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JUSTINA WOLFF PABST , passed away about midnight at the Jacobs Home, 521 Hennepin avenue, at the age of 90 years, four months and one day. Funeral services will be conducted from the Home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. A. G. Suechting, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating, and with interment in Oakwood. Mrs. Pabst was born September 21, 1844 at Bapplin, Pomerania, Prussia, and came to the United States with her brother in October, 1875. She made her home in Freeport for several years, and was united in marriage to Henry Pabst in 1906 in Amboy. Her husband preceded her in death in 1924. Mrs. Pabst resided in Amboy until September 13, 1925, when she came to Dixon and had since made her residence in the Jacob's Home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Dixon Evening Telegraph Jan. 23, 1935 Wednesday p. 1

LYLE PARTRIDGE , 81, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday morning, May 5, 2009, at home, surrounded by “his girls” and help from hospice after a long illness. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, retiring in 1984. Lyle was born March 14, 1928, in Sterling, the son of John and Gertrude (Eberly) Partridge. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1949. He married Beverly Bogott. After retirement, Lyle thoroughly enjoyed golf, hunting, reading history, playing cards, gardening, and watching Vanna on “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows, especially “The Price is Right.” Survivors include his wife, Beverly; four daughters, Barbara (Thomas) Zinanni of Sterling, Brenda Partridge and Beth Partridge, both of League City, Texas, and Betsy Kerner of Rock Falls; as well as one granddaughter, Shaye Hall of Chicago; one grandson, Cooper Kerner; two sisters, Jean and Joan Partridge of Sterling; one brother, Neil (Gyneth) Partridge of Rock Falls; and his beloved pug, Maggie. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, 905 Dixon Ave. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. A luncheon will be served following the service. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon.
Contributed by Martha Mangers - Sterling Gazette May 7, 2009

JOHN PENROSE , life long resident of Dixon and for a score of years employed by the city department of streets, where he served as superintendent for a number of years, died sunddenly last evening about 7 o'clock, when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while on his way to the home of a neighbor. The body was found in a sitting posture on a bench in the yard about 7:30 and members of the deceased's family were notified. Earlier in the evening another neighbor had seen Mr. Penrose walking toward a neighbor's home, and it is believed that he was stricken while passing Mrs. Finnegan's home and sat down on the bench to rest, when the end came. Mr. Penrose was born in Dixon, June 2, 1856, and had spent his entire life time here. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. he is survived by the following children, WIlliam, John, Henry and Mrs. Harry Rhodes of this city, Edward of Maywood, James of Keokuk, Iowa, and Mrs. Florence Flood of Dekalb. The funeral will be held at the home at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning at St. Patrick's chruch at 9:30, with burial in Oakwood. Coroner F. M. Banker of Frankline Grove conducted an inquest this morning at the Jones funeral home, the jury finding the death was due to cerebral hemorrhage.
Contributed by Kathryn Chapman

FAY PEUGH , 98, 105 N. McKendrie Ave., Mt. Morris, died Sunday in the Rockford Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Deciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, with the Rev. Phillip H. Burke Jr., officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. Visitation will be at the church from 11:30 a.m. till service time. Arrangements were handled by the Finch Funeral Home in Mt. Morris. A memorial has been established to FISH. Born on Jan. 1, 1884 in Genesee Township, Whiteside County, the son of James and Alice Colcord Peugh, he married Gertie Jacobs on Oct. 9, 1907 in Mt. Morris. They farmed for many years near Coleta, and moved to Mt. Morris in 1945 where he was a janitor for the Mt. Morris School System. A member of the Deciples United Methodist Church, he served as Elder of the church, was a member and Master of the Genesee Grange, Board Member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau, member of the school board Washington School District of Whiteside County. He graduated from Mt. Morris College in 1906. Surviving are his wife, Gertie, Mt. Morris; one son, Kenneth, Buena Park, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Rogers (Carol) Thorngren, Mt. Morris; and four grandchildren. Preceding were one daughter, two sisters and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 6, 1982 - Monday, page A4

MILDRED C. (MORRIS) PITZER , 86, of Dixon, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. Mrs. Pitzer was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Franklin Grove, the daughter of Owen and Lulu (Sanford) Morris. She married Walter E. Pitzer on March 30, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1997. Mildred was a member of St. James Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon, and Ladies Aid. She enjoyed being with her family, working on the farm, and making noodles. Survivors include two daughters, LaVonne (Bob) Wolf, and Marian (Rodney) Wolf, both of Dixon; one sister, Edith Pitzer, Dixon; seven grandchildren, Alan (Terri) Wolf, Kevin (Tam) Wolf, Gary (Jody) Wolf, Mark (Jackie Preston) Wolf, Annette (Elmer) Rahn, Karen Ewald, and Loren (Michelle) Wolf; and 20 great-grandchildren, Bryn and Brooke Wolf, Megan (Dustin Boos) Wolf, Zachary, Adam, Mackenzie, Benjamin, Brenna, Matthew and Alison Wolf, Justin, Correy, Darrin, Rachel, and Mitchel Rahn, Stacey, Abbey, and Brent Ewald, Aaron and Jeremy Wolf. Mildred was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at St. James Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Tom Griffin, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

