Ogle County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices
These were all contributed by Sharon Strow
Ethel B. Wakenight
Mrs. Ethel B. Wakenight,71, rural Mt. Morris, died Dec. 18 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was a former Oregon resident.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Victor (Priscilla Mon, of Mt. Morris; two grandchildren; six great -grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs Blanche Schroeder and Mrs. Mildred Milliman, both of Oregon, Mrs Alice Dewey and Mrs. Elizabeth Hillison, both of Amboy, and Mrs Emma Draege, of Chana and one brother, John Andrew of Downey, Cali.
Funeral services were held Saturday in an Oregon funeral home, and burial was in Washington Grove Cemetery. [Rochelle Leader, 12-26-1975]
Vernie Mae Wakenight
Mrs. Vernie Mae Wakenight of 412 West Brayton Rd., died in her home Friday morning At 6:30. She was born April 8th, 1879 in Pine Creek TWP and lived in the Mt. Morris area all her life. She was a life long member of the Church of the Brethren. Surviving are her husband, Sylvester Wakenight: two sons Lloyd of Mt. Morris, Clarence of Englewood CO: two daughters, Mrs. June Cullen of Oregon and Mrs. Nellie Karr of Cherry Valley and two brothers Roy and William Barnhart of Mt. Morris: four Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her Parents and one son.
Services were held at 2:00 Monday afternoon in the Finch funeral home. The Rev. William Harper, Pastor of the Christian Church, officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. [MT. MORRIS TIMES, 10-14-1954]
Helen M. Palmer
Helen M. Palmer, 88, 6241 Lori Lynn Lane, died at 2:35 a.m. Saturday Feb. 4, 1989, in Saint Anthony Medical Center after a long illness. Born July 26, 1900, in Byron, daughter of Charles and Nettie Baker. Lived most of her life in Rockford. Married Emery Palmer in Freeport, Oct. 2, 1920. Member Court Street United Methodist Church. Survivors include son, Emery Jr. (Joan), Hardy, Ark., daughter, Hazel (John) Domski, Rockford; sister, Rosie Cantwell, Rockford; eight grandchildren, J. Craig (Barb) Domski, Ames Iowa, Steven (Sandi) Domski, Redondo Beach, Calif., Daniel (Michelene) Domski, Rockford, David Domski, Long Beach, Calif., Lori Domski (Jeff) Swanson, and Linda Domski (Todd) Schroeder, Rockford, and Emery F. (Kathy) Palmer 111, Phoenix, Ariz, and Pamela L. Palmer, Glendale Ariz., and 10 great- grandchildren.
Services at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Gasparini & Oliver Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano Drive, with the Rev. Dr. Donald Thomas, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 a.m. Thursday. [Rockford Register Star, Sunday 2-5-1989]
Mrs Mary Paul, 59, a resident of South 11th Street, Rochelle, died at her home here Saturday morning, April 5.
Mrs. Paul was born Sep. 21, 1887, at Mount Morris. Her husband, Edward Paul, dies five years ago. She is survived by a brother, William Bearman, Rochelle and a daughter living in Ft. Worth, TX.
Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Unger Funeral Home, the Rev. Perry C. Horton, Church Of God pastor, officiating. Burial was at Mount Morris. [Rochelle News 5-9-1947]
OREGON -Barbara J. Smice, 61, of Oregon died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at her home. She was employed by Ogle County Sheriff's Department as a corrections officer for 14 years, retiring in 1999.
Mrs. Smice was born July 10, 1940, the daughter of Alvin and Genevive Blume. She married Robert F. Smice Sr. on July 13, 1991 in Oregon. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon.
Survivors include her husband, a son Tyler Schlickman of Lindenwood; a daughter Kim (Richard) Osborne of Lindenwood; two stepsons, Frank (Jill) Smice of Leaf River and Jeff Smice of Byron; two stepdaughters, Lisa Freeze of Green Bay, Wis., and Denise Smice of Mount Morris; three grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a stepdaughter and two stepgrandchildren.
The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, with the Rev. William Budden, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, officiating. Burial is at Daysville Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Sylvester (Goldie) Wakenight, a former resident of Mt. Morris, died July 2nd in Anderson, MO. Where she was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Daniels. Services were held in Anderson on July 5th.
Survivors include her Husband of Oregon, two daughters, Mrs. Daniels and Mrs. Marie Noel of Lonigan MO., a son, Alvin Christiason of California; Two stepdaughters, Mrs. John Karr and Mrs. Elmer Cullen, both of Oregon [MT. MORRIS TIMES 7-9-1975]
Alta M. Steffa
Alta M. Stefta, 90, 4149 Safford Road, died 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, June, 19, 1985, in Highview Retirement Home after a short illness. Born July 22, 1894, in Elva, daughter of Corwin and Ida Cook. Lived 20 years in Rockford, coming, from DeKalb. Married Josiah Steffa in Shabbona, Nov. 30, 1916. Housewife. Member Third Presbyterian Church, Harmony Circle, Order of Eastern Star. Survivors Include a nephew, Kenneth Lizer, Rockford; three nieces, Harriett Lundeen, Marion Holmes, and Helen Router, all in California. Services 10 a.m. Saturday; June 22, In DELEHANTY FUNERAL HOME LTD., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with the Rev. Murray Hanson, Third Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Falrvlew Memory Gardens, DeKalb. No visitation. [Rockford Register Star, 6-22-1985]
Leonard (Mike) Coy
Oregon-- Leonard (Mike) Coy, 80, 711 S. Third St., died unexpectantly Saturday morning in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, following an apparent heart attack. He was employed by Carnation Milk Co. There for many years, retiring in 1964.
He was born Feb. 12,1899, in Pine Rock Township, Ogle County, to Frank and Lillian (Smice) Coy. He was married to Hazel Moore Nov. 10, 1923, in Dixon.
Coy was preceded in death by two Granddaughters, one Grandson, and two Sisters.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Blagg of Oregon; a Son, Walter of Oregon; four Grandchildren; and nine Great-Grandchildren.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Farrell- Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Wilson, pastor of the Four Square Gospel Church, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. [Unknown newspaper, date was Jan 1980]
Nellie C. Fegan
Mrs. Nellie C. Fegan, 56, 6312 Brown Parkway, Loves Park, died 4:45 a.m., Monday June 21, in Americana Nursing Home after a long illness. Born Jan 24, 1909, in Polo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millford Cross. Lived 14 years in Rockford, coming here from Byron. Married to Arthur Fegan in Dixon, March 2, 1927. Employed as a seamstress by Cole's Cleaners for past 5 years. Member of Church Of Christ. Survivors include: her husband; two sons, Bernard, Byron, and Arthur Jr., Rockford; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dyer, Loves Park; three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Snyder and Mrs, Delia Myers. Polo; and Mrs. Dottie Kesselring, Wosung.
Services at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, in Long- Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave., with the Rev. Dale E. Erickson, pastor of Lincoln Park Church Of Christ, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday 6-22-1965]
Elmer V. Cullen
Oregon- Elmer V. Cullen, 81, of Oregon died Sunday, Feb. 25, in Cape Cod, Mass. He was employed by Carnation Milk Factory in the maintenance department retiring in 1981,
Mr Cullen was born March 16, 1919, in Oregon the son of Ray and Elsie (Krauss) Cullen. He married June Wakenight on April 6, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa. She died November 28, 1997. He served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, He was a member of the Oregon Church Of God, Oregon VFW 8739 and Mount Morris American Legion 143.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia (William) Lundholm of Cape Cod Mass; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at The Oregon Church Of God, with the Rev. Michael Hoffman officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris. [Telegraph 2-27-2001]
Mary Elaine Drumheller
Mount Morris-- Mary Elaine Drumheller, 71, of 414 W. Brayton Road, Mount Morris, died Monday, Oct. 14, 1991, at Rockford Memorial hospital after a sudden illness.
She was employed at the former Conover Piano factory in Oregon for a short time and then was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Mount Morris Ladies Auxiliary.
Born at Amboy on Feb. 28, 1920, she was the daughter of Glenn and Clara Belle (King) Derr.
She married John W. Thompson on Jan. 21, 1941 at Maquoketa, Iowa, He died on April 1957
On Sep. 30, 1958, She and Floyd J. Drumheller were married at Dixon.
Surviving are her husband, Floyd; six sons, John G. and wife, Marion Thompson, and Floyd W. Drumheller all of Mount Morris, Charles and wife, Diane, Thompson, William and wife Linda Thompson, and Donald and wife Cindy Drumheller, all of Oregon, and Robert and wife Kathy Thompson of Sterling Colo. Also two daughters, Mary Thompson of MT. Morris and Ann and husband, Gene, Patterson of Oregon; one stepdaughter, Rita and husband Allan, Anderson of Salem; 17 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel Derr of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Charles and wife Norma, Derr of Amboy; and two sisters, Dottie and husband Glenn, North of Amboy, and Ellen and husband Myrl, Johnson of Fort Atkinson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris. The Rev. Phil Schroeder of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Morris will officiate.
Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mount Morris.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. [unknown newspaper, 10-15-1991]
Elizabeth M. Sigler
BYRON - Elizabeth M. "Liz" Sigler, 86, of Byron died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, in Neighbors Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Byron, daughter of Samuel E. and Susan D. Palmer Doyle. Graduate of Byron High School, Class of 1932. Liz married George Sigler on Dec. 2, 1933, in Oregon; he died in 1983. She was a member of Byron Area Senior Citizens and enjoyed going on trips with the group. She also was a member of Byron American Legion Auxiliary and loved to play bingo and cards. Survivors include daughter, Arlene (Harry) Sandager of Winnebago; son, Gary (Cindy) Sigler of Loves Park; grandchildren Brian (Sue) Sandager, Shelby (Steve) Butler, Kevin (Lisa) Sandager, Kerry (Lisa) Sandager, Michael Sigler, Scott (Sara) Sigler and Steve (Wendy) Sigler; 12 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; brothers Clarence (Dooley) Doyle and Harley (Mae) Doyle; and several nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.
Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday Aug. 17, in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron, with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mount Morris Township. [Rockford Register Star, Tuesday 8-14-2001]
Lillian M. Rowland
Rockford- Visitation for Lillian M. Rowland, 69, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Morrison-Genandt Funeral Home.
Mrs. Rowland died Saturday at Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was born April 22, 1917, in Byron to Sam and Susie Palmer Doyle.
She was employed as a labratory technician by Valspar Paint Co., for 30 years, retiring in 1982.
Survivors include three sons, Roger of Rockford, Raymond of Davis and Robert Lee of Houston; three brothers, Clarence Doyle of Machesney Park, Donald Doyle of Egan, and Harley Doyle of Rockford; a sister, Elizabeth Sigler of Rockford; four grandchildren; Byron and Rhonda Rowland of Rockford and Daniel and Laura Rowland of Davis; a great- grandson, Joseph Rowland of Rockford,
She was proceeded in death by a brother; Charles and two sisters, Edna Doyle and Ruth Tunnell.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wed. at Morrison- Genandt Funeral Home with Rev. William Butler, pastor of Winnebago First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Leaf River. [unknown newspaper, c. 1986]
Charles F. Drumheller
Charles (Chas) F. Drumheller, a life long resident of this locality, died Monday afternoon at his home at 414 West Brayton Road after an illness of about one year, the immediate cause of death being a paralytic shock with which he was stricken on Tuesday of last week.
A carpenter by trade, Mr. Drummheller also was a building contractor for a period of years and was well known in local business circles until ill health forced his retirement.
Mr. Drumheller was born June 7, 1866, in Leaf River township, the son of Senarius (Charles) and Caroline Drumheller, and at death was 77 years, five months, and 22 days of age. His marriage to Sadie Wakenight of Mt. Morris occured DEC, 22, 1897.
Seven children were born to this union, four of whom, with the widow survive. They are Mrs. Gladys Smice of Oregon; Miss Lillian, at home; Sgt Kenneth, serving with the field artillery in Sicily, and Floyd, a recent Army inductee now stationed at Denver. Preceding him in death were two children who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Paul. who's death was about 17 months ago at Chana
Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon at the Church of the Brethren, the rites being in charge of Rev. Foster B. Statler, and burial was made in Plainview cemetery. [Mt Morris Index, Friday, 12-3-1943]
Floyd J. Drumheller, 67, of 414 W. Brayton Rd., died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1993 in his home. He was a pressman in the roto pressroom at Kable Printing for over 20 years prior to his retirement in 1972.
He was born Sept. 30, 1925 in Mount Morris to Charles F. and Gladys Drumheller. He married Mary E. Derr on Sept. 30, 1959 in Lee County. She preceded him in death in October of 1991
He was also preceded in death by two half sisters.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW 2, serving in the South Pacific, and a member of the Mount Morris VFW Post 3639 and the International Pressmen's Union.
