Obituaries and Announcements


The obituaries that I've saved, been given or received over the course of my research will be posted here.   I will try to post everything I have so if your looking for one that isn't posted here let me know, I may have it still.
If you have any obits that you would like to see posted here, please make sure that they are related to one of my families and send it to me please.

Thursday, November 15


Odele Connor (Odile)

Saranac Lake-Odele Connor, 65, of 9 View St. died Wednesday evening at Saranac Lake General Hospital.  She had been a resident of Saranac Lake for 50 years.  Mrs. Connor was born in Cohoes, a daughter of Odilon and Florida Lagassee Fernet.  Survivors are: her husband, Richard B. Connor; two daughters, Odile Norman of Chicago and Phyllis Connor of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Mrs. Irene Johnson of Saranac Lake; and four grandchildren.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of Mrs. Connor’s family.  Friends wishing to remember her may make contributions to the Cancer Society.


Arizona Daily Star, January 23, 1971

Heer, Raymond N., 244 Ocotillo Vista, passed away January 22nd.  Survived by wife Grace; son, Raymond of Chicago; brothers, George of Chicago, Benjamin of Winona, Minn.; 2 grandchildren.  Mass Monday, 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church.  Burial in Holy Hope Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Arrangements by Deir’s Vally Funeral Home.


Faith Shriner Thomas, YMCA Secretary

Faith Shriner Thomas, 60, a YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago corporate secretary who also directed its affirmative action program, died Wednesday in Weiss Memorial Hospital. 

The North Side resident died of cancer.

Mrs. Thomas had been with the YMCA for 28 years when she left in 1986 because of illness.  In the early 1960s, she was appointed corporate secretary and was the first woman to become an officer with the Y, said her husband, Henry Thomas.  She was later given the additional duties of overseeing the Y’s affirmative-action program.

“She was a pioneer, in respect to opening opportunities for women in the YMCA,” said her husband.

Mrs. Thomas was a native of Highland Park, Mich.  She attended Schurz High School and began her career doing clerical work for Procter and Gamble.  After her retirement, she attended Truman Community College.

In addition to her husband, she leaves a stepdaughter, Sharon Thomas; a stepson, Henry Thomas Jr., and two grandchildren. **In addition she also left behind two cousins; Raymond Heer and Donald Logan and each of their children.

Memorial services will be held at 3pm. Today at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 1035 N. Dearborn.  Burial was private.


Chicago Tribune Obituary


Faith Shriner Thomas, loving wife of Henry I. Thomas Sr., beloved step-mother of Sharon (Douglas) Thomas Parrott and Henry Jr., fond grandmother of Hillary Thomas and Lindsay Parrott, dear cousin of Jennifer, Annie and Peter Heer.  Passed away April 20, 1994 at the age of 60. Her professional activities included, 28 years with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago serving as Corporate Secretary and Affirmative Action Officer until retirement due to disability in 1986.  She was a member of J. Wilbur Messer Chapter, International Association of Retired YMCA Directors. Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 1994 at 3pm at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 1035 N. Dearborn St., Chicago (indoor parking available).  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 312-735-4242


Galena Gazette, February 27, 1931

Funeral of Wm. A. Ritter is Held this Afternoon

The funeral of William A. Ritter was held this afternoon with largely attended services at the Nash & Bertsch Funeral Chapel commencing at two o’clock.  There were a great many flowers as expressions of sympathy from relatives and friends from near and far.  Rev. A. E. Ulrich of the First Methodist church officiated, paying a splendid and befitting tribute to the life lived by Mr. Ritter.  Burial was made in the family lot in Greenwood cemetery, four sons and two son-in-laws acting as bearers, namely Ray Ritter, Roy Ritter, Earl and Charles Ritter, Fred W. Mathey and Wallace Williams.  Among those from out of town attending the services were Ray Ritter of Cresco, Ia., Roy Ritter, El Centro, Calif., Earl Ritter Presho, S.D., Charles Ritter, Madison, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Mathey, Dubuque, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Williams, Scales Mound, W. D. Heer, Chicago and Dr. and Mrs. R.S. Heer, Platteville, Wis.

