Robert E. Buskohl
Robert E. "Bob" Buskohl, 69, of 506 E. Buffalo, Polo, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Coventry Village , Sterling . He was employed by Unimin Corp., Oregon, as a loading supervisor for more than 30 years. Mr. Buskohl was born Oct 24, 1934, in Polo, the son of Reinke E and Grace (Wagner) Buskohl. He married Veva M. Hubbard on July 31, 1954, in Polo. She preceded him in death. He was a lifetime member and past governor of Mount Morris Moose Lodge 1551. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela (Edward) Stauffer of Polo; two sons, Thomas (Marla) Buskohl of Polo and Steven Buskohl of Yakima , Wash. ; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Benson Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. Robert M. Saturi, officiating. Burial is at Fairmount Cemetery , Polo. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Mount Morris Moose Lodge 1551, Coventry Village , Sterling , and Polo Fire Department. -- [The Sterling Daily Gazette, 24 March 2004 - Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
DR. G.M. YOUNG
The subject if this sketch was born in Wintenburg [Wurtenburg], Germany, October 25th, 1827. In 1831, he, with his parents, emigrated to America, and settled in the state of Ohio. When about 15 years old, he joined the Evangelical Association. In 1850, he received in the intinerary in the Ohio Conference and traveled several years in the said conference. When he came west and and joined the Illinois Conference, served the church of his choice faithfully and with good succcess for upwards of twenty years. On account of family circumstances and failing health, he was obliged to temporarily locate several times. Finally, on account of a chronic bronochial affection he retired from the active work of the ministry in 1877. In the fall of 1879, he moved to Forreston, Ill. During last year he was engage in the practice of medicine, with success.
The deceased leave a deeply bereaved companion, an aged mother, and five children to mourn his departure.
Funeral services on Wednesday, fore-noon, April 13, at which Rev. H. Messer, D.R. Byers, and W. Schm___ officiated, ably assisted by Rev. W. Street and Rev. W. Schoch. The remains were interred in the Forreston cemetery, there to await the sound of Gabriel's trumpet on resurrection morn. A Friend." [APRIL 23, 1881 - FROM FORRESTON HERALD, submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org]
JOSEPH REISING, SR.
ROCHELLE ___Joseph Leo Reising, Sr., 75, died on Monday, Aug. 27 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on Oct. 22, 1931 in Metamora, the son of Leo F. and elsie Villiger Reising. He married Lenilda “Lea” Beltramea on Feb. 2, 1952 in Washburn. Joe founded the Rochelle Insurance Agency. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl; and two sisters, Lela Reising and Eunice Stenger. He is survived by his wife, Lea Reising, of Rochelle, a daughter, Janece (Douglas) Youngren of Naperville; four sons, Joseph Reising II, of Mt. Morris, Wayne (Rhonda) Reising, of Oregon, Ronald (Anne) Reising, of Fort Mill, S.C., and Scott (Chris) Reising of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Leo A. (Mary Lou) Reising, of Metamora; a sister, Doris Waldschmidt, of Sparland; 12 grandchildren, Tara (Joe) Guidi, Jessica (Anthony) Zielinski, Laura Youngren, Jeremy (Krista) Reising, Elisa (Tim) Green, Joe Reising III, Ben, Amanda, David, Lauren, and Anna Reising, and Caitlyn Southard; four great-grandchildren, Justisse, Joah, and Kennadi Reising, and Angelina Rose Guidi; and many nieces, nephews and special friends. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle, with the Rev. David A. Peck officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ogle County Hospice, St. Patrick Catholic Church, or the Rochelle Area Community Foundation. Burial at St. Patrick Cemetery, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 3878. [Rochelle News-Leader,
Tuesday, August 28, 2007, Page 2 – Sect. 1 – Col. 1-2-3, Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]
ROCHELLE __ Glenn R. Stocking, 74, of Rochelle, died on Monday, Aug. 27, at his home with his family by his side. He was born on April 4, 1933 in Rochelle, the son of Howard and Nellie (Boler) Stocking. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1951. From 1953 to 1955, he served in the U. S. Army. Glenn’s parents preceded him in death. He farmed and had been employed by MFCH Trucking. After being together for 25 years, he married Janet Strawbridge Hayes on April 10, 2001. survivors include his wife, Janet, of Rochelle; three daughters, LuAnn Ciacco, of Rochelle, Janaan (Dick) Harms, of Rochelle, and Suzanne (Greg) Lohman, of Hillsdale; a step-daughter, Nancy (Philip) Holden, of Ashton; and four step-sons, Philip (Karen) Hayes, of Steward, and Matthew (Rebekah) Hayes, of Steward; two brothers, Ronald (Joyce) Stocking, of Oregon, and David (Kris) Stocking, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 24 grandchildren. Services will be held at Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, on Friday, Aug. 31, with Rev. Brett Todd officiating at 10 a.m. Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Unger-Horner from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Steward Cemetery. [Rochelle News-Leader, Tuesday, August 28, 2007, Page 2 – Sect. 1 – Col. 1-2-3, Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]
DEAN VAN HISE
FRANKLIN GROVE __ Dean T. Van Hise, 91, Franklin Grove, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II, and a life member of VFW Post #3878, Rochelle, life member of American Legion Post #497, Franklin Grove, Masonic Lodge #7, Franklin Grove Lions Club, A.F & A.M, Franklin Grove Area Historical Society and Living History Antique Equipment Association. Dean was born Feb. 21, 1916, the son of George King Van Hise and Beatrice Tilton. He married Eloise Eber on May 3, 1947 in Rochelle. He is survived by his wife Eloise; one daughter, Martha Van Hise, of Glendeden Beach, Ore.; one brother, Robert (Marguerite) Van Hise of Steward; six sisters, Ethel Voss, of Rochelle, Lois Van Hise, of Rochelle, Ella Cavanna, of Rochelle, Mildred Trowbridge, of Franklin Grove, Beulah (Louis) Relynolds, of Show Low, Ariz., and Anne (John) Bennet of Durham, N.C. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Walter Van Hise and Francis Van Hiise. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Coulon-Lyons Family Funeral Home, 704 N. Sixth St., Rochelle, with Pastor Karl Sokol officiating. Interment at Franklin Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. [Rochelle News-Leader, Tuesday, August 28, 2007, Page 2 – Sect. 1 – Col. 1-2-3, Contributed by Pat Esterday, g.esterday at comcast.net]
POLO — Private funeral services for Donald E. Greenawalt who died Monday [03/11/1974] at Rockford Memorial Hospital will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Polo Open Bible Church with the Rev. Arlen Shafer officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. A memorial has been established for the Open Bible Church. There will be no visitation.
Donald Greenawalt was born Sept. 26, 1939, son of Percy and Evelyn (Pontnak) Greenawalt. Survivors include one son, Frank and one daughter, Shawnay, both of Dixon; one brother, Ronald, Polo; and two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Norma) Pace and Barbara Greenawalt, both of Polo and a maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Pontnak. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 12, 1974, page 2, column 1, contributed by Larry Reynolds]
William W. Crouch
W. W. CROUCH OF POLO SUCCUMBS
Interment Will Be Made At Champaign
POLO—William W. Crouch died at 1:30 o’clock Saturday [03/11/1933] afternoon in the home five miles west of Polo after an illness of three weeks from a complication of diseases. The funeral will be held Monday evening at 7:45 o’clock in the home, Rev. C. W. Marlow of the Christian church officiating. The body will be taken to Champaign for burial early on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was born in Arvilla, Mo., June 15, 1868. He was married June 15, 1895 to Emma Holdman, who died August 13, 1898. He was married a second time to Flora Glenn of Greenup December 13, 1902. He leaves his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Klapprodt of Dixon and Magdalene and one son, Homer, in the home. He also leaves two grandchildren. The family moved to Polo 15 years ago. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 13, 1933, page 2, column 2, Contibuted by Larry Reynolds]
Marion Brand Found Dead At Home Sunday
POLO— Marion Brand was found dead about 12:30 o’clock Sunday [03/12/1933] afternoon by his sisters, Misses Laura and Alice Brand, at their home. He had been up and around as usual in the morning and went to lie down before diner. When the sisters called him there was no response and they discovered his lifeless from on the bed.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the home, Rev. W. E. Thompson of the Church of the Brethren in Dixon officiating. Interment will be in Fairmount cemetery.
