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Earl A. SIEMSEN age 91, a lifelong area resident, passed away November 23, 2004. He was the loving father of Carol (Tom) VANDERSANDEN of Tinley Park, IL, Jean (Bob) HESPEN of Peotone, IL, and LaVerne (Bill) DUNCAN of Williams Bay, WI; dear brother of Coretta PEKNY of Riverdale, IL; cherished grandfather of thirteen and great grandfather of eleven. He was preceded in death his beloved wife of 46 years, Helen (nee FELDNER), and his brother the late Harold SEIMSEN. Earl was a retired farmer of Tinley Park and Monee and DeKalb Seed Dealer (1948-1962). He was a graduate of Calumet High School (1932), a 4-H leader in Cook County (1951-1962), served on the Will-South Cook County Soil and Water Conservation Board and Chairman from (1971-1976), a member of St. Boniface Church in Monee including Parish Council, Building Committee, and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and a resident of Village Woods from 1999-2004. Visitation at Hirsch Lincolnway Chapel, 3501 W. Lincoln Hwy, Matteson on Friday, November 26th from 2:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 27th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church, 5304 W. Main, Monee. Interment Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Boniface Church, the Tinley Park Historical Society or Charity of Choice. Information: (708)748-8031.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 25 Nov 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 25, 2004


Recent Deaths Robert Myron SIMPSON Age 82, late of Frankfort. Died March 15, 2001 at home. Survived by his wife Emma (nee SCHILLING); three daughters Patricia (Kenneth) WESSEL of Alexandria, VA.; Deborah (Kevin)KAVANEY of Minneapolis, MN.; Linda (Donald) CIHAK of Mercer, WI.; five sons Robert J. (Antonette) of Joliet; William W. of Frankfort; Gerald (Susan) of Huntington, NY; Greg (Cindi) of Mokena, IL.; Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; one sister Jean FELTEN of Cissna Park, IL.; 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild Member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was a retired master mechanic at Standard T. Chemical in Chicago Heights. He was Born September 6, 1918 in Peotone, IL. Services will be Monday March 19, 2001 at 12 Noon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort. Rev. Kevin HAHN officiating. Interment Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Visitation Sunday 3-5 and 7-9 P.M. at the funeral home and Monday at the church 11:00 til time of services. Family request memorials to the church or Vitas Hospice of St. James Hospital, Chicago Hgts., IL. Gerardi Funeral Home Lincoln Highway & 95th Ave. Frankfort, IL. 815- 469-2144

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

Albert J. SIPPEL

Funeral services for Albert J. SIPPEL, 80, were held Monday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m., at the Augustana Lutheran Church of rural Claremont, with the Rev. Allen SCHAUER, officiating. Burial was in the Augustana Lutheran cemetery. Mr. SIPPEL passed away Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. Honorary pall bearers were John AKERSON, Howard BROOKS, F. DAVIDSON, Wm. WOODS, Andrew WEHDE, and George TRAPHAGEN. Active pall bearers were Lyle JOHNSON, Dennis JOHNSON, Harry SIPPEL, Marvin SIPPEL, Marvin GENGERKE, and Clayton FESER. Albert J. SIPPEL was born Feb. 19, 1888 at Monee, Ill., and married Bertha JOHNSON, at Aberdeen, Oct. 16, 1912. He was a member of the Augustana Lutheran Church and a resident of the Groton community since 1909. Survivors include fours sons, Lester, Houghton; Arnold and Ralph, Groton; and Emery, Putney; one daughter, (Edith) Mrs. Francis HUGHES; one brother, Arthur, Peotone, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Selma SCHMIDT, Manhattan, Ill., and Rose HIRT, Frankfort, Ill., and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, a daughter, granddaughter and a brother. Ackerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 15 Apr 1968 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 29, 2004

Bertha M. SIPPEL

Funeral services for Bertha M. SIPPEL, 69, were held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Augustana Lutheran Church, near Claremont. The Rev. SIEBERG, of Webster officiated. Mrs. SIPPEL passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 1953, at St. Luke’s hospital in Aberdeen, following a long illness. Burial was in the family lot in the church cemetery. Manley GREEN was soloist, accompanied by Dorothy QUIST, organist. Pall bearers were Albert AKERSON, Carl GREEN, Harry QUIST, Andrew WEHDE, Pete LUNDGREN and Howard BROOKS. Bertha JOHNSON was born in Riverside township on March 21, 1884. She was baptized and confirmed in the Augustana Lutheran church of which she was a life-long member. She was united in marriage to Albert J. SIPPEL in October, 1912. To this union six children were born. A daughter, Irene, her parents, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. SIPPEL’S genial disposition and kindness won her the friendship of all who knew her. She was a true and loving wife and mother, who took a keen interest in her family and was an ardent and faithful worker in her church, and was also a kind and thoughtful neighbor and friend, and her passing brought deep sorrow to all. Survivors include her husband, four sons, Lester of Houghton, Emery of Putney and Arnold and Ralph of Groton; one daughter, Miss Edith of Groton; a sister, Mrs. Helen SCHRANZ of Jamestown, N.D.; four brothers, Arthur JOHNSON of Broadview, Mont., and Clarence, Ruben, and Richard JOHNSON of Groton. Out of state relatives attending the last rites were: Arthur JOHNSON, Broadview, Mont.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph JOHNSON and Lewis JOHNSON of Center City, Minn.; Mrs. Ethel PETRI and Miss Cora and Stanley CEDARSTRAND, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Emery NELSON, of Wayzata, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur SIPPEL, of Monee, Ill., and Mrs. Rosa HIRT, of Frankfort, Ill.

Source: Unknown newspaper, 13 Aug 1953; Date of Death: 1 Aug 1953 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 29, 2004


Conrad SIPPEL, aged 83 years, passed away at the home of his daughter in Frankfort Monday after a short illness incident to old age. Mr. SIPPEL was a successful farmer in Green Garden for many years. Later he moved to Frankfort where he conducted an implement business for several years and then opened an ice cream and soft drink parlor. The funeral services took place Thursday afternoon from his late home.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 11 Jul 1940; Date of Death: 8 Jul 1940 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 7, 2004


Services for George M. SIPPEL were held Wednesday, May 26, 1965 at 2:00p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul P. KRUEGER officiating. Burial was in the Groton cemetery. Active pall bearers were Lawrence ROHWER, Howard SHORNACK, Gerald CASSELS, Richard DRESBACH, Wilford DRESBACH and Howard JOHNSON. Honorary pall bearers included Otho RIX, Arthur RIX, George KARNOPP, A. J. SCHUELKE, Randall PETERSON, Sr. and Joe ABELA. Mr. SIPPEL, 80, passsed away Monday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. Mr. SIPPEL was born March 22, 1885 in Monee, Ill. He was married to Lillian OSMAN in Groton, Dec. 16, 1909. He had been a resident of the Groton area since 1908. He is survived by his widow; three sons, Melvin, Salem, Ore.; and Marvin and Harry, both of Groton; three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Myrtle) BLONDO, Bowdle; Mrs. Albion (Mabel) HAGELE, Ipswich; and Mrs. Marvin (Marie) GENGERKE, Groton; two brothers, Albert, Groton; and Arthur, Peotone, Ill.; two sisters, Selma SCHMIDT, Manhattan, Ill.; and Rosa HIRT, Frankfort, Ill.; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. The Ackerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 26 May 1965 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 31, 2004


