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CLARA SANDMEIER , 60, widow of Ezra Sandmeier, passed away at a local hospital today, after a brief illness. She resided at 1003 South Oak avenue. Clara Petermeier was born in Silver Creek township Dec. 28, 1882. She was united in marriage to Ezra Sandmeier, who preceded her in death. She leaves a son and a daughter, E. I. Sandmeier and Mrs. Theron (Viola) Miller, Freeport. A daughter, Mrs. Gladys Kasch, preceded her in death. Two brothers and three sisters survive, Edward and Henry Petermeier, Miss Mary Petermeier, Mrs. I. L. Otto, all of Freeport; Mrs. William Otto, Florence township. There are three grandchildren, Roland and Vernon Kasch, Richard Sandmeier.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - December 6, 1943 clipping

JOHN C. SARGENT , Kerrville, Texas – John C. Sargent, 72, of Kerrville, Texas, died Saturday, December 19, 1998 at the Veterans Administration hospital in San Antonio, Texas. The son of Chet and Gladys Sargent, he was born July 2, 1926 in Freeport. He married his wife, Doreen, in 1973 in Dallas. He attended Freeport High School, class of 1944. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a sergeant and later in the Signal Corps as a photographer at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, West Germany. He worked at Honeywell’s Micro Switch division, Collins Radio in Dallas, and sold real estate at Lago Vista in Austin, Texas. He was a former member of Embury Methodist Church. He liked to play golf. He is survived by his wife Doreen, five step-children; one brother, Bernard (Phyllis) Sargent; one sister, Mary (Vere) Hageman of Rockford; three nieces, Kathy Sargent, Julie Sargent, and Joy Sargent, and one nephew, Richard Sargent, all of Jacksonville, Florida; one nephew, Chad (Teresa) Hageman and their son Adam of Caledonia, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service was held December 22 at Sizemore Funeral Home in Kerrville, Texas. Memorial gifts can be sent to Mary Hageman, 6020 Valley Knoll, Rockford, Ill. 61109.
(Alice Horner’s note: John C. Sargent was also married to Marilou Deaner (1927-2009), on March 27, 1948 in Freeport. She worked with youth groups at the YWCA for many years. They divorced around 1970. She married John Blodgett in 1996.)

CLARENCE EDWARD SCANLAN , 97, of Freeport, died Friday, March 28, 1997 in the home of his son, Dr. Edward Scanlan of Neenah, Wis. Born June 6, 1899 in Freeport, son of Edward J. and Nellie Steffen Scanlan. Married Dorothy Clark on Nov. 27, 1937 in Woodstock. She died on April 3, 1994. Employed at Furst-McNess Co. for 40 years. Graduated from University of Illinois in 1922. Member of Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survived by sons, Robert (Jean) Scanlan of Aurora and Dr. Edward (Sheila) Scanlan; daughter, Lenora (Dr. Robert) Brewer of Roscoe; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Woods of Freeport. Also predeceased by parents, one brother, one sister and two grandsons. Services Tuesday, April 1, in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill, emeritus of Rockford Diocese, officiating. Visitation...Monday, March 31, in Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, 306 W. Galena Ave. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday in the church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in his memory to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Rockford Register Star, Mon. 31 Mar 1997, p3C)

DOROTHY (CLARK) SCANLAN , 86, of 704 S. Saxby Ave., died Sunday, April 3, 1994, at Freeport Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She was born July 6, 1907, at Freeport, daughter of Scott Fisk and Lela (Smith) Clark. She married Clarence E. Scanlan Nov 27, 1937, at Woodstock. She was employed by and retired from General Casualty Insurance Company, having previously worked for Furst McNess Company. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Freeport Memorial Hospital Guild. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Dr. Edward (Sheila) Scanlan of Neenah, Wis., and Robert (Jean) Scanlan of Aurora; one daughter Lenora (Dr. Robert) Brewer of Roscoe; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were one brother, two sisters and two grandsons. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with the Rev. P. William McDonnell officiating. Burial will be in Calvary...Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home and from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and St. Joseph Home for the Aged.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Freeport Journal-Standard, Mon. 4 Apr 1994, p4]

EDWARD J. SCANLAN - As a severe shock to hundreds of Freeporters, came the news this afternoon of the sudden death of Edward J. Scanlan, who passed away at his home, 1033 South Carroll avenue, about 12:43 o’clock. Although Mr. Scanlan, who was one of the veteran employees of the Freeport post office, had been ill for more than a month, he had... almost fully recovered...when he was seized with a heart attack and passed away... Mr. Scanlan was a well known and estimable citizen of Freeport. He had been connected with the Freeport post office department since March 1, 1892, having rounded out thirty-two years of faithful and efficient service...had carried mail throughout the city during practically all of his thirty-two years of service. He was transferred to a clerical position within the office in December, 1923, but after a month’s service asked to be transferred back to his regular letter carrying route, and his request was granted by the department. For several years Mr. Scanlan was secretary of the local civil service board and...was in personal charge of all civil service examinations conducted at the local office for the past several years. He had always been a devout member of the Catholic faith, attending St. Mary’s church...charter member of Freeport Council, Knights of Columbus...He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. Before entering the postal service in Freeport Mr. Scanlan was an Illinois Central engineer, having served that company for a number of years. He affiliated with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and for many years was financial secretary of the local lodge of that order. Mr. Scanlan is survived by his [2nd ] wife, who was Miss Jane Riordan...; and three children. The latter are Clarence, Edward and Mary Elizabeth Scanlan. Two brother and sisters also survive. They are John Scanlan, Minneapolis, James Scanlan, Freeport, and Mrs. Ray Sherman, Rockford. Mr. Scanlan, who was about 63 years of age, was the son of Michael Scanlan. (Freeport Journal-Standard, Tues. 17 Mar 1925, p6 c5) Funeral services for the late Edward J. Scanlan, South Carroll avenue, will be held on Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the family home and at 10:30 from St. Mary’s church. Interment will be made in St. Mary’s cemetery. Rev. C. F. Conley will be the celebrant of solemn high mass and Rev. John J. Flanagan, of Rockford, will preach the sermon.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Wed. 18 Mar 1925)

