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FERN EVELYN (NEEDHAM) WADSWORTH - 90, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, died Sunday April 30, 1995, at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Blair Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Harold Williamson, pastor of Community Church of Christ, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Wadsworth was born Aug. 12, 1904 in Prophetstown, the daughter of John and Saide (Bogart) Needham. She married Harold Wadsworth Nov. 1, 1924 in Chicago. She was a member of Rock Falls Women's Club. Survivors include one son, Robert (Jeanette) Wadsworth of Rock Falls; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette May 1, 1995 - Monday, pg A2

CHARLES WALGREEN - Pharmacist, Drug Store Chain Owner Charles Rudolph Walgreen was born on a farm near Galesburg, Illinois. His parents were Swedish immigrants. When his father, Carl Magnus Olofsson, came to America, he changed the family name to Walgreen. Walgreen started his drugstore in 1901 on Chicago's southside. To this day the Walgreen's drugstore chain continues to grow Walgreen was married to Myrtle Norton Walgreen and had 2 children, Charles Jr. and Ruth.
Source: Scott McManimem at Find-a-Grave

THOMAS F. WATERS - Services for Thomas F. Waters, 87, former Amboy resident who died Saturday in Mankato, Minn., will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mihm funeral home and at 9 in St Patrick's Catholic church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery. Mr. Waters was born June 16 1869, in Freeport, (Illinois) son of Arthur and Mary Kirk Waters. He married Katherine Faley, who died in 1946. He was an insurance salesman in Chicago until retiring several years ago. He moved last month to Crystal Lake, Minn., to live with his daughter. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Henry Mortenson; a son Arthur, Chicago; and four grand-children.
Contributed by Kim Torp - [Morning Star (Illinois), October 09, 1956 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

MAUDE L. WEBB , 87, 1623 West 3rd Street, Dixon, died Saturday evening in the St. Clair Hospital, Monroe, Wis. Funeral services will be at the graveside at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery at New Bedford with the Rev. George Beam, pastor of the New Bedford Christian Church, officiating. Visitation will be Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Allen Buckley Funeral Home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Webb was born September 3, 1883 in New Bedford, daughter of Louis H. and Anna M. Oberschelt. She was united in marriage to Roy Webb and the couple lived most of their life in Dixon. The husband preceded her in death. Mrs. Webb is survived by two foster children, Ann and James Sklavanitis of Dixon and several cousins, including Mrs. Kathryn Pelton of Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 9, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

LAWRENCE EDWARD WEITZEL , 51, of 814 Sproul St Died Friday Jan. 23, 1998 in his home following A long illness. He had worked as a cement finisher Most recently for Omega Building Services. He was born on March 3, 1946 in Dixon to John and Anna (Feltes) Weitzel. He married Margaret Strow. He had attended St. Annes Grade School and Dixon High School He served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Survivors include his wife; one son, Travis Weitzel and one daughter Trina Weitzel, both at home; two step-sons, Chuck and Kevin Strow, Both of Dixon; one step-daughter, Sharon Boyenga of Dixon; Four sisters, Joann (Loren) Munson of Dixon, Jennie (Charlos) Anderson of Genoa, Colo., Nancy (Jack) Munson of Grand Detour and Julia (Herman) Johnson of Harmon; three brothers, James (Molly) Weitzel, William (Dixie) Weitzel and John (Sue) Weitzel All of Dixon and three step-grandchildren Kayla, Kymberlie, And Justyn Boyenga all of Dixon Funeral services will be held Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Prayer services in Jones funeral home in Dixon followed by A 10 a.m. mass of Christian burial in St. Patrick's Catholic Church With Rev. John Strinini, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetary with Military Graveside Services Provided by the Dixon Combined Veterans Group. Vistitation will be held Sunday from 2-8 p.m. in the funeral home With the family present from 6-8p.m. with a scripture service at 7p.m. A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice.
Contributed by Sharon Strow

