Obituaries I – J


A. A. INGERSOLL Dead Word reached Plainfield Saturday of the death of A. A. INGERSOLL at his home in Lockport. His father at one time owned all the land where the village of Plainfield now stands. He donated the public park to the village of Plainfield. Mr. Ingersoll has several relatives who live in this vicinity, among them Mrs. WILLIS is now visiting relatives in California, who is Mr. Ingersoll’s niece. Andrus INGERSOLL was born in Plainfield Nov. 20, 1839, and was 61 years, 2 months and 12 days old at the time of his death. In the spring of 1840 his parents moved to Homer township where Mr. INGERSOLL made his home until two years ago when he moved to Lockport, residing there until his death. During the civil war, Mr. INGERSOLL enlisted in the union service, August 6m 1862, in company G, One Hundredth Illinois Infantry. He served until June 30, 1865, being mustered out that day with the rank of first sergeant. He was married March 29, 1866 in Orland, Cook county, to Miss Fanny MYRICK. Mr. Ingersoll was the father of four children, two of whom have gone before him. Anna A. and Walter J. remain to comfort their mother and share with her deep affliction. The funeral was held at the Homer Congregational church on Monday. Interment at Brook’s cemetery. – Plainfield Enterprise

Source: Plainfield Enterprise, Feb 7, 1901; Date of Death: Feb 2, 1901 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 28, 2001


Mrs. Laura JACKSON, wife of James JACKSON, formerly of Florence, this county, but now of Colorado, died this morning at 4 o’clock, at the home of her parents in Streator. Mrs. JACKSON was about 27 years old. She has been sick for some time. She leaves one child.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Jul 16, 2000


Sondra Joanne JACKSON nee BAUER, 38, of Chicago, formerly of Big Rock passed away Saturday, March 12, 2005 at her home. She was born on November 24, 1966 in Aurora, the daughter of John and Sandra (BETTENHAUSEN)BAUER. Sondra grew up in the Big Rock area, graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School and attended Robert Morris College. Currently she was employed at CNA Insurance in Chicago. She is survived by her parents, John and Sandra BAUER of Sugar Grove; aunts and uncles, Lynda (Bill) BROOKS of Monee, IL, Jim (Linda) BAUER of Kennewick, Washington, Jeff (Jenny) BAUER of Manassas, Virginia and Jay (Peggy) BAUER of North Aurora; cousins, Jake and Eric of North Aurora, Dan, Mary Beth, John and Michael of Kennewick, Washington and Sophie Maria of Manassas, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, LeRoy and Eleanor BETTENHAUSEN and her paternal grandparents, John and Carmen BAUER. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 18, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. from the Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating. Interment will take place at Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church Cemetery in Groveland, IL on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Ralph BAUER officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 18, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until the funeral hour at the Healy Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sondra’s name may be made to either the West Aurora High School Athletic Department’s Memorial Fund or to the Beta Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International’s Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 17 Mar 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Mar 17, 2005


Ashes of Freda JACOBS expressed from Seattle for burial in Monee. An express package containing the ashed of a former native of Monee was received at the local express office this week from Seattle, WA. The ashes are to be interred in the local cemetery, and are said to be those of Freda JACOBS, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Carl JACOBS, who were residents of Monee in the 80’s. The deceased was born here in 1884 and after the death of her father left with her mother for Chicago, later moving to Seattle, where she passed away recently. The body was cremated and expressed here by an elder sister of the deceased for interment in the family lot in St Paul’s Cemetery.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 11 Sept 1924 Posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, Apr 28, 2005


Edythe (Jane) Jacobsen, 81, formerly of Peotone, died Monday, September 26, 1995 at the home of her daughter in Champaign. Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone is arranging cremation rites and a duo memorial service for Mrs. Jacobsen and her husband in the Spring of 2006. She was born December 2, 1924, the daughter of Daniel and Mildred Knowlton. Surviving are 1 daughter, Kathy Tattersall of Champaign; 2 sons, Kurt (Adnrea) Jacobsen of Oakland, Michigan, and Kerry (Karen) Jacobsen of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 5 nephews and 1 niece. Deceased are her husband, Jack Jacobsen, who died in 1995, 2 sisters, Helen Knowlton Conrad and Mildred (Peddie) Jacobsen, 2 brothers in law, Spencer Jacobsen and Warren (Bud) Baker; 2 nephews, Dennis and Brian Conrad and 1 grandson, Bradley Tattersall.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Sep 27, 2005; Date of Death: Sep 26, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 27, 2005


