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COSMO CAPPZZE , 88, 604 8th Ave., Rock Falls, passed away in his home Monday evening. (6 Dec 1971) He was born Aug. 25, 1883, in Tescolamazza Province, Beneventa, Italy, moved to the United States at an early age and has lived in Rock Falls since that time. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Rock Falls, and the Holy Name Society of that church. He was employed by National Manufacturing Co. for 30 years. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Nellie) Ritchie, Rock Falls; four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Adorado, in 1941; a daughter in infancy, one brother and one sister. The body has been moved to the Melvin Funeral Home, where there will be visitation fro the family only. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with Rev. William Myers, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Section, Riverside Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1971 - Tuesday, pg 2

ELLIS W. CLAPPER , died Tuesday, September 7, 1897 at age 57 yrs 1 mnth 10 days. He was born 27 July 1845 in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa and married in 1863 Miss Margaret Wilt. They arrived in Illinois Spring of 1865. Mr. Clapper was postmaster and tax collector. They have four daughters: Mrs. T. B. Sibley, Mrs. Emmet A. Sibley, Mrs. John Guthrie and ? at home.
From the Erie Independent 18 December 1897 Contributed by Cyndie Dennis Greer

JAMES I. CLAPPER , age 79, of 1307 5th Ave., Sterling, died Tuesday morning (26 May 1977 ?) at the Geneva Community Hospital, Geneva, Ill., while visiting his son. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. E. A. Henrichs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was born February 8, 1898 in Brown County, Ind., the son of Charles and Amanda Jarrett Clapper. He married Marie Broeker April 10, 1937 in Alliance, Neb. He worked as a railroad supervisor and was a member of the Immanual Lutheran Church. Survivors include his widow, one son, James F Clapper of St. Charles; three grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. John (Dolly) Frybarger of Hot Springs, S.D. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1977 - Monday , pg 4

J.E. CONRAD , father of Presbyteranism in Southern Minnesota, died at the home of his son, the Rev. W.O. Conrad in this city, on the 6th of May 1896 at the age of 82 years and 29 days. He was buried in the family lot in the Sterling cemetrey by the side of his wife who died in 1882. The first services wereheld in the Presbyterian church, the Rev. H.C. Cheadl preaching the sermon. The secon services were at the grave conducted by the Rev. Bates of Winnebago City. The remains were taken by train from here to Amboy, the field of his labor as pastor for 21 years. Here it became evident that Father Conrad was NOT dead, for he will never die in the memory of these dear old neighbors and friends. The procession of carriage more thanhalf a mile long followed him to his last resting place about 7 miles east of Amboy. At the cemtery were gathered a throng of his neighbors, most of whom where his spiritual children. Father Conrad wsa born in Lincoln County, NC and moved with his parents to Perry County MO when 6 years old. He lived on a farm, without evan a common school education until his 22nd year. He was converted when 16 years old and being supplied by the wife of a home missionary with certain books, his soul was fired with the great aim of his life; the mission field. Life on a farm in the Missouri wilderness became a burden, and he started out on horseback a distance of 300 miles with all his effects in a saddle bag, to the Mission Institute, in charge of Dr. Nelson, near Quincy IL. He remained in this chool about 9 years, completing a collegiate and partly a theological course. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Schuyler in 1845 and commenced preaching. Finding the need of a more thorough theological training, he spent over a year in Lane's Theological Seminary at Cincinnati then in charge of the celebrated Dr. Beecher. He was married in 1846 to Miss Therina Jane Brockway, and soon started on his wedding tour to this new field oflabor at Warsaw, Ind., where he was ordained and intalled by the Presbytery of Logansport in 1847. He remained in this field about 7 years burying his wife and two children. In august he married Miss Margaret Slagle and in the spring of 1856 started by team to Minnesota, spending the summer preaching and teaming near Rochester, and in November of the same year he joined a colony and settled on his farm in Sterling, Blue Earth county, which was his home until about five years ago, when he came to take up his home with his son. His life of 40 years in the Blue Earth Valley is too well known to need any eulogy from me. He was commissioned by the Home Missionary Society at a salary of $300 a year. He organized the Congregational church of Sterling Center in 1857.. -- the rest is lost.

