Eleanor S. Hehman
Eleanor S. Hehman of Savanna, Illinois, died Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center-North Campus in Clinton, Iowa.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Monday, January 13, 2003 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Rev. Kathryn Hutchins, Pastor York Baptist Church in Thomson, Illinois, officiated. Friends were asked to call from 5-8 PM Sunday, January 12, 2003 at the Funeral Home.
Eleanor was the daughter of Louis and Joan Sullivan, deceased; widow of Malcolm Hehman, deceased; Beloved sister of Wanda Gworek (Raymond); Aunt of many nieces and nephews; a resident of Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna.
Melvin (Mel) Fay Piper
Melvin (Mel) Fay Piper, age 86, of Freeport, IL died Thursday, January 9, 2003 at his daughter's home in Lena. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2003 at the Schwarz Funeral Home, with Rev. Lyle Babcock of the Richland Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Visitations were from 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home until the time of service. A memorial has been established in his memory.
Mel was born on March 25, 1916 at Pearl City, IL son of Elmer and Winnie (Calhoun) Piper. He attend Kent Ridge School. Mel was married to Marie Oppold. He farmed most of his life. After retiring he worked at Wash'n Fill car wash for twenty years.
Mel's family includes, one daughter, Donna (Bill) McCourt of Lena; one granddaughter, Tina Marie Boland; one great granddaughter, Allie Marie Boland; many special in-laws, friends, and a new hospice family. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merlin; and a granddaughter, Vallie Jo McCourt.
"It's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice."
Harlan E. McCall
Harlan E. McCall, age 76, of Savanna, Illinois died Sunday, January 12, 2003 at the Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at the Church of God, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Reverend Jim Machen of the Church of the Open Door, Clinton, Iowa officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll.
Harlan was born July 10, 1926 in Pleasant Valley Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the son of Earl and Pearl (Law) McCall. He attended the Sage Country School and also the Stockton, Illinois High School.
Harlan married Thelma Toepfer Law March 10, 1987 in Mesa, Arizona. He owned and operated Law's Motel in Savanna since 1970. Harlan previously had farmed in the Pearl City, Illinois area, where he also hauled milk, and worked with the local road commissioner. Harlan also previously worked as a feed salesman for Johnson Feed Service, Mt. Carroll. He enjoyed collecting antique tractors.
Harlan attended the Church of the Open Door, Clinton, Iowa and was an associate member of the Mesa, Arizona Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Savanna; three stepsons, Herbert (Jan) Law of Mt. Carroll, Robert (Ginger) Law of Mt. Carroll and Jerry Law of Springfield, Illinois; 11 step-grandchildren; and 16 step great grandchildren. Harlan was preceded in death by both parents.
James "Jim" Larson
James "Jim" Larson, of Lake Carroll passed away Sunday, February 16, 2003 at Freeport Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 27, 1934 in Independence, IA the son of Leland and Helga Mae (Tollefson) Larson. He graduated from St. Ansgar, IA High School and earned his bachelor degree at Luther College, Decorah, IA, graduating in 1956. On Sept. 5, 1955 he and Kathryn Sanger were married in Boscobel, WI.
James served two years in the Army, mostly assigned in Texas. Jim was employed by Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm, Elgin National Watch Company, and Twenty-five years at C.F. Industries Inc., in Long Grove, IL. Jim was a member of United Lutheran Church, Oak Park, IL St. Paul Lutheran Church, Villa Park, IL, Christ Lutheran Church, Vernon Hills, and now at St. John Lutheran Church, Pearl City, where he served as treasurer for 8 years. He served on various boards and committees at Lake Carroll, golfed with the League, sang in the chorus, and helped people with financial affairs and taxes. His hobby was creating beautiful wood pieces with a scroll saw.
He leaves behind, his wife Kathy; two daughters, Susan (Paul) Gene of Appleton, WI, Joy Grainge of Homewood; one son, Andrew of Round Lake Park; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents and twin grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Pearl City at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2003 with Pastors Jonathan Baker and Philip Ramsey officiating. A memorial fund has been established.
Vivian D. Adolph
Vivian D. Adolph, age 87, of Milledgeville, died Saturday, February 15, 2003 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 10:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, Milledgeville with Reverend Kathleen Burkheimer officiating. Visitations were held Tuesday, February 18, 2003 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the church. Burial concluded the services at Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville.
A memorial has been established to Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Adolph was born April 7, 1915 in Whiteside County, near Coleta, the daughter of John LeRoy and Carrie Rebecca (Crom) Bogott. She married Earl Adolph on March 4, 1939 in Muscatine, Iowa. She was a homemaker and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milledgeville.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Duane) Landers of South Elgin; one sister, Margaret (John) Batteiger of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, and one sister.
