LaSalle County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices
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Mrs. Sarah Waddel
F. Wagner
Laura M. Wakefield
Clara Cornelia Walker
Mrs. Margaret Walker
William Hickling Walker
John Walter
John Walter
Tim D. Walzer
David Ward
Infant Warnfelt
William Watson
Amos F. Way
Mrs. Eliza H. Way
Mrs. M. Weatherford
Cecilia E. Weaver
Ralph W. Weber
Conrad Weiden
Mrs. Kate Weiden

Austin F. Welch
Amos C. West
Simeon West
Ann Whelan
Mrs. White
Rev. James Whitehead
George Whitmore
Rebecca (Law) Widmer
Phineas R. Wilkinson
Sarah Willi
Elizabeth Williams
Mrs. Ada Crockett Wilson
George R. Wilson
John Frederick William Wittgan
David Wood
Mabel (Hill) Wood
Nelson Wood
Emma Woodruff
Mrs. Emma O. Woodruff
Charlotte Ann Woodruff
Lucius Woodruff
Ralph Woodruff

 Mrs. Sarah Waddel
THE TOLUCA STAR NEWPAPER, TOLUCA, IL
February 28, 1902 - PAGE 2, Rutland News
Mrs. Sarah Waddel, wife of James Waddel, dies at her home in Rutland Tuesday morning at the hour of 2. Owing to the suddenness of her death an inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon, at which it was decided that her death was due to a fit of apoplexy, to which she had been subject. She was past 81 years of age. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon.



F. Wagner
Henry Republican, Henry IL June 2, 1881
At Ottawa, May 25 of spinal complaint, F. E. Wagner, 26. He was formerly a marble cutter here.
Mr. F. W. Wagner, late of Henry, died at Ottawa, on May 25, of cerebro-spinal meningitis and typhoid fever. A few weeks ago he went to Chicago to do some work as marble cutter, but illness compelled him to return home again in a few days. He was born in Germany May 4, 1853. He came to this country about nine years ago; was married to Miss Elizabeth Gagel of Ottawa about six years ago and leaves the wife and three little girls to mourn after him, who are not very well provided for.



Laura M. Wakefield
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1846
Died near Ottawa on Thursday the 13th inst. Laura M., only daughter of Mr. O. O. Wakefield aged 3 years and 4 months.



Clara Cornelia Walker
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 7, 1848
Died on the third inst., at this place Clara Cornelia, daughter of Geo. E. and Margaret Walker - aged 12 months and 15 days.



Mrs. Margaret Walker
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 23, 1849
Died on Sunday afternoon, March 18th, aged 29 years, Mrs. Margaret, wife of George W. Walker, of this place.



William Hickling Walker
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 29, 1846
Died on Wednesday, May 27, William Hickling, son of Geo. E. Walker, of this place, aged 1 year and nine months.



John Walter
The Ottawa free trader, May 24, 1844
The body of a man was found on the 21st inst., in the Illinois river, near Ross' salt well, about five miles below this place. Information was given to the coroner who, in company with some citizens, proceeded to the spot and held an inquest on it. The body was in such a decayed state that it could be recognized only by the clothes, which were identified as the same that were worn by the person who, some eight months since, disappeared so mysteriously from Mr. Richardson's and concerning whom there was an advertisement in this paper in October last. His name was John Walter and his connexions are said to reside at Newark, Tioga county, N.Y., from which place he emigrated to this state in 1838. The jury, after hearing several witnesses, determined that it was the body of the individual names, and that he had come to his death from some cause to them unknown.


