Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

LOUIS FAHS
Donated by Pat Esterday

VAN ORIN __ Louis H. Fahs, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1993 in Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He was an Ohio area farmer prior to his retirement and the first caretaker of Bache Chapel in Van Orin. He was born on May 27, 1905 in Ohio Twp. to Henry and Lena (Spohn) Fahs. He married Louise Fischer on Feb. 10, 1931 in Ohio. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Survivors include his wife and one son, James of Van Orin. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio with the Rev. John Burns, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bache Chapel in Van Orin with the Rosary at 7:45 p.m. Arrangements were completed by Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota. A memorial has been established to St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph Thursday, December 2, 1993  Page 8 – Col. 3


RUTH FAHS
Donated by Pat Esterday

Ruth R. Fahs, 88, formerly of 1310 W. River St. died Sunday, Dec. 3, 1989 in Lee County Nursing Home after a long illness. She was a Foster Parent at the Dixon Developmental Center for 10 years. She was born Aug. 20, 1901 in Princeton, to Henry and Alta (Sparling) Oberschelp. She was married to Fred Fahs in Jan. 19, 1925 in Ohio. He preceded her in death in August of 1964. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include a daughter, Norma Contreras of Dixon; sons, Charles and Joy, both of Dixon; brother, Leslie of Ohio; sister, Kathryn Pelton of Sterling; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Paul Holmer, officiating. Burial of cremains is in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the church and Lee County Nursing home.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph Lee-Ogle Report  Monday, December 4, 1989 Page 16


Anthony W. Fairbanks

TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
January 14, 1875 - Bureau County

Anthony W. Fairbanks of Milo died recently, his disease being from the effects of exposure and privation during the late rebellion. A child dying a few days previous leaves the widow doubly bereft. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper


RONALD G. FANE

Contributed by Pat Esterday

PRINCETON __ Ronald G. Fane, 67, of Princeton, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. He was employed by Henry Pratt Co., Dixon, Orkin Pest Control, Medusa Cement and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, retiring in 1998. He also was a licensed barber. Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1940, in Amboy, the son of Robert L. and Maxine (Potts) Fane. He married Sheryl Ann Jones in 1962 in Dixon. She preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1968. He married Wilma Gregg Wilder on Nov. 2, 1996, in Princeton. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon, and enjoyed playing billiards, camping, fishing, art and coin collecting. He also was an avid Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox and NASCAR fan. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Roxanne (Dan) Mahan, Lynette Kirk and Cindy (Derek) Griffith, all of Dixon; a son, Marty Fane of Kenosha, Wis.; two stepsons, Paul (Shari) Wilder of Oglesby and Jim Wilder of Canton; a stepdaughter, Rhonda Schaefer of Beloit, Wis.; a brother, Raymond (Gloria) Fane of Dixon; a sister, Rita (Bob) Frey of Rockford; six grandchildren, Nicholas Mahan, Alexandria Mahan, Haley Kirk, Conar Kirk, Logan Griffith and Jenna Griffith; and eight step-grandchildren, Austin Wilder, Timothy Wilder, Josh Wilder, Cassandra Wilder, Jamie Wilder, Zachary Wilder, Morgan Wilder and Josh Doyle. Prayer service is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. James Keenan, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. with the rosary recited at 7 p.m., today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to St. Mary School, Dixon.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, September 21, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 - 2


Patrick Finnegan

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 5, 1880

In Milo, Bureau county, Jan. 28, of old age, Patrick Finnegan, 95. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper


ANNA MARGARETHA FISCHER
Donated by Pat Esterday

Anna Margaretha Hofmann, a daughter of Johann Nicolaus Hofmann and Eve Margaretha Knorr was born 1 May 1837 in Hofstaetten near Koburg (Bavaria, Germany) and soon baptized. There she grew up with her 7 siblings, six brothers and one sister, and after instruction was confirmed. She was married to Simon Peter Fischer from Ebersdorf 14 May 1865 (Ceremony by Superintendent Eckardt in Sonnenfeld). Three children were born in Germany, two of whom died there. In 1868 the couple immigrated to America with a daughter. The husband found work in this community. Six children were born here. Simon Peter Fischer died 6 March 1880. This was a severe blow to his widow with seven children: the youngest aged about three months. But the Lord mercifully provided for them. The family later moved to May Township, Lee County where she continued to reside with her family until, because of mental illness, she was taken to Watertown Hospital, 3 March 1910. On Saturday, December 17, 1910 she suffered a stroke and died Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m. He age was 75 years, 7 months and 24 days. She is survived by 7 children (six sons and on daughter), and 19 grandchildren. Burial: Tuesday, December 27, 1910 Text: Romans 14: 8

Taken from: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Clarion Obituary Journal  Volume 1, Number 47


DORIS IRENE (BAIRD) FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Mrs. Howard Fischer Passed Away Sunday

