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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS OBITUARIES


Joseph Maccaroni

Joseph Maccaroni, 38 years old, died from injuries suffered when he was kicked by a horse which he had just purchased at the East St. Louis Stockyards.
[E. St. Louis Daily Journal, 1 July 1919]

Henry Mager

One of Mascoutah's oldest and well known business men, died on Sunday morning at 9:00 o'clock, March 29th, 1891, after a suffering and lingering illness, aged forty seven years, one month and ? days...
[Mascoutah Herald, 3 April, 1891]

Doctors W. A. Fries, of St. Louis, G. Fuchs of New Memphis, and C. Rembe of this city held an autopsy over the remains of the late Henry Mager on Monday morning, with a view of ascertaining the cause or nature of the disease from which the deceased has for many years suffered
[The Mascoutah Herald 3 April 1891]


John Main

John Main, 66, of New Athens died Sunday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville.
He was a retired barber.
Surviving are his wife, the former Velma Coates; four sons, John A., of Freeburg, Victor Lorraine and Robert Lee, New Athens; and Russell Keith, Shepard Air Force Base, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Norman (Betty Ann) Schwebel, and Mrs. Burke (Ellen) Potter, of Belleville; a brother, James Calvin, of Colorado Springs, Col.; four sisters, Mrs. Elva Belovich, Mrs. Ila May Heart, and Mrs. Martha Bibbo, of New Canton, ILL., and Louise Vaughn, Pleasant Hill, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Hull Funeral Home, New Athens. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday. [BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT, January 9, 1978, page 12 - donated by Sandy Petri]

Louis Lurrell Main
WALLS COLLAPSE
LOUIS LURRELL MAIN SUFFOCATED AS HE BUILDS SEWER
Louis Lurrell Main, 28 year old Freeburg barber, was suffocated yesterday afternoon when the walls of a nine-inch cut for a sewer collapsed while he was lying a four-inch sanitary sewer in the excavation.
Main, who lived in a trailer at -- 6 South Alton Street, Freeburg, near his barbershop, was buried under tons of dirt and it took rescuers eight minutes to remove him from the excavation.
Artificial respiration was applied at the scene by the Freeburg Disaster Unit and he was taken in a George Renner and Sons ambulance from Freeburg to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he died at 7:40 p.m., about four hours after the mishap.
Main was building a house on the Alton Street property. Two brothers, John Eldon Main and Robert Lee Main, both of New Athens, were assisting him in laying the sewer.
Main, who moved from New Athens to Freeburg about a year ago, was a graduate of a barber school in Dacatur. He was an Army veteran.
Born at New Canton, Ill., June 26, 1933, he was a son of John H. and Velma Main, nee Coates, of New Athens. The father is a barber. Mr. Main married Elaine Scholes in Smithton October 29, 1955.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Ann, 3; four brothers, John E., Victor L., Robert L., and Russell K. Main, and two sisters, Betty Ann, wife of Robert Hull and Mary Ellen, wife of Burke Potter, all of New Athens, and his grandparents, Louis Main, New Canton, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coates, Bushnell, Ill. A sister died in infancy.
Mr. Main was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Freeburg, and the Barbers Union.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, from St. Paul's Church, Freeburg, to Franklin Cemetery, Smithton. Friends may call at the Hull Funeral Home, New Athens, after 7:30 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m. Wednesday when the body will be taken to church. [BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT, April 16, 1962, page 1 - Donated by Sandy Petri]

Velma Main
Velma Ellen Main, nee Coates, 66, of New Athens, died Tuesday, Oct., 7 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Main and a son, Louis Main. She is survived by four sons, Victor and Robert Main both of New Athens, John Main of Freeburg and Russell Main of Edwards A.F.B. in Lancaster, Ca.; two daughters, Mrs. Norman (Betty Ann) Schwebel and Mrs. Burke (Mary Ellen) Potter both of Belleville; her mother, Viola, nee Neal, Coates; four brothers, three sisters, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Hull funeral Home in New Athens. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in New Athens. Friends may call between 4 and 9 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. [BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT, October 9, 1980. page 12-B, Donated by Sandy Petri]

