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Betty M. GALLAGHER (nee ANDRES) Age 76, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2003 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL. Late of New Lenox. She is survived by her two daughters, Marla (Thomas) HALL and Jenelle (Bob) MANCE; four grandchildren, Eva SIMMONS, Adam, Jacob and Luke MANCE; a great grandchild, Hannah SIMMONS; and her caregiver, Roma VAITEKUNIENE. She lived in the Joliet area for 49 years. She was a member of the Ingalls United Methodist Church. She was the Past President PTA Woodlawn School and Past President of the U.M. Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. GALLAHGER (2003); her parents, Dewey and Elsie (LANDAU) Andres; a grandson, Timothy HALL; and her daughter, Susan Joy GALLAGHER. Family will receive friends at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL Sunday, December 7, 2003 from 2 to 7 PM. Funeral Service Monday, December 8, 2003 in the funeral home chapel at 10 AM with Rev. Frank BERMAN officiating. Interment to follow to Maplewood Cemetery, New Lenox, IL. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Kurtz Memorial Chapel Cedar at Francis Rds. 815-485-3200

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 5, 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 5, 2003


Eugene M. Gallagher, 88, of Manhattan, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday at the Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 235 W. North St., Manhattan, where he was a lifelong member. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph School or to the Manhattan Fire Department. Mr. Gallagher retired after 50 years of farming in Manhattan. He also served as the Manhattan Township supervisor for 20 years. He was born in Manhattan, the son of Michael and Mabel Kirstein Gallagher. His wife, the former Mary Kay McHugh, is deceased. Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Betty Gallagher, Kenneth and Loretta Gallagher, all of Manhattan, Richard and Dee Gallagher of Wilmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanene and Greg Flint of Coal City, Myrtle and Dan Brown of Oak Lawn; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Gallagher; four sisters, Theresa Gallagher, Cecelia Mundt, Ruth Audette, Doris Hawryluk; and several nieces and nephews. One infant grandson, Kevin Joseph Gallagher; one brother, Francis Gallagher; and four sisters, Irene Gallagher, who died in infancy; Lillian Walsh, Hazel Draves and Bernice Bratcher, are deceased. Mr. Gallagher was a member of the Manhattan Lions Club and the Manhattan Sportsman Club. He was also a member of the first graduating class of St. Joseph’s Catholic Grade School, Manhattan.

Source: Kankakee Journal, July 18, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 29, 2005


Joseph J. GALLAGHER Age 78, passed away at his home in New Lenox, Saturday, August 30, 2003. Late of New Lenox. He is survived by his loving wife Betty M. (ANDRES. Two daughters Marla J. (Thomas) HALL and Jenelle (Bob) MANCE. Four sisters Doris HAWRYLUK, Theresa GALLAGHER, Ruth AUDETTE, Celia MUNDT, four grandchildren, Eva SIMMONS, Adam, Jacob and Luke MANCE, one great grandchild, Hannah SIMMONS. He lived in the Joliet area for the last 48 years. He retired from Caterpillar after 30 years as a carpenter. He was a member of Ingalls Park U.M.C., Elks Club 296 and the Lockport Moose 1157. He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Mabel (KIRSTEIN) GALLAGHER. Three sisters Hazel DRAVES, Bernice BATCHER and Lillian. Two brothers Francis and Eugene, one grandson Timothy HALL and one daughter Susan Joy GALLAGHER. Family will receive friends at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, Monday, September 1, 2003 from 2 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, September 2, 2003 in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. with Rev. Frank Berman officiating. Interment to follow to Maplewood Cemetery in New Lenox. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Kurtz Memorial Chapel Cedar at Francis Rds., 485-3200

Source: Joliet Herald News, Aug 31, 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen on Sunday, August 31, 2003


MANHATTAN –Shirley B. Gallagher, 66, of Manhattan, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Forsythe Funeral Home, 507 S. State Street, Manhattan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 235 W. North Street, Manhattan, where she was a member. Cremation rites will follow. Memorials may be made to the family. Mrs. Gallagher worked as a caregiver of children at the Recreation Center of Anna McDonald School in Manhattan. She was born in 1937 in Joliet, the daughter of Elmer and Bernice Noble Moser. Her parents are deceased. Surviving are her husband, William Gallagher of Manhattan; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Colleen and Ron Stetzel, Peggy and Keith Yunker, all of Peotone, Katie and Terry Allocco of Joliet; 3 sons, Michael Gallagher of Manhattan, Bill Gallagher and Tim Gallagher, both of Coconut Creek, Florida; 7 grandchildren; 1 sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Eugene Bisping of Elwood; 1 brother, William Moser of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Apr 8, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005

Mary Virginia GARAB

Mary Virginia Garab, 80, of Peotone, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Allen Good will officiate. A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Looney Springs Cemetery in Campbell Hill. Pallbearers will be Richard Anderson, Martin Rosendahl, Larry Grisham, Clarence Rehberg, Gerald Hough and Charles McGehee. Memorials may be made to Provena St. Mary’s Hospital Cancer Center. She was born April 17, 1922, in Willisville, the daughter of Harry and Emma Stoffel Brownfield. Her husband, Eugene Garab, whom she married January 9, 1943, in Laporte, Indiana, died in 1997. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Michael McGinley of Hoffman Estates, Paula and Richard Maytum of Warrenville; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Richmond of Lubbock, Texas. An infant son, Bruce Wayne Garab; and one sister, Bernell Hansen, are deceased. Mrs. Garab was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Manteno and the Eastern Star.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 12, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005

Catharine GARLICK

Mrs. Joshua GARLICK Dies in Rockdale Mrs. Joshua GARLICK, 75 years old, a pioneer resident of Will county, died in her home, 714 Meadow Avenue, Rockdale, yesterday, following a year’s illness. She had resided in Joliet for 50 years. Surviving her are her husband; two sons, Joshua, Jr. of Joliet, and Robert of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. J. Frank PAGE, Chicago and Mrs. John L. BALTZ of Troy. The funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon from the Western Funeral parlors at 2 o’clock with the Rev. W. C. Godden officiating. Burial will be in Lockport cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-news, Mar 24, 1927; Date of Death: Mar 23, 1927 Posted by Pat Martin, Dec 7, 2002


