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BESS R. (EMERY) SCHILDBERG - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Chapel Hill Funeral Home for Mrs. Bess R. Schildberg, 73, Dixon, who died about noon Tuesday at Dixon Public Hospital after a long illness. Rev. Harold Dude, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. She was born July 30, 1887, the daughter of Frank and Josephine Baldwin Emery, at Prophetstown. On May 5, 1910, she was married to Theodore Schildberg in Chicago. She was a member of First Methodist Church, Dixon. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Survivors besides her husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Russell (Bernice) Bledsoe, Rockford; three grandsons, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial fund has been established in her name at First Methodist Church. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 23, 1961 - Thursday, page 2

LLOYD HARRY SCHOAF
15-Year-Old Nelson Boy Killed by Fast Train Last Evening
Was born October 10, 1919 in Harmon and was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schoaf. He lived in Harmon until three months of age when the family moved to Nelson, where he spent a little more than 15 years of a most beautiful, happy, yet short life until his untimely death, the 21st day of August, 1935. He attended the Nelson school and graduated with the class of 1933. He then attended the Dixon high school and would have been in the junior class this fall. He was baptized by Rev. Kuethe in the Lutheran church at Harmon and after attending Sunday school and catchetical instruction at Sterling was confirmed on Palm Sunday, March 25, 1934 in the Second Avenue Lutheran church of which he was a faithful member. When a youth in our midst is taken by death, it is more difficult to bow in humble submission to our Heavenly Father's will. Added to the burden of sorrow there are disappointment, shattered hopes and the deep concsiousness of a vacant place no one can fill. This realization, however, but impresses our need of Divine comfort, and strength as we pass through these dark valley experiences, and we are devoutly grateful that they are obtainable. What would we do in the midst of trials and sorrows if we were compelled to bear these burdens alone? May God be our refuge and present help in times of trouble and may His precious word of comfort sustain these loved ones in the loss of their son and brother. He is survived by his grief-stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schoaf, one sister, Betty Jane, his grandparents, many other relatives and a host of schoolmates and friends to mourn his departure. The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing loved ones at this time. Funeral services were held Friday, August 23 at 1:15 o'clock in the home and at 2 o'clock in the Second Avenue Lutheran church of Sterling. Rev. W. J. Voeltz officated. Two comforting hymns, "Sometime We'll Understand" and "My Jesus, As Thou Wilt" were sung by the Mrs. Evelyn Wenk, Louise Cassens, Lillian Voeltz and Esther Bley.
Contributed by Marian Whitver - Sterling Gazette 22 August 1935

VERNIS SCUDDER , 67, 219 W. First St., Dixon, died Monday morning. Mr. Scudder was born June 21, 1900, in Minonk, Ill., the son of George and Jessie Scudder. He was united in marriage to Lepha Groharing on July 21, 1924, in Mount Carroll. The couple moved to Dixon 44 years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Byron (Marie) Etnyre of Dixon, Mrs. Albert (Dorothy) Newman of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Donald (Deloris) Noble of Amboy; five sons, Charles of Dixon, Robert of Moline, Arnold of Sterling, Karol of Moline and Kenneth of Amboy; two brothers, Emmitt of Streator and Harlan Scudder of Elizabethtown, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Florence Steele of Rock Island, 25 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, his wife, Lepha in 1965 and one son, Merle. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Schumm, pastor of Dixon Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Date: 6 Feb 1968

WILLIAM A. SEAMAN , 69, 1306 12th Avenue, Sterling, died Thursday at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. James Marschang of Sterling will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. William Seaman was born Aug. 20, 1906 in Lee Center, Ill., the son of William and Nora Hoover Seaman. He married Susan Winters on Aug. 23, 1924 in Morrison. He worked at Green River Steel in Kentucky for 10 years, and at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling for 17 years He was a Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Richard L. (Jacqueline) Clark of Rock Falls; one son, William A. Seaman of Park Forest; one sister, Ila Cannon of Dixon, and five grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 2, 1976 - Friday, page 4

