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Harrison Janssen
Roanoke - Harrison "Jake" Janssen, 74, 203 W. Curt St., Roanoke, died at 10:15 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 13, 2006) at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.He was born on July 24, 1932, in Benson, to Jacob and Bertha Seggerman Janssen. He married Rose Mary Bussone on June 29, 1957, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Roanoke by Father Wendell. She survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Deborah (Don) Reilman of Roanoke and Cindy (Jack) Heyungs of Secor; one sister, Betty Brumfield of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one nephew.Jake graduated from the Benson schools. He then served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. Jake was a lifetime member of Roanoke American Legion Post 463.He worked for Ulrich Manufacturing for 19 years. He then worked for Monarch Engineering in East Peoria for 19 years. He retired from McBride and Schoff in Metamora as a machinist in 1997.Jake served on the Roanoke Zoning Board as secretary for 25 years. He participated in the Thursday Night Men's Bowling League for many years. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He was of the Lutheran faith.His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Knapp-Johnson_Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Rev. Deborah Hutterer will officiate. Visitation will be fro one hour prior to the service today. Burial will be in Roanoke Township Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Roanoke American Legion Post 463.Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home and the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris.com

Charles Clyde Johnson
Charles Clyde Johnson, second son of W. G. and Julia E. Johnson, died October 22, at 2:25 p.m. of heart disease, aged twenty four years, five months. He was taken sick in June last at Kalamazoo, Mich., and was very feeble until death relieved him of his sufferings. He was buried in the El Paso cemetery, Tuesday morning last, at which time a large number of friends were present.

Mrs. Lamert Jacobs
Mrs. Lambert Jacobs died at her residence, 3 miles N. W. of here, on Tuesday morning at ? o'clock from leucocythemia, a blood disease, from which she has suffered for some time. She was abuot 50 years of age. Her husband and three unmarried daughtes survive to mourn her loss. She was a good woman and well thought of. The remains were taken to Minonk Wednesday and buried in the cemetery. The services were held at her late residence by Rev. Ficker. (Benson News)

Alje Janssen - contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Mrs. Alje (Antje Timmerman) Janssen Called To Eternity Monday Morning
Pneumonia Proves Fatal To Prominent Women At Her Home Near Here.

Mrs. Alje W. Janssen, beloved 78 year old resident of this community, passed away at 10:18 o'clock Monday morning at her home two and one-half miles southwest of this city, after a lingering Illness which terminated in pneumonia.

Mrs. Janssen was born July 10, 1868, at Neuenhuntorf, Oldenburg, Germany. Here she grew up, having been brought in baptism to her Lord by her Christian parents, and lead Into the Christian faith in the religious instruction. Expressing her faith In Christ, she was admitted into the church by the rites of confirmation April 20, 1875. In the year following, the family immigrated to America, settling on a farm four miles west of Minonk.

She was united in the holy bonds of marriage with Alje W. Janssen April 19, 1879, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Schoenhut. After their marriage, the young couple went to farming on a farm two and one-half miles south of Minonk, which later became the Janssen home place, and here she remained until her death.

Six children were born in this happy union, four daughters and two sons, One son preceded the mother in death when a Iittle child, and one daughter, Hermine, died in the period of the flu epidemic of 1918. Death had also claimed her husband April 27, 1903.

With Christian courage and fortitude, she bore her lot and carried on courageously. She was a kindly lady, having a quiet, kindhearted disposition, always ready to be of help and service to her many friends. It was her delight to entertain her friends with tender devotion she applied her talents and efforts for the welfare of her family. Because of her sterling qualities of character, she was not only respected, but also loved by all who knew her.

One of the pioneers settling in this part of the country, she was strong, sturdy, industrious, and frugal, having the joy of seeing her faithful efforts rewarded in the respect and high esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.

She was a faithful member of St. Paul's Evangelical church and was always willing to give her full support to the church. When she was well and in the prime of her years, she attended the services regularly, but in later years her health often made it impossible to take an active part in the church efforts.

For several years she was ailing, suffering from various ailments, but in the last  weeks she had regained much of her vitality again. About a week ago, she became sick with a cold, which last Saturday changed into pneumonia and  Monday morning she came to a peaceful end. She leaves to mourn her death, the children, Mrs. Ida Cirks of Minonk, Anna, John and Louise, at. home; four grandchildren, Minnie, Ollie, Anna and Fred Cirks; one great grandchild; one brother, Henry Timmerman of Minonk; as also a large number of more distant relatives and friends.

