Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices - P

Transcribed and donated by Nancy Piper unless otherwise noted


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Sterling Gazette April 11, 1957 - Thursday, pg 6

ELLSWORTH H. PAGE - 79, of 803 W. Morris St., Morrison, for the past four years, passed away at his home Thursday morning (11 April 1957) at 6 o'clock. He had been ill several years. The body was removed to the Tomlinson Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the funeral home. Burial will be in the cemetery at Wyanet, Illinois.

Mr. Page was born May 14, 1877 at Bangor, Wis., where he attended school. He also attended college at LaCrosse. He was united to his third wife, Alie Ann Scott at Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 15, 1938. He is survived by his wife and 12 children, among whom are Mrs. Lois Glenn of Princeton, Mrs. Gilbert Gish of Buda; two brothers, Marvin of LaCrosse, and EArl of Onalaska, Wis., also a step brother, LaDue and a sister, Mrs. Gladys Emory, both of Onalaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, five children, two brothers and one sister. For several years he operated a milk route at Sparta, Wis., and was in the garage and service station business until 10 years ago when he retired because of poor health


- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

August 9, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

George W. Parlier Dies Saturday

Walnut: - George W. Parlier, 83, died Saturday at Community General Hospital at Sterling where he had been a patient for several days. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Ross Funeral home with Rev. William Lynch of the Nazarene Church officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. Friends may visit Monday evening at the funeral home.

George W. Parlier was born June 15, 1888 at Bethany, the son of Allen W. and Alice Weeks Parlier. He married Marie Balla of Bureau in 1917. He was a truck gardener and had done landscaping and tree trimming before retiring. He played with a Buffalo Bill Circus band in his early years.

Survivors include his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Starks, Sterling, and Mrs. Melvin (Marilyn) White, Bureau; one son, Milfred, Peoria; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

George W. Peach

Jan 31, 1964 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Walnut Funeral services for George Wesley Peach were held Thursday afternoon in the Ross Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Whitehead, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews, Ivan Peach, Wayne Peach, Lyle Peach, Dale Magnuson, Orville Hopkins and Lester Peach. Hymns were sung by Leslie Renner, accompanied by Mrs. John Foss at the organ.  Floral tributes were arranged by Mrs. Iva Peach, Mrs. Lyle Peach, Mrs. Dale Magnuson, Mrs. Orville Hopkins and Mrs. Lester Peach.

Lena Perona

Tuesday, May 21, 1979
Newspaper Unknown - Donated by Jo Anne Myers

Mrs. Lenoa Perona, 84, of 500 W. Minnesota St., Spring Valley, died early Monday in St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley and at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Spring Valley.  The Rev. B. E. Drendel will officiate. Burial will be in Ladd Cemetery.

Mrs. Perona was born March 10, 1805, in Vidiciatico, a province of Bologna, Italy, to Louis and Adelma Vitali Guerrini.  Her family moved to Ladd when she was eight months old.  She married Paul D. Perona Sr. Dec. 26, 1922 in St. Benedict's Church, Ladd.  He died in October 1878.  She was a teacher in the Ladd Grade School for 12 years.  She served as president of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Benedict Church, Ladd.  She was a member of the Mother Cabrini Sodality of St. Anthony's Church and the Mothers Club of Immaculate Conception School, Spring Valley.

Survivors include two sons, Attorney Lewis James Perona of Spring Valley and Attorney Paul D. Perona of Peru township; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Teresa) H. Brolley of Oglesby and Mrs. Richard (Bernadette) Raffin of Valparaiso, Ind.; 31 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Biccocio and Della Guerrini of Ladd.  She was preceded in death by a son, Dominic Paul; a brother, Fred Guerrini, and a sister Mrs. Ida Bellino.

