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MARGARET (McCORMICK) MacCAIN , former Sterling resident, died at 6 p.m. Friday (22 September 1961) in the hospital at San Mateo, Calif., following an illness of several months. Mrs. Mac Cain was the former Margaret McCormick of Sterling, and she was educated in the local schools and Brown's Business College. She had resided in California the last 40 years. The body will be brought to the Grennan and Son Funeral Home where funeral arrangements will be announced later. An obituary will be printed Monday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 23, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2

KATHLEEN I. MACHAEL , of 911 W. LeFevre, Sterling, died Nov. 1, 1992, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, following a short illness. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling and will be announced upon completion.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 2, 1992 - Monday, pg 2

EVELYN (CLEGG) MALONEY , 64, of Tampico, passed away Wednesday afternoon (1 February 1967) at the Dixon Public Hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert P. Donovan officiating, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel in Tampico after 2 p.m. Friday. The rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Friday at the chapel by the Altar and Rosary Society and at 8 p.m. in the evening. Evelyn Moloney was born Aug. 12, 1902, in Dana, the daughter of Alex and Jennis Reiley Clegg. She attended the Tampico schools. She married Raymond Maloney Aug. 24, 1937 in Prophestown by the Rev. A. M. Weitekamp. She lived in Tampico practically all of her life. She was a member of the St. Mary's Church, Altar and Rosary Society and Royal Neighbors of America. She is survived by her husband, Raymond of Tampico, and several cousins. She was preceded by her parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette February 2, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2

GUY L. MANON - Funeral rites for Guy L. Manon, 722 Coloma Court, Rock Falls, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. E. A. Henrichs, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, will officiate and burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Guy L. Manon was born Dec. 18, 1882 in Pennsylvania, the son of Frank and Margaret Burkholder Manon. He died Monday morning in Community General Hospital. He was married to Dora H. Beck, Feb. 28, 1906 in Rock Falls. Mrs. Manon preceded June 29, 1970. Mr. Manon farmed most of his life in the Rock Falls area and retired from farming in 1943. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Grace) Stern of Lanark, and Mrs. Oliver (Edna) Olson of Milledgeville; one son, Lloyd E. Manon of Sauk City, Wis.; one brother, Charles Manon of Dixon and one sister, Mrs. Nellie of Rock Falls. There are 7 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Two sons, two daughters, three brothers and three sisters preceded
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, Mar 13, 1972, Page 2

RAY LEROY MARVEL - Funeral services for Ray LeRoy Marvel of Erie were conducted Thursday in the Schilling Funeral Home in Erie. Rev. L. E. Ellison, pastor of the Erie Baptist Church, officiated. Jim DeCap was soloist, and burial was in the Sharon Cemetery near Erie. Pallbearers were Evertt Barkman, Frank Hahn, Gordon Blietz, Lewellyn Morgan, Ed Dennis and Duane Prentias. Those who cared for flowers were Mrs. Everettt Barkman, Mrs. Frank Hahn, Mrs,. Gordon Blietz, Mrs. Lewellyn Morgan, Mrs. Ed Dennis and Mrs. Duane Prentiss.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 1961 - Friday, pg 2

PAULA R. (TICHLER) MAXSON , 50, of Morrison, IL, died Friday, November 30, 2007 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Paula was born June 10, 1957 in Morrison, IL, to Paul and Phernie (Eizenga) Tichler. She was educated in the Morrison grade and high schools. She married Jeffrey A. Maxson on March 30, 1987 in Morrison. Paula was employed by Morrison Community Hospital and Pleasant View Nursing Home both of Morrison as a nurses aid. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church. Paula enjoyed crafts, gardening, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Jeff; her mother, Mrs. Phernie Tichler of Morrison; one daughter, Mandy Leong of Rock Island, IL; one son, Chad (Lesley) Dever of Dixon, IL; two grandchildren, Jozi and Eli Dever; four sisters, Audrey (Mrs. Kenneth) Balk and Linda (Mrs. Vernon) Smith both of Fulton, IL; Joyce (Mrs. Phil) Wilkins of Morrison; Marcia (Mrs. Ron) Mildren of Low Moor, IA; four brothers, Warren (Roberta) Tichler of Fulton; Vernon (Sherri) Tichler, Marvin (Mary) Tichler, and Larry (Diane) Tichler all of Morrison; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Donna Tichler of Rock Falls, IL and one brother-in-law, Marion Sterenberg of Fulton, IL. She was preceded in death by her father; one sister, Sharon Sterenberg; and one brother, Robert Tichler.


EVA (WHEAT) McCLANTHAN - Funeral services were held for Eva M. McClanathan on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Melvin Funeral Home. The ministers participating in the service were: the Rev. L. N. Main, former pastor of East Jordan Church; the Rev. John Smith, pastor of East Jordan Church of Sterling; and the Rev. E. J. Larsen, pastor of Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ottawa, Ill. Burial took place at East Jordan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Melvin Haak, Loren Haak, Erwin Shaeffer, Jay Seavey, Osborne Hummel and Maurice Scholl. Mrs. Elwood Koch was the organist. Lundstrom Florists were in charge of flowers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiniois
Funeral service for Mrs. George L. (Eva) McClanathan, mother of M. L. (Pete) McClanathan of Freeport, who died Wednesday morning (November 1975) in Resthaven Nursing Home, Morrison, will be at 10:30 Saturday in Melvin Funeral Home, Sterling. Burial will be in East Jordan Church Cemetery, between Sterling and Polo, where her husband was minister for many years. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the East Jordan Church building fund, Sterling. Born November 10, 1882 in Terre Haute, Indiana, she was the daughter of A. C. and Katherine (McClure) Wheat. She was married to the Rev. George L. McClanathan December 3, 1903 in Chicago. He died in 1950. Surviving besides the son in Freeport are four other sons, Loren of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Richard of Minneapolis, Minnesota; George L. Jr. of Richardson, Texas; and Dr. Donald of St. Petersburg, Florida; three daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Frances) Martin of West Lafayette, Indiana; Mrs. Lloyd (Dorothy) Ditzler of Polo, and Mrs. J. E. (Deniza) Vanderploeg of Sterling. Also, 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, two sisters, and a grandchild preceded her in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner

CLAYTON McDONALD , 40, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, (12 March 1952) at his home, 1403 Second Avenue, Sterling, following an illness of several months. The body was removed to the Trough Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, from the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. and in St. Mary Catholic church where a requiem mass will be sung at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Thursday. He was born Oct. 9, 1911 in Sterling, the son of Mrs. Delia McDonald, 1403 Second Avenue, and C. F. McDonald, 1309 Woodburn Avenue. He had lived in Sterling all his life and for the last 25 years had been employed by the National Manufacturing Co. Surviving him are his mother and father, three brothers and one sister, Harold McDonald and Miss Hazel McDonald of Sterling, John Raymond McDonald of San Francisco, Calif., and a twin brother, Clarence, Jr., of Nelson; three nephews, Larry McDonald of Sterling, Joseph and Robert McDonald of Nelson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 12, 1952 - Wednesday, pg 2

ELIZABETH (OTTENS) McDONALD , 73, Morrison, a retired telephone operator, died Thursday afternoon at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ebenezer Reformed Church, preceded by a prayer service at 1:45 p.m. The Rev. Harry Buls will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m Friday at the Reynolds Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in her honor. Elizabeth Ottens was born Sept. 24, 1896 in Fulton, the daughter of Charles and Henriette Bootsma Ottens. She was reared and educated in the Fulton area. She married Floyd H. McDonald, March 22, 1932. She had lived in Morrison since 1918 and was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church. She was a telephone operator for the Morrison Telephone Co. for 40 years before she retired. Survivors include seven brothers: George C., Garrett, Ren and Henry, all of Morrison; Clarence, John and Charles Jr., all of Fulton; two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Ruby) Pessman, Morrison, and Mrs. Clarence (Alice) Bielema, Fulton; three step-daughters, Mrs. G. W. Schaller, Morrison; Mrs. Ronald Black, Fenton, and Mrs. Herb Grave, Clinton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by hr husband and one brother in infancy. FUNERAL: Funeral rites were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Ebenezer Reformed Church for Elizabeth McDonald, 75, of 108 Carolee Lane, who passed away Thursday, June 1, at Morrison Community Hospital following an illness of four days. The family prayer service was held at 1:45 0'clock. The Rev. Harry Buis officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Paul Ottens, Kenneth Pessman, Willis Ottens, Robert Brands, Philip Ottens and Leon Ottens were pallbearers. Mr. and Mrs. Frank VanZuiden and Mrs. Alice Heusinkveld were in charge of the flowers. Mrs. Jack Boerema was organist. Special music was a vocal duet "Beyond The Sunset" by Mrs. Clayton Dykema and Mrs. Don C. Bush. Elizabeth Ottens was born Sept. 24, 1896 in Fulton, the daughter of Charles and Henrietta Boatsman Ottens and was reared and educated in the Fulton area. She had resided in Morrison since 1918. She was married March 22, 1937 to F. H. McDonald, who passed away in June 1956. She was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church and had been a telephone operator with the Morrison Telephone Company for 40 years. She is survived by three step-daughters, Mrs. G.W. Schaller of Morrison, Mrs. Ronald Black of Fenton and Mrs. Herb Greve of Clinton, Iowa; seven brothers, George C., Garrett, Ren, Henry of Morrison, and Clarence, John and Charles Ottens Jr. of Fulton; two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Ruby) Pessman of Morrison and Mrs. Clarence (Alice) Bielema of Fulton. SHe was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 2, 1972 - Friday, page 2

