GEORGE G. FLANDERS, the son in law of J. W. Hixon of Tampico, and a man well known to the hotel proprietors throughout the country as the manager of a successful employment bureau in Chicago, died November 5th after a long illness. He is survived by a devoted wife, Mrs. Alice Flanders (nee Hixson), a brother, Wm. P. Flanders, and two sisters, Mrs. Dell Osborne and Mrs. Joseph Thomaszeski. The funeral services were held on Saturday, November 8th, from the family resident in Rogers Park. George B. Flanders was born Nov. 6th 1862, at Batavia, New York. his father moved to Rochester, Minn., about '65 or '66 where he died in 1850. The mother with her family of little ones then moved to Lyndon, Ill. When she died in 1876, a year or two later, George Flanders came to Tampico to work in a general store. He remained in Tampico until 1882 when he was married and went to Battle Creek, Michigan, to engage in railroad work in which he remained several years, finally being made Passenger Agent for the Northern Pacific at St. Paul. In 1899 he engaged in Hotel Employment brokerage in Chicago and built up the best and highest class business of this kind ever operated in Chicago. He enjoyed an acquaintance which numbered into thousands and reached from the Atlantic to the Pacific. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 21, 1913 - Friday]
C.R. FLATT - As we go to press we learn of the death of Dr. Flatt, who resided south of here. Mr. Flatt had been dangerously ill for a short time and death came Wed. night. More explicit particulars will appear in next issue. (Unidentified newspaper Morristown, SD 15 Sep 1911) And from the next issue - We made brief announcement of the death of Dr. C. R. Flatt last week, as we went to press. Dr. Flatt was born in Illinois, entered the dental profession, practicing in Dwight. Compelled to give up his work he came to South Dakota in search of health. Taking up a claim south of Morristown where he resided for just one year. Recently his health seemed to be failing and on Friday last he suffered a severe hemorrhage. He passed away on Wednesday evening at 6:15. Tubercular consumption being the cause of his death. The deceased was in the 32nd year of his age, a member of the Masonic order and as a man and a neighbor was highly esteemed in the community. Neighbors, professional and business men and a delegation of members of the Masonic fraternity were present out of respect to the deceased, as the remains in charge of undertaker Braden of Lemmon, were removed from the home, after a brief prayer by Rev. F. A. Hassold, Presbyterian minister. Besides the widow, deceased is survived by his father and two brothers. Mrs. Flatt and mother Mrs. J. N. Farley, who had arrived a few days before in response to telegram, accompanied the remains to Fulton, Illinois, where interment will be had. They left on the Columbian Thursday evening. We regret that the community has lost a good neighbor and the state a good citizen, and extend our sympathy to the bereaved relatives. Dr. Flatt is Dead Word has been received by friends in Fulton announcing the death, of Dr. Flatt at Morristown, S.D. The doctor was a former resident of Fulton and his wife, who was Miss Pearl Bryning, was a native of that place. *** [Contributed by Yvonne Shultis from the Whiteside Sentinel Morrison, IL Sep 1911]
HELEN FLATTERY, 64, of 1109 E. 15th St., Sterling, died Wednesday (16 August 1978) at Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Friday witha 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the Grennan Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. David Engbarth officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 2-9 p.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home with the Rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. She married Timothy Flattery on Jan. 20, 1942. She was an active member of the past presidents VFW Post 326, a member oof St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include two brothers, Raymond and Pat Hearsum, both of Evansville, Ind.; two sisters, Maude Foose of Grayville, Ill., and Ruth Gibbons of Ellensburg, Wa. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and two sisters. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 17, 1978 - Thursday, pg 4]
BETTY FLEMING, 70, of Prophetstown died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison. She was employed by General Electric Co., Morrison, for 35 years, retiring in 1995, Mrs. Fleming was born March 15 1933, in Fergus Falls, Minn., the daughter of James and Alice(Copeland) Middleton. She married Frank Fleming on April 11, 1975, in Prophetstown. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Jeannie (John) Richmond of Prophetstown and Kathy (Dale) Beachy of Sterling, four sons, Stephen (Debra) Marweg of Morrison, Gerald (Cindy) Marweg of Gait and Pierce (Donna) Moore and Marty (Shelly) Moore, both of Prophetstown; three step-daughters, Lisa (Bill) Burrow of Philmont, N.Y, Sheila (Guy) Edge of Sterling and Angela (Tom) Willett of Rock Falls, 28 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a Sister, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. The funeral is at 10 am. Saturday at Lyndon United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Scott Porter, pastor of Abiding Word Christian Center, Sterling, officiating. Burial is at Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Daily Gazette 20 June 2003]
FRANK C. FLEMING, 69, of Prophetstown, died Friday March 11, 2005 at his home. Mr. Fleming was born Sep. 18, 1935 in Geneseo, the son of Frank e. and Beatrice (Verschage) Fleming. He served and received an honorable discharge from the US Army. He married Betty Moore on April 11, 1975. She preceded him on Jun 18, 2003. He was a self-employed carpenter and retired in 1995 after 10 years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardeining, painting and going ot the riverboat. Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Burrows, Sheila Edge and Angela Willett; ; one sister Margaret Rafferty of PA. He was preced by his wife Betty; father Frank and a brother Bernard. Services Marcy 16 at McDonald Funeral Home Prophetstown with Rev. Scott Porter officiating. Burial in Lyndon Cemetery.
ELIZABETH (SHAW) FLETCHER - Mrs. Isaac Fletcher, daughter of Valentine and Deborah Shaw, was born in Newnhan, Northamptonshire, England, October 15, 1833, and died December 16, 1918, at Morrison, Ill., at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 1 day. At the age of 14 years she moved with her parents to Liverpool, England, and at that place on March 4, 1850, she was united in marriage to Isaac Fletcher of Saltford, Somersetshire, England. On May 13, 1851 they came to America and settled in Fredonia, Chautauqua county, New York, where they resided until 1860, when they came to Morrison, Whiteside county, Ill., and purchased a farm in Clyde township which is yet owned by the family. Sixteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher retired from the farm and moved to Morrison, where Mr. Fletcher died in 1907. Mrs. Fletcher leaves 9 children now living to mourn her departure. They are Mrs. Fayette Dimick of Wauneta, Neb., Phebe, wife of James Stapleton of this city, and Misses Mary and Jennie at home, also Arthur E., Thomas, Charles and James of Morrison, and William of Garden City, South Dakota. Deceased are Debbie who was the wife of Alex Wilson and who died July, 1898, and Allie, who was the wife of Simon Stapleton, died Sept. 2, 1913, also Amelia who died in 1863 and Bessie in infancy. She leaves 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. Misses Mary and Jennie were especially devoted to their mother and have themselves unreservedly in making her last years comfortable and happy. Mrs. Fletcher lived a long and useful life, the larger portion of which was spent in this county, and was respected and honored by her many friends and acquaintances. An excellent housewife, a loving wife and mother, whose every thought was to aide aright the lives of her children as they grew to manhood and womanhood, she will live on in the love and reverence of her children whom she leaves behind. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at her late home, with burial in Grove Hill cemetery. The services will be in charge of Rev. T.P. Brannum, pastor of the Methodist church. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentine 18 Dec 1918 Front pg.]
MARY FLETCHER - A maiden lady by the name of Mary Fletcher, living in Union Grove, a few miles west of Morrison, committed suicide on Friday night by hanging, or rather strangulation. She lived iwth her brother and retired on Friday eveningto her room, aparently well. In the morning she did not appear, and on going to her room she was found hanging to the bed post. She had used a skein of ??? to accomplish her purpose, tying one end around her neck, the other around the bed post. Coroner Donaldson was notified and went to the place immediately after his return from Sterling where he had been to hold an inquest over the remains of the son of Mr. Lorig. The jury rendered a verdict that the deed had been committed by the deceased while affected with temporary insanity. [Evening Gazette July 9, 1885]
NOLA (BAKER) FLETCHER, 77, West Park St., Morrison, died (Oct 28, 1984) Sunday morning at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral home, Morrison, with the Rev. John I. Kilbly of United Grace Episcopal Church, Clinton, Iowa, officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday. A memorial fund has been established. Nola Opal Baker was born in Jan. 1907 in Clinton, the daughter of Clyde and Eleanora Toedt Baker. She was raised in Lyons. On Feb 20, 1929 she married Glen Fletcher in Clinton. Following marriage they had lived in the Morrison area and had lived at the present address since 1940. Surviving are her husband, Glen, one son, James; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Preceded her in death were three sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 29, 1984 - Monday, pg A4
BEULAH (SCUDDER) FLETCHIC, 75, Sterling Care Center (formerly of Morrison) died May 18, 1989 at Sterling Care Center. There were no funeral services due to the body being cremated. A memorial service was held Mon. May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Chapel of Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Morrison. The Rev. Lynn Longenbaugh of the United Methodist Church officiated. Cremains will be buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Beulah B. Scudder was born Sept. 19, 1913 in Moline, IL.the daughter of Clair B. and Lucia (Henderson) Scudder Sr. She married Kenneth Fletchic on Jan. 17, 1931. He passed away on May 16, 1972. She was an inspector at General Electric, Morrison for 27 yrs. until she retired in 1975. Survivors include one daughter; Mrs. Charles (Joanne) Fletchic of Rock Falls; one son Donald Fletchic of California10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Clair Scudder of Morrison, and Bernard of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother; Gerald, and one son in infancy. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Judy Hook]
DONALD KENNETH FLETCHIC, 67, of Ventura, Calif., formerly of Morrison, succumbed to heart failure Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at a Canoga Park Hospital. He died after an apparently successful four-week battle with pneumonia in ICU at Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, Calif. Lorenzen Mortuary in Reseda, Calif., was in charge of cremation. Fletchic was born May 25, 1934, in Morrison, to Kenneth and Beulah (Scudder) Fletchic, now deceased.He served in the U S Army from 1957 to 1959. He worked in the Chicago area in the audio-visual field and for many years in designing mechanical and electronic toys that later were sold to large corporations such as Mattel and PlaySkool. He moved to Ventura County 20 years ago from Arizona. Fletchic was a retired electronics engineer and an avid classic car restorer. His favorite car was the Chevrolet Corvair and he boasted owning more than 125 in the past 30 years. He was nationally known as a Corvair authority for his innovative modifications of the vehicle. The immediate past president of Ventura County Corvairs, Fletchic also maintained membership as a past president of Chicagoland Corvair Club, the very first chapter of Corvair Society of America, as well as the Corvanatics group and while in Phoenix, the Cactus Corvair Club.A master mechanic, Fletchic also had been a driver in numerous amateur races and was a pit crew member on a California raceteam. He also was a movie buff and catalogued a collection of nearly 2,000 tapes/discs. Friends remember him for his openness, generosity and sense of humor. He was always willing to help anyone needing technical advice or any other assistance. Don is survived by his daughter, Syndy (Marcello) DelCarlo, his son, Donald Kenneth Fletchic, and one granddaughter, Jeana DelCarlo, all of Redlands, Calif.: one sister, JoAnne (Charles) Fiorini of Rock Falls; four aunts, Dorothy Scuddder, Miriam (Robert) Wagenecht, both of Morrison, Marguerite Scudder of Ohio and Francis Scudder of Rock Falls; several cousins, Sally Medenblik of Fulton, Margo (Miner) Jildera of Ohio, Becky (Stu) Richter, Doug Jorgensen of Prophetstown, Donna (Hershel) Meyer of Rochelle, Chuck (Rosalind) Wagenecht of Sterling, Steve (Mary Ellen) Wagenecht of Davenport, Iowa, Dorothy (John) Tiesman, Judy (John) Hook and Gene (Gene) Scudder, all of Morrison; and many nieces and nephews scattered about in Illinois. As per his wishes, a memorial is planned for a later date so the family can celebrate his new life in Heaven with his parents, grandparents, many aunts and uncles; his eldest daughter, Leigh-Ann; and a young granddaughter, Kelli "Shorty".
