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McNeenen/Wright Family
Contributed by Karolynn (Wright) Mager (Deceased)

Edythe Hansen and Edward Meenen

Edward D. Meenen, son of Dierk & Gesine Margaret (Rolfs) Meenen, was born 12 June 1897 and died 12 October 1985.
The parents of Edward were both born in Germany and emigrated to the US. They are both buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Edward married Edythe Emma Hansen on July 18, 1918 in Indiana. Edythe was born 23 December 1897 and died 17 November 1976.


Children of Edward & Edythe:

...1. Oluf Edward "Bud" Meenen born September 1,1919 in Sterling, died in 1997 in Zapata, Tx, married many times, and has a lot of children, Linda, Bobby, by first wife, Lillian, Eddie Lee, by second wife, Joyce Campbell, Danny, Michael, and Gary, by another wife Orvella, and the family thinks there were more.

...2. Llewellyn John Meenen born August 9, 1921 in Chicago, died July 7, 1983, buried at Oak Knoll cemetery, married Marcia June Ellis, one daughter for them Lu Anne

...3. Elaine Edythe Meenen born August 11, 1923 in Chicago died April 30, 2002, buried at Riverside cemetery. Elaine married Loyal Wright in 1940, had 5 children, Gary (stillborn), Larry Llewellyn, Karolynn Jeanne, Barry Vaughn , and Cynthia Elaine.

...4. Inelda Joyce Meenen born September 10, 1926, in Sterling, died in January 1943, buried at Riverside cemetery.

...5. Patricia Virjeanne Meenen born Jan 25 1934 in Sterling. Now lives in Nevada

The family of Edward & Edythe

Standing Elaine, Bud, Joyce, LLewellyn, Edythe, and sitting Ed, Patt on his lap

meenan grocery store
Meenens Market in uptown Sterling, sometime in the 1930's.


The Wright Connections
Standing: Mary and Wayne Rose, Fred Wright, Loyal and Elaine Wright
Sitting: Mary Skiles Parker, mother of Margaret, sitting next to Mary, Margaret *Maggie* Parker Wright, the young boy is Parker Lee Durkin, son of Faye, young girl is Betty Taylor, sitting far right is Maggies sister, Faye Parker (Wright) Durkin

10-11 years earlier, this one has my Dad (Edward, about a year old)
Holding him is Mary Skiles Parker (great-grandmom)

Standing behind on left is my Aunt Alleyne Wright-Rhoads (Daughter of Clarence and Faye Wright) and my Grandmom Faye

Fred Fawlor Wright was born 17 April 1889

He married Margaret Lola Parker

Margaret was born 11 September 1885 in Schuyler Co IL.

They moved to Rock Falls in the 1920's

At one time they lived on 15th Ave in Rock Falls.

They had 5 daughters and one son

Fred and Margaret Wright

1. Mary Mildred Wright was born 10 July 1910 in Rushville IL She married Wayne Rose on 27 January 1934. They have one daughter, Violet June Rose, born 15 February 1946. Mary died in February 1992, in Rock Falls. Wayne died in May 1973 in Rock Falls.

2. Abigail Mae Wright born 18 April 1912 in Schuyler Co IL, married Lawrence Taylor of Schuyler Co IL. Lawrence died in 1986. Both are buried at IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. They had 6 children:

..A. Betty Taylor born 17 September 1932, died 1981
..B. Larry Allen Taylor born 29 March 1938, died 12 December 1938
..C. Donald Emerson Taylor
..D. Earnest John Taylor born 17 August 1941
..E. Linda Mae Taylor born 23 June 1943
..F. Denny Lee Taylor born 21 June 1946

3. Olive Edna Wright born 16 December 1913, in Schuyler Co IL
Olive married Robert Peter Pyse, 19 September 1934.
Robert died in February 1985. Olive and Bob moved to Palmyra MO.
Their 4 children are:
..A. Robert Lee Pyse born 21 September 1935
..B. Fred Louis Pyse born 17 March 1937
..C. Janet Olive Pyse born 17 March 1938
..D. Gary Burton Pyse born 1 September 1940

4. Violet Wright born 1 August 1916, Schuyler Co IL, married Clarence Myers. Violet died 7 January in Rock Falls IL - They had no children.

5. Dottie Wright born 22 June 1917, Schuyler Co IL, married Robert Merritt Young (no date) they had 6 children
..A. Dottie Joanne Young born 31 December 1940, died September 1941
..B. Mary Kay Young born 12 January 1942
..C. Judy Mae Young born 2 November 1942
..D. Robert Loyal Young born 8 September 1946 died 20 March 3-20-1983 in an auto accident in Amboy IL
..E. Patricia Faye Young born 31 July 1947
..F. Lola Rae Young born 8 April 1949

6. Loyal Judson Wright was born 10 October 1918, in Schuyler Co, IL, he died 24 February 1945. Loyal was wounded in WW II then shipped to Texas but died there after a blood transfusion. He had 0 Negative blood, they gave him 0 Positive which blocked his kidneys. He is buried in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Loyal first married Bernice Edwards. They had one child, Loyal Wayne Wright b in Sept of 1937 or 1938. He then married Elaine Edythe Meenen on 9 December 1940, she died April 30, 2002 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.
..A. Gary Wright 1941-stillborn
..B. Larry LLewellyn Wright born 7 June 1942
..C. Karolynn Jeanne Wright born 26 September 1943

Mary M. Wright and Wayne Rose
 Mary M. Wright and Wayne Rose

Olive Bob Pyse
Olive Wright and Bob Pyse


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