John Walter
Mendota Reporter July 26, 1912
John Walter - John Walter was born at Steinach, near Mitwitz, Saxony coburg Gotha, Germany, Sept. 8, 1841, and died at his home in Mendota, Ill., Friday, July 19, at 7 a.m., aged 70 years, 10 months, and 8 days.
At the age of 25 years he came to this country in July of 1866, his stepsister Mrs. Phil. Heiman having preceded him in the year 1853. He settled in Brooklyn township and worked as a farm hand for the deceased Paul Heiman. Two years later he had his mother and brother Charles and sister Barbara come to this country. The family settled on the Ed. Pope farm where they remained two years. On August 14, 1870 he was married to Julia Ganz at the West Brooklyn Lutheran church by Rev. A Fismer. With his young wife he lived on the same farm for seven more years, together with his mother. In February 1878 he moved on his own farm, which he purchased in the meantime, and occupied it until March 15, 1905, when he moved to Mendota with his wife and youngest daughter Emily.
Eight children were born to them, one dying in infancy.
In 1909 the deceased began to fail, receiving a stroke of paralysis on May 20th of that year, with frequent recurrences until his system could not withstand the same. Three weeks before his death he suffered numerous strokes together with diabetes which finally resulted in death, Friday, July 19th at 6 a.m. There are left to mourn a good father and husband, his wife and seven children, Paul, John, Mrs. C. Schlesinger, Mrs. Chas. Volkert, Mrs. John Kaufman, Mrs. Henry Engelhardt and Emily at home.
Short funeral services were held by Rev. Aug. Goebel at the late home on North Main street, Sunday, July 21st at 9 a.m., after which the remains were taken to the West Brooklyn Lutheran church where services were held at 11 a.m. The remains were interred in the church cemetery. The funeral was largely attended from Mendota and surrounding towns. Among those from a distance were Mrs. George Walter and daughter of Hudson, Iowa.



Tim D. Walzer

Tim D. Walzer, 30, of Mendota died Aug. 8, 2011, in his residence. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in ImmanuelLutheran Church of Compton. The Rev. Jamie Wallace will officiate. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Mr. Walzer was born Sept. 14, 1980, in Mendota to Robert and Karen (Schmidt) Walzer. He graduated from Mendota High School in 1998 and formerly was employed by Superior Ambulance in Brookfield as an emergency medical technician.

Survivors are one daughter, Madison Walzer of Mendota; his mother, Karen (Sonny) Sterchi of Mendota; his father, Robert (Melinda Stephenson) Walzer of Mendota; three brothers, Dan (Tania) Walzer of Plainfield, Andrew (Victoria) Walzer of Sycamore and Brian (Tiffany McDonald) Walzer of Ottawa; his paternal grandmother, Barb Walzer of Mendota; his maternal grandparents, Don and Velma Schmidt of Mendota; one nephew and four nieces; and Morgan Thompson, half-sister of Madison Walzer. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Paul Walzer, and one cousin, Toby Walzer. Memorials may be directed to a trust fund to be established for Madison Walzer.
Transcribed by Beth Scott




David Ward
Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1896 > January > 27
Mendota, Ill., Jan. 27
David Ward, one of the pioneers of LaSalle county is dead. He was 90 years of age.



Infant Warnfelt
Tonica News, Tonica IL May 21, 1874
Died on the morning of May 20th, 1874 Warnfelt's infant child.



William Watson
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 14 1848
Died on the 3d inst. in Brookfield precinct, William Watson, aged 20 years and 11 months.



Amos F. Way
Henry Republican, Henry IL April 22, 1880
Personal - The remains of Amos F. Way, interred at Clinton, Iowa, have been removed to Rutland, LaSalle county and buried in the family lot beside the wife.



Mrs. Eliza H. Way
Henry Republican, Henry IL August 29, 1878
At New Rutland, LaSalle county, Mrs. Eliza H. Way, aged 45 years, wife of the late Amos F. Way, formerly of this city (Henry).



Mrs. M. Weatherford
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, August 28, 1840
Died at this place on the 27th inst., Mrs. M. Weatherford, consort of Col. Jefferson Weatherford, in the 31st year of her age.



