S Obituary & Birth Announcements Page for Cass County, Illinois

 

Name: Margaret M. SARFF
Newspaper: The Tampa Tribune & The Tampa Times
Date of Newspaper: June 24, 2008
Submitter: John B. King

Margaret M. Sarff, 81 passed away June 13, 2008 at LifePath Hospice

in Sun City Center, Fla. Margaret was born October 30, 1926 in Chandlerville, Ill. She was a Secretary at Wauconda High School.  She was preceded in death by Her Parents, Charles Dick and Sadie Dick; Husband of 57 years, Roy A. Sarff; Brothers, Raymond and Floyd Dick.

Survivors: Her Son, Brian Sarff; Daughter, Lisa English; Sister, Marilyn Stone; GrandDaughters, Krystina Sarff, Samantha Sariff and Jennifer

Smith; Great-GrandSons, Tyler Smith and Blake Duncan; Daughter-in-Law, Cindy Sarff; Three GrandDogs and two GrandCats. The Family has asked that contributions be made to Lifepath Hospice Development

Department, 12973 North Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637.  Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home.  dignitymemorial.com

Name: Frank SCHAAF
Newspaper: Chandlerville Times
Date of Newspaper: Sept. 24, 1915
Submitter: Paul

"Prominent Citizen at Rest"

'Frank Schaaf Passed Away at Home in This City Saturday Night'

"The death of Frank Schaaf, September 18, marked the passing of one of Chandlerville's oldest and most highly respected citizens.  He had always led an active life and was engaged in business in this city for 46 years, until about one year ago, when he disposed of his business on account of poor health.  His illness took a serious turn about two week ago and he passed away on the 18th at the age of 75 years 6 months and 25 days.

"Mr. Schaaf was born in Inschbach, Germany, 2/23/1840, and was the son of Wolfgong and Magdalena (Schmiederer) Schaaf, who were the parents of eleven children, Matilda, Florence (or Florentine?), Ignatus, Josephine, William, Frank, Caroline and August, and three who died in infancy.  On the death of the mother, the father moved to Algiers, Africa, where he spent a short time.  The country not suiting him, he returned to Germany.  In the meantime four of the children had come to America, and the father upon his return to Germany, followed them to America, accompanied by Frank and his sister Caroline.  They landed at New Orleans in 1850 and went by boat to Cape Jeriado, (Girardeau?) Missouri  There he spent a week or so with his oldest sister while a log cabin was being built for the family, but the father took sick and died before the home was finished, thus causing the children to be scattered about in the community with other families.

Frank lived in that community until he was twenty-one years old, when he became an apprentice at the blacksmith trade.  He worked at this for a year or so, when the war broke out.  With others of the community he was captured by a guerrilla band and held with the band's expectations of selling them to one side or the other of the warring factions as conscripts.  Their privations during captivity were terrible.  They were given little or nothing to eat and suffered greatly.  Mr. Schaaf, however, owing to his trade knowledge was given more or less liberty, and on this account was able to escape with another prisoner and one horse, their escape being made on the morning of the well remembered great frost, August 29, 1863.  The two men rode and ran alternately and managed to escape back to their home in Missouri, a distance of over seventy miles.  When Mr. Schaaf reached home his relatives and friends refused to take him in or give him aid, owing to fear of being punished by one faction or the other, but he finally found a refuge and was nursed back to health.

He then took a boat for Peoria, where his sister, Sophia, Mrs. Valentine Schlink, lived, and remained there a short time and then went back to Missouri for a short time and again returned to Peoria in 1864.  He then moved to Morton, ILL., and worked at his trade, which he afterward followed in Peoria.  He came to Chandlerville in the fall of 1869 and has resided here ever since.

On October 31, 1865, he was united in marriage to Mary Zink, a native of Minonk, ILL, who was born 3/17/1846 and who died 11/22/1875.  To them were born five children; Frank P. of this city, John K. of Peoria, Edward who died in infancy, Will of Pine Bluff, ARK, and Mary, who died 12/1876 at the age of one year.

Mr. Schaaf was united in marriage to Justena Ofterdinger at Peoria January 14/1876, she having one daughter, Mrs. Gus Neff of this city, and to them were born two children, CArl of this city, and Albert of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Mr. Schaaf was engaged in the blacksmith business in this city since the year 1869 and during that time made a host of friends who will always remember him as a man of integrity and character.   The funeral services were held a the family residence Wednesday, September 22 at 9 a.m. with Father Cronin of Virginia, officiating, after which the deceased was laid to rest in the village cemetery.

