MABEL A. (STIZEL) EASTABROOK , 79, of 1202 S. 9th St., Pekin, died (30 April 1982) Friday morning at the Methodist Medical Center in Pekin. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Woolsey Funeral home in Pekin with L. E. Werner, officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Eastabrook was born March 9, 1903 in Nelson, the daughter of Miller and Frances (Stewart) Stitzel. She was united in marriage to Harold A. Eastabrook and she was a member of the Congregatonal United Church of Christ in Pekin and Order of Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband, Harold; one son, Donald W. Eastabtook of Pekin and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her paretns and two brothers
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 30, 1982 - Friday, pg A4

ADDIE (CRATON) EASTMAN - Funeral services were held Monday at the Melvin Funeral Home for Mrs. Addie Eastman who died Saturday (3 March 1951) at the home of her daughter Mrs. Bess Pelton, 1209 Peoria Ave. Burial was in Burket cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Gerdes, James Cledon, Foy Brown, Joe Vaille, Harry Fischer, and A.J. Tedwall. The Rev. Adam Lutzweiler officiated. Organ music was by William Worley.

Mrs. Eastman was born Dec. 29, 1861 in Altoona, Pa. the daughter of John and Elizabeth Craton. When she was 3 years old her parents moved to Dixon.

On March 6, 1883 she was married to Thomas I. Eastman. They made their home in and near Eldena for several years before moving to Dixon. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Eastman but only three survive; Mrs. Ann Bradshaw, Walla Walla Wash.; Mrs. Clara Jetter, Springfield; and Mrs. Pelton, Dixon. Her husband preceded her in death as did 10 children, five of whom died in infancy.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 March 1951

LAURA (DEPEW) EATON , 54, Argo, died Friday (15 January 1954) in a Chicago hospital. She was a former Lee Center resident.

Funeral services will be held in Argo Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The body will be taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. Gertrude Spencer in Amboy for a prayer service Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. O.C. Jones of the Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Woodside cemetery. Mrs. Eaton was born March 12, 1899. Survivors include two sons, Harold, Argo and Floyd, Dallas TX; two sisters, Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Ida Williamson, Santa Rosa Calif.; and for brothers, Lee DePew, Pocahontas IA; Perry, Chicago; Burke, Aurora and Monroe, San Jose Calif.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 January 1954

ANNIE BEATRICE (BRIERTON) EBERLY passed away at the Dixon City Hospital on Thursday Sept. 13, 1945 at 3:20 a.m. death resulting from cerebral hemoraging. She was born in Nelson Twp. April 3, 1889 daughter of Albert & Ella Brierton. She was married on Dec. 26, 1907 to Amos F. Eberly and to this union were born Bertha Elizabeth who preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1921 and Mrs. Clarence (Alice) Myers of Dixon, who with her father mourns the passing of her mother. Other survivors include her mother her mother Ella Brierton, two brothers Richard O. and Sylvester Brierton; one sister Mrs. Ray Shaver. Services were held at the Melvin Funeral Home, Rev. George D. Neilson, pastor of Grace Evang. Church of Dixon officiating. Mrs. R. Herbert sang and played "The Old Rugged Cross' and the "Lord is my Shepherd" - Interment was at Oakwood cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 Sep. 1945

CHARLES M. ECCLES died at his home in Binghampton at 6:50 this morning (03 October 1949) after having been in poor health for the past year. He was born November 11th 1868 in Sublette Township the son of Peter & Bridgett Eccles. He was married Jan. 5, 1892 to Miss Alice Langon in Maytown where he was engaged in farming. He lived his entire life in the vicinity of Sublette and Maytown until he retired and moved to Binghampton 28 years ago where he has since lived. He was preceded in death by his wife who died June 23, 1911, one son, one daughter, four brothes, and five sisters. Survivors include two sons Frank and Roy Eccles and one daughter Mrs. Lillian Zeller all of Amboy, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. Patricks church. Burial will be in St. Michaels, better known as Sandy Hill Cemetery in Maytown.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 October 1949

