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ALTA (HEIBENTHAL) WAGNER , 54, died Thursday night (May 3, 1951) in Rochelle hospital. Born July 7,1896 in Bradford Township, the daughter of William and Anna Heibenthal, Mrs. Wagner was married to Arthur Wagner December 25, 1916 at Ashton. She is survived by her husband, her mother, her daughter Mrs. Esther Schier and by two brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Harvey and Clarence Heibenthal both of Ashton and the the sisters are Mrs. Fred Tadd of Ashton and Mrs. George Webber of Compton. Funeral services will be Sunday at the Wagner home in Ashton and at the Ashton Evangelical Church at 2:30 P.M. Rev. G.W. Engelter will officiate assisted by Rev. P.W. Everett pastor of the Reynolds Evangelical church of which Mrs. Wagner was a member. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery. (Dixon Evening Telegraph May 4, 1951)

ELOISE (PETIT) WAGNER , 90, of Dixon, died Monday, August 14, 2006, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. She was a cashier and bookkeeper for Nicor Gas for 33 years prior to her retirement. Mrs. Wagner was born March 10, 1916, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Wallimann) Petit. She married Lloyd Wagner on April 19, 1974, in Oregon, IL. Eloise attended the Dixon Church of God of Abrahamic Faith, and member of the former Dixon Woman’s Club and AARP. Survivors include her husband; two step-daughters, Charna Lee Smith, Sharon (Orville) Shoemaker, all of Dixon; one niece, Michelle Petit; two nephews, Charles and Jim Petit; and was a grandmother to nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Albert Petit; and an infant sister. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the retired Rev. Hollis Partlowe, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service, Thursday, at the funeral home.

MARY (ETCHISON) WAGNER , 67, of Ashton, died ( 28 Jan 1966 ) at 5:45 p.m Friday in Rest Haven Nursing Home after a long illness. The daughter of William Charles and Hattie Mae Walker Etchison, Mrs. Wagner was born Oct. 19, 1898 at Virginia, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Arthur J.; a son, William D. Maloney, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Rosemary) Bontz, Dixon, and Mrs. Gary (Barbara) Reif, Monmouth; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, a step-daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Esther) Schier, Lee Center; five sisters, two brothers. Funeral services 1:30 Tuesday in Preston Funeeral Home, Dixon. Burial Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 31, 1966 - Monday, pg 2

ROBERT W. WAGNER , 84, of 231 S. Locust St. , Amboy, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at Mendota Community Hospital . He was a lifetime Harness horse owner/trainer and was an owner/operator of Wagner Racing Stables, Amboy. Mr. Wagner was born July 26, 1916, in Prophetstown, the son of E.F. and Dorothy (Addie) Wagner. He married Mary Belle Wilkey on Dec. 5, 1937, in Amboy. He was a member of the U.S. Harness Horse Association, Illinois Harness Horse Association and the NRA. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert Wagner of Sublette and Ronald (Kay) Wagner of Wooster , Ohio ; a sister May Wyatt of Riverton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen a brother; two sisters. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Don Howell, pastor of Shaw E. C. Church, Amboy, officiating. Burial is at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Jul 24, 2001 Daily Gazette

ROBERT M. WAGNER , age 69 of Mendota died Monday Jan. 21, 2008 in his home. He was born Dec. 3, 1938 in Amboy the son of Robert M and Mary Belle (Wilkey) Wagner. He had been a correctional officer at the Dixon Correctional Center for 16 years prior to his retirement in 2001. He served in the Army for 12 years. He married Janet Kay Prendergast April 27, 1963 in Sublette. She preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1999 He was also preceded in death by his father and a sister Kathleen. He is survived by a daughter Debra (Chad) Bromenschenkel of Mendota, a son R. Michael Wagner of Indianapolis, IN. His mother of Amboy. A brother Ronald (Kay) Wagner of Wooster, OH. Memorial services will be held on Saturday Jan. 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home with Military Honors by the Amboy American Legion. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

RONALD WAGNER , 69, of Compton , died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Mendota. He was employed by Del Monte, Rochelle, for 30 years. Ronald was born Sept. 30, 1939, in Polo, the son of Glen and Loreta (Hubbard) Wagner. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School . Ronald married Judy Huggins on June 15, 1958, in Rock Falls . He was a member of Compton Fire Department for 39 years, Compton Village Board, and Compton Community Club. Survivors include his wife, Judy of Compton; one daughter, Sherry (Chris) Reynolds of Franklin Grove; two sons, Danny Wagner of Compton and Tony (Debra) Wagner of Mendota; three brothers, Marvin (Mary) of Rochelle, Leo (Margaret) of Rockford, and Harold (Mary Jo) of Rock Falls; three sisters, Doris Todhunter of Nelson and Judy Ray (Leo) Lewis and Nelda Mae “Jucy” (Rick) Burge, both of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Linda, Lois, and Eileen; two brothers, Wally and Keith; and one grandson, Doug. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Burial is at Melugin Cemetery , Brooklyn Township . Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sterling Gazette 16 Sep 2009

SHIRLEY A. (SITTER) WAGNER , 69, died Dec. 10, 2004 in her home with family at her side. Born to Bon & Grace (Richardson) Sitter on Jan. 10, 1935 in Dixon, she married Bill Wagner on June 23, 1956 in Dixon. She enjoyed gardening, craft, garage sales, flea markets and antiques. She was a long time employee of Bishop's Buffet, a Chicago Bears fan and a member of the "Sitter" Gang. Survivors include her husband, sons, William, Mitch and Kip; daughters Linda Sanders, Niky Druien; sister Bonnie Hill; grandchildren, Jason Sander, Haylie Goodin and numerou other family members. Burial at Chapel Hill.

JOHN J. WALDSCHLAGER , 75, of Dixon, died Friday December 2, 2005, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital Dixon, Illinois. He was a heavy equipment operator for Local Union 150 for 35 years prior to his retirement in 1986. Mr. Waldschlager was born February 9, 1930, in Dixon, IL, the son of John Lee and Violet (Engle) Waldschlager. He married Dorothy Miller on October 13, 1951. She preceded him in death on March 29, 1996. John served in the United States Air Force from 1947 – 1950. Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Reader, Kewanee, Lynn (Lyle) Haines, Dixon, Sandra Lang, Toulon; one son, Dennis (Scarlett) Waldschlager, Brighton, MO; three brothers, Everett “Gene” (Joyce) Waldschlager, Franklin, WV, William (Dee Ann) Waldschlager, Florida, Donald Waldschlager, Ohio; five grandchildren, Josh Lang, Ben Jackson, Donald Lang Jr., Nick Haines, Sarah Lang; significant other, Pat Cross, Dixon; two sister-in-laws, Sharon “Kay” (Larry) Christen, Mendota, Betty Waldschlager, Dixon; and special friends, Wink (Jeannie) Kemp, Dixon. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Patrick Waldschlager; and one brother, Ronald Waldschlager. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Vincent Marrandino, chaplain at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

JOHN C. WALLIN , passed away at his home 204 Monroe avenue, Dixon, Sunday afternoon following a short illness. He was born April 6, 1882 in Norway.He came to this country with his parents at the age of nine years. He had been employed at the Freeman Shoe Co. plant. Surviving besides his wife Frances, are two daughers, Gertrude and Theresa of Dixon, and two sons, John of Dixon and Theodore ofPerinton Mich. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o' clock at the Jones funeral home with the Rev. T.l. Walsh of St. Patricks Catholic church.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 2 Feburay 1948 - Follow up:

John C. Wallin was born in Oslo Norway on April 6, 1882 and passed away on February 1, 1948 at the age of 65 years and 10 months. At the age of nine he came to America with his parents settling in Utica, Ill. Here he was taught the blacksmith trade which he practiced for many years. Upon moving to Dixon in 1916 he was employed by the Brown Shoe Company. At the time of his death, he was employed by the Freman Shoe Company. On June 17, 1911 he was married to Francis Glacinski. To this union were born five children. He leaves to mourn, besides his wife, the following daughters and sons; Gertrude, Theresa, John F of Dixon and Theodore of Michigan. A daughter Frances died in infancy. His parents, brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral home by the Rev. T.L. Walsh of St. Patricks Catholic Church, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The pallbearers were Joseph Scanlan, Earl James, Claude Whitlow, Howard Burgess, Harold Steder and William O'Malley. The following out of town neices and nephews were present for the services. Mrs George Kerlin of Whiting Indiana, Sewal Wallin and son Donald and Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Broten of Sturgeon Lake MI.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 07 February 1948

FRANK WALTER , of Harmon Twp. passed away yesterday morning (20 August 1947) at 7:40 at his home following a brief illness, the body having been taken to the Meyer funeral home in Sterling. Services will be Friday morning at 9:30 from St. Flannens Catholic Church at Harmon, the Rev. Fr. David Murphy officiating and internment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Frank Walter was born Sep. 13, 1877 at Baden Germany coming to the U.S. at an early age. He was united in marriage to Julia Anna Wenkel at Delavan IL Jan. 9, 1906 and the couple had resided on farms in Lee county since their marriage. Surviving him are his wife and eight children; Sister Mary, OSU, Kirkwood MO; Mrs. Albert Montavon, Sublette; Carl at home; Leo of Sterling; Josephine at home; Leonard of Los Angeles Calif; Sister Mary Judith, OSU, Festus MO; F.X. of Ames IA; and five grandchildren. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Walter preceded him.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 August 1947

