WILLIAM BOAS, 83, died Saturday at Community General Hospital. Graveside services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in the Temple Sholom Section. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. at the Temple Sholom Synagogue at 510 East 10th Street in Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the Grennan Funeral Home. Mr. Boas is survived by one sister, Ruth Shore, of Laguna Hills, Calif. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Septembet 12, 1988 - Monday pg A2
KATHERINE (D'ARCY) BOEHM, 506 2nd Ave., died this morning in the Linton Nursing Home after an extended illness. A prayer-service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Allen Funeral Home, with requiem mass scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The Women's Catholic Order of Foresters will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will also be recited at 8 p.m. Mrs. Boehm was born in Chicago, daughter of Michael and Mary D'Arcy. She married Henry A. Boehm in 1906 in St Mary Church with Father Bennett officiating. She lived all her married life in Sterling. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and was a charter member of the Women's Catholic Order of Foresters. Surviving are her husband; a sister, Mrs. Gregory (Elizabeth) McEnry, Baraboo, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 3, 1956 - Tuesday, page 2]
LEOLA BOEHM, 97, of 305 E. 10th St., Rock Falls, died Monday, Nov. 6, 1995, at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Blair Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Ronald Seidere of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Boehm was born Dec. 20, 1897, in Sterling, the daughter of Alvin and Martha (Cohenour) Hunsberger. She married Carl O. Boehm on Nov. 24, 1921, in the Mendota area. She was educated in the Sterling area. She was a school teacher and factory worker at R.B.&W. She was a member of First Christian Church of Rock Falls. She loved flowers. Survivors include two sons, Ellis (Dona) Boehm and Terry Boehm both of Rock Falls; one daughter, Jeannine (Ronald) Nolte of Monticello; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (June) Hunsberger of Rock Falls; and three sisters, Grace Marshall of Davenport, Iowa, Doris Grimm of Louisville, Ky., and June Preis of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Carl and Lyle and eight brothers. [Contributed by Pamela Dollarhide]
MINNIE E. (WILLIAMS) BOEHM, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 24, in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Boehm of 5565 Kinsington Rd., where she had been making her home. She was the mother of Mrs. A. J. Sikorski of Monroe. Services were held at 22 a.m. Wednesday in the Harris Funeral Home at 15251 Harper Ave., here. Burial was at 2 p.m. in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery at LaSalle. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams, she was born Oct. 12, 1873, in Sterling, Ill. She was married to Fred J. Boehm, March 1, 1892. He died in 1930. Mrs. Boehm was a resident of Monroe until 25 years ago when she moved to Detroit. Survivors are a son, Lloyd of Detroit; a daughter, Mrs. Sikorski of Monroe; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1960 - Sataurday, page 2]
MARCHEIL BOELENS, 63, RR 1, Polo, died Wednesday at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidell Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Polo Ambulance Associaton. Marcheil Boelens was born on Jan. 6, 1921 in Prophetstown, the son of Julius and Clara Verlock Boelens. On Aug. 30, 1941 he married Margaret Maes in Tampico. He was employed by Olson's Elevator, Polo, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife; his mother; three sons, Joseph, Samuel and Patrick, all of Polo; four grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his father and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
CHARLES BOELKENS JR. - Services for Charles Boelkens, 70, truck farmer of Rural Route 1, Fulton, and life long resident of Fulton, who passed away in Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Ia., at 9 a.m. Tuesday, (05 November 1968) were held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Reformed Church of Fulton. The Rev. Donald Boss officiated. Casket bearers were Everett Bonneur, Mino Kooi, Henry Norman, Clau Ten Boer, Wilfred Sikkema and Jacob Venhuizen. Flower bearers were Mrs. P. J. Vogel, Mrs. Gary Dykstra and Mrs. Geradus Vogel. The organist was Mrs. George Renkes and the solist E. J. Huizenga. Charles Bolkens Jr. was born in Garden Plain, on May 10, 1898 to Charles and Bertha Vanderlie Bolkens. He married Katie Zeeryp in Fulton on Oct. 30, 1919. He was a member of Trinity Reformed Church, where he served as an elder for many years. Survivors are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Marjorie) Hartman; four sons, Curtis of Milwaukee, Wis., Marvin of Las Vegas, Nev., Gerald of Fulton and Lavern of Palatine; 18 grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. John Kramer and Mrs. Henry Wierenga and four brothers, Will of Morrison; Edward, Fulton; Fred, Chadwick; and John of Mt. Carroll. Preceding him were his parents, two brothers and a sister in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 7, 1968 - Thursday, pg 2 (Spelling of Boelkens and Bolkens contained in this obituary)
WILIAM BOELKENS, 94, 409 S. Hall St., Morrison, died Thursday at the Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home with the Rev. DuWayne Hanke, pastor of the Emmanual Reformed Church of Morrison, officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. A memorial has been established to the Emmanuel Reformed Church. Born on Feb. 15, 1888 in Garden Plain to Charles and Bertha Vanderlei Boelkens, he was educated in the Garden Plain School. He married Lucie Temple on Feb. 15, 1911 in Garden Plain. His wife of 71 years survives him. He was school director of the Rural Lincoln School of Union Grove Twp and a member of Emmanuel Church of Morrison, as well as attending Sunday School there until 1980. In 1949 he retired from farming in the rural Morrison area and moved to Morrison. Surviving are his wife, Lucie; three daughters, Mrs. John (Burdetta) Buikema, and Mrs. Paul (Lucille) Geerts, both of Morrison, and Mrs. Harvey (Lena) Senior, Fulton; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and one sister Mrs. John (Gertie) Kramer, Fulton. Preceding him in death were one granddaughter, two sisters, one in infancy and six brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 26, 1982 - Friday, page A6]
MYRTLE F. (ROCK) BOGAARD - 88, of Rest Have Nursing home in Morrison died Sunday (1 September 1985) at the Center. Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the Melvin-Schilling Funeral home, Sterling. Myrtle was born Jan. 5, 1897, in Superior, Mont., the daughter of Joseph and Mary Helena Conke Rock. On May 15, 1920 she married Dr. David D. Bogaard in Manchester, Ia. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1977. Mrs. Bogaard was a member of the First Congregational Church. Surviving are one son, Thomas Bogaard of Edina, Minn.; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Marsha) McCracken of Geneva, and Mrs. E. E. (Barbara) Olsen of Los Alamos, N.M.; and six grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 3, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
AMANDA (BROWN) BOGART, 89, a resident of Rock Falls for nearly half a century, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. J. McAllister, 413 Fifth avenue, Rock Falls with whom she had resided for the past 10 years. She had been in failing health the last six months, but was not bedfast until 10 days ago. The body was removed to the Wheelock funeral home where the rites are to be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. James R. Uhlinger of the Rock Falls Methodist church. Interment will be in the Leon cemetery, south of Prophetstown. Mrs. Bogart was born Oct. 26, 1862 in Cooperstown, N.Y., and came to Tampico with her parents when six years old. She lived there until 1894, when she moved to Rock Falls to make her home. Since the death of her husband, Henry W. Bogart, March 10, 1932, she had resided with her daughter, Mrs. McAllister. She was the last of a family of six children. Mrs. Bogart was a home loving person and until her eyesight began to fail her hands were never at rest. She loved to do needlework and perform the duties of the household. Being of a kind and helpful disposition Mrs. Bogart was always happy when se could be doing something for other people. Being on of the oldest residents of Rock Falls, Mrs. Bogart could recall much of its early history. Four daughters survive their mother, Mrs. John Needham of Prophetstown and Mrs. Robert Callighan, Mrs. P.J. McAllister and Mrs. Ada Beales of Rock Falls. She also leaves four grandchildren, Mrs. Harold Wadsworth and Mrs. John Keith of Sterling. Mrs. Elmer Daniel of Hanover and Robert Callighan, jr. of Rock Falls, and one great grandson, Robert Wadsworth of Sterling. Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, Wednesday, 22 July 1942 The funeral of Mrs. Amanda Bogart, who died Tuesday afternoon, took place at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Wheelock funeral home. Rev. James R. Uhlinger, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist church officiating. Casket attendants were Carl Sommers, Lawrence Hixon, A.E. Deem, Jacob Cantlin, Charles Willett and Lourde Pfulb. Those in charge of the flowers were Mrs. Guy Clifton and Mrs. Anna Von Bergen. The body was taken to Leon community, south of Prophetstown for committal in the cemetery there. A large number of friends formed the concourse. [Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo - Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois, Thursday, 23 July 1942]
HENRY BOGART - The death of Henry Bogart yesterday afternoon (10 March 1910) came with extremely saddening effects to his family. It was known that he was seriously ill, yet it was hardly thought that he was in such a critical state, and it was a hard blow for the wife and daughters to reconcile the fact. There will be a short service at the home in west Rock Falls at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning. The body will then be taken overland to the home of his father, Hiram Bogart, near Leon, where the funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The services will be conducted there by the pastor of the Leon church. The interment will be in the Leon cemetery, by the side of Mr. Bogart's mother, who died a few years ago. Henry Peter Winchell Bogart was born in Ulster county, New York, fifty-eight years ago. He came west with his parents when a little boy and settled in the south part of the county. When a young man he married Miss Amanda Brown. About twenty years ago the family moved to Rock Falls, he buying a house and lot on Ninth avenue where they have since resided. He has not been in the very best of health for several years although it was not thought his trouble was anything serious enough to take him from earth. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and four daughters, they being Mrs. Paul McAllister, Mrs. Robert Calligan, and Mrs. Glenn Beales of this city, and Mrs. John Needham of Prophetstown. His aged father is also left to mourn his passing. The deceased also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Willis Robinson of Chicago, Mrs. Frank Irvin of Leon, and Miss Ida E. who lives at home. Mr. Bogart was a good man and one who was universally esteemed by all who knew him. He was a loving husband and a kind father and will be sorely missed by his wife and daughter. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen 11 March 1910]
