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Michael TAIT

Obituary Last Wednesday the body of Michael TAIT was followed to its final resting place in Oakwood cemetery by a large number of the citizens of this county. But two of the sons, Thomas and Michael,were present at the last sad rites, the remaining two, Jhn and Magnus, being prevented by long distance, their respective homes being Oregon and Kansas. The funeral discourse was delivered by Rev. A. H. STOTE, pastor of the Baptist Church, of this city, which church was organized in the winter of 1853 by the deceased and a few others, and in which he had remained a steadfast pillar. The discourse was a true and touching tribute to the social and moral worth of the venerable dead. There was no need of exaggeration in portraying his simple straightforward life. Nearly foorty years he had lived among the people who now gathered about his coffin, and words were not needed to recall to them those benign qualities and honest actions which had won and firmly bound their esteem. The pastor alluded with deep emotion to the aged wife, a woman most estimable and beloved, who had been left alone in the shadows which gather about her declining years. Mrs. TAIT is in her seventy-sixth year, and had her husband’s life been spared until the 8th of next month, they would have celebrated the fiftieth anniversay of their marriage. Michael TAIT mooved with his family from the Shetland Isles to this country in 1838, and settled in this county in 1841. He was of that early number of true-hearted, God-fearing men who found this West a wilderness, and who by unflinching struggle and personal sacrifice, made it a prized home for the thousands who followed. More than the ordinary pioneer, Mr. TAIT brought with him culture and learning. A great reader of books, he had verified the knowlrdge gained from them by close observation. With this, he possessed a most happy gift of speech, and at social gatherings, at public or religious meetings, it was he who ever drew the deepest attention. But he was a farmer, nevertheless, and a good one. He built up in the wild land a beautiful home, surrounded it with trees and flowers, in the cultivation of which he evinced the greatist delight. However pressing were farm duties, he found time to devote to the culture of those floral offspring of nature which brought him no worldly profit, but simply pleasure of soul. The simplicity of the good man’s life qwas truly in accord with the beauty ans simplicity of nature. Mournful is the thought that his work has forever ceased, and that those plants and flowers he so long and tenderly cherished will unfold in the spring, and many returning springs, but never more to meet his gaze.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Oct 11, 1879, Vol. 37, No. 31, Page 1 Posted by Lawrence B. Peet, Nov 6, 2004


Mrs. Lois L. Tappan, 72, of Knoxville, Tenn., a former resident of Joliet, died Tuesday (May 9, 1967) at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital in Knoxville. A native of Jackson Township, Will County, Mrs. Tappan was the daughter of the late Louis Henry and Sue Noel LINEBARGER, both descendents of pioneer families of Jackson Township. She had lived for several years at 605 Buell Ave. She was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Tappan was a graduate of Joliet Township High School and of Frances Shimer College. She also attended the University of Illinois. She married Dr. Russell G. TAPPAN, an eye specialist, in 1930. He preceded her in death in June 1956. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Garden and Flower Club, Eastern Star and Women’s Club in Knoxville. She is survived by several cousins. Services will be at the Blood and Grant Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, Jackson Township. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Vol 63, No 247, Page 4, Wed, May 10, 1967 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 7, 2001


Bernice M. Tattersall, 78, of rural Peotone, died today, June 25, 2002, at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. David Plant will officiate. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Peotone paramedics. She was born October 19, 1923, in rural Peotone, the daughter of Elmer and Marie Seitz Hagenno. Her husband, Charles Tattersall, whom she married June 6, 1945, in Peotone, died in 1982. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Elmer and Lynne Tattersall, Dennis and Pam Tattersall, all of Peotone; three grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Blanche Hagenno of Peotone. One sister, Ruth O’Brien, is deceased. Mrs. Tattersall was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jun 25, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 29, 2005


