MRS. HEALY/HEALEY - The following people from a distance were in town, Friday, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Healey; Ira Scoville, of Grundy Center, Ia.; W. J. Healey and wife, of Mt. Morris; Fred Grim and wife and Miss Ella Waterbury, of Polo; J. M. Sowles, of Galt; Homer Atwood and wife, M. T. Lee and wife and Mrs. C. J. Longsdon, of Sterling; Bert McNeil and wife, Al Scoville and wife, C. C. Calkins, Mrs. Mittie Millard and E. C. Winters and wife, of Rock Falls; James Winters and wife, Henry Bushman and wife and Annie Overholser, of Coleta; Mrs. Ida McMillen, of Decatur. [Contributed by Karen Fyock]
ALICE W. HEARST, 62, licensed private investigator, died Saturday at West Lake Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., where she had been a patient for 17 days. Alice Heard was born Dec. 5, 1900, in Valparaiso, Ind., the daughter of Thomas H. and Myra Holladay Heard. She was reared and educated in the Valparaiso area. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the OES chapter. Surviving is her sister, Mrs. Lester (Martha) Jacobs, Erie. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Gardner Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Grange of the Erie Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home ater 7 p.m. Monday.
MYRTLE L. (FELL) HEARST, formerly of 1308 E. 15th St., Sterling, and a resident of Colonial Acres Rest Home, Sterling, died (5 December 1975) Thursday afternoon in the home after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, the Rev. John M. Coppie, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, will officiate. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Hearst was born Oct. 19, 1891 at Moline, the daughter of James and Ella Wells Fell. She has resided in this area since 1951. Surviving is her husband, a resident of Rock Falls Manor. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Decemeber 6, 1974 - Friday, pg 8
MICHAEL J. HEATER, 55, of Sterling died Friday, May 9, 2003, after an illness. He was employed by Local 727 as a laborer. Mr. Heater was born April 9, 1948, in Cairo, the son of Jesse and Reba (Rowland) Heater. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Sharon Wallace on Aug. 10, 1986. He enjoyed fishing and working construction projects. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Sandy (Scott) Seeley of Sterling; three sons, Joshua (Amy) Heater of Bloomington, Tie (Stacy) Burtlow of Manassas, Va., and Justin McCarty of Sterling; his stepfather, Lawrence Smith of Sterling; a brother, Larry (Sheryl) Rowland of Manlius; a sister, Pat(Wayne) Ballard of Nicholasville, Ky.; a stepsister, Barbara Spradlin of Conway, Ark.; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a child. The funeral is at 10a.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Michael Browning officiating. Burial with military rites is at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. [Daily Gazette 10 May 2003]
BARBARA (KRUMTINGER) HEATON - 75, of Prophetstown, died Mon., Dec. 17, 2007, at home after a long illness. Mrs. Heaton was born Sept. 4, 1932 in Kewanee, the daughter of Richard and Edith (Johnson) Krumtinger. She married Rollin Heaton Jr. on July 11, 1953 in Kewanee. She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Prophetstown. Survivors include her husband; a son, Leon (Kim Jensen) Heaton of Prophetstown; five daughters, Jane (Luke Besse) Casanova, of Hampton, Pat (Jim) Friedrichs, of Sterling, Susan (Neil) Dewey of Geneseo, Paula (Rory) Fotzler of Lancaster, Wis., and Amy (Bill) Jones of Prophetstown; a brother, Richard (Priscilla) Krumtinger of Mount Prospect; a sister-in-law, Alice Krumtinger of Cambridge; 14 grandchildren; and a great granddaughter. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Prophetstown. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. today at the church. Arrangements were completed by Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 19, 2007 - Wednesday, pg A2]
ELIZA J. (ROBERTSON) HEATON - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. N.J. Thomas, in Mt. Pleasant township, on Wednesday, May 29, 1895, Mrs. Alfred Heaton, aged 67 years, 9 months and 11 days. Eliza J. Robertson was born August 18, 1827, in Washington Co. N.Y. and came to Illinois in an early day. She was married to Alfred Heaton May 11, 1845, at Unionville near this city, and resided in this vicinity ever since with the exception of twelve years in Clark County, S.Dakota. May 11, last, she with her husband and many friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage. She was the mother of seven children, the oldest of whom, James W. Heaton, served his country during the war of the Rebellion and died at Geiseboro Pt., D.C. April 27, 1864. The youngest child is also dead. The children surviving and who attended the funeral are as follows: Mrs. W.P. Hiddleson, and Mrs. N.J. Thomas of this township; Mrs. Oliver King of Plymouth Co., Iowa; Mrs. Frank Babcock of Clark Co. S.Dakota; Mrs. A.J. Gallentine of Kearney Neb. Mrs. Heaton has been in poor health and an invalid for a number of years, being unable to walk without the aid of crutches. A few days previous to her death she was afflicted with pneumonia and although everything was done that possibly could be, she sankrapidly and at 7:30 Wednesday mornign breathed her last. Mrs. Heaton had a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn her departure and extend sympathy to the bereaved family. The funeral services conducted by Rev. W.E. Leavitt were held at her late home on Thursday afternoon, the remains interred in the Heaton Cemetery.
RITA (BUCK) HEATON, 80, of Sterling died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Heaton was born July 9, 1924. in Sterling. the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Zewell) Buck. She married Wilson H. "Bill" Heaton on April 5, 1946 at Rock Falls United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1999. She was employed by Ryder Student Transportation Services as a school bus driver and retired after 20 years. She was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for many years. She also was a member of the Sterling-Rock Falls Elks Lodge. and enjoyed cooking. gardening and reading. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include one son. Dr, Wilson (Marjorie) Heaton and their children Kyle, Chase and Alex, all of Burr Ridge; four Â daughters, Linda (Mark) Ittersagen of Wheaton and their children, Bryan (Ali) of Carol Stream, Peter of Wheaton. Diana "Dee" (Scott) Maupin of Tampico and their children, Megan of Sterling, Zane, Derrick and Justin, all of Tampico. Debbie (Kevin) Gray and their childten, Katlyn and Drew, all of Rock Falls, Donna (Jeff) Ebbert and their children Michael and Eric all of Wheaton; and one sister Betty Hinrichs of Sterling. . She is preceded in death by her parents and husband. Burial will conclude the services at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.
HUGO M. HECHT, 79, passed away Wednesday evening at the Sterling Community General Hospital, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held in the First Methodist Church, Prophetstown, Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Paul Olson officiating with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gardner Funeral Chapel Friday evening from 7 to 9. Masonic services will be held at the funeral home Friday at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established for the First Methodist Church. Hugo M. Hect was born June 17, 1887 in Dueben, Germany, the son of Max and Maria Kaiser Hecht. He attended the Rock Island Schools and moved to Prophetstown from Moline in 1932. He married Ida M. Daft of Prophetstown on April 17, 1937 in Dixon. He began work at the Eclipse Lawnmower in 1932 and retired in May 1959. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Prophetstown, Minerva Chapter OES. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Edward of Moline; Waldemon, of Burlington, Iowa; Verne of Fort Collins, Colo.; Raymond of Rock Island; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Elaine) Studt of Rock Island; one brother, Walter, of Rock Island; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, one stepson and one daughter. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 5, 1967 - Thursday, pg 6]
IDA M. (BOUND) DAFT HECHT, 90, died Sunday at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. Arrangements completed by the Gardner Funeral home. Mrs. Hecht was born Nov. 3, 1899 in Prophetstown, the daughter of Luther and Elizabeth Beechel Bound. She married Glenn Daft in 1922; he died in 1929. She then married Hugo Hecht in 1937 and he died in 1967. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, a past president of the United Methodist Women's Society, a past Matron of the Minerva Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was a volunteer at the Prophets Riverview Center and active in the local Red Cross, and many other civic projects. She is survived by a step-daughter, Elaine Wilcox, Tempe, Ariz.; two step-sons, Vern, Moline; Walt, Burlington, Iowa; a niece, Ardith Pobanz, Ballwin, Mo.; a nephew, Richard Bound Sr., Prophetstown. She was preceded in death by a son, two stepsons, and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 12, 1990 - Monday, pg. A2]
ADAM L. HECKMAN, 90, former Sterling alderman and a merchant here for many years, died Saturday afternoon in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Paul Craig, Chicago. He was Fourth ward alderman here for 10 years, and had been in the dry goods business here for 35 years when he retired in 1926. Mr. Heckman was born in Sterling. He married the former Elizabeth Hamblock June 2, 1891, and they lived for 51 years at 611 Ave. C. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June 1951. Mr. Heckman left here six years ago to make his home with his daughter in Chicago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Craig, Chicago, and Sister Elaine Marie, Denver, Colo.; two sons, Vincent, Berwyn, and Leonard, Rock Island; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. His wife died in August 1951. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic church, with Rev. John T. officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart cemetery. The rosary will be recited by the Holy Name society at 8 o'clock Monday night in the Myers funeral home, where friends may call. Source C. Day - Rockford Morning Star Rockford, Illinois Sunday, December 12, 1954]
EMMA (PFULB) HECKMAN, 78, passed away at 4 p.m. Friday in the Linton home after an illness of the past several months. She was bedfast the last six weeks with a complication of diseases. The body was removed to the Melvin funeral home where friends may call. Members of the Alta and Rosary society will meeting he funeral home at 8 p.m. Sunday to recite the rosary. Funeral rites will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. M.B. Krug officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart cemetery. (Sterling Gazette) Mrs. Heckman was born Nov. 29, 1863 in Montmorency township where she reside don a farm for a number of years. She was married on Jan. 18, 1884 to John Heckman who preceded her in death July 10, 1899. To this union three sons were born, Roy of Fayetteville Ark., who has been at his mother's bedside the past month, Norman of Portola Calif., who spent two weeks with his mother in August and Clarence who preceded his mother in death. She also leaves one brother W.F. Pfulb of Rock Falls. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her - Charles, George, Ben and Chris, Mrs. Kate Struckman and Mrs. Mary Cushing. The funeral of Mrs. Emma Heckman was held Monday morning at 8:30 at the Melvin Funeral home and at 9 o'clock at the Sacred Heart Catholic church, Rev. M.b. Krug officiating. The attendance was very large and the floral tributes numerous. Relatives from out of the city were; Mrs.. Charles Peterson, Niobe, NY; Mrs. J.L. McDougall, Detroit MI; Mrs. Fay Barnhart and Wm. Struckman, Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Craig and family, Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Heckman, Chicago; Mrs. Water Lahman, Gary Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hackman, Rock Island. (Sterling Gazette 15 Sep. 15, 1942) [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
JOHN HECKMAN,of Stones, died this afternoon at 3 o'clock of hardening of the liver after an illness of about two weeks. The funeral arrangements and biography will be published later. Mr. Heckman was a well known stock raiser and his death casts a gloom over the entire community. (Sterling Daily Standard July 10, 1899) A telephone message received at 3 o'clock this afternoon from Stone's Station stated that John Heckman died a few minutes before at his home there. Mr. Heckman's condition has been very low for several days, his illness being due to a complication of enlargement of the liver, malarial fever and dyspepsia. His death had been momentarily expected all day long and his wife and children were at his bedside when he died. He leaves his father and three brothers, A.L., N.H. and Frank Heckman, all of this city. Noah H. Heckman left for Kansas last Friday. Mr. Heckman was in the prime of life and was rapidly rising to a position of high influence and large wealth. He was one of the largest stock risers in this section of the state and was a man of many admirable qualities and splendid character. A detailed account of his life will be published later. No arrangement have been made for the funeral Sterling Evening Gazette 10 July 1899 - [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
JUDITH (HARDING) HECKMAN, 68 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, August 9, 2007 at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Heckman was born May 11, 1939 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edward and Hellen (Bailey) Harding. She married Wally Wagner on September 19, 1960 and he died October 8, 1974. She later married John Heckman on March 27, 1981. Surviving is her husband; 2 daughters, Toni (Earl) McGuire of Rock Falls and Linda (Chuck) Hines of Lyndon; 4 step daughters Rhonda Beyer of Lanark, Sarah Heckman of Freeport, Donna Leonard of Elizabeth and Linda (Jerry) Hose of Polo; a sister Debbie (John) Cantwell of Sterling; 3 brothers, Bill (Alice) Harding of Rosehill, CO, Larry (Kathy) Daniels of Lyndon, and Jim (Karen) Ross of Machesney Park; 7 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Funeral services will be at 10 AM Monday, August 13 in McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling with Reverend Wesley Dickson officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Visitation is from 1-3 PM Sunday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
FLORENCE MARIE (LAUFF) HEDRICK, 88, formerly of Sterling, died Nov. 2, 1993, in Bloomington, Ind. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at St. Mary's Church, Sterling; followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10:230 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Grennan Funeral home, Sterling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Retired Sisters of Loretto and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mrs. Hedrick was born Nov. 14, 1904 in Whiteside County, the daughter of Joseph and Hattje (Murphy) Lauff. She graduated from St. Mary High School (now Newman) in 1922 and from Brown Business College in 1923. She married Wythe E. "Bill" Hedrick, June 16, 1921. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and for the American Cancer Society in Sterling for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Bob (Allison) Lendman of Spencer, Ind., and Marilyn Hermes of Sterling; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1963; one brother, Arthur J. Lauff of Jacksonville; and one grandson---[Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 4, 1993 - Thursday, pg A2]
WILLIAM H. HEERDT, 67, of 603 10th Avenue, Rock Falls, who died (Feb. 7, 1976) Wednesday morning were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. The Rev. David E. Davis, pastor of the Assembly of God Church of Rock Falls, officiated the service. Burial was made at IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Pallbearers were James Williams, John Waisner, Art Cullens, Elmer Young, Marvin Smith and Emery young. Carl Rogers was the soloist while Mrs. Wesley H Koster played the organ. Flowers by Behren's. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 9, 1976 - Monday, pg 6]
NORMAN P. HEEREN, 84, of Galt, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home. Butch was born June 9, 1927, in Hopkinton, Iowa, the son of Fred and Edith (Gestel) Heeren. He served in the Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Rita Jean Henry on Aug. 16, 1958, in Sterling. During his lifetime, he worked on farms in the Deer Grove area, at Cady Grain and Lumber Co. in Deer Grove and for the Illinois Highway Department on road maintenance in Rock Falls. He also worked for Propheter Construction on Construction, and as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Sterling. Butch was a lifetime member of Sterling Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus 662 and Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers. Butch is survived by his wife, Rita Jean of Galt; two brothers, Francis (Mildred) Heeren of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Donald (Delores) Heeren of Rock Falls; five sisters, Ila Lewis of Cordova, Tenn., Priscilla Shelton of Rochelle, Clara Dobbeke of Deer Grove, Velma Zimmerman of Rochelle, and Emma (Troy) Jones of Wynne, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Fred; and two sisters, Mary Jean and Mavis. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Tampico. A memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico and Gaffey Hospice. [Contributed by Pat Easterday from the Dixon Telegraph]
