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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 17 May 1976

El Paso - Earl A. "Doc" Baker, 79, a retired farmer, died at 10:46 a.m. Sunday at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, after an apparent heart attack at his home.

His funeral will be at the Froelich Memorial Home, the Rev James Elliott officiating. Burial will be at Minonk Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home.

He was born March 10, 1897, at Benson, a son of David and Carrie Pitman Baker. He married Bessie Ross Dec. 25, 1918, at El Paso. She died in May, 1955. He later married Evelyn Genevieve Ioerger Jan. 18, 1959, at El Paso.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Oma Wolfe, Kenmore, N.D., and Mrs. Margaret Pollock, Bourbannais; a son, Lloyd, Minonk; a brother, Leonard, Joliet; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Morgan, Sheldon, and Mrs. Gladys Lavon, Joliet; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Six brothers, two sisters, a son and a great-grandson preceded him in death.

Mr. Baker, who retired from farming in 1970, attended the United Church of Christ, Minonk.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.

 



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Minonk News Dispatch 3 March 1921

Joe Baker is Dead

Famous El Paso Athletic Killed in Big Wreck at Porter Ind.

The J.W. Baker, who is listed among the dead taken from the train wreck at Porter, Ind., was none other than Joseph W. Baker, of El Paso, better known locally as "Joe" Evans, the famous athlete. The news of his death reached El Paso Monday afternoon. Mr. Burtis, a brother-in-law, left immediately for Porter to bring back the body.

Joe had been at Albuquerque, N.M. for a brief visit and was enroute to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he had been attending school, when he met with the fatal accident. He had written a letter to his brother, Attorney Horace Baker, of El Paso, and mailed it at Trinidad, and this was received by the latter a few hours before he learned of Joe's death. Joseph W. Baker was born at El Paso June 21, 1897, and had resided there all his life with the exception of the time he had spent away to school. He graduated from El Paso high school in 1915 and attended the Morgan Park Academy in 1915-16. He then went to Ann Arbor, Mich., and had just completed his work in the engineering course and was ready to graduate in engineering with his class in June. During the war period he was assigned to the military school at Camp Taylor.

Joe won country-wide repute as an athlete. He was prominent in track athletics and football and was one of the star players on the Ann Arbor team. He was exceptionally good at weight throwing and qualified for the shot put event for the Olympian games at Antwerp, but was unable to make the trip at that time.

At Ann Arbor he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and also three honor clubs, "The Triangle," "The Vulcan" and "The Gargoyle." He was also a competing member of the Illinois Athletic Club of Chicago. He was a member of the El Paso Masonic lodge.

He is survived by his brother, Attorney Horace H. Baker, of El Paso, and a sister, Mrs. Florence Baker Burtis, of Beaver Dam, Wis.
 


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Untitled newspaper clipping, dated 19 May 1979

Flanagan - Emma M. Barth, 63, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday at St Mary's Hospital, Streator.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St John's Lutheran Church, the Rev Harold Borchers officiating.

Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, and for one hour before the service at the church.

She was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Benson, a daughter of John and Fenna Woltzen Moritz. She married John Barth Nov. 4, 1939, at Benson. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jay, Flanagan; a daughter, Jean Cremeens, Germantown Hills; a sister, Greta Ekiss, Roanoke; a brother, David Moritz, Benson; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

She was a member of St John's Lutheran Church and the American Lutheran Churchwomen.

Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Lung Association.

 



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Peoria Journal Star

MINONK -- Anna M. Baumann, 93, of 1410 N. Washington St., Apt. 12, Royal Oak, Mich., formerly of Minonk, died at noon Sunday, July 16, 1995, at her home.

She was born Nov. 29, 1901, in Minonk to Frank L. and Lena Kettwich Baumann.

Surviving are two sisters-in- law, Bernice Baumann and Elsie Baumann, and one brother-in-law, John Uphoff, all of Minonk; and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Minonk Township Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Nelson will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Folkers- Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk.

 



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Mrs. Lena Baumann, 87, died at her home Sunday morning [18 December 1960]. She had been ill for several months.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed church with the Rev Edwin Riske officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers were all grandchildren of the deceased: Dean Uphoff, David Uphoff, Don Uphoff, Duane Baumann, Loren Cremer and Phillip Rupright. Singers were Mrs. Mina Kalkwarf and Mrs. Norma Turner. Organist was George Krug, Jr.

She was born September 21, 1873 in Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Uffa and Gesena Schlomer Kettwich. She came to Minonk when she was six weeks old traveling mostly in a stage coach.

She married Frank Baumann on March 15, 1893, at Windtown. They lived on a farm east of Minonk. Her husband passed away in 1935. She moved to Minonk in 1940.

Surviving are two sons, Rank and Alfred, both of Minonk; four daughters, Mrs. Sena Telthorster of Marysville, Ohio; Miss Ann Baumann of Detroit, Michigan; Miss Adelin Baumann and Mrs. Florence Uphoff, both of Minonk; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Ostermann of Woden, Iowa; Mrs. Sena Rients of Minonk; Mrs. Anna Post of Titonka, Iowa; four brothers, John, Carl and Eilert, all of Minonk, and Uffa of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Her husband, one son, one sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
 

 



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Peoria Journal Star

BENSON -- Theodore E. "Ted" Baumann, 89, of Benson died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1992, at Lida Nursing Home in Minonk.

Born Dec. 29, 1902, in Benson to John and Christine Ansmink Baumann, he married Angeline "Lena" Flohr on May 21, 1924, in Benson. She died April 12, 1977. He also was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Milford and Everett, both of Benson; three daughters, Engeline "Angie" Haas of Benson, Marcia Hartzler of Minonk and Geneva Thompson of Naples, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and one sister, Christine Hunsinger of Secor.