Survivor's include his sons, Donald (Cindy) and Floyd A. Drumheller of Mount Morris; daughter, Rita (Alan) Anderson of Salem; step- sons, John (Marion) Thompson of Mount Morris, Charles (Diane) Thompson and William (Linda) Thompson both of Oregon, and Robert (Cathy) Thompson of Sterling Colo.; step -daughters, Mary Thompson of Mount Morris and Ann (Gene) Patterson of Oregon; brother, Kenneth "Smokey" Drumheller of Rockford; half- brothers, Frederick and Robert Smice of Oregon and Ronald Smice of Mount Morris; half- sisters, Beverly Noble and Bonnie (Dean) Barnhart of Oregon and Gloria (Curtis) Ennenga of Mount Morris; also 2 grandchildren , 14 step -grandchildren, and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Finch Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Schroeder , Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. [Dixon Telegraph 3-1-1993]
Note-- states Smice, Barnhart, and others as half -brothers and sisters they should actually be nieces and nephews according to sister Gloria's Obit. This makes more sense with the multiple surnames and the fact his sister married a Smice, and as of yet there are no other marriages for his parents.
Gladys P. Smice
Gladys P. Smice, 73, formally of 408 S. Fourth St., died Wednesday, April 27th, in White Pines Manor Nursing home after a long illness. She was the mother of Mrs. Curt (Gloria) Ennenga and the sister of Kenneth Drumheller of Mt. Morris. She worked for the Oregon Manufacturing Co. for many years. She was born April 12th, 1910 in Mt. Morris to Charles and Sadie (Wakenight)
Drumheller. She was married to Harvey Smice May 12th, 1934 in Oregon. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13th, 1976. She was also preceded in death by one daughter.
She was a member of the East Oregon Church Of God.
Survivors in addition to her daughter and brother include daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Blake, Mrs. Dean (Bonnie) Barnhart, Mrs. Lee (Beverly) Noble all of Oregon: Sons Frederick, Ronald, and Robert, all of Oregon: 15 grandchildren and 7 great -grandchildren. [MT. MORRIS TIMES, 5-4-1983]
ROCKFORD- Kenneth G. "Smokey", 78, formally of Mt. Morris, died Saturday April 17, 1993, in the Locustwood Health Care Center following a brief illness. He was a pressman in the rotary pressroom at Kable Printing Co. for 31 years prior to his retirement in 1976.
He was born July 2, 1914 in Mount Morris to Charles F. and Sadie (Wakenight) Drumheller.
He was a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving in Europe, and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Post 3639, American Legion Post 143, Moose Lodge 1551, and the International Brotherhood Of Pressmen, and Assistants Union Local 124, all of Mount Morris.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
Survivors include his sons, Sherwood (Trudy) of Mount Morris, Chuck of Hardy, Ark., and Kenneth C.; step -daughter, Patricia Jaurez of Memphis,Tenn.
Graveside services are 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Plainview Cemetery, Mount Morris, with the Rev. Phil Schroeder, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Visitation is from 7 to 9 tonight in the Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris. [Dixon Telegraph 4-19-1993 p8]
Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Ashton Lutheran Church for Mrs. Earl Paul, 42, who died Monday evening at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. The Rev August Blobaum, pastor of Paynes Point Lutheran Church officiating, and burial will be in the Ashton cemetery
She was the former Ruth Fay Drumheller, and had lived near Chana for 17 years. About a year ago the family moved to one of Frank O Lowden farms, five miles west of Chana.
Survivors include her husband and 10 children, Calvin of Rochelle, Mrs. Lauren Beck of Ashton, Sergeant Albert Paul, stationed in North Carolina, and Edward, Charles, Robert, Duane, Carl, Margaret, and Betty all at home. [Rochelle Leader 7-23-1942]
Donald T. Dusing
Services were held Tuesday for Donald Thomas Dusing
Donald Thomas Dusing, 45, 320 E. Lincoln at Mount Morris, died Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
The son of the late Stanley and Blanche Dusing, he was born May 25, 1920 in Pine Creek township.
On June 14, 1941 he was united in marriage to Maryalyce Olsen. To this union five children were born, two sons Douglas and William and three daughters, Janice, Sue, and Norma.
He attended the local schools, graduating from the Mount Morris High School with the class of 1938. He was employed at Kable Printing Co. and in (year and name he became a member of something Country Club can't read the copy).
Mr. Dusing was a member of the Mount Morris Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was immediate past president of the Men's Club; the International Printing Pressman's and assistant's union, local 124, where he had served in several capacities, the most recent being the office of vice president from which he was forced to resign because of bad health.
He was member of the board of directors of Kable Credit Union and had been an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3639. During World War 11 he served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific.
Survivors include his wife, Maryalyce, Mount Morris; two sons, Sp/4 Douglas, stationed at Fort Sheridan and William at home; three daughters, Janice, Sue, and Norma at home; three brothers, Eugene, Waynard, Rockford, Marlow of Dixon; his stepmother, Mrs. Stanley Dusing, Dixon; and a half -sister, Margaret, Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mabel.
Services were held Tuesday Oct. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ralph Ryberg, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was made in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. [Mount Morris Times 10-14-1965]
Douglas A. Dusing
Palatine - Douglas A. Dusing, 67, of Palatine, formally of Mount Morris, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights.
Doug was born March 30, 1942, in Oregon, the son of Donald T. and Maryalyce (Olsen) Dusing. He graduated in 1960 from Mount Morris High School. Doug served in the Army from 1964 to 1967. He attended several schools, including the University of Illinois, Rockford School of Business, Electronic Computer Programming institute, and computer system institute. Doug also attended many extension course at the University of Wisconsin. He married Kathleen L. Kreider on March 28, 1970 in Mount Morris.
Doug lived most of his early life in the Mount Morris area, and worked for Kable Printing, and Kable News Co. He was director of transportation at Kable News Company when he moved to the Chicago area to work for several diffrent companies, including Gloria Lean Gourmet Coffee as a transportation manager. He retired because of health reasons in 2003 from AB Dick Co., Niles. He worked in transportation management for four years, and also worked for six years as a mainframe computer programmer for AB Dick.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Kathleen L. Dusing of palatine: one son, Donald T. (Grace) Dusing of Chicago: two stepchildren, Timothy R. (Rose Marie) Dunbar of Madison, Wis, and Amy Owen of Tustin, Calif.: three sisters, Jan (James) Ahling of Estero, Fla., Sue (Larry) Spaulding of Sterling, and Norma Dusing of Madison, Wis.: one brother, William (Karen) Dusing of Cedar Rapids, Iowa: one grandson, Jamie T. Dusing: six stepgrandchildren, Matt and Joe Owen of Tustin, Calif., Eric and Juliana Hernandez of Chicago, and Nicole and Caitlyn of Madison, Wis.
Memorial services is at 1 p.m. Monday at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris, Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris. There is no visitation. [Dixon Telegraph, Saturday, April 4, 2009]
Stanley Webster Dusing
Stanley Webster Dusing, 81, of Dixon, father of Donald T. Dusing , Mt. Morris, dDied Sunday, Nov. 22nd in KSB Hospital, Dixon following a short illness.
He was born March 9th, 1883 in Myersville, MD. He was united in marriage with the former Blanche Green and moved to IL in 1917 where he farmed in the Mt. Morris area for many years .
To this union were born four sons, Waynard and Eugene of Rockford, Marlow of Dixon, and Donald of Mt. Morris, all of whom survived, and a daughter, Mabel who preceded him in death. His wife died in 1937. Mr. Dusing moved to Dixon in 1943 and in 1951 was united in marriage to Edna Wakenight. To this union a daughter, Margaret, was born who also survives.
Survivors include his widow, four sons, one daughter, 15 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Emmert Shepley of Fredrick MD., also survives. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24th at Chapel Hill in Dixon and internment was made at Mt. Zion cemetery near Oregon. [MT. MORRIS TIMES 10-14-1965]
Arthur M. Fegan
Arthur M. Fegan, 89, 4401 N. Main St., died at 1:50 a.m. Thursday March 31, 1988 in River Bluff Nursing Home after a long illness. Born Sept. 1, 1898 in Doylesburg, Pa., the son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Harriet Pyper. Moved to Polo in 1951 from Pennsylvania, and came to Rockford in 1941 from Polo. Married the former Nellie C. Cross in Dixon on March 1, 1927; She died June 21, 1965. Employed for many years by the George D. Roper Corp. Member of Lincoln Park Church of Christ, Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Dyer, Rockford; two sons, Bernard James, Byron, and Arthur M. Jr., Rockford; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a great-grandchild, two sisters, and nine brothers.
Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, in Anderson-Long-klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave., with the Rev. David R. Morley, pastor of Lincoln Park Church of Christ, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call from 9:30 untill 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.[Rockford Register Star, Friday 4-1-1988]
Clara V. Wakenight
Services for Clara V. Wakenight, 57, 1720 7th St., a former Oregon resident, who died Tuesday in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness will be at 11 a.m. in Farrell Funeral Home, Oregon. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Merle, James, and Kim, all of Rockford, and Kenneth, Cambria, Wis.; a daughter Ruth Webb, Caledonia; 14 grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Hightower, Mount Morris.
Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. [Rockford Register Star, Thursday 5-10-1979]
NOTE: From Rockford Directory 1955: address: 207 N. Avon
Mrs Stanley Dusing of Pine Creek Twp. passed away Sunday afternoon at her home following a long period of ill health.
Blanch Green was born in Fredrick Co., MD on Sept. 27th, 1885. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Waynard, Marlow, Donald, and Eugene. And six brothers, a daughter Mable preceeded her in death.
Funeral sevices will be held Wednesday afternoon from the home at 2:00. Conducted by Rev. Reynold Hoover of Chicago, formally pastor of the Methodist Church of Mt. Morris, assisted by Rev. N. A. Bollinger christian minister of Mt. Morris. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery [Dixon Telegraph 11-9-1937 p9 c2]
Mrs Elizabeth Steffa passed away at 12:30 p.m. at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford were she had been a patient since the preceding Wednesday.
She was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, May 1, 1877, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gruber, and came to Illinois at nine years of age. She was married to Nehemiah Steffa who preceded her in death fourteen years ago.
Surviving are seven children; Floyd and Alva of Rockford, Mrs Leta McNames of Byron, Lawrence serving with the Armed Forces in Australia, Mrs Leila Hays, Mrs Geneva Mammenga and Orville Steffa of Oregon, two brothers, Garfield and Elmer Gruber, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Sudbury of Pine Rock Township, and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev. J.E. Dale officiating, and burial was made in Silver Creek cemetery. [unknown newspaper]
Vera Mae Mayer
Vera Mae Mayer, age 88, of Leaf River, died 9:30 a. m. Sunday, Feb. 7 in Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron after a short illness.
She was born Dec. 19, 1893 in Stephenson County. She was the daughter of Elias Heiter. Mrs. Mayer lived in Leaf River 73 years, coming from Stephenson County.
She married the former Guy Mayer, from Leaf River, June 30, 1921. Mrs Mayer was a member of The Leaf River United Methodist Church and a member of the Mary Martha Club of Leaf River.
She graduated form Leaf River High School in 1911. Survivors in addition to her son Donald of Leaf River, include one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Griesman of Loves Park, five grandchildren, and one great -grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m., at the Leaf river United Methodist Church, the Rev. Teresa Schlub, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in North Grove Evangelical Cemetery. Friends may call at the Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 9. [Mt. Morris Times 2-10-1982]
Death certificate for Maggie H. Wakenight as it reads:
Oregon, Ogle County, IL
date of death November 6, 1918
Female, white, married
husband not named [but may have been Harry Wakenight, who was the informant]
date of birth September 26, 1880
age at death: 38 years 1 month 11 days
birthplace: Rockvale, Ogle County, IL
father: David Hill, born in Maryland
mother: Mary A. Thomas, born in Maryland
cause of death: influenza
buried: Mount Morris
Mrs. Joseph Steffa
Mrs Joseph Steffa of Rockvale, aged 78 years, died Friday morning. The funeral was held Saturday at the Silver Creek Church. Mrs. Lewis Fouch of this city is the daughter of the deceased. [Ogle County Reporter 12-18-1901]
Fred E. Himert
Fred E. Himert, 81, Byron, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1973, in his home. Born March 28, 1891 in Oregon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Himert. Lived 42 years In Byron, moving there from Stillman Valley. Married to the former Mary Steffa in Byron, May 18, 1912. Retired road maintenance worker for Ogle County Highway Department. Member of Byron Lodge 274 AF & AM. Attended Oregon High School. Survivors include: Two sons, Steffa, Winnebago, and Glen, Lombard; two daughters, Mrs. Ellyn Rowley, Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. A. Robert (Helen), Hewitt, Rockford; a brother, Donald, California; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Rock, Mount Morris, and Mrs. Clarence Lumsden, Oregon; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Friday In BAKENMER-MORRISON FUNERAL HOME with the Rev. George Hartz, pastor of the United Church ot Christ, officiating. Burial in Wiliwood Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, Friday 2-16-1973]
[Note: spelled "Heimert" on some obits and records, so watch for this.]
