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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
Tuesday, June 15, 2004

MINONK -- Bertha L. Kalkwarf, 87, of 417 W. Sixth St., Minonk, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (June 13, 2004) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Petri Lutheran Church (Windtown), rural Flanagan. The Rev. Paul Lellelid will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service on Wednesday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to St. Petri Lutheran Church (Windtown), Flanagan; or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.

Mrs. Kalkwarf was born March 30, 1917, at Minonk, a daughter of Waite and Anna Hanson Flohr. She married Henry D. "Heinie" Kalkwarf on Feb. 6, 1937, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Benson. He died Oct. 6, 2003.

Survivors include one son, Gene "Shorty" (Barb) Kalkwarf, Minonk; two daughters, Jane (Bill) Diaz, Pontiac, and Joan (the Rev. David) Seifert, Michigan City, Ind.; one sister, Edith Obert, Minonk; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and five sisters.

Bertha was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir along with her husband for more than 50 years. She also served as a member of the church Mission Society at St. Petri. Together Bertha and Heinie upholstered furniture for several years. She enjoyed baking pies, cakes and crocheting.

 



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MINONK ­ The private funeral for Elise Kalkwarf, 87, of Minonk, was Monday. Burial was in Minonk Township Cemetery. Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, was in charge of arrangements.
She died at 4:50 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7, 2001) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mrs. Kalkwarf was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Minonk Township, the daughter of Gus and Anna Rients Timmerman. She married William Kalkwarf on Feb. 24, 1938, in Minonk. He died on Nov. 18, 1982.

Survivors include one sister, Alice (Everett) Bauman, Benson; two brothers, Elmer (Irma) Timmerman and Raymond (Eileen) Timmerman, both of Minonk; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Timmerman, Minonk.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Anna Carls; and one brother, Gus Timmerman.

Mrs. Kalkwarf was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
 


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Minonk- Gene A. "Shorty" Kalkwarf, 69 of 635 E. Sixth St., Minonk passed away at 5:28 P.M. December 23, 2007 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg,FL.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. Pastor Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Petri Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Flanagan. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk and one hour prior to services at his church.

Shorty was born January 11, 1938 at Flanagan a son of Henry and Bertha Flohr Kalkwarf. He married Barbara Ehresman on September 21, 1958 at Salem Mennonite Church, rural Gridley. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Sharie (Bob) Hansen, Broken Arrow, OK; two sons, Terry (Jane) Kalkwarf and Larry (Nikki) Kalkwarf both of Minonk; two sisters, Joan (David) Seifert, Michigan City, IN and Jane (William) Diaz, Pontiac; five grandchildren, Matt (Valerie) Kalkwarf, Brianna Kalkwarf, Jayden Kalkwarf, Danielle Kalkwarf and James Kalkwarf.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. He served on the board and was a member of Tall Oaks Country Club, Toluca. He was previously the owner of Shorty's Soil Service and had worked at Burroughs Ag Service, Stoller Implement and lastly Uftring Automotive, Minonk. He also was the owner and operator of Shorty's Signs.

Shorty was an avid stock car driver and fan. After many years of racing himself, he taught others the sport. He was an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr., the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed golfing in Illinois and Florida and spending time with his family and many friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk or The Victory Junction Gang.


 


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Heinie

Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

MINONK -- The funeral for Henry D. "Heinie" Kalkwarf will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Flanagan, with the Rev. Paul Lellelid and the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Petri Lutheran Church, Flanagan, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.

Mr. Kalkwarf, 90, a lifetime Flanagan/Minonk area resident, died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2003) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator.

He was born April 10, 1913, in rural Flanagan, a son of Benjamin and Anna Harms Kalkwarf. On Feb. 6, 1937, he married Bertha Flohr in Benson; she survives.

Also surviving are three children, "Shorty" (Barbara) Kalkwarf, Minonk; Joan (David) Seifert, Michigan City, Ind.; and Jane (Bill) Diaz, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and a brother, the Rev. Carl Kalkwarf, Arlington Heights.

Mr. Kalkwarf was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. Orville Kalkwarf, and a sister, Esther Vissering.

He was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church where he sang with the choir for nearly 50 years. Mr. Kalkwarf was a member of the Missionary Society of the church and served for a number of years on the Flanagan School Board.

He farmed in the Minonk/Flanagan areas for many years and was known for his great sense of humor.

 



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Doris Kapraun, 99, formerly of rural Benson, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday (April 15, 2008) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minonk where she was a resident.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John Catholic Church in Benson. Monsignor Charles Beebe will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. today, following visitation, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Ambulance or to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences and tributes may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris.com .

She was born on March 8, 1909, in Oak Hill, to Harvey and Anna McCoy Coon. She married William A. Kapraun on Oct. 5, 1950, in Brimfield. He died on May 12, 1993.