Graveside services for George Louis SIPPEL, 84, a former resident of Monee, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. The Rev. F. Charles Guigle of St. John United Church of Christ in North Peotone will officiate. memorials may be made in his name. Mr. SIPPEL died Wednesday (Dec. 8, 1993) at the Kankakee Royale Healthcare Center. He was born Dec. 1, 1909 in Green Garden Township, the son of William and Irene WOELTJE SIPPEL. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Ethel SIPPEL of Peotone, a niece, Donna SIPPEL of Chicago and special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Harlyn BEVER of Kankakee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene, and two sisters, Loretta SIPPEL and Ella DITTRICH. Mr. SIPPEL was a retired farmer. Arrangements are by the Fedde-Helfrich Funeral Chapel in Peotone.

Source: Kankakee Daily Journal, 9 Dec 1993; Date of Death: 1 Dec 1909 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004

Gilbert SIPPEL

Gilbert C. Sippel, 85, of Peotone, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, North Peotone with Rev. Bruce Salter officiating. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ed Dersch, Ryan, Rhett and Kyle Rademacher, Don Stonchus, Jay and Ron Sippel and Henry Martinez. In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia Home would be appreciated. Mr. Sippel farmed in Green Garden Township, was employed by Will DuPage Service Company, was a salesman for Schmidt-Behrens Ford of Peotone and owned and operated Sippel’s Shoppe in Peotone until his retirement in 1987. He was born September 11, 1919, in Green Garden Township, the son of Arthur and Clara Weber Sippel. His wife, the former Lorraine M. Mancke, whom he married March 18, 1944, survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Laurel L. (Wayne) Baker and Claire Y. (Robert) Rademacher, both of Peotone; one sister, Claire E. Stephens of Billerica, Mississippi; one brother, Raymond (Barbara) A. Sippel of Peotone; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles W. and Lucille Mancke of Lockport; seven grandchildren, Samantha C. (Baker) Stonchus (Don) of Peotone, Stephanie L. (Baker) Dersch (Ed) of Manteno, Sara D. (Baker) Martinez (Henry) of The Colony, Texas, Ashley C. Rademacher of Chicago and Ryan P., Rhett J. and Kyle D. Rademacher of Peotone; seven great-grandchildren, Holly and Douglas Sandberg, Jason Stonchus, Abby, Gabrielle, Madeline and Natalie Dersch. Mr. Sippel had 18 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Yvonne Rademacher; a brother, Clarence Sippel; a brother-in-law, Kenton E. Stephens Sr.; and a nephew, Kimball L. Mancke. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, bowling, playing cards, fishing, dancing and traveling. He enthusiastically watched his two oldest grandsons play soccer for Peotone High School and qualify for the state IHSA series two consecutive years. Mr. Sippel was a member of St. John’s Sunday School for over 40 years, and taught and also served as its superintendent. He was president of the St. John’s Church Council and sang in the church choir. He was leader of the Green Garden Go-Getters 4-H club and past president of the Peotone Band Boosters. He sponsored an American Foreign Exchange Student from Ecuador for one year. He was involved with the Salvation Army, a member of the Kankakee Moose Lodge, Peotone Chamber of Commerce and was Peotone Fire Department Assistant Chief. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved all of his coffee shop friends and looked forward to visiting with them every day.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Apr 18, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005


Funeral services for Mrs. Irene SIPPEL, 78, of 418 Margaret St., Monee, were held Saturday, apr. 8, at the Rambo Funeral Home. The Rev. A.W. Klumb of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, officiated. Burial was in Green Garden Cemetery on Route 45. Mrs. SIPPEL died Thursday, Apr. 6, at a South Chicago Heights nursing home following a lingering illness. Mrs. SIPPEL, the former Irene WOELTJE was born January 13, 1889, in Green Garden township, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry WOELTJE. She lived in this area her entire life. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Ella) DITTRICH of Harvey; three sons, Carol of Peotone, Gene of Beecher; and George of Monee; two sisters, Mrs. Erma NIELAND and Mrs. Lucinda GORMAN, both of Monee; a brother, Emery WOELTJE of Chicago; and two grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Wayne WOELTJE, Glen SCHWIESOW, Harold AHLBORN, Monroe GORMAN, Warren LUEBBE and Everett REHBERG.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 14 Apr 1967; Date of Death: 6 Apr 1967 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004

Loretta SIPPEL

Miss Loretta SIPPEL, daughter of mr. and Mrs. Wm. SIPPEL, of Green Garden, passed away at their home Friday evening, May 9, after a short illness. She was employed in Joliet and recently was taken sick with influenza and later anemia set in. She received the best of care and medical treatment but graduall became weaker. Loretta Lucille SIPPEL was born Dec. 5, 1907, in Green Garden. She joined the Second M.E. church in Green Garden when a young girl. She attended the school there and for the last year or two had been employed in Joliet. She was a friendly, pleasant girl and made many friends who will miss her greatly. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her grief stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SIPPEL, one sister, Miss Ella, three brothers, George Lewis, Carl and Gene, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry WOELTJE and Mrs. SIPPEL, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. from the home. Services were held at the Second M.E. church in Green Garden. The Rev. Weishaar officiated. Burial was in the churchyard cemetery. The Cheeful Workers Sunday school class sang a hymn and the quartette of the church also sang. The floral pieces were many and beautiful. The services were largely attended and many were unable to get into the church. The family have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. many relatives and friends from Joliet, Chicago, Peotone, Monee, Frankfort and Manhattan attended.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 15 May 1930 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004

Mary E. “Betty” SIPPEL

Mary E. “Betty” SIPPEL Age 94, of Carthage, died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2002 in the Hancock County Nursing Home in Carthage. She was born September 9, 1907 in Petersburg, Ia, the daughter of Thomas and Mary “Minnie” COSTELLO KEOUGH. On November 24, 1930 in Kankakee, Il., she was married to Norman F. SIPPEL. He preceded her in death on October 21, 1993. Betty was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage. She is survived by two daughters, Donna CARLISLE and her husband Thomas, of Naperville, Il. and Norma Jean “Fritzie” SMITH of Boulder, Co.; four grandchildren, David Curtis SMITH and his wife Tara, Michael SMITH, Whitney CARLISLE and his wife Stephanie and John CARLISLE and two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Logan SMITH. She was preceded in death by her parent, husband, and one grandson, Scott SMITH. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2002 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage with Father J.M. Small officiating. Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2002 in Woodlawn Cemetery in Joliet, IL. Friends may call at the Lamporte Funeral Home in Carthage after 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2002 where the family will meet with friends from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. Memorials in the name of Mary E. “Betty” Sippel have been established for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund or The Hancock County Nursing Home. Lamporte Funeral Home