OLIVER NELSON ECKBURG - Military honors were accorded Oliver N. Eckburg, past commander of the Amboy Post of the Amrican Legion, last Thursday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the First Methodist church, Rev. Norman C. Miller, the pastor, officiating. The only music was from the tower chimes. Committal was in the Amboy cemetery. Mr. Eckburg was a former member of the Sterling Legion drum corps and was well known to hundreds of Sterling people. Oliver Nelson Eckburg was born December 15, 1893 at Osman, Ill., and passed away Octoeber 19, 1948 at his home in Amboy. He was the son of Nels and Clara Eckburg. His education was received in the Osman public schools. During the First World War, he served with the 129th Infantry of the 33rd Division, and went with them overseas. He was united in marriage to Myrtle Virgil on September 7, 1921. Six children were born to this union. He was a member of the First Methodist church, the Illinois Central Lodge No. 178, A. F. & A. M., the Royal Arch Masons, the Arbutus chapter OES, and the American Legion. When Poths-Lavelle Post was reorganized in the early 20's, Mr. Eckburg was its first commander after the reorganization was effected. He was always an energetic member of the Post. Surviving are his wife and children, Jack of Amboy, Mrs. Doris Thompson of Dixon, Blair, Maxine, Donald and Dick of Amboy; tow grandsons, John Edward and James Oliver; two sisters, Mrs. Opal Winom and Mrs. Lillian Moore of St. Louis, Mo., and his stepmother, Mrs. Nettie Eckburg. Preceding him death were his parents.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 1, 1948 - Monday, pg. 2, col. 4

ISAAC EDMONDS - Another old settler has gone to explore the mysteries of the undiscovered country. Isaac Edmonds died Wednesday of last week, at his home in Franklin Grove, of stomach and bowel complaint, after an illness of two or three months. The corpse was brought to Malugin, his old home, for burial, and the funeral was held Friday, the Masonic fraternity of which the deceased was an old member, conducting the ceremonies. Mr. Edmonds was born in Canada in 1820 and came to Illinois in 1853, and settled on a large farm 1 1/2 miles east of Malugin. This place has been known ever since as the "Edmonds Farm." About ten years ago, Mr. Edmonds rented his farm and moved to Paw Paw. He spent about three years in Colorado, from which place he returned about three months ago and went with his family to live in Franklin Grove. The deceased was a good citizen and kind neighbor. The needy never went from his house empty handed. He left a wife, two sons and three daughters.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ELMER J. EDWARDS - The funeral of Elmer J. Edwards, 58, who was strangled to death by Michael Peluso, a patient at the Dixon State Hospital, where Mr. Edwards was an attendant, early Tuesday morning, will be held at the Melvin Funeral Home Friday, the Rev. George D. Nielsen, pastor of Grace Evan. Church will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Edwards was born in Jerseryville IL, March 30, 1886, is survived by his widow Thelma of Dixon; a son Hal, of East Alton, a brother, Emmitt of Roodhouse; and a sister Miss Effie also of Roodhouse.
The Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 November 1944

WILLIAM EDWARDS was born in Spicie Street, Spitlefield, Bethlehem Green, London, England, March 13th, 1836, and died at Paw Paw, Ill., January 23, 1907, aged 70 years. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Edwards and the second of thirteen children. He was married to Miss Sarah Powell in London, England, June 28, 1857. To them were born four children, of whom three died in early life, and one son died at about 15 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards came to America in the year 1862 and located at Anna, Ill. In that place and at Yorkville, Ill., he worked at his trade of cabinetmaking, till he enlisted in the Union Army, February 20, 1860 [should be 1865]. He was a private in Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-Sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving till the close of the war, being mustered out at Memphis, Tenn., September 20, 1865. Returning to Illinois, he followed his cabinet-making business in various places until eleven years ago, when with his wife, he established a laundry in Paw Paw, which they conducted till a few weeks ago, when failing health compelled him to retire from work. His death was caused by cancer of the throat--after many months of great suffering. He was a member of William H. Thompson Post, G. A. R. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Saturday, January 24, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. J. Wheeler, and participated in by his comrades of the Grand Army. Burial was at East Paw Paw Cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

IDA EGGERICKS , 1205 Fourth street (Dixon), passed away at the KSB hospital , Monday afternoon at 2:30 after an illness of several months duration. She was born in Wilmington N.Y. on April 1, 1861 but spent most of her life in and around Dixon. She is survived by one son Ray and a daughter in law, Florence of Chicago and four grandchildren, three in Chicago and one in Yakima WA. Six great-grandchildren also survive. Her husband Harvey, preceded her in death in 1942. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the West Side Church the pastor, the Rev. George McCauley officiating and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Melvin funeral home until the hour of the service.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 January 1948