SARAH RACHEL (FIELD) PLATTEN , 46, 918 Oak Court, passed away at the Katherine Shaw Bethea hospital at 7:30 o'clock this morning. Funeral arrangements which are being made at the Preston funeral home, will be announced later. Mrs. Platten, who was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is survived by four children; Harold, who has been in the Navy in the South Pacific two and a half years; Lee, who has been in the Army three years, and Donald and Mary Louise, at home; two sisters and a brother, who reside in Wisconsin (Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, Illinois Mar 28, 1945, pg 4)
Funeral Service: The funeral of Mrs. George Platten, 918 Oak Court, whose death Wednesday morning was announced in last evening's Telegraph, will be held at the Preston funeral home at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, Dr. Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor of the First Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in Palmyra cemetery. (Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, Illinois, March 29, 1945, pg 4)
Contributed by Elsie Harmon
Notes: Sarah Rachel Field was born 30 July 1898 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., Wisconsin, the daughter of William Arthur Field and Edith M. Oliver; married George Gordon Platten 16 July 1920 Rockford, Winnebago Co.,IL

FRED SAMUEL PLATTEN died Tuesday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. at the Lee County Rest Home after a lingering illness. He was born March 3, 1885 at Columbus, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Platten's only survivors are several cousins; Mrs. Winfield Brink, Dixon; Mrs. Vernon Guptill, Beloit, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Elwood Rickard; Edward, Fred and Lucy Lawton all of Dixon. Funeral services will be held at the Melvin funeral home on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. Aura Nesmith officiating. Burial in Palmyra cemetery.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, Lee Co., IL., Wednesday May 3, 1950
Note from Elsie Harmon: Frederick was the son of Samuel Platten, Jr. and Eliza Bromell. Also the nephew of my grandmother, Ida Platten Gilroy buried in Palmyra/Sugar Grove cemetery; cousins Mrs. Winfield Brink is my mother, Mrs. Vernon Guptill, my aunt. I don't know where he is buried in the cemetery as I never came across a marker so he probably didn't have one

PAULINE (WINTERS) POLITIC , 85, of Rockford passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 in Park Strathmoor after a long illness. Born in Chicago on May 8, 1925 to Charles and Minnie (Meadors) Winters. She was married for 56 years to John Politic who passed away in 2001. Survivors include her sons, John (Ann) Politic and Dennis (Carolyn) Politic; granddaughter, Heather; nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband and brothers, Charles and Keith. The family wishes to thank Park Strathmoor and Family Centered Hospice for their wonderful support and care of Pauline. Per her wishes, no service is planned. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 4311 N. Mulford Road, is honored to have assisted the family.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon - Honquest Family Funeral Homes, Loves Park, Illinois
Sister of Keith Winters

HILDA PRATT , 78, of Ogena, Wis., passed away Tuesday (09 Dec 1969) at St. Josephs Hospital, Marshfield, Wis. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Tampico Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Lynnk officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Greenfield Cemetery. She was born Jan. 27, 1891 in New Bedford. She married Ralph Pratt March 1, 1911 in Tampico. They moved to Wisconsin in 1964. She is survived by her husband, one son, Everett, Lake Ozark, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Alice) Blackert, St., Hooppole; Mrs. Melvin (Edna) Knight, Ogena, Wis.; Mrs. Ivan (Ella Mae) Beard, Westboro, Wis.; Mrs. Leonard (Martha) Pautz, Zebulan, N.C.; 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Earl Foy, Harmon; Mrs. Ward Daw, E. Mundelein; Mrs. George Hansen, Tampico; one brother Moddy Renner, Carlton, Minn. Friends may call at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel after 3 p.m. Friday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 11, 1969 - Thursday, pg 2

ROBERT PRYOR , 70, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at his home. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, for 30 years, as a supervisor in the casting department, retiring in 1992. Mr. Pryor was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Brownstown, the son of Forrest and Filamena (Smith) Pryor. He served in the Air Force. He married Ilene Laws on Aug. 11, 1957, in Amboy. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Diane (Darius) Cavey of Janesville, Wis.; a son, Michael Pryor of Waukegan; a brother, Jesse (Dolores) Pryor of Belvidere; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five children, a son, Donald Pryor, and four in infancy.


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