Winnebago County, Illinois
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Gale, 67, Burritt Township, died at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 1961, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for nine days. Born June 10, 1893, in Burritt Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Cox. Lived her entire life in Burritt Township. Married to Merrill W. Gate in ROckford June 10, 1913. Member of Burritt Community Church, and Burritt Grange and Burritt Home Bureau. Survivors include: her husband; a son, Howard L. and a daughter, Mrs. Janette Coots, Burritt Township; six grandchildren, Elwyn Coots, Winnebago, and Mrs. Marbry Lightfoot, Lynn Coots, Merrill Coots, Wayne Gale and Sally Gale, all of Burritt Township; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Eva Davis, Durand; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded Mrs. Gale in death. Services and 1:30 p.m. Friday in Burritt Community Church, with Rev. Brooks Barker, former pastor of the church, and Rev. Dale Luther, Pastor of Winnebago Street Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in North Burritt Cemetery. Friends may call at Burpee-Wood Funeral Home, 420 N. Main St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. [Rockford Register Republic, March 15, 1961]
Galfano, Virginia M.
Mrs. Virginia M. Galfano, 46, 815 Woodlane Ave., died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1974, in St. Anthony Hospital after a short illness. Born May 7, 1928 in Berwyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Maitzen. Lived 42 years in Rockford, coming here from Riverside. Employed by Armstrong Corp., Chicago, for (?) years. Asssociated with Ideal Uniform Service, the family business, for many years. Member of St. James Catholic Church, and had been a member of the church choir. Co-founder of the Handicapped Job Bank. Graduated from Rockford College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Spanish. Survivors include: her mother, Mrs. Katherine Maitzen, with whom she lived; a brother, Edgar R. Maitzen, Rockford; several nieces and nephews. Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 27, 1974 in St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Richter, pastor of St. James Catholic Church, officiating. Brial in Wilwood Burial Park. Arrangements by Burpee-Wood Funeral Home, 420 N. Main St. There will be no visitation. [Rockford Morning Star, August 25, 1974]
George Garwick Dies At Rockford Sunday.
George E. Garwick passed away at his residence, 1618 Camp avenue, Rockford, at 5 p.m. Sunday. He is a brother of Mrs. Martin A. Hanna of Milledgeville and of Mrs. Dorothy Elwing and Mrs. Cecil R. Rogers of Sterling. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wilbur Christianson funeral home--Rockford. [Sterling Daily Gazette 10 Sept 1945 Pg 2]
DEATH ON THE RAIL--Saturday night, the 18th. William Gaylord, better known about Rockford as "One-armed Bill," was run over and killed on the C.&N.W.R.R. bridge, across Turtle creek, in South Beloit, in the town of Rockton. The accident happened about 12 o’clock, and the inference is that Gaylord was intoxicated at he time, as he was a hard drinker and had been drinking during the day in Beloit. The remains were terribly mutilated, both legs being cut off and the head gashed and cut in a horrible manner. The remains were taken to Rockton village, where he had recently been living when Supervisor E.J. Veness summoned Coroner Dame, who went to Rockton today to hold an inquest. The victim has a family residing somewhere in Wisconsin, but owing to dissolute habits he had failed to do anything for them in the way of support for some time. His death may be set down as doe to too much whisky. When will men learn to let their enemy alone. [Rockford Journal, 03-25-1882]
Gerber, Emily M.