ELMER FRED EGGERS , 75, of Compton , died Friday, June 1, 1979, of an apparent heart attack at Mendota Community Hospital . He had been working at the farm of his brothers, Ralph and Lester, in rural Compton . Mr. Eggers was born Oct. 19, 1903, to William and Marie (Fahs0 Eggers in Lee County . He was married to Mildred Weisensel March 11, 1946, at Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage near Compton . She survives. A sister, Mrs. Florence Haefner of Compton and three brothers, Ralph, Lester, and Leo, all of Compton , also survive. His parents and a brother preceded him in death. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Torman and Sons funeral Home in Paw Paw, with the Rev. Fernando Laxamane officiating. Burial was at Brooklyn Cemetery , Compton . Pallbearers were Douglas Mathesius, Albert Bauer, Ramon Archer, Wayne Weitzel, Eugene Jones and Gilbert Zimmerlein. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Eggers was a retired farmer and had lived in the Compton area his entire life.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter Wednesday, June 6, 1979 Page 4

LEO J. EGGERS , 87, of Compton died June 1, 2006, in Mendota Community Hospital . Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Compton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken foster officiating. Burial will be at Melugen Grove Cemetery , Compton . Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw, with 4:30 p.m. Masonic services. Mr. Eggers was born Dec. 25, 1918, on the family farm south of Compton . He married Fern Wilson on March 26, 1939, in Ashton. He and his wife farmed in the Compton area for many years. He also sold DeKalb Seed Corn for more than 40 years. He was a member of Compton United Methodist Church , life member of the Masonic Lodge, member of the Juanita Chapter Order of the Eastern Star 391, past president of the Parent Teacher Association, Compton Community Club, Lee County Farm Bureau and past leader of Compton Cub Scouts. Survivors include his wife, Fern of Compton; one son, Richard ( Nancy )Eggers of Paw Paw; one daughter, Linda (William) Jones of Compton; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Research.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: LaSalle News-Leader LaSalle, LaSalle Co. IL. Friday, June 2, 2006 Page B5 – Col. 3

LEROY EGGERS , 71, Paw Paw, died the evening of Sunday, Sept. 1, 1968 in an east Moline hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Merritt’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Quintin Schowalter of Immanuel Lutheran Church , rural Compton , officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Gardens . Pallbearers were LeRoy Zinke, Richard Mooreheard, Clarence Thorpe, Wayne Archer, Vesta Pasley and Lee Archer. Mr. Eggers was born March 21, 1897 in Maytown, the son of William Henry and Mary Elizabeth Fahs Eggers. He married Mabel Sylvia Weygandt, Feb. 18, 1918 in Paw Paw and the couple farmed most of their lifetime. Surviving with his wife and mother are two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Mildred) Zinke and Mrs. Maxine Mann of Mendota; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Elmer, Ralph, Lester and Leo of Compton and one sister, Mrs. Florence Haefner, Compton. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter Mendota, LaSalle Co., Illinois Thursday, September 5, 1968 Page 7

LESTER EGGERS , 79, died Sunday, May 17, 1992 in Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mendota. He was an area farmer. He was born Nov. 15, 1912 in Compton , to William and Mary (Fahs) Eggers. He was a veteran of WWII. Survivors include one brother, Leo of Compton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Torman and Sons Funeral Home in Paw Paw, with the Rev. Kenneth Foster, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in LaMoille Cemetery . Visitation is one hour prior to services in the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois Monday, May 18, 1992 Page 8 _ Col. 4

MARIE (FAHS) EGGERS - Funeral services for Mrs. William (Marie) Eggers of Compton who died Feb. 4, 1972 were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 in the Torman Funeral Home with the Rev. Kale Kronquist of the Immanuel Lutheran church officiating. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fahs and was 96 years of age at the time of her death. She is survived by four sons, and one daughter. Preceding her in death were her husband and one son. Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. in Greenfield cemetery, LaMoille with burial on the family lot. Among those attending the last rites were Mrs. Fred (Esther)Fischer and Mrs. Elsie Anderson, Van Orin; Mrs. Eluzabeth Hohertz, LaMoille.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Mendota Reporter Thursday, February 10, 1972 Page 6 – Col. 2

MILDRED (WEISENEL) EGGERS , 91, of Compton , died Monday, March 3, 1997 at the Mendota Community Hospital . She taught for many years in country schools in the area. She was born Oct. 31, 1905 to Frank and Olga (Fuestman) Weisenel. She married Elmer Eggers on March 11, 1941 in the Lutheran Parsonage in Compton . He preceded her in death on June 1, 1979. She was also preceded in death by one brother. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Compton . Survivors include one brother-in-law, Leo (Fern) Eggers of Compton and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Torman Funeral Home in Paw Paw with Rev. Ken Foster, officiating. Burial will be in Brooklyn Township Cemetery in Compton . Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Contributed by Pat Esterday Taken from: Sauk Valley Report Dixon Telegraph Thursday, March 6, 1997 Page A8 – Col. 1

