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HELEN (EDER) STUDEBAKER MAHNKE , 82, of 500 E. Church St., Utica, formerly of West Brooklyn, died April 21, 2004, as a result of the tornado in Utica. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, West Brooklyn, with the Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday in Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota, with a 2 p.m. rosary and also one hour prior to the services on Monday in the church. Mrs. Mahnke was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Germany to Anton and Helen (Bircheneder) Eder. She married Chester "Bud" Studebaker on Jan. 12, 1946. He died Nov. 3, 1970. She married Arthur Mahnke on April 22, 1978. He also preceded her in death. She graduated from Sherman Hospital School of Nursing in 1945 with her R.N. degree. She worked at the Mackin Nursing Home in West Brooklyn, Amboy and Mendota hospitals; and La Salle County Home. She was a member of The Red Hat Club, Mendota Navy Mothers, Ottawa American Legion Auxiliary, Streator Women of the Moose Lodge 215, and St. Mary's Church of Utica. Survivors include three sons, Tom (Peg) Studebaker of Ardmore, Okla., Bob Studebaker of Hebron, Ind., and Rich (Lisa) Studebaker of West Brooklyn; two daughters, Kathy (Ed) Vincent of Princeton and Chris Studebaker of Cherokee Village, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Anton "Bud" (Barb) Eder of Sycamore; and one sister, Mary (Pat) Schmidt of Marshfield, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and one sister. Memorials may be directed to the family. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Marty, Matt and Amber Vincent; Adam, Taylor and Haley Studebaker; Seth and Katie Jacobs; Thomas Neff; and Callie Taylor. Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery, West Brooklyn, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Feb. 12, 1922 - Death: Apr. 21, 2004

HAZEL McCORD , 90, of Paw Paw died Jan. 29, 2007, in Mendota Community Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Paw Paw United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Entombment will be at Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday in Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Mrs. McCord was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Bluford to Everett and Elsie (Majors) Brewer. She married George Raymond McCord on Sept. 24, 1932. She was a member of Paw Paw United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Survivors include one son, Delbert (Barb) McCord of Paw Paw; one daughter, Lois O'Donnell of Creston; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; and one sister, Carol Woody of Pinellas Park, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 23, 1981; an infant daughter and two daughters. Contriuted by Karen Holt

JOHN W. McINERNEY , 66, of Harmon, died suddenly at his home in Harmon Saturday morning. The body was brought to the Grennan and Son Funeral home, where friends may call Sunday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Flannen's Church in Harmon. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. He was a veteran of World War I. He is survived by two nephews, Don McInerney, Rock Falls, and Joe McInerney, Amboy; one niece, Mrs. Austin Herrity, Rock Falls. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Thomas.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 4, 1961 - Saturday, page 2

MARY (CONSIDINE) McINERNEY , died Monday morning (4 March 1957) at the home of her mother, Mrs. Martha E. Considine, in Harmon. The body was taken to the Grennan and Son Funeral Home in Sterling, and will be returned to the family home Tuesday afternoon. Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday morning in St. Flannen's Church here, with burial in the Harmon Cemetery. Mary McInerney was a member of St. Ann's Society and of St. Flannen's Catholic Church. She was born July 24, 1896 in Harmon Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Considine. She was married to Thomas McInerney, who preceded her in death on June 16, 1942. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Considine; three children, Mrs. Harris Herrity of Rock Falls, Donald McInerney of Sterling, and Joseph McInerney of Amboy; eight grandchildren, one brother, Douglas Considine in California. Preceding her in death were her husband, her father, one infant daughter, and a brother, Lloyd Considine.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 4, 1957 - Monday, pg 2

