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Andrew Victor Anderson
A. V. Anderson, 74 years old, retired Joliet stonemason, died early this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bessie Osborn, 809 Black Road, after a lingering Illness.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs Osborn and Mrs. Mary Guenther; one son, Edward Anderson, and two stepsons, Charles and Robert Thurlow, all of Joliet; one brother, Fred Anderson, of Princeton, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Wilton of Antioch, Ill., and Mrs. Selma Johnson, of Foley, Ala. The body was taken to the O'Neil undertaking parlors. [Joliet Herald News, Oct. 19, 1938; Sub. by Gene Anderson]

Edward O. Anderson
Age 90. April 17, 1995 at Villa Franciscan, Survived by two sons, Gene (Kathleen) of Joliet, and Norman (Kathleen) of Bartlett, four grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Karin and Mark Anderson, two stepgrandchildren, Joseph and Christopher Jakubik, several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Evans) Anderson, parents, Andrew Victor and Johanna (Jonas) Anderson, several brothers and sisters. Born in Joliet, Was a lifetime resident. Retired from Texaco Oil Refinery. Funeral services  Friday, April 21, 1995, 11a.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home. Rev. William T. Mitschke officiating.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 5-9 p.m.  [Joliet Herald News; April 19, 1995; Sub. by Gene Anderson]

Ann Bentley Sherman Ball
Mrs. Ball, one of the oldest settlers in this vicinity, died at her home in Lockport last night, after having been ill for some time.”
[The Joliet News, 18 Sep 1897, p. 4c3., submitted by Norita Shepherd Moss who adds the following:
Birth: 17 OCT 1824 in England
Death: 17 SEP 1897 in Lockport, Will Co., ILL
Burial: Lockport, Will Co., ILL
Father: William BENTLEY b: BEF 8 JUN 1788 in England
Mother: Mary HOGG b: ABT 1788 in England

Marriage 1 Louis (Lewis) SHERMAN
Married: BET 1840 AND 1844 in Prob NY
Mary Lucinda SHERMAN b: 1844 in NY
Charlotte SHERMAN b: ABT 1846
Anna Sylvia SHERMAN b: MAY 1848 in NY

Marriage 2 John BALL b: 1826 in NY
Married: 6 MAR 1853 in Will Co., ILL
John Franklin BALL b: 22 JUL 1855 in Lockport, Will Co., ILL
Christina Frances BALL b: 5 NOV 1857 in Lockport, Will Co., ILL

Sources: Submitted by Norita Shepherd Moss - original info from Gordon Spears on Bentley family of Will County in a combined effort to trace family lines.

Ella Bishop (nee Purple)
Died At Joliet, April 5, of consumption, Mrs. Ella Bishop, daughter of John N. Purple.
[April 10, 1873 - the Henry Republican - submitted by Nancy Piper]

William R Blackwelder
Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, April 25, 1927
submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener

A Former Litchfieldian Is Dead
William R Blackwelder, aged about 60, son of the late D Monroe and Mrs Blackwelder, died at his home in Joliet Saturday evening following an illness of pneumonia. Born and grew up in Litchfield (IL). Survived by widow, mother, and brother Frank. "Connected with the State Dept of Public Welfare and his duties were placing orphan children in homes and investigation of conditions in such homes." Funeral at Presbyterian church in Joliet and burial in Joliet.

W. R. Blackwelder, Welfare Worker, Succumbs to Illness
Former Member of High School Faculty Dies In Silver Cross Hospital
W R Blackwelder of 605 Florence avenue, state public welfare worker, died in Silver Cross hospital, late Saturday night, following an illness of five months. Mr Blackwelder underwent several operations during the time of his illness and was in the hospital practically five months. He was born in Litchfield, January 18, 1863, and came to Joliet in 1908, wher he was a member of the Joliet township high school faculty for three years, resigning to accept a position as supervisor of the placing out work of the Soldier's Orphans home at Normal. Previous to that time he has taught school down state for 22 years Following his graduation from Litchfield high school, he completed his education in the University of Northern Indiana, Valparaiso. He was married August 14, 1901 to Miss Minerva Markley of Pennsylvania. Mr Blackwelder devoted most of his live to church and public welfare work. He was elder in the Central Presbyterian church at the time of his death, and has been prominent in city, county and state Sunday school classes in the state penitentiary. He was a member of Matteson Lodge No 175, A F & A M.
In paying tributes to Mr Blackwelder, Chauncey F Spicer, assistant superintendent of the high school said, "There was no higher type of man in Joliet, than Mr Blackwelder. All thru his life his acts have been unselfishly devoted to the welfare of others. He had always been engaged in "uplift" and social work, and had been a great contributor to the bettering of conditions in the community and state." Surviving Mr Blackwelder are his widow; his mother, Mrs D M Blackwelder, and a brother, Frank, of Litchfield. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from Central Presbyterian church, with the Rev E E Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst cemetery.
(from Joliet-Herald News - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener)

Mr and Mrs Frank Balckwelder and the former's mother returned Wednesday evening from Joliet after attending the funeral.
[Litchfield Daily Union, 28 April 1927 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Rufus Bolton
died November ?
Excerpt from George Woodruff's book "Fifteen Years Ago"

Rufus Bolton, of Plainfield, Illinois, the son of Elizabeth Bolton, was captured with the field hospital of the 100th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (The Will County Regiment), where he had been detailed as an orderly, at the battle of Chickamauga, during the Civil War. He was confined to Andersonville Prison, where he died. [Click here to read the last letter Rufus wrote to his parents before he died.]
[Transcribed and contributed to Illinois Genealogy Trails by Lawrence B. Peet]

