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SARAH ACHENBACH ,an old and respected citizen of this city, passed away last night at 12:40 o'clock after an illness of three months with heart disease. The deceased was born in Mifflinburg, Pa., on Dec. 10, 1818, and was married there to Philip Achenbach on June 16, 1837. In 1877 she came to Freeport with her family and has since resided here. Mr. Achenbach passed away in 1895. Mrs. Achenbach was the mother of six children, five of whom preceded her to the grave. Mrs. W. H. Blosser is the surviving daughter and the deceased has made her home with her since her husband's demise. Besides her daughter she leaves two brothers and one sister in Pennsylvania. The funeral will be held on Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the house, corner of Cherry and Exchange streets, in the Rosenstiel flats. Rev. C. E. Dunn will officiate. The pallbearers will be: W. W. Lott, J. N. Galloway, Frank Brown, John Ruston, J. P. Byerly, R. W. Burton. (Freeport Daily Bulletin April 12, 1902 Saturday)
***Mrs. Sarah Ackenbaugh (1818-1902) - died this morning at 12:40 of heart trouble at the home of her son-in-law W. H. Blosser, Cherry and Exchange streets. Mrs. Ackenbaugh's maiden name was Sarah Harmon. She was born in Mifflinburg, Penn., Sept. 13, 1818, where she married Phillip Ackenbaugh June 16, 1837. She came west with her husband and settled in this city in 1877. Mrs. Ackenbaugh is survived by one daughter Mrs. W. H. Blosser. Mr. Ackenbaugh died in this city in 1895. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10:30 from the house.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Daily Journal

AUGUST ACKERMAN , 75, who operated a truck farm for 55 years in Lancaster Township, north of Freeport, died in a local hospital late yesterday, August 19, 1949 after several weeks’ illness. Services will be held at the Schwarz funeral home, South Galena Avenue, at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a requiem mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, of which he was a member, at 9. Rev. N. J. Berg will celebrate the mass. Interment will be made in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Ackerman was born in Germany January 20, 1874. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He was married to Miss Margaret Hurley in April 1904. Survivors include his wife and four children, Albert of Freeport, Frank of Rock City, Mrs. Jacob Harrenstein of Forreston, and Mrs. Harry Stukenberg of Freeport; two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Katherine Sieler and Jacob Ackerman of New Rockford, North Dakota, and Mrs. Adam Effler of Germay. A daughter, Margaret, preceded him in death. Ten grandchildren survive.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois August 20, 1949

GLEN C. ACKERMAN - Funeral services were held today for Glen C. Ackerman, 99, of Freeport, who died Saturday afternoon, October 26, 1996 at Freeport Manor Nursing Home. Son of John and Hattie (Woodruff) Ackerman, he was born September 1, 1897 on the family farm in Ridott Township. He and Helen Mapes were married February 26, 1925 in State Road Reformed Church. She died September 18, 1988. He was a lifelong farmer, and continued working after his retirement at Koester Saw Sharpening Service. He was a member, elder, and deacon of Bethany United Church of Christ. He was a member, past president and served on the board of directors of Stephenson County Farm Bureau, the board of Illinois Agriculture Association, Stephenson County Fair Board, and Stephenson County Board of School Trustees. He also was a 4-H club leader. Surviving family members include a daughter, Shirley Ann Klages of Ridott; three grandchildren, David (Debbie) Klages of Ridott, Karen (David) Hoops of Edina, Minnesota, and Kristine (Kenneth) Thompson of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin; and three great-grandchildren, Pamela Klages of Ridott, and Robert and Christian Hoops of Edina. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jay Ackerman, and four sisters, Cassie Schleich, Ida Fairbairn, Mary Miller, and Alice Ackerman. The funeral was held at Bethany United Church of Christ with the Rev. Ward B. Malloy officiating. Private graveside service will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial fund has been established for the church. Arrangements were made by Genandt Funeral Home in German Valley.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HENRY C. ACKERMAN , a retired Ridott Township farmer and a life-long resident of Stephenson County, died in the Oritz Convalescent Home, Lena, early today. Previously he lived at 528 W. Clark St. He was born in Stephenson County Oct. 26, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Ackerman and attended rural schools. For many years he was engaged in farming in Ridott, retiring 25 years ago and moving to Freeport. His marriage to Mary Eickman took place in Seward in March, 1896. She died 40 years ago. Survivors include one son, Walter, and two daughters, Mrs. Florence Kruckenberg and Mrs. Anna Neuberger, all of Freeport. There are two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the last of a family of eight children. Service will be in the Walker Mortuary...Friday. l The Rev. Paul Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Methodist Church, will officiate. Internment will be in Ri...
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne [Unidentified incomplete family clipping. Henry died 31 Jul 1957]