LENORA MARIE SCANLAN , the sweet little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Scanlan; residing on Carroll street, died at 8:35 this morning, aged two and one-half years. The child was first taken ill four weeks ago, passing through a siege of kidney trouble, which finally caused her death. She was a pretty, winsome lass, the joy and delight of her parents and a general favorite... It is indeed a sad affliction the parents are called upon to bear...They have one child left, a boy about a year old. The funeral of the little girl will be held Sunday afternoon.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Daily Journal, Fri. 1 Dec 1899, p4)

NELLIE M. (STEFFEN) SCANLAN , a well known and popular lady of this city, passed away last evening ( 15 Apr 1901) at 7 o'clock at her home 182 Carroll street. She had been sick for the past two weeks, but she had been in critical condition for the past week. Though her sufferings were intense, not one word of complaint did she make and as the end drew, she quietly fell asleep. The deceased was a native of Freeport and was born Feb. 9, 1870, and received her education here...Her maiden name was Miss Nellie M. Steffen and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. G. Steffen, are numbered among Freeport's oldest and most highly esteemed residents. The deceased was united in marriage with Edward Scanlan, of the Freeport post office force, June 16, 1896; and their married life has been most happy. Mrs. Scanlan was an ideal woman, devoted to her home and family...respected and admired by the entire community. Her life was above reproach in every respect...she made an ideal wife and mother... Mrs. Scanlan was an earnest Christian from her early youth, and was a faithful worshipper at St. Mary's church. She was devoted to the work of the church...The lady is survived by her husband and two small children, the youngest being but two weeks old. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Steffen, and two sisters and three brothers—Mrs. C. P. Guenther, Miss Clara Steffen, Frank, Charles and Albert Steffen, all of whom reside in Freeport. The funeral...will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the family residence on Carroll street and 9:45 from St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Croake to officiate. Jerry Reardon will have charge...pall bearers will be Messrs. Charles Seyfarth, Louis Jungkunz, Harry Kuler, Emil Molter, Carl Kuntz and George Burkhart.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Tues. 16 Apr 1901, p4)

ADA SCHADLE , 55, 1020 South Oak avenue, passed away Saturday afternoon in a Freeport hospital following an illness of six weeks. She was born in Freeport, Sept. 26, 1888, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Schadle. She attended St. Joseph's school and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church. Until her illness she was employed by the Freeport Printing company. She is survived by her mother, one sister, Miss Agnes Schadle, and one brother, Fred Schadle of Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Joseph's church. Rev. Fr. N. J. Berg will officiate and burial will be made in St. Joseph's cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

EISBIUS SCHADLE , a worthy old gentleman and a pioneer settler of Freeport, died last night at 11:15, his death being due to old age, he having reached the age of 82 years. Mr. Schaedle was born Dec. 12, 1817, in Geislingen, Oberant, Ballingen, Wuerttenberg, Germany, and came to America April 5, 1852. After a brief sojourn in the east he came west and settled in Freeport. Here he spent the remaining years of his life, gaining the good will and respect of all who knew him. He was a man of the strictest integrity and left a name that is a rich inheritance ot his surviving children. Mr. Schaedle was married in 1853 to Miss Barbara Heberle, and five children were born to them. They are: William, of Buckeye township; John, of Silver Creek township; Mrs. Wm. Meile and Mrs. John F. Franz, of Freeport, and Mrs. Henry Rodemeyer, of Sterling. Mr. Schaedle was a devout member of St. Joseph's Catholic church and the funeral will be held from that church Monday morning at 9 o'clock. E. A. Blust will have charge of the funeral arrangements and the pall bearers will be Messrs. Joseph Sieferman, John Muehlhoff, Andrew Faist, Jacob Meile, Matthew Zimmerman and Carl Benz.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - January 31, 1900 clipping

MYRTLE L. (BERKEY) SCHAEFER , 210 W. Broadway, a Freeport Junior High School English teacher, died suddenly Wednesday in St. ANthony's Hospital, Rockford. Mrs. Schaefer taught for three years at the junior high school She graduated from WIndber High School, Windber, Pa., in 1923. In 1827, she received her B. A. degree from Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church. She was born May 24, 1906, in Cresson, Pa., the daughter of Blaine and Gertrude (Allison) Berkey. On Sept. 9, 1931, she was married to Rev. Edwin E. Schaefer in Windber, and served with him in the Illinois COnference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Surviving are her husband;.......... end of obit missing.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

MRS. BENJAMIN SCHMELTZER - Dakota, July 15 - The funeral of the late Mrs. Benj. Schmeltzer occurred on Wednesday morning. The services were held in the Lutheran church and the remains wre interred in the city cemetery. Revs. Harrington ane McCrea officiated. The pall bearers were H. Diemer, Jos. Unangst, Wm. Kryder, Wm. Glasser, W. H. Morse and Wm. Askey. Esquire Templeton acted as funeral director.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping

GEORGE P. SCHMELZLE ,82, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Freeport, died Saturday August 31, 1996 following a brief illness. Born in Freeport on October 17, 1913, he was the son of George H. and Grace (Peck) Schmelzle. He graduated from Freeport High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He attended Northwestern University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and lettered in track. He also attended the University of Florida. He was employed by the Henney Motor Company and at Micro Switch, where he served as credit manager and purchasing manager before retiring in 1974. He was a longtime member and past president of the Freeport Country Club. In Naples, he was a member of St. William Catholic Church and Quail Run Country Club. Surviving are one son, George R. (Bette) of Naples, Fla.; three daughters, Joan of Rockford, Sue (John) Satterfield of Aurora, Colorado, and Molly (Robert) Neidigh of Owosso, Michigan; seven grandchildren, three-great-granddaughters; two brothers, Robert J. (Mary) Schmelzle and Charles F. (Patricia) Schmelzle, both of Freeport; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wives Joan (Swarz), Kathryn (Goodrich/Bolender), and Jane (Zwiefel/Cregan); and one brother and sister-in-law, William and Anabel Schmelzle. A memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with the Rev. P. William McDonnell officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society and St. Thomas Building Fund.
Contributed by Alice Horner