Name: Clifford SCHALL
Newspaper:
Date of Newspaper:
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Clifford Schall of Roodhouse dies; rites set Tuesday
     Roodhouse- Clifford M. Schall, 76, of Roodhouse died 7 p.m. Sunday at White Hall Hospital.  He was born June 14, 1905 in Cass County, a son of Edward and Anna Kruse Schall. He married Rena Jacobs Nov. 27, 1930, and she survives.
     Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. Donald (Anita) Bierhaus, Lee Edda Schall and Nadine Schall, all of Virginia. He was preceded in death by a brother.
     A retired farmer of the Manchester area, he was a member of   the Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church.
     Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse.  Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse is in charge of arrangements.


Name: Effie Blum  SCHALL
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Submitter: Marcia Cox

Effie Blum Schall, 102, Beardstown, died at 1:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 1989 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  She was born near Bluff Springs July 1, 1887 the daughter of George and Sophia Davis Blum.
     She married Alex Lee Schall April 22, 1913.  Mrs. Schall along with her husband, raised two brothers, W. Otis Elkins and Aubrey F. Elkins, who were later adopted.  Mr. Schall died Jan. 23, 1963 and Otis Elkins died May 3, 1981.   She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Loren, Lloyd, Harry and Elmer Blum.
     She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Bluff Springs, a member of Women's Organization of the church, a charter member of Shiloh Unit of Homemakers Extension, a member of senior Citizens club of Beardstown and a past member of the Beardstown Hospital Auxilary.
     She is survived by one son, Aubrey Elkins of Bellingham, Washington; three granddaughters, Patricia Elkins Guerrero of Long Beach, Calif., Esther May Elkins Harmon of Anderson, West Virginia and Beverly Ann Elkins Harmon of Wichita, Kansas; one grandson, Howard W. Elkins of Stockton, Calif.; nine great grandchildren; seven great, great grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Blum of Virginia, Il., one nephew, Orville Blum of Arenzville, two nieces, Freida Blum Carls of Washington, Il., and Berdine Blum McDermott of Deerfield, Il.; also one sister-in-law, Margaret Taylor of East Peoria.
     Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs, Pastor James H. Beaty, interim minister
will officiate.
     Mrs. Schall will be taken to the church at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to lie in state until time of services.  Interment will be in the Beardstown City
Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., this evening at Cline Funeral Home here.
     Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church of Bluff Springs.

Name: Julius W.  SCHALL
Newspaper:
Date of Newspaper:
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Brother of Local Residents Dies

     "Julius W. Schall, farmer living near Sinclair, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Passavant Memorial hospital, Jacksonville, where he had been
a patient. The remains were taken to the Gillham funeral home where funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in charge of Rev. Koppelmann.
     Interment was made in the Beardstown cemetery.
     Mr. Schall was the son of Charles and Amelia Deckart Schall, and was born October 24, 1879. He was married to Lena Wessel, and she preceded him in death in July, 1919.
     Mr. Schall is survived by one son, Orville, of near Sinclair, and the following brothers and sisters: Harry Schall of Virginia, Mrs. Edith Newswanger of Beardstown, Albert and Alex Schall and Mrs. Irene Clayton of Virginia. He was a member of the Beardstown Lutheran Church."

Name: Rena N.  SCHALL
Newspaper:
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Submitter: Marcia Cox

Roodhouse-Rena N. Schall, 92, of White Hall and formerly of Roodhouse died Sunday evening, March 10, 1996, at the North American Health Care Center in White Hall.
     She was born December 25, 1903, in Virginia, daughter of Joseph and Julia McCarthy Jacobs.
     She married Clifford M. Schall on November 27, 1930, in Virginia, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1981.  She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
   She and her husband farmed east of Manchester for many years before retirement.  Mrs. Schall worked as a clerk at various stores in the area.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fernwood

Name: Charles SCHERRER
Newspaper: Illinoin Star
Date of newspaper: October 24, 1949
Submitter: Pat Hageman

CHARLES SCHERRER DIES AT 69
Charles "Boots" Scherrer who was employed at the Glenn ice and Fuel plant a number of years, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jack Smith(?) in Lewistown. He was 69 years, 4 months and 20 days of age.