MARGARET SUSANN (DUSING) WEITZEL , 51, of Dixon was called home on Saturday July 16, 2005 at Rockford Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on October 28, 1953 in Dixon to Stanley Webster and Edna Margaret Wakenight Dusing. She married Charles Junior Strow in 1973. In 1997 she married Lawrence Edward Weitzel in Iowa City, IA. He proceeded her in death on January 23, 1998. She is also Preceded in death by her parents, 3 half -brothers: Waynard, Marlow, and Donald Dusing and 1 half sister Mabel Dusing. Margaret was a member of the Moose Club of Dixon, She enjoyed her cats, playing pool, Euchre, Riverboats, and being with her many friends and family. She was a very strong person and fought for almost three years, all the way untill the end, never wanting to give up on life. Telling us many times "I woke up today, so I am Thankful for that". She leaves to mourn her passing 5 children: Sharon Lynn Strow of Rockford, Charles Junior Strow Jr., and Kevin Scott Strow both of Dixon, Trina Marie Weitzel and Travis Edward Weitzel both of Dixon. Grandchildren Kayla Lynn, Kymberlie Anne and Justyn Wayne Boyenga all of Dixon and Jazmine Maria Weitzel Strow of Dixon. A half- brother Eugene Edwood Dusing of Rockford, half -nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her 3 special cats, Shadow, Snickers, and Sara Weitzel. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday, July 21, 2005 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of services. A memorial to the family has been established.
Contributed by Sharon Strow

GUY L. WELSTEAD , 82, RR 2, Dixon, died in his home early Sunday morning (1 Sep 1968). Mr. Welstead was born on January 8, 1886 in Fremont, Neb., the son of John and Jennie Hutton Welstead. He was united in marriage to Genevieve Wilkins on June 6, 1928, in Dixon. Mr. Welstead was a member of the Church of Chirst of Latter Day Saints and had been in business in Dixon as a welding engineer in the same building for 37 years until his retirment. Mr. Welstead is survived by his widow, Genevieve; three daughters, Mrs. Grace Huff, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Sydney (Marie) Ewing of San Diego, Calif.; and Mrs. Dennis (Pauline) Azlin, Pine Bluff, Ark., 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by one dauhger, Alice Welstead; three sisters, one brother, two one-half sisters and one one-half brothers. Funeral services for Mr. Welstead were Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home with Eldor Larry Slifer of the Church of Christ of Ltter Day Saints of Sterling, officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 3, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2

CHARLES F. WELTY , age 85, of Amboy, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, in his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy with the Rev. Carl Beekman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy with Military Graveside rites by the Amboy American Legion. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Mr. Welty was born in Amboy May 17, 1920, the son of George and Edna (Anderson) Welty. He was united in marriage to Leona Donnelly in Long Beach, Calif., May 8, 1943. Survivors include his wife of Amboy; two sons, Daniel (Susan) Welty of Amboy, and Tom Welty of Grand Detour; three daughters, Patricia Welty of Amboy, Jan (Gail) Dallam of Amboy, and Beth (Charlie) Leech of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jeannette Rumery of Allegan, Mich., Helen Maguire, Liz Kerr, and Frances Welty, all of California. He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Bill and Don Welty. He had owned and operated the Jones-Berry Lumber Company from 1945 to 1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, the Amboy Knights of Columbus, the Amboy American Legion, a founding member of Shady Oaks Country Club in Amboy, a past member of the Amboy Community Unit School District Board for many years. Condolences may be sent at www.thejonesfh.com. Memorials have been established to KSB Hospice.
Amboy News, Fevbruary 25, 2006

