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MILDRED M. (LORENZ) SALIER , 95 of Lanark died Monday Sept. 22, 2008 in her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1912 in Freeport, the daughter of John Michael and Inez (Jones) Lorenz. In April of 1940, she married George Salier in Freeport. She and her husband farmed near Lanark until moving into Lanark. She was then employed by Elkay Manufacturing Co. until retiring. She loved flowers and gardening. Surviving are her step-son, Allan Salier of Lanark, her step-grandson; Gary Salier of Shannon, two step great-grandsons; Tim Salier of San Antonio, TX, and Ron Salier of Geneseo, and one step great great-grandson, Payton Salier of Geneseo. Also surviving are five close friends, Tammy Alberston, Bill Van Matre, Dale Port, Mike Sweitzer, and Jacob Mari. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Salier, on July 15, 1990, seven brothers, and a step granddaughter Virginia Sailer Dec. 18th 1994. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport with Rev. Dan Rusmisel officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

GERALD R. SCHARDT , 68, Freeport, Ill., formerly of Cuba City and Shullsburg, died Oct. 5, 2006 at FHN Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born March 5, 1938 in Cuba City, the son of Lawrence and Margaret (Helbing) Schardt. He married Donna Hammer on July 28, 1956 in Shullsburg. He is survived by his wife; three sons: David Schardt, Cherry Valley, Ill.; Ken (Dana) Schardt, Fitchburg; Mark (Wendy) Schardt, Freeport, Ill.; a daughter, Karen (Cecil) Haas, Freeport; six brothers: Norm (Mary) Schardt, Menomonee Falls; Lloyd (Jan) Schardt, East Dubuque, Ill.; Eldie (Jerri) Schardt, Belvidere, Ill.; Ron (Shirley) Schardt, Shullsburg; Bob (Darlene) Schardt, Dubuque, Iowa; Lyle Schardt, Madison; two sisters: Elvera Ihm, Galena, Ill.; Mary (Jim) Lee, Blanchardville; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Gloria; and his grandson, Malachi Schardt. Services were held Oct. 9, 2006 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Freeport, Ill. Monsignor P. Wm. McDonnell officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Freeport. A memorial fund has been established in his name.

OTTO SCHEIDER ,
Freeport. Sept. Otto Scheider, 64, residing a mile and a half northwest of Red Oak. died at a hospital here Sunday morning after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held today at the Richland Methodist church, Mr. Scheider was born near Red Oak March 8, 1872, the son of Mr.and Mrs. Charles Scheider. His marriage to Miss Augusta Frank cook place at Red Oak March 10, 1889. His wife died April 4, 1921. Surviving are six children. Mrs. Grace Fryer and Lloyd Scheider. both of Red Oak. and Elmer. Ada, Raymond and Frances Scheider, at home; five grandchildren: a sister. Mrs. Lizzie Hardel, Lena, and six brothers. William, Harvey, Emil and Henry, all residing near Red Oak. Levi of Pecatonica and Edward of Freeport.
Tuesday, September 1, 1936 Paper: Register-Republic (Rockford, IL)

NORMAN SCHIELDS , 22, of Freeport, was instantly killed when his car struck the Oliver Graves bridge two miles east of Stockton on U. S. highway No. 20 Saturday evening at 10 o'clock. His two companions, Preston Sarles, a cousin, and Paul Meyers, both of Freeport both received serious injuries, and Miss Marjorie Reardon, of Stockton, his fiancee, received injuries. Sarles received a broken collar bone and minor cuts. Meyers received cuts about the head and Miss Reardon also received minor cuts. The Freeport boys had motored to Stockton where Miss Reardon joined them to return to Freeport. They left Stockton shortly before 10 o'clock and as the pavement was slippery and the weather very foggy they had much trouble in traveling. The car struck the south guard rail approaching the bridge and swerved the car to the north side of the bridge with great force. Shields, who was driving, had his head out of the window and when the car struck the bridge his head came in contact with the bridge causing a deep cut on his head. The car stopped in the middle of the bridge, but was not upset. Dr. G. D. Runkle, of Stockton, was immediately summoned to the scene and found Shields dead. Miss Reardon returned to Stockton and Meyers and Sarles were taken to a Freeport hospital in the Hermann Brothers and Company ambulance, The party removed Shields from the car before the doctor had arrived. County Coroner Ray Birch, of Galena, was immediately notified and the body was taken to the Charles E. Vanderheyden funeral home in Stockton. An inquest was held Sunday morning at 10:15 o'clock at the Charels E. Vanderheyden funeral home. Coroner Ray Birch and Sheriff Bruce Stewart of Galena, were present. Members of the jury were Berton Tiffany, foreman, B. W. Stephenson, Harry Brown, Leland Vanderheyden, E. F. Lynch and Donald C. Hermann. State Policemen Leo Hill and Harry Strock appeared before the jury and told of the condition in which they found the car when they arrived at the accident about 11:15 o'clock and also stated that the two boys in the hospital had stated the accident was unavoidable. Leo Hill stated the pavement had been clean before the ice melted Saturday afternoon and that the snow on the water and then freezing made the scene of the accident a solid mass of ice. Miss Reardon was not able to appear before the jury but a sworn statement by her was read before the jury. The jury returned a verdict that the death of Shields was due to the car striking the guard rail and swerving to the north side of the bridge, his head striking the bridge. Leo Hill stated that pieces of Shields' head could be seen where he struck the bridge. The body was taken to the Walker mortuary in Freeport Sunday afternoon. Miss Reardon who is to graduate from Stockton high school in June and Shields were engaged a week ago to be married in June. Norman Shields, who resided at 503 West Elk street, was born at Steuben, Wis., in 1914 and in 1919 came to Freeport. He attended Center school and later returned to Steuben to attend the high school there. Later he again came to Freeport and for some time had been employed at the J. W. Henney company plant. He is survived by hsi mother, Mrs. Alice Daehlin, one brother, Harold Shields, two sisters, Mrs. Norman Moisiman and Mrs. Howard Keister, and two nieces, Joyce and Joan Heitzman, all of Freeport. His father and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Walker mortuary in Freeport, Rev. C. A. Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate and burial will be made at Boscobel, Wis. Friends may view the remains at the home until Tuesday noon. The following will act as pallbearers: Clarence Smith, Kenneth Herbert, Rex Garfield, Earl Stickler, Arlind Denke and Kenneth Klass.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1937 clipping