Mr. Brand was born Dec. 5, 1856 on a farm near Polo, the son of Jas. and Fannie Cashman Brand. He lived on a farm near Polo until 25 years ago when the family moved into town. He is survived by his two sisters. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 13, 1933, page 2, column 2, Contibuted by Larry Reynolds]
Mrs. Emma Garman, Polo, Passes Away; Rites To Be Saturday
Polo: - Mrs. Emma Garman, 80, passed away Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. at the Manor Convalescent Home in Polo, following a long illness. She had been at the home more than 2 1/2 years. The body was removed to the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo where friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dr. K. E. Irvin, pastor of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery at Brookville.
Mrs. Garman was born near Foreston on July 18, 1875, daughter of William and Margaret Derby. She was married to Harry Garman July 8, 1897 and they farmed in the Polo area for many years. Survivors are her husband; one son, Lee of Haldane; one sister, Mrs. Walter Rucker, Polo; one brother, Jesse Derby Forreston; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Frank, and three sisters, two brothers, two half-sisters and one half-brother. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois- November 10, 1955 - Thursday, pg 2 col 3 - Contributed by Melva Taylor]
RYAN RICHARD MCQUALITY
Stillman Valley __ Ryan Richard McQuality, 21, of Stillman Valley died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. He was born June 8, 1986, in Rockford, the son of Rick and Karen McQuality. He excelled in golf and competed downstate in individual competition during his high school career. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in the class of 2004. He was a loving person who enjoyed spending time with his family, his nephews and his girlfriend, Kelsey. He had a great heart and wonderful sense of humor, and we are so thankful to have had him in our family the short while that we did. God has him in his tender care. Words cannot describe how much we will love and miss him always. Survived by parents, Rick and Karen McQuality; sisters, Kari (Jason) Hinkle and Kayla McQuality; brother, Kyle McQuality; nephews, Alexander and Brady Hinkle, all of Stillman Valley; grandmother; Delores McQuality of Colorado; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by paternal grandfather, Dick McQuality; and maternal grandparents, Walter and Lucille (Pohl) Kleinhaus. A private family service will be held with his final resting place in Big Mound Cemetery in Davis Junction. [Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
CHRISTOPHER C. ALSUP
Rochelle __ Christopher C. Alsup, 49, of Rochelle, and formerly of Kirkland, died Thursday, Aug. 16, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Rock Island, the son of Joe and Mary (Eddy) Alsup. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Alsup, of Rochelle; his mother, Mary (Clyde) Alvis, of Kirkland; his father, Joe Alsup of Belvidere; a daughter, Lisa Alsup, of DeKalb; two sons, Brian and David Alsup, both of Sycamore; a step-son Bryan (Dena) Scarbrough, of Creston; four grandchildren, Ethan Pasholk, of Kingston, and Jacob, Cassie and Jarod Scarbrough, of Creston; two brothers, Mike (Barb) Alsup, of DeKalb, and Paul (Cyndi) Alsup, of Genoa; two sisters, Marta (Dave) Guzzardo, of Kirkland, and Sue (Jerry Bidstrup) Hawkins, of Genoa; a mother-in-law, Polly Webb, of St. Charles; two brothers-in-law, Terry (Linda) Webb, of Waterman, and Mike (Julie) Webb, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School. He loved music, enjoyed fishing, being with his friends, working in his garage and driving his truck. He was employed at Crete Carrier, Inc. He was a loving husband, father and a grandfather who dearly loved all his grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home, with Pastor Chad Hall officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Shattuck’s Grove Cemetery near Belvidere. [Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Saturday, August 18, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
MARIAN K. BEGUIN (nee Metzinger)
Rochelle __ Marian K. Beguin, 54, of Rochelle, died Aug. 14, 2007 at St. Anthony Hospital as a result of an auto accident in Rochelle. Marian was born Aug. 18, 1952 in LaSalle, the daughter of Edward and Betty( Widman) Metzinger. She married David F. Beguin on June 12, 1976 in Peru. Marian taught kindergarten for more than 20 years in the Creston and DeKalb School Districts, most recently at Wright Elementary School in Malta. She was a Member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle. Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, faithful friend and dedicated teacher. She loved life, cherished family and friends and trusted in God as her loving Savior. She was always ready to challenge a child to seek and wonder and always quick to lend a compassionate hand to those in need. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Metzinger. She is survived by her husband, David, of Rochelle; three daughters, Sara (Christopher) Harley, Oak Creek, Wis., Jessica Beguin, of Chicago, and Catherine Beguin, of Rochelle; a grandson, Elijah Harley, of Oak Creek, Wis., her mother, Betty (Raymond) Mrella, of Peru; four sisters, Alice Smith, Peru, Janet (Phil) Hoppenjan, of Freeport, Brenda (Russ) Shevokas, of Granville, and Melissa (Tim) Schlosser, of Sycamore; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral mass will be held Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. at S. Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle with visitation Sunday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth Street, Rochelle. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Rochelle.. [Taken from: Rochelle News-Leader, Thursday, August 16, 2007, Page 2, Sect. 1, Col. 1-2 - contributed by Pat Esterday]
WILLIAM I. DILLON
Oregon __ William I. Dillon, 59, of Oregon, died Monday at the Oregon Health Care Center after a long illness. He was born June 2, 1948 in Rochelle, the son of William A. and Mary Lawson Dalberg Dillon. He was a member of Local #150 and drove a semi for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Allison Dillon, and son, Jay Dillon, both of Oregon, sisters, Wilma Nance, of Rochelle, Virginia Gouker and Verne Williams, both of Chana; very, very loving companion, Mary Doty, of Byron; three nieces; and one great-niece. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents; mother and grandparents; brother, Ole Dalberg; and step-father, Clyde Dalberg. Funeral services will be held Friday, at 10 a.m. in the Chana United Methodist Church with Pastor Rich Fassig officiating. Burial will be in Flagg Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 South Seventh St., Oregon. [Taken from: Rochelle News-Leader, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, Page 2, Sect. 1, Col. 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
DORIS B. FYKE (nee Ruch)
Rochelle __ Doris B. Fyke, 86, of Rochelle, died August 12 at the Rochelle Rehabilitation Center. She was born on March 8, 1921, the daughter of William J. and Nellie (McCall) Ruch. She graduated from Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Sept. 1942 as a registered nurse. She and her family lived in Deland, where she was employed at Carle Hospital in Champaign/Urbana as a night supervisor. While employed there, the emergency room doctor called her and asked her to go to the ER and give “The Duke” a penicillin shot. “The Duke” was the famous bandleader Duke Ellington. In 1955 the family moved to the Rochelle area. She worked as a registered nurse at Rochelle Community Hospital and for the Nurses Registry in Rockford. She retired from nursing in 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochelle. She was preceded by her parents; her sister, Norma Dean Ruch, and an infant daughter, Gloria Dale at birth. She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Leo) Gildea, of Rochelle, and Denise Steder of Dixon, one son, Doug (Debby) Fyke, of Lee, four grandchildren, Jennifer (Randy) Reints, of Rochelle, Chris (Lu) Sondgeroth, of Rochelle, Erica Tanner, of West Brooklyn, and Kari Steder, of Rock Falls, seven great-grandchildren, and a sister, Thelma Stell, of Kankakee. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Rochelle, with the Rev. Doug Cowan officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. [Taken from: Rochelle News-Leader, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, Page 2, Sect. 1, Col. 1-2 - contributed by Pat Esterday]
VICTOR E. MURNEY