Arrangements were completed be Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Milledgeville.
Lawrence W. Shuman
Lawrence W. Shuman, 79, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Monday, February 24, 2003 at Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, Illinois.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2003 at the Mt. Carroll Church of God. Rev. Rick Zickefoose will officiate. Burial will be in the Chadwick Cemetery in Chadwick, Illinois. Friends may call from 4:00–7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at Frank–Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. A Memorial Fund has been established in Lawrence's memory.
Lawrence was born Friday, July 6, 1923 in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Charles and Mabel (Isenhart) Shuman. He married Nola R. Culver on August 14, 1945 in Savanna, Illinois.
Lawrence farmed for a number of years. Later, he was a minister for 14 years, including ten years at Center Hill United Brethren Church in rural Mt. Carroll. He was an active member of the church. Lawrence enjoyed doing carpentry work, cabinet making and camping.
Survivors include his wife, Nola, of Mt. Carroll; two daughters, Diana (David) Rutenbeck of Geneva, IL., Marcia (Michael) Kehl of Mt. Carroll, IL.; a son Duane (Carol) Shuman of Polo, IL.; two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Orville Shuman of Milledgeville, IL., Vernon (Patricia) Shuman of Wallace, Michigan and a sister, Grace Thomas of California, Missouri.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leona Rahn.
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Weinand
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Weinand of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at home in Mt. Carroll. A Funeral Mass was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16 at SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll, with Monsignor Tomas Dzielak of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls, Illinois and Father Moises Apostol of SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll as Con-Celebrants. Inurnment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation were held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 15 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll.
Betty was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Gladys (Nyman) Markward. She was an Oak Park River Forest High School graduate with the Class of 1939; she then attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Masters Degree in Education.
Betty married Herb Weinand October 25, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois. Betty was an educator in Oak Park, Illinois, East Grand Rapids, Michigan, and taught art in Northwest, Illinois. She was a member of SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll.
Survivors include her husband, Herb of Mt. Carroll; a son, Peter Morris of Fulton, Illinois; two daughters, Meg and her husband Dick Kaspar of Mt. Carroll, Kit Morris and her husband Garth Phillips of San Francisco, California; six grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Markward of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Betty was preceded in death by son, Pendelton, in infancy and a daughter, Patricia, in 2002.
Betty Jo Ann Meador
Betty Jo Ann Meador, age 72, of Savanna, IL died Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at her home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2003 at First Brethren Church in Lanark, with Rev. Rod Dye of the Lanark United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Lanark Cemetery. Visitations were from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Betty Jo was born August 20, 1930 in Savanna, IL daughter of Clarence C. and Bernice (Clay) Johns. She was a 1948 graduate of Savanna High School. Betty married A. Dale Meador on February 13, 1949. They lived most of their life in Carroll County. She retired from Pamida in Savanna. Betty Jo previously worked as a waitress in Milledgeville and Savanna. She enjoyed visiting with her customers, and was an avid Cubs fan. Most important to Betty Jo were her family and friends.
Betty Jo's family includes three sons, Steve (Debbie) Meador of Rockford, Jim and Rick (Mary) Meador, both of Mt. Carroll; seven daughters, Debbie (Lee) Hansen of Thomson, Kathy (Joe) Miller of Sterling, Dina (Steve) Coates of Polo, Ellie (Larry) Miller of Chadwick, Marlie (Kevin) Folk of Milledgeville, Chris (Jack) Kempel of Pearl City, and Carol (Matt) Heinrich of Lena; thirty-five grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; one brother, Jason (Claire) Johns of Mt. Carroll; three sisters, Marie (Stephen) Brkljack, Lorrene (Maxwell) West and Phyllis (Paul) Bellich all of Savanna; her mother-in-law, Myrtle (Orville) Williams of Lanark; three brother-in-laws, Dean (Dolores) Meador, Bill (Carol) Meador and Don (Susie) Meador, all of Lanark.
Her husband on June 12, 1997, her parents, two sisters, Lois Irene and Joyce Norma, and a brother-in-law, Edward Lee, preceded Betty Jo in death.
Valda M. Offenheiser
Valda M. Offenheiser, age 86, of Pearl City, died Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2003 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pearl City, with Rev. Dan Johnson of Davis officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Visitations were from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Valda was born January 25, 1917 at Pearl City, daughter of August J. and Emma (Popp) Hasselman. Valda married Donald M. Offenheiser in 1936 in Pearl City. She was a former employee of Heine Plastics. She and her late husband farmed near Pearl City, she was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kent, and a member of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed playing euchre, going to eat with family and friends; she loved people and was a very generous person.
