Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rev. George Blagg, 1872-1936

1936 Year Book of the 
Iowa-Des Moines Annual Conference Methodist Episcopal Church
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Rev. George Blagg
Served the Jerome Methodist Church 1903-1905
  Rev. George Blagg, retired member of the Iowa-Des Moines Conference, died at his home in Grinnell, Iowa, on May 28, 1936. Funeral service was held at the home, in which six members of his Conference: Charles R. Rowe, Raymond M. Shipman, E. L. Bellows, F. B. Hebron, J. H. Krenmyre and Superintendent Levi P. Goodwin took a part. The interment took place at Fayette, Iowa.
  He was born in Clasborough, Nottinghamshire, England, May 20, 1872. Attended the public schools in England, and was confirmed in the Episcopal church. At the age of seventeen he worked his way to America, and found work in Wenona, Illinois. Later, he made his home with the Rev. C. Springer, a retired Methodist minister. In 1892 he arrived in Iowa, with the Springers. He labored on a farm for a time, near Libertyville. Later he did preparatory work in Parsons college, Fairfield, Iowa. Entering Iowa Wesleyan college, he graduated, receiving his bachelor's degree, in June 1901.
  He was received as a Conference probationer in the Iowa Conference, at Newton, Iowa, September 23, 1901. He was elected to full membership in the same at Muscatine, Iowa, and ordained a Deacon by Bishop Willard F. Mallalieu, September 13, 1903. Completing the required Course of Study, he was electged and ordained an elder, at Albia, Iowa, September 11, 1905, by Bishop William F. Warren. During the years of his active ministry he was appointed to the following pastoral charges: Exline, 1901; Mystic, 1903; Mt. Sterling, 1906; Morning Sun, 1909; Montezuma, 1913; Albia, 1917; Muscatine, First church, 1919; Grinnell, 1925; he was made District Superintendent of the Oskaloosa District, 1929. When the two Conferences merged in 1932, he returned to the pastorate, serving New Sharon for three years, 1932-34. At the Conference of 1935, he retired, making his home at Grinnell, Iowa.
  Brother Blagg during his ministry had a large place in the regard of his brethren and the churches where he served. Whether as a student in the college at Mt. Pleasant, or in his various pastorates or on the district, he was ever held in highest respect. His service gave him recognition among his brethren. He was a leader in his Conference. Twice he represented his own constituency in the General Conference, at Kansas City and Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a preacher and pastor his work always showed the ear-marks of a Master workman, his loabors in the Lord were abundant and in his death deep lamentation and real mourning were felt by all the membership of his Conference. 
  Feeling the infirmities of years of activity, in 1935 he asked for the retired relation and made his home where, for five years he had faithfully ministered until he was advanced to the superintendency of Oskaloosa District in which position he continued until the merging of the two Conferences, then returned to the pastorate, being assigned to New Sharon in 1932, where he did excellent service, until his retirement in 1935.
  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Belle Paine, who, since June 23, 1905, has shared with him all their home delights, their service and their love. A daughter, Miss Amy Elizabeth Blagg, is the Assistant Professor of Zoology, at Grinnell college; and a son, John Creighton Lee Blagg, who has just completed his work for a doctor of philosophy degree in Chemistry, in Columbia University, New York City. Beautiful memories and a wonderful hope cheer their hearts as they sorrow over his absence but rejoice over his crowning. A number of relatives in England, survive him. A Memorial service was held in Clasbourough, England, simultaneous with that held in Grinnell on May 30, 1936. The burial was in the cemetery in Fayette, Iowa.

Rev. J. Everett McClellan, 1905-1997

1998 Yearbook of the 
Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Church
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Rev. J. Everett McClellan 
Served the Jerome Methodist Church 1938-1939
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  Joseph Everett was born in Woodbine, Kansas, October 25, 1905 to Rev. Joseph Alexander and Mary Elizabeth (Burkholder) McClellan. He was a graduate of Woodbine, Kansas, High School, Lindsburg, Kansas College, and Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.
  Everett and Erma Belle Crist were married October 3, 1933. Together they served churches in Kansas 1833 until 1938 when they moved to Iowa. Everett served as a chaplain during World War II in the European theater at times, conducting 5 services per Sunday. After the war, Everett resumed serving Methodist churches in Iowa from 1946 until his retirement in 1974. Everett's ministry focused on visitation especially to the home-bound and hospitalized. He also loved singing. Following retirement, Everett and Erma moved to Marietta, Georgia where Everett continued his visitation ministry at Marietta First United Methodist church for 10 years.
  Joseph Everett McClellan left this early home on December 31, 1997 at the age of 92 years due to pneumonia. His memorial service was held at Smyma, Georgia United Methodist Church with the Revs. James Mitchell and Jerry McCurdy officiating. Internment is in the Cheatham Hill Cemetery of Marietta, Georgia. Survivors include: his wife, Erma of Marietta, Georgia; two sons, Paul of Covington, Georgia and James of Quereturo, Mexico, and a daughter, Karen Moore of Bella Vista, Arkansas. 

