Whiteside County Illinois


GERALD F. PARKS , 64, died Oct. 14, 1990 at the Lutheran Mesa Hospital, Mesa, Ariz., following a long illness. Cremation rites were accorded. Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Sterling. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery. Mr. Parks was born Nov. 26, 1925 in Sterling, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robb Parks. He married Marie Saganos, of Brookville, Pa., on Dec. 15, 1963. He was a retired supervisor of Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Scottsdale Elks Club; the Sterling VFW and Moose Lodge. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Mrs. Loyal (Caryln) Hahn; one granddaughter; his twin brother, Harold Parks, Sterling; four sisters, Mrs. Ann Teske and Mrs. Lars Cassens, both of Sterling; Mrs. Helen Woodyatt, Dixon; Mrs. Marjorie Hopkins, Pekin. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 23, 1990 - Tuesday, pg A2

RONALD E. PARSONS , age 72, of 1817 Third Ave., Sterling, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at CGH Medical Center. Private graveside services will be held Thursday at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, officiating. Military rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements were handled by McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Ronald E. Parsons was born June 4, 1926, in LaSalle, the son of Benjamin A. and Margaret Mary (Sullivan) Parsons. He was educated in LaSalk schools and was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru Township High School. He married the former Marion Falk of Peru on Sept. 28, 1946, in Peru, Mr. Parsons, a former Daily Gazette city editor, retired in 1988 after 44 years with the Grandon Group Newspapers. He was a veteran of the Navy, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War D. He was a member of the Unites States LST Association, the Sterling American Legion, the Illinois LST Association, the Whiteside County Bicentennial Commission, the Regional Board of School Trustees for Whiteside County and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Cheryl A. Lashley: one son, Scott (Candis) Parsons, of Sterling; two sisters and six grandchildren He is preceded by a daughter Mrs. Lynn Ellen Daugherty
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

MABEL (SMITH) PEAL ,a former Morrison resident, who followed the profession of a registered nurse, passed away at New Castle, Pa., Sunday morning, where she had resided for about two months. Death followed a heart attack. The deceased was born in Clyde township, the daughter of Wm. Butler and Susana Sykes Smith, and spent her younger days in this city. She was a graduate of the Morrison high school and of the West Side hospital in Chicago. She is survived by her husband, Jackson A. Peal of New Castle; two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Zelma Smith Boyd of Morrison, Grover C. Smith of Union, Oregon, Mrs. Vivian Smith Casper of Chicago; a niece, Miss Suzanne Olney of Chicago. One sister, Vida Mae Smith, and her parents, preceded her in death. The remains will arrive in Morrison Tuesday morning and will be taken from the Carney Funeral Home to her sister's home at 505 Portland Ave, that afternoon. Funeral services will be held at Mrs. Zelma Smith Boyd's home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Friends extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 18 Oct 1937 Front Pg.

DENNIS PETTORINI , 26, 1306 Woodburn Ave., died early this morning at his home. Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Melvi-Schilling Funeral Home, with Father Russo of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. till service time on Wednesday. A memorial has been established in his memory. Born on Nov. 6, 1956, in Sterling, the son of Anthony and Barbara Gibson Pettorini, he was employed at Self Help Enterprise. Survivors include his father, Anthony Pettorini, Sterling; his mother, Mrs. Margarito (Barbara) Rangel, Sterling; five brothers, Patrick, Rock Falls, Barry and Ronald, Sterling, Brian Richmond, with the United States Navy, Norfolk, Virg., and Michael Rangel, Sterling; two sisters, Robbin, Knoxville, Tenn., and Pam, Sterling; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hemminger, Dixon. He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael in 1964. Police Probe Pettorini Death - Sterling Police Department is currently investigating the death of 26-year-old Dennis G. Pettorini of 1904 1st Ave., Sterling. Police were called to Pettorini's resident at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday after his body was located by Pettorini's roommate. At this point, police do not suspect foul play and an inquest into the death is pending.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 23, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4

PAULINE E. PLATT , 501 1st Avenue , Rock Falls , died suddenly Monday morning in her home. Miss Platt was born June 19, 1894 in Toulon , the daughter of G. C. and Jennie Dodd Platt. She taught school in Whiteside County until her retirement in 1962. Miss Platt was a member of the Rock Falls Methodist Church ; the Order of Eastern Star No. 10 at Toulon ; the White Shrine No. 34 at Morrison; the Women's Society of the church; the Retired Teachers Association and the Lyndon Teacher's Club. Miss Platt is survived by one brother, Roy Platt of Paw Paw, Mich. ; one sister, Mrs. Maurice ( Myra ) Flynn of Paw Paw, Mich. ; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Funeral services for Miss Platt will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Rock Falls Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Anderson officiating, with burial in Toulon Cemetery at Toulon . Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home after 2 p.m. on Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, when the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of services."
Contributed by Dennis Krebs The Daily Gazette Sterling, Whiteside County , Illinois May 7, 1968 Page 6, Col. 1

