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Virden, Jan. 21 Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Ray, 71, died at 10:20 a.m. today at her home here. Remains were removed to the Willis funeral home and will be returned to the residence at 3 p.m. Wednesday.  Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Virden Baptist church.  Rev. W. W. Marshall will officiate and interment will be in Girard cemetery. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) Wednesday, January 22, 1941]

Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, 10 June 1958
Edward Reener Dies - Funeral services for Edward H Reener Sr, 80, formerly of Staunton, who died June 4 at his home in Waterman, were held Saturday afternoon from St Paul Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ. Rev MP Schroedel officiated. Burial was in the New Douglas Cemetery. Born in New Douglas in 1878, the deceased spent many years here and was employed in a local mine. He was a member of the St Paul church and PMWA. He is survived by his wife, the former Augusta Wittjie; two daughters, Mrs Edna Vallow, Livingston, and Mrs Roselee Duncan, Peoria; three sons, Harold, Milwaukee, Wis, Edward Jr, Waterman; and Fred, Charleston; one sister, Mrs Elizabeth Hobbie, St Louis; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Staunton Star Times, May 20, 1910, Pg 7 Col 2
Obituary - Frederick Reener was born in Germany, August 28, 1861. He came to American a young man and was married twice both wives preceding him in death a number of years. He is survived by seven children with whom he lived. He had been ill with long fever, died May 10 at the home of his son, Herman near Alhambra and funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of which he was a member, by Rev. Holderman Thursday at two o'clock and interment at New Douglas cemetery.
(Note: Confusion! "1823-1997 Burial Records of New Douglas IL" lists Fridrich W Rinne d. 02-02-1892 age 37 and Fritz Rinne d. 05-09-1910 - both buried Block A01 Lot 14. Fritz Rinne/Fred Reener was consistent when giving his age to the census takers (1870,1880, 1900,1910, which made his birth date 1827-8. The younger Frederick Rinne was born in 1861-2 in IL. I found Fritz through 1910 but Frederick only through 1880 - which would jive with the burial records. Fritz was married twice and had a son Herman who lived in Alhambra. If we assume that Mary, who I've not found anything on after 1870 died and Frederick died in 1892, that leaves Fritz with 7 children. So----is the birth date incorrect? Is there another Frederick Reener?????) [Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

News Herald, Litchfield IL, 1 May 1944, Monday
Henry Reener, Ill on Visit, Dies at Springfield Hospital
Henry Reener, age 71 died Sunday at 10 pm at St John's Hospital after being taken ill suddenly b. Madison Co 26 July 1872, resident of Litchfield 27 years
m. Martha Funderburk Johnson 25 Nov 1896 at Edwardsville, she died 7 July 1942 Six children survive - Arthur, Wisconsin; Jane Wilson, Litchfield; Roy Litchfield; Nora Loscheider, Springfield; Daisy, Litchfield; Velma Bierbaum, Springfield 2 brothers and 1 sister survive - Edward, Staunton; Herman, Alhambra; Mrs. Fred Hobbie, New Douglas
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, Wednesday, June 22, 1955
Herman Henry Reener, 72 , died Tuesday at 8 pm at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton.
He was born Oct 22, 1882 in Olive Township, the son of the late Fred and Sophie Reener. He was married to Goldie Wilder June 17, 1903. Mrs Reener preceded him in death in 1952. Surviving are a son, Clarence of Granite City; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Ahrens of Alhambra Township; a brother Edward of Staunton; one sister, Mrs Elizabeth Hobbie of Granite City and two grandchildren. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Five brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He was baptized and confirmed in the New Douglas Lutheran church and later became a member of Holy Cross Lutheran church in Livingston. Friends may call at the Burgett funeral home in Livingston after 7 p m Thursday until 12 noon Saturday when the body will be taken to Holy Cross Lutheran church in Livingston. Services will be at 2 pm Saturday from the church, the Rev A G Deichmann, officiating.
Interment will be in Salem cemetery near Alhambra.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