November 13, 1981

Funeral rites Monday for Oglesby's Gildo Costo

Gildo Costa, 69

Paul D. Perona

Monday, October 23, 1978
Newspaper Unknown - Donated by Jo Anne Myers

Atty. Paul D. Perona Sr. of Spring Valley dies at 89

Spring Valley - Atty. Paul D. Perona Sr., of 500 W. Minnesota St., Spring Valley, died early Sunday morning in his home.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley and 11 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Spring Valley with the Rev. B. E. Drendel officiating.  Burial will be in Ladd cemetery.

Mr. Perona was born March 29, 1889 in Braidwood, Ill. to Dominick and Theresa Fenoglio Perona.  He moved to Ladd in 1902 and had been a Spring Valley resident since 1933.  He married Lena Guerrini Dec. 26, 1922.  He received his law degree from Hamilton College of Law in Chicago and had been attorney for 61 years.  Following admission to the bar he was associated with Atty. Walter Panneck in La Salle for about six months, then went into the private pracice of law in Ladd from 1917 to 1933 when he moved his practice to Spring Valley.  He was one of the first practitioners in the Workmen's Compensation field in this part of Illinois, through representation of coal-miners in the Spring Valey, Ladd and Dalzell area.  During his career he was city attorney for Spring Valley and Village attorney for Ladd, Dalzell, Seatonville and Cherry.  He also served as an assistant Attorney General for Illinois from 1942 to 1944.

Surviving are his wife Lena; two sons; Atty. Louis J. Perona of Spring Valley and Atty. Paul D. Perona Jr. of rural Peru; two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Theresa) Brolley of Oglesby and Mrs. Richard (Bernadette) Raffin of Valparaiso, Ind.; 31 grandchildren; and two sisters Mrs. Matilda Ballerine and Miss Margaret Perona of Ladd.

He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and two sisters.  Arrangements were by the Dysart Funeral Chapel in Granville.

Darius Edward Pettegrew

Henry News Republican
March 27, 1902

Quite a shock was felt thru the community when the death of E. G. Pettegrew of Milo was announced. No idea of his serious illness had been known nor felt. Darius Edward Pettegrew was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, FEb. 26, 1833. Soon after reaching his majority he came to Illinois to the farm where he resided nearly all the time up to his death. It was in 1854 he came to Milo, and on April 11, 1856, he was united in marriage with Maria Griswold, who yet survives him. To them 12 children have been born, and nine live to mourn the death of their father; they are Mrs. T. S. Stevens, Mrs. W. M. Wilson of Iowa; Mrs. H. O. Mallett, Milo; Misses Maria and FAnny at home, Edward G., Iowa; Fred N. and Swithen, Tiskilwa; H. Samuel, Geneseo. All of whom being permitted to be present at the last tribute to be paid their father and to console their mother.

Mr. Pettegrew was an honorable, law abiding citizen, a kind husband, loving father and obliging neighbor. For years he has been in feeble health, and yet none but his physician and his immediate family fully realized how frail was his hold upon life. The end came Sunday evening, March 9. The funeral services conducted by REv. Baker of Whitefield were held on Tuesday.

Mrs. Pettigrew
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Died at the residence of John Griswold Thursday, March 23d, Grandma Pettigrew, aged 87 years. Funeral at the M. E. Church, Saturday, 24th, at 11 a.m. by Rev. Riason on Whitefield. Mrs. Pettigrew moved to this county from Indiana in 1854, where she had been a resident for many years. She leaves four children to mourn her loss. So the old settlers pass away one by one to that land from whence none ever return to tell of its beauties or glory.


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

December 13, 1940 - Friday, pg 7

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

L. J. Peterson Dies; Rites at Tampico, Saturday at 2 p.m.

L. J. Peterson, 71, of Mineral, former resident of Prophetstown and the New Bedford vicinity, passed away Thursday afternoon as the result of a stroke he suffered November 30. Funeral services will be held at the Parent funeral parlors Saturday at 2 p.m. and committal will be at the Fairfield Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Peterson and family moved from the Thomas vicinity in 1925 to the C. D. Cleaveland farm east of Prophetstown, retiring to Prophetstown about five years ago. Last April he and Mrs. Peterson went to Mineral to make their home.

