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ALAN J. BAILEY , 60, of 2144 Sheri Lane, Mount Joy, PA, died at home surrounded by his family on Friday, March 14, 2008. Born in Freeport, Illinois, he was the son of Imelda Stillmunks Bailey of Dubuque, Iowa and the late Laurence Bailey. He was the husband of Billie Jane Hippensteel Bailey and they would have celebrated ten years of marriage in August of this year. Alan was the Director of Marketing for Lancaster General Hospital. Prior to that, he was Vice-President of Marketing at M.S. Hershey Medical Center and former President of Nerinx Hall High School, St. Louis, Missouri. Alan graduated from Washington University, Missouri with a MS Degree in Social Work and from St. Louis University, Missouri with a MS Degree in Marketing. He attended Mary Mother of the Church, Mount Joy. His interests included reading, traveling, listening to music and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Surviving in addition to his mother and wife, are three sons, David, husband of Kara Bailey, John, husband of Kimberly Bailey, and Eugene Bailey, all of St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren, Alec and Aubrey George, Camryn and Brett George, Elise Wagner and Cole Bailey; one step-daughter, Malissa, wife of Blair Wagner of York; three stepsons, Christopher, husband of Alice George of Mount Joy, Eric George of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Brian, husband of Kari George of Marietta; one brother, Charles, husband of Midge Bailey of Dubuque, Iowa; two sisters, Connie, wife of Tom Sheridan of Hanover, Illinois and Mary Beth, wife of Joe McCormick of Oak Park, Illinois. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Bailey. Published in the Patriot-News on 3/16/2008.

EVA L. (GOODY) BARCELLONA , 76, of 62 N. Park Blvd., 25-year employee of Helsley Supply Company, died Sunday July 28, 1996 at her home. (Transcriber's note: Her surname is also spelled Barcelona.) She had worked at Kraft Foods prior to Helsley Supply, from which she retired in April 1985. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Daughter of Clarence and Laura (Gilmore) Goldy, she was born March 14, 1920 in Durand. In 1938 she graduated from Durand High School. She and Anthony J. "Tony" Barcellona were married June 4, 1941 in Freeport. Surviving family members include her husband, and four daughters; Betty (Paul) Preston of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Mary Ann (Bill) Henning of Freeport, Teresa Rochetto of Elk Grove Village, and Diane (Tom) Highland of Roscoe. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Chris (Steven) Dittmann, Stephanie (Joe) Markey), Paul (Shannon) Preston, Andy Henning, Matt, Jenny and Erin Highland, and Andrea and Michael Rochetto; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her mother, Laura Eaton of South Beloit; two brothers, Kenneth Goldy of San Jose, Calif.; and Maurice Goldy of Beloit; and three sisters, Betty (Henry) Donahue of Freeport, Alice (Allen) Roby of Rockford, and Margaret (Don) Meissen of Durand. Preceding her in death was her father and a brother. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home followed by 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev, Joe Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ELIZABETH (JACOBS) BARDELL , 52, passed away at her home, 438 South Hancock avenue, at 8 o'clock last night following a month's illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Wiese and Tempel Funeral home, Souoth Adams avenue. Rev. E. P. Scharf will conduct the services and interment will be made at Oakland. The boday may be viewed at the the Wiese and Tempel Funeral home. Elizabeth Jacobs, daughter of John and Sophia Radloff Jacobs, was born in Lancaster township, July 22, 1884, and had resided in and near Freeport during her entire lifetime. She was united in marriage to Henry Franklin Bardell Sept. 11, 1901. To this union nine cildren were born, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving, besides her husband, are five daughter and two sons, Mrs. Clara Smith, Mrs Loretta Young, Louis Bardell, Mrs. Bernice Stewart, Mrs. Gertrude Wieland, Carl Bardell,Mrs. Dorothy Oefelein. There are also seven grandchildren. Her father, John Jacobs, resides in Lancaster township, while four brothers and a sister also survive. Albert Jacobs, Lancaster; William Jacobs, Red Oak; John and Edward Jacobs and Mrs. Martin Jacobs, all of Freeport.
Contributed by Karen Smith

MICHAEL BARDELL , of Rockford, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bardell, Sr., in Ridott township, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from cancer, aged 41 years. He leaves a wife and five children. John Bardell of this city is a cousin. The funeral will occur tomorrow forenoon at 9 o'clock. Rev. William E. Bardell, a brother, of Kewanee, Ill., is here to attend.
2nd Obituary: Michael Bardell, oldest and beloved son of Mr. Bardell, of Ridott, who has been suffering quite severely with cancer of the stomach, died Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. He was a well known and highly respected member of the F. M. church of this city. He leaves to mourn his demise a wife and five children, his parents, several brothers and sisters, besides a large circle of relatives and friends. Our loss is his gain. The funeral services were held at the house at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, June 27th; and from there the remains were taken to the Evangelical church, three miles southeast of this place, where Rev. Taylor and the presiding elder of the F. M. church preached in the English and German languages.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Weekly Democrat June 30, 1893

CAROL L. (STAMM) BARKER , 85, of McConnell passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, surrounded by her family at Monroe Clinic and Hospital in Monroe, Wis. She was born April 12, 1924, in McConnell to Milford W. and Elta May (Lestikow) Stamm. Carol married Clarence Barker on July 6, 1946, in Winslow. They were married for 63 wonderful years. Carol was a member of McConnell United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of McConnell American Legion Post 1225, McConnell Stephenson County Home Extension Unit, and the United Methodist Women's Group. She enjoyed visiting with her family, friends and playing cards. Carol is survived by her husband Clarence; three daughters, Connie Payette of Eagan, Minn., Cheryl (Glenn) Rankin of Milford, Ohio, and Cynthia (Forrest) Miller of Troutdale, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Andre (Rachel) and Daniel (Jennifer) Payette, Jeremy, Jonathan, Jared (Angela), Justin and Amanda Rankin, Angela (Brian) Williams and Caitlyn and Hailey Miller; four great-grandchildren, Nolan, Payton, Olivia and Madison; three sisters, Donna (Willard) Runte of Forreston, Glenda Carter of Rockford and Theo (Larry) Harrenstein of Freeport; two brothers, Laverne (Helen) Stamm of Shannon and Gary (Lorine) Stamm of Forreston. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Gayle Babcock; and a granddaughter-in-law, Meredith Rankin. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at McConnell United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Ernie Stabenow. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service at McConnell United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely - The Journal-Standard - Find A Grave