JESS HEERN, 83, of Sterling, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at his home. Mr. Heern was born on February 26, 1926 in Carbondale, the son of Jess and Emma (Robinson) Heern. He married Marian Kline on October 31, 1949, in Arkansas. Mr. Heern attended Southern Illinois University. He served in the U. S. Army from March 1946 until September 1947, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Although he didn't return to college after his stint in the army, Jess was a believer in higher education, and he encouraged and assisted all five of his children with their education goals. Mr. Heern was a steelworker at the former Northwestern Steel & Wire Company for 35 years, prior to retiring in 1983. He served as President of the Como School Board for a number of years and was a Steward for the United Steelworkers Union. Jess had a passion for automobiles and motorcycles. He was frequently seen tooling around town on a Honda Goldwing, finally retiring from motorcycyling at age 80. Survivors include a daughter, Shelley ( Vernon) Gottel of Sterling; three sons, Robert (Patricia) Henson of Rock Falls, Lance (Laurie) Heern of Iowa City, IA and Scott Heern of Sterling: three grandchildren, Jeffrey (Shelley) Henson, Kevin (Janelle) Henson and Oliver Nelson-Heern; and six great grandchildren, Jordan, Alyssa, MacKenzie, Noah, Zoe and Ava. He was preceded in death by his wife Marian and a son, Todd Heern. Memorial has been established to Veteran's Assistance Commission (providing assistance to local veterans. Condolences may be sent to schillingfuneralhome.com Graveside services at Oak Knoll Memorial Park 10:30 AM -June 4, 2009 [Contributed by Marian Whitver - Shilling Funeral Home June 1, 2009]
MARIAN W. (KLINE) HEERN,72, of 25140 Indian Ridge Rd., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1993 at the CGH Medical Center. She was employed as a secretary for the Como Elementary School from 1967 to 1978 prior to retiring. She was born on July 13, 1921 in Sterling to Ford and Olive (Martin) Kline.She married Jess Heern on Oct. 31, 1949 in Clay Co., Ark. She was preceded in death by one son. Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Shelley (Vernon) Gottel of Sterling; three sons, Robert (Patricia) Henson of Rock Falls, Lance (Laurie) Heern of Iowa City, Iowa and Scott Heern of Sterling; one sister, Florence (Delos) Maxson of Rochelle, one brother, Burton Kline of Seattle, Wash. and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oak Knoll Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Ohrtman, pastor of St. Joh's Luthern Church of Sterling officiating. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Marian Whitver - Dixon Telegraph Nov 1, 1993]
TODD HEERN, 23 of 611-1/2 Dixon Ave., Rock Falls, IL died Sunday at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford as the result of injuries he received in a one car accident on McCue Road, two weeks earlier. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. The Rev. Paul J. Anhalt of St. John's Lutheran Church will officiate. Visitation is from 7 - 9 p.m. Monday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Heern was born July 27, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Jess and Marian (Kline) Heern. He attended Sterling schools and was a stock clerk for the Rheeling's Cash Market in Rock Falls. He is survived by his parents, Jess and Marian Heern of Sterling, three brothers, Lance of Iowa City, Iowa, Scott of Sterling and Rober Henson of Rock Falls; one sister Shelley Gottel of Sterling, and his paternal grandparents, Harry and Emma Ross of Sterling. [Contributed by Marian Whitver - The Daily Gazette, Mar 29, 1982]
JOHN HEFFELFINGER, 67, of 1113 5th Avenue, Rock Falls died suddenly Friday afternoon at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Charles Steinke, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll. Visitation will be Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 at the funeral home. Mr. Heffelfinger was born Oct. 4, 1918 in Milledgeville, the son of John and Caroline (North) Heffelfinger. He was united in marriage to Ruth Barclay and she preceded him in 1969. He was employed at Emerald Hill Country Club in Sterling for several years as a desk clerk in the bowling lanes and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include a son, Dr. Lynn Heffelfinger, Sterling; two daughters Mrs. Robert (Penny) Goerks, Speer, and Julie Heffelfinger, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two brothers, Percy Heffelfinger, Rock Falls and Tom Heffelinger, Savanna; three sisters, Helen Hinrichs, Milledgeville, Harriet Pruatt, Boise Idaho and Mary Dunn, Lanark and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Edgar; one sisters, Lena and his wife Ruth in 1969. [Contributed by Denise McLoughlin]
RUTH (BARCLAY) HEFFELFINGER - Funeral services for Mrs. John Robert (Ruth) Heffelfinger, 50, of 912 7th Ave., Sterling who died in Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa, early Thursday morning after a short illness will be held Saturday. The Rev. Luther Cooperrider, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, will officiate at 3 p.m. in the Melvin Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Oak Knoll Cemetery. There will be visitation at the Melvin Funeral Home from 6 to 9 Friday and until the services Saturday. Mrs. Heffelfinger was born in Sterling April 17, 1919 the daughter of Martin and Johanna Wessels Barclay. She received her education in the Sterling schools. She was united in marriage to John R. Heffelfinger in Davenport, Iowa on Nov. 30, 1938. For the past 18 years Mrs. Heffelfinger has been employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire as a traffic clerk. She was member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling. Survivors include her husband John and a son Lynn Heffelfinger, Dubuque Iowa and two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Penny) Goerks of Sublette, and Miss Julie Heffelfinger at home; her mother Mrs. Johanna Barclay of Sterling and five sisters, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) McMillan of Yelm WA; Mrs. John (Mabel) Lank of Rockford, Mrs. Gordon (Myrtle) Smith of Como, Mrs. Leroy (Dorothy) Dohlens of Mt. Morris and Mrs. John (Helen) DeFabis of Berwyn. There are two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Denise McLoughlin - 17 Apr 1919 - Oct 9, 1969 Burial Oak Knoll Sect. D Lot 825 Grave 2]
EUGENE F. HEFLEBOWER, native of Sterling, passed away suddenly Friday at his home, 2901 Sunnyside Ave., Chicago, after suffering a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted Saturday in the Lain and Son Funeral Home in Chicago, and burial was in Acacia Cemetery. He was born April 26, 1910 in Sterling, a son of the late Frank H. Heflebower and Mrs. Frank Heflebower, who resides at 202 W. 4th St., Sterling. He graduated from Sterling Township High School, and at the time of this death was associated with the Wayne Hummer Investment firm in Chicago as securities analyst. He was a former president of the American Beauty Products Co. His father, who was a Sterling banker for many years, passed away about 20 years ago, and a brother, Robert, died about five years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anita Heflebower; three children, Dolores, Linda and John, at home; his mother in Sterling, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Lois deBevec of Evanston. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 23, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2]
L.L. HEFLEY - Another staunch member of the Grand Army of the Republic has answered taps. L.L. Hefley, of 1005 Third Avenue, passed away Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock, death being due to pneumonia. He was 87 years of age. Mrs. Hefley is quite ill with pneumonia, also. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house and at 2:30 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church. Rev. E. C. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Riverdale. Mr. Hefley was born and raised in Montgomery county, Illinois,, and was married there. The young couple came to this county and resided on a farm until twenty-three years ago, when they moved to this city, which has been their home since. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his death, two children, Mrs. Harvey Senniff at home and Geo. A. Hefley of Dixon, also 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was a member of Company H. Eighth Illinois Infantry, in the Civil war. He was an honored member of the Will Robinson Post G.A.R. and has held almost every office in the organization. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of the World. Mr. Hefley was a member of St. John's Lutheran church. He also had the distinction and honor of being the second oldest Elk in the city of Sterling. He was always hale and hearty and thoroughly enjoyed life and did all in his power to make others happy. He was an exceptionally fine man, and will be greatly missed in the rapidly thinning ranks of the G.A.R. [Contributed by Gene Kellar (Unable to find headstone or record of burial)
OTTO M. HEIDA, of 504 21st St., died Jan. 5, 1993, at Coventry Village. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterlilng. Mr. Heida was born Jan. 6, 1913 in Sterling, the son of Otto M. and Margaret (Mahler) Heida, Sr. He married Lucille Stewart April 30, 1938, in Aurora. She died June 15, 1992. Mr. Heida was employed as a tool and dye maker, working at Baugers in Sterling and General Electric in Morrison. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling, and a past master of the Masonic Lodge in Sterling. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Bonnie) Petrusky of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Ben (Debra) Jones of Iowa Falls, Iowa; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Norris of Mesa, Ariz., and Julia Heida of Philadelphia Pa. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisJanuary 6, 1993 - Wednesday, pg A2]
AUGUST HEIDE of northwestern Genesee, died at his residence, last Friday of pneumonia. Mr. Heide was about 75 years old, a German by birth, a thorough American by adoption, had lived in this country thirty years and in Genesee eighteen years. Through industry and economy he was able to leave his wife and children a good home. He was a member of the German Evangelical church and was buried from their church, west of town, last Saturday, Elder Newman having charge of the services. [Contributed by Suanne Nesland]
BEULAH H. (REECHER) HEIDE, 84, of 207 North Main St., Coleta, died ( 8 Aug 1987) Saturday morning in her home. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Roger Cheek, pastor of the Coleta United Methodist Church and Rev. Ben White of Morrison, co-officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Coleta United Meethodist Church. Mrs. Heide was born on Oct. 7, 1902, near Coleta, the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Peters Reecher. On Oct. 2, 1919 whe was united in marriage to Clarence J. Heide in Coleta. Mrs. Heide was a member of the Coleta United Methodist Church since 1917 and active in the missionary organizations of the church for 66 years. The couple wintered in Plametto, Fla., for the past 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Clarence; four daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Vonda) Shank of Coleta, Mrs. Robert (Verna) Reiff of Milledgeville, Mrs. Therma Smith of Freeport and Mrs. Richard (Emily) Allison of Ashland, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Isabel Cheeseman of Milledgeville; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Floyd Reecher; and one granddaughter, Linda Smith Bastian. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 10, 1987 - Monday, pg A2]
ETHEL (KEEFER) HEIDE, 85, of Rock Falls died Monday, March 13, 2006, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown. Mrs. Heide was born Sept. 13, 1920, in Sterling, the daughter of William and Racy (Thurm) Keefer. She attended Sterling High School. She married William Heide on Sept. 14, 1944, in Pacific Grove. Calif. He died July 20, 1999. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Sterling; a past member of Rock Falls Women's Club; past president of Rock Falls Chapter of AFS; and received the Shoulder-to-the-Wheel Award from the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1972. She was involved in many other civic and charitable efforts, including donating a carillon to St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling, and an extensive porcelain collection to Rock Falls Public Library. She recently donated funds to Coloma Township Park District. Rock Falls, for a shelter and restroom facilities that will be built at Centennial Park this summer. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Trudy (Robert) Long of Sterling and Herb (Bernadine) Doering of Prophetstown: a brother in-law, Richard (Jeannine) Heide of Sterling; and four sisters-in-law, Helen Keefer of Pharr, Texas, Lillian Langley of Sterling and Ruth Frankfother and Sarah Getde, both of Coleta. She also was preceded in death by three sisters; Mary Wiegand, Mabel Doering and Katherine Worth; and four brothers, Ezra Keefer, John Keefer, Roy Keefer and Elmer Keefer. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by Schilling Funeral Home. Sterling. A memorial has been established to St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
HERMAN HEIDE, was born in Berlin, Germany, forty-three years ago last July. He came to America with his parents and sister and brother at the age of seven years. They settled on a farm in Genesee township, Whiteside county, where Mr. Heide lived at the time of his death. February 18, 1891, Mr. Heide was married to Miss Lena Winkey who with two daughters survives him. Mr. Heide was a well to do and prosperous farmer. He had been afflicted with strangulated hernia and on Friday underwent an operation in the hope of bettering his condition, but he passed away the day following. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the U. B. church in Coleta and the remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery near Coleta. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Dated Abt. Feb. 1, 1907 (handwritten on scrapbook clipping)
NORMA JEAN (SMITH) HEIDE - 67, of DeKalb died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites were accorded by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, DeKalb. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. A memorial has been established to Alzheimer's Association. Mrs. Heide was born May 13, 1931, in Milledgeville, the daughter of Robert W. and Cora (Layton) Smith. She graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1949. She married Kenneth F. Heide on Nov. 21, 1951, at Coleta United Methodist Church. He survives. She was employed by DeKalb School District and DeCor Plywood, DeKalb, as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1985. She was active on the DeKalb Womens Bowling Team until she became disabled. She was a member of the DeKalb United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Lee W. Heide; a brother, Larry Smith of Phoenix; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 24, 1998 - Thursday, pg A2]
ROSINE HEIDE died at her home last Saturday - [From Suanne Nesland; The Sterling Weekly Standard Thursday 9 Jul 1891 Pg 5 C4]
WILLIAM GEORGE HEIDE, 87, born in Carroll County, Fair Haven Township on June 26,1874, died Wednesday evening Aug. 30, in Morrison Community HospitaL Mr. Heide farmed in Whiteside County, west of Co let a, for 31 years. He retired from farming in 1930 and later moved to Thomson. He served as supervisor of Genesee Township for 10 years and was a member of the Coleta EUB Church. He is survived by his wife Amanda Howe Heide, and 12 children; Clarence, Coleta; Ralph and George, Milledgeville; Richard, Sterling; William G. Heide Jr., Rock Falls; Mrs. Charles (Ethel) Miller; Mrs. Clifton (Barbara) Cartwright, and Mrs. William (Leota) Janssen, Chadwick; Mrs. Frank (Helen) Johnson, Winnebago; Mrs. Martin (Ruth) Frankfother and Mrs. Paul (Sarah) Gettle of Coleta and Mrs. Charles (Lillian) Langley of Sterling; also by 39 grandchildren; 51 great-grandÂchildren and two great, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers. Funeral services will be held at the Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Friday. Burial will take place in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery, Sterling. A memorial fund has been established by the family for the Coleta EUB Church. Funeral services for William G. Heide of Riverview were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Frank Funeral Home in Chadwick. Burial was in the Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery, Sterling. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Richard Janssen, Lyle Cartwright, William Miller, Kenneth Heide, Verne Langley and Daniel Frankfother. Mrs. Wayne Shank and Mrs. Robert Reiff, granddaughters, sang "Where We Will Never Grow Old." Organist was Mrs. Herbert Studa. Flowers were cared for by the following grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. George Morgan; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gettle and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zideus. In charge of the register was Mrs. William Farwell. Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Conlon of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Miller of Reinbeck, la. Others attended from Elgin, Rockford, Thomson, Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Mount Carroll, Savanna, Lanark, Milledgeville, Coleta and Winnebago. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday 8-31-1961; Pg 2, c 3]
WILLIAM GEORGE HEIDE, 80, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday July 20, 1999 at his home after an illness. Services will be 2 pm Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls with the Rev. Steve Ohrtman pastor of St. John Lutheran Church officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Mr. Heide was born Dec. 14, 1918 in Coleta, the son of Willliam G. and Amanda (Howe) Heide. He married Ethel B. Keefer on Sept. 14, 1944 in Pacific Grove CA. She survices. He was a veteran of WW II having served in the Pacific Theater with the Army. He was employed as an operating engineer through Union Local 150 and was a 30 year Gold Card honoree. He enjoyed camping and the art of glass cutting. He was preceded by three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include a brother, Richard E. (Jeannine) Heide of Sterling; four sisters, Liota Janssen of Chadwick, Ruth (Martin) Frankfother and Sarah Gettle, both of Coleta and Lillian Langley of Sterling; and numerous neices and nephews. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette 21 July 1999]