GROVER RUSSELL PLOWMAN , 74, 32 West Main St., Milledgeville, died early Sunday morning at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Milledgeville United Methodist church, with Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor, officiating, with burial in Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville. Friends may call at the Allen-Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville and to the Carroll County Diabetic Association. Born on July 4, 1908 in Coleta, the daughter of Charles Ray and Luella Webster Hines, she was united in marriage to Paul G. Hubbard on June 3, 1927 at the Methodist Parsonage in Milledgeville. The couple farmed most of their married life in the Milledgeville and Lanark area, retiring in 1956 and moving to Milledgeville. Surviving are her husband, Paul G., Milledgeville; one daughter, Mrs. Everette (Mary) Martz, Mt. Carroll; one son, Lawrence L., Lanark; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Mabel Milroy and Mrs. Gladys Baum, both of Freeport, Mrs. Henry (Clara) Wiersema, Lanark and Mrs. Donald (Helen) Buckwalter, Mt. Carroll; three brothers, Ralph Hines and Harold Hines, both of Sterling, and George Hines, Milledgeville. She was preceded by her parents, three sisters and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisAugust 18, 1978 - Friday, page 4

JOHN H. PLUMLEY , 77, who resided with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stralow, 402 6th Ave., Sterling, passed away suddenly Saturday morning at the Elmer Knapp farm, southwest of Polo. The body was to be brought to the Allen Funeral Home after an inquiry was held at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home in Polo. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 19, 1960 - Saturday, page 2

HELEN I. (VANBECKOM) POMEROY , 90, of Fulton, IL died Sunday, October 12, 2008 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL. Helen was born on December 18, 1917 in Powers Lake, ND to James and Helena (Weinmann) VanBerkom. She attended the Powers Lake, ND schools. She graduated from the Clinton Business College in Clinton, IA. She married Edward Pomeroy on August 31, 1957. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1978. Helen was employed with the former Nielsen Clearinghouse and the former Professional Fulfillment Corporation in Clinton, IA. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the United States Bowling Congress. She was an avid bowler, bowling in Clinton, IA leagues for 50 years. Survivors include one daughter, Jeanne (Mrs. Gerald) Hoese of Fulton, IL; five grandchildren, Libby (Rob) Letcher, Dennis (Sarah) Hoese, T.J., Jeremy and Jeffrey Hoese; five great grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Bev) VanBerkom of Mesa, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward and four brothers, Lester, Earl, Arlo and Ardell VanBerkom.
Source; Paul Koehler

ANNA LAURA PROCHASKA - Miss Anna Laura Prochaska passed away in Mercy hospital at three o'clock Friday afternoon, June 23. Her death was a great shock to her sisters and friends as until early that afternoon she had been quite well. She had been in the hospital for seven weeks following a fall in her home when the bone in her leg was broken about six inches below the hip. She was recovering nicely from that and was in the best of spirits, looking forward to being brought home within a few days. Then the sudden heart attack came and although everything possible was done to relieve her she did not rally. Her sisters, Miss Mary and Miss Emma, were with her when she passd away. Funeral services were held in immaculate Conception church at nine o'clock Monday morning, the Rev. J.T. Egan officiating at requiem high mass. Burial was in Calvary cemetery with the following friends bearing the casket; James Ware, Charles Johnson, John Arnheim, Henry Cossman and William Bennett and Peter Weber of North Clinton. Miss Prohaska wa sborn in Black Oak, Carroll County, on November 6, 1885, and was the second daughter of Mathias and Barbara Prochaska. When two years old she came with heer parents to Fulton, which since then has been the family home. She attended the Fulton schools and later taught for six years in the same school. Her first teaching was in the rural schools of Carroll county. She also taught in Oxford Junction and in Chicago and later to complete qualifications for the teacher's pension she taught for two years in a rural school in the county. Her home was with her sisters and the three enjoyed the close companionship and the visits with their many friends. Surviving are her sisters, Miss Mary and Miss Emma, and several cousins. She was preceded by her parents and one brother Mathias. Miss Prochaska will be sadly missed in the home and among her friends. Though she has passed on the will live ever in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved her and felt the influence of her gentle life. Coming from out of town to attend the last rites were the following relatives; James Lisy and daughters, Miss Helen and Miss Marian of Cleveland OH and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Krahka of Carlisle Arkansas.
Whiteside County Sentinel, date unknown from Dave and Pam Jindrich

