ELIZABETH BARTEL, 103, a lifelong Sterling resident, died Wednesday. March 9, 2005, at Momson Community Hospital. She had been a resident at Parkway Center, Sterling, for seven years prior to moving toPleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, in April 2004. Elizabeth was born on Oct. 17, 1901, near Sterling, the daughter of Joseph and Isabelle (Eckel) Bartel. She graduated from. St Mary High School in 1921 and from Business Administration in 1922. She was an accountant for the. Otto H. Castendyck Agency and also supervised the maintenance and rentals of numerous apartment buildings and houses for many years. Elizabeth was a member of St. Mary Church, Sterling, the Altar and Rosary Society, Blue Army, Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society and a longtime member of Steriing Women's Club. Surviving are nieces and nephews; Robert (Dawn) Bartel of Moline, Jane (Harry) Kanatzat of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Don (Mary) Bartel of Rockford and Ann Frank Kane of Sterling; 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Joseph Bartel; and her sisters, Vera Schnieder, Edna Bartel and Marie Callighan. . Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2005, at St. Mary Church, Sterling, with he Rev. Donald Ahles, celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sterling
Nellie M. Buxton
Nellie M. Buxton 101, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing home, following a short illness. (Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 24, 1998 - Thursday, pg A2)
In January, 1908, it was the privilege of the writer to stand by the grave of the oldest man who ever lived in Whiteside. He was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Tampico. It is a regret never to have met the veteran, and hear from his own lips the incidents of a career that started with the last century. Some of his younger neighbors who knew the old gentleman well, have given the writer various reminiscenes of their intimacy. Henry Pott and his brother-in-law, Henry Flock, ran a threshing machine, and frequently did work for Peter, on his farm. It was in the days when horse power was used. They had a pair of fine horses which they attached to the machine, the farmer furnishing the others. Henry did the driving with a long whip. Peter was lying barefoot by the stack, watching operation. The fat horses of the threshers were not pulling, and his own were doing most of the work, so Peter called out, “Henry, touch up your team with your lash, the whiffletrees are dangling against their legs.” Peter was a close observer and saw everything. Mr. Ford came of a long lived race. All of his brothers and sisters lived to be over 80; one aunt lived to be 115 years of age and his grandmother also passed the century mark. The highway commissioners of Hahnaman township are making arrangements to install two new steel bridges over Green river near Deer Grove. The structures spanning the river near Deer Grove have been in a dangerous condition for some time and these will be replaced with two good steel structures. The township of Hahnaman is one of the most costly townships of the county to be bridged, due to the many ditches and the Green river which crosses it. His daughter, Mrs. Coleman, says her father had no faith in doctors, would not take medicine, and when sick, would often fast four days. He lost his last teeth ten years before his death. Although for the last four years, he sat much in his chair, he was not helpless. Appetite so good that he regularly took three meals a day. Took great interest in current affairs, and followed the operations of the Beer struggle and our Spanish-American war. He never wore glasses.
1899 - 2005
VIOLA (BECK) FROMMELT , 105, died Thursday Feb. 17, 2005 at Coventry Village. Mrs. Frommelt was born Sept. 24, 1899 in Waumandee, Wis., the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Liebenberg) Beck. She married Arthur E. Frommelt on Dec. 15, 1923, in Wisconsin. He preceded her in death in 1967. Survivors include one son, Arthur Frommelt of Sterling; two grandchildren, Dan C. Frommelt of Sterling and David C. (Vicky) Frommelt of Tremont; and one great-grandchild, Derek Frommelt of Tremont. Private funeral service is Saturday Feb. 19,2005 with the rev. Tony Hawkins officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll in Sterling. There is no visitation. [Sterling Gazette February 18, 2005]
Ada L. Hill
April 11, 1903 - April 3, 2005
ADA (SAWYER) HILL , 101, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, formerly of Albany, died Sunday, APril 3, 2005 at the home. She was employed by Dolan's Grocery Store in Albany for more than 35 years. Mrs. Hill was born April 11, 1903 in Denver, the daughter of Claude and Edith (Kennedy) Sawyer. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Leonard and Lulu 9Kennedy) Arnett in the Spring Hill area of rural Erie. She married Roy L. Lewis on April 14, 1921 in Geneseo. They divorced in 1930. She then married Elmer Hill on April 20, 1940 in Clinton Iowa. He died Oct 12, 1967. Survivors include a son, Donald G. (Lorain) Lewis of Rock Falls, three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. She was preced by a half sister, Claudine Ellis. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home wiht Rev. Kolleen Klemmedson, pastor of the Albany United Meth.Church officiating. Burial is at Sharon Cemetery, Erie.
