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Hear of Death, Mrs. Bessie Reener

Litchfield relatives have received word of the death at Kenosha Wis of Mrs Bessie Reener, 45, wife of Arthur Reener, formerly of Litchfield, which followed the birth of a son. Mrs Reener died in a Kenosha hospital at 6 pm Thursday and the babe was born dead that morning at 5 o'clock.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Christian church at Kenosha with interment in a cemetery near that city. Besides her husband, Mrs. Reener is survived by six children, Vera, Melvin, Maynard, Dale, Bernadine, and Beverly. Two children, Vera Marie and Marshall Glenn, have preceded their mother in death. Mrs. Reener was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Elbert Guthrie and was born at Raymond. She came to Litchfield to reside after her marriage to Arthur Reener 25 years ago. The family moved to Kenosha 13 years ago. She leaves a brother, Charles Reener [?] of Rockford, and two sisters, Ruth Guthrie of Chicago and Mrs Wilma Strong of Alton, all formerly of Litchfield. Two sisters, Mrs Marie Moore and Miss Blanche Guthrie have preceded her in death. She was a daughter-in-law of Mr and Mrs Henry Reener and a sister-in-law of Roy Reener, Mrs Jane Wilson and Mrs Wilma
[s/bVelma] Bierbaum of this city and of Daisy Reener of Alton and Mrs. Lora [s/b Nora] Lorscheider of Springfield. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 11 Apr 1940 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Edna A Reener, formerly of Litchfield, died Thursday, October 22, 1998, in Redmond Health Care Center, Redmond, Oregon. She was 67 years old last December 19. She worked in a variety of occupations and most recently as a cook at the Senior Center in Redmond. She lived much of her life here and in Granite City before moving to Redmond in 1990. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Roy and Myron Cloud Reener.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Tooley of Redmond; sisters, Grace Holden, Leeta Crawford and brothers, Bud Reener, Roy Reener Jr, Gene Reener and Ronald Reener, all of Litchfield and three grandchildren.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Oct 23, 1998 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

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.
[Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, 10 June 1958 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

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 lung 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. [Staunton Star Times, May 20, 1910, Pg 7 Col 2 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Henry Reener, Ill on Visit, Dies at Springfield Hospital
Henry Reener, age 71 died Sunday [d. 30 AP 1944] 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
[News Herald, Litchfield IL, 1 May 1944, Monday - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Herman Henry Reener, 72 , died Tuesday [d. 21 JE 1955] 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. [Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wed, Jun 22, 1955 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for James Alfred "Bud" Reener, 75 of Litchfield, will be held at 10 am Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev David Ziegenbein, pastor of Pleasant Hill Christian Church of rural Raymond, officiating. Burial will be in the Rovey Cemetery at Farmersville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Tuesday in the funeral home.
Mr Reener died at 11:55 pm Sat, Jun 30, 2007, in his home. He was 75 years old on March 26. An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he worked for Olin Manufacturing in East Alton as a dock supervisor until retirement in 1987. He later worked for the Route 66 Car Wash in Litchfield. He was a member of the Mt Moriah Lodge 51 AF&AM in Hillsboro, Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634, and American Legion Post 701 in Waggoner. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Roy Orin and Myron Edna Cloud Reener. He married Eva Horn in 1964; she died June 23, 1999. He then married Frances Mae Welge Waldeck on Oct 5, 2001; she survives. Surviving also are stepsons, Jack Waldeck and wife Donna, Doug Waldeck and wife Pam, all of Farmersville; brothers, Roy L Reener and wife Rilla, Ronald Reener and wife Lynn, all of Litchfield, Ivan "Gene" Reener of Butler; sisters, Grace Holden and husband Leo, Leeta Crawford, all of Litchfield; five step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a sister, Edna Reener.
[The News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Mon, Jul 2, 2007 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener] [Additional obituaries ran in the Montgomery County News and the Springfield Journal-Register.]

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
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 29 Nov. 1938, page 1 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
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 [d. 28 NO 1938]. 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.
[Edwardsville Intelligencer, Litchfield, IL, 29 Nov 1938 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Attend Funeral Rites for John Reener
Attending from Litchfield: Mr. & Mrs. Henry Reener, bro; Mrs. Velma Bierbaum, niece; Roy Reener, nephew; Mr. & Mrs. Ira Wilson, niece; Mrs. May Westbrook; Frank Fraily Attending from Raymond: Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Johnson, nephew
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 2 Dec. 1938 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

