Winnebago County, Illinois
Mrs. Hilda Uddin, 68, 1622 Parmele St., died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1963, in her home after a long illness. Born Aug. 2, 1895, in Bengtsfors, Sweden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Bratt. Lived 67 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to Hjalmar Uddin in Rockford, May 19, 1919. Member of Tabor Lutheran Church. Predeceased by son, Swen, three years ago. Survivors include: husband; two sisters, Mrs. Olga Carlson, Rockford; Mrs. Hulda Karlson, Mellerd, Sweden; four grandchildren, Monmouth. Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd Ave., with Rev. Clarence H. Anderson, pastor of Tabor Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No Visitation. --Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963
Van Sickle, John C.
VAN SICKLE MERCHANT AT DURAND, DEAD
Durand, April 25 -- John C. Van Sickle, for 39 years engaged in the hardware business here and one of the best known residents of the northern part of the county, died early today at his home following a week's siege of pneumonia. In his normal good health until ten days ago, when he contracted a severe cold, Mr. Van Sickle became a victim of pneumonia last week and his advanced years prevented him from rallying. Born in New Jersey on May 26, 1851, John Van Sickle came to Durand township with his parents as a boy of 5 years. He attended local schools and entered the business activities of the village about 42 years ago as a hardware merchant. More than two years ago he retired and disposed of his stock to Haggerty & Hartman. On Dec. 16, 1869 he married Miss Maria Judd and to this union one son, Judd, now residing here, was born. Mrs. Van Sickle died Oct. 21, 1915. In 1917 Mr. Van Sickle was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna Durham, a resident of Colorado. She survives. John Van Sickle was known as a successful merchant and a man of kindly nature. He had a wide acquaintence in this section of the county and knew practically every old family in Winnebago county. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon with Rev. J.A. Warren of the Methodist church officiating and interment will be in Duran cemetery.--Rockford Republic, April 25, 1927
Van Sickle, Mrs. J.C.
MRS. J.C. VAN SICKLE DIES AT DURAND HOME--Prominent Woman Dies After Short Illness--Funeral Services to Be Held Saturday Afternoon--Sister of Mrs. Douglas Ulrici of Rockford--
Durand--Oct. 22--Mrs. John C. Van Sickle, one of Durand's best known residents, passed away at her home here at 10 o'clock last evening after a short illnes with grippe and pneumonia. She had been able to be out as late as last Sunday, and her passing is a shock to the many who knew her. Mrs. Van Sickle was sixty-five years old and was highly reputed and well known throughout the county. She was a member of the M.E. church and was actively interested in its societies. Her husband and son Judd are proprietors of a hardware and farm implement busniess at Durand. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Douglas Ulrici of Rockford, and Mrs. John Wallace, of Durand. Mr. Fred Judd of Durand is a brother. Funeral services will he held at the Durand M.E. church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. C.A. Gage will sing, and interment will be in the Durand cemetery.--Rockford Republic, October 22, 1915
Varvayn, Bernard W.
Bernard W. Varvayn, 71, 2122 N. Church St., died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 1965 in his home after a long illness. Born April 20, 1894, in Falkoping, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frithios Varvayn. Lived 45 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to the former Julia Johnson in Rockford July 7, 1923. Employed as a cabinet maker all his life. He had been a foreman at Weinman Furniture Co. for 20 years, a prior to that had been employed by Empire Furniture Co. He retired six years ago. Member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Survivors include: his widow, Julia; two daughters, Mrs. Phoebe Kurzrock, Buffalo, N.Y., and Mrs. Ingrid Peters, Chicago; one granddaughter, Victoria Ann Kurzrock; one sister, Jenny Hvarfven, in Sweden; and several nieces and nephews.Services at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave., with the Rev. Wilbert E. Benson, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No Visitation.--Rockford Morning Star, May 12, 1965
DIED AT PECATONICA--William Vaughn, a nephew of Mrs. Roger Brown, died at Pecatonica Saturday of consumption. The funeral took place today, the remains being interred at Oregon, where his mother died of the same disease about a year ago--Rockford Daily Spectator, 07-31-1893
Verace, Carmine C.
Carmine C. Verace, 79, Chandler Hotel, died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1969, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a two-week illness. Born Dec. 1, 1889, in Naples, Italy, son of Luigi and Frances Verace. Lived 60 years in Rockford, coming here from Italy. Owner and operator of the School Street Tavern for 10 years, retiring 20 years ago. Veteran of World War 1, serving in France with the U.S. Army. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include two brothers, Vince (Jim) Verace and Louis, both of Rockford; numerous nieces and nephews, and an uncle, Frank Calocorcio, Rockford. Services Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Edwin Bonach, pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.--Rockford Morning Star, January 24, 1969
Verace, Charles A.
Charles A. Verace, 67, of Rockford, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 22, 1930, in Rockford, the son of Vincenzo and Josephine (Gulatto) Verace. Lifelong Rockford resident. Married to Elizabeth Stadler in Rockford; she predeceased him. He was a self-employed entrepreneur. Member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Survivors include four sons, Steven M. (Janice) of Elkhart, Ind., Charles J. of Chicago, Thomas J (Debra) of Arlington, Texas, and Joseph C. of Rockford; two daughters, Marybeth (Bruce) Vongrinc of Woodstock and Paula M. Verace of Chicago; grandchildren, Maria, Bridget, Philip, Anne, Mark, James, and Matthew; two brothers, Vince (Gloria) Verace and Same Verace, and sister Anita (Tony) Mioni, all of Rockford. Also predeceased by his parents. The Verace family would like a special acknowledgment to go to V.N.A Hospic and Sara Cacciapaglia for their special care during Charles' illness. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Sr. Bridget Catholic Church, witht he Rev. Michael J.K. Fuller, associate pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation from 9 a.m. to time of Mass Tuesday in the church. Arrangements by Honquest Family Funerals, Inc., 6182 E. Riverside Blvd.--Rockford Register Star, October 20, 1997
Verace, James P.
