HENRY FABER, 78, 924 16th Ave, Fulton, died Saturday (January 17, 1976) morning at Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at the Bosma Funeral Home in Fulton. The Rev. Clarence Van Essen, pastor of the First Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. A visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Bosma Funeral home. Mr. Faber was born in the Netherlands on Oct. 16, 1897, the son of John Faber and Alice Norman. He arrived in the U.S. at the age of 12. He married Effie Houzenga in Fulton on Dec. 12, 1933. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and worked as a painter and decorator and was a retired employee of the Fulton Patent Novelty Company. He is survived by his wife, Effie, two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Alberta) Michaell, Clinton, Iowa and Mrs. William (Lois) Seamen of Park Forest, Ill., one son, Leonard of Fulton, 17 grandchildren, one sister and three brothers. He is preceded by one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 17, 1976 - Saturday pg 4]
DAVID EVERETT FADDEN, 81, retired farmer of Morrison, passed away this morning (Saturday) at 4:40 in the Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles Klosterman officiating, with burial in Lyndon Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday. A memorial has been established. David Fadden was born Sept. 4, 1886 in Lyndon Township, the son of Marvin I. and Clara Thompson Fadden. He was educated in the Lyndon schools. He married Jennie Maberry on July 2, 1910 in Rock Island. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Morrison Masonic Lodge. He is survived by three daughters, Vella Fadden of Sterling; Mrs. Edward (Harriet) Stuart of Morrison; Mrs. Robert (Audrey) Smith of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Myrtle) Burch of Morrison and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife in November 1965, parents and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 11, 1968 - Saturday, pg 2]
ERNEST FADDEN - Funeral services for Ernest M. Fadden, 68, of six miles southeast of Morrison, retired farmer, who died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday (26 Jan 1952) in the Dixon Hospital, were held Monday afternoon at Morrison. The prayer service was held at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral home and the funeral at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Burial was in the Lyndon Cemetery. The Rev. Harold E. Olson, pastor of the church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. A. C. Nesmith of Dixon. The pallbearers were Nels Benson, Nels Nelson, Clarence Skains, John Vanderleeft, John Grau and Lester Grau. The floral tributes were cared for by Mrs. Minnie Meyer, Mrs. David Wiersema and Alice and Mable Skans. Glenn Craddock and Clara Ackerman sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "In the Garden." Mr. Fadden had been in failing health for the past five years and bedfast for the last two years. He was born Dec. 10, 1883 near Erie, the son of Marvin and Clara Thompson Fadden. He was reared and educated in the Humphrey school district. He farmed in Delhi and operated a hardware store in Erie from 1919 to 1931 and also farmed in Lyndon. He was married Jan.5, 1905 to Myrtle French who passed away May 24 1921. He was married Jan. 14, 1927 to Ethel Mosser, who survives him. He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the IOOF Lodge. H He is survived by his wife, and the following children, Lyle Fadden of Hammond, Ind., Doran Fadden of Chicago, Wayne Fadden of Morrison, Merle of Des Plaines and Mrs. Herbert (Ernestine) Loy of Hammond Ind.; 10 grandchildren; a brother Everett Fadden; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Nelson and Mrs. Arthur (Myrtle) Burch, all of Morrison; and a stepmother, Mrs. M. E. Fadden of Lyndon. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a brother, Harold; and two daughters, Fern and Frances. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 28, 1952 - Monday, pg 2]
MARION LEE FAIRCHILD, Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday for Lee M Fairchild, RFD, Rock Falls, at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home. Rev. H C Hatton of the First Nazarene Church of Sterling officiating with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Mrs. Wayne E Larson was at the organ during the services. Pallbearers were Joe Foley, Walter Laemmel, Steve Peck, Troy Rimmer, Glenn Snyder and William Thompson. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Steve Peck, Mrs. Dale Conkling and Mrs. Guy Curtis. Out of town relatives and friends attended from Storm Lake, Iowa, Canton, Roanoke, Chicago and Peoria. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the May 11, 1963 Sterling Daily Gazette]
FLORENCE (MUNSON) FANNING, 419 S. 14th St., Belleville, formerly of Tampico, died Sunday morning (27 Nov 1983) at Schoot Air Force Base Medical Center in Belleville. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with the Rev. Gary Phillips, pastor of the Tampico Church of Christ, officiating. Committal services will be conducted in Jacksonville, on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home in Tampico on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorail has been established in her memory to the American Cancer Fund and the student fund at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Mrs. Fanning was the daughter of Otto and Minnie Crosell Munson. She was united in marriage to Robert J. Fanning in 1942. He preceded her in death in 1948. She was a graduate of Tampico High School and received her Master's degree and Bachelor's degree in Math and Education from the University of Illinois. She taught math in the Arenvillle and Pekin schools. She was affiliated with the Radio Department at Scott Air Force Base and was also an instructor in the Training Division. She had been a Principal of Ramey School in Puerto Rico, and was Associate Professor Emeritus of the Math Department at SIU, Edwardsville. Surviving are one brother, Perry Munson, Moline; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Janice) Anderson, Lynn Center and Mrs. Jewell Renner, Manhatten Beach, Calif. Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, two sisters and two brothers. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 28, 1983 - Monday, pg A4]
JASPER W. FARBER, 66, of RFD No. 3, Hill Drive, Rock Falls, died at his home Monday evening. Funeral services were held on Thrusday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home with the Rev. Ernest Carder, associate pastor of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Mrs. Wayne E Larson played the organ for the service. Pallbearers were John Behrens, Norman Roth, Robert T. Flynn, Gilbert Corey, Harold Wetzel and Dean Pierceson. Flowers by Lundstroms. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 6, 1976 - Friday, pg 4]
MARY MAE (WILLIAMS) FARGHER,, 60, 1209 Griswold Ave., Sterling, died (January 15, 1976) Thursday evening at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Allen Funeral home in Sterling on Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Major Eugene Harris of the Salvation Army of Ft. Wayne, Ind., officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her name. Mrs. Fargher was born Dec. 25, 1915 in Lake Springs, Mo., the daughter of Lewis Allan and Nora Talbert Williams. She was united in marriage to Clarence W. Fargher on Sept. 24, 1935. She is a retired employee from the Dixon State School where she was a nurses aid. She retired three years ago. Mrs. Fargher is survived by her husband, Clarence, six sons, Charles Lewis of Dixon; Sgt. Clarence Jr. of Fountain, Colo.; Robert of Rock Falls; Joe Edd of Nampa, Idaho; Richard and Fred, both of Sterling; four daughters, Mrs. Calvin (Joyce) Gladhill of Rock Falls; Mrs. Danny (Ida) Dickson of Woodstock; Mrs. Harvey (Lula) Chupp of Tuscola, Rose at home; four brothers: --- Williams of Albuquerque, Flloyd Williams of Rolla; Leroy Williams of Rolla, Marvin Williams of Elgin, ----- Mrs. Garnet (Reba) ---- of Buffalo, Kans. Mrs (Wilma) McCaslin of Rolla, three half sisters: Mrs. (Arlent) Williams of Rolla, Mrs. Chris (Clara) Barth, Mo.; Mrs. John Farley of Rolla, Mo.; and --- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandchild, her stepmother, Lola M ---- (Missing print) [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 17, 1976 - Saturday pg 4]
EFFIE (ESMAY) FARLEY - Funeral services for Mrs. Effie E. Farley, aged 72, of Villa Park, IL., formerly of Fulton, who died Saturday, May 26, in Memorial Hospital at Elmhurst, were held at 10 A.M. Monday in the Steuerie Funeral Home in Fulton where services were held at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. E. J. Blair of the Presbyterian Church officiated and burial was in Fulton Cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were Russell Dever, Gerald Hillis, Richard James, Robert Lockhart, David Mitchell, and Dom Sheridan. Mrs. Farley, the former Miss Effie Esmay, was born at Subala, Iowa, on Dec. 29, 1889, the daughter of Fred and Ida Esmay. On Dec. 7, 1911, she married Perry C. Farley of Fulton. Mr. Farley was a policeman in Fulton and later was employed as a detective for the Chicago & North Western Railroad. The couple lived in Fulton and then moved to Chicago, IL.. She was a member of the Villa Park Woman's Club and of the Community Congregational Church at Villa Park. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Roger Shurtleff (Mildred) and two sons, Joel P. of Lake Forest and Robert C. of Franklin Park; one sister, Mrs. Lois Flannery of Clinton; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, two sons, John E. and William A. [Obituary Date - 10 Novembery 1947]
JOEL WILLIAM FARLEY, was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, Aug. 7, 1841, and when eight years of age with his parents joined in California gold rush in the days of 1849, and crossed the continent with an ox team and covered wagon with hundreds of others who were lured to the land for gold--suffering in the privations and enjoying the pleasures of that dangerous journey. Unlike hundreds, the senior Mr. Farley was successful in his search for gold, and after three years of prosperity in California the family returned East coming by way of the Isthmus of Panama. They located in Mishawaka, IN., where they resided until 1862. That year the family came to IL. and settled on a farm five mile east of Fulton, where the husband and father resided until his death. In 1871 Joel W. Farley came to Fulton to reside, and was elected constable, which office he filled for a number of years. In politics Mr. Farley was an ardent Democrat, and in 1890 was elected to the office of Sheriff of Whiteside county, making a courteous and efficient official for four years, also having the distinction of being the only Democrat ever elected to that office in this county. After his term of office as sheriff expired he was appointed Deputy sheriff by his successor in office and served in that capacity for a number of years. Mr. Farley was always a progressive citizen and active energetic business man even up to the time of his summons to cross the dark river of death and, although he had been in failing health during the past year or two he was actively engaged in real estate business. During his many years of activity in this community he gained, by his straight -forward and honest business methods, a large circle of warm friends who unite with the widow and son in mourning the loss of a good, faithful friend. He was a member of Fulton City Lodge, no. 189, A. F. & A. M. and also of Abon Ben Adhem Lodge No. 148, I.O.O.F. Sept. 7, 1880, (should be 1881) Mr. Farley was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Collins. To this union one son, Perry C. Farley was born. Mrs. Farley passed away February 22, 1907. March 10, 1909 he married Mrs. Nellie Pryling of this city, who with his son survives. The Funeral services for the deceased were held at his late home on Tenth avenue Sunday afternoon at 2:30 O'clock. Rev. Joel U. Gustafson, pastor of the Fulton Presbyterian church and at the grave the beautiful services of the Masonic lodge were used. Miss Harriet C. Bell sang that beautiful song entitled "Shadows" at the service in the home. The Pall-bearers were brother Masons, consisting of M. W. Ingwersen, Jenkins McCullagh, Dr. P. S. Kirk, E. F. Johnson, M. C. Rogers of this city and B. F. Daniels of Chicago. Those out of town attending the services included the following the services of the deceased: Mrs. Emsley Cleeton and B. F. Daniels of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunshee of Thomson, Mrs. Emma Koch of Miles, Iowa, Matthew Finch, Charles Finch and Mrs. Dickey of Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. McCalmont of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Briggs of Sabula, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Dever of Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geerts of Ustick, Earl Hollinshead and daughter, Frances, of Thomson, W. D. M. Cone of Thomson, George Ingwersen and Gustav Gardert of Clinton. A large number of sorrowing friends attended the services at the home and following the remains to their last resting place in the Fulton Cemetery. [Contributed by Rose Rathbun]
MARY (FINCH) FARLEY, mother of and living with O. A. Farley, five miles east of this city, died Wed. the 7th. She was 80 years of age & had been ill for some months with apoplexy. O. A. Farley & wife on Thursday took the remains to the old family burying ground at Fulton, IL. Where his brother J. W. lives. Still another brother J. J. lives in Oklahoma. [Contributed by Rose Rathbun from the Oakland Newspaper July 15, 1897, Thursday, p7 c6 Burial in Spring Valley Presbyterian Cemetery. The stone is just inside the East gate, on the North side.]
