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Magdalena RACICH

Magdalena RACICH, long a resident, dies Mrs. Matthew (Magdalena) TONKOVICH RACICH of 601 Norton Ave. died Thursday (July 11, 1968) at Saint Joseph Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. RACICH was born in Yugoslavia and lived in Joliet since 1921. She was a member of CFU Lodge 16, the National Catholic Foresters Society, Lodge 531; and the Croatian Cultural Club. Survivors include her husband, Matthew, a retired employee of General Refractories; eight sons, Peter F., Nicholas, Louis, Matthew, principal of Eliza Kelly School; John, a vice president of National Bank of Joliet and Val of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Katherine) SHARP of Elwood and Mrs. Charles (Mary) RANDOLF of Iwakuni, Japan; a brother and two sisters in Yugoslavia; and 16 grandchildren. Services will be from the Carlson Funeral Home at 8:30 a.m. Monday to St. Mary’s Nativity Church at 9. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. – Joliet Herald News, Jul 12, 1968

Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000

Matthew RACICH

Age 95, November 4, 1987 at Silver Cross Hospital. Preceded in death by his wife, Magdelena (nee TONKOVIVH); and his sons, Louis and Daniel; his parents, John and Mary RACICH; several brothers and sisters. Surviving are six sons, Peter, Nicholas (Dorothy), Vladimir (Doris), Matthew (Barbara), John (Lorraine), James (Diane) RACICH of Joliet; two daughters Katherine SHARP (Stephen) ZABORSKY of Joliet, and Mary RANDOLF of Los Angles, CA; father-in-law of Sandi (Daniel) RACICH, Orland Park; grandfather of 19; great grandfather of nine; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Mr. RACICH was born in Yugoslavia and resident of Joliet since 1910. Employed by General Refractories for 30 years, retiring in 1955. Private funeral services were held today at St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church. Interment was made in St. Mary Nativity Cemetery. Fred C. Dames funeral Home in charge of arrangements. – Joliet Herald News, Nov 5, 1987

Date of Death: Nov 4, 1987 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


Edwin A. Radtke, 75, died Friday, July 16, 2004 at his rural Peotone home. He was born December 23, 1928 in Chicago to Ernest G. and Arden (nee CLEMENT) Radtke. Mr. Radtke was a retired farmer. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member and past commander of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone and also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved to play bingo. Mr. Radtke is survived by two sons, Dennis (Helen) Radtke and Beecher and Danny (Rae Anne) Radtke of Peotone, 1 daughter, Dawn (Roger) DENNIS of Peotone, 1 granddaughter, Crystal and 3 step-granddaughters, Jodie, Jerrica and Jessica; and 2 brothers, Donald (Carol) Radtke of Peotone and Leo (Olivia) Radtke of Chicago Heights. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (nee VALLOW) Radtke in 1996, whom he married on June 20, 1953 in Peotone; his parents, a brother, Ernest Radtke and sister, Margaret PETERSON. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Father Michael Ginter officiated. Interment was at Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Dennis, John Radtke, Steve Wilson, Mike Stolarek, Paul Cantone and Phil Radtke. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Crystal, Jodie, Jerrica and Jessica. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Jul 21, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 1, 2004


Mrs James RALF was born Sept.6, 1839 in crawford county ohio. she moved with her parents to this state in 1848. she married James Ralf dec 22 1854. she was the mother of nine children, three of whom died in infancy. she was a invalid for over thirty years. she leaves a husband and six children, Mrs R T PATCHETT of Reddick, Illinois, Mrs D H LEWIS of Iowa, Mrs. Alex KIER of Jackson, Miss Almeda and Osman of JACKSON, and John of Iowa.

Source: Joliet Weekly Republican, Jan 26, 1906; Date of Death: Jan 1906 Posted by Janice Hickman on Monday, June 25, 2001

Margaret D. “Martha” RISLEY RANDALL

(b.26 Jun 1837 – d. 1917) Mrs. Martha DAKIN RANDALL, a pioneer resident of Joliet and a church and charity worker, died yesterday morning at 4:20 o’clock at her home, 424 Linden avenue, after an illness of twelve weeks. Mrs. RANDALL was born June 26, 1837, in New Hartford, N. Y. In December 1872, she was married to the late Judge Sylvester W. RANDALL, and came to Joliet to reside. Judge RANDALL died in 1889. Mrs. RANDALL was a member of Christ Episcopal church. She identified herself with this church as soon as she came to Joliet and was always active in the circle of All Saints Guild and the Woman’s Auxiliary. She was interested in the cause of charity and assisted many needy persons. Mrs. RANDALL is survived by three step-sons, Frank RANDALL of Benton Harbor, Mich.; Alexander RANDALL, Daytona, Fla.; William RANDALL, San Francisco, Cal.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Belle Case of Joliet; two sisters, Miss Mary RISLEY of New Hartford, Conn. (Probably N.Y.), and Miss Sophie RISLEY of Joliet. Frank RANDALL arrived in Joliet yesterday to attend the funeral.

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 1917 Posted by Millicent McClure, Sep 1, 1998


2 Wilmington Residents Die Mrs J. Robson and Clarence L. Randolph Succunb. Set Funeral Dates

Mrs. J. ROBSON, 69 years old and Clarence L. RANDOLPH, 65 years old, two old time residents of Wilmington, died yesterday.

For the last seven years Mr. Randolph has been engineer at the Soldiers’ Widows’ home of Wilmington. Surviving him are his widow, a son, Albert of Custer Park, three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle SCHENK, Mrs. Marie NELSON and Miss Marjorie of Wilmington. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Moritz HANNSEN. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home with burial in Star Grove cemetery.

Surviving Mrs. Robson are her husband, a son, Richard of Seattle, Wash., a daughter, Janet of Wilmington. The funeral will be Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of Andrew ROBSON to the Presbyterian church of Wilmington with burial in Oakwood cemetery near Wilmington.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-News, Joliet, IL, Vol. XIX, No. 52, Page 2, Thur, Jan 11, 1923 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Mar 16, 2001

Elizabeth RATHJE

The remains of Mrs. Herman RATHJE were buried this afternoon. Serivce was at the Immanuel church. Mrs. RATHJE died Tuesday morning at her home near Wadena, Minn., where the family moved six days before. She was ill with pneumonia for only three days. Her death is a particularly sad one for she leaves four small children ranging from two to eleven years old. Mr. RATHJE brought the children with him on the sad errand. He was accompanied by Mrs. W.H. LOOMIS and daughter, Harriet.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 12 Feb 1920; Date of Death: 9 Feb 1920 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 28, 2004

Jeanette RATHJE

MANTENO — Visitation for Jeanette V. Rathje (Grandma Rathje), 83, of Manteno, will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home in Manteno. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Peotone United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bruce Gotschall and Fr. Anthony Nugent. There will be no visitation at the United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peotone United Methodist Church or Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Mrs. Rathje died Friday, April 18, 2003, at her home after a short illness. She was born July 1, 1919, in Peotone, to Walter and Anna Meyer. Her parents are deceased. Her husband, Maynard Rathje, whom she married Oct. 12, 1940, died March 16, 1981. Surviving are 1 son, Dennis (Winona) Rathje of Naperville; 2 daughters, Janis (Kevin) Nugent and Diane (Jerry) Dole of Manteno; 11 grandchildren, Todd (Julie) Rathje and Dawn Rathje and fiance, Shelby Kranz, all of Naperville, Chad (Mary) Nugent and Keith (Valerie) Nugent, all of Manteno, Rory Nugent and fiancee, Samantha Guastella of Chicago, Tiffany (Keith) Brack of Bourbonnais, Ryan Rathje of Naperville, Jason Dole, Devin Nugent, Jonathon Dole and Janelle Dole, all of Manteno; 7 great-grandchildren, Grace, William and Jacob Rathje of Naperville, Bryce Clark, Reilly, Emilie and Elle Nugent, all of Manteno; 1 sister, Elda Hauert of Peotone; 1 brother-in-law, Marcel (Maxine) Rathje of Elkhorn, Wisconsin; 1 sister-in-law, Genevieve Rathje of West Palm Beach, Florida; and special family friends, Rebecca and Michael Branning of Manteno and Jennifer Curby of Bourbonnais. One brother, Russell Meyer is deceased. Mrs. Rathje was an active member of the Peotone United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer for more than 30 years. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Women of the Moose, Manteno Women’s Club, HcE of Manteno and Christian Women’s Club. Mrs. Rathje was a charter member of the Ring Club.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Apr 20, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005

