CATHERINE (GAULRAPP) JACKLEY, 64, formerly of Rock Falls, passed away suddenly at 10:30 a.m. Friday while visiting her son, Wilfred, and family, in Maceo, Ky. The body is being brought overland to the Meyer Funeral Home late this evening. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Catherine Gaulrapp was born May 18, 1891, in Sterling, daughter of George and Agnes Gaulrapp. She was married to Leo Jackley May 11, 1910, in Minnesota and had resided in this vicinity most of her life. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are eight sons and three daughters, John, Robert, Raymond and Harold of Rock Falls; Leo of Tucson, Ariz., Wilfred of Maceo, Ky., Paul of Sterling, Francis of New Orleans, La., Mrs. Lawrence (Alice) Flynn of Sterling, Mrs. George (Evelyn) Jacobs of Morrison and Mrs. Ray (Vera) Marietta of St. Charles, Mich. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Agnes Gaulrapp of Wheaton, Minn.; four brothers and two sisters, Fred, George and Paul Gaulrapp and Mrs. Eva Hiatt of Wheaton, Minn., Nick Gaulrapp of Breckenridge, Minn., and Mrs. Florence Mazel of Glencoe, Minn., and 2 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, husband and two sisters, Mrs. Loretta Goergen and Minella Gaulrapp. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 30 1955 - Saturday, pg 2 col 3]
Nelson Jacob dies at Freeport Wednesday [11/11/1931] night at the Freeport hospital at 10:30 p.m. of a stroke. He was born August 4, 1858 in Jordan township, the son of John A. and Catherine Jacob of Carroll Co., Maryland. On Dec. 14, 1881 he was married to Jenie Maxwell. She died April 6, 1926. The had a foster son, Archie Jacob. There are five surviving siblings, one being deceased: Samuel, Grinnell, Ia.; Francis, Chicago; Mrs. J. J. Buckley, Monmouth, Ill; Emanuel, Sterling. (Sterling Gazette 12 November 1931; Contributed by Larry Reynolds)
WALDO W. JACQUES, 87 of Rock Falls died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at New Beginnings Nursing Home, Rock Falls. He was employed by Local 727 as a carpenter for many years. Mr. Jaques was born Nov. 13, 1915, in Newtown, Mo., the son of Audrey and Delma (Deeds) Jaques. He married Letha Urton on May 10, 1941, in Trenton, Mo. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with family. Survivors include his wife; five children, Jim (Mary) Jaques, Gene (Laurie) Jaques, Linda (Bob) Thurm and Carolyn (Jack) Icenogle, all of Rock Falls, and Jackie (Chris) Jaques of Tampico; two brothers, Lovell Jaques of DeWitt, Iowa, and Donald Lee Jaques of Glicrest, Ore.; four sisters, Macel Wells of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Madeline Wilkinson of Sterling, Bonita Allen of DeWitt, Iowa, and Juanita Lauts of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ, Rock Falls. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, Rock Falls. A memorial has been established to New Beginnings Nursing Home, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 23, 2003 - Sunday, pg A5]
CHRISTOPHER C. JAMES, 94, the first of five rural mail carriers named here at the beginning of Rural Free Delivery Oct. 1, 1903, died Wednesday noon at his home in Prophetstown. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Helm and Helm Funeral Home. Rev. William Dupree of the Congregational Church will officiate and burial will be at Riverside cemetery. He was born in Portland township, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William James. He and Marilla Ballard were married July 2, 1879. After her death May 31, 1940, his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. John Ballard, moved to his home to care for him. He retired from the mail route Sept. 1, 1930, and in his later years remained remarkably active. Within the last two years he drove an automobile alone to California, but never recovered completely from injuries received in an accident on that trip. He and Mrs. James were married more than 60 years. Another niece, Mrs. Oscar Johns, survived at Walnut, Kans. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 26, 1953 - Thursday, pg 2 col 2]
DOUGLAS G. JAMES, 58 of Hamilton, NJ passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday at Compassionate Care in Trenton, NJ. Doug was born in Sterling, IL and grew up in Prophetstown, graduating from Prophetstown High School. He lived in the Hamilton area for the past 40 years. He had an honorable discharge form the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a color designer at the color studio of Congoleum Corporation of Hamilton. Doug was an avid golfer and a PGA lifetime member of the partners club. He enjoyed his yearly trip with his eight golf buddies, ironically they left Monday and now Doug is there in spirit. Doug loved the outdoors, he loved to garden, drive his red convertible and vacation at the shore. He simply loved life. He is predeceased by his father Jesse James, his mother Arlene DeWeerdt and his stepfather, Allen DeWeerdt. Devoted husband of Lucy Chiaradia Bresley James. Loving father of Dawn and Christine James both of Hamilton. Caring brother of Jesses James and his wife Sue of Missouri and Pam Youngblood and her husband Gary of Illinois. Doting Pop Pop to Brian Williams, Jr. He is also survived by uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his Yorkie, “Buddy”. Funeral services were held at the Chiacchio Funeral Home. Doug was buried with Military Honors in the Brigadier General Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen]
--- Another Notice: Douglas G. James, 58, of Trenton, NJ, formerly of Prophetstown, died Monday, May 22, 2006. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, Chiacchio Funeral Home of Trenton, NJ will be handling the services. Doug was the son of Arlene DeWeerdt. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
FRANK WELLS JAMES,, who farms northeast of Morrison, met with an accident Wednesday while using a corn picker, one arm being badly mangled. He was removed to the Jane Lamb hospital in Clinton, and it was excepted that the arm would be amputated today. The Whiteside Sentinel 30 Nov 1928 Pg 8 **Morrison, Ill., Dec. 4,--(Special)-- Frank James, the young farmer of Clyde township who was injured by a corn picking machine last week, passed away at the Mercy hospital of Lyons, North Clinton, Ia., at 6:25 o'clock Monday, Dec. 3. Every effort was made to save the life of the popular young farmer, but to no avail. His arm was amputated below the elbow soon after the accident, and later was amputated again, close to the shoulder. The shock and complications proved more than the sufferer could withstand. Mr. James was married and leaves his wife beside other relatives and many friends to mourn his untimely death. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Presbyterian church in Morrison and interment will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Sterling Daily Gazette 4 Dec 1928 Pg 10;6 ** Morrison, Ill., Dec. 6,--(Special)--Frank W. James who passed away Monday evening at the Mercy hospital was buried this afternoon, the funeral services being held from the Presbyterian church and burial at Grove Hill cemetery. Mr. James had lived practically all his life in Clyde and was a well known farmer of that community. He was about 26 years of age. He was married to Edna Smith May 6, 1927. Those surviving are his wife, his father, S.M. James, three brothers, Porter, Arthur and Samuel Jr., and one sister, Mrs. Guy Jones, all of this vicinity. Sterling Daily Gazette 6 Dec 1928 Pg 16;3 ** Morrison, Ill., Dec. 7,--(Special)--Funeral services for Frank James of Clyde were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. Rendall officiating. Interment was in Grove Hill cemetery. The pall bearers were Clarence Kennedy, DeWitt Mulnix, Dillon McKee, Donald Robertson, Carl Bierman, Howard Beswick. Mrs. Albert Potter sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "In The Sweet Bye and Bye." Those attending the funeral from out of town were Mrs. And Mrs. Leonard Ahl of Reynolds, Ill.; Walter Wells, Albany; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn James, Maywood; Mrs. Rena Detra, Polo; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coonley, Waupun, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Altman, Fulton; Mrs. Marjorie Rank, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Wells, Mrs. Harry Allen, Mrs. Martin Marx, Mrs. Bessie Weisenberger, all of Sterling, and Mr. and Mrs. William Dowdall, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Sterling Daily Gazette 7 Dec 1928 Pg 10;1]
HELEN NELLIE KELLY JAMES, 81, of the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, died Wednesday evening at the Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home. The Rev. Philip Kennedy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday with a Christian Wake service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established by her family. Helen Alice Brophy was born Nov. 23, 1900 in Tampico, the daughter of John and Olive (O'Connor) Brophy. She was reared in Tampico and was united in marriage to Francis Kelly on Jan. 26, 1921 in Tampico. He preceded her in death in 1939. Following marriage they farmed in the Tampico area. In 1941, she moved to Morrison where she operated a restaurant for a number of years and was a cook at the Morrison Hospital. She was united in marriage to Port James in 1947 and he also preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Jeri Renkes, Morrison, Mrs. Kenneth (Helen) Millerschone, Rochelle, Mrs. Kent (Peggy) Foreman, Mrs. Kenneth (Molly) Jones and Mrs. Burton (Rita) Seaman, all of Morrison; two sons, James, Andulusia, Iowa, and Frank, Morrison; 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; one brother, James, C. Brophy, Sterling and one sister, Mrs. Kathryn Forward, Tampico. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and one grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 8, 1982 - Thursday, page A4]
JESSE R. JAMES, 28, of 10 East Seventh Street, Sterling was killed early this morning when he fell from a bridge under construction at Hudson, Wis. Mr. James was employed by Holman Erection Company. Details of the accident received in an Associated Press report, indicated he met death in a fall from a span on the new Hudson interstate bridge under construction over the St. Croix river, James, with his father-in-law, E. G McCoy, while they were showing visitors the bridge. The body landed on the ground as the span formed the approach to the bridge itself. The body is being taken to Ottumwa, Ia., for funeral services there, but will be returned to Sterling for services and burial here. Arrangements have not been completed. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Irene James, two sons, Ronald and Douglas and a daughter, Pamela Kay, who reside here. Mr. James was born in Lockman, Iowa, and had been in Sterling since 1945. Others surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Sam Shadley and Mrs. Dorothy Mintle, both of Ottumwa; and a brother, Thomas James, also of Ottumwa, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli James of Blakesburg, Iowa. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 25, 1951 - Monday, pg 2]
KRISTEN BETH JAMES, 16-day-old daughter of Dennis and Sandra Van Oosten James of Port Byron died Wednesday afternoon at University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Private funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral home at Morrision. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Kristen was born Feb. 25 in Illini Hospital, Silvis. Survivors include her parents, two brothers, David and Daniel, at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs Jacob VanOosten, Fenton; and parternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bengston, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1974 - Thursday, pg 2]
PORTEUS J. JAMES - At the home of his parents in this city, on Wednesday, May 15, 1895, Porteus J. James, aged 33 years, 8 months and 21 days. The deceased was born August 24, 1862 in Clyde township, Whiteside County. He attended the public schools and worked upon the farm until 20 years of age, when he realized that he was not vigorous enough to lead the life of a farmer, and concluded to fit himself for business; he attended the Morrison High school. The following winer, on account of health he went to Dakota where he remained for about five years, and his health was somewhat improved. Having fulfilled the conditions of the land office and proved up on the land which he had taken under the homestead laws of the United States, and obtained his title in the fall of 1888, he came back to Illinois and remained at home until the spring of 1891, when he went to Prophetstown and engaged in business with James Middleton with whom he ramained until 1893, when by mutual agreement the partnership was dissolved. At the close of this business venture Mr. James returned again to the home of his father ont he farm in Clyde and with the family came to this city. Being once more at home and although having all the comforts of home life and sustained by the unvarying love and kindness of of the family, he gradually became weaker and realized that he was a prey to some insidious malady, yet never suspected the presence of any positive disease until last fall. After a trip to the northwest he returned iwth a troublesome cough. He was examined by a physician and then learned that he was afflicted with serious lung trouble. About the last of February he beame too weak to get down town and from that time has slowly grown weaker until Wednsday afternoon, when he passed quietly away lamented by his family and friends. Porteus was next to the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos James, and leaves surviving him his parents, four brothers and two sisters. services where held at the house conducted by Rev. Whiple. The remains were taken to the Heaton Cemetery north of this city. [Library Obituary Collection]
RICHARD H. JAMES, 70, of Mount Carroll, died Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was born June 12, 1931 in Freedom Township, Carroll County, to Vyvyan W. and Mary H. (Logue) James. He married Dianne L. Flannery December 25, 1953 in Clinton, Iowa. She died October 29, 2001. He was educated in rural Savanna and Mount Carroll schools. He was a U. S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. Prior to and following his marriage, he farmed in rural Carroll County. He worked in the retail fuel business in Mount Carroll for 30 years, owing and operating James Oil Company in Mount Carroll for 17 years, retiring in 1995. He then worked for several real estate agencies in the Mount Carroll area and drove a school bus for the Mount Carroll School District. He was currently the grounds keeper for the Campbell Center in Mount Carroll. He enjoyed his friends and family and conversing with anyone he would meet. Survivors include three daughters, Joni (Jule) Dauphin of Mount Carroll, Julie (Steve) Myers of New Orleans, La., and Dinna (Andrew) Barker of Chicago; two sons, Derek (Kathy) James, and Jon James, both of Mount Carroll; eight grandchildren; his mother of Freeport; and one sister, Betty "Nadine" Dinderman of Freeport. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2002 at the Fulton Township Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Jarrard of the Laurel Street Church ofr God in Freeport officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Savanna. [Contributed by Alice Horner]
SAMUEL T. JAMES - 73, of RR 4, Morrison, died Monday (1 August 1977) at his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesdaty at 2 p.m. at the Tomlinson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. He was born July 10, 1904 in Morrison, the son of Samuel N and Agnes Wells James. He attended James School and Brown's Business College. He resided his entire life in Clyde Township and was a farmer and horse racer. He was a member of the Oddfellows Club. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 1, 1977 - Monday, pg 4
EMMA (SCHETTLER) JANSSEN, 97, of Lyndon, died Saturday morning (Nov 29, 1980) in the Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Home, Prophetstown. Funeral services were held Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Morrison. The Rev David Graef, pastor officiated. Burial was in Lyndon Cemetery. The Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home, Morrison was in charge of arrangements. The former Emma Schettler was born April 20, 1883, in Hopkins Township, Whiteside County, the daughter of Louis and Emily Watherstradt Schettler. She was united in marriage on Nov. 24, 1904 to George Janssen in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death in 1953. The couple farmed in Lyndon and Hopkins Townships until retiring and moving to Lyndon in 1929. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are one son Edward of Prophetstown; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Amelia) Stralow, Morrison and Mrs. Edna Coyne, arcadia, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Tillie Stutzke, Rock Falls; eight grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and four sisters. [Contributed by Margaret Mangeers - Dec 1, 1980 Daily Gazette]
EMMA (DAUEN) JANSSEN, 89, of 1402 7th Ave., Sterling, died Sunday [04/02/1978] morning at her home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Melvin-Shilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Kukkonen, pastor of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born Dec. 15, 1888 in Jordan Twp. the daughter of Edward and Fredreka Cassens Dauen. She resided in the area her entire life. She married Bennett Janssen on Jan. 16, 1912 in Sterling and he preceded in death in October of 1967. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan. Survivors include one son, Wallace K. Janssen of Sterling; one step granddaughter and two step great grandchildren; one brother, Edward Dauen of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Capp and Mrs. Ana Kraus, both of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
--- Funeral services for Emma Cathryn Janssen, 89, of 1402 7th Ave., Sterling, were held Wednesday [04/05/1978] afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Rev. Walter Kukkonan, pastor of the West Jordan Church, officiated. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Pallbearers were Alvin Johnson, LeRoy Larson, Claude Nearing, Joe Duis, Jack Dauen and Clarence Bressler. The soloist was Mrs. Daryl Knutsen and the organist was Mrs. Wesley Koster. The flowers were handled by Lundstrom Florists. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 3, 1978, page 4, column 4]