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.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Tues, 7 Jul 1942 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Mrs Myron E Reener, 1306 South Illinois avenue, Litchfield, will be conducted Saturday at 1 pm in Meinschein Funeral Home by Rev David Gilley, pastor of First Baptist church with burial in Elm Lawn cemetery. Friends may call Friday between 3 and 5 pm and 7 and 9 pm.
Mrs Reener, 76 last April 29, died Wednesday [d. 10 DE 1986] at 5:55 pm in St Francis hospital where she had been a patient since Dec 6. Born in Litchfield, a daughter of the late James A and Leeta Parnell Cloud, she lived her entire life in Litchfield and Gillespie. She was a graduate of Gillespie high school. Her marriage to Roy O Reener took place in Litchfield on August 24, 1929. Besides her husband, she is survived by four sons and three daughters, James (Buddy) A Reener, Roy L Reener, Ron E Reener, Edna A Reener, and
Leeta wife of Larry Jenkins, all of Litchfield; Gene Reener of Butler, and Grace E wife of Leonard Holden of Carlinville, with 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves three brothers; Melbourne E Law, Rauly (Jack) A Law, both of Litchfield and George (Bill) Law of Moberly MO. Preceding her in death were four brothers, Junior, Ivan, Gerald, and Roscoe (Bud) Law.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 11 Dec 1986 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Roy O Reener will be conducted at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning in Meinschein funeral home with the Rev Robert Mallicoat officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 today in Meinschein funeral home.
Mr Reener, 77 last Oct 10, died at 3 am Sunday [d. 30 JL 1989] in St Francis hospital. He farmed in the Litchfield area as a young man then worked at the American Radiator plant here and afterwards at A O Smith in Granite City until he retired. He later became custodian at First National Bank of Litchfield until illness forced him to quit last February. Born in Litchfield, he was the son of Henry and Martha Funderburk Reener. His wife, the former Myron Edna Cloud, whom he married in Litchfield on Aug 24, 1929, died Dec 10, 1986.
He is survived by four sons, James A, Roy L, and Ronald Earl, all of Litchfield, and Gene of Butler; three daughters, Edna A Reener and Leeta L Crawford, both of Litchfield, and Grace E, wife of Leonard Holden of Carlinville; two sisters, Jane Wilson of Litchfield and Velma Bierbaum of Springfield; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two brothers, Arthur and Edward, and two sisters, Nora Lorschreider and Grace Bierbaum.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Monday, 31 July 1989 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Roy Reener were conducted this morning in Meinschein funeral home with the Rev Robert Mallicoat of the First Baptist church officiating. Vicki Watts was organist. Mrs Shirley Edwards, vocalist, sang "Piece in the Valley", "Old Rugged Cross", and "In the Garden". Pallbearers were Elmer Gross, Carl Curto, Keith Horn, Charles Wilson, and Kenneth Towell, all of Litchfield, and Earl Law of Springfield. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Mr Reener, 77 last Oct 10, died Sunday morning [d. 30 JL 1989] in St Francis Hospital. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, No date - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Services for Sonna Sue Reener, of Butler and a trustee of the village, will be held at 10 am Wednesday in Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro, with Tony Toettgers, a minister at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Litchfield, officiating. Burial will be in Sidener Cemetery at St Elmo. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm today in the funeral home.
Mrs Reener died at 9:27 am Monday, September 18, 1995, in St Francis Hospital. She was 54 years old on June 12. She resided in Montgomery County all of her life and had lived in the Butler area since 1965. She had served on the Butler village board for the past 12 years. She attended the Kingdom Hall at Litchfield and was a homemaker. She enjoyed children, flowers and gardening. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of Oral "Mattie" and Hazel L Hankins Matthews, and was twice married. Her first husband, Myron D Neisler, whom she married November 2, 1956, in Greenville, died in 1960. She married Ivan "Gene" Reener on August 6, 1965, in Litchfield. He survives. Surviving also are sons, Drexel Neisler of Memphis, Tenn, Gene A Reener of Butler; a daughter, Becky Neisler of Granite City; her mother, Hazel Matthews of Butler; four brothers, Arthur Matthews of Butler; Kenneth Matthews of Taylor Springs; Roger Matthews of Bowling Green, KY; Tracy Matthews of Taylor Springs; two sisters, Delores Huckaby of Troy, Sherry Brossard, Hillsboro; a grandson, Myron D Neisler of Butler, who is a student a Rend Lake College in Mt Vernon. Her father, Oral Mathews, died June 3, 1984
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Not dated - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