Maynard RATHJE

Maynard RATHJE,65, 2 Rockne Drive, Manteno, died early today at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee. He was a retired FS petroleum salesman and had worked for the firm 40 years. He also was a retired farmer and veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Manteno American Legion, Kankakee County Farm Bureau, Manteno Sportsmen’s Cluba nd Moose Lodge. He also was a member and trustee of the board of the Peotone United Methodist Church. For many years he was a Republican precinct committeeman. He was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Peotone, to Mr. and Mrs. Herman RATHJE. He was married Oct. 12, 1940, in Peotone to the former Jeanette MEYER who survives. Other survivors include one son, Dennis of Naperville; two daughters, Janis NUGENT and Diane DOLE, both of Manteno; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Francis (Mike) of Lake Worth, Fla., and Marcel of Lake Geneva, Wis. One brother and one sister are deceased. There will be visitation after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Harvey-Brown-Long Funeral Home and after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Peotone United Methodsit Church. The Rev. Jack Guinn will conduct the funeral at 11:30 a.m. at the church and burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his name for the church.

Source: Kankakee Daily Journal, 16 Mar 1981 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004



Suddenly Stricken With heart failure Wednesday Night of last Week – Funeral Held Sunday.

Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Bernhard RAUSCHENBERGER at the First Ev. Lutheran Church. Rev William Ganschow officiated and read the burial service in both the American and German languages. Interment was made in Rosehill Cemetery.

Mrs. Rauschenberger was known to all her friends as a good Christian woman, a devoted wife and mother, a spendid neighbor and friend. Her death leaves a void in the hearts of those to whom she was dear. Death came to her at 11 o’clock last Wednesday night, February 13, suddenly after an attack of heart trouble. She had been up and around before retiring for the night. A short time after retiring she awakened and felt ill. A physician was hastily summoned but death claimed her before anyone could help her.

Lena Marie Rauschenberger, nee RIECHERS, was born February 21, 1856, in Washington Township, Ill. She was baptised in the Lutheran faith and at the age of fourteen years was confirmed at Crete, Will County, Ill.

On March 9, 1887, she was married to Bernhard Rauschenberger and their union was blessed with seven children, five sons and two daughters. All survive with the exception of one, a daughter, Sophie, who passed away June 24, 1892. The surviving children are Henry, Carl, Fred, Gustav, William and Mrs. Clara SHIRMER, all living in the vicinity of the home farm. the bereaved husband has been ill for some time and was unable to attend the funeral of his beloved spouse. Seven grandchildren also remain.

Mrs. Rauschenberger had reached the age of 72 years, 11 months and 22 days. Since the death of her sister, Marie Riechert, in March, 1926, she had grieved considerably. Her sister had made her home with her for years and her death was keenly felt by Mrs. Rauschenberge

Source: Fairmont, Martin Co., MN, unknown date; Date of Death: Feb 13, 1929 Posted by Karen Rowe, Nov 9, 1999


Dirk L. RAUWORTH. Funeral services were conducted on Monday for two year old Dirk L. RAUWORTH of Lockport who died at Christ Community Hospital in Oak Lawn on Nov. 30, 1989. Survivors include his parents, Janet and Brian RAUWORTH and one brother, Matthew, all of Lockport, grandparents, Robert and Bonnie RAUWORTH of Manhattan and Norman (Late Leslie) McCALL of Crest Hill; great grandparents, Milton and Frances KRAPF of Manhattan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation was held on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Forsythe Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, Rev. L.E. ENGEL and Rev. J.M. GULLIFORD officiated at the funeral service at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Lockport. Private interment was at Elmhurst Cemetery.

Source: Manhattan American, 6 Dec 1989 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, July 27, 2005


Services Held Monday Afternoon for Mary M. RAUWORTH

Mrs. Mary M. RAUWORTH, 87, of Winslow and formerly of Joliet, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at her home in Winslow, Ill., following a lingering illness. For several years, Mrs. RAUWORTH had made her home in Elwood with her daughter, Mrs. Fred OETTER.

Born in Peotone, Mrs. RAUWORTH moved to Joliet in 1962. She was a member of the Richard Street Methodist Church. She had lived in Winslow since June of this year. Her husband Sydney, preceded her death in 1941, and a son, Frank, several years ago.

Surviving are four sons, William of Bourbonnais, Benjamin of Janesville, Wisc., Charles of Joliet and John of Crest Hill; six daughters, Mrs. Fred (Verna) OETTER of Elwood, Mrs. Stanley (Esther) KEGLEY of Lockport, Mrs. Arthur (Mary) PETERSEN and Mrs. Michael (Lena) KELLY of Joliet, Mrs. Ben (Edith) WHITE of Winslow, and Mrs. Bernie (Mildred) SCOTT of Livingston, Wisc.

Services were held at the Carlson Funeral Home Monday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Paul L. HIGGINS officiated and burial was in Elmhurst Cemetery. – The Peotone Vedette, Dec. 9, 1966 (Friday) Date of Death: Dec 1, 1966 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


Mrs. G. W. IMHOLZ and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. IMHOLZ attended the funeral home in Joliet which was conducted by Rev. A. A. BAUMAN, pastor of the Methodist church.

Mr. RAUWORTH was the son of William RAUWORTH and Miriam SOLLITT RAUWORTH and was the fifth of a family of ten children. The family lived in Peotone and their home was at the east end of main street.

Sydney was a farmer but retired a few years ago and made his home in Joliet. He married Mamie IMHOLZ and to them ten children were born all of whom with the widow survive him.

The children are William, Benjamin, Charles and John, Mrs. S KEGLEY, Mrs. F. J. OETTER, Mrs. Benj. WHITE, Mrs. Arthur PETERSEN, Mrs. B. A. SCOTT and Miss Lena RAUWORTH.

He also leaves three sisters and a brother.

His age was 64 years.

Mr. RAUWORTH passed away Friday night at his home in Joliet. Death resulted from a heart attack. Burial was made in the Elmhurst cemetery. – The Peotone Vedette, May 22, 1941 (Thursday) Date of Death: May 16, 1941 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


W RAUWORTH Called from This Life

William RAUWORTH died at Glidden, Iowa, Saturday. Aug. 22 after a six weeks illness with heart trouble. About two months ago he left Peotone to make a visit with his children at Glidden and to attend to business matters in connection with his farm there. A few days after his arrival he was taken sick with serious heart trouble. Everything that expert medical skill could command was done to prolong his life, but without avail.

He seemed to understand his case perfectly and realized that the end was near. He was not afraid. With the utmost composure he conversed with his children, adjusted business matters and expressed himself as ready for the great change. He suffered much but bore it patiently.

Mr. RAUWORTH was born in Sheffield, England, Dec. 29, 1837, and was 76 years, 7 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. He was born of Christian parents and received such early training as to lay the foundation of worthy manhood. His father followed the combined occupation of farmer and butcher, and desired that his son should make that his calling. But he was adverse to the butcher business and became a druggist’s apprentice, taking a full seven year’s course in pharmacy. Later he decided to make farming his life work emigrated to America to take advantage of the opportunities this country offered.

He landed at New York April 12, 1862, and at once came to the Wilton settlement and settled on a farm in the town of Rockville, Kankakee county, and this was his home for over forty years. Retiring from the activities a few years ago, he moved into Peotone.

Mr. Rauworth was united in marriage to Miss Miriam SOLLITT Jan. 1, 1865. Seven children were given to bless this union. All of them are living. They are Chas. E. Rauworth, Mrs. E. M. WHEELER and Mrs. W. R. STORMS, of Glidden, Iowa; Mrs. E. A. BURKITT, Chicago; S. H. RAUWORTH, who lives on the old homestead in Rockville; W. O. RAUWORTH, Webster City, Iowa; and Mrs. Wallace H. GINTER, Peotone. Nineteen grandchildren also survive him, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah ARMSTRONG, Glidden Iowa, and Mrs. Alice ROBINSON, Manhattan. His wife companion of nearly fifty years, preceded him to the spirit world on June 17, 1911.