MARGARET E. (OSWALD) SCHILD , 65, of 1230 S. Carroll Avenue , a longtime Freeport elementary school teacher, died Sunday afternoon at Freeport Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. (Transcriber’s Note: Her date of death was June 22, 1980.) Mrs. Schild taught second grade at Blackhawk Elementary School since 1972 and taught at Center School from 1964 – 1972. She also had taught in the Pearl City and Blanchardville , Wisconsin school systems. She was named an “Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America” in 1974 and was cited for her “exceptional services, achievements and leadership in the field of elementary education.” She was a member of Embury United Methodist Church , the VFW Auxiliary and Stephenson County Antique Engine Club. Born July 19, 1914 in Sunnyside , Washington , she was adopted by Milton and Mattie Oswald. She married Andrew Schild June 2, 1952 in Pearl City . He died January 22, 1977. Surviving are two sons, Donald of Argyle, Wisconsin and Larry of Stoughton, Wisconsin; one daughter, Mrs. Patricia (Robert) Hendrickson of Freeport; and 9 grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. William Blomberg, pastor of Embury United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery . Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GLADYS H. (YODER) SCHOENHARDT , 43, of 320 W. Summit St., died in a local hospital Saturday afternoon after an extended illness. The former Gladys Yoder was born in Freeport Feb. 3, 1912, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Yoder. Her marriage to Irvin Schoenhardt took place Sept. 3, 1928, Survivors include her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Richard Pollen, Pecatonica, and Mrs. Stephen Hadju, Freeport. There is one son, Roger Shade, Freeport. Seven grandchldren also survive. Service was at 3 p.m. today in the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Dean McMakin at Find-A-Grave

FLORENCE (PRASSE) SCHOONHOVEN , 80, of Freeport Manor Nursing Home, formerly of 1811 Valley View Drive , longtime Freeport High School secretary, died Monday, September 27, 1993 at Freeport Memorial Hospital . Retiring in 1981, after 25 years, she was registrar and secretary to the principal of Freeport High School . In that time, she served three principals, Reuben Baumgartner, Willard Prynn, and Doctor Evans. She also trained office personnel in addition to her numerous duties, including responsibility for official papers and school records. She had previously been employed by the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. A 4-H leader and former organist of Cedarville United Methodist Church , she was a member of Salem United Church of Christ and Lena Women’s Club. Born September 10, 1913 in Freeport , her parents were Gustuva and Anna (Aummermeier) Prasse. On February 3, 1940 she married Raymond E. Schoonhoven in Freeport . He died August 21, 1992. Surviving are one son, Gerald (Kaye) Schoonhoven of Los Altos Hills, California; one daughter, Sylvia (LaVerne) Flack of Freeport; a brother, Edgar (Barbara) Prasse of Bloomfield, Connecticut; and three grandchildren, Scott Schoonhoven and Jennifer and Jonathan Flack. Two brothers preceded her in death besides her husband. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Salem United Church of Christ with the Rev. Madeline Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

LORRAINE SCHOONHOVEN , 70, of Madison, former resident of Freeport, died Tuesday, January 12, 1999 at her home. A daughter of Manuel and Ida (Bocker) Schoonhoven, she was born November 10, 1928 in Freeport. After graduating from Freeport High School, she attended DePaul University. She was a payroll bookkeeper for Freeport School District 145 until retiring and she was a member of Asbury Methodist Church in Madison. Surviving are one sister, Margaret L. Schoonhoven of Madison; one niece, Cheryl Schubert of Pearl City; one sister-in-law, Reola Schoonhoven of Stockton; two grandnieces; three grandnephews; and two-great-grandnephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Marvin Schoonhoven; and one nephew, Richard Schoonhoven. Funeral Home at Freeport with the Rev. Stephen Aram officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Clinic.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

RICHARD SCHOONHOVEN , 49, of Lena died Friday, August 9, 1996 at his home. He was a mold maker at Industrial Molds in Rockford for many years, as well as working several years at Forreston Tool. He was a member of Lena United Methodist Church. A sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, and he held a membership in the National Rifle Association. Son of Marvin Dale and Reola (Schubert) Schoonhoven, he was born April 4, 1947 in Freeport. He and Jeanne Lynn Mead were married July 2, 1966 in Lena United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael (Laura) Schoonhoven of Freeport; a daughter, Meredith Schoonhoven of Winona, Wisconsin; his mother, of Kent; a sister, Cheryl (Steven) Schubert of Kent; a granddaughter, Aurora of Freeport; and his grandmother, Marie Schubert of Stockton. His father and grandfather preceded him in death. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, with the Rev. Gavin Brandt officiating. Burial will be in Lena Burial Park. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

ELMER SCHRADER , 77, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Home, died there Sunday night following a long illness. He was a retired painter. Born May 26, 1901, in Freeport, he was the son of Henry and Emma (Keller) [Koeller] Schrader. Surviving are his widow, Ruth, of California; one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Rafferty of Freeport; one son, Rollo; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. Private funeral service will be...Tuesday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. George E. Jacobs, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Burial...City Cemetery. There will be no visitation...
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Tues. 18 Mar 1979)

EMMA (KOELLER) SCHRADER , 911 South Maple avenue, passed away at 2 o'clock this morning at a local hospital, after an illness of twenty-four hours with pneumonia. Mrs. Schrader attended church Sunday and was not taken ill until after retiring Sunday night. Mrs. Schrader's maiden name was Emma Koeller and she was born Sept. 22, 1880, near Forreston. She was united in marriage to Henry Martin Schrader in Freeport 24 Jan 1900. They resided on a farm in Silver Creek until his death on June 18, 1910. Mrs. Schrader is survived by two children, Elmer Schrader, with whom she had made her home for the past three years, and Mrs. Leona Koester, of Freeport, four grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Fred and Charles Koeller of this city, William Koeller--residing in Colorado, Elmer of Lansing, Mich., Mrs. Fred Sinnes, living in the state of Washington, Mrs. Lucille Forker, Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Oleva VanDyke, of Dwight, Ill. Mrs. Schrader was a member of the Oak Avenue Evangelical church, of the Plus Ultra class, and the Ladies Aid. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at...at the home of her son, 911 South Maple avenue, and at 1 o'clock at Oak Avenue Evangelical church, Rev. William Beuscher officiating. Interment will be made in the city cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Tues. 22 Feb 1938, p14)

