JOHN H. EACKER, 81, of 27138 Capp Road., Sterling, died June 16 at White Pines Living Center of Oregon, IL. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Blair Funeral Home in Sterling, Rex Wilson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Park. Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service starts. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Eacker was born on July 21, 1906 in Lyons, Iowa. He is the son of Fredrick and Mini Belle Eacker. He married Netti Stange in June of 1941, and she preceded him in death. He then married Margaret Wolber in June of 1960, and she also preceded. He was employed as a truck driver for Mansfield. He was formerly an employee of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling. The deceased was a veteran of World War II, he was a prisoner of war in Germany in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by two step daughters, Mrs. Frank (Lola) Berbout of Sterling and Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Fredricks of Dixon; one stepson, Carl Stange of Sterling; five sisters, Augusta McMahon of Clinton, Irene Melendz of Savanna, Dora Smith of Thomson, Esther Whitney of Thomson, and Alverta York of Codi, Wy.; one brother Clarence of Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three wives and one brother, Edward. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 17, 1988 - Friday, page A2]
JOHN EADE, 59 1408 5th ave, Sterling, superincendent of streets and sanitation, died Saturday in Community hospital. Mr. Eade was born Oct. 8, 1897, in Nashville, IL, son of John E. and Henrietta Eade. He married Carrie Charles Nov. 11, 1920, in Sterling. He was a world war veteran and a charter member of Bert E. Brown American Legion post 296. Surviving are his widow; a son, John C, Sterling; a daughter, Mrs. Gordon Johnson, Rockford; two Brothers, including George, Rock Falls; and two sisters, including Mrs. Charles Thaikos, Sterling. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Melvin funeral home with the Rev. Theodore Whitacre, pastor of Brethren church, officating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll park. Friends may call Sunday afternoon in the funeral home. Date: Sunday, December 2, 1956 Paper: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Page: 8]
ROBERT EADE, 19, of 141 Fall Road, Dixon, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Rockford Memorial Hospital as the results of injuries sustained from a truck-train accident. He was employed by Happy Temps, Rock Falls, as a general laborer. Mr. Eade was born Sept. 23, 1982, in Dixon, the son of Clarence Eade and Brenda Clark. He attended Rock Falls High School and First Open Bible Church, sterling. He collected monkeys and enjoyed playing video games. Survivors include his father of Dixon; his mother, Brenda (Christopher) Crow of Dixon; two brothers, Paul Williams and Russell Eade, both of Dixon; and two sisters, Dawn (Todd) Stover of Dixon and Charity (Joseph) Elder of Rock Falls. The funeral is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, First Avenue Chapel, Sterling, with Rev. Les Funderberg, pastor of First Open Bible Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation from 9:30-11:30 a.m Saturday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 6, 2002 - Friday, pg A5]
ASA RAYMOND EADS - Services for Asa Raymond Eads, 74, will be at 2 tomorrow afternoon in Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in Lusk Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Edward Tucker of Albany United Methodist Church will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mr. Eads died Saturday in Morrison Community Hospital. He was born in Kilbuck, NY, son of Henry and Cordelia Wright Eads. He married Ruth Bradley March 14, 1929, in Clinton, Iowa. He was a member of Albany Methodist Church. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Irvin Foster of Fulton and Mrs. Dennis Remrey of Clinton; five sons, Ernest of Fulton and Paul, David, Lawrence and Gary at home; four grandchildren, and a brother, Floyd of Fulton. Moline Daily Dispatch May 13, 1968 - [Contributed by Liz Eads]
CHARLES W. EADS - 83, of Prophetstown, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Charles was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Lyndon, to Leroy Freeman and Nellie (McDearmon) Eads. He lived in Lyndon growing up, then moved to Erie and lived there from 1966 to 1980. In 1980, he moved to Prophetstown, and lived there for 34 years. He married Verna Margaret Oltmanns on Nov. 26, 1959, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling. As a member of St. John Lutheran Church, he taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Loyal Lutherans. He was a 70-plus-year member of the Boy Scouts of America. He also was a member of the Erie Rotary Club, and was a foster parent for many years. Survivors include his wife, Verna; one daughter, Deborah (Norbert) Pempe of Morris; one son, Charles Daniel â€œDanâ€ Eads of Prophetstown; five grandchildren, Norbert A., Remington (Jean), Sterling (Jessie Anders), Arianna Pempe, and Czarina (Don) Ruffatto; and four great-grandchildren, Xander, Kent, Logan, and Kaedyn Pempe. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence â€œBud,â€ Leroy, and Keith Eads; and two sisters, Vi Knox and Eleanor Boonstra. Memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements. Submitted GT -- Sterling Gazette 26 Aug 2014]
CORDELIA ELIZA EADS - The death angel entered the home of Eads Brothers Monday evening at 8:30 o'clock, Dec. 30th, 1929 and bore with it in its upward flight the spirit of their beloved mother, Mrs. Cordelia, Eliza Eads. Her passing occured at the home six miles south of Albany after an illness of four weeks, following a period of gradually declining health. She was born Feb. 23, 1850, at New Hudson, New York, and passed her girlhood at that place. She was married to Henry Eads at Allegheny, NY, Dec. 20th 1883. They came to Illinois March 1, 1893, their home having been in the vicinity of Albany ever since, a period of 36 years. Mrs. Eads was the mother of eight children, four sons and four daughters, namely, George Fleming of Canedaga, NY, Floyd W., Clayton A., and Asa R. Eads all of Albany; Mrs. Sarah Phearsdorff of Allegheny, NY; Mrs. Alice Reedy; Mrs. Millie Anglese; Mrs. Florence Gale all of Albany. Also 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, also a brother Alman Wright of Allegheny, NY; two sisters, Mrs. Loretta Courtwright of Allegheny and Mrs. Luella McElheney of Oleon, NY. The husband and father preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1927 and a daughter Marcie in infancy. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon with services at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist church in Albany at 2:30. Rev. C. H. Duvall in charge. Mrs. S. B. Dimond, Mrs. Edgar Daw, F. E. Wilson, and W. C. Van Nest sang, "Deautiful Isle of Some Where," "Rock of Ages" and Going Down the Valley", accompanied by Mrs. C. C. Ewing at the piano. The flower laden casket was carried by the following friends: Harvey Rennecker, John Lo?us, Andrew Dolan, William Hurley, Edward Coffey and William Coffey. She was tenderly laid to rest beside her husband in the family lot in Oak Ridge. The writer knew Mrs. Eads for a period of twenty years. Her home life was beautiful. No wife or mother could be more kind, more dutiful or more obliging than she; nor no friend or neighbor more faithful and true. The love and respect her husband and children lavished upon her was a wonder and an education to all. In fact all who knew Mrs. Eads loved her. Her gentle spirit has found a haven of rest and quiet and peace. Her beautiful memory shall ever cherish. Relatives and friends from out-of-town attending the funeral were- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eads; Mr. and Mrs. Lee McGowan; Mr. and Mrs. Art Eads and son; Mrs. Jos. Gorgney; Lee Whorley and Del Daniels of Morrison; Mrs. Millard Turner of Savannah; Fred Eads of union Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Claire Meekans of Winfield; Miss Bertha Dillon; Mrs. Ed Sands; Mrs. Jesse Dillon Wreath of hillsdale; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mace of Lyons; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Robinson of hampton; Mr. and Mrs. James Pollard of Thomson and Mrs. Sarah Phearsdorff and son of Allegheny, NY.
DAVID ROBERT EADS, 59, of 302 N. Bluff Street, Albany, IL, died Tuesday, December 21, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. David was born August 30, 1940, in Albany, IL, to Asa R. and Ruth (Bradley) Eads. He was educated in the Albany Grade School and attended Fulton High School. He was employed by the former Bennett Box Company in Clinton, IA, Stave Woodmill in Fulton, IL, and most recently employed at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling, IL, for many years. He attended the Fulton Baptist Church in Fulton, IL. A memorial to Self Help Enterprises, Inc, in Sterling, IL has been established. Survivors include one sister, Carolyn (Mrs. Dennis) Remrey of Clinton,IA; two brothers, Ernest (Carol) Eads of Fulton, IL, and Gary (Elizabeth) Eads of LaPorte, TX; one brother-in-law Irvin Foster of Fulton, IL; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Delia Foster and two brothers, Lawrence and Paul Eads. [Contributed by Liz Eads]
FRANK W. EADS, 94, Prophetstown, died early Sunday morning (15 Jun 1972) at Morrison Community Hospital after being in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Lyndon Congregational Church, with Rev. Daniel Boxwell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may visit the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, Monday from 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory. Frank W. Eades was born June 28, 1877, at Garden Plain, the son of John Hardin and Phoebe Jordan Eades. He was educated in Garden Plain. He married Nellie Mae Allen of Lyndon on Dec. 21, 1904, at Lyndon. They farmed for 40 years north of Lyndon and moved to Prophetstown in 1947. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge of Prophetstown and a member of the Lyndon Congregational Church. Survivors included two daughters, Mrs. Claude (Mildren) Weberg, Prophetstown, and Mrs. Frank (Marian) Hiland, Lyndon, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers, and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 16, 1972 - Monday, pg 2 Funeral services were held at Lyndon Congregational Church for Frank W. Eads, 94, who died early Sunday morning at Morrison Community Hospital. The Rev. Daniel Boxwell officiated at the services on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. A memorial has been established for the Lyndon Congregational Church. Pallbearers were John Wiebenga, Claude Ackeberg, Don and Frank Ward, Clarence Hunt and Reynold VanDerLeest. Music was provided by Mrs. Richard Cavanaugh. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Claude Ackeberg, Mrs. John Wiebenga and Hillcrest Greenhouse.
