Lorene J. May, 94, of 728 N. Walnut St., Minonk, died at 5:45 p.m. Friday (Jan. 13, 2006) at her residence. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, with the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to any charity of the donor's choice. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling arrangements. Lorene was born Aug. 5, 1911, at Gridley Township, a daughter of Otto and Pheobe Peck Punke. She married Harry G. May in 1934 in Minonk. He died in 1957. Survivors include her daughter, Arlene deFreese, Minonk; seven grandchildren, Patsy May, Gary May, Pam DeYoung, Ronald May, Debra deFreese, Denise Garey and David deFreese; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Larry and Eldon; four brothers; and two sisters. Lorene was a member at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minonk, where she served as church custodian for 40 years and was a volunteer in the sewing and quilting club. She was employed as a cook in the Minonk-Dana-Rutland School District.
Nora McGuire, 79, of Minonk died 3:53 p.m. Friday (April 7, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. Service: Private family memorial service at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded. Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Minonk Baptist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Survivors: three daughters, Judy (Mike) Wray, Minonk; Betty Taylor, Flanagan; and Linda (Bob) Mouser, Minonk; two sons, Charles (Jean) McGuire, Minonk, and Mickey (Regina) McGuire, Carlsbad, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
Alma "Babe" McRell, 76, of Minonk passed away at 11 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.
Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, and for one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to OSF Franciscan Hospice of Central Illinois, 301 W. Washington St., Pontiac, IL 61764, Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, or Alzheimer's Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
She was born April 23, 1929, in Minonk, the daughter of Walter and Eva Nauman Danekas. She married Carl D. McRell on Dec. 30, 1949, in Minonk. He passed away March 7, 2003. Surviving is a son, Dennis (Betty) McRell, Kalispell, Mont.; two daughters, Martha "Marty" (Carlos) Bahler, Fairbury, and Carla (Kenneth) Nelson, Wenona; five grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) Bahler Schaffer, Melinda Bahler, Kristina (Adam) Nelson Collins, Courtney (Klay) Nelson Kelsey and Zachary McRell; four great-grandsons; and two sisters, Emily (Ray) Zivney and Clara Fewell, both of Minonk. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Martha Danekas.
She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. Her family was very important to her and she will be greatly missed.
ROANOKE -- Marie McKeon, 102, of 102 Placid Drive, Roanoke, passed away at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday (May 10, 2006) at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator. She was born on Sept. 30, 1903, in rural Minonk, to Fred and Edina Peters Broers. She married Gilbert E. McKeon on May 13, 1924, in Minonk. He died in 1980. Surviving are two daughters, Jean Flohr of Benson and JoAnn (Jim) Broecker of Alta Loma, Calif.; one son, Dale (Dee) McKeon of Upland, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Marjorie Cullen of Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Michael and Robert McKeon; two sisters; three brothers; three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Marie and her husband owned and operated Minonk Produce Co. for many years. Marie was proud to achieve the status of great-great-grandmother. Marie was a talented seamstress and pianist. There will be no services or visitation. Cremation will be accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in California. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Minonk Ambulance Squad or Salvation Army. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Darrel W. Mutchler, 75, of 436 Thomas St., Minonk, died at 5:35 p.m. Thursday (March 9, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. A celebration of Darrel's life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Minonk. The Rev. Richard Olson will officiate. A private family interment, with military rites, will be at Minonk Township Cemetery prior to services. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 43 Minonk, IL 61760 for distribution to the following: International House of Philoxenia, Heritage Manor Nursing Home, OSF Hospice or Samaritan's Purse. Darrel was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Peoria, a son of Earl and Chilla Price Mutchler. He married Sue A. Lee on Feb. 7, 1954, in Pekin. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Melody (Frank) Bianchi, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sandra (Robert) Tucker, Arvada, Colo.; one son, Brad (Barbra) Mutchler, Blissfield, Mich.; one brother, Ken Mutchler, Pekin; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Minonk. He was the owner of Tooling International, Minonk. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Darrel and his wife, Sue, enjoyed camping with the Pontiac Caterpillar Tractor Camping Club. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Marie H. May
Marie H. May, 94, of 201 Locust St., Minonk, died at 7:43 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 28, 2002) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. The Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 236 W. Fifth St., Minonk and for one hour before the funeral Tuesday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or Heritage Manor Nursing Home, both in Minonk.
Marie was born Jan. 7, 1908, in Panola Township, Woodford County, a daughter of John H. and Hedwig Kark Harms. She married Carl A. May on Feb. 18, 1932, in Minonk. He died April 9, 1973. Surviving is one daughter, Eileen Wilmoth, Pontiac; three sisters, Edna Hammond Brookings of Oregon; Ruth Olsen McAllen of Texas; and Elsie Baumann, Minonk; one brother, Glenn Harms, Lexington; five grandchildren, Karen (Larry) Stotts, Minonk; Garry (Tina) Wilmoth, North Wilksboro, N. C.; Paul (Shelly) May, Bloomington; Marilyn (Tim) Gubitz, Minonk; and Lynette (Shawn) Lee, Chandler, Ariz.; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Delores May; a son-in-law Lee Wilmoth; an infant granddaughter; three brothers; and an infant brother and sister. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk and the St. Paul's Willing Workers.
The funeral of Christoph Wilhelm Moritz, 92, of Minonk, formerly of rural Flanagan, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Flanagan. The Rev. Paul Lellelid will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Benson in Clayton Township. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. He died at 7:15 a.m. Monday (April 9, 2001) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac. Memorials may be made to St. Petri Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Moritz was born on Feb. 21, 1909, in rural Benson, a son of Herman J. and Elske M. Tesch Moritz. He married Marie A. Janssen on Feb. 17, 1936, in Roanoke. She died April 15, 1970. He then married Kathryn Lance Cooper Jan. 29, 1972. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Joane (Robert) Frobish, Springfield, and Lyla (Frederic) Broers, East Peoria; two stepdaughters, Patricia (Ronald) Spears, Waterloo, Iowa, and Susan Smith, Hazelwood, Mo.; two brothers, Martin Moritz, Roanoke, and William (Jean) Moritz, Streator; one stepsister, Elizabeth (Raymond) Seggerman, Minonk; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. His parents, three daughters, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter also preceded him in death.
He was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Flanagan, and its Mission Society. He also served on the church's board of trustees on several occasions. He was a lifelong farmer and retired in 1980.
Bernice Mae McBride, 78, a resident of Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan, formerly of Minonk and Rutland, died at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 28, 2001) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Antioch Christian Church, Toluca, with the Rev. Robert Idell officiating. Burial will follow in the Rutland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Aimone Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca, and for one hour before the services on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan. She was born Dec. 2, 1922, at Rutland, a daughter of Harold Victor and Bessie Marshall Farner. She married Harold Wilson McBride on April 16, 1944 in Rutland. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mary (Norman) Steider, Michigan City, Ind.; and a son, James W. (Carol) McBride, Carol Stream. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Melanie K. Trowbridge, Valparaiso, Ind.; Gretchen S. Brooks, Chicago; Jonathan W. McBride, Wichita, Kan.; Daniel J. McBride, Moline; and Samuel D. McBride, Carol Stream; and a great-grandson, Charles W. Trowbridge. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, William Harold McBride. Mrs. McBride was a member of the Antioch Christian Church where she was active in the Loyal Women's Circle. She was a charter volunteer member of the Beulah Land Christian Home. Mrs. McBride attended college in Normal.