Rita M Bryan
"The Herald News" June 6 2010
Rita M. Bryan (nee Ryan) Age 60, of Lockport, passed away June 2nd, 2010 at Joliet Area Community Hospice House after a tireless and courageous battle with cancer. Rita is survived by her husband of 30 years Ron Bryan. Daughters Catherine (Tim) Shaw, Rose (Ted) Trantina and Barbara (Steve) Hess.
"Dear Grandma Rita" of Alexa, Zachary, Nicole, Aaron, Alaina, Emma, and Austin.
Rita is also survived by her Sisters Rose and Carol, Brothers Jack, Eugene, Richard, Mike, Tim and Bruce.
Rita retired from the United States Postal Service after 17 years of service as a rural letter carrier. An avid fishermen and NASCAR fan who was a role model of Love, Strength and Endurance to her family especially her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten in our hearts and minds.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Rita Ryan (nee Vopat & s/be-Vandenberg) and sister, Cathy Kral
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at Goodale Memorial Chapel 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport from 3:00-5:00pm. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
** Researcher's NOTE: Newspaper has error on her " mothers maiden name"- says was Vopat but was actually Vandenberg (the Vopat name was her mothers-mother's married name from another marriage)

Clark Clayton Chilvers
ROBERTS - Clark C. Chilvers, 75, of Roberts died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday (July 10, 1996) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. A private graveside service will be Friday at Cass Cemetery, Darien. There will be no visitation. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Chilvers, Roberts; three daughters, Nancy Wilson, Lombard; Jana Simmons, Maple Park; and Jill Pehrson, Spanish Fort, Utah; one sister, Velma Henry, Lemont; and six grandchildren.
[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) - July 11, 1996 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Evelyn L Chilvers
ROBERTS - The private graveside service for Evelyn L. Chilvers, 70, of Roberts will be Thursday at Cass Cemetery, Darien. There will be no visitation. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements. She died at 7:09 a.m. Monday (April 17, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born Oct. 10, 1929, in San Francisco, a daughter of Robert and Dorothy Nelson Allen. She married Clark C. Chilvers on July 19, 1969, in Loda. He died July 10, 1996. Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Mansard, Chula Vista, Calif.; her faithful companion, Don Baker, with whom she made her home; three daughters, Nancy Wilson, Lombard; Jana Capello, Maple Park; and Jill Pehrson, Spanish Fort, Utah; a brother, Robert Mansard Jr., California; three sisters, Dorothy Sullan, San Diego; Edna Waters, California; and Roberta Simmon, Darien; and six grandchildren. Her father, a sister and a grandson also preceded her in death.
[Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - April 19, 2000 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Ezra Cleaveland
Fatal Accident – On Thursday of last week, a fatal accident happened to a man by the name of Ezra Cleaveland.  He was at work on a bridge over the canal, near Channahon, and while assisting in raising some timbers, the plank up on which he stood was thrown off precipitating him some 20 feet and the fall caused his death instantly.  He was about 27 years of age, and was much respected by his acquaintances.  He parents reside in Michigan. – Joliet Signal.  [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, January 22, 1847; Sub by NP]

Cordelia C. Clement
At the not very old age of 68, Mrs. Cordelia C. Clement died Monday night at 10 o'clock in Chautaugua, NY whither she had gone as a last resort in quest of health. During the past three or four years Mrs. Clement has vainly sought for the restoration of health and vigor that was slowly, but surely slipping away from her grasp. The remains will arrive in Joliet Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral will take place from the home of Mr. Arthur Clement, on Richards street, Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Clement was born in Van Buren, Onondaga County, New York. In 1844 she married Mr. Charles Clement, and at once came to this city, where she has since resided. She has been a widow about fifteen years, now, leaving to mourn her death two children, Arthur and Alice, and a brother, Justice Wilcox. Her life was a quiet and unostentatious one, but her many acts of charity are known to hundreds who have received her gifs (sic) in the homes during which they were needed.
["Dailey Republican", October 10, 1893 - Sub by Patricia Gault]

Mr. Elihu Corbin
A Long Useful Life Ended. Mr. Elihu CORBIN Passes Away.
The following obituary is taken from the Plainfield Enterprise. The deceased was the father of Mrs. E. HOLBROOK, of Batavia:

“One by one they leave us. By the death of Elihu CORBIN, July 15, 1895, Plainfield lost another of her oldest and most respected citizens. For nearly half a century Mr. CORBIN was a resident here, for a greater part of which time he was prominent as a business man and in the public affairs of the community. For twenty years he filled the office of magistrate, school director and other local positions by repeated choice of his fellow citizens.
As a Christian man he also took great interest in the welfare and success of his church and its incidental work, and in maintaining by example and receipt the moral tone and higher interests of the town. In whatever position he was called upon to act, as a business man, public officer or citizen, he was always found to be actuated by the principles of honor, honesty and justice, which, with his kindly and genial disposition always commanded for him the highest respect and regard of his friends.
Elihu CORBIN was among the first to take up a permanent residence in Plainfield, coming here from Cleveland, Ohio, in 1852. He was born in Rutland county, Vermont, May 28, 1813, and married Eliza A. FISH, April 16, 1837, she being born in Connecticut. Six children were born to them, Alfred T., Edward W., Lewis D., Hannah J., Emily M. and Mary E. Mr. CORBIN lived in Vermont for twenty-two years, moving from there to Chicago, and thence to Cleveland, Ohio, the following winter.
He passed off very quietly, after an illness extended over two years, surrounded by his wife and children, of whom five survive him. The funeral took place Tuesday, Rev. Beal officiating.”
["Batavia Herald", 25 July 1895 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Elizabeth Cresto
GRANVILLE -- Elizabeth Cresto, 102, of 823 Harlow Ave., Joliet, formerly of Granville, died at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, 1997, at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet.
Born Feb. 14, 1895, in Spring Valley to George and Mary Emerling Proffit, she married Martin Carlo Cresto on Nov. 19, 1913. He died May 27, 1958. One sister also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, George of Joliet; two sisters, Mary Scudder of Everett, Wash., and Florence Weir of Crete; one brother, Edward Proffit of Missouri; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Dysart-Cofoid. Funeral Chapel in Granville. The Rev. Brian Eble will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the chapel. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.
[The Peoria Journal Star, (IL) - April 16, 1997 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

