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HAROLD E. VANCE , 87, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, December 29, 2005, at Wyndcrest Nursing Home in Clinton, IA. Harold was born May 23, 1918 in Macomb, IL, to John A. and Dora O. (Ellis) Vance. He was educated in the Colchester, IL Grade Schools and was a graduate of Colchester High School. Harold received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western IL University in Macomb, IL; his Masters of Education from the University of IL, and had Doctoral hours at the University of WI in Madison, WI. Harold married Eloise L. Conley on January 16, 1943. She died on March 26, 1964. He then married Beulah J. (Daw) James on March 10, 1966 in Rock Falls, IL. Harold taught for 37 years in Arrow Smith, German Valley, Elburn, and most recently Riverbend Schools in Fulton, IL. He had also taught G.I. classes and been employed by the Fulton Flood Control District for 11 years. Harold was a member of Fulton Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder, a trustee, a Sunday School teacher, and a building committee member. He was a member of Fulton City Lodge #189-AF & AM. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and boating. Survivors include his wife, Beulah; two daughters, Dianne (Dr. Richard) Londo of Roscoe, IL and Ladora (Mrs. Larry) Eberle of Richmond, VA; three stepsons, Paul James of Rock Falls, IL; Donald (Judy) James of Erie, IL; and Charles (Susan) James of Sacramento, CA; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Claribel Carson of San Diego, CA. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise; three sisters, and four brothers. Burial At Lusk Memorial, Albany

LUCY E. (OSBORNE) VANCE - The death of Mrs. Lucy E. Vance occurred Tuesday at the Mercy Hospital following a stroke of paralysis.
Lucy Emily, daughter of Mrs. & Mrs. Andrwe Osborne, was born in Erie, Ill., November 7, 1871. She was united in marriage to Frank Henwood in 1890 at Erie, IL. To them was born one son who survives his mother, residing at the present time in Canadian, Tex. In 1902, she came to Williston and in that year married Richard Vance of this city. Mrs. Vance pioneered in McKenzie County, proving up a homestead some seven miles from Williston, where she continued to live until the last two years, when she moved to Williston. the deceased as was devout Christian having become a member of the Disciples Church in her girlhood in Illinois. In 1919 she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a loved member of that church at the time of her death. funeral services were held in the Methodist Church yesterday. Her body accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Ella C. Schryver, was take to Erie, Ill,. for burial.
Thanks to Friends -- We wish to express our sincerest thanks for kindnesses extended to us during our sorrow in the loss of our sister and aunt, Mrs. Lucy E. Vance. The thoughtful help and expressions of sympathy extended to us, as well as the beautiful floral offerings will be most kindly remembered. Mrs. Ella Schryver, A. B. Osborne, Harry Schryver , Mr. & Mrs. Herman Schryver
Contributed by John Mogren The Williston Herald, Williston, N.D., Thursday, September 1, 1921

ARTHUR A. VAN DAMME , 25, of Moline, formerly of Erie, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Schilling-Reedy Funeral home. The Rev. Vincent J. Shindelar, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ambrose Section of the Erie Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. Mr. Van Damme died at Moline Public Hospital Tuesday evening, following injuries received in a motorcyle-car accident. He was born Jan. 8, 1957 in Morrison, the son of Arthur A. VanDamme Sr. and Shirley (Dickey) VanDamme. He was united in marriage to Bridget A. Williams on Dec. 27, 1981 in Milan. He was employed at John Deere Harvestor in East Moline. He was a member of Local 865 UAW, East Moline. He is survived by his wife, Bridget; one step-son, Brandon at home; his mother, Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Blankenship of Port Byron, his father Arthur A. VanDamme Sr of Erie and three sisters, Mrs. Chet (Kay) Tayilor of Cambridge, Mrs. William (Elaine) Black of Hillsdale and Mrs. J. W. (Rachael) Cox of Akron, Ohio.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, March 3, 1982 - Wednesday pg

NANCY VAN DAMME - Word was received here today of the death Wednesday of Nancy Van Damme, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fien Van Damme, Star Route, Mason, Mich., formerly of Erie. Funeral services have been tentatively scheduled for Saturday at Mason. Friends said Nancy was a victim of rheumatic fever about a year ago and suffered a relapse about two weeks ago. The Van Dammes moved to Michigan about two years ago. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, David and Mark, and a sister Sandra. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent McKenna, Erie, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Damme, Prophetstown, plan to attend the funeral.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette March 19, 1953 - Thursday, pg 2

SHELIA (BERG) VAN DAMME , 67, of rural Prophetstown passed away Monday, May 26, 2008 at Proctor Hospital, Peoria, IL. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Friday, May 30, 2008 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Ltd., Atkinson. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hooppole. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be left to the Shelia “Jenny” VanDamme Memorial Fund. Jenny was born on July 30, 1940 in Pekin, IL the daughter of Jurgen F. and Virgina Berg. She was united in marriage to Joseph VanDamme on July 29, 1978 in Geneseo, IL. Jenny was employed for 24 years as a restaurant manager at the former Atkinson Plaza and later as a cashier at the gas island. She enjoyed playing cards and crafting, especially baby blankets. Survivors include her husband Joseph, two daughters Lori (Frank) DeLarosa, Glendale, AZ; Rhonda Rains, Milan, IL; three sons Bruce (Judeen) Rains, Geneseo, IL; Rick VanDamme, Annawan, IL; Randy VanDamme, Kewannee, IL; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and a sister Kathy Opp, Macomb, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen The Prophetstown Echo June 3, 2008

JOHN VANDELAAN , 89, of 206 E South St Morrison died April 25 2002 at Mercy Med. Ctr in Clinton Iowa. He was a lifetime farmer in the Morrison area retiring in 1979. Mr. Vandelaan was born March 22, 1913 in Morrison the son of Sam and Ella (Voss) Vanderlaan. He attended schools in rural Whiteside County. He married Irene Wagenecht on Dec 30, 1937 in Morrison. She died Aug 13 1947. He then married Jeanette Dykstra-Bielema on Jan 12 1962 in Fulton. He was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church Morrison, where he served as an elder, deacon and Catechism teacher. He was lay minister of visitation at Resthave Nusing Home, Morrison and was involved with the jail ministry of Whiteside County Jail. He was a member of Whiteside County Farm Bureau. He was a Cubs fan and enjoyed the company of family and grandchildren. Survivors are his wife; a daughter Patricia (LaVerne) Pessman of Fulton, a son David (Linda) Vanderlaan of Morrison, two stepdaughters, Carol (Wayne) Meurs of Fulton and Donna (Irv) Schaver of Jacksonville TX, three stepsons Delbert Bielema of Morrison, Willard (Nancy) Bielema of Rockton and Donald (Andra) Bielema of Sterling; a sister, Johanna (Ed ) Medema of Morrison, 6 grandchildren, 12 stepgrandchildren, 8 Great Granchildren and 12 Step Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter Janet; a sister Stella Brackemeyer, two brothers, Richard and Bert and 3 stepgrandchildren. Burial is a Grove Hill Cemetery Morrison.
Daily Gazette 27 April 2002

JANE (BRACKEMYER) VANDERLAAN , 88, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, formerly of Clinton, IA, died Friday, July 21, 2006 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, IA. Jane was born August 30, 1917 in Morrison, IL, to Richard H. and Rika (Brilstra) Brackemyer. She was educated in the grade schools of rural Whiteside County. Jane married Bert Vanderlaan on February 9, 1940 in Morrison. He died January 17, 1986. She was employed by the former Nielsens Coupon Clearing House in Clinton, IA, until retiring in 1977. Jane was a member of Community Reformed Church in Clinton and of the church's Joy Circle. She had served as a Sunday School and Catechism teacher. She enjoyed crocheting, needlework, crafts, and spending time with family and traveling. Survivors include two sons, Rev. Robert (June) Vanderlaan of Rhinebeck, NY and Vernon (Kathy) Vanderlaan of Sterling, IL; seven grandchildren, Jeanne (Dale) Langrehr, Jodi Atilano, Jennifer (Andrew) Houzenga, Craig Vanderlaan, Brett (Kim) Vanderlaan, Shawn Gough and Jennifer Gough; six great grandchildren, Tyler Gough, Ashley & Hailey Atilano, Asia Langrehr, Dylan Houzenga, Kai Vanderlaan; one sister, Mrs. Lena Barsema of Fulton, IL; and one brother, Richard Brackemyer of Morrison, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert; one daughter, Audrey Cox, four brothers, Henry, Ray, Jacob, and Bob Brackemyer.

FLOYD B. VAN DELLEN - Services for Floyd Van Dellen, age 84, of Fulton were held today (Wednesday, November 3 at 103:30 a.m. at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Rev. Phillip Sneller, Pastor of the First Reformed Church and Chaplain of the Fulton Police Department officiated. Burial was in the Fulton Cemetery with graveside military honors. Casketbearers were Justin Van dellen, Jared Van Dellen, Kurt Van Dellen, David Naftzger, Ryan Marcum, Matt Marcu, Tyler Geerts and Tatum Geerts. Honorary casketbearers were Bradley Tegeler. Organist was marguerite Clark who played "In the Garden", Old Rugged Cross" and "Wind Beneath my Wings" was sung by Deb Geerts and Amanda Medema. He was born March 11, 1920 in Fulton, the son of Elmer and Elizabeth (Ottens) Van Dellen. He was educated in the Fulton grade schools and was a graduate of Fulton High. On July 2, 1941 he married Jenouise Van Dyke in Fulton, and later married Dorothy L. Marcum on August 18, 1961 in Clinton. He served in the US Marines during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 402, the WHiteside County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol, the Fulton Saddle Club, the IL State Stock Horse Assoc., was a member andpast fire chief of the Fulton Fire Dept., was a trustee of the Fulton Fire Protection Dist. and he enjoyed horses and trail riding. He owned and operated Van Dellen Greenhouses in Fulton and was later employed as a patrolman by the Fulton Police Dept., he was a deputy with the Whiteside Co Sheriff's Dept. and also drove school bus for the FUlton School District. He retired from the Sheriff's Dept in 1985. Folowing etirement he was employed by Potter's Greenhouse in Clinton Iowa. He is survived by two daughters Karen (Paul) Naftzger of Albany and Marcia (Pete) Feller of Fulto; two sons, Boyd (Phyllis St. Ores) Van Dellen of Fulton and Michael Van Dellen of Fulton, 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie (Fred) Pell of Morrison and Isabelle (Herbert) Benson of Morrison and special friends Leo, Deb, Tyler and Tatum Geerts.

