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Viola A. BACHMAN, 94, d. Thurs, July 22, 1993 at Jersey Comm Hosp, Jerseyville. Born in Brighton, Nov 7, 1898, she was a dau of the late Theodore & Annie (Wagenblast) Schmidt. Her husband, the late Albert Bachman, d. March 18, 1949. Surviving are 1 dau, Bernadine V. Kelsey of Alton; 1 son, Alvin Bachman of Kankakee; 3 grandchildren; and 2 g-grandchildren. Visitation was from Targhetta funeral home in Brighton. The Brighton Rebecca Lodge 686, where she was a member, conducted services. Visitation continued at St. John United Church of Christ in Brighton. Rev Susan Clutts officiated. Burial was in Brighton city cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church where she was a member.


Juanita L. BADER, 72, d. Sept 5, 1993, at St. Anthony hosp in Alton. The dau of the late John H. & Gail (Harrington) Gaither, she was born Feb 14, 1993 in Lawndale. She married Lee Rogers Bader May 13, 1950, in Alton and he survives. Also surviving are 2 dau, Deborah G. Heaton of Roodhouse and Carmelyn J. Calvert of Eldred; 2 sons, John L. and Mike R. Bader, both of Jerseyville; 5 grandchildren, Steve, Kathy, Elivia, Zachary and Christopher; 1 g-grandchild, Katelyn Carry; 1 sis, Marjorie Morris of Jersyville; 1 bro, Floyd Gaither of Springfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Bader; and 3 sis, Katerin (Katherin?), Madelyn and Eileen. Visitation was from Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Gary Whitley officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cem. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Assoc or American Cancer Soc.


Mary Kay BADER, 40, d. May 4, 1993, at Alton Mem Hosp. The dau of Milton and Mary (Jones) Ruyle of Jerseyville was born Feb 14, 19??, in Carrollton. She was the manager of the bakery dept at Shop n Save in Alton. She married John L. Bader Jan 27, 1973, in Jerseyville. He survives. Also surviving is her grandmother, Flora Jones of Jerseyville. She was preceded in death by 1 sis, Linda Elizabeth Ruyle. Visitation was held at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Dan Harry officiated. The Ruby Rebekah Lodge No 263, of which she was a member conducted a service also. Memorials may be given to Alton area Animal Aid Assoc. A coroner's inquest is pending.


Charles Henry BARTON. 1921. Funeral services over the remains of Charles Henry Barton who was killed near White Hall, were held in the home on West Bridgeport St, White Hall, at 10 o’clock Tuesday. The discourse was delivered by Rev Charles M. Ross, pastor of the Christian Church, and the singing was by the Duncan sisters. There was a large attendance, and the profusion of floral offerings gave further testimony of the esteem in which the man was held. The remains were conveyed to the Belt cemetery in Jersey County, eight miles west of Jerseyville.
      The deceased was engaged in railroad work at White Hall and the Roodhouse in recent months. On the 3 rd inst., while engaged in unloading ties in the yards at Roodhouse a tie struck him on the head. The injury was so serious that he was rushed to Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville by special train. And there he died at 3 a.m. Saturday. The remains were brought to White Hall Saturday afternoon. He was 49 years of age on July 26th last, and was born on Cal Beech’s place west of Jerseyville, eldest son of the late William H. and Cornelia Barton. Long residents of Otterville. He had been making his home with his son Earl in White Hall since July 1 st last. The widow and two sons survive. The aged mother, one brother and six sisters survive. The brother and sisters being as follows: William H. of Granite City; Mrs. R. C. Hall, Alton; Mrs. A. E. White, Jerseyville; Mrs. A. L. Snow, Pittsburgh PA; Mrs. H. G. Bertran, Granite City, Miss Clara Barton, Mrs. T. S. Lockhart, New York City. George T. Barton of Grafton is an uncle. Contributed by Richard Bloss.


Christopher BARTON, a resident of the Otterville vicinity died at a hospital in Alton, Thursday, April 26 at 9 A.M. The deceased was the son of the late John A. and Elizabeth Montgomery Barton and at the time of his death, he was aged 72 tears five months and twelve days. Mr. Barton is survived by one brother, Harry Barton of Otterville and two sisters, Mrs. H. Main of University City MO and Mrs. Lula Bracey. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Otterville Sunday April 29 at 2 P.M. with Reverend T. O. Holley officiating. Interment was in the Otterville Cemetery. Jersey County Democrat News, May 4, 1945. Contributed by Richard Bloss.


BARTON. Aged Otterville resident dies. Mrs. Elizabeth Barton, aged Otterville resident, died at three-thirty AM o’clock, Thursday morning, April 2nd at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Main in University City. The deceased had been ill for some time and was removed to her daughter’s home ten days ago. At the time of her death, Mrs. Barton was aged eighty-nine years. She is the widow of John Barton. Her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Main and Mrs. William Tracey of Detroit, Michigan and three sons, Harry, Christ and Collie Barton of Otterville. Funeral services were held at the Otterville Baptist Church, Saturday, April 4th at two-thirty o’clock. Rev. A. B. Carson officiated and interment was in the Otterville Cemetery. Jersey County Democrat, April 6, 1936. Contributed by Richard Bloss.

Many Attend Rites for Aged Teacher.
      Many relatives and friends paid final tribute Saturday afternoon to the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Montgomery Barton, life long resident of the Otterville community whose death occurred on 2 April at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Main in University City, MO where she was tenderly cared for during her final illness. She was 88 years, 9 months, 14 days. Interment was in the Noble cemetery following impressive rites conducted in the Otterville Baptist Church by Rev. A. B. Carson of Jerseyville.
      Mrs. Barton was born and reared in the Otterville community, her maiden name being Miss Elizabeth Montgomery. She was united in marriage with John A. Barton on 13 Nov 1864. To this union nine children were born, five of whom survive her; also 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mr. Barton died 19 years ago. Mrs. Isabel Giers of Grafton is Mrs. Barton’s surviving sister.
      She was converted in early childhood and united with the Presbyterian Church. For many years she engaged in teaching school in Jersey County and until her death she retained a keen mentality and intensely interested in the fast-moving current of daily events in the nation. She lived a simple, quiet life devotes to her home and family and loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Jersey County News, Jerseyville, IL, 10 April 1936. Contributed by Richard Bloss.


George BARTON, 78, dies. George Barton, 78, died Saturday morning at 5 o’clock at the County Farm where he had been an inmate since February, 1924. He had been in failing health for some time. Funeral rites were held at the County Farm Monday afternoon, 2 March at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. H.S. Bushnell officiated and the interment was in the Belle (Bell?) cemetery. Mr. Barton was born in Jersey County. He was the son of the late Elisah and Rebecca Lofton Barton. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Jersey County News, 6 Mar 1936. Contributed by Richard Bloss.


Harry H. BARTON, a native of Otterville, died Monday, January 16,1950, at a hospital in Chicago, and the body was brought to Jerseyville Tuesday to the Gubser Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday morning, January 18, at ten o’clock with the Reverend Dale Harmon officiating. Internment was at the Otterville cemetery. Mr. Barton was the son of the late John A. and Elizabeth Montgomery Barton and was born in Otterville, October 1, 1878. His age at the time of death was seventy-one years, three months and fourteen days. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. L. R. Main of St. Louis and Mrs. William Bracey of Plymouth, Michigan. - Added note from Dick Bloss. This obit fails to mention his son Wesley Barton who also survived him.


William H. BARTON, 64 years old died at home in Southwest part of town. Funeral from his home, Rev. S. Catt presided. He was born August 16, 1846. He was buried in Belt cemetery. He leaves a wife Cornelia, six children; Chas H., Mrs. A. L. Snow of East St. Louis, Clara, Mrs. H. G. Bertran of St. Louis, William H. and Cora, Two brothers, John A. and George T. Barton of Otterville. Jerseyville Republican November 1904. Contributed by Richard Bloss.


Elsie C. BEACH, 75, former Jerseyville resident d. Jan 8, 1993, at Humana hosp in Hoffman estates, North Lake, Il. She was born in Grafton March 28, 1917, the dau of the late Edward L. & Faye Marie (Ward) Ringhausen. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and Jersey co home extension. Surviving are 3 dau, Patricia Lee Voegtle of Buffalo Grove, Linda Sue Voegtle of Schiller Park and Diana Jean Wirth of Palmyra, NY; 8 grandchildren; 2 g-grandchildren; and 1 sis, Virginia Faye Drenth of Arlington Heights. Preceding her in death was a sis June Davis. Visitation was at Gubser funeral home in Jerseyville. Visitation and services were held at first Presbyterian church in Jerseyville. Rev Simon officiated. The cremains (body cremated) were interred in Oak Grove cem. Memorials may be given to the church where she was a member.


Dorothy Mae Legate BELL, 69, d Mon July 6, 1993 at Jersey Com hosp. Born Oct 3, 1923, in Ill, she was a dau of the late Clinton & Irene (Foval) Cope. Her husband Jim Bell, preceded her in death. Surviving are 1 dau, Willa Kay “Pinky" Patrick of Greenbriar, AR; 13 grandchildren; and 6 g-grandchildren. 1 bro, Loren "Barney" Cope, and 1 grandson preceded her in death. Visitation was at Jacoby bro funeral home in Jerseyville. Burial was in Scenic Hill cem, Grafton. Memorials may be given to the Ill School for the Deaf of Jacksonville.


Alvin H. "Cotton" BENSA, 68, d. Jan 21, 1986, at his residence. He was a painter, born in Edwardsville, a son of the late William & Bertha (Dalhaus) Bensa. He married Ruby (Desherlia), March 6, 1936, and she preceded him in death. He then married Norma (Retherford) Winters Bensa Nov. 21, 1964, in Jerseyville. Surviving are his wife; 1 son, Robert Bensa of Greenville; 4 dau, Shirley Rhoads of E Alton, Carol Jockisch of Cottage Hills, Jerry Carver of Glenwood, CA and Bea Moore of Garland, TX; 2 step dau, Doris Frazier of Jerseyville and Ann Weber, Carrollton; 23 grandchildren; 12 grandchildren; and 1 sis, Mabel Shepard of Hufton, ID. Visitation was from Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. ---incomplete--


Ruby E. BENSA, 56, of Grafton d. Jan. 20 at Barnes hosp, St. Louis following a 2 yr illness. She was born July 17, 1916 in Calhoun county where she attended school. Mrs Bensa was employed at Marquette state park lodge for 8 yrs until becoming ill. Visitation and services were held at Burke funeral home in Grafton. Rev Bob Kimber officiated and burial was in Hartford cem. Survivors are 4 dau, Mrs. Shirley Crider and Mrs. Carol Jockisch of Cottage Hills, Mrs. Beatrice Moore of Garland, TX, and Mrs. Geraldine Bartley of Buena Park, CA; 3 sons, Robert Bensa of Greenville, Gary Lee and David Allen Bensa of Grafton; 2 sis, Mrs. Ethel Novotny and Mrs. Ruth Staton, Grafton; 1 bro, Ross Desherlia, Grafton; and 13 grandchildren.


Elmer A. BERRY, 70, of Alton, services were conducted at Gent funeral chapel, Alton by Rev. Burrough of the First Presbyterian church. Burial was in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. He d. Oct. 7, at Christian hosp St. Louis, MO after a short illness. He had been employed at Deitchy market for 17 yrs and retired in 1972. A carpenter for 25 yrs, he was a member of Carpenter's Local 1808 of Granite city. His survivors are his widow, Lillian (Thiele) Berry; 1 dau, Betty Cherry of Alton; 1 bro, Harold Berry of Jerseyville; 2 sis, Pauline Gurganus of Dorsey and Viola Brummer of N Pekin; 3 grandchildren and 4 g-grandchildren.


BERRY, Harold B., born 24-06-1920, Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, died 29-06-1985, buried St. Francis cemetery. Harold B. Berry, 65, of Jerseyville, d. June 29 at Christian ne hosp in St. Louis. He was born June 24, 1920, in Alton son of the late Harry F. Berry & Mattie Johnson. He was a veteran of WWII and an electrical supervisor at Laclede Steel for 41 yrs. He married Bonnie Steingrubey on Sept. 29, 1951, in Alton. He was a member of St. Francis church, Jerseyville and the Carrollton comm chorus. Survivors are his wife, Bonnie of Jerseyville; 2 dau, Andrea Berry of Zillah, WA, and Margaret Berry of Jerseyville; 2 sis, Pauline Gurganus of Fosterburg and Viola Brummer of North Pekin; and 1 grand daughter. Visitation and rosary were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. The funeral mass was held in St. Francis Church with Rev. Patrick Morrow as celebrant. Burial was in St. Francis cem.