William RAUWORTH was man of sturdy character and sterling manhood. To know him was to respect him. He cherished the highest ideals of honesty and integrity. He had only contempt for the low and base. Whatever success he attained in life was by the most honorable methods. His personality was marked and strong. Of a reticent disposition he was slow to make acquaintances, but to those who won his confidence, he was a steadfast friend.

He was deeply interested in things which make for the uplifting of the community and in all matters of public welfare or concern. Many times in conversation with the writer he urged the importance of good schools and churches and the value of a public library and places where the young could congregate for athletics and other forms of amusement, and he expressed himself as being ready to help in any good movement.

He was unquestionably a man of faith and earnest religious nature in a broad way. All his life he was an attendant and liberal supporter of the church. For many years, he served on the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church. He honored the Sabbath by keeping it sacred. With his death. a long and useful life has closed. His memory will live long with those who know him best.

The remains were brought from Glidden to Peotone Tuesday morning and taken to the home on East Main street. The funeral was held at the house at ten o’clock Wednesday morning. Rev. N. R. HINDS conducted the service. Interment was in the family lot in the Peotone cemetery. The casket was buried beneath a wealth of floral pieces, and many old friends and neighbors attended the service. – The Peotone Vedette, Aug 27, 1914 (Thursday)

Date of Death: Aug 22, 1914 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000

Esther REED

Died — On Wednesday, July 29th, of consumption, Mrs. Esther REED, consort of Thomas B. REED, (formerly of Royalton, N. Y., ) aged 49 years.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 4, No. 8, Page 3, Tues, Aug 4, 1846 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000

Francis John REGAN

Francis John REGAN, 80, of Peotone, died August 14, 2001 at St. James Olympia Fields Hospital, Olympia Fields. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2001 at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2001 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone where he was a charter member. Rev. John REGAN will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Mr. REGAN was a veteran of World War II and served with the 5th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific. He retired in 1986 after 35 years in sales and management with Will-Dupage Service Company. Surviving is his wife, the former Mary Ann SCHLAUDER of Peotone; two daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and Robert BRENNER of Geneva, IL and Kathleen and Roger BETTENHAUSEN of Frankfort, IL and two sons, Michael REGAN of Wiesbaden, Germany and Rev. John REGAN of Joliet, IL. Also survived by seven grandchildren, Rhea HESPEN, Ryan, Aaron, Jason and Megan BETTENHAUSEN and Amanda and Craig BRENNER; three brothers, Robert (Helen) REGAN of Mineral Point, WI, Gerald (Lutie) REGAN of Elgin, IL and William (Jean) REGAN of Stockbridge, GA; one sister, Lucille (Paul) MAY of Mineral Point, WI. Preceded in death by parents; three sisters, Sr. Kathleen REGAN, Eileen HUNGERFORD and Jo RICHLAND and one brother, Harry REGAN. Memorials may be made to the building fund of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, The Historical Society of Greater Peotone or to the Peotone Paramedics. Pallbearers will be the grandchildren. Fedde-Helfrich Chapel 708-258- 6737

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

Leenora REGAN

Leenora Regan, 87, of Peotone, died Thursday, November 9, 2006, at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, after a short illness. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone. Cremation rites will be accorded at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory, west Kankakee. Mrs. Regan formerly owned Regan Cleaners in Peotone. She retired as manager of the donated clothing department at Manteno State Hospital after they closed. She was born November 25, 1918, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Cordia H. and Louise Wagner Davis. She had a passion for the Democratic Party. Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Patrick Regan of Phoenix, Arizona, Ted and Judy Regan of Peotone; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Bee Robbins of Manhattan, Cathy and John Nelson of Marco Island, Florida, Lou and Tom Hagemaster of Peotone; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, William J. Regan; one son-in-law, William Robbins; one grandson, Joseph Robbins; and one brother.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 10, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 10, 2006

Engel Maria REICHER

Engel Maria REICHER was born Aug. 2, 1848 in the province of Hessen, Germany. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church in her home town. When 2 years of age she was very ill, resulting in spasms during which she lost her speech and hearing. When she was 5 years old her parents emigrated to the U.S., settling at Beecher, IL.

Miss Reichert moved with her sister, Mrs. W. SCHROEDER to Nebraska 41 years ago. She made her home with the Schroeders until her death. 25 years ago she broke her leg in a fall. 7 years ago she dislocated a shoulder. She had not been well since April but had been able to get around by using a chair. Wed., June 18, she fell breaking a leg a few inches below the hip joint and dislocating the hip. This unfortunate fall and her age caused death, which relieved her suffering Sunday night, June 22, at 11:10. She was aged 75 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Miss Reichert is survived by her sister, Mrs. William Schroeder of Ohiowa, two sisters who live in Minnesota, and a brother in Beecher, IL besides other relatives and many friends.

The funeral service was held at the home at 2:30 p.m. and the Methodist Church at 3 p.m. The services being in charge of Rev. E.A. Knight and Rev. J.A. Bahnsen. Interment was in the Ohiowa Cemetery.

Source: The Nebraska Signal, Geneva, NE, Jun 26, 1924; Date of Death: Jun 22, 1924 Posted by Karen Rowe, Nov 9, 1999


Fred Emil Reitz, 78, 120 E. Corning Avenue, Peotone, died unexpectedly today at his home. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a retired carpenter. He was a member of the Peotone Sportsman’s Club and the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was born on October 10, 1894 in Peotone, the son of Lena and Phillip Reitz. He married Julia Deininger on February 27, 1918 in Peotone. Julia died in 1965. Survivors include daughters, Evelyn Beutien of Manteno, Helen Smith of Peotone and June Rokus of Kankakee as well as 8 grandchildren, Denny Beutien, Sue Beutien Hoskins, Judith Smith, Margaret Smith Jennings, Donna Smith, Sandra Rokus Petreikis, Wally Joe Rokus and Nancy Rokus Christer; 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Funeral Home in Peotone. The Rev. Dean Plassmann will officiate and burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Oct 8, 1973; Date of Death: Oct 8, 1973 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004

Julia Eva (Deininger) REITZ

Peotone – Julia Eva (Deininger) Reitz, 65, of Peotone, a lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday, April 18, 1965 at Silver Cross Hospital following a lingering illness. She was born February 27, 1900 in Wilton Township and married Fred E. Reitz in Peotone in 1918. She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ and the Royal Neighbors of America. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, Evelyn (Eldon) Beutien of Manteno; Helen (Eugene) Smith of Peotone and June (Walter) Rokus of Kankakee, 1 brother, Herman Deininger and 2 sisters, Elizabeth Anderson and Arline Croxen all of Peotone; and 8 grandchildren, Sandra, Wally Jo and Nancy Rokus; Judith, Margaret (Peggy) and Donna Smith; Denny and Sue Beutien. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Julianna (Roedger) Deininger; 1 sister (Clara) and 3 brothers (George, Fred and Henry). Funeral services will be at 2pm Thursday at Fedde-Helfrich Funeral Home in Peotone with Rev. Dean Plassmann officiating. Burial will in Peotone Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 pm Wednesday and until the time of services of Thursday. Pallbearers will be Walter Jensen, David Morrison, Dewey Pooley, Carl Lawrence, Robert Pooley and Marvin Behrens.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Apr 19, 1965 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Age 43, of Daytona Beach, FL, passed away February 19, 2007 at Halifax Hospital. He was a previous long time resident of Joliet, IL. Mark was born June 6, 1963 in Joliet, IL to Elmer and Sherril (nee Walls) Mueller Jr. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Walls. He is survived by five children, Mark Jr., Joshua Reynolds and their mother Jeanette Russell, Jae, Kirsti, Jon Reynolds and their mother Cori Reynolds (Elmore); his parents, Elmer and Sherril; seven sisters, Andrea Fleming, Annette Welter, Sharlyn Sherman (Wayne), Tina Hatlevig, Toni Fairchild, Cheri Dobbs (James), Eden Wiechec (Phillip), Anna Robinson (Jerry); and one brother, Elmer Mueller III. Also survived by his grandmother, Lorraine Welter; numerous nieces and nephews; best friend, Dale Babcock; and caretaker, Sue Warren. Mark was cremated in accordance to his wishes. DELGADO FUNERAL CHAPEL, 400 Landau Ave. at Jackson St., Joliet, IL. (815) 774-9220 MEMORIAL SERVICE & DVD: will be held Saturday March 17, 2007 2:00 4:00 PM at Delgado Funeral Chapel. Have any questions please call 815-774-9220.