David Garlick, 59, Dies After Lengthy Illness David Garlick, 59 years old, 505 Benton street, died in St. Joseph’s hospital at 4 o’clock this morning after a prolonged illness. A lifelong resident of Joliet, Mr. Garlick for many years operated a meat market on Collins street. He had been retired for the last 10 years. Surviving is his widow. The funeral will be held at 9 o’clock Friday morning from the O’Neil Mortuary, with rites in St. Mary’s church at 9:30. Burial will be in Mount Olivet cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald- News, Oct 18, 1939; Date of Death: Oct 18, 1939 Posted by Pat Martin, Jan 1, 2003


Aged Resident of Rockdale Is Heat Victim One of Will county’s oldest natives, Joshua GARLICK, 85 years old, succumbed yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock in St. Joseph’s hospital after suffering from the heat since Monday. He lived at 714 Meadow avenue, Rockdale. Mr. Garlick was born in Lockport. He worked as a carpenter when a young man, later taking up farming. For the past 15 years he lived in Rockdale. Surviving him are two sons, Robert of Miami, Fla., and Joshua, Jr., of Rockdale; two daughters, Mrs. Frank PAGE of Chicago and Mrs. John BALTZ of Troy, and several grandchildren. Services will be held in the Western funeral home Saturday morning at 8:30 o’clock and in St. Joseph’s church, Rockdale, at 9 o’clock. Friends are asked to omit flowers.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald News, July 16, 1936; Date of Death: July 15, 1936 Posted by Pat Martin, Dec 7, 2002


GARLICK- Mrs. L. D. Garlick died at her home in Manhattan, last night at 11 o’clock, aged 60 years. Death was due to cancer. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in St. Joseph’s church at Manhattan, with burial in Mt. Oivet, by auto. Mr. Garlick who survives, formerly was in business in Joliet. There is also a son, David, in Manhattan, one grandchild, Marcella, and two sisters, Margaret CASSIDY and Annie ROGERS, of Joliet.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald- News, 3 Sep 1915; Date of Death: 2 Sep 1915 Posted by Pat Martin, Jan 1, 2003


GARLICK- Louis D. Garlick of Manhattan, 63 years old, died in the home of his son, David, 1005 Benton street, this morning at 8 o’clock. Besides his son, David, he is survived by two brothers, Joshua of Rockdale and Bernard of Chicago; and one sister, Mrs. Esther BARRINGER of Joliet. The funeral will be held from the home at 9:30 o’clock Friday morning to St. Mary’s church at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald- News, Feb 6, 1918; Date of Death: Feb 6, 1918 Posted by Pat Martin on Wednesday, January 1, 2003


Mrs. Martha H. (Collier) Gaskill Funeral services were held for Mrs. Martha H. Gaskill who died Sunday at Peshastin (Kittitas/Chelan County, Washington), Tuesday afternoon, Rev. N M Jones officiating. The body was shipped to her old home at Jollet, Illinois for interment, her grandson J H Smith accompanying the remains. Mrs. Gaskill was 78 years of age. She is a sister of Mrs. H W Otis and Mrs. M N Starks, and leaves a daughter, Mrs. J C Smith.

Source: Cashmere Valley Record, Oct 9, 1914; Date of Death: Oct 4, 1914 Posted by Tim Drake, April 15, 2003

Virgil GAST

Virgil Gast, 90, of Ashkum, formerly of Peotone, died Thursday, December 14, 2006, at Riverside Medical Center. Private services will be held. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery. He was born June 24, 1916, in Peotone. He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Chebanse. Deceased are his first wife, Bertha (1988); second wife, Dorothy (2005); and son, David (1955).

Source: Kankakee Journal, Dec 17, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Dec 17, 2006


Died. — In this city, at the residence of his father’s, Calib GATES, son of Caleb and Permelia CHAPMAN. Aged, 22 years.

Source: The True Democrat, Joliet, IL, Vol. X I V, No. 26, Feb 9, 1861 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000

Florence GAVICAN

Florence GAVICAN, 71, Dies at Her Home Mrs. Thomas (Florence) GAVICAN, 71, of Wilmington township, died at her home Saturday, March 16, following a lingering illness. Mrs. GAVICAN was born in Clifton and lived in Wilmington township for 70 years. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Rose Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter, Mary Eileen; and five brothers and a sister in Valparaiso, Indiana. Funeral services were conducted from the Reeves Funeral Home Tuesday morning to St. Rose Catholic Church with the Rev. George KUZMA officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, Mar 22, 1963; Date of Death: Mar 16, 1963 Posted by Anne Nelson, May 31, 2005


Wilmington – The funeral of Thomas GAVICAN, from near Lorenzo, was held from the Catholic church this morning. He was a road commisioner and was widely known around here.

Source: Daily Republican, July 18, 1902; Date of Death: July 16, 1902 Posted by Anne Nelson, May 28, 2005


Thomas J. GAVICAN, Wilmington, Dies Thomas J. GAVICAN, 76, a life-long resident of Wilmington Township, died Friday (April 8, 1966) at Saint Joseph Hospital after a short illness. Mr. GAVICAN was born in Wilmington Township Feb. 4, 1890 the son of two pioneers, Thomas and Anna GAVICAN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, and a son Myles. Mr. GAVICAN was formerly employed at the Joliet Arsenal and the DesPlaines Game Farm. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Eileen GAVICAN of Wilmington Township, and a sister, Mrs. Mary BUCK of Joliet. Mr. GAVICAN was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Rose Church. Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday from the Reeves Funeral home, Wilmington, to St. Rose church at 9:30 a.m. the Rev. George KUZMA will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington. Friends may call today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Apr 9, 1966 Posted by Anne Nelson, May 31, 2005

