WILLIAM HENRY LEACH, Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for William Henry Leach of 301 W. 12th in Rock Falls, who died Jan. 14 in his home. The Rev. Ernest D. Standerfer officiated at the services, with the Rev. Harry E. Shiffer assisting. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was at the organ during the services, and Mrs. Jack Butler sang, "God Will Take Care of You", and "The Sweet Bye and Bye," accompanied by Mrs. James Dillingham on the organ. Pallbearers were Leburn Berry, Don Kuykendall, Cloyd Meeks, Aubrey Mills, Steve Peck and Cecil Sanders. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Steve Peck, Mrs. George Peck and Mrs. Cecil Bragg. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 18, 1967 - pg 2]
WINBURN K. LEACH, 607 12th Ave., Sterling, was pronounced dead on arrival at Community General Hospital Sunday afternoon (15 Jun 1969). Born March 30, 1922 at Marvell, Ark., he was the son of William and Mary Long Leach. He was educated in the Marvell Public Schools. Mr. Leach was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. He was a member of the Como Baptisst Church and veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was married to Florence Seidel, June 26, 1945 in Rock Falls. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Winburn Leach Jr., with U.S. Air Force stationed in Washington, D.C. Stanley Leach at home; three daughters, Linda, Wendy and Barbara Leach, all at home; two brothers, Gerald L. Leach and James Leach of Rock Falls; eight sisters, Mrs. Mary McCombs, Mrs. Lillian Clark, and Mrs. Rudolph (Clarice) Welti of Rock Falls, Mrs. William E. (Mamie) Thompson of Sterling, Mrs. Marvin (Christine) Smith of Calumet City, Mrs. Delbert (Maxine) Walker of Rock Falls, Mrs. William (Emogene) Marshall of Rockford and Mrs. Kenneth (Louse) Couch of Lansing, and his mother, Mrs. W. H. Leach of Rock Falls. There are a number of nieces and nephews. His father preceded, Jan. 14, 1967. Two sisters also preceded. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Monday). At noon Tuesday the body will be taken to the Como Baptist Church to lie in state until time of the service. The Rev. Lowell Dodson, pastor of the Como Baptist Church and the Rev. Allman, pastor of the First Baptsit Church of Ashton, will officiate and burial will take place at Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 16, 1969 - Monday, pg 2, col 2]
TORIBIO LEAL JR. - Funeral rites for Toribio (Junior) Leal of 612 11th Ave., Sterling, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Everett J. Hiller of St. Mary's Church will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Grennan and Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Toribio (Junior) Leal was born Nov. 19, 1952 in Savanna, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Toribio Leal Sr. He attended the local schools and was united in marriage with Timmie Gonzales March 27, 1971. At the time of death he was employed by National Mfg. Co. Surviving are his parents, his wife, a son Timothy, and eight brothers and four sisters, Ralph, Mrs. Jane Espinoza and Mrs. Rosemary Mena of Rock Falls, John, Richard, and Mrs. Nora Puentes of Sterling, Tony of the United States Army in Germany, and Frank, David, Phillip, Joey and Julie, at home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 22, 1973 - Monday, pg 2]
MARY HENDRICKS LEATHERMAN
Mary Hendricks Leatherman, settled in Sterling in 1854; died March 11, 1917, aged 66 years. [Daily Gazette, 20 August 1917; From Larry Reynolds]
JESSE RENEE LEBARRON, infant daughter of Jesse and Sandra Nornhold LeBarron of 4111 W. Lincolynway, Sterling, died Saturday morning (08 November 1969) at St. Franics Hospital in Peoria. She was born on Friday in Sterling. Graveside services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Ogle Chastain, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sterling, officiated. Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home was in charge of the services. Jessee Renee LeBarron is survived by her parents; one brother, Clinton Paul, aged two; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nornhold; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton LeBarron of Skotiko, New York; maternal greatgrandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nornhold of Rural Route 4, Sterling; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 10, 1969 - Monday, pg 2]
CHARLES J. LEE - Monday morning our people were somewhat shocked on receiving word of the death of Charles J. Lee. Mr. Lee has been suffering for two years or more from the effects of an abcess upon his liver which resulted in consumption. He had been very ill for sometime and though quite sick he had not been confined to his bed. He was in town last week and said he felt better than he had been feeling for some time. Sunday night he went to bed and slept quite soundly. At 11 o'clock Mrs Lee went to his room and found him sleeping soundly. At four o'clock she again went to his room and found him still apparently asleep, but on close observations she found that he was dead, having apparently died while asleep without a struggle. Charles J. Lee was born in Hume township at the home of his parents on July 14, 1866, and died at his home in Hume on Monday, July 30, 1900. He was married to Irma Van Demark April 20th, 1891, and their union was blessed with five children, B. Wayne, C. Leland, Eugene F., M. Mildred and Irma L., three of whom survive him, two of whom, Eugene and Irma, have proceeded him to that other world. Besides his wife and children he leaves a father and mother whose home is now in Sterling and six brothers, Frank Lee of Springville, Iowa; Turner and Fay of Rock Falls, Abe of Sterling, John and Dan of Chicago. Mr. Lee was a farmer and a hard working and frugal man. In the fall of 1894 he lost an arm while working a corn shredder, and although only having one arm there were few who did more work than he did. He was too ambitious and worked far beyond his strength and thus shortened his days. He was loved by his family and friends and respected by all. The funeral took place at the home Wednesday morning at 10:30. Rev. Geo. Bernreuter officiating, and he was laid at rest in the Tampico cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS: I take this method to kindly thank my friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted in the late sickness and burial of my dear husband. Their acts or kindness and words of sympathy and consolation will ever be remembered. (Mrs. Irma Lee) [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
ELIZABETH (WETZELL) LEE, was born at Cranesville, PA., Jan. 8, 1841, and died at her home, 107 6th Avenue, Sterling, IL., Nov. 24, 1924, aged 83 years, 10 months, and 16 days. These are the boundary lines of a remarkably long and useful life. Our community does well to pause in the midst of its many activities to do honor to the memory of these pioneers whose spirit of noble courage and ceaseless industry has left unto us following them such a rich heritage. The parents of the departed were Daniel and Mary Wetzel, of stury, pioneer stock, which in the year 1849 helped push civilization westward from their native state of Pennsylvania to Illinois. She was united into marriage, Dec. 18, 1859, to Marshall T. Lee, Rev. Isaac Mooney performing the wedding ceremony. The name of Lee is an honored one in the history of our United States of America. The family divided in the early years of the last century, part of the setting in Virginia, and the other moving to Illinois. The tragedy of the 60's was that they were arrayed against each other during the Civil War. Yet withal men like Robert E. Lee, were worthy of foes. To Mr. and Mrs. Lee, seven children came to bless the union of their lives, three of whom, Marshall T. Jr., Charles J., and La Fayette, have preceded their mother in death. The living are: John Henry, Chicago, Ill; Francis M. Lee, Tampico, Ill; Abraham L., Sterling; and Daniel W., Denver, Colo. The husband and father survives, in feeble health, but with memories clear of events in the past, especially of an adventure across the plains of Nebraska to the Pike's Peak in the Rocky Mountains and then south into Mexico in the 50's, as well as the even greater experience as a Union soldier of Gen. U. S. Grant's Western Army as a sharpshooter in the years 1861-65, being at one time 45 consecutive days under fire, and never once wounded in the battles of Shiloh, Lookout Mt., Kenesaw Mt., and on Sherman's famous march to the sea. Had Mrs. Lee been permitted to live less than another month they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, an occasion so rare in any community as to give it an unusual distinction of peculiar interest. For nearly thirty years they made their home a mile and half from Coleta, and with the exception of a brief residence in Tampico, the remaining thirty-five years of their lives have been spent in Sterling. Besides the husband and children mentioned, one brother, John Henry Wetzel, Elgin, Ill., and a great number of friends remain to mourn their loss. Mrs. Lee, in feeble health for a number of years, was the victim of a fall early in September, in which she sustained a fractured hip, the direct cause, without doubt, of her death. Her youngest son gives this fine tribute to his mother: "She was one of God's noblewomen, doing her duty as she was given the light to see it, unfaltering and uncomplainingly, in spite of a frail constitution that has for years meant much suffering, and little of what are ordinarily locked upon as the pleasures of life. She reared to maturity a large family without mis-guiding a single footstep. She suffered privation and hardship for her country's sake, while her husband and father did his bit on the battlefields of the Civil War. "She lived only for other, and when she died Monday evening, she passed away as she had always lived, without one fear or doubt for the future-a passing so gentle and peaceful that it was almost impossible to distinguish the dividing line between the two lives."
