DuPage County Illinois
Genealogy and History


Obituaries and Death Notices

Army Pvt. Christopher M. Alcozer
Friends and family remembered a fallen Villa Park soldier struck Saturday by rebel fire in Iraq as loyal with a strong sense of responsibility. Army Pvt. Christopher M. Alcozer, 21 - a 2003 graduate of Villa Park's Willowbrook High School - was struck by small arms fire and hand grenades in an ambush Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Army. A member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, he was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and shipped out to Iraq in August, his mother said. Alcozer was part of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment. He enlisted in January and had been in Iraq for three months. Saturday's attack injured 12 soldiers, four seriously, the Army said. Alcozer is the fourth member of his brigade to die in Iraq over the past five weeks. The family plans on keeping funeral arrangements private, younger brother Adam Alcozer said. He said it was difficult absorbing the impact of his brother's death. "He was a good, strong man with strong ethics," Adam Alcozer said. "He always tried to do what was right. He enlisted to fight for his country and his family and not the administration." Kathleen Alcozer said she is opposed to the war, which led to "lively discussions" with her son. "But I was always ready to support my child. And now I have to bury my child," she said. "There's just no words." Alcozer proposed to his girlfriend of nearly three years while he was visiting her at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb during a recent trip home, his mother said Sunday. "He proposed out there - badly from what she said," Kathleen Alcozer said. "He was just nervous I guess. He was 21; what do you expect?" Alcozer was a very good student at Willowbrook, said Principal Evelyn Ennsmann. He played viola for the school's orchestra and wrestled all four years. His coach, Bryan Murphy, has seen a few of his wrestlers join the military, but none of them killed in the line of duty. "I know these young men are driven, and I don't have a big influence in that internal drive," Murphy said. "I still see it as a very honorable thing to serve your country, and he was a very honorable young man." His teammates were fond of Alcozer, who wrestled in multiple middleweight classes. Murphy called Alcozer quiet and likable. He didn't complain and fit in with the team, Murphy added. With parent-teacher conferences and Thanksgiving, students don't have classes at Willowbrook until next week. School officials plan on making an announcement to students then. Classmate Victoria Smith regretted not stopping to say hello to Alcozer when she spotted him a couple of months ago at a gas station when he was in town visiting. She hadn't seen him since he graduated and didn't know he was in the military. "I never thought Chris was the type to be in military," Smith said. "He should have never died. All these people, it's for a cause that will never be worth it." Smith, a year behind Alcozer, also played viola. She remembered him as a person who said little but managed to make his friends laugh. "Chris was an awesome kid; he wouldn't hurt a fly," Smith added. Alcozer hoped to return to college after his time in the Army to study education and music, possibly to become a music teacher, his mother said. The family was prepared for the possibility of Saturday's news, as was Alcozer, Adam Alcozer said. "He expected it as much as any other soldier," he said.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights IL), 11/21/2005]

Homer Andrus

Homer Andrus of Downers Grove, beloved husband of Nellie; father of Dwight, Robert, Mabel Bradley, and Glenn; grandfather of seven. Service Monday, 2 p.m., at funeral home, 4343 Main street, Downers Grove. Interment Cass cemetery. WOodland 8-1000.
(Chicago Tribune, published 16 Mar 1957 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu)

Genevieve Davey Andrus
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu
Obit: Genevieve Andrus, nee Davey, of Downers Grove, beloved wife of the late Frank; mother of Charles, Bert, Everett, Walter, Nellie Lamphear, and Marion Pozdol. Services Friday, 2 p.m., at funeral home, 4343 Main street, Downers Grove. Interment Cass cemetery. WOodland 8-1000. [dod Mar 11, 1957]

Viola Davey Andrus
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Viola Andrus, nee Davey, suddenly, of Lemont, beloved wife of the late Dwight R. Andrus, fond mother of Wesley (Marie) Strauley of Fairhope, Ala., Alan (Betty) Andrus and Susan (Charles) Sahs; sister of Robert (Genevieve) Davey, Gladys (Clifford) Warthen and Chester (Ellen) Davey; grandmother of seven. Service Monday, 1:30 p.m., at the Adams-Winterfield Funeral Home, 4343 Main St., Downers Grove. Interment Clarendon Hills. Visitation Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 10 p.m. 968-1000. [published Sept 20, 1975]

DIED: - Mrs.
C. A. BLANCHARD, wife of the President of Wheaton College, died suddenly at her home in that city, Saturday morning, Feb., of cancer. The funeral took place Tuesday. Deceased was known in Batavia. [Batavia Herald, 15 February, 1894]

Duane A. Bootz II of Bloomingdale
Funeral services for Duane A. Bootz II 23, will be held at 6 p.m. today, at Cypress Funeral Home, 1698 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. He passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at home. Cremation will be private.
Mr. Bootz had worked for a mail distribution company. He was the son of Karen (Ted) Stevenson and Duane A. Bootz; and stepbrother of Tom and Jen Stevenson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 6 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Hiram Bristol
Oldest Citizen of Aurora Dead.
Hiram BRISTOL, died at his home, No. 235 Main Street, Aurora, Sat. June 30, aged 94 years. Mr. BRISTOL was born in Salem, N. Y., March 22, 1800. In 1842 he came west settling near Naperville, on a farm, which occupation he followed until about twenty years ago, when he removed to Aurora.
[Batavia Herald, 5 July 1894 - submitted by K. Torp]

Marie V. Carlson
Date of Obit: October 11, 1991
Marie V. Carlson, 88, of 2917 W. Greenbrier Lane, formerly of 6017 Old Orchard Drive, died at 3:04 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1991, at Proctor Community Hospital.
Born Feb. 1, 1903, in Finspang, Sweden, to Emil and Edla Linquist Pearson, she married Ernest Carlson on Sept. 28, 1929, in Chicago. He died May 1, 1968, in Chicago. One brother also preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Marilyn) Gustafson of Peoria; one stepson, Ralph Carlson of Mountain Home, Ark.; one brother, Arthur Pearson,and one sister, Ruth Spangberg, both of Finspang; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Church. Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wilton Mortuary, the Rev.Ray Harrison officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst.
[Newspaper Name: Journal Star (Peoria, IL), submitted by C. Horton]

Ida May Chilvers
Ida Chilvers, nee Gregory, of Lemont, dear wife of the late Frank, beloved mother of Frank Jr., Earl, the late Ralph, Beula Erickson and Ida Sadenwater, fond grandmother of Ruth Schiek and Arthur Sadenwater Jr. Resting at funeral home, 501 State, Lemont, where services will be conducted Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Interment Cass cemetery. [
Chicago Tribune (Jan 29, 1949) - Sub. by Ida Recu]

