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Mary Sheets — Carthage, Ill.,  Feb. 2, 2013. Mrs. Sheets started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and then taught for more than 30 years at Carthage Grade School, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Woman's Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order to the Eastern Star, and First Presbyterian Church in Carthage. Survivors include daughters, Ruth Harris of Carthage, Ill., and Jane Stubblefield of Rantoul, Ill.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

Helen Nolden — Carthage, Ill.,  Feb. 12, 2013. Mrs. Nolden was a military wife for 23 years, in addition to teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and working for WLS radio in Chicago. She later worked as a secretary and model for Stix, Baer and Fuller Department Store in St. Louis. After she and her husband, Wade, moved back to Carthage, she worked 17 years as a medical records librarian at Memorial Hospital. She earned degrees in biology and English in three years at Carthage College and was the 1939 Commencement Queen. She was known as a devoted and loving wife and mother who encouraged a love of reading, history, music, and science. She enjoyed flowers, natural beauty, genealogical research, Carthage area history, her women's groups, and playing bridge with friends. Survivors include two sons, William and Christopher, both of Carthage, Ill.; one daughter, Jennifer Reynolds of Macomb, Ill.; one sister, Joan Swope of Crete, Ill.; one brother, George Main of Kenosha; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, and two brothers.  
Submitted: May 3, 2013

George H. Boettner — Dearborn, Mich., passed away on March 21, 2007. He was born July 17, 1917. He was a professional Boy Scout executive, who trained scout leaders for the Detroit Area Council for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, Janina; three children, Rosanne Kiczek, of Gray, Ga., Mary Zampa, of Macon, Ga., and George Boettner III, of Shelburne Falls, Mass., and a brother, Fred Boettner '40, of High Point, N. C. 
Submitted: November 13, 2007

Leona Almyra (Dameier) Budd — Silverton, Ore., passed away Sept. 25, 2005. Mrs. Budd was the last of a generation of Carhage alunmi in her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Budd '39; two sisters, Evelyn Dameier '50, and Dorothy (Dameier) Wirth '70; and a sister-in-law, Mary Kathryn (Budd) Warren '39.  
Submitted: October 12, 2005

William E. Berger — Austin, Texas, met his wife, Jerry, at the University of Texas in 1942. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 26 in Austin. 
Submitted: March 10, 2005

Alice Mack (Mack) Rowe — Los Angeles, Calif., passed away Dec. 22, 2003. After graduating from Carthage, she earned a master's degree in music education from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in 1942. She lived in New York from 1942 to 1960, singing and teaching voice, and performing in churches and synagogues. She also performed in a chorus for Phil Spitalny's all-girl orchestra on radio. In 1946, she traveled with a USO choir to sing for service personnel in Germany and Alaska. She married Neill Rowe in 1960 and later moved to California, where she continued to teach voice. She taught several television and movie actors how to protect and preserve their voice, including Alice Ghostly and MacDonald Carey. She is survived by her husband Neill, her sister Ellen (Mack '37) Earley, her niece Elizabeth Wieczonek, and her nephew David Mack Endres '72. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorothy, and her brother David. Memorials may be sent to Carthage for a music scholarship in her honor. 
Submitted: January 14, 2004

Rev. Dovemuehle — Lisle, Ill., passed away Dec. 4, 2002. Pastor Dovie graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in 1941. He was the pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church for 42 years. After retiring in 1982, he moved to Florida and became a visitation pastor for The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seminole, Fla. Pastor Dovie also spent several years on the Board of Trustees of Carthage and received an honorary doctorate from Carthage in 1964. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth (Anderson) '41, daughters Grace Ann (Ed '65) Parkhurst '64, Marion (Ed) Bauman '66, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: September 17, 2003


Marian M. (Mickle) Harris — Carthage, Ill.,  passed away June 23, 2011, after a short illness. She always thought fondly of Carthage (then located in Carthage, Ill.) and told many stories to her daughters as they were growing up. Her stories were about Old Main and the Kissing Rock, and she was a tenant at Dr. Kibbie's boarding house. She played saxophone on the local radio in Carthage and later taught music (instrumental and voice) for many years. She adored music; sports; her daughters, Melody and Diana; and her memories of Carthage. She is missed by her family daily and will always be remembered for her talents and strengths. "Love you bunches, Mom," writes her daughter Melody. 
Submitted: April 15, 2013

Edna Fisher Gross — Harlingen, Tex., retired after 30 years as a HOSTS mentor. The HOSTS program helps children with reading and language problems; one-on-one. It is a volunteer program led by a qualified teacher. Last year she moved to a senior citizen apartment complex that provides interesting activities to keep their residents active. She is also active in the Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) and its WELCA group. 
Submitted: July 15, 2011


Josephine Sarah (Lambert) Vick — Hamilton, Ill., Oct. 10, 2012. Mrs. Vick earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa and taught school in Iowa, Illinois, and Connecticut. She served in the American Red Cross during World War II in Guam, Hawaii and Labrador, where she met her husband, Murray G. Vick. They were married April 2, 1946, in Carthage, Ill. She lived in Connecticut for many years, moving back to the Lambert family farm in 1975 and, in 2004, to her daughter's house in rural Hamilton. Survivors include one daughter, Lucinda J. "Cindy" Lutzi of Hamilton; one son, W. Scott Vick of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: December 17, 2012

