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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph


WASHINGTON - Janice ``Jan'' L. Malcom, 67, of Washington, died of an infection involving an antibiotic-resistant strain of clostridium difficile bacteria, at 6:40 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 10, 2007) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Born on Sept. 23, 1940, in Peoria, to Robert W. and Alice E. Harkless Saunders, she married Thomas F. Malcom on April 2, 1960, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving is her mother, Alice Saunders, Eureka; three sons, Christopher Malcom and Terry Brindley, both of Beaumont, Texas; and Timothy (Lisa) Malcom, Peoria; one daughter, Melody Malcom, North Pekin; one sister, Marjorie (Robert) Wolfe, Eureka; three step-grandchildren, Nicole, Amanda and James; and four stepgreat- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and 1 step-grandson, Andrew.

Jan worked for District 50 School District in Washington as the head cook, working for over 20 years after retiring in 1997.

She loved kids, snow, the Lord and Elvis, and enjoyed doing family genealogy. She also enjoyed camping, cooking and gardening as well as spending time with her family.

Jan once was grand champion for her candy chocolate turtles at the Heart of Illinois Fair.

She was a longtime member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deiters Funeral Home, Washington. Pastor Ralph Barnett will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Additional visitation will from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1001 S. Greenlawn, Peoria IL 61605.

To send condolences online, visit www.deitersfuneralhome.com. Jan's video tribute will be posted on the Web site following services Tuesday.
 


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Lois Elizabeth Malcom, 83, of El Paso, IL passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2009 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home where she was a resident.

She was born on April 30, 1926 a daughter of Louis Jones and Elizabeth Hodgson Wadsworth. She married John D. Malcom on December 30, 1945 in El Paso, IL. He passed away in 1984.

Survivors include two sons, David (Susan) Malcom of Indianapolis, IN; Dick (Kitty) Malcom of Bloomington, IL; two sisters, Esther Smith and Doris (Gene) Heller, both of El Paso, IL; Margaret Thoennes who grew up with Lois just like her own sisters; four grandchildren, Dr. Ashley (Gabe) Huddleston, J.D. (Beth) Malcolm, Brooke Malcolm and Abbey (Justin) Lightbody, and two great-granddaughters, Chloe Chester and Auden Huddleston..

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Mary Kuebler and Betty Sprehe, and two brothers Lloyd and Robert Wadsworth.
Lois was a 1944 graduate of El Paso High School. She lived all of her life in Central Illinois, returning to El Paso in 1966 where she held different jobs including positions with State Farm and Growmark.

She attended the First Baptist Church of El Paso. She enjoyed reading and traveling. Her travels took her to much of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and England.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Rev. Dr. Tim Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation, McLean County Branch, 108 Boeykens Place, Suite 115, Normal, IL 61761.



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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 22 June 1981

Benson - Alfred Manninga, 73, of 203 Church St., a retired farmer and state highway department employee, died at 8 a.m. Monday at Eureka Hospital, where he had been a patient five days.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, the Rev Robert Halsey officiating. Burial will be in Clayton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home.

Mr. Manninga was born May 29, 1908, in Greene Township, Woodford County, a son of William and Cassie Woltzen Manninga. He married Mabel Smilie Feb. 21, 1934, at Benson. She survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Doris Finley, Grove City, Ohio; a brother, John, Benson; a sister, Fanny Boston, Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Manninga was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 


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Gesche (Cassie) Johanna Woltzen was born 1 December 1878, in Roanoke, Woodford Co, Illinois, a daughter of Albert and Fenna B. Saathoff Woltzen. She married Wilhelm H. Manninga 13 January 1902 in Roanoke. They were the parents of three children: Fannie, John and Alfred. Gesche died 5 April 1912 in Greene Twp, Woodford Co, Illinois. She is buried in St Peter Lutheran Cemetery near Benson.

 

 

 

 



 

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Bloomington Pantagraph 16 May 2004

Helen Manninga

MINONK -- Helen T. Manninga, 97, a resident of Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan, and a former Minonk resident, died at 7:25 p.m. Friday (May 14, 2004) at O.S.F. St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m., Monday at the Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service. Memorial contributions are preferred and may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Mrs. Manninga was born Oct. 13, 1906, in rural Minonk, the daughter of Edmond A. and Tena Folkers Ioerger. She married John W. Manninga Jan. 27, 1926, in Minonk. He died June 10, 1995.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonna Jo (Rowland) Tucker, Minonk; and Lee Ora (Richard) Osborn, Bloomington; a grandson, Darrel Punke, Eureka; and two great-grandchildren, Laura and Jason Punke, Eureka.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Ioerger.

Mrs. Manninga was a lifetime member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and a member of the Ladies Aid and Willing Workers. She was a charter member of Yankee Town Home Extension.

Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting and crafts. She will be greatly missed.
 


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Henry W. Manninga, 83, of Secor died at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1991, at Eureka Community Hospital.

Born Feb. 20, 1908, in Roanoke to Jacob W. and Sophie Uden Manninga, he married Martha Redenius, in Rockford. She died in 1965. He later married Leta Diener in 1966, in Secor.

She survives, along with three stepdaughters, Ann Armstrong of Secor, Lois Vogel of Newton, Iowa, and Judy Bohlander of Punta Gorda, Fla.; nine stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Sophie Fischer of Davenport, Iowa. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

He retired from farming in 1980. He later was a night watchman for Pfister Hybrid Co. in El Paso and also worked at the Roanoke Laborer's Local.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson, Secor Sportsman's Club and the Izaak Walton League.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Froelich Memorial Home in El Paso where visitation will be one hour before the services. The Rev. Earl Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Roanoke Cemetery.
 



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Minonk News Dispatch, May 6, 1954

Roanoke Couple Die in Auto Crash Yesterday - Double Funeral Saturday Afternoon

John J. Manninga, 60, of Roanoke, was instantly killed in a head-on auto collision 5 1/2 miles south of Orion on Rt. 150, at 7:45 yesterday morning and his wife, Meta, 57, died at 6:40 o'clock this morning in a Moline hospital. She had sustained a broken leg, a punctured lung and a brain concussion.

According to a state patrolman, a car headed south driven at considerable speed came up behind a farm tractor on a curve over a hill and to avoid it, swerved into the path of the car driven by Manninga which was headed north. The auto causing the accident was driven by Wm. B. Feenelly, 21, who was accompanied by Carl Sitz, 17, both of Davenport, Ia. The farmer on the tractor was Clarence Bloomberg, 58, of Lynn Center.

The farmer has a broken collarbone and a concussion, while the two Davenport youths were not seriously injured. The back wheel of the farm tractor was knocked off and both autos completely demolished.

Mr. and Mrs. Manninga were on their way to Rudd, Iowa, to attend his mother's funeral and had left Roanoke at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. She was 86 years old and had died on Tuesday and the funeral services were to be held tomorrow in the Lutheran church at Charles City, Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Manninga resided on a farm 5 miles southwest of Minonk until about a year ago when they moved to Roanoke. He was a son of Jacob and Rea Uden Manninga and was born near Benson in January of 1894. His parents moved to Floyd, Iowa, in 1910. He was married to Meta deFreese of Benson, on Feb. 11, 1925.

Mrs. Manninga was a daughter of Reinke and Carrie [Hiskea] deFreese and was born on the deFreese farm, 1 1/2 miles north of Benson on Nov. 21, 1896. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Carrie deFreese and four brothers and a sister, viz: Harm, Reinke, Louis and Henry, and Mrs. Julius Folkerts, all of Benson. Her father died in 1933. She was a member of the St Peter's Lutheran church.

Mr. Manninga was always active in church affairs, Red Cross and Fund Drives. He served in World War I and was commander of the Minonk American Legion post No. 142, in 1941. He was a member of St Peter's church on the meridian and had served as treasurer and was on the Benson-Roanoke school board at one time.