LULA (KAPPERMAN)ACKERMAN , was born September 24, 1900 in Florence Township, Stephenson County, Illinois, the daughter of Frederick and Anna (Borgmann) Kappenman. She graduated from Byron High School, Byron, Illinois and from Mount Morris College, Mt. Morris, Illinois with a degree in teaching. She taught country school before her marriage. On November 27, 1924 she married Walter Ackerman in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. He preceded her in death June 25, 1986 in Freeport, Illinois. Walter and Lula had no children. Lula Ackerman died in Freeport on January 27, 2003. Lula was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ernest Kappenman and sisters Viola (Perry) Lane, Agnes (Roy) Iler, and Mina (Kenneth) Glawe. Refer to my family tree, "The Horner Family Of Carroll County, IL". I knew Lula all my life but I didn't become her good friend until the last 5 years or so of her life. My parents and I were good friends of her sister Agnes Iler and Lula often attended parties Agnes hosted. Late in her life, Lula proudly showed me photos of her and her friends taken at a baby shower for my mother before I was born. In 1997, when I began going to Freeport more often, I visited Agnes and Lula nearly every time I went. They were both living at "the big house" at Parkview. And what delights they both were. They both still loved going out, dining well, seeing people, and keeping up intellectually. Their favorite TV program was Antiques Roadshow. And of course they both loved playing cards. Nurses at Parkview said Lula played cards the day before she died. Lula was blessed with nearly perfect health in her last years, and she kept all her faculties. What everyone wants. She was a loving and thoughtful friend. The day my mother died she called me and had someone bring her over to the house so she could offer me her condolences. When someone 100 years old does that it's pretty special.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARY (EICHMAN) ACKERMAN , wife of Henry Ackerman, living in Ridott township, passed away at a local hospital about one a.m. Mary Eichman was born in Seward, March 10, 1877. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Eichman and attended the community schools in that district. She was united in marriage to Henry Eichman [error, should be Henry Ackerman] in Seward twenty-one years ago. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Walter, Anna and Florence, all at home. Her parents, living in Seward, also survive her as do the following brothers and sisters all of Seward: Frank, William, Harry and Charles, Mrs. Rena Falconer and Mrs. Minnie Falconer and Miss Nellie Eichman.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Unidentified family clipping. Mary died 19 Feb 1918]

WALTER ACKERMAN , 87, of 1479 Winter Drive, died today, June 25, 1986 at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He originated the Quality Oil Co. on S. Galena Ave. Ackerman was educated in rural Ridott Township schools. He was a member of St. John United church of Christ, Stephenson County Sportsmen’s Club, Elks Club, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1984. Born March 22, 1899, near the Seward area, he was the son of Henry and Mary (Eickman) Ackerman. He married Lula Kappenman on Nov. 27, 1924 in Rockford. Surviving are his widow; and one sister, Florence Morphew of Freeport. He was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Neuberger. Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Sharon Stier, associate pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. A memorial fund has been established for the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

CECIL CARL ADAMS - 90, of Freeport went to rest on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was born on Oct. 15, 1921 in Lena, the son of the late Charles Herbert Adams and Mamie Sybilla Phillips. Beloved husband of 70 years of Mary Margaret Blum. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in WWII in Europe. Recipient of the Purple Heart Award. He was a life-time member of Freeport VFW post 998. Cecil retired from Freeport Supply Company in 1984, prior to that he made ice cream for Oak Brand Dairy. Cecil was an avid fisherman, bowler and horse shoe pitcher. He and his wife have been all over the U.S. while taking their children camping each summer, during their growing up year. He has been a member of the Freeport Church of the Brethren since the 1950s. Surviving are his wife, Mary Margaret, whom he married in 1942 in Memphis, Mo.; one son, Carl (JoAnn) Adams of Joliet; three daughters, Carol Honan of Santa Anna, Cal.; Mary Anna Fillmore of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Anna Marie Adams of Orange, Cal.; brother, LaVern Adams of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Theora Young of Apache Junction, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were one sister, Virginia Sisler; brothers Ralph and LeRoy; and one grandchild, Tammie Lynn Porter. In 2006 Cecil decided to donate his body to science, therefore there will be no funeral. A memorial service is planned and will be announced in the paper in the near future.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely at Find-a-grave