Old Settler Called. Joachim JARCHOW Ends This Life After Months of Suffering. Jarchow JARCHOW one of the oldest settlers of eastern Will County died at his home northwest of Peotone Sunday morning Nov. 27, after a lingering illness with dropsy and heart trouble. Mr. JARCHOW was born in the prov- of Mechlenburg, Germany, Jan. 16, 1830. In 1855 he came to Illinois and settled at Copper’s Grove. The same year he was married to Mary PULS, who with two daughters, Mrs. Fred CARSTENS and Mrs. Henry JURRES, survived him. In 1858, the family moved to the town of Green Garden, where they resided until 1877, then they purchased the old Guion homestead in the north part of Peotone township. Mr. JARCHOW was one of the first members of the North Peotone Evangelical church and took an active part in the organization and upbuilding of the church. The funeral was held Tuesday morning, Rev. C. H. Wittbracht officiated. A large number of Friends and neighbors were in attendance to show respect to the memory of one they had honored and esteemed in life.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Dec 2, 1898; Date of Death: Nov 27, 1898 Posted by Cynthia Pries, Mar 11, 2006


Mrs. JARCHOW, a Pioneer Summoned Mrs. Maria JARCHOW, one of the earliest settlers of eastern Will county, died at the home of her son, Henry GENENS, Tuesday morning, March 13, at 9:15, at the ripe age of 87 years, 2 months and 14 days. Mrs. JARCHOW’S maiden name was Maria PULS. She was born in Mecklenburg Schwarin, Germany, Dec. 29, 1829. In the fall of 1854 she came to Illinois and settled at Copper’s Grove. She was married to Joachim JARCHOW in 1855. In 1858 the family moved to the town of Green Garden, where they resided until 1877, when they purchased the old Gulon homestead in north Peotone. After the death of Mr. JARCHOW in 1901 she came to the village of Peotone and kept house here until three years ago. Since that time she has made her home with her children. She leaves two sons, Henry GENENS, Peotone, and Charles GENENS, Frankfort, and two daughters, Mrs. Henry JURRES and Mrs. Fred CARSTENS both of Peotone. Six children preceeded the mother in death. Twenty two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren are left. The funeral will be held from the GENENS home Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Services at St. John’s church will be conducted by the pastor Rev. A. King. Interment in St John’s cemetery.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Mar 15, 1917; Date of Death: Mar 13, 1917 Posted by Cynthia Pries, Mar 11, 2006


Melancholy Accident. — As a Mr. John JENNINGS, of this place, was returning home from Chicago on the evening of the 12th inst., with a load of lumber and shingles, his horses took fright while coming down the hill on the west side of the river and in attempting to hold them, the shingles on which he sat slipped, which threw him off in front of the wagon, and both wheels passed over his breast, bruising him in such a horrible manner that he lived but a short time. Mr. Jennings was a worthy and industrious young man and has left a wife and one child to mourn his sudden and painful death.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 4, No. 10, Page 2, Aug 18, 1846 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000


Services will be held Saturday, July 31, for Walter J. Jensen, 84 of University Park. Mr. Jensen died July 24, 2004 at Applewood Center in Matteson. A memorial service will begin at 11 am at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone, with visition for one hour prior. Father Mark Menezes will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will take place in Wilton Center Cemetery in Manhattan. He was born September 22, 1919 in Chicago. He was former Monee chief of police as well as a police officer in Monee and Peotone. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee and Knights of Columbus. Mr. Jensen is survived by his wife, Nina Benoit Jensen, whom he married on March 15, 1969 in Sarasota, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Christ and Sarah Hohman Jensen.

Source: Peotone Vedette, July 28, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 10, 2004

Frank Jessen JESSEN

Frank Jessen late of joliet Il died as a result of a hunting accident.

Source: Joliet Hearld, Nov 1899 Posted by Hank Jessen, Mar 14, 2002

Henry Jr. JESSEN

Retired carpenter. Resident of new Lenox, Il. Passed at his home.