 



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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Elmer Earl Bayles

NORMAL -- Elmer Earl Bayles, 71, of 1828 Jacobssen Drive, Normal, died suddenly at 5:14 a.m. Sunday (May 15, 2005) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He and his wife were in Peoria county visiting their daughter Angela Tracy.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the memorial home. The Rev. Jim Smiley will officiate. Interment will be at Denman Cemetery, White Oak Township, Carlock. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Carl S. Martin Post 635 Honor Guard. Those desiring may make memorials to the American Legion Carl S. Martin Post 635 in his memory.

Elmer was born Jan. 9, 1934, in El Paso, Palestine Township, Woodford County, a son of the late Elmer E. Bayles Sr. and the late Jessie Kiser Bayles, a grandson of the early settlers (1880) of rural Carlock (Kansas township) . He grew up on a dairy and grain farm in Carlock and attended Denman Country Grade School in Carlock. He then attended Normal Community High School and was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Graduating from high school in 1952, Elmer went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 aboard USS Calhoun County, LST 519 as a metal smith, third class. He and his wife, Marie, were married June 2, 1956, on Staten Island, New York City, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic church while he was stationed there with the Navy.

Elmer completed a four-year apprenticeship and went on to be a journeyman printer for the Daily Pantagraph from 1957 to 1977. He then went to work for Illinois State University from 1977-1997 as a building mechanic. He was the secretary-treasurer of the International Typographical Union, Local 124, from 1964 to 1972, and the acting production manager of the Clearwater Sun in Clearwater, Fla., in 1971. He was a past member of: the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399; Carlock Christian Church; and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Normal post, where he served as Chaplain. He was a current member of the American Legion Carl S. Martin Post 635; Friends of Normal Library; Woodford County Historical Society; McLean County Historical Society; LST 519 Association; and the Normal Community High School Alumni Association.
Elmer loved American History, he and his wife Marie traveled all 48 states visiting as many historical sites he could find.....He also traveled to England to visit the land of his ancestors and to Italy and Sicily the land of Marie's ancestors.

He could trace his family back to 1607 Jamestown, Virginia

Elmer is survived by his wife, Marie Frances Bayles of Normal; one son, Mark Bayles of Bloomington; three daughters, Jeannie (Ken) Babin of Deland, Fla.; Rebecca (Steve) Wallace of Bloomington; and Angela (Tom) Tracy of Elmwood; eight grandchildren; and five sisters, Lucile Davidson of Felch, Mich.; Cleo Colaw of Bloomington; Marjorie Martin of Normal; Elma Voorheis of Normal; and Shirley Rosendahl of Gibson City.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Elmer was a good husband, father, grandfather and will be greatly missed.
 


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DAILY PANTAGRAPH
BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO., ILLINOIS
SEPT 1, 1979

ELMER E. BAYLES SR.
Hudson, (PNS)


Elmer E. Bayles Sr. 83, of Hudson, (Illinois) died (August 31, 1979) at 8 am Friday at Iron Mountain, Mich. (while on vacation)

His funeral will be at 1 PM. Tuesday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington the Rev. Gary Ballard officiating.
Burial will be in Denman Cemetery, Carlock . Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Monday at the funeral home.
He was born October 8, 1895 in rural Carlock, Kansas township, Woodford co. in a one room log cabin by the Mackinaw River, the son of John (John William) and Mattie Frances Green Bayles. He married Jessie M. (Mildred) Kieser (Kiser) May 1, 1920 in Carlock (Bloomington, Ill). She died December 24, 1969. (He was a farmer all his life in Carlock before retiring to Hudson in 1957).

Surviving are a son, Elmer Jr. 1828 Jacobssen Drive, Normal; 5 daughters, Lucile Davidson, Felch, Michigan; Cleo Colaw 1412 N. Cottage Ave., Bloomington; Marjorie Martin, 106 E Cypress St., Normal; Elma Voorhies (Voorheis), Bellflower; and Shirley Rosendahl, Melvin; three brothers Samuel, Fairbury, William Ledford, Hawthorne Lodge Nursing Home, Bloomington, and Dillard, Texas; two sisters, Imo Cooper, Moline (East Moline) and Launa George, Hawthorne Lodge; 28 grandchildren; and 17 (19) great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers two sisters and one great grandchild. He was a member of Hudson Baptist church in Hudson, Illinois and a 59 year member of the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post 635, Normal. He was a veteran of World War 1 where he saw action in Lemons and Brest, France. Memorials may be made to the Hudson Baptist church.

Corrections in ( ) were made by the compiler of the Bayles family tree and family historian Marie-Frances Bayles on September 1, 1979 and May 14, 2004.


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CARLOCK CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER, CARLOCK, MCLEAN CO., ILLINOIS
DECEMBER 7, 1917

PASSING OF JOHN William BAYLES (December 3, 1917)

John Bayles, who had resided in this vicinity for twenty-six years died at 12:40 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. Andrew Crump, four miles northeast of Carlock in Kansas township, Woodford o., Illinois.

Mr. Bayles had been in his usual health up to Tuesday preceding his demise and the announcement of his death was the source of surprise and sorrow to this community. A rapid termination of Bright's disease was the cause of his death.

John William Bayles was born May 4, 1850 in Tennessee. At ten years of age after the death of his parents he walked to Kentucky with his rifle. He married Mattie Frances Green of Clark county, that state, August 30, 1885. Mrs. Bayles died February 4, 1903. To this union 12 children were born: Maude Woosley, Ledford, Launa Crump, Tom, May Metzger, Jesse, Elmer, Dillard, Imo, Sam, Orville-Chapman deceased, and Infant deceased.