DOROTHY MAE (ZELENSEK ADAMS - 79, of Ridott died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born June 11, 1924, in Aurora, daughter of Michael and Mary Helen (Commes) Zelensek. In 1941, she graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora. Dorothy and Ivan F. Adams were married on July 6, 1943. Dorothy and Ivan farmed near Orangeville for many years. She also was a clerk at Wagner's Office Supply in Freeport. She was a member of Ridott Community Church and a former member of the Women of the Moose. Survivors include her children, Daniel (Glenda) Adams of Orangeville, Edward (Jeanne) Adams of Freeport and Susan (Buzz) Kortemeier of Michigan's upper peninsula; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Glenn (Lois) Zelensek of Aurora. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1990, her parents and one brother, Robert. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ridott Community Church with the Rev. Carlton Easley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Schwarz Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established in her memory.
Source: CABW - at Find-A-Grave - The Journal-Standard, (Freeport), February 12, 2004

MRS. E. E. ADAMS - Demise at Lockhaven, Pa., of Lady Well Known Here - Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. E. E. Adams at 8 o'clock last night at her home at Lockhaven, Pa. She had been in failing health for over a year. Mrs. Adams was a sister of Mrs. P. O. Stiver of this city. She had frequently visited here and had many acquaintances in this city. Her age was forty-four years. She was a woman of deep piety and much attached to her home, family and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Stiver left for Lockhaven this afternoon to attend the funeral.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated Friday, October 23, 1903 paper date

SAMUEL ADAMS , of Cedarville, died at the St. Francis hospital yesterday afternoon at 3:15 of lung trouble. He was 42 years old and leaves a wife and two children, a mother and two sisters. He was a son of the late James Adams. The funeral will be held from the home at Cedarville , Friday after noon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Cullen will officiate and the M. W. A. will have charge.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - December 26, 1895 clipping

PAULINE A. (DAVIES) ADAMSON , 81 ROSCOE - Pauline A. "Polly" Adamson, 81, of Roscoe died at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, after a sudden illness. Born Sept. 25, 1927, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Harry and Pauline (Halzel) Davies. Lived 33 years in Roscoe, coming here from Freeport. Married Lee Adamson on June 5, 1948, in Freeport. She was employed as a librarian by Talcott Library in Rockton, retiring in 1985. Member of St. Peter Catholic Church in South Beloit, Century Book Club, Rockton Women's Club and Young at Heart in Roscoe. Graduated from Aquin Catholic High School in Freeport. Survivors include husband, Lee Adamson of Roscoe; daughters, Susan (John) Witherspoon of Dayton, Ohio, and Patricia (David) Young of Rockford; son, Thomas (Lori) Adamson of San Antonio; grandchildren, Daniel and Andrew Young, Krista and Kyle Adamson; and brother, Richard Davies of Waukesha, Wis. Predeceased by parents; and one brother. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in St. Peter Catholic Church, 620 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, with Father Jerome Koutnik, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites to be accorded. Final resting place in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in McCorkle Funeral Home, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Talcott Library, 101 E Main St., Rockton, IL 61072.

GUS ADDAMS - the well-known auctioneer, died at his home in Cedarville Friday night at 7:20 of heart trouble. He had been ailing in that respect for several years, but for the past three weeks he was troubled more than usual and his ailment finally resulted in his death. Mr. Addams was the son of the late James Addams, one of the early pioneers of this county. The subject of this sketch was born at Cedarville 42 years ago and has always resided in that vicinity. For a number of years he operated a farm in the vincilty of Cedarville and also followed the occupation an auctioneer. He was one of the best known auctioneers in this section and was always in great demand to cry sale in this and adjoining counties. He numbered many friends in all parts of the county, as he was a genial, whole-souled gentleman whom everybody liked. His wife died about 2 years ago and he has a family of two children and also 2 brothers and two sisters, Sam Addams of Red Oak, and Austin, Agnes and Lizzie Addams, who reside at Rockford.
Contributed by Kathleen McKee Addams

