Obituaries and Death Notices
of Sangamon County, Illinois

P - Surnames

John Thomas Page
Died at 2:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 1924, aged 51 years, 7 months and 5 days. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ollie Page; two sons, Charles and Harold Page; five daughters, Mrs. Theresa Brinkman, Mrs. Cecil Reynolds, Mrs. Rebecca Dale, Misses Edna and Dorothy Page; mother, Mrs. Rebecca Page; five brothers, Charles, Thomas, Archibald, Joseph, and Edward; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Willey, Mrs. Laura Graham; one grandson. Member Pawnee tribe, I. O. R. M. Remains to Bisch &Son's Home for services. Funeral announcements later. [Springfield Journal, 9/20/1924, Submitted By Anna Hutton-Page]

Hannah Susannah (Cox) Peaker
PEAKER - Died at 11:30 o'clock Tuesday evening, May 7, 1912 at the family residence, 2148 South Fifteenth Street, Mrs. Susan H. Peaker, wife of Thomas Peaker, aged 69 years. The deceased was born in Scott County, October 22, 1843. In July of 1860 she married Thomas Peaker of this city. She is survived by her husband Thomas Peaker; two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Piker of Parsona, Kas., and Mrs. F. W. Robertson of this city; two sons, Charles A. Peaker of Des Moines, Iowa, and Fred H. Peaker of this city; four sisters, Mrs. James Braden of Iowa, Mrs. Martha L. Cox of Winchester; Mrs. Mary Tewksbury of Winchester and Mrs. John Albright of Oregon; three brothers, Van Buren Cox and Hardin Cox of Winchester and Robert Cox of Oklahoma and fourteen grandchildren. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, and at 2:30 o'clock from South Seventh Baptist church, the Rev. Frank Woodhull officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. [Illinois State Register, May 9, 1912]

Thomas Peaker

Aged 84, Dead; An Odd Fellow for 62 years
Thomas Peaker, a resident of Springfield for the past fifty-one years, died at 11:10 o'clock Friday night at his home, 2148 South Eleventh Street of senility, aged 84 years. Although in failing health for some time he had been bedfast for only a week. Mr. Peaker was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in this section, having been connected with the order for sixty-two years. The decedent, a son of William and Elizabeth Peaker was born in Hull, England, March 5, 1836, and came to the United States in 1851, settling at Albion, Ill. In 1869 he moved to this city, where he had since continuously resided. Mr. Peaker married Miss Susie Cox of Winchester, Scott County, July 29, 1860. Seven children, three of whom have preceded their father in death, were born to this union. Mrs. Peaker died in 1912. Surviving are two sons, Fred H. Peaker, this city, and Charles A. Peaker, Des Moines, Ia.; two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Pike, Parsons, Kansas and Mrs. Mary A. Robertson, this city; a brother, John Peaker, aged 75 years, residing at Jacksonville; a half sister, Mrs. Lucy Endicott of Whiteside County, Ill.; ninety grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed [Illinois State Register, November 27, 1920]

Caroline A. Pease
In this city on Saturday the 12th inst. Caroline A., daughter of Edward B. and Mary A. Pease, aged 11 months. [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 18 February 1842]

Thomas B. Petefish
Last Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, at 4:20 o'clock, Mr. T. B. Petefish departed this life. Mr. Petefish has been in failing health for a long time but last January began to materially fail in health, and has been confined to his bed since last April. During his illness he has been under the constant care and attention of his devoted children, who have done everything possible to make his closing hours comfortable. Thomas B. Petefish was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, Aug. 7, 1833, being 68 years, 2 months of age at the time of his death. In early childhood he moved with his parents to Cass county, Illinois. On June 23, 1859 he was married to Miss Adda C. Parkinson, of Curran, Sangamon county, Illinois, who died October 26, 1886.  From 1862 until 1866 he traveled through Montana, Washington and Oregon for his health, returning to Illinois, but in 1867 was again compelled to move west on account of failing health. He located in Douglas county, Kansas, where he remained until 1893, when he moved to Meade county where he has since resided. He leaves a family of seven children, one son and six daughters, to survive him. Mr. Petefish had many warm friends who sympathize with his family. He was a man of strong character, with those qualifications of honesty and integrity which made him a most excellent citizen. Up to the time of his confinement he was a frequent visitor at our office, and we regarded him as one of our best friends, and the family have our deepest sympathy. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon, under the auspices of the Meade Lodge of Odd Fellows, to which order Bro. Petefish had been a member for over forty years, having joined the order at Virginia City, Illinois at the age of 21. The sermon was preached by Rev. Reace and the remains were laid in their final resting place in Graceland cemetery.
We, the children of the late T.B. Petefish, desire to thank the many kind friends, and especially the members of the Meade Lodge I.O.O.F., who so ably assisted us during the illness of our beloved father. [Meade County news. (Meade, Kan.), 10 Oct. 1901]