Flora Moritz, 77, a resident of Heritage Manor, Minonk, formerly of Eureka, Roanoke and Benson, died at 6:17 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13, 2004) at Eureka Hospital, Eureka. Visitation will be at the Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, at which time a parish rosary will be recited. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, the Rev. Roger Corpus, OSB, officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be in the form of Masses or donations to the Fieldcrest Libraries. Mrs. Moritz was born in Minonk on Sept. 15, 1926, a daughter of William and Eva Knight Davis. She was married to Leland Schneider of Minonk. She later married John Moritz, who preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Don (Judy) Schneider, Bloomington; and Tom Schneider, Atlanta; five grandchildren, Christy (Brian) Kline, Russell (Jacy) Stine, Randy Stine, Danielle (Jeff) Hubrich and John Thomas Schneider; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Zachary and Elizabeth Kline; her twin sister; Nora McGuire, Minonk; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, five brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Moritz was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was a graduate of Minonk High School and was a former member of the Minonk Flower and Garden Club. She loved her family and enjoyed playing Bingo.
Eureka - Marie Meyer, 92, of Eureka, passed away at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday (November 14, 2006) at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka, where she was a resident. Marie was born on Nov. 1, 1914, in Gridley, to Joe and Ida Wenger Rinkenberger. She married Frederick Meyer on Sept. 7, 1935, in Chicago. He died on April 20, 1994. Survivors include one son, Lenard (Charlotte) Meyer, of Skokie; one daughter; Patty (Daniel) Roth of Mesa, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Orville (Elaine) Rinkenberger of Meadows: Raymond (Cleda) Rinkenberger of Machinaw; and David (Gloria) Rinkenberger of Burlington; five sisters, Esther Kaupp of Gridley; Ruth Lowery and Dorothy Harsh, both of Bloomington; Verna (Donald) Lukehart of Ocala, Fla; and Eleanor King of Pewaukee, Wis; and many nieces and nephews. Marie was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Nancy Wuthrich; two brothers, Melvin and Lynn Rinkenberger; one sister, Violet Rinkenberger; and one great-grandson, Korey Meyer. Marie was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Eureka, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com
Henry Republican, Henry, Illinois - January 28, 1915
Louis M. Merdian, son of Mr. And Mrs. John Merdian of Minonk, died at the St. Mary’s hospital in Streator on Monday morning, Jan. 18 after having submitted to an operation for appendicitis on Jan. 9. he had been suffering for several years but it was understood that he had stomach trouble and it was not known that he had appendicitis until the day before he was taken to the hospital, when a physician was consulted. The remains were taken to Minonk the same evening and taken to the Merdian home east of town. The funeral services were held from St. Patrick’s church at 9:30 Thursday morning and burial was at the Catholic cemetery. The pall bearers, six cousins of the deceased, were as follows: Fred Merdian of Henry; William Wolf and Albert Does of Mcnabb, and Ed louis and Cecil Hindert of Minonk. Those who survive are the parents, Mr. And Mrs. John Merdian, one brother, Frank, and two sisters, Emma and Sarah, all at home. The flower bearers were Frank Hock, John Neu, Frank Stenzel, Joe Stenzel, George Tucker, Rober Tucker, Lee Jury, Stodlard Danekas, Matt Louis, George Cabal, Peter Waldschmidt, Charles Volk and Will Volk. Louis M. Merdian was born on the Merdian farm one and one-half miles southeast of Minonk on April 25, 1890, where he spent all of his days on earth. He was a member of St. Patrick’s church and of the St. Anthony and Holy Name societies. He was also a member of the Minonk band. He was quiet in his ways and universally liked and esteemed. As a good son and a devoted brother, as well as a warm friend, will be mourned.
News was received here on Tuesday of the death of Miss Ann McCune from sun stroke. She had been keeping house for her uncle, John Kelly, living two miles west of Varna, and on Monday about noon left to go to a neighbor's about half a mile away, accompanied by a little girl. When about twenty rods from her destination she was prostrated by the heat and could go no farther. The little girl ran for assistance, but when it arrived she was dead. Miss McCune was well known around here, and has several relatives, among them being Mrs. M. McNamara, Mrs. M McCune, Bernard Kelly, etc. She was about 33 yers old and very corpulent, weighing about 200 lbs. Her sudeden death has cast a gloom over a wide circle of firends. She was buried at Lacon on Tuesday.
Eureka - Helen B. Major, 101, formerly of Eureka, died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 2007, at West Minister Village in West Lafayette, Ind. She was born Sept 7, 1905, near Shadeland, Ind., the daughter of John and Kathryn Baugh Bone. She married Edward Major on June 15, 1943. He died in 1979. Survivors include several cousins. She was preceded in death by one sister. Major received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University, W. Lafayette, and a master's degree from Northwestern University, Evanston. She taught schools in both Indiana and Illinois for 26 years, starting in Eureka in 1940. Major finished her career in Washburn. She and her husband lived in Eureka until 1971 when they moved to Green Valley, Ariz., and later returned to W. Lafayette. No local service will be held. Interment will be held in Olio Township, Eureka.
The following obits contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
David G. Moritz, prominent 63 year old resident of Benson, passed away at
6:40 o'clock yesterday morning at St Mary's hospital in Streator, after a short
illness. Mr Moritz, the son of John D. and Gebke Moritz, was born in Greene
township January 23, 1874. He was educated in the rural schools of that
community. He was united in marriage January 27, 1897, to Miss Heimke Woltzen
and the couple have lived in the Benson community for the past twenty-six years.
He was a loyal member of St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson. Through his life
he has won many friends through his generosity and reverence to all whom he
knew. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Heimke Moritz; four brothers, George and
Chris of Roanoke, Henry and Hermon of Benson; two half-brothers, George
Heinrichs and Dick Gerdes of Benson; besides other relatives and a host of
friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services
will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the late residence and at
2:00 o'clock from St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson. Rev O. A. Braunschweig,
pastor will officiate and burial will be in the Benson cemetery. Pallbearers
will be nephews of the deceased.
James W. Munnis, resident of Champaign for the past three years, died at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon in his home, 1201 West Clark street, following an illness of 11 months. Death was due to a complication of diseases.
According to tentative plans funeral services will be held early Sunday morning from the home, and will be followed by interment in the afternoon at Minonk.
Mr Munnis was born January 17, 1861, in Ireland, but had emigrated as a lad of about nine years. The greater part of his life was spent in and around Pontiac, where one of his sons now resides. Three years ago the family moved to Champaign where Mr Munnis entered the employ of the University. For the past year he had been a watchman at the Commercial bank.