NELLIE (SMITH) BRYNING FARLEY, Rites Held for Former Resident Funeral rites for the late Mrs. Joel W. Farley of Chicago, formerly of Fulton, were held at two o'clock last Sunday afternoon in the home of Miss Ruby Summers, the Rev. B. B. Cartwright, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment was in the Fulton cemetery with the following friends serving as pallbearers: W. H. Mitchell, F. A. Bell, J. J. Smaltz, Dr. B. J. Snyder, and Dwight Fagan, all of Fulton, and Edward Robbins of Chicago. Those from Chicago attending the services were Mrs. Farley's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Emsley Cleeton; her stepson and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Farley; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Fay, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Robbins and daughter, Miss Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Daniels, and Mrs. Frank Kendall. Nellie S. Farley, daughter of Edward and Belinda Smith, was born in Holyoke, Mass., May 26, 1859. When she was about a year old her father died. In 1861 she came west with her mother and grandparents, the family settling in Fulton, purchasing the property at the corner of what is now Eleventh avenue and Eleventh street, just east of the present high school building. She attended the Fulton school from primary grade through high school and later took a course in the Northern Illinois college in Fulton. In August of 1877, she was united in marriage with John Amasa Bryning, son of Dr. and Mrs. S. G. Bryning of Fulton, and to this union one daughter, Pearl, now Mrs. Emsley Cleeton, was born. Her husband passed away in 1881. She and her mother and daughter continued to live in Fulton, and several years later she was married to Joel W. Farley of this city. Mr. Farley passed away in 1925 and soon after his death Mrs. Farley moved to Chicago to make her home with her son-in-law and daughter. From 1861 to 1925 she was identified with the affairs of Fulton and gave freely of her services in many church, civic and social activities. She united with the Presbyterian church at an early age and served as a teacher in the Sunday school for some time. She was a member of the Thimble society and also belonged to civic and social organizations. Leaving Fulton, which had been her home for so many years took courage, but with her undaunted spirit she entered into church and club work in the new home city and made many staunch friends there and was happy in the companionship of her daughter and her son-in-law, who was indeed a real son to her. Mrs. Farley became seriously ill over a year ago and for the past nine and a half months was confined to her bed. During her illness she received every possible care, but death was inevitable, and on Thursday, February 27, she was released from suffering. Funeral services in Chicago were held at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, in the chapel of the First Presbyterian church, her pastor, Dr. Bowman, officiating, and immediately after the funeral cortege left for Fulton. During the years that Mrs. Farley lived in Fulton, she made frequent visits in Fulton, maintaining her friendships here and continuing her interests in the city that for so many years was her home. That she retained her friends here was evidenced by the large number attending the services held in Fulton last Sunday. The sympathy of all is extended to the son-in-law and daughter, Mrs. and Mrs. Cleeton, the former for a number of years principal of the Fulton high school, and to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Farley, for many years residents of Fulton, who regarded the senior Mrs. Farley as a mother. (Unknown Newspaper) Nellie S. Farley, Feb. 27, 1941, beloved mother of Mrs. E. A. Cleeton. At residence, 6050 Dorchester Avenue, until noon, Saturday. Services at McWilliam's memorial chapel, First Presbyterian Church, 64th st at Kimbark Ave, Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Interment Fulton, IL. [Contributed by Yvonne Shultis from The Chicago Daily Tribune Chicago, IL 28 Feb 1941]
PERRY C. FARLEY, fifty-five, a former resident of Fulton, passed away Wednesday in his home in Chicago, after a brief illness, his death coming as a shock to his family and friends in the city and in Fulton. The funeral cortege will arrive in Fulton on Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. A. Dempsey officiating. Interment will be in the family lot in the Fulton cemetery. Pallbears will be Kirk Snyder of Fulton, Ira Robbins, Keith Kempter and John Dever of Clinton, IA., Fay Kempter and Claude Briggs of Savanna. Mr. Farley is the son of the late, Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. Farley. He grew to manhood in Fulton, attended the Fulton schools, graduating from high school in 1906. On Dec. 7, 1911, he was united in marriage with Miss Effie Esmay of Sabula, and the new home established here. For several years he was employed in Clinton, IA., as special detective for the C & N. W. Railway, but continued to reside in Fulton. In 1931, the family moved to Chicago, Mr. Farley having been appointed special agent for Chicago and Northwester Railroad Company, position he most successfully and faithfully filled until his death. He was held in highest esteem by his employers. Mr. Farley throughout his life was of a genial nature, making friends among young and old. Home and family were dear to him and he will be sadly missed by his loved ones. Through frequent visits to Fulton members of the family have maintained friendships that have bound them to the one time home, and Fulton friends are touched by the seeming untimely passing of Mr. Farley. Preceding him in death were his parents and one son John, who passed away in infancy. Surviving are his wife, three son, Joel and William Farley of Chicago, Master Sgt. Robert Farley, now serving overseas and one daughter, Mildred (Mrs. Robert H. Shurtleff), of Chicago. His son-in-law, Cpl. Shurtleff, is serving overseas. He is also survived by three grandsons. [Contributed by Rose Rathbun from the Morrison Library Obituary Collection]
WILLIAM ARCHIE FARLEY, Funeral services for William Archie Farley, son of Mrs. Effie Farley and the late Perry Farley of Chicago, formerly of Fulton, were conducted in the Fay Funeral Home at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Mr. Farley, aged 31 years, died last Friday in his home, 1026 Massasoit Ave. Chicago, IL., he had been ill about a week. Services were conducted at the Maty Funeral Home in Chicago Monday afternoon. The body was brought to the Fay Funeral Home in Fulton Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Harry Harned of Clinton officiated at the Fulton Service, bringing a message of comfort through prayer and scripture passages, dwelling on particular on thoughts in connection with the Twenty-Third Psalm. Burial was in the family lot in Fulton Cemetery. Casket bearers were Verne Abbott and Arthur Enwright of Fulton, John Devers, Keith Kempter and Claude Briggs of Clinton. Mr. Farley was born in Fulton July 8, 1914. He attended the Fulton schools through the Junior High. The family moved to Chicago in 1931 and William was graduated from the Austin High School there in the class of 1933. At the time of his death he was employed as parts manager for the Parmalee Transportation Company of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, John, who died in infancy. Surviving are his mother, two brothers, Joel and Robert Farley; one sister, Mrs. Roger Shurtleff (Mildred), three nieces, and two nephews. The family and several friends from Chicago were in Fulton for the services. [Contributed by Rose Rathbun]
RICHARD W. FARNDALE, 88, of Prophetstown, died Friday, March 25, 2007, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown. He owned and operated Dick’s Service Station, Prophetstown for many years, retiring in 1987. Mr. Farndale was born August 6, 1918 in Prophetstown, the son of George and Frances (Hilton) Farndale. He served in the Army during World War II, spending more than four years in the Pacific theater of Operation. He married Marion Johnson on September 29, 1946 in Prophetstown. Dick was a member of the First Congregational Church and American Legion Post 522, both in Prophetstown, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8281 in Morrison, and Prophet Hills Country Club. Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Rosemary Buege of Menomonee Falls, WI and Helen Schultz of Bellview, FL; and nieces and nephews. A brother, Arthur Farndale, preceded him in death. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown. Burial with military honors will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown completed arrangements. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - Prophetstown Echo 27 March 2007]
ELLA (SMITH) FARRELL - Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Farrell were held at the home in Tampico Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Frank T. Palm, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiated. Mrs. J. M. Conroy and Mrs. N. E. Denison sang two hymns, "In the Garden" and "Sometime We'll Understand." Friends who served as pallbearers were A. E. Bennett, J. M. Jacobs, W. J. McCreedy, R. F. Woods, J. M. Olsson and Wm. Burden. Burial was in the Prophetstown Cemetery. Obituary: Ella Smith Farrell was born in Tampico Township, October 14, 1862, and passed away at her home in Tampico May 30, 1930, aged 67 years, seven months and 16 days. She was the third daughter of Harlow and Louisa Pope Smith. Her early childhood and girlhood was spent on a farm in Hume. November 27, 1895, she was married to Jas. Farrell of Prophetstown. After her marriage they moved to her husband's farm, southwest of Prophetstown, where they continued to reside until her husband's death February 23, 1908, after which she moved to Tampico and assisted in the care of her invalid mother. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Tampico, also a member of the Harmony Club and an active member of the Eastern Star. She leaves to mourn her departure three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Fred Brown of Hume, Mrs. R. B. Smith, Mrs. Minnie Round and William Smith of Tampico and Bert Smith of Eyebrow, Sask., Canada. Truly a good woman has gone from our midst, and she will be greatly missed by her family, and also by many friends in the community, who tender their sympathy to the relatives at this time. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 3, 1930 - Tuesday, pg 8]
RUBAH (McCLURE) FARRELL - Death came to Mrs. Rubah Farrell very suddenly Monday morning while she was in the office of Dr. Mabel Sibley, being treated for a slight indisposition. The coroner was notified and an inquest was held, the jury returning a verdict that she came to her death from apoplexy. Mrs. Rubah Farrell was born in Prophetstown August 10, 1868, and died Dec. 21, 1925. Mrs. Farrell was twice married, the last time to William Farrell 17 years ago, no children being born to the last marriage. To the first marriage there were born four daughters and one son, as follows: Chauncy McClure, a practicing chiropractor in Iowa; Mrs. Guy Parent, Aurora; Mrs. Lloyd Pratt, Tampico, and Mrs. Edward Buckwald, Prophetstown. For the past 17 years, Mrs. Farrell lived in Prophetstown. Shortly after coming here she was married to Mr. Farrell, who preceded her in death some years ago. Mrs. Farrell was a Christian lady, being a member of the M.E. Church and active in the duties of the society. Funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 2 o'clock in the M. E. Church here, by Rev. J. A. Foard, her pastor. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls Illinois December 28, 1925 - Tuesday, pg 8]
WAYNE I. FARRINGTON, 70, of Prophetstown, died SUnday in Moline Public Hsp. Funeral services were this afernoon in the Gibson FuneralHome in Erie. Burial in the Erie Cemetery. Mr. Farrington was born on Nov. 3, 1916 in Prophetstown, the son of Irwin and Mary (Bacon) Farrington. On Feb. 6, 1941 he was united in marriage to Nettie Brown in Sparta WI, and she preceded him in 1983. Mr. Farrington retired in 1970 from the former International Harvestor and also farmed in the Erie area. He was a US Army veteran of WW II and a former member of the Rock Falls American Legion. Survivors include two sons, Irwin of Morrison and Carl of Burnside KY; four daughters, MRs. Charles (Lynn) Friedericks of San Jose CA, Mrs. Louis (Carol) Ybarra of Sterling, Frances Eades of Morrison and Gayle Anderson of Prophetstown; one half-brother Glen Mulnix of Muscatine IA and 14 grandchildren.
AUDREY (GAULRAPP) FARTHING, 86, of Aurora, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 at University of Illinois Hospital Chicago. Mrs. Farthing was aborn Dec. 27, 1917 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Clarence and Maude Gaulrapp. She married Paul K. Farthing on Sept. 14, 1938 on the family farm in Rock Falls. He died June 18, 2002. She was a member of Elmhurst Methodist Church and United Methodist Women's Group. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Erschen and Carol (Don) Hirsch, both of Aurora; a son, Dan (Sharon) Farthing of Westmont; a sister, Lou Allen of Rock Falls, four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Farthing; a grandson; a brother, Coe Gaulrapp; and a sister, Ethel Janssen. Private funeral services is at the Healy Chapel Aurora. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling.
JOHN D. FARWELL - Funeral services for John D. Farwell of Morrison, who died in the Morrison Community Hospital after being a patient there for 12 dsays, were held Thursday afternoon in the Methodist Church with the Rev. David Fouts, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Miss Clara Ackerman and Glenn Craddock sang two duets, "Lily of the Valley," and "God Be With You Til We Meet Again." They were accompanied by Mrs. Abe Renkes, organist, who also played a prelude and postlude of organ music. Pallbearers were Kennth Null, Elmer Entwhistle, Donald Hensler, Harry Linder, Jr., Wayne Fadden and Clare Chapin. Miss Myrtle Ewers and Mrs. Lois Basil arranged floral tributes. The Reynolds funeral home was in charge of arrangements. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 6, 1961 - Monday - pg 2, col 3]
FARWELL FUNERAL - The funeral services of Lawrence H.[?] Farwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Farwell, who died Tuesday [08/16/1921] morning, were held today at one o'clock at the home in the vicinity of Thomson and at 2:30 at the Methodist church in this city, the services being conducted by Samuel Stump. Interment was made in Grove Hill cemetery. [Daily Gazette Sterling 18 August 1921; Contriubuted by Larry Reynolds]
SOLOMON FARWELL died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Ryder of DeWitt, Ia, on Feb. 9, 1907. Mr. Farwell was a resident of Whiteside county fifty years. He lived with his daughter Mrs. Minnie Bent of this place several years, until about a year ago when he went to Iowa. He was 80 years old, and was buried at DeWitt, Ia. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Scrapbook Clipping]
CLEDIA R. (LANCE) FASSLER - 63, of RR 3 Dixon died in Edgerton, Wis., on Sunday (July 21, 1985) after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday immediately following visitaton at 7 p.m. with Rev. Tommy Teter Hinz, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wis., officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling .Visitation will be at Chapel Hill Funeral Home today from 5-7. Cledia was born Feb. 16, 1920 in Franklin County, the daughter of Andrew J. and Mary E. Vaughn Lance. Surviving are Don Hinz of Dixon; two daughters, Marie Heilgeist of Polo and Sharon Smith of Princeton; two sons, Albert Thompson and Richard Thompson both of Dixon; two sisters, Minnie Jurechka of Dixon and Betty Wolber of Polo; two brothers, Aubrey Lance of Utica and Herman Lance of Dixon; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 23, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
CHARLES F. FEE, 79, of Prophetstown died at 12:30 p.m on Monday at East Moline. He had been ill at his home the past four years. The body reposes at the Garner mortuary in Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Congregational church, of which the deceased was a member, Rev. I. C. Campbell will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery at Prophetstown. Mr. Fee, a retired farmer, was born on April 26, 1865, in Ohio state, son of Austin and Elizabeth Magee Fee. He had lived in and around Prophetstown practically all of his life and was educated in the Prophetstown schools. He married Jennie Francis of Prophetstown, who died on June 19, 1938. He leaves one brother, John Fee of Rock Falls and one sister, Mrs. Clark Lane of the Leon community, south of Prophetstown. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Albert, Joseph, Samuel, Thomas, Francis and J. W. Fee, and two sisters, Mrs. Della Cleaveland and Mrs. Sarah Bryson. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 10, 1945 - Tuesday, pg 6, col. 5]
JOHN H. FEE, 96, oldest required schoolteacher in Whiteside county, died yesterday from infirmities of old age and the extreme heat. For 40 years he was assistant postmaster at Prophetstown. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 August 1947]
DARLENE A. (GRATER) FELDMAN, 85, of Morrison, died Monday March 14, 2005 at Four Seasons Living center. She farmed with her husband in the rural Whiteside County, retiring in 1984/ Mrs. Feldman was born May 4, 1919 in Morrison the daughter of Wm. E. and Hazel M. (Book) Grater. She married Joseph E. Feldman Jr. on Oct. 15, 1940 in Clinton Iowa. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, SHaree Ottens, Patricia Abelson; a son Kenneth; a sister Mildred Smith; a brother Earl and six grandchildren. Services Saturday at Morrison United Methodist Church with Rev. Daniel Swinson and Rev. Heju Cha officiating. [Contributed by Jan Roggy]
GEORGE HENRY FELDMAN - was born in Helmsheim, Baden, Germany, May 11, 1826 and died of cancer in the stomach in Mt. Pleasant Township, Jan 27th 1883, aged 56 years, 7 months and 16 days. Mr. Feldman emigrated to American in May 1854, landing at Philadelphia, where he married Dorothea Rosway the following September. In 1857 he removed from Philadelphia to Mt. Pleasant township, where he has resided ever since. His wife died in December 1876, and two years later he married Rosina Mack, who with the four children of his first wife survive him. In 1878 he bacame a member of Grove Lodge No 257 I.O.O.F. and was highly esteemed by not only the brothers of the Order but by all who knew him, as a friend and brother. He was buried by the Order, services being held at the Universalist church, sermon by Rev. C.A.Lander. He leaves in addition to his family, two brothers and many warm friends to mourn his death. May God bless the bereaved family and be their comfort in affliction.