Source: Joliet Herald News, 3 May 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 6, 2002

Nellie Ellen SLADE

MINOOKA “In the absence of your regular correspondent, I take the liberty to inform your readers of the death of Mrs. Ellen SLADE. After a lingering illness of that dread disease,consumption,she passed away at three o’clock on Monday afternoon, the 16th inst. The funeral services took place on Tuesday, P.M. at two o’clock and were conducted by Rev. R.K.Bibbins, of Channahon. The church was filled with a sympathizing congregation. The altar and pulpiet were tastefully decorated with pure white flowers and green leaves and vines,while just above and back of the casket containing the remains of the deceased a lyre was represented in green leaves-a most appropriate emblem,as she was very fond of music- the choir of which she had been a member wore mourning badges. Mrs. Slade was the wife of Wm. Slade, of tje firm of Slade & Slade, and a daughter of the R.R.ticket agent, MR. Dan’l STAFFORD. She had long been a companion of her father in the telegraph office and at the last was listening for the “call”. Everything was done to restore her to health,but all in vain. Besides paretns and two sisters,(one of them being now in Texas) she leaves a husband, to whom she was lately married, and two children by a former marriage, to mourn her loss. Though these bereaved one have the sympathy of a large circle of friends,we well know that no earthly friend can comfort or console their mourning hearts.W”

Source: Minooka, Fri, Jul 27, 1877; Date of Death: 16 Jul 1877 Posted by Oneida S. Bynum, Mar 13, 2000


Ethel M. SMILES (nee SIPPEL) Age 94. Passed away Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. Survived by a daughter, Lynn D’ALBERTO daughter-in-law, Jean SMILES; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by her son, Ronald W. SMILES; and parents, Fred and Amelia (NAGEL) SIPPEL. Born in Green Garden, IL, living in Joliet until moving to Long Grove nine years ago. Ethel worked for years at the Union National Bank. Former member of St. John Lutheran Church and Theodore Street Lutheran Church. Funeral Services Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 11 AM at the Blackburn- Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation Tuesday morning from 9 AM until time of services at 11 AM. Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag 1500 Black Rd. near Midland 815-744-4444

Source: Joliet Herald News, 3 Nov 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 3, 2003

Luella SMIT

Luella SMIT (nee HEUSNER) Age 87. Of Monee, IL, formerly of Green Garden Twp., Frankfort, IL, died Friday, January 7, 2000. Born December 29, 1912 in Peotone, IL to the late Charles and Sarah (HAUERT) HEUSNER. Survived by two sons, David (Debbie) SMIT of Peotone and Scherril SMIT of Lockport; daughter, Shirley FRICK of Manhattan, IL; five grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Henry SMIT(1984); and sister, Arlene KNICKREHM. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Monee; former member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Frankfort. Funeral Service Monday, January 10, 2000, 11 a.m. at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, 112 Main Street, Peotone. Rev. Dr. Robert Hurst officiating. Burial St. Paul’s Cemetery, Monee, IL. Visitation Sunday, January 9, 2000, 1-7 p.m. at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Memorials to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Info (708) 258-6737

Source: Joliet Herald News, 8 Jan 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 14, 2000

Alice Hazelton SMITH

Alice Hazelton Smith, 78, of Limestone, Tennessee, formerly of Wesley Township, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996. Surviving are 3 daughters, Roberta (Lewis) Houston of Lenoir City, Tennessee; Barby (Bill) Graybeal of Limestone, Tennessee; and Linda (Kenneth) Clark of Limestone, Tennessee; 1 son, Robert (Alice) Smith of Winston-Salem, NC, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Smith; her parents, Ernest and Carrie Hazelton; 1 brother, Ernest Jr and 1 grandson. She was a member of the Limestone United Methodist Church, Garden Club and Limestone Eastern Star, Washington College Hom Demonstration Club, Sunshine Guild and Limestone W.S.C.S. Graveside services will be at 10:30 am on Friday at Wesley Cemetery with the Rev. Jamison Geiger officiating. Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington will be charge of local services.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jul 30, 1996 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004

Barton SMITH

Another Old Citizen Gone. — We regret to announce the death of Barton SMITH, Esq., one of the earliest settlers of this city, which took place at his residence on this morning of the 22d inst., Mr. Smith had resided in Joliet twenty-eight years, and was repeatedly elected to offices of trust by his fellow citizens. He was an honest man in every sense of the word.– His loss will be severely felt, not only by his own family and relatives, but by the community, and the Democratic party, of which he had been an active and consistent member for more than half a century.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 16, Page 2, Tues, Sep 29, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000

Bernard SMITH

Seward and Na-au-say, Oct. 1, – – Many friends and relatives gathered last Saturday to pay their last tributes to the memory of Bernard SMITH. Bernard Smith, youngest son of Mrs. Ellen Dougherty SMITH and the late Bernard SMITH, was born on a farm in Northern Seward in November, 1875. In this vicinity the greater part of his life was spent. About 13 years ago he, with his parents, moved to the farm near Plainfield, near where the remainder of his life was spent. Soon after leaving Seward the father, was called to his eternal rest. Deceased had always provided a home for his mother and the sister who lived with them. He leaves to mourn his death his mother, two brothers, Dominic and Sidney, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice KENTNER of Caton Farm, Mrs. Grace SMITH of Wheatland, and Marie at the home in Plainfield. Funeral services were held from the home at 9 o’clock Saturday morning, thence to St. Mary’s church where requiem high mass was conducted by Rev. Father OSTENKOETTER of Aurora, and interment took place in the new cemetery north of Plainfield. The pallbearers were six cousins: Leo DOUGHERTY, Kenneth POWERS, Edward KELLY, Dominic, Teddie and Joseph FORAN. John DOUGHERTY of Caldwell, Kan., came to attend the funeral of his nephew, Bernard Smith, and will visit among local relatives for a short time.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 148, Page 17, Wed, Oct 1, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 13, 2001

Plainfield — Smith’s Death is Result of Accident – – Plainfield Man Injured in Fall, is Buried Today. – – Plainfield, Sept. 27. – – Funeral services for the late Bernard SMITH were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church this morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. Father OSTENKETTER of Aurora officiated and interment was in the Catholic cemetery, north of town. The young man succumbed to injuries received last Saturday when he was thrown from a horse which he was riding and suffered a fractured skull. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ellen SMITH, three sisters, Mrs. Alice KENTNER, Mrs. John SMITH and Miss Marie SMITH and two brothers Dominic and Sidney.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 145, Page 4, Sat, Sep 27, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 13, 2001