Mrs. Howard Fischer passed away at her home in Clarion Township Sunday morning, August 31, at the age of thirty-seven years, two months and twenty-six days. Doris Irene Baird was born on a farm at the north edge of the village of Van Orin on June 5, 1910. She was the eldest of three children born to Oscar and Alta Anderson Baird. One brother, Glen Eugene, passed away in infancy and one sister, Rachel Iva, in 1919, at the age of seven years, leaving Doris as the only child in the home. She, with her parents, moved to the Village of Van Orin where she attended school, later going to LaMoille Community high school from which school she graduated with the class of 1929. Doris was bereft of her mother on November 6, 1930, whose passing at the early age of thirty-seven years was another dark period in her own life. November 20, 1930, she was married to Howard Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fischer of Van Orin. After their marriage, they started farming in the immediate vicinity of Van Orin, later moving to the Erwin Stuepfert farm in Clarion Township in the spring of 1939, where they continued to live until her passing. She leaves to mourn her loss, two sons, Dale Baird, born September 10, 1931, and Glen Edward, born September 26, 1935. These boys remain to cherish the fond remembrance of a good and loving mother to whom they are indebted for the fundamental teachings of a Christian home. Also remains her loving and sorrowing husband who made her life pleasant and who did everything humanly possible to alleviate pain and bring comfort to her last hours. Her father, Oscar Baird, and stepmother, Irene, also myriads of friends and relatives survive.

She was plain and pure and full of love, just like it had filtered from above.

Her actions spoke, we need not tell, she lived her life and lived it well.

We wonder why, at thirty-seven, the angels called her up to heaven?

But, as we pause and breathe a prayer, we hear the answer back from there.

We know she’s safe in “Masters” care with joy and peace and life o’er there.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Tuesday, September 2, at the Van Orin Gospel Church, with the Rev. Fred Meyers of Polo, Illinois, assisted by the Rev. Foster of the Gospel Church, officiating. Mrs. Millie Beatty, accompanied by Mrs. Frank Rambo, sang “Only Glory Some Day.” Burial was in the Van Orin Cemetery, close to her loved ones. Pallbearers were Russell Jontz, Eddie Watson, Clarence Fetzer, Albert Miller, Elman Pohl and Ralph Welch. The ladies caring for the many floral tributes were Mrs. Eddie Watson, Mrs. Elman Pohl and Mrs. Ralph Welch.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, August, 1947


EDWARD C, FISCHER
Donated by Pat Esterday

VAN ORIN __ Edward C. Fischer, 83, of Van Orin, died Friday afternoon in the Mendota Community Hospital. He had been ill four months. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Church of Christ near LaMoille with the Rev. Roland Hosto officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the Beatty Funeral Home in La Moille after 7 p.m. today and Sunday afternoon and evening. Mr. Fischer, a retired farmer, was born Dec. 21, 1879, in Clarion Township, son of Peter and Anna Hoffman Fischer. He was married to Emma Zimmerlein, Jan, 22, 1902, in Lee County. She survives along with a son, Howard, of rural La Moille; two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert (Florence) Brucker of Mendota and Mrs. Louis (Louise) Fahs of Ohio, ILL.; He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter Mendota, IL. June, 1963


EMMA (ZIMMERLEIN) FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Mrs. Fischer of Van Orin Dies at 92

Mrs. Edward (Emma) Fischer, 92, of Van Orin, died early Friday morning in Mendota Lutheran Home where she had been a resident for seven years. She was born Feb. 21, 1882, in Lee County, a daughter of Nicholas and Louise Fetzer Zimmerlein. She was married Jan. 22, 1902, to Edward Fischer in Bureau County, and was a member of St. Paul Church of Christ and its Ladies Aid society. Surviving are a son, Howard of New Bedford; two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert (Florence) Brucker, Mendota, Mrs. Louis (Louise) Fahs, Van Orin; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Rose, LaMoille. Preceding her in death was her husband in 1963; five sisters, and four brothers. Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lundquist Funeral home, LaMoille, the Rev. Roland Hostow officiating, and burial was in St. Paul Church of Christ cemetery.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter  March, 1974


FRED FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Fred L. Fischer, 80, of 804 Meadowview Drive died Monday, Oct. 15, 1990, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church of Ohio. The Rev. LaVern Johnson will officiate. Burial will be at Van Orin Cemetery. Visitation is 3 – 7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Merritt Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church of Ohio, where he was a member. Mr. Fischer was born Feb. 15, 1910, in Ohio, Ill., a son of William and Louise (Fahs) Fischer. He married Esther Kerchner in Ohio April 28, 1937. He had been president of the board of Bache Memorial Chapel of Van Orin for 30 years, had served on the Van Orin elevator board of directors and was a former trustee of LaMoille Township. He moved from LaMoille to Mendota 12 years ago, when he retired from farming. Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife; two sons, Charles and David, both of LaMoille; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Jeanette) Brandau of Dixon, Mrs. John (Bernice) Hucko of Palos Heights and Mrs. Richard (Bev) Hall of Ames, Iowa; one brother, George of LaMoille; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Anderson of Van Orin; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Melvin.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, October 17, 1990, Page 4