ALENE (ARDAPPLE) VANDERMYDE , 56, of RR 2, Morrison, passed away (24 September 1969) Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Morrison Community Hospital from an apparent heart attack. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Emmanuel Reformed Church preceded by prayer services in the chapel at 1:45. The Rev. Leroy Koopman will officiate, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (tonight). A memorial has been established. Alene Ardapple was born Dec. 2, 1912 in Morrison, the daughter of George and Anna Klount Ardapple. She was educated in the Morrison schools. She married Ben Vandermyde on Sept. 29, 1932 in Morrison and after their marriage, they farmed in the Morrison area. She was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church, Fellowship and Study Circle of the church and was a member of the Home Extension. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Franklin, Douglas and Dan of Morrison; her father, George Ardapple of Morrison; one brother, James Ardapple of Morrison; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Holt of San Marino, Calif., and Mrs. Allen (Mildred) Slickers of Lafayette, Ind., and nine grandchildren. She was preceded by her mother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette September 25, 1969 - Thursday, pg 2

DON R. VANDERMYDE , 64, of Chicago, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 at Northwestern Memorial Hsp. Chicago. Mr. Vandermyde was born April 9, 1940 in Sterling, the son of Dr. Isaac and Ella May (Renkes) Vandermyde. Survivors include a brother, Richard C. of Morrison, a sister, Mary Beth (William) Erkonen of Iowa City; special friend Irvin Longacre of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews. He wsa preceded by his parents.

ELLAMAY (RENKES) VANDERMYDE , 86, of the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, died Saturday at the nursing home. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, with the Rev. George McIlrath, pastor, and the Rev. Alvin Hook, minister of visitation, co-officiating. There will be no visitation. The Morrison Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to Pleasant View Nursing, Morrison. Mrs. Vandermyde was born Aug. 4, 1904 in Morrison, the daughter of Claus and Elizabeth (Workman) Renkes. She married Isaac Vandermyde, Jan. 29, 1929, in Morrison. He died Jan. 25, 1989. She was educated in the Morrison schools. She was a graduate of Central College, Pella, Iowa. She was a lifelong Morrison resident, formerly of 308 N. Jackson. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Morrison; the Presbyterian Women's Association of the church; and a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood, Morrison, Chapter F.L. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William (Beth) Erkonen, Iowa City, Iowa; two sons, Dr. Richard C. Vandermyde, Morrison; Don Vandermyde, Chicago; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a twin sister and one sister in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 1, 1990 - Monday, pg A2

JENNIE W. VANDERMYDE - Funeral services for Miss Jennie Vandermyde of Morrison, who died Tuesday (29 Sep 1969) in the Morrison Community Hospital, were held Thursday in the Emmanuel Reformed Church, the Rev. LeRoy Koopman, pastor, officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Nephews who serviced as pallbearers were: John E. Vandermyde, Kenneth J. Vanhuizen, Franklin Verdermyde, Vernon Vandermyde, Douglas Vandermyde and Dr. Richard Vandermyde. Friends in charge of flowers were Mrs. Carl Hammer, Mrs. Joe Bielema, and Mrs. Burton Shambaugh. Women who have been assisting in the kitchen at the Morrison Community Hospital attended the services in a body. The congregation sang her favorite hymn, "Under His Wing," with Mrs. Paul Klimstra playing the organ accompany. The Rev. Koopman based his remarks on Psalm 91 which he read. He then took the theme of "Shadows" for his funeral sermon. In closing he read an orginal poem on "Faith" written by Miss Vandermyde.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 3, 1969 - Friday, pg 6

JOHN E. VANDERMYDE , 91, of Alverno Healt Care Facility, Clinton Iowa, formerly of Morrison, died Monday Nov. 22, 2004 at the home. He was a lifetime farmer and trucker in the rural Morrison area. Mr. Vandermyde was born Jan. 19, 1913, in Unionville, the son of Hubert and Anna (Pessman) Vandermyde. He attended rural Whiteside County grade schools. He served in the Army during WW II. He married Faye Vos. She died June 9, 1939. He then married Mary L. Brohmer on Jan. 15, 1946 in Amery Wis. She died Feb. 23, 1991. He was a charter member of Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison, serving several terms as an elder and a deacon, and a member of Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Survivors include a daugher Crystal (Bob) Etheridge of Ada, Mich; a sister, Betty (Kenneth) Tervelt of Fenton; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded by a son in infancy and two brothers, James and Vernon. Burial in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison with military honors. Rev. Jon W. Nienhuis officiating.

PAUL VANDER VINNE , 76, of 13824 Harmony St Morrison, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at University Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. He farmed in the rural Morrison area for five years, was employed by Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and was self-employed radio and televisio repairman. He then was employed by General Electric Co., for 24 year until retiring, and then by Superwash, as an attendant for 16 years, both in Morrison. Mr. Vander Vinne was born Oct 31, 1926, in Erie, the son of Martin and Gertie (Buikema) Vander Vinni. He attended rural Whiteside County grade schools. He married Kathelyn D. Foster on Nov. 9, 1950 in Fulton. He was a member of First Reformed Church, Fulton, an served as an Amway distributor for many years. He enjoyed Lionel model railroading and collecting John Deere memorabilia. Survivors include his wife; two daughters. Paulette (Frank) Walston of Fulton and Debb (Tom) Pratt of Erie; two sons, Gerry Vander Vinne of St. Charles an Paul K. (Pam) Vander Vinne Morrison; a sister, Lucy (Allan) Voss of Fulton; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Vander Vinne. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Phillip Sneller, pastor of First Reformed Church, Fulton, officiating. Burial is at Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 am 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been establishc to First Reformed Church Radio Broadcast.
Dailey Gazette July 24, 2003

FLORENCE (GEERTS) VANDER VINNE , 104, of Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, IL, formerly of Fulton, IL died Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Four Seasons Living Center. Florence was born April 1, 1902 in Fulton, IL, to Harry and Grace (Huizenga) Geerts, Sr. She was educated in Whiteside County grade schools. She married Peter Vander Vinne on February 6, 1923 in Ustick Township, IL. He died June 5, 1982. She farmed with her husband in Ustick and Newton Townships until retiring in 1958 when they moved to Fulton. Florence later moved to Morrison, IL in 1991. She was a member of First Reformed Church in Fulton and the church's Helping Hand Society. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Balk of Fulton, IL; Mrs. Louise Bielema of Albany, IL; Frances (Mrs. Bernard) Houzenga and Dorothy (Mrs. Neil) Johnson both of Morrison, IL; one son, Maurice (Loretta) Vander Vinne of Morrison, IL; twenty-five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; forty-six great grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; sixteen great great grandchildren; one step great great grandchild; one sister, Marian (Mrs. Gerald) Ottens of Fulton, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; one daughter, Pauline Pruis; one sister, Ann Shipma; five brothers, Edward, Peter, William, Harry, Jr., and Clarence Geerts; two grandchildren, Rhonda Houzenga and one in infancy; two great grandchildren, Hannah and Heather De Weerdt; one step great grandchild, Amanda Conerly.

SAMUEL C. VANDER VOORT , 70, of Albany, died Saturday at Mercy North Hospital, Clinton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Albany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kolleen Klemmedson, pastor of the Albany United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the church. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in the Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany. He was born Feb. 23, 1934. He married Edna R. Humphrey on May 17, 1970, in Albany. Early in his life he worked various construction jobs. Most recently he worked with Agri-Grain Marketing in Fulton, Ill. He was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church, the Albany Lion's Club and the Albany Fire Department. Survivors include his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Clinton Herald 28 February 2004

DORIS E. (JANVRIN) VAN DeVELDE , 86, of Parkersburg, W.V., formerly of Morrison, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 20, 2011, at Camden Clark Medical Center Memorial Campus, Parkersburg. She worked as an industrial nurse for Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, and Burgess Battery, Freeport. She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Morrison, the daughter of Paul and Mable (Robertson) Janvrin. She married Clarence R. VanDeVelde. He preceded her in death. She was a member of St. John Methodist Church, Vienna, W.Va., and the Red Hat Society. Survivors include her daughter, Jane Mead of Olympia, Wash.; two sons, Dale (Marcia) VanDeVelde of Davisville, W.V., and Steven (Sandy) VanDeVelde of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son; two brothers; one grandson; and one very special friend, Ed Napier. There are no services at this time. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements were completed by Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, W.Va.
Contributed by Margaret Marose - Sterling Gazette

HERBERT VAN DeVELDE , 59, of Kindersley, Sask., Canada died suddenly June 13. He was born Aug. 25, 1909 in Atkinson, the son of Bernard and Emma Pakuer Van De Velde. In 1930 he was married to Josephine Winchell in Tampico. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Layton and Mrs. Judith Pearson, six grandchildren all of Kindersley, Sask., his mother Mrs. Emma Van De Velde of Annawan, three sisters, Mrs. Rose Powers of Harmon; Mrs. Mary Jean Egert of Prophetstown; Mrs. Jo Ann Doty of Tampico; three brothers, Alois and Lawrence of Propehtstown, and Clarence of Polo. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister and brother. Funeral arrangements are pending in Kindersley, Sask.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 17, 1969, pg 2

JASON DOUGLAS VAN DeVELDE , infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas (Patty Jo) VandeVelde, 303 E. 10th St., Rock Falls, died Wednesday? in st. Francis Hospital, Peoria. The child was born June 22, 1971 in Morrison Community Hospital. Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico by the Rev. Robert A. Balog of St. Mary's Church, Sterling. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Schmitt Chapel in Tampico. Surviving with the parents are one sister Crystal Lynn and paternal and maternal grandparetns, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil VanDeVelde and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Boehm of Rock Falls.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 24 1971 - Monday, pg 2

