Woodford County

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Unidentified Newspaper dated August 27, 1920

End Comes Suddenly to Mrs. D. C. Wagner
Stricken with Apoplexy at 11 A.M. Friday and Died During night
Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon, Probably the Largest Ever Held in Metamora
Burial in Oakwood

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

Perhaps no couple was so generally known over Woodford county, or for that matter over this part of the state, as Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Wagner. The couple were ever seen together and in recent years they traveled much, visiting relatives or attending funerals of deceased relatives, or friends. They never missed attending the funeral of a friend when health or weather permitted. Loyal to friends in life, they sacrificed to show their friendship in death. Always considerate and pleasant, their home was famed for its hospitality. In view of these well know qualities it is not strange that when the twain was sundered by death the whole community mourns, mourns for the loss of a beloved lady and in sympathy for a bereft husband and children. Mrs. Wagner was honored in her home as few wives and mothers are honored and surely no one was more deserving, as all who know her attest.

Mary E. Sharp was born on the farm on which she died, on April 4, 1846. She was the daughter of John and Phoebe Sharp. Her father took up a claim from the government about the year 1833 and set about making a home in what was then a wilderness, with wild animals abounding and Indians not far away. Prior to coming here he is credited with having started the first mill in Peoria. The daughter grew to womanhood on the farm and on June 5, 1866, was united in marriage with Daniel C. Wagner. With the exception of one year, when she and her husband were located on another farm, deceased had spent all her life on her father’s farm.

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

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

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



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Anita J. Sansone, 75, Roanoke, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Monday (Dec. 8, 2008) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where she was a resident.


Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roanoke. Monsignor Charles Bebee will officiate. Burial will be in Roanoke Township Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be a rosary service at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the visitation.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.


She was born Nov. 13, 1933, in Roanoke, daughter of August and Jeanette Martino Sansone. She married Donald B. Phillips and then later in life married Ronald H. Waldschmidt.


Surviving are three daughters, Karen Phillips, Connie (Kevin) Lorance and Sharon Jamour, all of Roanoke; one son, Ray Phillips, Coxes Creek, Ky.; five grandchildren, Jayme Phillips; Nicole and Ashley Gerber; and Corey Aeschleman and Sara Jamour; and two stepgrandchildren, Kevin and Kourtney Lorance.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marianne Jarrad.


Anita worked various jobs in Roanoke, including working at Rollies Kountry Kitchen and in the bakery at the Roanoke IGA.


She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she had been a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary Post 463.


She had a love of clowns and was a member of the Emmett Kelly Society.



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St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) 26 July 2004

Wall, Lucille F., the mother of seven and a registered nurse, died July 19, 2004 at Alexian Brothers Nursing Home Landsdowne Village, she was 93.

Born in Minonk , Illinois in 1910 to John and Mary Fagan, she moved to attend St. Louis University in 1928 and graduated as a registered nurse in its first ever nursing school class of 1931. She later went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1934.

It was in St. Louis that she met Dr. Emmett D. Wall, and they married in 1935. After several moves early in their marriage and during the
war, they eventually settled back in St. Louis in 1947 with four children, and two more were born in St. Louis. After raising six
children, Lucille decided to retire from homemaking and became a school nurse for the St. Louis Public School system. Known for her
wit, Lucille was always quick to point out that she received much more praise in the school system for a job well done than she did from her family members for her homemaking chores. According to her family members, she was a grand success at both careers.

Besides her family, Lucille's many interests included gardening, baking, reading, music, card and table games and travel, oftentimes to
visit her many grand and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed playing the piano, which she learned as a child in Illinois and
continued to play into her nineties.

A devout Roman Catholic, Lucille was an active parishioner of St. Gabriel's for over 56 years, and was a member of the Sanctuary
Society.

She leaves two daughters, Rose Morris of St. Louis and Cathy Fiorillo of Washington, D.C. and four sons, Don of Denver, Gene and Robert of St. Louis and Vince of Houston. Lucille had 13 grandchildren and 16˝ great-grandchildren. Funeral from Hoffmeister Coloniel Mortuary

on Wed., July 28 at 9 a.m. to St. Gabriel the Archangel to celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Family will receive friends at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 8 p.m.
 


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The Metamora Herald
May 25, 1945

 

FIELDEN L. WARD DIES IN EL PASO, AGED 86

Fielden Luther Ward, 86, died at 1:40 a. m. Sunday at his home in El Paso after an extended illness.

Services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Otto – Vincent Memorial home, El Paso. Burial was in Graceland cemetery, Fairbury.

He was born Dec. 10, 1858, in Kentucky, a son of Basil and Martha Wallace Ward. He married Martha Bennett, Oct. 9, 1881, in Kentucky. They lived for several years at Fairbury.

Mr. Ward is survived by four daughters, and two sons, Mrs. Lula Van Camp, Morris, Ia.; Mrs. Lillian May, Bertha Ward, Mrs. Gladys Kemp, all of El Paso; Fielden, Detroit, Mich.; Frank ….

NOTE: This is only a partial obituary


Date of Death: May 20, 1945

 



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Plattsmouth Journal?  Thursday, Jan 17 1935
 

Obituary of Charles Harry Warner


Name: Charles Harry WARNER

Date of birth: 25 Dec 1854

Place of birth: Woodford Co., IL

Date of death: 15 Jan 1935

Place of death: North Eighth St., Plattsmouth, Cass Co., NE

Parents names: Calvin & Mary Ann Clark Warner (obit says Nancy-not correct)

Spouses name: Barbara Ellen Wiles Warner

Date of marriage: 12 Dec 1879

Occupation: Farming

Affiliations: United Brethren Church

Children: Altia G., Mildred M., Frederick M., Mary Elizabeth, Emily, George Wallace, Nellie, Helen, Catherine, & Donald C.

Preceded in death by: son Frederick M., & dau. Catherine; 2 sisters- Sarah & Matilda (sisters names not in obit)

Survivors: wife Barbara Warner; one son, George Wallace Warner; 6 dau. Mrs. Altia Warga; Mrs. Mildred Howard; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Terryberry; Mrs. Emily Wetenkamp; Mrs. Nellie Hutchison; Miss Helen Warner. 3 brothers, William of Alvo; Frank of Lincoln; & Rev. George Warner of Miami, Florida.

Nothing listed in obit abt. burial, but he is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Plattsmouth Nebraska

 



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San Angelo Standard-Times 15 Jan 1933
 

MRS. CORA WARNER DIES


Body to Illinois After Rites Here Sunday Afternoon


Mrs. Cora Blanche Warner, 41, died at 6:10 o'clock Saturday morning at her home at 26 North Magdalen Street after a long illness. The body will be sent over the Santa Fe to Peoria, ILL, for burial, funeral services being conducted from the Johnson Chapel at 3 o'clock, with the Rev. Grady Timmons officiating.


Only the husband, H.G. Warner, survives. Mrs. Warner was a ward of the late Mrs. Clarissa Frarey.


Date of death: 14 Jan 1933 in San Angelo, TX
 



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Metamora Herald 27 Sep 1935
 

G.W. WARNER, 85, BORN IN WOODFORD, IS DEAD


George W. Warner, native of Woodford county, for many years a teacher, minister, and newspaper publisher in Mackinaw, who died Tuesday of last week at the home of his daughter in Miami, Fla., was laid to rest under Masonic auspices at Mackinaw Friday.
Deceased was born at old Versailles, Woodford county, July 29, 1850, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Warner. He was a farmer until his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Reed of Deer Creek, Jan.12, 1873, and then taught school for 25 years. He was also publisher of the local newspaper at Macinaw for some years and several times was a prohibition candidate for congressman.


His wife died in 1929 and he is survived by his daughter, Miss Mildred Warner of Miami, Fla., a son, Charles Warner of Almyra, Ark., and two brothers Frank of Omaha, Neb., and William of Alvo, Neb.


Date of death: 17 Sep 1935
 



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HANLEY WARNER DIES AT AGE 80


Formerly Clerk For M.& St. L.

Funeral services for Hanley G. Warner, 80, former railroad clerk, will be held at the Wilton Mortuary chapel at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Mr. Warner died yesterday at the home of his son, John L. Warner, R.R. No. 5, Peoria, where he had lived for 18 years.