James P. Verace, 15, 6548 Charles St., diet at 5:16 a.m. Monday, June 2, 1975, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Born Feb. 8, 1960 in Rockford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent and Gloria Verace. Lived entire life in Rockford. He was a freshman at Boyland Central Catholic High School. Survivors include: his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Vincent Verace Jr., Rockford; three brothers, Michael, Vincent and Ronald, and two sisters, Susan and Ann, all at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincenzo Verace, Rockford; materal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Reufer Sr., Roscoe, and several uncles and aunts. Services at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, in GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Robert Lawrence pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. --Rockford Morning Star, June 3, 1975
Josephine C. Verace, 84, Loving mother, grandmother. Josephine C. Verace, 84, Rockford, died at 2:58 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 1994, in her residence after a short illness. Born May 30, 1909, in New Orleans, La., daughter of Alex and Anna Gulotta. Lived most of her life in Rockford, coming here from Louisiana. Married Vincenzo V. Verace in Rockford, Nov. 20, 1928. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Survivors include three sons, Charles A. Verace, Vincent V. (Gloria) Verace and Samuel Verace, all of Rockford; daughter, Anita (Tony) Mioni, Rockford; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Peter (Rose) Gulotta and Anthony (Mary) Gulotta, Rockford, and Joseph (Flo) Gulotta, Kirkland; three sisters, Anna Rinaldo, Colorado, Jenny Cook and Stella (John) Geraci, Rockford; numerous nieces, nephews and cousings. Predeceased by husband, in 1981; two brothers, Jasper and Sam Gulotta; sister, Rose Vuttera; and two grandsons, Vincent and Jimmy Verace. Services at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Franciscan Fathers officiating. Arrangements by GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. [Rockford Register Star, February 14, 1994]
Louis Verace, 67, 816 Park Ave., died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 1972, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Nov. 10, 1904, in Santo Stefano Del Sole, Italy, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Luigi Verace. Lived 51 years in Rockford, coming here from Italy. Married to the former Olympia Romano in Italy, Aug. 16, 1962. Self-employed as a mechanic for 40 years. Survivors include: his widow; two daughter, Louise Verace, Florida, Mrs. Richard McClelland, Atlanta, Ga., a stepdaughter, Tecla DiVido, Rockford; six grandchildren; one brother, Vincenzo (Jim) Verace, Rockford. Services at 9 a.m. Monday in the GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, with a memorial service at 9:3- a.m. in Calvary Cemetery, with the Rev. Samuel Bonikowski, pastor of St. Anthony Church officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.--Rockford Morning Star, October 1, 1972
VINCENT VERACE, 22, DIES IN 5 POINTS CRASH--A Rockford man was killed Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went out of control on the curve from Charles Street to Center Terrace and crashed into a five-foot cement retaining wall. Dead at the scene was Vincent V. Verace III, 22, 6548 Charles St. According to police reports, the car left the street and first struck a vapor light pole. It then continued sliding sideways, hit a reflector post, ran over a street sign, slid across the service drive of the Dairy Queen Drive-in, slammed into the wall and burst into flame. Police said the car upended from the impact and came to rest facing northwest. There were no skid marks found prior to the impact according to reports. There were no witnesses. Ruth Anderson, Winnebago County chief deputy coroner, said Verace died of multiple injuries received in the crash. The body also was badly burned, according to police. A brother, Jim Verace, was killed in a motorcycle accident in June 1975, while competing in his first race in the novice class at Motosports Park, Byron. Verace is survived by his parents, Gloria and Vincent Verace; two brothers, Michael and Ronnie; two sisters, Susan and Anne; and his grandparents, Vincent and Josephine Verace and Leo and Catherine Ruefer, all of Rockford. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano Drive, and at 11 a.m. in St. Edwards Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.--Rockford Register Star, December 27, 1979
VERACE--Vincenzo "Jimmy" Verace, 74, 505 N. Main St., died at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1981, in St. Anthony Hopsital after a long illness. Born Sept. 8, 1906, in Italy, son of Louis and Frances Verace. Lived 60 years in Rockford, coming here from Italy. Married Josephine Gulotta in Rockford, Nov. 20, 1927. Throughout his lifetime he was engaged in real estate, the grocery business and the restaurant business. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Josephine; three sons, Charles, Vincent and Sam, all of Rockford; a daughter, Mrs. Anita Mioni, Rockford; 17 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in GASPARINI & OLIVERI FUNERAL HOME, 707 Marchesano Drive, and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Rev. Aloysius Romanowski, pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.--Rockford Register Star, August 29, 1981
Mrs. Emma Vincent--Mrs. Emma Vincent, widow of Gilbert Vincent, died yesterday morning at 7:30 o’clock at her home, 1425 Blaisdell street, of pneumonia. She lacked but two weeks of being seventy-six years of age. Her first husband, Marshall S. Pritchard, tax collector of the town of Cherry Valley, was murdered in Rockford the night of Jan. 24, 1879, and his slayers were never apprehended. She is survived by one son, Guy Pritchard, of Wilmer, Minn.--Rockford Morning Star, 09-06-1917
Mrs. Connie Vitale--Services for Mrs. Connie Vitale, 46, 1219 West st., lifelong resident, who died at 2:15 p.m. Friday in Rockford Memorial hospital after a three-year illness, will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in Gasparini and Oliveri funeral home, 707 Marchesano dr., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony church, 1005 Ferguson st. The Rev. Maurice Bora, pastor of St. Anthony's will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. She was born Nov. 28, 1910, in Rockford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Vitale. She was married to Benny Vitale in Beloit, Wis., in 1926. Mrs. Vitale was a member of St. Anthony Catholic church. Surviving are her husband; three sons, Joseph, Peter, and Benny Jr., all of Rockford; two daughters, Joann and Prudence, both at home; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Pagonne, Beloit; Mrs. Rose Martaus and Mrs. Mary Jerdin, both of Rockford; two brothers, Sam and Benny Vitale, both of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.--Rockford Register-Republic, August 3, 1957
MISS BRIDGET WALL FUNERAL ON TUESDAY--Resident Here for 59 Years Died Saturday Afternoon After Month's Illness--Funeral services for Miss Bridget Wall, a resident of Rockford for 59 years, who died Saturday at 5:05 pm at her home, 1321 Elm st., after a month's illness, will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from the home and at 9:30 from St. Patrick's church, the Rev. Fr. Scollin officiation. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. Miss Wall, a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, is survived by a sister, Miss Katherin Wall, and a brother, John Wall; two nieces, Mrs. Edward Hayes, Rockford, and Mrs. Mary Marshall, Chicago and three nephews, William H. and James Craddick, Rockford, and John Craddick, St. Louis. --Rockford Republic, May 21, 1923
Mrs. Matilda Peterson Wall, wife of Frank A. Wall of 1602 South Fifth street and resident of Rockford for the last thirty-eight years, died yesterday morning at 2 o'clock at her home, after a long illness, which had its inception in a stroke of apolplexy. Deceased was born in Falkoping Sweden, Sept. 28, 1852 and came to Rockford with her husband in 1881, residing here continously since. Surviving are the husband, who is now on his way home from California; three sons, Nels and Martin, of this city, and Simon F., of Detroit; and two daughters, Miss Edith Wall and Mes. Anthony Olson, both of Rockford. There are six grandchildren. SHe also leaves four brothers August Peterson, president of the National Furniture Co.; Adolph Peterson, cashier of the Swedish-American National bank; D.R. Peterson, secretary of the Royal Mantel Co., and John Petson, of Skara, Sweden. One sister, Mrs. Anna Erickson of Stockholm, Sweden, is at present in this country on a visit. She was a member of the South Park Lutheran church. Completion of the funeral arrangements wait advices from the husband.--Rockford Morning Star, December 25, 1919
Walter, Clara M.
--MRS. CLARA M. WALTER Services for Mrs. Clara M. Walter, 62, 1828 S. 4th st., life-long Rockford resident, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Wilbur Christenson funeral home, 925 3rd. ave. Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand, Trinity Lutheran church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery. Friends may call between 7 and 8 o'clock Monday night at the funeral home. Mrs. Walter died Friday night in Swedish-American hospital where she had been a patient since Aug. 20. Death ended a lengthy illness. Mrs. Walter was born May 26, 1889, in Rockford, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Spencer. She was married in January, 1913, to Ben Walter in Rockford. He died Aug. 20, 1945. Mrs. Walter was a member of Trinity Lutheran church and a past member of the Germania club auxiliary. Survivors are her mother, Mrs. Katherine Zitzke; a sister Mrs. Carl Martins; and a brother, William Spencer, all of Rockford. --Rockford Register-Republic, October 6, 1951
Ward, George J.
GEORGE J. WARD DEAD--Expires At Home of His Sister East of Rockford--Funeral Friday--Funeral services for George J. Ward, who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Sarah McFarland, near Mulford’s crossing, Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 o’clock will be held at the McFarland residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The Rev. Hugh M. Bannen will officiate and burial will be made in the Carman cemetery in Guilford. Mr. Ward had been ill for the last four month with a malignant malady. He was a son of the late Norman S. and Elizabeth Ward and was born on a farm, just east of Cherry Valley, September 27, 1855, spending most of his life in Rockford and its vicinity. He was a carpenter. Three sisters, Mrs. McFarland, at whose home he spent the last few months of his life, Mrs. Flora Gable of Cherry Valley, and Mrs. W.E. Brown, of Leon, Kan., are his sisters and there are two brothers, Eli F. Ward, a policeman, residing at 924 Rockton avenue, and A.H. Ward, 517 East State street. Mr. Ward was a bachelor.