JULIA (WINKEL) WALTER , of Harmon passed away at her home Thursday evening at 7:10 after an illness of several weeks. The body was taken to the Meyer Funeral home in Sterling where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 D.S.T. from St. Flannens Catholic Church at Harmon, Rev. David Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. The rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 8 o'clock at the funeral home. Julia Anne Winkel wsa born Nov. 20, 1876 at Delavan Ill. the daughter of Christian and Mary Winkel. She was united in marriage to Frank Walter at Delavan Jan. 9, 1906. The family moved to Lee county in 1921 and settled in the vicinity of Harmon where they have since resided. Mrs. Walter was a member of St. Flannen's Catholic Church at Harmon and the St. Ann's Society of the Church. She is survived by eight children as follows. Sister Mary Lucy O.S.U. of Kirkwood MO, Mrs. Albert (Agnes) Montavon of Amboy, Carl at home, Leo of Rock Falls, Josephine at home, Leonard of Los Angeles, Cal., Sister Mary Judith (Gertrude) of Festus Mo, Francis of Moline; two brothers, Peter Winkel of Harmon and George of Carthage Ill. One sister Mrs. Charles Hofreiter of Los Angeles,Cal. and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brother and two sisters.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 May 1949

LYDIA (SCHABACKER) WARD , 87, of Monroe Center and Lakeland, Fla., died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Mrs. Ward was born May 17, 1916, in Flagg Center, the daughter of William and Edith (Arndt) Schabacker. She married Leo T. Ward on Feb. 18, 1937, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford. He died June 10, 1995. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood. Survivors include four sons, Robert (Charlene) Ward of Vienna, Va., Ernest (Colleen) Ward of Opelika, Ala., Roger (Joanne) Ward of Caledonia and Thomas (Nina) Ward of Monroe Center; a daughter, Janice (Jerry) Bacorn of Walnut; a sister, Lois (Jim) Bramel of Chana; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Paul, Orville and Lloyd in infancy. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood, with the Rev. J. Derek Riddle officiating. Burial is at Monroe Center Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle. A memorial has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood.
Daily Gazette June 30, 2003

HENRY WARE , one of the few surviving Civil War veterans of this vicinity and a member of Dixon Post, Grand Army of the Republic, responded to final taps at his home, 511 Palmyra Avenue this morning at 5:30. He had attained the age of 93 years, seven months and 20 days. Born in Somerset, Pa., Mr. Ware spent his early manhood in that locality and at the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in the 142nd Pennsylvania regiment, serving through the war. At the close of the war he came to this vicinity in 1867 and engaged in farming in Taylor Township, Ogle County, north of Franklin Grove, and in Nachusa Township, Lee County. He retired from active life about 27 years ago when he moved to Dixon where he had since resided. His wife preceded him in death about 18 years ago. He leaves to mourn his passing, one daughter, Miss Ida at home; four sons, Ira, Charles, William H. and Frank, all of this city; five grandchildren and many more distant relatives. Funeral services will be conducted from the family residence, 511 Palmyra Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Lloyd W. Walter, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating, and with interment in Oakwood.
Contributed by Rich Boyer

HOWARD FRANK WARE , 76, 115 Morgan St., an employee of W.H. Ware Hardware store for 35 years, died Sunday in his home after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 14, 1878 in Lee County, the son of Henry & Louisa (Shippert) Ware. Survivors are his widow, a son Harvie, Austin Minn., two grandchildren, three brothers, Charles, William and Ira and a sister Ida Ware, all of Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 Feb. 1955

MIRIAN (LINSCOTT) WARKINS , 78, of Ashton died after a long illness Dec. 23, 2004 at Oakridge Manor, Dixon. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Warkins was born Oct 13, 1926 in Dixon the daughter of Guy & Grace Linscot. She married Robert I. Warkins on Oct. 26, 1944. He died Aug. 12, 2004. Survivors include two sons, Larry and Richard both of Ashton; a daughter Barbara Paul of Polo and five grandchildren. She was preceded by a sister Marge Kime and a brother Lyle. Burial at Ashton Cemetery.

HARRY GRANVILLE WARNER , was born in Hagerstown, Md. Dec. 6, 1865, and passed away at his home near Nelson, Oct. 10 at age of 57 years 10 months and four days. As a young man he came west to Illinois and made his home in the vicinity of Harmon most of the time. He was united in marriage to Edith Geldine, Aug. 11, 1836 by Dr. Reu, then pastor of the Rock Falls Lutheran church. Three children were born to the union who remain with the wife and mother to mourn his passing, they are Mrs. Pearl Schoaf of Nelson; Robert Warner, of Rock Falls, and Miss Romains at home. He lived with his family on a farm near Harmon for many years. He was diligent in his labor, kind and loving to his family and true to his friends. Though he was baptized in his youth he never joined any church but attended the Lutheran services while at Harmon and after moving to Nelson he attended church at Rock Falls, thus showing that he realized the necessity of higher things in life than only the common everyday things. He was well and hearty until this spring when he suffered a stroke of paralysis which made a sufferer of him for the rest of his time. He again suffered a stroke about 10 days before his death, which hastened his end. On Monday morning, Oct. 10, he peacefully and quietly went to sleep. Besides his wife and three children he leaves to mourn his death, four grandchildren, also three brothers and one sister in the eastern states, one brother in Rock Falls, and one in Clinton, Iowa, besides many other friends and neighbors. May the assurance that our heavenly Father does all things well and that in life and in death we are His, and that there is nothing that can plus those out of His hand. Looking to Him then let us trust in His promise and seek the consolation we need in the hour of sorrow.
Contributed by Karen Holt

JESSIE (TAYLOR) WARNER , 70, died Sunday night at Rochelle Community Hospital following a short illness. She was born March 1, 1909 in Ewing to Fred and Myrtle (Williams) Taylor. She was married to John W. Warner May 25, 1934, in Mahomet. Mrs. Warner was a member of Reynolds United Methodist Church, current president of United Methodist Women, and a member of the Bradford Home Extension. She graduated from Mahomet High School in 1926 and attended the University of Illinois. She was preceded in death by one brother. Survivors include her husband; a son, William of West Brooklyn; a daughter Mrs. Richard (Janet) Hogan of Edwardsville; a brother, Royce Taylor of Mahomet; sisters Mrs. Ethel Miner and Mrs. Lulu Snapp both of Champaign; and six grandchildren. Services were held at 10:30 at the Reynolds Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Sattem officiating. Burial was in Aston Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

VIRGIL A. WASSON , 91, of Dixon died Sep. 11, 2005 at his home. He was employed by Commonwealth Edison for 32 yers befoe retiring. He was born April 10, 1914 in Amboy, the osn of Winn and Blanche (Virgil) Wasson. He served in the Merchant Marines during WW II. He married Eva Rhodes on Jan 13, 1943, in Rockford. He was a member of First United Methodist church, Golden Kiwanis Club, Elk's Lodge BPOE 779 and Masonic Lodge, all in Dixon, and a member and past president of Intl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a sports enthusiast and an avid Green Bay Packer Fan. Survivors include his wife; two sons Robert and Jeff; two daughters Terry Swarts and Toni Wasson; family friend Ann Reynolds and eight grandchildren. He was preceded by a son shawn Lee in infancy; two brothers and a sister. Burial at Chapel Hill.

CARRIE B. WATTS , 85, passed away at her home at 823 North Ottawa avenue Friday at 2:30 p.m. after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Melvin funeral home, the Rev. Floyd Blewfield, Morris Methodist church, officating. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery, Ann Arbor Mich. Mrs. Watts was born June 24, 1863 at Ithica NY. She is survived by a daughter, Frances, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Vernon Mays and mrs. Mary Parshall both of Dixon, and a brother S.L. Benham, Ann Arbor, Mich. A niece Mrs. Ronald Martin, Boston Mass, also survives. The family will be at the funeral home Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. A complete obituary will be published later.
Dixon Evening Telegraph October 30, 1948
Second Notice: Mrs. Carrie B. Watts after illness of several months died in her home at 823 North Ottawa avenue Friday afternoon. She was born in Ithica NY June 24, 1863, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Benham. She had five sisters and two brothers. Early in her life the family moved to Ann Arbor, Mich. She was married June 23, 1886 to William W. Watts who died Aug. 3, 1932. Six years ago Mrs. Watts and her daughter Miss Frances moved from St. Louis MO to Dixon IL. In her younger days, Mrs. Watts was an active member of the Methodist Church, The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Order of the Eastern Star and other social groups of local interest. Of her immediate family the following members survive her: Her daughter, Miss Frances: two sister, Mrs. Mary L. Parshall, Mrs. Vernon G. Mays all of Dixon, her brother Samuel L. Benham, Ann Arbor Mich. and her neice Mrs. Ronald W. Martin of Boston Mass.
Dixon Evening Telegraph November 3, 1948