GEORGE WESLEY EADS, the son of Charles Eads, died at the home of his parents, one mile north of Cottonwood, Sunday afternoon at 2:20 o'clock at the age of twenty years The name of Abbott is an old and familiar one in Whiteside county, for from its very earliest history representatives. His death was caused by tuberculosis, from which he had been suffering for the past two years. He was born May 28th, 1895. The funeral services were held at the parents' home this afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. T. B. Marlin of the Baptist church in this city officiated. Interment took place in the Fenton cemetery. [Contributed by Liz Eads]
LAWRENCE WAYNE EADS, 53, of 302 N. Bluff St., Albany, died Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at Samaritan Hospital North, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton, with Pastor Dwayne R. La Fleur officiating. Burial will be at Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the Fulton Baptist Church, Fulton. Mr. Eads was born July 29, 1943, in Albany, the son of Asa R. and Ruth (Bradley) Eads. He attended the Albany grade schools and Fulton High School. He served in the U. S. Army in Germany during Vietnam. He was employed at Climax, Clinton, Iowa, and Fulton Corporation, Fulton. He attended Fulton Baptist Church. Survivors include two sisters, Delia (Irvin) Foster of Fulton, and Carolyn (Dennis) Remrey of Clinton, Iowa; and four brothers, Ernest (Carol) Eads of Fulton, Paul Eads and David Eads of Albany, and Gary (Elizabeth) Eads of LaPorte, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Liz Eads]
NELLIE MAY (ALLEN) EADS, 88, died Sunday at 3:30 a.m. at Morrison Community Hospital. She had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be in the Lyndon Congregational Church at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. William Dupree will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established in her honor. Friends may visit at Gardner's Chapel Monday evening from 7-9. Mrs. Eads was born May 16, 1883 at Lyndon and had lived in Prophetstown since 1947. She was the daughter of John C. and Ann (Carter) Allen and was educated at Lyndon. She was a member of the Lyndon Congregational Church. She was married to Frank Eads of Garden Plain in Lyndon Dec. 21, 1904 and the couple lived in Lyndon and Prophetstown area all their married life. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Claude (Mildred) Weburg, Prophetstown; Mrs. Frank (Marian) Hiland, Lyndon; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Rapp, Prophetstown and three grandchildren. Her parents and four sisters preceded her in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - June 14, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
PAUL RAYMOND EADS, 60, of 302 N. Bluff Street, Albany, IL, died Wednesday, December 25, 1996, at Samaritan Hospital North, Clinton, IA. Paul was born May 6, 1936, in Albany, IL to Asa R. and Ruth (Bradley) Eads. He attended the Albany Grade School and the Fulton High School. He was self employed as a carpenter in New Jersey and most recently in the Quad Cities area. He was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church, Albany, IL, and the Carpenter's Union, Clinton, IA. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. A memorial to the Albany United Methodist Church, Albany, IL. has been established. Survivors include two sisters: Delia (Mrs Irvin) Foster of Fulton, IL and Carolyn (Mrs. Dennis) Remrey, of Clinton, IA; three brothers: Ernest (Carol) Eads of Fulton, IL, David Eads of Albany, IL, and Gary (Elizabeth) Eads of LaPorte, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother: Lawrence Eads. [Contributed by Liz Eads]
RUTH (BRADLEY) EADS, 69, 302 North Bluff, Albany, died Sunday at the Savanna City Hospital, Savanna. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton Chapel. Burial will be in the Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany. The Rev. David McCoy, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Fulton will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton. A memorial has been established to the WDLM Radio Ministry. Born on June 16, 1913 in Garden Plain, the daughter of A. Ernest and Mary Spangler Bradley she married Asa Eads on Mar. 14, 1929 in Clinton. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1968. She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church and lived in Albany most of her life. Surviving are two daughters, Mr. Irvin (Delia) Foster, Fulton and Mrs. Dennis (Carolyn) Remrey, Clinton; five sons, Ernest, Fulton, Paul, David, and Lawrence, all of Albany and Gary, Houston, Tex.; and nine grandchildren. Preceding were her parents, husband and one sister. [Daily Gazette December 13, 1982 - Contributed by Liz Eads]
SARAH (CASS) EADS, who had been ill for some time, passed away at about 7:30 o'clock Friday evening, aged 87 years, 7 months and 17 days. The funeral services will be held at the house at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon and at two o'clock at the Brick church in Ustick. Rev. John Nice officiating. Burial will be made in the Mennonite cemetery adjoining the church. She was a daughter of Sally Scott and Jehiel Cass, and was born in Alcot (s/b ASCOT) Canada, May 20, 1838. She was married December 22, 1854, to William Eads, at Sterling, and was the mother of eight sons, four of whom are living, as follows: Henry L. and Arthur of Albany, Charles W. of Unionville, and Albert at home. Her husband died a number of years ago. One brother and three sisters also survive her, namely Geo. Cass of Cottonwood, Mrs. Razena Twombly of Morrison, Mrs. Mary Daniels of Cottonwood, and Mrs. Stella Tosher of Portland, Ore. SARAH EADS 2nd Obit - Octogenerian dies in Morrison Mrs. Sarah Eads passed away at her home north of the city Friday evening, aged nearly 88 years,the date of her birth being May 20, 1828. Her illness was of short duration, and rest from a long life journey came quietly as the shades of evening. Mrs. Eads was one of the early rsidents of this vicinity, her husband, William Eads, having preceded her in death many years ago. The greater part of her life, which has been one of quiet ministry to kindred and friends, has been spent in the old home, from which will be missed a good mother and a faithful friend and neighbor. She leaves of her own kindred, four sons, Henry and Arthur Eads of Albany, Charles of Unionville, and Bert in the home. Also one brother, George Cass of this vicinity, and three sisters, Mrs. Stella Tozier of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Mary Daniels of Cottonwood and Mrs. Rosina Twombley of this city. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 at the home and at 2:00 o'clock at the Brick church north of the c! ity, conducted by Revs. McCullough and Nice. Interment will be in the cemetery in that locality. [Whiteside Sentinel 10 January 1921 Pg 1 - Contributed by Liz Eads]
VERNA MARGARET (OLTMANNS) EADS - 83, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Born April 25, 1931, in Hopkins Township, Verna was a daughter of Henry Edward and Ruth Margaret (Hellem) Oltmanns. She was raised and educated in the Sterling area and graduated from SHS. After graduation, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and honorably served from 1950 to 1954. She married Charles W. Eads on Nov. 26, 1959, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 2014. Verna lived in Sterling, Lyndon, Rock Falls and Erie from 1959 until 1980, with her husband and children. In 1980, she and her family moved to Prophetstown, and she lived there for 34 years, until her death. She worked many jobs throughout her lifetime, but her proudest achievements were being a mother to her two children, a foster parent for many years, and a child advocate caseworker until her retirement. Survivors include one son, Charles â€œDanâ€ Eads; one daughter, Deborah (Norbert) Pempe; five grandchildren: Norbert A. (Alyssa Zimmerman) Pempe, Remington (Jean) Pempe, Czarina (Don) Ruffatto, Sterling (Jessie) Pempe, and Arianna Pempe; four great-grandchildren, Xander, Kent, Logan and Kaedyn Pempe; one sister, Janet Carl; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Edward P. Oltmanns, William H. Oltmanns, and Daniel Oltmanns in infancy; and one sister, Beulah Oltmanns. The memorial service was at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Graveside service with military rites were held at Lyndon Cemetery. [Submitted at GT - 27 Oct 2014]
VICTOR MERLIN EADS - Services for Victor M. Eads, 80 of 19210 Creamery Road, will be at 10. a.m. Wednesday at Morrison Chapel of Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Morrison American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. Mr. Eads died Sunday, Sept 22, 1996, at his home. He worked for Chicago Northwestern Railroad and Alldritt's Quarry; was Clyde Township Road Commissioner for many years; and worked for Whiteside County Highway Department until retirement. He was born March 30, 1916, in Albany. He married Nellie Lindstrom in 1947 in Morrison. During World War II, he served in the Army. A memorial fund has been established. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Vicki Carroll, Fulton; a stepdaughter, Ellen Turner, Fulton; a son, Lawrence, Morrison; stepsons, Richard Lindstrom, Thompson, and Robert Cook, Morrison; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Merema, Morrison.
WILLIAM EADS was born in Madison, Ind., Sept. 6, 1832. Died Feb. 13, 1907, at the age of 74 years, 3 months, and 7 days. When about 5 years of age he came to Illinois with his parents, who settled in this county. In Dec. 1853, he married Miss Sarah H. Carr (sic), who with six children, survives him. The children are Henry, Charles, Albert, Arthur, Edgar, and Alonson. Two died in infancy. The funeral services were held Saturday at 11 o'clock at the Mennonite church in Ustick, Rev. John Nice officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. [Contributed by Liz Eads **(Take note that the obit says birth is Sep 6 but if you calculate the date of birth by the Death certificate it comes out to Nov 6. The 1900 Census states his birth as Sep 1832. Other sources state his birth is in June. What do we want to believe? Martha Byrnes has information that his birthdate was 6 Sep 1831 From "Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Thomas Scott, born 1744...edited by C.S. Scott, Phoenix, Arizona, published 1902)
BERNICE (COY) EAGLIN, 82, of Sterling died Sunday June 19, 2005 at Willow Wood Health Care Center, Rock Falls. Mrs. Eaglin was born May 3, 1923 in Rock Falls, the daughter of George H. and Ella (Gash) Coy Sr. She was a member of 1st Church of the Nazarene, Sterling. Survivors are a son Eugene, a brother George H. Coy Jr, a sister Darlene Rhoades; three grandchildren, Derek Eaglin, Eugenia Connors and Bambi Garnder. She was preceded by two brothers Willard and Walter Coy; a sister catherine Coy; and special friend Ellery Price. The funeral is Tuesday at the Nazarene Church, burial at Coloma Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 23, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
ANN (ULM) EAKLE, 81, died at 7 pm. Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry (Fern) Sherman, Harmon Township. She had been in ill health for some time. The body was taken to the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls where friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral rites will be held at Wheelock's at 2 p.m. Monday, Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, of which she was a member, will officiate. Interment will be in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Eakle was born Sept. 24, 1874 in Jordan Township, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Ulm. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sherman; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Shields; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents; a son, Lee Ellsworth; three sisters and two brothers.
SERVICES: - ANN EAKLE - Services were conducted for Mrs. Ann Eakle at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wheelock funeral Home by Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Burial was in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. During the service two hymns "In The Garden" and "Good Night and Good Morning," were sung by Mrs. Minnie Skaggs, accompanied by Wayne Larson, organist. Pallbearers were W. E. Urich, Walter Schmitt, Jesse Black, Clarence Tousley, Harry Insley and William Kranov. In charge of floral tributes were Mrs. Harry Insley, Mrs. Henry Wagner, Mrs. George Hinrichs and Mrs. Clarence Tousley. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 14, 1956 - Saturday, page 2]
THOMAS EAKLE - Funeral services were held at one-thirty o'clock Friday afternoon for Thomas Roy Eakle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Urban Eakle, at his late home one mile east of Van Petten. Dr. Ralph K. Schwab of the First Congregational church in Rock Falls conducted the services. During the services Mrs. William Hill sang, "No Night There” ad "Lead Kindly Light." Burial was made in the Rock Falls cemetery. Thomas Roy Eakle was born Dec. 11, 1911, in the country home of his parents, Urban H. Eakle and Mabel Thome Eakle, one mile east of Van Petten, Ill. Thomas grew up on the farm. He loved to work in the garden with his flowers and loved all growing things he carefully tended and watched with interest the growth of things under his care. He was a companion to his mother and a great help to her about the house. He liked to go to school and was one of the quick pupils in the district school near his home. He also was a great lover of music, advancing rapidly in his study of piano and delighting greatly in singing. His spirit was always cheerful and optimistic. Although usually quite well, on Monday evening upon his return from school he showed the first signs of what proved to be his fatal illness, infantile paralysis. At first his illness was not regarded as serious by his parents; but on Wednesday morning a physician was summoned. Everything that love and skill could do was done for the lad, yet he passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 22, 1921 at the age of 9 years, 9 months, and eleven days. Thomas was with us only a few short years, yet he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves to mourn his early loss, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Urban H. Eakle, two brothers, Anthony, his senior and Urban, his junior; Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Thome, his grandparents and many relatives and friends. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen Sterling Gazette Sep. 24, 1921]
VIVIAN (KITZMILLER) EAKLE, 92, died Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at Coventry Village surrounded by her family. Mrs. Eakle was born April 10, 1913 in Kasbeer, IL, the daughter of William and Grace B. (Woltz) Kitzmiller. She married Urban C. Eakle October 15, 1932 in Sterling. He preceded her in death in 1994. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a past member of Moose Lodge #726 Women. She loved gardening and baking. Survivors are a daughter, Sheryl Pendgraft (Bob) Clapp; a son, Norman (Sue) Eakle both of Sterling; a sister Violet Green of Rockford; five grandchildren, Rhonda (Michael) Miller of Sterling, Curtis Eakle of Chicago, Bradley (Nell) Eakle of Sterling, LeAnne (Steve) Olson of Rockton, Kristen (Michael) Bauer of Sterling; and four great-grandchildren Matthew Miller, Samantha Olson, Kaitlyn and Grace Bauer. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 8, 2005 at the Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Oehlert of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at the Coloma Twp. Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be 6-8, Friday, October 7th at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established to St. John's Lutheran Church.
