Miscellaneous Henry County, Illinois Obituaries

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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 in death.
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 Ottawa.
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 Fund.
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 grandchildren.

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 Center.
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, Ethel Shoemaker.
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. 

Donald Thurwanger
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 in 1990.
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.

Harvey Miller
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 activity fund. 
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 in 1987. 
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.

Esther VanDerSnick
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 and fishing.

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 sisters.
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 a homemaker.


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