GEORGE FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

LAMOILLE __ George A. Fischer, 89, of Rt. 2, died Monday, Aug. 24, 1992 in KSB Hospital. He was a life-long farmer in the Van Orin area. He was born Nov. 20, 1902 in May Township to William and Louise (Fahs) Fischer. He married Minnie Eich on Nov. 27, 1923; she preceded him in death April 12, 1973. He then married Darlene Faber Full on June 29, 1974. He was also preceded by death by four brothers. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ohio, the Elks Lodge 1212 in Mendota, and was also a member of Bureau Valley Antique Club. Survivors include his wife of LaMoille; step-son, Fred (Donna) Full of Amboy; step-daughter, Linda (Joseph) Sartino of Rockford; sister, Elsie Anderson of Van Orin; three step-grandsons. Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday in the Bache Chapel in Van Orin, with the Rev. LaVern Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Van Orin Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to8 p.m. Wednesday in the Lundquist-Merritt Funeral Home in LaMoille. A memorial has been established to the First Lutheran Church of Ohio.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, August 26, 1992, Page 8 – Col. 2


GLEN FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Nov. 2 __ Glen Fischer, 70, of rural Sublette died Oct. 27, 2005 at his home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mendota with Rev. Dale Dykstra officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation was from 2 – 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Merritt Funeral Home. Mr. Fischer was born Sept. 26, 1935 in LaMoille to Howard and Doris Fischer. He married Madra Montagnoli on Aug. 11, 1957 in Mendota. Survivors include his wife of Sublette; one daughter, Julie (Robert) Manning of LaMoille; one son, Steven (Laura) of Sublette; twin grandsons, Cole John and Cory Glen Manning; two brothers, Dale (Carol) Fischer of Mendota and Jerry (Barb) Fischer of Indiana; one sister, Myrna (John) Vail of Arizona; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois Rhinedollar; and one niece, Karen Annette Fischer. Mr. Fischer graduated from Mendota High School in 1954, then served in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1957 achieving the rank of sergeant. He was a life long farmer in Bureau and Lee counties and worked for Hulcher Emergency Railroad Services for 11 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mendota, Mendota Elks Lodge 1212 and the Mendota Golf Club. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Mendota, Ronald McDonald House or Illinois Valley Hospice.

Donated by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Mendota, LaSalle Co., Illinois


HOWARD FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Howard Fischer dies in Princeton hospital.

Funeral services for Howard L. Fischer, 68, of New Bedford, were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bache Memorial Chapel, Van Orin. The Rev. William Ufkes and the Rev. John Strolberg officiated and burial was in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Pallbearers were Arthur Stamberger, Ralph Welch, Ralph Fischer, Alvin Zimmerlein, Fred Fischer and Max Zimmerlein. Visitation at the Lundquist Funeral Home, LaMoille, was Thursday evening. Mr. Fischer was a former LaMoille area resident. He died Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, where he had been a patient since Dec. 7. Mr. Fischer was born Dec. 29, 1905 in Lee County, a son of Edward and Emma Zimmerlein Fischer. He married Cecile Nelson, Feb. 12, 1972 in the Christian Church in New Bedford. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Dale of Mendota and Glen of LaMoille; one daughter, Mrs. John (Myrna) Vail of Peoria Heights; five grandchildren; two adopted children, Jerry Fischer of Princeton and Lois Roinedollar in Missouri; six step-clildren, Harold Nelson, Elaine Hewitt, Nelda Mitchell, Perry Nelson, Michael Nelson and Karen Nelson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris, who died Aug. 31, 1947, and a step-son, George Nelson.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, December, 1974


HANNA E. (MATTHES) FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Mrs. L. Fischer, Van Orin, Dies at her Home.

Mrs. Lawrence (Hannah E.) Fischer passed away at 6:20 o’clock Saturday morning, October, 16, at her home in Van Orin where she had been ill for several months. She died at the age of 67 years. Hannah E. Fischer, nee Matthes, was born May 26, 1887, in Trenton, Nebraska, the daughter of Emil and Amelia Lange Matthes. She lived in Nebraska thirteen years and the family moved to Bureau County, Illinois, where they resided thirteen years, then moved to North Baltimore, Ohio, in 1913. She came back to Illinois where she worked out in the vicinity of Ohio and was united in marriage to Lawrence Fischer on March 21, 1924. This union was blessed with three children, Ralph, Verna, who passed away in infancy, and Mabel. Mrs. Fischer spent her married life on a farm near Van Orin until December of 1945 when the family moved into Van Orin. She was a loving and devoted mother, a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church and Ladies Aid Society and was a faithful church worker. Left to mourn her passing are one daughter, Mabel; a son, Ralph, and a stepson, Otto, of near LaMoille; two grandsons, David and Donald; two sisters, Mrs. May Matthes of Prophetstown and Mrs. Sophia Yeager of Youngstown, Ohio; three brothers, Charles and Henry Matthes of North Baltimore, Ohio, and Fred Matthes of McComb, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, who passed away in August of 1949, her infant daughter, Verna, one brother, William, and three sisters, Martha, Louisa and Amelia. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the late residence at 1:30 o’clock and at 2:00 o’clock in St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church on the Old Chicago Road. The Rev. Roland Hosto officiated and Mrs. Dorothy Ewalt was vocalist accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Maria Smith, both of Ohio, Mrs. Roland Hosto played the organ. Mrs.Ralph Welsch, Mrs. Ralph Roemmich and Mrs. Wilson Roemmich had charge of the flowers. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Marvin Fischer, Melvin Fischer, Howard Fischer, Howard Bauer, Louis Fahs and Herman Nelson. Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Yeager of Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Matthes and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Matthes of North Baltimore, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes of McComb, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Marins Mathis and son Robert, and Herman Nelson of Prophetstown, Illinois, and Mr. and Mrs.Wilbur Schneider of Winslow, Illinois.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, October 21, 1954