Mrs. Henry TEGTMEIER – The death of Mrs. Henry Tegtmeier occurred at noon, Friday, July 23, at her home about three and a half miles northwest of Beecher. The cause of death was heart rheumatism, although deceased had been a sufferer of cancer a number of years and for the past two years had been confined to the bed. Deceased was 70 years, 5 months and several days of age. She was born in Germany and had been a resident of this country some 40 years. She was married to her surviving husband about 35 years ago and resided on the present homestead ever since. Besides her sorrowing husband she leaves two married sons, Henry, who lives on the homestead and William of Kensington; also six grand children. Mrs. Tegtmeier was a loving wife and mother, and was dearly loved by all who knew her. She was a faithful and ideal christian and a patient sufferer, bearing her sufferings without complaint until the end. Her death was very peaceful. The funeral was held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, and at 3 o’clock from St. Pauls Lutheran church, where Rev. A.H. Brauer paid a glowing tribute to the deceased and also consoled the mourners. The edifice was crowded to its limit with friends who had gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Source: Beecher Herald, Jul 30, 1909; Date of Death: Jul 23, 1909 Posted by Karen Rowe, Nov 9, 1999

William TELFER

The Morris Daily Herald Saturday March 1, 1913 – – Page 5 William Telfer dies at the home of his daughter had been in ill health For a number of years–Morris Relatives Attend Service William Telfer, (age 77) former of Morris resident, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.H. DRAKE, 251 Loucks street, Aurora Thursday afternoon February 27 at 4 O’clock of general debility. Mr. Telfer had been in poor health for about 20 years and had not been activly engaged in work during that time. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to America 60 years ago, settling in Illinois 10 years later. He followed the occupation of coal miner for 50 years. He left Morris about 12 years ago, going to Aurora where he resided at the home of his daughter. He is survived by three sons and four daughters, as follows: William of Joliet; John of Ottawa; James of Aurora; Mrs. E.H.DRAKE, Mrs. George DRUMM and Mrs. D. MCCOY of Aurora, and Mrs.William Jenkins, of Joliet. Thirty grand children also survive him. Mr. Telfer is an Uncle of Mrs. William DATERMAN and J.K.TELFER of this city. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home, the Rev. E.H. Montgomery officiating. Interment was in Aurora West cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. William DATERMAN, Mrs. William TELFER and son, Alec, and J.K. Telfer of this city attended the funeral service.

Source: Morris Daily Herald, 3/1/1913; Date of Death: 2/27/1913 Posted by Patrick McDonnell, Feb 17, 2001

William Charles TELFER

Herald News Tuesday April 18,1967 – – page 4 William C. Telfer, age 82 of 613 N. Raynor died Monday April 17 at Silver Cross Hospital after a brief illness he was born in Morris the son of the late William and Ann (MITCHELL) TELFER. The family moved to Joliet while he was a baby. At one time Mr. Telfer was co-owner of Hutchinson Shoe store on North Chicago street. He later was a shoe salesman for Sears Roebuck and for Carson Pirie Scott retiring four years ago. He and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary August 9,1966. Mr. Telfer was a member of the Holy Name Society of St.Raymond’s. Surviving…. besides his wife the former Barbara A. BARTHELME are three daughters, Mrs. P. A. (Marion) STEED of Redondo Beach,CA., Mrs. Arthur E. (Barbara) MCDONNELL of Joliet, Mrs.Harold (Dolores) BOGNER of Lockport,IL., two sons Ned of Joliet and John of Martinez,CA., 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, a sister Mrs. Lawrence (Laura) RUDD of Joliet, two brothers Milton and John of Joliet. He was preceded in death by a brother Walter. Service from Fred C. Dames to St.Raymond’s for 9:30 mass Thursday. Friends may call tonight from 7-10, 2-5 and 7-10 Wednesday. Burial to St.John’s cemetery Joliet, IL.

Source: Joliet Herlad News, 4/18/1967; Date of Death: 4/17/1967 Posted by Patrick McDonnell, Feb 17, 2001

William F. TELFER

Herald News Saturday December 12, 1925 – – price $.03 William F. Telfer, 62 years old, 310 Fifth Avenue, died last night following a six month illness. Coming to Joliet in 1886 from Morris. Mr. Telfer engaged in the roofing business for the past 30 years. He had been identified with the McDowell roofing company. During his early years he was connected with the Joliet professional baseball team for five years. He was keenly interested in outdoor sports and even till the time of his death was well versed in baseball and college sports. Besides his widow he is survived by by four sons, John, William, Walter, and James, one daughter Mrs. Lawrence RUDD of Joliet. Four sisters Mrs. Edward DRAKE, Mrs. George DRUMM, and Mrs.B.E. MCCOY of Aurora and Mrs. William JENKINS of Joliet and two brothers J.J. Telfer of Ottawa and J.W. Telfer of Joliet, 11 grandchildren. The funeral will be held monday afternoon at 2 O’clock from the the home to Oakwood cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 12/12/1925 Posted by Patrick McDonnell, Feb 17, 2001