KENNETH L. FLETCHIC, 61, Of Morrison, IL., a retired construction worker, died suddenly Tuesday, May 16, 1972 at his home. Funeral services were held this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. William Joffe officiating. Interment was in Grove Hill cemetery. Pallbearers were George Stevens, Ray Scudder, Eugene Scudder, Jim Smith, William Blair, and John Tiesman. Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Tiesman were in charge of the flowers. He was born Aug. 20, 1910 in Clyde Township, the son of Frank and Mae Beetle Fletchic. He was reared and educated in the Morrison area where he had lived his entire life.He was married Jan. 17, 1931 in Morrison to Beulah ScudderHe was a member of St. Mary's Church. He is survived by his wife; one son, Donald, of Oak Park, IL.; one daughter, Mrs. Charles ( Joanne) Fiorini of Rock Falls, IL.; his Mother; three sisters, Mrs. B.G. ( Frances) Humphrey of Morrison, Mrs. AL (Mary) Jorgenson of Prophetstown IL., and Mrs. Robert (Miriam) Wagenecht of Sterling, IL. He was precededin death by his father and an infant son. [Contributed by Judy Hook]
STELLA MAE (HAMMER) FLETCHIC, wife of Charles Fletchic of Morrison, passed away at the Morrison hospital at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday as the result of complications following major surgery of three weeks ago. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds funeral home, with the Rev. P.C. Boyson of the West Jordan Lutheran church officiating. Commital will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Mrs. Fletchic was born Dec. 20, 1908 in Union Grove township, the daughter of Frank and Belle Hammer. She was married March 6, 1940 to Charles Fletchic of Davenport, Iowa, and their home had been in Morrison since. Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents of Sterling, three brothers, Grand, Frederick and Gale hammer of Sterling; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Hagerman ..... [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
ALBERT FLIKKEMA: Funeral services for Albert H. Flikkema, aged 78, a native of Fulton, who died early last Wednesday morning in Mount Sinai Hospital at Minneapolis Minn. were held at two p.m. Saturday in the Fay Funeral Home at Fulton. The Rev. Herman Dragt of the Trinity Reformed Church officiated and burial was in the Fulton cemetery. E.J. Housenga was vocalist, accompanied by J.M. Fay. Serving as the casket bearers were Garrett Sterenberg, Coe VanderEide, Frank Feldt, Henry J. Flikkema, Donald Damhoff and Harry Sterenberg. Albert Flikkema was born in Fulton on Feb. 20, 1883, the son of Henry and Clara Hoven Flikkema. He was educated in the Garden Plain rural schools and farmed in that area as a young man. He married Miss Gertie Damhoff in Fulton in 1904. She preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1912. He later farmed near Savanna and went to Minneapolis in 1925, where he had since resided. He was a baptized member of the First Reformed Church of Fulton. Surviving are a brother, Ben of Fulton, and a sister, Mrs. Jacob Temple of Morrison. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Clara [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers .. Scrapebook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 59]
GERTRUDE (DAMHOFF) FLIKKEMA,died at her home on the corner of Fifteenth avenue and Eighth street Sunday morning, November 24, as the result of a cancer of the breast. A year ago she was taken to Agatha hospital in Clinton, where she submitted to a surgical operation, her medical attendants at the time pronounced it a case of tumor. After some time it appeared in a cancerous form and her physician pronounced it incurable. Mrs. Flikkema became reconciled and bore her sufferings patiently. She was a woman of an amiable and loving disposition and all regarded her as a kind friend and neighbor. Mrs. Flikkema's maiden name was Gertrude Damhoff. She was born in Gardenplain thirty-two years ago. After reaching womanhood she came to Fulton with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Damhoff, about twelve years ago in February, 1906, she was married to Albert H. Flikkema, and for four years afterwards they resided on a farm in Gardenplain. Two years ago Mr. Flikkema erected a fine home on Fifteenth avenue, and the following winter with his wife moved to town. She leaves her husband, one daughter, her aged mother, Mrs. John Damhoff; six sister, Jane, wife of John Feldt of Union Grove; Ellen, who married B. F. Sterenberg and resides in Gardenplain; Anna, wife of John Oostenryk of Union Grove; Katie, who married Jacob Wilkens of Gardenplain; Mary, wife of Clarence Wilkens of Fulton, and Tena at home, and six brothers, Garrett, Hiram, Seba J., Will, Henry and Bernie. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock at the house and at 1:30 at the Reformed church, conducted by Rev. M. E. Koster, with burial in the Fulton cemetery. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
HELEN FLIKKEMA : DEATH RELIEVES SUFFERINGS OF MISS HELEN FLIKKEMA
Miss Helen Flikkema passed away last Friday afternoon at five minutes past six o'clock in Jane Lamb hospital at the age of Forty-one years and twenty-nine days. She was born in the vicinity of Fulton in 1884. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Flikkema, one sister, Mrs. Jake Temple of Garden Plain, two brothers, Albert of Minneapolis, and Ben of Garden Plain, two nieces and one nephew are left to mourn her departure out of their midst. For about a year and a half she had a very mysterious disease which baffled physicians and surgeons. All was done that could be done for her, but the malady would not submit to human treatment. To the last moment the departed one was conscious. Her last words were, " I wish the Lord would take me." Her prayer was answered very soon, and her wish was gratified. It is comforting to know that the Lord took her to Himself. Him she loved and served. But she will be missed, for she leaves behind, besides her immediate family and relatives, a large circle of friends that had learned to know and love her. The funeral services were held Tuesday, October 20, at one-thirty at the home of her parents, and at two o'clock in the First Reformed church of which she was a member. Rev. John Steunenberg, the pastor, officiated. The following quartette sang two selections in the church: Mr. and Mrs. Mino Flikkema, Mrs. Roy Sikkema and David Flikkema. The first selection was, "It is Well With My Soul." The following acted as pallbearers: George Strating, Edward Boelkins, Mino Norman, Harry Noord, Hilco Vander Eide, and John Holesinger. Interment was made in the Fulton cemetery. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
HENRY A. FLIKKEMA
HENRY A. FLIKKEMA IS ACCIDENT VICTIM: Henry A. Flikkema, who was a resident in this community for many years was a victim of a fatal accident which occurred in his home Thursday evening, December 13. He was preparing to retire and had started to go into the bathroom but by mistake opened the door which led to the basement and he fell the full length of the stairs. He had failed to turn on the lights which was the reason that he made the error. His grandson, Harold, who attends school here and made his home with his grandfather, was the only other occupant in the home and he went to the neighbors for assistance. The elderly gentleman was taken to the first floor of the home and a physician was called, but death occurred shortly after the accident. An inquest was held in Fay's undertaking parlors at eleven o'clock Friday Morning, with Coroner C.M. Frye in charge. The jury returned the verdict of accidental death caused by a fracture of the skull from falling down the cellar stairs. The jury was composed of J.E. Burkhardt, William Decker, Fred K. Bastian, Frank Monahan, Harry Post and C.W. Adams. Henry Albert Flikkema was born June 2, 1850, in The Netherlands, and in 1881 was united in marriage to Clara Hoben, the ceremony taking place in their native country. Three years later, they came to the United States, locating in Fulton. Later they went farming in Garden Plain township and twenty-five years ago retired and returned to Fulton to make their home. Four children were born to this union, Albert H. of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Jacob Temple of Garden Plain, Ben H. of Garden Plain, and Helen, who passed away in 1925. Mrs. Flikkema also passed away before her husband, her death occurring the same year as her daughter's. Three grandchildren survive also, namely Clara Flikkema of St Paul, Minn., Harold and Louise Temple of Garden Plain. Mr. Flikkema was a member of the First Reformed church for many years and was a good Christian. He revered and honored God and knew Him in prayer. He loved his Lord. Funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon in the home and at 2:00 in the First Reformed church. The Rev. G. Van Pernis, pastor of the First Reformed church, conducted the Holland service, the Rev. G. Vander Linden, pastor of the Second Reformed church, preached the English sermon, and the Rev, H. Mollema, pastor of the Trinity Reformed church, had charge of the rites at the grave. During the Service, Mr. and Mrs. Mino Flikkema sang, "In the Garden", the piano accompaniment being played by David Flikkema. Pallbearers were Henry M. Flikkema, Henry J. Flikkema, Mino Flikkema, David Flikkema, John Flikkema of Fulton, and Albert Flikkema of Morrison. Interment was in the Fulton cemetery. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
KLAASSIEN FLIKKEMA : DEATH CALLS TWICE IN ELEVEN DAYS AT FLIKKEMA HOME The grimm reaper of death paid it's second visit this morning at the Henry Flikkema home in this city. On October 16, a daughter, Helen, answered the final summons and this morning at ten minutes past six, Mrs. Flikkema succumbed in death. She had been in ailing health for several years and the death of her daughter proved too much for her to bear and the shock hastened her demise. Kaaziena Hoven was born in Stedum, The Netherlands, on September 17, 1856, and therefore attained the age of sixty-nine years, one month and ten days. In February, 1882, she was united in marriage to Henry A. Flikkema in Holland. The following April they crossed the ocean to America, locating in Garden Plain, where they resided for twenty-three years on a farm. The rest of her life was spent in Fulton. Four children were born to this union. Albert H. of Minneapolis, Minn., Ben H. of Garden Plain, Mrs. Jake Temple of Garden Plain and Helen, who passed away on October 16. Her husband and three grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Flikkema was a member of the First Reformed church for many years and was known by al as a kind Christain loving woman. Her absence in her home will be sadly mourned. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 0'clock at the First Reformed church, with Rev. John Steunenberg officiating. Burial will be made in the Fulton cemetery. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