BERRY, John C., born Carrollton, Green county, Illinois, died 19-07-1982, buried Rose Lawn mem. John C. Berry, 39, of Cottage Hills was pronounced dead July 19, at the scene of a motorcycle accident in Bethalto. He was a rider on the motorcycle involved. He was a foreman at Olin Corp., where he had been employed for 13 yrs. He was born in Carrollton, a son of Ruth (Stone) Maupin of Cottage Hills and the late Robert C. Berry. Besides his mother, he is survived by 1 dau, Sonya Berry of Wood River; 1 son, John jr, at home; 4 sis, Sandra Stewart, Peggy Jean Berry and Mary C. Drew, all of Cottage Hills and Minnie Belle Sheppard of Moro; and 3 bro, Herman R. of Bethalto, Patrick of Cottage Hills and Daniel of Gillette, WY. Services were held at Gent funeral home, Alton where Rev. Dale Wilforn officiated. Burial was in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.


BERRY, Karen Ann (McScooler), born 29-12-1949, Mattoon, Coles Co., Illinois, died 03-1977, buried 20-03-1977, Oak Grove. Karen Ann Berry, 27, wife of Paul Thomas Berry, d. at her home in Jerseyville, following an extended illness. She was born Dec. 29, 1949 in Amttoon, a dau of Lester McScooler and Hazel Lowe. Mrs Berry taught 1 yrs in community dist 100. She is survived by her husband; 1 son, Jeffrey Berry, at home; her parents Les McSchooler & Mrs Robert (Hazel) Rose, Jerseyville; 1 sis, Lesslee McSchooler, a college student, and 1 bro, Ray McSchooler, at home. Services were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev R. E. George officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cem. Memorials may be given to Salvation Army.


BERRY, Marilda Ann (Lane), born 08-11-1875, Batchtown, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 01-1970, buried Oak Grove. Marilda Ann berry, 94, of Alton, formerly of Jerseyville, d. at St. Anthony hosp, Alton. Final rites were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Louis Purcell, pastor of First United Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cem. Born Nov. 8, 1875 at Batchtown, she was the dau of James & Hester (Reeves) Lane. She is survived by 1 son, J. Fred Berry; and 1 dau, Mrs Oran J. Fuller, both of Alton; 1 grandchild and 1 g-grandchild. Her husband, James L. berry preceded her in death.


BERTHOUX, Dale, died 26 11-1967. Spec 4 Dale Berthoux, ex city official and a former employee of the Democrat News, d. Nov. 26, 1967 of metal fragment wounds in Vietnam. His wife Mrs. Roberta (Johnston) Berthoux, of Jerseyville, later received a message stating that Berthoux d. in action in Vietnam on Nov. 26 of metal fragment wounds while on perimeter defense while engaging hostile force in fire fight. When in session the Jerseyville city council adopted a resolution of respect to the former council member. Berthoux was in his last year of a 4 yr term as city councilman when he volunteered for the draft. Though he had previous military service and was beyond draft age Berthoux told friends and associates that he was prompted by a strong feeling of moral obligation to do his part in the Vietnam situation. He enlisted and left for service Oct. 4, 1966. The serviceman received basic and advanced training at Camp Carson, CO. Following a 30 day leave in Aug., he left for Vietnam where he was a member of Co. A, first battalion, 12th inf, 4th inf division. Mrs Berthoux received a letter from her husband, that had been written on Nov. 21 in which he said they were making a hill assault. Berthoux was a squad leader. The serviceman was the son of Paul & Virginia (Richey) Berthoux of Jerseyville. He was educated in local schools and attended SIU before accepting employment in the Photographic dept of the Democrat News. He remained in the employ of the company for 8 yrs, resigning to accept a position as technical representative for W. Schiller & Co, photographic firm in St. Louis. His previous military service had been in 1954-56 and he had served 18 mos with the army in Austria, Italy and Germany. He was a charter member of the Jersey County young democrats club and was its first president. He was also active in Jerseyville Jaycees and other civic movements. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are 2 bro, Duane of Fairfield, CA, and Dann of Jerseyville, and 2 sis, Mrs. Gerald Eddmunds and Mrs. Phillip Shelton of Alton. 1 bro, Darel, was killed Apr 19, 1961 in an auto accident while serving as city clerk of Jerseyville.


BERTHOUX, Darel P., died 19-04-1961, buried Oak Grove. Darel P. Berthoux, 22, city clerk of Jerseyville d. Apr. 19, at Jersey Comm. hosp. He had been involved in a 2 car crash near the home of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Crone, 3 mi north of Jerseyville. He d. of his injuries at 11:45 that night. Also injured in the accident was Mr S Samuel (Shirleyweller) Closser of Hillview. City clerk Berthoux was enroute to his home from Jacksonville where he had gone earlier in the eve to accompany his sister, Diane, back to Illinois College where she was a student. They, with other members of their family, had been in Highland in the afternoon to attend the funeral of their paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lena Berthoux, whose death occurred on Mon am. He was alone at the time of the accident. Surviving in addition to his parents and sister Diane, is another sis, Mrs Gerald (Doris) Edmunds of Jerseyville; and 3 bro, Duane Berthoux, member of the Jerseyville police dept, Dale, photographer and advertising solicitor for the Democrat News, and Dann, a 7th grade student at Jerseyville East elementary school. Darel received his education in Jerseyville schools. He served 6 mo active duty with the US Marine Corps and was a member of the active Reserves. The young man was appointed to the position of city clerk by Mayor James Dolan. Visitation and services were held at Gubser funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev M. Edwards Breed officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cem.


BERTHOUX, Esther Virginia (Richey), born Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 10-08-1987, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Esther Virginia Berthoux, 77, d. Aug. 10, 1987, at Southwest Memorial hospital in Houston, TX, following a brief illness. She was born in Jerseyville, and since Feb. 1963, had served as the Jersey Township clerk. A daughter of the late John E. & Esther (Porter) Richey, she married Paul H. Berthoux, Dec. 26, 1927, in Edwardsville. He d. Nov.18, 1971. Surviving are 2 sons, Duane P. Berthoux of Fairfield, CA, and Dann P. Berthoux of West Frankfort, IL; 2 daughters, Doris Edmunds of houston, TX, and Diane B. Shelton of Macon, GA; 10 grandchildren; 4 Great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Francis Richey of Jacksonville and Sylvester E. Richey of Los Angeles, CA; and 1 sister, Emma Thomas of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 7 siblings. Visitation and services were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Revs Simon A. Somon and Philip Shelton officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cem. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.


BERTHOUX, Paul H., born16-01-1907, Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, died 18-11-1971, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Paul H. Berthoux, 64, of Jerseyville d Nov.18, at Jersey Community Hospital. He had been ill for several years. Visitation and services were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev M. Edwards Breed officiated with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. A retiree of Olin Industries, Mr. Berthoux was born in Edwardsville on Jan. 16, 1907 a son of Horace B. and Lena (Meuri) Berthoux. His survivors are his wife, Virginia (Richey) Berthoux; 2 sons, Dan B. Berthoux of Jerseyville and Duane Berthoux of Fairfield, CA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Doris) Edmunds of Alton and Mrs. Philip (Diane) Shelton of University City, MO; 7 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mrs. A. L. Anderson of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sons, Dale and Darel. Memorials may be given to the Cancer Society.


BERTMAN, Antoinette Broc(k)amp, died 01-1927. Antoinette Bertman, of Morrisonville, died recently. She was the wife of Anton Bertman. Funeral from the home in Morrisonville. Surviving are 1 sister, Josephine Brocamp of Jerseyville and 1 brother John B. Brocamp, Jerseyville.


BERTMAN, Doris B. (Ruyle), born 26-01-1908, Jersey County, Illinois, died 21-05- , buried St. Francis Cemetery. Doris B. Bertman, co-owner with her son, Robert, in Bertman's Department Store in Jerseyville, d. at Greenwood Manor, May 21. Mrs Bertman, widow of Herbert C. Bertman whose death occurred in 1958, had lived in the family home until ill health had required hospital and nursing care for the past few years. A daughter of the late Thomas B. & Dora J. Ruyle, she was born in Ruyle Township on Jan. 26, 1908. She was graduated from Jersey Township high school and the nursing school at St. Ann hospital in St. Louis. Her marriage to Mr. Bertman took place at St. Francis Xavier church. She is survived by 3 sons, John of Overland Park, KS, Robert and Charles of Jerseyville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary Ann) Pranger of Jerseyville, Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Turner of Kane and Mrs. Larry (Marilyn) Davis of Dow; and 16 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; 1 daughter, Carolyn Jane, her parents and 2 brothers, Herbert and Strait Ruyle. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated May 23, at St. Francis church. Rev. Msgr John N. Bertman of Quincy co-celebrated the mass with Father Terry Shea of Godfrey and father George Radosevich of Jerseyville; burial was in St. Francis cemetery. The rosary was recited Sunday evening at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to St. Francis building fund. Mrs Bertman was a devout member of the church and had shown great interest in the addition to and development of the school.


BERTMAN, Fred J., born 17-03-1856, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 13-02-1928. Fred J. Bertman, 70 yrs, 10 mo, 26 days, d. at the home of his sister, Mrs. Nellie B. Porter, 306 W. Pearl, Feb. 13, 1928. He was born March 17, 1856, in Jerseyville, the son of Frederick & Lena (Goetten) Bertman, natives of Germany. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Jerseyville. He also attended school at St. Louis for a time. He assisted his father in the store of the latter until his death when he closed the business out, the office of deputy sheriff requiring his full attention. He served as deputy for a period of 2 years. He became affiliated with the banking firm of Shephard & Company, but later left that position to accept a public office. The greater portion of his career was spent in filling various offices of trust in the community to which he was called by his fellow citizens. He was active for many years in both county and city politics. He served 2 terms as collector for Jersey Township and 3 terms as deputy county treasurer. He was a member of the city council of Jerseyville for 9 years. He was elected to the Office of Justice of the Peace in 1911 and has continued to fill that office ever since. In 1879 he married Sarah Fre(a?)ces (Massey) Bertman, who was a native of Jersey county. Her death occurred Feb. 17, 1881. She was a daughter of Henry C. & Catherine (Fitzgerald) Massey. To this union 1 son was born, Henry C., who died in infancy.


BERTMAN, Freddie, born 1880, died 22-02-1881. Freddie Bertman 1 yr, died Feb. 22, 1881. He was the son of John & Maria Bertman.


BERTMAN, Frederick, born17-05-1821, Ahmen, Prussia, died 1882, buried St. Francis cemetery. Frederick Bertman, Sr, was born May 17, 1821 at Ahmen, Prussia. He came to us and located in Alton in 1845. In 1848 he married Helena (Goetten) Bertman. They lived in Jerseyville. His widow and children survive: Setta, Minnie, John, Mary, Fred, Nellie and Will. Funeral was from St. Francis church, with burial in Catholic Cemetery. Pall bearers: Peter Dolan, James Fitzgerald, Peter Dardinger, John W. Davis, J. Brokamp and J. Lynn.


BERTMAN, Herbert C., born 06-05-1906, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 30-10-1958, buried St. Francis cemetery. Herbert C. Bertman, 52, died at Barnes hospital in St. Louis. He had under gone emergency surgery on Tuesday. The body was brought to Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Friends called on Friday and funeral services were held at St. Francis Xavier church. Requiem mass was celebrated by Mr. Bertman's older brother, Monsignor A. J. Bertman of Springfield. Burial was in St. Francis cemetery. Mr Bertman, owner and manager of Bertman's department store in Jerseyville for 33 yrs, had suffered from impaired health for more than 10 years but despite the physical handicap he had continued active in the business as his health permitted. Never during his long period of suffering had he lost the vibrancy of voice which was so characteristic of his genial personality. Throughout the past years he had been hospitalized on several occasions and had specialized care which, coupled with a firm determination and unwavering faith, enabled him to retain an active interest in his business. In former years he had devoted considerable time to the betterment of business conditions in Jerseyville and had served as president of Jerseyville Chamber of Commerce. He was a devout member of St. Francis church, a member of the Jerseyville council, Knights of Columbus, and a Fourth Degree Knight. Mr Bertman was born in Jerseyville May 6, 1906, the second son of the late John C. Bertman & Theresa (Schmieder) Bertman. He was educated in local schools and upon the death of his father he assumed management of the store, one of the veteran business houses of Jerseyville. Surviving are his wife, Doris (Ruyle) Bertman; 3 sons, John R., Robert T. and Charles J.; 3 daughters, Mary Ann, Patricia Louise and Marilyn Joan. Other survivors are his mother; 2 brothers, Monsignor A. J. Bertman of Springfield and father John C. Bertman of Michael; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Beatrice) Tauber of Decatur, sister Mary Eugenia of Duluth, MN, Mrs. Herman W. (Rosemary) Sick of Little Rock, AR, and Mrs. Maurice (Elanor) Beiermann of Jerseyville. 1 daughter, Carolyn Jane preceded her father in death.