HAROLD C. SCHRADER , 1575 W. Stephenson St., owner of the Freeport Buick-Pontiac Automobile Agency, died early this morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Mr. Schrader had been in the car business for 50 years. He and his father were partners in the business until his father's death in 1934. He was a member of the Germania, Elks and local, state and national Automobile Dealers Associations. He was born Dec. 25, 1901, in Florence Twp., the son of John and Mabel (Meyers) [Meyer] Schrader. On Apr. 18, 1925, he married Thelma Adams in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Joan) Lowell; two grandsons, a granddaughter; and his mother, Mrs. Mabel Clark, all of Freeport. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral...Mon...in the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Rev. Jesse Roberts, pastor of Embury Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial...Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Fri. 9 Dec 1966, p8)

HENRY SCHRADER , a farmer residing in Florence Township died at 1:50 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the St. Francis hospital. Mr. Schrader was a resident of Illinois all his life and was married. The funeral services were held from the farm this afternoon at 1 o’clock and burial occurred in the city cemetery. (Freeport Daily Bulletin, Mon. 20 Jun 1910, p1) [Henry Martin Schrader b. May 1872 IL, m. 24 Jan 1900 Emma Koeller, Stephenson Co.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (illsos.gov/Genealogy]

JOHN A. SCHRADER - The many friends of John A. Schrader, head of the Buick automobile agency in Freeport and a life-long resident of Stephenson county, were grieved yesterday afternoon to learn of his sudden death, which took place at his farm in Florence township about 3 o’clock. Mr. Schrader’s sudden death resulted from a heart attack. Although he had suffered from diabetes for some years he appeared as well as usual yesterday when he left his auto agency about 1:15 o’clock, accompanied by his granddaughter, Joan Schrader, for a business trip to his farm. After being there for some time Mr. Schrader was taken suddenly ill and passed away before relatives could arrive. Funeral services will be conducted at the Walker Mortuary, West Main street...Monday afternoon. Rev. O. K. Carpenter, Chicago, will conduct the services and interment will be made at Oakland. John H. Place will have charge of funeral arrangements. John A. Schrader was born in Silver Creek township July 26, 1873, the son of Mr. and Mrs. August [error] Schrader. He resided on a farm for some years and attended rural schools. On coming to Freeport he engaged in the implement business for a number of years. In 1918 he became local agent for the Buick automobile and he had continued in that business up to the time of his death. His son, Harold C. Schrader, was associated with him in this business. He is survived by one son, Harold C. Schrader, and a granddaughter, Joan Schrader. Mr. Schrader made his home with his son and daughter-in-law at 25 East Fuller street. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and a life member of Freeport lodge of Elks. For some years he had served as a trustee of the local Elks lodge. Mr. Schrader was known for his cheery disposition and keen wit and enjoyed a large circle of friends and acquaintances through all parts of Stephenson county.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Sat. 29 Jan 1935, p10) [John A. was the son of Louis Schrader. John was divorced at time of his death. vgb]

LOUIS SCHRADER , died at his home in Silver Creek township on Wednesday, aged 57 years, leaving a widow and seven children to mourn his loss. The deceased was born in Germany and came to this country twenty-five years ago and settled on a farm in Silver Creek township, where he has since resided. He was an upright and honorable citizen, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the house and from the German Lutheran Church in this city at 12 o'clock. The remains will be interred in the city cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Daily Journal, 15 Sep 1892, p4)

MARY (SCHEFFNER) HOEBEL SCHRADER/SCHROEDER , a life long resident of Stephenson county, passed away at her home 1306 S. Oak Avenue, yesterday afternoon following a brief illness. Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon and at 1:30 o'clock from Oak Avenue Evangelical church. Rev. William Beuscher will conduct the services and interment will be made in the Florence Station cemetery. Mary Scheffner was born in Ridott township, June 15, 1854, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scheffner. She was united in marriage to John Hoebel, January 23, 1879. They moved to a farm near Florence Station. Mr. Hoebel passed away in 1894. Four children were born to this union: Mrs. Frank Bangasser, Garvin, Minn; Mrs. Lydia Allen, Edith and Albert Hoebel, Freeport. She was again married to William Schroeder in 1896. They moved to Freeport in 1914. Mr. Schroeder passed away December 8, 1927. One brother, John Scheffner, resides in Freeport. There are also seven grandchildren. Mrs. Schroeder had been a member of Oak Avenue Evangelical church for many years.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, 29 Mar 1932)

ROLLO H. SCHRADER , 75, of Dakota died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, at Medina Manor Nursing Center in Durand [WI]. The son of Elmer and Marvel (Kosher) [Koser] Schrader, he was born April 9, 1923, in Freeport. He attended Freeport schools. On Feb. 16, 1964, he and Barbara E. Ruef Kampmeier were married in Dakota. For 19 years he worked at Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., and previously was a millwright and parts manager at Freeport Garage and Freeport Blacktop. A member of Dakota Community Presbyterian Church, he served on the board of elders and participated in Sunday School. He was a mason 39 years, a member of Evergreen Lodge 170 of Freeport & Freeport Chapter 303 Order of the Eastern Star. Other memberships...former Germania Club, U.S.W.A. Local 745 Retirement Club, 50 Plus Club of Dakota; Cardiac Club of Freeport Memorial Hospital; and he was a social member of Monroe Swiss Singers....Surviving family members include his wife; one son, Tom Schrader of Machesney Park; two daughters, Julie (Ron) Herring of Pineville, LA, and Christine (Terry) Schweitz of Baileyville; 7 grandchildren, Dr. Michael Hymbaugh of Hartford, CT, Lori & Elizabeth Hymbaugh, borh of Pineville, Kurt (Lea) Schweitz of Chicago, Karl Schweitz of Decorah, Iowa, & Anna & Andrew Schweitz, both of Baileyville; one sister, Shirley (Edward) Rafferty of Freeport; and numerous nephews, nieces & cousins. His parents & grandparents died previously...funeral...Monday at Dakota Community Presbyterian Church...Rev. L. Timothy Kidd officiating. Burial...Dakota Cemetery...Memorial funds: American Heart Association & Dakota Community Presbyterian Church.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (The Journal Std.,Freeport, IL, Fri. 4 Dec 1998, p2A)

THELMA (ADAMS) SCHRADER , 1575 W. Stephenson St., died in her home Sunday morning following an apparent heart attack. She was born in Freeport Aug. 26, 1901, daughter of John Quincy and Anna (Gartman) Adams. On April 18, 1925, she was married to Harold C. Schrader in Freeport. He died Dec. 9, 1966. Mrs. Schrader was associated with her husband in the Freeport Buick Co. which was later sold in 1967. She attended Freeport schools and Brown's Business College. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Joan) Lowell of Freeport; three grandchildren; and a brother, Dale B. of Freeport. Funeral service...Tues. in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. The Rev. Jesse Roberts, pastor of Embury United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Mon. 23 Dec 1968 p6)

