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Francis EASON

Francis F EASIB, a resident of Monee, died Monday, Nov 29, at St Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island. An 11am funeral service will be conducted today at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, with the Rev Dr Robert Hurst officiating. Interment will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Mr EASON was born 4 Nov 1915 in Manhattan. He was retired as a boltmaker with 35 years of service from International Harvester of West Pullman, a member of St Pauls United Church of Christ, Monee; a past trustee for the Village of Monee; and a 20-year member of the Monee Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of 59(?) years, Viola (nee RAB); a daughter, Mellody (Gerald) FIFER of New Lenox; a son, Duane of Elgin; a sister, Dorothy TOROK or Plymouth; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St Pauls United Church of Christ, Monee.

Source: Star Newspapers, Dec 2, 1999; Date of Death: Nov 29, 1999 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 29, 2005

Anna Marie Elizabeth EATON

Anna Marie Elizabeth Eaton, aged eight months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eaton, 1317 North Clement street, died at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Besides her parents she leaves four brothers John, Joseph, William and Walter. The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2 p. m. Rev. Erwin THOMPSON, pastor of the Grace Methodist Episcopal church will officiate. The interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, Jul 7, 1910 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jun 25, 2000

Daniel Joseph, Sr. EATON

“Daniel EATON Answers Summons(headline) One of Foremost Citizens of Jackson Township Passes Away-Had lived On Old Homestead Since 1862-Funeral Sunday. Daniel EATON, Sr., one of the oldest and most respected residents of Jackson township, passed away last evening, at 7:35 o’clock, after a comparatively short illness. Mr. EATON’s parents were born in Scotland, but moved to the North of Ireland, where they settled and raised a family of five sons, Daniel was born in Craighy Warren, County Antrim, Ireland, Sept. 26 1828 and at the age of 22 he was married to to Miss Mary MCLINTOCK. Seven years after their marriage they moved to this country, settling first in Kendall county in this state. In 1862 they moved to the present homestead in Jackson township where they have resided ever since. Ten children were born to this union and of these five survive-Daniel EATON, Jr., of this city, Robert EATON, Mrs George EIB and Mrs Anna JACOBSEN of Jackson township, and Mrs Mary RALF of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Besides his widow and these five children there is one brother, Matthew, living in Ireland, another brother, John, living in Joliet, eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Daniel EATON was one of Nature’s noblemen, kind hearted, honest and industrious, who honesty was never doubted, who was kind and considerate to others, who was always ready to say a kind word for and lend a helping hand to anyone in trouble. He was intensely fond of his home and home life and was not a rich man, as the world views riches, was well enough off to permit of his spending his latter years in peace and happiness and leaving ample provision for his life’s companion, who stood by his side through the long years of their happy wedded life, sharing the joys and sorrows that come to all and did so much to smooth over the rough places they encountered during their long journey together. Mr. EATON was a loyal member of the Central Presbyterian church of Joliet, and was a conscientious Christian, carrying his religion into all of the acts of his daily life. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 o’clock at the old home, Rev. Robt. YOST, Pastor of the Central Presbyterian church officiating and the internment will be made in Brown Cemetery. The family particularly requests that friends will please omit flowers.”

Source: Unknown newspaper, Dec 6, 1906; Date of Death: Dec 7, 1906 Posted by Nancy Miller, Jun 6, 2000


EATON, Edna M. (nee MILLWEARD) Age 69, May 15, 1987, at Silver Cross Hospital. Survived by her husband, Robert A. EATON; two daughters, Tobey (Mrs. David RANDOLPH)of Elwood and Cheryl (Mrs. Robert HARPER) of Metamora, IL; five grandchildren, Krishna and Donovan RANDOLPH, Holly, Robert and Randall HARPER; devoted companion, Anne KINNEY; brother-in-law, Ralph BRADFORD and Aunt Alice WEISS; numerous cousins. Preceded in death by parents, George and Edna (WEISS) MILLWEARD; sister, Louisa BRADFORD. Born in Joliet; lived in Elwood the past 40 years. Formerly employed as loan officer for the Sixth Farm Credit District. Member of Elwood Chapter #761 O.E.S. and Jackson Homemakers. Funeral services Monday, 10:30a.m. SONNTAG-WYLIE Funeral Home, Herkimer at Benton. Rev. Bonnie PURSER officiating. Interment Brown Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorials to the Brown Cemetery Association, American Diabetes Association appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, May 17, 1987 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 21, 1999

