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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912

BADER , Frederick , d. ( Bloomington , Ill. ?) Sept . 25 , 1879 .

BAKER, Mrs. Elizabeth, (daughter of Stephen Horsey and wife of Solomon M. Baker. ) b. Pickaway Co. Ohio, March 8, 1809, m. Aug. 14, 1826, d. at her res. 2 miles east of Bloomington, Ill, Dec. 7, 1879. Ch. Stephen M. Baker, Mrs. J. H. Anderson, John Baker, Mrs. J. N. Larrimore, Mrs. Mary McCrea , Mrs. Minnie E. Baker, Wm. H. Baker , Mrs. Florence Fitzwilliam, Philip F. Baker .

BALER , Charles, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) April 11, 1877, aged 66 years.

BALL, Mrs. Clarissa, d. McLean Co. Ill. Feb. 16, 1879, aged 83 years. (A resident of McLean Co. Ill. 35 years. )

BALLARD, Mrs. Lizzie, (born Golden; wife of Harry Ballard. ) d. McLean Co. Ill. Oct. 3, 1880.

BALLARD, Dr. William J. (son of John Ballard.) b. Albemarle Co. Va. May 30, 1803, m. Elizabeth Tapp of Jessamine Co. Ky. 1822, d. Bloomington, Ill. June 26, 1878, (wife b. April 7, 1803. ) Ch. Dr. James Ballard, Mrs. Emily F. Brown, Mrs. Love Senseney, Mrs. Miranda Rutledge , Lucy Ballard.

BANASZAK, Debra A.
Army 1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, 35, Bloomington, Illinois; Camp Victory, Kuwait
Debra Ann Banaszak, born 07/05/1970, Normal IL. Surviving: son, Mark Anthony Banaszak, Clinton; father John W Butler Jr, Springfield; mother, Barbara Ann Butler, Clinton; and one brother, Brian Butler, Decatur. Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Hamilton University in Evanston 16 years of military service.
It's not every day that people meet real heroes, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn told family and friends Sunday afternoon at a funeral service for 1st Lt. Debra Banaszak. "She was on the front lines of protecting democracy," he said. "And our faith tells us that we will see her again someday to thank her for it." Banaszak, 35, of the Missouri Army National Guard 1035th Maintenance Company, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, formerly of Clinton and Sullivan, died Oct. 28 from noncombat-related injuries at Camp Victory, Kuwait. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve following high school and served in the National Guard for 16 years. Since January, she had been stationed in Iraq and Kuwait with Operation Enduring Freedom-Operation Iraqi Freedom. "We see sports stars and rock stars, but they aren't the role models we should fashion our lives after. It's the Debra Banaszaks we should want to be like," Quinn told more than 200 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. Adjutant General King Sidwell of the Missouri Army National Guard called Banaszak a tireless platoon leader and officer. "In the National Guard we consider each other family, and it's difficult to lose the daily association and comfort of a family member," he said, choking back tears. "I hope we can celebrate her commitment, her zest for life and the manner in which she touched our lives." Sidwell said Banaszak had a special empathy and understanding, evidenced by the dozens of National Guard members attending her funeral. "She truly was a friend to so many, and a devoted soldier who was proud to serve her country," said officiant J. Kent Hickerson. Illinois state Sen. Bill Brady said Banaszak was the type of person who cared about her freedom and the freedom of her neighbors, friends and family. "We in Central Illinois are eternally grateful to her," he said. "She paid the ultimate price in her quest to protect freedom." Following the service, Banaszak was buried at Gilman Cemetery, just east of Gilman, where military rites were accorded against the backdrop of the setting sun and acres of harvested corn fields. Missouri National Guard members took part in the ceremony, with a rendition of taps and a gun salute. The leaves rustling in the trees made the only sound heard as Sidwell knelt before Banaszak's 15-year-old son, Mark Anthony Banaszak, and presented him with the folded flag that had been placed on the top of his mother's casket. "She was a very wonderful soldier, and we were very proud of her," Banaszak's mother, Barbara Butler, said. "She died for what she believed in." Family members solemnly watch as Vicky Swift-Beers salutes the open casket of 1st Lt. Debra Banaszak after a funeral Sunday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. Swift-Beers said she had known Banaszak three years.
[The Pantagraph, Bloomington, 11/07/2005]

BANTA Dr. William E. b. Washington, Ill. 1836, d. at the res. of his brother Thomas J. Banta, Chenoa, Ill. Dec. 7, 1878. Brothers, T. J. Banta, John Banta, Jacob Banta, Hon. Andrew Banta. Sister, Mrs. L. G. Haskell .