Mr. Bayles came with his family twenty six years ago and lived in this Kansas Township, Woodford co., community until his death.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church northeast of Carlock, Tuesday afternoon. In charge of Rev. R.L. Beshers of El Paso, Woodford county. J.A. Ory of this city conducting the funeral cortege. Interment was in the Denman cemetery, Carlock, McLean co., Illinois A feature of Mr. Bayles' funeral that contributed to the solemnity of a last tribute of respect was that six brothers were the pallbearers of obsequies of their father.

 


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Zelda Henrietta Beal was born on November 26, 1920, in Minonk, Illinois, to Everett and Follie Danekas Seggerman. She attended and graduated from Minonk High School.

She was married to Kenneth F. Beal on February 24, 1939, at Davenport, Iowa. The couple moved to a farm between Wesley and Titonka, Iowa, where they lived and farmed. Her husband, Kenneth preceded her in death on December 23, 1988. Zelda continued living on the farm until 1991, when she moved into Titonka.

Zelda was an active member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka, where she had served as Sunday School Superintendent and was active in the Ladies' Circles. She enjoyed gardening, as well as various hobbies, crafts and sewing.

Zelda died on Sunday, February 10, 2008, at the Titonka Care Center in Titonka, Iowa. She was 87.

Zelda is survived by her four daughters, Pam Harms and husband, Harlan, Titonka, Iowa, MaLora Westphal and husband, Wayne, Seymour, Iowa, Linda Mitchell and husband, Andy, Fort Dodge, Iowa and Lois Randall and husband, Randy, Clear Lake, Iowa. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Follie Seggerman, her husband, Kenneth and her brother, Raymond Seggerman.

 



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From untitled, undated newspaper clipping:

Dirk Behrens Suffers Paralytic Stroke Monday Evening, Dying Soon After- Funeral Held at Benson Today - Mr. Behrens is Born in Norden, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1865, Coming to America in 1881

Dirk Janssen Behrens well known citizen of Benson, died rather suddenly at his home there Monday night. Although he had suffered with sickness for several years, he was around Monday evening and seemed to feel better than usual. That same night at his home he suffered a paralytic stroke and died before midnight. He attained the age of 59 years, 6 months and seven days.

Funeral services are being conducted today at St Peter's church near Benson, of which he was a member for many years. Rev. J.W. Haferman is officiating, assisted by Rev. Fred Seifert. Burial is to be made at St Peter's cemetery.

Mr. Behrens was born in Norden, Ostfriesland, Germany, Dec. 9, 1865. He was brought to holy baptism and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In 1881, he came to America and located at Peoria, soon afterwards coming to Woodford county and since remaining here. He worked as a farm laborer for nine years and then rented a farm, not long afterwards purchasing the present homestead in Green township.

In 1890, he united in marriage with Miss Anne Peters. This union was blessed with five children, two of which, however, died in infancy. His wife died in 1915 and the following year the daughter, Jennie, passed away.

Seven years ago Mr. Behrens purchased a home in Benson and moved there. He entered into his second marriage in 1920 with Miss Lutie Moyemont, who survives him, together with his son John, and daughter Rika, and two grandchildren. There also survive one sister, Mrs. Hannah Bruns, of Peoria, and two brothers Ed. Behrens, of Rochelle, and Ben Behrens, who resides in California
 


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From untitled newspaper clipping 11 February 1980

The funeral of Ethel M. Bell, 90, of Woodland Park, Colo., formerly of the El Paso area, who died Saturday, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Froelich Memorial Home, the Rev Joseph Martin officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday.

Mrs. Bell was born June 9, 1880 (sic), near El Paso, a daughter of George and Sarah Scott Bell. She married Ora H. Bell March 10, 1910, in Bloomington. He died in 1948.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruth, with whom she lived in Woodland Park, Colo., and a sister, Pearl Mool, El Paso. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

She was a charter member of Mountain View Methodist Church, Woodland Park.
 


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Metamora Herald 5 November 1916

Alderman George E. Bell Died in El Paso Saturday

Geo. F. Bell died at his home in El Paso Saturday afternoon, after an illness extending over three years. He was born in Cincinnati, O., Nov. 16, 1859, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bell are now deceased.

On December 15, 1881, he was married to Miss Sarah Scott at Panola, Ill. They lived in El Paso since 1917. Mr. Bell was alderman of the second ward. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen and of the Methodist church. There were five children, four of whom are living: Mrs. Elsie Forsythe of Vicksburg, Mich., Ethel Bell of Arthur N. D.; Mrs. Pearl Mool of Panola, Ill. A daughter, Myrtle, is deceased. There is a brother, William Bell, of Rogers, Ark., and a sister, Mrs. Ann Vogler of Crescent City, Ia.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Methodist church with Rev. M. C. Van Leer in charge of the services. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

[The obit says four children are living but only names three.  The fourth is Roy C. Bell, whose obituary is below.  Because of the discrepancy of the middle initial in this obituary, we are not sure if it should be "E." or "F."]
 


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Metamora Herald 21 July 1966

Roy C. Bell, Ex-Supervisor, Passes Away

Roy C. Bell, 72, of El Paso, former Woodford County supervisor, died at his home Wednesday afternoon, July 13.

He was born May 4, 1894, in Panola Township, a son of George and Sarah Scott Bell. He married Mabel Roth Nov. 30, 1916, in Panola Township.

He is survived by his wife; a son, George D., El Paso; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Murphy, Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Bell, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Pearl Mool, El Paso; and four grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church of El Paso and the Masonic Lodge. He was appointed supervisor of Panola Township Feb. 1, 1946, and had served continuously until he resigned recently because of his health.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Methodist Church of El Paso, the Rev. Ralph W. Fitch officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping hand-dated 3-19-1942

Eugene Bennett, 23, died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday at the Woodford county sanitarium at Minonk where he had been a patient the last seven months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fickens funeral home, with the Rev H. H. McFall officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

He was born Oct. 18, 1919, son of Ross and Ruth Harvey Bennett.
 