CLARENCE M. BARKER , 85, of McConnell passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Lena Living Center in Lena with his niece, Deborah Vrstal, by his side. Clarence was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, the son of Clarence and Irene (Miller) Barker. He served his country from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. On July 6, 1946 he married Carol L. Stamm in Winslow. Together they celebrated 63 years of marriage. Carol passed away Jan. 24, 2010. Clarence worked 30 years for IBM Corporation in Aurora. He also owned and operated Barkers Typewriter Services for many years in McConnell. He was a member of McConnell Legion Post 1225 and served as its Adjutant General, served as Waddam's Township Clerk for many years and was a member of McConnell United Methodist Church in McConnell. Clarence was a chinchilla rancher for 12 years, and avid card player especially bridge. He enjoyed working with his family genealogy, was a notary public, a businessman and he loved accounting. A special thank you to the Monroe Clinic Hospice Staff and the Lena Living Center Staff. Clarence is survived by three daughters, Connie Payette of Eagan, Minn., Cheryl Rankin of Milford, Ohio, and Cynthia (Forrest) Miller of Troutdale, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Andre (Rachel) and Daniel (Jennifer) Payette, Jeremy (fiancée, Rebecca Ledford), Jonathan, Jared (Angela), Justin and Amanda Rankin, Angela (Brian) Williams, Caitlyn and Hailey Miller; four great-grandchildren, Nolan, Payton, Olivia and Madison; one brother, Merlyn (Betty) Barker of Lena; and one sister, Joyce Scheider of Lena. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one sister, Dorothy Donovan. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at McConnell United Methodist Church. Officiating the service are Pastor Doug Carroll and Pastor Bill Blomberg. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Contribued by D. Frederick Birely - The Journal Standard - Find A Grave

BONNIE L. BARKLOW , 62, of Baileyville, passed away in her home Wednesday June 17, 2009. Bonnie was born April 17, 1947, in Freeport, the daughter of Vernon and Leona (Moss) Kuhlemeier. Bonnie was the fiancé of John J. Slechta for the past 27 years. Bonnie worked for Micro Honeywell for over 30 years. She enjoyed boating and camping and loved her flowers and gardening. Bonnie loved spending her winter months in Florida. Surviving Bonnie are her fiancé, John J. Slechta of Baileyville; one son, Marvin Barklow of Colorado; two daughters, Lisa Barklow and Teresa (Daniel) Holden both of Freeport; three brothers, Vern (Sharon) Kuhlemeier of Alfokey, LaVern Kuhlemeier and Ricky Kuhlemeier both of Freeport; six sisters, Carol (Roger) Kuntz of Freeport, JoAnn Julius of Texas, Nancy (Randy) Baker of Freeport, DeeAnn (Jerry) Elder of Freeport, Becky (Tom) Becker of Wisconsin and Susan (Martin) Keller of Atlanta, Georgia. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bonnie will be missed by her camping and boating friends of Clinton, Iowa. Preceding Bonnie in death are her loving parents and one brother Larry. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at Burke Tubbs in Freeport. A memorial has been established in her memory. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely - Find-A-Grave

CARRIE MAE (SHUMAN) BARKLOW , of Shannon died at noon Sunday in Villas of Shannon Nursing Home following an extended illness. She was born April 28, 1891 in Kent, daughter of Adolph and Wilhelmina (Brinkmeier) Schuman. On March 12, 1914, she was married to Newell Barklow. He died Dec. 2, 1969. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Nina) Woesser of Shannon; two grandsons; a sister, Mrs. Hallie (Martha) Kuhlmyer of Pearl City; and a brother, Elmer of Pearl City. She was also preceded in death by a brother and three sisters. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Scharman Funeral Home, Shannon... Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport.
Source: Rich Clingman (Find-A-Grave)

GLENN R. BARKLOW , a retired farmer and electrician, died suddenly early this morning in his home in Pearl City. He was born in Lanark, Oct. 11, 1890, son of Calvin and Amy (Kinman) Barklow. On April 1, 1911, he married the former Ethel Hammond in Chicago. Surviving are his widow; four sons, Donald, Clinton and Victor, all of Pearl City, and Warren of Lanark; three daughters, Mrs. Berton (Orelda) Strohecker and Mrs. Reynold (Vivian) Offenheiser, both of Pearl City, and Mrs. Howard (Doris) Eicenbice of Paul, Idaho; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Lewis Klipping, Grundy Center, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister and a granddaughter. Mr. Barklow was a member of First Methodist Church of Pearl City, Pearl Lodge AF & AM, Freeport Consistory, and has been secretary-treasurer of Pearl City Fire District since 1948, at which time he helped organize the district. Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pearl City First Methodist Church. Rev. Louis Michaelson, pastor, and Rev. Virgil Smith, former pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. Friends may call at the Offenheiser Funeral Home, Pearl City, after 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday, and then at the church. Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial is being established for the church.
Contributed by Richard Clingman - Freeport Journal-Standard Freeport, Illinois Monday, February 13, 1967 Page 4

NEWELL BARKLOW , of Shannon died Tuesday morning in his home. He was 82. Mr. Barklow, a retired Pearl City area farmer and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, was born Oct. 29, 1887, in Illinois, son of James and Margaret (Huffman) Barklow. He married Carrie Schuman March 12, 1914. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Nina) Woessner of Shannon; and two grandsons. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Scharman Funeral Home here... Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport.
Contributed by Richard Clingman - Find-a-Grave

RUTH (MORING) BARKLOW - 94, of East Dubuque, formerly of Pearl City, died at 4 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Dubuque Retirement Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home, Pearl City. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. Friends may call from noon to 3 p.m. today at Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Rt. 35 N., East Dubuque. Friends also may call from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home, Pearl City. Mrs. Barklow worked for many years as a telephone operator in Pearl City and later years as a switchboard operator at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, retiring in 1983. She was born on Aug. 27, 1913, in Shannon, daughter of William and Anna (Hinders) Moring. She married Donald B. Barklow on Feb. 14, 1933, at Second Presbyterian Church, Freeport. They shared 74 years of marriage together on Feb. 14, 2007; he preceded her in death on July 22, 2007. Ruth was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Pearl City, Lena, and Galena. For many years she wrote articles for the Freeport Journal Standard and the Rockford Morning Star serving as the Pearl City reporter. She was a member of the Pearl City Historical Committee and was instrumental in writing the 100-year history of Pearl City for its centennial in 1991. Surviving are a son, Daryl (Leisa) Barklow, of East Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Linda Barklow, of Freeport; five grandchildren, Laurel (Rich) Schoemer, Robert (Mary) Knupp, Paul Knupp, Geoffrey (Lisa) Barklow, Donald D. (Friend, Amanda Soldwisch) Barklow; and 11 great-grandchildren, Nicole, Caity, Tabitha, Katie, Isabelle, Benjamin, Jacob, Whitney, Noah, Samantha and Alexandra; four sisters-in-laws, Orelda Strohecker, Vivian Offenhiser, Doris Barklow and Doris Icenbice; and a brother-in-law, Warren Barklow. She also was preceded in death by a son, Norman; two brothers, Richard and Elmer Moring; a sister, Martha Woessner; five brothers-in-laws, Victor and Clinton Barklow, Reynold Offenhiser, Berton Strohecker and Howard Icenbice; and two sisters-in-law, Marge Barklow and JoAnn Barklow.
Photo and obituary from "LeRoy A." at Find-A-Grave