Source: Herald News, Mar 14-16, 2007 Posted by Sharlyn Sherman, Mar 28, 2007


RICHARDSON, Ann, nee LAURIE. At her home, 1013 N. Center St., Friday, Oct. 31, 1952, age 81 years. survived by her husband, Loran F.; 5 daughters (Frances) Mrs. W.W. BLOGG, (Leona) Mrs. Charles REINSCH, (Ruby) Mrs. John OBRIEN, and Miss Dorothy RICHARDSON of Joliet, (Florence) Mrs. Fred COOK of Chillicothe, Ill.; 3 sons, Lonnie, John and George, all of Joliet; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. The removal was made to the Carlson Funeral Home. Funeral notices later. Member of American Legion War Mohters. Friends call after 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lonnie Richardson, Sep 1, 1998


Sudden Death at Joliet. JOLIET, August 10. — Last night a Mr. Benjamin Richardson, an old resident of this city, died very suddenly, as he was about to retire. He read the newspaper until about 9 o’clock, as was his usual custom, and then stepped into the pantry for a something to give the cat before retiring, and while in the act of eating, dropped dead on the floor. Apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause. Record Number: 18690811fp025

Source: Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug 1869; Date of Death: 10 Aug 1869 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006


Battle Near Raymond, Miss. Death of Col. Richards. From the report of the battle near Raymond, on last Tuesday, it appears the Old 20th bore a conspicuous and honorable part, and we are called to mourn the death of Col. RICHARDS, who fell at the head of his glorious regiment. From the list of wounded we notice the following names; Otta LAUBURNER, Co. F; Frank HAGERMAN, Co. K; Albert W. PIERSON, Co. F; Samuel WARNER, Co. A; David ULRICH, Co. D; Jas. JONES, Co. E; James THOMPSON, Co. I; Allen M. GREGOR, Co. C; Norris ASHLEY, Co. H; George BUNDEVER, Co. E; Wilsaw PARTLOE, Co. A; Chas. B. MASON, Co. A; Jacob Co. A; Andrew BROWN, Co. K; Robert SCUYLER, Co. K; A. P. SHELTON, Co. K; John G. HART, Co. I; Oscar HORSTENSTEIN, Co. G; James BRANDENBURG, Co. I; James McCABE, Co. D; Henry HALLOWAY, Co. A; Jacob COOK, Co. A.

(Note – With a magnifying glass the lower case “U’s” and “N’s” look much alike with the small print and blurry ink, and if the type setter shot them on his stick upside down they were interchangeable, so, names like Lauburner could be anburner. The transcriber with the help of the glass tried to detect the differences and the above is his best shot. Also, the Jacob without a surname may be the Jacob Cook mentioned last. Thanks to God, I don’t have to meet a newspaper publisher’s deadline! — L. B. Peet)

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 50, Page 2, May 26, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000


At St. Joseph Hospital Thursday, Feb. 17, 1972. Age 69 years. Survived by four daughters, (Irene) Mrs. Charles WILES, (Anna Marie) Mrs. Frank KAROCIK, (Nancy) Mrs. Don BIRSA, all of Joliet, (Doris) Mrs. Howard NORBERG of New Lenox, Robert and John RICHARDSON of Joliet, and Lonnie Jr. of Elgin, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters, (Isabelle) Mrs. Edwin UPTON of South Carolina, and (Edith) Mrs. Paul LEE of Joliet, (Geraldine) Mrs. Keith LITCHFIELD of Peoria, Ill; two brothers, Robert CONANT of Joliet and Joseph CONANT of Wauconda, Ill; also several nieces and nephews. Mrs. RICHARDSON was born in East St. Louis, Ill, and has lived in Joliet for the past 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie 1956; also her parents and two brothers. Funeral services will be held from the Carlson Funeral Home, Benton and Youngs, Monday Feb. 21, at 9:00 a.m. to St. John’s Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Member of D A V Auxiliary, Cantigney Post No. 367, VFW Auxiliary, Harwood Post No. 5, American Legion Auxiliary, Forget-Me-Not, N A B A, Lady Bugs, Friends may call Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Feb 17, 1972 Posted by Lonnie Richardson, Sep 1, 1998


RICHARDSON, Loran of 1013 N. Center St. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Friday, May 27, 1955, Age 85 years. Survived by 5 daughters (Frances) Mrs. W.W. BLOGG, (Leona) Mrs. Charles REINSCH, (Ruby) Mrs. John OBRIEN, and Miss Dorothy RICHARDSON of Joliet, (Florence) Mrs. Fred COOK of Chillicothe, Ill.; 3 sons, Lonnie, John and George. 2 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude CAREY and Cora BARTELEME, all of Joliet. Also 23 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at the Carlson Funeral home, Benton and Youngs, Tuesday May 31, at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Lester H. LAUBENSTEIN officiating, Interment Hills of Rest. Friends Call after 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lonnie Richardson, Sep 1, 1998


RICHARDSON – – – At his home on North Collins street, Sunday, July 28, at 10 p.m., Robert RICHARDSON, of asthma. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the house. Rev. G.G. MCKINLEY officiating. Interment in Oakwood. Deceased formerly resided in Braceville. He leaves a wife and grown family. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., and Powhan lodge will have charge of the services. Mr. Richardson was a native of Scotland. He was born at Motherville, Lilacshire in 1837. He suffered intensely from asthma for many years, yet through all his afflictions bore up with exemplary courage and was of an unusually kind and genial disposition.

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

George W. RISLEY

(b.3 Apr 1810 – d.28 Sep 1880) The early train last Friday morning brought in the body of George W. RISLEY, from Hutchinson, Kansas, for interment in our beautiful cemetery of Oakwood. He may be regarded as among the old settlers here. He was born near Utica, N. Y., and in early life moved to Virginia, where he was at the commencement of the political disturbances resulting in the rebellion. Ardently attached to the Union he left the ill fated state in time to escape the devastation which swept over the territory where he was residing. His brother, Hamilton D. RISLEY, was residing in this county, and called his attention to these beautiful prairies, where he removed and tarried for many years, always engaged in the calling of agriculture. Five years ago he removed to Kansas, and engaged in the opening of a new farm in that state of peculiar battling history. The grasshoppers and other impediments which drove others away, were not formidable enough to drive him out, but he and his son battled their way, until now a well improved farm rewards their struggles. But indomitable will must after all succumb to the destiny of years, and death is an invincible ruler. In George W. RISLEY, he found a victim he might have passed for years to the benefit of those among whom he was located. Of social qualities of a very rare order, he was wholly unconscious of any feeling of grasping ambition. He found all his enjoyments in humbler walks of life, yet no man could sit down to enjoy his converse without immediately finding him endowed with rare intellect for one to be occupied in the field of labor. He had no enemies. All the old acquaintances which knew him here will breath a sincere and earnest sigh at hearing of his demise.