George P. Cresto
George P. Cresto, 90, of Joliet, formerly of Granville and Standard, died July 29, 2004, in Community Hospice Home, Joliet.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, Joliet. Private cremation services have taken place.
Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Mr. Cresto was born June 18, 1914, in Spring Valley to Carlo and Elizabeth Cresto.
He retired from Uniroyal in Joliet and was a member of Independent Order of Foresters.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy (John) Marino of Joliet; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Rose; and one son, George Cresto Jr.
[NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - August 2, 2004 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Mrs. Harvey Drake
Mrs. Harvey Drake, 55 years old, of Joliet, Ill., died yesterday of heart disease at the Independence Sanitarium. She had been there under treatment since early in October. Burial will be in Joliet.
(Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Kansas, November 21, 1911, page 2, PG - sub. by FOFG)

Hugh Joseph Fay, Sr.
b. abt 1875  --  d. October 21, 1945
Hugh Joseph Fay, 70, of 603 Gardner Street, died at his home yesterday morning following a lengthy illness. Mr. Fay was stricken ill in August, and since that time had never fully recovered. Born in Joliet, the son of pioneer parents who settled here in 1846, Mr. Fay was employed by the Chicago and Alton Railroad for 45 years as a switchman until his retirement in 1939.  He was a retired member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 474, and of the Holy Name Society of the Sacred Heart Church. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, nee Blickhahn;  four sons, Bernard J., Hugh J., George W., and Corp. Frank A. of the U.S. Army, now stationed at Manila:  five daughters, Marcia, Mrs. John C. Hirschfeld (Marjorie) of Chicago, Mrs. Albert Kindelmann (Vera) of Floral Park, New York, Mrs. Raymond J. Larkin (Helene) of Joliet and Mrs. Clarence J. Larkin (Elizabeth) of Hollywood, FL; a sister, Miss Catherine Fay, and four grandchildren. Funeral services: Haley Funeral Home 9:30; Sacred Heart Church at 10:00. Burial in
Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [submitted by Dori Leekley]

Hugh Fay Jr.
b. abt 1905  --  d. March 3, 1947
Hugh Fay, Jr., 42, of  415 S. Chicago Street, who was stricken Saturday night at 10:50 p.m. with a cerebral hemorrhage while bowling in a CYO tournament at the Bowl-Era alleys, died this morning in St. Joseph's hospital. According to Mr. Fay's family, he had not been ill but became dizzy while bowling.  With the aid of his wife, Eleanor, and a brother, he walked outside for some fresh air.  His headache became more painful and they took him home immediately.  Dr. Richard Calosio was called and had Fay taken to the hospital at once.
A native of Joliet, Mr. Fay was most recently employed by the Rock Island Railroad as a yard cleark.  During the war he worked at the Elwood Ordnance plant and previous to that at the Carnegie Illinois Steel Mill.  In 1917 he was a Herald-News carrier boy.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society of Sacred Heart Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Irving Athletic Club.   Surviving are his widow, Eleanor nee Neese: his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Fay: three brothers, Bernard J., Frank A., and George W. Fay; five sisters, Marcia Fay, Mrs. John C. Hirschfield of Chicago, Mrs. Albert Kindelmann of Long Island, NY, Mrs. Raymond Larkin and Mrs. Clarence Larkin both of Joliet. Funeral, Haley & Son funeral parlors to Sacred Heart Church.  Burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
[submitted by Dori Leekley]

In Memory of Thomas W. Fay
Born:  January 4, 1899    Departed   March 2, 1958
Services Held at:  Holy Angels Cathedral
Interment  Calumet Park Cemetery, Crown Point, IN  
submitted by Dori Leekley]

Michael Feeny
At his home, 115 St. Louis St. Michael Feeny, aged 52 years, yesterday at 9:30 of Bright's disease. Deceased leaves a wife and four children. montreal papers please copy. [Joliet Weekly News, Friday, March 30, 1888 - Submitted by K. T.]

Wm. C. Hoskins
Died, At Lo[ckport?] Ill, on the 28th of October, of typhoid fever, Wm. C. Hoskins, formerly of Turin, Lewis count,y aged 21 years.

Frances Gretzer
Frances, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Gretzer, 707 Clement street, died March 26. [Joliet Weekly News, Friday, March 30, 1888 - Submitted by K. T.]

George Linebarger
Contributed by Lawrence B. Peet (PeetLB@aol.com) who tells us that George Linebarger and his brother, Henry, arrived with Charles Reed in 1829.