Valda's family includes two daughters, Joan (James) Wagner of Freeport, Judith (Donald) Pedersen of Wonder Lake; three granddaughters, Kelly Jo (James) Friedenbach of Freeport, Carla (David) Tillis of Pearl City, and Stacey McLain of McHenry; one great grandson, Adam J. Tillis of Pearl City; one sister, Lola Raders of Pearl City; one sister-in-law, Vivian Offenheiser of Pearl City. Her husband on August 15, 1973, and her parents precede Valda in death.
Richard A. French
Richard A. French, 61, of Thomson, Illinois, died Thursday, August 14, 2003 at Hines VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Funeral Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 18, 2003 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson. Rev. Ron Abbott, Pastor of York Community Church in Thomson officiated. Burial was in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, with Full Military Honors accorded by Donald Ashpole American Legion Post of Thomson. Friends were asked to call from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Sunday, August 17, 2003 at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Richard was born Thursday, July 16, 1942 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of John and Jennie B. (Chesbro) French. Richard married Donna McGinnis in November 1996 in Thomson, Illinois.
Richard was a career soldier, serving two tours of duty in the US Army from 1965-1968 and 1981 through 1992, when he retired. He had also worked as the Service Manager for several area automotive dealerships.
Richard was a member of the Donald Ashpole American Legion Post in Thomson.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of Thomson; a daughter, Dana (Aaron) Taylor of Lexington, Kentucky; a son, Richard (Karen) French of Ellsworth, Maine; two step-daughters, Aime (Shaun) Heldt of rural Mt. Carroll, IL., Tori (Chad) Schoenhaar of Savanna, IL.; five grandchildren, William French, Kathryn French, Jennifer Taylor, Erin Taylor and Gawain Taylor; six step-grandchildren, Ericka Lopez, Monica Heldt, Megan Schoenhaar, Dustin Heldt, Brittany High and Shelby High; a sister, Fern (Loring) Green Of New Port Richey, Florida.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Allen and Gene French and a sister, Vada Reader.
Alberta R. Eisenbise
Alberta R. Eisenbise, age 90, of Lanark, died Sunday, August 17, 2003 in the Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Mt. Carroll.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home, Lanark, with Pastor Dan Rusmisel of the Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in her memory for the Lanark Library.
Alberta was born on November 25, 1912 in Savanna, daughter of Roy Howard and Bertha Zelma (Beavers) Hummel. She was a graduate of Savanna High School. Harold D. Eisenbise and Alberta were married on January 30, 1935 in Lanark. She was a member of the Lanark Church of the Brethren. She was very active as a volunteer with the Lanark Library for many years. She also was involved with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Women's Club and her card club.
Alberta's family includes one daughter, Jane Summers of Lanark; one son, Rick (Connie) Eisenbise of Lanark; one daughter-in-law, Donna Eisenbise of Pearl City; eight grandchildren, Amy Milby, Tom Myers, Sue Myers, Jackie (Mike) Ambeau, Wendy Covelli, Brett Eisenbise, Alicia Eisenbise, and Danita Eisenbise; six great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; three sisters, Shirley Ball of MO, Jean Imel of Polo, and Mary (Don) Wolfe of Savanna; two sisters-in-law, Grace Hummel of Sabula, IA and Anna Mae Roberts of Apple River.
Alberta's, husband on Nov. 23, 2002; one son, Eric "Pete" Eisenbise; one son-in-law, Lloyd Summers; three brothers, Dale, Max, and Jack Hummel precede her in death.
Frederick L. "Fred" Rath
Frederick L. "Fred" Rath, age 78, of Rural Savanna died on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 8, 2007 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rural Mount Carroll. Reverend Philip Bigelow officiated. A visitation was held from 13 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Burial was in the Zion Cemetery in Rural Mount Carroll. In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Fred's memory. Online Condolences may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Fred was born on February 6, 1928, the son of Julius H. and Mary (Schnitzler) Rath in Washington Township. He attended Savanna High School and graduated with the class of 1945. Fred married Joyce E. Imel on February 8, 1953 in the St. Peter's Parsonage in Savanna. Fred was a baptized and confirmed Lutheran, and was a longtime member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and later the Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council. He was drafted during the Korean Conflict and served in the United States Army. Fred farmed in Woodland and Washington Township all of his life and was a former Director for the Carroll County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed reading and tending cattle.
Fred will be missed by his wife, Joyce of Savanna; two sons, Keith (Dawn) Rath of Savanna and Kurt (Becky) Rath of Savanna; two daughters, Kathy (Wayne) Becker of Mount Carroll and Kristine (Larry) Goss of Etna Green, Indiana; two brothers, Paul (Helen) Rath of Savanna and Joseph (Viola) Rath of Lanark; one sister, Dr. Eunice Mary Rath of Lanark; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His parents; one brother, Henry Rath; and one sister, Lois Koester, precede Fred in death.