News Herald, Litchfield IL, Monday, 5 Dec 1938 page 4
John Reener, New Douglas, died Tues evening in St Francis Hospital
Services Lutheran Church, Litchfield. Burial New Douglas Cemetery

John Reener
Edwardsville Intelligencer, Litchfield, IL, 29 Nov 1938 -
John Reener, 63, Dies After Injury - Livingston - Nov 29 --
John Reener, who was injured in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day, died at St Francis Hospital in Litchfield early Tuesday morning. He had suffered a broken back and a fractured skull and had never regained consciousness. The accident occurred near the high school as he was returning to Livingston. He was employed at Mine No 2 in Williamson.
Mr Reener was born Jan 20, 1875, attaining the age of 63 years, 10 months and 9 days. He resided in this vicinity his entire life. He married Miss Minnie Watts of New Douglas. His wife a daughter, Mrs Violdt Smerk of New Douglas, a grand-daughter, two brothers, Herman of New Douglas and Edward of Staunton, and a sister, Mrs Fred Hobbie of New Douglas, survive. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran Church at New Douglas, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev W C Liofeld, pastor of the Lutheran Church is expected to officiate. Burial will be in the New Douglas Cemetery.
News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 29 Nov. 1938, page 1
John Reener of Livingston Is Hwy Victim, Dies of Thanksgiving Day Crash Injuries
John Reener 63 of Livingston died at St. Francis Hospital at 11:15 on Nov. 28.
Born 20 Jan 1875 s/o Fritz and Sophia Reener
Married Minnie Watts 30 Sep 1893
Miner 26 yrs Lived Livingston 15 years
Survived by: Widow
Dau Mrs. Violet Smerk [as spelled]
Gr. Dau Marlene Smeik [as spelled]
Bros: Edward, Staunton; Henry, Litchfield; Herman, New Douglas
Sis: Mrs Dora Hendricks, New Douglas; Mrs Lizzie Hobbs, New Douglas
Christened and Confirmed New Douglas Lutheran Church
Buried New Douglas Cemetery
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Tues, 7 Jul 1942
Mrs Henry Reener Dies Early today, Funeral Thursday
Mrs Martha Reener, 69, 1015 S Chestnut street, wife of Henry Reener, died at St. Francis Hospital this morning at 12:15 am where she had been a patient for the past two weeks. She was born Aug 28, 1872 in Madison county, a daughter of John and Jane Davis Funderburk. In 1890 she married Logan Johnson of Sorento. He died in 1894 and on Nov 25, 1896. She was married to Henry W Reener at Edwardsville. They resided at Staunton, later moving to Raymond. For the past 25 years they had made their home in this city. Surviving are the husband and the following children, Oscar Johnson, Raymond; Arthur Reener, Kenosha, Wis; Roy Reener, Litchfield; Mrs Nora Lorscheider, and Mrs Velma Bierbaum, Springfield; Miss Daisy Reener of Alton, and Mrs Jane Wilson, Litchfield. A son, Hugo Reener, and a daughter, Mrs. Grace Bierbaum, preceded her in death. A sister, Mrs. Mary Nessel of Monticello, Mont, and a brother Joe Funderburk of Caldwell, Kans, together with 27 grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Gerlt funeral home with Rev J E Foster officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. The body will lie at the funeral home to await the funeral service.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Edwardsville Intellegencer, Edwardsville, IL, 20 Mar 1930
Services for New Douglas Man Today
Last rites were held this afternoon at one o'clock for William Reener of New Douglas, whose death occurred at the home of his sister, Mrs George Hinnrichs, of New Douglas, Tuesday. Interment was made in the New Douglas Cemetery. Mr Reener was never married.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

died: April 2, 1996
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 4, 1996
MORRISONVILLE - Dale B. Reincke, 72, of Morrisonville died Tuesday at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville. Survivors: mother, Opal Barnes Reincke of Nokomis; a brother, Leland V. Reincke of Irving; a sister, Marceline Smith of Stonington; two nieces; and seven nephews. Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Nokomis.