Robert A EATON

Robert A. EATON, age 78. Friday, March 6, 1998, suddenly at Silver Cross Hospital. Survived by two daughters, Cheryl L. (Robert) HARPER and Tobey E. (David) RANDOLPH, five grandchildren, Holly, Robert and Randall HARPER, Krishna and Donovan Eaton RANDOLPH, dear friend Mary Jane EDWARDS and several cousins. Preceded in death by wife Edna Mary (MILLWEARD) EATON (1987), parents Ernest and Elizetta (CLEVELAND) EATON and sister Leola Noelle. Born in Jackson township, resident of Elwood most of his life, where he retired from farming. Past president and former board member of the Will County Farm Bureau, member of Land of Lincoln Soybean Association, Brown Cemetery Board of Directors, Elwood Masonic Lodge No. 919 A.F. & A.M., Elwood Lions Club and O.E.S. Chapter 761. Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 10, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, with Rev. Richard JOHNSON officiating. Interment Brown Cemetery Jackson Twp. Visitation Monday 3-8 p.m. with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the Brown Cemetery Association would be appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, Mar 8, 1998 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 22, 1999


Roy H. EBERT Age 77, late of Mokena, IL. Passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at Glenwood Care Center in Joliet, IL. Survived by his loving wife of 54 years Marion nee SIZER; his four children, Carol EBERT of Joliet, IL, Joan (Gary) ROMANO of New Lenox, IL, Alan EBERT of Frankfort, IL and Cathy (Bob) MALECHA of New Lenox, IL; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl EBERT of Frankfort, IL and Chester EBERT of Mokena, IL; one sister, Irene (Bill) SMITH of Mokena, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Caroline nee HOHENSTEIN; four brothers, Harold, Edmund, Walter, and Lewis EBERT; and sisters-in-law, Velma BARTON Ebert, Dorothy HOGER Ebert, Lois LORENZEN EBERT and Lois WEITENDORF EBERT. Roy was born June 3, 1924 in Joliet, IL. He was a lifelong resident of Mokena, IL and a lifelong member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in Frankfort, IL. Roy was a former thirty-three year employee of Wyman Gordon Co. and sixteen year employee of Frankfort Township Road District. Roy also loved his family and home dearly. He enjoyed auto racing, fishing, hunting and wood working. Visitation Thursday 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd., Mokena, IL. Lying in state Friday 9:00 a.m. at the St. Peter United Church of Christ, Frankfort, IL until the time of service 10:00 a.m. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials to the St. Peter United Church of Christ Frankfort, IL, (708)479-1210. Vandenberg Funeral Home

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 10, 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 10, 2002


Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, for Velma V. EBERT, nee BARTEN, who died May 27, 1996 at her Frankfort home. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frankfort and St. Peter’s Women’s Fellowship. She also belonged to Royal Neighbors of America, Ladies Auxiliary of Frankfort Post #1493, Frankfort Senior Citizens, Will County Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame and was a volunteer at the Valley View Nutrition Site Bingo. Survivors include her husband of over 50 years, Edward W. EBERT of Frankfort; a daughter, Dianne (Robert) SCHULTZ of Frankfort; two sons, Bruce (Diane) EBERT of Mokena and Dale EBERT of Schaumburg; eight grandchildren, Lee Ann and Bryant EBERT, Craig and Todd SCHULTZ; Matt, Geri, Lisa and Joel EBERT; four sisters, Lillian (Leroy) SEBBEGRUCH, Loretta (Raymond) SEGGEBRUCH, Marie (Wilbur) BROOKMAN and Shirley KUEBEL, all of Manhattan; one brother, Virgil (Angela) BARTEN of Manhattan; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Sophia HEISNER BARTEN; two sisters, Florence and Ruth BARTEN; and four brothers, Harold BARTEN, Lester BARTEN, Vernon (Skip) BARTEN and Orville (Pete) BARTEN, all of Manhattan. Visitation was held on Wednesday, from 2-9 p.m., at the Vandenberg Funeral Home in Mokena, Funeral services were held Thursday, at 11 a.m., at St. Peters United Church of Christ in Frankfort with interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Source: Manhattan American, May 30, 1996 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 27, 2004