HAZEL R. FLOSI, 84, 10871 Knief Rd., Rock Falls, died Wednesday at the Sterling Care Center. Prayer services 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grennan Funeral Home with funeral mass following 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Risley, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Grennan Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Mrs. Flosi was born June 2, 1905 in Chicago, the daughter of Salvitor and Ester Bartolomei Baldacci. She married Elario Flosi July 3, 1923 in Sterling and he died Oct. 26, 1983. She and her husband owned and operated a truck garden at the corner of McNeil Rd. and Rt. 30. She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society within the Church. She is survived by a son, Leo and his wife Janet, Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. David (Olerie Jean) Portner, Rock Falls; two brothers, Al Clopsin, and John Clopsin, both of Chicago; four sisters, Ida Rastrelli, Clinton, Ia; Kate Enlow, Mary Boscarino, Rose Clopsin, all of Chicago; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, one brother, one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 19, 1989 - Thursday, pg A2]
GEORGE FLUFS - Word has been received of the death of George Flufs, 90, 28430 Grandview Rd., Arlington, Washington, 98223. He was born and raised north of Sterling. Surviving are his wife, Mary, five children; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor- Sterling Gazette - November 8, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
MRS. ED FLYNN, passed away at the family home, four miles northwest of Coleta at 4 o’clock Tuesday (03/15/1921) morning following a siege of illness from a complication of diseases. Mrs. Flynn suffered an attack of rheumatism and spinal meningitis developed. Mrs. Flynn was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Flannery of Fulton. She was 24 years of age. She was married to Mr. Flynn on March 17, 1920. Besides the husband the decedent is survived by a five months old son. Funeral services will be held in Fulton at 10 o’clock Thursday morning with burial in the cemetery of that city. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 15, 1921, page 2, column 1.]
FRANCIS D. FLYNN, 83, of Sterling died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005. He was employed by Lawrence Bros., Sterling for 43 years. Mr. Flynn was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Sterling, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Douglas) Flynn. He was a 1940 graduate of Community Catholic High School, Sterling. He served in the Army during WW II. He was a member of St. Mary Church, Sterling, and a longtime St. Vincent DePaul, Sterling volunteer. Survivors include a brother, Thomas (Ruth) Flynn of Phoenix; five nephews, James Richards, Daniel Richards, Edward Richards, Martin Richards and Doug Richards; a niece, Laurel Gallagher; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Celebration of the mass of christian Burial is a 11 a.m. Tuesday at St Mary Church Sterling with the Rev. Donald Ahles, celebrant officiating. Burial with military honors is at Calvary Cemetery.
MRS. JAMES FLYNN
Mrs. James Flynn of Genesee township died at home Wednesday [08/20/1924] evening. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's church in Morrison. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery in Sterling. [Sterling Gazette 21 August 1924; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
KATHERINE (FEENERTY) FLYNN - The funeral of Mrs. James Flynn who passed away at her home northwest of Sterling was held on Friday [08/22/1924] morning at 9:30 at St. Mary’s church in Morrison, Father Quigley officiating at burial in Calvary cemetery in this city. Six grandsons served as pall bearers. Katherine Feenerty was born July 25, 1859, at Glinst, county Galway, Ireland. She was married to Jas. Flynn, and to this union six children were born—Mrs. Henry Moms, of Sterling, James of South Bend, [St. Joseph County] Ind., Thomas of South Dakota, Michael of Coleta, Mrs. John Gaffey of Morrison and Mrs. Clarence McDonald of this city [Sterling]. She also leaves 29 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her husband passed away May 26, 1915. Mrs. Flynn was a life time member of the Catholic church and will be greatly missed from the family circle. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 25, 1924, page 10, column 2.]
LAUREN E. FOLEY, 59, of Route One in Harmon died Sunday afternoon at Sterling Care Center. Funeral Prayer Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Walnut with Rev. William Harbert officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the family present from 7-9 p.m. only and a Rosary recited at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. A memorial has been established to St. John's Catholic Church and the American Cancer Society. Mr. Foley was born on Oct. 11, 1927 in Ohio, the son of Leo and Loretta Sullivan Foley. He farmed in the Ohio and Harmon area his entire life. The deceased was a member of St. John's Catholic Church of Walnut. Survivors include one nephew, Leo J. Foley of Harmon and three nieces, Mrs. LaVern (Linda) Cook of Rock Falls, Mrs. Jerry (Lorraine) Fell of Sterling and Lois Foley of Harmon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 26, 1987 - Monday, pg A2]
ELIZABETH FOLKERS, 94, of Englewood died Aug. 11. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Olinger Chapel, 2775 S. Broadway. Mrs. Folkers was born in Sterling, Ill., on June 24, 1907. She married Elwyn Folkers, 1931. She was a teacher. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include son Charles of Kansas; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Ben Woessner]
ELSIE M. (BUHROW) FOLKERS, 84, of Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, IL, died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Elsie was born on August 4, 1923 in Fairhaven Township, IL to Emil and Clara (Steinmeyer) Buhrow. She was educated in the Hickory Grove Grade School of rural Whiteside County. She married Henry F. Folkers on September 9, 1940 in Clinton, IA. Elsie farmed with her husband Henry in the rural Morrison area and together they were Pioneer Seed Corn Dealers. She also owned and operated Elsie's Beauty Shop in her home. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Morrison, IL. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, Bible study groups and many other church activities. She was a Vacation Bible School volunteer. Elsie served as a 4-H leader and member of the Whiteside County Home Extension. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and baking. Survivors include her husband, Henry; one daughter, Beverly (Ken) Helgeson of Milliken, CO; one son, Gary (Pat) Folkers of Lyndon, IL; seven grandchildren, Brent (Arlene) Helgeson, Lance Helgeson, Shawn (Grace) Helgeson, Grant (Angie) Helgeson, Sherri Dirks, Jeff (Barb) Folkers, Scott (Andrea) Folkers; eight great grandchildren, Lyndsey and Kensey Helgeson, Christina and Steven Helgeson, Dustin, Ashlee and Travis Dirks, Marissa Folkers; one sister, Hazel (Ernest) Schultz of Sterling, IL; two brothers, Robert Buhrow of Sterling, IL and Eugene Buhrow of Sterling, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Lee Ray Folkers; one sister, Leona Valequez. Graveside services 10:00 AM Wednesday - July 30, 2008 at the Hopkins Township Cemetery - Sterling, IL Officiating Rev. Mike Winkelman - St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Morrison, IL Interment Hopkins Township Cemetery - Sterling, IL
ELWYN CARL FOLKERS, of Denver, a dairy management executive, died Sunday. He was 93. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Family Funeral Care, 2775 S. Broadway. There will be cremation. He was born Jan. 29, 1907, in Sterling, Ill. On June 10, 1931, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Marie Davis. He was a member of the Farm House Fraternity, the World Championship Dairy Cattle Judging Team, the Kiwanis, a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers, a past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Dairy Association, a member of various committees for the Milk Industry Foundation and Dairy Products Improvement Institute and an author of numerous articles in dairy journals. He is survived by his wife; a son, Charles, Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Verna Sharp, Evergreen; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Ben Woessner]
GEORGE FOLKERS, age 96, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, March 5, 2000 at the Community General Hospital in Sterling. Mr. Folkers was born the son of Antone G. and Catherine (Dirks) Folkers on Aug. 19, 1903, in Cordova IL. He married his wife Ada Snuggurd on Aug. 19, 1936 in Holmen WI. She preceded him. George was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church for 40 years and also a member of the Milledgeville Garden Club. He worked at Myers and Litwiller Implement for 30 years prior to his retirement. Survivors include two sons, Martin A> Folkers of Milledgeville and David(JoAnn) Folkers of North Woods IL; one brother Arthur Folkers of Rock Falls and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his wife Adah; one sister, Rosina and one brother Harold. Memorial have been established to the Milledgeville Fire Department, Trinity Luthern Church and the Cancer Care Program through the Hospice of the Rock River Valley. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
