Obituaries - Co

Asa E. Coates, of Kane died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Frank Reif. He was 57 years of age. The funeral will be held at the Church of Christ at Kane, with burial at the Jalappa Cemetery. He was a father of seven children; Mrs. Virginia Brown, Mrs. Eva Scoggins, Andrew and Ralph Coates. Three preceded him in death. He leaves a widow, Ella Coates, twelve grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Ella Johnisee and Hassie Whirl of Carrollton, Irene Antrobus of Alton and Jane Cheeks of Luxora, Arkansas, two brothers, William of Kane and George Reynolds of Alton. (April 29, 1929)

Katy Ann Cockrell-nee-Utt was born in Scioto County, Ohio on August 9, 1815. Married to Moses Cockrell in 1835 in what was Greene County they purchased land and built a residence about one mile from E. Newbern which was the family home until the death of Mr. Cockrell in April of 1882. She then moved to Jerseyville where she resided until her death on Friday, May 19. She is survived by thriteen children. Funeral services were held from the ME Church on May 22. Rev J. Earp officiated and was assisted by Rev. L. C. Tyson, with the burial in Bethel Cemetery in E. Newbern. (1893)

Nelson Colean died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Robert C. Darlington on Monday the 9th. Born 57 years ago last March 7th. Colean was born and reared five miles west of Jerseyville on the old homestead now occupied by his brother, Edwin. He married Sarah Waddle on November 11, 1847. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church in Jerseyville with Rev. C. E. Taylot serving. Three children survive him; Mrs. Sarah E. Cook of Carrollton; James R. Colean, Teller of Bowman and Ware's Bank, and Miss Mary Colean of Jerseyville. Five brothers are living; J.H. Colean, Isaac Colean, William Colean of Sangamon County and Edwin Colean of Jerseyville and one sister, Mrs. Harriet, wife of R. Darlington, of Jerseyville. His niece is Mrs. Joel Cory. Pall bearers at the funeral were; James W. Calhoun, Judge O.P. Powel, Smith M. Titus, George C. Cockrell of Kane, John English, L.L. Kirby, Hon. George E. Warren and Nathaniel Miner. (August 9, 1880)

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend James Connett at the Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon for George Collenberger of Paris, a former resident of this city. Before the body was brought to Jerseyville services were held Monday at the Blume, Stewart, Carroll Funeral Home in Paris. Committal rites were at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Collenberger died Sunday at the Shady Rest Manor in Paris following an extended period of impaired health. He was born in Jerseyville August 26, 1901, but for the past thirty years he had made his home in Paris. Before retirement he was engaged in the insurance business.
Surviving Mr. Collenberger are his wife, Mrs. Jessie McFain Collenberger of Paris; one son, Robert of Urbana; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Mary Lou) Hormell of Jerseyville and Winter Haven, Florida; one brother, Cecil Collenberger of Washington; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [18 Jan 1973]

Mrs. Clarinda Collins, 81, wife of Job Collins died at the home of her brother David Pierson, in Carrollton. The body was brought home to Jerseyville on the morning train, the funeral took place from the train.

Final rites were held for Lester Edward Collins, 78, a resident of RR 1 Jerseyville for 25 years, were held on January 8 from Hires Funeral Home, Carrollton. Interment was in Oak Wood Cemetery Greenfield. His death occurred January 5 at Jersey Community Hospital. He had farmed in Greenfield and retired in 1961 from Duncan Foundry in Alton. He moved to Jerseyville in 1950. A member of the Bethel Methodist Church, he was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge AF and AM in Carrollton, Grand Royal Arch 186, and Order of Eastern Star. His wife the former Thelma Maze survives, and also a sister Maude Collins of Carrollton. (1975, Burial January 7, 1975)