SHIRLEY J. (SHERWOOD) MELVIN , 61, of 310 Deerpaint Dr., Dixon, died Monday, May 1, 1995 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Private funeral services will be held Thursday at the Prestoj-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Jeffrey Linman, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, with Dr. Norman A. Nelson, interim pastor of Geneva Lutheran Church, Geneva, officiating. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Melvin was born Oct. 19, 1933 in Chicago, the daughter of Leslie and Opal (Durham) Sherwood Sr. She married David K. Melvin, March 31, 1984 in Battle Creek, Mich. She was employed by Dukane Corporation, St. Charles, for 28 years prior to her retirement in April, 1994. She was a member of Women of the Moose. Survivors include her husband of Dixon; five sons, James David Jeralds, Charles Daniel Jeralds, Michael Wayne Jeralds, all of St. Charles, Terry Glen Jeralds and Kenneth Earl Jeralds, both of DeKalb; one daughter, Ettie (Larry) Ayala of North Aurora; one stepdaughter, Linda L. (Robert) Wilkinson of Tulsa, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Leslie D. (Patricia) Sherwood Jr.; one sister, Delores Priddy of Cambria, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette May 3, 1995 - Wednesday, pg A2

FOREST G. MERKEL , 71 of Mendota, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 11, 2002 at his home. He was born January 20, 1931 in Yorkville, IL to Albert C. and Esther W. (Moenkemeier) Merkel. He married Alice Greene on June 1, 1952 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge. He owned and operated the Mendota Shopping Guide, which he started in the 1970's in Mendota. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville, IL with the Rev. Gary Erickson officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Compton, IL. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at Hanley-Turner Funeral Home (815) 246-6491. He is survived by two sons, Thomas G. (Pam) Merkel of Sandwich and Timothy D. Merkel of Yorkville; two grandsons, Jeff and James; one brother, Raymond (Cathy) Merkel of Leland; one sister, Alice L. Merkel of Mendota; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and the mother of his children, Alice M. Merkel of Yorkville. He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Contributed by Karen Holt -

JOEL BACON MERRIMAN , son of Anson M. and Jerusha (Bacon) Merriman, was born in Southington, Hartford County, Conn., May 2, 1814. After graduation from the Yale Medical School he acquired an extended practice in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, where he died October 22, 1898, at the age of 84 years. He married, January 1, 1848, Miss Eliza Curtiss, who died, leaving a daughter. In 1858 he married Miss Mary E. Smith, and had by her a son. After her death he married Miss Angelina Judd, who survived him with the daughter and son above men- tioned.
Charles McCartney - Record of Graduates of Yale University, Deceased from June, 1900, to June, 1910 By Yale University

LUCILLE (BRYANT) MERRIMAN , 83, of Aurora, formerly of Paw Paw, passed away Monday, March 17 in Maryland Heights, MO, while visiting her God-daughter, Alice Richmond. Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 at the First Baptist Church of Paw Paw. Rev. Ann Hoflen and Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, from 6-8 at the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Mrs. Merriman was born in Harvard, IL on June 7, 1915 to William and Mary (Petersen) Bryant. She married Archie L. Merriman in Chicago on June 20, 1942. He preceded her in death in November of 1989. Lucille was a resident of Paw Paw, IL for over 50 years before living with her son and daughter the last few years. Survivors include one daughter: Ruth (Philip) Brown of Aurora, IL; one son: Daniel (Pam) Merriman of Rochester, IL, her god-daughter: Alice (Scott) Richmond of Maryland Heights, MO, two grandsons; one granddaughter; two step- grandsons; three step-granddaughters; five step-great grandsons; five step- great granddaughters, and one step great-great grandson. Preceded in death by her husband; five sisters; four brothers and her parents.
Contributed by Karen Holt