Mrs. Susan Mumma of Forreston died about 11 o'clock a.m., Thursday, May 8, 1902 of pneumonia, after an illness of only four days. On Sunday she was invited to take dinner at the home of Ed Lewis. The invitation was accepted, and she ate a hearty dinner and enjoyed the visit. She went home about two o'clock, and was immediately taken with a hard chill from which she never recovered.
Mrs. Mumma was one of the pioneers of Ogle County, and has a history full of interesting experiences. Susan Huffman was born in Washington County, Maryland, February 1, 1822. December 6, 1842, she was married to John Mumma and in 1846, started for the great West by team over the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River, down the Ohio to the Mississippi, up the "Father of Waters" and the Illinois River to Peru, Illinois, from there by team again to near Mt. Morris, Illinois, where they lived until 1853, when they moved to Adeline where she lived until the death of Mr. Mumma eleven years ago. Since then she has lived with her children. For the past five years, she has lived with her son, Frank, and cared for his motherless little boy, with whom she was greatly attached.
Six children survive the aged mother. They are Samuel W., Frank and David of Forreston; Josiah of Rockford, Mrs. Mary E. Kerns of Mt. Morris and Mrs. Catherine Omelia of Forreston. All were at the bedside at the time of her death, except Josiah, who was compelled to return home, Wednesday, having been here the day before.
She was the last of her family, but leaves, besides her children, thirteen grand children and six great grandchildren. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. H. Harman, who spoke from Exodus 33:14 at the Lutheran Church of Forreston. From there the remains were taken to her old home at Adeline where a brief service was held in the Liberal U. B. Church to a large audience of neighbors and friends. The remains were laid to rest in the family burial lot. She was an unassuming, loving, watchful mother and lived and worked all her days in the sphere of mother for her children and her home, and thus one by one they are going home. [unknown newspaper, c. May 1902]
Rudolph A. Jecklin
Polo-- Rudolph A. Jecklin , 82, of 13292 West South County Line Road, died Saturday, Sep. 2, 1995 in KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was a retired farmer, farming in the Ogle County area most of his lifetime.
He was born Dec. 23, 1912 in Brookville to Rudolph R. and Menga (Conrad) Jecklin. He married Mary Fouch on Feb. 19, 1938 in the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.
He was a member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Surviving include his wife; two sons, Paul (Carol) of Savannah, GA. and Russell (Sheryl) of Rockford; two brothers, Conrad (Pauline) of Polo and Frederick (Mildred) of Mount Morris; four grandchildren and two great -grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon with the Rev. Jeffrey V. Linman, pastor of The Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel hill Memorial Park. Visitation was held Monday in the funeral home. [Dixon Telegraph, 9-5-1995, p8, c3]
Gilbert G. Johnson
Gilbert G. Johnson, 66, 3214 Bildahl St., died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 1982, In Swedish-American Hospital after a short illness. Born Aug, 15. 1915, In Byron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Johnson. Lived most ot his life In Rockford, coming from Byron, Married to the former Elizabeth Keep In Clinton, Iowa, Dec. 23, 1939; she died in Rockford, Oct. 20, 1964. Employed as header operator by Camcar Division of Textron Inc. 31 years, retiring May 1981. Survivors Include four daughters, Mrs. Beverly Richardson, Kirkland, Mrs. Marion Nelson, Rockford, and Mrs. Marjorie Shearer and Mrs. Marlene Shearer, both of Monroe Center: 10 grandchildren; a brother, Harley Johnson, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Lahre, Rockford, and Mrs. Lenora Nelson, Franksville, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.
Services, at 1 p.m. Wednesday. June 30, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with the Rev. David Anderson, pastor of Morningside Covenant Church, officiating. Burial in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. [Rockford Register Star, Tuesday 6-29-1982]
Harley C. Johnson
Harley Chris Johnson, 70, 3501 Arline Ave., died at 4:50 p.m. Monday, July 12, 1982, in his home after a sudden illness. Born Nov. 9, 1911, in Byron, son of, Morris and Olia Johnson. Lived 47 years in Rockford, coming from Byron, Married to the former Ada C. Sears in Rockford, May 16, 1935. Employed as grinder operator by Mechanics Universal Joint Division of Borg Warner Corp. for 27'/2 years, retiring 1972. Former member of United Auto Workers. Survivors include his wife, Ada; three sons, Richard C. and Marvin H. Johnson, both of Rockford, and Kenneth J., Davis; a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (JoAnn) Wilkins, Machesney Park, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Lahre, Rockford, and Mrs. Lenora Nelson, Franksville, Wis.; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother, Gilbert G. Johnson, June 27, 1982.
Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in FRED C OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave. with the Rev. David Anderson, pastor of Morningside Covenant Church, officiating. Burial Willwood Burial Park. [Rockford Register Star, Thursday 7-15-1982]
Maurice G. Johnson
Maurice G. Johnson, 82, 4113 10th St., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 1968 in St. Anthony's Hospital after a short illness. Born May 4, 1885 in Stillman Valley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Johnson. Lived 30 years in Rockford coming here from the Stillman Valley area. Married to the former Olia Palmer in Rockford, Jan. 3, 1908. He was a retired farmer. Attended Stillman Valley Schools. Survivors include: three sons, Clifford, Seward, and Harley and Gilbert, both of Rockford; three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Agnes) Swanson and Mrs. Eugene (Evelyn) Lahre, both of Rockford, and Mrs. Rolland (Lenore) Wilson, Stillman Valley; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, Byron; 20 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. One son preceded him in death.
Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Bakener-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with the Rev. Dr. Walter Schiaretzki, pastor of Stillman Valley Congregational Church officiating. Burial in Stillman Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday 2-12-1968]
Pearl A. Wakenight
Mrs. Pearl A. Wakenight, 213 West Front Street, joined the WAC (Women's Army Corps) July 28 and is at present takeing basic training at Ft. Lee, Virginia. Mrs. Wakenight's Husband, Pfc Roland A. Wakenight, was killed in action October 26, 1951 while serving with the 31st Infantry Division in Korea. (was an employee of Kable News, and was believed to be one of the first three women from this community to join since World War 2) [Mt. Morris Times-- 1952]
Lydia K. Wakenight
Mrs. Lydia Kerns Wakenight was born in Clark Co., OH 2-26-1836 and died in her home in Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co. Illinois on 1-29-1909, aged 72 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was married to Daniel Wakenight March, 1855, she and her husband came to Ogle Co. in 1856, which since that time has been her home. To this union was born four children: John, Jacob, Cora , and Anna died. Cora and Jacob haveing preceded her to that other world. The funeral will be held on Sunday, January 31st at the North Grove Evangelical church. She leaves a husband and two children, three sisters and two brothers besides a host of friends to mourn her loss . She was a kind and xxxxing mother, always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need . In the year 1865 she was converted and joined the United Brethren Church, and remained a faithful member till the end.
Her remains were peacefully laid to rest in the cemetery ajoining the church, by kind hands, who with their many friends sympathize with those who mourn the loss of their departed one . [MT. MORRIS INDEX, 2-4-1909]
Adeline, Ill., May 12 - Kenneth Kretsinger, 42, Leaf River store operator, was killed almost instantly about 5 p.m. today when his car struck a gaurd rail of a bridge on state route 72 half a mile west of Adeline.
Harold Kaiser, state highway patrolman, and William C. Albright, Forreston chief of police, said Kretsinger apparently was attempting to pass another eastbound car, driven by Samuel Myers, 64, Forreston.
After striking the rail Kretsingers car rammed the bridge abutment and then swerved into the side of Myers' car, turning completely around. Myers was uninjured. The officers learned the victim was returning to Leaf River from Forreston at the time of the crash.
A native of Leaf River, Kretsinger is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Kretsinger; his widow, nine children, Millard, Richard, Robert, Kathleen, Kay, Wayne, Donald Gerald, and David; three brothers, Leslie, Leaf River; Virgil, Belvidere, and Boyd, Rockford, and four sisters, Mrs. Opal Frey, Mount Morris, and Mrs. Violet Cheek, Mrs. Olive Cain, and Mrs Bonnie Hartje, all of Leaf River.
The body was taken to DeGraff funeral home, Forreston, where an inquest will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Attendants at the funeral home said death probably was due to a fractured skull. [Rockford Morning Star, Thursday 5-13-1948]
Evelyn T. McNames
Rockton-- Evelyn T. McNames, 70, formally of Byron, died April 12, 1997, in her home following a long illness.
She was born Feb. 9, 1926. She married Richard Lee McNames in Freeport on Dec. 12, 1926. He died Sept. 11, 1986.
Mrs. McNames worked for Kysor Western Manufacturing in Byron in the welding assembly department for 20 years retiring in 1992.
Surviving include one son, Richard Lee McNames of Rockton; one daughter, Deloris Jones of Rockton; one brother, George (Lela) Lameyer of Rockford; and one granddaughter, Heather McNames of Rockford. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Edna.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron, with the Rev. Robert Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the funeral home. [Unknown Byron paper 4-22-1997]
Charles Lizer was born Nov. 13, 1878, at Leaf River, the son of William and Isabelle Lizer. He died May 11,1952.
Charles and Edith Maude Steffa were married July 4, 1901. They lived in Byron for a while and then moved to Rockford. To them were born Kenneth, Charles, Fay, and the twins. Beryl was adopted into the family.
He was a machinist by trade, having spent 33 years with the IngerBoll Milling Machine company in Rockford. The Lizers joined the Congregational church in Byron in July, 1901. She passed away on May 3, 1951 and her, husband followed her on May 11,1952. He is survived by his son Kenneth and two children, Kenneth Junior and Stephen, of Rockford; his sisters: Sarah, Mrs. Franklin Lutz of Byron and Mary, often called Molly Angel of Rockford; his two brothers: Daniel of Shirland and James of Pecatonica; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The service in his memory was held in the United Church of Byron, Tuesday afternoon, May 13, at 2 o'clock, with interment in the Byron cemetery. Mrs. Clifford Swanson of Rockford sang, accompanied by Mrs. Harold Yost of Byron. The message was given by the Rev. Clifford Swanson of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd of Rockford; the Rev. James H. Hagerty of the United Church of Byron conducted the service. [Unknown Byron Paper, 5-16-1952]
Luella G. Fouch
Mount Morris-- Luella Grace Fouch, 85, died at Pine Creek Manor Sunday Evening following a long illness.
She was born Dec. 8, 1882 at Adeline, the daughter of Albert and Mary Davis Lookabaugh.
Mrs. Fouch was married to George Fouch June 28, 1906 at Mount Morris. She was a member of the Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Adelbert (Geraldine) Sitler, of Mount Morris, Mrs. Rudolph (Mary) Jecklin, of Polo; five grandchildren; three great -grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. in the new Finch Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Griffith pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Plainview cemetery.
Freinds may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. [9-22-1968, Paper not specified but I found this at Oregon IL Library]
Frank G. Mammenga
Oregon Man dies at baseball game
Frank G. Mammenga, 54, of Oregon, brother of Mrs. Elsie Rasmussen, Rochelle, was overcome by a heart attack and died Aug. 9 while watching a baseball game at Wrigly Field, Chicago.
He had taken his son to the game and complained of suffering severe pains and was taken to the first aid station in the park, where he died at 2 p.m.
He was born at Oregon, July 9, 1895, and lived his entire life in Ogle County, Funeral services were held Friday at the Oregon Lutheran Church. [Rochelle News, 8-17-1949]
Roy G. McNames
Byron-- Services for Roy George Mc Names, 58, who died Wednesday in Rockford Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery Monday, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bakener-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron.
The Rev J. Merritt Goodheart, pastor of the United Church of Byron, will officiate. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home from 7 to 9 Friday night.
Mr. Mc Names, a laborer, was born in Ogle county. He lived in Byron for 36 years, following the death of his first wife, Ella Bolthouse, he married Letta Steffa of Oregon, who died in November 1951.
Surviving are two daughters, Delores and Frances both at home; three sons, Richard, Everett, and Ralph, all at home; a brother, Walter, Byron; and two sisters, Mrs Charles Harmon and Mrs. Silas Stine, both of Byron [no date or paper name for the obit, but I found it in the Oregon Library in a file drawer]
Richard Lee McNames
CPL US ARMY KOREA
Byron-- Funeral services for Richard Lee McNames, 55, were held Monday at Morrison-Genadt Funeral Home with rev. W. Earl appleby, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating.
Burial was in Byron Cemetery. Mr. McNames died Thursday in his home after a brief illness.