MISS GERBER DIED TODAY--HAD LIVED IN ROCKFORD FOR HALF A CENTURY. FAMILY IS WELL KNOWN
Miss Emily M. Gerber died this morning at 3 o'clock at the Gerber home, 118 Horsman Street. The deceased was about 65 years old and had lived in Rockford for fifty-two years, coming with her parents from New York City, where she was born. She is survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Maria Gerber, who had been an invalid for some years, three sisters and a brother: Misses Eliza R., Julia R. and LInna F. Gerber all of Rockford, and Henry H. Gerber, of California. The latter was a resident of Rockford until a year ago, becoming vice president of the Rockford Well Drill Company. The funeral will probably be held tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock from the home. [Rockford Republic, May 9, 1903]
Geneva Getty, 43, 3009 Pleasant View, died 3:55 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Jan. 8, 1929 in Cannon, Ga., Daughter of Benjamin H. and Sarah L. Getty (Hamby?). Lived 16 years in Rockford, coming here from Atlanta, Ga. Married to Oliver Getty in Atlanta Sept. 6, 1952. Employed as a cashier by Sears-Roebuck Co. for 3 years. Survivors include: her husband; two children, Brian and Charlene, at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Hamby and a brother, Billie Newton Hamby, Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. Julia Ann Ingram, Tucson, Ariz.; nieces and nephews. Services will be Thursday afternoon in Weldon Funeral Home, Lavonia, Ga., with burial in Cannon, Ga., cemetery. Arrangements by SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St., where friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. [Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972]
Mr. James Gilbert, an old and highly respected citizen of East Rockford, died at his residence Thursday morning. He was been a resident of Rockford nearly forty years, and was 67 years old at the time of his death. The funeral will be held at the house today.[Rockford Journal, 04-13-1876]
Gill, Frank C.
DR. GILL DIED THIS MORNING--PASSED AWAY SHORTLY BEFORE 3 O’CLOCK--BEEN ILL MANY MONTHS--Was one of Well Known Dentists of the City and Had a Large Acquaintance in the County
Dr. Frank C. Gill, for many years a resident of Rockford, died this morning at an early hour, after an illness of several days. He had been in a serious condition for some time, but his death was sudden as it had not been supposed he would pass so suddenly. Dr. Gill had been in poor health for several years, but for the past few days had been in a serious condition at his home, 514 Peach street. He was the father of Mrs. Henry McFarland and Mrs. Ernest Thayer. His wife had been assiduous in her care of him through all his illness. Dr. Gill was the last of two brothers who came to Rockford in the late seventies and purchased a dental business which they conducted until the death of Dr. Henry Gil several years ago. He passed away without warning in their offices in the Masonic Temple. They came west from their birth place in Fitchburg, Mass., in 1869, settling in Freeport and then removing to Rockford. They were born in Windsor county, Vt., and remained there until they had completed their professional studies. Dr. F.C. Gill enlisted in the Fifty-third Massachusetts infantry and served in the civil war, being a member of Nevius Post of the Grand Army. He had been a republican all his life, and while in Rockford was a member of the church of the Christian Union, which he attended regularly and to which he gave support. He was a Mason and had gone to the Knight Templar degree.--Rockford Morning Star, Feb 07, 1907]
WITH THE OLD YEAR--GEORGE GLEASMAN SUDDENLY SUMMONED FROM LIFE--An Old, Respected and Wealthy Resident of Owen Passes Away with 1889--Found Dead in Bed
George Gleasman, an old resident of Winnebago county, died suddenly at his home in Owen township, yesterday morning. He was apparently in perfect health Tuesday. Yesterday morning about five o'clock his wife found him in bed, dead. A physician was summoned but the spark of life was gone. Heart disease was supposed to the be cause. Decease was born at Utica, New York, fifty years ago. He has resided in this county since 1860 and has accumulated a large property, leaving among other property a thousand acres of good land in Owen. He leaves a wife a six children, all of whom live at home. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him as a man of sterling worth, and a good citizen. The funeral will be held to-morrow and the remains will be interred at Rockton.--Rockford Daily Gazette, Thursday Evening, Jan., 2 Goetz, Fred--FRED GOETZ, RATHSKELLER FOUNDER, DIES--Fred J. Goetz, 82, who made a career out of a Rockford delicatessen he started because he couldn't find the kind of sausage he particularly liked, died at 8:10 a.m. Saturday in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Goetz, who resided at 1123 Parkview Ave., founded and operated for many years the Sausage Shop, 1132 Auburn St., and the Rathskeller, the German restaurant in the basement of the same address. He sold both when he retired in 1970. A former Merrill, Wis., resident, he lived in Rockford first when he was stationed here at Camp Grant as a Quartmaster Corps sergeant during World War I. During the early 1920s, he lived here and worked as a Borrough Adding Machine Co. salesman.In an interview a few years ago, he recalled that he searched throughout Rockford for a type of sausage he had eaten and loved as a child. When he couldn't find it, he ordered some from Milwaukee, and later began ordering more for friens, for about 800 different households by 1931. That was they year he decided to give up office work and open the Sausage Shop. He stocked many other things, from cavier to rye bread, in the delicatessen, which was no limited to sausage. The restauran came a little later, so that patrons could sit down and eat what they had purchased. It was just two tables and a few chairs at first in the shop, but was later expanded to the rathskeller room in the basement. World War II, when Rockford's population zoomed because of Camp Grant soldiers, was the boom period for his business. Both the Sausage Shop and the Rathskeller were open then from 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily.He formerly was active in the Greater Rockford Food Service chapter of the Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association. His first wife, the former Irma Rathke, died in 1947; he later married Bertha Ritter, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jerry Eklund, Rockford; a son, Raymond, Lawrence, Kan.; nine grandchildren; a brother, Adolph, Merrill, Wis,; and two sisters, Mrs. R.M. Wilson, Merill and Mrs. Denzil Conley, Newman Lake, Wash. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Burpee-Wood Funeral Home, 420 N. Main St. [Rockford Morning Star, November 21, 1976]
Goodhue, Dr. Josiah C.