JOSEPH VAN DeVELDE , 73, of Morrison died Friday, June 20, 2003, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling. Funeral services will take place at 10 am. Monday, June 23, 2003, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, with Father Paul White officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 until 10 am. Monday at the church Burial with military rites will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley and to Home of Hope. Mr. VanDeVelde was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Sheffield, the son of Bruno and Emma (Bender) VanDeVelde. He served in the Army and later worked as a crane operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Tampico, and Morrison Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8281. He enjoyed gardening. Survivors include three daughters, Kym (Roger) Hayen of Milledgeville, Jill VanDeVelde of Sterling and Ginger VanDeVelde of Rockford; two brothers, Robert (Rita) VanDeVelde and Virgil (Marge) VanDeVelde, both of Sterling; three grandchildren; and special friend, Shirley Betts of Morrison. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy VanDeVelde and Esther Roush; and two brothers, Harold VanDeVelde and Wallace VanDeVelde. Arrangements were completed by Allen-Grennan Funeral Homes.
Daily Gazette 22 June 2003

JOSEPHINE EDNA (WINCHELL) VAN DeVELDE , October 1, 1906 to February 22, 2006, wife of the late Herbert A. Van De Velde, the long time resident of Kindersley, SK, died peacefully in her 100th year. Jo is survived by her brother Edwin E. Winchell of New Westminster, BC; sisters-in-law: Doris Van De Velde of Texas, Mary-Jean (Wilbert) Egert of Ill., Joann (Judd) Doty of Ill., Lorene Van De Velde of Ill., all in the USA; and was loving mother to Patricia (Albert) Layton and Judith (Victor) Pearson and many grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Known by many as "Grandma Jo," she was a farmer who was well known for her love of horses, agriculture, poetry, quilting, music, cooking, hunting and travel. She was an active member of St. Mary's Anglican Church and a 4-H Beef Club leader for over 15 years. Jo loved to entertain at coffee parties and never missed an opportunity to play a game of cards or tell a funny story. Her love of life and sense of adventure will be missed by all. (Buried: Kindersley Cemetery)
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor February 23, 2006 - Kindersley, Sask. Canada

KEITH VAN DeVELDE 44, formerly of the Sterling area, died Sunday, June 20, 2001, in Devils Lake, N.D. He was employed by the Soil Conservation Service as a district conservationist in Illinois and a resource conservationist and development coordinator in Devils Lake, N.D. for 10 years. Mr. Van De Velde was born Feb. 22, 1957, in Polo, the son of Clarence and Doris (Janvrin) Van De Velde. He attended Polo schools, was a graduate of Sauk Valley Community Coillege and 1984 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in agronomy. He served in the Air Force as a dual-rated air traffic controller. He married Diane Gebhardt in 1982 in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; a son, Tyler Van De Velde at home; a daughter Katie Van De Velde at home; his mother of Harlingen, Texas; two brothers, Dale (Marcia) Van De Velde of Washington, W.Va., and Steve (Sandy) Van De Velde of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; a sister, Jane (Chuck) Mead of Olympia, Wash.; three nephews; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling, with the Rev. Randy Miota, CGH Medical Center chaplain, officiating. Arrangements were completed by Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 14, 2001

PATTY JO (BOEHM) VAN DeVELDE , 52, of Rock Falls died Thursday May12, 2005 at CGH Med. Ctr. She was employed by Friendship House Restaurant, Rock Falls as a waitress. Ms. Vandevelde was born Nov. 10, 1952 in Sterling the daughte rof Lyle and Marie (Wagner) Boehm. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing bingo. Survivors include two daughters Crystal Handel and Jennifer Mayo; two sisters Sharon and Kelly; a brother Carl and a grandson Austin. She was preceded by her parents; and a son Json in infancy. Services at First Christian Church Rock Falls with Rev. April McClure Stewart officiating. Burial in Oak Knoll.

THOMAS V. VANDEVELDE , Graveside services for Thomas V. VanDeVelde, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil VanDeVelde, Rt. 2, Rock Falls, were conducted today at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico, by Rev. Ambrose Weitekamp, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Tampico, officiating. The child died at 12:05 a.m. today (10 July 1959) in Community General Hospital. Funeral arrangements were made by Grennan and Son Funeral Home, Sterling. Surviving are his parents; a brother, Douglas; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Allen of Manlius, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno VanDeVelde of Tampico.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 10, 1959 - Friday, pg 6

JEANETTE A. (FOWLER) VanDREW , 56, 503 15th Ave., Sterling, died early Wednesday morning in Community General Hospital after a long illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Van Drew will be held on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Brigadier Violet Hasney of the Sterling Salvation Army officiating, with burial in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mrs. VanDrew was born on June 18, 1922 in Morrison, the daughter of Amos and Sadie Edding Fowler. She was united in marriage to Wayne C. VanDrew on June 25, 1942. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1970. She was a member of the Ladies Home League and the Salvation Army. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. William (Nancy) Manon of Sterling, Mrs. Ronald (Judy) Coy of Coleta, and Mrs. Darrell (Betty) Neubauer and Mrs. Allen (Mary) Shuman, both of Milledgeville; four sons, Larry of Rock Falls, Kenneth, Jeffery and Vaughn all of Sterling; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hannan McNinch and Mrs. John (Harriet) Muntean, both of Rock Falls, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six sons, four brothers and two sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 5, 1978 - Wednesday, page 4

LARRY VanDREW , 57, of 25509 Indian Ridge Rd Sterling, died Saturday May 18 2002, at CGH Medical Center. He was employed by National Mfg and then by Northwestern Steel & Wire for 20 years, retiring upon its closing. He also owned a taxidermy and nusiance wildlife control business. Mr Van Drew was born Feb 22, 1945 in Sterling the son of Wayne and Jeanette (Fowler) Van Drew. He served in the Army as a demolition expert. He married June Wuebben on Nov 11, 1965, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of several sportsmens clubs including the Broken Arrow Bow Club. He attended Rock River Christian Center where he was a past Royal Ranger leader. Survivors include his wife; two daughters Christena (Bill) Ekquist and Nikki Van Drew, both of Sterling; a son Raymond (Patty) Van Drew of Rock Falls; four sisters, Nancy (Bill) Manon of Sterling, Judy (Alan) Reynolds of FL and Betty (Darrell) Neubauer and Mary (Allen) Shuman both of Rock Falls; three brothers, Kenneth (Theresa) of Sterling. Jeff & Vaughn Van Drew both of Rockford, an aunt; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and a grandson. Funeral is at 11 AM Wednesday Rock River Christian Center. Burial is at I00F Cemetery Rock Falls.
Daily Gazette 20 May 2002

MARY (ADAMS) VanDREW , 63, of Sterling died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 at CGH Medical Center. She was a hospice social worker in Washington and Montana. Mrs. Van Drew was born March 1, 1941 in Sterling, the daughter of Paul and Irene (Baker) Adams. She married Harold E. Van Drew on June 10,1959 in Coeurdelane, Idaho. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Georgia McPhie of Bend, Ore; a son Gary (Danielle) Van Drew of Gresham, Ore; a sister Patrice (Dennis) Redfield of Sterling, a brother Ronald (Kay) Adams of Sterling and seven grandchildren. She wsa preceded by her parents; a daughter Michelle Van Drew and a grandson.

DOROTHY (STEES) VAN DUSEN , 84, of Woodland Shores, rural Dixon, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 at Rockford Mem. Hospital. She was employed by Dixon State School for many years. Mrs. Van Dusen was born March 11, 1921 in Sterling, the daughter of Earl Thornton & Grace (Cullen) Stees. She married Gerald E. VanDusen. He died Nov. 13, 1974. Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Hermes of Dixon; two sons, Gerald of Mt. Morris and David of Florida; two sisters, Virginia Schreiner of Dixon and Mary Parker of Galt; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. she was preceded in death by a aughter, Connie Martins. The funeral is Monday at McDonald Funeral Home. Burial at Coloma Twp. Cemetery.

WILLIAM M. VAN DUSEN , 63, Coleta, died Friday evening in Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Melvin Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor, Rock Falls Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. William M. VanDusen was born Dec. 10, 1908 in Lacon, Ill., the son of Riley and Elizabeth VanDusen. He was educated in Iowa schools. He was united in marriage to Florence Wallace in Dixon, and she preceded in death in 1969. Surviving are a brother, Wayne VanDusen, Coleta, with whom he made his home; a daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Linda) Stefanich, Sterling; a son, William M. VanDusen Jr. serving with the United States Air Force, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 17, 1972 - Saturday, page 2

CLARA (BALSTER) VAN HORN - The body of Mrs. G.J. Van Horn, who passed away suddenly at her home in St. Pual, Minn. Wednesday, arrived here Friday morning and was taken to the Trouth chapel to remain until Saturday afternoon, when the remains will be taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Balster, 503 W. 11th St. Funeral services will be held at the Balster home at 1:30 Sunday, and from the Second Avenue Lutheran church at 2 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. W.J. Voeltz conducting the rites. Burial will be in the Hopkins Cemetery. Announcement of the sudden death of Mrs. Van Horn came as a shock to the family and friends. Mrs. Van Horn was at home alone when she suffered injury to the 5th vertebra in a fall believed to have been caused by a fainting spell. Her husband was absent from home on a business trip in connection with his duties as representative of an automobile insurance agency. Mrs. Van Horn's lifeless form was found on the floor of the bath room. It is not known the time she suffered her fatal injury, but it is presumed that it was some time early Wednesday mroning as the breakfast dishes had not been cleared from the table. Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn had just moved to St. Paul MN about 2 weeks ago, at which time the former accepted a position which required that he make his headquarters in that city. They had been residents of Monroe for 4 years, during which Mrs. Van Horn had endeared herself to a wide circle of friends. For the last year or more she was deeply interested in the promotion of child welfare work in that community. She was a leader in the Monroe Woman's club, and for the last year she had served as chairman of the child health center committee, devoting much of her time in this service. Mrs. Van Horn was also quite active in the affairs of the Lutheran church in Monroe. She was confirmed in the Hopkins Lutheran Church and when she came to Sterling her membership was transferred to the 2nd Avenue Luthern Church. Mrs. Van Horn's maiden name was Clara Balster. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Balster. Born in Hopkins township, March 11, 1898. Clara attended the McGrath school in Mt. Pleasant, graduating from the 8th grade. Several years later she came to Sterling, accepting a position as saleslady in the J.K. Chester store. Later she took up millinery and went to Cedar Rapids to take a position, and then became identified with a large millinery establishment in Chicago. During the spring and summer seasons she was assigned by the latter firm to take charge of millinery departments of stores in several cities. It was while she was in Garden City, Kansas, that the romance was started which culminated in her marriage to G.J. Van Horn, the vows being solemized April 10, 1926 in Dodge City KS.