GEORGE HENRY WELTY , 63 Amboy, a prominent farmer in Marion Township for many years, died at 9:15 a.m. today at Amboy hosptial, where he had been a patient for the past 10 days. In failing health for the past year, he had undergone surgery a week ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. from the family residence on North Mason avenue and at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Amboy. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Amboy. He was born January 7, 1885 in Marion Township, the son of Charles F. and Mary McKeavitt Welty, and lived there until he moved to Amboy in May 1946. He was married February 23, 1911 at Ohio to Miss Edna Anderson who survives him. He is also survived by four sons, George, Jr. and Donald, both of Marion Township, and William R. and Charles F. both of Amboy; four daughters, Mrs. Jeanette Rumery, Allegan, Mich., and Misses Helen and Elizabeth, both of Long Beach, California and Miss Frances at home. One brother, David, Dixon, and four sisters, Mrs. C.M Carson, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. M.B. Reilly, Decatur, GA, Mrs. William Kirby, Oak Park, and Mrs. Wally DeHaven, Chicago, also survive. A son Frank, who died at birth and his parents preceded him in death.
Source: Peg Allen Arnold at "Find-A-Grave"

RITA M. (ZIMMERLY) WHELCHEL , 54, of Amboy, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in her home. Rita was born Oct. 21, 1955, in Amboy, the daughter of Leo and Betty Jane (Clayton) Zimmerly. She was employed by Amboy Healthcare; and by Austin Powder Co. for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Frank Hazelwonder; and two half-brothers, Edward and Daryl "Chuck" Zimmerly. She is survived by her children, Tina (Paul) Howell and Chad "Bubba" (Laurie) Whelchel, both of Amboy; nine grandchildren, Trevor, Reece, and Walker Howell, Logan, Brooklyn, Landon, Alyvia, Jadyn, and Sydney Whelchel; three sisters, Katherine (Ed) Blake, Linda (Bill) Oester, and Jan McAnally, all of Amboy; and special friend, Evelyn Eisenberg. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Cyprian Thoguru officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Source: Pat Easterly - Dixon Telegraph Aug 27, 2010 Friday Pg A4 Col 3-4

LUCY VIRGINIA (HUSSEY) WHITON , 82, of Freeport, a former area schoolteacher, died Monday, February 22, 1993 at Parkview Home, following an extended illness. She attended schools in Amboy, Highland Park, and DeKalb, graduating from high school in 1927. She attended DeKalb Teachers College. In the 1930s, she taught school in Seattle, Washington, and then Oak Park. After moving to Freeport, she taught school at Babb’s Grove School and later in the Rockford school system. From 1958 until her retirement in 1979 she taught at Taylor Park School. She continued volunteer tutoring in the elementary schools as late as November 1992. She served as a trustee of Highland Community College from 1975-1977. Born November 14, 1910 in Amboy, she was the daughter of Warren and Helen (Bourne) Hussey. She married John G. Whiton on June 26, 1937 in Oak Park. In 1939, they moved to Freeport, where her husband practiced law until 1980. He preceded her in death in 1989. Surviving are two daughters, Alice Lou (Leo) Wilbur of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Mary Beth Whiton of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; one son, John B. (Janet) Whiton of Freeport; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dr. Lemuel B. Hussey of Savanna. One sister, Helen Elizabeth Hussey, also preceded her in death. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Burke – Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, with the Rev. Gerald Robey officiating. A private burial service will be at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Burke – Tubbs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Freeport Public School Fund of Amity Society of Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

ELLEN (STAGE) WILKINSON , 72, died Thursday at the Big Meadows Retirement Center in Savanna. Funeral services will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. at the Frank Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll with the Rev. Cyrus Pollard of the Church of God will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Wilkinson was born July 28, 1907 in Thomson, the daughter of Shirley and Ida Belle (Smith) Stage. She married Harry Wilkinson Oct. 5, 1926 in Lyons. She is survived by four sons, Harry, Thompson; Dwight, Saudi Arabia; Harold, Savanna, and Herbert of Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Sharon) Miller of Pearl City; three brothers, Clarence Stage, Rock Falls; George Stage, Sterling and William Stage, Fulton; 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29, 1980 - Saturday