GESINE L.A. (EDEUS) HEILENER, 70, Emerson, RR 3, Sterling died Wednesday afternoon at Community General Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church Friday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Warren Weeg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Park. Friends may call from 3-9 Thursday at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in her name. Gesine Edeus was born April 25, 1904, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Edeus. She attended Genesee schools. She and her husband had operated the Emerson Store and Post Office for many years. She married Walter Heilener in Genesee Twp. on August 27, 1924. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Ruth) George, Emerson; Mrs. Robert (Lorraine) Kniel, Dixon; one son, the Rev. Raymond Heilener, Galena; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and three brothers, Louis, Fred and Alfred, all of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. [Contributed by Ronald Walters]
ONKE MEINERS HEILENER, for more than 50 years engaged in farming near Sterling, passed away at 11 o'clock Wednesday night (20 Feb. 1935) at the family home in Jordan Twp. about 4 miles north of Sterling on Route 40. Mr. Heilenere had been in failing health for several years, but continued active in his work about his farm ntil June of last year. Just recently his condition became critical, since which time he had been bedfast. Mr. Heilener wsa born in Javerland, Germany, Feb. 4, 1865. When a young man of 17 years he came to the US and directly to a farm near Sterling. Just before Christmas 1893 he returned to Germany for a visit, accompanied by Bertha Frerichs, and upon their arrival at Baltimore, Md., March 26, 1894 they were united in marriage. They have since resided on farms near this city. Besides the widow, three sons and three daughters survive - George of Sterling, Fred of Morrison, Walter of Emerson, Mrs. Henry Hinrichs of north of Sterling, Mrs. William Bartz of Emerson and Mrs. Detimer Biller of Sterling. One son passed away in infancy. One sister, Mrs. Marie Raddatz, who resides in the state of Oregon, also survives. Mr. Heilener was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran church of Sterling. Funeral rites will be at the church at 2 o'clock Saturday, preceded by a short service at the family home at 1:15 o'clock. Rev. G.H. Doermann will be charge of the servies. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
MRS. JACOB HEIN
The funeral services of Mrs. Jacob Hein, who died last Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Allen, were held at the Catholic church in Tampico last Monday morning at eight o'clock. The remains were taken to Sterling for burial. [Sterling Standard, Sterling, Illinois - Mar 12, 1896]
MARLA ANNA (HEMBLOCK) HEIN, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Allen, in Tampico Saturday afternoon. A brief account of her death was given in Saturday's STANDARD. At noon today the remains were brought from Tampico. The funeral took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart this afternoon, Rev. Father Fegers officiating. A large concourse of friends and relatives attended the service. The interment took place in the Catholic cemetery. The floral contributions were appropriate and very beautiful. Six pall bearers bore the casket to its last resting place. There were, Adam Hutton, Poter Schmitz, Henry Schryer, Matthias Schryer, John Werres and Henry Flock. Marla Anna Hemblock was born in Nettenheim, Germany, in 1831, She came to this country in the company with her parents in 1860. In 1861 she was married to Jacob Hein, and until his death, which occurred about three years ago, lived a happy life with him. She was the youngest child of a family of seven. Two sisters survive her. They live in Wisconsin and were expected to be present at the funeral. Mrs. Hein was a good woman. All who knew here loved her, and her death is mourned by many. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - Sterling Standard 12 May 1896]
WILLIAM AUGUST HEIN, one of the best known and highly respected farmers in this vicinity, died Thursday morning shortly before 3 o'clock at his home a mile east of here after a short attack of acute pneumonia lasting but five days. He was first taken sick last Saturday night and grew worse until Wednesday, when Dr. Keefer of Sterling and later Dr. Smith of the same place were called in to assist Dr. Wahl, but in spite of all that could be done to stem death, he passed away. He was taken with a severe cold while helping shred corn last week at Knox's and J.M. Jacob's places and complained of not feeling well, but was not taken sick until Saturday night, from which time he grew worse rapidly until his death. The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church. Rev. G. Bernrueter will officiate and the Masons will also have charge of the services at the grave, interment will be in the Tampico cemetery. By the death of W.A. Hein, Tampico township loses an influential good citizen, who has resided in this vicinity for a number of years. He was a director of Hein school just across the road from his late home and in that capacity served faithfull and made an efficient officer. He was prominently connected with the Mason lodge here, being an officer in the Blue lodge and also president of the Fraternal Reserve lodge and a prominent Woodman and a member of the Easter Star. He has also shown himself a man worthy of the confidence and esteem of the community and to know him was to like him, as he had a frank, genial way that won him many friends. He was a successful farmer, as his fine farm east of here shows. He was beloved in his home and it is there where the kind, faithful fatehr and husband will be sorely missed. The most far piercing eye can not detect the silver lining to sudden black cloud which has enveloped the happy home. He was a great many friends, who extended to the family their most sincere thanks. W.A. Hein was born February 15, 1857 at Newark, Ill., and when about two years old moved with his parents to the old home three miles east of here where Jacob Hein lives at present. He lived there until about three years ago when he moved to the farm a mile east of Tampico where he has resided since. He was married March 31, 1892, to Liva M. Cain, and two children came from this union. Mary and Mason. His wife stricken by the sudden death of her loved companion, the two children and four sisters and two brothers survive as follows: Mrs. Weber of Sterling, Mrs. John Shauff of Hahnaman, Mrs. William Wahl of Sterling, Mrs. Fred Allen of Tampico, Gus Hein of Eried, Jacob Hein of Hahnaman.
GERALD HEISINGER, 71, of 106 Crab Apple Court, Dixon, died Tuesday (26 Feb 1991) at KSB Hospital following a short illness. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Luke Episcopal Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Patrick T. Twomey officiating. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wis. Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Heisinger was born April 17, 1919 in Oshkosh, Wis., the son of Edward and Sarah (Flynn) Heisinger. He married Violet N. Owen Dec. 2, 1944 in Charlottesville, Va. As a member of the U.S. Army during World War II he served as a military policeman in San Diego Calif., and Korea. He worked for Kraft Food Inc. for 36 years, retiring in 1982 as a vice-president. From 1948-1955 he was employed at Kraft's Milledgeville plant. He was a member of the Grace Commission in 1983, serving under Agriculture Secretary John Block. He also initiated the Carroll County Fair. Mr. Heisinger also was a member of St. Luke Episcopal Church, Dixon. He is survived by his wife; one son, Gerald F. Heisinger, Jr.; tahree daughaters, Mrs. Robert (Polly) Olson, Austin, Texas, Martha Heis of Carol Stream and Mrs. David (Mary) Cardin, Westfield, N.J.; two brothers, Edward of Chicago and Charles of Glenview; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister and one daughter. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, Thursday, February 28, 1991, Page A-2;3-4]
AMY HEISS - Graveside rites of Mrs. Amy Heiss of Jerome, Idaho, who died suddenly at Hollywood, Calif., were held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Grove Hill cemetery. The remains arrived in Morrison that morning. Dr. Humphrey J. Rendall of Morrison officiated at the prayer services. Those present from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Clark J. Heiss of Jerome, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heiss, Mr. and Mrs. Kreider Woods and sons, and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stabler of Sterling; Miss Katherine Heiss of Dubuque, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Albert Welden and daughter Edith of Clinton, Ia.; Mrs. Lula Mitchell of Fulton; Mrs. Edna Heiss Allen of Dubuque, Ia.; Henry Flock of Alberta, Canada. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 15, 1949 - Tuesday, pg. 2, col. 2]
DELLA (LIPPENS) HEITZLER, 84, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Wesley Willows Retirement Center, Rockford, Ill., where she had lived for the past two years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hooppole. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with the rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established. Della was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Tampico, daughter of Maurice and Irma Diericks Lippens. She married Joe Heitzler Sept. 16, 1939, at St. Mary's Church, Hooppole, and the couple had engaged in farming for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She was also a member of the Henry County Home Extension and had served as a volunteer for a number of organizations. She enjoyed working with crafts, particularly knitting and crocheting. Survivors (and spouses) include her husband, Joe, Rockford; daughter, Lorita (Tony) Ooyen, Winnebago; son, Larry, Prophetstown; sister, Clara Primofiore, Rio Del, Calif.; brother, Oscar Lippens, Prophetstown; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Alphons Lippens. [Quad City Times February 2004]
LEONARD HELD, 93,of Milan, formerly of Prophetstown, died Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Avonlea Cottage, Milan. Services were held June 12 at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held before the services. Len was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Detroit, MI the son of Leonard and Ellen (Flugge) Held. He attended Detroit Schools and graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He married Fern Blankenfield in Detroit on Oct. 25, 1941. She preceded him on Dec. 26, 1995. He was an Army veteran of WWII having served 42 months with the 30th Division in the European Theater. Len retired in 1977 after 22 years with Eagle Food Centers, Milan where he was the Printing Dept. Manager. He was a Charter member of the Milan Optimist Club and former member of Oakwood Country Club. Len also enjoyed golfing, dancing and fishing. He is survived by a stepson, Wes McMilllan, Princeton, MO, six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 14 great-great- grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Williams. Warkins Lake, MI. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - The Prophetstown Echo – June 14, 2005]
WILLIAM G. HELGASON, 75 of 310 Park Avenue, Prophetstown died Saturday, June 28, 2008. He was born on July 20, 1932 in Clarion, IA the son of Charles and Elsie M. (Anderson) Helgason. He served in the US Army Air corps during the Korean War. He married the former Bonnie G. Griffin on March 16, 1963. Surviving is his wife, Bonnie; two sons, William Hegason III of Port Byron and brad Helgason of Milan; two sisters, Karen Brei of Geneseo and Evelyn Merkel of Chicago; a half brother John Helgason of Moline; three grandchildren and his faithful companion Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles. At his request there will be no funeral services and cremation has taken place. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown, IL. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - The Prophetstown Echo July 1, 2008]
SAMUEL CHRISTOPHER HELGER - Funeral services for Samuel C. Hilger, 92, who died Friday (July 19, 1963) in Community General Hospital, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Gardner Funeral Chapel. The Rev. David McCleary, assistant pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, officiated and burial was in the Tampico Cemetery. Mrs. L. M. Dingman was at the organ for services in the chapel. Pallbearers were Paul Hilger, Owen Vetter, John Noon, Donald Noon, Keith Lester and George Partridge. Flowers were handled by the Hillcrest Greenhouse. Samuel Christopher Hilger was born Dec. 7, 1870 in Henry County, the son of Fred and Mary Meyer Hilger. He was educated in the Hooppole schools and was married to Lillian Mae Noon of Tampico in 1907. They farmed in the Hooppole, Prophetstown and Tampico communities for many years. For the last 4 1/2 years he resided at the Riverview Nursing Home. Surviving are two sons, Clinton Hilger of Sterling, and John Hilger of Prophetstown; one brother, Benjamin Hilger of Hooppole; and three grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife, one son, a daughter, four brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 22, 1963 - Monday, pg 2 col 2]
DANIEL L. HELLER, 50, of 13099 Pleasant St., Morrison, died Monday, May 27, 1996, at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Morrison United Methodist Church, Morrison, with the Rev. Bill Obalil, pastor of Morrison United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Morrison. A memorial has been established. Mr. Heller was born June 25, 1945, in Morrison, the son of Stanley E. and Marion E. (Nice) Heller. He married Jo J. Birely on Feb. 23, 1973, in Morrison. He was educated in Morrison grade schools, was a 1963 graduate of Morrison High School, and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign. He was employed as a clerk at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 24 years. He was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, the Cross Creek Golf Course, and was active with Morrison Music Booster, Seahorses, and Sting Ray Swim Clubs. He had an avid interest in computers and enjoyed playing golf and slow pitch softball. Survivors include his wife, Jo; one daughter, Michelle L. Heller of Morrison; one son, Mark E. Heller of Morrison; his father, Stanley E. Heller of Morrison; two brothers, John E. Heller of Boston, Mass., and Steve (Kandy) Heller of Morrison; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Heller; and one brother, Gary Heller. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 29, 1996 - Wednesday, pg A2]
FLORENCE M. HELLER, 40, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday Night in Moline Public Hospital where she had been a patient since June 25. Florence Marie Heller was born Nov. 15, 1908 in Prophetstown, her parents being Perry and Mary (Wildman) Heller. She was educated at Hooppole and was graduated from Prophetstown High School and from the Moline Public Hospital school of nursing. After her graduation from Moline Hospital she was a supervisor there for awhile. In 1938 she entered the office of Dr. R.E. LaRue of Erie and had been there since with the exception of at short time at KSB Hospital in Dixon where she served as supervisor. Survivors are her parents; two brothers, Robert & Clarence; Four sisters Mrs. J.W. Lesley, Sister Wilma Heller, Mrs. Mallory Hull and Mrs. Francis Henwood. Preceding her was one sister Irene Lindberg in 1947.
--- Second notice: Funeral services for Miss Florence N. Heller RN., resident of Erie for the past 11 years, whose death occurred Thursday at the Moline Public hospital, were held Sunday afternoon at the Erie Methodist church of which she was a member. The funeral rites were preceded by services in the Gardner chapel at Prophetstown, the Rev. George O. A. McKinley pastor of the Prophetstown Congregational church officiated. Mrs. George Hoerler was organist. The casket attendants were Loren D Young, Henry Dykemia, Larry McCormick, Jack Steiger, Roland and Wayne Seger, all of Erie. The very large number of floral tokens silently told of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held. These were in charge, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Reisenbigler, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Guthrie, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepherd, Mrs. George Weneke, Mrs. Paul Kaminky, Miss Ruth Sidlinger, Mrs. Evelyn Schildberg and Mrs. Charles Feaster. The church was filled to capacity with sorrowing relatives and friends. Among relatives and friends from a distance were Mrs. J. W. Leslie and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Heller of Baytonne. Tex., Sister Wilma Heller of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heller and Mrs. Joan Jensen of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henwood, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Martin and Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Henwood of Dixon; Charles Lindberg of Ventura, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sibley, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sibley. Jr.. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Peterson of Tampico, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ernst of Ceneseo, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller of Park Ridge, several nurses from Dixon and Moline public hospitals, Mrs. Cliff Naftzger from Albany and a very large number of friends from Erie and surrounding community, many of whom had benefited by her efficient and kindly ministrations as the office nurse of Dr. R.E. LaRue Dixon Evening Telegraph July 6, 1949]
BERNAL DEL HELLIER, 35, died in the General Memorial hospital, Silver City, N. Mex., Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. of injuries received in a gas explosion and flash fire which completely wrecked his home Monday. Mr. Hellier had gone to New Mexico from Tampico about a year ago for his health. The fatal explosion assuredly was caused by a leaky city gas main. Funeral arrangements will be completed upon arrival of his body, expected to reach Sterling Sunday evening. Mr. Hellier had just returned Monday evening from the copper mine where he was employed and was alone in the house at the time of the explosion. Just what caused the gas to ignite is not known, but the resultant flash fire scorched the exposed portions of furniture, leaving contents of drawers relatively untouched. Mr. Hellier's landlady had reported the leaking gas to the city and workmen had been attempting, but with no success, to locate the leak. A physician reported his death was due to concussion, shock and burns which covered 70 percent of the surface of his body. Immediate cause of death, according to the physician, was shock. Surviving are his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Richard B. (Evadne) Kelly of Tampico and Mrs. William B. (Evaline) McCabe of Downers Grove. A brother, Robert E. Hellier, died April 22, 1946.