WALTER SCHRADER , 82, of Homosassa Springs , Florida , formerly of Lanark, died Saturday, October 25, 1997. Son of George and Lean Schrader, he was born May 13, 1914 in Carroll County . He and Alice Edler were married December 16, 1939 in Dubuque , Iowa . When he retired from farming in 1989, he and his wife moved to Homosassa Springs. Surviving family members include his wife; two sons, Roger (Lenore) Schrader of Lanark, and Ronald (Millie) Schrader of Lena; seven grandchildren, Teresa (Jeff) Kirwan, Jim (Roxanne) Schrader, Lanark, Corey Schrader, Lena, Rod (Kim) Schrader, Lake Zurich, Amy Schrader, Stockton, Troy (Laura) Schrader, Aurora, and Tanya Franz, Lena; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were three brothers and one sister. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Brethren, Lanark. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery , Freeport . Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Contributed by Alice Horner

WILHELMINE (DUNKER) BRANDT SCHRADER - Death in Silver Creek Township. Mrs. Minnie Schrader died last evening at 10 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. C. Steffen, a few miles south of Freeport in Silver Creek township. Old age and a complication of diseases common to that state are given as the cause of her death. The deceased was born in Germany 78 years ago, and came to America in the early fifties. She has made her home in this state for the past 53 years. Surviving her are the following children: Mrs. A. C. La Grand, Freeport; Charles Brandt, Lancaster; Mrs. F. C. Steffen, Silver Creek; William Schrader, Florence; H. Schrader, Silver Creek, and John Schrader, of this city. The funeral will be held, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Steffen, in Silver Creek. Rev. Ernst Traeger will officiate, and interment will be at the city cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Daily Journal, 21 Oct 1907, p1)

WILLIAM SCHRADER , aged 59 years and a life long resident of Stephenson county, passed away at a local hospital this morning after an illness extending over the past four years. The funeral will be conducted from the late home, 1306 South Oak avenue, at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon with services at 1:30 o'clock at Oak Avenue Evangelical church. Rev. E. Burgi will conduct the services and burial will be made in the Florence cemetery. Mr. Schrader was born in Silver Creek township 59 years ago. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Hoebel 30 years ago. He followed the occupation of farmer until thirteen years ago when he retired and moved to Freeport. His widow and the following stepchildren survive. Edith and Albert, at home; Lydia, residing in Freeport, and Clara, residing in Minnesota. One brother, John Schrader, resides in Freeport. A half brother and a half sister also survive, they being Chas. Brandt and Mrs. Elizabeth Legrand [LaGrand], both of Freeport.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (unidentified Freeport newspaper, 8 Dec 1926)

HAROLD T. SCHRECK , 84, of Pearl City died Tuesday, January 3, 1995 in Freeport Memorial Hospital . He was employed more than 30 years by the Chicago & Great Western Railroad. Then for 12 years he was a janitor in the Pearl City Schools, retiring in 1973. His memberships included First United Methodist Church of Pearl City, Pearl City Masonic Lodge 823, Freeport Consistory, Tebala Shrine, Sword of Bunker Hill, Orphah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. His pastimes were fishing and playing cards. A son of George and Cora (Thomas) Schreck, he was born May 8, 1910 in Woodbine. On May 7, 1931 he and Edna Kuhse were married in Stockton . His wife survives, as do two daughters, Joyce (Harold) Koeller of Pearl City and Arvilla (Jack) Schofield of Kent; five grandchildren, Larry Koeller of Winslow, Debra Schultz of Pearl City, Leesa Koeller, Robert D. Schofield, and Wayne Schofield, all of Freeport; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one brother, Delmar (Rosemary) Schreck of Stockton. Preceding him in death was one great-granddaughter, Carolyn Ann Schofield, and two brothers, Earl Schreck and Clayton Schreck. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Robert Webb and Nancy Blade officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Freeport . Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Offenheiser – Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City where Masonic services will begin at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

EDNA M. SCHRINER , 90, 230 W. Cleveland Street, died May 22, 1987 in Freeport Manor Nursing Center following an extended illness. She was born February 27, 1897 at Lanark, the daughter of George and Lucinda (Traum) Rahn. She married Joe. T. Schriner on February 4, 19115 in Freeport. He died March 19, 1962. Schriner was a member of the First Brethren Church of Lanark, the Woman’s Relief Corps, the Golden Age Club and the Good Will Sunday School class of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis of Freeport, and two sisters, Luella (Mrs. George) Koehler and Alma (Mrs. Harold) Maves, both of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday May 26 at the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, the Rev. Theodore R. Phillips of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory for the First Baptist Church. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Contributed by Alice Horner

LEVI SEDAN , aged 82 years and a veteran of the civil war, passed away at a local hospital last night following a brief illness. Mr. Sedan was a native of Stephenson county having been born at Cedarville on August 5, 1844. He resided here during all his lifetime. During the civil war he enlisted with the Union forces and served throughout the entire war period. He was a member of the G. A. R. at Dakota. For several years he had been retired having previously been engaged in farming. One step-daughter, Mrs. Roy Mogle, resides at Rockford. A half-brother resides in South Dakota. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - February 5, 1927 clipping

CLAIRE E. SEELY , 90, a resident of Freeport Manor Nursing Home, died Sunday at Freeport Memorial Hospital. (The Social Security Death Index gives her date of death as September 1981.) She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Born April 13, 1891, she was the daughter of Lester and Alice (Webster) Eaton. She married William A. Seely June 22, 1913 in Des Moines, Iowa. He died August 14, 1976. Surviving are two sons, Ted A. Seely of Freeport and William E. Seely of St. Louis, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (Robert) Salmon of Gainesville, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie (Thomas) Hughes of Des Moines, and Mrs. Dorothy (Glenn) Strobridge of Waterloo, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Michael Long officiating. Her body was donated to science. The family requests that all remembrances be directed to the memorial fund which has been established for the Visiting Nurses Association.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois (undated clipping)