GRACE (GLASS) WINANS - Funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 o'clock in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, for Grace E. Winans, 77, of 136 Mason Street, Amboy, who died April 17, 1974 in K.S.B. Hospital, Dixon. The Rev. Paul Gordon of the Amboy First Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Grace Winans was born June 7, 1896, in Woodford County, the daughter of Benjamin and Emily Hendee Glass. In 1898 she moved with her parents to Whiteside County. She was a graudate of Prophetstown High School in 1914 and attended Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. She taught at the Fenton School in Whiteside County before her marriage. On March 27, 1917 she married Donald Glen Winans of Tampico. In 1923 the family moved to Amboy. Mrs. Winans was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amboy and the Aurelia Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include two sons, Glen B. of Amboy and Bruce of Rock Falls, three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Phyllis) Yingling of Franklin Grove, Joyce of Moline, and Arneda of Amboy, seven granddaughters, one grandson and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Hoban, Seminole, Florida, and Mrs. Cora Sand, Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers, and one grandchild. Pallbearers at her funeral were Robert Glass, William Yocum, George Flint, William Kidd, Ward Cunningham and Richard Barnes.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 22, 1974

RUBY MAE (BELL) WINEBRENNER , 78, of Rt. 3, Corbin, Ky., formerly of Dixon, died Friday Sep 27, 1990, in Corbin. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Lockhart, pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church, Corbin, Ky., officiating. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Mrs. Winebrenner was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Camden, Tenn., the daughter of Ruben and Vannie (Douglas) Bell. She married Earl "Cy" Winebrenner May 21, 1932 in Dixon. She is survived by her husband; two sisters, Mrs. Marlene Hall, Cape Coral, Fla.; Mrs. Lola Sconn, Fort Meyers, Fla.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 1, 1990 - Monday, pg A2

LOUIS WISER - 73, died Tuesday in Amboy Public Hospital after being in poor health about two years. Wiser was born Aug. 15, 1882, the son of Gustave and O'Tillie Kurwryze Wiser. He married Christina Schanaberg, Jan. 13, 1911 in Reynolds Township, and later retired from farming, moving to Amboy in 1932. He is survived by his wife and three sons, Lester Wiser, Rock Falls, Ralph, Orange, Calif., and Royal of Amboy; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Dewey, Sublette, Mrs. Chester Deadmond, and Mrs. Morris Forman, both of Amboy. Other survivors include one brother and two sisters, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Mihm Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with burial in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday evening.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 26, 1956 - Thursday, page 2

JOHN CHARLES WITTENAUR - husband of Nellie (Skinner) Wittenauer and son of Mrs. Mary and the late Charles E. Wittenauer was born in Rocks Creek Township, Livingston County, Illinois, on June 9th 1885. Died at his home three miles northeast of Amboy, February 23rd, 1920, at the age of 34 years, 8 months and 14 days; leaving to morn his early taking away, his wife Nellie Skinner Wittenauer; four children, two girls and two boys, Thelma, aged 10 years, Allen aged 7 years, Rachael aged 3 years and Gordon aged 1 year, and also his mother Mrs. Mary Wittenauer; three brothers Clifford of Graymont, Illinois, Grant of Chenoa, Illinois and Joseph of Amboy Illinois. Together with many relatives and a vast of friends in Amboy and vicinity too sympathize deeply with the bereaved ones in this their hour of bereavement. His father, Charles E. Wittenauer had preceded him in death having passed beyond December 4th, 1918 only a little over a year ago. John, as he was familiarly called, was stricken with influenza a few weeks ago, , but owing to a weakened heart to which he was subject, other complications arose which in spite of all care and attention lavished in his behalf, resulted in the passing of Amboy's most successful farmers and a friend to everyone, a loving husband, a dutiful father and affectionate son and brother, and his death has cast a gloom over the entire community. Funeral services were held from the residence at 1:30 and at the First Methodist church in Amboy at 2:00, Thursday afternoon, February 26th, the Reverend Joseph Burrows officiating and internment was made in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Holt