DOROTHEA SCHMIDT , 88 of 335 W. Evelyn St., a long-time Freeport teacher, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 1988, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She taught foreign languages at Freeport High School for 44 years from 1925-1966, specializing in Spanish. She was also foreign languages coordinator for the high school. Following her retirement from the Freeport district she was an instructor at Highland Community College until retiring in 1979. 'Dorothea was a great teacher and very much liked by all the students' said Ernest Seeman, a onetime student and later a teaching colleague at Freeport High. "A lot of students would go to her with their problems. She was just like a mother" She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Freeport Culture Club, Stephenson County Historical Society and the Freeport Retired Teachers Association. Born June 13, 1900 the daughter of George and Margaret (Schneider) Schmidt. Surviving are a niece and nephew.
Contributed by Karen Smith - FJS Dec 5, 1988

KARL S. SCHMIDT , 67, of Lena, formerly of Freeport, died today at Freeport Memorial Hospital following a long illness. (Alice Horner’s note: His tombstone at Oakland Cemetery shows this date as November 9, 1981.) He was a gardener. Born May 16, 1914 in Freeport, he was the son of August E. and Marie (Ottenhausen) Schmidt. Surviving are two brothers, Russell J. of Grand Prairie, Texas and August E. of Tyler Texas; and three sisters, Mrs. Marie (Herbert) Osterberger of Lena, Mrs. Margaret (Glen) Hawes of Freeport and Mrs. Bettie Lew (Paul) Pellett of Atlantic, Iowa. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. His body was cremated. (Alice Horner’s note: As of May 17, 2016, shows a listing for him with an accompanying tombstone photo.) A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were completed by Walker Mortuary.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARGARET (SCHNEIDER) SCHMIDT - After a brief illness of several weeks Mrs. Margaret Schmidt, widow of the late George J. Schmidt, Illinois Central engineer, passed away at her home 735 East Iroquois street , at 9 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Schmidt suffered an attack of influenza last February and later an infection developed which caused her taking off. Funeral services will probably will be conducted next Monday afternoon although definite arrangements have not been made. Margaret Schneider was born Oct. 17, 1858 in Albig, Kreiz Alzey, Germany, the daughter of Philip and Anna Marie Schneider. In 1867 she came to America with her parents the family settling in Freeport. Her marriage to George J. Schmidt took place Dec. 2, 1886. The husband passed away Mar. 20, 1925. She is survived by two daughter, Miss Dorothea Schmidt, an instructor at senior high school; Marie Wamsley, Freeport. A brother, John Schneider, and three grandchildren also survive, George, Dorothy, and Caryl Wamsley.
Contributed by Karen Smith - Freeport Journal Standard April 15, 1936.

MATILDA C. SCHMIDT , 1012 W. Lincoln boulevard passed away in her sleep early this morning. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schmidt, pioneer residents of Freeport. She was born in Freeport and educated in the Freeport schools, graduating from the high school in the class of 1890. She is survived by one sister, Miss Theresa Schmidt, and several nieces and nephews.Her chief interests in life were her home and garden. She was an honorary member of the Freeport Garden club, of which she was one of the charter members. Funeral services will be private and will be conducted from the Walker mortuary Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. Anthony P. Landgraf officiating. The remains will be cremated.
Contributed by Karen Smith - FJS 0ct. 7, 1948

RUSSELL J. SCHMIDT , 74, Grand Prairie, Texas, formerly of Freeport, died Sunday, July 4, 1982 at his home in Texas. He was a retired accountant and a veteran of World War II. He was born November 30, 1907 in Freeport, the son of August F. and Marie (Ottenhausen) Schmidt. Surviving are one brother, August E. Schmidt of Taylor, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Marie (Herbert) Osterberger of Lena, Mrs. Margaret (Glen) Hawes of Freeport, and Mrs. Bettie Lew (Paul) Pellett of Atlantic, Iowa. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Philip J. Anstedt, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Thursday from 2 p.m. until time of service. (undated clipping)
Contributed by Alice Horner

THERESA SCHMIDT , a lifelong resident of Freeport, died at 10 a.m. this morning in a Freeport hospital. She was born her July 15, 1870, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schmidt, who were pioneer residents of this area. She received her education in Freeprot schools and graduated with the class of 1889. For many years she was a member of the Freeport Garden Club. Two nieces and two nephews of Freeport survive. Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at the Walker Mortuary, the Rev. Anthony P. Landgraf officiating. The remains will be cremated. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
Contributed by Karen Smith - FJS Nov 20, 1959

GERTRUDE (SCHMIDT) SCHNEIDER , widow of the late John Schneider, passed away Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Illinois, where she had made her home for the past two years. (The date was September 9, 1944.) Gertrude Schmidt was born April 13, 1854, 90 years ago, in Freeport. Her death was the third in her family in less than three years. Her daughter, Marguerite, (Mrs. W. T. Rawleigh) passed away March 26, 1942. She is survived by her son, Dr. Philip F. Schneider, of Evanston; two sisters, the Misses Matilda and Theresa Schmidt of Freeport; and one brother, Henry Schmidt of Maywood, Illinois, who has lived in Freeport most of his life. Four grandchildren also survive, James R., S 2/c United States Navy Reserve; Jean Marylin Schneider, Philip Frederic, Jr., and Mildred Ann Schneider. Mrs. Schneider was beloved by her many friends in Freeport, where she lived most of her life. Funeral services were held at 4 o’clock this afternoon from the Walker Mortuary, with the Rev. Carl M. Grahl, pastor of Zion Reformed Church, officiating. Burial was made in City Cemetery, beside her late husband. The bearers were Donald Smith, Harold Smith, George Wamsley, Oscar Ennenga, H. H. Hoppeck, and R. L. Fuller.
Contributed by Joe Ginger from Alice Horner

