Welcome to Illinois Genealogy Trails!
St. Clair County, IL


William Keane
William Keane, the well-known newsboy of St. Louis, who died a few days ago, left cash assets amounting to $20,000, which were found in a box in the boy's rooms. He was better known than anyone in his business in that city and was generally called Hunchbacked Billy. He has five brothers who will now share his savings.
[East St. Louis Journal, 26 Jan 1889]

Myrtle J. Kehrer

Myrtle J. Kehrer, nee Stolte, 75, of Mascoutah, died Friday, June 26, 1992 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.
She was a member of Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry & Sophie, nee Buthe, Stolte; and a brother, Melvin Stolte.
Surviving are her husband, Ralph J. Kehrer, Sr. of Mascoutah; two sons, Ralph J. (Willette) Kehrer, Jr. of New Memphis, Daniel (Jeanne) Kehrer of New Baden; a daughter, Joan (Marvin) Krausz of New Baden; a brother, Victor (Inez) Stolte of Evansville; two sisters, Eulelia Helvey of Fruiti, Colo., Monica Mensing of Belleville; three grandsons, Steven (Jane) Kehrer of New Memphis. Robert (Susan) Kehrer of New Memphis, Daniel Kehrer II of New Baden; a granddaughter, Kathy (Kevin) Huelsmann of Trenton; six great grandchildren, Jason Kehrer, Jeremy Kehrer, Travis Kehrer, Kolin Huelsmann, Alexander Huelsmann, Vanesa Huelsmann.
Funeral procession to leave at 10:30 a.m. Monday, from the George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville to Holy Childhood Catholic Church, Mascoutah, for 11 a.m. mass with Fr. Jerome Hartlein officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Belleville.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. [Belleville News Democrat, 27 Jun 1992 - Donated by Donnell Redlingshafer Wisniewski]

Martha Kelly

Woman, 104, Dies, Outlived Children
Mrs. Martha Kelly, one of the oldest residents of St.Clair county, died at 8:15 p.m. at Christian Welfare Hospital. Mrs Kelly would of been 105 March 10. She resided with her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron McDowell on Minnesota Ave. in E.St.Louis.
A native of Little Rock Arkansas, she has resided here in E.St.Louis for 50 years.
Proceeded in death by her husband, William in 1951, and 12 of her 13 children. She is survived by a son, Walter Kelly of Phoenix Arizona, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements are incomplete but the funeral will be at Robbins Funeral Home in E.St.Louis, on Wednesday.
[March 1, 1965, E.St.Louis Journal - Donated by Billie Trail]

Patrick Kelly

Dr. Woods is the busiest man in St. Clair County nowadays and this is his busy day. There have been four inquests in this city to-day, over which, as coroner, he has presided, and he has gone to Belleville, this afternoon to hold the fifth.

In addition to these five new cases, the inquest into the death of Patrick KELLY, which was begun on Saturday, was finished to-day. Kelly was fatally injured in an attempt to board a moving train, on Friday night, and died on Saturday. The jury found a verdict of accidental death. 25 July 1892 - East St. Louis Journal

William Kelly Dies Here

William Kelly, 80, of Michigan Ave., died at 7:30 am today in St.Mary 's Hospital whre he had been a patient four days. He had been ill for three months. A native of Ireland, Mr. Kelly lived here 75 years. He drove a horse for the old Polar Wave Co. for 35 yrs., until 1928, since then he has been at odd and end jobs. Mr. Kelly is survived by his widow, Martha, a son, James; two step-sons, Joe and Walter King; a step-daughter, Margaret Heckman, 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 9a.m. Monday at St. Phillips Church. Robbins has charge. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery....
Aug 3, 1951, E.St.Louis Journal - Donated by Billie Trail

Marie E. Kiemel
Marie E. Kiemel, nee Wittenbrink, 85, of Collinsville, Ill., born Monday, Sept. 2, 1912, in Belleville, Ill., died Sunday Feb. 22, 1998 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Anthony Kiemel; her parents, Phillip F. and Ida, nee Holliday, Wittenbrink, and two brothers. Surviving are a daughter, Norma Lee Hanratty of Troy, Ill.; a son, Jim Kiemel of Fairmont City, Ill., several nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill., with Father Robert Morris officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at the funeral home.
[Submitted by Becky S. Johnson ]