Funeral services are being held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon (Thursday) from the late residence and at 2:00 o'clock at St. Paul's Evangelical church. Rev, Paul Buchmueller, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the Minonk cemetery.

Bernhard Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Eureka - Bernhard "Ben" Johnson, 80, of R. R. 1, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday at his home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Otto-Argo Funeral Home, with the Rev. Marvin Cheney officiating. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery. He was born March 2, 1894, near Eureka, a son of Albert and Anna Ludeman Johnson [Janssen]. He married Marjie L. Farmer July 12, 1917, at St Peter, Minn. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs Ray [Arlene] Blumenshine, Eureka; Mrs James [Oneida] Hutton, Lakeside, Calif.; a brother, Jasper Johnson, Peoria; two half brothers, John Sloter, Eureka; Harry Sloter, Secor; a half sister, Mrs Grace Porth, Secor; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Three brothers, two sisters, two half brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and was a retired farmer and machinist. Memorials may be made to the heart association.

Alje Wilts Janssen - contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Alje Wilts Janssen was born Sept; 6, 1848, in Ochtelbur, East Friesland. Provo . Hanover, Germany. . He came with his parents to this country in 1868. In 1879 he was united In marriage with Anna Timmerman. Six children were born to them - four daughters and two sons - Eke, Anna, John, Louise, Hermina and Alje Wilts. The deceased was taken sick over 1 year ago, and about four weeks ago his condition became critical. His trouble was heart disease. He weakened rapidly, and died Monday, April 27th, 1903, at 2:20 p. m., aged 54 years, 7 months and 21 days. Besides the children and wife, the deceased leaves an aged mother and one brother, John.

Mr. Janssen was a Christian man and an earnest worker in his church, the German Evangelical, of which he had been a member for many years. holding the office of trustee for a long time. He was what the world calls a square man - believing in honesty and fair dealing, and ever practiced his belief. He was a leader in his church, and was never so happy as when doing a good or kind act to his fellow man, and. his wise counsel will be greatly missed by his associates. When he came to this county be worked on a farm by the day until he acquired sufficient money to purchase a home. For years he has lived on and owned one of the finest farms in Central Illinois. 'he funeral services were held from the German Evangelical church this afternoon (Thursday) at two o'clock, Rev. Nouerth conducting same. The pallbearers were the trustees of the church - Aug. Grassman, Herman Leffers, Charles Schlosser, Wm. Barth, Sr., John Wilhelms and Frank Danekas.

Richard Albert Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Richard Albert Johnson, 81, of Eldena, died early Sunday at the K.S.B. hospital after a lingering illness. He was born Aug. 18, 1873, in Eureka, Ill., and married the former Elsie Sloter Aug. 30, 1894, in Metamora, Ill. He is survived by his widow, Elsie; five daughters, Mrs Arthur (Kathryn) Tholen, Mrs Karl (Lucy) Kastner, and Mrs Clarence (Bertha) Howell, all of Dixon; Mrs Emanuel (Sena) May, Grand Detour, and Mrs Harry (Grace) Evans, Shabbona, Ill.; two sons, Benjamin and John, both of Dixon. He is also survived by two half-sisters, Mrs William (Anna) Sloter, Polo, and Mrs Edward (Sena) Warnke, Minounk (sic); four half-brothers. Jasper and Benjamin Johnson, both of Eureka, Ill., Albert Johnson, Carlinville, Ill., and George Johnson, Palmyra, Ill. He was preceded in death by two sons and a brother. Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home with the Rev Robert Link assisted by the Rev C. Harding Veigel of the Evangelical U.B. Church, Eldena, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery, Dixon.

Lulu Del Johnston
El Paso - Miss Lulu Del Johnston, El Paso, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday at Brokaw hospital after several years illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. She was born May 6, 1876, at Pleasant Hill, near Lexington, daughter of Francis P. and Rachel Burtis. She attended El Paso schools and Valparaiso university in Indiana. She had lived with the Jacob Burtis family in El Paso. For many years she was affiliated with the legal staff of the Continental Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago. She was a ember of the Christ Episcopal church at Woodlawn, Chicago. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Bertha Johnston Merriman, Marion, Ohio; a brother, Rollin R., Lakewood, Ohio; and three cousins, Mrs. Grace Sealey Smith, Normal; Mrs. Emma McCord, El Paso; and Miss Florence J. Gastman, Bloomington.