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday for Velma V. Ebert, nee Barten, who died May 27, 1996 at her home in Frankfort. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frankfort and St. Peter’s Women’s Fellowship. She also belonged to Royal Neighbors of America, Ladies Auxiliary of Frankfort Post #1493, Frankfort Senior Citizens, Will County Senior Citizens’s Hall of Fame and was a volunteer at Valley View Nutrition Site Bingo. Survivors include her husband of over 50 years, Edward W. Ebert of Frankfort, a daughter, Dianne (Robert) Schultz of Frankfort, 2 sons, Bruce (Diane) Ebert of Mokena and Dale Ebert of Schaumburg; 8 grandchildren, Lee Ann and Bryant Ebert, Craig and Todd Schultz, Matt, Geri, Lisa and Joel Ebert; 4 sisters, Lillian (Leroy) Seggebruch, Loretta (Raymond) Seggebruch, Marie (Wilbur) Brookman, and Shirley Kuebel, all of Manhattan; 1 brother, Virgil (Angela) Barten of Manhattan, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Sophia Heisner Barten; 2 sisters, Florence and Ruth Barten; and 4 brothers, Harold Barten, Lester Barten, Vernon

Source: unknown, Jun 5, 1996 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Mar 27, 2004

Mary Chamberlin EDWARDS

EDWARDS — Mrs. H. A., formerly Miss Mary “Toots” CHAMBERLIN, died today at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. CHAMBERLIN, 509 Pleasant street. Death followed the birth of a son now 5 days old. Besides her husband and parents, deceased is survived by three sisters and as many brothers. Funeral notice later.

The Joliet News, Joliet, I, 37th Year, No. 285, Page 18, Fri, Mar 13, 1914 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 10, 2001


Services were held last week for Evelyn K EGDORF, 93, of Monee. Mrs EGDORF died 26 Dec 2000 at the Anchorage of Beecher. She was born 11 May 1907 in Monee. She was a homemaker, a member of St Pauls United Church of Christ in Monee, St Pauls Womens Guild, Eastern Will County Senior Services and Crete Upper Crust. Mrs EGDORF is survived by 2 sons, Warren (Joyce) EGDORF of Crete, and Virgil (Dolores) EGDORF of Blue Island; two daughters, Shirley YOUNG of Glenwood and Pearl KAMPE of Monee; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Laura PIKE of Peotone. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Edna HARMS EICKMANN; three brothers, Milton Eldon, and Eugene; and a sister, Valeria JANSSEN. The funeral was conducted Dec 30 at Fedde- Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. The Rev Dr Robert Hurst officiated. Burial was in St Pauls Cemetery, Monee. Memorials may be made to St Pauls United Church of Christ Christmas Nativity Fund.

Source: Monee Monitor, Jan 4, 2001 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 29, 2005


Visitation for Wayne A. Eggert, 60, of Peotone, will be 3-8 p.m. today at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. William Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Pallbearers will be Douglas and Robert Eggert, John Stankus, Terry Urbanek, Allen Perlman and Ralph Heft. Memorials may be made to Peotone Boy Scout Troop 315 or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mr. Eggert died Friday, September 5, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Joliet, the son of Arthur C. and Linda Lehnert Eggert. His father is deceased. Surviving are his wife, the former Peggy Spaenhower, whom he married October 5, 1963 in Kankakee, of Peotone; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Cindy Eggert of Joliet, Robert and Roberta Eggert of Peotone; 3 grandchildren; and his mother of Peotone. One brother, Ralph Eggert, died in 2000. Mr. Eggert was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, committee member for Peotone Boy Scout Troop 315, and former unit commissioner for the Rainbow Council. He retired as Captain from the Peotone Fire Department after 29 years of service. He was a bulk unloader for Ecco Lab of Joliet.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Sep 7, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

George EIB

“Uncle George” EIB Dead; Was A Pioneer Of Jackson – – – (Family Group Photo) George EIB, the oldest resident in Jackson township, died this mornibg at 4:30 o’clock at his home. He would have been 92 years of age on March 17, and was one of the patriarchs of the community, holding the esteem of a large circle of acquaintances throughout Will county. A widow, Mary Ann EIB, and six children are the immediate members of the family left to mourn his loss. The children are Peter and Mrs. Louisa ASH, of California; George J. W., at the Jackson farm; Jacob L., of Joliet; Mrs. George HIBNER, of Gardner, and Mrs. Mary O. SHELLY, of Nebraska. The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m., from the house on the old farm to Trautman’s Grove.