CHARLES E. EARL, 96, a retired farmer of Erie, passed away Sunday afternoon at the Martin Nursing Home, Round Grove. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Schilling Funeral Home, the Rev. L. Harold George of the Erie Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Erie Cemetery . Friends may call at the funeral home until time of services. Charles E. Earl was born March 3, 1879 in Dana, the some of James W. and Martha Klegg Earl. He has lived in Erie and vicinity since 1905. He married Jeanie Knox April 22, 1892, in Washington, Ohio and she passed away in (can't make out year). He married Rebekah Forsyth on April 3, 1930 in Hanover . He was a member of the Erie Methodist Church . He is survived by his widow, five grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren. He is preceded by his first wife and two sons. ([Contributed by Margaret Mangers Feb 13, 1967 Sterling Gazette)
--- Funeral services for Charles E. Earl, 96, were held Tuesday afternoon in the Schilling Funeral Home. The Rev. L. Harold George, pastor of the Erie Methodist Church, officiated. Pallbearers were James Earl, Milan; Allan Conrad and Ron Conrad both of Hillsdale; Rodney EArl, Fenton; Neil Earl and Jerry Earl. Burial was in Erie Cemetery. Funeral Services [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2]
ALBERT W. EARLY - OCTOGENARIAN PASSES AT EAST PENFIELD --- Albert W. Early of East Penfield passed away Friday October 4, 1946. Had he lived until Nov 28 he would have been 86 years old. He was born in Montmorency Ill., in 1860, son of William A. and Mary P. Early, who had migrated west via the covered wagon route from Corning N.Y. He spent his boyhood there and then went into the far west to ride the range. There he acquired a wide reputation as a trainer of wild horses and as a marksman. After about 20 years of this rigorous life he was crippled by a wild horse in training. He returned to Rock Falls and Sterling Ill., scene of his boyhood and engaged in business for a few years. The urge for the west again called and he migrated to Montana where he homesteaded and eventually acquired 1900 acres of wheatland. Finally at 65 years of age the press of this life became too much for him and he returned to New York State, home of his forebears and purchased the old Pulver farm on Pennfield Rd., which he actively worked until three years ago when age forced this old pioneer to give up. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Harry Stalker, East Penfield; three grandchildren, four sisters, Emma J. Early, Eva Grove, Hattie Landon, and Mary Prins, and a brother Charles F. all of Rock Falls, Ill., and another brother George of Montana. Rev. Robert Zimbleman, pastor of East Penfield Church, officiated at the funeral Sunday afternoon at the VanHorn Funeral Home. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. [Contributed by Paul Bailey Unknown New York Newspaper]
GEORGE W. EARLY, 84, of Billings, Mont., passed away Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 1954 at Thermopolis, Wyo. A brother, Charles F. Early of Rock Falls, left Tuesday morning for Wyoming and accompanied the body back to Sterling, arriving this morning. The body rests at the Woods Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral rites will be held in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. Norman C. miller of the Rock Falls Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. George W. Early, son of the late William A. and Susan Dunham Early, was born July 11, 1870, in Montmorency Township. He left Rock Falls 62 years ago for Montana and had made his home in Billings for some years. Surviving are one brother and two sisters, Charles W. Early, Miss Emma Early and Mrs. George Lambin, all of Rock Falls; one niece and three nephews, Mrs. Mildred Jurkens, Donald Grove; William Prims and Albert Grove; he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters, Albert and Frank Early, Mrs. Eva Grove and Mrs. Mary Prims. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 25, 1954 - Saturday, pg 2]
WILLIAM A. EARLY, was one of nine children born to Charles and Elicia Early. Of the two brothers and seven sisters, only one sister, Mrs. William Mickle of New Lebanon New York remains. Mr. Early was born in Columbus County NY Nov. 18, 1831 and there spent his boyhood and young manhood, coming west in 1859. On Jan. 10, 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Durham at Geneva Ill., and to this happy union eight children were born, all of whom are living. In 1862 Mr. Early moved with his family to the farm in Montmorency Township where for the past fifty-four years they have resided. His industry and integrity made him one of our highly respected citizens. Here on the farm where he had spent so many years of activity he became ill, and after two weeks illness, passed to his reward, Wednesday May 31, 1916. Besides his companion of more than fifty-five years, he leaves to mourn his loss their eight children. Albert and Frank Early of Inverness Montana, Mrs. Eva Grove of Rock Falls Ill., Mrs. Hattie Lamlin Louisville, KY., Mrs. Mamie Prins of Peoria, Ill., George Early of Miles City, Montana, and Emma and Charles Early who live at home. All the children except George were present at the funeral services which were held at the home in Montmorency Friday June 2, 1916. Rev. L.B. Lott of Rock Falls Methodist church officiated. During the services Mrs. Will Kelsey and Miss Helen Dow sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Rock of Ages". The pall bearers were Samuel May, William McNeil, Nick Vock, John McNeil, Theodore Frank, and John Doherty. Interment was made in the Rock Falls Cemetery. [Contributed by Paul Bailey]
KATHLEEN JO EASLEY, 1410 E. 16th St., Sterling, a sophomore student at Southern Illinois University passed away at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Doctor's Hospital, Carbondale, shortly after being admitted. She was born Sept. 11, 1945 in Sterling, the daughter of Robert I. Iasley Jr. and Virginia Fridley Easley. She attended the local public schools and graduated from sterling Township Hight School in the class of 1963. She was a Sophomore at SOuther Illinois, president of Woman's Co-op (V.T.I) and secretary of the executive council (V.T.I.) She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sterling. She is survived by her parents, Mr.a nd Mrs. Robert I. Easley jr., Sterling; one sister, Linda Easley, at home and one brother, Jeff Easley, at home; her grandparents, Mr. and mrs. Robert Easley of Springfield; a grandmother, Mrs. Ermryn Christiansen of Sterling, and a grandmother, Mrs. Vida Fridley of Sterling. The body was moved to the Melvin FuneralHome, where friends may call after 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tuesday, the rev. Albin Appelquist, Princeton, interim pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Oak Knoll. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
OWEN EASTABROOKS - Salem, Ore. - Roy Owen Eastabrooks, 86, of Salem, Ore., died Sept. 8, 1905 [Mar. 2,1992], in Salem. Burial was in Los Altos, Calif. Mr. Eastabrooks was born Sept. 8, 1905, in Milledgeville, the son of John and Emilo (Russell) Eastabrooks. He married Helen Lance. She died in 1985. He married Gertrude Scranton. She died in 1987. He then married Althea Brusren [Brusven] in 1989. He was a machinist for General Electric. He lived in Los Altos, Calif., before moving to Salem, Ore., in 1988. He is survived by his wife, nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde, Robert and Walter. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Daily Gazette 23 Mar 1992 Pg A2 3-4]
ADELAIDE EASTMAN - Funeral services for Mrs. Adelaide Eastman, 54, wife of V. E. Eastman and a native of Sterling, who died yesterday [Aug. 10] at her home following an extended illness, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the home, 2129 Cumberland Street. The Rev. H. M. Bannen, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Eastman was born on Apr. 6, 1881 (sic – Apr. 9) at Sterling . Besides her husband she leaves three children, Marian (sic - Marion ) and Gene Eastman, and Mrs. Charles [Gertrude] Little, all of Rockford . Mrs. Eastman also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Don [Verna Phelps] Black, and two brothers, John and Alonzo Phelps, all of Sterling, and four grandchildren. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Rockford Morning Star, Aug. 11, 1935]
LUCY L. EATON, departed this life June 6, 1889, at the home of her son, J. Murray Eaton, in Garden Plain, Whiteside County. Aged 93 years, 5 months and 29 days. Mrs. Eaton was born in Oxford, Chenango Co., N. Y., Dec. 7, 1795. In many respects she was a remarkable woman, She was blessed with a long and useful life and has witnessed much of which the world at large today knows nothing about. SHe was one of the pioneers not only of the State, but of all this great western country. She was of delicate organization and many years of her life she was in poor health, but her mental faculties have been uncommonly bright and have carried her through a long, active and useful life to a crowning old age. She was a descendant of Revolutionary stock. Her grandfather, Henry Dains was killed by a cannon ball from the enemy while the forces he was with were rounding Diamond Island on Lake George. His wife's maiden name was Lucy Cobleigh. John Dains, the father of Mrs. Eaton, was born at Litchfield, Conn., and was a small boy at the time of his father's death. When Mrs. Eaton was about eight years old her father moved to Marathan, Courtland Co., N. Y., Oct 25, 1829, being his second wife. Four children were given to them, one daughter and three son's who survive her. Mr. Eaton died Feb'y 19, 1868. In the Autumn of 1836 Mrs. Eaton with her family came to Elkhorn Grove, Carroll Co., Ill., being six weeks on the road. Here her husband in 1837 erected the first frame house between Chicago and the Mississippi river. In 1854 she came to Whiteside where she resided until the day of her death. Thus one by one the older ones that link the earlier days of our Republic to the present are passing away. She lived through every administration since the adoption of the constitution and took a lively interest in the affairs of the nation through all its history. In the pioneer days of Illinois it was such spirits as hers that helped materially to develop our beloved State. Weaving, spinning and making clothing for a large family, she also wove cloth for others and thus obtained money with which to buy school books and pay for the schooling of her children; and many can testify that as much was done by the mothers as the father's in developing our resources. Her religious convictions for a number of years were liberal, having a love for every one and a respect for their opinions. She claimed and exercised the right to think and act for herself. She was a reader of all the best literature of the day that was within her reach, as well as her religious papers. With especial interest did she read the "Universalist" from the time it was established as the "Better Covenant" down to the present date. At quite an early age she united with the Baptist church, which membership she retained until about 1834 when she united with the Universalist church, at upper Lisle, Broome Co., N. Y. Soon after this she moved to this western country, secured her letter from the church and retained it until about 1870 when she had the opportunity of uniting with the church of the GOod Shepherd at Morrison. She has always been a Bible student and the very last reading she did was in the Bible. What a lesson here for the living. GOodness, age, the Bible, all harmoniously united in a noble life. The funeral services were held at the residence of her son, J. Murray Eaton, in Garden Plain, Rev. O G. Colegrove of Morrison officiating. A large number of friends and neighbors were present to pay their last tribute of respect and gratitude. O.G.C. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
MARGARET (WOLF) EATON, 93, of Wabeno,Wisc. died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Roc Community Healthcare Center, Laona, Wis. Mrs. Eaton was born Sept. 4, 1909 in Sterling. She married Raymond Eaton on July 11, 1955. He preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church Wabeno, Wis.Survivors include several nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers and six sisters. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 am. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Wabeno, Wisc. with the Rev. Ralph Gillis officiating. Burial is at St. Ambrose Catholic Cemetery, Wabeno, WI. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m Wednesday at the church. Daily Gazette July 29, 2003]
CATHERINE MARY (BLOOM) EBERHARDT - Services for Mrs. Catherine M. Eberhardt, 92, who died Wednesday morning in her home, will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Grennan and Sons Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock Thursday night in the funeral home. Mrs. Eberhardt was born in Jefferson, Mo., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bloom. She came to Sterling when she was 5 years of age. She was married to Henry Eberhardt in 1886 in Sterling. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Zander and Mrs. Chester Anning, Sterling; two sons, Roy and Harry, Sterling; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and, 36 great-great-grandchildren.