CHAUNCEY ALLEN CONRAD - Funeral services for Chauncey Allen Conrad, age 66, prominent business official of the city of Prophetstown and cashier of the Farmers National Bank of the city, were held Tuesday at the First Congreagational Church of Prophetstown. C. A. Conrad, passed away suddenly at his home Saturday night, July 13, 1968. Arrangements for the service were in charge of the Gardner Funeral home of Prophetstown. The Rev. A. Dean Lundstrom officiated for the services which were held at two o'clock in the faternoon. Mrs. Ellen Dingman served as the organist. Serving as pallbearers were: Arthur Gibson, Dwight Harrington, Dwight Stokes, R. Lysle Soliday, E. A. Bowers, Aylsworth Jones. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery. In charge of the beautiful floral tributes were: Mrs. Gene Poulter, Mrs. M. L. Lindsay, Mrs. Arthur Gibson, Mrs. Dwight Harrington, Mrs. Dwight Stokes, Mrs. R. Lysle Soliday, Mrs. E. A. Boers, Mrs. Aylesworth Jones. A memorial in the late C. A. Conrad's name has been established for the Prophets Riverview Nursing Center in Prophetstown, a division of the nursing centers in the midwest, of the Good Samaritan Society.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 18, 1968 - Thursday, pg 2

CHRISTIAN M. CONRAD , son of Christian and Verena (Graber) Conrad, was born at Cornel, Switzerland, March 26, 1873; passed away after a year of illness at the home of his daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Long, Sterling, Ill.), on March 6, 1954; aged 80 y. 11 m. 8 d. At the age of 13 he, with his parents and family, migrated to America and settled in Wayne Co., Ohio. When he was 23 years of age he went to Flanagan, Ill., and on June 7, 1900, was married to Kathryn Orendorff. To this union six children were born (Ida-Mrs. R. N. long, Sterling, Ill.; Nora, nurse at Home Hospital, Sterling, Ill.; Laura, serving as business manager of the Nurmanzile Psychiatric Center, Lucknow, India; Eunice-Mrs. O. D. Diller, Wooster, Ohio; Reuben M., Arlington Heights, Ill.; and Gladys-Mrs. Clark S. Eberle, Columbus, Ohio). Surviving are his wife, the 6 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mary-Mrs. D. W. Good, Sterling, Ill.), and 2 brothers (John D., Sterling, Ill., and Jacob G., Venice, Calif.). Two brothers and 4 sisters preceded him in death. Since September, 1953, he and his wife made their home with their daughter. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church, where he was an active a worker in the Sunday-school department for many years. Funeral services were held March 9, at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, Sterling, Ill., in charge of Robert Keller, assisted by Paul Friesen. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributed by D. "fritz" Birely at Find-a-Grave

EMMA D. (ORENDORFF) CONRAD was born at Flanagan, Ill., Mar. 11, 1880; died at the Good Samaritan Rest Home, Oct. 11, 1969; aged 89 y. 7 m. She was married to John D Conrad, who preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 sons (David, Vernon, and Irvin), 11 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. A. C. Good). She was preceded in death by one son,Chauncey. She was a member of the Science Ridge Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 14, with Edwin J. Stalter officiating.Burial in the Science Ridge Cemetery.
Contributed by D. "fritz" Birely at Find-a-Grave