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Sep 28 1880 Posted by Millicent McClure, Sep 1, 1998

Mrs. George RISLEY

Sarah Eunice DAKIN RISLEY, wife of George W. RISLEY (b.4 Nov 1814-d.11 Jun 1892) Three score and seventeen years ago there came into the New Hampshire home of Samuel DAKIN and his wife one of the earth’s rare souls, and on the 11th of this month the Creator called the sweet spirit back to Himself, leaving only the beautiful house of clay behind. Sarah DAKIN, the youngest of a family consisting of one son and four daughters, possessed the priceless heritage of an honored name and most winning native traits. Descending from a family noted for sterling piety, intellectuality and nobility of character, she added grace to it all. When she left her father’s house and united her fortune to that of George RISLEY she took into the new home the same sunny disposition and willing heart that had characterized her girlhood. Disappointment and the sorrows which God sends His best beloved came early into her life, but being received as messengers of the eternal throne these only served to purify and uplift her every thought. Through long years the chastening work went on until to those who knew her in these later years she seemed pure gold, with scarely an earth stain on her. Five daughters and two sons came to claim and receive the full mead of mother love – Martha, now the widow of Judge S. W. RANDALL, of this city; Willis, whose home is in Evanston, Ill.; Cynthia, wife of John RISLEY, of Nickerson, Kan.; Mary, whose home has for fifteen years been at New Hartford, N.Y.; Sarah, now Mrs. Frank CALAIS, of this city; Sophie, who has for years been a valued teacher in the public schools of Cairo, this state, and DAKIN of Nickerson, Kan. These all survive their mother, together with sixteen grandchildren and six great grandchildrn, who “arise up and call her blessed.” In response to messages concerning their mother’s failing health six of the children came from near and far to look once more upon her face, realizing with tender sadness that “mother was going to sleep.” Her pastor, the Rev. Mr. CAMP, had been most thoughtful in repeated ministrations and on the occasion of one of his visits Mrs. RISLEY desired her children to kneel about her bedside, which they did with the same simplicity of faith as when in childhood they had clustered at her knee for the good night prayer. She was regarded by her children with a feeling akin to worship. And they returned her affection in abundant measure. Her last years have been made a constant joy by the tender care and unwearied devotion that have been lavished upon her by the daughter whose home has been hers as well. On the evening of Saturday, June 11, she left her dear ones for her “house not made with hands,” and the following Monday afternoon her friends gathered at Mrs. RANDALL’s home to pay her their last tribute. Her casket lay in a room whose air was odorous with the breath of many flowers, but their incense seemed nothing to the fragrance of her life. A frail, bowed little old lady with soft white curls clustering about her face, she lay there with the love-light quenched from her eyes but the same old smile was on the gentle lips. She was God’s own gentlewoman, with His peace on her brow – that was all. A woman who had known the cares and trials of domestic duties, her daughters can yet unite in saying that they “never knew mother to say one unkind word.” The dew of perpetual youth rested on her so that, as a life-long friend has said. “She was always a girl among the girls”. It is impossible for one so in touch and sympathy with young hearts ever to grow old. Brought up in the Episcopal faith, her church was always a great comfort to her and her religion was manifest in the daily life which is more than preached word. Of her own family there still abides one sister, Mrs. Martha FOSTER, of New Hartford, N. Y., who is one whom the whole town loves and of kin to all who come in contact with her. Having long passed the “four score” limit she is allowed to tarry yet a little longer for the comfort and example of a younger generation. Mrs. RISLEY is gone; and we laid her to rest in Oakwood, “knowing here endeth the measure of all her beautiful years.” But the memory is ours, and we are led to thank God that “such as these have lived and died.”

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 11 Jun 1892 Posted by Millicent McClure, Sep 1, 1998


Gerald E. Robbins, 84, of Wilton Township, died Friday, November 30, 2001, at Miller Health Care Center, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 3-8 pm today at Forsyth Funeral Chapel in Manhattan. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am Monday at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Wilton Center. Memorials may be made to Miller Health Care Center, Hospice of Kankakee Valley or St. Patrick’s Church. Surviving are his wife, the former Doris Groleski, 3 sons, David (Janet) Robbins; Jerry (Loretta) Robbins; Jack (Linda) Robbins; 2 daughters, Rosalie (John) Thatcher; Margaret (Arnie) Johnson; 3 stepsons, Larry (Brenda) Gallagher; Daniel (Pam) Gallagher; Steve (Brenda) Gallagher; 1 stepdaughter, Debbie (Allen) Robbins; 27 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Lester (Rita) Robbins and 1 sister, Rosemary Borchardt. His parents, David and Bridget Mahoney Robbins, his first wife, Jane Doyle Robbins, 2 daughters, Maxine and Mary Jane Robbins, 2 sons, Richard and Edward Robbins, 1 brother, Leo Robbins, 1 sister, Irene Dandurand and best friend Willard Gast are deceased. Mr. Robbins was a lifelong farmer in the Wilton area. He liked to dance, fish and play cards.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Dec 2, 2001 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 26, 2005


William Robbins, (Bill) 59, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Palos Community Hospital. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Manhattan. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph School Building Fund. Mr. Robbins was former owner and operator of K&R Oil Co. He was most recently employed by Metra as a conductor. Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Bee Regan Robbins; 1 daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Kevin Shea of Chicago; 1 son, Matthew Robbins of Manhattan; 2 sisters and one brother-in-law, Loisann Orlovich of Plainfield, Gayle and Robert Haley of Manhattan; several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family, especially Daniel (Judy) Robbins of Romeoville. His parents, Leo and Lillian Robbins, and 1 son, Joseph Robbins, are deceased. Mr. Robbins was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manhattan and served on its administrative board. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was active in sports as a young man and was a Sox fan. He enjoyed playing cards.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jul 17, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005


Funeral services were held June 20, for Lester ROBERSON, 57, of Tinley Park at the Hirsch Memorial Chapel in Tinley Park with Rev. Will DAVIS of Ridgewood Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery, Mokena, Illinois. Mr. ROBERSON died, June 18, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet after a long illness. He was born, July 17, 1915, in Canton, Missouri and lived in Mokena for 25 years. He was employed as a brakeman for the Rock Island Railroad for approximately 10 years. Mr. ROBERSON is survived by his widow, the former Lucille WARDELL of this city; his mother, Mrs. Alpha WILKENSON of Keokuk, Iowa; a daughter, Brinda, at home; two sons, Ronald of Mokena; Michael of Frankfort and four grandchildren.

Source: Illinonian Star, July 16, 1973; Date of Death: June 18, 1973 Posted by Judi Rogers Gilker, May 7, 2001


Sudden Death. — On Thursday morning of last week Mr. C. C. ROBINSON, one of the oldest citizens of Lockport, met with a sudden death while riding on horseback near his residence in that place. He was seen to fall from his horse and when approached by those who hastened to his assistance life had departed. The cause of his sudden demise was pronounced by physicians to be heart disease.

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


2 Wilmington Residents Die Mrs J. Robson and Clarence L. Randolph Succunb. Set Funeral Dates

Mrs. J. ROBSON, 69 years old and Clarence L. RANDOLPH, 65 years old, two old time residents of Wilmington, died yesterday.

For the last seven years Mr. Randolph has been engineer at the Soldiers’ Widows’ home of Wilmington. Surviving him are his widow, a son, Albert of Custer Park, three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle SCHENK, Mrs. Marie NELSON and Miss Marjorie of Wilmington. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Moritz HANNSEN. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home with burial in Star Grove cemetery.

Surviving Mrs. Robson are her husband, a son, Richard of Seattle, Wash., a daughter, Janet of Wilmington. The funeral will be Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of Andrew ROBSON to the Presbyterian church of Wilmington with burial in Oakwood cemetery near Wilmington.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald-News, Joliet, IL, Vol. XIX, No. 52, Page 2, Thur, Jan 11, 1923 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Mar 16, 2001

Elizabeth ROEDGER

Services were held Monday morning for Elizabeth E. ROEDGER, 85, of Peotone. Mrs. ROEDGER died Dec. 6, 1996, at her home. She was born Dec. 18, 1910, in Peotone, to Oliver and Mary E. CLINTON CHERRY. She was a retired secretary who was employed at various Peotone auto dealerships. She was an avid bingo player, and was a member of Eastern Will County Senior Services, American Legion Auxiliary and the Peotone Sportsman Club. Mrs. ROEDGER is survived by a sister, Winifred KURZ of Tucson, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. ROEDGER in 1984; her parents; and a brother, Edwin. The funeral was held Dec. 9 at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Father Michael GINTER officiated. Burial was in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Memorials can be made to the Peotone Paramedics.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 11 Dec 1996 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 8, 2003


Walter H. ROEDGER, 428 E. Main St., Peotone, died shortly afte noon on Tuesday, april 24, 1984, at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee. He was 73. Mr. ROEDGER was born May 20, 1910, in Peotone. He was a mason with Daum Construction Co., retiring in 1972. A lifelong Peotone resident, he was married April 20, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa. His wife, Elizabeth, survives him. also surviving a brother, Fred ROEDGER of Cleveland, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Christina ROEDGER, one brother, and two sisters. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Services will be held there on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dean PLASSMAN officiating. Organist will be Lester ENGLEHART. Interment will be in Skyline Cemetery.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 25 Apr 1984; Date of Death: 24 Apr 1984 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 8, 2003


