'W' Woodford County Obits
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Louise Whittington
Roanoke - Louise E. Whittington, 91, died at 2:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. She was born March 15, 1915, in Roanoke, the daughter of August and Emma Winter Schuler. She married Cecil Whittington on March 7, 1935, in Ottawa. He died Feb. 20, 1993. Survivors include one son, Dean (Janet) Whittington, Roanoke; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, five brothers and seven sisters. Whittington was a homemaker. Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, with the Rev. Debbie Horvath officiating. Visitation will be held this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Roanoke Township Cemetery, Roanoke. Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Roanoke.

Ed H. Woltzen, 72, Benson, Is Stricken At Church Meeting
Funeral Tuesday at St Peter's Lutheran Church
contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Edward Henry Woltzen [born Ede Heinrich], 72, died at 3:30 p.m. last Sunday, at the annual meeting of St Peter's Lutheran church west of Benson.  A doctor said death as caused by coronary thrombosis.

Mr Woltzen was born Sept. 10, 1882, in Roanoke township. the son of Albert and Fanny Saathoff Woltzen.  On March 7, 1912, he married Emma Harms.  She preceded him in death, as did four sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are two brothers, Elick of Benson, and Albert of Wolcott, Ind.; and four sisters, Mrs Sena Moritz of Flanagan, Mrs Harm Tjaden and Mrs Rosena Hinrichs, both of Benson, and Mrs Hemicke Moritz, also of Benson, with whom he had made his home.

He was a member of St Peter's Lutheran church and St Peter's Brotherhood.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at St Peter's Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. J.H. Prange.  Burial was in the parish cemetery.  The Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home of Minonk was in charge.

The pallbearers were Wm. Ehlers, Leonard Eckhoff, Ernest Gerdes, Carl Tjaden, Carl Redenius and Edward Eilts.

Relatives attending from a distance were:  Misses Minnie and Mary and Herman Jacobs of Pontiac; Mr and Mrs Henry Harms, Mr and Mrs Clarence Harms of Colfax; Mr and Mrs Roy Kelsey of DeKalf; Andrew Woltzen of Dana; John Uphoff and Mrs Grace Otto of Flanagan; Mr and Mrs H. Frerichs of Bartonville: Mr and Mrs Ben Moritz of Secor; Mr and Mrs John Woltzen of Kankakee; Mrs Dena Schulthes, Mrs Ludeman and Misses Lena and Fanny Oltman of Eureka; Rev R.D. Folkers of Bloomington; Mr and Mrs Harry Peters of El Paso; Mrs John Schuck of Peoria; John Woltzen and Mr and Mrs John Miller of Metamora; Mrs L Janssen and Mrs Kate Harms of Washburn; Mr and Mrs Ervin Hansen of Streator; Mr and Mrs Albert Woltzen of Long Point

Sarah E. Whiffen
Miss Sarah E. Whiffen, a young lady well known in this community, and who made many warm friends during her residence in this city, died yesterday morning at the residence of her aunt, 1115 N. Adams St., after a brief illness. She was the daughter of W. B. Whiffen, editor of the Marshall County Democrat, at Lacon, and was the only child of his first wife. The deceased was born in the city of Indianapolis, Aug. 16, 1855. She came to Peoria several years ago and made her home with her aunt. For a long time she was employed as a clerk in the retail dry goods house of Clark & Co., but more recently has been employed in the reception room at Smith's photograph studio. She has been troubled for some time with rheumatic troubles, but was not thought to be seriously ill until Sunday evening, in fact was at the studio as usual last week. The immediate cause of her death was inflammation of the stomach succeeding a rheumatic attack. The funeral will take place from the residence of her aunt, Mrs. E. Thurlow, 1115 N. Adams St., at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Friends of the family are invited. Mr. Whiffen, father of the deceased, arrived in the city last evening. The Freeman extends him its fraternal sympathy (Peoria Freeman, Feb 21.). Mr. Whiffen has the sympathy of the Journal and his many friends of Woodford county, where the family once lived and are favorably known.

Florence Mae (Sowards) Wolpert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Florence Wolpert, former resident of Partridge township near Spring Bay, died Saturday morning at 10:55 at her home in Peoria, where she had resided the last ten years.

She was a daughter of Andrew F. and Margaret Baker Sowards and was born in Woodford county Jan. 3, 1874.  She was united in marriage to Andrew Wolpert in Peoria Dec. 8, 1892, and the family home was near Spring Bay for many years.  Mr. Wolpert died June 25, 1921, after a long illness and a few years later Mrs. Wolpert with her children moved to Peoria.  She was a member of the Mennonite Church of Washington.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Cecil DeGuibert, Miss Vera Mae Wolpert and Mrs. Grace Keene, all of Peoria.  She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Rehner, Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Mary Baechler, East Peoria; Mrs. Hattie Shafter, Beloit, Wis.; and Mrs. Mae Bunting, Hershey, Neb., and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the Wilton chapel in Peoria, conducted by Rev. J. F. Unger.  The body was then taken to the Spring Bay Cemetery for interment.

Minnie A. Wilcox
Mrs. Minnie A. Wilcox, 80, a lifelong resident of Minonk and one of this community's leading citizens, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the St. Francis hospital in Peoria. Death came as a result of pneumonia, which struck eight days before her passing.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Wilcox Funeral Home in this city, with the Rev. E. V. Young, pastor of the Minonk Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers were: Wade and Frederick Wrenn, Robert M. Wilcox, Arthur Young and Aaron and Harrison Parks. Mrs. Harrison Parks rendered piano music. The Rev. James W. Turner of North Henderson, a former personal friend of the family, who had planned to conduct the funeral, was unable to be present because of illness.

Mrs. Wilcox was born three miles west of Minonk on Aug. 9, 1867, the daughter of Daniel H. and Louisa Davison. From earliest childhood she was very much interested in music, and as a young woman she went to New York City, where she took special studies, returning later to teach music in Minonk. She was especially proficient as a pianist and organist and was outstanding as a director of choir and choral music in Minonk churches.

On Aug. 22, 1888, she was united in marriage with Dr. Frederick W. Wilcox, and to this union were born two children: A son, George Edward Wilcox, who died while in military service, on shipboard (part of the obit is missing).

??munity. She was a member of the Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter DAR and on March 17, represented that organization as a delegate at the state convention held in Peoria.

She was a world traveler, having made one trip around the world and numerous other trips to foreign lands. Her lectures, accompanied by pictures were in great demand. The deceased was a charter member of the Minonk Women's club and the 20th Century club and was the last surviving charter member of the former organization.

Among the relatives and friends from out of town who attended the final rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Poston of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Off, Charles Off, Mrs. Dave Cummings, Mrs. Julia Birks, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Heidrich, Mrs. Robert Topping, Mrs. George Wheelock, Mr. and Mrs. John Welch, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Osborn, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Young, all of Peoria; Mrs. Marie Webster and Miss Eleanor Webster of Washington.Dr. and Mrs. Dave Morton, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Armstrong, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith of Elmwood; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Burke of Chicago; Miss Margaret Hall of Streator; Mrs. Louis Colehow (rest of obit is missing).

Harold W. Wragge
Minonk - Harold W. Wragge, 87, Minonk, died at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday (March 8, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, with full military rites provided by the Benson American Legion Post 454 and Minonk VFW Post 7185. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, or Benson American Legion.