BERTMAN, John F., born, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 01-1928, buried St. Francis cemetery. John F. Bertman, 76, businessman of Rockbridge, d. Thursday at his home there. He was born in Jerseyville, a son of Frederick John & Helen (Goetten) Bertman, who were early residents of Jerseyville. He married Marie (Massey) Bertman May 27, 1875. They were parents of 11 children and 7 survive; Mrs. George Mayob of Marshall, MO, Mrs Garret Welch of Plainview, IL, Mrs. Marie Campbell of Pittsfield, IL, Mrs. James Heavener of St. Louis, MO, Mrs. E. Q. Slone of Carrollton, Roy A. Bertman of Rockbridge, IL and Henry E. Bertman of Marshall, MO; 9 grandchildren and 1 sister, Mrs. Nellie B. Porter of Jerseyville. He was a successful business man and citizen of Rockbridge for 40 yrs, as manager of Stanard-Tilton Elevator, member of Board of Education, Mayor of Rockbridge and Village Trustee. Services were held at Holy Ghost church, the services in Rockbridge being held at his home by Rev. Enright. The body was brought to the residence of Mr. Bertman's sister, Mrs. Nellie Porter, on W. Pearl St. in Jerseyville. Pallbearers were: George Mayob of Marshall, MO, Garrett Welch of Plainview, IL, James Heavener of St. Louis, MO, E. A. Slone of Carrollton, Joseph Brew of Pittsfield, IL, and Fred Eck of Jerseyville.


BERTMAN, Lena, died 22-02-1881. Lena Bertman, 5 yrs, died Feb. 22, 1881. She was the daughter of John & Maria Bertman.


BERTMAN, Mollie, died 27-03-1902. Mollie Bertman, youngest daughter of Anton & Antoinette Bertman, died at Denver, CO, March 27, 1902.


BERTMAN, Sarah Frances (Massey), born 08-03-1857, Jersey County, Illinois, died 02-1881. Sarah Frances Bertman, 2nd daughter of Henry C. Massey, was born in Jersey County March 8, 1857. She married Fred Bertman, Jr, May 7, 1879. Funeral from St. Francis church, Rev. Father Harty.


BERTMAN, Theresa (Schmeider), born 22-10-1877, New York, NY, died 21-03-1968, buried St. Francis cemetery. Theresa Bertman, died at Watters nursing home, where she had been a patient for 9 mo. A daughter of the late Charles & Ottilie (Molonet) Schmeider, she was born in New York city on Oct. 22, 1877. She had made her home in Jersey County for 83 years. Her husband, the late John C. Bertman, was one of the original owners of Bertman's dept store in Jerseyville and continued its operation until his death in 1928. Presently the store is under the management of Robert Bertman, the third generation of the family who had of late purchased the interest of his grandmother in the business and is now co-owner with his mother, Mrs. Herbert C. Bertman. The late Herbert Bertman, who was a partner in the firm, operated the store from 1928 until his death, Oct. 30, 1958. Surviving Mrs. Bertman in addition to her son, Father Bertman, pastor of St. Michael church at Sigel and St Mary's church at Neoga, are 4 daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Beatrice) Tauber of Decatur, sister Mary Eugenia, O. P., of Peoria, Mrs. Herman (Rosemary) Sick of Little Rock, AR, and Mrs. Maurice (Eleanor) Beiermann of Jerseyville; 18 grandchildren and 24 g-great grandchildren. Her son, Father John C. Bertman of Sigel, was the principal celebrant of a co-celebrated requiem mass held at Holy Ghost church. Concelebrating with him were Father Robert Heintz, pastor of Holy Ghost church, and Father Francis D. Lee, pastor of St. Francis church. Burial was in St. Francis cemetery. Visitation was held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville, where the rosary was recited Friday eve.


BERTMAN, W. A., died 01-1926. W. A. Bertman, 65, died in Chicago. Funeral was at St. Mary's Alton. He was the son of Frederick & Helena Bertman. He married Bertha Lambert of Alton and was in the coal business in Alton. He played with White Huzzar Band. He leaves his wife and 3 daughters, Mrs. J. J. Fox, Mrs J. A. Wentz, and Mis Louise Bertman; 1 son, A. W. Bertman; 1 sister, Nellie B. Porter; 2 brothers Fred J. and John F.


BESTERFELDT, Bertha Louvisa (Welch), born 11-12-1919, Scott County, Illinois, died 05-03-1952, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Bertha Louvisa Besterfeldt, 32 yrs, 2 mo, 24 days, wife of Enos E. Besterfeldt of Jerseyville, died March 5. She had been attended by a physician the preceding evening but at that time her condition was not considered serious, she became worse a few hours later and she sucumbed before aid could be arrive. An inquest was scheduled, by Rodney Jacoby. Family members reported that she had suffered from asthmatic attacks since childhood. She was a daughter of Jesse & Bessie (Emmons) Welch and was born in Scott County, IL, Dec. 11, 1919. She is survived by her husband; 2 small sons, Jerry E. and Donald L. Besterfeldt of Jerseyville; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Welch of Winchester; 1 brother, Luther Welch of Alton ; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Beulah Owing and Mrs. Marjorie Lester of Winchester and Mrs. Marcella Haney of Alsey. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Laverne Poole officiated. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.


BESTERFELDT, Enos Edward, born 16-05-1912, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 03-06-1971, buried Carrollton city cemetery. Enos Edward Besterfeldt, of Jacksonville, formerly of Jersey county, died June 3 at Norris hospital in Jacksonville. He had a patient there since June 1. Funeral services were held at Williamson funeral home iIn Jacksonville with Rev William J. Boston of that city officiating. Interment was in Carrollton city cemetery. He was a son of the late Albert & Bessie (Rowland) Besterfeldt and was born at Jerseyville May 16, 1912. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mildred (Kincade) Besterfeldt of Jacksonville, 1 son, Jerry of Alton by a previous marriage, 1 stepson, Don Besterfeldt of Winchester, 1 brother, Warner Besterfeldt and 1 sister Mrs. Eva Stark, both of Alton.


BESTERFELDT, Henry Thomas, born 29-12-1947, Greene County, Illinois, died 25-05-1951, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Henry Thomas Besterfeldt, 3 yrs, 4 mo, 26 days, son of Warner Besterfeldt and the late Margaret (Sherman) Besterfeldt, died May 25, at the home of his parents south of Jerseyville. An inquest is pending. The child was born in Greene County on Dec. 29, 1947. Surviving are his father, Warner Besterfeldt, his stepmother Mary (Groppel) Besterfeldt; 1 brother, William Curtis; 1 sister, Myrtle; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Besterfeldt of Alton, and his maternal grandfather, William Sherman of Godfrey. Funeral services were held at Gubser funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev F. W. Schwarzlose officiated and interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.


BESTERFELDT, Johnie C., born 15-08-1906, Jersey County, Illinois, died 09-03-1974, buried Rosedale cemetery. Johnie C. Besterfeldt, died March 9 at Park View Colonial nursing home in O'fallon. Visitation and services of the Collinsville resident were held from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev James Pepper officiated. Interment was in Rosedale cemetery. A laborer, he was born Aug. 15, 1906 in Jersey County a son of Albert e & Bessie (Gilbert) Besterfeldt. Survivors are 1 brother, Warner Besterfeldt of East Alton and 1 sister, Mrs. Charles (Eva) Stark of Alton, nieces and nephews.


BESTERFELDT, Lucille (Spangle), born 13-09-1885, Jersey County, Illinois, died 23-09-1957, buried, Upper Alton cemetry. Lucille (Lucy) Besterfeldt, 72, of Alton died at St. Joseph hospital in Alton. Word of her death was delivered to Mrs. William Kirchner by Charles Humiston. Funeral services were held at Gent Chapel in Alton, Wed. Sept. 25. Rev C. L. Gruver, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, officiated and burial was in Upper Alton cemetery. She had been in ill health for 2 years. The decedent was a daughter of the late Jasper Spangle & Mrs. Lula (Henson) Spangle White. Her father had died of Typhoid fever when she was 3 years old, and 1 sister, Della, died about 10 years ago. Mrs Besterfeldt was the widow of Harry Besterfeldt, and is survived by 2 sons, Harvey and John Frazer of Alton; 1 sister, Mrs Nona Stargas of St. Louis, and 2 grandchildren.


BESTERFELDT, Mary Lena (Groppel), Jersey County, Illinois, died 25-11-1987, buried Upper Alton cemetery. Mary Lena Besterfeldt, 77, of Bethalto, died Nov.25, 1987, at St. Anthony hospital in Alton, after a lengthy illness. Born in Jersey county, she was the daughter of the late Henry & Nellie (Rogers) Groppel. Surviving are 2 daughters, Ann Short of O’fallon and Ruth Proctor of East Alton; 1 son, Floyd Crouch of Granite City; 8 grandchildren; 12 g-great-grandchildren; and 2 sister, Emma Walker of East Alton and Alice Longnecker of Waco, TX. Private services were held at Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Burial was in Upper Alton cemetery.


BESTERFELDT, Salinda, died 29-06-1921. Mrs. Salinda Besterfeldt, 78, died June 29 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Geo Winger of Alton. She was a native of Kane. She leaves 7 children. The funeral was at Elsah.


BETHEL, Edith Ida (Wahle), Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 06-01-1986, buried Valhalla cemetery. Edith Ida Bethel, 97, Brighton, died Jan. 6, at Jersey Community hospital. She was born in Otterville, daughter of the late Joseph & Lena (Hooper) Wahle. On Sept. 15, 1915, she married Mark Bethel, who died Nov.7, 1969. Surviving are 4 daughters, Esther Williams of Rosewood Heights, Dorothy Etter of Godfrey, Rosemary Andeerson of Virginia, IL, and Edith Herman of Edwardsville; 2 sons, Robert and Howard, both of East Alton; 21 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation was at Warner-Targhetta funeral home in Brighton, where services were conducted. Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the heart fund.


BETHEL, Mark J., born 07-09-1893, Jersey County, Illinois, died 11-1969, buried Valhalla cemetery. Mark J. Bethel, 66, retired Brighton area farmer and native of Jersey county, was killed instantly when the tractor he was driving was struck by a freight train at a crossing near his home 3 mi southeast of Brighton. He was driving out of a private lane onto Seminary Rd and apparently did not hear or see the approaching CB&Q train. Funeral rites were held at Warner funeral home in Brighton and burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park. Mr Bethel was born in Jersey County Sept. 7, 1893. He was a retired farmer and carpenter. For many years he served on the Brighton Community school board. He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Wahle, whom he married Sept. 15, 1915; 4 daughters, Mrs. Howard Williams of Rosewood Heights, Mrs. Herbert Etter of Godfrey, Mrs. Robert Anderson of Virginia, IL, and Mrs. John Herman of Edwardsville; 2 sons, Howard of s Roxana and Robert of Rosewood Heights; 16 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 7 sister, Mrs. Ida McKinney, Miss Jean Bethel and Mrs. Jane White of Granite City; Mrs Tessie Spangle, Mrs. Lula Hutchinson, Mrs. Neva Ridenour and Mrs. Enid B. Olin of Otterville; and 1 brother, William Bethel of Otterville.


BETHEL, Mary Elizabeth (White), born 28-03-1867, Rosedale, Jersey County, Illinois, died 05-11-1941, buried Rosedale cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Bethel, 73 yrs, 7 mo, 7 days, died at the home Nov. 5. The Otterville resident had been in failing health for some time. The deceased was the daughter of the late George W. & Jane (Smith) White, and was born in Rosedale, March 28, 1867. She is survived by 2 sons, Mark Bethel of Brighton and William Bethel of Otterville; 7 daughters, Mrs. Ida M. Kirchner, Mrs. Leslie Spangle, Mrs. Claude Hutchinson, Mrs. Elmer Ridenour, Miss Jane and Jean Bethel, all of Otterville and Mrs. Enid Gray of Chicago; 1 half sister, Mrs. Carl Wiegand of Jerseyville; 1 half brother, Beryle White of East St. Louis and her step mother, Mrs. Nora White of Wood River. Funeral services were held at Otterville church, Rev. Raymond Liles officiated and interment was in Rosedale cemetery.