HENRIETTA E. )McDERMOTT) McDONALD , 603 Avenue B. Sterling, died Monday morning (15 Sep1990) at CGH Medical Center. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Grennan Funeral home and 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. P. William McConnell, Mrs. McDonnell's son, and the Most Rev. Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill celebrating the Mass of Resurrection. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with a Rosary at 7 p.m. A memorial for Catholic education has been established in her name. Mrs. McDonnell was born Jan. 7, 1899, in Harmon, the daughter of Martin and Mary (Considine) McDermott. She was a graduate of Harmon High School and earned a teacher's certificate. She was a postal clerk and an employee at the Ostrander General Store before her June 17, 1925 marriage to John F. McDonnell at St. Flannens Church, Harmon. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Newman Booster Club, Ladies of the Elks, and past president of the Altar & Rosary Society. An avid card player, Mrs. McDonnell belonged to many card clubs. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Don (Lavonne) Morgan, Sterling; two sons, John (Mary Teresa), Chicago; the Rev. P. William McDonnell, pastor of St. Margaret Mary, Algonquin; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Herb; two brothers and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette September 18, 1990 - Thursday, pg A2

JAMES BUTLER McDONALD , 66, died early Saturday (30 March 1957) at Rock Island. The body was removed to the Gardner Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Leonard Lowe, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. James Butler McDonald was born March 28, 1891 at Oregon, the son of Sherman and Ella Braiser McDonald. He was educated in the Oregon and Sherrard Schools and had spent most of his life in and around Prophetstown where he worked as a carpenter. He attended the Methodist Church. He was married to Marie Adams of Erie in Rock Island on Aug. 29, 1914. Survivors are his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Jane Van Rycke, Moline; Mrs. LeRoy (Marie) Johnson, Prophetstown; Evelyn McDonald, Lyndon; one son Charles S. McDonald, Lyndon; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Frank Dudley, Prophetstown; one brother, John McDonald, Pueblo, Colo.; and one half-brother, Bert Maxfield, Oregon. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, parents, two brothers, Arthur and Floyd.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 30, 1957 - Saturday, pg 2

MRS. JOHN E. McDONALD - Funeral services for Mrs. John E. McDonald, 2137 Hiawatha Ave., Anaheim, Calif., who died Dec. 28 in that city, will be conducted Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church of Sterling, and entombment will be in Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Monday. The rosary will be recited in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Monday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1960 - Sataurday, page 2

PATRICK AND EMILY (JONES) McGANN - Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McGann of sterling, who met death in an auto accident Saturday night, (23 Mar 1957) were conducted Wednesday. The services were very largely attended and the floral offerings were profuse. Rites for Mr. McGann were conducted from the Melvin Funeral Home to St. Mary Catholic Church, where a requiem high mass was sung at 9:30 a.m. by the Rev. Frank Bonnike, assistant pastor. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Services for Mrs. Emily Jones McGann were conducted at 2 p.m. in the Melvin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Loyal M. Wilkinson, pastor of the First Congregational Church officiating. Mr. J. H. Linn was at the organ for the services, and burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers for both services were Harry McCormick, Mike McGinn, Neal Foulds, Wayne Foulds, Ned Kelly and John Kelly. Those in charge of the floral pieces for both services were Mr. and Mrs. Lawton McCandless, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Hill, Mrs. Robert Kannaka, Mrs. John McKevitt, Robert Lendman, Robert Flynn and Lundstroms
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette - March 28, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2

MARGARET (RIORDAN) McGOWAN - The Fulton Journals of 1905 record the Irish birthplaces of three interesting Fultonians. The obituaries of these people with Irish roots shed light on the personalities that made up this small town.

Michael Hargan: “Michael Hargan, who had been a resident of this county for forty-one years, died at his home in Fulton, Sunday evening, February 5, 1905, aged eighty years, two months and twenty-four days. The deceased was born in Killarney, county Kerry, Ireland, November 11, 1824. There he grew to manhood and February 10, 1859, was married to Miss Mary Curren. They resided in their native country until 1864, when they came to the United States and located in Fulton. Three weeks ago Mr. Hargan sustained a stroke of paralysis and owing to his advanced age he gradually grew weaker until the end came. All of his children were with him when he breathed his last. Mr. Hargan was a man of many excellent traits of character. He was devoted to his home and family.”
Margaret M’Gowan: Mrs. Margaret Riordon McGowan was born in the county Mayo, Ireland, December 25, 1823, and when eighteen years of age came to this country. In 1851 she was married to James McGowan at Saukville, Wis. Three years after their marriage they located in Albany and have been residents of this county the greater part of the time since. She is survived by five sons, Daniel, James, John, Thomas and Patrick and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Crawford. The deceased is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Services were a high mass at the Catholic church with interment in the Catholic cemetery north of town.
Rosa McAvoy McMahon: Mrs. McMahon passed away February 20, 1905, aged 76 years and 18 days. The cause of her death was pleuro-pneumonia from which she had suffered for the past two weeks. She had been born in Belfast, county Monahan, Ireland, February 2, 1829. When but 14 years of age she came with her parents to Prince Edward’s Island, where in 1851 she was married to Francis McMahon. After their marriage they remained in Prince Edward’s until 1869 when they came west and located in Fulton, where Mr. McMahon died April 12, 1894. She is survived by daughters, Ellen, Anna, Kate, and Irena, and three sons, C.C., Francis and John.
Commonalities: The three were born in the 1820’s in Ireland. They all died in February 1905 in Fulton and are buried in Fulton’s Catholic Cemetery. They were Roman Catholic with several descendants.
Contributed from Blog of Nancy Kolk

WILLIAM J. McGOWAN , 79 of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at SS. John and Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll with Father Dennis Atto as Celebrant. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be given in Bill's honor for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Bill was born May 6, 1928 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Elmer Theodore and Clara Margaret (Wilming) McGowan. He attended schools in Delmar, Iowa, Lanark, Illinois and then Mt. Carroll, where he graduated with the Class of 1947. Bill married Janet Greenlees November 20, 1948. Bill worked for General Electric in Morrison, Illinois for many years, retiring in 1991. He was a faithful member of SS. John and Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll. Bill enjoyed fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He loved spending time with family at gatherings. Bill will be dearly missed by three daughters, Linda (Donald) Close of Apple Canyon Lake, Illinois, Julie (David) Castro of Dubuque, Iowa and Mary Catherine (Tim) James of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; six grandchildren, Joshua, Emily, Jonathon and Alexander Castro and Evan and Alyssa James; two brothers, Robert (Norma) McGowan of Schiller Park, Illinois and Charles (JoAnn) McGowan of Fulton, Illinois; and his lovable Schnoodle, "Petie." Bill is preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Mahlon.





DALE F. McKENNA , 75, of Albany, IL, died Monday February 19, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. Dale was born January 8, 1932, in Sterling, IL, to James Roy and Catherine (Ryan) McKenna. He graduated from Erie High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army. Dale married Myona Ashpole on June 13, 1959 in Fulton, IL. He was employed by Herman Nelson American Air Filter in Morrison, IL and Cardox in Cordova, IL. He then worked at International Harvestor / Case Tenneco in East Moline, IL, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Albany, and had served on the church's parish council. He was a former member of the Albany Fire Department. Dale was an Avid Cubs Fan; his family was the joy of his life. Survivors include his wife, Myona; two daughters, Debora (Mrs. Karl) Courtade of Somerset, WI and Mary Kay (Mrs. Jerry) Bell of Woodbury, MN; five grandchildren, Jay (Carrie) Bell, Ryan Bell, Shannon Bell; Elizabeth Courtade, Alexandra Courtade; two great grandchildren; Jaden and Alexis Bell; four sisters, Dorothy (Mrs. James) Chamberlain of Albany, IL, Jean (Mrs. Cleon) Eyrich of Prophetstown, IL, Betty (Mrs. Al) Vroman of Geneseo, IL and Mrs. Eileen Wittevrongel of Chadwick, IL; two brothers, his twin Dean (Betty) McKenna of Freeport, IL and Don (Rose) McKenna of Kewanee, IL. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Rita Conley, Mary Grennan and LaVerne Sokoliski; six brothers, Father Leo McKenna, Vincent, Lourde, Robert, William and Paul McKenna.