Evelyn (Kelsey) Hollenbeck
1903 - 2005
Roy L. Jacobs
ROY L. JACOBS, 103, of 601 Second Ave., Sterling, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls, Illinois. Mr. Jacobs was born Feb. 23, 1896, in Rock Falls, the son of George and Johanna (Folkers) Jacobs. He served in the Army during World War I. He married Dora Thomas on Nov. 10, 1923, in Sterling. She preceded him in death in 1984. Survivors include three sons, Roger (Rose) Jacobs and Calvin (Pat) Jacobs, both of Sterling, and Lowell (Coralee) Jacobs of Rock Falls, a sister, Isabelle Peterson of Rock Island; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
Cora F. (Vogel) Maring
born in Morrison 31 December 1901
Reuben C. Martin -
REUBEN C. MARTIN , age 100, died Tuesday evening (22 October 1974) in Colonial Acres Rest home, Sterling, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. LeRoy Hershiser, pastor of the First Christian Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery. Reuben Martin was born March 24, 1874 in Sterling, the son of Samuel C. and Barbara Landis Martin. He was educated in the Sterling schools and was united in marriage to Cora T. Jones in Sterling, Feb. 19, 1908. For many years the couple farmed in the Sterling Township area. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Sterling. Mrs. Martin preceded in death, May 3, 1974. Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Sam (Marian) Seavey, Chadwick; Mrs. Dale (Gladys) Lawton, Chicago Heights; Mrs. Wilbur (Bertha) Coddington, Orange, Calif.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora, seven brothers and sisters and one grandson. A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church of Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 24, 1974 - Thursday, pg. 9]
Alice E. (Kennedy) Mathew
18 December 1875 - 21 September 1977
Mrs Simon (Alice E Kennedy) Mathew, 101, died Wednesday at Community General Hospital. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 am at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. Private interment services will be held at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. She was born Dec. 18, 1875 near Indianola, Iowa, the daughter of William E and Mary Ellen Sayres Kennedy. The family moved to the Sterling area where she spent most of her life except for several years in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was educated in the Sterling schools where she graduated from the Old Second Ward Central School in 1895 and from the Sterling Business College. She taught in the original Woodlawn School and studied voice and piano. She also was a piano teacher for many years. She married Simon Mathew June 28, 1899 in Sterling and lived on a farm in Round Grove. She was a life long member of the Fourth Street Methodist church, and very active in women’s organizations. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Arthur H (Vera) Dieckhoff of Atlantis, Fla, and Mrs John W (Beulah) Bowman of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters. [The Daily Gazette, September 22, 1977 Contributed by: Jayne Kennedy Sweger]
October 9, 1904 - June 2, 2005
Mildred (Gibson) Merrill
Born in Tampico
Morrison's oldest citizen.
(July 2005) - She gets her hair done every week, she wears pretty earrings every day and she uses her Oil of Olay. Thats why Elizabeth Nice looks much younger than her 104 years. Her family calls her Grandma Nice. Grandma Nice will be the honored guest as she rides high in the Wells Fargo Stage Coach in the citys Sesquicentennial Parade. She will wear the same dress she wore for the Centennial Celebration 50 years ago. Elizabeth grew up in Morrison and was married for 63 years to Carl Nice who was mayor of Morrison from 1935 - 1945.
