Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices - W


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 17, 1988 - Friday, page A2
VIOLET L. (Wallace) WALKER - 76, formerly of 1206 13th Ave., Rock Falls, died early Thursday morning in the Rock Falls Manor, following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 at the First Christian Church of Rock Falls with Rev. David L. Beebe, the pastor, officiating, with burial in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the First Christian Church of Rock Falls.
Mrs. Walker was born on August 23, 1911 in Hazelton, Iowa, the daughter of Charles L. and Bertha A. Whipple Wallace. She had been employed in the office of RB&W Co in Rock Falls for 47 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls.
She is survived by one son, Leland Walker of Muskego, Wis.; one grandson, Joshua Walker of Athens, Ga.; one niece, Mrs. DeWayne (Dolores) Wiemken of Sterling; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Florence Van Dusen in 1969, and one nephew, Donald Smith in 1979.


Donated by  Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

April 1, 1952 - Tuesday, pg 2 col. 5

Mrs. Dallis B. Wallis, 60, Passes At Walnut Today

Walnut: - Mrs. Dallis B. Wallis, 60, passed away at her home in Walnut at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday following an illness of several months.

Tentative plans are to hold the funeral at the Ross chapel in Walnut at 2 p.m. Thursday. Friends may call at the chapel Wednesday.

Jennie Glafka was born in Walnut, Feb. 20, 1892, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Glafka sr. She was married to Dallis Wallis in September, 1921. With the exception of a few years spent in Sterling she had lived all of her life in Walnut. She was of the Lutheran faith.

Surviving are her husband; three brothers, Henry and Edward Glafka of Walnut and Fred Glafka of Sterling; five sisters, Mrs. Hugo Weyrauch, Mrs. Leo Wahl and Mrs. William Pitney, all of Sterling, Mrs. Fredolph Cassens of Morrison and Mrs. Walter Anderson of Shawano, Wis.

Her only son, Delbert, passed away in 1946. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nettie and Edna Glafka.

Bettsy Watkins

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
August 24, 1968 - Saturday, pg. 2, col. 4

Donated by  Melva L. Taylor

Walnut -- Funeral services for Bettsy Watkins, 15, of 'Walnut, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Walnut First Christian Church, the Rev. Donald Whitehead officiating, with burial in Walnut Cemetery. According to an autopsy, held yesterday in the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Bettsy died of a heart attack on Friday morning at the Walnut Private Pool. An inquest was held at 10 a.m. today in the Ross Funeral home.

Bettsy Watkins was born Feb. 11, 1953, the daughter of Gail and Blanche Johnson Watkins. She was a sophomore at the Walnut Community High School. She is survived by her parents, two sisters, Linda and Jeanna; two brothers, Billy and David, all at home; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lester Watkins and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Johnson, all of Walnut.

John Wiedman

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois August 24, 1882

Died in Milo, Bureau county, John Wiedman, 88.

Mrs. Gladys Weinmann (nee Gonigam)

Nov 13, 1967
Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Funeral Rites Held for Mrs. Weinmann

Walnut – Funeral services for Mrs. Roy Weinmann (Gladys Gonigam), were held on Monday afternoon from the Ross Funeral Home in walnut, with the Rev. ray F. Baldwin, pastor of the Walnut Methodist church, officiating. Bernell G Ross was organist.  Casket attendants were J. K. Ross, Donald Whitver, Fergus Anderson, Russell Anderson, Beryl Quilter and Burke J. Livey. Interment was in the Walnut Cemetery.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

May 16, 1942 - Saturday, pg 5

Last rites for John Werderman were conducted by the Rev. Wilhelm Streng Friday afternoon at one o'clock in the Wheelock Funeral Home and 1:30 o'clock in the Rock Falls Lutheran Church. The vocalist, Herman Oltman sang two hymns, "Abide With Me" and "Saved by Grace," with Mrs. Oltman accompanying him on the organ.

Interment was in the Yorktown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Abe Wolbert, Harold Werderman, Richard Moorehead, Hans Beck, Harold Anderson and Rudolph Werderman. The flowrs were in charge of Mrs. John Schmidt, Mrs. John Damken and Mrs. Clarence Hans.