Polo __ Victor E. Jurney was born July 4, 1926, in Clinton, Iowa, and died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Polo. He was educated in Mount Carroll public schools and attended Francis Shimer College and the University of Illinois. He served in the South Pacific 20th Army Air Force 9th Troop Carrier Squadron based on Guam. He worked as a tool room machinist for 50 years and owned and operated Pines Machine Ltd. For 42 years. His hobbies were woodworking, furniture building, hunting and shooting and microphotography. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He married Letha Carol Gaar on Oct. 4, 1945, at Thomson Christian Church. He is survived by his wife; gour children, Linka K. O’Connor (Michael) of Montgomery, Ala., Constance E. Murney of Dixon, Edward M. Murney (Vicky) of Morrison and Deborah C. Melroy (Harry) of Sycamore, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Timothy O’Connor of Decatur, Erin O’Conner of Montgomery, Ala., Mary Oros of Dixon, Lisa King of Byron, Karen Arnold of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Amy Chladek of Hammon, Wis.; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Patricia Geason of Dixon; and special friends, Sophie and Daisy. A private family funeral service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, with burial at Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Edgar M. Murney and Dr. Vera Snyder Murney; and one sister, Jane at birth. Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home. [Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
DONNA L. COVER (nee Chinouth)
Oregon __ Donna L. Cover, 60, of 305 S. Ninth St., Oregon, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. She was employed by Polo Continental Manor as a certified nurse’s aide for more than 20 years. Mrs. Cover was born Feb. 18, 1947, in Dixon, the daughter of Russell and Lorraine (Bender) Chinouth. She married Roger Cover in 1981, in Dixon. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Sheila (Yancy) Webster of Polo and Melissa (Rodney) Boyles of West Plains, Mo.; two sisters, Pat (Jerry) Mehrens of Dixon and Cindy (Jim) Stark of Leaf River; a brother, John Chinouth of Polo; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Gloria Peterson; and a granddaughter. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Sunday at McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Joseph Cassidy officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
[Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Saturday, August 4, 2007, Page A2 – Col.1-2 - contributed by Pat Esterday]
JAMES NATHAN DONEGAN
Mount Morris __ James Nathan Donegan, 46, of 2 So. McKendrie Ave., Mount Morris, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at his home. He was owner and operator of Donegan’s Do It Best hardware store, Mount Morris, since 1993. Jim was born Oct. 19, 1960, in Bitsburg, Germany, the son of James and Jacqulin (Friedland) Donegan. He was a 1979 graduate of Mount Carroll High School. Jim married Rosanne M. Robey on July 21, 1979, in Warren. He was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jamie Coy of Oregon; a son, Jason Donegan of Mount Morris; his father, James (Marlene) Donegan of Arizona; his mother, Jacqulin York of Mount Carroll; two brothers, Patrick Donegan of California and Michael (Jodi) York of Lanark; two sisters, Debbie (John) Rabczak of Rockford and Kendra York of Pennsylvania; and a granddaughter, Jasmine Coy of Oregon. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris, with the Rev. William E. Budden, retired, officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. [Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2 - contributed by Pat Esterday]
LON W. KENYON
Stillman Valley __ Lon W. Kenyon, 43, of Stillman Valley died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Born Nov. 1, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of William and Donna Probasco Kenyon. Married to Gina Osofsky Nov. 7, 1987, in Woburn, Mass.; she died April 8, 2007. Lon was raised in Rochelle, graduated from Rochelle High School, and moved to Stillman Valley in 1988. He was employed at Fibro, Inc. in Rockford and was active in Meridian school sporting events, and moto-cross. Survived by sons Jason (Miranda) Kenyon of Kings, and Jacob Kenyon at home; daughters, Gina Watkins of Rockford and Jennifer Kenyon at home; granddaughter, Mackenzie; parents, Bill and Donna Kenyon of Unionville, Mo.; and sister, Mona Kenyon Dowit of West Branch, Iowa. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Road, Stillman Valley, with the Rev. Eric Geil, pastor of Kishwaukee Community Presbyterian Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Stillman Valley Cemetery. [Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Saturday, August 11, 2007, Page 5C – Col. 1 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
LAWRENCE F. “Larry” LANNEN
Polo – Lawrence F. “Larry” Lannen, 77, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, with his family by his side. He was born in Howell, Mich., to Roy and Grace Lannen. He served in the U.S. Arny during the Korean conflict, and graduated from Michigan State University. He married Theresa DeWyse on June 25, 1955, in Munger, Mich. He is survived by Theresa; his children, Pat (Margaret) of Hoffman Estates, Julie (Doug Neet) of Weathersfield, Vt., Kathy Bickford (Ron) of Forreston, Tom (Heidi) of Glen Ellyn and Linda (Cheri Tatem) of Lyons, Colo., grandchildren, Ashley, Krista and Laura Bickford, Megan Lannen Neet and Matthew and Andrew Lannen. He also is survived by his sisters, Ruth Frederickson of Houston and Marilyn Allyn of Flint, Mich.; his sisters-and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Edward; and his brother, Dick. Larry and his family moved to Polo in 1969, and he was very active in the community. He was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2005. He was a member of the Lions Club, Polo Historical Society, Polo Area Senior Services, Polo Economic Development Committee and the Polo Chamber of Commerce. He also was Polo’s Santa Claus for many years. A celebration of Larry’s life will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo, followed by a dinner at the church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Polo Food Pantry, the Lions Club or the Polo Economic Development Committee. Donations of blood in Larry’s honor may be made at the Northern Illinois Blood Bank, where he was recently honored as a 10-gallon donor. Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home. [Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, August 10, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2 - Contributed by Pat Esterday]
Dixon __ Orville Stees French, 98, of Dixon , died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was a custodian at Polo High School for 28 years, prior to his retirement in 1975. Mr. French was born Aug. 6, 1909, in Polo, the son of Fred and Carrie (Stees) French. He married Violet Bloyer on July 6, 1928, in Polo. She preceded him in death on May12, 2002. Orville was a member of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon . He enjoyed his family and latch-hooking. Survivors include one son, Harold (Geraldine) French and one daughter, Joyce (John) Lee, both of Dixon; 13 grandchildren, Thomas French of Hoffman Estates, Steven (Beth) French of Machesney Park, James (Kim) French of Ardsley, Pa., Cynthis (April) French of Los Osos, Calif., David (Joy) French of Pekin, Connie (Dale) Muller of Eugene, Ore., Barbara (Brian) Exxell of Dublin, Ohio, Tim Goodrich of Rio Rancho, N.M., Matt (Cass) Goodrich of El Sobrante, Calif., Vicky (Garret) Pogue of Highland Park and Julie (Merle) Saunders, Patricia (Dan) Hallquist and Natalie (Sean) Cavanaugh, all of Dixon; 25 great-grandchildren, Adam French of Glen Ellyn, Nicholas French of Wheaton, Diana French of Crest Hill, Dr. Stephanie French of Sanibel, Fla., Brandie French of Machesney Park, Zachary Owen, Sydney French and Danielle French, all of Durand, Ashley French, Dakota French and Michael Snapp, all of Ardsley, Pa., Joshua French and Kinsey French, both of Pekin, Brian Muller of Eugene, Ore., J.J. Hoban of Dublin, Ohio, Erin (Mike) Lodes of Champaign, Devin Pogue and Cassidy Pogue, both of Highland Park, and Amanda (Matt) Fassler, Katie (Dan) Royer, Andrew Hallquist, Rachel Hallquist, Jarred (Heather) Cavanaugh, Mara Cavanaugh and Jaselyn Cavanaugh, all of Dixon; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Collin, Evan, Katelyn and Mason Fassler and Kristin and Emma Royer, all of Dixon, and Noah Snapp of Srdsley, Pa. Orville also was preceded in death by one son, John Fredrick French; one daughter, Phyllis Goodrich; one sister, Madelyn Adams; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Saunders. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon , with the Rev. G. Dirk Pogue, pastor of Highland Park, officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery , Polo. [Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2 - contributed by Pat Esterday]
Marjorie Kness, 50, 1508 N. Franklin, Polo, died Wednesday (18 May 1977) morning at St Clare Hospital, Monroe , Wis. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Benson Funeral Home, Polo. Friends may visit the funeral home from 7-8:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Fairmont cemetery. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Kness was born Dec. 13, 1926 at Polo, the daughter of Harry and Elenore Drehmer Bryson. She married Charles Kness in Polo in 1946. Survivors include her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Terry (Sharron) Stanly, Mrs. John (Charlene) Doward, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Smith all of Polo, and Karla at home, one son Charles W. Jr. Polo, eight grandchildren, one sister Dorothy Staelens, Tampico, two brothers earl, Sterling and Delbert, Polo.