Surviving is one sister, Minnie Shea, Metamora; many nieces and nephews: and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Doris was a caregiver to Elena "Dodie" Heller Kubby in Peoria for many years.

She was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Benson, where she was active in the Altar and Rosary society. She was also a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.



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Minonk News-Dispatch 24 March 1994

Rita I. Kapraun, 58, died at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.
Mrs. Kapraun was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Metamora, a daughter of Joseph and Theresa Schaub Alig. She married Edward Kapraun in Metamora on Nov. 20, 1954. He survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Steve and Tim, both of Benson, Stan, Roanoke, and Pat, Carlock; three daughters, Jane Hauter, Metamora,, Alice Small and Karen Mullins, both of Metamora; five sisters, Rosemary Taylor, Rushville, Betty Ann Kapraun, Carina Stolter, Joan Turner and Josephine Trotter, all of Metamora; and seven grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Kapraun was the Parish housekeeper of St John's Catholic Church in Benson and St Joseph's Catholic Church in Roanoke. She taught catechism at both churches. She was a 30-year member of the Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling League at Maple Lanes in Roanoke. She was a member of the Benson American Legion Auxiliary, an election judge for Greene Township, and a member of the St John's Catholic Church Altar Society and St John's Catholic Church.
 


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Metamora Herald

March 22, 1935



40 Years Ago

Conrad J. Kerker

Conrad Kerker, an aged resident of Worth Township, died Friday night following a stroke of paralysis. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Miller and Mrs. J. G. Schneider of Metamora attended the funeral at Lourdes on Monday evening.

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Birth:  20 May 1829
Death: 15 March 1895

 



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Metamora Herald

June 20, 1890

Mrs. Conrad Kerker

Mrs. Conrad Kerker, living near the Black Partridge church, died of cancer Sunday evening a 6 o’clock. The funeral took place Tuesday and her remains were laid to rest in the Black Partridge Cemetery.

 



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Daniel J. Kern, 58, of Washington, passed away at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, December 2, 2007 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Dan was born in Washington to Frank and Edith Weaver Kern on June 23, 1949. He married Chris Hamock in Mackinaw on October 19, 1968. She survives.

Also surviving is his mother, Edith Kern of Morton; three sons, Jason (Rebecca) Kern and Nathaniel (Tamar) Kern, both of Creve Coeur and Cory Kern of Washington; one brother, Dennis (Jane) Kern of Zionsville, Indiana; one sister Jane (Bob) Hewitt of Morton and eight loving grandchildren.

Dan retired from GTE after 29 years and had worked as a switch technician. After retirement he then worked for CILCO and Verizon.

In his spare time, Dan loved his family, especially the grandkids, playing cards and other games, camping and playing practical jokes.

He was a member of Grace Bible Church of Washington, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Lawrence Bishop and Reverend Steven Rowell officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mason-White Funeral Home and on Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 at the church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens, south of Washington.

Memorials may be made to his church.
 


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Chicago Tribune 6 July 2000

Stanley John Ketchmark, 86 years old, of Galena, formerly of Chicago, died July 4, 2000 at Galena Stauss Hospital. Born April 8, 1914 in Minonk , IL, the son of Stephen and Mary Smogorzewski Ketchmark.


He was a WWII U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine. He was employed as a machinist for 35 years at the Chicago Screw Co. and after retirement, he spent his time making jewelry.


Stanley came to Galena four years ago to make his home with his daughter, Patricia and Jack Berg.


He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Jack) Berg of Galena; two sons, Stanley (Dorothy) of Omaha, NE and Thomas (Angie) of Tucson, AZ; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers and four sisters. Preceded in death by his parents; one sister; one brother; and two grandchildren in infancy.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cancer Society. A memorial graveside service will be held on July 7, 2000, at St. Patrick Cemetery in Minonk , IL, at 3 p.m., with Father Gillis officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at graveside.

 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
 


MINONK — Alfred Tjark Kettwich, 88, of 116 S. Elm St., Minonk, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Friday (May 25, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, where his funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk.

Alfred was born July 5, 1918, in Minonk Township, a son of John [Johann Uffe] and Geskhe [Gretje] Harms Kettwich. He married Mabel M. Warnkes on July 9, 1939, at Benson. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Beverly (Arlen) Ruestman, Toluca; a son, Brad (Tina Whirrell) Kettwich, Eureka; a sister, Lucille Tolan, Minonk; nine grandchildren, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Ken (Jocelyn) Kettwich, Laura Kitts, Kelly Adolphson, Greg Ruestman, Paul (Katie) Kettwich, Richard (Kristin) Kettwich, Bruce Kettwich and Robert Kettwich; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Everett and Glenn, and a grandson, Brian Kettwich.

