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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912


ABNEY, Mrs. Samuel, d. near Decatur, Ill. April 3, 1875, aged 39 years.

ADAMS, Captain S. A. formerly of Bloomington, Ill. d Mo. March ...., 1880.

Adams, Mary Lou West Burr
The Funeral Of Mary Lou Adams, 55, of 1 Knollcrest Court, Normal, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. William Stryker officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. Mrs. Adams died at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 3, 1992) at her home. She had cancer. She was born Nov. 19, 1936, in Carlock, a daughter of Albert and Frieda Wieland West. She married William H. Adams May 4, 1975, in Funks Grove. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Garrie R. Burr, St. Louis, Mo., and Christopher J. Burr, Titusville, Fla.; two daughters, Beth Burr, 209 E. Locust St., Bloomington, and Amy Adams, at home; three brothers, Albert West, Pontiac, Mich.; Wayne West, San Leandro, Calif.; and Paul West, Congerville; and five sisters, Clara Mae Eastman, Niantic; Helen Eileen Payne, 909 N. Main St., Bloomington; Doris Ann Ritter, 408 N. Linden St., Normal; Pauline Joyce Brown, Mazon; and Lelah Gramm, Goodfield. Two brothers preceded her in death. (Glen Dale West) (Raymond John West) She was a secretary in the Office of Student Affairs at Illinois State University, Normal, and previously was a customer service representative for McKnight Publishing Co. She had been employed at Robeson's Department Store and the First United Methodist Church in Champaign, and at WJBC in Bloomington. Mrs. Adams was a member of the cast of the American Passion Play for 20 years and performed the role of Mary Magdalene several years between 1969 and 1980. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, and was a past worthy matron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 128, Champaign.
[The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

ADEN, John and wife, both killed by a railway train near Minonk, Ill. Nov. 9 1880.

AKERS, Mrs. L. J. (wife of S. Akers. ) d. at the res. of S. P. Shannon, 409 N. Prairie St. Bloomington, Ill. about Oct. 16, 1877.

Albrecht, Kirk Nathan
MORTON - Kirk Nathan Albrecht, 36, of 22162 Northfield Drive, Morton, formerly of Gridley, died at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday (July 14, 2004) in the emergency room at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Evangelical Church in Morton, with the Rev. Kerry Frantz officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton, and from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton. Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children in care of Union Planters Bank, 805 W. Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550, or Spirit and Truth Ministries, P.O. Box 2635, Mission, TX 78573. He was born March 29, 1968, in Bloomington, a son of Marion and Marjorie Johnson Albrecht. He married Kelly Dick on March 11, 1989, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Philip and John, both at home; two daughters, Ashley and Sarah, both at home; his mother, Marjorie Albrecht, Gridley; two brothers, Jay Albrecht, Kappa, and Brent Albrecht, Lucedale, Miss.; one sister, Mindy Albrecht, Gridley; three nieces; and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one infant brother, Stacy Albrecht. He worked at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria and later worked for Lexis Document Services in Springfield. For the past year, he worked for State Farm Insurance Co. in Bloomington in the Web Technologies Department. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Morton and was serving as president of Kennel Lake Sportsmens Club in Morton. He was instrumental in organizing the ESDA Program in Gridley and was active in the organization of the Gridley Festival in the early 1990s. He was a former member of the Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. He was vice president of the Fostering Friends Foster Support Group.
[The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

AMES, Mrs. Jennie B. (wife of M. K. Ames, formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Russell, Kans. Jan. ..., 1877.

ANDERSON, Mrs. Jennie P. d. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 23, 1871, aged 49 years, 11 months, 16 days.

ANDERSON, W. H. d. Farmer City, Ill. March 20, 1875.

ARBUCKLE -- Mrs. Nettie Arbuckle, 77, dies in El Paso
Mrs. Nettie Arbuckle, 77, lifelong resident of Hudson, died at 2:30 am Thursday, June 3, at Tegard Convalescent home in El Paso, where she had been a patient since Saturday. The body was taken to Otto-Vincent memorial home, El Paso. Services were held at 2 pm Sunday at Hudson Baptist church, the Rev. Reuben Zehr officiating. Burial was in Hudson cemetery. Mrs. Arbuckle was born March 27, 1871, a daughter of William and Harriet Gonder Littell. She was married to Richard Arbuckle in 1889. He preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Bert of Rockford; two brothers, Frank of Rockford and Joseph of Perry, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Daisy Smith of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Nellie Fizzelle of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Mrs. Ruth Boyd of Oskaloosa, Ia., and Mrs. Ida Vorst of Peru, Ill.; 21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Mrs. Arbuckle was a member of Hudson Baptist church.
[Metamora Herald Jun 11, 1948 - DW - Sub by FoFG]

ARNOLD, Isaac O. d. Panola, Ill. March 10, 1875, aged 41 years.

AUGUSTUS, Miss Mary Z. d. at the res. of her father, Wm. H. Augustus , 710 W. Wood St. Bloomington , Ill. April ..., 187 1 , aged 20 years, 6 months, 10 days .

AUSTIN, Mrs. Juliette, ( wife of W. H. Austin and only daughter of Jacob Vrooman. ) d. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 12, 1877.


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