Death of an Old Pioneer
One by one the old pioneers of this county are taken hence, and the time is not far distant when none will remain to detail to us the thrilling perils, privations and hardships of frontier life. George Linebarger, the old pioneer of Jackson's Grove, died at his home in Elwood, on the morning of the 6th inst., aged 73 years.
Mr. Linebarger came to this county more than fifty years ago, when the whole country was a wilderness, inhabited by savages and wild beasts. He lived to see it reclaimed and cultivated and brought to the high state of civilization and improvement it now presents, and contributed his share to accomplish that desirable end. He was a man of sterling integrity, enterprising and public spirited. No man in the southern part of the county was better known, or more highly esteemed for his noble qualities of head and heart. He leaves a wife and a large family of children, most of whom are married and honored and respected in the localities where they reside. The funeral took place on the 8th from the Methodist Church of Elwood, of which he had been a benefactor, and was the largest assemblage of the kind ever witnessed in that town.
(The Joliet Signal, Joliet, Illinois, Vol. 41, No. 10, Page 1, July 17, 1883.)

Col. John Lambert
Steel Man Dies
Chicago (AP) -- Col. John Lambert, president of the American Steel & Wire company, millionaire steel man and prominent in Illinois political circles, died at his winter home in Pasadena, Cal., according to private advices received by relatives here. Mr. Lambert's home was in Joliet, Ill.
[Idaho Statesman, Mar. 7, 1922, NS, Sub by FoFG]

Rev. James Lowden
Died, At Plainfield, Will county, Ill., July 18, 1867, Rev. James Lowden, formerly of Lewis county, N.Y.  Aged 85 years 6 months. [Lewis County Democrat (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, August 7, 1867; JD, Sub by foFG]

Samuel Nathan McElroy
Samuel Nathan McElroy, 26, of Plainfield, formerly of Bloomington, died Sunday (Aug. 9, 1998) at Plainfield. His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Paris. His graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Stewart & Carroll Funeral Home, Paris, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Mr. McElroy was born May 15, 1972, at Normal, the son of Kenneth and Barbara Burr McElroy. He married Emily A. Pool on Aug. 5, 1995, at Paris. She survives. Other survivors include his parents, Normal; one daughter, Madeline Anne McElroy, at home; one son, Justin Samuel McElroy, at home; three sisters, Kimberly McElroy and Susan McElroy, both of Bloomington; and Pamela McElroy, Las Vegas, Nev.; and his grandparents, Leonard and Jennie Ruth McElroy, Bloomington. Samuel will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, son, brother and friend. (SOURCE: The Pantagraph submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)
[9 Aug 1998 - Plainfield, Will County, Illinois / Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois]

Eve Norton
Died, At Lockport, Illinois, on the 19th of December, Miss Eve Norton, daughter of Almon M. Norton of Denmark, aged 19 years. [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday,  January 24, 1839]

Hiram Olney
(Father of Mrs. John J. Price,) died Joliet, Ill. 12/26/1880, aged. 79 yrs.

[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

Harry Payne
Harry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Payne, died March 25, 1888, aged 8 months, 27 days
[Joliet Weekly News, Friday, March 30, 1888 - Submitted by K. T.]

Death of
Mrs. George W. Pennell
Atchison Globe, January 3, 1882
The people of the city will be distressed beyond measure to learn that Mrs. George Pennell died last night at 11:30 o'clock, of congestion of the brain. Two hours before her death she gave birth to two boy babies, and came out of the trial in a very satisfactory manner. She had been complaining for several hours of terrible pains in her head, but as she was subject to headaches, it was not thought to be serious. At ten o'clock she was alarmingly ill, and in spite of the prompt assistance of the doctor, she died at 11:30. Both babes are doing well. Notice of the funeral will be given tomorrow.

Atchison Globe, January 5, 1882
Mrs. George W. Pennell was buried this morning at 9 o'clock, from Trinity church, at Mt. Vernon cemetery. The church was crowded to its greatest capacity with friends of the deceased to witness the impressive ceremonies. Before the body was taken to the church the twin babies were christened at the residence. Mrs. Pennell's sister, Mrs. Small, will take them both with her to Wilmington, Illinois.
Note: "George W Pennell married Amelia W. McGinnis on June 5, 1873 in Will County, IL - Cert #5298"

Death of one Twin of George W. Pennell
Atchison Globe, July 26, 1882
The largest of the Pennell twins died yesterday, and the other is expected to die at any moment. Mrs. Small was called home yesterday on account of sickness in her own family.

James Phillips
Died at his home in New Lenox March 24, 1888 at 2:20 a.m., James Phillips, aged 88 years and 18 days. He left a wife and four children, Mrs. Watkins, Nebraska; Mrs. Watson, of Sulphur Springs, Iowa; Mrs. J.W. Smith, of Joliet, and John Phillips, of Kansas.
[Joliet Weekly News, Fri, March 30, 1888 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Patrick Reardon
This morning, Oct. 10, at 7 o'clock at his home in Troy, Patrick Reardon, aged 79 years. Mr. Reardon was born in Cork, Ireland, and came to America with his parents when he was 7 years old. He settled in Troy township 51 years ago and is therefore one of the oldest settlers as well as one of the most successful farmers in Will county. He leaves four sons, Thomas, Dennis (now of Texas), Ambrose and Frank to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. In their sorrow they have the deepest sympathy of their many friends. Funeral notice later.
[Newspaper: "Daily Republican" and "The News" October 10, 1893 - Sub. by Patricia Gault]

Isaac Rickey
Died -- At Plainfield, Illinois, on the 13th ult. Mr. Isaac Rickey, formerly of this town, aged 48, He was removed by a fit of apoplexy.
["Sun", 12/14/1837 - Sub. by Erica Beatty]

