Edwin J. Tripamer
GENESEO - Edwin J. Tripamer, 80, of rural Geneseo, died Tuesday, April
17, 2001, in his home.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Malachy's
Catholic Church, Geneseo, the Rev. Michael Pakula officiating. Burial will
be in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Myers
Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo, with a parish rosary
at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Fund.
He was born April 14, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Charles and Giesella
Tripamer. He married Marie Costello in Chicago in July of 1949.
She survives, as do a daughter, Marilyn Derango of Geneseo; a son,
Douglas Tripamer of Osceola, Wis.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Irma Tripamer of Bartlett, Ill. Two brothers preceded him
He served in the Army during World War II. He was an electrical engineer
and operated his own company, Printed Circuit Products, in Chicago until
retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church.
Zella B. Wright
SHEFFIELD -- Zella B. Wright, 99, of Ottawa and formerly of Sheffield,
died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at Pleasant View Luther Home in
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Ottawa First
Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Brian Wangler officiating. Visitation is
from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Greenville-Fairfield
Union Cemetery, New Bedford. Memorials may be made to the Zella B. Wright
Memorial Fund or the Ottawa First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 13, 1902, in Milford, Texas, the daughter of William
and Ellen Qualls. She married Clarence Wright July 2, 1925, in Orting,
Wash. He preceded her in death Aug. 20, 1979.
Surviving are a son, Ervin (Irene) Wright of Missouri City, Texas;
two daughters, Dorothy M. Bickett Casford of Mendota and Mrs. Kenneth (Melva)
Johnson of Ottawa; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren;
and a brother, Donald Qualls of Vancouver, Wash. She was also preceded
in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters and a granddaughter.
She was a member of Ottawa First Church of the Nazarene. She was a
homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading.
Dr. James C. Parsons
GENESEO -- Dr. James C. Parsons, 72, of Geneseo, died Tuesday, March
19, 2002 in Winter Haven, Fla.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at First United
Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Roger Perry will officiate. Burial
is in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Friday at Myers Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo. Memorials
may be made to Geneseo Public Library or the First United Methodist Church,
of which he was a member.
He was born May 6, 1929, in Silvis, the son of William J. and Edith
(Stevens) Parsons. He married JoAnn Walz on Aug. 16, 1952 in Rock Island.
She survives,as do a son, James F.W. Parsons, Chicago; daughters Mrs.
Bob (Jan) Comerford of McHenry and Mrs. Bill (Julie) Dunbar and Mrs. John
(Jennifer) Huffman, all of Bloomington; granddaughters Jenna, Jill, Maggie,
Grace and Janelle; and sisters Isabel Smith of Silvis and Mary Brent of
Rock Island. His parents, brothers Bill and Bob and a granddaughter, Lauren,
preceded him in death.
He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of
Illinois Medical School. He served in the Army as a doctor in Korea. He
founded Trinity Family Medical and was a physician in Geneseo and Henry
County for 40 years. As a family practice physician, he delivered more
than 2,500 babies.
He was active in Rotary, Illini Beef, State Savings and Loan, his church's
finance and building committees, Henry Stark County Medical Society (president),
Hammond Henry Hospital Staff (president), Illinois State Medical Society
(delegate), Geneseo School Board, Family Medical Clinic (founder), Maple
City Band and Polka Band, Geneseo Country Club, Retired Physicians of Rock
Island County, S.A.G., WVIK Board, Hillcrest Home Committee, Walnut Growers
Association, Geneseo Investment Club and Geneseo Grid Club.
He was an avid sports fan and golfer and was a Geneseo football fan
and team physician. He enjoyed Illinois and Big Ten football and basketball.
He sang in the church choir and began piano and clarinet lessons after
his retirement in 1994, and played clarinet in the Maple City Band. In
the early 1980s, he planted a forest around his home and spent many hours
pruning and mowing his walnut trees.
Judith Ann Spears
TAMPICO -- Judith Ann Spears, 52, of Willow Wood Health Care Center
in Rock Falls and formerly of Tampico, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 5,
2003, at the center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Garland Funeral
Home, Tampico, the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Tampico
Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday
at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
She was born Jan. 21, 1951, in Trenton, Mo., the daughter of William
and Rosalie (Hickman) Spears. Surviving are her parents, of Tampico; two
brothers, Bill (Kim) Spears of Pecatonica and Orville (Linda) Spears of
Paris, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Gene (Alice) Dalton of Sterling; and several
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by
her grandparents and a nephew.
She was a 1972 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She was employed
at Borg Warner in Dixon for 16 years. She was a member of Harvest Time
Bible Church in Rock Falls.
Veronica M. Luedtke
CAMBRIDGE - Veronica M. Luedtke, 65, of rural Cambridge, died Friday,
April 7, 2001, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.