MARJORIE (ROTH) SIMS , 69, of Mapleside Manor Nursing Home in Amboy, formerly of Route 1 in Pittsburg, Illinois, died Saturday night (27 Dec 1986) at KSB Hospital in Sterling (KSB is in Dixon, Lee Co IL). Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Meredith Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Rodney Derickson officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Visitation will be tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Visitation will also be Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. at the Meredith Funeral Home in Marion. A memorial has been established in her memory for the Amboy Rescue Squad. Mrs. Sims was born on Aug 19, 1917 in Kendall County, the daughter of George William and Nellie May Wayt Roth. She was united in marriage to Ross Sims in 1963 in Dixon and he preceded her in death on May 13, 1986. Mrs. Sims had been employed as an aid at Dixon State School from 1952-1963. The deceased had been a member of the Union Grove Church in Pittsburgh, Illinois. Survivors include three sons, Leslie Phelps of Herrin, John Phelps of Amboy and Leroy Tischer of Johnston City; three daughters, Mrs. Lourde (Betty) Finkle of Rock Falls, Mrs. Raymond (Irene) Hays of Dixon and Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Siler of North Aurora; two stepsons, Howard Sims and Kenneth Sims, both of Pittsburgh; one sister, Mrs. Isabelle Gould of North Aurora; 27 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and two sisters.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, 29 December 1986, A2, Part II

FLORA M. (BENNETT) SMALLWORD , daughter of Aquilla and Sarah Hassinger Bennett, was born March 18, 1862 near Lane, IL. On March 23, 1880, she was nited in marriage to Frank E. (Evan) Smallwood. To this union nine children were born, Mrs. Alzina Whitmore, Mrs. Mary Hill, Mrs. Louise Schoaf, Joseph and Oscar Smallwood, all of Harmon, IL, Edgar L. of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Nellie Query of Maroa, IL and Mrs. Minnie Piuser of Molalla, Oregon. Mrs. Smallwood passed away Tuesday, April 19th, at 12:30pm at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Whitmore, with whom she had made her home for the last seven years, at the age of 87 years. She leaves to mourn her passing besides the above named children, three sisters, Mrs. Julia (Bennett) Miller, Clinton, IL; Mrs. Rose (Rosa Bennett) Miller of Bloomington, IL and Mrs. Daisy Girard of Decatur, IL; also eighteen grandchildren. Her husband Frank preceded her in death in January 1940 and a son passed away in infancy. Funeral services for Mrs. Smallwood were held Friday, April 22 at 2pm at the Methodist church of Harmon. Rev. William Coates officiating. Interment was made in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers were J. Hicks, P. McCarter, F. Hicks, A. Allen, F. Rodenbaugh and L. Bontz. Mrs. Zelma Hicks and Mrs. Edna Allen were in charge of the flowers.

MARY A. (GUESS) SNODGRASS , age 86, of Ohio, Illinois died Tuesday July 7, 2009 at the Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut. Mary was born on February 20, 1923 in Maytown, Illinois the daughter of George and Frances (Meade) Quest. She was united in marriage to Harold Snodgrass on September 6, 1945 in St. Patrick Church in Maytown, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 10, 1975. She worked at the Green River Ordinance Plant in Amboy, Illinois and farmed in the Ohio and Maytown area during her lifetime. She was a very active member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Ohio and the OCCW at the church. She was a sacristan at the church for 40 years. She is survived by two daughters Ann (Fred) Hansen of Ohio, Illinois, Marge (Elton) Murphy of LaSalle, Illinois; five grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers John and Joe Quest and one sister Frances Kuebel. Prayer services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio with Father Dan Wilder, pastor officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Maytown. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Chruch of Ohio Altar Restoration.

BARBARA J. (FRANZ) STACK , age 50 of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Chicagoland area, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2006. She is survived by her loving husband, Rev. Tom Stack of 30 years; children, Joseph Stack of Cape Coral, FL, Erin (Eric) Gainer of South Holland, IL and Jesse Stack of Cape Coral, FL; loving grandmother to Noah and Faith Gainer; paternal parents, Robert and Margaret Franz of Edgar, WI; five brothers and two sisters; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 3, 2006 at 10:00 am from the Lansing Bible Church, 2200 183rd Street, Lansing, IL with Rev. Gordon Broadbent officiating. Interment Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw, IL. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to the Jesse Stack Trust Fund. Barbara was very active in her church ministry for many years. She was a dedicated RN for 30 years. She truly enjoyed her family and her grandchildren. She was very instrumental in her husband's ministry throughout the years. Her favorite pastime was knitting, playing music and especially playing her keyboard for the church. Barbara was loved and adored by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. (Burial: Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois)
Contributed by Karen Holt

WILLIAM STAFFER , was born on September 23 1869 In Penrose Illinois. On February 14 1894 he married Sarah Jane Stephenson. He had two children. Mattie Stauffer Straley and Earl Joseph Stauffer. He was the Town Black Smith in Steward Illinois. His business was called Stauffer & Cratty Horse Shoer's.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Steward Cemetery, Steward, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Sep. 23, 1869 Penrose, Whiteside County, Illinois Death: Dec. 27, 1952 Illinois