Matthew TEZAK

Age 95. At rest Friday, December 15, 2000 at Sunny Hill Rehabilitation Center. Preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary (nee BLUTH) TEZAK; five brothers and three sisters. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. At Matthew’s request, cremation rites were accorded with no visitation. Tezak Funeral Home, 459 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, 815-722-0524

Source: Herald News, Joliet, IL, Dec 17, 2000 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Dec 28, 2000


Peotone resident Vernon THIESFELD, 66, was killed in an automobile accident near Elwood on Sep. 19, 1989. A retired farmer, Thiesfeld was familiar to most residents as meter reader for the Village of Peotone since 1983. According to Will County Sheriff’s Police, THIESFELD was eastbound on Sharp Road last Tuesday afternoon when his car overturned about a mile west of Route 53, For an unknown reason, the car left the roadway, and after hitting a bridge over Cedar Creek, came to rest in a water filled drainage ditch. Mr THIESFELD was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mr. THIESFELD was born oct. 23, 1922, in Will Township to John and Hattie (GAST) THIESFELD. He was a member and elder of the Immanuel United Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Kankakee Moose Lodge and Peotone Sportsmen’s Club. Mr. THIESFELD was employed at Chemetron from 1975 until 1988. This past summer he was employed part time for the Joliet office of the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service, in addition to his employment with the Village of Peotone water department. He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly ROEDGER, who he married Sep. 8, 1946, in Peotone; a son Alan (Beth) THIESFELD of Peotone; three daughters, Janet (John) FOGARTY of Bourbonnais, Karen (Ronald) SIPPEL and Susan (Randy) BARTELS all of Peotone; seven grandchildren, Michael and Gregory SIPPEL, Jacqueline and Brian BARTELS, Erin KOENNING, Maureen FOGARTY and Laura THIESFELD; two step-grandchildren; his father and stepmother, John and Lill THIESFELD of Manteno; two sissters, Ruth BROADRICH of Rocky Mount, Mo., and Eleanor ANDRES of Monee; and one brother, Frank THIESFELD of New Jersey. he was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie; and one daughter, Donna. Services were held Saturday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, with the Reverends Thomas G. Drewer, Lisa A. Hadler, and Dean Plassmann officiating. Joyce Werner was organist. Pallbearers were Stephen THIESFELD, Dale ANDRES, David ANDRES, David MILLIS, Bruce MILLIS and Ralph BARTELS. Burial was in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be dedicated to the Immanuel United Church of Christ. Source: Peotone Vedette, 27 Sep 1989 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 29, 2004

Dennis THOM

Dennis Lee Thom, 66, of Manteno, died Tuesday, June 7, 2005. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hirsch Funeral Homes West End Chapel, 1340 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park. Mr. Thom was a mathematics teacher at Peotone High School for 20 years and also taught mathematics at Governors State University. He was a member of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Association and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Surviving are his mother, Virginia Thom; one sister and brother-in-law, Diane and John Lepley; two nieces, Rebecca (Glen) Blanton, Marnie (Clifford) Davis; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. His father, Herman Thom, is deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jun 8, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 2, 2005


THOMAS, C.W. age 82 of 703 Oneida Street. Died at St. Joseph Hospital April 24, 1975. Survived by his wife Elizetta; 20 sons, William E. THOMAS of Orange, California, James W. THOMAS of Joliet; 1 daughter, Betty A. ROOD of Rino, Nevada; 1 stepson Robert A. EATON of Elwood; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his first wife Catharine, and 1 daughter Ruth A. ANDERSON.Remains are at SONNTAG WYLIE Funeral Home until Monday morning when the body will be removed to the First Presbyterian Church to lie in state from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Rev. Ronald W. SMITH officiating. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois. He was a retired supervisor for Commonwealth Edison Co. Member of the First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Joliet Masonic Lodge no. 42 AF and AM, and the Kudos Club. Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or the Kidney Foundation will be appreciated. Masonic Services Sunday 8 p.m. Friends may Call Sunday 2-9 p.m.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, 26 Apr 1975 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 21, 1999

