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Russellville, Ark – Helen Marie Lalumendre, 79, of Russellville, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at St. Mary’s Reginal Center. She was born on January 6, 1923 to the late Fred E. and Julia A. (Deininger) Reitz in Peotone. She was a homemaker and long time resident of Peotone, member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and Royal Neighbors of America. After moving to Arkansas, she was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s 59ers Club, St. Mary’s Volunteers, Sharing & Caring, Senior Bowling League. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting, knitting, crafts, bowling and horse races. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dennis Lalumendre, and 2 sisters, Evelyn Beutien and June Rokus. She is survived by 3 daughters, Judith Harms of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Margaret (Peggy) Jennings of Hope Mills, North Carolina and Donna Komander of Greenwood, Arkansas, 3 grandchildren, Robin Eaton, Ryan Jennings and Johann Komander and 2 great grandchildren, Margaret Susan Eaton and Kailey Thi Jennings.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Margaret Jennings, Mar 25, 2004

Lawrence Dennis LALUMENDRE

Russellville, Ark – Lawrence Dennis (Denny) Lalumendre, 75,died July 18, 1991 in Russellville, Arkansas. A former Peotone resident, he was born February 9, 1916 in Anthon, Iowa. He retired from General Motors Fisher Body in Chicago where served as a millwright for 20 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russellville and the Moose Lodge in Bradley, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Reitz) of Russellville, 3 sons, Dennis of New York City, Terry and Redgie, both of Peotone, 1 daughter Judy of Keene, New Hampshire, 2 sisters, Ann Carmen of Portland, Oregon, Edna Mealy of Jefferson City, Missouri, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Belle (Walker) Lalumendre. Funeral services were held July 22 from the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel with burial at Skyline Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Don Lalumendre, James Lalumendre, David Mealy, Rich Rogers, Bill Osborne and Gerald Stadt. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Hospice of Russellville would be appreciated.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Margaret Jennings, Mar 25, 2004


Mrs. Amy HOLDEN LAMPHIER, 45 years old, died this morning at 1 o’clock at her home in North State Street, following an illness of two weeks. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. D. S. HOLDEN and one brother, George HOLDEN. She was the widow of William Henry LAMPHIER. Funeral arrangements have not been completed Notice is the newspaper of 01 April 1917: The funeral of Mrs. Amy HOLDEN LAMPHIER who died yesterday morning will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the home in North State Street. The Rev. W. E. KING and the Rev. B. H. CHENEY will officiate. Burial will be in Lockport Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 30 Mar 1917; Date of death: 30 Mar 1917 Posted by Dell Kasuk, Oct 26, 1998


Late of Elwood, Illinois. passed away in Silver Cross Hospital wednesday, Nov. 30, 1983. Age 69 years. born in Troy Township, Illinois, dec. 9, 1913. daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Robert LAMPING. She lived in Elwood for many years and was in business with her husband in Elwood. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. she is survived by her husband, William A., one daughter Betty of Elwood, Illinois, Four sons, James(Kathleen) of Channahon, William R. (Betty), Raymond(Mary Ann) of Elwood, and Weslie(Jerry Lynn) GREENWOOD of Wilmington, also sixteen grandchildren, one sister, mrs Helen Stafford LENER of Minooka, Illinois. member of the order of martha,altar and rosary society of wilmington and the elwood fire department auxillary. funeral services will be held from the Reeves funeral home in wilmington,saturday, dec. 3 at 9:45 a.m. to st rose catholic church at 10:00 a.m.. rev james Fitzgerald officiating. interment mt olivet cemetery, wilmington. visitation in the funeral home 2-4 and 7-9. memorials to st rose school fund would be appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Dec 1, 1983 Posted by Janice Hickman, Jun 25, 2001

Elizabeth LANDAU

Mrs. William LANDAU passed from this life Monday, Jan. 13, at her home west of Peotone after a long illness. She was 58 years, 5 months and 22 days old. Elizabeth SANGMEISTER was born July 22, 1871, at Koenigswald, Germany. After the death of her father, Casper SANGMESITER she with a brother and two sisters, was brought by the mother to Green Garden in 1881. She was married to William LANDAU Feb. 28, 1890. This union was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. Two of the daughters preceded the mother in death. The surviving children who mourn with the husband and father are Henry, John, Rose and Harry. Mrs. LANDAU is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Martha BETTENHAUSEN Frankfort, and Mrs. Henry LANDAU, Peotone. From childhood she received Christian instruction in the home and in the church. Early in life she united with M.E. church in Green Garden. Since moving nearer to peotone she has been identified with the First Evangelical church. The funeral will be held from the home at 1:30 Friday afternoon. Services at the First Evangelical church will be conducted by the Rev. John HOERNER. Burial will be in Peotone cemetery.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 16 Jan 1930 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 27, 2004


Henry a. LANDAU, 71, who roomed at the home of Mrs. Ethel CARLSON in Frankfort, was found dead Tuesday evenin in the basement of the CARLSON home. Mrs. CARLSON discovered the body about 6:30 p.m. when she went in search of the man. She found him hanging from a rope which had been suspended over a gas pipe. A physician from the Hedges Clinic, at Frankfort, pronounced him dead. Deputy county coroner Paul HELFRICH from Peotone, made an investigation for Coroner Willard G. BLOOD. HELFRICH said death had occurred about 6:15 p.m. An inquest will be conducted at a later date. Mrs. CARLSON said she left home about 2 p.m. LANDAU was all right at that time, she reported. She returned about 5:15 p.m. but did not go in search of him immediately. A son of the late William and Elizabeth LANDAU he was born in Green Garden township Aug. 20, 1891. he lived and farmed in the area throughout his lifetime. He retired several years ago from active farming. Mr. LANDAU was a member of the Frankfort Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sharon E. STANKUS of Frankfort; a sister, Mrs. Rose RECHKEMER of Aurora; and several nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; by two brothers; John and Harry; and two sisters; Ella and Marie. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, with the Rev. James PARKER of the Frankfort Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday afternoon and evening and until time for the service on Friday.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 24 Sep 1962 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 26, 2004


John Edward LANDAU, 45 years old, a resident of Peotone and Green Garden for many years, died suddenly last night at the James Estate near Orland Park, where he was employed, the victim of a heart attack. Apparently in good health, Mr. LANDAU collapsed at 7:45 o’clock, a short time after he had finished his evening meal. He had been suffering for some time from organic heart disease. Surviving Mr. LANDAU are his widow, the former Miss Mary STEINBACH, of Manhattan; two brothers, Harry and Henry LANDAU, of Peotone, and a sister, Mrs. Rose RECHKEMER, of Blue Island. The funeral will be held at 1 o’clock (standard time) Tuesday afternoon, from the home of Harry LANDAU in Peotone. After services at the Green Garden Methodist church at 1:30 o’clock. with the Rev. C.S. Schellhase officiating, burial will take place in the Green Garden Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 4 Sep 1938; Date of Death: 3 Sep 1938 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004

