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Obituaries - Pg. 42

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Obituary Notice - Newspaper Source Unknown:

Rosa A. (Riemke) Ambos
Funeral services for Rosa A. Ambos, 77, of 1315 Curt Drive, C, who died Friday (June 17, 1977) at the Greenbrier Nursing Center in Champaign, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Church in Urbana with the Rev. Charles H. Martell officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Renner-Wikoff Chapel in Urbana. There will be a wake service at 8 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.

She was born Feb. 5, 1900 in Pesotum, a daughter of Edward and Julia Riemke. She married Frank Ambos, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Julia Brown of Champaign; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Frank Riemke of Champaign and Martin Riemke of Urbana.
She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Mrs. Ambos was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Urbana.

Submitted by Christina C. Riemke

Obituary Notice - Newspaper Source Unknown - marked 1942 (Contributor note: Edward passed away October 19, 1942):


PESOTUM, Oct. 20 - (BSC) - Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's church here for Edward Riemke, 74, who died at 9:15 a.m. Monday. He was a lifetime resident of the Pesotum vicinity and died from complications of a brief illness.
Reverend Peter Zwart, pastor, will officiate at the services, and burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery, Tolono. The body will remain at the Heinz funeral home until time for services.

He was born near Pesotum on March 29, 1868, and after a childhood here, spent the rest of his life as a farmer in the vicinity.

Surviving are his wife and three sons, Elmer, Pesotum; Martin, Champaign, and Frank, Detroit; one daughter, Mrs. Rose Ambos, Urbana; a brother, Bill Riemke, Angola, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Maley, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Jane Lustig, Champaign.

Submitted by Christina C. Riemke

Obituary notice for Alice Magsam - Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana newspaper reads as follows:

Mrs. Alice (Riemke) Magsam, 55, died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at St. Joseph's hospital after an illness of one week of pneumonia. Mrs. Magsam was born in Pesotum, O., (should be Ill.) and had been a resident of Fort Wayne four years, living for a time at 1416 St. Mary's avenue, but moving recently to 2518 South Hanna street. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church and the Rosary society of the Precious Blood Catholic church. Surviving are her husband, John Magsam; five sons, Rev. H. Victor, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church at Logansport; Walter, this city; Gaharett, of Chicago; Alphonse, of Mottawa, Tex.; Charles, a student in St. Joseph's college, Rensselaer; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Haidet, this city, and Miss Agnes, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Maley, this city; Mrs. Mary Miller, of Council Bluff, Ia., and Mrs. Jane Lustig, of Champaign, Ill; five brothers, Henry Riembke (correct spelling is Riemke) of Oklahoma; Ed and John, of Illinois; William, of Fremont; four grandchildren. The body was moved to the Schone's Sons' parlors and will be taken to the home this evening."

Submitted by Christina C. Riemke

Obituary notice for Anna E. Maley - Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana newspaper dated January 10, 1946 reads as follows:


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna E. Maley, 70, of 435 East Creighton Avenue, who died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at her residence following a two-week illness, will be conducted Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the residence and at 9 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John A. Bapst officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Maley was born in Champaign County, Ill., and moved to Arcola, then came to Fort Wayne in 1924. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Sodality. Survivors include her husband, Michael J.; two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Minnich, Arcola, and Mrs. Cecilia Louden, New Haven; three sons, Leo, Columbia City, Edward, Hammond; and Roy, Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a brother, William Riemke, Orland.

The body was removed to the Mungovan & Sons Mortuary and returned to the residence where friends may call. The Christian Mothers will meet at the residence this evening following Holy Hour.

Submitted by Christina C. Riemke

Champaign (IL) Daily News, Thursday, January 20, 1916, page 1, column 6.


Mrs. Melissa A. Morrissey, wife of Daniel Morrissey, one of the most prominent women of the city, was claimed by death at 11:30 o'clock this morning at the Burnham hospital, following an operation. Mrs. Morrissey had been ill for three months.

Melissa Ann Donnelly was born in Mt. Vernon, O., on March 7, 1844. She spent practically her whole life, until her marriage, in that city. On Oct. 3, 1867, she married Daniel Morrissey, who was then in business in this city. They came to Champaign to reside after their marriage.

Mrs. Morrissey was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal church in this city, and was one of the most active of the congregation building the present edifice. For a number of years she was president of the Ladies' society of that church.

Aside from her work in connnection with her church, Mrs. Morrissey was interested in a number of charities to which she contributed liberally.

Besides the widower, she is survived by her three sons, D. C. Morrissey, M. J. Morrissey and Fay Morrissey, all residing in this city.

