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Henry Republican, Henry, IL, February 25, 1915 [contributed by: Nancy Piper]
Mrs. Mary McIntyre
Passing of a Well- Known Citizen of Lacon
George H. and John W. Grieves were in Peoria on Tuesday of last week in attendance at the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Mary McIntyre.
Mrs. McIntyre was the sister of their father, the late John Grieves, and was very near and dear to the entire family.
She was born in Selkirk, Scotland, Jan. 11, 1834, and consequently was 81 years old.
When a lass of 18 years she came to the United States, living first in Massachusetts and afterwards coming to Illinois.
She was married to Peter McIntyre in 1867 in Lacon. She had lived in Peoria for the past eight years, living with her only daughter, Miss Mary McIntyre.
Mrs. McIntyre was a devout Christian, a member of the Baptist church. She was a woman of strong character. Her friendships were deep and sincere.
She had been ailing for two years past. The weakness of years, prolonged more than a decade beyond the allotted three score and ten, was upon her.
For many years, until ill health prevented, she spent much of her time with friends in our city and made many acquaintances here.
The funeral was held from the residence at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The interment was in the Springdale cemetery and was private.

George Mulvaney
PEORIA - George J. Mulvaney Sr., 69, of Chauvin, La., formerly of Peoria, died at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, at Chabert Medical
Center in Houma, La. Born Jan. 9, 1932, in Peoria to James and Marie Wilson Mulvaney, he married Beverly Toland. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Bryan of Houma, Joshua of Chauvin, George Jr. and Kevin, both of Illinois; one daughter, Sharon Roof; and
three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters.
He was an Army veteran. He retired from Greater Peoria Mass Transit.
He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Houma.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at his church, where visitation will be two hours before. Burial will be in Garden of Memories in Gray, La.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Obituary of George J. Mulvaney I - Peoria Journal Star, August 21, 2001, Page: B04 [contributed by a "Friend of Free Genealogy"]

W. H. Mooberry

Wm. Henry Mooberry was born Dec. 14, 1887, and died Sunday morning, April 4, at the Deaconess hospital in Peoria, at the age of 26 years and 21 days. His was a case that baffled all the physicians with whom he came in contact. He had been sick since the first of October, and had been until the care of five doctors but not one of them could understand his case thoroughly. Two weeks ago Monday morning he went to the Deaconess hospital for an operation. He seemed to rally for a couple of days, but soon became worse and all that could be done for him was done, but he passed away Sunday morning. The cause of his death was cancer of the liver. William was quite well known in and around Henry, where he graduated from the Henry high school. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lintner Mooberry, three sisters, Laura Phillips of Morton, Eva and Nina Applen of Allentown, and two brothers, Alva and Elmer Mooberry of Peoria. His funeral was held at the late home of his parents at 829 W. McClure avenue, Peoria. Burial was in Roberts cemetery near Morton, Ill.

From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL - April 15 1915 [Nancy Piper -2007]
Saturday, March 6, 1999, B4, Peoria Journal Star [ch]

Name: Elizabeth A. McVICKER
City: Chillicothe
Age: 89
Death: 12:22 a.m., Fri. March 5, 1999, Heritage Manor
Birth: April 14, 1909, Ridgeway, Pa.
Father: Patrick Joseph O'Connell
Mother: Margaret Bauer
Marriage: Ernest L. McVicker, Nov. 11, 1929, Sharpsville, PA. (He died Dec. 27, 1979 in Bettendorf, Scott Co., IA)
Preceded in Death: 5 Brothers
Survives: 2 Sons, 6 grandchildren, 6 g-grandchildren, 2 Sisters
Funeral Home: Davison- Fulton Anderson
Burial: Chillicothe City Cemetery

Mrs. Dorothy McPHERREN
PEORIA - Mrs. Dorothy MCPHERREN, a resident of Peoria and of 1119 E. Elmhurst Ave. sor six years, died on her 56th birthday at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Methodist Hospital where she was taken 45 minutes earlier.
Born at Ottumwa, Iowa, April 2, 1904, she was the daughter of George F. and Emma Reinhart HEINDEL. She was married to Levi M. McPherren at Fairfield, Iowa, Nov. 25, 1926. Mrs. McPherren was a member of the First Federated Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, one son, David L. McPherren of Fenton, one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Delores Collins of Columbia, Mo., and two sisters.
Peoria Journal Star, Tuesday, April 3, 1960, Page D-8 [ch]

Maxine McMahon
December 22, 1991, Peoria Journal Star, P. D10
Maxine McMahon, 75, of 432 N. Main St. died at 12:55a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1991, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born Sept. 13, 1916, in Knox County to Henry and Emma Barnes McCord, she married T.E. "Mick" McMahon on June 21, 1939, in Farmington. He survives. Also surviving are her mother of Farmington; one daughter, Margo Drake of Farmington; one son, Mike of Six Lakes, Mich.; and four grandsons. She was preceded in death by her father. She worked for McMahon Paint & Wallpaper Store in Farmington for several years. She then worked for several years at Ace Lanes Bowling Alley in Farmington. She was a member of the Illinois Women's Bowling Association and was an instructor for young bowlers at Ace Lanes. She was a member of the Farmington Women of the Moose Lodge 470. Cremation rites have been accorded, and graveside memorial services will be at 1:30p.m. Tuesday at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington, the Rev. Mark K. Schleeter officiating. There will be no visitation. Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad. Donated by: Londie Benson © Sept. 2000.

Thelma McDaniel

Born Aug. 28, 1909 in Princeville, to George and Maude Dustin Potts, she married Earl Wisenburg in 1933. He died Sept. 12, 1969, in Peoria.
She married Robert M. McDaniel on April 19, 1980, in Peoria. He died June 19, 1988 in Chillicothe. Also preceding her in death were one grandson, three brothers and one sister.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty (and Harold) Davis of Peoria and Ealine (and Arnel) Medearis of Princeville; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren
and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She was a cook for Bergners Tea Room in Peoria for 22 years before retiring.
She was a member of the Princeville Senior Citizens Group and the First Presbyterian Church in Princeville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hammitt- Hott Funeral Home. The Rev. Harry Losey will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service.