BARBER, Mrs. E. d. Bloomington , Ill. Dec. 26, 1871 , aged 60 years.

BARGER, Mrs. Mary L. E. ( wife of Wm. M. Barger. ) d. Fort Dodge, Iowa , Jan. 23, 1871, aged 32 years.

BARGER, Mrs. Sarah A. T. (widow of Rev. John S. Barger), b. 1803, d. Hopedale; Ill. Oct. 8, 1878.

BARGER, Rev. John S. (M. E. ) b. Culpepper County, Va. Dec 5, 1802, m. Sarah A. T. Baker, 1827, Came to Ill. 1834, d. Clinton, Ill. Jan. 4, 1877. Ch. John Barger, R. N. Barger, Wm, M. Barger, R. W. Barger.

BARNARD, Walter, ( Farmer ), accidentally killed in a well on his farm 3 1-2 miles east of Bloomington, Ill. April 24, 1875, aged 44 years. Left widow , no children.

BARNED, [ or Barnard? ] Mrs. Frank, d. Money Creek Twp. McLean County , Ill. Feb. 28, 1871, aged 32 years.

BAY, Henry B., died, Bloomington, Ill., March 10, 1860 [unknown source]

BEAL, Mrs. Elisha F. ( Formerly of Bloomington, Ill. ) d. Wichita, Kans. May 2, 1880.

BEARD, Mrs. Lucy E. wife of T. F. Beard, d. Bloomington, Ill. about April 14 1878, aged 45 years.

BEASLEY, Joseph C., Sr.
LEXINGTON - The Funeral of Joseph C. Beasley Sr., 51, of Princeton, Wis., and R.R. 2, Lexington, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Lexington, the Revs. Arthur Runyon and Glenn Harms officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington. Mr. Beasley died at 8:23 a.m. Friday (Dec. 17, 1993) at his home in Lexington. Death was attributed to natural causes by the McLean County coroner's office. He was born Oct. 6, 1942, in Cutbank, Mont., the son of Frank Marshall and Florence Jane Armstrong Beasley. He married Eva Ann Kelley in Lexington. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Sgt. Joseph C. Beasley III, Fort Sill, Okla.; four daughters, Jennifer Rachel Beasley, at home in Wisconsin; Lynnette Rennae Beasley, Neshkoro, Wis.; Michelle Rhonda Beasley, Ripon, Wis.; and Nannette Raquel Molldenhauer, Berlin, Wis.; and five grandchildren. One daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Princeton, Wis., and attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church, Lexington. He was a member of the American Allied Industrial Workers Union and the Lions International of Wautoma, Wis. Mr. Beasley was a self-employed master electrician, computer programmer and farmer in the Lexington area. (The Pantagraph)

BECKWITH, Nelson L. d. Bloomington, Ill. Oct. 31, 1873, aged 31 years.

BEELER, Mrs. Salome, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) April 17, 1877, aged 63 years.

BEESON, Mrs. Hettie, wife of Jesse A. Beeson, d. at her res. on Beecher Street Bloomington, Ill. July 17, 1872.