JACOB FELDMAN Sr. - At his home in this city, on Sunday, March 3, 1895 of paralysis, Mr. Jacob Feldman, aged 72 years, 10 month and 11 days. Jacob Feldman was born in Baden, Germany, April 22, 1822 and came to America in October 1851. He located in New Jersey from which State he came to Whiteside Co., Ill. He married to Christina Schwartz in 1858, which union was blessed with two children, one of whom died in infancy, the other, Jacob Feldman, Jr. dying a few years ago. The deceased was a member of the Protestant Reform church, a quiet and peaceable man, a good citizen and had a large circle of friends who esteemed him greatly for his kind disposition. He was a member of the independent order of Odd Fellows having been initiated in Grove Lodge No. 257, of this city July 10, 1877 and was highly respected by all members of the fraternity. He leaves an aged widow, a daughter-in-law, three grand children, one brother and two sisters to mourn his departure. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Presybterian church conducted by Rev. J. W. Skinner. After the services the body was taken in charge by the Odd Fellows, escorted to Grove Hill cemetery where the last sad rites were preformed by that order.
JACOB FELDMAN Jr. - At his residence in this city, on Tuesday April 7, 1891, Jacob Feldman Jr. aged 31 years, 6 months and 9 days. Jacob Feldman Jr. was born in Morrison, Ill, Sept 28, 1859. He had lived in this city his whole life with the exception of a short time when he was in California, where he had gone for the benefit of his health. He has been engaged in the restaurant business in this city for fifteen years and had been very successful. He was married Sept 28, 1883 to Miss Carrie Schoch who with three small children, survives the husband and father, Mr Feldman was a good citizen, a kind husband an father and had many friends who sincerely mourn his loss.
JOSEPH E. FELDMAN, 87, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Friday, November 30, 2007 at the nursing home. Joseph was born July 19, 1920 in Morrison, IL, to Joseph E. and Ivy (Rhymer) Feldman, Sr. He attended the Morrison, IL grade and high schools. Joe married Darlene A. Grater on October 15, 1940 in Clinton, IA. She died March 14, 2005. He farmed in the rural Morrison area his entire life. Joe was a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau and was on the school board for the McAllister grade school in rural Morrison, IL. He was inducted into the Morrison High School Hall of Fame as a member of the 1937 football team. Survivors include two daughters, Sharee (Mrs. DuWayne) Ottens of Morrison, IL and Patricia (Mrs. Michael) Abelson of Weston, MA; one son, Kenneth (Lona) Feldman of Eugene, OR; six grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one sister, Elaine (Mrs. Aaron) Rasmussen of San Diego, CA; and one brother, Phillip Dale (Jeanne') Feldman of Buffalo Grove, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; one son, Larry Joe; one granddaughter, Rachel Feldman; and one sister, Dorothy Kromery.
ERICA LYNN FELDTHOUSE - Graveside services for six day old twin daughter of Chris and Cheryl Sanders Feldthouse, 603 19th Ave., Sterling, who died Wednesday evening at Rockford Memorial Hospital, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Cemetery with the Rev. William Shwartz officiating. She is survived by her parents, twin sister, Sandra Kay; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders, Sterling; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ray Wilson, Sterling. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Robert Feldthouse. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1978 - Thursday, page 4]
MARY ELIZABETH (SORENSON) FELDTHOUSE, 73, of 611 Ave. D., Rock Falls, passed away at the family home Saturday evening. Mary Elizabeth Feldthouse was born June 24, 1887 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the daughter of Hans and Carolina Sorensen. She came to the United States in 1913 and was united in marriage to Robert J. Feldthouse. The couple moved to Rock Falls where they spent their entire married life. She is survived by her husband; three sons, Harry, who is chief gunner's mate with the U.S. Navy, stationed at Ecuador, South America; Robert E., of Rock Falls, and Paul S., Huntington Beach, Calif.; one sister, Helen in Denmark; three grandsons: Neil, Machel and Chris Feldthouse, all of Sterling. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Harry E. Schiffer, pastor-emeritus of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating with burial in [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 23, 1961 - Thursday, page 2]
PHYLLIS (DRAPE) FELL 77, died Wednesday, July 26, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Ill., following several months of declining health. She was born to Theodore and Viola Rahlf Drape on Aug. 30, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa. The family lived in Denver, Iowa, and later in Waverly, Iowa. Phyllis graduated from Waverly High School in 1945. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she met her husband, David Fell. They were married in 1948 and graduated in 1949. While her husband was in medical school in Chicago, Phyl worked as a cereal chemist. The couple moved to Morrison, Ill., in 1954 where David Fell was a physician until his death on Dec. 11, 1989. Fell was elected Morrison?s first female alderman in 1975 and served the city until 1995. She was active in the Girl Scouts and was town cookie chair for 15 years. Fell worked with Morrison Music Theatre both on and offstage. She was in that organization?s first show, Annie Get Your Gun, in 1962. Her favorite roles were Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Bloody Mary in South Pacific which she played in 1963 and again in 1982. For 30 years Fell was the director of the Morrison Food Pantry. She saw there was a need for a food pantry in Morrison, so she set one up with the support of Morrison?s Ministerial Council. Fell was active in her church and sang in the Methodist Choir for many, many years. She also served on various church boards and committees. For the past seven years, Fell worked as a volunteer tutor in Morrison schools. She started going to the grade school for an hour once a week, but moved up to the junior high and ended up going two hours a day, three days a week. Fell was a member of the Whiteside County Mental Health Board and was president when she resigned just weeks before she died. Fell was a member of the Odell Library Board and was treasurer at the time of her death. She was an avid reader. The Masons presented Fell with the Community Builders Award on April 11, 1986; and the Morrison Minister's Council honored her for her work with the food pantry in January, 1992. On April 1, 1995, Fell was presented with the KWQC TV6 Woman of Spirit and Note Award. In July 2005, she was recognized by the Morrison Sesquicentennial as a Civic and Community Achiever. Fell is survived by her brother: Robert Drape of Etna, N.H. and Geneva, Switzerland; three children: Sarah (William) Thorndike of Morrison, Ill.; Jennifer "Jeffer" (James) Scheuer of Owen, Wis.; and Andrew (Deborah) Fell of Urbana, Ill.; and four grandchildren: She was preceded in death by her husband, David, her parents and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the United Methodist Church in Morrison. Memorials may be directed to the Odell Public Library in Morrison or the Morrison Food Pantry
AUGUSTA FELLOWS - At the home of her mother, Mrs. Hattie Fellows of Morrison, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 1889, of consumption, Miss Augusta Fellows, aged 20 years, 9 months and 22 days. Miss Augusta Fellows was born August 4, 1869, in Union Grove, and was the oldest daughter of Rober tand Hattie Fellows. Her early life was spent in Union Grove. About five years ago she went to Fulton where her grandparents, Mr. and mrs. H.C. Fellows reside, and attended the Fulton High School. Her friendship was so true that she made many warm friends there. About three years ago, her parents having moved to Morrison, she entered the Morrison High School and graduated in the class of 1888. She has rendered faithful service as secretary of the Universalist Sunday school of Morrison, and identified herself with the work of the young people of the church. Augusta was a kind and affectionate daughter and sister, and during her sickness was always patient and cheerful. Consumption wore her life away. But with a christian hope she met death and has left us to meet her father who departed this life only eitht months ago; and there on the evergreen shore in the better land she awaits us all. The funeral services were held at her late home on Saturday at 2 p.m. conducted by the pastor of the Universalist Church and attended by a large company of friends whose sympathy goes with the bereaved family. [Written by O.G. Colgrove From the Obituary Collection]
BETTY J. (BLAIR) FELLOWS, 81, of Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, IL, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the Center. Betty was born November 22, 1928 in Thomson, IL, to Joseph and Rachel (Bennett) Blair. She was educated in the Thomson grade schools and graduated from Thomson High School in 1947. Betty married Robert J. Fellows on September 24, 1948 in Morrison, IL. He died November 8, 1992. She was employed by General Electric in Morrison, then Betty and her husband, Robert co-owned and operated Friendly Fellows Tap in Morrison for 8 years. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Morrison, the GE Gem Club, Lake View Country Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include one sister, Mary Johnson of Morrison, IL; one brother, William Blair of Morrison, IL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert; four sisters, Neoma Smith, Dorothy Bennett, Ruth Ballard, and Margaret Blair in infancy; two brothers, Jim and Paul "Bud" Blair. FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:00 AM Friday, September 3, 2010 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral OFFICIATING: Rev. Mike Winkelman - Pastor: St. Peter's Lutheran Church - Morrison, IL INTERMENT: Grove Hill Cemetery - Morrison, Illinois
EDDIE LEE FELLOWS, 54, passed away at 12:25 AM Wednesday morning at the Jane Lamb Hospital Clinton, Where he was taken four days ago suffering with blood poisoning. Death was due to LockJaw. Mr. Fellows injured two of his fingers in a local factory Aug. 20, 1936 one of the fingers having to be amputated. His condition grew worse the last couple of days, and no hope was held for him Tuesday. Funeral rites will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Carney funeral home. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. He was born July 29, 1882 at Round Grove, son of Edward S. and Sarah Fellows. He graduated from the Round Grove school and was married to Lizzie Brandt who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter Venessa, at home and four sisters, and five brothers as follows: Mrs. Eva Chamberlain of Madelia Minnisota, Mr.and Mrs. Norma L Hand Of Chicago, Mrs. Ida C Goff Elmhurst, Mrs. Roxy Sauers of Dixon, Jim W. of Oregon, Otto D. of Seat Pleasant MD, Ross C. of Round Grove, Elmer C. of Logan Iowa, and Cecil V. of Omaha NE. He was preceded in death by two brothers Simon and Bryan, the latter being killed while in service during World War 1. Funeral services for Eddie Lee Fellows were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 from Carney funeral home, Rev. Albertus Perry officiating. Burial was in Lyndon cemetery. Casket attendenants were Carl Kuebler, William Wagenecht, John Krone, Fred Hayen, Art Brandt, and Gus Brandt. Mrs. Will Stegenga and Mrs. Mary Nelson had charge of flowers, Mrs. Will Benters sang.
EDWARD STERLING FELLOWS, who died at the home of his son Cecil at Logan, Iowa Monday, was born at Round Grove in 1847, and was 81 years, 7 months, and 2 days of age at the time of his death. The remains arrived at Round Grove Tuesday afternoon and the funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his son Rosco, and at 2:30 o'clock at the Round Grove church, Rev. H. T. Chenoweth officiating. Burial is to be made in the Round Grove cemetery. Mr. Fellows was born the son of Simon and Elizabeth Deyo Fellows. and one of a family of 10 children. all of whom have passed away except Chas. Fellows of this city and Omar Fellows of Middletown, N. Y. He spent his entire life in this vicinity until two years ago, when he went to Logan, Iowa, to live with his son. He was educated in the Round Grove schools and in 1879 was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Ward, who preceded him in death 18 years ago. Twelve children were born to this union Simon, who died when about 14 years or age; Eddie of Morrison, Mrs. George Chamberlain of Madelia, Minn., Mrs. George Hand of Chicago; Mrs. L.L. Goff of Elmhurst, Ill., Mrs. P. D Sauer of Dixon, Ill., James, who resides on a farm near White Pigeon, Otto of Washington, D. C., Rosco of Round Grove, who lives on the old homestead; Bryan, who was killed in France during the world war; Elmer of Higginsville, Mo., and Cecil of Logan, lowa Twenty-eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, together with a host of friends and neighbors, mourn his death. [Whiteside Sentinel, Tri-Weekly Wednesday, June 25, 1929]
ELIZABETH (Brandt) WAGENECHT FELLOWS - Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Fellows who died Thursday evening in a Clinton nursing home were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Tomlinson funeral home at Morrison. The Rev. Theo Dierks pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran church officated and burial was in the Lyndon cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Mundt of Sterling; Kyle Wagenecht and Julius Brandt of Prophetstown; Edward Wagenecht, Robert Wagenecht and Dean Houseman of Morrison. Those in charge of the beautiful floral tribures were Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Brandt of Morrison and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brandt of Lyndon. Mrs. Theo Dierks and Mrs. Leonard Jaeger were the vocalists with Mrs. Dierks playing the piano accompanyment. [Contributed by Mike Hosler - Newspaper dated 16 April 1957]
ELLA MARIE (REILEY) FELLOWS 59, Prophetstown died Saturday evening at the Morrison Community Hospital, where she had been a patient for three days. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3pm at the Gardner Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, with Rev. Paul Olson of the First Methodist Church Prophetstown officiating. Burial will be in the Prophetstown Riverside Cemetery. Visitiation will be Monday evening. Ella Marie Fellows was born May 29, 1906, in Prophetstown, the daughter of Francis J. and Mary M. Olsson Reiley. She was educated in the Prophetstown schools and lived in Prophetstown her entire life. She was married to Earl C. Fellows April 20, 1940. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harold Mary Jane Erdmann, Kay Fellows, and one brother Keither, all of Prophetstown. She was preceeded in death by her parents and one brother [Contributed by Stormy Reiley]
LOLA MAY FELLOWS - At the residence of her mother in this city, May 20, 1890, of consumption, Miss Lola May Fellows, aged 18 years 6 months and 19 days. Lola M. Fellows was born in Union Grove, Whiteside county, Ill., October 31, 1871. This was her home until 1880, when she came to this city. About six months ago she was taken ill and was confined to the house ever since with what proved to be consumption. Active hands and loving hearts did all that could be done, but the end was inevitable and Tuesday evening she quietly and serenely passed to the spirit world. Lola was a christian lady, a kind and obedient daughter, a loving sister and a cherished friend of all who knew her. She will be missed by her schoolmates and by her young friends in this Sunday school and church in which she was interested and where she proved herself a devoted christian. But more especially in the home will she be missed. May the rich and never failing promises and blessings of God sustain the lonely mother and sister and relatives. The funeral services wereheld at the residence of Mrs. Fellows on Thursday afternoon, Rev. O.G. Colegrove officiating; after which the remains were interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.
