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Charles Wesley Griffin (7-20-1873 to 5-12-1943) - photo taken about 1900

Charles Wesley Griffin (Note: he usually went by his middle name Wesley Griffin), was the son of John and Lucy Alice (Gibbs) Griffin (Note: Charles Wesley Griffin's obituary has his mother's maiden name as Brooks). He was born 7-20-1873 near Granite City, IL, and died 5-12-1943 in Jersey County, IL. He is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. His father John Lenon Griffin, was born in 1851 near Wanda, IL, son of Joseph Griffin from Tennessee and Drusilla Rush from IL born in 1824, daughter of John Rush and Mary (maiden name unknown). John Griffin's father Joseph Griffin was born in 1821. He married Drusilla Rush 26 Oct 1838 in Clark County, Indiana, and they were the parents of Alexander Griffin, Francis Griffin, Jacob Griffin, Martin T. Griffin, Mary A. Griffin, Nancy J. Griffin and John Lenon Griffin. Joseph Griffin's father was Ezra Griffin (1770 - 1860), born in Albany, Albany County, New York, (wife's name unknown). Ezra Griffin was the son of David Griffin (1765 - 1823) and Rebecca Wilson (1760 - 1850). David Griffin was the son of Thomas B. Griffin (1735 - 1782) and Elizabeth Elkington (1729 - ? ). Thomas B. Griffin was the son of LeRoy Griffin (1711 - 1750) and Marianne Bertrand (1717 - ? ).

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When Charles Wesley Griffin was a year old his father John L. Griffin and his Mother separated and the father went to the American bottom in Madison County not far from Alton where he got work from a farmer. After working on the farm a few weeks John Griffin returned to Richwoods Township, where he had left the wife and son; but she had departed, taking the little boy with her. He then drifted West, where he amassed a fortune. He returned in 1912 for a reunion with his son. Charles Wesley Griffin's mother Lucy Alice married Joseph Boruff in 1877. She died of pneumonia a few days after giving birth to a daughter Jennie. Charles Wesley Griffin was 8 and his mother was 30 at the time of her death. His mother Lucy Alice was born Feb. 6, 1851, and died Dec. 15, 1881, daughter of James and Rachel (Daniels) Gibbs. In 1870 Lucy married John Lenon Griffin and they had a son in 1873, Charles Wesley Griffin. They then divorced in 1874. In 1877 Lucy married Joseph Boruff and they had a son born in 1879, George Harry Boruff. Then in 1881, Lucy and Joseph had a daughter, Jennie Boruff. Lucy died of pneumonia Dec. 15, 1881, in Fieldon IL a few days after giving birth to Jennie. Her burial was at Reddish-Cooper Cemetery, Fieldon, Jersey Co., IL.

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Charles Wesley Griffin's obituary (partial) - Howard Busnell will officiate, and burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery southwest of Jerseyville. Griffin was the son of John and Alice Brooks Griffin and was born near Granite City on July 20, 1873. His death occurred Wednesday morning. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Westfall Griffin; two sons, Harold and Melvin Griffin of Fieldon; three daughters, Miss Emma Griffin, Miss Geneva Griffin, and Mrs. Alfred Godar of Hardin. He is also survived by a half-brother Charles Rouruff of Alton, and one half sister, Mrs. Thomas Proffer. Two grand children also survive him.

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Charles Wesley Griffin's half brother Charles Augustus Rowan was born 31 May 1879 in Alton, Madison Co., IL, and died Dec. 24, 1950 in Silverton, Idaho. His father was Joseph Boruff. Charles was born with the name of George Harry Boruff. His mother Lucy Alice (Gibbs) Griffin Boruff died with pneumonia in 1881, and the children got separated and George went with a family named Rowan and they changed his name to Charles A. Rowan. George (Charles) had one brother; Charles Wesley Griffin and one sister; Jennie Proffer. George (Charles) was raised around Fieldon, IL area. At age 2 he went to live with a family named Rowan. He found out at age 61 his real name was George H. Boruff. In 1880 census he lived in Richwood Township, Jersey Co., IL. In 1910 census he lived in Grayson, Denison Co., Texas. According to the 1920 census and 1930 census he lived in rural Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma near Shawnee, and was listed as married and head of house. In 1940 census he lived near Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma, age 60, widowed. In 1942 he lived in Alton, Madison Co., IL.

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Charles Wesley Griffin's half sister, the daughter of his mother Lucy Alice (Gibbs) Griffin Boruff and her 2nd husband Joseph Boruff, Jennie Boruff was born Dec. 1, 1881 in Jersey Co., IL, and died Mar. 26, 1968 in Alton, Madison Co., IL. Her burial was in Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison Co., IL. Jennie married Thomas Marion Proffer Feb 21, 1899 in Jersey Co., IL. He was born April 23, 1875, and died Jan 31,1962 in Alton, Madison Co., IL. His burial was in Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison Co., IL. Children of Thomas Marion Proffer and Jennie (Boruff) Proffer were-William J. Proffer born Jan 19, 1900, died May 26, 1950, married Leona Linder died 1971; Ray Proffer born 1904, died Feb 06, 1926; Hazel T. Proffer born Mar 29, 1907, married Harry E. Dewey Apr 15, 1935, born Jan 02, 1911; Harold Proffer born Sep 12, 1909, married 1st Agnes Schaurette, married 2nd Jane Bachausen.

(1x) Thomas Marion Proffer and Jennie (Boruff) Proffer's daughter Hazel (Proffer) Dewey's husband Harry E. Dewey's obituary - Harry E. Dewey, 83, died at 7:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 1994, at Alton Memorial Hospital. He worked in the electrical instruments department at Shell Oil Co. in Wood River for 37 years, retiring June 1, 1967. He was a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge 25 AF&AM in Alton. Born in Granite City Jan. 2, 1911, he was a son of the late Louis and Anna (Smith) Dewey. He married the former Hazel Proffer in Alton. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael E. and Janice Dewey of Hot Springs village, Ark; four grandchildren, Kelly Sibley, Amy Settie, and Patrick and Thomas Dewey; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Tuesday until service time at 10:30 a.m. at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. The Rev. George Humbert will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Wood Cemetery in Greenfield.

(2x) Thomas Marion Proffer and Jennie (Boruff) Proffer's son Harold Proffer's obituary (partial) - (Died Nov. 1987) - Harold Proffer formerly of Alton, died in Phoenix, Arizona. Proffer was a past employee of Shell Oil Refinery in Wood River and retired as an auto - . He was born in Jersey County, son of the late Thomas and Jennie (Boruff) Proffer. He first married the former Agnes Schaurette and later married the former Jane Bachausen who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jeanne of Collinsville and Rosalee Proffer of California; three sons, John Proffer of - , and David, and William both of California; and a sister Hazel Dewey of - . Two brothers preceded him in death. The body was - and private services were conducted in - .

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(Note: from the Alton Evening Telegraph Oct. 25, 1912, Jerseyvillle, Ill. John Griffin, Sr, arrived in Jerseyville yesterday In search of his son, Wesley Griffin, whom he hadn't seen for thirty five years. When Wesley was a year old Griffin and his Mother separated and the father went to the American bottom in Madison County not far from Alton where he got work from a farmer. After working on the farm a few weeks Griffin returned Richwoods Township, where he had left the wife and son; but she had departed, taking the little boy with her. He then drifted West, where he has amassed a fortune. When he arrived in Jerseyville he learned That his son is a prosperous farmer near Ottervillle. ----- The Oregoninan Newspaper from Oct. 1912 reads: FATHER AND SON TO MEET - The Dalles Lumberman Parted for 36 Years From Boy. GRAFTON, Ill., Oct. 26, 1912. Parted 36 years ago, when his wife took their year-old son and moved to an other section of the state, John Griffin, 63 years old, now a prosperous lumber man of The Dalles, Or, will see his son for the first time In more than a third of a century tomorrow, when he reaches the latter's home near this place. The reunion will be the culmination of a search extending over virtually the entire 36 years. The son, Wesley Griffin, !s now married and a well-to-do farmer.)

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Charles Wesley Griffin married first to Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue 11-24-1898 in Jersey County, IL. They had no children together. She was born 5-19-1857 in Greene County, IL, the daughter of John Kanallakan. She died 3-28-1922 near Otterville, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, IL. She is buried at St Mary's Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. She had been married previously to James C. Pegue. They married 11-21-1878 in Jersey County, IL. He was born 06-03-1859 and died 06-12-1893 in Jersey County, IL. He was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Jersey County, IL. James and Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue had 2 sons-George Fred Pegue and Anthony E. Pegue. Charles Wesley Griffin married 2nd my father's sister Anna Westfall in the early 1920's, the daughter of Jasper and Frances (McCaulley) Westfall.

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A picture of Charles Wesley Griffin and and his 2nd wife Anna (Westfall) Griffin (possibly a wedding picture taken in the early 1920's).

Wesley Charles Griffin married 2nd my father's sister Anna Westfall, the daughter of Jasper and Frances (McCaulley) Westfall. She was born May 19, 1904 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, IL, and died 10-15-1992 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, IL. She is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. Wesley and Anna (Westfall) Griffin lived on a farm near Otterville, IL when they were first married and later lived in Fieldon, IL. After her husband Charles Wesley Griffin's death Anna (Westfall) Griffin lived on a farm near Fieldon, and later moved to Jerseyville, IL where she lived on Sherman Street until her death in 1992.

Wesley Charles Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin had 7 children-Viola Frances Griffin, Harold Wesley Griffin, Eunice Marie Griffin, Geneva "Sissy" Ruth Griffin, Melvin Wesley Griffin, Norma Jean Griffin, and Virgil Harold Griffin.

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Anna (Westfall) Griffin Coleman's obituary - Anna Coleman died October 15, 1992 at Jerseyville Care Center in Jerseyville. Born in Fieldon May 19, 1904, she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Frances McCaulley Westfall. Her husband Joseph Coleman preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Eunice Kessler of Oregon and Geneva McClintock of Arizona; two sons, Virgil Griffin of Fieldon and Harold Griffin of Washington; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jasper Westfall of Alton. Preceding her in death were two daughters, Viola Godar and Norma Jean Griffin; a son Melvin Griffin; two grandchildren; a sister Laura Coleman; and three brothers, Floyd, Lonnie and Edward Westfall. Visitation is from 10 Monday until service time at 1 p.m. at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. Grant Jensen will officiate. Burial is in Grimes-Neely Cemetery west of Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to a charity of ones choice.

(1) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's daughter Viola Frances Griffin was born 1-12-1926 in Jersey County, IL, and died 11-11-1985 at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home, Jerseyville, Jersey County, IL. She is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. She married Alfred Godar 4-28-1942, the son of Paul and Theresa (Becker) Godar. Alfred Godar was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Hardin, Calhoun County, IL. He died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis County after a brief illness. His burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Fieldon, English Township, Jersey County, IL. He was in the Military Service in the U. S. Air Force and was a World War II Veteran.

Alfred and Viola Frances (Griffin) Godar had 4 children-Dwain Godar of Fieldon, IL, Wanda Faye Godar who married Harold T. "Ted" Groppel of Jerseyville, IL, Theresa (Godar) Killion of Jerseyville, IL, and Sylvia (Godar) Chandler of Jerseyville, IL.

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Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's daughter Viola Frances (Griffin) Godar's obituary - Mrs. Viola F. Godar, 59, died at 2:05 a.m. Monday Nov. 11, 1985 at Greenwood Manor nursing Home in Jerseyville. She was born in Jersey County, a daughter of Anna (Coleman) Griffin of Jerseyville and the late Wesley Griffin. On April 28, 1942, she married Alfred Godar, who survives.

In addition to her mother and husband, surviving are one son, Dwain of Fieldon; three daughters, Wanda Groppel, Theresa Killion and Sylvia Chandler, all of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Griffin of Washington and Virgil Griffin of Jerseyville; and two sisters. Eunice Kessler of Oregon and Jeneva McClintock of Arizona.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. William Hembrow as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the church where she was a member.

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Viola Frances (Griffin) Godar's husband Alfred Godar's obituary - Alfred Godar, 84, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis County after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Hardin, son of Paul Frederick and Theresa Agnes (Becker) Godar. He was raised in Hardin and married the former Viola Frances Griffin on April 28, 1942, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Alton. Shortly after their marriage, he entered World War II, serving with an elite bomb squad in Europe with the U.S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and began working at the Western in East Alton for a short time before he and his wife purchased a farm near Fieldon. He remained active in farming for many years and retired shortly after the death of his wife on Nov. 11, 1985. During the same time period, he also served as road commissioner for English Township for 20 years.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dwain and Roberta Godar of Eldred; three daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Ted Groppel, Theresa and Richard Killion, and Sylvia "Sug" and David Chandler, all of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Geraldine Krause of Kane, Elaine Turner of Alton, Donna Droege of St. Charles, Mo., and Melba Tepen of Hardin; as well as his former wife, Dorothy, and her daughter, Juanita. In addition to his wife, Viola, he was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Manuel, Cecil, Romeo and Patrick Godar; and two sisters, Rosalee Beiermann and Alice Baalman. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father William Hembrow as celebrant. He will be buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Fieldon with military graveside rites conducted by Jerseyville American Legion Post 492. Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools of Jerseyville or to Masses.

(2) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's son Melvin Wesley Griffin was born 11-03-1934 in Jersey County, IL, and died 11-16-1978 in Alton, Madison County, IL. He died of a Massive Coronary - caused by a heart defect that was undetected all of his life. He was married to Frances Elizabeth "Betty" (Wilson) Griffin July 6, 1951 in Pocahontas, Arkansas (everyone calls her Betty). They eloped in Arkansas when they were 16 years old. She was from Uptonville, Tennessee - she lived there until she was 12 years old. Her Mom married a man who worked at Owens Illinois and they moved to Alton, IL. Melvin rented an apartment in the house they lived in, and that's how they met. They were still married when Melvin died. She still survives. Melvin worked at Owens Glass Company in Alton, IL for 27 years. He had also been in the National Guard in 1949 and 1950 - before going to work at the glass works. Melvin and Frances Elizabeth "Betty" (Wilson) Griffin had 4 children-James Wesley Griffin, William Michael Griffin, Susan Kay (Griffin) Brooks, and Cindy Ann Griffin.

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Wedding announcement from the Alton Telegraph Newspaper July 6, 1951 of Melvin Griffin and Miss Betty Wilson - Griffin-Wilson Wedding In Arkansas - Miss Betty Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goode, 1725 Feldwisch Avenue, and Melvin Griffin were married Friday evening, July 6, in Pocahontas, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kessler of Alton, brother-in-law and sister of Mr. Griffin, accompanied the couple and served as attendants. Mr. Griffin is a son of Mrs. Charles Griffin of Fieldon. He attended schools in Jerseyville, and is employed by Owens-Illinois Glass Company. His bride attended Alton High School. The couple will reside at 1712 Feldwisch Avenue.