He was born Sep. 2, 1931, in Byron to George "Roy" and Leta Steffa McNames. He married Evelyn Lameyer in Freeport on Dec. 12, 1959.
He was employed as a set -up man in welding in the assembly department of Kysor of Byron for 21 years.
He was a Army Veteran, serving in Germany from 1952 to 1954. He was also a member of Philip Cafagna American Legion Post 209 in Byron.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Richard Lee of Byron; a daughter Lindsey Delores Ann Jones of Rockford; a stepson Thomas James Lovell of Freeport; a grandson and two granddaughters; a sister, Donald (Frances) Huston ; two brothers, Everett and Ralph of Byron, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister 1986. [Rochelle News 9-16-1986]
Robert E. Messenger
Robert Eugene Messenger, 69, of Front Royal died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Messenger was born April 10, 1929 in Oregon, Ill., the son of the late John Franklin and Lena Belle Ferguson Messenger.
Mr. Messenger was a member of the Marlow Heights Baptist Church, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, honorary
member of the Front Royal Garden Club, Salvation Army volunteer, member of the American Legion in Arlington, Va., and a
veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War.
A funeral service was held at the Marlow Heights Baptist Church Feb. 20 with Rev. Harvey Skinner and Rev. Jerry Young
Interment followed at the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Va.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Kathryn Fugler Messenger; a son, John Bartley Messenger of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters,
Diane A. Dove of Mt. Vernon, Ohio and Gretchen R. Lay of Louisville, Ky.; two brothers; Kenneth Messenger of Oak Park, Ill.
and Harry Messenger of Muskegon, Mich.; three sisters, Nancy Messenger Kreuger of Newaygo, Mich., Pauline Messenger
Glendenning of Davis Junction, Ill., and Ruby Messenger Wakenight of Oregon, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and a number of nieces and nephews. [unknown newspaper, c. Feb 1999]
Robert L. Moth
PECATONICA- Robert L. "Ole" Moth, 81, of Pecatonica died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Born Jan. 30,1921, in Seward. Son of William and Lucinda Palmer Moth. He lived the past 65 years in Pecatonica coming from Seward, Married Ruth Osborn on July 6,1945, in Pecatonica. He was self-employed co- owner of Moth and Palmer Garage in Pecatonica for 40 years, retiring in 1985. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as Sergeant in the European and Pacific Theatres. He was with the unit that liberated Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pecatonica. He was a retired 50 -year member of the Pecatonica Fire Department. Former member and president of the Winnebago County Fair Association. Member of the Eugene J. Barloga American Legion Post 197, Pecatonica. He loved to garden, fish, play cards and watch birds. He graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1940. Survivors include wife, Ruth Moth of Pecatonica; son, William (Luann) Moth of Pecatonica; two daughters, Jane Coogan of Rockford, and Susan (Brian) Sandager of Winnebago; six grandchildren, Andrew and Jill Moth of Pecatonica, Sarah (Chris) Wilder of Machesney Park, Angela (Daniel) James of Rockford, and Jennifer Sandager of Winnebago; one great-grandson, Taevian Coogan of Machesney Park; brother, Charles Moth of Pecatonica; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Palmer Moth; and stepmother, Mildred Moth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in First Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Sandra Mineau, pastor, to officiate. Burial will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home, 529 Washington St., Pecatonica. [Rockford Register Star, Monday 10-7-2002]
William F. Moth
William F. Moth, 92, 429 John St., Pecatonica, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 1985 in Amerwood Health Care Center, Rockford, after a short illness. Born April 28, 1893, in Germany, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Moth. Lived 48 years in Pecatonica, coming from Seward. Married the former Lucinda Palmer Oct. 14, 1914. She died Jan. 30, 1934. Then he married Mildred Winder Jan. 31, 1935. Owned and operated Moth and Palmer Garages in Seward and Pecatonica for 24 years from 1922 untill 1946. Later he farmed in rural Pecatonica, retiring in 1963. Member of A.W. Rawson Masonic Lodge No. 145 AF and A.W., Pecatonica; Member of St. Elmo Chapter 460 Order of Easter Star; Freeport Consistory; former member of Pecatonica Village Board; former member of Pecatonica School Board. Attended schools in Germany. Survivors include his wife, Mildred, Pecatonica; three sons, Palmer, Laguna Hills, Calif.; Charles and Robert, both of Pecatonica; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Emma Ferdinand and Anne Sherman, both of Winnebago and Lillian Julius, Freeport; a brother Bert, Loves Park, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, in the Kenneth L Countryman Funeral Home, 529 Washington St., Pecatonica, with the Rev. Robert H. Hosto, pastor of First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. No visitation. [Rockford Register Star, Friday 7-5-1985]
John Mumma was born in Washington County, Maryland, January 16, 1818 and died at his home in Adeline, Ogle County, Illinois, November 29, 1890, aged 72 years, 10 months, and 13 days. He first came to this state in 1837 in a party consisting of David Mumma, Benjamin Myers, Samuel Fonts, Samuel Heith, and Jacob Buck. Of this party he was the last surviving member.
He remained in this state until the fall of 1840 when he returned to his native state. He was married to Miss Susan Huffman, December 6, 1842, and remained in the state of Maryland until 1846 when he, with his family, and Jacob Huffman Sr, and his family, removed to this state where he has since resided. He first located about 5 miles north of Mt. Morris, Illinois, near the home of Jacob Rue, Sr. and remained there until 1853, when he built a dwelling in the village of Adeline and removed to that place where he resided to the time of his death, having never left the state but once and that to pay a visit to his Maryland home during the winter of 1878-79.
There was born to bless this union 7 children - 5 boys and 2 girls of which 4 boys and the 2 girls are still living, one son having died in infancy. There remains to morn his loss, his wife, 6 children, 12 grandchildren and a host of kind friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
His body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Adeline. The services were conducted by Rev. H. D. Hezly, U B minister at the U B. Church, who spoke words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved friends from Psalms XXIII:4. Thus they pass away. Another old settler added to the long list of departed ones; the question now, who is next? (Obituary from an unknown Illinois newspaper & undated)
Harry D. Nichols
Leaf River-- Harry D. Nichols, 85, of Leaf River died Saturday Nov. 28 at his home of an apparent heart attack.
For many years he was a floor man at the foundry department of Kable Printing Co., Mount Morris.
The son of David and Sarah Nichols, he was born July 9, 1902 in Rockvale township, Ogle Co. on June 30, 1925 he married Anna L. Arens in Chicago.
Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Dorothy (Mrs. Leon) Grove and Barbara (Mrs. William Kump, both of Leaf River and Helen (Mrs. Albert) Book of Pecatonica; a sister, Nellie Miller of Freeport; nine grandchildren and nine great -grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harry Jr., two brothers and a sister.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris, the Rev. Richard G. Bright, Chaplin of Pine Creek Manor, Mount Morris, will officiate. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, rural Leaf River.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. at the funeral home until the time of the services. [Nov 30, 1987 no paper specified, but found in the Oregon IL Library]
Jessie V. Kretsinger
Jessie Viola Kretsinger, 75, Leaf River, died at 10:45 p.m. Friday, June 11, 1982, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Born Oct. 20, 1906, in Ogle County, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Nichols. Lifelong in Leaf River area resident. Married to Kenneth Kretsinger in Rockford, Sept. 7, 1924; he preceded her in death. Member of Jerry Wickham Legion Auxilliary, Leaf River. Attended Mount Morris schools. Survivors include six sons, Millard, Anchorage, Ala., Robert, Richard, and Wayne, all of Leaf River, Kenneth, Egan, and Merritt, Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Kathleen) Zellers, Leaf River, and Mrs. Melvin (Kay) McGill, Polo; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a brother, Harry, Leaf River; and a sister, Nellie Miller, Freeport. Also predeceased by a son.
Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with the Rev. Burton Ankerberg officiating. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. [Rockford Register Star, Tuesday 6-15-1982]
[Note: Husbands obit had David as a son, and wife has Kenneth Jr. (maybe middle name is David and that is what he went by.]
Mount Morris-- Maryalyce Dusing, 80, of Mount Morris died Friday, April 26, 2002, at Pine Creek Manor, Mount Morris. She was employed by Kable Printing Co., Mount Morris, as a secretary in the engineering department for 12 years and by United Bank Of Illinois, Rockford, for 12 years before retiring in 1982.
Mrs. Dusing was born May 13, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn, the daughter of Walter and Alice (Harty) Olsen. She married Donald Dusing on June 14, 1941. He died on Oct. 10, 1965. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris, past president of Junior Women's Club, past president of VFW Post 3639 Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of American Contact Bridge League.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas, (Kathy) Dusing of Arlington Heights and William, (Karen) Dusing of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three daughters, Jan (Jim) Ahling of Estero, Fla., Sue (Larry) Spaulding of Sterling and Norma Dusing of Madison Wis.; a stepsister, Jeanette Unger of Rockford; six grandchildren; several step grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; and several step- great- grandchildren.
Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris. Private burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon.
Mrs. Bessie Saam, 70, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in her home in Byron.
She was born March 17, 1891 in Mount Morris township the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Steffa Palmer.
She married William L. Saam Jan. 30, 1907 at Oregon, who preceded her in death in 1945.
She had lived all of her married life in and around Byron except for a few years near Fairdale,
Her survivors include one son, Delbert, Byron; six grandchildren, William, Ronald, Joyce, David, Vicki, and Dennis Saam; two great grandchildren, Connie and Kevin Saam; three sisters, Mrs. Olia Johnson, Stillman Valley, Mrs. Susie Doyle, rural Winnebago, and Mrs. Hattie Paul, Byron, and one brother, Emery Palmer, Rockford.
One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Her funeral service will be today at the Bakener-Morrison funeral home, 2 p.m. with the Reverend Willis Thomas of the North Grove Christian , church officiating. Visitation will be Thursday night 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in the Byron cemetery
Ogle County Sheriff Ed Lang, who was called to the Saam home, reported that Mrs. Saam apparently took her own life by hanging. She was found in the basement of her home on North Lincoln street. The sheriff said Mrs. Saam had been despondent due to poor health. [Byron Paper, 7-7-1961]
Emery F. Palmer
Emery F. Palmer, 83, 1607 Grant Ave., died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, 1978, in his home, after a long illness. Born May 20. 1196, In Leaf River, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer, Sr. Lived most of his life in Rockford, coming here from Leaf River. Married to Helen Baker in Freeport, Oct. 2, 1920. Employed by street department of the City of Rockford, retiring as assistant superintendent In 1953. Veteran of World War I, serving in France. Member of Court Street United Methodist Church. Survivors Include: his wife, Helen; a son, Emery F., Jr., Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Domski, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Hattie Paul, Byron; eight grandchildren, a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, In LONG KLONTZ FUNERAL HOME, 428 Park Ave., with the Rev. Harold McElvaney, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Morning Star, Wednesday 9-6-1978]
Hank A. Palmer
Hank Alfred Palmer, 54, died suddenly at his home at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. He was born and resided his entire life at his farm home known as South Side farm, south of Byron. He is remembered by his many friends and neighbors as being a lover of music and outdoor life. His sudden passing has brought great shock and sorrow to the community.
He was united in marriage to Evalene Matthews in March 1931 in Mt. Morris. To this union were born five children.
Hank was born June 16, 1902, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Steffa Palmer. Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs. Holland Himes, Leaf River, Darlene and Dixie at home, two sons, Henry, Leaf River, and Robert at home. Four grandchildren Ronnie and Cindy Himes, Vicki and Terry Palmer; one brother, Emery, Rockford; four sisters, Mrs. Olia Johnson, Rockford; Mrs. Susie Doyle, Winnebago; Mrs. Bessie Saam, and Mrs. Hattie Paul, Byron. One sister, Lucy Moth, and one brother, Charlie proceeded him in death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Bakener-Morrison funeral home with the Rev. Paul Larsen, pastor of the United church of Byron, officiating. Mrs. Harold Yost was organist. Pallbearers were Richard Donaldson, Robert Donaldson, Pat Riley, James Riley, Richard Leary and John Shultz. Flower bearers were Mrs. Leo Riley, Mrs. George Etnyre, Jr., Mrs. Earl Sherman and Mrs. Mary Jean Doyle.
Burial was in the Silver Creek cemetery south of Leaf River. [Byron Tribune (Byron, IL), Friday 4-19-1957]
Hattie B. Paul
BYRON -- Hattie B. Paul, 95, died on Thursday. Feb. 7, 2002, at the Neighbors Nursing Home.
Born June. 8, 1906 in Byron. Hattie was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Steffa) Palmer. She lived in Byron most of her life and attended Byron schools.
She worked 22 years at National Lock, retiring in 1968. She was a member of the church of the Brethren in Mt. Morris and the Philip Cafagna American Legion Post #209 of Byron.