CHARLES J. EBERHARDT - son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Eberhardt, died at 8 a.m. today at the family home on Woodlawn Road shortly after birth. Private funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. at the Forster Chapel, and burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Source C. Day - Find-A-Grave - The Rockford Register-Republic Friday, November 4, 1932]
MARJORIE MAY (SWINKE) EBERHARDT, 74, of 611 9th Avenue, Rock Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1996, at CGH Medical Center. Prayer services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with an 11 a.m. Mass of the Christian Burial at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with Father Thomas Dzielak celebrant officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a 7:45 Christian Wake service. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Eberhardt was born May 22, 1921, in Yorktown, the daughter of Otto C. and Esther (Hunter) Swinke. She married Vincent "Mickey" Eberhardt on April 18, 1942, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling. He died Sept. 3, 1973. She was employed as an LPN at Community General Hospital and later at KSB Hospital, Dixon. She was a member of Saint Andrew Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include one son, Jon (Lidi) Eberhardt of Caladonia, Mo., three daughters, Janie (Richard) Fiebig of Silvis, Jackie (Richard) Cook of Rock Falls, and Joleen (Brad) Pyse of Rock Falls; 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois January 18, 1996]
VERNA MAE (COX) EBERHARDT, 73 of 2202 E. 7th St., Sterling, died Saturday afternoon at Community General Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday with a prayer service at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling with the Rev. William H. Schwartz, pator, officiating, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call on Monday at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. A Scripture Service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was born may 27, 1909 in Clinton, the daughter of James and Ora Ross Cox. She was united in marriage to Frank W. Eberhardt Sr., on January 23, 1926. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1978. She was a fifty year member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are two sons, Alan J. and Frank W. Jr., both of Sterling; three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Roni) Stolzoff and Mrs. Noel (Eileen) Feather, both of Sterling, and Mrs. Harry (Marian) Olson, Walnut; 16 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Plumley of Sterling, and Mrs. Thomas (Lois) Elliott of Torrence, Calif.; and one brother, Russell Cox, Hardy, Ark. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 27, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
VINCENT LOUIS EBERHARDT, 58, of 611 9th Ave., Rock Falls, died Monday evening (3 Sep1973) in Community General Hospital after a short illness. There is visitation after 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home. Funeral rites will be held Thursday morning with a 10:30 prayer service in the funeral home and Mass of the Resurrection at 11 o'clock in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Rock Falls. The burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Born Sept. 5, 1914, Vincent Eberhardt was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William (Florence Beien) Eberhardt. He attended the local schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage with Marjorie Swinke April 18, 1942 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Surviving with Mrs. Eberhardt are one son and three daughters, Jon of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Richard (Janie) Fiebig of East Moline, and Jackie and Joleen at home. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters, Frank Eberhardt and Edward Reigel of Sterling, Mrs. Homer (Ione) Pitchford of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Florence Cheshier of Evergreen Park, and four grandchildren. His parents and two brothers preceded in death. Funeral services for Vincent L. (Micky) Eberhardt were held Thursday with a 10:30 prayer service in the Grennan and Son Funeral home and Mass of the Resurrection at 11 o'clock in St. Andrew's Catholic Church. The Rev. William Myers officiated. Mrs. Mary Fecht was organist and soloist. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers were six nephews of the deceased: Craig Reigel, Harry Olson, Allen, Frank and Gene Eberhardt and Don Stolzoff. Flowers were taken care of by Lundstrom Florist. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 4, 1973 - Tuesday]
MILLER MILTON EBERLE - Death came to Miller Milton Eberle, 89, one of the oldest residents of Rock Falls, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in his home 504 Eighth avenue, Rock Falls. He had been in failing health for the last month from the infirmities of old age, but was bedfast for only a week. The body was removed to the Wheelock funeral home in Rock Falls where funeral rites are to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rock Falls. Rev. R. M. Furnish, Rock Falls Methodist pastor, will conduct the rites. Miller Milton Eberle was born November 15, 1847 in Strasburg, Pa. He came to Sterling at the age of 15 years and later moved to Rock Falls to make his permanent home. Mr. Eberle had lived on Eighth avenue for more than 50 years. His wife preceded him in death 20 years ago. Four children survive, Mrs. W. H. Kelsey, Charles and Harry Eberle of Rock Falls and Mrs. Florence Lockhart of Moline. He also leaves two brothers and three sisters. These are: Mooney Eberle and Mrs. Robert Harper, Rock Falls; John Eberle, Sterling and Mrs. Charles Huber and Miss Mary Eberle, Chicago. There are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 10, 1937 - Friday, pg 5 col 3]
DAVID BRUCE EBERLY, 55, of Prophetstown, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Services are 11 a.m. Monday with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time at Gibson, Erie. Burial is in Sharon Cemetery, Erie. Mr. Eberly was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Sterling, to George and Dorothy Marsh Eberly. He was employed at Self Help, Sterling, and was also a bus captain for seven years in Florida. Survivors are brother and sister-in-law, Ivan Richard and Betty Eberly, Prophetstown; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Donald Hasselbacher, Rock Falls.
DOROTHY (MARSH) EBERLY, 86, of Prophetstown, died Friday at her daughter's home in Rock Falls, Ill. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gibson Funeral Home in Erie, Ill. Burial will be in the Sharon Cemetery in Erie. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. She was born Sept. 12, 1918, in Dixon, Ill., to James and Bertha Burdge Marsh. She married George Eberly on March 31, 1938, in Clinton. He died in 1993. She was employed as a psychiatric aide at the former Dixon State School before retiring in 1976 after 27 years of service. She was a member of Harvest Time Baptist Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include two sons, Ivan Richard (Betty) Eberly of Prophetstown and David Bruce Eberly of Morrison; one daughter, Mrs. Nancy (Donald) Hasselbacher of Rock Falls; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five sisters, Clara Wuebben of Erie, Frances Dersham of Erie, Lois Miles of Lyndon, Ill., Ruth Frankfother of Rock Falls and Phyllis Stern of Sterling, Ill.; and one brother, Robert Marsh of Rock Falls.
WILLIAM E. EBERLEY, 88, of Sterling died Sept. 12, 2005 at CGH. He was born Sept. 16, 1916 in Sterling the son of Fred H. & Helen (Lendman) Eberley and was veteran of WW II having servied in the Army Air Corps. He married Patricia Conneely Oct. 16, 1946 in Sterling. William was a pharmacist having been the owner/operator of the Eberly Drug Store, Sterling for many years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Mary Church, Sterling American Legion Post 296 and he served for 28 years as a Sterling Park District Board commissioner and 18 years as park board president. Surviving are his wife, their seven children, Helen, William F., Maureen, Christine, Michelle, Fred H., and Mary Pat; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded by one brother Richard and a sister Anne. Services are Sept. 15 at Mc Donald-Allen Funeral home. Burial Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.
ADDIE G. (MENSCH) EBERSOLE, 90, formerly of 610 3rd Ave. Sterling, died at 7 pm Friday in Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, following an extended illness. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 pm Monday in the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. The burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 9 pm Sunday. Addie Mensch Ebersole wsa born June 1, 1884 in Newton Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mensch. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1904. She was united in marriage with Dan Ebersole Oct. 3, 1906 in Sterling. They farmed east of Sterling for many years. He preceded in death in 1970. Mrs. Ebersole was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons, Raymond Ebersole of Route Two, Chadwick adn Leighton Ebersole of Springdale, Ark., four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Her husband, one brother, one step-sister and one half-sister preceded Mrs. Ebersole in death. [Contributed by Mike Hosler
AMANDA EBERSOLE, 97, Foulkways Nursing Home, Gwynedd, Penn., a former Sterling resident, died on Friday (15 July 1983). Graveside interment of ashes will take place at a later date at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. Amanda Ebersole was born on Nov. 28 1885 in Sterling, the daughter of Henry R. and Emma Stauffer Ebersole. She was a professor in education. She was preceded by her parents, one brother and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls Illinois July 18, 1983 - Monday, pg A4
AMOS M. EBERSOLE, died early Sunday morning, March 27, 2005 at Sterling Pavilion. Mr. Ebersole was born Nov. 12, 1909, in Newkirk Okla., to Hettie K. (Frey) and David Ebersole. Soon after moving the family to Sterling, his father fassed away. While Amos was in high school, his mother died in the great influenza epidemic. He was the youngest of four brothers, Roy, Lloyd, Frank and Milton and two sisters, Bertha and Ann who all preceded him in death. Amos met his wife Ethel C. Witmer at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church in Serling. Ethel preceded him on March 30, 1998, after 66 years of married life. Together they raised four children, Ellen (Gene) Lasley of Gray, Tenn., James (Barbara) Ebersole of Aurora, Richard (Mary Anne) Ebersole of Wilmington Del., and Stan (Holly) Ebersole of Sterling. Amos enjoyed his 10 granchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. During his lifetime, Amos worked in a variety of capacities. He was a clerk in a Marshal Fields store in Chicago, a painter, a farmer and a principal and teacher at Prairieville School. He also taught school at Como, Aurora, Ohio and Challand Junior High School in Sterling, being recognized for his continued interest in his students after their graduation. As a member of the Gideon organization, Amos helped hand out Gideon New Testaments to many school children. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene for more than 45 years. He trusted the mercy, forgiveness and grace of the the Lord Jesur Christ for the salvation of his soul. Burial was at Science Ridge Cemetery, Sterling.