He is survived by two brothers, Henry of Roanoke, and Jacob, Jr., of Rudd, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Crum of Nora Springs, Ia., and Mrs. Sophia Fisher of Davenport, Ia. He was a nephew of John Manninga of Minonk.

Double funeral services will be held at the Vincent Memorial Home in Roanoke at 1:30 Saturday afternoon and at 2 o'clock at St Peter's Lutheran church, conducted by the Rev. J. H. Prange and burial will be in the Roanoke cemetery. The family has requested that no flowers be sent, but that any donations may be given to the National Cancer Fund.
 


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From a newspaper clipping dated 4 May 1965.

Roanoke - Mrs. Martha Manninga, 54, of Roanoke, died at 12:05 a.m. Monday at her home near Roanoke.

She was born in Roanoke Twp Dec 7, 1910, a daughter of Dick and Gertrude Johnson Redenius. She was married to Henry Manninga Jun 19, 1935, in Rockford.

He survives along with her mother of Benson; one sister, Mrs. Esther Ehlers of Benson. Her father died earlier.

 


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Untitled paper dated 30 September 1954

Retired Farmer of Clayton Twp. Died Saturday Henry W. Matter, Sr. Was Born in Germany

Henry W. Matter, Sr., prominent Clayton township retired farmer, died at 7 a.m., Saturday at his home 6 1/2 miles west of Minonk, after a lingering illness.

He was born at Leibenstadt, Baden, Germany, April 12, 1870, coming to the U.S. when he was 16. His parents were Henry and Christina Kolb Matter. Mr. Matter married Mary Meinhold on Sept. 30, 1890, at Benson. She died in 1947.

Mr. Matter was engaged in farming all his life, first residing in Linn township and later in Clayton, where he owned his own farm. When living in Linn township he served as a school director and highway commissioner.

After moving to Clayton township he was elected supervisor and was chairman of the country board one term; he also held office as assessor and justice of the peace. In 1920 he was the U.S. census enumerator for Clayton township and was always active in Republican affairs. He was a member of the St Pauls Evangelical and Reformed church in Minonk and the Modern Woodmen lodge.

Surviving are seven sons: Henry, Jr., Chris, Clarence and Carl, all of Minonk; Herman of Dana; Roy of Flanagan, and Lester of Streator; six daughters, Mrs. Anna Falk and Mrs. Mabel Krahling, both of Minonk; Mrs. Sophia Luckett of Chatsworth; Mrs. Laura Kingdon of Gridley; Miss Florence and Miss Sadie at home.

One sister, Mrs. Caroline Garner of Germany; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two daughters, one son, three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held at 3:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at St Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church, conducted by Rev Paul Buchmueller and burial was made in the Minonk cemetery. The Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home was in charge. The pallbearers were Emory Forney, Emmett Swan, Carl Thompson, Darrell Kirby, John D. Meils and Alonzo Sutton.
 


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Dorothy A. Martino, 96, of Roanoke, passed away at 1:20 pm on Monday July 20, 2009 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home where she was a resident.

She was born on July 5, 1913 in Roanoke, IL to Ephriam Lee and Elizabeth Ann Allsopp Schumacher. She married Battista Martino on June 2, 1934 in Springfield, IL. He died on August 17, 1977.

Surviving is one daughter, Linda (Roger) Wiseman of Roanoke; one son, Mark (Ruth Ann) Martino of Roanoke; 7 grandchildren; and 15 great granchildren.

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

Dorothy was a bookkeeper in the area all her life. She worked for JB Snyder and Sons in Eureka, the Roanoke Farmers Association Grain Elevator and the Roanoke Park District, to name a few.

She was an active member of the Roanoke United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, was in the church choir and was active in United Methodist Women.

Dorothy served many years as an election judge in Roanoke and she also enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 am at the Roanoke United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ken Sloan-Couch will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 am at the church before the services. Cremation rites will be accorded and burial of ashes will be in the Roanoke Township Cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke United Methodist Church or to the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.



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Irene E. Martino, 87, of Roanoke, IL passed away at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home where she was a resident.

She was born on May 19, 1921 in Minonk, IL a daughter of Adolph and Matilda Heedt Bill. She married Mike Martino on August 30, 1941 in River Forrest, IL. He passed away on September 15, 2006.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Tom ) Noe of Roanoke; Diana Martino of Peoria; one son, Dan (Carol) Martino of East Peoria; one brother, Roland (Elaine) Bill of Washington; one sister, Loretta Rushing of Sandwich; two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and one infant great-granddaughter.

Irene was a homemaker. She cleaned for Sauder Furniture in Roanoke for over 30 years.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke where she was active in the Ladies Aid.


Private family graveside services were held at Roanoke Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.



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Mike Martino, 88, of 610 N. Monroe St. Roanoke, Ill; died at 2:55 A.M. Friday, September 15, 2006 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke where he was a resident.

Mike was born on July 4, 1918 in Roanoke, Ill a son to Anton and Katerina Castagno Martino. He married Irene Bill on August 30, 1941 in Chicago. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra(Tom) Noe of Roanoke; Diana Martino of Peoria, Ill; one son, Dan(Carol) Martino of Peoria, Ill; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Robert and Butts Martino; one sister, Mary Capponi; two infant sisters.

Mike was a member of the United Brothers of Carpenters & Joiners of America.

Mike was a coal miner before he served in the Army in the 33rd Division during WWII. After returning from the military Mike was a carpenter for various businesses in the area.

Memorial service was held at 2:00P.M. on Tuesday September 19, 2006 at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Reverend Bruce Scarbeary will officiate.There was no visitation. Private interment was at Roanoke Township Cemetery, Roanoke.

Mike was know as the candy man at the nursing home because he would hand out Werther’s Orginial Candy. Mike loved to feed the squirrels and the birds. He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and was a friend to many people. Mike was the custodian at Trinity Lutheran Church for 30 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Nursing Home, Roanoke or Methodist Hospice



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Robert A. “Red” Martino, 85, of Roanoke, died at 10:55 am on Saturday December 2, 2006 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where he was a resident.

He was born on July 4, 1921 in Roanoke, IL to Batista and Marta Monge Martino. He married Doris Santi on June 21, 1947 in Roanoke, IL She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Marty (Natalie) Martino of Marcellus, NY; three daughters, Jeannine (Fred) DuBois, Roscoe, IL; Bobbie Emlen of Roanoke; Angie (Lee) Hinrichs of Roanoke; one brother, Joe (Teresa) Martino of Roanoke; eight grandchildren, Kim (Greg) Schneider of Roanoke; Brenda (Joe) Schneider of Benson; Nick (Selina) Emlen of Harrisburg, PA; Aimee (Brian) Dubois-Klosa of St. Peter, MN; Robb (Maria) Hinrichs of Moreno Valley, CA; Aaron DuBois of St. Peter, MN; John (Lauren) Martino of Silver Spring, MD; Matt Martino of Marcellus, NY; six great grandchildren, Rachel, Abby, and Sadie Schneider; Megan Dubois-Klosa; Maurice and Arianna Murillo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Battista, Sam, and Pete; one sister, Jeannette; and one infant son Dominick.

An Army veteran, Red served his country during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the American Legion Post #463 in Roanoke and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

Red worked at Caterpillar for 37 years before retiring in 1983.

He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Burial was in Roanoke Township Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Roanoke American Legion Post
#463.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.



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Untitled paper dated 27 August 1947

Mrs. Matter Died on Last Friday a.m. Funeral Services Monday in Minonk

Mrs. Henry Matter, 72, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away at her country home, six miles west of Minonk, last Friday morning, Aug. 22. She had been ill for about six weeks.

Born March 24, 1875, in Linn township, not very far from the place at which she died, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meinold. She was united in marriage with Henry Matter in September 30, 1890. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1940.