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(1a) Melvin Wesley Griffin and Frances Elizabeth "Betty" (Wilson) Griffin's son William Michael "Mike" Griffin's wife Susie (Gehrs) Griffin's father Paul Vincent Gehrs's obituary - Paul Vincent Gehrs, 77, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born on April 22, 1936, in Carlyle, Ill., son of the late Herman J. and Bertha M. (Lake) Gehrs. On Sept. 30, 1961, he married the former Judy Etter at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle, Ill. She survives. Paul was a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese, Ill. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radar man aboard the destroyers U.S.S. Chambers and the U.S.S. McGowan. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3523 in Carlyle. He worked at Granite City Steel as a pipefitter for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bethalto.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Steve (Dee) Gehrs of Godfrey, Rick Gehrs of Bethalto and Tim (Deanna) Gehrs of Roxana; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy (Scott) Spooner of Godfrey and Susie (Mike) Griffin of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Nick Gehrs, Jordan and Madelyn Spooner, Sydni, Saige, Baleigh and Camryn Gehrs, Abigayle, Alayna, Benjamin and Cassidy Gehrs and a sister, Edith Gehrs of Carlyle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary S. Gehrs; three brothers, Ferdinand (Mary) Gehrs, Charles Gehrs and an infant brother, Herman J. Gehrs Jr.; a sister, Jeanette (Arnold) Grapperhaus; and a stepbrother, Herman Campbell. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bethalto with Fr. Tom Liebler officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with full military rites being performed by the Alton VFW Post 1308. Memorials may be given to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church or the American Lung Association. Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com

(3) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's son Virgil Harold Griffin was born Nov. 5, 1943 in Jersey County, IL, and died 1-30-1993 in Jersey County, IL of lung cancer. He is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. Virgil married Norma Herman and they had 3 children-Anna Griffin, Dawn Griffin, and Christopher Griffin.

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Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's son Virgil Harold Griffin's obituary (partial) - Virgil Harold Griffin died at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. He was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and was currently employed at Sisters of Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis as a computer software ---. Born in Fieldon he was a son of the late Charles Wesley and Anna Westfall Griffin. Surviving are a son Christopher Griffin of Jerseyville, and two daughters Anna Bailey of --- and Dawn Hillier of Aurora; seven grandchildren; a brother Harold Griffin of ---, and two sisters Eunice Kessler of --- and Geneva McClintock of ---. A brother Melvin Griffin and two sisters Norma Jean Griffin and Viola Godar preceded him in death. Visitation was set for 4 to 7 Sunday at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. William Hembrow will celebrate a Mass at 11 Monday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville. Burial is in Grimes-Neely Cemetery west of Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Virgil Griffin's wife Norma (Herman) Griffin Wiethop's 2nd husband Larry Allen Wiethop's mother Dorothy May (Neulist) Wiethop's obituary - MODOC, S.C. - Memorial Services for Mrs. Dorothy May Wiethop, 88, of Forrest Drive, Modoc, SC, who died October 15, 2006, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the Modoc First Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Patton officiating. Interment will be private. Mrs. Wiethop was a native of St. Louis, MO, having made Modoc her recent home. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Rose Neulist and two brothers, Herbert Neulist and Clarence Neulist. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry Allen and Norma Wiethop; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Rose and George Hill; seven grandchildren, Stacey Sery, St. Peters, MO, Joshua Wiethop, Anderson, SC, Graham Hill, Amy Hill, both of Jacksonville, FL, Anna Bailey, Murfreesboro, TN, Dawn Kellam, Plainfield, IL and Christopher Griffin, Jerseyville, IL; twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. The family will receive friends following the service. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com

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(1a) Virgil and Norma (Herman) Griffin's daughter Anna Griffin was born 8/16/1963. Anna married Thurman Bailey on 12/14/1985. Thurman and Anna (Griffin) Bailey have 5 children, Lauren Bailey born 6/5/1986, Justin Bailey born 5/31/1988, Amber Bailey born 7/15/1992, Kara Bailey born 5/6/1998, and Bryan James Lyndon Bailey born 9/20/2002.

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(2a) Virgil and Norma (Herman) Griffin's daughter Dawn Griffin was born 7/10/1964. Dawn married Mark Hillier 05/12/1984. Mark and Dawn (Griffin) Hillier had 2 children, Chrystel Hillier born 05/05/1985, and Trevor Hillier born 09/18/1989. Dawn divorced Mark Hillier in 2001 and remarried to James Kellam 05/24/2002. They reside in Plainfield, IL, which is about 30 miles from Chicago.

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(3a) Virgil and Norma (Herman) Griffin's son Christopher "Chris" Griffin married Christine Decker. Christopher and Christine (Decker) Griffin have 2 children-Maegan Griffin and Gregory Griffin. They live in Jerseyville, IL.

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Christopher Griffin's wife Christine (Decker) Griffin's father Lee Alvin Decker Jr.'s obituary - Lee Alvin Decker Jr., 65, formerly of Branson, Mo., died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2008, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Dow, the son of Lee A. Sr. and Sylvia M. (Williams) Decker, now deceased. He married the former Sylvia A. Breden of Jerseyville. He later married the former Sondra Duggan Jan. 3, 1989, in Tennessee, and she survives. He retired from Laclede Steel Company in Alton. He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville.

In addition to his wife, Sondra Decker of Branson, surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Amanda Decker of Roxana; three daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Christopher Griffin, and Michelle and Steve Hallstead of Jerseyville, and Cindy and Mark Wagner of Fieldon; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Sally Stahlschmidt of Alton; and a brother, Sam Decker of Galesburg, Ill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Taylor Decker, and a brother, Wayne "Gene" Decker. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, with prayer service at 3:45 p.m. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Fr. William Hembrow officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

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Christopher Griffin's wife Christine (Decker) Griffin's grandmother Mary Alice "Corky" (Brown) Breden's obituary - JERSEYVILLE — Mary Alice "Corky" Breden, 94, died early Sunday morning, August 21, 2016 at Jersey Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville, Illinois. She was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Jerseyville, and was the daughter of the late George E. and Irene (Chism) Brown. She married Norman L. Breden on January 4, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. He preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1985. She was a 1940 graduate of Jersey Township High School. She was employed in the office of the Jersey County Circuit Clerk for several years, working with her father, George Brown, who was serving one of his terms as circuit clerk. She retired in July 1985 from the former Democrat-News in Jerseyville, after 20 years of service, and continued to write a column for the former News Journal. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church in Jerseyville, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Carrollton Community Chorus. Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Decker of Jerseyville and Janet Isringhausen of Hardin, and two sons, Phil Breden of Godfrey and Greg Breden of Jerseyville; grandchildren: Steve (Amanda) Decker, children Breden and Ethan; Christine (Christopher) Griffin, Maegan and Greg; Miichelle (Steve) Hallstead, Kevin Gunterman and Hannah Hallstead; Cynthia (Mark) Wagner, Justin Kuehnel, Marissa, Luke and Jake Wagner; Tim (Elaine) Isringhausen, Justin and Jaiden; Amy (Phil) Robeen, Kyle, Cole, Jay, Jack and Kate; Tony (Amanda) Isringhausen, Anna and Charlie; Ian (Sabrina) Breden, Liam; Will (Carrie) Breden, Tristan and Keiren; and Jessica Breden; one great-great-granddaughter Kylie Griffin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter-in-law, Shirley (Woelfel) Breden, great-granddaughter, Taylor Decker. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 24 at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville with Father William Hembrow officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to St. Francis/Holy Ghost School in Jerseyville.

(4) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's daughter Eunice Marie Griffin was born Aug. 8, 1932 in Jersey County, IL, and died July 22, 2015 in Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon. She was buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She married 1st Lewis George Kessler. He was born Oct. 5, 1929 in Jersey County, IL, and died July 1, 1985 in Alton, Madison County, IL. He was buried in Upper Alton Cemetery in Alton, Madison County, IL. Lewis George Kessler and Eunice Marie (Griffin) Kessler had a daughter Carol Kessler. Eunice married 2nd to Nolan Fugitt and they lived in Oregon City, Oregon. Eunice's daughter Carol died Feb. 28, 2002. Carol was born Feb. 9, 1948 in Carrollton, IL. Carol was married to Roland "Ed" Essen in 1970 and lived in Brighton, IL at the time of her death. They had 3 children-Brian Essen of Carrollton, Jeanette (Essen) Pullen of Portland, Oregon, and Cindy (Essen) Tripp of Portland, Oregon.

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Eunice Marie (Griffin) Kessler Fugitt's obituary - Eunice Marie Fugitt (Aug. 8, 1932 - July 22, 2015) - Eunice Marie Fugitt died on July 22 at home in Oregon City. She was laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. She is survived by: husband, Nolan; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her memory to the American Heart Association. Arrangements: Hillside Chapel. (Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 01:00 - Written by The Oregon City News)

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Lewis and Eunice (Griffin) Kessler's daughter Carol J. (Kessler) Essen's obituary - Mrs. Carol J. Essen, 53, died at 11:01 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at her home. Born Aug. 9, 1948, in Carrollton, she was a daughter of Eunice Marie (Griffin) Kessler of Portland, Ore., and the late Lewis George Kessler. She married Roland "Ed" Essen March 13, 1970, in St. Charles, Mo. He survives. In addition to her husband and mother, surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Jeanette Essen of Portland and Cindy K. and Ken Tripp of Portland; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Amanda Essen of Carrollton; and five grandsons, Nick, Mark, Josh, Joe and Jacob.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Tri-County Vietnam Veterans Association. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where the Rev. Delbert Essen will officiate at services at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will follow in the Grimes-Neely Cemetery, west of Jerseyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of Gubser Funeral Home.

(5) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's daughter Geneva "Sissy" Ruth Griffin was born March 23, 1937, in Fieldon, Richwood Township, Jersey County, IL. She died Nov. 8, 2006, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. She was married to Lloyd McClintock. He was born 11-8-1930, and died 7-17-1995 in Jersey Co. IL. His burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. Lloyd and Geneva (Griffin) McClintock had a son, John McClintock Sr. of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, John McClintock Jr. of Moline, Ill., and Erikia McClintock, Lance McClintock and Alex McClintock, all of Jerseyville and two great-grandchildren, Dylan Riley McClintock and Chloe McClintock. Lloyd McClintock later married Ruth Ann Kappler, daughter of Rev. Louis Edward Kappler and Mary Elizabeth (Robbins) Kappler, and Lloyd and Ruth Ann (Kappler) McClintock had a daughter Lori McClintock who married Paul Wojtysiak.

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Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's daughter Geneva Ruth (Griffin) McClintock's obituary - Mrs. Geneva Ruth McClintock, 69, died at 2:17 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Born March 23, 1937, in Fieldon, she was the daughter of Wesley Charles Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin Coleman. She was a member of the Holy Ghost Church in Jerseyville.

Survivors include one son, John McClintock Sr. of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, John McClintock Jr. of Moline, Ill., and Erikia, Lance and Alex McClintock, all of Jerseyville; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Riley and Chloe McClintock; and one sister, Eunice Fugett of Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Norma Jean Griffin and Viola Godar; and three brothers, Virgil, Melvin and Harold Griffin. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. William Hembrow will officiate. Burial will be at Grimes-Neely Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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Geneva Ruth (Griffin) McClintock's husband Lloyd McClintock's obituary - Lloyd McClintock died July 17, 1995 in the emergency room at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. The Korean War Veteran retired from the Army after 21 years of service. After military service he worked in Jerseyville as a farmer, at Roper Plastics and 10 years at Harvester International Implement retiring in 1988. Born Nov. 8, 1930 in Bradley, Okla., he was a son of the late Ira Lee and Nora Gladys Walker McClintock. He and the former Ruth Ann Kappler were married in Jerseyville. She survives. In addition to his wife, surviving are a son and daughter, John McClintock of Jerseyville and Lori McClintock of Jerseyville; five half sisters, Violet Roberts of Mims, Fla., Helen Bunce of Fayetteville, N.C., Linda K. Gerst of Chesterfield, Mo., Sharon M. Czekus of Fernley, Nev., and Stella Mae Moore of Bourbon, Mo.; two half brothers, Bobby L. McClintock of Centerville, Mo., and Richard McClintock of Columbia, Mo.; a stepsister, Paula Cain of Bowling Green, Ky., and a stepbrother, Kenneth Raymond of Brighton. A brother Ronald E. McClintock preceded him in death. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. today at the Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Visitation will continue in the Gospel Assembly Church in Jerseyville where he was a member from noon Wednesday until time of services at 1 p.m. The Rev. Clyde Shaw will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville with full military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to building fund of the church.

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(1a) Lloyd and Geneva "Sissy" Ruth (Griffin) McClintock's son John McClintock Sr.'s wife Susie (Snyder) McClintock's father Charles L. 'C.L' Snyder's obituary - Charles L. 'C.L' Snyder, cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at Passavant Hospital. By his side was his devoted and loving wife of 57 years, Dixie Snyder. Dad married mom, the former Dixie L. Brown of Hillview, on April 9, 1954 in Carrollton, Illinois. From that joyful union, eight children were born in the following order; Ricky L Snyder (wife Linda) of Hillview, Randy L. Snyder (wife Mary) of White Hall, Debbie Buchanan (husband Marty) of Hillview, Cathy Hurt (husband Jerry) and Diana Monroe (husband Roy) of White Hall, Sandy Hicks (husband David) of Patterson, Rodney Snyder of Hillview, and Susie McClintock (husband John) of Fieldon. Dad was the proud grandfather of Joe Snyder, Misty Snyder Bellet, Luck Snyder, Billy Miller, Katie Buchanan, Jimmy Buchanan, T.J. Hurt, Charlie Hurt, Will Monroe, Mindy Monroe, Becky Monroe, David Lee Hicks, Cassandra Hicks McAdams, Courtney Gansz, Aaron Gansz, Erika McClintock, Lance McClintock, Alex McClintock, and John McClintock, Jr. He was the loving and proud great grandfather of 22 great grandchildren. Following his marriage to mom, dad worked more than 40 years at Orton's Rock Quarry in Hillview, while doing carpentry work on the side in an effort to feed his hungry brood free of any government handouts, for which he was very proud! He sang in several country bands during the 80's, making many cherished friends along the way.

Dad was born on May 12, 1938 to Claude and Beatrice Bushnell Snyder, in Farber, MO. He had two sisters and nine brothers. His parents and the following siblings preceded him in death; Opal Rinker of Mexico, MO., Lois Gullion of Hermann, MO., (twin brothers,) Melvin and Marvin Snyder, and Tommy Snyder of Laddonia, MO., and Kenny Snyder of Rush Hill, MO. Surviving brothers are David Snyder (wife Brenda) and Johnnie Snyder (wife Debbie) of Laddonia, MO., Jack Snyder (wife Debbie), and Curtis Snyder (wife Cheryl) all of Martinsburg, MO., and Gary Snyder (companion Ina) of Rush Hill, MO. Dad had numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much, and a part-time care giver he was very fond of as well, John Bull, Jr. Dad was a member of the Hillview Baptist Church, Hillview American Legion, and White Hall V.F.W. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he was wounded in the service of his country. Dad has been an inspiration to all of us who love him so very much, and for the rest of our days, we will miss the sight of his warm smile when he sees one of his many babies. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of our beloved dad. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Hillview Baptist Church with burial at Pine Tree Cemetery at Patterson. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall. Memorials are suggested to the Hillview Baptist Church. Condolences may be left on-line at www.airsman-hires.com.