Besides his wife, Mrs Mary Louise Munnis, he is survived by three daughters: Miss Esher (sic) Munnis, Champaign, Mrs Kathleen Deremiah, Urbana, and Mrs Marie Stiedeinger, Forrest. The sons are James Jr., of Champaign and Vern of Pontiac. Mr Munnis was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Masonic order at Minonk.
Munnis to be Buried Tomorrow Afternoon
A short funeral service for J.W. Munnis, Urbana resident who died Thursday, will be held at 8 o'clock from his home, 1201 West Clark street. The Rev B.J. Brinkema, pastor of the First Presbyterian church will be in charge.
Following the service here the body will be taken to Minonk where another
service will be held at 2:30 o'clock and burial will then be made in the
cemetery there. Services in Minonk will be in charge of the Masonic
fraternity. (Daily Illini Saturday, 15 August 1925)
He is survived by "Soapy's Girl", Mary Fusselman, Oviedo; daughter, Jill Clinton; three grandchildren, two great-grandsons, all of Hinckley, IL; plus many nieces and nephews.
As an owner and trainer, Jack's life was thoroughbred horses. His Shampoo For Horses is used nationwide.
He was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, FL, Winter Park Elks #1830 and VFW Post #10733, Orange Lake, FL. Private funeral services in Ocala, FL. As a memorial, donations to a favorite charity in Jack's name.
El Paso - Andrew McBride, 90, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Gauger, northeast of El Paso, early Friday morning. Andrew McBride was born in Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1852. He came to America May 15, 1879. He married Alice Kelly in Minonk, Feb. 5, 1891. They lived at Dana and Flanagan and came to El Paso in 1909. Since the death of his wife he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. John Gauger. Beside the daughter, he is survived by three grandchildren and one brother, John McBride of Rutland. He was a member of the Federated church.
Hannah Violet Hunsinger
Mason - contributed by
Born Dec. 15, 1898, in rural Eureka to John H. and Hannah Ludeman Hunsinger, she married William L. Mason on April 18, 1923 in rural Eureka. He died April 30, 1981. Three brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, George (and Marilyn) Mason of Pekin and Marvin (and Dora) of Osco; one daughter, Evelyn (and Robert) McClintick of rural Chillicothe; eight grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Linkletter of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She was a member of the Eureka Christian Church, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Bruce Naylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Otto-Argo Funeral Home. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery.
Bloomington Pantagraph - March 10, 1998 EL PASO - Roma B. Moreland, 103, of 198 N. Michigan, El Paso, died at 4 a.m. Monday (March 9, 1998) at Eureka Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, the Rev. Duane Ambrose officiating. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the El Paso Rescue Squad. Mrs. Moreland was born May 29, 1894 at Peoria, a daughter of Warren and Mary Frances Bateman Search. She married James A. Moreland on Dec. 6, 1911, at Eureka. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Loretta Tipler, El Paso; two sons, Francis Moreland, El Paso, and Warren Moreland of Janesville, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Melvin, James A., Jr., and Franklin, three brothers, one sister, one infant daughter and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Moreland belonged to the El Paso Senior Citizens Club and served as grand marshal of the El Paso Corn Festival Parade in 1996. She worked at Elms of El Paso as a cook for 13 years. She was a member of Carlock Christian Church. She attended Nazarene Church of El Paso.
Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - March 10, 1998
Deceased Name: ROMA MORELAND OF EL PASO DIES AT 103
EL PASO -- Roma B. Moreland, 103, of 198 N. Michigan died at 4 a.m. Monday, March 9, 1998, at Eureka Community Hospital in Eureka. Born May 29, 1894, in Peoria to Warren and Mary Frances Bateman Search, she married James A. Moreland on Dec. 6, 1911, in Eureka. He preceded her in death, as did three sons, Melvin, James Jr. and Franklin; one infant daughter; three brothers; one sister; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are one daughter, Loretta Tipler of El Paso; two sons, Francis of El Paso and Warren of Janesville, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was a cook for the Elms of El Paso for 13 years. She was a member of Carlock Christian Church and attended Nazarene Church of El Paso. She also was a member of El Paso Senior Citizens Club. She served as Grand Marshall of the El Paso Corn Festival Parade in 1996. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Froelich Memorial Home in El Paso. The Rev. Duane Ambrose will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery in Secor. Memorials may be made to El Paso Rescue Squad.
Formerly of Lake Villa - A service to celebrate the life of Ella Lucille Miller, 102, of Metamora, Ill., will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Calvary United Church of Christ, Crestline, Ohio. Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery will follow. Ella, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, left this life to be with her Lord on Thursday, July 19, 2007.
Ella was born in Spencerville, Ohio, on September 26, 1904, to the late William and Mary Mabel Sprague. She married A.D. "Pal" Miller on February 16, 1933, and was a dedicated homemaker who devoted her life to her farmer husband, her daughter, Sara, and family. She lived in the Crestline area for 43 years before moving to Illinois with her daughter and son-in-law. Ella was involved in many activities during her lifetime including the Order of the Eastern Star, Dolly Madison Club, Sandusky Township Community Club, the Craft Club and the Ladies Aid Society at Calvary United Church of Christ in Crestline. She was a friend to all who knew her and always shared her love with those around her.
She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Garner Sickles of Metamora; her beloved grandchildren, Kari (Mike) Hoban of Round Lake Beach, Ill. and Matthew (Kristy) Sickles of Round Lake Heights, Ill.; her adored great-granddaughter, Anna Grace Wagner of Round Lake Beach; and many dear nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband A.D. "Pal"; her sisters, Flora Huffman and Mary Rhodus; and her brother, William Sprague.
"Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let us celebrate how brightly it glowed." Memorials may be made to Calvary United Church of Christ, 511 Heiser Ct, Crestline, OH 44827 or Heritage Manor Nursing Home, 201 Locust St, Minonk, IL 61760. Arrangements were made by Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, 309-432- 2522.
EUREKA -- Caroline Moser, 100, of 610 W. Cruger, Eureka, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2005) at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. She was born Dec. 13, 1904, in Livingston County, to John and Julia Brubach Kaupp. She married Aaron B. Moser on Feb. 21, 1937, in Gridley. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1989. Surviving is one son, Howard (Imelda Acebedo) Moser of Lincolnshire. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and seven sisters. Caroline was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, baking and entertaining family and friends. She was a member of Eureka Apostolic Christian Church, where her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Roanoke Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka.
Esther W. Marshall
Esther W. Marshall, 91, of Minonk died at 8:05 a.m. Sunday (July 27, 2008) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery. Acting as pallbears will be grandsons, Donnie Marshall, John Marshall, Tim Manley, John Manley, Ron Marshall, Todd Marshall, Jim Marshall, Gary Marshall and Jeff Marshall. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the memorial home.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk.
Esther was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Minonk, the daughter of Charles and Anna Onken Barth. She married Clifford Marshall on June 18, 1932, in Eureka. He died on March 9, 1984.