William A. Ritter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Ritter, was born in Galena May 6, 1856 and his entire life was spent in Galena and vicinity.  He was united in marriage with Miss Jane Heer and to this union nine children were born.  Robert, who died in infancy, Ray and Roy, Earl and Merle, Blanche, Leone, Reba and Charles.

Surviving are his widow, and the following children, Ray L. of Cresco, Ia., Roy W., El Centro, Calif., Earl of Presho, S.D., Charles of Madison, Mrs. Wallace Williams, Scales Mound, Mrs. Fred W. Mathey, Dubuque, Mrs. S. H. Cliff, Denver, and Miss Reba of Los Angeles, Calif.

Mr. Ritter is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Emma Manuell, Galena, Mrs. Reba McClees and Charles Ritter, both of Los Angeles, Calif.

Mr. Ritter successfully engaged in farming for a number of years, retiring and moving to Galena 19 years ago.  His parents were faithful members of the Methodist church and he attended this church and Sunday school.  He was a kindly genial man who made many friends and it was his delight to spend the time among his relatives and friends in and about Galena.  Up to within a few days of his death Mr. Ritter was enabled to walk about town and visit with his friends, all of whom speak of him in the highest terms and who will miss his sudden passing.

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Many of these obituaries if not all were taken from the archives of the Galena Public Library, Special Collections Room.  And a special thank you to Steve Repp for all his help in looking up what seemed like thousands of obits over the course of a week.  Other obits have there source cited.

The Galena Daily Gazette May 8, 1912

Mrs. Elizabeth Burton Dead **This was the main genealogist in our family. Sister of my gg grandmother Martha.

Aged Galena Lady dies after long Illness

Mrs. Thomas Burton, a highly respected lady of this city, died this morning at 10:15 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Millhouse, No. 102 Bench Street, after an illness extending over the past three years.

Elizabeth Evans was born in Wales, England, October 29, 1822 and was almost 90 years of age at the time of her death.  She was married to Thomas Burton who died about 20 years ago.  The deceased was well known in Galena and this county, having resided here about 62 years.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Hannah Yeaman, Mrs. Mary Thompson, Mrs. Martha Heer, all of Galena and Mrs. Fannie Oliver of Stockton; also by one brother Evan Evans, of Galena.  She also leaves six children: Dr. R. C. Burton, Savanna, ILL., J. T. Burton, Los Angeles, Cal.; J. A. Burton. Bethany, Neb.; E. A. Burton, Clay Center, Neb.; Mrs. H. S. Whitmore, and Mrs. A. J. Millhouse, both of Galena.

The time of the funeral will be announced later.

The Galena Daily Gazette May 10, 1912

Funeral of Mrs. Burton

The funeral services for the late Mrs. Elizabeth Burton were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Millhouse on Bench Street this afternoon at 2:30.  The services were conducted by Dr. G. D. Heuver of the South Presbyterian church and Dr. R. M. Chissman of the First Presbyterian church.  A choir composed of the following sang a number of beautiful anthems, Mrs. J. S. Baume, Miss Mazeiner, Miss Bertha Grimm, Charles Westwick, Joseph Tippett and W. T. Hodson.

The pallbearers were George Maxeiner, Joseph Nack, W. T. Hodson, T. J. Sheean, George Millhouse, J. S. Helm. Internment was made at Greenwood Cemetery.

Galena Daily Gazette Jan 23, 1892

Thomas Burton Dead

A Well Known Citizen Succumbs to Paralysis

Thomas Burton, one of the oldest and most generally known citizens of Galena, died shortly after one o’clock this afternoon at his home on Field Street, near the fair grounds.  He had been ailing for some time with heart disease, but his condition did not become serious until last Thursday, when he was stricken by paralysis while walking, after which he sank rapidly.

The funeral will not take place before Tuesday.  A definite announcement as to the time of holding it will appear Monday.