Funeral services will probably be held at the home, 410 West Church street, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. George Hoster, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal church, will have charge. Interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Submitted by: J. Beatty

News-Gazette (Champaign, IL) Nov. 29 1941

Mrs. Klein, 75, Dies at Home in Urbana

Emma E. Klein, 75, wife of J. A. J. Klein, died at 9:30 a. m. Saturday at her home, 102 South Lincoln avenue, Urbana, following an illness due to a complication of diseses. The body was removed to the Renner funeral home. Funeral plans will be announced Sunday. The deceased was the daughter of George H. and Nancy Plitt and was born in Karney, Mo., on November 16, 1866. She had been a resident of Urbana since 1910. Besides her husband a former University employe, she is survived by a son and two daughters.

Submitted by: Amy Cannavo

Champaign County Gazette, 11 July 1877, pg 8

Mr. Isaiah Wright, one of the oldest citizens of St. Joseph died this morning at 3 o’clock.

Mr. Wright was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana in an early day and built the first log house in what is now the city of Greencastle, in that state. He had lived in this part of Champaign county for thirty years or more.

He filled the office of justice of the peace for a long time after the organization of St. Joseph township. He was respected by all. We don’t think there was a more honest man in the township than father Wright. He was in his 86 year at the time of his death.

Submitted by: Jan Paulsen

Pauline Gust, also known as "Lena", resided five miles north of Champaign, died at 6:30 o'clock Sunday morning, Oct. 18, 1918 after a week's illness of influenza and pneumonia. Lena was born in Dieterich, IL, the daughter of Frederick Bannick and Pauline (Hannaman) Bannick. She is survived by her husband, Martin H. Gust, whom she married April 27, 1913 in Dieterich, Ill., a Ê4 1Ú2 Êyear old daughter, Bernice, her mother, Mrs. Pauline Bannick of Dieterich, four sisters, Mrs. William Kurzweg, residing north of Champaign, Mrs. John Schreiber of near Leverett, Mrs. Louis Lindgreen of Kenwood, and Mrs. Robert Gerth of Dieterich and four brothers, John Bannick of Dieterich, Fred and William of South Dakota and Henry who is in training at Camp Taylor, KY. The decedent was 25 years of age.

Funeral services will be conducted at the residence at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, when Rev. Hartman, pastor of the Lutheran church in Hensley township will officiate. Interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery of Hensley township.

Submitted by: Deborah Zellers

29 Jan 1916, Urbana Daily Courier

William Klemick Summoned by Death

William Klemick, a retired farmer who lived one and a quarter miles south of Champaign, died at his home at 12:05 this afternoon at the age of 68 years, ten months and 6 days. He had been in poor health for the past five years. During the last three or four years he has been seriously ill with diabetis, which caused his demise. Mr. Klemick was born in Germany and lived in Illinois 44 years. Besides his wife he leaves ten children. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon.

Submitted by Elaine Clark

Champaign Daily News, 6 Nov 1901, p4

Crushed by the Cars

William Klemick, Jr., Looses His Life at Philo

Philo, Ill, Nov. 4 - A sad accident, in which William Klemick, Jr., lost his life occurred here about 7 o'clock Saturday evening. As the young man was walking along the track a train that was switching some cars from the north side of the track on to the main track passed him, and he climbed on board to ride up to the depot. The engine sent three cars up the main track with a "kick" and then ran onto the sidetrack with the remaining cars.

Instead of stopping on the main track, as had been expected, the three cars then came running back down the track; and Mr. Klemick was caught between the sides of two cars having both legs completely crushed below the knees.

The unfortunate man was carried on a car door to the office of Dr. Jesse, where his injuries were examined. Being too weak to endure an amputation, Klemick remained there till Sunday morning, when he was taken to his home. Just before reaching home he expired.

Funeral services were held at the German Lutheran church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stewardt. The burial occured at Locust Grove cemetery.

Submitted by Elaine Clark


Source - Pope Mortuary - 8 June 1969

Philo - Dennis Michael "Cy" Madigan, 68, of Philo, died at 3:30 a.m. yesterday (June 8, 1969) en route to Mercy Hospital at Urbana. Death was attributed to natural causes.
Born March 10, 1901, at Rantoul, he was the son of Timothy and Anna Madigan. He was married June 3, 1934, to Ruth Dickson, of Homer, who survives.

Mr. Madigan started the Community Sale Barn in Penfield in 1928 and operated it until 1959. He also had farmed in the area and operated a grocery store in Penfield. He came to Philo in 1959 and had worked for the state until May of this year.