Barbara Kilian
Mrs. Barbara Kilian, the oldest person in Millstadt, died at her home her last Friday, December 15, at 12:30 o'clock at the advanced age of 89 years, 5 months, and 25 days.
Deceased was born in Weitersweiler, Elsaz, Germany on June 18, 1818. Her parents were Christman and Margareth Hauser. She was married to Dr. Jacques Kilian in the native land in 1840, and they came to America in 1845. For some years they resided on a farm near town, and in 1848 moved to Millstadt where her husband practiced his profession. She was a midwife and followed that calling for many years.
Of seven children born to her, six, five boys and one girl died. One son, George, is the only survivor. She also leaves ten grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.
The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the village to the cemetery. Rev. P. Wendt, preaching the final sermon. [Millstadt Enterprise, 12/20/1907 -- Submitted By Kerry Boehm]

Jacob Killian, Sr.

Jacob Killian, one of our oldest citizens and a veteran of the civil war died at his home here on Monday, March 11, 1907 at 6:15 o'clock p.m.
Deceased was born in Weitersweiler, Elsuz, Germany on February 19 1842. He came to America with his parents in 1847 and the family located here. His father died at the age of 49 years. His mother Mrs. Barbar Killian, nee Hauser, is still living here and is one of the oldest residents of this community. He served in Company E, Alton Battalion, in the civil war as a sergeant. He was a cooper by trade and was employed by the various mills of this town for years and was working up to a few weeks ago. He was married on August 27, 1865 to Caroline Fischer. Nine children were born to the union of whom one has died. Eight remain with their mother to mourn the death of their father. They are, George and William Killian, Mrs. Caroline Boehm and Mrs. Anna Minnemeyer of St. Louis; Louis, Henry, Jacob and Philip in Millstadt. He also leaves twenty-one grandchildren and one brother, George, who lives here.
The funeral took place yesterday afternoon from the residence to the village cemetery. Rev. Wendt, of the Zion Church conducted the services. He was a member of the Helvetia Lodge No. 26, U.O.T.B. and G.A.R. Post, the member of which attended in a body.
[Millstadt Enterprise, 3/15/1907 - Submitted By: Kerry Boehm]

Carrie B. Killion

Widow of Photographer, Here 65 Years, Succumbs at 76
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie B. Killion, 76, widow of George W. Killion who operated a Collinsville Avenue photgraphic studio, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, 18 March, 1941,in the Burke funeral home, 3300 State street, with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Killion, whose home was at 700 Illinois Avenue, died in Christian Welfare hospital Sunday afternoon, 16 March, 1941.
She was a native of Bellpre, Ohio, and a resident of East St. Louis for 65 years.
Surviving are a brother Randolph Kirkpatrick and a sister Mrs. Charles A. Gamlin.
She was a member of the Leah Rebekah Lodge and the World's Fair camp of the Royal Neighbors of America, who will conduct services at 8 p.m. Monday, March 17...East St. Louis Journal, March 1941.

George W. Killion
The funeral of G. W. Killion of 343 Collinsville Avenue, one of East St Louis' pioneer business men, will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Christian church, leaving the house at 1:30p.m. Rev. Emannuel Jones of Little Rock, Ark., and the Rev. Thomas Minyard, pastor of the church, will officiate.

Mr. Killion was a resident here for over forty years, was East St. Louis' first photographer and settled in his present location with the business men that constituted the early promoters of this city, and the last one of his associates to pass away.

Mr. Killion came from Indiana to Illinois with his parents (son of Silas D. and Catharine Overshiner Killion). During the Civil war he was a bugler boy in calling recruits. He was too young to enlist in service and followed his father and brother thoughout the war. Mr. Killion was well known here. He was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Modern Woodmen fraternity.

The deceased is survived by his wife and cousins, H. J. Killion of Ava, IL, Shelly Killion of East St. Louis and Mrs. Vander Wilson of Rock Island, Ill.