A funeral Mass for Roberta E. "Bettie" Collins, 61, of rural Jerseyville was celebrated Tuesday morning at St. Francis Xavier Church with Father Patrick Morrow and Father William Hembrow as concelebrants. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery. She died unexpectedly at 10:47 p.m. January 14 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton after being stricken ill earlier on her way to Alton with friends. She was born September 10, 1922 in Jersey County, daughter of the late Frederick and Adelia Scaaf Young. Mrs. Collins was a member of St. Francis Church and Altar Society and the Jerseyville Women of the Moose. Her survivors are her husband, David L. Collins Jr. whom she married July 26,1943; four sons, David, John, Mike and Jim all of Jerseyville; two daughters, Pam Heitzig of Jerseyville and Sue Raftis of Macomb; four brothers, Tony Young of Alton, Fred Young of Mascoutah, Carl and Bob of Jerseyville; four sisters, Leona Bell of Jerseyville, Marguerite Lewis of Madison, Hazel Woolsey of Kane and Lucille Wade of Jerseyville. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home. (1984)

Pearl Combs, the third son of Wesley and Mary S. Combs, born in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio March 14, 1854, died at home of his brother in Old Kane on March 28, 1879 at the age of 25 years. When he was nine years old, his parents moved to Jefferson Co. Ind. near Madison. He had lived there three years when he came to Jerseyville. He started teaching and remained at the school until his health failed in 1878. He worked for part of the year in 1878. He visited his parents in S.W. Missouri, from there to his older brothers home in Johnson Co., Ill and died at Old Kane. Services were held at the Baptist Church.

Final services for Catherine K. Cone, 80, of Kane were held Sunday afternoon, December 15, from Jacoby Funeral Home with the Rev. L. E. Hutchinson officiating. Mrs. Cone was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:40 p.m. on December 13 at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. She was born March 27, 1894 in Dublin, Ireland. Her husband, Jesse M. Cone died in 1956. Her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Mary M. Estes and Mrs. Virginia Goodall of Kane; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her parents, husband, six brothers and a granddaughter preceded her in death. (1974)

Died - at the residence of his father, two miles east of Jerseyville, at 2 o'clock Monday morning last, Robert P. Conn, aged 26 years. [Jersey County Democrat 13 Nov 1869]

Funeral Mass for Cletus Connolly, 76, of Salem was celebrated Tuesday, November 5th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Salem. He died on November 2 at the Salem Hospital. He was born January 17, 1898 in Jerseyville, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Connolly. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Jacqueline Connolly; one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Ettazine) Boehme; three grandchildren; a brother E. P. Connolly of Des Moines, Iowa, and two sisters, Miss Irene Connolly of Jerseyville and Mrs. Glenn Skaggs of Carrollton. (1974, Buried November 5, 1974)

Former Jersey County resident Edmund P. Connolly, 83, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died December 1 in West Des Moines. He was born June 25, 1902 in St. Louis to the late Peter W. Connolly and Hannah Langdon. The family moved to Jersey County, where he spent his early years. In 1940, he moved to Des Moines and worked as a general agent for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. He held that position until he retired in 1962. He was a past president of the Des Moines General Agents and Managers Club and the Iowa Association of Life Underwriters, National Association of Life Underwriters, Izaak Walton League, Embassy Club, Des Moines and Wakonda Country Club. Survivors include a sister Vera Skaggs of Carrollton; six nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Visitation was December 6 at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was December 7 at St. Francis Xavier Church with the Revs. Hembrow, Morrow, Heinen and O'Reilley as concelebrants. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Memorial may be masses, Dowling High School of West Des Moines of the Iowa National wildlife Heritage Foundation, Suite 830, Insurance Exchange Building, Des Moines. (1985)

Funeral Mass was celebrated for Miss Irene Agnes Connolly, 70, of 205 W. Exchange Street, Jerseyville Monday morning at Holy Ghost Church with the Rev. Robert L. Heintz as celebrant. Interment was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Her death occurred at 3:45 p.m. on April 9 at Jerseyville Care Center where she had resided for a few months following an accident. She was born April 22, 1905 in Murrayville, a daughter of Peter and Hannah Langdon Conolly. Miss Connolly was a registered nurse and obstetrical supervisor at Jerseyville Community Hospital from August 1954, until she retired in 1971. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Vera) Slaggs of Carrollton and a brother, Edmund Connolly of Des Moines, Iowa; six nephews and a niece. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. The Rosary was recited Sunday evening at Jacoby Funeral Home. Miss Connolly was a member of the Jerseyville Business and Professional Women's Club, Jersey Home Extension, Senior Citizens Club, Jersey Community Hospital Auxiliary, and Holy Ghost Altar Society. (1976)

