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From the New York Times: November 24, 1865
 
On Friday, Oct. 6, after a severe illnsss of ten days, of congestion of the brain, at the residence of Thomas Y. Brown, Chatsworth, Ill., JAMES ELLSWORTH, aged about 42 years, a native of England.  
 
 
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Obituary from The Pontiac Daily Leader, October 28, 1924:
"WILLIAM TODDEN DEAD
Well Known Chatsworth Resdient Passed Away Monday Morning
Chatsworth, Ill., Oct. 28-William Todden, Sr., passed away at his home in
Chatsworth Monday morning at 5:30 o'clock following a two-day illness, having
suffered a paralytic stroke on Saturday. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Todden was born in Germany, and with his parents, at the age of 11 years,
came to the United States, the family locating on a farm near Pekin. He was
married three times, the last marriage being to Miss Sarah Redd in 1876 at
Fairbury. They resided for six years on a farm south of Fairbury, and from
there they moved to near Forrest, where they lived for 11 years. Thirty two
years ago they moved to a farm near Chatsworth, the last 18 years they have
lived in the village.

Four children were born by the previous marriages and seven sons by the last
marriage, namely:
Mrs. Amanda Wright, Remmer Todden, Mrs. Dora Bechel, Mrs. Mary Alta Varner,
Isaac, Edward, John, Henry, William, Sam and George.

Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church on Wednesday afternoon at 3
o'clock. Burial will be in Chatsworth cemetery."



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From the Ford County Obit site:
BAKER, RAYMOND FRANCIS - age 60 of Bloomington, Indiana, formerly of the Forrest and Chatsworth areas, died at 2 p.m. Monday, 7-11-1994 at Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Gibson City with Mike Schmidt officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Pallbearers were Mike Brandon, Ronald Moore, Jimmy Moore, Johnny Moore, Bobby Moore and Jim Krall. Mr. Baker was born 8-7-1933 in Chatsworth a son of Hallie and Ruth Young Baker. He married Bernita J. Moore on 6-25-1955 in Strawn. She survives in Bloomington, Indiana. Other survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Joyce Brandon of Normal; and Teresa Kay Krall of Muncie, Indiana; one brother, Richard Baker of Decatur; one sister, Leveda Flessner of Roberts; and two grandsons. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Baker was a resident of Bloomington, Indiana for almost ten years. He was a union carpenter and a member of the Church of Christ in Bloomington, Ind. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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From the Ford County obit site:
BELL, SUSAN M. HABERKORN - 35, of Gibson City died at 3:47 a.m. Thursday 1-11-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, January 14 at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Pallbearers included Mike Hastings, Mark Davis, John Ferguson, Darrell Lee, Chad Riggleman and Lee Schunke. Mrs. Bell was born 1-19-1960 at Fairbury, a daughter of John Henry and Mary Frances Blackburn Haberkorn. She married John W. Bell on 8-19-1995 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Joshua Wade Schunke and Christopher Marshall Schunke, both of Gibson City; her father, John Henry Haberkorn of Chatsworth; one brother, Michael Haberkorn of Huntington Beach, Ca; two sisters, Lois Pryor of Garden Grove, CA and Mary Bender of Parker, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her mother. A 1978 graduate of Chatsworth High School, she was employed at Baltimore Aircoil for 7 years, retiring in November 1995. She has been a resident of Gibson City since June 1995.
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MAGDALENA "LENA" (STOLLER) GRUSY 1881 - 1966

MRS. LENA GRUSY DIED TUESDAY

THE FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. GRUSY, 85, OF SECOR, WILL BE HELD THIS MORNING AT 10 A.M. AT THE OTTO-ARGO FUNERAL HOME IN EUREKA AND AT 10:30 A.M. AT THE EUREKA APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH WILL THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATING. BURIAL WILL BE IN ROANOKE APOSTOLIC CEMETERY.

MRS. GRUSY DIED AT 8:40 A.M. TUESDAY AT THE EUREKA HOSPITAL WHERE SHE HAD BEEN A PATIENT SINCE JUNE 24.