[From the 18 May 1977 Sterling Daily Gazette, contributed by Margaret Mangers]
Miss Della Butterbaugh Rites To Be In Polo
POLO— Miss Della Butterbaugh, 81 a resident of this community many years ago, died Thursday [09/04/1958] afternoon in a Peoria hospital. She was born northeast of Polo, in January of 1877, a daughter of David and Ann Smith Butterbaugh. She resided in the Polo area until she was 21 years of age, when she movedto Peoria to make her home. Surviving are 11 cousins, two of whom, Mrs. Minnie Cordell and Mrs. Robert Mades, reside in Polo. She was preceded by two brothers. The body will be brought to the West Branch Church of the Brethren where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the West Branch Cemetery. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 5, 1958, page 2, column 2, Contributed by Larry Reynolds ]
MARGARET C. (Drom) DONALDSON
Mrs. Margaret Donaldson, Former Polo Teacher, Dies
Polo: - Mrs. Margaret C. Donaldson, 51, of East Dixon street, former teacher in the Polo high school, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon Public hospital after an illness of several months. Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Melvin funeral home, Polo. The Rev. Bertram Davis, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate and burial will be in Fairmount cemetery. Friends may call before the services Wednesday.
Margaret Drom was born in Antioch Oct. 20, 1901, the daughter of Wallace and Maude Wertz Drom. She was married to Harold J. Donaldson Sept. 9, 1936. He died Feb. 15, 1952. She taught in Polo Community high school for several years before her marriage and in recent years served as a substitute teacher. She was a member of the Polo Presbyterian church, PEO sisterhood, Corinthean chapter OES, Utopian Circle and the Polo Woman's club. Mrs. Donaldson retired last year from the Polo library board, of which she had been a member for several years. Surviving is a brother, Edwin L. Drom of Brookfield. Her parents, husband, three brothers and one sister, preceded her in death. [January 19, 1953, The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois - Monday, pg 2 col. 3, contributed by Melva Taylor]
Find Mrs. Alvin Fahrney Dead in Bath Room in Home of Mother in Polo
Mrs. Alvin Fahrney, who resided with her mother, Mrs. Eva Hoffman of South Arbor avenue in Polo, was found dead in the bath room at the home at 9 a. m. Monday [04/22/1946].
Mrs. Fahrney, the former Mary Hoffman, was born May 24, 1883. The family had resided in Chicago for a number of years. Three years ago she came to Polo to be with her mother and opened a dress shop.
The husband and two daughters were notified of Mrs. Fahrney’s death and are expected to arrive in Polo late Monday afternoon. A granddaughter, Gwendolyn Miller, lived in the home with Mrs. Hoffman. Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Pearl Snodgrass of Oregon, and a brother Dan of Forreston. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 22, 1946, page 2, column 2 - Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
C. HARRY RUBENDALL
Polo: - C. Harry Rubendall, 75, 403 N. Division St., Polo, died at 5:30 a.m. this morning at the Dixon Public Hospital, where he had been a patient since Monday. He was injured Monday afternoon when he fell 20 feet from an overpass of the Illinois Central railroad onto the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy tracks. The body was removed to Melvin Funeral Home in Dixon where an inquest will be conducted this afternoon at 4 p.m. It will be brought to the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo following the inquest and friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Mr. Rubendall was born Feb. 13, 1883, the son of Henry and Agnes Huey Rubendall. He was married to Florence Wendle of Polo on Feb. 15, 1906, she preceded him in death on May 11, 1956. There are no immediate survivors. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling - Rock Falls IL July 24, 1958 - pg 2 col 2 - submitted by Christine Walters]
Polo: - Harry Typer, 87, 308 S. Franklin St., Polo, died here at 8 a.m. Friday, following a long illness. He was born near Lanark, Oct. 27, 1867, the son of William and Eleanor Linn Typer. He married Catherine Lorenz, Dec. 27, 1906, and she preceded him in death June 3, 1929. Mr. Typer was a member of the Methodist Church and the dean of the Ogle County Bar Association. He has been a practicing attorney for more than 50 years. The body was taken to the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo and friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight. The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Leonard Lowe of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Robert and Harold, both of Polo, and was preceded by his wife, three sisters and six brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 29, 1955 - Friday, pg 2 col 1 - submitted by Christine Walters]
OLIVER CARLTON PORTNER
Oliver Carlton Portner, 66, of Grand DeTour passed away at his home Thursday at 5:30 p.m. after a lingering illness. The body was removed to the Farrell Funeral Home, Oregon, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the funeral home at 3:30 p.m with the Rev. Rittenhouse of the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in the Grand DeTrou cemetery with a military service by the Dixon Chapter, VFW. Mr. Portner was born July 5, 1889, at Swanton, Neb., the son of the late Jcob and Henrietta Portner. He was married Oct. 18 1911, to Hettie Senn and from this marriage one son, Jerome, was born. Mrs. Portner passed away in September 1912. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and one sister. Surviving are the son, Jerome; three brothers, Roy of Sterling, Ray of Dixon and Grover of Aurora, and three sisters, Frances Toms of Polo, Ruth Musgrave of Sterling and Edith Houston of Rockford. Mr. Portner was a member of the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren. He was a carpenter contractor by trade and served in the First World War in the 33rd Division, 108th Field Signal Corps in Germany. The Rev. Rittenhouse is planning a memorial service for Mr. Portner at the Sunday morning service. Friends or relatives who would like to attend this service are welcome to do so. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 29, 1955 - Friday, pg 2 col 3, submitted by Christine Walters]
Polo: - John Ashford, 56, formerly of Polo, died suddenly Wednesday morning in Chicago, according to messages received here. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lain Funeral Home in Chicago, and later the body will be returned here by Robert McNabb of McNabb Funeral Home. Military rites will be conducted in Fairmount Cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday. A former resident of Polo, he was a son of the late William T. and Louise Ashford. He was associated with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago for many years. He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his two sisters, Elizabeth Ashford of Chicago, and Mrs. Alice Darrow of Polo, four brothers, Percy, Milwaukee, Wis., Theodore, Villa Park, Donald, Chicago and Joseph, Polo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. [Sterling Gazette August 18, 1955 - Thursday, pg 2 col 2 - submitted by Christine Walters]
MARGIE B. (Shank) POWELL