Warner, C. Frederick
C.F. WARNER DIES IN CHAIR--INVENTOR OF MANY APPLIANCES SINKS SUDDENLY THIS MORNING AND DOES NOT RALLY FROM ATTACK OF HEART FAILURE--SON OF ROCKFORD’S THIRD MAYOR--C. Frederick Warner died very suddenly this morning at his home 121 South West Street. Sitting in his chair he sank back and a moment later his life had departed. His death occurred at 11 o’clock and members of his family were present at the time. He has fought many years with an affection of the heart and a month ago complications developed which limited his life to a few weeks. While his death was sudden it had been expected to occur in that manner at any minute. The deceased was a man of rare personality and for the past 20 years has made electricity his chosen science. He began it’s study with the idea of becoming a master in the science and his aim in life was fully accomplished. For many years he has been a leader among the consulting electrical engineers of this section and during this time he has made several inventions which have come into common use. The most important of these being the Warner switch board. He was also district manager for the Northern Electrical Manufacturing Company. The father of the deceased was Mayor Elysses M. Warner, the third mayor of Rockford. The deceased was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania and would have been 61 years of age in October. He came to Rockford with his parents when a small lad and has lived there ever since. The widow and a daughter, Mrs. Earl V. Case, of Topeka, Kansas, survive. Henry W. Warner of this city is a brother and Mrs. James H. Belcher of Topeka is a sister. The funeral arrangements have not been made.--Rockford Republic, 08-19-1905
Weary, Mary L.
MRS. MARY L. WEARY DIED TUESDAY NIGHT--END CAME AT ELGIN HOSPITAL WHERE SHE HAD BEEN A PATIENT FOR YEARS--Mrs. Mary L. Weary, who for years resided in North Horsman street, died at the Elgin State hospital for the insane, late Tuesday night. Deceased was 79 years of age and her passing was due to diseases incident to advancing years. Mrs. Weary had been an inmate of the Elgin hospital for several years. Her advanced years and lonely life developed a peculiarity that made it advisable to commit her to an institutuion where she could have proper care and medical attention. Mrs. Weary objected to leaving her home but was finally prevailed upon to accept the course suggested. Deceased resided in Rockford a great many years and will be remembered by the older residents. --Rockford Morning Star, December 22, 1911
Webster, Minor P.
PASSING OF M.P. WEBSTER--FORMER DURAND RESIDENT AND LOCAL REAL ESTATE DEALER DIED LAST NIGHT
Minor P. Webster, a resident of Winnebago county since 1851 and for eight years a real estate dealer in Rockford, died at 11:15 o'clock Thursday night at his residence, 635 North Winnebago street. He had been ill for several weeks. Death was due to the weight of his years. Mr. Websters was born in McComb county, Michigan in 1835. For many years he engaged in farming in Durand township, owning a farm east of the village. He retired from that occupation to engage in the real estate business here and his firm M.P. Webster & Co. had offices in the Elcamba building. He leaves a widow and three children. The latter are Fletcher E. Webster and Mrs. Edith Hoyt, of 631 North Winnebago street, and Mrs. Maude Stalker, of Pond Creek, Oklahoma. Mrs. Webster was Miss Susan Bollman before their marriage, which took place in 1858. Private services will be held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. John Gordon, of the Second Congregational church, will officiate.--Rockford Register Gazette, October 16, 1914
Webster, Susan Bollman
MRS. WEBSTER DIES AT 103--Oldest Resident of Rockford Called By Death--Rockford's oldest resident, Mrs. Susan Bollman Webster, who celebrated her 103rd birthday last Dec. 11, died Wednesday morning at her home, 635 N. Winnebago st. Death occurred peacefully at 8:45 a.m. during a sleep from which she did not awaken. Mrs. Webster's condition had been growing weaker for over a year and during the last few days it was readily apparent that her life, which had spanned three years more than a century, was nearing an end. Funeral arrangments were not completed last night but will be announced today. Susan Bollman was 16 years old when she first say Rockford in 1843. She came with her parents and one of her sisters to find a new home in Illinois from Lebanon, Pa., where she was born Dec. 11, 1827. The family negotiated the perilous trip of that day from their former home in Lebanon, Pa., to Rockford by canal and oxen-drawn wagon. The Bollmans, however, did not remain in Rockford which was then only a small village,but went on to Cedarville in Stephenson county, where she learned the dressmaker's trade. Later the family moved to Durand, where she opened a millinery shop and fashioned bonnets for the women of Durand the neighboring community. It was at Durand that she met Minor P. Webster and the family lived in Durand until about 30 years ago when they moved to Rockford. Mr. Webster died about 19 years ago at the age of 80. Longevity of the Bollman family is an inherited characteristic. Mrs. Webster's mother lived to be 96 and her father was 94 when he died. Neither they nor their other children, however, attained the century mark. Mrs. Webster outliving her 13 brothers and sisters. One of the pleasures of later years for Mrs. Webster was the radio. Her great delight was to tune in on the sermons of Dr. Frederic Shannon on Sunday mornings. When announcement was made over station WIBO, Chicago, last Decemeber of her approaching 103rd birthday, whe was the recipient of letters and cards of congratulations from all over the mid-west. Mrs. Webster is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H.J. Hoyt, 631 N. Winnebago st., next door to her mother's home, and Mrs. H.A. Stalker, of Pond Creek, Okla. One grandson also survives. He is Maurice Stalker, of Pond Creek.--Rockford Morning Star, March 5, 1931
LONG LIFE OF SPENCER WELDON COMES TO END--Came to Rockford in 1836 and Has Since Lived Always in Winnebago County--Funeral Services to be Held Sunday Afternoon Spencer S. Weldon, pioneer resident of Winnebago county, passed away yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at his farm in Winnebago township at the age of nearly ninety-one years. He had been ill for a short time with grip. Mr. Weldon was born in Keene, N.H., Jan. 26, 1825, the son of Jonathan and Mary Davis Weldon, on his mother's side being a cousin of Jefferson Davis, president of the confederate states, and grandson and nephew of six brothers who fought in the war of the revolution. The trip which the family made to reach Illinois in 1834 was made entirely by wagon, and in 1836 they came to Winnebago county. In 1854 the family took the present abode of the Weldon family in Winnebago township. With the exception of two years spent in teaching school Mr. Weldon has always followed farming as an occupation. His wife, Miss Agnes Kelly, he married in 1854, and she passed away in 1901. To this union were born eight children, of whom six survive, Mary Lucile and Lincoln S. Weldon, residing at the homestead. John E. Weldon of Miami, Fla; Samuel Weldon of Portland, Ore.; Peter W. Weldon, of Portage, Wis., and William G. Weldon of Rockford. Catherine Weldon died in infancy and Marguerita E. Weldon passed away in October of 1889. Mr. Weldon held the esteem of a wide number of friends throughout his long and useful life and passes to the beyond with a clear record of a life well lived. Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, and interment will be in the Winnebago cemetery.--Rockford Republic, January 14, 1916
Resident of Chicago in 1843 - died Hickory Creek, Ill., first German in Chicago, (baker). [Death Notices for Chicago's Old Settlers; compiled by Robert Fergus]
Wells, Nellie (Eickman) Studebaker
Mrs. Nellie S. Wells, 58, 821 Maple St., died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1956, in Seward daughter of August and Naka [Neeke] Eickman. Lived 15 years in Rockford coming here from Seward. Employed as a telephone operator by Faust hotel. Member of Grace Methodist church. Survivors include: two daughters, Lois Wells, at home and Mrs. Aline [Alene] Potter, Mount Morris; four brothers, Harry Eickman, Freeport; Charles Eickman, Seward; Frank Eickman, Pecatonica; and Will Eickman, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Rena Falconer and Mrs. Minnie Falconer, both of Winnebago. Services are...Saturday in Fred C. Olson Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave., with Dr. Theodore Loeppert, pastor of Grace Methodist church officiating. Burial in Yellow Creek cemetery, Kent, Ill. Friends may call in the mortuary...Friday. [Unidentified 1956 family clipping. Alene remembers about ten moves between Seward and Rockford, including living a short time in Capron and Poplar Grove, Illinois. vgb] submitted by Virginia Gorton Bonne email@example.com