Irene Ropp Johnson - contributed by Norita Shepherd Ross

BENSON - Irene Ropp Johnson, 82, Minonk, formerly of rural Benson, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday (July 26, 1992) at Lida Home, Minonk. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke,
the Rev. Wayne Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery, near Benson. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 5, 1909, in Gibson City, a daughter of Serenus
and Barbara Goldsmith Ropp.

Additional information provided by Ms. Ross:

Name: Irene ROPP

Name: Barbara GOLDSMITH

Name: Serenus ROPP

Edward F. Johnson - contributed by Norita Shepherd Ross

BENSON - The funeral of Edward F. Johnson, 86, of rural Benson, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's nited Church of Christ, Minonk. The Rev. Wayne Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk,
has charge of arrangements. Mr. Johnson died at 8:30 p.m. Friday (July 8, 1994) at Lida Nursing Home,
Minonk. He was born Oct. 24, 1907, at Lamar, Mo

Additional information provided by Ms. Ross:

Name: Edward F. JOHNSON

Grace Minnie Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Minonk - Grace Minnie Johnson, 89, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 2, 2000) at the nursing home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 5, 2000) at St Paul's United Church of Christ, the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m . Monday at Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Memorials may be directed to the ALS Foundation. She was born Sept. 19, 1910, at Minonk, a daughter of John H. and Christina Kettwich Wyman. She married John H. Johnson on June 14, 1931, in Minonk. He died in March 1980. She is survived by two sons, Eugene A. Johnson, Bloomington; Jon R. Johnson, Joliet; a daughter, Janice J. Campbell, Pontiac; a sister, Clara Vissering, Minonk; 11 grandchildren; 8 stepgrandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother. She was a member of St Paul's United Church of Christ, the Willing Workers at the church and the Fun after Forty group.

George W. Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Roanoke - The funeral of George W. Johnson, 83, Roanoke, was held on Monday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral HOme, Roanoke. The Rev Imo Hinrichs and the Rev William Hecht officiated. Burial was in Roanoke Township Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 463. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home. He died on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at his residence. Memorials may be made to BroMenn Hospice program. Mr Johnson was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Roanoke, a son of Albert and Elizabeth Davis Johnson. He married Doris Stechman in December 1940. He then married Betty Rogge on July 26, 1964, in Benson. She died Feb. 11, 1996. Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Diana) Johnson, Roanoke; and Dennis L. (Erma) Johnson, Minonk; one daughter, Rose Susan (Ron) Nesler, West Bartlett; one stepson, Michael (Marge) Rogge, San Simeon Island, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Marge (Ron) Fortman, Long Point; one sister, Alice Heiniger, Morton; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
His parents, two brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. Mr Johnson worked for Hagerty Brothers Steel in East Peoria for 38 years before he retired in 1980 as warehouse superintendent. He was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church in Benson. An Army veteran of World War II, he served overseas in Germany. He was a 54-year member of Roanoke American Legion Post 463.

Thomas L. Jones

Thomas L. Jones of Secor, Passes at age 102, Saturday

Thomas L. Jones, 102, former resident of Secor community, dies at 6 p.m. Saturday in his home in Peoria. He was taken to the Vincent Memorial home in El Paso, where services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial was in the Secor cemetery. He was born near Liverpool, England, Feb. 2, 1851, the son of James and Francis Harris Jones. He came to the United States as a young man and farmed in the Secor community for many years. His wife died in Bloomington in 1922. Surviving are two sons, Edward J. and Will L. both of Secor, two daughters, Miss Minnie and Miss Susie, who resided with him in Peoria; one grandson and one great-grandson. He was a member of the Masonic order for over 70 years.