Susan Adelia Phelps
Died – On the 5th inst. Susan Adelia, only child of C. C. and Sophia L. Phelps, aged 2 years and three months. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, Augus t 13, 1841]

Lois Alene Nash Phillips

Lois Alene Nash Phillips, 76, of Springfield, died at 6:03 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born April 1, 1935, in White Hall, to Harry and Nell Ridings Nash. Her parents and one sister, Annis McCollom preceded her in death. Survivors include four children, Alan Phillips of Irving, Texas, Jeff (Virginia) Phillips of Plano, Texas, and Doug (Melissa) Phillips and Michele (Keith) Wilson, both of Springfield; four grandchildren, Laura, Julia, Brent and Melinda; one sister, Judy Ashton of Green Valley, Ariz.; and two nephews, Warren McCollom of Tucson, Ariz., and Ron McCollom of Mulkeytown. Lois was a member of Springfield Southern Baptist Church and Christian Women's Club. She enjoyed water aerobics, reading cross-stitch and sewing. She was Grandma Lois to many, many children. She retired from the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Staab Funeral Home and an additional visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Springfield Southern Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Springfield Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Keppler officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Ida Mae Pitchford
Ida Mae Pitchford, 97, of Waverly, IL died Friday July 31, 2009 at Prairie Village Nursing Center in Jacksonville. She was born April 12, 1912, in Sangamon County, the daughter of William F. and Anna Kate White Winter. She was raised in the home of Henry and Carrie Dodd of Waverly. She married Lowell L. Pitchford on March 31, 1931, and he preceded her in death August 14, 1978. She is survived by a son, Donald L. Pitchford of Waverly, two daughters, Joyce Imogene (Audie) Beerup Sr. of Bunker Hill, and Helen Rosalie (Howard) Goacher of Waverly; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by five brothers, LaVerne, Lester, Roy, Vachel and Warren Winter, a daughter-in-law, Norma Jeane Pitchford, and a great-granddaughter. Ida was a homemaker, babysitter and home health care giver. She was a member of the Waverly American Legion Auxiliary and the Waverly Baptist Church.
(Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier from August 2 to August 4, 2009 - Submitted by her grand-daughter who adds: "Ida May Winter (female) was born April 16, 1912 in the village of Custer, Sangamon County, Illinois. Birth certificate registration number is 28469. Father’s name was William F. Winter, age 49. Mother’s maiden name was Anna Kate White, age 32. Ida May Winter was the 5th child born to this mother.")

Mary Ann Pittman
Died, at 9:45 p.m., Friday, May 27, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. D. E. Conwill, 1225 South Eleventh street, Mary Ann Pittman, aged 60 years. Mrs. Pittman was the widow of James Pittman, formerly a resident of this city. She was born in Somersetshire, England, and came to this country and city twenty-two years ago, and has resided here since that time. The immediate cause of her death was jaundice. Deceased leaves two daughters, Mrs. G. B. Meade of New Orleans, La., and Mrs. D. E. Conwill of this city. Notice of funeral will be given hereafter." [Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL: 5/28/1892, page 4, and 5/31/1892, page 4] Funeral notice
"PITTMAN – The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Pittman took place at 2:30 p.m. yesterday from St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral, the Rev. F. W. Taylor officiating. The funeral was largely attended and the interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The pall bearers were John Canham, James Young, James Page, Frank Richards, M. Scott and William Ballou."  [Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL: 5/31/1892, page 4, Contributed by Carla Leber]
Donald Plemitscher
Donald "Bud" Plemitscher, 80, of Jacksonville passed away on Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville. He was born in Springfield, the third of four children of George Sr. and Frieda Kluge Plemitscher. Donald served with the First Marine Division during the Korean War, earning three battle stars. Upon discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Bud married Elsie Anne Valentine of Greenfield in 1955. They were married for 54 years, until Anne's death in 2009. Bud worked as an auto mechanic at several dealerships in Greenfield and Jacksonville; at Carnation in the maintenance department; freelance welding and refrigeration work in Central IL.; and as a journeyman electrician in California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana. Bud and Anne then ran My Place (a food concession trailer) at Illinois fairs and festivals in their "retirement". Bud survived throat cancer in 1987; people who knew him since then will remember that he spoke with an prosthetic larynx. His cancer returned in 2009, but he continued to enjoy life --- playing music, spending time with friends and family, and riding his scooter around Jacksonville. An accomplished musician, Mr. Plemitscher played electric bass and guitar, banjo, and especially accordions many of which he electrified. He attended Grace Methodist church, was a member of both the VFW and American Legion, and served on many funeral details for fellow veterans. He is survived by a brother, Robert (Nadine), of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Louise, of Florissant, Mo.; his children, Carolyn (Scott Neilson) of Arvada, Colo., and William (Pamela Sink) of Rogersville, Tenn.; his three grandchildren, Juliana and Alex Plemitscher, both of Seattle, Wash., and Claire Neilson of Arvada, Colo. His oldest brother, George Jr., preceded him in death. Donald and Anne's ashes will be interred together at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, and a graveside service is planned at a future date.
Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Frank L. Poetcher