Thomas Burton was born of English parents on ship-board in the Irish Sea, Jan. 24th, 1824.  Had he lived one day more he would have completed his 67th year.  His parents were on their way to America at the time of his birth.  After arriving here they lived for a few years in Philadelphia, but reached Galena in 1829, and his home was in this county from that time until his death.  His father, Robert Burton, built the old stone mill one mile from the city which still bears his name.  That was the original homestead and Thomas conducted a furnace there for years.  He also spent some years on a farm in Elizabeth, still owned by him.  The old Gratiot house was bought by him some years ago and there his last years were spent in peaceful retirement.

He was one of seven brothers, all of whom were well known citizens of Galena, and whom but one remains-John who lives on the old homestead and who is at this time dangerously ill.

Mr. Burton married Miss Lizzie Evans of East Galena, who survives him.  She is a sister of Mrs. R. A. Oliver and Mrs. Edward Thompson.  Four sons and two daughters also survive.  They are Robert C, who is a practicing physician at Savanna; John A., in Caldwell, Neb.; James of South Riverside, Cal.; Edward a business man of Murry, Neb.; Mrs. Scribe Whitmore and Miss Maude Burton of this city.

Obit of Christina Heer, wife of John Christian Heer

Death of Mrs. Christine Heer

Mrs. Christine Heer, the aged mother of David H. Heer, the well-known veterinarian, died in East Galena this afternoon.  Deceased was a native of Germany but had lived in this country many years.  She had out-lived the allotted three score and ten by more than eight-years.  She was twice married, her last husband preceding her to the grave many years ago.  She was a good Christian lady, and though advanced in years her death will be sincerely mourned.

The funeral will take place from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. Neuschwanger (Christina), in East Galena, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

She was born in 1811 in Germany and died May 4, 1889 in East Galena, Jo Daviess County, IL. 

May 4, 1889, Galena Daily Gazette.

Obit of David Heer

"February 27, 1909
Mr. D. H. Heer Dead

Well Known Veterinarian is Called by Death (headline)
Circuit Clerk H. L. Heer received a telegram this morning announcing the death of his father, Dr. David H. Heer, formerly of East Galena, which had occurred at Watertown hospital. He left this afternoon for the hospital to bring home the remains for interment.

Mr. Heer was widely known throughout Jo Daviess county, and the intelligence of his death was received with sincere regret. For some months past he had been in poor health and was in a sanitarium at Rockford for a time, recently being taken to Watertown with the hope that treatment there would result in an improvement. Mr. Heer was a veteran of the civil war, having served in Company F, Seventh Regt. Ill. Vol., and later was a successful veterinarian. He is survived by his wife and a large family of grown children. The deceased was 73 years of age.

Arrangements for the funeral will be announced when the remains are brought to Galena."

(Taken from the Galena Daily Gazette, Thursday evening, Feb. 27th)

Mrs. Richard Evans  **My ggg grandmother, mother of my gg grandmother Martha Evans Heer.

Mrs. Richard Evans had lived to the green old age of 90 years.  She had been failing all winter, but was confined to her bed only about 3 weeks, and her death was hardly expected at the time it occurred.  She was a native of Wales, and came to this country with her husband in 1846.  She was the mother of twelve children, nine of whom survive, as follows: Richard Evans, Mrs. Thos. Burton (Elizabeth), Mrs. Dr. Winthrop (Ann), Mrs. Yeaman (Hannah), Mrs. Edward Thompson (Mary), Mrs. D. H. Heer (Martha), and Evan Evans, all of Galena, and Mrs. R. A. Oliver (Jane or Fanny), of Stockton, and another son, James, who is located in Kansas.  The late Mrs. Sarah Scott and John Evans, both of Galena, were also children of hers.  She had lived all her life as a good Christian lady, and the children who are left to mourn her are among the most respected residents of Galena.  The obsequies will be conducted at the house by Rev. W. D. Atchison at 10 o’clock to-morrow.

*She was born July 23, 1799 in Kerry, Montgomeryshire, Wales and died May 4, 1889 in East Galena, Jo Daviess County, IL ½ miles from daughter Martha Heer’s home.