Polo: - Mrs. Margie B. Powell, 77, Polo, died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Community General Hospital, Sterling, following a lingering illness. The body was removed to the McNabb Funeral Home in Polo where friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, Rev. Ira Wilson, pastor of the Emmanuel EUB Church, officiating. Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Powell was born July 18, 1881, in Hagerstown, Md., the daughter of William and Elizabeth Shank. She moved to the Polo area while still a young girl. She was married on Aug. 6, 1906 to George W. Powell who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Helen Powell of Aurora and Mrs. Rita Riggs of Polo; a son Clifford of Mooseheart; five brothers, Irvin, Alva, Elmer and Louis all of Polo and William of Joliet; two sisters Mrs. Minnie Thomas of Polo and Mrs. Mary Hannekan of Dixon; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. [From The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 4, 1959 - Thursday, pg 2 col 2 - Contributed by Melva Taylor]
Polo: - Funeral services for Lester Hicks, 75, will be conducted at the Brown-Seidel Funeral home at 2 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Ben F. White, pastor of the Polo Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mr. Hicks died at his home, 409 E. Kings St., Monday after a long illness. He was born Sept. 12, 1883, the son of William and Martha Walck Hicks. He was married to Stata Linton on Sept. 15, 1904. He worked as a building contractor in this area for more than 25 years until poor health forced his retirement. Survivors are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Willis (Ruth) Coffman, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Robert (Vivian) Perry, Dundee; one son, Melvin Hicks, Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, including a granddaughter Mrs. Raymond Buisker, Rockford, who made her home with her grandparents from the time she was four years old. He was preceded in death by one daughter, one son, his parents, three brothers and three sisters. [From - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 30, 1959 - Monday Submitted by Melva Taylor]
Amos Comstock Wiley
Howard Courant, April 10, 1930
Amos Comstock Wiley was born at Mt. Morris, Illinois, June 4th, 1861, and departed this life April 4th, 1930, at the age of 68 years and 10 months. He was the son of a Methodist minister and was brought up in that faith. His early childhood and young manhood were spent in Illinois and he finished his education in the Methodist college at Aurora, Illinois.
He was united in marriage to Nancy Anne Delzell, October 18, 1888. They moved to Arkansas City, Kansas where were born their three children: Gertrude Leland (?), who is Mrs. Fred L. Jacobs of Tulsa, Oklahoma; William Amos Wiley of Houston, Texas and Edna Merle, who died at 3 years of age.
Mr. Wiley engaged in business in Arkansas City, Kansas until he moved to Longton, Kansas, March 1929. Nancy Anne Wiley passed away April 12, 1909. On September 10, 1916, he was united in marriage with Bernice Mandene Book. She, the two children and seven grandchildren survive him.
Funeral services were held in the Elk Falls M. E. church, with music by the male quartette. A brief address by Newton Hill. Quite a number of Longton and Elk Falls friends attended the funeral. There were beautiful floral tributes. Burial in Elk Falls cemetery.
Submitted by L. Morgan
KATHLEEN SUE HECATHORN
Polo Girl, 14, Dies From Injuries In Tractor Accident
Polo: - Kathleen Sue Hecathorn, 14, RFD 3, Polo, died en route to the Dixon Public Hospital about 10 a.m. Sunday from injuries received in a tractor accident. An inquest will be conducted this afternoon in Polo. Kathleen was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned on a curve on a gravel road near her home. She apparently turned a corner too short. Her foot was pinned under the tractor and her brother, Gary, who was with her on the tractor, went for help. It is believed that death was due to a severe head injury.
Kathleen Sue Hecathorn was born in Sandwich, July 18, 1947, the daughter of Chester and Dorothy Smith Hecathorn. The family moved to Polo in March and Kathleen had attended the Polo schools since that time. Surviving are her parents one brother Gary and one sister, Corinne; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hecathorn and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Smith, Deland, Fla., and several aunts and uncles. There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. tonight at the McNabb Funeral Home, where friends may call tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. The body will be sent to Sandwich Tuesday and services will be conducted there at 2 p.m. with burial in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 2, 1962 - Monday, pg 1 col 6 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]
Polo: - Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Riggs, 73, 205 N. Jackson Ave., Polo, will be held from the McNabb Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Lowell Allen, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Riggs was born in Forreston, Oct. 8, 1888, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kroener. She was married to LeRoy Riggs, Oct. 11, 1902, and he passed away Aug. 1, 1958. Mrs. Riggs died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emil (Katherine) Roguski, Loves Park, following a long illness. Besides Mrs. Raguski, she is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Discondine, East Moline; four sons, Forest Eugene, Polo; James Richard, Sterling; Robert Roy, Bellville and James LeRoy, California, 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, also two sisters, Mrs. Emma Weaver, Polo, and Mrs. Elizabeth Alling, Rockford, and a brother, George Kroener, Milwaukee, Wis. [From The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 8, 1962 - Wednesday, pg 6 col 1
CARRIE RIGGS - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]
Hubert Milhorn, 54, of 206 So. Congress Ave., died this morning at the Dixon Public Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1907 in Jonesboro, Tenn., the son of Josh and Fannie Fells Milhorn. He married Mabel Pierce and she survives along with one son, Duane at home. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. George Mohler, Jonesboro, Tenn.; Mrs. Hattie Jordan and Mrs. Carl Bowman, Johnson City, Tenn., and Mrs. Jay Branch of Los Angeles, Calif., his step-mother, Mellisa Milhorn and two half-brothers and three half-sisters and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Emmanual EUB Church in Polo with the Rev. Ira Wilson, former Polo pastor of Napierville, Ill., officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the McNabb Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday when the body will be taken to the church. [From - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 8, 1962 - Wednesday, pg 6, col 3 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Charles Smith, 85, Passes Away Today
Polo: - Charles Smith, 85, of 111 South Jackson St., died at 6 a.m. this morning in the Dixon Public Hospital. He was born in Carroll County, Feb. 22, 1877, the son of T. G. And Ellen Cradit Smith. He married Grecia Thompson, Jan. 23, 1900 and she passed away Oct. 15, 1958. They farmed in Milledgeville and Prophetstown and moved to Polo 30 years ago. He was a 50-year member of the Milledgeville Masonic Lodge 345.
Surviving are four sons, R. Barland, Milledgeville; Robert E., Polo; Ebert T., Sycamore; F. Frank, Minneapolis; one daughter, Mrs. C. E. (Harriet) Boddiger, Polo, one sister, Mrs. George (Hazel) Thornstensen, Rockford, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with Rev. Lem Huff of the Emmanuel EUB Church officiating. Masonic services will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may call Wednesday at 7 until time of services. The remains will be cremated and the ashes buried in Fairmount Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan, Ill. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 31, 1962 - Tuesday, pg 2 col 4 - submitted by Melva L. Taylor]
Hannah Pierce Bennett
September 7th, 1871, in Rochelle, Ill.