JOHN D. CONRAD son of Christian and Verena Conrad, was born Oct. 25, 1878, in Cornol, Switzerland; departed this life at Community General Hospital, Sterling, Ill., April 24, 1958; aged 78 y. 5 m. 30 d. In 1898 he united in marriage with Emma Orendorff at Flanagan, Ill. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons (David, Plymouth, Ind.; Chauncey, Prophetstown, Ill.; Irvin, Toledo, Ohio, and Vernon, Gibson City, Ill.),. One brother (Jacob Conrad, Venice, Calif.), one sister (Mary-Mrs. Dan. Good, Sterling, Ill.), 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He came to this country with his parents at the age of 8 and settled in Wayne County, Ohio. As a young man he moved to Flanagan, Ill., from there to Iowa, and in 1911, he came to Sterling, Ill., where he lived until death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became an ardent flower of the Lord. He was a faithful member of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. He served as a Sunday-school teacher for 55 years and helped to organize the Illinois Mission Board, of which he was a charter member serving for 41 years. Besides farming he served as field man for the Rock River Production Credit Association of Dixon for 22 years. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Church, April 28, in charge of J. Frederick Erb and Vernon Schertz. Burial in the Science Ridge Cemetery.
Contributed by D. "fritz" Birely at Find-a-Grave

KATHRYN (ORENDORF) CONRAD , daughter of Daniel and Mary Orendorff, was born June 16, 1874, at Flanagan, Ill.; died at the Home Hospital, Feb. 1, 1958; aged 83 y. 7 m. 16 d. In 1900 she was united in marriage to C. M. Conrad of Flanagan, Ill., who preceded her in death in 1954. The family moved to Sterling in 1920 and have resided in that community since that time. She is survived by 5 daughters (Ida-Mrs. R. N. Long, Nora-Mrs. George Rigler, and Miss Laura Conrad, all of Sterling; Eunice-Mrs. Oliver Diller, Wooster, Ohio; and Gladys-Mrs. Clark Eberle, Columbus, Ohio), one son (Reuben, Arlington Heights, Ill.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Roeschler, Flanagan, Ill.; Emma-Mrs. John Conrad, and Ada-Mrs. A. C. Good, Sterling, Ill.), 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Church, Feb. 4, in charge of J. Frederick Erb and Vernon Schertz. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributed by D. "fritz" Birely at Find-a-Grave

LAURA R. CONRAD - Funeral services were conducted by the Allen Funeral home in Sterling, for a well-inown Sterling resident, Miss Laura R. Conrad, 72, of 1616 W. 4th St., Sterling, who died Sunday morning (18 April 1976) at Iowa City University Hospital. Private graveside sercices were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Science Ridge Mennonie Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Lehman, the pastor of the Science Ridge Mennonie Church, officiating. There will be a memorial service at a later date at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, due to her brother being in Europoe at the present time. Miss Conrad was born on Jan. 10, 1904 in Flanagan, Ill., the daughter of Christian and Kathryn Orendorff Conrad. After graduated from college, she taught in Ethiopia for two years and spent several months in Hong Kong. She spent three years in India as a business manager of a Psychiatric Center in Lucknow, India. She taught two years in Somolia, Africa, and then back to India as a hostess at the Recreation Center in the mountains for about one year. She also taught for many years at Merrill School and in later years did substitute teaching in area schools. Miss Conrad is survived by one brother, Reuben M. Conrad of Arlington Heioghts; three sisters, Mrs. George (Nora) Rigler Sterling, Mrs. Oliver (Eunice Diller of Wooster, Ohio, and Mrs. Clark (Gladys) Eberle of Columbus, Ohio. She was preceded by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Ida M. Long on march 25, 1976.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 19, 1976 - Monday, pg 6