MARTIN T. McKENNA - Funeral servicses were held Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for Martin T. McKenna of 603 Coloma Ct., Rock Falls, who passed away Saturday afternoon (2 Sep 1961) in his home at the age of 54. Mr. McKenna was born Oct. 16, 1906 in Rock Falls, a son of John and Mary McKenna. He was educated in local schools and on Aug. 22, 1937 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Reardon in St. Mary's Catholic Church of Sterling. They were engaged in farming in the local area until ill health made it necessary for him to retire. Mr. McKenna was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Rock Falls. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Allan (Annette) Morgan of Rock Falls; two sons, Tom and Joe, both at home; five brothers, Frank of Morrision, Roy of Lanark, Jay of Galt, Lloyd of Emerson and Harry of Rock Falls; three sisters, Miss Bessie McKenna, Mrs. James (Nellie) Traynor and Mrs. Orin (Florence) Felio, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one grandson, John Allan Morgan, of Rock Falls. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was precided in death by his parents, one son, one daughter, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home and 9:30 in St. Andrew's Catholic Church with Rev. William F. Myers, assistant pastor, officiating, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades was at the organ in the funeral home. Pallbearers were all nephews, Dick McKenna, Vincent McKenna, John McKenna, Jim McKenna, Lloyd McKenna and Hugh Potts. The Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Monday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 5, 1961 - Tuesday, pg 2

RAYMOND McKENNA - 16, of Beecher, formerly of Tampico, died March 18, 1971 at 2:33 a.m. in Riverside Hospital, Kankakee, following injuries sustained in a car accident. Funeral rites will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Gordon Funeral Home in Manteno. The burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery, Sterling, at 1 p.m. Surviving are his parents, John McKenna of Tampico and Mrs. James Batton of Beecher and five sisters and three brothers, Mrs. John (Diane) Ballard of Sterling, Mrs. Charles (Joyce) Steele of Rockford, Mrs. Michael (Marjorie) Bryan, Mrs. John (Susan) Cernick and Barbara, Charles, LeRoy and Jerry of Tampico. He was preceded in death by one sister, Linda.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 19, 1971 - Friday, pg 2

ROSA (McAVOY) McMAHON - The Fulton Journals of 1905 record the Irish birthplaces of three interesting Fultonians. The obituaries of these people with Irish roots shed light on the personalities that made up this small town.
Michael Hargan: “Michael Hargan, who had been a resident of this county for forty-one years, died at his home in Fulton, Sunday evening, February 5, 1905, aged eighty years, two months and twenty-four days. The deceased was born in Killarney, county Kerry, Ireland, November 11, 1824. There he grew to manhood and February 10, 1859, was married to Miss Mary Curren. They resided in their native country until 1864, when they came to the United States and located in Fulton. Three weeks ago Mr. Hargan sustained a stroke of paralysis and owing to his advanced age he gradually grew weaker until the end came. All of his children were with him when he breathed his last. Mr. Hargan was a man of many excellent traits of character. He was devoted to his home and family.”
Margaret M’Gowan: Mrs. Margaret Riordon McGowan was born in the county Mayo, Ireland, December 25, 1823, and when eighteen years of age came to this country. In 1851 she was married to James McGowan at Saukville, Wis. Three years after their marriage they located in Albany and have been residents of this county the greater part of the time since. She is survived by five sons, Daniel, James, John, Thomas and Patrick and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Crawford. The deceased is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Services were a high mass at the Catholic church with interment in the Catholic cemetery north of town.
Rosa McAvoy McMahon: Mrs. McMahon passed away February 20, 1905, aged 76 years and 18 days. The cause of her death was pleuro-pneumonia from which she had suffered for the past two weeks. She had been born in Belfast, county Monahan, Ireland, February 2, 1829. When but 14 years of age she came with her parents to Prince Edward’s Island, where in 1851 she was married to Francis McMahon. After their marriage they remained in Prince Edward’s until 1869 when they came west and located in Fulton, where Mr. McMahon died April 12, 1894. She is survived by daughters, Ellen, Anna, Kate, and Irena, and three sons, C.C., Francis and John.
Commonalities: The three were born in the 1820’s in Ireland. They all died in February 1905 in Fulton and are buried in Fulton’s Catholic Cemetery. They were Roman Catholic with several descendants.
Contributed from Blog of Nancy Kolk

VIVIAN M. (WOLF) McMURRY , 82, of Sterling, died Monday, October 24, 2006 at CGH Medical Center. She was an elementary school teacher in the Sterling and Rock Falls area. In her later years, she also tutored children with reading problems. Mrs. McMurry was born February 5, 1924 in Sterling, the daughter of Merle and Perna (Web) Wolf. She married Robert C. McMurry on April 8, 1944 in Waco, TX. He died July 15, 1992. She was member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors are one daughter, Ginger (Roger) Johnson of Sterling; one son, Robert (Debra) McMurry of Fullerton, CA; one sister, Marian (Scotty) LeFevre of MO; two brothers, Robert (Vina) Wolf of Sterling and Jim (LaVerne) Wolf of Missouri City, TX; and six grandchildren, Martha Johnson, Anne Johnson, Adrienne Johnson, Brian Johnson, Evan McMurry and Aidan McMurry. Services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, October 28, 2006 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Reverend Mark Oehlert, Pastor, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sterling. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

BLANCHE (HARRISON) McNABB , 100, died at the Prophets Riverview Center early Tuesday evening where she had been a resident for the past 10 years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gardner Chapel. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Prophets Riverview Center. Blanche McNabb was born on July 12, 1883 in Portland Township, the daughter of James and Esther Upton Harrison. She attended Portland Schools, graduating from Common School with honors on May 28, 1898. On Dec. 1, 1901, she married Pearl Springer in the home of her parents in Portland. They farmed in Alberta, Canada, from 1908 until returning to this area in 1922. They then resided in Sterling from 1928 until 1946 when her husband died. On Nov. 24, 1949 she married Walter McNabb, and he preceded her on Dec. 1, 1955. Before her retirement she had been employed at Wahl Clipper Corporation in Sterling and was active in the Royal Neighbors of America, the Women's Relief Corps and the Methodist Church. Survivors include four daughters, Mabel Elli, Ft. Meyers, Fla., Agnes Thompson, Prophetstown, and Hazel Kendall and Charlotte Long, both of Sterling; two sons, Wyberne Springer, Spokan, Wash., and Gifford, Woodcock, Alberta, Canada; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 16 great great grandchildren; and one great great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were one son, three brothers, four sisters, one great grandchild and three great great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette September 28, 1983 - Wednesday, pg A4

ELAINE A. MEEHAN , 84, of Fort Lauderdalem Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Faircbild Funeral Home, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mrs. Mechan moved from Sterling in 1946 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Survivors include two sisters, Helen Dewey and Ruth Olds, both of Sterling; two brothers, George Watson of Columbia, S.C., and Robert Watson of Post Falls, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

HERMAN J. MEENEN , 79, died at his home at 116 Martin Road, Rock Falls, on Wednesday (3 January 1968) evening, following a short illness. He was born May 29, 1888, in Carroll County, the son of Djerk and Gesean Rolfs Meenen. He received his education in Carroll County schools. On May 17, 1923, he was united in marriage to Florence Sherwood. They resided in this area since their marriage. Mr. Meenen was employed at the National Manufacturing Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1958. He was a member of St. Paul Luetheran Church of Sterling. Survivors include his widow, Florence; two sons, John and Carl at home; two brotheers, Richard of Sterling and Edward of Tembine, Wis.; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Reins of Sterling; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, parents, and two children. Funeral services wil be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Warren C. Weeg, pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sterling. Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and until time of the funeral on Saturday. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 4, 1968 - Thursday, pg 6

JOHN DREESE MENNENOH , 78, of Morrison, IL, died January 2, 2007 at home with his family. John was born on October 30, 1928 in Northbrook, IL, the son of John and Hedwig Dreese Mennenoh. He married Ann Seston Belt on July 25, 1953 at Union Church in Hinsdale, IL. He will be remembered lovingly by his wife Ann Mennenoh of Morrison; daughter, Linda M. (Stephen) Harbers of Marietta, GA; sons, Daniel D. (Merry) Mennenoh of Galena, IL and Bill (Ketie) Mennenoh of Marietta, GA; grandchildren Jessica K. Harbers of Chicago, IL, Matthew S. (fiancée Meredith Zaring) Harbers of Atlanta, GA, Rachel E. Harbers of Marietta, GA, Devon M. (Brian) Irby of Las Vegas, NV, Cody D. Mennenoh of Chicago, IL, David H. and Ekaterina M. Mennenoh, both of Marietta, GA. He was a graduate of Highland Park High School, Bradley University and John Marshall Law School. His military service with the U.S. Army (1954 – 1956) took him to 8th Army Headquarters at Camp Zama in Japan. After his military service, he served as Vice President with the Chicago Title and Trust Company and subsequently owned H.B. Wilkinson Title and Abstract in Morrison. He retired in 1996. He was active in his community throughout his life and served as Chairman of the Group Insurance Committee for the American Land Title Association, President of the Illinois Land Title Association, Paul Harris Fellow Recipient and President of the Morrison Rotary Club, Director of the Whiteside County Bank, President of the Whiteside County Bar Association, and Treasurer and Chairman of the Whiteside County Cancer Society. As a young man, he earned his Eagle Scout badge and was honored with the Order of the Arrow. He was first and foremost a loving husband, father and grandfather. Included among his many interests was gardening and a love of roses, golfing, collecting stamps, winemaking, building dollhouses for his granddaughters, serving as an election judge and an enthusiast of railroads. He was preceded in death by his parents.

CARL F. MEINERS , 81, of Emerson who passed away Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Morrison Hospital, will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock with the Rev. Eldor Mueller, pastor of the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in the Our Saviour Luther Cemetery in Hopkins Township. Friends may call at the Behrens Mortuary until noon Tuesday when the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the time of the funeral. The deceased was born on June 14, 1879 in Genessee Township the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ufe Meiners. He received his education in Hickory Grove School. He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church and a memorial has been established in his memory there. On Nov. 28, 1906 he married Reka Camps in Our Saviour Lutheran Church and the couple farmed in Genessee Township until they retired in 1938 and moved to Emerson where they have resided since. Mr. Meiners served as Hopkins Township road commissioner for eight years. Surviving are three sons, Raymond and Glen, both of Rt. 4, Sterling, and Edwin, Morrison; Three daughters, Mrs. Arthur McGinn, Rt. 1, Rock Falls, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson, Emerson and Mrs. Arthur Vanderlest, Rt. 4, Morrison. A brother, Edward J., of Sterling also survives. There are 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on Ausust 20, 1944 and by three sisters and one grandson.
Contributed by Mike Hosler

ESTHER (BIRT) MEINERS of South Heaton street, Morrison, passed away at her home at 6 p.m. Monday. She had been in failing health for the past seven months. The body was removed to the Reynolds funeral home. Services will be at the funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. R.B. Heydinger pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Esther Birt was born Jan 3, 1911 in Union Grove twp., the daughter of Wm. E. and the late Hattie Olds Birt. She wsa reared adn educated in the Morrison vicinity and was graduated from the Morrison high school. She was married to Edwin Meiners Jan. 12, 1935. She always resided in the Morrison area. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church. She was active in cub scout work and was a den mother. She is survived by her husband, one son, Kenneth, at home, her father of Clinton Iowa and three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Flora) Klobes of Morrison, Mrs. Walter (Fern) Bundy of Mt. Carroll and Mrs. Leonard (Eloise) Mosher of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her mother.

