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Death of John D’ARCY The death of Mr. John D’ARCY occurred at 6:30 o’clock yesterday morning. Mr. DARCY was born at Wedgeford, Ireland, in the year 1820, and came to Joliet in 1853. He was an active business man, and possessed much energy and great judgement. He had been a railroad contractor, a dry goods merchant, grocer, farmer, cattle dealer, etc. He was for some time one of Joliet’s Alderman. He owned at one time 1000 acres of the best land in Will county, and at the time of his death, owened 500 acres. He leaves five children by his first wife, viz.: the wife of the Hon. P.C. HALEY; the wife of Mr. Geo. WARREN, of the Chicago Times: Miss Agnes D’ARCY, of Chicago; John, the oldest son, who is attending law school at Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Frank, who has charge of the extensive farms. He leaves, also, Thomas and Maggie, children of the present Mrs. D’ARCY. Mr. D’ARCY filled a large sphere in the history of Joliet, and was fully identifed with its prosperity. As we said, in speaking of his serious illness in yesterday’s Republic,

Source: Daily Republic, Oct 27, 1881; Date of Death: Oct 26, 1881 Posted by John Klika, Oct 1, 2004

Margaret D’ARCY

Died, in this city, on the 5th inst., Margaret D’ARCY, wife of John D’ARCY, aged 41 years. More than a passing notice is called for on the occasion of the decease of so worthy a person as Mrs. D’Arcy. Eleven years ago, with her husband, she made her home in this city, and resided here ever since. She was indeed a true woman in every sense of the word — affectionate and devout as a wife, kind and faithful as a mother, generous and confiding as a friend. As a christian her virtues shown with more than ordinary brilliancy. On no occasion was she ever known to neglect her christian duties. And she died the death of a true christian. She leaves a husband and six children and numerous acquaintances to mourn her death. The vast procession that followed her mortal remains to their last resting place was an evidence of the high estimation in which she was held in this community. The funeral services were most solemn. The remains were first removed to St. Patrick’s Church, where High Mass was said and most solemn funeral anthems sung, and thence conveyed to the cemetery and deposited in the grave amidst the regrets and tears of friends and relatives. Truly a good woman had gone to her rest. The grief stricken husband and other relatives have the sympathies of our citizens in their berevement.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 44, Page 3, Apr 14, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 3, 2000


DAVIDSON – – – At his home on Railroad street, John DAVIDSON, died Saturday night, July 27, 1895, aged 70 years. The funeral occured today at 9 o’clock from the residence. Interment at Oakwood. Death was caused by a complication of diseases, after a long illness of several months. Mr. Davidson was a brother of William and the late Joseph Davidson. He leaves a wife and two daughters, one of whom resided with him. The other, is the wife of James FINNEY, an old attachee of the quarry. Mr. Davidson has lived in the city about twenty years, having moved to Joliet direct from England. (Mr. Davidson was the owner of Davidson’s Quarry, a major producer of limestone construction material in Joliet. – – – L.B.Peet)

Source: The Joliet Daily News, Joliet, IL, Jul 29, 1895 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, May 27, 2000

Caroline Louise DAVIS

Joliet Daily Times, Joliet, Illinois, Vol. XVI, No 282, Page 1, Monday, November 7, 1921. Mrs. O. O. Davis Long Resident of Joliet, Dies Sunday Caroline Louise DAVIS, wife of Dr. Oliver C. Davis, died Sunday morning at 10:20 o’clock, after a year’s illness. Mrs Davis was the daughter of the late Roger and Jane SANDIFORD, and , and was born in Ottawa, May 15, 1858. She came to Joliet with her parents in 1865, and has resided here ever since. She was educated in the Joliet schools attending the Academy and the old stone school on Broadway. She was married to Dr. Davis March 15, 1882. Two daughters were born of this union. Mrs. Davis was a member and an active worker of the Central Presbyterian church, being identified with the April committee. She was also a member of the What-So-Ever Circle of the King’s Daughters. Besides her husband she is survived by the two daughters Mildred Jane and Mrs. John H. DYBLIE, three sisters, Mrs. Jesse WESTPHAL and Miss Florence Sandiford of Joliet, Mrs. Loren W. MARSH of Arlington, Mass., and three brothers William Arthur, Edward O. and John Henry of Joliet, and another sister, Mrs. William MORELAND, of Kansas City, Mo. Private services will be held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. Edward E. HASTINGS of the Central Presbyterian church will officiate. Source: Joliet Daily Times, Joliet, IL, Nov 7, 1921; Date of Death: Nov 6, 1921

Joliet Evening Herald-News, Joliet, Illinois, Vol. XVII, No 350, Page 1, Monday, November 7, 1921. Long Illness Proves Fatal To Mrs. C.L. Davis Mrs. Caroline L. Davis, 63 years old, wife of Dr. O.C. Davis, died yesterday morning at her home, 403 Richards street, after a year’s illness. She was a daughter of the late Roger and Jane Sandiford and was born in Ottawa May 15, 1858. She came to Joliet with her parents in 1865 and has resided here since that time. Her education was received in the Joliet schools, having attended the old Academy and the Stone school on Broadway. In 1882 she was married to Oliver Comstock Davis. She was an active worker in the Central Presbyterian church, being identified with the April committee. She was also a member of Whatsoever circle of King’s Daughters. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mildred Jane and Mrs. John H. Dyblie; two grandsons, John O. and Julius L. DYBLIE; three sisters, Mrs. Jesse WESTPHAL and Miss Florence SANDIFORD of Joliet and Mrs. Loren W. Marsh of Arlington, Mass.; two brothers, William and Arthur SANDIFORD of Joliet. Two brothers, Edward and John, and a sister, Mrs. William Moreland, died some time ago. Private funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 o’clock. Burial will be in Elmhurst.