Source: The Joliet Daily News, Joliet, IL, Feb 16, 1907; Date of Death: Feb 16, 1907 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, May 14, 2000

Jane EIB

Mrs. Jane EIB Dead – – – Jackson Woman Passes Away This Morning. Mrs. Jane Eib, relict of the late Augustus Eib, died this morning at the residence at Jackson Grove, in Jackson township. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the residence. The remains will be laid to rest in Troutman’s Grove cemetery. Mr. Eib passed away some two years ago.

Source: Joliet Daily Republican, Joliet, IL, Jan 22, 1904; Date of Death: Jan 22, 1904 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, May 25, 2000


EICHBICHLER, Augusta A., nee GABRIEL. Formerly of 300 Barr Elm Ave. At Lincoln Nursing Home. Tuesday, March 28, 1967. Age 85 years. Survived by three daughters. (Evelyn) Mrs. Arthur J. ALLISON and (Gladys) Mrs. Edward W. PARSONS of Joliet; (Leona) Mrs. Guy ELKINS Sr. of Lincoln Park, Michigan; fourteen grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; two sisters, (Ann) Mrs. Walter PHILLIPS, and (Mae) Mrs. Harry MEYERS of Joliet; one brother, Rude GABRIEL of Alabama; also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Carlson Funeral Home, Benton and Youngs Friday, March 31 at 10 am to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 10:30 am, Revs. Erdmann W. and Martin L. Frenk, officiating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 pm, Thursday.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, Mar 29, 1967 Posted by Ronna Durante on Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Dorothea Marie EISENBRANDT

Dorothea, Marie EISENBRANDT age 88, of Lockport and Joliet passed away November 2, 2006. She was a telephone operator for Illinois Bell for over 28 years retiring in 1981. She was a 4-H Leader, and a member of the 1st Lutheran Church in Joliet. Dorothea is survived by her loving family; her sister, Jeanett SPENCER; brother, Glenn (Myrtle) EISENBRANDT; seven nieces, Lynn (late James W.) CHANEY, Diane (Ed) BAKER, Beryl (Dave) JOHNSON, Gail (Phillipe) HARTLEY and Sylvia (Miguel) MARTON, Jacque EISENBRANDT and Sally CARLSON; four nephews, Rev. Arlyn (Nola) EISENBRANDT, Glenn R. (Lannie) EISENBRANDT, Paul (Cherry) EISENBRANDT, David (Anita) EISENBRANDT; great nephews, Randel (Christine) and Timothy (Crystal) CHANEY and many other great nieces and nephews; great great niece, Jaimison; and great great nephew, Shaun. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Alice (nee GEUTHER) EISENBRANDT; and a brother, Howard (late Hattie Ann) EISENBRANDT. Family will receive friends at the Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 60441 from 2 until 7 pm Sunday, November 5, 2006. Funeral Service in the funeral home chapel 10:00 am, Monday November 6, 2006. Interment will follow at Lockport City Cemetery in Lockport IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the 1st Lutheran Church in Joliet 55 W. Benton Joliet IL, 60432. Will County 4-H Foundation, 100 Manhattan Rd. Joliet IL, 60433, or the Joliet Area Community Hospice 250 Waterstone Circle Joliet IL, 60431. Goodale Memorial Chapel912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 815-838-1533

Source: Joliet Herald News, Nov 3, 2006 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 3, 2006