The body was brought to Cline's funeral home where the rosary will be at 7:30 o'clock tonight. The Rev. Fr. James Ahern will officiate.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at St. Alexius Catholic Church where mass will be recited by the Rev. Fr. Ahern.

Charles Scherrer was born June 2, 1880 in this city, a son of Charles and Carrie Fiedler Scherrer. He was united in marriage to Cora Turner on February 11, 1908 at East St. Louis. He is survived by his wife and the following children: ? Sherrer Smith of Lewistown and Joseph C. Scherrer of Beardstown. He also leaves a step-daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Turner Herron of Beardstown, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, five brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren.

Name: Joseph "Bill" SEWARD
Newspaper: Cass County Star Gazette       
Date of Newspaper: December 26, 2002
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Joseph "Bill" Seward - Services held

    A graveside memorial service for Joseph "Bill" Seward, 78, of
Beardstown, was held at 11 a.m. December 14, 2002, at the Beardstown City Cemetery.
    Honorary pallbearer was Roger Dawson.
    Services were performed by the Rev. Sam Holmes of Jacksonville.
    Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown was in charge of arrangements.

Name: Lillian Gabehart SEWELL
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier       
Date of Newspaper: April 30, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Lillian Gabehart Sewell, 1910-2003 - Ashland

    Lillian Gabehart Sewell, 92, of Virginia, and formerly of Ashland, died Monday evening, April 28, 2003 at Passavant Area Hospital in
Jacksonville.
    She was born August 13, 1910 in Elkhorn, Ky.; the daughter of Ed and Maggie Beatty Smith. She married Lester Gabehart and he preceded
her in death on June 30, 1953. She later married Edward Sewell and he preceded her in death in 2001.
    She is survived by two grandchildren, Gary (wife, Diane) Gabehart of Ashland and Marsha (husband, Leonard) Dollarhide of Huntsville,
Ala.; five great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; one brother, Roger (wife, Mary) Smith of Tovey; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by one son, Glenn Gabehart (surviving wife, Merle of Petersburg) in 1995; and four sisters, Lavern Petty, Christine Gunderson, Arlene Smith, and Sylvan Roy.
    Mrs. Sewell assisted in the family farming operation and was employed several years in the license division for the Illinois Secretary of State. She was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
    Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Ashland United Methodist Church, with burial in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Ashland United Methodist Church. Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.buchananfuneralhomes.com.

Name: Dorothy SHAW
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier       
Date of Newspaper: April 9, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Dorothy Shaw - 1914-2003 - Beardstown

    Dorothy Shaw, 88, of Beardstown, died early Tuesday morning, April 8, 2003, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
    She was born July 30, 1914. She married John William Dierker March 15, 1938, in Palmyra, Mo., and he preceded her in death April 4, 1955. She later married Willis G. Shaw Jan. 28, 1961, in Astoria, and he preceded her in death July 4, 2001.
    She is survived by one step-son, Robert William (wife, Bonnie) Shaw of Davenport, Iowa; and one step-daughter, Shirley (husband,
Duane) Richards of Browning. She was preceded in death by one brother.
    Mrs. Shaw was a homemaker. She attended Evangelical United Brethren Church in Astoria.
    Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana, with burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Evergreen Place in Beardstown.

Obituary
Name: Mrs. Kesiah SHERRILL
Newspaper: Rushville Times

Date:  October 31, 1907
Submitter: Pat Steele


Mrs. Kesiah Sherrill, a former resident of Browning township, died at her home in Virginia on Tuesday of last week at the advanced age of eighty-four years. John Sherrill of Browning is one of the three surviving children.

The descedent was born in Indiana, but removed to Illinois in 1830, and has been a resident of Virginia, Cass county, for the past quarter of a century. She was married to Isaac Sherrill in Schuyler county in 1849, and to them were born nine children, three of whom survive, namely: Mrs.
Talitha Witcher of Canton, Ill., John Sherrill of Browning and James Sherrill of this city, together with twelve grand-children and twenty-one
great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1862, while serving as a soldier in the civil war. Mrs. Sherrill was a devout member of the Church of
Christ, from which her funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Rev. Benj. N. Mitchell officiating. Interment in Walnut ridge cemetery.

