Eileen M. Stroh Bell

Peoria Journal Star, May 30, 2006, Page: B4

Kilbourne - Eileen Bell, 90, of Kilbourne passed away at 5:31 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Havana Health Care Center.

She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Oakford, Ill., the daughter of Clarence and Cora Dawson Stroh. She married Gilbert I. Bell on Aug. 25, 1939, in Petersburg, Ill., and he died March 31, 1994.

Mrs. Bell was a lifetime member of the Kilbourne Baptist Church, a member of the Mason County Home Extension, a former teacher and home maker. She received her teaching degree from Western Illinois University.

She is survived by two daughters, Roxie Toland of Springfield, Ill., and Kristine (Dennis) Skaggs of Havana; two sons, Gary (Joyce) Bell of Kilbourne and Randall (Arlis) Bell of Havana; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Stroh; and one sister, Faye Taylor.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the Hurley Funeral Home in Havana, conducted by Rev. Mike Stroh, with burial in the Kilbourne Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kilbourne Fire Department.


State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 31, 2006, Page: 11

Eileen Bell
KILBOURNE - Eileen Bell, 90, of Kilbourne died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Havana Healthcare Center.

She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Oakford, the daughter of Clarence and Cora Dawson Stroh. She married Gilbert I. Bell in 1939 in Petersburg; he died in 1994.

Mrs. Bell earned a teaching degree from Western Illinois University and was a teacher. She also was a homemaker. She was a lifetime member of Kilbourne Baptist Church and a member of the Mason County Home Extension.

Survivors: two daughters, Roxie Toland of Springfield and Kristine (husband, Dennis) Skaggs of Havana; two sons, Gary (wife, Joyce) Bell of Kilbourne and Randall (wife, Arlis) Bell of Havana; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. today, Hurley Funeral Home, Havana, the Rev. Mike Stroh officiating. Burial: Kilbourne Cemetery.


Ettie Bell

Mason City Journal, January 15, 1975

DIED - On Sautrday, the 9th, inst., at the Sherman House, in this city, Miss Ettie Bell, aged 23 years, 8 months and 18 days.

The funeral sermon was preached on Tuesday, the 12th, at the Presbyterian Church, by Rev. S.J. Bogle, and her remains were interred in the Mason City Cemetery.

The deceased, while on a visit to St. Louis, last August, was attacked with a fit of sickness, which terminated in that dread enemy, consumption. She had partly recovered from her sickness, while with her sister in St. Louis, but on her return home she took a relapse, and was soon grasped by the icy fingers of death. All the medical attendance her fond parents could procure, and the watchful care of kind friends bestowed upon her, were of no avail to stay the fell destroyer. So death selects for her victims the fairest flowers of earth, and their place is left vacant.


Gilbert I. Bell

Peoria Journal Star, April 2, 1994, Page: C9

KILBOURNE - Gilbert I. Bell, 78, of Kilbourne died at 11:12 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 1994, at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Born Nov. 10, 1915, in Kilbourne to Cress and Maggie Schafer Bell, he married Eileen M. Stroh on Aug. 25, 1939, in Petersburg. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Gary of Kilbourne and Randy of Havana; two daughters, Roxie Toland of Springfield and Mrs. Dennis (Kris) Skaggs of Havana; three sisters, Caroleen Bell of Petersburg, Leora Johannes of Havana and Clydene Gorsage of Pekin; and nine grandchildren. One grandson, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

A member of Mason County Farm Bureau, he was a farmer. He also served on the Kilbourne Fire board of trustees for many years.

He was a member of the Kilbourne School Board and later the Balyki School Board for a total of 25 years. He also was a member of Kilbourne Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hurley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kilbourne Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church or Kilbourne Fire Department.


State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 2, 1994, Page: 7

Gilbert I. Bell, 78, of Kilbourne died at 11:12 p.m. Thursday at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

He was born Nov. 10, 1915, in Kilbourne, the son of Cress Bell and Maggie Schafer. He married Eileen M. Stroh in 1939 in Petersburg. Preceding in death were a grandson; two brothers; and two sisters.

Mr. Bell was a farmer. He was a member of the Kilbourne Baptist Church, the Mason County Farm Bureau, the Kilbourne Fire Board of Trustees for many years, the Kilbourne School Board and later the Balyki School Board for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife, Eileen M.; two sons, Gary Bell of Kilbourne and Randy Bell of Havana; two daughters, Roxie Toland of Springfield and Mrs. Dennis (Kris) Skaggs of Havana; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Caroleen Bell of Petersburg, Leora Johannes of Havana and Clydene Gorsage of Pekin.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana, with burial in Kilbourne Cemetery.

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