(Death certificate No. 26729, Caroline L. Davis, is available from the Will County Clerk’s Office for a fee of $9.00. 5/25/00, L.B. Peet)

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Nov 7, 1921 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, May 25, 2000


DAVIS Mary C. at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. H. L. KENVON [MISSING-TEXT] S. Oakley-av., aged 66 years. Funeral on Saturday, July 18, at 1 p. m., Joliet [MISSING-TEXT] Ottawa Street M. E. Church, to Oakwoods Cemetery. Brooklyn and New York City papers please copy. Rcord Number: 18960717dn003

Source: Chicago Tribune, Jul 17, 1896; Date of Death: Jul 16, 1896 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006


Lillie M DEININGER, 100, of Peotone, died Saturday, 5 Sept 1998, at Anchorage of Beecher. Graveside services will be held at 11am Friday at the Peotone Cemetery. Pastor Barbara LOHRBACH and Rev Dean PLASSMANN will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Immanual United Church of Christ, where she was a member.

She was born 19 March 1898, in Peotone, the daughter of Henry and Minnie BARTEN KNOOP. Her husband, Herman DEININGER, whom she married 12 Dec 1917, in Peotone, died in 1966.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Beverly HAASE of Peotone, Carol RUTH, and Bonnie CANN, both of Miami FL, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are one daughter, Miriam CANN, who died in 1987, and 2 brothers, Arnold and Milton KNOOP. Mrs. DEININGER was a former member of the Royal Neighbors.

Source: Kankakee Daily Journal, Sep 8, 1998 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005

Peotone – Lillie M. (Knoop) Deininger, 100, of Peotone, died September 5, 1998 at The Anchorage of Beecher nursing home. She was born March 19, 1898 in Peotone to Henry and Minnie Barten Knoop. She was a homemaker, member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and former member of Royal Neighbors of America. She married Herman Deininger on December 12, 1917. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, a daughter, Miriam Cann in 1987 and 2 brothers, Arnold and Milton Knoop. She is survived by 3 grandchildren, Beverly Haase of Peotone, Carol Ruth and Bonnie Cann, both of Miami, Florida and 4 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 10, at 11 am at Peotone Cemetery. Rev. Dean Plassmann will officiate. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Arrangements are being handled by Fedde-Helfrich Chapel.

Source: Peotone Vedette, date unknown Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Oran H. “Whitey” DEIST Age 85. Died suddenly April 13, 2000 at his New Lenox residence. Beloved husband of Rita DEIST (nee WALSH); loving father of Jeanette (William) ELWELL, Marilyn (Richard) KROHN and Marcia Kay (Michael) LOFTUS all of Mokena. Cherished grandfather of six; great grandfather of nine. Preceded in death by his son, David Oran DEIST; one grandson, Daniel ELWELL; his parents, Emil and Charlotte DEIST; and one sister, Anna Belle WILLIAMS. Funeral Monday 10 a.m. at the Hickey Memorial Chapel, 442 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox. Rev. Kay COLLINS officiating. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-7 p.m. Hickey Memorial Chapel 442 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox 815-485-8697

Source: Joliet Herald News, Apr 15, 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Apr 16, 2000


Bazel DELAY(nee JOHNSON) Age 79, of Manhattan died suddenly Thursday, January 1, 2004 while visiting with her family in Parsons, Tennessee. She was born in 1924 at Henderson, Texas to Andrew and Gussy JOHNSON. She was a long time resident of Manhattan where she worked as a beautician at her home for many years and retired from Mobile Foam after 25 years of service.Survived by a daughter, Alice (Charles) HOUSTON of Parsons Tennessee; two sons, Van (Judy) DELAY of Weatherford, Texas and Michael (Linda) DELAY of Arlington, Texas; three granddaughters; five grandsons; two great grandchildren; a sister, Hazel (Gerald) LANEY; and two brothers, Roy (Peggy) JOHNSON and Troy (Helen) JOHNSON all of Arlington, Texas. Preceded in death by her husband, Laban DELAY. Funeral service for Bazel DeLay will be 10 AM Monday, January 5, 2004 at the Forsythe Funeral Home, Manhattan. Pastor Mike Talaga of Peace Community Church officiating. Interment Manhattan Center Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 4 to 8 PM. FORSYTHE FUNERAL HOME 507 S. State St. (Rt. 52) Manhattan, IL, 815-478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 3, 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 3, 2004


In Troy, Ill., on the 9th inst., Ellen, wife of John DEMPSEY, Sen. The deceased was a lady esteemed by all who knew her. Winning all hearts to her by her gentleness of manner, her amiability of disposition and her many Christian virtues. After undergoing a brief but painful illness she at length, at the call of her Redeemer, resigned her spirit to him that gave it. It is hard indeed to resign to the cold clay the wife and mother, but oh, while we weep over her grave let us also think how beautiful it is to see the gentle and good go to their Father who waits them in Heaven. May the bereaved husband together with the motherless children be comforted by the beautiful thought that though divided in body, they are still united in spirit — and the angel mother and wife still guards their pathway to her pathway to her home in Heaven.

Gone forever the mother — the wife, But not to the cold damp clay; She sweetly sleeps in the arms of Him Who hath given and taken away. Gone forever from this cold bleak earth, Free from its toils and strife; Gone to the land which gave her birth, She’s crowned with immortal life.