Thomas Myles GAVICAN

GAVICAN – Thomas Myles, age 17 years, died Friday, October 27, 1933. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas GAVICAN; one sister Mary Eileen; his grandparents, Mrs. Johanna HAYES of Valparaiso of Valparaiso, Ind., and Mrs. Anna GAVICAN of Wilmington. Funeral services from the home in Lorenzo, Ill, Monday, October 30, at 9:30 a.m. to St. Rose’s church, Wilmington, at 10 o’clock. Burial in Mt. Olivet cemetery, Wilmington.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald News, Oct 28, 1933 Posted by Anne Nelson, May 31, 2005


Sick 26 Years; Dies in Lemont Mrs. Peter Gburzyk, aged 76, Succumbs to Lingering Illness. Lemont, Oct. 7. – – Mrs. Peter GBURZYK, aged 76 years, died at her home in Blue Hill yesterday morning at 2 o’clock, after a lingering illness of 26 years. Funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, to St. Cyril’s Polish Catholic church, where requiem mass will be celebrated by Rev. Father JAGODZINSKY. Burial in Polish Catholic cemetery. She leaves a husband and four children, Mrs. Frank KULPINSKI, Mary, Michael and Pauline GBURZYK.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 153, Page 4, Oct 7, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001


Mrs. Lottie E. GEUTHER, 76, a lifetime Frankfort area resident, died today (Oct. 18, 1965) in St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights. Death followed a brief illness. born March 29, 1889 in Orland Township, she was the former Lottie MARTI. She was the widow of Arthur GEUTHER. She is survived by a brother, Arthur MARTI, and was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Visitation will be in HIRSCH Memorial Chapel, Tinley Park, after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. Pete Church, Frankfort. The Rev. LaVern SMITH will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mrs. GEUTHER was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, Camp 6036, at Frankfort; the St. Peter Women’s Guild and the Order of Eastern Star, Marguerite chapter.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, Oct 18, 1965 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 22, 1999

Chester Keith GILBERT

Elwood, Ill., Aug 26-The funeral services over Chester Keith GILBERT, who died after a short illness were held in the Presbyterial church, Rev. GESSELBRACHT preaching a most appropriate sermon. Burial was in the Brown church cemetery. He lived his short life in attending Sunday school. Chester was a sweet livable (sic) child. His teachers, friends and family all loved him and are bowed with grief that he was so early called from them. In his home he was quiet and cheerful. Christ loved him and took him to Himself because his work here was furnished (sic), because there were greater heights and easier paths for his feet. So sudden! we say. But, oh! the pain and suffering he is saved. It is all joy, all love, all music for him. He loved the beautiful here, he has none but the beautiful there. Dr. and Mrs. GILBERT express their profoundest appreciation and sincerest gratitude for the many tokens of kindly interest and tender affection at this moment of bereavement. The noral (sic) offerings and tributes were so many and beautiful, the kindly offer of assistance in every part of the home life and the spontaneous out pouring of heart felt sympathy on all realised profoundly but seem beyond the power of words to express. The neighbors and friends will please accept this public verbal expression of indebtedness as a slight acknowledgement of the large debt of thanks and obligation which is too great to repay.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, Aug 26, 1907 Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 9, 2000

Charlotte GILMORE

Charlotte G. GILMORE Born March 9, 1913 and passed away to the Lord peacefully on August 17, 2003. She is survived by her daughters Charlotte G. (late W. David) WADLAND of Greenfield, N.H.; Carole J. GILMORE of Kewanee, IL; son Lynn R. (Kathleen LOPEZ)GILMORE of New Lenox, IL. Proud Grandmother of Carl (Jennifer) GILMORE, Lisa GILMORE, Elizabeth LOPEZ, Andrew LOPEZ. Caring great- grandmother of Benjamin F. GILMORE. Fond sister of Ruth G. (late Earl) CUTLER. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews and a special friend Teena K. GLAZEBROOK. She was preceded in death by her parents Nicholas J. and Charlotte (nee HOHENSTEIN) GEUTHER, her loving husband Robert F. GILMORE (1987), her son Paul F. GILMORE (1995), brother Clarence E. GEUTHER, (1988) and Robert O. GEUTHER (1995) and sister Esther G. BARNES (1989). Charlotte was a lifelong member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mokena, a founding member of the Ruth Society and active in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Primarily a home-maker, she also worked as a secretary at Mokena Elementary School. Visitation Friday, August 29, 2003 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd. Mokena, IL. She will be lying in state Saturday 9:30 a.m. until time of service 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 10731 W. LaPorte Rd., Mokena, IL. Interment in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church or directed to the Lincoln Way East Scholarship Fund, Walcamp, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Special Olympics, or to any charitable organization of your choice. 708-479-1210 or

Source: Joliet Herald News, Aug 27, 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 27, 2003


Joan M. Ginter, 70, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly of the Manhattan and Peotone area, died Monday, October 14, 2002. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Forsythe Funeral Chapel, Manhattan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family or for Masses. Ms. Ginter was formerly employed by Dr. March of Peotone and Fisher Body Automotive. Surviving are two sons, Thomas Ginter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rev. Michael Ginter, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Peotone; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and James Bernhard of Manhattan; two sisters-in-law, Rita McGrath of Manhattan; one granddaughter; and former husband, Clarence Ginter. Her parents, James A. and Dorothy Ritchel McGrath; and two brothers, Edward and James I. McGrath, are deceased. Ms. Ginter was a former organist at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Peotone and St. Joseph Church in Manteno. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Peotone.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Oct 16, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings on Thursday, September 29, 2005

Michael GINTER

Father Michael Ward Ginter, 53, of Peotone, IL, passed away Monday, July 31, 2006 at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, Illinois. He was born May 28, 1953 in Gard, Indiana. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Clarence M. “Gus” (Joy) Ginter of Rapid City, MI; brother, Thomas Ginter of Madisonville, TX; half-sister, Christina Ginter of Livonia, MI; and niece, Rachel Ginter of Oklahoma City, OK. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Joan M. (nee McGrath) Ginter in 2002. He was a priest at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone, he also worked in the Tribunal Office at the Diocese of Joliet. Funeral Mass, Friday, August 4th at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan, Illinois. Visitation is Thursday, August 3, 2-9 pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone. 708-258-6737.