ETHEL (MANON) VAN HORN , 85, of Rock Falls died May 12, 2005 at CGH Medical Ctr. She wsa employed by GE in Morrison for 27 years, retiring in 1980 from the relay timer department. She was born Dec. 7, 1919 in Harmon, the daughter of Jeremiah Burkholder and Ida Mae (Stern) Manon. She married Harold A. VanHorn on June 20, 1936 in Rock Falls. He died Dec. 6, 1999. She was a member of Good Shephad Lutheran Church, Rock Falls and was a colunteer at CLS THrift Shop. She enjoyed crocheting and cake decorating. Survivors include her children, Joyce Bass, Virginia Bass, Harold E. Van Horn, Sandra Timmons, Diane Anderson, James Van Horn, Roger Van Horn, Sally Ruehl, Steven Van Horn and Jack Van Horn; 29 grandchildren. The funeral is Monday at McDonald Funeral Home. Burial in Coloma Twp. Cemetery.

MRS. VAN KAMPEN , 58, Rt 2, Fulton, passed away at 4 a.m. Monday in Jane Lamb Hospital, following a lingering illness. The body was taken to the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton, where friends may call. Funeral services at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the parlors of the First Reformed Church, and a 2 p.m. in the church, with the Rev. Cornelius Haechstra officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. She was born Dec. 13, 1907 in Garden Plain, the daughter of Ben and Martha Venhuizen Bielema. She married to Jacob Van Kampen, Jr., May 17, 1930 in Fulton. She was a member of the First Reformed Church. Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Peter (Lois) Jorgenson, Mrs. Gene (Joyce) Jensen, Mrs. Robert ( Marlene) Buck, all of Clinton, Iowa, and Linda, at home; four sons, Donald, Allen and Paul, of Fulton, and Richard, at home; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Andrew (Reka) Housenga; three brothers, Ralph, Argo Fay, Ben, of Fulton, and Marvin, Colona. She was preceded by her parents, one son, and a brother and a sister.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Sterling Daily Gazette March 15, 1966

BERTHA (DeVRIES) VAN KAMPEN , 86, Fulton, died in Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Tuesday. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Fulton, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service. The Rev. William Hoffman will officiate and burial will be in Fulton Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home after 4 p.m. Thursday. Bertha DeVries was born in the Netherlands, Sept. 18, 1886, and came to the United States in 1891 with her parents, Herman and Marie Workman DeVries. She married Jacob Van Kampen on Feb. 9, 1903. She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Fulton. Survivors include six sons, John W., George J., Jacob Jr., and Harold C., all of Fulton and Alvin, Clinton, Iowa, and Timothy of Mt. Vernon; 26 grandchildren, four foster grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Medema, Fulton and two brothers, Jesse, Fulton and Joe, Morrison. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor -

DONALD VAN KAMPEN , 74, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL. Donald was born February 14, 1931 in Fulton, IL, to Jacob and Jennie (Bielema) Van Kampen. He was educated in the East Clinton schools of rural Fulton, IL. Don married Beverly J. Bos on April 3, 1958 in Fulton. He was employed by the former International Harvestor in East Moline, IL until retiring in 1971. His hobbies included camping, long walks, and crossword puzzles. He was also an avid Cubs fan. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; two daughters, Kathy (Mrs. Robert) Harris of Milan, IL and Kimberly Curtis of Fulton; one son, Daniel (Beth) Van Kampen of Fulton; five grandchildren, Brandy and Jason Harris, Dustin and Kristin Van Kampen and Kyle Curtis; four sisters, Joyce (Mrs. Gene) Jensen and Mrs. Lois Jorgensen both of Clinton, IA, Marlene (Mrs. Robert) Buck and Mrs. Linda Van Damme both of Fulton; three brothers, Al Van Kampen, Paul (Judy) Van Kampen, and Richard (Linda) Van Kampen all of Fulton. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Jacque Lynn Curtis and one brother, Warren Van Kampen

ISAAC VAN KAMPEN , age 84, of Fulton died late Monday evening (31 Oct 1970) in the Veterans Hospital in Knoxville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Bosma Funeral Home by the Rev. William Hoffman of the First Reformed Church of Fulton. The burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. There is visitation this Wednesday evening at Bosma Funeral Home. Isaac VanKampen was born in the Netherlands, Jan. 7, 1886 and came to the United States as a child with his parents, John and Hiska Wierenga VanKampen. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Mary Huizenga of Albany, Mrs. Bertha Wilkins of Morrison, and Mrs. Sarah Meinsma of Fulton. Six brothers preceded in death.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 2, 1970 - Wednesday, pg 2

HENRIETTA (DYKEMA) VAN KAMPEN , 85, of the Fulton and Morrison areas, passed away at the Eveningside Nursing Home, Friday (7 Jan 1966) . She had been in failing health for the past year. The body was taken to the Tomlinson Funeral Home at Morrison, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Donald Boss, pastor of the Trinity Reformed Church of Fulton, officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery at Morrison. Henrietta Dykema was born June 17, 1880, in Garden Plain Township, the daughter of Jacob and Jane Holsinger Dykema. She attended rural schools in Garden Plain and was married Nov. 9, 1906, to Tim Van Kampen. She lived in the Fulton and Morrison areas all of her life. She resided in Morrison for a number of years and then moved back to Fulton in 1955 and lived there until October of 1965 when she came to the Eveningside Nursin Home at Morrison. She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church of Fulton. Her husband passed away Aug. 6, 1940. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Wood of Clinton, Ia.; Mrs. Elvin (Julia) Norman of Erie, Mrs. Henry R. (Mary) Drolema and Mrs. Clarence (Bertha) Boelkins, both of Milledgeville; one son, Harold Van Kampen of Madison, Wis.; three brothers, Roy, Fred and Dave Dykema, all of Morrison, and one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Colby of St. Peteersburg, Fla. She also is survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Oostenryk, and three brothers, Martin, Ben and John Dykema.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling, Illinois Daily Gazette, Saturday, 8 January 1966, 2;4

JENNIE (HUIZENGA) VAN KAMPEN , 75, died Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Nursing home, Mt. Carroll. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m in the Frank Funeral home. Burial in the Chadwick Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Porterfield, Community Church, Chadwick, officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m on Thursday at the funeral home. Jennie Van Kampen was born in Whiteside County on March 8, 1908, the daughter of John Houzenga and Dora Huizenga. On Nov. 14, 1921 she married John Van Kampen in Fulton. Surviving are two sons, Harold and Robert, both of Chadwick; four daughters, Mrs. Francis (Della Mae) Hussung, Sterling, Mrs. James (Helen) Kall, Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Don (Betty) Schroeder, Byron, Mrs. Donald (Darlene) Olson, Lanark; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, David, Houzenga, Fulton; and one sister, Mrs. John (Helen) Mendorph, Fulton. Preceding her in death were her husband, seven brothers, two sisters, and three grandchildren
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, April 19, 1982 - Monday, pg A4

JOHN VAN KAMPEN , 80, died Wednesday evening (9 Jun 1982) in the Savanna City Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Frank funeral Home in Chadwick with the Rev. Robert Porterfield of the Chadwick Community Church officiating. Burial will be in the Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Van Kampen was born Jan. 5, 1902 in Whiteside County, the son of Henry and Jennie (Kouzenga) Van Kampen. He was united in marriage to Jennie Houzenga on Nov 17, 1925 in Morrison. He was a retired farmer. He is survived by his wife, Jennie; two sons, Harold and Robert, both of Chadwick; four daughters, Mrs. Francis (Della Mae) Hussong, Sterling, Mrs. James (Helen) Kall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mrs. Don (Betty) Schroder, Byron and Mrs. Don (Darlene) Olson, Lanark; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandchildren.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday, 10 June 1982, A4;4

KATHERINE VAN KAMPEN , 90, of Clinton, IA, died Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. Katherine was born January 1, 1918, in Fulton, IL, to Harry H. and Alice (Smith) Poel. She was educated in the Whiteside County grade schools and attended Fulton High School. She married Timothy Van Kampen on August 8, 1936 in Fulton. He died July 29, 1991. She was employed by the former Patent Novelty Company in Fulton. She then was employed as a nurse's aid at the Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, IL. She later worked for the J.C. Penney Store in Clinton, IA and Mt. Vernon, OH. Katherine was a member of First Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include two daughters, Arla Morrow of Wheaton, IL and Barbara Postel of Wilton, IA; five sons, Harold (Inge) Van Kampen of Rhinelander, WI, Leon (Donna) Van Kampen of Morrison, IL, Larry (Judy) Van Kampen of Moline, IL, James A. (Janie) Van Kampen of Morrelton, AR, and Tom Van Kampen of Camanche, IA; seveny-two grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tim; one grandson, Steven Van Kampen; two brothers, Marvin and Robert Poel.
Source: Paula Koehler at Find-A-Grave

MAE (BALK) VAN KAMPEN , 76, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, February 12, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, IA. Mae was born May 21, 1930 in Thomson, IL, to John D. and Helen (Engelkens) Balk. She was educated in the Chadwick, IL grade and high schools. She married Harold E. "Harry" Van Kampen on February 16, 1950 in Fulton. He died July 3, 2000. Mae owned and operated, with her late husband, Van's Standard Station in Clinton. She also was employed by General Electric in Morrison for several years. Most recently, she owned and operated, Van's Café in Fulton, retiring in 1993. She also had owned and operated Savanna Roller Rink. Mae helped to raise 110 foster children while serving as a foster parent. She was well known for playing the accordion while her husband played guitar for various functions. She also was an accomplished organist. She was a member of First Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include one daughter, Carmen Melissa Mae Van Kampen of Fulton; two grandchildren, Samantha Jo Zuidema and Jesse Eugene Zuidema. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harry; three brothers, Henry Newendyke, Robert and Harold Balk.