Name: Thomas Lee SHIVE
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: December 16, 2002
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Thomas Lee Shive - 1941-2002

    Thomas Lee Shive, 61, of Beardstown, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence.
    He was born May 8, 1941, in rural Pike County, the son of Robert Ashby and Mary M. Nichelson Shive. He married Linda Sue Keith Dec. 18, 1960, in Winchester, and she survives in Beardstown.
    He is also survived by two sons, Don, (wife, Shelley) of Ashland and Paul (wife, Angie) of Owasso, Okla.; one daughter, Ruth (husband,
Bruce) Fischer of Beardstown; six grandchildren; four brothers, Dick (wife, Ethel) of Winchester, Jack (wife, Janice) of Galesburg, Joe (wife, Mary Mae) of White Hall, and John (wife, Shirley) of Virginia; seven sisters, Vera Havens of Alsey, Mary Francis Giger, Mable (husband, Arthur) Chapman, Betty (husband, Cliff) Wilder, and Norma (husband, A.C.) Reel, all of Pittsfield, Alice (husband, Duane (Guth) of Gridley, and Jane (husband, Bud) Nevius of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bill (surviving wife, Betty of Pittsfield).
    Mr. Shive attended school in Scott County. He retired as a truck driver after 32 years of service with Bluff Springs Elevator and then later was employed for two years with Cass County Service Co. As a member of the Schuyler County Coon Hunters Association, he enjoyed hunting. He especially adored his family and his grandchildren.
    Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beardstown City Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, with the family meeting friends from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials have been suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Name: Emmett Junior SHOEMAKER
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: November 28, 2002
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Emmett Junior Shoemaker
1924-2002

    Emmett Junior Shoemaker, 78, of Beardstown, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, 2002, at his residence.
    He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Clarence, Mo.; the son of William I. and Marie Botkins Shoemaker. He married Emeliene Anderson March 13, 1945 in Paris, Mo., and she preceded him in death in August of 1995.
    He is survived by three sons, LeRoy M. of Salinas, Calif., William F. (wife, Julie) of Kansas City, Mo.; and James R. of Riverside, Mo., four daughters, Helen M. Godert, Emmy Schluter and Ann Dusenbery, all of Beardstown, and Robin J. (husband, Dan) Starnes of Smithville, Mo.;
14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert of Monroe City, Mo.; and one sister, Dorothy Ball of St. Peters, Mo.
    Mr. Shoemaker served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1945 in the Atlantic Theatre and participated in the invasion at Normandy, France. He worked for the C.B. and Q. Railroad, Burlington Northern-Santa Fee Railroad, retiring in 1991 after serving the railroads for over 41 years. He loved fishing, his family and playing canasta.
    Memorial services for the cremated remains will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Memorials are suggested for the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Name: Bessie Lou SMITH
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: June 24, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Bessie Lou Smith - 1924-2003 - Virginia

   Bessie Lou Smith, 79, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Virginia, died Saturday afternoon, June 21, 2003 at the Golden Moments Senior Care Center in Jacksonville.
   She was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Virginia, the daughter of Lee and Bessie Revis Sherrill. She married Allen E. Smith Aug. 12, 1941, in Bowling Green, Mo., and he preceded in death Oct. 1, 2002.
   She is survived by one son, Rick E. Smith (wife, Sara) of Incline Village, Nev.; two grandchildren; one sister, Bettie Lee Settles of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Ruby Harris, Lee Edda Hartman, June White, Alberta Zillion, and Mary Ellen Briggs.
   Mrs. Smith was employed for 30 years at Fiat-Allis in Springfield prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church.
   Private family funeral services will be held later with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. There will be no visitation. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Virginia United Methodist Church. The Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.buchananfuneralhomes.com.

Name: Duane SMITH
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: May 7, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Duane Smith - 1921-2003 - Virginia

   Duane Smith, 81, of Virginia, died Monday evening, May 5, 2003 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
   He was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Ashland, the son of George Granville and Thelma Clemons Smith. He married Alberta L. Krieg June 2, 1946, at the Ashland United Methodist Church in Ashland, and she preceded in death on Aug. 25, 1995.
   He is survived by two sons, the Rev. Russell (wife, Karen) of Danville and Randy (wife, Arlene) of Virginia; one daughter, Nancy (husband, Ron) Knous of Petersburg; six grandchildren, Alisa Smith-Reetz of East Peoria, Robert Smith of Danville, Casey Smith and Bonnie Jean Smith of Virginia, Ericka Knous and Zachary Knous of Petersburg; two brothers, Donald (wife, Jean) of Virginia and Darrell (wife, Lavelda) of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
   Mr. Smith was retired from farming in 1984. Recently, he worked for the Philadelphia Township Road District and assisted his neighbors with mowing and farm maintenance. He was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church and the Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau. He served with the 521st Signal Corps of the 12th US Army Air Force during WW II based in North Africa, Italy, and the Mediterranean Theater for which he was awarded four Battle Stars. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rock collecting and reading everything related to aviation. He was a student of native American life and maintained a collection of Indian artifacts.
   Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Virginia United Methodist Church in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Virginia United Methodist Church. Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online a  www.buchananfuneralhomes.com.