May 6, 1889, Galena Daily Gazette

Pioneers Passing Away

A Necrological Coincidence

Saturday witnessed the death of three pioneer residents of this vicinage, who had lived as neighbors for years and years.  About 10 o’clock in the morning of that day occurred the death of Mrs. Christine Heer, of East Galena, as announced Saturday evening.  About 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Mrs. Richard Evans died at her home, one-half mile from the home of Mrs. Heer, and one hour later Anton Wise, another old resident, living about two miles distant from the home of Mrs. Evans, passed suddenly away.  Mrs. Heer was the mother of David H. Heer, at whose home she died, and Mrs. Evans was the mother of David Heer’s wife, the trio of deaths thus forming a remarkable coincidence.

May 6, 1889, Galena Daily Gazette



Taken from newspaper, The Galena Gazette, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1987

Martha “Muff” Zahrndt  **Daughter of my g grandfather's brother, John A. Heer.  A Genealogist.

Martha “Muff” Zahrndt, 91, of Bethany Home in Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Galena, died Friday morning, Oct. 23, 1987, at Bethany Home.

Born April 28, 1896, in Galena, she was the daughter of John and Bertha Howarth Heer.  She married Henry Zahrndt on May 3, 1924. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1962.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galena. Surviving are cousins.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Steinke Funeral Home with the Rev. William Harnish, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Casket bearers were James Vincent, Terry Swing, Leo Oldenburg, Harold Larey and David Hamilton.


***Muff was a long time resident of Galena who lived there long after most of her cousins and other relatives had died or moved away from the city.  My mother, Debbie Heer met with her on a couple of occasions in order to collect information and genealogy on my father's family of which she was a part of.  Muff was the wife of Henry Zahrndt and a daughter of John A. Heer and his wife Bertha Howarth.  John and Bertha had a total of five children; Marietta, b.1891-d. 16 Oct 1899, Leslie, b. 1898-d. ?, Marie, b. 4 Dec 1890-d. 1962, daughter, unknown dates at this time, and "Muff" Zahrndt who was the only one to marry and did not have any children who lived to carry on her father's line.  Marie never married and together with Muff were teachers in Galena for many years.  I attribute a large amount of what we know about our Heer family to what she was able to collect over the years from relatives.  She was one of those people in every family who wants to save the pamphlets, photos and memorial cards from every event for anyone who may want them later.  Well I did and I'm so happy she saved it for me...........Thanks cousin,

The Galena Gazette June 25, 1896

Death of Richard Evans  **Brother to my gg grandmother Martha Evans Heer.

Pioneer Resident of Galena Passes Away Wednesday.

Richard Evans died Wednesday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Hannah Yeaman, on Bench Street.  He had been failing gradually for a week and the end came not unexpectedly.  He was a native of Wales and was 77 years of age.  His father, a well known pioneer of Galena, came here at an early day and settled on a farm in East Galena, where he lived until his death occurred.  Of his large family of children the survivors are Evan Evans of East Galena, Mrs. Edward Thompson, Mrs. Thos. Burton, Mrs. David Heer, Mrs. Hannah Yeaman and Mrs. Winthrop of this city, and Mrs. R. A. Oliver of Stockton.

The deceased was a proficient musician and devoted his life principally to his favorite art.  He was  a member of the choir of Father Kent’s church in early days, and at the recent semi0centennial celebration of the South Presbyterian church was conspicuous as a member of the “choir of olden times”, which took part in the exercises.  He was a generous, kindly man, with a soul as gentle as the melodies he loved, and he enjoyed the friendship and good will of all who knew him.  His wife has been dead many years.  Their children are George Evans of Apple River, Mrs. Hutchinson Hayes of Denison, Iowa, Mrs. Mortimer Clark of Maquoketa, IA., Mrs. H. M. Barkham of McKenny, Texas.

The funeral will be held to-morrow at 2 o’clock from Mrs. Yeaman’s home.  Rev. E. C. Arnold will officiate.


Galena Daily Gazette July 19, 1919

Aged Woman Asleep in Death

Mrs. Hannah Yeaman Died at Home on North Dewey Avenue. **Sister of my gg grandmother Martha.

