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Mrs. W.J. Uden Dies - Beloved Flanagan Resident Passes Away at Elgin Yesterday

Mrs. W.J. Uden, 60, of Flanagan, passed away Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie Mulliken, at Elgin. Mrs. Uden had been in declining health for the past year and sought relief in the Mennonite hospital at Bloomington, the Hinsdale sanitarium and at the Craig sanitarium at Rockford. From Rockford she went to her daughter's where she passed away after her long illness with a complication of diseases.

The passing of Mrs. Uden removes from the Flanagan community one of the well known women and one of the pioneer women. She had a happy faculty of making friends with old and young alike by her loving and sympathetic nature and a kindness of heart that was distinctive, and to know Mrs. Uden was to love and admire her.

Nanny Green was born near Minonk and spent her early life in Minonk and vicinity. She was married to W.J. Uden 41 years ago and they located at Flanagan. Several years were spent on a farm north of town and after moving to town they engaged in the restaurant business for 12 years, retiring from that to private life. She was an active member of the Christian church up to the time of her illness.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Goldie Knox of Flanagan, and Mrs. Faun (sic) Mulliken of Elgin, by five grandchildren, and by the following brothers and sisters: H.H. Green, Ted Green, Mrs. Libbie Fry and Mrs. Jennie Vandergraft, of Rockford; Jack Green, of Rutland; Jess Green, of Little Rock, Ark., and Maud, who is married and lives somewhere in Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at Flanagan Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock.

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Raymond M. Ulrich, age 95, of Eureka, formerly of Roanoke, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at Maple Lawn Health Care in Eureka. He was born April 3, 1912 in Shelbyville Illinois to Christian K. and Emma (Unsicker) Ulrich. He married Verda N. Zoss Nov. 20, 1941 in Low Point Illinois. She died March 3, 1984.

Surviving are four sons: Richard and Donna Ulrich of Greenbank, Washington, Carl and Gladys Ulrich of Greenwood, Delaware, Robert and Kay Ulrich of Washington Illinois., and Lee and Lori Ulrich of Cedar Rapids Iowa. Two daughters Grace and Paul Becker of San Juan del Rio, Mexico, and Linda and Harry Nussbaum of Mt. Eaton Ohio, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Preceded by four brothers and five sisters.

Owner and founder of Ulrich manufacturing in Roanoke Illinois. Founder of the Ulrich Foundation in Aibonito Puerto Rico. Served as a board member for Maple Lawn Homes for 16 years. Former board member of Mennonite Board of Missions in Elkhart Indiana.

Attended Eureka Bible Church.

A Memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday July 2, 2007 at the Eureka Bible Church, the Reverend Tom Swanson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday July 1, 2007 from 3 p.m. to 5 p m. at the Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel. Burial will be in Stewart Harmony Cemetery in rural Metamora. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Eureka Bible Church and or Maple Lawn Health Care Center in Eureka.

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Vilas Richard Ulrich, 66, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday March 14, 2007 in Phoenix, AZ.

He was born on August 26, 1940 in Tampico, IL to Elmer and Lydia Hostetler Ulrich. He married Rose Marie Eigsti on April 5, 1963 in Roanoke. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Lonnie (Linda) Ulrich of Metamora; two daughters, Sharon (Jim) Kennell of Roanoke; Sandra (Dave) Steffen of El Paso; two brothers, Everett (Emmagene) Ulrich of Grandview, TX; Leonard (Donna) Ulrich of Metamora; one sister, Ellen (John) Martin of Tampico, IL; 16 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters.

In his younger years, Vilas had farmed and drove a truck for Apache Trucking. He then worked at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka for eleven years. He currently was working for Steffen's 3-D Construction and DDS Construction in El Paso.

Vilas and his wife had been attending Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday March 21st at Eureka Bible Church. Dennis Kennell and Tom Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery.