Ralph Chilvers
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Ralph Chilvers, route 66, Downers Grove township, beloved husband of Clara, fond son of Mrs. Frank Chilvers, brother of Frank Jr., Earl, Mrs. Beulah Erickson, and Mrs. Ida Sadenwater. Funeral Sunday, from chapel, 212 Main street, Lemont, Ill., at 2:30 p.m., to Cass church, at 3 p.m. Interment Cass cemetery. [published April 20, 1940]

Roy E Chilvers
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Roy E. Chilvers of Downers Grove, beloved husband of the late Cora; fond son of the late Hattie L. Chilvers; brother of Edith Worley of Spokane, Wash.; uncle of Arthur W. VanDetpoel, Cort M. Shattenberg, and Dorothy Keller. Service 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Adams-Winterfield Funeral Home, 4343 Main street, Downers Grove. Interment Bronswood cemetery. Visitation after 2 p.m. Monday. WO 8-1000. [dod Feb 23, 1969]
Services for Roy E. Chilvers, 84, of 4912 Middaugh av., Downers Grove, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today in the chapel at 4343 Main st., Downers Grove. Mr. Chilvers died Sunday in the Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital. Mr. Chilvers, a railroad conductor for 50 years who last worked for the Burlington commuter line between Chicago and Aurora, retired in 1955. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Edith Worley; two nieces; and a nephew.

Walter Shade Chilvers
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Walter S. Chilvers, of South Main street, Downers Grove, husband of the late Elizabeth, father of Clayton, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services, 2 p.m., in chapel, 5017 Highland avenue, Downers Grove. Interment Cass Cemetery. [published June 3, 1949]

Mr. Dennis Connell
DIED: - At his home in Warrenville, April 11, 1895, Mr. Dennis CONNELL, aged 82 years. The funeral was April 13. Deceased was the father of Mrs. Geo. WATSON and Mrs. NETZLEY, of this city.
[Batavia Herald, 11 April, 1895 - submitted by K. Torp]

Death of Mrs. Sarah Clark
Saturday, Oct. 12, 1895, at the Age of 87 Years.
Mrs. CLARK, an old and highly respected lady, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Ad. Weaver, two miles west of this city, where she had been very tenderly cared for in her old age, Saturday, Oct. 12, aged 87 years.
Deceased was a lady of remarkable kind and charitable disposition and greatly beloved by all, for her deeds of benevolence. Mrs. Sarah (CURTISS) CLARK was born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont, Mar. 8, 1808.
She was the youngest of a family of nine children of whom all but one lived to the age of 80 years.
In 1835 deceased moved to Ill., and settled in Dupage county, where in 1857 she was married to Simeon CLARK, who lived but a short time after their marriage. After his death, Mrs. CLARK and two maiden sisters moved to Batavia after which they went to Shabbona, Dekalb Co., where they resided until, as they advanced in years and it became necessary to be cared for by younger hands, they one by one returned to be cared for by friends. At an early day she united with the Baptist Church, of which she was a member ever since. In the disposal of her estate she contributed a part of it to the church. The funeral took place from the home Sunday, at 3 p.m. Rev. R. E. Thomas, officiating. The remains were taken to Shabbona, Monday morning for burial.
[Batavia Herald, 17 Oct. 1895 - submitted by K. Torp]

Diane Corbeil
Diane Corbeil, nee Russell, of Oak Brook, beloved wife of Melvin J.; devoted mother of Deborah (Terry) Freeman and Donald Corbeil; dear grandmother of Brandelin (Michael) Biemolt and Brooke Freeman; great-grandmother of Raegan Biemolt.
Funeral Monday, 9:30 a.m. at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels, 450 W. Lake St., Roselle, 60172.
Chapel Service 10:30 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery (Chicago). Visitation Sunday 3 to 9 p.m. For info, 630-889-1700.
[Chicago Tribune (IL) - December 2, 2007 - Sub by Denise Parsons]

John T. Crane of Naperville
A memorial service for John T. Crane 83, formerly of Chicago, Tuscon, Ariz. and Colorado Springs, Colo., will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at The Shrine of Remembrance Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs.
Born Nov. 12, 1915, in Maywood, he died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Inurnment will take place after the memorial service.
Mr. Crane was raised on Chicago's South Side and attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park and Proviso High School in Maywood. Mr. Crane served in the Army during World War II stationed in North Africa and Europe. Mr. Crane had a distinguished service record which included a Purple Heart. Mr. Crane was employed by Hines V.A. Hospital in Hines, Ill. for more than 30 years as a mechanical engineer. He retired in 1974. Mr. Crane spent time in Tucson and Colorado Springs before coming to Naperville recently.
Survivors include his daughters, Kathleen Gomez of Provo, Utah and Nancy (David) Bushnell of Naperville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Smith of San Diego, Calif.; and nephews, Leonard Wilson of Escondido, Calif. and Larry Wilson of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; second wife, Letha Belle; parents, John and Mary; and sister, Margaret. Arrangements were made by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville.

[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Howard J Davey
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Howard J. Davey of Lyons, beloved husband of Marian E., nee Zolla; fond father of George (Arlene), Audrey, Wayne, and Beverley Watts; dear brother of Viola Andrus of Lemont, Robert (Jene) of Niles, Gladys Worthern of Lemont, and Chester (Ellen) of Lemont; loving grandfather of two. Funeral services Thursday, 10 a.m. from the Lyons Funeral Home, 4039 Joliet avenue (8000) W. Interment Bronswood cemetery in Oak Brook. 447-1900. [published Jan 3, 1968]

Robert C Davey
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Robert C. Davey, beloved husband of Genevieve, nee Mickel; fond father of Joan (John) Webster and Robert (Sandy); dear grandfather of Gless, Candy Ann and Michael; dear brother of Gladys Warthen and Chester. Visitation Tuesday, 2 to 10 p.m., at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Funeral Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., to St. John Brebeuf Church for a 10 a.m. Mass. Interment SS Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Lemont, Il. 966-7302. [published July 5, 1977]

Lewis H Dickinson
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Lewis H. Dickinson, 71, Route 1, Hinsdale, died yesterday in Hinsdale hospital. He was a retired electrical engineer and for the last 35 years had been a DuPage county forest ranger. He leaves his widow, Florence; two sons, Robert and Richard; three brothers; and two sisters. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at 4920 Main st., Downers Grove. [published Feb 8, 1965]