HIRAM BOGART, was born in Ulster County, New York, September 24, 1831, where he spent his early life and received a common school education. He married Miss Elizabeth Keator of Marbletown, N.Y. on June 4, 1851. To this union six children were born. Three preceding him in death, Sarah Ellen and Eva DeUlah and Henry. Mr. and Mrs. Bogart emigrated to Illinois in the spring of 1858, and purchased a farm of 120 acres of virginal soil in 1859. The following spring he began breaking the sod and improving the land to make a suitable home. Eight years later he purchased an adjoining eighty acres of prairie land and by diligent toil he transformed the wild prairie to a fertile, productive soil. During the early days in this state both he and his wife suffered many of the hardships of pioneer life. The land he purchased was low and was often damp so he contracted malaria and they often became discouraged, but he had the land drained and the fruits of their labors made the last years of their lives filled with comfort and content. Mr. Bogart erected farm buildings superior to the average and made an ideal home in which to pass his later years. He was an honored citizen of the community for over half a century, respected for his integrity and high ideals by all who knew him and his influence will be felt for many years to come. Mr. Bogart united with the Primitive Baptist Church, July 4, 1865, and was a faithful member of the faith till death. Mrs. Bogart passed away several years ago and his daughter, Miss Ida, has been his constant companion and nurse through several years of illness, which resulted in death on December 16, 1917, at the age of 86 years, two months and 22 days. Besides Miss Ida, he is survived by two daughters, Lottie K. Robinson of Chicago, and Eva May Irvine of Prophetstown. Six grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive the pioneer. (Burial: Leon Cemetery) [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 17, 1918 - Thursday, pg 6]
IDA ELIZABETH BOGART, who would have celebrated her 92nd birthday anniversary Oct. 20 died Saturday evening, in the Whiteside County Nursing home, Round Grove. Her parents, Hiram and Elizabeth Keator Bogart were pioneers in this area, having homesteaded the family farm in Prophetstown township, They came from Ulster County, New York. Miss Bogart was born Oct. 20, 1860 on the farm here and lived all her life in this community. She was educated in rural schools. One sister, Mrs. W.E. (Charlotte) Robinson of Miami, Fla. survives, also the following five nieces and one nephew. Mrs. John Needham, who lives on the family farm here: Mrs. Robert Callighan, Mrs Paul J. McAllister and Miss Bessie Schmeid, who Ives in a nursing home west of Morrison: and E.H. Robinson, of South Miami, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Henry, and three sisters, Ella, Lila and Evvie Mae. Friends may call at the Gardner mortuary chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday at the chapel. Rev. C. F. Chasteen, pastor of the Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in Leon cemetery. The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, Monday, 13 October 1952 Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Ida Bogart PROPHETSTOWN – Funeral services for Miss Ida Bogart, 91, who died Saturday evening in the Whiteside county nursing home at Round Grove, were held Tuesday morning in the Gardner Chapel with Rev. C.F. Chasteen, Prophetstown Methodist church pastor officiating. Burial was in the Leon cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul McAllister of Rock Falls, Ronald Gibson, Glenn Wheat, Sr. Glenn Wheat, Jr., Howard Matthews and Clint Wildman. Mrs. Ronald Gibson, Mrs. Glenn Goodell, Mrs. Ralph Echelbarger, Mrs. Howard Matthews and Miss Ida Lane assisted with the flowers. [Contributed by Georgi DiBartelo - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, Wednesday, 15 October 1952]
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bogott died this morning at 8 o'clock, aged 10 days. Private funeral services were held this afternoon with interment in Riverside. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. [Daily Gazette - 28 August 1913; From Larry Reynolds)
DOROTHY (MITCHELL) BOGOTT, 73, of 522 E. Main St., Morrison, died Wednesday [07/20/1977] evening at Resthave Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul DeBeer, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday after 2 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Resthave Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 18, 1903 in Whiteside County the daughter of Edwin and Julia Eagelston Mitchell. She married Ross E. Bogott on July 23, 1946. She resided in the Morrison area all her life and along with Tina Klimstra founded the KEM Ship. She was also an active officer for Ross V. Bogott Co. Mechanical Contractors. She was amember of the Presbyterian Church, charter member of Wa-Tan-Ye, Eastern Star and DAR. Survivors include her husband and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, July 21, 1977, page 4, column 1]
JARMON (INGRAM) BOGOTT, 70, of Sterling, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at her home. Mrs. Bogott was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Lewes, Del. the daughter of William S and Scotty Ingram. She married Robert C. Bogott on March 10, 1956, in Wilmington, Del. He died Feb. 10, 2000. Survivors include four daughters, Sally J (Scott) Noyes of New Vernon, NJ, Kathryn S (Spence) Ohlinger of Wilmington, Del., Leslie J (Bruce) Troye of Sterling and Jaye J (Michaekl) Deans of Suwanee, Ga. ; a son, R W Clay (Paula) Bogott of Huntington Beach, Calif., her twin sister, Janey (Wayne) Fralin of Roanoke, Va.; a brother, William S (Doris) Ingram Jr. of Lewes, Del.; and 11 grandchildren. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reformed Mennonite Meeting House, Sterling . Burial will be at the Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling . Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Monday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling . [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Mar 6, 2005 Daily Gazette]
MARIE (BECKLEY) BOGOTT, 92, of Sterling died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on Feb. 2, 1911, Sterling, the daughter of Frank J. and Barbara (Kraus) Beckley . She married Charles W. Bogott on Nov. 2, 1940. He died in 1950. Mrs. Bogott worked at both Sears, Roebuck & Co. and National Manufacturing in Sterling . She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling . Surviving are her son, C. Richard (Barb) Bogott of Sterling; her sister, Leona Hermes Neff of Des Moines, Iowa (who died Dec. 16, 2003); her half sister, Fern Shore of Sterling; her three grandchildren, Kevin Scott Bogott and Kylee Michelle Bogott; and her great-grandchild, Kamryn Coreen Bogott. She was preceded in death by her husband; her father, Frank J. Bogott; her mother, Barbara Kraus Beckley; her stepmother, Frances Beckley and Anna Beckley; her brother, Paul Beckley; and her granddaughter, Kristin Ann Bogott. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Paul C. White, celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sterling . Visitation is from 9-19 a.m. Thursday at the church with arrangements by the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls . [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Dec 17, 2003 Daily Gazette]
WAYNE EUGENE BOGOTT, 88, of 906 B Village Lane, Sterling, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his home. Gene was born March 24, 1920, on a farm in Hitt, near Milledgeville, the son of Paul L. and Etha Marie (Crom) Bogott. He served in the Navy during World War II. Gene was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Castendyck for 33 years, with whom he raised four children in the Sterling area. He was later united in marriage to Bernice Hammer Pederson on Oct. 1, 1976, in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2008. During his lifetime in the Sterling area, Gene worked as a welder, dairy farmer, banker, farm manager, and real estate broker. He later was a real estate appraiser for the state of Illinois and then for his own business, before retiring in 2000. Gene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, and the Dairy Herders Industry Association. He loved boating, waterskiing, philosophizing about life, playing his ukulele and singing, and being with Bernice and his family, who loved and admired him dearly. Gene also loved the land and farming. He owned two farms north of Sterling, where he lived with his wife, Bernice, for more than 30 years. Survivors include two sons, David (Christine) Bogott of Grand Junction, Colo., and Timothy (Anje) Bogott of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy (Jim) Withner of Concord, N.C., and Lynn (Ted) Cassens of Sterling; one stepdaughter, Ann (Terry) Potts of Sterling; one stepson, David Pederson of Boca Raton, Fla.; two sisters, Betty (Robert) Hanson of Des Moines, Iowa, and Joan Mathis of Rantoul; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren, Michael and Stephen Bogott. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Judith Huseth, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. Memorials have been established in his memory to Hospice of the Rock River Valley and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. [Contributed by D. Frederick Birely
EDNA J (LEAF) BOHMS, 79, of 1009 Dillon Ave., Sterling died Nov. 11, 1992, at St Anthony Medical Center in Rockford following a short illness. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Allen Funeral Hole, Sterling with the Rev. Thomas Howard, pastor of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Mrs. Bohms' body was cremated. The cremains will be interred in IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Bohms was born on May 15, 1922 in Janesville, Wis., the daughter of John and Garnett (McConnell) Leaf. She married Raymond F Bohms on Jan. 8, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
FRED BOHMS - Funeral arrangements are complete at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Fred Bohms of 190 ½ W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, who died in his sleep early Friday morning (11 March 1966) at the age of 73. Bohms was born in Minonk, May 11, 1892 the some of Haram and Mattie Gerdes Bohms. He moved to Rock Falls as a young man and lived here ever since working many years at the Northwestern Steel and Wire Company until his retirement. He is survived by three sons, Raymond of East Moline; Harold and Louis, both of Rock Falls; one daughter Mrs. Gene (Jennie) Sutton of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, John Bohms, of Rock Falls; 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. E. A. Henrichs, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls officiating with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday. Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple conducted an inquiry into the death. [unknown newspaper, c. March 1966]
--- Funeral Notice: Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for Fred Bohms of 109 ½ W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, who died Friday. Rev. E. A. Hinrichs, pastor of the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiated at the services with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was at the organ during the services with Lyle Dirks singing In The Garden and The Lord's Prayer. Pallbearers were Donald Bohms, Harry Bohms, Clarence Bohms, James Bohms, Kenneth Hubbard and William Lutyens. Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms. Sterling Daily Gazette March 15, 1966 [Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Sterling Daily Gazette March 12, 1966
HARRY J. BOHMS, 76, of 602 Third Ave., died Saturday at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, following a short illness. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Rev. Gary Crowe, pastor of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls. A memorial has been established. Mr. Bohms was born on Oct. 28, 1914 in Sterling, the son of John J. and Anna (Boseneiler) Bohms. He married Lois E. Dace Nov. 14, 1942 in Rock Falls. He worked at International Harvestor and was a punch press operator at Sterling Multi Products for many years prior to his retirement in 1978. He was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Post #902 and the Sterling Moose Lodge. He was an avid sports fan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Lois; one daughter, Mrs. Roger (Vicki) Newell, Barrington; three brothers, Clarence, Lester, and John Bohms, all of Rock Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Hoffman, Dixon, Mrs. Earl (Elizabeth) Crouse, Sterling; and Mrs. Marvin (Carmen) Wallace, Rock Falls, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 5, 1990 - Monday, pg A2]