Elmer Roemer, 84, of Green Garden Township, died October 11, 2004 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet with family at his side. Born May 8, 1920, he was the son of William Edward and Elizabeth (Barnez) Roemer. Mr. Roemer was a farmer all of his life. He went back to school to learn heating, air conditioning and refrigeration repair. When his children were young he was a 4-H leader and has always been active in his church. Mr. Roemer was survived by 2 sons, George (Ruby) Roemer of Manhattan and Lloyd (Pat) Roemer of Florence, Alabama; 1 daughter, Diane (Charles) Egdorf of Bourbonnais; 1 brother-in-law, Erwin Manzke of Bloomington, Indiana; 1 sister-in-law, Eleanor Kraus of Frankfort; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Bisgrove) Roemer; 1 brother, Alvin Roemer and 1 sister, Lorraine Roemer. Visitation will be Friday, October 15, at 9:30 am at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 11100 2nd Street, Mokena, until the funeral service at 10 am. Rev. Dr. Thomas Zoelzer will officiate. Entombment will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Memorials may be made to the family wishes. Arrangements were by Forsytghe Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Oct 21, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 1, 2004

Elmer ROEMER Age 84, of Green Garden Township, died October 11, 2004 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, with his family at his side. Born May 8, 1920, he was the son of William Edward and Elizabeth BARENZ ROEMER. Survived by two sons, George (Ruby) ROEMER of Manhattan, Lloyd (Pat) ROEMER of Florence, AL; and one daughter, Diane (Charles) EGDORF of Bourbonais; one brother-in-law, Erwin MANZKE of Bloomington; and one sister-in-law, Eleanor KRAUS of Frankfort; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth BISGROVE ROEMER; one brother, Alvin ROEMER and one sister, Lorraine ROEMER. Elmer was a farmer all his life. He went back to school for Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Repair. When his children were young, he was a 4-H Leader and has always been active in his church. Funeral Services for Elmer ROEMER will be Friday, October 15, 2004 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 11100 2nd Street, Mokena, IL 10:00 AM. Rev. Dr. Thomas Zoelzer officiating. Entombment Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Visitation Thursday, 4:00 PM, until 8:00 PM at Forsythe Funeral Home and Friday, 9:30 AM at St. John’s United Church of Christ, until time of service. Memorials can be made to the family wishes. FORSYTHE FUNERAL HOME 507 S. State St. (Rt. 52) Manhattan, IL 60442 (815) 478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, 13 Oct 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 13, 2004


V. ROEMER Age 72, late of Green Garden Township, Sunday December 5, 1999, at her home. Survived by her husband Elmer ROEMER. One daughter, Diane (Charles) EGDORF of Manhattan. Two sons, George (Ruby) ROEMER of Manhattan and Loyd (Patricia) ROEMER of Florence Alabama. Fourteen Grandchildren and five Great Grandchildren. One sister, Eleanor KRAUS of Frankford. One Brother Raymond (Gladys) BISGROVE of Oakland Illinois. Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents George and Emma (STAUFFENBERG) BISGROVE. One niece Phyllis LOGAN. One nephew LeRoy ROEMER. Two Brothers-in-law, Alvin ROEMER and Clinton KRAUS. One sister-in-law, Lorraine ROEMER. Funeral services for Ruth ROEMER will be Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 11100 2nd Street, Mokena, IL. 10:00 AM Rev. Dr. Thomas ZOELZER officiating. Entombment Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Visitation Tuesday 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 South Eastern Ave. Manhattan, and Wednesday 9:30 AM at St. Johns United Church of Christ until time of service, 10:00 A.M. Forsythe Funeral Chapel320 Eastern Ave Manhattan 815/478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, 6 Dec 1999 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 6, 1999

Catherine ROETTER

Funeral services for Grandma ROETTER one of the oldest settlers of this county, were held Tuesday afternoon, March 15, with a short service at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Catherine RIPPE, and at the South Lutheran church, Rev. G. Klatt, the pastor being in charge. The services as impressive and the pastor’s just and sympathetic words, personal of the deceased, were as generously bestowed as they were deserved. The theme of Rev. Klatt’s message was taken from Genesis 24:56, “Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered by way; send me away that I may go to my master, the hope of a Christian, and it was one of the great comforts to her loved ones.

The singing of several hymns by a quartette consisting of Mrs. W.H. Bahe, Mrs. Howard SIECKMANN, Mrs. Harry Sieckmann and Mrs. G. Klatt, with Mrs. Lawrence at the organ, was very impressive. The pallbearers were her six grandsons, W.H., Frank, John, Emil, Henry and Theodore Rippe. There were many beautiful floral offerings. She loved flowers and greatly appreciated things that were beautiful and good. The flowers were in charge of Lavern and Nora Schroeder.

The following sketch of her life is a touching tribute to the deceased: Catherine Roetter nee SCHROEDER was born April 9, 1836, near Wridel, Province of Hanover, Germany. Here she received the holy rite of baptism in infancy, was confirmed, and in February, 1861, she united in marriage with Henry Roetter.

Five children were born unto them, two of whom passed away in their youth, and a son, William, preceding her in death two years ago. Two children survive her, Mrs. Henry Rippe of this vicinity and Henry roetter of Farnam, NE. Her husband died about 34 years ago.

In the year of 1866 she and her husband left their native land for America, settling in Beecher, IL. In 1880 they bought a farm, located one mile north of the South Lutheran church. Here she spent the remainder of her years until the death of her son William. Since then she made her home with her daughter Mrs. Catherine Rippe.

She was born, baptized, reared, living and died in the Christian faith. She passed away after a few months illness at the home of her daughter March 12 at 9 o’clock p.m., death apparently being due to old age, following an attack of la grippe.

Mrs. Roetter was truly a mother in the church. She was one of the good of earth. Those who knew her well felt that she was a worthy woman. Her life was long and in it she did much that was good and holy. Almost four score years on earth is seldom given humans. This measure was granted her and she wasted none of it. She was devoted to her work and what her hands marvel, and wonder how she could do so much, especially in her late years. The center of her interest was in her home. She never wearied in telling the incidents of the childhood of her children, nor the many hardships she endured.

Zealous as she was in her work, devoted as she was to her family, she never faltered in serving her Master. Often when inclement weather prevailed she would take her shoes and stockings in her hand and walk to her church for worship. Counting the Sabbaths in which she was at her place of worship, she filled thirteen years to a devoted life.

In addition to the great host of friends she has made, she leaves to mourn her departure her daughter Mrs. Catherine Rippe, her son Henry of Farnam, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many other relatives. At the time of death she was 90 years, 11 months and 3 days of age. The funeral was well attended by the members of the church she had so faithfully served, and by her many friends and neighbors. The world is better for her having lived in it these four score years of

Source: Ohiowa Advertiser, Mar 18, 1927; Date of Death: Mar 15, 1927 Posted by Karen Rowe, Nov 9, 1999


McCULLOCH-This morning at 718 South Joliet Street, Mrs. Annie McCULLOCH, wife of John McCULLOCH, at the age of 59 years. Six children survive-Mrs. Sarah BIRD, Mrs. John L. HARDEN, Mrs. Martin HENDERSON, and Jessie and John McCULLOCH, of this city, and Mrs. Chas. QUINLAN, of Peoria. Mrs. McCULLOCH was born in Scotland and came to Joliet in 1861, residing here ever since. Funeral notice later.

Source: Joliet Daily Republican, 26 Jun 1901; Date of Death: 26 Jun 1901 Posted by John Fisher, Mar 13, 2004

Henry Edward ROHWEDDER

ROHWEDDER – Henry Edward ROHWEDDER, 43 years old, son of Mr and Mrs. Joachim Rohwedder, died in his home, 810 North Hickory street, yesterday afternoon. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Annie BERNER of Chicago and Miss Augusta of Joliet: and one brother, Emil of Elgin. The funeral will be held from the home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon to St. Peter’s Lutheran church at 2:30 o’clock. The Rev. H. G. Sandvoss will officiate. Burial will be in Elmhurst cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald News, Jun 1918; Date of Death: Jun 14, 1918 Posted by Kathie Groll, Oct 29, 2000

Edward ROSS

Fire Dept. Pioneer: E.G. ROSS of Lockport dies at 95.