Beich, William A.
William A. Beich, 81, President of family-operated Downstate candy company - It was a time when chocolate was made only in the winter and hard candy in the summer because candy manufacturers did not have the luxury of air-conditioned plants. It was 1894 and proximity to a ready supply of milk was crucial for candymaking. That helped Paul F. Beich persuade Milton Hershey of the famous candy clan to move his plant from Chicago to Downstate Bloomington to be closer to dairy farmers. Eventually Beich went into the candy business himself, and the company that made Whiz bars, Katydid peanut clusters and Golden Crumbles would stay in family hands until his great-grandson, William A. Beich, sold it after heading operations for almost 20 years. William A. Beich, 81, who took over the Paul F. Beich Co. even though he never wanted to be a candymaker, died of congestive heart failure Thursday, March 27, in BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. The company got its start using candy as a fundraising tool, said Mr. Beich's son David. Its subsidiary, Katherine A. Beich Co., became one of the nation's oldest and largest fundraising supply businesses, with its products sold by schools, youth groups and sports leagues. In the early days, the company's slogan, "Beich's -- Say Bike," adorned tins and cardboard boxes of hand-dipped chocolate creams, nut clusters, caramels and taffy that were produced in two Bloomington factories and a third plant that was built on Green Street in Chicago. In 1939, the company passed to Mr. Beich and his brother Paul M. "My father said what he always wanted to be was an attorney, but his father wanted him in the candy business and back then you did what your father said you were going to do," Mr. Beich's son said. Mr. Beich received a mechanical engineering degree in 1944 from the University of Illinois and married his childhood sweetheart, Patricia Ann. He then served with the Navy on a weather ship. Mr. Beich rejoined the company in 1946 and completed a two-year apprenticeship in chocolate manufacturing in Sweden. He became vice president, then chairman and president after his brother's death in 1967. Soon after, the company decided to focus solely on producing candy for fundraising. In 1984, Mr. Beich sold the company to Nestle USA and retired. He devoted his time to running his 900-acre grain farm in Bloomington and to doting on his wife, his son said. Besides his son and wife, Mr. Beich also is survived by a daughter, Diane; another son, Fritz; and seven grandchildren. Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1920 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington.
[Chicago Tribune March 31, 2003]

BELL, John W. d. at his res. 6 miles east of Clinton, Ill. March ..., 1871, aged 48 years .

BELL, Mrs. Henry, d. near Danvers, Ill. June 23, 1880.

BENJAMIN, A. D. d. Dale Twp. McLean County, Ill. Sept. 17, 1878, aged 57 years.

BENJAMIN, Rev. C. D. d. Hudson, Ill. Oct. 7, 1871, aged 51 years, 6 months.

BENSON, Wm. T. T. b. Gibson County Ind. Oct. 12, 1811, m. Nancy Hinshaw d. White Oak Twp. McLean County, Ill. Sept. 19, 1878. Children, George Benson, Mrs. Susanna Lollis, Mrs. M. H. Conger.

BEST, Mrs. Margaret A. d. at her res. 528 West Grove St. Bloomington, Ill. April 11, 1872, aged 61 years.

BETTS, William, ( son of Lyman W. and S. R. Betts. ) d. at his parents res. on East Grove Street, Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 26, 1876, aged 22 years.

BILLINGS, Mrs. Fannie, wife of L. P. Billings and daughter of Thomas A. and Sarah Drake, d. Bloomington, Ill. May 26, 1872, aged 27 years.

BILLINGSLEY, Virginia Shives DeVore
LEROY - Virginia DeVore Billingsley, 99, of LeRoy, formerly of Hoopeston and Colfax, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 10, 2008) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, with the Rev. Tim Vollstedt officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Mrs. Billingsley was born June 21, 1909, in Summershade, Ky., to John M. and Lorene Franklin Shives. She married Herschel DeVore on Feb. 14, 1929, in Hoopeston. He passed away Sept. 14, 1969. She later married Kenneth Billingsley on March 15, 1974, in Hoopeston. He passed away Jan. 25, 1997. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth (Dorothy) DeVore, Bloomington; and Forrest (Lola) DeVore, LeRoy; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Shives, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two sisters, Dorothy Burt and Delpha Umbanhowar, both of Hoopeston. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. Virginia attended the First Christian Church, Hoopeston. She was employed as a nursing assistant by Fairbury Hospital. She and her first husband farmed for many years in the Colfax area.
(The Pantagraph)

BIRCH, Jesse, b. Fountain County, Ind. April 14, 1824, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1842, d. Bloomington, Ill. July 27, 1877. wife d. 1867. Ch. Dr. ….. Birch, Jessie Birch, Mary Birch.

BIRCH, Mrs. Drusilla, wife of Rev. H. C. Birch, M. E. d. Putnam County, Ill. Jan. 17, 1876.

BIRDSALL, Mrs. Sarah, d. at the res. of Rev. David I. Perry, Bloomington, Ill. Feb. 5, 1871, aged 90 years.