MRS. FRANK LEE, 68, passed away at her home northwest of Tampico at five o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a paralytic stroke which she suffered on Sunday. Mrs. Lee, daughter of Edwin and Harriet Wilber, was born June 10, 1865 at Springville, Ia. On Jan. 24, 1889 she was united in marriage to Frank Lee at Springville. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, one son, Herbert of Tampico, five grandchildren of Tampico, and one sister, Mrs. Lou Wheelock of Rock Falls. A son, daughter and brother preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Thursday afternoon at the hoome with Rev. W.W. Maxwell officiating. Interment will be made in the Tampico Cemetery. Source: [Scrapbook Newspaper Clipping]
GLADYS E. LEE, 79, of 401 4th Ave., Rock Falls, passed away Thursday morning at Rock Falls Colonial Acres. Funeral services will be held at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Lowell D. Allen, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Rock Falls officiating with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Gladys Lee was born Sept. 4, 1895, in Clinton, IA., the daughter of Albert and Cora Maxfield Forsee. She was united in marriage to C. Leland Lee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rock Falls, and the VFW Auxiliary. Survivors are her husband, C. Leland; one daughter, Mrs. Sam (Ila) Leaf of Rock Falls, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 12, 1974 - Thursday, page 8]
HERBERT W. LEE - Former Tampico Mayor, Herbert W. Lee Sr., 71, died Friday evening in Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He had been in the hospital since Aug. 15., when he was admitted after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Lee was born Feb. 22, 1896, in Linn County, Iowa, the son of Francis and Nettie Lee. He was educated in the South Hume School. He married Saide Renner on May 2, 1917 in Hahnaman Township. During the next 29 years, he farmed in Hume and Prophetstown before retiring in 1946. The last 21 years Mr. Lee lived in Tampico. In 1955, he became a member of the village council in Tampico, and served until 1965, when he was chosen mayor. Because of ill health, he was forced to resign as mayor in May of this year. Besides serving as mayor and council member, Mr. Lee was a member of the First Methodist church in Tampico until the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin daughters, one sister, and one brother. Mr. Lee is surved by his widow, Sadie; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Mildred) Thome, rural Tampico, and Mrs. Raymond (Geraldine) Braggo,Jr., Prophetstown; and 12 grandchildren, plus five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Tampico First Methodist Church with the Rev. Edgard Perez officiatng. Visitation will be on Sunday after 2 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Chapel. A memorial has been established for the heart fund. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 26, 1967 - Saturday, pg. 2]
HERBERT E. LEE - 55, 1105 7th Ave., Sterling, died Sunday. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey, Ill. Herbert Lee was born July 5, 1920. He recently came to the area to teach as the new Unit 5 band director. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6]
LELAND C. LEE, 81, of 401 4th Ave., Rock Falls, died Friday afternoon in Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. Lowell D. Allen, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Rock Falls officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Leland Lee was born May 17, 1893 in Tampico, the son of Charles J. and Irma Van Der Mark Lee. He was united in marriage to Gladys E. Forsee who preceded him in death Dec. 12, 1974. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rock Falls and a charter member of the Sterling VFW Post 326. He was a finisher for the Eureka Body Co. for many years in Rock Falls until his retirement. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sam (Ila) Leaf of Rock Falls; five grandsons and three great-granddaughters; one sister, Mrs. Mildred Ryan of Rock Falls. He was preceded by his parents, his wife Gladys, one sister and two brothers. Full military rites will be conducted at the grave by Sterling VFW Post 326. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette March 29, 1975 - Saturday, pg 4]
NANCY (BRITT) LEE - Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Lee, 71, of Rock Falls were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock in the Wheelock funeral home with Rev. James R. Ublinger in charge of the service. Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Rock Falls. Mrs. Lee was a sister of T. E. Britt of Tampico who, with his wife, Frank Collins, Matt Roche and daughter Gladys and Mrs. Mary Gaffey, attended the service. Nancy Ellen Britt was born in New Bedford on August 31, 1868 and spent the early part of her life in New Bedford and Tampico where she received her education. December 8 1888 she married Marshall T. Lee of Sterling. Three children were born to this union, Harry A. Lee, Lawrence L. Lee who preceded her in death, and Lottie L. Britt of Rock Falls. Her husband died in 1908. [Contributed by Melva Taylor]
SHARON JEAN LEE, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee, 409 West Fourteenth Street, Rock Falls, died about three hours fter birth Saturday (29 March 1952) at 8:57 a.m. in the Community General Hospital. The body was taken to the Wheelock Funeral Home and burial will be in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery Saturday afternoon. There will be no services. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou and Margaret Ann Lee; one brother, Thomas LeRoy Lee, all at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hurley of Sterling; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lee, Shore Acres Rock Falls. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29 1952 - Saturday, pg 2]
FREDA (THORNTON) LEESMAN, 74, of Rock Falls died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg. Mrs. Leesman was born July 29, 1930, in Monmouth, the daughter of Leonard C. and Clara E. (Garrett) Thornton. She married Luther H. Leesman on Sept. 22, 1973, in Monmouth. He died Aug. 14, 1998. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, Whiteside County Republican Women, Altrusa Club, the Business and Professional Women's club and Rock River Country Club, Rock.Falls. She enjoyed golfing. Survivors include three brothers, Lionel Thornton, Ollie Thornton and Linus Thornton, all of Monmouth; two sisters, Joan Wertz of Commerce Township, Mich., and Clara George of Blue Island. She was preceded in death by two J brothers and a sister. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Daniel Behmlander, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial.
MR. AND MRS. ADAM LEFEVRE, IDA LEFEVRE
Mrs. (Prof.) N. E. Byers of Goshen, (IN) who formerly lived in this city, is mourning the death of her father, mother and sister, all of whom died within the last five days at Sterling, Ill. Death in each case was due to ptomaine poisoning. The parents were Mr. and Mrs. Adam LeFevre and the sister was Miss Ida LeFevre. [9 May 1908 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review - Contributed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer]
BARBARA LEFEVRE - Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Barbara LeFevre in the Melvin Funeral Home, Dr. Alfred L. Grewe, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery. Casketbearers were Sherman Virtue, Emmitt A. Reed, George Wechsler, Willis E. Tillman, Irvin Miller and Albert Dondero. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 5, 1960 - Monday, page 2]
BENJAMIN LEFEVRE died Sunday [09/23/1917] noon at 12:30 o'clock at his home in Rock Falls at the age of 81 years after an illness of about a week with heart trouble. Mr. LeFever had been a resident of Rock Falls for the past 56 years. He was a member of the Rock Falls order of I. O. O. F. for a number of years and was a member of the Christian church. He leaves to mourn his death five children, Leo, Clarence and Miss Fay of Rock Falls, Mrs. F. M. Atchinson and William, both of White Fish, Mont. The funeral services will be conducted from the residence, 505 West Fifth street, Rock Falls, at 1:30 o'clock and at the Christian church in Rock Falls at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow. Rev. R. S. Rains will be in charge of the services. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 24, 1917, page 1, column 1]
CHARLES E. LEFEVRE - Funeral services for Charles E. LeFevre were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard J. Hanson, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church officiated, and burial was at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Gordon E. Speer was the organist. Pallbearers were John H Moore, Evan M Moore, Charles E. Eckel, Seth Yeager, Wm. R. LeFevre and Jon LeFevre. Lundstrom florists were in charge of flowers. Members of the Sterling Fire Department attended the services in a body. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 5, 1973 - Wednesday, pg 2]
CHARLES EDGAR LEFEVRE was born in Strasburg, Lancaster county Pa., May 31, 1867. He had resided in Sterling the past 53 years. Mr. Le Fevre was united in marriage Oct. 26, 1892, to Elizabeth G. Hutton, daughter of the deceased Adam and Elizabeth Baugartz Hutton. To this union the following children were born: Raymond C. Medford, Oregon; Marie McKenna, Galt; Lea F., Jamestown, N. Dak., Charlotte Graff, Vera Latimer, Charles, jr., Sterling. All of the children and 19 grandchildren survive. Four sisters and one brother in Pennsylvania also survive. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds from The Sterling Daily Gazette, October 31, 1940, page 4, column 5]