William LANDAU

The funeral of William LANDAU 70 years old, for many years a Peotone Township farmer, was held this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the First Evangelical Church of Peotone with burial in Peotone cemetery. Mr. LANDAU a native of Germany, died Tuesday in the Brannon memoiral Clinic, following a short illness. Surviving him are three sons, Henry and Harry of Peotone, John of Manhattan; a daughter, Mrs. Rose RECHKEMER of Blue Island; a brother, Henry LANDAU of Peotone; a sister, Mrs. Louise SCHEFER of Tinley Park, and other relatives in Germany. The community joins with relatives and friends in expressing their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Source: Manhattan American, 10 Mar 1938; Date of Death: 8 Mar 1938 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 27, 2004

Edward LANGE

Ed Lange,a former resident of the Winamac vicinity, died on Tuesday at his home in Aurora, Ill. He was seventy-five years of age, and had been ill from a heart condition. The body was brought Wednesday to the Fry & Lange funeral home, where services were held this afternoon. The Rev. Richard Berkey was in charge, and burial was in the Winamac cemetery. Mr. Lange was born in Chicago on Dec. 18, 1883, a son of Mr. & Mrs. Joachim Lange, the family later coming to Pulaski county. He was a construction worker and had lived in Aurora for forty years. His wife, Margaret, died in 1947. Surviving are two sisters and four brothers, Miss Ida Lange and Walter Lange of Winamac, Miss Emma Lange and Fred Lange of Logansport, William Lange of Kansas City, and Dr. Arthur Lange of Fort Worth, Texas.

Source: Pulaski County Journal, 17 Apr 1959; Date of Death: 14 Apr 1959 Posted by Pamela Scheffer, Jul 7, 2004


Lois LANGE, 92, of Beecher, died Friday (Aug. 26, 2005) at her home. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Hack Funeral Home in Beecher. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Beecher, where she was a member. Rev. Maynard Toensing will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Beecher. Memorials may be made to the Stained Glass Window Fund. Mrs. LANGE was born Sept. 27, 1913 in Tinley Park, the daughter of Henry and Laura FUNK HENKE. Her husband, Raymond LANGE, died in 1983. Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Harold and Janet LANGE of Elwood, Earl LANGE of Beecher, Roy and Toni LANGE of Hoffman Estates; two daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Alan GOUDER of Albuquerque, N.M., Evelyn and Wayne MARTI of Cabery; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Elvin and Shirley HENKE, and Marvin and Doris HENKE, all of Sycamore. One sister and three brothers are deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, 28 Aug 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 28, 2005

Mrs Evesinese Bergetta LARSEN

LARSEN – – – At the home of her daughter, Mrs. BACKSTROM, 811 Eastern avenue, Sunday, 8:20 p.m., Mrs. Evesinese Bergetta LARSEN, aged 69 years. The funeral will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. from the Swedish Baptist church. Burial in Oakwood.

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


Violet H. LAUFFER (nee KNUDSON) Age 86, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2002 at her home in Tinley Park, IL. Beloved wife of the late Walter W. LAUFFER. Loving mother of Sharon (Roger) KOPMAN of Peotone, IL and Laurence (Rita)LAUFFER of Frankfort, IL. Fond grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of one. Many nieces and nephews. Special friend of Adelina ZOSCHUK. Preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Helen ERICKSON KNUDSON Visitation Tuesday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd., Mokena, IL. Lying in State Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ, 11100 Second St., Mokena, IL. Interment in St. John Cemetery. Memorials to the St. John Church/Cemetery Memorial Fund.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 1 Oct 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 4, 2002

Marjorie E. LAURIE

Marjorie E. LAURIE(nee BAUCH)Age 82, lifelong resident of Frankfort, died Saturday, March 18, 2006. Preceded in death by her husband, Tony (1989); and her parents, Arthur C. and Alma A. (nee BETTENHAUSEN). Survived by two very special sons, Anthony and Mark; three sisters, Joyce (Daniel) HECHT, Doris BRAMS and Janet BAUCH, all of Frankfort; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews also survive. Marjorie was a retired Nurse who worked at Silver Cross and St. James Hospitals. Visitation Monday 3-8 PM at Gerardi Funeral Home, Lincoln Hwy at 95th Ave., Frankfort. Services Tuesday 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Family requests memorials to: Trinity Services or Lincolnway Special Recreation. For Info: (815) 469-2144. Arrangements by: Gerardi Funeral Home Lincoln Hwy & 95th Ave. Frankfort, IL (815) 469-2144

Source: Joliet Herald News, 19 Mar 2006 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Mar 19, 2006


LAYTON — David, March 12, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Milton RUDD, in Chicago. Funeral Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the Eastern avenue Baptist church in this city, the remains being brought down on the Rock Island train. Burial will be in Zarley cemetery. Deceased was the husband of Mrs. Maria LAYTON, nee STITT, and the father of Mrs. Milton RUDD and Mrs. Mary WATKINS, of Joliet. He was born December 22, 1828, near Covington, Ind., and was one of the pioneer residents of this community, possessing a wide circle of acquaintances.

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

Michael LEAHEY

Shot Dead. — Coroner WERNER held an inquest over the body of Michael LEAHEY, yesterday morning, and the following particulars were developed: Joseph FERGUSON, son of Robert FERGUSON, and sister, were riding home Saturday night and when near the new Convent were halted by two men and ordered to deliver their money, one holding the horse and the other presenting a revolver to the face of Mr. Ferguson. The demand was complied with and immediately afterward the horses sprang forward and they were out of the reach of the highwaymen. Proceeding homeward they met Eli G. WILLIAMS, a neighbor, and the two, leaving the lady at Mr. Williams’, drove to Joliet and notified the police of the occurrence. Returning home, when near the same place, they saw a man approaching and at the same time heard the cry of “hold ! halt ! !” At that instant Williams fired his pistol and the man fell. They stopped and made an examination and found the man dead, and also discovered it was Michael Leahey, a neighbor, whom they had mistaken for a highwayman, and was wending his way home with groceries. The two men came to Joliet and reported their action and were allowed to return home. Yesterday Williams gave bail in the sum of $4,000 to await the action of the grand jury in the matter. Both Mr. Williams and Mr. Ferguson are well known and highly respected farmers of this township and the unfortunate circumstances is deeply regretted both by them and their many friends.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 40, No. 18, Page 1, Aug 15, 1882 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jul 21, 2000


Died — At Vicksburg, July 25th, 1863, of cronic diarrhea, Thos. C. LEDYARD, of Minooka, Ill., aged 34 years 3 months and 21 days. He was a member of Co. A, 118th Reg. Ill. Vol., and proved himself a faithful christian anmd soldier, loved and respected by all.