Source: Hearld News, July 13, 1998; Date of Death: July 12, 1998 Posted by Hank Jessen, Apr 30, 2002

Cornelius S. JESSUP

Death of C. S. Jessup. — We notice by the Wilmington Independent that Cornelius S. JESSUP died at that place on the 1st inst. For several years he was one of the principal business men of Wilmington. Mr. Jessup, for several years, during his boyhood, lived in this city, and many of our readers will remember him as a noble hearted social young fellow, who by his excellent qualities drew around him a host of friends, who with us will feel saddened at his death and tender their heartfelt sympathies with his relatives and friends in their breavement.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 40, Page 2, Mar 17, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 3, 2000

Charles Richard JOHNSON

There were 5 generations- The following article taken from a Lockport, IL., paper pertains to the grandfather of Mrs. M. E. TAYLOR of Ludden, the great-grandfather of Mrs. S. J. HUDSON of Oakes, and, of course, the great-great-grandfather of little Bobby HUDSON. The obituary will be of interest to many in the Oakes and Ludden sections and is for that reason published herewith: Last Friday, Charles R. JOHNSON, Lockport’s oldest resident and Civil War veteran, paid homage to America’s dead soldiers as he had done on Armistice day for the past 14 years. That evening at 7 o’clock he passed quietly away at his home, 430 east Fourth street, and Lockport has lost one citizen who had always been a proud resident and backer of this city. He was 94 years old. Mr. JOHNSON was the last member of the E. L. Gooding post of the G. A. R. and a battle scarred veteran. When the first call came for troops to uphold the northern cause in the great Civil War, Mr. JOHNSON enlisted with the 100th Illinois regiment, company E, at Joliet. At that time he was 24 years of age. After a few months of service, he was sent into action in the battle fought at Stone river, Tennessee. Following the battle he was taken very ill and was removed to the army hospital at Nashville. At this time he was transferred to the 148th regiment. However, while recuperting he proved himself invaluable to the hospital staff with his care of the sick and wounded. So, because of official action, he was retained in the hospital to assist the staff there with its work until the end of the war in 1865. Following his honorable discharge he came to Lockport where he was united in marriage with Miss Hannah M. SPENCER of this city. The couple established their residence here for three years and then moved to Armada, MI. Two years later they again estblished their residence here, at 430 east Fourth street, where Mr. Johnson died Friday. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. J. O. FERRIS, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist church, officiating. Special memorial services were conducted at the Lockport cemetary at the time of the burial by the John Olson post of the American Legion and a company from the R. O. T. C. unit of Joliet. Surviving Mr. Johnson are three daughters, Mrs. Mary C. TARBELL of Colville, WA, Mrs. Erminnie M. HINSCH and Lillian F. JUNGLES of Lockport; one son, Alvin A. JOHNSON of Lockport,; and 12 grandchildren, also 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. During the past two years he had been confined to bed a great deal of the time, but never failed to be good natured and have a pleasant smile for everyone. Commander Melvin Johnson wished to publicaly thank all ex- service men, R. O. T. C. boys of Joliet nd Harwood post No. 5 buglers for their co-operation in the military funeral ceremony. This ceremony was one of the most impressive of all military funerals in Lockport.

Source: The Oakes Times – Oakes, Nd, unknown date; Date of Death: Nov 11, 1932 Posted by Kim Hudson Peters, Apr 7, 2000


Death of H. M. Johnson, Esq. — Our readers of this city and vicinity will be pained to learn of the death of H. M. JOHNSON, Esq., which took place in Kankakee on the 6th inst., of typhoid fever. He was a young lawyer of bright promise, and his gentlemanly attentions while clerk in the post office here, and his correct moral deportment won the respect and esteem of all.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 9, Page 2, Aug 11, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000


JOHNSON, Harold A., age 61 years. Late of 502 N. Raynor Ave., Wednesday, May 9, 1962. Husband of Florence nee FOLKERS; father of Roger A. of Washington, D.C. (Martha Jean) Mrs. Jerry RAINBOLT of Roselle, Ill., brother of Mrs. Ruth RICHARDSON of San Benito, Tex., Arno of Western Springs, Ill., Floyd and Clyde of Donovan, Ill. and LeRoy of Watseka, Ill. Funeral Saturday May 12 at 2:30 p.m. from the sonntag Burgess and Wylie Chapel, corner Benton and Herkimer Sts. Rev. Robert W. Gibson officiating. Interment in Woodlaw Memorial Park. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 11 May 1962 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 29, 2004