MINNIE (WOESSNER) FOLKERS, 58, widow of the the Charles Folkers, was found dead Sunday at about 6 p.m. in the basement of her home, 1107 Locust street, by occupants of the house, who had just come home and found the doors open. It is presumed she died of a heart attacck. The body was removed to the Trouth funeral home and an inquest will be conducted by Coroner C.M. Frye this afternoon. Funeral arrangements are pending the return of her son and daughter who had enjoyed Easter day with her. Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Folkers and son Charles of Flint, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. Milo Sharp of Norwalk, O., had come with their mother, and had left for their homes about 3 p.m. Efforts were made to contact them on the way. Mrs. Folkers was born October 23, 1882 in Genesee township and was a daughter of Fred and Christine Woessner, who preceded her in death. She was reared and educated in Genesee Township and was married May 5, 1906, to Charles Folkers who died Sept. 26, 1924. Besides her son, Elwin Folkers and her daughter, Mrs. Milo (Verna) Sharp, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters; William, Fred, and George Woessner and Mrs. Kate Horlacher and Mrs. Lizzie Folkers, all of this community and nearby. Mrs. Folkers lived in Sterling 16 years and was a member of St. John's church and the W.R.C. **Cutout clipping from the library no date.. has to be Easter 1941 - [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
ORPHA (WILDMAN) FOLKERS, 90, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, after a short illnes. She was employed by Home Hospital and CGH Medical Center as a registered nurse for several years retiring in 1988. SHe also was involved with her husband's legal practice. Mrs. Folkers was born Aug. 29,1914, in Prophetstown, the daughter of Ralph and Dora (Lawrence) Wildman. She was a 1933 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a 1939 graduate of Jane Lamb Memorial Hospital Nursing School, Clinton, Iowa, with a registered nurse's degree. She married Elmer Herman John Folkers on Sept. 8, 1939, in Prophetstown. He died in 2003. She was a member of Free Methodist Church and later First American Baptist Church, both of Sterling, and Catalina American Baptist Church, Tucson, Az. She was active in union activities and caring for the indigent. Survivors include three sons, Thomas of PA, and Bruce and Douglas (Robin) Folkers, both of Tucson AZ., a daughter-in-law Debbie Folkers of Tucson; a ssiter Elsie (Earl) Merrill of Walnut; five grandchildren; six great-granchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was precededby a son Larry; a sister, Ila Smith and two grandsons. Arrangements by Hudgel's Swan Funeral Home, Tucscon.
TIMOTHY WILLIAM SCOTT FOLKERS, 37, formerly of Sterling, died as a result of an accident Friday, Dec. 10, 2004. He was living in Anchorage with is loved partner, Rebecca Kinsel and his daughter, Alieaha. Tim had a love of wild places and was at home where the wonders of nature surrounded him. He was particuarly knowledgeable about desert habitats and had a special understanding of animals and their behaviors. He had an exceptional gift for growing and nurturing plants and put this talent to use in his work in landscaping. He was employed by Titan Enterprises in Anchorage Alaska. Tim if further survived by his parents; his son, Timothy Kendall Folkers of Homer, Alaska; his brother, Justin Patrick Folkers of Boston; his paternal grandmother, Orpha Folkers of Tucson, Ariz; his maternal grandfather Richard Lego of Sterling; and many loved extended family members. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Robert Fokers, Jr.; his uncle, Larry Folkers; his maternal grandmother, Lois Lego and his paternal grandfather, Elmer Folkers.
BEATRICE DAY (AHRENS) FOLSOM, 64, Sterling, IL, died Friday, October 6, 2006 at Swedish Memorial Hospital, Rockford. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. A memorial fund has been established. Kay was born May 21, 1942 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Willis and Jean (Frankenfield) Ahrens. She graduated from Rock Falls High School, class of 1960. She married Thomas R. Folsom in Sterling in 2005. He preceded her later that year. Kay was a floral designer and had also worked as a bookkeeper at the former Ramada Inn in Rock Falls. Most recently she served as the coordinator for the PADS Shelter, Sterling. She is survived by aunts and cousins. Kay was also preceded by her father in 1992 and her mother in 1996. [Contribued by Debbie Thormahlen from - The Prophetstown Echo -October 10, 2006]
FLORA MAE (BROTHERIDGE) FOLSOM, 56, formerly of Rock Falls died early Sunday morning (9 Jun 1977) in a Brownsville Texas hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harvey T. Gregerson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling. Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to the time of service. Flora Brotheridge was born Oct. 2, 1920 in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Minnie Smith Brotheridge. She attended the Rock Falls schools. On Oct. 2, 1935 in Morrison she was united in marriage to Herman L. Folsom. She was a member of the Jehovahs Wittness of Rock Falls. Surviving are her husband, Herman,Sr.; six sons, Herman Jr. of Chicago, William A of Maywood, David of Cicero, Arthur L. of Rock Falls, Stephen of Dayton, Ohio, and Joel of Dallas, Tex.; four daughters, Mrs. George (Ardetta) Schnieder of Denton, Tex., Mrs. Richard (Stephanan) Marrocco of Providence, Rhode Island, Mrs. Alice Bennett of Buffalo, Texas, and Lydia Folsom of Brownsville, Texas; her mother, Mrs. Minnie Brotheridge of Rock Falls, 24 grandchildren two great grandchildren; five brothers, John of Naples, Fla., Robert of Sterling, James, Paul and Louis, all of Rock Falls; five sisters, Mrs. Earl (Minnie) George of Rock Falls, Mrs. Francis (June) Carlson of Vancouver, Washington, Mrs. Daniel (Fern) Jolly of Vancouver, Washington, Mrs. Thomas (Julia) Gregerson and Mrs. Wendell (Marian) Blackburn both of Gadston, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her father and one sister. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 10, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
GENE FOLSOM, of rural Morrison, passed away at home after a brief illness on Monday, March 14, 2005. Gene, the son of Francis and Marion Folsom was born in Sterling Nov. 13, 1951. Gene was a Scout in the U.S. Army until his ~ retirement in 1991. Post retirement he taught computer techniques at Sauk Valley Community College. He served on the teaching staff at St Anne's: as well as Thome ED School He also enjoyed seasonal work at Wal-Mart, delivering the Dispatch, gardening and outdoor activities. Gene is survived by his wife, Michele; three sons, Gene Jr. (Alecia) of South Carolina, Francis II (Telina) of North Carolina and Matthew Gill of Prophetstown; two, brothers Lee (Linda) Folsom of Rock Falls and Robert (Lorrie) Folsom of Prophetstown; and grandchildren, Aundrea and Francis Folsom III, both of North Carolina. His parents and infant sister, Eileen preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Coloma township Cemetery, Rock Falls.
LAWSON "RED" FOLSOM, 61, of 609 13th Ave., Sterling died Tuesday evening at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Ray Rebuck and Rev. Scott Porter officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday with a Loyal Order if Moose service at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mr. Folsom was born April 28, 1929, in Sterling, the some of Lawson J and Blanche E (Gallentine) Folsom. He married Lula B Fisher on April 28, 1974, at the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. He had been the owner and operator of Folsom's Bakery in Sterling from 1958-1968. From 1970-1982 he was employed as an advisor for bakery set-up for Super Valu stores in Illinois and Iowa. He was a member of the Sterling Loyal Order of Moose and had held many offices including past junior governor. He was a charter member of the Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club, a Boy Scout leader and on the advisory committee for food services at Whiteside Area Vocational Center. He also had been a substitute teacher at Sauk Valley Community College. Surviving are his wife, one son, Jerry Folsom, Sterling; two daughter, Karen Helle and Rhonda Swarthout, both of Sterling; three brothers, Francis Folsom, Rock Falls; Herman Folsom, Brownsville, Texas, Merle Folsom, Peoria; two sisters Alice Dettman, Sterling; Mina Chapman, Winter Haven, Fla.; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Raymond. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
LINDA ALICE FOLSOM - Services were held Tuesday for Linda Folsom, 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle R. Folsom, 407 Woodburn Ave., at the Wheelock Funeral Home with Rev. H.C. Hatton, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Linda was fatally struck by an automobile Saturday evening. Mrs. Wm. Marshall Sr., sang Jewels and There is a Friend for Little Children. Mrs. Wayne Larson was at the organ. Pallbearers were Charles Hoover, Robert Adams, Robert Billings and Fred Beggerow. Madelyn Shoffner, Marian Edlin, Hazel Stewart, Bea Oakley took care of the flowers. Burial was in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. [Contributed by Sue Nesland Sterling Gazette 2 Sep 1953]
LULA B. (FISHER) FOLSOM, 68, of Sterling died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at CGH Medical Center. She was employed by Lundstrom Florist, Wilson Greenhouse, Morrison, and Swartley's Greenhouse, as a floral designer for many years. Mrs. Folsom was born June 30, 1935, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Herbert and Helen (Robinson) Fisher. She married Lawson J Folsom on April 28, 1974, at Rock Falls United Methodist Church. He died Aug. 28, 1990. She was a member of First Christian Church of Sterling, Loyal Order of Moose and Royal Neighbors of America. She enjoyed reading and was involved in many people's lives through floral design. Survivors include two stepdaughters, Karen (Darrell) Erickson of Rock Falls and Rhonda (Gail) Skinner of Sterling; a stepson. Jerry (Roxanne) Folsom of Rock Falls; four brothers, LeRoy "Buzz" Fisher and Robert (Margaret) Fisher, both of Sterling, William ` Wes" (Barb Fisher of Rock Falls and Donald Fisher of Chadwick, six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Jack Koehier officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [Sterling Daily Gazette July 14, 2003]
ROBERT FOLSOM, 48, of Prophetstown died Tuesday Oct. 4, 2005 at Loyola Univ. Med. Ctr in Maywood. He was employed by RC Smith Transportation in Morrison. Mr. Folsom was born March 21, 1957 in Sterling the son of Francis and Marion (Cox) Folsom. He married Lorie Olson on Oct. 7, 1978 in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; a son Jfee; a daughter Stacie Garrett, a brother Lee and three grandchildren. Graveside service is at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Coloma Twp. Cemetery Rock Falls.
