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Peoria Morning Star - Friday Feb. 9, 1945[Candi H. 2007]

Mrs. Ethel Strub 
Mrs. Ethel B. Strub, 52, of 312 St. Giles St., wife of William Strub and a Peoria resident for 13 years, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis hospital. 
Mrs. Strub was born in Warsaw, IL., Jan. 29, 1893, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Muray. She married Mr. Strub at Bloomington in 1937. 

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Ewebanks of The Dales, Ore. and Mrs. Esther Golliher of Warsaw; three sons: R. Wayne Whitledge fireman, second class, serving over seas in the Navy, and Walter and Melvin Whitledge, both of Peoria. Two brothers, Cleve of Keokuk, IA. and William of Meyer. One sister, Mrs. Lillian Crow of Cheyenne Wells, CO., and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Wilton mortuary.

William J. Schmitt 
MEREDOSIA, Ill. —William J. Schmitt, 83, of Peoria, formerly of Springfield and Meredosia, died Sept. 12, 2006, in OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. 
Private services will be held in Oakland Cemetery. The Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia, is handling arrangements. Schmitt Quincy Herald-Whig, The - (Sep/21/2006)

Submitted by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Glenville, Nebr., 8 May 1898

Idke Schmidt nee Rewerts

I think this was taken from the Ostfriesische Nachrichten, a German-language newspaper published in Breda, IA.
I keyed this in from the translation that I got along with the obit (grammatical errors etc. are in the original and are not my doing).


To all friends and relatives we bring the sorrowful news our Dear God wanted to take my wife and Mother, Grandmother and Greatgrandmother. 
Idke Schmidt nee Rewerts.

Dear God wanted to take her after a short sickness. We are very deep in mourning although we want to blame the Lord because she is gone and has peace now and we do not and nobody can take it from her. The deceased was born July 25, 1824 in Ochtelbur, County Aurich, East Friesland.  She got married in 1846 to her now living 74 year old husband, Harm R. Schmidt. In which this marriage produced seven children, four sons and  three daughters, besides forty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren which mourn the deceased.
In the year 1856 she came from the old homeland to Peoria, Ill. In the year 1879 they moved to Adams County, Nebr. from Woodford County, Ill, where she lived until she died. She died on April 29 and was buried May 5, with a big flock of mourners present. The eulogy was read in the Lutheran hurch from Endolot. He preached verses from John 11:37-40. This announces the sorrowful husband of the deceased Harm R. Schmidt and children and grandchildren.

August 14, 1998, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL, Page B4

PEORIA- Ruth Ann RAPALEE SCHELLBERG, 90, formerly of Peoria and Farmington, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville, Pa. Born Oct. 21, 1907, Farmington to Earl J. and Minnie ROBERTSON RAPALEE,she married Harold C. SCHELLBERG on June 17, 1925. He died April 11, 1972. She was also preceded in death by two brothers. 
She was Peoria City Tennis Champion in 1924. She moved to Meadville in 1972, where she attended First Presbyterian Church.
Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Hatheway- Tedesco Funeral Home in Meadville is in charge of arrangements. See original obit. for further info.

Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL, 1998, Page B4

PEORIA- Dale SHAFFER, 73, of Tyler, Texas, since 1978, formerly of Peoria, died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Born Jan. 20, 1925, in Peoria to Joseph Robert and Ilene YEAKEL SHAFFER, he married Alice Jean WEST.
She preceded him death along with three brothers and one sister. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a Mason. 
There will be no service. Cremation has been accorded by Hawthorn Funeral Home in Cathage Texas.

The Peoria Star, Monday, Aug. 16, 1943

Chillicothe, Aug. 16- Mrs. Louis B. Schmidt , well known resident, died Sunday after a long illness. She was 63 years old.
Born in Northampton, Martha Mae was the daughter of Joesph and Martha McClain Gullett.
After her marriage to Louis B. Schmidt she moved to Chillicothe to make her home, where she was employed on the Santa Fe railroad.
She is survived by her husband, one brother, Joseph Gillett and seven children: Mrs. Lois Eaton, Mrs. Ethel Wisson, Bernard and Leonard of Chillicothe; Mrs. Majorie Kidder, Peoria; Mrs. Mary Zimmer of Lacon and Robert of the U.S. Navy, stationed at Norfolk, Va. He was to attend the funeral.
Funeral services will be held at the Congressional church with the Rev. W. Harvey officiating and burial will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery. 
The rites of the O.E.S. will be held. The body was taken to the T.C. Anderson funeral home where friends may call until time of service.

Frances Schmitt
August 17, 1996, Peoria Journal Star, P. D10
KICKAPOO -- Frances J. Schmitt, 98, of Kickapoo died at 6:10 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, at her residence. Born July 11, 1898, in Peoria County to William P. and Ellen Werber Cramer, she married Bernard F. Schmitt on Nov. 24, 1921, in Kickapoo. He died in January 1972 inKickapoo. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Bernard and William, onebrother and three sisters. Surviving are two sons, James A. of Laurel, Md., and Richard J. of Kickapoo; two daughters, Helen Ewalt of San Diego and Mary Frances Schmitt of Kickapoo; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mildred C. Vachon of Peoria. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kickapoo, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Harry Pierjok will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, and 30 minutes before services at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Kickapoo. Memorials may be made to her church.  Donated by: Londie Benson © Sept. 2000.

Saturday, March 6, 1999, B4
Peoria Journal Star

Name: Richard F. SELMAN     City: Formerly of Princeville and St. Charles, IL
Age: 81  Death: 3:10 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 1999, Lutheran Home, Peoria
Birth: April 25, 1917, Chicago, IL
Father: William Albert   Mother: Mae Derbick
Marriage: Virginnia Tribe, March 26, 1945, Nevada. ( SHe died Nov. 5, 1991, St.Charles,IL)
Preceded in Death: 1 Son, Thomas Alan Selman, 1 Brother
Survives: 1 dau. 2 grandsons
Funeral Home: Hammitt-Hott
Burial: Princeville Cemetery

Saturday, March 6, 1999, B4, Peoria Journal Star [ch]

Name: Ronald SHULTS
City: Peoria
Age: 49
Death: 1:03 a.m., Thursday March 4, 1999, Methodist Medical Center ER
Birth: Jan. 17, 1950, Searcy, Ark.
Father: Melvin T.
Mother: Virginia M. Matheny
Marriage: Bobbie S. Hatton, July 13, 1974, Peoria
Preceded in Death: Father and 1 sister
Survives: Mother,Wife,2 Sons, 2 Brothers
Funeral Home: Remmert, E.Peoria
Burial: Fondulac Cemetery, E. Peoria, Tazewell Co., IL
Picture: Yes

Sat., Jan. 30, 1999, Peoria Journal Star, B4 [ch]