Donald H SMITH

Wilmington – Donald H. Smith, 62 of Greenville, Tennessee, died Saturday, November 25, 1978 at a Greenville hospital. He was born to Harry and Mildred (Bedford) Smith of Manhattan, on February 24, 1917. He married the former Alice Hazelton, daughter of Ernest and Carrie Hazelton, on June 25, 1938. He was a self employed trucker. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 daughters, Roberta Houston, Barbara Graybeal and Linda Clark, all of Tennessee and 1 son, Robert Smith of Winston-Salem, NC; 7 grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene E. Smith of Peotone and Howard Smith of Sauk Village and 1 sister, Glenadean Malone of Joliet. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be 2:30 pm on Tuesday at Wesley Cemetery. The Rev. David Alberts will officiate. There will be visitation from 1-2 pm Tuesday at the Reeves Funeral Home.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004

Eugene Earl SMITH

Eugene E. Smith, 65, of Kankakee and formerly of Peotone, died Sunday morning, February 12, 1984 in an automobile accident in Chicago. He was born October 22, 1918 in Morris to Harry and Mildred (Bedford) Smith. He is survived by 3 daughters, Judith (Lloyd) Harms of Peotone; Margaret aka Peggy (Bill) Jennings of Fayetteville, NC and Donna (Bob) Sullivan of Kankakee; 1 brother, Howard (Marjorie) of Sauk Village; 1 sister, Glenadean Malone of Dunedin, Florida and 2 grandchildren, Robin & Ryan Jennings. He was preceded in death by parents, his stepmother, Mary Roderick Smith, and 1 brother Donald (Alice Hazelton) of Limestone, Tennessee. Mr. Smith was a retired stationary engineer for the Illinois Institute of Gas & Technology in Chicago. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #636 in Peotone. Masonic Services will be held at 8 pm at the Fedde- Helfrich Chapel on Wednesday. Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 on Wednesday at the chapel. The Rev. Dean Plassmann will officiate at the funeral services at 11 am with Joyce Werner as organist. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, Illinois. Pallbearers will be Vernon Smith, George Rushing, Larry Urban, James Dietzman, Brett Harms and Kenneth Urban.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Feb 15, 1984 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004

Francis Leonard SMITH

Died — In this village on the 5th inst. Francis Leonard, infant son of Francis E. G. and Lucinda S. SMITH. Aged 2 months.

Source: Joilet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 4, No. 17, Page 3, Tues, Oct 6, 1846 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000


G. SMITH (LANGE) Age 81. Monday, December 13, 1999 at her home in New Lenox. Survived by one sister, Charlotte Mrs. William BAUMGARTNER; two brothers, Norman C. (deceased Carol) LANGE, Louis L. (Virginia) LANGE.Many dear friends, numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Joliet, lived in New Lenox/Manhattan for 60 years. Preceded by her loving husband of 29 years, Ralph D. SMITH (1972); parents, Adolph R. and Alice (Dorries) LANGE; one sister, Dorothy CANAVINO; brother-in-law, Anthony CANAVINO; one sister-in-law, Carol LANGE. Active member of the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, Deborah Circle, Sunday School Teacher for Manhattan Methodist Church and United Methodist Church of New Lenox 35 years. Charter member of Manhattan Garden Club and avid artist. Devoted volunteer for the Salem Village for many years. Family will receive friends at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, Cedar at Francis Rd., Thursday 3-8 p.m. Lying in state at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, Friday, December 17, 10 a.m. until time of services at 10:30. Rev. James and Rev. Greta McDonald officiating. Interment Manhattan Center Cemetery. Memorials to the Manhattan Library or the Joliet Area Community Hospice will be appreciated. Kurtz Memorial Chapel Cedar at Francis Rds. (815)485-3200.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 16 Dec 1999 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 16, 1999


Age 22, of Joliet, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet. Survived by her parents Ira (Lou) and Debora Powell Smith, one sister Jennifer (Doug) Cherven and one brother Michael Smith all of Joliet. Maternal grandmother Peggy Powell of Manhattan. Aunts and Uncles: John and Candy Partilla of Elwood, Steve and Sue Powell of Manhattan, and Bob and Carla Casarez of Joliet. Numerous cousins and many friends. Preceded in death by her maternal grandfather William Powell, paternal grandparents Wilford and Frances Smith, and one cousin Stacy Partilla. Jana was a graduate of Minooka High School and Professionals Choice Hair Design Academy of Joliet. Funeral services for Jana Smith will be 10a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the Forsythe Funeral Home, 507 S. State St., Manhattan. Rev. Greta McDonald officiating. Internment Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet. Visitation Friday, 4p.m. to 8p.m.

Source: The Herald News, Oct 2, 2003 Posted by Mike Smith, Dec 7, 2005

Karen Lee SMITH

Karen Lee SMITH Age 55, of DeKalb passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. She was born on November 9, 1948, in Chicago, the daughter of Arnold and Lucille (GEUTHER) JOHNSON. She married Robert Lee SMITH on September 21, 1977 in DeKalb. Karen was employed at Northern Illinois University for over thirty years, working in the information services department as an application analyst. She was a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and active in several church functions. She is survived by her son Charles SMITH of DeKalb; two brothers, Gerald (Katherine) JOHNSON and Edward (Linda) JOHNSON both of New Lenox, Illinois; two nephews, Tim and Mark JOHNSON; one niece, Lori JOHNSON. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert; her parents; and sister- in-law Nancy JOHNSON. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 29, at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with Rev. Kent SPERRY officiating. Burial will follow services at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. A memorial is being established for Karen Lee SMITH in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Anderson Funeral Home For information call (815)756-1022

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

Martha Davis SMITH

Martha Davis Smith, age 74, passed away Saturday evening, June 27, 1931, at her home. She is the widow of the late William Alexander Smith who preceded her in death 22 years ago. She is survived by 2 daughters and 5 sons, Claude Martin of Mt. Rainier, Maryland, Pearl Galbreath of Greenville, Tennessee, Herman and Harry Smith of Plainfield, Illinois, Vernon, Cletus and Albert Smith of Greenville, Tennessee and 16 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at Mt. Pleasant by Rev. Guy Smith and Rev. N.H. Cardwell. Interment will be nearby cemetery. She professed faith in Christ in early life and united with the New Bethel Church. Her motto through life has been

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 6.27.1931 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Mar 27, 2004