Herald & Review,Decatur, IL, April 4, 1996
Dale B. Reincke, 72, Morrisonville, retired farmer, died Tuesday (April 2, 1996).
Member: Fairview United Methodist Church and Christian County Board.
Survivors: mother, Opal Barnes Reincke, Nokomis; brother, Leland V., Irving; sister, Marceline Smith, Stonington. Preceded by: wife, Irene, and father.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Visitation: 11 a.m. Friday until services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Nokomis.

died: September 27, 1995
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 29, 1995
MORRISONVILLE - Irene E. Reincke, 73, of rural Morrisonville died Wednesday at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville. Survivors: husband, Dale. Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Greenwood Township.

Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, September 29, 1995
MORRISONVILLE - Irene E. Reincke, 73, Morrisonville, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 1995). Member: Fairview United Methodist Church, Christian County Farm Bureau. Survivors: husband, Dale.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery. Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church or St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 22, 2005
Kevin L. Reincke
MATTOON - Kevin Lee Reincke, 52, of Mattoon died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. He was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Hillsboro, the son of Leland "Bud" Reincke and JoAnn Parks Westerfield. He married Barbara Monk; they later divorced. Mr. Reincke was a parts man at a car dealership.
Survivors: son, Jason Paul Reincke of Mattoon; mother and stepfather, JoAnn and Harold Westerfield of Sun City, Ariz.; stepmother, Shirley Reincke of Irving; five brothers, Leland "Van" (wife, Marsha) Reincke Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., James (wife, Carrie) Reincke of Sorento, Roger (wife, Ruth) and Larry (wife, Michelle) Reincke, both of Irving, and Richard (wife, Amy) Reincke of Hillsboro; several nieces and nephews; and companion, Martha Warren. Graveside memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Irving Cemetery, the Rev. Randy Sands officiating. Bass, Patton, Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.

Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, November 23, 2005
Kevin Lee Reincke
MATTOON - Kevin Lee Reincke, 52, Mattoon, formerly of Hillsboro and Decatur, car dealership employee, died Friday (Nov. 18, 2005). Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Irving Cemetery. No visitation. Arrangements by: Bass, Patton, Dean Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

died: May 1, 1996
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 3, 1996
IRVING - Leland V. "Bud" Reincke, 65, of Irving, formerly of Hillsboro, died Wednesday at his home.
Survivors: wife, Shirley M.; six sons, Leland "Van" Reincke of Glendale, Ariz., Kevin Reincke of Mattoon, James and Roger Reincke, both of Sorento, Richard Reincke of Hillsboro and Larry Reincke of Irving; seven grandchildren; mother, Opal Reincke of Nokomis; and a sister, Marceline Smith of Stonington.
Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro. Burial: Irving Cemetery, Irving.

Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, May 3, 1996
Leland V. Reincke, 65, rural Irving, retired from Montgomery Service Co., died Wednesday (May 1, 1996).
Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro. Visitation: noon Friday until service time. Burial: Irving Cemetery. Memorials: Hillsboro Sports Association.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 16, 1999
Opal Fern Reincke, 98, of Taylorville died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. She was born Oct. 22, 1901, in Hornsby, the daughter of Walter and Ida Bohlmeyer Barnes. She married Edwin Reincke in 1922; he preceded her in death. Two sons, Dale and Leland Reincke, and a daughter, Marceline Mae Smith, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Reincke, a retired homemaker, was a member of First United Methodist Church in Taylorville and the Women's Missionary Society. Survivors: nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Velma Mitchell and Leola Moore, both of Memphis, Tenn. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, the Rev. Dr. Phillip Icenogle officiating. Burial: Kettelkamp Cemetery in Nokomis.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Death of Mrs. Davenport. Mrs. Milford E. Davenport, one of Macoupin county's oldest and most esteemed residents, died at the home of her son, Charles Davenport, Dec. 9, 1908, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 8 days. Mrs. Davenport has been in poor health for several months. Her death was not unexpected. Ellen Perilla Roach was born in Carroll Co., Tenn., March 1, 1827. In 1847 she removed with her parents to Illinois and became a resident of Macoupin county. In 1850 she was united in marriage to Milford E. Davenport and in 1852 they removed to Macoupin county and here they resided. To this union eleven children were born but three died in infancy and another, George, died at the age of 24 years. Surviving her are the seven sons, as follows: John Davenport, of Amyra, Ark.; Wm. Davenport, of Hettick; Martin A. Davenport, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Henry, Basil E., P.C. and Charles, all of Carlinville. Mrs. Davenport was converted at the age of sixteen and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church to which denomination her parents belonged. In 1853 she became a member of the Charity Baptist church where her membership remained until her death. Her husband, Milford E. Davenport, well known throughout the county, died in March, 1895. Mrs. Davenport was famed for her many noble qualities as a mother and Christian woman. She was one of Illinois' patriotic women who endured privations at home while her husband was in the front in the great civil war. Here was a severe trial. There were seven little boys demanding her care. Her husband sent her such money as he could but it was difficult for her at times to secure the necessaries of life. She endured many hardships and disappointments throughout those four long years. If what little stock she possessed died, she managed in some way to buy more. She was brave, heroic and patriotic throughout it all. The neighbors were kind and generous. Many times has she recalled those thrilling days and always with grateful appreciation of her neighbors' kindness, particularly Charles Morris and Mr. and Mrs. John Kessinger. She often stated that these good people never failed to inquire once a week during those long years to see if they could do anything for her. Mrs. Davenport was a sister of John Roach, of Girard. He was one of the leading business men of the county and died five years ago. They belonged to a stalwart family, inured to the privations of pioneer life. They were forceful people, exercising much influence in their communities. Mrs. Davenport was a woman of strong personality. She endured hardships unknown in this day, but through it all she was inspired by her Christian faith. Her transformation from this life to the one beyond was brightened by the presence and marked devotion of her sons and their families. They did everything possible to alleviate her suffering. She passed away surrounded by her loved ones, serene and confident in the faith that has been her hope and her inspiration. The funeral was held Thursday. A brief service was conducted at the house by Revs. Rhoads and Marsh, and at 1 o'clock the funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Marsh at Charity. A large concourse of relatives, neighbors and friends were present, attesting the admiration and esteem in which the deceased was held. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the family burying lot in the Charity cemetery. (Carlinville Democrat December 16, 1908). - Donated by src #8

John F. Roach Dead. Dies Suddenly While Seated in Chair.
Our citizens were sadly shocked Tuesday afternoon, June 16th 1903, when the report was phoned over the city that one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens John F. Roach, a director in the Peoples bank had died suddenly from heart failure while seated in a chair in the bank. His death occurred at 4 o'clock. He a few moments before death spoke to Mr. Edward Littlepage, who was at the tellers window settling the days business with the two banks. Mr. Roach asked the question: where did you do business at today? The old bank had moved their safe to their new building was the reason for the question. Mr. Littlepage ruined his head to make reply to the question when he saw Mr. Roach's head fall back on the chair in which he was seated. Littlepage called Mr. Wells, they laid him down on the floor, holding his head in their arms. He made a feeble attempt to throw up, falling, laid back and died in the arms of the two gentlemen. Death came easy to him. Lifes light went out with the setting sun. He died as he had lived, gentle, peaceful, without a murmer his spirit took its flight to its haven of rest. The sad news of his death was carried to his bereft wife by Mr. S. Owen Smith, president of the bank. It was truly a sad mission and heart rendering to inform her of the sudden death of her companion in life. It seemed untrue for it had not been but a short time since he had left his home. His body was tenderly born to his home by kind friends and neighbors. He had been complaining of his heart and during the day had called on Dr. R.S. Cowan, who made an examination and found his heart to be in bad condition. His death was no surprise to the doctor as he had informed Mr. Roach of his ailment. John F. Roach was born in Carroll county, Tennessee, August 16th, 1829. At the time of his death he was 73 years and 10 months old. His boyhood days were spent in his native state, Tennessee, where he received a common school education obtaining the same in winter months, as he was busy in the summer months helping to cultivate tobacco. In 1849, at the age of twentyone years he bought a team of oxen and commenced to brake prairies of Illinois. He broke the ground which the city of Girard is situated upon. The summer he followed plowing, in the winter teamed. He was united in marriage to Miss Martha H. Cherry, November 12, 1852. To this union there were born four children, two of which preceded the father to the spirit land. Those living to mourn his death are Mary Etna, wife of Henry Lemon, and James Coy Roach, both living near Girard. March 1854 he moved from near Carlinville to Girard, where he followed farming and stock raising. He was a successful breeder of short horn and other noted breeds of cattle. He was one of the largest stock dealers of southern Illinois. During the war he filled large governmental contracts, and was a noted shipper to St. Louis and Chicago markets. He had accumulated much land and was prominently connected with the banking interests of Girard. He had been at one time president of the Girard bank. At the organization of the Peoples bank he was made president, which position he kept until he asked to be relieved on account of old age. At the time of his death he was director of the Peoples bank, and made the bank his headquarters when in town. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and loved its teachings. He was a loyal member active in his church, ever ready to advance its cause. In his death Girard loses one of its oldest citizens, his wife a true, faithful husband, and the family a loving father. His funeral occurred today at 2 p.m. from the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Rev. R.D. Miller of Petersburg, Ill., and Rev. B. Berryhill, pastor, conducted the funeral services. The church failed to hold even his friends from abroad, many stood in the church yard. The remains was followed to Girard cemetery by a large procession of friends. The pall bearers were John Beeby, W.S. Garretson, Joseph Liston, G.W. Thompson, and C. Armstrong.
(Girard Gazette June 18, 1903). - Donated by src #8