Obituary: ELIZABETH (BRUINS) NICE, 104, Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, died Wednesday Sept. 14, 2005 at the nursing home. She was employed by Alwood and Steele Co., Sterling, as a secretary. Mrs. Nice was born Dec. 6, 1900 in Mount Pleasant Twp., the daughter of Jacob & Grace (Renkes) Bruins. She married Carl W. Nice on Jan. 5, 1921, in Morrison. He died Jan. 12, 1984. Survivors include a son-in-law, Donald (Irene) Dyke of Morrison; a grandson, John (Penny) Dyke of Morrison; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a daughter Carlene Dyke; three sisters, Mabel Hook, Grace Andrews and Fannie Bush; two brothers, Thomas and John Bruins and a grandson, James Dyke. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Morrison Chapel of Bosma-Renkes with the Rev. Jon W. Nienhuis, pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Church officiating. Burial is at Grove Hill Cemetery.
Gerda Peterson Ohlson
GERDA (PETERSON) OHLSON , 100, of 509 E. High St. Morrison, died Thursday, June 12 2003, at her home. Mrs. Ohlson was born May 25 1903, in DeKalb, the daughter of Hilding and Alma (Person) Peterson. She was a graduate of DeKalb High School. She married Harold R. Ohlson on Dec. 24, 1930, in DeKalb. He died March 26, 1993. She was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church. Survivors include a niece, Susan (Ross) Shull of Arlington, Texas. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Stouffer and Linnea Howe. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Swinson, pastor, and the Rev. Julie Bunt, associate pastor of Morrison United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial is at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Morrison United Methodist Church. [Daily Gazette 14 June 2003 (born 24 December 1930)]
Mrs. Alfred C. Schmucker Has 105th Birthday Nov 5
A former Whiteside County lady whose husband was at one time a grocery merchant in Morrison reached her 105th birthday Nov. 5. She is Mrs. A.C. Schmucker of South Holland, sister-in-law of Mrs. Leonora Cochran, 1102 1st Ave., Sterling, who furnished the following interesting newspaper article written by Gregory Gerdes. Thirteen years before President Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg address, Margaret Miller was born on a farm near Greencastle, Pa about 20 miles from the Civil War cemetery. That lady, now Mrs. A. C. Schmucker of South Holland, lived in Illinois when Lincoln made his speech, but today she still has recollections of the woes of the war between the states. She observed her 105th birthday at the Colonial rest home in South Holland, where she resides. It was in 1853 that her parents moved to Lee County and continued farm life near Dixon. Eight years later the Civil War broke out. As a girl of 10, Mrs. Schmucker assisted her mother to prepare baskets of baked goods for the Yankee soldiers at a nearby camp. They rode 10 miles by horse and buggy to deliver the food. She also spoke of how some of the wounded soldiers returning home from the war were cared for by her mother. Spelling school was another of her interests — Lee County schools would challenge each other in spelling contests, she said. Mrs. Schmucker, who has witnessed all the advances of modern travel, has never ridden by airplane. She recalled the first auto she saw. “E.A. Smith, our banker, drove a horseless carriage into the Whiteside County fair grounds,“ she said, and told how the spectators “cheered and cheered.” Of German-Swiss extraction, Mrs. Schmucker is a Methodist. She could offer no recipes for long life, although she said one must live “a good honest and decent one.” A widow, she has only one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Libberton of 7759 Kingston Ave., who is 78. Mrs. Schmucker’s husband operated a grocery business in Whiteside County until 1922, when he died. Mrs. Schmucker lived there until three years ago and moved to the South Holland home. One of five girls and two boys in the Miller family, Mrs. Schmucker and a sister, Mrs. A.A. Dysart of Sycamore, DeKalb County, still survive. Mrs. Dysart is 100. [Sterling Daily Gazette; Friday, 11 Nov 1955; page 9; Column 1; Contributed by Suzy Wert who adds this Note: Mrs. A. C. Schmucker was Margaret R. (Maggie) Miller. Her daughter, Grace Schmucker Libberton, married later in life and had no issue. Her sister, Mrs. A. A. Dysart, was Amanda Miller.