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Minonk News-Dispatch 24 March 1994

Delmar D. Bennington, 74, of Ocala, Fla., a Toluca native, died March 5, 1994, at his home.
Mr. Bennington was born June 28, 1919, in Toluca, a son of Gail and Emma Ebright Bennington. He married Mary L. Kemp Jan. 6, 1940. In 1974 he married Mary Dwyer. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Berry K. Bennington, Dana; two daughters, Judy Weissback, Lincoln, Mont.; and Andrea Sand, Simms, Mont.; two stepchildren, Chris Dwyer and Jenny Rosa, both of Ocala, Fla.; six grandchildren; and several foster children.

Mr. Bennington was employed by Securex in Ocala, Fla.; until the time of his death.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific theater; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was past commander at the Rutland American Legion Post.
 


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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph, 24 August 2001


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EL PASO -- Gladys Blair, 92, of El Paso died at 9:03 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 22, 2001) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso.

Her graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, the Rev. Cheri Grizzard officiating. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

She was born Aug. 11, 1909, in Indiana, a daughter of Melvin and Lillie Burden Robbins. She married Raymond Franklin Blair on Oct. 21, 1941, in Indiana. He died Feb. 3, 1983.

Survivors include a son, Lee Robbins, Morehead City, N.C.; a sister, Ruth Robbins, Minonk; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her parents, five sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

 



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El Paso - The funeral of Raymond Blair, 63, El Paso, who died Friday (Feb. 3, 1984) will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, the Rev, Kenneth Zinn officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded.

He was born Jan. 31, 1921 at El Paso, a son of Andrew and Ramona Williams Blair. He married Gladys Robbins Oct. 21, 1941 at La Porte, Ind. She survives.

Other survivors include his mother, of Peoria; a son, Melvin Lee Robbins, Vicenza, Italy; three brothers, Willis, with the US Army in Hawaii; Lyle, Peoria; and Donald, of Ohio; three granddaughters and a great-grandson.

His father preceded him in death.

Mr. Blair had worked for El Paso Locker Service, El Paso IGA and Kelly's Market.

He was a charter member and past commander of El Paso Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a former 7th District officer. He also was a member of El Paso American Legion.


 



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EUREKA -- Henry O. Blunier, 93, of 507 Valley Court, Eureka, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008) at Eureka Community Hospital.

He was born on Nov. 16, 1914, in Roanoke, to Samuel A. and Dena Wuethrich Blunier. He married Wilma M. Bauer on Oct. 12, 1947, in Cissna Park. She survives.

Also surviving are six daughters, Nancy Knepp of Washington, Evelyn (Randy) Mogler of Morton, Doris Blunier of Eureka, Edith (Tom) Stoller of Eureka, Marjorie (Adam) Parmenter of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Karen Blunier of Morton; two brothers, Homer (Virginia) Blunier of Forrest, and Ben (Wilma) Blunier of Eureka; one sister, Pearl Leman of Roanoke; three sisters-in-law, Kathryn Blunier of Minneapolis, Minn., Clara Lou Blunier of Eureka, and Elizabeth Blunier of Eureka; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and eight brothers.

Henry worked for the Department of Agriculture in Soil Conservation in Peoria and Woodford counties for 30 years.

An Army veteran, Henry served his country during World War II.

He was a member of the Eureka Apostolic Christian Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Roanoke.
 


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Metamora Herald, Woodford County IL

31 May 1946


MRS. CHAS. BOCKLER DIES AT HOME HERE SUNDAY MORNING

Had Been in Failing Health Last Several Years; Funeral Held Wednesday

Mrs. Charles Bockler, 76, passed away Sunday morning at about 4:30 at her home in Metamora of a final illness of six weeks, though she had been in failing health the last several years.

She was the daughter of Peter and Catherine Berkman* Miller and was born in Worth Township January 9, 1870. On Nov. 10, 1892 she was united in marriage with Charles Bockler in St. Mary’s Lourdes, and for 30 years the couple had their home in Western Woodford county, moving from their farm in Spring Bay Township to Metamora 23 ago.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bockler, one son, Rudolph passing away in 1920, after having served his country in World War I.

The children, who with their father survive are: William of Metamora, Emma, wife of Edward Heininger of East Peoria, and Alvena, wife of Adolph Noe of Metamora. She is also survived by seven grandsons, four granddaughters, three great grand-children and five brothers and two sisters, the latter being Mrs. Mollie Kerker and Mrs. Kate Kerker of Peoria, and Edward, Peter, George, John and Frank Miller all of Peoria.

Friends were received at the Mason funeral home Monday evening and after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Bockler home, where at 8 in the evening the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary’s church, of which deceased was a member, led in the recitation of the rosary.

Wednesday morning at 9:30 requiem mass was offered in St.. Mary’s church, of which deceased had been a devoted member throughout her residence in Metamora. The Rev. Father Francis was celebrant of the mass and delivered the sermon. St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary society attended in a body and the church was well filled relatives, neighbors and friends. Six of the deceased grandsons served as pall bearers, namely Roy, Harold, Willard, and Francis, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bockler, and Howard and Donald, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Heininger.

Interment was in St. Mary’s cemetery, Metamora.

Mrs. Bockler enjoyed the high esteem and friendship of all who knew her throughout her life and hundreds of friends sorrow with the bereaved family and mourn with them her departure.