Harold was born Aug. 22, 1918, in rural Benson, the son of William G. and Marie Miller Wragge. He was educated in the Logan School in rural Benson. He married Darlene A. Matter on June 9, 1946, in Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving is a son, Daryle W. Wragge, Wenona; and three grandchildren, Gretchen (Bryan) Hsu, Samual Wragge and Christopher Wragge. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Harms; and two brothers, Clarence Wragge and Edward Wragge.

Harold was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Benson, and was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. Harold's tour of duty took him overseas to the European Theater for four years. He was a member of the 52nd Armored 9th Armored Infantry Battalion. He had fought at Utah Beach in Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Rhine and Battle of Remagen Bridgehead. During the Battle of the Bulge, Harold was part of the armored division that took the Remagen Bridge and held it for 12 days trapping many German soldiers. His service had taken him to France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Belgium. He had served under General Hage with the 1st Army and General Patton with the 3rd Army. Harold was honorably discharged on Dec. 29, 1945.

After the war, he farmed in Linn Township in Woodford County the rest of his life until retirement. After retirement, Harold took up his hobby of collecting caps, which is the largest in the state of Illinois. He was a charter member of the Benson American Legion Post 454, lifetime member of the Minonk VFW Post 7185, a member of Battle of Bulge Remagen Bridge Society, an active member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau for 55 years and the local FFA Alumni.

Dona Jo Sizemore Woltzen
Port Washington, WI - Dona Jo Sizemore Woltzen died Tuesday morning (Aug. 1, 2006) at St.Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis., after a lengthy illness.

BornJune 12, 1933, in Normal, Dona was the eighth of nine children born toPete F. and Mary Etta Sizemore. She and husband Duane "Moose" Woltzenwere married for nearly 53 years. A longtime Sheboygan Countyresident, Dona was a beloved face on the Lakeland College campus. Sheand Moose made their home among wonderful neighbors in Port Washingtonfor the past 16 years.

Dona is survived by her husband, Moose;mother-in-law, Hazel Woltzen, Minonk; children, Scott (Nancy) Woltzen,Hartland, Wis., and Julie (Mathias) Romacker, Thousand Oaks, Calif.;grandchildren, Krysta, Kevin, Nick and Luke; sisters, Nancy Dittmar andHelen Adams; brother, Pete (Sara) Sizemore Jr.; sisters andbrothers-in-law, Carol Nelson, Alyce Woltzen, Jim (Mary) Woltzen andMilton Underkoffler; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorialservice will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Moose and Dona WoltzenGymnasium at Lakeland College, Sheboygan, by family friend, the Rev.Waymon Stewart. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorialsmay be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. EernisseFuneral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family. Onlinecondolences can be made at www.eernissefuneralhome.com. For furtherinformation, please call (262) 284-2601.

Arthur Whited Jr.
Arthur Whited Jr., 82, of 502 Gloria Drive, Eureka, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2007) at Eureka Community Hospital.

He was born July 12, 1924, in Bureau county, Ill., to Arthur Sr. and Lillian Kipp Whited. He married Jeanie Marshall on Aug. 20, 1950, in Kewarnee. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Timonthy (Patricia) Whited of Nederland, Colo., and Mark (Rebecca) Whited of Evansville, Ind.; two sisters, Marilyn Calvert of Princeton, Ill., and Lauramae Smith of Southern Pines, N.C.; and four granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.

Art farmed in the Kewanee area and proudly served in the Marine Corps. At age 40, he began a new career with Country Companies Insurance, serving the Kewanee area and later Eureka until he was 80. He was inducted into the Country Companies Hall of Fame for agents in 1991. He was an avid bridge player and attended Grace Presbyterian Church. His greaddaughter said it best, "He had the will of a warrior, the wit of a politician and the heart of a man with deep faith."

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday,, Jan 22, at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Mark Whited will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday Jan. 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery.
Memorials contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life of Eureka. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .

Larry Norman Warnkes

Larry Norman Warnkes, 35, of Washburn, died 3:20 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2007) in Washington Township. He was born Dec. 26, 1971, in Peoria, to Lorin and Charlene Quiram Warnkes. He married Willa Rolinski on Sept. 9, 1995. She survives. Also surviving are his parents, Washburn; his two children, Rylan and Makenna Warnkes, (who was born on his 30th birthday), both at home; one brother, Brent (Jamie) Warnkes, Pattonsburg; his paternal grandparents, Jim (Jenni) Quiram, Washburn; and mother and father-in-law, Tuny (Phyllis) Rolinski, Washburn. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Norman (Velda) Warnkes.

Larry was a graduate of Low-Point Washburn High School. He graduated from the heating and Air Conditioning program at I.C.C. He was of the Lutheran faith and attended St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church with his family. He was previously employed at Diamond Star Motors for 11 years. Later, with his wife, they owned and operated Ace in the Hole for the past two years. With the help of his family and friends, they will continue to operate his business.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert-Johnson & McKitrick Memorial Home, Washburn. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. The Rev. Tim Barber and Father Gary Caster will officiate. Burial will follow at Bell Plain Cemetery, Pattonsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the education fund for his children.



The following obits contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Albert J. Woltzen Dies Friday Night
Passes Away at Daughter's Home at Benson, Aged More Than 86 Years
Is Former Roanoke Resident
Born in Germany, He Comes to America at Age of 16 Years, Residing in This Country 65 Years

Albert J. Woltzen, for many years one of the most prominent citizens of the vicinity of Benson and Roanoke, died at Benson on last Friday night at 10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs D.G. Moritz, aged 86 years, 3 months and 27 days. He had been sick for eight days, mainly due to the infirmities of age, but before that had been about in good health. Ten years ago he had a sick spell, when he was afflicted for about a year. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at St Peter's church two miles west of Benson and burial took place at the church cemetery there. The services were conducted by Rev Fred Seifert, who spoke in English, and by Rev J. Hafferman, who spoke in the German language. Those who acted as pallbearers were the five sons and D.G. Moritz. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were A.G. Jacobs and daughter, Mary, Mr and Mrs Herman Jacobs and Mr and Mrs Albert Saathoff, of Pontiac; Adolph Woltzen, of Washburn; Jurgen Harms, of Minonk; Mrs Ede E. Woltzen, Harm and John E. Woltzen, Mr and Mrs Albert DeWilde, Mr and Mrs W. Brown and Mr and Mrs Carl Klumpe, of Roanoke. Albert J. Woltzen was born at Riepe, Ostfriesland, Germany, on Jan. 8, 1836, coming to America with his parents at the age of 16 years. The trip was made in a sailboat, requiring eight weeks, and they landed at New Orleans, La. They came to St Louis and then to Peoria, where they lived on a farm east of that city for five years. On March 4, 1862, the deceased was married to Miss Tenna (should be Fenna) B. Saathoff and the young couple moved at once on a farm in Roanoke township, in this county. They lived there until 1910, when they went to Benson to (next four words are illegible) and where the wife died on January 14, 1911. Since that time Mr Woltzen had made his home with his daughter there, Mrs D.G. Moritz. Thirteen children were born to Mr and Mrs Woltzen, of who one is dead, Mrs Cassie Manninga passing away in 1912. Those who survive are John, Albert, Heye and Edward Woltzen and Mrs John J. Moritz, of Roanoke; E.A. Woltzen, Mrs George Hinrichs, Mrs Jacob Schroeder, Mrs D.G. Mortiz and Mrs Harm Tjaden, of Benson; Mrs Hallie Oltman, of Hoxie, Kan., and Mrs Kate Oltman, of Eureka. There also survive one brother, S.J. Woltzen, of Benson, fifty grandchildren and twenty-six greatgrandchildren. The deceased came to Roanoke in its pioneer days and saw the country develop from raw prairie to beautiful farms. He was public spirited, taking an active part in public affairs, on the board of supervisors for several years, was on the building committee when the present courthouse was built and was treasurer of St Peter's Lutheran church for forty years. There are but few lived blessed with such fulfillment of an average man's desitny as featured the life of Albert J. Woltzen.