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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 16 January 1947

Mrs. Becca V. Uphoff, 83, Died at Benson, Friday

Mrs. Becca [Betke Margaretha Vissering] Uphoff, 83, a resident of the Benson community for more than 60 years, died at her home there sometime Friday. She was found dead in bed by a nephew, Raymond Vissering, of Dana. The cause of the aged woman's death is believed to have been a sudden heart attack, as she had been suffering from no unusual illness of late.

Funeral services were held at the Tallyn Memorial home in this city, Monday afternoon, with Rev J. Olen Kennell, pastor of the Baptist church in charge.

Music was furnished by Arthur Harms, and pallbearers were Melvin Vissering, John Uphoff, Chester Vissering, Raymond Vissering, Folkert Harms and Henry Koch. Flower bearers were Arthur Vissering, Menno Koch, John Krull and Wm. Grau. Burial was in the Benson cemetery.

Deceased was born June 13, 1863 at Ostfriesland, Germany, the daughter of Mense and Maeta Gerdes Vissering. She came to America in October, 1882, and resided for a short time on a farm near Dana before the family moved to the Vissering home, southwest of Minonk, where she lived until she was married.

She was united in marriage with the late John Uphoff, at Benson, Oct. 9, 1885. They farmed north of Benson for 11 years, then moved into Benson in 1896, to the house in which she resided continuously from that time until her death last Friday.

She was a member of the Moody Bible Institute and of the W. C. T. U. Her parents passed away more than 50 years ago. Her husband died in 1929.

She is survived by the following step-children: Otto and Waite Uphoff and Mrs. Follie Eilts, all of Minonk; Mrs. Ella Young, of Pontiac; Mrs. Ben Meils, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and Ben Uphoff of Sioux City, Iowa.

She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Anna Ufken, Candy, Minn.; Mrs. Mary Natzke, Chicago; Mrs. Maeta Stromer, Grand Island, Nebr.; William Vissering, Minonk; Menno Vissering, Flanagan; and Mrs. Hannah Koch, Benson. Also a half-brother, John Weimken, and a half-sister, Mrs. John Thaden, both of Rankin.

The following out of town people attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thaden, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiemken and Mr. and Mrs. John Thaden of Rankin; Mrs. Luella Ufken and son of Sterling; Mrs. Sena Patton, Mr. and Mrs. Menno Vissering, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grau and family, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Vissering, Mr. and Mrs. Wait Uphoff, Mrs. Grace Otto, Mrs. Henry Vissering and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Vissering and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kalkwarf of Flanagan; Mr. and Mrs. George Natzke of Pontiac; Mrs. Mary Natzke, Carl, Alfred and Maeta Natzke, all of Chicago; Mrs. Caroline Vissering, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Vissering of Dana; Mrs. Gladys Balding and daughter, Maeta, of Elgin; and R. Nelson of Chicago, representative of Moody Bible Institute in which the deceased had given her life savings for religious work.


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31 December 1942

Aged Minonk Lady Dies Here Monday - Funeral Today for Mrs. Uphoff

Mrs. Bartlett W. Uphoff, a resident of this community for the past 74 years, died at 7:30 o'clock on Tuesday morning [29 December 1942] at her home here from the effects of a heart attack she suffered on her ninety-third birthday anniversary, December 3.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon from the St Paul's Evangelical church with the Rev Paul Buchmueller officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery.

As Catherine Clodius, she was born at Wallen, Holstein, Germany, December 3, 1849. She came to this country with her three brothers in March 1868, and has since made her home in this vicinity. On March 7, 1869 she married Bartlett W. Uphoff. Ten children were born to this union and seven survive. A daughter, Matilda, died when she was a child, one son, Claus, died in 1921 and another daughter, Mrs. Anette Barth died two years ago. Her husband died October 28, 1926.

Survivors include the following children: Waite Uphoff of this city, Mrs. Christina Knapp of Rutland, Mrs. Claudina Koerner of Benson, Mrs Rose Rich of Flanagan, William Uphoff of Hudson, Harry Uphoff of Rutland and Mrs. Elsie Stalter of this city. Thirty-six grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild also survive.