Jerome Cemetery Marker


E. W. Inman

The History of Appanoose County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878, Page 618
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Jesse G. Kinney

The History of Appanoose County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878
Page 618
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A. S. Van Dorn

The History of Appanoose County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878, Page 617
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Plat Book of Appanoose County, Iowa
Drawn from Actual Surveys & County Records
by the Northwestern Publishing Company - 1896
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Lincoln Township

Property Tax Sale to John Vruble

Moravia Union - 17 December 1936
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Wayne K. Norris, 1908-1912

The Evening Gazette - Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
7 September 1912
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  Centerville -- Wayne Norris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie Norris, died at the hospital here as the result of being kicked by a mule.
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Editor's Note:  Wayne Norris was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.

Harry Lawson Stark, 1876-1967

Daily Iowegian - 19 June 1967
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  Harry Lawson Stark, 91, farmer in the Jerome area for many years, passed away in St. Joseph Hospital Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m.
  Born January 17, 1876, in Appanoose county near Walnut City, he was the son of Thomas and Sidney Guernsey Stark.
  He married Arlie Tadlock, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Jerome Methodist church. As a young man, he lived and taught in the Walnut City community school.
  Besides his wife, he was preceded by his parents, two half-brothers, L. E. Evans and M. H. Evans; and a sister, Nancy Ellen Stark Harris.
  Survivors include the following nieces and nephews: John L. Evans, Howard Evans, Centerville; Virginia Grimes, Tutle, Oklahoma; Ruby Edmondson, Bethesda, Maryland; Tom Harris, Washington, D.C.; Everett Harris, Independence, Mo.; Sydna Jones, Dickerville and Edna Adamson of Grinnell.
  Funeral services were held this morning at 10:30 at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral home with Rev. Kermit Gledfelder officiating and burial was in Jerome cemetery.

Thelma "Cathy" Cathcart, 1918-2002

Daily Iowegian - 24 July 2002
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  Thelma "Cathy" R. Cathcart, 84, of Centerville died Monday, July 22, 2002, at the Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
  She was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Winchendon, Mass., the daughter of Charles and Josephine (Webber) Weston.
  She married Gilbert Brown who was killed at Pearl Harbor. She then married Cliff Cathcart.
  Survivors include a son, Dr. C. H. Cathcart and his wife, Jan, of Lutkin, Texas; three grandchildren, Mindy Flowers and her husband, Charles, Kristie Tyer and her husband, John, and Tony Cathcart and his wife, Dori, all of Lufkin, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kade, Kole, Logan, Blaise, Bransen and Braden.
  She was also preceded in death by her parents.
  She grew up in Massachusetts, served in the Navy and was an x-ray technician at the Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa and Mercy Medical Center in Centerville for 23 years. She lived in Attica and Centerville.
  Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with Pastor Vic Bass officiating. Military rites will be held after the service.
  A memorial visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
  A memorial has been established to Mercy Medical Center in her name.

Frank JoKing Massa, 1913-2000

Daily Iowegian - 15 August 2000
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  Frank JoKing Massa, 87, of Centerville died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
  He was born June 19, 1913, in Mathi, Italy, the son of Domenico and Anna (Giacamelli) Massa.
  He married Jessie Clark Jan. 26, 1936, in Numa. She preceded him in death June 12, 1979.
  Survivors include special friend Dorothe Blair of Centerville; three daughters, Margaret Hagan and her husband, Kenneth, of Keller, Texas, Irene Main and her husband, Billy, of Albia and Helen Tharp and her husband, Paul, of Shawnee, Kan.; a sister, Frances Jacobs of East Moline, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Joe, Barney and Edward Massa.
  He received his education in Jerome schools. He worked for 42 years as a coal miner, the majority of the time at the New Gladstone Coal Company seven miles west of Centerville as one of the owner-operators until it closed in July 1971. He also worked at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery and city of Centerville, mowing the Centerville City Park. He was an active member of the 18-80 Club in Centerville.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Richard Grimes officiating. Burial will follow in Jerome Cemetery in Jerome. Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
  Memorials may be given to the Jerome Cemetery, Jerome Methodist Church or the 18-80 Club and contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Erma Tonsfeldt Williams, 1904-1998