1/16/2000; Peoria Journal Star [Submitted by: Michelle Gunawan,]

Emma McCord
April 19, 1992, Peoria Journal Star
Emma Marie McCord, 96, of 331 N. West St. died at 7:50 p.m. Friday, April 17, 1992, at her residence. Born Feb. 28, 1896, in Mendota to James and Anna Koph Barnes, she married Harry McCord on Feb. 10, 1915, in Peoria. He died Aug. 30, 1972. She also was preceded in death by one daughter, L. Maxine McMahon, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by two grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington, the Rev. Mark K. Schleeter officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Submitted By: Londie Benson

Alma McCord
October 12, 1991, Peoria Journal Star,P: C9
Alma B. McCord, 93, of 483 E. Fort St. died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 1991, at Farmington Country Manor. Born Nov. 1, 1897, in Middlegrove to William and Clementine Wright Courtney, she married Jay K. McCord on March 26, 1919, in Middlegrove. He died Nov. 11, 1977. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Surviving are one son, Don of rural Fairview; and several nieces and nephews. She was a former member of Middlegrove Baptist Church. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rev. Mark K. Schleeter will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Submitted By: Londie Benson

Theresa Maloney

Mrs. Theresa Maloney, 72, of 238 Proctor St., widow of James Maloney and a resident of Peoria nearly all her life, died at 4:45 p.m.
Thursday at St. Francis hospital where she had been a patient since Jan.,20.
Mrs. Maloney had been a practical nurse for years.
She was born at Lourdes, IL., Dec. 18, 1872, a daughter of Henry and Mary Lieventhal Wernsmith, and married James Maloney at Bloomington.
He preceded her in death 25 years ago. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and of the parish. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors.
Surviving: One son, Robert E. Maloney, of Peoria; One step Daughter, Mrs. Mary Kernsman of Miller, S.D., Three stepsons: George and John Maloney, both of Peoria;
Thomas Maloney of Eureka; one sister Mrs. James Gould of Kansas City Mo., one brother, Peter Wernsman of Eureka and two grandchildren, Jimmie and Tommie Butler of Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Boland mortuary chapel and at 9 at St. John's church.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday afternoon and evening the rosary will be recited at 8p.m. Sunday.
Peoria Morning Star - Friday Feb. 9, 1945

Mrs. Mosher

Mrs. May Mosher, 70 years old, of 105 2nd St., widow of Edward Mosher and a resident of Peoria for the last 25 years, died at 11 o'clock last night at her home.
The daughter of William and Eliza Cole Hamilton, she was born in New Boston, IA, Feb. 10, 1873. She married Mr. Mosher at Springfield, IL in July 1922.
He died in Peoria in 1925. She was a member of Companion Court Fork Clark No. 316, Independent Order of Foresters.
Mrs. Mosher leaves on daughter, Mrs. May Glaze, Peoria, two sons, Harry D. Allen, St. Louis; Theodore Allen, Peoria, a sister, Mrs. Isabell Koch of this city,
four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 4p.m. Sunday at the Wilton mortuary chapel. The Rev. George P. Werner will officiate.
Interment will be in St. Peter's cemetery, St. Louis. Friends may call at the mortuary tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Peoria Journal Transcript - Friday, May 1?, 1943, p.14

Peoria Morning Star -Friday Feb. 9, 1945
Harold Martin

Harold Martin, an employee of the Caterpillar Tractor Co., prior to enlisting in the Navy, died Tuesday at Norfolk, VA. where he was serving as a machinist's mate,
second class, according to word received by his brother, Willard Martin of Bartonville. Funeral services will be held in Lincoln at a time to be announced.
Mrs. William G. Davis, 1215 S. Jefferson Ave., is a cousin. Surviving are his wife of Chicago; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Martin of Tolna, N.D., five brothers, WIllard of Bartonville, Bryon of Milwaukee, WI, Walter of Tolna, N.D., Robert of Crary, N.D. and Delmar in England with the armed forces; Two sisters, Ruby Martin of Tolna, N.D. and Faye Martin of Crary, N.D..

Peoria Star, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1929, p.18 Transcribed by: Candi Horton / Peoria County, IL Genealogy Trails
Mrs. Walter MORRISEY, at her home in Princeville, Illinois, Feb. 25, 1929, at 2 p.m., aged 72 years, 3 months.
Funeral at the St. Mary's of the Woods church, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery.

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

PEORIA- Mark B. MORLEY, 2 1/2 year old son of Eugene K. and Joyce Connolly Morley, 925 Main St., Apt. 512, died at 11:05 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital.
The child was born here Oct. 9, 1957. Surviving are his parents, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Morley of Warren, Pa., and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert CONNOLLY of Ottawa; his great grandfather, Glen BLACK of Grand Ridge and his great grandmother, Mrs. J. E. HOYT of North Warren, Pa.
Private funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wilton Mortuary, 2101 N. Knoxville Ave. The Rev. Emmett Higgins of St. Mark's Catholic Church will officiate.
Entombment will be in the Parkview Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call at the mortuary from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Herbert MILLS
Peoria- Herbert Russell Mills, 79 of S. Louisa, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Born Sept. 20,1919, in Love Township Vermilion County, to Russel and Jessie STAHL MILLS, he married Loma J. HASTINGS on May 12,1973 in Funks Grove, she survives. Also surviving are one son Douglas of Lakeland, Fla., two daughters, Melonie Cole-Locke of Lankland and Mrs. Gene (Sugie) Sandidge of Pontiac;
one brother, Allen of Georgetown; five sisters, Edna Biser and Ella Pal both of Tilton, Lydia Weaver-Hall of Danville, Dorothy Wheeler of Georgetown and Susie Hart of Catlin; six grandchildren and six g-grandchildren. Three brothers preceded him in death.
He was a W.W.II and Korean War veteran, serving with the Army and the Army Reserves with the rank of Major.
He was an insurance and real estate broker. He also operated a Shaklee distributorship in Peoria for the past 25years.
He was a member of South Side Business Association, Homeowners Co.-Op of Central Illinois and the Toastmasters Club.
He was a former mason and member of the Mohammed Temple, Shrine.
He was a member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church in Vermilion Grove. He attended the Salvation Army in Pekin.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at his Church. the Rev. Jim Walker and Capt. Jerry O'Neil will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel and hour before services at the church.
Burial will be in Vermilion Grove Friends Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.
Journal Star, Sunday, January 24, 1999, pg. B4 [Sara H. 2007]

Contributed by: Charlott Wells Jones (source #40)
Source: Brimfield News May 1878
In Jubilee township, on Friday evening May 24th of tumor cancer, Mrs. Mary C., wife of Enos G. Mack, aged 45.
Mrs. Mack was the daughter of Mr. Berrian an old resident of this county, and a sister to Mrs. William Baggs. She has been a member of the Baptist church in Brimfield from childhood. Her funeral was largely attended on last Sabbath, at the Bramble school house. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. William Roweliffe,
from Psalms XXIII 4th verse "Thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me, they rod and thy staff they comfort me."
She leaves a husband and seven children, six song and one daughter to mourn her loss.
The family have the sumpathy of the community in this affliction. It is not of life to live nor all of death to die.
(Mary Caroline Berrian was the daughter of James and Sarah Berrian. She was my 3rd great grandmother, mother of my great-grandfather James Lucius Edwin Clark,
by her first marriage to Willard Clark. She is buried in Bramble Cemetery. )

Peoria Morning Star, Feb. 21, 1944

John A. Madden
John A Madden, 77, retired grocer who lived in Peoria for 55 years died at his home, Columbia Terrace, at 1?, p.m. Sunday.
Born in New York City, March 9,1866. Mr. Madden was the son of Thomas and Bridget CUDAHY MADDEN.
He was married at Princeville, Oct. 29, 1889, to Miss. Emma McCARTHY. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Madden, a daughter Mrs. L. J. MALONE of Chicago and a brother, William Madden of Peoria.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Boland Mortuary and at ?a.m. in St. Mary's Cathedral with the Rev. J. J. Beven, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Princeville.
Friends may call this afternoon and tonight at the Boland Mortuary where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today.