JOHN SCHNEIDER , retired flour and feed merchant of this city, passed away at 11:55 last evening in Evanston, Illinois following a cerebral hemorrhage suffered last Tuesday evening. (The date was September 11, 1942.) John Schneider was born April 27, 1856 in Albig, Kreiz Alzey, Germany, the son of Philip and Anna Marie Schneider. In 1867 he came to America with his parents, the family settling in Freeport. His marriage to Gertrude Schmidt took place November 2, 1882, nearly 60 years ago. He is survived by his widow and one son, Dr. Philip F. Schneider of Evanston. A daughter, Mrs. W. T. Rawleigh, passed away March 26 of this year. Three grandchildren also survive, James, Jean, and Philip F. Schneider. A sister, Mrs. George J. Schmidt, died April 16, 1936. Funeral services will be conducted at the Walker Mortuary on Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock, with the Rev. Carl M. Grahl, pastor of Zion Reformed Church, officiating. Interment will be made in City Cemetery.
Contributed by Joe Ginger from Alice Horner

PHILLIP F. SCHNEIDER , of Scottsdale, Arizona, who wrote the first papers on the use of immature rabbits as a test for pregnancy, died December 1, 1976 at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. He began his medical career at Northwestern University Medical School, where he was associate instructor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology from 1918 until 1932. He held the same position from 1939 until 1952 at Illinois Medical School. He worked on cancer research and diagnosis with Dr. George Papanicolaou at New York University from 1941 until 1945. Papanicolaou is noted for the Pap smear test. He served on the staff of Evanston Hospital from 1918 until 1952 and also served with the Medical Reserve Corps of the Army. He was born April 26, 1894 in Freeport. (His parents were John Schneider and Gertrude Schmidt.) Survivors include his widow, Kathryn L.; two sons, James R. of Albuquerque, N. M., and Philip F., Jr. of Scottsdale; and two daughters, Mrs. Smith D. A. Cobb Jr. of Edina, Minnesota and Mrs. William L. Bailey of Granite, Utah. Private family funeral service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Philip F. Schneider Perpetual Trust, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital.
Contributed by Alice Horner

WILMA (McCALL) SCHNEIDER - Pearl City – Wilma Schneider, 71, of Pearl City died Thursday, February 15, 1996 at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. She was born January 14, 1925 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, Illinois to David and Genevera (Williamson) McCall. On November 20, 1946 she married Richard Schneider in Lena. She and her husband farmed in Kent Township. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena and a former member of the home extension in Pearl City. Surviving are her husband, Richard; three daughters, Connie Williams of Freeport, Vickie Lierman of Stillman Valley, Julie (Dwight) Pickard of Pearl City; six grandchildren, Wendy Williams, Sherri Howald, Jayson Williams, Andrew Pickard, Ethan Pickard, and Katelyn Pickard; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob Howald and Michaela Howald. She was preceded in death by one brother, Delmar McCall. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, and 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Salvatore Guagliardo presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

SADIE (HEISE) SCHWEDER , 28 1/2 W. Washington St., died Tuesday night in Beloit, Wis., Hospital following an extended illness. Born Aug. 3, 1885, near McConnell, she was the daughter of Aaron and Mary (Dietmeier) Heise. She was married to Herman Schweder March 5, 1914, in Freeport. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Wilma) Lingbeck of Freeport; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Charles (Alice) Saar of Ottawa; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, a stepdaughter, four sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. John Bruce, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in City Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Undated clipping

WASHINGTON G. SCOTT , 75, former Stephenson county superintendent of schools and teacher in Iowa and Illinois schools for many years, passed away early this morning at the Illinois Masonic home at SUllivan where he has resided for the past several years. Mr. Scott was born in Silver Creek township, Stephenson county May 1, 1865, the son of Joseph and Jemima (McClintick) Scott, pioneers in Stephenson county. He attended the rural school in Silver Creek twp. and later was graduated from Freeport high school. Later he attended business colleges at Dixon and Chicago, and Normal schools in Iowa, where he also taught. He taught in rural schools of this county and also at Pearl City, Oneco and Shannon. Mr. Scott served four years as Stephenson county superintendent of schools from 1919 to 1923. Mr. Scott was affiliated with the Masonic bodies in Freeport, the Eastern Star and the White Shrine. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, his great-grandfather having been a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He is survived by one brother, Frank B. Scott, ofOakland, CA. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Joe B. Scott and Miss Mattie S. Scott, 109 North West avenue are his only nephew and niece in Freeport. The body will be brought back to Freeport for services and burial. Arrangements have not as yet been made.
Freeport Journal 22 May 1940

MARCUS SELB , aged 88 years and a resident of Freeport for more than 60 years, passed away at his home 223 East jackson street, about 9 o'clock Saturday night following an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted at the family home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. D. L McNary will officiate. Burial will be made in the city cemetery. Mr. Selb was born at Baden, Germany, on April 16, 1840. He came to America in December, 186_, coming directly to Freeport and had since resided here. Shortly after arriving here he secured a position in the tannery of the late John B. Taylor, remaining there for a period of twenty-five years. He then entered the employ of the John L. Robinson company, serving there for 20 years. Later he worked for the Moline Plow company until he retired several years ago. He was well and favorably known throughout the city. He was united in marriage to Margaret Balz on May 25, 1874. The latter passed away on August 27, 1919. He leaves two sons, they being William Selb, Long Beach, Calif., Alfred Selb, Rockford; and one daughter, Mrs. Anna Hart, with whom he had made his home since the death of his wife and who cared for him until the time of his passing. Two grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - July 21, 1928 pencil date

WALTER R. SHENBERGER , 89, of Freeport died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Freeport to John and Ellis (Bardell) Shenberger. He married Edna Miller in Sterling on Dec. 24, 1946. She preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 1975. He was a truck driver for Ready Mix in Freeport and Fast Freight for over 30 years. Survivors include three sons, Walter (Barbara) Shenberger, Willard (Loetz) Shenberger, and Sheldon (Sharon) Shenberger; two daughter, Ruby Brown of Freeport and Eveyln (Louis( Taggart of Forreston; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother, six sisters and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. Rev. John Hollis will officiate. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Freeport. The visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Contributed by Karen Fyock Freeport Journal Standard