Surviving is a daughter, Erma (Don) Manley of Minonk; two sons, Glenn (Donna) Marshall and Ronald “Corkey” Marshall, both of Minonk; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, James, Roger, and Charles; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Marshall; two brothers, Charles and Elmer Barth; and three sisters, Edna Fewell, Hilda McCormick and Dorothy Barth.
Esther was a member of St. Paul’s United
Church of Christ, Minonk. She had worked at Kurrle’s Department Store in Minonk
and was an avid quilter.
Elbridge McKittrick - contributed by Jane Foster
Elbridge McKittrick, 17, son of Mrs. and Mrs. John McKittrick, of near Washburn, for many years residents of the county, west of Lowpoint on the Banta farm, was drowned Monday evening in the swimming pool at Wilbern while he and a number of other boys were swimming.
The body was recovered soon after the tragedy and the following day an inquest was conducted by the coroner of Marshall county.
The young man, popular in a large circle of friends, was a junior in Lowpoint high school last year. He is survived by his parents and three sisters, two older and one younger than he.
Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the McKittrick home northwest of Washburn, conducted by Rev. Howe, pastor of the Washburn Christian church, and burial was in the Washburn Baptist cemetery.
The death of the young man was the second drowning in the Wilbern pool within two years. Howard Buck having lost his life there in the summer of 1933. The family, widely known in the west side of Woodford county, has the sincere sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
MINONK -- Gilbert G. McBride, 88, of 410 E. Second St., formerly of Rural Route 1, Rutland, died at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
Born Nov. 13, 1909, in rural Rutland in Marshall County to Harry and Mary Railton McBride, he married Irene M. Rankin on June 5, 1930, in Toluca. She survives. Also surviving are one niece and three nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. He farmed in the rural Rutland area until he retired in 1977. He was a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau. He was a member of Minonk Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk. The Rev. Harry Sanders will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the memorial home. Burial will be in Rutland Cemetery in Rutland. Memorials may be made to any charity.
MINONK - William H. McBride, 42, of 412 Jefferson St., Minonk, died at 11:40 a.m. Friday (June 16, 1995) at his residence. The Woodford County coroner's office is investigating. No foul play is suspected.
A graveside service will be at a later date in Rutland Cemetery. He will be cremated. Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, has charge of arrangements.
He was born Oct. 27, 1952, in Streator, a son of Harold
W. and Bernice Farner McBride. Surviving are his parents, Flanagan; a sister,
Mary Margaret Steider, Michigan City, Ind.; and a brother, James W. McBride,
Carol Stream. He was a member of the Antioch Christian Church, Toluca. He was
Harry McKittrick, 28, of Toluca, was killed instantly when a building on which he was working as a member of a construction crew collapsed, burying him under ten tons of brick, at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.
Louis Lerch of Toluca, owner of the structure, which was formerly the Jensen Opera House, received minor injuries to his right arm and hand when hit by falling debris as he fled. Four other workmen reached safety before the building gave way.
With the outside of the building, which was being converted into a skating ring, completed, the crew was inside laying a new floor. It was noticed that a roof support was weak and two braces were constructed in an effort to prevent collapse, when despite the braces the beams and roof sagged, workers started to leave. All except McKittrick turned to the right and he turned left into the alley at the rear of the structure. The entire back half of the building fell on him.
The front half of the building, on which Lerch was doing his own work, remained intact. Originally a two-story building, the top floor had been removed and the front of the building widened, making the place 75x150 feet. Damage is estimated at $20,000, and it is believed that the project was not insured.
McKittrick, formerly of Washburn, was married to a Toluca girl several years ago and has since been a resident of Toluca. He is survived by his wife and one child. He was a veteran of World War II.
Inquest was held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 by Dr. J. P. Johnson, Marshall county coroner, and a verdict of accidental death returned...contributed by Jane Foster
Leona E. Miller
MINONK - Leona E. Miller, 100, Minonk, formerly of rural Ancona, died Tuesday evening (Aug. 12, 2008) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Streator, with Monsignor Jerome Ham officiating. Burial: SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Leonore. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Solon, Baker & Telford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony School. Survivors: a daughter, Letha (Marlin) Craft, Marquette Heights; and a son, Lester (Sharon) Miller, Ancona; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.solonbaker telford.com.
Funeral Of Loretta McKittrick
WASHBURN - The Funeral Of Loretta McKittrick, 71, of Washburn will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Newton Memorial Home, Washburn. The Rev. Greta Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, Washburn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the memorial home. She died at 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 4, 1990) at Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka.
She was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Bricktown, a daughter of Dow and Marguerite Kerrick Clark. She married Milford McKittrick June 18, 1938, in Washburn. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Nina Keith, Washburn; two brothers, Glenn Clark, Naperville, and Donald Clark, Morton; one sister, Imogene Zeller, Peoria; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson.
Mrs. McKittrick was a bookkeeper for Gord Industrial Plastics in Sandwich for many years until her retirement. She was a member of United Church of Sandwich where she served as secretary/treasurer, youth leader and was active in the church's organizations. She was a member of Kerrville Trailblazers.
Memorials may be made to the Chaddock Methodist Boys School in Quincy...contributed by Jane Foster
Minonk Lady Dies
Mrs. P. A. Martin, of Minonk, died at 6 o’clock Saturday morning after suffering for ten days with pneumonia. She was born at Wheeling, Va., but had lived in this vicinity for fifty years. Those who survive are the husband and the following children; Mrs. O. M. Davis, of Woodrow, Fla.; Harry at home; Mrs. S. N. Kipp of Covert, Mich.; and Mrs. Ollie Tucker who lives on a farm east of Minonk. Funeral services were held in the Minonk Presbyterian Church Tuesday.Harry A. McKittrick
Born May 7, 1908, in Washington to John and Mable Robbins Blumenshine, she married Ralph P. Brubaker on Aug. 1, 1925, in Pekin. He died in 1940. She later married Leslie P. Moreland on April 14, 1947, in Pontiac. He died in 1967. Two stepsons, one stepdaughter, five grandchildren, one stepgrandson, one great-granddaughter, two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
Surviving are five sons, Donald Brubaker of Washington, Robert Brubaker of Roanoke, Ralph Brubaker of San Diego, Leslie Moreland of Evansville, Ind., and Larry Moreland of Pekin; one stepson, Edward Moreland of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters, Gloria Dingley of Eureka, and Margarel Yordy and Audrey Jenkins, both of Roanoke; two brothers, Raymond Blumenshine of Eureka and Denver Blumenshine of Pekin; four sisters, Loretta Stromberger of Eureka, Marcella Squires of Galesburg, Shirley Nickolson of Peoria and Audrey Kockendorfer of Washington; 19 grandchildren; 24 stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 41 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 15 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She worked at Catepillar Inc. from 1940 to 1947, at Libby's and at Maple Lawn Nursing Home. She also was a member of Eureka American Legion Auxiliary. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Otto-Argo Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Walles will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at Maple Lawn Nursing Home. The Rev. Robert Harnish will officiate. Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Nursing Home or the American Diabetes Association.