FREDERICK AUGUST JANSSEN - Funeral of August Janssen Held Friday "“ the funeral of Frederick August Janssen, who died last Wednesday afternoon took place in the German Lutheran Church of Rock Falls Friday. Rev. Reu preached the funeral sermon. A large concourse of friends and relatives were in attendance. The floral contributions were very beautiful. Large designs adorned the pulpit and the casket was literally covered with flowers. The music was fine and very impressive. The pall bearers were Messrs Frank Detman, Christ Scheler, John Ufken, Harry Detman, Louis Bowman, and H. Gerken, all intimate friends of Mr. Janssen. At the close of the ceremony the remains were placed in the funeral car and borne to Riverside cemetery. Passed Away Wednesday afternoon at Three O'clock Frederick August Janssen died at the home of his brother Louis Janssen Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock. His disease was a complication of lung and stomach trouble. Mr. Janssen has been unwell for over a year. He had been a sufferer from the grip at two different times and it is thought that this left him in a weak condition. Four weeks ago he realized that his condition was serious and went to Waukegan, where he remained until Tuesday in a sanitarium. He received much encouragement while there and thought that his chances for getting well were good. On Tuesday morning his brother Louis went to Waukegan and found him very ill. He was bro't home on the evening train that day. While it was known by his relatives and friends that he was very ill, still it was not expected that his death would come so soon, and all were greatly shocked. Mr. Janssen was born February 2nd, 1863, in Jever, Oldenburg, Germany. He came to this country at the age of two years. His parents settled then in Woodford county, near Minonk, Ill. August was trained as a farmer and followed this occupation until about six years ago. At that time he came to Sterling and worked for a short time with the firm of Janssen and Goeken, grocers. He was given a opportunity of going into partnership with his brother H.T. Janssen, Rettzville, Washington, who was engaged in the hardware business. This he took advantage of, and continued in the business for four years. At this time Mr. Goeken decided to retire from the grocery business and go to farming, and August Janssen came to Sterling and entered into partnership with his brother Louis. The firm was then run under the name of Janssen Bros. He was in business here from that time until February 1, when he was compelled to sell his interest in the store on account of ill health. Mr. Goeken was the purchaser. Mr. Janssen's mother, Mrs. Trinke Janssen, survives him. He also leaves two brothers, Louis Janssen, of this city, and H.T. Janssen, of Rettzville, Washington, and three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Myer of this city, Mrs. Johanna B. Goeken, of this city, and Mrs. Mary Koster, of Minonk. Some of the relatives expected this evening to attend the funeral, although on account of the great distance it will be impossible for all to get here. The funeral ceremony took at one o'clock Friday from the house of I.L. Janssen, 404 West Seventh street. From thence the procession moved at 1:30 to the German Lutheran church in Rock Falls. The services were conducted by Rev. Reu, and the interment took place in Riverside cemetery. August Janssen was a man who possessed a large number of friends in this city and vicinity. He was strictly honest in all his dealings, upright in principle and a man who always had a kind word for everybody. He was a consistent member of the German Lutheran church in Rock Falls. Many are the friends who mourn his death. The STANDARD extends heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing relatives and friends [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen, Sterling Standard, Sterling, Illinois - Mar 12, 1896 Obituary]
ELWIN JANSSEN, 65, of Lyndon, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002. Arrangements are pending at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 6, 2002 - Friday, pg A5]
HAZEL V. JANSSEN - Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel V. Janssen of 602 7th Ave., Sterling, were conducted in the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, Friday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Loyal M. Wilkinson, pastor of Sterling Congregational Church, officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades was organist and flowers were cared for by Charles Carns. Pallbearers were Walter Helms, Charles VanDrew, Neil E. Janssen, Alvin Duprey, Alvin Ericson and Albert Otten. Relatives attended from Polo, Canton, Rockford and Delafield, Wis. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette February 2, 1963 - Saturday, pg 2]
LYNWOOD/LINWOOD NORMAN JANSSEN, 63, of 1402 7th Ave., Sterling, died Monday [04/10/1978] evening at Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born Oct. 7, 1914 in Higdon, Ky. the daughter of William and Fannie Norman. She married Wallace K. Janssen on May 4, 1950 in Clinton. She was an LPN at KSB Hospital in Dixon and a member of the Assembly of God Church of Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Barbara) Duis Jr. of Sterling, two grandchildren, Joseph and James Duis, four sisters, Mrs. Audrey Nolan of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Mrs. Connie Buchanan, Mrs. Leta Mongan and Mrs. Elizabeth Wetzell all of Sterling, and one brother, Elbert Norman of Louisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 11, 1978, page 4, column 1]
MARY JANE (BRUNS) JANSSEN, 73, of Sterling, died Sunday March 30, 2008 at Morrison Community Hospital. She was a homemaker for many years and later was employed by St. Paul Lutheran CHurch, Sterling, before retiring. Mrs. Janssen was born Feb. 2, 1935 in Hopkins Township, the daughter of George and Hazel (Rigler) Bruns. She married Dale Janssen on Jan 8, 1956 in Sterling. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Connie (Chuch) Wessels of Galesburg and Lynette Rivera of Mason City; son, Rod Janssen of Sterling, a brother Wayne (JoAnn) Bruns of Sterling, five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; and a brother Robert Bruns. The funeral is at 10:30 am Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Judith Huseth, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
WALLACE KENNETH JANSSEN, 87, of 1402 Seventh Ave., Sterling, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral home, Sterling, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Janssen was born Nov. 14, 1912, in Sterling, the son of Bennett and Emma (Dauen) Janssen. He married Linwood Norman in 1950. She died in 1978. He was a farmer in the Sterling area until his retirement. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan Township. Survivors include a daughter, Barb (Fran Mo) Duis of Sterling; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 30, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2]
DELBERT I. JAQUET, 65, of 909 W. 12th St., Sterling, died early Tuesday morning (6 Jun 1972) in Rock Falls Colonial Acres. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling with the Rev. Sherwin Weener officiating and burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The body will be taken to the church at noon on Thursday to lie in state until the hour of services. Delbert Jaquet was born Oct. 16, 1906 in Wyanet, the son of Elmer and Francis Whipple Jaquet. He was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling and Union Local at Lawrence Bros., Inc., where he had been employed until his retirement, Oct. 16, 1971. Mr. Jaquet was united in marriage June 5, 1947 to Kate Norman at Morrison. She survives with six step-children: John Norman of Morrison, Albert Norman of Toledo, Ohio, Paul Norman of Countryside, Frank Norman of Sterling, Mrs. Vernon (Josephine) Woodruff of Peoria Heights and Mrs. Charles (Anna Mae) Pace of Rock Island; two sisters, Mrs. Rolla (Irene) Sloat and Mrs. Francis (Edna) Girton of Rock Falls and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and one brother Harold in infancy. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling for Delbert I. Jaquet of 909 W. 12th St., Sterling. The body was taken from the Allen Funeral Home at noon to the church to lie in state until the hour of services. The Rev. Sherwin Weener, pastor, officiated, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Mary Jean Wiersema was at the organ and Mrs. William Allen sang "Sometime We'll Understand." Pallbearers were Carl Baylis, Joe Bryant, Chauncy Crowe, Clifford Ennis, William Heintz and Wayne Otten, all former co-workers with Mr. Jaquet at Lawrence Bros., Inc. Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms. Church usher was Lawrence Hinrichs. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 6, 1972 - Tuesday, pg 2]
GERTRUDE (VAUGHAN) JAQUET of Haskell Ave., Rock Falls, died early Wednesday morning at Community General Hospital at the age of 64. She was born June 24, 1897, in Tampico, the daughter of Thomas and Kathryn Vaughn. She was united in marriage to George L. Jaquet, Feb. 7, 1917, at Princeton, Ill. The couple farmed in the Tampico, Greenville, Rock Falls and Sterling area until Dec. 27, 1958, when they moved into Rock Falls. She is survived by two sons, George of Manlius and Keith of Rock Falls; four daughters, Mrs. Lovell (Katherine) Jacques of DeWitt, Ia.; Mrs. Floyd (Ruth) Wellman of Rock Falls; Mrs. William (Margaret) Weimken of Rock Falls and Mrs. James (Marian) McBride of Sterling; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and one nephew. She was preceded by her husband George, Sept. 23, 1959, one sister and one grandson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor-emeritus of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiatng, with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Dixon. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 14, 1962 - pg 6, col. 3]
HOWARD EARL JAQUET, 72, passed away Wednesday (26 April 1967) at his home at 330 West Third St., Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Paul Olson of First Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Friends may call Friday afternoon and evening at the funeral chapel. Howard Jaquet was born May 17, 1894 in Lorraine Township, the son of John and Caroline Papendick Jaquet. He was educated in Lorraine Township schools. He moved from a farm in Lorraine Township to Prophetstown and was in last residence for 16 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 522 for 46 years and was a World War I Veteran. He is survived by two brothers, John and Ralph of Prophetstown and a sisteer, Miss Inez Jaquet of Prophetstown. He was preceded by his parents, two brothers in infancy and four sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 27, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2]
IRA O. JAQUET, 75, formerly of RR 2 Rock Falls, died early Friday morning at Rock Falls Colonial Acres. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tampico Church of Christ with Rev. Clarke Devore, pastor, officiating, with Rev. Robert Jackson, pastor of the Fifth Ave. Church of Christ, Sterling, assisting. Burial will be in the Tampico Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the Tampico Church of Christ. He was born May 12, 1903 in Whiteside County, the son of James D. and Laura Scott Day. He married Mary Harman on Jan. 24, 1923 at Lincoln, Ill., and moved to Whiteside County in 1939, where he farmed most of his life. He also worked for 15 years at Frantz Mfg. Co. in Sterling. He was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and served several years on the church board. Survivors include his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Leo (Evelyn) Cox of Rock Falls, Mrs. Bobby (Marilyn) Fowler of Rockford, and Mrs. Dennis (Beverly) Ecton of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Florian of Peoria; one brother, William Day of Springfield; five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, one brother, one sister, three grandsons and one great grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1978 - Friday, page 4]
KATE J. (DECKER) JAQUET - Funeral services for Mrs. Kate J. Jaquet, 75, of 909 W. 12th St., Sterling, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling. The Rev. Sherwin Weener will officiate and burial will be in the Fulton cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. The body will be taken to the church at noon Saturday. Mrs. Jaquet died in her home Thursday morning. She was born Sept. 30, 1896 in Fulton, the daughter of John and Annie Brands Decker. She was united in marriage to Frank Norman in November 1915 and he preceded her in June 1945. In June of 1947 she was united in marriage to Delbert Jaquet who preceded her last June 6. Mrs. Jaquet was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church of Sterling and the World War Two Mothers. Mrs. Jaquet is survived by four sons, John Norman of Morrison, Albert Norman of Toledo, Ohio, Paul Norman of Countryside and Frank Norman of Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Josephine) Woodruff of Peoria Heights and Mrs. Charles (Anna Mae) Pace of Rock Island; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Grace Stuit of Fulton, three brother, John and Paul Decker of Fulton, and Louis Decker of Mt. Carroll. She was preceded by both husbands; one daughter in infancy, one sister and one brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 23, 1972 - Friday, page 2]
OLGA L. (BRATTENBORG) JAQUET, 90, of Sterling Care Center, died Friday (September 3, 1976) at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home with the Rev. Alfred Grewe and the Rev. David Breed officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born Aug. 25, 1886 in Moorehead, Minn., the daughter of Hans and Jennie Brattensborg. She was reared and educated at Moorehead State Teachers College and taught in the Sterling Schools for 50 years. She married Benjamin Jaquet on Oct. 23, 1924 in Chicago. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She is survived by several nieces, Mrs. Ward (Janet)I Freeman and Mrs. Royal (Beverly) Breed both of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers and six sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, September 4, 1976 - Saturday pg 4]
SHARLIE B. (BROOKS) JEFFERY, of 1705 Ave. F., Sterling, died Saturday (January 2, 1971) evening at Community General Hospital at the age of 85. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Zielinski Funeral Home in Ironwood, Mich., with burial in Riverside Cemetery at Ironwood. There will be visitation from 5-9 p.m. on Monday at Ironwood. A memorial fund in her memory has been established. Mrs. Jeffery was born on Sept. 29, 1885 in Chicago, the daughter of Richard and Anna Montgomery Brooks. She was united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1912, in Detroit, Mich., to Thomas Jeffery who preceded her on Sept. 26, 1947. She taught many years in Ironwood, Mich., and came to Sterling 1 1/2 years ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. William Tonkin. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ironwood and Bessemer Chapter OES of Ironwood. Mrs. Jeffery is survived by one son, Thomas B. Jeffery of Janesville, Wis.; one daughter, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Tonkin of Sterling; eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. She was preceded by her huisband, Thomas; one daughter, Ruth and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 4, 1971 Monday]
Mr. JENNINGS, and his mother, living at Big Bend in the vicinity of Sterling, Whiteside Co., killed in tornado there recently. (Rock Island Register, Wednesday, 20 June 1860)
JOHN ANDREW JEPSON, 37, Genoa, formerly of Erie, died Monday at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, at the Faith United Methodist Church, Genoa, with the Rev. Joseph Summers, officiating. Burial and graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. with the Erie Masonic Lodge 667 conducting Masonic Services at the Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Quiram Funeral home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. The Schilling-Reedy Funeral Home, Erie, was in charge of local arrangements. A memorial has been established in his memory. Born on Feb. 6, 1945 in Moline, the son of Andrew and Myrtle Bastable Jepson, he married Sandra Ann Smalley of Cordova on June 29, 1968 in Moline. He was employed as an assistant director of Research and Development of Duplex Products, Sycamore. A member of the Faith United Methodist Church, Genoa, he was also a member and past master of the Sycamore Masonic Lodge 134, of the Omicron Sigma Fraternity and a former member of the United States Naval Reserve He graduated from Erie High School in 1963 and from Augustna in Rock Island in 1968 with a BA degree majoring in Chemistry. An Eagle Scout, he continued scouting by serving as a Webelos Cub Leader in Sycamore. He was also a former Sunday School teacher at the Erie United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Sandra; a son, Scott Andrew, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jepson, Erie; two sisters, Mrs. H. F. (Susan) May, LaGrange and Helen Jepson, Sycamore. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 30, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4]
JAMES A. JEVBE, 68, 507 Maple Ave., died Monday at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Geneseo Street Chapel of the Bosma Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Oak Park, the son of Charles Arthur and Florence Peabody Jevne. He married Emily G. Bockhaut on June 6, 1944 in Chicago. Mr. Jevne was a Libertyville Township High School graduate and he lived in Villa Park until moving to Morrison, where he owned and operated the True Value Hardware Store with his wife and son since 1872. He was a member of the Morrison American Legion and the Illinois Hardware Association. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Carol) Acton of McHenry; four sons, James Allen of Lisle, Stephen C of Wheaton, Donald R. of Morrison, Robert of Minneapolis, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Eunice) Schloemer of East Lansing, Mich., Mrs. Vincent (Ruth) Klock of Brevard, N.C.; and one brother, Charles of Arlington Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 7, 1989 - Tuesday, pg A2]
GLADYS (KENNEDY) JOHNS, was born Sept.25, 1900, at Kennedy Corners in Clyde Township, Whiteside Co., Illinois, the daughter of Harvey J. and Agnes (Jones) Kennedy. She attended grade school at the James rural school, Morrison High School and the University of Illinois, where she was a music major and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She taught piano at her parents home in Morrison for two years. Gladys married Harry A. Johns, Dec.22,1924, in Morrison. She and her husband lived in Kankakee, Ill.for ywo years. They were transferred to Binghamptom N.Y., to Napierville, Ill., and to Cleveland, Ohio. When her husband retired from Kroehler Co. in 1959, they moved to Morrison. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the PEO Sisterhood and the Women's Club. Gladys died at the age of 94, May 5, 1995. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Survivors include her husband, two goddaughters and several cousins.
