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.

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  1. Kathryn Lightcap this is wonderful information and effort.

    I thought I had found AFE Sanders and Catherine Fuchs Sanders (My Great GP’s) grave stones in Galena.
    The stones only had initials on the base of the grave as a determent to grave robbers.

    I also had a name of Tucks for Catherine. Fuchs. I will go with Fuchs.

    Also on the record for Frank Uhlrich Sanders the history of children leaves of Patricia Ann (Sanders) Rossman B- 1935 and James John Sanders B-1938. I am James John Sanders..
    Patricia was Born and lives in Dubuque James was born in Dubuque and lives in San Antonio. Texas.

    Kathryn I am sad to say I don’t know who you are? Is your father William Lightcap?

    Bill and I had a lot of fun as kids.

    Thanks again Kathryn,

    Jim Sanders

    1. Hi Jim,

      Bill is my uncle. Greg is my dad. I’m going to make a note of Tucks as a last name for Catherine. I haven’t heard that before. I visited Greenwood Cemetery this past summer but was unable to find either AFE or Catherine’s graves.

      Do you know Elaine (Heitz) Lorenz? I visited her over the summer and she gave me some Sanders and Strelesky information. She lent me Marjorie Strelesky’s diary which I transcribed and it’s available on this website. There are some Sanders stories since after Marjorie’s mother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky died, the children were raised by Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.

      I would love to exchange information. If you had any pictures of Josephine or Ernest Sanders or their children, it would be wonderful. I only have a couple of pictures, which I’m willing to share.

      All the best. You can email me at


  2. Hi Uncle Jim. Does that mean AFE Sanders is my ggg grandfather? And hi Kathryn Lightcap. I’ve heard the Lightcap name many a time over the years- my father was Donald Sanders Jim’s brother.

  3. Barbara Norgrove says:

    Hello, Margaret Sanders Fairweather was my Great Grandmother. Married to John fairweather DOB 1844 D 1894. Johns father was James Fairweather DOB 1808 D 1856 Dundee Scotland. 😉 Family?.

    1. Kathryn says:

      Yes. Margaret Sanders Fairweather was the daughter of AFE Sanders and Catherine Fuch, and a sister of my gg-grandfather, Ernest Vincent Sanders.

      Margaret’s husband’s parents were James Fairweather and Catherine McQueen. I know that John and his parents are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. I assume Margaret is also buried there, but have been unable to find her stone.

      1. Barbara Norgrove says:

        Thank you for the response , And hello from Boise Idaho .;)

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