JOHN and CAROLINE (BORT) WOESSNER - Death Takes both John, Carol Woessner Simultaneously; Health Poor for Years
Death called at 417 Third ave., Dixon, Monday evening, simultaneously claiming the lives of an aged couple, constant companions in their years of declining health. Members of the family found both John and Caroline Woessner dead in the bedroom they shared. John on a cot at the bedside of his invalid wife, himself the victim of an illness he kept secret from his bed- ridden mate. They affixed the time of death at 6 p. m. Both were natives of Germany. John Woessner was born Oct. 23, 1873 in Altenberg, Germany, while Caroline Bort Woessner was born in Stuttgart, June 1, 1879. John came to the United States at the age of 16 and resided near Sterling. Caroline also came to Sterling a the age of 14. They were married Feb 23, 1899 and had engaged in farming north of Sterling. They retired in 1938 and moved to Dixon. Mrs. Woessner was an invalid for the past five years. Her husband was her constant bedside companion. Members of the family said that he had been under a physician's care for some time although he kept that fact from his ailing wife. The Woessners are survived by seven children: Clarence J., Mrs. Edna Hammelman of Sterling, Mrs Lena Gilbert, John G., Mrs. Edith Fassler and Carl W. all of Dixon and Walter F. Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Woessner was preceded in death by two sisters and brother. He is survived by a brother, Matt, Hitterdal, Minn. and a sister, Mrs. Dora Scheck, Tulsa, Okla. Mrs. Woessner was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, (DT) at the Melvin funeral home and at 2:30 p. m. in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church. The Rev. George J. Curran will officiate. Interment will be in Chapel Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Dixon Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, May 31, 1949, Page 1

WALTER F. WOESSNER - 58, 715 E. 3rd St. Dixon IL, died Tuesday evening in his home after a long illness. Funeral rites will be at 1:30 pm Friday in the Preston Funeral HOme by the Rev. LeRoy Weihe, visitation pastor of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Walter F. Woessner was born Oct. 6, 1912 in rural Sterling, the son of John and Caroline Bort Woessner. He was united in marriage April 8, 1939 in Dixon to Ruth Kinsterman. He was a member of the Dixon Elks Lodge. Surviving with Mrs. Woessner are one son Ronald, Elmhurst, one granddaughter and two sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Waldron Gilbert and Mrs. John Fessler, Mrs. /// amd Car; /////
Contributed by Sue Nesland

C. FRANK WOODYATT , 73, Rockford, brother of Howard and George Woodyatt and Mrs. William Bradley, Dixon, died Monday (October 27, 1947) at his home following a long illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Christenson Funeral Home Rockford, Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand pastor of Trinity Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery in Dixon. Mr. Woodyatt who has lived in Rockford since 1910 was born in Dixon Nov. 22, 1873. He was an active member of the Moose. He leaves his wife the former Clara Myers, whom he married here 43 years ago, two sisters, Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Nell Pherson of Chicago; four brothers, Howard and George; Holly of California and Leonard of St. Louis. Mr. Woodyatt's father the late Henry Woodywatt was for years the efficient head of the Dixon police depaartment.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 October 1947.

DENNIS ALLEN WOODYATT , 60, of Villa Park, formerly of Dixon, died January 26, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. He was the manager of Travel with West Suburban for 36 years. Dennis was born September 24, 1948, in Dixon, IL, the son of Lyle J. and Catherine R. (Reuter) Woodyatt. Survivors include his mother, Catherine R. Woodyatt of Dixon; two brothers, Dr. Lyle “Jack” (Marilyn) of Fairfax, VA, David (Joan) of Northfield; two sisters, Sandy Nilles of Wadsworth, Sally (Louie) Strange of Lombard; and nine nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Lyle J. Woodyatt. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2009, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Vincent O. Marrandino, Director of Pastoral Care at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 p.m., Friday, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.
Contributed by Margaret Managers