ADRAIN JOHNSON, 67, of Rock Falls, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born May 28, 1944, in Dixon, the son of Daniel B. and Helen (Janssen) Johnson. He married his grade school sweetheart and lifelong love, Sharon Dickey, on April 18, 1964, at First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling. He was a veteran of the Air Force. He enjoyed shooting pool, hunting, fishing and coffee with family and friends at Friendship House Restaurant. Most of all, he loved his family and watching his children and grandchildren in sporting events. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rock Falls. Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Rock Falls; his children, Adrian Lee (Angie) Johnson Jr., Sharon Marie (Chuck) Hoover, Shawn (Charisse) Johnson, William Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Joshua (Amanda) Johnson, Jeremiah (Cari) Johnson, Jedidiah (Cari) Johnson and Isaiah (Melinda) Johnson; 38 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leonard (Jane) Johnson, Edward (Carol) Johnson and Ross (Theresa) Johnson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Daniel Boone Johnson Jr. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. [Contributed by Pat Esterday - The Dixon Telegraph
ALBERT JOHNSON, 64, passed away at 7:30 Wednesday morning in his farm home seven miles southwest of Prophetstown. He had been ill over a year and seriously ill the past two weeks. The body will be removed from the Helm and Helm mortuary in Prophetstown to the home Thursday night. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday from the late home, with burial in Riverside cemetery at Prophetstown. The deceased was born January 15, 1873 at Union Grove, the son of John and Anna Johnson. He had always followed the occupation of farming and lived for 5 years on the Chapin farm in Portland township where he died. In February 1911 he was married to Edith Barradell. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Swedish Lutheran church in Prophetstown where he was confirmed. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Jeannette of Bloomington and Barbara at home, two brothers, William and Frank Johnson of Prophetstown and Mrs. Emma Johnson of Morrison. He was preceded in death by one sister, Josie, and an infant daughter, Beth. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois August 25, 1937 - pg 8, col. 7
ALFRED F. JOHNSON, 83, of 1801 Avenue G, Sterling, died June 22, 1993 at Coventry Village Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Rev. Donald Matthiessen officiating. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. The Blair Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were: Mark Schwarz, Martin Anderson, Raymond Ricklefs, Eric Schwarz, Richard Anderson, and Merle Johnson. A memorial was established. Mr. Alfred Johnson was born August 26, 1909 in Genesee Township, the sons of Charles and "Dena" Rushmeyer Johnson. He married Evelyn Ricklefs on December 22, 1934 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church parsonage. She died February 6, 1979. They farmed near Agnew before retiring. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Valerie (Johnathan) Anderson of Minneapolis, MN, and Mrs. Beverly (Rev. James) Schwarz of Staughton, WI; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter; two brothers, Earl C. (Betty) Johnson of Sterling, Omar (Edna) Johnson of Morrison; two sisters, Mrs. Clara (Jasper) Adams and Mrs. Edna (William) Wagenknecht, both of Sterling. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
ALFRED LEROY JOHNSON, 68, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Veterans Hospital in Danville, where he had been a patient for many years. Alfred Johnson was born Oct. 19, 1895, the son of Chrisitan and Dora M. Whitemore Johnson in Lyndon. He married Florence Erickson. Prior to his service in World War I, he lived in the Lyndon and Fenton areas. Surviving are five children, Roland, Freeport; Mrs. Marjorie Stallins, Falls Church, Va.; Mrs. Lila Tucker, and Mrs. Ida Lubberstadt, Silver Springs, Mo.; and Warren, Abilene, Kan. Mr. Johnson was a nephew of T. M. Whitemore and an uncle of Burdette Curtis of Morrison. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1956. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in Danville with military services and burial in the National Cemetery in Danville. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1964 - Wednesday, pg 3]
ANNA (FULFS) JOHNSON, 94, a former Sterling resident, died November 17, 1981 at the Resthave Nursing home in Morrison. Funeral services were held at the Melvin Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter J. Kukkonen, pastor of the First Lutheran Church of Jordan, officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Anna L. Fulfs was born July 16, 1887, the daughter of Bernard and Mary (Redick) Fulfs. She was united in marriage to Henry B. Johnson on December 11, 1907 in Jordan Township. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan. Survivors include one son, Leroy of Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Hunsberger of Sterling; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, and two brothers. [Contributed by Barry Johnson
ARTHUR JOHNSON, 60, 508 Coloma Ct., Rock Falls, was killed Thursday when his highway department tractor tipped over while cutting weeds along the Sterling-Hopkins Townline road, five and a half miles northwest of Sterling. Johnson died of a skull fracture, brain injuries and chest injuries when the tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath it. At a cornoner's inquest, held this morning at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, Tom McCue, Sterling Township Highway Commissioner, testified that Johnson was cutting weeds on a ledge along the weast side of the gravel road, going south. Evidently the right rear wheel of the tractor went over the edge of the embankment and the cutting mower overbalanced the tractor, causing it to tip over. It was determined that the accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. Ken Fulfs, who occupies a farm near the scene of the accident, reported seeing Johnson eat lunch near the farm about 1 pm Mrs. Leroy Duden, Rt. 2 Sterling discovered the accident and called dr. E.A. Flexman, Carroll county coroner, who arrived at the scene at 1:20 ;.m. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Flexman. A coroner's jury at the inquest conducted by Deputy Whiteside County Coroner Dr. John McDonnell, determined that Johnson came to death by an extensive skull fracture and brain lacerations. and crushing chest injuries received when the tractor rolled over on him. Johnson had been employed by the Sterling Township road and bridge department for five years and had been mowing the weeds along that road for the past several years. Mr. Johnson was born May 11, 1899 in Hopkins township, the son of Frederick and Elisa Johnson. He was confirmed and baptized in Our Savior Lutheran Church and later transferred to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sterling. He was united in marriage to Edna Hinrichs Dec. 8, 1923, at the late Rev. Krebs. The couple first lived in Emerson and then farmed in Jordan township until moving to Rock Falls several years ago. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Kenneth and three brothers, Carl, Ed and Henry. Surviving are his wife, Edna; one son Arthur Jr. at home; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Eilers and Mrs. Johannes (Annie) Reins, both of Sterling; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday with a prayer service at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, followed by 2 ;.m. srevices at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Kalkwarf, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. [unknown newspaper/date]
Distracted by worry over a matter which members of his family declared to be of a trivial character, Arthur Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnson of route 5, Prophetstown, took his life by shooting himself in the head at a hotel in Dixon on last Thursday night. The lifeless body was discovered lying across the bed in his room shortly before 6 o'clock Friday morning. Johnson had gone to the Dixon hotel about 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon and asked for a room. He registered and paid for the room and put his Chevrolet coach in the garage at the rear of the hotel. The young man apparently went to the room assigned to him on the first floor, took a bath, dressed in the best clothes he had with him, then lay across the bed and fired a 32 caliber bullet from a cheap revolver into his right temple. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bailey, who conduct the hotel, heard a shot, but believed it to be a backfire from an automobile. A long letter was found in one of the pockets of the young man's clothing, which leads to the belief that he had been planning suicide for several days. The letter was addressed: "Dear Father, Mother and Sisters - Read this "
The letter was doubtless written Christmas day or the following day at a DeKalb rooming house. He had apparently driven about the country for several days, brooding over a difficulty which he believed to be of such a nature as to bring grief to his family. Mrs. Bailey, who was at the hotel desk when Mr. Johnson applied for his room, states that he did not appear morose, but smilingly paid his bill in advance after signing his name to the register. Mrs. Bailey said: I was in the kitchen just as the 5 o'clock whistle blew and I heard a report which sounded like the firing of a gun, but I thought it was the backfire of an automobile. About 12 o'clock Thursday night I was up and noticed that a light was burning in Johnson's room. I gave this no serious thought at the time, but Friday morning when I got up I saw the light was still burning. I looked through the key hole and observed the body lying across the bed and was not undressed. I then called the police station and when the officer arrived we went into the room and found Mr. Johnson lying across the bed, his head in a pool of blood." When found, Johnson still clutched the cheap 32 caliber revolver in his right hand. He had apparently held the weapon close to his right temple when he pulled the trigger, as the power burns were clearly visible. On an envelope folded in one of his pockets, he had scribbled, "Notify Albert Oetzel, Tampico.
Members of the Johnson family arrived in Dixon Friday noon to claim the remains. They were shocked to learn of the rash act and could give no cause for his action. Questioned as to the matter mentioned in his letter, which he said had caused him much worry, a sister stated that the affair was of so trivial a character as not to be noticed by other members of the family. His sisters said Arthur had left his home about 7 o'clock Wednesday evening. He had been talking to leaving home for some time and members of his family believed he had become dissatisfied with life on the farm, the sisters said. Members of the family did not know that he had contemplated suicide. He was of a highly nervous temperament and was inclined to worry over small matters. [Found among some pasted News Articles in an old Scrapbook. The date might be around 1929 - 1930]
BERNARD L. JOHNSON, 90, Route One, Sterling, a retired farmer, died June 10th, 1973 in Colonial Acres Rest Home following a short illness. Visitation was held at Behrens Mortuary. Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev, Warren Weeg officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. A memorial was established. Bernhard L. Johnson was born March 29, 1883 in Genesee Township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Johnson. He attended LaFayette School and was engaged in farming until his retirement in 1948. He was united in marriage with Hanna Rushmeyer December 25, 1906 in Genesee Township. Mr. Johnson was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Surviving with his wife, Hanna, are four sons and two daughters; Elmer Johnson of Route Two, Chadwick; Glenn Johnson of Route Three, Sterling; Fay Johnson of Chadwick; Alvin Johnson of Route 4, Sterling; Mrs. Helen Pitts of Route One, Sterling; and Mrs. Vera (Leo) Coble of Sterling. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son in infancy, 12 brothers and sisters and two grandchildren. His brother, Charles F. Johnson of Emerson was married to his wife's sister, Gerhardena Rushmeyer. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
BERNICE ESTELLA (McKENZIE) JOHNSON, 66, passed away Wednesday evening (17 Jul 1968) at the Sterling Community General Hospital, after an illness of some time. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Tampico First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Edgard Perez officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel after 2 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been established. Berniece Johnson was born Oct 27, 1901 in Tampico, the daughter of George and Ivy McKenzie. She was educated in the Tampico schools and Illinois State University at Normal. She married Claude Johnson on Sept. 3, 1917 in Princeton. She lived in Tampico all her life and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Retired Teachers Association and American Legion Auxiliary Post 574. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Babara) Rodgers of Glen Ellyn; three sons Donald of (....... missing ....), and Paul of Pecatonica; one sister Miss Edna McKenzie of Tampico; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Wallgren in 1966 July 19, 1968 - Friday, pg 6 Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Estella Johnson will be held Sataurday in the Tampico First United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m. Bernice Johnson was married to Claude Johnson on Sept. 3, 1932. Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Barbara) Rodgers of Glen Ellyn; three sons, Donald of Bradley; Paul of Peotone and Garry of Joliet; one sister, Miss Edna McKenzie of Tampico; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
BETTY M. (HINRICHS) JOHNSON, 78, of 4403 Emerson Road, Sterling, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Betty Marie Hinrichs, the daughter of Henry F. and Alma (Heilener) Hinrichs, was born April 5, 1924, in Sterling. She was baptized at East Genesee Lutheran Church on June 1, 1924, by the Rev. Krebs. She attended the rural county schools of Union and Capp, graduating from Union School in 1937. She was confirmed on May 28, 1939, by the Rev. Doerman. She worked at Prince Castle, Sterling, Charles O. Larson Co., Rock Falls and National Manufacturing and Lawrence Brothers Inc., Sterling, retiring in April of 1986. She was married to Earl C. Johnson on March 21, 1947, at the home of her parents south of Rock Falls. She enjoyed square dancing, crocheting, playing Pinochle, making chocolate chip cookies for the grandchildren and working on genealogy. She completed six family genealogies after her retirement. She leaves to cherish many precious memories, loving husband, Earl C. Johnson of Sterling; one son, Barry (Connie) Johnson of Rock Falls; and two daughters, Sheryl (Don) Stindt of Rock Falls and Susan Wise of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Lucille (Merle) Wolfley and Nancy (Ralph) Riesselman, both of Sterling; two brothers, Walter (Betty) Hinrichs of Rock Falls and Paul Hinrichs of Sterling; one half sister, Anna Immel, formerly of Polo; two sisters-in-law, Delores Hinrichs and Lois Hinrichs. Survivors include seven grandchildren, Ryan (Michelle) Johnson, Janelle (Kevin) Henson, Brett Peugh, Brian Peugh, Robert Wise Jr., Brandon (Jammie) Wise, and Kristin (Clayton) Hubbard: and one step grand-daughter, Becky Stindt. She is survived by five great-grandsons, Brandon Johnson, Sean Johnson, Hadden Wise, Chase Hubbard, and Chance Hubbard; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was proceeded in death by one sister, Jean; one half-sister, Edna Johnson Thomas; one brother, Arthur Hinrichs; and two half-brothers, Bennie (Lois) Hinrichs and Leroy (Margaret) Hinrichs. Memorial services were held March 27th, 2003 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach officiating. Burial was at Maple Ridge (West Jordan) Cemetery, north of Sterling. Memorials were given on her behalf to Christ Lutheran School of Sterling for band instruments and to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Sterling. ([Contributed by Barry Johnson) (2nd Obituary)Betty Johnson went to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Rockford Memorial. Betty Marie Hinrichs, the daughter of Henry F. and Alma (Heilener) Hinrichs, was born April 4, 1924, in Sterling and was baptized into Christ at East Genesee Lutheran Church on June 1, 1924, by the Rev. Krchs. She attended Union and Kapp rural country schools, graduating from Union School in 1937. She was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church on May 28, 1939, by Rev. Doermann. Betty married Earl C. Johnson on March 21, 1947, at the home of her parents south of Rock Falls. She worked at Prince Castle in Sterling, Charles O. Larson Company in Rock Falls, National Mfg. and Lawrence Brothers, Sterling. She retired in April 1986. Betty enjoyed square dancing, crocheting, pinochle, making choclate chip cookies for the grandchildren, and family genealogy. She completed six family genealogies after her retirement. She leavs to cherish many precious memories, loving husband, Earl C. Johnson of Sterling, one son, Barry (Connie) Johnson,and two daughters, Sheryl (Don) Stindt of Rock Falls and Susan Wise of Springfield, MO, two sisters, Lucille (Merle) Wolfley and Nancy (Ralph) Riesselman of Sterling, two brothers Walter (Betty) Hinrichs of Rock Falls and Paul Hinrichs of Sterling; one half sister, Anna Immel, Polo and sister-in-laws Delores Hinrichs and Lois Hinrichs. Survivors include seven grandchildren; Ryan (Michelle) Johnson, Janelle (Kevin) Henson, Brett Peugh, Brian Peugh, Robert Wise, Jr., Brandon Wise, Kristen Wise and one step-grandaughter, Becky Stindt. She is also survived by five great-grandsons, Brandon Johnson, Scan Johnson, Haden Wise, Chase Hubbard, Chance Hubbard, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded by one sister, Jean, onehalf sister, Edna Johnson Thomas, one brother Arthur Hinrichs and two half brothers Bennie and Leroy Hinrichs. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
