"W"Obituaries of Montgomery
Mrs Wadlington of Pioneer Family, Died of Heart Ailment - Services for Mrs Mabel M Wadlington,
a daughter of the founder of the Litchfield Car Works, an early local industry, who died Sunday morning in St Francis
Hospital will be conducted Tuesday afternoon
The services will be held in Ross and Becker Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Rev D J Brigham, minister of the First Presbyterian
Church will officiate and interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Wadlington was 80 years old last June 15. She had been in failing health for the last several years. She suffered
a heart ailment and was taken from her home, 219 E Union Ave, to the hospital last Tuesday.
Mrs. Wadlington was born in Litchfield, a daughter of the late Martin Miller and Matilda Orchard Martin. She was
educated in Litchfield schools and in early life was united in marriage with Patrick Carroll. He died a few years
later. A second marriage was with William F Laforce of this city, who died a number of years ago. Several years
ago, she married Trimbel Wadlington in St. Louis.
Mrs. Wadlington traveled extensively, but most of her life had been spent in her present home on East Union Avenue.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mattie Morgan, of Litchfield; three nieces, Mrs. Grace Clay
and Mrs. Myrtle Averil, both of New Orleans, and Mrs. Mabel Sihler of this city; and a nephew Harold Morgan , Litchfield.
A sister Nettie and two brothers, Frank and William Martin have preceded her in death. [Litchfield
News Herald, Monday, 24 May 1954, Pg 1 Col 4 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Page N Walcher, 85, of Irving, will be held at 11 am Wed in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with
the Rev Cliff Adair officiating. Burial will be held in St John's Cemetery at Irving with military rites conducted
by Waples Bauer Post 94 of the American Legion, Nokomis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm today in the funeral home.
Mr Walcher died Sunday, Sep 3, 2006, in the home which he had been born and lived all of his life. He was 85 years
old on Oct 11. He was a farmer, worked for the state board of education for 37 years and was Irving Twp Road Commissioner.
He was also a charter member of the Witt Lions Club and remained a member for 45 years. He served in the Army during
World War II, a member of Co L of the 110th Infantry, Armored Tank Battalion of the 11 Div for 14 months and was
stationed at Bastogne, Germany for a time. He earned two Purple Hearts and was discharged in 1945. He was born
in rural Irving, a son of Michael and Wantea Lipe Walcher. He married Kathryn C Huber on Nov 2, 1941; she survives.
Surviving also are daughters, Donna Voils and husband Ed of Fillmore; Connie Davis and husband Bob of Nokomis;
sons, Dale Walcher and wife Gloria of Irving; Don Walcher and wife Linda of Springfield; Keith Walcher and wife
Debbie of Nokomis; 14 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren plus two on the way, nine step
great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild on the way. [News Herald,
Litchfield, IL, 5 Sep 2006 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Vernon Richmond Washburn, 92 of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 am Monday in the United Methodist Church
of Hillsboro. The Rev Diane Bigley will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.…..
Mr Washburn died at 7:35 pm Thursday, Jul 30, 2009, in the Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care. He was 92 years old
on May 20…..
He was born in Hillsboro, a son of William and Vera Traylor Washburn. He was reared by his step dad, Addison Tinsman,
since the age of 4 and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1936. He married Irene Green on Sep 15, 1940 in
the Christian Church of St Louis, she survives.
Surviving also are a daughter, Patsey Bourdoumis and husband Nick of Hillsboro; sisters, Delores Rogers and husband
Bill of Litchfield, Mary Law of Leonardtown, MD; brother, Alan Tinsman of Litchfield; two grand children, Cathy
Gabeau and husband Bruce of Hillsboro, Andy Bourdoumis and wife Maia of Houston TX and four great grandchildren,
Nicole Gabeau of Springfield, Courtney Gabeau of Hillsboro, and Zoe and Nick Bourdoumis of Houston……
Preceding him in death were a brother, William Washburn and Sisters, Marjorie Vincent, Dorothy Bates and her husband
William and Edith Devore….