Name: James C. STROUD
City: Peoria
Age: 48
Death: Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999
Birth: July 20, 1950 in Alton
Father: James
Mother: Betty Ross
Marriage: Patricia Ricks, March 21, 1987, Alton
Preceded in Death: Father
Burial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis
Notes: Picture and Army Veteran

Sat., Jan. 30, 1999; Peoria Journal Star, B4 [ch]

PEORIA -- Charles C. Skillman, 87, of 722 Alexander died at 12:05 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Born Feb. 6, 1911, in Canton to Joseph C. and Martha M. Ford Skillman, he married Mara M. Freeman on Feb. 6, 1931, in Lewistown. She died March 19, 1988, in Peoria.
He also was preceded in death by one sister. 
He later married Margaret L. Schermer on Aug. 26, 1992, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Richard of Peoria, Charles of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Robert of Honolulu; 
four grandchildren; one sister, Lilly Althiser of Morton; and one half-brother, Harold Ramsey of Pekin.
A meat cutter for 30 years, he worked at Moran's Meat Market in Pekin and retired from the Kroger grocery store on Wisconsin Avenue in Peoria in 1973.
He was a member of the Meat Cutters Local and the Greater Peoria Moose Lodge.
He attended Trinity Lutheran Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev.Wayne Martin will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Emma SHANE [submitted by: George Kindel]

You are paying your tribute of love and respect to Mrs. Emma Shane, a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John HENSEL, who was born March 27, 1851 in Frankfurt, Germany. She came to this country with her parents when about 18 months old, the family being among the early settlers in the Lawn Ridge settlement. 
In the year 1868 Emma Hensel was married in Peoria Township to Mr. Albert Shane, who passed away June 18, 1923.
She was a member of the Congregational Church at Spear, Illinois and of the Ladies' Aid Society there.
Surviving are 7 children: Daniel Shane, Glen Elder, Kansas; Roland Shane, Mrs. Nettia Peterson, William Shane and Mrs. O. G. Hurd all of Peoria; Mrs. Lula Kuhn, Green Valley, Illinois and Lester Shane, Portage, Montana, a half brother John Hensel, Edelstein, Illinois and a half sister, Mrs. Lena Rapp, Chillicothe, Illinois. Twenty-four grandchildren, 29 great-great grandchildren and three great-great-great grandchildren.
This hand written obituary was found in the family papers of her granddaughter, Doris Shane Finley of Glen Elder, Kansas.

Mrs. Nance Bell Simkins
Submitted by: Sandy L.

She was a long time resident of Knox County but at the time of her death, had lived in the Brimfield area for about 8 years, That was according to her death
certificate. She was a housekeeper for a John Callister. 

Brimfield, IL New -Thursday, June 26, 1924, Page 1, column 4
Mrs. Nance Bell Simkins was a daughter of Theodore Lyman Wheeler and Elizabeth Ann Ingram, and was born July 16, 1861, in Summit, now Douglas, and died near Brimfield, Ill., June 19, aged 63 years. She grew to womanhood here, and received her education in the Summit public school.
March 8, 1876, she was united in marriage with Morton L. Simkins (NOTE spelling of name). Nine daughters were born to them, seven of whom survive their mother. They are Mrs. Addie E. Shaw, Mrs. Cora J. Plack, Mrs. Jessie B. Plack, Mrs. Edith Blanch Plack, Mrs. Susan F. Claypool, Miss Myrtle M. Simkins, Mrs. Juanita P. Collins; one brother, James T. Wheeler, ex-sheriff, who lives in Galesburg and one half brother Thomas K. Polk Trader, and a number of grandchildren. 
The funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Douglas at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Rev. C.W. Leonard, Methodist pastor, had charge.
The quartet was composed of Mrs. Mattie Upp, Miss Grace Lawrence, A.K. Taylor and James G. Ralston and Miss Elizabeth Ralston, pianist.
The funeral directors were H.M. Kilpatrick and son of Elmwood. Burial was by the side of her husband in the Douglas cemetery. The floral tributes were beautiful. Mrs. Simkins' life was one of industry, leaving a fine example for her children to follow.
E.H. Ware, H.C. Simkins, Thomas E. Beck, Melvin P. Goodwin, Michael Murphy and W.H. Faulda were the pall bearers.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown us during our late bereavement, the death of our mother, Mrs. Simkins. -- The Children

Mrs. ROSA (FISCHER) SINGER, 90  d) 6 Sep 1977 st St. Joseph's Hospital, Joliet, IL
She was b) 14 Jan 1887 in Peoria County to Magnus and Margerite (Margaret) (HARKEN) FISCHER. Surviving are sons Corky  & Fred W. Singer of Joliet, sisters Mrs. Catherine (Jacob) HEUERMANN and Mrs. Anna (Robert) WHITE of Peoria.  A brother Otto Fischer also of Peoria and a brother Warren Fischer of Baltimore, MD.  10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband Albert Singer, sons Emery, Albert, & Thomas M.   She lived most of her life in Joliet.  
Haley Funeral Home/St. Patrick's Cemetery, Joliet, Will, IL  
Contributed by: D'n'N

Peoria Journal Star  August 9, 1991 
Jess Sloan
Jess W. Sloan, 76, of 1012 N. Monroe died at 9:20 a.m. Saturday,Aug. 3,
1991, at his residence. Born March 23, 1915, in Canton, Mo to Charles and Margaret Morton Sloan, he married Laurel Rose on March 23, 1946 in Missouri.  She dies Feb. 8, 1977. He also was preceded in death by one some, Nelson, three brothers and four sisters. 
Surviving are three son, James W. of Joliet, and John G. and Ramon J., both of Peoria; five daughters, Rickie Sue Riggs of Greenwood, La., Marsha Haradon and Adelita Thomas, both of Peoria and Rayetts Sloan and Rella Bernard of East Peoria; 23 grandchildren;  five great grandchildren; and one brother, the Rev. Richard Lee Sloan of Illinois. He worked at Joliet Steel in Joliet for 13 years, retiring in 1968. Services will be at 1 p. m. Wednesday at Wilton Mortuary. 
Visition will be from 11:30 a.m. to  1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mortuary.  Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
Submitted by: Rickie Sue Riggs

Obituary  Peoria Journal Star  February 11, 1977 
Laurel L. Sloan
Laurel L. Sloan, 51, 1223 Monroe died at 5:35 a.m. yesterday in Fireside House where she was admitted in March 1975. She was born in Peoria Sept. 18, 1924, a daughter of James and Della Klingen Rose.  She married Jese Sloan in 1946 in Canton, MO. 
Mrs. Sloan was a member of the Marine Corp Mothers Club. Surviving are her husband; and five daughters, Mrs.Lewis (Adelita)Foster of Peoria, Mrs. James(Rickie Sue)Riggs of Meta, Mo., Marsha Haradon of Quincy,Rayetta Huddleston of Las Vegas, Nev.,  and Rella Barnard of Peoria. Also surviving are three son; Ramon and John, both of Peoria, and James of Joliet; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Two sons, two daughters and her parents preceded her in death.
Services wil be at 1 p.m. Friday at Peoria Davidson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tomorrow at the funeral home. 
Submitted by: Rickie Sue Riggs