Ferne Corlena Jones - contributed by Sara Hemp
Ferne Jones
METAMORA - Ferne Corlena Jones, 87, of 203 E. Madison, Metamora, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at her residence.
She was born May 3, 1918, in Easton, Ill., to James and Lillie Belle Lippert Shirley. She married John R. "Dick" Jones on July 5, 1936, in Southern Illinois. He died Dec. 13, 1970. Surviving are three sons, Larry (Coleen) Jones of Bloomington, Terry Jones of Congerville and John (Gina) Jones of Edgewater, Fla.; three daughters, Shirley (Roger) Mueser of Roanoke, Janice (Ron) Alig of Morton and Lori (Brad Weinstein) Jones of Metamora; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one brother, James (Rosemary) Shirley of Astoria, Ill. She was preceded in death by one son, James; two brothers; and three sisters. She was a cook at Metamora Grade School and then Hallmark Metamora Fixtures Operations before retiring. She was a member of Metamora Christian Union Church, its Women's Guild and American Legion Auxiliary. Services will be Thursday at her church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jeremy Heller officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, and also one hour before services at the church. Burial will be Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora. Memorials may be made to her church. (Peoria Journal Star, October 4, 2005)

Ferne Corlena Jones
METAMORA - Ferne Corlena Jones, 87, of 203 E. Madison, Metamora, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1, 2005) at her residence.
She was born May 3, 1918, in Easton, to James and Lillie Belle Lippert Shirley. She married John R. "Dick" Jones July 5, 1936, in Southern Illinois. He died Dec. 13, 1970. Surviving are three sons, Larry (Coleen) Jones of Bloomington; Terry Jones of Congerville; and John (Gina) Jones of Edgewater, Fla.; three daughters, Shirley (Roger) Mueser of Roanoke; Janice (Ron) Alig of Morton; and Lori (Brad Weinstein) Jones of Metamora; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one brother, James (Rosemary) Shirley of Astoria. She was preceded in death by one son, James; two brothers; and three sisters. She was a cook at Metamora Grade School and then Hallmark Metamora Fixtures Operations before retiring. She was a member of Metamora Christian Union Church and its Women's Guild, and the American Legion AuxiliaryHer service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, the Rev. Jeremy Heller officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, and also one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora. Memorials may be made to her church. (Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, October 4, 2005)

Adalia C. Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Adalia C. Johnson, 92, of 1102 W. Randolph, Roanoke, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 8, 2004) at Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

She was born on March 20, 1911, in Benson, to Henry and Tena Flohr Huschen. She married Henry P. Johnson on Jan. 27, 1932, in Benson. He preceded her in death on March 29, 1997.  Surviving are one son, Robert (Marcia) Johnson; one grandson, Tim (Rachel) Johnson; and one great-grandson, Lane Johnson, all of Benson.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Betty Jo; and one brother, Brachter Huschen.

She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in farming in the Benson area.  She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson, with the Rev. Dick Hanson officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at the Clayton Township Cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of handling arrangements.  Memorials may be made to her church or Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Eliza F. “Lizzie” Harms Johnson - contributed by Teri Moncelle ColglazierBENSON - (PNS) - Mrs. Lizzie Harms Johnson, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday at her home in Linn township. She had been in poor health for several years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the house and at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, near Benson. The Rev. J. W. Frange will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Born Dec 22, 1873, Lizzie Harms was married Feb. 26, 1908, to Henry Johnson. Surviving are her husband and three children, Mrs. Mary McDermott, Peoria; Eilert Johnson, Roanoke; Mrs. Alvena Kirby, Benson; and eight grandchildren; two brothers, Henry, Roanoke and Ben, Lexington and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Woltzen, Roanoke and Mrs. Kate Weers, Washburn.

Alvin C. Jording - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Alvin C. Jording, 77, R.R. 3, Dunlap, formerly of East Peoria, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1986, at his daughter's home in Dunlap. His funeral was held Friday, May 23 at Salem Lutheran Church, East Peoria, the Rev John Bates officiated.  Burial was in Secor Cemetery.
 
He was born January 16, 1909, at Washington Township, a son of  Christian and Amelia Sprehe Jording.  He married Ruby Hasty of September 7, 1929, at Lansing, Michigan.  She died in 1970.Survivors include his mother, Morton; the daughter with whom he made his home, Betty Bennett, Dunlap; four brothers, Paul and Ben, both of El Paso; LeRoy, Sunnyland; and Elmer, Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Mildred Koehler, Morton; and nine grandchildren.  Two sons and two daughters preceded him in death.
 
He was retired from maintenance work at Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in 1971.  He was formerly with Spires Elevator near Minonk. Mr Jording was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, East Peoria.  Memorials may be made to the Childrens' Center of Tazewell County, Creve Coeur.