BLANCHE JOHNSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Milford Johnson, 70, who died at 3 a.m. today at Sterling Public hospital after an illness of two weeks, will b held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the home, 408 11th Avenue. The Rev. C. L. Brooks, pastor of Christian church, will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery at Morrison. The body will be at the Melvin funeral home until Saturday morning, when it will be taken to the home. The former Blanche Mason, she was born Feb. 22, 1869, at Genesse Grove, west of Coleta. She was married to Milford Johnson at Morrison in February, 1890, and they would have observed their golden anniversary next year. They resided in Morrison for several years before moving to Wisconsin, and then returned to a farm near Prairieville, which they operated prior to moving to this city about 30 years ago. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Mason P. Johnson, Big Fork, Minn., and LaRue, of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Rea Kreider, Sterling; a sister, Mrs. Belle Royer, and two brothers, Floyd Mason, Aden, Ill., and A. H. Mason, Blanca, Colo., and six grandchildren. Two sons preceded her in death. [Contributed by Dawn Everling]
BLANCHE AUGUSTA JOHNSON, 96, passed away Wednesday April 6, 2005 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center. Prophetstown, where she was a resident for the past 16 years. She was born Jan. 29, 1909 in Morrison to Albert Henry and Lou Mercelia (Pratt) Miller. The family moved to SD thatyear where her sister, Alberta, was born in 1910 and brother Wilbert A. was born in 1914. The family returned to IL where Blanche attended and graduated from Erie High. She later received her teaching ceertificate from the former Northern IL Teachers College in DeKalb. She taught in rural schools a number of years and then spent many years at Prophetstown Elementary School teaching kindergarten and third grade until retiring in 1967. ON May 4, 1933 she and Conrad Johnson were married. They lived for awhile in Waukegan and Prophetstown, and then with her grandfather, Allen M. Pratt, at Pratt Place, the family farm, for nine years. During wartime, when building materials were rationed. Conrad was able to build a cottage on the Rock River at the edge of Lyndon. It was built on a large lot which was part of the original claim of Blanche's great-great-grandfather, John C. Pratt who settled here in 1837. Blanche and Congie loved trips to Canada, fishing, boating and camping. The many places they traveled included Banff, other regions of Canada, PEI, Mexico, England, Ireland and much of the lower 48 states. These trips enabled her to collect Royal Copenhagen plates, crystal and other found items to add to her antiques. She liked pretty clothes, Snickers bars, hot coffee, ice cream and reading. She adored pie and Fannie May milk choclate butter creams. Their home in Lyndon had a "Lookatory" a few feet from the house, overlooking the Rock River. Many hours were spent looking at the river and identifying various birds. Blanche was preceded by her husband in 1971, her sister Alberta Cooper. Survivors include her brother Wilbert Miller of Maryland [unknown newspaper/c. April 2005]
Mr. and Mrs. CARL JOHNSON
Tragedy at the CNW Crossing March 9, 1930: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson, who lived on the William F. Flock farm, one and one-half miles north of McCue's corners, up to a few days ago were instantly killed when Northwestern passenger train No. 13 hit their small coach as they had just driven on a grade crossing at Bluffs signal tower a few miles east of Fulton Sunday afternoon about 2 o'clock. The train was brought to a stop more than on half miles west of where the accident occurred after having carried the wreckage of the automobile partly on the pilot and rolled it over and over on the rails until the motor car was merely a mass of twisted and jammed metal and wood. The body of Mrs. Johnson was unrecognizable. Mr. Johnson's body was recognized by Whiteside county officers as it lay in a morgue at Clinton. No one except the engine men of the train saw the accident, but a few minutes after it occurred many motorists began to assemble at the scene, which was about 50 yards north of route 6. The nearest to an eye witnes was Catherine Harman, a young girl, living with her parents in a farm house facing the railroad and possibly 100 yards distant. We were upstairs in the front room and as the train passed I looked as it went west and saw an automobile tire thrown from in front of the engine as it reached the bridge quite a piece west of the road." the little girl said. "We had not even seen an automobile traveling on the road." The signal man in the tower at Bluffs told a Gazette reporter he had not seen an auto anywhere on the road before the approach of the train. [unknown newspaper, March 9, 1930]
CHARLES JOHNSON - The funeral of Charles E. Johnson, 72, a Whiteside County Deputy Sheriff, for 15 years and brother of Mrs. Nettie Geiger, formerly of Dixon, will be held at the Trouth funeral home at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Rev. A.H. Keck, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. [Dixon Evening Telegraph February 3, 1945]
CHARLES CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Funeral arrangements were completed at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for Charles Christopher Johnson, infant son of Gordon Leslie and Mary Speaker Johnson of 233 Park Drive, Sterling, who died at birth late Sunday evening at Community General Hospital. He is survived by his parents, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Speaker of Sterling; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Johnson of Sterling; paternal great grandmother, Mrs. Melissa Skekel of Sterling; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 14, 1965 - Monday, pg 2]
CHARLES F. JOHNSON, 91, formerly of Emerson, died at 5 p.m.on May 13th, 1972 in Community General Hospital after a short illness. Funeral rites were held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Warren Weeg officiating. Mrs. Wesley Koster was organist and Mrs. Charles Otten sang: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Nearer My God to Thee". Clarence Goodnight was usher and pallbearers were: Barry Johnson, Donald Adams, Wayne Wagenknecht, Merle Johnson, Jerry Johnson, and Lyle Johnson. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Charles F. Johnson was born April 21, 1881 in Genesee Township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Johnson. He attended the Genesee Schools, farmed for many years, and was employed by the National Manufacturing Company for 20 years. He was united in marriage to Gerhardena "Dena" Rushmeyer, who preceded him in death on January 10, 1962. They lived 40 years in Emerson. Mr. Johnson was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sterling. Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Alfred Johnson of RFD 4, Sterling, Omar Johnson of RFD 2 Morrison, Earl Johnson and Mrs. Clara (Jasper) Adams, of RFD 3 Sterling and Mrs. Edna (William) Wagenknecht of Rock Falls. There are 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. He also leaves one brother Bernhard "Ben" Johnson of Sterling. Seven brothers and sisters preceded him in death. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
MRS. CHARLES JOHNSON, passed away in Community General Hospital Wednesday evening, an hour after she was admitted as a patient, following a brief illness. The body was removed to the Behrens Mortuary where friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening. Funeral rites will be at 2 pm Saturday in St.Paul Lutheran Church, with the pastor, the Rev. C.A. Kalkwarf officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. She was born Jan. 26, 1884 in Sterling, a daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Onke Rushmeyer. She was baptized Feb. 24, 1884 and on April 3, 1898 was confirmed in the East Genesee Lutheran Church. She was married Sep. 17, 1903 to Charles F. Johnson by the Rev. C. Holterman in the home of her parents. Mrs. Johnson was a member of St. Paul Church, where she was a regular attendant at the Adult Bible Clas. A memorial has been established. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Jasper Adams, Sterling and Mr. William Wagenknecht, Rock Falls; three sons, Alfred and Earl, Sterling and Omer, Morrison. 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Thresa Dirks and Mrs. Bernard Johnson, Sterling, and Mrs. Ernest Landheer, Morrison. One brother Ben Rushmeyer, Morrison. One brother passed away in infancy.
**At the funeral, Mrs. Valeria Johnson was at the organ and Mrs. C.A. Kalkwarf and Mrs. Robert Knicl sang "Beautiful Saviour" and I "Need Thee Every Hour". Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Ushers at the church were Fred Meyerhoff and Ronald Koster. Pallbearers were grandsons, Wayne and Billy Wagenknect, Merle, Laverne and Lyle Johnson and Don Adams. Floral tributes were cared for by Mrs. George Pfundstein, Mrs. John Otlen, Mrs. John Stern and Swartleys. [Obituary Dated 01 March 1952]
CLARA (BRYSON) JOHNSON : Funeral services for Mrs. Ira Johnson who died Friday morning were held Monday at the Trouth funeral home with the Rev. Louis W. Chamberlain officiating and the Rev. C. W. Marlow assisting William Tonkin sang “In the Sweet By and By” and “Beyond the Sunset.” With Mrs. Pearle Graehiling at the organ, Burial was in Riverside cemetery. Pallbearers were Lloyd and Lawrence Myers, Oscar Barthel, Arlyn Bryson, Elwyn Cassens and Walter Oltman. Flower bearers were Ruth Royer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Jurles Cassens and Mrs. Mary Oltman. Mrs. Johnson 69, lifelong resident of Hopkins township, died Friday at 12:10 a.m. at the community General hospital. Mrs. Johnson formerly Clara Bryson, was born Oct. 20, 1881, the daughter of Anna and Jesse Bryson, at Coleta. She was married Feb. 27, 1907 to Mr. Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson always resided during their marriage on the same farm. Survivors include her husband; two brothers and five sisters, Clarence J., Sterling; Pearle Moorhead, Minn.; Mrs. Belle Barthel, Mrs. Hazel Manning and Mrs. Fay Mott all of Sterling and Mrs. Myrtle Bushman, Dixon and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Myers and Mrs. Bertha Braid and a brother W.E. Bryson. The body was taken to the Trouth funeral home. Funeral services are to be conducted there Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Louis Chamberlain, pastor of the first Christian church, Sterling will officiate, Burial is to be in Riverside cemetery. Died: 1950 [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers
CLAYTON R. JOHNSON - Funeral services for Clayton R. Johnson were held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon, with Rev. I.C. Campbell officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Cemetery near Yorktown. He died Thursday afternoon in the Moline city hospital where he was taken after he was injured in an auto accident on route 3 about 10 p.m. last Wednesday. He left Prophetstown shortly after 9 o'clock and was driving toward the Tri-Cities. Just beyond where the road to Joslin turns off the highway his car and east-bound one in which Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Trimble and their two children were returning to their home at Waukesha, Wis., collided. Mr. John's left leg was broken above and below the knee, his skull was fractured and it is believed he suffered internal injuries. The entire left side of his car, a Chevrolet sport coupe, was sheared off, the engine was wrecked, the cowl and instrument board were crowded back almost tot he seat, the steering wheel was smashed, adn the steering column was bent into an upright instead of slanting position. Mrs. Trimble died a few minutes after the accient from a skull fracture. Mr. Trimble received a few cuts and bruises, and the two children, who were asleep in the rear seat, were uninjured. Their car was towed to Hillsdale for repairs, but Mr. Johnson's was beyond repair. Sheldon Walker, near whose farm the accident occurred, telephoned for physicians from Hillsdale and Geneseo, sent for an ambulance from Moline and gave first aid to the victims until the doctors arrived. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and mrs. Gust Johnson of Tampico, and a brotherDuane Johnson of Flint Mich. He was born June 27, 1905 near Yorktown, and attended the schools in that vicinity and later the Tampico high school. He came to Prophetstown about 10 years ago, was in charge of the local Standard Oil station for more than a year after its erection, and left there when he leased the Texaco station about two years ago. Despite the intense heat of Sunday there was an unusually large attendance at the funeral. The members of the Prophetstown lodge A.F. & A.M. in which Mr. Johnson received his third degree the neigh before the accident, were present. Six members of the order, A.C. Sturtevant, Claude Weburg, Leslie Kilberg, Forrest Pritchard, Glenn Wheat, and Leslie Fadden attended the casket. The services at the grave werein charge of the Masons, with C.R. Wildman delivering the Masonic oration. Among those from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Duane Johnson of Flint, Harry and Harold Lindahl of Canby MN, Mr.a nd Mrs. John Edburg of New Bedford, MR. and Mrs. Murray Wentling of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Sheffield, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carlson and family of East Moline. A.C. Sturtevant has been appointed administrator of Mr. Johnson' estate. No arrangements have been made yet as to who is to take over the filling station.
CLEMENT D. JOHNSON, 94, passed away Monday at 11:35 a.m. at the farm home seven miles south of Prophetstown where he had resided all but the first two years of his life. He had been bedfast for three years and critically ill the past three weeks. Funeral services will be held at the Leon Methodist Church Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Revs. A. E. Simester and William W. Nelson officiating. Committal will be in the Leon Cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born May 27, 1852, in Will County, Ill., the son of John S. and Betsy C. Gault Johnson, and came with his parents to the farm south of Prophetstown where he resided the remainder of his life. He attended the Jefferson Corners school. He married Fannie Booth of that community at Morrison Oct. 15, 1874. She passed away in June, 1908. Surviving are two sons, Ray, with whom Mr. Johnson resided, and Fred of Prophetstown; three grandchildren, Lloyd Johnson, Van Nuys, Calif., Mrs. Delmont Humphreys, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Robert Cagle, Aledo. There are nine great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers and one daughter, Bessie Wildman. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 19, 1946 - Wednesday, pg 19]
CLIFFORD JOHNSON, 54, 704 Fifth avenue, Rock Falls, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 15, 1949), at the Sterling public hospital. The remains were taken to the Wheelock funeral home, Rock Falls, and will lie in state from Wednesday afternoon until 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at 1:15 p.m. Thursday in the family home on Fifth avenue for the immediate family and at 2 p.m. in the Wheelock funeral home, Rev. H. W. Luitz, of the Twin City Gospel Center, Rock Falls, will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverside cemetery. Clifford Johnson was born June 11, 1895, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson in Sterling. He is survived by his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 15, 1949 - Tuesday, pg. 2, col. 2]
CONRAD W. JOHNSON, 64, died Saturday afternoon (17 Apr 1971) in Community Hospital, Morrison of an apparent suicide. At an inquest conducted Sunday at Gardner Chapel a jury ruled death by self infliected gunshot wound. Private services were held today (Monday) at Garner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Preston Woods officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 12, 1905, in Prophetstown, the son of Henry O. and Edla Anderson Johnson. He received his education in Prophetstown. He married Blanche Miller, Erie, May 4, 1933, and they had spent most of their married life in Lyndon. Mr. Johnson was a shipping clerk and foreman of the Ecliipse Co. and Penberthy Mfg. Co. Survivors are the widow; one brother, Carl Edward, Mesa, Ariz; one half brother, Claude Johnson, Tampico; one half sister, Mrs. Clarence (Edna) Sibley, Erie. He was preceded by his parents, and one half sister, Mrs. Anna Arnett. A memorial has been established for the Prophets Riverview Nursing Center, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 19, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
DARLENE C. (WETZELL) JOHNSON,83, 615 16th Ave., Sterling died early Tuesday evening (July 3, 1984) in her home after a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. A. memorial has been established in her memory to the Cancer Fun. Darlene Johnson was born on Aug. 12, 1900, in Hume Townhip, the daughter of Jame and Lena Pollock Wetzell. On April 14, 1923 she was united in marriage to Gust Johnson. They lived most of their married life in the Sterling-Tampico area. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1970. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling. Surviving are two sons, Arthur and Kenneth, both of Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Madolyn) DeDecker, Anawan, and Mrs. Lyle (Mildred) Holy, Orlando, Fla; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Lela) Gaumer, Sterling; and one brother, Fremont Wetzell, Adeline. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, and three sisters. [Contributed by Melva Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois]
DENTON JOHNSON, age 20 years and 4 months, died of lightning strike on June 15, 1857, at his home in HopkinsTownship. The men had been out plowing when a thunderstorm came up. They went to the house for shelter, and Denton was sitting on the hearth near the fireplace. Lightning struck the chimney, trickled down through the chimney, and killed Denton. [Contributed by Jayne Sweger - (Whiteside Sentinel, June 17, 1857)