They were the parents of 16 children, of whom 13 survive with the sorrowing father. They include six daughters, Mrs. Robert Falk of Minonk; Mrs. Geo. Luckett of Chatsworth; Mrs. Lester Kingdon of Gridley; and Florence, Sadie and Mabel Matter, at home; seven sons, Henry Matter, Jr., and Clarence Matter of Minonk; Herman and Chris Matter of Dana; Roy Matter of Flanagan; Lester Matter of Graymont; and Carl Matter at home. There are also 10 grandchildren. Three children preceded their mother in death.

She is also survived by five sisters: Mrs. Christina Moritz and Mrs. Edna Fischer of Benson; Mrs. Rosa Reiners of West union, Ia.; Mrs. Anna Ruch of Toluca; and Mrs. Elsie Wyss of El Paso; and three brothers: Louis and John Meinhold of Benson; and Herman Meinhold of Washburn.

She was a good and loyal wife and mother and a kind and helpful neighbor, who will be sadly missed by a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon, from the home, and at 2:30 p.m. from St Paul's Evangelical church in this city, with the Rev Paul Buchmueller, pastor, officiating. The Tallyn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery.

Pallbearers were J. D. Meils, Emmett Swan, Frank Swan, Emory Forney, Wm. Wragge, George Moritz. Flower bearers were Darlene Wragge, Harold Wragge, Lucille Crews, Boyd Crews, Donald Luckett, Melvin Matter, Raymond Matter, Dorothy Matter, Esther Matter and Vernon Matter. All flower bearers were grandchildren or the husbands of grandchildren.

Among those attending the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Lizzie Krahlig, Earl Matter and Lloyd Drahling of Atkins, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Matter and children, Glenn and Charlotte of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Pete Meinhold of Anita, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs D. H. Mohler of Chicago; Mrs. Rose Reiners of West Union, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Meinhold of Bellflower.
 


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Untitled newspaper clipping hand-dated 21 March 1942

Andrew McBride, 90, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Gauger, northeast of El Paso, early Friday morning.

Andrew McBride was born in Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1852. He came to America May 15, 1879. He married Alice Kelly in Minonk, Feb. 5, 1891.

They lived at Dana and Flanagan and came to El Paso in 1909. Since the death of his wife he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. John Gauger.

Beside the daughter, he is survived by three grandchildren and one brother, John McBride of Rutland.

He was a member of the Federated church.
 


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I. Anne McKay, 82, Minonk, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 27, 2009) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, where she was a resident.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. Fr. Luke Poczoworski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. There will be a rosary service at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton, St. Patrick's Catholic Church or OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Hospice Program.

She was born April 3, 1927, in El Paso, a daughter of Daniel C. and Mary A. O'Rourke Kearney. She married James "Windy" McKay on Feb. 16, 1951, in Bloomington. He passed away on Sept. 16, 1994.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Cathy) McKay and Joseph (Casi) McKay, both of Minonk; five daughters, Joan (Kevin) Glowacki, Minonk; Marty (John) Koos, El Paso; Mary Lou (Tim) Andacht, Bolingbrook; Katie (Roger) Boswell, Morton; and Lee Anne McKay, Morton; one sister, Patricia Kearney, Cornville, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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

Anne was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society at the church.
 


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Chicago Tribune - 12 October 2004

John J. "SOAPY" McKay, of Oviedo, FL, died October 10 at age 83.


Born in Minonk, IL, he served in Army Air Corps in World World II.

He is survived by "Soapy's Girl", Mary Fusselman Oviedo; daughter, Jill Clinton; three grandchildren, two great-grandsons, all of Hinckley, IL; plus many nieces and nephews.

As an owner and trainer, Jack's life was thoroughbred horses. His Shampoo For Horses is used nationwide.

He was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, FL, Winter Park Elks #1830 and VFW Post #10733, Orange Lake, FL. Private funeral services in Ocala, FL. As a memorial, donations to a favorite charity in Jack's name.
 


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Evelyn R. Meister, 86, formerly of Washington, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Maple Lawn Health Care in Eureka.

She was born on November 25, 1921 in Washington to Edwin and Margaret Gunther Hess. Evelyn enjoyed more than 52 years of marriage to George J. Meister, whom she married on November 21, 1942 in Palmyra, Missouri. George passed away on September 16, 1994 in Washington.

Survivors include two sons, Gary (Laura VanValkenberg) Meister of Cambridge, Wisconsin and Alan Meister of East Peoria; a sister, Eileen Blumenshine of Washington; two grandchildren, Susan Wolf and Sharon Mattox; a step granddaughter, Sophia Lorent and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert.

Evelyn had been a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Washington and active in the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She also had served on the Election Board, school PTA many years ago and the Washington Historical Society.

She loved to cook, and for more than 28 years had entries in the Heart of Illinois Fair, winning several blue ribbons during that time. Evelyn and George loved to travel, and she had been to most of the lower 48 states, Mexico and the bordering provinces of Canada. Evelyn maintained her wit and sense of humor to the end, and always enjoyed a good joke.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington with Pastor Alice Gwin officiating. Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to either St. Mark's Parish Nurse Program or Washington Historical Society.
 


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Metamora Herald newspaper
February 07, 1947

MRS. L. B. MEISTER DIES AT HOME HERE AT 1:30 P. M. FEB 3

Funeral Services Held Thursday Morning in St. Mary’s Church at 9 o’clock

Mrs. Louis B. Meister, life long resident of Metamora, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Monday at her home here, after a critical illness of several weeks. She had been in frail health the last several years but had been confined to her bed only the last two weeks.

Pauline B. Holzinger was born in Metamora Nov. 11, 1870, a daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Giehl) Holzinger. She was married to Louis B. Meister in St. Mary’s church, Metamora, Feb. 19, 1895, the couple observing their fiftieth wedding anniversary two years ago.

The couple have resided in Metamora practically all their married life. Three years after their marriage Mr. Meister engaged in the bakery and grocery business in Metamora, in which he continued for many years.

Surviving are her husband and four sisters, Mrs. P. J. Wiltz and Mrs. E. T. Summers of Peoria and Mrs. Josephine Hindson and Miss Florence Holzinger of Metamora. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The body was taken to the Mason funeral home, where friends were received Wednesday afternoon and evening, the rosary being recited in the evening by the ladies of St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary society, of which deceased was a member.

Thursday morning the body was removed to St. Mary’s church where requiem high mass was offered by the Rev. Father Michael Dunn, who also delivered the sermon. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Pall bearers were F. W. Wagner, Ed Obery, Joe Waldschmidt, Lee Schrepfer, Robert J. Schneider and Wm. F. Rohman.

Many relatives and friends paid their respects Wednesday night, or attended Thursday morning. Among them were Mrs. P. J. Wiltz, son Herman and wife and her daughter, Mrs. Hulda Chenoweth, Mrs. Berdie Smith, Mrs. E. T. Summers of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gries of Varna, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Butte of Bradford, Andrew Meister of Des Moines, IA, Miss Garma Kinhofer of Peoria. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Meister of Lowpoint, besides the local relatives, and many friends.

 


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From The Minonk News Thursday, January 3, 1901

John Tammen Meninga was born Oct. 2, 1833 in Surus (sic) in Amt Emden, Germany. He was married to Gretje Gronfeld in 1849, and came to America in 1850, locating in Woodford county. He afterward moved to Chicago and lived there five years, then came to Minonk where he has since lived. He was taken ill some time ago with cancer of the stomach, and death came to his relief Sunday, Dec. 30, 1900. The funeral was held at the Lutheran Church Tuesday, Jan. 1st, 1901, at 2:30 p.m. He leaves a wife and three nephews to mourn his loss. For many years he was warden at the German church. He was an upright man and a worthy citizen.
 