JUD WEST IS DEAD--ONE TIME LEADER IN ROCKFORD MUSICAL CIRCLES PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AT 1 O'CLOCK--HAD SUFFERED FOR LONG TIME--FUNERAL WEDNESDAY MORNING Judson West died this morning at 1 o'clock. The death of the old time musician follows an illness of some years of progressive paralysis and later a spinal trouble which was the direct cause of his death. He had lived at the home of his brother H. H. West, 439 North Church street. L. Judson West was born in Naugatuck, Conn. At an early age he moved with his parent to this city, where he attended achool and spent his boyhood. Later he attended the university of Chicago, where he gained his musical education, a pupil of George Root. He was a member of several musical organizations in Chicago. After his return to this city he became identified with the State street Baptist choir and was a member of the choral union under Prof. Torrens. He possessed a rich, resonant and sympathic barytone voice and was in almost constant demand as a singer. In 18880 he embarked in the carriage business on Madison street and on North Main street at the old Ford & Fellows stand. In 1885 he was appointed resident agent of the Mutual Life Insurance company and was very successful in this line. Later the Rockford boom lured him into the real estate business and he was identified with many projects, among them the development of the Churchill property. A.G. Spaulding later employed him to plat the town of Harvey and kept him in his employ for two years. In 1897 he became interested in Arizona mines and with his family spent two years there. His holding were considerable but owing to bad faith of the president, he failed to realize on the investment. Soon after his health failed him and he again returned to Rockford where he had since made his home with his brother. On Feb. 9, 1881, he was married to Miss Clara M. Squiers, of Chicago. To them was born one daughter, Marion, now Mrs. Robert J. Howe of Inglewood, Cal. His wife and daughter survive. Mr. West was baptisted in the State street Baptist church, April 11, 1864, by Elder Jacob Knapp. He retained his membership to the church until the end. The funeral services will held from the home of H.H. West, 439 North Church street, Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock Rev. J.P. Abbott officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery. His Musical Record At one time or another Mr. West had sung in every church in Rockford. At every entertainment efforts were made to secure him and he became one of the best known as well as favorite singers in the city. His reputation was not merely local, however, for as a member of the Weber quartette he was sharer to in the national honors that came to that famous Rockford organization. Mr. West was prominent in organization of the Central Union, a chorus of 350 voices, as secretary and treasurer. Mr. Torrens has said that in this office he fulfilled his duties in the best possible manner. On Oct. 25, 1905 a testimonial concert was given him by his old friends of musical Rockford. Some of those to appear on the program were Mrs. Chandler Starr, Mrs. Fred Moffatt, Messrs. Porter, Rogers, Andrew and Mrs. Emmott and Walter Meiklejohn. The Weber quartette gave several selections. The concert was in every way successful demonstrating the positoin which the old musician had gained in the city. With the passing of Mr. West, although of late years he could do no more than listen to concerts, one of those who aided Rockford in gaining its place as a city of musicians, is removed. [Rockford Republic, September 16, 1907]
Death of Samuel West
Samuel West died yesterday at the hospital after a long illness of an abscess of the back. He had been at the institution for the past two years, and before that had been a motoneer on the street railway line. He was 28 years of age.--Rockford Morning Star, March 16, 1899
Westin, Hazel M.
Mrs. Hazel M. Westin, 70, 224 S. Rockford Ave., died at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 1969, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born May 2, 1898, in Florence, Wis., daughter of Alvin and Sylvia Tubbs. Married to O. Peter Westin in Florence, in June, 1918. Employed as an organist by Broadway Methodist Church for 30 years. Member of Broadway Methodist Church, and of Forest City Chapter, 590, Order of Eastern Star, and was its organist for many years. Director of Rockford Women's Chorus during and after World War II, and taught voice in Rockford for many years. Attended public school in Florence, Wis., and studied music at Chicago Conservatory of Music. Survivors include: her husband, Peter O. Westin; a son, Edward (Ted) Westin, Rockford; three grandchildren and one grreat-grandchild; and a half brother, Donald Tubbs, Hart, Mich. Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St., with the Rev. E. Rodd, pastor of Broadway Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation.--Rockford Register-Republic, April 28, 1969
Wetherell, Edward R.
ED R. WETHERELL DIES SUDDENLY--HAD SPENT MOST OF HIS FORTY-FIVE YEARS OF LIFE IN ROCKFORD-- Death came suddenly to Edward R. Wetherell, proprietor of the Wetherell advertising system, yesterday morning at 3:30 o’clock at his home, 418 Albert avenue, following an attack of acute indigestion. His health had been somewhat impaired of late, but he was at his office and made his accustomed rounds in the business district Tuesday, including a visit to the editorial rooms of The Star. Mr. Wetherell was engaged in the soliciting of advertising for hotel registers, bulletin boards and other forms of publicity and had an acquaintance all over northern Illinois. He learned the printer’s trade and had been employed at this craft in Rockford, Dekalb, and Aurora. For two years he was editor and proprietor of the Dekalb County Democrat. He rendered efficient service as a solicitor in the advertising and circulation departments of The Morning Star and later represented the Chicago Record-Herald several years in this territory. He was born in Rockton, Ill., March 31, 1872, where his father Samuel G. Wetherell, was a school teacher. The family moved to Rockford in 1888. His marriage to Miss Margaret O’Neill, of Hampshire, Ill., was an event of 1903. He is survived by the widow, two daughters, Eileen, aged 13 years, and Miriam, aged 9; two sisters, Miss Mary Wetherell of Battle Creek, Mich., and Mrs. Charles Fordham, of Saskatchewan, Canada, and one brother, Rev. C.B. Wetherell, of Jacksonville, Fla. He was a member of the Brotherhood of American Yeomen. Funeral arrangements were not completed yesterday. [--The Rockford Morning Star, 02-07-1918]
SUMMONS FOR ED WETHERELL -- CALL COMES FOR ADVERTISING SOLICITOR AT EARLY HOUR TODAY -- DEATH WAS UNEXPECTED
Was Up and About as Usual Yesterday--Leaves Widow and Two Children
The death message came suddenly to Edward R. Wetherell at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 418 Albert avenue, his demise resulting from an attack of acute indigestion. The deceased has not been in the best of health of late. He was confined to the home for several weeks following the holiday season but was thought to have fully recovered. He was making his accustomed rounds of the business district as late as yesterday afternoon and the news of his death will come as a shock to his many friends. Mr. Wetherell was engaged in the soliciting of advertising for hotel registers, bulleting boards, wall adornments, etc., and he had a wide acquaintence well over northern Illinois, having been employed at Aurora, DeKalb, and elsewhere in the neighborhood and representing Chicago-Record Herald for a number of years on the road in this territory. Born at Rockton, Ill., March 31, 1872, he would have attained his forty-sixth year had he survived until the end of next month. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Wetherell, his father being a school teacher in Rockton for a number of years. The family moved to Rockford in 1888 and continued their residence here until the death of the parents. Edward learned the printer's trade and had been employed in the various newspaper and job offices. He owned a newspaper plant at DeKalb at one time and had also been employed at Aurora. He returned to Rockford from Aurora a few years ago and had made his home here since. In 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret O'Neill, of Hampshire, Ill., who survives him as do two daughters, Eileen, aged 13, and Miriam, aged 9. One brother, Rev. C.B. Wetherell, now of Jacksonville, Fla., also survives. Mr. Wetherell was a member of the Brotherhood of American Yeomen. --Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, February 6, 1918
EDWARD R. WETHERELL
Funeral services for Edward R. Wetherell, who died suddenly early Wednesday morning, will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home, 418 Albert avenue, Rev. C.D. Wilson officiating. Interment will be made temporarily in the receiving vault at the West Side cemetery. [Rockford Morning Star, February 8, 1918]
Wetherell, Hazel W.