JOSEPH WALLACE SHERBONDY - Orangeville, Ill., July 25, 1939 - Joseph Wallace SHerbondy, 77, died Monday evening at 7:30 at the home of his son, George Sherbondy, 4 miles east of here. He was born May 18, 1868, in Oneco township and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sherbondy. In 1883 he was married to Miss Laura A. Kline, who preceded him in 1928. Surviving are his son, and a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Morey, both of Orangeville. Other surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs. Anna Corman, Oak, Neb., three brothers, George W. of Sacramento CA; Richard and Burt D. both of Omaha Neb., and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Burington funeral home in Orangeville, Rev. P.H. Keltner, Freeport, minister of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in Eldorado cemetery.
Freeport Journal 25 July 1939

ALMA F. SHEWMAN - former Freeport resident, died early today in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris. Mrs. Shewman, a member of Embury Methodist Church, was born June 30, 1889, in Freeport, the daughter of Charles and Magdalene (Bloom) Faerber. She was married to Guy W. Shewman Dec. 14, 1911, in Freeport. He died Nov. 5, 1954. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Nancy) Symanek; a son, C. Reed Shewman, both of Freeport; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Funeral service will be in Walker Mortuary the Rev. Jesse Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated June 21, 1966 clipping

GUY SHEWMAN - 70, a well-known artist and church interior decorator,died suddenly in his home in Cedarville Friday afternoon (Nov. 5). For the past 45 years he had been engaged as an artist and interior church decorator in this area. Many of the larger churches in this area were decorated by Shewman. He lived in Freeport many years before moving to Cedarville. He was born in Galveston, Ind., Feb. 21, 1884, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Shewman. His marriage to Miss Alma Faerber took place in 1911. Survivors include his wife, a son, Reid, Freeport; and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Nancy) Symanek, San Diego, Calif. A brother and three sisters live in Logansport, Ind. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and for many years had been active in that organization. He was also a member of Embury Methodist Church. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Paul Bloomquist, pastor of Embury Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Excelsior Lodge of Masons will have service at the mortuary.
Contributed by Karen Fyock -- dated Nov. 6, 1954

JOHN SHINSTINE - 62, 821 South James street, died suddenly this morning in a Freeport hospital. He was born in Waddams Grove Nov. 21, 1882, the son of Burchard and Elizabeth Shinstine. In 1910 he was united in marriage in Freeport to Miss Catherine Meyers. Mr. Shinstine had been employed at the Woodmanse Manufacturing company plant for the past four years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. He is survived by his widow and mother-in-law, Mrs. Susanna Meyers, of Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning at the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's church. Rt. Rev. Msgr. C. F. Conley will officiate and burial will be made in St. Joseph's cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home at 8 o'clock Sunday evening.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 3, 1945 pencil date

WILLIAM H. SHONS , 74, former chairman of the Stephenson County Republican Central committee and for many years head of the W.H. Shons Contracting company, passed away about 12:30 this morning in a Freeport hospital. His death followed severe injuries he received less than 24 hours earlier when he fell down a flight of stair at his home, 1014 West Stephenson street. Mr. Shons apparently thought he was returning to his bedroom when he opened a door leading to the basement of his home and fell. Apparently he plunged headlong down the flight of stairs and his head struck a scythe at the bottom of the stairs. He suffered a gash from the forehead backward over the top of the head to a point near the base of the skull when he struck the sharp edge of the scythe, the blade penetrating tissues of the brain. He also received internal injuries and bruises. He never regained consciousness. William H. Shons was born at Waco KY, Oct. 6, 1865, the son of Hiram and Roxanna Shons. Three years later he moved with his parents to a farm in Oneco township, near Orangeville, Stephenson county. He received his education in the Orangeville school. Subsequently he succeeded his father as county surveyor in 1890 and later was elected to the same position. He started in the cement contracting business in 1896 and became one of the leading cement bridge contractors in the middlewest. Under his supervision many large concrete bridge structures were erected in Illinois and adjoining states during an extensive road-building program beginning about 25 years ago. Mr. Shons retired from active business life in 1930, leaving the operation to the cement bridge business to his son, Ferral Shons. Mr. Shons was for many years active in Repuglican politics and for some years was chairman of the Republican central committee of this county. He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Katherine Deuth whome he married on June 6, 1901; two children, Ferral Shons, of Freeport, Kenneth Shons of New Port Ark; three grandchildren, one brother Homer Shons and one sister, Mrs. John Larrow of McConnell. Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the residence, 1014 West Stepheson street, Rev. B.n. Covert, pasator of Second Presbyterian church of Rockford and a former pastor of First Methodist church of Freeport will conduct services. Burial will be made in Oakland cemetery.
Freeport Journal 30 November 1939

KENNETH SHORER , was born January 29, 1903 in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Carl and Esther Shorer. He graduated from Freeport High School and Brown's Business College, both in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He worked as an accountant for Stover Manufacturing Company, Burgess Battery Company, and the Stephenson County Highway Department. He was appointed Stephenson County Auditor in 1943 and was serving in that capacity when he died. He married Gertrude E. Kluth on May 28, 1927. Kenneth F. Shorer died suddenly in his home of heart attack on October 6, 1947. He was survived by his wife, his daughter Mary Louise Shorer, and his mother, Esther Shorer Pearse, all of Freeport. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FRANKLIN PORTER SITES , 82, died today at Freeport. He was born in 1860 the son of Joseph and Sarah Kyler Stites, pioneer Stephenson county residents. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John K. Stites and two sisters, Mary and Hannah. There are no direct survivors. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of a cousin. Miss Carrie Stites, in Winslow. Rev. E. Greenough, pastor of Winslow Methodist church, will officiate and interment will be made in Rock Lily cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1942 handwritten date on clipping