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Lloyd and Geneva "Sissy" Ruth (Griffin) McClintock's son John McClintock Sr.'s wife Susie (Snyder) McClintock's brother Ricky Leon Snyder's obituary - Ricky Leon Snyder, 59, of rural Hillview, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 13, 1954, in White Hall, the son of Charles L. "C.L." and Dixie L. Brown Snyder. He married Linda Phelan on March 11, 1983, at Bunker Hill, and she survives. Also surviving is a son, Ricky Joe (wife, Amy) Snyder of Festus, Mo.; a daughter, Misty (husband, Steve) Bellet of Jerseyville; his mother, Dixie Snyder of Hillview; grandchildren, Jaidelynn, Jacob, Livi, and Ava; sisters, Debbie (husband, Marty) Buchanan of Hillview, Cathy (husband, Jerry) Hurt of White Hall, Diana (husband, Roy) Monroe of White Hall, Sandy (husband, David) Hicks of Patterson, and Susie (husband, John) McClintock of Fieldon; brothers, Randy (wife, Mary) Snyder of White Hall and Rodney Snyder of Hillview; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, C.L. Snyder, and his grandparents, William H. and Neta Ruyle Brown and Claud T. and Beatrice Bushnell Snyder. Ricky's lifelong career was law enforcement, retiring after 20 years as a Greene County Deputy Sheriff. He enjoyed gardening, music, and cabinet making. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Hillview Baptist Church. Ricky gathered friends from all walks of life and will leave a great empty space as he leaves this earth and moves on to his heavenly home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hillview Baptist Church with burial at Pine Tree Cemetery at Patterson. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Saturday. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hirescom.

(6) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's son Harold Wesley Griffin was born Oct. 7, 1924 in Otterville, Jersey County, IL and died June 17, 2002 in Coupeville, Washington. He was in the Military Service in the U. S. Army and was a World War II Veteran. He married 1st Dollie Marie miller, and they had a daughter Virginia Griffin. He married 2nd to Juliette Morgan 7-12-1946 in Jersey County, IL, and they had a daughter Phyllis Griffin. He married 3rd Wilma Irene Talley 7-21-1949 in Jersey County, IL. She was the daughter of George and Gertrude (Parker) Talley. Wilma was born July 31, 1930 (died 3-4-91 age 60 of breast cancer), and they had 4 children-Ronald Harold Griffin, David Wesley Griffin, Rosemary Yvonne Griffin, and Mitchell Harold Griffin. Harold remarried after his wife Wilma's death to Alice.

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Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin's son Harold Wesley Griffin's obituary - Harold Wesley Griffin, 77, who lived recently in Coupeville, Washington, and had moved there from Goldbar, Washington, was born in Otterville, Illinois. Harold is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter Virginia & (Paul) Ward of Jerseyville, Illinois; a son, Ronald & (Mildred) Griffin of Goldbar; a son, David & (Virginia) Griffin of Sultan; sisters, Eunice Kessler of Portland, Oregon; and Geneva McClintock of Jerseyville; 6 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma in 1991; by two children Rosemary & Mitchell Griffin; two brothers, Virgil & Melvin Griffin; and two sisters Viola Godar & Norma Jean Griffin.

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(1a) Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin's son Ronald Harold Griffin was born 8-28-1951 in Jersey County, IL. He married Mildred Jean Jones, daughter of Seywood and Helen L. (Smithey) Jones, and they live in Brownstown, IL. They have 2 children-Dale Griffin and Pamela Griffin.

(Note: Ronald Harold Griffin's wife Mildred Jean (Jones) Griffin's mother Helen Louise (Smithey) Jones is a descendant of Joshua Smithey, Sr. who was born Abt. 1720 in Perth Co., Scotland, and died Est. 1753-1811. He came to Virginia from Perth, Scotland in 1746. Mildred Jean (Jones) Griffin's father Seywood Jones was a son of Seymour Nathan Jones born May 6, 1904, died June 15 1987, and Fannie Frances Mason born Jan. 12, 1906, died Sept. 13, 1991, married Aug. 23, 1924, both buried at Young Cemetery near Batesville, ARK; and a grandson of Alexander Jones born 1871 in Iowa, died in Wister OK, and Dora (Alice Udora Bannister) born in 1879 in Texas, died 1915 in Spiro Bottoms, Leflore Co., OK.)

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Ronald Harold Griffin's wife Mildred Jean (Jones) Griffin's father Seywood Jones's obituary - Seywood Jones, 84, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on July 7, 1927, in Indianola, Okla., and was the son of Seymour Nathan and Fannie Frances (Mason) Jones. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and was a former member of the Jerseyville VFW. He had been employed for many years at West Central Sales in Jerseyville, and also did nursery, retaining wall, and orchard work. He married the former Helen L. Smithey on July 19, 1947, in Lepanto, Ark., and together they have shared 64 years together.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Jones of Jerseyville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred Jean and Ron Griffin of Brownstown, Joann and Bill Thode of Imperial, Mo., Frances A. and Terry Edgin of Monroe, Wash., and Sherry K. and Robert Robertson of Lebanon, Ohio; five sons, David Jones of Morrilltown, Ark., Thomas and Karen Jones of Otterville, Jerry and Lillian Jones of Wichita, Kan., James "Woody" and Karen Jones of Delhi and Charles and Kathy Jones of Fort Worth, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Flanningan of Cave City, Ark., and Brenda Anderson of Cabot, Ark.; three brothers, Billy Jones of New York, James Jones of Billings, Mont., and Douglas Jones of West Alton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Woody Jones; a granddaughter, Lisa Jones; a brother, Carl Lester Jones; and two sisters, Golda Mae Bryant and Geraldine Ramsey. Vistation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Eastland Baptist Church in Jerseyville with the Rev. John Gibson officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes-Neeley Cemetery in Jerseyville, where the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 will conduct military graveside rites. Memorials may be given to the Eastland Baptist Church.

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Ronald Harold Griffin's wife Mildred Jean (Jones) Griffin's mother Helen Louise (Smithey) Jones's obituary - DELHI - Helen Louise Jones, 88, died at 12:50 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri after complications from a surgery earlier in the week. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Whitton, Arkansas, one of fourteen children born of the late Thomas M. and Fannie Mae (Easley) Smithey, and grew up, along with her siblings, in Dyess, Arkansas. At the young age of 19, Helen married the love of her life, Seywood Jones, on July 18, 1947, in Lepanto, Arkansas, and the two moved to Illinois, eventually settling in Delhi in 1967. Helen and Seywood were blessed by God with eight wonderful children and numerous grandchildren throughout their 64 years of marriage before his death on Septand 8, 2011. She enjoyed spending time in her garden tending to her flowers, and in the kitchen, where she was known for her delicious apple pie. She was a woman of faith, and enjoyed reading her Bible and was an active member of the Eastland Baptist Church in Jerseyville. Helen truly embodied a life of Faith, Love and Family and gave all she had to living out those principles. She never met a stranger, and you could always count on a conversation with her to leave you with a smile and a renewed faith in the Lord. She possessed this same love and devotion for her family and treasured the countless memories and time spent with each and every one of them. Surviving are seven children and their spouses, Thomas and Karen Jones of Otterville; Jerry and Lilly Jones of Wichita, Kansas; Charles and Kathy Jones of Fort Worth, Texas; Mildred and Ronald Griffin of Brownstown; JoAnn and Bill Thode of Bandera, Texas; Frances Jones of Delhi; Sherry and Bob Robertson of Lebanon, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Karen "Cookie" Jones of Breckenridge Hills, Missouri; a special "son" and daughter-in-law, Paul and Betty Young of Orange County, California; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Thomas, Clois, Dewey and Billy Smithey; three sisters, Mearl Steagal, Barbara Brown and Lois Jean Jones. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James Woodrow "Woody" Jones on August 30, 2016; a granddaughter, Lisa Beck; a son-in-law, Kenneth Zipprich; as well as her sisters, Odell Reynolds, Lucy Flemings, Lorine Jacobs and three infant sisters. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 with the Rev. John Gibson officiating. Burial will take place alongside her husband and son at the Grimes-Neeley Cemetery in Jerseyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family in care of the funeral home.

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Ronald Harold Griffin's wife Mildred Jean (Jones) Griffin's brother James Woodrow "Woody" Jones's obituary - James Woodrow “Woody” Jones, 61, died at 12:08 p.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Willow Rose Rehab & Health Center in Jerseyville. He was born on August 16, 1955 in Bono, AR, one of eight children born to Seywood & Helen (Smithey) Jones and spent much of his live residing in the Jerseyville area. He moved to Joliet at age 19, it was during his time there that he met and soon married the former Karen Haas on March 20, 1976 at the St Paul’s Catholic Church in Joliet and together they had four children and shared in 40 years of marriage. Woody and Karen made their home in Joliet for nearly 20 years before returning to Jerseyville in 1994 when Woody accepted a position as a Maintenance Mechanic at American Steel in Granite City, where he worked for 5 years before his health began to decline. He enjoyed eagle watching and sports, with the Chicago Bears, Bulls and the St. Louis Cardinals being among his favorites. Woody also enjoyed working with his hands and had many talents that seemed to come natural to him. He developed of a love of carpentry while working at a cabinet shop in Joliet and continued to build many items around the house in the years to come. He also enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, especially his Harley Davidson. The two things that Woody held most valuable to him, however, where his faith and his family. He was a member of the Eastland Baptist Church in Jerseyville, where he regularly attended services with his mother, and enjoyed each and every moment spent with his children. Growing up, the memories they made sitting around the living room watching wrestling on pay per view and eating pizza are ones they will never forget. Surviving are his mother, Helen Jones of Jerseyville; his wife, Karen Jones of Breckenridge Hills, MO; four children, Brianne & Walker FitzRoy of Manchester, MO; Jason Jones of St. Louis, MO; Shawn Jones of Breckenridge Hills, MO and Brittany Jones of Valley Park, MO; three granddaughters, Katherine, Emilianna and Annastasia FitzRoy; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas & Karen Jones of Otterville; Jerry & Lilly Jones of Wichita, KS and Charles & Kathy Jones of Fort Worth, TX; four sisters and their spouses, Mildred & Ronald Griffin of Brownstown; JoAnn & Bill Thode, formerly of Imperial, MO; Frances Jones of Jerseyville and Sherry & Bob Robertson of Lebanon, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Seywood Jones; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Zipprich; as well as his K-9 companion, “Cheech”, a black pug, who Woody adored and loved to spoil for many years. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville with the Rev. John Gibson officiating. Burial will take place at Grimes-Neeley Cemetery in Jerseyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to American Kidney Foundation in care of the funeral home.

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(2a) Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin's son David Wesley Griffin was born 8-29-1952 in Jersey County, IL and he and his wife Virginia live in Sultan, Washington. David was married before and had a daughter Kathy.

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(3a) Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin's daughter Rosemary Yvonne Griffin was born 6-30-1963 in Jersey County, IL, died at age 17 of cystic fibrosis 7-4-1980. She is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL.

Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin's daughter Rosemary Griffin's obituary - The funeral of Rosemary Griffin, 17, daughter of Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin of R. R. 1, Fieldon was held Tuesday at Gubser Funeral Home with the Rev. Joy Settles officiating. Burial was in Grimes-Neely Cemetery. She died at 7:30 p.m. July 4, 1980 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis after an extended illness. She was born June 30, 1963 in Jersyville and was a student at Jersey Community High School. Her survivors are her parents; two brothers, Ronald and David Griffin of Fieldon; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Ward of Jerseyville; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Coleman and Mrs. Gertrude Talley of Jerseyville. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was named as a memorial.

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(4a) Harold and Wilma (Talley) Griffin's son Mitchell Harold Griffin was born 10-11-1955, and died 12-8-1955 in infancy. He is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL.

Harold remarried To Alice (I don't know her maiden name) and before his death lived near his sons and their families in Washington State.

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(1a) Harold Griffin had a daughter Virginia Griffin from his first wife Dollie Marie Miller, the daughter of Marvin and Ruea (Evans) Miller. Dollie Marie Miller remarried to Floyd McIntire 8-2-1944 and lived in the Grafton, IL area. Virginia Griffin married Paul V. Ward May 28, 1960, in Pittsfield, IL. He was born March 3, 1941 in Jerseyville, IL, the son of Arthur and Agnes (Franz) Ward. Paul died April 16, 2010, at St. John's Mercy Health Care in St. Louis, MO. His burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. Paul and Virginia (Griffin) Ward had 3 children-Martin Ward; Bonnie Ward who married Mark Helfer, the son Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Helfer; and Anna Ward who married R. Calvin Keaton.

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Harold Griffin's 1st wife Dollie Marie (Miller) Griffin McIntire's obituary - Dollie Marie McIntire, 79, formerly of Jerseyville and Godfrey, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Alton Memorial Hospital, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her family, after entering a peaceful rest. She was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Enough, Mo., to Charles Marvin and Reau (Evans) Miller. She married Floyd A. McIntire on Aug. 2, 1944, in Jerseyville. He died Feb. 21, 1990. A loving and devoted wife and mother, she was homemaker and farmer and leaves behind many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will cherish her memory. Her legacy is her faith in God and devotion to her children. Surviving are 12 children and their spouses, Lloyd and Denise McIntire of Jackson, Mich., Barbara and John Wiley of Godfrey, Joan McIntire of Albany, Mo., Pat and Joe VanWalleghen of O'Fallon, Mo., Sandy Compton of Alton, Dollie and John Klaas of Kane, Pearl and Terry Fester of Dow, Bessie Walker of Alton, Raymond and Kandy McIntire of Bethalto, Mary J. Johnson of Godfrey, Betty Finch of Wood River and Virginia and Paul Ward of Jerseyville; 34 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren, with whom she played a vital role in their lives; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Steve Evancho of Godfrey; and a brother, Dallas Delmar Miller of Delhi. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet; a stepdaughter, June Hayes; a son-in-law, George Johnson; two grandsons, Shannon and Darrell Johnson; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Irene Wells; and five brothers, Carl "Eddie" Miller, Ira "Bill" Miller, Earsie Miller, Loya Miller and an infant. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Wilbur Cain will officiate. Interment will be beside her husband of 45 years and infant daughter at Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton. Memorials may be given to a church of the donor's choice.

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Virginia (Griffin) Ward's husband Paul V. Ward's obituary - Paul V. Ward, 69, died at 8:52 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, at St. John's Mercy Health Care in St. Louis. He was born March 3, 1941, in Jerseyville, the son of Arthur and Agnes (Franz) Ward, now deceased. He married Virginia Griffin May 28, 1960, in Pittsfield, Ill. She survives. He retired in 1998 after 26 years as owner and operator of Wards Meat Processing in Jerseyville. He enjoyed fishing and boating and spending time with his family. He was a member of Jerseyville Masonic Lodge No. 394 and past member of Jerseyville Moose Lodge No. 695, Jerseyville Eagles Lodge No. 2747 and Jerseyville Elks Lodge No. 594.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Martin, and Adrienne Ward of Belleville; daughters, Bonnie and Mark Helfer of Jerseyville and Anna and R. Calvin Keaton of St. Louis; grandchildren, Jacinda and Chad Custer, Peggy and Aaron West, Betsy and Paul Garrison, Kassandra Pickel, Noah Keaton and Owen Keaton; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Ward of Jerseyville, David and Pat Ward of Kingston Mines, Ill., and Hollis Ward of Dow. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Donald, Robert and Dale Ward. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 19, with Masonic funeral rites at 3:45 p.m. at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, and visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville. The Rev. Mark Myers will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to American Lung Research Foundation.