Sketch of Life

John Werderman was born May 10, 1856, at Altenhof, Brandenburg, Germany. As an infant he was received into the Lutheran Church by the Sacrement of Baptism and in his youth renewed his baptismal vow at the confirmation altar.

During May of 1880 the deceased came to this country settling first at Neponset Ill. On January 1, 1884, he was united in holy matrimony with Ida Usadel near Kewanee, speaking their vows before pastor Harter.

After spending a few years near Mineral and Kewanee the couple moved to Yorktown 52 years ago, where they lived for almost a quarter of a century. Twenty-eight years ago they retired in Rock Falls. About five years ago the deceased took sick. For the sake of his health he spent 18 months in Clinton, Ia., returning to Sterling about three years ago. Having become bedfast ten months ago his health gradually failed until he passed away at 6:00 p.m. last Tuesday.

The deceased and his wife were permitted to observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1934 surrounded by their children and friends. Until the end he was tenderly cared for by his wife and children. Twelve children were born to their union.

The deceased was an esteemed member for many years of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown and for the last 23 years of the Rock Falls Lutheran Church. He attended its services and the Holy Communion regularly.

He is survived by his wife and children: John of Evansville, Ind., Alma, wife of Immanuel Anderson of Yorktown; August of Oaland, Calif.; William and wife Frieda Janssen of Anamosa, Ia.; Martha, wife of Frank Morehead of Sterling; Bertha Steltzer of Watertown, Ill.; Fritz and wife Stella Smith of Clinton; Otto of Sterling, and Rudolph and wife Ethel Hvgunin of Camanche, Ia.; also by 21 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren, and by one sister, Hermine, of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by twin sons, Fritz and Friedrich, and a son Henry.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 20, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 2

Walnut: - Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut for Fred Wetjen, 57, who died Monday morning at Lakewood, Ohio, following a serious illness of the past two weeks. the Rev. E. V. Halock, pastor of the Walnut Christian church, will officiate and burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ross Funeral Home.

Mr. Wetjen was born Nov. 15, 1899 at Jersey City, N.J., the son of John and Louise Wershey Wetjen. He was married to Blanch Wallis of Walnut on March 29, 1936. He was a veteran of World War I, having served with the Coast Guard.

Surviving is his widow. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Eva Whitworth

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 27 1882

Whitefield Corners

Eva may, daughter of George and Caroline Whitworth, and niece of Mrs. J. S. Townsend, died April 17th of consumption, aged 17 years.  Eva's gone.  Her bark has glided away over the dark and gloomy tide.  And those that have tasted the same bitter cup, can sympathize with the bereaved parents, who mourn the death of a dear daughter that has left their home, vacant and sad, for one that shall never return.  The funeral took place on Wednesday, services by Rev. Wayman, attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors.  Burial at Boyd's Grove.


Died, April 17, Eva, daugther of George Whitworth, aged 17 years, of hemorrhage of the lungs.  Services at the M. E. church, Wednesday 19th, conducted by Rev. Wayman of Whitefield.  Mr. Whitworth and family have the sympathy of the community.

David Williams

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 13, 1881

At Milo, Dec. 31, of rheumatism, David Williams, 65

Samuel L. Williams

February 19, 1874

In Hall township, Bureau county, Dec. 20, Samuel L. Williams, aged 89 years, an old settler of Putnam County.

William Williamson

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 30, 1876

At Lone Tree, March 22, William Williamson, aged 34 years, brother of Mrs. William Garland of this city.

Wheatland - The remains of William Williamson, who has been suffering so long from a disease that baffled our best physicians, was also placed in the Lone tree cemetery on Friday, March 25th.

Child of Bruce Wilson

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 6, 1879

Local Correspondence - Milo

Bruce Wilson has buried his youngest child on Saturday.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

March 23, 1945 - Monday, pg 5

Foster E. Winchell was born Sept. 19, 1879, at Yorktown, to Jacob and Sarah Winchell and passed away Friday, March 16, at the West Suburban Hospital at the age of 65 years, five months, and 25 days. His every thought was to make a home for his family and will be sadly missed.