BISHOP, Mrs. Ann E. wife of Dr. S. Bishop, formerly of Bloomington, Ill. d. Moline, Ill. Aug. 1, 1871, aged 36 years.

BISHOP, Mrs. Julia, (wife of S. F. Bishop and daughter of Dr. J. C. Bascom.) d. McLean, Ill. May 21, 1872.

BLANCHARD, Charles, d. Bloomington, Ill. May 13, 1878, aged 24 years.

BLEAVINS, Robert E.
NORMAL - Robert E. Bleavins, 78, Beverly Hills, Fla., formerly of Normal, died Wednesday (Sept 17, 2008) at The Hospice of Citrus County, Fla. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills, Fla. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Fla., 34464. Bob was born in Bloomington on May 28, 1930, the son of Earl and Helen Sparrow Bleavins. He graduated from University High School in 1949 and attended Illinois State University. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served his country in the Army for two years. He began his hotel career in 1956 at The Rogers Hotel in downtown Bloomington. He traveled throughout the United States in the hotel and restaurant management business until returning to Bloomington in 1988 to become general manager of Jumer's Lodge and Restaurant. He then became the general manager of the Radisson Hotel until semi-retiring and becoming director of lodging and development for The Snyder Corporation. Bob is survived by his wife, Gretchen H. Bleavins, Beverly Hills, Fla.; his daughter, Connie Jo Miller, Worthington, Ohio; his sister, Virginia Turner, Victorville, Calif.; and his cousin, Richard Spearman, Marion, Iowa. Bob was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He embraced his destiny with strength, honor and dignity.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

BLENDINGER, John, d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov 23, 1874, aged 58 years, 8 months.

BLUM, Mrs. Mary. ( wife of Jacob Blum. ) d. at her res. corner of Howard and Market Streets, Bloomington, Ill. March 5, 1874.

BOHRER, George, b. Germany, Came to New York, 1826, Settled in McLean County, Ill. 1856. d. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 28, 1879, aged 79 years. Left 6 children.

BOHRER, Mrs. George, d. 105 East Mulberry Street, Bloomington, Ill. March 9, 1876.

BOLEN, A. J. C. m. Lydia Ann Baker, Dec. 22, 1850, d. Bloomington, Ill. Feb 18, 1879, aged 50 years.

BOLING, Alexander, d. 4 miles west of Mackinaw, Ill. Oct. 1, 1871, “at an advanced age.”

BOSTWICK, Mrs. A. P. ( widow of Hon. S. W. Bostwick, of Cadiz, Ohio. ) d. at the res. of her son-in-law, Hon. Thomas F. Tipton, Bloomington, Ill. May, 26, 1876.

BOULWARE, Mrs. Mary W. daughter of James McLane; b. Virginia, 1785. m. John Boulware. 1807, Settled in McLean County, Ill. [with her husband and family. ] 1844. d. at the res. of her son, J. F. Boulware, near Shirley Ill. Feb. 16, 1879. (Husband died Jan. 11, 1864, aged 74 years.) Ch. James F. Boulware, Mrs. S. M. Quinn, Williamson Boulware, John Boulware Jr., Walker Boulware, and 5 others who died prior to 1879.

BOWEN, George P. (Clerk U. S District Court. ) d. Springfield, Ill. Feb. 2, 1880, aged 44 years.

BOWEN, Miss Rebecca, d. at the res. of her brother, A. Bowen , .... East Washington Street, Bloomington, Ill. July 12, 1872, aged 72 years.

BOYD, F. W. d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 1, 1871, aged 23 years.

BOYD, George M. (Father of Mrs. Wm. B. Field, of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Penningtonville, Pa. July, 3, 1878.

BOYNTON, Benjamin J. b. Granville, Washington County, N. Y. m. Sarah Hyde, (daughter of Hon. Harlow Hyde.) 1841, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1862, d. Bloomington, Ill. July 29, 1879. Children, Mrs. Wm. H. Temple , Jr . Harlow Boynton , Benjamin Boynton , Roe Boynton , Dollie Boynton

BRADLEY, Mrs. Agnes F. (wife of Wm. H. Bradley) b. Barlow, Washington County, Ohio, March 6, 1824, m. Oct. 21, 1859, d. Normal, Ill. Dec. 25 1876.

