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Sarah A. Kaler
St. Joseph, Ill. - Sarah A. Kaler was born at Cuba, Ill. March 15 1852, departed this life at her home in St. Joseph, Ill. at 12:30 Saturday morning after a long period of suffering with tuburculosis. She was at the time of her death sixty-two years and 13 days old.She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Kaler being one of four children, all of whom save a brother, Joseph Kaler of Cuba, IL, having preceeded her to the great beyond. Her father died about ten years ago. The mother died when Sarah was but a baby of two years She was married to Issac N. Johnson April 4, 1864. To this union was born 10 children, two having preceded there mother to their long resting place. They were Henry Raymond and Rebecca Arvilla. The children left are Mary J. Zimmerman, Wawaka, Ind.; Lewis Edward and Newton A. of Theif River Falls, Minn.; James Perry, A. W. and F. H. of St. Joseph; Mrs. Minerva Huffman, of Mayview, Ill. and Mrs Nora Besore, of Payne, Ohio. Besides the children and husband and brother she leaves several grandchildren, one half brother and 3 half sisters. She with her husband had lived in Champaign Co. some 35 years, 22 in St Joseph. Looking into her life, we are brought face to face with many high and noble qualities. Hers was a quiet, deep, earnest spirit. Her life and character was founded upon the eternal principles of our Lord Jesus Christ. She united with the Church of Christ, St Joseph, under Rev. Clemmons 20 years ago. Because of poor health she was unable to lead the active energetic life that she wanted ..Oh call it not death - it is life begun, For the waters are passed, the home is won;The ransomed spirit hath reached the shore, Where they weep and suffer and sin no more. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. R. H. Linville at the Church of Chirst on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. There were lots of relatives including: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zimmerman of Wawaka, Ind.; O. O. Besore and wife of Payne, Ohio; Joseph Kaler, Cuba Ill.; Lewis and N. O. Johnson of Thief River Falls, Minn.; and Mrs. and Mr. Frank Armstrong of Sidney, Ill. [Contributed by Sara Hemp ( Not Related)]

Verla Gordon Kennedy
Father of Piqua man is stricken
Verla Kennedy, 68, of Urbana, father of Ray Kennedy, 525 Brice Ave., Piqua, died at Champaign county hospital in Urbana Sunday morning of bronchial pneumonia.
The son of Ezra and Alice Kennedy, he was born and reared at Alcony and later moved to Urbana. His wife Rosa Boitnoit Kennedy, died 13 years ago.
He was a member of the Upper Honey Creek Reformed Church.
Surviving besides the son in Piqua are six other children, Mrs. Savilla Curtis of Tipp City, Virgil of Springfield, Kenneth and Mrs. Pricilla Lavey, both of Troy and Mrs. Mary Ward and Mrs. Malissa Seybold, both of near Fletcher and a sister, Mrs. William Tyler of Troy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Irvin funeral home at Troy. Friends may call at Irvins after 2 p.m. Tuesday. [1947 - Submitted By: kennedystowing]

Mrs. M.F. Kirkpatrick

The Rev. Thorton Clark officiated at the funeral of Mrs. M.F. Kirkpatrick, at Mayview, last Monday. [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19; tr. by N. Kramer]

Philip S. Knowles
VERMONT - Philip S. Knowles, 58, of Rural Route 1, Box 21, died at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1992, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
Born July 23, 1934, in Champaign to Clint and Darlene McCreey Knowles, he married Beverly June Johnston on April 7, 1955, in Rushville. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Kim) Thomas of Browning; one son, Terry S. of Industry; one half sister, Martha Ramage of Arlington, Va.; and one grandchild.
He was a riverboat pilot for 13 years and worked at King Seeley Thermos in Macomb.
Private family graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vermont Cemetery. Collis Trone will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cremation has been accorded. Kost Memorial Home in Vermont is in charge of arrangements. [Peoria Journal Star, October 7, 1992, Page: D9 - submitted by Sara Hemp]



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