MABEL FELLOWS - 101, of Morrison died Sunday morning at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home with Dr. H. J. Rendall officiating. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mabel Fellows was born Sept. 20, 1874 in Union Grove Township, the daughter of Robert J. and Harriet Burns Fellows. She was a resident of Morrison her entire life. She is survived by a number of cousins. She was preceded by two sisters. A memorial has been established for Resthave Nursing Home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiniois December 1, 1975 - Monday, pg 6]
OTTO FELLOWS, of Washington D.C. died there recently according to word received by his brother Rosco Fellows, of Round Grove. He was the son of the late Edward Fellows, of Round Grove, where he was born and passed his early boyhood. During the World War he served for two years in the U.S. army in the Philippine Islands. Besides his parents he was precided in death by three brothers, Simon, Eddie and Bryan. The latter was killed in action in France during the World War. He is survived by four brothers and four sisters: Mrs. George Chamberlain of Minnesota: Mrs. George Hand, of Chicago: Mrs. L. L. Goff of Elmhurst: Mrs. P. D. Sour and James W. Fellows, of Dixon: Rosco Fellows, of Round Grove: Elmer, of Logan Iowa: and Cecil, of Omaha, Neb.
ROBERT J. FELLOWS, 64, of 502 Elm St., Morrison, died Nov. 8, 1992, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morrison Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mike Winkelman, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Morrison, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Fellows was born June 16, 1928, in Round Grove, the son of Roscoe and Cora (Wagner) Fellows. He was educated in Round Grove and attended Morrison High School. He married Betty J. Blair Sept. 24, 1948, in Morrison. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.. Following the service, he worked for General Electric for 25 years, retiring in July of 1988. He also worked part-time for Vend-O-Mack in Morrison for 20 years. Mr. Fellows and his wife co-owned and operated Friendly Fellows Tap in Morrison for eight years. He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, Jim Beam Club, the Morrison American Legion, Sterling Moose Club and Lake View Country Club. He is survived by his wife; his mother of Morrison; two sisters, Mary Jane Green of Galt and Doris Denning of Morrison; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. [Sterling Daily Gazette 8 November 1992]
SIMON FELLOWS CALLED BY DEATH. One of the earliest Pioneers in this section of the State is gone. Had passed ninety two. Mr. Fellows has been a resident of Lee and Whiteside Counties since November 1834. Widely known and respected. Simon Fellows one of the old settlers in this part of the State passed away at the home of his son, Charles, in Union Grove Monday evening about 10:30 P.M. In 1639 William Fellows came from England and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Simon Fellows was one of his lineal descendants of the eight generation. He was one of a family of fifteen children. He was born in Sandwich, Stafford now Carroll County, Hew Hampshire on Nov. 20, 1815 and came with his parents to Illinois about 1834 and settled near Dixon. He married Elizabeth Deyo July 10, 1836, daughter of Garrett F Deyo, of Jordan Township. Mr Fellows had engaged in farming, near his fathers home. He moved to Hopkins Township, Whiteside County in 1850 and then to Round Grove in 1855 where he resided until the death of his wife in 1890. He then made his home in Morrison until 1902, then with his daughter in Charlotte, Michigan, until last December, when upon the death of his daughter Margaret with whom he lived, he came to live with his son Charles in Union Grove. He celebrated his ninety second birthday a few days before his death. He was the father of ten children, of whom seven, Oliver, Charles, Edward, Elizabeth Bacon, Emilene Seamans, George, and Omar survive him. His numerous descendents include fifty three grandchildren, sixty three great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. His brother Stephen and sister Mary Fellows Cavanaugh, both of Iowa City, Iowa survive him. He was baptized in early life and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was his custom as long as strength permitted to read his bible and pray twice every day. He was genial and companionable, and so made many strong and lasting frendships. Many were drawn to him by his recollections of the Pioneer Days. He lived to see Chicago grow to its present dimensions from a Frontier Post, and the Prairie transformed into rich farms and Populous cities. The immediate cause of his death was a fall he suffered three weeks ago, fracturing his hip. This caused him but little pain, but the shock to his system was such as to develope pneumonia which later caused his death. The funeral will be held at the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. and interment will be made at Round Grove IL.
KENNETH N. FENN - 80, Prophetstown, died Friday afternoon at Community General Hospital where he had been patient for two weeks. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown with the Rev. Daniel Boxwell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established in his memory for the First Congregational Church. Fenn was born Dec. 27, 1897, Prophetstown, the son of Charles and Bonnie (Smith) Fenn. He was educated at Prophetstown schools, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois Pharmacy School. He married Leath Brown, Sterling, Jan. 1, 1919 in Sterling. Fenn lived in Prophetstown all of his lifetime and owned and operated Fenn Drug Store from 1921 until 1964. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, veteran of WW I, 50 year member of Prophetstown Lodge 293 AF & AM, Charter Member Prophestown American Legion Post 522, and served as member of the Prophetstown Booster and of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank for many years. Survivors include his widow, one son, Robert C., Sunnyvale, Calif., one sister, Alma Evans, Kirkwood, Mo., two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 26, 1978 - Saturday, page 4]
JEREMIAH B. FENTON - Funeral rites for the late Jeremiah B. Fenton were held Saturday [01/06/1934] afternoon at 2 o’clock in Freeport at the United Brethren church of which he was a member, conducted by Rev. Whitesill, pastor, assisted by rev. Keltner, a close friend of the deceased. Burial was in the family lot at Freeport. The following friends and relatives from here attended: Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Snavely, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Frankfother, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rosenbury and Mrs. George Lauwrence. Jeremiah B. Fenton, son of John and Catherine Fenton was born on what is known as the Charles Peugh farm just west of Coleta, on March 22, 1861 (He was actually born in Wood Co OH), and died in Moline Jan. 3, 1934, aged 72 years, nine months and 11 days. A few years after their marriage the family moved to Wood county, Ohio and later moved back to Genesee township, making the trip overland in a covered wagon. After living here for a few years the family moved to Tama county, Ia., and later moved by team and wagon to Crete, Neb., where the family resided for three years before returning again to Genesee township where the deceased grew to manhood. He made his home for a number of years with the J. M. Overholser family. He was converted to God when a boy of 14 years and joined the United Brethren church and he kept his faith with his Master to the end. He was always held in the highest esteem by his many friends and associates. He was united in marriage to Alice Deets, May 17, 1883 and to this union four children were born. One son died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death January 12, 1932. The following children survive: Mrs. J. C. Young, Mrs. Earl Miller and Frank Fenton; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild of Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. M. F. Frankfother of Coleta, Mrs. S. W. Mull of Sterling; one brother, Charles Fenton of Petoskey, Mich., and many other relatives in the vicinity of Sterling, Coleta and Milledgeville. He was Sunday school superintendent and teacher of the Bible class for many years before he died. He was a lover of music and took and active part in singing at church and community gatherings. Mr. Fenton organized singing schools in the early eighties and taught both vocal and note music to large classes during the winter month. None can say but that the world is better that Jed, as he was commonly known, had lived in it and had strewn flowers in the pathway of his fellow men whenever he could. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds / The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 8, 1934, page 5, column 7.
GLEN FERGUSON, 90, of Lyndon died Thursday, May 25, 2006 at his home. He was employed by Wahl Clipper, Sterling, as a tool maker for 29 years; and owned Ferguson Cycle, Sterling for many years. Mr. Ferguson was born Nov. 1, 1915, in Sterling, the son of Homer and Hazel (Wolf) Ferguson. He married Dorothy Frank on May 10, 1938, in Sterling. She preceded him in death. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sterling, Ducks Unlimited, Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club, Rock River Riders and Civil Air Patrol. Survivors include a sister, Janet (Harold) Janssen of Sterling; four nephews, Randy (Donna) Ohda, and Larry (Judy) Colberg, both of Rock Falls, Stephen Mathews of Sterling and Tim (Lori) Mathews of Round Grove; a niece, Sarah (Gene) LeFevre of Rock Falls; a sister-in-law, Ann Scheinenan of Sterling; a special daughter, Sandy Shierry of Lyndon; and a special son, George Shierry of Lyndon. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Colberg; and two brothers, Burton Ferguson and Wayne Ferguson. Memorial services were held Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Leo Patterson officiating. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Homes. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo
DELORES (BENSON) FENWICK, 74, of Rock Falls died Tuesday Nov. 30, 2004. Mrs. Fenwick was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of Paul O. and Mary (Elliott) Benson. Survivors include two sons, Larry Carr of Chandler Ariz. and Dick Carr of Bettendorf, Iowa; her mother of Rock Falls, a brother David (Phyllis) Benson of Amboy and two grandchildren. She was preceded by her father. The funeral is a 11 a.m. Friday atMcDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls with the Rev. Frank Brozenec of East Grove Union Church officiating. Burial is Saturday at Union Minors Cemetery, Mount Olive.
ELIZABETH FERGUSON, a resident of the Erie vicinity for many years passed away suddenly Tuesday morning at her home in Ustick Township, about eight miles northwest of Morrison, while assisting her husband in preparing breakfast. She has been in ill health for some time, but was thought to be improved. Mrs. Ferguson lacked one day of being 77 years old. Elizabeth Wood, oldest daughter of Charles and Louisa James Wood, was born Dec. 1, 1866, and spent her girlhood in Newton Township. She attended the Cottle school. On October 21, 1890, she was married at Morrison to William Ferguson. They had resided on farms in Newton, Erie and Garden Plain townships until 24 years ago, when they purchased the farm where she resided at the time of her death. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson observed their golden wedding anniversary three years ago, October 21. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the home, with the Rev. Mr. Albright officiating. Committal will be in the Erie Cemetery. Surviving are the widower, a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Spangler, and a son Charles, both residing on farms near their parents. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Bert Yopst of Albany, a brother, Jesse Wood of Fulton, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. A sister Sarah and two brothers, C. A. Wood and W. F. Wood preceded her in death several years and twin brothers died in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 1, 1943 - Wednesday, pg 10]
ELIZABETH NEWTON FERGUSON - Word was received Wednesday of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Newton Ferguson, 98, who died in Patterson, Ill. Surviving are eight children, including among whom are Ralph Newton, Rock Falls, and Charles Newton, formerly of Rock Falls, and also several grandchildren and great grandchildren in this area. Funeral services will be conducted at Mackey's Funeral Home, Roodhouse, Ill., on Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the White Hall Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 12, 1964 - Thursday, pg 2]
ELLEN (SCANLAN) FERGUSON, 61, of 210 N. Lime St., Albany died Sunday (17 November 1985) in her home. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Albany, preceded by prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery with Rev. Father Ronald Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday with Scripture services at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Ellen was born on Jan. 7, 1924 in Limerick County, Ireland, the daughter of Thomas and Ellen Bradish Scanlan. She married Wayne Ferguson in July 1957 in Riverside. Mrs. Ferguson was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the church. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson farmed in the rural Albany area until retiring in 1981 and moving to Albany. Survivors include her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Anna Marie Ferguson of Hampton; and four sisters and two brothers all of Ireland and England. She was preceded in death by her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 18 1985 - Monday, pg A4]
DELLA (JENSEN) FIELDHOUSE, 70, Civic Plaza Apartments, Rock Falls, died at 11 p.m. Saturday in Community General Hospital. There is visitation from 2 to 9 p.m. today in Behrens Mortuary, where funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, will officiate, and burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Dorothy Jensen was born Dec. 31, 1898 in Beardstown, Ill., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jens Peter Jensen. She was educated in the Beardstown schools and retired in 1962 from employment at the Rock Island Arsenal. She was united in marriage to August Paulsen, who died in 1933 and to Robert Feldthouse, who preceded her in death in 1967. Surviving are one son, Ronald M. Paulson of Waterloo, Iowa; three grandchildren; three step-sons, Robert Feldthouse of Rock Falls, Harry Feldthouse in the state of Washington and Paul Feldthouse in the Merchant Marines and a sister, Mrs. Hilda Kuch of Coffeeville, Kan. Two brothers and one sister preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 22, 1969 – Monday, pg 2]
EVERETT FIET, Services for Everett Fiet were held Tuesday in the Trinity Reformed Church of Fulton. The Rev. Robert VanderSchaaf officiated and burial was in the Fulton Cemetery. The Bosma Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Evert Bonneur, Dkonald Brackenmeyer, Raymond Damhoff, Jack Dyke, Robert Haan and Claus Ten Boer, all elders in the Trinity Reformed Church. Mrs. Jon A Dyke, Mrs. Robert Haan and Mrs. Cornell Wilkins were flower bearers. Miss Suan Norman, organist and Miss Debra Haan, pianist, played a special number. Contriubted by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiniois August 29, 1970 - Saturday, pg 2 col 3]
JUDY D. (LIVINGSTON) FIET, 62, Morrison, died Nov. 12, 2005 at St. Anthony in Rockford. She was employed by GE as a secretry. Mrs. Fiet was born July 9, 1943 in Sterling, the daughter of Howard and Effie (Schmitt) Livingston. She amrried Roger A. Fiet on Feb. 15, 1969 in Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband; a daughter Rebecca Bierma of Midlothian; a son Jeffrey of Holland Michigan; three sisters, Maxine Graham, Shirley Wolf and Jean Koehrer; three brother Darrell, Paul and Roger. Services Wednesday at Emmanuel Reformed Church Morrison and burial at Grove Hill Cemetery.