Raymond MALLOW

PEORIA- Raymond J. MALLOW, 69, of 2144 N. Hampton Court, formerly of 840 N. Cooper St, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 1999, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley. Born Nov. 27, 1929, in Peoria to John M. and Cecelia BOJALAD MALLOW, he married Virginia K, COREY on Oct. 18, 1952, in Peoria. One son, Dennis, preceded him in death. He was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran, with rank of sergeant, He was a member of the Chosen Few.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2602 in Peoria Heights. He also was a member of 1st Marine Division and United States Marine Corps Baker Company.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Davison- Fulton Woodland Chapel, with recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m.
Further visitation will be 30 minutes before services. Burial of ashes will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or to Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.
See Original for more information. Journal Star, Tuesday, July 13, 1999, B4 [ch]

Phillip MARX Sr.
January 09, 1992, Peoria Journal Star, p. C5

MAPLETON _ Phillip P. Marx Sr., 42, of 8109 S. McCumber Road died at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1992, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Jan. 30, 1949, in Peoria to Merle P. and Hazel C. Brenenstall Marx, he married Patricia Ann Stake on April 18, 1970, in East Peoria.
She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Peoria; three sons, Pxxxx II, Jxxxx and Mxxx, all at home;
one sister, Cxxxxx Sparks of Peoria; and two brothers, Adam of Peoria and Allen of Auxier, Ky. He was preceded in death by his father.
He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 4 1/2 years and later worked at Munson Transportation Co. in Monmouth for three years.
For the last eight years, he was a journeyman and machinist at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. in Bartonville. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran.
In 1983, he was voted Volunteer of the Year for Hollis Park District. He was a den leader for Cub Scouts Pack 56 in Glasford and was a day-camp volunteer.
He was a host parent of seven foreign exchange students through Youth for Understanding. He was a 1968 graduate of Woodruff High School.
He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Glasford, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Floyd Anderson will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel and 30 minutes before the services at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund for his sons established at Construction Equipment Federal Credit Union.

Peoria Heights Gazette, Saturday, May, 29, 2004, pg. 10

Peoria- Sandra K. MAXWELL, 52, of Peoria died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2004, at her residence.
Born March 19, 1952, in Peoria to Lester and Dorothy SPIVA HALL, she married Alex Maxwell on Oct. 28, 1992, in Peoria. He survives along with two sons,
Troy Hodgkins of Peoria Heights and Levi Bishop of Peoria; one daughter, Brandie Bishop of Peoria; three brothers, Lester Hall, Kenny Hall and Steve Hall, all of Peoria;
two sisters Martha (Carl) Gruss of Metamore and Sherry Dalrymple of Chillicothe and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. She was a homemaker.
Services were May 24 at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. Cremation was accorded. Burial of ashes will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens at a later date.

The Peoria Star, Monday, Aug. 16, 1943

Mrs. C. W. MAYES
Mrs. Daisy E. MAYES, wife of Charles W. MAYES, of 709 Seventh Ave. died at 12:10 pm. Sunday at Methodist hospital where she had been a patient since June 21.
She was born on Jan. 5, 1900, in Peoria. A daughter of Henry and Louise BUTLER. She had been a life long resident of Peoria. She married Charles MAYES here 20 years ago.
She had been employed by Block & Kohl Co., for the last 15 years. She was a member of the Ward Chapel A.M. E. Church where she was an organist and directed the Jr. Choir.
She was also a member of the Wilberforce club of the church.
Surviving are her husband, one daughter; Mrs. Henrietta Richards of Alton; one granddaughter, Sharalyne Richards also of Alton;
two sisters: Mrs. Susie Reading of Peoria and Mrs. Geneva Williams of Chicago; one brother Phillip Butler of Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Rev. M.R. Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.
Friends may call at Goin funeral home after 8 pm today.

Submitted by: Leslie -Source 2
I also have her service card and it lists her death date as October 16, 1972.

Services for Miss Clara E Meyer, 94, of 1316 Circle Road, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. John Kordewich will officiate, and the burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the mortuary 6 to 8 tonight. Miss Meyer died at 11:25 pm Monday at Parkhill Nursing Center in Chillicothe, where she had lived since Dec 2, 1971.
Born in Peoria Feb 17, 1878, she was a daughter of Herman and Mary Kuhn Meyer. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are one brother, Benjamin Meyer of Peoria and many nieces and nephews. Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Submitted by: Leslie -Source 2

The second obit I have is listed in some kind of magazine- type thing. It has “happenings” from around the area…it says:
Although HERMAN MEYER (my ggrandfather) is no longer with us, he will long remain in our minds and hearts. Employed at Caterpillar for the past 15 years, he was everybody’s friend. Surviving besides is wife are his mother, Mrs. Mary Meyer, Peoria; and the following children: Herman, Pewaukee, WI (my grandfather); George, Bartonville; Mrs. H. J. Lusch, Chicago; and Mrs A. Schneider, Frederick and Josephine Meyer and Mrs. Joe Fosco, all of Peoria; three brothers, William H, Ben H and Edward H Meyer, all of Peoria, and seven grandchildren. Mr. Meyer died suddenly at his home, and according to the coroner, death was caused by hart disease. The Rev. Richard Brenner, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiated at the last rites, and the burial was held at the Lutheran Cemetery.
This may have been from the Caterpillar happenings or something, I am not sure.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno Source 1
CHARLES FREEMAN (BING) MILLER 63, of 2423 W. Howett St., died 24 Apr 1968 at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.
Born in Peoria 24 Feb 1905 the son of James J. and Cora Wolstenholm Miller, he was married to Vonna Wertz in Peoria 23 Apr 1925.
Surviving are his wife, one son Freeman J. Miller of Peoria; four sisters, Mrs. Harry (Hattie) Nicholas, Bushnell;
Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Kiefer, , Mrs. Arthur (Thelma) Storry, and Mrs. Charles R. (Garnet) French all of Peoria; one brother, Roy Miller, also of Peoria and four grandchildren.
Davison Funeral Home/Parkview Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno Source 1

LESTER L. “ROY” MILLER, 73, of 1811 W. Butler, Peoria, died 13 Nov 1972 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born 2 Sept 1899 in Peoria, a son of James J. and Cora Wolstenholm Miller, he married Zula Combs in 1920 in Peoria. She died 26 Aug 1947. He married Mary J. Agatucci 28 April 1948 in Peoria who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Billy Miller of Norwood Park and LeRoy Miller of Washington; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Oberheizer of Peoria and Mrs. James (Marilyn) Butts of Hanna City. And, three stepsons, James Morris of Sunnyland, Anthony D. Morris of Peoria, and George Morris; three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Kiefer, Mrs. Arthur (Thelma) Storry and Mrs. Chares R. (Garnet) French all of Peoria; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Wilton Mortuary/Lutheran Cemetery.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno Source 1
MARY (AGATUCCI) MILLER, 86, formerly of Peoria died 22 July 2000 at Washington Christian Village. Born 17 Mar 1914 I Peoria to George and Nunzia Demarcco Agatucci, she married James Morris. He died in 1949. She married Lester LeRoy Miller in 28 Apr 1948. He died in 1972. Two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are four sons, George Morris of California, Anthony Donald “Tony” Morris of Bloomington, Jim (and Lilly) Morris and Lee (and Marlene) Miller both of East Peoria; 13 grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren: and one brother, Anthony “Ag” Agatucci of East Peoria. Remmert Funeral Home of East :Peoria/St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Peoria.