Maggie Miller’s father was Daniel Miller and her mother was Elizabeth ______. Maggie’s husband’s name was Albert Clayton Schmucker, although there are a couple of articles in the newspaper calling him Alfred. He was the son of Jacob Schmucker b. 1819 Somerset Co, PA and Catherine Kring, born 1818, also in Somerset Co.]
Bessie (Fry) Scott
Was born 02 March 1888 in Coleta, Whiteside County, Illinois. She died 3 June 1988 in Sterling, Whiteside County, IL. Bessie Fry was the daughter of John Rosenberger & Amanda Elizabeth (Sigler) Fry. Frank Clarence Scott and Bessie Fry were married on June 2, 1909 in Sterling. Truly a Whiteside county native. she lived here her entire life.
Alice (Koenes) Seaman-Heun
ALICE (KOENES) SEAMAN-HEUN, 100, of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, November 15, 2006, at the nursing home. Alice was born July 11, 1906 in Grand Rapids, MI to Lammert and Annechien (Vriezema) Koenes. She was educated in Michigan and Montana schools. Alice married Albert Seaman on September 20, 1926 in Lansing, IL. He died January 17, 1974. She later married Dewey Heun on November 6, 1981 in Erie, IL. He died July 15, 1987. She was a homemaker and a self employed seamstress. She has lived in Grand Rapids, MI; Conrad, MT; Rapelgy, MT; Lansing, IL; Port Wing, WI; Cable, WI; and Fulton, IL. She was a member of the Newton Zion Reformed Church in rural Erie, IL. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Alma Johnson of Morrison; two sons, Burton J. (Rita) Seaman and Garry R. (Judy) Seaman both of Morrison; one stepdaughter, Dorothy (Mrs. Merrill) Bailey of Davenport, IA; three stepsons, Marvin (Delores) Heun, Wilbert (Mildred) Heun and Alvin (Phyllis) Heun all of Fulton, IL; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; fifteen step great grandchildren; seven step great great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Agnes Rozema of Grand Rapids, MI. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Seaman and Dewey Heun; a son, Cecil Albert Seaman; three sisters, Johanna Koenes in infancy, Johanna Boomsma, and Henrietta Hoekstra; two brothers, John Koenes and Jake Vriezema. Service November 17, 2006 at Newton Zion Reformed Church, Pastor Shannon Parrish, Pastor of Newton Zion Reformed Church, rural Erie, IL
Juinetta (Snyder) Sissing
104 Years -- 26 Dec 1901 - 11 Sep 2006
Florence (Geerts) Vander Vine
Born 01 April 1992 Fulton Co IL; Died 20 December 2006 Fulton Co IL. Daughter of Harry and Grace (Huizenga) Geerts. Married Peter Vander Vinne 6 February 1923 in Ustick Twp. Peter died 5 June 1982
Winnie Van Zuiden
Winnie (Buikema) Van Zuiden of Morrison observed her 100th birthday on Saturday, July 26, 2003. She is currently a resident of Resthave Home in Morrison, after residing with her daughter Mildred Heun, in FUlton for more than five years. Winnie, the eldest daughter of the late Louis M. Buikema and mary Newendyke Buikema, was born July 26, 1903, in Fulton. There were 12 children in her family. She married Clarence Van Zuiden on June 6, 1929 in Fulton. He died in 1967. She has two daughters, Mildred (Wilbert) Heun of Fulton and betty (Arthur) Pruis of Morrison and one son, Mavin (Ethel) Van Zuiden of Morrison, She has four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Prior to her marriage, Winnie was a "maid" for a prominent Morrison family, the Ramseys. She did domestic work for many years and worked at Resthave Home from 1969 through 1984 as a kitchen aide. She enjoys crocheting, baking treats and growing roses, sharing them with neighbors and friends. She is a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Fulton. [From the Daily Gazette - Celebrations - August 5, 2003]
Phebe (Jackson) Vennum
born 23 Jun 1784, died 19 Jun 1889