Cecilia E. Weaver
The Ottawa free trader., March 22, 1844
Died at Harrisburg, Pa., on the 28th ult., from inflammation of the brain, Cecilia E. Weaver, first daughter of George F. and Elizabeth Weaver. She was born at Ottawa, Ill., on the 7th of September 1841. Cecilia was a sweet and interesting infant, the joy and pride of her parents and the idol of their hearts. She was the subject of much suffering, but has a length reached that blissful shore where pain and death are known no more.



Ralph W. Weber

LaSalle NewsTribune,  Dec 7, 2009

Obit: Ralph W. Weber, 77, of Mendota Lutheran Home died December 4, 2009, in Mendota Community Hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Peterstown, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Peterstown, with full military rites by VFW Post 4079.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Mr. Weber was born January 11, 1932, in Mendota to Edmund and Loretta (Sondgeroth) Weber. He served with the U.S. Army and was a farmer. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1212, Knights of Columbus, and Sts. Peter & Paul Church.

He is survived by one son, Bill (Lynn) Weber of LaMoille; three daughters, Theresa (Joel) Hild of Edmond, Oklahoma, Denise (Tom) Miller of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, and Jane (Keith) Blomberg of Schaumburg; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Norbert (Rita) Weber of Mendota and Raymond (Patti) Weber of Peru; and fives sisters, Joanne (Alvin) Montavon of Sublette, RuthAnn (Jim) Young of Metamora, Sr. Elaine Weber of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Carol (Greg) Apuli of Hartland, Wisconsin, and Rita (Louis) Pakula of Cherry.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.



Conrad Weiden
September 21 1929
Died at his LaSalle home
Taken suddenly shortly after
Complaining of feeling weak
Conrad Weiden, 68 , widely known LaSalle man, died suddenly at his home 915 Seventh St. at 10:33 am today. Mr. Weiden had been about his home as usual today, but shortly before his death complained to the members of his family of having become weak. He took to his bed and it was only a few minutes later that death came suddenly. The word of his death came as a distinct shock to his wide circle of friends.
He was born in Cologne, Germany in January 1853 and came to LaSalle when he was about 20 years of age. During the course of his residence here Mr Weiden was associated with the bricklayer's union.
Surviving are his widow, four sons, August, John, Emil, and Almor. And three daughters., Mrs. Harry (Marie) Gray of this city,Mrs. Victor (Onica) Sublosky, and Miss Catherine Weiden of Chicago.A Brother William Weiden of Waterloo, Ia. And a brother Peter and a sister Elizabeth, reside in Germany.
Funeral services will be held at ? am Tuesday from the residence of St Joseph's church where a requiem mass will be celebrated and burial will be made at the Peru City cemetery.
An inquest is to be held at 10 am Sunday at the McInerney and Friedrich funeral home on Wright Street.
Donated by Tracey Ristau-MacLeod



Mrs. Kate Weiden
November 26, 1932
Mrs. Weiden Rites Tuesday
Services to be Held At St. Patrick's Church
Funeral rites for Mrs. Kate Weiden well known LaSalle woman, who died late Friday night at her home, 915 Seventh St. LaSalle, will be held on Tuesday morning from the late residence.
From the home the cortege will move to St. Patrick's catholic church, LaSalle, where requieum mass will be solemnized at 9 o'clock Burial will be made in the Peru City Cemetery.
The following men are to serve as pallbearers: John Shields, Harry Hoenschied, George Walters, John Welter, Julius Gruenwald and John Jagodzinski.
Emil Weiden, LaSalle, a son of the decendant, who collapsed and became critically ill when he learned of his mother's death, was reported much improved Monday. It is expected that he will be able to attend the funeral rites Tuesday morning.
Donated by Tracey Ristau-MacLeod



Austin F. Welch
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 14, 1849
Died in this village on the 11th inst., at 11 of the clock, p.m., Austin F., only son of Jane and William W. Welch, M.D., aged 9 months and five days.



Amos C. West
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, March 9, 1849
Died in Ottawa, on the morning of Wednesday, the 7th inst., Mr. Amos C. West, formerly of Pen Yan, Yates County, New York, aged 25 years.



