Month: May 2011

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph “Jack” and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation.

My grandmother’s obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary’s Church in Freeport, Illinois.

Obituary: Eunice Strelesky

Transcription of document:

Eunice I. Lightcap, 82, 2720 Pleasant View, formerly of 3151 Hillcrest Road, died at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph’s Unit

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lightcap worked at the former Stampfer’s department store and later at Armstrong’s department store and was a volunteer at The Finley Hospital for many years.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1915, at Sheridan, Wyo., daughter of John and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky . She married Wally Lightcap on 1935, in Dubuque; he died in 1975.

She was a member of The Finley Hospital Auxiliary and St. Anthony’s Parish and its rosary society.

Surviving are six sons, Tom (Mary Catherine) Lightcap, Ted (Sharon) Lightcap and Joel Lightcap, all of Dubuque, William (Veva) Lightcap, of Arcadia, Calif., Jack (Denise) Lightcap, of Portland, Ore., and Gregory (Linda) Lightcap, of Portage, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Strelesky , of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Gary, in 1946, a sister, Alice Humphrey; and a brother, Herbert.

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Here is the obituary for Herbert Hickman, my great-grandmother Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman’s second husband.  His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on June 14, 1976.

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Transcription of obituary:

Herbert Hickman

SCALES MOUND – Funeral service for Herbert Hickman of Scales Mound, who died Friday in Cuba City (Wis.) Medical Center, was held this afternoon at First Presbyterian Church, Galena.  He was 87.

Burial was in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are two sons, Cleland (Herb) and Kenneth, a stepson, Stanley Davis, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Harold Harwick, all of Scales Mound; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren.

Also, two brothers, Frank of Centerville, Iowa and Raymond of Lamar, Mo.; and three sisters, Miss Verona and Mrs. Elsie Snavely, both of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. William Serafini of Jasper, Mo.

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess  Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children.  He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin.

He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain.  His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings.

Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth.

Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page 16.

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

Transcription of obituary

Benjamin Blewett was born in Guilford township of this country on May 20, 1845, and spent the most of his life in Jo Daviess county where he was widely known. He spent his early life on the farm of his parents but came to Elizabeth while still a young man and operated a cobbler’s shop here. Later he moved to Nora where he continued the business and at one time he was a traveling salesman for a shoe manufacturing company. Some time later he moved to Sheffield, Iowa, and about 35 years ago he returned to this county making his home in Hanover until a few months ago when he came to Elizabeth.

He is survived by one son, Benjamin Blewett of this city, his wife having preceded him in death about 35 years ago. One sister, Mrs. William Combellick of Gettysburg, So. Dakota and one brother Thomas Blewett of Thornton, Iowa, besides several nephews and nieces of this locality are also left to mourn his departure.

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6.

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Transcript of obituary:

Mrs. Carrie Stienstra

GALENA – Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here.

She was born Nov. 26, 1879, in East Galena Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Deininger. She was married March 29, 1910, to Cornelius Stienstra. Her husband died in 1946.

Survivors include three sons, George, Nelson and Ambrose, all of Council Hill; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Nash-Schmadeke Funeral Home with Rev. Russell Tomlinson, pastor of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 tonight.

Obituary: Edgar Deininger

This is the obituary for Edgar Deininger, son of John and Mary (Nadig) Deininger. Originally published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 27 Feb 1959, page 6.  Edgar is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois, with his wife and son.

Transcription of obituary:

Edgar Deininger

GALENA – A  lifelong resident of East Galena, Edgar A. Deininger died Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a Hazel Green hospital.

He was the son of John and Mary Deininger and was born in East Galena June 28, 1886, on the farm where he lived his entire life.

Surviving are his wife, the former Bertha Boeltz; a son, Robert at home and a half-sister.  Mrs. Carrie Stienstra of Galena.

The funeral time is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Nash Funeral Home. The Rev. Calvin Vanderwerf, student pastor of Hill Presbyterian Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.