State Journal Register, 4/23/1989, p. 70.
"Frank L. Poetcher, 82, of Springfield, died at 6:25 p.m. Friday at his residence. He was born in Germany on Oct. 21, 1906, the son of John and Mary D. Poetcher. Precedinghim in death were his parents and two sisters, Edith and Dorothy. Mr. Poetcher has been a resident of Springfield since 1909, and married Hilda Tarr in 1928. He was formerly employed by Sangamon Construction. Surviving are his wife, Hilda; two daughters, Mrs. Loren (Doris) Anderson of Dawson and Mrs. George (Cheryl) Prehoda of Petersburg; several grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecelia Tarr of Springfield; several nieces and nephews. Remains were cremated. Vancil Memorial Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements." [Contributed by Carla Leber]

Hilda O. Poetcher

State Journal Register, date and page unknown:
"Hilda O. Poetcher: Hilda O. Poetcher, 87, of Springfield died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Feb. 20, 1909, in Springfield, the daughter of John and Bertha Baker Tarr. She married Frank Poetcher in Springfield in 1928; he died in 1989. Mrs. Poetcher was a former beautician. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and life member of the Hal-Hagler Chapter 15 DAV Auxiliary. Survivors: a son, Frnak H. of Springfield; two daughters, Mrs. Loren (Doris) Anderson of Springfield and Mrs. George (Cheryl) Prehoda of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, John Tarr of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Roselawn Memorial Park, the Rev. Micheal M. Strong officiating. Vancil Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements." [Contributed by Carla Leber]

Mary D. Poetcher
"MRS. MARY D. POETCHER: Mrs. Mary D. Poetcher 90, of 1101 N. Amos died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Hospital. She was born in Germany the daughter of Augustus and Frederick Kenny Herwig. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Cecelia Tarr and Mrs. Dorothy Conklin both of Springfield, Mrs. Edith Morehead of Houston, Texas, one son, Frank of Springfield, one brother and sister in Germany; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ellinger-Kunz and Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Louis C. Niemoller officiating. [Date Unknown, Contributed by Carla Leber]

Madelyn Gaither Pohlman

Carrollton - Madelyn Gaither Pohlman, 62, of Carrollton died at 9:32 p.m. Monday at Humana Hospital Springfield. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, Carrollton, and burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Surviving are two sisters, Juanita Bader of Jerseyville and Margie Tash of Godfrey; one brother, Floyd Gaither of Springfield. [State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, October 16, 1985, Page: 17 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

James Pollard

Frozen to Death
On the 30th ult., a man named James Pollard, probably a resident of Solon, Ohio was frozen to death a few miles east of the Springfield and Peoria road, in this state. He had enquired at a house for the direction to the main road, and was instructed to make for the south point of the Irish grove.  This was about an hour before sundown.  Some time afterwards his team returned to the house at which he had made the inquiry, but without him.  Search was then made and his body was found next morning. A jug which apparently contained liquor but a short time previously was found in the wagon.  The man was slightly intoxicated when called at the house to which his team returned. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 26, 1845, Sub. by NP]

Mary Semantha Powell

Died – In this city on the 18th inst. Mary Semantha, only daughter of Nancy P. and W. B. Powell, aged 2 years 11 months and 26 days. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, May 21, 1841]



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