Mr. Warner was a former clerk for the Minneapolis & St. Louis railroad, last working in 1922. He was born in Secor, ILL, July 22, 1859, the son of John L. and Syrena Potter Warner. He was married in Secor February 6, 1882, to Miss Nellie R. Bariga, who died in Peoria in 1922. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks.


Surviving besides his son are one sister, Mrs. Emily Hart of Bloomington, ILL, and one grandaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Winn of Peoria.


Friends may call at the mortuary this afternoon and tonight.


Date of death: 19 Feb 1940
 



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JACOB WARNER, 86, DIES AT EL PASO


El Paso, March 5 (1924)


Jacob Warner, 86 year old resident of this place, died at his home Tuesday morning at 4:40 o'clock. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Fanny Barker, Chicago, and Mrs. W. B. Hill, East Peoria, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Stowell, El Paso.



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Peoria Journal, Thurs., 4 Dec 1919

LINFORD WARNER, PIONEER OF SECOR, SUCCUMBS AT 88


El Paso, ILL, Dec.4


Funeral services for Linford Warner, aged 88 years, pioneer of Secor and Woodford County, who died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Hart, Bloomington, were held at 11 o'clock yesterday morning at the Secor Methodist Church. Burial was in the Secor Cemetery.

Mr. Warner was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and one of the oldest residents of the county.


Surviving are two children, Hanley Warner of Peoria and Mrs. John Hart of Bloomington; a sister, Mrs. Charles Stowell, and a brother, Jacob Warner, both of El Paso.


Date of death: 1 Dec 1919
 

Note: Linford's full name was John Linford Warner


 



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LONG TIME EL PASO RESIDENT PASSES AWAY IN STATE HOSPITAL LAST THURSDAY


Mrs. Mary E. Warner, aged 85 years, died in the Peoria State Hospital at 5:00 o'clock last Thursday morning. She had been a patient in the institution since last June. The remains were brought to El Paso to the Ficken mortuary where they remained until Sunday afternoon when they were taken to the Evangelical church where funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H.E. Grimme. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.


Mary E. Cable, daughter of Tobias and Sarah Cable, was born near Johnstown, PA September 25, 1847. When she was 8 years old she came with her parents to Bloomington and three years later they moved to near El Paso where they lived six years, going from here to Livingston County and locating near Pontiac. Their stay there was short as the father died three months later on the day his son came home from the war, June 20, 1865. Ten months later, the mother died and this son went to live with a brother, while the subject of this sketch came to ElPaso to make her home with a sister.


In 1867 Miss Cable was married to A.H. Paul, an old schoolmate who had served more than four years in the Civil war. They lived on a farm near Bloomington until 1872 when they moved to Furnas county Neb., but remained there only two years because the grasshoppers devoured all their crops. They then moved to Allerton, IA where they lived on a farm until 1887, when the husband was found dead in the barnyard by his wife. One child was born to this union, but died in infancy. Four years after the death of her husband, the deceased was married to Rev. John Jellison who lived but six years. Three years later the widow married Jacob Warner who also preceded her in death on March 4, 1924. Deceased was an Aunt of George Cable of this city, the latter's father, the late D.S. Cable, being a brother of Mrs. Warner's.


Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. L.O. Crusius, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crusius, Miss Dorothy Crusius, Rev. and Mrs. B. Crites, Bloomington, Mrs. Millie Maxwell, Pontiac, Mr. and Mrs. George Tracy, Streator, Charles Tracy, Miss Mary Lucas, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peters and child, Hinsdale, Mrs. Hattie Hill and son Robert, East Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Lin Biebes, Chicago?, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Daly, Arrowsmith, Hazel Homer?, and Ralph Cable, ?.


Date of death: 6 Apr 1933



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From El Paso paper

Nellie Bariga Warner


Mrs. Nellie Warner, wife of Hanley Warner, a former resident of this city, died at her home in Peoria Tuesday morning. The funeral was held from Calvary Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon at 2:30. Hanley Warner is the nephew of Jacob Warner of this city (El Paso). The deceased is survived by her husband, one son, and one grandchild.
 

Date of death: 1922
 



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From an untitled, undated newspaper article

Anna Collmann Warnke, daughter of Heinrich and Mina Tjaden Collmann, died 6 April 1933


Daughter of Manson (Iowa) woman dies at home in Benson, Illinois

Death Takes Mrs. Wm. Warnke After Illness of Many Months

Mrs. Anna H. Warnke of Benson, IL, daughter of Mrs. Minnie Collman, of Manson passed away last Thursday at her home, following an illness of several months' duration.

Mrs. Warnke was born December 15, 1889 on a farm near Benson. Later the family came to Manson, Anna living here with her parents until her marriage to Wm. Warnke April 14, 1910. As a girl Mrs. Warnke was confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Warnke moved to Benson, IL to make their home. Her husband and six sons, Melvin, Harvey, Delmar, Eldon, LeRoy and Wesley mourn her departure. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Minnie Collman, of Manson; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Theresa Reiter, Mrs. Elsina Vanhoff and Mrs. Amelia Folkerts, of Palmer; Mrs. Sarah Leith, Spooner, Wis.; Mrs. Emma Steckelbert, Mora, Minn.; Mrs. Marie Kenning, Mrs. Jennie Warnke, Walter, Will and Lawrence, of Manson; Mrs. Minnie Martins, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Martha Jensen, Filer, Ida., and Mrs. Helen Hunt, of Bradgate, Iowa.

Funeral service(s) were held Monday afternoon in St Peter's church at Benson.

 



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Peoria Journal Star, 15 August 1999

Obituary: PEORIA -- Dorothy M. Warnke, 82, of Peoria, formerly of Spring Bay, died at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center

Born March 7, 1917, in Toluca to Lawrence E. and Anna Hendricks Daub, she married Melvin Emory Warnke on April 21, 1937, in Benson.

He died April 28, 1998, in Peoria.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Leverne Keith Warnke.

Surviving are one son, Larry of Peoria; one daughter, Diane (Tripp) Garber of Peoria; three sisters, Dora Ann (Art) Wagner of Ramona, Calif., Doris (Jack) Rooney of Troutdale, Ore., and Darlene Miller of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

She was a homemaker.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. The Rev. Barbara Ziah will officiate. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Wilton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
 


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Peoria - Delmar C. Warnke, 88, of 923 E. Norwood Ave. died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center.

Born Jan. 14, 1914, in Benson to William and Anna Collmann Warnke, he married Ruth Peard on Sept. 3, 1938, in Peoria. She died March 6, 1999, in Peoria. He married Dorothy Smith on Dec. 30, 2000, in Livingston, Texas. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. James (Janet) Goldsworth and Pat Proksch, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Dale (Lois) Craig of Havana; two sons, Dr Roger (and Joan) of Stanford, Calif., and Dean (and Vicki) of Peoria; one brother, Leroy of Davis, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and one grandson.

A member of WABCO Retirees, he was a manager of facilities at WABCO for 42 years, retiring in 1979.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church for 61 years, where he was a member of the Sanctuary Choir for 50 years, the CHC Sunday School Class, the 55 Plus Class and the Triple M Class.

He was past president of the Peoria Score Chapter 90.

He was also a member of the Orpheus Club for more than 25 years; Schiller Masonic Lodge 335, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; and Senior Nobles Club.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at his church. The Rev Sigurd Bjorklund will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Richard S. Wilton, funeral director through Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church.

 



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Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, March 15, 2004

 

LeRoy Wilbur Warnke

LeRoy Wilbur Warnke died at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Sacramento on Friday, March 5, 2004, at age 83. He was born on June 8, 1920, in Benson, Ill., to William and Anna (Coleman) [note: should be Collmann] Warnke.