--- Tampico: Funeral services for Bernal Del Hellier were held in the Parent chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Hollis Wharton, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the service. Interment was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery with Harry Hurd, Jr., Donald Sibley, LeRoy Kelly, William Calsyn, Nim Gosney and Laurde Renner serving as pallbearers. The music was recordings of organ instrumental music and "The Lord's Prayer" was sung. The many beautiful flowers were in charge of Mrs. Ed Fullerton, Mrs. August Brandan and Mrs. Elwood Rakow. Relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. William B. McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Turner, Robert McCabe and Miss Marilyn McCabe of Downers Grove; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Russell of Chicago. Bernal Del Hellier was born Jan. 28, 1914 at Tampico, the son of Robert Northcott and Blanch Fell Hellier. He incurred fatal injuries in a gas explosion and flash fire at his cottage home in Silver City, N.M., on March 15 and passed away March 16 in the Silver City Memorial hospital. Bernal Del received his education in the Tampico schools and spent his entire life in this community. About a year ago he went to New Mexico hoping the climate would benefit his health. At the time of his death, he was employed as a shovel operator for the Isbell Construction company in Hurley. -[Contributed by Melva Taylor - 23 Marcy 1949 (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois)
GLADYS IRENE (GOBLE) HELLIER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Goble was born in Nickleton KS Oct. 11, 1906 and passed away at the West Suburban Hsp. at Oak Park IL, Saturday May 21, 1932 at 12 p.m. aged 25 y 7m and 10 days. She was united in marriage to Robert E. Hellier jr. by Rev. William Swenson, Oct. 26, 1928. The young couple resided in LaGrange for 2 years and for the past 17 months made their home in Brookfield IL. Mrs. Hellier united with the Methodist church in Tampico on Easater Sunday 1928, where she continued a faithful member until the time of her death. Gladys graduated from the Grade Schook in this community, also from the Tampico High School with the class of 1924. She taught two terms of school, one year at the Burden school and one at Pleasant Ridge. She was an accomplished musician and a splendid singer, giving her service willingly whenever called upon. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Mr. Robert Hellier, her parents, one sister, Mrs.. Eunice Frank of Tampico, one brother Wesley Goble of Rock Island and a large number of relatives. One brother, Clearmont preceded her in 1902.
JENNIE BLANCHE (FELL) HELLIER, 84, of Tampico, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. She had been ill for the past two and one-half weeks. The body rests at the Parent Funeral Chapel where friends may call after seven o'clock this Wednesday evening. Funeral rites are to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel by the Rev. Henry Holverson of the Tampico Methodist Church. Burial will be made in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. July 18, 1959 - Saturday, pg 2 Tampico: - Blanche Fell Hellier funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Parent Chapel in Tampico. Rev. Henry J. Holverson of the Tampico Methodist Church officiated. Recordings of Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and the Lord's Prayer were played. Flower aides were Mrs. Elwood Rakow, Mrs. August Brandau, and Mrs. Robert Nuelle. Committal was in Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Richard Harms, Robert Adams, August Brandau, Barney Sollars, Harry Hurd Jr., and Lawrence Bruder as pallbearers. Those attending the services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. William B. McCabe, Ronald Neil and James K. Neil, Mr. and Mrs. William H. McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. McCabe, Mrs. Ralph Loser, Downers Grove; Mrs. Everett Clark, Lisle, and Mrs. Jay C. Clark, Cleveland, Ohio [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette July 15, 1959 - Wednesday, pg 3]
BERNARD HELMS - Funeral services for Bernard Helms who passed away Monday (December 12, 1938) at his home north of Emerson were held Thursday afternoon with a brief prayer service at the home, followed by the service at West Jordan Lutheran church with interment at the West Jordan Lutheran church cemtery, Rev. G.H. Doermann officiated in the absence of the pastor, Rev. P.C. Blysen. Herman Oltman sang two hymns, "Face to Face," and "Abide With Me," Casket bearers were Wm. Beck, Charles Hageman, John Hammelman,Henry Hillerns, Arthur Frey, and Robert Schultz. The church was filled to capacity which together with the many beautiful floral pieces, testified to the esteem in which the departed was held. Bernard Charles Helms was born on February 19, 1888, on a farm in Genesee township. He wsa the son of henry and caroline Helms, and was brought to the Savior in infancy by his parents in the Sacrament of baptism. He was educated in the schools of the community, and also, after due instruction in the truths of God, Word and salvation, confirmed at the West Jordan Lutheran Church. He has ever remained true to his baptismal vow thus renewed in confirmation, and has been a life-long member of the West Jordan Lutheran congregation. On January 12, 1910, he was united in marriage to Caroline W. Eilers, his surviving widow, to which happy union seven children were born. The departed was a resident of this community, well-known and respected his entire life. He was also a charter member of Hopkins Grange. For some time the health of the departed has ot been of the best, but he was not seriously ill. On Saturday, December 10, while in town with Mrs. Helms, he was suddenly stricken. On his arrival home he passed into a coma from which he did not arouse. The Lord called him out of this life Monday noon, december 12, at the age of 50 years, nine months and 23 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowin gwidow, Mrs.Caroline Helms, five sons and two daughters; Mrs. Evelyn Berge and Ellard Helms of Rock Falls. Mrs. Mildred Bressler of Jordan, and Donald, Russell, Walter and Glen at home. The following brothers and sisters survive. Ed Helms of Milledgeville, Mrs. Mary Meyer of Sterling, Mrs Cassie Meyer of Ritzville, Washington, Mrs. Bertha Kalkwarf of Hillsboro, Oregon, Mrs. Martha Horlachar of Forest Grove Oregon, and paul Helms of culver City Calif. His parents and one brother Henry preceded him in death. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
HENRY HELMS - was born May 28, 1894 in Genesee Township.. He was baptized in infancy, reared by good Christian parents. He received his religious instruction and was confirmed on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1908 in the West Jordan Lutheran Church. In the year 1912 he entered into matrimony with Verna Mulnix. To this union were born seven children of which one son preceded him in death. The first years of their married life they lived in Rock Falls and Jordan. About fourteen years ago they moved to Dakota from which place he returned about two weeks before his death, to the joy of his mother who has been ailing for more than a year. The first few days, he visited his mother and his sister, Mrs. George Meyers of Lyndon Township. From there he went to his oldest brother, Edward in Jordan. Here he took sick and in spite of the doctor's skill and good care, the Lord called him from this life to eternity on Monday morning, March 17 at 5:15 o'clock at the age of 35 years, nine months and 16 days. He leaves to mourn, six children, Robert, Howard, Arlo, Marjory, Philip and Stanley. His widowed mother, Mrs. Carrie Helms, three brothers, Edward of Jordan, Bernhard of Genesee and Paul of Canton, Ill. Four sisters, Mrs. George Meyers, Lyndon, Mrs. Henry Meyers, Washington, Mrs. J. P. Kalkwark, Oregon and Mrs. Frank Horlicker, N. Dakota. Funeral services were held on March 19, at the West Jordan Church. Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery, adjoining the church. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 15, 1930 - Tuesday, pg 6]
HOYT BRYON HELMS, 71, of Council Bluffs, Ia., formerly of this area died ( 4 October 1985) Friday morning in the Council Bluffs Care Center where he was making his home. Funeral sercvices for Mr. Helms will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Cutler Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, Ia., with Rev. Olive Edrs of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. A memorial has been established to the Rock Falls Christian Church. Mr. Helms was born on Feb. 9, 1914 in Preston, Mo., the son of George W. and Lillian Helms. The deceased was self-employed until the time of his retirement in 1972. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bill (Cherie) Murray of Council Bluffs, Ia., Mrs. George (Barbara) Wright and Mrs. Mike (Reona) Browning, both of Rock Falls; two sons, George Helms of Brookfield, Ga., and John Helms of Milledgeville; one stepson, Gale Callow if Dixon, one sister, Mrs. Pearl Mink of Dixon; 11 grandchildren, four step grandchildren; two great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, three brothers, two sisters and one step grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 5, 1985 - Saturday, pg 4]
LORRAINE (JANSSEN) HELMS, 83, died February 11, 2007 at Carolina's Medical Center, Charlotte, NC after becoming ill while visiting her daughter. Lorraine was born August 7, 1923 in Battle Creek, IA, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Holtz) Janssen. She married Walter Helms on December 3, 1941 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1987. She was a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sterling and an active member of the Ladies of the Elks, Moose, and Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. Survivors include three daughters, Patricia (Ron) Engvoldsen of Augusta, GA, Kathy (Bob) Marsh of Sterling, and Lori (Paul) Chapman of Ft. Mill, SC; one sister, Dorothy Van Drew of Clinton, IA; eight grandchildren, Guy Terry, Tara Gosneigh, Trent Marsh, Erik Marsh, Grant Chapman, Davis Chapman, Michael Chapman, and Christopher Thomas; seven great-grandchildren, Conner, Caroline, Samuel, Kortny, Evan, Anna, and Madeline who always put a special twinkle in her eye, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jeanine Thomas; two sisters, Mildred Scherner and Gladys Ericksen; and one brother, Louis Janssen. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, February 19, 2007 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Reverend Judi Huseth officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1-3 PM at Schilling Funeral Home. [Sterling Gazette]
EDWARD C. HELT - Funeral services are complete at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Edward C. Helt of 511 East 7th St., Rock Falls, who died suddenly yesterday (22 Sep 1961) while at work at the National Manufacturing Co., where he had been employed for the past 12 years. Coroner John Ardapple conducted an inquiry into the death. Mr. Helt was born Sept. 9, 1905 in Bridgeport, Ohio, the son of John and Mary Helt. He moved to Rock Falls 34 years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Warren (Phyllis) Franks, Mrs. Richard (Doletta) Garrett, both of Chicago and Mrs. Arthur (Caroline) Gray of Rock Falls; three sons, Emil E. of Rock Falls, and John and Edwin, both of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Edward (Eva) Cusick of Wilimington, Ill., Mrs. Hiram (Dellal) Roe of Lewiston, Ill., Mrs. Alvin (Loretta) Naffziger of Dixon; one brother, Harry, of Rock Falls; 22 grandchildren ; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann in 1946, his parents, three brothers, Robert, John and William Helt on July 22, 1961, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home with Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor emeritus of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Saturday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
HAZEL MARIE (CARD) HELT, 77, of 611 Grace Ave., Rock Falls, died Jan. 14, 1993, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Gary R. Crowe, pastor of the First Christian Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Helt was born May 8, 1915 in Vandalia, the daughter of Roy and Sue (Frailey) Card. She married Harry F. Helt, June 25, 1932 in Rock Falls, He died Nov. 27, 1983. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, various organizations in the Church, and the Kings Daughters. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) Condiff of Rock Falls and Mrs. Louis G. (Betty) Hummel of Prophetstown, five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three brothers, LeRoy Card of Folleta, Iowa; Donald and Lloyd Card, both of Rock Falls, one stepbrother, Frank Klocke, Rock Falls; several step-sisters, not of this area; and many nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1993 - Friday, pg A2]
BURTON J. HEMMINGER, 54, 1211 W. LeFevre Road, Sterling, died Saturday at his home. Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Melvin Schilling Funeral Home. The Rev. Dalmus Meeks of the Harvest Time Bible Church of Rock Falls, will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Burton J. Hemminger was born Dec. 8, 1927, the son of Clyde and Edna (Sheley) Hemminger. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was employed at the Northern Illinois Water Company. Mr. Hemminger is survived by his mother, Mrs. Edna (Hemminger) Edsel, Sterling; six sons, Thomas, Rock Falls; and Dennis, Jerry, Greg Mark and Michael, all of Sterling; two brothers, Wallace, Sterling; and Wayne Greer, Rock Falls; four sisters, Mrs. Luther (Lucille) Helm, Mrs. Wells (Lola) Wilsey, Mrs. James (Leora) Lennington, all of Sterling; and Mrs. Darl (Janetta) Vance, Mineral; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4]
ELLEN HEMMINGER, sterling area Thursday. March 6. 2003, at her home She was employed by Anixter in the paint department, retiring after 21 years. Ms Hemminger was born March 18. 1925. In Albany, the daughter of Jim and Florence (Sanders) Thompson. She enjoyed watching birds Survivors Include five sons. Larry (Marilyn) Hemminger and James (Ronda) Hemminger, both of Rock Falls. Wallace (Sharon) Hemminger of California and Robert (Joni) Hemminger and David Hemminger, both of Sterling; three daughters. Mary (Barry) Dickhut of Rock Falls and Betty (Dennis) Waldron and Sharon (Richard) Cheshier. both of Sterling; two brothers. Uverne Thompson of Rock Falls and Jim Thompson of Sterling, two sisters. Gladys Cornstubble and Lucille (Rusty) Russell, both of Rock Falls. 16 grandchildren: and nine great grandchildren. She was precrded in deaih by a sister. Evelyn I. Martinez; and three brothers Raymond, Harold and Everett In infancy. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Allen-Grennan Funeral Home. Rock Falls Chapel, with the Rev Dalmus Meeks. pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating Burial is at Riverside Cemetery. Sterling. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m Sunday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
JERRY HEMMINGER, 49, of Sterling died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 after an extended illness. He was employed by Local 727 as a laborer for 25 years. Mr. Hemminger was born May 7, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Burton and Doris (Sutton) Hemminger. He enjoyed fishing and canoeing. Survivors include four brothers, Dennis (Lorna) Hemminger, Greg Hemminger, Mark Hemminger and Michael (Tammy) Hemminger all of Sterling and several neices and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, a bother Thomas and a niece. Memorial service is at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home with the Rev. Jesus Dominguez associate pastor of St. Marys Church officiating.