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(1aa) Paul and Virginia (Griffin) Ward's daughter Anna (Ward) Keaton's husband R. Calvin Keaton's father Larry Baron Keaton's obituary - Keaton, Larry Baron Age 70, of Park Forest died at 1:45 a.m. July 8, 2011 at his home in Park Forest. He was born on March 24th, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas, the beloved son of Mary Elizabeth Keaton and R. Roy Keaton. Larry was a veteran of the Vietnam War who lived most of his life in Park Forest. He traveled extensively in his work as a Field Service Engineer and after his retirement in 2001, he still enjoyed relaying stories of the exotic places he visited such as the Philippines and Israel. Larry also enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars. He spent most of his time since retirement building street rods and was extremely proud of his custom 1934 Ford 3-window coupe! Larry is survived by his son, Calvin Keaton, his daughter, April Keaton, his sister, Sherry Brennan, his daughter-in-law, Anna Keaton, his son-in-law, Greg Muchnik, as well as five wonderful grandchildren; Sydney Muchnik, Kassi Pickel, Ethan Muchnik, Noah Keaton, and Owen Keaton. Private services and burial with full military rights will be held in Weatherford Texas, handled by Whites Funeral Home.

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(1a) Harold Griffin married 2nd to Juliette Morgan 7-12-1946 in Jersey County, IL. She was born November 06, 1925 in South Carolina, and died May 16, 2008 in South Carolina. They had a daughter Phyllis Griffin. They divorced soon after the marriage and Juliette returned to her home state of South Carolina with her daughter Phyllis. Her daughter Phyllis preceded her mother in death. Phyllis was married to Billie Wilcox Sr. and they had 4 children--Billie Wilcox, Jr., Angelia Wilcox Clark, Danial Wilcox, and Katherine Wilcox.

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Harold Griffin's 2nd wife Juliette (Morgan) Griffin's obituary - Juliette Morgan Griffin, November 06, 1925 - May 16, 2008 - Juliette Morgan Griffin, 82, of Goose Creek, SC, formerly of Russellville, a retired librarian for the Charleston Naval Hospital, died Friday morning at the Hospice of Charleston Hospice Center. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM, Tuesday evening, May 20, 2008, in the CHAPEL OF DIAL-MURRAY FUNERAL HOME, MONCKS CORNER. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until the hour of service on Tuesday. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, SC 29406 or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY, 10018. Mrs. Griffin was born November 6, 1925, in Oconee County, SC, a daughter of Julian Morgan and Mabel King Morgan. She was a graduate of Roebuck High School and attended the Citadel. Mrs. Griffin was a member of the Russellville Christian Church and was a volunteer with the Red Cross. She was preceded in death by a daughter Phyllis Griffin Wilcox. Surviving are, four grandchildren, Billie Wilcox, Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Russellville, Angelia Clark of Summerville, Danial Wilcox and his wife, Angel, and Katherine Wilcox all of Goose Creek; a son-in-law, Billie Wilcox, Sr.; and five great grandchildren.

(7) Charles Wesley Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin also had a daughter Norma Jean Griffin who was born 1-30-1931 in Jersey County, IL, and died 6-16-1942 in Jersey County, IL. She is buried at Grimes-Neely Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL.

My father's sister Anna Westfall remarried after the death of her first husband Charles Wesley Griffin to Raymond Bates who died as a result of a tragic mowing accident while working for the State Highway Department.

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After his death Anna married William C. Pitt. Anna's husband William C. Pitt, died 07-11-77.

William C. Pitt's obituary - Services for William C. Pitt, 80, of 206 Sherman St., Jerseyville were conducted Wednesday afternoon from Gubser Funeral Home with the Rev. Everett Chambers officiating. Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. He died at 11 am on 11 July, 1977 at the White Hall hospital. He was born in Mt. Olive, 27 November 1896, a son of Edward and Lucy Black Pitt. His survivors are his widow, Mrs. Anna Bates Pitt; one son, Edward Pitt of Greenfield and two daughters, Mrs. Marvell Martin of Winchester and Mrs. Orville (Wilma) Shenkel of East Alton; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

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After William Pitt's death Aunt Anna married Joseph I. Coleman after the death of his wife Laura (Westfall) Coleman, Anna's sister. Anna's husband Joseph I. Coleman, died 12-21-82.

Joseph I. Coleman's obituary - Services were conducted Friday afternoon at Gubser Funera Home for Joseph I. Coleman, 81, who died at 3:50 a.m. Dec. 21, 1982 at his residence, 206 Sherman St., Jerseyville. The Rev. V. Clay Noah officiated. He was born Dec. 8, 1901 in Racola, Mo., a son of the late James and Victoria (Robart) Coleman. The World War II veteran was retired from Olin Corp.

His survivors are his wife, Anna Westfall Griffin Coleman; one son, Edward of Elsah; a daughter, Bessie Randall of Panacea, Fla.; two stepsons, Harold Griffin of Washington and Virgil Griffin of Portland, Ore.; three step daughters, Viola Godar, Otterville, Eunice Kessler, Portland, Ore., Geneva McClintock, Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His first wife Laura Coleman died Feb. 26, 1976. The American Cancer Society has been named as a memorial. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery , Alton.

Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue Griffin

Charles Wesley Griffin married first to Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue 11-24-1898 in Jersey County, IL. They had no children together. She was born 5-19-1857 in Greene County, IL, the daughter of John Kanallakan and his 1st wife Frances Lange. She died 3-28-1922 near Otterville, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, IL. She is buried at St Mary's Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County, IL. She had been married previously to James C. Pegue. They married 11-21-1878 in Jersey County, IL. He was born 06-03-1859 and died 06-12-1893 in Jersey County, IL. He was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Jersey County, IL. James and Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue had 2 sons-George Fred Pegue and Anthony E. Pegue.

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Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue Griffin's obituary - GRIFFIN. Mrs Caroline Griffin, 64, of Otterville. Holy Ghost Church with Rev Gramke.

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Caroline J. (Kanallakan) Pegue Griffin's father John Kanallakan was born bet. 1826 and 1829 in Furstenberg, Wesphalia, Germany. He died in 1874 in Jersey Co., IL. His burial was in Armstrong Cem., English Township, Jersey Co., IL. He married 1st Frances Lange born bet. 1827 and 1828 in Germany. He married 2nd Annie Lange 21 Oct 1871. She was born in 1849 in Prussia, Germany. Children of John Kanallakan and his 1st wife Frances Lange were-Frederick Kanallakan born May 1854 in Furstenberg, Wesphalia, Germany; Caroline J. Kanallakan born 19 May 1857 in Greene Co., IL; Antone Kanallakan born in 1860 in IL; Josephine Kanallakan born bet. 1862 and 1863 in IL; and Elizabeth Kanallakan born bet. 1865 and 1866 in IL. Children of John Kanallakan and his 2nd wife Annie Lange were-Frank Kanallakan born Aug 1873 in Jersey Co., IL; and Mary Kanallakan born in 1875 in Jersey Co., IL.

(1x) John Kanallakan and his 1st wife Frances Lange's son Frederick John Kanallakan born May 1854 in Furstenberg, Wesphalia, Germany married Johanna M. Munsterman 9 Nov 1892 in St. Mary's Church, Fieldon, Jersey Co., IL, born 11 Nov 1875 in IL. Children of Frederick John Kanallakan and Johanna M. Munsterman were-John Henry Kanallakan born 22 Nov 1893 in Jersey Co., IL; Carrie R. Kanallakan born 21 Jun 1895 in Jersey Co., IL; Frederick A. Kanallakan born 2 Mar 1900 in Jersey Co., IL; Gussie C. Kanallakan born 11 Aug 1902 in Jersey Co., IL; Frank A. Kanallakan born 14 Jul 1904 in Jersey Co., IL; and Charles Kanallakan born 7 Aug 1907 in Jersey Co., IL.

(1xx) Fredrick and Johanna (Munsterman) Kanallakan's son John Henry Kanallakan's obituary - Funeral rites for J. H. Kanallakan were held Nov. 3, 1959: funeral services were held Tuesday morning, 3 November at St. Mary's Church, Westwoods, for John Henry Kanallakan, a farmer of the Fieldon vicinity whose death occurred at nine forty-five o'clock Thursday night at his home. Father Leonard Rathgeb officiated at the requiem mass and burial was in St. Mary's cemetery. Friends called at Jacoby Brothers funeral home to pay their respect to the family of the decedent. Mr. Kanallakan was a life long resident of Jersey county. He was born 22 November 1893, a son of the late Fred and Hannah Munsterman Kanallakan, and his age at the time of death was sixty-five years, eleven months and seventeen days. Surviving the decedent are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Kanallakan; three daughters, Mrs. Edward Becker and Mrs. Richard Mossman of Fieldon and Mrs. Walter Mitchell of Tucson, Ariz; three sons, Laverne Kanallakan of Fieldon, Robert Kanallakan of Jerseyville and John Kanallakan of Elk Point, South Dakota; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Kanallakan of Jerseyville and Fred Kanallakan of Fieldon, and one sister, Mrs. P. F. Drainer of Jerseyville.

(1xxx) John and Margaret Peah (Drainer) Kanallakan's son Robert Louis Kanallakan Sr's obituary - Robert Louis Kanallakan, Sr., 70, died at 10:08 am Friday 5 May 1989, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. Born in Fieldon, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Drainer) Kanallakan. He had been a truck driver for Laclede Steel in Alton and also was a farmer. On 4 July 1942, in Jerseyville, he married the Former Evelyn "Sis" Brannan, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joe Kanallakan and Robert Kanallakan, Jr., both of Jerseyville; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Anna Becker and Doris Mossman, both of Jerseyville and Marjorie Clinton of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Laverne Kanallakan of Jerseyville. A brother, John Kanallakan and a sister, Betty Kanallakan, preceded him in death. Visitation is 4-9 pm today at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville, where the Jerseyville Elk's Lodge #954 will conduct a service at 4:30 pm. A rosary will be recited at 7 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 am Monday at St. Mary?s Catholic church in Fieldon. The Rev. William Hembrow is celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

(1xxxx) John and Margaret Peah (Drainer) Kanallakan's granddaughter and their son Laverne Frederick Kanallakan's daughter Janet Louise (Kanallakan) McCarry's obituary - Janet Louise (Kanallakan) McCarry, 64, died suddenly at 2:05 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, in the emergency room at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. She was born in Carrollton on June 12, 1948, the only child born to Laverne Frederick and Mary Louise (Hagen) Kanallakan. Janet was raised on the Hagen farm in Richwood Township in Jersey County and graduated in 1966 from Jersey Community High School. She was a past member of the Women of the Moose Lodge No. 695, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 492, both of Jerseyville. As an avid bowler, Janet participated for many years in various leagues. On Oct. 11, 1969, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church near Fieldon, Janet married Clifford Oren McCarry. During their 43 years of marriage they have shared many good times and provided many wonderful memories to their many family and friends. Together, they raised two daughters who survive along with their husbands, Amy Lynn and Micah Bandy of Savoy and Julie Ann and Terry Goheen of Dow. She is also survived by her four beloved grandchildren, Benjamin William Oren Bandy, Grace Jean Louise Bandy, Paige Elizabeth Goheen and Cassie Renae Goheen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her in laws, Doug and Janis Smith, Clifford McCarry; a brother-in-law, Dennis McCarry; and two nephews, Ryan Martin Vanausdoll and Kyle Adam Vanausdoll. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father William Hembrow officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Jerseyville. In lieu of any flowers or plants, any acts of kindness in Janet's memory would be greatly appreciated in the form of a memorial to her family in care of the funeral home.

(2xxx) John and Margaret Peah (Drainer) Kanallakan's daughter Anna Louise (Kanallakan) Becker's obituary - Anna Louise Becker, 96, died at 4:35 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. She was born in English Township, Jersey County, Illinois, on Jan. 14, 1920, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Drainer) Kanallakan. In her early years, Anna worked at the International Shoe Factory, but soon married Edward J. Becker. The two married on Sept. 11, 1943, in Fieldon, and for many years she cared for her family, home and farm, which was located north of Fieldon. It was on the farm that many memories were made of hard work, steadfast faith, and the joys of raising their two daughters, until failing health necessitated their move to Jerseyville in 1987, with Edward passing away on June 12, 1989. Anna was devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. Always on the go, she never passed on an opportunity or an invitation, and was a daily afternoon fixture at the Jerseyville Knights of Columbus, where she enjoyed the company of others and her Diet Pepsi. She was a gifted and generous quilter, creating countless different quilts throughout the years, and could always be counted on to donate one of her highly sought after creations at the yearly St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School Auction. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ralph Schuckenbrock of Fieldon; four grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Ralph Pickett of Jerseyville, Trent and Angie Schuckenbrock of Gillespie, Lorie Hunter and Tab Bradley of Elsah, and Edward and Becky Hunter of Auburn; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Mossman of Jerseyville and Marjorie Clinton of Tuscon, Arizona. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Barbara Hunter on Oct. 28, 2000; a son-in-law, Adrian C. Hunter on July 20, 1990; three brothers, Robert Kanallakan, John "Bookus" Kanallakan, and Laverne Kanallakan; and an infant sister, Betty Kanallakan. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct.23 at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where Father Patrick Gibbons will lead a Rosary Recitation at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father John Patrick Day officiating. She will be laid to rest at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Fieldon. Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools in Jerseyville.

(2xx) Fredrick and Johanna (Munsterman) Kanallakan's son Fred A. Kanallakan's obituary - Fred A. Kanallakan, a farmer of Rosedale township was pronounced dead on arrival at the Jersey Community Hospital at 1:10 o'clock Wednesday morning where he was moved in the Jacoby ambulance. Mr. Kanallakan had been in ill health. The body is at Jacoby Brothers funeral home where visitation hours will be held after three o'clock this (Thurs) afternoon. The rosary will be recited this evening at 8 o'clock. Funeral services will be held Friday morning, 29 October 1965 at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's Church, Westwoods, with Rev. Peter Klumbys celebrant of the requiem mass, and interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Mr. Kanallakan was a son of the late Fred and Hannah Munsterman Kanallakan and was born in Jersey county on 2 March 1900. His age at the time of death was sixty-five years, seven months, and twenty-five days. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Stella Kanallakan of Route one, Fieldon; four Sons, Delbert of Fieldon, Eldon of Jerseyville, Darrel of Grafton and Anthony Joe of the U.S. Army at Forthood, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Helton of Eldred, Mrs. Junior Cory of Fieldon and Mrs. Dale Snider of Jerseyville; seventeen grandchildren; one brother, Charles Kanallakan of Jerseyville; and one sister, Mrs. Peter Drainer of Fieldon. His parents and three brothers, Frank, John and Guss, preceded him in death.

(1xxx) Fred and Stella (Isringhausen) Kanallakan's daughter Patricia Ann "Pat" (Kanallakan) Snider's obituary - Patricia Ann "Pat" Snider, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the DePaul Health Center in St. Louis in the presence of her family and God and her 75th birthday. She was born on the family farm near Nutwood on Dec. 29, 1937, and was one of seven children born to Frank and Stella Kanallakan, now deceased. A graduate of Jersey Community High School, Pat was a fiercely loyal and devoted wife, mom and grandma, who took extreme pride in her family, and quickly grabbed any opportunity to brag on any of them. She married Dale Snider on Aug. 1, 1959, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon, and together they have shared 53 wonderful years together. If you ever ate a cake that seemed too good to be true, chances are Pat Snider made it. Weddings, birthdays, special occasions, or no occasion at all, Pat created homemade cakes and dishes for the Jerseyville community and beyond. Her cakes would often be cheaper than cakes you could buy at the store, but her passion for her community was greater than her desire for wealth. Surviving are her husband, Dale Snider of Jerseyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and John Dickerman of Jerseyville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Robbi Snider of Belleview, Roger and Lisa Snider of Fieldon, Richard and LeAnne Snider of Jerseyville, and Gary and Danielle Snider of Jerseyville; 13 grandchildren, Jenny, Kara, Ryan, Brandyn, Adrienne, Ashley, Emily, Jake, Casey, Taylor, Carley, Ethan and Quinn; a sister, Norine Helton of Eldred; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Delbert and Grace Kanallakan of Jerseyville, Eldon and Grace Kanallakan of Jerseyville, Darrell and Esther Kanallakan of Rosedale, and Anthony and Sandy Kanallakan of Nutwood; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Opal Cory; a nephew, Bill Kanallakan; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theodore and Norma Snider. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville with Father William Hembrow. Burial will be in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools Athletic Association.