LORRAINE (GREEN) WEDEKIND , 79, of Dixon, died Nov. 3, 2005 at Swedish American Hospital Rockford.She was employed by Freeman Shoe Factory before retiring. Mrs. Wedekind was born Feb. 20, 1926 in Harmon, the daughter of William F. & Stella Mae (Lewis) Green. Shemarried Herman Wedekind on July 3, 1959 in Clinton IA. He died July 18, 1989. she enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. Survivors include three sons; Jerry, Alan and steve; two daughterCalauia Patton, Carol Ballard; a brother Raymond D Green; a sister Dorothy Green; 12 grandchildren. She was preceded by a son Herman Robert Wedekind Jr; a daughter Debbie Patton; two sisters, Alice Teauge and Mildred Helfrich and two brothers, Lewis and Loren Green. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

MARIE (HARRISON) WEDLAKE , 66, passed away at her home, 921 Sixth St. at 4 o'clock this morning after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the Preston Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright of the First Presbyterial church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Wedlake, who was born in Canada Feb. 1 1878 is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles Newman of Rock Falls and Mrs. Barbara Larson at home; two sons, Luther of Chicago and Sgt. William Wedlake, who is with the armed forces in Britian; her mother, Mrs. M.A. Harrison of Ironwood Mich,.; two sisters, Mrs. George Gehrman of Ironwood and Mrs. Charles Pearlberg of Detroit; three brothers, Ross Harrison of Mitchell, S.D., Arthur of Ironwood, Mich. and George of Eveleth MN; and 9 granchildren.
Dixon Telegraph July 13, 1944

GORDON E. WEIDMAN , 61, of Omaha Neb., died March 22, 2005 at MEthodist Hospital in Omaha. He was employed by Swift Co. in Omaha before retiring. He was born June 22, 1943 in Dixon, the son of Byron and Karma (Murray( Weidman. He married Elaine Smith on May 23, 1981. Survivors include his wife; a daughter Laura; a son Eric; a brother the Rev. Robert Weidman and two grandchildren. Burial at Chapel Hill.

WAYNE WEIDMAN , 85, of Amboy died Nov. 8, 2005 at his home. He was orn in Nachusa the son of Frank & Eva (Spangler) Weidman. He was employed by Green River Ordnance Plant prior to enterin the Navy. He served from 1944 - 1946. After he returned he was manager of Lee county Cold Storage, Amboy for 43 years prior to retirement. He was a mamber of the Amboy Volunteer Fire Dept. He coached Little League for many years. He was married to Marian Birdsall in Sterling on June 16, 1946. Survivors include his wife; wo daughters, Linda Weidman and Marcia Blake; four sons, Dennis, Gary, Dean and Brian; three grandchildren, Angie Wells, Erica Weidman and Aaron Weidman; two brothes, Kenneth Weidman and Byron; one sister Velma Minnis of Dixon. He was preceded by three brothers, Lyle, Clell and Dale. Burial at Chapel Hill.

LARRY WEIRMAN - The community was saddened late Saturday afternoon by the tragic death of Larry Weirman, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Weirman. He died enroute to the Rochelle hospital from inturies received when the tractor he was driving overtruned in a ditch 1 1/2 miles south of the Reynolds church. An Ogle county coroner's jury Saturday night returned a verdict of accidental death due to severe chest injuries. According to Coroneer Morris Roe, the boy before his death mentioned trying to avoid an oncoming car. Ther were no witnesses to the accident. Larry Dean Weirman was born Feb. 12, 1943 in Arthur ILL son of Spencer and Dorothy Landgrebe Weirman. They moved to Reynolds township eight years ago. He was in the 8th grade of Ashton grade school and was a member ofthe Reynolds Evangelical United Brethren church. He is survived by his parents, his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Daisy Weirman, and hismaternal grandmother Mrs.Mary Landgrebe, both of Atwood IL. Rev. O.E. Cole officiated. Burial was made in the Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

CLIFF WELLER , 73, of Amboy died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at his home. He was employed by Means Services Inc. for 12 years and then by Textile Rental Services Association as the marketing manager for 11 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Weller was born Aug. 6, 1929,in Washington, D.C., the son of Samuel Clifford and Frances R.(Rector) Weller. He married Patricia Hyland on June 17, 1950, in Riverdale, Md, He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy, Amboy Lions Club, The Gideons of Lee County, Corvair Society of America, Amboy Depot Days Car Show Committee and Sons of the American Revolution. Survivors include his wife; a son, Samuel (the Rev. Kathleen) Weller of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; a daughter, Brooke (Dennis) Weidman of Amboy; a brother, Jack R. (Donna) Weller of Dagsboro, Del. and two grandchildren. Memorial service is at 11 am. June 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy. Private burial of cremains is at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation is from 6-8 P.m. Tuesday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, and from 10-11 am. June 18 at the church.
Daily Gazette June 11, 2003

FAUSTIAN WELLER , 42, of RR 1, Mt. Morris, died Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at Dixon Public Hospital. The body was removed to the Brown-Sidel Funeral Home, Polo, and funeral arrangements are pending. There will be no visitation and the family asks that flowers be omitted. Mr. Weller was born March 31, 1927 at Dixon, the son of Frank and Loretta Murphy Weller. On Dec. 2, 1950, he was married to Pauline Oltmanns. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church at Polo, and formerly employed at Cable Co. of Mt. Morris. Survivors include his widow, two children, Cynthia and Bradley, at home; his father, Frank, Rural Oregon; one sister, Mrs. Donald (Ritz) Blumeyer. He was preceded in death by his mother and two infant sons.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 22, 1969 - Wednesday, pg 2

ETHEL L. WELLS , age 97, of Rockford, formerly of Dixon, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford . She was born September 1, 1915, in Peoria , the daughter of Frank and Lena (Rohde) Trotter. She married Dr Lamar Wells, Dec. 31, 1947, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon . He preceded her in death Dec. 14, 2000. She worked with her husband at his Optometry office prior to her retirement. She is survived by her children, Susan (Ben) Bonales of Lindenhurst, Joanne (Larry) Stern of Rockford and Jeff (Chris) Wells of Dixon; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald Trotter, of Dixon; and sisters, Geraldine Carroll of Rockford and Kay (George) Levan of Dixon. She was preceded in death by brothers, Edward and William Trotter; sisters, Esther Thayer, Marge Hinkle, Helen Mackh, Viola Reis, Virginia Smith, Darlene Nehrkorn, Jean Van Matre and Betty Dennison. Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon . Burial of remains will follow in Oakwood Cemetery .
Contributed by Dennis Krebs

HELEN JANE (HALLENBECK) WELLS was born in New York, October 2, 1840, entered into rest October 9, 1914, aged 74 years. In early childhood she came with her parents to Cordova, Ill. In the eighteenth year she was married to Mr. Thomas Wells with whom she lived in unbroken happiness for more than fifty years. Almost all of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Wells was spent near Paw Paw and in 1892 they moved into the town and made it their home. Since the death of her husband eight years ago Mrs. Wells was tenderly cared for by her son and grandchildren who did all in their power to make comfortable her declining years. Mrs. Wells was one of a family of eleven children, of whom only two are living, one a sister in Chicago, the other a brother in Kansas City. To Mr. and Ms. Wells two children were born: Addie, who died in her twenty-fifth year and Arthur, a well known citizen of Paw Paw. Mrs. Wells was converted in early life and united with the Presbyterian church, of which she has been for many years a faithful member. She was zealous in all departments of church work while in health and strength and when laid aside by sickness did not lose her deep interest in the church she loved. She was always asking about the prosperity of the Lord's cause and lamented the fact that she could not attend the services of the Sanctuary. Three years ago she suffered a serious fall from which she never recovered. She longed to go and was glad when the Master called her up higher. She died in peace and of her it can be truly said, "Blessed are dead who die in the Lord." The funeral service was conduced at the Presbyterian church by Rev. C. H. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. George Hicks sang some appropriate and beautiful songs, which greatly comforted the sorrowing hearts of the bereaved. The casket was borne by the men who had been her particular friends and the body was laid to rest in Ellsworth cemetery.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

LAMAR WELLS 82, of Dixon passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, in Claremont of Lee County from complications of several illnesses. Dr. Wells was born Dec. 28, 1917, in the Harmon area, son of Grover and Winifred Strauss Wells. After his father died in 1919, the family moved to Dixon where he attended Dixon South Central and Dixon High School. Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. After his military service, Lamar attended Monroe College of Optometry in Chicago and returned to Dixon to establish an optometric practice. He was joined by Dr. Vernon Brickley in 1962 and nephew, Dr. Thomas Lawless, in 1971. He continued to practice on a part-time basis until retiring in December 1996. He divided his living between his home in Dixon and a home in San Diego. Lamar was united in marriage to Ethel Lena Trotter in Immanuel Lutheran Church on Dec. 31, 1947, with Pastor Paul Wagner officiating. He is survived by wife, Ethel children, Susan (Ben) Bonales of Lindenhurst, Joanne (Larry) Stern of Rockford and Jeffrey Wells of Sterling 12 grandchildren seven great-grandchildren and sister, Phyllis Healy of Dixon. Also predeceased by his mother. Dr. Wells was a life member of the American Optometric Association, Illinois Optometric Association and Northern Illinois Optometric Association, serving in various offices of these organizations and as first vice president of the IOA. Charter member of NERF (National Eye Research Foundation) and AOA Contact Lens Section. He was named Illinois Optometrist of the Year in 1984. Also member of American Legion and Dixon Elks Lodge. He was active in local development and was a member of Dixon Industrial Development Association (DIDA), served as president of Dixon Chamber of Commerce and was a member of Tollway Exploratory Committee. Dr. Wells enjoyed traveling to foreign countries and studying eyes. In 1986, he traveled to China with a group of optometrists and ophthalmologists to study Chinese medicine and eye care. He was a lifelong member of First Christian Church and a member of Ronald Reagan's Sunday school class. Cremation services have been accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in First Christian Church, 123 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains will be in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial established for First Christian Church. Jones Funeral Home, 204 S. Ottawa Ave., Dixon, is assisting the family. 12-16-2
Rockford Register Star (IL) - Saturday, December 16, 2000