Hazel W. Wetherell, 83, 1920 N. Main St., died Wednesday evening in North Rockford Convalescent Home after a long illness. A native of Burritt Township, she lived all her life in the Rockford area. She was an insurance underwriter for more than 40 years. Survivors include two brothers, Thornton Wilcox, Roanoke Va., and John Wilcox, Lizella, Ga. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Burpee-Wood Funeral Home, 420 N. Main St. [Rockford Register Star, 02-15-1979]
Margaret Wetherell, Saleswoman, Dies at 75 Services for Mrs. Margaret Mary Wetherell, 75, 2407 Bradley Rd., only woman member of the Rockford Manufacturers association, who died Monday in Rockford Memorial hospital after a long illness, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Episcopal church. The Rev. Jon K. Smedberg, rector, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call in Sundberg funeral home, 214 Hall St., from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Wetherell had been the only saleswoman for Pillsbury Mills Inc., and was former secretary-treasurer of the Rockford Manufacturers Association. She was Rockford and northern Illinois saleswoman for Pillsbury for 15 years until 1941. Since then she had done market research for Burgoyne Grocery and Drug company of Cincinnati. She was a former secretary of the Pillsbury Booster club in Chicago. Mrs. Wetherell was born in Hampshire Feb. 6, 1884, daughter of Patrick and Bridget O'Neill and came to Rockford 43 years ago. She was married to Edward R. Wetherell, Aug. 20, 1903. He died Feb. 6, 1918. Surviving are two daughter, Miriam Wetherell, at home, and Mrs. Clifford Bietau, Rockford, two grandchildren, Mrs. Robert Hiner and Karl E. Bietau, both of Rockford; and four great-grand-children.--Rockford Register-Republic, 05-05-1959
WOMAN HURT IN FALL DIES
Wetherell Rites to Be Held Thursday--Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie M. Wetherell, 72, 2007 East State street, who died Monday in Chicago at the home of a son, Osborne E. Wetherell, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the McAllister-Julian funeral home, 304 North 5th street. The Rev. Russell W. Lambert, pastor of Centennial Methodist church, of which she was a lifelong member, will officiate, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Wetherell suffered a broken hip in a fall here Jan. 24, 1932, and entered St. Anthony hospital. Last Nov. 1 she was moved from the hospital to her son’s home in Chicago. Mrs. Wetherell taught in the Sunday school of Centennial Methodist church here for 45 years. The former Nettie Lane was born Jan. 1, 1872, in Warren, Ill., and came to Rockford with her parents at the age of 9. In 1892 she married Edward Wetherell, who preceded her in death. Her son is her only survivor. Two brothers, William Herbert Lane and John Ellsworth Lane, also preceded her in death. --Rockford Morning Star, 01-26-1944
OLD CITIZEN PASSES. Samuel Wetherell Called After Long Life - Ill Only Few Days. Samuel Wetherell, one of the widely known residents of the city, passed away at Rockford hospital Monday evening after a short illness. Sunday afternoon Mr. Wetherell called at the Malin home in Sanford Street and while there was taken ill, his ailment proving to be pneumonia. He was cared for at the Malin home Sunday night and Monday was transferred to the Rockford hospital where Dr. Calkins cared for him. Deceased was born in New York state about 78 years ago and came to Rockford over 16 years ago. Previous to this he had lived in Rockton where he was a Justice of the Peace. He was well known in the city and while here had been connected with the business interests to a considerable degree. He leaves to survice him four children, his wife having passed away about seven years ago. The children are Rev. C.B. Wetherell, of Danville, former pastor of the Holiness church in this city; E.R. Wetherell of DeKalb; Mary Wetherell of Algonquin, Ill., and Myra Wetherell of Chicago.--'Morning Star' 20th April 1904--submitted by Mrs. Muriel Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
Wetherell, Mrs. S.C.
Mrs. S. C. Wetherell Called From Earth Without Warning. 10th October 1896. Mrs. S. C. Wetherell died last evening at 7 o'clock at her home in South Chicago avenue.Friday night she complained of not feeling very well, though she had been apparently in her usual health during the day. Late in the night she was taken worse and Dr. Franklin was called to attend her. He did not think there was any immediate danger, and yesterday her condition did not seem worse. Last evening about 7 o'clock she gave a gasp while talking with the members of the family and before they could realize that the end was at hand her spirit had passed away. For years she suffered with nervous disability, but bore her pain and discombort cheerfully and without complaint.Mrs. Wetherell was 58 years of age and was born in Brockville, Canada. Her maiden name was Elisabeth Wilson and she was united in marriage to Samuel C. Wetherell in 1862 in St. Laurence, N.Y. They came west four years later and settled at Belvidere. Thence they moved to Rockton, where they resided twenty years. Eight years since they moved to this city. Seven children were born to the couple, of whom five are living. They are: Misses Mary and Miriam and Rev. C. B. of Woodstock, W.C. of the Graham Match Co., and Edward R. Wetherell, solicitor for the Morning Star, Rockford. The two children who passed away were Grace and Paul.Mrs. Wetherell was a member of Ninth Street M.E. church and was active in all the work of the society. She was a noble christian mother, whose life centered in her home. She was ever attentive to her home duties and devoted herself to the training of her children. She had a kindly, sympathetic heart, and was ever ready to respond to the call for assistance without regard to whence it came. Her life was a beautiful example of unselfish, self-sacrificing christian living and her loss will be deeply felt by all who came in contact with her. Captain R. J. Wilson, of Delavan, Wis. is a brother and Miss Lettie Wilson, of Gardner, Ill., Mrs. L. J. Reader, of Pipestone, Minn., and Mrs. Carroll King, of Norfolk, N. Y., are sisters of the deceased.The funeral arrangements can not be announced at present, but it is probable that the remains will be laid at rest at Rockton, where the two children lie. The funeral will be held from the late residence, 207 South Chicago avenue, and definite announcement of the time will be made later. [Unknown newspaper, c. October 1896; submitted by Mrs. Muriel Ellis]
Card of Thanks: We desire to hereby express our heartfelt thank to the many friends who assisted and sympathized in our late affliction, also for the beautiful floral offerings, especially from the Star Co., Centennial Epworth league, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Hollister, Miss Helen Hollister and the neighbors.--S.C. WETHERELL and family [Rockford Morning Star, October 15, 1896]
WILL WETHERELL DEAD Former Rockford Newspaper Man Died Thursday at Quincy. Interment to be Here.Will Wetherell, former employee of the Rockford Republican, died Thursday night at a hospital in Quincy after a long illness. The interment will be in this city. Mr. Wetherell left Rockford eight years ago to go to Ottumwa where he was employed for five years. He then went to Quincy where he was foreman of a large pressroom, having 80 men under his employ. His wife and one child survive. Rev. C.B. Wetherell and E. R. Wetherell are brothers. Miss Mary Wetherell of Battle Creek and Miss Miriam Wetherell, who is now in England, are sisters. All were former residents of Rockford and call this city their home.The body is at the Marsh undertaking parlors where it may be viewed. Brief services will be held at the West Side Cemetery at 2o'clock Sunday afternoon. [Republic 23rd Jan. 1909 --submitted by Mrs. Muriel Ellis]
Thomas Fletcher Wheeler, Jr., 20 months, 3114 Bildahl St., died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 1971, in Rockford Memorial Hospital of leukemia. Born Aug. 1, 1969, in Paragould, Ark., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Wheeler. Lived 2 1/2 years in Rockford, coming here from Paragould. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Tina Sue, 4, at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wheeler, Rockford; maternal grandmother, Mrs. G.W. Newman, Knobel, Ark.; paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Mauldy Austin, Ploggott Ark., and several aunts and uncles. Arrangements are by WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave. [Rockford Register-Republic, April 6, 1971]
White, Kenneth L.
