jerry (Rose) Collet, St Louis, Mo.; and Susan Fisk, Glover, Mo.; five brothers, George, Edward, Joseph, Michael, and Tim Fisk, all of Glover, Mo. She was preceded in death by one brother.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

FRANK MORRIS BUCHMAN (JR) , son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Buchman, Sr., who reside three miles east of Dixon on the Lincoln Highway, was killed Sunday in a plane crash near Wadlow field, Alton, where he was a flight instructor, a student in his plane, John A. Quick of St. Louis, also meeting death, when the plane fell into an alfalfa field. According to The Associated Press, Buchman was simulating a forced landing and had cut out the motor just before the fatal accident. The unfortunate Dixon youth's father has gone to Alton and will return with his body Tuesday morning. It will be taken to the Jones funeral home where funeral arrangements will be made on receipt of word from a brother,Pvt. Rodney Buchman, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. These arrangements will be announced later.
Dixon Telegraph 8 June 1942

FRIEDRICH ERNEST BUCHMANN , a German farmer living two and one-half miles north of Amboy near Crombie Lane, committed suicide by hanging Wednesday between 1 and 2 p.m. He had been ill with cancer of the stomach for the past seven years, being afflicted most during the summer months. He has been very despondent of late, but his family had not thought that he contemplated self destruction. Mr. Buchman had been accustomed to remain in his room a greater part of the day. Yesterday he took breakfast about nine o'clock, after which he retired to his bedroom and remained such a length of time that his son Louis called to him. Receiving no answer he knocked on the door and this failing to secure a response found the door locked. Going around to the outside window he looked in and was horrified to see his father suspended from the ceiling by a rope. The door was burst in but the afflicted family found all trace of life extinct--he had been dead some little time. The suicide had fastened a rope to the hook in the ceiling from which a hanging lamp had been hung. When ready he had adjusted the noose about his neck and then kicked away the chair upon which he had mounted. Death occurred from strangulation, his neck not being broken. The body was found at 2 o'clock. Mr. Buchman was highly respected by all who knew him as an upright conscientious citizen. He owned his farm of eighty acres and was a careful and thorough farmer. He was seventy-three years of age and leaves a wife, four sons and three daughters. Coroner O. F. Smith was notified and late yesterday afternoon held an inquest, the jury finding a verdict in accordance with the facts given above. The funeral will probably be held Friday afternoon. NOTE: Ernest is buried at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, Illinois alongside his wife Wilhelmina and his father William.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Dixon Telegraph May 18, 1905......
Birth: 1833 Sachsen, Germany // Death: May 17, 1905 Amboy, Lee County, Illinois

RODNEY VAIL BUCHMAN
Enlisted in the US Regular Army March 1941,Service #20601612.
A paratrooper of Company C,1st Battalion the 504th Inf.,82nd Div. All American Airborne. He was in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Holland, Belgium and Germany and was killed in action in Belgium Dec 26, 1944 while loading supplies on a truck near the front lines. Highest rate held SSGT. Read Book by a member of the same unit "Those Devils In Baggy Pants", a story about Company C's exploits during WWII.
Found on "Find-A-Grave" by "ATV-Nut" (Photo also on Find-A-Grave "anonymous")






MARTIN F. BUSE , 84, a lifelong Oregon resident died Friday, July 4, 2008, in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. Born Dec. 30, 1923, in Ogle County, the son of Arthur and Tena (Britch) Buse. Martin was a 1941 graduate of Oregon High School and served in the Army Air Corp. in World War 2. He married Mary Kuhn on May 8, 1948, in Rockford; she died Aug. 23, 1991. He began working for DeKalb-Ogle Telephone Co. in 1946 and retired from Verizon in 1983. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Oregon, Oregon VFW Post 8739 and served on the city of Oregon recreation committee. Martin was also a member of Silver Ridge Golf Club and an avid gardener. Survived by his son, David Buse of Las Cruces, N.M.; daughter, Lori (Jim) Hagan of Niskayuna, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mathew Buse, Meredith (Jesse Abrams-Morley) Buse and Brendan and Conor Hagan; great-grandson, Dante Chip-Buse; brothers, Arnold (Wilma) Buse of Oregon and Edward Buse of Polo; and brother-in-law, Robert Kuhn of Oregon. Also preceded by sisters-in-law, Iva Buse and Jackie Kuhn. Service at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in First Presbyterian Church, Oregon, with the Rev. Brenda Harcourt, pastor, officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Oregon