JOHN JANSSEN BOHMS - Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church for John J. Bohms of 606 Ave. A., Rock Falls, who died Friday. The Rev. E. A. Henrichs, pastor, officiated at the services, with burial taking place in IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Herman Oltman was at the organ during the services, with Herman Oltman and Wayne E. Larson singing "My God and I" and "In the Garden." Pallbearers were William Lutyens, James Bohms, Harold Bohms, Donald Bohms, Leroy Boseneiler and Bert Boseneiler. The usher at the church was Lawrence Janssen.Flowrs were cared for by Mrs. Arnold Pederson, Mrs. Clyde Thurston and Lundstroms. The remains were taken from the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home at 9 a.m. to the church to lie in state until the hour of services. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 1970 - Tuesday, pg 2]
RAYMOND F BOHMS, 78, of 1600 Riverdale Road, Rock Falls, died Saturday, Oct 15, 1994. Memorial services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Whellock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Don George, pastor of Rock River Christian Center, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial had been established. Mr. Bohms was born Jan. 15, 1916, in Van Paten, son of Fred and Elva (Fisher) Bohms. He married Edna Leaf Jan. 8, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. He was a punch press operator of International Harvester until his retirement in 1976. Survivors include one daughter Audrey Cien of Riverview, Mich.; two brothers, Louis Bohms and Harold Bohms, both of Rock Falls; one sister Mrs. Eugene *Jennie) Sutton of Rock Falls; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and one son. Raymond F Bohms, 78, of 1600 Riverdale Road, Rock Falls, died Saturday Oct 15, 1994. -- Memorial services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home. Rock Falls, with the Rev. Don George, pastor of Rock River Christian Center, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Mrs. Bohms was born Jan 15, 1916, in van Paten, the son of Fred and Elva (Fisher) Bohms. He married Edna Leaf Jan 8, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. He was a punch press operator for International Harvester until his retirement in 1976. Survivors include one daughter, Audrey Cien of Riverview, Mich.; two brothers, Louis Bohms and Harold Bohms, both of Rock Falls; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and one son. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Oct 18, 1994 Daily Gazette]
RONALD RAY BOHMS, 39, RR 3, Prophetstown, was killed in a truck accident Tuesday evening and pronounced dead on arrival at the Marion Memorial Hospital, Marion. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Meltzer, pastor of the Rock Falls Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Ray Bohms was born Aug 20, 1938 at Rock Falls, son of Raymond f and Edna J Leaf Bohms. He attended local schools and served in the U.S. Army for a tour in Italy. He owned and operated a fleet of trucks for Ringles Express, Inc., out of Moline. He is survived by his widow, Jewel; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Bohms, RR 3, Prophetstown; one son, Douglas Ray, Dallas, Texas; four stepchildren. Mrs. Mickey (Cathy) Thompson, Naples, Fla.; Joe and David Oswald, both of Greenville, Miss.; and Kimberley Oswald, RR 3 Prophetstown; one sister Mrs. Michael (Audrey) Cain, Westland, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Garnet Stevens, Madison, Wis.; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Elva Crabb, Rock Falls. 2nd Obituary: Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Ronald Ray Bohms, age 39, of RR 3, Prophetstown, who was killed in a truck accident Tuesday at Marion. The Rev. Paul R. Meltzer, pastor of the Rock Falls Congregational Church, officiated with burial in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne Larson played the organ for the service. Pallbearers were Steve Bohms, David Folsom, Jack Leaf, Terry Leaf, Warren Owens, and John Skoworn. Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms. Obituary Dated June 28, 1978 newspaper unknown - [Contributed by Margaret Mangers (Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Ronald Ray Bohms, age 39, of RR 3, Prophetstown, who was killed in a truck accident Tuesday at Marion. The Rev. Paul R. Meltzer, pastor of the Rock Falls Congregational Church, officiated, with burial in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne Larson played the organ for the service. Pallbearers were Steve Bohms, David Folsom, Jack Leaf, Terry Leaf, Warren Owens and John Skoworn)
FREDA (HAMSTRA) BOLHOUF - 88, 505 S. Portland, Morrison, died Saturday morning (8 March 1975) at Pleasant View Nursing Home after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service in the church basement. The Rev. Henry Van Raalte will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Morrison. Freda Hamstra was born April 18, 1886 in the Netherlands, the daughter of Mint and Dora Dykstra Hamstra. She was educated in Holland and came to the United States in 1902, settling in Morrison. She was married Feb. 12, 1913 in Morrison to Ralph Bolhouf. He preceded in 1934. Survivors include one daughter, Sylvania Davis of Polo; one brother, Charles Hamstra of Morrison. She was preceded by her husband, one daughter, two brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Saturday, March 8, 1975, 4;2
ALEX BOLHOUS, 91, of Prophetstown, died Sunday (25 January 1987) at Resthave Nursing home in Morrison. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Prophetstown United Methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Janes officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Gardner Chapel in Prophetstown. A memorial has been established to Self Help in Sterling. Mr. Bolhous was born on Nov. 11, 1895 in Eenren, Netherlands, the son of Claus and Sylvalena Terweer Bolhous. On Jan. 29, 1919 he was united in marriage to Anna Voss of Morrison in Morrison. The couple farmed in the Morrison area until 1930 when they moved to Prophetstown and continued farming until 1954. The deceased served for many years on the Benton Street School Board and served two terms as a Prophetstown Alderman. He was a former member of the Illinois State Champion Tug-O-War Team and helped organize the Prophetstown Men's Shuffleboard Group. Survivors include his wife, Anna, two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Bengston of Prophetstown and Mrs. Cyril W. (Nancy) Martin of Silver Springs, Md.; two sons, Claire of Prophetstown and Perry of Moline; also eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son in infancy and three brothers [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 26, 1987 - Monday, pg A2]
LUCILLE ELIZABETH (GRUBB) BOLLENBACH, age 94, of 205 S. Main Street, Tampico, Illinois died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, IL. She was born on July 13, 1911 in Bradford, IL, the daughter of Harvey Milton and Mary Ann (Anderson) Grubb. She was united in marriage to Ronald C. Bollenbach on July 13, 1935 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 1988. She received her BA degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and her MA-ED from the University of Illinois. She taught in the public schools for 51 years and tutored for 9 -10 years in her home after retiring. She was a lifetime member of NEA and a board member for the Tampico Historical Society. She was on the Tampico Cemetery board and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She is survived by many friends and former students. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Pastor Pearle Lange officiating. Burial was in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Prophetstown Echo – June 20, 2006]
DONALD E. BOLLIVAR, 77, of 1300 Yager Road, Prophetstown, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at his home. Mr. Bollivar was born April 22, 1925, in Dixon, the son of Everette and Myrtle (Huyett) Bollivar. He was a 1942 graduate of Amboy High School. He served in the Army. He married Eureath Peters on Aug. 14, 1949. He was a member of Leon Methodist Church, rural Prophetstown and served as secretary-treasurer of Leon Sunday School for a number of years, Prophetstown Masonic Lodge, Minerva Chapter, OES and Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Rita (Darrell) Hoogheem of Holdrege, Neb., and Donna Bollivar of South Williamsport, Penn.; two sons, Robert (Brenda) Bollivar of Prophetstown and Ronald (Penny) Bollivar of Wataga; his mother; two sisters, Alice VanDeVoorde of Erie and Caroline Parkinson of Rockford; three brothers, Clarence of Largo, Fla., John of Prophetstown and Wayne of McLean; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Leon United Methodist Church, rural Prophetstown, with Wesley Dickson, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Leon Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., Sunday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 2002 - Sunday, pg A5]
EVERETT ALBERT BOLLIVAR, 74, of Tampico died this morning (16 Nov. 1970) in Community General Hospital, Sterling, after a short illness. Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral rites will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Schmitt Chapel by the Rev. Raymond Good, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Tampico American Legion Post 574. Military services will be conducted at the graaveside by the Tampico American Legion post 574. Everett Albert Bollivar was born in Ottawa, Ill., Feb. 26, 1896, the son of Charles and Liza Jane Padgett Bollivar. He received his education in the Ottawa Schools and was united in marriage with Myrtle Huyett Dec. 29, 1923 in Dixon. He had resided in the Tampico vicinity for 27 years and was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 574 of Tampico. He had farmed in Dixon vicinity before moving to Tampico and farmed until 1960 when he retired and moved to Tampico. Surviving are his wife, four sons and two daughters, Donald and John of Prophetstown, Clarence of Deer Grove, Wayne of Bloomington, Mrs. Gustaf (Alice) VanDeVoorde of Erie and Mrs. Norbert (Carol) Parkinson of Rockford. There are 13 granddaughters and three grandsons surviving, also two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Glen Shuck of Dixon, Mrs. Fred Luke of Dillsboro, Ind., and Freeman Bollivar of Marine City, Mich. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette November 16, 1970 - Monday pg 2]
MYRTLE (HUYETT) BOLLIVAR, 88, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown and formerly of Tampico, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 at the center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, the Rev. Wesley Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1904, in Dysart, Iowa, the daughter of John and Catherina (Bothe) Huyett. She married Everett Bollivar Dec. 29, 1923, in Dixon. He preceded her in death in November of 1970. Surviving are three sons, Clarence (JoAnn) Bollivar of Largo, Fla., John (Patty) Bollivar of Prophetstown and Wayne (Virginia) Bollivar of McLean, Ill.; two daughters, Alice VanDeVoorde of Erie and Mrs. Sam (Caroline) Parkinson of Rockford; a daughter-in-law, Eureath Bollivar of Prophetstown; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Frerichs of Collins, Iowa and Ruth Tucker of Dixon; a brother, Everett (Doris) Huyett of Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William and Donald; and a sister, Ethel Shoemaker. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Tampico First United Methodist Church, and a 50-year member of the Tampico American Legion Auxiliary, where she had been past president and past treasurer.