Mary Roderick SMITH

Mary Roderick Smith, (Mrs. Harry Smith) 74, of 440 North Street, Manhattan, died Monday, April 10, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a lingering illness. She was born in Elwood on March 6, 1887 and she and her husband had lived in Wilmington and Wilton Center before moving to Manhattan 18 years ago. She was a member of the Elwood Order of Eastern Star and the Manhattan Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; 3 sons, Howard of Chicago Heights; Eugene of Peotone; and Donald of Limestone, Tennessee; 1 daughter, Glenadean Ambrose of Joliet; 2 brothers, Kenneth Roderick of Hinley and Rollie Roderick of Elwood; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sonntag, Burgess and Wylie Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Dunbar and Rev. Stephen Levantis officiating. Burial will be Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 10 this evening and from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 Tuesday.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Apr 10, 1961 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Vera C. SMITH Age 101, died peacefully at her home, Wednesday, April 19, 2006. Vera was born in Mokena, IL on June 12, 1904 to the late William and Lisette (SCHIEK) STELLWAGEN. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Arthur Grant SMITH in January of 1994; three sisters, Clara, Juanita and Beulah Rose. Vera graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1922, from Joliet Junior College in 1924 and from the University of Chicago in 1926. She taught in the Rockdale Public School and at Braidwood High School before returning to Northwestern earning her Master’s Degree in 1953. Resuming her teaching career, Vera was at Sheridan School and Farragut Junior High School before joining the faculty at J.T.H.S. in 1956. In 1959, Vera began teaching college classes only and moved with the Joliet Junior College to its present campus serving as director of admissions and records until her retirement in 1972. Vera had a lifelong dedication to education and many local residents remember having Vera as their teacher. Vera became involved in Civic Affairs after retirement, lending support to the Women’s Club of Joliet, Retired Teacher’s Association, the Women’s Study Club, Order of Kings Daughters and Sons Jr. Whatsoever Circle, Women of Rotary and Joliet Junior College Foundation. Vera was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Joliet serving as a deaconess in the 1970’s and a member of Mary Circle. Funeral Services for Vera C. SMITH will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church. Visitation 1 hour before the service. Rev. Dr. Craig M. Herr officiating. In accordance with Vera’s wishes, cremation will follow the service and inurnment in First Presbyterian Church columbari-um. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Vera’s memory to the charity of donor’s choice would greatly be appreciated. Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag 1500 Black Rd. near Midland 815-744-4444

Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, April 21, 2006

Stella C. SOHAN

SOHAN, Stella C. Nee O’BRIEN Age 80. Tuesday, March 27, 1990, at the home of her daughter, Mary Jane. Born in Elwood, April 21, 1909, and a lifelong resident. Taught at Farragut School, third grade, retiring in 1972. Member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, C.C.W.; Retired Teachers Association; and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. SOHAN (November 9, 1979). Parents, John F. and Mary Jane (HAYES) O’BRIEN. Two sisters Margaret O’BRIEN and Bess (Clarence) NAAL. Six brothers, Jay, Earl, Tom, Frank, Leo and Lawrence O’BRIEN. Loving mother of Mary Jane (Richard J.) GLOVIK of Glen Ellyn, IL. grandmother of Robert, Joseph, and John GLOVIK, sister of Mary (the late Albert) NAAL of Joliet. Sister-in-law of Julia (the late Thomas) O’BRIEN of Wilmington; Josephine (the late Walter) SOHAN, Joliet; and Mildred (the late Edwin) SOHAN of Aurora. Also nieces and nephews survive. Remains are now resting at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 251 N. Center at Campbell Sts. Funeral service for Stella C. SOHAN will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minooka, IL. Masses or memorials in her memory to the Hospice of DuPage County or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Visitation Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Source: Herald News, Joliet; 28 Mar 1990 Posted by Anne Nelson, May 31, 2005


SONNENBERG — The Funeral of William F. SONNENBERG, who died at his home, 508 (possibly 503) Marble street, Monday, was held this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the residence and at 2 o’clock St. Peters German Lutheran church, the Rev. H.G. SANDVOSS officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s German Lutheran cemetery.

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

Maurice L. SOUCIE

Maurice L. SOUCIE Age 75, of rural Peotone, passed away, Friday, June 10, 2005. Born December 18, 2005 in Blue Island, IL. Maurice was a farmer and a Real Estate Broker. Survived by his wife, Audrey (nee WILKE) SOUCIE of Peotone; two sons, Dennis (Luann) SOUCIE and Merle (Debra) SOUCIE both of Peotone; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation Monday, June 13th, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 11:00 AM at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Interment Peotone Cemetery. Memorials in his name to Immanuel United Church of Christ or American Diabetic Association. Fedde-Helfrich Chapel 112 Main St., Peotone (708) 258-6737

Source: Joliet Herald News, 12 Jun 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 25, 2005

Maurice L. Soucie, 75, of rural Peotone, died Friday, June 10, 2005, at University of Chicago Hospital. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, where he was a member, or to the American Diabetic Association. Mr. Soucie was born December 18, 1929 in Blue Island, the son of Lloyd and Helen Pfeil Soucie. He was a farmer and real estate broker. He was a member of Will County Farm Bureau, past member of the Farm Bureau board, started a Farm Marketing Service providing recommendations on grain market Prices, a member of Illinois Corn Growers Association, received the American Farmer degree, was a past Elder at his church and a loyal Cubs fan. Surviving are his wife, the former Audrey Wilke of Peotone, whom he married September 18, 1954; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Luann Soucie, Merle and Debra Soucie; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. His parents are deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jun 12, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 2, 2005

David R. STADT

Services will be held this morning, Wednesday, January 21, 2004 for David R. Stadt, 40, of Wilmington, formerly of Peotone. Mr. Stadt died suddenly at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 am at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone with Rev. William Riegle officating. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Stadt, Gerald Stadt, Laverne Stadt, Roger Beaver, Eric Roth and Bill Draino. He was born November 28, 1963 in Kankakee and was a truck driver. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Graves Stadt, whom he married on July 24, 1999 in Joliet; a son, Corey Stadt of Manteno; a daughter, Laurie Ann Stadt of Joliet; 3 step-children, Eric J. Roth of Chicago Heights and Amy and Bill Draino of Wilmington; his parents, Ralph and Sharon Beaver Stadt of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; 2 sisters, Lori (Bruce) Borden of Manhattan and Roberta Chavez of Manteno; and his step-grandmother, Dorothy Beaver of Peotone.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Jan 21, 2004; Date of Death: Jan 17, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Elsie M. Stassen, 96, formerly of Monee, died Thursday February 16, 2006, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Jim McGuire will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Monee. Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or to the Eastern Will County Senior Services. She was born December 19, 1909, in Manteno, the daughter of William and Emma Reimers Stender. Her husband, Harry Stassen, whom she married June 2, 1935, died in 1972. She and her husband lived on a farm in Green Garden Township. After his death, she moved to Monee. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and George Richardson of Joliet; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Leo Stender of Peotone, Orville Stender of Wisconsin, Harvey and Dorothy Stender of Matteson; one sister, Florence Painter of Minnesota; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Deceased are an infant son, Leon; one daughter, Bette J. Kusunis; one sister, Mamie Kochel; three sisters-in-law, Florence, Dora and Genevieve Stender; and one brother-in-law, Jack Painter.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Feb 17, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 18, 2006

Harold W. STATES

harold w. states elwood 47 died at st joseph hospital, widow, irene, daughter, carol, mother charlotte states, sister, mrs. august dallavia, burial maple hill cemetery, elwood.