GLADYS E. MEINERS was born March 6,1919, in Sterling, the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Fredricks) Rohde, She was baptized into Christ on August 14, 1919, at West Genesee Lutheran Church. She married Gerhard O. Mcincrs on April 23, 1941, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1990. She departed his life in the sign of the sign of the faith at CGI I Medical Center on August 12, 2004. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran church and Coleta Golden Gang. Gladys was an avid card player and she enjoyed fishing. Survivors include two daughters: Belly (Lloyd) Mull of Sterling, and Kalhy (Arlyn "Lee") Hinrichs of Chadwick; three grandchildren, Ron Mull, Andy (Lisa) Hinrichs. and Jodi Hinrichs; one sister Ruth Stem, one sister in law, Phylllis Meiners. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil and Irvin Rolide. Officiant: Philip A. Gronbach, Pastor St Paul Lutheran Church 1701 Sixteenth Avenue Sterling, Illinois 61081. Funeral Director; John Schilling, Director Schilling Funeral Home 702 First Avenue Sterling, Illinois 61081
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

LARRY G. MEINERS , 72, 27032 Pilgrim Road died Sunday, March 19, 2006 at his home after a 7 1/2 year courageous battle with cancer. He farmed for many years and also worked as a mechanic. He and his wife owned and operated Meiners Repair, Sterling, for the last ten years. Larry Meiners was born January 19, 1934 in Hopkins Township, the son of Glen and Bonnie (Snitchler) Meiners. He married Deloris Herr on May 22, 1954 at Science Ridge Mennonhe Church, Sterling. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Deloris; one daughter, Karen (Tim) Koester of Elizabeth; three sons, Terry (Robin) Meiners, Kevin (Rhonda) Meiners, both of Sterling, Brian (Tracy) Meiners of Milledgeville; his parents. Glen and Bonnie Meiners of Lyndon; two sisters. Charlotte (Charles) Haines of Sterling, Reta (John) Dewey of Hardy, AR; 11 grandchildren, Matthew and Jacob Meincrs of Jacksonville, FL, David Meiners of Richland, MO, Nicole and Jennifer Koester of Elizabeth, Kourtnee Meiners of Milledgeveille, Travis and Megan Meiners of Sterling, Hannah and Rachel Meiners also of Sterling, an expectant grandchild and one step- granddaughter, Sarah Giroux of Sterling. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Lynn in 1971.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

REKA (CAMPS) MEINERS , 60, wife of Carl Meiners of Emerson, passed away Sunday morning at 5:30 at the Home hospital, where she has been a patient for the past week. She hwas been ill for the past six months. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30 at Trouth's and at 2 p.m. at the Second Avenue Lutheran church, Rev. Eldor Mueller officiating. interment will be in Hopkins cemetery. Reka Camps was born in Oldenburg Germany Dec. 25, 1883 and came to Sterling with her parents in1892. She was married to Carl Meiners Thanksgiving day, 1906, by Rev. Emanuel Meyers, then pastor of the Hopkins Lutheran church. She is survived by her husband, three sons and three daughters; Raymond and Glenn of Hopkins Twp; Edwin of Morrison; Mrs. Arthur McGinn, south of Rock Falls, Mrs. Lawrence Johnso of Morrisona dn Marian at home. Also by 13 granchildren. She was preced by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eno Camps and one infant brother.

ORVA D. MEREDITH , 77, Morrison, died at Colonial Acres Nursing home, Rock Falls, Sunday night. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolds Funeral home, with the Rev. Paul DeBeer and the Rev. E. J. Blair officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Military services will be held at the graveside in Tampico. A memorial has been established in his honor. Friends may visit after 2 p.m. Tuesday and Masonic services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Meredith was born March 1893, in Illinois, the son of Albert and Minnie Cusac Meredith and was reared and educated in Tampico. He married Lois Jones on Feb. 10, 1921 at Tampico. He lived in Highland Park from 1926 until he moved to Morrison in 1965. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, veteran of WWI, the American Legion of Highland Park, was a 50-year Mason, Yorktown Lodge, member of Twin City Barracks 3083. His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 29, 1968. He is survived by one brother Clyde H., Glendale, Calif., and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Potter, Morrison. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 8, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

WILLIAM S. METCALF , passed away Thursday morning at three thirty o'clock at his home in Tampico after an illness resulting from the infirmities. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, Mrs. J. A. Mathis, Mrs. Walter Scott and George Metcalf of Sterling, Howard of Chicago and Leonard who is on his way here from San Bernardino, Cal. He is expected to arrive on Sunday. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at one o'clock at the home and at one o'clock in the Baptist Church. Burial will be made in Tampico Cemetery.
Obituary: March 21, 1923
William S. Metcalf was born in Lincolnshire, England, March 15, 1834, and passed away March 15, 1923, after a brief illness at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 25 days. He came to America at the age of 19 years and on December 23, 1875 he was united in marriage to Frances A. Rose of New Bedford, Ill. To this union nine children were born. Those left to mourn a kind and loving husband and father are his widow and five children, Rose E., wife of C. W. Scott of Sterling, Grace E., wife of J. A. Mathis of Sterling, George S. of Sterling, and Leonard E. of San Bernardino, Calif., and Howard of Chicago. The children who preceded him in death are Elizabeth and Frank E., who died in infancy, William C., who died at the age of 27, and Grant E., who died at the age of 28 years. Also seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the Baptist Church under the direction of the pastor, S. L. Cobb, assisted by Rev. George Gable of the M.E. Church, and interment made in the Tampico Cemetery. Mesdames H. W. and N.E. Denison, with Miss Vesta Denison as accompanist, sang several selections and Messrs. H. A. Maxfield, J.E. Strouss, L. E. Smith, E. W. Meredith, F. O. Gerber and F. B. Potter acted as pallbearers. The members of the Ladies Auxiliary attended in a body and the church was well filled with sympathizing friends who came to pay their last respects to one high in their esteem. Mr. Metcalf had lived 39 years in Tampico, during which time he had won the good will and respect of all. Truly a good man has gone to his reward.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 17, 1923, Saturday, pg 3

HORACE R. METZLER , 70, Delray Beach, Fla., died. Funeral services will be held Thursday with a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at Grennan Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. The Rev. William Knott will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday with the family present from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Horace Metzler attended local parochial schools and he owned and operated Raymonds Foods Inc. of Niles. Survivors include his widow, Molly; one daughter, Marlene of Morton Grove; two sons, John Ray of Sterling, and Ronald of Morton Grove; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Dorothy) Weland of Rock Falls and Mrs. John (Rosemary) Cooney of Deer Grove; and one brother, John Flock of Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 8, 1975 - Monday, pg 6
METZGER, Ruth 1897 - 1981 , 83, OF 304 19th Avenue, Sterling, died Thursday morning (05 Feb 1981) in her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with burial in the Mennonite Section of Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Whiteside County Heart Fund. Miss Metzger was born Feb. 12, 1897 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Martha (Hoak) Metzger. She was a graduate of Brown's Business College. She was secretary of the Fort Dearborn Manufacturing Company in Rock Falls for many years until the plant closed. She then worked for Weckesser Plumbing until 1957 and was then a bookkeeper at Sterling Federal Savings and Loan until her retirement. She was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church of Sterling. There are no immediate survivors. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 6, 1981 - Friday, pg A4

EDWARD MEURS 89, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, February 7, 2008 at his home. Service - 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Second Reformed Church in Fulton, IL, Rev. Scott Stephan - Pastor: Second Reformed Church - Fulton, IL Visitation - 10:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2008 until the time of the service at Second Reformed Church - Fulton, IL. February 9, 2008 at Grove Hill Cemetery - Morrison, IL. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements








ALBERT J. MEYER , 84, of RR 2, Geneseo, who formerly lived near Erie, died Wednesday morning in Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo, Meyer was a retired farmer having farmed near Erie for many years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon in the Erie Methodist Church with burial in Erie Cemetery. Friends may call this afternoon and evening (Thursday) in the Myers Funeral Home, Geneseo. Meyer was born in LaMoille, son of Henry and Catherine Schmidt Meyer. He married Minnie Ruth Hudson on Oct. 7, 1908 in Erie. She died Dec. 5, 1957. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Strohman of Geneseo; five grandchildren; a great granddaughter and a sister, Mrs. Lee Jordan of Seattle, Wash.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 2, 1968 - Thursday, pg 6