Mr. Killion was 75 years, 5 months and 21 days. Member of Pride of the Valley Lodge No. 435, I. O. O. F., and Laurel Camp No. 1246, M. W. of A. Funeral Wednesday, July 25, at 1:30 p. m. from residence, 343A Collinsville Avenue, to the First Christian church, thence to Mt. Hope cemetery. Services at the cemetery will be conducted by the Odd Fellows. Kurrus has charge. [East St. Louis, IL Journal, 24 July, 1923]

Mollie Killion
The remains of Miss Mollie Killion, who died at the residence of her brother, George Killion, on Collinsville Avenue were shipped to Ava today for interment
[East St. Louis Journal, 31 August 1892]

Orville B. Killion
Orville B. Killion, 62 of Belleville, died Thursday in Jerseyville. He was a switchman for the Alton and Southern Railroad for 43 years, and a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
Surviving are his widow, the former Irene Tucker; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Sebastian, of Cahokia.
Funeral Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville. Burial will be in Valhalla Burial Park, Belleville. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.
[16 April 1976]

Sarah Jane Howe Killion
Entered into rest at I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Percy, IL, on Sunday, April 20, 1958, at 7:00 PM
Mrs. Sarah Killion, Widow of James Killion, aged 85 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Funeral services will be held at the Missionary Baptist church, at Willisville, Perry County, on Wednesday April 23, at 1:30 PM. Friends may call at the Lynn Funeral Home, Willisville, until noon Wednesday, thence to the church. Mrs. Sarah Killion, 86, ill for two years, dies at the home of her daughter, Marie Killion Lynch. Mrs. Killion, was the daughter of Frank and Jennie Taylor Howe. She was born 24 June, 1872 in Pennsylvania. She lived for a brief time in Clarksville, KY, before coming to Bryden, Jackson County, IL, where she married James Henry Killion, of Sato, son of Captain Michael Anderson and Martha (Gilly) Ann Bagwell Killion, on 30 August, 1890 in Jackson County, IL. Preceeding her in death were two sons, Mark Anderson Killion and Loniver Montgomery Killion.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Charles Lynch, with whom she lived, sisters Mary Wagstaff of Sparta, IL and Hannah Barbery of also of Sparta, IL. Grandchildren, Helen, Charles, Lon and Mark. And seven great grandchildren.

Joseph King dies at 78
The funeral services for Joseph King will be held Tuesday at 1p.m. at the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ in E.St.Louis with the Rev. Leon Jones officiating.
Burial will be at Mt.Hope Cemetery in Belleville, Il. Friends may call after 3 pm, at the Robbins Funeral Home on Tuesday.
Mr. King died Friday at 10:15 a.m. of a lingering illness in Centreville Township Hospital. He had been in the Hospital for four days. Born in Farmington,Mo., he lived in E.St.Louis for 30 years. He had retired as a sand blaster 10 years ago.
Survivors include: his wife Ethel, four daughters: Mrs. Betty Trail of Belleville, Ruthann, Sunday, and Rachel King, all of E.St.Louis, and six sons: Roy, Fred, Glenwood, Walter, and Harvey, all of E.St.Louis, and Hubert of Collinsville. His mother Martha Kelly also survives him, as well as a brother , Walter of California, a sister Margaret King of St.Louis, and a number of grandchildren
[Belleville News Democrat , December 31, 1961 - Donated by Billie Trail]

Dollie Knauer
Of Cherry St.., Signal Hill born in Ava, Il. died on Sunday, May 28, 1972. Beloved wife of Louia T. Knauer, dear mother of Mrs. Owen (Grace) Buckhelm, Hollister, Calif. and Robert Knauer, Mobile, Ala, dear sister of Amos Lynch, Nashville and the late Mrs. Ethel Calliott and Charles Lynch, Sr.; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, our dear mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt and cousin Funeral service will be held in the Holten Mortuary on Wednesday, May 31st, Rev. Darrell Handel officiating. Burial will in Mount Hope Cemetery.