Daily Iowegian - 21 April 1998
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  Erma A. Williams, 93, of Centerville died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at the Golden Age Care Center.
  She was born Oct. 4, 1904 in Ogden, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Haege) Tonsfeldt.
  She married Otto Williams Feb. 2, 1922, in Ogden. He preceded her in death April 14, 1981.
  Survivors include a son, Richard Williams and his wife, Barbara, of Urbandale; two daughters, Maxine White of Carman, Ill., and Donna Luther and her husband, Larry, of Amana; a son-in-law, Dale [Crawford] Shankster of Centerville; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
  Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Rosetta Shankster.
  She was retired from the Centerville Ben Franklin store. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Rothweiler officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. An open visitation will be held and friends may call all day today, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to the time of services.
  A memorial has been established to the First Evangelical Luthern (sic) Church and contributions may be left in the funeral home.

Artie Alfred Barrell, 1906-1997

Daily Iowegian - 16 December 1997
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  Artie Alfred Barrell, 91, of Centerville died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997, at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield.
  He was born March 31, 1906, in Seymour, the son of Perry and Lissie (Elder) Barrell.
  He married Ethel Hamm in 1929. She preceded him in death in 1981. He married Evelyn Kerby in 1983. She preceded him in death in 1996.
  Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Radermacher of Burnsville, Minn., and Connie Peterson of Rogers, Ark.; two brothers, Robert Barrell of Seymour and Leland Barrell of Burlingame, Calif.
  Also preceding him in death are a brother; four sisters; and a grandchild.
  He was a member of the Dale Church, the Miners Union and was a past member of the Elks Club. He was once co-owner of the Mystic Coal Mine.

Wesley T. (Skip) Inskeep, 1918-1997

Daily Iowegian - 10 November 1997
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  Wesley T. (Skip) Inskeep, 79, of Seymour died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at the Seymour Care Center.
  He was born June 2, 1918, in Appanoose County, the son of William and Mable (Carter) Inskeep.
  He married Marcella McKern Oct. 18, 1938. She preceded him in death.
  Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Tweiten of Cambridge, Mass., and Jeannie Bigcanoe of Machesney Park, Ill.; a son, Steven Inskeep of Knoxville; a sister, Lydia Hoskins of Illinois; a brother, William Inskeep of Illinois; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for several farmers in the area and in 1968 became the municipal utilities superintendent in Seymour, retiring in 1980.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with the Rev. Robert Ward officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at noon today, Monday, with a visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Interment will be in Jerome Cemetery with military honors by Nye-Birdwell Post 180 of the Seymour American Legion.
  A memorial has been established to the Seymour Care Center and contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Elvin L. Van Blaricon, 1923-1995

Daily Iowegian - 4 December 1995
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  Elvin L. Van Blaricon, 72, of Jerome died Saturday, Dec. 2, 1995, at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.
  He was born April 7, 1923, in Cincinnati, the son of George and Lena (Veach) Van Blaricon.
  He was married to Betty Tharp Nov. 9, 1947, in Centerville. She preceded him in death August 1977.
  Survivors include two sons, Rick and Brian, of Jerome; three daughters, Vicky Stephens and her husband, Michael, of Centerville, Shelia Kratofil and her husband, Sonny, of Mystic and Denise Van Blaricon of Jerome; four brothers, Jim, Dick and Larry of Davenport and Genie of Connecticut; four sisters, Stella Murphy of Phoenix, Ariz., Loretta Noel of Centerville and Clara Zemo and Judy Sharp of Bettendorf; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Warren; and a brother, Bob.
  He was a coal miner. He served in the Army during World War II.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Lange Funeral Home with burial in the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today, Monday.
  A memorial has been established to the Drake Public Library and may be left at the funeral home.

Anthony (Tony) Blozevich, 1900-1992

Daily Iowegian - 14 October 1992
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  A. R. (Tony) Blozevich, 92, died Monday, Oct. 12, 1992, in the Centerville Care Center.
  Tony was born June 9, 1900, to Tony and Mary (Krajacic) Blozevich in Macon County, Mo. Shortly after his birth they came back to Appanoose County because of bad water and typhoid fever. After living at Gladstone Mining Camp, then in Mystic a few years, his parents bought 40 acres northeast of Jerome in 1906, and this is where he grew to manhood.
  On Sept. 4, 1920, he was united in marriage with Opal McCoy in Des Moines. They lived in Jerome a few months and in early 1921, they moved to a farm home. To this union, one daughter, Catherine, was born.
  In 1940, they moved to a larger farm east of Jerome where he lived until ill health caused a move to the Centerville Care Center in 1986.
  He was a coal miner, operated a threshing machine in the neighborhood and was a farmer. He was a fine loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Although he lived a long, full life, his smile and wisdom will be sadly missed.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, also sisters, Victoria Thomas, Pauline (Polly) Thomas, Mary Thomas and a brother, Milton.
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Anthony R. and Opal C. Blozevich's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery

Opal Catherine Blozevich, 1901-1993

Daily Iowegian - 28 June 1993
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  Opal Catherine (McCoy) Blozevich, 91, lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died Sunday, June 27, 1993, at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born Oct. 4, 1901, northeast of Exline, the daughter of John and Della (Hileman) McCoy.
  She married A. R. (Tony) Blozevich in Des Moines Sept. 4, 1920.
  Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Mallett and her husband, L. H. (Barney), of Centerville; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
  Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; her step-father, Charles Wendland; a brother, Grant McCoy; two sisters, Floss and Fern (McCoy) Dixon; a sister, Lucille (Wendland) Canalle.
  She attended Eureka Star School in the Sharon Chapel area. She spent her entire married life in the Jerome vicinity and moved to the Centerville Care Center in 1987. She was a long-time member of the Jerome United Methodist Church.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at the Lange Funeral Home with Professor Larry Prosser officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. There will be a visitation tonight from 7 to 8 at the funeral home.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome United Methodist Church and may be left at the funeral home.
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Daily Iowegian - 30 June 1993
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  Opal Catherine (McCoy) Blozevich, 91, lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died Sunday, June 27, 1993 at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born Oct. 4, 1901, northeast of Exline, to John and Della (Hileman) McCoy. Her father died when she was three years old, and at her mother's marriage to Charles Wendland, the family moved to the Sharon Chapel area, where she grew to womanhood. During this time she attended Eureka and Star schools and Sharon Chapel Church.
  As a young woman she did domestic work for new mothers and this brought her to the Jerome vicinity and the home of Essie and Dave Loofbourrow.
  A. R. (Tony) Blozevich lived nearby and on Sept. 4, 1920, they were united in marriage at Des Moines, Iowa. One daughter, Catherine, was born to this union.
  They lived in Jerome a few months, then moved to the Blozevich home farm northeast of Jerome in early 1921, then in March 1940, moved to a larger farm east of Jerome, staying there until ill health caused a move to the Centerville Care Center in November 1987.
  Opal was a kind loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, taking pride in her home and family. Although having a long full life, her smile and positive attitude will be missed, but always remembered by her family. She maintained these qualities during her almost six years at the Centerville Care Center.
  Preceding her in death were her husband, Tony; her parents; step-father, Charles Wendland; brother, Grant McCoy; twin sisters, Floss (McCoy) Dixon, Fern (McCoy) Dixon; and sister, Lucille (Wendland) Canalle.
  Survivors include her daughter, Catherine, and son-in-law, L. H. (Barney) Mallett of the Jerome area; two grandchildren, Larry Mallett of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Beverly Cosby of Overland Park, Kansas; two great-grandsons, Tom and Nicholas Cosby; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at 2 p.m. from the Lange Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Prosser officiating. Hymns "The Lord's Prayer" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" were sung by Don Kester, accompanied by Mary Ann Green.
  Pallbearers were Delbert Foster, Wilbur Rupalo, Paul McElvain, Terry McElvain, Paul Felkner and Keith Thomasson. Burial was in the Jerome Cemetery. A memorial was established to the Jerome United Methodist Church.
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  A very sincere and heartfelt "Thanks" to all who sent flowers, donations, food, cards, calls and all expressions of sympathy; and to Pastor Larry Prosser for the comforting service. To the Centerville Care Center staff, we will always be grateful for the loving care you gave mom for her life there. She was happy and loved you all.
  God Bless you all.
Catherine and Barney Mallett
Larry and Cathy Mallett
Beverly Tony, Tom and Nicholas Cosby
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Anthony R. (Tony) and Opal Catherine Blozevich's

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Francis Edna Norris Lawrence, 1893-1993

Daily Iowegian - April 1993
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  Francis Edna Lawrence, 99, a resident of the Corydon Care Center for the past four years, died at the Corydon Care Center on Saturday, April 17, 1993.
  She was born Nov. 26, 1893, in Sioux City, the daughter of Jacob A. and Anna A. Norris, former residents of Numa.
  She married David Lawrence on Feb. 17, 1929, in Numa. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1963.
  Also preceding her in death were a sister and six brothers, including Percy E. Norris of Centerville.
  Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lou White of Hopkins, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews.
  She attended the Centerville Gospel Chapel.
  Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 22, 1993, at 10 a.m. at the Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with Pastor Tom Wright of Elkhart, Ind., officiating.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lange Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jerome cemetery.
  A memorial has been established to the Centerville Gospel Chapel.