Simeon West
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 11, 1846
Died at his residence in this place, on Tuesday evening the 8th inst., Simeon West, aged 72 years.



Ann Whelan
Henry Republican, Henry IL September 21, 1876
At Wenona, Sept. 11, of typhoid fever, Miss Ann Whelan, aged 19 years, daughter of Malichy Whelan of Garfield, LaSalle county.



Mrs. White
Henry Republican, Henry IL September 14, 1876
The mother of Willard White, died at Streator last week. She had gone there to visit him, and while there was suddenly taken ill and died last week Monday. She was about 80 years of age, and the lamp of life burned clear out. Her remains were taken to Hennepin, her old home the next day for burial. She had lived in Putnam county since 1833.



Rev. James Whitehead
The Illinois Free Trader and LaSalle County Commercial Advertiser, August 27 1841
Died at the farm called "Ransom Hall," near Peru, in this county, on the 4th inst., Rev. James Whitehead, in the seventy-second year of his age. For more than thirty years, Elder Whitehead had been a preacher of the Gospel, and during the last twenty years of his life, of the order called Christians. His whole life, from the period of his manhood, was one of "Godliness and Honesty."



Rebecca (Law) Widmer
Henry Republican, Henry IL January 15, 1880
At Ottawa, Jan. 9, of consumption, Rebecca Law, 39 years 11 months, wife of Major J. H. Widmer, and sister of William T. and Jas. C. Law of this city.
Mrs. J. H. Widmer
On Sunday last was borne to the tomb at Ottawa, all that was mortal of the estimable wife of Major J. H. Widmer. She had been a long and patient sufferer, and a loving and elegant home has been made desolate by this sad dispensation. Mrs. E. H. Hutchins was at the sick bed for some days, smoothing the pillow and rendering all needed aid and comfort in her power. Her brother, W. T. Law was also at her bedside. At the funeral was Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Law, James and Albert, three of the four brothers living. Mrs. Widmer was a daughter of the late David Law, and was a native of Magnolia township, Putnam county. For many years she resided in Henry where much sympathy is expressed with the family and friends in their bereavement.
The Free Trader speaks of her death in the following feeling manner: "The public were pained to learn yesterday that Mrs. Widmer, wife of Maj. John H. Widmer, of this city, had died that morning of consumption. She had been ill with the fell disease for some two years, and for the past three months had been confined to her house and almost to her bed. Everything that human aid could do to relieve her, effect a cure or lengthen the number of her days was employed, but without success, and she died yesterday morning about 8 o'clock. The blow is a severe one to her husband, who, though not an impulsive man, is one of deep feeling and had idolized his wife, who was indeed all his love or fancy had painted her - a noble woman, a perfect wife and mothe. All who knew her mourn her untimely end, for she was just in the prime of life, and deeply sympathize with the husband in his terrible misfortune. She leaves four children, from three to twelve years of age.




George Whitmore
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 2, 1846
Died on Monday morning last in this place, Mr. George Whitmore, aged 47 years, after suffering a long and severe illness.



Phineas R. Wilkinson
Henry Republican, Henry IL January 31, 1878
In Ottawa, Jan. 29, of dropsy, Phineas R. Wilkinson, brother of Mrs. John L. Adkinson of this city.



Sarah Willi
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, September 25, 1840
Died on Tuesday Evening, Sept 22d, of Chronic Gastretis, Miss Sarah Willi, formerly of Pennsylvania.



Elizabeth Williams
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 12, 1849
Died last evening at the Union House, in this place, Elizabeth Williams, aged about 20 years.



Mrs. Ada Crockett Wilson
Tonica News, Tonica IL November 30, 1878
Died at the residence of J. C. Burgess, Saturday, Nov. 23, of consumpiton, Mrs. Ada Crockett Wilson, aged 21 years, 4 months and 16 days. Mrs. Wilson had been in ill health about a year, but died very suddenly at last. About 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, after walking across the room she sat down in a chair and almost immediately expired. She leaves a mother, two sisters and numerous friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held at the residence of J. C. Burgess last Monday at 2 o'clock, Eider Williamson officiating. The remains were deposited in the Tonica cemetery.