Besides his widow, he leaves the following children, Mrs. Arthur Howlett of Mineral; Mrs. Cyril Bowen of Sterling, George of Thomas, Clair of Walnut, Orris of Rock Falls, Glenn of Sterling and Mrs. Orson Bound, Mrs. Hammond Lawrence and Darrell Peterson of Prophetstown. He also leaves six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by one son, Wayne, in 1923.

Mrs. Mary Pettigrew Keyes


Mrs. Mary Pettigrew Keyes, a real Daughter of the American Revolution and a member of Princeton Chapter, D.A.R., Princeton, Illinois, died March 17, 1913, after a brief illness. Had she lived until May 26th, she would have rounded out her century, for she was born May 26, 1813.

Mrs. Keyes was the daughter of William Pettigrew who served as a private in the American Revolution. He was the son of Alexander Pettigrew, who was of a family of Huguenots who fled from Europe for religious liberty, and settled at Grantham, N.H.

William Pettigrew was born November 6, 1757; when he was eighteen he ran away from home to join the Continental army at Claremont, N.H., where General Stark was recruiting. He is said by the family to have been sixth on the list in Gen. Enoch Poor s brigade. Afterwards he was assigned to the brigade commanded by Major General Sullivan, with headquarters at Ticonderoga, where they remained until the approach of the British forces under General John Burgoyne, in July, 1777.

Mary Pettigrew was born at Weathersfield, Vt. She taught in private schools until her marriage on September 29, 1839, to the Rev. N.A. Keyes, who was appointed to the Syrian Mission. At this post they remained for four years, when they returned to the United States. In 1855 they moved to Princeton, where Dr. Keyes succeeded Owen Lovejoy as pastor of the Congregational church.

Physically frail always, but mentally brilliant, Mrs. Keyes was a remarkable woman and an inspiration to the members of Princeton Chapter, who ministered to her lovingly.

*The Illinois State Board of Health has presented to the Illinois State Historical Library a copy of the certificate and record of death of Mrs. Pettigrew Keyes (widow). Occupation, school teacher; born May 26, 1813, died Princeton, Illinois, March 7, 1913. Age: 99 years, 9 months, and nine days. Daughter of William Pettigrew (birthplace Grantham, N.H.) and Mary Alden (birthplace Warwick, Mass). William Pettigrew was a Revolutionary soldier and Mary Alden was a direct descendent of John Alden.


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Erasmus Phelps
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 3, 1840
From the Chicago Democrat.
Princeton, June 24, 1840.
J. Wentworth, Esq.
Dear Sir, - On the 21st instant, an inquest was held on the body of Erasmus Phelps. The body was found in the Bureau, about five miles south of this place. Mr. Phelps, left his boarding house, about three miles from where he was found, about 5 o'clock P.M., on Thursday, the 4th inst.; and from the appearance of the body and other circumstances, he had committed suicide by drowning, on the evening of the 4th of June. His coat was found hanging on a bush on the bank near the body, folded so as to protect the pockets from the wet. He had taken what was valuable or might be injured by the wet, from his vest and pantaloons' pockets and put them in his coat pocket. His hat was lying in the path near the coat. There was about $10 found in his wallet and a memorandum without date or name, tho' in his hand-writing, stating how he wished his property disposed of, and closing with these words, "For this, I know not why I am lead to do it."
Mr. Phelps was unmarried, about 40, and universally respected by all that knew him, and has left a handsome property. He had been in ill-health for the last year and a half; and, being of an active business turn, had become low-spirited and dejected; and, no doubt, committed the act in a fit of despondency.
Mr. Phelps has two brothers living in North Carolina, a brother and sister in Westfield, Massachusetts, one in N. York and a brother-in-law in Hartford, Conn.
Truly yours.

William R. Phelps

September 11, 1873

At Peoria, Sept. 7, William R. Phelps, aged 58 years, brother of Cicero Phelps of Milo, Bureau county.