Note: *surname is Bergmann

Birth: 09 Jan 1870
Death: 26 May 1946
 



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From an untitled newspaper clipping dated 7 February 1959

Edward Boston, 88, a retired farmer died at his home at 4 a.m. Friday.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry L. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the Vincent Memorial Home.

He was born April 7, 1870, in Minonk Township, a son of Henry and Elizabeth Knack Boston. He married Louisa Porth, Feb. 2, 1899 in Green Township. They farmed in Green Township until he retired and moved to El Paso 35 years ago.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs Florence Bohlander, a brother, Henry, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren, all of El Paso. Five sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church.


 



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From an untitled newspaper clipping date 11 February 1960


Henry Boston, 84, retired farmer and the last of his family, died in his sleep about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday at his home in Greene Township, where he had lived since 1907.

The coroner's office conducted an investigation and ruled that death was due to natural causes. He had been in poor health for several years.

His funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at St Peter's Lutheran Church near Benson. The Rev H. J. Knoploh will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was born July 29, 1875, at Minonk, a son of Henry and Elizabeth Knack Boston. He married Marie Porth Feb. 11, 1903, near El Paso. She died Oct. 12, 1948.

Five brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.

Several nieces and nephews are his only survivors, including Mrs. Florence Bohlander who resided with him since his wife's death


 



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El Paso Journal 20 April 1907

Charles Bowman

Death and Funeral of One of the Prominent Farmers of This Vicinity

As stated in three columns last week, Charles Bowman passed away Thursday morning, April 11, about 9:40 o'clock, his illness lasting not quite two weeks. The immediate cause of his death was due to peritonitis, following an attack of appendicitis, this being brought on by the formation of an abscess on the appendix. The abscess was relieved and the sick man rapidly mended, and an operation for appendicitis was planned for as soon as the strength of the patient would permit. Wednesday of last week his conditions took a sudden change for the worse and it was seen that the end was approaching.

Charles Bowman was born in Palestine township about forty-five years ago, and lived in this vicinity all his life except about two years when he resided near Holdrege, Neb. Here he met Miss Stella Bays, to whom he was wedded fourteen years ago this spring, and he and his bride came back to this vicinity and settled on a farm. The widow and four children survive. The children are two boys and two girls -- Oscar, Charlie, Laura and Cecil. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters: Millard, of Drexel, Mo.; Frank, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Nelvin Cavan, also of Seattle, and Mrs. S. M. Billinger, of this city. Deceased was a good neighbor, a kind and indulgent husband and father, and a man whose friends were legion, as was evidenced by the long cortage which accompanied the remains and witnessed the last sad rites. The funeral was held from the United Evangelical church Sunday morning at 10:30, being in charge of Rev J. F. Van Evera, the newly appointed minister of that denomination. The interment occurred in the city cemetery.

Those present from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Robbins and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry King, Isaac King, of Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Albert King, of Chatsworth; Jesse Cable, of Bloomington; Ray Billinger, of Peoria.
 


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Metamora Herald  16 Nov 1928

 

FUNERAL OF LATE MRS. EVA BRAMER HELD IN MINONK

Funeral services were conducted at the Wilcox mortuary in Minonk Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Eva Bramer, who died Sunday in Chicago at the age of 89. The Rev. L.C. Taylor, pastor of the First Baptist Church, was in charge. Burial was in Minonk cemetery.


Eva Oncken was born in Oldenburg, Germany, May 27, 1839. In June of 1858 she came to America with her husband, Mentz Bramer, who died on a farm east of Minonk in 1876. Five children were born, of whom John Bramer and Mrs. J.G. Albers are dead. The living children are: Mrs. H.J. Seggerman of Minonk, Hio Bramer of Fairfield, Iowa; and Mrs. Richard Seggerman of Chicago. There are 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. One sister also survives, Mrs. Metta Wiechman of Makoti, N.D.


Date of Death: 11 Nov 1928

(Kathleen's note: "Oldenburg" should be: "Oldendorf"

Mentz should be Menße,  the German double "s")
 


Fairfield Ledger (Iowa) November 14, 1928

 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bramer, 603 South 7th, were called to Minonk, Illinois Monday by the death of the formers’ mother Mrs. Eva Bramer who died Sunday age 90.

 



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The Metamora Herald
January 23, 1948

 

HENRY BRAMER, 73, OF MINONK DIES SUDDENLY

Henry “ Hi “ Bramer, 73, died at about 8:30 p. m. Saturday night in Fortman’s pool hall in Minonk.

An inquiry held Saturday night by Dr. J. L. Hubbard, county coroner, found that he had died of an acute heart attack.

The body was taken to the Tallyn funeral home in Minonk, where funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday with the Rev. Paul Buchmueller officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery.

He was born May 14, 1874, five miles east of Minonk, a son of Mantz [should be Menße] and Eva Bramer. He married Mrs. Rhoda Krouse [should be Mrs. Rhoda Nott Knauss] at Fairfield, Ia., in 1928. His wife preceded him in death in 1935. He had returned to Minonk about two years ago.

Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Minnie Seggerman of Chicago.

Kathleen's note: Henry’s baptismal name was Heio Eucken Bremer.

Date of Death: January 17, 1948

 



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Esther M. Brandt age 93 formerly of Washburn passed away at 1:10am Thursday April 3, 2008 at Snyder Village in Metamora.

She was born Nov.12, 1914 in Washburn to Carl M. and Lillian (Erion) Kohl. She married Ervin C. Brandt on Feb. 14, 1934 in Washburn. He died Sept.11, 1974.

Surviving are one daughter Betty Bekermeier of Metamora. Four grandchildren Kim and Cal Vandermyde, Chris and Deanne Bekermeier, Genae Gucciardo, and Patrick and Stacy Finch. Five great grandchildren Dustin and Nathan Vandermyde and Christopher, Kayla and Kelsey Bekermeier. She was preceded in death by one daughter Janet Finch, her son in law Fred Bekermeier and a sister Josephine Bammann.