Henry Frank Druehl
Funeral Saturday For Henry Druehl
Funeral services for Henry F.Druehl, 76, Roselle, will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran church, Roselle. He died suddenly Wednesday evening. Mr. Druehl was born in Chicago. He moved to Itasca in 1908, and had lived in Roselle for the past 35 years. He married Louise Betzel in Chicago October 5, 1898. He worked for Gimble, Keith and Paragon Hat manufacturers for 55 years. Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Erma Oswald and Mrs. Walter Landwehr of Elgin and Mrs. Otto Bokelmann of Roselle; a son, Robert, Pingree Grove; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Martha Hornberg, Columbus, Ohio.
Friends may call at the Richert & Son funeral home until 12 Saturday. Rev. W. H. Mehlberg will officiate at the services and burial will be in Elmlawn cemetery.
[Source: 31 Mar 1950, Daily Herald, Chicago, IL - Submitted by Joe@OglesbyFamily.net]

Gerhard C Elbert
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu

Obit: Gerhard C. Elbert, age 92, of Bartlett, beloved husband of the late Hulda; dear father of Erwin (Marilyn), Paula (Earl) Tedrahn and Elda (Eugene) Rolf; loving grandfather of 10; fond great-grandfather of 10. Funeral services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 S. Rush St., Roselle. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home Ltd., 333 S. Roselle. [published May 3, 1983]

Hulda Elbert
Hulda Elbert, nee Mesenbrink, age 71, May 14, beloved wife of Gerhard C. (retired Lutheran school teacher of St. Luke's, Cross, and St. James schools); devoted mother and mother-in-law of Erwin O. and Gertrude, Mrs. Paula (Earl) Tedrahn, and Mrs. Elda (Eugene) Rolf; fond grandmother of 10; dear sister of Emil, Henry, Walter, Alvin, Mrs. Bertha Meitz, and Mrs. Louis (Elfrieda) Schaper. Services Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Roselle Trinity Lutheran church. Interment Zion cemetery, Bensenville.
[Chicago Tribune (Illinois) May 16, 1961 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Daniel Eldredge died at the age of sixty-five years, at his home in Freemont, Neb., April 10. Mr. ELDREDGE was a Washington County, N. Y. man, formerly a resident of Eola, a member of the First Baptist Church, of Aurora and well known in Plano and Sandwich, where he has many friends, who will be pained to learn of his death. [Batavia Herald, 28 April 1893 - submitted by K. Torp]

Pauline Rose Eovaldi
Pauline was born in Herrin, IL, on May 17, 1921, to Guiseppe (Joe) and Enrica (Kata) Carnaghi. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and graduated from St. Mary's School and Herrin High School. After graduating High School, Pauline left Herrin for Italy in 1939, where she was stranded due to the invasions of WWII. She spent the next 6 1/2 years there, and became a member of the Christian Democracy (the Partisan underground) and helped fight against the Germans who had invaded Italy. Pauline did this while living under the same roof with the German officers who had overtaken her parents Hotel and home. She was present at the gas station in Milano when Mussolini and his girlfriend were hung from the rafters. In recognition of her brave and valiant work during the war, Pauline received a medal from "Senator" Giovanni Mercaro (former head of the Partisan Resistance in Northern Italy), which was hand delivered to her in the States by partisan member Johnny Morani. She returned to Herrin in 1946. On July 1, 1947 she married the love of her life, the late Angelo J. Eovaldi, who had served in the Army, and waited for her return. Pauline was a member of the Daughters of Mary, and the Ladies Pinocle Club. She worked at Zwick's Shoe Store for about 25 years until moving to Troy, Michigan, in 1972. Upon Angelo's retirement in 1986, she, Angelo, and her mother moved to Naperville. She became a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Pauline loved to cook and to bake. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will remember her for her spaghetti and meatballs, her ravioli, and her pie crust cookies. She was an avid golfer and was still a member of the Naperbrook Women's Golf Association 9 Hole League and the Springbrook Ladies 18 Hole Golf League, having played golf at both courses (at age 92) the entire summer. Pauline was also a member of the Springbrook Intersuburban Golf League Southern Division for several years. She won many awards and trophies, and made 4 "holes in one" during her golfing career. For the 12 years her daughter co-owned and directed a pre-school in Naperville, Pauline was known and loved by the children, parents, and teachers, and was known to all as the "Grandma of Small Wonder Pre-School". Pauline was the loving mother of Joseph Paul Eovaldi and Paula K (Jim) Rancilio. Her grandchildren, Gillian Eovaldi (Tom) Dilts of Villa Hills, Ky, Megan Eovaldi (Dan) McElheney of Erlanger, KY, . Kara Rancilio Gallagher of Lisle, Il and Jeff Rancilio of Los Angeles, CA, and her Great-children A. J., Ryan, and Maria Dilts, Riley and Brendan Gallagher, Luke and John McElheney. Pauline was a vibrant, outgoing, loving and caring woman who loved life, lived it to the fullest, and made life-long friends wherever she went. She will be remembered for her strong, loving hugs, her wonderful sense of humor, and her beautiful smile. Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL. Funeral service from the Funeral Home at 11:15 a.m. to a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1215 Modaff Rd., Naperville, IL. Interment will be in Herrin, IL, on Tuesday, November 26th.  [DOD: Nov. 19, 2013. Funeral notice. Sub. by K.T.]

John Feldott
Fatal Accident
John FELDOTT is Thrown From the Wagon while Horses Are Running. – Meets Instant Death.
A sad and shocking accident occurred at the edge of Batavia, Friday, Oct. 16th, 1896, which resulted in the instant death of Mr. John FELDOTT, one of the old and highly esteemed farmers, of this vicinity.
Friday morning, Mr. FELDOTT was riding to this city, in company with his son, Chris. While near the Johnson farm, just east of Batavia, the horses became frightened and started to run.
The wagon was loaded with milk cans. At being alarmed by the conduct, the old gentleman got out of the seat, and confused among the milk cans, when he suddenly lost his balance, - fell from the wagon, striking his head and breaking his neck, - also receiving a severe scalp wound and breaking his arm. Death of course was instantaneous.
An inquest was held and a verdict given according to the above facts.
John FELDOTT was in his 73rd year and one of the early settlers. His wife preceded him in death several years. Deceased was an honorable, upright man, a kind neighbor and father. He had lived upon his farm in DuPage county, about 4 miles south-east of Batavia, for 44 years. He reared a large family of children, some of them making their home in this city and vicinity. Funeral services were held Monday, from the German Catholic church at Big Woods, and was largely attended. This is a sad and sudden ending of a long and useful life and the afflicted family have the sympathies of their neighbors and friends.
[Batavia Herald, 22 Oct. 1896 - submitted by K. Torp]