LAWRENCE FISHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Lawrence Fischer Died Saturday in Princeton.

Mr. Lawrence Fischer of Van Orin, passed away at six-twenty o’clock Saturday morning in the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, where he had been a patient since June 27. He died at the age of eighty years, nine months and nineteen days. Lawrence Fischer was born Oct. 24, 1868 in May Township, Lee County, Illinois, the son of Peter and Anna Hoffman Fischer. He attended the public schools of Bureau County and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Clarion Church. He was united in marriage with Caroline Zimmerlein on February 26, 1896. This union was blessed with one son, Otto. His wife, Catoline, passed away May 29, 1917. March 21, 1924 he was united in marriage with Hannah Matthes. This union was blessed with three children, Ralph, Verna, who passed away in infancy and Mabel. Mr. Fischer spent his life farming in the Van Orin Community until December, 1945, when he moved to Van Orin. His health had been failing for the past few years. Left to mourn his passing are his faithful wife, Hannah, one daughter, Mabel; two sons, Otto and Ralph; two grandsons, Donald and David; three brothers, William and Edward of Van Orin, and Julius of Sublette, also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Caroline, his infant daughter, Verna, one sister, Elizabeth and two brothers, John and Peter. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the late residence at one-thirty o’clock and at two-thirty in St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church on the Old Chicago Road. The Rev. Roland Hosto officiated and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Long were the vocalists accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Hosto. Interment was in the Church cemetery. Pallbearers were George Fischer, Fred Fischer, Howard Fischer, Alvin Zimmerlein, Arthur Stamberger and Wilbert Zimmerlein. Those attending from a distance were mrs. Kenneth Yeager and son Dickie of Youngstown, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mattes and son Edward of North Baltimore, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Marius Matthes and son Robert, and Herman Nelson of Prophetstown, and Mrs. Wilbur Schneider of Winslow, Illinois. Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, August, 1949


MARIE M. (WEEKS) FISCHER

Donated by Pat Esterday

Marie M. Fischer

Mrs. Marie M. Fischer, 82, of LaMoille, died Monday, Jan 3, 1983 in Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Services will be held today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. in the Community United Methodist Church, the Rev. Thomas L. Howard officiating. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the church. Pallbearers were David Hartz, William Weeks, David Weeks, James Fischer, Larry Schaefer and Randy Schaefer. Mrs. Fischer was born Jan. 9, 1900 in Sublette to John and Anna (Kessel) Weeks. She married Otto Fischer in 1921 in LaMoille. He died in 1965. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church, the Friendly and Hope circles of the church, the LaMoille Book Club, the LaMoille Women’s Club, the Bridge Club and the Senior Citizens Group. She is survived by a nephew, John Weeks of LaMoille. Memorials may be directed to the LaMoille Amubuance Service. Arrangements were made by the Lundquist Funeral Home, LaMoille.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Wednesday, January 5, 1983, Page 4 – Col. 4


Marie C. (Herman) Fischer

Donated by Pat Esterday

Jan. 10 – Marie C. Fischer, 85, a resident of the Mendota Lutheran Home died Jan. 9, 2005 at the care facility. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Bache Memorial Chapel in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Mrs. Fischer was born May 25, 1919 in Sublette to Theodore and Bertha (Brown) Herman. She married Melvin Fischer on Oct. 2, 1941 in Ohio, Ill. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1988. Survivors include one son, Harold (Mary Ann) Fischer of Mendota; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; on sister, Evelyn Mathesius of Mendota; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbanc; a daughter, Sue Leffelman; three sisters and one brother. Mrs. Fischer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota and was a former member of First Lutheran Church of Ohio where she had served on the church council. She was employed by Van Orin Grade School for 13 years as a cook. Memorials may be directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home or the LaMoille Ambulance Service.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Mendota, LaSalle County, IL., January 10, 2005