The funeral of Mrs. Cletus (Jacqueline) Connolly of Salem was held Monday afternoon at he First Baptist Church in Salem. Her death occurred at 7 p.m. on March 27. Her husband Cletus Connolly, died in November 1974. Relatives from this area who attended the services were her sister-in-law, Miss Irene Connolly and Mrs. Ellen Schmieder of Jerseyville, and Mrs. Glenn Skaggs of Carrollton, her husband, Mrs. and Mrs. Paul Connolly, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Connolly, and Mrs. Michael Orban of Godfrey. (1975)

John F. Cook, aged 68 years, died at his home near Wrights Tuesday, September 18, at 7:45 a.m. after an illness of several weeks. [24 Sep 1948]

Former Jerseyville resident Marie Inman Cook, 80, died at 9 a.m. Friday, April 12, 1991, at home. In 1946, she and her three brothers purchased the Inman Department store in Jerseyville from their father. She later bought out her brother's interest in the business and operated it until retiring in 1963. She also operated a children's clothing shop in Jerseyville from 1952-1962. Born in Calhoun County on June 13, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Allen C. and Cuba M. (Coughlin) Inman. She was married to the late U. Garnat Prater. On November 14, 1954, she married Rex M. McCann, he later died on May 19, 1959. She later married George W. Cook on October 4, 1965, he died May 19, 1978. Surviving are two sons, G. Barney Cook of Toledo and Dr. Neal B. Prater of Clinton, S.C.; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Jack G. Inman of Carrollton and James C. Inman of Palm Springs, Calif. A brother, Dale Inman, preceded her in death. Visitation is from 1 p.m. Monday until service time at 2 p.m. at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. Simon A/ Simon will officiate. Burial is in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jerseyville, where she was a member, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Wilbur V. Cook of 419 South Pearl Street, Jerseyville, died of pneumonia at eleven Forty-five o'clock New Year's night as plans were being made to move him by ambulance to the hospital. Mr. Cook, a specialist in mechanical work and a service manager at the Wade Implement Company in Jerseyville, has been confined to his home the past five weeks as the result of an injury to his left leg sustained at home. A cast had been applied after examination disclosed that in addition to a twisted injury to the knee there was a fracture to the tibia bone. He was making satisfactory progress when he became ill on Christmas, but his condition did not become critical until shortly before his death. Mr. Cook had been employed by the implement company for ten years, working for A. H. Schlotzhauer before the latter disposed of the business to the present owner, James Wade. The decedant was born in Decatur, November 24, 1908, a son of George Cook of Decatur and Mrs. Irene Cook Ehrisman of Decatur. His age at the time of death was forty-nine years, one month and seven days. Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada Mattis Cook a fourth grade teacher in the Kane Elementary School, his mother and father, one half sister, Mrs. Helen Wendell of Decatur, and one half-brother, Lyle Cox of White Hall. Funeral services were held at Gubser Funeral Home Saturday January 4, at two o'clock. Reverend Carl Moman, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiated and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. (January 1, 1958, Buried January 4, 1958)

Funeral rites for Harold E. Cooke, 72, a former Superintendent of Schools in Jersey County, were held in a Chula Vista Church in California with burial in the Valley View Cemetery, Pasadena, California. His death occurred December 22 at Bay General Hospital in Chula Vista. Mr. Cooke was formerly a teacher at Alton High School. [04 Jan 1973]

Funeral services for Bertha Cooper, 91, of Fieldon will be held this afternoon, June 13, at 1:30 at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Leonard Todd officiating. Her death occurred at 8:55 p.m. on June 10 at Greenwood Manor. Interment will be in the Gunterman Cemetery. She was born February 6, 1883 in Greene County, a daughter of John and Rose Weeks Cooper. Nieces and nephews are her only survivors. Her parents, one....(rest of article missing.) (1974)

John Cooper, died at home seven miles NW of Fieldon, November 25, 1926. Born in Hanover Germany on August 26, 1854 he came to the USA in 1867. He was one of six children, one sister died in Memphis Tennessee in 1868. He married Rosa Week on August 7,1878, together they had seven children, a daughter, Nettie died early. He leaves a wife, one son, Robert, five daughters; Bertha at home, Mrs. Victor Heiderscheid of Jerseyville, Mrs. Frank Gerson of Fieldon, Mrs. John Rush, Mrs. Bieman of Medford, eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two brothers Alfred of FIeldon and Albert of Kane.