[News Herald, Jul 2009 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs Juanita Weaver aged 35 years, wife of Elmer Weaver, truck driver for Brawley
Bros and the mother of six children passed away at 12:45 this morning at her home 802 Columbia street, near the
hard road, west. Mrs Weaver was taken ill about a week ago and her death this morning comes as a shock to her relatives
and friends. Juanita Vincent the daughter of Earl Vincent and Commazeal Ingram Vincent was born in Sandoval Illinois,
August 1. A number of years ago she was united in marriage with Elmer Weaver and to this union were born six children,
namely: Helen, 17; Thelma, 14; Raymond 12; Zola, 9; Jeane, 5; Billy, 2; who survive with her parents, Mr and Mrs
Earl Vincent of this city, her husband, one sister, Mrs Ethel Rable of St Louis; one brother, Browning Vincent.
A brother Edward Vincent died a few years ago. [Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday,
April 24, 1928 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Wilheimina Wedekind - On Sunday morning,
December 15, 1918, occurred the death of Mrs. Wilheimina Wedekind, widow of the late Richard Wedekind, at the hour
of 5:30 o'clock, at her home in this city, at the age of 68 years, 10 months, 8 days, her death being due to dropsy.
Deceased was a native of Germany, being born Feb. 7, 1850, and came to America when
about nineteen years of age and settled in Montgomery County, and resided on the farm until moving to this city,
where she has since resided up to the time of her death.
On March 28, 1873, she was united in marriage to Richard Wedekind, who departed this
life on December 11, 1906. To this union were born five children as follows: Veleda [wife of Albert Chapman] of
Raymond; Effie [wife of Guy Mitts] of Mulberry Grove; Alvina [wife of Wm. Weingrand] of Hillsboro. Two sons: Voltaire
and John, proceded her in death.
She is survived by one brother, Fred Hillman, of Irington [Ireton], Iowa, and thirteen
grand children. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She was a loving mother and kind neighbor, ever ready
to help those in need and numbered her friends by the score, and will be sadly missed by them.
The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, Wednesday morning, December
18th, at the hour of 10:30 o'clock, Rev. Cassius A. Garst officiating. Interment was made in Asbury Cemetery south
[The Raymond Independent on December 9, 1918. Contributed
by Sharon Buethner.]
Morrisonville Lady Dead
Mrs Sarah Wikoff aged 74 years, wife of C A Wikoff of Morrisonville died at St Francis at 12:22 this morning.
The body was taken back to Morrisonville for burial She was a very prominent woman of that place and was well
and favorably known. . [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, 14 July 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Died, Saturday, Apr 26th(?), Mrs Catherine Weller, wife of Jacob Weller, died of measles, at her residence 8 miles
east of Ramond, in the 62nd year of her age. Mrs Weller was born in North Carolina Dec 19th 1824. She joined the
Lutheran church in 1844(?) and lived a …. until her death. She moved with her father, Louis Carriker, from North
Carolina to Illinois in 1840(?), was married to Jacob Weller March 20th 1846 by whom she bore 12 children; eleven
of whom are living… [paper and date unknown, provided by Carol Usa, Submitted
by Lynn Boyd Reener] [NOTE: This is a white on black reverse print copy
that is faded and hard to read. I show the death date as 24 AP 1885.]
Mary Lingenfelter Weller Obituary
Mrs Mary Weller was born in Frederick County, Maryland, April 13th AD 1802, and died April 13th AD 1886, which
makes her 84 years old on the day of her death. Before she was married, she moved to the State of Ohio, Stark County,
near Canton in 1813. She was married to John Weller, on Easter Sunday, April, AD 1820. She joined the Eva Lutheran
Church at the age of twenty years, in Canton, Ohio. Lived in the State of Ohio twenty-seven years, and then with
her husband moved to the State of Illinois, March 1840. She was left a widow by the death of her husband on March
7th, 1843, and in 1844 she was married to Joseph Weber. In 1853 she was left a widow again by the death of her
second husband. There was born to her ten children, seven of whom survive her. She has eighty-three grand children,
twenty-one of whom are dead, and fifty-nine great
grand children, ten of whom are dead.