Submitted by: Nancy French Crosno Source 1

VONNA R. (WERTZ) MILLER, a resident of Belwood Nursing Home since March of this year, died there 25 Aug 1977.
She was born 30 Dec 1907 in Peoria to Frank and Margaret Blundell Wertz. She married Charles.
Freeman Miller 23 Apr 1925 in Peoria, he died 24 April 1968.
Surviving are three granddaughters, Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Russo, Moline, Mrs. Roger (Mary K.) Boland, Morrison, and Mrs. Ronald (Gloria) Fletcher, Peoria;
one grandson, Thomas Miller, Peoria; one great-grandchild; one sister, Miss Lois Wertz of Peoria. Davison Funeral Home/ Parkview Cemetery.

Contributed by: D'n'N

Claire (Smith) Miller, 74, of 2001 W. Barker died 25 May 1997 at OSF St. Francis, Peoria 25 May 1997.
Born 7 April 1923 in Peoria to Raymond J and Ella Mae Spurck Smith, she married Freeman J. Miller 16 Aug 1945 in Peoria.
He died 27 Dec 1972 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard ad David Miller, two brothers, and one sister.
She is survived by one son, Thomas M. of Peoria; three daughters. Mrs Frank (Patricia) Russo and Mary Kae Heinzel, both of Peoria and Gloria Fletcher of West Peoria;
nine grandchildren and four brothers, Paul Smith of Newton, Mass, Gerald Smith of Loveland, Colo., and Edward Smith and Richard Smith both of Peoria.
Wright & Salmon/St. Joseph's Cemetery, Peoria.

Thomas MITCHELL, 85, a resident of 3003 W. Farmington Rd. 39 years and of the Peoria area all his life, died at his home yesterday. (9 Sept 1965). Born in Kickapoo April 10, 1880, s/o William and Wilhelmina Heinemann Mitchell, he married Laura Dailey in Peoria June 4, 1902.
He worked for the railroad till retiring and then St. Joseph'’s cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Wayne A. Mitchell of Peoria; four daughters; Mrs. James (Lavina) Chimbouris of Elkhorn, Wis., and Mrs. Letha Harris, Mrs. Pearl Snowden and Mrs. Robert (Ora) Burdett all of Peoria; 12 grandchildren and 30 great - grandchildren. A son, Glenn, died in 1920, a daughter, Hazel, in 1941 and five brothers and seven sisters also preceded him in death. Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home/Christ Episcopal Church

[Taken from: Peoria Journal Star Friday 10 Sep 1965 - submitted by: Nancy-2007]

Laura (Dailey) MITCHELL, 93, of Christ Church Rd., RR 3 Peoria died Wednesday (2 Feb 1977) at Bel-Wood Nursing Home.
Born in Rosefield Township Nov. 18, 1883 d/o Charles & Lavina Jones Dailey, she married Thomas Mitchell in Peoria June 4, 1902. He died here Sept. 9, 1965. Surviving are one son, Wayne of Peoria; three daughters, Mrs. Ora Burdette and Mrs. Letha Penrod, both of Peoria, and Mrs. Pearl Goebel of Washington; 11 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, & 15 great-great-grandchildren.
One son, two daughters, three grandchildren, five sisters and three brothers receded her in death.
Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, of which she was the oldest living member.
Peoria Davison Funeral Home/Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery
[Taken from: Peoria Journal Star Friday 4 Feb 1977 - submitted by: Nancy -2007]

Obituary of Naomi Robinson Walton Martin
Peoria Journal Star, October 23, 1996, Page: D7
Naomi Walton-Martin
PEORIA - Naomi Walton-Martin, 72, of 9311 S. Justine, Chicago, mother of a Peoria resident, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, in Chicago.
Born June 20, 1924, in Chicago to Gilliard Sr. and Ruth Brown Robinson, she married William Walton. He preceded her in death.
She later married Maurice Martin in 1981. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are four sons, Robert Walton of Peoria, Clayborn Walton and John Walton, both of Chicago, and Marvis Walton of Dayton, Ohio;
two daughters, Khalilah El-Amin of Chicago and Barbara Jean Geter of Dayton; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers,
Gilliard Robinson and Nathaniel Robinson, both of Chicago, and Randolph Robinson of Peoria; three sisters, Shirley Starks of Chicago, Barbara Rallins of
California and Arwilda Anthom of Detroit; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 7 tonight at Gatling's Chapel in Chicago, where visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Chicago.

Submitted by: Michelle Gunawan


Tuesday evening, Fe. 20th, 1912, at 6:30 p.m., M. De Tallyrand Moody passed away at his home five miles northwest of Princeville, Ill., after a brief illness from pneumonia.
Mr. Moody was born in Medina Co., Ohio, May 9th, 1835, and lived seventy six years, nine months and eleven days.
His parents came to Peoria County, Illinois, in the year 1839, and located on section four, Princeville Township, the subject of this sketch being then four years old. On some part of this tract of land has been his home ever since, so that he can rightly be called one of the true pioneers of Princeville township.
On December 23, 1864, Mr. Moody was married to Harriett Barr. The fruits of this union were three daughters: Mrs. Miranda M. Graves, Mrs. Anna White and Miss Stella Moody. The widow and daughters survive him.
Mr. Moody was a charter member of the T.D. & M.A.A., organized in Princeville in 1863and was diligent in attendance at their meetings and made a helpful valued member.
Reared amidst the hardhips incident to pioneer life, he leraned the lesson of frugality, and by right living and honest dealing won his way to a position where his later years were passed in the ease and comforts of plenty.
Of a cheerful disposition and even temperament, he passed through life casting sunshine by the wayside, thus making every acquaintance his friend, and in passing away he leaves a host to regret his demise. As a neighbor he had no superior, and his helping hand and kindly deeds will be long remembered.
Kindheartedness, cheerfulness, manliness of character and strict honesty were the characteristics of his life, and in his dealings with his fellow men he always applied the Golden Rule.
A person of such sterling worth reaps some reward while among the living, but greater and nobler things must be awaiting him in the life beyond.
The funeral was held Friday morning Feb. 23rd, from the home, conducted by Rev. M.B. Wiles and the interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

Resolutions of Condolence
Whereas, Our beloved brother, M.T. Moody, was on the 20th day of February, 1912 by the decree of an overuling Providence called from his earthly suffering to a home where pain and sorrow are unknown, an dwhere the weary find rest, and Whereas, The deceased was one of the charter members of our Association, and one of its most highly esteemed members, therefore be it Resolved, That in his death, the members of this, the Thief Detective and Mutual Aid Association of Princeville, fully recognize that they have lost one of their number who was at all times imbued with the true spirit and principles of the Association, and one whose life and character were above reproach, either as a member of our Association or as a fellow citizen.
Resolved, That the sincere sympathies of the members of this Association be, and hereby are extended to the bereaved widow and family of the deceased, whose loss we, with them, deeply mourn.
Resolved, That as a token of respect, and esteem for our deceased brother, our charter be draped in mourning, and that these resolutions be recorded on the memorial page of the records of the Association, and that the Secretary deliver a copy thereof to the widow and family of the deceased, and that a copy be sent to the local paper for publication.