George R. Wilson
The Ottawa free trader, June 28, 1844
Drowned
A man named George R. Wilson, ostler at the Farmers' Hotel, kept by Mr. Loring, in this place, was drowned on Monday afternoon in Fox river, back of the Union House. His body was found on Wednesday. We understand his connections live at, or in the neighborhood of Philadelphia.



John Frederick William Wittgan
Mendota Reporter Jul 13, 1906
The funeral of Mr. John Frederick William Wittgan was held at the late residence on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and was largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors.
Mr. Wittgan was born in Guben, Germany, Nov 6th, 1837. He came to America in 1861 at the age of 24 years. Three weeks after, being physically strong and longing for excitement, he enlisted in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry. He served faithfully during the war and in the fall of 1865 was honorably discharged. Shortly thereafter he was married to Miss Johanna Weiss and settled in this city. Here they have lived ever since, rearing a large family of eleven children, three sons and eight daughters, as follows: Mrs. L.T. Brown, Mrs. E.B.W. Williamson, Mrs. J.H. Brown, Frank, Fred, John, Mrs. William Bee, Mrs. Benj Stewart, Lizzie and Cora of this city, and Mrs. J.H. Hoffman, of Chicago, who, with the bereaved widow, mourn the departure of a good father and husband. The deceased suffered a lingering illness with Bright's disease. His death on July 4th, at the age of 68 years, takes another old soldier from the fast thinning ranks.
Transcribed by Beth Scott



David Wood
The Ottawa free trader., March 08, 1844
Died on Indian Creek, on Sunday last, David Wood, aged about 70.



Mabel (Hill) Wood
Mrs. H. L. Wood is Dead, Following Illness of Many Months.
Mrs. H. L. Wood for the last ten years a resident of Grand Forks, died at 8 o'clock Sunday evening, at her home, 503 Chestnut street. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this afternoon, but it is probable that services will be held on Wednesday afternoon from the First Methodist church. Mrs. Wood had been in ill health for some time. She underwent an operation in July, 1919, in the hopes of benefiting her condition, and since that time she had been in Chicago, and other points, seeking expert medical attention. Recently her condition had become very serious, and members of her family were called here to be with her. The deceased whose maiden name was Mabel Hill, was born in Illinois, September 21, 1885. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hill, both of whom survive, moved to Streator, Ill., while she was still a small child, and it was there that she attended school. After her graduation from the Streator high school, she entered the Proctor hospital of Peoria, graduating from there in April, 1905. Her marriage to Mr. Wood took place in December, 1905. Mrs. Wood was a member of the Methodist church, and during her residence here has been one of the most active members of the local Methodist congregation. She did much substantial work for the Red Cross, conducting several of the home nursing and hygiene courses which were given here by that organization. During the influenza epidemic of two years ago, Mrs. Wood volunteered as a city health nurse, and for several weeks, devoted her time and energy toward helping to relieve the serious health situation which existed. She had for some years been a member of the Eastern Star order, being affiliated with Acacia chapter of this city. Surviving Mrs. Wood are her husband, and two sons, Clyde, aged 12, and Paul, aged 9, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Hill of Streator, a sister, Mrs. F.E. Rowe and a grandmother, Mrs. Jane Stringer, also of Streator. Mrs. Hill came here a week ago to be with her daughter. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 15 Nov. 1920]



Nelson Wood
The Ottawa Free Trader, March 7, 1845
Died in Washington precinct, on Monday last, of inflammation of the lungs, Nelson, son of Mr. Uriah Wood.