Esther was a life long member of Washburn United Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Women. She was a former member of the Cazenovia Unit of the Woodford County Home Extension Association.

Services will be Monday April 7, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at her Church the Pastor Mary Babcock officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday April 6, 2008 at the Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel and also one hour before services at the church. Entombment will be in Linn Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to her church, Snyder Village or Washburn Ambulance .



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Woodford County Journal 11 Nov 1943:

William F. Bridges, 55, died Tuesday, November 2, in Proctor hospital, Peoria, at 8:30 a.m. Death was due to pneumonia.

He was born at Kilbourne, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bridges. He was married to Miss Lena Seggerman of Secor, who survives.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Friday at the Endsley funeral home in Peoria with the American Legion in charge. Burial was at Benson.

He is also survived by his father of Benson and five sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Davis and Mrs. Art Koehler of Peoria, Mrs. John Mahan of Rockford, Mrs. Wert Folkers of Benson and Mrs. Raymond White of Pontiac.

 


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From an untitled newspaper clipping hand dated 26 November 1955

El Paso - Mrs. Helen Mae Brines, 25, formerly of El Paso, died at 1 a.m. Friday at her home near Merna.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Vincent Memorial Home in El Paso. Her funeral will be at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. L. J. Sailor officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Bloomington.

She was born Feb. 25, 1930, at Gridley, a daughter of Harry and Eliza Woltzen Peters. She married Richard Brines Oct, 8, 1948, in Bloomington. They lived near Merna about four years.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Pamela Kay and two sons, Michael Stephen and Richard P. Jr., all at home; her parents, El Paso; five sisters, Mrs. John Shuck, Peoria; Mrs. Lyle Armstrong, Mrs. Robert Heiken, Miss Ruth Peters, Mrs. Donald Raymer, all of El Paso; a brother, Robert Peters, El Paso.

She was a member of the El Paso Methodist Church.
 


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Minonk News-Dispatch 24 March 1994

Iva E. Britton, 91, of Lida Home, Minonk, formerly of Wenona, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St Mary's Hospital, Streator.

She was born Nov. 30, 1902, in Varna, the daughter of Axel and Ella Estherdahl Berg. She married Carl Britton Jan. 21, 1925. He died Nov. 5, 1955.

She is survived by one brother, Maurice Berg, Wenona, and was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Britton lived most of her married life in Detroit. She was a comptroller and secretary at the J.D. Hudson Co. in Michigan.
 


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METAMORA -- Della Pearl Broers, 94, of Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge, Metamora, died at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2002) at Snyder Village.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Metamora Christian Union Church, the Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Friday at the church. Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Snyder Village in Metamora.

She was born Feb. 15, 1908, at Heyworth, a daughter of Jesse and Maude Miller Van Valey. She married Bernard F. Broers on Feb. 8, 1930, at Heyworth. He died Aug. 30, 1966.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna (Jack) Bisio, Metamora; and Colleen (Larry) Jones, Bloomington; a sister, Betty Holland, Peoria; six grandchildren, Sandra (Richard) Fandel, Germantown Hills; Connie Jones, Reno, Nev.; John Bisio Jr., Middleburg, Fla.; Curtis (Marcy) Jones, Bloomington; Michelle (Nick) Kopley, Chicago; and Chris (Amy) Jones, Morton; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She also was preceded in death by five sisters, one brother and one grandchild.

Mrs. Broers was a homemaker and a member of Metamora Christian Union Church.

 



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Metamora Herald, Woodford Co, Illinois December 20, 1940

Mrs. John Broers Dies on Monday at Home in Cazenovia

Death Came After Illness of Six Days - Funeral Thursday at Benson

Mrs. John Broers, Sr., died at 9:20 Monday night at the family home in Cazenovia of an illness of six days, her death being due to paralysis.

Elizabeth Tjaden was the daughter of Charles [Tjade] Tjaden and Mary Smith [Heimke Schmidt] Tjaden and was born in Linn township Dec. 16, 1875. Her death occurred on her 65th birthday.

She was united in marriage to John Broers on Dec. 4, 1893, in St Peter's Lutheran church, Benson. The couple had resided in this vicinity all their married life and for the last 26 years at Cazenovia. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Broers, three of whom are deceased. The children, who with their father survive are: Charles and Mrs. Marie Obert of Cazenovia, Ernest of Metamora, Mrs. Velma Fredericks of Peoria and Bernard of Cazenovia. Thirteen grandchildren also survive.

Brothers and sisters surviving are Ralph Tjaden of Melrose Park, Harm Tjaden of Benson, George Tjaden of Cazenovia, Charles Tjaden, John Tjaden, Anna Reddy, Minnie Moreland [sic] of Peoria, and Kate Brauer of Rockford. Her parents and three sisters preceded her in death.

The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora and Tuesday was taken to the residence, where friends gathered on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to pay their respects.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, at 1:30 at the residence and at 2 o'clock in St Paul's Lutheran church, Benson, the Rev. Braunsweig being in charge. Interment was in the Benson cemetery.

Mrs. Broers was highly esteemed throughout this community and neighbors and many friends mourn with the family in the loss of a beloved wife, mother and friend.

 



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John F. Broers, Jr., of Cazenovia Dies in Peoria Hospital - Death Came Monday Morning After an Illness of 3 Weeks - Funeral Wednesday

John F. Broers, Jr., familiarly known to all as "Jack" Broers, died in St Francis hospital, Peoria, Monday morning at 11:38 o'clock of an illness of three weeks.