WASHBURN - Geraldine A. Montgomery, 73, of 606 N. Main St. died at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1991, at Heartland Health Care Center in
Henry, where she had been a patient since Oct. 19. Born Jan. 8, 1918, in Pennsboro, W.Va., to Howard and Gertrude Shingleton Nutter, she married Francis Montgomery on June 29, 1956, in Washburn. He survives along with one sister, Mary Mildred Province of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and one nephew. Two sisters preceded her in death.
She was a switchboard operator for General Telephone Co. and later worked as a housekeeper at Washburn Nursing Home for 15 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Newton Memorial Home, Washburn, the
Rev. Bob Jassman officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the servces at
the memorial home. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, rural Washburn.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Milford Allen McKittrick
Milford Allen McKittrick, 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Washburn, died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at his residence.
Born May 5, 1918, in Litchfield to Harry A. and Amy Courtright McKittrick, he married Loretta M. Clark June 18, 1938, in Washburn. She died Jan. 4, 1990. Two brothers and two grandchildren also preceded him in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Nina Keith of Washburn; two brothers, Max of Oswega and Glenn of Batesville, Miss.; two sisters, Lois Jenkins of Washburn and Shirley O'Marah of Eureka; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a former member of Washburn American Legion Post. He was a machine operator and planner pocessor at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 1976.
He was a member of United Church in Sandwich and was a former member of Washburn United Methodist Church.
Services were held Wednesday, July 8, at Washburn United Methodist
Church. The Rev. George Knox officiated. Burial was in Buckingham
Cemetery in Washburn where military rites were conducted. Ries-McKitrick
& Newton Mortuary, Washburn Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Chaddock Children's Home in Quincy...contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs Heimke Moritz Died Wednesday [1 January 1964] - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Mrs Heimke B. Moritz, 87, of Benson, died at St James hospital, Pontiac, at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. She had been a patient about three weeks. Prior to that she had been a resident of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. Funeral services were Saturday at St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church, the Rev Clarence Gess officiating, and burial was in Clayton cemetery. She was born May 25, 1876, in Roanoke township, a daughter of Albert and Bernhardina Satthoff (should be Saathoff) Woltzen. She was married to David G. Moritz Jan. 27, 1937 (should be 1897; he died in 1937). They had always resided in the Benson area. Seven sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.
Henry W. Manninga - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Henry W. Manninga, 83, of Secor died at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 1991, at Eureka Community Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1908, in Roanoke to Jacob W. and Sophie Uden Manninga, he married Martha Redenius, in Rockford. She died in 1965. He later married Leta Diener in 1966, in Secor. She survives, along with three stepdaughters, Ann Armstrong of Secor, Lois Vogel of Newton, Iowa, and Judy Bohlander of Punta Gorda, Fla.; nine stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Sophie Fischer of Davenport, Iowa. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. He retired from farming in 1980. He later was a night watchman for Pfister Hybrid Co. in El Paso and also worked at the Roanoke Laborer's Local. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson, Secor Sportsman's Club and the Izaak Walton League.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Froelich Memorial Home in El Paso where visitation will be one hour before the services. The Rev. Earl Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Roanoke Cemetery.
Martha Manninga - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Roanoke - Mrs Martha Manninga, 54, of Roanoke, died at 12:05 a.m. Monday at her home near Roanoke. She was born in Roanoke Twp Dec 7, 1910, a daughter of Dick and Gertrude Johnson Redenius. She was married to Henry Manninga June 19, 1935, in Rockford. He survives along with her mother of Benson; one sister, Mrs Esther Ehlers of Benson. Her father died earlier.
Mrs. Millie McKittrick, 84, of Lowpoint died at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, in Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora. The Rev. Gwyenne Cook officiated and burial was in Baptist Cemetery, Washburn. She was born in Geff Aug. 19, 1891, a daughter of Frank and Ida Lappin McDannel. She married John McKittrick in 1914 at Fairfield. He died in June, 1964. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Maurine) Tolan of Washburn, Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Foster of Lowpoint and Mrs. Harley (Laurel) Mangold of Fort Wayne, Ind; seven grandchioldren; and six great-grandchildren. Also a brother, George McDannel, Fairfield, Ill.; and a sister, Mrs. Alta Whittaker, also of Fairfield, Ill. One son and one great-grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. McKittrick was a member of Washburn Christian Church...contributed by Jane Foster
John Amos McKittrick -John Amos McKittrick, 78, of Lowoint died in Eureka Hospital at 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 12. He had been a patient four days.
The funeral was Monday June 15, in the Pacey Memorial Home, Washburn, the Rev. F. Gwynne Cook officiating. Burial was in Baptist Cemetery. He was born Aug. 9, 1885, in Wayne County, son of John and Alice Owen McKittrick. He married Millie McDannel on March 12, 1914, in Fairfield, Ill. Mr. McKittrick recently retired after 14 years as custodian of Lowpoint Grade School. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Maureen Tolan, Washburn; Mrs. Mildred Foster, Lowpoint; and Mrs. Laurel Mangold, Kirkwood, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Cabel, Lexington, and Mrs. Bessie Young, Omaha; one brother, Harry, Eureka; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was a member of the Washburn Christian Church...contributed by Jane Foster
Funeral services for Ezra Mangold, 69, of Eureka, who died at 1:40 am Saturday, Feb. 23, 1957, in Eureka Hospital, where he had been a patient more than two months, were held at 10 am Monday in the family residence in Eureka and at 10:30 am Monday in the Roanoke Apostolic Christian church. Burial was in the church cemetery. A retired farmer, Mr. Mangold was born April 3, 1887 at Roanoke, a son of Michael and Lydia Hartman Mangold. He was married to Anna Marie Leman April 9, 1911 at Roanoke. She survives, with three sons, Clarence of Roanoke, Harley of Decatur and Willis of Eureka; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Isch of Bluffton, Ind., and Miss Melba Mangold, at home, and two brothers, John and David, both of Roanoke. Mr. Mangold was a member of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian church...contributed by Jane Foster
Jewel M. Monk
Jewel M. Monk, 77, of rural Richland Twp, Washburn, died Dec. 19 at her home. Born April 27, 1910, in Washburn to Benjamin and Ida Ehringer Wallace, she married Richard Monk on Aug. 22, 1940, in Washburn. He survives. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother. She taught school for 35 years, beginning in 1928, in rural Woodford County. She later taught first grade at the Washburn Grade School for many years. She was a member of the Washburn Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School for 40 years, and was a member of the choir and the Christian Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the Woodford County Retired Teachers Association. Services were held Dec. 22 at her church. Burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church...contributed by Jane Foster
Minonk - William Edward "Mook" Moline, age 71, of Minonk, formerly of Wenona, died at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Williamsfield to the late Milo and Susan (Elburg) Moline. He married Judith Kenney on Nov. 20, 1965, in Lacon. They later divorced but remained good friends. She survives. He is also survived by four sons, William E. (Geri) Moline II of Minonk, Cameron E. Moline, Jonas Moline and Jeff (Corrie) Moline, all of Toluca; one daughter, Melody (Gary) Johnson of Gibbs, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Carson Moline, Billy Moline, Lillian Moline, Marshall Goff, Cassandra Graham, Clayton Johnson, Gabriel Combs and Cameron Moline Jr.; three brothers, Dick Moline of Henry, Pete (Julie) Moline of Lacon and Jim (Pam) Moline of Casper, Wyo.; four sisters, Wanda Streitmatter of Sparland, Sue Morgan of Metamora, Linda Mooy of St. Louis and Harriet (Tim) Cowell of Lacon; and many nieces and nephews. He worked for Deneen River Co. in Lacon for 18 years and later worked for a local farmer in Wenona for several years. He also owned and operated Mook's Lawn Mowing Service. He served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965 as a light truck driver at Fort Hood. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 593 of Lacon. Bill loved bowling, collecting cookie jars, marbles and cookbooks. He had his own special chair at the auction barn in rural Lostant and was known as No. 44. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman. Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon with the Reverend Casey Taylor officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to services. Cremation rites will be accorded after the service. Military graveside rites by the Lacon American Legion Post No. 593 will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Lacon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Judy Moline, P.O. Box 279, Toluca, IL 61369, for assistance with medical expenses.