Survivors include two daughter, Marjorie Pepin of Byron and Charlotte (Louis) Mennenga of Leaf River; three grandchildren, Kristine Reed and Cindy Shrader, both of Rockford, and Sharon (Bill) Kaple off Bettendorf, Iowa; seven great grandchildren, Brenda Olson, Ronnie Levan, Michael Shrader, Melissa McAbeee, Bradon and Brent Reed, and, Kelli McCracken; seven great -great grandchildren, Bryce McAbee, Aspen and Lorinda Arbogast, Madeline and Allyssa Olson, and Dakota and Lexus Schrader; and special friend, Vera Carlson.
She was predeceased by her parents, four sisters, three brothers, two grandsons, Eugene Winche and Bradley Pepin, and one great-great grandson, Kyle McAbee.
Family and friends gathered at a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Farrell-Holland-Gale funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home with the Rev. Rod Wetzig, pastor of Congregational Christian Church of Stillman Valley, officiating.
Burial followed at Silver Creek Cemetery near Mt. Morris. [Byron Paper, 2-14-2002]
Henry J. Palmer
Henry J. Palmer, a lifelong resident of the Silver Creek community northeast of Mount Morris, died early Friday morning, Dec. 17, at the home of his daughter, Mrs Susan Doyle in Rockford following a short illness.
Mr Palmer was born August 23, 1865 in Mount Morris township and at death was 78 years of age. His marriage to Elizabeth Steffa of Rockvale township occured April 2, 1889. Eight children were born to this union, two of which with their mother preceded Mr. Palmer in death.
Surviving besides Mrs. Doyle are three other daughters, Mrs Olia Johnson, Rockford; Mrs Bessie Saams, Kirkland, and Mrs Hattie Paul, Leaf River, and two sons; Emery, Rockford, and Henry Jr., Byron; also 30 grandchildren and 16 great- grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Rock Of Ages Funeral Home, Byron With burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. [Mt. Morris Index 12-24-1943 Also in Rockford Morning Star, Saturday 12-18-1943]
Mrs. Susie Dresen Doyle, 73, died Monday in the home of her daughter, Mrs Lillian Rowland, Rockford, after a long illness. She had lived in Rockford the last two years, coming here from the Byron area.
In addition to Mrs. Rowland, survivors are two other daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Sigler and Mrs. Ruth Tunnell: three sons, Clarence, Donald and Harley, all of Rockford; one brother, Elmer Palmer, Rockford, and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Paul, Byron.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bakener-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, Leaf River. [Rockford Morning Star Tues. 6-7-1966]
A Lee County Coroner's Jury Sunday found the death of Gerald Paul, 12, of Ashton was caused by strangulation as a result of accidental hanging while at play.
The boy's body was found by his father, Sunday night, hanging from a rope slung over a tree limb on the families farm, southeast of Ashton
The father, Calvin Paul, said the boy had been riding his pony under a tree and apparently was caught up in a rope which he slung there while playing cowboy.
Gerald was born in Oregon, Feb 5, 1947, the son of Calvin and Joanna Paul. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Joyce, and two grandfathers, Ralph Myrath and Earl Paul
Services were held Tuesday afternoon and burial was in Ashton Cemetery. [Rochelle News 7-15-1959]
Elizabeth Pike Steffa
Mrs. Elizabeth Pike Steffa, wife of Josiah Steffa, passed away at her Byron home on Friday evening July 22, 1932, of an illness due to paralytic stroke suffered some months ago.
Mrs. Steffa had been a resident of Byron for forty years and was also a native of Ogle County. She was born at Mount Morris on August 19, 1861, a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. David W. Pike. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Fred Himert, four brothers--- George, Melvin, William, and Arthur, and a sister, Mrs. Edith Lacy of Myersville, Mo. Another sister, Mrs. Ellen Rock of Navarre, Kansas, preceded her in death but two days.
Funeral services were held from the home on Sunday afternoon, and were in charge of Rev. L.M. Isaacs. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery. [The Byron Express 7-29-1932]
Isabel P. Wakenight
In Pine Creek twp Wednesday, March 9th, 1881, Mrs. Isabel P. Wakenight, died. The deceased was a native of Washington County Maryland. She was married to Daniel Wakenight in 1816. They came from MD to Clark county, OH., in 1850 Where they resided about six years. From there they moved to Ogle Co. IL. Mrs. Wakenight was the mother of seven children, thirty grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She united with the Lutheran Church in 1829. Her funeral service was held in the Salem Dunkard church on last Friday in the Presence of a large congregation of friends and relatives, Elders Henderson and Price officiating. [Mt. Morris times 3-17-1881]
Jacob Martin Powell (1841-1910)
After nearly a year of failing health, Jacob Martin Powell passed to his eternal reward, Saturday evening, February 26, 1910 at ten minutes of six o'clock at his home on Division St., Polo. Mr. Powell began failing last spring and grew gradually worse and in spite of the best medical attendance and the tenderest and most careful nursing, he was called from his loved ones at the time stated above.
His death was due to anemia and his age was 68 years, 10 months, and 26 days.
Jacob Martin Powell was born at Clear Spring, Md., April 1, 1841 and was the son of Upton and Anna Smith Powell. He was of a family of eight children, three of whom preceded him in death.
His parents were early settlers in Illinois coming west and settling at Pine Creek, Ogle County, May 2, 1854. The trip from the east was made overland in wagons and the hardships and trials common to the child of the pioneer settler were known by Mr. Powell, however he was more fortunate than many of the children of that day for he received a good education attending the Mt. Morris Seminary and graduating from that instituation in the early sixties. In 1863 he began teaching at the Brick School, now known as the Columbia School and held that position for four years. In the year 1868 he returned to the state of his birth for his bride and on March 19 of that year he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Catherine Cosley at Clear Spring, Md. He brought his wife to Illinois and they settled at Woosung where he conducted a general store for a time.
They moved to Polo and for a year he was in the produce business, later clerking for Brubaker & Finfrock, Finfrock & Baker, and David L. Miller. For a number of years he traveled for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as Assistant Emigrant Passenger Agent and for several years at different times he was engaged in the restaurant business in Polo. For the past three years, until the time of his death, he was interested in the lightning rod business. He had also become the owner of considerable property, the supervision of which occupied a part of his time.
Mr. Powell is survived by his wife, and three children, Charles Upton Powell, Lela May Wolf of Polo, and Martin Luther Powell of Chicago; one grandson, little Melvin Powell having passed away a few years ago. Three brothers and one sister, Samuel W; John A.; Mrs. John Davis; and William U. Powell, all of this vicinity mourn his death.
Mr. Powell had been a member of the Lutheran church of Polo for many years and was never absent from services when it was possible for him to be there. The last time he was able to attend church was at the January communion service. He was a good husband and father, his wife and children being his first consideration. He was a man of business ability and by his industry he was able to place his family in more than comfortable circumstances. As a resident of Polo and a business man here for so many years, he was widely known and generally respected. He died happy in his Christian faith and the end was peaceful and sweet surrounded by all the members of his family and his pastor. He leaves to his family the memory of a life of love and service for them.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Lutheran church, Rev. F. M. Keller conducting the service. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, c. 1910]
Verna M. Ocker
Verna M. (Powell) Ocker was born in Polo, Illinois, on June 29th, 1866 and died at her home in Polo at 6:05 A.M. Wednesday, November 29, 1916, after an illness of over one year.
She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan A. Powell of this city, and spent her girlhood in Polo. She received her education in the Polo High School and later taught school near Polo. On February 22, 1893 she was united in matrimony to John H. Ocker. To this union were born two children, Armond and Dorothy.
Mrs. Ocker is survived by her husband and two children, her parents,, J. A. and Katherine Powell of this city, and three brothers, Dr. C. E. Powell and B. M. Powell of this city, and Dr. Curtis Powell of Lyndon, Ill.
The funeral services were held November 30th at 2:30 P.M. at the M. E. Church, Rev. John E. Flack of Princeton, Ill. officiating. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, c.1916]
Donald E. Rauch
Oregon -- Donald E. Rauch, 69, of Oregon, died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998 in Hines, V.A. Hospital in Hines. He served in the U.S. Air Force for twenty years, retiring in 1968 and was then employed as a Sheriff's Deputy in Ogle County until 1984.
He was born on July 18, 1929 in Leaf River to Herman and Edna (Ridgeway) Rauch. He married Ruby Early on May 11, 1952 in Clovis, N.M. She preceded him in death on Dec. 22, 1991.
He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of Oregon VFW Post 8739
Survivors include two sons, Bill (Mari) Rauch of Las Vegas, Nev. and Dennis (Maria) Rauch of Oregon; one daughter, Diana (Marvin) Leopold of Cottontown, Tenn.; four grandchildren; four brothers, Roy of Rockford, Ray of Grand View, MO., Jim of Omaha, N.B. and Roger of Ashton and two sisters, Betty Britch of Seward and Arvella Helton of Loves Park.
Memorial Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in Oregon with Rev. Tracy Singleton, pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Mount Morris, officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. [Telegraph, 12-9-1998]
Fred H. Rauch
Fred H. Rauch, 82, RR 2, Pecatonica, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 1983, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Born Aug. 27, 1900, in Homwalt, Tenn., son of Herman and Margaret Burnett Rauch. Lived 40 years in Pecatonica, moving there from Byron. Married Evelyn Ridgeway in Rockford Oct. 1, 1925. Self employed as a farmer in Pecatonica, retiring in 1981. Survivors include two sons, Leroy, Pearl City, and Lawrence, Pecatonica; two daughters, Virgie Lameyer, Rockford and Darlene Stroker, Huntington Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Clark, Rockford and Harry, Diamond Bar, Calif.; and a sister Anna Brown, Dixon. Predeceased by his wife, Evelyn, and two daughters, Violet Crowley and Evelyn Mae Jacobson.
Services at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in McCorkle Funeral Home, 203 W. 5th St., Pecatonica, with the Rev. Phillip R. Kellerman, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Rockford, officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the funeral home. [Rockford Register Star (Friday 3-25-1983)]
Herman H. Rauch
Herman H. Rauch, 67, R. R. 2, Oregon, died at 6 a.m. Thursday April 1, 1965, in his home after a short illness. Born April 9, 1897 in Homwalt, Tenn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rauch. Lived four years in the Byron area. Married to Edna Ridgeway in Rockford March 1, 1922. Employed as a farmer. Veteran of World War 1 serving in France and Germany. Charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mount Morris. Attended Tennessee schools. Survivors include: widow, Edna; six sons, Herman Jr., New Milford, Donald serving in the air force, Duluth, Minn, Roy and Roger, Rockford, Ray, Kansas City, Mo., James stationed with the Army at Ft. Riley, Kan.; three daughters, Mrs. John Britsch, Seward, Mrs. Fred Helton, Rockford, and Mrs. Rudy Mammen, Oregon; three brothers, Harry in California, Fred, Pecatonica, and Clark, Rockford; one sister, Mrs. Clifford Brown, Dixon; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services at 2 p.m. Sunday in Bakenser-Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with the Rev. William Johnson pastor of the Bethany Methodist Church, Rockford, officiating. Burial in Egan Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. [Rockford Morning Star, 4-3-1965]
Herman Rauch Jr.
Rockford - Herman Rauch Jr., 65, of 843 Mattis Ave., died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1992 in Swedish American Hospital. He was a machinist for Camcar- RHP prior to his retirement in 1990.