*Doll was the daughter of Eli and Laura Stephens Carr

LouiaT. Knauer
Louia T. Knauer, 92 ,formerly of Signal Hill died Saturday, Sept.13 1980 at Apollo Nursing Home in Mobile, Ala. Mr. Knauer was born in Ava, Il., was a retired switchman for Alton and Southern Railroad. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dollie Carr. he is survived by a son Robert Knauer of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter Mrs. Grace Buckheim of Los Angeles, Ca.; a sister Juanita Knauer of Bond Terre, Mo.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren;our dear uncle and cousin Funeral services will be Wed. Sept. 17 at the Holten Funeral Home in Belleville, Il., Rev. Ben Jarrett will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville

Dan Koudelka

DAN KOUDELKA, 74, a retired coal miner of 211 North 47th Street, was pronounced dead upon arrival at 2:50 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital. He was stricken at his home and was rushed to the hospital in a Pete Gaerdner ambulance. Mr. KOUDELKA had been under the care of a physician. He was born in Czechoslovakia October 27, 1892, and was a son of the late CARL and MARIE [nee WALTA/VALTA] KOUDELKA. He married LOUISE KOUDELKA in St. Louis in 1914. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, JERRY KOUDELKA, 17 Dennis Drive; two grandchildren, Mrs. NORMA BILLHARTZ and Patrolman MILTON KOUDELKA; six great-grandchildren; a brother, FRANK KOUDELKA, Okawville; and a sister, VLASTA, wife of CHARLES SCHIELD of Houston. Another son, LESLIE KOUDELKA, was killed in action in World War II, and a sister and two brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Henry Church and the Czechoslovakian Society. The funeral will be held at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday from the Pete Gaerdner Funeral Home to St. Henry Church where the pastor, Msgr. Leonard BAUER, will officiate at services at 10: a.m. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 p.m. Monday. The pallbearers will be WARREN BILLHARTZ, OTTO BOSSLER, ANDREW KIRKWOOD, JERRY KOUDELKA, JOSEPH LIDISKY and JOHN SCHIELD.

[Source: Belleville, Illinois newspaper;estimate on date to abt. 1966; provided by Anna Rose Walta, from the files of her mother, Mrs. Julia Walta. The subject is the grandson of WILLIAM & MARIE WALTA/VALTA of Belleville, Illinois]

Karl Koudelka

Karl Koudelka Dies In Belleville
Karl Koudelka, 83, of 106 East Caroline street, Belleville, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug 18, 1949) in St. Elizabeth's hospital, Belleville, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Czechoslovakia and was a long-time Belleville resident. He was a retired coal miner. Rev. R.J. Herman will conduct services at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gaerdner chapel with burial in Walnut Hill cemetery.

[Source: Unnamed Newspaper from Belleville, IL]

Leslie Koudelka

Pfc. Leslie Koudelka, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Koudelka, North Forty-fifth Street, who was reported missing in action in France since July 20, is now listed as dead, according to a telegram received by the parents from the War Department last night. Pfc. Koudelka, a machine gunner in the Infantry, was drafted into the service on July 7, 1942, and has been overseas since last April. He participated in the invasion of France. He was not married and leaves besides his parents one brother, Jerry, 4925 West Main street; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. [....missing end of article...] Daily Advocate newspaper - Donated By Karen Souhrada souhrada@bigfoot.com

Louise Koudelka

LOUISE KOUDELKA, a 101 year old Belleville resident and native of Czechoslovakia, died Wednesday at the Four Fountains Convalescent Center. Louise Koudelka was born February 28, 1887, in Czechoslovakia, her grandson MILTON KOUDELKA, said. Louise Koudelka married a cousin, DAN KOUDELKA, who immigrated to the United States. Louise Koudelka stayed in Czechoslovakia with their son, JERRY KOUDELKA, while Dan Koudelka worked in the Southern Illinois coalmines, saving enough money to bring his wife and son to America. Louise Koudelka joined her husband in the U. S. in 1912, leaving her son with relatives until enough money was saved to pay for his way said grandson Milton Koudelka, 62, of Belleville. My dad (Jerry Koudelk) was about 12 years old when he came to the country. They came one at a time because they couldn't afford to come together. I don't know how they made it over here." Milton Koudelka said. Louise Koudelka was happy living in the United States and soon learned to speak English, but she spoke Bohemian when she got the opportunity, Milton Koudelka said. One of the things at which she excelled was cooking. "She could cook. When she cooked supper, she started in the morning and cooked until it was done in the evening. It wasn't one of those 10-minute meals," Milton Koudelka said. Louise Koudelka was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Jerry and LESLIE KOUDELKA. She is survived by two grandchildren - Milton Koudelka and NORMA BILHARTZ of Richardson, Texas - and four great-grandchildren. A private funeral service will be held Friday at the Pete Gaerdner Funeral Home in Belleville. Burial will be in the Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.
[Obit Notice posted in the News-Democrat newspaper of Belleville, Illinois; written by Cheryl Eaton; 1988]