Mr. Warnke had been a Yolo County resident for 46 years. He was a veteran of Word (sic) War II, enlisting in the U.S. Army, and served in the Quartermasters Corps at Ft. Hood. In 1946, Mr. Warnke was discharged and later married Shirley Edwards in 1947. They moved to Woodland and operated LeRoy's Beauty Salon & Boutique and the Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio for more than 30 years in the woodland Hotel. Following Mr. Warnke's retirement, the couple lived in Stockton and Santa Rosa briefly before returning to live in Davis. Mr. Warnke was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Woodland as well as the Davis Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Davis, son, Don Warnke and his wife Lori (Cook) of Woodland; daughter, Judy Lee Perlberg of Palatine, Ill.; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Warnke of Texas. Also surviving are granddaughters, Michelle Warnke of Sacramento, Leah Warnke and Nicole cook of Woodland; grandsons, Michael and Matthew Perlberg of Illinois; brother- and sister-in-law, George and Barbara Gossett of Woodland; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Warnke's parents and five brothers, Melvin, Harvey, Delmar, Wesley and Eldon Warnke preceded him in death.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Lutheran Church, the Gideons International, P.O. Box 773, Woodland, 95776; or the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge way, Sacramento, 95815.

Services: Services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, march 12, at the American Lutheran Church, 1114 College St., Woodland. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Interment at Monument Memorial Park will be private.

 



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Metamora Herald, 7 March 1998

Melvin E. Warnke, 87, of 1105 Josephine, Spring Bay, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria.

Born March 18, 1911, in Benson to William and Anna Collmann Warnke, he married Dorothy M. Daub April 24, 1937, in Benson. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Larry of Peoria; one daughter, Diane Garber of Peoria; two grandchildren; and two brothers, LeRoy of California and Delmar of Peoria. He was preceded in death by one son, Laverne Keith Warnke, in 1943 and three brothers.

A Caterpillar Inc. employee for 40 years, he retired from service engineering in April 1969.

He was a member of Hilton Lodge 1143, AF&AM; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria. He was a member and past president of the Peoria Sportmen's Club and Ducks Unlimited and was a member of the Izaak Walton League.

He was a member of First English Lutheran Church.

Services were held Friday, May 1, at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev Warren Freiheit and his Masonic Lodge officiated. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
 

 



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Metamora Herald 10 October 1952

W. Warnke Dies in Calif.; Body Being Brought to Benson

William R. Warnke, 69, died at the home of his son in Woodland, Calif., Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The body arrived at the Tallyn-Folkers funeral home in Minonk on Thursday evening. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran church, west of Benson. The Rev H.J. Lechner of Toluca will officiate. Burial will be in St Peter's cemetery.

He was born April 16, 1883 in Clayton township, north of Benson, a son of Menne and Ida Flohr Warnke [Warnkes]. He married Anna H. Collman April 14, 1910 in Iowa. She died 19 years ago.

He is survived by four sons, Melvin, Harvey and Elmer, all of Peoria, and LeRoy of Woodland, Calif.; two brothers, Edward of Eureka and Henry of the state of Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Shoup of Washburn and Mrs. Rena Johnson of Eureka. Two sons preceded him in death.

[Note: He was born Warnkes and dropped the "s" from his name as an adult]

 



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The funeral of Annie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Warnke[s], who died on May 9 [1910] at the home of her brother in Linn township, took place on Thursday last from St Peter's Lutheran church in that town [Benson, Woodford Co, Illinois]. Services were conducted by Rev. D. M. Ficken and interment was made in St Peter's cemetery. The pallbearers were Herman Peters, Jacob Backer, Theo. Graffelman, John Heedt, Will Wragge and T. Graffelman. There was a profusion of floral tributes. Those present from a distance were Mrs. Chris. Frantz, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Brachter Albers and Albert Albers, of Danforth. The funeral was the largest ever seen in that vicinity.

Miss Warnke was born in Clayton on May 6, 1888, but lived the greater part of her life in Linn township. A few days before her death she was taken with pneumonia, but her condition was not regarded serious until a short time before her death, which was due to the bursting of a blood vessel in the lungs. So sudden was her demise that her parents were not able to be summoned to her bedside before dissolution. Besides her parents she is survived by three brothers and three sisters. They are Mrs. Emma Buettemeyer [Buettemeier], of Roanoke; William, Margaret, Rena, Edward and Henry, all of whom, with the exception of Rena, who has been making her home at Wichita, Kansas for the past several months, just managed to reach home in time for the funeral, being brought from Streator in an auto.

 



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Metamora Herald 26 March 1964

Edward Warnkes, Brother of Mrs. Margaret Shoup, Dies

Edward Warnkes, 71, of Minonk died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at his home. He had not been well for two years.

His funeral was held on Friday, March 20, at St Peter's Lutheran Church west of Benson, the Rev E.V. Elzey officiating. Burial was in St Peter's Cemetery.

Deceased was born Aug. 2, 1892, in Clayton Township. son of Menne and Ida Flohr Warnkes. He farmed all his life until moving to Minonk in 1953. He married Sena Johnson in Olio Township Dec. 18, 1912.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Alvena Tjaden, Minonk, and Mrs. Mabel Kettwich, Eureka; a son, Norman, Toluca; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Shoup, Germantown, and Mrs. Rena Johnson, Eureka; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

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The Minonk News Dispatch, Minonk, Illinois

Edward Warnkes, 71, of 528 Walnut, died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday at the office of a local physician. He had been in failing health for two years.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church west of Benson, the Rev. E. V. Elzey officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nelson Gunther, Harm DeFries, John Manninga, Floyd Griffith, Melvin Wessel and Joe Copp.

He was born August 2, 1892 in Clayton Township, a son of Menne and Ida Flohr Warnkes. He farmed all his life until moving to Minonk in 1953. He married Sena Johnson in Olio Township Dec. 18, 1912.

[He was born Andrew Edward but apparently always went by Ed]

 



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Metamora Herald

29 March 1946

Mrs. Ida Warneke, 87, of Benson, Succumbs

Mrs. Ida Warneke [Warnkes], 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Buttemeier [Buettemeier] at Benson, Wednesday at 1:45 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buettemeier home, and at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Lutheran church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She is survived by three sons, Will, Benson; Ed, Eureka, and Henry, Palmer, Ia., three daughters, Mrs. Buettemeier and Mrs. Margaret Schoup [Shoup], Benson, and Mrs. Serena [Rena] Johnson, Eureka; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, two brothers, three stepsisters and two stepbrothers.
 



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From unknown newspaper hand dated Oct 27, 1938

M.A. Warnkes is Called to Eternity Tuesday Morning

Prominent Benson Resident Passes -- Funeral Rites to be Held Tomorrow

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M. A. Warnkes, 84, died at his home in Benson, Tuesday morning at 2:40 o'clock, with infirmities incident to old age. He had been going down rather rapidly for the past nine weeks.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:00 o'clock at St Peter's Lutheran church, conducted by Rev J. J. Haberaecker. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The pall bearers are to be: W. H. Brubaker, Henry Moritz, Jacob H. Schroeder, Elleck Woltzen, H. R. Heiken and Edd Woltzen.

Menne A. Warnkes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew [Andreas] Warnkes, was born at Walle, Germany [Ostfriesland], November 16, 1854, and at the time of his passing on October 25, 1938, was aged 83 years, 11 months and 9 days. He emigrated to America with his parents when 12 years of age, the family first settling in Linn township and then in Clayton township.

He was married to Miss Ida Flohr November 10, 1880, and to this union were born seven children, six of whom, with the wife survive: Mrs. Emma Buettemeier, of Toluca, William Warnkes of Benson, Mrs. Margaret Shoup of Secor, Mrs. Rena Johnson of Eureka, Edward Warnkes of Benson, and Henry Warnkes of Manson, Iowa. He also leaves twenty grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Aden of Fairbury, Neb.

Mr. and Mrs. Warnkes first went to housekeeping on a farm in Clayton township, but in 1899 moved to their own place in Linn township. Here they resided until 28 years ago, when they moved into Benson and retired. Mr. Warnkes was a school director when he lived in the Clayton Center district and also served in the same capacity after moving to the Logan school district in Linn township. For many years he was secretary for St Peter's Lutheran church, of which he was a devoted member. In the passing of Mr. Warnkes, Benson and community has lost a high-type substantial citizen.

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Metamora Herald (Woodford Co, Illinois) 28 October 1938

M.A. [Menne Andreas] Warnkes Dies at Benson Home, Aged 83

M.A. Warnkes, 83, died at his home at Benson at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday following an illness of nine weeks.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at St Peter's Evangelical Lutheran church with the pastor, the Rev J. J. Haberaecker, officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery of St Peter's church.