He was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Leaf River to Herman and Edna (Ridgeway) Rauch.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
Survivors include his sons, Herman of Kansas City, MO. and Daniel of Rockford; daughters, Phyllis (Ronald) Jeneliunas, Sharon Kay Nading and Joan (Ernest) Elder, all of Rockford; Dixie Rauch of Boscobol, Wis., and Pamela (Melvin) Poole of Mucoday, Wis.; brothers, Donald of Oregon, Ray of Kansas City, MO., Roy of Rockford, James of Omaha, Neb. and Roger of Ashton; sisters, Betty (John) Britch of Seward and Arvilla (Fred) Helton of Rockford; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 3 p.m. today in Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in Oregon with the Rev. Harold Casto, pastor of Apostolic Mission Church in Rockford, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to services today. [The Dixon Telegraph, Monday 11-23-1992]
James L. Rauch
Oregon --- James L. Rauch, 59, of Omaha, Neb., former Oregon resident, died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Omaha. He was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Leaf River, the son of Herman and Edna Ridgeway Rauch. Graduate of Oregon High School, class of 1959. Former employee of Swift Packing Co., Rochelle. He had a dairy farm in the Daysville area, and raced trotters at the Ogle County fair. Survivors include son Timothy H. Rauch of Rockford; fiance Jan Beckstrom and children, Jodi, Jason (Courtney) and Justin; grandson Michael, all of Omaha; brothers, Ray of Rockford, Roy of Missouri, and Roger of Ashton; sisters, Betty Britsch of Seward and Arvella Helton of Loves Park. Predeceased by parents; brothers Herman Jr. and Donald; and sister; Linda Mammen
Memorial services at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., with Pastor Michael Hoffman of Oregon Church Of God officiating. A memorial fund has been established. [Rockford Register Star 5-16-2000]
Edna V. Rauch
Rauch-- Mrs. Edna V. Rauch, 65, Oregon, died at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1969, in Warmolt's Clinic, after a short illness. Born Jan. 21, 1904, in Leaf River, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ridgeway. Lived four years in Oregon, coming here from the Byron area. Married to Herman Rauch in Rockford, March 1, 1922. Attended schools in Leaf River. Surviving include six sons, Herman Jr., Roy, Roger, all of Rockford; Donald, and James, of Oregon, and Ray , Kansas City, MO.; three daughters, Mrs. John Britsch, Seward, Mrs. Fred Helton, Rockford, and Mrs. Rudy Mammen Jr., Oregon; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Services at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bakener - Morrison Funeral Home, Byron, with Rev. Fredrick Hinchelwood, pastor of Bethany Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Egan Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star 8-16-1969]
Evelyn May Rauch
Mrs. Evelyn May Rauch, 65, Rt. 2, Pecatonica, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 1973, in Americana Nursing Home, Rockford, after a long illness. Born May 5, 1907, in Leaf River, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ridgeway. Lived 30 years in Pecatonica, coming here from Byron. Married to Fred Rauch in Rockford, Oct. 1, 1925. Attended Leaf River and Lightsville Schools. Survivors include; her husband, Fred, Pecatonica; three daughters, Mrs. Reinhardt (Evelyn) Jacobson, and Mrs. Virgie Lameyer, both of Rockford, Mrs. George (Darlene) Stoker, Huntington Beach, Calif., and two sons, Lawrence, Dakota and Leroy, Rt. 2, Pecatonica; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson; and three sisters, Mrs. Laura Magin, and Mrs. Lois Sweet, both of Rockford and Mrs. Ruth Palmer, Lena. Preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, and three sisters.
Services at 1:30p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home, 529 Washington St., Pecatonica, with the Rev. Donald Turner, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Rockford, officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7:30p.m. to 9p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford Register Star (Monday 1-29-1973)]
John William Ridgeway
JOHN W. RIDGEWAY DIES IN LIGHTSVILLE
Leaf River May 4. - John William Ridgeway, 74 years old, lifelong resident of this vicinity, died this morning at 3:30 o'clock at his home in Lightsville after several months of illness.
He was born at Egan June 28, 1853, and married Miss. Blanche Steffa Feb. 21, 1893. She survives him, with six children, Mrs. Laura Magin, Rockford, Mrs. Evelyn Rauch (spelled Raush in obit), Mt. Morris, Mrs. Enda Rauch (spelled Raush in obit), Leaf River, Mrs. Ruth Palmer, Leaf River, Roy Ridgeway, Collins, IA., and Louis Ridgeway, at home. He also leaves 14 grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Eva Fritzel, Pompeys Piller, Mont., Mrs. Gressle Horny, also of Pompeys Piller, and Mrs. Hattie Pitts, Richmond, and a brother, J.K. Ridgeway, Thayer Mo.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Leaf River United Brethren Church, and burial will be in Roundhouse Cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star Sat., 5-5-1928]
Mrs. Laura Magin, 79, 862 Haskell Ave., died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 1978, in the home of a daughter at 2936 LaSalle Ave., after a long illness. Born Feb. 24, 1898, in Byron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ridgeway. Lived 63 years in Rockford, coming here from Leaf River. Married to Louis E. Magin Sr. in Belvidere in 1918. Survivors include four sons, Carroll, Thomas, Lyle, and George, all of Rockford; six daughters, Mrs. Don (Marlyn) Barickman, Mrs Roy (Janell) Mace, Mrs. Annetta Renstrom, and Mrs. David (Saramae) Parrott, Mrs. Ronald (Donna Lee) Swenson, and Mrs. Lothar (Joyce) Gronau, all of Rockford; 23 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Homer (Ruth) Palmer, Ridott, and Mrs. Don (Lois) Sweet, Rockford, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, two sons, and a daughter.
Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Elzie R. Ulrey Chapel Of The Chimes, 7000 W. State Street with the Rev. Albert Wagner, associate pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. [Rockford Morning Star, Wednesday, 1-18-1978, Note: some names may be a little mispelled the obit was not in very clear.]
Delbert L Saam
Byron- Delbert L. Saam, 89, died Monday, June 21, 1999 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, after a sudden illness. Born April 30, 1910, in Byron, the son of William and Bessie Palmer Saam. Attended rural Byron schools. Married Lola Burd on Oct 14, 1932, in Springfield, Ill. Employed by Ingersol Milling Machine Co., Rockford for 32 years, retiring on July 29, 1975. After retiring he worked as a farm hand for Jerry Jackson in Byron and the former Morrison and Genandt Funeral Home. He was a lifelong Byron -area resident. Byron -area of the First Baptist Church, Byron.; Byron Grange which he joined in 1935, Ogle County Pamona Grange, Illinois State Grange, and national Grange. He was actively involved in the Boy Scouts Of America for 37 years. Member of the Rockford Moose Club since 1955 and Byron Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include wife Lola; sons, William (Pamala) Saam of Barrington and Dennis Saam of Abilene, Texas, daughters, Joyce (Larry) Bennett of Chana and Vicki Grubbs of Abilene; 23 grandchildren and 13 great -grandchildren. Preceded by parents; sons Gordon on 6-27-1945, and Ronald on 9-7-1980, and three grandchildren.
Services at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, in First Baptist Church Of Byron, with the Rev. Randy Snider, pastor, officiating. Burial in Byron Cemetery. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Wed. June 23 in Farrell- Holland- Gale Funeral Home, 506 West Merchant St. Byron. [Rockford Register Star, 6-23-1999]
Mrs. Caroline Drumheller after an illness lasting through several weeks passed away Wednesday night at the home of her son, James in Mt. Morris, at the age of 78 years. Mrs. Drumheller who's maiden name was Schreiber, was born in Pennsylvania, but the greater portion of her life was spent in Leaf River township, where she married Charles Drumheller, who's death occured near thirty years ago. Thirteen children were born to them of whom four survive.
Mrs. Drumheller is remembered as a kindly Christian woman and a splendid neighbor and friend. About two years ago she came to Mt. Morris, where she has since made her home with her son, James, who has striven to make her last days comfortable and happy ones. Her Surviving children, four sons, James, Charles, William, and Ernest, all are residents of Mt. Morris.
Following her death her remains were taken to the home of her brother, Henry Schreiber, who resides in Leaf River township, and on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock funeral services were held at the Evangelical Church in that township of which she was a member for many years. Burial was made in the family lot of the church cemetery. [Mt. Morris Times, 11-13-1919]
MRS. PAUL DIES HERE
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Robert Paul, 35, Ashton, in the Farrell Funeral Home in Oregon. Burial was in the Ashton cemetery.
Mrs. Paul died Thursday in the Rochelle hospital after an illness of several months.
The former Ellen Nixon was born May 12, 1925 The daughter of Mrs. and Mr. Carl Nixon.
She was married to Robert Paul, March 27, 1943, in Brownswood, Tex. They had lived in Rockford untill moving to Ashton seven years ago.
She is survived by her parents; her husband; three sons, Robert Jr., Richard, Rodney and two daughters Linda and Lola, all at home. [Rochelle News, 1-17-1962]
Jonathan A. Powell
Jonathan A. Powell, son of Upton and Ann Powell, Was born September 9, 1838, at Clear Spring, Maryland, and died in his home in Polo, Illinois, August 1, 1923, aged eighty -four years, ten months, and twenty -five days.
He was the last of a family of eight children. When sixteen years of age he came with his parents across country by wagon to Pine Creek, near Polo.
On December 25, 1862 he was married to Catherine A, Bomberger. To this union were born five children; Ida A., Verna M., Bert M., Clinton E., and Curtis F. Three children; Ida A., Verna M., and Clinton E. have preceded him in death.
Those left to mourn are his wife, two sons, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.
He was a just and upright man, respected by all who knew him. It can be truthfully said he was never unfair, or harbored any ill will toward any person in his life. What more can be said of any man. The funeral was held from the house at 2:30 P.M., Monday afternoon and was very largely attended. Rev Arthur Cates officiated and burial was made in Fairmount Cemetery.
Maria Powell was born March 27, 1843 at Clear Spring, Washington County, Maryland. When nine years of age, she accompanied her parents by wagon to Ogle County, Illinois, and settled on a farm in Pine Creek Township, where she grew to womanhood. Feb. 13, 1870, she was united in marriage to John Davis. To this marriage, 6 children were born, four of whom have passed on before. They resided on their farm near the “Pines” until they moved to their present farm residence east of Polo in 1897, where they have since resided. Dec. 12, 1886, she united with the Pine Creek Christian Church, having transferred her membership to the Polo Church on their removal to the late residence. She has ever adorned her profession with an active, consistent and spiritual life and will be greatly missed by the church of which she was a member. Her death occurred Oct. 26, 1914. She leaves a husband one daughter, Mrs. Henry Stahler of Pine Creek, a grand daughter, Lucile Stahler, a son, Chas. O. Davis of Chicago, three brothers, John Samuel and Wm. Powell of Polo, and numerous friends who will cherish a fond memory of the departed one.
How glorious is the soldier’s death When from the walls of Zio called
Who lays aside the armor bright, And rests in Heaven’s glorious light.
The funeral took place Oct. 28, and was largely attended. It was conducted from the home and church. Elders D. F. Seyster and Hands of the Christian churches of Pine Creek and Polo respectively had charge of the services. The pall bearers were: Henry Coffman, Samuel Hayes, Wm. Hammer, Manuel Higley, John Wesner and Jas. Stevens. The remains were interred in the Polo Cemetery. If only we could know the pathway that our loved ones go When they depart from here, perhaps it would not grieve us so; We might not shed a tear.
If we could realize the blessedness of Paradise that greets each soul new born, there’d be no weeping tear-stained eyes; We should forget to mourn.
If only they could speak one word to us who vainly seek, what peace that word would bring; revive our courage grown so weak make life a fairer thing.
But, oh, they are so still! Calm silence crowns the lips so chill ... seated fast by … cold hand. And … our time until death … us understand. [unknown newspaper, c. Oct/Nov 1914]
Ruth E. Palmer
DURAND — Ruth E. Palmer, 94. of Durand died at 2:05 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 1995, In Medina Manor Nursing Home after a short Illness. Born Feb. 14,1901 in Leaf River, daughter of William and Blanche Steffa Ridgeway. Lived six months in Durand, coming from Chadwick. Married to Homer Palmer in Oregon on May 22,1918. Member of St. James Lutheran Church in Forreston and very active in various church organizations. Graduate of Lightsville School. Survivors: two daughters, Loretta (Bill) Fry, Rockford, and LaVada (Chester) Robinson, Vallojo, Calif.; special grandson, Bob (Janice) Palmer, Durand; a sister, Lois (Donald) Sweet, Rockford; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by parents, her husband, four sons. Earl, Roy, Harry and Donald; a grandson, Gary Wayne Love; a great-grandson, Daniel Lee Palmer, a brother and five sisters.
Services at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, with the Rev. Dan Johnson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church In Durand, officiating. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. to time of services Monday. Memorials to St. James Church. Arrangements by MCCORKLE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 101 Main St, Durand. [Rockford Register Star, Sunday, 10-29-1995]
William E. Saam
William E. Saam, 64, died Tuesday, Aug 14 of a heart attack, while working in a stone quarry north of Byron, where he made his home.
Mr Saam was born Oct. 30, 1880, near Monroe Center. He operated farms around Byron, untill he retired from farming last December and returned to Byron. He was married to Bessie Palmer in 1907.
Surviving are his widow; a son Delbert and two grandchildren; two brothers, Frank, Byron and George, Kirkland; and a niece, Mrs. Frank Macklin, Stillman Valley
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug 17 in the United Church at Byron. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. [Byron Paper, 8-24-1947]
Nellie M. Heimert
Winnebago ---- Nellie M. Heimert, 74, 215 S. Swift St., died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 1992, at home following a six- month illness. Born March 24, 1918, in Mount Morris, daughter of Harvey and Cecile Olsen Shoemaker. Lived many years in Winnebago community. Married Steffa "Skip" Heimert in Oregon, Aug. 10, 1937. Member United Methodist Church of Winnebago and church Women's Society, serving on administrative board and home bureau. Retired member of Teamster's Local 325. Graduated of Mount Morris High School, class of 1936. Survivors : husband, Skip; two sons, Mike and Jack Heimert, Rockford; seven daughters, Patricia (Howard) Brentner, Freeport, Barbara (Ray) Bjorklund, Phoenix Ariz., Margaret (Charles) Clauss, Chicago, Sandra (Sonny) Lapete, St. Petersburg, Fla., Ann (Paul) Orlandi, Rockford, Sharon (Kent) Franklin, Roscoe and Denise Collins, Rockford; eighteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Samuel) Vecchio, Rockford; brother Warren (Molly) Shoemaker, La Palma Calif.; several cousins. Predeceased by son, Richard in 1977.