BRONZE STAR WINNER KILLED IN VIETNAM--Sgt. Kenneth L. White, 21, Rockord, who was twice decorated for bravery in action, has been killed in Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam since July, 1968, with the 25th Infantry Division, Sgt. White received two Bronze Stars. He also received the Purple Heart. A graduate of West High School, he joined the service in 1967. He lived all his life in Rockford before joining the service and was employed by Sundberg Printers and Lithographers. No details of the action which caused Sgt. White's death have been released, according to his family. He was killed on May 1. He is survived by his widow, Pamela, who lives at 3333 Collins St.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James White, 1904 Overdene Ave.; a sister, Mrs. Loretta Overcash, Rockford; three brothers, Robert, Jim and Jay, all at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Hausman and Mr. and Mrs. Carl White, all of Rockford. Arrangements are pending return of the body from Vietnam. --Rockford Morning Star, May 6, 1969
Whittlesey, Sophia Derwent
Mrs. Sophia Derwent Whittlesey, wife of Joseph H. Whittlesey and widely known and highly respected resident of this county, answered the summons to the summons to the life beyond Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at her home, 1815 Elm street.Deceased was born in Elton, Duran township, October 28, 1849, a daughter of Edmund and Catherine Derwent. She spent her girlhood in Rockford, the family home being at First and Grove streets.Her marriage to J.H. Whittlesey of Seward, Ill., took place in 1870. The couple resided at Pecatonica and vicinity until 1900, when they came to Rockford. They recently celebrated their forty-ninth wedding anniversary.Besides the husband, Mrs. Whittlesey is survived by two daughters, the Misses Susan E. and Olive B. Whittlesey, living at home, two sons, Walter E. Whittlesey, of Davenport, Ia., and Lieut. Derwent S. Whittlesey, stationed at the armory at Springfield, Mass., and three granddaughter. She also leaves three sister, Mrs. Mary A. Needham of this city, Mrs. Hannah M. Payne, of Moline, Ill., and Mrs. Addie Rogers of Chicago. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Rogers and Mrs. Emily Silsby, of Mitchell, S.D., recently passed on.Funeral services will be held at the late residence this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Willam M. Shimmin officiating, and friends may attend. Interment in the Twelve Mile Grove cemetery will be private. It is the request of the family the friends omit flowers.--Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, March 18, 1919
Wilder, Benjamin - resident of Chicago in 1843 - was a contractor, resided at Clark near and south of Twelfth [died, Rockford, Ill., March 13, 1877, aged 82] [Death Notices for Chicago's Old Settlers; compiled by Robert Fergus]
Wilder, Llora L
Wilder, Mrs. Llora L., 83, Southfield, Mich.; died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1967, in Bedford Villa Convalescent Home, Southfield, after an illness of three months. Born Oct. 8, 1883, in Buffalo, N.Y. Lived a year in Southfield, moving here from Cleveland, Ohio. She had lived in Rockford before moving to Cleveland. Married to Edward B. Wilder on June 19, 1907. He died in 1956. Survivors include: a son, Kenneth F. Wilder, Southfield; (?) grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Services at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 in LONG-KLONTZ FUNERAL HOME 428 Park Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Cleveland, pastor of Second Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford. No visitation.--Rockford Register Republic, August 17, 1967
George Witmer, 73, 1114 School street, died suddenly Monday morning as he was riding to his small truck farm near Leaf River with members of his family. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was born in Hagerstown, Md., Aug. 18, 1867, and came to Polo about 20 years later. Since then he had lived at Rockford and Leaf River. Surviving are a daughter, Grace Mills, Rockford; a son, Earl A. Witmer, Rockford; a brother, Charles Witmer, Loves Park; two sisters, Mrs. Arbana Faulders and Mrs. Anna Williams, both of Maryland, and a brother, also of Maryland. His wife died six years ago. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue, with burial in Willwood cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary between 7 and 8 o'clock tonight.--Rockford Morning Star, September 3, 1940
Wilcox, Herbert H.
Dies at 90-- Herbert H. Wilcox, 90, 439 Oakley ave., died Monday night after an illness of several weeks. He was a former Rockford township justice of the peace, and later became a deputy asessor.-- H.H. Wilcox, Former Town Official, Dies-- Herbert H. Wilcox, 90, former Rockford township justice of the peace, who retired only three years ago as a deputy assessor, died at 7:45 o'clock Monday night in his home, 439 Oakley ave., following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Wilcox was born in Burritt township April 13, 1862, the son of the Rev. John Wilcox and Margaret Webber Wilcox. He married the former Mattie B. Thornton April 3, 1889, and the couple lived in Burritt until 1900, when they moved to Rockford. The Wilcoxes built their home at 439 Oakley ave. the following year, and had lived there since then. For many years Wilcox sold windmills and other farm equipment throughout the midwest. From 1933 to 1937 Mr. Wilcox served as Rockford township justice of the peace, and he later became a deputy assessor.After his retirement at the age of 87, Mr. Wilcox kept busy making miniature houses, which he gave away. Surviving are his widow, Mattie; two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Wetherell and Mrs. Myrna Bixby, both of Rockford; four sons, Thornton, Roanoake, Va; Raymond C., Racine, Wis.; J. Herbert, Macon, Ga.; and Kennett, Flint, Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. A son, Dr. Robert D. Wilcox, and a daughter, Mrs. Dorothea Lewis, died in recent years, and one child .--died in infancy-- Rockford Morning Star 09-02-1952
Mattie Wilcox Services Set For Saturday--Services for Mrs. Mattie B. Wilcox, 86, 438 Oakley Ave., who died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in her home following a long illness, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Dr. Joseph Cleveland and Dr. John Gordon of Second Congregational church officiate. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park. A lifelong resident of Winnebago county, Mrs. Wilcox was born Sept. 4, 1866, in Owen township, the daughter of Bowler and Hanna Thornton. She was married to Herbert H. Wilcox on April 3, 1899, and the following year the couple came to Rockford. She was a member of the Second Congregational church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Myrna Bixby and Mrs. Hazel Wetherell, both of Rockford; four sons, Thornton Roanoke, Va., Raymond, C., Racine, Wis.; J. Herbert, Macon Ga.; and Kennett, Flint Mich.; six grandchildren; and two great-grand-children. Her husband, a former justice of the peace in Rockford township and former deputy assessor, died Sept. 1, 1952 [--Rockford Morning Star, 12-12-1952]
Wiley, Mrs. G.L.
FORMER ROCKFORD WOMAN CALLED BY DEATH LAST NIGHT--Mrs. G.L. Wiley Died at Home of Her Daughter in Chicago After Illness of Several Months With Pneumonia--Burial in This City. Mrs. G.L. Wiley, wife of Rev. G.L. Wiley, deceased, who formerly was a pastor here in the Centennial church, died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Glaw of Chicago. She had been living with her other daughter, Mrs. Dan Voorhis of Creston, Ill., for sometime and had lived with her daughter in Chicago only a short time. Death was caused by pneumonia from which she had been suffering for many months. She is survived by her two daughters and a son, Charles Wiley living in Iowa, who has been notified. Burial will take place in this city, but no funeral arrangements have been completed. [--Rockford Republic, 09-11-1915]
Katrina Williams, 23, died Jan. 23, 2000, in Rockford. She was buried in Rockford on Feb. 2, 2000, at Arlington Park Cemetery. The funeral was Feb. 1, 2000. Katrina Kirkham of Rushville was her sponsor through the Special Friend Program. [The Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 1 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]
Willis, Ida B.
Ida B. (Veit) Willis, 74, 1516 Benton St., died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in St. Anthony Hospital after a long illness. Born Aug. 24, 1898, in Lindenwood, Il., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Veit. Lived all her life in Rockford. Married to Ronald Willis in Rockford Dec. 30, 1922. He died in 1941. Member of Bethel United Church of Christ, and of the Women of the Moose and the Ross-Pearson American Legion. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. James Muzzarelli, Rockford; a brother, Harry Veit, Rockford; two grandsons, Ronald and Bradley Muzzarelli; and nieves and nephews. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bethel United Church of Christ, Rev. Ronald E. Pribyl, pastor of Bethel United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial in Jefferson Barracks (Mo.) National Cemetery Arrangements by JULIAN-POORMAN FUNERAL HOME, 304 N. 5th St. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.--Rockford Morning Star, October 17, 1972
Willson, Anna V.