LOUISE C. BOLLMAN, 75, 1109 West 2nd St., Rock Falls, died in her home early Monday (Sept 27, 1976). Private funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheelock – Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald d Pritz, pastor of St John's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be 7-9 Tuesday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sep 28, 1976 Daily Gazette]
ENGLEBERT BONGARTZ - A requiem mass was sung at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Englebert Bongartz by the Rev. John T. Smith. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Smith and he also conducted graveside services in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The pallbearers were A. E. Flock, David L. Gebhardt, Clarence Hutten, Jack McCormick, William H. Wilkinson and Lloyd Mangan. Out of town relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rutkowski of Stager, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Swansberger of Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. William Kramer and Roger and Richard of Logansport, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Busby of Danville and Mr. and Mrs. Neil Ryan of Chicago. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 14, 1955 - Tuesday, pg 2
ALMA (MYERS) BONNELL, 64, formerly of Rock Falls, died Wednesday morning (3 Apr 1957) at Denver, Colo., according to word received by members of her immediate family residing in this area. The body will be brought to Illinois sometime this week. Funeral arrangements are now pending at the Wheelock Funeral Home. Mrs. Alma Bonnell was born Sept. 30, 1892 in Rock Falls, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Myers. Surviving are her husband, Gilbert; two daughters, Mrs. Carthel (Helen) Alexander and Mrs. Sherman (Theda0 Insley, both of Rock Falls, two sons, Lester Schultz of Tampico and Robert Schultz of Rochelle; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Myers of McHenry, Ill., and Miss Helen Myers of Lincoln, Ill., 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 3, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2
PIERCE S. BONNELL - Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for Piercie S. Bonnell, who passed away Sunday evening at his home, 307 E. 12th St., Rock Falls. Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor emeritus of the Rock Falls Christian Church, officiated at the services, with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne Larson was at the organ. Pallbearers were Walt Shoffner, Lyle Dirks, Harry Insley, Ralph McGlaughlin, Lawrence Dirks and John Stern. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1961 - Thursday, page 2]
DIXIE DARLENE (HENSON) BONNER, 75, of 113 5th, Rock Falls died Fri. Nov. 6, 1998 at CGH Medical Ctr. Sterling, following a long illness. Services at the World Wide Christian Center Monday at 1 PM, burial in Oak Knoll Cemetery. Mrs. Bonner was born 10 Dec. 1922 in Orchardville, daughter of Wm. & Alice (Stonecipher) Henson. She was employed at Sauk Valley Community College prior to her retirement.
SOPHIE M. (WEIGEL) MAXWELL BONNER, widow of the late Edgar J. Bonner, died Wednesday afternoon at Frankin Grove Nursing Center. Mrs. Bonner formerly resided at 603 2nd Avenue, Sterling. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. John M. Coppic, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling will officiate and entombment will be at Riverside Mausoleum. Mrs. Bonner was born Oct. 1, 1887 in Lee County IL, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Krug Weigel. She has resided in this area her entire life. She was a member of Will Robinson relief Corp. 45, Sterling. Her husband Dr. John C. Maxwell preceded Oct. 19, 1933 and she was married to Edgar J. Bonner who preced Jan. 19, 1935. Surviving are one nephew, David Weigel of Amboy; one niece Mrs. Gertrude Schmidtman ofRio Rancho Estates, N.M.; two sisters Mrs. Anna Lundy of LaSalle and Mrs. Amanda Reinhardt of Decatur and one great niece and two great nephews, Roger, Dorothy and Jeffrey Weigel. [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
MARIAN (MARTIN) BONNETTE, 65, died Tuesday January 3, 2006 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling following an extended illness. Mrs. Bonnette was born on June 23, 1940 in Rock Falls the daughter of Ward and Esma (Masini) Martin. She married Dennis Bonnette on February 17, 1979 in Sterling. Surviving is her husband Dennis; seven sons, Butch (Melody) Duchay of Warroad, MN, Mark Duchay of Rock Falls, John (Chris) Bonnette of Syracuse, KS, Matt (Tracy) Bonnette of Dixon, IL, Justin Bonnette of Rock Falls, Jay Bonnette and Brett Bonnette both of Rock Falls; two daughters, Diana (Andy) DeGross of Subiaco,AR and Amy Williams of Rock Falls; one sister, Carol (Sherman) Hadaway of Prophetstown; two brothers, Melvin (Betty) Martin of Warroad, MN and Richard (Georgia) Martin of Beech Grove, IN; sixteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be 2:30PM Monday January 9, 2006 at the McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls with Reverend Nancy Dvorachek of the Wesley United Church officiating. Visitation is Monday from 1:30 - 2:30 PM at the funeral home.
MARY BONNEUR, 93, of Morrison, IL, surrounded by her family, went to be with her Lord, on Friday, May 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Mary Katherine Riley Bonneur was born to Elmer C. and Alice M. (Hudelson) Riley in Perry, IL, on May 5, 1923. She graduated from Pittsfield, IL, High School, where she was active in FHA, Business Club, and a member of the National Honor Society. Mary K. was active in 4-H and Rural Youth in Pike County, IL. She attended GEM City Business College in Quincy, IL, and worked at the Farm Bureau Building in Pittsfield. In 1945, she moved to Morrison, IL, to work as secretary to the Farm Adviser for the U of I Cooperative Extension Service. There she met her husband. She married Eugene Bonneur on March 20, 1948, in Pittsfield, IL. Mary K. was a member of the former Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton, IL. A memorial to the American Cancer Society in honor of her daughter, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and father-in-law, has been established. She is survived by her husband, Eugene, her children; Diane Sexton of Frankfort, IL; son-in-law, David Rose of Morrison, IL; Brian (Cindy) Bonneur of Morrison, IL; and Janice (Scott) Webster of Quincy, IL; her grandchildren, Sarah (Nathan) Phillips, Rebecca (Chris) Kates, Dawn (Jeremy) Roberts, Peter (Hannah) Rose, Andrew (Christine) Bonneur, Nicholas (Giana) Bonneur, Kara (Scott) Williams, Kelsey Webster (fiancee - Andrew VonderHaar), and Brenna Webster; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl (Marilyn) Riley of Pittsfield, IL; a sister, Nadine Riley of Ottawa, IL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Karen Rose. [Contributed by Bill Browning]
ROSCOE L. BONNINGTON, 38, Galt, died at 10:15 p.m. Saturday at the Community General hospital, the second to die as the result of a two-car crash on Route 2 at the Galt Grange friday night. His wife was the first fatality in the highway accident. Double funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, Sterling, Rv. James McKelvey officiated. Burial was in the Mennonite cemetery at Riverside. Mr. Bonnington wsa born Nov. 15, 1911, at Barnett, Ill., the son of Ethel and John W. Bonnington. He was recently employed by the Clean Towel service, Rockford. He leaves a son Benny Bonnington of Canyon Texas; mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mahnks of litchfield Ill., a brother Paul Bonnington of Edwardsville and two sisters Mrs. Helen Jones of Litchfield and mrs. Hazel Calkins of South Center Kan. An inquest is to be conducted at the Melvin Funeral home at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive of the second car involved in the accident was Ronald d. Myers, Route 4 Sterling.His condition was described as good at the hospital Monday.
Details of the Accident: A Galt couple met death from injuries sustained in a two car crash Friday night on Route 2 at the Galt grange according to the findings of a coroner's jury Monday evening. The jury ruled that Mrs. Roscoe L. Bonnington died of a skull fracture and multiple injuries suffered in the accident while her husband died as the result of a skil fracture, multiple fractures of both legs and an arm and shock. Officers Robert Nichols and john Woods both of Sterling, of the state police, who investigated the accident, were unable to explain to the coroners jury how the crash occurred. The officers testified there were no skid marks on the pavement at the crash scene and there had been no witnesses. They said they found the Bonnington car facing northwest on the east side of the highway and the second car facing southeast on the opposite side of the pavement. The second auto was driven by Donald D. Myers, 20, Route 4, Sterling. He is a patient at CGH suffering from compound fractures of the left leg and other injuries. He could not testify Monday. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
CARRIE WECHSLER BOOK, daughter of Mathias & Kathryn Wechsler was born in Jordan Township, Whiteside County Ill, Jan.15, 1891 and departed this life September 27, 1946 at 1710 16th Avenue, Sterling Ill. at the age of 55 years eight months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to Elmer David Book Feb. 10, 1915 and to this union was born one son, Howard Earl who preceded her in death June 1, 1944. Surviving are her husband, four brothers and two sisters, Mathias Wechsler, Huntington Ind., John Wechsler, Milledgeville, Ill., George Wechsler of Prairieville, Ill., Samuel Wechsler of Sterling. Mrs. Albert Cornils of Dixon and Mrs. J.B. Reaver of Sterling; nephews and neices and a host of friends. She spent all her life in the vicinity of Sterling, Oregon and Dixon. Mr. and Mrs. Book were united with St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church at Oregon April 8, 1917. After moving back to this vicinity they were received by letters of faith into the St.Johns Lutheran Church of Sterling on April 20, 1919, and had been faithful attendants until her recent illness of the past several months which made it impossible for them to attend the regular services. She will be greatly missed by her dear ones and the people of the community. Funeral services were held Sun. Sept. 29, 1946 at 2 o'clock p.m. at the Melvin Funeral home and at 2:30 at the St. Johns Lutheran Church conducted by Rev. Alfred L. Grewe. Interment was at Riverside cemetery. [Dixon Telegraph October 2, 1946]
HOWARD EARL BOOK, came to a sudden and accidental death on June 1, 1944, when he drowned in Rock River at Lowell park. His untimely passing shocked the communities of Dixon and Sterling where was known through his school, family and church relationships. He was 18 years, 9 months and 20 days old. Howard was born in Sterling, September 12, 1925, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Book. He spent his life on the farm with his parents and was strong and capable in his assistance with the work. At the time of his passing he was a senior in the Dixon high school and ready to graduate the next night. He was active in the vocational agriculture work and social activities of the group taking this work. He was a faithful member of the Sunday school of St. John's lutheran church and was an interested member of a strong class of boys of his age. He was confirmed on March 29, 1942 and seldom missed being at the church services with his parents. He was active in the Luther League and only two weeks prior to his death had taken a group of leaguers to a rally at Rockford. He was highly thought of because of his great friendliness and happy dispostion and had many friends wherever his life touched the lives of others. He was strong in his home ties and the relationship between him and his parents was ideal. He will be much missed in the home and neighborhood and church. Besides his father and mother he is survived by a number of uncles, aunts and cousins residing in this community. [Contributed by Marian Whitver - Sterling Gazette 1 May 1944