LYLE WOODYATT , 91, of Dixon, died, Friday, January 6, 2006, at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, following an extended illness. Mr. Woodyatt was born in Sterling, IL, April 14, 1914, the son of Elbert C. and Eva (Bryson) Woodyatt. He married Catherine Reuter on September 18, 1940, with whom he spent the next 65 years. Lyle received a degree in civil engineering from Chicago Technical College. During World War II he was employed in the construction and operation of the Green River Ordnance Plant. Following the war he joined the Illinois Northern Utilities Company which became part of the Commonwealth Edison Corporation. He was employed by Commonwealth Edison until he retired in 1980. Survivors include his wife, five children, Lyle “Jack” (Marilyn) Woodyatt of Fairfax, VA, David (Joan) Woodyatt of Northfield, IL, Dennis Woodyatt of Villa Park, IL, Sandy Nilles of LaGrange, IL, and Sally (Louie) Strange of Lombard, IL, nine grandchildren, one great grandson, and a great grandson due in February. Also surviving, one brother Dean Woodyatt, of Seal Beach, CA, two sisters, Dorothy Penhollow of Dixon, and Joanne (Robert) Knight of East Moline. Lyle was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Vincent Marrandino, chaplain at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

RUTH (WHIPPLE) WOODYATT , daughter of Emeline Davis & Moulton Whipple of Dixon passed away October 15, 1948. She was born March 18, 1877 in Dixon and died at her home, 812 East Chamberlain at 1:05 a.m. October 15, 1948. She received her education in Dixon public schools and attended Steinman college. She was married Aug. 28, 1897 at Hammond IN to George (Bob) Woodyatt and spent her entire life in Dixon, where her husband who survives, engaged in painting and interior decorating. She was the mother of 10 children - five daughters; Mrs. Martin Judge, Mrs. Glenn Rosbrook, Mrs. Robert Krug, Miss Nene Woodyatt of Dixon and Mrs. Isabelle Farthing of Centralia; four sons, Henry, Bert, Clinton and Leonard of Dixon. One son Richard was killed Germany Nov. 5, 1943. She also leaves to mourn two brothers Leonard and Joel Whipple of Dixon and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Jones Funeral Home Monday Oct. 18, Rev. Thompson officiating. She was laid to rest at Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. George Stiles rendered "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Lead Kindly Light". The casket bearers were Morris Rosbrook, Ed Holbrook, John Myers, William Thompson, Edward Anderson and Richard Bovey.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 October 1948

HAROLD F. WOOLSEY , 85, of Dixon , died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at OSF St . Anthony Medical Center , Rockford , following a short illness. He was born in Milledgeville on May 23, 1922, the son of Josiah and Freda (Bort) Woolsey. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946 in the South Pacific theater where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the First Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the South Pacific Campaign Ribbon. Harold owned and Operated Rol-a-Way Skating Rink for 30 years and Harold’s Small Engine, Bicycle Repair and Key Shop for more than 60 years. He was a member of Dixon Coin Club and Lee County Senior Center Bowling League. The inspiration of Harold will be sadly missed. He married Ellen Freadhoff in Dixon on June 19, 1949. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2000. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Woolsey. Survivors include children, Nancy (Bill) Fink of Tallahassee, Fla., Larry (Kathy) Woolsey of Rock Falls and Barbara (David) Jacobs of Chadwick; 10 grandchildren, Aaron (Amy) Fink, Robin (Matthew) Thompson, Jennifer (Matthew) Fink, Teresa Woolsey, David Woolsey, Amy Deets, Jennifer Deets, Kelley (Andrew) Terveer, Kristin (Robert) Laird and Benjamin (Kate) Jacobs; 13 great-grandchildren; and his half sister, Patricia Heckman of Polo. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with Wesley Dickson, pastor, officiating. Burial, with military graveside honors by the Dixon combined veterans group, will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Dixon . Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at the funeral home
Contributed by Pat Eesterday The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, September 18, 2007