Anna Kauzlarich Fox, 1909-2003

Daily Iowegian - 9 April 2003
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  Anna Fox, 93, of Centerville died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center - Centerville.
  A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Joe Miller officiating. Friends may call all day Thursday. A family rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, Centerville. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery, Jerome.
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Daily Iowegian - 11 April 2003
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  Anna Fox, 93, of Centerville died Monday, April 7, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
  She was born Sept. 15, 1909 at Connesville, Mo., the daughter of John and Katherina (Radosevich) Kauzlarich.
  She married Charles W. Fox Feb. 17, 1930 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville.
  She is survived by six children, Leonard Fox and wife, Bernie of Cedar Rapids, Jack Fox and wife, Josephine of Centerville, Betty Riedel of Ottumwa, Tom Fox and wife, Joan of Cedar Rapids, Judy Young and husband, Pete of North Ft. Myers, Fla., and Jane Hanneman and husband, Les of Edmund, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Charles, Jr.; a grandson, Todd Crowell; a son-in-law, John Riedel; nine brothers and sisters, Mathew, Catherine, John, Tony, Joe and Paulijne Kauzlarich, Eva Kelse, Vera Burgess and Mary Farley.
  A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Joe Miller C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
  Visitation was Thursday at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home with a Rosary held at 7 p.m.
  A memorial has been established to St. Mary's Catholic Church and may be left at or mailed to the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Centerville, IA 52544.

Charles Wesley Fox, 1909-1993

Daily Iowegian - March 1993
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  Charles Fox, 84, of Centerville, died Sunday morning, March 28, 1993, at his home in Centerville.
  He was born in Jerome on January 29, 1909, the son of Charles Wesley and Mary (Kelly) Fox. He married Anna Kauzlarich at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville on Feb. 17, 1930. She survives.
  Also surviving are his three sons, Leonard and wife, Bernie, of Cedar Rapids, Tom and wife, Joan, of Cedar Rapids, Jack and wife, Josephine, of Centerville; three daughters, Judy Young, and husband, Pete, of Fort Meyers, Fla., Jane Curtis of Oklahoma City, Okla., Betty Riedel and husband, John, of Ottumwa; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jessie Warren of Garden Grove, Calif. and Marqurite Formaro of Des Moines; two brothers, James Fox of Queen City, Mo. and Abraham (Buster) Fox, of Lohrville.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles Wesley Fox, Jr.; six sisters, Alice Moore, Goldie McKinley, Stella Kircher, Irene White, Evelyn Sebben and Bonnie Max Fox.
  His mining career began at the age of 12 years, working along with his father in the Appanoose County mines. He was also employed as a maintenance and mining machine operator at all four Sunshine Coal Company mines. In 1951, he purchased the Riverside Coal Company in Mystic. He ended his mining career in 1971 at the closing of New Gladstone Coal Company, the last pony mine in Appanoose County.
  He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the United Mine Worker's of America, the ...gles and a lifetime member of the Appanoose County Historical Society.
  Funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father V... Hoying and Father Joe Nassal officiating.
  Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. Rosary services will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lange Funeral Home.
  A memorial has been established to the St. Mary's Catholic Church and may be left at the funeral home.

Pansy Hayworth Deputy, 1903-1993

Daily Iowegian - October 1993
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  Pansy Mabel Deputy, 90, of Seymour, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1993, at the Wayne County Hospital.
  She was born July 12, 1903, in Wayne County, the daughter of James and Sarah (Crawford) Hayworth.
  She married Homer J. Deputy Nov. 28, 1923. He preceded her in death in 1974.
  Survivors include three children, Ernestine Krafka of Reeds Spring, Mo., and Rex R. and Robert J. Deputy of Seymour; five grandsons; four granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Allison of Corydon.
  She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, serge, Dennis and Robert; and a grandson, Rob J. Deputy.
  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour, with the Rev. Sam Reaves officiating. Interment was in the Jerome Cemetery.
  A memorial to the Seymour Assembly of God Church has been established.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Orval Kinney, 1910-1998