Elizetta E. THOMAS

THOMAS, Elizetta E, age 88 years. At Sunnyhill Nursing Home, August 19. survived by 1 son Rober (Edna) EATON of Jackson Township, 1 brother William CLEVELAND of Menahga, Minnesota, 2 step-sons William THOMAS of Barrington, IL and James THOMAS of Joliet, 1 step- daughter Betty ROOD of Reno, NV, 2 grandchildren Cheryl (Mrs. Robert HARPER)of Metamora, IL and Tobey (Mrs David RANDOLPH) of Joliet, 10 step- grandchildren 9 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her first husband ernest L. EATON and her second husband Cleo W. THOMAS, 1 daughter, Leola Noelle, 2 brothers, Isaac and Clayton CLEVELAND and 1 sister Mary MARSHALL. Member of the 1st Prebyterian Church, Merguerite Chapter No 187 O.E.S., B.A.R. Charter member of Jackson Township Homemakers. Funeral Services Sonntag-Wylie Funeral Home, Monday 1 p.m. Rev. David R. FILLPORT officiating. Interment in Brown cemetery. Friends call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9. Memorial to the Brown Cemetery Association appreciated.

Source: Herald-news, 21 Aug 1977 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 20, 1999


Gladys M. THOMPSON (ASPEL) Age 87. Tuesday, November 10, 1998 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home. Late of Homer Township. Survived by her husband, Henry THOMPSON; son, Robert (Rosemary) THOMPSON; two grandchildren, Aimee and Matthew; two nieces Donna (Gary) WALK and Carol (Ernest) NICHOLAS; one nephew, Donald (Betty) ASPEL; one sister-in- law, Carrie THOMPSON, also survived by great-nieces, nephews and cousins. born in Lockport, she was a lifelong Lockport/Homer Township resident. Preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Grace (CLEVELAND) ASPEL; one sister, Florence INGERSOLL; brother, Loren ASPEL. Lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Lockport. Graduate Silver Cross School of Nursing (1932). She served as a nurse at various area nursing homes and hospitals, retiring as administrator of Sunny Hill Nursing Home. Family will receive friends at the GOODALE Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Thursday 4-8 p.m. Lying in state Friday, November 13,1998 at the First United Methodist Church of Lockport from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Lora GOING officiating. Interment BARNETT cemetery. Memorials to the First united Methodist Church of Lockport would be appreciated.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, 12 Nov 1998 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 22, 1999

Gustav THURM

THURM – Gustav F., age 88 years. At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise MITCHELL, 901 Campbell St., June 20, 1942. Survived by three sons, Paul and Fred of Joliet, Gustav Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. William BROCKMAN and Mrs. Louise MITCHELL of Joliet; 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. The body will be at the Wunderlich Funeral Home until Monday, June 22, at 1:30, and then be taken to St. Peter’s Lutheran church, where services will be held at 2 p. m., Rev. E. W. FRANK officiating. Interment Elmhurst cemetary.

Source: Joliet Herald News, Jun 21, 1942 Posted by Sheila Brockman, May 31, 1999


Services were held last month for Fred W. Tibbetts, 77, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Mr. Tibbetts died October 4, 2006, at his home. He was a graduate of Bloomington High School and received a degree in finance from the University of Illinois. He was a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the Institute of Financial Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Tibbetts enjoyed a long career in the banking industry, including serving as president of the Peotone Bank and Trust Co. from 1973 to 1993 and on the companys Board of Directors from 1973 to the time of his death. He was active in many community and banking organizations, providing leadership in various church, school, charitable and Scout organizations. He had been president of the Peotone Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Community School District and the Salvation Army. He served as president of the Illinois Bankers Association, Group 2, was a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Bloomington Consistory. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Mr. Tibbetts is survived by his wife, Carol, whom he married in April of 1999; 2 sons, Eric (Susan) of Quincy and Tyler (Paula) of Jacksonville, Florida.; 5 grandchildren; 1 step-granddaughter; and 2 great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death in June 1983 by his first wife, Joan Montgomery, whom he married in December of 1948; his parents; 2 brothers; and a sister. A memorial service was held October 12 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Nov 9, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 16, 2006