JOHN H. ADDAMS - a well-known and talented young man of this county, died Friday evening at 5 o'clock, at the home of his brother Samuel, at Red Oak. The deceased had been an invalid for the past six years and suffered untold agony with rheumatism and consumption. For the past three years he scarcely left his bed. A month or so ago he was brought to Freeport for treatment at St. Francis hospital, but was taken back to Red Oak to die. He was born in Buckeye Township 28 years ago, and was the son of the late James Addams, one of the early settlers of this county. John was a remarkable bright young man and great pains was taken with his education. He was graduated from the Valparaiso, Ind., Normal School and also attended college at Hillsboro, Ohio, and for a time was a teacher there. He gained considerable fame as an elocutionist and had a brilliant career before him. Mr. Addams' parents have preceded him to the better world and surviving brothers and sisters are Samuel and August, of this county, and Austin, Agnes and Lizzie Addams, of Rockford. The funeral was held at Red Oak on Sunday.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook clipping

PAMELIA (STAHL) ADDAMS - After an illness of three weeks, Mrs. Gust Addams, the wife of Auctioneer Addams, breathed her last at her home 3 miles south of Cedarville last night. The deceased was a lady who was well known and highly esteemed in this city, where she had many friends. The annoucement of her demise will be received with much sorrow by all who were acquainted with her. She was a lady of high character and was a kind and loving wife and mother. She was a daughter of John Stahl, a well-known resident of this county, whose home is near Lena. The deceased was 35 (should be 37)of age at the time of her demise. She leaves to mourn her death, a husband and two boys, whose ages are 8 and 10. The funeral services over her remians will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the house. Quite a number of Freeport friends of the deceased will attend the services. Her remains will be interred at the Cedarville cemetery.
Contriubuted by Kathleen McKee Addams

CATHERINE ALLEN , 78, passed away at her home in Ridott Township last night. Funeral service will be conducted from the Wiese and Tempel funeral home at 1: tomorrow afternoon. Internment weill be made at Mt Hope Cem. Green Co., WI. Catherine Kline Allen was born in Green Co., WI., Feb. 4-1854. She was united in marriage to Dewitt Clinton Allen 9-21-1873. Family resided in Green Co until the death of Mr. Allen 24 years ago. Decendent is survived by the following children: William Allen, Mrs. James Bailery Rockford, Mrs. A. P. Rasmussen, Beloit, Wi; David Allen of Ridott; one son died in infancy.
Contributed by Bonnie at - Freeport IL Journal Standard, May 2, 1932 pg 14

DEWITT C. ALLEN ?? - 1908 , of Brodhead, Wis., an old soldier, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Kubatzke, in this city at 1 o'clock this afternoon of asthma of the heart, after an illness lasting since last Sunday. He was sixty-four years of age the 14th of last Decemeber. Thirty-four years ago he was married to Miss Eliza Klein, who survives him, with the following children: William Elikem Allen, of Brodhead; Mrs. Frank Kubatzke, of Freeport; Mrs. James Bailey, of Brodhead; and David Franklin, of Freeport. The remains will be sent to Brodhead for burial, and the funeral services will be Sunday afternoon."
(NOTE: Has wife name incorrect, Catherine Kline NOT Eliza Klein
Submitted by Bonnie at - Freeport (Illinois) Evening Standard; Friday, Feb. 28, 1908; page 1, col. 2 (from Deb Trail)

ESTHER J. (DAHLMER) FLORY KEHR ALLEN , 96, of Freeport died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Manor Court. Born June 7, 1911, in Freeport, she was the daughter of Christoph and Wupke (Schroeder) Dahlmer. She married William Flory on June 21, 1938, and he died on Jan. 31, 1957. She married Frank Kehr on May 21, 1961, and he died on Dec. 12, 1972. She married Charles Allen on June 2, 1990, and he died in January of 2000.
Source: D. Frederick Birely at Find-A-Grave

FRANCIS J. ALLEN , a resident of Scioto Mills for over thirty years passed away at 3:30 yesterday afternoon at his home, following a stroke of paralysis last Friday, from which he never regained consciousness. Francis Allen was born march 26, 1871, in Green county, Wis. He was the son of Aaron and Sarah Binger Allen. He was united in marriage at Monroe, Wis., on the 10th of August 1893 to Miss Carrie Thruman, who survives as do the following children, Mrs. Clarence Springman, Red Oak, Glenn Allen, Freeport, four brothers, William H. Allen of Stevens Point, Nathaniel, of Martintown, Wis, Alpheus, of Omaha, Neb. and E. Charles Allen of Forreston. One son, Harold and tow sisters, Mary Allen, and Mrs. Elizabeth Keller, preceded him in death. There is one grandchild, Robert Springman, of Red Oak. Mr. Allen worked for the Illinois Central railroad at Martintown, Wis., for a number of years and in 1905 he moved to Scioto Mills, where he was section foreman, holding that position until Oct. 1, 1933, when he was retired and pensioned on account of ill health after thirty-five years of service. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Walker Mortuary and interment will be made at Oakland. The body will be at the home in Scioto Mills Friday.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping

BENJAMIN ELMER ALTENBURN , son of David and Anna Altenbern was born July 31st, 1892 and died Oct. 20th, 1918, aged 26 years, 2 months, 20 days. He leaves to mourn his untimely demise his mother, two brothers and one sister, Carol of Oneco township, David living at home, Mrs. Raleigh Kleckler of Waddams township. Also his grandmother Mrs. Kyler of Waddams township and many other relatives and friends. His father preceded him to the spirit world 21 years ago. Private Altenbern went to Camp Grant June 28th, 1918. Private Altenbern went to Camp Grant June 28th, 1918. Was transferred to Camp Mills the latter part of Aug. and embarked for France the 8th of Sept. Only one letter was received from him after arriving in France dated Oct. 4th, his mother receiving it the first of Nov. In it he spoke of liking the country and being in good health and it was indeed a sad surprise to his mother to receive a telegram announcing his death from an accidental gunshot wound Ben spent his entire life on the farm and at the time of his call was badly needed at home where he and his brother operated their mother's farm. But his mother bravely gave him up to serve his country, We are proud to know that Ben did his full duty to his country. God help us all to appreciate the sacrifices our boys have made and are making for this our beloved country. May God comfort those he leaves, we know not how to comfort but God through His Son does give comfort.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Dec. 12, 1918 Weekly Standard

JULIA (JCOBY) ALTENBERN , 65, Rockford resident and native of Lena, died Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in North Rockford hospital where she had been a patient since Jan. 13. The former Julia Jacoby was born in Lena, Oct. 1, 1885, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jacoby. She was married in Freeport, Jan. 23, 1909, to Carl Altenbern. She was a member of St. patrick's Catholic church and the Altar and Rosary society. Surviving are her husband; one son Robert of Rockford; four daughters, Mrs. Clifford Hedrick, Mrs. Elmer Pearson, Mrs. George Warren and Mrs. Verne Peterson, all of Rockford; and eight grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. in the Long-Klontz funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's church. Interment will be in St. Joseph cemetery, Lena. Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 in the funeral home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 29, 1951 Handwritten date

DOLORES ALTENBURN , 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Altenburn, Durand, died suddenly Monday at Rockford Municipal sanitarium, where she had been a patient for several months. Besides her parents, Miss Altenburn is survived by four sisters, Frances, Nina, Nita, and Mary Catherine, and one brother, Robert Altenburn. Miss Altenburn was born near Waddams Grove on Jan. 4, 1910 and moved with her parents to Durand about ten year ago. She is a graduate of Durand high school. Funeral services will take place at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning from Durand St. Mary's Catholic church and burial will be made in St. Joseph's cemetery at Lena.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Pencil date Dec. 21, 1931

ELISE M. ALTHAFER , age 77, formerly of Chicago, wife of the late John; sister of Richard Crombie of Chicago, and George of Decatur, Mich. Funeral service Tuesday 3 p.m., at the Walker Mortuary, Freeport, Ill. Burial Chapel Hill cemetery, Freeport, Ill.
Rita and Lee Gordon at Find-A-Grave
Mrs. John Althafer, 720 E. Iroquois St., died in a Freeport hospital Sunday after a brief illness. She was admitted to the hospital Dec. 28, after she was found in her bedroom by neighbors. She apparently had a stroke. The former Elsie Crombie was born in Chicago March 15, 1884, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Crombie. She was married to John Althafer. He died in June 1959. She moved to Freeport in 1955. Survivors include two brothers, Richard of Freeport, and George of Decatur, Mich. Service was at 3 p.m. today in the Walker Mortuary, Rev. Carl M. Grahl, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, officiated. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - January 1962 clipping

KENNETH D. ALTHAFER , 62, of Freeport , a retired construction worker, died Friday October 15, 1993 in his home. Born August 11, 1931 in Pearl City, his parents were Florin and Vera (Brokhausen) Althafer. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Pearl City American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are two sisters, Donna (Donald L.) Sager, Freeport , and Anita (Ross) Folk, Lanark; and one brother, Keith Althafer of Pearl City . Preceding him in death were two brothers, Merrill and Wilbur Althafer, and three infant sisters. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City . The Rev. Barbara J. Rapp of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery , Pearl City . Friends may call from noon Sunday until time of service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