Daily Iowegian - 18 May 1998
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  Orval Kinney, 87, of North Liberty, Ind., formerly of Jerome and Centerville, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in Walkerton, Ind.
  He was born July 18, 1910, in Jerome, the son of George and Edna (Herrin) Kinney.
  He married Ruth McCarty March 1, 1932, in Milan, Mo. She preceded him in death Oct. 14, 1989.
  Survivors include a daughter, Delores Kanzig of South Bend, Ind.; a son, Richard Kinney of Rockford, Mich.; a brother, Edwin Kinney of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
  He retired in 1973 from the Schindler Elevator Co. in San Diago, Calif., and moved to Indiana.
  Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Lange Funeral Home.
  A memorial has been established to St. Joseph County Humane Society and contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Frances Hamm Owen, 1919-1998

Daily Iowegian - 18 May 1998
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  Frances Owen, 78, of Centerville died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon.
  She was born Aug. 9, 1919, in Mystic, the daughter of Carl and Dessie (Shaeffer) Hamm.
  She married Kenneth Owen Oct. 7, 1937, in Cincinnati. He survives.
  Also surviving are a son, Keith Owen and his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Diana Glenn and her husband, John, of Centerville; a brother, Carl Hamm of Jerome; three sisters, Margaret Jones and her husband, George, and Phyllis Disney and her husband, LaVerne, all of Jerome, and Dorothy Moore of East Moline, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She was a homemaker and managed the Jerome Trading Post. She had been a 4-H leader and a member of the Extension council. She was a member of the Gospel Church of Jerome.
  Private graveside services will be held. The family will receie friends at the family home west of Jerome from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome Cemetery and contributions may be left at the Lange Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements.

Coza Dooley McKern, 1901-1996

Daily Iowegian - 7 August 1996
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  Coza McKern, 95, of Davenport died Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, in Davenport.
  She was born Feb. 10, 1901, in Urbana, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Stella (Phelps) Dooley.
  She married Eugene McKern Feb. 6, 1918, in Centerville. He preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1971.
  Survivors include a son, Carl and his wife, Pat, of Davenport; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
  Also precedding her in death were her parents; six brothers; four sisters; a son, Bruce McKern; a daughter, Marcella Inskeep; two granddaughers; and a great-granddaughter.
  She was raised in the Mystic and Jerome area where she spent most of her life. She and her husband farmed. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Jerome.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lange Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Schweizer officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be all day today, Wednesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
  A memorial has been established and may be left at the funeral home.

Loralie L. Anders, 1950-1950

Daily Iowegian - 7 July 1950
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  Funeral servies for Loralie Anders, three weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Anders of Des Moines, were held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Miller Funeral Home in this city. The baby died at the Still hospital in Des Moines Thursday morning, July 6. She had been ill only the past few days.
  The child is survived by her father, her mother, who was the former Leonore Thomas, four pbrothers, Phillip, Ronald, Dennis, and Thomas, all of Des Moines, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Anders of Centerville.
  The Rev. F. J. Ackman, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the services. Burial was at Jerome.
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  Editor's Notes: Loralie Anders was born 14 June 1950 and died 6 July 1950.

Harriet Hart Hefner, 1912-1984

Daily Iowegian - 6 February 1984
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  Harriet Hefner, 71, of Centerville, died in St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, Centerville, Saturday, Feb. 4, 1984.
  The body is at Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour.
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  Editor's Notes: Harriet Hart Hefner was born 28 April 1912 and died 4 February 1984.  Burial was in the Jerome Cemetery.

William Hefner, Sr., 1872-1956

Daily Iowegian - 24 February 1956
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Wm. Hefner Sr. Taken by Death
  William Hefner, Sr., 83, and a resident of Seymour, died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Centerville at 11:45 p.m. Thursday night following an illness of three months.
  Mr. Hefner was born at Exline, lived for many years at Jerome and had spent all of his life in this immediate area. He was widely known and his death is mourned by a wide circle of friends and relatives.
  He had been in the hospital on two different occasions during his illness.
  Mr. Hefner lived the major portion of his life on a farm a mile west of Jerome. His wife Elizabeth preceded him in death but two children survive his passing. They are Mrs. Lena Burkett, of Des Moines, and William Jr., of Jerome.
  There are two sisters and one brother surviving and they are Mrs. Emma Cook, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Miss Lizzie Hefner, of Centerville. The brother, Leonard lives in Mystic.
  There are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Hefners had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1949 prior to the wife's death. THey were both members of the Methodist church.
  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Jerome Methodist Church with the Rev. Sam Cox officiating.