ALVIN CHARLES MEYER , 81, of Erie, died Thursday, April 18, at Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Erie United Methodist Church with Reverend James Mahaffey officiating. Burial was in the Erie Cemetery. Pallbearers were all grandsons. Honor guard were all firemen from the Erie Fire Department.8 A memorial is being established. Schilling-Reedy Funeral Home, Erie, was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Meyer was born November 6, 1903 in Green Island, Iowa, the son of Otto and Christina Mangler Meyer. He married Lyla Doll, October 2, 1926. She died February 23, 1949. He married Ruth Sidlinger, August 30, 1958 in Geneva, Illinois. He was a retired heavy construction equipment operator for Central Engineering of Davenport, Iowa. He was a member of the Erie United Methodist Church, a member of the Erie Senior Citizens, and a retired member of the Erie Fire Department. Survivors are his wife, three daughters, Mrs.. Harold (Pattie) Snowden of Erie, Mrs. Jack (Peggy) O'Hare of Sterling and Mrs. Joy Thorpe of Moline, a son, Ronald of Houston, Texas, 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Delbert. (Wilhemina) Dierks of Clinton, Iowa. He was preceded in death by a grandson, three sisters and three brothers.
Contributed by Jerry Thomas

MRS. E.J. MEYER - Funeral services for Mrs. E. J. Meyer were held Tuesday afternoon March 10 at the First Brethren Church at Milledgeville, with Rev. James Black officiating. Mrs. Fenton Haugh was organist. Frank CUnningham, Harold Real, Harlan Hollewell, Melvin Peugh, Gail Deets and Don Hollewell serviced as pallbearers. Mr. and Mrs. Cloy Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Dettman cared for floral tributes. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 11, 1970 - Wednesday, pg 2

ELYDA (SPEAR) MEYER , 89, formerly of 604 2nd Ave., Sterling, died Wednesday evening at Community Convalescence Center, Naperville. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, with the Rev. Wayne Wachholz, of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling, officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Born on Nov. 1, 1893 in Whiteside County, the daughter of Harry W. and Aetna Wakeman Spear, she married John T. Meyer in 1917 in Rock Falls. She graduated from Sterling High School, Overlin College, Ohio and Cornell College, Iowa. A member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Easter Star Chapter 354, Sterling, and the DAR Past-Region, she was well known in the community for her musical abilities. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Gladys Pease, Ontario, Ore.; one daughter, Mrs. Harry (Elizabeth) Mitchell, Naperville; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1973.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 9, 1982 - Thursday, page A6

FLORENCE M. (THOMAS) MEYER - 89, 211 South St., Franklin Grove, formerly of Sterling, died Monday evening at the Franklin Grove Health Care Center following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. DeWayne Heep, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with the family being present from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Florence Meyer was born on June 3, 1894 in Sterling, the daughter of Frank and Lida Goshen Thomas. On Feb. 3, 1923 she married Louis H. Meyer in Sterling. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Franklin Grove, and the Franklin Grove Thimble Club. Surviving are her husband, Louis, Franklin Grove; one son, Frank, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Elyda) Mattern, DeKalb and Mrs. Raymond (Jeanette) Carter, Danville; 11 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 21, 1984 - Tuesday, pg A4

FRANCES (GRIEDE) MEYER , 91, formerly of Erie, died Friday, Dec. 22, 1995, at Resthave Home, Morrison. Services are 1 p.m. Sunday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, Burial is in Erie Cemetery. The former Frances Greide was born Dec. 3, 1904, in Morrison, the daughter of Albert and Winnie VanDyke Greide. She married Melvin Meyer April 26, 1923, in Erie. He died in 1987. She was a member of Erie Christian Church and a former member of Whiteside County Home Bureau. Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Sharon and Wilson Border, and Erma and Ralph Weber; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Johanne Meyer, and a son-in-law, Gordon Young, all of Erie; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Gladys Brightman, Erie. A daughter, Alberta Young, is deceased.
Contributed by Bonnie Pillers

GLENN A. MEYER , 71, of Erie, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Erie United Methodist Church where he was an active member. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a Masonic service at 6 p.m. at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Memorials may be made to the church or the Erie Masonic Lodge. Mr. Meyer was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Springhill, Ill., the son of Harley G. and Mabel Butters Meyer. He married Dorothy Johnson Sept. 20, 1958, in Moline. He served in the U.S. Navy, having served in Alaska for 18 months. He owned and operated Meyer Construction. He also had operated lumberyards in Erie, Springhill and Hooppole for his father. Glenn was the current Master and a 50 year member of the Erie Masonic Lodge, was past Grand Officer of the State of Illinois AF&AM, member of the Scottish Rite Consistory of Moline and was the current Worthy Patron of the Evangeline Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Glenn had been a Boy Scout leader, was a member of the Denton Schreiner American Legion, Erie, and had lead the Walk to Emmaus. He enjoyed bicycling and helping his son build his house. He had participated in the prayer group that visited the Prophet's Riverview Center. Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Robin Stillwell, Erie; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Kerry Meyer, Erie; a granddaughter, Riley Joe Meyer; and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Harlan Chamberlain, Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Harlene.
Quad City Times

LARRY G. MEYER , 53 of Fulton, died Tuesday at his home. There will be no visitation or funeral services; cremation rites will be accorded. The Pape Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. He was born March 20, 1951, in Clinton to Harry and Helen Larsen Meyer. He graduated from Goose Lake High School in 1969, the former Mount St. Clare College in Clinton and the University of Wyoming. He worked with the House of Carpet in Davenport for more than 13 years. Survivors include his mother, Helen Meyer of Fulton; and a brother, Richard Dawson of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his father.
Clinton Herald

LYLA (DOLL) MEYER , 42, died at 7:40 last night in Moline Lutheran hospital, where she was taken yesterday forenoon. She had been ill since last autumn. The body was taken to the Slaymaker funeral home here. Lyla M. Meyer was born Dec. 12, 1906, in Ladd, daughter of Leonard and Lena Meyer Doll. The family came to Erie community in 1913. She attended rural schools here and graduated from Erie community high school. She was married to Alvin Meyer on Oct. 2, 1926. They farmed for many years in the Erie community. They moved into Erie about three years ago. She was an active worker in the Erie P. T. A., the Rural Household Science club, the Home Bureau unit and a member of the Erie Woman's club. Surviving are the widow(er), three daughters, Pattie, Peggy and Joy; a son, Ronald, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Lena Doll, and two sisters, Mrs. Tebe Frohling of Erie, and Mrs. Darrell Franks of Port Byron. Her father died In June of 1947, and a sister, Mrs. Loretta Lain, died in March 1940.
Contributed by Jerry Thomas

VIOLET MAY MEYER , 74, 610 Portland Ave., died Monday at Morrison Community Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Chapel Hill Gardens South, Worth, with the Rev. Ervin Shudlick of the Burbank Manor Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 7i to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Renkes-Feynolds Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to Golden Meals, Morrison. Violet May Meyer was born on May 31, 1909 in Wellington, England, the daughter of James and Agnes Poulter Anians. She came to the United States in 1910 where she resided in Chicago and Ridgeview and had been in Morrison the past few years. She married Carl Meyer who preceded her in death. Surving are one daughteer, Mrs. Don (June) Mertes, Morrison; one son, Frank W. Siebentritt, Worth; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Charlotte Anians, Bridgeview; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Enid Kuebler, Fond Du Lac, Wis.; and one brother Ted Bridgeview. Preceding her in death were her husband and several brothers and sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 22, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A6

ROSE (THOMPSON) MEYER, 73, of Erie, passed away about 3:50 p.m. Monday at the Moline public hospital where she had been confined for the past one and one-half months. She had been ill for about a year. The body was taken to the Schilling Funeral Home at Erie where friends may call. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Rose Thompson was born October 1, 1874 in Portland township, the daughter of Richard and Lavina Williams Thompson. She was schooled in Portland township, and on November 6, 1898 she was married to Edward Meyer of Portland township. They made their first home in Spring Hill and later purchased the home in Erie. Mrs. Meyer was a member of the Christian Church and was most active in the Ais society and other church organizations. She is survived by one brother, Edwin Thompson of Fairmont, Minn., a nephew, Roy Thompson of Prophetstown, and a number of nieces and nephews in Fairmont, Minn. and Rockwell Center, Ia, She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister and brothers.

HELEN E. (FRIEDRICH) MEYERS , 89, of Scottsdale , Ariz., formerly of the area, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Elite Loving Care Home, Scottsdale , Ariz. She and her husband owned and operated Galt Grain and Lumber Co. and farmed in the area for many years. She also was employed by Northern Illinois Utilities, as a bookkeeper. Helen was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Dixon , the daughter of Fred and Emma (Spinden) Friedrichs. She was a 1934 graduate of Dixon High School and a 1936 graduate of Scovill Business School, Sterling. She married Marion Meyers on June 20, 1943, in Sterling . He preceded her in death. Helen was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church , Sterling , and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a unit chairman of the University of Illinois Home Extension , the program chairman for the Galt Community Club, and served as the president and treasurer of the County Kings Daughters. Survivors include a son, Dr. Duane (MaLeesa) Meyers of Scottsdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Trevor (Tammy) Meyers of Sterling, Justin Meyers of Dixon , Kristopher Meyers of Bloomington and Quinten and Zoe Meyers of Scottsdale , Ariz. ; and a great-grandchild, Elli Meyers. Graveside service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery , Sterling , with the Rev. Judi Huseth of St. Paul Lutheran Church , Sterling , officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls .
The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, Page A2 - Col. 1 – 2

MARGARET B. BIHLMEIER) MEYERS , 87, 1139 Henkel Drive, Pawnee, a former resident, died Sunday afternoon (7 Oct. 1973) in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richard (Jean) Fogel. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev.John M. Copple, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. Margaret B. Meyers was born June 22, 1886 in Port Byron, the daughter of George and Louisa Shaffer Bihlmeier. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling. She was united in marriage to Guy A. Meyers and the couple resided all their married life in the Milledgeville and Sterling area. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Jean) Fogel of Pawnee, with whom she made her home; and Mrs. John (Gretchen) Eoff of Honduras, Central America; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 8, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