HARRY R. EBERSOLE, 91, formerly of Sterling, 4584 Arborfield Rd., Sarasota, Fla., died Saturday (16 July 1983) . Graveside interment of ashes will take place at a later date at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. Harry Ebersole was born on May 29 1892 in Sterling, the son of Henry R. and Emma Stauffer Ebersole. He was united in marriage to Gladys Fletcher on Aug. 8, 1917. He was a teacher at Northern Michigan University for many years. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; one son, Byron, Sarasota, Fla.; and four grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and three sisters. Contribyuted by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls Illinois July 18, 1983 - Monday, pg A4]
JAMES G. EBERSOLE, 75, of Aurora, formerly of Sterling, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his home. He was a chaplain for Wayside Cross Ministries, Aurora, before retiring. Mr. Ebersole was born Sept. 29, 1933, in Sterling, the son of Amos and Ethel (Witmer) Ebersole. He served in the Army. He married Barbara Baer on Sept. 5, 1959, in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Andreasen of Kingston, NH; two sons, Timothy Ebersole of Dousmen, Wis., and Philip (Janine) Ebersole of Plainfield; a sister, Ellen (Gene) Lasley of Gray, Tenn.; two brothers, Stanley (Holly) Ebersole of Sterling and Richard (Mary Ann) Ebersole of Wilmington, Del.; and five grandchildren. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Dr. Gene Lasley officiating. Burial is at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 9:30 to10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Wayside Cross Ministries of Aurora. [Contributed by Vera Flood]
JOHN H. EBERSOLE, 68 a former chief radiologist at Lancaster General Hospital (PA) who assisted in the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy, died Saturday at his home, 1440 Hunsecker Road, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Marian E. Sherwood Ebersole for 45 years. Born in Sterling, Ill. He was the son of the late Noah and Geraldine McCormick Ebersole. He graduated from St. Ambrose College and received his medical degree from Indiana University at the age of 23. He completed postdoctoral studies in nuclear physics at Duke University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ebersole had a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and was the first officer to serve aboard two different nuclear submarines. After completing deep-sea diving school and Officer's Submarine School, he was selected by Admiral Hyman Rickover to be the medical officer aboard the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the U. S. S. Nautilus. Following a two-year tour of duty, he was assigned to the second nuclear sub, the U. S. S. Seawolf, which was the first ship to stay submerged for 60 days off the coast of Iceland. Ebersole next served as a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Project Mercury from 1958 to 1961. He then completed a residency at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital and was named chief of radiation therapy, directory of nuclear medicine training and acting directory of the Radiation Exposure Evaluation Laboratory. In November 1963, as chief diagnostic radiology, he assisted at President Kennedy's autopsy. In a 1978 newspaper interview, before leaving to testify in front of Congress about the assassination, Ebersole broke a 15-year silence on the president's death. "I would say unequivocally the bullet (that killed Kennedy) came from the side or back. The front of the body, except for a very slight bruise above the right eye on the forehead, was absolutely intact. It was the back of the head that was blown off." Ebersole was promoted to chief of radiology at Bethesda in 1968. Two years later he retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain and moved to Lancaster to create and direct the John Hale Steinman Cancer Center at Lancaster General Hospital, the county's first radiation treatment center. He guided the center through numerous expansions and lectured throughout the United States and Europe on nuclear technology and the treatment of cancer. He retired as director of radiation oncology in 1986, after treating more than 10,000 cancer patients. From 1974 to 1990 he also taught in Lancaster General's Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Following his retirement, Ebersole pursued his interest in crime fiction, which began during his years of internship in the 1960s. He attended conferences at Oxford University in England and taught a course on detective fiction through Franklin & Marshall College's Et Cetera program. He also helped form the Orange Street Improbables, a group of mystery enthusiasts. He was an avid photographer and gardener as well. Ebersole was a member of the American Medical Association, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Health Physics Society, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Mystery Writers of America. He was a diplomate and fellow of the American College of Radiology, and served as guest examiner on the American Board of Radiology in 1967, 1970 and 1971. In 1959 he also received the Award of Merit from the Illinois State Medical Society, The Merit Citation from the Royal Naval Society of Sweden, and the U.S. Navy Unit Citation. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Catherine E. Walker, Lititz; five sons, Richard J. Ebersole, Chattanooga, TN; Michael J. Ebersole, Anchorage Alaska; William P. Ebersole, San Diego, Calif.; John H. Ebersole, Chicago, Ill.; and Joseph E. Ebersole, Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren and one sister, Eleanor Brown, Sterling, Ill. [Contributed by Amy Anderson]
LLOYD D. EBERSOLE, 91, of 105 E. 23rd Street in Sterling died Friday afternoon at Community General Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Science Ridge Mennonite Church in Sterling with Rev. S. Roy Kauffman, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at the church. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Mr. Ebersole was born on Jan 21, 1896 in Sterling, the son of David and Hettie Frey Ebersole. He was united in marriage to Rhoda Long in Sterling on Oct. 6, 1915 in the home of Bishop A C Good. He farmed his entire life in Sterling area and was a member of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Survivors include his wife, Rhoda Ebersole of Sterling; two sons, David L Ebersole and Donald e Ebersole, both of Sterling; two brothers, Frank Ebersole of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Amos Ebersole of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Conrad of Galena and Mrs. Anna Southerland of Tucson, Ariz., 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Milton. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Apr 25, 1987 Daily Gazette]
RETHA (LEHMAN) EBERSOLE, 91, of Chicago, formerly of Sterling, died Tuesday Feb. 1, 2005 at Seasons Hospice, Chicago. Mrs. Ebersole was born Nov. 15, 1913, in Chambersburg, Pa., the daughter of Henry S. and Viola M. (Long) Lehman. She married Roy H. Ebersole Sr., on Oct. 4, 1954. He died in 1967. She was a member of Science Ridge Menononite Church, Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Suellen (Errol) Chavin of Chicago and verna (David) Kauffman of Congerville; a son, Sgt. Roy H. Ebersole Jr. of Augusta Ga., five stepdaughters, Miriam Shank, Gertrude Campbell and ANita Oberg all of Sterling, Belva Robinson of Cave Junction, Ore., and Betty (Gene) Sutter of Cottonwood, Ariz; five stepsons, Everett (Dorothy) Ebersole, Charles (Joyce) Ebersole, and Robert (Wilmetta ) Ebersole all of Sterling, Eugene (merrildean) Ebersole of Florida and Willard (Ellen) Ebersole of Wichiga Kan. Eight grandchildren and t3 stepgrandchildren; She was preceded by two sisters, Valera Martin and Lurella Showalter; four brothers, Merle, Roy, Glenn and Nathan Lehman; and three stepchildren. Burial was at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling.
REUBEN ECHEBARRIA, 67, of Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at the nursing home. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. Sterling, for more than 30 years. Mr. Echebarria was born June 22, 1935, in Sterling, the son of Exiquio and Maria (Rodriguez) Echebarria. He married Aurora Garcia in Sterling. Survivors include a daughter, Aurora (Jeff) Hay of Montgomery; a son Ruben Echebarria Jr. of Aurora; four sisters, Adelina Martinez, Maria (Tony) Moncivais, Mary Lou Echebarria and Carmen Echebarria, all of Sterling; five brothers, Frank Echebarria of Rock Falls, and Jerry Echebarria, Tony Echebarria, Ezekiel Echebarria and Johnny Echebarria, all of Sterling; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, David Echebarria. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Christian Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Charlie White officiating. Burtial is at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, First Avenue Chapel, Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 17, 2003 - pg A5]
MARTHA (GIBLER) ECHELBARGER, 87, of Cambridge, formerly of Newton Township died early Saturday Morning,3 1 Mar. 1965, in the Henry County Convalescent Home, where she had been a patient for two months. Services were held Tuesday in the Stackhouse Funeral Home, the Rev. J. Soule Chapman pastor of teh Cambridge Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Cambridge. The former Martha Gibler was born Jan. 4, 1877 in Newton Township, WHiteside County, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Switzer Gibler. She had been a practical nurse and lived in the Toulon and Lafayette areas until 20 years when she moved to Cambridge. She married Samuel Eckelbarger Dec. 27, 1893 in Whiteside County. He died March 18, 1912. She was a member of the Toulon Baptist Church. Surviring are a son Lawrence and a daugher Mrs. Rex Bliss both of Cambridge; five grandchildren and 18 greats. Mrs. Nona Gibler of Erie is a sister-in-law.
ETHEL (ONCKEN) ECHTERNACH, age 93, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Sterling Pavilion following an extended illness. Ethel was born June 2, 1910, the daughter of Richard and Emma (Johnson) Oncken in Hopkins Township. She married Howard Echternach on March 6, 1936, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hopkins Township. He passed away in 1995. She taught in Carroll and Whiteside schools for more than 40 years. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milledgeville. She was a member of ELCA and held various offices in the church. She also was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association, Woman's Club, CBC Club and Happy Neighbors Club. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milledgeville, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am. Friday at the church preceding the funeral at 10:30 am.,with the Rev. Kathy Burkheimer, pastor, and the Rev. Tony Davidson assisting. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. [Daily Gazette, July 25, 2003]
FLORENCE ANNA (BRANTS) ECKDAHL - of 1314 14th Ave., Sterling, passed away Sunday (10 Sep 1961) afternoon in Community General Hosopital following a brief illness. The body was taken to the Melvin Funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening until Wednesday noon. At that time the body will be taken to the First Church of the Nazarene to lie in state until 2 p.m. the hour of services, with the Rev. H. C. Hatton officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery at Tampico. She was born Jan. 25, 1884 in Peoria County, the daughter of John and Galena Johnson Brants. She was educated and spent her girlhood near Hooppole, later coming to Tampico with her parents, where she cared for her mother until she passed away. On Aug. 5, 1939 she was married to Victor Eckdahl, also of Tampico, who preceded her in death, June 27, 1943. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and reading her Bible and attendance at church provided her great comfort. She spent much of her time assisting in the care of sick and invalid friends. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Myerhofer and Mrs. George McIntyre, Sanford, Manitoba, Can., Mrs. Jessie Black and Mrs. Pearl Hoefler, Sterling; two step-daughters, Mrs. Arthur Ackeberg, Prophetstown and Mrs. Tracy Fullerton, San Gabriel, Calif.; three nephews and many other relatives. She was preceded by her husband, parents, one brother, one sister, two nephews and two nieces. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Septemeber 11, 1961 - Monday, pg 2]