EMIL BARTLETT , 53, a native of Winslow, passed away at Monroe, Wis., hospital yesterday, after a several weeks illness. The body was taken to the Burlington funeral home in Orangeville, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon with services at Winslow Methodist church at 2 o'clock. Interment will be made in Winslow cemetery. Mr. Bartelt was born at Winslow Oct 22, 1886, the son of William and Sarah Priewe Bartelt. He was united in marriage Feb. 28, 1912 at Freeport, to Elsie Rabe, who survives. There are also two sons, Leo and Roscoe at home. One granddaughter also survives as do nine sister and five brothers. One brother passed away in 1896.
Contributed by Alice Horner -

EDWARD BAST , 83, of Shannon died Monday evening in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Frank Funeral Home in Lanark with the Rev. Russell McInnis, pastor of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Freeport. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Edward Bast was born Dec. 26, 1890 at Chadwick, the son of Henry and Mary Rath Bast. He was married Feb 5, 1919 to Carrie Tarner in Chadwick. The couple farmed in the Chadwick and Lanark area until retiring and moving to Lanark where he was custodian of the Lanark Grade School. The couple moved to Shannon in 1964. He was a member of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Beth) Schultz of Shannon; three grandchildren; and one sister Mrs. Emma Scheemacker of Elgin. He was preceded by one son, two brothers and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 17, 1974 - Tuesday, pg 8

CALVIN DALE BENNEHOFF - 86 ROCKFORD - Calvin Dale Bennehoff, 86, of Rockford passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, after suffering a stroke. Born Dec. 3, 1924, in Rock Grove Township, the son of Claire and Anna (Sweger) Bennehoff. He was a 1942 Dakota High School graduate. On Oct. 5, 1946, he married Ruth A. Schubert in Stockton. Dale was a farmer all his life, living on the home farm on Rock Grove Road until May 1981 when he and Ruth moved to Rock City. She died May 14, 1989. Dale then married Carol (Meinert) Lundeen on Dec. 30, 1989. They resided in Rock City until moving to Wesley Willows Retirement Community in Rockford in May 2005. Surviving are wife, Carol of Rockford; daughters, Vickie (Gene) Lashinski of Freeport and Cheryl (Kevin) Finkenbinder of Orangeville; grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Rivera, Jennifer (Tom) Lopez, Erica Bennehoff, Stephanie and Kyle Bennehoff, Laurie Lashinski, Amy (Adam) Meyer, Steven and Jill Finkenbinder; five great-grandchildren; sister, Miriam LeBaron of Freeport; brother, Paul (Thelma) Bennehoff of Frankfort, Mich.; brother-in-law, Maurice TerHark of Rockford; daughters-in-law, Elaine (David) Hullinger of Washington, Ill., and Eileen Bennehoff of Freeport; several nieces, nephews and many cousins. Predeceased also by his parents; sons, Ronald and Terry; sisters, Lucille Foss and Corolyn TerHark; and brothers-in-law, Warren LeBaron and Virgil Meinert. Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Beth Eden United Methodist Church, 3201 Huffman Blvd., Rockford, with the Rev. Douglas Bowden officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 115 S. West St., Dakota, and from 9 a.m. Saturday to time of service at the church.

EMMA BENNEHOFF - Funeral services for the late Mrs. Emma Bennehoff were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the home of her son, Harold Bennehoff and 2:30 from St. Paul's Lutheran church. Rev. Paul Wetzler of Minneapolis officiated and was assisted by Rev. T.B. Hersch of Rock Grove. Interment was made in the Rock Grove Cemetery.
Freeport Journal 27 Feb. 1940

JEANNINE (DEWITT) BENNEHOFF - 83, of Freeport, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at FHN Memorial Hospital. Born December 13, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio she was the daughter of Russell and Blanche (Moore) DeWitt. She married Melvin Bennehoff December 1, 1951 and he preceded her in death. She and her husband farmed together in rural Freeport until his death in 1995. An excellent seamstress, she enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, boating, and traveling. Jeannine loved going to her winter home in Arizona. Her memberships included, St John United Church of Christ, member and past president of Avion Travelcade Club, and Teton International Travel Club. Surviving are her daughters, Rhona (Darrell) Woodley of Lena, Melva (Larry) Dodson, Debra (Jeff) Nesemeyer, and Cheryl (Bill) Lieber all of Freeport; a sister, Donita Rosenberg of Florida; nine grandchildren, Brad (Jody) Woodley of Homer Glen, Nichole Woodley of Sycamore, Daniel (Jody) Dodson of Palatine, Dorie (Nate) Sheppard of Freeport, David Dodson of Florida, Jered Nesemeyer and Jestin Nesemeyer both of Freeport, Brynn Lieber of Lena, and Brandon (Michelle Magee) Lieber of Freeport; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister; and a brother. A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2012 at St. John United Church of Christ with Reverend Dr. Donnley Dutcher officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

JOHN BENNEHOFF - aged 22 years and a son of James P. Bennehoff of Rock Grove, passed away at the home of his aunt, Mrs. C. L. Cramers, in this township, about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The young man had been ailing for the past year. He had been at Camp Grant as a member of the National army several years ago but was discharged because of ill health. He was a native of this county and was a well known young man and his friends will be grieved to learn of his death. He is survived by his father, James P. Bennehoff. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon from the Cramers home. Rev. Paul Wetzler, of Chicago, will conduct the services and burial will be made at Rock Grove.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard January 25, 1919

RUTH (ALBERTSON) BENNEHOFF - 88, of Freeport, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, at FHN Memorial Hospital. Born September 1, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin she was the daughter of Walter and Anna (Lauer) Albertson. She married George W. Bennehoff September 19, 1942 in Milwaukee and he died December 21, 1998 in Mount Carroll. Earlier in life she was a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She worked for the Freeport Catholic School System and Freeport High School until her retirement. An avid seamstress and homemaker she loved her dogs. Surviving are her children, Bonnie (Kevin) Ross and John W. (Paula) Bennehoff both of Freeport; three grandchildren, Wesley Bennehoff and Jason (Demetria Benson) Becker both of Freeport, Kim (Jess) Stamm of Orangeville; 4 great grandchildren, Morgan and Dawson Stamm, Jaylah and Javonna Becker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 1 brother. Funeral service will be Thursday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Msgr. P. William McDonnell officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Source D. Frederick Birely at Find-A-Grave