Alfred was a longtime farmer and an avid outdoorsman. He truly enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a former member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, or the Communities of Maple Lawn, Eureka.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
 



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Carl U. Kettwich, 85, of Minonk, formerly of the Flanagan area, died at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, [1972] in St. James Hospital, Pontiac. He had been a patient there for the past six weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St Petri's Lutheran Church, with Rev Marvin Krueger officiating. Burial will be in St. Petri's Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Froelich Memorial Home in Flanagan.

He was born July 25, 1887, near Minonk, son of Uffe and Gesche (Schlomer) Kettwich. He married Minnie Harms February 22, 1911. She died April 30, 1962.

Surviving are two sons, Orville and Wayne, of Minonk; one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Florence) Durre, rural Minonk; three brothers, Eilert and John, Minonk; Uffe of Bloomington; three sisters, Mrs. Sena Rients, Minonk; Mrs. Everett Post, Titonka, Iowa; Mrs. Lucy Ostermann, Elmore, Minnesota; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

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

Mr. Kettwich was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church and St. Petri Bible Class. He served on the church board for a number of years and was very active as a Sunday School teacher. He was a long-time member of the Maple Grove School Board.

He moved from his farm to Minonk a year and half ago.
 



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Everett J. Kettwich, 60, of 440 N. Chestnut St., Minonk, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday (Jan. 31, 2000) at his residence from injuries suffered in a fire.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, the Rev Daniel Gansch Boythe officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Kettwich was born Jan. 2, 1940, in Minonk, the son of Alfred and Mabel Warnkes Kettwich. Survivors include his parents, Minonk; one daughter, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Eureka; one son, Ken (Elizabeth) Kettwich, Las Vegas; one brother, Brad Kettwich, Eureka; one sister, Beverly Ruestman, Toluca; three grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Kettwich was employed by the Woodford County F.S. for many years.

 



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Glenn E. Kettwich

Minonk - Glenn Edward Kettwich, 41, of Lewis, Kan., formerly of Minonk, died Thursday (Sept. 10, 1987) in Edwards County Hospital, Kinsley, Kan., after an automobile accident near Lewis. A story is on page A2.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, the Rev. Gary Chapman officiating.

There will be no visitation. McKillip Memorial Home, Kinsley, Kan., has charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kettwich was born July 1, 1946, in Streator, a son of Alfred and Mabel Warnkes Kettwich. He married Carol Mozingo on Jan. 4, 1969, in Eureka. She survives.

Other survivors include his parents, Minonk; two sons, Paul Glenn and Richard Glenn Kettwich, both at home; two brothers, Everett of Minonk and Bradley of Eureka; and one sister, Beverly Ruestman of Toluca.

Mr. Kettwich was a farmer.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Minonk American Legion Post.

He also was a member of St Paul's United Church of Christ.

 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

The funeral of Lillian A. Harms Kettwich, 79, of 225 W. Fifth St., Minonk, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

She died at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2002) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

She was born June 25, 1923, in Benson, a daughter of Jon and Fenna Gerdes Johnson. She married Roy Harms in 1942. He died in 1984. She married Clarence Kettwich in 1985. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Leroy (Gloria) Harms, Peoria; three stepchildren, Don (Sharon) Kettwich, Albuquerque, N.M.; Larry (Lynn) Kettwich, Lakeville; and Jeannie (Josh) Hockenbury, Peoria; two grandchildren; six step grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and four step great-grandchildren.

Her parents, five brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.

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Metamora Herald, Woodford County IL

01 Dec 1933

P. KIESEWETTER, SR. EXPIRES SUDDENLY

Found dead in Home by Family at 11 O'clock Wednesday Morning

Peter Kiesewetter, Sr., 71, lifelong citizen of Worth township, died unexpected Wednesday morning at his home in that township. He has been in frail health for some time and was receiving medical care, having visited his physician in Metamora the day before his death. Heart trouble is ascribed as the cause of death. He was found at 11 a.m. seated in a chair, having evidently passed away a short time before.

Deceased was born in Worth Township on farm not from his late home, Jan. 17, 1862. His wife with whom he was united in marriage at St. Mary’s church, Lourdes, Feb.18, 1890, survives with five children. The Children are Peter F., Frank C., William H., Mrs. Albert Adams and Mrs. Edwin Nauman. Twenty-eight grandchildren also survive.

The death of Mr. Kiesewetter comes as a shock to the family, relatives and many friends. He was widely known in this part of Woodford county and enjoyed his high esteem of all.

The body was brought to the Teman Funeral Home in Metamora and prepared for burial. Thursday deceased will be removed to the residence in Worth Township.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Dec. 2, at 9 o'clock at the residence and in St. Mary's church, Lourdes, at 9:30. The internment will be in the Lourdes cemetery.