Marvin C. Fischer

Donated by Pat Esterday

Marvin Charles Fischer, 72, RR 1, Mendota, died Saturday, July 16, 1988, in Olathe (Kan.) Medical Center, after a long illness. Born April 3, 1916 in LaMoille, son of William and Louise Fahs Fischer. Married Edith Meyer Feb. 11, 1942. He farmed his entire life in the LaMoille area. Member Clarion Lutheran Church and Elks Lodge 1212. Survivors include his wife, Edith, Mendota; four sons, Richard, Ames, Iowa, Raymond, Mendota; Ron, Olathe, and William, Waterloo, Iowa; daughter, Debbie (Robert) Sweeney, Palatine; two brothers, George, LaMoille, and Fred, Mendota; sister, Elsie Anderson, Van Orin,; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Predeceased by parents and two brothers. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, in Bache Memorial Temple, Van Orin, with the Rev. LaVern Johnson officiating. Burial in Van Orin Cemetery. Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials to Clarion Lutheran Church or Kansas City (Kan.) Hospice.

Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Tuesday, July 19, 1988


Melvin Fischer

Donated by Pat Esterday

LaMoille ____Melvin E. Fischer, 72, RT. 2, died Sunday, May 22, 1988 in Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota. He farmed in the LaMoille area. He was born April 3, 1916 in May Township, to William and Louise (Fahs) Fischer. He was married to Marie Hermann Oct. 2, 1941 in Ohio. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ohio and the Mendota Moose Lodge. He was preceded in death by one brother. Survivors include his wife of LaMoille; son, Harold of Van Orin; daughter, Sue Leffelman of Sublette; brothers, George of LaMoille and Fred and Marvin, both of Mendota; sister, Mrs. Elsie Anderson of Van Orin; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bach Memorial Chapel, Van Orin, with the Rev. LaVern Johnson, officiating. Burial will be in Van Orin Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to8 p.m. Tuesday in Lundquist-Merritt Funeral Home, LaMoille. Memorials have been established to the church and laMoille Ambulance Service.

Donated by Pat Esterday

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, May 23, 1988


Minnie M. (Eich) Fischer

Donated by Pat Esterday

Mrs. G. Fischer Dies

Mrs. George (Minnie M.) Fischer, 69, RR 2 LaMoille, died at 4:23 P.M., Thursday, April 12 in Mendota Community Hospital where she had been admitted as a patient on March 19. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First Lutheran Church, Ohio, with the Rev. William Ufkes officiating. Burial was in the Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marvin Schmidt, Keith Eich, Thomas Yost, David Schmidt, Leonard Funfsinn and Wayne Eich. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lundquist Funeral Home, LaMoille. Memorials were directed to the building fund of the First Lutheran Church or the Mendota Lutheran Home. Mrs. Fischer was born Aug. 23, 1903 in LaSalle County, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Barnickel Eich. She married George Fischer Nov. 2l7, 1923 in First Lutheran Church, Ohio. Surviving are her husband; one brother, Walter Eich of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Mrs. Alfred (Clara) Guehler of Mendota; two half-brothers, Ralph and Albert Yost, both of Mendota and four half-sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Elma) Schmidt of Arlington, Mrs. Raymond (Katherine) Eich, Mrs. Joseph (Margaret) Funfsinn and Mrrs. Edward (Bertha) Eich, all of Mendota. She was preceded in death by one brother, two half-brothers and her step-father. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ohio.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, Thursday, April 18, 1973, Page 6 – Col. 3


Peter Fischer

Donated by Pat Esterday

Last Rites Held For Peter Fischer

Peter Fischer, son of Peter and Anna Fischer, was born March 6, 1871 in Clarion township, Bureau County, Illinois. He passed away on May 28, 1946 at his home in LaMoille, Illinois. On January 20, 1897, he was married to Miss Anna Schamberger. Two daughters were born to this union; Ivy (Mrs. Howard Bauer) of LaMoille, and Lola (Mrs. Roy Long) of Amboy. His entire life was spent in this locality, a major portion of it having been devoted to farming in Lee County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Clarion Lutheran Church, later joining the Perkins Grove Evangelical Church, of which he was a member at the time of his passing, and in which he held official positions in its life and work. After his wife’s death in February 28, 1938, he remained on the farm for several years. Upon his retirement he moved to LaMoille, Ill., where he resided at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his passing his two daughters, Mrs. Howard Bauer and Mrs. Roy Long, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Lawrence, William and Edward of Van Orin, and Julius of Sublette, also survive him. Besides his wife, his parents and his one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Spohn and one brother, John, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 28, at two o’clock in the Rambo Funeral Home, LaMoille, the Rev. Harold B. Flessner officiating. Mrs. Frank Rambo, sang the hymns “Jesus Savior, Pilot Me” and “Still, Still With Thee”. Mrs. A. R. Althaus and mrs. Hayes Hatch served as flower committee. Casket bearers were A. B. Bauer, Elton Becker, Norman Fauble, Floyd Owens, Howard Rapp and Lester Schwingle. Interment was made in Union Cemetery, LaMoille.