BURDETT H. SMALL , 77, of 1171 LaCresta Drive, Freeport died Friday May 15, 1992 at the Freeport Manor Nursing Home. He worked for the Freeport Dairy Products Company and then owned and operated the Small’s Grocery in Freeport for 14 years. He then worked for the Kelly Springfield Tire Company in Freeport until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Embury United Methodist Church. He was a licensed Ham Radio Operator. He was born December 6, 1914 in Freeport, the son of Gilbert and Mabel (Credicott) Small. He married Pauline E. Laible on October 1, 1938 in Freeport. Surviving are his wife of Freeport; one son, William E. (wife Joyce) Small of Dakota; one daughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Robert) Stenger of Louisville, Kentucky; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. His body has been donated to science. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Walker Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANNA (BILLERBECK) SNYDER , a daughter of Mrs. John Billerbeck, passed away at 2 o’clock this morning, March 8, 1917, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago. She had been in the hospital for the last six weeks and two weeks ago underwent a serious operation from which she was never able to recover. (Alice Horner’s note: Despite the text of this obituary, Anna Billerbeck Snyder was not the daughter of Wilhelmina (Reineke) Billerbeck, the Mrs. John Billerbeck who was alive on March 8, 1917. Anna Billerbeck Snyder’s mother was John Billerbeck’s first wife, Peterkedina (Van Deest) Billerbeck, who apparently died sometime between 1862 and 1864.) The deceased was born at St. Louis July 12, 1859. When the Civil War broke out, she came with her parents to Freeport where she lived until her marriage, September 29, 1880. She then went to Chicago and has lived there since that time. Mrs. Snyder had many friends in Freeport. She was a refined, generous hearted woman whom to know was a privilege. Wherever she went she made friends, and the news that she has passed away has brought a deep sorrow to the hearts of many of the men and women in Freeport who knew her. Besides her parents she is survived by two children, Lillian Snyder at home, and Theodore, of New York City, and also the following brothers and sisters: Anton and Charles Billerbeck, Mrs. Charlotte Reichart and Josephine Billerbeck, all of whom are living in this city. (Alice Horner’s note: Her father did not survive her; he died May 14, 1899, according to his obituary.) Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed. The remains will be brought here and interment will be made in the City Cemetery. (Alice Horner’s note: A notice in the March 9, 1917 Freeport Journal Standard gives the time of Anna Snyder’s funeral to be 9 o’clock March 10, 1917 from St. Joseph’s Church, with interment to be made in the City Cemetery.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois March 8, 1917

CHARLES L. SNYDER , for many years the oldest practicing dentist in Freeport, who at one time had as his dental patients in the Far East a sultan and the sultan's harem, died late Wednesday afternoon in a nursing home. He was 98 years old. Dr. Snyder was in good health and active until late in his 90s. He retired in 1950 at the age of 86, and lived in his own home, 815 W. Lincoln Blvd., until December, 1961. Local residents were accustomed to seeing him riding the bus downtown alone until infirmities of old age put him in the hospital. Dr. Snyder was born Oct. 6, 1864, in Lancaster Township, the son of Benjamin and Julia Sidels Snyder. After high school, he worked with his brother in a pharmacy in Nebraska and was employed as a helper in the Freeport dental offices of Drs. Kingsley, Allen & Sunderland before taking his degree. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental College in 1890, and was originally associated with a Chicago exodontist specializing in extraction. He practiced first at Lincoln, Neb., then accepted a position with a dental firm in Hong Kong. The firm sent him to Manila to open an office, and then to Singapore, where he was dentist for the wealthy Sultan of Johore and his harem. He practiced in the Far East for 3 1/2 years. Returning to the United States by way of India and the Mediterranean Sea, he opened his office in Freeport in 1897, in the old Wilcoxan Building which became the Second National Building. He had one of the first dental X-ray machines in Freeport. He also owned one of the first four cars in Freeport, a 1904 Oldsmobile. He was a keen bicyclist, riding for years a model with high front wheel. Dr. Snyder served on the State Board of Dental Examiners; was president of Freeport Dental Society; active in the Northwest District Dental Society; and a member of the Illinois Dental Society committee on dental health education. He was a member of Embury Methodist Church, and a charter member of Freeport Rotary Club. Dr. Snyder was at death the oldest 33rd degree Mason in Illinois; next fall he would have celebrated 50 years as a 33rd degree Mason. He became a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in 1898 and was their treasurer for 33 years. He was a member and past officer of most of the local Masonic organizations and a member of Tebala Temple of Rockford. He was a past commander-in-chief of Freeport Consistory. He was the oldest past exalted ruler of the Freeport Elks Lodge, of which he was also a charter member and at one time Elks district deputy. Dr. Snyder never married. He is survived by a niece and a nephew and the nephew's family. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary after 4 p.m. Friday. Masonic services will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m., by Excelsior Lodge. The funeral will be at the mortuary Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Wesley McKelvey officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard Thursday, March 21, 1963

CORA L. SNYDER , 10 East Jefferson street, a resident of Stephenson county all her life, passed away at 11:30 o'clock Saturday night at a hospital, following an illness extending over a long period. The news of her death will be learned with deep regret among a wide circle of friends and relatives. Although she had been failing in health for a long time, her death came rather unexpectedly. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Saferus Snyder, early settlers in Stephenson county and former residents of Buckeye township, near Cedarville. Miss Snyder was born March 21, 1864 in Buckeye Township. For the past number of years however, she had been living in this city. Those left to survive include the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Georgianna Moses of Cedarville, Mrs. Alice Peck of Freeport, Douglas Snyder and William Snyder of Freeport, Mrs. Mary Hartman of Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Wagner Funeral Home on South Chicago avenue with the Rev. E. G. Homrighausen officiating. Burial will be made at Cedarville, where her parents, who preceded her in death are buried. The pallbearers, all of whom are nephews, are: Charles Peck, Ralph Hartman, Harry Snyder, Oliver Hutmacher, Romain Peck and Fred Neberman.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1926 clipping

ERNEST SNYDER , an old resident of this county, died Tuesday night at 11 o'clock at his home two and half miles south of Buena Vista. He was 60 years of age. The funeral services will be held Thursday at the house at 12 o'clock.
(Shared by Robin Pardus Freeport Democrat Dec. 23, 1887)

FRED F. SNYDER , of Winslow died Saturday afternoon (1970) in Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Freeport, following an extended illness. Mr. Snyder a retired painter and interior decorator, was a member of Martintown (Wis.) Community Church. Born Dec. 12, 1886, in McConnell, he was the son of Jacob and Tina Snyder. He married Julia Speich Nov. 3, 1911, in Monroe, Wi. Surviving is his widow. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Leamon Funeral Home in Winslow. The Rev. Roy Berg, pastor of Martintown Community Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call at the funeral home today.
(Shared by Robin Pardus)

