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Died at her home in Farmer City, Sunday, 6 December 1896, 4:00 p.m., Mary C., wife of Harry FARMER, aged 24 years, 4 months, 16 days. Funeral: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, December 8. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, 1 mile south of Farmer City. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

FARNSWORTH, Alta Florence (Scott)


Mrs. William E. Farmsworth [Farnsworth] well known Clinton resident, passed away at home Sunday night, following an illness of four weeks.  She had been bedfast for two weeks. Alta Florence Scott was the daughter of Charles and Nettie Scott and was born on a farm near Waynesville, Oct 25, 1894, being one of a family of two children. She was united in marriage with W.E. Farmsworth [William E. Farnsworth] August 31, 1910, and to this union were born five children, four of them, Ruth, Verna, Aaron and Junior precedin them in death.  She leave to mourn her loss, her husband, one daughter, Edna, aged 4 years, her mother, Mrs. Charles Lindsey of Bloomington and one brother R.A. Scott of Normal. She was a member of the Christian church in Waynesville. Brief services will be held at the late home, Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, and from the Christian church in Waynesville at 2:30, in charge of Rev R.L. Cartwright, Pastor of the First Christian church in Clinton. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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CLINTON — Harold Dean Fitzgerald, 92, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 2:04 p.m., January 1, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Bloomington, Ill. Remembrance ceremony by the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Calvert Funeral Home, in Clinton, Ill. with funeral services following, Rev. Stephen Killion officiating. Interment will follow in Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, Ill. with military honors. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, in Clinton, Ill. Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA, DeWitt County Friendship Center or the Young at Heart at First Christian Church Harold Dean Fitzgerald was born on October 15, 1921, in Clinton, Ill., the son of Ira and Hulda (Ebershol) Fitzgerald. He married Mae Louise Brewer in February, 1945 in Peoria, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Mae Louise Fitzgerald, Clinton, Ill.; brother-in-law, William Brewer, Jr. and his wife Karen, Stephens City, Va.; sister-in-law, Ann Fitzgerald, Matteson, Ill.; four Nephews, Dwight (LouAnn) Fitzgerald, Taylorville, N.C., Ricky (Miranda) Fitzgerald, Orlando, Fla., Ronnie F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Steger, Ill., and Randy Fitzgerald, Matteson, Ill. Also surviving is his cat, Cassie, which he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Maj. Rodney H. Fitzgerald April 30, 1980; brother, Ronald Fitzgerald July 8, 2008; brother, Melvin Fitzgerald; and nephew, Larry Fitzgerald. Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church, Clinton, Ill. He was a boatswain's mate 1st Class in the U.S. Navy during WWII from Oct. 18, 1939 – Oct. 18, 1945. Harold flew along the California coast in blimps for the U.S. Navy during the war. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He had served on the USS Indianapolis, and the last ship he served on was USS Windham Bay CVE – 92. He established Fitzgerald Jeweler's April 1, 1957, where he was the owner and operator, in Clinton. He later opened a store in 1978 at Hickory Point Mall. Harold owned the Meadow Lakes subdivision on Route 10. He was a member of the Elks, VFW, American Legion and Kiwanis Club. He served on the board of the Illinois Retail Jeweler's Assoc. for many years and also was past president in 1972-1973. He was chosen for "Operation Tiger" a series of cruises conducted by the U.S. Navy to demonstrate its capabilities to the public.[Source: Clinton Journal]

FOREST, Jemina Jane (Jones)

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Died at the residence of her father, Isaac W. Jones, near Waynesville, DeWitt County, IL, Jemina Jane Forest, wife of Joseph Forest, in the 19th year of her age [DeWitt Courier, 19 Oct 1855]

FREEMAN, David E. Sr

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WAYNESVILLE - David E. Freeman Sr., 68, of Waynesville died at 11 a.m. Friday (March 14, 2008) at the family residence. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Abundant Life Christian Center (Waynesville Christian Church), Waynesville, with Pastor David Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, with military honors. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Abundant Life Christian Center (Waynesville Christian Church) and one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the David E. Freeman Sr. Memorial Fund. He was born Jan. 4, 1940, at in Evansville, Ind., to George B. and Helen Rutherford Freeman. He married Susie Chaudoin on April 20, 1962, in Bloomington. She survives at Waynesville. Also surviving are his children, Angela (Ronald) West, Waynesville; David E. (Anna) Freeman Jr., Bluffton, Ohio; and Elizabeth (Brian) Voyles, Beason; nine grandchildren, Nicole West; Tony West; Kaylee West; Keith Monkman Jr.; Lucian Freeman; Fred Freeman; Colt Freeman; Heather Stout; and Seth Stout; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Aiden Fosdick; and a brother, Charles Edward (Pam) Freeman, Anaheim, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center (Waynesville Christian Church). He was a medic in Vietnam. He served in the 1st Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Air Force, and retired from the Air National Guard as a master sergeant. He retired from the Bloomington U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. He was a history buff and earned his bachelor's degree in history from ISU, graduating in 1991. He enjoyed volunteer work at the Postville Courthouse in Lincoln. He also volunteered as a tax preparer for the government. He enjoyed camping and NASCAR. The family is requesting that if flowers are given to the family, please buy tulips so the family can plant them in their garden to remember David. He truly was a strong and steadfast man of God. His dry sense of humor was appreciated by all who knew him. [Source: The Pantagraph, 16 Mar 2008]