"Z" Surname Obituaries

Charley Zalenas

Athens, Illinois - March 19, 1926

The death of Charley Zalenas occurred at St. John's hospital in Springfield, Sunday afternoon, March 14, 1926, at 2:10 o'clock after a short illness from pneumonia, at the age of 53 years and 10 days.

He was born in Lithuania on March 4, 1873. On February 5, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Rudikus. To this union seven children were born, six of whom survive.

On March 19, 1900 the family came to this country and settled in this city where they have since resided.

Mr. Zalenas was a quiet, unassuming man and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a man who always took pride in his home and in the advancement of his community.

Surviving are his wife, six children, Mildred and Tillie of Chicago; John of Decatur, and Joe, Mary and Walter, at home; one brother, John, of Springfield, and four sisters Mrs. Nick Rekus of Chicago; Mrs. Rose Zalkauski of Schenectady, New York, and Mrs. Victoria Burkowski of Lithuania.

Funer services were held at the Holy Family church in this city, Wednesday morning, March 17, at 9 o'clock.

Interment was made in Calvary cemetery.

Contributed by: Bertha Emmett

Arthur Zellers

Athens Free Press - November 1, 1918

The death of Arthur Clinton Zellers son of Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Zellers who reside north of this city died at St. John's hospital in Springfield, Monday, October 28, 1918 at 2:20 o'clock from pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Arthur Clinton Zellers was born July 23, 1883. He was married on June 1, 1908, to Miss Amanda Herrin. Rev. C. F. M'Known officiating.

Deceased resided nearly all his life in Menard county, most of the time in Athens. About three years ago he moved to Springfield where he resided until his death, October 28, 1918 aged 35 years, 3 months (part of newspaper missing here) wife, and (missing) aged 8 years; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Zellers, one brother, Edwin and one sister, Mrs. Barnes, all of Athens and a host of friends.

Early in life he was baptized in the Christian church. He was a member of Local Union No. 3495 UMW of A at Shelbytown.

Private funeral services were held from the porch at the home of his parents, Wednesday morning, October 30 at 10 o'clock, Rev. C. F. M'Known officiating. A committee of the Local Union at Shelbytown acted as pall bearers.

Interment was made in the Sugar Grove cemetery.

Contributed by: Bertha Emmett

Wuebke Zurstadt

Newspaper Unknown - April 26, 1928 [1926?]

Mrs. John Gerhard Zurstadt, a resident of Menard county for many years died Monday afternoon, April 19 at Springfield Hospital in Springfield at the age of eighty-six years, three months and seventeen days. She had bee ill only a few days and was taken to the hospital Sunday morning in the hop that an operation might improve her condition.

Mrs. Zurstadt, whose name before her marriage was Peters, was born January 2, 1840 in Germany, where she spent her early life. She was baptized and confirmed in her motherland, before coming to America. She came here in 1865 and spent the remainder of her life in and near Petersburg.

She was married in April 1875 to John Gerhard Zurstadt. To this union were born six children, one of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. Julius Hackman of Athens, Mrs. John Rainey of Petersburg, and Frank, Elizabeth and Katherine, at home. She is also survived by five grandchildren, one brother, Frank Peters, of Minonk, a number of nieces and nephews and a great many friends. Mr. Zurstadt passed away in 1906.

Mrs. Zurstadt was always hale and hearty and her sudden illness, followed by the operation and her sudden death, came as a great shock to her many friends.

The remains were brought to the family residence east of this city and short funeral services were held there Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Frederick Schuathorst and Rev. G. Hildebrand, followed at 2:30 by services at St. Pauls church in this city, and the remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery.

Contributed by: Bertha Emmett