Source: Joliet Herald, Aug 1, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 1, 2006

(Rev.) Albert W GLASS

This man is buried in the Manhattan Cem., with his wife Eleanor M. Glass. He was well known in Joliet and Manhattan between 1870 and 1888. Prior to that he had a dry goods business and a hardware store in Geneva, IL I wanted to read an obit hoping to have his parents named. Albert was born in Castleton, VT. His Wife born in Brandon, VT. Any help you can offer is gratefully received. Thank you.

Source: Joliet Herald?, Jan 1888; Date of Death: Jan 4, 1888 Posted by Anne Frazer, Jan 6, 2004

Mrs Martha GLEASON

GLEASON — The Funeral of Mrs. Martha GLEASON, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard GRAY, Plainfield, Tuesday, was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the home, the Rev. Frederick KNIGHT officiating. Burial was in Plainfield cemetery.

Source: The Joliet Evening Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Feb 8, 1917 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jun 19, 2000


Found Dead. — The body of John GLENDENEN, a Scotchman by birth, was found in a hay field about three miles east of Plainfield, in this county, on Tuesday the 18th inst., in a decomposed state. An inquest was held by Coroner DALY, and the verdict was that he came to his death from intemperance and exposure. A jug of whisky and a loaf of bread was found near the body. He had been missing from his place of boarding since the Friday previous. The deceased was a kind-hearted industrious man, and might have lived respected and happy, had it not been for his unfortunate intemperant habits. (Well, respected anyway. — L. B. Peet)

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 11, Page 2, Aug 25, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000


Death of M. B. GLENN. — We regret to announce the death of M. B. Glenn, which took place in this city on the 3d inst. Mr Glenn was a printer, and for some time had been employed in the Republican office. — He was a young man of fine talents and excellent habits, and was highly esteemed by all his acquaintances. When the 100th regiment was organized, though in bad health, he laid down the rule and the printers shooting stick, for weapons of a different character, and volunteered in Capt. BARTLETT’s company. After months of service he was compelled by ill health to come home, but he did not live long after arriving amongst his friends.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 44, Page 2, Apr 14, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 3, 2000

Mrs Anna E GOBLE

Aged Resident Dies Mrs. Anna E. GOBLE, 93 years old, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Etta VIMPENY, 112 Jefferson Street, yesterday morning after a lingering illness. She was born in Plattsburg, New York on Nov. 18, 1847 and has been a resident of Lockport for the past 23 years. Mrs. GOBLE was a former resident of Joliet. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. VIMPENY of Lockport; Mrs. Cora SINCLAIR of Miami, Florida and Mrs. Edith VIMPENY of Custer Park, Illinois; also eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. J. Warren LEONARD of the First Christian Church of Joliet and the Rev. R. J. SNYWOLT, pastor of the First M.E. church will officiate Burial will be in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Norma Meier, Aug 1, 1998

Samuel D GOBLE

Death Of Old Soldier Samuel D. GOBLE, aged 74 years, a well known member of the G.A.R., passed away last night at halfpast 8 o’clock at his home, 202 Grant avenue. The funeral services will be held from the First Christian church on Union street Wednesday afternoon at halfpast 2 o’clock, Bartleson Post G.A.R., No. 140, having charge. Mr. GOBLE was born in Henry county, Indiana, in 1832. He removed to Joliet in 1870. In 1871 he was married to Miss Annie HAYES, who survives him. He was employed at the Illinois Steel Co.’s mills for sixteen years, until an accident disabled him. His war service was with Co.C, 75th U.S.V.I. He enlisted at Columbus, Ohio, July 29, 1862, and was mustered out in July, 1865. Four children are left to lament his loss – Etta E. VIMPENY and Cora E. MILLER of Chicago; Bert V. GOBLE and Edith M. VIMPENY of Joliet. (The Civil War Veteran is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois)

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Norma Meier, Aug 1, 1998

John George GOETZ

Beecher Beecher, Oct. 1. — Death has again summoned one of the old residents of Beecher, in the demise of John George GOETZ, who died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick WILKENING, at Crete. Mr. Goetz has been a sufferer from cancer of the throat for several months, this being the immediate cause of his death. Deceased was born in Pfaffendorf, Germany, February 14, 1836, and was united in marriage with Miss Constantine BAUER in 1862, and while residing there one child was born. In 1859 they emigrated to this country and settled in Beecher and where Mr. Goetz had resided up to five years ago, when he moved to Crete to make his home with his daughter. Nine children were born, five of whom survive their parents, three daughters and two sons. Mr. Goetz was a wagon-maker by trade and worked at this and selling fire insurance some thirty-five years. During his residence in Beecher, Mr. Goetz lived an honest and upright life and was a member of St. John’s Evangelical church for forty years. The funeral was at noon on Thursday from his late home at Crete, where Rev. G. HORST officiated in English, to the Evangelical St. Lucas church, Beecher, where Rev. H. SIEGFRIED officiated in German. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Beecher cemetery.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 149, Page 13, Oct 2, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001


Earl Goldfuss Has Impressive Burial Earl F. GOLDFUSS, son of George F. GOLDFUSS, a popular lad who had many friends among both old and young, and whose death occurred Tuesday at his father’s home, 707 West Jefferson street, was laid to rest yesterday. Simple but impressive cerimonies, featured the burial of this young man and services were held from the home to St. Peter’s German Lutheran church at 2 o’clock. The interment was in Elmhurst cemetery. The floral offerings were exceptionally profuse and beautiful and represented gifts from the Walter League, the Athletic club of St. Peter’s church and Joliet’s Turn Verein. Also many sympathizing friends. The floral pieces were carried by Leslie BROOKER, Ferdinand BITTERMAN, Leland FREDERICK, Walter BOESE. The pall bearers were Ward HERATH, Victor WALTER, George JOHNSON, Carl NAUMANN, Walter GEISSLER, and Elmer PRITZ. The boys were companions and former school mates of the deceased, who, at one time, attended the Joliet township high school.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 145, Page 2, Sep 27, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 13, 2001