WILLIAM A. SEELY , of 1420 S. Woodside Drive, vice-president of Crum & Forster Companies when he retired in 1960, died Saturday, August 14, 1976 in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Associated with Crum & Forster 42 years, his first insurance experience was with Hawkeye and Des Moines Insurance Company of Des Moines, Iowa. He came to Freeport in May 15, 1918 to work in the accounting department of Crum’s. In May 1919 he was transferred to Iowa as special agent and in 1925 was made state agent of Indiana. In 1929, he was made field superintendent here, supervising outside offices, traveling representatives and general agents for 16 states. In 1949 he became manager of the Western Department and in 1956 he was made vice president. Seely is credited with many innovations in the fire and allied lines, field, farm and crop-hail operations. He was active in executive capacity for insurance associations including Western Underwriters Association, Crop-Hail Insurance Association, Underwriters Adjusting Co., and National Automobile Underwriters Association. Seely was a director and honorary director of the State Bank of Freeport. He was a member of the Freeport Elks Club, the Country Club, and the Germania. Born April 24, 1891 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he was the son of James and Louise Seely. He married Claire Eaton June 22, 1913 in Des Moines. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Ted A. of Freeport and William E. of St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth Ann) Salmon of Gainesville, Florida; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Louise Greendahl of Kansas City, Missouri. Four brothers preceded him in death. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Clarence Langdon, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church, will officiate. His body has been donated to science. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established for Freeport Memorial Hospital.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois (undated clipping)

ERNEST SEEMAN , 85, of Freeport, a musician, teacher, and conductor died Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at his home. He was born December 23, 1913 in Union Hill, New Jersey, a son of Ernest Seeman of Schlingen, Germany and Rosina Schlozer of Riehen, Switzerland. His father died in Germany and later his family moved to Freeport. In 1950, he and Phyllis Gene Perkins were married at Second Presbyterian Church in Freeport. He attended Freeport schools and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington , where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1937. He was a teacher in Peotone two years before returning to Freeport, where he taught until retiring in 1975. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to promote the string program in the public schools. He was directory in instrumental music for many years, teaching string students, beginning in the fifth grade, and conducting the Freeport Junior and Senior High School Orchestras. He established the harp program in Freeport and was a founder of Tri-Double-I Music Festival. An accomplished violinist, he was concertmaster of the Rockford and Dubuque Symphony Orchestras many years, and also played in the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Platteville and Beloit Symphony. He directed the Rockford Area Youth Symphony several years. He loved fishing and gardening and playing bridge. His family said was his greatest joy was his family, and he kept in touch with many relatives in Switzerland and Germany whom he was able to visit several times. Surviving him are his wife; four children, Ernest Lamont " "Larry" (Teri Schadeck) Seeman of Carmel, California; Linda Joy (Herbert) Clarke of Arroyo Grande, California; Faye Roseanne (Brian Leverenz) Seeman of Buffalo Grove; and Kaethe Elizabeth (Nathan) Durham of Freeport; five grandchildren, Christopher Seeman, Emily, Toby, and Austin Durham and Cully Leverenz. Preceding him in death were his father, his stepfather, and his brother. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. January 30 at First Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Carol Shaffer. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. January 29 at Walker Mortuary.
Contributed by Alice Horner
Second Photo from Karen Fyock - He was the director of the Freeport Junior and Senior High Orchestras for many years.



DONALD L. SHELLY , 62, 840 Candy Lane , Machesney Park , was death on arrival Saturday afternoon, January 21, 1989 at Swedish American Hospital after a short illness. He was born September 26, 1926 in Shannon, the son of Oscar and Clara (Snavely) Shelly. He married Lucille Moore Kroll in Rockford March 25, 1978. A former Freeport area resident, he moved to Rockford in 1981. Former heavy equipment operator in earth moving, in Rockford self-employed in maintenance and repair work. Member of Harlem Road Christian Church, deacon for four years. Survivors include his wife, Lucille; three daughters, Joyce (Mark) Goeke of Lena, Gena (Robert) Fryer, and Carolyn Schult, of Freeport; son, Steven of Freeport; stepdaughter, Elaine (Lonnie) Duff, of St. Louis, Missouri; three stepsons, Larry Kroll, of Detroit, Robert, of Rockford, and Greg, of Loves Park; sister Evelyn (Nolan) Book of Freeport; eight grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Randy L. Shelly, and his parents. Services were Tuesday, January 24 in Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Dakota, with the Rev, Ray Artrip, pastor of Harlem Road Christian Church, Machesney Park, officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park , Freeport . Memorials were to the New Horizon Building Fund for the Harlem Road Christian Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FRANCES (ROSSITER) SHELLY , age 98 of Freeport died April 24, 2012 at Parkview Home. Frances was born November 2, 1913 in Dixon, Illinois to Herbert and Bettina (Turnroth) Rossiter. She graduated from Dixon High School and attended the Coppine Business College in Dixon. Frances moved to Freeport where she met Joe Shelly, and they were married on August 16, 1936. She was employed by the F. A. Read Co. Later Frances and Joe owned and operated “Shelly's” a gift and luggage store in Freeport. They sold the store when Joe was elected mayor of Freeport in 1961. Frances was very active in community, civic, and church affairs. She served for eighteen years on the Women's Board of Parkview Home. She belonged to the Republican Women of Freeport, YWCA, the Garden Club, and Embroiderer's Guild of America, Blackhawk Chapter. She was the ?rst president of the old Union School PTA. Frances was a long time and very active member of Embury United Methodist Church. Frances is survived by her son Roger (Donna) Shelly, of Kent?eld, CA and three daughters, Jo Ann (Frederick) Wentker of San Francisco, CA, Jewel Auvinen of Watsonville, CA and Susan (Michael) Mohrmann, also of Watsonville. Frances is survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Her husband Joe preceded her in death in 1991. A memorial gathering for friends will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Parkview Home, Freeport, in the Party Room. Friends may greet the family at 2 PM. A memorial service will be conducted by the Reverend William Blomberg at 3 PM, followed by refreshments. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkview Home Building Fund or the charity of your choice. Please view the Family Guest Book and sign the condolence page at www.walkermortuary.com A memorial gathering for friends will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Parkview Home, Freeport, in the Party Room. Friends may greet the family at 2 PM. A memorial service will be conducted by the Reverend William Blomberg at 3 PM, followed by refreshments. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkview Home Building Fund or the charity of your choice.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOE D. SHELLY - Former Freeport Mayor Joe D. Shelly, 82, of 507 N. Greenfield Drive, died Wednesday September 25, 1991 at Freeport Manor Nursing Home. He was mayor of Freeport from 1961-1969. During the civil rights movement in 1962, the Human Relations Commission was established and the Fair Housing ordinance was passed. Also during his tenure, the City Sanitary Service was transferred to the City Water Department, the sewage treatment plant was established and the sewage treatment system was extended. With the constant expansion of business activities in the city, the municipal parking lot system was expanded, resulting in the large parking lot opposite the post office. In the 1960’s, Mayor Shelly, with the cooperation of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, was successful in bringing to Freeport the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. For eight years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Municipal League and was the first mayor from Freeport to be elected its president. For nine years, he was employed by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until he retired in 1978. He was always a leader in the community process and took an active part in the community, civic and church affairs. He was a lifelong member of Embury United Methodist Church. For four years, he served on the Stephenson County Board of Supervisors, two of those years as chairman. For two years, he was chairman of the Board of Review and also director of the State Association of County Officials. He served on the Stephenson County Fair Board for 10 years. He was a former director of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce and president of the Industrial Development Commission. He was a member of Freeport Rotary Club since 1950 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and had a lifetime membership in the Eagles. Earlier in his lifetime he was a member of the U. S. Grant Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Freeport Consistory, Tebala Shrine, High 12 Club, Freeport Country Club, and former Germania Club. For 13 years, he owned and operated Shelly’s Standard Service at Spring Street and Galena Avenue in Freeport. He became interested in aviation and obtained his commercial pilots license. In the mid-1940’s he acquired half interest in Hillcrest Flying Service, which he operated, along with Albertus Field, for a number of years. During this time, he established the first G. I. Flight School in Freeport. For 11 years, he was owner and operator of Shelly’s, a gift and leather goods store in Freeport. Born September 6, 1909 in Freeport, he was the son of Dr. Emmanuel E. and Ida (Brubaker) Shelly. He graduated from Freeport High School and attended Rockford School of Business. He married Frances Rossiter on August 16, 1936 in Freeport. Surviving are his wife; one son, Roger David of Kentfield, California; three daughters, Mrs. Jo Ann (Frederick A.) Wentke of San Francisco, California, and Mrs. Jewel Alice (Noel) McDermott and Susan Lynn, both of Santa Cruz, California; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Embury United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Stephen Aram officiating. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary. Memorials have been established for Embury United Methodist Church and Sleezer Juvenile Homes.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