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

Maye E. LEE

Maye E. (RAUWORTH) LEE age 77. Late of Manhattan. March 2, 1987, at Silver Cross Hospital. Survived by one daughter, Jean (Bill) STERRITT, Waterford, Mi, one son, Robert (Bonnie) RAUWORTH of Manhattan; eight grandchildren, Bryan (Jan), Robert (Cathy) and Barry Lee RAUWORTH, late Cheryl (Dennis) SCHOELING, Nancy (Stan) SLEIGHT, Brett (Shelly) STERRITT, Rebeccca (Ted) FERENCY , Judy (Jack) SHADER; 11 great grandchildren, one brother, John WEBER, one brother-in-law, Charles RAUWORTH. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Molly WEBER; first husband, Milton RAUWORTH; second husband, John R. LEE; one sister, Anna VICE. Maye LEElived in the Manhattan area most of her life. Member of the Childer Gill Society and the Manhattan United Methodist Church. Maye E. LEE will like in state Thursday, March 5, at Manhattan United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Rev. Clifton Spaine officiating. Interment Wilton Center Cemetery. Memorials to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Manhattan Unite Methodist Church would be appreciated. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday at Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 3 Mar 1987 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 25, 2006


This is an obituary for my ggg grandfather, Paul LEHNER Paul LEHNER, an old and respected citizen of Joliet, died Friday evening, May 3, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, aged 95 years, 6 months and 17 days. Mr. LEHNER had a fall in March when his hip was injured, ultimately causing his death. Mr. LEHNER had been a resident of Joliet since August 14, 1852, the date on which he arrived from Germany. He settled immediately in Joliet where he has lived uninterruptedly since. His wife died 20 years ago, and he has been making his home at 1104 Clement Street with his adopted daughter, Mrs. John HARTUNG. He leaves two sons, Henry LEHNER and Joseph LEHNER of Joliet, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary DITTLAFF, of Chicago. A son-in-law Anton RACHOR, also survives, his wife having been the youngest daughter of Mr. LEHNER and who passed away 16 years ago. He also leaves 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:30 from the home to St. John’s German Catholic Church at 9. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. [I have Paul’s Proof of Heirship, which tells that he came from Eferding, Austria and was married there. Similarly, I have a will for my ggg grandfather, George LAMPING, who settled in Joliet about 1840. I do have several documents on the Lamping family.]

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 5, 1912; Date of Death: May 3, 1912 Posted by Paul Horvat, Aug 1, 1998


Lester M. Lehnert, 86, of Evergreen Park, formerly of Peotone, died Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at Christ Community Hospital in Oak Lawn. Visitation will be from noon Sunday until the 2 p.m. funeral services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the aid of military service personnel and their families. Mr. Lehnert was a retired telephone foreman from Illinois Bell. He was born October 8, 1920, in Peotone, the son of Arthur and Emma Felten Lehnert. He was of the Lutheran faith. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. Surviving are his wife, the former Louise Wolf, whom he married August 16, 1942; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Ellen Lehnert of Wheaton; three grandchildren, David Lehnert of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Melody (Pat) Meyer and Edward Lehnert, all of Morgan Hill, California; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His stepmother, Gracie Lehnert; one son, Lester Allen Lehnert (1983); and one brother, Elwyne A. Lehnert (1976), are deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Oct 20, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 20, 2006


Date of Death: July 10, 1915

Posted by Jean Whitgrove, Feb 11, 2000


HENRY LESER, Brewer, Dies in Hospital Veteran Joliet Resident Passes Away After Illness Extending Over Two Years Henry Leser, for twenty-five years, prominent in Illinois Brewers circles, died today at St. Joseph’s hospital. The end came after an illness of two years. Mr. Leser was born, February 28, 1854, at Lahr, Baden, Germany. He came the the United States in the early eighties and settled down in Joliet in 1888. He came to this city to take a position as Brewmaster of the E.Porter Brewing company. Later he became a stockholder in the company and finally attained the position or superintendant at this place. This position he held for fifteen years. He was superintendant of the Citizen’s Brewery for many years after that until 1909. Mr. Leser married Miss Marie Schlereth in St. Louis and from this union there were four children, all living in Joliet: Mrs. H. Naumann, Henry, Bertha, and William. His wife died August 17, 1910. Later he remarried Mrs. Adelaide Ruick becoming his wife in 1912. The veteran brewmaster died at St. Joseph’s hospital at 5:30 this morning. His funeral will take place at the home, 214 W. Marion street at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Rev. Guido Schuessler will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood. Friends are asked to please omit flowers.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, 3/19/1913; Date of Death: Mar 19, 1913 Posted by Debbie Leser, Nov 3, 2000

Mrs. Henry LESER

Mrs. Henry LESER Mrs. Henry LESER died at her home, 214 W, Marion Street, Wednesday at 12:45 o’clock. She was born in Somerach, Bavaria, November 28, 1855, and has been a resident of Jolietfor the past twenty-two years. Besides her husband, Henry LESER, she leaves four children, two daughters and two sons, Lottie, Bertha, Henry and William. The funeral will be held from the residence Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. August SCHUESSLER of the St. Peter’s Lutheran church will officiate. The internment will be in Oakwood cemetery. Friends please omit flowers.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald, 8/18/1910; Date of Death: Aug 17, 1910 Posted by Debbie Leser, Nov 3, 2000


LESER-Mrs. Mary, wife of Henry LESER, 214 West Marion street, Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 o’clock, after an illness of three months of Bright’s disease. Deceased was born in the village of Somerach, Bavaria, Germany, November 28, 1855. She had been a resident of Joliet where she was well and favorably known for 22 years. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband, four children, Lottie, Henry, Bertha and William. Funeral Friday from the home at 2 o’clock. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Rev. August SCHUESSLER officiating. Friends please omit flowers.