Death of Johnathan Cooper removes from Jersey County one of her pioneer citizens. Born in Henry Co., Kentucky on January 5, 1807. He was 89 yrs old. When twenty-three he came to Illinois riding horseback taking thirteen days for the trip. His first winter was spent as a clerk in the store of his uncle, L. N. English, at Carrollton, later working on a farm. He enlisted in Gov. Carlin's Company for the Black Hawk War, he served one year. He was later in Capt. Patterson's Co. and was in the battles of Wisconsin and Mississippi. In 1832 he entered the land on which he resided until his death- 2 1/2 miles south of Jerseyville. His wealth consisteded of a horse and three dollars in money. Being a pioneer, Iam F. Turner, native of New Hampshire. She died in 1873. Reared two adopted children--Marshall M. Cooper. (Died October 27, 1895)

Capt. Jonathan E. Cooper, one of the pioneer settlers of Jersey County, died at his home two and a half miles southwest of Jerseyville Friday October 25, 1895, aged 88 years. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Dr. Bulkly of Alton preaching to a large assembly, Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. The pall bearers were L. L. Kirby, D. R. Stelle, Robert Newton, Andrew Cope, Lewis Terrell and A. F. Pitt.
Capt. Cooper was born in Henry County, Kentucky, Jan. 5, 1807. His father, Jonathon Cooper, was a native of Maryland and one of the early settlers of the beautiful “blue grass country”, a pioneer with Daniel Boone with whom he gouth the Indians. He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He married his first wife, Eleanor Jones, in Pennsylvania and reared six children. Succeeding the death of his wife, he married Eleanor English in Shelby County, Kentucky, and to them twelve children were born. Jonathan E. Cooper being the eldest sone and second child. In 1835 he removed to Illinois and settled on a farm four miles southwest of Jerseyville where he died in August 1845. Mrs. Cooper survived his death eleven years.
Jonathan E. Cooper had little advantage for school training, the only means within his reach being the public schools of his native state which were of an inferior order, but he had a hungry mind and sought the best books and papers of his day, thus acquiring historical and practical knowledge. He leaves in his library some rare and valuable books and papers. He labored on the farm until he was 23 years of age, and in Nov. 1829, he came from Kentucky to what is now Jersey County, making the trip on horseback in 13 days. A Kentucky horse and three dollars in cash were his sole capital. He spent nearly the first winter clerking in the store of his uncle, L. N. English, of Carrollton. The next year he worked on a farm. On the breaking out of the Black Hawk war, he enlisted in Capt. Carlin’s company, was elected as its orderly sergeant and served one year under Carlin. The next year, 1832, he served in Capt. Patterson’s company and a portion of the year he was quartermaster. He fought in the battles of the Wisconsin and Mississippi, and after peace was declared, received an honorable discharge.
In October, 1832, Capt. Cooper entered the land on which he lived to his death, two and half miles southwest of Jerseyville. During this same year, he was commissioned captain of militia by Gov. Reynolds; hence his official title, Captain, which he bore with honor. After entering his land, he at once began its improvement and built a cabin home. In that early day he had many hardships to endure and difficulties to overcome. But thus are men made strong.
One spring day, May 19, 1836, the captain led to the marriage alter, Miriam F. Turner, nee French, the daughter of Nicholas and Anna French and a native of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. On the first day of the following August, he took his bride to their cabin home which was located on the identical spot where stands the house in which he died, where he lived for 59 years. After 37 years of successful life, his devoted helpmate was taken from him by death. No children blessed their union, but their generous souls led them to adopt two: Marshal M. Cooper, who became a Presbyterian minister and is now located at Troy, Ill.; and Mary, the wife of N. I. Massey, who reside in Colorado. On Dec. 3, 1879, Captain Cooper married Mrs. Sarah C. Johnson, nee Gillham, a native of Madison County, Illinois, who has lived to see the sterling old man fall into the dreamless sleep that knows no disturbance. She has been a true and faithful wife, devoted to the last.
Capt. Cooper was a good citizen. He rendered to Caeser that which beloned to Caeser, and to God that which belonged to God. Politically he was a democrat. He cast his first vote for General Jackson and never forsook the party of his first choice. He never aspired to public office. In 1839, he and his wife united with the Baptist church at Kane, there being no church of that denomination in Jerseyville at that time, and afterwards were among the original members of the Jerseyville Baptist church. Mr. Cooper was elected the first deacon of the church and held the office to the time of his death. He kept his mind well-informed, reading the best books and papers published. He subscribed for one religious paper for 52 years—the Western Recorder, a Baptist paper published at Louisville, Ky. He had a strong personality and his influence and iron will told in all his relations in life. He was noble-hearted and generous, charitable to the poor but making no display of his gifts. He surrendered to but one enemy and that was Death. He fought him as scarcely any other mortal has done but at last he laid down his armor and the struggle ended. In state he was known as Captain Cooper, in the church as Deacon Cooper. [Jersey County Democrat 31 Oct 1895]