Mother Weller united with the St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montgomery County, Ills, in the year 1850.
It is due to say of the deceased by the writer that he served as pastor of St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
five years during which time Mother Weller was an attentive hearer of the gospel and when visited by her pastor
she was kind and unassuming. On the 14th day of April at 3 o'clock pm her corpse was brought to St John's Church
and placed in front of the pulpit. [Montgomery Co News, Hillsboro, IL, 16 Apr
1886 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs Wells Died This Afternoon
Mrs. Mary Francis Wells, age 80 yrs, 8 mos, 2 days, widow of Daniel W Wells, resident of Litchfield for over 20
years died at St Francis Hospital [d. 25 Apr 1925]. She was the daughter of James and Mary Botkin and born 25 Aug
1844 near Carlinville. She is survived by Mrs. Mary Martin, Neodosha Kan; Mrs Myra Bruce, Litchfield; Mrs Drusa
Seymour, Bloomington; Daniel Wells, Calloway, Neb; and 14 grand children. She was preceded in death by a son, Jesse
A Wells who died in Bisbee, Arz , in 1907 and a dau who died in infancy. Mrs Wells, a member of the Free Methodist
Church of Litchfield, lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. Jessie Best. [Litchfield
News Herald, Sat 25 Apr 1925 Page 1 Col 6 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Obituary - Mrs. Wells, widow of Daniel
Wells and d/o James and Mary Botkin b. 23 Aug "184" in Jersey Co IL d. 25 Apr 1925 in St Francis Hospital.
She m. Daniel Wells 6 Apr 1859 and they had 6 children. Mrs. Wells was the last of 8 children. She was buried at
Harts Cemetery. [Litchfield News Herald, Tues 28 Apr 1925 P 4 Cols 5 &
Westbrook Child Dies
Juanita Pearl Westbrook the infant daughter of Glen Westbrook and Stella Woods Westbrook, died at the family residence,
713 Sherman street at 9 o'clock Saturday night. The baby born May 21, 1927, had been delicate since birth. The
body was taken to Carroll & Son's and funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the residence
with Rev C C Cullison officiating. Interment took place in Crabtree Cemetery. [Litchfield
Daily Union, Tuesday, May 31, 1927 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs Mary Williamson died at her home in Irving on Saturday, August 20th, 1904, after a brief illness from quick
consumption resulting from bronchitis. She was 66 years and 3 days old. Deceased was a sister of Frank Cress and
Mrs J J Scherer. She married Peter Ludewick to this union two children were born, one of whom remains, Jesse Ludwick
who lives in Dixon. Mr Ludewick was killed in the war and she was married to Robert Williamson in 1866. To this
union two children were born, both of whom survive, Della, now Mrs John Kelly of Irving and Kate, now Mrs James
Moncravie of Irving. She was raised and confirmed as a Lutheran but later joined the Free Methodist church of which
she was a faithful member until called to her long home. She was a charitable neighbor and kind friend and devoted
to her home and family. The funeral conducted by Rev Van Nattan of Pana was held from the F M church at 10:30 am
Monday. [paper and date unknown - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
GEORGE WILLOUGHBY DIES AT NOKOMIS
Heart Disease Fatal After Long Illness
George Willoughby, a well known farmer of the Nokomis community, passed away at his home at one o'clock this morning
[d. 1 AU 1929]. At the time of his demise he was 74 years, nine months and four days old. Mr. Willoughby had been
ill for about two years and was suffering from heart trouble. He was the son of the late Asa Willoughby and was
born in St. Clair county on January 27, 1855. About 49 years ago he came to the Nokomis community to farm. On February
12, 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kindsley.