RALPH EGGERS , 82, died Tursday, April 11, 1989 in Mendota Community Hospital , Mendota. He was born April 11, 1907 in Lee County , William and Mary (Fahs) Eggers. Survivors include brothers, Lester of Paw Paw and Leo of Compton. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Torman and Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Foster, officiating. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery , LaMoile. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Saturday in the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph April, 1989

EVERETT P. EHMAN , age 95, of Amboy, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, beginning with a 10 a.m. Prayer Service in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church in Amboy, with the Rev. Aaron Brodeski, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Mr. Ehman was born Aug. 27, 1908, in May Twp., Lee County, the son of John M. and Nellie (Sullivan) Ehman. He married Genevieve D. Keyes in Morrison, Nov. 7, 1932. She preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 1984. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley McLindsay and Caroline (Virgil) Floto, both of Amboy; two sons, John (Shirley) Ehman of LaPlata, Md., and James (Linda) Ehman of Amboy; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Dye of South Bend, Ind., and Evelyn Schamberger of Dixon. He was also preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew Stuckemeyer; and brothers, Ray, Leo, James, and John Ehman. He had been employed by the Amboy Milk Co., Green River Ordnance Plant, IDOT, and the Lee County Highway Dept., prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy.
Amboy News

EVA (KERSTEN) EISENBERG , passed away Monday at the Rochelle hospital following a short illness. Her age was 64 years, 8 months and 11 days. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 at the Evangelical U.B. church with Rev. Romaine Tenney officiating. Burial will be in the Ashton cemetery. Pall bears will be six - / - Verlis, Glen, Wayne, ?, William Kersten and Roy ?.

Eva Elizabeth Kersten was born July 17, 1890 the daughter of William and Margaret Vogeler Kersten in Reynolds Twp. where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 23, 1913 she was married to Oliver J. Eisenberg. To them was born on daughter, Vedana, Mrs. Clarence Hilbert. Survivors are also four brothers, Charles and Mandel of Rochelle, Herbert of Kirkland and Clarence C. of Ashton.

Contributed by Pat France

JAMES F. ELLER , 77, of Amboy died July 4, 2005, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday with a prayer service in Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, followed by 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy. The Rev. Aaron Brodeski will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Eller was born May 12, 1928, in Amboy to Hobert and Melvina Elizabeth (Groth) Eller. He worked at Allied Lock Industries for the past 34 years and farmed in the Amboy area. Survivors include two sons, Jay Eller of Amboy and Steve (Janelle) Eller of Earlville; six grandchildren; one great grandson; two sisters, Ida Kettley of Amboy and Margaret Heckman of Amboy, and special friend Grace Albertson of Amboy. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Bruce Eller; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Quinn, Darlean Berogan and Roberta Hobbs. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by David Wrzesinski - Smith from the LaSalle NewsTribune, July 6, 2005

EVELYN ELLIOTT , age 97, formerlyof Amboy died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at Lee County Rehab. and Nursing Ctr. Dixon. She was born July 25, 1907 in West Brooklyn the daughter of ALbert and Mattie (Leavens) Derr. She and her husband owned and operated the Amboy Cafe for m any years. She also was a dental assistant employed by Dr. David Shapiro in Amboy for more than 30 years.

She had been a member of Amboy First United Meth. Church and Arbutus Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was married to Charles Elliott in Dixon on April 18, 1927. He preceded heer in death April 25, 1972. SHe also was preceded in death by two grandsons; one great grandaughter; three sisters and two brothers. Survived by one daughter John Blackburn of Dixon; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial at Union Cemetery West Brooklyn.

EDWIN ELSWORTH was born in Bermington County, Vermont, on the 21st day of November, 1820, and died in Compton, Lee County, Illinois, on the 28th day of February 1893.

Mr. Ellsworth moved to the state of Ohio in 1842. Three years later he came to the state of Illinois, settling near Smith’s Grove, whence he moved to the Township of Viola, some time in the early 50’s, where he resided until his death, with the exception of a short time spent in Kansas. He was married to Elizabeth Butler in 1842. Three children were born of this marriage, two of whom died in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Emma Holdren, still survives. His wife died in Kansas in 1887 and is buried there.