Sunday, August 16, 1998, Peoria, IL; Journal Star, Page B4 [ch]

BRIMFIELD- John V. "Jack" SLOAN, 66, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Oct. 6, 1931, in Brimfield to Frederick J. and Ada POWELL SLOAN, he married Mary MAHER on Dec. 26, 1953, in Elmwood. 
A Korean War Army Veteran, he past commander of American Legion Post 452.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Brimfield. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield. See original obit. for further info.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno
14 June 1975

Services for Mrs. Mildred (Miles) WALLER STEAR, 86 of 2217 W. Herold will be at 1 pm Wed at Wilton’s. The Rev. Henry G. Hein will officiate. Interment will be at Springdale Cemetery. Mrs. Stear died at 9 pm Saturday in Washington Nursing Center where she was admitted june 5. She was born in Doniphan, Mo. Aug 12 1888 d/o Wm & Mary Ann Woolland Miles. She md. Phillip Waller Jan 31 1923 in Peoria. He died March 26, 1949 in Edwards. She then married Mr. Louis E. Stear in Nov 1966 in Peoria. The only children mentioned were Louis’s children

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno
30 Nov 1955 
Mrs. Lura Amelia (Wallace) STEAR, 62, of 207 Arthur Ave. w/o Louis Stear, died at 1:55 this morning at her home. She had resided there 32 years and in Peoria 61 yrs. Born in McCool, NE Oct 12, 1893. She was a d/o of Charles L. and Anna Alberts Wallace. She married Mr. Stear in Peoria Aug. 9, 1916. Surviving are her husband, a son Eldon Stear, a daughter Mrs. Dorothy Riddle, two sisters Mrs. Minnie Simpson and Miss Gertrude Wallace, a brother Chas. M. Wallace all of Peoria and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilton Mortuary with Rev. Robt. E. Austin of Howett St. Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

Dr. Albert STEER
Contributed by: D'n'N
Dr. Albert Steer, 83, of Springfield, IL formerly of Elmwood, IL died 21 Dec 1995 at Doctor's Hospital in Springfield.  Born 18 Jan 1912 in Chatsworth to Elon and Maude C. Anderson Steer, he married Inez E. Smith.  She preceded him in death.  He later married Lucille M. Dodds.  She also preceded him in death.  Surviving are three sons, James E. of Burlington, Iowa,  Donald N. of Arlington, Texas, and Dr. Steven A. of Springfield; one daughter, Mrs. Fredric R. (Ellen J.) Fiersten of Springfield; one brother, Jack A. of Elmwood; and 21 grandchildren. Bisch & Son Funeral Home/Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield

Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, April 3, 1960, Page D-8 

DUNLAP - Mrs. Chrissie STENGER, 71, of Dunlap, died Friday at 10:10 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, after a lengthy illlness.
Mrs. Stenger, a daughter of Joseph and Kate HEINZ GERMAN, was born Feb. 20, 1889 in Princeville.
She was married to George Stenger on Jan. 10, 1912 at Princeville. 
Surviving are her husband, two sons, Ralph of Rutland, and LaVerne of Peoria Heights; two daughters, Kathryn Stenger at home 
and Mrs. Fred (Beatrice) MCCOLLUM of Dunlap; one brother, Frank of Princeville, and five grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Clements Catholic Church in Dunlap, and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church.
Funeral services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Clements Church with the Rev. Ralph Gates officiating. 
Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. and from 7 until 9 p.m. today at Schreiner Mortuary in Dunlap.
Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Clements Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno
ARTHUR STORRY JR. 75, of 2008 W. Ann St. Peoria, died 24 Dec 1979 at Fondulac Nursing Center, East Peoria. Born in Chillicothe 28 Apr 1904, a son of Arthur and Maude Seward Storry Sr. he married Thelma Miller 6 May 1939 in Peoria. His wife survives along with several cousins. Davison-Fulton Peoria Chapel/Parkview Cemetery, Peoria

Carrie E. (Coon) STEER, 84, of Elmwood died Saturday July 22, 2000, at Toulon Health Care Center in Toulon. (IL) Born Aug. 24, 1915, in Neosha, KS to Harvey and Anna McCoy Coon, she married Jack Steer on May 29, 1945, in Washington, D.C. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Ruth VanBriesen of Gilbert, AZ and Leticia (and Harold) Smith of Las Vegas; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Kapraun of Benson and Minnie Shea of Metamora. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. 
She lived in the Elmwood area for most of her lift. Patterson Funeral Home/Cremation Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno Source 1

Elon STEER, 93, of Elmwood died 2 Jan 1979 at Elm Haven Nursing Home. Born )ct 4, 1885 in Stark County to Mr. and Mrs. (Lydia Nelson - my note added/nfc) Elon Steer, he married Maude C. Anderson Oct. 2, 1907, in Toulon. She died Oct. 25, 1963. Surviving are two sons, Dr. A. Elon Steer of Springfield and Jack of Elmwood; one brother, Oscar of Urbana; eight grandchildren; 
and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter. He founded Steer's Pharmacy, Elmwood, and was a registered pharmacist for over 50 years.
Patterson Funeral Home/Elmwood Cemetery  
Taken from: Peoria Journal Star Wednesday 3 Jan 1979 D7- Nancy French Crosno Source 1

PEORIA - Margaret Louise Skillman, 77, of 722 N. Alexander, formerly of East Peoria, died at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center. 
Born Aug. 26, 1925, in Peoria to Frank C. and Beatrice E. Young Schermer, she married August DeVos in 1947.
She later married Albert Causey on Aug. 5, 1973, in Peoria. He died Nov. 5, 1979, in Peoria. 
She married Charles C. Skillman on Aug. 26, 1992, in Peoria. He died in January 1999 in Peoria. 
She also was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, one son and one daughter. 
Surviving are three stepsons, Richard Skillman of Peoria, Charles Skillman of Missouri and Robert Skillman of Honolulu;
one stepdaughter, Margaret (and Harold) Oliver of East Peoria; and one sister, Frances Milam of Peoria.
She last worked as a cashier for Kmart in Peoria for 20 years, retiring in 1986. She also had worked for Peoria Malleable Casting Co. for 20 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before. 
The Rev. Ronald Moritz will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to her church. 
Peoria Journal Star, The (IL), January 14, 2003 [ch-2007]