Mary E. Doyle — Camp Point, Ill., passed away on May 30, 2010.  
Submitted: October 13, 2010


Henrietta Schoon Colosimo — San Diego, Calif., celebrated her 95th birthday on June 15, 2008. 
Submitted: September 17, 2008


Fran Briggs — Wheaton, Ill.,  will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 25, 2013. Fran lives in the Chicago area and is still healthy and gets around well.  
Submitted: September 3, 2013

Raymond W. IngWalson — Longwood, Fla., recently had a pacemaker installed and was assured by the doctor he is "good for another 25,000 miles." He plans on playing more golf with the goal of correcting his slice.  
Submitted: February 19, 2010


Maurice L Ward — passed awy at the age of 93 on Nov. 27, 2010. He completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Virginia (Marzolf) Whitlock — Exeter, N.H., passed away. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Dr. John B. Whitlock, who was a professor at the University of New Hampshire. Mrs. Whitlock attended Nauvoo (Ill.) schools and graduated with honors from Carthage College, Carthage, Ill. She held a master's degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to her marriage, she taught music in schools in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. In the 1950's she was a supervisor of a project that pioneered electronic grading of academic achievement tests. Upon settling in Durham, N.H., in 1958, Mrs. Whitlock joined the faculty of Exeter High School where she taught home economics until her retirement. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, professional honor society of women educators. As an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newington, N.H., Mrs. Whitlock served as the director of the church choir for many years, member of the music committee, and participated in many church activities. Known for her love of gardening, she maintained well-manicured flower beds in her yard in Durham. She had entered and won prizes in several flower shows. During the post-WWII era, she and her family lived in New Orleans, where Mrs. Whitlock grew roses that were used to decorate neighborhood floats for Mardi Gras parades. Mrs. Whitlock was president of the Durham Garden Club and led that group in several beautification projects for the town of Durham. She was a member of the Strafford County Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include two sons and daghters-in-law, John L. and Dorothy Whitlock of Needham, Mass., and Stanley J. and Carolyn Whitlock of Merrimack, N.H., and one daughter and son-in-law, Susan V. (Whitlock) and Kenneth Dickson of Murieta, Calif. She also leaves six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: February 14, 2008


Barbara L Elas — passed away at the age of 102 April 16, 2012. She taught school in several countries. 
Submitted: July 23, 2012

Hugh E. Smith — Dubuque, Iowa, passed away April 22, 2007. He was born June 12, 1912.  
Submitted: December 5, 2007

Raymond Blum — Hoffman Estates, Ill., passed away Dec. 3, 2005. Mr. Blum died six months after celebrating his 65th wedding anniversary with his wife Evelyn. He is also survived by sons Ronald and Glenn, grandchildren Ronald Jr., Lesley, Jean, and great-grandchildren Ashley, Vincent, Joshua, Travis, Justin, and Hunter.  
Submitted: January 26, 2006


Mary Elizabeth (Ware) Mullins — Butler, Ill., died peacefully on June 7, 2008 at the Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center south of Hillsboro, Ill. Mary was the first-born to Frank S. and Nina (Grassel) Ware on April 12, 1910. She attended Butler grade school, and Hillsboro high school. She taught at Shabbona (Ill.) High School from 1932-1936. She married Alvin L. Mullins on Dec. 27, 1935. They had four children. Alvin predeceased Mary on Dec. 23, 1997. Mary leaves eight great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and three step-great-great grandchildren. Mary is survived by a sister, Jessie (Ware) Hewitt '34, brother, Edward F. Ware both of Hillsboro. She is predecieased by a brother, Arnold G. Ware '37. She survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary was a member of Ware's Grove Lutheran Church, Ware's Grove community Aid, Ware Family Association, Ware's Grove-St. Paul's Lutheran Church hand bell choir, and Montgomery County Farm Bureau. She was the Ware's Grove pianist-organist for more than 40 years, attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, sponsored many youth at Lutheran music camps, and was the accompanist for numerous Lutheran youth choirs. In 1951, Mary and her family moved from DeKalb County, Ill., to the Grassel homestead midway between Hillsboro and Litchfield where her mother was born. Mary loved life as a farmer's wife, her family, music, and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. She instilled the love of music in many young people, and was and inspiration, guiding light, and friend to all whose lives she touched. 
Submitted: June 25, 2008

Brena Uber Whitten — Sandy Spring, Md., passed away Aug. 28, 2007. She was a Pennsylvania native who attended high school in St. Louis. She settled in the Washington D.C., area in the mid-1930s, and was a longtime member of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, where she was an organist and Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Whitten '30. She is survived by three sons, William, of Lancin, Tenn., David, of Coral Gables, Fla., and John, of Huntingtown, Md.  
Submitted: October 2, 2007


Henry K. Coffman — Beecher City, Ill., passed away Feb. 28, 2005. Most of Hank's life was spent in the area of education. He received a bachelor's from Carthage in 1930 and his master's from the University of Iowa in 1936. From 1930 to his retirement in 1953, he taught, coached, and was principal at various schools. He also worked for the government, the Quaker Oats Company, and a funeral home. e served 25 years on the Effingham County Board of Trustees and also on the Regional Board of Trustees. Mr. Coffman was preceeded in death by his wife, Pauline, in 1994, and his son, Charles, in 1999. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Hildreth, daughter in law, Marilyn Coffman, five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: June 8, 2005