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Hazel Mathews
Hazel Mathews of 201 E. Clark St. C, widow of Hershel Mathews, died at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 20, 1976 at Mercy Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Owens Chapel. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Mathews was born at Greenup, a daughter of Thomas and May Ward Matthews. Mr. Mathews died in 1941. Survivors include 2 sons, Donald of Urbana, and Edsel of Champaign; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Ward "Buck" Matthews, of Urbana, and Walter Matthews of Champaign; three sisters, Mrs. Luella Disney of Decatur, Mrs. Maudeline Craig of St. Augustine, Florida, and Mrs. Myrl Brett, of Urbana. She was preceded in death by two sisters. She had worked as a seamstress for many years. ["Champaign News Gazette", August 20, 1976... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Mabel Matthews
Urbana-Mabel Isabell Matthews, 87, of Trenton, Ga., formerly of Urbana, died Thursday October 15, 1998 at Lafayette Healthcare Center, Lafayette, Ga. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Rd, U. The Rev. Morris Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Bailey Cemetery, Tolono. Mrs. Matthews was born Jan. 11, 1911, at Tolono, a daughter of Norman and Fannie Edwards Wilson. She married John William Matthews on June 28, 1930, at Urbana. He died September 3, 1986. Survivors include a son, Robert Matthews of Trenton, Ga; daughter Betty Swinford of Norman, Okla.; a brother, Russell Wilson of Tolono; four sisters, Nezzie Hanners of Tolono, Bernice Nidle of Mahomet, Ilene Smith of Clearwater, Fla., and Lillian Greer of Bowling Green, Ky; 17 grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. ["Champaign News Gazette" October 16, 1998... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Mrs. Myrtie Matthews
Mrs. Myrtie Matthews, 304 Greenview, U, died at 11:00 p.m. March 31, 1970 at her home. She was 83. Funeral arrangements will be completed at the Renner-Wikoff Funeral Home. Mrs. Matthews was born in Beatle, S.D. on May 5, 1884, daughter of John and Anna Edwards Ward. She married Walter J. Matthews at Greenup, Ill in 1903. She is survived by a son, John W. Matthews, 310 Brady Lane, sisters Della Hanners, Olney, Faye Kellog, Tuscola, and Neva Snearley, Strasburg; 3 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. ["Champaign Urbana News Gazette", April 1, 1970... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Thomas B. Matthews
Thomas B. Matthews, 83, 207 E. Bellefontaine, died at 2:50 p.m. March 15, 1959 at home. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Owns Funeral Home. Services will also be at 1:30 Tuesday at Mt. Zion near Greenup. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Mr. Matthews was born in Macon County, southwest of Decatur, December 6, 1875, son of William W. and Elizabeth Johnson Matthews. He married May Ward December 24, 1899 at Hazel Dell in Cumberland County. They lived in Cumberland and Jasper Counties before moving to Champaign in 1928. He was employed for several years by the General Paving Company, until his retirement 9 years ago. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Hazel Bule, Champaign; Mrs. Gayle Arnold, Janesville, Wisc., Mrs. Myrl Bret, Champaign; Mrs. Thelma Hammond, Freeport, Mrs. Maudelene Craig, Lake Worth, Florida, Mrs. Luella Watts, Champaign, Ward, Urbana; Walter H., Champaign; 24 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren; one brother Walter, Route 2, Urbana. ["Champaign Urbana News Gazette", March 16, 1959... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Lelia McClintock
McCLINTOCK, Lelia 88, of the Pittsfield Nursing Center, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16, 1980) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 16, 1891 in Champaign and was married to A.J. McLaughlin. He preceded her in death in December 1960. She then married Harry McClintock on Nov. 18, 1962.
Mrs. McClintock was a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign, with bachelors and masters degrees in library science, and was employed as liberian at the University of Illinois until her retirement. She was a member of the Church of Christ, and had been active in the Retired Teachers Association.
Surviving are her husband; a stepson, Wayne McLaughlin of West Union WV; two stepdaughters Mrs. Bernice Ruyle of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Roselle Jackson of Louisiana MO; and a number of stepgrandchildren.
Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Saturday in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Champaign. Arrangements are being handled in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home at Pleasant Hill. [Source: "Virginia Hart Collections", Transcribed by Christine Walters]