EARL C. JOHNSON, 86, departed to be with his Lord on Feb. 18, 2005. He was born Jan. 21, 1919 in Genesee Twp. to Charles & Dena (Rushmeyer) Johnson. He was baptized on May 22, 1919 and confirmed May 20, 1934 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Earl was a veteran of the US Army, he served as a corporal in WW II. He served on the St. Paul's church council and as the treaurer for the church Sunday school. He was employed as a machinist for the former R B & W Bolt and Nut Co. retiring after 30 years. He enjoyed watching sports, playing cards and spending time with this family. Earl married Betty M. Hinrichs on March 21, 1947. They wer the first couple married by the late pastor Karl Kalkwarf at the home of her parents south of Rock Falls. They had three children and helped raise Betty's sisters and brothers upon the early death of Betty's parents. His wife Betty, passed away on March 22, 2003. He leaves to cherish many precious memories; one son Barry of Rock Falls, two daughters Sheryl Stindt of Rock Falls and Susan Wise of Willard MO. He is also survived by Lucille Wolfley, Nancy Riesselman, Walter Hinrichs and Paul Hinrichs. Seven grandchildren, Ryan Johnson, Janelle Henson, Brett Peugh, Brian Peugh, Robert Wise, Brandon Wise and kristin Hubbard. Six Great grandsons, Brandon Johnson, Sean Johnson, Hadden Wise, Chase, Chance and Cash Hubbard. He was preceded by his parents, his brothers, Alfred and Omar Johnson and his sisters, Clara Adams and Edna Wagenknecht. Burial at Maple Ridge, West Jordan Cemetery. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
EDNA M. (RICKLEFS) JOHNSON, 90, formerly of Sterling, died Thursday May 15, 2003, at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Mrs. Johnson was born July 28, 1912 in Emerson, the daughter of Frederick and Anna (Meyer) Ricklefs. She was baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hopkins Township, and was confirmed in 1927 by the Rev. W.J. Voeltz of Evangelical Lutheran Church Sterling. She married Omar Johnson on July 15, 1933, in the home of her parents in Hopkins Township. He preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1999. She was a member of St.Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Joanne L. (Mark) Hershman of Goldens Bridge, N.Y. and Barbara C. (William) Olson of Germantown, Wisc.; four sons, Laverne O. (Ann) Johnson of Pittsford, NY, Merle E. (Glenda) Johnson of Nashua, Iowa, Lyle D. (Beverly) Johnson of Bloomsburg PA, and Jerry K. (Sally) Johnson of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; two sistes Louise McDearmon of Sterlilng and Velma Kindle of Chester, SC; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Omar; one sister, Evelyn Johnson; and one brother, Edgar Ricklefs. Funeral services will be at 11 am Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Phlip Gronbach, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be Monday, May 19, 2003, from 4-7 pm at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church Sterling. Sterling Gazette 18 May 2003]
EDWARD H. JOHNSON, 62, RR 2, Hoover Rd., Sterling, an area farmer, died early today in Community General Hospital after an extended illness. There is visitation from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Messiah Lutheran Church with the Rev. Curtis Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Edward H Johnson was born July 12, 1911 in Lyndon, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H Johnson. He attended the Sterling Schools and farmed in Jordan Township 37 years. He was united in marriage with Wilma Hinrichs Feb 16, 1933 in Messiah Lutheran Church. Mr. Johnson was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and past president of the Sterling Bowling Association. Surviving with Mrs. Johnson are a son John E., of Sterling, and daughter Mrs. Jon D. (Jane) King of Alaska, and one brother and one sister, William P. Johnson and Mrs. Ella Domdey, both of Sterling. There are five grandchildren and one great grandchild. His parents and a brother, John K. Johnson preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1974 - Thursday, pg 2]
EDWIN R. JOHNSON, age 74, of 605 W. Second St., died Saturday at the Resthave Nursing home, Morrison. Funeral services were to be 2 p.m. today at the Gardner Funeral home. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Mr. Johnson was born July 21, 1915, in Union Grove, the son of Walter and Emma Rosenow Johnson. He married Henrietta Lussmeyer, June 6, 1936; she died Nov. 4, 1954. He then married Rose Wankerl, Dec. 29, 1956. He was employed with Whiteside FS Inc., for 37 years, and served as station manager, patroleum manager and safety director, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church, a past board member of the Villlage of Lyndon. He served many years and was a past president of the Lyndon Fire Dept. He was active in the Boy Scouts and was the first certified First Aid Instructor in the area. He is survived by two daughters, Ann Starr, Concorn, Ark; and Judy Pacely, Ypsilanti, Mich.; three sons, Edward, Morrison; Anthony, Annawan; and Neil, Lyndon; a stepdaughter, Deborah Bratton, Antioch; and two step-sons, Vernon Wankerl, Springfield; and Steve Wankerl, Branson, Mo.; 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, a son, and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiniois February 12, 1990 - Monday, pg A2]
ERNEST ALGOT JOHNSON - Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at the Garner Funeral Chapel in Prophetstown for Ernest A. Johnson, 61, who died late Saturday afternoon at the Sterling Community General Hospital where he had been a patient for the past four weeks. The Rev. Leonard Lowe, pastor of the Prophetstown Methodist Church officiated and burial was in the Riverside cemetery. Ernest Algot Johnson was born Oct. 6, 1896 in Sweden, the son of John E. and Emma Johnson Larson (sic, should this be Emma Larson Johnson?). He was educated in the Sweden schools. He came to the United States July 21, 1914 and settled in Rome, N.Y. He moved to Prophetstown in 1916 where he engaged in farming. He was married to Ethel A. Carlson of Prophetstown in Morrison on Feb 14, 1923. He was of the Lutheran faith. Survivors are his widow, one son, Richard Johnson, Prophetstown; three grandchildren; and four brothers, Darl, Alfred and Swan, all of Sweden, and Donald of Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 27, 1958 - Monday, pg 2 col 2]
ESTHER (SWANSON) JOHNSON - The remains of the late Mrs. Oscar Johnson, of Thomas, Illinois, were removed from Rochester, Minn., Thursday morning to the late home. Mrs. Johnson was formerly Miss Esther Swanson, well known in this vicinity, and her death was a severe shock to her many friends. She was a sufferer from goitre and was taken to Rochester in hopes that an operation might benefit her, but passed away before an operation could be performed. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 23, 1919 - Saturday, pg 3]
EVELYN (RICKLEFS) JOHNSON - 69, Agnew Road, Sterling, died Tuesday evening, February 6, 1979 at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Funeral services were held at Our Savior Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Gref officiating. Visitation was held at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. A memorial was established for Our Savior Lutheran Church. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Lyle Johnson, Paul Hunter, Barry Johnson, Merle Johnson, Raymond Ricklefs, and William C. Wagenknecht. Ushers were Ronald and Rick DeJonge. Mrs. Donald Behrens was the organist for the service. Flowers were cared for by Sally Habben, Dorothy Reins and Swartley's. Mrs. Johnson was born April 13, 1909 in Hopkins Township, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Meyer) Ricklefs. She married Alfred F. Johnson on Dec. 22, 1934 in the St. Paul Lutheran parsonage. She was a member of our Savior Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband Alfred; two daughters, Mrs. Valerie (Jonathan) Anderson of Minneapolis, MN and Mrs. Beverly (Rev. James) Schwarz, South Wayne, WI; five grandchildren, one brother, Edgar Ricklefs, Sterling and three sisters, Mrs. Edna (Omar) Johnson, Mrs. Louise (Warren) McDearmon and Mrs.Velma Kindle - all of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
FRANK J. JOHNSON, 68, Dyer, Ind., manufacturer, and brother of several residents of this area, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at his Indiana home. Services at Dyer will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The body will be brought to Tampico, arriving here at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Local services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Parent Chapel, Tampico, Rev. Eugene Morgan of the Church of Christ, will officiate. Interment will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Lillian, of Dyer, a son, Robert of North Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter Mrs. Anna Weiss of San Francisco, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Mable Potter of Tampico, Mrs. Lulu Pierceson of Manlius, Mrs. Irene Lathe of Lyndon and Mrs. Edith Swanson of Princeton; two brothers, Stacy Johnson of Kankakee and Wayne Johnson of Yorktown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 15, 1951 - Monday, pg 2]
FRED O. JOHNSON, 76, of 2100 Freeport Road, Sterling, died Wednesday night (7 Jan 1981) at the Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral home with the Rev. John C. Coppie, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital. Mr. Johnson was born Feb. 9, 1904 in Rock Falls, the son of August and Sadie (Underhill) Johnson. He was united in marriage to Edith (Huntley) Miller on Aug. 30, 1934, in Sterling. He was employed by Frantz Manufacturing, retiring in 1971. He had been a crossing guard at Wallace School for five years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Sterling, the Rock River Lodge 612, the Sterling OES Chapter 354, past patron of the OES, member of the Commandary and Chapter of the Freeport Consistory, Tabala Shrine of Rockford, the Rock River Shrine Club and the Sterling Moose Lodge. He is survived by wife, Edith; three sons, E. Paul Johnson of Sterling, James Johnson of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and Robert Johnson of Dixon, one daughter, Mrs. Edward McDaniel of Coleta; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one brother, Carl A. Johnson of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 8, 1981 - Thrusday, pg A4]
FRED W. JOHNSON, 90, Round Grove, died June 4, 1971 at his home. Funeral services were conducted at the Behrens Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Warren Weeg of St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was a the First Lutheran Church of Jordan (Twp.) Cemetery. Fred W. Johnson was born March 11, 1881 in Genesee Township, the son of Adolph and Lena (Eilers) Johnson. He was reared in Genesee Township and attended Lafayette school before engaging in farming. Me married Catherine "Cassie" Capp in 1904 in Genesee Township before moving to the Round Grove area in 1935. He was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, three sisters, and one brother. Survivors include his wife, "Cassie"; one daughter Mrs. Margaret Armstrong, five grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
FREDA JOHNSON, 86, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Prophetstown, formerly of 702 2nd Ave., Fulton, died Sunday at Morrison Community Hospital. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church of Fulton, with the Rev. Father Frank C. Draude, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Fulton. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 on Tuesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home with an 8 p.m. Scripture Service. The family requests that Mass donations be given. Born on Sept. 7, 1896 in Carroll County, the daughter of Patrick and Martha Martindale Butler, she attended the Fulton Grade School, and was a graduate of the Clinton Business College. She married Warren J. Johnson in Chicago, who preceded her in death. A member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Altar and Rosary Society, she was a resident of the nursing home for the past five years. Surviving are one son, Ronald, Clinton; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Marx, and Katherine Butler, both of Fulton, and Mrs. Anthony (Marie) Thielen, Clinton, Ia. She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 27, 1982 - Monday, page A6]
FREDERICK WILLIAM JOHNSON, 83, retired farmer, died this morning at his residence in Prophetstown. The body was taken to the Gardner Funeral Chapel where friends may call Sunday evening. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. William Nicoll, pastor of the Prophetstown Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born March 8, 1877, in Prophetstown Township, the son of Clem D. and Fannie Booth Johnson. He was educated in Jefferson Corners School. He married Mae Shere of Yorktown in Morrison in January 1898. They farmed in the Prophetstown area for a number of years. He had lived his entire lifetime in the area with the exception of a few years spent in North Dakota and Canada. Survivors include one brother, Roy C. Johnson, Prophetstown; a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren in California. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, Lloyd E. Johnson; his parents and one sister, Bessie Wildman. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 15, 1960 - Thursday, pg 3]
GEORGE JOHNSON, of Fulton died at the home of Charles Green in Ustick last Wednesday. He came to Illinois in 1851, when fifteen years of age, and lived in Fulton most of the time since. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Mar. 5, 1904/9 Scrapbook Clipping
GEORGE A. JOHNSON, 79, Rt. 1, Tampico, died Sunday (27 Nov 1983) in University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Richard Dow, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, where memorials may be left for Winning Wheels, Inc., Prophetstown, or the American Heart Fund. George Johnson was born Aug. 7, 1904, in rural Prophetstown, the son of Will H. and Minnie Ackeberg Johnson. He attended rural schools. On March 7, 1935 he married Oral Raser of Prophetstown in the Methodist Parsonage, Prophetstown. He and his wife had farmed at their Tampico residence since their marriage. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Donna) Satterfield, Washington, Iowa; Beverly Johnson, East Moline, and Mrs. Tom (Lyla) Lindquist, Sycamore; three grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur E., Prophetstown, Fred L., Tampico and Leroy W., Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by his parents [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 28, 1983 - Monday, pg A4]
GERTRUDE Z. (BRAASCH) JOHNSON, 67, Route 1, Tampico, died late Friday evening at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorktown Church of Christ. The Rev. Butch McNinch, pastor and the Rev. Allen Baxter, former pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Yorktown Church of Christ. Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 4, 1916, in Normandy, the daughter of John D. and Cora B. (Holtz) Braasch. She married V. Francis Johnson on March 30, 1939. The couple celebrated 44 years of married life. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Yorktown Church of Christ. She was survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Dorene Knipple, Deerfield; and one son, Peter C. Johnson, Como; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Peve, Tennessee, and Mrs. Arthur (Carol) French, Donna, Texas; six grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 21, 1984 - Saturday, pg 4]
GRACE (BROWN) JOHNSON, 91, a resident of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown, died Jan. 3 at the center. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Clements, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 pm. Wednesday at the church. The Gardner funeral Home, Prophetstown is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 9, 1902, in Sterling, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Beck) Brown. She was educated in Hume Center School. She married Lloyd D. Johnson Feb. 26, 1920, in Clinton, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Sterling community for 12 years, after which they moved to Long Beach, Calif. Following retirement they returned to Prophetstown in 1961. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and the West Hume Club. Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Carol Johnson of Soldotna, Alaska; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984, one son, Clyde; and a daughter in infancy. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, January 4, 1994, A2;4-5]
HANNAH (BLEY) JOHNSON, 79, formerly of Sterling, passed away Tuesday morning (26 Feb 1952) following a stroke in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Burr, in South Bend, Ind. The body is being brought to the Trouth Funeral Home late Thursday afternoon where friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Messiah Lutheran Church with the Rev. Eldor Mueller officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery. Hannah Bley was born May 3, 1872, in Hopkins Township. She was united in marriage with Charlie E. Johnson Feb. 20, 1896. He preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1945. Mrs. Johnson resided in Sterling until 1950 when she went to South Bend to make her home with her daughter. Surviving is the one daughter, Mrs. Charles Burr of South Bend, Ind.; three granddaughters, Mrs. Lyle Swartley of Sterling, Mrs. Harold Darkow of Ohio and Miss Charlotte Burr of South Bend, Ind.; three great grandchildren; two brothers, William Bley of Sterling and John Bley of Lyndon and two sisters, Mrs. Herman Landherr of Morrison and Mrs. Ann Jones of Elmhurst. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one grandchild and two brothers, Fred, who died in 1931, and Carl in 1951. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 27, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2]
HARVEY JOEL JOHNSON
A highway accident yesterday (16 May 1948) proved fatal to Harvey Joel Johnson about 35, home address unknown. Johnson was instantly killed when struck by an automobile while walking on Route 2 near here (Dixon). [Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 May 1948]
HAZEL (RAYBORN) JOHNSON, 78, of Colonial Hall Living Center, Princeton, died March 16, 2005. Mrs. Johnson wsa born Dec. 18, 1926 in Sterling the daughter of Burris and Ruth (Towell) Rayborn. She married Donald Johnson. He died in 1987. Survivors include a daughter Julie Maloy ow Wyanet; sons Terry, Richard, James and Jeff; a brother James rayborn; three sisters, Evelyn, June and Donna. Burial in Union Cemetery, Ohio.