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Untitled newspaper clipping dated May 7, 1959

Wm. H. Mennen, 58, Greene Twp. Farmer, Passed Away Monday

William Harms Mennen, 58, died at Forest Park Home in Peoria at 4:30 p.m. Monday. He had been bedfast for eight months following a stroke.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the family home, south of Benson, and at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran church, west of Benson. Rev. H.J. Knoploh will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The pallbearers are to be Edward Eilts, Louis Meinhold, Harm de Freese, Rudolph Hafermann, Eilert Harms and Oliver Sunken.

He was born in Linn township, Jan. 8, 1901, son of Harm and Minnie Tjaden Mennen. He married Mattie Woltzen of Roanoke, Feb. 2, 1921, at Benson. He was engaged in farming up until his illness.

Surviving are his wife; his mother; one brother, Louis of Roanoke; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Gerjets of Benson, and Mrs. Anna Sprehe of El Paso.

He was a member of St Peter's Lutheran church and of the church brotherhood. He was road comissioner of Greene township for eight years.

Mr. Mennen was baptized on Feb. 10, 1901 and confirmed by Rev. J.W. Hafermann on April 16, 1916. The Vincent Memorial Home of Roanoke, was in charge of the service.

 



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Arthur "Art" R. Meyer, 80, of Bayview Gardens, passed away at 2:07 p.m. Friday January 25, 2008 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria.

He was born on Sunday July 17, 1927 in Minonk, Illinois to John J. and Antka (Rients) Meyer. He married Catherine L. Easley on May 11, 1952 in Peoria

Surviving is his wife; one son Steven (Janet) Meyer of East Peoria; and one daughter Susan (Tamas) Grebner of Metamora. He also has surviving 4 grandchildren Mindy (Allen) Coker; Samatha (Aaron) Bennett; Kasey (Troy) Vandeschraaf; Rachel (Daniel) Bailey. Also surviving are 5 great grandchildren; one sister Dorothy Harms of Minonk. He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffery, one daughter, Pamela, four brothers and two sisters.

He proudly served his country by joining the US Army and serving in WWII. He then worked as a truck driver and later was a manager for JSP Trucking Terminal from 1952 until 1983. He then worked at Floyds Plumbing and Heating in East Peoria for 15 years. He was the first mayor of Bayview Gardens. He was a former member of Riverview School Board. He also was a former member of the Peoria Transportation Club where he was active with the Club's Bowling team. He is a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in East Peoria where he served as a former Sunday school teacher and Superintendent

Services are scheduled for 11a.m. Tuesday January 29, 2008 at Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel with the Rev. Mark Gruden and Rev. Jim Walden officiating. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 p.m. until 8p.m. at the funeral home and also one hour prior to his services on Tuesday. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to either his church or Spring Bay Fire Department.



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The Metamora Herald
March 6, 1931

 

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michael, Formerly of This Vicinity

A number of local relatives from here attended the funeral services Monday for Annette Michael, 10 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michael of 907 Atlantic St., Peoria.

The little girl was born in Worth township March 11, 1921. She had measles which later developed into double pneumonia, causing her death. She is survived by her parents, three brothers, Gerald, Robert and Donald, and three sisters, Leota, Florence and Dorothy. She was a pupil of St. Bernard’s school.

On account of the nature of her illness and because the other children were ill the funeral services were private Monday afternoon at 3:30 at the residence and burial was in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

The family is well known here as they resided near Lourdes until a few years ago. The community sympathizes with the bereaved parents and children in their loss.


Date of Death: March 1, 1931

 



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Henry “Hank” Micheletti, 78, of 210 Main Street, Roanoke, passed away at 4:35 pm on Saturday August 22, 2009 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

He was born on January 24, 1931 in Roanoke, IL to Jack and Anna Viviano Micheletti. He married Beverly Capponi on September 15, 1956 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Randy (Kristen) Micheletti of Boise, ID; Scott (Audrey) Micheletti of Cypress, TX; two daughters, Lisa Micheletti of Roanoke, IL; Julie (Archie) Luther of Aiken, SC; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Armstrong, Merissa Micheletti, Danny Micheletti, Jessica Towe, Megan Micheletti, Ashley Anderson, Catherine Luther, Melissa Grace Luther, and David Micheletti.

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

A Navy veteran, Hank served his country for four years during the Korean War.

He was a lifetime member of the Roanoke American Legion Post #463 where he had served as commander 4 times while also holding various other positions. He helped rebuild the legion as it stands, after fire destroyed the first one. He served as Bar and House manager for over 10 years and in the early 70's he was one of the founders of the avenue of flags. He would help layout, install, mark, and record records ensuring that flags for the deceased would be put up and displayed on Memorial Day.

For 14 years, Hank owned and operated a Sealtest dairy route in Roanoke. He also drove a school bus for Roanoke school district. He served 20 years as the street commissioner for the City of Roanoke before he retired. Hank also served over 20 years as the Zoning officer for the City of Roanoke. After retirement, he worked part time for SPAFAS in Roanoke driving a truck for 10 years.

Hank enjoyed playing bocce ball, spending time at the legion, and working. If Hank called you his friend, he meant it. He never minced words when he thought he was right. There were three ways to do something, the right way, the wrong way, and the Hank Micheletti way.

Funeral services for Hank will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Fr. Neri Greskoviak will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Tuesday and from 9-10 am on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be conducted at Roanoke Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke American Legion, OSF Hospice, or the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.



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Donald E. Miles 55 of 230 Cedar Ln., Minonk passed away at 3:33 P.M. Friday, August 17, 2007 at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until time of services on Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology or American Cancer Society

Don was born April 26, 1952 at Pontiac a son of Donald D. and Carmen L. Bachman Miles.

He married Susie Petri on August 4, 1980.

Survivors include his mother, Carmen Miles, Minonk, one son, Mike (Melissa) Miles, Normal; one daughter, Lisa Miles, St. Louis,MO; two sisters, Nancy (Tim) Manning, Minonk and Peggy Miles, Pontiac; two brothers, Larry (Mary) Miles, Minonk and Jim (Lois) Miles, Bloomington; one grandson Peyton Miles; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Don graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School as valedictorian of his class. He attended University of Illinois for 3 years, where he resided in the farmhouse fraternity. He later received his bachelors degree and a masters degree in psychology from Illinois State University.

He was employed as a Pekin Insurance Agent until he moved to Tampa, FL where he was a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida he received his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology,

He later moved to Charleston,SC and was a professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston.

When Don moved back to Minonk he was employed at Alpha Insurance Services.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk, the Sierra Club, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.



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Friday, Jan. 14, 1966

Carl L. Miller

El Paso, Illinois

Carl L. Miller, 67, rural El Paso, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington. He had been a patient on day following an extended illness.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor, the Rev. Edward Purdy officiating. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery. Visitation begins at 3 p.m. Saturday in The Vincent Memorial Home, El Paso, and after 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

He as born May 26, 1898, in Secor, son of John L. and Ida Baum Miller. He married Sena A Rippel Nov. 29, 1928, at Secor. For the past 30 years, they resided six miles northwest of El Paso.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Franke, and a son, Carl Jr., El Paso; two brothers, Edward and Frank of Secor; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Hunsinger (Hunzinger), Secor; Mrs. Henry Rippel, El Paso, and Mrs. F. J. Rippel, Lexington and six grandchildren.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and was a trustee and elder. During the past year, he was a member of the centennial committee.

The family has suggested that tangible expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to memorial fund of the church.

 



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John L. Miller

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John L. Miller

Secor, Illinois

John Leonard Miller, 83, died at 12:42 p.m. Sunday at his home in Secor.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at his home and at 2:30 p.m. from the Secor Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Secor cemetery, and the Rev. J. F. Schnack will officiate.