Lynn D. Johnson, 62, of Peotone, died Monday, November 21, 2005 at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Timothy Mitchell will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with burial in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Peotone United Methodist Church, where he was a member; or to the Peotone Paramedics. Mr. Johnson was a retired lift truck mechanic from Sears Logistics Services, Manteno. He was born January 19, 1943, in Harvey, the son of Carl and Wilma Jenkins Johnson. He loved to work on his son’s race cars. He was an avid Nascar fan and enjoyed hunting and photography. Surviving are his wife, the former Connie Bachmann, whom he married March 3, 1962 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Teresa Johnson of Brunswick, Ga.; one granddaughter; his mother of Peotone; one sister and brother-in-law, Carleen and Dale Schmidt of Peotone; and four nieces. His father is deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 22, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 22, 2005


Esther Ann JOHNSTON was born in Courtland, N.Y. Sept. 13, 1830. When a child she removed with her parents to Joliet, Illinois. When a young lady she was made a member of the Baptist church. At the age of 25 years she was united in marriage with Hiram Stowell PALMER. In 1856 they removed to Jacksonville, Chichasaw county, Iowa, where she resided on the old homestead until her death. Twelve children were born to them, of whom nine survive her: William H. PALMER, Mrs. Fred MILLER, Mrs. William SARTELL, Mrs. Harlow SHELDEN, Miss Mary PALMER, all of St. Cloud Minn; Mr. John PALMER of Park Rapids, Minn; Mrs. John ANDERSON of Elk River Minn.; Mrs. Leonard SHELDEN of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Smith S. PALMER with whom she has always lived at the old home. Mrs. Palmer’s husband was afflicted with a cancer, from which he died March 13,1883. Her cares and troubles have been many, but, having a lovely disposition she always looked on the bright side of everything, always having a smile and a kind word for everybody. She has two sisters living, one in Minnesota and one in Iowa. Being grandmother of forty children, she was very much admired by them, each and all thinking they could not get along without Grandma only just so long. Her time was well divided among all her children, her last year having been spent in Minnesota with her children. She had been failing for some time, passing away on the 4th of August, 1904. In the last two weeks of her illness all her children who could leave their homes came at her last call, staying by her bedside until she was taken.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 29, 2000


Death of an Old Resident Henry M. JOHNSTON of Ridgewood Dies Last Night-Lived Here Sixty Years Thursday, at 10 p.m. at his home, 203 Sterling avenue, Ridgewood, occurred the death of Henry M. JOHNSTON, aged 62 years, of a compilation of diseases. Mr. JOHNSTON has lived over sixty years in this county, and was very well known and generally esteemed. He was formerly a farmer living in Jackson. He has lived about four years in Joliet. He was a veteran of the war and a member of the G.A.R. He leaves a widow and nine children, the latter all grown. The funeral will be held Monday, at 11a.m., at Brown Church, six and a half miles south of the city, on Chicago street. Bartelson Post G.A.R.will have charge of the funeral services. Burial at the Brown Church cemetery.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 29, 2000

Kenneth C. JONES

Kenneth C. JONES Age 48, of rural Peotone, passed away Friday, June 3, 2005 at home following a long illness. He was born October 1, 1956 in Joliet, IL, the son of Raymond L. and the late Elizabeth (nee ARPASI) JONES. Kenneth was co-owner of Daum Appliance of Peotone and Manteno. He married Beth (nee ANDRES) JONES of Peotone on August 1, 1987 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Ken was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone. He was an avid golfer and he loved to play and watch sports. Survivors include his wife, Beth; a son and daughter, Andrew and Jessica JONES; his father Raymond; three brothers, Mike (Jane) JONES of Peotone, Dave (Gina) JONES of Manteno, and Jeff JONES of Manteno; and a sister, Janet (Chuck) MORRIS of Plainfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth JONES and his father-in-law, Kenneth ANDRES. Visitation is Monday, June 6, 2005, from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 11:00 AM at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone, with Rev. Bill RIEGLE officiating. Interment Green Garden Greenview Cemetery in Manhattan, IL. Memorials are suggested to his Children’s Education. Pallbearers: Mike JONES, Dave JONES, Jeff JONES, Chuck MORRIS, Curt ERICKSON, David ANDRES and Jason SCHEIMAN.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 5 Jun 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 5, 2005