Odelia A. Johnson - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Odelia A. Johnson, 96, formerly of Secor and Roanoke, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 27, 2007) at Maple Lawn Health Care Center, Eureka, where she was a resident. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 30, 2007) at Trinity Lutheran Church, Roanoke, with the Rev. Bruce Scarbeary officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday before services at the church. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of arrangements. She was born March 11, 1911, in Secor, daughter of William and Caroline Wessel Rippel. She married John A. Johnson on Dec. 4, 1932, in Secor. He died May 30, 1991.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald (Alice) Johnson, Eureka; Roger (Martie) Johnson, Taos, N.M., and Encinitas, Calif.; and Rodney (Arlene) Johnson, Secor; one daughter, Sharon (Jerry) Birkenbeil, Chatsworth; one brother, Riemond Rippel, Eureka; six grandchildren; Lisa (John) Albers, St. Paul Minn.; Tim Johnson, Denver, Colo.; Jennifer (Gerry) Valle, Richmond, Calif.; Brian (Susan) Deck, Chatsworth; Kim (Eric) Pillischafske, Farmer City; and Jeff (Jennifer) Johnson, Secor; two stepgrandchildren, Michelle (Kurt) Kietzman and Jason (Sherry) Birkenbeil; four great-grandchildren, Jess and Alissa Albers; Kirsten and Aaron Deck; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Alexis, Mariah and Kyria Kietzman, and Craig and Evan Birkenbeil. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Irene Campen. Odelia attended Lutheran parochial school in Secor and Eureka High School. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke where she was a member of the Friends and Faith ladies group. Memorials may be directed to her church or to Maple Lawn Health Care Center.

John J. Janssen - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
John J. Janssen, 45, of 611 Johnson died at 11 a.m. Monday [3 February 1975] at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington.  His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Donald Kumpf officiating.  Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the Folkers Memorial Home and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  He was born July 16, 1929, at Flanagan, a son of Jan and Fena [Fenna] Gerdes Janssen.  He married Mary Handley at Minonk, Dec. 29, 1951. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Cynthia, at home; two brothers, Arwin, Canal Zone; Fallace, Roanoke; two sisters, Mrs Lillian Harms, Minonk; Mrs Doris Borens, Chillicothe.  A daughter and two brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the American Legion and the VFW.  He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Wanda Jording - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Wanda Jording, Secor, 64, died at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, at Eureka Community Hospital.  She was born on June 26, 1937, to Robert William Cannon, Sr., and Helen Marie Smith in Xenia.  She married Leroy Jording, Sr. on June 20, 1959, in Secor.  He survives. Other survivors include six sons, Leroy (Karen) Jording, Jr. of Secor, Steve Harris of Secor, Roger Harris of Loda, Terry (Misty) Jording of Secor, Kevin (Nicha) Jording of Secor and Tyler Jording of Washington; two daughters, Riann Threlkel of Arizona and Ioulanda Daugherty of Pekin; 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gilbert Cannon of Mansfield, Robert Cannon, Jr. of Fisher, James Cannon of Fisher and Richard Cannon of El Paso and one sister, Roberta Matthews Loda. One sister and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

She was employed for Munson Trucking in Monmouth as a co-driver with her husband.  Previously she was the manager of Clark Oil in Washington. Jording was a member of St John's Lutheran Church, Secor, where services will take place today at 11 a.m. with the Rev Michael Kolesar officiating.  Visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to the funeral, also at the church. Cremation has been accorded.  Burial will be in the Secor Cemetery.