JOHN W. SNYDER , Death came suddenly late yesterday afternoon to John W. Snyder aged 82 and a veteran of the civil war, who slept peacefully away while seated in a chair at his home, East Stephenson street, just east of Taylor park, about 5 o'clock. Mr. Snyder, although suffering from a heart affection for several years, had apparently been feeling as well as usual yesterday and visited throughout the afternoon with friends. He was seated in a chair and when his wife walked into the room to advise her husband that the evening meal had been prepared she discovered he had passed away. His home is located in Lancaster township he having resided there for many years. Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon and at 2 o'clock from the SiIver Springs church, Rev. Mr. Divan will conduct the service and burial will be made in Silver Springs cemetery. John W. Snyder was born near Mansfield, Ohio, January 3, 1847, a son of Mr.and Mrs. Isaac Snyder, natives of Pennsylvania. When John W. Snyder was about 5 years of age he accompanied his parents to Green county, Indiana, where he grew to young manhood. The educational opportunities of those days were scant yet by wide reading and study Mr. Snyder gained a splendid knowledge of life. In 1861 he was not old enough to enlist but as soon as he could meet the requirements he enlisted in the Union service. It was in February, 1865, that he enligsted at Greensburg, Ind., in company I, 146th Indiana volunteer Infantry. He had previously made several attempts to enlist but each time was unsuccessful. His regiment was sent to West Virginia where he spent the time until the lose of the war. He was mustered out at Baltimore and came home with undying memories of the last scenes of the great struggle. At home he learned the carpenter trade which he followed in Indiana until 1867, when he came to Illinois. He was married November 30, 1867 to Miss Elizabeth Thoman. In the spring of the following year he and his wife returned to Indiana, remaining there until 1875, when they returned to this county and took up their home in Lancaster township, at the easterly edge of this city. He was reared in the Church of God and the United Brethren church. Mr. Snyder was for many years an active member of John A. Davis, Post, G. A. R. He served as justice of peace in Lancaster for many years and also served as constable for some years. He filled many other positions of trust and was a staunch republican in politics. He came from a good fighting stock and was not only in the war of the Rebellion himself but had six uncles with the Union army. His son, Harlan, also served in the Spanish-American war. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: Charles Snyder, Rockford; Mrs. Roy Deery, Harlan R. and John E. Snyder, Freeport. A brother, Charles Snyder, resides in Lancaster township, while a sister, Mrs. Mary Pryor, is a resident of Concordia, Kansas. He was well and favorable known throughout the county and was held in esteem by all who knew him. Friends may view the remains at the Wagner funeral home, South Chicago avenue, until Friday morning.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - November 6, 1929 clipping

WINIFRED (SWEENEY) SPIELMAN , 81, widow of Walter E. Spielman and a lifelong resident of Freeport, died in a local hospital Thursday night after a long illness. She lived at 821 1/2 S. Chicago Ave. The former Winifred Sweeney was born in Nov. 5, 1872, the daughter of John and Catherine (Garrity) Sweeney. She was educated in local schools. Her marriage to Walter E. Spielman took place in 1894. Her husband died previously. Surviving are a son and a daughter, Leo Spielman, Rock Island; Mrs. H. M. (Hazel) Powell, Rockford. There is one grandson. One brother also survives, Chares Sweeney, Freeport. For many years she had been active in local patriotic organizations. she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and honorary chaplain, a member of the Veterans of Foreign wars Auxiliary and Woman's Relief Corps. She was also a member and past president of the Daughters of Isabella and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Guild. Funeral services will be held in the Schwarz Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. Monday, with a requiem mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. C. F. Conley will officiate, Interment will be made in Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Sunday. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Nov. 12, 1853 handwritten date

AGNESS (CALDWELL) SPITLER , 87, died Tuesday, February 8, 1977 in Community General Hospital after a short illness. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lois Stebbings of Deer Grove; a brother, O. R. Caldwell of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a sister, Ariel Lawson of West Plains, Missouri. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. (undated clipping) (Alice Horner’s note: I show Agness C. Spitler being born on August 29, 1889 in Green County, Wisconsin to Franklin and Ellen [Wallick] Caldwell. She married Everett L. Spitler on April 19, 1907 in Freeport. He died July 24, 1937 of a heart attack at their home at 529 North Brick Avenue in Freeport.)
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOHN M. SPUDICHN , 38, a resident of Detroit, Mich., and a brother to Joe Spudich, Freeport high school basketball coach, died March 23 of wounds received in action on Luzon while serving with an infantry division. He is survived by his wife, three children, his parents, four brothers and four sisters. His parents reside at Sawyerville. He had served with the armed forces more than two years.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 7, 1945 clipping

HOMER F. STEARNS - a member of a pioneer family of Stephenson county, passed away yesterday afternoon at about five o'clock at the family home, 35 Fifth street, Arcade addition. Death resulted from a very severe attack of typhoid fever with which Mr. Stearns has been suffering for the past four weeks. Death was quite sudden, not having been expected by anyone, many people being under the impression that he was getting better. Mr. Stearns is well known in this city where he has made his home with his mother for the past seven years. He was well liked by all his acquaintances. Homer F. Stearns was born on April 2, 1873, on the family farm in Silver Creek township. He was the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Stearns. His father passed away many years ago and seven years ago, Mr. Stearns and his mother removed to this city where they have lived together ever since. Mr. Stearns never married and is survived by his mother and the following brothers and one sister, William, Ernest, Robert and Isaac Stearns all of this city and Mrs. Edith Forest of Pearl City. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
The funeral of H. F. Stearns will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the house and at 1:30 p.m. at the Brick church in Silver Creek.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Jan. 31 1918

HALLIE (GRAVES) STERNS - 27 East Clark street, passed away Saturday evening at 8:20 at a local hospital, to which she had been taken in the morning, following an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Stearns had been an invalid for many years but confined to bed only for the past two weeks. Her maiden name was Hallie Graves and she was born 74 years ago last October in Shelby county, Kentucky. Her marriage to Alvin G. Stearns took place 35 years ago. The husband passed away seven years ago in April. She is survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Neberman, who resided with her and took care of her, and four great grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Annie Thomas, preceded her in death in February. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Walker mortuary. Rev. Anthony P. Landgraf, pastor of Second Presbyterian church, officiating and interment will be made in Oakland. The Eastern Star also will conduct a service at the mortuary.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 7, 1945 clipping