Mrs. Anna V. Willson, 87, 1410 Widergren Drive, died 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 1969 in Alma Nelson Manor after a long illness. Born April 4, 1882 in Falkoping, Sweden. Lived 69 years in Rockford, coming here from Clinton, Iowa. Married to Fred C. Willson in Chicago, Jan. 23, 1909. Survivors include: her husband, four sons, Eric and Fred, both of Rockford, Maurice, Madison, Wis., and Roland, in California; two daughters, Mrs. MacLean Kelley and Mrs D.E. Hawkinson, both of Rockford; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in FRED C. OLSON MORTUARY, 1001 2nd Ave., with the Rev. John M. Deason, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. [--Rockford Register-Republic, 05-13-1969]
DEATH OF MRS. ELIZABETH WINCHESTER YESTERDAY--A Well Known Lady Passes Away After Continued Poor Health Due to Her Advanced Age--Funeral Monday at 1 O’Clock--Mrs. Elizabeth Winchester passed peacefully from this earth at 9:0 a.m. yesterday, after many weeks of enfeebled health due to old age. Mrs. Winchester’s maiden name was Elizabeth Clark, and she was born in County Northumberland, England, in 1816. About the year 1843 she was united in the marriage with William Winchester, and together they came to this country, locating in Winnebago county, where they resided the remainder of their lives. Mr. Winchester died at Pecatonica in 1876 and a few years later his wife removed to this city, where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A.B. Whitmyer, up to the time of her fatal illness, when she was removed to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gus Blewfield, on Oak street. Mrs. Winchester was a devoted member of Centennial M.E. church, and was a woman who won the love and respect of all who knew her, by her kindly, helpful ways. Five children survive to mourn their loss: William Winchester of Chicago, Thomas Winchester, the well known contractor of this city, John Winchester, postmaster at Pecatonica, Mrs. A.B. Whitmyer and Mrs. Gus Blewfield of this city. Friends who wish to view the remains may do so between the hours of 10 and 12 Monday morning, and funeral services will be held at the Blewfield home at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, when the remains will be taken to Pecatonica on the 2:05 train, where the last sad rites will be held. [Rockford Morning Star, 08-05-1894]
Wolfe, John T., Jr.
ROCKFORD, IL--John T. Wolf, Jr., 71, of Rockford, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 13, 1927 in St. Louis, MO, he was a son of the late John and Stella (Cagle) Wolf. He had resided in the Rockford area the past 50 years, moving there from Pocahontas. He was married to the former Pauline Schaechtel. An Army veteran of WWII, he was employed by the former George D. Roper Co. for seven years. He retired from Rockford Clutch Division of Borg Warner Corp., as a cutter/grinder after 30 years of service. He was a member of UAW Local 803, VFW 10F Foresters, a member of Allied Seniors, Rockford area UAW Council and the National Council of Senior Citizens. He is survived by his wife, Pauline of Rockford; two sons, Bruce Wolf and Edward Wolf; three grandchildren; two brothers, Jess Wolf of Camp Verda, AZ and William Wolf of Evening Shade, AR; three sisters, Elsie Degrane of Mobile, AL, Hilda Johnson of Rockford and Mary Dell Weatherford of Pocahontas. A brother also preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Sunset Funeral Home in Rockford with the Rev. Charles Hart officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. [Unknown newspaper, c. October 1998 --Contributed by Freda Roberts]
Freeport -- William Wolfenberger, 60, Spanish American War veteran, bet a friend he could swim across the Pecatonica river with his clothes on. In mid-stream he disappeared. His body was recovered a half hour later.(Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, IL., Mon., Jun 4, 1934, pg. 9; Submitted by Elsie Harmon)
Died In Rockford, Ill., on the 10th inst., Paris Woolworth, formerly of Turin, aged 50 years. [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, February 25, 1863]
Worsley, Mary C.
OLD SETTLER PASSES AWAY--Death of Mrs. Mary Worsley Aged 84 Years--RESIDENT HERE SINCE EARLY DAY--FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY--Decedent Came to Rockford in 1843 Driving Overland From Pennsyvania--Was Beloved in the Community--Mrs. Mary C. Worsley, one of the early day settlers of Rockford, died at her home in Hill street last eveing. The passing of Mrs. Worsley was not unexpected. And, yet though she had passed four score, it was not the ills incident to advanced years which caused her death. For a long time she suffered from a facial ailment, which necessitated, last February, an operation. The looked for relief was not experienced. Instead a cancerous growth developed, which could not be cured. Since last Thursday the sufferer had been unconscious and she had been confined to her bed for eight weeks. Mrs. Worsley had been a resident of Rockford over half a century. She had lived for forty-six years in the home she breathed her last. She had a great many acquaintences in the city and was highly respected for her nobility of character. Decedent was born in Burlington, Bradford county, Pa., June 8, 1816, being past 84 years of age at the time of her death. Her maiden name was Blakesley. She grew to womanhood in her Pennsylvania home and was married there to Matthey Holmes. In 1843 they removed to Illinois, driving overland every bit of the way. The hourney, a trying one in those days, consumed seven weeks, and a great part of it in driving from Chicago to Rockford. They found Rockford a small village, without railroads and with much of the soil surrounding it as yet unconquered by man. There were hardships to be borne in building a new home in the west and of these Mrs. Worsley had her share. Mrs. Holmes died in Rockford. Several years later she was united to Mr. Worsley who died eight years ago. Three children survive her. They are Mrs. Charles Whitmore, George R. Worsley, and Mrs. Frank Bean. Funeral services will be held at the house, 404 Hill street, Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Rev. H.M. Bannen will officiate. The interment will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery. Up to the time Mrs. Worsley became afflicted with the ailment which caused her death she was remarkably active. Her four score years did not deter her in the least from walking to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bean, on the West Side, and she made the long journey frequently. She assisted in the work about the house and her mental faculties were as sharp as in a person many years her junior. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran church. She had the warm friendship of many people and her passing will be sincerely mourned. --Rockford Morning Star, August 19, 1900
Wright, Clifford J.
Pecatonica--Clifford J. "Bill" Wright, 68, 14558 W. State Rd., Pecatonica, died Oct. 18, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1915, in Pecatonica, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Wright. He married the former Mabel E. Andrews [Anders] in Pecatonica, Feb. 24, 1951. Mr. Wright was a lifelong Pecatonica area resident. He was a retired self employed farmer, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Pecatonica; Donald L. Tarbert VFW Post 8416; and Eugene Barloga American Legion Post No. 197. Survivors include his wife; a brother, Roy, Pecatonica; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. Services will be Friday, Oct. 21, in St. John Lutheran Church, Pecatonica. A memorial fund has been established for St. John Lutheran Church. [Freeport Jl Std, 19 Oct 1983, p2]--contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
Wright, Jeanette F. (Thompson)
1922 - 1982
Mrs. Jeanette F. (Roy) Wright, 61, died Sat evening at Medina Manor Nursing home in Durand after a short illness. She was a lifelong Pecatonica resident, graduate Pecatonica high school. During W.W.II she was employed by the U.S. Navy Dept. and later was a sales clerk for D. J. Stewart Co. in Rockford for several years. She was a member of Pecatonica United Methodist Church & President of United Methodist Women. Also was a member of Pecatonica Library Board and DAR, Rockford. She was born 17 Sep 1922 in Pecatonica daughter of Howard and Florence (Hilton) Thompson & married Roy Wright, March 13, 1954 in Ottawa, IL. Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Claudia (Jim) Lucas, Cassville, MO; and one son, Larry of Sandia Park, NM; one brother, Allen Thompson, and one half-brother, William Thompson, Brooklyn, NY & four grandchildren. Service...Wed. at Pecatonica United Methodist Church, Rev. Carl Franke, pastor. Burial at 12 Mile Grove Cemetery. Friends may call...Tuesday at Kenneth Countryman funeral home. Memorial for the church. [Freeport Jl Std, Mon, Dec 20, 1982] --contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
Wright, John G.