Source: Joliet Daily News, Aug 18, 1910; Date of Death: Aug. 17, 1910 Posted by Debbie Leser, Nov 3, 2000


Visitation for Hazel R. Lewis, 84, of Peotone, will be from 3-9 pm today at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. Services will be at 11 am Tuesday at Peotone United Methodist Church where she was a member. The Rev. Will Parker will officiate and burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Austell, Sylvester Hoger, Tim Hauert, Russell Klipp, Kevin Nugent, Denny Gribbons, Tim Hayden and Gordon Meyer. Mrs. Lewis died Saturday, October 10, 1998 at Riverside Medical center in Kankakee. She was born April 19, 1914 in Stickney, South Dakota, the daughter of Louis and Grace Krause Hauert. Her husband, George Lewis died in 1985. Surviving are 1 son and daughter in law, Robert and Helen Lewis of Peotone; 1 sister in law, Elda Hauert of Peotone; 3 granchildren, Greg (Dawn) Lewis; Kevin (Christy) Lewis, all of Manhattan; and Donna (Ray) Hoch of Peotone; and 5 great grandchildren. Deceased are 1 son, Kenneth and 2 brothers, K.F. (Pat) and Bill Hauert.

Source: Peotone Vedette, date unknown; Date of Death: 10/10/98 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 19, 2005


The remains of Mrs. Louis LIBERTY who died Friday evening of last week at her home in Channahan after a two days illness of diptheria were brought to this city Sunday and buried in the Catholic Cemetery. The deceased was aged 40 years and is survived by her husband and four children. Two of the children are now ill with this dread disease. Buried Mt. Olivet, Wilmington, IL.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, Jul 23, 1909; Date of Death: Jul 16, 1909 Posted by Anne Nelson, Jul 31, 2003

Mrs. Louis LIBERTY Becomes Victim of the Disease After Illness of Only Two Days Elwood, July 17 – Mrs. Louis LIBERTY, wife of a farmer who lives three miles west of this place, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock of diptheria, aged about 40 years. Besides her husband she leaves four children and two of them are down with the disease. Mrs. LIBERTY was ill but two days and Thursday she was in Elwood to consult a physician who diagnosed the case as one of diptheria in its most virulent form and too far advanced to give any hope of saving her life. Grave fears are entertained for her children.

Source: Joliet Daily Republican, Jul 17, 1909; Date of Death: Jul 16, 1909 Posted by Anne Nelson, Jul 31, 2003


Louis D. LIBERTY, 76, died in Morris Hospital Sunday following a lingering illness. The body is at Reeves Funeral Home where friends may call 7 to 10pm today. Services will be from the funeral home at 9:15 am Tuesday to Assumption Catholic church. The Rev. James McDERMOTT will officiate. burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington. Mr. LIBERTY was born in Aux Sable Township and farmed in the Elwood area for many years before retiring in 1937. For the past four years he had resided in the home of a daughter, Mrs. William PHILLIPS, here. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. William (Loretta) FEENEY, Morris, Mrs. Everett (Frances) DEMPSEY, Lockport, Mrs. William (Josephine) MURPHY, and Mrs. William (Evelyn) PHILLIPS, Coal City, Mrs. John (Marjorie)BELL, Joliet: three brothers, Edward of Channahan, Henry of Naperville and George of Spencer, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Source: Morris Daily Herald, Oct 25, 1954 Posted by Anne Nelson, Jul 31, 2003


Aged 79, Sunday Oct 28, 1997,at St Joseph Medical Center. Born in Elwood,IL, resident of New Lenox for 25 years, living in Joliet the past three years. Formerly employed by the Joliet Arsenal as a truck driver. a decorated WW11 , U S Army veteran serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre. Member of Cantigny Post, v f w #367. Surviving is the loving wife Thelma (Hocking)Liberty of Joliet, one daughter Marilyn Albiez of Mascoutah, lll, three grandchildren, Debbie (Don) Hoffman, Jean (Wayne)Skoien and Arthur Albiez, six grandchildren, two sisters, Josphine (William deceased)Murphy, and Evelyn (William deceased)Phillps, both of Coal City, one brother, James(Marlene)Liberty of Clinton, Ia, brother-in-law of Janice(Johnnie)Hickman of California and Esther(Laverne deceased0 Schure of Lockport. Numerous neices and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by his former wife, Fern Liberty, his parents Louis Liberty jr and Irene (Long) Liberty. Four sisters Marie Cushing, Loretta Feeney, Frances Dempsey and Marjorie Bell. One brother Louis Liberty jr. Funeral services for William L Liberty will be Wednesday, Oct 29,1997, 11 am at the West Chapel, The Rev Howard M Walker officiating. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 at Fred Dames West Chapel, 3200 Black at Essington Rd, Joliet.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Oct 27, 1997 Posted by Janice Hickman on Monday, May 10, 2004


Helen J. LICHTENWALTER Age 85. Died April 27, 2000 at Mesa, AZ. Survived by one son Robert (Karen) lICHTENWALTER, of Port, WA. Two daughters Betty (Don) WERNER of Manhattan, IL, Carol (Lou) KISH, Mesa, AZ, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Lester, parents Henry and Josephine DEUTCHMAN REED, one brother James REED, sister Edna REED, one grandson Brad WERNER. Helen LICHTENWALTER lived in the Manhattan area most of her life. Moved to Mesa, AZ in 1980. Taught in 1-room school in New Lenox and Fairmont Schools Systems. Graduate of J.J.C. 1933. Bachelor Degree from Petsolaski Frebid Teachers College in Chicago. Funeral Services for Helen LICHTENWALTER will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2000 10:00 a.m. at Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan. Rev. Penny HOFFMAN officiating. Interment Providence Ridge Cemetery, Elwood. Visitation Monday 5 to 9. Forsythe Funeral Chapel 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan 815/478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, 30 Apr 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 5, 2000


Veryl Allen Lichtenwalter, 60, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Edward O’Malley will officiate. Interment will be in Providence Ridge Cemetery, Elwood. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Manhattan paramedics. He farmed for many years in the Manhattan area before becoming a salesman for Liggett Corporation. He later worked as a Realtor. He attended Joliet Junior College and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1967 with a degree in agricultural economics. He was later a real estate agent. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Barbara Jager; 2 daughters, Michelle Lichtenwalter of Lisle and Beth Lichtenwalter of Gardner; a son, Mark Lichtenwalter of Manhattan; a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Van DeLay of Arlington, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Melvin Jager of Chicago, Bill Facinelli of Hinsdale; a sister-in-law, Jenny Jager of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, Forrest and Carrie Roedger Lichtenwalter; a brother-in-law, Gordon Jager; and a sister-in-law, Judy Facinelli, are deceased. Mr. Lichtenwalter was a graduate of Joliet Township High School, where he was president of the Future Farmers of America.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Dec 26, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