MELODIE (PASCHAL) HEMMINGER - Funearl services for Mrs. Melodie Hemminger, 309 Kloss St., Rock Falls, will be held at 1:30 p.m Friday in the Melvin Funeral ome. The Rev. Richard J. Hanson of St. John's Lutheran Church will officiate, and burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Hemminger was pronounced dead on arrival at community General Hospital Wednesday morning. She was born July 5, 1947 in Sterling, the daughter of Fay D. and Esther M. Walter Paschal. She was educated in the Rock Falls public schools and was recently employed at Jul's Danish Farm in Rock Falls. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Esther M. Paschal of Rock Falls and three sisters, Mrs. Ronald (Ginger) Rude of Rock Falls, Miss Bonnie Paschal of Sterling, and Miss Ramona Paschal of Rock Falls. Her father, Fay D. Paschal preceded May 3, 1971. A brother, David, preceded in infancy. An inquiry was conducted by county coroner, John Ardapple and death was due to natural causes. (The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1972 - June 1, Thursday, page 2) - FUNERAL: Meoldie Hemminger, 24, 309 Kloss St., Rock Falls, was dead upon arrival at Community General Hospital Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangement are pending at the Melvin Funeral Home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor -- The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 31, 1972 - Wednesday, page 2]
Death of Henry Hendricks: Henry Hendricks died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home on his farm, nine miles north of Morrison. The telegram received today did not tell what sickness took him off. The deceased was a cousin of A. L. Hendricks and J. L. Swartley of this city, and a brother of Mrs. Albert Hess of Jordan. He was a young man and leaves a wife and little baby to mourn his loss. Samuel Hendricks of Rockford, his father, has been notified and will be in Morrison tomorrow with other Rockford and Sterling relatives to attend his funeral. Mr. Hendricks spent his boyhood in Sterling and had many friends here who knew him from infancy up. His family has the sincere sympathy of all in their bereavement. [Sterling Daily Gazette, 4 Dec 1895; sub. by Mary Weigandt]
JOSEPH JAMES HENREKIN - Funeral services were held Saturday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico for Joseph James Henrekin of Deer Grove. The mass of requiem was celebrated by the Rev. Ambrose Weitekamp. Committal was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Mosher, Edward Callahan, William Schauf, William Turnow, Harlan Russell and Clarence Akridge. Mr. Henrekin passed away Thursday at the farm home following an illness of two years. He was born April 9, 1889 at Tampico, son of John and Helen Henrekin and was reared in the township and attended Maple Hill School, near Tampico. On Jan. 12, 1915 he married Barbara McVey at Ohio, Ill. He was a member of St. Mary's Church at Tampico. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Barbara Henrekin of Deer Grove; a son Thomas, and a son Charles Vernon, both of Deer Grove; Mrs. David Haenhi a daughter of Sterling; Mrs. Harry Buxtro, a sister of Walnut; and Mrs. Margaret Lauff, a sister. William Henrekin of Walnut is a surviving brother. There are five grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 12, 1952 - Tuesday pg 2]
MARGARET A. (KLAPPRODT) HENREKIN, 65 of Route One, Deer Grove, died Thursday morning (11 June 1987) in her home. Funeral prayer services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico with Rev. James Trannel officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Mrs. Henrekin was born on July 20, 1921 in Dixon, the daughter of Harry and Pearl Starks Klapprodt. On Aug. 7, 1936, she was united in marriage to Charles Henrekin in Dixon and he preceded her in death on July 8, 1971. She farmed in the Deer Grove area during her lifetime and drove a school bus in Deer Grove for 20 years. She also worked at the Snack Bar at Community General Hospital in Sterling for several years and was employed at National Manufacturing in Sterling for about 10 years until retiring in 1977. The deceased was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico and the Altar & Rosary Society of the church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Nancy Walters of Glendale, Ariz. and Mrs. Mark (Mary) Wetzell of Tampico; one son, James Henrekin of Deer Grove; 12 grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Marie Sheeley and Mrs. Lucille Conkrite, both of Dixon, and Mrs. John (Lorraine) Haenni of Sterling. She was preceded in death by one daughter and several brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 12, 1987 - Friday, pg A2]
A. D. HENDRICKS - The death of Mr. A. D. Hendricks, a resident of the northern part of the 4th ward, whose illness was noted yesterday, occurred at 3 o'clock this morning of congestion. He with his family consisting of his wife and five children removed here from Polo two or three months ago, and he secured employment at the Keystone. About four weeks ago he became ill and continued growing worse until his death. He was a steady, reliable workman. He was 39 years, 9 months and 27 days of age. The funeral will take place from the Mennonite church at 12, noon, on Friday, Jan. 18. - Sterling Gazette. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated 1889]
ABRAM HENDRICKS, died quite suddenly at his residence, 208 East Fourth street, last night at about 7:15 o’clock. The immediate cause of death was heart failure. He had been in exceedingly poor health for several months past of heart and nerve trouble caused by the death of his six year old son last April. He had grown very weak, but was able to visit some of his friends down town last Tuesday [01/19/1904] afternoon. His condition was apparently no worse for this exercise and no change was noticed even yesterday. Shortly after 6 o’clock he began showing signs of weakness and a physician was summoned who detected at once that Mr. Hendricks was dying. Everything possible was done to save his life. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon of this week at the late residence at 1:30 o’clock. The Rev. E. Lee Fleck will be officiating clergyman and the interment will be made in Riverside cemetery. Mr. Hendricks was born in Whiteside county March 4, 1857. He was married to Miss Alice Spivey Oct. 5, 1886. Two children were born to them, Florence and Paul, both of whom have been called to their eternal home. Mr. Hendricks’ whole life has been spent in this county. For years he has been a consistent Christian, an honorable citizen and a devoted husband. He is survived by his wife, two brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Milton H. Hendricks of Tacoma, Wash., and Tarea Hendricks of Fergus Falls, Minn. The sisters are Miss Lizzie Hendricks of Dixon and Mrs. Ervin Mangan of this city. For fourteen years Mr. Hendricks resided on his farm in Coloma township and has been well know as a market gardener. On account of failing health he moved to this city the ? of December, feeling that the change might benefit his health. He had been a member of St. John’s Lutheran church of this city for many years, and was a faithful attendant at the religious services of the church. The sincere sympathy of many friends is extended to the bereaved widow. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, January 25, 1904]
Barbara Hendricks, settled in Sterling in 1855; died at Sterling, Sept. [day missing], 1916, aged 76 years, 8 months, 14 days. [Daily Gazette, 20 August 1917; From Larry Reynolds]
B.F. HENDRICKS, 83, a former resident of Sterling, died at 9:15 a. m. Tuesday [11/23/1937] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hazel Mathews of Morrison. She had been ill the last two years. Funeral services will be held at the home, in Morrison, at 200 East Winfield street, Friday at 1 p. m. Rev. C. H. Becker, pastor of the Morrison Presbyterian church, in charge, and with a service at the Sterling Presbyterian church at 2 p. m., Rev. C. M. Irwin, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Sterling. She was born Aug. 27, 1854 at Shaylorsville, O., and came to Illinois with her parents when she was a little girl, settling on a farm near Agnew. In 1876 she was married to B. F. Hendricks of Sterling, who preceded her in death 11 years ago. Four children were born to this union: Mrs. Hazel Mathews of Morrison, and Dr. C. P. Hendricks of Fulton, who survive; and Dr. E. L. Hendricks of Lanark, who died 10 years ago, and Paul, who died in infancy. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, November 23, 1937]
CLIFFORD E. HENDRICKS - All attempts at recovering the body of the late Clifford E. Hendricks of Emerson, who was drowned at Chelan, Wash., mention of which was made in the paper some time ago, have proved of no avail. Clifford Hendricks was born in Milledgeville March 13, 1881, but removed to Emerson at an early age, where he made his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Benner, until last April when he left for Chelan, Wash., to accept a position as engineer on the government fast mail steamer, "The Tourist." It was while employed in this capacity that the unfortunate young man met his death, Sept. 13. 1906. The following is taken from the Chelan Leader: On Thursday of last week as the mail steamer Tourist was making her regular down lake trip, when about opposite Safety harbor, some thirty miles up the north shore, Captain Roy Smith heard an outcry, and looked at the shore thinking it came from there. Then he caught sight of some one struggling in the water some distance aft and signaled the engineer to stop the boat. There was no response and it was discovered that the engineer, Clifford Hendricks, had fallen overboard. The boat was put about as quickly as possible, but the poor young man sank before their horrified gaze long before help could be extended. It will never be known how he come to fall overboard, as there was on one with him at the time of the accident. As he was in the habit of sitting in the cool doorway in the side of the boat, it is supposed he lost his balance. The steamer Lady of the Lake, also on her down lake trip, was in sight and answering a distress signal joined the Tourist, and it was decided to send the latter’s mail and passengers to the foot of the lake on the Lady of the Lake, while the Tourist made further search for the body, but no traces were found. The following day the steamer in charge of its crew accompanied by Messrs. James an Orville Hendricks, brothers of the deceased, returned to the scene of the drowning equipped with grappling hooks and dynamite, to endeavor to raise the body, but all efforts proved fruitless. The lake at the point is probably 1600 feet in depth, and it is not likely that the body will ever come to the surface. The deceased was a young man of promise, showing remarkable ability in the line of his chosen vocation. His straight forward ways, good habits and genial disposition, made him a favorite with all. His interest and close application to duty won for him the highest respect and confidence of the captain and crew. Mr. Hendricks leaves two brothers, Joseph F. and Orville of this place, a sister, Miss Blanche, and the mother, Mrs. Maggie Benner Hendricks of Chicago, to mourn the loss of a son and brother. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, October 16, 1906, page 5, column 5]
ELIZABETH J. HENDRICKS
Funeral Here Friday- Lizzie Hendricks, 70, passed away at 10:30 Wednesday morning in Dixon where she had been making her home for the last year. The remains will be brought to the Melvin Funeral parlors Wed. evening and the funeral will be from the chapel at 2 p. m. Friday, Rev. Deter conduction the rites. Burial will be in the Mennonite cemetery. [Sterling Gazette 27 February 1924; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Elizabeth J. Hendricks was born in Pennsylvania on October 4, 1850. She was the third daughter of Samuel and Susan Hendricks, who with their family moved to Sterling in her early childhood. She spent most of her life in Sterling. She is the last of a family of ten children. She passed away of heart failure on Feb. 27, 1924. [Sterling Gazette 11 March 1924; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Fred Hendricks, aged 74, died at 2 o'clock Tuesday [06/10/1924] morning at the home of Tony Behrens on the James Miller farm in Jordan township. Mr. Hendricks had been ill but two weeks. Funeral services will be from the Behrens home at 1:30 o'clock Thursday [06/12/1924] and from the West Jordan church at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. Boysen will conduct the services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. [Sterling Gazette, 10 June 1924; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
GENEVIEVE (CLARK) HENDRICKS, 92, died Friday March 18, 2005 at her home in Sterling. Services will be Saturday at Evangelical Lutheran Church, burial in Oak Knoll. Mrs. Hendricks was born the daughter of George E.H. and Johanna K. (Janssen) Clark in Atlantic Iowa on July 22, 1912. She moved with her family to a farm near Coloma in 1919, a three day trip over muddy roads which she remembered vividly all her life. Her family then moved ot Sterling in 1920, where she lived the rest of her life. She was a 1930 graduate of Sterling HS, enjoyed the Dramatic Club as well as English class and Cooking. After graduation she continued with her literary interests by forming a book club with her friends that met weekly for 65 years until 1995. She married Wilfred E. Hendricks on June 6, 1936 in the Second Ave. Lutheran Church. She worked outside the home at the former Peerless Finance Co until the birth of their first child, Ann. Her son Michael was added to their family in 1950. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and took an active part in the work of the church including the Home Bible Study Group, Ladies Aid and Dorcas Sewing Circle. She and her husband enjoyed traveling extensively in their retirement years. She was preceded by her husband, her son Michael and two brothers and one sister.
HELENA HENDRICKS, aged 89 years, succumbed to the infirmities of old age, death occurring at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Johanna Lautz, six and one half miles north of Sterling, at 6 o’clock Saturday [04/02/1921] morning. Mrs. Hendricks had been a resident of this vicinity for a long period of years. One son, Will Hendricks of Hopkins township, and the daughter, Mrs. Lautz, survive. Funeral services will be held from the Lautz home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon and at the Hopkins Lutheran church at 2:30 o’clock. Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 02, 1921, page 3, column 2. --- The funeral of Mrs. Helena Hendricks, who passed away Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Johanna Lautz, six and a half miles north of this city, was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Lautz home and at the Hopkins Lutheran church at 2:30 o’clock. Burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.
JOHN HENRY HENDRICKS
John Henry Hendricks, age 44, died 10:50 o'clock Tuesday evening at the Sterling public hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock at the Woods funeral home, Rev. A. W. Oetting officiating. Burial will be in the West Jordan cemetery. Survivors are two sisters: Mrs. Anthony Behrens and Miss Lizzie Hendricks, and one brother, Frank, all of Sterling. [Sterling Gazette, 25 July 1934]
JOHN J. HENDRICKS, was born in Carolinensiel, Ostriesland, Germany, on October 27, 1861, the son of Ino Hinrichs and his wife Frauke. He was baptized in infancy and later confirmed in the Lutheran church. he came to this country in the year 1881 with his mother, sisters, brothers, one sister having passed away in Germany at the age of five. He settled at Sterling, and had been a resident of this community since. Mr. Hendricks was a carpenter by trade and with the exception of 19 years spent on a farm nearby, he worked at this trade until incapacitiated by illness. The last 12 years were spent in this city. In 1884 Mr. Hendricks was united in marriage to Miss Dorette Schroeder, his now sorrowing widow, and this union was blessed with seven children, six of whom are now mourning their father's death; one daughter Mildred having passed away in 1909. For the past two years Mr. Hendrick had suffered from a complication of diseases, but it was only in the past month, November 26, that his condition became serious. He wa bedfast since that time and rapidly grew weaker, pneumonia setting in and causing his death on Sunday, December 15, 1935. He was called out of this life at the age of 74 years, one month and 18 days and leaves to mourn his departure his sorrrowing wife, Mrs. Dorette Hendricks; two sons, Enos and Fred Hendricks; four daughters, Evelyn Hendricks, Mrs. John Reecher, Mrs. John Peters and Mrs Jerome Burkholder, all of Sterling, one sister, Mrs Ernest Cassens sr, two brothers Otto Hendricks of Deer Grove and Jacobs Hendricks of Compton, One brother William passed away in 1934; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Melvin funeral home and from the St. Paul Lutheran church on Tuesday, December 17. Interment was made in Riverside. [Contributed by Lorraine Wiltfang - Sterling Gazette Dec 14, 1935]
LYLE HENDRICKS - The home of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hendricks, 506 Twelfth avenue, was saddened Tuesday [09/26/1922] night about 9 o’clock, when their only child, Lyle R. Hendricks, succumbed to an attack of cholera infantum. The boy would have been three years old had he lived until next month. A little over three weeks ago the boy contracted whooping cough. He had about recovered from the siege when he was taken with cholera infantum. His system weakened from the attack of whooping cough, the little fellow was unable to withstand the inroads made by the disease. Funeral services will be conducted from the home at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. Ralph V. Callaway of the Christian church conducting the rites. Burial will be in Riverside. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Rev. T. H. HENDRICKS
PASTOR ORDAINED HERE DIES IN MINN.