Ralph G. Cooper, a private in Capt. Haggard’s company, died on the 3rd inst. He had been sick for some time prior to the departures of the regiment with a…. [Gazette Mar 1862]

Final services for Robert Cooper, 91, of 500 West Exchange Street, Jerseyville were held Tuesday afternoon at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where visitation hours were held Monday evening. His death occurred at 2:15 a.m. on December 17 at Garnet's Chateau. Rev. William Smith officiated at the rites and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. A retired farmer, he was born June 19, 1881 in Greene County the son of John and Rose Weeks Cooper. Mr. Cooper was a member of the Peace United Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virgie Miller Cooper; one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Edna) Ridenour of Jerseyville; two sons, Otis L. Cooper of Jerseyville and Robert D. Cooper of Georgetown, California; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and one sister, Miss Bertha Cooper of Fieldon. He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters. (1972)

Mrs. Cecil M. Cope, 78, formerly of Kane, died on Feb. 9 at Alton Memorial Hospital. She had resided at D'Adrian Convalescent Center, Godfrey, for two years.
Her husband, Asa Truman Cope, died June 4, 1942. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Stella) Collins of Bunker Hill and Mrs. Louis (Phyllis) Williams of Cottage Hills; four sons, Asa F. of Kane, Clarence M. of Staunton, Fred H. of Alton and Stanley W. of Amarillo, Tex.; six sisters; two brothers; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted on Feb. 11 from the Burke Funeral Home with the Rev. David J. Shreve officiating. Burial was in Jalappa cemetery near Kane. [Telegraph 18 Feb 1976]

The funeral of Clemens Earl Cope, who died December 8 at the age of 69 in Brownwood, Tex., will be held at 1 p.m. December 13 at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. December 12. Burial will be in Jalappa Cemetery. Cope, who was born September 19, 1907, married the former Helen Emery in Alton in 1928. She and his sister, Mrs. Della Allen of Kane, survive. (1976)

Effie E. Cope, 90 of 410 Fletcher, Jerseyville died March 20 at Jerseyville Community Hospital. Born February 4, 1893 in Jersey County, daughter of William and Mary Henrihon Bunse. Her husband, Clyde M. Cope, died November 1, 1980, a son, Maurice Cope also preceded her in death. She leaves a sister, Eva Gilleland of Eldred, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at Jacoby Bros. Funeral Home with Father Patrick Morrow serving. (1983)

A funeral Mass for Effie E. Cope, 90, of 410 Fletcher, Jerseyville was celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church with Father Patrick Morrow as celebrant. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery. She died at 3:40 a.m. March 20 at Jersey Community Hospital. She was born February 4, 1893 in Jersey County, a daughter of William and Mary Henrihon Bunse. Her husband, Clyde M. Cope, died November 1, 1980, her son, Maurice Cope, also preceded her in death. She is survived by one sister, Eva Gilleland of Eldred, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Rosary was recited at Jacoby Bros. Funeral Home. (1983)