The following clipping from the Madison (Kansas) News will be of interest to many people of Jackson and also of Joliet, Mr. GONTER at one time running the candy store and restaurant now operated by SCHEIDT of Jefferson street, Joliet: Mary Ann GONTER died at her home in Madison on Tuesday afternoon December 29, 1896, aged 66 years, 10 months and 21 days after an illness extending back over forty years. She bore her terrible suffering with patience and fortitude and during her last days was conscious that the end was near and had many times signified her willingness to leave the world where for many years had continued for her nothing but never-ending pain. She was a member of no church but had been early taught the Christian way, and, although unable to attend church for many years, she has lived a Christian life, her preference being the M. E. church. She leaves a husband and eight children, all grown, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon by Rev. J.W. FUNK of the Presbyterian church and Rev. W. EMERSON of the M.E. church and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at No. 8. Those who knew the deceased best fully believe that she now contemplates her husband and children with pitying tenderness from those realms of bliss to which her pure spirit has flown.

Source: Madison (kansas) News, Unknown date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, July 17, 2000

Mrs Alanson GOODING

Sick Many Months; Mrs. Gooding Dies Well Known Wilmington Woman a Victim of Paralysis. Wilmington, Oct. 1.– Mrs. Alanson GOODING of Wesley township, one of the most respected residents of this vicinity, who has been ill for several months with creeping paralysis, passed away at her late home, Monday evening, May 29, 1913. Miss Nettie Charters SMITH was born in Lancashire, Scotland, November 13, 1865. When but when a young woman she came to Toronto, Canada, where she resided for four years. She came to Wilmington some 22 years ago. On March 14, 1895 she was united in marriage to Alonson GOODING, a farmer of Wesley township. The deceased leaves to mourn her loss, one son, Edward, two sisters and five brothers, besides a host of friends. She united with the local Presbyterian church 22 years ago by a letter from her home church in Scotland. She was a faithful worker in church circles while in Canada and continued as such in Wilmington. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from her late home at two o’clock. Rev. John WELSH, pastor of the Presbyterian church will officiate; burial in Oakwood cemetery beside her husband who preceded her some three years ago.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 148, Oct 1, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001


Leola F. Goodson, 85, of Willow Lake Estates, Elgin, died Saturday, June 18, at Sherman Hospital, Elgin. She was born Oct. 23, 1908. She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin. She formerly was employed by Nish Insurance Agency, Elgin. She is survived by several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, William O. (Ruth) Goodson of Plainfield; two stepsisters, Viola Feeney and Geraldine Rees, both of Phoenix, AZ; 13 grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and eight great-grand-nephews and grand-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Milton “Roy” Gooson, who died Aug. 22, 1992. Visitation is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at O’Connor and Homeier Funeral Home, followed by a prayer service at 10:40 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, the Rev. William Knott officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin. Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas More Building Fund or the Elgin Elks Building Fund.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Submitted by: Elise, Mar 6, 2007


Age 102. Friday Jan. 20, 1978 at the Four Seasons Nursing Center, late of 1305 Mason Ave. Born in Joliet Township, resident of Plainfield 65 years. Returning to Joliet 1962. Member of st. Mary’s Catholic Church, Plainfield, (oldest parishioner), Council of Catholic Women and Royal Neighbors of America. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Goodson (Jan. 5, 1962); her parents Peter and Catherine (Hershbach) Friedrich; one son, John F. Goodson; two daughters, Margaret L. Weinhold and Florence A. Fiddyment; three brothers, Jacob, Joseph, and John Friedrich; five sisters, Susan Korst, Mary Snyder, Anna, Katherine Goodson, and Barbara Friedrich. Surviving is one daughter, Kathryn (T.F. Wilhelmi) of Joliet; one son, Charles K. Friedrich of Hinsdale, IL; ten grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and eleven great great grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth (A.J. Rakebrand) of Joliet. Aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Remains are resting at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Center at Campbell Sts. Funeral services for Regina F. Goodson will be Monday at 9:15 a.m. to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Plainfield for a Mass at 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Plainfield. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home Sunday evening, 8 p.m. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Source: unknown newspaper, 1978 Submitted by: Elise, Mar 5, 2007

Patrick GORMAN

Patrick M. Gorman, 79, of Peotone, a former postmaster, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at Ingalls Hospice Inpatient in Harvey. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone, where he was a member. Revs. Kevin Gorman, William Cullen and Michael Ginter will co-officiate. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Milan Schroeder, Jack Leahy, Paul Rathje, Craig and Grant Carlson and Paul White. Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Ladd and Gerald Daum. Memorials may be made to Ingalls Hospice or to the St. Paul Catholic Church Building Fund. Mr. Gorman was the Peotone postmaster from 1963 until his retirement in 1986. He was an auctioneer and had been a real estate broker since 1950. He was born January 8, 1924, in Peotone, the son of Hugh J. and Grace McGowan Gorman. Surviving are his wife, the former Claire Dohney, whom he married November 5, 1955, in Chicago, of Peotone; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dennis Gorman of Peotone, Shaun and Diane Gorman of Grant Park; one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Craig Carlson of Manalapan, New Jersey; four grandchildren; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Hugh J. and Irene Gorman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Patricia Gorman of Edina, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, John A. Gorman and Dennis J. Gorman, are deceased. He was a graduate of Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa. Mr. Gorman served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392, where he was past commander in 1954. He was the emcee of the Will County Fair tractor pull for 25 years and a Democratic Precinct committeeman for 17 years. He was a member of the National Association of Postmasters.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Dec 22, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

