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MERLE BARNES - 63, RR1, Amboy, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mihm Funeral Home and 1:30 in the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Mrs. Barnes passed away Sunday (10 January 1965) in University Hospital, Madison, Wis., following surgery. She was the wife of Everett Barnes and was well known in the Rebekah Lodge, having been a past president of District Association Eight. Surviving are the husband and two sons, Richard of Amboy and Earl of Madison, Wis.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Tuesday, 12 January 1965, 2;4

MAURICE J. BARRY - He was born in Chicago to Michael and Hannah O'Connor Barry. He married Dorothy Clasby on Nov. 21, 1939, in Chicago. She died July 27, 2000. He is survived by his children, Donna (Frank) Griffin, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Dorothy (Tony) Scrementi, Homewood; Denise Ernst, Buda; Dawn (Wayne) Henderson, Amboy; and Maurice (Melinda) Barry Jr., Secor; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jim (Toni) Barry, Chicago; Jerry (Joan) Barry, Sarasota, Fla.; and Tom Barry, Indianapolis, Ind. and a sister, Dorothy Guistie, Lamont. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as a tailgunner on a B-29 bomber in the 884th Bomb Squadron.
Contributed by Karen Holt

MARY A. BAYLOR - widow of Ernest N. Baylor and a former resident of Freeport, died in a nursing home in Amboy Friday afternoon, April 6, 1956. She was the mother of Kelsye Baylor, 720 S. Park Blvd. and formerly lived with her son here. A daughter and two other sons also survive, Mrs. Justine Jeanblanc and Ormand S. Baylor, both of Amboy, and Forrest E. Baylor of Amberg, Wisconsin. Service will be in Lee Center Congregational Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with interment in Woodside Cemetery. The body is at the Hicks Funeral Home, Amboy.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Saturday, April 7, 1956

VERNA M. BEARDSLEY , 99, of Rochelle, Ill., died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. Born Jan. 14, 1908, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Arthur and Aileen (Vognild) Melum. In 1915, she moved with her parents and her brother, Arthur, to a farm in Dawson, Minn., where she attended rural school and then upper grades and high school. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1930 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., a Bachelor of Science in library science in 1936 and a Master of Arts in 1957 from the University of Minnesota. She taught English and Latin in Chokio and Granite Falls and was a school librarian in Granite Falls and in Stillwater, Minn. She then served as a member of the professional library staff at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., for 11 years and at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for 15 years. While on sabbatical leave in 1969, she visited more than 50 college and university libraries from coast to coast, conferring with them on the subject of library orientation and instruction. She had several articles published in national library periodicals. She had been an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Columbia; First Church of Christ, Scientist, of DeKalb; and Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Lambda State. In 1972 she retired from Northern Illinois University and married John Whetson Beardsley. They lived on his farm near Steward for 13 years and then moved to the nearby town of Rochelle. John preceded her in death on July 7, 1991. Verna is happy to have a step-family of two daughters, Joanna (James) Kemper of Compton and Jacqueline (Bob) Eckhardt of Rochelle; four grandchildren, Melissa (Pat) Frankfother, Bradley (Tiffany) Kemper, Camden (Melissa) Eckhardt and Meradith Eckhardt Wheeler; and nine great-grandchildren. Cremation rites were arranged by Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, and burial will be at Steward Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, in the Oak Crest Chapel at DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres in DeKalb, Ill., with a gathering following.
Contributed by Karen Holt Published in the Daily Chronicle from 6/19/2007 - 7/10/2007.
Birth: Jan. 14, 1908 Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA Death: Jun. 16, 2007 De Kalb DeKalb County Illinois, USA

ADAM BEAMER , died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lillie Harned of Dixon, Illinois at 5:30 PM on January 23, 1901, as a result of an attack of the grippe. The deceased was born August 31, 1816, near Milford, Sussex Co., NJ. About 1820 his parents moved to Luzerne Co., PA. In 1838 he was united in marriage to Ann Evans. In 1852 they moved west and settled in Lee Co., Ill. in which county they rounded out their life work. Mrs. Beamer died about seven years ago. There were 6 children in the family, two sons and four daughters, all of whom are living, viz: Mrs. M. E. Burley of Port Byron, Illinois; Mrs. H. B. Cobb of Compton; Mrs. Martha Carnahan of New York City; E. E. Beamer of Aurora; Frank O. Beamer of Iola, Kansas and Mrs. Lillie Harned of Dixon. The funeral services were held in Dixon Thursday afternoon and interment at Melugins Grove at 9 o'clock Friday morning."
From Dorothy Alvis at Find-A-Grave - The Lee County Times, Paw Paw, Illinos, Feb. 1, 1901, p.5, Col. 1.