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
[d. 18 MR 1930]. Interment was made in the New Douglas Cemetery. Mr Reener was never married. [Edwardsville Intellegencer, Edwardsville, IL, 20 Mar 1930 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mr and Mrs H H Whittaker, of Waggoner, received a telegram announcing the death of their eldest daughter, Mrs Stella Ripley, which occurred in Texas last Thursday from consumption. The body was brought back Monday for burial. Stella Whittaker was born and raised in Pleasant Hill vicinity, near Honey Bend, and afterward came with her parents to Waggoner where she resided until her marriage. She was a refined Christian woman and faithful in all her associations as daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher and friend. She taught school for several years and was united in marriage to Hardin Ripley a few years ago and has resided in Litchfield since that time. One child was born to them which died in infancy. Her health had been failing fast since the death of her loved babe, and a few weeks ago her brother, Edward Whittaker, accompanied her to Colorado, Texas, but the trip was in vain and on Thursday, January 28, she breathed her last. She leaves a husband, parents, one sister, two brothers, and a large circle of friends to mourn her early death. [paper and date unknown - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Funeral services for the late Mrs Albin Rhoades were conducted at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon a the First M E Church. Rev C C Cullison officiated and interment took place in Elmwood Cemetery. The service was largely attended and the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The following were among the out of town people who attended: Mr and Mrs James Rogers of Bowling Green MO; Misses Inez and Anna Rogers of Waverly; Mr and Mrs Harry Rogers, Mr and Mrs Bismark Fite, Mrs Cleo Rice, Mrs Minnie Lewis, Wm Lewis, of Waggoner; Mrs Bertha Arnold, Mrs Mary Laynard of Waggoner; Mrs Ola Wood and sister Ada of Jacksonville; Mr and Mrs John King of Sorento; Mrs Ernest Pierson of Flora; Mrs Minnie Hackney of Waggoner; Mrs Harry Stead of Girard; Mrs Ella Friend of Atwater; and Mr and Mrs Newell Johnson of Atwater.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Thursday, Aug 11, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Thank You -- For kindnesses during the final illness of Mary A Rhodes from Mr Harold Rogers, Mr and Mrs Paul Rogers, and Mr and Mrs Wm Nash.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Saturday, August 13, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Roach, Emma Lindly – Mrs Emma Roach of Hillsboro, widow of James Roach, died this morning at 7:10 o’clock in Fayette County nursing home of Vandalia. Mrs Roach was the former Emma Lindly and was born in Walshville. She is survived by a son, Maynard Roach of St Louis and two granddaughters. A sister, Mrs Bertha Cannon and a brother, Gene Lindly of Litchfield preceded her in death. The body was removed to Bass Funeral Home [
Litchfield News Herald, 4 April 1967 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

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]

Rogers Funeral Wednesday
Funeral services for the late Henry Rogers of Waggoner were conducted at the residence at ten o'clock Wednesday morning with Rev Scott of Girard officiating. Interment took place in Providence cemetery.
The services were largely attended, IOOF and Woodman lodges of which the deceased was a member conducted services at the grave.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Thursday, May 10, 1928 submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Elizabeth Ann Sharp, daughter of Isaac and Chloe Sharp, was born in Macoupin Co, IL, May 19, 1833, about two miles from her present home. She spent her girlhood in the vicinity of her birthplace. She was united in marriage to James H Rohrer, of Morgan Co, Dec 23, 1852. Their married life was a very happy one and during a period of 54 years, they worked side by side and entered each other's joys and sorrows with that sympathy that makes life congenial. Two years ago Feb 4, 1906, he was called to the better land. Eight children blessed this union, six of whom survived her; Mrs Harriet Hurt, of Spearmoore, Okla; Mrs Catherine A Crum, of Modesto, IL; Mrs Minnie A Dolton, of Broken Arrow, Okla; Mrs Julia A Close and Mrs Rollo M Butcher, of Scottville, IL; and Mrs Nora L Sims, of Modesto, IL. Mrs Ella Nifong and Fred, the only son died a number of years ago.... member of the ME Church at Scottville....laid to rest in the east cemetery. [d. 7 AP 1908]
[paper & date unknown, provided by Carol Greer - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Jas H Rohrer, son of Jacob and Artemisia Rohrer, was born August 23, 1825, and died after a brief illness, Feb 4, 1906, having passed the eightieth milestone of his life. He was a native of Logan County, Kentucky, and while still a small boy came with his parents to Morgan County, Ill, settling on a "claim" two miles west of Waverly. The county was then a wilderness and like all pioneers, lived in a cabin with a puncheon floor and mud and stick chimney, while the boards on the roof were held in place by weight poles. His education was obtained in the pioneer schools of the time. Mr Rohrer was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Sharp, December 23, 1852, and in her found one who always sympathized with him in all his plans and cooperated with him in carrying them out. In 1858 he disposed of his farm and bought the homestead on which he died.
To this union were born eight children, Harriet, Katie, Minnie, Ella, Julia, Rolla, Nora, and Fred. Of these Ella and Fred preceded the father to the better land..... Besides the children who survive him, as noted above, he leaves a wife, a sister, Mrs Kate E Barton of Fredonia Kans, and a host of other relatives and friends to morn his loss..... The interment was in Panther Creek cemetery...
[paper & date unknown, provided by Carol Greer - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener ]

James Rohrer died [d. 4 FE 1906] suddenly at his home northwest of town about 10 o'clock Sunday morning....Funeral services will be held Wednesday in charge of the Masonic lodge of Scottville, of which deceased was a member.
[paper & date unknown, provided by Carol Greer - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener ]


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