JACOB RYAN BOOK, 3, of Goodrich, died Thursday at Wheelock Memorial Hospital in Goodrich (Mich). Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Brethren In Christ Church in Morrison with the Rev. Darrell Smucker officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Genesee St. Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.Jacob Book was born January 2, 1985, in Harrisburg, Penn., the son of James and Ellyn Conner Book.He is survived by his parents, one brother, Abram John, at home, maternal grandparents George and Joyce Conner of Morrison; paternal grandparents Paul and Evelyn Book of Greenville, Ohio; great-grandparents, Lyle and Ellen Gehlsen of Morrison; and many aunts and uncles. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Apr 2, 1988 Daily Gazette]
LUCILLE M. BOOK - Prayer services were held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home for Lucille M. Book, 46, RR 1, Sterling. The Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades played the organ for the prayer service and Mrs. Robert Fecht played the organ for the mass with Mrs. Frank Klocke as soloist. Pallbearers were: Leo Battaglia, Bill Hannan Jr., Scott Friedricks, Kris Young, Frank Sonoc and Harry Kirschner. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6]
ROSE MARIE (KRUG) BOOK - Funeral servicses for Mrs. Robert W. (Rose Marie) Book, 1713 Griswold Ave., Sterling, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Luther H. Cooperrider, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Book died Friday evening (6 Mar 1971) Hospital, Monroe, Wis., after an extended illness. She was born April 24, 1928, in Henry County, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mamie Elgin Krug. She graduated from Sterling Township High School, class of 1947, and was united in marriage to Robert W. Book July 3, 1947, in St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Mrs. Book was a member of the Amvets Auxiliary. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Jerry, Larry and Michael Book of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Fern Brown, and her step-father, Wendell Gaulrapp of Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29, 1971 - Monday pg 2]
BURL E. BOONE, 78, 1311 S. Broadway, Green Bay, Wis., 54304, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday evening in Green Bay. Funeral services are pending in Green Bay, Wis. Born on Nov. 20, 1903 he was employed for several years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. Surviving are one brother, Nicholas A. Boone, Sterling. ***Funeral services were held Wednesday in Green Bay, Wis., for Burl Boone, 78, who died Sunday. Born on Nov. 2-, 1903, the son of William J. and Lena Boone, he married the former Geraldine Lade of Green Bay. They resided in Sterling where he was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire until the time of his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Sherrill) Kleinhans, Ottawa; two sons, Gerald, Appleton, Wis., and Burl Jr., Green Bay; several grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Burdette (Stella) McHenry, Geneseo, Mrs. Ralph (Nellie) Lancaster, Des Moines, Mrs. Morris (Laura) DeCap, and Valeria, Erie; and one brother, Nicholas, Sterling. Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister and three brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4]
ELEANOR M. (EADS) BOONSTRA, 83, Lyndon, IL passed away April 7, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the First Congregational Church in Prophetstown, IL with Rev. Andy Ploenzke officiating. Burial was in Lyndon Township Cemetery, Lyndon, IL. Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, IL and Lyndon Historical Society, Lyndon, IL. Eleanor was born October 7, 1924 to LeRoy and Nellie (McDearmon) Eads. She attended Lyndon schools. She married Thomas Boonstra on January 29, 1944 in Morrison, IL. He died February 5, 1994. She was a homemaker. She loved needlework and reading. Eleanor was an avid Chicago Cub fan. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, IL where she was in Martha Circle. She was also a member of the Lyndon Historical Society. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Diana DeNeve, Long Grove, IA, Ellen (Mrs. Matthew) Littrel; one son, James (Connie) Boonstra, Morrison, IL; nine grandchildren, Beth (Don) Kusch, Jennifer Swanson, David (Michelle) DeNeve, Dena (Paul) Rucker, Darrin (Heather) DeNeve, Brian (Jenn) Littrell, Heath (Jenn) Littrel, Tom (Donna) Boonstra, Tim (Jen) Boonstra; 17 great grandchildren: one sister Mrs. Violet Knox, Morrison, IL; one brother, Charles (Verna) Eads, Prophetstown, IL, one son-in-law, Robert (Sue) Swanson. Predeceased relatives, her husband Thomas; one daughter, Sandra Swanson, one son, Richard Boonstra, three brothers, Clarence, LeRoy, Keith Eads; one great granddaughter, Alexandria Ricker, one son-in-law, Jim DeNeve. Casket Bearers were David DeNeve, Darrin DeNeve, Brian Littrel, Heath Littrel, Tom Boonstra, Tim Boonstra [Contributed by Leroy Sundin - Submitted by Mrs. Ellen (Matthew) Littrel]
ADALIZA (HURD) BOOTH - At her home in Prophetstown, on Monday October 22, 1894, Mrs. Wm. A. Booth, aged 62 years, 11 months and 16 days. Adaliza Hurd was born in Vermont, Nov. 6, 1831 and came to Portland township, Whiteside county Ill., with her parents in 1838. She was married June 17, 1850, to William A. Booth, who with five children mourn the loss of wife and mother. For six months her health has been poor but she was only confined to her bed for three weeks preceeding her death. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, internment taking place in the Leon cemetery.
ASHLEY BOOTH - The subject of this brief sketch was born in Freetown, Mass. 17 Jan. 1806, and died in Portland, Whiteside Co., Ill. on August 22, 1885, aged 79 years and seven months. His parents moved to New York State where he resided with them until 1836. In 1833 Mr. Booth came to Illinois, first making a claim near where the village of Portland is now located, and in 1837 brought his family to his new home, living for a time in a rail cabin covered with boughs of trees. In 1844 he owned a farm at Woodward's Bluff in Prophetstown township, upon which he resided until 1878, a period of 34 years except for a couple years which he spent in the Pike's Peak gold diggings. Since 1878 he has been a resident of Portland. He was twice married, in 1830 to Miss Mary Foy, who died in 1872, and subsequently to Mrs. Fanny Winters, who still survives him. He was a spiritualist in belief and died firm to the knowledge of that principle, being ready and willing to join the loved ones gone before, and who were manifest around him. Short services over the remains were held at the residence of the deceased, after which they were taken to the Leon Cemetery for interment. Rev. A. B. Meder delivering the funeral discourse in the Leon Church.
ELDON H. BOOTH - died Wednesday morning (22 July 1959) at his home in the Leon Community. The body was taken to the Gardner Funeral Chapel, where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at the Leon Methodist Church Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Henry Holverson, pastor of the Tampico Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Mr. Booth was born June 26, 1869 in Leon Township, the son of William A. and Ann Adaliza Hurd Booth. He was educated in the Woodward Bluff school. He was married to Viola Sollar at Geneseo on Dec. 5, 1896. He was a member of the Leon Methodist Church. He spent his entire lifetime in the Leon community. Survivors are two grandsons, Donald Booth, Clinton, Ia.; Raymond Booth, Clinton, Ia.; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son Raymond, who died in 1952, his parents, two brothers and three sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 22, 1959 - Wednesday, pg 2
PHEBE AURELIA (FULLER) BOOTH - On Saturday morning the remains of Mrs. Aurelia Booth arrived in this place (Prophetstown) from Shannon, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. S. N. (Addie) Langdon and other relatives. Mrs. Langdon went to Shannon with the intention of bringing her mother to Prophetstown to care for her, but before she arrived the mother had taken a turn for the worse and passed away about twenty minutes previous to her arrival. Aurelia Fuller Booth was born Dec 13, 1823 in Western Oneida Co., N.Y. and died in Shannon Jan 12, 1911. Mrs. Booth was married Feb 13, 1843, and lived in Cattaraugus Co. N.Y. until Jan 1866, when she with the family moved to Whiteside Co., settling about five miles south of Prophetstown where they lived until Dec 15 1886, when she moved to Shannon. Her husband preceded her in death in 1881. Mrs. Booth was the mother of seven children, two of whom died in childhood, one, Edward Fuller Booth, died Aug 6, 1888. Those who survive her of the children are Howard of Erie, Alfred of Morrison, Wesley of Chicago and Mrs. S. N. (Addie A.) Langdon of Prophetstown. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Mrs. Booth was brought up in a Christian home and early in her life expoused the cause of religion and was steadfast adherent to the cause all her life. She never was so happy as when in the work of her Master. Thirteen years previous to her death she was stricken with paralysis while teaching her Sunday School class. She had been a sufferer for several years previous to her death but died in peace. The funeral was held in the M.E. Church, Prophetstown, Sunday at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. F. P. McNamera conducting the service. After the service here, the remains were taken to Sandytown for burial. The pall bearers were Charles Sibley, Truman Sibley, William McNeill, Wesley Graham, Samuel Chapin and Robert Besse, all of them old neighbors and early friends of Mrs. Booth. Those in attendance from out of town were, W. W. Booth of Chicago, A.D. Booth and wife of Morrison, I.D Woodford and wife of Morrison, H.A. Booth of Erie, and Miss Jennie Booth of Shannon.
VIOLA (SOLLARS) BOOTH - died at her home in Leon, after a brief illness, Saturday, January 7. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Sollars. The deceased was but a little more than twenty years of age. She leaves a husband and infant son, father, mother, two brother and one sister. The funeral was held in the Leon church last Monday being conducted by Rev. Seger of New Bedford.
WILLIAM BOOTH - The residence of Wm. Booth, near Sandytown schoolhouse, in the township of Portland, has been one of sorrow during the past few days. On Friday evening, Dec 9, as Mr. Booth was about to feed a young horse, the animal struck him with its fore feet, felling him to the floor, and not being satisfied with this, continued to strike until it had broken his upper and lower jaws, fractured several of his ribs and driven one of the broken ribs through the left side into the lung. When found he was in an insensible condition and remained so for some length of time. Drs. Mosher, of this place, and Anthony, of Sterling, consulted on Saturday, the day following the accident, and seem to think that there is barely a hope for recovery. (Whiteside Sentinel 15 December 1881 Website of Lucinda Murdock)
Wm. Booth, the party spoken of in the last issue of the Sentinel, who was so badly mutilated by a horse, died at his farm residence in Sandytown on Friday, Dec 16th at 7:30 pm. Mr. Booth was nearly 68 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves behind him five brothers, five children, and a loving and ever affectionate wife, to mourn his seemingly untimely death. The funeral was held on Saturday, Dec 17th, and was attended by his many friends and neighbors, who can only speak kind words for their companion for upwards of twenty years. Mr. Booth was born in the township of Caroline, in Tompkins County, N.Y. in 1809, and was married to Miss Aurelia Fuller in the year 1842. In 1866 they removed to this state and located on the farm he occupied at the time of his death. The services were conducted by the Rev. R. Linee, pastor of the Erie M.E. Church. Bolen Lodge No. 412 assisted by Prophetstown Lodge No. 293, A.F & A.M. conducted the ceremony at the gravesite at Sandytown Cemetery. Mr. Booth was, since Monday of Last week, conscious of all that had taken place and realized that his days were numbered and that he would soon be called away. Still he expressed a desire to go and felt that it was for the best.