(2xxx) Fred and Stella (Isringhausen) Kanallakan's daughter Norine Elizabeth (Kanallakan) Helton's obituary - Norine Elizabeth Helton, 92, died Friday May 16, 2014, at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. She was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Nutwood, the daughter of Fred and Stella Isringhausen Kanallakan. She married Charles L. Helton on Oct. 14, 1939, at Jerseyville, and he preceded her in death Jan. 7, 1992. Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Ann Helton of St. Louis, and Beverly Helton of New York, N.Y.; a son, Charles L. Helton, Jr. (wife Julie) of Eldred; grandchildren, Charles Helton III, Cindy Williams, Jayson Williams, and James Visney; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers, Delbert and Eldon Kanallakan, both of Jerseyville, Darrell Kanallakan of Rosedale, and Anthony Joe Kanallakan of Nutwood. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Opal Cory and Patricia Snider. Norine and her husband farmed and raised cattle side by side for many years south of Eldred and at Walkerville. Her ministry in life was helping family, friends and neighbors in their times of hardship or need, by cooking and baking, helping them in any matter they may need, or just visiting, which she always enjoyed. She was a member of the Eldred Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Eldred. Memorials are suggested to Eldred Baptist Church or Boyd Hospital.

(3xx) Fredrick and Johanna (Munsterman) Kanallakan's son Charles Kanallakan's obituary - Funeral mass for Charles Kanallakan, 68, of 403 Maple Ave., Jerseyville was celebrated 7 Oct, at the Holy Ghost church with father Robert L. Heintz celebrant. He died at 11:55 am on 4 October at the Jersey Community Hospital. Interment was in the St. Francis Xavier cemetery. A retired farmer, he was born 7 August 1907 in Jersey county, a son of Fredrick and Johanna Munsterman Kanallakan. He was a member of the farm bureau, Holy Ghost Catholic church and Knights of Columbus. His survivors are his widow, Elizabeth Downey Kanallakan; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Mary) Strebel of Jerseyville; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Caroline Drainer of Jerseyville. His parents, one son and four brothers preceded him in death. The rosary was recited Monday evening at Jacoby funeral home. The family designated the Holy Ghost building fund as a memorial.

(4xx) Fredrick and Johanna (Munsterman) Kanallakan's son Frank A. Kanallakan married Reba Roberts and they had these children-Gladys Kanallakan, Jim Kanallakan, and Roger Kanallakan.

(1xxx) Frank and Reba (Roberts) Kanallakan's daughter Gladys (Kanallakan) Day's obituary - Gladys Day, 85, passed away at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, with her family by her side at Rosewood Care Center in Alton. She was born on July 12, 1927, in Jerseyville, the daughter of Frank and Reba (Roberts) Kanallakan. She married Stokley Day Jr. on May 3, 1947, in Alton, and he preceded her in death on April 7, 2012. They were blessed with over 65 years of marriage. She was a member of Community Christian Church in Godfrey, Daughters of the Nile, Darcus Circle and Eastern Star. Gladys and Stokley owned and operated Superior Auto Body in East Alton for over 45 years and her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She is survived by three sons and their wives, Dennis and Beverly Day of Grafton, Danny Day and Linda Crane of Wood River and Tracy and Denise Day of Alton, eight grandchildren, Erica Swagler, Candice Smith, Tiffany and Sara Burney, Hayley Day, Hanna Crane, Ian Crane and Christian Day, two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Sydney Swagler. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Day; and two brothers, Jim and Roger Kanallakan. In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, with Pastor Troy Crain officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be directed to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Online condolences and guestbook may be found at ww.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.

(2xxx) Frank and Reba (Roberts) Kanallakan's son Jimmie A. Kanallakan's obituary - Jimmie A. Kanallakan, 50, of R. 1, Godfrey, died at 8:05 pm Saturday 2 July, 1977 at St. Anthony's hospital in Alton. He had been in ill health for 10 years. Kanallakan worked in maintenance for the Alton Board of Education, retiring in 1974 due to his health, after 20 years service. He was born 5 August 1926 in Jerseyville, the son of Mrs. Reba Kanallakan of Jerseyville and the late Frank Kanallakan. He is survived by his widow, the former Mary Lou Healey whom he married 26 October 1946 in Jerseyville; three sons, Frank of Alton, Steve and Jamie, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Blaine of Godfrey and Mrs. Ronald (Lavonne) King of Delhi and Melea Kanallakan, at home; five grandchildren; his mother; 1 brother, Roger Crone of Alton; and a sister, Mrs. Gladys Day of Godfrey. Visitation will be held after 4 pm Tuesday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the Faith Comm. Church, Godfrey. The Rev. Tom Olney will officiate and burial will be in White cemetery, Otterville.

(3xxx) Frank and Reba (Roberts) Kanallakan's son Roger Kanallakan's wife Mary Francis (Scoggins) Kanallakan's obituary - Mary Francis Kanallakan, 73, died at 11:00 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2010 at her home. Born September 3, 1937 in Orr, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of William R. and Bessie (Abshire) Scoggins. She retired from St. Joseph Hospital as a CNA in the nursery. She was a lifelong member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a longtime member of the Cherry Street Baptist Church in Alton where she was a Marcella Griffin Guild Girl leader. She was also a Girl Scout leader. She married Roger Kanallakan in Cashion, Arizona. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Jo Ellen Maul of Alton and Nancy Finley of Fredericktown, MO, one son, Ed Kanallakan of Alton, three grandchildren, Cindy Hill of Fieldon, James Kanallakan and Thomas Kanallakan both of Fredericktown, four great grandchildren, two sisters, Maggie Seay and Ruby Robbins both of Buckeye, Arizona. Also surviving is Delbert Mayfield of Fredericktown, MO, whom she loved like a son. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Kanallakan, a grandson, Eddie Finley, a granddaughter, Katy Kanallakan, two brothers, Calvin and Pete Scoggins, three sisters, Oleta Weatherford, Melissa Allen and Wanda Scoggins in infancy. There will be no services. Burial will be private at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and information may be found at www.gentfuneralhome.com

(2x) John Kanallakan and his 1st wife Frances Lange's son Antone "Tony" Kanallakan was born in 1860 in IL, and died in 1939. His burial was at St. Mary's Cem., Jersey Co., IL. He married Katherine Middendorf 22 May 1894 in Jersey Co., IL, born 1872 in IL. Children of Antone "Tony" Kanallakan and Katherine Middendorf were-William Anthony Kanallakan born 21 May 1893 in Jersey Co., IL; John Kanallakan born bet. 1894 and 1895 in IL; Anthony Kanallakan born 19 Dec 1897 in Jersey Co., IL; Edward Kanallakan; M. Laurentine Kanallakan born 18 May 1903 in IL; Georgiana Kanallakan born 15 Sep 1906 in Jersey Co., IL; Meinrad T. Kanallakan born 25 Feb 1908 in Jersey Co., IL; and Josephine Kanallakan born 1909 in Jersey Co., IL.

(1xx) Antone "Tony" and Katherine (Middendorf) Kanallakan 's son William Anthony Kanallakan's obituary - William Kanallakan, 95, of Anaheim, Calif., formerly of Jersey and Calhoun counties, died 13 October 1988, in Anaheim hospital. Born in Jersey county, he was the son of the late Anton and Katherine Kanallakan. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Jyorkes of Anaheim; two sons, William Kanallakan of Williams, Ariz., and Donald Kanallakan of Anaheim; three sisters, Sister M. Laurentine (Stella) Kanallakan of Alton, Josephine Beiermann of Jerseyville and Georgiana Wheaton of Fieldon. He was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Kanallakan; and four brothers, Tony, John, Meinard, and Edward Kanallakan. Services and burial were in Anaheim.

(1xxx) William and Johanna L. (Kinder) Kanallakan's son Marvin Kanallakan's wife Edna Lucille (Schleeper) Kanallakan 's obituary - Thursday, November 10, 2011 2:00 am Edna Lucille Kanallakan, age 82, a resident of Delta, Colo., took the Lord's hand when he called her home on Monday evening, Nov. 7, 2011, at the family farm on Ash Mesa. Edna was born April 12, 1929, to Edward and Freda (Kraut) Schleeper in Hardin, Ill. She spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Hardin. Following high school, Edna married Marvin Kanallakan on Sept. 6, 1946, in Hardin. He preceded her in death in May 1980. The family moved to Prescott, Ariz., where they resided for eight years. In 1965, they moved from Prescott to the Ash Mesa area of Delta, where they made their home until Edna's time of death.  Edna's life was her home, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, and loved to travel. Edna would donate her time at Volunteers of America in her spare time.Surviving family members include her two daughters, Sandy (Danny) Inman of Montrose, and Jane (Rick) Kauffman of Clifton, Colo; one sister, Leila Pieper of Jerseyville, Ill; four grandchildren, Tracy (Jody) Smith, Tina (Travis) Rowley, Keith Stevens and Michelle Foster; and eight great-grandchildren. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one daughter, Judy Stevens. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, Olathe, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Senior Community Meals, in memory of Edna Kanallakan, 11407 Colorado 65, Eckert, CO 81418. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory of Montrose.

(2xx) Antone "Tony" and Katherine (Middendorf) Kanallakan's daughter Sister M. Laurentine (Stella) Kanallakan's obituary - Sister Laurentine Kanallakan, O.S.U., 96, died Jan. 12, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. She was a teacher in parochial schools in Alton, Wood River and Godfrey, and served the Ursuline Missions in Montana and Alaska. Surviving is a sister, Georgiana Wheaton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Ursuline Convent in Alton.

(3x) John Kanallakan and his 1st wife Frances Lange's daughter Josephine Kanallakan born bet. 1862 and 1863 in IL, married John Pieper 25 Oct 1887.

(1x) John Kanallakan and his 2nd wife Annie Lange's son Frank Kanallakan born Aug 1873 in Jersey Co., IL, died in 1952, buried St. Francis Cem., Jersey Co., IL, married Wilhelmina Middendorf 28 Oct 1903 in Jersey Co., IL, born 1881 in Jersey Co., IL.

(2x) John Kanallakan and his 2nd wife Annie Lange's daughter Mary Ann Kanallakan was born 3-5-1874 in Jersey Co., IL, and died 5-25-1923 in Jersey Co., IL. She married Louis A. Albert (1871-1928), son of John and Susan Albert. His father John Albert was possibly a brother to my great grandmother Julia (Albert) Kraushaar. Louis A. Albert and his wife are both buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, English Township, Jersey Co., IL. ---- Mary Ann (Kanallakan) Albert's husband Louis A. Albert's obituary - ALBERT, Louis A., born Jersey County, Illinois, died 09-27-1928, buried St. Mary's Cemetery. Jersey Co. Democrat - Sept. 27, 1928. Louis A. Albert, well-known resident of English township, died at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. One of the most respected and best known citizens of Jersey County. born here 57 years ago. With exception of about 20 years of his earlier life which he spent in Missouri, he had lived in this county. For seven years he served as superintendent of the County Farm and at the time of his death was Highway Commissioner of English Township. United in marriage in 1890 to Miss Mary Kanallakan and to this union five children born, three of whom with the mother, have preceded their father in death. Two daus., Mrs. Frank Kovarik of St Louis and Miss Marie Albert of Jerseyville, survive, three bros.; Frank Albert of Harrisburg, IL, John and George Albert of Lincoln Co., MO., and one sister Mrs. August Nagel, of Lincoln Co. Funeral from St. Mary's, West Woods. Rev. Father John J. Klaes. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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James and Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue had 2 sons-George Fred Pegue and Anthony Pegue.

(1) James and Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue's son George Fred Pegue's obituary - PEGUE. 21 August 1972: Funeral mass for George fred Pegue, 92, a retired farmer in Jersey County, will be celebrated this morning (thurs) at 9:30 o'clock at the Holy Ghost church in Jerseyville, Father Robert Heintz celebrant. His death occurred Monday evening at St. Joseph's hospital in Alton. Mr. Pegue had been hospitalized since undergoing surgery for a hip fracture sustained in a fall at his home. He was born 14 September 1879 in Jersey County, a son of James and Caroline Kanallakan Pegue.

His wife, the former Mary Ellen Levene, died in 1957. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Carroll and Mrs. Dorothy Allen of Jerseyville, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, three sons, three daughters and one brother. Visitation hours were held Wednesday at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where the rosary was recited at 8:00 in the evening.

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George Fred Pegue's wife Mary Ellen (Levene) Pegue's obituary - PEGUE. 13 June 1956: Mrs. Mary Ellen Pegue, wife of George F. Pegue, died at one-eighteen o'clock Tuesday afternoon, 11 June at her home, 502 South Pearl Street, following a period of failing health which had extended over a period of two years. Friends may call at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Holy Ghost on Friday morning, 14 June at nine o'clock. Requiem mass will be celebrated by Father Paul P. Heinen, and burial will be in St. Francis Xavier cemetery.

Mrs. Pegue was born in Jersey County, 3 December 1876, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen Murray Levene, and her age at death was eighty years, six months and eight days. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pegue is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nellie Carroll and Mrs. Dorothy Allen of Jerseyville and Mrs. Alice Greeling of Godfrey; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Matt Levene of Jacksonville, and one sister, Rose Levene of New Berlin. Three sons and two Daughters: Leo, Jerome, Frederick, Agnes and Gertrude preceded her in death.

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(1a) George Fred and Mary (Levene) Pegue's son Frederick Anton Pegue's obituary - PEGUE. 21 February 1924: Frederick Anton Pegue died 18 February 1924 at his parents home. 7 years old. Leaves parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pegue, five sisters, two brothers and grandfather, Thomas Pegue. Holy Ghost Church. Rev. John H. Gramke. Burial St. Francis cemetery.

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(2a) George Fred and Mary (Levene) Pegue's daughter Alice (Pegue) Greeling's husband Allen's Lawrence Worden Greeling's obituary - GREELING. Lawrence Worden Greeling, 82, of R1 Godfrey died June 24 at D'adrian convalescent center, Godfrey. Visitation and services were conducted at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Robert Broeder officiated and burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. The retired farmer and widower was born April 10, 1898 in Jersey county, a son of Jacob C & Henrietta (Hoffman) Greeling.