NELLIE E. (MILLER) WELLS wife of Arthur Wells and daughter of Dennis and Ann Miller, was born in Brooklyn township, Lee county, Ill., March 12, 1867, and died at her residence in Paw Paw, Sunday evening, Sept. 6th, 1891; aged 24 years, 5 months and 24 days. She was married to Arthur Wells, Oct. 17th, 1888. Into this pleasant home was born a daughter, who is in too tender years to realize the loss she has sustained in the death of her mother, though in the kind providence of God she has fallen into the most excellent hands. While the duration of Mrs. Wells' illness was brief, yet it was a period of very great suffering. But through it all she was favored by having control of her mental faculties. On Wednesday she seemed to fully realize that she could not recover, and with calm deliberation she talked of and planned concerning her death. She placed her little daughter, Addie, in the keeping of her husband's parents, selected whom she wanted to officiate at her funeral, spoke of the character and color of the shroud in which she desired to be buried, selected the place where she wanted to be interred, which was by the side of her husband's sister, whose body lies in the Ellsworth cemetery, and spoke concerning other details. Mrs. Wells was not forward or obtrusive in her manners, but was rather inclined to be reserved and retiring. Her home, above all places, was dear to her, and she appreciated her congenial surroundings. She was passionately attached to her relatives and to those who succeeded in gaining her confidence. While not as demonstrative as some she was as true as the truest. As wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, she passed on before us through the portals of death into those mansions above, where the "weary are at rest." She went thither praying, and glad that the hour of deliverance had come, and joyful in the thought of meeting friends who had preceded her to that
A CARD:--To the many friends who so willingly and tenderly assisted in caring for our loved one during her sickness, and to those who contributed flowers at the funeral, we wish to extend our deepest gratitude. Should sorrow ever fall to your lot, may kind friends and willing hands be as ready to assist and lighten your burden, is the wish of:>Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Miller,
Miss Edith Miller,
Arthur Wells,
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Wells.
2nd Notice

Once more death has stolen among us and secured one of our most respected ladies. Mrs. Wells was taken sick Monday, August 31st, with inflammation of the bowels, and lived only until the next Sabbath, in the afternoon. The doctors gave her up from almost the first, as they said Tuesday that they did not think she could possibly survive. As soon as it was known about town that she was dangerously sick, everybody showed how deep an interest they had in her recovery, by expressions of sympathy and regret, and by questions from day to day, as she steadily failed and faded from the dear ones. She realized that she could not get well and so arranged all the things that she was mostly interested in, before she died. The little girl was placed in care of Arthur's mother. She told all about the arrangements she wanted made for the funeral, and where she wished to be buried. Many other things were requested by her, which we do not mention. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at the M. E. Church, Rev. Dickens preaching the sermon to a crowded house. The flowers were very numerous and beautiful. They were very tastefully arranged and showed the sympathy of the givers, better than words could have expressed it. Among the designs were found an anchor, cross, wreath, pillow, star, crescent and star, and other designs, baskets of flowers, _______ones. It was a generous offering of regard and respect from those who brought them, and represented a great deal of taste and skill in arrangement, as well as being tokens of esteem. Mrs. H. H. Bristow furnished the pillow and arch, doing the work almost all alone. Mrs. John Baker furnished the anchor and another piece, Mr. Siglin's folks, a pillow, and Mr. Joseph Moffat's folks also brought fine flowers and a design. The crescent and star was offered by gentlemen friends and the Ball Club. Other flowers were sent and carried, but we could not learn the names of those who gave them. Mrs. Wells was laid in the Ellsworth Cemetery, beside Arthur's sister, Mrs. Addie Roberts.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ROBERT WELLS was born in Will County, Illinois, September 13, 1844, soon after his parents came to the States from their home in Prince Edward Island. In the year 1854 he came with his parents to this vicinity locating at Allen's Grove, north of Paw Paw. Here he grew to manhood on the farm, with his brother and sisters, and theirs was a happy and loving circle. After the death of his parents and the marriage of his brother and sisters, he, with his sister, Annie, remained on the homestead until about eleven years ago when they bought a residence in Paw Paw and came here for retirement from active service. He was a devoted brother to his sister Annie while she lived, and spared no expense to make her life comfortable. Like Charles and Mary Lamb, famous for their devotion in their unmarried lives, Robert and Annie Wells were also faithful to each other in life and united in death, each devoting life for the comfort of the other. When his sister Annie died in March of this year, it seemed his staff was broken indeed. He was like a ship without a rudder. When his older sister, Mrs. Platt, was brought to his home, he was faithful to her, providing all the comfort and medical aid that could be given her. When she passed away in August of this year, he was then alone indeed. Death, which came to him on Tuesday evening, November 2, relieved him of his loneliness, and decreed his body be placed beside those dear ones who had preceded him to the grave. Robert Wells enlisted as a soldier of the Civil War, March 3, 1865, as a private in Company I, 15 Illinois Infantry, and served to the close of the war. He received his honorable discharge on the 16th of September 1865. He was formerly a member of Wm. H. Thompson Post 308 of Paw Paw but transferred his membership to the S. T. Terry Post at Shabbona, Illinois, where it remained until his death. In disposition he was agreeable, cheerful and kind. In spite of his faults, people liked Robert Wells, for they saw back of his weakness a kind heart and a good soul. If he saw a child lost and crying he would take it in his arms and find its parents. If a person in need came to his door, he was not turned away. If a stray, forlorn dog came his way, he would pet it and talk to it and become its friend. He appreciated every little kindness shown him and never forgot the "thank you." Honesty marked his whole life and his debts were quickly paid. He was square and upright in his dealings with his tenants on the farm, and looked to their comfort as well as his own gain. He was quiet, unobtrusive, peaceable, attending to his own affairs and harming nobody. Too free and generous, perhaps, with those of his associates for his or their good, but this showed the real depth of his generous soul. Death came to him on November 2, 1915, being 71 years, 1 month and 19 days of age. He leaves no nearer relatives than six nephews and six nieces: Arthur Wells and George Platt of Paw Paw; Hugh, George and John Hallenbeck of Kansas; John Platt of Tacoma, Washington; and Mrs. Chrissie M. Scott of Newburg, Oregon; Mrs. Nellie J. Butterfield of Mulvane, Kansas; Mrs. Louisa Farrell of Thornton, Iowa; Mrs. Jessie Berkhead of Hereford, Oregon; Mrs. Katie Todd and Mrs. Mabel Watkins of Kansas. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, Rev. O. T. Canfield officiating, and burial was in Ellsworth cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

THOMAS WELLS - Early Saturday morning Mr. Thomas Wells died at his home in this city after a prolonged illness. He had been a sufferer for many years with rheumatism and for several weeks was ill with grip; then his lungs became affected and his constitution and age could not successfully combat the illness which resulted in his death as above stated. Mr. Wells was one of our best citizens. He stood for all that was good and ever worked for the best interests of the community. In sickness and trouble he was a friend to all. He was fond of children and true to his friends. In his everyday life "he did his duty as he saw it." If every citizen in our community was the equal of Mr. Wells, we would have no cause to complain. Having been engaged in stock buying for over a quarter of a century he had a larger acquaintance than most any other man in this section. The funeral was largely attended thus attesting the esteem in which he was held. The obituary is as follows: Mr. Thomas Wells was born December 10, 1831, on Prince Edwards Island. He departed this life Saturday morning, March 28, at half past twelve o'clock, aged 76 years, 3 months and 17 days. He was married to Miss Helen Hallenbeck of Onandagua County, New York, March 26, 1858, last Thursday being their 50th anniversary. There were born to them two children, a daughter, Addie, who has preceded her father to the land above, and a son, Arthur, who resides in our midst. Mr. Wells has been a resident of Illinois 54 years. His calling was that of farming and stock buying. For fifteen years he has been a consistent member of the Odd Fellows lodge, practicing its principles. He was not deaf to any worthy appeal, and many a cause received substantial aid at his hands, many a gift was bestowed by him which none ever knew but he himself, the receiver and his God; his was a heart of sympathy and brotherly kindness. Until he was so crippled by rheumatism he was an attendant of the Presbyterian church and a loyal supporter. The coming days alone can reveal what deeds of kindness he did. While Mr. Wells was a friend of all, he was especially a lover and friend of the children; they were his companions and great comfort, he was their trusted friend--considerate, kind and thoughtful. There is left to mourn his departure, his good faithful wife, his son Arthur and wife, three grandchildren, his brother Robert Wells, his sisters Anna Wells and Mrs. Mary Platt, besides a host of friends among all classes. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, March 29, at 2 o'clock; a brief sermon was delivered by the pastor, George L. Engler. Very appropriate musical selections were rendered by the quartette, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. George Hicks, Miss Frances Preston and Mr. Ben Roberts with Miss Hazel Preston at the organ. Burial took place in the Ellsworth cemetery, where the Odd Fellows lodge with a very impressive ceremony committed the body to its resting place.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