LENA CONRAD daughter of Christian and Verena Conrad, was born in Gornol-canton, Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 17, 1876; passed away at the home of her sister (Mary-Mrs. D. W. Good, Sterling, Ill.), March 10, 1950; aged 73 y. 4 m. 23 d. She came to America in 1886, and lived in Sterling, Oh, until 1895, when the family moved to Wayland, Iowa. In 1919 she moved to Sterling IL. to make her home with her sister. Although she never had the responsibility of caring for a home of her own, she served in many homes faithfully and sometimes sacrificially. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith and service she found her chief joy. Her church and her Lord were the center of her life, and all other things were subservient thereto. Surviving are 3 brothers (Cris and John, of Sterling, Ill.; Jacob, Venice, Calif.), one sister (Mary), 32 nieces and nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters (Mrs. Dan Roth, Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Jacob Conrad, Sterling, Ohio; Mrs. Dan Graber, Goshen, Ind.), 2 brothers (Peter, Peoria, Ill.; and Joseph, who died in infancy). Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church March 14, in charge of A. C. Good, assisted by J. D. Graber and Robert Keller.Interment followed in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributed by D. "fritz" Birely at Find-a-Grave

OLIVE JUANITA (BAILEY) CONRAD - 89, of Bluffton, Ohio, died Sept. 19, 2002, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. She was born April 8, 1913, to Charles D. and Nellie (Ladd) Bailey near Grover Hill. After a year of studies at Bluffton College and another year at Bowling Green State University, she taught second grade at Hoaglin-Jackson School of Van Wert County. She married Reuben Conrad, of Sterling, Ill., whom she met at Bluffton College, on July 4, 1937. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1998. After her marriage, they moved to Illinois, where they lived more than 50 years in Arlington Heights and were members of First Methodist Church. She worked as a librarian in the Arlington Heights public library from 1954 until her retirement in 1976, and was librarian of her church. She taught Sunday school and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, was involved in community activities, and in her later years researched the genealogy of her family. In retirement she and her husband traveled widely, were active in square dance groups and went south to spend more than 20 winters in the Rio Grande valley. After she moved to Bluffton in 1998, she attended First Mennonite Church. Survivors include three sons, Alan and his wife, Susukha, of Hollywood, Fla., Dennis of Denver, and Ronald and his wife, Mary, of Thornhill, Ont.; two brothers, Charles Bailey of Hubbard, Ore., and Ivan Bailey of Georgetown, Del.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Reuben; and a sister, Mildred. Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton. Burial was in the family plot in Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery,Sterling, Ill.
Source: Robert Bailey at Find-A-Grave

VERNA (GRABER) CONRAD , daughter of Peter and Katherine Graber, was born in ____ France, June 14, 1846; departed this life at the home of her daughter, near Sterling, Ill., Feb. 9, 1930; aged 83 y. 7 m. 25 d. She was the third in a family of ten children, and the last to depart this life. In the year 1865 she was married to Christian Conrad of Switzerland. To this union ten children were born, as follows: Anna, Katherine, Fannie, Christian, Peter, Lena, John, Joseph, Jacob, and Mary. All of the children were born in Switzerland with the exception of Mary. In 1886 they left their home in Switzerland and came to America, landing in New York about April 1. They came directly to Wayne Co., Ohio, locating on a farm near Sterling. Here in a new world in a new way with new surroundings and new friends, they with hard labor and rigid economy made for themselves a home in this land of larger opportunities. Here, too, a shadow was cast over the home when death claimed the husband and father in 1889. The truth of the old saying "A friend in need is a friend indeed" was verified in the way the neighbors and friends came to the assistance of the widowed mother and her large family. Mention could be made of Bro. C. Z. Yoder, Abram Burkholder and others who with material aid and wise counsel gave valuable assistance in this trying experience. The family resided here for nine years. Then the mother and four of the younger children moved to Noble, Iowa. In 1895 she was married to John Conrad. He passed away in 1908. In 1919 she with her daughter Lena came to Sterling, Ill., to make their home. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. H. Conrad, Sterling, O., Mrs. Daniel Graber, Noble, Ia., Christian M., Sterling, O., Peter H., Wayland, Ia., Lena, Sterling, O., John D., Sterling, O., Jacob G., Venice, Calif., and Mary, with whom she had her home. There are also thirty-five grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. At the age of eleven she felt the need of a personal Savior and confessed Christ. After committing to memory the eighteen articles of Faith, she was admitted into the Church by water baptism and was acknowledged as a member of the body of Christ. Education was little thought of in her day, and the Bible held first place in the literature of the home. Her mother tongue was German and she also spoke French fluently. She never acquired the English language sufficiently to converse with her American friends. The beauty of her life and the ever present smile on her face won for her many friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 11 by her pastor. Text, Psa. 23.
From D. "fritz" Birely Find-a-Grave - Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah

DON CONSIDINE - Funeral services for the late Dan Considine were held Thursday morning in Savanna, with burial in Riverside cemetery in Prophetstown, Ill. Daniel Considine was born in Fulton, Ill., August 3, 1867, the son of John and Hanna Flannigan Considine. His death occurred Tuesday morning at 1:15 o’clock after an illness of several weeks duration. He had one foot amputated recently and his death was attributed to gangrene. He spent his early life in Fulton, but before going to Savanna to reside, he made his home in Prophetstown for several years. He lived in Savanna for nearly thirty years. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Clifton Considine, two sisters, Miss Margaret Considine of Chicago, and Mrs. Julia Lee of Fulton, and several nieces and nephews. The following brothers and sister preceded him in death: Robert; William, John, Frank, Edward, Dennis, Gustav, and Mrs. Mary Martin.
Fulton Journal: February 23, 1934:

JOHN CONSIDINE died at her home in this city Thursday afternoon, March 16, 1916 after a lingering illness. Mrs. Considine had been an invalid eight years and was confined to her bed the past two years, during which time she was carefully cared for by her daughters and other members of her family, who mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother who was devoted to her home and family. Hannah Flanigan was born in County Clare, Ireland in 1835 and came to America with her parents when about eight years of age settling in /Ellicettville, N.Y., where she was united in marriage to John Considine in 1851. The young couple came west a few years later, settling in Fulton, where they made their home and raised their family and were classed among the early residents of this city. Mr. Considine died in Fulton in 1899. To this union were born ten children, who all lived to maturity but five of whom have now passed to their home beyond. The children are R.P. Considine of this city; William J. who died in 1900; J.J. who died in 1893; Frank M. of Clinton, Iowa; Mary, who married James Martin and died in Chicago in 1893; Edward H., who died in 1901; Daniel of Savanna, Dennis of this city; Julia, who married Edward Lee and resides in Fulton; S.A. who died in 1908 and Margaret, who has been a faithful daughter to her mother at home during her long illness. Requiem high mass will be held to the Catholic church in this city Monday morning followed by the funeral services conducted by Rev. J.J. Clancy with burial in the Catholic cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends from away are expected to be here to attend the funeral and the pall-bearers will be selected from her grandsons.”

NELL (POTTER) COOPER , 81, of Morrison, died at Morrison Community Hospital Saturday evening. Funeral services will be in the First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Paul DeBeer officiating. Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dreissler Funeral Home, Oak Park, and burial will be in Mt. Einlyn Cemetery River Forest. Friends may visit the Reynolds Funeral Home Tuesday after 7 p.m. Mrs. Potter was born June 25, 1891 at Quincy, the daughter of John and Nel Curry Potter. She married Joseph Cooper, he preceded her in death in 1961, and later married M. B. Potter in 1964 who died October 1971. She had lived in Oak Park until moving to Morrison. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Morrison Country Club. Survivors include one son, Gen. Paul T. Cooper, USAF, Seattle, Wash., and two grandchildren. Her husbands and one son preceded her in death.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

WESLEY S. COOPER , 85, of Thomson, died Sunday morning at Mercy Hospital in Clinton. Funeral serviceses will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established. He was born March 12, 1892 in Fenton Township. He was educated in Fenton and married Mable M. Brown, on May 30, 1915 in Morrison. She preceded him in death July 22, 1968. He was a millwright by trade and a member of the Argo Fay Methodist church and Modern Woodsmen of America Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Nada) Cady of Thomson; three sisters, Mrs. Chester (Ethyl) Kemmer of Morrison, Mrs. George (Nellie) Hyman of Galesburg and Mrs. Alma Beguhn of Davenport; one brother, Clarence Cooper of Peoria; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, two sons, two sisters, two brothers and one grandson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1977 - Monday , pg 4