Delmar C. Warnke
Peoria - Delmar C. Warnke, 88, of 923 E. Norwood Ave. died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center. Born Jan. 14, 1914, in Benson to William and Anna Collmann Warnke, he married Ruth Peard on Sept. 3, 1938, in Peoria. She died March 6, 1999, in Peoria. He married Dorothy Smith on Dec. 30, 2000, in Livingston, Texas. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs James (Janet) Goldsworth and Pat Proksch, both of Peoria, and Mrs Dale (Lois) Craig of Havana; two sons, Dr Roger (and Joan) of Stanford, Calif, and Dean (and Vicki) of Peoria; one brother, Leroy of Davis, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one grandson. A member of WABCO Retirees, he was a manager of facilities at WABCO for 42 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of First United Methodist Church for 61 years, where he was a member of the Sanctuary Choir for 50 years, the CHC Sunday School Class, the 55 Plus Class and the Triple M Class. He was past president of the Peoria Score Chapter 90. He was also a member of the Orpheus Club for more than 25 years; Schiller Masonic Lodge 335, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; and Senior Nobles Club. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at his church. The Rev Sigurd Bjorklund will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Richard S. Wilton, funeral dirctor through Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church.

Mrs Albert J. Woltzen
A Pioneer Called - Mrs Albert J. Woltzen, aged 67 years, died her home in Benson Saturday night, the 14th inst., at 11 o'clock, after a few days illness of pneumonia. Owing to her advanged age it was hard to give her the right medical aid. The family realized that the case was serious and might prove fatal. Late Saturday afternoon all the children were notified to hasten to her bedside. She gradually failed till eleven o'clock when the end came. Mr and Mrs Woltzen had, six weeks before, moved to Benson, where they intended to live and enjoy life at leisure. Sickness came, interfered and cut short their plans.

Fenna B. Saathoff was born, May, 10th, 1843 in Ostfriesland, Germany. She came to America with her parents in 1857 and settled in Woodford county. In 1862 she was united in marriage to Albert J. Woltzen. In the demise of Mrs Woltzen, Woodford county loses one of its oldest citizens, as she settled within its bounds 53 years ago. They landed at New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Peoria. Gradually they moved eastward until they reached Roanoke. They lived near here for over half a century.

Mrs Woltzen was survived by her husband and twelve children, seven daughters: Mrs Hallie Altman, Hokey, Kan., Mrs H. Altman, of Olio township, Mrs Geo. Hendricks, of Green township, Mrs Jacob Schroder, Green township, Mrs Jacob Moritz, Clayton township, Mrs John Moritz of Green township, Mrs Wm. Manninga, Mrs Harm Tjaden, Linn township. And five sons, John, Albert, Hye, Alex and Edward, all of this localis. There are also 46 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from the residence in Benson, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment was made at the Lutheran cemetery in Linn township.

Fenna B. Woltzen
The following obituary was published in the 20 Feburary 1911 edition of the Ostfriesische Nachrichten, a newspaper in Breda, Iowa:
With a sad and heavy heart we bring the news to our friends and relatives that the Lord over life and death has taken from our side my dear wife and our good mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Fenna B. Woltzen (Saathoff). She was born on March 10, 1843, at Katharinenfeld, near Aurich, in Ostfriesland. She died on January 14, 1911 near Benson, Illinois. She reached the age of 67 years, 8 months and 1 day. She is survived by her husband, 13 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her burial took place on the 18th with many in attendance at the St. Peter's Cemetery. Pastor T.M. Ficken lead the funeral service. The sorrowing relatives bring this notice. Albert Woltzen, children and grand children.
Benson, Illinois

Daughter of Manson (Iowa) woman dies at home in Benson, Illinois - Death Takes Mrs Wm. Warnke After Illness of Many Months

Mrs. Anna H. Warnke of Benson, IL, daughter of Mrs. Minnie Collman, of Manson passed away last Thursday at her home, following an illness of several months' duration. Mrs. Warnke was born December 15, 1889 on a farm near Benson. Later the family came to Manson, Anna living here with her parents until her marriage to Wm. Warnke April 14, 1910. As a girl Mrs. Warnke was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After their marriage Mr and Mrs Warnke moved to Benson, IL to make their home. Her husband and six sons, Melvin, Harvey, Delmar, Eldon, LeRoy and Wesley mourn her departure. She also leaves her mother, Mrs Minnie Collman, of Manson; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs Theresa Reiter, Mrs Elsina Vanhoff and Mrs Amelia Folkerts, of Palmer; Mrs Sarah Leith, Spooner, Wis.; Mrs Emma Steckelbert, Mora, Minn.; Mrs Marie Kenning, Mrs Jennie Warnke, Walter, Will and Lawrence, of Manson; Mrs Minnie Martins, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs Martha Jensen, Filer, Ida., and Mrs Helen Hunt, of Bradgate, Iowa.
Funeral service(s) were held Monday afternoon in St Peter's church at Benson.

Mrs Simon Woltzen Dies on Wednesday - Benson Woman, 83, Succumbs at Her Home After a Long Sickness

Mrs Simon Woltzen, 83, passed away yesterday morning at 7 o'clock after a lingering illness, from the ailments of old age. Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev O. A. Braunschweig, and burial will be made in the Benson cemetery.

Elizabeth Barbara Sommers was born in Worth township, Woodford county, on June 25, 1848, and resided here until April 13, 1867, when she became the wife of Simon J. Woltzen at a ceremony performed in Peoria. The young couple at once started housekeeping in Secor, where Mr Woltzen was a harnessmaker. They moved to Minonk about 1875 and in 1880 moved to Benson, which had since been their home.

The couple was blessed with three children: Dr. Simon W. Woltzen of Clinton, Mo., Adolph Woltzen, Washburn banker and former county clerk, and Louis D. Woltzen, who died in Kansas City, Mo., about four years ago. Besides the husband, who is over 91 years old, she is survived by one sister, Mrs Eva Miller of Jacksonville.

Mrs Woltzen spent her entire life in this county and had a host of friends. She was a loving wife and a kind mother. Years ago she affiliated with the Baptist church. She was a daughter of Martin and Mary Sommers, pioneers of this county.