Veryl Allen LICHTENWALTER Age 60, late of Manhattan, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara nee JAGER. Two daughters: Michelle LICHTENWALTER of Lisle and Beth LICHTENWALTER of Gardner. One son Mark LICHTENWALTER of Manhattan. One sister Judith (Van) DE LAY of Arlington, TX. Brothers-in-law Melvin JAGER of Chicago and Bill FACINELLI of Hinsdale. Sister-in-law Ginny JAGER of Chicago. Several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Forrest and Carrie ROEDGER LICHTENWALTER. One brother-in-law Gordon JAGER and one sister-in-law Judy FACINELLI. Veryl was a graduate of Joliet Township High School, where he was president of the Future Farmers of America. He attended Joliet Junior College and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1967 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He farmed for many years in the Manhattan area before becoming a salesman for Ligget Corporation and later a real estate agent. Funeral services for Veryl Allen LICHTENWALTER will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27 at the Forsythe Funeral Home, Manhattan. Rev. Edward O’MALLEY officiating. Interment Providence Ridge Cemetery, Elwood. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the Manhattan Paramedics would be most appreciated. Visitation Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Forsythe Funeral Home 507 S. State St. (Rt. 52) Manhattan, IL (815) 478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, 26 Dec 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 26, 2003


Leonora Lindemann (Grandma) 97, of Peotone, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Bradley Royale Healthcare Center. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beecher, where she was a member. Rev. Karl Wellnitz will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Beecher. Pallbearers will be Marty, Karl, Erich, Terry, Bruce, Daryl, David and Mark Lindemann. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was born April 16, 1905, in Beecher, the daughter of Louis and Dorothea Puls Seitz. Her husband, Albert Lindemann, whom she married May 28, 1924, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher, died in 1972. Surviving are four grandsons, Terry (Kathy) Lindemann of Peotone; Bruce (Ellen) Lindemann of Atlanta, Georgia; Daryl (Nan) Lindemann of Morton; David (Kim) Lindemann of Bourbonnais; and 10 great-grandchildren. One son, Ralph Lindemann, died in 1944; one great-grandson, Albert A. Lindemann II, died in 1999; 3 brothers, Louis Seitz Jr., Ilbert Seitz and Elmer Seitz; and one sister, Edna Bonea, are deceased. She was a member of the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary, the Peotone Firemen’s Auxiliary, St. Paul’s Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Peotone Sportsmen Club.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 9, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005

Andrew Jackson LINEBARGER

Oldest Democrat Dead in Jackson — A. J. LINEBARGER, Oldest living Democrat in Will county. and the second white child born in Will county, is dead at his home in Jackson, aged 81. (Photograph) A. J. Linebarger He was born January 7, 1834. Mr. Linebarger leaves two daughters, Mrs. J. R. McCLEARY, of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Elvis NOEL, of Jackson. The funeral will be on Friday at 10:30 with burial in Brown cemetery.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 38th Year, No. 276, Page 18, Mar 3, 1915 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Died — LINEBARGER — Sunday morning at her home in Jackson. Elizabeth PHILLIPS, wife of A. J. Linebarger. Funeral from the home Tuesday Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. Burial at Brown cemetery.

Source: The Joliet Daily Republican, Joliet, IL, Vol. X X X I, No. 301, Page 8, Dec 23, 1901 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Death of an Old Pioneer — One by one the old pioneers of this county are taken hence, and the time is not far distant when none will remain to detail to us the thrilling perils, privations and hardships of frontier life. George LINEBARGER, the old pioneer of Jackson’sd Grove, died at his home in Elwood, on the morning of the 6th inst., aged 73 years. Mr. Linebarger came to this county more than fifty years ago, when the whole country was a wilderness, inhabited by savages and wild beasts. He lived to see it reclaimed and cultivated and brought to the high state of civilization and improvement it now presents, and contributed his share to accomplish that desirable end. He was a man of sterling integrity, enterprising and public spirited. No man in the southern part of the county was better known, or more highly esteemed for his noble qualities of head and heart. He leaves a wife and a large family of children, most of whom are married and honored and respected in the localities where they reside. The funeral took place on the 8th from the Methodist Church of Elwood, of which he had been a benefactor, and was the largest assemblage of the kind ever witnessed in that town.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 41, No. 10, Page 1, Jul 17, 1883 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001

Died… LINEBARGER — Geo. LINEBARGER, one of the pioneers of Will county, Ill., at Elwood Thursday. He had resided in Will county nearly fifty years.

Source: The Joliet Daily Republic and Sun, Joliet, IL, Vol. x, No. 2968, Page 4, Jul 8, 1883 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Elwood — The remains of John LINEBARGER, of Iowa, were brought to the Brown church last Sunday. Funeral services were held there, and the cortege wended its way to the cemetery near by, where he was laid to rest. Mr. Linebarger, we believe, was born in Jackson Grove and lived there until some years after marriage. For some years he has lived in Iowa. He was fifty-seven years of age.

Source: The Joliet Weekly News, Joliet, IL, Vol. X V I I, No. 3, Page 8, Nov 10, 1893 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


LINEBARGER – The remains of Lewis LINEBARGER aged 75 years, a pioneer of Jackson township, will be brought here from Kent, Iowa, for burial. The service will be held Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock from Brown’s church, Jackson.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 38th year, No. 234, Page 8, Jan 13, 1915 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001

Old Jackson Man Buried Tomorrow – Tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock services will be held in Brown church in Jackson township, over the remains of a resident of that township many years ago – Lewis LINEBARGER. He was born there Oct. 5, 1838, and lived there as a farmer before the war. He was married there Dec. 19, 1860, to Mary A. NOEL, and died Jan. 12, 1915, at his home in Kent, Union county, Iowa, aged 76 years. The body will be brought to Jackson township for burial in Brown cemetery. The widow survives, and also two children, H. N. LINEBARGER, of Tiffany, Colorado, and Mrs. A. A. WRIGHT, of Houston, Texas. A daughter, Eva, died when she was 2 years of age. Deceased was a member of the 100th Illinois and a Mason. Mr. Linebarger moved from Jackson township in 1869, going to Central Illinois, where he engaged in the grain and banking business until 1883, when he went to St. Louis. He was there for three years in the commission business, going next to Oxford, Iowa, where he was in the grain business from 1886 to 1894. He then moved to Southwestern Iowa, following the banking business. He retired from active business cares in 1908. Mr Linebarger will be recalled only by some of the older residents of Jackson and by some of the veterans of the 100th. –

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 38th Year, No. 235, Page 9, Jan 14, 1915 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Lewis H. LINEBARGER – Elwood… L. H. LINEBARGER, late of Peotone, died at the home of his parents in Jackson Grove Wednesday morning. Funeral Thursday afternoon.