Surviving are 3 sons, Lawrence, Springfield, Donald and Russell of Godfrey; 6 daughters, Visian Monke, Benld, Juanita Rose and Mary Bick, Godfrey, Viola Huebner, East Alton, Wanda King, Delhi and Doris Hickam, Monroe City, MO; 1 brother, Clarence Greeling, S Roxana; 2 half brothers, Paul and Albert Greeling of Jerseyville; 3 sister, Hilda - incomplete

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(1aa) Lawrence Worden and Alice (Pegue) Greeling's son Lawrence L Greeling's obituary - GREELING. Lawrence L Greeling of Alton was found dead February 14 in a motel in Purcell, OK. Death was due to natural causes. He was born April 16, 1929 in Godfrey, son of Lawrence W & Alice (Pegue) Greeling. He was a blacksmith by trade. Surviving is 1 son, John Lawrence Greeling of Burk Burnnett, TX; 2 brothers, Donald and Russell, both of Godfrey; and 6 sisters, Vivian Monke, Beneld, Juanita Rose of Godfrey, Mary Bick, Elk City, OK, Viola Huebner of East Alton, Wanda King of Dow and Doris Hickman, Monroe City, MO. Funeral services were held February 18, at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Robert Browder of Peace United church officiated. Burial was at Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey. Memorials may be given to retarded children fund.

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(3a) George Fred and Mary (Levene) Pegue's daughter Dorothy Loretta (Pegue) Allen's obituary - ALLEN, Dorothy Loretta, born 28-12-1918, Jersey County, Illinois, died 06-08-1982, buried St. Francis Xavier. Dorothy Loretta Allen, 63 of Jerseyville d. Aug 6 in St Louis, Funeral from Holy Ghost Church, Father Wm. Hembrow, buried St. Francis Cemetery, born in Jersey Co., Dec 28, 1918, dau of late George Fred and Mary Levene Pegue. Her husband, Virgil L. Allen, whom she married in June 1940, died April 8, 1968. Leaves son, Timothy Allen of Jerseyville and Kimberly Allen of St. Louis, one sister, Nellie Carroll, of Jerseyville. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

(2) James and Caroline (Kanallakan) Pegue's son Anthony (Tony) E. Pegue was born in Jersey County, IL. He died 5-24-1954 in Jersey County, IL. He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. He married Wilhelmina (Minnie) C. Antrae 1-5-1903 in Jersey County, IL. She died 3-4-1956. She is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Pegue served for 14 years as superintendents of Jersey County Poor Farm from 1928 to 1942. Anthony and Wilhelmina "Minnie" C. (Antrae) Pegue had these children-Florence Pegue, Francis Pegue, Irene Pegue, and Lauretta Pegue.

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(1a) Anthony and Wilhelmina "Minnie" C. (Antrae) Pegue's daughter Lauretta T. (Pegue) Devening's obituary - Lauretta T. Devening, 91, died peacefully at 6:25 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014 at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home after a period of declining health. She was born just northwest of Fieldon on Nov. 2, 1923, one of four children born to the late Anthony & Wilhemena "Minnie" (Antrae) Pegue. Lauretta attended Jersey Township High School, and spent her professional career serving the students of Jersey County as a cook at both Fieldon Elementary and Illini Junior High School, however, her most treasured position in life was that of a servant of the Lord, and the most loving wife, mother and grandmother a family could possibly wish for. She dedicated herself to those she loved the most, and she will be missed dearly. She married Truman Devening on Sept. 18, 1940 in Elsberry, Mo., and they resided and raised their family of eight children on their farm near Fieldon. They enjoyed 58 years together before his death on Jan. 1, 1999. Surviving are her eight children & their spouses, Sherman & Betty Devening of Jerseyville, Dayle & Mary Lou Devening of Fieldon, Sharon & Clayton Wadlow of Jerseyville, Marilyn & Paul Rogers of Jerseyville, Brenda & Jeff Waters of Jerseyville, Linda & Les Eads of Jerseyville, Janice Devening, and her partner, Linda Powers of Godfrey, and Gayle & Mark McGill of Chesterfield; 16 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Kilcrane and Irene Krueger; and a brother, Francis J. Pegue. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.Visitation will continue from 10 a.m, Saturday until time of funeral services at 11 a.m., at the Fieldon United Church of Christ with Rev. Noel Gehm officiating. Burial will be in the Fieldon Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Fieldon United Church of Christ, where she was a longtime and faithful member.

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(2a) Anthony and Wilhelmina "Minnie" C. (Antrae) Pegue's daughter Florence Pegue is deceased. She married William Kilcran. William and Florence (Pegue) Kilcran had these children-Marie Kilcran and Calum W. Kilcran.

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(1aa) Anthony and Wilhelmina "Minnie" C. (Antrae) Pegue's grandson and their daughter Florence (Pegue) Kilcran's son Calum W. Kilcran's obituary - Calum W. Kilcran, 54, of Prospect Heights died at 1:30 am 11 May 1981 at a Chicago hospital. He was born in Chicago, 11 September 1926, the son of William and Florence Pegue Kilcran and came to Jersey county when he was eight years old, making his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pegue. After graduating from Jersey Comm. High school, he returned to Chicago. He served in the military in the Korean conflict. Kilcran was vice president of the Manufacturers Bank in Chicago prior to his illness. His survivors are his wife, Irene; one sister, Marie Zipprich of Augusta, Kan. He was a nephew of Francis Pegue, Irene Krueger and Lauretta Devening all of the Fieldon area. Burial was 13 May in the Mt. Emblem cemetery in Arlington Heights.

Martin Tilford Griffin

Martin Tilford Griffin was a son of Joseph Griffin and Druzilla (Rush) Griffin, and a brother of John Lenon Griffin, the father of Charles Wesley Griffin. Martin Tilford Griffin was born Oct. 26, 1840, and died Apr. 24, 1925 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. Burial: Antioch Cemetery, Belk, Fayette County, Alabama, He married Sarah Ann Young (1840 - 1919), and they had these children: Martha Ellen Griffin Wycoff (1866 - 1948); John L Griffin (1872 - 1948); James Edward (Edd) Griffin (1874 - 1957); and Sarah Elizabeth Griffin Moore (1879 - 1952).

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(1) Martin Tilford Griffin and Sarah Ann (Young) Griffin's daughter Martha Ellen Griffin Wycoff was born Nov. 12, 1866, and died Apr. 8, 1948 in Fayette, Fayette County, Alabama. Burial: Antioch Cemetery, Belk, Fayette County, Alabama, She married Samuel W. Wycoff (1863 - 1948), and they had these children: Nora Wycoff Wallace (1884 - 1965); Delia M. Wycoff Moore (1886 - 1979); John Wilson Wycoff (1895 - 1949); Grace E Wycoff Taylor (1896 - 1984); William Thomas Wycoff (1899 - 1967); and Frank Eugene Wycoff (1907 - 1969).

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(2) Martin Tilford Griffin and Sarah Ann (Young) Griffin's son John L. Griffin was born in 1872, and died in 1948. Burial: Meadow Branch Cemetery, Lamar County, Alabama. He married Emma McDaniel (1872 - 1943), and they had these children: Andrew Jackson Griffin (1904 - 2002); and Bessie Griffin Howard (1907 - 1986).

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(3) Martin Tilford Griffin and Sarah Ann (Young) Griffin's son James Edward (Edd) Griffin was born Dec. 23, 1874, and died Aug. 15, 1957. Burial: Antioch Cemetery, Belk, Fayette County, Alabama, He married Mary Ella Moore (1878 - 1977), daughter of Thomas Jefferson Moore and Susan J, Huggins 25 Dec 1901. Their children were; Clyde Jefferson Griffin (1901 - 1964); James M. Griffin (1903 - 1991); Archie B. Griffin (1905 - 1993); Susan A. Griffin; and Lee Roy Griffin (1911 - 1985).

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(4) Martin Tilford Griffin and Sarah Ann (Young) Griffin's daughter Sarah Elizabeth Griffin Moore was born Nov. 21, 1879 in Greene County, Illinois, and died Sep. 5, 1952 in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Burial: Antioch Cemetery, Belk, Fayette County, Alabama, She married James David Moore, son of Thomas Jefferson Moore and Susan J. Huggins Moore. Their children were; Thomas Tilford Moore; James Ellis Moore; Charles Lee Moore (1907 - 1920); Annie Naomi Moore Freeman (1909 - 2001); Lillian M. Moore; Virgie Irene Moore (1915 - 1917); Infant Son of James & Elizabeth Moore (1918 - 1918); and Ernie Owen Moore (1919 - 1989).

Charles H. Kirchner

Charles H. Kirchner was the son of John and Mary Kirchner. (mother's maiden name unknown). He was born 5-10-1855. He died 8-9-1930 in Jersey County, IL. He is buried at Noble Cemetery, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, IL. He married Alvena Hooper 3-11-1881 in Jersey County, IL. She was born 3-10-1862. She died 9-29-1937 in Jersey County, IL. She is buried at Noble Cemetery, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, IL.

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Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner had 8 children-Walter A. Kirchner, William H. Kirchner, Leslie L. Kirchner, Jesse Benjamin Kirchner, Louisa L. Kirchner, Frederick Kirchner, Dora Kirchner, and another son who's name I don't know.

(1) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son Walter A. Kirchner died 02-04-1992. Unknown newspaper, 4 February 1992: Quincy - Former Jerseyville resident, Walter A. Kirchner, 91, died at 5:45 am today, 4 February 1992 at Sunset Home in Quincy. He was a retired self-employed painter. Born on 24 June 1900 in Jersey County, he was the son of the late Charles Henry and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner. On 28 May 1927 in Jerseyville, he married the former Christena R. Norris. She died 3 November 1983.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruth E. Walls of Decatur, Georgia, two grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. Graveside services was conducted at noon Thursday at Oak Grove cemetery in Jerseyville. The Revs. Leland and David Walls officiated. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist church of Jerseyville, where he was a member, or to the Sunset Home, 418 Washington St., Quincy, Illinois 62301. Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements.

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Walter A. Kirchner's wife Christena R. (Norris) Kirchner, 79 , of Jerseyville died 11-3-1983. Her funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist church with the Revs. V. Clay Noah, Jr. And John Wilson officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. She died at 4:15 am on 3 November 1983 at Washington Christian Village, Washington, Illinois. She was born 4 October 1904 in Jerseyville, daughter of the Late Asa and Catherine Weisner Norris.

She is survived by her Husband, Walter A. Kirchner whom she married 28 May 1927 in Jerseyville; one daughter, Ruth Walls of East Peoria; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. The First Baptist church of Jerseyville of which she was a member was named as a memorial. Gubser Funeral Home arrangements.

(Walter A. Kirchner's wife Christena (Norris) Kirchner was my mother's cousin. Her mother Catherine (Weisner) Norris Shults was a half sister to my mother's father Charles Kraushaar)

(2) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son William Henry Kirchner was born 7 February 1882 in Jersey County, Illinois. He died 26 March 1964 in Jersey County, Illinois. He was a farmer of the Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois area. He married Ida Lou Spangle, a daughter of the late Lewis and Emma Morman Spangle. She was born in Jersey County on 14 March 1887, and died May 15, 1966 in Jersey County, Illinois. They are both buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois. William and Ida Lou (Spangle) Kirchner had a son Lloyd Henry Kirchner.

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Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son William Henry Kirchner's obituary - William Henry Kirchner, died 03-02-1964. Unknown newspaper, 26 March 1964: "Wm. Kirchner of Otterville died Friday" - William Henry Kirchner, a retired farmer of Otterville, died at his home at eight o'clock Friday evening, March 20. Funeral services were held at two o'clock Monday afternoon at the Otterville Baptist church with Rev. Vale Walkington of Otterville officiating. Burial was in the Noble cemetery. Friends called at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home prior to the service.

Mr. Kirchner, a lifelong resident of Jersey County, was born 7 February 1882, a son of the late Charles and Alvena Hooper Kirchner. His survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ida L. Kirchner; one son, Lloyd Kirchner of Jerseyville; three grandsons; one great grandson,; one brother, Walter Kirchner of Jerseyville, and one sister, Mrs. Louise Wock of Jerseyville. The decedent was a member of the Otterville Baptist church where the funeral services were held.

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William Henry Kirchner's wife Ida Lou (Spangle) Kirchner's obituary - Ida Lou (Spangle) Kirchner, died 05-15-1966. Unknown newspaper, 19 May 1966: "Funeral rites on Tuesday for Mrs. Kirchner" - Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Lou Kirchner of this city were held Tuesday afternoon, 17 May at 2 o'clock at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Skilbeck, pastor of the Otterville Baptist church of which Mrs. Kirchner was a lifetime member, officiated and burial was in Noble cemetery. Visitation hours were at the funeral home. The death of Mrs. Kirchner, who had resided at 101 Circle Drive, this city, the past two years, occurred Sunday morning, 15 May, at 2;30 o'clock at Waters Nursing Home where she had been for seven days.

Mrs. Kirchner, a daughter of the late Lewis and Emma Morman Spangle, was born in Jersey County on 14 March 1887 and her age at the time of death was 79 years, 2 months and 1 day. she had resided in the Otterville vicinity for many years and for several years served as a correspondent for the Democrat News. Her husband was the late William H. Kirchner. Surviving Mrs. Kirchner is one son, Lloyd H. Kirchner of Jerseyville, three grandchildren, one great grandchild and one sister, Mrs. John Hagen of Jerseyville.

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(1a) William and Ida Lou (Spangle) Kirchner's son Lloyd Henry Kirchner was born 29 January 1907 in Otter Creek township, Jersey County, Illinois. He died 30 April 1979. He married 1st Mary Alice "Mamie" Dabbs, and they had a son Harold Kirchner. He married 2nd Lyda Belle (Davis) Kirchner Bielau (1920-2006) June 18, 1948, in Alton, Illinois, and they had a son-Kendall "Ken" Kirchner. Lloyd Kirchner also had another son Lloyd Kirchner Jr. I don't know the name of his mother.

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William and Ida Lou (Spangle) Kirchner's son Lloyd Henry Kirchner's obituary - Lloyd Henry Kirchner, died 04-28-1979. Unknown newspaper, 30 April 1979: the funeral of Lloyd Henry Kirchner, 72, of 101 Circle Drive, Jerseyville will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. James Pepper officiating. Burial was in Otterville. He died at 6:15 pm on 28 April in the Carlinville area hospital. A farmer, he was born 29 January 1907 in Otter creek township, Jersey County, a son of William and Ida Spangle Kirchner.

He is survived by his wife, the Former Lyda Davis whom he married in 1948; three sons, Harold and Lloyd of Otterville and Kendall of east Alton; three grandchildren. He was a member of the Jersey County Farm Bureau. Visitation from 5 to 9 pm Monday at Jacoby Funeral Home. The American Diabetes Association has been named as the memorial.

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Lloyd Henry Kirchner's 2nd wife Lyda Belle (Davis) Kirchner Bielau's obituary - Lyda Belle Kirchner Bielau, 86, retired educator, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 8, 1920, in Harrisburg to Rance and Opal (Rhoades) Davis. She married Lloyd Kirchner on June 18, 1948, in Alton. He died April 28, 1979. She married Hugo Bielau in 1997, and they lived in St. Louis until his death in 2005. She then returned to Jerseyville. She was a graduate of Shurtleff College and earned her master's degree in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A longtime educator, she taught in Bethalto, Grafton and Jerseyville, retiring from West Elementary in 1978. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Deb Kirchner of Forsyth; two stepsons and their spouses, Lloyd and JoAnn Kirchner and Harold and Sue Kirchner, all of Otterville; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Davis Akin.