DOROTHY (GRAMLEY) SHELLEY - 69, of 718 Quail Ridge Drive, a longtime educator of the handicapped, died Tuesday evening, February 12, 1980, at Freeport Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She taught in the specialized field for 28 years and was active in committees and boards for the handicapped and exceptional children. Born March 28, 1910 in Lancaster Township, Stephenson County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Fannie (Fortner) Gramley. She married Samuel R. Shelley June 11, 1935 in Freeport. He died August 25, 1978. A graduate of Dakota High School, Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana and Pestalozzi Froebel School in Chicago, she received her certificate for teaching the handicapped at the University of Illinois at Normal. She started teaching school in 1930 and taught at three country schools: Brush Creek School, North Ridott School and Silver Springs School. In the polio epidemic of 1946, she was asked to teach the children in the polio ward at St. Francis Hospital and agreed. When the polio ward closed the classroom moved to the library at Harlem School for three years. When Empire School was built in 1952, the class was moved there and she continued there until retirement in June 1974. A member of Freeport Mennonite Church, the Christian Education Cabinet of the church, and Sunday school teacher, she worked with the church youth until retiring in 1972. She presently served on the Board of the Sheltered Workshop, was a past president of the Rockford Chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children and was active in the Freeport Chapter. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joann (Edwin) Miller of Morton and Mrs. Louann (Ronald) Rocke of Elgin; five grandchildren; one brother, Irvin Gramley of Freeport; and one sister, Mrs. Miriam (Karl) Meier of Pearl City. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Freeport Mennonite Church with the Rev. Paul O. King, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home at Dakota and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorial funds have been established for the physically handicapped and the Freeport Mennonite Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

RACHEL (HULL) SLAGHT , 81, of Freeport died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Freeport Manor Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1918, in Stephenson County to David and Clara (Ludolph) Hull. On June 22, 1938, she and Richard W. Slaght were married. He died Aug. 14, 1980. Surviving are two sons, Larry (Pamela) and John (Kathy) Slaght, both of Freeport; four sisters, Irene Bauch and Marjorie (Norman) Kuhlemeier, both of Freeport, Ruth (John) Dikkers of Shannon and Pauline Hull of Dakota; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Slaght. Preceding her in death were her parents, one son, David; three brothers, Oliver, James and Elwood Hull;' and two grandsons, Darcy and Timothy Slaght. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedarville Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in rural Freeport. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Cedarville Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

A. LUCILLE (BALZ) SLATER , 80, of Freeport, formerly of New York City, died Tuesday, January 25, 1994 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Born July 15, 1913 in Freeport, she was a daughter of Albert and Honore (Kennison) Balz. On June 16, 1961 she married William J. Slater in Rockford. She and her husband lived in several parts of the country, including a number of years in New York City. She was formerly employed by Fairbanks Morse, W. T. Rawleigh, and Household Finance companies in Freeport. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband; one sister, Gertrude Stewart of Freeport; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Balz of Freeport; one stepson, James (Betty) Slater of Santa Barbara, California; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Charles “Chuck” Balz, and Albert Balz, and one sister, Dorothy Balz. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Lutz officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schwarz Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., and after 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANTHONY SLICK , 28, of Beaufort , South Carolina , was presumed dead on March 11, 1996 as the result of an FA-18 accident on March 7, 1996. Son of Larry and Joyce (Hockman) Slick, he was born September 3, 1967 in Freeport . He graduated from Guilford High School in 1985, and the University of Illinois in 1990. He was commissioned as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant on January 6, 1990 through the NROTC program. Upon completion of the Basic School in August 1990, he was assigned to flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer on June 2, 1992. He reported to VMFAT-10 MCAS at El Toro , California for transition training as a Weapons and Sensor Officer in the F/A-18D. In April 1993 he was assigned to VMFA(AW)-533 where he served as Legal Officer, Powerline Officer and Weapons and Sensor Training Officer. He participated in Operations Deny Flight and Deliberate Force 2 deployments to Aviano Air Base, Italy . His personal awards include the Air Strike Flight Medal IV and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. It was noted that his personality was “one of an unwavering sense of honest and dignity, but not all seriousness.” Surviving family members include his father, Larry (Ellen) Slick of Freeport; his mother, Joyce (Lou) Fisher of Rockford; his sister, Wendy (Tim) Slick-Davidson of Rockford; his grandmother, Armand Slick of Shannon; aunts and uncles, Lee (Rose) slick of Palos Heights, Gerald Slick of Florida, Carolyn Hockman of University Park, Harold (Martha) Hockman of Oregon, and Gary Hockman of Pearl City; one stepsister; six step-brothers; three nieces and numerous cousins. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Morrell and Lena Hockman, and Fred Slick. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carolyn Fredriksen and Scott Suma officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for an exhibit at the Discovery Center .
Contributed by Alice Horner