ANDREW BORGMAN - Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. The Rev. Robert VanderSchaaf will officaite. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.on Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Trinity Reformed Church of Fulton. Andrew Borgman was born in Fulton on Jan. 26, 1906, the son of Andrew and Anna Brands Borgman Sr. On July 28, 1928 he married Jennie DeYoung in Chicago. He owned a partnership in Borgman Brothers, which is now known as Borgman and Huizenga Feed and Fuel, until 1960. Moving to Walker, Minn., he owned the Pinestead Resort, retiring around 1972 and moving to Texas. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Loran (Elaine) Leeper, Clinton; two sons, Robert P., Stormlake, Iowa and Andrew Y., Downers Grove; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Decker, Fulton and Mrs. John (Ethel) DeWerdt, Fulton. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 29, 1983 - Monday, pg A6]
PETER BORGMAN, 73, died unexpectedly Monday night (4 January 1971) in his farm home on RR One, Fulton. Funeral rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Christian Reformed Church by the Rev. John Groenewold. There will be a prayer service for the family at 1:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Room of the church. There will be visitation at the Bosma Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Peter Borgman was born Setp. 22, 1897 in the Netherlands, the son of Jacob and Janna Auidema Borgman and came to the United States in 1921. He was never married. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and had resided in the Fulton area since coming from Chicago in 1932. Surviving is one brother, John of rural Fulton. Four brothers and two sisters preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 5, 1971 - Tues. pg 2]
DONNA (OLSON) HUNSBERGER BOROP, 87, of Lake Forest, CA, formerly of Prophetstown, died Sunday, July 24, 2005 at Freedom Village Health Center following a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown. Inturnment in Riverside Cemetery will be at a later date. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. The Gibson & Son Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Donna was born September 1, 1917 in New Bedford, IL the daughter of Henry E. and Madge (Heaton) Olson. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1936. she married Adrian Hunsberger on June 15, 1941 in Princeton. He died on October 18, 1969. She then married Lyle Borop on December 8, 1978. They resided in Prophetstown until relocating to Palm Desert, CA. He died on January 13, 1998. She and her husband, Adrian, owned and operated the Gambles Store in Prophetstown. Later, she worked for Case Implement Dealership and WSDR Radio, both in Sterling, IL. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, and being an avid golfer, a member of Prophet Hills Country Club. She is survived by a daughter, Nyla Hunsberger Page, a granddaughter, Madyson A. Page, both of Irvine, CA, a brother and his wife, Robert and Alberta Piper, Princeton, IL and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded by her parents, step-father, Ansel Piper and a brother, Zane H. Olson. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo – July 26, 2005]
GERTRUDE (VANZUIDEN) BOS, 81, 1304 14th Ave., Fulton, died this morning at the Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery with the Rev. Robert VanderSchaaf, of the Trinity Reformed Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Born on Aug. 28, 1901 in Fulton to Mr. and Mrs. John VanZuiden, and married Louis Bos in Fulton and he preceded her in 1951. She lived all her life in Fulton and was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church and a resident of the Harbor Crest Nursing home for the past year and one half. Surviving are five daughters, Loretta Graves, Tallahasse, Fla., Mrs. Donald (Beverly) VanKampen and Mrs. John (Shirley) Armstrong, both of Fulton, Mrs. Arthur (Ruth) Perry, Byers, Colo., and Esther Fryer, Milwaukee, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 3, 1982 - Wednesday, page A4]
WILLIAM BOSTLEMAN SR., 57, 1001 6th Ave., Sterling, a former Tampico resident, died Wednesday morning (20 Aug 1975) at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Schmitt Chapel in Tampico. The Rev. Thomas Harmon of the Tampico United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. A memorial has been established. William Bostelman was born May 16, 1918 in Chicago and was educated in Chicago and was married to Mary Kravchuk July 13, 1941 at Chicago. He lived in the Tampico area for 20 years and was employed as custodian at Tampico High School for 15 years. He moved to Sterling in 1968 and served as custodian at Woodlawn School to the present time. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Dolores) Ford of Rock Falls, one son, William Bostelman Jr. of Morrison; four grandchildren, Matthew, B. J., Chris and Cullen; two brothers, Arthur and George of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Charles Ceasare of River Forest. He was preceded by his parents and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 21, 1975 - Thursday, pg 4]
GEGORY ALAN BOUCHER, 39, of Sterling died after a long illness Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 at CGH Medical Ctr. Mr. Boucher was born May 10, 1965 in Sterling, the son of Charles F. & Dorothy E. (Warkins) Boucher. Survivors include his parents, three brothers, Larry (Lori) of Sterling, Michael (Tya) of ROck Falls and Terry (Stephanie) of Prophetstown. He was preceded by a sister, Linda Sue Boucher, in infancy and his grandparents. There is no service.
FREDA (HANSEN) BOUGH, 86 of Dixon, died Friday night (5 December 1975) at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes -Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. She was born in Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 2, 1889, the daughter of Henry and Velbert Hansen. She was reared and educated in Morrison and married Chris Bough Oct. 5, 1916 in Sycamore. They resided in the Morrison area until 1938 and moved to Freeport in 1953. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles Grace Curran (with whom she made her home) of Dixon and one brother, PO. W. Hansen of Morrison. She was preceded in death by her husband, one granddaughter and two sisters [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 6, 1975 - Saturday, pg 6]
DAVID BOUGHMAN, 70, well known resident of this village, passed away at the family home at 6 o'clock Sunday [06/01/1927] morning following a heart attack. Mr. Boughman had been suffering from heart trouble for some time, but had been up and around as usual recently. During Saturday night, he suffered a severe heart attack, a second attack following several hours later, which caused his death. The sudden death of her husband was a great shock to Mrs. Boughman, and she has been forced to take to her bed. Besides the widow, the decedent is survived by two daughters, Miss Irene Boughman who resided at home, and Mrs. Minnie Bushman of near Coleta; five brothers, Elias of Clarence, Iowa, Charles of Crockett, Texas, Parker of Carlyle, Pa., Henry of Baltimore, Md., and Jonas of Charleston, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Ida Parthemore of Harrisburg, Pa. Mr. Boughman was born in Walnut Bottom, Cumberland county, Pa. At the age of 20, he came to this vicinity, settling on a farm in Carroll county, where he lived until he moved to Coleta nine years ago. Funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from relatives residing at a distance.
Funeral Notice: A very large crowd attended the funeral services Wednesday [06/08/1927] afternoon of the late D. W. Boughman at the M. E. church, Rev. J. A. Wilson of Mendota, former pastor o f the M. E. church here, preached an especially good sermon Mrs. Ray Freas sang two appropriate selection, accompanied by Mrs. Elizabeth Overholser at the piano. The following close friends of the deceased acted as pall bearers, J. J. Garwick, C. A. Wink, Charles Houck, F. R. Overholser, Bert Lenhart, Lyle Wetzel. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Burial was in the Bethel cemetery. Coleta has lost in Mr. Boughman one of its best citizens. He will not only be missed in the home but in the community. He was an upright Christian man and proved his profession by his every day life.
Another Obituary: The sudden passing of David Boughman, an honored and respected citizen of this community, occurred at his home in Coleta, Sunday morning, June 5, 1927, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 21 days. Mr. Boughman was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, Dec. 14, 1856. At the age of 26 he came to Illinois, where he engaged in farming until nine years ago when he moved to Coleta. On the 19th of December, 1888, he was married to Miss Rexie Vroman of Albany, New York, and to them were born two children, Miss Irene Boughman at home, and Minnie, wife of Homer Bushman of Milledgeville, Ill., who with his wife and two grandchildren, Gertrude and Lyle Bushman, are left to mourn his departure. He was the son of Eli and Margaret Boughman and one of a family of eleven children, of which the following survive: Park, of Carlisle, Pa., Charles of Crockett, Texas, Elias of Clarence, Iowa, Mrs. Ida Parthemore of Harrisburg, Pa., Jonas of Charleston, Ill., Harry of Baltimore, Md., and Lydia of Schippensby, Pa. He united with the Methodist church at Coleta, Ill., about forty years ago, and because of his faithfulness, interest and devotion to the church, his loss will be keenly felt in all its activities. Mr. Boughman was a type of true manhood, possessing those traits of character which won for him the respect and confidence of everyone in this community. For three years he has been a patient sufferer with heart trouble, and very suddenly Sunday morning, passed to that Great Beyond, casting gloom and sadness over a wife circle of friends in this vicinity. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, June 6, 1927]
IDA (WAGNER) BROUGHTON, 69, of RR Four, Sterling, died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Community General Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Behrens Mortuary with the Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, officiating. The burial will be in the West Genesee Cemetery. There will be visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until the time of the funeral services Friday. Ida Wagner was born July 16, 1902 in Genesee Township, the daughter of Henry and Liz Strauch Wagner. She attended the Elms School and was united in marriage June 24, 1925 in Freeport to Delbert Broughton. Mrs. Broughton was a member of the Women of the Moose. Surviving with her husband are one daughter, Miss Wilma Broughton of Sterling, two brothers and four sisters, Mrs. Homer (Eva) Stinemyer of Coleta, Mrs. Fred (Lola) Nusbaum of Rock Falls and Mrs. Louis (Emily) Mennenga and Mrs. George (Helen) Aper_of of Sterling. Her parents and one brother preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 21, 1972 - Wednesday, page 2]
BARBARA BOUND - 91, of Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at the nursing home. Mrs. Bound was born Sept. 13, 1911, near Sheffield, the daughter of Lewis and Vera (Draper) Peterson. She married Orson Bound on Dec. 12, 1931, in Mineral. She volunteered at Prophets Riverview Center for many years and assisted on the drive to the established Winning Wheels, Prophetstown. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, and Prophetstown Historical Society. Survivors include a sister, Vera "Babe" Lawrence of Prophetstown; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Darrell; six brothers; and two sisters. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Prophetstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sandy Harbour, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 19, 2003 - pg A5]
EARL J. BOUND - Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Gardner Funeral Chapel for Earl J. Bound, 74, who died Saturday at his home at 308 Park Ave., Prophetstown. The Rev. Dean Lundstrom will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Bound was a retired farmer. Earl J. Bound was born March 28, 1897, in Prophetstown Township, the son of Luther J. Bound and Elizabeth Beechel Bound. He received his education in the Prairie View School. He married Evangeline McGrady, of Prophetstown, May 28, 1924. Survivors include the widow; one son Richard, Prophetstown; one daughter, Mrs Kent (Ardith) Pobanz, Ballwin, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Ida Hecht, Prophetstown; four grandchildren. He was preceded by one brother, Orson. Friends may visit at the Gardner Chapel Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Prophets Riverview Nursing Center. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