RIESTAD died at Joliet recently, having lived eighteen months with a bullet in his brain. The case attracted great attention from the doctors. February 7, 1890

Edward R. Rittof Sr.
Edward R. "Beans" Rittof Sr., 91, died on Wednesday (Oct. 19, 2011) at the Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Morris. Born in Joliet to the late Michael and Anna (nee Gaydos) Rittof, he was a lifelong Joliet/Channahon resident. Edward and Jessie owned and operated Rittof's Restaurant and Lounge in Channahon for 26 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Channahon. Edward was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and served his country during World War II. Survivors include three sons, Edward (Brenda) Rittof Jr. of Channahon, Paul (Pamela) Rittof of Quincy, and Michael Rittof of Channahon; a daughter-in-law, Colleen Rittof of Channahon; 10 grandchildren, Robert Rittof, Frederick (Tracie) Rittof, Kathleen (Dr. William, M.D.) Kosmala, Edward D. Rittof, Donald Rittof, Jennifer (Brian) Kursell, Christine (Brad) Lackey, Jennifer (Matt) Baker, Marissa Rittof and Anthony Rittof; five great-grandchildren, Cameron and Owen Kosmala, Jonathan and Alexis Lackey, and Caden Kursell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Rittof was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Jessie L. Rittof; a son Frederick Rittof; four brothers, Jack Rittof, Michael Rittof, Steve Rittof, and Leonard Rittof; seven sisters, Ann Grenchick, Pauline Suca, Margaret Suca, Mary Seeley-Derlinga, Josephine Lyons-Grenchick, Lucile Bajt, and Rose Rittof; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. A special thank you to the caring staff at Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Joliet Area Community Hospice for their wonderful care. SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Saturday Mass of Christian burial will be in St. Ann Catholic Church, 24500 Navajo Drive, Channahon. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum in Romeoville. VISITATION: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet. The body will lie in state Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass in the church. ARRANGEMENTS: Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet.
[Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Wm. M. Roberts
Died At Plainfield, Ill., on the 2d inst., Wm. M. only son of Chauncey Roberts, Esq., of Leyden, N.Y., in the 2[6?]th year of his age. Four or five years since, Mr. Roberts was a student for several terms in Lowville Academy.  The remains were brought to Constableville for interment; and the large concourse of neighbors and acquaintances that constituted the procession and attended the funeral services, attested the universal sentiment of high esteem for the deceased, as well as a deep sympathy with the surviving relatives in their sudden, sore bereavement. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, February 17, 1864; JD, Sub by FoFG)

Jack T. Shankland
Jack Thurston Shankland, 90, of Joliet, died Saturday (July 23, 2011) in Provena-St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He was born in Quincy on March 20, 1921, to Clinton and Elizabeth Weigand Shankland. Jack graduated from Quincy College Academy and attended Drake University and St. Ambrose College. He received his associate's degree from Joliet Junior College. He was married to Mary E. Niemann on June 15, 1948, in Quincy. Mr. Shankland was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific. For 37 years, he was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Rock Island and Joliet. Jack was an avid golfer, painter, gardener, carpenter, photographer and drummer. He enjoyed spending hours researching in the library and traveling the countryside with Mary by his side. Most of all, he was a devoted husband and wonderful father who provided constant love, discipline and guidance to his 10 "little tykes". Jack cherished his wife and each of his children as gifts from God. He was truly a blessing to his family, a faithful Catholic, and most of all a good and upright man. How he will be missed! Jack is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 63 years, and his 10 children, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Christine, Ann, Susan, John, Sarah, Thomas, William and Joseph, and their spouses, and 32 grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Catherine Johnson, Rita (Ferd, died 2007) Niemann Jr., and Richard and Connie Niemann, all of Quincy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law Antoinette and Ferd Niemann Sr.; his youngest child Paul, at birth; a grandson, Kyle Flavin; a brother, Richard; and a sister-in-law, Mildred. SERVICES: 9:15 a.m. Friday in the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington roads, Joliet, and 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Jude in Joliet. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park II in Joliet. VISITATION: 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet.
[Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL, c. July 2011 - Sub by Ella Tittsworth]

Elaine M Swiech
Age 74, late of Lockport, Sunday, February 13, 2005 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Chicago, living in Lockport since 1993.
Preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Anna (Siska) Hanacek, a sister Irene Zaitz and brother Andrew Hanacek.
Survived by her husband Leonard, her children Sandra (Phillip) Vicena, Leonard S., and Kenneth (Linda), granddaughters Rachel, Kristen and Lauren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME, 1105 E. 9TH ST., LOCKPORT where services will be held Thursday, 10:30 AM to St. Dennis Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. Visitation Wednesday 3:00 to 8:00 PM.
["The Herald News", 02/15/2005 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Anna Sylvia Sherman Schell
printed in " The Daily Republican" newspaper Thursday 19 April, 1906
SCHELL, Anna Sylvia , widow of Michael Schell, passed away at her home in Lockport Wednesday evening. She leaves to mourn five children ; Lou of Canton Farm; Mrs. Hattie Sharp; and Fred of Chicago; Harmon of De Kalb ;and Maybelle of Lockport. The funeral and burial will be private.