Deceased was the son of John and Elizabeth [Tjaden] Broers and was born in Greene township, Woodford county, May 20, 1894. He grew to manhood in this county and on Feb. 15, 1914, was united in marriage with Miss Udena Noll. To this union six children were born, three of whom preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his loss three children, Franklin, Joan and Janice Broers, his parents, four brothers and two sisters, Charles, Frank and Bernard Broers and Mrs. Marie Obert of Cazenovia, Ernest Broers of Lowpoint and Mrs Velma Fredericks of Peoria. Three nieces and five nephews also survive with other relatives and a host of friends unite with them in sorrow and sympathy.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Bernard Broers residence in Cazenovia at 12:30 and in St Paul's Lutheran church, Benson, at 1:15 pm. The Rev. O.A. Braunschweig, pastor of the church, was in charge of the services. The music service was sung by Mr. and Mrs Dan Schrock, Mrs. Silas Bachman and WIll Schrock. Pallbearers were Lloyd Ivins, Bernard Foster, Wm. Reiter, Dane Stivers, Glenwood Tanton and Edward Zoss. Flower bearers were Mrs. Dane Stivers, Mrs. Clara Robertson, Mrs. Bernard Broers, Mrs. Lester Risser, Mrs. Florence Ivins, Mrs. Myrtle Zoss.

The body was taken to the Lacon cemetery after the services and interred there.

 



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Sam Brooke, 31, Minonk, died Friday evening (Oct. 31, 2008) at his home.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, with the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Veterans Cemetery with full military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru.

Sam was born March 21, 1977, in Lincoln, Neb., son of Charles O. and Betty Ruff Brooke. He received an associate's degree in diesel technology from Illinois Central College, East Peoria. He served in the Army National Guard.

He married Jennifer Rae Amigoni on Aug. 29, 1998, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, with Rev. Swenson officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Rae Brooke, Minonk; his mother, Betty Brooke, Minonk; his three young children, Sabrina R., Levi J. and Carli O. Brooke, all at home; two brothers, Leland J. (Danielle) Brooke, Flanagan, and Gary Brooke, Lincoln, Neb.; and one sister, Julie M. Brooke, Papillion, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Charles O. Brooke.

Pallbearers will be Keith and Kevin Harms, Joseph Gaspardo, Jeremy Peiffer, Kevin Lindley and Devin Amigoni.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be used to care for his young children and their education.
 



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Peoria Journal Star 1 November 1969



Mrs. Fannie Brown Dies at Age 85


Roanoke - Mrs. Fannie M. Brown, 85, of Roanoke, died at 9 a.m. yesterday at Roanoke Manor Nursing Home.


Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Remmert Funeral Home, with Larry Fash, lay minister of United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Roanoke Cemetery.


Visitation will be 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


She was born near Benson May 7, 1884, the daughter of Ed and Theda Harms Woltzen, and was married Sept. 10, 1902, in Peoria, to William F. Brown, who died in 1925.


Surviving are a son, Leslie M. Brown of Peoria, and four grandchildren. A son, a daughter, two brothers, two sisters, three half brothers and a half sister preceded her in death.


Mrs. Brown was a member of United Methodist Church.
 

 



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Roanoke - Irving E. Brown, 53, died at 4:45 Thursday (16 October 1969) at Hines Veteran's Hospital.


His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Remmert Funeral Home. The Rev. Oliver Zivney will officiate. Burial will be in Roanoke City Cemetery.


He was born March 23, 1916 at Roanoke, a son of William and Fannie Woltzen Brown. He married Marjorie B. Rients Dec. 24, 1943 at San Diego, Calif. He owned and operated an insurance agency since 1946 in Roanoke.


Survivors are his mother, his wife, two daughters, Miss Diana K. and Miss Coleen S. Brown, Roanoke; a son, Ronald E., attending Illinois Wesleyan University; a brother, Leslie M., Peoria.


He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.


He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Roanoke, the Roanoke Businessmen's Association and was a real estate broker. He was a member of the Independent Agent's Associates. He was the village treasurer and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at El Paso. He was a member of the Roanoke American Legion Post.

 



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Chicago Tribune 10 December 2004



After she worked for decades at the Greater Europe Mission in Chicago, Wheaton and Carol Stream, Mary Brugmann joined her husband on a mission to start the first Bible college in Ukraine. When they decided to pull back from that endeavor after it was established, Mrs. Brugmann was not content to retire even at age 71. "She did not like to be out of work," said her husband, Don. "When we were stopping with the Bible college she said, `What am I going to do now?'" She then took on cyberspace and started a prayer chain with 100 families from the West Chicago Bible Church. "If someone had a need they would call or e-mail her, and she would send it out to the 100 families. And that became a powerful ministry of our church," her husband said.

Mrs. Brugmann, 74, of West Chicago died of complications from cancer Tuesday, Dec. 7, in her home. Born in Minonk , Ill., and raised in Amboy, Ill., Mrs. Brugmann was always active in the First Baptist Church in Amboy. Shortly after she started studying at Moody Bible Institute she was asked to work as a clerk for the fledgling Greater Europe Mission. There she met her future husband. She completed her degree in 1953 and stayed on at the mission even after the pair married in 1958. Her husband eventually became executive director of the mission and Mrs. Brugmann served as a secretary. The mission moved from Chicago to Wheaton and then Carol Stream until 1994 when it moved to Colorado. "She worked for 51 years there, being a secretary or working out of the home doing extra typing, and a good bit of that was for me," her husband said.

In 1992 her husband retired and went on several Eastern European missions that Mrs. Brugmann joined. She also handled the correspondence, visas for incoming pastors and paperwork for the Bible college in the Ukraine.

A vibrant and energetic woman, Mrs. Brugmann had a special affinity for high school students and continued to participate in the youth group at West Chicago Bible Church until she was 67 years old. "The high school group was really close to her heart. She still has some of those kids write her. They called her Mom," her husband said.