Mrs. Hannah Yeaman died at her home on North Dewey Avenue Saturday evening at 7:55 o’clock.  Mrs. Yeaman’s demise was due to the infirmities of old age, her span of life being 91 years and six months.  Her death was as peaceful as the beautiful life she lived and she entered into eternal sleep with the calmness of a tired child at close of day.

Hannah Evans was born on the Isle of Wales, Dec. 24, 1827, and arrived in America in 1860, coming direct to Galena and resided here ever since.  In 1861 she was united in marriage with Joseph Yeaman in Galena.  This union was blessed with four children namely: Mrs. Mary Hallett, Mrs. Geo., D. Houy, and George Yeaman, a son Richard, died in early manhood. Her husband preceded her to the grave 41 years ago.

The decedent was a life long Christian, the bible was her guide and closest companion. In earlier years Mrs. Yeaman committed many chapters of the good book to memory and when old age came on and her sight grew dim nothing gave her more pleasure than to recite her favorite selections to those about her.  Even in her last days the unfailing words were on her lips.

On coming to America she united with the Baptist church and when that church closed in Galena she became a member of the Methodist church.

Mrs. Yeaman’s life was devoted to her home and children and in turn her declining years were made happy and comfortable by loving hands whose tender care never faltered for a moment.

Besides her children Mrs. Yeaman is survived by three sisters and one brother.  They are Mrs. Mary Thompson now residing in Woonsocket, S. Dak, Mrs. Martha Heer of East Galena, Mrs. Fanny Oliver of Stockton and Evan Evans of East Galena.  Also 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral Services Held

The funeral services to the memory of the late Mrs. Hannah Yeaman were held this afternoon.  Rev.  J. R. McGlade, pastor of the South Presbyterian church, officiated. Rev. McGlade, paid a parting tribute to the aged lady and a choir composed of Mrs. J. S. Cowling, Miss Sarah Smith, H. B. Dallyn and Judge J. C. Boevers who rendered several favorite hymns of the departed woman.

Internment was made in Greenwood cemetery by the following pallbearers: W. H. Simmons, L. C. Richards, Ben Wilmarth, S. H. Whitmore, A. J. Millhouse and Jos. L. Callahan. Floral tokens were many and beautiful.


Galena Daily Gazette May 8, 1934

Funeral of Dr. R. C. Burton  **son of Elizabeth Evans and Thomas Burton.

Masonic burial services for the late Dr. Richard C. Burton, physician in Savanna for more than half a century, were held Sunday afternoon at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, with the Galena lodge in charge.  Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock at the family home on Washington Street, Savanna with Rev. Royal J. Synwolt, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.

A quartet composed of Mrs. Albert M. Greison, Mrs. Garfield Watson, Paul Daley and T. P. Madsen sang “Oh love that will not let me go” and “Rock of Ages” at the rites held in the home. Casket bearers were T. P. Madsen, Charles Hathaway, A. A. Fitz, and William Bailey.

Among the out of town relatives and friends at the last rites at Savanna were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Millhouse, Mrs. H. Whitmore and son, Clyde, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grimm, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Reifsteck, of Galena, Mr. and Mrs. Brown Jenks of Clinton, IA., Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Wearing of Freeport.

Dr. Burton was born 84 years ago in Galena, ILL, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Evans Burton.  He graduated from the Bennett Medical School in Chicago, and came  to Savanna a year later.  Dr. Burton served as city health officer for a number of years.  During his illness he was cared for by Miss. Minnie King housekeeper in the Burton home for 33 years.  Dr. Burton died Friday at his home, 318 Washington Street; following an illness of infirmities of old age.

He leaves two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Millhouse and Mrs. H. Whitmore of Galena, one brother, John Burton of Upland, Calif., many relatives and a host of friends. Mrs. Burton preceded him in death six years ago.

Galena Daily Gazette December 16, 1932 (Date estimated)



CITY MOURNS DEATH **Brother of August Millhouse who was husband of my cousin Maude A. Burton, daughter of Elizabeth Evans and Thomas Burton.