AMENDT, Hilda M. , Funeral service for Mrs. William N. (Hilda M.) Amendt of 922 S. Park Blvd., who died Saturday afternoon, September 4, 1976 at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a brief illness, was held this afternoon in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Milton J. Kading, pastor of Salem United Church of Christ, Lena, and the Rev. Philip J. Anstedt, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, officiated. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for Salem UCC, of which she was a member. Born July 20, 1894 in erin Township, she was the daughter of William and Anna (Diestelmeier) Altenbern. She was married to William N. Amendt September 24, 1913 in Erin Township. The couple farmed in the Lena area until retiring to Freeport in 1946. He died December 12, 1972. Surviving are a son, Emerson of Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Arlene) Hallenbeck of Santa Barbara, California, and Mrs. Maurice (Eline) Holmes of Lena; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Six brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ALEX G. ANGELOS , a Freeport resident and longtime restaurant operator since he came to the United States in 1921, died this morning in Brookwood Convalescent Nursing Home in Des Plaines, where he was a patient. (This obituary was cut from a newspaper, and there is no death date visible. Oakland Cemetery personnel told me his burial date was March 7, 1977.) He was born in Greece November 21, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Angelos. He came to the United States in 1921. Upon coming to Freeport he bought a café in the Second National Bank Building, 26 W. Stephenson Street. It was hailed as a place for good food until it burned in 1955. He was also active in the real estate business. A brother, Theodore, was another Freeport restaurateur. He was a member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister. Funeral service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church with the Rev. Theoharis Theoharis, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Burke Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. A prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Contributed by Alice Horner
I have a copy of a story someone did for the Journal Standard about Angelos' Restaurant in Freeport, a wonderful place owned by both the brothers until it burned in 1955; it was part of the huge Second National Bank Building fire that took out a 5 story-building right across from the court house.

WILLIAM G. ANGELOS of 1122 S. School Ave., a prominent local realtor and businessman for over 50 years, died Thursday morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack. (The Social Security Death Index gives this date as October 1971.) Mr. Angelos, a veteran of World War I, was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Germania Club, and the National and State Real Estate Board. He and his brother, Alex, owned and operated the Angelos restaurant in the Second National Bank Building. He was born in Greece May 1, 1888, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Angelos. He came to the United States in 1901. His first wife, the former Frances Burwell, died in 1932. On September 22, 1944 he married Dorothy Follansbee. Surviving are his widow and a brother, Alex, of Chicago. He was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. The Revs. Steve Zanis and Nels Bengston, pastor of First Lutheran Church will officiate. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established for St. Francis School for Exceptional Children in care of the First National Bank.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FRANK ARBOGAST 59, 1633 South Bidwell avenue, passed away about 8 o'clock Thursday night in a Freeport hospital. He was born at Dakota, Feb. 11, 1886, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Arbogast. He had been employed as a machinist at the Burgess Battery company plant. He leaves three brothers, Charles and Fred, William, of Oregon and three sisters; Mrs. Mary Schoehardt, of Ridott, Mrs. Minnie Herbert, of Rockford, and Mrs. Anna Drusen, of Glendale, Calf. Funeral services will be held at Walker mortuary at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be made in the Dakota cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Friday, April 13, 1945 clipping

CARL W. ARDNT , 77, of 2122 S. Walnut Ave., died Sunday, Nov. 11, 1990 at St. Anthony . s Medical Center, Rockford, following an extended illness. He was employed by Henney Motor Co., and then for 33 years by Micro Switch, retiring in 1975. An avid bowler, he was past city bowling champion. He was a member of Embury United Methodist Church and Evergreen Lodge 97 AF & AM. Born Feb. 4, 1913 at Freeport, he was the son of Clarence and Ethel (Wheeland) Arndt. On March 27, 1936 at Geneva, he married Jane O. Becker. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Carl W. Jr. of Mars Hill, N.C., and Michael R. and wife, Bonny, of Freeport; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Blomberg officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ELMER LEROY ARMAGOST , of Shannon died in a Freeport hospital Saturday evening after a heart attack. He was born Jan. 17, 1910, in Waddams Grove, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leroy Armagost Sr. He married Viola Brinkmeier on Jan. 12, 1933. He was a general foreman at Fairbanks-Morse Co., Freeport, where he had been employed for the past 20 years. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Virgil (Judith) Bocker of Freeport; his father, Arthur of Freeport; two grand-children; two brothers, Fred and Arthur, both of Freeport; and two sisters, Mrs Lester (Ruth) Smith of Freeport and Mrs. Kenneth (Esther) Phillips of Melrose Park. Mr. Armagost was a member of the Florence Station EUB Church. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Shannon EUB Church with the Rev. Robert Hartman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. at Scharman Funeral Home, Shannon."