Mr. Warnkes was born Nov. 16, 1854, at Walle, Germany [Ostfriesland], the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew [Andreas] Warnkes. At the age of 12 he came to this country and had resided in the Benson community since that time. On Nov. 10, 1880, he married Miss Ida Flohr at the parsonage of St Peter's church.

Surviving are his widow, six children, William of Benson, Henry of Manson, Ia., Edward of Benson, Mrs. Louis [Emma] Buettemeier of Toluca, Mrs. Jasper [Rena] Johnson of Eureka, and Mrs. [William] Margaret Shoup of Secor; 20 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Aden of Fairbury, Neb.

Mr. Warnkes was a member of St Peter's Evangelical Lutheran church and had spent 72 years in the vicinity of Benson.

 



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TOLUCA -- Norman L. Warnkes, 90, of the Pattonsburg area died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday (May 12, 2005) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca, with the Rev. Tim Barber officiating. Burial will follow in Pattonsburg-Moss Cemetery, rural Toluca. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toluca Ambulance fund or the Washburn Ambulance fund.

He was born March 3, 1915, in rural Benson to Edward and Sena Johnson Warnkes. He married Velda Kolb on Nov. 9, 1947, near Benson. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, RoJean (Dale) Coleson of Varna and Lois (Randy) Noll of Toluca; one son, Lorin (Charlene) Warnkes of Washburn; one sister, Mabel (Alfred) Kettwich of Minonk; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a wife and two daughters in 1946; and one sister.

Norman and his wife, Velda, lived and farmed in the Pattonsburg-LaRose area for 58 years. He was of the Lutheran faith.

 



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Bloomington Illinois Pantagraph Thursday, June 1, 2006

Velda Warnkes, 80, of the Pattonsburg area, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 31, 2006) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca, with the Rev. Tim Barber officiating. Burial will follow in the Pattonsburg-Moss Cemetery, rural Toluca. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toluca Ambulance Fund or Washburn Community Foods.

She was born Nov. 6, 1925, near Benson, the daughter of Chris and Catherine Arends Kolb. She married Norman L. Warnkes on Nov. 9, 1947, near Benson. He preceded her in death on May 12, 2005.

Surviving are two daughters, RoJean (Dale) Coleson, Varna, and Lois (Randy) Noll, Toluca; a son, Lorin (Charlene) Warnkes, Washburn; two sisters, Lorene Backer and Delores (Albert) Hinrichs, both of Benson; a brother, Delmar (Joan) Kolb, Benson; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Rayman) Kull, Lynn (Korey) Cook, Larry (Willa) Warnkes, Brent (Jamie) Warnkes; and Alisha, Alaine and Alan Noll; and eight great-grandchildren, Justin, Jarrad, Jaylyn, Jerica Kull; Kolton White; Kylee Cook; and Rylan and Makenna Warnkes.

She and her husband lived and farmed in the Pattonsburg-LaRose area for 58 years. She was of the Lutheran faith.
 


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24 January 1980

Wesley H. Waters, 39, died about 9 a.m. Tuesday at his home of a gunshot wound to the head, said William Anderson, McLean County coroner.

A.25-caliber bullet was removed during an autopsy and a pistol was found at the scene, the coroner said.

An inquest will be scheduled.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev Vernon Oakley officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington.

He was born Dec. 2, 1940, at El Paso, a son of Louis and Lillian Liming Waters. He married Lindell Richardson, who died Feb. 5, 1976.

Surviving are his mother, Lillian Swift, Ottawa; a brother, John L., Schaumburg; a stepbrother, Leon, Smith Grove, Ky.; two sisters, Ann Willey, Champaign, and June Waters, in California.

His father and two brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Waters was an Army veteran and was employed by Trout Diesel Service.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 



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The Metamora Herald
May 26, 1950

 

WEGSTEIN, 64, DIES at WASHBURN HOME

Mrs. Elsie Gingrich Wegstein, 64, wife of Joseph Wegstein, died at 2:30 p. m. Friday at her home in Washburn following an illness of several months.

She was married to Mr. Wegstein Jan. 6, 1920 in Washburn. He survives along with two sons, Joseph H. of Urbana and John at home, and one brother, Arthur Gingrich of Washburn.

She was a member of the Washburn Methodist church and a member and past president of the American Legion auxiliary, unit 661, of Washburn.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Methodist church in Washburn and burial was in Linn – Mt. Vernon cemetery. Friends were received at the Rickett funeral home after 3 p. m. Saturday.

Mrs. Wegstein was a daughter of John Gingrich of Washburn, and old – time Metamoran. In the days when her aunt and cousin, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Jos. I. Knoblauch were living here she was a frequent visitor at the Dr. Knoblauch home.


Date of Death: May 19, 1950
 



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The Washburn Leader, April 26, 1990


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

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


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


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


He was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church near Benson, where he had served on the church council. He was a former member of United Church of Christ in Minonk.


Services were held April 20 at his church. The Rev Joseph Bleakley officiated. Burial was in Minonk Cemetery.

 



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Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph


Delmar Carl Wessel, 73, of 104 Parkside Drive, Goodfield, formerly of Peoria, died at 5:41 AM on Monday, March 26, 2007 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on December 31, 1933 in Secor, IL to Carl and Elsie Porth Wessel. He married Joanne Dambold on July 26, 1958 in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, David (Julie) Wessel of Woodstock, IL; Dennis (Chris) Wessel of Metamora; one daughter, Karen (Don) Durham of Normal; three sisters, Jean Wessel of Peoria; Carol (Bob) Aughenbaugh of Bloomington; Onetta Weeks of Algonquin; two brothers, Leroy (Linda) Wessel of Carthage, MO; Jerry (Judy) Wessel of Romeoville; nine grandchildren, Scott, Michael, Jeffrey, Amanda, Amy, Austin, Anthony, Alex, and Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Arlo.

An Army veteran, Delmar served his country during the Korean War.

Delmar worked for Caterpillar in the Tech Center for 35 years, retiring as manager in 1987.

Delmar was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka where funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Reverend Joe Burns will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 pm at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will take place at Secor Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

 



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From an unidentified obituary , 29 February 1980



John F. West, 47, died at 9:34 a.m. Thursday at Mennonite Hospital, where he was a patient four days.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St Mary's Catholic Church, the Rev John Brown officiating. Burial will be in St Mary's Cemetery.

Private visitation will be Sunday afternoon at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso.

He was born Aug. 13, 1932, at Dwight, a son of Clarence and Selicia Corrigan West. He married Dorothy Zimmerman Sept. 17, 1956, at Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, El Paso; a son, John B., El Paso; a daughter, Deborah, at home; three brothers, William, Bloomington; Robert, Tampa, Fla.; and Thomas, El Paso; a sister, Mary Kay Hingst, Santa Ana, Calif.; and a grandchild.

His father, a brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Mr. West was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church and Secor Sportsman's Club and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He owned the barbershop in El Paso for 26 years.

 



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Lester M. Whited, 82, of 700 N. Main St. Eureka, formerly of Benson, died at 11:05 am on Friday, October 26, 2007 at Maple Lawn Health Center where he was a resident.

He was born on December 11, 1924 in LaRose a son of Jess and Martha Edwards Whited. He married Delores Janssen on November 9, 1947 in Benson. She passed away on December 2, 1997.

Surviving is one daughter, Diane (Dan) Fehr of Roanoke and five grandchildren, June, Jerome, Jena, Julie, and Jacie Fehr.

He was preceded in death by a son Greg, four brothers, and one sister.

Lester worked as a machinist for Caterpillar.

He served in the Army and did his tour of duty in the Phillipines during the end of World War II.

Lester was a member of the Benson American Legion and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Benson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery.


 


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Mrs. Mary Whitmer

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El Paso (PNS) - Mrs. Mary Whitmer, 50, Quincy, formerly of El Paso, died unexpectedly at her home in Quincy Sunday night.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Quincy. Burial will be at Quincy.

Mrs. Whitmer was born March 9, 1916 at La Porte, Ind., a daughter of Melvin and Lillie Robbins, She was married to Walter Donald Whitmer.

Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ellen Cook [should be Koch], Quincy; a son, Robert, Ewing, MO; her father, El Paso; two brothers, Robert and Eugene, El Paso; five sisters, Mrs. Hazel Kaiser, Three Oaks, Mich.; Mrs. Alice Huhnke and Mrs. Hilda Baker, both of Walkerton, Ind.; Mrs. Gladys Blair and Miss Ruth Robbins, both of El Paso; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, a brother and a sister.

 



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C. W. Whorral

 


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He was the Presbyterian minister at Washburn, IL.
 

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Miss Williams Rites Sunday

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El Paso - Services for Miss Reba L. Williams, 78, formerly of El Paso, who died Thursday at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Vincent Memorial Home, El Paso.

Rev. G. A. Morehead will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends may call at the memorial home 6 to 9 tonight.

Active in the American Legion Auxiliary 50 years, Miss Williams was an official delegate to a caucus that organized the statewide auxiliary in 1920.

She read the call to order of the first American Legion Auxiliary state department convention in 1921 in Decatur and was state financial secretary two years. Miss Williams was president of the El Paso chapter and the 17th District director of the auxiliary in 1927.

She was a cashier at State Farm Fire Insurance Co. in Bloomington from 1928 until her retirement in 1966, and was a member of the Christian Church.

She was born in LaMarr, Mo., Nov. 6, 1892, a daughter of Abraham S. and Maria Crowl Williams.

Surviving are one brother, Ivan of El Paso, and two sisters, Mrs Ramona Blair of Peoria and Mrs. Carrie Gioldi of Planada, Calif.

One brother preceded her in death.

 


 


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Marin Independent Journal
Friday, November 5, 2010


Kenneth Lambert Wiltz


Age 89, of Novato CA was born on December 12, 1920, he died October 30, 2010. He is survived by his brother, Robert P. Wiltz and family of Windsor CA, and his two sons, Peter J. Wiltz of Studio City CA, Kevin A. Wiltz and family of Novato CA. Kenneth was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a past President of the California Alpine Club, a Scoutmaster and Commissioner in the Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was an active volunteer at the Marin Co. Genealogical Society. A member of S.I.R.S. of San Rafael. Kenneth was diagnosed with Parkinsons' disease several years ago, but died due to Adult Leukemia (AML). Services will be held at St. Anthony's Church in Novato CA, Tuesday Nov. 9 at 2:00pm. Donations may be made in his honor to: The Marin County Genealogical Society, P.O.B. 1511, Novato, CA 94948 or The Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 225 West End Avenue, San Rafael CA 94901. Donations will be placed in the Marin Council endowment fund for perpetual support of Scouting in Marin.


 



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Our beloved son and brother Eric R. Winters, age 37 of Germantown Hills, passed away at 7pm Tuesday March 4, 2008 at Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke.

He was born on April 13, 1970 to Gus and Norma Bergia Winters in Peoria, Illinois.

Surviving are his parents along with his sister Debbie of Germantown Hills, and brother Chris of Peoria; and his children Devon and Trevor Winters of Edwards California. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and brother Tommy.

He was a carpenter for Mike Jones of Germantown Hills; last working February 16, of 2008. He was of the Catholic faith; he made TEC #125 on his 16th birthday and was on a TEC team later.

Eric grew up in Germantown Hills and attended Germantown grade and middle schools. He then attended Metamora high for 3 years and graduated from Spalding Institute in 1989. In grade school he was active in Boy Scouts, he loved to sing and act, and was Winnie the Pooh in a Walt Disney Review. At Spalding he played Fagan in Oliver. After high school he lived in Biloxi MS, Knob Noster, Mo, Warrensburg, Mo; and Germany before moving back to Peoria in April of 2006. Eric had numerous jobs and was a jack of all trades. He was very intelligent and mastered skills in many areas of expertise. He loved to read and loved to cook, and could create delicious gourmet meals. The one great love of his life was singing in his own rock group "Abandon" while he was in Warrensburg, MO. Eric impressed a lot of people with his outgoing and charismatic personality, but he was also a very sensitive and caring person who will be greatly missed by his family, and Annie.

A funeral mass will be held at 10am Saturday March 8, 2008 at St. Mary's of Lourdes Catholic Church in rural Metamora with Fr. Neri Greskoviak officiating. Burial will follow his services at St. Mary's of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary's of Lourdes Catholic church or to Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke.

 


 


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Peoria Journal Star

MINONK -- Jewell A. Witte, 68, of 527 Locust St. died at 6:41 a.m. Friday, June 2, 1995, at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.

Born Dec. 6, 1926, in Benson to Eugene Conrad and Florence Linneman Yount, she married Wayne Witte on April 3, 1948, in Benson. He survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Tyler J. and Jay D., both of Minonk, Jonathan T. of Benson, Randall of Cincinnati and Thomas W. of Beverly Hills, Mich.; three daughters, Donna L. Hartzler and Lisa M. Longman, both of Minonk, and Bobbi A. Marten of St. Louis; three sisters, Merna Riordan of Bradley, M. LaVonne Strauch of Benson and Carol Nesrsta (?) of San Antonio; two brothers, Clement "Pete" Yount of Benson and Lynn Yount of Peoria; and 16 grandchildren.

One brother preceded her in death.

She operated Minonk Theater from 1969 to 1983.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Minonk, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Robert Gilles will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.

 



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Metamora Herald 10 October 1952

Minonk Retired Coal Miner Dies, Aged 64

Anton S. Wachocuka, born Anton Wojciechowski, a retired miner of Minonk, died Monday at 10 a.m. in St Mary's hospital, Streator. He had suffered a lingering illness.

The body was taken to the Wilcox funeral home in Minonn (sic), and to the Reva funeral home in Spring Valley Sunday evening.

He was born in Poland May 25, 1888, and was not married. He worked in a Spring Valley mine for 20 years and in a Minonk mine for 22 years, retiring in 1948.

He is survived by a brother, Stanley of Spring Valley, and a sister, Mrs. L. Kroneroy of Lamont.

He was a member of the local miners' union.

 



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Metamora Herald (Woodford Co, Illinois) 6 May 1955

Albert A. Woltzen, 89, of Benson Dies at Wolcott, Indiana

Albert A. Woltzen, 89, retired Benson farmer, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Moore at Wolcott, Ind. He suffered a stroke the preceding Sunday.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at St Peter's Lutheran church west of Benson, the Rev J.H. Prange officiating. Burial was in the Benson cemetery.

Mr. Woltzen was born Jan. 10, 1866 at Roanoke, son of Albert and Fanny [Fenna] Saathoff Woltzen. He married Laenia Elizabeth Oltman Feb. 9, 1888. She died Dec. 12, 1932.

Survivors include three sons, Albert of Long Point, Henry of Roanoke and John of Kankakee; three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Yunge of Benson, Mrs. Fanny Moore of Wolcott, Ind., and Mrs. Jessie Evans of Bowling Green, Ind.; one brother, Elick of Benson; four sisters, Mrs. Heimke Moritz, Mrs. Rosena Hinrichs and Mrs. Harm Tjaden, all of Benson, and Mrs. Fanny Moritz of Graymont; 23 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter.

 



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(From an undated, untitled newspaper clipping. Albert Woltzen died 5 May 1922.)

Albert J. Woltzen Answers Final Call -- Well Known Farmer

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Albert J. Woltzen, one of Roanoke township's prominent farmers for many years, passed away at the home of his daughter at Benson, Ill., Friday evening about 10 o'clock. He had been poorly for some time, and the family members have been at his bedside for some days, as the end only seemed but a question of time. The end came peacefully. Deceased was born on January 8, 1836, at Aurich, Ostfriesland, Germany. He came to America with his parents in 1851, landing at New Orleans, La. Two months were required to make the voyage. Mr. Woltzen then came up the Mississippi river to Peoria. The family lived on a farm near Peoria for five years.

On March 4, 1862, he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie B. Saathoff and they moved to Roanoke township. His wife died January 14, 1911. Since her death he has made his home with his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Moritz, at Benson.

During Mr. Woltzen's residence in this township he served in the capacity of supervisor for several years. He also served in public office in connection with school work. He was a very diligent worker and through his toll and saving accumulated considerable farm land which has now passed to the children. He has been a member of the Lutheran church of Linn township and at Benson for many years.