 



Metamora Herald

Dec 1933

Funeral services for the late Peter Kiesewetter, Sr., who passed away Wednesday morning of last week, were held Saturday morning at 9:30 at St. Mary's church, Lourdes. An immense gathering filled the church. Relatives, friends and, acquaintances, many from long distances, paid their respects to the deceased's memory. Rev. Father Ludger, pastor of Lourdes, offered requiem mass and spoke consolingly of the virtuous life of the deceased, his staunch faith and preparation for death. Three grandsons and three nephews bore the casket. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Birth: 17 Jan 1862
Death: 29 Nov 1933

 



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Metamora Herald, Woodford County IL

08 Aug 1947


MRS. KIESEWETTER PASSES AWAY IN St. Francis hospital

Funeral Services to be Held Saturday at 9 a. m. in St. Mary’s Church, Lourdes

Mrs. Rosa Kiesewetter, 78, lifelong resident of this vicinity until three years ago when she went to make her home in St. Joseph’s Home, Peoria, died at 10:30 Wednesday night in St. Francis hospital, where she was taken that afternoon.

Thee body was brought to the Volz funeral home in Metamora, where friends are being received since 7:30 Thursday evening. The rosary will be recited at 8 this (Friday) evening by the ladies Altar and Rosary Society of which deceased was a member.

Mrs. Kiesewetter, daughter of Carl and Anna Simon Theobald was born in Worth Township August 26, 1868. She was married to Peter Kiesewetter in St. Mary's church, Lourdes, Feb. 18, 1890. Her husband died Nov. 29, 1933.

She is survived by the following children: Peter F., Frank C., Mrs. Mary Adams and William H. of Metamora and Mrs. Anna Nauman of Roanoke. She also leaves 37 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Some time after the death of her husband Mrs. Kiesewetter made her home in Metamora for eight years, then entered St. Joseph's home.

She enjoyed high esteem in a large circle of neighbors and friends in this community, who sorrow with the bereaved family in her loss.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock In St. Mary’s church, Lourdes. Interment will be in the Lourdes cemetery.
 



Metamora Herald, Woodford County IL

Aug 1947

FUNERAL OF MRS. ROSA KIESEWETTER SATURDAY

The funeral services for the late Mrs. Kiesewetter, 78, who died in St. Francis hospital, Peoria, at 10:30 Wednesday night last week, were Saturday morning at 9 o’clock in St. Mary’s church, Lourdes.

The requiem high mass offered by the Pastor, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Linfert, who also delivered an inspiring sermon, commending the deceased for devout preparation for death. St. Mary's Altar society, of which deceased was a member for many years, attended in a body. The pall bearers were six of her grandsons. Interment was in the church cemetery, where her husband was laid to rest in 1933.

Surviving are the following children: Peter F., Frank C., William H., Mrs. Mary Adams and Mrs. Anna Nauman. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren and eight great grandsons; two brothers, Joseph Theobald of Monica and Michael Theobald of Fairmont, Minn.

Those attending the funeral from elsewhere were: Joseph Theobald of Monica, Mrs. Fred Grebner and son of Brimfield, Mrs. Adelheid Kiesewetter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kiesewetter and Mrs. Lillian Pulliam of Cayuga; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Eckstein, Mrs. Laura Dovley and Fred Eckstein of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Keller and daughter of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. J. D. McLaughlin of Glendale, Calif.; John A. Alig of Daggett, Mich.; Mrs. Adelia Schneider of Eureka and John Schneider of Cruger. Michael Theobald of Fairmont, Minn., brother, of deceased was unable to attend.

Deceased, daughter of the late Carl and Anna Simon Theobald, was born Aug. 25, 1868, She was married to Peter Kiesewetter in St. Mary’s Lourdes Feb. 18, 1890.

Birth: 26 Aug 1868
Death: 06 Aug 1947
 



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Pvt. Richard W. King was killed in action in Luxembourg on March 7, according to word received on Monday. He formerly lived in El Paso with his grandmother, Mrs. Frances Stephenson.

Richard William King, son of William and Ehtelyn Stephenson King, was born at Moline, on July 4, 1921. He was a graduate of the El Paso township high school and had been in service for about three years. He married Mary Louise Drake of Elkhart, Ill., on March 28, 1942.

Surviving are his wife, and a 14 month old daughter, Joyce Ann, Elkhart; his father, in Wisconsin; his mother and a sister, Frances, both of Wyoming, Ill.; another sister, Mrs. Jeanette Stevenson, Lebanon, Ill.; his maternal grandmother, at El Paso.
 

 



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Untitled newspaper page, Eureka, Illinois 15 July 1943

Samuel King, 88 years old, a member of the Mennonite Home for the Aged for the past 18 years, died at the home Tuesday, July 13. Death resulted from the infirmities of old age. He was born in West Liberty, Ohio, August 18, 1855, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. King.