LENA M. (NM\IEDERMYER) BEAUSEIGNEUS , 57, of Dixon, died Saturday Dec. 25, 1999, at Heritage Square following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Ronald B. Ferrell, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Beauseigneur was born July 18, 1912, in Logan, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Helen (Hester) Niedermyer. She married Paul Beauseigneur on July 21, 1934, in Fulton. He died Sept. 27, 1958. She was a dietitian at Madison School for 20 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon. Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy (Otto) Wagenknecht of Milledgeville and Linda (Mark) Rabinowitz of Deerfield; a brother, Milton (Mary) Niedermyer of Magnolia, Iowa; a sister, Dorothy Carison of Whiting, Iowa; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 27, 1999 - Monday, pg A2

FREDA LUCILLE OILER WHITE BRANSON , 92, of Amboy died May 9, 2008 at the Franklin Grove Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Frank Brozenec, pastor of the East Grove Union Church officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Lunch will follow at the East Grove Union Church. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, May 12 at the funeral home. Ms. Branson was born July 8, 1915 in Pana to Steve and Estella (Snow) White. Survivors include one daughter, Shirley (John) Ehman of Maryland; two sons, Wayne Smith and Wilbur Smith, both of Amboy; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one brother, Earl Oiler of Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Mary Ellen McLindsay; one son, William Darwin Smith; two sisters, Ellen Renner and Eva Mae Oiler; three brothers, Dillard Oiler, Leo Oiler and Bob White. Ms. Branson had worked at the Lee County Nursing Home in Eldena and was also involved in the grandparent program at Amboy Central School for 18 years, retiring in 1996.
Contributed by Karen Holt
Birth: Jul. 8, 1915 Pana, Christian Coo IL / Death: May 9, 2008 Franklin Grove Lee Cp O:

CRAIG BRESSON , Birth: Jan. 8, 1985 Rochelle Ogle County Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2006 Mendota La Salle County Illinois, USA
Mr. Bresson was born Jan. 8, 1985, in Rochelle, to Mark and Donna (Linscott) Bresson. He graduated from Paw Paw High School in 2003 and from Kishwaukee College in 2005. He was a senior at the University of Illinois. He is survived by his mother, Donna (Bill) Chick of Paw Paw; his father Mark (Judy) Bresson of Compton; a brother, Jake of Compton; paternal grandparents, Bob and Charlotte Bresson of Compton; and his grandmother Sari Chick of Crest Hill. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Ronald "Scotty" and Mildred (Choppy) Linscott. Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery West Brooklyn Lee County Illinois, USA
Contributed by Karen Holt

EDITH (HASTINGS) BRIDGEMAN , 88, of Woosung, passed away early Friday morning (17 Jan 1964) at the Dixon Public Hospital. The body rests at the Preston Funeral Home in Dixon where friends may call. Funeral rites will be held there at 2 p.m. Monday, followed by burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Mrs. Bridgeman was born Feb. 22, 1875, in Bureau County, Ill. Her husband, Reece Bridgeman, preceded her in death several years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Miss Helen Donald, Mrs. Lloyd (Agnes) Bridgeman and Mrs. Neva Jones, all of Woosung. She also leaves three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one sister and one brother, Mrs. Bernice Magee of Dixon and Robert Hastings of Woosung and several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 18, 1964 - Saturday, pg 2

DONALD J. BURKHARDT , 72, of Peoria Heights passed away at 6:28 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at Washington Christian Village in Washington, Ill. He was born June 28, 1935, in Amboy, Ill., to Arthur D. and Dorothy C. (Lipps) Burkardt. He is survived by six children, Deborah (Jerry) Eyster, Cheryl (Randy) Kelch, Joy Marinich, Brett Burkardt and James Burkardt, all of Peoria, and Dawn Jones of LaSalle, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, Tracy (Chris) Moore, Jessica Eyster, Amy Kelch, Matthew Kelch, Chasity Schmick, Tara Jones, Morgan Jones, Damian Worden, Carly Burkardt, Skyler Burkardt and Landen Burkardt; five great-grandchildren, Blake Sullivan, Jurnee Jones, Piper Hawkins, Ethan Schmick and Damian Worden; six brothers, Charles (Lola) Burkardt of Compton, Ill., Bill (Beverly) Burkardt of Polo, Ill., Roger (Pat) Burkardt of Vista, Calif., Ed (Judi) Burkardt of Mendota, Ill., John Burkardt of Irving, Texas, and Tom (Mary Lou) Burkardt of Dixon, Ill.; four sisters, Eileen Johannes and Rita Ray, both of Dixon, Ill., and Jane (Joe) Harris and Marilyn (Rod) Carls, both of Peoria. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gilbert, Bob and Dan Burkardt; and seven sisters, Mary and Therese Burkardt, Ruth Van Unnik, Eunice Goy, Carol Twardowski, Irene Moncelle and Sharon Krutsinger. Donald worked in sales for Plaza Tire Co. in Peoria for many years, last working for Tommy House Tire in Pekin, retiring in 2004. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria and the Catholic Order of Foresters. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church, with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour before the Mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial of ashes will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Sublette, Ill., at a later date. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church. Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery Sublette Lee County Illinois, USA Birth: Jun. 28, 1935 Amboy, Lee County, Illinois Death: Oct. 20, 2007 Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois
Contributed by Karen Holt

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