BERT P. SNOW , 86, of the law firm of Snow, Hunter, Whiton & Fishburn Ltd., died Monday, February 19, 2001 at his home in Freeport. He was born November 27, 1914 in Freeport to Stuart and Gertrude (Grattelo) Snow. On January 25, 1941 he and Jane Hayes were married. She died December 16, 2000. He was a graduate of Freeport High School, the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois Law School. In 1938, he was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and in the Federal courts. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and was an elected member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1941, he entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served in the capacity of Special Agent until the end of World War II, then returning to Freeport to practice law. He practiced law in Freeport more than 60 years. He was an Eagle Scout in his youth, and held memberships in the Elks Club and Freeport Country Club. There are no immediate survivors.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GEORGE SOLT - 29, died Saturday morning, October 22, 1938, in a Freeport hospital following a major operation. Her home was on a farm west of Mount Carroll. Funeral services were held this afternoon (October 24, 1938) from the Christian funeral home and the Lutheran Church with the pastor, the Rev. E. C. Dolbeer, in charge. Burial was made in Oak Hill Cemetery. Margaret Morhardt Solt was born August 1, 1909 in Woodland Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Morhardt. Survivors are her father and husband; a daughter, Dorothy Jean, eight months old; three sisters, Mrs. George Rausch, Shannon; Mrs. Carrie Curboy, Massbach; and Mrs. Lucy Frederick, Mount Carroll; six brothers, William and Jacob of Stockton, Gus, Adam, and Paul of Mount Carroll, and Christian Jr. of Hanover.
Contributed by Alice Horner

THEOPHILUS A. SOLT - Word received this morning by Mrs. Israel Solt and Mrs. Cora E. Doyle, North Grove, avenue of the sudden death of their son and brother, Theophilus A. Solt, who passed away suddenly this morning at 4 o'clock at his home in Dubuque, Iowa, following a heart attack. Mr. Solt was at work Tuesday but was suffering from a slight cold. Theophilus A. Solt was born at Willow, Jo Daviess County, seventy years ago, the only son of Mrs. Israel Solt, who will be 96 years old in December, and the late Civil War veteran, Israel Solt. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jennie Dollmeyer, by whom he had a son, Kenneth I. Solt who lives at Fort Atkinson Wisc. His second wife was Miss Marie Nader, of Elizabeth N.J., who survives, as do his two sisters, Mrs. Doyle of Freeport and Mrs. Charles M. Axford of Milwaukee Wisc., and a niece Mrs. Kathryne Goodhue of this city. Mr. Solt was an employee of the Interstate Utilities at the time of his death. He was a member of Excelsior Masonic Lodge, Freeport, and of the Order of Railway Conductors. Funeral arrangement have not been completed, but interment will be made in Oakland.
The Freeport Journal 20 October 1938

SCHILLER SORENSON - Freeport relatives have been advised of the death of Schiller Sorensen, 50, who passed away yesterday at his home in Butte, Mont. Mr. Sorensen for some years conducted a drug store at Shannon. He was married to Miss Hazel Ohlendorf, Freeport, who survives. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. (submitted by Ida Maack Recu)
Contributed by Ida Recu Freeport Journal 10 December 1940

ELMER SPRINGER , 75, of 4182 Baileyville Road died early Saturday morning at St. Clare Hospital in Monroe , Wisconsin following a long illness. (The Social Security Death Index shows this as February 1981.) He was a partner in the former Merck and Springer Meat Market and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Germania Club, a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Father Mazzuchelli Assembly. He was born July 2, 1905 in Freeport . He married Eileen Roland November 7, 1927 in Freeport . Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Nancy (Bernard) Laabs of Livonia, Michigan and Mrs. Billie (Stephen) Larkin of Bloomington; one brother, Robert of Matteson; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be at 9:45 a. m. Tuesday at Schwarz Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. John Kraemer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery . Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for St. Mary Catholic Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

DOLORES M. (SCHLEICH) STABENOW , 71, of 9 Hillview Lane , supervisor at Malcolm Eaton Enterprises, died Tuesday, April 30, 1996 at Freeport Memorial Hospital . Daughter of Walter H. and Mildred C. (Loos) Schleich, she was born October 24, 1924 in Freeport . She and Francis M. Stabenow were married September 14, 1947 in Freeport . She moved from McConnell to Freeport 17 years ago, and was a member of McConnell American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband; one son, Monty (Karen) Stabenow of Cherry Valley; and two grandchildren, Carrie and Katie. One sister preceded her in death. Cremation rites were accorded, and no services are planned.
Contributed by Alice Horner

BETTE STEINMAN , 90, a resident of Windsor Court , Savoy, Illinois and former Freeport resident for over 60 years, died Sunday September 7 in Carle Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. She was born May 16, 1918 in Warren, Illinois the daughter of Raleigh and Edna (Rowe) Swartz. On September 9, 1944 she married Othmar "Oats" Steinman in Chicago, Illinois. He died march 21, 2005. Bette along with her family owned and operated Steinman Brothers Grocery in Freeport. Along with other duties, Bette was the "Lady Butcher". She then was employed in Medical Records for Freeport M emorial Hospital.\ Bette was a longtime member of Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Freeport. Bette was a quality counted -cross -stitcher, crafts maker, cooker and baker who left many treasures for family to enjoy. She was also co-president of "The More We Get Together" Club. Her family and her friends, her spirit of love, kindness, and humor will live on in all she touched. Bette was a wonderful wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, relative and friend, who will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Mrs. Steinman is survived by two sons; Othmar T. "Topper" (Carol) Steinman of Champaign and Robert "Bob" (Janet) Steinman of Hamilton. Her daughter, Pat (Steve) Udell of Belvidere. Her grandchildren, Kim (George Rodriguez)Maville, Jeff (Che Ray) Maville, Catherine Udell, Stephanie (Luke Andermann) Sara (Lloyd) Powell, Emily(Mike) Iberl, Cary Steinman, Kali Steinman and Tessa Steinman . Her great -grandchildren, Georgie, Gabriel, Tony, Dan Rodriguez, Kai Hickman-Steinman and Drake Powell. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her five siblings. Funeral mass for Bette will be Saturday, 11:00 A.M. in Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Msgr. P. William McDonnell, pastor, will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, 5:00-7:00 P.M. in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, 504 N. Walnut Ave. Freeport. Rosary service will be at 7:00 P.M.Visitation will also be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of service Saturday at Saint Thomas. Burial will be in Saint Ann Cemetery, Warren, Illinois. Memorials have been established for Freeport Catholic Schools, Saint Thomas Aqunas Catholic Church and Carle Hospice, Champaigh-Urbana, Illinois.
Contributed by Alice Horner