Name: Lydia SMITH
Newspaper: Virginia Gazette
Date of Newspaper: April 26, 1907
Submitter: Judy

under "In the Tomb"

Mrs. Allen Smith

    Mrs. Lydia Smith died at the home of John Hall east of this city Monday afternoon.  Funeral services will take place in Ottawa, Kan., where the body was taken Tuesday evening.  The deceased was the wife of Allen Smith and together with her husband had been spending the winter here, in the hopes of benefitting her health.
    Mrs. Smith was born Lydia Bullman.  She was married to Alva Smith not Allen Smith.  She was the mother of Minnie (John) Hall.

Name: George W. SNOW
Newspaper: Illinoin Star
Date of Newspaper: July 25, 1906
Submitter: Cindy Jacob

"FORMER RESIDENT LAID TO REST IN BEARDSTOWN

The Body of G. W. Snow Brought Here for Burial--Funeral on Thursday Morning

The body of George W. Snow, who died Monday evening in St. Louis, arrived in this city on No.49 Wednesday morning and was taken to Mohlmann Bros. undertaking rooms from which place the funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.  The body was interred in the city cemetery.

Deceased was at one time a resident of this city.  He was a pattern maker by profession and was one of the finest mechanics in St. Louis.  He was in his 87th year.  He is survived by two sons, one of whom accompanied the remains to this city.   The other son's wife and daughter were also in attendance at the funeral.   Deceased was an uncle of Mrs. H. J. Rausch of this city."


Name: Zelma L. SPEARS
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: January 20, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Zelma L. Spears - 1915-2003 - Beardstown

    Zelma L. Spears, 87, of rural Beardstown, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2003, at Heritage Manor East Nursing Home in Beardstown.
    She was born April 5, 1915, in Parnell, Ky., the daughter of Robert Mason and Minnie Cole Mason. She was married [to] Daniel P. Spears March 15, 1936, at the home of Oswald Jokisch in Bluff Springs, and he survives.
    She is also survived by two sons, Robert (wife, Bobbye) of Beardstown, and Charles (wife, Jaye) of Jacksonville; one daughter, Phyllis Hll of Dawson; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville Hamm of Colorado; and two sisters; Zora Lomelino of White Hall and Veda Delay of Pekin.
    She was preceded in death by one son-in-law; three brothers, Alvin Hamm, Albert Hamm and Bill Mason; and three sisters, Phyllis Turner,
Remia Larson, and an infant sister.
    Mrs. Spears attended the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church. She had spent her entire married life in the Beardstown area raising her family and working at the Arrow Restaurant and Yates Restaurant. Zelma was also a licensed CNA for the Schmidt Memorial Hospital and
Meyers Nursing Homes. She and her husband were honored with an open house by their children for their 65th wedding anniversary March 18, 2001.
    Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown, with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family meeting friends from 5-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice. Expressions of sympathy may be sent online to the family at [email protected].

Name: Opal V. SPOON
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: March 3, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Opal V. Spoon - 1917-2003 - Beardstown