Howard G. EISENBRANDT At rest December 11, 2003. He was born in Frankfort, IL on August 14, 1921 and graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1939. He completed two years at JuCo. In 1948, he married his best friend and devoted wife, Hattie Ann ROCKENBACH and moved to Plainfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and George EISENBRANDT. He leaves to cherish his memories, Hattie, his devoted wife of 55 years; and five proud children, Diane (Edwin) BAKER, of PA, Beryl (David) JOHNSON of MN, Gail (Philippe Spung) HARTLEY, Sylvia (Miguel) MARTON both of Joliet and Arlyn (Nola) EISENBRANDT of PA; as well as four special grandchildren, Ross and Brent BAKER and Emma and Ethan EISENBRANDT all of PA. Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothea EISENBRANDT and Jeanett SPENCER of Lockport; one brother, Glenn EISENBRANDT of WI and several nieces and nephews. He was a long time member of First Lutheran Church in Joliet, the Argonne Amateur Radio Club and the Men’s Club of First Lutheran Church. He enjoyed volunteering at Shepherd’s Table for years. He organized the Jolly Ramblers National Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer Club in 1968. He retired from Argonne National Lab in 1985 after 28 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed camping with his family, crossword puzzles, photography, riding motorcycles and model railroading. Family and friends will gather at Overman Jones Funeral Home (corner of Rts. 30 and 59), Plainfield on Monday, December 15, 2003 from 3:00 p.. to 8:00 p.m. Farewell services will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., First Lutheran Church, 55 West Benton Street, Joliet. Interment in Plainfield Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be sent to First Lutheran Church, 55 West Benton Street, Joliet, IL 60432, Crossways International Bible Study, 7930 Computer Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55435-5415, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 64 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325-9961, Plainfield Historical Society Train Depot Fund, 217 East Main Street, Plainfield, IL 60544, or Joliet Area Community Hospice, 335 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60436. Howard’s family would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and prayers for him throughout his illness. For info 815/436-9221.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 14, 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 14, 2003


The funeral services of Harry ELLENWOOD were conducted Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian church by Rev. LOUX, assisted by Rev. RUSH of the Methodist church. Funeral was attended by a large circle of sorrowing friends and a heartfelt sympathy for the bereaved ones goes out from the many hearts today who had the privilege of his friendship. He was gentle, kind, and loving, because of his sweet disposition. “None knew him but to love him.” Many beautiful floral designs were sent by friends of the departed. He was a member of the White Cross society, who took part in paying the last respects to a departed brother. The pall-bearers were: Garland BLATT, Claire BREEN, Burnett BRIDGE, Mat RYAN, Erving BOVEE and Edward PETERSON.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 30, 2000


Harry ELLWOOD, who had been a sufferer with heart trouble for some time was taken suddenly worse on last Monday and died on Saturday, July 25, aged 20 years. The funeral was held on Monday at the Presbyterian church. Rev. LOUX, pastor preaching. A large crowd was in attendance.

Source: Unkown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Unknown Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, July 21, 2000

Chester ELY

Services were held Monday morning for Chester F ELY, 74, of Watseka. Mr ELY died 29 Nov 1996 at Manor Health Care in Urbana. He was born 4 Sept 1922, in Henry, to Ernest and Anna KLEIN ELY. He was employed by 30 years by the US Postal Service in Watseka. Mr ELY is survived by his wife, Norma BEHRENS ELY, whom he married on 7 June 1947, in Watseka; three sons, Douglas (Marianne) ELY of Fort Wayne IN, Michael (Diane) ELY of Bourbonnais, and Thomas (Pamela) ELY of Watseka; a daughter Janice (William) Skeen of Plainfield; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Carole (Richard) REICHERT of Peotone; two brothers, Clifford (Jean)ELY of Seattle, WA and John (Betty) ELY of Pendleton, OR; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A funeral mass was celebrated Dec 2 at St Edmunds CAtholic Church, where he was a member. The Rev Lee RYAN officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials can be made to the Diabetes or Kidney Foundations.

Source: Monee Monitor, Dec 5, 1996 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005


Clyde H. Engelhardt, 77, of Manhattan, formerly of Peotone, died Thursday, February 27, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Forsythe Funeral Home, 507 S. State Street in Manhattan, and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 10:30 a.m. service at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 140 Thelma Avenue in Manhattan. Rev. Carol Currier-Frighetto will officiate. Interment will be in Manhattan Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or to St. Joseph School. Mr. Engelhardt was born Sept. 4, 1925 in Peotone, the son of Harry and Sophia Meisterling Engelhardt. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Helen Schoop, of Manhattan; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and David Palmer of Manhattan, Dawn and Michael Bierman of New Lenox; three grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Gabriel of New Port Richey, Florida. Mr. Engelhardt was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. He was past president and treasurer of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Manhattan. He served as secretary of the Manhattan Center Cemetery for 10 years and was past Commander of the Manhattan American Legion Post 935 for 10 terms. He retired from Commonwealth Edison after 32 years of service.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 2, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005