EMMA AGNES PROCHASKA - A Requiem High Mass for Miss Emma Agnes Prochaska, aged 99, a long time resident of Fulton, who died Sunday morning in the Clinton home of a cousin, Miss Marian Lisy, was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic church. Rev. Walter C. Roberts was the celebrant. The Rosary was recited in the Fay Funeral Home Tuesday at eight o'clock. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Fulton with the following serving as casket bearers; William Considine, J.L. Evans, Thomas E. Woods, Wallace Ware, Charles Jacobs and Dom Sheridan. Miss Prochaska was born Dec. 10, 1857 in Fulton, the daughter of Matthias and Barbara Vorak Prochaska who had come to the country from Czehoslovakia and who had lived a few years in Dixon before locating in Fulton the year she was born. She was educated in Fulton and taught in Whiteside country schools for a number of years. Later she did portrait work in Chicago and Minneapolis, Minn. She associated with such famour artists as R. Bruce Horsfall, painter of birds and established a reputation in her own right as a talented artist. After retiring she returned to reside with her sisters in the red brick Prochaska home in Fulton. Prior to her sister Mary's death in May 1954 their cousins, the Misses Lisy, came from Ohio to care for the elderly ladies, and after Miss Mary's death the old home here was sold and Miss Emma went to live with these cousins in Clinton. Miss Emma was nearing her 100th birthday, which she had hoped to celebrate, as she had been a bit jealous of the attention paid to her sister Mary when ahe had reached the century mark. She was perhaps the oldest person in this community. Surviving are her cousins, the Misses Helen and Marian Lisy of Clinton and other cousins living elsewhere. She was preceded by her parents, a brother, Matt; and two sisters Anna and Mary.

MARIE ROSE "MARY" PROCHASKA - Funeral services for Miss Marie Rose Prochaska, aged 102, who died in her home at three p.m. Tuesday, will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. D.S.T. in the Immaculate Conception church. The Rev. M.F. Callahan will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery. The Fay Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. The Rosary will be recited at the home this evening at eight o'clock. Miss Prochaska, a pioneer Fulton resident and the oldest known person in this area, was born March 16, 1852 in what is now known as Czechoslovakia. When just a baby, she came to America with her parents Mathias and Barbara (Dvorak) Prochaska. They lived first in Dixon, coming to Fulton when she was five years of age. She was familarly known as Mary Prochaska. Her father was a gunsmith and watch repair man. She was educated in Fulton and became a dressmaker. She kept house for her parents, sisters and brother. At the age of 99 she broker her hip in a fall, but after surgery in an Iowa City hospital, recovered and was able to walk unassisted. Since suffering a slight stroke 18 months ago, she has been in failing health. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary society. Surviving is one sister, Miss Emma who is 97 years of age, two cousins, Miss Mamie and Miss Helen Lissy of Cleveland OH, have cared fro the aged sisters for the past several years. Miss Prochaska was preceded by a brother and a sister, Anna.
Source: David Jindrich -

MATHIAS PROCHASKA - After an illiness of but a few weeks. Matthias Prochaska, age 87 years, died at his home in Twelfth avenue and Sixth street, Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Death was due to a complication of diseases which set in following a fall on the 4th of July, which resulted in breaking his hip. No funeral arrangements have been made as yet but interment will be made at Fulton Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Prochaska was born in Czechoslovakia in February 1825, and received his early education in that country. He was married in about 1850; and, in 1854, he came to this country accompanied by his wife. They made their way to Freeport, ILL., where they resided until 1858 when they moved to Fulton. Mrs. Prochaska preceeded her husband in death eleven years ago. In Fulton, the deceased was very well known, and was engaged in jewelry repair work, being an expert watchmaker. The deceased leaves to mourn his death, three daughters, Mary, Anna, and Emma, and one son, Matthias Prochaska, all in this city.
Source: David Jindrich - Published in the Clinton Herald on August 14, 1912, in The News of Fulton Section.

MATHIAS "MATTHEW" PROCHASKA - died Thursday at the Mayo Clinic after surgery. He was 62 yrs of age. Funeral services for the late Matthies Prochaska were held this morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Immaculate Conception church with the Rev. J.J. Clancy officiating and burial in the Fulton Catholic cemetery. Those who attended the casket were: Bert Marcellus, Henry Crossman Sr., James O"Rourke, James Ware, Henry Schwab. Frank Leipert, of this city, John Gerten and Peter Weber of Clinton, IA.
From Dave Jindrich - Published in the Clinton Herald on July 21, 1924, The News of Fulton section.