EMMA (LANDT) LEFEVRE - Mrs. Ben F. LeFevre of this city, passed away at 3 o'clock at her home at 505 W 5th street, death being due to a lingering illness. The funeral services will be held Thursday [10/28/1915] afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home, Rev. DePoister officiating. The remains will be laid away in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Mrs. Lefevre was born in Clinton, Ia., Sept. 19, 1860. To Mr. and Mrs. LeFevre were born three sons Wm. F. of White Fish, Mont, Leo B. and Clarence F. at home and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Atchinson of White Fish, Mont., and Miss Fay M. at home. Mrs. LeFevre was a life long member of the Christian church and an active worker, ever dutiful to her work. She was a good and loving wife, and a kind and affectionate mother and highly regarded by a legion of friends. Friends extend to the surviving members of the family thier sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow. (The Sterling Daily Standard, October 26, 1915, page 6, column 1) Mrs. Benjamin F. LeFevre passed awayt at 3:15 o'clock this morning at her late home, 505 West Fifth street. She has been ill the past month with stomach trouble and was taken to the Public Hospital for treatments, where she had the best of medical attention, but she steadily grew worse and was brought to her home Saturday night where she passed to the great beyond. Emma Landt was born Sept. 19, 1860 at Clinton, Iowa, and when a young girl came to this city to live. In the year 1888 she was united in marriage to Benjamin LeFevre in Rock Falls where they have since made their home. To this union five children were born, they being William F. of White Fish, Montana; Leo B. and Clarence F. and Miss Faye M. of this city and Mrs. Frank Atchinson of White Fish, Montana, all whom with the heart broken husband will mourn her death. She was a faithful member of the Christian church and was a loving mother and wife and a kind neighbor, who has many friends who will miss her. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. William Kuhns of Spokane, Wash., and one brother, Fred Landt of Reardon, Wash., who will mourn her death. The funeral services will be held Thursday [10/28/1915] afternoon at 3 o'clock at her late home. Rev. DePoister, pastor of the Christian church will officiate. Interment will be in I. O. O. F. cemetery. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, October 26, 1915, page 6, column 1) The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Benjamin LeFevre, of West Fifth street, were held Thursday [10/28/1915] afternoon at three o'clock at the Christian church. A mixed quartette, consisting of Mrs. Sara Wright, Miss Amy Lundquist and Messrs. Robert Besse and Roy Crawford sang, "Calling Me Over the Tide," "The City Four Square" and "Under His Wings Rev. DePoister, pastor of the church, officiated at the services. The following members of the Odd Fellows lodge acted as pall bearers, A. C. Stanley, John Pippert, Sr., C. O. LaShelle, John Limerick, Eli Gudeman and John Beales. Interment was in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, October 29, 1915, page 6, column 1]
EZRA S. LEFEVRE was born on September 13th, 1862, in Lancaster county, Penn., and died Friday, August 22, at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston. Pernicious anemia was the cause of his demise. The body was brought to Sterling, Saturday evening and the funeral held this afternoon at 2:30 at the residence, 408 Seventh avenue, Rev. C. A. Riley of the First Congregational church, officiating. Interment was in the Science Ridge Menonite cemetery. The services were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives, while there were numerous and beautiful floral tributes. Mr. LeFevre was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Le Fevre, both of whom preceeded him to the grave five years ago, passing away within one week of each other. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1868 and has lived in Sterling and vicinity since that time. Mr. Le Fevre was married December 31, 1887, in Sterling to Miss Emma Snavely, who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, Miss Edna. One daughter passed away in infancy. Two sisters and two brothers also survive, they being Charles and Grant LeFevre of Sterling, Mrs. W. B. Carolus of this city and Mrs. N. E. Buyers of Goshen, Ind. One sister, Miss Ida Le Fevre, passed away five years ago, while a second sister, Mrs. John Hoover, died last year. Mr. Le Fevre has been in ill health for several months, gradually growing worse until two weeks ago when he was taken to St. Francis hospital, Evanston, for treatment, his wife and daughter accompanying him. At first it was believed that he was growing better, but later he took a sudden turn for the worse and Friday [08/22/1913] afternoon an emergency operation was performed from which he never rallied. His two brothers and sister, Mrs. Carolus, were summoned, but failed to reach his side before death ended his sufferings. Than Ezra Le Fevre Sterling has never had a more honest nor upright citizen. Conscientious and straight-foreward in all his dealings, open-hearted and courteous to all, his was an ideal character and a high type of citizenship. Ten years ago he united with the Congregational church and has always been consistent in his christian life. Until five years ago he engaged in farming, retiring at that time and moving to Sterling, where he has since made his residence, although he has always known Sterling as his home. A good neighbor, a loving husband and father, a kind brother, his death comes as a severe blow to all who knew and loved him. The sorrowing members of the family have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in their hour of bereavement. (The Sterling Daily Standard, August 25, 1913, page 3, column 3)
--- The funeral of Ezra S. LeFevre, who died Friday [08/22/1913] night in St. Francis hospital in Evanston, was held from the family residence this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. C. A. Riley officiated and interment was in the Mennonite cemetery east of the city. Ezra Sigman LeFevre was born in Lancaster county, Pa., Sept. 13, 1862 and came to Whiteside county with his parents when 6 years of age. He received his education in this city and spent the greater part of his life following the vocation of a farmer, retiring from the farm and moving to Sterling to make his home when his health failed about 5 years ago. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Snavely Dec. 21, 1887 and to this union were born two children, one a son dying in infancy and the second a daughter being left to aid the mother in bearing the loss of a loving husband and father. The father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Adam LeFevre and two sisters preceded him to the grave and two brothers Charles and Grant of this city and two sisters, Mrs. W. B. Carolus of Sterling and Mrs. Byers of Goshen, Ind., are also left to mourn his loss. Mr. LeFevre was a conscientious Christian gentleman and united with the Congregational church many years ago, being at the time of his death an active member and worker in the church. He was a good father and a loving husband and his presence will be greatly missed in the household where his loving wife and daughter remain. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, August 25, 1913, page 1, column 4]
MALISSA ISABELLA (HAYES) LEFEVRE passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1916, at her late home on Fifteenth avenue, at the age of 55 years, 10 months and 1 day. Malissa Isabelle Hayes was born in Montezuma, Iowa, on December 24, 1860. She was married to Isaac LeFevre on November 1, 1880, at Phillipsburg, Kansas. Soon after this event she came with her husband to this city, it having been thrity-five years in September. To this happy union two children were born, Winfield Scott, who died February 19, 1906, and Mrs. Hazel Weber, of this city, who has cared for her mother during all her illness. The principal mourners are the loving husband, the daughter, two grandchildren, Isabelle and Lionel Weber, of Sterling, two brothers, Frank H. Hayes of Sterling, and Louis E. Hayes of Burlington, Wis., and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Triggs of Sterling, Mrs. Mary E. Lindsley of Atkinson, Kansas, and Mrs. Clara E. Cox of Council Grove, Kansas. The family and the many friends will mourn her loss. She joined the First M. E. church in 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. F. L. Baldwin. For nearly a year Mrs. FeLevre has been a sufferer of cerebral hemorrhages, but has only been critically ill the past two weeks. She was a faithful and loving patient, and realized that death was near. The funeral service was held at her late home at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. A. W. Otis officiated and Mrs. D. Lingle and Mrs. Charles Whitman sang sweetly "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Some Day We'll Understand" and "There Will be no Dark Valley When Jesus Comes." The pall bearers were Henry Shultz, Fred Stevens, Samuel Gebbards, Bert Thomas, Ralph Thomas and Charles Whitman. Interment was in Riverside cemetery. Contribed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, October 27, 1916.]
MARY LEFEVRE - Died, in Sterling, Ill., on Aug. 31st, of consumption, Miss Mary LeFevre, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. LeFevre. She was born in Sterling, Aug. 19, 1854. She had a good intellect, and an amiable disposition. Though quiet and unobtrusive, she had a positive character, exerted a decided influence, and has left a strong impression of her worth upon those who knew her. She was too ambitious of work, and probably overtasked her strength. She was very diligent and punctual both as a pupil and afterward as a teacher. She was one of the first graduates from the new school in the Second Ward, and has been a teacher for six years. She was beloved and respected as a teacher. She excelled in instruction and in government, and was fond of this employment. She aspired, however, to further attainments than she had made at graduation, and several years ago began to take lessons in painting, to which she devoted the leisure of her Saturdays. She has left several pieces of fine work which will long perpetuate the memory of her diligence and skill. She became interested in religion, in connection with the Lutheran church, but attended Sabbath school at the Congregational church, and became a communicant under the pastorate of Rev. Mr. Belt, in 1874. She has been for years a teacher in the Sabbath-school. She was seldom absent from church, Sabbath-school or prayer-meeting. She will be greatly missed, and very tenderly remembered. Her constancy gave her influence. She could be depended upon, and did not disappoint expectation. She did what she could. Unpretentious, unassuming, diligent, aspiring, prayerful, she has finished her work, and left a blessed memory. After an honored and useful life, she has gone to be "forever with the Lord." [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, September 7, 1879, page 1, column 4. Also found is this note.. The following are the resolutions that have been adopted: SECOND WARD SCHOOL - STERLING, ILL., Sept. 1, '79. Whereas, In the providence of God, our fellow teacher, Miss Mary LeFevre has suddenly been called from earth, it is fitting that we say to you that her gentle, quiet and unobtrusive life-steadfastly and consistently devoted to duty and caused her to be loved and respected [remainder not copied].