Mr. King never married and spent most of his life as a common laborer, retiring and entering the Home here in 1925. He is survived by one brother, living in Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews. He became a member of the Mennonite church when a young man.

Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev Ezra Yordy and Rev Henry King of Arthur, a nephew of the deceased. Burial will be in the cemetery on the Home grounds.
 

 



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El Paso Resident Passes Away Last Tuesday Evening Following Extended Illness

Frank Alonzo Kingdon died in his home in this city at 2:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. He had been ill many months. Funeral services will be held from the home at 1:30 Friday afternoon and at 2:00 o'clock at the Otto-Vincent home, conducted by Rev F.H. Ebright, pastor of the Methodist church. James Everett, Harvey Lebo, George Wilkey, James Liming, George Hammers and Richard Stine will serve as casket bearers.

Mr. Kingdon was born in Kickapoo, Peoria county, on October 18, 1874, a son of James and Ellen Donley Kingdon. He was married August 27, 1900, to Edna M. Stithman in Peoria. They lived on farms in this vicinity for some time and have resided in El Paso a number of years.

Surviving are his wife and six children, the latter being Edward L. of Watseka; Frank at home; Mrs. Erma G. McGarvey, Mrs. Esther A. McCarthy and Miss Elva L. Kingdon, all of Pekin, and Mrs. Mary Ellen Mool, El Paso. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Percy Kingdon of El Paso and Mrs. Daisy Tucker, Chicago. Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. There are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 



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Resident of This Vicinity for Many Years Passes Away Last Monday

Mrs. Lewis Kingdon died at her home in Panola township at 3:00 a.m. November 2, 1942, after an illness of many years with heart trouble, being bedfast for three weeks. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, ,at 1:30 from the home and from the Methodist church at 2:00 o'clock, Rev Osceola McNemar conducting, assisted by Rev Lloyde G. Strouse. Mrs. Lester Kingdon and Mrs. Harold Coffman sang, accompanied by Mrs. Strouse. Six grandchildren served as pallbearers. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.

Grace Gibbs was born in Devonshire, England, July 21, 1865, a daughter of John and Agnes Gibbs. She and her brother, William Gibbs, came to America in 1882 and located near Gridley. On January 25, 1888, she married Lewis Kingdon and they resided on a farm north of Gridley for two years and then moved to a farm northeast of El Paso where Mrs. Kingdon's death occurred last Monday. Her husband died May 7, 1940.

The deceased is survived by five sons: Harry, at home; Archie, of Gridley; Ralph, Claude and Alfred, of El Paso. There are 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In early womanhood Mrs. Kingdon united with the Gridley Methodist church.

 



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The Metamora Herald
April 16, 1909

 

Hovering between life and death for days, the end came to Mrs. Mary U. Klein, wife of John Klein, at noon on Tuesday after a painful illness extending over a period of seven months. Death was due to tubercular meningitis.

Mrs. Klein was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Fischer, among the old and respected residents of this locality. She was born at the family home west of Metamora on October 21, 1873. When the terrible visitation of black diphtheria raged throughout this section in 1880 she was the sole daughter in the family to survive, six of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Fischer having passed away during the epidemic. She was married to John Klein who survives her …


Date of Death: April 13, 1909


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Addendum: re. Mrs. John Klein as follows …

Frank Vetter came over from Benson Thursday of last week to attend the funeral of his cousin, the late Mrs. John Klein.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping, 1965

Roanoke Woman Dies From Burns

Roanoke - Mrs. Marie Klumpp, 74, was found burned to death in the basement of her Roanoke home shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday by Roanoke fireman Barney Isaia.

She had severe burns over her body, Woodford County Coroner Leland Morgan said. The basement and rest of the house were undamaged by fire, Morgan said.

Find Volatile Liquid

Coroner Morgan said there was some volatile fluid in a pan about 10 feet from the body. An autopsy is being performed. An inquest will ensue.

Mrs. Wanda Pfister, a neighbor who frequently calls on Mrs. Klumpp, went to the house about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Sees Smoke

She saw smoke upon entering, but could see no trace of Mrs. Klumpp. She hurried to the home of Mrs. Klumpp's nephew, I. E. Brown.

The fire department was called and then fireman Isaia found Mrs. Klumpp.

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Remmert Funeral Home. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria.

She was born Nov. 12, 1890, at Benson, a daughter of Edward and Theda Harms Woltzen.

Survivors

She was married to Carl Klumpp Sept. 1, 1915, at Peoria. He died March 1, 1947.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joyce Paluska of Peoria; a sister, Mrs. Fannie Brown, of Roanoke, and two grandchildren.

Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
 

 



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Untitled newspaper page, Eureka, Illinois 15 July 1943


Mrs. Dena Rankon Knoll died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Mennonite hospital in Bloomington, She had lived northeast of Secor for 26 years.