GESINE MICHELS , 94 of 1904A third Ave. Sterling died Tuesday. Sept. 17, 2002. at Sterling Pavilion. She was a homemaker all her life, farming with her husband on a farm north of Sterling in Jordan Township until his death in 1970 In 1971. she moved into Sterling. Mrs. Michels was born May 2, 1908 in the town of Dormum in Germany, the daughter of Wessel and Tatje {Behrends) Brums. She married Merman G J Michels on Feb 1, 1929, in Dornum, Germany She and her husband arrived in the United States in March 1929 and lived in Polo. Later, they moved to Lanark and Harmon until they came to Sterling in 1942. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Sterling, since 1929 and belonged to ALCW. Mary Martha Circle and Dorcas Circle. Surviving are three daughters. Wendy (Dean) Zimmerman of Peoria. Ariz. Arlene (Dick) Adams of Sterling and Shirley (Keith) Conklen of Sterling, two sons. Herman W. (Lucille) Michels of Moline and John G Michels of Springfield. Mo.: eight granddaughters. Dee (Alan Erlckson) Zimmerman. Karen (Marshal) Longanecker. Louise Mary Michels. Cindy (Pete) Garcia. Cheryl (Brian) Sydces. Chris (Bill) Haenitsch. Kathy Michels and Carol (Javier) Frias. 11 grandsons. Dale (Brldgette) Zimmerman. Michael (Andrea) Adams. Terry (Michelle) Adams. Keith O. (Stacy) Conklen. Kevin (Rhonda) Conklen. Darrell Michels, Randy Michels. Mark Michels. Allen Michels. Daniel (Diane) Michels and David Michels; 31 great-grandchildren: three siepgrandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband. Herman, her daughter. Mary G Michels. her son. Frederick Michels. one granddaughter. Kathy Conklen; two grandsons. Daniel Zimmerman and Larry Michels: and 14 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Sept 21, 2002, at St Paul Lutheran Church. Sterling, with the Rev David Beckstrom. pastor, and the Rev Raymond Heilener co-officiating Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery. Sterling Visitation will be from 9 11 am Saturday at the church.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

THOMAS F. MILLIGAN , 76, who died at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Jane Lamb Hospital at Clinton, Ia., after a short illness were held at 130 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, in the Snell Funeral Home, Clinton, Ia. The Rev. Charles S. Hempstead, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiated. Hymns were sung by Mrs. Mark Reitzel and Mrs. Simon Mathew of Sterling, accompanied by the organist, Miss Marguerite Hypes. Burial was in the Tampico Cemetery. The pallbearers were Harold and Leverett Mansfield, George Burks, Lee Milligan, Mark Reitzel and August Pearson. Among those attending from out of town were Lloyd Milligan, Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frerichs, Mr. and Mrs. George Burks, Earl Burks, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Reitzel, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Mathew, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kelsey, Rock Falls; Miss Margaret Milligan, Chicago; J. H. Milligan, Gary, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mansfield, Peoria; Mrs. Elsie Milligan, Fred Milligan, Clinton, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Harold McKenzie, Erie; Mr. and Mrs. William Wetzell, Rupert Wetzell, Tampico; Mrs. Ellen Totz, Mt. Carroll.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1947 - Wednesday, pg 11

VERNA (REINS) MILLS , 87, of 508 E. 4th Street, Rock Falls, died Friday, November 10, 2000 at her home. Mrs. Mills was born June 12, 1913 in Sterling, the daughter of Theodore and Hermina Christina (Meenen) Reins. She married Raymond L. Mills on August 5, 1955 in Sterling. He died October 13, 1994. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sterling, a Stanley Home Products Representative, and worked at Tri-County Opportunities Council. Survivors include one daughter Peggy (Woodrow) King of Marietta, GA; one son, Donald (Barbara) Knapp of Gurnee, IL; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was one son John Knapp. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, November 13, 2000 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling with the Reverend Philip Gronbach, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday at the Schilling Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Contributed by Cynthia Lane

WILBUR D. MILLS - Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Brenneman officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Monday. Masonic services will be 8 p.m. Monday. Wilbur D. Mills was born Feb. 11, 1895 in Long Point, Ill., to Dan and Amy States Mills. He was reared and educated in Paxton. He married Agnes Anderson on May 15, 1918, at Paxton. They moved to Morrison in 1923 when he started Mills Motor Sales. He was a member of Dunlap Lodge 321, Moline Consistory, Tabala Temple, Rockford; United Methodist Church, was past president of the Rotary Club and Morrison Country Club. Survivors include his widow, one son, Wilbur Jr., Morrison; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 7, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

HARRY MILNE - Funeral services for Mrs. Harry Milne were conducted Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Grennan and Son Fuenral Home and at 10 a.m. in st. Mary's Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. The pallbearers were Leo Hutten, Joseph Kelly, Frank McGrath, Ray Loos, Joseph McCormick and Joseph Starck.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 19, 1960 - Saturday, page 2

HARRY MILNE - Funeral services for Harry Milne were held Wednesday morning with a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the Grennan Funeral Home. The Rev. Leo McKenna officiated at the Mass of the Resurrection which was held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bryan Boesen, Marty Boesen,William Milne, Michael Milne, David Milne and Robert Milne.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 10, 1975 - Wednesday, pg 6

FRANK H. MILNES - one of Morrison's highly respected citizens, passed away at his home on North Base street between 11:30 and 12 o'clock this morning, his death coming as an event that was not entirely unexpected on account of his poor condition of health during the past few days. Mr. Milnes was seized with an attack of heart trouble on Saturday, Oct. 21, and his condition has since been very poorly. The past few days it has been worse than usual. Accustomed all his life to being very active, Mr. Milnes found it difficult to give up his usual occupations. At this writing no funeral arrangements have been completed, otherwise than determining that burial will be made in Grove Hill. Mr. Milnes was a man about seventy-five years of age, and is survived by his wife and one son, Frank J., who lives about seven and a half miles north of Morrison; one sister Miss Mary A. Milnes of Sterling, and seven grandchildren. He was prominently associated with the Methodist church in this city, and will be missed by a wide circle of friends.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 17 Nov 1922 Pg 8

JENNIE (MASON) MILNES - At her home in this city, on Saturday morning, December 5, 1891, Mrs. Jennie Milnes, aged 55 years, one month and 11 days. Jennie Mason was a native of Londonderry town, Ireland and was born Oct, 24, 1836. When yet a child she came with her sisters to this country, and settled at Lowell, Mass. From there they moved to Chicago, where she resided until her marriage in 1860 with Joseph Milnes. At that date their home was established in Clyde, this county, where they continued to reside for twenty-two years. In 1882 the family moved to Morrison, and for the last nine years their home had been in our midst. At the age of fourteen years, Mrs. Milnes made choice of the Christian life and as an expression of her religious purpose united with the Presbyterian church. Her consecration was manifest by years of a activity in the many forms of Christian works and charity--both in the church and Sabbath school. For several years Mrs. Milnes has been in ill health. A little over a year ago she suffered the loss of her husband, who died Sept. 30, 1890. Her fatal sickness was but a few hours in running it course. Four children survive to mourn her loss Mrs. Lizzie Boyer, Cora Spears, Thomas and George Milnes. To these the Christian sympathy of many friends goes out. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.W. Skinner, Sunday afternoon, with interment in the family lot in Grove Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 10 Dec 1891 Front pg.

JOSEPH MILNES - At his residence in Morrison, on Sunday night, September 28, 1890, Mr. Joseph Milnes, aged 59 years, 1 month and 11 days. Joseph Milnes was born in Lowell, Mass., August 17, 1831, and in 1842 came with his father's family to Clyde, where he resided until 1882, when he moved to this city where he has since lived. On the 8th of March, 1860, he married Miss Jennie Mason of Chicago. Their children are Thomas H., Lizzie M., George S., Cora A., all of whom are living. Mr. Milnes during his many years residence in Clyde township, took and active interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the town, and was repeatedly elected to the most important offices of the township. At the age of twenty-one he was elected constable and in 1855 he was elected clerk, and held that office until 1863, re-elected in 1865-'66, and again in 1869. He was elected Supervisor in 1873 and held the office continually until his removal to this city in 1882. He was also town treasurer for twenty years. These public positions so repeatedly bestowed show the high esteem in which he was held by his fellow townsmen. Since his removal to this city he has been in poor health and during the last three months had failed very rapidly. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at his late residence, Rev. J.W. Skinner officiating. Mr. Milnes being a member of the Masonic fraternity, the remains were interred in Grove Hill cemetery with Masonic honors.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 2 Oct 1890 Front pg.

MARY A. MILNES - for many years a resident of Sterling, but who had resided in Morrison the past seven years, died yesterday, aged nearly 88 years. Funeral services will be held at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Susan Milnes, with whom she had lived during her residence here, at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, and burial will be made in Grove Hill. Rev. H.T. Chenoweth will be in charge of the service, assisted by the Congregational minister from Sterling. She was born at Lowell, Mass., on Jan. 6, 1842, and was the last of her family, one brother and one sister having preceded her in death. She came west about 60 years ago, and always made her home in Sterling until about 1922, when she came to this city to be with her sister-in-law. She was a most highly respected woman, devoted to the work of the church as long as she was able to perform her duties, and leaves many friends in the county who will mourn her death. Her death took place about 11:30 o'clock in the morning, following an attack of heart trouble, with which she had been afflicted for some time. Her passing, however, came unexpectedly and was quite a shock to her many friends. For a long time during her residence in Sterling she was employed as milliner by Mrs. James Harden and later by Mrs. Frey, and on account of her long service in those establishments she formed many business acquaintances who grew to know of her sterling character, and all will cherish her memory.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 18 Dec 1929 Front pg.