Rev. T. H. Hendricks, who was ordained as minister at the Fourth Street Methodist church in this city some years ago, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vera Hendricks Jordan, at New Ulm, Minn. News of Rev. Hendrick's death came in a telegram to Mrs. Alice Hendricks of Fourth avenue, this city, from her nephew, Lyle Hendricks. [Sterling Gazette 14 May 1923; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
MARY H. (McNEIL) HENDRYX - of RFD 2, Rock Falls, died late Friday afternoon in her home at the age of 68. Mrs. Hendryx was born June 17, 1899, in Montmorency Township, the daughter of John and Mary Hollenbeck McNeil. She was united in marriage to Ora P. Hendryx on Oct. 6, 1920, in Rock Falls. She lived most of her life in the home where she was living at the time of her death. Mrs. Hendryx was a member of the First Methodist Church of Rock Falls, the Home Bureau, the 500 Club, a 4-H leader for over 20 years, the Rock Falls Women's Club, the Friendly Neighbor Club, and an election judge. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Guy (Dorothy) Curtis of Rantoul; four sons, Lyle Robert of Sterling, Wayne of Rock Falls, and Donald and Glenn, both of RFD 2, Rock Falls; two brothers, Emery McNeil of Rock Falls and Earl McNeil of Sterling; 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter; several nieces and one nephew. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Ora P., on May 8, 1961, and one daughter, Mildred. Funeral services for Mrs. Hendryx will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church of Rock Falls with the Rev. Lloyd O. Coleman officiating, with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home after 2 p.m. on Sunday until noon on Monday when the body will be taken to the church. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiinois June 1, 1968 - Saturday, pg 2]
THOMAS H. HENNEGAN, 71, of 211 11th Ave., Sterling, died Sunday evening, Feb. 14 in Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning with a prayer service at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling at 10:15 a.m. following by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling celebrated by Father Thomas Bales. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, Tuesday, 9 to 10:15 a.m. Mr. Hennegan was born on Sept. 23, 1916 in Chicago, the son of Harry and Gertrude Wehde Hennegan. He was educated in Chicago schools and was an Alumni of DePaul University in Chicago. He was united in marriage to Margaret Dougherty on Aug. 7, 1954 in Lincoln. He was an executive in the field of consumer finance in California, Georgia, and Illinois, retiring 10 years ago. The family moved here from South Windsor, Conn., two years ago. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Sterling. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons, Thomas R. Hennegan of Skokie, and Michael S. Hennegan of Dallas, Texas; and two daughters, Mrs. John (Susan) Thaxter of Dallas, Texas and Mrs. Edward (Marianne) Lorenz of Rockford; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Elliott (Marie) Leininger of Chicago; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Tim. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 15, 1988 - Monday, pg A2]
MARIE C. (SHAUFF) HENRY, 72, 708 4th Ave., Sterling, died Wednesday morning in her home following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Richard Russo officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established in her memory. Marie Henry was born on July 2, 1910, Tintah, Minn., the daughter of John and Jessie Devine Schauff. On June 8, 1921 she was united in marriage to Ervin J. Henry at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling and the Altar & Rosary Society. Surviving are her husband, Ervin; two daughters, Mrs. Norman (Rita Jean) Heeren, Galt; and Mrs. Irene Scroggins, Sterling; four sons, Robert, Joseph and James, all of Sterling and Thomas, Rock Falls; 16 grandchildren; and one sister, Sister Marcella Marie, Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette February 23, 1983 - Wednesday, pg A4]
CHARLOTTE HENSEN, 82, died at home Saturday. July 27, 2002 Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. July 30, 2002, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Lawrence Larson officiating Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling Visitation Is from 6-8 p.m. Monday. July 29. 2002. at the funeral home. In lieu of (lowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Charlotte R. Henson was born on June 2. 1919. in Sterling, the daughter of Raymond Fredrick and Cyrena Katherine (Scotl) Scott Sr. She married Kermitt Woodrow Henson on Dec 28. 1935. in Dixon. He died Feb 19. 1967. Mrs. Henson was employed as manager of the clothing department at Farm & Fleet Co.. in Sterling for 19 years, retiring in 1989. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends Surviving are four sons. John (Marie) Henson of Sterling. Thomas (Marlys) Henson of Mesa, Ariz.. Donald (Stephany) Henson of Springfield and David (Suzanne) Henson of Chicago, one daughter. Karen (Robert) Garza of Sterling; 11 grandchildren; nine-great-grandchildren: and one brother. Raymond Scott Jr. of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister
EUNICE ELIZABETH HENSEN - Funeral services were conducted by the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Mrs. Eunice Elizabeth Henson of R.R. 2, Rock Falls, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday with Eldor Edward McFarland of the Organized Latter Day Saints of Clinton, officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was organist. Mrs. Frances Stroup ssang "Through the Uppeer Window," and "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say." Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms. Pallbearers were Glen Hendryx, Stanley Hanson, Ralph Perino, Earl Seidel, Denver Shilling and Fred St. Clair. Mrs. Henson's services were largely attended [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 27, 1968 - Tuesday, pg. 6, col. 2]
DONALD B. HENSLER, 57, RR 4, Morrison, died Sunday afternoon at Community General Hospital, Sterling. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service. The Rev. Bruce Brenneman will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Monday. A memorial has been established in his name. Donald Hensler was born Aug. 8, 1915, at Morrison, the son of Jacob and Carrie Beswick Hensler. He was reared and educated in the Morrison vicinity. He married Mae Goodin in Fenton, Feb. 23, 1939 and the couple farmed in Ustick Township. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, was a Ustick Township Supervisor, served on the Farmers Elevator Board, the finance committee and various other committees of the church, and was a member of the Clystic School Board. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Ann) Edlund, Morrison, and one son, Keith, Irvin, Iowa; five grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Truman (Wilma) King Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 22, 1963 - Monday, pg 2]
MAMIE HENSON - Funeral services were held July 22 for Mrs. Mamie Marie Henson, 87, of Perry, Iowa, aunt of Mrs. Kennth Rahn of Sterling. Pallbearers were grandsons; John W. Hensen, Craig Lamb, Jeffery Lamb, Tom Lamb, Dr. Ron Hensen and Curt Hensen. Burial was in Woodward Cemetery, Woodward, Iowa. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Minna Weber. Services were held at the Christ Lutheran Church in Bouton, Iowa with Rev. G. Langhans officiating. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 31, 1978 - Monday, page 4]
MARGARET ELIZABETH (VAN DEMARK) HENSON - age 56, of 18865 Rush Road, Lyndon, died Monday, August 27, 1979, at Community General Hospital, Sterling. Mass of the Resurrection will be Thursday, August 30th at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Cletus Anger officiating. A prayer service will preceed the Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary said at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in her name. Mrs. Henson was born on March 3, 1923 in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of John E. and Margaret Behler Van De Mark. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Henson on October 3, 1946 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Timothy L. of Sterling and Terrance A. of rural Rock Falls; three daughters, Mary Pat Oltmans of Sterling, Lee Ann and Kathleen, both at home; her father; two sisters, Marcelline Jean Hutten of Sterling and Patricia Ann Clark of rural Fulton; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her mother and a brother. [Contributed by John K. Clark - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL 8/29/1979]
MILTON HENSON, 62 of York Township PA, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday April 21 2002 at his home. He was employed by Kingsley Construction as a truck driver. Mr. Henson was born Sep 21 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Gerreld and Ruth (Whipkey) Henson. He attended Rock Falls High School. He served in the Navy. He was a member of Living Word Community Church and Hanover Cyclers. Survivors include a brother, George Henson of Rock Falls, two sisters, Geraldine (Donald) Robinson of Schaumberg and Carol (James) Routson of Silver Springs MD and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Max Bonnell; and a sister Voletta Ann Henson. [Daily Gazette 4 May 2002]
DELBERT E. HEPNER - 71, of 5911 Yager Rd., Prophetstown, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at his home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Carson Daniel Lauffer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society. Mr. Hepner was born May 14, 1926, in Kewanee, the son of George and Marie (Egert) Hepner. He married Alice Winchell on June 2, 1963, at the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown. He farmed in the Prophetstown area for several years and was employed at Rock River Lumber and Grain, Prophetstown, prior to retiring, and was a campground host at Prophetstown State Park for over six years. Survivors include his wife, Alice; one daughter, Kara (Edward) Dornbush of Prophetstown; three grandchildren, Jonathan Dornbush, Jeffrey Dornbush, and Elizabeth Dornbush; two sisters Elaine (Robert) Willetts and Jeanette Hepner, both of Prophetstown; and one brother, Wendell (Gloria) Hepner of Hot Springs, Ark. He was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 25, 1997 - Tuesday, pg A2]
PAUL W. HEPPEL, 81, of 1834 Locust Apt. B., Sterling, died early Monday morning in Rock Falls Colonial Acres. Memorial services will be conducted by the Sterling Moose Lodge 726 Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Heppel was born on Jan. 26, 1905 in Ginnheim, Germany, the son of Wilheim and Katharine Heeb Heppel. He came to the United States in 1923. On May 26, 1926 he was united in marriage to Erma Louise Bauer in Sterling. The deceased was a self employed plumber, starting his own business in 1930, and retiring in 1970. He was a member of the Sterling Moose Lodge 726 for 40 years. Survivors include his wife, Erma of Rock Falls, one son, Harry Heppel of Sterling; and two grandchildren, Michael Heppel of Sterling, and Cheryl Heppel of Rockford. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 1, 1986 - Friday, pg A6]
DORIS (ROBINSON) HERALD, 83, of Longmont, Colo., formerly of Propehtstown, died Monday at her home in Colorado. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, with Rev. Bruce Janes, officiating. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Gardner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Herald was born Oct. 19, 1904 in Ambler, Pa., the daughter of John and Emma (Kehrwieder) Robinson. She married Robert A. Herald Feb. 16, 1938 in Chicago. He died December 1984. Following her marriage, they moved to Prophetstown in 1939 and owned and operated Herald's Walgreen Agency until 1964. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and its Sarah Circle, the Wa-Tan-Ye Club and Womens Club. She was active in both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and for many years served as the local chairman of the Heart Fund. She also worked as a volunteer at the Prophetstown Riverview Center and Winnig Wheels Care Center. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Hogan of Chicago; one son, Robert F. Herald, Longmont; two grandchildren; one sister, Clio Cooley of Mission, Kan. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1988 - Tuesday, pg A2]
ROBERT ADRIAN HERALD - Funeral services for Robert A. Herald, 82, Prophetstown, were held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church. Rev. Bruce Janes officiated the service with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Robert Herald was born on November 19, 1902, in McBride, Michigan. They moved to Prophetstown in 1939. Robert Herald is a graduate of Ferris Institute of Pharmacy, Big Rapids, Mich. and also a graduate of John Marshal Law School in Chicago. He was a member of Sons of Union Veterans, Prophetstown Boosters, Prophetstown Camera Club, A.A.R.P. and also served as a Prophetstown alderman and Prophetstown Township Supervisor. Survivors include his wife, 1 son, Robert F., Longmont, Co.; 1 daughter, Mary C. Hogan, Chicago, IL; 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, 1 daughter, 12 brothers, and 2 sisters. [Contributed by Robert Herald There is a slight typo for his first child. Her name is Adrien Lee Herald. This comes off the Certificate of Stillbirth.]
CHARLES HERBON of 10th Avenue, Rock Falls, passed away at 7 a.m. Saturday in his home following a month's illness during which he submitted to surgery in a Chicago hospital. The body was removed to the Wheelock funeral home where funeral arrangements are being completed. Mr. Herbon is survived by seven children, a sister, Mrs. Lillian Grisze of Rock Falls, and a brother Henry Herbon of Dixon. His wife passed away a number of years ago. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 12, 1945 - Saturday, pg. 6, col. 6 ) Funeral services for Charles C. Herbon were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Wheelock funeral home in Rock Falls. Rev. Wayne Leighty, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist Church officiated. Mr. Leighty sang the hymn, "In The Sweet Bye and Bye." Mrs. F. F. Morrison was the piano accompanist. Casket attendants were Harold Rippy, Andrew Fisher, William Herdt, Jesse Gibson, Clarence Russell and Charles Green. The flowers were in charge of Mrs. E. Bishop and B. Clayiton. The committal was in Tampico cemetery. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 15, 1945 - Tuesday, pg. 7, col. 4 ) Charles C. Herbon, son of Mary and William Herbon, was born in New Brunswick, N.J., Oct. 2, 1876. He died at his home, 610 Tenth avenue, Rock Falls, May 12, 1945, after some months of illness. When he was two years of age his parents moved to Rock Falls to the home in which Mr. Herbon passed away last Saturday. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith, and was educated in the Rock Falls schools. On Feb. 19, 1900, he was married to Ina Lane, who preceded her husband in death in 1929. Mr. Herbon followed the occupation of farming near Tampico, and continued this until he was forced to retire 14 years ago by failing eyesight. To Mr. and Mrs. Herbon were born eight children, one of whom died in infancy, Betty Jane. Those who survive him are Florence, at home, Mrs. Marion Olsen of Prophetstown, Robert of Sterling, Lee of Baraboo, Wis., Bert of Prairie du Sasc, Wis., Mrs. Susie Keller or Rock Falls, and Sgt. Stanley with the Third army in Austria. Ten grandchildren survive him, as do his sister, Mrs. Lillian Grisze of Rock Falls, and a brother, Henry of Dixon. Two grandchildren died in infancy and a brother, Charles Lee, passed away in 1926. Charles Herbon was a kind and loving husband, father and friend. During his life here he made many warm friends who will miss him. That he is safe and happy with his Father, is their earnest prayer. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illilnois May 19, 1945 - Saturday, pg. 8, col. 7]
DALE EUGENE HERBON, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herbon, 809 W. 8th St., Sterling, was found dead in his crib at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, death apparently being due to suffocation. An inquiry was to be conducted by Dr. Thomas McDonnell, Whiteside County deputy coroner. The child was born March 17 of this year, in Sterling. Surviving are his parents, the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Herbon of Sterling, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lulu B. Bushman of Sterling. The body is at the Melvin Funeral Home where funeral arrangements are being completed. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from the The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 22, 1960 - Wednesday, pg 2 col 3]
EDITH (STALEY) HERBON - Mrs. William Grisze of Rock Falls has received a message stating that her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lee Herbon, passed away last Thursday (11 Feb 1832) in Burbank, Calif. The funeral was held Saturday and burial made in that city. Mrs. Herbon had been in poor health for the past two years. She went to the home of a sister in Burbank, Calif., with her daughter, Miss Lillian, last fall. The mother and daughter had previously lived in Kansas City, Mo., following the death of Mr. Herbon which occurred five years ago. Before her marriage to Mr. Herbon, the deceased was Miss Edith Staley of Lyons, Ia. The family lived for a time after their marriage in Rock Falls and then moved to Moline. Mrs. Herbon has visited in Rock Falls a number of times since leaving there and has many friends who will be sorry to learn of her death. Mrs. Herbon is survived by one daughter, Miss Lillian. The latter lived for a year with her aunt, Mrs. Grisze, and attended Rock Falls Township High School. Mr. Herbon is buried in the Rock Falls Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 16, 1932 - Tudsay, pg 2]
ELSIE E. (McNINCH) HERBON, 79, of 302 Eighth Ave., Rock Falls, died unexpectedly Monday morning in her home. Funeral sercvices will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Stephen Sears, assistant pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from noon until the hour of service. A memorial has been established in her memory. She was born on May 25, 1910 in Sublette, the daughter of Edward and Elsi Lovering McNinch. She married Stanley L. Herbon on May 24, 1946 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15. She was employed at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for 20 years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Marjorie) Haas, Dixon; Mrs. Alice Friedlein, Mendota; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 17, 1989 - Tuesday, pg A2]
INA (LANE) HERBON - Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Herbon were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Theo. C. Meyer. The singers were Mrs. E. St. John and Mrs.Claude Love, with Mrs. R. F. Woods accompanist at the piano. The pall bearers were Glen Glassburn, F. L. Pierce, F. E. Foy, D. W. Morrill, Glen Wroten, A. E. Bennett, E. W. Meredith and L. B. Winchell. Burial was in Tampico cemetery.