ULYSSES GRANT LEFEVRE - Grant LeFevre, for 58 years a resident of Sterling and identified with the business interests of the city for many years, passed away Friday [11/06/1925] afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, at his home, 209 1/2 East Fifth street. Mr. LeFevre had not enjoyed good health for a year or more but had been confined to his home only during the past two weeks, his condition growing rapidly worse during the past few days. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:15 o'clock at the family home and at 2:30 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church. Dr. E. C. Harris, pastor of the church, will conduct the services and temporary interment will be in the mausoleum in the cemetery at Dixon, awaiting the completion of the mausoleum at Riverside cemetery. Friends are requested to please omit flowers. Ulysses Grant LeFevre was born at the close of the Civil war, when the loyalty of his parents found expression in making him a namesake of the great general who saved the Union. The date of his birth was Oct. 30, 1865, just six days more than 60 years before the date of his passing. He was the son of Adam and Emma LeFevre of Lancaster, Pa., and with his parents and their family he came to Sterling when he was only two years of age, this city being practically his lifelong home. He was married to Miss Amelia Martin of Sterling in 1904 and she, with their only daughter, Miss Dorothy LeFevre, survive a father whose life was wrapped about his home and family. In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. LeFevre is survived by one brother, Charles LeFevre of Sterling, and two sisters, Mrs. W. B. Carolus of Sterling and Mrs. Noah Byers of Bluffton, Ohio. One brother and two sisters, beside the parents, preceded him in death. Owing to illness Mrs. Byers will be unable to attend the funeral services here Sunday. For many years Mr. LeFevre was associated with other business men in the grocery business in Sterling, but since his health became such that he cound not attend to regular business duties, he has been retired. As a member of St. John's Lutheran church, Mr. LeFevre took an active interest in the affairs of the church and lived consistently in accordance with its principles. He was a genial and companionable gentleman and held the friendship and esteem of a very large circle of acquaintances in this city and vicinity, who extend sympathy to the family. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, November 7, 1925, page 6, column 3]
LEONA M. (LANGREHR) LEGEL, 74, of Fulton, died Saturday at Mercy North Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The Rev. E. C. Clair Lathrop will be officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Ill. Pallbearers will be Craig Deelsnyder, Dustin Larkey, Matt Hilgendorf, Jim Legel Jr., Randy De Crane and Brian Krakliow. She was born July 25, 1929, in Clinton, to Henry O. and Catherine Stiniger Langrehr. She married Henry E. Legel on Feb. 26, 1949, in Camanche. She was educated in the Clinton and Lyons schools. She was employed with the former Woolworth Department Store, Lubers and Bell Manufacturing Co. and The Bennett Box Co., all in Clinton. She and her husband owned and operated Hank's Fish and Grocery in Fulton for many years. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Earline (Warren) Deelsnyder of Fulton and Mrs. Diane (Michael) Herrera of Fulton; three grandchildren; three sisters, Eleanora De Crane of Davenport, Delores Krakliow of Rock Island, Ill., and Mildred Durgin of Anamosa; three brothers, Henry (Arlene) Langrehr Jr. of Clinton, Edward (Dorothy) Langrehr of Clinton and Fred (Darlene) Langrehr of Davenport. She was preceded in death by a daughter, one sister and two brothers. [Clinton Herald 13 April 2004]
LOIS (SCHUBERT) LEGO, 81, of Sterling died Tuesday August 29, 2000 at her home after a brief illness. She was born March 27, 1919 in Berreman Township in Jo Daviess County to Raymond and Bessie (Sanburn) Schubert. Until her marriage to Richard H. Lego on February 9, 1946, she lived in Mount Carroll. During World War II, she worked at Savanna Army Depot. She was the assistant manager at Sterling Prince Castle Ice Cream until it closed. For many years, she was an active member of Sterling Free Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener, and had a deep love and respect for nature. Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Barbara (James) Kazmierczak, Linda (Donald) Hallmark, Pat (James) Tabor and Shirley (Kip Jonaway) Hernandez; one son, Richard (Shirley) Lego; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Donald (Fern) Schubert of Clinton, Iowa and Melvin ( Doris ) Schubert of Freeport. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home In Rock Falls. A memorial fund has been established to Hospice of Rock River Valley. [Contributed by Alice Horner]
AARON LEHMAN, of Sterling, succumbed to pneumonia this morning between 5 o'clock and 5:30 at his home, at 1406 East Fourth Street. Mr. Lehman had been ill for the past week with influenza and developed pneumonia yesterday. Mr. Lehman was 38 years of age and was employed as foreman at the National Manufacturing Co. He had many friends in the Twin Cities who mourn his death. He is survived by his widow and one small child, Lyle Jacob, aged four years, and a brother, Levi Lehman, of Sterling. No arrangements have been made for the funeral service. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 17, 1918]
--- AARON LEHMAN was born in Lancaster County, Pa., August 11, 1879, being a son of Jacob W. and Leah Lehman. He was the second of eight children, and his is the first death in the family. His parents came from their home in Lancaster County, Pa., to be present at the funeral services, which were held at 2:30 o'clock today, being conducted by Rev. Ralph V. Callaway, minister of the First Christian Church, of which the deceased was a (no words - publishing error)......... Lehman leaves the following brothers and sisters: Levi H. Lehman, of Sterling; Mrs. Marian Brehm, Miss Anna Lehman, Miss Phoebe Lehman, Mrs. Emma Shatzer, all of Franklin County, Pa., Noah E. Lehman, in France, and Mrs. Leah Finafrock, Albany, Oregon. Aaron Lehman lived in Lancaster County, Pa., until he was twenty-one years old, since which time he has resided in Sterling. April 19, 1904, he was married to Miss Ruby Quick. To them two children were born, one of whom is dead, and the other, Lyle Jacob, is left to comfort his mother. The death of Mr. Lehman occurred Tuesday morning, Dec. 17th, after an illness of only six days with pneumonia and influenza. He was one of the foreman in the National Manufacturing Company, and one of their trusted men. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 20, 1918 - Friday, pg 3]
DONALD L. LEHMAN, 76, of 507 Avenue L., Sterling, died Feb 1, 1994, at Sterling Pavilion following an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, and will be announced upon completion. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Gazette 2 Feb 1994]
HERBERT L. LEHMAN,70, of 601 11th Ave., Rock Falls, died Tuesday afternnon (23 July 1985) at Community General Hospital in Sterling. He and his wife Bernice operated Lehman's Grocery Store in Rock Falls for 34 years. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Grennan Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Risely officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime Wednesday until the time of services. Mr. Lehman was born April 13, 1915 in Clinton, Ia., the son of Otto and Phyllis Rowe Lehman. He was a past member of Rock Falls City Council and a former alderman. The deceased was also a charter member of the Rock Falls Lions Club and a veteran of World War II. Surviving are one son, Bill of Sterling, two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Pat) Maddox of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Gene (Jeanne) Miller of Sterling; one sister, Alice Gorzney of Como; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 23, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
LULU (GRAHAM) LEHMAN, 79, 808 W. 13th St., Sterling, passed away at 1 a.m. Sunday in Home Hospital. Death came following an extended illness. The body was moved to the Behrens Mortuary, where friends may call at any time. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mortuary, with Rev. Richard Hanson of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Riverside. Lulu Graham was born Jan 11, 1887 in Sterling, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graham. She was educated in the Emerson School and Brown's Business College. She was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. and the Sterling Fashion Shop. She was married to Abe Whitmer in 1926 in Moline, and he passed away in 1941. In 1948 she was married to Noah Lehman in Lena, Ill., by the Rev. Clarence Warfel. Mrs. Lehman was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, of which she was a past noble grand, the Royal Neighbors of America, the Womens Relief Corps, and of St. John's Church and the Garden Club of St. Johns. She is survived by her husband, one son, Carl of Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Lauren Gell of Sterling; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Talbott, Los Angeles, Calif, and Mrs. Jessie Breitweiser, Sterling; and a number of nephews and nieces. She was preceded by her husband and one sister. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
LOUIS LEICHT, 77, of 305 13th Ave., Sterling, died Wednesday at Community General Hospital. Memorial services are pending at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home. He was born Nov. 19, 1900 in Anderson, Ind., the son of William and Daisy Cowell Leicht. He attended Kokomo, Ind., schools and married Cathyrine Sollenburger on Dec. 21, 1925 in Dixon. He was employed for Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. until retiring in 1952. He was a school crossing guard for 10 years at Lincoln School. Survivors include his widow; one brother, Sylvester of Dublin, Ind.; six sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Holtz of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Daisy Grant and Mrs. Rheba Wall, both of Kokomo, Ind.; Mrs. Jenny Wilson and Mrs. Garnet Kelley, both of Muncie, Ind., and Mrs. Mabel McDaniel of Mesa, Ariz. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 2, 1978 - Wednesday, page 6]
GEORGE LEIN - Funeral services for the late George Lein were held at two o'clock Monday afternoon in the Presbyterian church, with the R. A. Dempsey officiating. Fulton City Lodge No. 189, A. F. & A. M., had charge of the Masonic services at both the church and the grave in the Fulton cemetery. During the services, Mr. and Mrs. Mino Flikkema sang "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," with Mrs. Lutie Harrison playing their organ accompaniment. Mrs. Harrison also played a program of sacred music before and after the services. Rev. Mr. Dempsey based his eulogy on the 1st Psalms, paying a beautiful tribute to the deceased. He lauded his good Christian life and his influence in his home and among his friends. He quoted a number of Scripture passages which, were not only beautiful, but very fitting. Pallbearers were members of the Masonic Lodge, namely, John A. Jensen, Harold Halverson, Paul DeGunther, C. J. Dintelman, Harold Blodgett, and J. E. Mitchell. Those in charge of the many floral tributes were Mrs. Earl Thomson, Mrs. C. J. Dintelman, Mrs. B. J. Snyder, and Mrs. Glen Fagan.