LILLIAN VAN LOO Funeral services for Mrs. Charles (Lillian) Van Loo of 1001 W. 9th St., Sterling, were conducted Saturday at 1:3i0 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Lutz, pator of the Assembly of God Church of Rock Falls, officiating with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Wayne E. Larson sang "In the Garden" and "Rock of Ages", and Mrs. Roscoe Eades was organist. Pallbearers were Harry Wallis, Melvin Haefner, Howard McConald, Russell McClearly, Tom McCleary and Howard Weaver. Flowers were cared for by Miss Helen Kereven and Mrs. Howard McDonald. Relatives attended from Bartlesville, Okla; Harmon, Joliet, Hurst, Cambral, Marion, Freeburg, Ill., and Clinton, Iowa.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 13, 1963 - Monday, pg 2 col 3

OLLIE PEARL (MENSCH) (JENSEN) VAN OOSTEN - Funeral services for Mrs. Van Oosten, 80, Morrison, who passed away Sunday in Iowa Lutheran Hospital, DesMoines, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Funeral Home. The Rev. Harry L. Harlein of United Methodist Church of Des Moines will officiate, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. (Morrison IL). Friends may call at the funeralhome tonight (Tuesday). A memorial has been established. O. P. Mensch was born June 10, 1889 in Whiteside County, the daughter of William A. and Rebecca Wetzell Mensch. She was educated in Whitside County and liver there all her life. She married Christian M. Jensen in May 1911 in Morrison and he passed away in 1946. She married Adloph Van Oosten in April 1953 and he preceded her. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morrison, Royal Neighbors of America and DAR. She is survived by one son, Laurence Jensen of Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. James O. (Pauline) Burnet of DesMoines; one sister, Mrs. Nora Young of Morrison; one half-brother, Lester Mensch of Stuttgart, Ark.; fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is preceded by parents, two sons, two sisters, one grandson in infancy, one brother, and one half brother.

MARY (MILLER) VAN SANT , former Rock Falls resident died early Thursday in the P.A. Peterson Nursing Home in Rockford, following a long illness. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Rev. Charles J. Steinke, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling officiating with burial in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Mrs. VanSant was born on July 14, 1900 in Hodgenville, Kent, the daughter of William and Amanda Smith Miller. She married Donald VanSant on December 21, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington. He preceded her in death on December 10, 1987. She had worked at Haskell's and Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for a number of years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. She is survived by one daughter, Gladys Westfall of Machesney Park; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; one sister, Lillian O'Dell of Sterling; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1989 - Friday, pg A2

CHARLES M. VARNER ,90, 1402 Avenue A, Rock Falls, passed away Saturday afternoon in the Linton Nursing Home where he had been a patient three weeks. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home where the body rests. The funeral will be conducted at 2 P.M. Tuesday at Allen's by Rev Harry E. Shiffer of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Born April 23, 1863 in Harrisburg, Pa. Charles Varner was the son of Mr. and Mrs Merkel Varner. During their early married life he and his wife resided in Walnut and Prophetstown and came to Sterling from Indiana 38 years ago. Mr. Varner was a retired engineer. His wife preceded him in death. Surviving are four sons and three daughters. Harvey of Aurora, Mrs Walter 'Florence' Smith of Rockford. Mrs Floyd 'Ann' Richardson of Rock Falls. Miss Sadie Varner of Los Angeles, Calif. George of Rock Island. Charles of Antioch, Calif. and LeRoy of Sterling. One son preceded him in death. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Daily Gazette 2 August 1953

Mrs. CHARLES M. VARNER
Funeral rites for Mrs Charles Varner of Rock Falls who passed away at 2 P. M. Saturday in her home at 407 Fourth Avenue will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 from the Wheelock Funeral Home. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Besides her husband Mrs Varner leaves seven children. They are Harvey Varner, Aurora: Mrs Leo Brennan, Rockford: Miss Sadie Varner, Phoenix, Ariz: Mrs John Ridge: George and LeRoy Varner, Sterling and Charles, Jr., Rock Falls.

Daily Gazette 13 December 1937

GEORGE S. VARNER
Succumbs On Texas Visit
George S. Varner, 67, of 2903 15th Ave., Rock Island died in the Wagner General Hospital, Palacios, Tex., Thursday night. Mr. and Mrs. Varner had been vacationing and were staying at the Luther Hotel in Palacios. Funeral Arrangements are pending at the Larson Funeral Home, Milan. Mr. Varner was born Jan. 19, 1905 in Prophetstown and married Kathryn J. Hager May 4, 1946 in Moline. Mr. and Mrs. Varner owned and operated the Varner Feed Mill in Milan for many years. Among the survivors are the widow and a son, David, Lombard, Ill. He was preceded in death by a son in infancy.
2nd Notice:
Funeral services for George S. Varner, 67, of 2903 15th Ave., Rock Island, who died Thursday, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Larson Funeral Home, Milan. The Rev. Robert E. Jensen, pastor of Milan First United Presbyterian Church, will officiate, and intombment will be in the mausoleum at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mr. Varner and his wife were spending the winter in Palacios, Tex., when he became ill Feb. 14, and was hospitalized in Wagner General Hospital, Palacios. The Varners owned and operated the Varner Feed Mill in Milan, and Mr. Varner retired in 1970. Surviving are the widow; a son, David, Lombard, Ill.; three brothers, Harvey, Aurora; LeRoy, Sterling; and Charles in California; and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Smith, Rockford; and Mrs Ann Richardson, Rock Falls.
Would be 1972 - Probably in the Daily Gazette

LEROY VARNER ,74, of 1003 6th Avenue, Sterling died Friday evening in his home after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Monday morning 10:30 at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with Rev. R. G. Boone, Minister of Music of the First Nazarene Church of Sterling officiating with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. A memorial has been established to the Music Department of the First Nazarene Church of Sterling in his memory. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 at Allen Funeral Home. Buz Varner was born May 31, 1910 in Indiana the son of Mr. & Mrs Charles M. Varner. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Lamont May 16, 1936 and they lived their entire married life in Sterling. She preceded him in death November 4, 1977. Mr. Varner was a foreman at the Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. 10 Inch Mill for 43 years retiring in 1970. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Emmit (Janice) Morgan of Sterling and Mrs. Delores Barker of Detroit, Mich.: one son, Don Varner of Tulsa, Okla.: one brother, Charles Varner of Antioch, Calif.: 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, two brothers and three sisters.
Daily Gazette 13 Oct 1984

ROSEMARY (BLASE) VARNEY , 67, of Sterling, Ill., and formerly of Tampico, Ill., died Tuesday at Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown, Ill. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tampico United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church. The Gibson and Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown, is in charge of arrangements. She was born April 25, 1938, in Chicago to Edward and Violet Osborne Blase. She grew up in Oregon, Ill. She married Curtis Varney on Aug. 11, 1957, in Oregon. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. Survivors include her husband; three children, Mrs. Kathleen (John) Relias of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Mrs. Lisa Anne (Brian) Nielsen of Sycamore, Ill., and James Varney of Rockville, Md.; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Nancy (Richard) Bearman of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews; one aunt, Hazel Blase of Wheaton, Ill.; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Moews of Prophetstown and Marilyn Blase of Oregon. A memorial has been established for the Tampico United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Clinton Herald

WENDELL CRAIG VARNEY - Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock this morning at the Dudley funeral chapel for Wendell Craig Varney, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Varney, who passed away Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in the Sterling hospital just a half hour after birth. Rev. I.C. Campbell of the local Congregational church officiated. Interment was in Riverside cemetery. The survivors are his parents, two sisters, Dorothy and Doris and one brother, Curtis Dale.
Newspaper Clipping in a scrapbook dated October 23, 1930 - Newspaper unknown

ALLAN C. VEGTER - 62, of Morrison, died Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Genesis East, Davenport. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the Clinton, Iowa, Church of Christ. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bosma-Renkes, Fulton. Burial is in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. He was born Dec 18, 1943. Surviving are wife, Connie; daughters, Tami Tegeler, Morrison, Janet Kerr, Rogers, Ohio; sons, Rick, Newton, Iowa, David, Fulton; seven grandchildren; mother, Sylvia, Morrison; sister, Joyce Hoefler, Rock Falls; brothers, Harlan, Richard and Larry, Morrison.




JACOB VENHUIZEN, 89, of Fulton, died Tuesday (April 6, 2004) at Mercy North Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton. The Rev. Erv Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. He was born Sept. 14, 1914, in Chicago to William and Gertrude Borgman Venhuizen. He married Jennie DeVries on Jan. 24, 1941, in Erie, Ill. He was educated in rural Whiteside County, Ill., schools. He was a member of Trinity Reformed Church, Fulton, where he served as an elder and deacon. He also was a member of the Men's Bible League. He farmed in rural Whiteside County and later was employed with the Fulton Corp. as a press operator for 29 years. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lois (Terry) Van Zee of Urbandale; two sons, Stan (Maryellen) Venhuizen of Fulton and Gary (Barbara) Venhuizen of Lindale, Texas; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Balk of Fulton and Mrs. Harriet Norman of Erie; one brother, Francis (Thelma) Venhuizen of Morrison, Ill.; three stepsisters, Mrs. Gertrude Van Zuiden, Mrs. Jeanette (John) Wilkens and Mrs. Alberta (Jay) Brondyke, all of Fulton; and one stepbrother, Harold (Louise) Klooster of Fulton. He was preceded in death by one son, two sisters, one brother, one stepsister and one stepbrother. Memorials may be made to Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton.

