Iroquois County Illinois
Obituaries - T
Mrs. Elisabeth Tatro, daughter of Albert and Mary (O'Brien) Mayo, was born on a farm in Milk's Grove tp. May 5, 1869, and died at her home in Kankakee, Wednesday, Apr. 22. Her girlhood was spent on the farm and her education obtained at the neighborhood rural school, and was no more eventful than that of others living at the same time and under similar conditions. Feb. 20th, 1887, when she was between seventeen and eighteen years of age she was united in marriage to Frank Tatro, and the young couple made their home in Clifton, where the husband was employed as a clerk in Smith's general store. Two children came to bless their union, one dying in infancy. In September, 1891, the family moved to Kankakee where Mr. Tatro had a position in Lecour Bros. Store, and there Mrs. Tatro had made her home ever since. She had been in rather poor health for a good many years, but was able to be around and look out for herself without great inconvenience. Less than a week before her death, she became suddenly ill, and called a neighbor, who came to her aid, and called a physician. She was put to bed, and her daughter, Mrs. Spivey, came from Momence, her home, to take care of her. On Wednesday, she was able, with the aid of her daughter, to walk from her bedroom to the bathroom. Arriving there she collapsed, and a few hours afterwards died. The cause of her death was given as a complication of heart and kidney trouble. Surviving her are her daughter Mrs. Mary Spivey, Momence, and three grandchildren. Brothers Frank and Fred Mayo, and sisters Mrs. Emily Johnson and Mrs. Mary Berger, all of Clifton. Funeral services were conducted at 9:30 a.m. from St. Rose Catholic church, Kankakee, and burial in Calvary cemetery, same city, on Saturday Apr. 25. Two of her grandsons are to graduate from school this Spring, an event to which their grandmother was looking forward with eager anticipation, and for which she had been making preparations for weeks past. The boys are broken-hearted to think their beloved grandmother was deprived by death of that supreme satisfaction. [The Clifton Advocate, Illinois, Thursday, April 30, 1936; submitted by Jan Wagoner)
Elleen B. Tegley
Elleen B. Tegley, the daughter of Charles A. and Florence I. Appleby Lewis was born December 12, 1915, at Burr Oak, Kansas. She departed this life on Sunday, December 20, 1992, at her home in Burr Oak at the age of 77 years and 8 days. Elleen grew up in Burr Oak and received her formal education attending the Burr Oak school where she graduated with the Class of 1933. She continued her education at Fort Hays State College and the University of Colorado, obtaining her teacher's certificate. She returned to Jewell County where she taught county schools west of Burr Oak and in the Athens community. On November 9, 1940, she was united in marriage with James A. Knight. This union was blessed with two children, Janet Kay and James Lewis, who died in infancy. They made their home farming at Glen Elder, Kansas. Mr. Knight passed away on March 14, 1955. Elleen and Janet then returned to Burr Oak to live closer to her father Charlie Lewis. On January 19, 1958, Elleen was married to Gale Tegley of Burr Oak. Elleen was employed as a cashier at the (Submitted by Jeanne Bedwell)
Wanita J. Theesfeld, 80, Watseka, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 1987, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. She was born Nov. 12, 1906, at Crescent City, the daughter of John and Laura Hogle. She was married to Henry Theesfeld on March 3, 1949. He died in January, 1971. Survivors include one brother, Laurence of Watseka; one sister, Clara Minard of Watseka; and four nephews, Jerry Minard, Maurice Minard and Curtis Minard, all of Watseka, and Roger Minard of Clifton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Cecil Minard Jr. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at DeValk Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Ronald G. Budd will officate with burial in Body Cemetery, Woodland. Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. (submitted by KT)
Hortense Cramott Thomas
Well Known Resident is Called by Death
Hortense Cramott was born in 1856, in Reconvelia, Switzerland. At the age of twelve years she came with her parents to the United States where the family settled at Fairbury, Illinois, a little later they removed to Cissna Park, Illinois. In 1876 she was united in marriage to John Charles Thomas. To this union was born ten children, William, Lincoln and Ernest of Flandreau; John of Airlie, Minn, Mrs. John Bruhn and Raymond of Sioux Falls; Henry of Britton, S.D., Mrs. H. H. Arms of Irene, S.D., Mrs. Cyrus Whaley of Culman, S.D., George of Forestburg, S.D. In 1887 they moved from Illinois to Sioux Rapids, Iowa, where they resided until 1902 when they moved to Flandreau, where they have since resided. After several years of failing health she passed from this life March 2, 1933 at 5:10 a. m., at the age of 76 years, seven months and four days. Besides her husband and the ten children, she leaves to mourn her departure thirty-six grandchildren, on of the grandsons Elton Thomas being reared by his grandparents after the death of his mother when he was ten days old, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gus Carmott of Egan and Ed. Cramott of Indianapolis, Indiana, other relatives and a host of friends. about 40 years ago she was converted and ever since lived a faithful conscientious Christian life. She was recieved into this church by Rev. Deller in 1917. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother. She has fought a good fight, she has finished her course, she has kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness. The funeral was held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon conducted by the pastor, the Rev. H.P. Eberhart. Six grandsons were the pallbearers. Interment was made in the Flandreau cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the many kind neighbors and friends who assisted in any way during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. J.C. Thomas and family.