She was born July 18, 1890, in Benson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rankon. She married Harvey Knoll October 12, 1905, at Benson. He, with the following children survive: Lloyd of Low Point; Mrs. Josephine Punk, Lora, Alina, Fred and Roma May at home. Also the following brothers and sister survive: Will, George and Walter, all of Dana; Fred, Herman, Ben and Theodore in Iowa; one sister preceded her in death. There are three grandchildren.

Mrs. Knoll was a member of Secor Methodist church from which church funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Secor cemetery.

 



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Minonk News Dispatch 20 January 1923


Mrs. Charles Knoop in Swift Summons

Highly Respected Resident Passes Away Tuesday After Paralytic Stroke

Funeral Held This Afternoon

Services at Presbyterian Church, Conducted by Rev C.W. Donaldson, Burial at Minonk Cemetery


Mrs. Charles F. Knoop, a resident of Minonk for many years, passed away at two o'clock after an affliction that came over her at 5 o'clock that morning, when she suffered a stroke of paralysis. Previous to that she had been in her ordinary health.

Lena Knoop, nee Heller, the only daughter of the deceased Mr. and Mrs. Peter Heller, was born in Greene township November 10, 1860, where she spent her early life. After the death of her father about 25 years ago, she moved with her mother to Minonk which had since been her home. On December 5, 1900, she was married to Charles F. Knoop, who survives her. In 1906, she submitted to a very serious operation from which she never fully recovered, suffering from chronic indigestion and high blood pressure. She was preceded in death by all of her immediate family. Of her two brothers, Raymond J. Heller and Adolph S. Heller, the latter died in July 1919. Her father died at the age of 75 years, and the average life of the family was a little more than 66 years.

On January 3, 1902, she joined the First Presbyterian church of Minonk upon profession of her faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and had since been a faithful attendant and earnest worker. She was a member of the Woman's Missionary society and for many years had been treasurer of the Ladies' Aid society. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Twentieth Century club.

Mrs. Knoop leaves a host of friends who mourn her loss and who sympathize with the bereaved husband. She was a faithful friend and good neighbor and was widely known in the community. Her quiet disposition with qualifications of sincerity and kindheartedness nurtured true and real friendship, which resulted in the high esteem with which she was held by all whom knew her. She was interested in every good movement, although her strength did not permit her to actively enter into all avenues of her interest. Faithful in all her obligations to her church, and to her duties in the home, she applied herself to the task of living a life of piety and truth.

The funeral was held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev Chas. W. Donaldson. Music was rendered by a mixed quartet composed of Armin Kettelhut, Mrs J.W. Van Doren, Mrs Calvin Gaisford and Harvey Parks, which sang, "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". Mrs Harrison Parks presided at the organ. The Eastern Star conducted a service being said by the Worthy Matron, Miss Harriet Buffet.

Burial was made in the Minonk cemetery, U.B. Memmen, Phillip Bohlander, E.M. Hodgson, W.H. Tucker, W.O. Pope and Harry Thom acting as pallbearers. The flower girls were Misses Mildred Bates, Mildred Redmore, Lola Tucker and Gertrude Parks.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Prof. and Mrs. V.G. Heller and the former's mother, Mrs. Adolph Heller of Ames, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Mansfield of Arthur, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Knoop of Defiance, Ohio, and Mrs. T.Y. Harrison of Pontiac.

 



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Dorothy J. Koch, 89, of Washington, passed away at 3:50 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Snyder Village in Metamora.

She was born on February 16, 1919 in Benson to Cornelius and Anna Bauman Janssen. Dorothy married Merton Koch in Roanoke on June 28, 1941. He died on February 19, 2001 in Peoria.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Elaine) Koch of Washington and David (Luanne) Koch of Cantril, Iowa; one brother, Willis "Bud" (Carol) Janssen of Benson; one sister, Lena Kirby of Memphis, Missouri; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.

She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Dorothy also enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting in her spare time.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Pastor Alice Gwin will officiate and burial will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens, south of Washington. Visitation will be on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church.
 

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 12 February 1959

Mrs. Geo. Koerner, 86, Former Benson Resident, Died Last Thursday

Mrs. George Koerner, 86, died at the home of her son, Albert Woltzen at Lowpoint at 6 p.m. Thursday. She had been ill several months.

Her funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home at Minonk, with the Rev. H. J. Knoploh officiating. Burial was in the Benson cemetery.

The pallbearers were Frank Heipel, Herbert, Harvey and Earl Stimpert, Raymond Schoon and Oliver Suntken.

Folka C. Koerner was born Jan. 1, 1873 in Minonk township, a daughter of Bartel and Catherine Clodius Uphoff. She lived near Minonk until 1918 when she moved to Benson. She was married to Herman Woltzen who died in 1913. She was then married to George Koerner at Benson, Aug. 15, 1918. He died in 1949.