Ocie Cousins Sedgwick, 1910-1994

Daily Iowegian - 11 August 1994
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  Ocie Sedgwick, 84, of Jerome died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1994, at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born Feb. 5, 1910, in Newtown, Mo., the daughter of Joel Lesley and Stella (Rash) Cousins.
  She married Theodore Milton Sedgwick Jan. 2, 1926 in Jerome. He preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1960.
  Survivors include a son, Larry Sedgwick of Exline; a daughter, Virginia Oden, also of Exline; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lesley Cousins.
  She worked at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital for 25 years. She was a member of the Grace Tabernacle Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Lange Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
  A memorial has been established in the Grace Tabernacle Church and may be left at the Lange Funeral Home. 
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Ocie Cousins Sedgwick's Gravestone
in the Jerome Cemetery

Theodore Milton Sedgwick, 1895-1960

Daily Iowegian - 15 November 1960
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  Theodore Milton Sedgwick of 302 E. Wall St., passed away at 5 a.m. November 15 at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 8 days.
  He was born in Jerome, Iowa, April 7, 1895, the son of Benjamin F. and Catherine Thomas Sedgwick. He married Ocie Cousins January 2, 1926 who survived his passing along with a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Oden, Centerville; one son, Larry Sedgwick at home, two grandchildren and two brothers, Ben Sedgwick of Rock Island, Ill. and Owen Sedgwick of Davenport.
  He was a former resident of Jerome moving to Centerville about four years ago. He was a Veteran of World War I. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the Johnson Funeral Home and burial in the Jerome Cemetery.
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Theodore Milton Sedgwick's Gravestone
in the Jerome Cemetery

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dorothy M. Hamm Moore, 1923-1999

Quad-Cities Online - 14 August 1999
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  Graveside services for Dorothy M. Moore, 75, of East Moline, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.
  Mrs. Moore died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Illini Hospital, Silvis. Memorials may be made to the family.
  Mrs. Moore was born Oct. 24, 1923, in West Virginia, the daughter of Carl and Daissey Belle (Shaeffer) Hamm. She married William "Kenny" Moore June 22, 1940, in Centerville, Iowa. He died Sept. 5, 1990.
  She enjoyed crocheting, playing the organ, playing bingo and going to craft shows and garage sales; but, most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Marianne Moore of East Moline and Gary and Vickie Moore of Moline; grandchldren, Bobbie Dobbs of East Moline, Stan Moore Jr. of Wisconsin, Toni and Colby Moore of Moline, and James Moore of New Windsor; great-grandchildren, Alan Dobbs of East Moline and Kyle and Rachel Moore of Wisconsin; sisters, Margaret Jones and Phylis Disney of Jerome, Iowa; a brother, Carl Hamm of Jerome; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Moore, her husband, Kenny, and a sister, Francis Owen.

Margaret "Ellen" Anderson, 1918-2001

Quad-Cities Online - 8 January 2001
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  Services for Margaret "Ellen" Anderson, 82, Moline, are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Moline.
  Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Evangelical Free Church, Moline, where she attended, or WDLM Christian radio station.
  She died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.
  She was born April 9, 1918, in Jerome, Iowa, the daughter of Henry [Purdy] and Edith Mae Dooley. She married Paul L. Anderson Aug. 14, 1935, in Centerville, Iowa.
  She was a former Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Brownie leader, and was also active in the Pioneer Girls' Club and in all school activities (PTA, etc.).
  Survivors include a daughter, Edyth Hogan, Davenport; sons, Larry Anderson, Bettendorf, and Robert Anderson, Davenport; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, David Purdy, Donna, Texas, and Donald Purdy, Hemphill, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Joseph and Jackie Vruble Verschoore Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Quad-Cities Online - 12 November 2003
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  Joseph and Jackie Verschoore will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 28 at the Milan Civic Center.
  Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Food will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. and dancing will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Please no gifts. The only gift we require is your presence.
  The former Jackie Vruble, Jerome, Iowa, and Mr. Verschoore, Taylor Ridge, were married Oct. 31, 1953, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rock Island.
  Their children and spouses are John and Mary Verschoore, Fishers, Ind., Steve and Marta Verschoore, Rock Island, and David and Karen Verschoore, Florissant, Mo. Their grandchildren are Ryan, Abby, Austin and Jacob Verschoore.