AUDREY M. (FOOTE) STAMBAUGH , 81, Rockford, died at 3:30AM, Sunday, March 18, 2007 in Medina Manor Nursing Home, Durand. Born April 22, 1925 in Mendota, daughter of Amsay and Neva Worsley Foote. Graduate of LaSalle County High School. Rockford resident for the past 54 years. Married William C. Stambaugh in Amboy on April 26, 1943. Formerly employed at Donutland on Auburn Street and retired from a malt shop also on Auburn Street as manager. Audrey had great sense of humor and was a wonderful cook, her fried chicken being a special favorite. She was a passionate bingo player and loved to travel. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her great-grandchildren. Her family would like to extend a special thank you to Kathy, Ruth and Amy as well as the rest of the staff at Medina Manor and Hospice Care of America. Survivors include her children, Ralph (Lesley) Stambaugh, Machesney Park, Geraldine (Jim) Friis, Elna Ann (Bobby Joe) Johnson all of Rockford, Lillian (Rick) Quam, Rockton, Leroy (Pam) Stambaugh, Amboy and Roger (Chris) Stambaugh, Rock City; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Alva Dispain and brother, Dean Foote both of Triumph as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, William, on November 1, 2001, her sister, Lois Larkin and brothers, Dale and Andy Foote. Funeral service at 2P.M. Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. with her grandson, Rev. Kevin Stambaugh officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy.

STEPHANIE KAY STEWARD - The funeral of Stephanie Kay Steward, three month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. (Doris) Steward of Dixon, will be held Tuesday with private services at 10 a.m. in the Allen-Buckley Funeral home. The Rev. Romaine Tenney, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Sterling, will officiate, and burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. There will be visitation at the funeral home from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening. Besides her parents the child leaves a sister, Brouwyn, at home and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Steward of Dixon, and Mr. and Mrs. Eilert Hippen of Steling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 3, 1969 - Monday, pg 2

ALTA L. (PORTER) STILES , 86, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL. Alta was born July 16, 1920, in Clinton, IA, to Leonard A. and Edna I. (Mess) Porter. She was educated in the rural Carroll County grade schools. She married Wilbur E. Stiles on October 8, 1942 in Wayland, MO. He died February 7, 1994. Alta and her late husband farmed in the rural Savanna, Fairhaven and Argo Fay areas before moving to Mt. Morris, IL in 1957. She the worked for the Cable Printing Company in Mt. Morris until her retirement and later moved to Fulton. She attended the Argo Fay United Methodist Church and was a member of Women of the Moose – Loyal Order of the Moose, Clinton, IA Lodge. She enjoyed walking, camping and fishing. Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Mrs. Larry) Naeve of Fulton, IL; two grandchildren, Douglas Naeve and Tori (Mrs. Mark) Wade, both of Fulton, IL; two great grandchildren, Jessi Naeve and Natalie Wade; her twin brother, Alvin Porter of Folletts, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; one son, Terry Stile; one brother, Harold Porter.
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FLOYD DONALD STILES , 79, of Dixon, died Monday, September 11, 2006, at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. He was a personnel director at Northern Illinois Gas for 29 years prior to his retirement in 1983. Mr. Stiles was born September 10, 1927, in Savanna, IL, the son of Bruce and Elsie (Remrey) Stiles. He married Alice Arlene Mackey on November 15, 1947, in Polo, IL. Floyd was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, and a life member of the Savanna Moose Lodge. Dad, your life touched so many others with honesty, genuine caring, and love in your quiet and gentle way. Now “your three girls” will be your legacy, carrying on in this world where you had to leave off. Our love goes with you until we can be together again. Survivors include his wife, Dixon; two daughters, Debra Medlar, Chagrin Falls, OH, Carolyn Brechon, Dixon; one sister, Bernice Warfield, Polo; four grandchildren, Troy (Laura) Medlar, Ashley (Tim) Wineman, Dan Brechon, Brian (Tambry) Brechon; and three great grandchildren, Kelcy, Colin, and Reagan Brechon. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbur, Marvin, and Leonard Stiles. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Christine Steinstra, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with family present from 2 – 4:00 p.m. and 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