Galena was shocked and pained to learn of the comparatively sudden death of its former citizen, George
T. Millhouse, at about 2:30 ‘o’clock Thursday afternoon at Finley hospital In Dubuque.
A few weeks ago Mr. Millhouse fell at his Dubuque home and fractured a limb. However, he seemed to be convalescing from this painful Injury but the strain was evidently too much for a weakened heart that had suffered a bad attack several years ago.
Mr. Millhouse had been up in a wheel chair Wednesday and about the middle of the afternoon was seized ‘with a heart attack. However, Mr. Millhouse remained conscious and by sheer will attempted to stave off the grim reaper until his daughter, Mrs. Louise Catherwood, arrived from Ithaca, N. Y., but death won the race, Mrs. Catherwood arriving a short time after her father had passed away.

Mr. Millhouse was considered one of Galena’s keenest business men, making a success not only of the retail but the wholesale business, then the manufacturing business.
Though an exceedingly busy man, Mr. Millhouse found time for the worthwhile things In life. He was passionately devoted to his family, he found joy in religious causes and for years was superintendent of the South Presbyterian Sunday School. He also was a trustee of this church. For this city, he gave his time as alderman and also as president of the Board of Education.
He enjoyed lodge work and was a member of the Odd Fellows bodies of Galena, and was one of the backers of the new I. 0. 0. F. Temple Galena. Mr. Millhouse was a director of the Merchants National Bank for a number of years. George T. Millhouse was born in Schapville, August 25, 1869, but when a young man came to Galena where he attended the German-English College. Later he went to Chicago where he continued his education, then he was employed as bookkeeper for Marshall Field & Co. In 1889 Mr. Millhouse returned to Galena and with his brother, August J. Millhouse purchased the hardware store from Henry A. Uehrefl. They moved from the west o the east side of the street and some years later they purchased the Estey and Felt building a block further south. This building was remodeled into modern four-story wholesale and retail hardware store building.
Mr. Millhouse retained an active interest in this store until a few years ago.
In 1911 George T. and A. J. Millhouse purchased a Glove and Mitten factory from Decorah, Ia., parties, moving the factory to Galena, occupying the second floor of what is now the Kraehmer garage.
Later a modern concrete building was erected on Commerce street in Galena which was used as the glove factory until about two years ago when the business was moved to Dubuque and combined with the Dubuque branch.
Though Mr. Millhouse moved to Dubuque last March with his family t occupy a new home he had just finished building, he retained his home in Galena and always kept his interest in this city.
In his long business career Mr. Millhouse has been influential in the success of many young men with whom he has been associated.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ruby Swing Millhouse, a daughter, Mrs. Louise Catherwood of Ithaca, N. Y., George T. Jr., who is attending the University of Chicago, and August J., at home. One sister, Mrs. Anna Reifsteck of Galena, and brothers, August J., of Galena; William P., of Hazelton, Ia.; John H. of Alpena, S. D., also survive.  Mr. Millhouse was the youngest of his family.
The body was taken to his former home on North Park Avenue whore funeral services will be hold Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made In Greenwood cemetery.



Vera C. Millhouse 

Galena, Ill-Vera C. Millhouse, 87 of Galena, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.  There will be no visitation.  The Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 10, 1913, in Chicago, daughter of William and Marie (Henning) Knautz.  She married George Millhouse on April 10, 1940, in Dubuque; he died  March 16, 1975.

She attended Beloit College and then the Library Teaching Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

She was involved in the Galena Public Library and friend of the Galena Library and was the librarian for many years.

She served on the board of directors of the former Galena Glove and Mitten Factory in Dubuque.  She was past president of the Galena Historical Society and involved in several other civic programs in Galena. She was a supporter of local land and wildlife preservation.  She was supportive of her family and community and will be sadly missed by her family and close friends.

Surviving are a son, William (Jill) Millhouse, of Galena; and two grandchildren, Philip and Sara, both of Galena.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, David.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Galena Library, Galena Historical Society and Hospice of Dubuque.



HERR, Chris (this is actually Christian Heer, son of John Christian Heer)

A Frightful Suicide

Last Sunday the body of a man was found dead between Coulterville and Priest's. Upon investigation it was found to be a case of suicide. Deceased name was Chris HERR and he was an old resident of Tuolumne county. He is supposed to have some property in the east. Before committing the rash act, deceased dug his own grave and made final preparations for his burial, then left a note that he was tired of living. He then completed the job by shooting himself.