Mrs. Stockdale
Mrs. Catherine F. Stockdale, 45, of 731 Greenlawn ave., wife of Virgil H. Stockdale and well known in work of Howett Street Chirstian church, died at 12:40 p.m. 
Saturday at Methodist Hospital, where she had been admitted Friday. She had been in failing health.
born in Peoria Aug. ??, 1906, she was the daughter of Laurence and Anna Doering White. She married Mr. Stockdale Jan. 2?, 1929.
Surviving are her husband; two sons, James L and Thomas, both of Peoria; three brothers, Laurence White, Chicago and Clarence and John White both of Peoria
 and three sisters: Mrs. Edna Schmidfgall and Mrs. Helen Keller, both of Peoria and Mrs. Margaret Wright, Donnellson, IA. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. L. J. Tigner of Howett Street Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
[Sunday, Oct. 14, 1951, Journal Star, B4- C. Horton -2007]

Lester C. Stisser
Funeral services for Lester C. Stisser, 75, of Princeville, who died Friday morning at his home will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Wyoming Congregational church.
 The Rev. D. R. Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge cemetery at Speer.
Son of Charles P. and Carolyn Mallory Stisser, he was born in Valley Township, Stark County, Dec. ?, 1875. He attended schools in that locality. 
On Aug. 25, 1926 he married Irene Gearhart. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Raymond J. Compton, Nebraska Rd., Peoria and Mrs. Eth?t Sti??man and a grandson, both of Toulon and one brother Edgar Stisser of Wyoming. His parents, two brothers and two sisters are dead. 
[Saturday, Oct. 13, 1951, Journal Star,- C. Horton -2007]

Henry News Republican; October 7, 1869 - Donated by: Nancy Piper

Died at Chillicothe, Oct 3, Richard SCHOLES, aged 75 years.

Henry Republican, Henry; April 21, 1870 -Donated by: Nancy Piper

At Peoria, April 14, of heart disease, Joseph STRAFFORD, aged 52 years, formerly a resident of this city.

The Peoria Star, April 28, 1904 - Mortuary Record - Transcribed by: CH

Mrs. Margaret SMYTH, age 75 years and for several years past a resident of the Home, passed away early 
Wednesday morning and tomorrow morning funeral services  will be held in the Home chapel.

The Peoria Star, April 29, 1904 
Tr. by C. Horton

Mrs. Josephine SCHAEFER , at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jos. T. WEISBRUCH, 609 McBean street, 
Friday morning, April 29, 1904, aged 78 years, 1 month and 5 days. Funeral Monday morning May 2 at 9 a.m. from St. Joseph's church. Please omit flowers.

The Peoria Star, Monday, Oct. 29, 1928 - Transcribed by: Candi Horton

- Mrs. Nancy A. SMITH at her home 311 Seventh avenue. Saturday morning at 10:15 o'clock. 
Memorial services to which friends are invited at the Cumerford Memorial home. Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. 
Interment Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call.

Peoria Star Newspaper, May 1, 1943, Death Notices - Transcribed by: Candi Horton /

Catherine R. SMITH- At the residence of her son, Jessie Smith, 102 Taft Ave., was removed to the Frank M. Endsley funeral home. 
Services for Mrs. Smith will be held from the Frank M. Endsley Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock to which friends are invited. 
Interment Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home Friday afternoon and evening.

May 2, 1943, Peoria Star Newspaper - Transcribed by: Candi Horton / Peoria County, IL Genealogy Trails

Mrs. Ellen SHERIDAN, Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen SHERIDAN,78 years old, 307 East Nebraska Ave., a resident of this city for the past 60 years, who died at her home Friday night, will be conducted at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Boland mortuary and at 10 o'clock at St. Bernard's church. The Rev. M.P. Sammon will officiate. 
Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary tomorrow afternoon and evening, and there will be a recitation of the Rosary at 8 o'clock tomorrow evening.

Peoria Journal Transcript, Thursday, July 15, 1943, Page 26

William Henry SALTER - Of 100 Homestead Ave., died at St. Francis Hospital, Tuesday, July 13, 1943 at 3:10 A.M.. Age 76 years 1 month and 8 days.
Services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Thursday afternoon at 3. Interment in Springdale Cemetery.


- Mrs. Dorothy A. SCHOCKENCY, of 1717 S. Lydia, at Methodist Hospital Thursday p.m.. 
Services Monday 1 p.m., Davison Chapel. Visitation Sunday 6-8 p.m.. 
Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 1971 - Death Notices - Transcribed by: Candi Horton

- Orville E SMITH, 508 W. Division, at Methodist Hospital, October 15, 1971. Services, Monday 1 p.m., Wilton Mortuary. Visitation Sunday 5-8 p.m.. 
Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 1971 - Death Notices - Transcribed by: Candi Horton

The Metamora Herald, (Metamora, Illinois) Thursday, March 7, 1968. page 4
Mrs. Mary Sniff, Mother Of Metamoran, Dies
Mrs. Mary Ardella Sniff, 89, died at 3:40 a.m. in Parkhill Nursing Home, Chillicothe, where she had been a patient two years. She was born in Brimfield July 27, 1878, daughter of Lester and Martha Garrison Powers and had resided in the Princeville area all her life. June 22, 1897 she married Harley Sniff in Peoria. He died in 1957. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Verna Jackson of Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Ardella Dempsey of Galesburg, Mrs. Inva Seward of East Peoria, Mrs. Geraldine Stewartson of Downers Grove, and Mrs. Marcella Anderson of Chillicothe; six sons, Glenn of Princeville, Clarence of Mineral Point, Wis., Lester and Leonard, both of Peoria, Harold of Roanoke, and Sherman of Metamora; 29 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Two daughters and two sons died earlier. Services were Tuesday in Princeville Methodist Church, the Rev. David D. Thompson and the Rev. Charles A. Mann officiating. Burial was in Princeville Cemetery.  (submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - September 2, 1996
PEORIA HEIGHTS -- Elizabeth M. Sniff, 85, of 1207 E. Moneta died at 12:27 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born Feb. 28, 1911, in East Peoria to Herman and Helen Klassert Hellrigel, she married Edward Uppole. He died in 1968 in Peoria. She later married Leonard Sniff on June 27, 1970, in Peoria. He died April 31, 1984, in Peoria. One son also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Fred Uppole and George Uppole, both of Peoria Heights; one brother, Robert Hellrigel of Peoria; five sisters, Hermina May, Margaret Sonnemaker and Irene Cullen, all of Peoria, Virginia Roots of Florida and Leona Bertsch of Joliet; seven grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; nine great-grandchildren; one stepgreat- grandchild; and three great- great-grandchildren. She was a laundry worker, last working for Ideal Troy in Peoria. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights and the Mohammed Temple Shrine. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church. The Rev. William A. Watson will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m. Further visitation will be 30 minutes before services at the church. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m.Thursday at Princeville City Cemetery in Princeville. Memorials may be made to her church building fund. (submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

unknown paper
Louis Sniff, 53, brother of Harold Sherman Sniff, Dies
Louis A. Sniff, 53, of Princeville died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis Hospital Peoria. He was born Nov. 28, 1910, in Monica, the son of Harley and Mary Ardella Powers Sniff. He married Pauline Dowell Sept. 2, 1934, in Urbana. He formerly owned and operated a tavern in Princeville. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Sharron Harlan and Mrs. Donna Rickey, both of Princeville; a son, Louis Jr., Princeville; three grandchildren; his mother of Downers Grove; five sisters, Mrs. Verna Jackson and Mrs. Geraldine Stewartson, both of Downers Grove; Mrs. Ardella Dempsey, Galesburg; Mrs. Inva Seward, East Peoria; and Mrs. Marcella Anderson, Chillicothe; and six brothers, Glenn, Princeville; Clarence, Mineral Point, Wis.; Harold and Sherman, both of Metamora, and Leonard and Lester, both of Peoria. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Bouton Memorial Home in Princeville, the Rev. Samuel Parker officiating. Burial was in Princeville Cemetery. 
(submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