BETHEL, Oscar, died 12-1926, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Oscar Bethel, formerly of Fieldon vicinity, died in Granite City, IL. Burial in Oak Grove cemetery.


BETHEL, Rollin H., born Jersey County, Illinois, buried Rosedale cemetery. Rollin H. Bethel, 73, retired farmer of Otterville, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Alton, following surgery for a strangulated hernia. He had been highway commissioner of Otter Creek Township for many years. Mr Bethel was born near Fieldon, was a lifelong resident of Jersey county. He was a successful farmer retiring 27 years ago and moved to Otterville. He was an ardent member of the Democratic party, being at the time of his death a candidate for re-election as precinct committeeman. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Bethel; 7 daughters, Mrs. Fred Kirchner, Mrs. Leslie Spangle, Mrs. Claude Hutchinson, Mrs. Elmer Ridenour, Mrs. Albert Gray of Chicago, and Misses Jane and Jean Bethel of Washington DC; 2 sons, William of Otterville and Mark of Brighton. Jean & Jane, who are twins, arrived at their fathers bedside shortly before his death. Funeral services were held at Otterville Baptist church. Rev C. C. Dawdy of Jerseyville officiated. Interment was in Rosedale cemetery. Mr Bethel was united in marriage on Dec. 1 9, 1916 with Mary Elizabeth (White) Bethel. 2 children preceded him in death. Other survivors are 2 brothers; 1 sister, and 16 grandchildren.


BETHEL, William Orville, born 02-04-1903, Jersey County, Illinois, died 29-09-1976, buried Rosedale cemetery. William Orville Bethel, 73, of Greenwood Manor nursing home, died there on Sept. 29. Services were held at the Otterville Baptist Church, H. Rev Vale Walkington officiated. Burial was in Rosedale cemetery. He was born Apr. 2, 1903 in Jersey county, a son of Rollin H. & Mary E. (White) Bethel. Bethel was a member of the Moose Lodge for 28 yrs. He is survived by 6 sisters, Jean Bethel, Mrs. Lynn (Jane) White and Mrs Allen (Enid) Bolen of Granite City, Mrs. Leslie (Tessie) Spangle of Jerseyville, Mrs. Elmer (Neva) Ridenour and Mrs. Claude (Lula) Hutchinson of Otterville. Memorials May be given to American Cancer soc.


BETHELL, Chester, born 1790, South Carolina, died 26-07-1869, buried Lax?? Chester Bethell, 79, died July 26, 1869. He was born in South Carolina in 1790. He moved with his parents to Tennessee, staying there until 1814. He came to Illinois territory. The country was wild and unsettled. Indian and wild beasts were numerous. Mr Bethel and most of the settlers in that vicinity were compelled to live in what was known as Frank Jourdan's Fort, situated in what is now Gallatin county, in southern Illinois. He remained there 3 months, when not liking the way things were conducted, he gathered together his little stock of goods and went 30 mi into the interior where he pitched a camp near a stream called Bethell's creek, in which he lived until he could build a rude cabin. He lived there for 13 years, during a part of which frequent Indian alarms kept him anxious and alert. He was a great hunter. He killed a great many bears and panthers and had many narrow escapes. He shot a deer, which on being shot bounded away a few rods into a dense thicket. He reloaded his gun and entered the thicket to get the deer. He came suddenly upon it where it had fallen dead. Within a few feet of him and on the body of the deer was crouched a huge panther. He instantly raised his gun to his shoulder and fired, giving the panther a mortal would. A valuable dog that always followed him rushed in and grappled with the panther in his death struggle. He plunged toward the panther and stuck his hunting knife into the panther. In 1827 he came to what is now Jersey county. He moved to what is known as the "Lax" place. In 1840 he moved to Missouri and returned to Jersey County in 1849, where he stayed to his last day. He married Jane (Haynes) Bethell in early life. They were married 58 years and had 12 children. He was a lifelong democrat and voted his first ticket for James Madison and his last vote was for Seymour. He had been a long time member of the Baptist Church, but in later years became a member of the Universalist faith. His wife died in Jan. 1869.


BETTIS, Daniel, died 04-03-1911. Daniel Bettis, a former resident of Jerseyville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Rothweilder in Alton Sat. March 4, 1911. Body brought to Jerseyville for burial, Rev. Stephen Catt officiating.


BEVILL, Richard Daniel, born 23-11-1967, Granite City, Madison County, Illinois, died 13-09-1975, buried Scenic Hill cemetery. Richard Daniel Bevill, 8, was fatally injured on Sept. 13 in an accidental shooting at his home on RR 1 Grafton. He was born Nov. 23, 1967 in Granite City, a son of William Burley & Judith Karen (Dobson) Bevill. He is survived by his parents; 2 sisters, Mary died and Ruth M. Bevill; 1 brother, William David Bevill at home; his paternal grandmother, Alma Bevill, Puerto Rico, and maternal grandfather, William Dobson, Grafton. Funeral was held at Jacoby funeral home in Grafton with Rev. Glover officiating. Interment was in Scenic Hill.


BEYERS, Donald E., born 28-06-1925, Winona, Minnesota, died 12-1983, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Donald E. Beyers, 58, of Fieldon was born June 28, 1925 in Winona, Minnesota. He was the son of Maude (Mann) Beyers and the late Edward Beyers. The WWII veteran was a truck driver for Gateway Transportation and retired in 1976. Services were held at Fieldon United Church of Christ with Rev. Robert Broeder officiating. Jerseyville American Legion conducted graveside rites at Oak Grove cemetery. Survivors are his wife, Althea (Staedtler) Beyers; mother, Maude Beyers of Winona, MN; 3 sons, Anthony and Richard of Winona and Gregory of Fairfax, VA; 1 brother, Robert Beyers, Winona, MN; and 6 grandchildren.


BICK, Jerome J., born Meppen, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 04-1983, buried St. Joseph cemetery. Jerome J. Bick, 74, died Mon. at Jersey Community hospital. Born in Meppen, a son of the late John & Elizabeth (Tepen) Bick, he married Viola (Seidler) Bick, who died in 1946. Surviving are 2 sons, Dale of Jerseyville and William of Hardin; 6 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Elma Seidler of Hardin and Mary Young of Jerseyville; and 3 brothers, Clemmence, Leo and Lucas, all of Hardin. Visitation, rosary and services were held at Hanks funeral home with Rev. Louis Schlangen officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph cemetery at Meppen.


BICK, Marie (Wade), died 10-1973, buried Hardin cemetery. Marie Bick, 33, of Jerseyville, formerly of Hardin, died at Barnes hospital in St. Louis, after an auto accident on Sunday. Her survivors include her husband, William John Bick of Jerseyville; 2 daughters, Pamela and Kim, at home; 2 sons, Tony and Mike, at home; her mother, Mrs. James Wade of St. Roberts, MO; 3 brothers, James Wade of Portland, OR, Lloyd Wade of St. Roberts, MO and Robert Wade of O’fallon, MO; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Bishop of CA, Mrs. Shirley Clark of Waynesville , MO, Mrs. Rosalee Weishaupt of Hardin and Mrs. Sharon Golbac of Detroit, MI. Visitation was held at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin. Final services were conducted at friendship Baptist Church in Hardin with Rev. Sam Skief officiating. Burial was in Hardin cemetery.


BICK, Mildred Leona (Hinson), died 03-09-1967, buried Valhalla cemetery. Mildred Leona Bick, wife of Joseph Bick, died Sept. 3 following an extended illness. Survivors are 1 sister, Mrs. William Halter; 1 brother Eugene Hinson, her husband and 1 son, Everett Humiston who resides in Massachusetts. Funeral at Kassly funeral home Cahokia. Burial was in Valhalla cemetery, Alton.


BIEDERMAN, born 22-07-1916, Jersey County, Illinois, died 1956, buried 02-04-1956, Oak Grove Cemetery. (Incomplete) Bierdman, 39 yrs, 8 mo, 8 days, three days for treatment of a heart ailment. He had been in ill health for some time. Was a son of the late Otto & Anna (Freand) Biederman and was born in Jersey County on July 22, 1916. Mr Biederman was employed as a crane hooker at Olin Mathieson corporation in Alton. He was a member of the Jerseyville Eagles Lodge. Surviving him are his wife, Louise (Dowdall) Biederman, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Gladys Wagtts, Mrs. Clarence Krause and Mrs. Lewis Ballard, all of Jerseyville. Friends can call at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Funeral services were held Apr. 2, at Peace Evangelical & Reformed church in Jerseyville with Rev. William D. Stickney officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.


BIEDERMAN, Anna (Freand), born 13-12-1866, Jersey County, Illinois, died 19-03-1932. Anna Biederman, 66 yrs, 3 mo, and 6 days, resident of Pleasant St., died March 19, at Boyd Memorial hospital in Carrollton. She had been in ill health for some time. Mrs Biederman was a daughter of the late Barney & Rose Mary (Kraushaar) Freand and was born in Jersey county, Dec. 13, 1866. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Clarence Krause, Mrs. Gladys Watts and Mrs. Lewis Ballard of Jerseyville; 1 son, Leo Biederman of Jerseyville; 3 brothers, John and Louis Freand of Jerseyville and Henry Freand of Kane; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jud Forster of Jerseyville and Arnold Freer of Godfrey; incomplete.


BIEDERMAN, Augustus. Augustus Biederman, died at his home 9 miles northwest in English Township. He served as town clerk for many years. Rev Wm. Gaither officiated at the funeral held from family home.


BIEDERMAN, Lena, born11-05-1854, Calhoun County, Illinois, buried Armstrong cemetery. Lena Biederman, 64, died at her home 6 1/2 miles west of Jerseyville. She was born in Calhoun county May 11, 1854. May 10, 1877 she married August Biedermann. They were parents of 8 children 4 sons & 4 daughters. Those living are Mrs. Henry Hand of Alton, Mrs. Fred Mowen near Kane, Otto of Fieldon, Henry, William and Miss Lucile, living at home. German Luthern church of Fieldon. Leaves 1 brother 6 children, 10 grandchildren. Funeral from home with Rev. F. O. Wilson officiating. Burial in Armstrong cemetery. Researcher note: I have the census records and marriage record of Lena Frank who married August Bidermann on 10 May 1877 in Calhoun County. Her parents were John Frank born about 1832 in Belgium and Sophine (Sophia) Daack born about 1830 in Hanover. Bonnie Sutton Hayes


BIEDERMAN, Leo Sherman, died 30-03-1956. Leo Biederman, 39, a Jerseyville resident, died Friday March 30 at Jersey Community hospital. incomplete


BIEDERMAN, Lucille, born 23-02-1893, Jersey County, Illinois, died 31-05-1973, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Lucille Biederman, 80, died at Jersey Community hospital, May 31. Funeral services were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev James A. Connett officiated. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. She was born Feb. 23, 1893 in Jersey County the daughter of August & Lena (Spiers) Biederman. Only survivors were nieces and nephews. See researcher note for Lena Biederman above.


BIERMAN, Florine, T. (Greeling), born Dow, Jersey County, Illinois, died 10-01-1990, buried Rose Lawn cemetery. Florine T. Bierman, 75, died Jan. 10, 1990, at her home. She was born in Dow, daughter of the late Pearl & Effie (Chappell) Greeling. Her husband, John Henry Bierman, died May 14, 1963. Surviving are 2 daughters, Dorothy May Reed of Godfrey and Mary Jane Reathaford of Alton; 3 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. She was a member of Cottage Hills VFW Auxiliary. Visitation and services were held at Gent Funeral home in Alton. Rev Mike Adams officiated with burial in Rose Lawn Memory gardens in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Alton Salvation Army.


BIERMAN, Gregory Alan, died 22 07-1979, buried Zion Lutheran cemetery. Gregory Alan Bierman, 18, was the son of Margaret Bierman and the late Donald Bierman of Jerseyville. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev William Elder officiated and burial was in Zion Lutheran cemetery. The youth died July 22. incomplete


BIERMAN, John F., born Macoupin County, Illinois, died 27-04-1990, Medora cemetery. John F. Bierman, 71, died Apr. 27, 1990, at St. Anthony hospital, Alton. He was a machinist at Owens of Alton, retiring in 1978, and a us army WWII veteran. Born in Macoupin county, he was the son of the late Joseph & Addie (Conners) Bierman. Surviving are 5 sons, Lester, Dennis and Eric Bierman, all of Jerseyville and John and Pat Bierman, both of Arkansas; 8 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Frances Milner of Godfrey. 1 brother, Joe Bierman; and 2 sister, Eva Holliday and Mary Thurm, preceded him in death. Visitation and services were held at Targhetta funeral home in Medora, with Rev. William Hembrow officiating. Military rites were conducted at Medora cemetery by VFW Post 1308. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.