MARCUS C. STEES - Funeral services for the late Marcus C. Stees, who died at the family home, 30 East Jefferson street, Tuesday night at 9:20, will be held on Friday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at the house and at 2 at the Dunkard church in Lena. The remains will then be taken to Louisa, north of Lena, for interment in the Dunkard cemetery, Rev. P. R. Keltner, of Freeport, will officiate. Mr. Stees was born in West Point township on Sept. 3, 1867, and was a son of Mr. and MRs. William Stees. He grew to manhood there, then locating on a farm in Kent township, where he lived for more than thirty years. H moved to Freeport in 1919. Mr. Stees was married twice. his first wife was Phoebe Rees, and some years after her death he was united to Margaret Brandt, who survives him, with the following children: Mrs. Arthur Boyer, Kent; John Stees, Lena; William Stees, Kent; Mrs. Oscar Ortmeier, Lena; Mrs. Fred Mast, Stockton; Mrs. Roy Werntz, Freeport; Dorothy and Joyce Stees, Freeport; Vernette Stees, Lena. There also are two brothers, E. W. Stees, Valpariso, Ind., J. T. Stees, of Colorado, and a sister, Mrs. Caroline Whitmore, living in Utah. Mr. Stees was very well known in West Point and Kent townships, and while a resident of Kent served as school trustee and held other positions of trust. Many friends were grieved by the news of his death.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - July 16, 1929 pencil date

FLORA STEGNER , 92, who formerly was chief telephone operator at Davis for 25 years,died in Winnebago county hospital Friday afternoon. She was born in Durand, August 6, 1858, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Stegner. The family moved to Davis when she was four months old. After working 25 years with the Peoples Mutual Telephone company, Davis, Miss Stegner retired to Rockford in 1940, living for the past 10 years with Mr. and MRs. J. W. Joern, 313 North Court street. In addition to working for the telephone company, Miss Stegner taught piano in the Davis area. She started studying music when she was eight and at one time was a piano student of Prof, Florenz Ziegfeld, father of the originator and producer of the Ziegfeld Follies. There are no immediate survivors. Her father, a captain in Company I, 74th Illinois volunteers, was killed during the Civil war in the battle at Marietta, Ga. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Davis Methodist church, Rev. J. M. Beck, Leaf River Methodist pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Robert Stabenow, Davis Methodist pastor, Interment will be in Davis cemetery. Friends may call at the Chapin funeral home, Durand, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 4, 1951 clipping

MARIEN ELIZABETH (DAHLGREN STEIN , 70, of 702 Quail Ridge Drive, died Thursday, May 26, 1994 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She and her husband designed, built and decorated homes in Freeport for more than 30 years. A member of Embury United Methodist Church, she served on the board of trustees. For many years, she participated in various activities of the Girl Scouts of America. She was a member and past president of the Park Hills Ladies Golf League and was a member of three bridge clubs. Born February 24, 1924 in Pasadena, California, she was a daughter of Axel E. and Julia (Larson) Dahlgren. She was a graduate of Rockford East High School. She married William Kenneth Stein on March 7, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. Surviving are her husband of Freeport; one daughter, Dr. Sandra Lou Stein of Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and one sister, Kathleen (Kenneth) Kirkham of Phoenix, Arizona. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Embury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Aram officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Woodbine. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the church. A memorial fund has been established for Embury United Methodist Church. Walker Mortuary is in charge of the service.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MRS. GEORGE STINE , 72, passed away at a local hospital last night, after a lingering illness. She resided at 101 1\2 East Stephenson street. Funeral services will be held at the Schwarz funeral home, South Galena avenue, at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, with a requiem mass at St. Joseph's church at 9:30 o'clock. Rev. N. J. Berg will celebrate the mass and interment will be made in St. Joseph's cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home Friday night. Anna Wise was born at Moscow, Wis., June 14, 1872. She was united in marriage to Joseph Huber at Hollandale, Wis. Jan. 1, 1902. The husband passed away July 29, 1920. She was again married, in 1938, to George Stine, who survives. She also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Alvernon Coon, Mrs. John Edmundson, Freeport. Six grandchildren survive. There are three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Helgesen, Miss Kate Wise, Evansville, Wis.; Mrs. John Wehren, Bozeman, Mont. Three sisters and a brother preceded her in death.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 10, 1945 clipping

C.M. STITES - Word was received of the death of C.M. Stites, who passed away this morning at his home at Clear Lake Iowa. Funeral services will be held Saturday at Clear Lake. Mr. Stites, a resident of Oneco for a number of years, was born in Winslow on May 13, 1858. He woved to Iowa 38 years ago. He was married to Miss Agnes Strahan of Oneco, w ho passed away in April 1936. There is one son also deceased. Two daughters survive him, also two half-brothers and one half-sister. Charles and Arley Burnwood of Freeport and Mrs. Nora Kline of Pine River MN.
Freeport Journal 25 May 1938

ALBERT J. STONICK , 52 years old, life resident of Freeport, died suddenly this morning, February 9, 1940, at 9:45 o’clock at his home, 219 ½ West Main Street, Freeport. A heart attack is believed to have caused his death. Mr. Stonick was born in Freeport April 8, 1887, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stonick. He was united in marriage on June 12, 1907 to Miss Irene Kelly, who survives him as do four daughters, Mrs. Robert Peters and Mrs. George Yde and Miss Ruth Stonick, of Freeport, Mrs. Harvey Wokna of Guthrie Center, Iowa. There are also surviving seven grandchildren, and four sisters: Miss Hattie Stonick, Mrs. Allen Perkins, Mrs. Francis McCarthy of Freeport, Miss Helen Stonick of Oregon, Ill. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Stonick had been employed for many year as a maintenance man at the W. T. Rawleigh company factory. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. (Note: A subsequent edition of the Freeport Journal Standard states that he was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner

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