Almira Babcock TILLOTSON

Obituary for Almira B. TILLOTSON TILLOTSON.–On Friday morning, Dec. 14, 1888, at the residence of Frank TILLOTSON in Crete, Mrs. Almira B. TILLOTSON, aged 86 years, 10 months, and 10 days. Almira B. was born in Peekskill, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1802. She moved with her parents to Medina county, Ohio, in early life. In 1838 she was married to Zadock TILLOTSON, a widower with five children, of whom is Lorenzo TILLOTSON of this place. Her husband died in 1859; no children having been born to them. In 1862 Almira came to Crete and took up her residence with her niece, Mrs. MYRICK, with whom she lived 23 years. She has resided with Frank Tillotson for the last three years. Mrs. Tillotson has always been a consistent member of the Congregational church, and bore her last illness with Christian fortitude and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. She suffered terribly the last six weeks, it being necessary for some one to be with her night and day during that time. The funeral services will be held in the Congregational church at 2 o’clock this afternoon, and by request of deceased, Rev. J. F. SMITH, her former pastor, will officiate.

Source: unknown newspaper, Dec 15, 1888 Posted by Philip Burns, Apr 22, 2001


Catharine J. BURVILLE was born in New Canaan, NY, March 22, 1829, and died February 3, 1922, aged 92 years, 10 months and 11 days. She moved from New Canaan to Brunswich, Ohio with her parents in 1833. She was married to Lorenzo Warner TILLOTSON April 21, 1852. They lived together fifty-three years. Mr. TILLOTSON died in 1905. Mr. and Mrs. TILLOTSON came to Crete to live in March 1854, Mrs. TILLOTSON having lived here sixty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. TILLOTSON were brought up in the Episcopalian faith; they usually attended church. Three services were held each Sabbath. When they came to Crete they attended the Methodist Church. She was a kind and indulgent mother, and always ready to help others when in trouble or sickness. She leaves two sons and one daughter, a grand daughter and two great-grand daughters to mourn their loss.

Source: Crete Record, unknown date Posted by Joan Cool, Jan 24, 1999


Passing of Franklin TILLOTSON After nearly six months of severe suffering, Franklin TILLOTSON passed away at his home east of the village of Crete at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, Aug. 7th, aged 76 years, 4 months, and 4 days. Franklin Tillotson was born in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, April 3, 1824. He was married to Jane A. SEXTON on Dec. 16. 1847, and to them were born nine children, seven daughters and two sons; of these, six daughters are still living. In 1852 they moved to Duplain, Mich., and in 1865 to Illinois, locating on a farm near Goodenow, where they lived until 1876. They then came to Crete, which has since been their home. Mr. Tillotson’s health gradually failed after the death of his son June 10, 1893. He had a severe sickness in the winter of 1897 from which he only partially recovered. His final sickness began Feb. 16 last in the form of lagrippe. On the 12th of March he had a slight stroke of paralysis, followed ten days later by paralysis of the brain, which added to the heart trouble from which he had already suffered so long, and which resulted in his death Aug. 7, 1900. His intense suffering had reduced him almost beyond recognition. Mr. Tillotson was a kind and indulgent husband and father, a good citizen, an obliging neighbor, and he will be missed by many of his former associates. An aged widow, six daughters, and several grandchildren survive him and mourn his loss. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, services being conducted in the Congregational church by Rev. T. V. DAVIES. A quartette consisting of Misses FARNAM and Messrs. TROWBRIDGE and BORDWELL sang several appropriate hymns during the services. Interment in the family lot in the Crete cemetery.

Source: Crete Citizen?, Aug 9, 1900; Date of Death: Aug 7, 1900 Posted by Philip Burns, Apr 22, 2001


Funeral of Hiram A. Tillotson Despite the very threatening weather, a great crowd of people assembled at the Crete M. E. church last Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral services over the remains of Hiram TILLOTSON, the boy who was drowned in the Faithorn reservoir Thursday evening of last week. Long before the funeral cortege reached the church the seats were all taken except those reserved for the family and relatives, and even the foyer and aisles were filled. When the services began there were 200 to 300 people unable to gain admittance and stood about the church on the outside. Rev. L. M. BUSSEY, pastor of the church, exhorted the congregation from the text, “Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye know not the Son of Man cometh.” Rev. Joseph CALDWELL assised in the service and delivered a fitting eulogy of the boy in whose memory the people were assembled. The church choir sang appropriate selections, among them being Hiram’s favorite, “He Knows It All.” The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful. Among the set pieces was a broken wheel composed of pink roses and lilies of the valley, the offering of the boys composing the P. of C. Club, of which Hiram was president. Another was a floral pillow from the pupils of the Crete school, with the word “Schoolmate” in relief in blue violets. The banks of flowers surrounding the casket were touching expressions of the love felt for Hiram and of deep sorrow at his untimely death. In spite of the fact that it began to rain as the funeral cortege started from the church, most of those present followed the remains to the cemetery, where the last words were spoken amid a drenching shower. The pall bearers were old schoolmates of Hiram’s, namely: Warren BLIM, John DIERSEN, Jr., Leland MOORE, Leslie ADAMS, Burt STARR, and Stuart RICE. Members of the boys’ club of which Hiram was president carried the floral tributes, as follows: Russell SMITH, Frank MCPHERSON, Herbert MERRITT, Chas. BLIM, Jr., Charles TROWBRIDGE, Spencer BLIM, Carl HORN, Otto YAEGER, Ellis ADAMS.