(Note – Sen. is Senior not Senator and Troy, Ill. is now Shorewood, Ill. –L. B. Peet)

Source: Joliet Signal, Vol. 21, No. 17, Page 2, Tues, Oct 6, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000


Franklin Louis Depperman, 86, of Peotone, died Friday, December 31, 2004, at Manor Care Health Services. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Memorials may be made to the family. Mr. Depperman retired in 1972 from the Illinois Central Railroad. He was born January 15, 1918, in Monee, the son of Frank Herman and Minnie Papstein Depperman. His wife, the former Pearl Schroeder, is deceased. Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Joy Depperman of Peotone, Margaret Ann and Gordon Browning of Fort Worth, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Franklin Jr. and Doris Depperman of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Four brothers, his triplet brothers, Frederick and one in infancy, Herman and Alfred; and two sisters, Florence, and Anna Onken, are deceased. Mr. Depperman was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jan 2, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005


DEUTSCHMAN – – – August DEUTSCHMAN, one of the oldest residents of Florence township, died at his home, May 25, 1915, after an illness of three months. He was a native of Germany, coming to America with his parents at the age of eighteen years. After living at Blue Island for some time he came to Jackson. On July 13, 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Josephine GONDER, who preceded him in death a year ago. To this union were born five sons and four daughters. The surviving children are: Mrs. Maggie LOUER, Whiting, Ind.; Mrs. Cora GRIGGS, Wilton; Mrs. Kate LICHTENWALTER, Manhattan; Willis and Leroy, of Florence; Mrs. Hattie REED, Manhattan; Oscar, of Jackson. Two sons Willie and Forrest died in childhood. Forty- seven years ago the deceased moved to Florence township and engaged in farming, where he has since resided. The funeral was held May 27, at 10 a.m., from the home, to South Providence Ridge church. Rev. LANDWEHR, of Chicago, officiated, assisted by the pastor, Rev. L.H. HAUTER. The pall bearers were Jas. LOVE, Thos. KIRK, Wm. KURKAMP, Geo. SCHAAF, Frank GURNEY, Fred SCHLEETER. The burial was in Zarley’s cemetery.

(Note: Marriage date might possibly be July 18, 1865, or 1866, the print was blurred, but careful examination under bright light leads me to believe that the correct date was July 13, 1865. — Lawrence Peet)

Source: Joliet Sunday Herald-news, Joliet, IL, May 30, 1915 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, May 25, 2000


Death comes to Ernst DEVINE after long illness. Well known contractor of Monee dies Monday after an illness of a year’s duration. Ernst DEVINE, a resident of Monee for the past 10 years, passed away at his home here early Monday morning, Sept 8, after a lingering illness of a year’s duration. Mr DEVINE was born in Verban, Germany, 14 March 1852, and came to the United States in 1870, settling in Chicago and on June 26, 1875, he was married to Mary MELCHOW, who survives him. Besides the widow, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. E L SMIT, of Monee, and five sons, Arthur and William of Chicago, Albert of Rockford, and August and Edward of Monee, also nine grandchildren. About 10 years ago the family came to Monee and Mr DEVINE engaged in the carpenter and contracting nbusiness which trade he followed during his lifetime. He was a man of sterling character, honest and unassuming and highly respected by all who had the pleaseure of his acquaintance. The funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30, Rev GAEBE officiating. The body was laid to rest in St Paul’s Cemetery. The services were attended by many friends and relatives of the family.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Sep 11, 1924; Date of Death: Sep 8, 1924 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005


Funeral services were held Sunday for Fred A. Diment, 73, who died at his rural Peotone home Thursday, March 19, 1981. Mr. Diment was born Oct. 5, 1907 in England and had lived in this area nearly all his life. A retired grain elevator operator at Andres, he was a member of the Greenview Cemetery Board and of the Will County Farm Bureau. He was married in Manhattan Feb. 11, 1941, to Mildred Bettenhausen, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Henry of Frankfort and Russell of Manteno; one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Weiser of Steger; one brother, Walter E., of Monee; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Eliza; a son, Frederick; and two daughters, Darlene and Marcia. The Rev. Ralph Harvey of the Green Garden United Methodist Church, and the Rev. George Knapp officiated at the funeral services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. Mrs. Norman Gill played the organ. Pallbearers were Ray Minger, Bob Cline, Bob Welsh, Gary Domagalla, Larry Domagalla, and Dale Werner. Interment was in the Greenview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Peotone Paramedics.

Source: Joliet Herald, Mar 25, 1981 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, July 28, 2005

Henry Walter DIMENT

Services were held Monday afternoon for Henry Walter Diment of Frankfort. Mr. Diment died May 13, 2004 in Evergreen Park. He was born March 24, 1942 in Joliet. He was retired from Ford Motor Company as a welder. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort, where he held many offices, Frankfort Lions Club and Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Diment is survived by his wife, Myrtle Klier Diment; a son, Brian (Donna) Diment of Mercer, Wisconsin; a granddaughter, Jessica; a sister, Evelyn (Gerald) Weiser of Steger and a brother, Russell Diment of Grant Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Diment in 1981 and Mildred Bettenhausen Diment in 1986; a brother Freddie in 1957; and two sisters, Darlene in 1960 and Marsha in 1976. The funeral was conducted May 17th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Richton Park. Memorials may be made to the Frankfort Lions Club. Arrangements were under the direction of Gerardi Funeral Home in Frankfort.

Source: Peotone Vedette, May 19, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, July 27, 2004

Henry Walter DIMENT Age 62, of Frankfort, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2004. He was born March 24, 1942 in Joliet, IL. Henry worked at the Ford Motor Company, as a welder, until he retired. He was a member of the Good Sheperd Lutheran Church, where he held many offices in the church. He was also a member of the Frankfort Lions Club, and a member of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. His survivors include his wife, Myrtle (nee KLIER) DIMENT; his son, Brian (Donna) of Mercer, Wisconsin; one sister, Evelyn (Gerald) WEISER of Steger, IL; a brother, Russell of Grant Park, IL; and one granddaughter, Jessica. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred (1981) and Mildred (1986 – nee BETTENHAUSEN) one brother, Freddie (1957); and two sisters, Darlene (1960) and Marsha (1976). Funeral services will be held Monday, May 17, 2004 at 12:00p.m. at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, Frankfort, IL. Interment, Immanuel Luthern Cemetery, Richton Park, IL. Visitation is Sunday, May 16, 2004, 2-9 p.m. at Gerardi Funeral Home and Monday at Church from 11 a.m. until time of service.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Frankfort Lions Club. GERARDI FUNERAL HOME Lincoln Highwat & 95th Ave. Frankfort, 815-469-2144