Miss Williams Rites Sunday

El Paso - Services for Miss Reba L. Williams, 78, formerly of El Paso, who died Thursday at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Vincent Memorial Home, El Paso. Rev. G. A. Morehead will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home 6 to 9 tonight. Active in the American Legion Auxiliary 50 years, Miss Williams was an official delegate to a causus that organized the statewide auxiliary in 1920. She read the call to order of the first American Legion Auxiliary state department convention in 1921 in Decatur and was state financial secretary two years. Miss Williams was president of the El Paso chapter and the 17th District director of the auxiliary in 1927. She was a cashier at State Farm Fire Insurance Co. in Bloomington from 1928 until her retirement in 1966, and was a member of the Christian Church. She was born in LaMarr, Mo., Nov. 6, 1892, a daughter of Abraham S. and Maria Crowl Williams. Surviving are one brother, Ivan of El Paso, and two sisters, Mrs Ramona Blair of Peoria and Mrs Carrie Gioldi of Planada, Calif. One brother preceded her in death.

Gerhard Wragge

Benson Citizen Dies After Long Sickness - Gerhard Wragge, Old Time Citizen, Passes Away Sunday Morning


Gerhard Wragge, for many years a well-known and beloved citizen of Benson and vicinity, passed away at this home in Benson Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock. He had been sick since last March and since that time he had gradually become weaker, although he suffered no pain at any time during his long sickness.
Services were conducted at St Peter's Lutheran church yesterday afternoon, with the pastor, Rev O. H. Behrens, officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Gommels, Meint Fischer, George Haase, U. B. Gastmann, E. A. Woltzen and William Kolb.
Gerhard Wragge was born near the city of Oldenburg, Germany, on June 20, 1851. As a boy of 16 years, he came to America and had since lived in and near Benson. In 1879 he was married to Miss Gesche Mennen and the young couple settled in Linn township. They had been residents of Benson the past 20 years.
With his wife there survive five children; Mrs Kate Flohr, who lives in Minnesota, and Mrs Ella Tjaden, William Wragge, Mrs Anna Moritz and Mrs Maggie Reiner, all of the vicinity of Benson and Roanoke. There are 26 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Mr Wragge was a man of sterling character and was beloved and honored by the entire community.
Mrs A. Crawford of El Paso Dies at 85

Gladys Hazel Dabler Watson

EUREKA Gladys Hazel Dabler Watson, 101, of 610 W. Cruger St., Eureka, formerly of Manlius, died at 5:12 p.m. Friday (Oct. 26, 2007) at Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka, where she was a resident. Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Goodfield. The Rev. Roger Strunk will officiate. Burial: Manlius Baptist Cemetery. Visitation: One hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Goodfield, Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka, or Relay for Life. Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com Survivor: One nephew of Georgia and many cousins also survive.



Mrs. DuNois Wilder
El Paso - Burial services for Mrs. DuNois Wilder, who died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Ryden, Chicago, after an extended illness, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Evergreen cemetery. Mrs. Wilder had been a cChicago resident for some 40 years. Previously she lived northeast of El Paso. Funeral services will be held in Chicago Monday morning.

Mary Jenkins Wilson
El Paso - Mrs. Wilson Hart, 75, died at La Junta, Colo., Aug. 11, after an illness of several months with heart trouble. Burial will be in La Junta. Mary Jenkins, daughter of Isaac and Caroline Jenkins, was born at El Paso March 16, 1867. She was married to Wilson Hart of Kappa, Oct. 4, 1898. He died in 1939. A daughter died at the age of 6. She is survived by a son, Robert Hart, of Bloomington, and a sister, Miss Katherine Jenkins, of El Paso. Miss Jenkins left Wednesday for La Junta to attend the funeral services.

Helen A. Heighway Wirth
EUREKA - Helen A. Wirth, 100, the first downstate visiting county nurse in Illinois and a resident of 700 N. Main St., Eureka, died at 11:45 a.m. yesterday (Dec. 20, 1991) at Maple Lawn Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since 1980.
Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the Assembly Room of the nursing home, the Revs. Robert Harnish and Marvin Cheney officiating. Burial will be in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.
Visitation will be an hour before the service at the assembly room. Otto-Argo Funeral Home, Eureka, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 26, 1891, in Pattonsburg, a daughter of Benjamin F. and Adelaine E. Patterson Highway. She married Dr. Henry J. Wirth Nov. 27, 1952, in Chicago. He died Aug. 7, 1979.
Surviving are a brother, F. Eldon Highway, Phoenix, Ariz.; two stepsons, John Wirth, Yellville, Ark., and Dennis Wirth, Elk Grove; and a stepdaughter, Virginia Yocherer, Pomona, Calif. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Mrs. Wirth was a member of Eureka Christian Church. She had been a Eureka resident since 1960. She was a 1914 graduate of Proctor Hospital School of Nursing, Peoria, and was an Army corps nurse during World War I. Mrs. Wirth was the first downstate visiting county nurse in Illinois, serving as a county nurse in Madison County from 1919 until her retirement in 1952.
She was a member of Eureka Woman's Club and a charter member of the American Legion Post of Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Residents' Assistance Fund. 

Joyce "Lorene" Wiley Whisler
LOWPOINT - Joyce "Lorene" Wiley Whisler, 89, Lowpoint, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 19, 2007) at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke. 
She was born May 27, 1918, in Roanoke, daughter of Harold T. and Erma G. Switzer Wiley.  She married Ralph L. Whisler–on Dec. 21, 1940, in Udell, Iowa. He died Sept. 12, 1985.   Surviving are one son, Les (Kathy) Whisler, Washburn; three daughters, Dorothy (Dick) Murphy and Anne Nowak, both–of Washburn, and Mary (Gerald) Maxwell, Metamora; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Halmar (Lenore Shafer) Wiley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Harold (Fumie) Wiley, Santa Maria, Calif.   She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.  

Joyce received her bachelor's degree from Blackburn College in 1938. In 1939, she started teaching in a one-room school house. Later, she taught for Riverview and Lowpoint-Washburn school districts. She received her master's degree from Illinois State University in 1972 and retired from teaching in 1985. She was a member of the Blackburn College and ISU Alumni. –She was also a member of Woodford County retired teachers, past president of Woodford County Historical Society, and the Woodford County Home Extension. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years. She was also a member of Lowpoint Methodist Church.  

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mason Funeral Home in Metamora, with the Rev. Robert DeBolt officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and for one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Lowpoint. Memorials may be made to Lowpoint Washburn School District. 
 

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - September 20, 2007
Deceased Name: Lorene Whisler

LOWPOINT - Joyce Lorene Wiley Whisler, age 89, of Low- point, Ill., passed away at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke, Ill.
She was born May 27, 1918, in Roanoke to Harold T. and Erma G. (Switzer) Wiley. She married Ralph L. Whisler on Dec. 21, 1940, in Udell, Iowa. He died Sept. 12, 1985.

Surviving are one son, Les and Kathy Whisler of Washburn; three daughters, Dorothy and Dick Murphy of Washburn, Anne Nowak of Washburn and Mary and Gerald Maxwell of Metamora; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Halmar and Lenore (Shafer) Wiley of Phoenix, Ariz., and Harold and Fumie Wiley of Santa Maria, Calif.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Joyce received her Bachelor's degree from Blackburn College in 1938.