Brother Ellsworth has long been a faithful member of the Masonic fraternity, loved and respected by all. Appropriate funeral services were held at Compton Thursday morning, 2d inst, conducted by Rev. Dickens of Paw Paw. The remains were interred at the Ellsworth Cemetery with the impressive burial services of the masonic fraternity.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

FRED EMBODY : Memorial services for Fred Embody of 626 W. second street will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Memorial chapel at Chapel Hill funeral home. Interment will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery with the Rev. George J Curran of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating. Friends may call at Chapel Hill funeral home.

Born February 19, 1882 he passed away very suddenly at 11 o'clock Thurdsday night (October 24, 1945) at the age of 64 years, eight months and five days. An inquest was held at Chapel Hill Friday morning at 10 o'clock.

He is survived by one son Daniel K Embody of Jacksonville, Ill; one grandaughter and two sisters, Mrs. William A. Griffith and MRs. Florence Garber of Pottstown PA. A member of St Pauls Lutheran church he also was active in the I O O F at Manatona Pa. A complet obituary will be published later.

Dixon Evening Telegraph October 26, 1945

FRED W. EMMERT , 82, retired farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Emmert, died early today (17 Feb. 1953) at his home here. He had been ill for 2 years. Mr. Emmert retired in 1910. He had been active in the Nachusa church, serving as councilman for several years. Surviving are a brother Jesse and a sister Miss Anna Emmert both of Nachusa and several neices and nephews. Services are Friday at 2:30, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Rev. Rudolph K. Markwald officiating. Burial in Emmert cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 February 1953

MARGARET (BLACKBURN) HENDRICKS CAMPBELL EMMONS , 59 died early Thursday morning in the Dixon Public Hospital.

She was born Sept 17, 1904, the daughter of Thomas and Cora Weaver blackburn in Dixon.

Survivors include one son, William Hendricks of Dixon: two daughters, Mrs John (Mildred) Barry of Crown Point, Ind: Mrs Jack (Earlene) Collins of Riverdale, IA; her mother,Mrs. Cora Weaver Blackburn of Dixon: 4 sisters, Mrs. Ellsworth (Mildred) Sawyer, Mrs. John (Mary)Sloan, and Mrs. Frank (Ann) Howell of Dixon; Mrs.John (Bess)Scarbrough of Hannibal, MO: two brothers Tom Blackburn and John J. Blackburn, both of Dixon.12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Hendricks, who died in 1944; she was wed to T.G. Campbell who died in 1951 and she married Richard Emmons who died in 1957; her father and one brother. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Allen Funeral Home, Dixon and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, with Rev. William Boland, pastor offering mass; Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Contributed by Vicki Perry

JEAN (FINCH) ENGELBRECHT of Belvidere, formerly of Dixon, went to the Lord, Saturday, May 24, 2008, in SwedishAmerican Hospital following an extended illness. She was a registered nurse for Highland Hospital, Belvidere, for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1995. Jean was born Jan. 17, 1943, in Dixon, the daughter of Gilbert Lavere and Alice Jean (Wilson) Finch. She graduated from Sauk Valley Community College receiving her nursing degree. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed helping others. Survivors include sons, Paul J. (Rebecca) Engelbrecht of Rockford, Robert (Lisa) Engelbrecht of Elkhorn, Wis., and James (Tammy) Engelbrecht of Belvidere; daughters, Diane (Michael) Kovac of Brunswick, Ohio, Laura Bolhous of Paw Paw, Mary Crager of Rockford, Susan (Phil-ip) Azeff of Ocala, Fla., Jennifer (Gerald) Goodman of Belvidere and Debbie Engelbrecht of Oregon; brothers, Richard Finch of Rockford and Donald (Judith) Finch of Dixon; grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Mason, Elizabeth (Jamal) Qureshi, Kenneth, Josh-ua and Faith Crager, Jacob and Justin Azeff, Johnathon, Jessica J., Jasmine, Josephine, Katrina, Mat-hew, Jessica R., Megan, Arllisa and Malcolm Engelbrecht and Alana and Kyla Goodman; and great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Haley and Anna Mason and Erik Qureshi. Jean was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Private burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at a later date,