M.V. Conklin,
F.E. Prouty,
J.C. Friedman,

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - August 23, 2001
PRINCEVILLE - Patsy D. Messersmith, 70, of Princeville died at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, in the Methodist Medical Center emergency room in Peoria. Born Dec. 13, 1930, in Peoria to Glenn D. and Leona I. Burgess Sniff Sr., she married LeRoy L. Messersmith on Jan. 23, 1954. He died May 14, 1989, in Princeville. Surviving are three sons, Dennis of Peoria, DelRay of Monica and David (and Julie) of Princeville; five grandchildren; one brother, Glenn Sniff Jr. of Westby, Wis.; and one sister, Martha Jane Ball of Overgaard, Ariz. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. She worked in the underwriting department at Auto Owners Insurance Co. in Peoria, retiring in June 1996. She was a member of the Wyoming Chapter 8 Order of Eastern Star She was a 58-year member of Princeville United Methodist Church, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service or PRIDE (Princeville Resource Improvement & Developmental Endowment). (submitted by Ida Maack Recu)

A Terrible Death
(Peoria Special (March 26) to Chicago Journal - On Sunday Evening last, Mr. Jacob Martin, bar-tender at the Chillicothe House, Chillicothe, IL, met with a terrible death. He had been sick for some time and in a fit of delirium started to walk with a kerosene lamp in his hand but falling down he broke the lamp, setting fire to his clothes and burned him to death almost instantly. The deceased was a German, 38 years of age.
[Quincy Whig; April 9,1872- C.Horton 2011]

PEORIA -- Eleanora A. Mitchell, 100, of 6021 N. Imperial Drive died at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1995, at Americana Health Care Center.
Born July 26, 1895, in Booneville, Ind., to Michael and Eleanor Ulrich Keller, she married Charles E. Mitchell on Nov. 10, 1915, in Peoria. He died July 3, 1946, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by an infant son and three brothers.
Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Pitchford of Peoria and Mrs. Frank (Jeannette) Leritz of Torrance, Calif.; one granddaughter; and two sisters, Mrs. Howard (Iona) Grawey
and Mrs. James (Marie) McDonald, both of Peoria.
She worked in the alterations department at Kay Bee Clothing Store and the Robert Hall Store.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, its Martha and Mary Society and the Martha and Mary Quilting Group.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church. Franciscan friars will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in West Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Education Fund or any charity.
[Peoria Journal Star, November 17, 1995 - ch2001]

Peoria, ILL., Mrs. Mary Malee, 104, is dead.
[The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) October 02, 1912- Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]

Funeral services for Mrs. Lola Jean Mapp, 29, former Peorian, who died Tuesday morning in Detroit, Mich, hospital, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St.Paul's Baptist church with the Rev. Franklin Jefferson officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at Hazelwood mortuary.
Mrs. Mapp had resided in Detriot since Jan. She was born in Davenport, IA, Feb 15, 1925 and married Austin Mapp in Penn. in 1947.
Surviving are her parents of Peoria; two children; six brothers; Louis Howard, Frederick, Howard, Robert, William and Conrad Brooks all of Peoria and three sisters; Mrs. Gwendolyn Charles of Detroit, Mrs. Mary Hyland, Chicago and Miss. Roberta Brooks, Peoria.
[Peoria Journal Star, June 13, 1954; transcribed by C. Horton 2011]

John Montgomery

1845: Jan. 27

John Montgomery, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, died in Peoria yesterday at the age of 80. He was buried in Princeville Cemetery, and on his gravestone was inscribed simply: "A veteran of the Revolution."

Born in Virginia, Montgomery moved to North Carolina with his family when the colonies started fighting for their independence. He was only a lad in his teens when his father took him down to the Continental Army headquarters and saw him enlist to fight the Redcoats. He served until the close of the war. Then he came west and settled in Peoria County. He was much in demand as a fiddler for neighborhood dances and usually carried the flag at the head of patriotic parades.

Contributed by: Judith Wood Hinton--John Montgomery is my ancestor. 
Bill Adam’s Peoria’s Past Column (23 Jan 2006) Mailed by Martin Crabtree

appears 26 Apr 1935 Peoria Journal Star

Cora McGinnes Rites Tomorrow

Funeral services for Miss Cora McGinnes, 64 years old, 220 Rock Island avenue, who died at 6 o'clock last night at Methodist hospital, will be held at 10:30
o'clock tomorrow morning at the Cumerford-Endsley Memorial home.   Burial will be in Springdale cemetery.

Miss McGinnes was born near Circleville, Ill., in Tazewell county, Feburary 20, 1871, the daughter of George and Violet McGinnes.  
She had lived in Peoria 35 years.  For several years she made her home with her nephew, Donald E. Campbell.  

Surviving are one brother, John McGinnes of Fredonia, Kan., and several nephews and nieces.


from the Sedalia Democrat
May 3, 1949


Peoria, Ill., May 3 - (AP) Mrs. Mary Jane Malcolm, 100, who has 117 living descendants, died Monday. 
The widow of Andrew H. Malcolm, a civil war veteran, Mrs. Malcolm came here from Cherokee, Kas., six weeks ago to stay with her son, Tremont.

She was born in Morgan county, Mo., April 5, 1849. [Submitted by Karen Hammer - 2009]

Sarah A. Marshall
February 15, 1877
Taken From the Henry Republican 
At Chillicothe, Jan. 25, of cancer, Sarah A., aged 50 years, wife of Thomas Marshall. 
The body was brought to Henry for interment. (submitted by Nancy Piper -2009)

Thomas Marshall
May 5, 1881 
At Chillicothe, May 1 of heart disease, Thomas Marshall, 68. 
The remains of Thomas Marshall were brought here Tuesday by rail and consigned to mother earth beside his wife in the new cemetery. He died on Sunday of heart disease. Found dead in the yard by his son at the family residence 5 miles from Chillicothe. A hearse, carriages, former acquaintances and neighbors and Rev. W. J. Minium met the friends at the arrival of the train at the depot and brief services were held at the tomb. Mr. Marshall formerly resided here and owned his homestead. The past seven years he has resided in and near C. A good citizen, a companionable husband and friend and a very kind father and Christian gentleman has ended life's work. Peace to his ashes. (submitted by Nancy Piper -2009)

Name of Deceased: Mary Mueller
Newspaper: The Peoria Star  Date: 16 Dec 1933
Submitters Name: L Swanson


Mrs. Mary Mueller, widow of John Mueller, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. August Swanson, 1325 Malone Avenue, where she had resided for the past year and a half. Previous to that and since the death of her husband in 1907, she resided with another daughter, Mrs. Tillie Wilson, on the Galena road.

Miss Mary Hecht was born in Baden, Germany, Jan. 26, 1858, and came to Peoria in 1880. Shortly after her arrival she married Mr. Mueller. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. Freda Travis, Peoria Heights; Mrs. Swanson and William A Mueller, Peoria; Mrs. Tillie Wilson, Peoria route 4, and Mrs. Bertha Dickison, Chillicothe. Twenty-three grandchildren and several brothers and sisters in Germany also survive.