Michael Melvin
Entered into rest on Monday, July 23, 1923, at 12:30 a.m., Michael Melvin, age 72 years, beloved husband of Kate Kern Melvin, and father of Charles Melvin.  Funeral from family residence, 1109 Market Ave., Wednesday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m., to St. Mary's church, thence to Mt. Carmel cemetery.  Burke has charge. [East St. Louis Journal, July 24, 1923]

William M. Meng

Mrs. George Kilian, 329 North Charles Street, today was advised of the death of William M. Meng, 16, son of her brother, Dr. William L. Meng, who formerly resided in Belleville.  Dr. Meng is now stationed at the National Military Sanitorium near Marion, Ind.
Young Meng, according to Mrs. Kilian, was doing special work in musical training in Winona, Ind., when he was stricken with acute appendicitis Wednesday morning, and died at a Warsaw, Ind., hosptial. Young Meng was a senior student in the high school at Marion, Ind. In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by one brother, Ralph. According to the message received by Mrs. Kilian today, funeral arrangements will be held at Marion, Ind., at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning with interment at Marion... [Belleville Daily Advocate,30 June, 1930.]

Mrs. Louise Merrill 81, died Sunday at her home. Born in Buffalo, N.Y. She was a Collinsville resident for 55 years. She is survived by her husband, Stillwell F. Merrill, a son Stillwell A. Merril of Collinsville, a daughter Mrs. Robert ( Ruth Louise) Bowie of West Memphis, Ark. A brother Fred Freyer, of Portland, N.Y.,Herr funeral has charge, burial in Holy Cross cemetery, Collinsville. [E. St. Louis Journal, March 23, 1959, ]

Frank Millard
Frank E. MILLARD, of this city, who died last week in Texas, left an insurance policy of $5,000, on his life, his mother being the beneficiary. [July 15, 1892 - East St. Louis Journal]

Miller
Cards of Thanks:  We want to thank our many relatives, friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathies extended us in our sad bereavement, also for the beautiful floral tributes paid to our departed loved one; Rev. Father Byrne for his consoling words, and the choir for their beautiful music.  D. H. Miller, Dennis Miller, husband and son; Mrs. Rosa Slaven, mother; Mrs. Lillian Doak, sister. [East St. Louis Journal, July 24, 1923]

Melba D. Mills

A 39 yr old mother of nine, Mrs. Melba D. Mills, of Belleville, died today after being hit by a car while walking  near 9441 Lebanon road, St.Clair county.
The driver of the car, Mrs. Jean R. Hardy of Belleville was not charged. The accident occured at 10:10pm Thursday.
Services will be at 11am Monday at the Kassley Colonial Mortuary Fairview Heights where friends may call after 5pm Saturday.
Survivors include her husband Jerry R., daughters Mrs. Steven (Ramona) Burrells of Belleville, Regina Schaffer, Marcella, Deanna and Catherine Mills at home, sons Jerry Schaffer, David, Micheal and Kevin at home, her mother Mrs. Edna Orr of E. St. Louis, her father Forrest Shook of Chicago, sister Mrs. Hal (Marie) Cook of Edwardsville and a brother Billy Shook of St. Louis.... [11 October 1973.  Donated by Billie Trail]


Valentine Mode

The body of Valentine Mode, who was drowned while duck hunting on March 1st, was found in the Okaw river, near Venedy, last Saturday...
[Mascoutah Herald, 13 March 1891]

John Murray
The Hon. John Murray died at Belleville on the 18th inst., aged 69 years.  He had lived in that place since 1817.  He was a member of the House of Representatives of this State for several terms, and Senator one or more terms. [Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, September 1, 1869; JD, Sub by FoFG]


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