In 1939 she started teaching in a one-room school house. Later she taught for Riverview and Lowpoint-Washburn School districts. She received her Master's degree from Illinois State University in 1972 and retired from teaching in 1985.

She was a member of Blackburn College and ISU Alumni, along with Woodford County retired teachers. She was past president of Woodford County Historical Society and a member of Woodford County Home Extension. She was a former 4-H leader for 10 years.

Lorene was a member of Lowpoint Methodist Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at the Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. The Rev. Robert DeBolt is officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and also one hour before services. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Lowpoint, Ill.

Memorials may be made to Lowpoint-Washburn School District.  Online condolences are available at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.
 

Nan Williams
MINONK Nan Livingston Williams, 86, of Mathis, Texas, formerly of Minonk, died in her sleep on Tuesday (Aug. 12, 2008) in the San Antonio Methodist Hospital.

She was born and raised in Grayville. After World War II, Nan married her high school sweetheart, Robert G. Livingston, who died in 1967, and was the son of Tom and Mildred Livingston of Minonk. In 1970, she married Carl Wilson Williams and lived in Mathis, Texas, for 39 years. Nan was passionate about her family and work as a pianist and choir director.

Nan is survived by their three children, Greg Livingston and Mary Ted Livingston Moorman, both of San Antonio, Texas, and John Livingston of San Marcos, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Her funeral was held in Mathis, Texas. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Davison Cemetery, rural Minonk, with the Rev. Richard Olson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of local arrangements.

James Whirrell Jr.
WASHBURN - James E. Whirrell Jr., 19, of Washburn, Ill., died at 7:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, near Summersville, Mo., on Highway 17. He was born March 24, 1987, in Peoria, Ill., the son of James E. and Therisa L. Keeling Whirrell Sr.

Surviving are his father, James E. (Debbie) Whirrell Sr. of Washburn; his mother, Therisa L. Keeling Whirrell (and Terry Brady) of Summerville, Mo.; five brothers, Anthony R., Dakota J., and Alex, all of Washburn, and Heath and C.J., both of Birtchtree, Mo.; two sisters, Kayla R. and Santana, both of Washburn; grandparents, John and Glenda Whirrell of Washburn, and Rosemary Keeling of Summersville, Mo.; and a great-grandmother, Bessie Keeling of Birchview, Mo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jacklyn L. Whirrell; a grandfather, J.R. Keeling; and great-grandparents, Reuben and Fern Whirrell, and Raymond and Louise Smith.

James loved to coon hunt, fish, watch football, play video games, joke around and be with family and friends. He is leaving lots of loved ones behind. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren in Lowpoint, with the Rev. Charles Buegel officiating. Burial will follow at Buckingham Cemetery in rural Washburn. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Johnson & McKitrick Memorial Home in Washburn. Memorials may be made to the family.

Juanita Whisler
LOWPOINT - Juanita M. Whisler, 90, of rural Lowpoint died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2005, at her residence. She was born Nov. 7, 1915, in Udell, Iowa, to the Rev. Merton A. and Sadie Price Whisler.

Surviving are two sisters, Myrtle Kenyon of Metamora and Alberta (and Melvin) Christ of Lowpoint. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She was a promotional director for National Women's Christian Temperance Union in Evanston for 11 years. A member of Woman's Christian Temperance Union, she had served as local president, Illinois state president and other state offices. She was a member of Oak Grove Church of the Brethren in rural Lowpoint, where she served as its clerk for many years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at her church, where visitation will be one hour before. The Revs. Joseph Meredith and Glen Whisler will officiate. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery in rural Washburn. Memorials may be made to her church.

Jacklyn L. Whirrell
Washburn - Jacklyn Louise Whirrell, 4 month old daughter of James and Therisa Keeling Whirrell of rural Washburn, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 1996) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Oak Grove Church, rural Washburn, with the Rev. Vernon Dean and the rEv. Robert DeBolt officiating. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, rural Washburn. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ries-McKintrick and Newton Mortuary, Washburn Chapel. A memorial in her name has been established at the Washburn Bank, Washburn.

Survivors include her parents; a sister, Kayla; and three brothers, James, Tony and Dakohta, all at home; paternal grandparents John and Glenda Whirrell, LaRose, maternal grandmother, Rosemary Keeling, Eminence, Mo.; maternal great-grandparents, Raymond and Louise Smith, Eminence, Mo.; paternal great-grandmother, Fern Whirrell, Wilburn; maternal great-grandmother, Bessie Keeling, Eminence, Mo.

Emma Elizabeth Harms Woltzen - contributed by Teri Moncelle Colglazier
31 Mar 1933 - Roanoke, Woodford County, Illinois
ROANOKE - The funeral of Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Woltzen will be held at the home at 1 pm Friday and at St. Peter's Lutheran church at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev. Behrens will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are: Eilert Harms, Eilert Johnson, Eilert Weers, John and Louis Woltzen and Edd Tajden.
Katherina M. Harms Weers

Mrs. H. G. Weers - contributed by Teri Moncelle Colglazier
6 Nov 1958 - Linn Township, Woodford County, Illinois
PONTIAC - (PNS) - Mrs. Katherina M. Weers, 82, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at her home in Linn Township, Woodford County. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. H. J. Knoploh officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Saturday at Pacey Funeral Home at Washburn. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to a memorial fund. She was born Oct. 14, 1876, in Linn Township, a daughter of Eilert and Margaret Aden Harms. She was married to H. G. Weers June 26, 1902, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Marie Seabers, Peoria; Mrs. Margaret Selburg, White Bear, Minn.; Mrs. Katherine Braun, Washburn; two sons, Eilert, Washburn; John, Channahon; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a niece, Miss Helen Johnson, who was reared in the Weers home. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and six sisters. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Harry F. Wehking - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Harry F. Wehking, 88, of Illinois Route 116, Benson, died April 16, 1990, at Snyder Village Nursing Home in Metamora, where he had been a resident since December 1988.

Born June 18, 1901, in Hoyleton to Henry and Elizabeth Krietemeier Wehking, he married Marie Flohr on Nov. 30, 1928, in Benson.  She died May 17, 1989.  He also was preceded in death by one daughter and two brothers.

Surviving are three sons, Harold of Peoria, Wesley of Coronado, Calif., and Arnold of Benson; one brother, Clarence of Hoyleton; one sister, Mrs Emilie Brink of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He worked at the Farmers Elevator in Benson and Spires Elevator in Minonk.  He worked in the Office Supply Department at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, retiring in 1968.

He was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church near Benson, where he had served on the church council.  He was a former member of United Church of Christ in Minonk.  Services were held April 20 at his church.  The Rev Joseph Bleakley officiated.  Burial was in Minonk Cemetery.

Benson Girl Dies
Relatives have received news of the death of Anna, 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Waldschmidt of Benson, who passed away Wednesday evening in the Streator hospital of appendicitis. The funeral will be held from St. Patrick’s Church, Minonk, Saturday morning.

Cecil A. Wood
Cecil A. Wood of Lowpoint, 54, died on Saturday, March 19, at  St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, where he had been a patient three weeks.  He had lived at Remmert Nursing Home in Roanoke for nearly a year.