HELEN (PFEIFFER) BUNGER , 97, of Ashton passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Franklin Grove Nursing Center. Helen was born March 5, 1911, in Ogle County, daughter of Adam and Mary (Sandrock) Pfeiffer. She married the late William F. Bunger on March 5, 1936, in Ashton. Survived by sons, Warren (Glenda) Bunger of Rockford, Lowell (Suzanne) Bunger of Byron and Gary (Beverely) Bunger of Ashton; daughter, Norene Wuchte (Larry Hageman) of Rochelle; brother, Wayne (Guyla) Pfeiffer of Ashton; sisters, Irene Lawson of Ashton and June Eich of Franklin Grove; grandchildren, John (Lynn) Bunger, Joshua Bunger, Katie Bunger, Jason (Valesia) Bunger, Nicole Bunger and Erica Wuchte; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Bunger, Zachariah Bunger, Jacob Bunger, Lindsey Hayes and Nolan Bunger; other relatives and many dear friends. Predeceased also by daughter, Myrna Bunger; brothers, Glenn Pfeiffer and Kenneth Pfeiffer. Service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in St. John Lutheran Church in Ashton, with Pastor Jonathan Black officiating. Interment in Ashton Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, in Coulon-Lyons Family Funeral Home, 601 Richardson Ave., Ashton, 815-453-2441, also from 1 p.m. Saturday to time of service in the church.

JERRY BUSHMAN , 16, R.R. 1, Dixon, died in an accident at 1 a.m. Sunday morning on Prairieville Road. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Myles Callahan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may visit anytime today at the funeral home Monday at 7:30 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for 4-H Clubs. Jerry was born in Dixon on June 4, 1954, the son of Edmund and Loyola Scanlan Bushman. He resided in Dixon all his life and was a junior at Dixon High School. Survivors include his parents; four brothers, Joseph, Richard, Edmund, Robert, and two sisters, Patricia and Joan, all at home; maternal grandmother Mrs. Elizabeth Scanlan, Rock Falls, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette November 16, 1970 - Monday pg 2

LOYOLA ROSE (SCANLAN) BUSHMAN , 89, of Sterling, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was a homemaker. She was born July 22, 1922, in Harmon, the daughter of James Michael and Elizabeth Verna (Horn) Scanlan. She married Edmund Delphin Bushman on Nov. 15, 1945, at St. Mary Church in Sterling. He died July 23, 2009. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia (George) Perkins of Normal and Joan Biagioni of Sterling; four sons, Joseph (Maria Elena) Bushman of Herndon, Va., Richard (Barbara) Bushman of Denver, Edmund J. (Chris) Bushman of Prescott, Ariz. and Robert (Betty Jo) Bushman of Aurora, Colo.; one sister, Mary Magdeline Boseneiler of Rock Falls; 15 grandchildren, Christina (Todd) Goldman of Charleston, W.Va., Linnette (Joe) Vasquez of Richmond, Va., Sarah (Matt) Brown of Armington, Dana (Ben) Hoffman of Dixon, Melissa (Dean) Gascoigne of Sterling, Joshua (Kendra)Biagioni of Dixon, Sandra (Aaron) Adams of Columbus, Wis., Jamison Bushman of Pinetop, Ariz., Dellyn (Abraham) DuBois of Tolleson, Ariz., Jonathan (Lacie) Bryan of Dewey, Ariz, Elizabeth Bryan of Chandler, Ariz., and Cayla Bushman, Robyn Bushman, and Danae Bushman, all of Aurora, Colo.; 17 great-grandchildren, Elaine Goldman, Anderson Goldman and Crawford Goldman, all of Charleston, W.Va., Mary Vasquez of Chesterfield, Va., Ava Brown and Logan Brown, both of Armington, Benjamin Hoffman of Rock Falls, Julia Hoffman of Sterling, Morgan Hoffman and Aiden Hoffman, both of Dixon, Deanna Gascoigne and Devin Gascoigne, both of Sterling, Emma Dougherty of Dixon, Oakleigh Adams and Cyprus Adams, both of Columbus, Wis., and Cory Bryan and Connor Bryan, both of Dewey, Ariz.; one great-great-grandson, Bradyn Hoffman of Rock Falls; one sister-in-law, Virginia "Pat" Scanlan of Rock Falls; and many nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jerry Bushman; one grandson, Matthew Bushman; five brothers, James, William, Joseph, Michael and John; and two sisters, Sister Margaret Loyola and Frances Manon. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, Sterling. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bruce Ludeke, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
Contributed by Marilyn Scanlan -The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Page A5 - Col. 1-2

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