ROBERT JOSEPH ENGELBRECHT , 71, of Rockford passed on to the Lord Friday, July 20, 2012, at his home. He worked as a registered nurse for many years, giving his heart to the care of others. Robert was born April 2, 1941, in Amboy, the son of Joseph and Lucille (Hilbert) Engelbrecht. He married Jean A. Finch. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1968. Robert was a member of the American Legion, and an active member of AA and NA with 18 years of continuous sobriety that he cherished. He leaves behind sons, Paul (Rebecca) Engelbrecht, Robert (Lisa) Engelbrecht and James Engelbrecht; daughters, Diane (Michael) Kovacs, Laura (Dave) Fox, Mary Crager, Susan (Philip) Azeff, Jennifer (Jerry) Goodman and Debbie Engelbrecht; brother, Eugene Engelbrecht; sisters, Wanda Bartlett Labonte, Shirley Lamb and Marilyn (Cary) Bruce; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his parents. Graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, in Franklin Grove Cemetery, Franklin Grove, with the Rev. John E. Gow, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dixon, officiating. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to the family.
Source: Judith Hood - Published in Rockford Register Star from July 25 to July 26, 2012

EILEEN H. (PERSKY) ENGLUND , 64, of Woodhaven Lakes, Sublette, died Saturday, May 4, 1996, at Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota. Funeral services will be a 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Sublette. Visitation will be from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home with a 4 p.m. Scripture service. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Englund was born April 7, 1932 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Vlasta (Skala) Persky. She was a member of the VFW Post 177 Auxiliary, Chicago. Survivors include one son, Daniel (Sherri) Englund of Dixon; three daughters, Susan (Roy) Englund and Sandra (Ed) Temes both of Amboy, and Sharon (Steven) Englund of Sublette; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; one sister; and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 6, 1996 - Monday, pg A2

MARJORIE (ENGELKENS) ENNENBACH , 74, of Amboy, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at her home. She was employed by Dixon State School as a therapist aide for 20 years and by Dixon Health Center before retiring. Mrs. Ennenbach was born March 27, 1933, in Malvern, the daughter of Jacob O. and Abbie Ann (Peoples) Engelkens. She married Kenneth Mickley. He preceded her in death. She then married Arthur Ennenbach. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine (Terry) Geiger and Deloris Morris, both of Dixon; two sons, Kevin Mickley of Viola and Darrell Mickley of Dixon; four sisters, Carrie Cartwright of Dixon, Alfretta (Clarence) Meurs of Morrison, Beverly (Ellis) Seavey of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Louella Engelkens of Sterling; and three brothers, James (Gail) Engelkens of Tennessee, Paul (Cindy) Engelkens of Morrison and Wayne Engelkens of Chadwich. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Jacob, Merle and Otto Engelkens; two sisters, Mary Lou Huggins and Elsie Pfister; and a granddaughter. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with Brent Cloyd, pastor of Como Baptist Church, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

JENNIE (WOOD) EPLA , passed away at her home in Hinckley last night about midnight. Complications set in following her serious accident, which caused her death after two weeks of intense suffering.

Her Paw Paw friends have anxiously waited for better tidings each day and deep grief is expressed by every one at the death of this most estimable lady. She has lived her life in this community, moving to Hinckley only a short time ago to be near her daughter, Mrs. Robt. Adrian. Mr. Epla is in very poor health and has been her constant charge for the past year. He with the daughter and family are left to mourn their great loss.

Short funeral services will be held at the Hinckley home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, thence by auto to Paw Paw where the services will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. O. T. Canfield of St. Charles having charge. Interment will be at Wyoming Cemetery. The sympathy of every one here is extended to the sorrowing family.

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Jennie Wood Epla, daughter of James and Rebecca Wood, was born near Earlville, Illinois, October 6, 1854, and died at her home in Hinckley, Illinois at 11:45 p.m., November 17, 1920, at the age of 66 years 1 month and 11 days. She acquired her early education at Earlville and proved herself capable of doing almost anything and doing it well.

On November 5, 1874 she was united in marriage with J. T. Epla of Paw Paw, Illinois where they resided near town from that time until March 1, 1914, when they moved to Hinckley, Illinois, that they might reside nearer their daughter, Mrs. Robert Adrian and family, about whom their heart-strings so closely entwined. Mrs. Epla was a woman of charming personality and splendid executive ability, accompanied by a vein of humor which was refreshing to her and all who knew her. However rough her road she traveled it with little if any complaint. She was always active in social and church circles, filling all the demands her strength would allow.

She was, for years, a member of the Woman's Club at Paw Paw and always cheered them with her presence and music. These dear friends voiced their appreciation of what she had been among them by their token "A Loving Cup" when she moved from their midst. For many years she sang in the church choirs of Paw Paw and was sought for entertainment in all the neighboring towns. For about twelve years her health had been far from good although few ever knew the real degree of her suffering.