The Herald, The Washburn Leader, Thursday, May 30, 1985
Laurie Sniff died May 24
Laurie A. Sniff, 22, of 312 N. Prairie St., Metamora, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where she had been receiving treatment for cancer of the lymph nodes. Miss Sniff was born July 8, 1962, in Peoria, a daughter of Donald and Colette Bachman Sniff. A graduate of Metamora High School, she worked at the Central Investors Life Insurance Co. in Peoria and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora. She was engaged to Craig Doerr of Metamora. Surviving are her parents in Metamora; three sisters, Mrs. James (Annette) Williams of Pekin, Janet Sniff of Peoria, and Vicki Sniff of Metamora; one brother, Michael Sniff of Metamora; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sniff of Roanoke; and maternal grandmother, Eleanor Bachman of Metamora. Services were held Tuesday at her church. Franciscan Fathers officiated. Mason Funeral Home in Metamora was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Metamora. Memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., or to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 
(submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

Pantagraph, (Bloomington, Illinois), March 5, 1991, page B8
The funeral of Harold E. Sniff, 83, formerly of Roanoke, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, near Benson. The Rev. Joseph Bleakley will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Remmert Funeral home, Roanoke, and one hour before the service at the church.
Mr. Sniff died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (March 3, 1991) at Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Eureka, where he had been a resident since April 1990. He was born Nov. 25, 1907, in Monica, a son of Harley Edwin and Mary Ardella Powers Sniff. He married Dorothy Tjaden Springer July 3, 1954, in Benson. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Donald L., Metamora; two brothers, Clarence of Dickerson, Texas*, and Sherman, Peoria; three sisters, Verna Jackoins, Anaheim, Calif.; Inva Hartwig, Roanoke; and Geraldine Larson, Downers Grove; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, five brothers and four sisters.
Mr. Sniff had worked at caterpillar Tractor Co., Building KK in East Peoria, retiring in 1970. He then worked for Spafas for 10 years until retiring in 1981. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church near Benson, the Church Brotherhood, Caterpillar KK Social Club, Caterpillar Retirement Club and Eagles Lodge. 
Memorials may be made to his church memorial fund. *Dickinson, Galveston, Texas. 
(submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

Metamora Herald, April 12, 1957
Harley E. Sniff, 80, Metamoran's Father Passes in Hospital
Harley E. Sniff, 80, retired Princeville farmer, died at the Methodist hospital in Peoria last Friday. He was born near Brimfield May 6, 1876, son of Martin L. and Lida Ferriss Sniff. June 22, 1897, he was married to Della Powers. He was a member of Princeville Methodist church. Surviving are his widow and five daughters, Mrs. Verna Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Ardella Dempsey of Galesburg, Mrs. Inva Seward of 1707 N. Jefferson St., Peoria, Mrs. Geraldine Stewartson of Downers Grove, Mrs. Marcella Anderson of Rome; seven sons, Glenn and Louis of Princeville, Clarence of Mineral Point, Wis., Lester and Leonard of Peoria, Harold of Metamora, Sherman of Canton; 29 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Gaurah Bliss of Princeville. Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Princeville Methodist church, The Rev. Richard Mader officiating, and burial was in Princeville cemetery. 
Friends were received after 3 p.m. Monday at the Bouton memorial home, Princeville. (submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - March 9, 1999 
PRINCEVILLE -- Don Sniff, 75, of Phoenix, formerly of Princeville, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 1999, at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Monica to Glenn D. and Leona Burgess Sniff. Surviving are two sisters, Patsy Messersmith of Princeville and Martha Jane Ball of Arizona; one brother, Glenn of Wisconsin; three sons; two daughters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Cremation has been accorded by Lowman's Arizona Funeral Home in Phoenix. 
(submitted 0409 by Ida Maack Recu)

Nicholas Sterns - Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois) - October 13, 1848 
Remarkable Coincidence 
We were informed by Mr. Nicholas Sterns, of this county (Peoria), that on last Saturday David M. Ridgeway, a son of Jonathan Ridgeway, was at the house of Lewis Fee, in company with other persons. He had a loaded rifle in his hand, and was in the act of sitting down on the fence to rest himself; the end of the gun was placed on a piece of square timber which was used as a step. The breech of the gun slipped from the position, the muzzle came against his person somewhere near the lower rib, the cock struck upon the piece of timber spoken of, the gun was discharged and the ball passed in close to the lower rib and came out of his back below the fourth from the top. He was carried into the house and died the same evening at 11 o'clock. Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

David Story
March 10, 1881 
At Chillicothe, March 7, David Story, 80, grandfather of Mrs. E. H. Heath of this city. 
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Heath attended the funeral of David Story, at Chillicothe, the grandfather of Mrs. Heath, which took place on Wednesday of last week. Says the Peoria National Democrat in relation to the deceased: "Mr. Story was born in Hockington, Yorkshire, England, March 29, 1803. He came to this country and settled in New York state in 1851 and from thence moved to Peoria county in 1853. he has been living with his daughter since the death of his wife, some three years ago. It will be long before the familiar face of this good grandpa (all were his children), will be forgotten. We shall think of his pleasant, kindly jokes and friendly greetings. Old age enfeebled his gait, but his heart never changed, it was ever young. His honest, upright dealing and sturdy manhood won him honor and respect. But he had finished his work, and peacefully and painlessly he has passed away surrounded by his friends, a fitting end for thus one of nature's noblemen."  Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Ebenezer Stowell - May 13, 1880 
Personal -- Ebenezer Stowell, father of Calvin Stowell, died last week in Hallock township, Peoria county. 
He was a veteran Illinoisan, being one of the sturdy pioneers of this county. 
He raised a large family and leaves a highly respected progeny to mourn his loss and cherish his memory. 
Calvin will be one of the executors of the estate, which is a large one. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Mrs. Mae B. Strub
Mrs. Mae Belle Strub, 64, wife of William Stub, and a resd. of Peoria for the last 15 years died at her home at 102 N. Monroe st. at 6:21 p.m. Friday.
Daughter of Harvey and Ellen Heaton Sherman, she was born at Brimfield, June 14, 1879. She married Mr. Strub at Rock Island, March 29, 1913.
Mrs. Strub was a member of White Rose camp No. 6420, Royal Neighbors of America.
Surviving besides her husband are one son, Maynard F. LaFollette of Peoria, one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Dean Wyatt of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Fred Sherman of Chicago; two grandchildren and one g-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at the Wilton mortuary chapel at 10 a.m. Monday and burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.
[Peoria Star, Aug. 21, 1943, transcribed by C. Horton - 2011]