GENEVIEVE STEINMETZ , 80, of Carlsbad , California , former Freeport resident, died Monday, August 14, 2000 after a long illness. She was born March 4, 1920 near McConnell and graduated from Freeport High School in 1937. In 1940, she graduated from St. Luke School of Nursing in Chicago . On September 7, 1941, she and Nuell Peter Steinmetz were married. She was the first visiting nurse in Freeport and was an elementary school nurse in the Freeport School District for 26 years. When she retired, she was director of Health Services for District 145. Family members said she loved to cook and play golf and duplicate bridge, work in her yard, and take walks. She was a member of Freeport Country Club. Surviving are her husband; one son, Peter Steinmetz of Carlsbad ; and three grandchildren, Kahle, Briana and Kendra Steinmetz, all of Carlsbad . Cremation rites were accorded and her ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean off her favorite reef at Cardiff By The Sea, California . A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Freeport with the Rev. Neville Kretzman officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for First Lutheran Church .
Contributed by Alice Horner

JEFFREY STENGEL , 9, RR 1, Polo, died Saturday afternoon at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Polo, with Rev. A. J. Tetzlaff officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitation will be held in the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. He was born Nov. 11, 1966 at Park Ridge, Ill., the son of Joseph and Joan Heugrman Stengel. He was a member of Den 5 of the Polo Cub Scouts and was in the third grade at Centennial Grade School. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Paul and Joan Plummer of Polo; father and stepmother, Joseph and Anita Stengel of Walnut; one sister, Jerilyn Stengel of Polo; two step-sisters, Nicole White of Walnut and Christine Plummer of Lincoln, Neb.; one step-brother, Richard Plummer of Lincoln, Neb.; paternal grandmother Mrs Lucille Stengel of Mt. Morris; and maternal step grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. John Hots of Lena. A memorial has been established in his memory.
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DORIS JEAN (MANNING) STUKENBERG , 87, of Freeport died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Parkview Home. She was born June 28, 1922, in Clinton, the daughter of Earl and Berniece (Roberts) Manning. Doris Jean married Melvin Stukenberg on July 3, 1941, in Freeport. He died Feb. 2, 1991. Mrs. Stukenberg was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Freeport. Doris is survived by her son, Edward (Deb) Stukenberg of Freeport; two daughters, Anita Gugger of Freeport and Annette Mihalovich of Bondurant, Iowa; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother, James Manning; and two sons-in-law, Michael Mihalovich and Douglas Gugger. The funeral for Mrs. Stukenberg will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Wesley Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - The Journal Standard 14 May 2010


L. ROBERT STUKENBERG , 75, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2011. He was the loving husband for 52 years of Diane (Hutchinson) Stukenberg. Bob was born on Jan. 3, 1936, in Freeport, to Ina and Lester Stukenberg. After graduating from Freeport High School in 1953, Bob served in the Army from 1954 to 1957. He studied Hotel Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he met and married Diane. While Bob pursued his career in the hotel industry and real estate, he and Diane lived in many resort areas in New York, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, and finally settling in Arizona. Bob loved many outdoor sports, but golf was his favorite. Over the past 20 years, Bob fought numerous battles with cancer, somehow always defying the odds, and becoming known as the doctors’ “Energizer Bunny.” In addition to his loving wife, Bob is survived by two sons, Les Stukenberg (Julie), and Erik Stukenberg (Denise); one daughter, Tracey Takase (Chip); five grandchildren, Taylor, Jake, Max, Josh, and Sophia; and sister, Sharon Aaby.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal 21 May 2011

MELVIN E. STUKENBERG , 72, of West Des Moines, Iowa, a former Freeport businessman, died Saturday February 2, 1991 at McAllen, Texas, where he wintered. He was a retired executive vice-president of Iowa-Nebraska Farm Equipment Association, Des Moines, Iowa. He formerly owned Stukenberg Implement Sales and Stukenberg Structures of Freeport. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church of Des Moines. He was a past president of Freeport Chamber of Commerce and a former member of Faith United Methodist Church of Freeport. Born October 16, 1918 in Stephenson County, he was the son of Edward L. and Sadie (Vietmeier) Stukenberg. He married Jean Manning on July 3, 1941 in Freeport. Surviving are his wife; one son, Edward of Freeport; two daughters, Mrs. Anita (Douglas) Gugger of Freeport and Mrs. Annette (Michael) Mihalovich of Bondurant, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Alta (Roman) Fontenot of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Eva (Gerald) Brookman of Davis; and six grandchildren, Eric and Chad Gugger, Jason and Heather Mihalovich and Lora and Kirsten Stukenberg. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Phillip Burke officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. A memorial has been established for Faith United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

M. JOY (BURKETT) SWINGLEY , 76, of Freeport died Wednesday August 18, 1999 in her home. She was born September 8, 1922 in Etta Green, Indiana to Howard and Nova (Messner) Burkett. On February 5, 1944 she and Dr. William B. Swingley were married. He died February 12, 1971. Her later husbands, Ray Neuberger and Kenneth Zimmerman, also preceded her in death. An artist, she graduated from the Chicago Institute of Art, and was an art teacher at Highland Community College . She enjoyed interior decorating, all types of music, ballet, and poetry. Her memberships included Faith United Methodist Church and Stephenson County Historical Museum . Surviving are one son, William (Evelyn) Swingley of Freeport; one sister, Beatrice Barnett of Tucson, Arizona; five grandchildren, Dixie (Walter) McLain, Marge (Dave) Fissell, and Tom, Nancy and Timothy (Diane) Burdick, all of Freeport; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husbands and one brother. Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. Douglas Bowden of the church of the Rev. Robert Bush of the Church of the Open Bible officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

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