He was born at Secor, Feb. 8, 1851, a son of Mr. And Mrs. Leonard Miller. He was married to Miss Ida Baum on July 6, 1886. She died in 1931.

He is survived by three sons. Edward and Frank, Secor; Carl, El Paso; three daughters, Mrs. Emma Hunzinger, Secor; Mrs. Anna Rippel, El Paso; Mrs. Clara Rippel, Lexington; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; one brother Joe, Secor; one sister, Mrs. Anna Hexmer, Washington. He was a member of the Secor Lutheran Church

 



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Sena A. Miller

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Sena A. Miller

El Paso, Illinois

Sena A. Miller, 86, of El Paso died at 9:20 a.m. yesterday (May 23, 1992) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor, the Rev. John Manweiler officiating. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso.

She was born March 26, 1906, in El Paso, the daughter of Charles and Minnie Marten Rippel. She married Carl L. Miller Sr. Nov. 29, 1928, in Secor. He died Jan. 11, 1966.

Surviving are one daughter, Dorothy Franke, El Paso; one son, Carl L. Jr., El Paso; two sisters, Doris Remmers and Ether Jacobs, both of Secor; one brother Carl Rippel, Secor; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor, and its Martha's Aide Society.

Memorials may be made to her church or Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso.

 



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From an untitled newspaper clipping (likely Woodford Co, Illinois), hand dated 1987:


Albert Moritz

Benson - The funeral for Albert J. Moritz, 75, of 406 Plaza, a retired farmer who died Wednesday morning in a nursing home, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St Peter Lutheran Church.

The Rev Ervin Bush will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Folkers Memorial Home.

He was born Oct. 29, 1901, in Roanoke Township, a son of John J. and Fanna (should be Fenna) Woltzen. He married Fenna Baumann Feb. 22, 1922, at Benson.

Mr. Moritz was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church and had worked part time at Peterson's Threshing, Benson, and Ulrich Manufacturing Co., Roanoke.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Ernest J., Roanoke; Wilbur, Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan; two sisters, Mrs. Breta (should be Greta) Ekiss, Roanoke, and Mrs. Emma Barth, Flanagan; two brothers, Dave, Sr., Benson, and Bernard, Secor, and a granddaughter.

Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.



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Minonk News Dispatch 24 March 1921


Mrs. Frank Miller died on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 after a long and painful suffering, aged 36 years, 5 months and 10 days. About a year ago Mrs. Miller took seriously sick and last May she submitted to an operation. Apparently the sought for relief had been secured, but last fall a malignant cancerous growth developed, which for several months caused her untold suffering and death was a great relief.

Funeral services were held at St Paul's Evangelical church in Minonk on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev Paul Buchmueller officiating. Burial took place at the Minonk cemetery.

Those who acted as pallbearers were four cousins, William, John, Christ and Louis Kolb, two nephews, Henry and Herman Matter. The flower bearers were Etta Kolb, Etta Arends, Ethel Faw and Dena Schoon.

Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were Elmer T. Cannedy, of East Alton; George Kolb, of Manson, Iowa; Mrs Rose Reiners, of West Union, Iowa, and Mrs. John Wagner, of Piper City.

Sophie B. Meinhold was a daughter of Herman and Sophia Kolb Meinhold and was born in Linn township on October 9, 1884, where she grew to young womanhood. On Sept. 15, 1913, she was united in marriage to Frank Miller and the young couple located on a farm near Toluca and then for five years lived on a farm near Lacon. Last year they moved to a farm nine miles west of Minonk, where they had since resided.

Those left to mourn are the husband, the aged father and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Matter, Mrs. Dina Moritz, Mrs. Rosa Reiners, Mrs. Anna Ruch, John and Herman Meinhold, Mrs. Elsie Wyss, Mrs. Edna Wehrli and Miss Louise Meinhold.

 



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Anna E. Moreland, 85, of 700 N. Main died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 1993, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

Born May 7, 1908, in Washington to John and Mable Robbins Blumenshine, she married Ralph P. Brubaker on Aug. 1, 1925, in Pekin. He died in 1940. She later married Leslie P. Moreland on April 14, 1947, in Pontiac. He died in 1967. Two stepsons, one stepdaughter, five grandchildren, one stepgrandson, one great-granddaughter, two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.

Surviving are five sons, Donald Brubaker of Washington, Robert Brubaker of Roanoke, Ralph Brubaker of San Diego, Leslie Moreland of Evansville, Ind., and Larry Moreland of Pekin; one stepson, Edward Moreland of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters, Gloria Dingley of Eureka, and Margarel Yordy and Audrey Jenkins, both of Roanoke; two brothers, Raymond Blumenshine of Eureka and Denver Blumenshine of Pekin; four sisters, Loretta Stromberger of Eureka, Marcella Squires of Galesburg, Shirley Nickolson of Peoria and Audrey Kockendorfer of Washington; 19 grandchildren; 24 stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 41 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 15 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She worked at Caterpillar Inc. from 1940 to 1947, at Libby's and at Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

She also was a member of Eureka American Legion Auxiliary.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Otto-Argo Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Walles will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at Maple Lawn Nursing Home. The Rev. Robert Harnish will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Nursing Home or the American Diabetes Association.
 



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Peoria Journal Star

BENSON -- Anna C. Moritz, 87, of Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Eureka, formerly of Benson, died at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 1992, at Eureka Community Hospital.

Born April 21, 1905, in Green Township, Woodford County, to John and Christine Ansmink Baumann, she married John D. Moritz on Aug. 28, 1923, in Benson. He died March 6, 1974. Two brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Ronald of Normal; one daughter, Mrs. Earl (Alfrieda) Peters, and one sister, Christine Hunsinger, both of Secor; one brother, Theodore Baumann of Minonk; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church. The Rev. Joseph Bleakley will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Otto-Argo Funeral Home in Eureka. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 8 September 1977
 
Secor - Bernhard H. "Ben" Moritz, 67, a former mayor of Secor for 20 years, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St Francis Hospital Medical Center, Peoria.
 
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duffy Funeral Service, Roanoke, the Rev Thomas Diamond officiating.  Burial will be in Secor Cemetery.
 
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 o'clock tonight and an hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Mr. Moritz was born May 16, 1910, in Roanoke Township, a son of John J. and Fenna Woltzen Moritz.  He married Talitha Heyungs Nov. 30, 1933, in Secor.
 
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Larry, Rome, Ill. and Jerry, Eureka; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Heller, Secor; a brother, David Moritz Sr., Benson; two sisters, Mrs. Greta Ekiss, Roanoke, and Mrs. Emma Barth, Flanagan, and six grandchildren.
 
Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
 
Mr. Moritz was an employee of Caterpillar Tractor Co. at East Peoria for 31 years and for the past seven years was owner of the B. and G. Meat Market in Secor. 
 
Memorial contributions may be made to St John's Lutheran Church, Secor.

 



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The funeral of Christoph Wilhelm Moritz, 92, of Minonk, formerly of rural Flanagan, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Flanagan. The Rev. Paul Lellelid will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Benson in Clayton Township. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk.

He died at 7:15 a.m. Monday (April 9, 2001) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac.

Memorials may be made to St. Petri Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Moritz was born on Feb. 21, 1909, in rural Benson, a son of Herman J. and Elske M. Tesch Moritz. He married Marie A. Janssen on Feb. 17, 1936, in Roanoke. She died April 15, 1970. He then married Kathryn Lance Cooper Jan. 29, 1972. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Joane (Robert) Frobish, Springfield, and Lyla (Frederic) Broers, East Peoria; two stepdaughters, Patricia (Ronald) Spears, Waterloo, Iowa, and Susan Smith, Hazelwood, Mo.; two brothers, Martin Moritz, Roanoke, and William (Jean) Moritz, Streator; one stepsister, Elizabeth (Raymond) Seggerman, Minonk; four grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

His parents, three daughters, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter also preceded him in death.