Mr. Peter Fischer, who suffered a stroke about two weeks ago, passed away at his home last Sunday Evening at 6:30.


John Fitzgerald

Malone, William aged 32 years, son of an Irish farmer, long a resident of Scott Co., Iowa left there in April, 1876 for New York City and planned to leave from there to make a visit to his old home in Ireland. When they landed at Queenstown, Ireland, he was arrested along with several of his fellow passengers also from Iowa: Mr. O’Neil of Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa; Wm. O’Donnell of Cedar Co., Iowa; Wm. Hickey of Boone Co., Iowa; and John Raynard of Sac City, Iowa. They were confined in the Harnold Cross Prison in Dublin and convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government. After 6 months they were sent to Dartmouth prison in England and there another fellow prisoner, John Fitzgerald, of Neponset, Illinois died aged 26 years. He was pardoned on 1 January 1877 and returned to Ireland to stay with relatives for a time and then return to America. Malone was 16 years old when he came to this country with his father and is a Civil War veteran, serving with Company D, 69th New York. He has now returned to his home in Butler twp, Scott Co. Iowa. (Rock Island Daily Argus, Monday 26 March 1877) - Donated by Kim Torp


Joel Fosdick

TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLICAN
February 6, 1873

In Milo, Bureau county, Feb. 1, of paralysis, Joel Fosdick, aged 67 years, father of Mrs. J. P. Swift. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper


William Fosdick

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 5, 1878

At Tiskilwa, Bureau county, Sept. 1, Levi Fosdick, aged 78, uncle of Mr. William Fosdick of this city (Henry).

September 19, 1878
Levi Fosdick

We have already chronicled the death of Levi Fosdick at Tiskilwa, which took place September 1st. A correspondent of the Buda Call give the following particulars in his life: "The funeral took place on Monday at 2 p.m., at the M. E. church. B. C. Dennis delivered an eloquent discourse, for Eccs. Vii. 1, Mr. Fosdick was born March 18, 1801, in Hartford, Washington county, New York. Was married to Roxene Webster, Nov. 27, 1828 at Hartford; moved from H. to Livonia, Livingston county, N.Y., and from there to Illinois in 1836, settling in Marshall county, from Marshall county to Tiskilwa, in 1866. He was converted to the Methodist faith in the 17th year of his age, and has lived a faithful follower at his Lord, dying in full faith. He leaves a wife and several children, who by his industry are in comfortable circumstances. The funeral was well attended, a goodly number following the remains to Mt. Bloom. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Mrs. Mary Foss (nee Kruse)

Contributed by Pat Esterday

Walnut, Feb. 6, 1948 __ Mrs. John Foss, Sr., aged 77 years, passed away at 4 o'clock this morning at her home near Walnut. She had been critically ill since last June. Funeral services will be held at the Red Oak church near Walnut Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the pastor, the Rev. C. J. Krell officiating, and burial will be in the Walnut cemetery. Martha Kruse was born Aug. 28, 1870 near Walnut, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kruse and was united in marriage to John Foss, Sr., August, 1893. They had lived all their lives in a farm near Walnut. She is survived by her husband; five daughters: Mrs. Alvira Albrecht, Ohio; Mrs. Millie White, Walnut; Mrs. Mable Hines, Dixon; Mrs. Marie Dir, Rock Falls; Mrs. Hattie Edmondson, Ohio; two sons: Don Jr., and Harold of Walnut; three sisters: Mrs. Lou Stoldors, Clay Center, Neb.; Mrs. Minnie Nodine and Mrs. Glenn Peach, both of Walnut, and three brothers, Ben, Henry and Fred of Walnut. Taken from: Dixon Evening Telegraph, Friday, February 6, 1948, Page 4 - Col. 5

Walnut, Feb. 10, 1948 -- Funeral services for Mrs. John Foss, Sr., were held on Sunday afternoon at the Red Oak United Brethren Evangelical church near Walnut, Rev. C. J. Krell in charge. The hymns, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye", and "In the Garden", were sung by Mrs. Robert L. Birkey of Princeton, with Mrs. Alvin Birkey as accompanist. Casket bearers were G. A. Short, Howard Smith, William Ganschow, J. T. Frederick, I. M. White and Otto Yonk. Burial was in the Walnut Cemetery. Relatives and friends were present from Jefferson, Iowa, Revieu, Minn., Elgin, Rock Falls, Sterling and Dixon. Taken from: Dixon Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, February 10, 1948, Page 4 - Col. 4his one. Pat E.


Obituary of Edna Faye Ellis Foulke - Donated by Sara Hemp

Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Illinois
May 31, 2005

Edna Foulke

Wyanet - Edna E. Foulke, 94, of Wyanet died at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Walnut Manor in Walnut.

Born Sept. 28, 1910, in Bureau Township, Bureau County, to Silas Columbus and Julia Jeannette (Joines) Ellis, she married Kenneth E. Foulke Sept. 30, 1931, in Princeton. He died Aug. 14, 1978.

