Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


OBITUARY from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

February 26, 1970 - Thursday, pg 2

Herman A. Nelson Succumbs Thursday

Yorktown: - Herman A. Nelson, 73, passed away early Thursday morning at Colonial Acres Nursing home, Rock Falls, following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Emil Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery.

Herman Anson Nelson was born Jan. 30, 1897, in Sheffield, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson. He came to Yorktown 40 years ago. He married Lillian Bawn. He was a member of the Eshleman-Talley American Legion Post and a veteran of WW I.

He is surived by one daughter-in-law, Mildred Nelson, San Diego, Calif; two brothers, William, Crosby, Minn.; Emanuel, Caro, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Anna Cullerson, Iowa Falls, Iowa, and four grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, one son Mill, four brothers and four sisters.

Ann Laura Nevitt

February 19, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Milo, Bureau county, Feb. 9, of consumption, Anna Laura Nevitt, 22 years, 1 months, 12 days.

Milo - Died on Feb. 9, Anna Laura Nevitt, age 22 years 1 month and 12 days. Funeral services at the house, conducted by Rev. Hitchcock. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present and sympathize with the family in their great affliction.

Whitefield Corners - On Tuesday, the 10th inst., the remains of Annie Nevitt, near Boyd's Grove, a young woman of promise, was consigned to the tomb by loving friends. She had struggled against consumption for three years, spent last summer in Colorado to no benefit. Thus the mother's heart has been smitten for the third time; first the husband, then the two daughters.

Mrs. Thomas Nevitt

Taken From the Henry Republican
October 20, 1881

Died in Milo, Oct. 10, Mrs. Thomas Nevitt


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

July 31, 1939 - Monday pg 6

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

AMANDA ANN (HAMILTON) NEWELL - was born in Princeton, Ill., March 1, 1865 and departed this life July 26, 1939, after an illness of three weeks, being 74 years, four months, 26 days. She was the eldest of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton, two brothers Frank and George preceding her in death. One brother, Arthur, lived in New Bedford and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Brems, in Princeton. She received her education in Princeton schools, moving to New Bedford, Ill., after her marriage to John E. Newell, in 1881. Mr. Newell passed away 31 years ago. To this union eight children were born: Frank of Princeton; George, Mrs. Maude King, Mrs. Mabel Draper all of Sheffield, Ill.; Mrs. Myrtle Lange of New Bedford and Carrie Hopkins of Santa Ana, Calif. Two died in infancy.

Mrs. Newell has lived all her life in Bureau County and 19 years of that period served the community as telephone operator of the Farmers' Telephone Co., which she served in a capable and efficient manner. Being so much a part of a large circle of friends, she was lovingly spoken of as "Aunt" Manda." She was very kind in disposition, always looking on the bright side of life, loving her home, children, flowers, and music, best of all. Mrs. Newell united with the Church of Christ at New Bedford 35 years ago and served her Master until death, realizing her days were numbered, at her departure bade her children come to see her "Over There."

Her life was like a sunny day with a cloud towards its sunset, for the last 12 years were spent in blindness, yet she pressed bravely on uncomplainingly with the thought she had enjoyed sight in days gone by. Little Joyce Draper, a granddaughter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Draper, with whom she resided, became her "eyes" reading to her, describing color of flowers and beauty of nature. Life was made still more precious to her by the kindness of her children, her grandchildren, relatives, and friends who tried to ease this affliction.

Mrs. Newell leaves to mourn her departure, her children, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many relatives and friends. Her daughter Carrie, her brother Arthur and his daughter Ruby who are in California were unable to be present for the rites.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the New Bedford Church of Christ. Committal was at the

Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery


Contributed by Pat Esterday

LaMoille __ Mary Frances Eleanor Wheeler Niewinski, 77, of LaMoille, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at her home after a two month illness. She was employed by File Drapery Shop, LaMoille, for many years, then by Wayside Press, Mendota, now known at R.R. Donnelley, retiring after 25 years. Mary was born March 4, 1930, in Elmwood, the daughter of Samuel Lee and Grace (Ingle) Smith. She married John Wheeler on April 1, 1951. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1978. She married Joseph Niewinski on July 20, 1980 at Congregational Church, Spring Valley. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, bird-watching and fishing. Survivors include her husband; a son, John Richard (Carol) Wheeler of laMoille; two sisters, Rosie (Eugene) Renkosik of Ottawa and Hilma Keller of Brainerd, Minn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; an uncle, Elder Ingle of Oquawka; and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by a son James Wheeler; three brothers; two half brothers; and a half sister. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Private burial of ashes is at a later date at Greenfield Cemetery, LaMoille. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to LaMoille Lions Club and LaMoille Clarion Public Library.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 1, 1986 - Friday, pg A6

Chester N. Norman, 63, of 109 E. Foster, Ludington, Michigan, a former area resident, died Thursday morning in the VA Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery in New Bedford. Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in his memory.

Mr. Norman was born on July 31, 1923 in New Bedford, the son of John and Pearl (Wescott) Norman. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and served with the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He is survived by two sons, Cassius Norman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Scott Norman of Sterling, three grandchildren and four brothers, Leonard and Glenn Norman, both of Rock Falls, George Norman of Rosebush, Michigan, and Clifford Norman of Vancouver, Washington; one sister, Mrs. Willard (Anna Mae) Baldwin of Rock Falls, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

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