He was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Flanagan, and its Mission Society. He also served on the church's board of trustees on several occasions.

He was a lifelong farmer and retired in 1980.
 

 



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From an untitled newspaper clipping dated Thursday, April 8, 1937

David Moritz, Benson, Summoned Yesterday

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David G. Moritz, prominent 63 year old resident of Benson, passed away at 6:40 o'clock yesterday morning at St Mary's hospital in Streator, after a short illness.

Mr. Moritz, the son of John D. and Gebke Moritz, was born in Greene township January 23, 1874. He was educated in the rural schools of that community. He was united in marriage January 27, 1897, to Miss Heimke Woltzen and the couple have lived in the Benson community for the past twenty-six years. He was a loyal member of St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson. Through his life he has won many friends through his generosity and reverence to all whom he knew.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Heimke Moritz; four brothers, George and Chris of Roanoke, Henry and Hermon of Benson; two half-brothers, George Heinrichs and Dick Gerdes of Benson; besides other relatives and a host of friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the late residence and at 2:00 o'clock from St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson. Rev O. A. Braunschweig, pastor will officiate and burial will be in the Benson cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews of the deceased.
 



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Fenna Moritz

Benson - The funeral of Fenna A. Moritz, 88, of Roanoke, formerly of Benson, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, near Benson, the Rev Joseph Bleakley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke, and an hour before the service Monday at the church.

She died at 8 p.m. Thursday (April 20, 1989) at Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home. She had been a patient there for six years.

She was born May 23, 1900, in Green Township, a daughter of John and Christina Ansmink Baumann. She married Albert J. Moritz on Feb. 22, 1922, in Benson. He died January 1977 in Roanoke.

Surviving are a son, Ernie, Roanoke; a brother, Theodore, Benson; two sisters, Anna A. Moritz, Eureka, and Christine Hunsinger, Secor; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Two brothers, three sisters and a son preceded her in death.

Mrs. Moritz was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and a charter member of the church's Ladies Aid. She also belonged to The Benson American Legion Auxiliary Aid.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph


Flora Moritz, 77, a resident of Heritage Manor, Minonk, formerly of Eureka, Roanoke and Benson, died at 6:17 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13, 2004) at Eureka Hospital, Eureka.

Visitation will be at the Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, at which time a parish rosary will be recited. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, the Rev. Roger Corpus, OSB, officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be in the form of Masses or donations to the Fieldcrest Libraries.

Mrs. Moritz was born in Minonk on Sept. 15, 1926, a daughter of William and Eva Knight Davis. She was married to Leland Schneider of Minonk. She later married John Moritz, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Don (Judy) Schneider, Bloomington; and Tom Schneider, Atlanta; five grandchildren, Christy (Brian) Kline, Russell (Jacy) Stine, Randy Stine, Danielle (Jeff) Hubrich and John Thomas Schneider; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Zachary and Elizabeth Kline; her twin sister; Nora McGuire, Minonk; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

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

Mrs. Moritz was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was a graduate of Minonk High School and was a former member of the Minonk Flower and Garden Club. She loved her family and enjoyed playing Bingo.
 



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Fredrick W. Moritz

1918-1919


Son of John and Fenna Moritz

 

 

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Frieda J. Moritz

1919-1921


Daughter of John and Fenna Moritz

 

 

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From The Minonk News
Oct 13, 1932

Death Takes Away an Aged Benson Resident - Mrs. John D. MORITZ Succumbs at Her Home Last Thursday

 

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Mrs. Gebke Moritz, nee GERDES, was born in the village of Pagum [Pogum], East Friesland, Germany, on Dec. 7, 1844, being baptized in her infancy in the Lutheran faith.

She was duly instructed and confirmed by Pastor Haferman, whose son was later to be her pastor in America. The confirmation took place in 1863, and in the same year she came to America with her parents. Since then her home had always been in and near Benson.

In 1869 she was married to Herman Hinrichs but became a widow after a short married life.. February 25, 1872, she was again married, this time to John D. Moritz, who passed away Feb. 9, 1924.

Mrs. Moritz was the mother of ten children. David passed away in infancy, John on April 27, 1922, and her only daughter, Mrs. Grace Onken, was buried a few months ago.

The living children are Dirk Gerdes, George Hinrichs, Dave, Herman, Henry, George and Christ Moritz, all of the Roanoke-Benson vicinity. There are 34 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Mrs. Moritz had been living by herself in Benson since the death of her husband. She was found ill by her son, Henry, on Sunday morning.

She passed away Thursday evening Oct. 6, 1932, at 9 o'clock, at the age of 87 years and 10 months.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at St Peter's Lutheran church by O. H. Behrens, where the deceased was a life-long member.

The pallbearers were H. R. Heiken, R. C. Ficken, M. A. Warnkes, Jacob Graffeman, Wm. Mennen and E. A. Woltzen. Burial was in St Peter's cemetery west of Benson.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Jacob Adams [brother-in-law Fentje's 2nd husband], Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Schultz [Fentje's daughter Dina], Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hinrichs [Fentje's daughter Mary], Crescent City; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilkins [Fentje's daughter Fannie], Onarga; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Adams [Fentje's son], Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Klutz [Fentje's daughter of Neilsville, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Redenius, Mrs. Ida Frantz, Peoria; Mrs. Frank Rewerts, Mr. and Mrs. John Rewerts, Rochelle.

 


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From untitled newspaper clipping hand dated Nov 22, 1934

George Moritz Dies on Monday at Benson

George Moritz, the youngest of three children of George and Elizabeth Moritz, was born at Benson on August 18, 1869. When he was two years old, he lost his mother and later the father married the sister of his wife. Thus the aunt of the deceased became his step-mother. In due time he was baptized and confirmed in St Peter's church and thus had been a life-long member of that congregation.

Of June 29, 1903, Mr. Moritz and Miss Dena Moritz were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were the parents of two children, Mrs. Elizabeth Peters and George, Jr. Mr. Moritz had always lived in the Benson community, having spent about 40 years on one farm five miles northwest of Benson. He had been ill for about five years. Since early this spring his condition had been serious and his death was caused by a complication of diseases. He passed away Monday morning at about 6:00 o'clock. His passing is mourned by his widow, his two children and four grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at St Peter's church at Benson, with the pastor of the church, O. H. Behrens, in charge.

 



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From an untitled newspaper clipping (he died 6 March 1974)

John D. Moritz

Roanoke - The funeral of John D. Moritz, 74, who died Wednesday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St Peter's Lutheran Church, six miles northeast of Roanoke. The Rev Ervin Buhs will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 tonight at the Vincent Memorial Home, Roanoke. There will be a prayer service at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Moritz was born Feb. 10, 1900, in Roanoke, a son of John J. and Fenna Woltzen Moritz. He married Anna C. Baumann Aug. 28, 1923, at Benson.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Elfrieda Peters, Secor; a son, Ronald, 17 Ardith Drive, Normal; four grandchildren; three brothers, David and Albert, both of Benson; Bernhard, Secor; two sisters, Mrs. Greta Ekiss, Roanoke; Mrs. Emma Barth, Flanagan.

A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

He was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church and was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years. He was a charter member of the Brotherhood of the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the Heart Fund.

 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

ROANOKE -- Martin D. "Marty" Moritz, 88, of Roanoke, died at 5:35 a.m. Monday (Feb 24, 2003) at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Benson. Rev. William Hecht will officiate. Interment will be in Roanoke Township Cemetery, and graveside military rites will be conducted by Benson American Legion Post 454.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home or Roanoke Ambulance.

He was born Nov. 30, 1914, in Roanoke to Herman and Ella M. Tesch Moritz. He married Mauriese E. Reents Lippens on April 23, 1947, in Washburn. She died Oct 6, 1990 in Roanoke.