SHE WAS BORN MAY 28, 1881, AT FORREST, A DAUGHTER OF GILGIAN AND ELIZABETH MEYER STOLLER. SHE MARRIED WILLIAM R. GRUSY MARCH 3, 1905, AT CHATSWORTH.

SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND; SIX SONS, IKE, ROBERT, ALF, IRA, AND ELMER, ALL OF EUREKA, AND WILLIAM OF SHERMAN, TEX.; FIVE DAUGHTERS, MRS. HILDA FEHR, EUREKA; MRS. OLLIE HENLINE, GREENE, IOWA; MRS. ESTHER STALTER, GRIDLEY; MRS. VIOLA WHITE, TAMPA, FLA.; MRS. VIRGINIA JARNAGAN, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA; THREE BROTHERS, IKE STOLLER, EUREKA; ALEX STOLLER, FAIRBURY; EDWARD STOLLER, SPOKANE, WASH.; A SISTER MARY STREIB, FAIRBURY; 21 GRANDCHILDREN AND NINE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. A DAUGHTER AND TWO BROTHERS PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE EUREKA APOSTOLIC CHURCH.

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From the Ford County Obits website:
http://www.iltrails.org/ford/obits12.html
FRANCIS REBHOLZ Francis Rebholz, 88, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Chatsworth, Il born: 5-6-1914 in Piper City, parents: John and Rose O'Donnell Rebholz wed: Geraldine Benway; she preceded him in death died: Friday 2-28-2003 10 p.m. at Manatee Hospital, Bradenton, Fl. buried: Services at SSPeter and Paul Catholic Church; burial at Strawn Cemetery.
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Frederick Jurgen Wilhelm Schroeder,

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Frederick Schroeder, Sr., 83, at Hanson - Mowry Funeral Home, followed by services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, the Rev. Karl Trost officiating. His death occured Friday 5-14-1954 at 12:05 a.m. in Fairbury hospital, following a kidney and bladder ailment. Mr. Schroeder was fairly active until Monday previous when he was admitted to the hospital. Interment was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at Anchor, Il. The following served as casket bearers: Elmer Runyon, John Ruppel, Philip Hornickel, George Dennewitz, Leo Kerrins and Louis Stebbins. Kenneth Rosenboom was soloist and Clarice Gerbracht organist at the service. Mr. Schroeder was born 1-15-1871, Heide, Holstein, Germany, the son of Carl and Louise Rasmussen Schroeder. He lived in Germany until the age of 12 years, coming to the United States and locating at Anchor, Il. He was educated in the Anchor schools and was engaged in farming there. In 1909 he came to Chatsworth and was engaged in mason work and he had many friends and business aquaintances around the countryside of Chatsworth, Sibley and Anchor. He enjoyed radio and reading the newspapers, keeping up on the national and local news. He was united in marriage with Miss Louise Brading at Anchor 1-12-1891 and she preceded him in death 8-1-1920. He leaves surviving, two daughters; Mrs. Rose Dennewitz of Chatsworth and Mrs. Mary Harper of Chicago; one son, Fred Schroeder of Park Ridge, Il.; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Stuhmer of Piper City and Mrs. Margaret Beecher of Gibson City, and three grand- children. One son, Alex Schroeder, preceded him in death in 1940 and also three other children in infancy.