Mrs. HANNAH BENNETT, aged 69 years 6 months.
Mother Bennett was born in Otsego county, N. Y., where she lived until 1862, when she came to Illinois, since which time she has resided in Rochelle and vicinity, where three of her daughters now live. During the cholera season of 1854 she was deprived in one day of a son, daughter and an exemplary husband; yet being a woman of unusual strength of mind she continued with her family alone, transacting all her own business, besides paying much attention to afflicted members of the family, caring for one of them during a protracted illness of nine years.
During her own illness she was patient in all her suffering and very kind to those in attendance. When eighteen years old she joined the Presbyterian church, since which she has remained not only a faithful member thereof, but a constant and happy Christian; full of charity toward her associated, kind to the erring, her perfect example and goodly admonition remain to all who knew her a monument of excellence pointing through this life to "the life above, which is but the ripe fruit of a life below."
Four children in the great west and two in New York mourn the death of all that can be implied in the sweet word mother, while numerous friends here and there mourn the departure of a loved one, pray that their last day may be like hers. [Submitted by Sandra Trapp]
Mr. Albert Bailey, an old resident of Flagg Center, died on last Thursday afternoon. He had resided in this locality over twenty-five years, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him. One by one, the old settlers are passing away. [Rochelle Herald, April 5, 1883, Page 1 - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]
Susanna Bennett Case Callen
Rochelle Telephone, January 22, 1881: Mrs. James Callen ended her long continued suffering last Monday in death. Her's was a remarkable case; some six years ago Mrs. Callen was afflictred with a stroke of paralysis from which she never fully recovered. She has for the two years been able to move about the house by the aid of crutches, but two or three months ago a misstep brought her to the floor, falling with great violence so as to break the large bone in one limb between the knee and body. From the effect of this she failed to recover, and she died by inches, so to speak. Her suffering has been very great. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, last Wednesday, and Isreal Brundage preached the funeral sermon.
Rochelle Register, Saturday, January 22, 1881: Mrs. James Callen was born in Otsego county New York. She was the daughter of Hannah and Elijah Bennett. She was married December 25th, 1849, to James Callen. The next spring Mr. and Mrs. Callen came to this place, then known as Hickory Grove. At that time there were but two houses here, and those were built of logs. After some years, Mrs. Callen's health being poor, they went to California, and remained on the Pacific coast ten years. During that time she regained her health. They returned to Rochelle about the time the war closed, and have lived here since. Six years ago Mrs. Callen was smiten with paralysis, and it was thought at the time that she must die. She rallied, however, and though an invalid, and almost helpless the remainder of her life, she never murmured or repined. She suffered the most excruciating pain for days and weeks, but she had the strength and christian resignation to bear it uncomplainingly. She exemplified all the christian graces. She was a loving wife and tender mother. She has left a husband, two sons and two daughters, two brothers and two sisters, and very many friends to mourn her loss. "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."
"No sickness there,
No weary wasting of the fram away,
No fearful shrinking from the midnight air,
No dreas of summer's bright and fervid ray!
No hidden grief,
No wild and cheerless vision of despair;
No vain petition for a swift relief,
No tearful eyes - no broken hearts are there!
No parted friends
O'er mournful recollections have to weep-
No bed of death - enduring love attends,
To watch the coming of a paisless sleep!"
[Submitted by Sandra Trapp]
OLD SOLDIER SUMMONED - Henry Emmons Answered Final Roll Call
Friday, February 24th. Funeral Sunday
The rapidly thinning ranks of the G.A.R. met with another loss Friday, Feb. 24th, when Comrade Henry Emmons answered the summons calling him to service in the realms above. Mr. Emmons had been in poor health for many months, and until a few weeks ago was given care and treatment at the Lincoln hospital. Apparently improving, he left for his home west of Flagg Center, but his improvement was only temporary, and the angel of death came on the day mentioned.
Funeral services were held from his late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Crues, pastor of the Rochelle M.E. church officiating at the last sad rites. Members of the Rochelle Post G.A.R. were in attendance, acting as honorary escorts. The funeral was largely attended.
Henry Emmons was born in Pottersville, New Jersey, March 13, 1840. In July 1866, he was married to Melissa Cross. Of the six children born to this union but one daughter survives. June 15, 1912, he was again united in married to Mrs. Cynthia Huntley, who survives him. He heard his country's call and on Sept. 3, 1862, enlisted at Flemington, N. J., in Co. A, 31st Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. He re-enlisted on March 25, 1865, in Co. B, 1st Regiment of New Jersey. He was in the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded, also Petersburg and in Sherman's march to the sea. He was one of those who were willing to die, if needs be, that others might live.
Feb. 24, 1922, he answered the last roll call. His entire life since the war was spent in this county in and around Flagg Center. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Leah Slaughter and one grandson, Raymond Slaughter. [February 24, 1922 - Submitted by Sandra Trapp]
REV. HEALEY, D. D., IS DEAD
Father of Rev. S. S. Healey of This City
Passes Away in Polo.
Rev. H. D. Healey, D. D., father of Rev. S. S. Healey of this city, died at his home in Polo, Ill., Tuesday [03/18/1902] evening.
Dr. Healey was sixty-nine years of age. He was the father of ten children, all alive and residing in all parts of the United States. There are five sons and five daughters. The wife of the deceased died several years ago. Mr. Healey has been ill for several years of cerebral softening. His has been a life of usefulness, up to the time of his illness, he having been one of the foremost among the noted ministers of Northern Illinois in the United Brethren church.
Rev. S. S. Healey received word just before noon today of the death of his father; he and his wife, Dr. Ida W. Healey will go to Polo Thursday. [The Sterling Daily Standard, March 19, 1902, page 6, column 1 - submitted by Larry Reynolds]
Polo: - CHARLES JEANBLANC, 75, RR 3, Polo, died suddenly at his home Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor of the Polo United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery at Lee Center. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Charles Jeanblanc was born May 11, 1896 at Lee Center, the son of Able and Mary Alice Ligon Jeanblanc. On Dec. 28, 1920 he married Justina Baylor and later married Lesta Gould, July 26, 1963. He had been a Polo trailer salesman and real estate broker. He was a member of Green Lodge of IOOF and an affiliate with the Mt. Morris Moose.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Howard, Tacoma, Wash.; Ernest, Lee Center and the Rev. Dean, Utica, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Lyle (Marie Alice) Eisenberg, Amboy, and Pearle Ann, at home; two brothers, Lindsay, Franklin Grove, and Ferdinand, Lee Center; two sisters, Mrs. Harold Edith Waller, Elizabeth and Mrs. Ivo Feik, Dixon; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons and an infant daughter. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois, January 31, 1972 Monday pg 2; Submitted by Melva Taylor]
GEORGE W. BROOKS
Polo: - GEORGE W. BROOKS, 69, R.R. 2, Forreston, died Sunday evening at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Polo United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor of the Polo United Methodist Church and the Rev. Arthur Hunn, pastor of the Polo Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Brookville Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brown Seidel Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A memorial has been established.