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 15, 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 15, 2004


Mrs. Ida A. (Paul) DIRST –Age 64: died at her home in Channahon Township Aug 2, 1938. She is survived by her husband Fred; five sons, Paul, Fletcher, Stewart, Wilson, and Harold: 2 daughters; Mrs. Robert BELL and Mrs Melvin HEAP; 12 grandchildren; 1 brother, William Paul; 2 sisters, Mrs. Wiley BORCHERT and Mrs. Elizabeth HUTCHISON. The body was removed from the Sonntag Funeral Home to her home, where services will be held Friday at 2:30 P.M. standard time. Rev. BAKER officiating. Burial in Willard Grove Cemetery.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Charles F. Dirst on Saturday, August 1, 1998

John Fred DIRST

John Fred DIRST –aged 81 years, died at his home in Channahon, March 25, 1944. survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert BELL of Joliet and Mrs Melvin HEAP of Minooka: five sons, Paul of Yorkville, Fletcher of Aurora, Stewart, Wilson and Harold of Channahon: fifteen grandchildren, one great grandchild. Services Tuesday at 2p.m. at the home. Rev. MACMURDO officiating. Burial in Willard Grove.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Charles F. Dirst, Aug 1, 1998


Funeral services were held at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone Tuesday, for Esther R. DITTMORE of Peotone. Officiating were the Rev. Thomas DREWER and the Rev. Lisa HADLER.Burial was in the Peotone Cemetery. Mrs. DITTMORE died Saturday, March 19, 1988 at the Kankakee Terrace nursing home. Mrs. DITTMORE was born May 16, 1902, in Washington township, rural Beecher, to William and Helen BUNTE. She is survived by a daughter Beverly (Verlin) THIESFELD of Peotone; four grandchildren, Karen SIPPEL of Peotone, Janet FOGERTY of Bourbonnais, Susan BARTELS of Peotone, and Allen THIESFELD of the U.S. Army in Germany; two brothers, Arnold BUNTE of Cedar Lake, Ind., and Clarence BUNTE of Beecher; one sister Lydia JURGENS of Bradley; and a niece, Marjorie WILKENING and her son Jeffrey THIESFELD both of Beecher. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton RODGER in 1944; and husband John DITTMORE in 1975; one grandchild Donna THIESFELD; two brothers, Louie and Henry; and three sisters Ella BUNTE, Elsie SELK, and Amanda BOECKER. Mrs. DITTMORE was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Memorials may be given to the Immanuel United Church of Christ. Pallbearers were Randy BARTELS, John FOGERTY, Ron SIPPLE, and Wallet BUCK.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Mar 23, 1988 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 8, 2003

Elizabeth DOBSON

Mrs. Michael DOBSON died at her home, 204 South Hockory street, Saturday morning, after an illness of over sixteen years standing. The direct cause of her demise was due to heart failure although she has been a constant sufferer with asthma during the period above mentioned. Funeral occured at the house Monday morning at 9 a.m., thence to St. Patrick’s church where services will be held. The internment will take place in St. Patrick’s cemetery. Mrs. DOBSON’S maiden name was Elizabeth KERNAN. She was the youngest of a family of nine children. She was born at Leitrim parish of Mulldara, Ireland, May 1, 1817. When she was 20 years of age she left home and came to New York City. Twelve years later, June 14, 1849, she was married to Michael DOBSON. She left New York in the company of her husband, December 8, 1854, and came to Joliet where she has since resided. She lived from 1862 until the time of her death at 204 South Hickory street. Her husband and two daughters, Anna and Marie (Mrs. W.T.BARRETT) and a cousin, Miss Ann KERNAN are left to mourn her death. Her oldest daughter, Marie, died before the war and a son John DOBSON was killed in front of the St. James hotel during the second great Chicago fire, July 14, 1874. Mrs. DOBSON was a woman with the purest of characters. She was a devoted Chistian and belonged to St. Patrick’s parish for forty-three years. She was of a charitable nature and during her life-time has befriended many a poor struggling neighbor. She was ardently devoted to her children and took great pride in bringing them up true to the Christian faith. Her death will cause a profound feeling of regret among the old settlers who settled here prior to 1860.

Source: Joliet Weekly News, Sep 16, 1897; Date of Death: Sep 11, 1897 Posted by Debbie Leser, Apr 22, 2001


A Victim of the Chicago Conflagration Among the killed at the great fire in Chicago last week, was John H. DOBSON , son of Michael DOBSON of this city, who was crushed to death by one of the walls of the St. James hotel, which fell into the street just as young DOBSON and a friend were passing on the opposite side in search of the steamer from this city. His remians were brought to this city on Wednesday. The funeral took place on Thursday, and was largely attended. He was a printer by trade, and had worked in different offices in this city, but had been at work in Chicago for a few weeks. The blow falls with greater force on the parents, as he was thier only son. The relatives have the sympathy of numerous friends in their bereavement.

Source: Joliet Signal, July 21, 1874 p.1 Posted by Debbie Leser, May 12, 2001

Michael DOBSON

Michael DOBSON, aged 70 years, 7 months and 3 days, died at his home, 204 South Hickory St. , Saturday, Nov. 1. He was one of Joliet’s old residents coming here in 1835. He was born in Ireland, county Connaught and came to this country when but a boy. He married Elizabeth KEARMAN in 1849. Only one child, Mrs. Wm. BARRETT, survives him. The funeral will leave the house Monday morning at 8:30 to St. Patrick’s church. Burial at St. Patrick’s church.