ALMA (ZIMMERMAN) BENNETT , of 48 1/2 N. Harlem Ave., a 54-year member of Order of Eastern Star, died Thursday night at Freeport Memorial Hospital. A past worthy matron of OES, she was also a member and past president of Commandery Auxiliary and a member of White Shrine. She was a member of Embury United Methodist Church and Freeport Woman's Club. Born Sept. 4, 1888, at Scioto Mills, she was the daughter of Fred and Lena (Blatteau) Zimmerman. She was married to Holland L. Bennett in 1907. He died in 1962. Surviving are a son, Donald C. of Freeport; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son and a sister also preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. The Rev. William Blomberg, pastor of Embury UM Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 tonight at the funeral home, where a memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 by OES. A memorial fund has been established for a scholarship fund
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal-Standard. Friday, 4 June 1976

DONALD C. BENNETT , 92, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Freeport, died of heart failure Thursday, July 19, 2001 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a retired photographer for Honeywell’s Micro Switch division. (Alice Horner’s note: He was born November 13, 1908, to Holland and Alma S. [Zimmerman] Bennett.) He was a communicant at Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit in Memphis and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Freeport. He was a member of the Lions Club in Lakeland, Tennessee, and the Memphis Area Sports Shooters Association. Surviving are his wife Dorothy Ann (Young) Bennett; one daughter, Alma Ladine Householder of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; one son, Michael “Don” Bennett of Lakeland, Tennessee; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. A memorial mass will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Salvation Army.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois July 24, 2001

HELEN L. (PHILLIPS) BENNETT , 85, of 3832 W. Scioto Mills Road, died Monday morning, September 15, 1980 in her home of an apparent heart attack. She attended the Universities of Illinois and Wisconsin and taught in area schools, including Damascus, and Harlem School in Freeport. A member of First Baptist Church and the Goodwill Sunday School class, she was also a member of the Damascus Women’s Missionary Society, Stephenson County Historical Society, and National Retired Teachers Association. Born May 17, 1895 in Damascus, she was the daughter of George W. and Christine (Hostetter) Phillips. She married Lynn H. Bennett September 26, 1921 in Damascus. He died October 16, 1962. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Mildred (Eugene G.) Wolf of Erin, Tennessee; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn (Leland) Tippetts of Freeport and Mrs. Rebecca (Vance) Sisson of Phoenix, Arizona; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Theodore Phillips, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for First Baptist Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal-Standard.

LINDA R. (BARKER) BENNETT , age 64, of Barneveld, formerly of Monroe, died on Friday, March 28, 2003, at Bloomfield Nursing Home in Dodgeville. She was born on July 20, 1938, in Waddams Township, Stephenson County, Ill., the daughter of Lowell and Elizabeth (Clark) Barker. She attended rural school in Orangeville, Ill., and was a graduate of Orangeville High School. Linda and Clinton J. Bennett were married on April 15, 1966. Linda was a day care provider in Monroe for 26 years. Survivors include her sons, Brad B. (Cathy) Bennett of Blanchardville, Bruce R. (Kandi) Bennett of Madison, and Brian J. (Amber) Bennett of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Brooke, and Brett Bennett, Shawn and Shilo Schneider; two great grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Marjorie) Barker, Sr. of Orangeville, Ill.; a sister, Bonita (Maynard) Shilling of Freeport Ill., and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Barker of Orangeville, Ill. She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brother, Robert Barker; and sister, Marietta Sheppard. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 11 a.m. at SHRINER-HAGAR-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, 1455 Mansion Dr., Monroe, Wis. Officiating is Donald Barker, Jr. with burial to follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, rural Orangeville, Ill. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Probably the Freeport Journal

KIM BENSON , 65, of German Valley died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport of a cancerous brain tumor. Born March 1, 1943, in Aurora, son of Bernard and Hazel (Drake) Benson. Graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1961 and from Illinois State University, magna cum laude, in 1965. Received an M.S.Ed. from NIU in 1972. Married Jeanne Stone on Aug. 22, 1971, in Naperville. Dedicated teacher of Latin and government at East High School from 1965 until his retirement in 2001. Was distinguished debate coach at East for many years, earning the Lyman Trumble Outstanding Coach Award in 1990. The 1975 debate team won the state championship under his leadership. Enjoyed substitute teaching in Stephenson and Ogle County schools after retirement. Survivors include wife, Jeanne of German Valley; brother, Kent (Nancy) of Rockford; nieces, Erika Benson (Ben Stricks) of Santa Fe, N.M., Julie Benson (Kyle Van Eenenaam) of Chicago, Tara (Chris) Hall of Livonia, Mich.; nephew, Kevin Buck (Alison Waggoner) of Rockford; mother-in-law, June Stone of Freeport; brother-in-law, Robert (Nancy) Stone of Milford, Mich.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by parents. Kim was a well-respected and devoted educator who touched many lives. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the chapel at Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum, 2619 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service. Burial in Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements by Schwarz Funeral Home, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Contributed by Bruce Speck - Published in the rrstar.com from 6/13/2008 - 6/19/2008.

JEANETTE (GIESEY) BERTSCH , age 78, of Freeport, IL, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2002 at Schwarz Funeral Home in Freeport. Cremation followed the service and burial of the ashes was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardners. Visitations were from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory in lieu of flowers. Jan was born on November 3, 1923 in Freeport, to George and Vanetta (Kinzig) Giesey. She married Robert Bertsch on June 26, 1948. She worked at Burgess Battery, Structo, and retired from Civil Construction after being employed there for 23 years. She was a member of the Moose. Jan's survivors include her husband, Robert; four children, Bobby Ballard of Freeport, Becky (Ron) Richart of Rockford, Dave Bertsch of Freeport Tom (Barb Roberts) Bertsch of Shannon; foster daughter, Sharon (Galey) Bissell of Freeport; twelve grandchildren, David Christians Jr., Ann (Terry) Robertson, Stephanie (Ryan Mayes) Christians, Michelle (Mike Knight) Manske, and Scott Manske all of Freeport; Toni (Joe Thomm) Christians of Orangeville, Jay (Stephanie) Bertsch of Alaska, Angie Bertsch of Lena; Justin Richart of Rockford, Tracy, Tina and Karen of Arizona; ten great grandchildren, Heidi, Jamie, Rachel, Ryan, Olivia, Becca, Lakin, Jacob, Alexis, and Madyson; one sister, Betty (Dale) Janssen of Freeport. Jan was preceded is death by her parents; one grandson, Robbie Manske; one brother, Lowell Giesey; two sisters, Jean Brock and Pat Caruso.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