Mrs. Roselle E. Smith, 42, wife of Charles W. Smith,716 West Maywood Ave., died at St. Francis hospital at 11:25 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Smith was born in Hamilton Aug. 30, 1900, a daughter of John P. and Margaret Finnegan Hession. She came to Peoria in 1917 and married Mr. Smith here in 1921. She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband; two children, Robert C. and Elizabeth Ann Smith, both at home; one brother, Thomas Hession, who isin the armed forces; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Pyatt and Mrs. Walter Goldy, both of Chicago. Funeral service will b held at Boland Mortuary at 9:30 a.m. Monday and at St. Ceclia's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. T. J. Jordon officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
[Peoria Star, Aug. 21, 1943, transcribed by C. Horton - 2011]

Published 16 August 1992 in the Peoria Journal Star.
contributed by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Marjorie M. Ogburn, 76, of 405 E. Forrest Hill Ave. died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1992, at her residence.

Born March 13, 1916, in Peoria to Clifford J. and Anne Tjaden Reddy, she married Wilbur F. Ogburn on June 14, 1941, in Peoria Heights. 
He died Dec. 6, 1988, in Peoria.
Surviving are one son, Michael B. of Peoria; one sister Mrs. Herman (Shirley) Brooks of Peoria; and two grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, where services will be at 10 a.m Monday.  The Rev. William Watson will officiate.

Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.  Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.   Wright and Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno
BETTY (MILLER) OBERHEIZER, 70 of Tremont, Il died 15 Jan 2005 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born 20 Feb 1925, in Peoria to Lester L. and Zula Combs Miller, she married Lloyd Oberheizer on 26 Apr 1946 in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Randy (and Brenda) of Tremont; one daughter Sally (and Michael) Hunt of Tremont; one brother: Leroy (and Marlene)Miller of Peoria; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter: she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Davis Mortuary of Tremont/Mount Hope Cemetery, Tremont,Il.

Ruth Obenland
October 16, 1991
Peoria Journal Star, P. D6
_ Ruth N. Bowers Obenland, 77, of Indianapolis, formerly of Farmington, died at 5:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 1991, at Cambridge Health Care Center in Indianapolis. Born July 6, 1914, in Farmington to D. Frank and Nellie Barstow Bowers, she married Donald K. Obenland. He survives along with two sons, Stephen F. and David K.; one sister, Barbara Robinson; and three grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Indianapolis and was past president of its Women's Society. She was a volunteer for Meals-on- Wheels. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Leppert & Hurt Mortuary in Indianapolis. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Marion County Cancer Society or her church.
Donated by Londie Benson... ©Sept. 2008

Jonathan Oldfield

Submitted by Gwen Wood

Obituary of Jonathan Oldfield


Died at his residence in Elmwood, Peoria county, Illinois, October 24, 1874,Jonathan OLDFIELD, aged eighty-six years, four months. Mr.Oldfield was born in Orange County, New York, June 7,1788; came with his father to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1803, and in March, 1808, in company with James and Thomas M'Clure, came to the present sight of Bellvue, cutting their own road through the dense forest of Fredricktown. James made his selection and started to Canton to " enter his land;" Jonathan and Thomas commenced clearing, and with the help of Indians erected a cabin, into which the M'Clure family moved the following spring. This was the first break of the wilderness of Richland county. Andrew Coffinberry was the first Justice of the Peace in Richland County, and the first marriage solemnized by him was that of Jonathan Oldfield and Elizabeth M'Clure, which took place February 11, 1812, and was the first marriage in the bounds of said county. Soon after his marriage he moved into his " cabin," on the north - east quarter of section twenty-two, and resided in this vicinity until five or six years since, at which time he removed his last place of residence. Mr. Oldfield was a soldier, and did honorable service in the war of 1812, for which he since obtained a land warrant. After the decease of his first wife, which occurred August 4, 1824, Mr. Oldfield married Miss Nancy Fidler, who died November 5, 1839, after which he married Miss Esther Andrews, who survives him. By all of said wives he was the father of nineteen children, ten of whom are still living, only one ( Albert) in Richland county.
He was one of the organizers of the first Methodist Episcopal church in this vicinity, was for many years a venerable class leader, and a zealous and consistent member thereof to the end of his life: hi faith in the Christian religion at his final dissolution enabled him to say, " welcome death"

Oldfield, Joanthan-d. at his residence in Elmwood, Peoria Co., IL., on October 24th, 1874. He was born in Orange Co. NY, June 7, 1788. Came with his father to Chillicothe Oh in 1803, and in March 1808, in company with James & Thomas McClure to the present sight of Bellville. Entered land at Canton Oh. Married to Elizabeth McClure by Andrew Coffinberry on February 11, 1812. Lived on the NE quarter of Section 22 until ca 5 years ago where he removed to his last address. Fought in the war of 1812. Married the second time on August 4, 1824. After Nancy died November 5, 1839, Jonathan married Miss Esther Andrews, who survives him. By all three wives he fathered 15 children. Only one, Abner, still resides in Richland County Oh.

Peoria Journal Star, Oct. 1971
Death Notices
Transcribed by: Candi Horton

- Richard G. OVERPACK, of 3815 N. War Memorial Drive at Proctor Hospital, Oct 15, 1971. 
Services Monday 2:30 p.m., Wilton Mortuary, Visitation Sunday 4-8 p.m..

Peoria Star Newspaper, May 1, 1943, Death Notices
Transcribed by: Candi Horton /

Thomas M. ORR- Infant son of Mr.and Mrs. Lester R. ORR at Chicago, Ill., Wednesday, April 28. Friends are invited to the Memorial
services at the Cumerford Endsley Memorial Home, Saturday afternoon at three. Interment Parkview Memorial Park.

Charles F. OLTMAN- Of 3318 South Adams Street, at the St. Francis hospital Wednesday, April 28, 1943, at 11:30 o'clock, A.M. 
Age 62 years, 11 months 28 days. 
Services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in Lutheran cemetery. Friends may call
at the mortuary Friday afternoon and evening.

December 18, 1926, Daily Transcript
Transcribed by: Candi Horton

- Miss Mary Ellen O'ROURKE., at a local hospital Saturday, Dec. 18th, at 2 a.m. Age 57 years. 
Miss O'Rourke will be removed from the Kennedy Funeral home to Woodstock, Illinois. 
Interment Thursday morning. Same notice given in the Dec. 20, 1926, Daily Transcript.