Source: The Joliet Daily News, Joliet, IL, Vol. XVII, No. 33, Page 8, Jun 8, 1894 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Mrs. Linebarger Succumbs In Iowa – The body of Mrs. Mary Noel LINEBARGER, 84 years old, pioneer of Jackson township, who died in Kent, Iowa, following a long illness, is scheduled to arrive in Joliet tomorrow morning at 9:50 o’clock, over the C.& A. railroad. It will be taken from the station to Brown cemetery for burial. Mrs. Linebarger was born in Joliet township and for many years resided in Jackson, leaving there in the ’70s for the west. She was the widow of the late Lewis LINEBARGER, a member of the 100th Illinois infantry, who died eight yeas ago. Survived by two sons, H. M. LINEBARGER and Charles JUSTES of Denver, Colo.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Vol. XX, No. 212, Page 14, Jun 19, 1924 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Death of a Pioneer. – On Sunday, Mrs Nancy LINEBARGER, of Jackson, died at her residence in that town, after a protracted illness. Mrs. Linebarger was the relict of Henry LINEBARGER, who was called hence over 30 years ago, she became a resident of the farm where she ended her days. She was therefore one of the earliest settlers of the county, and suffered all the privations and hardships of frontier life. She was a lady of rare worth, benevolent and kind, and was universally respected and esteemed by all her neighbors and acquaintances. Her death is lamented by a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral takes place to-day from her late residence.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 33, No. 49, Page 8, Apr 25, 1876 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Mrs. LINBARGER’s (sic) death Mother of Mrs. D. BARRETT and Mrs. MAUE passes away Mrs. Sarah Linebarger died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.E. GIFFORD, of Elwood. Mrs. LINEBARGER was 75 years of age, and left seven children, two sons and five daughters, to morn her loss. All the children except the oldest son, were at her bedside. The daughters are Mrs. COWELL, of Colorado; Mrs. David BARRETT, of Joliet; Mrs. GIFFORD, of Elwood; Mrs. Aug. MAUE, of Joliet, and Mrs. Jas. Hailey.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 9, 2000


Remains Brought Home – The remains of the late Mrs. Sarah LINEBARGER, who died on Thursday, February 9th, at her home in Clarion, Iowa, were brought here today over the Rock Island. Mrs. Linebarger was an old resident in this section, having been born in 1839 near what is now Wilmington, and was married to J. H. Linebarger, who died in 1893. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Eli RODERICK, of Elwood, as well as a number of more distant relatives. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 11 o’clock in the Brown church and interment will be in the Brown cemetery.

Source: The Daily Republican, Joliet, IL, Vol. XXXIV, No. 34, Page 2, Feb 10, 1905 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001

Elwood… The funeral services of Mrs. Sarah Linebarger were held at the Brown church on Saturday at 11 o’clock, Rev. Nye, Pastor of the Elwood Presbyterian church officiated, assisted by Barkle, of the Methodist church. The singing was by Misses Beattie and Nye, both of Elwood. Sarah Linebarger, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth DAVIS, was born on July 2, 1838, died Feb. 9, 1905. She married Johnathan H. LINEBARGER on Feb. 27, 1857. To them were born seven children, of whom three are living — Mary E, John H., and George E. Mrs. Linebarger was a stanch member of the Methodist church from 1857 until her death. We desire to thank the friends who so kindly assisted us in our bereavement — in the loss of our mother and sister. Mrs. Sarah LINEBARGER, John H. LINEBARGER, Mary E. JOHNSTON, Geo. E. LINEBARGER, Mrs. Eli RODERICK.

Source: The Joliet Weekly Republican, Joliet, IL, Vol. 59, No. 29, Page 2, Feb 17, 1905 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Mrs. Linebarger, Pioneer Resident Here Succumbs Mrs. Sue Noel LINEBARGER, 91, a pioneer resident of Joliet and widow of a Will county banker, died Thursday night at Knoxville, Tenn. Where she had resided in recent years. Mrs. Linebarger died at Fort Sarder’s Presbyterian hospital, where she had been confined the past three years. When she moved from her home at 605 Buell Ave., Joliet, to Knoxville, she made her home with Dr. and Mrs. Russell J. TAPPAN, Towanda Trail. Mrs. Tappan is her daughter, the former Lois LINEBARGER. A native of Will county, Mrs. Linebarger was born Jan. 17, 1864, a daughter of the late Gabriel NOEL and Elizabeth ZARLEY, early settlers in Will county. On June 2, 1886, she was married to Lewis Henry LINEBARGER, who died June 6, 1894. Mr. Linebarger had organized and managed banks at Verona and Peotone, Ill. After his death, Mrs. Linebarger lived on the Linebarger farm near Elwood for many years and then moved to the Buell avenue address. Mrs. Linebarger is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Tappan, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 4 p.m., in the Blood and Grant funeral home, with Rev. James G. FRANZ, officiating. Burial will be in Brown cemetery, Elwood.

Source: The Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Vol. 51, No. 236, Page 2, July 15, 1955 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001

Anna Martha LOHRBACH

Obituary of Mrs. John LOHRBACH. Anna Martha KRAPF was born in Germany, Nov. 29, 1868, and died at Tracy, Minn. at 8:40 a.m. Monday, July 26, 1920, at the age of 51 years 7 months and 27 days. Her illness was short and the immediate cause of her death was obstruction of the bowels. She was hurried to the hospital at Tracy and was operated on early Sunday Morning. All that medical skill and nursing could do was done, but she passed to her rest and her great reward Monday morning. Members of the family and her bereaved husband were with her to the last. She gave her heart to God and joined the German Methodist Episcopal church in 1881. In the same year she came to America with her parents and located at Green Garden, Ill. She was married to William WARREN at Sevastopol, Ind., April 7th, 1888. Two children were born to them, Charles WARREN, of Cherokee, Iowa, and Mrs. Geo. GEISLER, Walnut Grove, Minn. Mr. WARREN died Dec. 2, 1893, at the early age of 28 and on April 15, 1895, she married John LOHRBACH at Green Garden, Ill. Sixteen years ago she went with her husband and family to Minnesota. Seven children blessed this union. All are living, Clarence and Philip the two sons, and the daughters, Minnie, Rosie, Esther, Bessie and Ida, all of Walnut Grove, Minn. Besides the immediate family Mrs. LOHRBACH leaves an aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry KRAPF, Green Garden, Ill., five sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Anna WANNER, Peotone, Ill., Mrs. Katie RUNGE, Frankfort, Ill., Mrs. Mary DRALLE, Peotone, Ill., Mrs. Ida HASENJAEGER, Frankfort, Ill., Mrs. Minnie HOHMANN, Monee, Ill., Jacob and Charles KRAPF, Green Garden. A large number of other relatives and a host of friends remain to mourn the loss of a godly mother; wife, sister and true friend. Of her it might be truly said as of her great Master–

Source: Peotone Vedette, 29 Jul 1920 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 8, 2003