Funeral rites will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Wilton mortuary. Rev. Nelson Dallenberg, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph 's cemetery.

Obituary of Hannah "Nan" R. Linder 
   MORTON - Hannah R. "Nan" Linder, 80, of 412 Willow Oak, formerly of the Plainfield area, died at 12:04 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 1997, at OSF 
Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Aug. 5, 1916, in Peoria to John and Hilda Quine, she married Lawrence E. Linder on Dec. 23, 1940, in Kirksville, Mo. He died in 1984 in Plainfield.
Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Toland of Bowling Green, Ky., Mrs. Marlan (Nancee) Pennington of Plainfield and Mrs. Michael 
(Virginia) Marriott of Peoria; six sisters, Florence Mathieson, Mary Oliver, Pauline Smith, Barbara Tabor, Nancy Owen and Joyce Romane, all of Peoria;
two brothers, Clifford Quine of Peoria and John Quine of Lewistown; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She worked at Fleischmann Distillery in Plainfield for many years.   She was a member of Caterpillar Retirees Club.  She was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.
She attended Community United Church of Christ in Morton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. The Rev. Roger Mealiff will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 
to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m.Tuesday at Plainfield Township Cemetery in Plainfield.
 Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or to Community United  Church of Christ in Morton.
Peoria Journal Star, July 21, 1997, Page: D6 [Donated by the "Free of Free Genealogy"]

Obituary of Marie E. Lipke 

PEORIA - Marie E. Lipke, 79, of 1419 S. Laramie died at 2:36 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Proctor Hospital.
Born March 7, 1917, in Pekin to Joseph and Edna Brown Stetler, she married Albert H. Lipke on Aug. 26, 1939, in Davenport, Iowa. 
He died April 5, 1982, in Peoria. Ten brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Sharon) Toland of Bartonville; one son, Albert L. of Peoria; two brothers, Harold Stetler 
of California and Jim Stetler of Fairview; three sisters, Shirley Magner and Edna Alberts, both of Peoria, and Doris Smith of Manito; four 
grandchildren, Mike and Mark Toland, and Jolee Kerrn, all of Bartonville, and Laura Field of Bellevue; and three great-grandsons.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Endsley & Son Funeral Home in Bartonville. Deacon Louis Tomlianovich will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
[Peoria Journal Star, December 14, 1996, Page: D10 [Donated by the "Free of Free Genealogy"]

January 06, 1992, Peoria Journal Star, C7 [ch]

PEORIA HEIGHTS: Edgar W. Landwehr, 80, formerly of 516 E. Moneta, died at 1:05 A.M. Saturday, Jan. 4, 1991, at Americana Healthcare Center, where he was a resident. Born April 30, 1911, in Peoria County to Herman J. and Anna H. Behrends Landwehr, he married Edna L. Haun on May 16, 1932,in Gales burg. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters one of Peoria and one of Pekin; one sister, of Peoria and four grandsons. He was preceded in death by three sons, one sister and three brothers.
He was employed for 30 years at Commercial Solvents, and later for 10 years as an assembly line worker at Caterpillar Inc. until retiring in 1973.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary, the Rev. James M. Sandy officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the mortuary. 
Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery in Smithville. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

April 12, 1996, Peoria Journal Star, C7 -[ch]

PEORIA HEIGHTS -- Edna L. Landwehr, 83, of Galena Park Terrace, formerly of 516 E. Monet, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 1996, at Galena Park Home. Born April 15, 1912, in Greenville to Edward J. and Nellie M. Gibbs Haun, she married Edgar W. Landwehr on May 16, 1932, in Galesburg. He died Jan. 4, 1992, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by three sons, two brothers and one sister. Surviving are two daughters, one of East Peoria and one of Pekin; four grandsons; two brothers, one of Peoria Heights and one of Bartonville; and one sister of Peoria. Services will be at 11 A.M. Saturday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before services. 
The Rev. James M. Sandy will officiate. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery in Smithville. Memorials may be made to any charity.

February 19, 1992, Peoria Journal Star, C4 -[ch]

PEKIN -- Harold E. Landwehr, 61, of 43 Woodscape Court died at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1992, at his residence. 
Born Oct. 19, 1930, in Peoria to Elmer and Thelma Spitler Landwehr, he married Janet Wilken on Aug. 16, 1952, in Covington, Ind. 
Surviving are one son, of Bartonville; four daughters, one of Mapleton, one of Glasford, and two of Bartonville; 12 grandchildren; and two brothers, both of Peoria.
He worked for Central Illinois Light Co. for 30 years, retiring in November 1986.
He was an Army veteran and a member of the Old Timers Baseball League. He was a former member of the Pekin Moose and Peoria AMVETS.
He also was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Revs. Daniel Stalker and Paul Tolo will officiate. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel and 30 minutes before the services at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church or the Salvation Army.

February 23, 1997, Peoria Journal Star, C14 -[ch]

PEORIA -- Larry T. Landwehr, 56, of 5170 E. Junction Drive, Apache Junction, AZ., formerly of Peoria, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, in Bullhead City, AZ. 
Born July 6, 1940, in Peoria to Lenord and Betty Lambert Landwehr, he married Patti Spenard on June 5, 1966, in Peoria. 
She survives. Also surviving are his mother; one son; two daughters, both of Arizona; one brother, of Arizona; four sisters, two of Dahinda, one of Peoria and one of Florida; 
and five grandchildren. He was a senior systems analyst for Mesa, AZ., Public Schools before retiring.
An Army veteran, he was an active member of the Elks.He was a guitarist and lead singer of The Smooth Country Band.
Services were held in Arizona. A local visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria.

Mrs. Elsie LEHMAN 
Services Tomorrow 
Services for Mrs. Elsie M. Lehman, 83, of 2717 W. Nebraska Ave., who died at 10:50 a.m. yesterday at Methodist Hospital, 
where she was admitted Tuesday, will be at 1p.m. tomorrow at Endsley & Son Funeral Home, 1125 Main Street. 

The Rev. J. Henry Cox of Forrest Hill Methodist Church will officiate, and burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Lehman was born in Peoria June 15, 1886, a daughter of Herman and Sophia THIELBAR EHLEN, and was married to Edward A. Lehman in Peoria Feb . 15, 1923. 
He died here in April 12, 1938. She was graduated from Proctor Hospital School of Nursing in 1915 and worked at Proctor Hospital as a registered nurse before her marriage.
 She was a member of Forrest Hill Methodist Church, the WSCS of the Church and the GleanersClass.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Carol) Griffith and Mrs. Robert (Joan) McClintick both of Peoria; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

Samuel M. Leet 
Died at his home at Lehigh, Elmwood township, on Thursday morning, Feb. 9th, 1882, at 9 o'clock, Mr. Samuel M. Leet, aged 87 years. Samuel M. Leet, the subject of this sketch, was born in Chester, Connecticut, Sept. 3, 1794, being a lineal descendant, by first son all the way down, of William Leet, who was sent by the crown of England, in 1638, with a charter to form the Colony of New Haven, remaining its Governor or Lieutenant Governor continuously until the Province of Connecticut was formed, when he was appointed by the home government provisional Governor of the Province, which office he continued to hold until his death, at the advanced age of 84 years. And it is a fact worthy of mention that every one of these first sons in this lineal descent, according to the record, lived to be over 80 years of age, except one who was accidently drowned at the age of 55 years. 