ELIZABETH (BEECHEL) BOUND - The body was removed to the Gardner Mortuary where friends may call. Funeral services will be in Gardner Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. C. F. Chasteen, Methodist minister officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Elizabeth June Beechel was born August 16, 1872, at Hooppole, the daughter of Lewis and Catherine Oberle Beechel, and received her education in Hooppole schools. She married Luther J. Bound in Prophetstown on Nov. 17, 1895. She had lived in this community all her life. Surviving are two sons, Earl and Orson and one daughter, Mrs. Hugo (Ida) Hecht, all of Prophetstown; one brother, three sisters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1937, one brother, several sisters and one grandson. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
EMMA (COX) BOUND, passed away at her home in Leon on December 2, 1932 at the age of 85 years. About three weeks ago she suffered a paralytic stroke which was the cause of her death. She was born in Niles, Michigan, August 31, 1847. At the age of 5 years she came with her parents, Luther and Sarah Lane Cox to the prairies of Illinois where they erected their log cabin in the land they purchased from the government, and this farm has always been their home with the exception of three years during which time she lived at Yorktown. She was united in marriage to Jerome Bound and to them was born one son, L. J. Bound. For several years owing to the infirmities and old age, and poor eyesight, she has been confined to her home, but uncomplainingly has born it all with patience. She is the last one of the early pioneers of this community. She was tenderly cared for by her nieces, Dollie and Priscilla Cox, whom she had cared for in childhood after the death of their mother. Of a family of seven children, she is survived by one brother, S. M. Cox, with whom she made her home, one son - L. J. Bound of Woodward's Bluff, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren and many friends. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Prophetstown Echo, Prophetstown, Illinois December 7, 1932]
LUTHER J. BOUND - 68, died at 9 p.m. Monday at his home in Prophetstown following an illness of one year. The body was removed to the Helm & Helm Mortuary. Funeral rites are to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the late home, with burial in the Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. The deceased was born October 20, 1868 in Prophetstown township and had always lived in the community. He was married to Elizabeth Beechel of Hooppole, November 17, 1895. Mr. Bound was a farmer. He retired from the farm and moved to Prophetstown last January. Besides his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Hugo Hecht in the home, and two sons, Earl and Orson, both of Prophetstown, survive. There are two grandchildren, Richard and Ardith Bound. A grandson, Bobby Daft, preceded him in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois August 17, 1937]
ORSON SYLVESTER BOUND, 64, farmer, passed away early Thursday morning at his home following a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Olson officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Orson Sylvester Bound was born June 1, 1905, in Prophetstown, the son of Luther J. and Elizabeth Beechel Bound. He attended the rural Prophetstown schools and served on the board and building committees when Centerville School was built. He married Barbara Peterson of Prophetstown in Princeton, Dec. 12, 1931. He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by the widow; one son, Darrell, and one brother Earl and one sister, Mrs. Ida Hecht, all of Prophetstown; also one niece and one nephew. Friends may call at the Gardner Funeral Chapel from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the Heart Fund. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
RALPH J. BOWEN passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Sterling Public Hospital, following a stroke he suffered the week before. he was born Sept. 1, 1862, at Salisbury, Conn., the son of Joel F. and Rebekah E. Bowen. He moved to Prophetstown, Ill, with his parents in July, 1875. On Sept 21 1893, he was married to Mary Southard of Prophetstown who preceded him in death April 21, 1912. He moved his family to Polo in 1911 where he was manager of a poultry business for a number of years. He joined the Methodist church in his youth. He married Mrs. Sarah F. Chase of Barry Ill., on Jan. 18, 1916, who died Feb. 12, 1940. Surviving are six children: Bert W. Bowen and Mrs. Florence Stackpole of Polo; Emeroy R. Bowen Anamosa, Ia., Mrs. Almira Baarr of Pearl City; Mrs. Alma Jenkins and Mrs. Rosa Sowell of El Monte, Calif.; also 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and 2 stepdaughters. His parents, one son, three sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Melvin Funeral home in Polo, Friday, Feb. 13, with Dr. K.E. Irvin officiating. Mrs. Olive Hedrick and Robert Hedrick sang at the service with Mrs. Lois Cruikshank accompanying. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery at Prophetstown. [Contributed by Sandi Smith]
DEL H. BOWER was born December 31, 1952 in Morrison, IL, the son of Clayton and Dorothy (Burdsall) Bower. He passed away on Thursday, July 28. 2005, at his home in Prophetstown at the age of 52. He was a self-employed painting contractor. Survivors include a daughter, Anna Maria Bower, of California; a sister, Judy (Bob) Scott of Louisville, KY; and an aunt, uncle, niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James. The funeral and burial were private. A gathering of friends and family was held at Gibson & Son Funeral Home. A memorial was established. Inurnment was in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown, IL.
DONALD HENRY BOWER: July 23 1934 HEAT STROKE IS FATAL TO YOUNG FARMER MONDAY Donald Bower, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bower residing six miles east of Prophetstown, died at 8 o'clock Monday evening following a heat stroke which he suffered about three o'clock Monday afternoon enroute home from threshing at the Louis Peterson farm in the neighborhood. He was taken to the office of a physician for treatment and later taken home, where he passed away without regaining consciousness. The young man finished threshing with the other men about 2:30 o'clock and started to drive the tractor home as his father owns the threshing outfit. When he was a quarter of a mile from home he was overcome with the heat and lost control of the tractor. The machine went through the fence into a field and back again onto the road with him still on the seat and then tipped over. His father and Clarence Oetzel were near the scene and rushed him to the doctor. An inquest was held at 10:30 o'clock this morning in the F.L. Dudley funeral chapel in Prophetstown where the body was removed, by Coroner C.M. Frye. The verdict was death from a heat stroke. The funeral will be held at two o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Congregational church in Prophetstown with the Rev. I.C. Campbell officiating. Burial will be made in Riverside cemetery in Prophetstown. Donald Henry Bower was born November 11, 1915 at Wyanet and came to Prophetstown with his parents when he was 10 years old. He was a junior in the Prophetstown high school last year and was a popular and well liked student. He was a member of the Future Farmers' club, and organization in the high school. Besides his parents he leaves a younger brother, Clayton Bower, in the home. RITES OF DONALD BOWER ARE HELD Friends And Schoolmates Fill Cong'l Church Funeral services for Donald Bower, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bower, who died Monday evening, were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Congregational church in this city. Rev. I.C. Campbell conducting the rites. A pipe organ selection, "A Prayer," was played by Mrs. M. L. Lindsay. The church was filled with sorrowing relatives, friends and schoolmates who gathered to pay tribute to a loved one. Donald was a junior in the local high school last year. A profusion of beautiful floral offerings brought to the the hour their silent messages of sympathy, love and esteem. Burial was made in Riverside cemetery in this city. The pallbearers were: Darrel Paterson, Glen Peterson, Earl Merrill, Phillip Oetzel, Shell Dace and Paul Dugosh. Those who assisted with the flowers were: Vera Lou Peterson, Lois Dace, Elsei Baker, Frieda Hintz and Leona Dugosh
HENRY ELMER BOWER - Funeral Services for Henry Elmer Bower, 70, who passed away Monday evening (27 Aug 1961) was held Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Chapel in Prophetstown. The Rev. Nelson Chasteen, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiated for the services. Mrs. L. M. Dingman served as organist for the servicesp. Committal was at the Riverside Cemetery of Prophetstown with Clarence Oetzel, LeRoy Gibson, Harold Hanson, Orville Meter, Willard Baker and Earl Bound serving as pallbearers. Wives of the pallbearers were in charge of the floral tributes. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 1961 - Friday, pg 2]
JAMES C. BOWER, was born April 7, 1957 in Morrison, IL, the son of Clayton and Dorothy Burdsall Bower. He married Linda Matthews on October 10, 1981, in Indiana. They both moved to Houston in 1983, where he had been employed as an interior decorator. He was a 1975 graduate of Manatee High School, Bradenton, FL. He was a baptized member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. He passed away at the age of 33 at the Twelve Oaks Hospital, Houston, TX, on May 21, 1990. A graveside service was held Friday, May 25, 1990, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bruce Janes, pastor of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church, officiating at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Arrangements were completed by the Gardner Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Linda; mother, Dorothy Anderson, Prophetstown; father, Clayton, Lake Wales, FL; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Judy) Scott, Louisville, KY; one brother, Del, Prophetstown; one niece and one nephew. He was preceded by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
BERTHA (BREIDING) BOWERS, 75, formerly of 209 East 8th Street, Sterling, died Sunday afternoon in Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald D. Pritz, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be Monday evening in the Allen Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. A memorial to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund has been established. Bertha Irene Breiding was born May 16, 1900, in Sterling, the daughter of Albert W. and Ida Strohm Breiding. She was united in marriage by the late Dr. E. C. Harris on June 10, 1920, to Herbert R. Bowers who preceded her in death on March 28, 1964. Mrs. Bowers became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in 1914. She was a charter member of the Sterling VFW Auxiliary No. 326, serving as president in 1924. She is survived by one son, Edwin R. Bowers of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. Gunnar (Wilma) Benson; two brothers, Albert H. and Harry J. Breiding, all of Sterling; three granddaughters, Mrs. David (Barbara) Thompson, Mrs. Jeffrey (Nancy) Robinson and Pamela Bowers, all of Memphis, Tenn. She was preceded by her parents and husband. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6]
HELEN (HARTSHORN) BOWERS, 88, of 507 Second Ave., Sterling, died Oct. 17, 1991, at CGH Medical Ceneter, Sterling. Funeral services were 3 p.m. Friday at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Clifford Baumann, visiting pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Mrs. Bowers was born on November 9, 1902 in Sterling, the daughter of William and Hattie (Mitchell) Hartshorn. She married Albert Sidney Bowers March 31, 1925 in Dixon. He died Feb. 15, 1990. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Joan) Jensen of Sterling; and Mrs. Frank (Reeda) Harsche, Redding, Conn.; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Hartshorn, Sterling; two sisters Mrs. Eleanor Casey Tuttle and Mrs. Jane Trueblood, both of Sterling; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Reed S. Bowers, and one brother, Harold. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette October 18, 1991 - Friday, page A2]
NORA R. (DONOHO) BOWERS, 87, of 1508 Ave. J., Sterling, died Saturday afternoon in Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of the Haravest Time Bible Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be in the Allen Funeral Home Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Bowers was born Oct. 25, 1900 in Marion County, the daughter of Curtis and Mary Knight Donoho. She married Harvey Bowers, who died April 16, 1966. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Estalle Espinoza of Sterling, and Mrs. Donna M. "Mickie" Gaffey, Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and 23 great great grandchildren; three brothers, Everett Donoho, Roswell, New Mexico; Vern Donoho, Reno, Nev.; Donald Donoho, Dixon; and one sister, Mrs. Ora Williams, Centralia. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 6, 1988 - Monday, page A2]