Source: Crete Citizen, May 31, 1906; Date of Death: May, 1906 Posted by Philip Burns, Apr 22, 2001

Jane Ann Sexton TILLOTSON

April 21. 1904. Obituary Thursday, April 14, after an illness of almost eight weeks, Mrs. Jane A. TILLOTSON entered into rest. Death came as a blessed release from her suffering which was intense during the last few days of her life. Jane A. SEXTON was born at Waterbury, Conn., March 1, 1828. While still a child, her parents moved to Medina County, Ohio. There on Dec. 16, 1847, she was married to Franklin TILLOTSON. Two years after their marriage they moved to Michigan and began the work of clearing for themselves a home in the midst of the forests; the “home acres” at first consisting of only enough cleared land for the little log cabin and garden. In 1865 they came to Ill., and in 1876 they moved to Crete. Mr. Tillotson was at this time in poor health, but the change proved beneficial and not until 1900 was he “called home.” Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson, two sons and seven daughters. Six daughters still live to hold dear the memory of the loved ones “gone before.” For 62 years Mrs. Tillotson was a consistent, faithful member of the church. At the age of 14 she joined the Freewill Baptist church and retained her membership with that denomination as long as she was in a community where there was an organization of the church of her choice. On moving to Crete in 1876 she became a member of the Congregational church and was faithful to her every obligation until the day she was called to join the “Church Triumphant.” As long as Mrs. Tillotson was able to attend church she was rarely missed from her accustomed place in God’s house. Every interest of the church she made her interest, and on account of her quiet, unassuming helpfulness, she will be missed in many of the activities of the church. Her life was an inspiration to all who were closely associated with her, not because her sphere of influence was large or because of single distinguished acts, but because she had learned the simple lesson of standing in the place God had assigned to her and of doing her simple duty. As God gave her light to see that duty, she did it simply and unostentatiously, and many are the kindly deeds which she did of which the world knew nothing. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. K. ATKINSON, Saturday afternoon, a short service at the later home on Vincennes street, and later a service at the Congregational church. The short sermon at the church was from a text which Mrs. Tillotson herself requested should be used, a text in which a few words summed up the consistent Christian service of almost three quarters of a century — “She hath done what she could.” She was laid to rest beside her husband, and we thought not of the gloom of the tomb, but of the joy of the resurrection and the happiness of the meeting on yonder shore where “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.”

Source: Crete Citizen, Apr 21, 1904; Date of Death: Aug 14, 1904 Posted by Philip Burns, Apr 22, 2001

Lorenzo Warner TILLOTSON

After a long and at times painful illness Lorenzo W. TILLOTSON, a resident of Crete for nearly fifty years, died at his home on Vincennes street at 9:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 17th, 1905, aged 77 years 8 months and 28 days. Lorenzo Warner Tillotson was born at Lee, Mass., Aug. 25th, 1827. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Brunswick, Ohio where his early life was spent. In 1852 he was united in marriage to Catherine J. BURVILLE of Hickley (sic) Ohio, who survives him. Five children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy. The survivors are Myron J. and Gertrude L. Tillotson of Crete and Adelbert D. Tillotson of Steger. In 1856 Mr. Tillotson moved to Crete where, with the exception of three years spent at Madison, Wis., he resided until his death. Mr. Tillotson had a wide acquaintance throughout Will County and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. In his home town he was known as a good citizen, an obliging neighbor and a true friend. In his home he was a devoted husband and a kind parent. During the past winter Mr. Tillotson suffered intensely with rheumatism, and was confined to the house for days at a time. He was also afflicted with kidney trouble, and a week ago was prostrated by this dread disease. He never lost hope, however, and an hour before his death insisted on being dressed and going out doors. He passed away peacefully, his wife and daughter at his side. In 1867 Mr. Tillotson was elected to the office of township constable, and continued in that office until 1905, a period of 32 years (sic). He was also deputy sheriff for Eastern Will County from 1872 to 1897. He was recognized as a first-class officer, and was never known to shirk a duty or to deal unjustly with any one in the performance of his duty. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon, May 19th. There will be a brief service at the house at 1:30, and memorial services at the Methodist church at 2 o’clock. Rev. Joseph CALDWELL will officiate.