Marie Koudelka
MARIE KOUDELKA, 76, Dies; Funeral Services Monday
Mrs. Marie Koudelka, 76, of 4925 West Main Street, died at her home at 8:25 last night after an extended illness. She was seriously ill four weeks. Mrs. Koudelka was born in Czechoslovakia, June 17, 1871, a daughter of Waclav and Marie (nee Hanus) Walta, and married Karel Koudelka in Czechoslovakia, February 2, 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Koudelka came to this country in 1904, settling in Belleville. Koudelka is a retired coal miner. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1940. Besides her husband, Mrs. Koudelka is survived by three sons and two daughters, Dan, of 211 North Forth-seventh Street; Joseph, of Chicago; Vlasta, wife of Charles Schield, of 106 East Caroline Street, Swansea; Rose, wife of Frank Sedlack, of Taylorville, and Frank, of 1713 Garden Street, Swansea. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Olga, and two sons, Lonny and William. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a brother, Frank Walta, of Auburn Grass Valley, California. Three sisters preceded her in death. The body is at the Pete Gaerdner funeral home where friends may call after one o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Funeral Services will be held at the Gaerdner chapel at two o'clock Monday afternoon. Interment will be in Walnut Hill cemetery.

[Death notice from Unamed Newspaper source; January 1948]

John Kovar
Belleville, July 9 - John Kovar, 51, hanged himself from a barbed wire fence on a farm east of Mascoutah today.  He fastened a belt about his neck and tied the other end to the top strand of the fence.  Kovar was a bachelor. [Daily Illini, 20 July 1932]

John H. Kraper
Father of Mrs. W. E. Putnam born in Metropolis
John H. Kraper, 81, retured farmer, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in Christian Welfare hospital. He lived at 4014 Donovan Avenue. He had been ill three years.
The body is at the Kurrus funeral home. Funeral arragements will be found on Page 22, in the announcement section. The body will be sent tonight to Metropolis for burial Sunday in St. John's Evangelical Church Cemetery.
Mr. Kraper was born in Metropolis in 1857 to Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm and Charlotte Baade Kraper.He married Amelia Horntop on 24 Aug 1882 in the Barns Settlement, Massac County, IL. She preceeded him in death. Four daughters were born to them; Katie, Laura, Bertha and Lydia. Bertha, Mrs. W. E. Putnam survives, as does one brother, Fred Kraper of Karnak, Ill. He lived here four years.
[East St. Louis Journal, 25 Nov 1938]

Victor Kroeves
The funeral of Victor Kroeves, who died at the Henrietta hospital last Friday from injuries received to his head in a manner at present unknown was held yesterday from Kurr(u)s Morgue to Mt. Hope cemetery. The inquest will be held today at 1 o'clock. Charles Warren of Mattoon, a fellow worker at the engine room of the Central Brewery, is held at Belleville until after the inquest. Warren said that he was wrestling with Kroeves when Kroeves fell, his head hitting on the door of one of the furnaces. George Kroeves of Chicago, a brother of the deceased, arrived in East St. Louis last Friday and has taken personal charge of the case...
[E. St. Louis Journal, 30 June, 1912]

Goltieb W. Kunzze
Bank President Dead
Recognized as One of Leading Men of St. Clair county - Owned Valuable Land
Marissa, Ill., July 19 - Goltieb W. Kunzze, president of the Bank of Marissa, recognized as the wealthiest financier in this part of St. Clair county, died today. He was 73 years old. His homestead here contained 1300 acres of valuable lands. A widow and six children survive. [The Cairo Bulletin. (Cairo, Ill.), 20 July 1911]


Back to the Main Index Page

©Illinois Genealogy Trails History Group