Henry “Hank” Micheletti, 78, of 210 Main Street, Roanoke, passed away at 4:35 pm on Saturday August 22, 2009 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. He was born on January 24, 1931 in Roanoke, IL to Jack and Anna Viviano Micheletti. He married Beverly Capponi on September 15, 1956 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke, IL. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Randy (Kristen) Micheletti of Boise, ID; Scott (Audrey) Micheletti of Cypress, TX; two daughters, Lisa Micheletti of Roanoke, IL; Julie (Archie) Luther of Aiken, SC; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Armstrong, Merissa Micheletti, Danny Micheletti, Jessica Towe, Megan Micheletti, Ashley Anderson, Catherine Luther, Melissa Grace Luther, and David Micheletti. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and four grandchildren. A Navy veteran, Hank served his country for four years during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Roanoke American Legion Post #463 where he had served as commander 4 times while also holding various other positions. He helped rebuild the legion as it stands, after fire destroyed the first one. He served as Bar and House manager for over 10 years and in the early 70's he was one of the founders of the avenue of flags. He would help layout, install, mark, and record records ensuring that flags for the deceased would be put up and displayed on Memorial Day. For 14 years, Hank owned and operated a Sealtest dairy route in Roanoke. He also drove a school bus for Roanoke school district. He served 20 years as the street commissioner for the City of Roanoke before he retired. Hank also served over 20 years as the Zoning officer for the City of Roanoke. After retirement, he worked part time for SPAFAS in Roanoke driving a truck for 10 years. Hank enjoyed playing bocce ball, spending time at the legion, and working. If Hank called you his friend, he meant it. He never minced words when he thought he was right. There were three ways to do something, the right way, the wrong way, and the Hank Micheletti way. Funeral services for Hank will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Fr. Neri Greskoviak will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Tuesday and from 9-10 am on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be conducted at Roanoke Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke American Legion, OSF Hospice, or the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home...contributed by Amy Robbin-Tjaden
Donald E. Miles 55 of 230 Cedar Ln., Minonk passed away at 3:33 P.M. Friday, August 17, 2007 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until time of services on Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology or American Cancer Society. Don was born April 26, 1952 at Pontiac a son of Donald D. and Carmen L. Bachman Miles. He married Susie Petri on August 4, 1980. Survivors include his mother, Carmen Miles, Minonk, one son, Mike (Melissa) Miles, Normal; one daughter, Lisa Miles, St. Louis,MO; two sisters, Nancy (Tim) Manning, Minonk and Peggy Miles, Pontiac; two brothers, Larry (Mary) Miles, Minonk and Jim (Lois) Miles, Bloomington; one grandson Peyton Miles; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents. Don graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School as valedictorian of his class. He attended University of Illinois for 3 years, where he resided in the farmhouse fraternity. He later received his bachelors degree and a masters degree in psychology from Illinois State University. He was employed as a Pekin Insurance Agent until he moved to Tampa, FL where he was a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida he received his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He later moved to Charleston,SC and was a professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston. When Don moved back to Minonk he was employed at Alpha Insurance Services. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk, the Sierra Club, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Secor - Laura E. Myers, 80, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Secor, died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport. A private family memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation will be accorded. Calvert Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home of El Paso is assisting the family with arrangements...contributed by A Friend of Genealogy
97, Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Anchor, passed away Monday (Feb. 7, 2011) at her residence in Tucson. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Stephen Goodwin will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Anchor. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Ruth was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Fairbury, the daughter of Henry and Charlotte Jacobs Harms. She married Peter John Meiners on Dec. 21, 1941, in Anchor. He died July 17, 1992. Surviving are her children, Robert (Faith) Falkner, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Phyllis Youngberg, Fort Worth, Texas; Robert (Sherilyn) Meiners, Anchor; Glen (Annyce) Meiners, Tucson, Ariz.; John (Jean) Meiners, Anchor; and Richard (Ann) Meiners, Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Mildred (Rufus) Meinhold Hays, Overland Park, Kan., and Joanne Otto Rettke, Bloomington; brother, Stanley Harms, Bloomington; sister-in-law, Rose Orendorf; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Floyd Harms; and two sisters, Doris Ann and Lois Gleeson. Ruth was a lifelong farmer with her husband on their Illinois Centennial Farm in the Anchor area. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor. Ruth was an avid gardener, seamstress and enjoyed her fabric shopping trips with Doris Bielfeldt, and was unanimously voted by her family as a “famous cook” for her homemade noodles. She was a woman who was devoted to her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. To Ruth, family was everything...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Lois Elizabeth Malcom
83, of El Paso, IL passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2009 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home where she was a resident. She was born on April 30, 1926 a daughter of Louis Jones and Elizabeth Hodgson Wadsworth. She married John D. Malcom on December 30, 1945 in El Paso, IL. He passed away in 1984. Survivors include two sons, David (Susan) Malcom of Indianapolis, IN; Dick (Kitty) Malcom of Bloomington, IL; two sisters, Esther Smith and Doris (Gene) Heller, both of El Paso, IL; Margaret Thoennes who grew up with Lois just like her own sisters; four grandchildren, Dr. Ashley (Gabe) Huddleston, J.D. (Beth) Malcolm, Brooke Malcolm and Abbey (Justin) Lightbody, and two great-granddaughters, Chloe Chester and Auden Huddleston. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Mary Kuebler and Betty Sprehe, and two brothers Lloyd and Robert Wadsworth. Lois was a 1944 graduate of El Paso High School. She lived all of her life in Central Illinois, returning to El Paso in 1966 where she held different jobs including positions with State Farm and Growmark. She attended the First Baptist Church of El Paso. She enjoyed reading and traveling. Her travels took her to much of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and England. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Rev. Dr. Tim Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation, McLean County Branch, 108 Boeykens Place, Suite 115, Normal, IL 61761....contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Dorothy A. Martino