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Cope, eighty-four year old Jerseyville resident, died Sunday afternoon, May 13, at three-twenty o'clock at the Watson Nursing Home where she had resided the past six months. The decedent was a daughter of the late John L., and Mary J. Bently Lofton and was born at Girard, Kansas on December 28, 1866. At the time of death she was aged eighty-four years, four months and fifteen days. Mrs. Cope was the widow of Arch Cope. Surviving the aged woman are two daughters, Mrs. Charles Isringhausen of Kane and Mrs. Beulah Bowers of Jerseyville, one sister Mrs. Mary Crane of Los Angeles, Caifornia, and one brother John T. Lofton of Los Angeles, California. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 16, at two o'clock at Jacoby Brothers' Funeral Home. Rev. Melvin McClain, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, officiated and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. (1951)

The following biographical sketch was read at the funeral by Rev. ?. h. Belt:
Frances ?????? Cope, only child of ??? and Miranda Day, was born in Ver????, Addison County, Vermont, July 10, 1828.
When four years of age she, with her parents, came west and located to Greene County Illinois, and later she moved to Jersey County. During the month of August, 18??, she was united in marriage to John A. Campbell, who died in 18??. Of this union two children were born, Ira A., who died during childhood and John A. Campbell, now residing in Los Angeles, California.
In the month of October, 1848, she was united in marriage to Nathan T. Cope. of this union eleven children were born, four of whom preceded her to the home beyond, three having died in infancy, and one, George Cope, who died in Pasadena, California, May 18, 18?? at the age of ?? years. Of this marriage there are now living two sons and five daughters. Her sons Henry and Charles are residents of Jersey County. Of the daughters, Rhoda, wife of Louis Greene, and Zelda, wife of Hugh Whitlow, are residents of this county, Mannie, wife of Andrew C???, resided in Macoupin County, Illinois, Flora and Leora reside in Pasadena, California, the former the wife of E. C. Webster, and the latter the wife of T. C. Lynch.
Mrs. Cope joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church Feb. 123, 18??, and since that time till the moment of her death she has lived an exemplary Christina life.
Funeral serves were held from the residence Thursday at 2:?0 p. m., and attended by a large assemblage of people. Interment in Grimes Cemetery.

Henry Cope, 78 year-old resident of Jersey Co. died at West Woods of heart disease, sitting in a chair. He leaves a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Matthew Darr now of Kane.

Henry Cope, 78 year-old resident of Jersey Co., died at home in West Woods of heart disease. Funeral services were held from home. He leaves his widow and one child, Mrs. Matthew Darr, now of Kansas. (1880)

Loney Cope Died On Fishing Trip Last Thursday
Jersey Resident Suffered Fatal Heart Attack In Greene County. Funeral Sunday.
Loney M. Cope of Jerseyville was stricken with a heart attack while on a fishing trip in Bluffdale Township in Greene County, Thursday afternoon, May 22, and died before medical aid could be summoned. His death occurred at four-thirty o’clock and an inquest was conducted by the coroner of Greene County.
Cope had accompanied George Cope and William Garber, Jerseyville businessmen, to a lake site in Greene County. He was sitting on the bank fishing when he was fatally struck.
The deceased was a son of the late William and Laura Medford Cope, and was born in Jersey County August 10, 1873. His age at the time of death was seventy-eight years, nine months and twelve days.
Mr. Cope is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Silk of Godfrey and Mrs. William Briggs of Jerseyville; three sons, Leonard Cope of Jerseyville and Earl and Cloyde Cope of Kalamazoo, Michigan; two brothers, Claude and Clem Cope of Alton; two sisters, Mrs. Hettie Jones and Mrs. Della Henson of Alton, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Gubser Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, May 25, at two o’clock. The Reverend Melvin McClain officiated and interment was in the Fieldon Cemetery. [29 May 1951]