FLOYD C. BICKER , 71, of 1027 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, a retired Freeport area businessman, died Thursday afternoon at Freeport Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. (The Social Security Death Index gives the date as June 1983.) For more than 30 years he was a petroleum dealer, serving many years as an agent for Kelley-Williamson Oil Co. He was a prominent Mason, receiving the 32nd and 33rd degrees. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Illinois Masonic Council in 1963 and held the Knights of the York Cross of Honor. His memberships included Excelsior Lodge, Freeport Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons, Freeport Council of Royal and Select Masters, Knights Templar, White Shrine of Jerusalem and Scottish Rite Bodies. He was educated in area schools and was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Born April 5, 1912 in Floyd County, Iowa, he was the son of Edward J. and Martha (Brindmeier) Bicker. He married Mildred Crouse in Lanark on February 15, 1935. She died February 19, 1964. On July 2, 1965 he married LaRue Matzke. Surviving is his widow. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Faith United Church with Dr. George Jacobs, pastor, and the Rev. Glenn M. Wagner, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home where a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorials have been established for the American Cancer Society and Faith United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARLIN L. BICKER , 76, of Baileyville died on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was born on Oct. 15, 1934, in Stephenson County, the son of Orval and Ferne (Bremmer) Bicker. Marlin married DeLores M. Kampen on March 21, 1954, in Forreston. He was a member of Bethel U.M.C. in Shannon for over 60 years, where he served on the church committees; a past president of the Ogle County Pork Producers; and a member of the Shannon School Board. Marlin enjoyed driving his tractor. Marlin is survived by his wife, DeLores; his daughter, Deb (Dave) Foust of Pearl City; brother-in-law, Paul Kampen of Florida; sister-in-law, Mary Bicker of Freeport; five grandchildren, David Foust of Texas, Justin (Crissy) Foust of Florida, Jared (Kari) Bicker of Michigan, Jennifer (Michael) Nolte of Indiana, and KaLena Foust of Pearl City; and five great-grandchildren, Evie, Corinne, Wyatt, Meya, and Paige. Marlin was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Craig Bicker; and two brothers, Lowell and Richard Bicker. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Bethel U.M.C. in Shannon, with the Rev. Steve Aram officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, and also from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A private family burial will take place after the service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely - The Journal-Standard

LENA M. BITTNER , 92, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Center, died early Sunday morning at the center. (The Social Security Death Index gives the date as February 1981.) She was a member of Park Hills Evangelical Free Church. Born February 17, 1888 in Ridott Township, she was the daughter of John and Lena (Adolph) Meyers. She married Cyrus N. Bittner February 25, 1904. He died April 19, 1951. Surviving are one son, Clarence E. of Freeport; four granddaughters; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, five brothers, and two sisters. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Maitland officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for Park Hills Evangelical Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GRAYSON VERTIS BLOCHER , of Lena, IL, passed from this life for eternal rest March 12 in Monroe, WI. He was the son of Earl D. and Marie (Henkle) Blocher. Grayson was a graduate of Biglerville High School in 1940 of Biglerville. He worked at the University of Chicago through the 1950's and was especially proud of his contributions as an electrician while working with Enrico Fermi and his staff at Fermilab. In 1959, he moved his family from Hammond, IN to the Lena area and began his 25 year employment at Micro Switch in Freeport, IL. He retired in 1984. Grayson was an avid train watcher and was one of the founding members of the "Depot Stove Gang" in Lena, IL. He was also an electronics hobbyist and built many of his own circuits and controls. He was a willing volunteer and lent his electronics expertise to the completion of many community and family projects. His memberships included: Lena United Methodist Church, lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Stephenson County Sheriff's Auxiliary, Lena Masonic Lodge #174 where he was twice elected as Worshipful Master and Freeport Consistory. Grayson's family was very important to him and he was immensely proud of his daughter and son-in-law, his two grandchildren and their families. He married Betty Arlene Jones on September 29, 1942 in Hagerstown, MD and surviving, in addition to her, are one daughter, Anita (Robert Bing) Wells of Lena, IL; two grandchildren, Brooke Thomas and husband John of Peoria, IL; and Robert Brent and wife Kelly Wells of Sun Prairie, WI; four great-grandchildren, Kira and Jenna Thomas and Caleb and Abigail Wells; one brother, Norman G. (Thelma) Blocher of Bendersville; one sister, Betty A. (Charles) Beamer of Bendersville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ralph in 1958; and one niece, Brenda Giberson.

PAMELA J. (HUGHES) BLOCHER , was born November 20, 1956, in Freeport, IL, to William L. and Blodwyn M. (Roberts) Hughes. She was educated in the Lena-Winslow schools in Lena, IL and graduated from the Lena-Winslow High School in 1974. She completed her beautician training at the Sterling Beauty School in Sterling, IL. She married Jeffrey A. Blomquist on September 25, 1976 in Lena, IL. Pam owned and operated the Shear Class Beauty Salon in Sterling, IL for 15 years. She was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jeff; two sons, Jay (Nancy) Blomquist of DesPlaines, IL and Chad Blomquist of Morrison, IL; two grandchildren, Olivia Pamela and Alexander Jeffrey Blomquist; two sisters, Diana Williams of Dallas, TX and Kris (Mrs. Lyle) Mokros of Platteville, WI; three brothers, Bob (Suzette) Hughes of Janesville, WI, Steve (Susan) Hughes of Nora, IL and Terry (Janelle) Hughes of Rock Falls, IL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

PAMELA J. (HUGHES) BLOMQUIST , was born November 20, 1956, in Freeport, IL, to William L. and Blodwyn M. (Roberts) Hughes. She was educated in the Lena-Winslow schools in Lena, IL and graduated from the Lena-Winslow High School in 1974. She completed her beautician training at the Sterling Beauty School in Sterling, IL. She married Jeffrey A. Blomquist on September 25, 1976 in Lena, IL. Pam owned and operated the Shear Class Beauty Salon in Sterling, IL for 15 years. She was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jeff; two sons, Jay (Nancy) Blomquist of DesPlaines, IL and Chad Blomquist of Morrison, IL; two grandchildren, Olivia Pamela and Alexander Jeffrey Blomquist; two sisters, Diana Williams of Dallas, TX and Kris (Mrs. Lyle) Mokros of Platteville, WI; three brothers, Bob (Suzette) Hughes of Janesville, WI, Steve (Susan) Hughes of Nora, IL and Terry (Janelle) Hughes of Rock Falls, IL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
From Paula Koehler - Find-A-Grave

NINA (BARKLAW) WOESSNER BOCKER , age 84, of Freeport formerly of Shannon died Friday, December 23, 2005 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Nina was born August 12, 1921 in Pearl City, daughter of the late Newell and Carrie (Shuman) Barklow. She graduated from Pearl City High School in 1939. She married Kenneth Woessner on September 25, 1949 and they farmed together near Shannon until his death on March 29, 1961. She then did bookkeeping for Shan-Argra. She married Joe Bocker February 7, 1976 he died on April 12, 2000. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and the Forreston Grove Church. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her boy's and her grandchildren. Nina is survived by her three sons, Allen (Laurie) Woessner of Shannon, Wayne Woessner of Madison, WI and step son, Virgil (Judy) Bocker of Freeport; two grandchildren, Kristen and Mark Woessner of Shannon; two step grandchildren, Jeff (Barbara) Bocker of Shannon and Julene Stewart of Freeport; four step great grandchildren; and two step great great grandchildren. Her parents and both husbands precede Nina in death. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon, with Rev. George Woosnam officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitations were held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2005 at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established.
From Ben Woessner

