GALENA -- Evelyn Hope (Parker) Patterson, 84, of Galena died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the Galena Stauss Nursing Home.
There will be no visitation or services at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena.
Memorial services and interment will be held at a later date at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Suffolk, Va.
Elena R. Ratmeyer
FORRESTON -- Elena R. Ratmeyer, 93, resident of Provena St. Joseph Home, formerly of Forreston, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Provena St. Joseph Home.
She was born Oct. 27, 1910, in Forreston to Henry and Anna (Meyer) Heeren and married to Clarence E. Ratmeyer on Feb. 7, 1933 in Forreston.
She and Clarence farmed in the Forreston area for 40 years.
Elena was a member of Forreston Reformed Church and belonged to Auxiliary of Gideons International.
She enjoyed baking - especially pies - gardening and sewing.
Survivors include one son, the Rev. Roland (Una) Ratmeyer of Bayonne, N.J.; two daughters, Marian (Paul) Smith of Loudon, Tenn., and Evelyn (Richard) DeVries of Forreston; one sister, Edna Groenewold of Forreston; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother; and one sister.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Forreston Reformed Church with the Rev. James A. Stralow officiating.
Visitation hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on today at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
A memorial has been established to Gideons International.
Velma M. Scovill
FREEPORT -- Velma M. Scovill, 90, of Freeport, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 26, 1914, in rural Baileyville to Jacob and Minnie (Meyer) Busker.
On Jan. 4, 1933, she and Howard Scovill were married. He passed away on July 19, 1979.
Velma spent her adult married life on a farm near Bolton. Along with farming, she and Howard also ran the Bolton Store for a number of years, taking it over from Howard's uncle.
She enjoyed gardening, vegetables and flowers, cooking and baking.
Many patrons of the Bolton Store remember her hamburgers and barbecues. Velma closed the Bolton Store in 1982. During her 20 years spent at Willow Park Apartments, she enjoyed making crafts with the ladies there.
Velma was a 72-year member of Van Brocklin United Methodist Church and had been a member of several Sunday school classes and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha (Roger) Carson of Freeport; two granddaughters, Lisa (Kevin) Hess of Van Meter, Iowa, and Teresa (Greg) Hes of Granger, Ind.; two great-grandsons, Carson and Justin Hess; a brother, James (Leona) Busker of Freeport; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers, Jake, Orin, Claus, John and Emerson Busker; four sisters, Marie DeWall, Ruth Christians, Tillie Boedecker and Eleanor Bonebright; and an infant brother and sister.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Van Brocklin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
Burial will be in Ellis Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Van Brocklin United Methodist Church.
ROCKFORD -- Frederick "Fritz" Steffen, 97, of Rockford, formerly of Freeport, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
Arrangements are pending at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
FROST, Texas -- Marjorie "Marge" (Hickman) Thomas, 73, of Frost, Texas, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, July 12, 2004.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Thomas of Frost; one daughter, Susie Thomas of Italy, Texas; three sons, Dan (Teresa) Hickman of Dallas, Jack Thomas Jr. of Duncanville, Texas, and Richard Thomas of Little Elm, Texas; four grandchildren, Danielle Hickman, Michael Thomas, Kevin (Hollie) Scott and Eric Gruber; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Hickman of Rockford, and John Hickman of Scales Mound; one sister, June (Ray) Traver; and one sister-in-law, Nancy Thomas of De Soto, Texas.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at West/Hurtt Funeral Chapel in Texas. Interment will follow at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Scottish Rite.
Mary G. Posey
SAVANNA -- Mary G. Posey, 88, of Savanna died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Big Meadow's Nursing Home in Savanna.
Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Columban's Catholic Church. A parish rosary was held on Friday at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Mo.
Elston E. Welt
LENA -- Elston E. Welt, 82, of Lena, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Leamon Funeral Home in Winslow.
Betty J. Bose
FREEPORT -- Betty J. Bose, 79, a resident of Provena St. Joseph Center, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Provena.
Betty was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Freeport, the daughter of William and Maybelle (Heckman) Bose.
Surviving are Betty's sister, Frances Graves of Nora; two sisters-in-law, Jean A. (James) Bose and Helen (Robert) Bose, both of Freeport; 10 nephews; five nieces; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents; three brothers, Robert, James and William "Sonny" Bose; and one sister, Gladys Bose.