Mark W. Fletcher
Class of 1825 - MARK WENTWORTH FLETCHER. Born, Oct. 15, 1803, Thetford, Vt. Son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Fletcher) Fletcher. Fitted in Hanover, N.H. Read law in Batavia, N.Y., and commenced practice there, also engaging in surveying. He continued practice in Geneva, Ill., and was clerk of court in Kane County some years. Was best known for his work in surveying and adjusting conflicting claims in the newly settled districts. Later he engaged in farming at Fox River, Wis., and Wayne, Ill. He held nearly all the county offices in the course of his life. For many years he has been the oldest living graduate of the College.
Died, Feb. 3, 1900, Wayne, Ill.
Married, Aug. 26, 1846, Harriet Dunham of Oak Lawn, Ill. Eight children, three of whom, James M., Hattie, and Charles, are living.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Milton H Gaden
Milton H. Gaden, 72, of Naperville died Friday in Alden Nursing Center in Naperville. Born in Oak Park, Mr. Gaden served in the Army during World War II and with the Marines in the Korean War. A private pilot, he was a member of Downers grove VFW Post 503 and a computer programmer and systems analyst for United Airlines. Survivors include three sons, Roger, Russell and Wayne, and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 117 W. Van Buren St., Naperville, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune [Nov 9, 1999, Page 7] - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Naperville Sun (Illinois) November 7, 1999, Page 15
Milton H. Gaden, 72, of Naperville, formerly of Downers Grove, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Alden Nursing Home in Oak Park. He was born July 25, 1927 in Oak Park. He worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for United Airlines for 23 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and as a tech sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Community Methodist Church in Naperville and enjoyed flying as a private pilot. He is survived by three sons, Roger (wife Elizabeth) Gaden of Naperville, Russell (wife Naty) Gaden of Lombard and Wayne (wife Geraldine) Garden of Darien; four granddaughters and four grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne (Franke) Visitation will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 8 and 9, at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 117 W. Van Buren Ave. in Naperville. The funeral will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.10, at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Babler will officiate. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace.
Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Alexander J. Grush
Death Claims Former Naperville Mayor
     Alexander J. Grush, former mayor of Naperville died at Copley Hospital, Aurora on Sunday April 1, 1945.  Following the funeral services at the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon April 5th, Masonic burial rites were conducted at the Naperville cemetery.
    Mr. Grush had been active for many years in civic affairs, serving as commissioner from 1917 until 1921, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Charles Bowman.  He served as mayor for two years.  He was elected to the same office in 1931 for a regular four-year term.
    Born in Ogle County, Illinois, on July 14 1869, Mr. Grush was in the meat business in Polo and Sycamore before coming to Naperville in 1907.  While here he established the Grush Oil Company at 309 N. Washington  St.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Ida B. Grush, three children, Vernon C. Grush of Downers Grove, Mrs. Homer Boelter of California, and Byron E. Grush of Naperville, a sister Mrs. Ray Price of Albion, Iowa and seven grandchildren.  Mr. Grush was a member of Euclid Lodge No. 65, A.F.& A.M., members of which conducted the service at the cemetery.  Rev. Wesley M. Westerberg was the officiating minister at the church and Marjorie Stauss was the organist.
[Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Kris Dunlap]

Dies at Age 91
Birdellen Grush, widow of the late Alexander J. Grush, former mayor of Naperville, died Wednesday, May 5th at the age of 91.  She was born March 1, 1874 near Polo, Illinois.  Funeral services were held Friday in the First United Methodist church, with Rev. Theodore Potter officiating.  Interment was in Naperville cemetery.  She was a member of the First United Methodist church and of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  In addition, she was a past worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a past Noble Grand of the Floral Rebekah lodge.  Surviving are two sons; Vernon of Downers Grove and Byron of Naperville; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
[Submitted by Byron Grush, transcribed by Kris Dunlap]

Alice A Hays (nee Rempert)
Alice Rempert Hays, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at her Naperville home. She was born Dec. 1, 1907. She was a resident of Lisle for more than 20 years before moving to Naperville. She worked as a secretary for an insurance agency until her retirement. She is survived by a daughter, Linda O'Mara of Naperville; two granddaughters, Carolyn and Laurie O'Mara; a niece, Sandra Rempert; a nephew, Roger Rempert; and four great-nieces and great-nephews. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main St., Downers Grove, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will take place at Clarendon Hills Cemetery.
The Naperville Sun, - September 15, 2000 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Hilamon S. Hills
Hilamon S. Hills, one of the pioneer settlers DuPage County, Illinois, died suddenly at his home in Bloomingdale Tuesday, Dec 13, from the effects of a fall. Mr. Hills was born in Vernon, Oneida County, N. Y., June 26,1818. He removed with his father to Illinois in 1840, and settled in Bloomingdale, then known as Meacham's Grove, where he has resided for fifty-seven years. He was the brother of E. O. Hills and the late N. C. Hills, of this city, and of Mrs. T.R. Stevens and the late H. B. Hills, of Wheaton, Illinois. In 1842 he married Lorena, daughter of Elias Maynard, also one of the early pioneers of   DuPage County. During the forty-five years of their married life they have reared five sons and four daughters, the youngest of the children being now 20 years of age, yet this records the first death in their family. Mr. Hill possessed excellent judgment and sterling business principles, and was a man of rugged character, positive in his convictions, and methodical in his life. These were combined with a jovial disposition, which made him a favorite with both old and young. The funeral services will be held at his late residence this morning at 11 o'clock.
 [The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Friday, December 16, 1887; pg. 6 - KT, Sub by FoFG]

Warren R Hosler
Warren R. Hosler, 77, a retired foreman with Commonwealth Edison Co. who built a reputation for fairness and offered his technical skills to neighbors and friends in his Wheaton neighborhood, died Monday, Sept. 18, in a nursing home in Galesburg. "He was the handyman for the neighborhood, his friends and the church," said his wife, Virginia. "He had every tool in the world and could do any electrical job. He knew electricity front to back." Born in Oak Park, Mr. Hosler was a Wheaton resident for 40 years and worked for the utility company for 45 years. He served in the Army during World War II, stationed in Italy for two years, his wife said. Mr. Hosler's reputation at work was built on an inherent understanding of fairness, family members said."He would give anyone a break plus one," his wife said. Mr. Hosler's sense of fairness also included never asking a fellow employee to do anything he was not willing to do himself. "He was just that kind of guy," his wife said. "He was a very caring person." Along with his wife, Mr. Hosler is survived by two daughters, Hillary Hoffman and Wendy Welch; a brother, Ronald; a sister, Nancy Melcher; and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton.
Chicago Tribune, Sept. 21, 2000 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Mrs. Truman Jones
DIED: - at Warrenville Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, 1t 7:30,
Mrs. Truman JONES, aged 81 years, 6 months and 29 days. Mrs. JONES was the mother of A. T. JONES, of Warrenville, grandmother of Mrs. C. H. HOY, Fred P. MANNING, B. T. JONES, and Mrs. B. M. MCFERRAN. Mrs. JONES was one of the pioneers at Warrenville sine 1837. [Batavia Herald, 24 September 1896 - submitted by K. Torp]