Resident of Chicago in 1843 - died, Rockford, Ill., Dec. 31, 1847 [Death Notices for Chicago's Old Settlers; compiled by Robert Fergus]
MRS. GOODWILL OF PECATONICA DEAD--SUCCUMBED TO LINGERING ILLNESS AT DAUGHTER'S HOME--HOLD FUNERAL TODAY--Services at H.S. Cleveland Home in Seward at 11:30 O'Clock and at Pecatonica M.E. Church at 2 O'Clock
Pecatonica, Ill., Feb. 22--Mrs. Almira Goodwill for years a highly respected resident of this vicinity, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. H.S. Cleveland in Seward at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon after an illness of long duration. Mrs. Goodwill was born in Shefford Mountain, Canada, April 25, 1824 and her marriage to Mr. Goodwill was celebrated in 1850. In 1860 they came to Illinois residing at Forreston a year after which they removed to Pecatonica and established a home. Mr. Goodwill died in 1890. The mother maintained the home for some years after her husband's death, going to Seward to make her home with her daughter when failing heath and advancing years made it advisable. Four children survive. They are Mrs. Jennie Babcock, Missouri Valley; Mrs. Anna Dean, Chicago. Mrs. Zada Cleveland, Seward and Fred Goodwill, member of the firm of Goodwill & Babcock, the latter being a grandson. John T. Savage and C.G. Smith of Rockford are nephews and Mrs. D.A.K. Andrus and Mrs. J. August Smith are nieces of the deceased. Decedent affiliated with the Pecatonica M.E. church in 1867 and ever since had manifested an interest in its work. She was a true Christian woman, greatly beloved and admired by her acquaintences. A short service will be conducted at the Cleveland home in Seward Tuesday morning at 11:30 o'clock after w hich the funeral party will proceed to the M.E. church in Pecatonica where Rev. C.W. Jaycox assisted by Rev. L.D. Stone will conduct the services at 2 o'clock, Interment in the village cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, February 23, 1909]
Goss, Giles R.
DIED OF APOPLEXY; GILES R. GOSS EXPIRES SUDDENLY YESTERDAY
Giles R. Goss, one of Rockford's pioneer citizens, suffered a stroke of apoplexy yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock and died before midnight. He had been afflicted with heart trouble for many years, but in spite of this remained strong and active. He was down in the city yesterday afternoon attending to some business matters and appeared to be in his wonted health. The apoplectic attack came upon him suddenly and he sank in a comatose condition. Mr. Goss was born in Fulton Townshiop, Schoharie County, New York, June 1, 1829, and was consequently 80 years of age. In 1856 he removed to Illinois and settled upon a farm, where the village of Florence now stands. He erected the first elevator there and in the capacity of real estate agent accumulated quite a sum of money. He came to this city in 1866 and for a long time conducted an elevator business at Winnebago but of late had lived a life of retirement. Mr. Goss is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hamlyn, who with her husband resided with her parents. Deceased also has a sister and brother in New York. Mrs. Sylvester McDaniel of Coblesville and J.C. Gore of Brooklyn. The different spelling of the name arose from part of the family using the old English name borne by the family before removing to America. [Rockford Republic, June 16, 1900]
Grant, Mrs. Alex. - Killed in Accident
Green, James M.