Jada Lyn GORON

Jada Lyn GORON Infant baby angel gone to her heavenly life on October 9, 2001. Deeply loved by her parents, Dennis and Cindi (HEISNER) GORON and her big brothers, Kyle and Connor. A precious gift to her grandma Bev HEISNER, Aunt Sandy, Uncle Steve and cousins, Mike (Amanda), Lisa and Kara ROOTS. Also survived by her half sisters, Ashley and Katie GORON. Grandmother, Shirley GORON and Aunt Mary and Uncle Mike KARGLE. Preceded in death by her grandfathers, Robert Heisner and Walter Goron. Funeral services for Jada Lyn will be Friday, October 12, 2001, 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Visitation 7:00 p.m. until time of service at: Fred C. Dames West Chapel 3200 Black at Essington Rds.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Oct 12, 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 12, 2001


Former Police Official Succumbs to Pneumonia August J. GOSSMAN, one of the old veterans of the Joliet police force, died last evening at St. Joseph’s hospital, where he was taken yesterday afternoon, following a serious turn in an attack of pneumonia. Mr. Gossman had been ill only a few days, and no apprehension was felt until a short time before his death when his case was pronounced hopeless. The deceased leaves a son, James, Two brothers, John and Bernard, and one sister, Mrs. STERNBERGER, all of Joliet. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 8:30 o’clock, from the home of Mrs. Sternberger, 507 South Desplaines street, to St. John’s German Catholic church, at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in St. John’s cemetery. At the time of his death, Mr. Gossman was night watchman for the CHampion Machinery Co., a position he held for several years. Prior to this, he was a member of the Joliet police force, serving ten or more years in this capacity, a portion of the time as desk sergeant. He was a quiet, unassuming man, and very industrious.

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


Death of an Old Soldier. Conrad GOSSMAN, a veteran of the 90th Illinois volunteers in the late war for the Union, died at his residence, on the West Side, last Thursday afternoon, after a long illness. The deceased enlisted in Capt. O’CONNOR’s company, and like his gallient commander, was severely wounded at the battle on Mission Ridge, Tennessee. He was in the thickest of the fight and bravely stood at his post until his body was literally riddled with rebel bullets. He never completely recovered from his wounds, and at last they were the cause of his death. He was about 54 years old, and had seen military service in Europe. His funeral took place Saturday. His remains were interred in the German Catholic cemetery.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 35, No. 38, Page 1, Feb 12, 1878 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, July 25, 2000


Recent Deaths Earl A. GOTTS Age 91. Friday, January 19, 2001 at Salem Village Nursing Home. Late of Lockport. Survived by his loving wife Alta (BAILEY), daughter Carol (James) HOMERDING; two sons, Norman (Marilyn) and Allen (Mary Ann) GOTTS. Eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret (TITUS) GOTTS. One brother Arlington and one sister Gladys. Retired from Texaco Oil after many years of service. Family will receive friends at the Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 from 10:30 a.m. until time of services at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Lora GOING officiating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Goodale Memorial Chapel 912 S. Hamilton St., (815)838-1533.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 22, 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 22, 2001

Olga Gertade GRANISE

The funeral of Mrs. Gustav THURM who died at Udall Kansas will take place on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the home of her son, Paul G., at 312 Duncan Street, and at 2 o’clock from St. Peter’s Lutheran church. Rev. August SCHUESSLER officiating. The remains will arive here on the Santa Fe. Mrs. Thurm leaves besides her husband, a son, Gustav Jr., in Udall, besides a son, Paul and Fred, also a daughter, Mrs. W. C. BROCKMAN, of this city, and a daughter at the home in Kansas.

Source: Joliet Daily News, Nov 20, 1910; Date of Death: Nov 8, 1910 Posted by Sheila Brockman, May 31, 1999


Mrs. William GRANT Dies At Her Home Lived In Elwood And Was Well Known In This City Mrs. William GRANT died yesterday morning at 8 o’clock at her home in Elwood. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Elwood Methodist Church, Rev METTLER of this city conducting the services. Interment will be in Maple Hill cemetery, Elwood. Mrs. GRANT was born near Hornelsville, New York, in 1841, and was married to William Grant, April 1861. She has been a resident of Elwood for many years. Mrs. GRANT leaves besides her husband, two brothers, John BRIDGE of Winnona Ill., and Charles BRIDGE of Elkhart, Ill. John GRANT of this city internal revenue collector is a brother of William GRANT, who is also well known here.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Feb 19, 1905 Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, July 17, 2000


Joliet Man Found Slain in Corn Field D. H. GRAVES Found Near St. Charles With Throat Slashed. (By the United Press.) Aurora, Ill., March 12. — Half hidden in a shock of corn, the body of D. H. Graves, aged 40, said to be a retired businessman of Joliet, who has been missing since Tuesday night, was found today. The throat was slashed from ear to ear. Fred SPIEK, a farmer’s son, found the body on an abandoned part of his father’s farm near St. Charles. There was no weapon near the body and the authorities believe Graves was murdered. One mile from the spot Mrs. REXROAT was murdered by Henry SPENCER, and less than 2 miles away, Caphias FAIRMAN, who was killed by a Chicago & North Western train, was found a few weeks ago.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 284, Page 1, Mar 12, 1914 Posted by Lawrence B Peet on Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Boy Killed..– A son of Mr. George GREENWOOD, of New Lenox, a sprightly boy of six years, was killed by a corn-sheller on last Wednesday. He was sitting on the driver’s seat, driving the horses, while his father was feeding the machine. The little fellow had a shawl wrapped about him, which by some means caught in the wheel, and before the team could be stopped, he was drawn into it and his neck dislocated. Death ensued almost instantly.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 29, No. 40, Page 3, Feb 27, 1872 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, July 27, 2000