The deceased is survived by his widow and four children, namely: Mrs. Jesse Bradley of Bozeman, Montana; Walter
Willoughby of Detroit, Michigan; Ralph Willoughby of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Mrs. James Boomes of Henryville,
Indiana. There are five grandchildren. Three children preceded him in death. He is also survived by two half brothers
and a half sister, Miller [Millard Fillmore] Willoughby of Kansas, H.H. [Henry Harrison] Willoughby of Staunton
and Mrs. Elbert [Carrie Alice] Waggoner of Colorado. A half brother, Charles F. Willoughby, died at his home in
St. Louis several weeks ago. Funeral arrangements have not been made. [paper
and date unknown, submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Jane S Wilson, 85, of Litchfield died at 6:40 pm Sunday [d. 30 DE 1990] at Care Inn Convalescent Center in Litchfield.
She was born Apr 15, 1905, the daughter of Henry and Martha Reener. She grew up in Staunton, and lived in Litchfield
for 60 years. She married Ira E Wilson in 1921 in Litchfield. He preceded her in death in 1978. Also preceding
her in death were three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Brightwell, Mrs. Dorothy Pintar and Mrs Beulah Bradford; one grandson
Dennis Espero; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur, Edward, and Roy Reener; and two sisters, Mrs. Nora
Lorschreider and Mrs. Grace Bierbaum. Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker as well as a cook in several restaurants in the
area, including Skinny's Cafe in Litchfield. Surviving are one son, Ira E Wilson Jr of San Francisco, Calif; three
daughters, Mrs. Richard (Shirley) Jarman of Litchfield, Mrs. Don (Betty) Thomas and Mrs. Mary Espero, both of Mount
Olive; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Velma Bierbaum of Springfield. Funeral Mass
will be at 11 am Thursday at Meinschein Funeral Home in Litchfield , with the Rev Joe Justin officiating. Burial
will be in Crabtree Cemetery, Litchfield. [ IL State Journal, Springfield,
IL, Jan 1, 1991 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Mrs Jane S Wilson, a
resident of Litchfield for 60 years, will be conducted Thurs at 11 am in Meinschein Funeral Home by Rev Joe Justin,
with burial in Crabtree Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday between 4 and 8 pm Mrs Wilson, 85 last April 15, died
Sunday [d. 30 DE 1990] at 6:40 pm in Care Inn Convalescent Center where she had resided for two years. Born in
Dorchester Township, Macoupin County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Martha V Funderburk Reener. She
was reared in the Staunton area. Her husband, Ira E Wilson Sr whom she married April 24, 1921 in Litchfield, died
March 10 1978 in Longview Texas. Mrs. Wilson was employed as a cook in several of the area restaurants including
Skinny's Cafe, Litchfield. Surviving are one son, Ira E Wilson Jr, San Francisco, Calif and three daughters, Shirley,
wife of Richard Jarman of Litchfield, Mrs Mary Espero and Betty, wife of Don Thomas, both of Mt Olive, 18 grandchildren,
35 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Velma Bierbaum of Springfield.
Preceding her in death were three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Brightwell, Mrs Dorothy Pintar, Mrs. Beulah Bradford,
three brothers, Arthur, Edward and Roy Reener, two sisters, Mrs. Nora Lorschrieder, Mrs. Grace Bierbaum and one
grandson, Dennis Espero. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 31 Dec 1990 - submitted
by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
The L.F. Wood Funeral Rites Were Held Yesterday
Many old time friends attended services held at the Christian Church. Leroy F Wood, pioneer resident, buried in
Elmwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were A R Stansifer, Dr L G Allen, C E Morgan, M M Milnor, Ed B Appleton, Sterling
Cassity, C D Case and Harry Butler. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, April
25, 1927 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]