James S. McCullough
McCullough Dies in Urbana Home
State Auditor for 16 Years Passes Away After a Long Illness
Funeral Tomorrow at 2
Members of all Political Parties Telegraph Condolences to members of the Family.
Urbana, Ill., June 23 - James S. McCullough, for 16 years state auditor, died yesterday at his home in Urbana after a long illness. Stricken soon after he returned to the McCullough homestead after his long residence at Springfield, he had been dangerously ill for months. Men of all parties wired condolences and  prepared to attend  the funeral which will be held in Urbana Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. At the bedside were the widow and children. Mrs. Charles H. Myer of Glencoe, wife of the president of the Security bank of Chicago, and Leal L. McCullough of Urbana. Is Longest Tenure.
When "Jim" McCullough returned to his old home after his defeat for reflection by James J. Brady in 1912 he had completed 16 years of service in the office, an unprecedented tenure in that position. His introduction to state politics came in 1896, after he had been county clerk of Champaign county for 24 years. Nominated by the republican party in 1896, he was easily elected to the auditorship, and was returned in 1900, 1904 and 1908, getting nomination and election with more or less ease. Mr McCullough was the special pride of the civil war veterans of Illinois, to whom his empty sleeve was a constant reminder that he had left an arm on the battlefield of Fort Bleakely, Ala., in the last  battle of the civil war.  They called him "Our Jim."
"Jim" had a firm grip on the voters, and while he was no speaker he was a campaigner with few equals.
Sketch of Career
Mr. McCullough was born in Mercersburg, Franklin county, Pa., May 4 1845, and came to Champaign county in 1854.  In 1862, when 19 years old, he enlisted in Company G, 76th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served three years in the Mississippi, gulf and Vicksburg campaigns. His left arm was maimed by grape shot in the battle of Fort Bleakely, and amputation was necessary.  He attended the soldiers' college at Fulton for two years after being mustered out, and entered the county clerk's office in 1868.  He was elected county clerk in 1873 and held the position until he became state auditor. He was married to Miss Celinda Harvey in 1869.  [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 23 June 1914]

John McMullen

John McMullen died at his home near Seymour, Ill, on March 1, aged 83 years. The deceased was born and raised in Center township and was a son of Alexander and Catherine McMullen. In 1850, he was married to Elizabeth Dickey, a sister of the late Geo. Dickey, of Center township. Mr. McMullen lived several years in Indiana and was employed here as a carpenter, later moving to Illinois where he was engaged in farming. His wife and three sons, all residing in Illinois, survive, as well as one brother, Dr. James McMullen, of Brushvalley, and three sisters: Mrs. John L. Robinson, of Kent; Mrs. James Simpson, of Seward, Neb.; Mrs. S.M. Soreson, of Thistle, Utah, and Miss Ellen McMullen, of town. [THE INDIANA PROGRESS, INDIANA, PA., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 1904 - Contributed by Donald Buncie]

S.A. Miller
S.A. MILLER DIES - Former Democratic National Committeeman Succumbs at Derby
S.A. Miller, 68 years old, resident of Derby, Kan., died at 11:45 o'clock yesterday morning at St. Francis hospital, where he had been a patient for six days. Mr. Miller was born in Champaign,Ill.,His father Isaac Miller, was a native of Ohio and his mother Mrs. Elizabeth (Rock) was born in Maryland. Mr. Miller moved to Kansas in 1873 and to Derby in 1890. For two years in 1893-94, he operated a Farmers Alliance merchandise store in Wichita, but left this business for his farm and active participation in politics.
He was national committeeman for the Democratic party in 1904. His popularity around Wichita and his part in politics made a character of state-wide fame. In the community where he lived during the greater part of his lifetime his demise is the cause of sorrow to all. Surviving Mr. Miller are his widow Mrs. Pruah Miller; two sons, C.A. Miller of Derby and E.S. Miller, 1939 S. Waco avenue; two grandchildren , Miss Inez Miller, 1439 South Waco avenue, Claude Miller Jr.., of Derby, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Henrietta Taylor of Derby, who has lived with the family for years. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The body was removed to Gill Funeral Home. Burial will be in Derby cemetery. [The Wichita Daily Eagle, Wichita, KS, June 8, 1933; Submitters Name: Kyle M. Condon]

Tepa (Aunola) Mostert
Tepa Mostert (75) of Champaign, IL died at the Heartland Health Services Center in Champaign Friday afternoon December 9, 2011 after a lengthy illness. A native of Oulu, Finland, she was born Terttu Tuulikki Aunola on January 13, 1936 the daughter of Aimo Kalervo and Tyyne Johanna Lohva Aunola. (Her name was officially changed when she was naturalized a US citizen.) She grew up in the midst of the fighting of World War II. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1956 and less than a year later was called to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in Finland. After her 18 month mission she moved to England where she worked as a nanny. On April 30, 1960 she was married in the London Temple of the LDS Church to Andre J. Mostert, who had also served a mission in Finland. They are the parents of five surviving children: Colonel Kari A. (Gina) Mostert of Chesapeake Beach, MD; Timo Mostert of American Fork, Utah; Mika (Itzel) Mostert of San Diego, CA; Erik (Mindy) Mostert of Sandy, Utah; and Sherry (Troy) Waltersdorf of Hartford, WI. Between them they have given Tepa and Andre 13 and a half grandchildren. (Daughter Sherry is pregnant with her second son.) Tepa was preceeded in death by her parents, a younger sister, and a still born son Samuel Anders Mostert. She and Andre with their family moved to Champaign for his work in 1979 and have lived in their present house since 1985, except for a four year period when they took work in Springfield, IL. Tepa was a happy stay at home mom most of her life, although she enjoyed her work as a US Census worker for the 1980, 1990, and 2000 census. She loved to be with her family and to join her husband as they participated in their LDS Church activities. Arrangements for cremation are being made by the Morgan Memorial Home. Her family will take her remains to the South Lineville Cemetery in northern Missouri. At her request, there will be no viewing or funeral services, but a Memorial Service will be held at 7 pm December 27th at the LDS Church on Windsor Road in Champaign. Her friends are invited to join her family that night in celebrating her long and productive life.
[Champaign-Urbana, IL News-Gazette, Dec. 11, 2011 - Sub. by Andre Mostert]



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