KENNETH L. VEN HUIZEN ,78, died Sunday, March 25, 2007 at the Gowrie Care Center, Gowrie, IA. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home in Gowrie. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, IL with Rev John Ekema officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton, IL. Surviving is his wife, Pearl of Gowrie; son, Kenneth Ven Huizen Jr. and his wife Karla of Sheldon, IA; daughter, Colleen Palmer and her husband Ned of Gowrie; grandchildren, Jacob and Libby Ven Huizen, Jill Palmer and her fiance Lee White, and Scott Palmer; brothers, Allen Ven Huizen and his wife Carol, Vernon Ven Huizen and his wife Lonavene; sisters, Marilyn Williams and her husband Robert, Sheryl Buikema and her husband Ron, all of Fulton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Grace (Heun) Ven Huizen. Kenneth Ven Huizen was born August 4, 1928 in Fenton, IL. He attended rural grade schools in Newton and Garden Plain, and graduated from Erie High School in 1946. On January 13, 1950, Ken was united in marriage to Pearl Prins and they established their home in the Garden Plain area where they farmed for 10 years. They later moved to Fulton, IL where Ken owned and operated the Fulton Grain Elevator for several years. Ken then worked for the John Deere Implement as the Parts Manager. In 1993, he retired from Cargill as a Grain Buyer. He served as a member of the City Council for Fulton for 9 years, and then as the Mayor of Fulton for 12 years. Ken served as President of the Northern Illinois Mayors Association and served on the Board of Trustees at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. Ken was a member of the Newton Zion Reformed Church, where he served as Deacon, an Elder, and a Sunday School Teacher for many years. In 1997, Ken and Pearl moved to Gowrie. Ken became a member of the United Methodist Church in Gowrie. He was a member of the Kiwanis of Fulton and Gowrie, and Gideon's since 1971.

THERESA (TEGELER) VEN HUIZEN , 91, a resident of the Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, died Sunday at the nursing home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, preceded at 10:15 a.m. by a family prayer service at the church. Dr. Calvin J. Rynbrandt and the Rev. Donald D. Barnes will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Internment will be in the Fenton (Ill.) Cemetery. She was born Jan. 22, 1912, in Fenton to Martin and Winnie Tervelt Tegeler. On Feb. 27, 1936, she married John Ven Huizen Sr. He died Nov. 25, 1976. She was educated in rural Whiteside County schools. She farmed with her husband in the Garden Plain area. She was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison and the church's Ladies Aid Society. She was a longtime former member of the Newton Zion Reformed Church in Erie, Ill. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Audrey (Donald) Geerts of Morrison and Mrs. Phyllis (Leo) Geil of Galt, Ill.; a son, John (Andree) Ven Huizen Jr. of Erie; a daughter-in-law, Betty Tegeler of Morrison; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bernice Tegeler of Winnebago, Neb., Ann Schaver of Morrison and Pauline Wherry of Fulton, Ill.; three brothers, Raymond (Mary) Tegeler of Fenton, Marvin (Edna) Tegeler of Chadwick, Ill., Lawrence (Edna Mae) Tegeler of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, a sister and seven brothers. Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison.
Clinton Herald November 3, 2003

LOLA IRENE (STRANGE) VERBOUT , 78 of Sterling died Sunday April 14, 2002, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester MN. Prayer services will be Thursday at 9:30 am in the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sterling with the Rev. Paul C White, Celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Lola Irene Verbout was born on Dec. 6 1923, in Sterling the daughter of Conard and Nettie (Stern) Strange. She married Frank Verbout on Feb 16 1942 in Sterling. She was employed first at SEDCON and at their closing went to work at Frantz Mfg. before retiring. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling. Surviving is her husband, Frank; sons Francis (Marilyn) Verbout of Rock Falls and Therlo Verbout of Sterling; her brother Carl (Beverly) Strange of Sterling; her two grandsons, Jeffrey (Lynette) Verbout of Sterling and Brian (Kim) Verbout of West Chicago; her greatgrandchildren, Zachary, Tyler and MacKenzie Verbout. She was preceded in death by her brother Lyle Strange; her sister Clara Davis and her parents.

Daily Gazette 16 Apr 2002

EMMA JANE VERHULST , infant daughter of Mike and Mary Jane (Roesslein) Verhulst of 26540 Fargo Road, Tampico, IL, was stillborn Friday, December 30, 2005 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Emma is survived by her parents Mike and Mary Jane Verhulst of Tampico, IL, her maternal grandparents, Rich and Jane (Broers) Roesslein of Tampico, IL, maternal grandfather Steven Gotheridge of Wisconsin Dells, WI, paternal grandfather John Verhulst of Sterling, IL, maternal great grandmothers Anna Marie Rosslein of Overland, MO, Arlene Gotheridge of Bettendorf, IA, and aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, Wesley John Paul Verhulst, paternal grandmother Phyllis Verhulst, maternal great grandfather Edwin Gotheridge, maternal great grandparents Wesley and Mary Jane Broers, one aunt and one uncle. Private graveside services will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico.

EUGENE CHARLES VERHULST , 32, Route 1, Prophetstown, was killed instantly when a pickup truck he was driving was struck by a passenger train, at the crossing at the west edge of Annawan. Funeral services were conducted at St. Catharine's Catholic Church, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Rev. Thomas Neville, officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Eugene was born December 25, 1929 at Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Alfonse and Marie Maddens Verhulst. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Marie Verhulst, Prophetstown, five brothers: George, John, Jim, all at home; Joseph of Ottumwa, Iowa, Ernest of Grand Rapids, Michigan; four sisters: Mrs. Maurice (Bertha) DeWitte of Shabbona, Mrs. Charles (Mary Louise) DeWitte and Mrs. Adolph (Leona) VanBecke of Moline; and Mrs. James (Margaret) Behn of Coal Valley. He was preceded in death by his father.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 22, 1962 - Monday, page 1

LEONIE MARIE (DeBUSSCHERE) VERHULST , 78, of Prophetstown, passed away this morning at the Morrison Community Hospial, where she had been a patient for 12 days. Funeral services will be held at the St. Catherine's Catholic Church Thursday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Cletus Anger officiating, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery at Tampico. The rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at the Gardner Funeral Chapel at 8 p.m. Leonie Marie De Busschere was born July 30, 1888 in Thielt, Belgium, the daughter of Charles and Thicla Van De Walle De Busschere. She came to the sates in 1910 and moved to Prophetstown from Ottumwa, Iowa in 1932. She resided in her last residence for 12 years. She was a member of St. Catherine's Church and Altar and Rosary Society of Prophetstown. She married Cyriel H. Verhulst of Aerseele, Belgium, April 23, 1912 in Thielt, Belgium She is survived by one son, Ernest Verhulst of Prophetstown; two daughters Mrs Raynor (Mary) Mosher of Lanark, Mrs. A. W. Cordrey of Menominee Falls, Wis.; one brother, Jule De Busschere in Belgium; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, husband in 1953; one son Maruice in 1949; two children in infancy; one brother and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiinois April 25, 1967 - Tuesday, pg 2

MARIE VERHULST , 90, 2412 W. Science Ridge Road, Sterling, died Thursday afternoon (20 October 1983) at the Sterling Care Center after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Monday with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home. The mass of the resurrection will be 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Richard Russo will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Visitation is Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Verhulst was born July 18, 1893 in Meulebeke, Belgium. She came to the United States in 1921 and married Alfons Verhulst on July 24, 1921. They farmed near Ottumwa, Iowa, until 1942 when they moved to rural Prophetstown to continue farming. Survivors include five sons, Joe, Ottumwa, Iowa; George and John, both of Sterlling; James, Maryland Heights, Mo.; and Ernest, St. Charles, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. Maurice DeWitte, Shullsburg, Wis.; Mrs. Charles DeWitte, and Mrs. Adolph Wambeke, both of Moline; and Mrs. James Behan, Orion; one brother Charles Madden, Belgium; two sisters Germanie Landuyt, Lyndon Station, Wis.; and Margrette VanTorre, Norwick, Ontario, Canada; 39 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1951.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Octobeer 21, 1983 - Friday, pg A6

CHARLES F. VETTER , 56, of Route 2, Prophetstown died Saturday afternoon at Community General Hospital. Funeral services were Tuesday in the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole with Rev. Janet Eggleston officiating. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery. Mr. Vetter wsa born on July 23, 1931 in Geneseo, the son of Charles A. and Margueerite DeRue Vetter. He was a 1949 graduate of Prophetstown High School. He was married to Beth Marshall of Prophetstown on Oct. 5, 1952 in Prophetstown. He farmed in the Hooppole area all of his life and was serving as commissioner of the Green River Drainage District at the time of his death. He was a member of the Zion UnitedMethodist Church, The Annawan Boulders Club and the Geneseo Moose Lodge. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Greg (Laurie) Christian of Hampton; two sons, Alan of Rock Island an Jeff of Cheyenne WY; four grandchildren; hismother, Marguerite Vetter of Hooppole and one sister, Mrs. Robert (Mavis) DeCourcey of Canton.

CALEB VICKERY , died at his home in Clark on Friday last of heart failure, having been in poor health for several months. The funeral was held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. L. Meinzer, the pastor, who paid a high tribute to Mr. Vickery’s true worth as a citizen, and was largely attended by those who had known the deceased for many years. Mr. Vickery was born in Sand Lake, Rensselaer county, N. Y., May 25, 1832. In May, 1855, he moved to Fenton, Whiteside county, Ill., and on Thanksgiving day, 1859, at Lyndon, in the same county, was married to Miss Mary C. Bull, who survives him. To them were born three sons, Gilbert S. of Leland, Ill., Richard J. of this city, and James E., who died in Merton township, this county, March 27, 1893. Mr. Vickery was one of a family of five children, two of whom are still living, Mrs. Tanner Mattoon of Durand , Ill., and Willard Vickery of Troy, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Vickery came to South Dakota in May, 1883, settling in Merton township. In the fall of 1897 they moved to Clark where they have since made their home. Mr. Vickery was a quiet, unassuming man, and was surrounded by a large circle of friends. Until his removal to this city Mr. Vickery conducted the work on his farm, but when coming here turned the work over to younger men. Few men pass away who leave stronger friendships, and who are more sincerely mourned than Caleb Vickery, who during his 20 years’ residence here had the confidence and respect of all who had the good fortune to form his acquaintance.
Contributed by Jeff Birdsley The Clark County (South Dakota) Review, Thursday, 12 Feb 1903, page 5.