HENRY B. JOHNSON, 75, 1601 16th Avenue, Sterling, Passed away April 10, 1963 in Community General Hospital. Mr. Henry B. Johnson was born March 17, 1888 in Genesee Township, the son of Adolph and Angeline (Eilers) Johnson. (He had an uncle, Henry Bernard Johnson.) He farmed for many years northwest of Sterling and moved to Sterling in 1934 and was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company from 1934 until 1950. He moved back to the farm in 1950 and retired in 1959 and returned to Sterling. He married Anna L. Fulfs, December 11, 1907 in Jordan Township. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan. Surviving, besides his widow, are two sons, Fred A. Johnson and Leroy B. Johnson, both of Sterling, and one daughter Mrs. Marie (Clifford L.) Hunsberger of Emerson; one brother Fred Johnson of Round Grove; two sisters Mrs. Fred Woessner and Mrs. Clarence Bryson of Sterling; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One son, Clifford, preceded him in 1945 while in service overseas. One sister, Mrs. Andrew Wolf, and his parents also preceded him in death. Visitation and services were held at the Melvin Funeral Home with the Rev. J.F. Eshbaugh, pastor of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan, officiating. Burial was on Oak Knoll Memorial Park. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
HENRY F. JOHNSON, 66, was born in Genesee Township January 29, 1879, the son of Henry B. Johnson and his wife Meta. Having been baptized in infancy by the Rev. Frederick Lussky of the Hopkins Township Lutheran church, he was later instructed in the chief parts of Christian doctrine according to Luther's Catechism and renewed his baptismal vow at the Lord's altar in the West Jordan Lutheran Church March 26, 1893. Locating in Mt. Pleasant Township after his marriage to Margaret Meyerhoff on February 20, 1902, he joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church of which he remained a faithful member to the day of his death. The marriage was blessed with five children, two girls and three boys, of whom one of the youngest, a twin brother to Ronald, named Donald, died when about 18 months old. After a protracted illness which he bore with great patience and fortitude, he departed this life to enter Paradise October 16, 1945 and was given Christian burial at the cemetery connected with Our Savior's church in Hopkins, his pastor, the Rev, A. Oetting, officiating. Pallbearers were six nephews of the departed: Claude Davis, George Bruns, Alfred Johnson, Omar Johnson, John Wolber, and Fred Meyerhoff. The days of his sojourn numbered 66 years, seven months and 18 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, Margaret (Meyerhoff) Johnson, two daughters; Mrs. Olive (Joseph) Reichard and Mrs. Mrs. Luella (Bert) Maxfield, both of Prophetstown; and two sons Lawrence Johnson of Mt. Pleasant Township and Ronald Johnson in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. He also leaves two brothers, Charles F. Johnson, Bernard Johnson; and three sisters, Mrs. Anna (Thaddeus) Davis, Mrs. Hannah (Emanuel) Wolber, and Mrs. Lizzie (Bernhard) Fulfs; and eight grandchildren. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
HENRY BERNARD JOHNSON, 76, a Whiteside County Pioneer, passed away April 14, 1919, to the great beyond, going peacefully to sleep, to awaken where there is no suffering or sickness, no crying, where there surely remaineth a rest for the people of God in Christ Jesus. Henry Bernard Johnson was born in Germany, at Minsen, a village of Jeverland, Oldenburg on September 13, 1842. Being a boy of 11 years he immigrated with his parents, Folkert and Gertrude (Sies) Johnson, aka Janszen, aka Janssen, to our country in 1853, making his home in Whiteside County. Therefore - one of the oldest settlers in this community - active in farming during the most time of his earthly pilgrimage. The Township of Genesee was his home for the most time of his life, until two years ago, as he moved to Sterling, residing at 1112 Second Avenue. On November 28, 1866, he was married at Praireville, Illinois to Meta Marie Eilers, with whom he lived faithfully for over 52 years. This happy union was blessed with thirteen children, two whom died in infancy: Folkert H. and Emma. The living children are: Mrs. "Reka" (Fred) Oltmann of Sterling, William H. (Matilda) Johnson of near Sterling, Henry F. (Cassie) Johnson of Hopkins Township, Mrs. Anna (Thaddeus) M. Davis of Sterling, Mrs. Hannah (Emanuel) Wolber of Emerson, "Carl" Charles F. (Dena) Johnson of Genesee Township, Benard (Hanna) Johnson of Genesee Township, and Mrs. Lizzie (Bernard) Fulfs of Sterling. Along with his wife, Meta, and their children, he is also survived by 33 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two son-in-laws of his deceased daughters, Mary and Maggie, George Bruns and William Woessner, respectively, and two brothers, John Janssen (fka Johnson) of Missouri and Adolph Johnson of Sterling. Henry Bernard Johnson was a Christian believer. Ever faithful to his Lutheran belief, he belonged - during his long stay in our vicinity - to different Lutheran congregations. He helped to build up West Jordan Lutheran church - whose cemetery is the last resting place of his family. He was an active member of the East Genesse Lutheran Church for quite a number of years. Since moving to Sterling he made St. Paul's Lutheran church his church home, hearing so often - when he was healthy - the gospel and celebrating the holy sacrament. Funeral services were held at his home 1112 Second Avenue and at the West Jordan Lutheran Church with internment in the West Jordan cemetery. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
HERMINE (LUCHT) JOHNSON, 68, 2350 W. Pleasant St., Davenport, Iowa, died Wednesday at her home following a brief illness. Funeral services were held today at 1 p.m. in the Runge Mortuary, Davenport, Ia. Burial was at 2 p.m. in the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Davenport. The former Hermine Lucht was born Aug. 15, 1914 in Bruning, Neb., and was united in marriage to Raymond Johnson on Jan. 1, 1941 in Ohiowa, Neb. He preceded her on June 25, 1981. the couple first resided in Rock Falls and have lived in Davenport since 1968. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Davenport, and was employed at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Eleanor) Stuedemann, Bellevue, Wash.; one sister, Annalois Bowman, Omaha, Neb. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 1, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
Pfc. HOWARD JOHNSON
Word has been received here by Mrs. Len Erickson of the death of her nephew Pfc. Howard Johnson, 19, son of Mr. & Mrs. Fred E. Johnson of Tampico which occured at Shreveport LA where he was hit and instantly killed by a Shreveport city bus Friday night (9 May 1947). He has been stationed at Barksdale field near Shreveport for the past several months. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 12 May 1947]
HOWARD C. JOHNSON, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. and Carolyn (Krebs) Schwitter, Milledgeville, died shortly after birth Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Graveside services will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Survivors include his parents, two sisters, Sherry and Nina, Milledgeville; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schwitters, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller and great grandmother, Mrs. Ann Shelor, all of Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 19794 - Friday, page 8]
IRA JOHNSON - Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. for Ira Johnson 86, in the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with the pastor of the First Nazarene Church, Rev. H. C. Hation officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Johnson passed away Saturday morning in the Colonial Acres Rest Home. His home address in Sterling was 911 4th Ave. although he has made his home with a niece, Mrs. Walter Oltman in Lyndon prior to becoming ill three weeks ago. Born Feb. 12, 1878 in Hopkins township he was the son of Robert and Jane McCauley. He was united in marriage with Clara Bryson who preceded him in death in 1950. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Sterling. For the past 43 years he has been blind although he farmed in Hopkins township for many years. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family and he was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a brother, Earl, and a half brother Edward Tuttle. Dated: 1964 [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
IRMA (MORRILL) JOHNSON - 65, died Wednesday evening (14 Jun 1972) at Morrison Community Hospital. She had been a former resident of Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Prophetstown Congregational Church, with Rev. Daniel Boxwell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. There will be no visitation. Mrs. Johnson was born June 4, 1907 at Prophetstown, the daughter of Orris and Grace Walker Morrill. She was educated in Prophetstown schools and at Illinois State University at Normal. She married Valfred Johnson of Prophetstown at Sycamore on Sept. 16, 1927. The couple lived in the Prophetstown Community until 1966 when they moved to Mountain Home Ark. She was a member of the Congregational Church and the DAR. Survivors include her husband, one son Craig, Prophetstown and three grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 15, 1972 - Thursday, pg 2]
JAMES E. JOHNSON - Word has been received here of the death in Las Cruces, New Mexico, of James E. Johnson on Sunday morning, March 1. Burial will be in Las Cruces on Wednesday. Mr. Johnson was well known in the Sterling-Tampico-Morrison area. He was born in Tampico in 1882 and lived there until he and his family moved to Morrison where they lived for a number of years, moving to Las Cruces in 1952. His immediate survivors are his wife Margaret, and his son, James, who also lives in Las Cruces. Mrs. H. C. Johnson of Sterling is a sister-in-law and the Rev. Brace E. Johnson of Sterling is a nephew of the deceased. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 2, 1964 - Monday, pg 2]
JOHANNA ELIZABETH (BLEY) JOHNSON, the daughter of John Henry and Margaretha Staassen Bley was born in Hopkins township May 3, 1872. At that time there was no organized Lutheran congregation in that section of Whiteside county. But the Rev. C. Seuel of St. John's Lutheran church of Lyons, Iowa, had in 1870 begun occassional excusions to the Round Grove - Hopkins area to serve the nucleus of Lutheran Christians forming there. It was he who baptised Johanna Bley in the name of the Triune God June 30, 1872 in Hopkins Township. Pastor Seuel's successor in Lyons, the Rev. Ft. Lussky, was instrumental in organizing Lutheran consud in Sterling on Second Avenue April 25, 1875. That same October he became the first resident pastor of the two parishes. It was he who instructed Johanna Bley in the Word of God in church and parochial school, preparatory to her confirmation in Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Hopkins April 29, 1885, Mrs. Johnson was, therefore, one of the last connecting links, uniting the 77 year old town and country parishes with the past. Johanna Bley was united in marriage with Charles E. Johnson February 20, 1896, the Rev. Emmanuel Meyer of Hopkins Lutheran church reading the service. He preceded her in death Feb 2, 1945. In 1900 Mrs. Johnson transferred her membership from the county parish to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran of Sterling. She retained her membership with the local congregation also when she made her home with her daughter in South Bend, Indiana in May 1950. Mrs. Johnson will long be remembered by her family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Christians as one who lived her faith. She loved her Savior very dearly, served Him and His church devotedly and untiringly. By her quiet devotion and patient service she compelled many to note how different those are in whom Christ dwells by faith and who live in Christ. She applied the principle laid down for Christians by Jesus in His sermon on the Mount: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,and glorify your Father, which is in heaven". Matthew 5,16. The Lord Jesus graciously kept her in the saving faith through diligent use of the Word of God and the Sacraments,a nd mercifully called her quietly and quickly to Himself Tuesday morning. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Charles Burr, of South Bend; three grandaughters, Mrs. Lyle Swartley of Sterling, Mrs.Harold Darkow of Ohio, and Miss Charlotte Burre of South Bend; three great grandchildren; two brothers, William of Sterling and John of Lyndon, and two sisters, Mrs. Herman Lendheer of Morrison and Mrs. Ann Jones of Elmhurst. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one grandchild and two brothers, Fred who died in // and Carl, who died in 1951. Services for Mrs. Johnson were conducted at 2:30 pm Friday in Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Eldor Mueller based his message on Revelations 14:12, 13 and Psalm 71 was read as an appropriate Scripture lesson. Mrs. Edward Ohnen and Miss Bernice Wolf sang "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" and "Beautiful Savior" with Clarence Pratt playing the organ. Interment was made in Riveside cemetery,the pallbearers being rthur Hammer, Elwin Landheer, Claude Bley, Lloyd Bley, Walter Bleye, and John Jones. Mrs. Frank Fulfs, Mrs Roy Hoover, Mrs. WIlliam Schumaker and Mrs. Martin Camps cared for the floral tributes. A nuber of memorials were also established in memory of the departed. A short prayer service was conducted in South Bend Ind., Thursday morning where Mrs. Johnson passed away. The body arrived at the Trouth funeral home Thursday afternoon adn was taken to the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran church early Friday morning.
JUNE (DYKEMA) JOHNSON, 87, St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Morrison, died May 6, 2006, in St. Petersburg. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Bosma-Renkes, Morrison. Burial is in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. She was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Morrison, to Harry and Kate DeGroot Dykema. She married Kenneth L. Johnson May 1, 1943, in Rock Island. He died Oct. 2, 1994. Surviving are her children, Jane Rickman, Oak Park, Ill., and William Johnson, Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Tiffany D'Agostino, Matt and Michael Rickman and Josh Johnson
KATHRYN (RASER) JOHNSON, 60, of 607 Washington St., Died Monday night at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ with the Rev. Robert Toothman, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gardner Funeral Chapel from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial may be made to Winning Wheels or the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Johnson was born March 14, 1922 in Geneseo, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Hines) Raser. She graduated from Prophetstown High School and Moline Business College. She was united in marriage to Leroy Johnson on Aug. 10-, 1947 in Prophetstown. She was employed as a secretary before her marriage and was a member and secretary of the White Cloud Gallery. She was a member of the Church of Christ and served as pianist there for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Leroy; two sons, Bruce of Prophetstown, and Joel of Springfield, and one sister, Mrs. George (Oral) Johnson of Yorktown. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter in infancy and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4]
KENNETH A. JOHNSON, 76, of Lyndon, IL died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 at Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison. Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday at the Lyndon Township Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown is handling arrangements and cremation. Kenny was born January 11, 1930 in Dixon, IL the son of Ernest and Leatha (Johnson) Johnson. He married Ruth Johnson in Bellville, IL on August 17, 1953. He had been employed at the former Northwestern Steel & Wrie Company in Sterling, IL for 29 years, retiring in 1991. Kenny was a Navy veteran of the Korean war, member of the American Legion Post #522 and Masonic Lodge #293 A.F. & A.M. of Prophetstown. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and her spouse, Karen and Frank Rhodes, Round Rock, TX, sons and spouses, Bruce and Jamie Johnson, Prophetstown, Kenneth R. and Carol Johnson, Garden Plain, IL, William and Kelly Johnson, Platteville, WI, Richard Johnson, Lyndon, five grandchildren, Chelsey & Sarah Rhodes, Douglas and Kimberly Johnson, Stacy Johnson, two step granddaughters, Kristine and Stacy Jordan, a great-grandchild, Kacen Johnson, 3 step grand-children, Pedro and Rose Flores, Alexis Perez, sisters Frances (Mrs. Russell) Maynard, Rock Falls, IL, June Matuszewich, Lyndon, brothers and spouses, Ernest and Darlene Johnson, Moline, IL, Calvin Johnson, Bradenton, FL and Dale and Jane Johnson, Albany, IL. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - The Prophetstown ECHO - September 12, 2006]
LENA (EILERS) JOHNSON, 83, passed away at 9:30 Tuesday night in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Woessner, 311 W. 12th St. She had been ill for the past week with a complication of diseases and infirmities of old age. Funeral rites willb e Friday at 1:30 in the Woessner home and 2 in the West Jordan Lutehran church, Rev. O.H. Boening of the Chadwick Lutheran church officiating. Inerment will be in Maple Ridge. The deceased was born October 17, 1855 in Javeland, Oldenburg Germany, the daughter of Mr.a nd Mrs. Henry Eilers. She came to IL with her parents when 10 years old, following their emigration to America. They settled on a farm in Genesee township. All of her lifetime since was spent in Whiteside County. Her husband, Adolph Johnson, passed away November 13, 1919. Three daughters and two sons survive; Mrs. Clarence Bryson, Mrs. Fred Woessner and Henry B. Johnson, Sterling; Mrs. Andrew Wolf, Jordan Township and Fred W. Johnson, Round Grove. A daughter, Emma passed away in infancy. There are 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
LILLIAN M. JOHNSON, 83, of the Alverno Health Care Facility and formerly of Fulton, Ill., died Saturday Nov 6, 2004 at the facility. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson Funeral Home in Plano, Ill., with visitation from noon until the time of the service. The Rev. David Kaul, pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sandwich, Ill., will be officiating. Local visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Plano Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darrin, Derrick, Drew and Dylan Boyer, Arden Johnson and Robert Johnson. She was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Buffalo Center to Eppie E. and Hannah Schaper Johnson. She married Lawrence E. Johnson on March 20, 1941, in Rake. He died in 1989. She received a bachelor's degree from Aurora (Ill.) College. She was employed as an elementary school teacher for 471/2 years. From 1969 until her retirement in 1987, she taught in various area schools. Prior to 1969, she taught in the Plano elementary schools. She was a lifetime Member of the N.E.A. and Illinois Education Association. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Linda (Daryl) Boyer of Bixby, Okla., and Mrs. Lynn (Gene) Shoultz of Clinton; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mavis Elliott and Alonah Narron, both of Texas; and one brother, Roger (Marilyn) Johnson of Bella Vista, Ark. She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and one brother. Memorials may be made to the Alverno Health Care Facility.