Surviving are four sons, Edward H. Woltzen of Peoria; Bart H. Woltzen of Benson; Albert J. Woltzen of Lowpoint; Melvin L. Woltzen of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Paris of Benson; three brothers, Waite Uphoff of Minonk; Harry Uphoff of Rutland; Will Uphoff of Hudson; three sisters, Mrs. Rose Rich of Flanagan; Mrs. Tena Knapp of Rutland; Mrs. Elsie Janssen of Minonk; seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death

 



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From untitled, undated newspaper clipping:

Mrs. Conrad Kohl Dies Monday Night - Former Minonk Resident Passes Away at Her Home at Minneapolis, Minn. - Funeral Yesterday Afternoon - Deceased Had Been Afflicted for Some Time, But News of Death Comes to Minonk as Surprise

Mrs. Conrad Kohl, a resident of Minonk during most of her life, but who since 1918 had resided at Minneapolis, Minn., died at her home in that city on last Monday night, a telegram being received by Michael Barth on Tuesday morning imparting the sad news and requesting him to advise other relatives, also friends.

Mr. Barth and Peter and Charles Kohl left for there on Tuesday afternoon to attend the funeral, which was held on Wednesday afternoon, burial being made in the family cemetery lot, where the deceased's mother lies buried.

Lena Meyer was born at Bloomington on January 17, 1873, but when she was a few years old, the family came to Minonk and here she grew to womanhood and spent most of her life. About twenty-seven years ago she was united in marriage with Conrad Kohl and they resided here until August of 1918, when they moved to Minneapolis, which city had since been their home.

Some time ago Mrs. Kohl began to suffer with that dire affliction, cancer of the breast, but it was her wish that her friends here should not be worried with that knowledge and hence to most Minonk friends the news of her death came unexpectedly.

Mrs. Kohl during her residence here took more or less part in social affairs. She was a woman highly regarded and her pleasing disposition gained many friends.
 


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The funeral of Florence Kolb, 92, of 1200 E. Partridge, Metamora, formerly of Benson, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Benson. The Rev. Peter Reuss will officiate. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke, and one hour before the service Thursday at the church.

She died at 8 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 11, 2001) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Memorials may be made to her church, Snyder Village Nursing Home or a charity of the donor's choice.

Mrs. Kolb was born Oct. 12, 1909, in rural Washburn, a daughter of Wilke and Minnie Tjaden Arends. She married Victor William Kolb Jan. 22, 1930, in Benson. He died Aug. 6, 1983, in Peoria.

Survivors include one son, Verle (Sandy) Kolb, rural Toluca; one daughter-in-law Connie Kolb, Roanoke; two brothers Leo (Viola) Arends, Metamora, and Henry (Vera Mae) Arends, Washburn; one sister, Minnie Reiter, Rochelle; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, Victoria (Warren) Smith, Larry (Renay) Kolb, Patricia Kolb, Gary (Sharon) Kolb, Lisa Kolb and Kimberly (Bob) Sasso.

Her parents; one son, Duane; one grandson; five brothers; and four sisters preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson, where she had been active in the Ladies Aid. She had also been a past member of the Benson Garden Club.
 


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Mary Lynch Kridner 1860-1924 
This is a newspaper clipping with no date. It is from The Journal, which is probably an El Paso, IL area newspaper
 
 
Respected Lady of This Vicinity Passed Away Last Week--Funeral Largely Attended.
 
As was briefly mentioned in The Journal last week Mrs. Mary Kridner passed away May 27 at 8:15 o'clock in the morning, aged 63 years, 11 months and 24 days. She had been ill for more than four weeks, suffering from a nervous breakdown. Funeral services were held Friday morning at 9:00 o'clock from St. Mary's Catholic church, requiem high mass being conducted by Rev. T. J. McKinnery. The services were largely attended, many being unable to get into the church. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.
 
Mary Ellen Lynch was born in Hudson to Michael and Ellen Lynch on June 3, 1860 , and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Roberts, May 27, 1924. She was married in St. Mary's church in this city to John Kridner, a highly respected and well-to-do young man of this vicinity, January 9, 1883. To them were born four children, who survive the mother. They are Mrs. Ella Delaney, Mrs. Ida Roberts of El Paso, John of Peoria and Francis of El Paso. Mr. Kridner preceded his wife in death on December 26, 1914. Deceased is also survived by two brothers, Thomas of this vicinity and Frank of Eagle Grove, Ia. The latter came to see his sister May 22 and had just gone home the day before she passed away. Mrs. Kridner also leaves twelve grandchildren. The subject of this sketch was a woman much beloved by everyone who knew her. She was a good Christian and generous to a fault, every [sic] ready to lend a helping hand to any in need and was always doing pleasant things for people with whom she came in contact.
 