FOSTER E. FIKE - Funeral services for Foster E. Fike were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Fourth Street Methodist Church. Officiating were the Rev. James H. Odom, pastor, and the Rev. Lawrence Axelson of Joliet, a former pastor. Mrs. Albert F. Schwab was organist. Ushers at the church were Howard Thompson, John Bisse and Richard Gerhring. The burial took place in Riverside Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Frank B. Kennedy, Robert W. Besse, John T. Beckwith, Roy D. Arnold, Keith W. Benson, Philip H Ward, Herbert E. Bell and W. A. Weeks. Pallbearers were George J. Nieman, Fay A. Nice, Kennard Besse, William E. Hill Jr., Keith W Benson Jr. and Clayton Schuneman. Flowers were taken care of by Mr. and Mrs. John Hungate, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mitchell, Mrs. Kennard Besse and Swartleys. The body was removed from the Melvin Funeral Home to the church at noon to lie in state until the hour for the services. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 11, 1966 - Tuesday pg 2]
DONALD L. FINCH - 74, of 22434 170th St., Carroll, Iowa, formerly of Fulton, died Nov. 2, 1999 at Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be private. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to American Heart Association. Mr. Finch was born March 25, 1925, in Fulton, the son of Ernest and Dorothy (Dean) Finch. He was a 1944 graduate of Fulton high School. He married Florence A. Clausen on Sept. 11, 1950 in Clinton, Iowa. She survives. He served in the Air Force during World War II. He was employed by General Electric. Morrison, and Carroll, Iowa, prior to his retirement in 1987. He was manager of Manufacturing Engineering, starting the Carroll, Iowa plant. He was a member of Fulton American Legion Post 402 and Carroll American Legion Post 00007 for a combined total of 53 years. He was a member of Elfun Society of General Electric Leaders. He was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed traveling. Survivors include a son, Byron (Kim) Finch of Somerville, Ohio; a sister, Lou (Gene) Robins of Rock Falls; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Bloomfield; and a brother, Russell Finch. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 4, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2]
E.M. FINCH - The funeral of E. M. Finch was conducted Thursday afternoon by Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church at the Melvin Funeral Home in Sterling with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Finch, a former Sterling resident, died Monday at Dixon. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Daniel, Arthur and Walter Pope, John Lehr, James Partridge and Vinus Williams. Mrs. Walter Cassens, Mrs. Alvin Teske and Mrs. Chester Garwick had charge of flower arrangements, and Mrs. J. H. Linn presided at the organ. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29 1952 - Saturday, pg 2]
ERNEST FINDERS - Funeral services were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home for Ernest (Pat) Finders. Rev. H. C. Hatton officiated and burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Organist was Mrs. Mary Fecht and soloist was Rev. Gerald H. Pontsler. Pallbearers were: Ernest Parks, David Parks, Barry Parks, Thomas McCord, Timothy McCord, Bruce Henson, Bradley Hanson and Steven Janssen.
ELWOOD FINKLE, 81, of Coleta, died Wednesday at University of Wisconsin Hospital of Madison, Wis. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen-Grennan Funeral Homes, Milledgeville Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Polly Klimson, pastor of Coleta United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at a later date. He was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Jordan Township to Floyd and Bertha Larkey Finkle. He married Virginia Wombwell, Jan. 13, 1946, in Dixon, Ill. He farmed all his life in the Coleta area. Survivors include his wife of Coleta; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara (Jerry) Leech of Milledgeville, Mrs. Terri (Rick) Lund of Sterling, Ill., and Mrs. Cheri (Dan) Mizaur of Frankfort, Ill.; one son, Lamont Finkle of Wichita, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. [Clinton Herald 2 January 2004]
ADLAI S. FINLEY 605 First Avenue, Rock Falls, died early Sunday in his home, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Community General Hospital. Born July 5, 1892 at Deer Creek, Illinois, the son of George and Matilda Graham Finley, he resided in Rock Falls the past 46 years and for the past 20 years was engaged in the plumbing and heating business, retiring in 1964. He was united in marriage to Minnie Smith, Feb. 17, 1915 at Amboy, Illinois Mr. Finley was a member of Rock Falls Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his widow, one son, Lyle S. Finley of Rock Falls; one daughter, Mrs. Glen (Elsie) Bechdolt of Rock Falls; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. The body is at the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, the Rev. Donald C. Ward, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. Rock Falls Masonic Lodge 936 A.F. and A.M. will conduct graveside services. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 17, 1965 - Monday, pg 2]
GRACE E. (WUEBBEN) FINLEY, 613 4th Ave., Rock Falls, passed away at 8 p.m. Monday after an extended illness. Mrs. Finley was born Sept. 10, 1920 at Edgerton, Wis., the daughter of Rudolph K. and Gertrude Daniels Wuebben. Grace E. Wuebben was united in marriage to Lyle S. Finley Nov. 12, 1938 at Clinton, Iowa. She had been a resident of the Sterling-Rock Falls area since 1938. She was a member of St. Paul Luheran Church of Sterling, Rock Falls Chapter Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Hairdresser's Association. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Bruce (Ruth Ann) Eiler of Lincoln, Neb. and Wanda Finley at home, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Wuebben of Rock Falls; four brothers, Harry Wuebben of Polo, John Wuebben of Erie, Raymond Wuebben of Sterling and Robert Wuebben of Warren; two sisers, Mrs. James (Hilda) Lawson of Forreston and Mrs. Clarence L. (Jeanette) Bell of Rock Falls; one granddaughter, Janice Eileen Finley, preceded her in death. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the body will be taken to St. Paul Lutheran Church to lie in state until the time of the service at 2 p.m., Rev. Warren C. Weeg, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday 26 May 1964 6:5]
HOWARD J. FINNICUM, 71 of Rock Falls passed away Friday April 30, 2004, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling after a long illness. He was born on Aug. 8, 1932. in Morrison. the son of Howard and Eulalie (Schryver) Finnicum and married Carole Howard Edeus on Sept. 25, 1982, in Rock Falls. He worked at Lawrence Bros. for 18 years and later retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, after 18 years, having worked in the nailroom and as a guard. Howard enjoyed playing cards, going to the riverboat, fishing, hunting and was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Surviving are his wife, his sons, Howard (Patti) Finnicum of Roanoke and Matthew (Kim) Finnicum of Sterling; his daughters, Doris Ann (Howard) Smith of Jacksonville. Fla., and Dlawn (Aldie Siperly) Zink ofÂ Sterling; his stepson. Michae Hagen of Sterling; his stepdaughters, Jodi LeFevre and Nancy (Ron) Jenson, both of Sterling: his brother, Richard (Kay) Fmmcum of Sterlmg; his sisters, Doris Glass and Sally Decker, both of Rock Falls; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. including special niece Pam Heath. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lila Bell and Geraldine Nelson; one step-brother, Vic Finnicum; and an infant son.
ROBERT C. FINNICUM, 90, of Rockford, formerly of Erie, died Saturday, May 29, 2004 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Robert was born Jan. 19, 1914, in Newton Township, the son of Thomas and Leah Blean Finnicum. He married Florence Dail on Jan. 4, 1941, in Newton Township. He was employed by the Erie School District for 34 years, retiring in 1976. Robert was a member of the Erie Methodist Church and the Erie Country Club. He enjoyed golfing and had shot a hole in one at the Erie Country Club. He was a family man. Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Paul Rush of Sun Prairie, Wis., a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Rosemary Finnicum of Rockford; five grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Corney of Rock Island. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday in Erie United Methodist Church. Burial in Erie Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Memorials may be made to the Erie United Methodist Church. [Rockford Register Star 31 May 2004]
RUTH (ELLIS) FINNICUM, It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Ruth Finnicum, 74, of Prophetstown, has gone to her greatest reward, but what a legacy she left. Ruth was a devoted Mom, Grandma, aunt, sister, daughter and friend to many people. Preceded in death by her husband, she raised four children by herself after her husband’s death, beginning when they were between the ages of 2 and 6. She watched them all go to college, marry and have children of their own. She frequently mentioned that people would remark about what a great job she did raising her kids, and she would often shrug her shoulders and humbly reply, “I was just doing what I was supposed to do.” Ruth died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at CGH Medical Center . Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Erie Baptist Church . Burial will be at Erie Cemetery . Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie . In lieu of flowers, it was Ruth’s wish that memorials may be made to the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico Education Foundation, c/o Farmers National Bank, 114 W. Third, Prophetstown, IL 61277. She worked at General Electric, Morrison, without missing a regularly scheduled day of work during her 31 years of employment. She also supported her family with second jobs at Chuck’s Place, Rustic Inn and Forest Inn. In between her work and family, she found time to bowl, sing with the Sweet Adelines, crochet and work with ceramics. In her later years, she became an avid genealogist, got involved with local politics by regularly attending school board and city council meetings and stayed in touch with her friends and family via e-mail. Upon retirement from GE she began her most satisfying work outside of raising her family when she started the Volunteers in Education program with Prophetstown Elementary School . She initiated the program in 1990 and helped countless kids learn the same lessons she taught her own children. She also gained an increased respect for the sometimes thankless job of the public school teacher. Ruth is survived by her four children, Becky Butkus, Mark (Nancy), Paul (Tawnya) and Tom (Dawn); 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Robinson, Loretta Dearing and Mary Francis; and brothers, James, Paul, Floyd and Calvin Ellison. She battled cancer courageously and emphysema bravely, and as one of her favorite hymns suggests, may the work she’s done speak for her. Anyone who knows her will attest that she worked hard and hers was a job well done. May she rest in peace. [The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, Page A2. – Col. 1-2 [Contributed by Pat Esterday]
BEULAH M. (HUBBARD) FINZEL - 79, Milledgeville, died Monday afternoon at Colonial Acres Nursing Home, Sterling, after an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Janes officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will take place after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodin Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in her honor for the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Finzel was born Oct. 15, 1801, the daughter of George and Leila Russell Hubbard. She was united in marriage to Lowell Finzel in 1912 at Milledgeville. She was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church, the Women's Society of the church and Senior Citizens. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Leila) Grimes, Milledgeville; seven grandchildren, two brothers, Paul Hubbard, Milledgeville and John Hubbard, Coleta; and one sister, Mrs. Nelson (Clara) Bushman, Milledgeville. She was preceded in death by her husband. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 9 Mar 1971 Pg 2;3]
LOWELL ELBERT FINZEL - Milledgeville-- Lowell E. Finzel, 75, retired railroad worker, died this morning at his home in Milledgeville. He had been ill a few weeks. The body was removed to the Woodin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Sunday, until 12:30 p.m. Monday when the body will be taken to the Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at the church at 2 p.m. Monday, the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Lowell Elbert Finzel was born Jan. 25, 1912 in Milledgeville the son of Henry and Emma Courtright Finzel. He was married to Beulah Hubbard on Jan 25, 1912. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Mystic Workers Lodge of Fulton. Survivors are his widow, and daughter, Mrs. Charles (Lelila) Grimes, Elizabeth; five grandchildren; and one brother, Charles in the state of Washington. (Comment.. The paper misprinted his Birth date) The Daily Gazette 19 Sep 1959 Pg 2;2 2nd Obituary: Lowell Elbert Finzel, son of Henry and Emma Finzel, was born at Jordan, Ill., Nov, 26, 1883. He passed away Sept. 19, 1959 at the age of 75 years. He was married to Beulah M. Hubbard Jan. 25, 1912. To this union were born four children. Two boys and a girl passed away in infancy. He leaves besides his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Leila Emma) Grimes, at Schapville, Ill., five grandchildren, and one brother, Charley Finzel of Bellingham, Wash. Also surviving are numerous other relatives in Wisconsin, Ohio, Coleta and Milledgeville. He was a member of the Milledgeville Methodist Church. Mr. Finzel retired from the Burlington Railroad work in the year 1948 and also most of his work of watch and clock repairing. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, Sept. 21 at the Milledgeville Methodist Church, with the Rev. Clare B. Hewitt officiating. Orville Allen, George Blackburn, Homer Hax, Ernest Musser, Charles Moon and Howard Goble served as pallbearers, Mrs. George Sears and Mrs. Floyd Daub cared for the many beautiful floral tributes. Mrs. William Maxfield sang "In The Garden." Burial was in Bethel cemetery. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Daily Gazette 25 Sep 1959 Pg 15;4]
CHARLES FIORINI, 91, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. Charles was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Rock Falls, the son of Antonio and Rosa (Iorio) Fiorini. He attended Rock Falls schools. In 1939, he joined the National Guard and served with Company M. While serving in the guard, his unit was called during World War II. They joined the Army's 132rd Infantry in Guadalcanal from December 1942 to 1943. During his time in service, Charlie contracted malaria 11 times and was discharged in 1944. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. After his discharge, Charlie graduated from barber college in Chicago, and along with his brothers, Harry and Joe, opened the Esquire Barber Shop in downtown Rock Falls. He married JoAnne Fletchic on Oct. 7, 1950, in Morrison. In 1970, he went to work at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, working there 30 years until the mill closed in 2001. Charlie was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls. He enjoyed bowling, playing his harmonica, walking his beloved dog, Belle, and was a collector of many things. Surviving are his wife, JoAnne; their children, Nick (Maggie) Fiorini of Fort Myers, Fla., Tony (Beth) Fiorini of Rock Falls, ReneÃ© (John) McManus of Pearland, Texas, Dave Fiorini, of Rock Falls, Chris (Kathy) Fiorini of Elkhorn, Wis., Phillip (Radonna) Fiorini of Lafayette, Ind., and Gina (Gary) Frank of Sterling; 11 grandchildren, Nikolai and Julian Fiorini, Jim and Matt Rohwer, Nathan and Ian McManus, Elana and Andrew Fiorini, and Jakob, Michael, and Anton Frank; four great-grandchildren, Elijah, Gabriel, Zion, and River; two brothers, Louie Fiorini of Normal and Joe (Marge) Fiorini of Sterling; three sisters, Gloria (Bruce) Lundquist of Rockford, Mary (Vernon) Bachs of Peoria, and Amelia Wolf of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry Fiorini; and two sisters, Irma Fiorini and Josephine Fiorini. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Louis Tosto officiating. Burial with military honors is at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls [Contributed by Judy Hook - Sterling Gazette 18 May 2009]
MARJORIE N. (FRANK) FIORINI - 82, of Sterling, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marge was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Virginia, the daughter of Fred and Ruby Frank. She married Joseph Fiorini in 1952, in Macomb. She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Rock Falls and served as librarian at St. Andrew's Grade School for several years. Marge enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marge loved bingo, cooking and making her special spaghetti sauce. Survivors include her husband, Joseph of Sterling; her children, Charles Rumble of Oklahoma City, Ruby (Ron) Miller of Virginia, Joseph (Christie) Fiorini of Sterling, Karon (Donald) Wolber of New Glarus, Wis., Kevin (Bridgette Depeux) Fiorini of Atlanta, Ga., and Trent (Vanessa) Fiorini of Sterling; a sister, Barb Dauphin of Savanna; a brother, Allen Frank of San Francisco; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Blanche Abney and Rose Frank. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Rock Falls with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak, celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Visition is from 10-11 a.m. today at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. [Contributed by Ella Tittsworth]
JOHN ADAM FIRMAN, 88, a lifelong resident of Prophetstown, died early Monday evening at the Morrison Community Hospital. Born Sept. 25, 1866, the third son of Louis and Catherine Firman. John Adam Firman spent his early childhood on a farm near Prophetstown. Growing to manhood, he became a successful carpenter and contractor and will be remembered by his contemporaries for the excellence of his workmanship. About 1910, he was married to Mary Alice Keefe in the presence of the Rev. Father L. X. DuFour at St. Mary's in Tampico. His wife died Oct. 29, 1941. His parents, three brothers and one sister also preceded him in death. Though he required care because of failing sight, Mr. Firman was mentally alert and in the best of health all during his mature years until Oct. 6, when he suffered a stroke while at home in Prophetstown He was taken by ambulance to the Morrison Community Hospital where he rested comfortably in excellent care until Monday at 8:10 p.m. when he died. The remains will lie in state at the Gardner Funeral Home in Prophetstown until the time of the funeral mass at St. Catherine's Catholic Church on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Rosary will be said Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the Gardner Chapel. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 26, 1954 - Tuesday, pg 2]