WILLIAM JACOB METZEN , age 9, of Amboy, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Jake was born Dec. 27, 1999, in Dixon, the son of William T. and Lori (Eisenberg) Metzen. He was a third-grader at Amboy Central School, and played baseball and football. Jake also was an avid gamer and loved swimming. He is survived by his parents, William (Karen) Metzen and Lori (Philip) Gould, both of Amboy; brothers, Austin Becker and Justin Hart; sisters, Tiffany Becker, Heather Becker, Brittany Metzen, Samantha Metzen, and Lindsay Hart; and grandparents, Ronald (Bette) Metzen of Franklin Grove, and Larry (Diana) Eisenberg, Evelyn Eisenberg, Robert Gould, and Marjorie Guenzler, all of Amboy. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Gould. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy, with the Rev. Vicki Sauter, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Children's Miracle Network.
LAKE THUNDERBIRD — A 9-year-old was pronounced dead Thursday night about three hours after being pulled from Lake Thunderbird, where he had been swimming. William J. Metzen of Amboy was pronounced dead about 6 p.m. Thursday at Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he had arrived by helicopter less than an hour earlier, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said. Ingersoll and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department are investigating, and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning in Peoria. Metzen was swimming at the man-made lake with friend Connor Cline, accompanied by the latter child's mother, Marcie Cline. The boys were swimming near a platform with a slide and Metzen was last seen about 2:55 p.m. When lifeguards called for everyone to get out of the lake around 3 p.m., Cline noticed his friend was missing and contacted lifeguards. Metzen was located floating under the platform a few minutes later, and resuscitative efforts were undertaken. Metzen was taken by ambulance to Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton before being taken by helicopter to St. Francis where he arrived about 5:10 p.m., Ingersoll said. Metzen's mother, Lori Gould of Putnam, told authorities her son was a good swimmer.
Source: "EL" - at Find-A-Grave

ADDIE A. (MINNIER) MEYER , 93, of Buda, formerly of Polo, the mother of Leon Meyer of Quincy, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday (May 17, 2011) in the Heartland Health Care in Henry. She was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Millidgeville, a daughter of Edward Hatfield and Carrie Mae Strohecker Minnier. She married Elwood Meyer Aug. 24, 1940, in Millidgeville. He died Jan. 21, 1973. She graduated from Oregon High School and worked as a waitress and in a nursing home in Polo and at Dixon State School. She was a member of the Bureau Township Community Church, Church of Brethren, at Polo. Surviving are a daughter, Karen (Joel) VanDrew of Hopewell; two sons, Leon (Diane) Meyer of Quincy and Gary Meyer of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Peter) Chirchirillo of Hopewell, Michael (Rose) Meyer of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Angela (Greg) Shelton of Quincy, Jonathan (Jennifer) Meyer of San Antonia, Texas, and Michelle (Evan) Lish of Quincy; and six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Lindsey, Ryan, Madison, Quinton and Kobe. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers Melvin "Bun", Harry, Allen and John; and two sisters, Annabelle Shilling and Alice Bushman. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. The Rev. Marvin Claasen will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Dixon. VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 30 W. Mechanic St., Princeton. MEMORIALS: Buda Rescue Squad. ARRANGEMENTS: Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL

ERNEST F. MICHAEL - AMBOY - Ernest F. Michael, 82, of Amboy died Sunday in his home. A private family graveside service will be Friday at Temperance Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by Jones Funeral Home, 204 S. Ottawa Ave.
Rockford Register Star (IL) - Monday, July 12, 2004

DOROTHY L. MINSON , of Sterling Towers, Sterling, died Tuesday at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Grennan Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Wurtz will officiate. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday until time of service. Survivors include three sons, Charles E. Minson, Sterling; Thomas R. Minson, Houston, Texas; and Robert Wilderm---- Calif., three daughters, Mary Alois Miller, Dixon; Cora Alphine Minson, Dixon and My--------.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 14, 1989 - Wednesday, pg A4

ESTHER (JOHANNSON) MODEN , of R.R. 3, Grand Detour, died Sunday morning in Dixon Public Hospial at the age of 81. She was born December 6, 1883 in Dorarp, Smaland, Sweden, the daughter of Johannes and Christine Swenson Johannson. She came to the United States as a young lady and settled in Chicago. She was united in marriage Aug. 13, 1917, to the late John Moden in Chicago. In recent years she lived in the Dixon area. She was a member of the Swedish Covenant Mission Church of Chicago. She attended the Salvation Army Corp. 16, the Regnihild and Flora Lodge 6 and the Grand Detour Union Church. Mrs. Moden is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grant (Sylvia) Blanchette of Grand Detour with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Ralph (Vera) Kishbaugh of Dixon; one sister, Hildur Blomstrand, and one brother, Alfred Johannson, both of Dorarp, Sweden; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Edgar's Funeral home at 1107 West 79th St., Chicago, with the Rev. Wesley Braeton of the Grand Detour Union Church officiating with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chicago. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home in Dixon on Monday evening after 7 p.m. There will be visitation in Chicago after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 17, 1965 - Monday, pg 2