Obituary -- Ina Lane, daughter of Charles and Susan (Wroten) Lane, was born in Hume township, June 30, 1880, and died Feb. 18, 1929, at the age of 48 years, 7 months and 17 days. She was married to Charles Herbon Feb. 19, 1900, with whom she worked and toiled for 29 years, never faltering, always with a cherry word and resolute way through all the ups and downs of life. She was a home woman, her thoughts being for the welfare and pleasure of family and friends. Never was she too busy to lay all aside and throw open her home for the pleasure of children and friends. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband and seven children: Marion Olsson of Tampico, Florence, Robert, Lee, Burt, Stanley and Susie, all at home. Betty Jane died in infancyi. Two sisters, Mrs. Mary Schutt, Mrs. Ida Hollis, and two brothers, Roy Lane and Grover Lane, all in the vicinity of Rock Falls, and a host of relatives and friends. Truly her children can arise and call her blessed and truly the world is better for her having lived in it. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinos Febuary 20, 1929 - Friday, pg. 6, col. 1 ) Rites of Mrs. Chas. Herbon of Lyndon Held Wednesday Morrison - (Special) - Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Herbon of Lyndon, who passed away Monday morning at the Ed Kraft home east of Morrison, to which she had been removed after an auto accident, were held at the Tampico Baptist church this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Emerson Fellows was foreman of the jury which conducted an inquest under Coroner C. M. Frye's direction late Monday afternoon at the Reynolds funeral home in this city. The five other members were Fred Richardson, Nels Edlund, Thos. Wood, Frank McDowell and Charles Hammer. A verdict that death was caused by acute myocarditis and diabetes was given on the death certificate. Dr. H. L. Pettitt, Mr. Settles of Lyndon, who was taking Mrs. Herbon to the Sterling hospital when his car left the highway and overturned, Mrs. Herbon's two daughters and John Bretz were the witnesses. Mr. Bretz was on his way to Princeton by auto, and arrived at the scene of the accident very shortly after its occurrence. Mrs. Herbon was placed in his car and taken to the Ed Kraft home nearby, and upon her arrival there she was about to take a drink of water which had been gotten for her when she fell over dead. Mrs. Herbon originally lived at Tampico, and the body was taken there for interment. The services this afternoon in that city were in charge of R. A. Reynolds of Morrison. (Tampico Cemetery) [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
MARK ROGER HERBON, 15, was fatally injured in a one car accident on Highway 40, one mile West of Granby, Colorado. Funeral services will be Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, Illinois, with Rt. Rev. W. D. Willoughby, rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Sterling officiating. Mark Herbon was the son of Robert L. and Helen Jeanne Bushman Herbon. Survivors include his father, Robert; one brother, Michael J. Herbon, Rock Falls; maternal grandmothers, Mrs. Lulu Bushman, Rock Falls; two aunts, Mrs. Beatrice Oakley, Sterling and Mrs. William (Irene) Woodring, Rock Falls, one uncle, Gordon S. Rogers, Belvidere, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother in Aug. 7, 1978, and one brother Dale Eugene.
MARY (RUBERT) HERBON, aged 90 years, a resident of Rock Falls for more than a half century, was called to rest at 7:45 o'clock Friday evening in the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Griesze on Tenth Avenue, Rock Falls. Since January she had been in failing health and during the past several weeks was confined to her bed most of the time. Funeral services are announced for Sunday afternoon at one o'clock in the Grisze home and 1:30 o'clock in the Rock Falls Lutheran church of which Mrs. Herbon was the last charter member. Rev. Gerhard Doermann of St. Paul's Lutheran church will officiate and interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mary Rubert was born in Germany, January 10, 1843 and came to the United Sates in 1868. The following year she was united in marriage to William Herbon and they settled in New Brunswick, N.J. In 1878 the couple moved to Rock Falls to make their home. Mr. Herbon passed away June 13, 1888. For 10 years Mrs. Herbon had resided with her daughter. Mrs. Herbon was a faithful member of the Rock Falls Lutheran church and until her health did not permit her to attend church; she was active in all its branches. She leaves three children, Henry of Dixon, Mrs. William Grisze of Rock Falls, and Charles of Tampico, 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. One son, Lee Herbon, preceded his mother in death August 5, 1926. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 20, 1933 - Saturday, pg 8]
ROBERT L. HERBON, 72, of 1205 3rd Ave., Sterling, died Friday morning at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, with the Rev. Elder Windhorn, pastor of the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Herbon was born July 29, 1910 in rural Tampico, the son of Charles and Ina (Lane) Herbon. He was united in marriage to Margaret Bailey on May 16, 1936 in Prophetstown. He was a setup man at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for 24 years prior to his retiring on Feb. 13, 1976. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2783 and the Loyal Order of Moose of Sterling 726. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, three sons, Gerald and Charles, both of Rock Falls and David of Sterling, nine grandchildren; one great grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Milfred (Marion) Olsson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Ervin (Sue) Hettich of Glendale, Arizona, and two brothers, Bert of Dixon and Stanley of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 30, 1982 - Friday, page A4]
STANLEY L. HERBON, 73, of 302 8th Ave.,Rock Falls, died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with burial in Oak Knoll Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Mr. Herbon was born July 28, 1916 in Tampico, the son of Charles and Ina Lane Herbon. He married Elsie Estella McNinch, May 24, 1946, in Morrison. He was a retired chief roll builder for Northwestern Steel and Wire Corp. He was a member of Rock Falls American Legion Post 902. Survived by his wife, Elsie, a sister, Mrs. Milfred (Marion) Olsson of Phoenix, Arizona, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded by four brothers and a sister. Contriubted by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 16, 1989 - Wednesday pg A2, col. 3]
AGNES W. HERMES - Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes H. Hermes, 711 Locust street, were held Saturday morning at nine o'clock in St. Mary Catholic church, Sterling, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. Mullen of St. Mary's seminary, Cleveland, Ohio, sang the solemn requiem mass. The Rev. David Murphy of Harmon served as deacon, and the Rev. Burwell E. Beddoes of Rock Falls was sub-deacon. The Rev. Kenneth Shuman of Cincinnati, O., was master of ceremonies. Present in the sanctuary for the mass were Arch Bishop Leo Binz, arch bishop of Dubuque, Ia., Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. J. Burns, Father Driscoll of Dubuque, Ia., Rev. T. L. Walsh of St. Charles and Rev. John Vaughn of Prophetstown. Arch Bishop Binz delivered the sermon and Monsignor Mullen conducted the gravesite rites in St. Mary's cemetery, Tampico. The pallbearers were John Ryan, Joseph Ward, O. L. McGinn, John Drew, William McKeown and Clarence Bauer. Many beautiful floral tributes were taken care of by Lawrence Burke, James Ryan and Miss Mary Ryan, T. J. O'Brien was usher at the church. Out of town attendants at the rites were Sister Rita Rose, Sisters of Loretto, Lebanan, Ky., sister Mary Mathilda, Sisters of Loretto, Loretto, Ky., Sister Mary Sacred Heart and Sister Mary Rita, Sisters of St. Joseph, LaGrange, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Brennan of Sioux City, Ia., Misses Frances and Elizabeth Savage and Mrs. Hugh Savage of Chicago, Miss Esther Smith, Mrs. George McFadden, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carmody and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mullen of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Butterfield and daughter of Pecatonica, Miss Helen Grobens of Freeport, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Grobens of Rockford, Eugene Currans of Joliet, and Miss Margaret Doherty of Lincoln. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 11, 1952 - Monday, pg 2 col 4]
AMBROSE A. HERMES - 83, of 310 W. Lincolnway in Morrison died Thursday (11 June 1987) at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Mass of the Resurrection will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico with Rev. Dan Hermes of St. John Newman Catholic Church of St. Charles, Rev. Leo Bartel of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison and Rev. James Tranel, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico, co-officiating. Masses will be preceded by a 9:45 a.m. prayer service at the Genesee Street Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral home in Morrison. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the masses. Mr. Hermes was born on Jan. 4, 1904 in Palmyra Township, the son of Edward and Agnes Walls Hermes. He was educated in rural Lee County schools and attended St. Bede's Academy in Peru. On March 29, 1937 he was united in marriage to Louise Grohens in Sterling and she preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1963. He then married Helen Kay Burke on Nov. 26, 1966 in Rock Falls. Mr. Hermes farmed in rural Lee and Whiteside Counties until 1961 when he became a licensed real estate broker and established the Rock Falls Realty. He owned and operated Rock Falls Realty until 1981. The deceased was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico. He resided in the rural Rock Falls area until moving to Morrison in 1985. Survivors include his wife, Helen Kay; three daughters, Mrs. Mary L. McNamara of Arvada, Colo., Mrs. Koh (Agnes A.) Sera of Belleview, Wash., and Mrs. Michael (Maureen F.) Knox of Peoria; two sons, Thad E. Hermes of San Diego, Calif., and Joseph B. Hermes of Morrison; four step-daughters, Mrs. John (M. Kathleen) Knowles of Kirkwood, Mo., Mrs. Larry (Marta) Vasquez of Sterling, Mrs. William E. "Ozzie" (Jean F.) Carpenter of Greenwood, Mo., and Mrs. Joseph B. (Barbara) Hermes of Morrison; two step-sons, Lawrence H. Burke of Oregon and David K. Burke of Eagle River, Alaska; 17 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary V. Hermes and Mrs. John (Helen) Conway, both of Sterling, Mrs. Rita Calsyn of Walnut and Mrs. Robert (Anastasia) Brennan of Wausau, Wis.; and two brothers, Hugh J. Hermes of Sterling and Joseph J. Hermes of Dixon. He was preceded in death by his first wife; two sisters, and one brother in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 12, 1987 - Friday, pg A2]
HELEN (KOBBEMAN) BURKE HERMES , 96, a resident of Prophets River View Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Prophetstown, died Friday Jan. 28, 2005. Helen Burke Hermes was born Jan. 13, 1909 in Tampico the daughter of Henry and Emma (Schwamberger) Kobbeman. She married Lawrence E. Burke at St. Mary's Church, Tampico, on Sept. 19, 1936. Mr. Burke died in 1958. She then married Ambrose A. Hermes on Nov. 26, 1966. Mr. Hermes died in 1987. She graduated from Tampico High School and the Scovill Business College in Sterling in 1929. She accepted a secretarial position with Westinghouse Co., Calgary, Alberta Canada. She was a homemaker and legal secretary for more than 40 years, working in the law offices of Cantlin, Blodgett and Reese the last 25 years of her career until 1976, when she retired. She was an active member of St. Marys Church Sterling, St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society, Blue Army, Society of Forresters and Whiteside County Home Extension. She enjoyed traveling both in this country and abroad and had many opportunities to do so, including trips to Europe, Japan, Ireland, Hawaii, Alaska and many of the other United States. Survivors include her children, Lawrence H. (Jeanie) Burke of Oregon, Mary Kathleen (John) Knowles of Kirkwood Mo., Marta Vasquez of Sterling, Jean (George) Ransom of Lyndon, Barbara (Joseph) Hermes of Morrison and David K. (Elizabeth) Burke of Eagle River Ark., her stepchildren, Thad Hermes of San Diego, Joseph (Barbara) Hermes of Morrison, Mary McNamara of Arvada, Colo., Agnes (Koh) Sera of Bellevue, Wash., Maureen (Michael) Knox of Peoria and Marilyn (Ron) Mitchell of Sterling, 16 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Kobbeman and Francis Kobbeman, her sister, Bernadine Steffen; one grandson, Scott Hermes; and one great grandson David May. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery Sterling.
HUGH ROBERT HERMES - A son, Hugh Robert, born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hermes of Harmon Monday in the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, passed away shortly after birth. There was a short prayer service held this afternoon at 3:15 o'clock in the Meyer Funeral Home, followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. The graveside service was in charge of Rev. T. O. Maguire of Tampico. Besides his parents, the infant is survived by two sisters, LaRita Marie and Rosemary, and one brother, Edward Francis; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ed Hermes of Sterling and his maternal grandfather, E. J. O'Neil of Deer Grove. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 25, 1944 - Tuesday]
JOHN HERMES - Funeral services for John Hermes were held in St. Mary Church at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. A solemn requiem mass was offered with an uncle of the deceased, Rev. Fr. D. A. Murphy of Harmon, as celebrant. Rev. Fr. John Egan of Fulton served as deacon and Rev. Fr. John Smith as sub-deacon. In his funeral sermon Monsignor A. J. Burns spoke of faith being the background of life. He paid a high tribute to the beautiful life that had passed on, an example to all others. Miss Celeste Ward was at the organ and John F. Ward was soloist. The honorary pallbearers all from St. Louis, Mo., and fraternity brothers of the deceased, Glenn McGrath, E. Hempstead; R. Herman, S. Nies; Harold Hart and B. Dipner. The active pallbearers were Everett Burns of Amboy, Clarence Bauer of Dixon, A. Winiarski of Chicago, Lawrence Roosman of St. Louis and Donal Hutten and Francis Bristol of Sterling. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends from out of town attending were: Sister Mary Sacred Heart, Mother Aloysius and Mrs. Fieg, LaGrange; Leo J Murphy and Miss Rosemary Murphy, Jamestown, So. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carmody, Cleveland, Ohio; Frances Savage and Thomas Savage, Oak Park; Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Ruediger, Miss Dolores Ruediger, Warren Ruediger, Mrs. L. Roosman, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hendrickson and D. J. Curran, St. Louis, Mo.; A. B. Meyer, Mrs. Mary Evans, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. H. B. McCauley, Davenport, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. J. Feeley, Paxton. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 7, 1940 - Monday pg 3]
MRS. JOHN HERMES - Funeral services for Mrs. John Hermes were held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the home with requiem mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Flannen's Catholic Church, Harmon. Rev. David Murphy celebrated the mass and burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sterling. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Meyer Funeral Home, Sterling. Pallbearers for the services included John Harney, William Harney, Wendell Cook, Wayne Cook, Thomas Thompson, and Thad Hermes. Contributed to Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 21, 1956 - Wednesday, page 2]
JOSEPH H. HERMES - The funeral of Joseph H. Hermes, 71, of rural route 1 (Rock Falls) who passed away Tuesday morning (January 13, 1948) at the Home hospital in Sterling after an illness of 10 days will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Sterling at 9 o'clock Friday morning with burial in Sacred Heart cemetery. The Rosary will be resited at the Meyer funeral home in Sterling at 8 o'clock Thursday evening. Mr. Hermes was born near Harmon Aug. 8, 1876, and has operated a farm in South Dakota until 1944 when he came here. Surviving are his widow Margaret; a daughter, Mrs. J.A. McDowell, Fort Collins, Colo., five sons, Joseph, at home, Robert, Trail City S.D., and Francis and Phillip, Rock Falls, and six sisters, Mrs. Mary Graf, Mrs. Anna Lauff, Mrs. Henry Williams, Mrs. Elizabeth O'Neal, Mrs. ALlen Darnell all of Sterling, and Mrs.Margaret Huggins of Dixon. Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 January 1948]
MARY ELIZABETH (O'NEIL) HERMES, 85, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 1997, at the Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling, with a Rosary prayer service being held at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 24, 1997, the body will be taken to St. Mary's Church in Sterling, Illinois, where it will lie in state from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. when a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated. The Rev. Thomas E. Bales, pastor, will officiate and deliver the homily. Concelebrating will be her nephew, Rev. Monsignor Daniel J. Hermes, Rev. Carlos Hofner and Rev. Francis P. McDonnell. St. Mary's Sanctuary Choir will sing the liturgy. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico, Illinois at 1:30 p.m. A memorial has been established to St. Mary's School Building Fund. Mary Elizabeth Hermes was born on February 12, 1912, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Burden) O'Neil. After her mother's death when she was seven years old, she attended grade schools in Sterling, Walnut and Deer Grove. She was graduated from Community High School, Sterling, in 1930 and from Normal Teacher's College in DeKalb, Illinois. She then taught in the elementary schools of Lee and Whiteside Counties. On December 31, 1938, she married Hugh J. Hermes, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and for many years served as an election judge in Whiteside County. Survivors include four sons, Edward, James (Ann), Dixon, IL., Dr. Steve (Joan), Bourbonnais, IL., and William (Victoria), Knoxville, TN., and three daughters, LaRita Wright, River Forest, IL., Rosemary (Frank) Mason, Jacksonville, FL., and Jeanne (Peter) Warner, Marietta, GA., twenty-seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Hugh Robert, in infancy, her parents, three brothers, Howard, Gordon and Thomas O'Neil, and one sister, Ann Damon. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisMay 22, 1997 - Thursday, pg. A2]