The family members are: John of this township; Mrs. William Manninga, deceased; Mrs. Hallie Oltman of Hoxey, Kan.; Albert of this township; Mrs. Katie Oltman of Eureka; Alex of Benson; Heye of this township; Mrs. George Hendricks of Greene township; Mrs Jacob Schroeder of Greene township; Edward of this township and Mrs. Harm Tjaden of Linn township.

The funeral was held from the residence Monday afternoon, thence to the St Peter's Lutheran church in Linn township. Services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Haferman in German and by Rev. Seibert in English. Burial was made at the church cemetery. There are fifty grandchildren living and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

 




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

Albert J. Woltzen, for many years one of the most prominent citizens of the vicinity of Benson and Roanoke, died at Benson on last Friday night at 10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. G. Moritz, aged 86 years, 3 months and 27 days. He had been sick for eight days, mainly due to the infirmities of age, but before that had been about in good health. Ten years ago he had a sick spell, when he was afflicted for about a year.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at St Peter's church two miles west of Benson and burial took place at the church cemetery there.

The services were conducted by Rev Fred Seifert, who spoke in English, and by Rev J. Hafferman, who spoke in the German language.

Those who acted as pallbearers were the five sons and D. G. Moritz. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were A.G. Jacobs and daughter, Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jacobs and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Saathoff, of Pontiac; Adolph Woltzen, of Washburn; Jurgen Harms, of Minonk; Mrs. Ede E. Woltzen, Harm and John E. Woltzen, Mr. and Mrs. Albert DeWilde, Mr. and Mrs. W. Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klumpe, of Roanoke.

Albert J. Woltzen was born at Riepe, Ostfriesland, Germany, on Jan. 8, 1836, coming to America with his parents at the age of 16 years. The trip was made in a sailboat, requiring eight weeks, and they landed at New Orleans, La. They came to St Louis and then to Peoria, where they lived on a farm east of that city for five years.

On March 4, 1862, the deceased was married to Miss Tenna (should be Fenna) B. Saathoff and the young couple moved at once on a farm in Roanoke township, in this county. They lived there until 1910, when they went to Benson to (next four words are illegible) and where the wife died on January 14, 1911. Since that time Mr. Woltzen had made his home with his daughter there, Mrs. D. G. Moritz.

Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Woltzen, of who one is dead, Mrs. Cassie Manninga passing away in 1912. Those who survive are John, Albert, Heye and Edward Woltzen and Mrs. John J. Moritz, of Roanoke; E. A. Woltzen, Mrs. George Hinrichs, Mrs. Jacob Schroeder, Mrs. D. G. Mortiz and Mrs. Harm Tjaden, of Benson; Mrs. Hallie Oltman, of Hoxie, Kan., and Mrs. Kate Oltman, of Eureka. There also survive one brother, S. J. Woltzen, of Benson, fifty grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

The deceased came to Roanoke in its pioneer days and saw the country develop from raw prairie to beautiful farms. He was public spirited, taking an active part in public affairs, on the board of supervisors for several years, was on the building committee when the present courthouse was built and was treasurer of St Peter's Lutheran church for forty years. There are but few lived blessed with such fulfillment of an average man's destiny as featured the life of Albert J. Woltzen.

 



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Roanoke - Mrs. Anna Behrends Woltzen, 96, died at 7:15 a.m. yesterday in her home.
She was born July 20, 1870, in Aurich, Germany, the daughter of Bernard and Jantjelinia Tammen Gastmann. She was married Feb. 25, 1892, in Benson, to John A. Woltzen, who died Jan. 1, 1947.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lena DeFreese, Mrs. Anna Oltman and Mrs. Mary Oltman, all of Benson, and Miss Fannie Woltzen, of Roanoke; three sons, Albert and Bernard, both of Roanoke, and John Woltzen of Metamora; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, one sister, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Remmert Funeral Home, and at 2 p.m. in St Peter's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Elmer Elzey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
 


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The Woodford County Journal 12 June 1947

Mrs. Hajo Woltzen, 75, died at 12:40 a.m. Friday at the home on their farm in Roanoke Twp, where she had gone to live as a bride in 1896. Her death came after a long illness.

She was born in Linn Twp Feb 2, 1872, daughter of Ira and Margaret Harms. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Dena Schulthes, Eureka; Mrs. Mattie Mennen, Benson; Albert at home; Mrs. Elisa Peters, El Paso; Louis A, Benson; Edward, Minonk; and Mrs. Florence Schupp, Roanoke. One son, Eilert, preceded his mother in death.

Also surviving are two brothers and a sister, Ben Harms, Colfax; Henry Harms, Roanoke; Mrs. Harry Weers, Washburn; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 pm Sunday at the home and 2:30 at St Peter's Lutheran church near Benson. Burial was in St Peter's cemetery.

 



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Untitled, undated obituary. She died 24 June 1925

Barbara Kauffold was born in Weitersweiler, Germany, Dec. 4, 1848. At the age of sixteen years she came to America and made her home with an uncle in Secor. She was married at Peoria, March 11, 1867, to Henry J. Woltzen of Benson. There were ten children born to this union, six preceding the mother in death.

The living are: John H. Woltzen, Castle Rock, Colo.; Mrs. Chas Faust, Mrs. Minnie Schultz, of Peoria, and Mrs. Etta Leinweber, of Benson. There are thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The husband passed away Feb. 20, 1909.

Mrs. Woltzen had been a resident of Benson for 51 years. She was a kind mother and good friend, always ready to help in time of need. She did practical nursing for a number of years and was a faithful helper at all times and a good faithful member of St John's Catholic church. Mrs. Woltzen was taken ill on March 23, with kidney trouble and complications. She was taken to Peoria hospital where she remained four weeks and was then brought home somewhat improved and taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Leinweber, where she passed away on Wednesday, June 24th, at 11:10 o'clock, having suffered a great deal, although everything was done that loving hearts and kind hands could do and ease her sufferings. She will be greatly missed by countless friends, besides the sorrowing relatives. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from the house and taken to St John's church. Interment will take place in Benson cemetery.
 



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Untitled, undated obituary.

Roanoke - Bernard "Ben" Woltzen, 92, of Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, formerly of Roanoke, died at 3:25 a.m. yesterday (Dec. 24, 1986) at Eureka Hospital, where he was admitted Tuesday.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke, the Rev. Joseph Bleakley officiating. Burial will be in St Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Benson.

He was born March 6, 1894, in Roanoke, a son of John and Anna Gastman Woltzen.

Survivors include a brother, John, Metamora, and three sisters, Lena De Freese, Anna Oltman, and Mary Oltman, all of Benson.

A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Woltzen worked on Roanoke Township's roads for a number of years. He was a mechanic at the Johnson Buick garage in Roanoke and operated a lawn mower repair service in Roanoke before retiring.

He was an Army veteran of World War I, serving as a combat infantryman in a number of battles in France.

He was a member of the Roanoke American Legion Post 463, and served for a number of years on the Roanoke Township Cemetery Board.
 



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Peoria Journal Star, January 12, 1994

MINONK -- Edward B. Woltzen, 84, of 402 E. Second St. died at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1994, at Lida Home

Born Dec. 1, 1909, in Roanoke Township, Woodford County, to Hajo and Anna Harms Woltzen, he married Hazel Ioerger on Oct. 1, 1932, in Rensselaer, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, James of Dunlap, Marvin of West Union, Iowa, and Duane of Port Washington, Wis.; one daughter, Carol Nelson of Mission Viejo, Calif.; two sisters, Florence Schupp of Roanoke and Eliza Peters of El Paso; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

He was a farmer in Minonk.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk, where he was a former council member.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Wayne Nelson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his church.

 



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Eilert H. Woltzen

September 6, 1906-November 1, 1910


 

 

 

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From an untitled newspaper clipping hand dated Dec 24, 1931



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

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

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

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

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

 



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Ella Johnson Woltzen

From an untitled newspaper clipping hand dated March 12, 1942:

Funeral Held Sunday for Benson Woman

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church for Mrs. Ella Woltzen, 80, who died Friday morning at her home in Benson. The Rev O. A. Braunschweig officiated and burial was in the Benson cemetery.

A well known resident of this area, Mrs. Woltzen was born in Clayton township on March 13, 1861, the daughter of Tjebe and Talena Johnson. She was married to Albert Woltzen of Benson in March 1885. He preceded her in death in 1894.