Since coming to Hinckley she had joined the Hinckley Woman's Club and helped a little with various social events but was unable to participate as she had done in former years when in better health and with less responsibility. Mrs. Epla's faith in God was an anchor to her. She was for years a member of the Presbyterian church at Paw Paw and while she never transferred her membership to Hinckley, she was always generous with her support and encouragement of every good work. She possessed a keen sense of justice and a great appreciation of the beautiful. Her life work is well done and myriads of tender memories remain with those who knew her. She was a loyal wife, a devoted mother and grandmother and a wonderful friend.

She had the ability to enter thoroughly into the joys and sorrows of others but her comforting care is removed. She leaves her husband, who has been in feeble health for some time, and one daughter, Mrs. R. S. Adrian of Hinckley; also her son-in-law, R. S. Adrian, and two little grandchildren, Jean Lorraine and Stanley Epla Adrian, all of whom she dearly loved, together with other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her passing. 0During the early fall, her life had seemed to have an unusually large number of happy experiences and the morning of her sad accident she had seemed to be in splendid spirits. Even in the face of excruciating pain, she joked with those who tried to be of help to her and kept her jovial manner until the odds grew so great that she longed to "go home;" even in her delirium she was planning and getting ready to do so, and seemed to catch glimpses of the coming Glory and the loved ones gone before.

All that loving care, tender nursing, able physicians and splendid friends could do seemed to vie to help her but with no avail. After sixteen days o intense suffering of mind and body the dissolution came at 11:45 p.m. November 17, 1920. Her life was an inspiration to those who knew her and we trust that her reward is far greater than our sorrows. While she expressed a desire to live and see her grandchildren grow up and become settled in life, she also said it was alright if she should not be permitted to do so; her greatest concern in case she could not remain seemed to be the responsibility which must shift to other shoulders. She feared most for those she must leave behind.

When first hurt she said, "God laid me aside to rest me," (and the poem goes on to say:)

We find many favorite passages of scripture marked in her Bible, which seem so applicable. Among them were: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

"For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand." "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me, a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto them that love His appearing."

Because of the great love and tender solicitude of Mrs. Epla's newer friends in Hinckley, two short services were held, one at her late residence with fitting remarks by Rev. Jeaness and beautiful vocal selections by Henry Welton of Hinckley, Mr. W. B. Robinson and Mrs. Ella Dupee of Earlville. The second service was held in the Presbyterian Church at Paw Paw. Rev. O. T. Canfield of St. Charles voiced the sentiment, which seems so universal of Mrs. Epla. Mr. and Mrs. Canfield also tendered a beautiful duet and Mrs. Frank Bauer, the daughter of Mrs. Epla's dear friend, accompanied by Mrs. Elliot Chandler, sung in her most pleasing manner, one of Mrs. Epla's favorites. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nangle sang several beautiful and comforting selections.

Those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Brockway of So. Elgin; Harry Babbitt and wife, Mrs. Rena Bolenbaul and Mrs. Nellie Stevens of Aurora; Mrs. Ella Dupee, W. B. Robinson, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Barnard, Mrs. Keeler, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Frank, Mrs. John Robinson, Mrs. Mary Wilson, Miss Grace Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. John Foster, all of Earlville; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Webber of Rochelle, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Perkins and son, Will, and Mrs. Chas. Pegg of Creston.

--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

ELIZABETH V. (STARK) ERDMANN , 64, of Franklin Grove, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Ogle County Hospice Serenity Home, Oregon. She owned and operated Eve's Naturals, exhibiting at many craft shows. Elizabeth was born Feb. 1, 1946, in Oberlingen, Germany, the daughter of Adolf and Maria Stark. She married Peter M. Erdmann on July 27, 1968, in West Chicago. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, where she helped with meals and sang in the choir. Elizabeth also was a member of Franklin Grove Women's Club and a 4-H leader for Franklin Grove Go Getters 4-H Club. Survivors include her husband, Peter M. Erdmann and one son, Daniel (Jennifer) Erdmann, both of Franklin Grove; one daughter, Karen (Daniel) Clevenger of Roscoe; one brother, Franz (Margitta) Stark of Sleepy Hollow; one sister, Toni (Jurgen) Schultze of Oberlingen, Germany;one grandson, Isaac Erdmann; and two granddaughters, Kayla and Kendra Clevenger. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. James Keenan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. rosary service, Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Food for the Poor.
Source: Pat Easterday - Taken from The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 Page A4 - Col. 1-2