Source: (Unknown, probably Crete Citizen), May 18, 1905 Posted by Philip Burns, Apr 22, 2001

Vivian D. TINLEY

Vivian D. TINLEY Age 71. Recently of St. Petersburg, FL. Formerly of New Lenox, IL. Died Monday, September 10, 2001 at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Hinsdale, IL. she lived in New Lenox for 35 years. She retired as an Administrative Assistant after 20 years with Joliet Junior College. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Victor A.; a daughter Candace TINLEY, Mundelein, IL.; a son Kevin, Libertyville, IL.; and two grandchildren, Ian and Colin TINLEY; and two step-grandchildren, Gary and Craig KIRTCH.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 3 Oct 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 5, 2001


15 Apr 2006: Aurora B. TOEPER(nee MARTELL) Age 90, died peacefully on Holy Thursday morning, April 13, 2006, at her home in Wilton Twp. She is survived by four daughters, Pat (Mike) IRLE, Judy TOEPPER, Sharon (Elroy) HOGER and Mary (Bruce) BOYLE, all of Wilton Twp; four sons, James (Jane), Dick (Barb), both from Wilton Twp., Jack (Marilyn) of Mokena and Dennis of Chicago; two daughters-in-law, Ann TOEPPER BISHOP and Diane TOEPPER; 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Rita (Lester) ROBBINS of Wilton Twp; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester; and two sons, Vince and Harold; three sisters, Annette TREPANIER, Blanche OLSEN and Rosalie GRADY; two brothers, Paul and Armand MARTELL. Aurora was born in Manteno and spent most of her life in the Wilton Twp area, farming and raising her family. She was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Church. Funeral Service for Aurora TOEPPER will be 9:30 AM Monday, April 17, 2006 from the Forsythe Funeral Home, Manhattan, to St. Patrick’s Church in Wilton Center. Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 AM. Interment Mt. St. Patirck’s Cemetery. Memorials to the United Cerebral Palsy of Will Co., the Manhattan Fire Department, or the Kankakee Community Hospice would be most appreciated. Visitation Easter Sunday, 3-8 PM. Forsythe Funeral Home 507 South State St. (RT. 52) Manhattan, IL (815) 478-3321

Source: Joliet Herald News, 15 Apr 2006 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Apr 15, 2006

Genevieve TOMPKINS

Genevieve F. Tompkins, 88, of Peotone, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at ManorCare Health Services, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, where she was a member. Rev. Michael Ginter will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She was born July 15, 1913, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Felicia Zentera. Her husband, Hiram D. Tompkins, died in 1959. Surviving are three daughters, Alberta Overocker of Monee, Eileen Cummins of Apple Valley, California, Jeannie Scheiman of Peotone; one son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Judy Tompkins of Peotone; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. One daughter, Linnie Harris, died in 1997. Mrs. Tompkins was a former restaurant cook.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 13, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 28, 2005


George J. Tooker, 79, of Peotone, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. service at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Rev. Lyman Mereness will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration. Mr. Tooker was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Elwell, Michigan, the son of Orville E. and Irene Sandel Tooker. Surviving are his wife, the former Lois Wilson, whom he married March 11, 1946 in Salem, of Peotone; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Barbara Tooker of Austin, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Herman Fisher of Homewood; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Clint Gossard of Redman, Washington. Mr. Tooker was an engine foreman for Illinois Central Railroad. He served during World War II in the U.S. Marines, was a member of Peotone American Legion Post 392 and a former youth baseball coach.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 23, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