Death of W. R. Phelps
Mr. William R. Phelps, brother of Cicero Phelps, of Milo, Bureau county, was found dead in his room at Peoria on Sunday last. The disease was thought to be that of the heart. The Peoria Review, in referring to this death says: He occupied one apartment in his bluff residence, the building having been let to Henry I. Chase. Mr. Phelps was heard moving in his room about 5 o clock yesterday morning, and about three or four hours later a son of Mr. Chase looked into the room and saw him asleep on the bed. Mr. Phelps did not leave his room during the day, and in the evening a second visit revealed the fact that he was dead. It is supposed that his death was caused by disease of the heart.

Mr. Phelps came to this city in 1845, and engaged in the real estate business being afterwards a member of the well known firm of Phelps, Bourland & Cockle. Though at first fortunate, he soon met with heavy reverses in business, which were closely followed by painful afflictions of a domestic nature, which overshadowed the remaining days of his life. His divorced wife is now living in Wyoming territory, and he leaves a son and daughter in this city. Mr. Phelps will be remembered by our readers as a man of unusually fine appearance, his manner always marked by studied, ceremonious politeness, and the demeanor of a gentleman of the old school; a man on whom misfortunes weighed more heavily than his uncomplaining disposition ever permitted him to acknowledge, and whatever griefs he carried that so suddenly and painfully shortened his life, they were locked in his own breast, and died with him.

Caleb Pierce

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 8, 1877

Local Correspondence - Bureau County

Caleb Pierce, one of the old settlers of Bureau county died at Dover last week, aged 64. Has lived in that county over 40 years. He suggested the name of Dover for the town and has resided in its precinct since 1836.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 4, 1961 - Saturday, page 6
Manlius: - Mrs. Maude Edna Black Pierson, 74, died Thursday afternoon at her home in Manlius.
The body was removed to the Johnson Funeral Home where friends may call Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Manlius, the Rev. Palmer Nestlander, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery.
Mrs. Pierson was born Feb. 3, 1887, the daughter of James and Rebecca Black. She was married to William Sandrock, who preceded her in death in 1913. She married Bert Pierson on Feb. 28, 1917. She moved to Manlius to make her home in September 1959.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Manlius.
Survivors are three sons, Lloyd Sandrock, North Pekin; Gilbert Pierson, Manlius; Lester Pierson, Rock Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Delbert (Edna) Edlefson, Manlius; Mrs. George (Viva) Alund, Bensenville,; 17 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two brothers, Jesse Black, Sterling; Floyd Black, Fenton; and one sister, Mrs. James (Mabel) Atchley, Rock Falls.
She was preceded in death by Mr. Pierson and one brother, Arthur Black.

Ezekial Piper

Obituary (Source unknown)

September 1906

Ezekial Piper was the third child of a family of five children and was born in Hollowayville, Illinois, January 9, 1854. His father was David Piper who died in 1867 and his mother's maiden name was Phillipina Heintz. His two brothers, Lawrence and Edward have both passed away while his sisters, Mrs. Mary Minier, of this place and Mrs. Kate Mariatt, of Kansas are both living.

Mr. Piper was of the eighth generation from Nathaniel Piper who was born in England in 1630 and settled in Ipswich, Mass., prior to 1665. The 8 generations with birth dates are as follows; nathaniel Piper 1630; Samuel Piper, 1670; Samuel Piper, 1701; Elisha Piper, 1746; David Piper, 1776; Ezekial Piper, 1795; David Piper, 1822; Ezekial Piper, 1854.

In March 14, 1878 he was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Harris of Dimmock, Ill. and to them three children have been born, Burtrand, William, and Alva May. The have one grandchild, Orville Brokaw who is of the tenth generation. In the winter of 1883 the moved to their farm home south of Tiskilwa where for over twenty years, Mr. Piper with his family have been respected by all. In the early autumn of 1894 he was converted and united with the Christian church at Milo where he retained his membership till death. For some time he has been in failing health and his malady was of such a nature that human efforts failed to restore health and on Monday night, Sept. 10, 1906 just before the beginning of a new day, he passed away, aged 52 years, eight months and one day. The grief stricken wife and children with the other relatives have the sympathy of all.