He is survived by one daughter, Michele (Dan) McCullough, Roanoke; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother William (Jean) Moritz, Streator.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, one sister, one stepbrother, and four stepsisters.

He was a decorated Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army before the beginning of WWII as a medic, and was among the first waves of invaders into Africa. He was severely wounded in Sicily. Despite life-threatening wounds he continued to care for the other soldiers. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor by General George Patton who was quoted as saying he knew of none more deserving. He was also awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war he was a farmer in the Roanoke area for many years. He was the first Veterans Assistant Representative for Woodford County, where he helped returning veterans back into everyday life. He also was a founder of the Benson American Legion Post 454 and the Spring Bay Post. He built and operated the Roanoke Theatre from the late 1940s until 1958. He was the former owner of the Eureka Roller Rink, and the Gridley popcorn processing plant. He was a Republican Precinct Committeeman for more than 30 years, and in 1950 ran for state senate. He later worked as a security guard for Sangamon State College.

He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, serving in numerous offices. He was a life member of the Benson American Legion Post 454, and was its first commander in 1945. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 40/8. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Pontiac Moose Lodge and Springfield Elks Lodge.
 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

 

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Patricia M. Moritz, 63, of rural Minonk, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday (March 7, 2001) at her home.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, and for one hour before the service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 318 W. Fourth St., Minonk, or to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, Peoria.

She was born Feb. 11, 1938, at Low Point, a daughter of C.D. Charles "Shorty" and Margaret Luella Hofstatter Haney. She married Eugene Louis Moritz on July 9, 1955, at Minonk. He died Dec. 22, 1997.

Survivors include three daughters, Elilzabeth (Roger) Uphoff and Peggy (Daryle) Bachman, both of Minonk; and Jean (Gary) Wolf, Danvers; one sister, Cheryl (Ralph) Fugett, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Judy Haney, Washburn. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Brian and Stacy Uphoff, Megan and Deborah Bachman, and Gregory and Garrett Wolf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carol Sue; and a brother, Roger D. Haney.

Mrs. Moritz was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. She also was a member of LaSalle Elks Lodge No. 584; Bloomington Eagles Lodge; Bloomington Moose Lodge; Woodford County Farm Bureau; and Aid Association of Lutherans.

She and her husband farmed for more than 40 years in the Minonk area. She enjoyed camping, baking and dancing, and she was a loving mother, sister and grandmother.
 



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(Obituaries combined from Bloomington Pantagraph and Minonk News Dispatch)

Talitha Moritz, 87, of 540 W Second St, El Paso, died at 7:28 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 25, 1998) at Maple Lawn Health Center, Eureka.

Mrs. Moritz was born Sept. 28, 1911, in Roanoke Twp, Woodford Co, a daughter of Henry George and Clara Hunzinger Heyungs. She married Bernhard Henry Moritz on Nov. 30, 1933 at St John's Lutheran Church. He died Sept. 7, 1977.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Lee Moritz, Rome, IL; and Gerald Lynn Moritz, Leeds, UT; one daughter, Peggy Joyce Finck, El Paso; two brothers, George Heyungs and Joyce Heyungs, both of Secor; one sister, Elsie Cox, Roanoke; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister and one grandson.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Secor. The Rev. John Schmidt officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 tonight at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, and one hour services at the church. Burial was in Palestine Twp Cemetery, Secor.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping (he died 31 July 1981 and was buried 3 August 1981)

The funeral of Wilbur H. Moritz, 56, who died Friday night at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke, the Rev Robert Halsey officiating. Burial will be in St Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Benson American Legion.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.

He was a resident of the Good Samaritan Home at Flanagan, since an accident in November 1967 that left him a quadriplegic.

He was born Jan. 28, 1925, at Benson, a son of Albert and Fenna Baumann Moritz.

Surviving are his mother, Benson; a daughter, Renee D. Moritz, Tucson, Ariz.; and a brother, Ernest J., Roanoke.

His father preceded him in death.

He worked at the Benson Farmers Elevator and Hysters Co of Peoria. He was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church, Benson and a life member of Benson American Legion Post. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

 


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The Anthony Republican, Anthony, Kansas

May 8, 1919

Mrs. Millie Mundell

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The funeral of Mrs. Millie Mundell, wife of J. B. Mundell,  214 north Bluff Avenue, who died last Thursday, was held Sunday afternoon, at the home , Rev. H. W. Cummings, pastor of the Methodist church, and Rev. O. L. Corbin, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated jointly. Interment occurred at the Forest Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Mundell was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rogers of La Rose, Illinois. She was born January 31, 1854 at that city and died here May 1, at the age of 64 years and five months.

On October 4, 1874 she was wedded to J. B. Mundell of La Rose. Three sons were born to them. They are Ralph R., Rollie S., both of Chicago, and Jesse A., who lives in Anthony. All three sons were present at the funeral. Besides her three sons Mrs. Mundell is survived by her husband. A sister of Mrs. Mundell, Mrs. Gove of Washington, Illinois, the only one now living of a family of eight children, was with the deceased during the last few weeksof her life.

Mrs. Mundell has always been active in church work. The Mundells united with the Union Congregational Church of Peoria, Illinois, in May 1904. When they removed to Anthony they placed their church membership in the Congregational church of this city, where they have attended ever since.

The deceased has been ill for some months and suffered intense pain during the last few months of her life. All that could be accomplished in the way of medical aid was done to save her life but in vain. Her departure is mourned by many friends in Anthony and surrounding country.
 


The Metamora Herald, Metamora, Illinois

Friday, May 9, 1919

MRS. JAS. B. MUNDELL DIES AT ANTHONY, KAN.

Former Cazenovia Township Lady Passes Away Sunday----left Here 14 Years Ago

Mrs. Rebecca Boys had received news of the death of an old neighbor and well known former resident of the Cazenovia neighborhood. Mrs. James B. Mundell, who passed away at Anthony, Kan., last Sunday. Deceased, whose maiden name was Millie Rogers, was born in the Pattonsburg neighborhood and had lived nearly all her life in Cazenovia township. The Mundell home was the place west of Cazenovia, now occupied by David Call. She left the farm about 14 years ago, living for a time in Peoria before going to Anthony, Kan.


[Note: Mrs. Amelia (Millie) (Rogers) Mundell, was the wife of James Babb Mundell and Great-Grandmother of James Mundell]



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The Anthony Bulletin

Thursday, March 25, 1926


Obituary for J. B. Mundell

DEATH OF J. B. MUNDELL


The remains of J. B. Mundell were brought from Chicago yesterday and buried in Forest Park cemetery. Mr. Mundell was formerly a resident of Anthony and owner of considerable  land in the south part of the county. At the time of his death he was 77 years of age and had been in ill health for more than a year. His wife died in Anthony almost seven years ago, since which time Mr. Mundell has been a sort of nomad, living a part of time with his two sons in Chicago and at other times at different points in the South. He has three livings sons, Ralph and Rollin live in Chicago and Jesse in Wichita, Kansas. One of the Chicago sons brought the father here for burial and was accompanied by the younger son, Jesse. Rev. Corbin conducted short services at the grave yesterday morning.

 


The Metamora Herald

April 9, 1926



J. B. Mundell, a former grain dealer in Minonk, died in Chicago, March 20, and was buried at Anthony, Kas., March 24. His wife died several years ago. He is survived by three sons, Roland, Jessie and Ralph.

 


[Note: James Babb Mundell was the son of Samuel and Ruth (Babb) Mundell, the husband of Amelia (Millie) (Rogers) Mundell and the Great Grandfather of James Mundell.]