She was a faithful member of the St Paul's Evangelical church, a woman of fine Christian character and a good citizen in the city.


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The Pantagraph Bloomington, Illinois

MINONK - John R. Uphoff, 94, of Heritage Manor of Minonk, died at 1:18 a.m. Thursday (March 9, 2000) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Minonk, the Rev. Daniel Gansch Boythe officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Monday at the church. Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to ALS Foundation or St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk.

Mr. Uphoff was born Dec. 24, 1905, in Minonk, the son of Otto and Anna Folkerts Uphoff. He married Florence Baumann on March 16, 1929, in Minonk. She died July 5, 1983. Survivors include four sons, Donald (Elizabeth) Uphoff, Washington; Dean (Ann) Uphoff, West Hartford, Conn.; David Uphoff, Minonk; and Daryl (Lucy) Uphoff, Excelsior, Minn.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His parents, three sisters and one granddaughter preceded him in death.

John was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the Rob Morris Masonic Lodge of Minonk.

After graduating from Minonk Township High School, John worked for N.C.R. and began farming, which he did until 1942. He began working for the Minonk Post Office in 1926 as a postal clerk. He retired in 1972 after more than 45 years of employment.


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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

MINONK Steven F. Uphoff, 49, of Bloomington, formerly of Minonk, died Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2007) at his residence in Bloomington.

Steven was born March 16, 1958, in Pontiac, to Franklin F. and Nancy L. Falk Uphoff.

Surviving are his mother, Minonk; one brother, Duane (Tammy) Uphoff, Round Lake Beach; two sisters, Kathy (Stan) Rueger, Flanagan, and Jerri (Randy) Vogel, Springfield; one niece, Bobbi Uphoff; and three nephews, Austin Uphoff and Travis and Tyler Vogel. His father, Franklin, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. at the memorial home. The Rev. Ralph Swarthout will officiate.

Private Family inurnment will follow at Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


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From an untitled newspaper clipping dated 9 June 1960

Wait B. Uphoff, 92, formerly of Panola township, died at 10:05 a.m. Friday at St James hospital in Pontiac. He had been ill three months.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wilcox-Folkers Memorial Home in Minonk, with Rev. Clarence Gess, pastor of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Benson, officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery.

The pallbearers were Leroy Woltzen, Eiden Koopman, Dean Gray, Donald Gray, Clifford Bachman and Paul Janssen.

Mr Uphoff was born April 27, 1868 in Clayton township, Woodford county, the son of Bernard and Rosena Woltzen Uphoff. He was married on Aug. 26, 1890, in Benson, to Rena Oltman, who died Feb. 20, 1949.

Following his marriage, he was engaged in farming in Clayton and Panola townships. He was a charter member of St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson.

He is survived by a son, John, of Panola; five daughters, Mrs Sena Woltzen of Long Point; Mrs Edna Timmerman and Mrs Osie Bachman of Minonk; Mrs Mae Gray of Tonica, and Mrs Louise Janssen of Rutland.

Three sisters, Mrs Gertrude Reents of Lindenwood, Ill.; Miss Elma Uphoff and Mrs Marie Hurd of Benson; two brothers, Henry of Benson, and John of Flanagan; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

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Unidentified newspaper clipping dated 2 December 1943

Wait F. Uphoff Dies of Stroke at Store - Stricken Without Warning, Tuesday

W. F. Uphoff, 75, well-known Minonk business man and alderman for 21 years in this city, died suddenly last Monday following a stroke, which evidently struck him about 2 o'clock that afternoon while sitting in his chair at this store.

As R. G. Clegg entered the store a short time before 2:30 he saw Mr. Uphoff sort of slumped over and rubbing his left arm and when he spoke to him, the victim looked up but could not speak and tears came to his eyes. Mr. Clegg immediately called a physician and the victim was removed to his home and his daughters called, but he soon passed to unconsciousness and died at 6:53 that evening.