Source: Joliet Daily News, Nov 11, 1899; Date of Death: Nov 1, 1899 Posted by Debbie Leser, Apr 22, 2001


Services were held last week for Gary L. DOMAGALLA, 42, of rural Manhattan/Wilton Center. Mr. DOMAGALLA died Spet. 27, 1994, at his home. Mr. Domagalla was a farmer and former truck driver, and was a former car salesman at Dralle Chevrolet and Cadillac in Watseka. He was a member of St. Paul the apostle Catholic Church, the Kankakee Moose, the Illinois National Guard and the Kiwanis of Watseka. He was born May 22, 1952, in Joliet. He married Lisa J. POOL on Feb. 12, 1977, in Manhattan. She survives. Mr. DOMAGALLA is also survived by a son, Todd Lawrence at home; three daughters, Keri Jo, Melissa elizabeth and Leah elizabeth, all at home; his parents, Lawrence and Charlotte DOMAGALLA of Manhattan; four brothers, Larry (Sally) DOMAGALLA of Peotone, Ricky DOMAGALLA Randy (Patty) DOMAGALLA and Danny DOMAGALLA all of Manhattan; and his grandmother, Arlene DRALLE of Peotone. The funeral was held Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Paul the apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. The Rev. Ronlad J. HART officiated. Burial was in Peotone Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Fedde-Helfrich Cahpel in Peotone. Pallbearers were Dave DRALLE, Greg DRALLE, John DRALLE, Randy DREWS, Bobby BORDEN, Bruce BORDEN and Brian BORDEN. Memorials can be made to his children’s education fund.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Oct 5, 1994 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 26, 2004


Melvin T. Domagalla, 86, of Coal City, died Monday, March 3, 2003, at Deerbrook Nursing Home in Joliet. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City, where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Bob Snider will officiate. Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in his name. He was employed by General Foods in Kankakee for 29 years as a millwright, retiring in 1975. Mr. Domagalla was born May 24, 1916 in East Brooklyn, the son of Henry and Lucy Girot Domagalla. His wife, the former Georgia Greenan, whom he married in 1941, is deceased. Surviving are 4 sons and 1 daughter-in-law, Gerald Domagalla, Melvin Domagalla Jr., Ronald Domagalla, Donald and Judy Domagalla, all of Coal City; 3 granddaughters; 1 great-granddaughter; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; and many nieces and nephews. One brother is deceased. Mr. Domagalla was raised and educated in Custer Park, graduated from Braidwood High School, and lived in Custer Park until 1953 when he and his wife moved to Manhattan, then moved to Coal City in 1975. He was a sportsman and enjoyed traveling.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 4, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005


Fatal Shooting Scrape. — The notorious “Jig” DONAVAN, who had infested this locality until he had become somewhat a terror to law abiding, peaceably inclined citizens, met his fate and was quietly put out of the way of doing more harm, last Thursday morning. In his regular line of business he had “held up” a man named Joseph CANE, the evening previous, in which official act he secured a twenty dollar swag. With this he proceeded to celebrate, and daylight Thursday morning found him on North Collins street in the mill district, still on the rampage, and ready for any bit of excitement that might turn up. It seems that brolls and scuffles had been the order of the night, in which a boon companion named “Pack” WHALEN figured conspicuously as well, and who, before parting company succeeded in getting Donavan’s revolver from that worthy. Although an armistice had been declared, about five or six o’clock in the morning the twain again met and bad blood was once more exhibited. As related by his friends Whalen endeavored to keep away from his aggressor, but without avail. A hand to hand scuffle ensued resulting in Donavan’s being shot by a revolver in the hands of Whalen. The wounded man staggered some distance and fell, and upon being examined by a physician the wound was pronounced mortal. The ball which was of large calibre had penetrated the abdomen and lodged in the back. Whalen made a hasty escape taking to the timber and afterwards bringing up in Lockport. He was there captured while purchasing some cartridges for his revolver, and now is in the safe keeping of Sheriff PREPENBRINK. Donavan lingered until Saturday, when he breathed his last.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 40, No. 5, Page 1, Jun 20, 1882 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, July 21, 2000


Anna Donisoge nee McBRIDE (Raymond), (her first husband was Elmer SOPHER), both deceased, born May 29, 1903 and died December 11, 2000, in Austin, Texas. Children: Anna Mae POSZGAI (husband, George POSZGAI), both deceased; Elmer Sopher – deceased and brother J. SOPHER (wife – Angela) – both deceased; 13 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; sisters, Vera, Fran, Betty and Bernell – all deceased. Funeral arrangements handled by Cook-Walden in Austin, Texas 512/4544-5611. There will be a gravesite service performed by a Catholic priest on

Source: Herald News, Joliet, IL, Dec 17, 2000 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Dec 28, 2000


Funeral of Mrs. DONOVAN The funeral of Mrs. M. DONOVAN was held yesterday afternoon, at 1 o’clock, from the residence of her daughter Mrs. A. FEEHENEY [sic], South State stree, to the St. Mary’s church, in Joliet, at 1:30 o’clock. The services were larely attended. Mrs. DONOVAN was well known here. The interment was in St. Patrick’s cemetery, Joliet.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, July 14, 1913; Date of Death: Jul 11, 1913 Posted by Brenda Hebert, Aug 30, 2002


Died. — DOOLITTLE — At his home on Herkimer street, in this city, on Sunday morning, of pneumonia, Robert DOOLITTLE, aged nearly 71 years. Thus has passed away another of our old and most respected citizens. Deceased was born in Watertown, New York, June 15, 1809, where he resided until the spring of 1837. For the first two years he was here he was engaged in the grocery business, but being elected justice of the peace (which office he held twelve years in succession), he went out of business. He was also assignee in bankruptcy during the old United States bankrupt law, and in 1838 he was elected county judge, but would not accept, and George H. WOODRUFF was elected in his place. In 1852 Mr. Doolittle again entered the grocery business with S. W. STONE, and they erected the brick building now occupied by the Phoenix Furniture company, on Jefferson street. In 1862 Mr. Doolitle again quit the grocery business and engaged in railroading, etc. In ’52 he was one of the six appointed by the State legislature to divide the city into wards and provide for election. He was alderman for four years, and in ’71 was again elected a justice of the peace, which office he was holding up to the time of his last sickness. He leaves a wife and five children — Theresa C., Eben B., George H., of Port Huron, Mich., Georgiana and Jesse A. Funeral will take place this morning at 10 o’clock, from the house, Rev. A. H. LAING officiating.