*** Obituary George Lein was born in Germany, February 28, 1864, and passed away at Jane Lamb hospital March 16, 1945, at the age of eighty-one years and sixteen days. He suffered a stroke on February 17, and until the Monday before his passing he was given every care by his devoted family in his home. He was then removed to Jane Lamb hospital, where his death occurred at the above stated time. When sixteen years of age he came to the United States, locating in Clyde township. He was married there on January 5, 1892, to Miss Mary Alice Smith, the ceremony taking place in the home of the brides' parents. Mr. and Mrs. Lein came to Fulton immediately after their marriage, and they have since resided here. To this union three sons and one daughter were born. One son, Paul, passed away on May 14, 1907, when eleven years of age. Those surviving with his wife are, Claude Lein of Clinton, Iowa, Pvt. Jay R. Lein of Ft. Reno, Okla., and Mrs. Laurence (Emogene) Johannsen of Minneapolis, Minn. Five grandsons and one great grandson also mourn his death. Mr. Lein was a great influence to the young people of the community. For many years he taught Sunday school classes of young men and often entertained them in his home. He was a lover of music and was instrumental in organizing and directing numerous choirs and choruses in the various churches in Fulton. For many years he was a member of the Methodist church, and when it closed he transferred to the First Presbyterian church. When he first came to Fulton he did carpentry, and later when the Mystic Workers of the World was in its early days, Mr. Lein, a fraternalist at heart, was interested in the new organization. When the late Robert S. Cowan passed away while Supreme Master, Mr. Lein was named to fill his unexpired term. He later became a member of the field force, and was instrumental in organizing many lodges in Iowa. With the interests of the community at heart, he served as supervisor of Fulton township for one term and was also a member of the city council, representing the first ward in which he lived. He was a past master of Fulton City Lodge A. F. & A. M., No. 189, and for many years devoted much time to the Masonic lodge, instructing candidates and helping wherever he was needed. He was also a member of the Royal Arch Masons, No, 108. In later years he spent much time in his garden, and through his careful attention everything thrived. Not only did his family benefit, but his neighbors as well as he was always very generous. In his passing his family has lost a kind husband and father; his neighbors, a good friend; the community, an esteemed citizen; and his fraternal organizations, a loyal brother. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Fulton Journal]
MARY ALICE (SMITH) LEIN - Funeral services for Mrs. George Lein, aged 91, formerly of Fulton, who died Friday evening in the home of her son, J. R. Lein, 1215 Woodlawn Ave., Clinton, where she had resided for the past three years, were held at two o'clock Monday afternoon in the Fay Funeral home. The Rev. E. J. Blair, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated and burial was in the Fulton cemetery. Mrs. Donald Johannsen, vocalist, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was accompanied by Mrs. Wayne Meyer of Clinton. Serving as the casket bearers were Wayne Meyer, L. W. Monaghan, Albert J. Reimer, Earl C. Snyder, Harold Blodgett and J. E. Mitchell. Mrs. Lein, the former Miss Mary Alice Smith, was born in Clyde township, Whiteside county, Ill., Feb. 1, 1867, the daughter of Hiram and Catherine Smith. She was married to George Lein Jan. 5, 1892, in Clyde township. They spent all of their married life in Fulton, residing at 820 Eighth Avenue. Mr. Lein died March 15, 1945. She was a member of the Fulton Presbyterian church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Laurence Johannsen (Emogene) of Marshalltown, Iowa; two sons, Claude C. and Jay R. Lein, both of Clinton; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and two brothers; Wellington Smith of California and Pierce H. Smith of Chicago. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, two sisters and a brother. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Fulton Journal 9 Oct 1958 Front pg.]
JOSEPHINE (MITCHELL) LEITZ - Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Leitz, who died suddenly Friday morning at the Hill Nursing Home, will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Melvin Funeral Home. The pastor of the First Christian Church of Sterling, Rev. Brace E. Johnson, will officiate and burial will take place in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday. The daughter of P.W. and Julia Finn Mitchell, she was born on Sept. 13, 1883 in Sterling. She was the widow of the late Irwin E. Leitz and had spent her entire life in this community where she was an active member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are a son, Dale Cohenour, RFD 2, Sterling, and a brother, Robert Mitchell, Sterling. There are also four grandchildren surviving and a number of nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Ralph, and four brothers and four sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1964 - Saturday]
ELIZA JANE LEIGH, who for many years resided on a farm near Milledgeville passed away Nov. 22, at the home of her son, Theron Prindle in Steamboat Rock, Ia., aged about 72 years. Cancer of the bowels caused her death. She was twice married, one son from the first marriage, Theron Prindle, and three sons and one daughter, Dr. Henry Leigh, Joseph Leigh, A. C. Leigh and Mrs. H. J. Wilson, from the second marriage surviving her. The funeral and interment were in Steamboat Rock. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated 1905 Scrapbook Clipping]
GEORGE LELAND, of Sterling died at his home last Friday after an illness of fifteen years. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Leland was born in Canada Jan. 10, 1840 and died at the age of 62 yrs. 2 mos. and 11 days. He served in the civil war 4 1/2 years. In 1868 he married Miss Elizabeth G. Hanna of Milledgeville who with four children are left to mourn the loss. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
CLARA (DeSPLINTER) LEMKE, 92, Prophetstown, died Wednesday evening at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown, with the REv. William Morrissey, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Gardner Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Catherine Lempke was born on Aug. 31, 1894 in Annawan, the daughter of Peter and Fannie (Gabriel) DeSplinter. She was educated in Annawan and Kewanee schools. She married Herbert Lempke in Annawan on Oct. 1, 1916. He preceded her in death in 1953. The couple moved to Prophetstown in 1923. Mrs. Lempke was employed at the former Eclipse Lawn Mower Company and as a local cook. She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. Surviving are a granddaughter, Mrs. Charles (LuRe) Lally, Lyndon and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, three sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette January 8, 1987 - Thursday, pg A2, col. 1 (Obituary says "Catherine" but everything else says "Clara")
JOSEPH CARL LEMKE, 75, formerly of 406 2nd Avenue, Rock Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996, at CGH Medical Center.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls, With the Rev. Don George, Pastor of the Rock River Christian Center of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Annawan. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the Ronald McDonald House. Mr. Lempke was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Annawan, the son of Ewald R. and Florence E. (Anderson) Lempke. He married Maude B. Colehour on March 20, 1954, in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45. He received the American Theatre Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with one silver Battle Star, one Service Stripe, three Overseas Service Bars, and a Good conduct Medal. He was employed at National manufacturing prior to his retiring in 1987. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Bill Colehour]
MAUDE BELL LEMKE, 89, of 1203 W. 21st St., Rock Falls, died Saturday evening in Rock Falls Colonial Acres following an extended illness. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Rev. Jack Jasper, pastor of the Pine Creek Independent Church of Mt. Morris officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Lempke was born on June 30, 1898 in Beloit, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Sarah Beesley Colehour. On March 20, 1954 she married Joseph C. Lempke in Rock Falls. She resided in Rockford until 1954 and was a member of the Pine Creek Independent Church of Mt. Morris. She is survived by her husband; and one brother, Harwood Colehour of Rockford. She was preceded in death by one brother. [Contributed by Bill Colehour]
MICHAEL T. LENDMAN, 59, of Sterling died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, after an illness. Michael was born on Feb. 26, 1945, in Sterling, the son of Thomas Leo and Lucille M. (Ohnen) Lendman. He married Babette Hansen on July 30, 1977, in Sterling. Michael was employed for 40 years at National Manufacturing, Sterling, retiring in 2004 as senior systems engineer. He was a member of Coleta United Brethren Church, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the National Rifle Association. Michael enjoyed coin collecting, gardening, fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR and also built several homes. Surviving are his wife, Babette; his daughters, Susan (Keith) Conroy of Novaio, Calif., and Kelly (John) \ Schnitzler of Clinton, Iowa; his sons, MichaeL Paul (Lisa) Lendman of Marysville, Wash., and. Paul Lendman of Sterling; his mother, Lucille Lendman of Sterling; his sister, Gail (Steve) Anderson of Sterling; his seven grandchildren, Katelyn, Kelsey arid Patrick Conroy, Cory Lendman, Vanessa Hammond, Lacey Rice and Joshua Hill. He was preceded in death by his father and numerous uncles. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dee. 24, 2004, at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock FaIls, with the Rev. Wilmer Houck officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dee. 23, 2004, at the funeral home. [Sterling Daily Gazette December 22, 2004; Contributed by Jan Roggy]