Services for Miss Bose will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. John Brandner officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Provena St. Joseph Center.
Eleanor G. Downs
PEARL CITY -- Eleanor Grace Downs, 18 days, of Pearl City, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004.
She was born June 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa to Dennis D. and Tracy R. (Webster) Downs.
Eleanor is survived by her parents; grandparents, Dwane and Sharon Downs of Stonington and Ron and Sharon Webster of Scales Mound; great grandparents, Frank and Maxine Vincent of Stonington, Mary Ann Stadel of Elizabeth and Marshall Webster of Scales Mound; cousins; aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Robert and Ina Downs and Raymond Stadel and Eleanor Webster.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Scales Mound United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marilyn Nolan officiating. Burial will be held at the Scales Mound Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
A memorial fund has been established in Eleanor's name.
The Miller and Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound is coordinating arrangements.
O. Joseph Giovanelli
FREEPORT -- O. Joseph Giovanelli, M.D., 90, of Freeport died Saturday, July 17, 2004 at Provena St. Joseph Center.
He was born Aug. 5, 1913 in Chicago, the son of Nunziato and Gerolmina (Maglietta) Giovanelli. He graduated from Crane High School in Chicago in 1931. He attended Crave J. College and YMCA College in Chicago. He graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1940. He served his internship and surgical residency at Roanoke, Va. Hospital from 1940 to 1944. He married Vila R. Doelker on Sept. 26, 1950 in Chicago.
A World War II Army veteran, he served as a captain in the medical corp.
Dr. Giovanelli established a medical practice in 1947 in Forreston. In 1954, he and Donald J. Doelker, M.D. formed a medical practice partnership in Freeport, retiring in 1972.
He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Freeport Elks Lodge, VFW, Stephenson County Medical Society, American Medical Association and Illinois State Medical Society.
Dr. Giovanelli was an accomplished pianist and violinist. He was a member of the Highland Community College Orchestra for more than 30 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are five cousins, Edward Maglietta, M.D. of Freeport, George Maglietta of Fall Church, Va., Marilyn Vasely of Chicago, Frank Maglietta of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Carla Levis of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one nephew, Donald Jan Doelker of New York; and one niece, Deborah Doelker of Freeport.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with Msgr. R. Wm. McDonnell officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Wednesday.
A memorial fund has been established for Highland Community College Music Department or a charity of choice.
FREEPORT -- Patricia Strohacker, 74, of Freeport, died Sunday, July 18, 2004 at FHN Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Walker Mortuary.
Margaret M. Last
STERLING -- Margaret M. Last, 86, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at CGH Medical Center.
She was employed by Lawrence Brothers for 20 years until retiring in 1980.
She was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Muscatine, Iowa, the daughter of William and Florence (Nelson) Pulliam. On March 23, 1945, Margaret and Elmer Last were married in Clinton, Iowa. Elmer died Feb. 12, 1979.
Mrs. Last was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, a past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and former member of CGH Auxiliary.
Survivors include two sons, Elmer (Freda) Last of Rock Falls and Robert (Audrey) Last of Freeport; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were one sister, Elva; and a daughter, Yolanda.
Services were held July 14 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial was at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.
A memorial fund has been established.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Donald W. Coppernoll, 71, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Stockton, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at home.
Services were held Monday.
A memorial fund has been established.
Paul V. Roberts
FREEPORT -- Paul V. Roberts, 82, of Freeport died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John United Church of Christ. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Walker Mortuary.
Goldie M. Rustic
FREEPORT -- Goldie M. Rustic, 84, a resident of Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at the care facility.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were made by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Ruth M. Crase
FREEPORT -- Ruth M. Crase, 87, of Freeport died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Meadow Ridge Apartments.
Born Sept. 23, 1916 in Rock Run Township, she was the daughter of Arthur and Melissa (Wardlow) Rayhorn. Ruth married Lloyd H. Glasser on Aug. 30, 1934. Mr. Glasser died Oct. 10, 1950.
Ruth worked at Burgess Battery until retiring in 1978.
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
Her memberships included Freeport Women's Club, the Fellowship Club of the church and Burgess 25-Year Club.
Surviving is one son, Don L. (Marilyn) Glasser of Freeport; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Her parents; husband; one son, Dale; one brother; and two sisters preceded her in death.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private services will be held.
Burial of her cremated remains will be at Oakland Cemetery & Mausoleum.