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 12, 1951; Date of Death: May 1951 Posted by Janice Hickman, Jun 28, 2001


Albion W. STAUFFENBERG, 83, of Manteno, died Wednesday at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, following a sudden illness. Visitation at the Fedde- Helfrich Funeral Chapel, Peotone, will be from 205 and 7-9 Friday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Joshua CHRISTIANSEN officiating. A lifelong resident of the area, he was born July 12, 1901, in Manteno, the son of William and Kate STAUFFENBERG. Mr. STAUFFENBERG was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Peotone Immanuel United Church of Christ and a member of the Kankakee Moose Lodge. His first wife the former Viola JACOBS, died in1938. Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth PARKER, who he married Aug. 9, 1942, in Peotone, two sons Darrell of Kankaee and Dennis of Plainfield; and six grandchildren. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made for the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

Source: Kankakee Daily Journal, 11 Apr 1985; Date of Death: 10 Apr 1985 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 28, 2004

Catherine STEELE

Mrs. Catherine STEELE, 63 years of age, died suddenly Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at the Silver Cross Hospital, following a brief illness. Mrs. Steele was born at Shannon, Illinois, and had lived here for the last six years. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a daughter, Mrs. William KANE of Los Angeles, California; two sons, Donald of Streator, and James of Manhattan; two sisters, Miss Anna LAVELLE of Nedia, Illinois, and Mrs. R.E. TRIMMER of Ransom, Illinois, and two brothers, John LAVELLE of Arcadia, Kansas and Michael LAVELLE of Streator. The body was removed to the Forsythe Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The community joins with relatives and friends in expressing their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Source: Manhattan American, 27 Nov 1952; Date of Death: 25 Nov 1952 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 25, 2005


Mary STEFANICH, oldest Slovenian dies. Mrs. Mary STEFANICH, 94 years old, the oldest Slovenian resident of Joliet, died at the home of her grandaughter, Mrs. John RUSS, 746 Summit Street, Tuesday. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Catherine COLNAR, 11 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home of Mrs. RUSS, tomorrow morning at 8:30 o’clock to St. Joseph’s Church at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

Source: Joliet, date unknown; Date of Death: Mar 25, 1930 Posted by Vickie Tallent, Apr 7, 2001

Mary Stefanich, Oldest Slovenian Resident, Dies Mrs. Mary Stefanich, 94 years old, the oldest Slovenian resident of Joliet, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. John Russ, 746 Summitt street, Tuesday. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Colnar, 11 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home of Mrs. Russ tomorrow morning at 8:30 o’clock to St. Joseph’s church at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening News, 27 March 1930; Date of Death: 25 Mar 1930 Posted by Vickie Tallent, Aug 25, 2003


Alma Dorothy STELLWAGEN Age 83, of Orland Park passed away on October 19, 2002 having lived life to the fullest. She was born on May 8, 1919 in New Lenox Township to John F. and Mary HANDORF. She is a sister of Marion (deceased), John B., Wilma YAPP, Doris, Ethel BRUNS, Howard and Elmer deceased). Alma was united in marriage on April 28, 1940 to Harwood STELLWAGEN.They spent 62 cherished years raising their family together on the Stellwagen family farm on which her loving husband still resides. They raised their family with strong Christian values. Dedicated mother of Bob (Joanne), Betty (Art) MAUE, Joan (Bill) POOL, John (Marilyn), Mary Jane (Jack) McALLISTER Diane (Phil) GRIGUS and Jim (Barb). Beloved grandmother of Robert, Dave, Alise, Dan, Janine, Kathy, Barb, John, Mary, Chris, Becky, Nathan, Kelly,Christina, Ben, Andy, Jacob, Allison, Kaitlin and Gretchen. Alma also delighted in her 14 great grandchildren. This large family brought great joy to her as she did to them. An active member of the Marley Community Church throughout her life, Alma is remembered for her devoted Service as a Sunday School teacher for many years. Alma contributed in many other ways including being an Alpine 4-H Club leader, a Gleaner Life Insurance Society member and serving as an election judge. Through her kindness and compassion, Alma touched many lives. Her energy and enthusiasm for life were felt by all who knew her. Visitation will beheld on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 from 2-9 PM at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Road, Mokena, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at 10 AM at the Marley Community Church. Interment at Orland Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be given to the Marley Community Church. 708-479-2221 or

Source: Joliet Herald News, 21 Oct 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 21, 2002


Ralph J. STELLWAGEN, 72, of 20 E. Second St., Mokena, died at Silver Cross Hospital Sunday Following a lingering illness (4-1-62). Mr. STELLWAGEN was born in Orland Park Township and had farmed there most of his life, retiring 16 years ago and moving to Mokena. He was a member of Mokena Methodist Church and the Cook County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his widow, Mabel; a son, Harwood, of Orland Park Township, and a brother, Earl, of Mokena. Also six grandchildren. Services will be at the Sonntag, Burgess and Wylie funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert King officiating. Burial will be in Orland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 1 Apr 1962 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 3, 2004

Mrs. David S STEPHEN

Frankfort… Mrs. David S. Stephen Dead. Mrs. David S. STEPHEN died Saturday morning. The deceased had been an invalid for a number of years, having suffered a paralytic stroke some time ago and was rendered helpless. Recently she suffered another stroke from which she failed to rally. Her husband Justice Davis S. STEPHEN, was very solicitous for the comfort and welfare of his wife and did all in his command to assuage her affliction. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the late home with Rev. W. H. AKE of the M. E. church in charge of the servilies. Interment was at Pleasant Hill cemetery. The deceased, nee Addie C. BATHRICK, was born in Ohio, Jan. 23, 1844. On Nov. 26, 1866, she was united in marriage with David S. STEPHEN at Frankfort, where they have resided ever since, with the exception of four years spent in Michigan. Two children came to brighten the home, one daughter, Marion, preceding the mother in death. One son, Edwin (L. ?), survives. Mr. Stephen has been and is prominently identified in the affairs of the township and has held the office of justice for many years with high honor.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year No. 148, Page 17, Wed, Oct 1, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001