JACOB BOWERSOX - C. L. Hurless received word Tuesday of the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jacob Bowersox, at 11 o'clock Monday [04/02/1928] night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Smith, at Solon, Iowa. The funeral will be held Thursday at Shelbyville, Ia., her old home. Mrs. Bowersox was 78 years of age and had been a sufferer with cancer for the past twenty years. She was well known here as she made her home here with her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Hurless for several years. She leaves four children, Mrs. Lizzie Overholser is a sister-in-law. Her husband preceded her in death eight years ago. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 5, 1928]
DOROTHY (CRAWFORD) BOWLSBY, 81, resident of Clinton, Iowa, died in the Alverno Health Care Center, Thursday (20 October 1983) . Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Iowa. Graveside services will be conducted at approximately 12:15 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Clinton Chapel of the Snell-Zornig Funeral Home, Clinton. Dorothy Bowlsby was born Feb. 12, 1902 in Sterling, the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Brookfield) Crawford. She married Earl Smith in 1945 in Clinton. He preceded her in death in 1952. She then married Clifton Bowlsby in 1961 in Clinton. He died in 1966. She was a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Colony, PEO, Clinton, the Humane Society, board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, First Presbyterian Church, and the Circle Seven. She was a graduate of Monticello Girls School, Alton, and attended the University of Iowa. She was a reporter for the Clinton Herald in the 1920s. Survivors include one step-daughter, Ms. Jean Arnold, Chicago; one step-son, Robert Bowlsby, Waterloo, Iowa; eight step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Octobeer 21, 1983 - Friday, pg A6]
CRETE BLACKMAN (DILLON) BOWMAN - of Sterling, IL died Sunday, September 15, 1968 in her home in Sterling after an extended illness. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Bowman was born March 28, 1906 in Sterling, IL and was the daughter of Paul Washington Dillon and Crete Lucretia Blackman. She was united in marriage to John W. Bowman, June 21, 1928 in Sterling. Mrs. Bowman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Ladies Auxiliary of Community General Hospital and on the Board of Directors of McCormick Seminary in Chicago. She also served on the Board of Directors of the building committee for the YWCA and on the board of directors of The Salvation Army. She was a past president of the Women's Association of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Crete B. Harvey of Sterling, IL and Mrs. Michael (Diana) Neeley of Charlottesville, VA; one son Jon Galt Bowman of Mercer Island, WA; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Dillon of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Dillon Goddard of Sterling and one brother, Washington Martin Dillon of Sterling; and six grandchildren. One son, Timothy Dillon Bowman, preceded her in death on May 27, 1956. Daily Gazette]
FRANK J. BOWMAN - The funeral of Frank J. Bowman, 86, of Sterling, olest active member of the Whiteside County Bar who was found dead in bed at his home Thursday morning will be held at the Woods funeral home at 2:30 Saturday, the Rev. Wm. Weatherell, rector of Grace Episcopal Church officiating. Mr. Bowman who had been in poor health for several years suffered a heart attack of indegestion Wednesday evening and when he failed to appear for breakfast at his usual hour Thursday morning his housekeeper went to call him and found him dead. He was born July 10, 1859 in Sterling and was married Anna May Trow who died in 1937. Surviving are a son Frank E. Bowman, Rock Falls; a sister Mrs. Harry E. Burkholder, Sterling and a brother E.J. Bowman, Anaconda MT. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 March 1946]
JOHN W. BOWMAN - aged 55 of Rural Route 1, Morrison, employee of the General Electric plant at Morrison, died unexpectedly at his home about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning (10 Sep 1961) following a heart attack. Bowman had had a heart condition for the past five years. The body was removed to the Tomlinson funeral home where friends may call after 10 a.m. Monday. Funeral servicses will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Tomlinson funeral home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. He was born Oct. 29, 1905, in Brownsville, Pa., the son of John and Marjorie Bowman. He attended grade and high school at Brownsville. He was married, May 1, 1932 to Florence Whitemore of Morrison. He had resided in the Morrison area for the past 30 years. He was a member of the General Electric Association and was a past president of the Cottonwood Community Association. He is survived by his wife, one son, John, in the U.S. Navy, Oak Harbor, Wash., and one daughter., Mrs. J Donald (Marjorie) Rogiers of East Moline, also three grandchildren and one brother and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Septemeber 11, 1961 - Monday, pg 2]
JOHN W. BOWSER - At his home in this city, on Monday, February 16, 1891, John W. Bowser, aged 50 years. John W. Bowser enlisted in Co. C. 2nd Missouri Inf. in March 1862 and served to the close of the war. He had suffered from consumption which he contracted in the army. The direct cause of death was pneumonia with which he was sick but a few days. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. A.M. White officiating. The remains were interred in the Grove Hill cemetery by Alpheus Clark Post No. 118. G.A.R. Odell Library Collection
MAUDE (FRY) BOYD, a resident of this area her entire life, died Sunday morning in Prophets Riverview Nursing Home at Prophetstown after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be 1:30 Tuesday in the FuneralHome. The Rev. Richard J. Hanson of St.John's Lutheran Church of Sterling will officiate and burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Boyd was born Jan. 7, 1890 in Ogle County, Ill., the daughter of John R. and Amanda E. Sigler Fry. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Virginia Whitver of Indianapolis, Ind. and one sister Mrs. Bessie Scott of Sterling. One brother and one sister preceded. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
ZELMA (SMITH) BOYD, 75, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Morrison Community Hospital. She had been in ailing health for some time. The body was removed to the Reynolds Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home the Rev. Roland T. Kamm officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Zelma Smith was born Sept. 19, 1880 in Clyde township, Whiteside county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Smith. She was reared and educated in Morrison and a graduate of the Morrison High School Class of 1899. She was employed as a linotype operator at the Whiteside Sentinel and the Whiteside County News. She retired from the County News in 1952. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a faithful attendant at the Sunday School, having received seven consecutive badges for perfect attendance, and she was an excellent Bible student. Survivors are one sister Mrs. Vivian Smith Caspar, Chicago; one grand niece, Carol Ann Akker, Morrison and several cousins in the Sykes and Green families. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Mabel and Vida Mae, and one brother, Grover C. Smith, and an only niece, Sue Brophy. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 7 Nov 1955 Pg 2]
STELLA (MORONY) BOYDSTON, a former Sterling resident passed away in Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday (06 Mar 1971) afternoon. For the past several years she had made her home at the Ridge Crest Retirement Village at Davenport, Iowa. The body was moved to the Calvin Funeral Home. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, with the Rev. Jean W. ---ning, administrator of Ridge Crest Retirement Village, officiating. A memorial has been established to The Ridge Crest Retirment Village, Davenport, Iowa. Mrs. Boydston was born Sept. 1883 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel C. and Eva Perkins Morony. She received her education in the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, schools. On Jan. 17, 1914 she was united in marriage to David P. Boydston in Mt. Pleasant. The couple moved to Sterling in 1935. Mr. Boydston preceded in death May 1961. Mrs. Boydston was a former member of Rock River Country Club and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, being active in the women's organizations of the church. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Grace Dugdale of Ft. Madison, Iowa; one niece, Mrs. J. D. ---ters of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and one nephew, Jack Boydston of Valley Stream Long Island, N.Y. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 8, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
EDWARD T. BOYER, 63, of 1003 Selmi Lane, Rock Falls, died Saturday (5 October 1985) at home. Funeral services were held today at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling with Rev. Gary Jaeckle and Rev. Eldor Mueller, co-officiating. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling was in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the Messiah Lutheran Church. Mr. Boyer was born on Oct. 6, 1916 in Chelsea, Ia., the son of William and Florence Trimble Boyer. On Sept. 12, 1941 he married Gladys Palmer at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling. He was employed as as carpenter for many local contractors for the past 38 years and had been a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Sterling. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; two sons, John of Bethesda, Md., and Neil of Hamden, Conn.; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Lois) Hinz of Decator and Linda Boyer of Sterling; three sisters, Elino Ramsdell and Marjorie Head both of Toledo, Ia., and Esther Davis of Tama, Ia.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one grandchild. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinos October 8, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
HELEN (REGAN) BOYER, Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Albert Boyer of Portland, Ore., formerly of this area and sister of Pat Regan of Sterling. She died Jan. 18, 1973. Mrs. Boyer, the former Helen Regan, celebrated her 100th birthday in a nursing home last May. She and her husband lived for many years in the Tampico area before making their home in Portland. She is survived by two daughters, Eda Mae, Portland and Helen, California. Her husband, one daughter, Mryta and one son, John, preceded her in death, as well as five sisters and two brothers, all of the Sterling area. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 23, 1973 - Tuesday, pg 3]
MRS. W.N. BOYER - The body of Mrs. W. N. Boyer was brought here from Monticello for burial at three o'clock Monday afternoon in Riverside Cemetery. Funeral rites were held in Monticello Monday. Mrs. Boyer passed away Saturday Dec. 27 (1952) in a hospital in Urbana. She had been ill for the past month. She and her husband resided in the east end of Sterling for many years before moving to a farm near Mitchell, S.D., where Mr. Boyer passed away about 20 years ago. Since her husband's death Mrs. Boyer resided in Monticello. She had visited in Sterling occasionally since moving from here. Relatives from Monticello, Beloit and Fond du Lac, Wis., and Sterling, attended the graveside service. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette December 30, 1952 - Tuesday, pg 2]
LORENZ H. BOYSEN, 79, of 230 Northway Park Road, Rockford, died Friday (April 17, 1982) at the Park Strathmor Nursing Home in Rockford after a short illness. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Lutheran Church of Jordan. The Rev. Walter J. Kukkonen, pastor officiated. Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Sterling. Mr. Boysen was born Aug. 19, 1902 in Stillwater, Minnesota, the son of Peter and Bertha (Kasson) Boysen. He was united in marriage to the former Helen M. Dirks on Oct. 23, 1943 in Chicago. He served in the United States Army Aircorp during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Helen of Rockford, one son, James of Niles and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Barbara, three brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 19, 1982 - Monday, pg A4]
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