Surviving are two children, Mrs. B. E. Tallyn of Eureka, and Mrs. Tena Stimpert of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Bens of Lacon, and eight grandchildren.

 



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Untitled newspaper clipping dated 25 February 1954



Ellick E. Woltzen, 85, of the Benson community, died at St. James hospital, Pontiac, at 9:15 o'clock last Friday morning, Feb. 19. Mr. Woltzen suffered a fractured hip four weeks ago and death was due to that and the infirmities of old age.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home in this city, with the Rev. Clarence Gess, pastor of the Benson and Minonk Lutheran churches, officiating. Burial was in the Benson cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert Woltzen, Bart Woltzen, Melvin Woltzen, Ambrose Paris, Bruce Tallyn and Robert Witte.

Mr. Woltzen was born in Greene township on March 26, 1868, a son of Ede and Geska Saathoff Woltzen. He received his education in the rural schools and was engaged in farming in the Benson community until his retirement.

He was united in marriage with Talena Folkers at the St Peter's Lutheran church on Feb. 24, 1891. She passed away in 1926.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sena Heineke of Benson; by two step-sisters, Mrs. Fannie Brown and Mrs. Marie Klumpp, both of Roanoke; and there are four grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Mr. Woltzen was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson.

 



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From the German language newspaper, The Ostfriesische
Nachrichten, published in Breda, IA. The following obituary
appeared in the February 20, 1911 edition. Rev. Kenneth De Wall translated it.


FENNA B. WOLTZEN

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With a sad and heavy heart we bring the news to our friends
and relatives that the Lord over life and death has taken
from our side my dear wife and our good mother, grandmother
and great grandmother, Fenna B. Woltzen (Saathoff).

She was born on March 10, 1843, at Catharinenfeld, near
Aurich, in Ostfriesland. She died on January 14, 1911 near
Benson, Illinois. She reached the age of 67 years, 8 months
and 1 day.

She is survived by her husband, 13 children, 6 grandchildren
and 7 great grandchildren.

Her burial took place on the 18th with many in attendance at
the St. Peter's Cemetery. Pastor T.M. Ficken led the
funeral service.

The sorrowing relatives bring this notice.

Albert Woltzen, children and grandchildren.

Benson, Illinois

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[note: Family papers have her name as Bernhardina (Fenna)
Saathoff Woltzen and her birth date as 5 May 1843]

 




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Obituary No. 2

Obituary from an untitled newspaper clipping. My ancestor, Bernhardina (Fenna) Albers Saathoff Woltzen, was born 10 May 1843 in Katharinenfeld bei Aurich, Ostfriesland and died 14 January 1911 in Clayton Twp, Woodford Co, Illinois.

A Pioneer Called

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

Fenna B. Saathoff was born, May, 10th, 1843 in Ostfriesland, Germany. She came to America with her parents in 1857 and settled in Woodford county. In 1862 she was united in marriage to Albert J. Woltzen.

In the demise of Mrs. Woltzen, Woodford county loses one of its oldest citizens, as she settled within its bounds 53 years ago. They landed at New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Peoria. Gradually they moved eastward until they reached Roanoke. They lived near here for over half a century.

Mrs. Woltzen was survived by her husband and twelve children, seven daughters:

Mrs. Hallie Altman, Hokey, Kan.
Mrs. H. Altman, of Olio township
Mrs. Geo. Hendricks, of Green township
Mrs. Jacob Schroder, Green township
Mrs. Jacob Moritz, Clayton township
Mrs. John Moritz of Green township
Mrs. Wm. Manninga
Mrs. Harm Tjaden, Linn township.

And five sons, John, Albert, Hye, Alex and Edward, all of this localis. There are also 46 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held from the residence in Benson, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment was made at the Lutheran cemetery in Linn township.

 




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(From undated, untitled newspaper clipping. Herman Woltzen died 18 September 1913.)

Herman Woltzen
, aged 44, of Benson was fatally injured near here Friday night between 9 and 10 o'clock and died at 2 pm Saturday morning. Mr Woltzen and John Tjaden decided to go to East Peoria in Mr. Tjaden's E.M.F. roadster auto and left Benson with Mr Tjaden driving the car. They were coming south passing the Harm Hendrick's farm, two miles east and 1 1/2 miles north of Roanoke. At this place Misses Hannah and Anna and William Redenius, children of H. A. Redenius, were also coming south en route home from the Lutheran church where they had attended choir practice, in their buggy. The Redenius load noticed the approach of the automobile and turned to the right. Hardly had they got turned when the auto crashed into them, striking the front wheel of the rig. For a few moments everything was in a chaotic state and when the dust had settled, the Redenius people were found thrown out, the buggy broken, horse injured, occupants bruised but not seriously injured, the automobile thrown over and damaged and badly bent. Mr Woltzen, being the most seriously injured, was taken into the Hendricks farm home and physicians called. All that could be done to ease his pain or help him was of no avail and he passed into a comatose condition and died. His injuries seemed to be internal.

Many stories gained circulation of how the car turned turtle sideways and righted itself, but this cannot be verified as it all happened so quick even Mr. Tjaden cannot state. Mr Tjaden escaped without a scratch. The car was left standing until Saturday when Coroner D. Seidel of Benson empanelled a jury and held the inquest at the Redenius farm home. It was in accordance with the above facts given.

Herman was the stepson of Mrs. Woltzen of this place. He was born near Benson in 1869. He was united in marriage to Miss Dena Uphoff. There are five children surviving, one brother and one sister, half sisters Mrs. W.F. Brown, Mrs. Albert Dewilde and Miss Marie. The half brothers are Sheriff John E. Woltzen and Harm.

The funeral was held Monday and interment made at Benson.... (rest of article is cut off)

 




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Metamora Herald 3 January 1947

John A. Woltzen, Dies at Home Near Roanoke, Aged 84 - Leaves Wife and Seven Children, One of Whom is John Woltzen of Metamora

A life long resident of Roanoke township, John A. Woltzen [Johann Ahlrich Woltzen], passed away early New Year's day morning at his home two miles northeast of Roanoke, at the age of 84.

He was the oldest son of Albert J. and Fanny [Fenna] Saathoff Woltzen, pioneer settlers of Roanoke township.

Since his marriage in 1892 to Anna Gastman of Benson he had spent all the years since on the same farm. In the '20's he discontinued farming and devoted his time to working around the farm yard and garden. Of late years failing strength forced him to give up this a little over a year ago and he spent most of his time around the house. Everything was done to help him carry on, but his age began to tell heavily against him towards last.

Surviving him are his wife, three sons, Albert and Ben at home, and John of Metamora; four daughters, Fannie at home, Mrs. Lena Defreese, Mrs. Mary Oltman and Mrs. Anna Oltman, all of Benson community; also eight grandchildren, four brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the St Peter's Lutheran church two miles west of Benson.
 



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From The [illegible] Journal of Douglas County (Colorado) Friday, 2 Feb. 1945

Pioneer Resident Passed Away Last Thursday

John Henry Woltzen, a resident of Castle Rock since 1894, passed away on Thursday, January 25th, 1945, after suffering a stroke on December 6, 1944. He had been confined to his bed since the stroke on December 6th, during which time his family and friends held out hopes of his partial recovery, until he suffered a relapse. His two sons, Harold and Lloyd, came home to visit their father in his last illness as did one of his daughters, who lives in Pyatt, Arkansas. His other daughter lives in Castle Rock.

Mr. Woltzen was born in Secor, Illinois on March 9, 1868. On November 26, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Rose B. Palmer in Hoxie, Kansas, and to this union were born two sons and two daughters.

In 1894, the family moved to Castle Rock where Mr. and Mrs. Woltzen have resided ever since. During the past half century, they have engaged in the grocery business and the past few years they have operated the Variety Store in Castle Rock.

The entire community will feel the loss of a sincere friend and miss the cheery whistle as he walked briskly down the street.