Mariposa Gazette, September 10, 1898


**Margaret Murphy was the second wife of John Woods, my g grandfather’s ( Joseph Michael Woods) brother

Margaret Murphy   

Margaret Murphy was born in County Kerry, Ireland, October 27, 1844, died in St. Mary's hospital, Quincy, June 9, 1927. When seven years of age she came to this country with her parents, Martin and Margaret Murphy, locating on a farm in Schuyler County. She was married to William Gleason June 29, 1862. and to this union four children were born. Mr. Gleason died May 12, 1874. Eleven years later she was again married to John Woods, who preceded her in death January 30, 1920. The oldest son, John Gleason, died April 28 of the present year. The surviving ones are: Mrs. Robert Armstrong, Mrs. Thomas Monckton, and James Gleason of Mt. Sterling; one stepson, Willie Gleason of Quincy, and one brother, Patrick Murphy of Springfield.

On Friday the body was conveyed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Armstrong on West Main street. There was high mass for the repose of her soul Saturday morning at 8 o'clock. Funeral services were held Saturday immediately after the 9 o'clock mass by Rev. P. J. Fox and interment was in the Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Woods was a consistent and practical member of the Roman Catholic Church. For the past several years she has been a tertiary in the Third Order Secular of St. Francis and buried in the habit of that order.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Patrick Murphy of Springfield; Miss Mary Armstrong, Virginia, Mrs. John Gleason and daughters, Misses Philomena and Josephine of Quincy.

The Democrat-Message June 15, 1927, Mt. Sterling, Illinois.



The following announcements were borrowed from a local newspaper, thank you.


De Chantle W. Shriner of 4654 Keeney avenue, Skokie, dear mother of Faith Shriner; sister of Gertrude Tompkins, Justine Logan, Grace Heer, and Medard White. Funeral Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., from funeral home, 8057 Niles Center road, Skokie. Mass 9:30 a.m., to St. Peter's church. Interment St. Joseph's cemetery. ORchard 3-6111.



Benjamin S. Heer, late 3002 W. Vermont street, beloved husband of Rose, nee Greig; fond father of William, Kenneth, Benjamin Jr., and John. Funeral Saturday, 2 p.m., at mortuary, 2429 W. 127th street, Blue Island. Interment Mount Hope. FUlton 8-0014.



--William D. Heer Sr., March 20, of 7415 N. Winchester avenue, beloved husband of Harriet, fond father of Dorothy, and William D. Jr., grandfather of Dudley. Resting at funeral home, 6208-10 N. Western Avenue. Services Saturday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. Interment private. Galena, Ill., papers please copy.



--Mary Agnes White, beloved wife of the late John E. White, dear mother of Medard White, Grace Heer, Justina White, and De Chantle Shriner. Funeral Wednesday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m., from funeral home, 1732 Wilson avenue, Our Lady of Lourdes church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph's.




Connor, Fernet, Lagasse and Norman, Bolduc Family Obituaries

1948 Wife of Copper Official Dies

Services Set for Kimberly Matron

Ely, March 30.--Mrs. C. I. Cook, 58, of Kimberly, wife of the general manager of the Consolidated Copper Mines corporation, died at the Kimberly hospital Monday afternoon after a two-year illness.  Her condition became critical several weeks ago.
Mrs. Cook was born in Delamar, Idaho, on March 15, 1890.  Her maiden name was Mattie Heer.  She moved to Boise with her family while still a young girl, and received her education in that city.  She was an honor graduate from the University of Idaho.
She was married to Mr. Cook at Nampa, Idaho, on January 21, 1914.  Since that time they have resided in several western states, Alaska and British Columbia, with Mr. Cook following the mining profession.
Moving to Kimberly in 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Cook left in 1933 and returned in 1940, when he became general manager of the concern.
Prominent in civic and social affairs in Kimberly, Mrs. Cook was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, Phi Beta Kappa, PEO sisterhood, AAUW, and the Episcopal church.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine, of Kimberly; six brothers, Arthur L. Heer, Salem, Oregon; Dr. Frank S. Heer, Boise; Dr. Harold Heer, Portland; Ralph Heer, Los Angeles; Lyle A. Heer, Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held in Ely Wednesday at 7 p.m., conducted by Rev. S. W. Wyda of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal church.  Burial will in Morris Hill cemetery, Boise.