LIZZIE ALICE (DEETS) JOHNSON, whose life bridged more than a century, died Saturday in her home at 14411 1st Ave. S. Mrs. Johnson, who outlived her husband, Henry and four of their five children, celebrated her 102nd birthday November 2, 1962. Her son Charles L. Johnson of Beverly Hills, Calif. was among the celebraters that day in the home of her niece, Mrs. Victor B. Garber, with whom she had lived since 1953. A repeat birthday party was held in the Garber home three days later for more distant delatives. It was a period of joy for the woman who still enjoyed reading and gardening. Mrs. Johnson did heer own housework until she reached the age of 94, when she moved to Seattle from Pullman where she had lived since 1915. She ws born in Coleta Illinois in 1859. In 1880 she moved to Almira, Lincoln County, with her husband. Survivors in addition to her son, include six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Washington Memorial Park. [Contributed by M. King Deets]
MARGARET JOHNSON - The remains of Mrs. Margaret Johnson will be taken to Morrison on either Sunday or Monday for burial. A short service will occur at the grave. Margaret Still was born Sept. 28, 1832, and was eighty years old at the time of her death. The family moved to Fulton about 1850 and there Miss Still met and married Abram Johnson, one of the pioneers in this section of the county. The deceased is survived by a brother and sister, and two sons and a daughter. She has a sister, Mrs. Mary Libby, in Kansas City, and a brother, David Still in Santa Monica, Cal. Of the children, one son, Curtis, resides in Prescott, Iowa, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Smith, in Waddam's Grove, Ill., and another son Milford at Sterling. Mrs. Frank Kramer of Morrison is a niece. Mrs. Johnson fell and broke her hip on New Year's Day, and has been failing steadily every since. She left Morrison for the home about last June. She was a member of the Universalist church all her life, and was an active worker in the church while she resided in this city. She leaves numerous friends here who will deeply mourn her demise. (Sterling Gazette Saturday February 8, 1913) Miss Margaret Still was born in Ohio, September 21, 1831. When a young girl, she with her parents moved to Shawneeton, Ill. Later the family moved to Fulton, going up the river by boat, as that was the only means of travel at that time. At the age of 22 years she was married to Abraham Johnson June 5, 1854. Mr. Johnson died November 16, 1867. Shortly after their marriage they moved to what is known as the city of Morrison, at that time composed of four houses. The railroad had not been built at that time and the only means of travel was by oxen. The site of the city of Morrison was a grove in which bands of roving Indians made their camp. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson seven children were born, five girls and two boys, four girls dying in infancy. The remaining three consist of Mrs. P.K. Smith of Lena, Ill., Curtis of Prescott, Ia., and Milford of Sterling. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, one brother, David Still of Santa Monica, Cal., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Libby of Parkville, Missouri. Mrs. Johnson died at the Caroline Marx home in Mt. Carroll, February 2, 1913 and the body was taken to Morrison where the funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church, Rev. Abel officiating. Interment was in Morrison by the side of her husband and children. She was a resident of Morrison for over 60 years and was an active worker in the Universalist church. Besides the sorrowing relatives, she leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. [Sterling Gazette February 11, 1913 **Note the two "Different" Birthdates given - [Contributed by Dawn Everling]
MARGARET G. (MEYERHOFF) JOHNSON, 83, of 312 E. 10th Street, Sterling, passed away April 26, 1966 in Community General Hospital, Sterling, following a brief illness. Visitation was held at the Behrens Mortuary, Sterling, and funeral services were held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hopkins Township with the Rev. Ervin A. Junkans officiating. Pallbearers were Joseph Reichard Jr., Robert Maxfield, Gene Maxfield, James Maxfield, Gary Johnson, and Douglas Johnson. Burial was in the church cemetery. Margaret Meyerhoff was born November 22, 1882, in Mt. Pleasant Township, the daughter of Jurgen and Alice Meyerhoff. She was reared and educated in Mt. Pleasant Township and was married to Henry F. Johnson in February of 1902. They farmed in Mt. Pleasant Township until 28 years ago when they moved to Sterling to reside. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons, Lawrence of Sterling and Ronald of Prophetstown; one sister, Mrs. Edward Dauen of Sterling, eleven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died October 11, 1945; one daughter, one son, and four brothers. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
MARGART E. (TURNER) JOHNSON, 72 of 2023 Carrhill Road., Vienna, Va., (formerly of Rock Falls) died Sunday (01 Sep 1985) in the Commonwealth Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the First Christian Church of Rock Falls with Rev. David L. Beebe, the pastor, officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. There will be no visitation. Local arrangements were completed by the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Mrs. Johnson was born June 4, 1913 in Newton, Ia., the daughter of Marce and Margaret Watson Turner. She was united in marriage to Howard J. Johnson on Feb. 22, 1945 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1978. She was Chairman of the Advisory Board for Health Occupations at Whiteside Area Vocational Center for several years. The deceased was also the Child Care and Development Instructor at Whiteside Area Vocational Center from 1971 until her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Johnson was a Registered Nurse, and a very active member of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls while living in this area. Surviving are her niece, Mrs. Howard (Mary Gene) Vieau of Vienna, Va., with whom she lived for the past five years; four nephews, Ronald Bull of Omaha, Neb., Larry and Joseph Bull, both of Dixon and Delbert Monks of Thomson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother and one sister. A memorial has been established in the Rock Falls First Christian Church in her memory. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 3, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
MARJORIE (MATHEW) JOHNSON, age 79, of Prophetstown died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 at McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling, with Pastor Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial was at Round Grove Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Johnson was born May 16, 1926 in rural Morrison, IL the daughter of Orville and Edith (Grater) Mathew. She married Ronald R. Johnson on Dec. 16, 1945 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Morrison. After marriage she worked at the office of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. and then was a homemaker once she stated a family. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Sterling. She enjoyed watercolor and oil painting, gardening and being with her family and her Lord. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Johnson of Prophetstown; two daughters Diane K. (Gary) Johnson-Geesey of Dixon and Debra S. Hussung of Sterling; two sons, Douglas D. (Christine) Johnson of Mahomet and Gary R. (Jill) of St. Paul, MN; two sisters, Eleanor Schneider of Nokomis and Janet (Bill) Wantland of Seminole, OK; two brothers, James O. (Ronette) Mathew of Walnut and Gerald W. (Pat) Matthew of Morrison; and eight grandchildren, Matthew and Nicole Johnson of Mahomet, Nick and Kim Hussung of Sterling, Paul and Erin Froeter and Evan Ramirez of Dixon, and Ben Johnson of St. Paul, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Hubert Mathew. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo
MATHILDA (JOHNSON) JOHNSON, 94, a former area resident died May 9, 1968 in Long Beach, California, after a short illness. Funeral services were held at Behrens Mortuary, Sterling with burial at the First Lutheran Church of Jordan. Mathilda is survived by two sons, Clarence Johnson, of Long Beach, California, and Lloyd Johnson of Prophetstown, Illinois; one sister. Mrs. Emma Fulfs of Sterling; and a grandson of Anchorage, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her husband William H. Johnson, five sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Matilda Johnson was born on March 25 1874 in Hopkins Township, the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Dietrick Johnson. She was married to William H. Johnson on February 27, 1895. She moved to Long Beach, California in 1945. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Jordan while she lived in the area. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
META M. (EILERS) JOHNSON, 86, was born January 24, 1845 In Minsen, Province of Oldenburg, Germany and departed this life on April 6, 1931 at the good old age of 86 years, two months and 12 days. She came to this country at the age of 21 years. On November 28, 1865 she was united in holy matrimony with Henry B. Johnson. The ceremony was performed in Prairieville, IL. This union was blessed with 13 children, of whom, three died in infancy. She also was preceded in death by two married daughters, Mrs. Metta "Maggie" (William) Woessner and Mrs. Mary G. (George) Bruns. After their marriage she and her husband lived on a farm in Genesee Township for many years. They were Whiteside County pioneers and were the first to own the land they lived on. In the early years of their married life they were members of the West Jordan Lutheran Church. Later they became members of the East Genesee Church. In the year 1919, they retired from farming and moved to Sterling and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church. Two years before the death of her husband they were permitted, by the grace of God, to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in the midst of their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was a faithful wife, a loving mother and devoted to her Savior. She was of good disposition and had a kind and friendly word for everyone. She was loved and esteemed by all who knew her. It is a great consolation that her family and friends have not lost her - but she has gone ahead to that place - where they desire to follow. She leaves to mourn her death her children, Mrs. Fredericka "Reka" (Fred) Oltmans, William H. (Mathilda) Johnson, and Mrs. Anna M. (Thaddeus M.) Davis of Sterling; Henry F. Janssen of Morrison; Charles F. (Gerhardena) Johnson of Emerson; Benard (Hannah) Johnson of Genesee Township; Mrs. Henrietta (Emanuel) Wolber of Emerson; and Mrs. Lizzie (Ben) Fulfs of Genesee Township; also 34 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one sister Mrs. Angeline "Lena" (Adolph) Johnson of Sterling. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Hinrich Jr. "Herman" Eilers, Henry Eilers, and Bernard Eilers, and one sister Mrs. Lena (Anton) Bitters. [Contributed by Barry Johnson]
MILDRED PAULINE (CROSELL) JOHNSON, 59, of Prophetstown, passed away Friday afternoon at her home in Yorktown. Funeral services will be held at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Emil Blobaum officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Friends may call at the Gardner Funeral Chapel Sunday evening. A memorial has been established for the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown in her name. Mildred Pauline Johnson was born June 21, 1907 in Bureau County, the daughteer of Olaf and Jennie (Anderson) Crosell. She was educated in the Cloverdale and Prophetstown schools, and married Fred Johnson of Prophetstown Feb 13, 1931 in Morrison. She lived in the Prophetstown and Yorktown areas her entire lifetime and in her last residence for 11 years. She was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown. She is survived by her husband, four sons, Wendell of Palatine; David of Lombard; Melvin of Tampico; Allan at home; one brother, Vernon Crosell of Glen View and five grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and one brother, Stanley. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisJanuary 14, 1967 - Saturday, pg 2]
MILFORD JOHNSON, 73, passed away in his sleep Saturday night at his home, 408 Eleventh Avenue. Saturday night he suffered a heart attack and was attended by a physician. Sunday morning when members of his family attempted to arouse him they discovered he had passed peacefully away in his sleep. Since the passing of his wife, Mrs. Blanche Mason Johnson on June 8 (1939), life so far as Mr. Johnson was concerned, was a closed book. He only marked time until he and his wife would be together once more in The Beyond. He kept his inward feeling of sorrow well concealed in his efforts to console members of his family and close friends in the loss of their loved one. However, he made it known he was ready to go at any time. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Melvin funeral home. Rev. Charles L. Brooks, pastor of the Christian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery at Morrison. Milford Johnson was born Dec. 21, 1865, at Morrison, Ill., and would have been 74 years of age on his next birthday. His early boyhood was spent at Morrison where he was reared and educated. He was married at Morrison in February, 1890, and after residing in that city for several years, he and his family moved to Wisconsin. They returned to a farm near Prairieville and moved to this city 30 years ago. For more than 20 years he was engaged as a carpenter with a bridge crew on the Chicago and North Western railroad. He did exceptionally fine cabinet work. He retired two years ago. He was a home lover and the companionship of his wife and family produced his greatest happiness, although he had a great many staunch friends. All will miss him. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. of Morrison, and still retained his membership in that order. He is survived by three children, Mrs. Rea Kreider, and LaRue Johnson of the city, and Pierre Johnson of Big Fork, Minn. A brother, Curtis Johnson of Prescott, Ia., and six grandchildren also survive. Two sons, Percy who passed away more than 25 years ago at the age of 18, and Adon, who passed away seven years ago at the age of 33, preceded him in death. The body may be viewed by friends at the late home 408 Eleventh Avenue until noon Wednesday, after which time it will be removed to the Melvin funeral home for the services [Contributed by Dawn Everling]
NELLIE (HAMMOND) JOHNSON, 68, succumbed at 2:15 a.m. Saturday (11 January 1941) in her home in Prophetstown. She had been in failing health for three years and was bedfast one week. The body was removed to the Dudley Mortuary. Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Prophetstown Methodist Church, with Rev. A. E Simester officiating. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Nellie Hammond was born April 27, 1872, in the Eight Mile community south of Prophetstown, the daughter of Edgar and Elsie Woodward Hammond. She was married to Jack Johnson of Prophetstown Dec. 24, 1888 at Morrison. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1938. With the exception of three years spent in Iowa, Mrs. Johnson had spent all her life in Prophetstown and vicinity. Following her marriage she and Mr. Johnson lived five years on a farm east of Prophetstown and then moved to their own farm in Hume Township. In 1915, they moved into Prophetstown where they had since resided. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Prophetstown Methodist Church and Ladies' Aid Society. Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Ralph Johnson of Prophetstown and three daughters. Mrs. William Brown of Erie, Mrs. Max Lawrence of Prophetstown and Mrs. Ralph Brown of Rock Falls. Two brothers, Allie and Harry Hammond of Prophetstown and one sister, Mrs. Ora Harshman of Smithsburg, Md., 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive. One sister, Neva, preceded her in death at the age of 11 years. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois January 11, 1941 - Saturday, pg 6]
NETTIE (WHITCOMB) JOHNSON - At her home, No. 100 Brookfield St., Cleveland, Ohio, November 1, 1890, Nettie Whitcomb Johnson, aged 27 years, 2 months and 10 days. At the same place, November 4th, 1890, Whitcomb Johnson, son of Homer H. and Nettie Whitcomb Johnson, aged 10 weeks and 3 days. Nettie Whitcomb Johnson, daughter of Geo. A. and S.A. Whitcomb, was born in Morrison Ill., Aug. 21st 1863. She entered school at the age of eleven years, and continued in attendance for about four years. She then entered the Northern Illinois College at Fulton, Ill., where she studied for about two years. Then after six months private lessons in Greek and Latin, she entered the Freshman class of Oberlin College in the Fall of 1881 and graduated from the classical course in 1885, with the degree of A.B. In the fall of 1885 she went with her parents to Lincoln, Neb., and accepted a position in the public schools where she taught for two years, returning to Morrison with her parents in 1887. She was married to Homer H. Johnson August 7, 1888 and with hr husband settled in Cleveland, Ohio where she resided at the time of her death. During the years of her residence here and wherever duty called, her unassuming ways, her kind disposition and strong mental power, won the affection of many, whose friendship grew strong with the years. Her married life commenced under the happiest auspices, and with her surroundings the future to one of her loving disposition and mental grasp possessed great possibilities. Soon, however, all future hopes were blighted, an attack of "la grippe" last winter aggravating a previous ailment and for months causing her pain and suffering, which she endured with heroic fortitude until she sank to her final sleep. brought by bereaved husband, father and mother to the home of her childhood, she and her babe were laid to rest beneath the green drapery of nature, the obsequies taking place on the 7th inst. from the home of her parents in this city, in the presence of many friends whose sorrowing hearts are filled with the deepest sympathy for those whose homes have been made so desolate.
OMAR JOHNSON, 84, of 902 E. 19th Street, Sterling, died Wednesday, February 10, 1999, at Sterling Pavilion. Funeral services were held February 13th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach officiating. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation was held February 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial was established to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Mr. Johnson was born April 26, 1914, in Genesee Township, the son of Charles and Gerhardena (Rushmeyer) Johnson. He married Edna Marie Ricklefs on July 15, 1933, at the home of her parents in Hopkins Township. (His brother, Alfred Johnson was married to Edna's sister, Evelyn Ricklefs.) The marriage was performed by the Rev. Arthur Oetting of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Omar was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed in 1928. He served two terms on the board and was an usher. He was employed ar RB&W Bolt and Nut Company, and then farmed for 35 years before retirement. He worked part-time as a custodian at Washington School for eight years. He is survived by his wife, Edna M. of Sterling; two daughters, Joanne (Mark) Hershman of Goldens Bridge, N.Y., and Barbara (William) Olson of Germantown, Wis,; four sons, Laverne (Ann) Johnson of Reston, Va., Merle (Glenda) Johnson of Rochester, Minn., Lyle (Beverly) Johnson of Bloomsburg, Pa., and Jerry (Sally) Johnson of Sterling; one brother, Earl (Betty) Johnson of Sterling; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna and Clara, and one brother, Alfred. ([Contributed by Barry Johnson - from Daily Gazette) Omar Johnson was born April 26, 1914, in Genesee Twp. to Charles and Gerhardina (Rusymeyer) Johnson. He was baptized into Christ on July 26, 1914 at East Genesee Lutheran Church, Genesse Township and given the Christian name Omar Martin. He married Edna Marie Ricklefs on July 15, 1933, at the home of her parents by the Rev. Arthur Octting, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He departed this life in the sing of faith on Feb. 10, 1999, at Sterling Pavilion. Omar was a member ofSt. Paul Lutheran Church where he was confirmed in 1928. He served two terms on the Church Council and was an usher. He was employed at RB&W and then farmed for 35 years before retirement. He worked part time as a custodian at Washington School for 8 years. His survivors include his wife, Edna M. of Sterling; two daughters, Joanne (Mark) Hershman of Goldens Bridge, NY and Barbara (William) Olson of Germantown, Wisc.; four sons, Laverne (Ann) Johnson ofReston, VA, Merle (Glenda) Johnson of Rochester, MN, Lyle (Beverly) Johnson of Bloomsburg PA and Jerry (Sally) Johnsno of Sterling; one brother, Earl (Betty) Johnson of Sterling; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, two sisters, and one brother. Services by Schilling Funeral Home. Officiating- Rev. James Schwarz, Lecter. Organist Viola Koster. Soloist Harvey Johnson.
