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Mrs. Edward Wachtel
Mrs. Wachtel's Death - Mrs. Edward WACHTEL, wife of Edward Wachtel, who keeps a saloon at the Four Mile Crossing, near Centerville Station, died yesterday evening at aout 7 o'clock after a brief illness. The funeral will take place to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock, from the family residence to St. Henry's Church and thence to St. Henry's Cemetery. [25 July 1892 - East St. Louis Journal]

Wade (Infant)
An eight-months-old child of Frank A. WADE, the Missouri avenue barber, died yesterday of congestion of the brain, after a two weeks illness. The funeral was held this afternoon. The remains were interred in St. Peter's Cemetery. [July 15, 1892 - East St. Louis Journal]

Charles Waithes
, son of Mr. Henry Waithes of Queens Lake, died March 19th?, aged thirteen years, three months and two days. The funeral took place on the 21st of March to the New Memphis cemetery. Rev. Holtkamp, of this city held the services...Mascoutah Herald, 3 April, 1891

William Walker
WILLIAM WALKER died in St. Louis, Monday: William Walker, a former resident of the community and known here died in St. Louis Tuesday. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Matilda Walker formerly of Oakdale, one daughter Betty Houseman, and two sisters Mrs. J. M. Caruth and Miss Rose Walker. The funeral was held from the Craig Mortuary in St. Louis at two o'clock yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. [March 14, 1939 Coulterville Republican, Submitted by Kathryn Todd and Transcribed by Vicki Bryan]

Catherine Walsh
Entered into rest on Monday July 23, 1923, Catherine Walsh, beloved mother of Mrs. Catherin Coombs, Mrs. C. J. Nolan, Josie, Nellie A., Margaret C., Emma F., John J. and Edward R. Walsh; dear grandmother of Cecile C. Coombs and Robert A. Nolan, and dear sister of Mrs. Johanna Querney. Funeral from family residence, 545 Washington Place, to St. Joseph's church, Wednesday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. thence to Mt. Carmel cemetery. Burke has charge.
[East St. Louis Journal, July 24, 1923]

Frank Walta
FRANK WALTA, 88, Retired Miner, dies Frank Walta, 88 year old retired coal miner and former resident of 1511 N. Illinois Street, Swansea, died at 8:15 o'clock this morning at the Rest Haven Nursing Home, 4400 N. Belt West, where he had been a resident for the past five months. Death followed an extended illness. Born in Czechoslovakia on August 7, 1869, he was the son of the late Vaclav and Anne [wrong: Marie] Walta, and married Katherine Dittrt in Czechoslovakia. His wife died in 1922. Surviving are five children, Fred Walta, 2209 Caseyville Avenue; Mrs. Bessie Tuma and Joseph Walta, St. Louis; Tony Walta, 923 West Main Street and Charles Walta, residing in Wyoming; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sons, Frank, who died last October 2, and John and Dan, a daughter, Mary, and four sisters. Mr. Walta was a member of the local Lodge 107, Czechoslovakian Society of America and Belleville's Local No. 4, Progressive Mine Workers of America. ---
[Funeral Arrangements on page 11:] The funeral of Frank Walta, 88 year old retired coal miner who died Saturday morning at Rest Haven Nursing Home, will be held at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon from Pete Gaerdner Funeral Home to Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. B. J. Koehler, pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, will officiate and the pall-bearers will be: Roy Miller, Gene Ward, Robert, Fred and Raymond Walta and Howard Lexa.

Vaclav Walta

Vaclav Walta, 85 years old, died at his home on the Caseyville road, a short distance northwest of this city, Wednesday night at 9:15 o'clock, after a long illness, due to old age. He leaves a total of 78 descendants. The deceased was born in Bohemia,September 12, 1839, and came to this country many years ago. The following children survive: Mrs. Rose Ledicky, Frank Walta, Mrs. Marie Koudelka, and Mrs. Elizabeth Soukop, of this city, and Mrs. Albi Beckman, of Benton; 34 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Bux chapel to Walnut Hill cemetery." [Source Daily Advocate newspaper, November 15, 1941]

Amelia Webber, daughter of Mrs. Emma Webber, died at St. Louis on Tuesday, March 31, 1891, aged one year, 10? months and 14 days. The remains were brought to Mascoutah for interment. The funeral took place yesterday from the residence of City cemetery...Mascoutah Herald, 6 March, 1891

Fred Weber, 63, a lifelong resident of St. Clair co. Died at his farm near Smithton on Sunday. Funeral services wil held at St.John's United Church of Christ at Smithton, burial at the Franklin cemetery. Renner funeral home at Smithton has charge. Survivors include his wife, Ella, two sons, Ray Weber of Smithon, Fred Weber, jr of St. Louis, a daughter Mrs. Orville (May) Grandcolas of Belleville, four sisters, Mrs. Jacob Etling and Mrs. Elizabeth Weik, both of Freeburg. Mrs. Mary Lippert of Smithton, Mrs. Oscar Rieso of New Athens. [E. St. Louis Journal, March 23, 1959, ]

George Weichel
Mr. Geo. Weichel, an employee of Fred Holtz, was struck and instantly killed by lightning during the storm yesterday afternoon.
[E. St. Louis Daily Journal, 1 July 1894]

Anna M. Weshler
Belleville, Ills., March 5 - Mrs. Anna M. Weshler, the oldest woman in St. Clair county, if not in the state, died Friday at her home in millstadt, near here, aged 99 years, 11 months and 15 days. She would have been 100 years old March 16. Preparations were already being made to celebrate the event in a public manner. [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 05 March 1900]