Henry Republican, Henry IL,  August 24, 1871 [Submitted by: Nancy Piper]

At Peoria, Aug. 14, Barnard O'HARA, late of  Lacon, aged 49 years.

Chicago Tribune (IL) - September 04, 1961

Deceased Name: Mary Johnson Odle

Mary Johnson Odle, beloved wife of the late Nels; loving mother of W. L. Johnson, Los Angeles, Cal.; Arthur E. Johnson, Homewood, G. E. Johnson, Peoria, 
Orrel Johnson, Chicago, Mrs. Edna Kwitkoski, Lake Village, Ind., and Harold D. Johnson, Homewood; grandmother of 15; great-grandmother of 20. 
Services Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Cordt Colonial Funeral Home, 18022 Dixie highway, Homewood. 
Interment Oak Lawn cemetery. Visitation, Monday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

submitted 2009 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

John P. (Jack) O'Donnell, 63, of Dan Flood Tower in Kingston, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Asera Care Hospice in Peckville.
Born April 17, 1945, in Peoria, Ill., he was a son of John P. O'Donnell of Kingston and the late Mary Apple Jolley O'Donnell. A Navy veteran, he served during the Vietnam era. Jack was an ironworker for many years, before retiring.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are daughter, Erin and her husband, Shawn Hamilton, Shohola; grandson, Garrett; sisters, Maureen, Cathy, Linda and Patricia; and brother, Joseph.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.
Arrangements are by McLaughlin Family Funeral Service.
Published in the Citizens' Voice on 3/21/2009 [submitted by Pat 0409] 

Enos Odell 
October 10, 1872 
At Chillicothe, Sept. 27, Enos Odell, aged 62, formerly of Yankee street, Steuben township, where his remains were interred. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Peoria, IL - March 20
Orsen C. Parmally died today at the age of 80years.
In early days he was known all over the country by reason of his extensive systems of stages which ran to all points what was then the Great West. 
March 30, 1887, Quincy Daily Whig -[ch -2007]

Mrs. Anna Poukey -Answers Last Call
Mrs. Anna Charlotte Poukey widow of Alfred Poukey, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Esther M. Claycomb on the Bloomington Road.
Tuesday, June 8, aged 81years 3 months and 11 days.
She was born in Sweden, Feb. 24, 1845 and came to America 45years ago. She was a resident of this vicinity for 36years.
Her husband died in Peoria in 1914.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Esther M. Claycomb with whom she lived and one step-sister Erick Arons of Peoria.
Funeral Services will be held at the Wilton Mortuary Thursday afternoon at 3o'clock. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery.
[Tuesday June 8, 1926 - submitted 2007 by: Stefan Puke] [stefan.puke59(at)]

Alfred Poukey
At the age of 75years Alfred Poukey, an old resident of this city died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 603 Fishgate Street.
He was born in Westergotland, Sweden, on Feb. 27, 1839 and at the time of his death had just passed his 75 birthday. 
For several years past he had been a member of the sanitary police force and was an ardent republican politician.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Anna Poukey, four sons: Herbert and James of Wisconsin and Alex and Erick of Peoria and 
also two daughter, Mrs.. Alman Jonstone and Mrs. Esther Claycomb both of this city.
Arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.
Peoria Star, Tuesday March 3, 1914 - submitted 2007 by: Stefan Puke]

Peoria- Mary L. Papendick, 83, of Greenway Place, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999 at Proctor Hospital.
Born July 12, 1915, in Peoria to Charles and Bertha KELLY EMERICK, she married Clarence O. JACKSON in December 1936. He died in 1970. She married Cleo STEINER on Dec. 6, 1975. He died in 1987. She married Lyle Papendick in July 1992 in Peoria. He survives, along with two sons, William Jackson of Peoria and Michael Jackson of Perkasie, PA.; five stepsons; three stepdaughters; four grandchildren and three g-grandchildren. One sister preceded her in death. 
She was a secretary for Clarence Stout Engineer at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She later was a financial secretary at Forrest Hill United Methodist Church, where she was a member. 
She was a member of Averyville-Kingman-Woodruff Alumni Association. She was also a member of Order of Eastern Star Creve Coeur Chapter 946; Daughters of the Nile, Otho Temple 36 and the Peoria Emblem Club 121.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. John Salzman will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral, with Order of the Eastern Star services at 7p.m. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
Journal Star, Sunday, January 24, 1999, pg. B4


PEORIA- Mary M. "Muggie" PETERSON, 65, died at 4:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 1998, at her residence.
Born Feb. 8, 1933, in Peoria to Harry I. and Mary E. STICKELMAIER KELLY, she married Albin J. PETERSON, on Aug. 11, 1953, in Peoria.
She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria and the Catholic Women's League. She was also a member of the American Legion, Elk Lodge and Moose Lodge. 
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. See original obit. for further info. 
Sunday, August 16, 1998 -Peoria, IL Journal Star, Page B4 [ch]

Peoria Heights- Ray Peterson, 83, of Rose Garden Care Center died at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at the center.
He was born in 1920, in Osceola Township, Stark County, the son of Martin and Elizabeth STRUM PETERSON, he married Beverly Weber in 1947 in Bradford.
Surviving him are one son, martin (toni) of Metamora; four daughter: Connir (Lary) Epley of Peoria, karen (Dale) Tiller of Pekin, Sue (Bill) Jordon of Sholow, AZ., and Lisa (Rod) Lauback of Lake Montezuma, AZ. and seven grandchildren and five g-grandchildren. Four sister prceded him in death.
He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army. He was a security guard and night watchman employed by McDougal Hartman Construction Co. until he retired in 1983. 
Cremation was accorded. there were no services or visitation. The Cremation Society of Mid- Illinois Co., in Peoria was in charge of arrangements.
Peoria Heights Gazette, January 16, 2004 ,pg.14 [ch]

Irwin E. PATTON, 78, of RR 2, Brimfield died yesterday (19 Feb 1977) in High View Nursing Home. He was born in Rosefield Township Oct. 29, 1898, a s/o George and Elizabeth Mitchell Patton. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Wagner of Kickapoo and Mrs. Marie Reents of Brimfield. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. 
[Taken from:  Peoria Journal Star Sunday 20 Feb 1977 C4 -
- submitted by: Nancy -2007]

Richard PILLMAN 85, of Elmwood, a retired farmer, died yesterday (10 Feb 1969) at the home of his daughter Mrs. William Archibald at Brimfield. 
Born in Rosefield Township July 5, 1883 s/o Richard And Mary Ann Quick Pillman. He md) Hattie Johnson Feb 24, 1908. She died Nov 19, 1967. 
Surviving are three sons; Delmar & James of Hanna City and Russell of Brimfield. Three daughters; Mrs. William (Bertha) Archibald of Brimfield, 
Mrs. Neva Clark of Elmwood & Mrs. Ina Snider of Peoria. William ZUELDORFF was raised by the PillmanÂ’s, 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren 
and a sister Mrs. Emma Largent of Bellwood. Patterson Funeral Home/Smithville Cemetery  
[Taken from: Peoria Journal Star Tuesday 11 Feb 1969 A5 
- submitted by: Nancy -2007]