BRADNER, Mrs. Mary, wife of George Bradner and daughter of Isaac Jessup . b. Albany, N. Y. 1815, d. Bloomington, Ill. May 31, 1875. Ch. Mrs. Judge, Mrs. James Hay, Mrs. Lockwood, George Bradner Jr.

BRANDT, Mrs. Dora T. d. Bloomington, Ill. March 24, 1874 aged 50 years.

BRECHBELLER, Mrs. Sarah, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) Nov. 16, 1878, aged 76 years, 3 months, 2 days.

BRIDGES, Earl, d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 8, 1878 , aged 18 years

BRIGGS, Mrs. Sophronia, wife of Rev. F. J, Briggs. d. Bloomington, In. Sept. 14, 1879, aged 77 years.

BRIGHAM, George, Sr. d. at his res. 2 miles s. w. of Bloomington, Ill. May ... 1878, aged 62 years.

BRIGHT, Reuben
Jan. 2, 1934: Prominent Normal horseman Reuben Bright has died at age 81. He was a leader in importing Percheron horses when McLean County was the center of trade for these animals. Mr. Bright was also a popular judge of horses at county and state fairs.
[The Pantagraph - How Time Flies by: Jack Keefe]

BRITTAN, Mrs. E. E. widow of Prof. Nathan T. Brittan. d. Normal, Ill. Jan. 18, 1875, aged 59 years.

BRITTIN, Mrs. Annie, d. Bloomington, Ill. March 3, 1874.

BROOKS, Caroline "Carrie" Moncelle
Mrs. Carrie Brooks, 71, died at 5:45 a.m. Friday [3 Nov 1967] at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. at the Stensel Funeral Home in Le Roy with the Rev. Harold Baird officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation is from 4-9 this evening at the funeral home. She was born Nov. 30, 1895, at Eureka, a daughter of Charles and Emma Grove Moncelle. She was married to Leslie Brooks, Feb. 24, 1918, at Bloomington. She is survived by her husband; a son, Paul, Farmer City; two brothers, Rudy Moncelle of 511 E. Mulberry, Bloomington; Roy Moncelle, Fairbury, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. She was a member of the Lexington Christian Church at Lexington.
[1967 - The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

BROOKS, Clarice E Wills
COLFAX - Clarice E. Brooks, 87, of Colfax, died at 5:11 a.m. Wednesday (July 9, 2003) at her residence. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington is in charge of arrangements. Burial: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation: from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Survivors: two daughters, Judy Whitney, Joplin, Mo., and Linda (Dale) Bradford, Colfax; two sons, Larry (Violet) Brooks, Houston; and Dennis (Sandy) Brooks, Normal; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. (The Pantagraph)

BROOKS, Clifford W
LEXINGTON - The Funeral Of Clifford W. Brooks, 83, of 405 N. Elm St., Lexington, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Garry Gromley will officiate. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. He died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 1, 1996) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Clarice Brooks; two daughters, Judy Whitney, Joplin, Mo.; and Linda Bradford, Chenoa; two sons, Larry Brooks, Houston; and Dennis Brooks, Bloomington; one sister, Margaret Bowman, Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Viola Brooks, Bloomington; a brother-in-law, Bob Holloway, Chicago Heights; and 12 nieces and nephews. One brother, two sisters and one great-grandson preceded him in death. He was born March 23, 1913, in Lexington, the son of Thomas and Ella Mustin Brooks. He married Clarice Wills Aug. 18, 1937, in Saybrook. Mr. Brooks farmed in the Lexington area all his life and was an avid gardener. He belonged to Grace United Methodist Church and the McLean County Farm Bureau. (The Pantagraph)

BROOKS, Fern E Gardner
FARMER CITY - Fern E. Brooks, 76, of Farmer City died at 8:17 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 6, 1996) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, the Rev. Lee Reed officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Chapel Church or American Cancer Society. Survivors include her husband, Paul L. Brooks; one son, the Rev. Dennis Brooks, LaHarpe; one daughter, Janet Lutkevich, St. Charles; two grandchildren; two brothers, Lynn Gardner, Chenoa; and Dale Gardner, Lexington; and one sister, June Barling, Normal. Her parents and one brother preceded her in death. She was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Gridley, a daughter of David and Mary Klein Gardner. She married Paul L. Brooks Aug. 13, 1942, in Reno, Nev. Mrs. Brooks had worked in the payroll accounting department for Pre-Fab Transit in Farmer City for 23 years. She was a member of the Prairie Chapel Church, rural Farmer City, and was treasurer of the church from 1964-1996. She also belonged to United Methodist Women.
(The Pantagraph)