BIGIOT, Kate, died 24-05-1898, buried IOOF cemetery. Kate Bigiot, wife of Thomas Bigiot, died May 24. She leaves her husband and 5 children. Funeral was from her home on Main Street. Burial was in IOOF cemetery.


BILBREY, Anna Gayle (McMahan), born 11-03-1912, Williamsville, Ripley County, Missouri, died 13-03-1993, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Anna Gayle Bilbrey, 81, died March 13, 1993, at Jersey Community hospital emergency room. She was a member of First United Methodist church in Jerseyville. Bon n Williamsville, MO, March 11, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Robert Harvey & Ella (Wynn) McMahan. She married Henry Bilbrey in Williamsville Aug. 20, 1927. He died Feb. 21, 1988. Surviving are 1 daughter, Ann Kirk of Jerseyville; 1 son, Jerry Bilbrey of Wood River; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Joye Cook of Stockbridge, MI, Wilma Bratton of Williamsville, MO, Macey Powell of Malden, MO, and Judy Johnson of Bernie, MO; and 4 brothers, Cleo McMahan of Maryville, Clecy McMahan of Lowder, Robert McMahan of Piedmont, MO, William McMahan of Williamsville. 1 son Henry Bilbrey Jr., 1 sister, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. Visitation and services were from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Rebecca Branson officiated, with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. Memorials may be given to Jersey County public health dept.


BILBREY, Henry A., born Williamsville, Ripley County, Missouri, died 21-02-1988, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Henry A. Bilbrey Sr., 84, died Feb. 21, 1988, at Jersey Community hospital after a lengthy illness. Bilbrey had been a millwright for 35 years at Laclede Steel in Madison, IL. He retired in 1968. He was born in Williamsville, MO, he was the son of the late Squire & Gracie (Marler) Bilbrey. He married the former Gayle (McMahan) on Aug. 20, 1927, in Williamsville, MO. She survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Ann Kirk of Jerseyville; 1 son, Jerry Bilbrey of Wood River; 4 grandchildren; 2 brother, Claude Bilbrey of Granite City and Fred Bilbrey of Granite City and 1 sister, Ailee Eads of Williamsville, MO. He was preceded in death by 1 son, Henry Bilbrey Jr.; and 6 brothers. Visitation and services were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Special services were conducted by Odd Fellows Lodge 53. Rev Mike Michels officiated at final service, with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. Memorials may be given to Jerseyville Odd Fellows Lodge 53, Jersey County health department or First United Methodist church of Jerseyville, where he had been a member.


BINGAMAN, Henry G., died 12-1907. Henry G. Bingaman, 59, died at his home. Funeral was from home with Rev W. W. Hicks officiating. Burial in Rockbridge.


BINGAMAN, Dorothy (Greathouse), died 12-1927. Mrs. Dorothy Bingham nee Greathouse, died at Portland, Oregon. Word was received here by Mrs. S. H. bowman. She had been a teacher in Portland schools for a number of years.


BIRDNOW, buried Hartford cemetery. Remains of widow Birdnow were laid to rest at Hartford cemetery.


BIRKENMAYER, Cecelia E. (Aylward), born Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 31-10-1986, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Cecelia E. Birkenmayer, 89, died Oct. 31, 1986, at St. Anthony hospital, Alton. She was born in Jerseyville, daughter of the late John & Delia (Allen) Aylward. On Dec. 23, 1918, she married Earl Birkenmahyer, and he died June 21, 1968. Surviving are 2 daughters, Helen O'brien of Florissant, MO and Phyllis Miller of Jerseyville; 5 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. Visitation and rosary were at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Francis church in Jerseyville with Rev. Patrick Morrow as celebrant. Burial was at Oak Grove cemetery. Memorials may be given to charity of one's choice.


BIRKENMAYER, Daniel, born 02-08-1861, Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 01-1931. Daniel Birkenmayer, 69, son of Gotlieb & Mary (Nich-k?) natives of Germany. He was born near Otterville, Aug. 2, 1861. He leaves his wife Louella 1 son Lee; 1 daughter, Mrs. L. V. Drury; 1 sister, Hattie Miner.


BIRKENMAYER, Earl Eugene, born 12-02-1894, Jersey County, Illinois, died 20-06-1968, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Earl Eugene Birkenmayer, 74, who had suffered form a heart ailment, was dead on arrival at Jersey Community hospital, June 20. Final rites were held at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev W. Louis Purcell, Pastor of United Methodist church, officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. He was a son of the late Charles & Grace (Hill) Birkenmayer, and was born Feb. 12, 1894 in Jersey county, and had spent his entire life here. He was a veteran of WWI and a member of the American Legion and WW E barrracks. Surviving are his wife Cecelia (Aylward) Birkenmayer, 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Miller of Jerseyville and Mrs. James (Helen) O'brien of Florissant, MO, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, Frank Birkenmayer of Jerseyville, and 1 sister, Mrs C. H. Leslie of Des Pere, MO and Mrs. C. B. Mulliner of Del Ray Beach, FL.


BIRKENMAYER, Frank H., born 24-10-1891, Jersey County, Illinois, died 12-11-1973, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Frank H. Birkenmayer, 82, of Jerseyville died Nov.12 at his home. The retired farmer, he was born Oct. 24, 1891 in Jersey county the son of Charles & Grace (Hill) Birkenmayer. Survivors are his wife, Nellie M. (Britton) Birkenmayer; 1 daughter, Mrs. Jack (Melva Jean) Gahr of East Alton; 5 grandchildren; and 2 sister, Mrs. Ione Mullner of Des Plaines, FL, and Mrs. C. H. Lester of St. Louis. His parents 1 brother Earl Birkenmayer, preceded him in death. Visitation and funeral rites were held at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev M. Edwards Breed conducted the services, with burial in Oak Grove cemetery.


BIRKENMAYER, Minnie B., died 1893. Minnie Birkenmayer 26, died at her home. She was the daughter of Gotlieb Birkinmayer who has lived in this community for many years. Presbyterian Church with Rev. I C. Tyson.


BIRKENMAYER, Nellie M. (Britton), born 15-02-1978, Jersey County, Illinois, died 26-10-1978, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Nellie M. Birkenmayer, 80, formerly of Jerseyville, died at her home in East Alton. Services were conducted from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Elvin Hensley of Wood River officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. She was born Feb. 15, 1898 in Jersey county. Her husband Frank H. Birkenmayer, died Nov.12, 1973. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Jean Gahr of East Alton. 1 brother and 1 half sister, preceded her in death.


BIRKENMEYER, Minnie, died 1893, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Miss Minnie Birkenmeyer, died. Rev Tyson had funeral with burial in Oak Grove.


BIRKENMEYER, William, born Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 13-05-1921. buried Oak Grove Cemetery. William Birkenmeyer, 67, died at his home 1 mile north of Fidelity May 13. He was born at Otterville. He leaves his wife, 2 sons, Charles and Richard of Fieldon; 1 brother, Dan Birkenmayer of this city. Funeral from Fidelity Baptist Church. Burial at Oak Grove cemetery. Out of town person attending were: Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Patton, Medora - Mr. & Mrs. Charles Miner - Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Post - Mr. & Mrs. James Wilson, St. Louis - Miss Rose Carson & Mrs. Hattie Carson, Medora - Carl Carson & son Jean, Casper, WY - Mr. & Mrs. Horace Mclaughlin, Virden - Mr. & Mrs Dick Wilson - Lizzie Sloman-and Chas. Freer, all of Morrisonville - Mr. & John Beebe - Mr. & Mrs. Ray Odell, Piasa-Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Smith, Palmyra.


BIRKENMAYER, Richard G., buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Richard G Birkenmayer, 39, whose death by suicide occurred on Tuesday evening of last week at the Birkenmayer farm north of Fidelity, was the first of 11 Jersey County young men who were attached to 3 air squadrons - 221st, 222nd,and 86th to die. Funeral rites were held at the residence, Rev L. J. Julianell, pastor of Medora Baptist church officiated. Many relatives and friends were in attendance. The body, brought by train from Fidelity to Jerseyville, was entombed in Oak Grove mausoleum temporarily with a short service conducted by Rev. A. B. Carson, pastor of the first Baptist Church, and with military honors by Worthy Post, American Legion of this city. Re-commitment of the body to a grave in the family burial plot in Oak Grove cemetery will be at a later date. Rain fell during the entire service. Birkenmayer, who was unmarried , served 500 days in the World war after enlistment in the US air force. He was in service in France as a truck driver with the 222nd aero squadron. Shortly before the close of the war he became ill, returning to New York by hospital ship. Annual reunions have been held by the 11 young men since the war and Birkenmayer was to be the host of the for the coming gathering, which had been tentatively set for the month of May. Pallbearers were 6 of his comrades: they were Virgil Campbell, Earl Birkenmayer, Gilbert Pritchaett, Leslie Dougherty, Floyd Steinkuehler and Earl Tunehorst. He is survivend by his mother, Mrs Anna Birkenmayer and his brother, Charles Birkenmayer, with whom he resided; also his fiancee Miss Hilda Dependahl, of the Brighton vicinity.


BIRMINGHAM, Rosanna (Dempsey), died 05-1897, buried Odd Fellows cemetery. Mrs. Rosanna Birmingham, 66, sister of W. S. Dempsey, Grafton, died. Funeral at Grafton. Burial in Odd Fellows cemetery at Grafton.


BISHOP, Joseph Stephen, born 23-01-1916, died 27-02-1984, buried Fieldon cemetery. Joseph Stephen Bishop, 68, of Fieldon died at Jersey Community hospital Feb. 27. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Father William Hembrow officiated and burial was in Fieldon cemetery. He was born Jan. 23, 1916 in Brighton county to the late Andrew & Nellie (Stocks) Bishop. The WWII veteran was a machine operator at Owens-Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Leola (Klunk) Bishop whom he married Dec. 27, 1947 in Jerseyville; 2 sons, Robert of Alton and William of Fieldon; 1 daughter, Margaret Taylor of Jerseyville; 4 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Rabia "sis" Grizzle of Jerseyville. His parents and 1 brother preceded him in death. Memorials May be given to the Kidney Foundation.


BISHOP, Loren Robert, born15-09-1945, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, died 05-11-1991, buried Gunterman cemetery. Loren Robert "Buddy" Bishop Jr., 46, died Tuesday Nov.5, 1991, at home after a lengthy illness. He retired in 1980 as a core maker from Duncan Foundry, due to disability. Born in Alton Sept. 15, 1945, he was a son of Hazel G. "Pete" (Lyles) Jones of Jerseyville and the late Loren Robert Bishop, Sr. Surviving in addition to his mother are 1 son, Scott Bishop of Bunkerhill; 2 daughters, Yvette Bishop of Florissant, MO, and Abbe Schwallenstecker of Bunker Hill; 1 brother, Michael Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 3 sisters, Linda Jones of Alton, Debra Gray of Litchfield and Carla Mcschooler of Canton; and his stepfather Frank A. Jones of Jerseyville. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Schroeder funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Gary Goode officiated. Burial was in Gunterman cemetery, Fieldon. Memorials may be given to American Kidney Foundation.


BITTENBERG, Caroline, born 1840, died 28-11-1876. Mrs. Catherine? (Caroline?) Bittenberg, 36, died Nov. 28, 1876. Funeral from home.


BIZAILLION, Goldie Irene (Hunt), born 16-05-1904, died 20-06-1982, buried Hardin cemetery. Goldie Irene Bizallion, 78, of East Alton, died June 20 at Edwardsville Care center, Edwardsville. She was born May 16, 1904, a daughter of Jefferson & Rachael (Desherlia) Hunt. Her husband, Fred Bizallion, died in 1964. She is survived by 2 daughters and 4 sons, including William of Jerseyville; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Services were conducted at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin with burial in Hardin cemetery. Memorials may be given to Southern Baptist Church.