While living at Yorktown he united with the Christian church and was an active member. For several years he was Sunday school superintendent in the Tampico Christian church.

He married Miss Minnie E. Thackaberry, Feb. 5, 1901, at the home of her uncle, Marcus Thackaberry.

Mrs. Winchell preceded him in death about three years ago. During the 42 years of married life, their home had been in many different towns and states, but wherever they went they had a home in which all were welcome.

To this union three children were born, Howard who passed away in 1941; Miss Gladys of Peoria; Laurence of Chicago; and two grandsons, Howard Wayne and little Dickie both of Chicago. His brothers and sister have all preceded him in death except two sister-in-laws, Mrs. W. G. Winchell of Galesburg and Mrs. L. B. Winchell of Tampico.

Mr. Winchell carried on an active business as a painting and decorating contractor from his residence in Austin until last September when he was stricken with a heart attack.

Since that time he had been up and down until last Tuesday, when he was removed to the hospital where he passed away last Friday.

(Great grandmother of Melva)

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor  

Winchell: - At her home in Yorktown, Ill., on Monday, Jan. 16th, 1893, Mrs. L. Winchell, aged 78 years and 9 months.

Lama Elmendorf was born April 4, 1814, in Olive, Ulster Co. N.Y. She united with the Baptist church at the age of 16 and has been faithful to that church ever since. She was married to Joseph Winchell, Dec. 28th, 1830. Her husband died in 1875, leaving her a widow with nine children two having died before their father. She was a devoted wife, a faithful and loving mother. Seven children remain to mourn her loss.

The funeral services were held in the hall at Yorktown, Rev. Geo. A. Wells of the M.E. Church, of Tampico, officiated. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends who followed the remains to the cemetery.

(Buried: Yorktown-Fairfield Cemetery)


Signs of the Times, Middletown, New York

March 15, 1893 - Wednesday, No. 11


Sister Laney Winchell was born in the state of New York, April 12th 1814, and died of dropsy at the home of her youngest son, E. Winchell, with whom she lived, near Yorktown Corners, in Henry Co., Ill., Jan. 16th 1893, aged 78 years, 9 months and 4 days.

She was a beloved member of the Barren Grove Church of Old School Baptists, and an old subscriber and constant reader of the Signs of the Times. While it has always been, and will continue to be, esteemed a great pleasure to have enjoyed her confidence and church fellowship, yet this is a trivial matter when compared with the gratification of having the assurance of her acceptance in the family of our heavenly Father. None were more delighted in hearing gospel preaching, conversing upon the all-important subject of salvation by grace, and singing the songs of Zion, one of her favorites being,

"I am a stranger here below,

And what I am 'tis hard to know,

I am so vile, so prone to sin,

I fear that I'm not born again."

Her home being about twenty-five miles from the place of her church meetings, she did not enjoy the privilege of meeting with her brethren as often as she desired. We are assured that she died as she had lived, trusting in the sure mercies of God.

Sister Winchell's maiden name was Elmendorf. She married Joseph, the brother of the late Elder Jacob Winchell, and by him became the mother of eleven children, eight of whom survive her, and with many other relatives, a multitude of friends, and the little church, deeply mourn her death. She united with the Old School Baptist Church of Olive, Ulster Co., N.Y., at the early age of sixteen, and was baptized by Elder Warren.

Her funeral occurred Jan. 18th, 1893, when she was placed beside her husband in the family cemetery, to sleep the sleep that knows no waking until God shall bid her arise.

"Say, Live forever, wondrous King,

Born to redeem, and strong to save;

Then ask the monster, Where's they sting?

And, Where's they vict'ry, boasting grave?