LINA A. (GUNKEL) JOKERST, 94, Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, (formerly of Sterling) died Friday morning in the nuring home following a lengthly illness. Private graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. Mrs. Jokerst was born on July 10, 1889 in Madison City, Ill., the daughter of Henry and Mary (Veirgge) Gunkel. She married Ben Jokerst Sr., in June of 1909. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1959. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist and owned and operated Jokerst Motor Sales with her husband for 25 years. Survivors include two sons, Ben Jokerst of Rock Falls, and Warren Jokerst of Sterling, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, six brothers and one granddaughter. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette October 21, 1983 - Friday, pg A6]
CAROLYN A. JONDAHL, 61 of RR 2 Rock Falls died Tuesday (September 17, 1985) evening in Community General hospital following a short illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Jondahl will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Rock Falls Immanual Lutheran Church with Rev. Dennis E. Heaney, the pastor, officiating, with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be in Wheelock Allen Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Rock Falls Immanual Lutheran Church. Mrs. Jondahl was born on June 25, 1924 in Fairview, Minn; the daughter of Edwin F. and Lillian A. Carlson Bowman. She was united in marriage to John Jondahl on May 22, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1979. The deceased was employed as a waitress at the Ramada Inn in Rock Falls at the time of her death and had been a member of the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Altar Guild and the Church Choir. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Sandra) Baker of Dixon, Mrs. Kathy Lawson and Mrs. Lewis (Carolyn) Frieberg of Rock Falls, two sons, Kenneth and James both of Minneapolis, Minn.; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son and one grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 18, 1985 - Wednesday pg A4]
ALVIRA (PERRINE) JORDAN was born in Braxton, W. VA., Nov. 1, 1831, and departed this life Nov. 29, 1928, at the age of 97 years, and 28 days. She was united in marriage with Hezekiah Jordan in 1865. To this union 12 children were born, six sons and six daughters, five of whom have preceded her in death. The husband passed away in 1896. Mrs. Jordan leaves to mourn, two daughters and five sons, namely: Mrs. Alice Hamilton, Mrs. Hettie Hill, Oliver, Lyman and Lester of Clinton, Frank of Camanche, and Charles of Albany, where she made here home at the time of her death. Besides the children there were 43 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Jordan with her husband came to Illinois shortly after their marriage at Braxton in 1865 and settled on a homestead in Garden Plain township, in which town, she spent the greater part of her life and where she raised her family. Despite her advanced years she remained active in mind and body maintaining her own home until a few months ago. Mrs. Jordan loved her home and was most always found in it; except when sickness called hr, when she was always ready to give a helping hand and a word of encouragement. She will be greatly missed, among her friends. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the Methodist church in Albany., Rev. Edward, pastor of the church, speaking words of comfort. The funeral cotege drove to Fenton Cemetery, arriving about 4 p.m., where a number of friends awaited to pay a last tribute of respect. Rev. Edwards read a short service at the grave and Mesdames Minnie Snyder and Jennet Barkman sang. Rev. Edward and Rev. Neal each offered prayer. Her children were all at her bedside when the summons came. [Contributed by Larry Jordan]
AUDREY (WELLS) TEGELER JORDAN, 85, of 803 S. Bluff, Albany, IL, died Monday, July 31, 2006 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Audrey was born March 31, 1921, in LeClaire, IA, to Alfred J. and Mabel (Gilbert) Wells. She graduated from Fulton High School and attended Central Bible College in Zion, IL for two years. In 1940 she married Maurice Tegeler in Fulton, IL. He died May 8, 1944. She then married Alvin Jordan on August 8, 1970, in Moline, IL. She was employed by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA in Dixon, IL. She later worked for the Village of Albany as the Treasurer. She was a charter member of the Albany Tri-Township Heritage Historical Society. Survivors include one daughter, Karen Marie (Mrs. Gary) Tegeler Callahan-Altman of Papillion, NE; one son, Donald Maurice (Nancy) Tegeler of Spring Grove, IL; one step daughter Belinda Haigwood of Fulton, IL; one step son, Stephen (Beth) Jordan of Albany, IL; four grandchildren, Tomas (Sheryl) Callahan Jr., William (Carmen) Callahan, Stacy (Ron) Bedford, Donald (Susan) Tegeler Jr.; six step grandchildren, Jacob (Stephanie) Jordan, Amber Jordan, Travis Jordan, Jeffery Haigwood, Ashley Haigwood, William Haigwood; ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Stewart of Moline, IL; one brother, Alfred L. (Dorothy) Wells of St. Cloud, FL. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Maurice Tegeler; one sister, Veva Wade.
ELIZA (HUGGINS) JORDAN - Died, at the family home near Albany on June 20, 1904, Mrs. Eliza J. Jordan, aged 50 years, 5 months, and 2 days. Eliza J. Huggins, daughter of Thomas and Susan Hugging, was born in New York state, January 22, 1854, and was married to John A. Jordan at Morrison, ILL., September 3, 1879. An aged father, seven brothers: Thos. W., Frank and Bert of Newton; Edward A. and Oliver O. of Albany; Henry and George of Gardenplain; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Hefflefinger and Mrs. Amelia Curry of Gardenplain; and Mrs. Fannie Byers of Robinson, Kans., mingle their tears with the stricken husband and only daughter at the bier of her whom in life they loved so well. Funeral services were held at White church on Thursday morning conducted by Rev. Potter, and interment was made at White church cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Jordan]
HEZEKIAH JORDAN - The death of Hezekiah Jordan of Garden Plain occurred Thursday January 6. The funeral was held at Bethel Church in Fenton on Sunday at one o'clock. Rev Stone of Erie officiating. The remains were interred in the cemetery near the church. [Contributed by Larry Jordan]
JOHN A. JORDAN - For many weeks the residents of Albany were acquainted with the fact that John A. Jordan was ailing; but did not realize the severity of his ailment until the news was spread on last Wednesday evening that he had passed away to his final reward. Mr. Jordan was one of the kind who does not complain and let everybody know that there is something wrong with him. Instead he was one of those patient and non-grumbling persons who tried to keep covered his sorrow and ailments. For a long period of time prior to the time that the doctor informed him that he had a cancerous growth in his bowels, he was of the opinion that he had cancer but said nothing for fear that it would cause worriment by his loved ones. In his dealings with his fellowmen he was always friendly and ever sought to do the fair thing and treat everybody alike. We can remember the deep interest he took in the affairs of the Sunday school and how faithful he was in attending these services until the time his health became so impaired that he could not attend any more. For many years he was afflicted with rheumatism and had to walk with a cane. This affliction was very painful at times but he never complained so as to make it a burden for any one who was in his company. He was ever ready to assist those who were in need of assistance and to comfort those who were comfortless. He loved his family and did the best for them that he could do and so far as anybody knows he was very willing to make any sacrifice that was needed for the success of their welfare. When he was compelled to take to his bed he did not complain, but resigned himself to his fate, and often remarked that it would not be very long until he would go home to his Heavenly Father and meet face to face with his Savior. In fact, just before he got so bad that he could not speak any more he made mention of the fact that he would soon be home. Again it can be said, “Blessed are they who lie in the Lord.” As a further evidence of his big heartedness, he was lover of horses and at the time his horses burned to death in his barn which was truck by lighting, he was sad for several days as he remembered the groans and squeals of the hoses as they suffered in the burning barn, and the thought of the suffering of these dumb animals would bring tears to his eyes and sorrow to his heart. In spite of these afflictions he never became discouraged and found no fault with his life so as to make it uncomfortable for those who had to assist him during his last sickness. It seems that rapidly the citizens are being called to their final reward and that we go to and fro thru the village and do miss many familiar faces, and we will miss the familiar face of him of who we write as well as the joke and the laugh which he was want to give. While his spirit was resting in the arms of his Christ, the body of clay was borne to the White cemetery by the Messrs. George Huggins, Ed Huggins, A.J. Huggins, George Heffelfinger, Albert Curry and Henry Huggins. Thus we leave him in God’s care, and in the minds of his many friends there will remain many sweet remembrances and the sorrow will be lessened because of his faith in his God and God’s promise of a better home for him where suffering is not known and thus we leave him and continue with the follow obituary, which was written by Mrs. Alice Langford: "John Andrew Jordan was the oldest child of Sampson and Elizabeth Jordan, being born in Braxton county, near Sutton, West Virginia, February 27, 1851, and departed this life, at the family home in Albany, Ill., at 5:30 o’clock Wednesday, April 14, 1926. When but a lad of fourteen years he cam to Whiteside county with his parents and three little sisters and one brother, locating on a farm in Gardenplain township where he grew to manhood. On September 3, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Huggins. To this union, one daughter, Effie, now Mrs. Floss Yopst, of Clinton, Iowa, war born., This union was broken on June 12, 1903, by the death of his wife. On July 18, 1905 he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Mae Comstock. One son Stacy blessed this union. Mr. Jordan chose, as his life’s vocation, that of a "farmer" and was most efficient in this industry. Eight years ago he left the farm and came to Albany were he has since resided. He was an active member of the Methodist Church and Sunday School for many years; always being found ready and willing to stand for the right. When his pastor and others visited him, he spoke freely of being ready, and waiting for his welcome from his Jesus. Just five months and five days ago, from the day of his calling, his brother Harmon passed on. Left to mourn are the devoted wife who was given strength to administer to his wants all through his illness; the son Stacy at home with his mother; one daughter, Mrs. Yopst of Clinton, Iowa; two sisters are left, Mrs. Urseley Parker of this place and Mrs. Harry Furguson, East St. Louis, Ill.; four step children are also left, Mrs. Elsie Clark of Davenport, Iowa, being one of them and who was almost constantly near Daddy, her little girl Elsie Mae, bringing sunshine into the last hours. There are several grandchildren, nieces and nephews besides a wide circle of friends. Those who were present from out of town were Mr. And Mrs. Gladhill, Mr. and Mrs. John Gladhill and daughter, Mable, Mr. and Mrs. John Byers and son Losuca, Mr. and Mrs. Thruman Comstock and Lloyd Comstock and daughters Edna and Orie, all of Clinton, Iowa. Frank Gladhill and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clark and daughter Elsie Mae, all of Davenport, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Alvie Huffman of Woodhill, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Primmer and sons Errol and George and daughters Esther an Evelyn of Erie, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Suiter of Rock Island, Illinois." [Contributed by Larry Jordan]
RAYMOND WAYNE JORDAN - son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Jordan, of Albany departed this life at an early hour Friday, Aug. 2, 1918, aged six years and non months, due to a complication of disease. He was of a bright and happy disposition and was greatly loved by all, especially was he a general favorite with his teacher and classmates. Left to mourn his untimely death are his parents, five sisters and four brothers namely: Arleta, Ruby and Mrs. Juanita French of Clinton, Mrs. Pearl Groh of Albany, Leonard, Gladys, Murlin, Woodrow and Emmet at home. "A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled A place is vacant in our home. Which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled The boon His love has given. Although the body slumbers here, His soul is safe in Heaven." [Contributed by Larry Jordan]
WILLIAM E. JOSEPH, 67, 525 27th Ave., Moline, formerly of Rock Falls, died Friday morning at Moline Public Hospital, Moline. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Trimdles Funeral Home, 601 2nd St., Moline. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Nye of the First Congregational Church, Moline, will officiate. William Joseph was born on Oct. 1, 1917 in Rock Falls, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph. He was employed for 43 years at International Harvester Company, East Moline Works, East Moline, where he was a member of the Managerial Staff, retiring in 1978. He was an independent consultant at the time of his death. He was a member of the Management Club of International Harvester Company, Friend's Circle, Moline Housing Board, Cemetery Board, AARP, First Congregational Church and a 29 year member of the Elks Cluib. Surviving are his wife, Hazel; two sons, David Joseph, Des Moines, Iowa, and Jeffrey Joseph, Moline, and one sister, Evelyn Joseph, Rock Falls. Preceding him in death were an infant daughter, his parents, and one brother, Louis [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 10, 1984 - Friday, pg A4]
KATHRYN I. (FERGUSON) JOSLIN, 91, of Eustis, Fla., formerly of Erie, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Oakwood Care Center, Eustis, (Lake County) Fla. Mrs. Joslin was born Oct. 9, 1908 in Newton township, the daughter of Jacob and Lillian Moody Ferguson. She married F. Everett Joslin on Dec. 22, 1928 in Erie. She was a member of the Evangeline Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Erie, and the Erie United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Lois Hardenbergh of Eustis, Fla., and Kay Peck of Leesburg, Fla.; a son, Richard Joslin of Eustis, Fla., a brother, Harold Ferguson of Erie; eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be a 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m,. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Erie United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Date: 18 Jun 2000]
MARY J. (WISOR) JOST, 79, of Libertyville, IL formerly of Morrison, IL, died Thursday, September 4, 2008 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. Mary was born on January 30, 1929 in Clinton County, Iowa to Roman and Clara (Manikowski) Wisor. She was a graduate of Elvira High School in Elvira, IA and attended Mt. St. Clare College in Clinton, IA. She married Jene J. Jost on November 8, 1958 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2003. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison, IL. Survivors include one son, Michael (Lisa) Jost of Libertyville, IL; two grandsons, Justin Michael and Tyler Joseph Jost of Libertyville, IL; four sisters, Mrs. Clara Nugent of San Marcos, CA, Mrs. Teresa Cotter of Scottsdale, AZ, Mrs. Alberta (Steve) Sharnik of Moline, IL, Sister Marjorie Wisor OSF of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Joseph (Bernadette) Wisor of Camanche, IA, Robert (LaVon) Wisor of Iowa City, IA; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Kane Wisor of Clinton, IA, Mrs. Leota Jost of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mrs. Betty Jost of Silvis, IL; many nieces and nephews and loving friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jene; one son, Brian Jost; one brother, Francis Wisor; one sister-in-law, Betty Jost; four brothers-in-law, Laurent Nugent, Wayne Jost, Myron Jost, Gary Jost.
HOPE (CAUDILLO) JUAREZ, 62, died Monday morning, February 12, 2007 at her home. Hope Juarez was born March 27, 1944 in Sterling, the daughter of Manuel and E. Amelia Gonzalez Caudillo. She married John J. Juarez in Sterling on July 10, 1965. She is survived by her husband John; one daughter, Johanna (Mark) Mattingly of Walnut; four sons, Brian (Christine) Caudillo, John (Maria) Juarez, and Joseph Juarez all of Rock Falls and James (Louise) Juarez of Sterling; three sisters, Esther Ramirez and Carmen Rosenberg both of Sterling and Margie (Alex) Falcon of Texas; three brothers, David Caudillo of Rock Falls and John (Donna) Caudillo and Nick (Judy) Caudillo both of Sterling; eighteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Peter, Manuel and David; and one grand-daughter, Madonna. Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday at Schilling Funeral Home with Craig Hoyle officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home and also 10-11 AM on Friday.
CHARLES JUDD - Funeral services for Charles Judd, 86, Clinton, Ia., who died Tuesday morning in Veterans Hospital, Iowa City, where he had been a patient for 17 days, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Dalton Funeral Home. The Rev. C. E. Thompson, pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle, officiated, and burial was in the family plot in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. A military funeral was held. Mr. Judd was born Aug. 17, 1869, in Morrison, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Judd. He was a member of the Spanish-American War and served two years as a Private in Co. I, Sixth Illinois Infantry, and was discharged Nov. 25, 1898. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 26, 1956 - Thursday, page 2]
MARY BERTHA (HACKBARTH) JUDD, 62, RR1, Rock Falls, died Sunday evening at her home. Her body was donated to Medical Science. Mrs. Judd was born Aug. 15, 1911 in Jordan Township, the daughter of Joseph and Katie H Kline Hackbarth. She was united in marriage to Chester D. Judd on June 5, 1934 at Dixon, he preceded her in death June 13, 1970. Mrs. Judd was a supervisor for Self-Help Enterprises. Survivors include one son, Alfred J. Waters, Rock Falls; one brother, Jacob Hackbarth, with whom she made her home; one half brother Charles Gasso, Sterling; and seven grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette]
WILLIAM H. JUDD JR. - At the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Judd of Mt. Pleasant Township, on Thursday morning May 9, 1889 of consumption. Mr. William H. Judd, Jr. was born in Louisville,Ky on Jan 8, 1865. Soon after his parents returned toMorrison,where "Willie", as he was familiarly called, lived and went to school. In 1877 his parents moved to their present home, where William had lived most of the time up to his death. The deceased was of a retiring disposition, yet full of sympathy for the suffering of others. Some time since he came to see his need of a Saviour and by a strong faith in Him who died to save, has been patiently waiting to be called home to rest and obtain a relief from his great suffering. He leaves a father, mother, three brothers and two sisters to mourn, but who feel that their loss is his eternal gain. [Library Obituary Collection]
PAUL C. JUIST, 86, of Fulton, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton, IL. The Rev. Dr. Stanley Bomgarden, pastor of Fulton Presbyterian Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton, IL.Memorials may be made to Smile Train or Fulton Presbyterian Church. He was born November 11, 1922, in Garden Plain Township, IL, to Clarence and Jennie (DeWeerdt) Juist. Paul was educated in the Fulton Grade Schools and attended Fulton High School. He married Genevieve M. VanZuiden on December 19, 1951, in Fulton, IL; she survives. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was engaged in farming in the rural Fulton area. He was employed by Laborers Union Local 309 with extensive work associated with the Nuclear Power Generation Station at Cordova, IL. He was a member of Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton, IL, and the church's Bible study group; American Legion Fulton Post 402; Fulton City Lodge 189 A.F and A.M. Paul greatly enjoyed the coffee fellowship with his retired friends. Survivors include his wife, Gen; one daughter, Jolene (Roy) Carpenter of Fulton, IL; one son, Warren (Cheryl) Juist of Fulton, IL; four grandchildren, Travis and Shelby Carpenter; Alex and Sarah Juist; and one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Bielema, Fulton, IL.He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gordon D. Juist; and two brothers, Gerald and Robert Juist. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Clinton Herald 7 March 2009]
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