Marion E King (nee Miller)
Funeral services for Marion E. King, 73, a resident of Wheaton for 44 years, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. Burial will follow the services at St. Michael Cemetery, Wheaton. She died Sunday, Jan. 7 at home. She was the wife of the late Edward J.; mother of Carol, Nancy, Edward (Darlene), Gregory (Marlene), Stephen, Marion, and the late Susan; grandmother of Kelly, Emily, Eddie and Jessica; sister of Walter "Jack" (Jean) Miller, and sister-in-law of Philip King and Genevieve King. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the funeral home. For information (708) 668-0016.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois) January 8, 1996 - Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

Death of
Mrs. E. S. Kline
Aug. 28, 1896, Mrs. Elizabeth SKELTON KLINE died at her home, three miles east of Batavia, aged 56 years.
Mrs. Kline was a native of Patterson, N. J., born June 19, 1849. In 1851 she came to Ill., and settled in Batavia, afterward removing to DuPage county. She was married to John KLINE 1858 who died in 1884. Twelve children blessed the union, eleven of whom gathered about the bedside of the bedside of their best earthly friend, their mother, when she was called to leave them; the absent one having passed on before her nine years ago. She was very patient during her illness and trusted in the Savior for help and strength. She was much given to quoting scripture and shortly before she died she repeated, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” She was conscious to the last realizing the end was near. The funeral was held at the house Sunday afternoon; Rev. J. D. Leek of the M. E. Church, officiating. Interment in the west cemetery.
Sleep on thou dearest mother,
Sleep, thy children mourn thy loss.
[Batavia Herald, 3 Sept. 1896 - submitted by K. Torp]

Daniel Komel
May 23, 1957 - February 11, 2009; residence Delavan
Born: May 23, 1957, in Elmhurst, IL
Parents: Frank Komel & June Kanta
Spouse: Susan Uecker; married Aug. 23, 1986, in Bellwood, IL
Occupation: self-employed carpenter
Stepchildren: Todd (Rebekah) Biermann & Tony (Jennifer) Biermann
5 step grandchildren
Siblings: Bonnie (Edward) Boyle-Wene & Terrie (Robert) Provenzano-Lanis
Nephew: Brian Wene
Preceded in death by parents
[Source: Chicago Tribune (13 Feb. 2009) contributed by Ron Flink]

Anna B. Lemmermann
Funeral services for Anna B. Lemmermann 89, a resident of Naperville for nine years, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 1117 W. Van Buren, Naperville.
Born Jan. 25, 1910, in Germany, she died, Sunday Aug. 8, 1999, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. Mrs. Lemmermann and her late husband owned and operated a confectionery and luncheonette called Licspa in Astoria, Long Island, for approximately 50 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane J. Shoup of Naperville; grandchildren, Sandra Ann (Wayne) Stamm of Warenville, Mark Allen (Theresa) Shoup of Elburn and Laura Jean (Jordan) Shapiro of Oak Park; great-grandchildren, Bryan and Nicholas Stamm of Warrenville, Kirsten and Tyler Shoup of Elburn, and Hannah and Mia Shapiro of Oak Park; and sisters, Maria and Rosa, of Germany.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; parents August and Josphine Jahn; brothers Frantz and Joseph Jahn; and sister Augusta.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the services at 3 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Robert "Robin" Mair
Robert (Robin) Mair, 80, a 47 year resident of Naperville, formerly of Cranford, NJ passed away suddenly, April 20, 2014. Born in Scotland May 24, 1933, he came to the US at age two with his family. He became a US citizen prior to joining the army where he served with the Finance Corps in Germany. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and later earned an MBA from Lewis University.
In October 1961, he married Anne Gabel. They and their two young children relocated to Naperville where Robin was Materials Manager with Distillers Company LTD in Plainfield. They rounded out their family by adding two more sons. He is survived by wife Anne, children Heather, Christopher, Rob (wife Christine), Scott, granddaughter Emily, brother David and family. Beloved by everyone for his engaging intellect and wry humor.
Robin loved the game of golf and, in retirement, was a starter at Springbrook Golf Course. He was a passionate fly-fisherman and, with his family, made many trips to Michigan’s Au Sable River where, per his request, his ashes will be spread this summer. Robin found pleasure in making golf clubs and cane fishing rods for family and friends as well as Scottish shortbread for all. He was truly unique: well read, a story-teller, trivia fact expert, WWII arm chair historian, quoter of Scottish poet Robert Burns, conversationalist on any given subject, cat-lover, bird-watcher, and most of all, a generous and devoted husband, father, granddad and friend. Our Robin is sorely missed.
Visitation: Thursday, April 24, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory, (516 S. Washington St, Naperville). Service: Friday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church (1105 Catalpa Ln, Naperville). Internment private.  [From Family and funeral home, April 21, 2014 - sub by K.T.]

Albert A Mesenbrink
Albert A. Mesenbrink, of Villa Park, beloved husband of Olga; loving father of Lillian (Earl) Boone, Elaine (Harry) Wallinder and Fred (Phyllis); grandfather of four; brother of Arthur A. Services Monday, 11 a.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Av., Villa Park. Interment Oak Ridge. Visitation Sunday, 2-10 p.m. 832-4161.
[Chicago Tribune - January 21, 1973 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Alfonso Gottleib Peter Mesenbrink
Alfonso Mesenbrink, beloved husband of the late Mary; father of Wilhelm R. and Everett Clarke. Resting at chapel, 60 S. Grant, Hinsdale. Funeral Tuesday, 11 a.m., in Zion Lutheran church, Hinsdale. Interment Zion cemetery. FAculty 3-0275.
[Chicago Tribune, August 24, 1959 - submitted by Ida Recu]

Olga D Mesenbrink
Olga D. Mesenbrink (nee Luecke), 86, of Villa Park, beloved wife of the late Albert; loving father of Lillian (Earl) Boone, Elaine (Harry) Wallinder and Fred (Phyllis) Mesenbrink; fond grandmother of four; dear sister of Rev. G. L. Luecke. Funeral Saturday, 11 a.m., at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Interment Oak Ridge. Visitation Friday, 2 to 9:30 p.m.
[Chicago Tribune, Sept. 24, 1981 - submitted by Ida Recu]

Dr. Ralph M. Mesenbrink
Dr. Ralph M. Mesenbrink, PhD, age 66, of Glen Ellyn, beloved husband of Carol, nee Riley; loving father of Patty (Mark) Westfall, Suzy (Jeff) Middleton, Nancy Mesenbrink, Mark (Jennifer), Jim (Colleen), J. P., and Jeannie (Tom) Lane; proud grandfather of nine; preceded in death by his mother, Esther, nee Keating; brother of Michael (Cathy) Mesenbrink. Visitation Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m. at the Leonard Memorial Home, Ltd., 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. Everyone is to meet Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Petronille Catholic Church, Glen Ellyn, for a funeral Mass. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.
[Chicago Tribune, September 5, 2000, Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