Name: Anna Sylvia SHERMAN
Birth: MAY 1848 in NY
Death: 18 APR 1906
Burial: Lockport City Cemetery Lockport Will Co., Ill
Father: Louis (Lewis) SHERMAN
Mother: Ann BENTLEY b: 17 OCT 1824 in England

Marriage 1 Michael SCHELL b: 18 FEB 1825 in France or Prussia
Married: 3 JUN 1866 in Will Co., ILL
Lewis Peter SCHELL b: 27 MAR 1867 in Will Co., Ill
Hattie Maud SCHELL b: 22 JUL 1860
Frederick J. SCHELL b: 8 APR 1872 in Will Co., Ill
Harmon F. SCHELL b: 24 MAR 1874 in Lockport, Will Co., ILL
William M. SCHELL b: 21 OCT 1875
Mabel SCHELL b: MAR 1881
Sources: Submitted by Norita Shepherd Moss - original info from Gordon Spears on Bentley family of Will County in a combined effort to trace family lines.

William G. Smith
Friday, February 16, 1945 at 3:30 a.m. at his home, 207 N. Ottawa Street; age 56 years. Survived by his widow, Louise (nee) Carugati. Remains were removed to the Gerald S. Dames Funeral Home. Friends may call Saturday after 4 p.m.. Funeral notice later
[Joliet Herald News, 2/16/1945 - Sub. by Jean Hohimer]

SMITH-William G.- -- Friday, February 16, 1945 at 3;30 a.m. at his home, 207 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, Il., age 56 years. Survived by his widow, Louise (nee) Carugati, his aunt, Mrs. Bertha Pisel, and several cousins.Remains were removed to Gerald S. Dames Funeral Home were funeral will leave Monday at 9: a.m. to St. Anthony's Church, at 9:30 Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery. Member of R. of R. T. Local No. 281 Indiana and Vetran of Foreign Wars, Michigan. [Joliet Herald News, 2/17/1945, Submitted by Jean Hohimer]

Death of Mr. Stillman --- former editor and proprietor of the Joliet Signal has been murdered in California. (Joliet Dem)
[Rock Island Advertiser, Wed. March 10, 1852, sub. by Candi Horton]

Herbert P. Stutz
Age 76. Tuesday, January 21, 1986 at Saint Joseph Medical Center. Late of Joliet. Survived by his wife Harriett (Powell), one daughter Juanita (Mrs. Fred Smalley) of New Lenox, one son Philip (valerie) Stutz of Wheeling, IL, four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Born in Joliet, a lifelong resident. Preceded in death by his parents Rudolph and Leona (Parker) Stutz, five brothers, one sister. Employed as a machinist for Folger Adam company, retiring in 1971 after serving them for 41 years. Member of the ridgewood Baptist church. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.
[Submitted by mjkane7@windstream.net]

Noah Thayer
At his home on First avenue, Noah Thayer, aged 78 years and 7 months, died on Thursday morning, at half-past four. Mr. Thayer died from the effect of a fall received Saturday, December 12. He felt no bad effects therefrom for a couple of days after the accident, but soon afterwards, erysipelas ensued, and from that time until his death he was a great sufferer.
Mr. Thayer was a man of wonderful business sagacity, and a man well thought of by his acquaintances. He was born in Belchertown, Massachusetts. In 183? he came to Illinois, settling near Naperville, DuPage county, where he lived a few years, then going to Aurora. He has lived in Wallingford, Will county, with exception of a short time, for 24 years. Mr. Thayer has been twice married both wives preceding him in death. By his first wife he had four children, who live in Will county -- H.L. Thayer, Mary Thayer, Chas. and Eugene Thayer. He also had two grandchildren, Miss Nettie Leavens being one, who has from infancy lived with the deceased's family. The funeral will take place Saturday forenoon, at ten o'clock, from the house, Rev. A.H. Laing officiating. The body will be taken to Wilton Center cemetery for burial, at the Wilton M.E. church, services will be held at two o'clock p.m.
[Joliet Republic and Sun, Tues, Dec 22, 1885 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Cornelius C. VAN HORNE
Date of Obit: 1853
Obituary Text: Cause of death was from cholera.
Cornelius C. VAN HORNE, deceased, formerly of Joliet Twp., was born in Hunterdon Co., N. J., April 13, 1794; shortly afterward, his parents removed to Amsterdam, N. Y., where his father, a widely-known clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church, lived many years. In the spring of 1832, Mr. VAN_HORNE came to Illinois and located in Will (then Cook) Co. He died in Joliet July 7, 1854. In 1813, he, married Elizabeth VEEDER, who died, in Will Co., in 1838; in 1842, he married Mary M. RICHARDS, who is still living; by his first marriage he had seven children - Abraham C., born in 1815; Simon V., born in 1818; Anne, born in 1822 ; Cornelius P., born in 1824; Margaret C born in 1826; Barney W., born in 1829, and Andrew J., born in 1832.; by his second marriage he had five children - William C., born in 1843; Augustus, born in 1844; Elizabeth, born in 1846; Theodore C., born in 1849, and Mary, born in 1852 - all now living. He was a man of great force of character, and of liberal education, and had much to do with the shaping of events in the early days of Will Co., in the history of which his name occurs often and very prominently ; he gave his name to the locality known as Van Horne's Point. He was successively a Postmaster and a Justice of the Peace, and, upon the incorporation of Joliet as a city, he was chosen its first Mayor; after a long, active and useful life, he died in 1854, one of the victims of cholera.
[Contributed by Lisa Smalley - Lisarps at gmail.com]