THOMAS RAYMOND FOLSOM, 59, of Sterling, formerly of the Phoenix area, died March 20, 2005 at CGH Medical Center. He was an electrician. Mr. Folsom as born Sept. 19, 1945 in Sterling the son of MErle and Janet (Hoover) Folsom. He married Beatrice Kay Ahrens on Jan. 7, 2005 in Sterling. He was an avid reader and enjoyed nature. Survivors include his wife; a daughter Bonnie Stern; two sons Kelly and Mikel; his mother, Janet Noon; two sisters Kathleen Johnson and Elizabeth Dougherty; four brothers, John, Timothy, Kenneth and Gary; a grandson Michael Kinney of Alabama. He was preceded by a sister Linda.
AELRED C. FONDER, age 86, died Friday May 9, 2003, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling. Dr. Fonder was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Sisseton, S.D., to John and Albertina (Nigg) Fonder. He was one of 13 children in his family. He married Jane Marie Schoenberg on May 13, 1946, at All Saints Catholic Church in Portland, Ore. She survives. He will be buried on their 59th wedding anniversary. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Navy and Army and was discharged in 1955 from Brook Army Hospital as a captain. In 1955, he moved to Rock Falls where he opened his dental clinic and practiced until his retirement in 1991. He remained active in the office until 2001. He was the founder of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1946, started the concept of the Tempromandibular Joint, wrote the book "The Dental Syndrome" lectured in 29 countries about his research in dentistry, and also was a member of St. Mary Church, Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Jane, four sons, Dr. John (Kimberly) Fonder of Tulsa, Okla., Robert (Debbie) Fonder of Sterling, Dr. Tom Fonder of Fredricksberg, Texas, and Dr. Jim (Sandra) Fonder of Fredricksberg, Texas: one daughter, Nancy (Randolph) Osborn of Sterling; one brother, Edward (Gladys) Fonder of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two sisters, Elaine Norton of Seattle and Geraldine Creek of Buell, Idaho; 13 grandchildren Cary (Jim) McCue of Sterling, Melissa (Jeff) Carlson of Rockford, Tom (Charity) Osborn of Seattle, Amy Osborn of Seattle, David Osborn of Seattle, Jonah Fonder of Sterling, Erik Fonder of Sterling, Inga Fonder of Sterling, Ritchie Fonder of Sterling, Allison Fonder of Tulsa, Okla., Sarah Fonder of Tulsa, Okla., Will Fonder of Fredricksberg, Texas, and Hannah Fonder of Fredricksberg, Texas; and two great-granchildren, Caleb McCue and Meagan McCue of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will take places may 13, 2003 at 10 am at St. Mary Church, Sterling with father Uriel Lopez officiating. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 6 -8 pm at the Allen-Grennan Funeral hOme, 4th Ave Chapel, Sterling with the rosary being recited at 7:30 pm. Burial will conclude the service at Calvary Cemtery, Sterling. [Sterling Gazette 10 May 2003]
LILLIE (OVERHOLSER) FORBES, 96, died at the Whiteside County Nursing Home at 2 p.m. Monday [08/07/1972] after a short illness. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Behrens Mortuary with the Rev. Jean Saltzman, pastor of Fourth Street Methodist Church, officiating. The burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Behrens Mortuary from 2 to 9 p.m. today. Lillie Blanche Overholser was born Aug. 24, 1873 in Sterling, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Overholser. She was educated in the Sterling Schools and had resided in Sterling most of her lifetime. She was a member of Fourth Street Methodist Church. Surviving are one sister and one brother, Mrs. W. A. (Mabel) Weeks of Sterling and the Rev. Martin Overholser of Schenectady, N. Y. A daughter Winifred Forbes died Aug. 17, 1962. Mrs. Forbes was preceded in death by six sisters and three brothers. [Contriubuted by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 8, 1972, page 2, column 1]
GERALDINE (STEVENS) FORDHAM, 94, of 107 Heaton St., Walnut. died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. She was employed by Stiver's Cleaners, Walnut, for a number of years. Mrs. Fordham was born Sept. 25, 1908, in Tampico, the daughter of Claude and Myrtle (Moon) Stevens. She married Elvin G. Fordham on Sept. 11, 1941, in Missouri. Survivors include her husband; a son, Neil M. (Joanne) Stiver of Walnut; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a niece; two great-nieces; and a great-nephew. She was preceded in death by a brother and a half brother. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with the Rev. Sue Eckhoff, pastor of Ohio Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial is at Walnut Cemetery. Visitation is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Walnut Manor Nursing Home [Daily Gazette July 25, 2003]
MAX FORDHAM, 79, of 812 W. 12th St. Sterling, died March 9, 1999 at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be Friday at St. Paul Lutheran CHurch, Sterling with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Mr. Fordham was born Nov. 25, 1919 in Lamberton Minn., the son of Everett and Alice (Alshouse) Fordham. He married Gladys L. Salzman on Jan. 14, 1943 in Dixon. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Ranger Battalion and was wounded in Anzio Italy, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of Darby's Rangers. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co.,, in the electrical department for 36 years, retiring in 1982. He was a Little League couch for several years and a White Sox fan. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; one son, Mark Fordham of Ft. Collins CO; three daughters, Diane (Phil) Tetley of Normallll, Nanette (Richard) Widdle of Morrison CO and Dawn Fordham ofColorado Sps. CO; 10 grandchildren, Tammy (Mark) Neuhouser of Bloomington, Dana (Troy) Lundquist of Normal, Chad Gebhardt of Chicago Marc (Nikki) Gebardt of Normal, Richard Widdle Jr. of Lafayette IN, Adam Fordham and Matt Fordham of Ft. Collins CO, Laura, Adam and Alayna Hawffner of Colorado Sps., Co; several nieces and nephews and six loving great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, two brothers, Lyle and Harold Fordham; and one sister Irene Hodges. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
ELEANOR (DUNCAN) FORDYCE, 81, of Rock Falls died Sep. 19, 2005 at CGH. She was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Oregon, the daughter of James G. and Elmyra J. (Taylor) Duncan. She married James Fordyce July 11, 1953 in Morrison. He died Jan. 14, 2005. Survivors include two sons, Patrick and Johnny; a daughter Linda Hemminger; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
JAMES R. FORDYCE, 83, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 at Sterling Pavilion. He was employed by Good Year Warehouse, Rock Falls, for several years until retiring. Mr. Fordyce was born Feb. 27, 1921 in Dixon, the son of James and Rose (Miller) Fordyce. He married Eleanor Duncan Marschang on July 11, 1953. He served in the Army during WW II in the medical corps. Survivors inclue his wife, two stepsons, Patrick (Gloria) Marschang of Deer Grove and John L. Marschange of Freeport; a stepdaughter, Linda Annette Hemminger of Lyndon; seven stepgrandchildren. The funeral is at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls with the Rev. Cass Young, Harvest Time Bible Church officiating. Private burial is at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls.