Source: Joliet Morning News, Joliet, IL, Vol. I I I, No. 279, Page 1, Mar 16, 1880 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, July 21, 2000

Catherine “Kitty” DORSEY

“Kitty” DORSEY – KELLY dead Former much loved Osage girl passed away in hospital at Joliet, IL last week The many friends of Mrs. Kitty DORSEY – KELLY were grief stricken at the news of her passing away last Thursday evening, March 19, 1925 in a hospital in Joliet, IL where she had been taken from her home at Wilmington. She was take with flu soon after her baby was born. Beside the three weeks old baby she leaves six other children, the eldest being about fourteen. “Kitty” DORSEY, as she was best known to her old friends, and her twin brother John of Plymouth were born at Wilmington, IL fourty-four years ago to Mr. and Mrs. Richard DORSEY, and when about seven years of age came with their parents to Mitchell County [IA]. Here her girlhood was spent ad as she blossomed into womanhood she showed those fine traits that have characterized her whole life. She was educated in our public schools and the Immaculate Conception Academy in Charles City. She taught for several years in our public schools and was a great favorite with her pupils. While on a visit to Wilmington she met and married A.J. KELLY and since then has resided on a farm near there. Aside from her husband and seven children she leaves to mourn her loss; four brothers – William, John, Frank and James. The funeral was held at the Catholic church at Wilmington Monday morning at 10:30 and was attended byt a large number of friends from Chicago and Joliet, whose summer homes were near her farm on the shores of a lake. Mr. KELLY’s mother and sister will make their home with him and care for his motherless children.

Source: Press News – Osage, IA, Mar 1925; Date of Death: Mar 19, 1925 Posted by Sandra Huemann-Kelly, Apr 3, 1999

Marilyn J DOYLE

Age 72, of Joliet, Marilyn J. Doyle, (nee Bernhard) passed away at her home on Sunday, January 8, 2006 surrounded by her loving family. She worked for many years at Uniroyal and retired from Peoples Gas. She was a faithful member of St. Bernard’s Parish in Joliet. A devoted mother and grandmother, and such a loving, giving person, who will be sadly missed by her family, Michael (Sandy) Doyle, Thomas (Evelyn) Doyle, Kathleen Davis, Rosemary (Ken) Mizell, William (Peggy) Doyle, Gerald (Theresa) Doyle, Sheryl (Dale) Phillips and Mary (Dave) Solonka; 15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Shirley) Bernhard and James (Dorothy Ann) Bernhard; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Doyle; her daughter, Rita Marie; and her parents, Elmer and Lillian Bernhard. Funeral services for Marilyn J. Doyle will be Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Bernard Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Richard Ross officiating. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorials in her name to the Alzheimers Association would be appreciated. Visitation Wednesday 3-8 p.m. at: Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black at Essington Rd., Joliet. For information: 815-741-5500

Source: Joliet Herald, Jan 10, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Jan 20, 2006

Doyle, Marilynn

Marilynn Doyle — Manhattan Visitation for Marilynn A. “MA” Fitzgerald Doyle, 71, lifelong Manhattan resident, will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at O’Neil Funeral Home, 1105 E. Ninth St. in Lockport, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church in Manhattan, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan. Donations may be made to the family. She died Thursday (Feb. 1, 2007), at her residence with her loving family at her side. Mrs. Doyle was born in Joliet, the daughter of Robert and Martha Long Fitzgerald. Her husband, Robert Doyle, is deceased. She was a member of the Manhattan American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 935. Surviving are her children, Timothy, Kevin (Patty), James (Peggy), Terence (Rose), Robert, Colleen (Rick) Schroeder, Kara Boeckman, Tracy (Ed) Clark, Andrew (Chrissy), Megan (Tim) Baldermann and Daniel; 28 grandchildren, Erin Listner, Patrick (Jill) Doyle, Nicole (Arron) Sain, Bonnie (Joe) Drozdek, Andrea, Joanna and Jayme Doyle, Ryan, Meggie and Molly Doyle, Nik, Angie, Breanna and Shawna Doyle, Heidi, Katie and Kelly Schroeder, Alex, Sam and Nick Boeckman, Josh and Matt Clark, Caitlin and Emma Doyle, Annabelle Andrews, Breanndan, Bridie and Sean Doyle; four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Halie Mathew, Kassidy Doyle and Zack Sinclair, eight stepgrandchildren, Emily (Chris) Cavaitt, Liz, Taylor and Jacob Domagala, Max, Sarah, Harrison and Veronica Baldermann and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Brooklyn Cavaitt and Helena Sain; brothers, Jack (Judy) Fitzgerald and Dave (Patty) Fitzgerald; sisters, Sue (George) Roblee and Jean (Bill) Weber; former daughter-in-law and friend, Deanna Doyle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Deceased are one daughter, Maryann Doyle; and brothers, James and Joseph Fitzgerald. (Pd.)