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kridner of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kridner, Mr. and Mrs. George Kridner, Arland and Harold Kridner, all of Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. John Pool, Piper City; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Erickson, Kankakee; Mrs. and Mrs. John Kridner and children, Dan Cable Jr., Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dwyer, Odell.


Obit received from John Kearney of Wilmington, Delaware June 19, 2006
 


 


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Peoria Journal Star 18 December 1996

MINONK -- Services for George W. Krug Jr., 89, of Rural Route 1, who was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk. The Rev. Wayne Nelson will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery.

He was killed when his car hit a land scraper traveling in reverse down a county road east of Minonk.

Born Feb. 21, 1907, in Panola Township, Woodford County, to George W. Sr. and Louise S. Bayer Krug, he married Marie A. Kettwich on Sept. 19, 1935, in Minonk. She died Jan. 24, 1977. One brother and one great-grandson also preceded him in death.

Surviving are three daughters, Joanne Wilcox of rural Bloomington, Rose Spires of rural Minonk and Nancy Konwinski of Minonk; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was a farmer in Panola Township. He and his brother were turkey suppliers in the Minonk area.

He was a member of Parents Without Partners, Woodford County.
 


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EL PASO -- Robert E. "Bob" Kurth, 73, of El Paso passed away at 7:15 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 20, 2008) at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1935, in El Paso, a son of Irvin and Sena Seggerman Kurth. He married Kaylene Bowman on Oct. 26, 1968, in El Paso. she survives.

Other survivors include one sister, Marilynn (Herb) Peter of Shawnee, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Bowman of Normal, and Kitty (Dick) Malcom of Bloomington; one nephew, Britt Barnard; four nieces, Brenda (Keith) Bohaty Amanda Barnard, Brooke Chester and Abby (Justin) Lightbody; three great-nephews, Corey and Ben Peter, and Brent Bohaty; two great-nieces, Bree Bohaty and Chloe Chester; and his beloved cats, Missey, Smokey and Sam.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Brad Peter.

Bob worked as a supervisor at Firestone in Normal for 26 years.

He was a member of the El Paso Golf Club and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Bob was a proud Marine and served in Korea during the Korean Conflict.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Pastor Bobby Niemtschk will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in El Paso. Inurnment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso, where military rites will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, El Paso; Sterile Feral Foundation; or Wedrose Acres, Gridley, IL 61744. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .
 

 



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El Paso - The funeral of Sena W. Kurth, 79, of El Paso will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, El Paso.

The Rev Virgil Kelm will officiate. Burial will be in Palestine Township Cemetery, Secor.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at her church. Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kurth, a retired nurse's aide, died at 11:05 a.m. Monday (Jan. 8, 1990) at Brokaw Hospital, Normal.

She was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Secor, a daughter of Henry and Maggie Everding Seggerman. She married Irvin Kurth Aug. 30, 1930. He died in October 1936.

Survivors include one son, Robert, El Paso; one daughter, Marilynn Peter, Orange, Calif.; three sisters, Rosalie Fortman, Minonk; Johanna Kietzman, Varna; and Etta Remmert, Morton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

One son, three brothers and six sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Kurth was employed by Elmwood Manor in El Paso as a nurse's aide.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to her church or El Paso Rescue Squad.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping.

Margaret Ruestman Kutzner, 86, died Saturday, May 5, 2001 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Minonk Fire Department Extrication Fund.

She was born May 19, 1914, in Clayton Township, Woodford County, the daughter of Waite and Annie Hanson Flohr. She married Rudolph E. Ruestman on June 24, 1929, at Eureka. He died May 10, 1962. She later married Lewis L. Kutzner on Nov. 29, 1969. He died July 2, 1991.

Survivors include one daughter, Darlene (Willis) Brown, Minonk; three sons, Frank Ruestman, Pekin; LaVerne Ruestman, and Rodney (JoAnn) Ruestman, both of Minonk; three sisters, Annie DeFreese, Bertha (Henry) Kalkwarf, and Edith (Clarence) Obert, all of Minonk.

Other survivors include 22 grandchildren, Gary (Mary Ann) Brown, Gloria (A.J.) Arrington, Willis (Monica) Brown Jr., Patricia (Steve) Milashoski, Pam (Craig) Dimming, Jim Brown, Brian (Colleen) Brown, Melissa Brown, Troy Ruestman, Mike Ruestman, Juli (Terry) Baker, Scott (Sonja) Ruestman, Randy (Christie) Ruestman, Tim (Jackie) Ruestman, Tracy (Dave) Harsted, Russell (Lanna) Ruestman, Mindy (Scott) Johnson, Corey Ruestman, Mark Ruestman, Kirk Ruestman, Darren Spaniol, and Jim Spaniol; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Ruestman; one brother, and three sisters.

Margaret was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
 


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