EVELYN (BLAKLEY) LENHARD, 72, of Rock Falls died Thursday Nov. 25, 2004. at her home. She was employed for more than 30 years at General Electric Co.. Morrison. Mrs. Lenhard was born April 9, 1932 in Poynette, Wis. the daughter of Thomas and Mildred Blakley. She served in the Air Force during the Korean War. She married.Arthur N. Lenhard on May 10. 1974 in Rock Falls. He died March 10, 2002. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sterling. and Rock Falls American Legion Post 902. She was an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan and enjoyed watching college basketball and football. Survivors include her children. Jeff Pew, Jill Reed, Jacklyn (Tyron) Brown and Jason Pew of lllinois; her stepchildren, Patrick (Ann) Lenhard and Timothy (Wanda) Lenhard. both of Hawaii. Arthur Lenhard Jr. of Florida. Michelle (George) Gonzales of Illinois and Maggie (Jason) Quaranto of Washington; two sisters Doris Dittberner of Portage, Wis. and Marjorie (Joe) Greenheck of Jariesville. Wis.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Graveside service with military honors will be at 1p.m. Wednesday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Sterling. with the Rev. Paul C. White, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sterling. officiatiing. [Sterling Daily Herald]
LEROY LENHART, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lenhart, who live on the Schmoeger farm north of the city, died at 9 o'clock Tuesday evening after a short but severe illness of cholera infantum. The funeral services will be held at the house at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon and at 2 o'clock at the West Jordan church; the Rev. Snyder, pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the West Jordan Cemetery. The parents and a baby brother survive. [Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Sterling Standard 10 Aug 1905 Pg 1:4]
MATILDA (MALONE) LENHART, died Thursday afternoon at 2 __ o'clock at her home about two miles northeast of Coleta. The cause of her taking away was a cancerous tumor of the stomach with which she had been suffering for many years, having noticed it first about twenty years ago. The affliction has been a severe one and has grown steadily worse and eight weeks ago she was compelled to take to her bed. She has been a patient sufferer, always steadfast in her faith and possessed of true Christian fortitude. Matilda Malone was born June 30, 1832 in Holmes county, Ohio. She came to Whiteside county in 1859 and October 21, 1860, she was married to Philip Lenhart. The have lived in Whiteside ever since with the exception of one year spent in Iowa. Early in her life she joined the Liberal U. B. church and has been a life long member of that organization, always interested in the Christian work in all its branches. She was a kind and loving mother and wife and a true friend to all who came to her for advice. Mrs. Lenhart leaves besides her husband, eleven children. They are Mrs. Elvira Holbrook, Coleta; Edwin Lenhart, Sutherland, Ia.; Mrs. Minnie Yocum, Milledgeville; Mrs. Mary Grubb, near Coleta; Mrs. Louise Frederick, near MIlledgeville; John Lenhart, Storm Lake, Iowa; James Lenhart, near Milledgeville; Bert Lenhart, near Sterling; Forest Lenhart, near Coleta; Otis Lenhart, near Milledgeville. ONe sister of the deceased also remains to mourn for her. She lives in Davis county Indiana, and is the only one left of a family of sixteen children. - [Sterling Standard clipping; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
PHILIP LENHART, one of the early day settlers of Genesee Township died very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nellie Holbrook in Milledgeville this morning. Mr. Lenhart rose early this morning and as usual went out onto the back porch where he sat in a porch chair to await the coming of his daughter to notify him that the morning meal was prepared. Mrs. Holbrook went to porch shortly after 6 o'clock to call her father and found him dead. Death it is believed resulted from a stroke of heart trouble and owing to Mr. Lenhart's advanced age it is thought the shock was too heavy for him to resist its effects. Mr. Lenhart came to Geneseo township in the early days when the country was new and continued to make his home there until a few years ago when his wife died, after which he has resided at the home of his children at various times. He is survived by the following children: Edwin, John Frank, and Mrs. John Fredrick of Storm Lake, IA. Bert who resides on a farm near Sterling. Otis of Coleta, and Mrs. Allie Holbrook and James of Milledgeville. Born 31 October 1834 - Died 29 May 1912. Married Matilda Malone 21 October 1860
HELEN L. LENNOX - Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home for Mrs. Helen L. Lennox, 76, of 701 Lincoln, Rock Falls. The Rev. Russell L. Fate of Maquoketa, Iowa, officiated and burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E Larson was organist and the POE Ladies attended the services in a body. Pallbearers were Edward Hendricks, Winfred Baker, Allen Puels, Stanley George, Paul Brotheridge and Keith Edeus. Flowers cared for by Behrens. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 24, 1977 - Thursday]
BONNIE MAY (DAVIS) LEONARD, 79, died Friday, July 15, 2005 at New Beginnings Care Center. Mrs. Leonard was born December 19, 1925 in New Boston, MO, the daughter of Homer and Ethel (Law) Davis. She married James Leonard November 27, 1948 in Brookfield, MO. Survivors are her husband; a daughter, Connie (Mike) Monnier of Rock Falls; a son, Jerry (Diane) Leonard of Rock Falls; a sister, Freida Echols of Loveland, CO; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at the Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be 9-10:30, Tuesday, July 19 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
Rock River Claims Two More Victims
Lynett Segar of Erie - Walter "Bud" Leoperd of Dixon
Rock river claimed two more victims Sunday afternoon at about 5 o’clock when Walter "Bud" Leopard of 368 Everett street, and Miss Lynett Jean Seger, daughter ot Mrs. Bessie Segar of Eric, drowned south of the boundary of Lowell park. Four others were in danger of losiing their lives in the same manner in the rescue attempts following the swamping and overturning of a row boat in which Miss Seger and two young women companions were enjoying a ride. The bodies were recovered in about 20 feet of water at 3:15 o' clock this morning by -two crews who were operating rescue equipment brought to the scene from the Sterling fire department. Sterling Fire chief Connie Nicol, A. P. Remington of Sterling and State Police Officer J. E. McIntire of Dixon were operating the rescue squad which recovered Lepperds body and a few minutes later, another crew consisting of Dement and Jack Schuler of Dixon and Curtis Thorpe of Erie, recovered Miss Seger's body. The rescue equipment from both the Dixon and Sterling fire departments was taken to the scene and flood lights, furnished by the lllinois Northern Utilities Company were set up on the bank in the Walgreen Hazelwood estate to assist the rescue crews. State Ofticers Mclntire and W. H. Austin assisted the rescue crews until the bodies were recovered. Dixon firemen and volunteer workers manned the drags which operated continusly for more than nine hours before the bodies were recovered. An inquest was scheduled to be held at the Melvin Funeral home, this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Miss Seger, who resided at 317 North Galena avenue, formerly employed at the Green River ordinance plant and two companions; Miss Cheryl Hahn, 615 College avenue, and Miss Orva Landis, 322 Sixth street, were enjoying a ride in a boat which they had rented at~ the Lowell park boat livery, and were down stream from the park. According to reports, five young men, Lepperd, Herschel Thompson, C. W. Woessner, Lawrence Burch and L. C. Pierce were occupants of a motor boat belonging to Harold Coss. Woessner and Burch came near losing their lives when they attempted to rescue the two drowning victims and after a heroic struggle were forced to abandon their efforts in order to save their own lives. From statements made by occupants of the launch, they had stopped to tow the row boat back to Lowell park and Lepperd was said to have been sitting on the stern of the motor boat. When the motor boat started, the back wash partly filled the row boat and both boats came to a stop. Lawrence Burch who was operating the launch stated that the young women called for a bucket to bail out the water in their boat and a large can was thrown to them. Their boat was about half full of water and Lepperd was in the water when I looked back,” Burch stated. “Whether the girls shifted to one side of their boat I don’t know, but suddenly it capsized and the three of them were in the water. Two clung to the over-turned boat, but the third did not. I jumped out of the launch and went to her rescue but she caught me around the waist and we went to the bottom of the river in about 15 feet of water. She continued to struggle and I finally caught her by the hair and we came to the surface. I was about exhausted and lost my hold and she sank.” C. W. Woessner, one of the occupants of the launch, stated that he observed Lepperd in the water struggling and knew that he was not a good swimmer. He went to Lepperds rescue and succeeded in reaching the drowning man who struggled with him and both were in danger of drowning, when Woessner lost his hold and managed to swim back to the launch. Soth Miss Hahn and Miss Landiis clung to the overturned row boat until they were hauled from the water by occupants of other motor boats, and taken to Lowell park, after which they were re moved to their homes. John Miitchell, life guard at the Lowell park beach and other swimmers went to the drowning scene as soon as the word of the tragedy reached the park and the former remained on duty until the bodies were recovcred this morning. Mrs. Bessie Seger and two Sons of Erie arrived at the park late last night and the latter assisted in the rescue operations for a time, together with other friends who accompanied them. All of the parties who figured in the double drownings had been enjoying picnic outings at Lowell park. The funeral of Mr. Lepperd will be be at the late home at 2:15 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and at the Methodist church at 2:30. Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor, officiating. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 July 1944]