ANNA (BLOCH) BOHNSACK , 87, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at Lena Living Center. She was born on Oct. 1, 1919, to John and Stella Bloch in Dubuque, Iowa. Anna married Vernon Bohnsack in June 1944. She and her husband farmed their entire life in the Lena and Waddams Grove area. Mrs. Bohnsack was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena. Anna enjoyed gardening, flower decorating, bingo, cards and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs. She was preceded by her husband Vernon, two sons; Richard and Robert; one sister, Jean; and one brother, Charles. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena. Father Stephen Folorunso will officiate. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Source: Kathryn Lightcap at Find-a-grave

CLIFFORD H. BOLLINGER - Freeport chemist and horticulturist who helped found the Men's Garden Club here, died at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday in a Freeport hospital after a long illness. Dr. Bollinger, who gardened for pleasure, was chief chemist for Furst-McNess Co. until his retirement a few years ago. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Schwarz Funeral Home and at 9:30 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. Msgr, C. F. Conley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock at the funeral home, where visitation will be held this afternoon and evening. Dr. Bollinger was born Feb. 2, 1883, in Verona, Ohio, and married Sabina Lewis March 12, 1912. He was educated at Miami University in Ohio and was a manufacturing chemist in St. Paul, Minn., before coming to Freeport in 1928. He was a member of the Chicago Section of American Chemical Society, a former president of the Men's Garden Club and Men's Garden Clubs of America. Survivors include his wife; one son, John of Freeport; one daughter, Mrs. Emory (Sabina) Meads of Rockford; and nine grandchildren. In 1957 Dr. Bollinger was presented by the garden club with a plaque in recognition of his active interest in the club and the interest he had shown other gardeners. His own home at 1648 S. Locust Ave. is surrounded by flowers, trees and shrubs which he planted and cared for himself. His garden and years were visited each year by many northern Illinois tourists, especially in June when his peonies were in bloom. May of the plants and bushes at his home were grown from seedlings, and Dr. Bollinger experimented with many of them.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard Undated Clipping

CAROL ANN (GETTY) BROADSKY - 77, of Rockton died unexpectedly, but peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her home while getting ready do the thing she loved most... teaching at Shirland School. Many of us knew Carol by her infectious laugh, which she inherited in equal parts from her parents, Grace and Johnston who raised Carol and her two brothers, John and Bill, in the venerable Chicago neighborhood of Berwyn. After receiving her degree from Cornell College in 1957, she moved to Freeport to begin her teaching career. There, she met Fred, her husband of 53 years and gave birth to her oldest son. She and Fred moved to Muskegon, Mich., in 1965, where her youngest son, Ken was born. Spending summer evenings enjoying Lake Michigan with her dear friends, Dick and Judy Wilcox and Ruth and Leigh Stevens were among her fondest memories. In 1979, she and Fred moved to Rockton. What began as very difficult move, became an unexpected opportunity, taking a teaching position at Shirland School in 1982. To say she "taught" at Shirland School, fails to fully capture the impact she had on the school and the community during her long tenure. As "Mrs. Brodsky" she touched the lives of countless children, both rejoicing in their triumphs, and comforting their occasional sorrows. Known simply as "Brodsky" to her fellow teachers, she was a trusted colleague and mentor. She loved Shirland School like a second family. She is survived by her husband, Fred; brother, John (Janice) Getty; sister-in-law, Marlene (Vainisi) Getty; sons, Jon "Fred" (Elizabeth) Brodsky and Kenneth (Rosa) Brodsky; grandchildren, John Brodsky, Katherine Brodsky, Alexander Brodsky and William Brodsky; and nieces and nephews, Bill Getty, Rick Getty, Lori Getty, Andrea Getty and Allison Getty. Predeceased by her parents and brother, Bill Getty. Funeral ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in McCorkle Funeral Home, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, with Pastor Kendell Nordstrom of First Congregational Church, Beloit, Wis., officiating. Burial in Rockton Township Cemetery, 600 West St., Rockton. Visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Carol Brodsky Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving students at Shirland School.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANNA ELSIE (NESEMEYER) BONEBRIGHT - 92, of Freeport died on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Stephenson Nursing Center. Anna was born on April 10, 1919, in Freeport, the daughter of Elmer and Belinda (Dammann) Nesemeyer. She married Lester R. Bonebright on Dec. 16, 1943, in the Florence U.M. Church. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2002. Anna was employed by Burgess Battery Co. for 41 years, retiring in 1984. She was an active member of the Florence Church and Missionary society, Lena American Legion Auxiliary, Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, and The Jo Daviess-Stephenson 8 & 40, Salon #546. She also helped out at the Stephenson County Senior Center. Survivors include two brothers, Paul Nesemeyer of Baileyville and Floyd Nesemeyer of Freeport; two sisters, Ruth Baker of Dixon and Mary Jane Theviot of Ocala, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Diane (Rich) Johnson, Debra Schopf, and Gary (Carol) Nesemeyer, all of Freeport, Nancy (Randy) TerHark of Ridott, Ronald (Jane) Nesemeyer of Kansas City, Roger Nesemeyer of Rockford, Carol (John) Red of Dixon, Cathy (Rich) Allers of Bourbonnais, Michelle (Dennis) Wilmarth of Tampa, Fla., Joanne (Jim) Danner of Chetek, Wis., Ed Bonebright of Clinton, Wis., LaVerne Bonebright of Montello, Wis., Gene (Marci) Bonebright of El Cajon, Calif., and Janet (Ron) Livesay of Hemet, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, with Pastor Rodney Caldwell officiating.
Source: D. Frederick Birely - Find-A-Grave