MAURICE FISCH, 71, of Sterling died Oct. 16, 2005 at CGM Medicat Ctr. He was employed by Self Help for several years. Mr. Fisch was born 13 Nov 1933 in Jordan Twp. the son of harry H. and Edna B. (Bowers) Fisch. He was a 1952 graduate of Milledgeville High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War. he was a member of Sterling Americna Legion Post 296 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5418 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2783, both in Rock Falls. Survivors include a sister, Janice Wilson of Kansas City MO. He was preced by a sister ALberta Ann Heffelfinger and a half brother, Harry E. Fisch. The funeral is at Mc Donald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. Burial at Maple Ridge. [Contributed by Jan Roggy]
STEVEN C. FISCHBACH - Funeral arrangements are being completed at the Allen Funeral home in Sterling for Steven C. Fischbach, 25, 311 9th Aave., Sterling, who was fatally injured in a one auto accident early Tuesday morning (28 Jun 1977). Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Sterling with the Rev. Leroy Hershiser officiating. The body will be taken to the church at noon on Wednesday to lie in state until the hour of services. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Further arrangements will be announced upon completion by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 28, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4]
GRACE (HICKS) BARNES FISHBACH, 59, of Como, died Saturday (July 30, 1977) at Community General Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home with the Rev. David Beebe, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born October 17, 1917 in Woodstock, Ill., the daughter of Mason R. and Annie Rummel Hicks. She married Harold Barnes in Dixon in 1933 and he preceded in death in 1947. She married Charles Fischbach in Iowa in 1950 and he preceded in death in 1962. Survivors include three daughters, Donna Norman, Mrs. Fred (Selma) Clark and Mrs. Elmer (Connie) Bartz, all of Sterling; two sons, Harold Barnes and Henry James Fischbach, both of Sterling; two stepsons, Charles Fischbach of Sterling and Kenneth Fischbach of Ashton; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Neil (Donna) Waite of Sterling; nine grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren; two brothers, Wesley Hicks of Sterling and Howard Hicks of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by two husbands, four sisters, one brother, two grandsons and one step grandson. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 1, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
TINA SUE (HAMBLEY) FISHBACH, 30, of Dixon died THursday, Nov. 25, 2004 at KSB Hospital after an illness. She was employed as a waitress at the Candlelight Inn and Fung Ming restrauants. She was born Aug. 15, 1964 in Sterling, the daughter of Theodore and Sandra (Adams) Hambley. She was a member of Sterling Family Moose Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Kasey Fischbach at home; two sons Chase Williamson of Rock Falls and Seth Buckert at home; her mother, Sandra Miller of Sterling; her father Theodore (Donna) Hambley of Dixon; four sisters, Lesa (Randy) Miller and Arnette Ross, both of Rock Falls and Connie Polhill and Toniette Hambley, both of Sterling; two half brothers, Matthew Geiseman of Lyle and kip Bear of Monroe, Wis.; her paternal grandmother, Stana Hamble of Davis; a granddaughter; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded by her maternal grandparents, Mamie Letcher and Wilbur Adama; and her paternal grandfather, Lew Hambley.
CARLTON H. FISHER, 67, 3302 15th Ave., Sterling, died Wednesday morning in Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with the Rev. M. Melvin Hough, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Sterling and Rev. Clark Moushon, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling, co-officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Whiteside County Cancer Society. Carlton Fisher was born on Oct. 13, 1915 in Glen Elder, Kan., the son of Clarence and Flossie Applebee Fisher. On Feb 6, 1938 he married Ruth Friesen in Sterling. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 1981. He was a superintendent in the rolling mills at Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Sterling Elks Club and the Sterling Kiwanis Club. He was president of the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club of Sterling and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling. Surviving are two sons, Carlton (Bud) Fisher Jr., and Kent Fisher, both of Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. James (Kay) Allen, Sterling; six grandchildren; one great grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Lester (Frances) Jones, Barnard, Kan., and Mrs. Richard (Marie) Porter, Rupert, Idaho; and one brother, Junior Fisher, Johnson City, Kan. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor Sterling Gazette Aug 4, 1983 pg A6]
CECIL A. FISHER, 80, 309 E 2nd St., Tampico, died Sunday night at Community General Hospital. Mr. Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1888 in Carroll County, the son of Elias and Phebe Bryson Fisher. He had been a farmer all his life until his retirement. He was united in marriage to the former Reka Aper who survives along with one son, Harry Fisher, R.R. 2, Tampico; three sister, Mrs. Frank (Minnie) Hubbard, Sterling, Mrs. John (Josephine) Benton and Mrs. Floyd (Elva) Crabb, both of Rock Falls, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one in infancy and Herbert in 1964. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the rev. Richard Hanson, pastor of St John's Lutheran Church, officiating with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Wednesday. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
DAVID LEE FISHER, 23, of 713 W. 3rd St., Sterling, was fatally injured in a one car auto accident in Lee County Wednesday morning (14 Jan 1911). Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Wheelock Allen Funeral home in Rock Falls. The Rev. Paul R. Meltzer, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, will officiate. Burial will take place at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established. Fisher was born Aug. 8, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Frank L. and Patricia (Appenzeller) Fisher. He was an apprentice electrician for Hettfield Electric in Byron, and a member of the Electrician's Union 364 of Rockford. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fisher, Rock Falls; one sister, Debora, Rock Falls; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Frank T. Fisher, Sterling; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Appenzeller, Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 14, 1981 - Wednesday, pg A4]
ELIAS FISHER - The funeral of the late Elias Fischer, for many years a resident of Rock Falls and vicinity will take place Wednesday at 2p.m. from the Woods funeral home in Sterling, Rev. Harry E Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian church, officiating. The committal will be in Oak Knoll Memorial park not of Sterling. Mr. Fischer died at the home of his son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs., Herbert Fischer, seven miles southeast of Rock Falls, Monday at 4:30 p.m. He had gone there but one week before. It was a place he lived, as it was his last farm and the same one on which his father died 32 years ago. He was attended during his last hours by his daughter, Mrs. Elva Fowler of Rock Falls. Mr. Fischer who was past 91 years of age at the time of his demise, was born in Lawrence county, Indiana. At the age of 19 years he came with his parents to Illinois and settled on a farm southeast of Rock Falls. Mr. Fischer married Miss Phoebe Bryson of Morrison at that town, and the couple settled on a farm near Coleta. There were six children born of their union and five surviving being Mrs. Frank Hubbard, Mrs. John Benton, Mrs. Elva Fowler, Cecil and Herbert Fischer, all of Rock Falls. He wife preceded him in death five years ago. A brother, Henry of Rock Falls also survives. Mr. Fischer was a farmer all his active years. After the death of his wife he came to Rock Falls and lived with his children. Before his retirement he had farmed the old Fischer farmstead for 30 years. It was his father's farm and the one on which he died 32 years ago. Mr. Fischer was a good farmer and neighbor. He was quiet and helpful and a devout member of the United Brethren church when he lived in the Coleta vicinity. He was a man who was never known to swear. He was much beloved by his family and children and grandchildren always called him "grandpa." [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers .. 24 December 1853 - 09 October 1944]
FRANCIS CAMELLA FISHER - was born in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 14, 1848, and passed away last Friday evening, Dec. 13, at 7:45 o'clock at her home, 209 First Avenue, Sterling. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Wm Pinkney officiating. During the services Miss Ella Richards sang by request, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells for You and Me." It was touchingly beautiful, full of comfort for those who mourned. Much of her early life was spent in the south. She was united in marriage to Perry Wilcox of Sterling, Sept. 29, 1869. Since that time she had resided here. Five daughters were born to them, all of whom, together with their father, are left to mourn her loss. They are Mrs. George Brown, Mrs. John Pattore, Mrs. Lester Hendricks and Mrs. Harry Wilkens, all of Sterling, and Mrs. Chas. Richards of Cedar Rapids, Ia. Mrs. Wilcox had been a great sufferer for the past two years, but until the last six weeks had been quite active. She was a member of the Congregational Church, and until just recently was always in attendance at the Sunday School and church. The privilege of being there was one of the greatest comforts of her life and was one of the things she missed most of all towards the last. Those who knew her best agree that her's was a victorious life. She did what she could for everybody, always. In spite of her suffering she was ever cheerful. To smile was one of her greatest accomplishments. Back of all the trials that came to her she could always see "God's will" that most ever be her's. The religion of Jesus Christ was real to her, something to be practiced as well as preached. Her life was filled with service to others. Never once did she think of herself, but always of some one worse off than she. Living, she did what she could, and dying, she leaves a memory that shall cheer and strengthen us as we press forward to do the work that she laid down. Surely we may say to her, "She has fought the good fight, she has finished her course, she has kept the faith." And we know that, "henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of life, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her, at that day." [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 20, 1918 - Friday, pg 3]
GARY FISHER, 39, of 2010 East 6th St., Sterling, died April 12, 1992, at CGH Medical Center following a long illness. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, with the Rev. J. Randolph Collinson officiating. Funeral arrangements were made by the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established. Mr. Fisher was born Oct. 31, 1952, in Sterling, the son of Robert X and Margaret Ellen (Harting) Fisher. He was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire Company for several years. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Sterling. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Margaret Fisher of Sterling; and paternal grandmother, Helen Fisher of Sterling. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
HARRY E. FISHER, 54, Rt 1, was pronounced dead on arrival at Community General Hospital, Sterling, Tuesday evening. An inquiry, conducted by Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple, ruled that death was due to a coronary occlusion. He was born April 7, 1915, the son of Cecil and Reka Aper Fisher. Fisher was married to Rita Owens on dec. 23, 1940. He farmed for the past 20 years and was a member of the local carpenter's union for the past 32 years. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his widow; his mother, Tampico. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Richard Hanson, pastor of St John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call in the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers
HELEN M. (ROBINSON) FISHER, 98, of 609 13th Ave., died Wednesday, May 3, 1995, a CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Sterling, with the rev. Jack E Koehler, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Fisher was born Sept. 18, 1896, in White Pigeon, the daughter of Franklin and Margaret (Reap) Robinson. She married Herbert Fisher in November of 1914. She was a long time member of First Christian Church, Sterling, and a member of World War II Mothers. Survivors include one daughter Lula Folsom of Sterling; four sons, LeRoy "Buzz" (Jane) Fisher and Robert (Margaret) Fisher both of Sterling, William "Wes" (Barb) Fisher of Rock Falls and Donald (Alta) Fisher of Chadwick; 22 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 18 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, John; eight brothers; five sisters; one grandson' and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
HERBERT L. FISHER, 609 13th Ave., Sterling, passed away early Thursday morning in Community General Hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Fisher was born Sep. 19, 1897, in Emerson, the son of Elias and Phoebe Bryson Fisher. He resided in this are his entire life and attended the local public school. He was united in marriage to Helen M. Robinson Nov. 23, 1915 in LaSalle. Mr. Fisher farmed south of Rock Falls and the Coleta area for many years and retired in 1959. He was a member of the Free Methodist church of Sterling. Surviving besides his wife are five sons, John Fisher of El Paso, Tex., LeRoy Fisher and Robert Fisher of Sterling; Wesley Fisher of Rock Falls and Donald Fisher of Chadwick; one daughter, Lula Fisher, of Sterling; one brother, Cecil Fisher, Tampico; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Hubbard, Mrs. Josephine Benton, Mrs. Floyd Crabb, all of Rock Falls, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. His parents and a brother Harry preceded him. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Rev. Dwight Knasel pastor of the Free Methodist church will officiate and burial will take place in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
JOHN E. FISHER - Funeral services for John E Fisher, 609 13th Ave., Sterling, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral home by the Rev. Harry W. Lutz, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Rock Falls. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. There will be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. John E Fisher was born June 14, 1916 in Montmorency Township, Whiteside County, the son of Herbert L, and Helen Robinson Fisher. He resided in this area most of his life and was a veteran of World War II, serving in European Theatre. Surviving are, two sons, Roland Fisher of Princeton and William K Fisher of Ottawa; one daughter, Mrs. John (Sharon) Mercer of Princeton; his mother, Mrs. Helen Fisher of Sterling; four brothers, LeRoy H. Fisher and Robert X Fisher of Sterling and William W. Fisher of Rock Falls and one sister, Miss Luann Fisher of Sterling. There are 9 grandchildren. His father, Herbert L Fisher preceded Feb. 13, 1964. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers - Aug 19 1970 Sterling Gazette]
LEROY H. FISHER - 93 of Sterling died Monday September 24, 2012 at CGH medical Center, Sterling. He was born on November 8, 1918 south of Rock Falls, the son of Herbert Leroy and Helen (Robinson) Fisher and was a veteran of WW II having served in the US Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He married Jane Devine on July 8, 1961 in Sterling. She died November 20, 2001. Leroy was a retired truck driver having last driven for the former General cartage, Rock Falls. He was a member of Good Shephard Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, where he had been very active at church and related activities. Leroy enjoyed stock car racing and sports. Surviving is his son, Leroy "Mick" (Carleen) Fisher of Fulton, IL; three step sons: David Richmond of Sterling, Bill Richmond of Katy, TX and Neil (Jean) Richmond of Sterling; his daughter Lelah Ann (Walt) Cox of Glendora, CA; three brothers: Don Fisher of Chadwick, Wes Fisher of Rock Falls and Bob Fisher of Sterling; numerous grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother John Fisher; his son Laurence Fisher; his sister Lula Folsom; his grandson Nolan Richmond; his nephew Gary Fisher. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-8 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Funeral services will follow on Friday at 10 AM at Good Shephard Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Reverend Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Memorials in his memory to Good Shephard Ev. Lutharn Church would be appreciated. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sterling Gazette]
MARGARET (HARTING) FISHER - 87, of Sterling, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Sterling Pavillion. She was employed by Lawrence Brothers in Sterling until her retirement. Mrs. Fisher was born September 17, 1921 in Sterling, the daughter of Ray and Ida (Hall) Harting. She married Robert Fisher on July 8, 1950 in Sterling. Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church in Sterling. She is survived by her husband Robert; one brother, Milton (Helen) Harting, of Sterling; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Gary; five brothers and one sister. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 3, 2009, at Schilling Funeral Home, with the Reverend David Yonker of First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. at the Funeral Home, prior to services. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
PHOEBE (BRYSON) FISHER, wife of Elias Fisher, died this morning at 8 o'clock at the home of her son, Herbert Fisher on the Murray Farm south of Rock Falls. The body was taken to Woods funeral home. Mrs. Fisher was 81 years of age on Christmas day and has been in poor health for the past several months. A general breaking down was the cause of her demise. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Frank Huber and Mrs. John Benton of rock Falls and Mrs. Lava Booms of Sterling, and two sons, Herbert and Cecil of Rock Falls RFD One son Harry preceded her in death.