Born October 23, 1905, at Napanee, Indiana, he was the son of Phillip and Sylvia Thurber Wood.  He married Hariett Teager on March 18, 1926, in Bloomington.  He was a construction worker in earlier years, but later studied watch repairing.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Cecil Edward of Peoria, Robert L. of Belton, Missouri, and Tommy Allen at home; one daughter, Kay Ileen at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Willard of Peoria an Mrs. Gaskel Nese of East Peoria; three brothers, Wesley of Lexington, Willard of Danvers, and Clarence of Everton, Arkansas; and eight grandchildren.  Three brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held  on Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at the Vincent Memorial Home in Roanoke and at 2 p.m. at the Cazenovia Mennonite Church.  The Rev. Melvin Hamilton of Metamora, officiated.  Interment was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery south of Washburn. (contributed by Jane Foster).

Mary (Sharp) Wagner
Stricken with apoplexy at 11 o'clock last Friday morning while engaged in her usual household duties, Mrs. D. C. Wagner passed away at 1:30 Saturday morning at her home in Worth township.

Perhaps no couple was so generally known over Woodford county, or for that matter over this part of the state, as Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Wagner. The couple were ever seen together and in recent years they traveled much, visiting relatives or attending funerals of deceased relatives, or friends. They never missed attending the funeral of a friend when health or weather permitted. Loyal to friends in life, they sacrificed to show their friendship in death. Always considerate and pleasant, their home was famed for its hospitality. In view of these well know qualities it is not strange that when the twain was sundered by death the whole community mourns, mourns for the loss of a beloved lady and in sympathy for a bereft husband and children. Mrs. Wagner was honored in her home as few wives and mothers are honored and surely no one was more deserving, as all who know her attest., with wild animals abounding and Indians not far away. Prior to coming here he is credited with having started the first mill in Peoria. The daughter grew to womanhood on the farm and on June 5, 1866, was united in marriage with Daniel C. Wagner. With the exception of one year, when she and her husband were located on another farm, the deceased had spent all her life on her father's farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Wagner were blessed with nine children, now living. These are Mrs. A. M. Mason, Mrs. J. O. Malone, Mrs. John McDermott of Metamora; Mrs. L. P. Hockenbury of Washington, Mrs. Henry Zundel of Chicago, J. A. and F. W. of Metamora, Albert M. of Peoria and Lawrence of Bellwood, Neb. These with the husband and many grandchildren and several great grandchildren survive.

On June 5, 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Wagner celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a great family reunion at their home. There are few families with as large a relationship. The relatives attending, with the friends who called on this occasion numbered 300.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning. The body was brought from the family home to the Metamora Christian Union church at 10 o'clock. The services were in charge of Rev. Val Strubhar of Washington and Rev. Eldred Cleave, pastor of the local church. Seven young Ladies, grandchildren of the deceased were flower bearers and the offerings of flowers were beautiful and numerous. The Misses Wilma Isch and Edith Moulton and Messrs. Lester and Walter Smith sang the musical service. Rev. Cleave offered prayer and Rev. Strubhar delivered a beautiful eulogy upon the life and character of the deceased. The funeral was the largest it is believed ever held in Metamora, the streets for many blocks around the church being lined with cars. Relatives and friends were present from many states and the local attendance was quite large. The overflow at the church was larger than the attendance within, seats being place outside the building beneath the open windows. At the close of the service the body was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery. (contributed by Sue Rocha)

Ellen Wheeler
Ellen G. Wheeler, 78, formerly of Leavenworth, Kan., died Sunday, April 30, 1995, at her home in Bradenton, Fla. 
She was born December 29, 1916 in Lowpoint, the daughter of George and Fannie Foster Kenyon.  She married Ira L. Wheeler on Jan. 20, 1954 in Platte City, Mo.  They lived in Leavenworth for a few years and later moved to Tonganoxie, Kan. where they lived until 1979 when she moved to Florida.  He preceded her in death in 1969.  She attended Proctor Nursing School in Peoria, receiving a nursing degree in 1944.  She was a registered nurse and worked at the Wadsworth Veterans Medical Center in Leavenworth for 25 years, retiring in 1971.  She is survived by one brother, Francis Kenyon of Peoria, and two nieces and two nephews including Allen Kenyon of Lawrence, Kan.  Graveside services were held Friday, May 21, Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Memorials are requested to the donors choice. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Dwight A. Welch
- 66, 1108 E. 16th St., collapsed and died today in a downtown business establishment. Welch, employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. until he was recently forced to quit because of a heart ailment, was pronounced dead on arrival at Community General Hospital after the fire department emergency squad was unsuccessful in reviving him. He had been under a physician's care for a heart ailment, was stricken shortly after 10 a.m.

The body was taken to the Allen Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m today with the Rev. Russell Fate, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, officiating. The body will be taken to the Wilcox Funeral Home in Minonk where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Charles G. Ouerswald, pator of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery.

Acting Coroner George Logan of Rock Falls scheduled an inquiry.

Welch was born July 25, 1888, in Minonk, Woodford County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philander Welch and attended Minonk schools. He married the former Myrtle Baker in 1909 in Minonk. He came to Sterling six years ago and resided with a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Holman.

Surviving are his widow; eight daughters, Mrs. Severn (Marie) Smallwood, Pekin; Mrs. I. A. (Helen) Spencer, Minonk; Mrs. Lloyd (Margaret) Holman, Sterling; Mrs. Edwin (Josephine) Windy, LaSalle; Mrs. Gust (Mary) Charleston, Sterling; Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Cramer, Minonk; Mrs. Gail (Betty) Plowman, Pontiac, and Mrs. Robert (Blanche) Woitynek, Peru; two sons, Bert of Rockford and Robert of El Paso Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Herman Kuhel, Minonk, and Mrs. Charles Ward, Chattanooga, N.Y.; one brother, Winfield Welch, Kansas City, Mo.; 31 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, George and Richard, and one brother, Bert. (contributed by Melva L. Taylor)

Bernard Woltzen
Bernard "Ben" Woltzen, 92, Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, formerly of Roanoke, brother of a Metamora man, died at 3:25 am Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Eureka Hospital after being admitted Tuesday. 
He was born March 6, 1894, near Roanoke, to John and Anna Gastman Woltzen.  Surviving are a brother, John of Metamora; three sisters, Mrs. Lena DeFreese, Mrs. Anna Oltman and Mrs. Mary Oltman, all of Benson; four nephews; and five nieces.  He was preceded  in death by one brother and one sister. (contributed by Jane Foster)