LOLA MAE (McCALL) STOCKING , 89, Rfd. 1, Walnut, died Sunday afternoon at the Colonial Hall Nursing Home, Princeton. Funeral services will be held in the Norberg Funeral Home, Princeton, on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Forrest Hergert, pastor of the United Methodist, Walnut, officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Repose Cemetery, Dover. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from noon till the time of services. Lola Mae Stocking was born on Nov. 2, 19\893 in Dover Township in Bureau County, the daughter of J.P. (Pete) and Mary Etta Cork McCall. On Jan. 4, 1915 she married Leslie Stocking in Princeton. He preceded her in death in February of 1969. They farmed in the Princeton and Walnut Area. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Hazel) Lauritzen and Mrs. Roy (Alice) Skaggs, both of Walnut; one brother, Elmer McCall, Princeton; one sister, Mrs. Lee (Hazel) Hayen, Walnut; five grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, one brother, Claude, one sister, Laura, and one great grandson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette August 29, 1983 - Monday, pg A6

ALONZO D. STONE - Last Friday morning at the residence of William Steadman at Stone Station, Alonzo D. Stone, aged 27 years died. His little daughter died of diptheria a week ago last Saturday. He took the disease from her, was taken sick at Wm. Steadman's and died there. He leaves a wife and three small children. He was buried last Saturday by the Industrial Lodge of Rock Falls, of which society he was a member. The funeral sermon will be preached in the Rock Falls M.E. church a week from next Sunday.
Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Weekly Standard 2 Dec 1886

(STONE, Alpha Gilbert - 2nd Daughter of Alonzo Stone) -- STONE - Mrs. Mary Stone, east of Rock Falls, lost another little child, by diptheria this morning at about six o'clock. This is the second child and husband that has died within a short time. Mrs. Stone has and deserves the sympathy of the community in her sad bereavement.
Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Evening Gazette

STONE, Mable Irene - (Daughter of Alonzo Stone) - Saturday night at eleven o'clock the nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Stone, of the south side, who had been ill for some time with diptheria, died. For a few days, and up to late Friday night, she seemed to be improving, but on Saturday morning symptoms for the worse manifested themselves, and at the hour mentioned above, she passed away. We have not learned when the funeral services will be held.
Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Evening Gazette 22 Nov 1886 Monday

STONE, Olive Ray "OLLIE" - Infant daughter of the late Alonzo Stone, died this morning a little after six o'clock. The little one passed away with that dreaded disease, diptheria.
From Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette Dec. 23, 1886

ALICE E. (ATKINS) MELLON HELTER STONER , daughter of William and Mary Atkins, was born in Peekskill, New York, August 10, 1851 and completed her earthly life in Rock Falls, Ill., June 20, 1927, aged 75 years, 10 months and 10 days. She came with her parents to Whiteside county in 1857, later moving to Dixon, Ill. She united in marriage with Henry Clay Mellon, of Philadelphia, Pa., to this union was born one son, Clay Mellon, who survives his mother. Mr. Mellon passed away a few years after their marriage. She was united in marriage to Jesse Helter, of Dixon, Ill., June 21, 1882. After Mr. Hetler’s [sic] death she came to Sterling, where she was engaged in practical nursing for many years. In 1914 she united in marriage with Simon H. Stoner, of Rock Falls, where they have since made their home, residing for a number of years at 513 Dixon Avenue. (Remainder not copied) Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, June 23, 1927
The rest of the obituary by Elsie Harmon
Mrs. Stoner was a member of the Women's Relief Corps and Will Enderton Post for several years. She was received into the membership of the Rock Falls Congregational Church April 12, 1925. After an illness lasting many months she peacefully passed to eternal life June 20. She had three brothers Charles, Steven and George, and three sisters, Sarah, Charlotte and Isabella, all of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Simon H. Stoner. The pall-bearers were F. M. Geyer, A. A. Woodyatt, Robert Miller, Harry Butler, John Swanson and G. M. Blakesly. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery, Dixon
Contributed by Elsie Harmon Sterling Gazette, Page 8 Sterling, Illinois June 23, 1927

ROBERT J. STREY , 67, of 4096 Easy Street, El Monte, CA died on Monday, July 29, 1991 in the El Monte Convalescent Center. He was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Chicago, IL, the son of Paul and Irma Nitsch Strey. He was married to Ellen Powers McWilliams in 1959, in Dixon, IL. She died August 11, 1974. He had been employed at Freeman Shoe Comapny in Beloit, WI and in Dixon. He was a veteran. Survivors include one sister, Muriel (Joe) Stochke of Roscoe; four nieces, Diane (Trent) Grabow of Rockford, Jerri (Gary) Noller of Rockton, Sandra Schroeder of Roscoe and Kathleen Ritter of Roscoe; one great-niece, Heather Schroeder; one stepdaughter, Barbara (Delmar) Lawyer, and one stepson, Edward McWilliams, both of Dixon; two stepgrandchildren, Jesse Lampert, Jr., and Ellen McWilliams; and one step-great-granddaughter, Sabrina Lampert. He was preceded in death, in addition to his wife, by his parents, one brother, Paul Strey, and one sister, Myrtle Ritter. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday, August 2, in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, IL. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Rosman, Uehling, Kinzer Blackhawk Chapel, South Beloit, IL
Beloit Daily News August 1, 1991 transcribed by Jerri Noller