    Opal V. Spoon, 85, of Beardstown, died Sunday morning, March 2, 2003, at Heritage Manor South, in Beardstown.
    She was born May 5, 1917, in Beardstown, the daughter of Herbert Nathan and Zelma Ann Skiles Wells. She married Herman W. Spoon December 1, 1934, in Virginia, and he preceded her in death April 27, 1991.
    She is survived by two sons, Raymond (wife, Sue) of Beardstown and Dean (wife, Mary) of El Dorado, Kan.; six daughters, Lee (husband,
Al) Bietsch, Sharon (husband, Fred) Spillers and Janet (husband, Bill) Petersen, all of Beardstown, Shelba Dyer of Arenzville, Bonnie (husband, Mike) O'Hara of Tilton, Ga., and Marilyn (husband, Dave) McNeil of Houston; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Wanda (husband, Bill) McGovern and Vivian Wilhite, both of Beardstown. She was preceded in
death by two brothers, Harold and Vern "Shine" (suviving wife, Ella "Sis" Wells of Beardstown); three sisters, Dorothy, Leile, and Betty;
one son, Herman "Woody" (surviving wife, Teri of Albany, Ga.), one son-in-law, Will Brooks, and one granddaughter.
    Mrs. Spoon attended Beardstown High School and she was a charter member of First Christian Church in Beardstown. She was formerly
employed in the deli-bakery of Walkers' IGA in Beardstown for 17 years.
    Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Beardstown, with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with the family meeting friends from 5-7 p.m. The family will also meet with friends at the home of Fred and Sharon Spillers, #2 Pine Lane, Beardstown. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church in Beardstown or Heritage Manor South in Beardstown. Condolences may be sent to the family at [email protected].

Name: George M. "Pinky" STANLEY
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: March 13, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

George M. "Pinky" Stanley - 1923-2003 - Beardstown

    George M. "Pinky" Stanley, 79, of Beardstown, died Tuesday afternoon, March 11, 2003, at his residence.
    He was born Sept. 7, 1923, in rural Arenzville, the son of Oran T. and Edith Corcoran Stanley.
    He is survived by his companion, Elma Lauder of Beardstown; three sons, Rick (wife, Vickie) Lauder of Springfield, Randy (wife, Anita)
Lauder of Vincennes, Ind., and Ronn (companion, Paula) Lauder of Virginia; and four grandchildren.
    Mr. Stanley graduated from Virginia High School in the class of 1941 and from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago in 1942. He was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church, the Loyal Order of Moose since 1954, originally in Beardstown and now in Rushville, and the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. He was a charter and currently active member of the Cass County Rescue (now named Beardstown Fire and Rescue). In 1942 Mr. Stanley opened an electric and radio repair shop in Virginia and he was also the owner of Stanley Sound in Beardstown. For many years he faithfully volunteered his time and energy providing public address systems for area festivals and school, church or community events. He attended the Illinois State Fair for the past 78 consecutive years.
    Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home, with family meeting friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Beardstown Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be sent to the family online at [email protected].

Name: Frances E. STAPLETON
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: May 11, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Frances E. Stapleton -1918-2003 - Ashland 

   Frances E. Stapleton, 84, of rural Ashland, died Saturday evening, May 10, 2003 at the NBA Barton W. Stone Christian Home in Jacksonville.
   She was born August 28, 1918, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Howard L. and Elizabeth M. Foster Robinson. She married Tim Stapleton and he preceded in death.
   She was the last of her immediate family and is survived by numerous cousins.
   Mrs. Stapleton was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Brown's Business College in Springfield. She was employed by various departments of the State of Illinois, including several years with the Illinois Department of Public Health. She was a member of Lakeside Christian Church in Springfield.
   Cremation rites will be accorded. Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at the Berea Cemetery, south of Prentice. There will be no visitation. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Berea Cemetery or the NBA Barton W. Stone Christian Home. Gillham-Buchanan Funeral Home of Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.buchananfuneralhomes.com.

Name: John STEPHENS
Newspaper:
Date of Newspaper: February 26, 1899
Submitter: Ken Huffman

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Name: Mary Ann STEPHENS
Newspaper:
Date of Newspaper: July 10, 1898

Submitter: Ken Huffman

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Name: Louise STIELER
Newspaper: Illinois State Journal
Date of Newspaper: 
July 20, 1913, Part 1, p. 8
Submitter:
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STIELER - Died, at 6:50 o’clock Saturday morning, July 19, 1913, at the Springfield Open Air colony, of tuberculosis, Miss Louisa Stieler, aged 17 years.

The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of C. T. Bisch & Son and later forwarded to Virginia, where the funeral will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence of the girl’s parents, and at 2:30 o’clock at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Mr. Wilson, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be made in Walnut Ridge cemetery, near Virginia.

Decedent was brought to this city for treatment eleven months ago. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stieler of Virginia; three brothers, Carl, Emil and Otto; three sisters, Lillian, Grace and Freda, all at home.