Visitation for Myrtle Rose Lohrbach, 91, of Peotone, will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fedde Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Rev. David Plant will officiate. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Pallbearers will be Brian and Jason Huff, Jeffrey and David Lohrbach, Fred, Duane and Terry Taylor, and Phillip Scrivens. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ. Mrs. Lohrbach died Sunday, November 3, 2002, at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. She was born June 26, 1911 in Peotone, the daughter of Robert and Rose Croxen Whiffen. Her husband, Wilfred Lohrbach, whom she married February 14, 1933 in Peotone, died in 1986. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Franklin and Dolores Lohrbach, Dean and Barbara Lohrbach, all of Peotone; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred and Jim Taylor of Manteno, Gladys and Jerry Huff, and Phyllis and Jim Scrivens, all of Peotone; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bertha Butler of Addison. One grandson, James Dean Taylor, died in 1999. Mrs. Lohrbach was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of Royal Neighbors, Rebecca Lodge, and Peotone American Legion Auxiliary.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 5, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 29, 2005

Franklin LOITZ

Franklin D. Loitz, 84, of Beecher, died Saturday, August 23, 2003, at St. James Hospital. Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hack Funeral Home in Beecher, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Kermit Krueger will officiate. Burial will be in Heusing Cemetery in Grant Park. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Peotone or to St. James Vitas. Mr. Loitz had worked at a car dealership and grain dealership. He had also been involved in farming and trucking. He was born May 5, 1919, in Peotone, the son of Frank and Myrtle Drecksler Loitz. Surviving are his wife, the former Fannie Van Der Aa, of Beecher; 3 daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Schnittker of Crete, Betty Nicks of Beecher, Barbara and Harley Fanning of Grant Park; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Ann Loitz of Beecher; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. One sister, Bernice, died in 1925. Mr. Loitz was a member of the United Methodist Church in Peotone.

Source: Kankakee Journal, date unknown Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005

Margaret Ann Piper Margaret Ann LOVE

Margaret A. Love At rest Monday October 13, 2003 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Loving Mother of Lynn Love and Jonathan C. Love: Husband Jessie Tolliver: dearest Grandmother of Jazzmine Love, Amaree Love, Ashely Marie Love, Bianca Riley, Jordan Hewitt, and Donavan Love; brother Michael (Mary) Piper; also survived by numerous nices, nephews and cousins. Maragret Love has joined Father and Mother-In-Law Jake and Willie Love.

Source: The Herald News, Oct 16, 2003 Posted by Lynn Love, Apr 21, 2006


Death of Ho. Owen LOVEJOY. The death of this prominent politician, which took place at the house of a relative in Brooklyn, on the night of the 25th ult. has been the occasion of many demonstration of respect for the deceased in different parts of the country. For the last twenty-five years, Mr. Lovejoy was notorious throughout the West as the principal leader of the radical Abolition party. He was a man of eminent ability — and on the stump had few equals. It was mainly through his efforts that the old Whig party became Abolitionized. He has been a member of Congress seven years during six of which he represented the district that embraces this county. His remains were conveyed to Princeton for interment. While we are willing to join with some of our contemporaries in their tributes to the memory of the deceased, so far as his talents and position demand, at the same time, we must accompany such an expression with a firm dissent from his political opinions. We regret the death of the orator and man of talents, but we must say that we cannot grieve that the cause of Abolitionism and negro equality has lost one of its chief supports.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 43, Page 2, Apr 5, 1864 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 13, 2000


Robert L. LOVSTAD 43 of 2506 Garden Street in Sunnyland, Plainfield, died Thursday (June 8, 1967) at his residence. He was found dead of gunshot wounds which state police said were self-inflicted. Mr. LOVSTAD was born in Blair, Neb. He had been employed in the rolling mill of Ceco Steel Co., in Lemont. Mr. LOVSTAD retired seven years ago from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service. Survivors are his wife, the former Lorraine BETTENHAUSEN; a daughter, Darlene; two sons, Robert and Dennis, all of Sunnyland; two sisters, Joyce and Margaret of Omaha, Neb.; and a stepmother, Mary of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew. Visitation will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Coyne Funeral Home. Other arrangements are incomplete. death notices, Robert L. Lovestad, age 43 years, June 8, 1967 at his late residence, 2306 Garden Street., Plainfield Township. Survived by his wife, Lorraine, nee BETTENHAUSEN; daughter, Darlene; 2 sons, Robert and Dennis; stepmother, Mary of Denver, Colorado; and two sisters, Joyce and Margaret of Omaha, Nebraska; 2 aunts Mrs. Robert (Lillian) BRODERKICK; Mrs. George (Viola) MILBOURN; and 3 uncles, Emil LOVSTAD all of Omaha; and James LOVSTAD of Laramie, Wyoming. Prededed in death by his father, Andrew. The family will receive frinds at the Coyne Funeral Home, Plainfield Rd. at Taylor and Nicholson Sts. Saturday 7-10 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. arrangemeents are incomplete.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 9 Jun 1967 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 27, 2004

Mrs. Hervey LOWE

Mrs. Hervey LOWE, until a few years past an old time resident of Joliet, died suddenly in St. Louis last week, while on a visit to her daughter in that city. The funeral took place from the residence of Henry FISH, last Thursday, the remains being deposited in Oakwood cemetery.

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

Wilma Lorene LOWRY

Wilma Lorene LOWRY (nee DONOHO) Age 62, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2002 at Northwestern Memorial. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Resident of Manhattan, Illinois, formerly of Xenia, Illinois. Preceded in death by her grandson, Michael Steven LOWRY and her mother, Mildred Maxine DONOHO. She is survived by her husband, Gleason E. LOWRY; her children, Steven (Sheri) LOWRY; Elaine (John) ROSE and Connie Sue (Marty) SHIFFLET; her grandchildren, Tiffany, Kenneth and Brianna ROSE, Stephanie SHIFFLET and Nicole LOWRY; her father, Rev. Leonard DONOHO; her brothers, Gary (Betty) DONOHO and Jerry (Cathy) DONOHO; her sisters, Kay SEXTON and Vicki (Joseph) OWEN; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Westwood Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 15, 2002. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 PM. Westwood Memorial Chapel Richard J. Tapella, Director Jefferson St. at Essington Rd. 815-725-0100

Source: Joliet Herald News, 13 Apr 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Apr 14, 2002