He had formerly served as assistant manager of the Illinois State Fair. He was committeeman for the Democratic Party and was a voting delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He also had served as personnel director for the Illinois Department of Agriculture and was a director for the Chapaign County Fair Association.
Mr. Madigan taught school for five years int eh Longview area and had served on the school board in Penfield for 15 years.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Johannah Ellis of Princeton' two sons, Dennis of royal Oak, Mich., and Timothy of Philo; two brothers, John of Homer and James P. of Champaign ; four sisters, Mrs. Johannah Sullivan of Longview, Mrs. Margaret Wegeng of Villa Grove, Mrs. Frances Jackson of Philo and Mrs. Anna Hall of Tucson, Ariz.; and12 grand children.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

Requim Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Philo. The Rev. John c. Hecht will officiate. Burial will be in Bogard Cemetery. The body is at the Freese Funeral Home in Sidney. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m.

Submitted by Karen Zach


Alfred Houston was born near Lexington, Kentucky, March 13, 1818, died at his home in Rantoul, Illinois, April 26, 1911. At the time of his passing through the valley and shadow, he was 93 years, 1 month and 13 days on his journey to that better land.

When a child, he moved with his parents to Monroe County, Indiana. Here he lived till he was 35 years of age. At the age of 19 he was joined in marriage with Miss Marie Cosner. Into his home were born five sons and five daughters. In 1853 he moved with his family to Illinois and settled on the Sangamon River, in Champaign County. He and his shared the privation incident to pioneer life. In these 58 years he has seen Illinois in her progress and development, grow into greater wealth than the whole nation possessed when he was born. The County of his adoption grew into second place in the Union as a purely agricultural county.

His industry and wise management gave him a competency for his declining years. Twenty-seven years ago he came to Rantoul to enjoy the well-earned fruits of his labor. While living a retired life, he was always active in every good work, until the weight of the years made it impossible for him to have fellowship in the social and moral development of the community.

In 1859 his home was broken up when the death angel entered and took the wife of his youth. He was again married to Miss Rachel Akers, who only remained with him one year and one month, when she entered into the better life. At the close of 1862 he was again married to Miss Dianna Shry, who departed this life September 5, 1907.

When he was a young man he was converted and united with the Church of Christ in Monroe County, Indiana. He loved his church and gave his life for its interest. Wherever he went he took his religion with him. When the Church of Christ was organized in Rantoul he became one of its charter members. His special fitness and spiritual devotion to the church made his services in great demand in furthering the interests of this new organization. He was made an elder, which office he held and honored until his promotion to the Church Triumphant. His consistent Christian life and the substantial support he gave the church endeared him to every member of the congregation.

His advanced age and infirmities, which the evening of life brings with the weight of years made it impossible for him to be active in all the functions of the church life. The larger and better life appealed to him so strongly he desired earnestly to go to that better home and be at rest. On Wednesday night at ten o'clock his faith became knowledge and his hopeful fruition and his love perfected in the love of the Son of God. Those who are left to mourn their loss are two sons, Benjamin Houston, Neutral, Kansas and Andrew J. Houston, Champaign, Illinois, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Otto and Mrs. Eliza Nelson, both of Rantoul, Illinois, twenty-seven grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Submitted by Dennis Krebs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – David Clayton Beck, 61, of Champaign passed away on Thursday (May 8, 2014) at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

David was born in Champaign on Nov. 20, 1952, a son of Robert and Norma (Watson) Beck.

David is survived by a brother, Steve Beck of Illinois; and two daughters, Carrie Beck and her husband Johnny Navarette, and Stacie Beck and her husband Andrew Barciz, both of Arizona. There are five grandchildren, Noa, Alexzander, Dakota, and Mykenzie Navarette and Mason Barciz.

David grew up in Champaign and graduated from Central High School in 1970. He was married on Oct. 1, 1972 (later divorced).

David raised his family in Champaign, working for the Durst Company of Champaign-Urbana (1968-1975) and Waste Concepts in Champaign (1975-1978). He then moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in October 1978 where he worked as a groundskeeper at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Ariz. (1978-1986). He then returned to Champaign in 1988 where he lived with his mother and father, working various jobs until he retired due to disability. In 2012, he moved to Scottsdale, where he spent time with his daughters, grandchildren and friends in Arizona.

David loved his dog Missy, and he loved shopping; he could always find a good deal on the clearance rack. He loved to joke around and he always tried to help everyone he met.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, Jack Beck.

Memorial contributions in David's name may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign, is assisting with service arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at

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