During the War of 1812 with England Samuel M. Leet entered the army, to fight the battles of his country, for which service he subsequently received from the Government a land warrant, and a few years ago Congress having passed an Act, giving pensions to all the soldiers of the War of 1812, Mr. Leet was placed on the pension list, the avails of which was amply sufficient to supply all his simple wants. Mr. Leet was married March 31st, 1818, to Ann Atwood, in the town of Jefferson, NY, by whom he had 7 children, five of whom survive him, who, by their industry and prudence [which seems inherited], are comfortably situated, some of them rich, which gave "Uncle Samuel" much comfort in his private life. Mr. Leet had the rare accomplishment in these days of minding his own business. In his dealings honorable, upright, and just, he gave no occasion for disagreements or misunderstandings, living in peace and harmony with his neighbors. 

Some three years ago, I think, Mr. Leet received severe injuries from a fall, which thenceforth confined him to his house, and almost entirely to his room, and about three weeks ago he received another fall, breaking a thigh bone and receiving other injuries, from the effects of which he rapidly sank, with but little apparent pain, except at times, when Death, the silent messenger, brought him his release. He departed this life Thursday morning, Feb. 9th, 1882, two months and ten days after the death of his wife, in the 88th year of his age. 
Submitted by Dave,

Submitted by: Sara Hemp 
Obituary of Michael J. Leezer
Peoria Journal Star, September 9, 1995, Page: C4
Michael Leezer
Toulon - Services for Michael J. Leezer, 16, of 404 Elm St., who was pronounced dead at 10:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 1995, at Kewanee 
Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kewanee. The Rev. Duane Jack will officiate.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, with a Scripture service at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.
He died from injuries suffered in a two-car accident two miles east of Toulon.He was born April 26, 1979, in Peoria to Tom and Cheryl Snider Leezer.  Surviving are his parents of Toulon; one brother, Joshua at home; and his grandparents, Ray and Billie Snider and Emma Jean Leezer, all of  Toulon, and Dick Leezer of Kewanee. He was a junior at Stark County High School. He played football and baseball.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kewanee, where he served as an altar boy.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the Michael Leezer Memorial Fund in care of the State Bank of Toulon.

Mrs. MINNIE (HARKEN) LOOK, 80 of RR#3, Cameron Lane, d) 4 Mar 1962 at Mahoney Nursing Facility.  She was b) in Frethshum, Ost-friesland, Germany 8 Sep 1881, D/O Menen & Octja MEIROTH HARKEN.  She md) Evert LOOK in 1897 in Limestone Twp., Peoria, IL. He d) 8 Apr 1932, Peoria, IL.  Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Tena GRAFELMAN and Carrie CAMPEN both of Mapleton, six sons, Bonne, Menno, Everett all of Peoria, Warner of the Cameron Lane adress, Enno & Heye both of Mapleton.  1 sister Mrs. Rena JOHNSON of Brimfield, IL, 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  Stone Mortuary/St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bartonville, Peoria, IL  
(taken from Peoria Journal Star Monday 3-5-1962) Contributed by: D'n'N

MENNO E. LOOK, 72 a residnet of 2327 W. Barker for 47 yrs.  He d) 7 Apr 1973 at St. Francis Hosp. Peoria, IL He was b) 16 May 1900 in Peoria County, S/O Evert & Minnie (HARKEN) LOOK.  He md) Irene JONES 11 Nov 1925 in Peoria County, IL  Surviving are 1son, E. Lewis Look of Peoria; 4 brothers brothers, Bonnie & Evert, both of Peoria, Enno & Heye, both of Mapleton; 2 sisters Mrs. Tena GRAFELMAN of Hanna City, Mrs. Carrie CAMPEN of Mapleton, 3 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by 1 brother.  Wilton Mortuary/Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, IL (Taken from the Peoria Journal Star 8 Ap 1973 p. D-10) 
Contributed by: D'n'N

Obituary of Betty J. Meyer Herren Darr Lewis
Peoria Journal Star, December 9, 2006
PEORIA - Betty J. Meyer Darr Lewis, 78, of Peoria passed away at 7:34 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at her residence.
Betty was born July 16, 1928, in Schuyler County, Ill., to Virgil and Ethel Orwig Meyer. She married Loren Herren in 1947 in Keouk, Iowa. 
Betty married Jesse M. Darr in 1952 in Jonesboro, Ark. He died on March 22, 1966, in St. Louis, Mo. She then married Ralph C. Lewis on July 3, 
1971, in East Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2006, in Peoria.
Surviving are two daughters, Anna (and Richard) Garman of Pekin and Janell (and Lisa Rutherford) Darr of East Peoria; two sons, James (and 
Penny Daly) Darr of Peoria and Jesse (and Donita) Darr of Pekin; two sisters, Glenna (and Ronald) Cox of Browning, Ill., and Judy Logsdon of 
Beardstown, Ill.; one brother, William (and Sherry) Meyer of Manito; six grandchildren, Zachary, Elijah and Gabriel Darr, all of Pekin, Jennifer 
(and Patrick) Long of Mackinaw, Lindsey Garman of Pekin and Kelsey Garman of Salt Lake City, Utah; one great-grandson, William "Will" P. 
Long IV of Mackinaw; seven stepchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was a 30-year survivor of breast cancer.
She was a Cub Scout leader, Brownie leader and Girl Scout leader. She loved birds, crafts, camping, fishing and the love of her family.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Browning, Ill.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at Wilton Mortuary, 2101 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Ill. Donald Krider and Harley 
Krider will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. [contributed by: Sara Hemp - 2008]

Obituary of Ralph Clois Lewis
Peoria Journal Star, January 3, 2006
PEORIA - Ralph Clois Lewis, 83, of Peoria died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at 2:04 p.m. at Methodist Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Newport, Ark., to Frank Curby and Margaret A. Cox Lewis. He married Betty Meyer on July 3, 1971, in East 
Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Carol (and Paul) Langanis of  Peoria, Rhonda Kraus of Canton and Angela (and Tony) Johnson of Dallas, 
Texas; four sons, Richard (and Sally) Lewis of Concord, Ark., Rhandy (and Judy) Lewis of East Prairie, Mo., Ralph (and Lisa) Lewis of 
Batesville, Ark., and Ray (and Leslie) Lewis of Clark Ridge, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Janell Darr of Spring Bay and Anna (and Richard) Garman 
of Pekin; two stepsons, James Darr of Peoria and Jessie (and Donita) Darr of Pekin; one brother, Estle Lewis of Grubbs, Ark.; one sister, 
Pauline Wymer of Newport, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one infant son, Ralph Wayne Lewis; and two brothers.
He was a WWII Navy veteran. He was a machinist for Caterpillar for 32 years, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of U.A.W. Local 974. He was also a member of Church of Christ in Peoria. Ralph also enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services will be Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Wilton Mortuary. Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the mortuary.
Burial will be in Pottstown Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society
[contributed by: Sara Hemp - 2008]