Marcella Lowe Workman, 1921-2008

Quad-Cities Online - 8 April 2008
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   Marcella V. Workman, 87, of Rock Island, passed away at home on Saturday, March 29, 2008.
   Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 14, at Chippiannock Cemetery in the interment chapel. Inurnment will follow at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to A.R.C. of Rock Island County or Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.
  Marcella was born on Feb. 18, 1921, in Numa, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Mamie Followel Lowe. She married Forrest D. Workman on Jan. 27, 1941, in Numa. He passed away on Dec. 19, 1988.
  Marcella loved her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching the birds and wildlife in her backyard. She also enjoyed spoiling her buddy, Bandit, who shared her bed in her last days. She enjoyed great-granddaughter MacKenzie's entertainment each and every night after school and her great-grandson, Jesse's, hugs and kisses.
  Survivors include a daughter, Janice M. Foster, Rock Island; grandchildren, Robert L. Noppe, Peoria, James L. Noppe, Milan, and Jennifer L. Noppe, Rock Island; great-grandchildren, Jesse and MacKenzie Noppe, Rock Island; step-grandchildren, Mike, John, Dan, Kris and Elizabeth Foster; none step-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Lloyd and Luella Lowe, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bud and Dorothy Workman, Moline; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Louise Tacey and Bernice Hovey, both of Rock Island. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Gary Foster.
  A special thanks to Drs. Stoffel, Cady and Olson; Option Care nurses Denise and Rita and physical therapy nurse John; Sheri and Cindy at Rosewood; Donna Sparrow from Guardian Care; and Heartland Hospice nurses, Sarah, Linda, Connie, Kathy, Dawn, Lordes, Velvet and Pastor Jack.
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Editor's Note
  Forrest Dan Workman was born 29 August 1921 in Appanoose County, Iowa, son of J. W. Workman and Zelda Loofbourrow, and died 19 December 1988 in Rock Island County, Illinois.

Carroll E. Sedgwick, 1922-2008

Quad-Cities Online - 8 April 2008
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  Carroll E. Sedgwick, 85, of Kewanee, died Monday, March 31, 2008, at his home.
  Private services are Wednesday at First Baptist, Kewanee. Graveside services in Missouri were Thursday, April 3. Arrangements are by Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee.
  He was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Jerome, Iowa, to Owen and Lillian Sedgwick. He married Delane Shults June 2, 1947. 
  He was in the Army Air Corps and served as a mechanic from 1942 to 1956.
  He worked at the Davenport Post Office as a mailman for 30 years.
  Surviving are his wife, daughters, Karen (Paul) DeRycke and Rhonda; four grandchildren; soon to be born great-grandchild; and sister, Katherine.

Maxine Buckallew Ullrick ------------ Celebrates 85th Birthday

Quad-Cities Online - 12 February 2009
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  Maxine Ullrick of 306 W. 2nd St., Box 723, Atkinson, will celebrate her 85th birthday with a family dinner Saturday, Feb. 21, hosted by her children.
  The former Maxine Buckallew was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Jerome, Iowa. She married Trenton Ullrick July 4, 1939, in Unionville, Mo. He is deceased.
  Her family includes children and spouses Roberta and Ronald Doubler, New Windsor; Larry (deceased) and Bonnie Ullrick, Centralia, Ill.; Charles and Sandra Ullrick, Geneseo; and Donald and Annette Ullrick, Rock Island. She has eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

June D. Agnew King, 1922-2005

Quad-Cities Online - February 2005
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  June D. King, 82, of Colona, died Feb. 16, 2005, at Aspenwood Health Care, Silvis.
  Services are 11 a.m. today at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis.
  June was born April 11, 1922, in Moline, to Ralph and Hazel Cook Agnew. She married Lester J. King in May 1955 in Galesburg.
  She worked at John Deere war assembly plant and also for the Moline Iron Works.
  June enjoyed fishing and gardening.
  Survivors (and spouses) include her husband, Lester, daughter, Donna (Jerry) Feldhusen, Eau Claire, Wis.; grandchildren, Joline (Dan) Wellendorf, Omaha, Neb., and Monte (Dianne) Condrack, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; grandchildren, Auston and Joseph Condrack; and several nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee King, and a brother, Robert Agnew.

Lester J. King, 1924-2006

Quad-Cities Online - 20 April 2006
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  Lester J. King, 81, of Colona, died April 18, 206, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.
  Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
  He was born May 1, 1924, in Elmira, Mo., son of Lester and Maude Stiles King. He married June Agnew May 1955 in Galesburg. She died Feb. 16, 2005.
  Lester worked on the assembly line at John  Deere Harvester, East Moline, retiring in 1983, after 32 years of service.
  He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
  Lester served in the Army during World War II.
  Survivors (and spouses) are his daughter, Donna (Jerry) Feldhusen, Colona; sisters, Mildred Dorrey and Barbara Cline, both of Missouri; granddaughter, Joline (Dan) Wellendorf, Omaha, Neb.; grandson, Monte (Diane) Condrack, Eau Claire, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Austin and Joseph Condrack. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lee King, and his brothers, Delbert and Howard.