DOROTHY ROSEALLA (COVERT) SHEAFFER MONK , 85, died Feb. 20, 2002 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Dorothy Rosella Covert was born March 29, 1916 in Dixon, IL, to Harry and Louise (Haarhues) Covert. The family moved to Harrington, NE, for several years before returning to Dixon, where Dorothy graduated from Dixon High School. She married Robert C. Sheaffer in 1935. For many years, she was an adult leader of the Palmyra Pixies 4-H Club, a member of the Lee County Extension Service, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon. In 1965, she moved to Salem, OR and was united in marriage with Cecil R. Monk, Ph.D., on March 27, 1971 at Willamette University in Salem. In 1975, she created her first handmade quilt. Over the years, she made numerous quilts, some of which won awards, and she made quilts for herself, as well as for her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, relatives, and friends. She belonged to the Capital Quilters, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salem. Dorothy and Cecil also traveled extensively and spent several winters in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Following Cecil's death in 1995, Dorothy moved to Sioux Falls, SD, and resided in Trail Ridge Retirement Community before moving to Good Samaritan Village in April of 2000. She was a member of Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church and Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Chilton Chapter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; her parents; a sister; a brother; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include her children, Janet (Dave) Heindel of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., Dean (Jane) Sheaffer of Dixon, IL, Fred (Alyce) Sheaffer of Reston, VA, and Diane (Jack) Helin of Sioux Falls, SD; stepchildren, Larry (Linda) Monk of Oregon City, OR, Lois (Jim) Welch of Missoula, MT, and Lenore Monk of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law, Helen J. Charleston of Sun City, CA; sisters, Lois Marsh of Mira Loma, CA, and Lucille Grunst of West Linn, OR; brothers, Wilson E. Covert of Cherry Valley, CA, Willard H. Covert of Long Beach, CA, Harry Covert Jr. of San Pedro, CA, and Richard E. Covert of Garden Grove, CA; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Lorene Lovretich of Salem, OR and Lenore Matheson of Del Mar, CA. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Memorials may be made to Cecil R. Monk Memorial Scholarship, University Relations, Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem, OR 97301. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD.
Obituary contributed by "dsheindel" at Find-a-grave

ANA (GENZ) MOATES , 85, of Nelson, died Thursday (20 Feb 1975) at her home following a short illness. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. William Burgess, pastor of the Church of the Brethren at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Preston Funeral Home in Dixon. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Eastern Star services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday. Ana Moates was born Aug. 19, 1889 in Como, the daughter of Carl and Ulreka Garke Genz. She was united in marriage to Charles C. Moates on Oct. 19, 1909 in Dixon. She was a member of the Messiah Church in Sterling, a member of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Dixon. She is survived by her husband; one son, Chester of Dixon; a daugher, Mrs. Louis Peacock of Dixon; three grandchildren; a great grandson, one brother, Max Genz of Nelson; and a sister, Mrs. Ruben Laven of Dixon. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette February 21, 1975 - Friday, pg 6

MARY SELOVER MORSE , Funeral rites for Mrs. Mary Katheryn Morse, 75, who passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Ia., after a lingering illness will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The interment will take place in the Franklin Grove Cemetery. The body was brought to the Melvin Funeral home where friends may call. Mrs. Morse had been residing in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wall, 1624 1/2 West Seventh Street, Davenport, Iowa. She was born March 22, 1877, in Palmyra, Ill., the daughter of Cornelius and Sarah Seloover, and received her education in the Palmyra schools. She was united in marriage with George Morse, Feb. 20, 1912, in Stanwood, Ia., and he preceded her in death in 1933. Mrs. Morse was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids, Ia. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Robert Wll of Davenport, Ia., Mrs. Morse leaves one brother, W. D. Seloover of Sterling. The Rev. Clifford Meiners of Cedar Rapids, Ia., will officiate.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor -



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