SCOTT A.J. HERMES, 22, of 1801 19th Ave., died Wednesday in his home. Funeral services will be Saturday, with a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the Grennan Funeral Home, followed by a mass of the resurrection at 10 a.m. at Heart Catholic Church, with the Revs. Francis McDonnell and Thomas Bales officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. A memorial has been established to muscular dystrophy or to a family choice. Mr. Hermes was born April 13, 1968 in Sterling, son of Thad and Marilyn Hedrick Hermes. He attended Madison Grade School in Dixon for the handicapped and was a 1987 graduate of Sterling High School. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn, Sterling; father, Thad, San Diego; two sisters, Mrs. Anthony (Stephanie) Ford, Sterling, Sara Hermes, Sterling; maternal grandmother, Florence L. Hendrick of Bloomington, Ind.; paternal grandmother, Helen (Burke) Hermes, Sterling; one niece and nephew, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 8, 1990 - Friday, pg A2]
ALPHONSE HERMIE, 66, passed away Sunday morning at his home near Prophetstown. The body was removed to the Gardner Funeral Home, where friends may call at the chapel. The rosary will be recited tonight at the Gardner Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (CST) at St. Catherine's Church, Prophetstown. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Tampico. He was born July 4, 1888 in Belgium, the son of Peter and Lois Van Hyfte Hermie. He was educated in Belgium and came to the United States in 1913. He served in the U. S. Army during World War I and returned to Belgium after the war where he married on Sept. 2, 1921. He and his wife returned to this country after their marriage and lived in the Kewanee, Atkinson and Annawan communities before moving to Prophetstown 26 years ago. He was a member of St. Catherine's Church and the American Legion Post 522. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; one son, Noey, Prophetstown; four daughters, Mrs. Ed (Louise) Maes, Tampico; Mrs. Ray (Irene) Maes, Mrs. Ernest (Joey) Verhulst and Mrs. Delner (Mary Ann) Doubler all of Prophetstown; one sister, Sister Clothilde, Belgium; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, three sisters and eight brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 27, 1955 - Monday, pg 2]
BERNICE GENEVA (SAWYER) HERRING, 38, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday morning, April 28, 1965 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She had been ill for two years. She was born Jan. 29, 1927, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Sawyer, in Welch, W. Va., where she was reared and educated. She married Richard Herring, Feb. 14, 1958, in Sterling. They lived for two years in Michigan, and for the past four years had lived in Rockford. She is survived by her husband, her father, Emmett Sawyer; four brothers, Thomas, Blaine, Kenneth, and Harold, one sister, Mrs. Calvin (Wanda) Pond of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. from the Schmitt Chapel, Tampico. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 29, 1965 - Thursday, pg 2]
RUTH (SIGMAN) HERRINGTON, 91, of 2403 E. 19th St., Sterling, died Thursday morning 08 January 1987, at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Funeral services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. Charles E. Steinke, pastor of St. John's Lutheeran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Herrington was born Oct. 14, 1895 in Sterling, the daughter of Lucian and Bertha (Greenman) Sigman. Survivors include one brother, Arlie Sigman of Stelring; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette January 8, 1987 - Thursday, pg A2, col. 1]
SHIRLEY (BUTLER) HERRON, 48, 713 12th Ave., Sterling died Monday morning (23 June 1975) in Rockford. Friends may call at the Grennan Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. J. Randall Brown of the Broadway Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Mrs. Herron was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Dixon, the daughter of Wilbur and Gladys Anderson Butler. Survivors include her parents; one daughter, Wendy of Johnstown, Pa.; two sons, Chris and Tom at home; and one sister, Mrs. John McCormick of Indianapolis, Ind. She was preceded by her husband John on Dec. 5, 1970. [Daily Gazette 23 June 1975]
Mrs. HENRY HESELINCK
Word has been received announcing the death of Mrs. Henry Heselinck which occurred Wednesday at Kenosha Wisc. The funeral was held in Kenosha and burial made there. Mrs. Hesselinck was formerly Emma Dayton of this city. [Sterling Gazette, 27 January 1938]
DARLENE (BITLER) HETZ, 86, of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Thursday, September 6, 2007 at the nursing home. Darlene was born January 3, 1921, in Newton Township, Whiteside County, IL, to Albert L. and Bessie D. (Burns) Bitler. She was educated in the rural Whiteside County Schools. She married George Hetz. Darlene was a waitress at the former Bush's Caf© in Fulton, IL. She later was employed as a hostess at the former Holiday Inn in Clinton, IA. Survivors include two daughters, Jane (Mrs. Larry) Darby of Morrison, IL and Gloria (Mrs. Dick) Schell of East Moline, IL; one son, Mike Hetz and his fiancee, Char of Port Byron, IL; seven grandchildren, Sally Veselko, Rick Beswick, Terry Beswick, Lori (Mrs. Pete) Vanderlaan, Tony Beswick, Renee (Mrs. John) Tysma, and Travis (Dawn) Schell; seventeen great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; one brother, Bob (Denise) Bitler of Albany, IL. She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Lee Hetz.
PAUL JOHN HEUN, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heun of Fulton, was born April 26, 1924. His boyhood days were spent in the Fenton community where on January 11, 1942 he made confession of his faith at the Newton Zion Reformed church of which he was a member at the time of his death, June 6, 1944. On Dec. 30, 1941 he was united in marriage to Leona Schaver, and to them a daughter, Nancy Illene was born. On July 31, 1943, he was inducted into the armed services of his country. After a short period of concentrated training in army tactics at Camp Wolters TX, he returned home for a brief furlough, Dec. 12 to Dec. 20, 1943, spent with relatives and friends. He immediately sailed for Engladn where his stay was brief. Pvt. Heun took part in the invasion of the French coast where his sacrifice was not long but costly, fore he gave his life for God and county on D-day, somewhere in France. Of him General Marshall said, "He fought valiantly in a supreme hour for his country." It was a coincidence that Pvt. Heun left after his furlough on the birthday of his brother John was killed on the birthday of his sister, Ruby, and the memorial services were held on the birthday of his aunt, Mrs. Minnie Bronkeina. Besides the widow and daughter, Pvt. Heun is survived by his parents, two brothers, John Arthur and Claire Peter and two sisters, Adalene and Ruby Irene, and his grandfather, Peter Bose.. a brother preceded him in death in infancy and one sister Winnie Irene. The Sterling Daily Gazette 23 August 1944 from Sue Nesland]
GERALD HEUSINGER , 51, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was a CLU and Regional Manager for Midland National. Mr. Heusinger was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Menominee, Mich., the son of Howard and Joyce (Shefky) Heusinger. He graduated from Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis. and the University of Wisconsin. He married Dianne Puckett Vasquez December 6, 1991, in Sterling, Ill. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, Ill. Rock River Country Club and several Professional Insurance Organizations. He was an avid golfer, a Green Bay Packer fan, and loved cooking. Survivors include his wife, Dianne of Sterling, Ill.; two sons, Jason Heusinger of Milwaukee, Wis., Alan Vasquez of Sterling, Ill.; a daughter, Jennifer Vasquez of Madison, Wis.; his father, Howard Heusinger of Madison, Wis.; one brother, Steven (Julie) Heusinger of Madison, Wis.; and three sisters, Peggy (Robert) Brown, Mary Jacobs, both of Madison, Wis., and Marsha (Paul) Beloungy of Sauk City, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his mother, Joyce Heusinger; paternal grandparents, Marie and Joseph Heusinger; and maternal grandparents, Mildred and John Shefky. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, STERLING, ILL., with Father Paul White, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, in Sterling, Ill.
ARNOLD HEUSINKVELD, 61, 613 Genesee Ave., Morrison, painter and decorator, died Sataurday (20 February 1971) at 8 p.m. in Morrison Community Hospital, following an illness of several years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Emanuel Reformed Church, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. family prayer service in the chapel. The Rev. George Poppen will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Monday. Mr. Heusinkveld was born June 21, 1909, in Morrison, the son of John and Jennie Renkes Heusinkveld. He was reared and educated in the Morrison schools. He married Gertrude Dykstra Feb. 28, 1933, in Morrison. Mr. Heusinkveld was a chartre member of the Emannuel Lutheran Church, member of the consistory, church quartet, and had served on the city council for 12 years. Survivors are the widow, two sons, Dan and Vernon; two brothers, Alvin and Clarence; one sister, Mrs. James (Jane) Ardapple, all of Morrison, and three grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and one brother, Milton. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 22, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
GERTRUDE (DYKSTRA) HEUSINKVELD, 90, of Resthave Nursing Home. Morrison, died Thursday at the nursing home. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Reformed Church, Morrison, preceded by a 10:15 a.m. family prayer service. Pastor Jeff N. McIlrath and the Rev. Larry Dougherty, associate pastor of Emmauel Reformed Church, will co-officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Morrison to Lewis and Etta Wilkens Dykstra. She married Arnold J. "Bud" Heusinkveld on Feb. 28, 1933, in Morrison. He died Feb. 20, 1971. She was raised and educated in Whiteside County grade schools and was a Morrison High School graduate. She was employed by Pittenger's Dry Goods Store in Morrison then by the Morrison Bakery. She had been a secretary for Whiteside County Veterinarian's Office, retiring in the mid 1970s. She was a charter member of Emmanuel Reformed Church and the church's Women's Missionary Society. She served as Sunday School teacher and Cathechism teacher and was a choir member. Survivors include two sons, Dan (Connie) Heusinkveld of Morrison and Vernon (Bertha) Heusinkveld of Ahmeek, Mich.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband. Memorials can be made to Emmanuel Reformed Church. Clinton Herald December 20, 2003]
MARIE MARY (JOHNSON) VARY HEUZENGA, 79, Civic Plaza, died Thursday at CGH Medical Center. Services will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blair Funeral Home with the Sterling Chapter O.E.S. Lodge #354 officiating. Cremation will follow with interment in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born Jan. 2, 1910 in Jewel, Iowa, the daughter of Cyrus and Sarah Johnson. She married Elbert Ernest Vary on June 8, 1928 in Toledo, Iowa, and he died in January of 1969. She then married John Houzenga on Aug. 18, 1978 in Rock Falls and he died in 1985. She was a 1927 graduate of Jewel High School and a 1928 graduate of the American Institute of Business. She was the manager of the Civic Plaza in Rock Falls until her retirement in September 1985. She also worked for Spurgeons for over 10 years. She was a member of the Sterling Congregational Church for over 40 years, and was a Worthy Matron for the Sterling O.E.S. from 1974-l976, and in 1979. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Stouffer of Bourbonnais, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Unterzuber of Sterling, Mrs. Ronald (Marcia) Stauffer of Mankato, Ks., two sons, Elbert James Vary, Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert Forest Vary of Illinois; two stepchildren, John Houzenga of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nancy Ritchie of Woodridge; 21 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1989 - Monday, pg A2]
JOHN PHILLIP HEY - The funeral of John P Hey, 88 who passed away a 4 am Friday morning (Feb 2, 1945), at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Harshman, 1402 1st ave. after an illness of four months duration will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon at the Melvin Funeral home. The Rev. Bouldin pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church will officiate and burial will be at Praireville cemetery with the members of the Sterling I O O F lodge in charge of the services at the grave. Mr. Hey was born Feb 11, 1856 at Poughkeepsie NY. His parents, Clementine and Jacob Hey brought him to Sterling when he was less than 1 year old. He became a farmer then became engaged in manufacturing and later still in contracting in this city and vicinity. In February 1878, Mr. Hey married Mary Baer who preceded him in death in Feb. 1921. Later he married Mrs. Laura Kagay Judkins at Effingham. She died in California in 1928. Since 1929 Mr.Hey made his home with a daughter, Mrs. Mary Marshman 1402 1st ave. He is also survived by another daughter Mrs. Gerna Harshman who likewise lives in Sterling and by three sons, Clement and Abraham of Sterling and Henry of Dixon. A son Ira preceded him in death in 1922. Mr. Hey was the last of his family - 2 sisters and 2 brothers, a half sister and a half brother. Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 February 1945]
MARGARET (STOLTZ) HEY, wife of Henry S. Hey, passed away this morning in her home at 212 Madison Ave., Dixon, after an extended illness. Funeral rites will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Melvin Funeral Home, Dixon, by the Rev. Sidney Bloomquist of the Dixon Methodist Church. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Mrs Hey was born April 4, 1897, in Sterling, the daughter of Bernard and Margaret Hummel Stoltz. She is survived by her husband and two sons, and one daughter, Dean E., and James O. of Dixon and Mrs. Beulah M. Yetter of Tipton, Ia.; also by a brother, A. C. Stoltz, of Mount Vernon, Ia.; a sister, Mrs. Julia Hummel of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and nine grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 13, 1957 - Saturday, pg 8]
ROBERT V. HEY
YOUTHS IN COLLISON Declared Accidental
Verdicts of accidental death were returned late Wednesday by a Whiteside county coroner's jury which investigated the fatal accidents on alternate U.S. 30 east of Sterling early yesterday morning in which Robert V. Hey and Donald H. Powell, both of Sterling were killed. Powell's chest, the jury found, was crushed, the facial bones broken and his arms and legs fractured. Hey died of fatal head injuries. Fred Vore, Chicago salesman, first to reach the scene of the accident, testified that he left Sterling for Dixon some time after 1 a.m. and that soon after he drove past the state police headquarters a car passed him at a high rate of speed, going toward Dixon, and that it struck another, bound for Sterling headon. The latter, it was learned, was driven by Hey. Seeing that two men were injured, he ran to the E.L. Muntean farm home nearby, to summon help. When he and Muntean returned State highway officer Kenneth Brubaker, Freeport, had driven up. Brubaker sent Vore back to the state police station to pick up another officer, Harold Vore and the two returned to the scene within a few minutes. Vore, the salesman, testified that the Trouth ambulance reached the scene about 35 minutes after he did. It was revealed later that the ambulance and a wrecker had been falsely informed the accident occured on U.s. 30 and wasted several minutes in locating it. It appears, Vore added, that Powell was dead when he first drove up. Hey was unconscious, he said, but moaning. Both men were dead when they reached Sterling public hospital. Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Powell, was born in Sterling Oct. 19, 1921, and attended Sterling Community and Township high schools and St. Ambrose college, Davenport, Ia., before joining the navy in 1942. He was discharged in 1946. Services arranged at the Trouth funeral home will be held at the family home, 305 West 8th street, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart church with burial in Sacred Heart cemetery. Hey, the son of Mrs. Carmel Hey, was born in Sterling, Dec. 4, 1924, was graduated from Sterling Township high school in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers college, DeKalb, before entering the Navy. He was discharged in 1946. Surviving in addition to his mother, are a sister Mrs. Clair Book, Rock Falls,a dn two brothers, Derrill and John, Sterling. His father Ira, was killed in an automobile accident in 1932. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Evangelical church, the Rev. R.A. Dennert officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral home. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1947]
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