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From the News-Sentinal Fulton County, Indiana
Maggie Kemnetz
Wednesday July 26, 1961
Final rites will be at St. John Lutheran Church at 2 p.m.Friday for Mrs. Maggie Kemnetz, 70, Kewanna, who died at Woodlawn hospital at 2:30 p.m. today.
Mrs. Kemnetz was born Augsust 27, 1890 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hornstine. She married in 1911 to Henry Kemnetz who survives.
Surviving, along with her husband, are one son, Clarence Kemnetz, R.R.6, Rochester; one sister, Anne Hendricks, Chatsworth, Illinois; two brothers, George and Fred Hornstine, also of Chatsworth. Two sisters preceded her in death.
The Rev. Alfred Gerni will officiate and burial will be at the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Friends may call at the Harrison Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Thursday and one hour before the services at the church.
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Fairbury -- Miss Florinda C. Bauerle, 71, 307 S. Fourth St., formerly of Chatsworth, died at 6:04 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 1985, at Fairbury Hospital.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at the Chatsworth United Methodist church with the Rev. Sondra Newman officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Miss Bauerle was bor Feb. 19, 1913, at Ransom, a daughter of the Rev. Karl and Elmira (Heinhorst) Bauerle.
She was a retired teacher, having taught five years at Plainfield and 33 years in the third grade in Chatsworth school district.
Miss Bauerle was a member of the United Methodist Church, where she trained acolytes for many years and also was a member of United Methodist Women.
Miss Bauerle also was a member of the Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Society, Livingston County Retired Teachers Association, Fairdbur Hospital Auxiliary and was a past member of Chatsworth Junior and Senior Womens clubs.
She had lived in Chatsworth 41 years before moving to Fairbury in 1980.
Survivors include two sister, Elmira Clancy and Frieda Munz, both of Fairbury.
One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to Chatsworth United Methodist Church.
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Robina "Billie" Morris

Morris, Robina "Billie" SCOTIA Robina "Billie" Ehman Morris died peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Baptist Health and Rehabilitation Center following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in 1920, as the youngest of Alfred and Loretta Roan Ehman's five children, Billie was raised in Chatsworth, Ill. Following the deaths of her parents and the onset of World War II, she moved to NYC to serve in the Army Corps of Volunteers. There she was married to Army Captain Paul Wilcox, who was later killed in action in Italy. As the war drew to a close, Billie met and married Air Force Sgt. James J. Morris in Flagstaff, Ariz. and later returned to his native Endicott, N.Y. where they raised seven children. For 22 years, she was employed as a surgical unit secretary by Wilson Memorial Hospital (now United Health Services) in Johnson City, N.Y. Following retirement in 1985, she moved to the Capital District, where several of her children had settled. For several years, she divided her time between Schenectady and the San Francisco Bay area, where her sister resided. Billie is survived by her seven children and their families, James and Martha Clare Morris (Clare, Laura and Patrick) of Oak Park, Ill.; Margaret and Richard Holoday (Michelle and Shannon Woodruff) of Schenectady; Colleen Morris (Justin and Desmond O'Connor and Gabriella Morris) of Schenectady; Kathleen and Richard Hastings (Shawn and Garrett) of Endicott; Louise and John Rauh of Iowa City, Iowa; Shawn Morris and John Wellspeak (Alanna and Devin) of Albany; Patrick Morris (Patrick, Jr., Misty and Danielle) of Schenectady; and her brother, Justin Ehman of Arab, Ala. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by her brothers, Alfred Jr. and Stephen Ehman and sister, Marguerite Kennah. The family also extends their deepest gratitude to the staff at Baptist Health and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia for their gentle and considerate care of Billie during the last years of her illness, as well as their kindness toward her family in her final days. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Billie's life at a Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 a.m. in St. James Church, 391 Delaware Avenue, Albany, N.Y. There will be no calling hours. Interment, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Those wishing to remember Mrs. Morris in a special way, may send memorial Contributions to Baptist Health Systems Foundation, 297 No. Ballston Ave. Scotia, NY 12302 in memory of Billie Morris.

File contributed by Collene Ehman Butler





 

William Kurtenbach

MOMENCE - William Dean Kurtenbach, 52, resident of Good Shepherd Manor in Momence for 27 years, formerly of Chatsworth, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, by the Rev. Richard Brunskill.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Manor, Momence.
He was born May 10, 1946, in Fairbury, the son of Vern and Gertrude Albee Kurtenbach.
Surviving are uncles and aunts, Catherine and Rita Kurtenbach, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kurtenbach, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kurtenbach, all of Chatsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Albee of Gilman, Marie Overacker of Piper City, Marietta Albee of Fairbury; and several cousins.

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