A family prayer service was held today at Myers Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore
Funeral Services, and funeral Mass was held today at St. John Vianney Catholic
Church, Cambridge, the Rev. John Burns officiating. Burial was in Oakwood
Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Veronica Luedtke Memorial
She was born June 14, 1935, in Lincoln, Wis., the daughter of Joseph
and Lillian (Tlachac) Kinnard. She married Royal H. Luedtke Aug. 23, 1958,
in Lincoln, Wis.
He survives, as do children Brad J. (Sandy) Luedtke of Denison, Iowa,
Mrs. Dan (Julie) Jackson of Moline, Brenda Anderson of Geneseo, Lori Mortensen
of Atkinson, Royal (Marsha) Luedtke of Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Joseph
(Michelle) Luedtke, Mrs. Rod (Michelle) Belville and Scott Luedtke, all
of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; grandchildren Courtney Luedtke of Austin, Texas,
Nicole Luedtke of Iowa City, Amanda Luedtke of Denison, Iowa, Heather,
Matt and Katy Anderson of Geneseo, Kristin, Jennifer and Nathan Mortenson
and Skylar Flood of Atkinson and Alex and Samantha Luedtke and Connor Belville
of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; siblings Mrs. Emil (Gladys) Vandermause of Gillett,
Wis., Mrs. Alvin (Bernice) Gigot of Green Bay, Wis., Vernon (Betty) Kinnard
of Casco, Wis., Mrs. Jerry (Lily Mae) Cravillion of Luxemburg, Wis. and
Dale (Rosemary) Kinnard of Casco, Wis.; sisters-in-law Mary Jane Kinnard
of Luxemburg, Wis. and Mrs. Sam (Rose) LeFevre of Casco, Wis.; and many
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold,
Lloyd, Joe and "Baby" Kinnard.
She worked at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, as a dietary aide. She
was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and the Women of the Moose
in Geneseo. She enjoyed gardening, antiques, walking, traveling and her
Blake Thomas Shipp
ATKINSON -- Blake Thomas Shipp, infant son of Tim and Heather Shipp
of Atkinson, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at Trinity Medical Center West
in Rock Island.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Concordia
Lutheran Church, Geneseo, the Rev. Dan Olsen officiating. Visitation is
from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Graveside services will be at
1 p.m. Monday at Virden Cemetery in Virden, Ill. Memorials may be made
to the Blake Shipp Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson, is
in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 17, 2001, in Rock Island. Surviving are his parents;
a sister, Jillian Shipp, at home; his maternal grandparents, Terry and
Linda Bridges of Athens, Ill.; his paternal grandparents, Jeanne Hoots
of Jacksonville and Richard and Wanda Shipp of Jacksonville; his great-grandparents,
Kenneth and Beulah Young of Carlinville, Mary Kathrine Bridges of Carlinville,
Velma Bridges of Springfield, Alberta Kazenski of Alburn, Ill. and Orville
and Joan Shipp of Virden; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was
preceded in death by two great-grandfathers, William Kazenski and Russell
Bridges; and a grandfather, Ronald Hoots.
Myrtle E. Bollivar
TAMPICO -- Myrtle E. Bollivar, 88, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan
Center in Prophetstown and formerly of Tampico, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003
at the center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Garland Funeral
Home, Tampico, the Rev. Wesley Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Tampico
Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday
at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan
She was born Dec. 27, 1904, in Dysart, Iowa, the daughter of John and
Catherina (Bothe) Huyett. She married Everett Bollivar Dec. 29, 1923, in
Dixon. He preceded her in death in November of 1970.
Surviving are three sons, Clarence (JoAnn) Bollivar of Largo, Fla.,
John (Patty) Bollivar of Prophetstown and Wayne (Virginia) Bollivar of
McLean, Ill.; two daughters, Alice VanDeVoorde of Erie and Mrs. Sam (Caroline)
Parkinson of Rockford; a daughter-in-law, Eureath Bollivar of Prophetstown;
18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; eight
stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez
Frerichs of Collins, Iowa and Ruth Tucker of Dixon; a brother, Everett
(Doris) Huyett of Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also
preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William and Donald; and a sister,
She was a homemaker. She was a member of Tampico First United Methodist
Church, and a 50-year member of the Tampico American Legion Auxiliary,
where she had been past president and past treasurer.
Mabel I. Streitmatter
PRINCEVILLE -- Mabel I. Streitmatter, 89, of rural Princeville, died
at 12:15 pm Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral
Home, Princeville. Craig Martin and Arden Pullen will officiate. Visitation
will be one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Burial will
be in Streitmatter Cemetery, rural Princeville. Memorials may be made to
Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service.
Born June 28, 1912, in Stark, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Fritz)
Oertley, she married Ralph W. Streitmatter on March 14, 1936, in Peoria.
He died Aug. 11, 2000, in Peoria. Also preceding her in death were a brother
and a sister.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Streitmatter of Peoria; a brother,
Glenn (Ethel) Oertley of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. She was
a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau and Stark Congregational Church.
KEWANEE -- Donald E. Thurwanger, 77, of Kewanee, died at 6:40 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at Oakwood Health Care Center, Kewanee.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at St.
Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Chris Haake officiating. Visitation
will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Rosary will be recited at
5 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will
be accorded by Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to Henry
County Senior Citizen Center, Windmont Park Christmas tree light fund or
to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born July 3, 1925, in Kewanee, the son of Phillip and Sophia
(Verschage) Thurwanger. He married Gladys I. George April 21, 1945, in
San Diego, Calif.
She survives, as well as two sons, Daniel (Cheryl) Thurwanger of Fort
Worth, Texas, and Douglas Thurwanger of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Patricia
(James) VanHyfte of Annawan and Cheryl (Jim) Powell of Kewanee; seven grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren and a brother, Larry Thurwanger of Kewanee. He
was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1943. He was a U.S. Navy veteran
serving during World War II on the USS Crane destroyer in the Pacific.
He was a pressroom foreman for the Star Courier for 38 years, retiring
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was involved with
the Windmont Park Christmas tree lighting. He volunteered as a blue coat
at Kewanee Hospital and at the Henry County Senior Citizen Center. He enjoyed
woodworking and carpentry.
CAMBRIDGE -- Harvey V. Miller, 81, of Cambridge, died Friday, Nov.
29, 2002, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Stackhouse-Moore
Funeral Services, Cambridge. The Rev. John Vidakovich will officiate. Burial
will be in Rosedale Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services
at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Home patient
He was born on Feb. 21, 1921, in Cambridge, the son of Wallace and
Glen (Sturm) Miller. On Feb. 9, 1942, he married Jennie Aby in Rolla, Mo.
She died March 28, 2002.
Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded
a Purple Heart for wounds he received in action while serving in New Guinea.
He had been an electrician with Swint Communications in Geneseo until retiring
He was a member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church, and the Cambridge
American Legion. He enjoyed camping and fishing, radio controlled airplanes,
playing cards and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Lorin) Stevens, Bloomington,
Ill., and DeeDee (Rod) Huber, LaFayette; five grandchildren, Lisa Ann Johnson
of Bloomington, Kristi Stevens of Phoenix, Ariz., Matthew Stevens of Bloomington,
Ill., Rhonda Lord of Cambridge, and Troy Schultz of Geneseo; five great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Bonnie Maynard and Betty Smith, both of East Columbia, Texas;
and a brother, Marlin Munson, Cambridge. He was preceded in death by his
wife and two brothers.
Mary Margaret Stergulz
PRINCETON -- Mary Margaret Stergulz, 84, of Princeton, died Saturday,
Dec. 8, 2001, at 8:15 at her home.
Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, the Rev. James Ramer
officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church, of which
she was a member; or to Illinois Valley Hospice.
She was born in Spring Valley, the daughter of Bernard and Bernice
Matuszcwski. She married Andrew G. Stergulz. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are three sons, David (Linda) Stergulz of Las Vegas, Robert
Stergulz of Providence, R.I. and John (Ellen) Stergulz of Kankakee; grandchildren
Michael (Hillary) Stergulz, Trisha Stergulz, Kimberly Stergulz and Teri
Stergulz; and a great-grandson, Nicholas Stergulz.
She was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.
GENESEO -- Esther VanDerSnick, 96, a resident of Provena Pineview Care
Center in St. Charles and formerly of Geneseo, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001,
at the center.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Vandemore
Funeral Home, Atkinson, the Rev. David Esche officiating. Burial will be
in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation is one hour prior to services Friday
at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Caring Community of the
Batavia United Methodist Church or the First Presbyterian Church, Batavia.
She was born Aug. 31, 1905, in Geneseo, the daughter of Charles A.
and Jane (Pemberton) Nicely. She married Raymond VanDerSnick Feb. 24, 1927,
in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 1960.
Surviving are two sons, Donavon (Marian) VanDerSnick of Batavia and
Stan (Ginny) VanDerSnick of Elmwood, Ind.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and a special friend, Mary Ann Green of Geneseo. She was also preceded
in death by 13 brothers and sisters.
She was a 50-year member of First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo. She
was a member of the War Mothers and enjoyed bingo, playing cards, dancing
Carolyn Jane Anderson
BRADFORD -- Carolyn Jane Anderson, 83, of Bradford, died at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Leet Memorial
United Methodist Church, Bradford, with the Rev. Lee Legg officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home,
Bradford. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to
her church, American Cancer Society or Kewanee Hospital Hospice.
She was born March 24, 1919, in Henry County, to Oscar Ericson and
Bessie Nordstrom. She married Alan John Anderson July 13, 1938, in Iowa
City, Iowa. He died in October 1990.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three
Survivors include a son, Barry (Sandra) Anderson of Bradford; three
daughters, Eloyce (Richard) Slown of Lexington, Ill., Karen Schuneman of
Austin, Texas, and Judith Taylor of Bradford; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Leet United Methodist Church, Bradford, and the
United Methodist Women. She was a 4-H leader and Cub Scout den mother,
both in Bradford, and was a Stark County Home Bureau member as well as