BIZAILLION, William Frederick, born 10-11-1920, Jersey County, Illinois, died 11-01-1992, buried St. Francis cemetery. William Fredrick Bizaillion, 71, died Jan. 11, 1992, at Jersey Community hospital. He retired as a section hand with Illinois terminal railroad and was a US Army veteran. Born in Jersey County on Nov. 10, 1920, he was a son of the late Fred & Goldie (Hunt) Bizaillion. He married Twila (Darr) Bizaillion Dec. 10, 1949, in Jerseyville. Surviving are his wife; 1 son, Mike Bizaillion of Jerseyville; 2 sister, Alberta Baker of Wood River and Christine Ballard, East Alton; and 3 brothers, Everet T. Bizaillion, Roxana, James Bizaillion of Moro and Henry Bizaillion of Marianna, FL. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Schroeder funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Lloyd Misho officiated and burial was in St. Francis cemetery. Memorials May be given to masses.


BLACK, Grace Kate, born 1866, died 04-1868. Grace Kate, 2, daughter of Wm. A. and Kate J. black.


BLACK, John R., died 1880. Col. John R. Black, was laid to rest in the cemetery last Friday Rev Kaniel W. Phillips, A. M., president of McKendree college, Lebanon, and Col. Black's spiritual adviser and pastor for 3 yrs, and who baptised him and received him into the church, preached his funeral, which was largely attended (and but for the shortness of the notice would have been even more largely attended) at the Methodist church. It is a sad reflection that no matter how old one may live to be, still death forgets not to come. Col. Black had lived his three score and 10, and now the silver cord is loosed, the golden bowl is broken at the cistern. "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher: All is vanity" Rev. Eugene May assisted in the funeral rites.


BLACKBURN, Margaret, died 25-10 1898. Margaret Blackburn, widow of S. M. Blackburn, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thompson Corn on Oct. 25, in Cheyenne, WY. She was a former Jerseyville resident.


BLACKBURN, William, died 1914. William Blackburn, 82, died at the home of his son, William in Dow. Funeral from Newbern ME church. He leaves his son William, 2 daughters, Mrs Charles Goudie and Mrs. Edward Hall.


BLACKKETTER, Maudie L. (Dosset), born 04-05-1904, Hillview, Greene County, Illinois, died 26-06-1980, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Maudie L. Blackketter, 76, died June 26, at Greenwood Manor where she had been a resident for one year. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Jerseyville with Rev. Clay Noah Jr., officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Mrs Blackketter was born in Hillview on May 4, 1904 the daughter of Henry & Lou (Griswold) Dossett. She married Orville Blackketter and he preceded her in death in 1927. Survivors are 2 daughter, Norma Settles of Hartford, Betty Rawe, Jerseyville, and Peggy Federle, Godfrey; 7 grandchildren and 1 sister, Lana Monroe of White Hall. She was preceded in death by 1 son, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Memorials may be given to first Baptist Church of which she was a member.


BLACKKETTER, Ray Eugene, born 27-08-1926, White Hall, Greene County, Illinois, died 06-1953, buried White Hall cemetery. Ray Eugene Blackketter, 26, was found drowned in Lake Carlinville. A search for Blackketter was started Tuesday after he failed to return home from a trip to the lake last sat. The lake was dragged by a searching party who found his shirt and shoes on the lake bank. He was found floating in the lake at 5 pm Tuesday, near the lake dam. Complete reports from an autopsy ordered by William Wise, coroner of Macoupin county, were not received at press time. The youth, a WWII Navy veteran, was the son of Orville & Maudie (Dorsett, Dossett?) Blackketter and was born in White Hall, Aug. 27, 1926. He resided in Jerseyville. Blackketter is survived by his mother, Mrs Maudie Blackketter of Jerseyville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Harold Settles of Hartford, and Betty and Peggy Blackketter of Jerseyville, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mellie Blackketter of White Hall. Visitation was at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Services were held at the first Baptist Church in White Hall. Rev Ben Bohn officiated. Interment was in White Hall cemetery. He was a member of Worthey Post, American Legion of Jerseyville, and commitment services were held under the auspices of White Hall American Legion Post, No 70.


BLACKORBY, Betty Lou, born 08-06-1929, Jersey County, Illinois, died 27-07-1988, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Betty Lou Blackorby, 59, formerly of Jerseyville, died July 27, 1988, in San Diego, CA. She was born June 8, 1929, in Jersey County to the late Don G. Smith & Dora Whitlock. She was a member of the Moose and Elks and a former member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Jerseyville. Survivors include a daughter, Lona Blackorby of San Diego, CA; 1 son, Scott Blackorby of Jerseyville; 2 sisters, Adda Herridge of Fredericksburg, TX and Vera "Jess" Kennett of Alexander; 3 brothers Carl Smith of Sun City, AZ, Dale Smith of Medora, and George "Sam" Smith of Jerseyville. Services were Aug. 3, 1988, at Jacoby brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Earl Clagg officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.


BLACKORBY, Linda Ann, born 16-10-1953, Carrollton, Green county, Illinois, died 06-11-1953. Linda Ann Blackorby, 20 day old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Leon Blackorby of RR 1 Fieldon, died at the home of her parents, Nov.6, 1953. She was born Oct. 16, at Boyd Memorial hospital in Carrollton. In addition to her parents, the baby is survived by 2 brothers, Kenneth and William; 4 sisters, Mary Catherine, Alice Elaine, Dorothy Loraine and Karen Jane; her paternal grandfather, bra??? Blackorby of Jerseyville, and her maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William Simpson of Dow. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Incomplete


BLACKORBY, Mecca (Degerllia), born14-07-1896, Kampsville, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 06-1983, buried Indian. Mecca Blackorby, 86, of rural Hamburg a lifelong Calhoun county resident. She was born July 14, 1896 in Kampsville, daughter of Stephen & Lydia (Ferguson) Degerlia. Her husband, Slocum L. Blackorby, died Apr. 18, 1981. She is survived by a daughter, Vernita Kamp of rural Hamburg and 2 grandchildren, Lisa Ringhausen of Jerseyville and E. Mitchell Kamp of Quincy. 4 brother and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Indian Creek cemetery has been named as a memorial.


BLACKSTOCK, Eva, born 16-01-1859, Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 05-01-1918. Eva (Moore, Randolph) Blackstock was born at Otterville, Jan. 16, 1859. She was educated at Shurtleff College and Valparaiso Normal School. She died in Gunnison, CO, Jan. 5, 1918, May 6, 1886 she married Joseph Blackstock in Medora, after which they moved to Gunnison. She has a number of relatives in Jersey county. She leaves 5 children J. Ross, Bruce, and Helen live in KCO (KY?), and Dr Moore lives in Spartanburg, SC. 1 child preceded her in death.


BLACKWELL, Ida Mae (Ingersoll), Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 25-10-1987, buried Plummer cemetery. Ida Mae blackwell, 63, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1987, at Jersey Community hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Hardin, daughter of the late Carl & Naomi (Deverger) Ingersoll. On Sept. 29, 1945, in Calhoun county, she married Ralph A. Blackwell. He survives. Also surviving, are 1 son, Keith Blackwell of Hardin; 1 daughter, Marian Czaia of OK; 4 grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Norman Ingersoll of MN and Ralph Ingersoll of CA. Visitation and services were held at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin. Rev Loy Schlote officiated and burial was in Plummer cemetery, west of Hardin. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran church in Hardin or Calhoun ambulance service.


BLAESER, Charlene Billie (Tucker), born 14-10-1917, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, died 21-06-1975, buried St. Francis cemetery. Charlene Billie Blaeser, 57, Mulberry Grove died June 21. Funeral mass was held June 25, at St. Francis church with Rev. R. T. Shea celebrant. Interment was in St. Francis cemetery. She was born Oct. 14, 1917 in Alton the daughter of Harley A. & Alpha (Rawlings) Tucker. Mrs Blaeser had been manager for a dry cleaning establishment. She is survived by her husband, John E. Blaeser; 1 son, John E. Blaeser Jr., of Jerseyville; 1 daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) York of Mulberry Grove; 5 grandchildren; her father; 1 brother, Harley A. Tucker Jr, East Alton; 4 sisters, Mrs. Joseph (McNutt), Wood River, Mrs. Verley Abner, Tulsa, OK, Mrs James (Neta) Dolan, Alvin, TX, and Mrs. James (June) Wallace of Tulsa, OK. Her mother and 1 sister preceded her in death. Visitation was held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.


BLAIR, Cora (Van Pelt), born 07-08-1859, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 05-1890. Cora Blair, born in Jerseyville, Aug. 7, 1859, died at the home of her husband's sister in Kansas City, MO. She married James Blair, March 8, 1883. Her body was brought to Jerseyville and funeral was from the home of her uncle, T. F. Remer. She was buried beside an infant child who died about 5 years ago and was also brought here for burial. She leaves her husband; 1 son 4 yrs; 2 sisters. Pallbearers were J. C. Reintges, Harry hill, W. H. Pogue, Edward Cross, Will McClure and George E. Warren, Jr.


BLAIR, Mary E., died 19-03-1898, buried Greene cemetery. Mary E. Blair, 64, died at her home March 19, 1898. Funeral from home and then to Greene's cemetery 3 mi NE of Kane. Rev J. W. Bush of Kane officiated. Her son, Joe Snodgrass, is a printer at the Democrat office, and through respect for him, all printers in town attended the funeral in a body.


BLAIR, Robert A., born 01-06-1828, Adair, Kentucky, died 26-09-1901, buried Witt cemetery. Robert A. Blair, 73, son of George & Dica Blair, was born June 1, 1828 in Adair county Kentucky. He died at his home in Rockbridge, IL, Sept. 26, 1901. Oct 4, 1849, he married Susan (Colwell) Blair. 9 children preceded him in death. His wife, 1 son, George H. Blair and 1 daughter, Mrs Close, survive him. He came to Illinois in 1853 and settled on a farm near Glasgoe, Scott County. In 1875 he was elected sheriff of Scott county; then moved to Winchester, IL; then to Alsey, IL. He then moved to Rockbridge to work in the mercantile business. Funeral from ME church. Elders B. E. Antrobus and J. H. Dixon officiated. Burial in Witt cemetery.


BLAKE, Homer C., died 10-1972, buried Arlington National. Homer C. Blake, 60, died recently at Chelisea Naval hospital in Boston. He had been hospitalized the past weeks and his death followed an extended illness of leukemia. The USA (retired) veteran was a resident of Farmington, NH. Colonel Blake was the husband of former Lt Col Willia (Stephenson) Blake, daughter of the late Mr & Mrs. William Stephenson of Jerseyville. The marriage of the couple took place in Germany while both were in military service. Funeral was held at Davenport funeral home in Farmington, after which the body will be taken to Arlington National cemetery for burial. Samuel Stephenson of Jerseyville, brother of Mrs. Blake flew to Farmington to remain with her indefinitely.


BLAKE, Martin, died 10-1903, buried Catholic cemetery. Martin Blake, 63, died Sunday night. Inquest was held. Death due to unknown causes. Body buried in Catholic cemetery.


BLAKE, Mary Willa (Stephenson), born Jersey County, Illinois, died 1979. Mary Willa Stephenson Blake, 67 of Farmington, NH, was born in Jersey county, daughter of the late William & Ellen Stephenson. She died at Health Care Manor in Dover, NH. Graveside rites are pending. She graduated from Macmurray College in Jacksonville and taught high school 5 years before entering the WACS in 1941. She was in the first class to graduate from officers training school at Ft. Des Moines, IA and was promoted to 2nd Lt. She retired as a Lt Col. after serving 22 years in the military. She married Col. Homer Blake in 1960. She is survived by 1 sister Martha Anderson, Hardin and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband 1 brother, Sam Stephenson and 1 sister Catherine Parsell.


BLANCHARD, Lavica Matilda, born 1802, Trigon County, Pennsylvania, died 02-04-1888. Lavica Matilda Blanchard, 86, died Apr. 2 (Elsah?). She was born in Trigon county, PA, 1802. She moved to Llyons, IA, 1882. She was a widow for 34 years and mother of 6 sons. 3 of them were in the union army.


BLAND, Ada (Curry), died 1917, buried Otterville cemetery. Mrs. Ada (Curry) Bland, 25, died at her home near Elsah. Funeral from Otterville ME church. Burial was in Otterville cemetery.


BLAND, Blanch Louise (Heitzman) born 10-08-1915, Dow, Jersey County, Illinois, died 28-09-1976, buried Newbern cemetery. Blanche Louise Bland, 61, of RR Dow died Sept. 28, at her residence. The funeral was held Sept. 30 at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Woodrow Schutz officiated. Burial was in Newbern Cemetery. She was born Aug. 10, 1915 in Dow, a daughter of Henry & Fanny (Davis) Heitzman. Her husband was the late Robert L. Bland. She is survived by 8 sons, Fred, William, Richard, Larry, Edwin, James and - incomplete.