Mrs. Emma O. Woodruff
The Ottawa free trader, October 13, 1843
Obituaries
Died in this place, on the 11th inst., Mrs. Emma O. Woodruff, consort of Alson Woodruff, Esq. - aged 28 years.
The deceased had suffered a long and tedious sickness. The disease was inflammation of the liver. She manifested thro' the whole period the meek submission, the uncomplaining resignation, which should characterize a follower of Christ. Her recovery was uncertain for weeks previous to her death, but no murmur past her lips.
She has left a large circle of friends who mourn her loss as a friend and a Christian, and who sympathize with her relations, yet not without the glorious effulgence of a Christian hope beaming over the dark pathway of the grave. - Transcribed by FOFG NP



Charlotte Ann Woodruff
The Ottawa Free Trader, August 8, 1845
Died suddenly this afternoon, Charlotte Ann, daughter of A. Woodruff, Esq., of this place, aged 4 years and 2 months. Funeral tomorrow at 10 o'clock, a.m.



Lucius Woodruff
The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, September 4, 1840
Died on the 29th ult., at this place, Lucius Woodruff, formerly of Broome County, N.Y. Mr. Woodruff was an enterprising young man esteemed by all who knew him, and by his death we have lost a good citizen. On Sunday his remains were conveyed to the village cemetery, accompanied by a procession of the Ottawa Masonic Society, of which he was a member, and a large number of citizens.



Ralph Woodruff
Emma Woodruff
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 29, 1849
Died at the Peoria House, on Saturday morning, the 22d inst., of erysipelas, Capt. Ralph Woodruff, of Ottawa, aged about 45 years.
The deceased was one of the party who had started for California, notice of which was given in the Daily Champion a few days since; but in consequence of a fall which he received while carrying a trunk, it caused the location of the disease in his arm, which hastily termianted his eventful life. Although a stranger among us, to the friends of the deceased, who were distant, we would say he had every care and attention that could be given him. Every want was supplied and although he was in much pain, nothing was wanting from our worthy hosts to alleviate his sufferings.
Mr. W. had been one of the earliest settlers of Ottawa, and no man in the county was more widely known. He had started from this place some two weeks ago in company with a brother and brother-in-law for California, but was arrested in his journey, as above indicated, to depart for that other world, from which no traveller returns. Scarcely had his friends here heard of his disease, when one of his children, a daughter, Emma, aged about four years, died and now another of his children, an older daughter, is laying at the point of death. We sincerely sympathize with the bereaved and afflicted widow, in this her day of sore trial.




Josie Woods
Henry Republican, Henry IL January 6, 1876
Died At Streator, Dec. 26, of consumption, Miss Josie, aged 23 years, daughter of Rev. LeRoy Woods.


Cassius Woolverton
Henry Republican, Henry IL December 11, 1873
We learn from the Index, that Cassius, aged 17, son of S. E. Woolverton of Streator, accidently fell under the cars at that place recently and was killed. He was night watchman, and was in the performance of his duty when the accident happened. It was a terrible blow to the famil, who have the sympathy of all who know them. The remains were taken to Wenona for interment.



Andrew Wright
Copied from the Streator Times Press, "Andrew Wright of Long Point Dies", July 15, 1914. (courtesy of Peggy Brock Cacciamatta)
Andrew Wright, an aged and well known resident of Long Point, passed away at his residence yesterday morning after a lingering illness. The decedent had been suffering for a long time, and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Wright was born in Ohio April 16, 1838. Early in the '50's he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Kief and they moved to Illinois, settling in Marshall county. To this union were born two children.
Mr. Wright's first wife died soon after the birth of the children, and on June 16, 1872, he was married to Mrs. Emeline Logstan, the ceremony taking place in Groveland township. The widow and two children by the first marriage, William Wright and Mrs. Alice Porter of Keil, Oklahoma, survive. The funeral will be held at 10:00 o'clock Thursday morning, with services at Long Point. Interment will be made in the Dana Cemetery. Rev. H.H. Jenner will have charge of the funeral services, and will be assisted by Rev. J. George Reed.
 

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