Dorothy GREGG

Dorothea MUELLER GREGG. It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Dorothea MUELLER GREGG announces her passing on October 6, 2004 in Jacksonville, FL. She was the beloved mother of John F. (Andrea) GREGG of Jacksonville, FL and Robert J. (Susan) GREGG of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Richard S. (Lisa) GREGG of Joliet, IL. She was predeceased by her husband, John P. GREGG in 1993. Dorothea will be fondly remembered by her 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and her sister, Lois EARLS of Danville, IL. Dorothea was born in Andres, IL on January 16, 1913 and was married to John P. GREGG in 1938. They were long time residents of Joliet, IL and Singer Island, FL. She recently moved to Jacksonville, FL. Dorothea graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1931 and Joliet Junior College in 1933. She and her husband, John, co-founded Gregg Motor Sales, Inc. in Joliet, IL in 1950. She was active in church and civic organizations throughout her life. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. with entombment at Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your community hospice or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224-1865. Visitation will be Friday, October 8, 2004 from 6-8 p.m. at FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME 3200 Black at Essington Rds. For information: 815-741-5500

Source: Joliet Herald News, Oct 8, 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 11, 2004


GRELL, Augusta, wife of Fred GRELL, died at her home, 1115 S. Desplaines Street, Wednesday at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 17, 1926, aged 69 years. Survived by her husband, five daughters, Mrs. Louis STROH, Mrs. Bernard SCHAAR, Mrs. Peter BIRSEN, Mrs. Floyd WILLARD, and Mrs. Horace G. BROWN, one son, Fred GRELL, Jr., 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral from the home Saturday at 1:30, to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 2, Rev. Karl KURTH officiating. Burial in Elmhurst Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, Feb 18, 1926; Date of Death: Feb 17, 1926 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000


Mrs. Emelie HILLER GRELL, 84, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John R. BARNES, 1505 Waverly Place, following a short illness. Mrs. GRELL was born in Joliet and had been a resident of Joliet for 54 years, having also lived 13 years in Iowa. Besides her daughter, she is survived by four other daughters, Mrs. Emma GARDNER, Mrs. Louise GRASSLE, of Joliet; Mrs. Anne BATES, of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Mrs. Ida BAST of Ventura, Iowa; a son Fred HILLER, and a sister, Mrs. Bertha BIEDERMAN, of Joliet. Funeral services will be held from the Western Funeral Parlors Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. E. W. FRENK and the Rev. Martin FRENK officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Source: The Herald-news, July 12, 1951; Date of Death: July 12, 1951 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000


Age 92, February 15, 1989 at Saint Joseph Medical Center. Preceded in death by his wife, Herta, one son, LeRoy GRELL, Sr.; his parents; five sisters, Lena, Dora, Gussie, Mata and Sophie. Survived by one daughter Wilma, Mrs. Harvey VAKSDAL; three grandchildren, LeRoy GRELL, Jr., Michael GRELL and Pat GRELL;; three great grandchildren, Ray, Kelley and Melanie GRELL, several nieces and nephews. Born in Joliet, a life long resident. Retired, self-employed horseshoer, blacksmith, and welder. World War I Army Veteran, Lying in state Saturday, 10 A.M. till time of Service 10:30 A.M. St. John Lutheran Church, Rev. Peter HOLMER, officiating, Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Friends may call Blackburn Giegerich Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd., on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Feb 16, 1989 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000

Frederick (Fred) GRELL

GRELL, Fred, age 89, died at his home, 609 S. Desplaines St., Dec. 18, 1943. Survived by four daughters, Mrs. Dora STROH of St. Joseph, Michigan, (Gussie) Mrs. Horace BROWN, (Mata) Mrs. Floyd WILLARD of Joliet, and Mrs. Sophie BIRSEN; one son, Fred Jr.; one brother, John of Braman, Oklahoma; one sister, Mrs. Meta DIETZ, of Rothsay, Minnesota; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. The body is at the Sonntag Funeral Home where services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 2:30, Rev. E. W. FRENK officiating. Burial in Elmhurst.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 20, 1943 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000

Herta (Hertha) Antonio BOSNER – GRELL

Age 89, January 19, 1984 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Survived by her husband Fred GRELL; one daughter, Wilma Mrs. Harvey VAKSDAL; one son, LeRoy GRELL, all of Joliet; three grandchildren, LeRoy GRELL Jr. and Michael GRELL both of Wilmington, Pat GRELL of Pennsylvania; three great- grandchildren; and three nieces. Born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania and lived in Joliet area since 1917. Member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and formerly active in the Brandon Road Mission. Lying in state Monday 10:a.m. to time of services 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Robert L. FRANKLIN officiating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Friends may call Sonntag-Wylie Funeral Home, Herkimer at Benton. Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 19, 1984 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000

Karoline (Carolina) BRANDT – GRELL

Mrs. Carolina GRELL died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John DEITZ, 746 N. Summit Street, this morning at 9 o’clock, June 7, 1900, aged 72 years, 8 months and 19 days. Mrs. GRELL had lived in Joliet nineteen years, and leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss – Charles (Carl) and John GRELL, of Iowa; Fred GRELL of Joliet; Mrs. Henry HOEFT, of Iowa, and Mrs. John DEITZ, of Joliet. Funeral from the residence Saturday afternoon at 1:30, at the church at 2 o’clock, Rev. August SCHUESSLER officiating. Burial at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Daily Republican, Jun 7, 1900 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000

Leroy Fred GRELL

Age 63. January 7, 1986 at Saint Joseph Medical Center. Survived by two sons, LeRoy Jr. (Donna) of Wilmington and Michael (Brenda) of Coal City, one daughter Pat GRELL of Pennsylvania, one sister, Wilma Mrs. Harvey VAKSDAL, of Joliet. Three grandchildren, Ray, Kelley and Melanie GRELL, an aunt, Gussie BROWN of Joliet. Preceded in death by his mother, Herta BOSNER GRELL. Born in Joliet, was a lifetime resident. Founder of Grell’s Garage in Wilmington and Hauling by Grell. Member of the V.F.W. of Wilmington, Moose Lodge No. 300 Joliet, Legion of Moose, Joliet and Teamsters Locan No. 179. Funeral services Friday, 11 a.m. Sonntag Wylie Funeral Home, Herkimer at Benton. Rev. Robert L. FRANKLIN officiating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund will be appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 8, 1986 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000