A funeral Mass for Dr. Ralph M. Mesenbrink, 66, a resident of Glen Ellyn since 1963, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn. (Please meet at church.) Born May 13, 1934, in Oak Park, he died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at his home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Mesenbrink received his bachelor of arts degree at St. Mary's University, Winona, Minn., his master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. He was the founder and director from 1984 to 1993 of the Clark County Health Care Center, and from 1991 to 1992 he offered direct diagnostic and treatment services to members of the Winnebago tribe through the Wisconsin Winnebago Health and Human Services Department. In addition, Dr. Mesenbrink gave workshops and published papers on children and medication, child custody and charges of abuse parenting, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). He was associate professor of psychology at Lewis University in Romeoville from 1963 to 1969, professor of the heath services administration at Governor's State University in Park Forest from 1980 to 1982, and an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, from 1987 to 1988. He had also been in private practice since 1974 and did pro bono work for DuPage County. Dr. Mesenbrink was a member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and the Psychology Law Committee of the Illinois Psychological Association from 1995 until the present. He was appointed to be an Illinois resource person for the White House Council on Children in 1980 and was program developer for Parents Solving Problems from 1987 to 1993. Dr. Mesenbrink was also a veteran, having served in the Navy as a pilot.First and foremost, however, Ralph was a family man, a quiet man of great dignity and integrity, a man of faith, and a careful listener and observer. He also made time to delve into other interests, including aviation, scuba diving, snow skiing, photography and astronomy, and he especially loved theater and music. Surviving are his wife, Carol Mesenbrink (nee Riley); children, Patty (Mark) Westfall, Suzy (Jeff) Middleton, Nancy Mesenbrink, Mark (Jennifer) Mesenbrink, Jim (Colleen) Mesenbrink, J. P. Mesenbrink and Jeannie (Tom) Lane; brother, Michael (Cathy) Mesenbrink; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Mesenbrink (nee Keating). Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Leonard Memorial Home Ltd., 565 Duane, Glen Ellyn.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois) September 5, 2000, Section: Business, Page 4 - Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu

Ralph Mesenbrink, 66, DuPage Psychologist
Dr. Ralph M. Mesenbrink, 66, a prominent DuPage-area psychologist who specialized in child and family issues ranging from child abuse to Down syndrome, died Saturday, Sept. 2 in his home in Glen Ellyn, of cancer. Mr. Mesenbrink, whose longtime private practice included health psychology, neuropsychology and forensic psychology, also conducted multifamily group therapy, mediation and conciliation sessions. He specialized in custody cases and worked to help children with attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities. His vocation and his own close-knit family served as the centers of his life. Just days before his death, Mr. Mesenbrink was on the phone with a judge, working on a child custody case. The father of seven grown children, he made it home on a daily basis to have lunch with his wife, Carol. "He was one of the last truly honest persons we knew," said his daughter Suzy Middleton. "He held to his ideals and standards and was very religious and moralistic in a gentle way. He was a quiet but strong man. If you needed answers, you'd call my dad. Everyone would, including friends." Friends were also valued by Mr. Mesenbrink, who took annual ski trips with a group of seven friends who first bonded more than 50 years ago at Fenwick High School in Oak Park and called themselves the "Royal Order of Eight Balls." The group last went skiing in February. "Ralph was just a nice man with a good sense of humor and was fun to be with," said Bob Crowley, an "Eight Ball" who inspired Mr. Mesenbrink, a Navy veteran, to attain his pilot's license. "Family was very important to him. He was especially fond of his grandchildren." Born in Oak Park, Mr. Mesenbrink graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary's College of Minnesota. He received his MA in clinical psychology from DePaul University in 1963 and his PhD from Loyola in 1971. Before setting up his private practice in 1974, Mr. Mesenbrink was the director of counseling and an associate professor of psychology at Lewis University in Romeoville. He also worked as the chief psychologist for the DuPage County Health Department. For almost two decades Mr. Mesenbrink served as a consulting psychologist with the Will County Association for Retarded in Joliet. And though he had planned to help out just a year, he was the director of psychological services in Clark County, Wis., from 1984 to 1993, where he ran the mental health program. Extensively published and affiliated with four hospitals, including Central DuPage Hospital and Glendale Heights Community Hospital, Mr. Mesenbrink was a member of the Legislative Committee with the Illinois Psychological Association. His interests ranged from Irish history to astronomy and photography and he loved to fly, snow ski, water-ski and scuba dive. "He was always curious and wanted to know how things worked," said Suzy Middleton. Mr. Mesenbrink also is survived by three other daughters, Patty Westfall, Nancy and Jeannie Lane; three sons, Mark, Jim and J. P.; a brother and nine grandchildren. Visitation will be held form 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood St. in Glen Ellyn. [
Chicago Tribune, September 4, 2000, Author: Julie Deardorff, Tribune Staff Writer. Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

James Donald Orabutt Sr.
66, of Carol Stream, died Sunday, Aug. 8. Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, Carol Stream, (630) 510-0044.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Geo. F. Resseguie
Passes Away Suddenly, While at Work in His Blacksmith Shop, at Warrenville, Tuesday, Dec. 11. -- Found Dead in His Shop. -- Supposed to be Heart Disease. --
A few years ago sudden deaths, from heart disease was seldom heard of outside the cities. To-day they are numerous and frequent, in this and every other section.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1894, at about 8:30, a.m., Mr. Geo. F. RESSEGUIE, of this city, was found cold in death, in his blacksmith shop, at Warrenville, just as he had been performing his daily labors.
Only a few days ago, O.W. RESSEGUIE visited his father, at his old home, - found him to be in his usual health, and tried to prevail upon him, to come to Batavia to make his home with him, as he was living all alone. But the aged father had been the ever faithful Village Blacksmith at Warrenville, for over 30 years. Things around there were dear to him. His associations and business relations, he could not think of parting with, - so there he preferred to remain, - at the scenes of his old home and workshop, although he was alone, - little thinking that his earthly days were so very few and the time of departure so close at hand. The Physician, after examination, pronounced his sudden death caused by heart disease.
The Coroner’s inquest was held, and a verdict returned, according to the above facts.
Funeral services were held, Thursday, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. John D. Leek, and the remains interred in the Warrenville Cemetery. Geo. F. RESSEGUIE came to Illinois from Rutland County, Vermont, away back, in the early settlement of this state, where he has resided ever since. At the time of his death he was 78 years of age. Deceased leaves six children, O. W. and S. V. residing in Batavia.
[Batavia Herald, 13 Dec. 1894 - submitted by K. Torp]