Carol "Hand" Warner chooses to reveal very little about her life - but she's a wealth of information, as is anyone who lives to tell about the last 100 years. Carol will turn 100 on Oct. 28. To most it's a big deal, but to her its just a matter of happenstance. "You just live each day at a time," she said, adding: "Each day goes by - you do a little housework." Her only child, a daughter Mary Carol White, said her mom does a little more than that. "She has a flower garden out back," White said. The garden is still blooming inspite of heavy falls frosts. Carol added that she still makes it to church" nearly every Sunday." She attends Wesley united Methodist in Sterling. In her later years, Carol is residing in an apartment in Sterling. That keeps her in the general area where she was born - on Prophetstown road, between Rock Falls and Prophetstown. As an adult, she married George Warner and they had Mary Carol. Mr. Warner died several years ago and Carol depends on her daughter and family. Together they complete five generations. According to Carol the family is all she needs. If she could have anything for her birthday, she would choose nothing of monetary value. "Just to be with my family and that's it," Carol wished for. And so it will be -- with a few friends included. On Sunday, there will be a birthday open house form 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Ave. Sterling. Friends of Carol are invited to attend. Those unable may send cards to her at 1203 6th Ave. Sterling. [Contributed by Nancy Vance - By Jonie Larson - Gazette Neighbors Editor
Obituary: Born 28 Oct 1889 Rural Rock Falls, died 05 September 1991 at Coventry Village, Sterling IL.
102, formerly of 1203 Sixth Ave., Sterling, died Sept 5, 1991, at Coventry Village, Sterling, following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling, with Rev. Thomas Petty, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Warner was born Oct 28, 1889, in rural Rock Falls, the daughter of Harvey and Celia (Carroll) Hand. She was married George M. Warner May 14, 1918, at the Fourth Street Methodist Church, Sterling. He died June 8, 1952. She had been employed as a salesperson at Chester's in Sterling for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling, since 1913, and a member of the King's Daughters since 1909. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Carol White, Sterling; one granddaughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Georgia) Morris, East Peoria; one step-grandson, Victor White, Tampico; three great granddaughters, two great stepgrandsons, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. [Contributed by Charlotte Schick - (Source: Sterling, Illinois, Daily Gazette, Saturday, 7 September 1991; A2; 5 & 6]
24 January 1835 - 21 Mar 1939 -- 104 years, 1 month 25 days
Verna (Duke) Wood
05 Sep 1904 - 16 Jul 2005.
Born in Dresden TN, the daughter of John R. & Gertie (Sutherland0 Duke. She married Gerald M. Wood on May 7, 1932 in Paris TN, he died Jan. 30, 1997. She died July 16, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing home in Geneseo. Burial was in Tampico Cemetery.
Nellie E. (Coats) Zigler
106 years old, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison. She was a sales clerk for many years at Lil Mar in Sterling. Nellie was born March 27, 1900 in Sterling, the daughter of James and Grace (Pratt) Coats. She married Russell C. Zigler in February of 1920. He died May 30, 1972. Survivors are two daughters, Phyllis (Dean) Powers of Harmon, Kay Thayer of Sterling; three sons, Merle “Barney” (June) Zigler of Marion, MI, Bob Zigler of Hooppole, Mike (Bev) Zigler of Sterling; a daughter-in-law, Betty Zigler of Sterling; 23 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; and many great-great grandchildren She was preceded in death by three sisters, a daughter, Bev Longanecker and a son, Norval Zigler. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling with Reverend Russell Coats officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 PM, Friday, November 10th at the Funeral Home.
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