Julius Zeeck

Peoria Journal Star, September 30, 1996

MANITO - Julius Zeeck, 81, of 603 S. Washington St. died at 10:26 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at Pekin Hospital in Pekin.

Born Oct. 18, 1914, in Havana to John and Henrietta Uthmiller Zeeck, he married Pearl Graff on Aug. 21, 1938, in Manito. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert of North Aurora; one daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Karen) Gustafson of Dallas; one brother, Grover of Pekin; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Verna) Woodley and Mrs. Warren (Frances) Kwasigroh, both of Manito; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. One brother preceded him in death.

He owned and operated Manito Hardware Co. for more than 30 years.

He served on the Mason County School Board. He also served as a former Manito Township road commissioner for several years.

He was one of the founders of the Forman Fire Protection District and the Forman Ambulance Service.

He was member of Manito-Forest City Optimist Club, where he served as president for one term. He also was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Manito.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at his church. The Rev. Carl Cross Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Maas Funeral Home. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his church or to Forman Ambulance Service or to Forman Fire Protection District.

Contributed by Sara Hemp


Pearl Zeeck

Peoria Journal Star, April 2, 2003

MANITO - Pearl E. Zeeck, 88, of 603 S. Washington St. died at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2003, in Manito.

Born Sept. 16, 1914, in Manito to Jacob and Emma Rankin Graff, she married Julius Zeeck in Aug. 21, 1938. He died Sept. 28, 1996.

She also was preceded in death by one brother.

Surviving are one son, Robert (and Kathy) of Springfield; one daughter, Karen (and Bruce) Gustafson of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She and her husband operated Manito Hardware in Manito for many years, retiring in 1971.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Manito and its Tabitha Society.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Donald Hinkle will officiate.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Maas Funeral Home. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to her church.

Contributed by Sara Hemp

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