Visitation was from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. Ed Haun officiated. Burial was at Noble Cemetery in Otterville. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or the Alzheimers Association. The family wishes to thank the staff of Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

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(1aa) Lloyd Kirchner & his 1st wife Mary Alice “Mamie” (Dabbs) Kirchner's son Harold L. Kirchner's obituary - Harold L. Kirchner, Jerseyville - Thursday, May 19 2016 - Harold L. Kirchner, age 90. died at 6:39 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his Home. He was born March 22, 1926 in Otterville, a son of Lloyd & Mary “Mamie” (Dabbs) Kirchner (Both Deceased). He married Levetta “Sue” Young October 14, 1950 at First Baptist Church in Jerseyville. Upon returning home from serving his country, he worked at Shell Oil refinery as laborer- Insulator. He later purchased the Huett Farm West of Otterville in 1953, and acquired sizable land for himself and his heirs with hard work and being frugal. He was a member of Insulator Union Local 1, Jerseyville American Legion Post #492, and Jersey County Farm Bureau for 70 Years. He was a U.S. Navy World War II Veteran from 1944-1946. His survivors include his wife Levetta “Sue” Kirchner of Jerseyville; a son Billy Ray Kirchner of Jerseyville; grandchildren, Tiffany Annett Kirchner and Marissa Leigh Kirchner; Daughter-in-law Jami Kirchner of Jerseyville; and half brothers, Lloyd Kirchner, Jr. of Jerseyville, Larry Flowers of Otterville and Kendall Kirchner of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The funeral will be at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville with Rev. David Prosser officiating. Military Graveside Rites will be performed by Jerseyville American Legion Post #492. Burial will be in Noble Cemetery. Memorials in Lieu of Flowers, the Jerseyville American Legion Color Guard.

(3) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son Leslie Lewis Kirchner died 08-20-1957. Unknown newspaper, 22 August 1957: Funeral services are being held this (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock for Leslie Lewis Kirchner of 908 West Spruce Street, Jerseyville, whose death occurred at three forty-five o'clock am., Tuesday following several weeks illness. the Rev. Carl C. Moman is officiating at the services at the Baptist church and burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. Friends called at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home prior to the time the body was moved to the church for the services. Mr. Kirchner was born in Jersey County, 5 July 1895, a son of the late Charles H. and Alvina Hooper Kirchner.

His age at the time of death was sixty-two years, one month and fifteen days. He was a long time employee of the Jerseyville branch of the International Shoe Company and was working there at the time the factory was closed. Surviving the decedent are his wife, Mrs. Retta Kirchner of Jerseyville; two brothers, William Kirchner of Otterville and Walter Kirchner of Jerseyville and one sister, Mrs. Paul (Louisa) Wock of Fieldon.

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Leslie Lewis Kirchner's wife Retta (Nimbs) Kirchner died Sept-1982. Unknown newspaper, 29 September 1982: Jerseyville - Retta Kirchner, 86, of 319 Miller, died at 9:05 am Tuesday at Jersey Community Hospital. Daughter of the late Francis and Rose (Allen) Nimbs, she was born in Alton, and was the widow of Leslie Kirchner who died in 1957. Surviving are a Son, Leslie of O'fallon, Missouri, a grandson and a sister. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 pm today at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home, where services will be held at 10 am Thursday with the Rev. Frank Goss officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery .

(4) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son Jesse Benjamin Kirchner was born 16 February 1890 in Jersey County, IL. He died died Oct. 29, 1956 at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville, IL. He married Marie Ahrling daughter of Antone Ahrling (1874-1925) and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Egelhoff) Ahrling (1-16-1878 to 2-21-1916), daughter of Johannes and Maria (Arkebauer) Egelhoff. Marie Josephine (Ahrling) Kirchner was born Aug. 9, 1903 in Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois, and died Dec. 9, 1948 in Fidelity, Jersey County, Illinois. Children of Jesse Benjamin Kirchner and Marie Josephine (Ahrling) Kirchner were-Charlotte Alvena Kirchner Rothe (1923 -2011); Doris Louise Kirchner Cairns (1925-2010); and John Otis Kirchner (1927-2003).

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Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son Jesse Benjamin Kirchner's obituary - Jesse Benjamin Kirchner died 10-29-1956. Unknown newspaper, 1 November 1956: "Kirchner funeral rites were held here Wednesday" - Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon, 31 October 1956 for Jesse Benjamin Kirchner, farmer of route one, Jerseyville, whose death occurred at six forty five o'clock Monday morning at the Jersey Community Hospital where he had been admitted for medical treatment on Saturday. Rev. Kenneth Bower of Brighton officiated at the services and interment was in Oak Grove cemetery. Mr. Kirchner, a World War I veteran, was born in Jersey County, 16 February 1890, and at the time of his death he was aged sixty-six years, eight months and thirteen days. His wife, Mrs. Marie Ahrling Kirchner, preceded him in death.

The decedent is survived by one son, John O. Kirchner of Jerseyville; two daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Rothe and Mrs. Joseph Cairns of Brighton; four granddaughters; three brothers, William Kirchner of Otterville and Leslie and Walter Kirchner of Jerseyville, and one sister, Mrs. Paul Wock of Fieldon.

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Jesse Benjamin Kirchner's wife Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's brother Harold Antone Ahrling was born Mar. 6, 1914 in Jersey County, IL, and died May 23, 2009 in Des Plaines, IL. He was a son of Antone Ahrling and Wilhelmina Egelhoff, and Husband of Ruth Marie Graser.

Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's brother Harold Antone Ahrling's obituary - Harold A. Ahrling of Des Plaines - Harold A. Ahrling was the loving husband of the late Ruth (nee Graser) Ahrling; and dear father of Curtis (the late Sunday) and Keith (Faith) Ahrling. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (corner of Northwest Highway/Route 14 and Rand Roads), Des Plaines. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Edison Park Lutheran Church. Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 27, 2009.

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Harold Antone Ahrling's wife Ruth Marie (Graser) Ahrling was born Apr. 4, 1917 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, and died Nov. 1, 1995 in Des Plaines, IL. She was the daughter of Edwin Adam Graser and Anna Siegerdt, and wife of Harold Antone Ahrling. Ruth M. (Graser) Ahrling's obituary - Services for Ruth M. Ahrling, (Nee Graser) 78, of Des Plaines, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee St., Des Plaines. She was born April 4, 1917, in Chicago. Entombment will be in Memory Gardens. She died Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Holy Family Health Center. Mrs. Ahrling was a sales representative for Avon, and did clerical work for Sweda in Des Plaines. Survivors include her husband Harold A.; her sons Curtis H. (Sunday J.) of Gurnee and Keith E. (Faith D.) of Elgin; her brother Wesley G. (Audrey J.) Graser of Park Ridge, and her sister-in-law Diane N. Graser of Des Plaines. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. For information (708) 824-5155. Published in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 1995.

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(Note: In February 1916 Jesse Benjamin Kirchner's wife Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's mother Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Egelhoff) Ahrling died in a house fire and her husband Antone Ahrling was convicted of her murder, and later acquitted after serving two and a half years in prison. Here are some newspaper articles from 1916 that were published in the Alton Evening Telegraph about the murder trial ------- JERSEYYILLE. EAST ALTON IL Feb. 24, 1916, Anton Ahrling Case - But four witnesses were examined in the Anton Ahrling case before Coroner N. F. Bray. They did not disclose any new features of the case except that each of them swore to the where-abouts of Francis Hall, the sixteen year old nephew of Ahrling, who spent a Week at his uncle's farm and is the person who was ordered to take Marie and Harold Ahrling to the Jacob Haag home. The witnesses were Leo. H. Hall and Magdalene Hall and Thos. Price, who swore that Francis Hall was in Jerseyville from 11 o'clock on Sunday morning until 8 o'clock Monday morning on the night of the 20th. The jury adjourned immediately after hearing this testimony, and on Thursday morning a thorough search of the ruins will be made by Jurors for the missing parts of Mrs. Ahrling's body, as the coroner Is working on the theory that the woman was murdered before Ahrling left his home on Sunday morning for Jacob Haag's home.

Ahrling Denies Killing Woman in Talk With Brother and a Priest - Stephen Ahrling of Plainview, brother of the accused, man, went to see his brother Wednesday, and upon advice of friends tonight and. his request secured a priest, Rev. E. J. Eckhard, to come to see him, the accused man being under the delusion that he was to be hung at noon Wednesday. Steve Ahrling and Father Eckhard had a long talk with the prisoner and pleaded with him to tell the truth and thus help to clear the matter up. To which he replied: "As sure as I am standing here, Minnie was alive when I left, home Sunday morning to go to Jacob Haag's. I did not lay my hand upon the woman." He stated that he left on Sunday morning for Haag's to see the children, as he and his wife were worried about them; she felt that she was not strong enough to walk to Haag's and stated that. she would not be afraid to be alone. He asserted this was the last he had seen his wife alive and he did not know anything at all about the fire. He also stated that the 7500 which is missing (and is used as the motive for the crime, if there was a crime), was in the house In a glass jar in the cellar and that it was covered with a boiler. Then Ahrling commenced to cry and wring hip hands, declaring that he was going to be hung that afternoon and pointing to (Decker and Hammes) in a nearby cell, said those detectives are watching me all the time.

Feb. 25, 1916 - MAN ALLEGES HE AND WIFE MADE DIVISION OF POISON - Coroner's Jury Out 4 Hours Apparently Hopelessly Tangled Over Farm Fire Death. The Coroner's jury which for three days has been hearing testimony at Jerseyville at an inquest into the death of Mrs. Minnie Ahrling, parts of whose body were found in the ruins of her burned home, Monday, was reported hopelessly hung after four hours deliberation at 9 o'clock last night. Coroner Bray, who believes Mrs. Ahrling was murdered, her body dismembered and the house fired to conceal the crime escorted the jurors to his office in Jerseyville and said he expected to keep them all night. Antone Ahrling, husband of the dead woman, was on the witness stand more than an hour and sub jected to a grilling by Coroner Bray and State's Attorney Chapman. The Inquest was conducted In the Jerseyvllle Courthouse and more than 40 persons; about half of them women packed the room. Corridors and adjoining chambers were also crowded wilh men and women. Although Ahrling who has not been in jail since shortly after the findtn of his wife's body, would not admit that a suicide pact had been entered into between himself and his wife. He testified that he poured out half of a bottle of carbolic acid into a smaller vial and placed in in his pocket while his wife kept the rest of the poison Saturday night. She was despondent and felt blue Ahrling said in response to questions, "and we had talked it (suicide) over. She told me she felt like taking poison and maybe burning the house." Additional evidence to support coroner Bray's theory that the body was dismembered before being burned was discovered in the ruins yesterday morning by three jurors who visited the scene. They reported that they had found pieces' of skull bones near the heating stove below what had been the living room in the center of the house, while most of the parts of Mrs. Ahrling were found below, where her bedroom had been, at the northwest corner of the structure.

JERSEYVILLE. Oct. 12, 1916 - After interviewlng over one hundred and thlrty Jurymen during a period covering two days, twelve men were found about 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, and the trial started in the Anton Arhlihg case. Mrs. Wilhelmina Ahrllng was found dead in the ruins of their home which was destroyed by fire on tha morning of February 20th, 1916; the coroner's inquest delved deeply into the matter, and detectives from different parts of the country have worked on the case, as well as men from the office of the State Fire Marshal Bennett, but none of these men havo been able to find as to who started the flre that destroyed the Ahrllng homo. No new testimony has been in! troduced so far in the trial, and all the testimony given so far Is by tho witnesses summoned by the prosecution. These witnesses so far have established a fairly good alibi for Ahrling, each witness declaring that he spent all tho time from Sunday morning, February 19th, at 8 o'clock until 8 Monday morning, February 21st, at tho Jacob Haag home. The twelve men who, will decide the case are John Harris and James Reader of Piasa; Charles Seagraves and John Locke, Elsah; B. A. McCalla and Frank Martin, Dow; Harry Thomas, Orman Beeman and Joseph Beeman, Grafton; Walt Stahl, Rosedale; Medford Jenkins, Fieldon; J. D. Hunt,

Oct. 18, 1916 - Jerseyvllle Man Whose Wife Burned to Death Given Fourteen Years - Anton Arhling, whose wife's charred body was found in the ruins of the home on thelr farm near Jerseyville last February 21th was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to fourteen years in the Penitentuary. The verdlct was opened Sunday by Judge Norman L. Jones, sitting in the Jersey County Circuit Court. It bad been returned sealed Saturday night at 10 o'clock by the jury which had deliberated thirty hours. Ahrllng was indicted by a Jersey County Grand Jury last March after it had been shown at tho inquest that he had sent his children to the home of a neighbor before his own home was destroyed by fire. He was not arrested until a week affer his wife's body had been discovered. Th« lengthy deliberation, over Ahrling's fate was caused by a division in the Jury, which at first stood 7 to 5 for conviction. The division was caused, it was said, by the question of Ahrling's sanity. Ahrling's wife has several relatives living In Alton and they are and have always been divided In opinion as to his guilt. Some do not believe he is guilty, and an appeal will be taken according to Attorney D. J. Sullivan who defended Ahrllng.

THIRD TRIAL ACQUITS, Carrollton, ILL., April 9, 1918 - After being a prisoner for two and a half years on a charge of wife murder, Antone Ahrling has been released and acquitted. He had three trials, the first two finding him guilty. The evidence was entirely circumstantial.

(Note: Death certificate for Antone Ahrling said he died in Bunker HIll, Macoupin County, Illinois on September 1, 1925 from a self-inflicted gunshsot wound. Says he was born on August 24, 1874 in Illinois. His wife was Minnie Ahrling. His father was Henry Ahrling, born in Germany. Mother was Theresa Varmon born in Germany. He was buried September 3, 1925 in Oak Grove Cemetery Jerseyville, IL.)

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(1a) Jesse Benjamin Kirchner and Marie Josephine (Ahrling) Kirchner's daughter Charlotte Alvena (Kirchner) Rothe's obituary - Charlotte Alvena Rothe, 88, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at her home six miles east of Jerseyville. Charlotte was the daughter of the late Jesse Benjamin Kirchner and Marie Josephine Egelhoff Kirchner. She was born on March 16, 1923, in Jersey County, six miles east of Jerseyville on the same farm where she died. She was the oldest child of three with one sister, the late Doris Kirchner Cairns; and one brother, the late John O. Kirchner. In her youth, she attended Paradise School through eighth grade, worked on the family farm, and was employed at the shoe factory in Jerseyville. On June 14, 1941, Charlotte married John H. Rothe, who preceded her in death. They lived one mile east of Brighton for over 20 years, and they raised their daughters, Carol, Sharon and Linda. Charlotte was a full-time homemaker and John worked at Standard (later Amoco) Oil Co. In 1969, they moved back to the farm where Charlotte had grown up. As a devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton for over 60 years, Charlotte taught Sunday school, helped sponsor youth groups, and served in the women's groups. She was a loving, caring wife and mother whose many interests included sewing, quilting, embroidery, cooking, canning, gardening, caring for the farm animals, caring for her flowers, keeping a daily log of life, and participating in the garden club and home extension activities.