Died at the residence of her parents, 65 Claim St., Miss Eva GRIGGS in the nineteenth year of her age. Her illness was brief and painful, her death triumphant and happy. Miss GRIGGS fell a victim to that dreaded scourge, scarlet fever, and as is quite unusual with that disease, retained her full consciousness to the last moment. An hour or two previous to death the power of speech was seemingly gone, but in her last moments she recovered the use of her vocal organs, and extending a hand to each of her heart broken parents, she asked them separately to promise to meet her in heaven saying “You will come won’t you mamma? and you too papa?” When she was told that the other children could not come into the room for fear of the disease she said, “Tell them to follow me.” Then with her hands still clasping her parent’s hands, she repeated distinctly and slowly The Lord’s Prayer, knowing well doubtless the import of the sentence, “Thy will be done.” The writer, who was present, repeated to her the beautiful words of comfort: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” And the dying lips echoed “comfort me.” As the morning sun threw its first bright rays across the bed where she was lying her happy spirit released from its frail body had passed into the light that streams from the throne of God to go no more out forever. Funeral at the residence Friday, April 3d, at 10a.m.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, July 21, 2000


GRIMPE-Mahala Grimpe, died at the home of her daughter, Rebecca EIB, at McCoepburg, IN. Sunday, March 5th, in her 83rd year. Mrs. GRIMPE was an old resident of Jackson Grove. Funeral Tuesday, March 7th, at half past one, at the Brown Church in Jackson’s Grove.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 13, 1999


Killed By A Fall. — Mr. John GRINNE, of this city, employed as a teamster at the penitentiary, met with a sudden death on Wednesday last. He was hauling sta( )lts and the one upon which he was standing turned over and he fell from the wagon, his breast striking a stone causing his death almost instantly. He was a sober industrious man, and leaves a wife and children to mourn their sad bereavement. Signal.

Source: The True Democrat, Joliet, IL, Vol. X I V, No. 8, Page 3, Oct 6, 1860 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000


Died. At their residence on Exchange street to-day (Tuesday) at 12 1/2 o’clock, Mrs. Hannah T. GRINTON, wife of Mr. Wm. GRINTON. Deceased was 69 years of age, and came to this county about 1840, and was therefore among the early settlers. She has been ill several months. The funeral will take place Wednesday at 3 1/2 o’clock, Rev. A. H. DEAN officiating. (Note: Exchange Street was what is now Jefferson Street, from the Desplaines River west. L. B. Peet.)

Source: The Joliet Weekly Sun, Vol. 8, No. 46, Page 1, Jun 26, 1880 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, July 27, 2000


Age 66. April 21, 1988, at her late residence. Surviving are two sons, LeRoy F. (Donna) GRELL of Wilmington, Michael R. (Brenda) GRELL of Coal City and one daughter, Pat GRELL of Paxinos, Pennsylvania; grandmother of Melanie, Kelley and Raymond GRELL; one brother, Lloyd BARKER of California and one sister Anne (Victor) FRANKS of New York. Born in Neoga, Illinois, she has been a resident of Joliet the past 50 years. Last worked in the bookkeeping department of a Joliet radio station for several years and was previously employed at the Will County Court House, employed there about 10 years. Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. At her request, her remains were cremated. There was no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 1988, at the First Christian Church, Southmoor Rd., Morris, Illinois, at 2 p.m. Memorials to the First Christian Church or Big Brother/Big Sisters of America would be appreciated. Her cremains were placed in the Woodlawn Mausoleum, Joliet.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Apr 22, 1988; Date of Death: Apr 21, 1988 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000


Gilbert Victor Gullaksen, Cdr, USN Ret, 88, of Monee and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died Friday, November 8, 2002 after a short illness. He was born in 1914 in Oslo, Norway, the only child of Gilbert Anton and Caroline Gullaksen. He joined his parents, already residing in the United States, after World War I at the age of 6. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Acme Steel in Chicago until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1941. The Navy sent him to MiT for aeronautical engineering and RpI for his bachelor of science degree in management engineering. Gilbert was assigned to Aedo (Aeronautical Engineering Duty Only) for 20 years. Retiring from the Navy in 1961 he started his second career as President and ceo of Wrightway Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Wrightway Manufacturing, a plumbing specialties manufacturing company, was most notably known for Bubble Stream aerators and shower heads. Gilbert sold the business in 1975 to Beatrice Foods and continued as president until his retirement in 1982. Gilbert was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Ann Elizabeth Stillwagen. The Commander, as he was affectionately and respectfully known, is survived by his sons, Greg (Joanne) Gullaksen of Lake Zurich; Gilbert (Haydee) V. Gullaksen, Jr., of West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Gary A. Gullaksen of Monee; and by his grandsons, Michael Gullaksen of Phoenix, Arizona, Gilbert Gullaksen the 3rd and Scott Gullaksen, both of West Chester, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held from 3-6 pm Saturday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 12, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 27, 2005


Ruth C. GUSTAFSON (nee BARLOW)Age 89, of Manhattan died Monday, May 30, 2005 at Sunny Hill in Joliet. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wallace GUSTAFSON; two daughters, Rebecca (Gary) SCHULTZ of MN and Mary Ann (Howard) MANTHEI of Yorkville; three sons, Rodney (Kay) GUSTAFSON of Bourbonnais, Bruce (Julie) GUSTAFSON of Houston, TX and Brian (Susan) GUSTAFSON of Naperville; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Frieda WERNER BARLOW; two sisters, Anna Mae GREEN and Jean GENESS; and two brothers, Donald and Russell BARLOW. Ruth was born and raised in Manhattan. She was a life time member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Her family was the center of her life. She also was very fond of the gardening and all things outdoors. She was a gentle soul and a wonderful wife and mother. Ruth GUSTAFSON will lie in state at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 140 Thelma Street, Manhattan from 9:30 AM until time of service at 10 AM. Rev. Carol Currier-Frighetto officiating. Interment Manhattan Center Cemetery. Memorials to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ would be most appreciated. Visitation Thursday 3 PM to 7 PM at: Forsythe Funeral Home 507 S. State Street (Rt. 52) Manhattan, IL, 815-478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald, Jun 1, 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 1, 2005