Livingston County, Illinois
VAN ALSTYNE, Louis A
CULLOM, Ill. - Louis A. (Toby) Van Alstyne, who edited a weekly newspaper here for the past 63 years, died of an apparent heart attack today at his home. He was 81. Mr. Van Alstyne was honored by this Livingston County community on "Toby Day" in 1979. The newspaper trade magazine, Editor & Publisher, said at the time that he was believed to be the nation's oldest active editor in terms of age and service. Mr. Van Alstyne wrote a column, "It Seems To Me," yesterday for the Collom Chronicle-Headlight-Enquirer, which has a circulation of 1500. He headed it with a poem by William Ernest Henley that ended with the lines: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." Mr. Van Alstyne was named "Editor of the Year" in 1979 by the Illinois Press Assn. (August 28, 1981 - The Boston Globe)
VICKERY, Emma Bell
Funeral Of Mrs. Vickery - Former Resident Of Fairbury Past Away In Dekalb Friday.
FAIRBURY - Nov. 23 - The funeral of Mrs. Franklin J. Vickery, who died at the home of her son, Oliver, in DeKalb Friday, was held from the Christian church here this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. Hunterford, and burial was in Graceland cemetery. Emma Bell Washburn was born in Maryland, O., August 2, 1862, and was married to F. J. Vickery Oct. 7 1885. He died April 8, 1916. Mrs. Vickery resided here ten or twelve years. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna Washburn of Chicago; three children, Mrs. Emmaline Rose, of Algona, Ia., Mrs. Myrtle Williamson, of Weldon, and Oliver, of DeKalb. She also leaves two sisters, Miss Lydia Washburn, of Chicago, and Mrs. Laura Eichenlaub, of Peotone, and two grandchildren. She was stricken with influenza Nov. 11, and pneumonia soon developed. She was a member of the Christian church of this city. [The Pantagraph, Nov. 24, 1919; sub. by PHG]
Frank Vickery Dies - Well-Known Resident Of Fairbury Expired Saturday Morning.
Fairbury - April 9 -- Frank Vickery, of this city, died Saturday morning, following an illness of several months. He was 56 years of age and was born in Nova Scotia. When he was about 21 years of age he came to this state and lived for some years in Gilman. Eleven years ago he came to Fairbury and has since resided here. He was married to Miss Isabel Washburn of Onarga, in 1885 and to this union three children were born; Mrs. E. Rose of Ipava; Miss Myrtle Vickery of Fairbury and Oliver Vickery, of DeKalb. Deceased was a member of the Christian church and the Modern Woodmen. The funeral will be held from the Christian church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Chapman in charge. [The Pantagraph, April 10, 1916, Page 2; sub. by PHG]
FLANAGAN - The funeral of Allen Vissering, 87, of Flanagan will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, the Rev. George Hunt officiating. Burial will be at Center Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. He died at 9:33 a.m. Friday (Sept. 1, 2000) at the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan. Memorials can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Roof Fund or the Good Samaritan Home. He was born July 4, 1913, in Flanagan, to Peter J. and Phoebe Barth Vissering. He married Erma Gaspardo on Oct. 11, 1940. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Marian (Otis) Ruff, Streator; Arlene (John) Martin, Flanagan; and Judy (Jeff) Wahls, Chenoa; and two sisters, Ethel Otto, Gridley, and Evelyn Rients, Flanagan. Three grandsons, John Jr., Allen and Austin Martin, all of Flanagan, also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Mr. Vissering was a lifelong farmer in the Flanagan area, retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he served on the church board, the parsonage building committee, was a charter member of the Good Samaritan Home Board, and also the Building and Farm Committee of the home. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all. (The Pantagraph)
VISSERING, Erma K Gaspardo
FLANAGAN - Erma K. Vissering, 93, of Flanagan died at 7:42 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) at the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, with the Rev. Owen Derrick and the Rev. Michael Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Flanagan. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the church or Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan. She was born Jan. 19, 1915, near Minonk, the daughter of Carlos and Josephine Bellatti Gaspardo. She married Allen Vissering on Oct. 11, 1940, in Nashua, Iowa. He died Sept. 1, 2000. Surviving are three daughters, Marian (Otis) Ruff of Streator, Arlene (John) Martin of Flanagan, and Judy (Jeff) Wahls of Chenoa. She has three grandsons, John (Nichole) Martin, Allen Martin, and Austin Martin, all of Flanagan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters. Erma was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, and the W.E.L.C.A. sewing group. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Erma was a loving mom and grandma who enjoyed spending time with her family. (The Pantagraph)
VISSERING, Kathleen Ruth Howard
TOLUCA - Kathleen Ruth Vissering, 75 of Wenona, formerly of Toluca, died at 11:45 a.m. Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at ASTA Care Center, Toluca. Her Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at Living Word Assembly of God, Toluca, with the Rev. Don Nuttall officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Center Cemetery, Flanagan. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Aimone Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Living Word Assembly of God or to Toluca Ambulance. Mrs. Vissering was born March 25, 1926, in Dwight the daughter of Tault and Nona Trolett Howard. She married Raymond Vissering on March 29, 1947, in Pontiac. He died May 12, 1977. Surviving are four daughters Linda (Louis) Hallal of Laconto, Fla.; Tassie (Jerry) Piasse of Toluca; Eva Davis (fianc John Ennenbach) Streator; and Dorothy (Don) Baker of Wenona; four sons, Lester (Cathryn) Vissering, Peoria; John (LuAnn) Vissering, Henry; James (Charmain) Vissering, East Peoria; and Kenneth (Debra) Vissering, Toluca; three sisters Irene (Gene) Stoddard, of California; June Meints, Fairbury; and Dorothy (Louis) Smith, Cornell; four brothers Louise Howard of California; Bob Howard, Bloomington; Raymond (Ivy) Howard of Iowa; and Jack (Judy) Howard of Oregon; and a half brother, John (Mezola) Howard, of Kentucky; and 19 grandchildren. Mrs. Vissering was a member of the Living Word Assembly of God, Toluca. She retired from Owens Illinois Glass in 1977. (The Pantagraph)
VISSERING, Tassie J
PONTIAC - Tassie J. Vissering, 90, Pontiac, died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 29, 2006) at Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Clarence Mankin officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Flanagan. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac. The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Beulah Land Christian Home. Tassie was born Oct. 25, 1915, a daughter of Folkert and Margaret Lutyens Vissering. Survivors include one stepbrother, Vernon Starker, Beachgrove, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a stepmother, Faith Starker Vissering, and a brother, Harmy Vissering; a half brother, Raymond Vissering; a half sister, Dorothy Vissering; and stepbrothers, Wesley Starker, Russell Starker and Gerald Starker. She graduated from Streator High School and was further educated at Brown's Business College in Evanston. She held a supervisory position with a telephone company until she went to work for the Washington National Insurance Co. in Evanston. She started at State Farm Insurance in 1952, when she moved to the Bloomington area, and worked as a statistical analyst in a management position until her retirement in 1978. After retirement, she moved to Pontiac and taught Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church and was involved with a youth group. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She also did volunteer work at St. James Hospital and the Salvation Army, both in Pontiac. (The Pantagraph)