MARGARET WENDEL - Funeral services for Miss Margaret A. Wendel, 80, who died Monday at the KSB Hospital in Dixon will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Ashton. Miss Wendel was born Feb. 28, 1899 in Bradford township the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Bower Wendel. She lived all her life in Bradford Township and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She is survived by a brother, Harvey A. Wendel of Mt. Morris, and a sister, Mrs. Clifford (Carrie) Bry of Colorado Springs, Colo. She wsa preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 7 - 9 p.m at the Cluts-Simes Funeral home. Rev. Paul R. Bollman will officiate. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

CLARE WEYBRIGHT - The body of S/Sgt Clare Weybright, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Weybright of Franklin Grove, was among those of 3,028 men who died in WW II aboard the transport Honda Knot which slipped through the mists of the Golden Gate at San Francisco today. The first to fall and the first to come home. Clare Weybright met his death in the crash of an airplane in China October 29, 1944.
OBITUARY - The funeral services for Clare Weybright were held Sunday afternoon at Hicks Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. A beautiful solo was rendered by Ronald Callison. Flowers were taken care of by Mrs. Dale Jasper and Mrs. Russell Group. Pallbearers were Lowell Trottnow, Herbert Ling, Kenneth Gross, Clark Brecunier, Russell Group and Dale Jasper. Military services were conducted at the gravesite in Ashton by the AmVets and the American Legion. The firing squad was Roland Kelly, John Cupp, Robert Cupp, Melvin Brucker, Richard Yingling, Donald Bennett, Ted Phillips, Frank Hurd and Squad Commander Kenneth Standrock.

FRANK WHEELER was born on the Wheeler farm which bordered the southern edge of Paw Paw on July 9, 1877. He was the eldest son of the B.J. Wheelers. He died in the Mendota Hospital as the result of a severe strock February 1, 1946. Mr. Wheeler attended the Paw Paw schools as a boy and later matriculated at the Dixon business college. Following his graduation at that institution he worked for a time with his uncle the late James H. Thompson in the office of the county clerk at Dixon. Almost 50 years ago Mr. Wheeler returned to Paw Paw to become associated with his father and uncle as cashier of the local bank, a position which he has held since that time. On October 25, 1905 Frank and Bertha N. Breese were united in marriage. Three children were born of this marriage two of whom, a son and daughter died in infancy. The third child Bruce J.Wheeler spent his youth and early business career in Paw Paw following which he joined the army. He had returned from overseas service only a few days before his fathers death. Mr. Wheeler was an active member and deacon of the Presbyterian Church for 30 years. For the past seven years he has been an elder. In addition to his church activities, Mr. Wheeler was a member, and one time Master of Corinthian Lodge 205, A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of Foster chapter of te O.E.S. and in the earlier days of the Community Club. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church with Robert Geller, studen pastor officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nangle furnished the music for the short but beautiful service. Pallbearers were M.M. Bell, Ben Wetzel, Dr. S.R. Dickie, Charles Firkins, H.M. Beemer, and John French all of whom are members of the Masonic order. Mr. Wheelere is survived by his wife, his son Bruce, his daughter-in-law Verdell, his grandaughter Jacqueline; two sisters, Mrs Addie Guffin, and Mrs. Jeanette Fleming, one brother Robert Wheeler. Out of town visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler, Mrs. Marilyn Wheeler Castle, Mrs. Nellie Adrian of Downers Grove Il. Mr. Donald Swarthout of Lawrence Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance Thompson, and Mrs. Rudolph Spratler of Dixon; Harry Warner of Hopkins, Minn; Mrs. Grace John and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Milner of Sterling; Dallas John of Chicago, Mrs. Maude Hammel and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hessutt of LaSalle; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Graper of Troy Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Smith of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Fell of Steward; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wetzel of Sterling; and Mr. Clarence A Boyle of Rochelle. Few residents of Paw Paw have been more widely known and loved than Frank Wheeler. Several generations of children have grown to know and look forward to seeing Frank as an integral part of Main street. Youth projects could always count on his enthusiastic support. In the same manner older people came to seek his advice at the bank. The B.J. Wheeler family of which Frank was the eldest son, has always been a particularly close-knit family. The two daughter Mrs. Guffin and Mrs. Fleming have always lived in Paw Paw and the son Robert has lived in Downers Grove since leaving Paw Paw. The tradition of family gatherings and the family bond have always remained doubly strong. The strength of every small town is built through lives of men like Frank Wheeler. The passing of such a man invariably leaves a gap which cannot be filled. His heritage to the community will be a memory of those qualities which make the small town the heart of America.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 February 1946

ANNA (BROMM) WHIPPERMAN , 84, a resident of Dixon for 64 years, passed away at her home 204 E. 7th St. at 8:30 Tuesday evening (12 Dec 1944) after an extended illness. Services will be held at the Preston Funeral Home Friday afternoon with the Rev. B.V. Hauck Chicago officiating, burial in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Whipperman who celebrated her 66th wedding anniversary with her husband this year is survived by Mr. Whipperman, one son Harry, two daughters, Mrs. Ward Miller and Mrs. Ralph Long all of Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 December 1944

CHARLOTTE (LONG) WHIPPERMAN , Dixon's oldest citizen died at the home, 1122 Walnut Avenue at 6;25 on the morning of Nov 29, 1921 at 103 years, 3 months and 4 days, She has 67 living descendents; four children Fred, Charles and Miss Elizabeth Whipperman of Dixon and Minnie Hoover of Franklin Grove; 16 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren Mrs Whipperman was born in Hanover, Germany on Aug. 25, 1818, Her Parents David and Louise Long, never came to America, She married Augustus Whipperman when in her 29 year, and in 1856 they crossed the ocean in a sailin vessel which took 6 weeks for the trip. They settled in Somerset Penn. One son Augustus , was killed in a sugar camp there, when a smoke stack slipped when it was being put up. Mr Whipperman died on 1861 In 1880 Mrs Whipperman, came to Dixon where she since made her home, She joined the Lutheran Church when in her 14 th year and until very recently could repeat from memory the entired sevice used at her conformation. She was very active, working in the garden until a little over 2 years ago. Her long life covers an eventful period of the worlds history, For instance, when a girl, she used to strike fire on a flin, before matches were invented and sometimes she could borrow hot coals, from the neighbors to save hurting her fingers in starting a fire, This custom is proably the orgin of the expression "borrowing fire." Grandmother Whipperman was loved - honored by many friends to whom the memory of her will be a precious legacy. Burial took place at Oakwood Cemetery.

ELIZABETH WHIPPERMAN : The funeral of Miss Elizabeth Whipperman, whose death Thursday morning (22 June 1944) at the Katherine Bethea hospital was announced in the Telegraph that evening will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Preston Funeral Home, the Rev. Lloyd W. Walter of St. Pauls Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 Jun 1944
**9 August 1944 - Dixon Evening Telegraph - Notice is hereby given to all person that Monday September 4, 1944 is the claim date in the estate of Lizzie Whipperman deceased pending in the county court of Lee County. Ward T. Miller administrator. Warner & Warner attorneys.

HARRY J. WHIPPERMAN , 69, died Thursday Feb. 1, 1951, in his home 522 South Hennepin. Mr. Whipperman was born in Dixon Aug. 7, 1881 and lived here all his life. On April 14, 1914 he was united in marriage Reu Orania Barnes at Oregon (Ogle County) IL. He was a carpenter until 1930 when he became a maintenance man for Beier Bakery . Surviving are his wife Reu Orania, one son Forest, his father Fred and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Long and Mrs. Ward Miller and two grandchildren Harry Travis and Edythe Lucy le Whipperman, all of Dixon. A brother George preceded him in 1915, his mother preceded him in 1944. Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Melvin Funeral home the Rev. George J. Curran officiating, burial will be in Oakwood. Pallbearers were Donald Lepley, John Auchstetter, William Lee, Victor Peterson, E.N. Bower and Henry Chamness. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 2 Feb. 1951)

YVONNE (STARNES) WHITE , age 21, whose death occured, Thursday Feb. 5th 1948 at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. James Starnes of Lee Il., was held Sunday Feb. 8, 1948 at the Baptist Church in Coffeen, IL (Montgomery Co), with burial in the Coffeen Cemetery. Yvonne Starnes daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Starnes was born Feb. 15, 1925 in Blanchard OK., She was educated in the Lee Center schools and joined the Lee Center Congregational Church. On May 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to William Delmar White of Coffeen Il. Preceding her in death was her mother Beulah Pearl who passed away during Yvonnes' infancy. Surviving are her parents and 7 half brothers and one half sister. Raymond of Lee Center, Donald of Washington D.C., and Harold of Oklahoma City. At home in Lee are Eugene, Charles, Wayne, Richard and Joanne. Jack Carolson, George McBride and Lyle Eisenberg were three of the pallbearers.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 February 1948

JIM OWEN WHITES , 68,of Dixon died June 15, 2005 at KSB Hospital. He was an independent truck driver for 40 years, etiring in 1997. He then was a certified food handler and cook for American Legion Post 12, Dixon. He was born March 6, 1937 in Dixon the son of Bruce and Helen Maruine (Eller) Whites. He served in the Army in Germany. Survivors include a son Craig; three daughters Christa Mitchell, Carolyn Ramsey and cathy Costanza; his mother; two sisters Jane Balayti and Corene Kurtis and eight grandchildren. He was preceded by his father. Burial at Chapel Hill.