JOHN ECKLE, 89, Of Coleta, Passed Away At 8 P.M. Friday In Community General Hospital. Death Came Following An Extended Illness. The Body Was Moved To The Grennan And Son Funeral Home, Where Friends May Call At 2 P.M. Sunday. The Rosary Will Be Recited In The Funeral Home At 8 P.M. Sunday. Funeral Service Will Be Monday At 9 A.M. In The Funeral Home And At 9:30 A.M. In Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial Will Be In Oak Knoll Memorial Park. He Is Survived By This Wife, Maggie, And Several Nephews And Nieces. [Contributed By Don Hinrichs]
MAGGIE ECKLE, 93, Of Coleta, Died Tuesday Morning At Community General Hospital. Funeral Services Will Be Held At The Allen Funeral Home Thursday At 10:30 A.M. With The Rev. John Smith, Pastor Of The Trinity United Methodist Church Of Sterling Officiating. Burial Will Be In Oak Knoll Memorial Park In Sterling. Friends May Call At The Allen Funeral Home On Wednesday From 2-4 And 7-9 P.M. Mrs Eckle Was Born Jan. 11, 1881, The Daughter Of Ralph Springman And Dorothy Link. She Was United In Marriage To John Eckel Who Preceded Her In Death In 1965. She Was A Member Of Coleta United Methodist Church. Mrs Eckle Is Survived By A Foster Nephew, John Kness, Who Made His Home With Her, And A Niece Mrs. William (Mae) McSorley Of Sterling. She Was Preceded By Her Husband John,A Niece Beulah Wetzell, Two Sisters And 5 Brothers. [Contributed by Don Hinrichs from the Sterling Gazette 21 May 1974]
CARRIE ECKSTROM, of Milan died at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Eckstrom of Milan, at 11 a.m. Sunday, according to word received by relatives here Sunday. The body was removed to the Wendt Funeral Home. Mrs. Eckstrom formerly lived here. She is survived by two sons, Leslie of Milan, and Carroll Eckstrom of Erie, and two daughters, Mrs. Tom Foskitt of Seneca, and Mrs. Charles Mallory of Moline. Robert Foskitt of Erie is a grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 13, 1953 - Monday, page 2]
JOHN W. EDBERG - Funeral services for John W. Edberg, 68, who died Sunday morning (24 Feb 1952) in his home in Portland Township, were held Tuesday afternoon in the Prophetstown Methodist Church, with Rev. C. F. Chasteen officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Melvin Moore, Leter Lindahl, Ernest Sawyer, LeRoy C. Johnson, John L. Johnson and Leonard Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Bayles, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Moews and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Upton assisted with flowers. Mrs. V. R. Olmstead played the organ and Lloyd Wildman sang. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 27, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2]
JAMES A. EDDINGER, 71, of 700 W. 7th St., Rock Falls, died early Saturday morning in KSB Hospital, Dixon, following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home in Rock Falls, with Rev. Melvin Chasteen, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mr. Eddinger was born Aug. 18, 1916 in Scott County in Winchester, the son of George and Lottie L. Hoots Eddinger. He married Hilda R. Throne Oct. 25, 1947 in Winchester. He was a nail machine repairman at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 30 years, retiring in 1979. He attended the First Southern Baptist Church of Rock Falls and was a member of the Steel Workers union. He is survived by his wife; five sons, Robert Eddinger, Rock Falls, Ronald Eddinger, Rockford, and Charles, William and Donald Eddinger by a previous marriage, residing in Winchester; four daughters, Mrs. Joyce Davis by a previous marriage residing in Winchester, Mrs. Maxine Knowles and Debra Eddinger, both of Rock Falls; and Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Kobbeman, Yuma, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Eileen Orris and Mrs. Vivian Newton, both of Wood River. He was preceded by one son and three brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 6, 1988 - Monday, page A2]
JOHN HARRY EDDY - Funeral services for John Harry Eddy, 36, were held in the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. The Rev. Donald M. Cobb, minister, officiated. James DeCap sang with Mrs. Donald M. Cobb as organist. Pallbearers were Floyd Wohrley, Prophetstown, Russell Kerr, Morrison; Kirk Thorpe, Robert Bliss, James Chamberlan, and Clifford Pierce. Those in charge of flowers were Mr. and Mrs. Max Pearce, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Greenwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snowden. Lloyd Wilson was in charge of the Masonic services. Burial was in Erie Cemetery. Mr. Eddy was survived by his widow, four sons, James, Michael, Kevin, and David, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Anna Eddy, Erie; and his sister, Mrs. Donald Dall, Erie. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1960 - Saturday, page 2]
MINNIE ELVIRA (PRATT) EDDY, 91, died Sunday in the Community General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Eddy was born in Hume township, Whiteside County Aug. 15, 1870, the daughter of Allen M. and Eliza Pratt. She was educated in the Hume school. She was married to Lloyd Y. Eddy of Erie. She had resided in Tampico for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Tampico Methodist Church and for more than 50 years had been a member of Morning Star Chapter OES. Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Ivy McKenzie, and one brother Lloyd Pratt, both of Tampico; a number of nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four sisters and five brothers. Funeral services will be conducted in Schmitt Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Nathan Althoff, pastor of the Tampico Methodist Church officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Henry Holverson, pastor of the Ottawa Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel after 2 p.m. Tuesday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 25, 1961 - Monday, pg. 2]
SETH EDDY - Seth Eddy, a well known and highly esteeemed resident of Erie, passed away Friday morning at 9 o'clock at his home, his death resulting from an attack of hardening of the arteries. He was born Nov 27, 1856 and was the son of Mr and Mrs York Eddy, pioneer residents of the county. Mr Eddy is survived by his widow, who was formerly Cora Seger, whom he married Dec 25, 1882. Also two sons, Howard and Harry residing in the county, and two sisters and four brothers. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - Sterling Standard, January 22, 1926]
LESTER A. EDEN departed this earthly life Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at CGH Medical Center. He was born Aug. 13, 1918, at home in Round Grove, the son of Edward H. and Tomma (Hinrichs) Eden. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade, after which he worked on his family farm. Lester went to Rock Falls and worded for 15 years at Intenational Harvester. Upon their closing, he worked at the Parrish Alford Mill as a wire drawer. He was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls. He married Ruth Lahre Cruden on Dec. 8, 1951, in Savanna. They made their first home on West Fifth Street, Rock Falls. For many years he and his wife displayed Christmas lights at their home on Tenth Avenue and numerous Christmas decorations inside and out, winning first place by the Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Ruth had many Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings at their home. Family was important to them. Known as a handyman in the community one would see him repairing the neighborhood childrenâ€™s bikes, fixing appliances and working on miscellaneous things. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of 55 years; one stepson, Joe (Sherry) Cruden of Rockford; one daughter, Darlene (Thomas) Danler of Dixon; one sister, Mildred Potts of Sterling ; four grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Abby, Dustin, Amara, Elise and Ivy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter Eden; and two sisters, Marian Shuman and Edna Muntean. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will conclude the services at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Memorials have been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, and CGH Health Foundation, Sterling. [The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, Page A2, Col. 1-2]
JOHN O. EDEUS,85, of 1303 W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, was dead on arrival at Community General Hospital after being taken ill while attending church Sunday morning. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev.E. A. Henrichs officiating and burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday by the Rock Falls Masonic Lodge 936. The body will be taken to the church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to lie in state until the hour of services. John O. Edeus was born on April 19, 1889 in Germany, the son of Ubbo and Onno Edeus. On April 18, 19906 at the age of 17 he came to Baltimore, Md., with his brother. Mr. Edeus was a member of the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rock Falls Masonic Lodge 936, being a past master and the Rock Falls IOOF Lodge. He was a former Rock Falls fire chief and headed the drive for the funds for the Rock Falls ambulance many years ago. He had worked for Chicago and North Western Railway at the tower and was at the Geyer Mfg. Co. for several years. He was a horticulturist being in the nursery business for many years in the Sterling-Rock Falls area. He was united in marriage to the former Myrtle Clark on March 16, 1967, who survives along with one brother, Menno, St. Petersburg, Fla. He was preceded by four sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinos January 22, 1973 - Monday, pg 2]
MRS. JOHN EDEUS - Rt. 4 Sterling, died at 1:20 a.m. today (8 March 1957) in Community General Hospital. The Rev. Harry S. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, will conduct services at 2 p.m. in Evansville, Ind., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lambert. She married John Edeus on April 19, 1939 in Kentucky. Surviving are her husband; a son, Lester Curtis of Idaho; and several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette March 8, 1957 - Friday, pg 11]
LOUIS M EDEUS, 95, of Rock Falls died Wednesday May 15 2002 at Willow Wood Nursing Home, Rock Falls. He was employed by National Mfg. Sterling for 45 years, retiring as a punch press operator in 1972. Mr. Edeus was born April 8 1907 in Sterling, the son of Albert and Gesine (Seibel) Edeus. He married E Louise Robinson on Oct 25 1935, in Sterling. She died Oct 9 2000. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Sterling. He did woodworking for 20 years after his retirement. Earlier in life he enjoyed fishing and duckhunting. Survivors include two sons, Martin (Lila) Edeus and Keith (Marsha) Edeus, both of Rock Falls; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was precededin death by his brothers and sisters and a grandchild. The funeral is at 10 am Saturday at St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. Burial at 100F Cemetery Rock Falls. Mc Donald Funeral Home made the arrangements. [Daily Gazette 16 May 2002, Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
MABEL D. EDEUS, 79, of Rock Falls, passed away Sunday evening (10 July 1966) at the Community General Hospital after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel in Tampico, Rev. Roger Baumeister of the First Methodist Church, Tampico, officiating with burial in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel this evening. Mabel Edeus was born March 26, 1887 in rural Rock Falls, the daughter of Ralph and Ina Serris. She was educated in the Tampico schools. She married Ernest Clapper in 1903 in Clinton, Iowa. She lived in the Tampico area most of her life. She married John O. Edeus on March 20, 1958 in the Congregational Church of Sterling. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, and a past member of the Tampico OES. She is survived by her husband, John Onno Edeus, 1303 W. 2nd, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylo - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 11, 1966 - Monday, pg 2]