L. PEARL (WITMER) MILNES - Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl L. Milnes, 65, who died Saturday morning (01 Sep 1973) at Morrison Community Hospital, were held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bruce Breneman officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. The funeral was preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bitner sang, "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset," accompanied by Mrs. Abe Renkes, organist. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Elery Grubb and Mrs. Don Harvey. Pallbearers were Glenn and Roy Peterson, Vernon Milnes Jr., Dennis Doering, Gary Milnes and Larry Linden. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Reynold's Funeral Home. Mrs. Milnes was born Dec. 19, 1907 in Whiteside County, the daughter of J. G. and Anna Hoak Witmer. She married Sidney V. Milnes on Dec. 11, 1945 in Morrison. She taught school in Whiteside County and had retired from Coleta School a year ago. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Vernon and Virgil, both of Morrison; two daughters, Mrs. Harold (LaVelle) Peterson, Morrison; Mrs. Stephen (Beulah) Recker, New York, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. Juanita Hockman, Tampico, fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1964, and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 4, 1973 - Tuesday, pg 2

RONALD F. MILNES , 74, of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the nursing home. Ronald was born October 14, 1931, in Morrison, IL to Clifford F. and Gladys M. (Stralow) Milnes. He was educated in the Morrison, IL grade and high schools. He married Virginia Bowen on February 4, 1956 in Morrison. Ronald was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Morrison VFW post 8281 and the Morrison American Legion post 328. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was employed with the former National Tea in Morrison as a meat market manager, and the former Wilkens Royal Blue in Morrison. Survivors include; one daughter, Debra (Mrs. Rich) Dunaway of Morrison, IL; two sons, Rick Milnes and Dan (Kathy) Milnes both of Morrison, IL; 5 Grandchildren, Allyson Dunaway, Justin Stolk, Jodie (Wess) Gaffey, Breanna Milnes, and Danielle Milnes; one Great Grandchild, Aaliyah Gaffey

SUSAN J. (STAPLETON) MILNES , wife of the late Frank H. Milnes, and eldest daughter of Simon and Mary Wood Stapleton, pioneer settler of Clyde township, passed away Thursday evening at 6:00, July 19, at her home on North Base street, after an illness of heart trouble for the past three weeks. She was born January, 24, 1851 in Clyde township. On November 3, 1869 she was married at Sterling to Frank H. Milnes, who preceded her in death Nov. 17, 1922. They resided on their North Clyde farm for a number of years and both she and her husband were active members of the Clyde M. E. church, until their removal to this city in January 1901, when they transferred their membership to the M. E. church in Morrison where she attended services as long as her health permitted. She was a lady of Christian character and possessed unusual ability and her opinions were never questioned. To this union one son, Frank J. Milnes, was born. He passed away to the age of 59 years a number of years ago. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Pape Milnes, seven grandchildren, Sidney, Harold and Clifford Milnes, Mrs. Winnie Bechtel, Mrs. Ruby Durward, Mrs. Maude Montgomery and Mrs. Verna Miller. One granddaughter LaVonne Milnes, passed away at the age of three years. She also leaves 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, and the following brothers and sisters; Fred Stapleton of Edgeley, N. D. , Chas Stapleton, Mrs. Lucy Smith, Mrs. M. L. Weaver of Morrison. Other relatives and friends also mourn her loss. Knowing the many good deeds and kind acts that this good lady has done, especially in the Clyde community where she was one of the pioneer settlers, it cannot help but be felt that there is a crown of glory awaiting her in heaven.

"Weep not for me dear ones - Why should your tears flow, Tis hard thus to server- You'll miss me I know, We shall soon meet again - On the glorious shore, Where those who have loved - Shall Be parted no more."
Funeral services will be held Sunday at the home on North Base street at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, Rev. C. J. Dickey, pastor of the M. E. church will officiate and burial will be made in Grove Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 20 July 1934 Pg 8

EDWARD F. MOEWS , Funeral services for Edward f. Moews, 48, who passed away Saturday were held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Yorktown with the Rev. Earl Peters officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Miss Wilma Koenig served as organist and Mrs. Carl Melton was the soloist. Employees of the Soliday Farm Equipment Co. served as the pallbearers and they were Lysle Soliday, Wayne Soliday, Melvin Stone, John Albrecht Sr., C. C. Emery and Harold Hansen. In charge of the floral tributes were Mrs. Lysle Soliday, Mrs. C. C. Emery, Mrs. John Albrecht Sr., Mrs. Paul Larson and Mrs. Kenneth Franks.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Tuesday, 12 January 1965, 2;3

STANLEY E. MOEWS , 81, of Morrison, IL, died Thursday, September 27, 2007 at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL. Stan was born August 29, 1926 in Prophetstown, IL, to Frank A. and Anna E. (Pletsch) Moews. He was educated in the Prairie View Schools of rural Whiteside County and was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. He graduated from DeForest Radio & TV Service in 1952 and from a G.E. Engineering Training program. Stan was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII. He married Una M. Seyller on April 18, 1951 in Henry County, IL. He later married Marjorie H. (Young) McDougall on August 1, 1969 in Morrison, IL. He was employed as an application specialist at General Electric in Morrison, retiring in 1989 after 33 years of employment. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison, a member of Prophetstown Lodge #293 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of IL, and a member of SPEBSQBA. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; three daughters, Rhonda (Mrs. Ron) Hulteen of Sterling, IL, Jacqueline Davis of Fairfield, IA, and Margo (Mrs. David) Fairbanks of Gladstone, MI; three stepdaughters, Andrea (Mrs. Tom) Dalton, Adele (Mrs. Ron) Nye, and Alicia (Mrs. Dean) Burkholder all of Morrison, IL; sixteen grandchildren, Brad & Jay Nye, Dara Smith, Travis, Justin, & Ryan Fairbanks, David, Patrick, William, & Julia Davis, Laura & Matthew Hulteen, Anne & Ashley Burkholder, Jeff Dalton & Jennifer Chambers; eight great grandchildren, Amanda & Hillary Dalton, Dalton & Allyson Gray, Tyler & Esra Nye, Bailey Smith, and Shawna Simpson. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Howard, and Frank Moews.

DOROTHY V. (EVANS) MONN , 52, of 1309 10th Ave., Rock Falls, passed away Thursday at Community General Hospital after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be Saturday at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Harry Lutz, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been estaablished in her memory. Mrs. Monn was born Sept. 1, 1918, the daughter of George and Tyrissia Roberts Evans, in Illinois. She married Raymond Monn June 13 1938 in Clinton, Iowa. They moved to Rock Falls where she had managed the Star Dining Room for many years, before illness forced her retirement. She is survived by her husband Raymond; one son, Gordon of Rock Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Arlyn Claudia Thomson of Morrison and Sylvia at home; two grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence, Albert and Harry Evans, all of Stockton; and three sisters, Miss Nellie Evans of Stockton, Mrs. Jim Bessie Biba of Des Plaines and Mrs. Everett Gladys Schreiner of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by one brother and her parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 18, 1971 - Thursday, pg 2

ALBERT T. MONROE , former pastor of Southern Baptist Church in Rock Falls died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:14 p.m. Oct. 16, 1961 in White Hall, Ill., while out riding with his wife. His wife was unhurt. Dick (the country preacher) as he was called was born in Hillview, Ill., on Feb. 7, 1897, the son of George S. and Cyrilda K. Monroe. He was a seaman first class in the U.S. Navy during World War I and had the honor of presenting the American flag to General Pershing in Washington, D.C. in 1917. He married Lutetia K. Suttles Jan. 7, 1920, with whom he enjoyed 41 years of marriage. In April 1924 he became ordained Baptist minister and served for 38 years. Twenty-five years of his ministry were at one church, Pleasant Hill Baptist in Alsey, Ill. At the time he belonged to the order of the Masons and was chaplain of American Legion Post 70 in White Hall. He was also former chaplain of Menard, Joliet, Chester and Vandalia prisons. At the time of his death, Rev. Monroe was preaching daily over radio in Jerseyville, Ill., and was pastor of Bethany and Walkerville Baptist Churches. Dick is survived by his wife and six children: Hiram J of Kansas City, Mo., Alvin J. of Keokuck, Iowa, Mrs. Lloyd Dawdy, Mrs. Kenneth Livingston and Harold E. of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Delbert Bishop of Belton Texas. He also leaves hosts of brothers and sisters in Christ. Funeral rites were held Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in White Hall where a combined ministerial and military funeral took place. Burial was in the family plot in White Hall cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 23, 1961 - Monday, pg 2

HARRY E. MONTAGUE , 205 Freemont St., Tampico, died early this morning in Colonial Acres Rest home, Sterling, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church will officiate and burial will take place in the IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Harry E. Montague was born Jan. 7, 1900 in Sterling. A resident of this area most of his life, he was employed at Novelty Iron Works for over 35 years and at Sterling Foundry for several years, retiring in 1960. Surviving are several cousins.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 18, 1971 - Thursday, pg 2

MARGARET MARTHA (URBAN) MORATH ,64, passed away Sunday afternoon in Morrison Community Hospital where she had been confined the past three weeks. The body was removed to the Gardner Funeral Chapel in Prophetstown, where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6, at 2 o'clock. Rev. Nelson C. Chasteen, pastor of the First Congreagational Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. Margaret Martha Urban was born Jan. 7, 1897, in Milwaukee, Wis., a daughter of Frank and Anna Petroski Urban. She was united in marriage to Karl Morath, former Prophetstown mayor, on May 25, 1917. He preceded her in death. She and her late husband moved to Prophetstown in 1927. She was educated in the Milwaukee schools. Mrs. Morath was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by two sosns, Clarence Morath of Sterling and Kenneth Morath of Baltimore, Md., four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one son.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 5, 1961 - Tuesday, pg 2

JOSEPH F. MOSS , 76, of Downers Grove, IL, passed away May 22, 2007 in Advocate Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove. Services were held May 26, 2007, in First Baptist Church, Downers Grove, with Pastor Donald Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown, IL. Mr. Moss owned a mason contracting business. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sharon (Gentz) Moss; two daughters, Pamela and Deanna; and two grandchildren, Brooke and Courtney Lambert and mother-in-law, Beulah Gentz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nellie, one brother, Fredrick, and father-in-law, Wilbert Gentz. Arrangements were handled by Toon Funeral Home, Downers Grove.