Ethel V. Jacobs
Ethel V. Jacobs, 96, formerly of Washburn, died at 2:50 am, March 26, 1982, at St. John's Hospital North, Springfield.  Born June 15, 1885, in Linn Twp, Woodford County, a daughter of John and Sarah McClure Held, she married Edward Jacobs Sept. 27, 1916, in Washburn.  He preceded her in death, along with one son, one daughter, four brothers and three sisters.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rhena Snider of Peoria, Mrs. Carl (Roberta) Richardson of Springfield, and Mrs. Wayne (Eloise) Nordstrom of Galva; two sons, Edward Jr. of Chicago and Daryle of Huntington Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, O.E.S. Washburn chapter 839, where she was a gold star member and past worthy matron, and an honorary member of American Legion Auxiliary.  Services were March 29, at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Harris officiating.  Burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Jacobs Memorial Fund. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Caroline A. Jording
Caroline A. Jording, 71, a former Secor, IL resident, died Friday, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Eureka, IL. Services were at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rev. Daryl Etheridge officiating. Burial was in Secor Cemetery. She was born Sept. 22, 1912, in Secor, to Henry and Margaret Everding Seggerman. She married Walter Jording, March 30, 1932 in Secor. He died March 10, 1981. Surviving are four sons, Charles, Metamora, Eugene, Eureka, Richard, and Roger, both of Secor; a daughter, Sandra Amigoni, Eureka, six sisters’ Etta Remmert, Morton; Bertha Janssen, Minonk; Johanna Kietzman, Varna; Sena Kurth, and Ruth Jording, both of El Paso, and Rosalie Fortman, Minonk. Three brothers, three sisters, and a daughter preceded her in death..contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Lorene Bernice Johnson, 72, of 201 Locust St. died at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 1992, at Lida Nursing Home in Minonk, where she had been a resident for the past 17 years. Born April 21, 1920, in Benson to John F. and Lena Gastman Folkerts, she married Clarence F. Johnson on Aug. 1, 1946, in Minonk. He died April 28, 1981. Her father also preceded her in death. Her mother survives in Minonk, along with three sons, Arnold of Minonk, John of East Peoria and Howard of El Paso; three brothers, Virgil Folkerts and Eldon Folkerts, both of Minonk, and Ronnie Folkerts of Washington; one sister, Marie Oltman of Minonk; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Donald "Tony" Janssen, 82 - May 30, 2008
Donald "Tony" Janssen, 82, formerly of Minonk, passed from this life to everlasting life on Friday (May 30, 2008) at 3:06 p.m. at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, where he had lived for the last 6 ½ years. He was born on March 4, 1926, at the family farm south of Minonk, the son of John and Greta Cassens Janssen. He married Lois Sulzberger on Jan. 9, 1954, in Ransom. She died on Dec. 12, 1973. He later married Doris Sutter on Aug. 4, 1978, in Minonk. She survives in El Paso. Also surviving are three sons, Robert (Pamela) Janssen and Roger (Leta Ann) Janssen, both of Minonk; and John (Ida Mae) Janssen of Ransom; three stepchildren, Tricia (Lyle) Carlson of Peru, Ind., Greg (Anna) Peavler of Port St. Lucia, Fla., and Kathy (Tom) Porzelius of Gridley; 10 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Laura Mae) Janssen of Arlington, Iowa; and one sister-in-law, Marianna Janssen of Urbana. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eleanor Smith; one brother, Melvin Janssen; and an infant sister. Don was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Minonk American Legion and the Minonk VFW. He was a farmer in the Minonk area all of his life as well as a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau. He served 21 years on the M.D.R. school board, serving many years as the board secretary. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Church in Minonk, where he served in years past as president, elder, and a teacher. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at his church. The Rev. Daniel GanschBoythe will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Burial will be in the Minonk Township Cemetery, with military honors. He loved the Lord, his family, and his country. Don especially enjoyed ballroom dancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Minonk American Legion, or the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.  Donald “Tony” Janssen, 82, formerly of Minonk, passed from this life to everlasting life on Friday (May 30, 2008) at 3:06 p.m. at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, where he had lived for the last 6 ½ years. He was born on March 4, 1926, at the family farm south of Minonk, the son of John and Greta Cassens Janssen. He married Lois Sulzberger on Jan. 9, 1954, in Ransom. She died on Dec. 12, 1973. He later married Doris Sutter on Aug. 4, 1978, in Minonk. She survives in El Paso. Also surviving are three sons, Robert (Pamela) Janssen and Roger (Leta Ann) Janssen, both of Minonk; and John (Ida Mae) Janssen of Ransom; three stepchildren, Tricia (Lyle) Carlson of Peru, Ind., Greg (Anna) Peavler of Port St. Lucia, Fla., and Kathy (Tom) Porzelius of Gridley; 10 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Laura Mae) Janssen of Arlington, Iowa; and one sister-in-law, Marianna Janssen of Urbana. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eleanor Smith; one brother, Melvin Janssen; and an infant sister. Don was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Minonk American Legion and the Minonk VFW. He was a farmer in the Minonk area all of his life as well as a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau. He served 21 years on the M.D.R. school board, serving many years as the board secretary. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Church in Minonk, where he served in years past as president, elder, and a teacher. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at his church. The Rev. Daniel GanschBoythe will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Burial will be in the Minonk Township Cemetery, with military honors. He loved the Lord, his family, and his country. Don especially enjoyed ballroom dancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Minonk American Legion, or the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.