WM. W. Wood
Saturday morning about 4 o'clock Uncle Wm. Wood, of Olio township, answered the final summons and passed from life.  He was taken ill two weeks ago at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. R. Wilson, in Greene township, and his ripe old age and feebleness made his case almost helpless from the first.  Kidney disease, with which he has been afflicted for years, and dropsy are the causes of his taking off.    "Uncle Billy," as he was known all over Woodford county, was born in Greene county, Pa., in 1812 and came to this place in 1856, settling on a quarter section in Green township, recently occupied by his son, J. G.  He married Sarah Gregg in 1837 and to them seven children were born, one daughter dying in infancy and a son, Thos. O., when a young man of 26.  Those living are LeRoy, of Olio township; Joseph G., of Greene township; J. C., of Lusk, Wy.; Mrs. J. R. Wilson and Mrs. Lucinda Wood, of Secor, all of whom were present at the funeral, J. C. having arrived from Wyoming several hours after his father's death.  The deceased at the time of his marriage was partner in a tannery business, which lead to the loss of considerable money.  His faithfulness in business obligations and punctually in keeping promises prompted him to meet most of his liabilities by day's work as a stone mason, at the same time giving the children a moderate education by subscription, free schools not having been established at that place at the time.  Later, having acquired a small farm in his native county, and having discharged all his financial obligations, he moved in April, 1861, to the old homestead, where he enjoyed home till the death of his companion 1884, since which time he has lived with his children.  The funeral was held Sunday from the Wilson home, Rev. A. Q. Wilson in charge, and the interment was in the Roanoke Cemetary beside the wife, who died in 1884.  The golden rule was all the religion he ever professed and his strict honesty, integrity and his earnestness in endeavoring to treat his fellowman in accordance with that rule, won for him the confidence and esteem of all with whom he associated.  He was pioneer in every sense of that word and evolved from the raw prairie a well improved farm. 
(Note: William W. Wood was born 8/24/1812 and died 7/31/1897..contributed by a Friend of Genealogy)

Mrs Mary Whitmer
50, Quincy, formerly of El Paso, died unexpectedly at her home in Quincy Sunday night. 
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Quincy.  Burial will be at Quincy.  Mrs Whimer was born March 9, 1916 at La Porte, Ind., a daughter of Melvin and Lillie Robbins,  She was married to Walter Donald Whitmer.  Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs Mary Ellen Cook [should be Koch], Quincy;  a son, Robert, Ewing, MO; her father, El Paso; two brothers, Robert and Eugene, El Paso; five sisters, Mrs Hazel Kaiser, Three Oaks, Mich.; Mrs Alice Huhnke and Mrs Hilda Baker, both of Walkerton, Ind.; Mrs Gladys Blair and Miss Ruth Robbins, both of El Paso; and three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother, a brother and a sister. (Newspaper clipping, no title or date.  All I know is she died in 1966 in Quincy, Adams Co, Illinois, contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden.)

Friday, May 13, 2005
Norman L. Warnkes
TOLUCA -- Norman L. Warnkes, 90, of the Pattonsburg area died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday (May 12, 2005) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca, with the Rev. Tim Barber officiating. Burial will follow in Pattonsburg-Moss Cemetery, rural Toluca. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toluca Ambulance fund or the Washburn Ambulance fund. He was born March 3, 1915, in rural Benson to Edward and Sena Johnson Warnkes. He married Velda Kolb on Nov. 9, 1947, near Benson. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, RoJean (Dale) Coleson of Varna and Lois (Randy) Noll of Toluca; one son, Lorin (Charlene) Warnkes of Washburn; one sister, Mabel (Alfred) Kettwich of Minonk; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a wife and two daughters in 1946; and one sister. Norman and his wife, Velda, lived and farmed in the Pattonsburg-LaRose area for 58 years. He was of the Lutheran faith. [cb Amy R-T]

Edward Warnkes, Brother of Mrs Margaret Shoup, Dies Edward Warnkes*, 71, of Minonk died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at his home.  He had not been well for two years. His funeral was held on Friday, March 20, at St Peter's Lutheran Church west of Benson, the Rev E.V. Elzey officiating.  Burial was in St Peter's Cemetery. Deceased was born Aug. 2, 1892, in Clayton Township. son of Menne and Ida Flohr Warnkes.  He farmed all his life until moving to Minonk in 1953. He married Sena Johnson in Olio Township Dec. 18, 1912. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs Alvena Tjaden, Minonk, and Mrs Mabel Kettwich, Eureka; a son, Norman, Toluca; two sisters, Mrs Margaret Shoup, Germantown, and Mrs Rena Johnson, Eureka; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. [Metamora Herald 26 March 1964; *full name was Andrew Edward Warnkes, cb Amy R-T]

Mrs Ida Warneke, 87, of Benson, Succumbs
Mrs Ida Warneke [Warnkes], 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Louis Buttemeier [Buettemeier] at Benson, Wednesday at 1:45 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buettemeier home, and at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. She is survived by three sons, Will, Benson; Ed, Eureka, and Henry, Palmer, Ia., three daughters, Mrs Buettemeier and Mrs Margaret Schoup [Shoup], Benson, and Mrs Serena [Rena] Johnson, Eureka; 19 grandchildren and 28 greatgrandchildren; one sister, two brothers, three stepsisters and two stepbrothers. [Metamora Herald 29 March 1946 p 1 c 5, cb Amy R-T]

M.A. (Menne Andreas) Warnkes is Called to Eternity Tuesday Morning
Prominent Benson Resident Passes -- Funeral Rites to be Held Tomorrow
M. A. Warnkes, 84, died at his home in Benson, Tuesday morning at 2:40 o'clock, with infirmities incident to old age.  He had been going down rather rapidly for the past nine weeks. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:00 o'clock at St Peter's Lutheran church, conducted by Rev J. J. Haberaecker.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The pall bearers are to be:  W. H. Brubaker, Henry Moritz, Jacob H. Schroeder, Elleck Woltzen, H. R. Heiken and Edd Woltzen. Menne A. Warnkes, son of Mr and Mrs Andrew (Andreas) Warnkes, was born at Walle, Germany (Ostfriesland), November 16, 1854, and at the time of his passing on October 25, 1938, was aged 83 years, 11 months and 9 days.  He emigrated to America with his parents when 12 years of age, the family first settling in Linn township and then in Clayton township. He was married to Miss Ida Flohr November 10, 1880, and to this union were born seven children, six of whom, with the wife survive:  Mrs Emma Buettemeier, of Toluca, William Warnkes of Benson, Mrs Margaret Shoup of Secor, Mrs Rena Johnson of Eureka, Edward Warnkes of Benson, and Henry Warnkes of Manson, Iowa.  He also leaves twenty grandchildren, seven great grandhcildren and one sister, Mrs Minnie Aden of Fairbury, Neb. Mr and Mrs Warnkes first went to housekeeping on a farm in Clayton township, but in 1899 moved to their own place in Linn township.  Here they resided until 28 years ago, when they moved into Benson and retired.  Mr Warnkes was a school director when he lived in the Clayton Center district and also served in the same capacity after moving to the Logan school district in Linn township.  For many years he was secretery for St Peter's Lutheran church, of which he was a devoted member.  In the passing of Mr Warnkes, Benson and community has lost a high-type substantial citizen. [From unknown newspaper hand dated Oct 27, 1938; cb Amy R-T]

W. Warnke Dies in Calif.; Body Being Brought to Benson
William R. Warnke, 69, died at the home of his son in Woodland, Calif., Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The body arrived at the Tallyn-Folkers funeral home in Minonk on Thursday evening.  Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran church, west of Benson.  The Rev H.J. Lechner of Toluca will officiate. Burial will be in St Peter's cemetery.  He was born April 16, 1883 in Clayton township, north of Benson, a son of Menne and Ida Flohr Warnke [Warnkes].  He married Anna H. Collman April 14, 1910 in Iowa.  She died 19 years ago.
He is survived by four sons, Melvin, Harvey and Elmer, all of Peoria, and LeRoy of Woodland, Calif.; two brothers, Edward of Eureka and Henry of the state of Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs Margaret Shoup of Washburn and Mrs Rena Johnson of Eureka.  Two sons preceded him in death. [Metamora Herald 10 October 1952, cb Amy R-T]