Edward G. ROSS, 95 of 402 E. 8th St., Lockport, a resident there for more than seventy years, died Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital of a lingering illness.

He was a charter member of the volunteer fire department. Born Feb. 17, 1866 in Wyoming Dela., he came to Lockport in 1890. For many years he was employed as a miller by the Northern Illinois Cereal Co. (Lockport). He retired 16 years ago at the age of 79.

In 1895 he helped to organize the volunteer firemen (after a big downtown fire in August of that year) and was the last surviving member of that original department.

His wife, the former Ellen MEEHAN, died in 1944. A son, James, preceded him in death as did three brothers Harry, Robert and James.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Lloyd ROSS of Joliet, a chiropracter; and Gilbert; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren; a brother, Charles, of Wilmington, Dela.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:00 am from the McPhee Funeral Home at Lockport to St. Joseph’s Church (Lockport) at 9:30 am. Burial will be in the family lot.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o’clock this evening and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 pm Tuesday. Source: Joliet Herald News, Oct 9, 1961; Date of Death: Oct 8, 1961 Posted by Caroline Ross, Jul 30, 2002

Ellen ROSS (nee MEEHAN)

Lockport, March 9 — Mrs. Ellen Catherine (Nellie) ROSS, 72 years old, organizer and first president of the American Legion auxillary, died at her home, 402 East 8th street, last night after a long illness. Mrs. ROSS was born in Chicago on April 23, 1871 and has been a resident of Lockport for about 70 years. Mr. ROSS and the late Mrs. ROSS celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 6, 1944. Surviving are her husband, Edward, of Lockport; three sons, James of Perrysburg, Ohio; Lloyd of Joliet and Gilbert of Canton, Ohio and one brother, Joseph MEEHAN of Lockport. She was a member of the American Legion auxiliary, Lockport chapter of War Mothers and also the Altar and Rosary society of St. Denis’ church. Funeral services will be held from the Clarence L. Miller funeral home, Hamilton street, Saturday morning at 9 o’clock and to St. Denis’ church at 9:30 o’clock.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 9, 1944; Date of Death: Mar 8, 1944 Posted by Caroline Ross, July 30, 2002

George F ROSS

Internal Injuries Result in Death – – George F. ROSS, “J” Switchman, Passes Away at Hospital This Morning. — George F. ROSS, the switchman on the E. J. & E., who was crushed between two cars at the “J” yards yesterday morning, died early this morning at Silver Cross hospital, where he was taken following the accident. Ross was terribly crushed while chaining two bad order cars together. A switch engine backed into the string pionining him between the cars. Examination at the hospital failed to reveal any broken bones, but internal injuries proved fatal.

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

ROSS — The remains of the late George Frederick ROSS, a “J.” switchman who was fatally injured Wednesday, will be taken to his former home Gallion, Ohio, for burial. The widow will leave for the east with the body Monday, following services to be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, from the late residence in this city. Dr. Howard M. HEILMAN, of St. John’s English Lutheran church, will officiate. Deceased was born in Gallion, Ohio, in 1880 and four years ago was married in this city to Mrs. Anna Yanke SHEALY, who survives. Other relatives are his mother, 3 sisters and a brother who are in the east. Deceased was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and the Eagles.

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

George William RUSHING

Services will be held this morning, Wednesday, June 15, for George William Rushing, 63 of Manhattan. Mr. Rushing died June 15, 2003 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Joseph Church in Manhattan. Burial will be in Mt. St. Patrick Cemetery in Wilton Center. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph School. Arrangements are under the direction of Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. Mr. Rushing is survived by his wife, Sharon PESTER; 1 son, Brent (Donna) Rushing of Manhattan; 1 daughter, Kate Rushing of Manhattan; 1 step-son, James (Tracy) STOKES of New Lenox, 1 step-daughter, Kellyne (John) COSTANZO of Clearwater, Florida; 2 grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler Rushing; 1 sister, Lee BOEVERS; 1 half-sister, Mary Lou CLAUSING; 2 half- brothers, Frank and Al AMBROSE; his mother-in-law, Marion Pester; a brother-in-law, James (Kathy) Pester; numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephews, Paul (Becky) and Andy (Kelly) HRVATIN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Glenadean Smith Rushing; his step-father, Frank Ambrose, II; and 2 brothers, Robert and Howard Rushing.

Source: unknown newspaper, Jun 15, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Mar 28, 2004


Gilbert L. Russell (Gib), 66, of Peotone, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005 in Las Vegas. He was the publisher of Russell Publications in Peotone. Visitation will be from 3-8 pm Tuesday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone where services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gib Russell Journalism Scholarship Fund. He was born November 2, 1938 in Oak Park, the son of Gilbert Lee, Sr. and Sara Mae Dole Russell. His parents are deceased. Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Schubbe of Peotone; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Elaine Russell; Mike and Cara Russell, all of Peotone; 3 grandchildren; 1 brother and sister-in-law, Lanny and Terri Russell of DeKalb; 1 sister and brother-in-law, Tamra and Warren Piper of Grant Park. Mr. Russell was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Moose Lodge of Bradley, past member of Will County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, member of Illinois Press Association and a former member of Peotone Kiwanis. He served in the U.S. Army with the Army Security Agency. He attended the University of Illinois where he was affiliated with the Pi Kappa Phi, Epsilon Chapter, bowled in the Peotone bowling leagues for many years and was an avid Cubs, Bears and University of Illinois sports fan.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 6, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 23, 2005

Lila Marie RUSSELL

Lila Marie RUSSELL (nee SCHEER) Age 69. Suddenly Monday, November 3, 2003 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. Born in Tinley Park, IL and a long time Joliet area resident. Retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company as a forklift operator after over 25 years of service. Lila was an avid bowler and bowled on many leagues in the Joliet area. Survived by a son, Gary RUSSELL of Nebraska; a daughter, Eleanor A. SENKO of Elgin; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Lorn SCHEER of Mountain Home, AR and Allen (Cathy) SCHEER of Joliet. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services for Lila Marie RUSSELL will be Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 1:30 PM at Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery chapel in Monee. Interment Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. No Visitation. Arrangements by: Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black at Essington Rds. For information: 815-741-5500

Source: Joliet Herald News, 4 Nov 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 4, 2003



Mary SHOEMAKER RUSSELL, born June 1, 1839, at Reed’s Grove in a log house built by her father in 1831, died at her late home in Elwood, after a long and useful life spent in the service of her home and her church.

In 1849, deceased was married to Miles SPAFFORD, and to this Union six children were born, all of whom survive. These heirs are Mrs. C. P. BRIDGE of Elkart, Ill.; Mrs. R. THORNBURG of Elwood; Elias SPAFFORD, Joliet; Mrs. R. J. LEESE of Clinton, Ia.; Charles SPAFFORD of Clinton, Ia.; and Wallace B. SPAFFORD of Berkley, Cal.

Mr. Spafford, a Civil War volunteer, was killed in the service of his country in the battle of Chickamauga on September 19, 1863.

On July 4, 1864, the widow remarried, plighting her troth with John RUSSELL, who had been a war companion and company mate of her former husband. To this union a daughter was born, Mrs. Wilber FOSS of Clear Lake, Ia., who too survives. The late Mr. Russell died two years ago. Deceased was the grandmother of 24, and the great-grandmother of 26 children.

In her early childhood she gave her life to Christ, having united with the United Brethren church. In May, 1874, she placed her membership with the Elwood M. E. church, where it remained until her death.

She was ever a loving mother, a kind neighbor and her life was ever an inspiration to all who knew her.