William G. LYONS 
William G., 80, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Springfield, died Aug. 1 at the Mesa General Hospital. 
Born in Peoria, he resided in Springfield before moving to Arizona three years ago. Mr. Lyons retired in 1977 as Marshal of the Supreme Court of Illinois. 
He had served as circuit clerk and police chief of Peoria County. He had also served as administrator of the Illinois State Police and was vice chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Illinois. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge 3850 of Apache Junction, Ariz. 
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Lyons of Mesa, Ariz.; one daughter, Mary Beth Freitage of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three grandsons and five great-grandchildren. Remains were cremated. 
Memorial services will be held at a later date. 
Gibbons-Bunker Desert View Chapel, Mesa, Ariz., is in charge of arrangements.
[State Journal-Register(Springfield, IL) - August 10, 1985- ch 2011]

PEORIA -- Natalie K. Lemm, 105, formerly of 706 E. Corrington, died at 1:07 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 1994, at Bel-Wood Nursing Home. 
Born July 2, 1889, in Philadelphia to Herman and Anna Marie Muller Baur, she married Herman W. Lemm on Feb. 1, 1912, in Peoria. He died Oct. 1, 1980, in Peoria. One sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Roland of Peoria; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren. 
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Franciscan Fathers will officiate. 
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. 
[Peoria Journal Star- Sept. 19, 1994- ch 2011]

 Peoria Herald Transcript Saturday February 28, 1903 p 8


Charles G Gustafson Dead

Yesterday afternoon at 2 o´clock oceurred the death of Charles G Gustafson at 620 Butler street. 
He was 78 years old and have resided in peoria since 1880. He was a widower and leaves five children. 
Some three months ago he suffered a paralyiticstroke and dropsy afterward developed causing death.

Peoria Herald Transcript Sunday March 1, 1903 p 8


Gustafson-Charles G Gustafson at 2 p.m. Friday Feb 27, aged 78 years 3 months and 13 days.
Funeral from late residence Sunday afternoon at 12:30 o´clock, thence to Swedish lutheran church, corner Hamilton and Bluff streets.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke  [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Monday, May 24, 1948 p 3

Mrs. Gustafson´s Funeral Set for Tuesday Morning

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Helen Gustafson, 75 of 708 Fayette street, wife of Otto Gustafson, bailiff, in the sheriff´s office who died at her home Saturday evening, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Gauss mortuary chapel.

The Rev. Kenneth Farb of  Salem Lutheran Church, which Mrs. Gustafson attended, will officiate and further services will be held at 2 p.m.
CST Tuesday at the Riesser funeral home at Clinton. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3 p.m. today.

Mrs. Gustafson first was married to Charles E Costley, who died 14 years ago. She then was married to Mr. Gustafson here Jan 18, 1947.

Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs Thelma Peterson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Mrs Leila Moon and Mrs Geneva Owen both of Peoria; 
three brothers; one sister; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke  [stefan.puke59(at)]

Journal Gazette Mattoon Illinois Tuesday December 5, 1936


Victor Gustafson retired Illinois Central crossing flagman, died at 2:30 o´clock this morning at his home, 2201 Charleston avenue. 
He had been in impaired health several years and suffered from an attack of shingles last August. He was 72 years old.

The funeral will be held at 2 o´clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church, with Rev. Guy Z. Moore officiating. 
The Knights of Pythias will have charge of services at the graveside in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mr. Gustafson was born feb. 27, 1864 in Malmö (should be Mossebo) Sweden. In 1883 he came to the United States, and on Jan 7, 1884 he came to Mattoon to begin his railroad service as a fireman on Peoria Decatur and Evansville railroad. Later he became an engineer. Ill- health subsequently forced him to leave the operating service, but after his condition improved somewhat he worked several years as storeman at the Illinois central freight house and as a crossing flagman. He retired from the latter position Feb 27, 1934.

He was a charter member of Sunset lodge, Knights of Pythias, receiving the three ranks of the order shortley after the lodge was organized in 1889. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers 40 years and recently received an honorary badge commemorating his long period of membership. He also was a member of the methodist Episcopal church.

He married Miss Josephine Peterson Oct 20, 1888. She and two children A. W. Gustafson of Mattoon and Miss Victoria Gustafson of Champaign, survive. O. W. Gustafson of Peoria is a brother and Mrs. Mary Johnson of Harvey is a sister.

Journal Gazette Mattoon Illinois Friday December 8, 1936


The funeral of Victor Gustafson was held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. Guy Z. Moore officiating. Mrs. Harlan D. Beem and Mrs. Oscar Miller sang ”Somebody knows ” and ”When They Ring the Golden Bells” accompanied by Miss Nettie Hall at organ. The rites of the Knights of Pythias and the Brotherhood of  Locomotive Engineers also wher held at the church.

Pallbearers were Aaron Able, Robert Barney, William Hendren, A. B. Poorman, J. H. Prentice and Alex Anderson. Burial was in Dodge Grove cemetery.

History of Coles County Illinois by Charles Edward Wilson  abt. 1905

GUSTAFSON, Victor, locomotive engineer, Mattoon Ill, was born in Sweden February 27, 1864, the son of Charles G Gustafson and Sophia Gustafson natives of Sweden, but who came to this country in 1881, settling in Peoria Ill, where they died. Mr. Gustafson located in Mattoon 1883 and at once began work on the railway, being employed as locomotive engineer on the Peoria. Decatur & Eastern Railroad. Later when this company sold out to the Illinois Central he was retained in the employ of the new corporation.

On October 10, 1888 Mr. Gustafson was united in marriage to Mrs. Josephine Gustafson the widow of his brother John. Of this union five children have been born, three of whom are living: Victoria A. , William A and Josephine A. 
Mr. Gustafson is a Republican in his polities, and belongs to K. P. And to the B. P. O. Of E. He is a member of the Lutheran church.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke  [stefan.puke59(at)]

Journal Gazette Mattoon Illinois February 4, 1939


Mrs. Victor Gustafson, a recident of Mattoon 60 years, died at 5:45 o´clock this morning at her home 2201 Charleston avenue, after an illness of four years. Death was due to complications. She was 79 years old.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o´clock Monday afternoon at the First Baptist church with Rev. C. R. Booth officiating. A brief service will be held at the home shortly before the service at the church. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Gustafson as Josephine Peterson was born Oct. 28. 1859 in Sweden, a daughter of Mr. And Mrs Alfred Peterson. She came to the United States when she was 18 years old, living first in Indianapolis. After a year in that city she moved to Mattoon. She was married to Victor Gustafson of Mattoon Oct 20, 1888. Mr Gustafson died Dec 4, 1936.

Surviving are a daughter Miss Victoria Gustafson, a son A. W. Gustafson and two grandchildren all of Mattoon; a sister Mrs. Lena Swanson of Peoria and a brother Alfred Peterson of Portland, Ore.

Name of Deceased: George Gardner
Submitters Name: Brenda Lee

Obit: George Gardner died October 1920 in Peoria, Ill. He was born in Woodford Co., Ill. 1860 or 1861. 
He married first Lucy Crubaugh March 31m 1894 in Peoria, Ill. He was 33 and she was 16. 
They had 2 children Anne who married Clifton Keim in 1919 and Emma unknown.





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