EARL WAYNE VICKREY 61, principal of Tampico high school for the last 15 years died suddenly today. Born at Brownstone IN, he attended Indiana University and Indiana Teachers College and taught nine years at Bradford IL (Stark County) before coming here. Surviving are his widow, two sons Charles, coach at Tampico high and Roland, an instructor at Shattuck Military Academy, Fairbault MN; and a daughter Mrs. John W. VanCleve of Skokie IL.

LYDIA JANE (BRYSON) VINSON - Mrs. George Vinson dies in agony as result of terrible burns
Forgot self for brother
Rushes back into burning room after her flesh was cooked to save an invalid Mrs. George Vinson of Emerson died last night at 8:20 o’clock; death being due to burns she received early Monday morning. She remained conscious and suffered untold agony during the last thirty-six hours of her life, but bore it with but little complaint. The arrangements for the funeral services have not been made. The family is awaiting the arrival of a son from California. Lydia Jane Bryson was born in Lancaster county, Pa., sixty-seven years ago on July 12 last. She moved with her parents to Sterling in 1850 and was later married to William Young. To this union five children were born two preceding her to the great beyond. The children surviving are Frank of Hopkins, Joseph of California, and Mrs. Nittie Dixon of Milwaukee.William young, who was a stone mason died eight years ago. Two years ago she married George Vinson who survives. The following brothers and sisters are also living; Isaac Bryson of Sterling, Thomas and Benjamin of Ida Grove, Iowa, Jacob of Rockwell, Iowa, David and Henry of Missouri, Mrs. Fisher of Montmorency and Mrs. David Pittman of Hopkins Mrs. Vinson was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church of this city, and she lived a true Christian life. She was a good mother, a loving wife and was respected highly by her neighbors.
Dated: March 20 1907 Sterling Gazette

Sublime Heriosm
The awful accident that caused her death occurred early Monday morning, and in this accident, after she had been fatally burned, she rushed into the burning house and carried Isaac Bryson, her sick brother, out of the house. In this she proved herself to be a heroine. The cause of the fire, she stated before she died, was due to a pillow getting against the stove. The fumes filled the house and awoke her. In attempting to extinguish the blaze her night gown caught fire and she rushed from the house, the flames enveloping her and burning all of the clothing from her body. Realizing that her sick brother was in a perilous condition and fearing he would be cremated, the brave woman rushed into the burning room, and with almost superhuman effort accomplished this task she was overcome with pain, excitement and fatigue and swooned away. Later she explained that she wanted to save her brother from being burned to death. In saving her brother, she exposed herself to the flames a second time, and a second time to the chilly blast, which probably hastened her death.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

PAUL E. VINSON of rural Dixon died Saturday march 12, 2005 at his home. He was employed by Bun Austin Chevrolet Sterling for 26 years, retiring as service manager. Mr. Vinson was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Minurn Ark., the osn of Edward and Lola (Collins) Vinson. He married Marilyn Dewey on Nov. 15, 1952 in Sterling. He was a member of St. Mary Church Sterling and Sterling Family Moose. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a St. Louis Cardinal Fan. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Paul Vinson of Chicago and Jeff (Julie) Vinson of Deer Grove, two daughters, Deb (Kelly) Wilhelmi of Rock Falls and Michelle Vinson of Dixon; four sisters, Pat (Harold) Marks of Rock Falls and Alice Gaines, Sue (Don) Clark and Mattie (David) Jacobs, allof Sterling, three brothers, Jim (Pat) Vinson of Hoxie Ark., Eddie Lee Vinson of Rock Falls and Wyman Vinson of Sterling, four grandchildren, Daniel Stolzoff, Dahley Vinson and Ashley and Drew Wilhelmi; and two stepgrandchildren, Elizabeth and Lucas Newburgh. He was preceded by two sisters, Sally Hartmand and Ann Ceplina. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.

WILLIAM CLARK VINSON was born in the state of Indiana March 25, 1852, and departed this life at his home in Coleta, after a sickness of several months, on July 27, 1928, at the age of 76 years, 4 months and 2 days. Mr. Vinson came to Illinois when a small boy and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. James Winters until he was 21 years of age. On Dec. 1, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Overholser. To this union were born two children. Those that survive to mourn his loss are two children, Mrs. Myrtle Carbaugh of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Pearl Crawford of Milledgeville, Ill., also 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Jenny Lebo of Buffalo, Mo. He united with the United Brethren church over 50 years ago and had been a faithful member ever since. He was a teacher in the Sunday school for over 20 years, teaching until his health failed and he was unable to attend services. He was a kind and thoughtful husband, a loving father and a true friend to everybody. A large crowd of friends attended the last rites Sunday [07/29/1928] afternoon at the Radical U. B. church, conducted by Rev. J. L. Buckwalter of Mt. Carroll, assisted by Rev. F. A. Lubbs. Mrs. Hugh Brown and Mrs. E. R. Frankfother sang appropriate selections, assisted on the piano by Mrs. W. H. Brown. The following old friends of the deceased acted as pall bearers, Howard Reynolds, William Hyer, W. G. Heide, S. H. Gipe, C. L. Hurless, B. H. Kline. the floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment was in the Hazel Green cemetrey.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, July 31, 1928

OLIVER VIOLET , 83, of 811 W. Second in Byron, died Friday, July 30, 1999 at the Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. He was a machinist at Sundstrand Corporation in Rock ford. Mr. Violet was born Nov. 29, 1915 in Sterling to Harrie K. and Cecil R. (Conkling) Violet. He married Veronica M. Cooper on June 11, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 4, 1985. He was also preceded in death by one daughter and one brother. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1932 and was a member of the Moose and the UAW Union Local 592 Region 4. Survivors include three sons, Douglas (Pam) Violet of Mt. Morris, Donald (June) Violet of Shir land and Kevin Violet of Bunerfield Calif; two daughters. Jane Patton of Prophetstown and Julie Thennis of Rockford, one brother, Lou (Georgia) Violet of Cornell, Wis.; one sister, Blanche Nix of Van Buren, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Finch Funeral Home in Mt Morris. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

RITA (FLOSI) VITTORI , age 78, formerly of Rock Falls, IL, died Sunday, October 1, 2000 in Sandwich at her home. Rita was a homemaker and had driven a school bus for a number of years. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Michigan, the daughter of Massimo and Ida (Flosi) Flosi. She was married to Lucian Vittori on July 15, 1950, in Chicago. Preceding her in death were, her husband, Lucian Vittori; one son, Lee; two sisters and one brother. Rita is survived by, one daughter, Sandra (Bruce) Barragree of Sandwich; four sons, Lucian Vittori Jr. of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Larry Vittori of Erie; Louis Vittori of Phelan, California; Mike Vittori of Sandwich; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2000. Prayer service at 10:00 AM at the Grennan Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling, with Reverend Miroslaw Reikowski officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2000 at the Grennan Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 PM. Rosary at 7:30 PM during the visitation. A Memorial has been established
Contributed by James Seidelman - The Aurora Beacon News

ELIZABETH (SCHULTZ) VOGEL , 67, 903 2nd St., Sterling, died Monday at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Grennan Funeral Home with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Elizabeth Vogel was born on Dec. 11, 1915 in Sterling, the daughter of Ouran and Berdenia Riley Schultz. She was a member of the Rock Falls Eagles. Surviving are one son, Meldon, Rock Island; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Melody) Ford, Minier, four grandchildren, and four sisters, Mrs. Leslie Card, Coleta; Mrs. Sue Allen, Sterling; and Mrs. Ruth Ruby and Mrs. Zora Phillips, both of Rock Falls.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 11, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

GERARDUS VOGEL , 85, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, February 23, 2006 at his home. Geradus was born November 25, 1920, in Fulton, IL, to Martin J. and Nellie (Wierenga) Vogel. He attended Fulton High School. He married Ruth Norman on February 8, 1946 in Fulton. Geradus engaged in farming in the rural Whiteside and Carroll County areas until his retirement in 1983. He then worked with his son-in-law doing custom combining. He was a member of Second Reformed Church in Fulton, IL, and had served as a deacon and elder. He sang in the church's choir, taught Sunday school, was a RCYF Leader and a member of the Men's Brotherhood. He volunteered at the Fulton Food Pantry, delivered Meals On Wheels and enjoyed bicycling and playing horseshoes. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; one daughter, Judy (Mrs. Wilson) Bull of DeWitt, IA; one son, Arnie (Pam) Vogel of Fulton, IL; seven grandchildren, Sherri (Shawn) Bly, Keith Vogel; Jim Bull; Paul Vogel, Marla (Mrs. Jeremy) Wiersema, Andy Vogel and Ben Vogel; five great grandchildren, Brennen, Evan and Cassidy Bly; Rebecca and Mackenzie Wiersema. He was preceded in death by two sons, Ken Vogel and one in infancy; two brothers, J. Marvin Vogel and Paul David Vogel, in infancy.