BLAND, Caren Louise, born 30-01-1977, died 08-02-1977, buried 21-02-1977, Newbern cemetery. Caren Louise Bland, 10 days, daughter of Stanley B. & Linda M. (Dooley) B. Land of Alton, died Feb. 8 at St. Joseph hospital. Private services were conducted at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Everett Chambers officiated and burial was in Newbern cemetery. In addition to her parents she is survived by 1 sister, Catherine Booth, and 3 brothers, David and Chad Booth and Chris Bland, at home; and her maternal grandmother, Edna L. Dooley of Alton, aunts and uncles.


BLAND, Elizabeth, died 02-12-1924, buried Elsah cemetery. Elizabeth Bland, 73, wife of John Bland of East Newbern, died at her home, Dec. 2nd. Funeral from Elsah ME church. Rev Kinsey of Jerseyville officiated with burial in Elsah cemetery.


BLAND, Guy E., born Newbern, Jersey County, Illinois, died 04-04-1989, buried Newbern cemetery. Guy E. Bland, 89, formerly of Grafton, died Tuesday Apr. 4, 1989, at Jersey Community hospital. Bland retired in 1968 from Illinois Powder company of Grafton where he was a truck driver more than 40 years. Born in Newbern, he was the son of the Lad Ed & Delia (Darr) Bland. A sister, Jane Carey of Kirkwood, MO survives. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Masonic rites were presented by Grafton masonic. Rev William Hembrow officiated at funeral services.. Military rites were conducted at Newbern cemetery by Jerseyville American Legion and VFW Post 492. Memorials may be given to American Heart Association


BLAND, John Delbert, born 13-03-1910, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 31-03-1974, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. John Delbert Bland, 64, of Jerseyville, died March 31 at his home. A repairman at Laclede Steel company, Alton, he was born March 13, 1910 in Calhoun county a son of James & Catherine (Ringhausen) Bland. His survivors are his widow, Mrs. Sadie (Blackstone) Bland; 2 sons, Gary Bland of Godfrey and Roger Bruce Bland of St. Louis; 6 brothers, Albert and Walter of Eldred, Taft of Pekin, George and Lester of Kampsville and Ernest of Mosier; 2 sisters, Henrietta Gansz and Mrs. Carl Gansz, both of Kampsville; 2 grandchildren. Funeral rites were held Apr 3, from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev R. E. George officiated with interment in Oak Grove cemetery.


BLAND, Larry Edward, born Dow, Jersey County, Illinois, died 11-11-1990, buried Newbern cemetery. Larry Edward Bland, 42, died Nov. 11, 1990, at St. Anthony hospital, Alton. He was a welder for 13 years at National Maintenance and Repair in Hartford. Born in Dow, he was the son of the late Robert & Blanche (Geitzman) Bland. He married Susan (Antrobus) Bland on Feb. 25, 1978 in Jerseyville she survives. Also surviving are 1 son, Larry Bland of East Alton; 2 daughters, Susan and Sherril Bland, both at home; 6 sisters, Irene Bland of Caseyville, Nancy Booth of Dow, Judy Kassler of Spanish Lake, MO, Roberta Donelson of Godfrey, Shirley Young of Dow and Betty summers of Grafton; and 7 brothers, Fred Heitzman and Bill, Dick and Ed Bland, all of Dow, Jack Bland of Wickenburg, AZ, James Bland of Jerseyville and Stanley Bland of Grafton. Visitations and services were held at Jacoby Schroeder funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev James Endsley officiated. Burial was in Newbern cemetery. Memorials may be given to American Heart Association.


BLAND, Robert Lester, born 25-09-1887, Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois, died 12-10-1956, buried Newbern cemetery. Robert Lester Bland, 69, of Rt 1 Dow, died Oct. 12, at John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis. He had been a patient for 1 day. Funeral services were held from Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville, and moved to Newbern Presbyterian church. Rev Albert F. Moginot, of Alton officiated and burial was in Newbern cemetery. Mr Bland was a son of the late John & Elizabeth (Gunterman) Bland and was born Sept. 25, 1887 at Fieldon. He had ben engaged in farming in Jersey county. He was a veteran of WWI and was a member of Worthey Post, American Legion Post No 492 and the 40 & 8. Surviving are his wife, Blanche Bland; 6 daughter, Mrs. Irene Ely of Alton, Frances, Judy Roberta, Shirley and Betty Bland all at home; 8 sons, Fred Heitzman of Alton, William, Jack, Richard, Larry, Edwin, James and Stanley Bland, at home; 2 incomplete


BLAND, Sylvester, died 13-01-1897, buried Fieldon cemetery. Sylvester Bland, adopted son of James D. & Mary Lance of Jerseyville, died Jan. 13. Burial at Fieldon.


BLANEY, Catherine, died 19-08-1851. Catherine, 43, wife of Patrick Blaney, died in Jerseyville on the 19th. inst.(?) of dysentery.


BLANEY, Edith (McNear), born 21-04-1898, Naples, died 30-07-1973, buried Brighton. Edith (McNear), (Woods) Blaney, 75, of Chesterfield, formerly from Brighton, died July 30 at Alton Memorial hospital. Funeral rites were held at Warner funeral home in Brighton and burial was in Brighton cemetery. She was born Apr. 21, 1898 in Naples. Her survivors are her husband, Glen; 2 daughters, Mrs. Gace (Grace?) Wagenblast of Alton and Mrs. Clara Suttles of Chesterfield; 1 son, William E. Woods of Brighton; 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. George Rogers of Brighton, and 1 brother, George McNear of Brighton. Her first husband, Pearl Woods, died several years ago.


BLASA, Bertha Marie (Guenther), born 20-02-1905, Grafton, Jersey County, Illinois, died 01-03-1983, buried Cemetery Valhalla cemetery. Bertha Marie Blasa, 78, of Grafton died March 1, at Jersey Community hospital. She was born Feb. 20, 1905 in Grafton, daughter of the late Herman & Josephine (Quitt) Guenther. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev John Vidakovich officiated with burial in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Surviving are her husband, Pearl Blasa, whom she married March 16, 1938 in Edwardsville; 4 daughters, Shirley of Godfrey, Virginia Bailey, Grafton, Leva Burns and Phyllis Rudolph of Dow; 1 sister, Reta McCoy, Fieldon; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the John Depper iii trust fund or charity of one's choice.


BLASA, Fred, born 23-03-1893, Jersey County, Illinois, died 27-05-1982, buried Otterville cemetery. Fred Blasa, 89, of Jerseyville, a retired, died May 27, at Jersey Community hospital. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev William Hessler officiated with burial in Otterville cemetery. He was born in Jersey County March 23, 1893, a son of Charles & Christian (Hooper) Blasa. His survivors are his wife, the former Lillian Neal whom he married in 1945 in Alton; 1 son, Fred N. Blasa of rural Jerseyville; 3 daughters, Phyllis Sample of - incomplete


BLASA, Freda Renee (Hand), born 06-07-1895, Fayette, died 14-08-1937, buried Otterville cemetery. Freda Blasa 42, and infant daughter died Aug. 14, 1937. The largely attended funeral was held at Otterville Baptist Church, Rev. Ramond Liles officiated and interment was in Otterville cemetery. Mrs Blasa was the daughter of the late Manford Hand & Hattie (Carter) Hand and was born July 6, 1895 in Fayette, IL. Surviving are her husband, Fred Blasa; 1 daughter, Phyllis Marie; her mother, Mrs. Hattie Hancock of Alton; 2 brothers Harold Hand of Jerseyville and Clifford Hand of Alton; 2 half brothers, Paul and Norman Hancock of Alton and 1 half sister, Mrs. Virginia Cox of Alton.


BLASA, Freeland H., born 13-12-1933, Wood River, Madison County, Illinois, died 09-1983, buried Kane cemetery. Freeland H. Blasa, 49, of Jacksonville, was born Dec. 13, 1933 in Wood River. His parents were Freeland E Blasa & Helen (Morris) Blasa. Funeral from Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville, Rev Ron Woodrum officiating. Burial in Kane cemetery. He leaves his father and 2 sons, Virgil of East Alton and Jimmie of Roxana.


BLASA, Helen P. (Morris), born 04-09-1916, Greene County, Illinois, died 30-11-1981, buried Kane cemetery. Helen P. Blasa, 65, of Jerseyville died at MO Baptist hospital, Creve Coueur, MO, Nov. 30. 1981. She was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Greene County, the daughter of the late Plesant H. & Elizabeth Pearl (Hardwick) Morris. She married Freeland Blasa June 30, 1935 in Kane. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, Freeland Jr., of Jacksonville, Virgil of East Alton, and Jimmie of Roxana; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dimple Andeson (Anderson?) of Kane and Merrida Grizzle of Carrollton. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Ron Woodrum officiated and burial was in Kane cemetery. Memorials may be given to state street Baptist Church.


BLASA, Henry, born Jersey County, Illinois, died 11-1967, buried Meadow Branch cemetery. Henry Blasa, 81 yrs, 4 mo, 25 days, had been under the care of a physcian and was fatally stricken at home. He was dead on arrival at Jersey County Memorial hospital. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Carl Skilbeck officiated and burial was in Meadow Branch cemetery. A son of the late Charles & Christene (Hooper) Blasa, Mr. Blasa was born in Jersey county. His survivors are 3 sons, Jasper Blasa of Dow, Freeland Blasa and Robert Blasa of Jerseyville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Fred Blasa, Jerseyville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Anna Sears, Jerseyville, Mrs. Lena Vinson of Dow, and Mrs Louise Mallett of Nutwood. His parents, 1 daughter, Dorothy Carigman, 1 brother, and 3 half- brothers preceded him in death.


BLASA, Hilda L. (Walker), born 04-07-1919, Jersey County, Illinois, died 14-01-1982, buried Cemetery Valhalla cemetery. Hilda L. Blasa, 62, of Dow Jan. 14 at Alton Memorial hospital. Services were held Mon. at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev James Maxwell, pastor of Delhi Baptist Church officiated. She was born July 4, 1919 in Jersey county, the daughter of Louis & Gertrude (McCann) Walker. She is survived by 1 son, Wilbur of Fieldon; 3 daughters, Florence Whitehead of Jerseyville, Garnetta Edwards of Greenfield and Mary Jane Campbell of Dow. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jasper Blasa who died Oct. 5, 1980; 1 son Russell, 2 brothers, Clinton and Ralph Walker. Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park. Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association.


BLASA, Jasper H., born Jersey County, Illinois, died 05-10-1980, buried Cemetery Valhalla cemetery. Jasper H. Blasa, 69, of Dow died Oct. 5 at St. Mary Health Center, Richmond Heights, MO. He was born Feb. 21, 1911 in Jersey county, a son of Henry & Bessie (Highfill) Blasa. Services were conducted at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev James Maxwell officiated with burial in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Surviving are his wife, Hilda (Walker) Blasa whom he married Dec. 12, 1934; 1 son, Wilbur of Fieldon; 3 daughters, Florence Whitehead, Jerseyville, Garnetta Edwards, Greenfield, Mary Jane Chapbell of Dow; 2 brothers, Freeland and Robert both of Jerseyville; 14 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. His parents, 1 son Russell, and 1 sister preceded him in death. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.


BLASA, Karen (Waldheuser), born Kampsville, Calhoun County, Illinois, died 21-11-1987, buried Cemetery Rosedale cemetery. Karen Blasa, 49, died Nov.21, 1987, at St. Joseph hospital in Alton, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Kampsville, the daughter of Victor Waldheuser of Kampsville and the late Edna (Roberts) Waldheuser. On Nov.10, 1980, in Kampsville, she married David C. Blasa, and he survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Lisa Ann Williams of Fieldon; 1 son, Rodney W. Willman of Fieldon; 12 grandchildren; 2 brother, John Waldheuser of Hamburg and Robert Ealdheuser of Eldred; and 2 sisters, Carolyn Hagen of brussels and Dorothy Barnes of Loraine, IL. Visitation was held at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin. Services were held at St. John Lutheran church in Kampsville, Rev. Loy Scholte officiating. Burial was in Rosedale cemetery. Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, St. Louis.