BERNARD F. LEPIANKA - Funeral services were conducted by the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Bernard F. Lepianka, 51, of 703 9th Ave., Rock Falls, Ill., who died Wednesday afternoon at Community General Hospital. Funeral services were held on Saturday with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the mass of the resurrection at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church. The Rev. Fabian Labedis, pastor of the Basilica of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wis. and the Rev. Stanley Krupa, pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Kewanee, officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee. Mrs. Roscoe Eades played the organ for the prayer service. Mrs. John Huffmiller played the organ at the church, with Frank Klocke singing. Pallbearers were; Harry Fiorini, Dan Fiorini, Carl Scott, Jerry L. Estrange, Tom Lepianka and Larry Lepianka.
SUSAN (BOLLMAN) LESNIEWSKI, 55, of Prophetstown, died January 30, 2006 at her home. Services were held Friday at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church where she was a member. There will be a private inurnment in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown at a later date. A memorial fund has been established. The Gibson and Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown handled the arrangements and cremation. Susie was born November 8, 1950 in Morrison, IL the daughter of William R III and Betty (Upton) Bollman. She graduated from Lyndon High school, class of 1968. She married Brad Lesniewski in Morrison, IL on October 31, 1980. She worked a number of years at the former Plautz Realty in Prophetstown and most recently for the Prophetstown Veterinary Clinic. Susie was involved in helping local organizations with their projects, she enjoyed gardening and most important to her was her family. She is survived by her husband, daughters and sons-in-law, Brook and Dwayne Dawson, Savage, MN, Britt Lesniewski and Joseph Grimaldi, Centreville, Marylnad, grandchildren Jonah and Chloe Dawson, brothers and sister-in-law, William Bolman IV, Mitch and Kim Bollman, all of Prophetstown, and her mother, Betty Bollman, Prophetstown. Her father preceded her in 2000. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo]
KEITH E. LESTER, 89, died Sunday, January 28, 2007 at his home. He was in the local carpenters union for over 50 years specializing in floor covering. Mr. Lester was born April 1, 1917 in Rock Falls, the son of S. Lloyd and Edna (Eshleman) Lester. He married Edith M. Noon March 1, 1941 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death April 29, 2001. As a corporal in the US Marine Corp he served during WWII in the Asian Theater. He was a 50 year member of Rock Falls Christian Church. Survivors are two sons, Roger (Joan) Lester of Forsyth, Paul (Daretta) Lester of Blytheville, AR; five grandchildren Mark (Katie) Lester, Jeffrey Lester, Kimberly (Eric) Benting, Hollie (Mark) Bosarge, Heidi Lester; and three great-grandchildren Hailey and Whitney Benting, and Andrew Lester. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth White and a brother, John. Services will be held at 10 A.M Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend April McClure Stewart of First Christian Church of Rock Falls officiating. Burial will be 1 P.M. Thursday with Military Rights at the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7, Tuesday, January 30th at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
FOREST LETCHER, 61, of 403 19th Ave., died suddenly early Tuesday in his home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Fay - Seesser funeral home in Fulton, with the Rev. Delbert W. Icenogle of the Fulton Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton cemetery, Fulton Whiteside Co. Illinois. Friends may call at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be James Damhoff, Robert Dierks, Eugene Ladehoff, Gus Ladehoff, Dick Vanderschaaf, and Norman Wessels. Mr. Letcher was born Jan. 7, 1905 in Estick Township, Whiteside county, Ill, son of William and Mae Klienschrodt Letcher. He married Mrs. Pearl Morrow Vogel May 10, 1928. She died in 1957. He was an operating engineer for the Clinton Engineering Co., Clinton, for over 35 years, and was a member of the Fulton Presbyterian church. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Jeanne Letcher of Chicago; five sons, Ronald, Melvin and Larry Letcher, Marion and LaVerne Vogel, all of Fulton; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Jacobs of Sterling, Mrs. John Fredricks of Morrison, and Mrs. Harry Geerts of Thomson; three brothers, William and Sam of Sterling, and Ben of Thomson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, one daughter and one granddaughter. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
PEARL M. (MORROW) LETCHER - Funeral services for Mrs. Forrest R. Letcher, aged 52, who died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in Mercy hospital, where she had been admitted eight hours previously, following a heart attack, were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the First Presbyterian church, Fulton. Rev. E.J. Blair, pastor, officiated and burial was in the Fulton cemetery. The Fay Funeral Home was in charge. Organist was Miss Gertrude Bush, who also accompanied J.E. Mitchell, vocalist. In charge of the flowers were Mrs. Henry Reggelsen, Mrs. Harry Davisson, Mrs. Clarence Hawk and Mrs. Verne Morrow. Casket bearers were Elmer Vogel, Dick Vander Schaaf, Gene Ladehoff, Harry Davisson, Robert Wood, Richard Kraft, Raymond Kraft, and James Damhoff. Mrs. Letcher, the former Miss Pearl Morrow, was born March 25, 1905, in Fulton, the daughter of Marion and Jennie Griede Morrow. She attended Fulton schools. May 31, 1923, she was married to John Vogel. He died in 1926. She was married to Forrest R. Letcher May 10, 1928. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Fulton, was a member and secretary of the Presbyterian Women's Association, a member of the Presbyterian Evening Study Group and of the Fulton unit of the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Miss Jeanne Letcher of Chicago; five sons, Marion and LaVerne Vogel, Ronald and Larry Letcher, all of Fulton, Melvin Letcher of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one granddaughter and seven grandsons; and four brothers, Omer and Curtis of Fulton, Lawrence of Moline, and Allen of Belle Plaine, Iowa. Among those from out of town attending the services were Miss Jeanne Letcher of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Letcher of Fort Wayne IND., Larry Letcher of Rockford; Allen Morrow and family of Belle Plaine, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Morrow, Mrs. Carl Arndt and Mrs. Marge Handel, all of Moline Mrs. Carl Bodenhofer of Rock Island; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt and Dorothy Hunt of Prophetstown Mrs. Art Kooi and Mrs. Lloyd Chalfort of Streator; Mr. and Mrs. William Letcher, Sr., Sam Letcher and son, of Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. William Letcher, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Geerts and Mrs. Bertha Jacobs and family, all of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. John Fredricks of Polo; Ben Letcher and family of Thomson; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Klienschrodt of Rock Falls and many others from surrounding areas. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers (From a scrapbook in the Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 54]
SHIRLEY (MYERS) LETCHER 79, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at her home after an extended illness. She was employed by Lawrence Bros. Hardware, Sterling, in the plating department for 33 years, retiring in 1990. Mrs. Letcher was born June 24, 1927, in Sterling, the daughter of John W. and Helen (Goff) Myers. She married Russell E. Letcher on Aug. 9, 1946, in Rock Falls. He died Nov. 26, 1986. Survivors include two daughters, Peggy (Daniel) Wallace of Mesa, Ariz., and Sheryll (Chris) Roberts of Harmon; a son, Earl (Marilyn) Letcher of Sterling; a sister, Lula (Robert) Hubbard of Coleta; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She also was preceded in death by a brother. Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home & Crematory, Sterling.