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Name: Aileen I. STOCKER
Newspaper:
Date of Newspaper: February 26, 1889
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Aileen I. Stocker - 1912-2003 - Beardstown

  Aileen I. Stocker, 91, of Beardstown, died Sunday evening, Feb. 23, 2003, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
    She was born Feb. 1, 1912, in Jacksonville, the daughter of John and Sarah Thompson Anderson. She married Dalton L. Stocker April 13,
1937, in Havana, and he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1989.
    She is survived by two nephews, Lawrence Angelo of Harrick and Aaron Stocker of Beardstown; two nieces, Betty Daley of Decatur and
Beverly Welbourne of Beardstown; two great-nieces; seven great-great nieces; and her very special friend and caretaker, Fred Perry. She was preceded in death by on daughter, Connie Lee Stocker Quinn in 1990; and two sisters, Isabel Anderson and Lucille Wilcoxen.
    Mrs. Stocker loved car riding, eating out and yard sales. She was a Licensed Practicing Nurse and an avid Democrat with strong convictions to the Democratic Party. She may be most remembered by being the owner of the Bridge Cafe which was located next to the Beardstown Post Office.
    Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials have been suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Expressions
of sympathy may be sent online to the family at [email protected].

Name: William Thomas "Billy" SUDBRINK
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1921
Submitter: Marcia Cox

William Thomas "Billy" Sudbrink
"WM. SUDBRINK, ILL ONLY WEEKS, DIES AFTER OPERATION
Popular Cass County Land Owner Called By Death Tuesday
    William Thomas Sudbrink, or "Billy" Sudbrink, as he was popularly known throughout this section of Illinois, died at 2 o'clock Tuesday
morning in the Springfield hospital after an illness of only a few hours more than one week. He was stricken Monday morning by the effects of a cancerous growth on the intestines, but his condition apparently did not warrant the attention of thefamily physician until Wednesday, at which time he was rushed to the hospital for an operation.
    Mr. Sudbrink was born on January 14, 1861, in the Sangamon valley, on what is know known as the Ed. Sudbrink farm. His parents were
William T. Sudbrink, sr., and Mary Knight Sudbrink. The father died when Mr. Sudbrink was a child. The mother passed away seven years
ago. Until about 1890 Mr. Sudbrink made his home in the Sangamon valley. At the age of twenty-nine years he purchased from William Henry a stock and dairy farm at the south edge of this city. For two years he operated the dairy farm, but later gave up the dairying enterprise to devote his time exclusively to raising cattle and grain.
    He was married in the fall of 1889 to Miss Jennie Taylor, and to this union four children were born, a son dying in infancy. The three
surviving children are Mrs. R.E. Jokisch, Virginia, Mrs. Otto B. Wernsing, Greenview, Ill., and Miss Mary Knight Sudbrink, who makes
her home at the family residence. Besides the widow and the three daughters, Mr. Sudbrink is survived by a brother, A.E. Sudbrink, of
Virginia, a sister, Mrs. Carrie Fisher, Illiopolis, Ill., two half-brothers, Arthur Bottrell, Blythesville, Ark., and Clarence Bottrell, Mt. Auburn, Ill., and a half-sister, Mrs. Emma Osborn, of near Illiopolis.
    Mr. Sudbrink obtained his education in the country schools of the Sangamon valley. He was a member of the Cass County Farm Bureau and a member of the directorate of the People's Bank and of the Virginia Community High School. Through foresight and a keen business judgement, Mr. Sudbrink accumulated a comfortable fortune which is invested to a large extent in farm land in Cass and Morgan counties.
    The passing of Mr. Sudbrink is mourned by the entire community. Everyone who had ever been thrown in contact with him admired Mr.
Sudbrink as a patient and congenial neighbor and business associate. Indicative of the extent of the anxiety caused by his then impending death was the fact that throughout Sunday and Monday throngs remained about the bulletin board front of the Gazette office awaiting some
encouraging word from the bedside. As each subsequent bulletin was posted a bystander could tell whether the contents were encouraging
or depressing by the demeanor of those who read the bulletins.
    On Monday, October 10, Mr. Sudbrink complained of pain in his side, but paid little attention to the light distress until Wednesday
morning, when Dr. A.R. Lyles was called. It was then that upon the physician's advice he was taken to Springfield by Mrs. Sudbrink and a
brother-in-law, R.C. Taylor. He was placed upon the operating table immediately following a consultation by Drs. Otis and Smith, the
surgeons, with Drs. L.C. Taylor of Springfield and A.R. Lyles of Virginia. Following the operation he seemed to become thoroughly sick
and the physicians gave out little hope for his recovery. On Saturday afternoon he suffered a sinking spell, but rallied late in the night.
On Sunday afternoon a second occurred from which he rallied in a manner that encouraged to some degree the anxious ones at the bedside. At 4:30 o'clock Monday afternoon he passed into a state of coma from which he never rallied, the end coming at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mr. Sudbrink was only semi-conscious at any time following the operation, due to the administering of opiates necessary in an effort to overcome the effects of the operation.
    Mr. Sudbrink seemed to be aware of the seriousness of his condition, although he had not been advised by the physicians or relatives that his life hung in the balance. On Monday afternoon he noticed several automobile load of friends drive up to the entrance of the hospital and at that time told his wife that if he had to go he would like to see his friends first. A number were admitted to the sick room and he called several of them by their first names. However, his weakened condition prevented him from carrying on a connected conversation.
    Those at the bedside when the end came were his wife, the three daughters, a brother-in-law, R.C. Taylor, a son-in-law, R.E. Jokisch, and the nurse. The end was quiet.
    Mrs. Sudbrink bore up in the sick room with remarkable fortitude, suppressing her emotions until she arrived home at 11 o'clock Tuesday
morning when she suffered a collapse. The body was brought to Virginia by ambulance.
    Impressive funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Max. Wiles. Mrs. Carl Ericson sang 'Shadows' and 'Crossing the Bar,' with Miss Myrtle Hickox as accompanist. Burial was in the Walnut Cemetery.