1880 - 1949
John G. Wright, 69, a retired farmer in this area died Friday...in his home Pecatonica, Route 1, U.S. Highway 20. Born April 17, 1880 in Winnebago County. He was the son of George and Sephronie Wright. His marriage to Mamie Boone [Bonne] took place April 8, 1914. He belonged to Winnebago Co. Farm Bureau. Surviving are his widow, 2 sons, Clifford and Roy, both at home, 3 sisters, Mrs. Florence Stevens of Winnebago, Mrs. Nellie Sarber of Rockford & Mrs. Mabel Doty, Pecatonica. Funeral services will be Monday...at Long-Klontz funeral home in Rockford. Rev. J. M. Beck pastor of the Elizabeth Methodist Church south of here. Friends may call at funeral home Sunday...[Freeport Jl Std, 10 Jul 1949, excerpt by Francis Brenner]--contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
Wright, Mamie (Bonne)
1893 - 1950
Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Wright, 56, West State Road, R. 1, Pecatonica, who apparently built her own funeral pyre Saturday and died in the flames, will be held...tomorrow in the Long-Klontz funeral home, 423 Park ave. The Rev. J. M. Beck, pastor of the Methodist church in Leaf River, will officiate. Burial will be in the Twelve-Mile Grove cemetery, Seward. An inquest into Mrs. Wright's death is scheduled for this afternoon, Coroner David L. Klontz reported. He said despondency over ill health and grief caused by the death of her husband, John, who died last December [July], was the cause of her apparent suicide. A suicide note was found in her purse. Mrs. Wright built a funeral pyre in the orchard of her home by pouring kerosene over a bundle of her dead husband's clothing, deputy sheriffs reported. Her flame-seared body was found shortly before noon Saturday by her son, Roy Wright, 32, when he returned from a neighbor's farm where he had gone to get aid in bailing and storing hay. He and a brother, Clifford Wright, 35, had left their mother only about 20 minutes prior to the discovery of her body. Besides the two sons, Mrs. Wright is survived by a brother, Richard Boone [Bonne], Loves Park; a sister, Mrs. Anna Randall, Durand, and her mother, Mrs. Myrtle Boone [Bonne], also of Durand. Mrs. Wright was born Nov. 5, 1893. [Rockford Register Republic, Mon 17 Jul 1950] Roy A. Wright, 81. Pecatonica--Roy A. Wright, 81, formerly of Pecatonica, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, in Neighbors Nursing Home after a long illness. Born July 16, 1917, in Pecatonica, son of John and Mamie (Bonne) Wright. Life-long Pecatonica-area resident, Married Jeanette Thompson on March 13, 1954. Self-employed as farmer with brother, Clifford, before retiring. Member of Pecatonica United Methodist Church. Avid fisherman and Chicago Clubs fan. Graduated from Pecatonica High School, where he played basketball and football. Survivors include son, Larry (Marnie) Wright of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Claudia Lucas of Arizona; and five grandchildren. Predeceased by parents; wife, Jeanette; and brother, Clifford. Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Pecatonica United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Kingery, pastor, officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. Visitation 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home Ltd., 529 Washington St. [Rockford Register Star, Sun 8 Nov 1998, p5B c5 --contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]
Wytinski, Andrew S.
Andrew S. Witynski, 71, 505 Seminary St., Apt. 811, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 1980, in LaGrange Community Hospital, LaGrange, after a long illness. Born Nov. 21, 1909, in Florence, Wis. son of Samuel and Josphine Witynski. Lived 20 years in Rockford, coming here from Florence, Wis. Married to the former Harriet Winkler in Florence, Wi., Dec. 6, 1948. Employed as a security guard for GC Electronics for 19 years, retiring in 1978. Member of St. James Catholic Church. Graduated from Florence (Wis.) High School. Survivors include his wife, Harriet, Rockford; a son, Peter J. Witynski, Freeport; three daughters, Mrs. James (Monica) Merishelski, Arlington Heights, Mrs. Ronald (Carol) (B?)alley, Western Springs, and Mrs. Clifford (Dorothy) West, Rockford; nine grandchildren; a brother, Louis W. Witynski, Racine, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME LTD., 215 N. 6th. St., and 9:30 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Nelson, associate pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. [-Rockford Register Star, December 17, 1980]
WALTER ZANDER TAKEN BY DEATH--OPERATED NURSERY HERE FOR 30 YEARS--Walter Zander, 65, 1803 Montague rd., a Rockford resident for 35 years and owner of a nursery and truck garden at his home address for the past 30 years, died at 7:45 a.m. today in Rockford Memorial hospital following a one-day illness. Mr. Zander was born Feb. 19, 1886, at Flint, Mich., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zander. He came to Rockford from Chicago where he married Elizabeth Burgett on Aug. 16, 1909. He was a member of the Farm bureau. Besides his widow, Elizabeth, Mr. Zander is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Carson, New York City; three sons, Charles, Frank, and Richard Zander, all of Rockford; three sister, Mrs. Louis Furman, Chicago; Mrs. Helen Conrad, Congress Park; and Mrs. Elsie Wilkenson, Muskegon, Mich.; and six grandchildren. A son, Walter Zander, Jr., died Sept. 16, 1939. Arrangements are in charge of the Julian-Poorman funeral home, 304 N. 5th st. --Rockford Register-Republic, October 6, 1951
THE SUMMONS CAME--FRITZ ZO(E)LLEN’S DEATH, A VICTIM OF CONSUMPTION--He Died at the Home of J. Larson last Night--Fritz Zellen, thirty-six of years of age, who was formerly employed at the factory of the Rockford Mantel and Furniture company, died last night at 10:30, at the home of J. Larson, on Twelfth avenue, where he resided. He had been afflicted with consumption for the past three years. Last summer he gave up work and went to Sweden in the hope that the trip might benefit him. In this, however, he was disappointed, and returned to Rockford to die. Zellen was unmarried, but he leaves three sisters, all of whom reside in Rockford. They are Mrs. Louis Sandine, Mrs. A.C. Johnson and Miss Amelia Zellen. He was a man of industrious habits and had very many friends among his acquaintances. The funeral will take place at two o’clock Friday afternoon, from the home of Mr. Larson at Twelfth avenue. --Rockford Daily Spectator, 07-27-1893
Ziener, Ed J.
Ed. J. Ziener Dies--Edward Joseph Ziener, 66, owner of Ziener Real Estate and Insurance Agency for 30 years, died at 7:30 this morning in his home after a long illness. A member of the Rockford Board of Realtors, Ziener was also a charter member of the Industrial and Commercial Listing Exchange and was active in industrial and commercial real estate activities in downtown Rockford. He was appointed state director of Insurance by former Gov. John Stelle in 1940, and receiver for state banks in 1934. He served as a member of the Board of Review and Sanitary District Board in 1936 and 1937, and as chairman of the Democratic Central Committee in 1935. He handled real estate transactions for the present locations of Lorden Storange Co., G.C. Electronics, a division of Textron Inc., Central National Bank, the Medical Supply Co., and the new Belford Theatre on E. State Street Road, which opens this week. A member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Ziener was also active in activities at St. Patrick's, St. Bernadette's and St. Rita's Catholic Churches. He was the youngest man ever to become a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 470, and was a past president and present treasurer of Catholic Charities. A member of St. Peter's Catholic Church Holy Name Society, Ziener also belonged to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 64, the Notre Dame Club of Rockford, and the Germania Club. He lived 54 years in Rockford and resided with his wife and two children at 1726 Oxford St. He was born May 16, 1899 in Quincy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Ziener, and was married to the former Eileen Cahill in Rockford, Sept. 28, 1935. Ziener is survived by his widow; a son, Edward J., Jr., who was associated with his father in business, and a daughter, Marcia Ann, both at home; a brother, Nicholas, Costa Mesa, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Ford, Rockford, and Mrs. Lucille Coulihan, Long Island City, N.Y. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park Ave., and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [--Rockford Register-Republic, 12-20-1965]
Prominent Rockford Man Dead.
ROCKFORD, Ill., March 22.- William Zlock, president of the Rockford Mitten and Hosiery company and of the Burson Knitting company and of the Burson Knitting company, is dead here, following an operation. While in the employment of a Chicago packing company Mr. Zlock, it is claimed, introduced American smoked meats into Germany. He was seventy-five years old. [Bennington Banner (Bennington, VT), March 22, 1905, p. 3]
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