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Metamora Herald, Metamora

September 26, 1930



JOSEPH S. MUNDELL DIES AT AGE OF 72
 


Member of Pioneer Family of This Vicinity

Burial in Buckingham Cemetery




Joseph Mundell, 72, retired farmer, was laid to rest in Buckingham cemetery near Lowpoint, Wednesday following funeral services at the Gauss Mortuary chapel at 11 o'clock, with further rites at the Presbyterian church at Washburn at 2 o'clock, Rev. Ernest L. Fernandes, a pastor of the  Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian church, Peoria, officiated. Mr. Mundell, a bachelor and reputedly a wealthy land owner, died Monday morning at 11:35 o'clock at St. Francis hospital after an illness of four weeks. He resided at 201 East Arcadia avenue. He was born one mile west of Cazenovia, December 2, 1857, the son of Samuel and Ruth Babb Mundell. His grandparents were early settlers of  Woodford county, securing possession of a tract of land near Cazenovia through a government land grant in 1839. President Martin Van Buren signed the grant which is still in existence, owned now by Mrs. Carel Mundell Banta of Lowpoint, a cousin of Mr. Mundell's. Mr. Mundell was a brother of Mrs. Esther Tanton, who made her home at the Arcadia avenue residence, and who died September 3, 1924.


Surviving are three nephews, Ralph Mundell, Chicago, Rolland Mundell, Chicago and Jessie Mundell, Anthony, Kansas.


[Note: Joseph S. Mundell was the third child and second son of Samuel and Ruth (Babb) Mundell. He was the brother of James Babb Mundell and Esther Ann Tanton.]



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Metamora Herald

August 24, 1906

MRS. MUNDELL PASSES AWAY

Aged Lady Dies Suddenly at Her Home in Cazenovia

FUNERAL SUNDAY LAST

Suffered No Serious Illness. Falling Over Dead at the Noon Hour Last Friday

Mrs. Maria Mundell familiarly known as Auntie and well known over this part of Woodford county, passed away suddenly at her late home in Cazenovia at noon last Friday, August 17. Death  came with little warning. Mrs. Mundell having been in her usual health up to within several days of her death. The cause of death is given as heart failure.


Auntie Mundell was one of the early residents of the neighborhood of Cazenovia and her death is a blow that is  keenly felt. For years she had been  looked up to as one of the grandest of her sex. Tall and comely, with silvered locks and a pleasant expression, she was an ideal picture of healthful old age.


For one of her age, she was remarkably well preserved, and as a rule enjoyed good health. She lived alone in her cottage in Cazenovia and has been able to attend to the duties of her household with ease. On Monday of last week her niece, Mrs. Esther Tanton, of Peoria, called to pay her a visit. She found the venerable lady suffering occasional periods of pain in her chest. A physician was summoned and he prescribed for her. Nothing serious was thought to be the trouble, as the patient was relieved by the treatment rendered and  was thought to be on the way to recovery. Without warning, at noon Friday, Mrs. Mundell fell over dead in the arms of her niece, Mrs. Tanton.

Mrs. Mundell, whose maiden name was Maria Babb, was born in Perry county, Ohio on Feb. 20, 1831. When but as an infant she was brought to Illinois by her parents, who settled  near Lacon. In 1853 she was married to William Foster. Two children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. The surviving child is Joseph Babb Foster, who now makes his home in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. William Foster, the husband and father passed away five years after the marriage of the couple. In 1860, Mrs. Foster was married to Samuel Mundell at Cazenovia. Mr. Mundell had three children  by a former marriage. These are all living. Mrs. Esther A. Tanton and James Mundell reside in Peoria, and Joseph Mundell resides in Britt, Iowa. Mr. Mundell passed away in 1902 at the age of 84 years.

The funeral was held on Sunday from the Baptist church in Cazenovia. The remains were taken into the church at 2 o'clock and religious services were conducted by the pastor of the church. The funeral was very largely attended despite the fact that a rainstorm prevailed during the noon hour and until 2 o'clock. The remains were laid to rest in the Buckingham cemetery, where lie the remains of the other dead members of the family.


[Note: Maria (Babb) (Foster) Mundell, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Thralls) Babb who lived in Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois. Maria was the second wife of Samuel Mundell.]



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Metamora Herald

October 30, 1902

 

Obituary for Samuel Mundell
 


Samuel Mundell was born in Greene county, Pa., January 21, 1816. Died Oct. 24, 1902, being 87 years, 9 months and 3 days old.

In 1829 with his mother, brothers and sisters, he moved to Vermillion county, Illinois, and in 1836 they moved to Woodford Co., being among the early settlers, and he has lived here ever since.

Mr. Mundell was married Dec. 19th, 1844, to Ruth Babb. Three children blessed their pleasant married life; James, Esther and Joseph, who survive him. Mrs. Mundell departed this life June 1, 1859, while yet a young woman, leaving many warm friends to mourn the loss of one who possessed many excellent qualities of head and heart.

Mr. Mundell was again married in 1860 to Maria Babb Foster, a sister of his first wife, who still survives him.
For 67 years Mr. Mundell has been a resident of Woodford county, having come here in the prime and vigor of early manhood and cast his lot with the pioneers who had preceded him, and during this long period of time he has gained and retained the honor and high esteem of his fellow citizens, by his straightforward, manly course in all the affairs of life, and in the various departments that he has been called on to fill, as husband, father, neighbor and citizen.

His record shows him to possess in full degree those characteristics that go to make a man successful in whatever calling he is engaged. He always took a deep interest in the welfare of his country and had been a devoted member of the Baptist church for many years. The funeral took place on Sunday, Oct. 26th, in the Baptist church at Cazenovia and the writer dedicated a discourse from Revelations 14--13, a large and attentive congregation that showed the high esteem in which he was held. Thus has passed away one of the oldest of Woodford's oldest citizens, one who formed a part of the history of the county. The country has lost a good citizen, the church a faithful member, the family a loving father and the wife a faithful husband.

J. J. Masson, M. D.

 


[Note: Samuel Mundell was the son of James Mundell and Esther (Jones) Mundell. After her husband James died, Esther married the Rev. John Brown in Woodford County. Samuel as well as many other family members are buried in Buckingham Cemetery.]



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Died, at Decatur, Illinois, Friday, September 13, 1889, of apoplexy, Simeon C.Mundell of Cazenovia, in his 67th year.

The sad news of the death of Mr. Mundell was received at Cazenovia, last Saturday and it cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood in which he has lived for the last half a century. Mr. Mundell had been afflicted for some time and had gone to Decatur to receive medical treatment. He had been there only a short time when he was taken worse suddenly and in a few hours breathed his last. The body was brought to his late home, Saturday and was laid to rest Sunday afternoon, attended by a large crowd of old acquaintances, friends and neighbors.

Simeon C. Mundell was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, on the 17th day of October, 1822, where he lived until 1831, when he moved to Vermillion county, Illinois. He remained in the latter place until 1835, when he and his two brothers, Abner and Samuel Mundell came to this county and entered land in the vicinity of the Low Point settlement where he continued to reside until the time of his death.

Mr. Mundell was twice married. His first wife was a Miss Clarinda Patton who died in 1869 and by whom he had four daughters, all of whom are now dead. He had no sons by his first marriage and the only representative of this first family is a granddaughter, Miss Ida Mathews who resides in Kansas. He married Miss Elizabeth J. Call in Pennsylvania, in April 1878, who survives him. By his last wife he had two children, a daughter about seven years of age and a son in his eleventh year. They are both living.
 

 


[Note: The three Mundell brothers, Simeon C. Mundell, Samuel Mundell and Abner Mundell were the sons of James Mundell and Esther (Jones) Mundell. After her husband James died, Esther married the Rev. John Brown in Woodford County. Samuel as well as many other family members are buried in Buckingham Cemetery.

Ester (Jones) Mundell was a sister to Sarah (Jones) who married Isaac Buckingham, and they along with around 20 some Mundells are all buried in the Buckingham Cemetery and listed on the cemetery web site.]
 



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