BROOKS, Ruth L Nance Perschall
BLOOMINGTON - Ruth L. Brooks, 85, of Bloomington died at 12:05 p.m. Friday (Oct. 3, 2003) at Manor Care Health Services in Normal. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to DAD'S, Dollars Against Diabetes. Mrs. Brooks was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Panola, a daughter of Walter Williams and Ruby E. Miller Nance. They preceded her in death. She first married Theodore E. Perschall on March 14, 1936. He died in April 1970. She then married Virgil Brooks on July 13, 1974. He died in December 1981. Surviving are two sons, Theodore (Paula) Perschall, Leslie, Ark.; and Robert (Patsy) Perschall, Bloomington; one daughter, Ruth Ann (Ron) Jacobs, Kankakee; two stepsons, Kenneth (Linda) Brooks, Bloomington; and Donald (Cathy) Brooks, Peotone; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and one brother, William Nance, Bloomington. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy Ragusa and Jacqueline McIntosh; one grandchild, Joseph Dudgeon; and two brothers. Mrs. Brooks worked for GE Retiring in 1970. She was a life member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Machinist Lodge 1000, Royal Neighbors and Eagles Lodge in Bloomington. Mrs. Brooks was also a member of the Wally Bayan Caravaners (Air Stream) and the West Olive Methodist Church. (The Pantagraph)

BROOMHEAD, Melvin A
The funeral of Melvin A. Broomhead, 74, of 412 Greenbriar Dr., Normal, formerly of Gridley will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Bruce Rocke and the Rev. Clifford Elliott will officiate. Burial will be in Waldo Cemetery, rural Gridley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. Mr. Broomhead died at 2 :56 p.m. Tuesday (Jan 31, 1989) at his home. He was born March 23, 1914, in Williamburg, MI, a son of Burl and Clara Reese Broomhead. He married Harriet E. Schrock on Mar. 14, 1944 in Groton, Conn. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, William, Arkansas and Steven E., Kansas; one daughter Lydia Ann Huffman, Port Angeles, WA; one sister Leola Bussa, Williamsburg, MI; one brother Edward B., Holiday, FL; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son and two sisters. Mr. Broomhead was a member of Faith Evangelical Mennonite Church of Bloomington-Normal and the McLean Co Pet Bird Club. He also was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 60. He was an Army veteran of WW II. He was employed by General Electric for 11 years, retiring in 1979.
(The Pantagraph - Thursday 2 Feb 1989 - Submitted by: Gerald D. "Jerry" Hobson)

BROPHY, George M. d. at the res. of Wm. P. Brophy, Division Street, near N. Main, Bloomington, Ill. March ... 1875.

BROWN, Bessie R. Mallory
LEXINGTON - Bessie R. (Mallory) Brown, 89, of 901 N. Main St., Normal, formerly of 602 N. Center St., Lexington, died at 9:35 p.m. Monday (May 13, 1996) at McLean County Nursing Home. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Lexington, with the Rev. Keith Jones officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or the Lexington Ambulance Service. Survivors include Marlene Phipps, Diane Hodges, Janet Whaley, Kathy Blagg, Barbara Graham and John Sutter, all of Lexington; Sharon Coffman, Batavia; Joyce Sheppard, Normal; and Dennis Sutter, LeRoy. She was born June 3, 1906, at Rodgersville, Tenn., the daughter of Lee and Laura Stapleton Mallory. She married Bernard O. Brown in Hannibal, Mo. Two sisters, Addie Sutter and Ruby Mallory, preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Lexington. She was a former clerk in the circuit clerk's office, retiring in 1975 after 20 years, and a clerk at Lindsey's Department Store in Lexington. She was a member of the Birthday Club, Lexington, was her church's secretary for many years and a member of the Lexington Baptist Women's Association.
(The Pantagraph)


BROWN, Mrs. Lucy, wife of George M. Brown, and daughter of Chastine Major, d. Bloomington, Ill. March 20, 1877. [a.n.s.]