Charlotte is survived by three daughters and three son-in-laws, Carol Nichol and Wayne Smith of Little Falls, Minn., Sharon and David Knepper of Jerseyville, and Linda and Paul Bishop of Madison, Wis.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Peter Nichol, wife, Makie Tam, and children, Sophia and Stella of San Francisco, Rachel Bishop, husband, Ben Boer, and children Charlotte Rose and Mia of Chicago, John Nichol, wife, Emily, and children, Abby and Caitlin of Minneapolis, Erin Bishop, husband, Jon Van Roo, and daughter Shannon of Madison Wis., Dana Bishop and husband, Josh Carter, of Shelburne, Vt., and Ben Bishop of Duluth, Minn. She is also survived by brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, brother and nine brothers-in-law and sisters-in law. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton. Burial will follow at the Brighton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Brighton.

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Jesse Benjamin Kirchner and Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's daughter Charlotte (Kirchner) Rothe's husband John H. "Bud" Rothe's obituary - John H. "Bud" Rothe, 69, died at 6:40 pm Friday, September 21, 1990, at home after a short illness. He retired in 1981 as a carpenter from Amco Oil Company in Wood River after 38 years of service. Born in Jersey County, he was the son of the late Otto F. & Lillie (Down) Rothe. He married the former Charlotte Kirchner on June 14, 1941, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Carol Nichol of St. Cloud, MN, Sharon Knepper of Oxford, Maxx, and Linda Bishop of Madison, WI; 6 grandchildren; 6 Sisters, Eileen Voorhees and Della Freeman, both of Brighton, Evelyn Mundy and Verna Hewitt, both of Godfrey, and Ina Lowis and Nina Darr, both of Piasa; and 5 brothers, Melvin and Frank Rothe, both of Brighton, Charles and Wilbur Rothe, both of Jerseyville, and Robert Rothe of Kane. Visitation is from 4-8 pm today at Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton, and will continue from 8:30 am Monday until service time at 10:30 am at First Presbyterian church in Brighton. Rev. Dave Dennis will officiate. Burial is in Brighton cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church, where he was a member, or the American Cancer Society.

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(2a) Jesse Benjamin and Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's daughter Doris L. (Kirchner) Cairns's obituary - Doris L. Cairns, 85, of Jerseyville, died at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Jersey Community Hospital. She was born in Jerseyville May 8, 1925, the daughter of Jesse and Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner. She married Joseph W. Cairns June 14, 1945, in Jerseyville. He died April 28, 1994. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the 1st Presbyterian Church of Brighton. She loved to quilt. Survivors are a daughter, Karen Jo Cairns and her friend, Matt Fay, Jerseyville; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Kirsten Blackorby of Jerseyville; Matt's children, Marc and Marisa Fay; and a sister, Charlotte Rothe of Jerseyville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, John Kirchner. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 1st Presbyterian Church of Brighton. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be to 1st Presbyterian Church Lift Fund. Online information and guestbook may be found at www.targhettaandwooldridge.com.

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(3a) Jesse Benjamin Kirchner and Marie (Ahrling) Kirchner's son John O. Kirchner's wife Pauline Marie Kirchner's obituary - East Alton 07/30/2014 - Pauline Marie Kirchner, 84, of East Alton, IL, passed away at 7:28 p.m. Wed. July 30, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 28, 1929 in Lebanon, IL to the late James & Ida (Oates) McManemy. She and Edward L. Stefl were married in Oceola, AR in Feb. 1949. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1971. She then married John O. Kirchner on Sept. 1, 1972 in East Alton. He preceded her in death on Jun. 19, 2003. Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen & Diana Stefl of East Alton, a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca & Mark Wintjen of Hamburg, IL, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 brothers, James McManemy of Glenwood, IL and John “Jack” McManemy of St. Louis, MO. Besides her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by: a son, David Stefl, 2 brothers, Edward “Bud McManemy and Joseph McManemy and 3 sisters, Frances Barthles, Jane Redecker and Delores Ries. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sun. Aug. 3, 2014 at Paynic Home for Funerals, where services will be at 1:00 p.m. Mon. Aug. 4, 2014 with Fr. James Flach officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL Memorials may be made to: William M. Bedell ARC, St. Anthony’s Hospice or American Lung Association.

(5) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's daughter Louesa L. (Kirchner) Wock, 92, of Jerseyville, died March 1, 1980 at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home, Jerseyville. She was born in Otterville on March 1, 1887, daughter of the late Charles H & Alvina (Hooper) Kirchner. She was the widow of Paul Wock, who died December 26, 1959.

Surviving are 1 son, Laverne Wock, Jerseyville; 1 brother, Walter Kirchner, Jerseyville; 3 grandchildren and 7 g-grandchildren. Her parents, husband, 5 brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. Visitation and services were at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Clay Noah Jr, officiated and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to charity of choice.

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Louesa L. (Kirchner) Wock's husband Paul Peter Wock, 76, retired farmer of English Township, died December 28, 1959 at Jersey Community hospital where he had been a patient for the past week. Final rites were held December 30, at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Earl Dickey, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiated and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. He was son of the late John & Theresa (Drainer) Wock and was born in Jersey County, December 18, 1883.

Surviving are his wife, Louesa (Kirchner) Wock, Fieldon; 1 son, Laverne Wock, Jerseyville implement dealer; 3 granddaughters; 3 brothers, John, Edward and Louis Wock, Jerseyville; 3 sisters, Mrs Peah Jilek, and Miss Lena Wock, Jerseyville and Mrs Clara Wartman of Pompana Beach, FL.

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Paul and Louesa (Kirchner) Wock's son Laverne Lewis Wock, 77, died June 8, 1990 at DePaul Medical Center, St. Louis. In 1975, he retired as a machine operator from Rotary Ram, Godfrey and later retired as co-owner of Wock's New & Used Furniture, Jerseyville in 1988. Born in Otterville, he was the son of the late Paul & Louise (Kirchner) Wock. he married Catherine (Grothaus) Wock on May 6, 1936, in Jerseyville. She survives.

Also surviving are 3 daughters, Betty Scott, Alton, Gayle Willis, Delhi and Pauline Daougherty, Hannibal, MO; 7 grandchildren; and 5 g-grandchildren. Visitation was from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, with rosary recitation. Jerseyville Moose Lodge 695, of which he was a charter member, conducted graveside rites. Funeral Mass was at Holy Ghost Church, Jerseyville with Rev William Hembrow as celebrant. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to American Heart Assoc or masses.

(6) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's son Frederick Kirchner was born 12-21-1884 and died 8-24-1940. He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, IL. He married Ida Bethel 11-8-1910 in Jersey County, IL. He died of a gunshot wound.

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(Note: Here is an article from Saturday August 24, 1940 published in the Alton Evening Telegraph Newspaper regarding the shooting death of Frederick Kirchner ---Otterville Man dies of Wounds; Assailant Flees Storekeeper and Trucker Shot as He Boards His Vehicle, Then Drives to His Store - Body in Post-Mortem Examination - Police Chief Paul Smith announced this afternoon he had been notified by St. Louis police a man was being held there for questioning in connectlon with the fatal shooting of Fred Kirchner at Otterville, Friday night. St. Louis police told the Alton chief that a man was being held at Central Station. Chief Smith left at once for St. Louis. Jersey County authorities conferred with Chief Smith this morning, after which Smith had sent a request to Chief of Detectives Carroll in St. Louis that the man be picked up. Fred Kirchner, 54, storekeeper and trucker of Otterville, Jersey county, died at, 7:45 a. m., today at Alton Memorial Hospital of bullet pounds inflicted Friday at about 8:30 P. m., when he drove his truck into the garage at his home. With bullet wounds in the right side of his neck, the right shoulder and the left spleen, Kirchner drove the truck a quarter of a mile from his residence to his store where his wife was. At Alton Memorial Hospital this morning Mrs, Kirchner said that after reaching the porch of the store and calling, "Help, I'm shot," her husband collapsed and had been unable to tell them much about the shooting with exception that the man who shot him was "tall and had a thin face". Jaw Fractured -One bullet entered his mouth, fractured his jaw, and passed through the right-side of his neck. Another that entered the left forearm passed down into the abdomen and lodged near the spleen. A third wound was in the right shoulder. Because of shock from which Kirchner was suffering after reaching the hospital the attending surgeon was unable to operate. Several customers were in the store with Mrs. Kirchner when her husband arrived there and they aided in getting a doctor and later in moving Kirchner to the hospital. Chief Ray Shortal of the Jerseyville police was called to Otterville, with Night Patrolman Ritter. The chief told a reporter that Kirchner had eaten his dinner, and had come from his house and was getting Into the truck when he was shot. Drives to Store - He drove to the store, stopped the truck, and fell out. As a group gathered about him he was heard to say, "I've been shot", Jerseyville police were called. Chief Shortal and Ritter came to Memorial Hospital, but Kirchner could not be questioned. Later Sheriff Long and a deputy came to the hospital. An autopsy was held this morning at the funeral home of Coroner Klunk and two bullets were removed from Kirchner's hody—one from the abdomen, one from the neck. Kirchner was born and reared In the Otterville vicinity where for the past 19 years he had operated a general merchandise store. He did trucking as a sideline, it was said, and yesterday had worked with a combine, his wife added. Besides his widow, Mrs. Ida M. Kirchner, he is survived by four Brothers and one sister.)

(Note: Here is another article from Sept. 9, 1940 published in the Alton Evening Telegraph Newspaper regarding the shooting death of Frederick Kirchner ---- Was Assailant Masked? Two Witnesses Quote Victim as Saying Man Had Face Covered - Whether the assailant who shot Fred Kirchner was masked or whether he wore no covering over his face was undetermined in testimony at an inquest Saturday evening at which an open verdict of homicide was concluded in an inquest which was conducted here Saturday by Deputy Coroner Klunk in the presence of Jersey County State's Attorney DuHadway and his asssitant, John Suddes, and Sheriff Long. Two witnesses quoted the wounded storekeeper as relating he had been shot by a "tall man with a thin face, with a covering over his face". Four witnesses, including Kirchner's widow, testified they did not recall Kirchner saying anything about a "covering' over the face of his assailant. No New Angle - No new angles of the mystery slaying were developed at the inquest, held in the Klunk funeral home, and on all other points mentioned, other than that of whether Kirchner's assailant had been masked, those testifying were in general agreement. Finding of the jury was that Kirchner, 55, had died at 7:55 a. m., Aug. 24 in an Alton hospital "from gunshot wounds in the chin and left chest, the shooting occurring in Jersey county on Aug. 23 between 8 and 9 p. m. by a party or parties unknown; we, the jury, recommend that when and if the parties be apprehended, they be held awaiting the action of the Jersey County grand jury without bond—Homicide - Mrs. Ida M. Kirchner, widow of the Otterville merchant, was first to relate the known details of the mystery shooting. Widow' Testimony - "Between 8 and 8:30 on the evening of Aug. 23." she said, "my husband left the store for supper. I was at the store. A little later I heard a car coming. I did not recognize the voice, but it was a man's voice, and he hollered. 'Help, I'm shot'. He stopped in front of the store and turned off the switch nnd starled lo get out. He fell on the porch. I recognized then it was my husband, Fred Kirchner. 1 went out and asked him what had happened. He replied, he'd been shot. I asked him where, and he said in the face and stomach. In the slore at the time were Lloyd Vinson and his wife, Edith, Cory Calhoun, Louis Hinson, and Catherine Wock. I asked my husband who did it. And he said a tall man with Ihin face. I Ihen called Dr. Brewster and Gubser's ambulance and they moved him to Alton Memorial Hospital where he died at 7:55 a. m., Aug. 24. M. Lloyd Vinson of Jerseyville Route 3 testified lo the same facts as had Mrs. Kirchner but added that when Kirchner was asked if he knew who had shot him he replied "No" before describing the "tall fellow with thin face". Informally during an intermission in Vinson's statement. Mrs. Kirchner told the jury lhat her husband at no time after the shooting had mentioned just where he was when he was shot. Witnesses Disagree - A juror asked Vinson whether he thought Kirchner was intending to designate any certain person when he described his assailant, and Vinson answered "No". Several witnesses expressed readiness to sign the statement of facts as related by Vinson. One, however, declared she had heard Kirchner add to the description of the tail assailant that his face was covered ; Louis Hinson and Mrs. Edith Vinson signed as corroborating witnesses the statement of Lloyd Vinson, none recalling having heard anything said about the man being masked. Cory Calhoun, quoted Kirchner as saying his assailant had been a "lall man with thin face, with a covering over his face". He added lhat Kirchner nad not been able to talk plainly, due to the wound near his lips, and "said some things I couldn't understand". His recital was corroborated by Catherine Wock who affirmed having heard Kirchner remark about his assailant being masked. Submitted to the jury was nn autopsy report showing the bullet that entered Kirchner's left chest punctured the stomach, liver, and lung, and finding the gunshot wound through the chest and abdomen likely was fatal. The report also traced course of a bullet lhat entered a half inch under the lower lip and lodged in the neck; also mentioned a bullet wound in the left forearm. In Informal discussion while the Jury was deliberating, mention was made that Kirchner had carried about $175 which was still In his wallet in his trouser pocket after he was wounded, It was remarked he had been in the habit of driving home alone, and also that his store was held up nine years ago and a large sum secured by a bandit. From this conversation, several present expressed an opinion that robbery had been a motive in the slaying. One of those present affirmed that Kirchner after the first robbery had declared that if ever held up again he would make an effort to get his billfold out and tuck it away where it might not be found.

(Note: Here is another article from April 18, 1966 published in the Alton Evening Telegraph Newspaper regarding the shooting death of Frederick Kirchner ---- A reward of $1,700 was offered by Mrs. Ida M. Kirchner of Otterville for evidence resulting in the arrest and conviction of the murderer or murderers of her husband, Fred Kirchner, who was shot to death at his home in August 1940, almost 26 Years Ago.)

(7) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner's daughter Dora Christina Kirchner was born May 12, 1892 in Otterville, Jersey Co., IL, and died July 7, 1940 in Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL. She married Gerald Hardy Griffin. He was born Jan. 10, 1895 in Easton, Mason Co., IL, and died Aug. 13, 1987 in IL. They are both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL. Children of Gerald H. and Dora C. Kirchner Griffin were-Ruby Griffin, Bernice Griffin, Charles H. "Charlie" Griffin, and Ethel Griffin.

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(1a) Gerald H. and Dora C. Kirchner Griffin's son Charles H. Griffin's obituary - Born: October 27, 1925, Died: November 05, 2011 - Charles H. “Charlie” Griffin, 86, of Jacksonville, IL died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. He was born October 27, 1925 in Otterville, IL; the son of Gerald H. and Dora C. Kirchner Griffin. He married Leona E. Day on September 4, 1954 in Jacksonville and she preceded him in death on May 7, 2010. He is survived by a son, John A. Griffin (wife, Mary) of Mauldin, SC; three grandchildren, J. Travis Griffin (wife, Marlana) of Mauldin, SC, Audra Wallace (husband, Michael) of Simpsonville, SC, and Allison Griffin of Mauldin, SC; four great grandsons, Tyler, Charles, Ethan and Gabe; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Grover, Bernice Baptist and Ethel Harris. Mr. Griffin served with the US Navy in the Asia/Pacific Theater during WW II. He owned and operated an auto body repair shop for several years and later worked for other shops and dealerships until his retirement. After retiring, Charlie worked in building maintenance for School District 117 at Eisenhower Grade School and Jacksonville High School. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, VFW Post #1379, American Legion Post #279, Amvets Post # 100, and Moose Lodge #865, all of Jacksonville. Graveside funeral services and military honors will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. The procession will depart for the cemetery at 9:00 AM Wednesday from Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

(8) Charles and Alvena (Hooper) Kirchner had another son who I have not been able to identify.

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