Catherine A. TOPP

TOPP, Catherine A., age 74 years. Late of 250 S. Center Road, Frankfort, Ill. Died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1962. Wife of John F.; mother of Wilbur, and (Lucille) Mrs. William BATSON; sister of George HEISNER, all of Frankfort, and Edwin of Green Garden; grandmother of Larry BATSON; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 2 brothers, Conrad and Charles HEISNER, and 1 sister, Elizabeth BURMEISTER. Lying in state Thursday from noon until services at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Frankfort. Rev. Eric BIZER officiating. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials to the church will be appreciated. Friends may call at the Sonntag, Burgess and Wylie Chapel. Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 19 Sep 1962 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 30, 2002

Florence TRAH

Services were held July 31 for Florence Rohr-Ahrens-Trah, 87, formerly of Peotone. Mrs. Trah died July 29, 2004 in Wilmington. She was born July 9, 1917 in Monee. She was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Manteno. Mrs. Trah is survived by a son, Arthur Rohr of Morris; a daughter, Dorothy (Lavern) Koehn of Peotone; 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 brothers, Harold (Carol) Koelling of Peotone and Ervin (Betty) Koelling of California. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Robert Rohr, Arthur Ahrens and Heinz Trah; her parents, Theodore and Linda Meier Koelling; 2 sisters; and one brother. The funeral was conducted July 31 at Hack Funeral Home in Beecher. The Rev. Kevin Werner officiated. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Crete.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Aug 11, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 10, 2004


Suicide. — A most destressing case of self-destruction occurred on the 2d inst. at Lockport, in this county. A man named Salmon TREADWAY, terminated his existance by hanging himself from the beam of a barn, where he was found after life had become extinct. A coroner’s inquest was held over the body, which decided that he came to his death by his own hands. The deceased was apparrently about forty years of age, and had no relatives living in this part of the country. No cause can be given that induced him to the commission of this rash act. It is said that his relatives reside in Jefferson County, N. Y.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 4, No. 8, Page 2, Tues, Aug 4, 1846 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000

Isabella Marie TREMELLING

Isabella Marie TREMELLING Nee BANKOW Age 91. Went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at Silver Cross Hospital. Isabella was born April 9, 1908 in Green Garden Township, IL. She grew up on the family farm in Green Garden, later moving to Joliet. She married Edward TREMELLING on April 22, 1937 and they made Joliet’s East Side their home. She was a member of Richards Street Methodist Church, later moving to Ingalls Park United Methodist Church. Active member in the Whatsoever Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons, Richards Street Alter Guild and Bridge Club. She was an excellent cook and baker and also enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Survived by cousins, Pearl STAUFFENBERG of Aurora, IL and Jean J. WILBER of Montgomery, IL; nieces, Carolyn (Gerald W.) CORNWALL of Oswego, IL, and Janice (Kenneth) PIGGUSH of South Holland, IL; nephew, Fred C. (Karen) GOULD of Montgomery Village, MD, along with many great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews. Also survived by two very special friends, Ray and Joan JOHNSON and family, who were her caregivers. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. TREMELLING, (May 1, 1976); parents, John and Katherine (STAUFFENBERG) BANKOW; and her brother, Harold BANKOW (June 18, 1959). Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2000 at 11 am at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Haight officiating. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Visitation Saturday 9-11 am prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ingalls Park United Methodist Church or the Will County Union of Kings Daughters and Sons- benefiting the Silver Cross Dialysis Unit or the donors choice would be appreciated. Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag1500 Black Rd., Near Midland 744-4444.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 3 Mar 00 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Mar 3, 2000

Thomas R. TUCKER

Thomas R. Tucker, 55, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2004 at his home. Mr. Tucker was born June 27, 1948 in Peotone to JW

Source: Peotone Vedette, Jun 9, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 5, 2004


Death of James TYRRELL. — We regret to announce the death of Mr. James Tyrrell, of this city, which took place at Harrisburg, Pa., on last Thursday. He had left here a few days previous for Philadelphia, on business. His family heard nothing of his illness, until they received the unwelcome dispatch announcing his death. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his death, who have the tenderest sympathies of a large number of friends in their sad bereavement. Mr. Tyrrell was a noble true hearted man and an estimable citizen. He acted as a clerk in the office of our Circuit Clerk for a number of years, and was remarkable for his attention to business and his urbanity of manners. He had not an enemy in the city.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No. 47, Page 2, Tues, May 3, 1864 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 13, 2000