JOHN VOGEL - Last evening about 4:30 o'clock John Vogel passed away at his home on Seventh avenue, after an illness of over two years duration. John Vogel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Vogel, was born on Fulton July 19, 1902, attaining the age of twenty-three years, nine months and twenty-eight days at the time of his death. On May 31, 1923, he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Morrow of this city. To this union two children were born, Marion Jacob and Laverne Robert. Mr. Vogel was a good Christian young man and to have a loved one taken by death at his age seems unjust, but He is survived by his wife, two sons, his parents, four sisters, Mrs Leo Kraft of Elburn, Mrs. George Decker of Chicago, Alice and Tena at home, four brothers, Sikka, Harry, David and Elmer. Three brothers, Martin and two who passed away in infancy precede him in death. Funeral arrangements are yet incomplete, but it is thought that they will be held Thursday afternoon at the M.E. church, with Rev. Hoover officiating, and burial in the Fulton cemetery.
Contributed by Bonnie Pillers - From a scrapbook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 314

MARVIN VOGEL , 51, Rt. 1, Fulton, died at his home Thursday morning (12 Nov 1970) following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Second Reformed Church, preceded by a 1:45 p.m. family prayer service. The Rev. Harold C. Ringenoldus will officiate. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery. Mr. Vogel was born May 18, 1919, in Garden Plain Township, the son of Martin J. and Nellie Wierenga Vogel. He married Alice Norman in Ustick Township, June 26, 1942. He served as deacon, elder and Sunday School librarian of his church. Survivors include the widow; one son, Ronald J.; one grandson, Glenn Scott; his father; one brother Geradus, all of Fulton. He was preceded by his mother and one brother in infancy. Visitation will be held at the Bosma Funeral Home Friday from 2 to 4 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Second Reformed Church.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 13, 1970 - Friday, pg 2

MARY (KLINE) VOGHT was born at Line Lexington, Pa., Oct. 1, 1840, and died at the home of her daughter in Rockford, Ill., in the early morning hour of March 1, 1923, aged 82 years and 5 months. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kline, and at the age of sixteen came with her parents to Sterling, which was her home during most of her life except the last two decades spent in Rockford. She was united in marriage in the autumn of 1860, her husband passing in death some thirty years ago. To them were born seven children, all of whom are living to mourn the loss of a good mother: Mrs. Josephine Wagoner, Mrs. Ida Watson, and Mrs. Clara Schueler of Chicago; Mrs. Emma Duffield and John M. Vogt of Rockford, Mrs. Margaret Johnson and Mrs. Agnes Kraft of Sterling, Besides the children, two sisters,—Mrs. Sallie Pexton and Mrs. Susan Schultz, of Sterling,—seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren survive their sister and grandmother. She was a member of the German Lutheran church during part of her residence in Sterling and attended occasionally Trinity Lutheran church in Rockford. She always considered herself as one of the charter members of the Woman’s Relieve Corps of Sterling, as it was organized in April, 1883, and she became a member in June. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Rockford. She was spared far beyond the usual span of human life, and for one upon whom rested heavily the responsibility of rearing a large family alone, she enjoyed remarkably good health. Her last illness was of comparatively short duration,—less than a week,—and long before the end came she had planned every detail of her funeral service. Mrs. Vogt, according to the loving testimony of a daughter, was a good mother to her children. She was of a very kind and friendly disposition which won for her scores of friends during the years she made her home in Sterling and Rockford. On of the fondest of human wishes was granted fulfillment for her,—“May you live long.” May that life be continued in the Home Eternal.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 5, 1923, page 6, column 6–8.

JUDITH VOGEL , 60, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999 at the nursing home. Graveside services will be at 10:L30 a.m. Friday, at Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton, with Mr. John Stern, director of Self Help Enterprises, Sterling, officiating. Visitation will be from 10-10:30 a.m. Friday at Fulton Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Miss Vogel was born Jan. 7, 1939, in Morrison, the daughter of Martin C. and Nellie (Smith) Vogel. She lived with her parents before moving to the Hammett House, Sterling, in 1986 and then to Pleasant View Nursing Home in 1998. She was employed by Self Help Enterprises, Sterling, from 1986 until 1998. She was a baptized member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison. Survivors include a sister, Betty (Robert) Larson of Fulton; a brother Arthur C. (Shirley) Vogel of Kirkland, Wash.; a brother-in-law Charles Kettler of Fulton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marian Kettler.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 16, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2

MATHIAS VOGEL , 56, of 2314 E. Lincolnway, died at 8:10 p.m. Thursday in Hines Hospital (27 Jan 1972) . There will be visitation from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home and a rosary will be recited at 7:30. Visitation will also continue until the funeral hour. Funeral rites will be held Saturday afternoon with a 1:30 prayer service in the funeral home, and at 2 o'clock in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Mathias Vogel was born Dec. 5, 1915 in Switzerland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Vogel Sr. He came to the United States in November 1920 and was educated in St. Mary's Grade School, Community High School and the Scovill School of Business. He was a veteran of World War II, member of Sacred Heart Church, the VFW and American Legion. His mother preceded in death in 1964. Surviving are one daughter and one son, Mrs. Steven (Melody) Howard of Rock Falls and Meldon Vogel of Sterling; one grandchild, his father, Mathias Vogel, and one brother and two sisters, Werner Vogel, Mrs. John Schmitt and Mrs. Ned Kelly, all of Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 28, 1972 - Friday, pg 2

CHRIST MARTIN VON HOLTEN - Funeral services for Christ Von Holten were held Saturday afternoon at Immanuel Lutheran church, Rock Falls, following a short prayer service in the Parent funeral chapel in Tampico. Rev. Donald Comnick, pastor, officiated. Two favorite hymns of the deceased, "Just As I Am" and "Asleep in Jesus," were sung by Herman Oltman. Committal was in Tampico Memorial cemetery. Casket attendants were nephews, Oscar Koenig, Leo, James, John, Ray and William Von Holten. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Wescott were in charge of the many beautiful flowers. Christ Martin Von Holten died at his home, near Tampico, Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:45 p.m. He was born in Sidney, Oct. 10, 1888, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Von Holten. He was received as a child of God through holy baptism Feb. 17, 1889. On April 16, 1905 he was confirmed as a member of the Rock Falls Lutheran church, where he was a loyal and faithful servant of God. He was united in marriage with Molly Whyte, Dec. 23, 1924. Three children were born to their union, Mrs. Ray (Mary) Wuebben of Lanark; Martin at home, and Ruth who passed away at the age of two. Christ spent most of his life near Tampico where he was engaged in farming. At the age of 23 he was injured while at work, and about one year ago he suffered a severe stroke from which he never fully recovered. Christ was admired and respected by all who knew him. He was patient through all his suffering. He is survived by his widow; his daughter Mary and son Martin; one grandchild; two brothers, Otto and Car; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Koenig of Yorktown; and Mrs. Emil Wascher (Emile) of Champaign.
Contributed by Melva Taylor The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 18, 1948 - Monday, pg 2, col. 4

HELEN M. VON HOLTEN , 83, died suddenly Saturday July 1, 2006 at Kewanee Hospital in Kewanee. Helen had been employed by Eureka Coach Company in Rock Falls for several years. Helen VonHolten was born January 24, 1923 in Sterling, the daughter of Herbert and Anna Wessells Koster. She married William F. VonHolten in Sterling on December 28, 1956. He preceded her in death on June 13, 1988. Helen was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include a daughter. Judith (Richard) Weegens of Shannon; two sons, Norman (Sue) VonHolten of Sheffield and Mark (Sheryl) VonHolten of Lyndon; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Koster.A memorial has been established to St Paul Lutheran Church.

OTTO VON HOLTEN , 68, Harmon farmer, died Wednesday afternoon of a heart attack. Otto Von Holten was born April 22, 1895, the son of William and Marie Geyser Von Holten in Sidney, Ill. He married Margaret White on Dec. 6, 1937 in Rock Falls and in 1937 they moved to their present farm six miles north of Walnut. Surviving are his wife; seven sons, Leo, James, Walnut; John, Richard, Eugene, and Don, Harmon; and Robert is stationed with the Armed Forces in Colorado; five daughters, Mrs. Albert (Marie) Schulte, Mrs. Darrell (Betty) Oberle, Ohio, Ill., Mrs. Russell (Ellen) Spencer, Mrs. Maynard (Marge) Parker, Mrs. Louis (Euryth) Vickery, all of Walnut; 53 grandchildren and one great granddaughter; one brother, Carl, Walnut; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Koenig, Tampico, and Mrs. Emil (Amelia) Wascher, Champaign. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls with the Rev. E. A. Henricks, officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut this evening.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 11, 1963 - Thursday, pg 3 col 1

JOHN VOZENILEK - Funeral services were held at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls Thursday morning for John A. Vozenilek Sr., 56, of 1302 Prophetstown Road, Rock Falls, who died Sunday night. (17 October 1969) The Rev. David Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, and the Rev. Harry Shiffer, a retired Rock Falls pastor, officiated with burial being in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Stephenson, Howard Johnson, Vernon Hall, Les Pierson, Richard Carey and Don Willhite. Mrs. Wayne Larson played the organ while Nick DeGroot sang "Beyond the Sunset", and "God Understands." Swartley's carried the flowers to the cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 18, 1969 - Saturday, pg 2

JENNIE (DECKER) VREDELING , 72, Fulton, died Friday evening at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the First Reformed Church of Fulton, the Rev. William Hoffman officiating. Burial was in the Fulton Cemetery. The Bosma Funeral Home was in charge of the services. Mrs. Vredeling was born Sept. 5, 1887 in Whiteside County, the daughter of John and Annie Brands Decker. She was married to Aries Vredeling on August 12, 1915. She was a member of the First Reformed Church. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Ann) VenZuiden; and Mrs. Delbert (Kate) Jaquet, Sterling; four half brothers, John, Paul and Arthur, Fulton; and Lewis, Mt. Carroll.

EMMA (HUNTLEY) VROOM - At her home in this city, on November 4, 1893, MRs. Emma Vroom, aged 66 years and 26 days. Emma R. Huntley was born Oct. 8, 1827 in Ogden, Monroe Co NY but subsequently moved to the state of Michigan and was married to Samuel Vroom, March 11, 1855. They immediately came to Morrison IL where she has since resided. She was the oldest member of a family of 9 children - of which one lost his life in the rebellion in 1866. Of the remaining 8 children she has been the first to be removed by death. She also leaves one daughter, MRs. A.C. McAllister of Aberdeen SD who was the first child born in Morrison, and one son, Clarnece Vroom, also of Aberdeen SD. Mrs. Vroom was a lady of estimable and exemplary character, and her departure is deeply regretted by all who knew her. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at her late residence, conducted by Rev. W.H. Scaife. Interment took place in Grove Hill Cemetery.

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