Services were held Wednesday morning for Fern L ENGELHARDT, 84, of Peotone. Mrs ENGELHARDT died 9 March 2002 at Manor Care Health Services in Kankakee. She was born 18 April 1917 in rural Peotone. She was a 60-year member of Immanual United Church of Christ in Peotone. Mrs ENGELHARDT is survived by her husband Lester ENGELHARDT, whom she married on 27 May 1939 in Peotone; a brother-in-law, Vernon ENGELHARDT of Peotone; six nieces and nephews, Melvin (Judy) MARSHALL and Louese WANNER, both of Manteno, Jerry (Ann) ENGELHARDT of Yorkville, Carol (Gene) LINDELL of Knoxville TX, Odette KOCH of Mt Sterling and Sharon (Jerome) MARTIN of Creal Springs. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Julia HAUERT MARSHALL; and a brother Lewis MARSHALL. The funeral was conducted March 13 at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. The Rev David Plant officiated. Burial was in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Pallbearers were Melvin MARSHALL, Calvin YOUNKER, Russell KLIPP, Jerry ENGELHARDT, Jerry BAKER, and Leo BOURG. Honorary pallbearers were Harold HEYERMAN, CLyde ENGELHARDT, William MARSHALL Sr, and Bruce CARSTENS.

Source: Monee Monitor, Mar 14, 2002 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005


Vernon John Engelhardt, 89, of Peotone, died Monday, November 15, 2004, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Revs. Reinhold Heinrich and William Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt and Luke Engelhardt, Mitch Hattan, Dave Powell, Andrew Janczylik and Bruce Carstens. Memorials may be made to the Peotone Paramedics or to Immanuel United Church of Christ. Mr. Engelhardt worked for Ford Motor Company from 1934-1944. He then worked as leader of the paint department at Cardox and Chemtron Corp. in Monee from 1944-1981. He was born October 2, 1915 on the family farm in Peotone, the son of John and Anna Marie Ginter Engelhardt. His wife, the former Elvira Hossbach, whom he married June 1, 1946 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in Frankfort, died in 2001. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Anne Engelhardt of Yorkville; one brother, Lester Engelhardt of Peotone; and five grandchildren. Two sisters, Mildred (Alvin Sr.) Wanner and Irene (Walter) Nickel; and one sister-in-law, Ferne Engelhardt, are deceased. He was a 1933 graduate of Peotone High School. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone, former member of the Board of Trustees, and former youth fellowship director with his wife. Mr. Engelhardt served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392, past president of the Legion in 1956; and a member of the Steger VfW Post 8283. He was also a member of the Peotone Sportsmen’s Club, Bradley Moose, Eastern Will County Senior Services, Peotone Village Planning Commission and the Peotone Park Development Board. He enjoyed playing baseball and basketball in his youth and watching sports in his later years. He bowled until the age of 83. He and his wife loved to travel and watch their families participate in various sports and musical activities.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 16, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005


Ethel Christina ENGLEMANN (nee BOGDA) Age 88, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2004 in Woodland, California. Ethel was born November 28, 1915 in Blue Island, IL to Richard and Kathi (FLASSIG) BOGDA. She was the second of eight children. She married Emanuel Counrad ENGELMANN on March 2, 1925 at the St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in Frankfort. They made their home there, where the Engelmann’s were early settlers arriving from Hanover, Germany in 1853. The Engelmann’s continue to be property owners in Frankfort today, Ethel will be buried from the new Kurtz Memorial Chapel which now occupies the land of the former Engelmann family home. Mrs. ENGELMANN was proud of the Germanic heritage that she shared with her husband and leaves behind a rich genealogy full of family history, pictures and historical documents. Ethel and Emanuel raised their four boys in Frankfort until relocating to Joliet in 1955. Ethel moved to Woodland, California in 1997 and had made her home at St. John’s Retirement Home for the last four years. She will be remembered by them for her rye wit and sharp memory. Ethel enjoyed gardening, playing the organ, handwriting analysis, collecting

Source: Joliet Herald, Aug 3, 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 3, 2004