LINA (RICE) FORGEY, Word was received recently of the death of Mrs. Lina Rice Forgy, 72, of Omaha, Neb., a former Lyndon resident. She had not been well for some time when she became paralyzed and was taken to a hospital where she later died. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius E. Rice, early Lyndon settlers. Survivors include her husband, Herman Forgy of Omaha, Neb.; one son and one daughter of California. Mrs. Forgy was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. Perry C. Rice and Attorney John B. Rice of California. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 19, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2]
MARILOUISE (McCOY) FORREN, 55, 3208 B. Street, Rock Falls, died Thursday morning in Community General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Forren will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. Ardetta Root, Rev. Barbara Tennyson and Rev. Floyd Osborn, pastors of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rock Falls, officiating, with burial in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Born on April 15, 1927 in Iowa, the daughter of Merrill and Kathryn Crom George, she was united in marriage to Charles W. Forren on Dec. 25, 1944, in Ottumwa, Iowa. She was a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rock Falls. Surviving include her husband, Charles, Rock Falls; two daughters, Kathy Campbell, Dixon and Rebba Forren, Rock Falls; three sons, Robert W. and Charles D., Rock Falls and Lone E., Sterling; nine grandchildren and two step grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Allen (Arlene) DeWeerdt of Prophetstown; one brother, Richard McCoy, Dearborn, Mich.; and two stepbrothers, Robert and Roy Lee McCoy, not of this area. She was preceded by her parents and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1982 - Thursday, page A8]
BARTHOLOMEW A. FORSTER, 81, retired furniture dealer and funeral director died Saturday morning in Sterling Public hospital of burns suffered Friday night (30 June 1944) when he fell asleep while smoking a cigar in bed at his home, 901 East 2nd street, Sterling. Two daughters who made their home with him discovered the fire about 11 o’clock but were unable to quell the flames before Forster had suffered burns on his neck, chest, arms and hands. The Sterling fire department was called and confined the blaze to the bedroom. Mr. Forster was taken in the Woods ambulance to the hospital where he died about 6:00 a. m. He was born Aug. 17, 1862 in Vienna, Austria, and was married in Sterling in 1883 to Theresa R. Bartel who died last April 21. Mr. Forster had been in the furniture and undertaking business for 20 years before he retired four years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Theresa Long and Miss Mildred Forster, both at home, and Mrs. Edward J. McGinn, Rock Falls, and two sons, Francis Forster, Sterling, and Leo J. Forster, Chicago. In addition to his wife, four sons preceded him in death. Funeral services were held this morning in Sacred Heart Catholic church of which he was a member. Rev. Michael Krug officiated. Burial was in Sacred Heart cemetery. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 July 1944]
MURRAY W. FORTH, 49, Moline, died Saturday eveinng in his home of an apparent heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the First Presbyterian Church in East Moline. Graveside services will be held approximately 12:15 p.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Friends may visit the Trimble Funeral Home in Moline Monday evening. A memorial has been established in his honor. Murray W. Forth was born April 22, 1922, the son of Fred and Mary Matznick Forth at Morrison. He was united in marriage to Wilma Patterson June 24, 1943 at Morrison. He graduated from Morrison High School and received his masters degree from the University of Illinois in 1953. He was a member of the First Presbyteran Church at E. Moline and served as a church elder. Survivors include his mother; his widow; two children, Tom with the U.S. Navy at Albuquerque, N.M., and Becky a freshman at the University of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his father. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois, January 31, 1972 Monday pg 2]
WILLIAM J. FORTH - Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Fenton EUB Church for W. J. Forth, 79, who died Saturday afternoon (09 March 1957) at the Morrison Hospital where he had been a patient a few days. Rev. J. A Smith officiated and burial was in Fenton Cemetery. Mrs. Glenn Miller was organist and several elections were sung by Mrs. Edward Schroeder and Mrs. Omeer Reynolds. Pall bearers were nephews, Leland Forth, Donald Forth, Arthur Forth, Lyle Shanafelt, Merle Edlund, and Charles Woodson. Friends caring for the flowers were Mrs. Raymond Hogarth, Mrs. John Besse, Mrs. Wayne Bealer, Mrs. Edward Schroeder and Mrs Kenneth Burns. Mr. Forth was born June 18, 1877 at Fenton the son of John and Mary Hollowell Forth, and lived in Fenton all his life, taking an active part in church and civic affairs. Survivors include his widow; one daughter Mrs. Vivian Tigerman of Altadena, Calif., one granddaughter, Lynn; one sister, Mrs. Fred Hammer and two brothers Dan and Sidney. Relatives attended from Morgan, Minn., Crookston, Minn., Altadena, Calif., Clinton, Iowa; Moline, Geneseo, Rock Falls, Morrison, and many other towns. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2]
FAYE (MOORE) FORTNER, 77, of Rock Falls, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at her home. Mrs. Fortner was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Blacksburg, S.C., the daughter of Andrew C. and Ruby (Stewart) Moore. She married Henry C. Fortner on June 9, 1948, in York, S.C. He died Oct. 27, 1994. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sterling. Survivors include three daughters, Patricia (Jerry) Gray of Rock Falls, Teresa (Mike) Hulstrom of Sterling and Deborah (Paul) Schmidt of St. Louis; a son, Richard (David Caudill) Fortner of San Antonio; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sharon Baptist Church, Sharon, S.C. Arrangements were completed by Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
PAUL KAY FORTUNE, 17, of 1308 Hunter St. in Sterling was fatally injured in an auto accident on Route 52 near Dixon Friday afternoon (18 Sep 1987). Funeral services were today at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Kenneth Zuithoff, pastor of the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. A memorial has been established in her memory. Miss. Fortune was born on Dec. 19, 1969 in Sterling, the daughter of Marion Ed and Karen Lea Siperly Fortune. She had attended Sterling High School. She is survived by her parents, Marion and Karen Fortune of Sterling, her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Gwen Whalen of Centralia; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Phyllis Siperly of Rock Falls; one brother, Eddie Dean Fortune of Rock Falls; one half-brother, Scott Fortune of Rockford; two sisters, Annie Marie Fortune and Jennie Lee Fortune, both at home. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Eldon Fortune. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette 21 Sep 1987]
ALBERT LESTER FORWARD - Tampico lost one of hits familiar figures Monday evening (18 Sep 1939) in the passing of Albert Lester Forward, who died at his home at the age of 84 years, following an illness extending since last June 28. Mr. Forward, or "Ab," as he was best known, had been a successful farmer and businessman of Tampico for a great many years. He had been active in recent years, until his sickness, in the management of his several farms. He was one of the few who still used the horse and buggy as his mode of transportation, and until he was taken ill, he was seen daily in and out of town in his rig while looking after business interests. Mr. Forward was associated with his father for a number of years in the meat and butcher business. He operated this business alone for some time, and was also associated with his son-in-law. Funeral services will be held from the home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. G. D. Lamb, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Forward was born at Weedsport, Cayuga County, New York, Jan. 27, 1855, the son of George and Marian Forward. At the age of two years he came with his parents to the vicinity of Tampico. He was married at Tampico to Miss Annie R. Greenman of Tampico, Jan. 29, 1878. They lived south of Tampico until 31 years ago, when they moved to town and resided in the same house since. At the age of 17 he worked on the construction of the C.B. & Q. railroad through Tampico from the Sippell farm to Denrock. He was said to have been the youngest employee in the construction job. Surviving are the widow, one son, George Forward, and two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Forward and Mrs. Lena Glassburn, all of Tampico; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Donnelly, Miss Bessie Forward and Miss Jessie Forward, and his only sister, Mrs. Minnie Craddock. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 19, 1939 - Tuesday, pg 2]
FANNIE R. (GREENMAN) FORWARD, 91, passed away Dec. 31, at 11:45 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Glassburn, of Tampico. Mrs. Forward had been ill 14 years and bedfast for four years. She had lived in the homes of Mrs. Glassburn and that of another daughter, Mrs. Ethel Forward over this period. Funeral services will be at the Parent Chapel at 2 p.m. Thursday, with Ellis Beeman, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating. Committal will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Forward was born at Leon Aug. 17, 1860, the daughter of William and Polly Greenman. She had resided in this area all of her life. She was married to Albert L. Forward, June 29, 1878. Six children were born to the union, three whom survive, Mrs. Glasburn and Mrs. Forward, both of Tampico, and George Forward of Dixon. There are 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren also surviving; two brothers, Charles Greenman of Virginia, Canada, and Jay Greenman of Sterling and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Morse of Cheyenne, Wyo. She was preceded in death by her husband and three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Donnelly, Bessie Forward, and an infant daughter, Jessie. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 2, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2]
GEORGE FORWARD, 70, of R.R. 1, Tampico, died March 26, 1994, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico, with the Rev. Vincent Shindelar officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the family present from 6-8 p.m. and a Bible service at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established. Mr. Forward was born Oct. 16, 1923 in Tampico, the son of George A. and Darlene (Anderburg) Forward. He was educated in the Tampico schools. He married Shirley Verdick Jan 27, 1943 in Kahokia, Mo. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and Tampico St. Mary's Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gregory (Nancy) and Jeffrey (Elaine) Forward, both of Tampico; three daughters, Mrs. Larry (Nancy) Kellison of Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Charles (Linda) Taylor of Geneseo and Deborah Nye of Sterling; 17 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. William (Thelma) Blum of Oregon, Mrs. Lowell (Mabel) Egert of Prophetstown, and Mrs. Forest (Frances) Leer of Walworth, Wis.; and one brother, Robert Forward of Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by one grandson and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisMarach 28, 1994 - Monday, pg A2]
GEORGE ALBERT FORWARD, 87, 1410 Bennett Drive, Rock Falls, formerly of Tampico, was dead on arrival at Community General Hospital Monday evening (21 November 1983) . Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen-Schmitlt-Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico with Michael Catron, a grandson-in-law, officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. only. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Tampico Church of Christ George Forward was born on May 5, 1896 in Tampico, the son of Albert and Fannie Greenman Forward. On Aug. 6 1915 he was united in marriage to Darlene Anderburg in the New Bedford Christian Church Parsonage. He farmed in the Tampico area for 41 years and he was a Vigortone Feed Salesman for the past 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Darlene; two sons, George and Robert, both of Tampico; four daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Edna) Howlett, Rock Falls, Mrs. William (Thelma) Blum, Byron, Mrs. Lowell (Mabel) Egert, Tampico, and Mrs. Forest (Frances) Teer, Walworth, Wis.; 21 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, one son, one daughter and five sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 22, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A6]
KATHRYN L. FORWARD, 80, of Pleasant View Nursing home, Morrison, died Friday evening at Morrison Community Hospital. A funeral prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A 10 a.m. mass service, with Rev. James Tranel, officiating, will follow. Mrs. Forward was born April 24, 1908, in Deer Grove, the daughter of John and Olive Brophy. She married Dean Forward on June 17, 1933. He died in 1973. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Tampico. Surviving are one daughter, Helen (Mrs John) Buckley, Tampico; two grandchildren, Gerald Bradley, San Antonio; and Julie Green, Tampico; four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, four brothers, three sisters, one grandson and one great grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 4, 1988 - Saturday, page A2]
SCOTT A. FORWARD was born Jan. 14, 1975, in Sterling, the son of Gregory P. and Nancy (Braggo)Forward. He graduated from Tampico High School in 1993 and Blackhawk East College. Scott married Amanda Bruns on March 18, 2006, at First Church of the Nazarene, Sterling. He was a selfemployed truck driver for Forward Hauling the last two years and had been employed by Rock River Grain. He was a paramedic for CGH Medical Center and a member of the Tampico Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Forward, of Tampico; daughter, Ashtynn, and son,Easton, both at home; parents, Greg and Nancy Forward, of Tampico; sister, Lori (Bill) Althaus, of Sublette; two brothers, Paul(Nicole) Forward, of Sheffield, and Gary (Jody) Forward, of Tampico; maternal grandparents, Ray and Geraldine Braggo, of Tampico; paternal grandmother, Shirley Forward, of Tampico; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George Forward Jr.; aunt Debbie Nye; and uncle, Jeff Forward.