George Whitman
A letter was received by County Clerk
RHEIN, this week, from C. H. BURHETT, clerk at Waterville Township, OH, containing the information of the death of one George WHITMAN. The deceased was a stranger there and left no effects by which he could be indentified, except his first naturalization papers, which were taken out in this country in 1867. He is reported as having left a considerable sum of money... Belleville Republican
[Also listed on this page under Administrator/Administratrix are Michael
SCOTT and Timothy SULLIVAN, both deceased.] 27 September 1884 - East St. Louis Gazette

Abner M. Wilson
WILSON, ABNER M. of 1019A St. Louis Ave. entered into rest Wednesday, March 9, 1938;father of Mrs. Gertrude Austin of this city, Mrs. Charles Fuhrhop of Sparta, Ill; W.S.Wilson of Bennett, Mo.; Col. F.W. Wilson of Guatemala, Central America; Thomas C. Wilson of San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Margaret Joyner of Longview, Tex, and Miss Christine Wilson of Beebe, Ark. and our dear grandfather and great grandfather. Funeral will motor to Ava,Ill., Friday, March 11, at 12 noon from Sedlacek Bros. Funeral Home, 15th St. and Winstanley Ave. Interment in Evergreen cemetery, Ava, Ill. Sedlacek Bros. service.
[East St. Louis Journal, March 10, 1938, sub. by Jeana Gallagher]

Phillip F. Wittenbrink
72 year old retired bricklayer of 105 Homestead Street, O'fallon, died at 7:30 o'clock last night at Memorial Hospital following an illness of two years. He entered the hospital on Monday. He was born in Evansville, IL, October 5, 1887, a son of the late Phillip and Mary Wittenbrink. He married the former Ida Mary Holliday in Belleville 52 years ago. Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Marie, wife of Joseph Kiemel, Caseyville; two sons, Raymond L., and Willard H. Wittenbrink, both of RR 1, O'fallon; a sister, Mrs. Frances Tenting, 5 Stratford Way, and a brother, Frank Wittenbrink, East St. Louis; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday from the Burke Funeral Home, East St. Louis, to St. Philip's church, French Village, for a Mass at 9 o'clock. Msgr. John Fournie, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, French Village. Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 o'clock tonight...Donated by Becky S. Johnson

Raymond Lester Wittenbrink
64, of Route 1, O'fallon, died Sunday at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Schildknecht Funeral Home, Fairview Heights. Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Survivors include his wife Louise Spicer Wittenbrink; his mother Mrs. Ida Holliday Wittenbrink of O'fallon; a son Phillip R. at home; a sister Mrs. Joseph (Marie) Kiemel of St. Louis and a brother Willard of O'fallon. He was a retired employee of the old East St. Louis works of the Aluminum Co. of America, and was a custodian at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, at the time of his death. I believe it might be July 15, 1973)...Donated by Becky S. Johnson

Willard H. Wittenbrink
75, of O'Fallon, Ill, born November 9, 1918, in Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 1994, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Il. He was a retired stock clerk at Scott Air Force Base Commissary, and was formerly employed by Luja's Nursery in Fairview Heights, IL., and Alcoa Aluminum; a member of American Legion Fisher-Sollis Post 137, National Allegiance of Government Employees, VFW Post 805, a faithful supporter of the Disabled American Veterans and the Salisian Missions, and was a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip F. and Ida Mary, nee Holliday, Wittenbrink; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond L. and Louise Wittenbrink, and a brother-in-law, Joseph Kiemel. Surviving are his wife, Esther, nee Miller, Wittenbrink of O'fallon, Ill., a son, Bill Wittenbrink of Simi Valley, Calif; three daughters, Barbara Wittenbrink of O'fallon, Il., Pattie and husband Don Mattingly of Eureka, MO, and Mary Ann and husband Joe Pado III; a sister, Marie Kiemel of Collinsville, IL; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a niece, Norma and husband Jack Hanratty of Collinsville, Ill.; and two nephews, Jim Kiemel of Fairmont City, Ill., and Phillip Wittenbrink of Swansea, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, Feb. 7 at St. Clare Catholic Church in O'fallon, Ill., with the Rev. Donald Eichenseer officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights, Il. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm Saturday and from 2 to 9 pm Sunday at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, Ill.
Donated by Becky S. Johnson

Wolf (child)
A Child's Sad Fate.
BELLEVILLE, Ill., July 19 - While Henry Wolf, a farmer of Freeburg, was cutting wheat yesterday his 3-year-old child became entangled in the knives of the reaper and both legs were cut off near the body. The child died a few hours later. [The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN) July 22, 1893, page 2]

Joseph Wolf Sr.
Joseph Wolf, Sr., one of our oldest residents, died on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock, April 8, 1891, aged sixty-six years, three months and seventeen days.
Deceased was a cooper by trade but he was also a good musician and followed that profession for a number of years. Two years ago he was stricken down with paralysis and lost entire control of his left side, which finally resulted in his death. He was born in Boehl, near Hassloch, Germany, on the 21st day of December, 1824, and came to this country in 1848, immediately to Mascoutah, where he has resided ever since. On August 3, 1849, he was married to Miss Catharine Henrich. Of eleven children born to them seven remain to mourn their father's death, four having died. They are: Joseph Wolf in Omaha, NE, Barbara, wife of Henry Buerck, Old Orchard, MO, George, Fred and Peter Wolf of St. Louis, MO, Henry and Bernhardt Wolf of Belleville. The deceased leaves behind, besides his widow and children, 10 grandchildren to mourn his death. The funeral will be on Saturday at 2 o'clock pm, from the residence to the City Cemetery, Rev. Hemplemann presiding. [Mascoutah Herald, 10 April, 1891]


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