Source: The Daily-Journal, Kankakee, Feb 3, 2007 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 4, 2007


Services were held Saturday morning for Arlene M. DRALLE, 87, of rural Peotone. Mrs. DRALLE died June 7, 2000 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She was born Sept. 8, 1912, in rural Manhattan, the daughter of Roy and Emma PFUNDSTEIN THAYER. She was a homemaker and a member of Mokena United Methodist Church. Mrs. DRALLE is survived by a son, Melvin (Nina) DRALLE of Plainfield; a daughter, Charlotte (Lawrence) DOMAGALLA of Manhattan; seven grandchildren, Larry (Sally), Ricky, Randy and Danny DOMAGALLA and Dale, Doug and Todd DRALLE; and numberouse great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin W. DRALLE, in 1982; they married Sept. 24, 1929, in Kankakee; her parents; and a grandson, Gary DOMAGALLA. The funeral was held June 10 at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in peotone. The Rev. Anne H. UTTERBACK officiated. Burial was in Skyline memorial Park in monee. Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Mokena United Methodist Church.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Jun 14, 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 7, 2004


DRALLE, Lenora A., age 87. Late of Manhattan Township. December 21, 1986, at the Imperial Nursing Home. Survived by one daughter Laura Mae (late Leslie) ERICKSON, of Joliet, and one son Clyde (Lillian) of Manhattan, two grandchildren, Rebecca (Donald) DUBBERT of Manhattan, and Donald DRALLE of MN, five grreat grandchildren, Duane, Dawn and Dale DUBBERT, Anna and Benjamin DRALLE. Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer DRALLE, one daughter Pearl, her parents Christian and Amanda KREIMEIER BITNER, three sisters, Minnie SUNDERMAN, Frances SWEEDLER and Elva BITNER, two brothers William and Albert BITNER. Member of the Green Garden united Methodist Church and the United Methodist women’s Society. Lived her entire life in the Manhattan area. Lenora DRALLE will lie in stateWednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Green Garden united Methodist Church, until services at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Clifton SPAINE officiating. Interment, Greenview Cemetery. Visitation is at the Forsythe funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 22, 1986 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 26, 2004


Melvin DRALLE “Bud” Of Plainfield, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at the age of 72. Born on May 26, 1933. Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Nina (nee Parker); three sons, Dale (Anita), Doug (Micki) and Todd (Jalayne) Dralle. Proud grandfather of Joy (Shawn) Wrenn, Greg (Sarah), Nick, Megan, Christopher, Kyle and Cameron Dralle. Great-grandfather of Abby Wrenn. Bud was a retired member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #422. Out of respect for Bud’s wishes, no future services are planned. Bud was laid to rest during a private burial with family and friends present. The Dralle family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for all those who blessed them with their thoughts and prayers during their time of need. Arrangements entrusted to: The Maple Funeral Home, 24300 S. Ford Rd., Channahon, (815) 467-1234

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 27, 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 27, 2005


Services were held on Monday in Joliet for Milton E. DRALLE, 76, of Largo, Fla., who died in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 1989. Mr. DRALLE was born in Peotone and lived for many years in Joliet. He had resided in Largo since 1982. He retired from his occupation as a steel fitter at General Motors in 1972. He was a member of L.O.O.M. #300. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle (KELLY); a son, Robert of Plano, Texas; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Carlson Funeral Home. Rev. James Saltzman officiated. Interment is at the Elmhurst Cemetery. Memorials may be dedicated to theAmerican Heart Association.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Sep 20, 1989 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 29, 2004

Phyllis Ann DRALLE

Phyllis Ann DRALLE Passed away at her home on May 17, 2004. She was a resident of Frankfort, IL since 1948 and Naples, Florida. She worked as an administrator for Big Farmer, Inc. in Frankfort. A member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Pi Beta Phi, the Naples Alumni Chapter, Kings Daughter (Auxiliary unit of Silver Cross Hospital) and Past President of the Frankfort Women’s Club. Phyllis leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 56 years, Ralph DRALLE; her four daughters, Susan (Stephen) SWINTON; Judith JOSS, Jill (Jon) GROBECK and Rebecca (Dennis) CLEVELAND; a son-in-law, Andrew MILLER; 13 grandchildren, Kimberly, Kameron and Kristaan SWINTON, Erik, Kirk and Kyle JOSS, Jennifer and Jessica GROBECK and Britt, Clayton, Parker, Carson and Cody CLEVELAND. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Opal (nee PHILLIPS) BEAVER; a daughter, Sherry MILLER; and a son-in-law, Steven JOSS. Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 20, 2004 from 6 until 9 PM at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way (corner of LaGrange and Old Frankfort Way, south of Lincoln Highway.) Frankfort, IL, 60423. Funeral Service Friday, May 21, 2004 10:30 AM at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 12 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL. Visitation from 9:30 until time of service. Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, memorials may by made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Frankfort, IL or The Ralph and Phyllis DRALLE Diabetes Detection and Treatment Center or in honor of Sherry Lee DRALLE MILLER Memorial Fund, in care of Pi Beta Phi, Kurtz Memorial Chapel, Attn: DRALLE Family P.O. Box 1031, Frankfort, IL, 60423. KURTZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL 65 Old Frankfort Way Frankfort, 815-806-2225

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 19, 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 19, 2004

Phyllis Ann Dralle passed away at her home on May 17, 2004. She was a resident of Frankfort since 1948 and Naples, Florida. She worked as an administrator for Big Farmer, Inc. in Frankfort and was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ; Pi Beta Phi, the Naples Alumni Chapter; Kings Daughters (Auxiliary unit of Silver Cross Hospital); and past president of the Frankfort Women’s Club. Phyllis leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 56 years, Ralph Dralle, her 4 daughters, Susan (Stephen) SWINTON, Judith JOSS, Jill (Jon) GROBECK and Rebecca (Dennis) CLEVELAND, a son-in-law, Andrew MILLER; and 13 grandchildren, Kimberly, Kameron and Kistian Swinton, Eric, Kirk and Kyle Joss, Jennifer and Jessica Grobeck, and Britt, Clayton, Parker, Carson and Cody Cleveland. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Opal (nee PHILLIPS) BEAVER, a daughter, Sherry Miller and son-in-law, Steven Joss. The family received friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, Frankfort. Funeral services were held at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Frankfort. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Frankfort, or The Ralph and Phyllis Dralle Diabetes Detection and Treatment Center or in honor of Sherry Lee Dralle Miller Memorial Fund in c/o Pi Beta Phi, Kurtz Memorial Chapel, Attn: Dralle Family, P.O. Box 1031, Frankfort, IL 60423.