He had been in his usual health and had walked back and forth from his store and wile he was not in the best of health evidently had no warning or apprehension of what was to befall him. His sudden passing is a shock to the community.

Wait Frederick Uphoff, son of Adam and Gretje Uphoff, was born in Benson on Feb. 29, 1868 and at the time of his passing was aged 75 years, nine months and one day. When quite young the family moved to a farm in that vicinity and then moved back to Benson. He grew to manhood in that community.

He was married to Emma Jane Bell at her home in Linn township on Sept. 28, 1893. She passed away in this city on June 16, 1941. They were the parents of two daughters: Mrs. Richard (Martha) Meils of Cornell, and Mrs. Joseph (Pearl) Wolf of Benson. He also leaves ten grandchildren. There are five sisters and one brother: Mrs. John Sunken of Roanoke, Mrs. Albert Trantina of Benson, Mrs. [article is cut off here and then resumes] Jake Uphoff of Metamora, Mrs. Charles Henkel of Pontiac.

Following their marriage, the couple moved onto a farm in Clayton township and he continued in that calling until they came to this city in 1910. They occupied the farm 7 miles west of this city, now owned by Henry Matter, for 14 years previous to their coming to Minonk. Mr. Uphoff had been a farm machinery agent in the country for several years and in 1908 opened up a sales room here, east of the Illinois Central depot. In 1910 he purchased the hardware store of Ben Meils and moved to his present location in the Pickard block.

His business career in this city covers a period of over 35 years. In April, 1916, he was elected alderman from the second ward and served in that position until May, 1937. Many times his place was contested but he always came out the winner in the elections.

Of a quiet and unassuming disposition, he could see the humorous side of life and enjoyed the conversation of friends of whom he had many. Inoffensive to anyone, he had no enemies and often allowed himself to be imposed upon by the more aggressive. His entire life was spent in Clayton and Minonk townships. Early in life he was confirmed in the Lutheran church.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilcox Funeral Home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev Frank A. Campbell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and burial will be made in the Minonk cemetery beside his wife.

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Unidentified newspaper clipping dated 4 March 1948

Waite J. Uphoff Found Dead in Bed, Yesterday

Waite J. Uphoff, 78, a well-known and respected resident of this community, passed away sometime earlier yesterday morning at the Ed Miller home in Minonk, where he had been staying the past few months. The aged man was found dead in bed early Wednesday. He had been in apparent good health but had been afflicted with a heart ailment for some time.

Deceased was born May 18, 1869 at the Uphoff home place in Clayton township, three miles north of Benson. He was the son of John W. and Fentje Saathoff Uphoff. He spent most of his lifetime in this community, with the exception of several years farming at Spencer, South Dakota. He was never married.

Surviving are his two brothers: Otto J. Uphoff of Minonk; and Ben Uphoff of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three sisters, Mrs. Fola Eilts of Minonk; Mrs. Ella Young of Pontiac; and Mrs. Anna Meils of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

As a youth he became a member of St Peter's Lutheran church at Benson, and since moving to Minonk he had been a faithful attendant at St Paul's Evangelical church in this city. He was a familiar figure on our streets, always having a friendly word and will be missed by his acquaintances.

A coroner's inquiry by Dr J. L. Hubbard, revealed that Mr. Uphoff died from a coronary occlusion.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Tallyn Memorial Home in this city with the Rev Paul Buchmueller, pastor of St Paul's Evangelical church, officiating. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery.


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Final rites for Waite J. Uphoff, 78, who died suddenly, here, a week ago Wednesday, were held Friday afternoon at the Tallyn Memorial Home, with the Rev Paul Buchmueller, pastor of St Paul's Evangelical church, officiating.

Vocal music was furnished by Arthur Harms, accompanied by Mrs. William Rooker. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers were: John Krull, Arden Tallyn, Lester Eilts, Henry Obert, William von Behren and John Uphoff.

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