Ironwood Daily Globe, Oct. 25th, 1961

Belona Norman

Belona Norman, 94, of Gile, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday at a Superior

Hospital where he had been a patient since May 16, 1959.

He was born Sept. 9, 1867 in Swamoe (sp), Brown County, Wis. He

Had resided in this area since 1889, living at Ramsay, Upson, and Hur-

ley, before moving to Gile in 1909.  He was employed in the lumber

industry.  He was married to the former Mary Louise Ashley in Green Bay in 1889.  She died in 1948.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. James E. Hughes of

New Richmond, Wis; Mrs. Carl Daley of Superior and Mrs. Mabel

Epping of Portland, Ore.; four sons, Chester of Wisconsin Rapids, Alvin of Ironwood, Byron of Hurley and Harold of Rensselaer, Ind.; 16 grandchildren and 28 great

grandchildren.  The remains are at the Jelinski Funeral Home at Hurley which

will be open beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 Thursday evening.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Mary’s

Catholic Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Prock officiating.  Interment will be at the St. Mary Cemetery, Hurley.





Monday, March 22, 1948.



  Mrs. Belona Norman, 78, died last night at her home in Gile.

She had been in ill health for some time.  Funeral services will be held

at 9 Wednesday morning at St. Mary church in Hurley with the

Rev. Michael Prock officiating.  Burial will be in the Hurley cemetery.

The remains are at the Charbonneau funeral home at Hurley

and may be seen beginning tomorrow afternoon until time of









  Funeral services for Mrs. Belona Norman, 78, Gile, were held

at 9 this morning in St. Mary’s church with the Rev. Michael

Prock officiating. Burial was in the Hurley cemetery.  Pallbearers, all grandsons of

the deceased, were William, Robert and James Norman, Joe Hughes, Michael and Norbert Daley.  Out of town relatives attending the services included Mr.

and Mrs. James Hughes, Chester Norman, Wisconsin Rapids, Judge and Mrs. Carl H. Daley and daughter, Mary, Superior, Mrs. R. J. Epping, Tillamook,

and daughter, Nancy, Manitowish, Ann Hughes, Oak Park, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Chabot and Mrs. Percy Pascoe, Duluth.






Delia M. Connor


TUPPER LAKE -Delia M. Connor, 94, a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake, passed into the arms of our Lord on Monday, March 2, 2009.

Born on May 1, 1914 in Tupper Lake, she was the daughter of Urgelle and Ella (Carrow) Madore. Delia, was the last of nine surviving children.

She attended Holy Ghost Academy and was a communicant at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. She most recently resided at AMC Mercy Center in Tupper Lake. On Oct. 22, 1933, she married Maurice S. Connor in Tupper Lake. Maurice pre-deceased her on June 19, 1996 in Plattsburgh. They had been married for more than 62 years.

Delia loved being a grandmother and was always making quilts for the newborns and crafts for her family. She also gardened every year until about 2003. She and Maurice often had the seniors down to their property on the Irish Settlement in Plattsburgh for picnics and outings which they both enjoyed and frequently talked about. Delia was a member of the St. Anne's Society, she was also a Cub Scout mother and a Kateri mother.

They are survived by five children and their spouses: Marvin and Mary (Carr) Connor, Alvin Connor, Calvin and Dian (Tatro) Connor, James and Shirley (Miller) Connor and Patricia (Connor) Pierson and her husband Herbert. Delia took great pride in the fact that she had 20 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Alice Madore and Betty Madore, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers and sisters: Wilfred Madore, Elzear Madore, Lawrence Madore, George Madore, Dorothy (Madore) Richer, Edgar Madore Sr., Bernadette (Madore) Delair and Hazel (Madore) Dowe.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will be in Lakeview cemetery in May.