(Transcribed by Carrol Mick)
J.C. Thomas Funeral Rites Conducted at Flandreau
Flandreau, S.D., Dec 9.-Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon for a long time resident here c, who died at this home at the age of 83. He was born at Milford, Ill., and came here from Iowa in 1902, living on a farm in Moody county for some years and later coming to Flandeau. He had been in feeble health for some time. Surviving are 10 children. The sons are: Ernest A., Lincoln C., and Henry, all of Flandreau; Ray, of Sioux Falls; George, of Huron; John of Iona, Minn.; and Will, of Canby, Ore.; and three daughters, Mrs. H. H. Arms, of White; Mrs. Cyrus Whaley, of Moody county; and Mrs. John Bruhn, of Sious Falls. There are several grandchildren. One grandson who had made his home with his grandfather for many years, Elton Thomas, is now in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Thomas died about five years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.P. Eberhart. [Submitted by Linda LaConte]
Mary Jane Harness Thomas
Thomas, Mary Jane Harness born May 3, 1819, near Chillicothe, Ohio. At the age of thirteen her parents moved by flat-boat down the Ohio river and up the Wabach and settled near Vincennes, Indiana. Left an orphan at an early age, she soon experienced the trials of life. On Mar 24, 1835, she married William Thomas and moved to Iroquois County, Illinois. She was the mother of ten children of whom but four survive her. She was left a widow March 24, 1858. The writer spoke at the funeral from Matthew 24:14--John H. Potts. [Submitted by Linda LaConte]
Gilman Township, Iroquois County, IL: Thomas Thomas died at the home of his son, D. K. Thomas, southeast of town , Wednesday. The remains were taken to Springfield, Ohio, for burial, accompanied by two sons, a daughter of the deceased. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesay, March 7, 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]
Died March 24, 1857; aged 46 ys. 5ms. 14ds. Rothgeb Cemetery, So. West of Milford, Illinois [submitted by Linda LaConte]
Watskea - Visitation for Verna Townsend, 82 of Watseka, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Watseka, where she was a member. Joe Scheets and Hubert Lytle will officiate. Burial will be in Body Cemetery, Woodland. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.
She died Tuesday (July 8, 2003) at the Watseka Health Care Center. Mrs. Townsend had worked in the dietary department at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for 10 years.
She was born May 16, 1921, in Milford, the daughter of John and Lillian Hitter Natschke. Her first husband, Clarence Houtzel, whom she married May 14, 1940, in Iowa, died March 13, 1981. Her second husband, Cecil Townsend, whom she married Feb 15, 1992, died Jan. 6, 1998. Surviving are two daughters, Lorrie Simington of Kankakee, Rhonda Thomas of Urbana, two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Bob and Pat Townsend of Morton, Ken and Diane Townsend of Virginia; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Bill Davis of Colorado; one brother, Orval Natschke of Wisconsin; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Four sisters, two brothers and one son-in-law, are deceased. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Club. Mrs. Townsend was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes and at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed walking, crafts, square dancing and needle work. [The Daily Journal, July 09, 2003 - Carol Natschke Harner]
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