Hattie (Johnson) PILLMAN 80, of Elmwood died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Everett (Ina) Snider of 903 W. Florence Ave. Peoria where she had resided the last 2 months. Born in Rosefield Twp. May 27, 1887, d/o Ashford & Winnie Roxwell Johnson. She married Richard Pillman Feb 24, 1908. He survives. Also surviving are three sons; Delmar & James of rural Hanna city & Russell of Brimfield. Three daughters; Mrs. William (Bertha) Archibald of Brimfield, Mrs. Neva Clark of Elmwood, and Mrs. Everett (Ina) Snider of Peoria; 19 grandchildren & 31 great-grandchildren. Three sisters; Mrs. Bessie Brandt of Elmwood, Mrs. Ethel Mahieke, & Mrs. Daisy Reimers both of Peoria.  Patterson Funeral Home/Smithville Cemetery 
[ Taken from: Peoria Journal Star Monday 20 Nov 1967 B7 
- submitted by: Nancy -2007]

Death of Mrs. Pingrey and Child
Rushville Times, December 20, 1873
The wife of Prof. Pingrey, a former principal of the Rushville schools, died of consumption, on Sunday last, at the residence of her husband in Chillicothe, Peoria County.  
His youngest child died a few days previous.

Obituary of Harriet Elizabeth Horney Price
Peoria Journal Star, April 4, 1992, Page: C7
Harriet Price
Harriet Elizabeth Price, 83, of 13870 Sleepy Hollow Lane SE, Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died at 10:14 a.m. Monday, March 30, 
1992, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.
Born Jan. 3, 1909, in Littleton to Loren and Molly Bartlow Horney, she married Roy O. Price in 1981, in Peoria. He died in 1984. 
Surviving are two nieces, Kathryn Horney of Peoria and Lee Philpott of Waynesville, Ohio; and three nephews, Robert Fulks of Rushville, Carter Horney of Anaheim, Calif.,  and Stanley Horney of Phoenix, Ariz.
She received her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and her master's degree from the University of Illinois. She taught in the Peoria elementary school system until she retired.
She was a member of the Women's 18 Hole Golf League in Peoria.    The National Cremation Society in Fort Myers is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

From her grand-daughter, who didn't leave a name....

Gladys Dickson Peterson 

After nearly 92 years of supporting and loving her family, community and country, Gladys slipped peaceful into eternal rest on Nov. 15, 2008.
A native of Peoria, IL, she made California her home in 1946. During World War II she served in the Woman's Army Corps where 
she met her future husband, Robert ''Bob'' Dickson. 
They built their 29 years of love and happiness until Bob's passing in 1974. She then was married to Stan Peterson of Anderson, CA for 19 years. 
Her passion for living life to its fullest is a legacy she has passed down to many generations. Her love of life continues to thrive in her four children, 
Pam, Lynne, Lonnie and Bob,  and many grand and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. 
Graveside services will be held Friday, November 21 at 2pm, East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback. A celebration of her life will follow.

Phillip Parsons 
April 3, 1873 
At Chillicothe, March 18, of old age, Phillip Parsons, aged 75 years, father of Mrs. Edward Wood of this city. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

Carrie (Troyer) Puterbaugh 
March 17, 1870 
At Peoria, March 8, Carrie Troyer, wife of George Puterbaugh, niece and adopted daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. Troyer, aged 24 years. 
Taken From the Henry Republican - [submitted by Nancy Piper 0409]

PEORIA HEIGHTS -- Louis Picl, 102, of 724 E. Glen Ave. died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 25, 1999, at the Christian Buehler Home. 
Born Dec. 3, 1896, in Eichwald, Czechoslovakia, to Anton and Julianna Bulach Picl, he married Emma Herget on March 31, 1920, in Peoria. She died March 17, 1991. Three brothers also preceded him in death. 
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Eva) Stenger of Kickapoo and Mrs. John (Lois) Toft of Chillicothe; one son, Raymond Sr. of Peoria Heights; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
He was a coal miner for 17 years. He then owned Peoria Heights Fuel and Trucking Co. in Peoria Heights. He later was assistant superintendent of bottling at Pabst Brewery in Peoria Heights for 27 years. 
After retiring, he was a school crossing guard at Monroe Avenue and War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights. He also worked as Santa Claus at Bergner's in Sheridan Village. 
He assisted his parents in operating Picl's Summer Garden until its closing in 1941. He was a former member of the Peoria County Board. He also served as assistant supervisor of Richwoods Township. 
He was a charter member of the Pabst Rod and Gun Club and was a life member of the Peoria Casting Club in Chillicothe. He was a former member of the Farmington Sportsman's Club and the Hanna City Sportsman's Club. He invented many fishing lures, which he marketed under the trade name of Ralova Lures. 
He was a member of Grandview Masonic Lodge 1112, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Order of the Eastern Star, Peoria Heights Chapter 933; Village Party of Peoria Heights; and Chicago Cub Boosters of Central Illinois. 
He was a member of Peoria Heights Congregational Church, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Phillip Meagher will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home in Peoria, with Masonic services from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Further visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. 
Richard S. Wilton, funeral director through Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. 
[Peoria Journal Star- April 27, 1999- ch2011]

PEORIA -- Irene E. Powell, 102, of Bel-Wood Nursing Home, formerly of 2818 N. Victoria, died at 2:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at the nursing home. 
Born April 26, 1894, in Peoria to Cyrus and Mary Werner Entwistle, she married Mahlon Powell on June 30, 1920, in Peoria. He died May 11, 1960, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by one son, Paul, and three sisters. 
Surviving are one granddaughter, Susan Hollenbeck, and one great- grandson, Paul, both of Tinley Park; and several and nephews. 
She was a teacher at Glen Oak elementary school from 1914 to 1919. She was a member of the Peoria Heights Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star since 1925. She was a member of Howett Street Christian Church. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Arvil Bass will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to her church or Memorial Christian Church in Peoria.
[Peoria Journal Star - August 14, 1996- ch2011]

PEORIA -- Kathryn E. Pray, 101, of 3415 N. Sheridan Road died at 12:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at Christian Buehler Home. 
Born Oct. 29, 1894, in South Holland to Herman and Julianna Niewenhuff Kazen, she married Emmett E. Pray on Aug. 30, 1917. He died Aug. 10, 1952, in Peoria.
One son, Vernon, one daughter, one sister and two brothers also preceded her in death. 
Surviving are one daughter- in-law, Betty Lou Pray of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was a member of First Covenant Church in Peoria. 
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Jim Bucher will officiate.
Visitation will be one hour before services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 
[Peoria Journal Star - August 24, 1996- ch2011]





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