James S. Wise
James S. Wise, 89, a resident of Christian Village Nursing Home, Lincoln, died at 8:55 p.m. Friday (April 9, 2004) at the nursing home. He was born Jan. 31, 1915, in Williamsville, a son of James M. and Alice E. Long Wise. He married Ruth M. Steller on Feb. 26, 1935, in Lincoln. She died Aug. 22, 1987. Survivors include one daughter, Freddona Gail Wise, Lincoln; one son, James M. Wise, Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Rosemary Evers, Williamsville; one grandchild, James Scott (Jenny) Wise; and one great-grandchild, William Scott Wise. He was a retired school teacher who taught building trades. He built over 20 homes with students in Minonk and also taught woodshop and mechanical drawing. He graduated from Williamsville High School and received a bachelor's degree from ISU and a master's degree from Bradley University in 1953. He taught for a total of 38 years in Benton, Springfield and Minonk schools. He also served in the U.S. Army as a technical sergeant in England during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was a member of Williamsville Christian Church, a member of the American Legion Post 142 of Minonk and was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7185 of Minonk. His graveside service with full military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, the Rev. Tim Searby officiating. There will be no visitation. Holland & Barry Funeral Home, Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Christian Nursing Home and Visiting Nurse Association of Central Illinois Hospice.

Richard William Wyss
Richard William Wyss, Sr., 84, of Minonk, IL passed away at 2:42 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at his residence. He was born on December 14, 1923 in Princeville, IL a son of John and Minnie Spahr Wyss. He married Phyllis J. Deady O’Harra on April 9, 1950 in Peoria, IL. She survives. Other survivors include one son, [living]; one daughter, [living]; one daughter-in-law,[living]; one brother, Edward (Marilyn) Wyss of Princeville; one sister, Mardell (Gene) Martin of Bloomington; one sister-in-law, Jeanette (Gerald) Fritz of Kankakee; and seven grandchildren, [living]. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, David; two brothers, Kenneth and Jack; and one sister, Betty Ann. Richard served his country in Italy during WW II with the Army Signal Corp. He also served in the Air National Guard for four years. Richard loved farming. He farmed land in the Donovan, Chebanese, and Minonk-Dana areas. He also loved to work outside in the yard and garden and walk his dog, Herbie. He was a great fan of the Bradley Braves basketball team and enjoyed spending time with his family during the holidays. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. There will be a private family graveside service at Swan Lake Memory Gardens where military rites will be accorded.

Robert L. Wyss
Robert L. Wyss, 90, of Heritage Manor in Minonk, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 29, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. He was born on May 16, 1918 in rural Roanoke to Louis and Elsie Meinhold Wyss. Bob married Doris Janssen on June 14, 1945 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are: [living]; one daughter, [living[; and three grandchildren,[living]. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bob was in the United States Army during World War II when he served in the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment. He was a member of American Legion Post 142 in Minonk for many years. He also belonged to the Woodford County Farm Bureau. Bob was a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ for 51 years and served as council member a number of times. Bob was a farmer from the age of 15 until he could no longer help. He started with his father, Louis, south of Minonk in 1933 and farmed with his son until he was 81. He had an easy laugh and smile, loved movies, loved to travel, talk farming and his family. He had many wonderful friends. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. The Rev. Daniel Gransch-Boythe will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of the family to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, or Heritage Manor in Minonk. Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com . The family wishes to express its thanks to all the nurses and staff members at Heritage Manor for the excellent care that was given to their father.

Death Called Mrs. G. C. Wagner
Mrs. George C. Wagner peacefully passed to her final rest on Monday evening, surrounded by her children and loved ones, aged 73 years, 1 month and 16 days. Mrs. Wagner had been in poor health for the past eight years, suffering from an attack of paralysis. For the past year she had been helpless. She made her home with her son John since the death of her husband and he was a faithful and devoted son in every way. Mrs. Wagner during her long illness never complained and was cheerful and thoughtful of others through it all. Mrs. Katherine Wagner, wife of George C. Wagner, deceased, and daughter of John and Barbara Belsly Of Spring Bay, Ill., was born near Spring Bay, Woodford county, September 1, 1840. She united early in life with the Mennonite church and had always been one of its faithful and devoted members. She was united in marriage with George C. Wagner on February 17, 1861. To this union were born ten children, five sons and five daughters. Her husband, three sons and two daughters preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure two sons, three daughters, seventeen grandchildren, two sisters and many friends and relatives. The surviving children arc: Mrs. Susan Vercler, Mrs. Lena Guth, Mrs. Barbara Guth and Samuel and John Wagner. Following the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Wagner they lived for a time near Spring Bay, then moved east of Metamora. About 40 years ago they moved onto the old home place which is now farmed by Mr. and Mrs. Vercler. About 10 years ago they moved to Washington. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. Mark's Lutheran Church. There was a very large attendance of relatives from far and near to pay their last respects to a good woman. Rev. Val Strubhar officiated, assisted by Rev. E. Troyer of Carlock. They paid a fitting tribute to the memory of the deceased. [unknown news source, Aug. 20,1914]

Andrew Wissel
Andrew Wissel was born in Ashafanburg, Aleanan, Bavaria , Germany, Feb. 21st., 1821 and departed this life March 30th, 1898, at 12:30 p.m. Mr. Wissel's death was due to Paralysis superinduced by old age. Mr. Wissel came to America in 1845 and settled in St. Louis where he lived until 1847, when he came to Illinois and settled six miles north west of Metamora where he has since resided. In 1856 her was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Kochenderfer and as a result of this eight children were born to them, the children are Kate, Maggie, Barbara, Rose, Andrew, John and Edward, of which four of them and a loving wife and mother survive him to mourn his loss. [cb Gail Porter]

Margaret “Maggie” (Reising) Wissel
Mrs. John Wissell passed away early Saturday morning at her late home, one mile west of Germantown. Death came after an illness of but a week, during which period medical skill and resource was exhausted in an effort to prolong life. Mrs. Wissel was the wife of John Wissel, who for 27 consecutive years was tax collector of Worth township. She was widely known throughout the western part of the county, where she has made her home all her life, and her death is generally regretted. Deceased was born 45 years ago in the same neighborhood where she had since resided. She was the second youngest child of Peter Reising, a soldier of the Mexican and Civil wars and who was killed while in the service. Her mother, Mrs. Josephine Reising, was a sister of Dominique Jacquin and Mrs. Helen Bride, of Metamora, and died about twelve years ago. Four sisters and one brother of the Reising family now survive. Eight children have been born to the deceased through her marriage with Mr. Wissel, seven of whom are living. The children are David, Margaret, Timothy, Gertrude, Walter, Oscar, Albert and Leora. The youngest of the children is four years of age. The funeral was held Monday morning, the remains being taken to the church at Lourds at 9 o’clock. Requiem mass was offered by Rev. Father Gensler. The church was thronged with the friends of the deceased, all anxious to pay tribute to her memory. Following the services in the church, the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near the church, where reposes the remains of the deceased’s mother. [cb Gail Porter]

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