Estelle "Stella" M. Vaira (nee Cresto)
Age 96. Monday, August 20, 2001 at Silver Cross Hospital.
Born November 22, 1904 in Seatonville, IL and a Joliet resident since 1940.
She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Catholic Womens League (Publicity Chairman) and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Joliet Elks Lodge (Golf Chairman). She was also founder of the Bag and Baggage Bowling League.
Preceded in death by her husband, James J. Vaira (Oct. 7, 1997); grandson, David Perona; parents, Peter and Margarita (nee Zucchi) Cresto; son-in-law, John A. Wunderlich (1972); five brothers and two sisters.
Loving mother of Estelle Marie Wunderlich of Naperville, IL, James P. "Pete" (Adele A.) Vaira of Joliet, and Mary Ellana (Joseph) Podpora of Fox Lake, IL. Beloved grandmother of John (Sandy) Wunderlich, Lisa (Louis) Reginelli, Lynda (Brian) Bachman, David (Pat) Wunderlich all of Naperville, Mark (Katie) Wunderlich of Lake in the Hills, IL, James Wunderlich of Naperville, Tomi Lynn Gawenda of Ingleside, IL; Michael (Sara) Perona of El Paso, TX, Kathryn Stebbins of Roselle, IL, Michele (Mark) Winchester of Sandwich, IL, James "Tony" Vaira of Joliet, Nancy (Keith) Glavan of Elmhurst, IL, and Joseph (Kristin) Vaira of Taylorville, IL; proud great-grandmother of 20; dear great great-grandmother of two.
Funeral services for Estelle M. Vaira will be Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 9:15 am from the funeral home chapel to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus for a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 am. Interment Hills of Rest Cemetery.
Visitation Friday 2-8 pm at: FRED C. DAMES WEST CHAPEL - 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet
[Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) - August 23, 2001 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Emma Alice Watkins
The Spectator Newspaper printed 25 April, 1946
Mrs. Emma Alice Watkins 86 of 802 Elizabeth Street, died at St. Joseph Hospital yesterday after a short illness. The removal was made by Western Funeral Parlors,where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. P Dominski officating . Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery. Born in Lockport and living her all her life in Will County, Mrs Watkins is the widow of the late Robert Franklin Watkins. She is survived by three sons, Harvey; Robert; William of Joilet; and two daughters Mrs Della Chapman of Joilet; and Mrs. Elizabeth Bernard of San Diego, CA. She is all survived by four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her son Harvey, was chairman of the Will County Board of Supervisiors at one time.

Mrs. Emma Alice Watkins 86, of 802 Elizabeth Street, a lifelong resident of Will County,died yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital where she had been a patient since Saturday. The former Emma Bogardus was the mother of Harvey Watkins, former Joliet Township supervisor and at at one time chairman of the Will County board of Supervisors. Born in Lockport she and her late husband Robert Frank Harvey ( misprint) farmed in that vicinity for a number of years. She had been living in Joilet for the past two decades Her husband preceded her in death in February, 1928. Mrs Watkins held membership in the Stevenson Camp No. 1187 of the Royal Neighbors of America. Besides her son Harvey, she is survived by two other sons William ;and Robert of Joilet; and two daughters,Mrs Della Chapman of Joliet;and Mrs Elizabeth Bernard of San Diego, CA Also four grandchildren;and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00p.m. o'clock at the Western Funeral Parlors. Rev. Dominski will officate. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery.
[The Hearld-News Newspaper of Joliet , IL printed on Thursday 25 April, 1946]

Further Information provided by Norita Shepherd Moss:
Birth: 22 FEB 1860 in Will Co., Ill
Father: Byron Franklin BOGARDUS b: 16 APR 1836 in Cattaraugus Co., NY
Mother: Mary Lucinda SHERMAN b: 1844 in NY

Marriage 1 Robert Franklin WATKINS b: 1855 in Will Co., Ill
Married: 12 OCT 1879 in Will Co., IL
Elizabeth Mary WATKINS b: 24 JUL 1880 in Will Co., Ill
Della L. WATKINS b: 2 JUL 1883 in Il
Harvey WATKINS b: 7 NOV 1884 in Will Co., Ill
William Bryon WATKINS b: 24 SEP 1887 in New Lenox Twp., Will Co., IL
Robert WATKINS b: 12 FEB 1896

We come now to notice the death of an historic character, John Watkins, the ancient pedagogue of Chicago and of Joliet. John Watkins was the son of Henry WATKINS, who came to the Hickory creek settlement in 1831 from Cayuga Co., (contributor's note: presumably, New York) and located on the section of land on which the village of New Lenox and the Methodist camp ground are located. He obtained the title to a part of the section, and built a log cabin on the spot where the little house just west of the camp ground is located. John Watkins followed his father and uncle Peter (contributor's note: WATKINS) in 1832. He engaged in his chosen calling of teacher in Chicago, first teaching in an old log stable on the north side near the residence of R. J. HAMILTON. In this the old pioneer missionary, Jesse WALKER, used to preach Sundays. His school was broken up by the Indian scare and the cholera scare. He found refuge in Indiana with the Hickory creek settlement. Returning after these troubles were over, he resumed his calling, and was the first teacher under the regularly organized school district of Chicago. In 1833 he was one of the witnesses to the final treaty with the Pottawattamies. In those times about half of his scholars were half breeds and one a whole breed, to-wit: the son of old Chief SANGANASKE, or Billy CALDWELL. In 1836, Mr. Watkins opened the first public school in Joliet in the old building which stood on the margin of Comstock's pond on Hickory street. In this Dominie PRENTISS preached on Sunday (contributor's note: Dominic ?). The McKEE boys, Joel GEORGE's boys, etc, were among his scholars. Mr. Watkins has been for many years infirmed and blind, but so long as able he was accustomed to visit our city schools, and kept up his interest in the cause of education. He died March 1, 1887, at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. ABRAMS, on Mississippi avenue, at the age of 84 years and eight months, and was buried in New Lenox. No doubt he was ready to answer ad sum when the Great Master called his name.
"1887 Old Settlers' Association of Will County, Necrology report"
Compiled by George H. Woodruff and printed in the
Joliet Daily Republic and Sun, September 8, 1887
Transcribed and copyrighted April 18, 2001, by Lawrence B. Peet, Joliet, Illinois. Permission granted to copy for non-commercial use only. All in Italics and upper case surnames are added to or modified from the original by the transcriber. PeetLB@aol.com