WALTER BURNHAM FORWARD, 83-year-old retired farmer, died Thursday in his home at 110 Park Ave., Prophetstown, where he had lived since 1937. He was born Dec. 9, 1872 in Prophetstown Township, the son of William and Arabella Burnham Forward. He married Grace Terry of Leon Community on June 25, 1902, in her home. The couple farmed near Leon until 1930 when the family moved to Lyndon, and later to Prophetstown in 1937. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Prophetstown. Friends may call at the Gardner Chapel until Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when funeral services will be held in the Methodist Church with Rev. C. F. Chasteen officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Forward is survived by his wife; one son, Elwood Forward, Tampico; two daughters, Mrs. Irvin (Florence) Bishop, Tampico, and Mrs. Neal (Kathlyn) Kimmel, Morrison; a sister, Mrs. Clark Lane, Prophetstown and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 2, 1956 Friday, page 2]
AURORA (OBERG) FOSS, 66, of 806 Ave. F, Sterling, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday in Community General Hospital after an extended illness. Visitation will start at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Behrens Mortuary. Holslander Rebekah Lodge will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Booker officiating. burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls . Aurora E. Oberg was born Sept. 30, 1901 in Maimo, Sweden, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Oberg. she came to the United States when a small girl and was reared and educated in Grand Lake, Minn. She was united in marriage with Lawrence Foss in Duluth, Minn., in 1919. He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1958. Surviving are three sons, Richard Foss of Mundelein, Lawrence Foss of auburn, Ind., and M. Sgt. Donald Foss of Long Island, N.Y. and two daughters, Mrs. Sam ( Beverly ) Mylin of Janesville, Wis., and Mrs. Michael (Lois) McCormick of Sterling. She also leaves two brothers and two sisters, Ephram Oberg of Duluth, Minn., George Oberg of Hillside, Mrs. Hildur Zelenka of Wilmington and Mrs. Florence Bormann of LaGrange. there are 16 grandchildren. Mrs. Foss was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two daughters. She was a member of Holtslander Rebekah Lodge and a past noble grand, Will Robinson Women’s Relief corps, Holly Camp of royal Neighbors, Rock Falls and Twin City Barracks Auxiliary 3083. ( Nov 13, 1967 Sterling Gazette) -- Services for Aurora E. Foss were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Booker officiating. Mrs. Emery McNeil was at the organ. Mary Lou Frank and Kay Shook sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "Ivory Palaces". Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls . Pallbearers were Richard Foss Jr., William Foss, George Oberg Jr., Wayne Borrann, Kenneth Bormann and Thomas Foss. Robinson Florist’s took charge of the flowers. Arrangements were made by Behren's Mortuary. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Nov 17, 1967 Sterling Gazette]
DELIA (EADS) FOSTER, 64, of 5338 Holly Rd., Fulton, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Samaritan Hospital North, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Phillip Sneller, Pastor of the First Reformed Church, Fulton, officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the First Reformed Church Radio Broadcast. Mrs. Foster was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Albany to Asa R. and Ruth (Bradley) Eads. She married Irvin Foster on Aug. 11, 1950, in Albany. She attended Albany Grade School and Fulton High School. She was employed at Nielsen's Clearing House, Clinton, Iowa, and General Electric, Morrison, for 25 years prior to retiring in 1988. She was a member of the First Reformed Church, Fulton, and the King's Daughters of the church. Survivors include her husband, Irvin, of Fulton; one daughter, Betty (Jerry) Ellis of Fulton; one son, Bradley Foster of Fulton; one sister, Carolyn (Dennis) Remrey of Clinton, Iowa; and three brothers, Ernest (Carol) Eads of Fulton, David Eads of Albany, and Gary (Elizabeth) Eads of LaPorte, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Paul Eads and Lawrence Eads. [Contributed by Liz Eads]
HULEN E. FOSTER, 59, of Tampico, died suddenly Sunday morning at Community General Hospital. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls after which the body will be taken overland to the Ermert Funeral Home in Corning, Arkansas for visitation Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and funeral services on Friday. Burial will be in the Black Cemetery, Corning, Arkansas. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Foster was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Brown Township, Arkansas, the son of Rubin and Lula (Edwards) Foster. He was united in marriage to Margaret Lucille Joslin on Oct. 13, 1947 in Monette, Arkansas. He was employed in the furnace department at Northwestern Steel and Wire at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; four sons, James, Robert and Rodney at home, and Robin of Thomson; four daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Margaret) Monshower, and Mrs. Bobby (Sandy) Lahre, both of Thomson, Ramona Foster of Rock Falls and Don Marie at home; eight grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
MARGARET (LORAN) FOSTER, 82, of 1510 Ave. L, Sterling, died early Sunday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert J. (Virginia Tresenriter), after a short illness. There will be visitaton at the Grennan and Son Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral rites will be conducted Tuesday morning with a 10:30 a.m. prayer service in the funeral home and 11 o'clock requiem mass in St. Mary's Catholic church. The Rev. Everett J. Hiller, officiated. Mrs. Foster was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society which will say a rosary at eight o'clock this evening. Mrs. Foster was born Sept. 13, 1888 in Sterling, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Loran. She is survived by one daughter and one son, Mrs. Robert J. (Virginia) Tresenriter of Sterling and James Foster of Lansing, Mich., and also by one sister and one brothers Mrs. Mary Puckett of Sterling and John Loran of Monroe Wash. There are eight grandchildren. Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband James J. Foster, three grandchildren and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 15, 1971]
ROBERT A. FOSTER, 81, of Morrison, died Monday at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison. The service will be preceded by a 10:15 a.m. family prayer service at the church. The Rev. Jeffrey N. McIlrath, pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. He was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Albany, Ill., to John and Reka Borgman Foster. He married Hilda M. Pruis on Feb. 23, 1949, in Morrison. He attended Dublin and Slocum Street schools in rural Whiteside County, Ill. He and his wife were engaged in farming in rural Morrison. He retired in 1984. After retiring, they moved to Morrison. He was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church. Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Marcia (Stanley) Todd of Morrison, Mrs. Marlene (Raynord) Dorathy of Erie, Ill., Mrs. Rhonda (John) Woods of Morrison and Mrs. Sharon (Steve) McLain of Morrison; one son, Randy (Rita) Foster of Morrison; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Marie (Don) Deelsnyder of Fulton and Mrs. Kathryn (Dwayne) Pruis of Morrison; and one sister-in-law, Mary Foster of Fulton. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law and one brother. From Barbara Nugent - Death Date is 27 September 2004 - Burial 30 September 2004]
TENA L. FOSTER, 81, of 916 12th Avenue, Fulton, IL, died Saturday, August 5, 2006, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL. Tena was born August 22, 1924 in Fulton, IL, to William and Winnie (Geerts) Foster. She was educated in the rural Whiteside County grade schools. Tena was employed as a waitress at the former Melody Restaurant in Fulton and then at General Electric in Morrison, IL for 23 years. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include two sisters, Wilma Foster and Genevieve (Mrs. Marvin) Huizenga both of Fulton, IL; one brother, Roland "Bud" (Elsie) Foster of Fulton, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Willard in infancy. INTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery – Fulton
MILAN J. FOTZLER, 66, 308 Market Street, died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack at his farm. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the First Lutheran Church, with Rev. Quentin Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Gardner Chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church. Milan Fotzler was born on Jan. 10, 1917 in Thomas, the son of Jacob and Falome Stahl Fotzler. He was educated in the Thomas and Tampico Schools. On Feb 13, 1941 he married June Larson in Clinton, Iowa, and had been engaged in farming all of his life. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Neil and Lyle, both of Champaign; one grandson; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Lea, Glen Ellyn; and one brother, Frank, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette,September 28, 1983 - Wednesday, pg. A4]
VERNA M. (STERN) FOTZLER, 73, of Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown, died Feb. 8, 1993, at the center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Jeffery Clementz officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Mrs. Fotzler was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Sterling, the daughter of Henry and Nettie (Obendorf) Stern. She was educated in Sterling area schools. She married Arthur Fotzler July 28, 1944, in Sterling. They were engaged in farming in Hume Township for many years. During that time she was also employed by Lundstrom Florists in Sterling. In 1962 they moved to Prophetstown where they purchased Hill Crest Greenhouse and Gift Shop. Her husband died in 1977. She continued to operate the business until retiring in 1982. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown; the West Hume Club; Prophet Hills Country Club; was active in many civic activities; was presently serving on the advisory board of Prophets Riverview Center, and had founded the Prophetstown Avenue of Flags. She is survived by three sisters, Edna Wolf and Esther Mayfield, both of Sterling, and Cassie Plautz of Prophetstown. She was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Eilers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 8, 1993 - Tuesday, pg A2]
MARY MEYERS FOULD .....age 68, a lifelong and highly esteemed resident of Sterling, will be held Sunday at 2 in the Meyer Funeral home and 2:30 in the Second Ave. Lutheran church. Rev. Eldor Mueller will officiate and burial will take place in Riverside cemetery. The body rests at the Meyer funeral home where friends may call. Mrs. Foulds passed away suddenly Friday in her home at 510 Wallace street, following a short illness since last Tuesday. She was born Mary Helen Meyers, Sept. 23, 1874 in Sterling, the daughter of Conrad and Marie Meyers. All of her life was spent here and she received her education in Wallace school. On Oct. 31, 1892 she was married to Harry Morse Foulds in Sterling and to this union 10 children were born, three passing away in infancy. The death of Mr. Foulds occurred in 1926. Surviving children are Mrs. Ruth McCormick, Mrs. Helen Kelly, Mrs. Emily Jones, Mrs. Helen Louise Hoffman, Thomas Foulds, Neil Foulds and Mrs. Doris McGinn. Mrs. Foulds also leaves 19 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The deceased was an active member of the Second Avenue Lutheran church. For the past 13 years she had been matron at Lawrence Park swimming pool,, having completed her work when the season closed early in the fall. Mrs. Foulds enjoyed a host of friends in the community who mourn her passing and extend sympathy to the family. Sterling Gazette 28 Nov 1942 - Contributed by Sue Nesland]
BRIAN D. FOWKES, 33, of Prophetstown died Sunday Sept. 18, 2005. He was employed by Tyson Foods, Joslin as an electrical tecnician for 12 years. Mr. Fowkes was born March 4, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Douglas Edward and Kathryn Ann (Hedstrom) Fowkes. He married Toni Coon on Dec. 12, 1992 in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Andrew Michael and Ryan Douglas both of Prophetstown; his father, Douglas of Clinton Iowa, his mother of Sterling; two brothers, Chad and Cory, grandmother, Ruth Hedstrom and grandfather Donald Fowkes.