BARBARA HELMS WRIGHT , 64 of Rock Falls died Wednesday June 21, 2006 at her home following an extended illness. Barbara was born on October 25, 1941 in Dixon, IL the daughter of Hoyt and Helen (Bradford) Helms. She married George "Doc" Wright December 16, 1960 in Sterling. Barbara was employed at the former Anixter Co as a wire wrapper. She was an active member of the 1st Christian Church, Rock Falls where she taight Sunday school for 30 years and served as past president of CWF and past president of the Ruth Circle. She was a true Rock Falls Rockets fan and a White Sox fan. Barbara was known being a great cookie baker and had babysat for many years. Surviving is her husband, George "Doc" Wright; her daughter Barbara (Randy) Scott of Cottage Grove, MN; her son Brent (Gayle) Wright of Rock Falls; her sisters Reona Browning of Rock Falls and Cherie Helms of Council Bluffs, IA; her brothers George (Bev) Helms of Brookfield, GA and John (Mary) Helms of Milledgeville, IL; her six grandchildren: Joshua, Geoffrey, Nathan, Timothy, Sarah and Katie. She was preceded in death by one brother and her parents. Funeral services will be Saturday June 24, 2006 at 10 AM in the 1st Christian Church, Rock Falls with the Reverend April McClure-Stewart officiating. A luncheon will follow. Burial will conclude the servcies at 1:00 PM in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

VIOLET (PARKER) WRIGHT , 77, of 3006 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, died Tuesday at Fort Atkinson Hospital, Whitewater, Wis., while on vacation. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Thomas Petty officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Friends may call tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established to the Whiteside County Hospice. Mrs. Wright was born June 29, 1913 in Harmon, the daughter of Wayne and Emma (Day) Parker. She was instrumental in the organization of Whiteside County Hospice. She was an instructor at Sauk Valley College in the LPN Nursing Program. She was listed in Who's Who of American Nursing. She is survived by her husband, Harry; two daughters, Mrs. Jon (Jill) Deem, Sleepy Hollow, Ill.; Mrs. Ron (Jane) Wiemerslade, Geneva, Ill.; four grandchildren, Scott, Todd, Lori, Susie; one sister, Velma Cooke, Rockaway Beach, Mo.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 6, 1990 - Thursday, pg A2

WASHINGTON L. WRIGHT , 88, passed away Sataurday, Dec. 31. in the home of Mrs. Helen Glassburn near New Bedford after a long illness. The body rests at the Johnson Funeral home in Manlius where visiting hours are from seven to nine o'clock Tuesday evening. Funeral rites will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home conducted by the Rev. Ritchard Robinson of Tampico. The burial will take place in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery. Washington L. Wright was born Sept. 5, 1872 at New Bedford, son of Moses and Lucy Ann Newton Wright. He was united in marriage on May 4, 1901 with Anna Katherine Pettit in Princeton. To this union were born two sons, Lee E., and Fred W. Wright, both of Tampico, who survive. Mrs. Wright preceded her husband in death as also his parents and seven brothers. In addition to his two sons, Mr. Wright also leaves seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 3, 1961 - Tuesday, pg 2 col 3

BERTHA MARIE (ZBINDEN) TRADER WUERTZ , 63, a native of Sterling, of Route Three, Dixon, died late Thursday afternoon (27 Mar 1952) in Dixon Public Hospital following a lingering illness. The body was taken to Chapel Funeral Home where sercies will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, with Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mrs. Wuertz was born in Sterling March 12, 1889, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Zbinden. She was reared and educated in Sterling and was married to John Trader, who died in Chicago. Later she was married to William Wuertz who also preceded her in death. She had lived in the Dixon community for many years. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Harold Wimer, Mrs. Effie Holt, Mrs. Ted Lewis, all of Chicago, and Mrs. George (Ann) Werner, Dixon; three sons, John and Gilbert Trader and Philip Wuertz of Dixon; 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters Miss Marie Kohli of Honolulu and Mrs. Merle Loosley of Malin, Ore.; five brothers, John Zbinden, Chmult, Ore., Fred Zbinden of Aurora, Otto, Lloyd and Ernest Zbinden of Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29 1952 - Satuirday, pg 2

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