Obituary
Name: George W. SWAN
Newspaper: Rushville Times
Date: February 16, 1905
Submitter: Tammie

George W. SWAN, aged 56 years, a pioneer resident of Beardstown, died last week.

Name: DeWayne "Dink" SWEATMAN
Newspaper: Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, IL
Date of Newspaper: Sept. 18, 2002
Submitter: Marcia Cox

DeWayne "Dink" Sweatman 1961-2002
    DeWayne "Dink" Sweatman, 40, of rural Beardstown, died Monday evening, Sept. 16, 2002 in the Bluff Springs Township as a result of a road construction accident.

    He was born Dec. 19, 1961, in Jacksonville, the son of Glenn Jr. and Kathleen J. GainesSweatman. He married Shelley M. Connett Sept. 23, 1995, in Morton, and she survives.
    He is also survived by two sons at home, Clancey Joseph and Chapin Robert Lee; his parents of Virginia; his maternal grandmother, Mauguerite Gaines of Murrayville; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Mae Sweatman or rural Virginia; and one sister, Brenda Park (husband,  Bill) of Rushville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Glenn Sweatman Sr.; his maternal grandfather, William T. Gaines Sr.; and one sister, Annette Sweatman.
    Mr. Sweatman was a 1980 graduate of Virginia High School and a cattle and grain farmer in Cass County. He assisted the Bluff Springs Township with road maintenance work. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs, where he served as vice president of the church council. He was also a member of the Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau and the Illinois Hereford Association, where he formerly served as director. He loved to hunt, show cattle and spend time outdoors.
    Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs, with burial at Garner Chapel Cemetery, north of Philadelphia. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia where the family will meet friends from 5-7:30 p.m. Memorial gifts are suggested to a family trust fund to benefit his sons.

Name: Dorothy Mae  SWEATMAN
Newspaper: Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, IL
Date of Newspaper: February 19, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Dorothy Mae Sweatman - 1922-2003 - Virginia
     Dorothy Mae Sweatman, 80, of rural Virginia, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
     She was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Cass County, the daughter of Fred and Glenna Fox Orhn. She married Glenn W.F. "Joe" Sweatman Dec. 27, 1939, at the Lutheran Church parsonage in Hannibal, Mo., and he preceded her in death July 5, 1999.
     She is survived by two sons, Glenn Jr. (wife, Kathy) and Ron (wife, Lou Ann), both of Virginia; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Ohrn (wife, Gina) of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death  by two grandchildren; and one nephew.
     Mrs. Sweatman was a 1940 graduate of Virginia High School and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, birdwatching, preparing baked goods, playing the organ, and attending her son's auctions.
     Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs, with burial at Garner Chapel Cemetery, north of Philadelphia. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia, where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St.John's Lutheran Church or Garner Chapel Cemetery. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.buchananfuneralhomes.com.


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