FRANK F. WHITMORE , 89, formerly of Harmon, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday. May 27, 2003, at 11 am. in the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Frank Fredrick Whitmore was born on Nov. 28, 1913, in Walton, the son of Fred and Elvina (Smallwood) Whitmore. He married Cecilia Kent on Oct. 14, 1940, in Harmon. She died Aug. 26, 2002. Frank operated Whitmore's Garage in Harmon for many years. Surviving are his sons, Gerald (Peggy) Whitmore and Charles (Deborah) Whitmore, both of Sterling: his sister, Mary Knapp of Arizona: his brother, Wayne (Pearl) Whitmore of Grand Detour: nine grandchildren, Nancy Standard, Jerry (Theresa) Whitmore, Kim Linscott, Susan (Tom) Figley, Michelle Whitmore, Paul Davis, Noelle (Karl) Purdy, Alyssia Dittmar and Tim Whitmbre: 12 great-grandchildren, Jeremy Standard, Anthony Standard, Destiny Figley, Justin Standard, Jennifer Standard, Jaryd Whitmore, Christina Whitmore, Patrick Figley, Allen James Ortega, Zachary Dittmar, Christopher Ruth and Anthony Ortega: and one great-great-granddaughter, Madisyn Standard. He was preceded in death by his brother.
Daily Gazette May 25, 2003

SUSIE (HURD) WIEGAND , 77, a former resident of Dixon and Woosung passed away at 10:30 Thursday afternoon (?) at a hospital in Moline. Funeral services will be held at the Melvin Funeral home in Sterling at 2 p.m. Sunday the Rev. John Bouldin pastor of Sterling Trinity Evangelical church officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Palmyra Twp. Mrs. Wiegand was born in Hagerstown MD Oct. 4, 1867 and came to Illinois when she was 18 years old. She moved to Woosung after her marriage in Dixon to the late Frederick Albert Wiegand who preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1931. Mr. Wiegand conducted a blacksmithing business in Woosung for 45 years. Mrs Wiegand was admitted to the Moline hospital in 1904 (? this can't be correct) and remained there until her death. She is survived by three sons; Ernest of Dearborn Mich. and Charles and Henry both of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Cal Meese of Dixon and Mrs. Rose Baker of Hagerstown MD. A brother and sister predeceased her
Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 December 1944

DORIS (TRENHOLM) WILDER , 83 of Boca Raton FL, formerly of Nelson died July 13, 2004 at West Bocca Med. Ctr. She was born March 21, 1921 in Franklin Grove, the daughter of Mirl and Esther (McCray) Trenholm. She married Elmer Wilder Oct. 22, 1938 in Tipton Iowa. He died March 10, 2001. She was a member of Harvest Time church in Rock Falls. Survivors include two sons Thomas and Daniel; a brother Mirl Trenholm; three sisters, Getchen Montgomery, Eleanor Lush and Margaret Fredrichs; seven grandchildren adn 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded by two sisters; two daughters, Becky and Doris Ann and a brother. Burial at Nelson Cemetery.

DELILAH WILHELM , a pioneer resident, passed away at her home in Nachusa, Sunday March 4, 1923 after a long illness. She was born in Wellersburg PA March 22, 1839. In 1848 she came to Lee Co IL with her parents and brothers adn sisters, traveling overland in wagons and locating in Lee Center first, but after a short time moved to a farm just south of Nachusa, where they resided until the fthers death, when Miss Wilhelm with her mother and another sister, moved to Nachusa. Of a large family there remains but one aged sister, Mrs. Mary Marteeny, besides a number of nieces and nephews to morn her loss. Wednesday March 7th "Aunt Lou" was laid to rest in the Burket Cemetery where her parents and two sisters are buried.

JEANETTA (LONG) WILHELM , 86, died Thursday morning. She had spent most of her life in Dixon with the execption of the last 12 years. Her husband preceded her in death in 1940. Jeanetta M. Long was born in Nelson Twp. Aug 12, 1865, the daughter of Lewis F. and Mary Long. She is survived by two sons, Lester of Dixon and Wilbur, South Beloit IL. Private services will be held Saturday at the Buckley-Staples Funeral Home with internment at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. George Curran will officiate. The family has asked that flowers be omitted.

PHILIP WILHELM died at his residence near Nachusa on the 7th inst. in the 74th year of his age. The deceased emigrated from Allegany Co., MD to Lee Co IL in the fall of 1851, and by industry and undoubted integrity, has accumulated a nice property and gained the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He was an honored member of the Evangelical Lutheran church formore than 50 years, and was always ready by hismeans and influence to aid in furthering the cause of Christ. His death will be deeply felt by his surviving and strickent family, adn the community in which he resided. He was buried on the 9th inst. in the cemetery at the Burket school house, in the presence of a very large assembly of friends and acquaintances, according to the usages of the church to which be belonged - Wm. Uhl.
Contributed by Tom Terrall.

RACHEL (WITT) WILHELM of Nachusa, died this morning at half past ten o'clock. She had been living with her daughters, Mrs. Rhodes and Miss Lulu Wilhelm. She was the mother of Levi and Peter Wilhelm.
2nd Notice - Mrs. Wilhelm, whose death at her home in Nachusa we briefly mentioned last evening, was born in Allegheny Co MD eighty years ago and moved to this state in 1851, where she had since lived. Loved and respected by all who knew her. Her maiden name was Rachel Witt and she was married to Philip Wilhelm who died in 1876. They wer blessed with eleven children of whom seve are living.
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the Dixon Evening Telegraph December 30-31, 1890

BLENDA (MILLHOUSE) WILLIAMS , 64, of Dixon, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 6, 2015 at her home following a short struggle with Leukemia. Born August 4, 1950 in Dixon, she was a daughter of Robert L. and Anna M. (Allen) Millhouse. She married Barry Williams on September 8, 1979 in Sterling. They resided in Nelson since 1997. Blenda attended Sauk Valley Community College and was a laboratory technician at CGH Medical Center in Sterling for 30 years. She had previously been employed with Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, Iowa. She was an inspiration and mentor to many in her work environment. Blenda had a love for the work she did and a strong dedication to all of her patients. All knew her with her jug of Jungle Juice and a strong dislike for house work on Saturdays. She loved to travel and was fortunate to see a lot of beautiful places. One thing about Blenda was that she loved to have fun. She enjoyed bird watching and raising plants and flowers, but most of all she loved her pets Coco and Abby. Her most recent joy was the opportunity to hold her new great niece, Lexi. Surviving is her devoted husband, Barry; her loving mother, Anna Millhouse; siblings, Karen (John) Hiscox, Allen (Jill) Millhouse and LaVerne (Marilyn) Ohlwine; brother in law, Dan (Jean) Williams; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Hiscox, Rebecca (Rick) Huerman, Christopher Hiscox and Jacob Millhouse; and a great niece, Alexandria Heuerman. She was preceded in death by her father, her father and mother-in-law, John and Violette Williams and a brother in law, John Williams. Burial in Nelson Cemetery.
Source: Lyle and Marsha at Find-A-Grave

ELLIS H. WILLIAMS , 73, 805 Palmyra Rd. local insurance company official died at 5:40 p.m. Friday at KSB Hospital where he had been a patient for a week. He was Secretary-Treasurer of Palmyra Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company from 1927 until the time of his death. He was president of Sterling-Rock Falls Cooperative Marketing Association from its organization in the mid 20's until 1954. Mr. Williams was born in Whiteside county Dec. 8, 1881 and farmed in Lee county, Palmyra twp. much of his life. He was married to Edith Rickard June 28, 1904 in Medina Ohio. They observed their golden wedding anniversary last year. The Williams moved to Dixon in 1950. Survivors are his widow, two sons, Russel C., Sterling; Donald R., Urbana; a daughter Mrs. Laverne Flannigan Massillion Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Nora Gatz, Sterling and six grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services will be Monday at the Melvin Funeral home with with Rev. Eugene Moore, pastor of the East Jordan Evangilical United Brethren Church officiating. Palmyra Grange will conduct a graveside service in Palmyra Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 November 1955

ESTHER MAE (BUDDE) WILLSTEAD , 61, Dixon, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at her home. She was a certified nurse’s aid for the Dixon State School, Mercy Healthcare, and Kreider Services. Esther was born August 14, 1942 in Salem, the daughter of Gustav and Inez (Miller) Budde. Survivors include five daughters, Debra Willstead, Valdosta, Ga., Deanna (Robert) Loomis, Alton, Cynthia Jones, Rochelle, Wendy Willstead, and Angela (Michael) Hecathorn, both of Dixon; one brother, Theodore King, Salem; a sister, Linda Goff, Salem; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Monte J. Cox, pastor of the Church of the Open Bible, Polo, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
The Rochelle-News Leader