Mrs. Brugmann served on the Planning Council for the West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Long-Range Planning Committee for the last seven years. She was also an election judge and was on the women's council at the church. The couple lived in West Chicago since 1960.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sharon Finlon and Sheree; a son, Stephen; her brother, Marvin Sullivan; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in West Chicago Bible Church, 209 S. Oakwood St., West Chicago.

 



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Anna P. Bruhn, 71, of Eureka, IL formerly of Worthington, IN passed away at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka where she was a resident.

She was born on May 17, 1938 in Corpus Christi, TX a daughter of Frank B. and Nona Vines Plachy. She married Kenneth Edward Murvin in Texas. He passed away in 1972. She later married Dale R. Bruhn in 1987 in West Plains, MO. He passed away in January 2009.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathy Roberts of MO; Linda Newcomb of MO; Teresa (Jim) Lewis of WI; Tina (Brad) Kettwich of IL; one son, Kenneth Murvin, Jr. of WI; two step-daughters, Vickie Bruhn of MI; Brenda Dlevins of IL; two step-sons, Mark (Karen) Bruhn of IN; Donny (Vicky) Bruhn of OH; five brothers, Frank (Ethel) Plachy of MO; Joe (Linda) Plachy of TX; Ed Ray Plachy of TX; Paul (Roberta) Plachy of MA; Jerry (Peggy) Plachy of MO; one sister, Glenda Lunn of MO; twenty-four grandchildren, and twenty-three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kathleen Murvin.

Anna had worked as a waitress for various restaurants while she lived in Missouri and Texas.

She was a member of Free Union Church in Leota, MO.



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Minonk News Dispatch 31 March 1921

Death Takes Away Alvina Bucklear

Passes Away at Bucklear Home Southwest of Minonk Friday Evening

Funeral Here Monday morning

Services Conducted at St Patrick's Church by Rev Father Hubert -- Burial at Catholic Cemetery

 

Miss Alvina Bucklear, who for the past four years had suffered much with sickness, died on Friday evening at 5 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bucklear, Sr., four miles southwest of Minonk. Four years ago Miss Bucklear had submitted to an operation and since that time her health had never been good. Two months ago further complications set in, from which there seemed to be no relief.

Funeral services were held at St Patrick's church in this city on Monday morning at 9:30, Rev Father Hubert officiating. The deceased was a member of this church and of the Young Ladies' Society. Those who acted as pallbearers were John Gaspardo, Mark Lohr, Edward Koch, Julius Folkerts, Allen von Behren and Monroe Jones. Burial was made at the Catholic cemetery.

Those from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bucklear and two daughters, Emma and Alvina; Miss Lena Bucklear, Mr. and Mrs. William Bucklear and three small children and Michael Wiltz, all of Peoria; Mrs. P.W. Haas and son, Claire; Miss Barbara Haas, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Haas, Mrs. Emma Pfister and son, Clarence; Mr. and Mrs. John Parr, Archie Haas and Joseph P. Fitzgerald, all of El Paso; Miss Anna Cauley of La Salle and Mrs. Frank Shaw of Kankakee.

Alvina Bucklear was born at Benson on October 27, 1885. When she was five years old the family moved to the present Bucklear home, four miles southwest of Minonk, which had since been the home of the deceased. She received her education at the Adams school.

Those of the immediate family who deeply mourn her death are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bucklear, Sr.; one brother, Joseph Bucklear, Jr., of near Minonk, and two sisters, Mrs. Harry Eve of Minonk, and Mary Bucklear, at home.
 

 



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Metamora Herald, Woodford County IL

26 Jan 1954

MRS. JOSEPH BUCKLEAR OF MINONK DIES AT 67

Mrs. Bridget Elizabeth Bucklear 67, a lifelong Clayton township resident died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at her home in Minonk.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Minonk. The Rev. Ambrose Kroger will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s cemetery.

Born June 18, 1886 in Minonk she was a daughter of Johanna Ryan Kelly. She was married to Joseph Bucklear Oct. 5, 1911.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Budrid of Minonk and Mrs. Bette Holdon of Washington; one sister, Mrs. Florence Chismark of Minonk, and three grandchildren. Four sisters and one brother are dead.

Birth: 18 Jun 1889
Death: 26 Jan 1954
 



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Orville Buettemeier

1913-1999

Flanagan - Orville H. Buettemeier, 86, of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Flanagan, formerly of Long Point, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at the nursing home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk, the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating.

Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk.

Born April 5, 1913, at Benson, he was a son of Louis and Emma (Warnkes) Buettemeier. He married Helen Kunder on June 26, 1940, at Jefferson City, Mo. She died Jan. 15, 1997.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Ida Snedden; and one brother, Alvin Buettemeier.

He was a lifetime farmer in the Long Point and Minonk areas.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of St John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan.

Memorials may be directed to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

 



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Jos. Bucklear Dies at Home Near Minonk - Brother of Chas. Bockler of Metamora and an Early Resident Here

Joseph Bucklear, Sr., brother of Chas. Bockler of Metamora and an early resident of this part of the county, died Sunday morning at his home southwest of Minonk.

He was born in France Dec. 25, 1852, and came to this vicinity with his parents in early life. He located near Benson, was married there and was a successful farmer, as well as holding various positions of trust in his township.

He is survived by his wife and three children, Mary Bucklear at home, Joseph, Jr., and Mrs. Harry Eve of Minonk. Besides his brother here he is survived by another brother, Jacob, and a sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St Patrick's church, Minonk, at 8 o'clock. Burial was at Minonk. Chas. Bockler and family of Metamora attended the funeral.

 



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