George W. Brooks was born June 14, 1902 at Highmore, S.D., the son of George and Abbie Gorman Brooks. On Aug. 28, 1930, he married Ruthe Owen at Polo, and the couple lived the past 41 years on the same farm. He was a member of the Polo United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his widow, one son, George, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Helen) Wolber, Mt. Carroll; and Mrs. Kenneth (Leonore) Mumford, Dixon; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois, January 31, 1972 Monday pg 2; Submitted by Melva Taylor]
Louise Mary Wuebben
POLO - Louise M. Wuebben, 73, of 204 E. Webster, Polo, died Sunday at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Polo with Rev. David Schmidt offficiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 5-8:30 p.m. with the family present from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Benson-Brown-Sidel Funeral Home in Polo.
She was born Jan 10, 1912 in Polo, the daughter of Frank and Bertha Rucker Folk. She was united in marriage to Harry Wuebben on April 21, 1934 in Polo. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church and a charter member of Eagle Point Ladies Aid.
Survivors include two sons, Harold of Dayton, Ohio and Larry of Polo; one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Joyce) Groen of Polo; four brothers, Robert Folk of Oregon, Harry Folk of Polo, Melvin Folk of Lanark and Ross Folk of Shannon; four sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (June) Miller and Mrs. Ted (Frances)
Robins both of Mt. Morris, Mrs. Irvin (Helen) Schriener of Sterling and Mrs. Harvey (Viola) Dykema of Polo; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, one sister and two grandchildren. [Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, May 6, 1985, A-4 - Submitted by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent]
FLOYD AULD, 72, 215 Atlantic Blvd., Long Beach, Calif., died Tuesday in Artesia, Calif. Graveside services will be held on Saturday at Fairmount Cemetery at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Arthur Hunn of the Church of the Brethren officiating. Visitaion will be on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home. A memorial has been established.
Floyd Auld was born on Dec. 6, 1911 in Rubottom, Okla., the son of William and Mamie Lowe Auld. He retired after 20 years with Mobile Oil and Standard Oil of New Jersey and spent 14 years overseas with oil research. After retiring from the oil company he went into investments.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; two sisters and two brothers. Preceding him in death were three brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 14, 1984 - Friday, pg A4 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]
DAISY M. PLEMONN, 82, 511 N. Congress, Polo, died Tuesday (3 Jul 1984) at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. Richard Witmer of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Oak Wood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A memorial has been established in her memory. Daisy Plemonn was born on Jan. 23, 1902 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Herbert and Mary Minnick Holland. On, June 16, 1962 she married David Plemonn in Nashua Iowa. She was a member of the Polo VFW Auxiliary, Mt. Morris IOOF, and the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren. She was a retired practical nurse. Surviving are her husband, David; one daughter, Betty Snook, Polo; two sons, Donald Bowers, Florida and Dewey (Bill) Bowers, Texas; two sisters, Gladys Kopera, Arizona and Bertha Schriner, Milledgeville; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Preceding her in death was one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 5, 1984 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]
MELVIN GROSNICKLE, 66, 800 W. Main St., Polo, died Wednesday at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Polo Church of the Brethren with Pastor Rev. Arthur Hunn, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo. A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Foundation.
Melvin Grosnickle was born on Dec. 20, 1917 in Buffalo Lake, Minn., the son of Ernest and Lovetta Gelmacher Grosnickle. On Nov. 3, 1938 he married Edna Dusing in Maquoketa. He was a retired farmer and livestock buyer.
Surviving are his wife, Edna; four sons, Steven, David, Edward, and Timothy, all of Polo; three granddaughters, and one sister, Mrs. Evelyn Reid, Polo. Preceding him in death were his parents, one grandson, three brothers, and one sister. [Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 25, 1984 - Thursday, pg A6 Contributed by Melva Taylor]
HELEN A. (Pieper) PORTS, 80, 306 N. Franklin, Polo, died Saturday at RSB Hospital in Dixon. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Polo with Rev. Lawrence Vaillencourt, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today in the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral home in Polo with the family present from 7-8 p.m. A memorial has been established.
She was born Oct. 8, 1908 in Mt. Morris, the daughter of Fred and Elsie Cloyd Pieper. She married Edwin Ports, Oct. 12, 1920 in Crown Point, Ind., and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Ports was a homemaker and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Sharon) Ditzler of Polo; one sister, Ada Koplinger of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers, and one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 24, 1989 - Monday, pg A2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
PAUL N. SWEET, 79, 304 S. Union, Polo, died yesterday afternoon at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral services Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with Rev. William Clausen officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 5-8:30 p.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo. The family will be present from 7-8:30 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 8:00 p.m. A memorial has been established.
He was born Feb. 17, 1906, in Polo to John and Maude (Valentine) Sweet. He married Mildred Parker, June 25, 1932 in Rockford. He is a retired farmer. He is a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Polo Mystic Tie Lodge 187, Freeport Consistory, Tebala Shrines and the Elks.
Surviving are one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son and one sister. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 24, 1985 - Wednesday, pg A4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Oregon: AILEEN J. GEARY, 72, White Pines Living Center, died Sunday. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo with the Rev. Lawrence Vailencourt, officiating. She was born Nov. 11, 1916 in Brookville, the daughter of Samuel and Daisy Haugh Geary. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Duane R. Chandler of Polo; one brother, Reynold of Bradenton, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, and one son. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 31, 1989 - Monday, pg A2 col 5- submitted by Melva Taylor]
MRS. MARY V. DEUTH, 76, 106 N. Congress St., Polo, died (October 12, 1976) Tuesday morning after a short illness.. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor of the Polo United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Farmount Cemetery, Polo. Friends may visit the funeral home from 7-9 p.m Wednesday. A memorial has been established to the Polo Ambulance Service.
Mrs. Deuth was born Sept. 15, 1900, at Polo, the daughter of Albert C. and Edith Hammer Coffman. She married Millard Deuth at Dixon on Nov. 10, 1920. She was a charter member of the Ogle County Home, Extension Unit, a charter member of the Better Friends Club and was a member of the Town and Country Club.
Survivors include her husband, two sons, Elwin of Polo, and Lyle of Chana; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Duncan of Polo; 10 grandchildren and one brother, Carl Coffman of Polo and four sisters, Mrs. John (Neva) Gatz of Polo, Mrs. Frank (Fern) Pope of Banners Ferry, Idaho; Mrs. David (Erma) Oram of Watseka, and Mrs. Chester (Jean) McCullough of River Forest. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, October 12, 1976 - Tuesday, pg 4 - submitted by Melva Taylor]
CLARENCE (PETE) L. REED, 72, RR 2, Forreston, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Beightol, Polo. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery. There will be NO visitation.
He was born Jan. 28, 1906 in Pine Creek Twp., the son of William and Minnie Coy Reed. He married Alice J. Paul in 1936 in Iowa. Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Shirley) Beightol of Polo; one brother, Herbert Reed; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by two sisters. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 7, 1978 - Monday, pg 4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
GUY ROGERS, 79, 202 E. Elkhorn St., Polo, died Wednesday evening (15 June 1983) at Community General Hospital, Sterling, after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Brown-Seidell Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Kingery, pastor of the Brookfield United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Brookville Lutheran Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Brookville United Methodist Church.