STERLING G. WILLSTEAD - Services for Sterling G. Willstead, Harmon, were held April 22 in the Methodist Church in Dixon. The Reverand J. Frank Anderson, Harmon, officiated. Mr. Willstead died died April 9, 1953 (incorrect April 18, 1953) , pallbearers, Harold Peach, Earl Miller, Bernard Fitzpatrick, Fred Benson, Maynard Boniz and Ted Pitzer. Note!!!! Sterling died in Dixon and death date were incorrect according to the probate letters--Dixon Evening Telegraph 6/22/1953 The estate was lft to his wife Ivie valued at $74,000.00 and in case of her death the remainder to his children, Eleanor, Judy, and Nancy.
Contributed by Richard E. Gettle - Dixon Evening Telegraph Date: 4/29/1953

CLARENCE R. WILSON , 86, of Dixon, died Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at the Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. He was a salesman for Don Mullery’s World of Cars, Dixon, prior to his retirement in 1982. Mr. Wilson was born May 20, 1919, in Dixon, IL, the son of Clarence and Florence (Potes) Wilson Sr. He married Mary Ellen Swegle on September 10, 1949, in Dixon. He served in the United States Army during W.W. II, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Dixon, Dixon Elk’s Lodge B.P.O.E. #779, American Legion Post 12, Dixon, and the Rock River Restorers. He enjoyed refinishing furniture and collecting antiques. Survivors include his wife of Dixon; one daughter, Sue (Steve) Keefer, Las Animas, CO; and one granddaughter, Michelle Keefer. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Kested and Betty Swegle. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans’ organizations will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the church. A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church, Dixon.
Contributed by Karen Holt

MARY ELLEN (SWEGLE) WILSON , 85, of Dixon, died Monday, January 25, 2010, at Dixon Health Care Center and Rehabilitation Center . Mary Ellen was born January 28, 1924, in Rochelle , IL , the daughter of Charles and Sophia (Carney) Swegle. She married R. “Bud” Wilson on September 10, 1949. He preceded her in death on September 27, 2005. She served in the Women’s Army Corps. Mary Ellen was a member of the First United Methodist Church , Dixon , Sarah Circle , Rock River Restorers, KSB Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered at the Reagan Home, was a Lee County Board Member, and an advisor for George Lamb’s book about Dixon , A Pictorial History. Survivors include one daughter, Susan (Steven) Keefer of Las Animas, Co; and one granddaughter, Michelle (Ryan) Blyth of New Orleans, LA. Mary Ellen was also preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Donald, Stanley, Ivan, Ellwyn, Sidney, and Howard Swegle; and one sister, Mildred Swegle. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church , Dixon , with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined military organizations will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Dixon . Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service, at the church. A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, First United Methodist Church , Dixon , and Passages Hospice.
Contributed by Karen Holt

FLORENCE PAMELA (BARBER) WINN , was born at Lyndon IL August 31, 1876 the daughter of Lawson N. and Emily (Terry) Barber. She graduated from the Lyndon High School in 1894. The same year the family removed to Fulton IL where Florence attended the Northern Illinois College, graduating in 1897. She taught school for several years. October 30, 1901 she was united in marriage to William H. Winn. and came with him to Dixon, which remained her home until her death on August 22, 1944. She is survived by her husband, a daughter Esther Weaver and a son Wilbur L. Winn both now living at Bishop CA. She also leaves 8 grandchildren; a brother Frank Barber of Dixon and a sister Lenora Derkinderen of Shelby IN; a niece Mrs Viola Hopkins of Dixon and a nephew William Barber of Chicago. She was the daughter of deeply religious parents and early united with the church and during her whole life followed as best she could the teachings of the Great Master. Services were held from the Baptist Church August 25th and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Out of town relatives attending - Susan W. Richards, Denver Colo; Wm. A. Fisher, Akron OH; Mr. and Mrs. George T. Fisher, Chicago; Mrs. Eva Barber, Chicago; George Ives and daughter Mrs. Faith Cravens of Franklin Grove; Mrs. Maude Brierton, Amboy; Mr. and Mrs. Willis Phillips and son Wendell, Ashton; Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Landis, Sterling; Mrs. Olive Mathews and Ruth Tracey of Morrison.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 26 August 1944

CLARA MAY (HECKMAN) WINTERS of Van Buren St., Dixon, died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter at the age of 88. Mrs. Winters was born Dec. 18, 1876, in Ogle County, the daughter of the late William and Lucy Atwood Heckman. She was united in marriage to John Winters, February, 1894, in Oregon, Ill. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. May Teal, with whom she made her home, Mrs. Leo (Helen) Wolf, both of Dixon; Mrs. Clarence (Mary) Rebert of Prophetstown; Mrs. William (Susan) Seaman of Owensboro, Ky., Mrs. Joe (Ruth) Mesa of Sterling; five sons, Charles and Harry, both of Rockford; John of Downey, Calif.; Fred of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Walter of Dixon; one sister, Mrs. Ada Miller of Franklin Grove; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1931; one daughter Lucy Kirst, in 1952; three sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Dixon with the Rev. Harold R. Dude, pastor of the Dixon Methodist Church officiating, with burial in the Emmert Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral home in Dixon after 2 p.m. Friday until the hour of services.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL April 29, 1965 - Thursday, pg 2

GEORGE WINTERS - Mrs. Kate Winters 210 East First street, received a telegram from Butte, Mont., telling of the accidental death there of her son, George Winters. No particulars of the tragic affair were given in the message, which simply stated that the young man had been killed yesterday, and despite the efforts of the stricken family, who have sent several telegrams asking for more complete information no word has been received. The young man, who was a former resident of Dixon and who has many friends here who will be pained to learn of his death, has been a resident of Butte for the past seven years and has been employed as operator of a diamond-edge machine. It is not known whether he met his death while working at the machine or not. Neither is it known whether the body will be brought to Dixon for interment, as the victim is survived by a wife and baby who reside at Butte. His mother, two sisters, Miss M. M. Winters and Mrs. Tim Sullivan, and one brother, Wesley, also survive.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, January 4, 1913, page 1, column 4

KEITH E. WINTERS , 67, ROCKFORD - Keith E. Winters, 67, of Rockford died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born April 7, 1938, in Dixon, the son of Charles William and Minnie Meadors Winters Sr. Keith was an iron worker, working with the Local 498 in Rockford. Survivors include his nephews, Jack (Ann) Politic of Rockford, Dennis (Carolyn) Politic of Loves Park and Joe (Elaine) Winters of Durand; nieces, Laura (Brian) Reline of Davis and Karen Winters of Rockford; great-nieces and nephews Chris, Marc, Matt, Tony, Andy, Heather, Rhea and Taylor; sister, Pauline Politic of Rockford and sister-in-law, Mae Winters of Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Jr.; and brother-in-law, John Politic. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Irene (Robert) Coon for graciously giving their time and compassion to Keith throughout the years. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Ironworkers Local Union 498, 5640 Sockness Drive, Rockford, IL 61114, with a time of remembrance at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the family.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

HARRY WISMAN - The community lost one of its most respected citizens this week i the sudden death of Harry G. Wisman which occurred Monday evening at 10:30 at his home. Though he had not been in the best of health for the past few days, his sudden passing was a great shock to all who knew him. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the home at 1:30 p.m. and at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock, Rev. Wilson R. Eckels officiating. Military rites at the grave will be conducted by the Dixon Spanish American War Veterans and Ashton Post 345, American Legion. Harry G. Wisman was born on July 4, 1876, the eldest of five children born to William and Louise (Oberdik) Wisman at York, Pennsylvania. In 1883 at the age of seven he with his parents and sisters moved to Ashton which has since been his home. He attended the Ashton schools through first year of high school and as a young man sang in the Presbyterian choir. In 1898 at the time of the Spanish-American war he volunteered with Co. G of the IL Infantry and served in Puerto Rica. He became an honorary member of the American Legion following its organization at the close of WW I and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Odd Fellos lodge. He was united in marriage December 4, 1900 to Miss Mae Batchelor who survives and to this union were born 3 sons, Milford, Burnell and Arland. In 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Wisman joined the Methodist church during the pastorate of Rev. I.E. Honeywell and there began a long period of service which stands as a memorial to a lifetime of Christian living. His talent for singing was a great attribute in this church service, he having established a record of more than 50 years in choir singing and of more than 25 years as chorister of the Methodist Sunday school. He also sang at many funerals and was always willing to oblige when asked to sing. With his three sons he formed a male quartet which sang at many occassions, and Harry also sang with numerous other male quartets on countless occassions. Associated many years with business interests in Ashton, Mr. Wisman was employed for 20 years as a clerk in the A.W. Rosecrans store, had worked for the signal department of the railroad and on the section, for a time operated the Pastime theater and was the local manager of the Freeport East side Creamery for a number of years.