She was a graduate of Wyanet High School and had one year of nurse's training at Michael Reese in Chicago. She cleaned houses and was a restaurant cook.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wyanet, War Mothers and Wyanet Senior Citizens. She was a lifetime member of Wyanet VFW Ladies Auxiliary 6634.

Surviving are two daughters, Martha Moore of Kewanee and Marilyn (Robert) Fisher of Norwalk, Iowa; four sons, Daniel E. (Helen) Foulke of Geneseo, Jack (Katie) Foulke of Katy, Texas, David (Jeannette) Foulke of Ogden, Utah and Gilbert (Pat) Foulke of Sun City, Ariz.; one sister, Ethel Hall of Poland, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and five sisters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Wyanet, with Pastor Steve D. Scott officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, in the funeral home.

Note: Kenneth Edward Foulke was born Kenneth Edward Fulk, born November 07, 1905 Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois. Via son, Jack: Mom changed the spelling of Fulk to Foulke and all children had that spelling for their surname-maiden name.


OREL M. (Draper) FOY

From Melva L. Taylor  
 
February 22, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

Manlius: - Orel M. Foy, 66, New Bedford, died early this morning in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the New Bedford Christian Church with the Rev. William Douglass officiating. Burial will be in the
Greenville-Fairvew Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius. Memorial may be made to the Manlius Rescue Unit.
Orel Foy was born on Feb. 21, 1917 in Manlius Township, the daughter of Earl and Mabel Neuell Draper. On July 16, 1938 she married Raymond Foy in New Bedford. They ran a grocery store in New Bedford for many years. Later she was employed as a cook at the Manlius High School and Prairie View Nursing Home. She was a member of the New Bedford Christian Church, Royal Neighbors and Mothers of WWII.
Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Frances) Sallee, Prophetstown and Kathryn Foy, Dodgeville, Wis.; one son, Clare, Sterling; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce Draper of New Mexico.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister.


Ida (VanAcker) Van DeVelde

ERNEST AUGUST FRANK

from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterlilng-Rock Falls, Illinois

December 8, 19783 - Saturday, pg. 2

Ernest A. Frank, 77, Prophetstown, died Friday evening at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the First Lutheran Church with the Rev. L. S. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery. Friends may call at Gardner's Funeral Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m Sunday.

Ernest August Frank was born Jan. 26, 1896 in Bureau County, son of William and Elsie (Marine) Frank. He was educated in Leon Schools and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown. He married Louise Sandrock in Yorktown on Nov, 26, 1919. They had resided in Prophetstown since 1944.

Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Sullivan, Minot, N.D.; two sons, Arnold, Prophetstown and Everett, Peoria; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. John Menega, Fargo Falls, Minn.; Mrs. Mason (Eleanor) Sibits, Dixon; and Mrs. Freda Berg, Rock Falls.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, one granddaughter and two brothers.


WILLIAM FRANK

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

William Frank Of Tampico Dies - Funeral Rites On Monday At Yorktown Church

Tampico: - William frank, 62, passed away this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Berge, here, where he was brought from the Sterling Hospital two weeks ago. He had been ill for the past five weeks, suffering a stroke several weeks ago, and that with complications was the cause of his death.

He was born in Germany, Oct. 19, 1869, the son of Ernest and Reka Frank. He came to the United States when 15 years old, and has spent practically the entire time since in this community, except for a year on a farm near Leon, Ill. He has lived on the home place for the past 24 years.

He was united in marriage Dec. 22, 1893, to Elsie Marine, who survives him. Three daughters and three sons also survive as follows: Mrs. Minnie Mennenga of Milledgeville, Mrs. Freda Berge of Tampico, and Elinora, at home, and Ernest Frank of Rock Falls, Carl of Chicago, and Arthur of Sterling.

The funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home and at 2 o'clock at the Yorktown German Lutheran Church, of which he was a member. Rev. W. E. Krebs of Rock Falls will officiate, and interment will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.


MARTIN L. FRANKS

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 28, 1948 - Wednesday, pg 15

Martin Franks Dies Monday Afternoon

Funeral services for Martin L. Franks, 78, who passed away at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Moline Lutheran Hospital, where he had been under treatment for six weeks, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Hooppole EUB Church. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery. He had been ill for two years.

Mr. Franks, familiarly known as "Cap" was born Jan. 22, 1870 in Princeton, a son of Henry and Lucy Sisler Franks. He was reared and educated in Bureau County. He married Sabrina Brown Jan. 10, 1892 in Geneseo, and their home was on a farm in the Sharon Center community for many years. Mrs. Franks died April 3, 1935. He was also preceded in death by a son Henry who died in infancy, his parents, a brother Leonard and a sister Mrs. Fannie Brown.