Evelyn Hannah Augusta LUHRING

Evelyn Hannah Augusta (LENZ) LUHRING Age 90, late of Renville, MN, formerly of Frankfort, IL (53 years), died December 26, 2006. Preceded in death by husband, Lloyd. Survived by two brothers, Alfred “Mosey” LENZ and Adrian “Pit” (Gloria) LENZ, both of Renville, MN. Member of St. Peters United Church of Christ and the Womens Fellowship. Charter member of Bobzin Swinford American Legion Post#1098. Visitation Tuesday, 10:00 AM until time of services at 11:00 AM at Gerardi Funeral Home, Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery. For information call 815-469-2144. Geradi Funeral Home; 42 Lincoln Highway (95th Ave.) Frankfort, IL

Source: Joliet Herald News, 31 Dec 2006 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 31, 2006

Lottie Belle LUMBARD

Mrs. Lottie Belle BROWDER wife of James O. BROWDER of Chicago and daughter of John & Esther (nee GUY) LUMBARD of Will County, Illinois, was born in Kendall County, Illinois July 26, 1872 and died at her home in Chicago, March 28, 1907, aged 34 years. Her first husband was Frank WOOLLEY, who died fourteen years ago in Oswego. She is survivd by her husband, James O. Browder, her son Frank L. Woolley, aged 13 years, and Ruth C. Browder, her daughter 15 months old. Also her father, three brothers and two sisters are left to mourn her loss. Burial in the Oswego Cemetery; Rev. Edwin Harris officiated.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Terri Goebel, Oct 28, 2000


Samuel J. LUMBARD, father of Laone L. HAYS, brother of John H. LUMBARD (of Will County, Illinois) and Emma (nee Lumbard) HOLDIMAN. Services at residence, Lombard, Illinois… (no date) Member of Oriental Consistory and Medinah Temple; interment at Oakridge.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Terri Goebel, Oct 28, 2000

Anna Louise LUMLEY

Mrs. A. LUMLEY Dies Suddenly — Mrs. Anna Louise LUMLEY, Wife of Benjamin LUMLEY, well known Joliet Merchant, died suddenly last night at the LUMLEY residence at 308 Hebberd street. Mrs. LUMLEY has been a sufferer fron heart disease for some time. She was suddenly stricken about 8:30 last night. Dr. William R. Mc(?)uffin, the family physician, was summoned, but Mrs. LUMLEY died almost by the time the physician could reach her bedside. Mrs LUMLEY was 48 years old. She was the daughter of Ingeles FAIRBAIRN by whom she is survived. Police Magistrate Frank LUMLEY is a brother-in-law. Other survivors besides her husband are two children Benjamin and Hazel LUMLEY; two sisters, Mrs. Emma JOHNSTON and Miss. Addie FAIRBAIRN and two brothers Thomas and John FAIRBAIRN.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-news, Jan 15, 1917; Date of Death: Jan 14, 1917 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jun 8, 2000

Mary Elizabeth LUTHER (nee THOMAS)

Mrs. Mary E. LUTHER Born January 10, 1856, Died Tuesday, June 30, 1942…Funeral Held Thursday Mrs. Mary E. LUTHER passed away in her home on North Joliet Street June 30, 1942, ending a life of eighty-six full and helpful years. She was born to Henry and Mary LISTER THOMAS in Yorkshire, England January 10, 1856 and came directly to Wilmington with her parents in 1865. After graduation from the Wilmington schools, she taught several schools near here and on Sept. 8, 1877 she was united in marriage to Frederick A. LUTHER. To this union two sons were born, one, J. Harry preceding her in death January 1912. Her husband passed away in January 1921 and since that time she made her home alone although tenderly cared for by her son, C. Julius and family who made daily calls to fulfill any wants. Surviving Mrs. LUTHER are her son, C. Julius, two grandchildren, J. Maggrew of Lacon and Mary Z. of Wilmington; one great granddaughter Letitia Louise of Lacon; one brother Robert of Hilbert, Wisconsin, his daughters and sons and a niece and nephew Mrs. Clyde SMEDLY of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Henry M. IMMERZEEL of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Services in her memory were held in the home of her son on Kankakee drive Thursday, July 2, at 2 p.m. with the Rev John WILLIAMSON of Chicago Heights officiating. Mrs. Howard DAVEY played a group of favorite hymns preceding and following the service. Pallbearers were Albert WATERS, Charles MARTIN, E.B. SHIPLEY, William WHITMORE, Sr., Peter SCHOENNEMANN and George SCHEIBNER. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. LUTHER was a member of the Church of the New Jarusalem and when services at that church were discontinued in Wilmington she continued her church activities by teaching a Sunday school class for many years in the Methodist Church. When Wilmington had an organization, Mrs. LUTHER was an ardent worker in the W.C.T.U., and her work in the Union Worker’s Circle of The King’s Daughters will never be forgotten. For over fifty years, she has been an active member of The King’s Daughters and at her death Union Worker’s Circle lost its last charter member. The King’s Daughters organization was responsible for the Wilmington Public Library largely through the efforts of Mrs. LUTHER and she served as secretary of the Library Board from 1914 to 1939 when she resigned. In many was she was of service to all activities for the betterment and progressiveness of Wilmington and will be sadly missed by all who were priviledged to know her.”

Source: Wilmington Advocate(?), Abt 3 Jul 1942 Posted by Sherrill Modlin, Sep 24, 1999

Bernice E. LYNCH

Bernice E. LYNCH(nee BETTENHAUSEN) Age 82. Passed away at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Tuesday, May 15, 2001 with her family by her side. Born in Green Garden Township on July 10, 1918, she was a lifelong resident of Joliet/Crest Hill. Beloved mother of Patricia “Pat” LYNCH of Crest Hill and Judith “Judy” (late David) MCCAULEY of Manhattan. Loving grandmother of Kelly and Katie MCCAULEY of Manhattan. Also survived by one sister, Lorraine (Jack) BIDGOOD of Plainfield; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy BETTENHAUSEN and Lois BETTENHAUSEN; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband, Francis (1974); one daughter in infancy; parents, Ernest and Emma (nee WARNER) BETTENHAUSEN; three brothers, Hubert, Wallace Sr. and Wayne BETTENHAUSEN; a sister-in-law, Eva BETTENHAUSEN. Funeral services for Bernice E. LYNCH will be Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation today, Wednesday 4-8 p.m. at: Fred C. Dames West Chapel 3200 Black at Essington Rd., Joliet For information, 741-5500

Source: Joliet Herald News, 16 May 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 17, 2001

Joseph J. LYONS

Joseph J. LYONS, 44, of 403 W. Jefferson st., Joliet, died yesterday in St. Joseph’s hospital. He was organist at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet and director of the men’s choir, and also had a local radio program. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists. He leaves his widow, Edna, and a son, Richard J. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the cathedral. Record Number: 19570709ob011

Source: Chicago Tribune, 9 Jul 1957; Date of Death: 8 Jul 1957 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Apr 10, 2006