JOHN JOSEPH COPELAND - The body of John Joseph Copeland, 44, World war veteran, was found by his wife in a bedroom of the farm home two miles north of Hooppole Wednesday afternoon. Copeland had shot himself with a 16 gauge shotgun some time between 2 and 3:30 o'clock. Mrs Copeland and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heitzler had gone to Prophetstown on business and on returning could not find Mr. Copeland about the place. On investigation they located the body. Copeland had been in poor health since last September when he had suffered an attack of influenza. He had also been a sufferer from high blood pressure and sinus trouble. The verdict of the coroner's jury was that he had shot himself while despondent over ill health. The inquest was held at the Wilson Funeral Parlors at Annawan Wednesday night. Copeland was born Sept. 16, 1893 at Dubuque, Ia., a son of Albert and Mary Driscoll Copeland. He enlisted in the Army during the World War at Forest City, Ia. After the war he went to the vicinity of Hooppole and worked as a farm hand. On Oct 5, 1920 he was united in marriage to Miss Neva Swan, the daughter of his employer. There were no children. Surviving are the widow, one brother, James Copeland, and one sister, Mrs. Felix Cassidy, both of Benton, Wis., an aunt, Miss Hannah Driscoll of Dubuque, and an uncle, John Copeland or Orlando, Fla. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 2, 1937 - Thursday, page 7

IRENE (ROARK) COSTELLO - Relatives and friends have received word of the death of Mrs. Frank Costello which occurred Monday evening in her home in Omaha, Neb. She had been ill for some time. Funeral rites will be held in Omaha. Mrs. Costello was the former Irene Roark and well known in Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 21, 1953 - Tuesday, page 2

HENRY COTTRELL , age 59, Morrison, a process control engineer at General Electric, died Saturday evening (08 Jun 1977) at a Monroe, Wis., hospital after a three year illness. Funeral services will be Tueday at 10 a.m. at the Tomlinson Funeral Home, Morrison. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Fund. Henry Cottrell was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Memphis, Tenn. He was a graduate of Moline High School. He married Lucille Johnson, Aug. 31, 1963 at Story, Wis. He came to Morrison in 1949. He was employed by General Electric Co. in various supervisory positions. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Sterling Elks and was a World War II veteran. He served on a PT boat in the south Pacific. He had been employed by the Rock Island Arsenal for several years. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Sandra Marher, California, and one brother, Frank D., Jr., Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 10, 1977 - Monday, pg 4

DARLENE E. (CHURCH) PRESNELL COUGHLEN , 62, of Prophetstown, died Sunday at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Private funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, with Dr. David Hottenstein, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will not be present. A memorial has been established to the Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center. Mrs. Coughlen was born Jan. 12, 1928 in Albion Center, Neb., the daughter of Harley and Ellenor (Sutton) Church. She graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1946. She married Captain Robert G. Presnell May 11, 1952. He died in 1961. She married Robert Coughlen Jan. 19, 1966. She was employed for a number of years in offices of Eclipse Lawn Mower Co. and also in the offices of Whiteside County courthouse for a number of years. She was more recently employed for 10 years at Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown. She retired in March of this year. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and its Women's Fellowship. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Keith (Lydia) Crady, Prophetstown, and Mrs. Steve (Janet) Wright, Morrison; two step-daughters, Dallas Lee Gonzalez, Athens, Ga., and Rob Ann Tomlinson, Wellesey Hills, Mass., two sons, Robert D. Presnell, Seattle Wash., and Steven R. Coughlen, presently serving in the U.S. Navy in Rota, Spain; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Joy Combs and Patricia Sonnenberg, both of Prophetstown; one brother, Malven Church, Prophetstown.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 18 1990 - Tuesday, page A2

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