PETER E. BONN - a Spanish-American war veteran and a well known resident of Freeport, passed away at his home, 27 Foley street, shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mr. Bonn's passing was due to a complication of diseases. He had been suffering from stomach and heart trouble for several years past. He had not been in good health since returning to Freeport following the Spanish-American war. He served during that war with Company L. Sixth regiment, that company being made up of young men from Freeport and Stephenson county. Mr. Bonn followed the occupation of a painter and was employed by the Demeter & Seitz firm for the past eight years. He was a thoroughly competent workman and was well liked by all who knew him. Peter E. Bonn was born at Columbus, Nebraska, on September 10, 1878, and was a son of Jacob and ELizabeth Bonn. The family moved to this city when the decedent was but a small boy and the greater part of his life was spent here. He was united in marriage in Freeport on September 10th, 1907, to Miss Grace Harnish, who survives. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Bonn and the following brothers and sisters also survive: John Bonn and George Bonn, both of Freeport; Abraham Bonn, of Astoria, Ill.; Miss Ruth Bonn, of Freeport; Mrs. Emil Relman, of Woodstock; Mrs. Fred Wagner, of Stewart, Ill,; Mrs. Frank Miller, Freeport; Mrs. Edward Braemer, Freeport and Miss Naomi Bonn, of Rockford. Decedent was a member of the U. S. W. V. and also of the local Painters' Union and Freeport Aerle of Eagles. Mr. Bonn was a kind and lovable husband. Mrs. Bonn has been an invalid for the past few years and during that time she had the undivided and devoted attention of her husband. It was necessary for Mrs. Bonn to travel in a wheel chair and her husband made it a regular practice to wheel her down town or to places where she might visit, and his passing is indeed a sad event for his wife. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon from the late home. Rev. Ralph Barry, pastor of the Baptist church, will conduct the services and the remains will be placed in a vault at the city cemetery. (Jan. 30, 1918)
The funeral of the late Peter E. Bonn, which will be held from the late home, 27 Foley street, at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, will be in charge of the United Spanish War Veterans. M. Henry Serf will act as funeral director and the following members of that organization will serve as pallbearers; Capt. C. B. Kling, Captain Simon H. Ottenhausen, Wm. A. Frank, W. C. Shouer, Frank M. Portner and Fred Brooks.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Jan. 31, 1918

GERALD GEORGE BORGER , of Freeport died Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Born Nov. 23, 1917 in Freeport, he was the son of Lloyd and Mabel Moore Borger. On June 12, 1941, Jerry and Edna Grinnell were married in South Bend, Ind. Jerry was a 1936 graduate of Freeport High School. During World War II, he was a U. S. Navy Pharmacy Mate stationed in the South Pacific. He was employed by Ford Hopkins Drug and Borger Ice Cream, and also operated Borger's "Trick Shop" in Freeport. He was later employed at E & W Clothing until his retirement. Jerry was famous for his Moonlight Madness Costumes. He was a member of VFW and former member of the Kiwanis Club. In the 1930's he enjoyed playing his fiddle with his musical group "Jerry Borger and the Jolly Jesters." He is survived by his two sons, Dennis (Vicky) Borger of Deerfield, Wis., and Brian (Pat) Borger of Freeport; and two grandchildren, Michelle and Jason of Freeport. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Edna; and one brother, Lloyd Jr. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Schwarz Funeral Home with the Rev. Willis Schwichtenberg officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Schwarz Funeral Home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

RAYMOND GEORGE BORGER , 86, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Center, died this morning at Freeport Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. In his early years he was a farmer and then was employed by Fairbanks-Morse Co. Later he was maintenance man at Second National Bank and then at the YMCA for many years. He was a member of Embury United Methodist Church. Born May 25, 1895, in rock Run Township, Stephenson County, he was the son of George and Eliza (Meyers) Borger. He married Viola Young Nov. 4, 1921, in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Eleanor (Glen) Kaney of Forreston, Mrs. Margaret (Roy) Viel of Winnebago and Mrs. Clara (Fred) Bauscher of Freeport; three sons, William R. of Miami, Fla., Robert G. of Toledo, Ohio, and Melvin E. of Freeport; two brothers, Thomas of Freeport and Roy of Cedarville; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. William H. Blomberg, pastor of Embury United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Randy Campbell - Find-A-Grave

VEDA VIOLA (YOUNGER) BORGER , 93, of Stephenson Nursing Center, formerly of Cedarville, died Wednesday, May 8, 1991, at the center. She was a Stephenson County schoolteacher and a lifetime member of Embury United Methodist Church and its Women's Society and Semper Fidelis Sunday school class. Born Aug. 31, 1897, in Freeport, she was the daughter of William and Cora (Bicksler) Young. She was married to Raymond G. Borger on Nov. 4, 1921, in Freeport. He died Jan. 27, 1982, in Freeport. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor (Glenn) Kaney of Forreston and Mrs. Margaret (Roy) Viel of Winnebago; two sons, William R. of Miami, Fla., and Robert G. of Toledo, Ohio; one sister, Alice Mumma of Wenatchee, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Walker Mortuary, with the Rev. Elmer Dickson of Embury United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Randy Campbell - Find-A-Grave

LEROY A. BOWER , 84 of Freeport died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at FHN Memorial Hospital Freeport. Born April 22, 1928 in Lena he was the son of Lester and Vanchie (Thomasson) Bower. On December 8, 1946 he and Mary Lou Raab were united in marriage. For many years LeRoy drove truck, did construction and owned and operated Bower Tire Service in Freeport for 11 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Attended Cedarville Baptist Church and was a member of the Freeport Eagles Club. Surviving are his wife of Freeport, three children Craig (Marj) Bower of Freeport, Wendy (Paul) Saavedra of Lena, Jeffrey (Gerry Lou) Bower of Freeport; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great greatgrandchild; sister Gwen (John) Barth of Dakota, brother Duane (Elaine) Bower of Bradford, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, son Alvin Bower and a brother Eugene.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely - Find-A-Grave

MABEL BOWERS , 84, who was head of the Latin Department at Freeport High School for 36 years, died at Poplar Living Center in Casper , Wyo. on December 21, 1982. She also taught classes for a time at Freeport Junior High. Prior to coming to Freeport in 1928, she taught in Kansas schools and for a year at Lawrence College in Appleton , Wis. Miss Bowers received her B. A. degree from the University of Kansas and her M. A. from the University of Wisconsin . She was a Phi Beta Kappa and a member of Pi Lambda Theta, scholastic honoraries. She also attended a summer session of the American Academy in Rome . Well known in the Illinois Classical Association, she was a past president of the Freeport Education Association and a member of the high school faculty honors and scholarship committee. For three years, she was president of the Freeport branch of the American Association of University Women. She also was an active member of Chapter BE of PEO and served on the First Presbyterian Church board of deaconesses and pulpit committee. In 1964, she retired from teaching. For the past 18 years, she resided at Fredonia , Kan. , where she was a member of various organizations. She was born September 25, 1898, on a farm near Fredonia , Kansas , the daughter of Wilton E. and Alforetta (Mikesell) Bowers. Surviving are three sisters, Gertrude Brady, Casper , Wyo. , Hazel Hoffman, Ottawa , Kan. , and Bessie Gilmore, Hot Springs , S. D.; and a stepsister. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Her body was cremated. Memorial service and burial will be in Downs, Kansas. Note: Upon researching this, I have determined she is buried in the Downs Cemetery, Downs, Osborne County, Kansas.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARY L. (BORDON) BOWERS , 79, of Freeport died Wednesday May 28, 2008 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport. Born August 22, 1928 in Freeport she was the daughter of Albert and Martha (Schaeffer) Gordon. On May 10, 1947 she married Harold Bowers in Freeport. Mary worked at Micro Switch for 32 years, retiring in 1986, she was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Fidelis Circle, Concordia Society and the Alter guild. She enjoyed crocheting filet patterns, going to church activities with friends and dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Harold, one son Gerald "Jerry" (Jodie) Bowers of Adeline; two grandsons, Jeremy and Joseph Bowers; One step granddaughter, Casandra Ferris; One great grandson Hunter Bowers; One step great granddaughter Summer Peterson; Two Brothers, James (Ellen) Gordon and Donald (Barbara) Gordon both of Freeport; One Sister, Jean Wilson of Ogden, Utah; and a very special niece Ingrid Wolbers. She was preceded in death by her Parents. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Reverend Dr. Willis Schwictenberg and Vicar Philip Robarge officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport.
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely - Find-A-Grave