DANIEL FOWLER - At his home in Union Grove, Ill., on Saturday, June 3, 1893, Mr. Daniel Fowler, aged 63 years, 11 months and 16 days. Daniel Fowler was born at Hyde Park, Dutchess county, N.Y., June 17, 1829. He was married to Margaret Barringer, of Livingston, Columbia county, NY, October 18, 1852. Two children were born to them, Susan, deceased and Sarah, now residing in the state of Nebraska. He removed with his wife to Morrison in the year 1857, where he resided one winter. He then settled in Union Grove where he has since remained. He was a man of integrity of character and of strong firm convictions of right. These principles found exemplification in his life. Towards those whom he met and with whom he associated he was kind hearted and friendly. The sorrows that visited the neighborhood he shared, as he could, with sympathy and aid. He had a genial, hopeful disposition that led him to look beyond immediate difficulties and to resolutely contend against appearances foreboding results that would dishearten many. While the disease that carried him away was persistently tightening its grasp he would battle against it by driving to town and looking after the management of his affairs. In his home he was a kind husband and father, tender and loving. At the age of 20 years he professed his faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church at Hyde Park. After moving to Morrison he united with the Baptist church in which he was a member to the time of his death. Only little over 3 months ago a loved daughter preceded her father to the other land. This sorrow came as a heavy blow to the remaining family. Now the same messenger has called for another. Services were held at the residence by Rev. D. Rogers. The remains interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.
J. FRANK FOWLER - 78, 803 1/2 West 4th Street, Sterling, died suddenly Saturday noon (07 Oct 1973) in a medical office. Funeral services were held at the Allen Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Fouts, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling officiating with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Frank Fowler was born April 9, 1895 in Morrison, the son of Orrin C. and Charlotte Fowler. He was united in marriage to Carrie Alice Curry, who preceded him in death in 1931. He was united in marriage to Sarah E. Treffert, July 30, 1936 after which the couple resided in Morrison until 1953 when they moved to Sterling. Frank was employed in the maintenance department of Illinois State Police District I until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. John (Katherine) Doty of Rock Falls; one son, Clifton Fowler of Sterling; one step-daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Virginia) Blackman of Coal Valley; two brotheers, Orrin and Leo Fowler, both of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, two sisters and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 8, 1973 - Monday, pg 2]
LEMUEL V. FOWLER who as chief cook and steward in the U.S. merchant marine was wounded in the invasion of France, was fond dead in his apartment over the Wagner grocery this morning at an early hour. The body was taken to the Wheelock funeral home where the inquest will be held later this afternoon after which the body will be taken to the Reynolds undertaking parlor, Morrison, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be in Grove Hill cemetery, Morrison. Mr. Fowler enlisted in the merchant marine February 15, 1944, and served until the invasion of France when a depth charge exploded at the same time a bomb was dropped by a German plane. The force of the explosion hurled him down a stairway. Although wounded he stuck to his post and spent several days cooking and caring for the wounded. He was hospitalized in Oxford, England then sent to the marine hospital, New York and later in Chicago, where it was discovered that several vertebrae were broken. Mr. Fowler was born in Morrison 53 years ago, May 9, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Fowler of Morrison. He was a cook by profession and spent many years in various parts of the country working at his trade. When the CCC was started he worked for the government for three years cooking prior to enlisting in the merchant marine. Mr. Fowler was married to Miss Ruth Inman of Grand Rapids, Minn., who preceded him in death October 10, 1935. He is survived by four children, Earl Fowler of Morrison, Kenneth and Ruth Fowler of Rock Falls, and Lt Irene Fowler ANC of Galesburg. also by the following brothers and sister, Leo Fowler of Rock Falls, (can't read name) Fowler of Sterling, Clance Fowler of Detroit, Mich., Lillian, wife of John Curren of Detroit, Mich., Nina wife of Mrs.(should be Mr.) Howard Snyder of Morrison and Frank Fowler of Morrison. Two brothers, Joseph and Amos preceded him in death. Mr. Fowler's health had been steadily growing worse since his discharge from the service. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the August 8, 1946 Sterling Gazette]
CHARLES A. FOY, of 1314 Ave. A., Rock Falls, died early Thursday (22 Apr 1965) in Hines Veteran Hospital, Hines, Ill., at the age of 48. Mr. Foy was born in Tampico Nov. 25, 1916, the son of Walter and Maude Harrington Foy. He served in the Navy in World War II and had been employed at Eberhardt's Body Shop as a body repairman. He was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Barry on October 11, 1946 at Rochester, N.Y., and moved to Sterling 18 years ago. He was a member of the Rock Falls Eagles. Mr. Foy is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Janet) Courtright, Rockford, Mrs. Jimmie (Kathryn) Stedman, Rock Falls; one son, Albert Foy, Sterling; his father, Walter B. Foy of Round Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Marie) Baker of Walnut, and Mrs. Victor (Verla) Anderson of Sacramento, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his mother and his wife, Evelyn, in October of 1963. Prayer services will be a 9 a.m. Monday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home and requiem mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Saturday where the Rock Falls Eagles will conduct services at 7 p.m. Sunday and the rosary will be recited a 8 p.m. Sunday evening. Military rites will be conducted by Rock Falls American Legion Post 902. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 23, 1965 - Friday, pg 6]
HAZEL MAY (BREED) FOY, 90, 15113 Cabell Ave., Bellflower, Calif., formerly of Tampico, died Tuesday afternoon in her home following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Tampico Church of Christ with the Rev. Dennis Peterson of Des Moines, Iowa, officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Arthritis Foundation. Hazel Foy was born on Aug. 16, 1894 in Bureau County, the daughter of William and Martha Hall Breed. On Dec. 25, 1912, she was united in marriage to Ralph U. Foy. He preceded her in death in 1975. Surviving are one son, Raymond, New Bedford; two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Bernadine) Mahan, California, and Mrs. Dorothy Billstrom, Bellflower, Calif., with whom she made her home; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Edna Satterfield, Rock Falls. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, two brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 26, 1984 - Thursday, pg A4]
MARY (JONES) FOY, 91, one of Tampico's most highly esteemed residents, passed away Saturday )24 Apr 1943) at 8:45 p.m. at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Foy. While walking in the garden of the Foy home on Palm Sunday, Mrs. Foy's hip broke and she fell to the ground. She had been confined to her bed since and the shock was too great for her years to overcome and she passed away the Saturday evening before Easter. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church of which she was a member. The Rev. D. E. Springer, pastor, will officiate and committal will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Foy was born at Paducah, Kentucky, July 6, 1851, the daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth Jones. At the age of five years, her father passed away and she and her mother came to Hancock County, Illinois, where they made their home. She was married to Wesley Foy of Tampico, June 27, 1875. They established their home and farm three miles southwest of Tampico, remaining there until 1912 when they retired to Tampico. Mr. Foy passed away in 1928 and since then Mrs. Foy had made her home with her son, Ralph. Mrs. Foy's health had been generally good, and in 1937 she made a trip to Temple City, California, where she visited her sister, Mrs. Jeanette Loomis Besides the son, Ralph, another son, Walter Foy of Rock Falls survives. Others surviving are seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and a half sister, Mrs. E. Alton of the state of Washington. The grandchildren are Mrs. Bernadine Mahan of Long Beach, California, Raymond Foy of Prophetstown, Miss Dorothy Foy of Tampico, Mrs. Ruth Johnson of Macomb, Mrs. Marie Badger, Albert Foy, Mrs. Verla McLaughlin of Rock Falls. One son, Clark Foy, passed away in 1927. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 26, 1943 - Monday]
WALTER B. FOY, 90, of RR 1, Walnut, died Thursday evening (24 March 1977) in Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Clarke Devore, pastor of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. VIsitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. He was born April 17, 1886 in Tampico, the son of Charles W. and Mary Foy. He married Maude C. Harrington who preceded him in death on June 3, 1962. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Marie) Baker of Walnut (with whom he had made his home), and Mrs. Vick (Verla) Anderson of Sacramento, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, two brotheers and four grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 25, 1977 - Friday, pg 4]
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