“O. JORGENSON Called To His Reward Ole JORGENSON, a pioneer of Eastern Will county, died Tuesday Sept. 29, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hannah JUDSON, 32 Florence avenue, Chicago, after a lingering illness. Mr. JORGENSON was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 16, 1837. He was married to Caroline PETERSON Nov. 2, 1860. In 1867 the family left Copenhagen and came to Chicago where they lived four months before they settled in Will township on what is now the Stender farm. At that time most of the township was unbroken prairie with few roads or bridges. He contributed the strength and energy of his young manhood to the development of his adopted land. As his family grew up he left the farm that his children might have educational advantages. He became a carpenter and for many years was in the employ of the Sante Fe railroad. Later he returned to Peotone and made his home here until November, 1907, when he went to Chicago. Funeral services were conducted in Chicago by Rev. E. Y. WOOLLEY, of the Moody church, assisted by Rev. J. O. BENTALL. The remains were brought to Peotone for interment this morning. The Peotone Socialists acted as pallbearers. The deceased leaves a widow, two sons, P. C., of Ledyard, Iowa, and Walter R., of Chicago, and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. ROSCOE, Clatonia, Neb., Mrs. C. A. JUDSON, Miss Belle JORGENSON and Mrs. J. O. BENTALL, of Chicago. Seventeen grandchildren are living. This, in brief, is the story of the life of a pioneer who enjoyed the friendship and esteem of a large circle of friends. By nature Ole JORGENSON was a student. His desire to master the English language led him to spend half the night in poring over the pages of a Danish-English bible. Books were his friends and he spent every spare moment in reading. Few men were more familiar with history and the events which have marked the progress of the race. His reading and study led him to accept the tenets of socialism and to him it became practically a religion. While of a religious nature Mr. JORGENSON refused to subscribe to what he termed “man-made creeds.” At the same time he had an abiding faith in the wisdom and justice of the Infinite. To his family he said “The Great Cause which brought me into life takes me in peace.” The sympathy of many Peotone friends goes out to the bereaved wife and children.”

Source: Peotone Vedette, Oct 2, 1908; Date of Death: Sep 29, 1908 Posted by Laura Mattingly, Jun 16, 2006


Lydia JURGENS, 89, a longtime resident of Beecher, died Monday (March 22, 1993) at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. Visitation will be at the Hack Funeral Chapel in Beecher from 10 a.m. Thursday until the services there at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Tim RHODES will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Beecher. She was born Nov. 11, 1903 in Beecher, the daughter of William and Helen SENNHOLTZ BUNTE. Surviving are a son, LeRoy JURGENS of Bloomington; one daughter, Marjorie of Beecher; one grandchild; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Ruth BUNTE of Beecher and Arnold and Elsie BUNTE of Cedar Lake, Ind. Two brothers and four sisters are deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, 24 Mar 1993 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 1, 2003


Obituaries Lois C. JURICIC Lois C. (HOMERDING) JURICIC, 74, of Lockport died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She was born in Joliet and was a lifelong Lockport resident. She was a member of Women of the Moose Lockport Chapter 575, St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church JoAnnite Senior Club and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lockport. She is survived by her husband, Matthew JURICIC; three daughters, Connie (husband Joe) PHARIS of Louisiana, Cheri (husband Paul) STOCKHAUSEN of Gurnee and Lori (husband James) PIROLLI of Bloomington; a granddaughter, Zella STOCKHAUSEN, three stepsons, Dale JURICIC of Joliet, Wayne (wife Jackie) JURICIC of Joliet and Gene (wife Marijane) JURICIC of Missouri; five step-grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Karen, Alex and Tommy JURICIC; and a sister, Marilyn (husband Edwin) BRADY. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Loretta (KLING)HOMERDING; and her first husband, Joseph F. ZELEZNIK. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lockport. Entombment was at Resurrection Mausoleum, Romeoville. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lockport or TLC Animal Shelter. O’Neil Funeral Home, Lockport, handled arrangements.

Source: Homer Sun, 16 Apr 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 27, 2003