BLASA, Lloyd Warner, born Grafton, Jersey County, Illinois, died 09-1983, buried Roselawn cemetery. Lloyd Warner Blasa, 72, of East Alton, died at Wood River Township hospital. Born in Grafton, a son of the late Charles & Mary (Suddeth) Blasa, he was employed at Olin Brass for 32 yrs, retiring in 1968. He married Sarah (Yarborough) Oct. 4, 1970 in Bethalto, and she survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Marcella Ray of Muncie, IN; 3 step daughters, Shirley Blasa of East Alton and Margie Odell of East Alton and Judy Clark of Holiday Shores; 1 son, Herschel Blasa of East Alton; 3 stepsons, William Yarborough and Mike Yarborough both of East Alton and David Yarborough of Roxana; and 1 brother, Pearl Blasa of Grafton. Services and visitation were held at Marks mortuary. Rev Willard Meyer officiated with burial in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran school in Bethalto.


BLASA, Pearl Charles, born 11-02-1907, Jersey County, Illinois, died 16-07-1987. Pearl Charles Blasa, 80, formerly of Grafton, died Sept. 16, at Garnet's Chateau nursing home. He was born Feb. 11, 1907, in Jersey County to the late Charles & Mary Etta (Suddeth) Blasa. He married Bertha Marie (Guenther) Blasa on June 16, 1937, in Edwardsville; she died March 1, 1983. He was a farmer and worked at Olin for 31 years as a laborer. He was a member of Grafton Methodist church. Survivors are 4 daughters, Shirley Ely of Alton, Virginia Bailey of Grafton and Leva Burns and Phyllis Rudolph, both of Dow; 10 grandchildren and 4 g-grandchlidren.


BLASA, Ray James, born25-06-1908, Jersey County, Illinois, died 12-05-1978, buried Meadow Branch cemetery. Ray James Blasa, 69, of Fieldon died May 12 at his home. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Robert Patterson officiated and burial was in Meadow Branch cemetery, Grafton. He was born June 25, 1908 in Jersey county, a son of Charles & Mary (Suddeth) Blasa. Survivors are 2 brother, Pearl C. Blasa of Grafton and Lloyd W. Blasa, East Alton, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the heart fund.


BLASA, Wilbe(u?)r, born 04-07-1935, Jersey County, Illinois, died 13-08-1984, buried Cemetery Valhalla cemetery. Wilber (Wilbur?) Blasa, 49, of Jerseyville, died Aug. 13, at St. John Mercy hospital medical center in St. Louis. He was critically burned in a gas explosion at his home July 13. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Daniel Mead officiated with burial in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. He was born July 4, 1935 in Jersey County to the late Jasper & Hilda (Walker) Blasa and was a bottle maker at Owens-IL. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jo (Closser) whom he married in 1955 at Bethel Methodist church; 6 sons, Randy, Funton, MO, Mike Jerseyville, Scott Fieldon, and Terry, Kyle and Lance at home; 3 sisters, Lavada Whitehead, Jerseyville, Garnetta Edwards, Greenfield, and Mary Jane Campbell of Dow and 3 grandchildren.


X BLAY, Alexander, died 09-1893. Alexander Blay, 68, of Delhi died. Rev Catt.


BLAY, Margaret, died 06-08-1909. Margaret Blay, 18 mo, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Blay, died at the home of her parents Aug. 6. Funeral from St. Francis, Rev. J. J. Driscoll officiated.


BLEYLER, died 1884, buried Otterville cemetery. Bleyler, 39, died at Berrin Springs, MI. He married Rebecca McAdams of Otterville. He ran Newbern Mills. Founded Elsah flour mills. Buried in Otterville cemetery. E. T. Doran his uncle.


BLEYLER, William Enos, born 1873, died 1888. William Enos Bleyler, 15, died at the home of his guardian, Miss Annie McAdams. He suffered of spinal trouble. Funeral for the resident of Otterville, was held from Baptist Church in Otterville, Rev L. E. Cale officiating.


BLIGH, Nancy K., born 12-05-1831, Tennessee, died 04-05-1909, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Nancy K. Bligh, 78, died May 4, 1909. She was born in Tennessee and at the age of 8 moved to MO. At the age of 17, she married Peter R. Prine who died March 28, 1855. 5 children survived him. On Feb. 22, 1862 she married H. H. Bligh of Jerseyville. He died Oct. 28, 1892. They were parents of 4 children. She leaves 2 sons James E. Prine of McClusky and Francis of Jerseyville; 2 daughters, Mrs. Samuel Welch of Fieldon and Mrs. Julia A. Longstrech of Parson, KS; 24 grandchildren; 15 g-grandchildren. Funeral from the home of her son, F. A. Bligh on E. Pearl St. Rev Stephen Catt officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.


BLIGH, Preston, born 29-08-1896, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died 08-02-1967, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Preston Bligh, 70 yrs, 5 mo, 9 days, of Jerseyville, retired shoe worker and veteran of WWI, died Feb. 8, at Barnes hospital in St. Louis where he had been a patient 8 days. Friends called a Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Services were held there with J. W. Jordan, minister of First Christian church of Alton, officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Services were in charge of Worthey Post American Legion and VFW. Mr Bligh was a son of the late Hugh Henry Bligh, and Mrs. Maude (Toney) Bligh Eudy, and was born in Jerseyville Aug. 29, 1896. Mr Bligh was a member of Worthy Post American Legion, VFW, WWI barracks and Moose and Eagles lodges. Surviving him are his wife, Dora Bligh of Jerseyville; 1 son, Donald Bligh of Alton; 1 daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Cox of Englewood, CA; his mother, Mrs. Maude Eudy of Alton; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Forrest (Goldie) Payne and Mrs. Ralph (Maude) Johnson of Jerseyville and Mrs. Frank (Mary) Sediler of Alton. His father and 1 brother, Hugh Bligh preceded him in death.


BLISH, Carroll G., died 1889. Carroll G. Blish, 14, died at his home. Funeral from Presbyterian church. Rev Leeper officiating.


BLISH, Charles S., born 05-12-1837, Hartford, Connecticut, died 22-01-1896. Charles S. Blish, 58 yrs, 1 mo, 17 days, was born near Hartford, CT. Mr Blish's death occurred Jan. 22, at his home in Jeseyville. Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church, Rev. N. Crow officiating. The K of P's will assist in the burial.


BLISH, John Giddings, died 1917, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. John Giddings Blish, 76, died at the home of her(?) daughter, Mrs. John E. Richey on Pleasant St. Funeral from home. Rev W. S. Neely officiated, with burial in Oak Grove.


BLISH, Kathryn, died 1922. Kathryn Blish (Chas) - Shreveport, LA.


BLISH, Zetta V. (Miller), born 19-09-1886, Cottleville, St. Louis County, Missouri, died 08-07-1964, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Zetta V. Blish, 77, who was mother advisor of the Jerseyville Assembly, Order of the Rainbow for girls for 22 yrs, before her resignation about 1 years ago, died July 8, at Blu Fountain Manor at Godfrey where she had resided the past 9 mo. Friends called at Gubser funeral home in Jerseyville. Christian Science services were observed with Mrs. Ruth Church of Alton as reader. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. Mrs Blish, a resident of Jerseyville for 67 yrs, was a daughter of the late Lewis A. & Katherine (Hoffman) Miller, and was born Sept. 19, 1886 in Cottleville, MO. -incomplete


BLODGET, Ann, born 11-08-1906, Brighton, Macoupin-Jersey County, Illinois, died 30-10-1972.Miss Anne Blodget, 66, of Brighton died Oct. 30 at St. Joseph hospital in Alton. Final rites were held at St. Paul United Methodist church with Rev. Richard Kelm officiating. She was born Aug. 11, 1906 in Brighton, graduated from Southwestern high school and attended Macmurray College at Jacksonville and Shurtlef College, Alton. Miss Blodget was an officer of the Brighton civic league and a member of the Business & Professional Women's club, Alton and Brighton Methodist church. Until her retirement last year, she was employed as a secretary of the Family Service Visiting Nurses Association in Alton. She was previously employed at Shell Oil company in Caracas, Venezuela, for 15 years and the McCann-Ericson Advertisers in New York City. Survivors are 2 sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Cardinal of Brighton and Mrs. Alma B. Pierce of Wayland, NY and 4 brothers, William G., Ralph, Richard, and Dan Blodget.


BLODGET, Samuel Peter, died 28-8-1952, buried Brighton cemetery. Samuel Peter Blodget, 89, father of Daniel Blodget of Jerseyville, died Aug. 28, at his home in Brighton. Although he had been in failing health for the past 3 yrs, his death was unexpected. Mr Blodget was the oldest native resident of Brighton and was born and had lived his entire life in the same home. His wife preceded him in death March 11 of this year. Surviving him in addition to his son, Daniel, are 3 daughters, and 5 other sons. Funeral services were held at St. Paul Methodist Church with Rev. James Weiss officiating, assisted by Rev. Charles Boyd of Carrollton. Burial was in Brighton cemetery.


BLOOMER, John Gottfried, born 19-06-1907, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, died 24-05-1960, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. John Gottfried Bloomer, 52 yrs, 11 mo, and 5 days, died unexpectedly May 24, at Jersey Community hospital where he had been moved a short time earlier after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was Superintendent of Public Welfare in Jersey county. The death of Mr. Bloomer came as a shock to relatives and friends. Some few years ago the decedent had suffered a serious illness of extended duration but he had recovered and was able to return to his work with the welfare office. The sudden illness Tuesday came without warning. Funeral services are to be held at the first Presbyterian church in Jerseyville. Rev M. Edwards Breed officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Military committal rites were held under the auspices of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post of which he was a member. Mr Bloomer, a son of Mrs. Mary (Whipple) Bloomer and the late John G. Bloomer, was born in Springfield, June 19, 1907. He was educated in the schools in Jerseyville and upon graduation accepted a position in the Law office of the late Martin J. Dolan. Mr Bloomer was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in Jersey Township at the age of 21, and held the distinction of being the youngest man elected to this office in the state of Illinois. Mr Bloomer served with the army during WWII and for the past 24 years has been engaged in public welfare work in Jersey county. In that period of time he had taken educational work in the welfare field at Washington University in St. Louis. He had served as an elder of the Presbyterian church of Jerseyville. Surviving are his wife, Cora (Darr) Bloomer; 1 daughter, Helen Margaret Bloomer, Assistant Night Superintendent of Nurses at St. Luke hospital in St. Louis; 1 son, John, a member of this years graduating class who last week received notice of his acceptance for the United States Military at Annapolis, MD; his mother, Mrs. John G. Bloomer Sr., of Jerseyville; 1 brother, Major T. C. Bloomer of Granville, OH, and 3 sisters, Mrs. G. M. Kruse of Jerseyville, Mrs. Fred V. Peter of Mineral and Mrs. Wilbur Anderson of Roswell, NM.


BLOOMER, Mary Maude (Whipple), born 02-01-1875, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, died 25-12-1967, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Mary Maude Bloomer, 89, a longtime resident of Jerseyville, died Christman night at the Henry County Convalescent home in Geneseo where she had been living for the past 11 mo. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Louis Purcell officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Mrs Bloomer, a daughter of the late Asbury & Ada (Jones) Whipple, was born in Madison, IN, and would have been 90 years old Jan. 2. Her survivors are 3 daughter, Mrs G. M. Kruse of Jerseyville, Mrs. Fred Peter of Cambridge, and Mrs. W. S. Anderson of Roswell, NM; 1 son, Thomas C. Bloomer of Champaign; 15 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. She was a member of the Jerseyville Methodist Church. Her husband, John G. Bloomer, a stone engraver, and 1 son, John, preceded her in death.


BLUMSTEIN, Charles Warren, born Alton, Madison County, Illinois, died 28-03-1981 buried Belvedere cemetery. Charles Warren Blumstein, 29, of Belvedere died March 28 from a self inflicted gunshot wound services were held at Burkwheeler Funeral Home in Belvedere with burial in Belvedere cemetery. Born in Alton, he was the son of Louise (Mayberry) Johnson of Shipman and Warren Blumstein of Brighton and attended Jersey Community high school. His survivors are his wife, Pam, a son and daughter; 3 half brothers, Jim, Bob and Howard Greenlee; 3 half sister, Kathleen and Virginia Greenlee of Jerseyville and Lela of Bloomington; 2 step brothers, Gary and Jeff Blumstein and 1 step sister, Susan; maternal grandfather, Howard Mayberry of Brighton.


BLYTHE, Richard B., born 1871, died 1927. Richard B. Blythe, 56, died at Peru City, NE, according to news received here. Son of James S. Blythe and Mary Ann (Hill) Blythe, they moved from Jersey County to Nebraska in 1877. Mr Blythe was a cousin of Miss Nellie Hill and H. B. Hill of Jerseyville.


BLYTHE, Theodosia Annie, born 1856, died 1869. Theodosia Annie, 2nd daughter of James S. and Mary C. Blythe 13, died of dropsy.

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