Services at 1 p.m. Friday Aug. 7, in Genandt Funeral Home, 601 Winnebago Road, Winnebago, with the Rev. Owen E. Miller, Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Winnebago, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. [Rockford Register Star Thursday 8-6-1992]
Carrie B. Snyder
Mount Morris--- Mrs. Carrie B. Snyder, 79, of Rockford, formally of Mount Morris, died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford following a lengthy illness.
She and her husband owned and operated a truck farm on the north west side of Rockford since 1949.
Born Sep. 25, 1900, in Mount Morris, she was the daughter of Elmer and Anna (Hill) Slifer. She married Clifford A. Snyder July 4, 1926, in Oregon. He died May 18, 1976.
Surviving are one son Ray of Rockford; one daughter, Mrs. Mae (Orville) Towne of Winnebago; one sister, Mrs. Martha Franklin of Oregon; seven grandchildren; and two great -grandsons.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris with the Rev. William E. Butler, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago, officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery in Mount Morris.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. [unknown newspaper/date]
Beverly A. Noble
Oregon- Beverly A. Noble, 63, Oregon died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at Katherine Shaw Betha Hospital. She was born Feb. 24, 1940, the daughter of Harvey and Gladys (Drumheller) Smice. She worked approximately 20 years for Kable Printing in Mt. Morris and also for Oregon Health Care for 9 years. Beverly was a memeber of the East Oregon Church Of God. She was preceded in death by her parents: three sisters, Darlene Smice, Betty Blake and Bonnie Barnhardt. Survivors include her sons, William Shirley Wanda Mon) of Oregon and Rick (Jean) Messenger of Byron; daughters, Ruth (Bob) Miller of Adeline, Candy Shirley (Denny Diehl) of Oregon and Diana (Jack) Boyden of Mt. Morris; brothers, Ronald "Munk" Smice of Mt. Morris, Robert "Babes" Smice of Oregon and Frederick "Sonny" (Betty) Smice, also of Oregon; sister, Gloria (Curtis) Ennenga of Mt. Morris; 10 grandchildren and three special great -grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday March 10, at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon, with the visitation held on Sunday, March 9th, from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. [unknown newspaper, c. March 2003]
Howard B. Smice
Oregon- Howard B. Smice, 81, of 500 South Tenth Street, died Tuesday, March 5, 1996 in Oregon Health Care Center.
He was born on Aug. 3, 1914 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County to Frank and Myrtle (Reed) Smice.
He was a lifetime resident and a veteran of World War 11.
Survivors include one sister, Helen Friemuth of Parahup, Nev.
At his request no services will be held. Cremation rites will be accorded with burial in Daysville Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Farrell- Holland Funeral Home in Oregon. [Sauk Valley Report (Dixon Telegraph), Wednesday 3-6-1996]
Robert F. Smice
OREGON- Robert F. "Big Bob" Smice Sr., 69, lifelong Oregon resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Oregon Health Care Center, Big Bob had been employed at the Byron Nuclear Station.
He was born March 18, 1942, in Oregon, the son of Glenn and Bessie (Paul) Smice. He married Barbara Blume on July 13, 1991, in Oregon. She died March 21, 2002. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved playing Bingo. He was a 30 year member of AA with worldwide friendships.
He is survived by his sons, Frank (Jill) Smice of Leaf River and Jeff Smice of Mount Morris; his daughter Lisa (Carl) Anderson of Green Bay, Wis.; his grandchildren, Destiny and Jeffrey Smice, T.J., Tyler and Torey Smice, Cheri Heise, Samantha Allen, Rebecca Crooks, and Kenny Spears; five great -grandchildren; and one sister, Sis Braden of Oregon.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one daughter Tracey; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor Sandra Graber officiating. Burial will be at Daysville Cemetery, rural Oregon. [Sauk Valley Newspaper, 9-22-2011]
Edith M. Steffa
Edith Maude Steffa was born at Lanark, Ill., June 17, 1885. Her parents were Samuel and Sarah Steffa. She passed away at St. Anthony hospital in Rockford, Thursday, May 3, 1951.
She grew up in Byron and made many friends there until they moved to Rockford.
On July 4, 1901, she married Charles Lizer in Byron, and to them were born Kenneth and Fay, and a pair of twins, who died at birth. They adopted one little girl, Beryl.
Edith was baptized in the Congregational Church of Byron, and later joined that church. She and her husband still kept their church letters there at the time of her death.
Her home was always open to neighbors and friends, or to those in need; she was a valued neighbor wherever she lived. She was a member of the Mystic Workers. Her home and her flowers were a great joy to her.
She is survived by her husband one son, Kenneth, and two grandchildren, Kenneth, Jr., and Stephen of Rockford. One sister, Hazel (Mrs. Ralph) Bachelder of Davenport; and one brother, Jesse Steffa, of DeKalb; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
The service in her memory was held in the United church of Byron, Saturday afternoon, May 6, at 2 o'clock. The burial was made in the Byron cemetery. The Rev. James H. Hagerty officiated. [Byron Paper, 5-11-1951]
Mrs. Elizabeth Palmer, wife of Henry W. Palmer, of Rockvale township, succumbed to a long illness at her home west of Byron, on Tuesday evening, Febuary 3, 1931. Mrs. Palmer was a native of Rockvale township, born on March 5, 1872. She was united in marriage to Mr. palmer at Mt. Morris, foury-three years ago. She is survived by her husband, five daughters, Mrs. William Saam, Mrs. Samuel Doyle, and Mrs. John Paul, all of Byron, Mrs. Maurice Johnson of Rockvalle and Mrs. William Moth, of Seward; three sons, Emery and John of Byron and Charles of Roswell, New Mexico; and twenty-six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home this (Friday) morning at ten o'clock, and will be conducted by Rev. McCune, of Mt. Morris. Burial will be at Silver Creek cemetery south of Leaf River. [Byron Express, Friday 2-6-1931]
Fred Steffa, retired farmer, died at 2:20 p.m. yesterday, after an illness of two weeks, at the home of his great-niece, Mrs. Susan Doyle, 1228 Elm Street.
He was born Sept. 1, 1867 in Rock Vale Twp, Ogle County. On Dec. 29, 1904, he married Iva Coy, who died in 1926. He farmed in the vicinity of Mount Morris for many years. When he retired he moved to Rockford about 20 years ago.
Surviving are two great-nieces, Mrs Doyle and Mrs. Charles Lizer, both of Rockford.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Rock Of Ages Funeral Home in Byron. Burial will be at Silver Creek cemetery near Leaf River. [There was no date except 1944 and no paper name, but I found this at the Oregon, Ogle Co., IL library in a book marked "area obits". Rockford Directory 1935: resides 5439 Dale Ave. (LP)]
Funeral Services for Geneva Mammenga were conducted Monday from Farrell-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Lay, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery near Mount Morris.
The 86 year old Mrs. Mammenga died Saturday in White Pines Living center.
She was born June 28, 1900, in Oregon To Nehemia and Elizabeth Gruber Steffa. She was married Nov. 11, in Oregon to Frank Mammenga. He died in 1949.
Survivors include a son Gene Mammenga of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Alvin Steffa of Franklin Grove; two granddaughters and a great- granddaughter. [Rochelle News 10-21-1986]
Josiah Steffa for many years a Resident of Byron, died on Thursday June 11, at East Moline at the age of 82 years. Mr. Steffa had been in failing health for a number of years.
He was born at Mount Morris and was the son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Steffa. While residing in Byron he was the janitor of the Byron Public School building many years and also custodian of the Community House several years. His wife, Eliza, and several brothers and sisters preceded him in death. An adopted daughter, Mrs. Fred Himert, and four grandchildren of Byron; a brother, Fred, of Loves Park, and a sister, Mrs. Louis Fouch of Oregon, survive him.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Himert on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. w. j. Hopkins, pastor of the United Church, officiated. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery. [The Byron Tribune - 6-19-1936]
Josiah W. Steffa
Josiah W. Steffa, 81, 2827 Custer Ave., died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1973, in River Bluff Nursing Home after a long illness. Born Nov. 13, 1891, in Byron, Ill., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Steffa. Lived nine years in Rockford coming from Dekalb. Married to the former Alta M. Cook in Shabbona Nov. 30, 1916. Employed as supervisor by Dekalb Commercial Body Co., Dekalb, for 32 years. Express agent in Rockford, 1910-1917, and Camp Grant during World War 1. Member of the Masonic Lodge, Centerville, Iowa. Survivors include his widow Alta; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.
Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, in Fred C. Olsen Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave., with the Rev. Robert B. Davis pastor of Third Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Dekalb. Friends may call at the mortuary from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Rockford Morning Star, Wednesday 2-14-1973]
Lawrence L. Steffa
Lawrence L. Steffa, died on Feb. 18, 1950 in the Hines VA Hospital. Burial is in Silver Creek Cemetery. He was the son of Nehemiah and Elizabeth Steffa.
Survivors include siblings: Floyd, Alvin, Orville, Leta McNames, Lelia Hays, Geneva Mammenga. He was a WW 2 Vet. [Ogle County Reporter, 2-23-1950]
Lawrence L. Steffa, 44, Oregon, died yesterday at Hines Veterans Hospital, where he had been a patient for the last seven months. He was the brother of Floyd Steffa, 407 North Johnston Ave.
A veteran of World War 2, He served with the Army in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1945. He was a life long resident of Ogle County.
Also surviving are two other brothers, Alvin and Orville, Oregon, and three sisters, Mrs. Leta McNames, Byron, and Mrs. Leila Hayes and Mrs. Geneva Mammenga, Oregon.
Arrangements are being completed at the Farrell Funeral Home in Oregon. [Rockford Register Republic, 2-20-1950]
Leta Steffa was born on Jan. 21, 1903, daughter of Nehemiah and Bessie Gruber Steffa at Oregon. She passed away in her home in Byron, on Friday evening, Nov. 9, 1951 at the age of 48.
She was united in marriage to Roy McNames of Byron, on July 22, 1939.
She is survived by her husband, her five children Delores, Richard, Everett,Ralph, and Frances; three brothers: Orval and Alva of Oregon and Floyd of Rockford; two sisters Geneva Mammenga, and Lola (Mrs. Herbert Hayes), both of Oregon.
The services in her memory were held from the Bakener Funeral Home, Monday Nov. 12, with burial in the Byron Cemetery. The Rev. James H. Hagerty of the United Church officiated. [Unknown Byron Paper, 11-16-1951]
Mary I. Himert
Mary Irene Himert, 74, Byron, died at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 1967. In Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long Illness. Born Sept. 18, 1892, In Chicago, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Steffa. Lived 74 years In Byron, moving there from Chicago. Married to Fred Himert In Byron May 18, 1912. Employed as a packer by Quatity Metal Finishing Co., Byron, for 15 years: Member, of United Church of Byron, and of Eastern Star chapter of Byron, Royal Neighbors of America at Byron and Women's Fellowship of the church. Attended Byron public schools. Survivors include: her husband, Fred, Byron; two sons, Glenn, Lombard, and Steffa, Winnebago; two daughters, Mrs. Ellyn Rowley, Lakeland, Fla., and Mrs. A. Robert (Helen) Hewitt, Rockford; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, In BAKENER-MORRISON FUNERAL HOME, Byron, with the Rev. George Hartz, pastor of the United Church of Byron, officiating. Burial In Willwood Burial Park. No visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, c. June 1967]
Oregon-- Orville Steffa, 77, 406 S. Third St., died earlier today at Americana Health Care Center, Rockford, following a long illness.
Survivors include his widow, Mary; sisters, Mrs Geneva Mammenga and Leila Hayes, both of Oregon; and a brother Alvin, of Franklin Grove.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Farrell Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony J. Becker, PhD., pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home. [Dixon Telegraph 3-16-1980]
Roger W. Steffa
Oregon-- Roger W. Steffa, 62, of Oregon, died Monday, Feb 9, 1998 in Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He had been employed by Woods Mfg., Oregon Foundry, Oregon Piano Factory, and Helle Hardwoods, prior to his retirement.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1935 in Oregon to Alvin and Marie (Beard) Steffa.