BERNICE E. (MOWERY) BROBST , 89, of Freeport died Sunday February 28, 1999 at Provena St. Joseph Nursing Home. Born January 31, 1910 in rural Mount Carroll , she was the daughter of Alva and Matilda (Buchenau) Mowery. On March 20, 1938 she married Orlo Brobst in Mount Carroll . He died in February 1986. After graduating from Brown’s Business College , she was a secretary at W. T. Rawleigh Company for many years. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Circle of the church, and was a 50-year member of the Harlem Home Extension. Her daughter said, “She was a loving, caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.” She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Charles) Schuler of Freeport; one son, tom Brobst of Freeport; sic grandchildren: Tammy (John) Stichter and Teresa (Steve) Whalen, both of Freeport, Susan (Mike) Miklinski of Dunedin, Florida, Stacy (Bob) Gende of McHenry, Sarah (Rick) Bolen of Winnebago, and Bill Schuler of Freeport; and five great-grandchildren; Miranda and Lindsey Stichter and Riley Whalen, all of Freeport; Owen Miklinski of Dunedin, and Brad and Mary Gende of McHenry; and two step-great-grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan Miklinski of Dunedin. Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church in Freeport with the Rev. Hugh Knapp officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens . Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Mortuary.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MATTIE (FRANKEBERGER) BROBST ,46, passed away at her home in Rock Orove township Saturday at 6 p. m., following a lingering illness. Mrs. Brobst. formerly Mattle Frankeberger. was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Frankeberger, and was born in Rock Grove April 26. 1892. On Dec. 24. 1914. she was united in marriage to Daniel Brobst. To this union one son was born. Mr. and Mrs. Brobst have resided at their present home their entire wedded life. Mrs. Brobst was a faithful member of the Rock Grove Evangelical church all her life.
Freeport Journal 11 March 1939

DOROTHY I. (WITT) BROCK , 88, of Freeport died on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport. She was born on Dec. 29, 1922, in Freeport, the daughter of Roy and Marion (Scott) Witt Sr. On June 28, 1941, Dorothy married Raymond Brock in Freeport. Raymond died on Jan. 4, 2007. Dorothy worked at Burgess Battery for over 30 years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and camping. Survivors include one son, Michael (Brenda) Brock of Freeport; one daughter, Dorothy (Vernon) Scudder of Freeport; one brother, William (Avril) Witt of Freeport; one sister, Margery Klipping of Lena; and four grandchildren, Anthony Scudder, Andrew Scudder, Angela Scudder, and Lisa Stoehr. Also surviving are 20 great and great-great grandchildren; and three step grandkids, Philip, Brad, and Steven Maize. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother, Roy. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Chapel of Peace at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Dennis Jared officiating.
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WILLIAM J. BROEGE passed away on a Monday at the age of 77. He was the son of William and Mariah (Mast) Broege. He married on January 23, 1948 in Freeport, Illinois to Patricia Foy. Bill owned and operated the Sinclair Station in Lena for many years. He also worked for a cement contractor and later three years for the Chrysler plant in Belvedere, Illinois. In the early 1960's Bill was employed by Lena Farmers Exchange as an Auto Mechanic until he retired in 1998. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and visiting with friends and family. Surviving is his wife Patricia, 2 Sons Gary Broege, Dennis Broege, 1 Daughter–In-law Jolene Broege, 2 Brothers: Robert Broege and Charles Broege, 1 Sister Phyllis Broege. Seven Grandchildren Chad Broege, Chris Broege, Cali Oberbroeckling, Gary Broege Jr. Penny Green, Brian Broege, Michelle Broege. 11 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Two Brothers: Elmer and Raymond and Two sisters: Dorothy and Mabel, 1 Son Duain Broege in 2002.

ELMER P. BRUNNER , age 87, of Pearl City, died Saturday, September 9, 2000 at Lena Continental Manor. Elmer was born September 13, 1912 in Pleasant Valley, Illinois to George and Sophia (Spase) Brunner. He married Edith Gerke on April 12, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. Elmer is survived by his wife, Edith, of the Lena Continental Manor; three sisters-in-law, Delores Brunner of Freeport, Sue Brunner of Stockton, Bessie Brunner of the Elizabeth Nursing Home; 13 nieces & 12 nephews; many great nieces & nephews. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Mabel Schubert, Sadie Brunner, Vera Katzenberger, Florence Dixon, and Clara Heid; six brothers, Oscar, Leo, EArl, Ralph, Freeman & Lloyd; and several nieces & nephews. A funeral was held at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral home in Pearl City on Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Robert Phelps of the Berreman Church of God officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. A visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home in Pearl City.
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MARY (EDLER) BUSCKROS , 75, wife of Herman Busekros and lifelong resident of Stephenson County, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Manard Biesemeier, east of Lena Sunday morning April 8, 1945. Funeral services will be held at the Offenheiser funeral home, Pearl City, at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and at Salem Evangelical church, Eleroy at 2:30. Rev. F. C. Schmidt will conduct the services and interment will be made in the church cemetery. Mary Edler was born in Freeport September 3, 1869. (Alice Horner’s note: Her parents were Heinrich Conrad and Wilhelmina [Kretenstein] Edler.) At the age of 14 she was confirmed in St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church and held membership in that church until moving to a farm near Eleroy when she transferred her membership to Salem Evangelical church. She was active in church work for many years. She united in marriage to Herman Busekros, who survives. She also leaves three children, Rev. Edward Busekros, Palmer Square Church, Chicago; Mrs. Manard (Marie) Biesemeier of Lena; Carl Busekros of Freeport. Four grandchildren survive. A son, George, preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters also survive, H. S. Edler of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, William, Edward, and George Edler of Freeprot, Mrs. M. Musekros, and Mrs. Anna Wright of Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, April 9, 1945

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