MABEL LAURA EDLIN, 74, 708 W. 15th St. Sterling, passed away at 2 p.m. Sunday in Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago. Death followed an illness of two weeks. The body was brought to the Behrens Mortuary, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the mortuary, with the Rev. Luther Cooperridger of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mabel Laura Mensch was born July 18, 1891 in Morrison, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mensch. She was educated in the Morrison schools and was married to Fred Shaw in Dixon. He passed away in 1924 and she later married E.g. Edlin, in terling, March 2, 1935. Mrs. Edlin was a member o the Golden Age Club, and of the Social Circle and Harris Circle of St. John's Church, of which she was a member. She is survived by her husband, Edward G. Edlin; two daughters, Mrs. Mason E. (Twila) Behrens and Mrs. Ada Klocke, both of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Nora Young and mrs. Ollie Van Oosten, both of Morrison; one brother, Lester Mensch, Stuttgart, Ark.: six grandchidlren and one great granchild; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Don Ink, Mattoon and mrs. Ben Leinbaugh, Chicago; one stepson, Richard Edlin, Marion, Iowa;six step grandchildren, and nephews and neices. She was preceded by one daughter, two brothers and a sister. Second Notice: Mrs. E.G. Edlin Services Wednesday: Funeral rites for Mrs. E.G. (Mabel) Edlin were conducted in the Behrens Mortuary at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Luther Cooperridger, of St. Johns Lutheran Church, officiating. The organist as Mrs. Wesley Koster. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. The pallbearers were Thomas Ramsdell, Nels Sergeant, Frank Alrich, Earl Schumaker, Roy Tarner and Clifford Bensing. Flowers were cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Oltmanns and Mrs. Price Barber. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
LILLIE LINNEA EDLUND - 49, died Wednesday afternoon in the Community General Hospital. She had been an invalid for the past 30 years. Funeral services will be conducted in the Gardner Funeral Chapel Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Kenneth Dotson, pastor of the Advent Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel. Lillie Linnea Edlund was born in Prophetstown on March 3, 1911, the daughter of Gust and Matilda Edlund. She was a member of the Advent christian Church. Survivors are one brother, Carl, Prophetstown and one niece, Lynette. She was preceded in death by her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 1, 1960 - Thursday, page 2]
RUSSELL EDLUND - Services for Russell J. Edlund, 93, will be 2 p.m. today at Morrison Chapel of Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. today.He died Thursday (16 Jan 1992) at Samaritan Hospital South, Clinton, Iowa.Mr. Edlund married Zelma Pape in 1918 in Fulton. She died in 1982. He had farmed in rural Morrison before moving into Morrison.His memberships included First Presbyterian Church, Morrison; and Morrison Chapter of Odd Fellows.Memorials may be made to Morrison Area Ambulance Association.Survivors include two sisters-in-laws, and nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Lori Gilbert]
VIRGINIA M. (FORTH) EDLUND, 85, of Crystal Pines Health Care Center, Crystal Lake, formerly of Morrison, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999 at the nursing home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyteran Church, Morrison, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be from 12:30-20 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to First Presbyterian Church, Morrison. Mrs. Edlund was born April 27, 1914, in Morrison, the daughter of Frank and Olive (Matznick) Forth. She graduated from Morrison High School. She married Merle E. Edlund on Dec. 22, 1934, in Morrison. He died March 21, 1962. She was employed part-time by Pittenger's Clothing Store and Donickey's Drug Store, both in Morrison, then by General Electric Co., Morrison, for 35 years as a bookkeeper. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison. Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Robert) Groos of Crystal Lake and Kristen Lineberger of Long Beach, Calif., a son, Kedric (Sandra) Edlund of Burr Ridge; a sister, Betty (Charles) Woodson of Morrison; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 9, 1999 - Thursday pg A2]
GEORGE A. EDSEL, W. LeFevre Rd., Sterling, died (5 December 1953) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Riverview Nursing Home in Rock Falls. Services were held today in the Melvin Funeral Home with the Rev. David Jefford, pastor of the Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Riverside cemetery. He was born July 19, 1885, in Towanda, Pa. He was married to Edna Kochner on Nov. 29, 1952, at Davenport. Surviving are his widow, one brother, Merlonm Towanda Pa., and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Brague, Moureton, Pa. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1953 - Monday, p2 col 3]
MARGARET EDWARDS - A requiem high mass was said in Sacred Heart Church for the late Mrs. Margaret Edwards at 9 o'clock this morning. Rev. Fr. Ambrose Weitekamp of St. Ann's Church, Prophetstown, was the celebrant in place of Rev. Fr. M. B. Krug, pastor, who was ill. At the masses in Sacred Heart Church Sunday morning, Father Krug paid a splendid tribute to the memory of Mrs. Edwards, who, he said, was one woman out of a hundred. The casket attendants were Percy Clutterham, Norman Clutterham, Gus Williams, Harry Joseph and Roy Piers. Committal was in Calvary Cemetery. Out-of-town attendants were Roger Dixon of Seattle, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith and daughters of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Smith of Momence. The Smith brothers and Roger Dixon are nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette October 7, 1940 - Monday pg 3]
TOM EDWARDS, age 48, of Morrison, Illinois, previously of Mt. Carroll, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at CGH Hospital, Sterling. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 21 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in Tom's memory. Tom was born October 9, 1960 in Savanna, the son of William and Betty (Chapman) Edwards. He is a graduate of the Mt. Carroll High School with the Class of 1979. After High School, Tom went to Alaska to work. He returned to the Mt. Carroll area where he became a Milk Hauler. On December 9, 1992, Tom married Nancy Gorzney in Mt. Carroll. He hauled milk for himself and later worked for his brother. He always dreamed of returning and retiring to Alaska. Tom was a loving father and husband. His children loved to hear his "stories" about life. Whenever friends or family visited, Tom was quick to offer them food and wanted them to be comfortable and stay for a while. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy of Morrison; two sons, Tom Edwards, Jr. And Tyler Edwards, both of Morrison; five daughters, Toshua (Johnny) Rodgers of Mississippi, Alicia (Geoff) Strahl of Alaska, Aimee Marruffo of Clinton, Iowa, Anna Edwards and Michelle Edwards, both of Morrison; four grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Blake and Kaitlyn; four brothers, Billy Edwards of Mt. Carroll, Terry (Penny) Edwards of Thomson, Gary Edwards of Mt. Carroll and Rick (Alice) Edwards of Stockton; five sisters, Deb (Dave) Davenport of Savanna, Nancy (David) Williams of Freeport, Peggy (Bill) Shaw of Savanna, Beatrice Griffin of Freeport and Barbara (James) Foley of Savanna; and a brother in-law, John Bork of Savanna. Tom is preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Joyce. [Contributed by Lori Gilbert]
MAUDE EDWARDSON, 91, of Civic Plaza 1, Rock Falls, died Saturday morning in the Sterling Care Center, following an extended illness. Funeral services are pending at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls and will be announced upon completion. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Feb 15, 1986 who adds the following Notes: Husband: Martin Edwardson. SSDI: Birth date: 14 May 1894, died 15 Feb 1986]
Mr. E. EFNER, recently married, living at Albany, Whiteside Co., killed by tornado recently. (Rock Island Register, Wednesday, 20 June 1860)
EDWARD T. EGAN, 82, a retired farmer of Deer Grove, died at his home on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Grennan Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be from 2 until 9 p.m Tuesday at the funeral home, with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Edw. T. Egan was born Feb. 11, 1892 in Hamilton Township in Lee County, the son of Michael and Ellen Ford Egan. He was married to the former Blanche Scully who preceded him in death. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 662 in Sterling. He is survived by one son, Roland Egan of Deer Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Genevieve) Devine of Harmon and Mrs. Leo (Helen) Miller of Sterling; one sister, Sister Mary Sara Egan of Evanston; one brotheer, James Egan of Salt Lake City, Utah; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 13, 1975 - Monday, pg 6]
JOHN I. EGAN, 86, a well-known, prominent farmer and lifelong resident of Hahnaman Township, passed away Saturday evening at 9:05 in the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, after a brief illness. Mr. Egan was born on Aug. 23, 1878 in Hahnaman Township, the son of Michael and Ellen Ford Egan. He was united in matrimony with Emma Mary Welch in st. Brendans' Church, Chicago, by Rev. L. X. DuFour on Feb. 21, 1906. He served as a member of his local school board for many years and was very active in community affairs. Surviving are one son and one daughter, Vincent E. of Ohio, Ill., and Mrs. Florence Sharp of Rockford, three grandchildren, Ann Egan of Ohio, Ill., and John and Mary Sharp of Rockford. He also leaves one sister, Sister Mary Sara of Chicago and three brothers, William of Tampico, Edward of Deer Grove and Paul J. of New Jersey. Preceding Mr. Egan in death were his wife, three sons, Roland, Thomas and Charles, his parents, five brothers and one sister. The body of Mr. Egan reposes at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut and may be viewed Monday after 3 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home by Rev. Ambrose Weitekamp. The funeral will be held in St. Mary's Church Tampico, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. (Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery) [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 17, 1965 - Monday, pg 2]
JOHN LEROY EGAN, one and one-half day old twin, son of Mr.and Mrs. Leo Egan, passed away at the Princeton Hospital Monday evening. Short funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Parent Funeral Home in Tampico. Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. The infant is survived by his parents, his twin brother, James Francis, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Peach and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Egan. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 13, 1947 - Thursday, pg 20]
JOSEPH J. EGAN, 69, a resident of Hahnaman Township nearly all of his life, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday in the home of his brother, near Deer Grove, where he had been making his home. The body was removed to the Meyer Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be at 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St Mary's Church. in Tampico. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. He was born Dec. 12, 1886 in Lee County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Egan. He was reared and educated in Lee County, later coming to Hahnaman Township where he made his home since. He was employed at the Hahnaman Elevator for many years until his retirement three years ago. Surviving are on sister, Sister Mary Sarah, in Chicago; six brothers, John, Frank, William, Richard, Edward and James, all in the Deer Grove vicinity. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Louise Egan; three brothers, Rev. Peter Egan, Owen and Thomas Egan. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 3, 1956 - Tuesday, page 2]
ROSEMARY EGAN, was born December 23, 1922, in Sterling; daughter of Joseph and Helen Hermes Kelly. She married Francis Fritz May 2, 1942 in Sterling. SHe later married Stanley Egan October 17, 1953, in Sterling. Surviving are daughter, Mary Kayla (Ricky D) Engelkens; son, Stanley 'Kim' Egan; grandchildren, Corey M. Barnes, Sr, Kelly N. (Michael) Rogers and Cendra K. Engelkens; and great-grandchildren, Corey Barnes, Jr, Nicole L. SChultz, Jole M. Schultz, Lucy M. Rogers and Bennett M. Rogers. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis in 1953; and sister, Judy (Wayne) Stinemyer.
