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Obituary: Paul George Lightcap

Paul was the brother of my grandfather, Albert “Wally” Lightcap. Even though Paul died in 1999, I never met him or any of his family.  Paul’s obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on June 20, 1999.  I don’t have a newspaper clipping, but I have the text.

Transcript of the obituary:

Paul G. Lightcap, 93, of 2611 Windsor Ave., died at 4:55 p.m., Friday, June 18, 1999, at ManorCare Health Services.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dubuque Bible Church, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave., with burial in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Locust Street Funeral Home, 1145 Locust St., and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

He owned and operated Lightcap Sewing Center for more than 60 years. He was born on April 20, 1906, in Wisconsin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lightcap. He married Louella Miller in 1925; she died in 1994. He was a member of Dubuque Bible Church since the 1940s. He loved working on sewing machines.

Surviving are a son, Harold (Betty) Lightcap, of Dubuque; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Wallace Lightcap.

A Paul G. Lightcap Memorial Fund has been established.

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Here is the obituary of Marjorie Strelesky, my grandmother’s sister.  This was published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City)  on Tuesday, January 16, 2001.

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Transcription of obituary:

Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center after a long illness. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, where a wake service, conducted by Roseann Hayek, begins at 3 p.m. Entombment: Cedar Memorial Mausoleum.

Surviving are seven nephews, a niece and two cousins.

She was born Feb. 26, 1919, in Sheridan, Wyo., to John and Ernestine Sanders Strelesky . She had been a hair dresser in Bellevue, Wash., and Cedar Rapids for many years. In Cedar Rapids, she was co-owner of LeMar Beauty Salon. Marjorie graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. She formerly was a member of St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue.

A memorial fund has been established.

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he’s probably buried there.

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Transcription of obituary:

A.F.E. Sanders

After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all of his family save one sone and one daughter, who live in the West, were with him when he died. Deceased was born in Germany, May 3, 1827. He came to this country when a young man, and located in Galena forty years ago. Ten years later he engaged in the grocery business which followed from that time until his death. At one time he was in business down town but of later years he has had a store on the hill. He was an honest, upright citizen, a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran church and of the German Benevolent society.

Mr. Sanders was married in the East forty-two years ago and his wife survives with five children – Edward, who lives in the West,; Ernest, of Dubuque; Margaret, who is the wife of City Marshal Fairweather; Henry, who lives at home, and Sarah, who is married to Al Hanson, and lives in Calumet, Wash.

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: 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: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two).

His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright’s disease.  They had no children.

In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother).  They had two sons, Paul and Albert.  She died on Sept 18, 1917.  According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion.  I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her family.  Unfortunately, the family didn’t talk about her.  The only information that I have about her I have found through census records and her death certificate.

On July 10, 1918, Ernest married their housekeeper, Susan Lensing.  They didn’t have any children.

He lived in a variety of states, including Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  A majority of these moves happened within a 25 year period of time.

I’m not sure where I got this obituary; possibly from my mom or from photo albums my dad received from his Aunt Marjorie or his mom.  I have no citation, but it was probably published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa).

Obituary: Ernest Lightcap

Transcription of obituary:

Ernest E. Lightcap, 67, formerly of 2846 Jackson street, died at 6:30 Monday evening in St. Anthony home after an illness that had its inception last May.

The body may be viewed at the Didesch funeral home, after 7 o’clock Tuesday evening. The funeral will be from Didesch’s to Holy Ghost church Thursday morning, with the mass at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in Mount Calvary cemetery. Born in North Judson, Ind., April 3, 1879, he had resided in Dubuque for the last quarter of a century and was stationary engineer at the B and I building during that time. He was a member of Holy Ghost church and the Holy Name society. Mr. Lightcap was married to Harriet E. Doosey in 1905, and she preceded him in death. In 1918, he was married to Susie Lansing. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Susie Lightcap, Dubuque; two sons, Paul G. Lightcap and A.W. Lightcap, both of this city, and four grandsons, Harold, Thomas, William, and Teddy Lightcap. Besides his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Gary, and a granddaughter, Alice.