PASSES TO REST--CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP FARMER DIES IN ROCKFORD--SERVED IN CIVIL WAR--Gave Four Years and Three Months' Service in Behalf of Union of States--Grand Army in Charge of Funeral James M. Green, a resident of Winnebago county since 1866, and who was prominent in the affairs of Cherry Valley township, died late yesterday afternoon at 1108 Charles street, the place he has occupied as a home since March 1, when he moved to this city. Mr. Green was a veteran of the civil war, performing meritorious service, and served four years and three months. Death was due to bronchial pneumonia, from which he was seriously ill since last Saturday. He has been in poor health for three years. Mr. Green in his prime was a sturdy man and weighed 200 pounds, but the rigors of the campaigns during the war and the burden of caring for the farm on which lived many years had its effect, and he weighed 117 pounds at his death.
Virginian in Northern Army
Mr. Green was a Virginian by birth and came from the Shenandoah valley, a section that is now famous in the history of the civil war. Although brought up in an atmosphere that breathed the rights of the white race to make negroes their chattels, the thought was repugnant to Mr. Green. He was a Douglas democrat and voted for Douglas for the presidency, hoping his election would avert the war. WIth the defeat of Douglas he became a republican and has always been consistent in advocating the principles of that party. Mr. Green came north at the outbreak of the war and settled in Ohio. He enlisted for the 90-day service in the 39th Ohio infantry, and re-enlisted in the 179th infantry, participating in all the battles of his company, and was honorably discharged when hostilities ceased. At the close of the war Mr. Green came to Illinois, and in 1872 was married to Miss Flora J. Canfield. They went to live on a farm in Cherry Valley township, four miles east of Rockford. Mr. Green farmed the place until 15 years ago, when he retired, although still living on the place, and the first of this month the family moved to Rockford. Held Township Offices Mr. Green served the people in positions of trust and responsibility. He was school director and commissioner of highways, discharging his duties with fidelity and promptness. As a republican he was a member of the Winnebago county republican central committee many years. Mr. Green was a member of Nevius Post No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic. Surviving Mr. Green are his widow and four sons--Arthur C., Clarence, Claude and Attorney Le Roy M. Green of Rockford. A.J. Green of Crosby street is a brother. He has a number of half brothers and half-sisters, including Joseph Shipe and John Shipe of Winnebago county; Mrs. Gleason, living south of Rockford; Mrs. Coleman, living in Cuba, and Benjamin Shipe of Whittier, Cal. The funeral will be held from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be at Cedar Bluff cemetery. Nevius post will be in charge. [Rockford Morning Star, March 29, 1913]
FUNERAL PLANS NOT COMPLETED--SERVICE FOR JOSEPH GRIFFARD AWAITS WORD FROM SISTER IN CANADA--Funeral plans for Joseph Griffard, former city plumbing inspector who died Wednesday night at St. Anthony hospital, have not been made, T.E. Cavanaugh, who is in charge of the funeral is awaiting word from a sister in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Griffard's death came at 11:30 o'clock and was due to cancer of the liver. He was at the hospital since Nov. 14. Mr. Griffard was well known in Rockford. He was born at Troy, N.Y., sixty-eight years ago. When he came to Rockford he engaged in the restaurant business, which he conducted in East State street. He was appointed plumbing inspector under Mayor Charles E. Jackson and served for some time under the administration of Mayor Bennett, resigning several months ago on account of failing health. Mr. Griffard was married to Mrs. C. Henry who died a number of years ago. Since then he had room in State street. [Rockford Morning Star, January 3, 1913]
The Strange Death of Joseph Grimm Guenzani, John --JOHN GUENZANI DIES, AGED 86; RITES SATURDAY
John S. Guenzani, 86, 766 N. 1st. st., died at noon Wednesday in his home. Mr. Guenzani was born in Arnate, Italy, and came to Rockford 63 years ago. He married the former Marietta Marelli March 30, 1902, in Rockford. He was employed for many years by the old Ward-Love Pump company, retiring 30 years years ago. He was a member of St. James cathedral and of the Guiseppe Verdi club, and the American Lombardi club. Surviving are his widow; and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Provasi, Rockford. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sundberg-Chapin funeral home 215 Hall st. and at 10 a.m. in St. James cathedral, with the Rev. William H. Regnier, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock Friday night in the funeral home where friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock Friday night.[Rockford Morning Star, July 8, 1954]