96, of Roanoke, passed away at 1:20 pm on Monday July 20, 2009 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home where she was a resident. She was born on July 5, 1913 in Roanoke, IL to Ephriam Lee and Elizabeth Ann Allsopp Schumacher. She married Battista Martino on June 2, 1934 in Springfield, IL. He died on August 17, 1977. Surviving is one daughter, Linda (Roger) Wiseman of Roanoke; one son, Mark (Ruth Ann) Martino of Roanoke; 7 grandchildren; and 15 great granchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister. Dorothy was a bookkeeper in the area all her life. She worked for JB Snyder and Sons in Eureka, the Roanoke Farmers Association Grain Elevator and the Roanoke Park District, to name a few. She was an active member of the Roanoke United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, was in the church choir and was active in United Methodist Women. Dorothy served many years as an election judge in Roanoke and she also enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 am at the Roanoke United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ken Sloan-Couch will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 am at the church before the services. Cremation rites will be accorded and burial of ashes will be in the Roanoke Township Cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke United Methodist Church or to the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home..contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
88, of 610 N. Monroe St. Roanoke, Ill; died at 2:55 A.M. Friday, September 15, 2006 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke where he was a resident. Mike was born on July 4, 1918 in Roanoke, Ill a son to Anton and Katerina Castagno Martino. He married Irene Bill on August 30, 1941 in Chicago. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra(Tom) Noe of Roanoke; Diana Martino of Peoria, Ill; one son, Dan(Carol) Martino of Peoria, Ill; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Robert and Butts Martino; one sister, Mary Capponi; two infant sisters. Mike was a member of the United Brothers of Carpenters & Joiners of America. Mike was a coal miner before he served in the Army in the 33rd Division during WWII. After returning from the military Mike was a carpenter for various businesses in the area. Memorial service was held at 2:00P.M. on Tuesday September 19, 2006 at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Reverend Bruce Scarbeary will officiate.There was no visitation. Private interment was at Roanoke Township Cemetery, Roanoke. Mike was know as the candy man at the nursing home because he would hand out Werther’s Orginial Candy. Mike loved to feed the squirrels and the birds. He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and was a friend to many people. Mike was the custodian at Trinity Lutheran Church for 30 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Nursing Home, Roanoke or Methodist Hospice...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Robert A. “Red” Martino
85, of Roanoke, died at 10:55 am on Saturday December 2, 2006 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where he was a resident. He was born on July 4, 1921 in Roanoke, IL to Batista and Marta Monge Martino. He married Doris Santi on June 21, 1947 in Roanoke, IL She survives. Also surviving is one son, Marty (Natalie) Martino of Marcellus, NY; three daughters, Jeannine (Fred) DuBois, Roscoe, IL; Bobbie Emlen of Roanoke; Angie (Lee) Hinrichs of Roanoke; one brother, Joe (Teresa) Martino of Roanoke; eight grandchildren, Kim (Greg) Schneider of Roanoke; Brenda (Joe) Schneider of Benson; Nick (Selina) Emlen of Harrisburg, PA; Aimee (Brian) Dubois-Klosa of St. Peter, MN; Robb (Maria) Hinrichs of Moreno Valley, CA; Aaron DuBois of St. Peter, MN; John (Lauren) Martino of Silver Spring, MD; Matt Martino of Marcellus, NY; six great grandchildren, Rachel, Abby, and Sadie Schneider; Megan Dubois-Klosa; Maurice and Arianna Murillo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Battista, Sam, and Pete; one sister, Jeannette; and one infant son Dominick. An Army veteran, Red served his country during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the American Legion Post #463 in Roanoke and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War. Red worked at Caterpillar for 37 years before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Burial was in Roanoke Township Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Roanoke American Legion Post #463. Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Irene E. Martino
87, of Roanoke, IL passed away at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home where she was a resident. She was born on May 19, 1921 in Minonk, IL a daughter of Adolph and Matilda Heedt Bill. She married Mike Martino on August 30, 1941 in River Forrest, IL. He passed away on September 15, 2006. Surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Tom ) Noe of Roanoke; Diana Martino of Peoria; one son, Dan (Carol) Martino of East Peoria; one brother, Roland (Elaine) Bill of Washington; one sister, Loretta Rushing of Sandwich; two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and one infant great-granddaughter. Irene was a homemaker. She cleaned for Sauder Furniture in Roanoke for over 30 years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke where she was active in the Ladies Aid. Private family graveside services were held at Roanoke Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
EUREKA (PNS) - Mrs. Bernice R. J McRoberts, 59, of R.R. 1 died at Eureka Hospital at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. She had been a patient a week. Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Otto-Argo Funeral Home, with the Rev. Francis W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born March 16, 1913, in Palmyra, a daughter of John F. and Margaret Cordes Heiken. She was married to Russell McRoberts, Feb. 18, 1942, at Pekin. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Wray, Eureka; two brothers, Ben Heiken, Eureka; Herbert Heiken, Winter Haven, Fla.; three sisters, Miss Hannah Haikcn, Miss Grace Heiken, Eureka; Mrs. Margaret Knepp, Winter Haven, Fla. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of St Mark's Lutheran Church at Washington. (unknown news source, not dated)
Lieut. John M'Guire Pass Away in Camp
Lt. John J. McGuire, son of Post-master and Mrs. John J. McGuire of El Paso, died Saturday at the camp hospital at Camp Wolters, Tex. He was born Feb. 14, 1914 in El Paso. Surviving are his parents and a sister, Mrs. Mary Brady of Galesburg. He was a member of St. Mary's church, El Paso. The body was brought to El Paso and funeral services were held in St. Mary's church, Thursday morning. Mayor Joseph Everett issued a proclamation asking that all business houses be closed between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 Thursday morning and that flags be displayed at half mast during the time of the services.
Owen L. McClane
Body of Cpl. M'Clane Laid to Rest in Secor Cemetery Thursday
The body of Corp. Owen L. McClane, killed in action April 12, 1945 near Lichte, Germany, arrived in Eureka Wednesday. The body was taken to the Otto-Vincent memorial home in El Paso where memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. L. A. Crown of Deer Creek officiated. Burial was in Secor cemetery. The American Legion conducted military rites. Corp. McClane was born July 5, 1910 in Greene township near Secor, a son of G. O. and Naoma Patterson McClane. He married Miss Helen Simmons April 19, 1941 at Bloomington. He entered service May, 1941, and was discharged Nov. 13, 1941. Corp. McClane was recalled for service in March, 1942. At the time of his death he was a rifleman with the late Gen. George Patton's Third army. Previous to the engagement in which he lost his life he was wounded and was authorized to wear the purple heart. Letters for commendation for bravery were received by his wife and parents who survive him.