Survivors include four daughters, Becky Merritt of Mount Morris, Teresa (Eric) Grover of Chana, Donna (Doug) Harriett, and Cheyenne Ludwick, both of Oregon; one stepdaughter Michelle Goodrum of Oregon; one step- son Matthew Goodrum of Texas; two brothers Robert of Oregon, And Don (Jackie) of Mt. Olive; two sisters, Florence Kump and Bev Rumour, both of Mount Morris, and nine grandchildren.
There will be no funeral services. Cremation rights will be accorded. Visitation will take place Wed. from 6 to 8 p.m. in Farrall-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon. [The Dixon Telegraph, 2-10-1998]
Samuel E. Steffa
Samuel E. Steffa, a former resident of Byron, died very suddenly at the Emerson-Brantingham plant in Rockford Saturday noon while he was eating his lunch. The death was due to apoplexy.
Mr. Steffa was born in Rockvale Township on October 26, 1856. He married Sarah Miller in 1881 and made their home in Byron until her death in 1918, when he went to Rockford and lived with a daughter, Mrs. Chas. P. Lizer. He is survived by three children, Floyd L. and Mrs. Lizer of Rockford, and Mrs. R. H. Bachelder of Aurora, and two step-children, Russell G. Steffa of Kings, and Mrs. Wm. Ridgeway of Leaf River, also by four brothers, Jesse I. of Byron, William and Luke of Rockvale, and Fred of Rockford, and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the Byron Congregational Church on Monday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. C. C. Crickette. The burial was in the Silver Creek Cemetery, south of Leaf River on Monday afternoon. The arrangements were considerably interfered with by the storm. [The Byron Express, Friday, March 16, 1923]
Died on a Tuesday morning 3-6-1923 reaching the age of 92 yrs 5 mths and 18 days, Mr Wakenight being of a family of 7. He spent most of his boyhood out in Washington Co. MD. When he reached young manhood, he gained a desire to move out to the Western frontier, so he, with others moved as far West as Clark Co. OH. Here he met Lydia Kerns, with whom in 1855 he was united in Marriage. After their marriage they decided to move farther west. Together with others they started with horses and wagons, coming to Ogle Co, IL, settling in what is now called Pine Creek TWP, IL. In the year 1865, both Mr. and Mrs. Wakenight joined the United Brethren Church, where he held his membership until the time of his death. After having lived near Pine Creek for a period of time they then moved to the old homestead, where he and Mrs. Wakenight shared the joys and sorrows of life together.
In moving to this community Mr. and Mrs. Wakenight made the Church their place of worship, attending very faithfully. Their happy union was blessed with four children, John, Jacob, Cora, and Anna of whom Jacob and Cora have preceded their father in Death. Mrs. Wakenight departed this life on 1-29-1909. His funeral was held on Thursday, 3-8-1923 at the North Grove Evangelical Church, the Rev. Sienvisen of Forreston, preaching the funeral sermon.
Thus we find that neighbor Wakenight leaves to mourn his loss, his Son John, his Daughter Mrs. Anna Mayer, seven Grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and a host of Friends. His Pall bearers were his six nephews: George A Gaffin, John D Croft, Edward Potter, Ernest and Elmer Wolf, and Frederick Gaffin, who peacefully laid him to rest beside his wife in the Cemetery adjoining the Church.
[Mt. Morris Times, March 15, 1923:]
Donald E. Wakenight, 53, of Prophetstown, died Dec. 16, at CGH Medical Center.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. Sunday. A memorial fund has been established.
Wakenight was born Jan. 21, 1940, in Dixon, son of Raymond and Ethel (Johnson) Wakenight. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. On Jan. 19, 1940 (note wrong date), he married Rita Aldous in Sterling. He had been employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, where he worked in the conditioning yard of the 24" mill until retiring in January of this year.
Wakenight was a avid gardener, and enjoyed many other things that kept him busy.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Sonya Alden of Rock Falls, Sheila Hendrix of Sterling, Donna Wakenight, Patty Ohnen, Jennifer Wakenight, and JoAnne Wakenight all of Prophetstown; sons, Donald J. and Raymond E. Wakenight, both of Prophetstown; a grandson; his mother, Ethel Quinn of Sterling; his father of Galt; and sisters, Linda Welker of Milledgeville. (unknown newspaper/date -- note-Its cut off there) [Dixon Telegraph 1-21-1942 p4 c5: "Happy Birthday; Donald Wakenight, 2"]
Workman killed by falling tree on Lowden farm
Crushed by a falling tree on former Governor Frank O. Lowden's Sinnissippi farm. Harry Wakenight, 52 yrs. old of Oregon, was instantly killed at 4:45 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Floyd Wakenight, young son of victim, witnessed his father's death. Wakenight, who was clearing timber on the Lowden farm, stumbled as he rushed from the path of a falling tree. The heavy timber broke his neck.
Peter Weeberg of Oregon, Wakenight, and his son, Floyd composed a crew which has been at work on the Lowden farm timber this winter.
Wakenight was born at Mt. Morris 52 years ago. He resided in Oregon 15 years, in which time he has labored at various jobs. Surviving are the widow and five young children. [Dixon telegraph, 1-4-1929]
Jennifer L. Wakenight
Jennifer Lynn Wakenight, 28 days, 909 Furman St., died at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1973, in Swedish American Hospital after a brief illness. Born Nov. 28, 1973 In Rockford, daughter of Kim and Sharon (Rogers) Wakenight. Survivors include: her parents, and one brother, Bradley, at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Rogers, Rockford; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Wakenight, Rockford, and one great-grandmother, Mrs. Lola Rogers, Evanston.
Graveside services at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, In Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Burial In Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Arrangements by SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. No visitation. [Rockford Register Republic, 12-27-1973]
June Marie Cullen
Oregon-- June Marie Cullen, 75, of 709 Monroe Street, Oregon, died Nov. 28, 1997, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Church Of God, Oregon, with the Rev. Michael Hoffman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt, Mount Morris.
Mrs Cullen was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, the daughter of Sylvester M. and Vernie (Barnhart) Wakenight. She married Elmer V. Cullen on April 6, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa.
She was a jogger in the Roto Press Room at Kable Printing Company, Mount Morris, and was a salesperson with Avon products. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8739 in Oregon.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer; one daughter, Patricia (William) Lundholm, Cape Cod, Mass.; two grandchildren; three great -grandsons; and one sister Mrs. Nellie Karr, Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Lloyd Wakenight; two half brothers Clarence and Glenn Barnhart. [Almanac Sauk Valley, Sunday, 11-30-1997 p A-5]
Lloyd Wakenight -- Mary E. Wakenight
Lloyd Wakenight of 202 W. Brayton RD., Mt. Morris, was born 5-29-1918 in Pine Creek Twp, son of Sylvester and Vernie Mae Wakenight. He married Mary Hambley on Sept. 18th, 1949 in Dixon IL.
Wakenight was employed by Kable printing as an assistant pressman and had been a lifetime resident of Mt. Morris.
He is survived by a son, James of Oregon, two grandchildren, his father, and two sisters . Mr. And Mrs. Wakenight were members of the Church of Brethren in Mt. Morris. He was also a long time member of the Moose 1551, VFW, and American Legion. [Unknown newspaper/date]
Mrs. Mary E. Wakenight was born on 1-19-1925 in Polo. The daughter of Albert and Verna Smyth Hambley. She was also employed by Kable news as a secretary.
Besides her son and grandchildren, Mrs. Wakenight is survived by her father living in Freeport, eight brothers, Willard of Davis, Albert of Ovando MT, Lawrence of Milltown MT, Paul and Oscar of Freeport, Llewellyn of Davis, Earl of Oregon, and John of Dixon. Also eight sisters.
There will be a double funeral for the couple in the Church Of the Brethren on Sunday at 2 p.m. Conducted by Rev. Warren Hoover with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper/date]
Lois May Wakenight
Death certificate for Lois May Wakenight
died of premature birth on July 24, 1938
Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois
father: Raymond L. Wakenight, born in Oregon, IL
mother: Ethel Johnson, born in Thompson, IL
buried in Oakwood Cemetery
Merel H. Wakenight
Oregon- Merel H. Wakenight, 68, 327 Marquette Road, Rockford, a former Oregon resident, died Friday night in the Park Strathmoor Nursing Center, Rockford, following a short illness.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; four sons, Kenneth, Cambia, Wis., Merel Jr., Rockford; James, Emince, Mo., and Kim, Rockford; a daughter Ruth Webb, Caledonia; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond, Galt, and Leroy, Dixon, and one sister, Edna Dusing, Dixon.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Farrell Funeral Home, Oregon. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. [Rockford Register Star, Sunday 1-15-1978]
Merle Wakenight Jr
OREGON— Merle Wakenight Jr, 55, died Tuesday July 23,1996, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Sept 18,1940, in Oregon, the son of Merle and Clara Glasgow Wakenight Survivors include his sons, David (fiancee, Chandra Carpenter) Wakenight Gregory (Johanna) Wakenight, George Worley Jr., Thomas O'Dowd and Ronald (JoAnna) O'Dowd, and daughters, Denise (Gary) Lindeman and Joy (Dan) Miller,all of Rockford; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two brothers Kim (Sherry) Wakenight of Rockford and James (Donna) Wakenight of Summersville, Mo. Predeceased by parents and a brother and a sister.
Services at 11a.m. Friday, July 26, In Farrell-Holland Funeral Horne, 110 S. Seventh St, Oregon. Burial In Daysville Cemetery. Visitation from 10 a.m. to service time Friday in the funeral home. Memorial fund is being established. [Rockford Register Star, Wednesday, 7-24-1996]
Nellie Mae Karr
5/12/1920 – 2/4/2010
Mt. Morris, IL – Nellie Mae Karr, age 89, died February 4, 2010 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Nellie was born May 12, 1920 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL; the daughter of Sylvester M. and Vernie (Barnhart) Wakenight. Mrs. Karr married John M. Karr, September 4, 1948 in Pomeroy, Ohio. He preceded her in Death in 1990. She was a homemaker and she was a member of First Baptist Church, Oregon, IL. She was also a member of the Mt. Morris Women of the Moose.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Nancy (Michael) Plemmons, Lightsville, IL., and Evelyn & Vern Lovelett Plasters, Loves Park, IL. 3 Grandchildren: Debra (Roger) Pulver, Janesville, WI; Kandy (Doug) Jones, Loves Park, IL; and Terry Plemmons, Mt. Morris, IL. 8 Great-Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren.
Nellie is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Lloyd; sister June; 2 half-brothers Glen and Clarence; Grandson Tim and 1 infant Grandson Allen.
Funeral services will be Monday February 8, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday February 8, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. til service time. [unknown newspaper, c. Feb 2010]
Sadie B. Drumheller
Mrs Sadie B. Drumheller, 414 W. Brayton Rd., died early Tuesday morning, May 5th at Warmolts clinic, Oregon, following a short illness.
Born in Rockvale township Jan 27, 1879, she was the daughter of John Wakenight. At the time of her death she was 85 years, three months, and eight days old.
She was united in marriage with Charles Drumheller Dec. 22, 1897 in Mt. Morris and lived most of her life in this community. Her husband preceded her in death in 1943.
She is survived by two daughters, Lillian Drumheller of Mt. Morris and Mrs Gladys Smice of Oregon; two sons, Kenneth Drumheller of Mt. Morris and Floyd Drumheller of Oregon; 23 grandchildren and 27 great -grandchildren; and one brother, Dexter Wakenight of Mt. Morris.
Services are being held today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. in the Finch funeral home with the Rev. Warren Hoover, pastor of the church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be held in the Plainview Cemetery.
[Mt. Morris Times, 5-7-1964]
Sylvester M. Wakenight
Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 28th at 1:30 p.m. at the Finch funeral home Mt. Morris, for Sylvester M. Wakenight, 95, who resided at the Franklin Grove Nursing Center Franklin Grove IL. Mr. Wakenight died Monday Dec 24th at the health care center, following a short illness
He was born Aug 1st 1884 in Mt. Morris, the son of John and Susan (Strock) Wakenight.
He was married to Vernie Barnhart, Sept. 12th, 1917 in Mt. Morris. She preceded him in death In 1954. He was united in marriage with Goldie Christensen in 1956. She also preceded him In death in 1975. He was also preceded in death by two stepsons, Glen and Clarence Barnhart , and a son Lloyd Wakenight.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Elmer (June) Cullen of Oregon and Mrs. John (Nellie) Karr of Ashton: a step-son Alvin Christensen of California: two stepdaughters, Mrs. Marie Noll of Missouri, and Mrs. Dorothy Daniel of AZ, four grandchildren and eight great -grandchildren.
Mr. Wakenight retired in 1954 after working at Kable Printing in the mailing Dept for 28 years. He Was a charter member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge 1551, a member of the Odd Fellows, and also the GAIU 95B Union. He was a member of the former Disciples Christian Church.
The Rev. Bruce Spencer, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Oregon, officiated the services. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. [MT. MORRIS TIMES, 1-2-1980]
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