2nd Notice: Mrs. Phoebe Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bryson, was born in Whiteside county, two miles west of Sterling, Dec. 25, 1857. She passed away following a general breakdown of her health at the home of her son, Herbert Fisher on Monday, April 10, 1939 at 8 o'clock, at the age of 81 years, four months and 15 days. She was united in marriage to Elias Fisher 55 years ago. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters. One of the sons, Harry, passed away in infancy and her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Fisher is survived by her husband, Elias Fisher, and five children, Mrs. Minnie Hubbard, Cecil Fisher, Mrs. Josephine Benton, Mrs. Elva Bohms, an Herbert Fisher all of Rock Falls, also 22 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral rites were held Wednesday afternoon, April 12, in the Woods funeral home conducted by Rev. Harry E Shiffer of Rock Falls Christian church. There were many relatives and friends in attendance and beautiful floral offerings. Two beautiful hymns, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Saved By Grace" were furnished. Six nephews of the deceased, William Benton, Melvin Hubbard, Lloyd Hubbard, Harold Bohms, LeRoy Fisher and Harry Fisher, were pallbearers. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial park. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
REKA FISHER, 88, 309 E 2nd St ., Tampico, died Monday (2 Oct 1983) evening in Community General Hospital, Sterling. Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling . Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, on Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Yorktown Church of Christ. Reka Fisher was born on June 11, 1895 in Hartsburg, the daughter of George and Hilda Johnson Aper. In 1913 she was united in marriage to Cecil Fisher in Dixon. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1968. She was a member of the Yorktown Church of Christ. Surviving are two brothers, George Aper, Sterling and Clarence Aper, Rock Falls. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, one son Harry, three brothers and two sisters. [3 Oct 1983 Sterling Daily Gazette]
RITA (OWENS) FISHER, 90, of Downers Grove, formerly of Tampico, died Wednesday, March 1, 1995, at Good Samaritan Hospital, downers grove. Prayer services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, followed by an 11 a.m. mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tampico, with the Rev. Vincent J. Shindelar officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling . Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Fisher was born March 10, 1914, in Dixon, the daughter of Michael and Agnes (Rice) Owens. She married Harry Fisher Dec. 23, 1969. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include one sister, Agnes Frazier of Sterling ; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Bud Owens; and one sister, Mary Carpenter. [Contributed by Margaret Manters from the 2 Mar 1995 Sterling Daily Gazette]
WILLIAM H. FISHER, 86, of 606 East Fifth street, died at the Hone Hospital at 10:10 a.m. Saturday after a short illness, He was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday. He had been in failing health for about three months but had been up and around. The body was taken to the Wheelock funeral home in Rock Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of a stepdaughter who is on the way to Rock Falls. Mr. Fisher was a retired farmer but lived in Rock Falls for several years, having no family. He is survived by two stepdaughters, Mrs. H. O. Karr of Kalispell, Mont. And Mrs. M. A. Travers of Bell California, also a number of nieces and distant relatives in Iowa. [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
ERASTUS HIRAM FISK, died at 1:15 o'clock this morning, of cancer of the stomach. He had been sick about four months during his last illness. His sufferings at times were severe, yet he bore all his pains with resignation. He was born at Enfield, Mass, July 12, 1823 and was married Jan 1, 1846, to Miss Aurelia D. Sprout, at Greenwich, Mass. They came to Illinois in 1854, locating at Prairieville, where they occupied a large farm until 1869, when the family removed to Missouri, and lived there five years. Returning from there, they again resided at Prairieville two years, after which they removed to Sterling, where they have resided since. Before coming west, Mr. Fisk was engaged in the mill building businss, and upon coming to Sterling, he followed the occupation of carpenter and builder. He leaves a widow, and three daughters, Mrs. Stewart Wilson, of Prairieville, Mrs. W. B. Sprout of Worcester, Mass and Mrs. Nathan J. Bush, of Sterling township. There were three sons, Charles, Logan and Erlon, all of whom have died years ago. Mr. Fisk was a man whose prominent traits of character were generosity and kindness to his family. He was industrious and leaves a comfortable home for his wife. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternooon at 1:30 o'clock from the late residence, corner 7th street and Avenue D. and will be conducted by Rev. H. G. Fife. [Contributed by Kerrie Amos - Sterling Weekly Gazette 22 Feb 1889]
LOUIS LEANDER FISK, of 607 W. 12th St., Rock Falls, passed away suddenly Thursday afternoon (5 Oct 1961) . He was born on April 6 1884 in Vestergotland, Sweden, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Leander Frisk. He was brought to America in infancy by his mother as his father passed away before he was born. They settled in the Tampico vicinity where he spent his boyhood days, except the time he spent in the Jacksonville School for the Blind from which he graduated. After his mother passed away in 1924 he lived with his sister, Mrs. Olga Johnson until a few months ago when he came to live with the Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Dittman. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by one brother, Carl H. Stenros of Tampico; three sisters, Mrs. Esther Covell of Prophetstown, Mrs. Olga Johnson and Mrs. Dorothea Hinrichs, both of Rock Falls; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents and stepfather; two sisters, Esther in infancy and Mrs. Blanche Johnson. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home with the Rev. Harry E. Shiffer officiating, with burial in Tampico Cemetery. Rev. Andrew Dittman will have graveside committal. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 6, 1961 - Friday, pg 6]
LYELL VERNON FISK, 64, 327 W. Third St., died Sunday, May 2. 1965 Mr. Fisk was born October 17, 1900, in Fenton, to James Albert and Anna Lanning Fisk. He attended Langdon schools and Brown's Business School, Sterling. He was married to Belva Arnett, Feb. 14, 1923 in Prophetstown. They farmed for 32 years, near Lyndon, then returned to Prophetstown four years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Lyndon. He is survived by his wife, Belva, one son, Donald of Prophetstown; two daughters, Mrs. James (Shirley) Blumhoff, and Mrs. John (Dorinna) Morse, of Lyndon; seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Gardener Funeral Chapel, Prophetstown, Tuesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Paul Olson of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. A memorial for the Heart Fund has been established [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 3, 1965 - Monday, pg 2]
MYRTLE M. (TIFFANY) FISK, 87, of 203 Locust St., Prophetstown, died Monday, Jan. 1, 1996, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with the Rev. M. Melvin Hough, Pastor of the First Congregational Church officiating. Burial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ashton Church Cemetery, Mingo, Iowa. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, or the Ashton Church, Mingo, Iowa. Mrs. Fisk was born June 2, 1908 in Mingo, Iowa, the daughter of Ray and Clara (Skinner) Tiffany. She married Ed Osteen July 16, 1931. He died Feb. 2, 1935. She then married Karl McDougall Feb 14, 1948. He died April 7, 1952. She then married Harold B. Fisk Dec. 10, 1965. He died Sept. 19, 1981. She graduated from Collins Iowa High School in 1926. She and her husband started a bakery in Prophetstown in 1931. She sold it after he died. She also had worked as a retail clerk for sevral Prophetstown merchants. She was as member of the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown. Survivors include three stepchildren, Mary Lois (George) Bowen of Silvis, Marjorie (Stan) Moews of Morrison, and David (Anita) Fisk of Prophetstown; 11 stepgrandchildren; several step great grandchildren; several step great great grandchildren; one sister, Alta (Clint) Laudner of Iowa Falls, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Januiary 3, 1996 - Wednesday, pg A2]
ROY V. FISK, 86, 108 Riverside Dr. Prophetstown, died Sunday evening in the Prophets-Riverview Center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the United methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Janes officiating. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 Tuesday in the Gardner Chapel. He was born Oct. 5, 1894 in Prophetstown the son of George and Eva Brewer Fisk. He attended Prophetstown schools and the University of Illinois. On July 28, 1917 he was united in marriage to Gladys Warner in Sterling. He farmed in the Prophetstown area all his life until retiring in 1944. He was a 50 years member of the Prophetstown Lodge 293 A.F. and A.M. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Cemetery Association, the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library and was a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son, Charlotte F. Maher and James Fisk both of Prophetstown, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one brother Harold Fisk Prophetstown. [Contributed by Nancy Vance]
CELESTE FITZGERALD 82, 312 East 11th Street, Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Mary, Sterling, with Monsignor Thomas Bales, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. today at Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, and from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice, St. Jude or St. Mary Grade School. Miss Fitzgerald was born July 24, 1917, in South Dakota, the daughter of Earle and Virginia (Schlitz) Fitzgerald. She worked at National Manufacturing, Sterling, retiring after 46 years. She was a member of the Church of St. Mary. Survivors include three sisters, Margaret Fitzgerald, Sister of Loretto of St. Louis, Virginia Wessels of Sterling, and Roberta Hasenyager of Rockford; and special friend Pat Beggs. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 16, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2]
COMFORT FITZGERALD passed away Monday at 10:15 a.m. at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Aldrich of 912 W. 5th St. She slept peacefully into eternity. The body was removed to the Trough Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7 o'clock this evening. The rosary will be recited Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at S. Mary Catholic church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Comfort E. Jackson was born July 14, 1862 at Village Creek, Ia., one of a family of eight children of whom she was the last of her family. Her parents were Robert Turner Jackson, a veteran of the Civil war, and Matilda Deaver Jackson. In 1882 she was united in marriage to Dennis L. Fitzgerald who survives. She is also survived by eight of 11 children born to this union. Two passed away in infancy, and a son, Leo Fitzgerald passed away last December. The surviving children are Earl R. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Maud Scott, Mrs. N. L. (Alice) Aldrich, Raymond and Maurice Fitzgerald of Sterling, Greg Fitzgerald of Parkston, S. Dak., Mrs. Gifford (Monica) Wahl, Glendale, Calif., and Mrs. Paul J. (Florence) Detloff of Chicago. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. Mrs. Fitzgerald came to Sterling in May of 1909 and has resided here since that time. She had been failing for around two years and had been critically ill the past two weeks. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent The Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday 12 July 1954 3;5, from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
DAVID LEO FITZGERALD - Funeral services will be held at the Trouth Funeral Home for Leo Fitzgerald at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and requiem mass celebrated for the repose of his soul at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be said by members of the Knights of Columbus at 8 p.m. Monday and by the Holy Name Society at 8 p.m. Tuesday. David Leo Fitzgerald was born near Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1896, the eighth child in a family of 11 chilcren (two of whom died in infancy). His death was the first in the family in 60 years. He is survived by his widow, Margaret Scanlon Fitzgeraldd and four sons and four daughters, also Patricia Scanlon Andrus of Oakes, ND., who was reared by him. The children are Robert, student naval aviator, Kingsville, Tex.; Joseph, serving with the Navy Seabees in the Philippines; Philip, at home; John, student at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn.; Mary Patricia, RN, Mercy Hospital, Devil's Lake, N.D.; Margaret (Peggy) secretary, Mercy Hospital; Barbara and Ann, students at St. Mary's Academy, Devil's Lake. The aged parents, Dennis L. and Comfort Jackson Fitzgerald and the following borthers and sisters also mourn his loss: Earle, Raymond and Maurice, Sterling; Greg, Parkston, S.D.; Maud Scott and Alice Aldrich, Sterling; Monica Wahl, Glendale, Calif., and Florence Detloff, Chicago. The deceased spend his boyhood in Sterling and completed the elementary school training at Lincoln School. He spent several years farming near Spencer, S.D. before he went to Chicago where he became a civil engineer. He married Margaret Jane Scanlon of Rosscommon, Ireland, in that city Oct. 12, 1925. To this union eight children were born. Mr. Fitzgerald brought his family to Rock Falls in 1944 and engaged in the trucking business for three years when he purchased land near Oakes, N.D., and moved the family to their present farm there. He was stricken with a heart attack on Monday evening, Dec. 3. and died the following Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Oakes. Leo Fitzgerald was a quiet, unassuming person, a devout Catholic and a devoted husband and father. His death ends a life of unselfish service. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1953 - Monday, pg 2 col 2]
DENNIS FITZGERALD - 95, was laid to rest Thursday in the family lot in Calvary Cemetery. His body, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Greg Fitzgerald, arrived in Sterling from Parkston, South Dakota, at 7:45 Thursday morning and was taken to the Trouth Funeral Home where services were conducted at 9 a.m. by Rev. Frank Bonnike, assistant pastor of St. Mary Church. Mr. Fitzgerald passed away on July 4 (1955) and funeral services were held in Sacred Heart Church, Parkston, S.D. Rev Father Urban Rodenbur offered the requiem mass at 8 a.m. Graveside services were conducted by Father Bonnike and the pallbearers were Maurice, Marion, Charles and Edmund Fitzgerald, Richard Scott and John Wessels [Contributed by Barbara Nugent The Sterling Daily Gazette Friday, 8 Jul 1955 2;2 from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
EARLE R. FITZGERALD for many years a resident of Sterling, passed away at his home at 1102 4th Ave. at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Day after an illness of several months. He was born in Lansing, Iowa, on Feb 21, 1884, and was married May 18, 1908 at Emery, South Dakota to Virginia Schiltz, who survives together with the following sons and daughters, Marion, Charles, and Edmund of Sterling, Father John, O.S.B. of St. Bede Abbey, Peru, Sister Gerald Ann, S. L. of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Martin (Rita) Lawson, Celeste, Mrs. John (Virginia) Wessels, and Mrs. Kenneth (Roberta) Hasenyager Jr., all of Sterling and 27 grandchildren. A son Gerald and a daughter Agatha, as well as four infant children preceded him in death. Mr. Fitzgerald is also survived by a number of brothers and sisters, Mrs. John Scott, Mrs. Norris Aldrich, Raymond and Maurice of Sterling, Mrs. Gifford Wahl of Glendale, Cal., and Greg Fitzgerald of Parkston, South Dakota. Mr. Fitzgerald was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Holy Name Society and a faithful member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home and 10:30 in St. Mary's Church, Rev John Fitzgerald will off the requiem mass. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Sterling Knights of Columbus and at 8 p.m. Sunday by the Holy Name Society of St. Mary's Church.