(The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 284, Page 2, Thurs, Mar 12, 1914.) Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 10, 2001

Ann Frances RYAN

Ann F. RYAN, 70, Dies Miss Ann Frances Ryan, 70, 818 S. Water St., Wilmington, died Saturday, January 17, 1976, at her home after a long illness. She was a former employee of Dr. Raymond G. Long and the late Dr. Everett B. Shipley. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. The daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Edward Ryan, she was born July 17, 1905 in Wilmington. Her survivors include sisters, Mrs. Rachel Biddle of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Mildred McFarlane of Boca Raton, Fla. and Mrs. Gertrude Downs of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. The Rev. George Kuzma said the funeral mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 1976, at St. Rose Catholic Church. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Reeves Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 1/23/1976 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Feb 20, 2004

Annie RYAN

Mrs. Annie Ryan, 74 years old, 404 Hunter Avenue, Joliet, died Friday, November 5, 1943, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Ryan, noted Will County horse owner and trainer, several of whose animals made race track history. Mrs. Ryan was born in England. After the retirement of Mr. Ryan several years ago, the couple spent much time in the West and on the coast for her health. Funeral services were held Monday morning from the Western Funeral Parlors, Joliet, at 9 o’clock to St. Patrick’s Church at 9:30. The body was taken to Denver, Colorado, for interment.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 11/12/1943 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Mar 1, 2004

Edward J. RYAN

Veteran Horse Owner and Trainer Died Tuesday, November 24, 1942 Edward J. Ryan, 76 years old, veteran horse owner and trainer and for many years operator of the Wilmington race track died Tuesday, November 24, 1942, in the home in which he was born on South Water Street. Son of early Wilmington residents, Mr. Ryan, a picturesque figure in the development of Wilmington, was an authority on horses and from his youth devoted his time and talents to the breeding and training, producing a large number of winners who made race track history. Among them were The Roman, Don Patrick, Rival, Gold Runner, True Wing, and Howard S. winner of the Spreckles cup at Ingleside, California in 1897. Mr. Ryan’s love for horses and his fine sporting spirit made him a respected trainer and an authority in stables throughout the entire country. He had an eye for horseflesh and a heart for the sport of kings. His form sheet was his daily paper and the paddock of his life. The same spirit carried over in his relationship to his home community where he occupied an enviable position as a good neighbor, a kindly father of eight children and a much loved and respected citizen. He died following a few days illness. The services in memory of Mr. Ryan were held Friday, November 27, 1942, from the residence at 9:15 o’clock to St. Rose’s Church at 9:30 o’clock. Rev. L. A. Peschon officiated at the Requiem Mass. At the offertory the choir sang “Panis Angelicus” accompanied by Edward Donohue. Mr. Donohue sang “I Would Not Live Always.” Following the last blessing the choir sang “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” with Mrs. Bernadine Reed as soloist. The pallbearers were John Hanley, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Edward Carey, James O’Neill, Charles Byron, and John Butcher. Edward J. Ryan was born April 20, 1866 to Thomas and Mary Ryan. He lived his entire life in Wilmington. On April 7, 1891 at St. Rose’s Church he was united in marriage to Maggie R. Quinn and to this union eight children were born. Mrs. Ryan preceded him in death in 1912, a daughter Helen in 1918, and another daughter Mary in 1936. He is survived by two sons, Joseph and Leo of Wilmington; four daughters, Anne of Wilmington, Mrs. Rachel Biddle of Chicago, Mrs. Mildred McFarland (McFarlane)of Elmhurst and Mrs. Gertrude Downs of Bloomington; two brothers Thomas Ryan of Oakland and Michael Ryan of Morris; six grandchildren, Mrs. Cecelia Guizzetti, Geraldine and Margaret Fitzgerald, Jean, Joan, and James McFarlane; one great grandchild Cecelia Guizzetti. (error: should be Mitzi Guizzetti). Interment was in Mt. Olivet cemetery. The many beautiful floral offerings and spiritual bouquets attested to the respect and esteem the community held for the deceased.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 12/4/1942; Date of Death: Nov 24, 1942 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Feb 20, 2004

Helen Cecelia RYAN

Helen Cecelia Ryan, little daughter of Edward Ryan, died at the home of her father on South Water Street at 1:45 o’clock Wednesday afternoon after a two weeks illness. She had not enjoyed very good health for the past few years, but was a patient little sufferer, bearing her affliction with Christian fortitude, never murmuring, and always hopeful for a change for the better. Helen was born in this city Feb. 3, 1903; died at the age of 15 years, 3 months, and 17 days. She was a loving sister and a kind, loving daughter, and was very devoted to her father, who feels his loss very keenly. She is survived by her father, two brothers, Leo of Fort Williams, Me; Joseph of Chicago; and five sisters, Mrs. Rachel Biddle of Joliet, the Misses Mary, Mildred, Annie Frances, and Gertrude of this city, who are left to mourn her early death. The funeral services were at St. Rose’s Church at 9 o’clock this Friday morning, Mass being said by Father F. Connor and Father Murray. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery beside her mother, who had preceded her in death seven years ago. There were many beautiful floral pieces from her schoolmates and friends.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, June 21, 1918; Date of Death: June 19, 1918 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Feb 20, 2004

John Thomas RYAN

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan are mourning the loss of their little son, John Thomas, aged five months. The little one died on Sunday afternoon last after a short illness. The funeral was held from St. Rose’s Church Tuesday morning. Burial in the Catholc Cemetery.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 5/13/1910; Date of Death: 5/08/1910 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Mar 1, 2004


Leo Ryan, age 57, died at his home here Monday. Funeral services were held Thursday in St. Rose church with the Rev. Lloyd Bowden officiating. Pallbearers were LaVerne Cooper, Thomas O’Brien, Jack Glenney, Fred Harms, Fred Borschnek, and George Pelton. Interment was in Mt. Olivet cemetery here. Surviving are his widow, Arlene; a daughter, Sharon; a brother Joseph of Richmond Hill, N.Y.; four sisters, Mrs. Rachel Biddle and Miss Ann Ryan of Wilmington, Mrs. Mildred McFarlane of Elmhurst and Mrs. Gertrude Downs of Daytona Beach, Fla. Mr. Ryan was a member of the bartender’s union local 714 and of Lester Smith post no. 191. American Legion.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, June 27, 1952; Date of Death: June 23, 1952 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Feb 20, 2004


Mary Ryan, the three months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan of this city, died Tuesday night at 10 o’clock. The funeral was held from the residence at 10 o’clock Thursday morning and the remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 10/19/1906; Date of Death: 10/16/1906 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Mar 1, 2004

Michael RYAN

Michael Ryan, age 95, died last Thursday at his home in Morris following a long illness. A Requiem Mass was celebrated Saturday morning by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. E.P. McDonough in Immaculate Conception Church, Morris. Vocal selections were by Mrs. J. H. Telfer and Mrs. G. L. Osmanson. Pallbearers were P. R. Cosgrove, James Feeney, Edwin McGuan, John T. Donahoe, William Feeney, and Maurice Walsh. Interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Mr. Ryan was born in Wilmington, where he was associated in business with his brother Thomas. He moved to Morris about 30 years ago. Forty-four years ago he was married to Miss Jennie A. Barr of Mazon, who preceded him in death. Two children, Mary and Thomas, also preceded their father in death. Surviving are his brother, Thomas, of here, and several nieces and nephews.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 12/07/1951; Date of Death: 11/29/1951 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Mar 1, 2004

Thomas RYAN

Killed on the railroad. A man named Thomas Ryan, residing near the cemetery, in this city, was accidentally run over by freight train No. 9. going north at about half past ten on Saturday night, just north of the Forked Creek Bridge. One leg was severed from the body, and the other most horribly crushed and mangled. He was taken home and died about half past four on Sunday morning. Justice Young, acting coroner, held an inquest on the body, and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts, deciding that no person was to blame in the matter. He was about forty years of age, and leaves a wife and five or six children.

Source: Wilmington Independent, Feb 12, 1868; Date of Death: Feb 9, 1868 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Feb 20, 2004

Thomas RYAN

Thomas Ryan, 95, died Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Joliet, following a long illness. Mr. Ryan had been a resident of Wilmington most of his life. His wife died ten years ago. Survivors include nieces and nephews in Joliet and Wilmington. The body was removed to the Western Funeral Home, Joliet, where friends may call Friday. Services will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock in St. Rose Church here, after which the body will be shipped to Denver, Colorado.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 3/28/1952; Date of Death: 3/26/1952 Posted by Sharon Ryan Leve, Mar 1, 2004