William 'Bill' Daniel Schlaiss of Hanover Park
Prayers for William 'Bill' Daniel Schlaiss will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, at Countryside Funeral Home, 1640 Greenmeadows Blvd. (at Barrington Rd.) Streamwood/Schaumburg. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. St. Ansgar Church, 2040 Laurel Ave., Hanover Park, followed by a full military ceremonial salute at Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines.
Born Dec. 6, 1949, in Chicago to Ruth (nee Carroll) and Norbert Schlaiss, he passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at home, surrounded by his loving wife and family. A 1967-68 Taft High School graduate, he married his teen love, Sandy Douglas Priami. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969 serving in the 4th Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion 4th Marine, Fox company and the 3rd Force Recon under Major Alex Lee. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star for an ambush and a fire fight. He served our country in Vietnam in an elite force until 1971. Bill coached baseball at Oriole Park in Chicago, and after moving to Hanover Park he continued to coach for five years, for the Hanover Park Baseball Association from 1978-1983. He had also been the head coach for the Pee-Wee Hanover Park Football Association for 10 years and served as a board member. He was awarded the 'Service to the Youth of our Community' award from the village.
He had belonged to the Carpenters Union Local 839 for more than 20 years and was a member of the American Legion Post 76 of Wheaton. He was very active in the help and construction of the Streamwood memorial for all war veterans. He will be truly missed as he was much loved and respected by his wife, children, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and church parish.
He was the husband of Sandy; father of Scott of Norwood, Ga., Tony (Natalie) Priami of Bartlett, Cathryn (Michael) of Decatur, Marc (Nicole) of Elgin and Frank (Megan) Priami of Hanover Park; proud grandfather of Remington and Daniel; dear brother of Jan (Jim) Race of Stuart, Fla., Karen (Jim) Scanlon of Linden, N.J., John Schlaiss of Chicago, Marilyn (Roger Huff) Leber of McHenry, Liz (Norm) Stober of Elk Grove Village and Debby (Bob) Hanrahan of Chicago; godfather of, Jean Boyle, Amanda Rothgeb and Cory Schaliss, son-in-law of Warren 'Pete' Peterson and the late Lillian; brother-in-law of Robert Douglas and Steve Peterson; dear uncle of 19; and great-uncle of three. Bill had many special relatives and dear friends including, Scott (Sue) Matson of Minnesota and Bill (Joan) Mose of California, with whom he served in Vietnam and are close friends. He was was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
[Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) - August 10, 1999, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Mr. George Simpson
Found Dead in His Buggy.
The Aurora Beacon says
Mr. George SIMPSON, a well known and well to do farmer, residing near Naperville and about 7 miles from Aurora, was found dead in his buggy, Oct. 21. His death is believed to have been caused by heart disease. Mr. SIMPSON was the father of Mrs. H. A. WILSON of Aurora. [Batavia Herald, 29 October, 1896 - submitted by K. Torp]

Eliza Atwood Smart
Eliza Attwood Smart, May 7, 1943, beloved wife of the late William Henry Smart, fond mother of Cora, grace, Nell, Ada, Chauncey, and Ethel. Resting at funeral home, 4920 N. Main street. Downers Grove. Services Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m., at Cass Community church. Interment at Cass cemetery.
Mrs. Eliza Attwood Smart, 86 years old, widow of William H. Smart, died in her Hinsdale home yesterday. Mrs. Smart and her twin sister, Mrs. Jennie Cramer of Downers Grove, were the children of John T. and Sarah Attwood, who came from England in the early part of the last century and settled in the Downers grove community. In addition to her sister, Mrs. Smart is survived by a son, Chauncey
H. Smart of Hinsdale, and five daughters, Cora, Grace, Mrs. Ada Evart, and Mrs. Ethel Boecker, all of Hinsdale, and Mrs. Nellie Cheese of Westmont. Services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Cass Community church.
[Chicago Tribune - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Sylvester R. Smart
Sylvester R. Smart, beloved husband of Editha, nee Morton, father of Blanche, Ida, William, and Luke. Funeral at late home, Downers Grove, 2:30 p.m., Friday. Burial at Cass cemetery.
Chicago Daily Tribune - May 1, 1924 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu)

Eliza A. Smith
Turner, Ill., Jan. 29.—Special Telegram.—Mrs. Eliza A. Smith, aged 82, an old resident of DuPage County, died this morning.  [Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Wednesday, January 30, 1895; transcribed by Sandi King.]

Edward A Strauley
Edward A. Strauley, loving husband of the late Mary; dear father of Wesley; fond brother of Arthur, Margaret Strauley, loving grandfather of Paul and Li. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 117 W. Van Buren, Naperville. Interment Naperville Cemetery. Visitation one hour before service. 355-0264.
[Chicago Tribune (Illinois) May 1, 1979 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Hazel D. Stiteley
Glen Ellyn – Hazel D. Stiteley, 95, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Mount Carroll, died Tuesday, December 15, 1997 at Windsor Park Medical Center in Carol Stream. A daughter of Clifford and Jennie Downing, she was born June 15, 1903 in Mount Carroll. She attended Frances Shimer College in Mount Carroll and graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. On June 9, 1927 she and Wilbur E. Stiteley were married. He died June 1, 1976. Her memberships included Glen Ellyn Women’s club, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn and First Baptist Church in Mount Carroll.
  Surviving are one daughter, Jane Steinhilber of Glen Ellyn; two grandchildren, Brad (Kasi) Steinhilber and Mark (Connie) Steinhilber, both of Glen Ellyn; five great-grandchildren, Julia, Gina, Sarah, Ashley, and Taylor; and two nephews, Jud (Gretchen) Smith of Mount Carroll and Randy (Mary Jo) Smith of Thomson. Preceding her in death were her parents, stepfather, A. J. Miles; two sisters, Eleanor Smith and Dorothy Rhenstrom; and her son-in-law, Robert Steinhilber.
  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery at Mount Carroll. Officiating the services will be the Rev. Dan Cunningham of First Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Leonard memorial Home in Glen Ellyn, and from 10 a.m. Monday to time of service at the funeral home.
[Submitted by Alice Horner]

Carl F Thielk
Carl F. Thielk, 80, of Duncanville, Texas, died Sunday, June 19. A memorial service will be held today, June 22, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in DeSoto, Texas. Mr. Thielk was the husband of Joyce Vann Thielk, father of Carl M. (Carol) and Richard (Elizabeth), grandfather of six, brother of Elsie Schumacher and Ida Detrick, and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Mr. Thielk was born in Lombard, was a veteran of World War II, and was retired after working at International Harvester for 42 years. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #2048 in Elmhurst, and was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home in Duncanville.
Lombardian (Lombard, DuPage, Illinois) June 23, 2005, Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Mabel M Vann (nee Rinkenberger)
Mrs. Mable M. Vann, 75, of 204 Illinois st., Elmhurst, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst. A resident of Elmhurst for 45 years, Mrs. Vann was the wife of Dr. George H. Vann, a retired dentist and potentate of Medinah temple in 1949. Also surviving are three sons, Robert D., Joseph A. and George D.; a daughter, Mrs. Joyce Thielk; 10 grandchildren; two brothers; and a sister. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at 435 N. York st., Elmhurst.