MINONK - Phyllis McCormick, 72, of 507 E. Seventh St., Minonk, died Thursday (May 28, 1998) at her residence. She had been ill. There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, Minonk, with the Rev. Robert Gilles officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Minonk. Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Church, Minonk. Mrs. McCormick was born on Nov. 15, 1925, at Minonk, a daughter of Mike and Irene Tarman Goliwas. She married William McCormick on May 11, 1946, at Eureka. He died Oct. 28, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Michael L. McCormick, Minonk; and Charles William McCormick, Browns Town, Ind.; one brother, James Goliwas, Midwest City, Okla.; two sisters, Myralin Stickelmier and Margie Obery, both of Metamora; and three grandchildren. Her parents and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. McCormick was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, and the Minonk VFW Auxiliary. She had been employed by Owens Glass, Streator and Minonk Bakery for 10 years. She last worked at St. Patrick's Church from 1976 until 1990.
Eileen E. Meils, 99, of Minonk, died at 1:29 p.m. Oct. 15, 2015, at Heritage Health, Minonk. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. The Rev. Ed Sinclair will officiate. Burial: Minonk Township Cemetery. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials: St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Survivors........
Killed Over Germany
MINONK - Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer received word Thursday that their son, Pfc. Melvin H. Meyer, had been killed in action over Germany April 25. Melvin was born June 25, 1925. on a farm three and a half miles north of Flanagan. He moved to Minonk in 1927 with his parents, later attending Minonk schools. He was drafted June 22, 1944, while a junior in the high school. He was stationed at Camp Blanding. Fla., for 18 weeks training and spent a furlough at home following the training. After 10 days at Ft. Meade, Md., he was sent overseas in the middle part of December, 1944. The last letter he wrote to his family was received Monday, dated April 17. He had seen action in Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran church here. He is survived by his parents, four brothers, Lubbie, Peoria; S. Sgt. John, Santa Barbara. Calif.; Corp. Vernell, in the Philippines, land Arthur at home; one sister, Dorothy. A sister, Judith Ann, preceded him in death. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)5/5/1945]
Otto L. May
MINONK-Mr. and Mrs. Henry May received word Tuesday that their son, Corp. Otto L. May, was killed in action in the southwest Pacific area Jan. 16. Corporal May entered service Aug. 28, 1941 and left the States March 18, 1942. A letter written Dec. 30 was received Monday by his parents. He was born April 20, 1916 on a farm east of this city, the son of Henry L. and Lena Falk May. He received his education in the country schools and helped his father on the farm before entering the service. Surviving are his parents and four sisters, Mrs. Elvina Ford and Mrs. Gladys Meinhold of Peoria, Mrs. Edith Sterr of Kankakee and Gertrude at home. Also surviving are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto P. May of this city. Memorial services are incomplete. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)2/10/1943]
Otto May's Body
MINONK-The body of Corp. Otto L. May. |son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. May, is being returned here for burial according to word received by his parents. Corp. May enlisted in the army Aug. 28, 1941, and was sent over-seas March 18, 1942. He was killed in action Jan. 16, 1943, on New-Guinea in the Pacific area. His body was temporarily interred in the Finschaffen cemetery on New Guinea. Corp. May was born April 20, 1918, on a farm east of Minonk. Surviving are his parents and four sisters: Miss Gertrude, at home: Mrs. Edith Sterr of Kankakee; and Mrs. Alvina Ford and Mrs. Gladys Meinhold, both of Minonk. His paternal grandmother also survives. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)7/1/1948]
Martin Manley Is Third From Minonk To Die in This War
MINONK-Mrs. Ella Manley received a telegram late Monday afternoon stating that her son, Martin Edward Manley, aviation radioman, 3rd class, had been killed in action. Seaman Manley was born Feb. 14, 1906, on the Manley homestead in Clayton township, the son of William and Ella Monahan Manley. He attended the St. Patrick's parochial school and graduated from the Minonk Community high school in 1925. He was substitute clerk and clerk in the local post office from March 1, 1928 until he was called to report In the naval reserve on March 24, 1942. He enlisted in the navy on Feb. 12, 1942. He was altar boy all during his youth and an usher in the St. Patrick's church in this city. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name society. Surviving are his mother and one brother, John of Wenona. There are three nephews. His father and one sister. Rose, preceded him in death. This is Minonk's third casualty in World War II. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)3/31/1943]
James Lloyd McKeon
MINONK- The body of S. Sgt James Lloyd McKeon was to arrive In Minonk from Chicago Tuesday and was to be taken to the Tallyn Memorial home. Funeral services, with military honors, will be held at 9:30 a. m. Thursday in St Patrick's church with burial in the Minonk cemetery. S. Sgt McKeon was born in Minonk, March 30, 1916. He attended St Patrick school and and graduated from Minonk Community High school. He was employed by the Caterpillar company before entering the army Nov. 7, 1942. He was killed in Germany Jan. 16, 1945. He married Verda Pelz. Feb. 24, 1941. He is survived by his wife; a small daughter, Faith Arlene, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter McKeon; a brother, Leonard of Minonk; half brothers and sisters, Oswald McKeon of Chicago. Gilbert McKeon of Minonk, Frank Greskoviak and Joe Greskoviak of Minonk, and Raymond Greskoviak of Iowa. He was preceded in death by a half sister, Mrs. Marie Loftus. He was a member of the Catholic church and the Holy Name society. All business houses will be closed during the funeral. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 12/9/1947]
Francis J. Miller
MINONK-The body of Pfc. Francis J. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Miller of this city, will arrive from Chicago late Tuesday evening at the Wilcox Funeral home. Military funeral services will be held at 9 a. m. Thursday at St. Patrick's church here. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery. Pfc. Miller enlisted in the armed services Feb. 15, 1943. He was killed in action with the Fifth army in Italy Oct. 24. 1944. Surviving are his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Minonk; Clarence, Cedar Fails, la.; Donald, Normal; a sister. Mrs. Margaret Pastor, Streator; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Catherine Miller, Streator.. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)11/27/1948]
Vernon L. Matter
Vernon L. Matter, 82, Minonk, died at 6:11 p.m. Monday (Aug. 22, 2011) at St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator. Burial: Private inurnment at a later date in Minonk Township Cemetery. Cremation rites were accorded. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials: to a charity of the donor’s choice. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy M. Matter, Minonk; and his sister, Esther Wolfanger, Streator.
Harold F. Meinhold
WENONA - Harold F. Meinhold, 93, formerly of Wenona, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14, 2013) at his residence of two years at Pleasant View in Ottawa. He was born on July 4, 1920, in Minonk, a son of Herman and Dorothy Danekas Meinhold. He married Gladys May on Dec. 5, 1941, in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are his children, [living]--; one sister, Doris (Arthur) Johnston, Washington; eight grandchildren, [living ---; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers. Harold was a lifetime farmer in the Wenona area. An Army veteran, he served his country in the Air Corp during World War II as part of the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk and the Lostant American Legion. His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. The Rev. Peter Ward will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Minonk Township Cemetery