Frank Jankowsky
Minonk-Pfc. Frank Jankowsky, youngest son of Mrs. Wilma Eitutis, was killed in action on Biak Island June 16, according to word received Thursday from Washington, D. C. He was the second Minonk casualty. Pfc. Jankowsky was inducted Nov. 14, 1941, receiving his basic training at Camp Wolters, Tex. In April, 1942, he landed in Australia where he was a member of a tank division, and was sent to New Guinea in June, 1943. Frank Jankowsky born near Oglesby Sept. 12, 1919. He moved with his family to Minonk when three years of age. He attended the Minonk elementary and Community high school, graduating in June,1939. Prior to induction he was employed by the Sanitary bakery in this city. Besides his mother, Mrs. Eitutis, he is survived by one brother, Lt. Charles Jankowsky, recently returned from overseas after completing 51 bombing missions over enemy territory. He is now stationed at Ft. Meyers, Fla. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Dominic Stank, Rockford; Mrs. Robert Boyer, Minonk; Mrs. William Smith, Ancona, and Miss Anna Mae Jankowsky, at home. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)7/7/1944

Gilbert Janssen
Gilbert F. Janssen, 81, of 322 N. Chestnut St. Minonk, died at 5:47 p.m. Thursday (March 15, 2001) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. There will be a memorial mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, with the Rev. Robert Gilles officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service Monday at the church. Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or in the form of masses to his Church. Mr. Janssen was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Minonk, the son of John F. and Otelia Clott Janssen. He married Zelda Loftus July 26, 1942, in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Donald G. Janssen of Fairbault Minn., and Gary J. Janssen of Jensen Beach Fla., 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. His parents and one sister, Wilma Krone, preceded him in death. Mr. Janssen was a member of St. Patrick's Church and had served on the church council. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, a 50-year member of the Minonk American Legion Post and was a member of the Minonk Veteran of Foreign War Post. He served on the Minonk ambulance squad for over 15 years, was appointed as its first squad chief and served as chief for many years. He was a member of the former Minonk Lions Club and Minonk Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Janssen owned and operated Janssen's Tavern for 40 years.

Mrs. John Janssen
MINONK.-Mrs. John F. Janssen, 43, died Wednesday evening at the Woodford county sanitarium in this city. She had been a patient there for the last three weeks. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. (daylight) Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran church. The Rev. O. A. Braunschweig will officiate. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery. Tillie Klatt Janssen was born Jan. 17, 1898, in this city, the daughter of the late Otto Klatt and Katherine Kilts Klatt. She had, spent her entire lifetime in this city. On Jan. 24, 1917, she was married to John F. Janssen of this city at the Lutheran parsonage in Benson. She was a member of this church and of the Ladies Aid society. She is survived by her husband, John F. Janssen, one son, Gilbert and one daughter, Wilma, both of Minonk, and her mother, Mrs. Katherine Klatt. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Aug 29, 1941]

Rites Set Friday for Cpl. Janssen
MINONK - The- funeral  for   Cpl  Robert  D Janssen, 20, who was killed in action in Vietnam June 3, will be at 3 p.m Friday at St Paul's United Church of Christ. The Rev. Edwin F. Riske will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by a delegation from the U.S. Army post at Ft Sheridan. Visitation will be after 4pm Thursday at the Wilcox-Folkers Memorial Home He will be taken to the church at noon Friday. Cpl. Janssen was born at Bloomington Jan. 6, 1948,  a son of Arthur G and Eva Johnson Janssen. While in school he was employed part time at Minonk Theater and Minonk Baking Co. After graduation from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1966 he was employed at the B.F. Goodrich plant, Henry, until he entered the service July 10, 1967. He received basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced training at Ft. Lewis, Wash. He was sttioned in Germany prior to being reassigned to Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam April 1, 1968. Surviving are his parents, at Minonk, and two sisters, Mrs. Richard cusac, Minonk, and Charlene, at home. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jun 26, 1968]



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