Death of an Old Citizen. Another of the old pioneers has gone to his rest. Robert STEVENS, one of the oldest settlers of this county, died at his residence, nearthis city, on the 5th inst., of typhoid fever, after a protracted illness. His funeral took place from the Congregational Church, on the 8th, and was attended by a vast concourse of citizens. The funeral discourse by the Rev. John KIDD, was what might have been expected from that worthy and talented minister. It was able, eloquent and appropriate. We might stop here, but our long and intimate acquaintance with the deceased, and his worth as a man and his intimate connection with the history and prosperity of our city and county, renders it proper that we should give a brief sketch of his life. Mr. Stevens was born in Mason County, Kentucky, July 20, 1802. At the age of two years his parents removed to the State of Ohio, where they resided till he was sixteen years old, when he was put out to learn the tanner and currier’s trade. After learning his trade, he settled in Bartholomew county, Indiana, and commenced business, following it attentively and sucessively for five years, when he lost by fire his buildings and stock and was left pennyless. This reverse led him to look farther west for a permanent settlement. In the spring of 1831, he purchased the farm upon which his family reside and where he continued to live up to the time of his death. At the time of his settlement here, there were but nine families residing in this part of the country — and hostile bands of Indians roamed about the place where our city now lies, and their canoes were tied along the banks of our river. Chicago, then, could hardly be called a respectable village. Mr. Stevens lived to see Joliet a thriving city of 7,000 inhabitants springing up within sight of his residence, and by industry and economy to acquire a competence for his family. During the Black Hawk war, in 1832, Mr. Stevens was commissioned a Captain. He was the first Sheriff of Will county and for several years subsequently held the office of County Commissioner, three of whom managed the affairs of the county in place our present Board of Supervisors. Of late years though never failed to take an interest in political matters, he declined office, though repeatedly tendered to him. In all the relations of life he was a man of undoubted integrity and moral character, and was universally esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances. We can truly say we have lost a valuable citizen and a near friend. (“near friends,” Monday, obviously, was a bad day to be setting type for a Tuesday deadline. — L. B. Peet.)

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 31, Page 2, Tues, Jan 12, 1864 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 13, 2000


STEWART — John STEWART (illegible) Years old, a former resident of Plainfield, died at his home in North Yakima, Washington, Tuesday afternoon at 5:50 o’clock after a short illness. He is survived by his widow and ten children. Dr. E.F. STEWART of Chicago, Frank STEWART of Wheatland, T.A. STEWART, of Plainfield, Burt STEWART, Angus STEWART, Mrs. Benton RICHARDS, Mrs. R.H. RICHEY, Mrs. Warren FLAZZ, and Mrs. Burr FLAZZ of North Yakama, andMrs. B.T. FORREST of Woodstock. Funeral notice later.

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

Pauline M STINSON (nee HIBNER)

Age 51, May 17, 1990 at Saint Joseph Medical Center. Preceded in death by her parents, Herald and Mary HIBNER. Loving Mother of one son, Lonnie of Joliet; two daughters, Connie Lynn of Evanston, Il and Shannon of Detroit, Mi; two grandchildren, Charity & Timothy; Twin brother, Paul H. HIBNER of Nashville, TN, Donald L. of Romeoville, IL; two sisters, Joyce M. HILLER of Grand Ridge, IL, Shirley M WAGNER of Joliet, IL. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Pauline, will be, Saturday, May 19, 1990 at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Peter HOLMEN of St. John Lutheran Church officiating. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald-News, May 18, 1990 Posted by Joyce Hiller, Sep 1, 1998


PEOTONE — Ozzie Stonewall, 81, of Peotone, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Reinhold Heinrich will officiate. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stanley Krapf, Mike and Jeff Stonewall, Brett Beckman, Lloyd Collins, Don Bate and Rich Reichert. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. Mr. Stonewall retired after 20 years from the Peotone Farmers Elevator and Lumber Yard. He was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Gilman, Iowa, the son of Julius and Malena Brimso Stonewall. Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Duffy, whom he married July 11, 1945, in Gilman, Iowa, of Peotone; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Lisa Stonewall of Palmer, Texas, Jeff and Lois Stonewall of Manteno; 2 daughters, Kathy McFadden and Pat Grady, both of Manteno; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers, Manley, Wayne, Terry, Jerry and Dale; and 2 sisters, Violet and Vivian. Two brothers, Addison and Roger, are deceased. Mr. Stonewall served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the 82nd Airborne. He was a member of the Will County Fair Board and the American Legion Post 392, where he was past commander. Source: Kankakee Journal, May 9, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 30, 2005


Death of Judge Streeter. The telegraph announces the death of Hon. Joseph E. STREETER, United States District Judge for Nebraska territory. He died at Nebraska city, on the 20th ult., of consumption. The people of Joliet will receive the tidings of the death of Judge Streeter with feelings of sorrow. For years previous to his appointment as Judge, he was a resident of this city, and whilst amongst us he filled the office of Mayor, City Attorney, and other responsible positions. He was a talented and noble-hearted man — an eloquent speaker and an able lawyer.Though opposed to us politically, the candor and frankness with which he advocated and sustained his political views commanded our respect. We sincerely condole with his friends and relatives here, the death of a man whose future was so promising.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 38, Page 2, Tues, Mar 3, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000

Henrietta Dorethea (Dora) GRELL – STROH

STROH, Mrs. Dora – Age 73 of R.F.D. 1, St. Joseph Michigan, died Oct. 11, 1951. Mother of Mrs. Louise SUBKA, of St. Joseph, Mich.; Mrs. Carrie HAUSMAN, of Gary; Mrs. Leona KOSHAR, of Benton Harbor; Mrs. Frieda McKEOWN, Louis, Arthur and Henry all of Joliet. Floyd of St. Joseph. Sister of Mrs. Sophie BIRSEN, Mrs. Gussie BROWN, Mrs. Floyd WILLARD and Fred GRELL, all of Joliet. 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services Monday 2 p.m. from Sonntag funeral home to the First Lutheran Church at 2:30, Rev. John GOEKEN officiating. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Source: Joliet Herald, Oct 12, 1951 Posted by Pat Grell, Dec 13, 2000


Jeffrey H. Stubblefield, 18, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at his home in Green Garden Township. He is survived by his wife, Bria DOMAGALLA Stubblefield, parents Lester and Ann MURRAY Stubblefield, 1 sister, Kathryn (Joshua) SUNDERBRUCH of Lombard, maternal grandmother, Marlys Murray of Peotone, parents-in-law, Larry and Sally Domagalla, and brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Cassidy Domagalla, all of Peotone. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Patrick Murray and his paternal grandparents, Lyle and Wanda SKOWRONSKI Stubblefield. Mr. Stubblefield attended and graduated from Peotone High School in 1994. He worked for Mallaney Auto Body in Manteno since that time. He loved racing and was particularly fond of the Indy 500. Visitation was held at the Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. Cremation followed. Memorials can be made to the Joliet Area Hospice.