Martha H. Roach. Martha H. Roach was born December 11th, 1836 near Scottsville, Illinois and died at her home in Girard, Illinois August 12th 1917. She was the daughter of Harvy and Delilah Cherry who were among the early settlers of this county. She was united in marriage to John F. Roach November 14, 1852 of this union four children came to bless their home, two dying in infancy and the two surviving are Mrs. Mary Etta Lemons and J. Coy Roach, besides these there are 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Roach were received in the Girard Presbyterian Church in 1855 and were Charter members of this church. Mrs. Roach being the last of the original charter members to respond to her masters call. Being loyal to Christ and the church, she was a most devoted, active member always manifesting the keenest interest in its welfare, attending the services regularly, giving liberally to the support of the church in every way. Many personal gifts have found their way into the church by her love and thoughtfulness. A faithful member of the Missionary Society giving a generous free will offering each year always designating that a part of some be sent to foreign fields. About two months ago she had a light stroke of paralysis and has slowly failed since. During her illness she manifested the most cheerful disposition, being always glad to see her friends and felt the warmest interest in their welfare. The prominent trait of her character was kindness and a desire to make others happy. In her home relations, always contributing to the comfort and pleasure of those around, self sacrificing even to fault. Her last moments were of peace and quiet, the rich perfume of her name and life can never be absent from the lives of those who knew her in her home. Her biography is told briefly and best by saying "She was a Christian". And to her noble Christian life and Character may be truly say "It was the end of a perfect day". The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. F.W. McClusky and interment made in the Girard cemetery. (Girard Gazette August 16, 1917). - Donated by src #8

ROACH, Rosemary
Gillespie Child Dies Suddenly
Rosemary Marie Roach, little daughter of Mr and Mrs Alvie Roach, died suddenly Thursday at the home three miles northwest of Gillespie. The mother was formerly Rose Emmons.
Coroner Jacoby of Macoupin County held an inquiry into the death. Interment took place this afternoon at three o'clock at Crabtree Cemetery.
The family are relatives of Ira Roach, sexton of Elmwood Cemetery.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, May 11, 1928 Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mr. Calvin Rutherford, of Girard, died on Sunday evening, after a lingering sickness of six weeks. He was one of the earliest settlers and most esteemed citizens of Girard. He was about thirty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and six children. [From the Carlinville Free Democrat, November 29, 1859]


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