MERWIN L. ERLENBACH , 78, of DeKalb, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Paw-Paw, the son of Homer Henry and Helene E. (Haeffner) Erlenbach. Merwin married Leota M. (Fletchall) at the First United Methodist Church , DeKalb, on Aug. 31, 1967. Merwin was employed at Anaconda Wire & Cable, Sycamore, for 28 years and later at Driv-Lok for seven years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church , DeKalb, a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict, a member of Paw-Paw Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Merwin was a dedicated father who always loved giving. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and trapping and was a very dedicated Chicago Bears fan. Merwin was the coordinator for the VFW float for the Paw-Paw Labor Daly Parade each year. He is survived by his wife, Leota; and their children, Lloyd M. (Cheryl) Erlenbach of Gnadenhutten , Ohio , Dianna E. (Leonard) Pokorny of Carol Stream, Sondra S. (Richard) Herren of DeKalb, Brenda L. (Bryan) Parks of Schoolcraft, Mich., Mary G. (Chuck) Seldal of Elizabeth, Ariz., and Erna M. Erlenbach-Does of Rochelle. Merwin also is survived by 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley ( Norman ) Kalsted of Lisle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and one grandson, Michael Does. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Rich M. Fassig officiating. Burial will follow at Wyoming Cemetery , Paw-Paw. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, at Anderson Funeral Home. A memorial is being established for Merwin L. Erlenbach for the Cancer Care Center , 9 Health Service Drive , DeKalb , IL . 60115.
The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, September 2, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2

CORA E. (GENNETT) ETHERIDGE , of 211 East Fellows St., Dixon, died Sunday afternoon ( 16 May 1965) at the age of 93. Mrs. Etheridge was born March 25, 1872 in DePere, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Angeline Hibbard Gennett. She was united in marriage to Orlando Etheridge who preceded her in 1945. She was a member of the Daughters of GAR; the Circle and Past President of Legion Auxiliary of Chicago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arbilla Walberg, with whom she made her home in Dixon, one son, Lionel Richardson of Gray's Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Mary A Clark of Nelson, and Mrs. Minnie Pelton of Kissammee, Fla.; and three grandsons. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Albert Graff, pastor of the First Christian Church of Dixon, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 17, 1965 - Monday, pg 2

DALE L. ETHERIDGE , 40, of Amboy, IL, died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital in Chicago, IL. He was born April 16, 1961 in Joliet, IL, the son of Dale and Barbara (Alexander) Etheridge. He married Shirley Moeller Bufford July 29, 1984 in Bolingbrook, IL.

He had been employed by Nabisco in Bridgeview, IL for 14 years and had worked at Raynor Garage Door Mfg. in Dixon, IL for the last seven years. He was captain of the VFW Team 5 in the Dixon Thursday Night Pool League and lead man for the NFL (No Fingers Lost) Pyros.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Arthur Meyer; and one brother, Rodney Smith.

He is survived by his wife, of Amboy; two daughters, Lisa Marie Etheridge and Alicen Renea Etheridge, both at home; his mother, Barbara Meyer of Mesa, AZ; his father, Dale Etheridge of Indiana; four brothers, Robert Meyer of Rockdale, IL; Charles Meyer and Gregory Meyer, both of Mesa, AZ, Randy Smith of Indiana; and three sisters, Ronda Finlay and Kimberly Hams, both of Indiana, and Kelly Narkis of Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 11:00 AM in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Ralph Carr, Pastor of the United First Church in Amboy, officiating. Cremation rites will follow with burial of cremains at a later date in Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center, IL. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, 303 E. Main St., Amboy, IL. A memorial has been established.

Contributed by James Seidelman

CLARA (HOYLE) ETNYRE , 97, died Monday at Lee County Nursing Home where she was a resident. She was born Jan. 17, 1878 in Lee County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Hoyle, and was married to Louis E. Etnyre Oct. 23, 1901, in Dixon. Mrs. Etnyre was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Byron, Dixon, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Warner, Dixon. Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Rodd officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. There will be no visitation.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 October 1975

LOUIS EGFORD ETNYRE , 88, 1219 W. First St., died this morning in KSB Hospital following a short illness. He was born Nov. 2, 1879, in Ashton, the son of Fred and Lelia Etnyre. He married Clara Hoyle Oct 23, 1901, in Dixon. Mr. Etnyre was a member of the Grace EUB Church, the AF & AM Friendship Lodge, Nachusa Chapter, Dixon Council and the Dixon Commandery.

He was preceded in death by brother and a sister. Survivors include his widow; a son, Byron, Dixon, a grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Kortemeier, pastor of the Grace Evangelical Brethren Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Lee County Obituaries