Source: Peotone Vedette, May 26, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 1, 2004


Services will be held Friday morning, 21 June 2002, for Warren H O DRALLE of Monee. Mr DRALLE died 17 June 2002, at St James Hospital, Olympia Fields. Visitation will be from 2-9am Thursday, 20 June, at Crete Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 11am Friday, 21 June, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. He was born 1 Jan 1925, on the family farm in Monee. He retired 3 years ago as a grain farmer on the family farm, which the DRALLE family had operated for more than 200 years. He recently sold the farm to U.S.S.A./Sweetheart Cup Co, due to the overwhelming industrial growth in the University Park Industrial Park. Mr DRALLE is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (LANHAM) DRALLE; a daughter, Phyllis G DRALLE of Joliet; a son, Robert W (Lynn) DRALLE of Peotone; five grandchildren: Jacob E DRALLE and Ryan A DRALLE, both of Crete, and Bryan BATTERMAN, Keith BATTERMAN, and Shannon BATTERMAN, all of Monee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert DRALLE, in 1985, and Hanna (POPPENHAGEN) DRALLE in 1966; and a brother, Melburn DRALLE, in 1989.

Source: Monee Monitor, Jun 20, 2002 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005

Warren H.O. DRALLE Lifelong resident of Monee, IL, died Monday June 17, 2002 at Olympia Fields St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL. Born January 1, 1925 on the family farm in Monee, IL. He was a retired grain farmer on the family farm in Monee. The Dralle Family has operated and farmed the acreage for over 200 years. The farm was his life until retiring just recently three years ago. Mr. DRALLE recently sold the family farm to USSA/Sweetheart Cup Co. due to the overwhelming industrial growth in the University Park Industrial Park. Survived by his spouse of 55 years, Barbara (nee LANHAM) DRALLE; daughter, Phyllis G. DRALLE of Joliet, IL; and son, Robert W. (Lynn) DRALLE of Peotone, IL; four grandsons, Jacob R. and Ryan A. DRALLE of Crete, Bryan and Keith BATTERMAN of Monee and Shannon BATTERMAN of Monee, IL. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Hanna (nee POPPENHAGEN) DRALLE. Also preceded in death by one brother, Melburn DRALLE. Visitation Thursday June 20, 2002 from 2:00-9:00 p.m. at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL. Funeral Friday June 21, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery, Monee, IL. Crete Funeral Home, 708-672-7600

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jun 19, 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 19, 2002


Services were held Monday afternoon for Donald E. Drecksler, 66, of Peotone. Mr. Drecksler died February 13, 2004 at his home. He was born August 17, 1937 in Joliet. He was a member of Peotone United Methodist Church. Mr. Drecksler is survived by 3 cousins, Duane (Lynne) Temme and Keith (Darlene) Drecksler, both of Peotone and Veryl Temme of Beecher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold P. and Alice J. Eilers Drecksler; an uncle, Vernon Drecksler and an aunt, Ruth Temme. The funeral was held February 16 at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. The Rev. Kermit Krueger officiated. Burial was in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Peotone United Methodist Church.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Feb 18, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Services were held Saturday morning for Vernon A. Dubbert, 86 of Peotone. He died July 20, 2005 at Provena Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais. He was born December 13, 1918 in Peotone. He was a former auto mechanic for Trader Schroeder Dodge of Peotone, was currently serving as a Peotone Township trustee and was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was a World War 2 Army veteran and a charter member and past commander of Peotone American Legion Post 392. He also was a member of Steger vfw and Bradley moose lodge. He was an avid auto racing fan. Mr. Dubbert is survived by a daughter, Kathy Dubbert of Itasca and a sister in law, Bernice Dubbert of Peotone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cowing Dubbert in 2001, (they were married May 28, 1949 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone); his parents, August and Elda Mackender Dubbert; and a brother, Robert Dubbert. The funeral was conducted July 23 at Fedde Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Burial was in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers were Calvin Younker, Cleveland Brown, Milan Schroeder, Jack Pearce, Terry Schultz and Jerry Senholtz. Honorary pallbearers were Bill O’Flynn and Laverne Geiss. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Peotone Paramedics.

Source: Peotone Vedette, July 28, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 2, 2005

Clarence F DUBIEN

Clarence Du Bien To Be Buried In Joliet Clarence F. Du BIEN, a passenger contuctor on the C. & A. road for years, and later yard-master of the Lake Shore and Michigan interests at Fifty- first street, Chicago, died last night at his home in Chicago, following an illness of short duration. He is a son of Hugh Du BIEN, of this city, and at one time lived in Wilmington. Mr. Du Bien was a Mason of high degree and is a past commander of Mt. Joie Commandery, Chicago. The remains will be brought here for burial and will reach Joliet tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock over the Rock Island. Knights of Joliet Commandery, delegated as an escort, will meet the funeral party at the Union station and accompany the body to Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services in Chicago will be conducted at 10 o’clock. The deceased’s father resides in South Chicago street.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 151, Page 1, Oct 4, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001

John Francis DUDEK

Date of Death: 4/21/1928 Posted by Marilyn Aerts, Feb 12, 2000


One Soldier Shot By Another. — On Saturday evening last, there was a shooting affair in Mr. ROGAN’s saloon, in this city. An inquest was held by Coroner DALY, and it appeared from the evidence before the jury that there had been a quarrel between a Scotsman named BARTON, and two soldiers belonging to Capt. BARNETT’s battery, named John RILEY and Alonso S. DYKEMAN, which terminated in blows, when Riley drew a revolver which in the scuffle that ensued was accidentally discharged, the ball passing Thro’ the body of his comrade, Dykeman, killing him instantly. The parties were under the influence of liquor at the time. Riley was arrested by the Provost Marshall and Barton by the civil authorities, but, we learn, were subsequently discharged. This is another sad warning against the practice of carrying side arms.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No, 33, Page 2, Jan 26, 1864 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000