Emergency measures taken in an effort to save the life of Lawrence (Larry) ENGELMANN, 15, of Frankfort, proved futile as the youth succumbed to poliomyelitis yesterday at Silver Cross hospital. Stricken with the dread disease last Wednesday evening at his home, the youth was moved to the Joliet hospital. At first it was believed that he was suffering with pneumonia. Later his illness was diagnosed as infantile paralysis, in a severe form. In an effort to save his life, a tracheotomy was performed on Friday. A portable respirator was rushed to the Joliet hospital from the Hinsdale sanatorium on Saturday. The tracheotomy which consists of an incision being made in the throat to permit the patient to breathe was performed as Larry began to have difficulty with his breathing because of mucous gathered in his throat. Dr. John CAREY of the Will County Polio Foundation, made arrangements for the respirator to be brought to Joliet. Born in Will county, the youth had lived his entire life here. He was graduated from the Frankfort grade school after which he was enrolled at JTHS. A sophomore in the Joliet high school, he was a member of the a cappella choir and was to have appeared in the choir’s annual Yule concert yesterday afternoon. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel ENGELMANN; three brothers, Kenneth, Lester and Thomas, all of Frankfort. The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon. The body is at the Hirsch capel in Tinley park where friends may call after 2 o’clock this afternoon. At 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, the body is to be taken to St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reform church at Frankfort where services will be at 2:30 o’clock. The Rev. Eric BIZER will officiate. burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 11, 1950; Date of Death: Dec 9, 1950 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen on Friday, August 8, 2003

Jennie Porter ERICKSEN

ERICKSEN, Jennie PORTER age 91 years, of Rock Island, Illinois, April 22, 1975 at the Oak Glen Nursing Home, Cold Valley, Illinois. Born June 9, 1883 in Lemont, Illinois, had been a life long resident of the Will Co. area. Member of the Richard St. Methodist Church, The Kings Daughters, Past State President International Order of Kings Daughters and served on the board of the Cleveland Kings Daughter Home at Rock Island. Preceded in death by her first husband, Harry E. PORTER and her second husband, Walter J. ERICKSEN. Her parents, Milton and Jane BETTENHOUSE CLEVELAND, 2 sistrs, Grace E. ASPEL and Sophia M. DOIG. Survived by 1 son, J. Edwin PORTER, Tampa, Florida, a granddaughter Mrs. Sherman (Nancy Jane) WHITE, a grandson, Edwin J. PORTER, both of Tampa, Florida, 6 great grandchildren, a sister, Florence H. CLEVELAND of Joliet, nieces, nephews and cousins, Remains are at the Goodale Funeral Home where private services will be held Friday, April 25 with Rev. Willis Walker officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. No visitation. Memorials to the CLEVELAND Home of the Kings Daughters, Rock Island will be appreciated.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 20, 1999


Services were held Saturday morning for Allen Edwin ERICKSON, 83, of Monee. Mr ERICKSON died 11 July 2000, at St James Hospital, Chicago Heights, IL. He was born 27 Aug 1916 in Chicago. He was a retured truck driver, a member of the Austin Messiah Lutheran Church of Chicago and a past member of the Monee Fire Department. Mr ERICKSON is survived by his wife, Leona (HOLL) ERICKSON, whom he married 4 June 1944 in Monee; two sons, Dennis (Judy) ERICKSON of Chicago and Richard ERICKSON of Monee; one granddaughter, Hope ERICKSON of Oak Park; and one brother Walter (Ruth) ERICKSON of LaGrange Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ellen (RUNDQUIST)ERICKSON, one sister and three brothers. Memorial services were conducted July 15 at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. The Rev Dr Robert Hurst officiated. Burial was in St Paul’s Cemetery, Monee. Memorials may be made to St Paul’s United Church of Christ, St Paul’s Cemetery or to the Monee Fire Department.

Source: Monee Monitor, July 20, 2000 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005


Leslie R. ERICKSON, 48, of 123 1/2 Independence Ave. died Monday (Dec. 15, 1969) at Silver Cross Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Osakis, Minn., he had lived in Joliet 30 years. Mr. ERICKSON was an Army veteran of World War II and was a guard at the J & R Security Service. He was a member of Harwood American Legion Post 5 and the Ingalls Park United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, the former Laura DRALLE; two daughters, Mrs. John (Evelyn) CHASE of Salem and Melody ERICKSON of Joliet; a sister, Mrs. Vivian RITCHIE of Osakis; and a grondson. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Carlson Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward E. Brewster officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery at Manhattan.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 16, 1969 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004