Mabel M. Vann of Elmhurst, Ill., beloved wife of Dr. George H.; dear mother of George D., Joseph A., Robert D., and Joyce Thielk; also survived by 10 grandchildren; two brothers, and one sister. At the Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary, 435 N. York street, Elmhurst, after 7 p.m. Thursday, where services will be held Friday, 1:30 p.m. Interment Elm Lawn.
Chicago Tribune (Illinois) April 22, 1955 Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Mrs. Minnie Marie Vogtli
Mrs. Minnie Marie Vogtli, nee Norton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Norton was born at Climax, Mich., Aug. 18, 1889. Her early life was spent in their Michigan home.
May 9, 1914, she was united in marriage to George L. Vogtli. To this happy union six children were born, two of whom have passed from earth to heaven. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure, her sorrowing husband, four children, Alpherna, Clara, Catherine, and Minnie; her father and three brothers, Perry, William and James all of whom reside at Battle Creek, Mich., also one sister Bessiie of Corey, Mich.
Death came to her very suddenly early Sunday morning at the Elmhurst hospital where she was hurriedly taken Saturday night. At the early age of 37 years, 2 months and 13 days she was called away from her stricken husband and her beloved little ones. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the Evangelical church where Rev. Render spoke words of comfort to the sorrowing ones. Burial at Elm Lawn cemetery on Lake street. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the grief stricken family.
Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O'er the spoils that death won
We would at this solemn parting Calmly say “Thy will be done”
By the hands the loan was given Thou hast taken but thine own
Lord of earth and God of Heaven For evermore “Thy will be done.”

We wish to extend our very sincere thanks to Bensenville Chapter No. 3, C. M. St. P. Womans Club, Odd Fellow Lodge No. 181, Evangelical Sunday school, B of R. T. Lodge No. 119 and to all other individuals during our late bereavement. Also for the beautiful floral offerings.
George L. Vogtli and children.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Steel.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Norton
[Source: The Daily Herald, Chicago, IL, Nov 5, 1926 – Transcribed by Debbie Gibson – Gr. Grandaughter-in-law]

Vanda V. Walters, nee BULLOCK
Spouse: Earl Walters (deceased)
Parents: Thomas Bullock and Eliza Bullock (nee Eichelman) (deceased)
Year of Birth: 14 June 1915, aged 87
City and County of Birth: Coello, Franklin County,IL
Formerly of Dowell, Jackson County, IL
Date of Death: Wednesday, 18 September 2002
City and County of Death: Wheaton, Du Page County,IL (Windscape Rehab Center)
Place of Internment: Mulkeytown Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: 19 September 2002

Col. J. M. Warren died at Warrenville, north of Naperville, May 1st, at age 83. He was a native of Fredonia, N. Y., and came west by team in 1833. He took claim of 60 acres and upon it he built the first house in the village of Warrenville, which was laid out on the claim in 1836. He also built and conducted, in company with Philo Carpenter, of Chicago, a saw-mill. He was the first postmaster in Warrenville and held the office in all twenty-five years. He was formerly a democrat and cast his first vote for Jackson, but had been a republican since the second administration of Lincoln. In 1844 he was elected to the legislature from the Will district, representing DuPage, Will, Kankakee and Iroquois counties, and later was elected to fill a vacancy. Col. WARREN was an uncle of Mrs. W. J. HOLLISTER, of this place. [Batavia Herald, 5 May 1893 - submitted by K. Torp]

Death of an Old Pioneer.
Mrs. Thos. W. Watson, Passes Away, Monday, April 27, 1896, After a Long Illness, Aged 71 Years.
Deceased Was a Resident of Warrenville For 52 Years; Much Beloved and Esteemed for her Good Qualities of Heart and Bright Intellect. – She Was The Mother, of Geo. E. WATSON, of Batavia.
Mary Lucretia, wife of Thomas Warren WATSON, died, at Warrenville, DuPage Co., Ills., Monday, April 27, 1896, at the age of seventy-one years, seven months and thirteen days. The funeral was held at the old homestead at Warrenville, Wednesday at two o’clock; Rev. J. D. Leek, of Batavia M. E. Church officiating. Several young friends who had often met to sing with Mrs. WATSON made the occasion very impressive, by singing many of her favorite hymns. Mrs. WATSON was one of DuPage County’s Pioneers, a daughter of Casper M. and Henrietta L. KLINE. She was born in Baltimore, Md., September 14th, 1824, and came to this country with her parents in 1835. April 10, 1844 she married Mr. WATSON, coming with him to Warrenville to make the home in which they have resided for the past 52 years.
Mrs. WATSON was the mother of six sons, three of which survive her: Thos. Theodore, of Buenos Aires, South America; George Edward, of Batavia; and John Henry, of Schaller, Iowa.
Deceased was a good loving wife and mother, and a staunch true friend, having the interest of many at heart, and was a woman of superior natural ability. Intellectually she was far above the average person of her years, and was an agreeable conversationalist. She possessed many excellences of heart and head and enjoys, as she deserves, the respect of a large circle of friends. She had been such a great sufferer for the past three years, that the many friends that gathered at her funeral, from all parts of the country, and those near and dear to her, could through all their sorrow, but feel glad to follow her to the peaceful quiet cemetery, and leave her at rest.
[Batavia Herald, 7 May 1896 - submitted by K. Torp]

Jesse Wheaton
Wheaton’s Founder Dead.
Surrounded by his family and numerous friends,
Jesse WHEATON, whom everyone fondly called “Uncle Jesse.” Died after a long and painful illness, at his home in Wheaton, Illinois, on Monday, February 25th, 1895, at 4 o’clock, a.m. His end was a peaceful and happy one and occurred at the ripe age of 82 years. Death was a complication of troubles, chief among which was kidney disease and old age.
His interest in Wheaton led him to use efforts that proved successful to secure a railroad and in 1848, when railroads were rare, he had the satisfaction of hearing the Northwestern locomotive whistle in Wheaton. He was largely instrumental in all the growth and development of his own community in particular. It was he who determined that Wheaton should have a college and his earnestness in that matter is shown in the fact that he, himself, drew the stone for its foundation from Batavia, Ill.
[Batavia Herald, 7 March 1895 - submitted by K. Torp]



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