William Byron Watkins
William Byron Watkins, 66 years old, died suddenly on Monday Sept. 28, 1953, at his farm home in Lockport Township, 1/4 mile north of Six Corners. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watkins, and was born in New Lenox Township, Sept 24, 1887. He had lived and farmed near Six Corners since 1912.
He is survived by his wife, the former Cora Gaylord; one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Snyder of DeKalb; one grandson, Robert Gaylord Snyder of DeKalb; two brothers, Harvey and Robert Watkins of Joliet; one sister, Mrs. Della McRoberts Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were be held at the Luce Funeral Home at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 30, with the Rev. Harold M. Kelley of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Plainfield cemetery.
[The Plainfield Enterprise, (Illinois), October 1, 1953 (Thursday), page 5]

Further information submitted by Norita Shepherd Moss:
Name: William Bryon WATKINS
Birth: 24 SEP 1887 in New Lenox Twp., Will Co., IL
Death: 28 SEP 1953 in Lockport Twp., Will Co., IL
Burial: Plainfield Cemetery Plainfield Will Co., IL
Father: Robert Franklin WATKINS b: 1855 in Will Co., Ill
Mother: Emma Alice BOGARDUS b: 22 FEB 1860 in Will Co., Ill

Marriage 1 Cora V GAYLORD b: 3 DEC 1884 in Lockport Twp., Will Co., IL

O.R. Westerman
O. R. Westerman, a photographer and resident of Joliet, Ill., for twelve years, and once a colonel in the German army, killed himself with prussic acid rather than suffer the amputation of a leg. [Alton Weekly Democrat, Alton, IL -- 5 Feb 1887 - submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier]

Carl Wood
Carl Wood, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wood, 717 south Eastern avenue. Funeral Tuesday at 10 a.m.. Rev. Laing officiating. [Joliet Weekly News, Friday, March 30, 1888 - Submitted by K. Torp]

Chester Frane Woodward
At Joliet, May 10, of congestion of the lung, Chester Frane, infant son of Jonus D. and Roxie Ann Woodward of this city, age 8 months. The funeral service will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock in the M. E. church. Funeral discourse by Rev. A. C. Higgins.
[The Marshall County Telegraph, May 12, 1866 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Wayne P. Woolworth
Died, On the 2[9?] ult., at Knox College, Illinois, Wayne P., son of Paris Woolworth of Plainfield, Illinois, formerly of Turin, N.Y., aged 19. (The Lewis County Republican (Martinsburgh, NY) – Wednesday, December 13, 1854)

Mrs. Sarah Zarley
We close our record with the name of one who was preeminently the pioneer of the township, Mrs. Sarah Zarley. She died Aug. 4, 1887, at the residence of her son-in-law, Gabriel Noel, in Jackson, in the 94th year of her age. She was born in Pike county, Ohio, Oct. 25, 1794, and was the daughter of Wm. Mustard, one of the pioneer Methodist preachers of that State. She joined the Methodist church at the age of 18, and has thus been a member of that communion for more than 75 years. She was married to the late Reason Zarley in 1814, and in 1828 with her husband and family emigrated to Illinois, settling first near Danville. In 1831 the family came to this township and settled upon the land a little south of Hickory creek, so well known as the Zarley farm, where her son, James, now resides and where her husband, Reason Zarley, Died in 18_9. Mrs. Zarley was the mother of eleven children, of whom only four now survive. Two of those now deceased were editors and proprietors of the Joliet Signal, the death of one "Cal" being appropriately noticed last year by our secretary. It falls to the lot of few to live so long, and to witness so many changes as did Mrs. Zarley. When the family came to this township, Joliet had no name - had not even been dreamed of. The township was only known as T. 35 N. Range 10 E. of the 3rd principle meridian. From the door of the log cabin the prairie stretched in airy undulations far away, the vision being bounded by the horizon. The Indians were frequent visitors at her door, and on the near bottoms of the Hickory and DesPlaines, they, or rather their squaws, planted the beans and corn which formed an important part of their food; and on that same sandy plateau where is now the Zarley cemetery, they buried their dead. Now the din of a city of 25,000 inhabitants can be heard from the spot, and the shrieks and rumbles of four railroads make the echoes of the Zarley woods. But they do not disturb the slumbers either of the native Indian or the old forefathers of the settlement.
Friday afternoon following Mrs. Zarley's death, her remains were attended from Jackson by a large concourse from town and city, to the cemetery which bears the family name, where they were placed by the side of her late husband, who donated the spot to its present use. During the last years of her life, Mrs. Zarley was afflicted with total blindness, which she bore with the same christian patience and even cheerfulness that she exhibited through all the trials of frontier life, including the Indian scare of 1832.
"1887 Old Settlers' Association of Will County, Necrology report" Compiled by George H. Woodruff and printed in the Joliet Daily Republic and Sun,September 8, 1887. Transcribed and copyrighted April 20, 2001, by Lawrence B. Peet, Joliet, Illinois. Permissiongranted to copy for non-commercial use only. All in Italics and upper case surnames are added to or modified fromthe original by the transcriber. PeetLB@aol.com


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