Funeral services for Earl R. Fitzgerald were held Monday morning in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home, with a requiem mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Rev. John Fitzgerald, a son of Mr. Fitzgerald, officiated at the services. Father Fitzgerald is assigned to St. Bede's Abbey, at Peru, Ill. Pallbearers were Paul Barkdoll, Ed Kereven, Ed Mannion, John Pignatelli, Earl Johnson and Norm Bilger. Flowers were cared for by Bob Puckett. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent The Sterling Daily Gazette, Friday, 26 December 1958, 2;2 - from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
EDMUND FITZGERALD, 79, of 805 Coventry Lane, Sterling, died Wednesday, Mar 18, 1998 at Coventry Village. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Paul White, pastor, officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by the Sterling American Legion Post 296 will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, with a 7 p.m. Rosary. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, or for Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Mr. Fitzgerald was born June 29, 1918, in Farmer, S.D., the son of Earle Robert and Virginia Barbara (Schiltz) Fitzgerald. He married Margaret Conley on May 4, 1946, in Pierce City, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as an electrician at National Manufacturing for over 40 years prior to retiring. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling, and the Sterling American Legion Post 296. Survivors include one son, Gerald (Susan) Fitzgerald of Sterling; two daughters, Donna Mae (Richard V.) Hermes of Dixon, and Patricia Joan (James) Kass of Joplin, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Sister Margaret Fitzgerald SL of St. Louis, MO., Virginia Wessels and Celeste Fitzgerald both of Sterling, and Roberta Hasenyager of Rockford; and one brother, Father John Fitzgerald of St. Bede. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and one granddaughter, Corrine Ann. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Thursday, 19 Mar 1998, A2;4-6 from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
GENEFIEVE (MATTHEWS) FITZGERALD, age 77, died Sunday at CGH Medical Center. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. John Fitzgerald officiating. The National Catholic Order of Foresters will conduct a rosary at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemtery. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's School or Ne---han High School. Mrs. Fitzgerald was born March 30, 1912 in Emery, S.D., the daughter of Edward and Mary Lous Matthews. She married Marion J. Fitzgerald on June 1, 1937. he died March 31, 1973. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the National Catholic Order of Foresters. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary K) Schuiltz of Sterling; eight grandchildren; one sister, Ann Hillard of Emery S.D., and one brother, Albert of Emery, S.D. She was preceded in death by one brother, John; one sister, Margaret; one son, Jim; one granddaughter; two great grandsons; and one great granddaughter. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 11, 1989 - Monday pg A2]
GERALD FITZGERALD, 14, Is Drowned Wednesday Eve - Body Not Recovered. The third drowning in the past month was recorded about 7:20 o'clock last evening when Gerald Fitzgerald, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fitzgerald of Wallace street, lost his life in the waters of Rock river just below the mouth of Coe's creek. The body has not been recovered. Gerald in company with his older brother Marion, Donald and Eugene Kohl, Otis and William Anderson and several other boys left about 6:30 o'clock last evening and walked to the mouth of Coe's creek, which is a distance of about two miles, and then went in wading. Neither Gerald nor Marion could swim and with the others were paddling about in the water. Gerald was just learning to swim and it is believed that in going out from the shore he got out where there is a stepoff. The current is swift and it is believed the undercurrent pulled him down. He called for help and Marion and several of the other boys tried to wade out to him to get an old automobile tire to him, but just before they reached him, he went down for the third time. As soon as the word was received here a number of people went out and began dragging the river with nets and hooks. Chief Connel Nichols has taken charge of the search for the body and everything will be done to find it. Last evening Walter Thomas had a force from the Illinois Northern Utilities company at work dragging the river and among the many others who were in the search were Fred and Howard Scott, Lee Behrens, Amos Shultz and Merle Modler. The drowning occurred about 7:30 p.m. After dragging the river with a net and hooks last evening until after midnight the search was given up until this morning when another group began work. It is possible to wade out from shore to almost the middle of the river before the swift current is reached. It is just where this current is met that there is a stepoff and the river becomes very deep. The third tragic death within a month's time serves to bring to the minds of the people of this community more forcibly the need of a swimming pool.
Funeral: The remains of Gerald Fitzgerald, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fitzgerald, of Wallace street, who was drowned in the waters of Rock river, Wednesday evening about 7:30 o'clock, were found this morning several miles north of Lyndon, not far from where the body of Charles Rakow was found several weeks ago. The call was received about 7:30 o'clock this morning at the fire station from the R. D. Allen home that a body believed to be that of the Fitzgerald boy was floating in the river. Chief Connel Nichols, Chas. Van Gilder and Al Hathern drove to the scene and identified the remains. B. A. Forster, local undertaker, was notified and after securing permission of Coroner C. M. Frye, he removed the body to this city. The inquest will be held at the Forster & Sons undertaking parlor this evening by Coroner C. M. Frye. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Thursday, June 30, 1927, 5;3 - article from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
MARGARET (SCANLAN) FITZGERALD, 93, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Sterling, died Dec 31, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, where the body will lie in state from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Thomas Bales, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, with a rosary at 7 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Sterling American Heart Association, the Kidney Foundation, and Birthline. Mrs. Fitzgerald was born Nov. 9, 1900, in Corlackin Creggs, County Galway, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Naughton) Scanlon. She married David Leo Fitzgerald Oct 12, 1926, at St. Rita's Church. She immigrated to the United States in 1920 coming through Ellis Island, settling in Chicago. She was employed as a governess. She was a member of the PTA, Alter and Rosary Society and the Sodality. Survivors include four daughters, Mary Patricia Fitzgerald of St. Cloud, Minn., Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Plemel of Starkweather, N.D., LTC Cecilia Ann Fitzgerald and Barbara Agnes Blackburn, both of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Joseph Leo of St. Josephs, Minn., and Philip Earle of Denver, Colo.; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bridget Challoner of Sheffield, England; and one brother, Bernard Scanlon of Woodchurch Birkenhead, England. She was preceded in death by two sons, 1st Lt. Robert David Fitzgerald USMC and John Francis Fitzgerald. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, Jan 4, 1994 A2;3 - from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
MARION J. FITZGERALD, 63, of 1505 3rd Ave., died shortly before noon Saturday in Community General Hospital where he had been admitted a few hours previously. The body was taken at 10 a.m. today from the Grennan and Son Funeral Home to lie in state in St. Mary's Catholic Church until 11 a.m. when the Rev. Philip Kennedy celebrated the Mass of the Resurrection. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. A memorial was established to his memory. Marion J. Fitzgerald was born Aug. 18, 1909 in Sterling, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Fitzgerald. He had been employed as an electrician at National Mfg. Co. since 1935. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, an auxiliary Member of the Legion of Mary, a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and Member of Council 662, Sterling. Surviving with his wife Mrs. Gen Fitzgerald are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary Kay) Schultz of Emerson, his mother, Mrs. Earle Fitzgerald of Sterling and five sisters and three brothers, Sister Margaret Fitzgerald SL of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Martin (Rita) Lawson, Celeste Fitzgerald and Mrs. John (Virginia) Wessels of Sterling, Mrs. Kenneth (Roberta) Hasenyager of Rockford, Charles and Edmund Fitzgerald of Sterling and the Rev. John Fitzgerald O.S.B. of Cherry, Ill. There are six grandchildren. Preceding in death were his father Earle Fitzgerald, one son James Patrick, a grand-daughter Ann Marie, one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, April 2, 1973, 2:1 from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
MAURICE J. FITZGERALD, 67, of 1514 1/2 5th Avenue, Sterling, died at 6 p.m. Thursday in Colonial Acres Rest Home. There will be visitation at the Grennan and Son Funeral Home this Friday evening and a rosary is to be recited at eight o'clock. Funeral rites will be held Saturday with a 9 a.m. prayer service in the funeral home and 9:30 a.m. requiem mass in St. Mary's Church. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Maurice J. Fitzgerald was born July 19, 1903 in Yankton, S.D., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fitzgerald. He was engaged in the floor covering business in Sterling for many years. Surviving are three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Maud F. Scott and Mrs. Alice Aldrich of Sterling, Mrs. Monica Wahl of California, Gregory of South Dakota and Raymond of Sterling. He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers SERVICES: Funeral rites for Maurice Fitzgerald were conducted Saturday morning. There was a nine o'clock prayer service in the funeral home and 9:30 requiem mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Everette J. Hiller, celebrant. Frank Klocke was soloist and Mrs. Mary Fecht was at the organ. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery with the pallbearers being Arlie Sigman, Frank Murphy, Joseph Novak, Lester Newell and Marion and Charles Fitzgerald. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent The Sterling Daily Gazette, Friday, 23 Oct 1970, 2;3 from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
VIRGINIA (SCHLITZ) FITZGERALD, 89, of 312 E. 11th St., Sterling, died Wednesday morning in the family home. There is visitation from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Grennan Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday by members of the Altar and Rosary Society. A memorial has been established. Funeral rites will be held Friday morning with a Mass for Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery. Virginia Schiltz was born Oct 30, 1884 in Emery, S.D., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Schiltz. She was united in marriage with Earle R. Fitzgerald May 19, 1908 in Emery, S.D. Surviving are eight children, Sister Margaret, S.L., of Los Angeles, Calif., Charles and Celeste Fitzgerald with whom she resided, Mrs. Martin (Rita) Lawson, Edmund and Mrs. John (Virginia) Wessels, all of Sterling, the Rev. John Fitzgerald OSB of Cherry and Mrs. Kenneth (Roberta) Hasenyager of Rockford. She was preceded by her husband in 1958, two sons, Marion in 1973 and Gerald in 1927, and a daughter Agatha in 1955. Mrs. Fitzgerald was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She also leaves 36 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Obituary Wednesday, April 24, 1974, page 2;2 from the archives of the Sterling Public Library]
THOMAS FITZMAURICE - Funeral services for Thomas Fitzmaurice, who died Saturday afternoon, were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the Melvin Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Bonnike, assistant pastor of St. Mary Church, officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Fitzmaurice passed away Saturday afternoon at the rear of 113 1/2 E. 3rd St. Sterling. He was born Aug. 1, 1897 in Chicago, the son of Thomas and Bridget McCauley Fitzmaurice. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving is one sister, Anna Casey of Chicago. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 9, 1956 - Monday, page 2]
SHIRLEY (LINBOOM) FITZPATRICK, 44, 1305 Griswold Ave., Sterling, died suddenly Wednesday (21 Nov. 1984) evening at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeoffrey Wirth officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Shirly Linboom Fitzpatrick was born on April 19, 1940 in Sterling, the daughter of Albert and Alice Lilly Linboom. In December of 1983 she graduated from Sauk Valley College with an LPN degree. At the time of her death she worked as a nurse in the Sterling area. Surviving are her mother, Alice Linboom, Sterling; two sons, Thomas Finney, Rock Falls and Charles Finney, Rockford; two daughters, Shirley Gilbert, Sterling, and Alicia Finney, Sterling; and one brother, Robert Linboom, Dixon. Preceding her in death were three rothers, one sister and her father. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 23, 1984 - Friday]
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