THOMAS A. EGAN, aged 44 years, a World War veteran, passed away suddenly at 11:30 o'clock Thursday morning in the Burlington Depot at Deer Grove. Coroner C. M. Frye conducted the inquest Thursday, the verdict of the jury being that "he came to his death by an acute attack of myocarditis." Martin Swanberger was one of the witnesses at the inquest. The members of the jury were: Jerry Keefe, Paul Dawson, John Kolb, Rudolph Haase, Paul Wagenknect, Jack Coney and Carl Hof. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Rev. Father T. O. McGuire will officiate. Mr. Egan had spent practically all of his life in Tampico. For a short time he had been staying with a brother, Edward Egan, at Hahnaman. The remains were removed to the Parent Funeral Parlor in Tampico. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Michael Egan, and seven brothers, Richard, William and James of Tampico, Rev. Father T. V. Egan of Gilman, Joseph, Frank, John and Edward of Hahnaman, and a sister Sarah, who is a nun, at Wauwatosa, Wis. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 2, 1932 - Friday, pg 2]
NORA BELLE (McCOMBS) EGERT, 84, of 105 W. Kimball in Tampico, died Sunday evening (25 January 1987) at Morrison Skilled Care Center following a long illness. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Tampico Church of Christ with her grandson, Rev. Michael Catron officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-09 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Mrs. Egert was born on Nov. 26, 1902 in Tampico, the daughter of Alex and Florilla Morse McCombs. On Dec. 27, 1921 she was united in marriage to Ransom Egert in Davenport, Ia., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1975. Survivors include one son, Lowell Egert of Tampico; one daughter, Mrs. Audrey Weaver of California; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Minnie) Williams of Gardena, Calif., and Mrs. Paul (Ethel) Swanson of Shingle Springs, Calif.; also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 26, 1987 - Monday, pg A2]
RANSOM DUDLEY EGERT, 77, died Thursday morning (9 January 1975) at his home in Tampico after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tampico Church of Christ with the Rev. Clarke Devore officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at Schmitt Chapel in Tampico on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established for the Tampico Church of Christ. Ransom Egert was born April 22, 1897 in Lorraine Township, the son of Joseph and Ione Egert. He received his education in the Prophewtstown schools. He married Nora Belle McCombs on Dec. 27, 1921 at Davenport, Iowa. He was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and had served as a church board member for many years. He farmed in the Prophetstown and Tampico area until his retirement. Survivors include his widow; one son, Lowell Egert of rural Tampico; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Audrey) Weaver of Riverside, Calif.; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three brothers, C. Robert Egert of Geneseo; Harold Egert of Lyons, Iowa and Arvid Egert of Moline; six sisters, Mrs. Jesse Fowler, Mrs. Marie Hepner, Mrs. Flossie Roselieb and Mrs. Verna Klockenga, all of Prophetstown, Mrs. Doris Burres of Wyanet and Mrs. Arlene Jackson of Fulton. He was preceded by his parents, one son Richard D. in 1953 and one infant son Cecile. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinos January 10, 1975 - Friday, pg 6]
STEVE and PEG EHMAN - Margaret Anna "Peg" Ehman left us on January 25, 2003 to join her beloved husband of 54 years, Stephen Joseph Ehman with the Lord. Peg was a devoted wife, mother and a Catholic. Born February 10, 1919 at home on the family farm in Como Illinois to John and Anna Gronis McCue, she was the youngest of 6 six children. The McCue family immigrated to America from Ireland in the 1850s and homesteaded in Illinois. Peg was raised in Sterling Illinois where she attended St Mary's School. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Mary McCue (Paul) Thomas, Jennie McCue (Frank)Tritz, Leo McCue and John McCue and an infant brother. She is survived by two daughters, Colleen Ehman Cihal Butler and her husband Leonard of Bismarck Arkansas, and Stephanie Ehman Kiburz of Monticello, Iowa. Six grand children, Courtney Cihal Urbanek and husband Brain, Katie Cihal, Matthew, Cole, Calvin and Stephen Kiburz and 1 great grandchild, Christian Joseph Urbanek. A memorial Mass and burial of Peg and Steve's ashes will take place at the family plot at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois. [Contributed by Colleen Butler]
NORMAN A. EICHENBERG, 83, of 608 E. 3rd St., Rock Falls, died Sunday afternoon at Sterling Care Center. Private funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Melvin-Schillling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. He was born May 20, 1895 in Peru, Ill., the son of George and Minnie Eichenberg. He was educated in the Dixon schools. He married Esther May on Oct. 16, 1917 in Sterling. He was physical director at the Sterling YMCA for 10 years and also manager of the Four City Wholesale Grocery in Sterling until retiring. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling. Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dusing of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 21, 1978 - Monday, page 4]
W.E. EIMSTAD - Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Crowell received the sad announcement Wednesday morning of the death of W. E. Eimstad, 504 Wisconsin St., Chicago. Mr. Eimstad was well known at Lyndon where he often spent his summer vacations with his family. He was fifty-two years of age and died of lobar pneumonia following an attack of influenza. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Jennie Clark Eimstad, a former Lyndon girl, one daughter Miss Ione, one sister, Henrietta, and many friends who learn of his death with deepest regret. Mr. Eimstad was a prince among men, upright and just, and to know him was to admire and esteem him. Friends here are extending sympathy to his sorrowing loved ones. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1918 - Saturday
JACOB EISELE - Jacob Eisele was born in Stine, Baden, Germany 1 1 Nov 1 840. He came to the United States with his parents in 1853 at the age of twelve. The family settled in New Albany, IN. He married Francis Staerk on 30 Sep 1862. They had eleven children; seven of them surviving at the time of his death 05 Oct 1910. His children are Jacob - Decatur; Charles & Edward -Chicago; Robert - Wyoming, IL; George - Lincoln, IL; Mrs. Chester Getz - Los Angeles; and Mrs. Henry Cruse - Sterling, where he died. He was survived by two brothers, Christian -Sterling and Frederick - Chicago; and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Ulmer - New Albany, IN. Jacob enlisted 24 Aug 1861 in Co H 32nd Indiana Inf. Volunteers. He was in the first German Regiment. This was mainly made up of German natives and German speaking citizens. This group erected the first monument of the Civil War at Rowlett's Station KY, to commemorate their men that had died in that battle. It is acknowledged as the first and oldest Civil War Monument. Their group went on to do battle at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Mission Ridge TN and Chickamauga GA. On 15 Jan 1863 he contacted typhoid malaria. He remained hospitalized for two months, during which he was delirious. He was very weak when he rejoined his Company. He was in over fourteen regular battles in the East Tennessee Campaign from November 1863 to April 1864. During that time they had short rations, couldn't get clothing or blankets and had no tents. The weater was cold and snowy. It was during this time Jacob contracted bronchitis. He suffered with fevers off and on for the remainder of his life. Jacob was discharged as a Sergeant on 07 Sep 1864 on expiration of his enlistment. He moved to Sterling in 1873 and engaged in the merchant tailoring business until 1903. His wife, Francis, died 4 Jun 1884 and he re-married in 1893 to Mrs. Doris Miller of Louisville KY. She died 8 Dec 1907. Jacob belonged to the Will Robinson post 274, of the G.A.R. and the Rock River Lodge A.F. and A.M. and the Sterling Commandery K.T. From the "Whiteside County Genealogists" - Civil War Veterans Cemetery Walk Sept. 26, 2015]
AGNES EISSENS : The funeral for Mrs. Henry Eissens, 64, was Monday in the Ebenezer Reformed Church with Rev. Henry Van Rallte officiating. Burial was in the Grove Hill cemetery. The Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She died Saturday in the Morrison Community Hospital. Agnes Housinga was born in Morrison on Jan. 4, 1910, the daughter of Harry and Ada Eizenga Housinga. She married Henry Eissens on Nov. 23, 1927, and had spent her entire life here. She is survived by her husband; four sons, Gerald of Carroll, Ia., Raymond of Sterling, and David and Lynn of Rockford; 19 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Vos; and a brother, Kenneth Housinga, both of Morrison. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers - Source: Scrapebook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 135 Dated 26 Oct 1974]
GEORGE EISSENS, 73, of 20012 Old Orchard Ave., Rockford, died Sunday (30 Nov 1990) at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Rensink of Springvalley Reformed Church in Fulton and the Rev. Dennis Samuelson, retired pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, co-officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Fulton Chapel. A memorial has been established to the charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Eissens was born on April 23, 1917 in Fulton, the son of John and Minnie (Houzenga) Eissens Sr. He married Josephine VanOosten on Jan. 31, 1941 in Erie. She died May 7, 1990. He was educated in rural Whiteside County schools. He farmed in the rural Thomson area from 1941-1976, when he moved to Rockford. He was then employed at Evergreen Irrigation in Rockford until his death. He was a member of the First Evangelical Covenant Church, Rockford; a member of the church adult Sunday School class, serving on the church building and grounds committee; he was a former member of Springvalley Reformed Church in Fulton and had served as a deacon and Sunday School treasurer; he coached baseball in Thomson baseball leagues; and served on the Thomson School Board for several years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Karen) Stockwell, Loves Park; one son, Ray Eissens, Rockford; five grandchildren; his mother; one sister, Mrs. Ed (Helen) Wierema, Longmont, Colo.; four brothers: John Eissens, Xenia; Charles Eissens, Thomson; Paul Eissens, Chadbourn, N.C., and Alvin Eissens of Mazomania, Wis. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 1, 1990 - Monday, pg A2]
HENRY EISSENS, 74, of 609 Genesee Ave., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 4:27 p.m., in Morrison community hospital, following a heart attack at his home the day before. Visitation was at the Tomlinson Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Friday. A memorial fund has been established. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Ebenezer Reformed church, preceded by a family prayer service at 10:15. Rev. James Bos officiated. Mrs. John Greaves was organist and special music was a duet "Under His Wings" by Mrs. James Ardapple and Mrs. Katheryn Bush. Interment was in Grove Hill cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Vos, Corneil Wilkins, Dale Bull, Alfred Decker, Keith Housinga and Jay Wilkins. He was born May 13, 1904 in Garden Plain, the son of Jacob and Anjie Borgman Eissens. He received his education in the Whiteside County rural schools. He was married to Agnes Housinga Nov. 23, 1927, in Morrison, and the couple had lived in the Morrison area all their married life. He was a member of Ebenezer Reformed church. Survivors include four sons, Gerald of Carroll, Iowa, Raymond of Sterling, and David and Lynn of Rockford; 19 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters and one brother [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers - Source: Scrapebook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 99]
HENRY K. EIZENGA, 76, Morrison, a retired farmer, succumbed Monday. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Morrison Hospital. Mr. Eizenga had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. family service in the church basement. The Rev. Harry Buis will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Guner Funeral Home, Morrison, after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Eizenga was born April 16, 1893, in Garden Plain township, the sone of Klaus and Agnes Flikkema Eizenga. He was educated in the Garden Plain schools. He was married on Sept. 28, 1911, to the former Josie Newendyke. He farmed in the Garden Plain area until he moved to Morrison where he worked for Potter Brothers. The deceased was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church. Survivors include the widow, one son, Marvin, Fulton; three daughters, Mrs. John (Agnes) Jansema, Mrs. Paul (Phennie) Tichler, and Mrs. John (Loretta) Hook, all of Morrison; two sisters, Mrs. Menno Norman and Mrs. Harry Housinga, both of Morrison; 23 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. [Sterling Gazette 30 Dec 1969]
JOSIE EIZENGA, 78, died at 2 p.m. Friday in her home after an illness of the past several years. There will be visitation after 2 p.m. Sunday in Reynolds Funeral Home. Funeral rites will be held Monday afternoon with a prayer service at 1:45 and services at 2 p.m. in the Ebenezer Reformed Church. The Rev. Harry Buis will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Josie Newendyke was born in Fulton Oct. 15 (25), 1891, the daughter of Jabbes and Winnie Newendyke. She was reared and educated in Fulton and was united in marriage with Henry Eizenga Sept. 28, 1911 in Garden Plain. They had resided in Morrison the past 30 years. He preceded her in death December 1969. Mrs. Eizenga was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church. Surviving are three daughters and one son, Mrs. John (Agnes) Jansema, Mrs. Paul (Phernie) Tichler, and Mrs. John (Loretta) Hook, all of Morrison, Marvin Eizenga of Fulton. There are 23 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Louis Buikema and Mrs. John Voss of Fulton. Preceding in death were her husband, three sisters and four brothers, Gertrude, Elizabeth, Annie, Harry, John, Edward, and Henry.
KLAAS EIZENGA, passed away Thursday morning at his home on Fourteenth avenue, after an illness of several weeks duration. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the late home and 2:00 o'clock at the First Reformed Church, Rev. G. Van Pernis conducting the services in both English and Holland Languages. Burial will be made in the Fulton cemetery. The members of the family have requested that flowers be omitted. Klass Eizenga was born on March 17, 1855, in Warfum, Province of Groningen, The Netherlands, the son of Henry and Ada Eizenga. He was united in Marriage to Miss Agnes Flikkema in 1882 and the same year came to this country to make their home. Three children survive from this marriage, namely, Mrs. John Tervelt, Mrs. Harry Housenga, and Henry Eizenga, all residing near Morrison. After the death of his wife, he was married to Mrs. Marie DeVries on February 28, 1916, and since that time they have made their home in Fulton. Besides his wife and three children, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Peter Noordt of Fulton and Mrs. Willian Dykema of Morrison, and one half-brother, John Schurman, of Hull, Iowa [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers - Scrapebook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 104]
MARJORIE (VANZUIDEN) EIZENGA, 46, Fulton, died at Mercy Hospital at 4 p.m. Friday. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ebenezer Reformed Church at Morrison, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service. The Rev. Harry Buis will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. A memorial has been established in her honor. Majorie VanZuiden was born Nov. 5, 1925 at Fulton to Mr. and Mrs. Frank VanZuiden. She was reared and educated in Fulton and married Marvin Eizenga Oct. 25, 1945. They lived in Morrison until 1960 when they moved to Fulton. She was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church at Morrison. Survivors include her husband, four sons, Gary, Chicago; Dale, Randy and Rick at home; one daughter, Patty Jo, also at home; three brothers, William, Orange, Calif.; Marvin, Fulton; Everett, Moline, and one sister, Mrs. Jacob (Gertrude) Blink, Fulton. She was preceded in death by her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette October 16, 1971]
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