Source: Peotone Vedette, May 26, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 1, 2004


Miss Margaret SULLIVAN, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick SULLIVAN, of 513 North Eastern Avenue, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 2 o’clock p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. She left her may friends in the east, some years ago, and came to Joliet only to make a host of friends but that parting was but temporal and all friends now have said the final earthly farewell. She was a former employee of the Joliet Dry Goods company for many years, where her amiability and patience seemed her crowning virtues. The esteem in which the family is held was evidenced by the profusion of beautiful flowers given by her many friends. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, and sister. The funeral was held Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Mary’s church. Interment Mt. Olivet.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Aug 31, ???? Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Jan 10, 2004

Francis M. SUSKI

Francis M. SUSKI, Jr., age 58, at rest September 8, 1999, at home with his family. Survived by his living wife of 30 years, Donis A. (nee KOHLHAGEN), daughters Nichole (Dan) SKROWONSKI, Michele (Paul) James, Kathleen FERGUSON of California, two grandchildren Dakota James and Lindsay FERGUSON, his mother Bernice SUSKI (nee URSICH), one sister Kathleen (Terry) HOLDEN, father and mother-in-law Wilbur and Arlene KOHLHAGEN, brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlyn (late Joseph) PAPESH, James (Pat) KOHLHAGEN and John (JoAnn) KOHLHAGEN, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Joliet, Preceded in death by his father Francis M. SUSKI, Sr., grandparents Dominick and Agela BOLTE URSICH, he was a member of the American Sylvanian Home and the Ingalls Park AC. Tezak Funeral Home – 459 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, 722-0524. From where services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. to the Cathedrial of St. Raymond, for a mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 9 Sep 1999 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Sep 9, 1999


SWANSBROUGH Rites Held Here Tuesday Clifford SAWNSBROUGH, age 47, died Saturday at his home at 411 S. Main street after an illness of four years. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Addleman Funeral home with the Rev. Robert BUZA, of the Custer Park Baptist church, officating. Norton NEWCOMB, accompanied by Mrs. NEWCOMB, sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and Goin Home”. Pallbearers were William HARRIS, Albert PICHON, Vilas BOOTH, Bernard VERECELLOTTI, Harold BERGESON and Don WATERS. Burial was in Braceville – Gardner cemetery. Mr. SWANSBROUGH was born in Braceville November 6, 1903 and had been a resident of Wilmington for 11 years. He had been employed by the Northern Illinois Coal Corp. as a machinist prior to his illness. He was a member of the United Mine Workers local 1147 and of the Moose Lodge in Joliet. Surviving are his wife, Alice; one daughter (Ramona) Mrs. Andrew KOZIAL; 2 grandchildren, Ricky and Randy KOZIAL, all of Wilmington’ two sisters, Mrs. Ida MARBELL (may BELL?) of Bourbonais and Mrs. Evelyn STANDERSON of Joliet; four brothers, Albert of Fox Lake, Fred and Leonard of Joliet and Francis of here. – Wilmington Advocate (Illinois) August 17, 1951 (Friday)

Source: Wilmington Advocate, Aug 17, 1951; Date of Death: Aug 11, 1951 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


Leonard SWANSBOROUGH, 79, formerly of 617 Randal Court, died April 3, 1977. Surviving are one son, Leonard SWANSBRO Jr. of Elwood; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lester (Joyce) SAPP of Lockport and Mrs. Louis (Linda Lou) GREGAREC of Joliet, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded by his wife, Isabell. Funeral services were held from Sonntag-Wylie Funeral Home, April 5 with Rev. Kurt BRENNER officating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. – Wilmington Free Press, (Illinois) Apr 17, 1977 (Friday)

Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


Boy Drowned in Mill Race Body Lost 37 Hrs. Robert W. SWANSBOROUGH, six year old, only child of Mr. and Mrs. SWANSBOROUGH, was drowned in the mill race on Monday evening at about five o’clock. The child’s body was not recovered until thirty-seven hours later, at 6 a.m. Wednesday, when Lee MORRIS, professional diver from Chicago, found it in the water at the rear of the VEACH jewelry store, about a block and a half from where the boy had fallen into the stream. Patricia WHITE, 11 year old playmate of the victim said that she and Bobbie were playing along the bank of the mill race and throwing rocks into the water. She left him for a few minutes to go into the house. When she returned, it was only to see her companion lose his balance and go sliding into the water. Although she ran to the spot where she saw the boy go into the water and attempted to rescue him, her efforts were in vain. After seeing the boy float down the stream. Patricia ran home and told her parents what had happened. Wilmington police were notified immediately and a search for the boy’s body was begun. The grim task enlisted the efforts of authorities and townspeople alike and at times there were as many as four boats patrolling and dragging the mill race. A vigil was maintained on both Monday and Tuesday night. It was on Tuesday night, on the recommendation of Deputy County Coroner, O. L. ADDLEMAN, that the aid of the Davis Diving Service was secured. The crew included manager John FERGUSON of Joliet, diver Lee MORRIS of Chicago, and diver tender Clyde SCHENK of Burlington, Iowa. The divers worked for about six hours before their search was successful. It was reported that the body had not been snagged on debris, as feared, but was lying on the mill race bottom. An inquest was held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Addleman funeral home. Funeral services will be held from the Addleman funeral home on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with the Rev. Glenn DUNBAR officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery. – Wilmington Advocate (Illinois), June 20, 1947 (Friday)

Date of Death: Jun 16, 1947 Posted by John Fishbeck, Aug 8, 2000


SWANSON, ARNE H. Age 91. December 1, 1992 at Salem Village. Survived by his wife, Helen S. (Seifer) Swanson, four grandchildren, a brother, Everett A. Swanson of Montana, several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by three sons, Donald, Norman and Richard Swanson, parents, August and Ellen (Risell) Swanson. Born in Joliet and was a lifetime area resident. Formerly employed by Texaco and owned and operated Swanson’s Sporting Goods. Member of the Universalist Unitarian Church and Matteson Lodge #176 AF & AM. Memorial Service will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at the Blackburn- Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd., with Rev. Linda Bunyard officiating. Mr. Swanson’s remains were cremated. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials to Salem Village or the Universalist Church would be appreciated. Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag 1500 Black Rd., 744- 4444

Source: Herald-news Posted by Karen Vore, Sep 27, 2004

Clarence E. SWEEDLER

clarence e. Sweeler clarence e. Sweedler, 91, a retired jackson township farmer, died thrusday (jan. 4, 1968)at the lincoln nursing home in joliet after a lingering illness. he was a lifelong resident of the jackson township area. surviving are two daughters, mrs robert (ruth) Hobson of st petersburg, fla. and mrs. dorothy russell of manhattan; two sons, eugene of joliet and charles of elwood a brother willis of joliet, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. his wife preceded him in death. services will be at 2 p.m., saturday at the methodist church with the rev. gordon higgins officiatingt the body will lie in stae from 1:30 to 2. burial will be in providence ridge cemetery. the family said gifts to the methodist church memorial fund would be appeciated.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jan 4. 1968 Posted by Janice Hickman, Jun 28, 2001


nancy jane Sweedler mrs. willis(nancy jane) Sweedler, 69, of 820 wilcox St.; died saturday (Feb. 19, 1966) in Silver Cross Hospital following a lingering illness. Born in jackson township , mrs. Sweedler had lived in the joliet area 52 years. she was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. surviving are her husband willis; a son, russell of elwood, two sisters, mrs. emma Spangler of joliet, and mrs. sarah Carrell of channahon; three brothers, howard, frank and harold Hibner, all of jackson township, and three grandchildren, cathy, janet and russell Sweedler. services will be from the sonntag, burgess and wylie funeral home monday at 1:30 p.m. with the rev. albert a. Sorensen officiating. burial will be in brown cemetery. friends may call today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Source: Joliet Herald, Feb 19, 1966 Posted by Janice Hickman, Jun 28, 2001