ANN MARIE (CARTER) MOUNT , 28, a former Rock Falls resident who had been residing in Janesville, Wis., was dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital in Janesville following an auto accident on Monday afternoon. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Henning Funeral Home in Janesville, Wis. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Childrens Service Society. Ann Marie was born on April 25, 1957 in Lake Charles, La., the daughter of William and Betty Jordan Carter. She was reared and educated in Rock Falls and had worked at Colonial Acres Nursing home. On June 19, 1976 she married Darrell Mount in Sterling. They moved to Janesville Wis; in 1976 where she was a member of the Oak Hill Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Darrell; one son, Nicodemus at home; her father, William Carter of Rock Island; her mother, Mrs. Betty Carter of Rock Falls; four brothers, Billy Carter of Sterling; Cory and Kenney Carter of Rock Falls, and Bobby Carter of Lyndon; and one sister, Janet Sharp of Sterling.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 24, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A

MERNA (HABBEN) JANVRIN MUSCHAL , 71, of 19633 Lake Rd., Morrison, died Sunday June 12, 2005 at her home as a result of cancer of the crvix. Memorial services iat 1 p.m. July 1, 2005 at Morrison United Meth. Church preceded by a 12:45 family prayer service. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment is at South Clyde Cemetery. Merna was born Oct. 12, 1933 in Coleta, the daughter of Reinhard and Vera (Pierce) Habben. She graduated from Milledgeville High calss of 1951. She married Clyde E. Janvrin Sep. 2, 1956 in Morrison. He died May 20, 1970. She then married Robert M. Muschal on June 24, 1978 in Morrison. Merna was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Tele. Sterling from 1951 - 1956. Following her marriage, she was an active partner in dairy farming with her husband in Clyde township. Following Clyde's death she continued the dairy operation until retiring April1 5, 1989. She also assisted her second husband, Robert Muschal in his auditing business. Merna was a avid gardener, amateur photographer and genealogist. She assisted the Fulton Historical Society with the Ronald W. Reagan genealogy and was a first cousin to him. Merna traveld extensively throughout Europe and she visited 49 of the 50 States. She was a member of Morrison United Meth. Church, United Meth. Women and served a a Sunday School techer. She was active in the local Rural Youth Program, was a board member for Clyde Twp. Cemetery and a member of Whiteside County Farm Bureau. She was a member and past president of teh Clinton Chapter of Parents Without Partners and served as a Whiteside COunty election judge. She was involved iwth the Church Women United Thanksgiving and Intl. Student Exchange. Survivors include her husband RObert; four sons, Eric (carol) Janvrin ofMorrison, Kurt (Yvonne) of Woodridge, Bruce (Diane) of Ames Iowa and Aronn (Carolyn Brown) of Oakville, Ontario Canada; two stepsons, Robert of Decatur and Mark of Illiopolis; eight grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, first husband; one grandson, one sister, Carol Albrecht and one brother Norman Habben.

CLARA (ANDERSON) MUSCH , 60, of 3295 Lincoln Park Dr., died at 7:25 a.m. today at Knox County Nursing Home. She was born April 11, 1912, at Friend, Neb., and married Richard Musch June 29, 1931, at Morrison. He survives with a sister, Mrs. Pearl Wood, of Morrison. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, where friends may call Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Committal service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - Galesburg Register-Mail Date: 7-25-1972

CHARLES L. MUSCHE , age 69 of 210 S. Fremont St. Tampico, IL died Wednesday afternoon March 16, 1988, in Community General Hospital in Sterling. Visitation was from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Musche was born on March 11, 1919 in Michigan the son of Peter and Augusta Noe Musche. He was united in marriage to Evelyn P. Sides on November 22, 1941 at York, South Carolina and she preceded him in death on December 22, 1978. He was then united in marriage to Norma J. Gilpatrick on December 28, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a self employed auto mechanic during his lifetime in the Tampico and Prophetstown area. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II and was a member of the Sterling Moose Lodge and Rock Falls American Legion Post No. 902. He is survived by is wife, Norma of Tampico, Mother, Mrs. Augusta Musche of Tampico, 1 son, Larry L. Musche of Tampico; 2 step sons, Kevin Gilpatrick of Rock Falls, IL and Dennis Gilpatrick of Stuart, Florida; 2 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 1 great grand son; 1 brother, Raymond Musche of Tampico, 2 sisters, Mrs. Tex (Betty) Eisele of Dixon and Marion Frey of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his first wife and 1 sister.

DORIS L. (SIDES) MUSCHE , age 63 of 310 Booth Street, Tampico, Ill., died Friday morning, January 25, 1991 in C.G.H. Medical Center in Sterling. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, January 27 at 1:30 ;.m. in the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Rev. Paul M. Lipinski, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 26, from 6-8 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Musche was born on December 11, 1927 in Concord, North Carolina the daughter of Arthur and Nellie Troutman Sides. She was united in marriage to Raymond Musche on March 6, 1950 at Piggott, Arkansas. She is survived by her husband, Raymond of Tampico, one son, Gary Musche of Rock Falls, Ill.; one grandson, Eric Musche of Rock Falls, Ill.; two brothers, Robert Sides and Donald Sides both of Charlotte, North Carolina, one sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Gladys) Stover of Shelby, North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

EVELYN P. (SIDES) MUSCHE , 210 S. Fremont, Tampico, died Friday evening following a short illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico, with Rev. Richard Anderson, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Tampico, officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home chapel from 7-9 p.m. Saturday (this evening). A Memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Musche was born Jan. 16, 1924 in Concord, N.C., the daughter of Arthur and Nellie Troutman Sides. She was married to Charles Musche Nov. 22, 1941 at York, S.C., and after he returned from World War II in 1945, the couple moved to Tampico, where they have made their home since. She was employed at Frantz Manufacturing Co. on W. LeFevre Road, Sterling, until her recent illness. Surviving are her husband, Charles, a son, Larry L., Tampico; two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Gladys) Stover, Shelby, N.C., and Mrs. Raymond (Doris) Musche, Tampico; two brothers, Robert Sides and Donald Sides, both of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jodi and James Musche, both of Tampico; and several nieces and nephews.

HENRY MUSCHE , a former resident of Rock Falls, died Sunday evening in an East Moline Hospital at the age of 87. Musche was born Jan. 14, 1876 in Oldeyhem, Belgium. He farmed most of his life in the Tampico area. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Howard (Mary) Bonnell of Boise, Idaho; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Peter (Augusta) Musche of Tampico; 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his wife; one son, Peter Musche of Tampico, and brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be Wednesday with a prayer at 9 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls, followed by a requiem mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico, with the Rev. Dorrence E. Tranel, officiating, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery at Tampico. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 10, 1963 - Monday, page 2

LORRAINE (LYONS) MUSK , 82, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. Lorraine was born November 4, 1925, in Newberry, MI, to Frederick and Delia (Schafter) Lyons. She was educated in the Thomson Grade School in Thomson, IL and graduated from Fulton High School in 1943. She married Dr. E. Ervin Musk on June 25, 1950 in Fulton. He died November 11, 2002. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, IL. She was a charter member of the Quad Cities Cardinal Fan Club, a member of the Fulton American Legion Auxiliary and an active member of the Plus 55 Bowling League in Clinton, IA. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann (Mrs. Stanley) Giddings of Morrison, IL, Margaret Musk of Fulton, IL and Jean (Mrs. Donald) Dettman of Newton, IA; six grandchildren, Nathan and Todd Giddings, Emma, Jacob, Mitchell and Aubrey Dettman; three great grandchildren, Cody, Blake and Tyler Giddings; one sister, Mary (Mrs. Bernard) Housenga of Fulton, IL; one brother, Robert Lyons of Waterford, CT. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; one son, in infancy; one sister, Helen Heffernan; two brothers, Joseph and Fred Lyons (both in infancy).


MARY (GOGULICH) MUSK , 67, 509 12th Ave., Fulton, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital, Clinton. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. The Rev. Mel Strain of the Fulton Presbyterian Church will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the hospice Chapter of Fulton. Mary Muck was born in Des Moines on Oct. 14, 1915, the daughter of Lazo and Pera Bogie Gogulich. On Oct. 15, 1949 she married Henry Musk in Fulton and lived in Fulton since that time. Surviving are her husband, Henry and one brother George Gogulich, Davenport. Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinoois August 16, 1983 - Monday, pg A4

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