Outstanding also was the service which he gave the school as its janitor for more than 20 years. Harry was beloved by every school boy and girl for almost a generation for his friendliness and helpfulness. His handicraft also benefited the school and his skillfulness of carpentry was evidenced in nearly every room of the school and in many pieces of stage scenery and properties which he made for the different classes. He also took a great interestin completing the collection of graduate's pictures which line the halls of the school building. He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife; three sons, Milford of Ashton and Burnell and Arland ofLos Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs Clifford Blocher and Mrs. Benjamin Richwine of Franklin Grove; and five grandchildren. He was preceded by two sisters, Mrs. George W. Lahman and Violet who died in infancy.
Contributed by Pat France

MARY (MAE) J. (BATCHELOR) WISMAN , 91, died Monday afternoon at the Rochelle Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 1, 1879 in Lyons N.Y. the daughter of William & Mary Chappel Batchelor. She married Harry W. Wisman in 1902. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ashton. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1946; three brothers, and five sisters. Survivors include three sons, Milford, Ashton; Burnell, Englewood Calif; Arland, South Lake Tahoe, Calif; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday at the Cluts Funeral Home with Rev. Harold K. Taylor, retired Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was made in the Ashton cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

ALBERTA PAULINE (SHOWALTER) WISEMAN , 94, of Franklin Grove, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. She worked many years as a telephone operator and at Admiral in Dixon; and was the head cook at Franklin Grove Nursing Home for 17 years. Alberta was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Beardstown, during their 100th celebration. She grew up in Virginia, Ill., with her parents, William Henry and Ida Mae (Douglas) Showalter. She married James Robert Wiseman, and they moved to Franklin Grove in 1938. Grandma Pene, as she was known her family and friends, was an active member of Franklin Grove United Methodist Church. She helped with the Cross and Flame newsletter, Franklin Grove United Methodist Woman's Circle and Franklin Grove Woman's Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and was devoted to her family. Survivors include one son, Donald (Frances) Wiseman, and two daughters, Shirley (Stan) Hann and Janet Logan, all of Franklin Grove; four grandsons, David (Linda) Wiseman, James (Roxy) Wiseman, Marty (Loretta) Logan and Steve (Mary) Hann; six granddaughters, Lori (Kevin) Anderson, Sandra (Kurt) Koepke, Deb (Tom) Mead, Julie Logan, Susie (Jerry) Murphy and Jeri Dempsey; 10 great-grandsons; 15 great-granddaughters; five great-great-grandsons; seven great-great-granddaughters; one sister, Betty Cox; three nieces, Jane Ramsey, Jean Moeller and Connie Watkins; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death her parents; husband; one sister; one brother; and one grandson, Tommy. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed the funeral at 1 p.m., Wednesday at Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Cindy S. Marino, pastor of Rochelle United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were completed Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. A memorial has been established to Franklin Grove United Methodist Church. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Sauk Valley Newspapers (Dixon-Sterling, IL) - Tuesday, May 1, 2012

HENRY WITHEY - A coroner's jury ruled this morning that life-long area resident Henry Withey, 79, died of a heart attack at his home early Friday. Mr. Withey's body was discovered in his home yesterday afternoon by Clay Hunt, a neighbor. Lee County Coroner Robert Preston reported that the man had been dead eight to 10 hours. A retired farmer, Mr. Withey lived alone. He is survived by two nieces and two nephews. He was born near Franklin Grove, the son of the late George and Barbara Withey. Services will be Saturday at the Hicks Funeral Home. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph August 20, 1954

LEO J. WITHEY , 75, died Thursday night in his farm home five miles northwest of Franklin Grove after a long illness. He lived in the Franklin Grove are his entire life. He was a farmer and retired several years ago. Mr. Withey was born near Franklin Grove Aug. 16, 1878, the son of John and Mary Ella Withey. Survivors are his widow, Rose; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Blanche) Allen, Amboy and Mrs. Howard (Kathryn) Greenfield, Dixon; a son Harold, Franklin Grove, and five grandchildren. Services will be Monday in Hicks Funeral home with burial in Franklin Grove cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 18 December 1953

JAMES LEROY WOLBER , 77, of Dixon, formerlyof Polo, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. He was a lifetime farmer. Mr. Wolber was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Sterling, the son of Delbert and Alice (Moore) Wolber. He married Margaret Zimmerman on Jan. 14, 1945. He then married Elsie White on March 14, 1969. He then married Edith "Betty" Lance. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, and the Belgian Draft Horse Association.He was well known for raising Belgian draft horses; his horses and wagons were used for riding at many civic events and featured in parades and funerals in the area. Survivors include 4 sons, Roger (Judith) Wolber and Ronald (Wendy) Wolber, both of Dixon, Terry Wolber of Lee center and Jim (Teri) Wolber of Franklin Grove; three daughters, Marlene Harmon of Polo, Beverly Haan of Princeton and Patricia Webb of Rock Falls; 22 grandchildren ; and 27 great-granchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial, with the procession led by his horses and wagon, is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established
Daily Gazette May 14, 2003

DOROTHY LUCILLE (HOOVER) WOLF , 68, RR 5, Dixon, died Wednesday at the Hospital following an extended illness. Services will be at 1:30 Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nachusa wiht Rev. James Gustafson officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Wolf was born May 7, 1908 in Dixon, the daughter of Ira G. and Maude E. McCune Hoover. SHe married George M. Wolf Dec. 31, 1927 in Dixon. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Churcha dn the Li-La-Lo Club. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Robert, Rodney and Raymond all of Dixon and seven grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, one son and one sister.
The Daily Gazette July 1, 1976

J. EMORY WOLF , 89, formerly of Franklin Grove, passes away in the Hillcrest Home, LaVerne, Calif., Tuesday. He was born the son of Samuel and Louisa Wallace Wolf in rural Lanark on Sept. 23, 1873, and was married to Grace Trostle, Dec. 2, 1896, who preceded him in death and to Mary Lahman in 1927, who also preceded him in death. He resided in the Ashton and Franklin Grove area for 85 years and was a retired farmer and member of the Church of the Brethren, Franklin Grove. One son also preceded him in death. Among his survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Mae) Miller, Sebring, Fla., and Mrs. Levi (Edna) Shively, LaVerne, Calif; one son, Harry, Iowa City, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Edwin Jobe, Vista, Calif. Burial in Emmert Cemetery.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 11, 1963 - Thursday, pg 3, col 3

HELEN MAE WOLFE , 83 of Moweaqua, formerly of Dixon, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 20000 at Moweaqua Nursing and Retirement Home following an extended illlness. Funeral arrangements are pending at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 8, 2000 - pg A5

JOSHUA FRANKLIN WOLFORD , formerly a farmer, south of Compton, nied at his home Nov. 21 (1951) after a years illness. He was married to Clara Mae Krebs in 1885, who preceded him in death in 1943. In 1944 he married the former Mrs. Jessie Williams, Rockford, who survives him. He had lived in Rockford for the past 30 years. Burial was at the Melugin's Grove cemetery, Nov. 24 in Compton, the Rev. Webster Hobb officiated.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 Nov 1951

CLARINDA (DYSART) WOOLLEY , passed away at her home, 415 North Dement Avenue this morning at 7 o’clock, her passing following an illness of two weeks duration. Clarinda Dysart was the daughter of Wilson and Frances Wallace Dysart and was born in Nanchusa township where she spent her girlhood days, later moving to Dixon where she had since resided. She is survived by her husband, four brothers, Joe of Milroy Minn., Ernest of Nanchusa, and Lee and Edward of Dixon, one sister, Mrs. John Herbst of this city. Funeral services will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. J. Franklin Young, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating, and with interment in Oakwood.
Contributed by Julia Johnson - Dixon Evening Telegraph, September 26, 1933, Dixon, Illinois

MARY (WEBB) WOOLLEY , died this morning at 10 o `clock at her late residence, 421 Nachusa avenue. Mrs. Wool1ey suffered two or three paralytic strokes, the last one being about seven years ago. This one affected her left side. Her last sickness was of short duration, she being ill only Wednesday of this week. Mrs. Woolleys mind was strong and clear up to the time of her death, and she was a great reader. Deceased was born at Warrington, England, September 5, 1829, and would have been 76 years old this coming September. Mrs. Woolley's maiden name was Mary Webb and she was married in England June 22 1850, to William C. Woolley. They came to America in 1853 coming direct to Dixon. Her husband and three children survive her; the children are Mrs. S. W. Youngman, Mrs. W. C. Jones, and W. W. Woolley, all residing in this city. The deceased was a member of the Episcopal church, having joined the church in England. The funeral services will be held Mcnday afternoon at 2:30 o `clock at the house.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 Apr 1905

MARY WOOLLEY
Mrs. Mary Woolley Died in Wisconsin
Word was received here at noon today of the death at her home in Pewaukee, Wis., of Mrs. Mary Woolley, wife of the late, Thomas Woolley. The remains will be brought to Dixon for burial in Oakwood cemetery Monday. The complete obituary will be published later. Funeral services will be held at the grave at 10 o’clock Monday morning. Dixon Evening Telegraph, Saturday, October 8, 1927 Funeral of Former Dixon Woman Today - The funeral of Mrs. Mary E. Woolley was held this morning, Rev. Albert W. Carlson having charge of the services at the grave in Oakwood cemetery at 1 o’clock. Mrs. Woolley was born May 2, 1854 at Oil City, Pa., and was a resident of Dixon for several years. She passed away early Saturday morning at her home in Pewaukee, Wis., the remains being brought to Dixon for interment.
Contributed by Julia Johnson
Dixon Evening Telegraph, Monday, October 10, 1927.

WILLIAM W. WOOLLEY , 415 North Dement Avenue, passed away at the Katherine Shaw Bethea hospital last evening at 9 o’clock after a brief illness at the age of 86 years, seven, months, and 20 days. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Preston Funeral home, Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating and interment will be in Oakwood. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Julia Johnson
Dixon Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1945, Dixon, Illinois

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