Mrs. Marietta Guenzani, 74, 766 N. 1st. st., died at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, 1955, in St. Anthony hospital after a long illness. Born Jan. 6, 1881, in Bolladello, Italy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marelli. Lived 54 years in Rockford, coming here from Italy. Married to John Guenzani in Rockford March 30, 1902. Member of St. James Catholic church, and of the Altar and Rosary society of St. Anthony church, and the Guiseppi Verdi club. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Frank Provasi, Rockford; a sister, Mrs. Ambrose Gatti, Rockford; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Guenzani died in 1954. Services at 9 a.m. Wednesday in SUNDERG-CHAPIN FUNERAL HOME, 215 Hall st. and a solemn High Mass at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. James Pro-Cathedral. Burial in St. Mary's cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, December 28, 1955]
Gugliotta, Vito Joseph
Vito Joseph Gugliotta, 28, 1527 North Weiland street, Chicago, former Rockford resident, and veteran of world war 2, died Sunday in St. Francis hospital, Evanston, Ill., of injuries suffered in an automobile accident last Wednesday. He was born Oct 8, 1917, in Independence, La., the son of Frank and Concetta Gugliotta, who moved to Nora, Ill., when he was 2 years old. The family came to Rockford in 1921, residing at 1225 Cunningham street. Mr. Gugliotta served in the 33rd division of the army from March, 1941, until his discharge, Nov. 18, 1945. He went to Chicago in April, 1946, and married the former Rosalie Cresceri last July 7. Survivors include his widow; his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Rotello, Miss Rosalie Gugliotta and Miss Catherine Gugliotta; a brother, Sam Gugliotta, and two nephews, all of Rockford. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cunningham street address, and requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at the Cunningham street address. [Rockford Morning Star, August 21, 1946]
Ole Gullison passed away at his home in Laona Saturday moning of typhoid fever. Ole was well known here and respected by all who knew him. He was 70 years of age. He has been a blacksmith in Laona for about fifteen years. The funeral was held at the Norwegian church at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning.--Rockford Morning Star, Nov 17, 1889
A man named GUNLOCK, a resident of Harrison township, was found dead a short distance from home, on Monday, the 14 inst., by the roadside. He was a man of drinking habits, and he has been to this city, the Saturday before, where he became intoxicated, and then started on his return, but when within sight of his home, it is supposed, he was taken with a fit of delirium tremens, laid down and died. When found the body was very much bloated, and presented an awful appearance. A grave was dug in the highway, and in it deposited the body of the unfortunate victim of RUM, with naught save a heap of dirt to mark the spot.[Rock River Democrat, 08-29-1854]
Word of the death of Henry W. Gunther, former Rockford resident, who died in Kerrville, Tex., has been received here. Mr. Gunther, who was born here in 1870, is survived by the widow; three daughters, Mrs. A.J. Loos, Dallas, Tex., and Mrs. F.B. Stigman and Miss Doris Gunther, both of Rockford. [Rockford Morning Star, February 23, 1943]
Mrs. Clara Gustafson Dies This Morning
Mrs. Clara Charlotte Gustafson, 79, 624 South 4th street, died at 11:20 a.m. today at her home.Born in Falkoping, Sweden, on May 12, 1854, she spent the early days of her life in Sweden and came to the United States in 1884. For a time the home was made in Pecatonica, but for nearly forty-eight years, Mrs. Gustafson had lived in Rockford, and was a charter member of Salem Lutheran church.She was the widow of Otto P. Gustafson, who died last August. Surviving are the following children: Otto Jr., Mrs. Anton Larson, and Mrs. Elmer Carlson, of Rockford; Mrs. Edgar Wessman of Pierson, Fla.; Axel Gustafson of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Arvid of Volborg, Mont. She also leaves seven grandchildren.Funeral arrangements are incomplete. [Rockford Register-Republic, February 21, 1934]
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