Elmwood, Ill., March 1, 1893 S. Ketchum

MINNIE E. (Thackaberry) WINCHELL

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

May 11, 1942 - Monday pg 2

Former Tampico Woman Passes In Chicago

Mrs. Foster Winchell, a former resident of Tampico, died at her home in Chicago Sunday at noon after an illness of two years. The funeral will be held Wednesday in Chicago. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Gladys of Peoria, a son Lawrence of Chicago. One son, Howard, died about one year ago. The family left Tampico about 20 years ago.


The Tampico Tornado, Tampico, Illinois

May 21, 1942 - Thursday

MINNIE E. (Thackaberry) WINCHELL

Minnie E. Thackaberry Winchell was born Dec. 16, 1880 to Israel and Margaret Thackaberry of Tulare County, Calif., and departed this life on May 10, 1942, at the age of 61 years, 5 months and 6 days. She gave her entire life to the rearing of her family. Her every thought was for others than herself, and she will be sadly missed by all to whom she has given aid, comfort and happiness.

Her parents died when she was ten years old, at which time she went to Yorktown, Ill., to make her home with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Thackaberry. When 14, she united with the Christian church at Yorktown and for many years was very active there. She took great pride in her religious work, and taught Sunday School classes from the primary to the adult Bible class.

In 1901 she was married to Foster E. Winchell of Tampico, Ill., at the home of M. R. Thackaberry. To this union three children were born, their son Howard having preceded her in death. During the 42 years of married life, their home has been in many towns and states; but wherever she went, she had a home in which all were welcome.

She is survived by her loving husband; a daughter, Miss Gladys of Peoria; a son Laurence of Chicago; two grandsons, Howard Wayne and little Dickey, both of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Harriss and Mrs. Effie Bricker, both of California; an uncle, M. R. Thackaberry and an aunt, Mrs. F. C. Thackaberry, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Her last months were spent in painful suffering, but because of her Christian life and unselfish nature, she is sure to have a just reward awaiting her in the Eternal life. Her last request of her husband was for him to read the 14th chapter of St. John.

Mr. Winn

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 26, 1882 - Milo

Mr. Winn, living between Milo and Bradford, was found dead in his bed Monday morning, cause supposed to be apoplexy. Mr. Winn was buried at Camp Grove by the Catholic society Tuesday.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

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

Manlius: - Funeral services for Orville Gordon Woods, 75, who passed away today in the Prairie View Nursing Home in Princeton, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. William Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 7 until 9 o'clock and Masonic Rites will be held at 8:30 Monday evening. He was born in Whiteside County on April 21, 1886, the son of Edgar and Anna McWorter Woods. On June 2, 1915 he married Delia Hamilton in Iverness, Mont. He was a member of the Manlius Masonic Lodge 933 and the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. O. F. (Marjorie) Krug, Manlius; two brothers, Chester, Raton, Mexico; and Wayne, Burlington, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Hinrichs, Evanston, and Mrs. Charlotte Horr, Munich, Mich., and four grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, a brother and a sister.


from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

November 7, 1973 - Wednesday, pg 2


Tampico: - Funeral rites for Lee E. Wright, 71, who died Tuesday in Sterling Community General Hospital, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Schmitt Chapel with the Rev. Clarke Devore of the Tampico Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery. There is visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Schmitt Chapel. A memorial has been established.

Lee E. Wright was born April 2, 1902 in Greenville Township, the son of Washington and Anna Pettit Wright. He was educated in the Bureau County Schools and was united in marriage with Stella B. Purvis June 4, 1927. He had resided in the Tampico vicinity nine years and was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ. Surviving with Mrs. Wright are four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Gailya) Chapin, Mrs. Charles (Lucille) Lucas and Mrs. Kenneth (Charlele) Grimes of Tampico and Mrs. James (Ila Jean) Behrens of Prophetstown. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a brother Fred of Tampico and a half-sister, Mrs. Hazel Donaldson of Rock Falls. Preceding in death were his parents, two half-sisters and two grandchildren in infancy.

George Wright

December 14, 1871

Putnam County News -Snachwine

George Wright died on Sunday evening at Mr. Longman’s, living near the Lone Tree. Funeral services were held at Christian church, and the body was interred in our cemetery.