BROWN, Mrs. Sadie, wife of Riley Brown, d. at the residence of her mother in Eureka, Ill. about Sept. 1, 1875, aged 29 years.

BROWN James E. 'Popcorn Brown' Union Veteran, Civil War. b. Muskingum County, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1835, d. Bloomington, Ill. May, 19, 1879.

BROWNING, Mrs. Eugene, d. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 16, 1876

BRUMHEAD, John W.
John W. Brumhead died at Pleasant Hill, Ill., Tuesday, aged sixty-two. He was the first white male child born in northern McLean County.
[1891-02-19; Chicago Hearld]

BRUNINGA, Clara Lindenbaum
LEXINGTON (PNS) - Mrs. Clara Bruninga, 77, died at her home (31 Oct 1965) at 3 a.m. Sunday. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Musselman Funeral Home, with the Reverend Carl W. Coker officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at Fairbury. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. She was born at Washington, Jan. 2, 1888, a daughter of John and Minnie Reinholtz Lindenbaum. She married Miner H. Bruninga in Bloomington in 1910. Surviving are four sons, Harold J., Springfield; Ervin B., Florence, Ala.; Arthur M., Park Forest; Calvin H., Seattle Wash.; three brothers William, Roger and Russell Lindenbaum, Forrest; two sisters, Mrs. John Gleeson, Mrs. John Wiles, Lexington; 10 grandchildren. Her husband and four brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of the Methodist Church. [Pantagraph News Service] (Moncelle Family Records)


BRYTE, John H. formerly of McLean County, Ill. d. Plymouth Twp. Jefferson County, Neb. Jan. 8, 1875, aged 46 years.

BUFFHAM, Mrs. K. wife of Kirk Buffham. d. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 17, 1874 aged 21 years, 8 months.

BURKE, Mrs. William, d. at her res. corner Morris Avenue and Walnut Street Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 11, 1880.

BURR, Mary ArMinnie Ward
Mary Ward Burr, 85, of 3 Rainbow Circle, Bloomington, died at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 20, 1997) at her residence. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. Ronald Melzer officiating. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the memorial home. Memorials may be made to BroMenn Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice. Surivors include two sons, J. Garrie (Darlene) Burr, Champaign, and Roger William Burr, Marshall, Mich.; three daughters, Patricia Ann (Ronald) Moncelle, Gridley; and Mary Joan Hoback and Barbara Alene (Ken) McElroy, both of Normal; four brothers, Lester Ward, Bloomington, Minn.; Lyle Ward, Omaha, Neb.; Kenneth Ward, Greenup; and Gene Ward of Arizona; two sisters, Alberta Brown, Toledo, and Velma Browning, Mattoon; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a special friend/caregiver, Aggie Bagtas, Rantoul. Mrs. Burr was born Jan. 2, 1912, in Greenup, a daughter of J. Harrison and Grace Fern Green Burr. She married Garrie Richard Burr on May 24, 1936, in Greenup. He died Nov. 12, 1979. She also was preceded in death by one grandson, one brother and two sisters. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, and a member of the Primetimers of her church. She was a charter member of the American Red Cross on both the national and local levels. She served as a Hospice volunteer at Brokaw Hospital, Normal. She was a former member of Felicity Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Normal, and a member of the Bloomington/Normal Nursing Association. She was a graduate of Union Hospital School of Nursing, Terre Haute, Ind., and did post graduate work at Michel Reese Hospital, Chicago. Mrs. Burr was a registered nurse having worked at all three Bloomington-Normal hospitals, various nursing homes and did private duty and homecare nursing for 65 years. Mrs. Burr dedicated her life to serving people through nursing and volunteer activities. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend to many.
[The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

BUSER, Jacob, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) July, 24, 1878, aged 29 years.

BUSHNELL, Mrs. A. L. (Mother of Mrs. Charles Steere and Mrs. I. R. Krum) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 21, 1874, aged 58 years.

BUTLER, Mrs. Laura J. wife of Raymond Butler, d. Bloomington, Ill. April 16 1878, aged 22 years.

BUTTERFIELD, Mrs. Joshua, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) Dec. 22, 1879.


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