Funeral services were conducted at the M.E. church in Tiskilwa, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J.A. Alford officiating, and his remains laid to rest in Mt. Bloom.

Forrest Jay Piper

Donated by Sara Hemp

Obituary of Forrest Jay Piper

Peoria Journal Star, August 5, 1996, Page: D7


MALDEN - Forrest Jay Piper, 87, of 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy, formerly of Malden, died at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 1996, at Carle Arbours in Savoy.

Born March 25, 1909, in Bureau County to Warren Jay and Ruth Hensel Piper, he married Minnie Margaret Englund on Aug. 16, 1931, in Malden. She died July 4, 1991. One infant daughter, one infant granddaughter and two brothers also preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Robeson of Champaign; two brothers, Orville of Princeton and Wilmur of Malden; one sister, Berniece Nord of Princeton; and two grandchildren.

He worked for Farmers & Traders State Bank in Malden, First National Bank in Granite City and Troy Security in Troy.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Champaign. He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club.

He was financial secretary of Niedringhaus Methodist Church in Granite City for many years. He also served on the official board and was active in other activities.

He was past president of the Kiwanis Club in Granite City.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. The Rev. Robert Mulligan will officiate. Vistiation will be one hour before services at the memorial home. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

Memorials may be made to Windsor of Savoy in Savoy or to Carle Arbours or to his church.

Mary Ann Powers

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 12, 1879


Death has again visited our neighborhood. Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas Powers, aged about 16 years, died on Tuesday, June 2d, of consumption, making five of his family that have died in a little over three years with the same disease. The remains were followed to Camp Grove cemetery by a very large concourse of people, there being about 60 teams in procession.

Geno Pozzi

November 1976
Newspaper Unknown - Donated by Jo Anne Myers

Ladd - Services for Geno Pozzi, 71, of 310 N. Central, owner and operator of the Ladd upholstery shop for 25 years, well be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Hurst Funeral home and 11 a.m. in St. Benedict's church.  The Rev. William Kirk, OSB will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ladd cemetery.  Mr. Pozzi died at noon Sunday in the White Memorial Medical center, Los Angeles, Calif., where he was a patient four weeks.  

Mr. Pozzi was born in Ladd, July 21, 1905 to Geno and Lena Gandolfi Pozzi.  He married Phyllis Crow Feb. 26, 1949.  Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Gina) Orlandi of Dalzeli and Maria Pozzi at home; two sisters, Mrs. John (Rena) Barto of Peru and Mrs. Joseph (Esther) Campeggio of La Salle, and a brother, Dario of La Salle.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Corso, and a brother, Elvio.

Mr. Pozzi retired from the upholstery business in 1970.  A World War II Army veteran, he was past commander, finance chairman and Bingo chairman of the Ladd American Legion post, past commander of the Bureau County American Legion and 16th district chairman of Gifts to the Hospitalized War Veterans.  He held a seat on the Bureau county draft board and was a member of the Musicians local 307, for 40 years.  He was a member of St. Benedict's church, the Holy Name society, the Ladd Moose, and past president of Ladd businessmen's Association.

Mrs. Annabelle Presnell (nee Burdsall)

Apr 14, 1972 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Services Set for Annabelle Presnell

Manlius Annabelle Presnell, 45, Manlius, died Thursday at her home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Faber officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. Friends may visit the funeral home fro 7-9 p.m. Saturday.  Mrs. Presnell was born March 14, 1927, at Prophetstown , the daughter of Elwood and Tillie Frankenfield Burdsall. She married Clifford Presnell April 13, 1946, in San Antonio, TX. Survivors include her husband, one son, David, Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Roy (Carolyn) Wagstaff, Patoka, and three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

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