Surviving are two sons Glenn of near Prophetstown and Harvey of Galva, three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Ruby) Jacobs and Mrs. Mabel Blackwell of Erie and Mrs. Fred (Evelyn) Peterson of Moline, 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He is also survived by five sisters, Mrs. Ella Miller of Geneseo, Mrs. May Brants of Fort Worth, Tex., Mrs. Arthur Delp of Cooks, Wash., Mrs. Charles Redell of Spring Hill and Mrs. Harold Fehlman of Hooppole, and four brothers, George Franks of Erie, Beecher Franks of Galesburg, Kans., Harry Franks of Strathclair, Manitoba, Can., and Paul Franks of Chicago. An aunt, Miss Nelle Sisler of Princeton also survives.


Mrs. Freer

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 28, 1876

Local Correspondence - Snachwine
Mrs. Freer who lived near "Lone Tree", having died with typhoid fever, was buried on Thursday last, leaving an infant a few weeks old.  - Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Rachel (Riley) Frisbey

July 8, 1915
Taken from the Henry Republican

The telephone gives us the information that Mrs. Rachel Frisbey of Mineral, Bureau county, wife of the late Loton Frisbey, has passed into the spiritual world on Tuesday, July 6.  She had made her home since her husband's death, many years ago with her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Studley at Mineral.  Mrs. Frisbey, who lived for many years northwest of Henry, had a wide acquaintance in this vicinity, and was most tenderly and affectionately esteemed.  Her age was 88.  Her funeral will be held tomorrow at Mineral. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 22, 1915

Mrs. Loton Frisbey

Rachel Riley was born in Ohio, Oct. 17, 1826, and died July 7, 1915 at Mineral. She was past 88 years of age. When a young girl she was married to William Motheral, and to this union were born six children, of whom three have preceded her in death. They are as follows: James Motheral, Mrs. Emma Frisbey and Mrs. Jennie Beidelman. Mr. Motheral died in 1857. She was united in marriage to Loton Frisbey with whom she lived a happy life until his death some 15 years ago. The children who survive are Mrs. Lizzie Studley, Mrs. Martah Conaret and Mrs. Louvina Norton. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Mineral. After her marriage to Loton Frisbey she moved to Henry township, of which she was a resident for some 20 years. She was a woman of many graces of character, and her memory will be cherished by a host of friends who greatly esteemed her acquaintance and friendship. The burial was at Mineral.


MARION DALE FRITZ

from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

February 20, 1984 - Monday, pg A4

MARION DALE FRITZ - 55, 10464 Hoover Rd., Rock Falls, died Friday morning in Iowa City Veterans Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of the Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery, Walnut. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund.

Marion Fritz was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in Walnut, the son of Arthur and Mary Wangelin Fritz. On Oct. 9, 1949 he was united in marriage to Joyce L. Anderson in Walnut. He was the owner and operator of the Fritz Trucking, Excavating and Asphalt Company for the past 30 years. He served during the Korean Conflict in the U. S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce, one daughter, Mrs. James (Deborah) Kerns, Deer Grove; two sons, Marvin E., Sterling; Marion Jr., at home; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Grace Minier, Sterling; Mrs. Gladys Stone, Princeton; Mrs. Willard (Evelyn) Jensen, New Bedford and Mrs. Donald (Marjorie) Watkins, Milledgeville; and one brother, Bob Fritz, Princeton. Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers.

RAYMOND S. FUNDERBURGH

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 1961 - Friday, pg 2

Raymond Funderburg Dies In Princeton

Lanark: - Raymond S. Funderburgh, 65, died Wednesday afternoon Aug 9, 1961 at the Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton, Ill. He was visiting relatives there and died after a short illness. He was born Sept. 16, 1895, the son of George and Nellie Vickrey Funderburgh. He married Mary Milby in 1916 at Dixon. He was a tarmer and also a pastor of Mt. Sherman Church at Magnolia, Ky.

Surviving are his wife and daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Johnson, Tiskilwa; three sons, Reuben of Bradford, Raymond of Dover, and Charles of Tiskilwa; 19 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He also leaves several cousins at Erie, Morrison and Prophetstown, an uncle, R. G. Funderburgh of Lyndon and a cousin, Walter Funderburgh of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and one sister. Funeral services were held at the Hughes Funeral Home, Tiskilwa. Burial was in the Mason Cemetery, Dover.


Evelyn (Swan) Furry

From Melva L. Taylor
  
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 22, 1960 - Thursday, page 2

Tampico: - Mrs. William Furry, 55, funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Parent Funeral Chapel in Tampico. The Rev. Henry Holverson, pastor of the Tampico Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.
Mrs. Furry died at her home in Tampico Wednesday morning following an extended illness.
Evelyn Swan was born April 21, 1905 in New Bedford, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Swan. She attended the New Bedford Schools. She was married to William Furry in Galesburg on Oct. 15, 1932. They had made their home in Tampico since that time.
She was a member of the Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Mothers of World War Two and Royal Neighbors of America. She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary and had held office in the RNA.
Survivors are her husband, one son, Arthur Johnson, Rock Falls; her mother, Mrs. Albert A. Swan, New Bedford; two sisters and three brothers.
She was preceded in death by her father.


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