IDA AMELIA (HENKE) ARMAGOST , of 523 W. Addison St., died in her home Wednesday afternoon. She was born in Eleroy April 19, 1887, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henke. Her marriage to Arthur Armagost took place March 10, 1909. She was a member of First Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Elmer of Shannon and Fred and Arthur Jr., both of Freeport; two daughters, Mrs. Lester [Ruth] Smith of Freeport and Mrs. Kenneth [Esther] Phillips of Melrose Park; and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Benning of Rock City, Mrs. Lydia Bolender of Bolton and Mrs. William [Elenora] Foy of Freeport; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Milton Merrill, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery."
Source (fredss) at Find-A-Grave

EUGENE E. ARMSTRONG , 82, former Freeport businessman, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Ozark Riverview Manor in Ozark, Mo. He was born March 6, 1927, in Morrison, son of Allen and Luella Armstrong. He attended college at Brown Business College. He served in the U.S. Navy during the latter part of World War II. In August 1949, he married his beloved wife, Doris M. Armstrong. They had two sons, Barry L. Gregory E. Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Luella Armstrong; wife, Doris M. Armstrong; and two sons, Barry and Gregory Armstrong. He is survived by a sister, Beverly Brauscher, Morrison; four grandchildren, Kyra Armstrong Fleming, Rogers, Ark., Kenton Armstrong, Kirbyville, Mo., Kory Armstrong, Springfield, Mo., and Danielle Armstrong, Rock Falls; six great-grandchildren; one nephew, John Brauscher, Morrison; one niece, Cindy Tiesman, Grand Rapids, Mich.; five grandnieces and grandnephews and five great-grandnephews. His insurance experience covered more than 40 years in Freeport and Rockford. He was the vice president of Western States until the mid 1970s. He than took a short break and moved with his wife and youngest son to Branson, Mo., until 1976. While there they owned and operated the Crest Lodge Resort in Kimberling City, Mo. He then returned to Rockford, where he was the vice president of Rockford Mutual until retiring at age 62. After retiring he moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla., until 2003 when he moved back to Branson, Mo. He was very active in his community. He belonged to Tebala Shrine of Rockford,was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Commander of Freeport Post AMVETS Commander of Freeport Post, Mason member of Evergreen Lodge #170, American Legion and Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Freeport. He enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with his family and friends and to travel. He enjoyed the companionship of friends and family by playing bridge, golf, bingo, hunting and fishing. His family and friends will always remember his outgoing personality. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Freeport, with the Rev. Bill Blomberg officiating. Burial will follow the services at Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson.
Source: Susan Hill Davis - at Find-A-Grave

JOHN ASPINALL - John R. Aspinwall's Mother First Person Buried in Oakland
Laid to Rest on August 2, 1902; SOn Is Buried IN Same Lot Friday
When John R. Aspinwall, 52, Florence township farmer and son of the late State Senator and Mrs. Homer Aspinwall, was buried in Oakland cemetery Friday afternoon his body was laid to rest in the same lot with that of his mother, who was the first person to be buried in Oakland cemetery more than 32 years ago. Mrs. Aspinwall, the first person to be buried in this cemetery which is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful burial grounds in the middle west, was laid to rest on August 2, 1902, her husband, the late Senator Aspinwall having been one of the founders of Oakland cemetery. Some years before the cemetery was laid out, friends of the late Mrs. Aspinwall have quoted her as saying "My what a beautiful burial ground this would be." Subsequently she passed away and became the first person to be buried on these grounds. The burial today of her son, John R. Aspinwall, who was killed when his automobile was struck by a Chicago Great Western railroad train east of Pearl City Wednesday morning, marks the burial of about 3, 025 persons in Oakland Cemetery since it was so plotted.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping

LEONA (PECK) ASPINWALL - 93, of Freeport died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Born April 28, 1917, in Freeport, she was a daughter of Roscoe and Iva (VanBrocklin) Peck. Leona and Kermit E. Aspinwall were married Nov. 22, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. Leona was lifetime member of VanBrocklin United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir, was a Sunday school teacher and was a past president of Van Brocklin United Methodist Women. She also was a member of Church Women United, Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education and was a 4-H leader for 10 years. She is survived by two sons, Russell (Janet) Aspinwall of Lena and Gerald (Linda) Aspinwall of Pearl City; one daughter Sharon (Stan) Johnson of Wyola, Mont.; six grandchildren, Craig, Todd, Lindy, Dena (Joe), Stacy (Robb) and Lori; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kyle and Tanya; and one great-great-grandson, Tyler. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Dorothy Cain; and two brothers, Theodore and Robert. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at Walker Mortuary. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport.
Source: D. Frederick Birely at Find-A-Grave

MABELLE (WOESSNER) ASPINALL , 86, died Saturday, September 13, 1986, at the Villas of Shannon where she had been a resident since 1980. She was born in Shannon on March 8, 1900, the daughter of George and Orpha C. (Hoy) Woessner. She married Milo Aspinwall on August 20, 1934; he died October 3, 1955. Mabelle was a graduate of Mt. Morris College, Mt. Morris, Illinois, and was a teacher in the area for several years. She was a life-long member of Bethel United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School for many years. She was a former member of the Florence Home Bureau. Surviving is one son, John, of Shannon; two grandchildren, Tammy Kness, Lanark, and Danielle Garman, Nashville, Tenn.; and three great grandchildren. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport.
Contributed by Ben Woessner / Alice Horner

MINNIE J. ASPINALL , 72, a lifelong resident of Stephenson county, died last night after a several weeks illness. She had been living at the Parkview home, South Globe avenue. Services will be held at the Walker mortuary, West Main street, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. V. Edward Birch, pastor of First Methodist church, will conduct the services. Interment will be made at Oakland. The Eastern Star will conduct services at the funeral chapel. She was born in Erin township Oct. 23, 1877, and was married to Charles S. Aspinwall Feb. 24, 1897. Survivors include a son, Ralph V. Aspinwall of Freeport, and a sister, Mrs. Ida Woker of Pearl City. Mrs. Aspinwall had been a member of First Methodist church, the Eastern Star and White Shrine.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - FJS Tues. Feb. 21, 1950

ELEANOR HOPE (SWAIN) ATKINS - The uncertainty of human life in this world has been again made manifest by the sudden taking off at her childhood home in Raleigh, N. C. of the wife of our respected and honored citizen, Gen. Smith D. Atkins, postmaster and editor of the BUDGET. Last Saturday Gen. Atkins received a letter from his wife, which stated, among other things, that she was enjoying the best of health, but that some of the inmates of the house were ill. On Monday a dispatch was received after dinner that his wife was dangerously ill, and a few hours afterwards another dispatch was received, containing the sad news. It was so unexpected, so sudden, that it came like a hard blow to the bereaved husband and father, who worshipped his wife and children. The deceased, Eleanor Hope Atkins, was the daughter of Hon. David L. Swain, ex Governor of North Carolina, and for forty years President of the University of North Carolina. She was married to Gen. Atkins at Chapel Hill, N. C., August 23, 1865, and was about thirty-six years of age. Three children are left, as follows: Dot, aged twelve; Smith D. Atkins, Jr., seven years; and Susan Anna Atkins, about three years. The deceased has been at her old home with her children about a year, and was the only surviving child of Hon. David L. Swain. She was a lady endowed with rare intellect, and had a large circle of friends in the city who regret her demise, and express a great deal of sympathy for her husband and children. Gen. Atkins went to Raleigh on the midnight train to attend the last sad rites over the remains of the deceased.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Daily Budget June 18, 1881

EILEEN (MOORE) AUMAN , age 59, of Freeport, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in her home. She was born March 23, 1944, in Shullsburg, Wis., the daughter of Alvin and Ardis (Magee) Moore. She married Gary D. Auman June 27, 1964, in Shullsburg. She was employed by Micro Switch-Honeywell for 38 years before retiring. Her memberships included First United Methodist Church of Freeport and The Order of the Eastern Star in Shullsburg. She enjoyed landscaping, spending time with her grandchildren and was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Tim (Margie) Auman of Rockford, Ill.; two sisters, Joanne (Bill) Schalabach of Canton, Mich., and Janet (Keith) Wymore of Shullsburg; and four grandchildren, Josh and Amanda Bessert, and Justus and Morgan Auman. She was preceded in death by her parents. Her services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at 11 a.m. in FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Freeport. The Rev. Karen Schilling, pastor of First Methodist, will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in BURKE-TUBBS FUNERAL HOME, 504 N. Walnut Ave., Freeport. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport.



























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