Guy Rogers was born on May 30, 1904 in Brookville, the son of Lee and Pearl McDonnald Rogers. On April 21, 1928 he married La Rue Smith in Dixon. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife and one sister, Mrs. Gerald (Cathryn) Staples, Polo. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, June 16, 1983 - Thursday, pg A6 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Mrs. Otto Linder (Veve Gatz) Dies In Chicago on Tuesday
Polo: - Word was received Tuesday by Charles Gatz apprising him of the death of his daughter, Mrs. Otto Linder who passed away Tuesday morning at her home at 4631 West Berry avenue, Chicago. Mrs. Linder was the former Veva Gatz. Her husband and a stepson and stepdaughter of Chicago, her father of Polo, two brothers, John and Carl of Polo and two sisters, Mrs. George Haines, and Mrs. Fred Cannon of Polo, survive. Funeral services were held in Chicago today, Thursday, and the remains were brought to Polo for interment in Reed cemetery west of town. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 24, 1949 - Thursday, pg. 2, Col. 3 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Robert A. Folk
Sterling – Robert A. Folk, 91, of Sterling died Sunday August 29, 1999 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born June 24, 1908 in Polo to Frank and Bertha (Rucker) Folk. He was married to Irma Baker on June 28, 1947. She died February 10, 1953. He and Nina Ziegenfuss were married June 24, 1954. She died December 15, 1977. Rita Garner and he were married December 17, 1985. She died February 6, 1986. On April 12, 1992, he and Dorothy Toepfer were married. She died April 29, 1996.
During World War II he served in the Navy, Seabees 25th Special Division. His memberships included Polo American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on many community committees in the Ogle County area, and was a past president and governing council member of Blackhawk Hills Resource, Conservation and Development Program. He was owner of several businesses in Polo, was the John Deere dealer in Polo, and was curator of the John Deere home in Grand Detour.
Surviving are three sisters, Helen (Kip) Schreiner of Sterling, Viola Dykema of Polo, and Fran Robbins of Mount Morris; one brother, Melvin (Benita) Folk of Lanark; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death in addition to his wives were three sisters, four brothers, and one daughter.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo with the Rev. Duane Fluechtling officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. [Submitted by Alice Horner]
CHARLES R. HEY
Polo: - Funeral services for Charles R. Hay, 74, 309 N Congress Ave., Polo, who died Tuesday evening at the Dixon Public Hospital and burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.
Charles Hey, was born near Polo, August 5, 1892, the son of George and Janette Pollock Hey. He married Ivy O'Kane, Oct. 15, 1918. He is survived by his widow, a son, William, Springfield and two grandchildren. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Dixon. Visitation to the funeral home will be from 7 to 8 Thursday evening. [Submitted by Melva Taylor]
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
March 29, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4
RUTH (Stull) HOLBY
Mrs. Ruth Holby Dies Monday
Polo: - Mrs. Ruth Holby, 82, of 345 W. Oregon St., Polo, died Monday at the Dixon Public Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo with the Rev. Arthur Hunn officiating. Burial will be in Willwood Cemetery in Rockford. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for diabetes research.
She was born Nov. 17, 1894 near Polo, the daughter of E.L. Stull and Alice Holly Stull. She married Frank Holby on Jan. 31, 1912 in Dixon. He preceded her in death in 1957.
She is survived by one son, William of Rockford, one daughter Mrs. Ruth Warner of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Rev. Maynard Stull of Springfield, Ohio; and Leslie Stull of Rockford; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Rucker and Mrs. Alice Maas, both of Polo, and Mrs. Dudley (Florence) Allen of Mt. Morris; eight grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and four gret great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband, one daughter and five brothers.
[Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 10, 1969 - Monday, pg 2
MINNIE (Butterbaugh) CORDELL
Polo: - Mrs. Minnie Cordell, 90, of 410 W. Locust St., passed away at 1 a.m. today at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Benson-McNabb Funeral Home, Polo, with the Rev. Jo Piesen and the Rev. Merle Hawbecker, officiating. Burial will be in the West Branch Church of the Brethren Cemetery.
Minnie Biutterbaugh was born Oct 6, 1879 in Lincoln Township, the daughter of Daniel and Margaret Boyd Butterbaugh. She married William H. Cordell Nov. 21, 1899.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Hazel C. Fouke, Polo; one granddaughter, Mrs. Kenja Ogata, Sterling; one great granddaughter, Kendelin Ogata, Boston, Mass.; two brothers, Frank Butterbaugh, Seebring, Fla.; Charles Butterbaugh, Dixon; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Fry Lanark.
She was preceded by her husband, May 19, 1947; one daughter, one sister and four brothers. There will be no visitation. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
HELEN (Zbinden) LOOSLEY
Helen Loosley, Malin, Or., died Thursday at Klamath Falls. She was a former Sterling resident.. Funeral services will be held in Malin Saturday. Mrs. Loosley was born Mrach 15, 1898, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Zbinden. Survivors include her husband, Merle, one son, John, Roseburg, Ore., one daughter, Daorothy and one brother, Otto Zbinden. [Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois - September 6, 1974 - Friday, pg. 2, Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Dale L. Richardson, 80, of Rochelle, died Friday, Dec 31, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Richardson was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Lee, the son of Hirman and Clara (Brown) Richardson. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Joanne Pottinger on Aug. 6, 1971, in Rochelle. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3878, Rochelle Masonic Lodge 374, Shabbona and American Legion Lodge 0654, waterman.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Nancy (Ed) Glavin and Cheryl Pontnack, both of Rochelle; three stepsons, Randy Clark of St. Louis, Rick (Penny) Pottinger of Plant City, Fla., and Donald (Linda) Pottinger of Oregon; a brother Lloyd (Rita) Richardson of Davis Junction; three grandchildren; several step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter; and three brothers, Alvin, Garland and Raymond Richardson.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, with the Rev. Wayne L Derber officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by VFW Post 3878, Rochelle, is at Union Cemetery. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
[Jan 2, 2005 Daily Gazette - Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
LOULU (Travis) SMITH
Mrs. Loulu M. Smith Dies Wednesday Afternoon
Mrs. Loulu M. Smith, 60, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Linton nursing home, after an illness of six months. The body rests at the Melvin funeral home in Sterling, where friends may call Thursday evening. Friday morning the body will be taken to the Melvin funeral home in Polo, where friends may call until the hour of the funeral.
Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin funeral home at Polo, conducted by the Rev. H. C. Hatton of the Nazarene church, Sterling. Burial will take place in Fairmount cemetery, Polo. Mrs. Smith, daughter of William and Mary Ellen Travis, was born August 21, 1888, in Polo. She was united in marriage with Warren Smith on December 3, 1906, at Clinton, Ia.
Surviving Mrs. Smith are one daughter, Mrs. Ben Jokerst, jr., of Rock Falls; two sons, Miles LeRoy Smith of Polo and W. N Smith of Sterling; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Gilbert and Mrs. Ernest Quaco of Polo and Mrs. Harry Newcomer of Dixon; three brothers, George Travis of Oregon and John and Clayton Travis of Polo; nine grandchilcren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Smith had spent her entire life in the vicinity of Polo. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Willis Travis. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 17, 1949 - Thursday Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
Margaret "Ma" Reber, 79, of 2100 Freeport Road in Sterling, died Friday evening (23 January 1987) in KSB Hospital in Dixon following an extended illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon with Rev. Frank Lay, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oregon officiating. Burial will be in Lights Ville Cemetery in Leaf River. Visitation will be today from 12 noon - 9 p.m. with the family present from 7-9 p.m.
Mrs. Reber was born on March 25, 1907 in Rock Falls, the daughter of George and Minnie Theil Hertzner. On Jan. 28, 1928 she was united in marriage to Howard E. Reber of Leaf River and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1983.
Survivors include two grandsons, Walter H. Smith and Howard E. Smith, both of Dixon; one sister, Katherine Onley of Inboden, Ark.; and one great grandson. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty J. Smith and one son, Robert Reber. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 26, 1987 - Monday, pg A2 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
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