HARRY A. LEUSCHKE - Funeral arrangements are complete for Harry A. Leuschke, 66, a former Rock Falls business man, who died Saturday afternoon (11 Jun 1979 in the Sterling Professional Care Center, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Rock Falls United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Lowell D. Allen and the Rev. Ernest C. Carder, assistant, officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church Tuesday at 11 a.m to lie in state until the hour of services. Friends may call at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Rock Falls United Methodist church. Harry A Leuscke was born June 17, 1911 at Hannibal, Mo., the son of Henry G. and Margariete Feldman Leuschke. He was united in marriage to the former Mary Jane Lauts, Dec. 14, 1934 in the Rock Falls Congregational Church and the couple lived their entire married life in Rock Falls, operating the bakery for 28 years. He was then employed at the Rock Falls Foodlane for 14 years. He was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist church, a former trustee of the church and member of the ushering staff. He also served on the Rock Falls Elementary School board for 16 years; a former Rock Falls Rotarian. He is survived by his widow, Mary Jane; one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Joanne) Telford, Emington; two sons, Ronald, Rock Falls and Marvin, Paw Paw; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Dorothy) Hughes, Rock Falls; one brother, Earl Leuschke, Evansville, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, August and one grandson, David Telford. [Contributed by Melva L. TAYLOR - Sterling Gazette June 13, 1977 - Monday, pg 4]
CHRIS ALAN LEWIS, 15, of William Fox Developmental Center, Dwight, died Friday in the Developmental Center. Graveside services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling with Rev. Carl Zager, pastor of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church officiating. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial has been established in his memory. He was born on Oct 17, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Leo W. and Judith R Wagner Lewis. He had been a resident at the William Fox Developmental Center in Dwight for the past six months. Prior to that time, he was a resident at the Walter Lawson Childrens Home in Rockford for 13 years. He is survived by his parents, Mr. an Mrs. Leo Lewis of Rock Falls; two brothers, Brad and Mike Lewis, both of Rock Falls; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Doug (Alberta) Flessner, Rock Falls; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Loretta Wagner of Rock Falls; his paternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Richards of Rock Falls; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandfathers and one uncle. (Death 30 Oct. 1987 - Obit dated 2 Nov 1987 Sterling Gazette; Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
MARY JANE (RYDER) LEWIS, 71, of 1103 N. Lime Street, Albany, IL, died Friday, June 8, 2007 at Bluff Terrace Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Mary Jane was born January 30, 1936 in Clinton, IA, to Harold J. and Catherine E. (Byers) Ryder. She was educated in the Albany grade schools and was a 1954 graduate of Fulton High School. She was a 1957 graduate of Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing. Mary Jane married Evan D. Lewis on October 19, 1958 in Albany. Following her graduation, she was employed as a registered nurse by Moline Public Hospital until 1962. Later, she was employed as Director of Nursing for Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL for 5 years. In 1974, she was employed by Mercy Hospital in Clinton, IA, until retiring in 1992. Mary Jane was a member of Albany United Methodist Church, a communion server for 45 years, and funeral luncheon chairperson for many years. She was a member and officer of the United Methodist Women. She had served as a Cub, Brownie, and Girl Scout leader. Mary Jane was a member of the Albany Women's Club and had served as an Albany Library volunteer. She was also a member of the Fulton Ladies Golf Association. Survivors include her husband, Evan; one daughter, Cathy (Mrs. David) Bell of Marion, OH; one son, Marty (Patti) Lewis of Albany, IL; one granddaughter, Annie Bell; one step granddaughter, Jennifer Yarbrough; and one nephew, Tom (Joyce) Tegeler of Albany, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.
ROSSELL LEWIS - An Old Time Citizen of This City and Township Lays Life's Burdens Down. The following obituary notice has been handed to The Sentinel for publication: Rosseel Lewis, son of Ward P. Lewis and Susan Heaton Lewis, was born in Jefferson Co., New York, June 29, 1841. He came to Illinois when about six years old, which state has since been his home. He was married to Lucinda B. Sargent Oct. 2, 1864, to which union four children were born: Mrs. J. Reuel Knox, who died at Monrovia, Cal., about 18 years ago, Mrs. Edgar P. Knox and Mrs. Edward M. Knox of this city, and Waite B. Lewis of Chicago. They lived on their farm northeast of Morrison twenty-five years then moved to Morrison, which place has since been their home. He was an honorable citizen and will be much missed in the community. He was a patient sufferer through all his lingering illness, having been a strong, robust man until a few years ago when he had a slight stroke of paralysis; since then his health has gradually failed until his death, March 12. 1915. One brother, Ward Lewis of Le Mars, Iowa, one sister, Mrs. Adelaide Fellows, nine grand-children and six great-grand-children, with the wife and children mentioned above, are left to mourn. [Whiteside Sentinel 17 Mar 1915; Contributed by Linda Criswell]
SUSAN HEATON LEWIS died at her home in Mt. Pleasant township, near Morrison, Ill., Tuesday, April 29 1902, Mrs. Ward P. Lewis, aged about 86 years. The deceased was born at Waitfield, Washington Co., Vermont, in August 1816, and when she was three years old her parents moved to New York, settling near Antwerp. There she spent her childhood and received her education. In July, 1836, she united in marriage to Ward P. Lewis of New York, who died in October, 1876. Seven children were born to this union, five of whom survive their parents, as follows: Abram of California, James of Kansas, Wardie of Iowa, Rosseel and Mrs. Addie Fellows of this city. In June, 1847, she, with her husband and family, came to Illinois and located near Morrison. A few years later they purchased the farm in this township upon which she has since resided. Mrs. Lewis fell and broke her hip in November, 1899, and has not been in good health since that time. The funeral will be held at two o'clock this afternoon at her late home, Rev. Enos Holt officiating. Interment will take place in Heaton cemetery. [From the Whiteside Sentinel 1 May 1902 - Contributed by Linda Criswell]
VERA MAY (SEYMOUR) LEWIS - Funeral services for Mrs. Vera May Lewis, 50, who passed away suddenly Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1947 at Mesa Ariz.., were held at Parent Chapel, Tampico, Thursday afternoon. Rev. C. Alan McLain, pastor of the Church of God at Dixon, officiated. Mrs. Ransom Egert and Miss Carolyn Avery sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Abide with Me," accompanied by Mrs. R. F. Woods at the organ. The many lovely floral offerings were in charge of Mrs. Holger Pederson and Mrs. Fred Pedeson. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Arthur Anderson, Leo Scully, Ralph Pratt, Clarence and Elmer Jones and Carl Wollert acting as pallbearers. Those who attended from out of town were Olaf Lewis of Tempe, Arizona, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stabler and family of Little Rock, Ark., Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Whitmer and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Henry of Madison, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. William Ford of Dixon, Mrs. Vernon Van De Mark, Cora Underhill and Mrs. George Merrill of Prophetstown, Mrs. B. Maxfield, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shumaker, Miss Della Stabler, Miss Emma Stabler and Mr. and Mrs. E. Stabler of Sterling, George Oetzel, Laverna Oetzel, Mrs. Thorville May, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Pierson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jones of Rock Falls. There was a short funeral service held at Mesa, Ariz., Monday morning with the pastor of the Church of God officiating. Vera May Lewis was born May 22, 1897 at Tampico, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Seymour. She was married to Olaf Lewis Feb. 27, 1917 at Peoria. One daughter, Mrs. Eloise Stabler of Little Rock, Ark., was born to the union. She is survived by her husband, the daughter, and two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Nokes of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Ethel Whitmer of Madison, Wis. There are two grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew. At an early age she united with the Church of God at Dixon, where she kept her membership. She lived practically all her life on a farm in the Tampico vicinity. For several years the family was in the grocery business here, selling out in 1942. They have been living in Tempe, Ariz. They had been visiting at Madison, Wis., and at Little Rock, Ark., and had arrived at Mesa, Ariz., on Thanksgiving day, where they visited a few days before going on to their home at Tempe, Ariz., where she passed away from a heart attack. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 6, 1947 - Saturday, pg 5]
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