The funeral services were held at the Andrews Funeral Chapel in Castle Rock on Monday, January 29th, at 2 p.m. with a large crowd attending. Interment was made in the family lot at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Rose, two daughters, Mrs. Lorena Wilson, of Pyatt, Arkansas, and Mrs. Lois Remley, of Castle Rock; two sons, Harold B. Woltzen, of Los Angeles, and Lloyd J. Woltzen, of San Francisco; five grandchildren; Lt. John M. Wilson, Lt. Robert F. Wilson, Tommy Wilson, Shirley Woltzen and Dick Remley; also one sister, Mrs. Louis Leinweber, of Benson, Illinois, besides other relatives and many friends.

The sincere sympathy of his many friends is extended to the sorrowing relatives.

 




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From an unknown newspaper clipping


Mrs. Lena Woltzen Called Unto Death

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Lena Elizabeth Woltzen died at her home near Roanoke, Monday afternoon, aged 63 years, 6 months and 22 days. She had been an invalid for the last seven years. She was born May 20, 1869, in Greene township, Illinois, and was married Feb. 9, 1888, to Albert Woltzen of Roanoke. He survives with the following children: Albert, Lowpoint; Henry, Roanoke; John, Gridley; Mrs. Bertha Yunge, Benson; Mrs. Fannie Moore, Brookston, Ind., and Miss Jessie at home. Also surviving are three brothers: Halley Oltman of Kansas; John and Henry, of Greene township. There are 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Woltzen was a member of the St Peter's Lutheran church of Benson, where services will be conducted Friday afternoon, with burial in Benson cemetery.


Note: Laenia Elizabeth Oltman(s) Woltzen was a daughter of Heinrich and Gesche Meils Oltman(s). She is buried in Clayton Twp Cemetery near Benson.
 




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Untitled newspaper clipping hand dated March 29, 1951



Mrs. Henry Woltzen Passes at Roanoke

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Mrs. Lena Woltzen, 68, died at 4:30 o'clock, Friday afternoon at her home, north of Roanoke. She had been ill for a week.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the residence, and from St Peter's Lutheran church of Linn township. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born Engeline Warnke, on Nov. 21, 1882, in Clayton township, a daughter of John and Rebekah Cordes Warnke. She was united in marriage with Henry Woltzen, Jr., on Nov. 6, 1912.

He survives with a daughter, Miss Irene Woltzen, and one son, Ernest Woltzen, both at home. She is also survived by three brothers, John Warnke of Minonk, and Edward and Bernd Warnke, both of Washburn.

She was a member of St Peter's Lutheran church of Linn township since April 3, 1898.

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Mrs. Henry Woltzen Funeral

At the funeral services for Mrs. Henry Woltzen, March 26, the Rev J. H. Prange of St Peter's Lutheran church, Linn township, officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Melvin Wessel, Everett Hill, Kenneth Pelz, Billy Kull, Leroy Woltzen, Gordon D. Woltzen, Herbert Younge and Bernard Wagner, all nephews. Flower bearers were Mrs. Mabel Wessel, Mrs. Leona Hill, Mrs. Bernadine Pelz, Mrs. Evelyn Kull, Mrs. Esther Pfister, Mrs. Vera Seggerman, Mrs. Margaret Woltzen and Mrs. Elizabeth Pfister, all nieces. Among those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. William Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wagner of Wolcott, Ind.

 




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LONG POINT -- Leroy V. Woltzen, 79, of Long Point died at 9:20 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be directed to the Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, or St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk.

He was born Sept. 25, 1921, at Greene Township, Woodford County, the son of Albert and Sena Uphoff Woltzen. He married Margaret A. Rients on June 24, 1946, at Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Linda (Tom) Ryan, Wenona; Lois (Jack) Klendworth, Minonk; Lorna (Rick) Klendworth, Long Point; and one sister, Vera Seggerman, Pontiac.

Other survivors include five grandchildren, Leigh and Tracy Ryan, Jennifer Lindsay, Ann Herrmann and Nathan L. Murray; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Esther Pfister, and one grandson.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, and the Long Point American Legion. He was an army veteran of World War II. He served as Long Point Township road commissioner for 26 years and was a farmer in the Long Point area. He was an avid gardener.

 



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From the Peoria Journal Star, 1 February 1993

ROANOKE -- Mabel W. Woltzen, 86, of 505 W. High St. died at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 1993, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born April 21, 1906, in Benson to Andrew and Lena Heedt Reents, she married Melvin L. Woltzen on Sept. 8, 1929, in Kenton, Ohio. He died March 23, 1967, in Tampa, Fla. Two sisters and one brother also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Shirley) Grogg of Roanoke; three brothers, Carl Reents of Washington, Arthur Reents of Newark, Ohio, and Lawrence Reents of Sun City, Ariz.; one sister, Leta Schoon of Metamora; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was a nurses aid at Roanoke Manor Nursing Home for 15 years before retiring in 1982. She also worked in alterations at Block and Kuhl's Department Store in Peoria.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Friends in Faith Group.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at her church. The Rev. Kent Umbarger will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at Remmert Funeral Home in Roanoke and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.

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No source for obituary.

Marvin E. Woltzen, 68, of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Minonk, died Nov. 30, 2003, in Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, of complications from a stroke.

Services were Dec. 4, 2003, at United Methodist Church, West Union, the Rev. James King and the Rev. Roger White officiated.

Burial: West Union Cemetery, West Union. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Hawkeye, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: his wife, Alyce; three sons, Michael, Darryl and Richard, all of West Union; his mother, Hazel Woltzen, Minonk; two brothers, Duane, Port Washington, Wis., and James, of Illinois; and a sister, Carol Nelson, Sun City West, Ariz.
 




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From an untitled newspaper clipping hand dated 23 March 1967

Roanoke - The funeral for Melvin L. Woltzen, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke.

The Rev. John Ricker will officiate. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery.

Mr. Woltzen was born March 28, 1908, in Benson, a son of Herman and Folka Uphoff Woltzen. He married Mabel Reints Sept. 8, 1929, in Kenton, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Grogg, Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren; three brothers, Edward, Peoria; Albert, Metamora; and Bart, Benson; and a sister, Mrs. Ambrose Paris, Benson.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church.  Mr. Woltzen was an electronics engineer with the Federal Aviation Authority and had served in the Navy. He had lived in Avon, Peoria and Benson.
 



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From untitled newspaper clipping hand dated June 2, 1932


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

Gerhard Wragge, for many years a well-known and beloved citizen of Benson and vicinity, passed away at this home in Benson Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock. He had been sick since last March and since that time he had gradually become weaker, although he suffered no pain at any time during his long sickness.

Services were conducted at St Peter's Lutheran church yesterday afternoon, with the pastor, Rev O. H. Behrens, officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Gommels, Meint Fischer, George Haase, U. B. Gastmann, E. A. Woltzen and William Kolb.

Gerhard Wragge was born near the city of Oldenburg, Germany, on June 20, 1851. As a boy of 16 years, he came to America and had since lived in and near Benson. In 1879 he was married to Miss Gesche Mennen and the young couple settled in Linn township. They had been residents of Benson the past 20 years.

With his wife there survive five children; Mrs. Kate Flohr, who lives in Minnesota, and Mrs. Ella Tjaden, William Wragge, Mrs. Anna Moritz and Mrs. Maggie Reiner, all of the vicinity of Benson and Roanoke. There are 26 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Wragge was a man of sterling character and was beloved and honored by the entire community.
 




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Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)

Robert L. Wyss, 90, of Heritage Manor in Minonk, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 29, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.

He was born on May 16, 1918 in rural Roanoke to Louis and Elsie Meinhold Wyss. Bob married Doris Janssen on June 14, 1945 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving are: one son, Gayl (Gail) Wyss of Minonk; one daughter, Arlene Wyss of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Hannah, Will, and Guthrie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob was in the United States Army during World War II when he served in the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment.

He was a member of American Legion Post 142 in Minonk for many years. He also belonged to the Woodford County Farm Bureau.

Bob was a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ for 51 years and served as council member a number of times.

Bob was a farmer from the age of 15 until he could no longer help. He started with his father, Louis, south of Minonk in 1933 and farmed with his son until he was 81. He had an easy laugh and smile, loved movies, loved to travel, talk farming and his family. He had many wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. The Rev. Daniel Gransch-Boythe will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of the family to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, or Heritage Manor in Minonk. Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .

The family wishes to express its thanks to all the nurses and staff members at Heritage Manor for the excellent care that was given to their father.

 




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