EUGENE MATHIAS STROUSS , was the son of John E. and Amy L. (Ewer) Strouss. He married Dorothy Ann Kramer in Polo, IL on 29 May 1927. Gene started working in the newspaper business on the Tampico Tornado, then as a correspondent for the Sterling Gazette during his high school years. He later worked on the Tri-County Press in Polo, before becoming the co-publisher and editor of The Amboy News, Amboy, Lee County, IL.
Contributed by Karen Holt Burial: Saint Patrick Cemetery, Amboy, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Apr. 21, 1906 Tampico, Whiteside County, Illinois / Death: Jan. 27, 1980 Dixon, Lee County, Illinois

MARJORIE (CASHMAN) STUFF - 94, of Green Bay, Wis., formerly of Polo, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Polo. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church memorial fund and Polo Community School Foundation. Mrs. Stuff was born April 12, 1905, in Ogle County, the daughter of William and Melissa (Haugh) Cashman. She married Ralph Stuff on Oct. 2, 1924. He died in September 1986. She and her husband farmed in Ogle County until retiring in 1978. She was a charter member of the Ogle County Chapter of the University of Illinois Home Extension program. She was also a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Polo, and Halcyon Literary Club and the PEO. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Stuff, M.D. of Bonduel, Wis.; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant sister and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 4, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2

FRANK STULTZ - A coroner's jury Saturday returned a verdict that Frank Stultz, 61-year-old Dixon well driller, who met his death Friday, died of electrocution. His widow, Naomi, who witnessed the accident which took the life of her husband, still too hysterical to testify at the inquest. Her, brother Paul Denison, and two sons witnessed the accident in which strong winds blew a 7,200 volt high tension line against the boom of Stultz's well-drilling rig. The electricity went through the machine into Stultz's body. He had just completed a well near the new Walter Knack, jr., residence in White Rock, approximately five miles northeast of Dixon. He was putting away his equipment preparatory to going home when the accident occurred. His wife and two sons were waiting to take him home. The inquest was conducted by Coroner Robert Preston in the Preston Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services are to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home., Rev. A. C. Nesmith, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

ELSIE LAVINA SWARTS , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Platten, was born in Myrtle. Ontario, Canada, on May 28, 1893, and passed away at her farm home in Palmyra township on Monday evening, June 10, 1946, at the age of 53 years and 12 days. At the age of six years Mrs. Swarts came with her parents to the United States and lived in Janesville, Wis., until the time of her marriage. On Oct. 2, 1912, she was united in marriage to Glen Merton Swarts of Dixon. To this union a daughter Helen and son Glen were born. Mr. Swarts passed away in 1934. With the exception of six years spent m Oregon, Ill., Mrs. Swarts lived all of her married life in Palmyra township. She was known intimately throughout this community and greatly loved because of her good life and her kindly deeds. She found her greatest happiness in doing things for others. She was a member of the First Methodist church of Dixon. Last March she suffered a severe heart attack from which she had not fully recovered. Her death came very suddenly as a result of another heart attack. She is survived bv her two children, Helen Swarts Rickard, R.X.. of Dixon and Pvt. Glen Burton Swarts of Fort Belvoir. Va.; one sister. Mrs. Alice M. Lawton, one grandchild, Maureen Rickard, both of Dixon, also a number of other relatives and a host of friends. Preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Platten and a brother. George Platten. Quiet services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elwood Rickard. followed by a service at the Sugar Grove church on Thursday, June 13, at 3:15 p.m, Dr. Floyd Blewfield, pastor of the First Methodist church of Dixon officiating. Mrs Crawford Thomas and Mrs Charles Redebaugh sang, "Whispering Hope" and Some Day We'll Understand." acompanied by Mrs. Charles Bishop. Music was furnished bv Mrs. Leon Hart preceding the funeral at the church.
Elsie Lavina Swart
There is no husband left to mourn, But children feel the grief
When mother leaves her work on earth, And turns another leaf;

Or opens up another door, To an eterna1 life
While there is everlasting peace, Without an hour of strife:

So let us dry our fevered eyes, And look to God above
Who gives but also takes away, In kindliness and love.
—Franklin Lee Stevenson
The Dixon Telegraph 18 June 1946


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