Nina Mae Cope, 84, died at 3:05 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 1990, at her residence. Before retiring, she was a schoolteacher in Jersey and Logan Counties. Born in New Holland, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Mary Ellen (Mossbarger) Johnson. She married Pearl J. Cope on Feb. 9, 1929, in Greene County, and he died on March 24, 1973. Surviving are a grandson, Michael Cope of Jerseyville; a granddaughter, Rhonda Downey of Jerseyville; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A son, Herbert L. Cope, preceded her in death. Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where services are at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Rick Francis officiating. Burial is in Grimes-Neely Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to Peace United Church of Christ, Jerseyville, Building Fund.

Miss Rhoda Hannah Corns, 86, died Thursday morning, October 26, at 10:55 o’clock at her home on Maple Avenue. Miss Corns sustained a fracture of the hip in a fall at her home several weeks ago and since that time had been confined to her bed.
Miss Corns was born in Sciotoville, Ohio, on August 31, 1847, the daughter of the late John W. and Elizabeth Scott. For many Years she has been a resident of Jerseyville.
Miss Corn’s death occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the death of her father.
Surviving the deceased are one sister, Miss Josephine Corns, and two brothers, James and William Corns all of this city.
Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon, October 29, at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. W. L. Hanbaum officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

News has been received in Jerseyville of the death of Samuel Milton Corns, who was born and reared in Jersey county, at his home in Staunton, Ill., on December 18. Heart trouble, from which he had suffered for several years, was the cause of his demise, the end coming with a sudden attack of the disease. He was aged 65 years, 3 months and 26 days.
Mr. Corns was united in marriage with Miss Alice Giles of Portsmouth, Ohio, on August 30, 1894. The couple resided in various counties in Illinois for a number of years and moved to Staunton five years ago from Edwardsville, where Mr. Corns was employed as a brass worker. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were held from the Huntman Funeral Home on December 20, Rev. J. A. Oesch, pastor of the Staunton Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery at Staunton.
The pallbearers were nephews of Mr. Corns----Oscar Lemon and Harold Meyers of Alton, Harry Breitweiser and Orville Breitweiser of Delhi, Phillip Corns of Greenville and Jess manning of Staunton.
Surviving the deceased are his widow, three sisters, Mrs. J. F. Meyers of Alton, Mrs. Geo. Breitweiser of Springfield and Mrs. P. W. Southernland of Madison, Ill.; one brother, Joseph Corns of Greenville, also a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Among those from Jersey county who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Homer Roberts and son, Roy, Mrs. Reba Kanallakan, of Jerseyville, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Breitweiser and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Breitweiser of Delhi.

Jersyville – William Corns, 80, resident of this city, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday and the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edna Frost, in St. Louis, following a heart attach.
The son of the late John Wesley and Elizabeth Scott Corns, he was born Aug. 7, 1861.
For many years he had conducted a business in Jerseyville with a partner, Mott Brown, where all types of blacksmithing and metal work were done and woodwork handled. In recent years, he continued to work at his trade and kept busy in his shop at home until a recent severe heart attach.
His father, John Wesley Corns, was a native of Vanceburg, Ky., and his mother was born in Ohio. His father was a marble cutter by trade and conducted the largest yard in the vicinity of Ironton, O.. Later he went to Portsmouth, O., where he conducted a yard, but made his home at Wheelersburg. In 1880 the family came to Jerseyville, where the father lived in retirement until his death in 1901. The mother died in 1904.
The body was brought from St. Louis Sunday morning and taken to Jacoby Brothers funeral chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:30 from the Jacoby chapel. The Rev. M. C. Foltz, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate and internment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. The body may be viewed at the home after 10 a.m. Monday.
Surviving Mr. Corns are his widow and three daughters, Miss Blanche Corns, residing at home, Mrs. Edna Frost of St. Louis, and Mrs. J. Fred Boehm of Alton. A brother, James Corns, also survives. [Alton Evening Telegraph 25 May 1942]

The death of Rhoda Berry Corrington occurred on Sabbath, July 31, 1881 at the house of her son, N. A. Corrington, of Dorchester, Ill.
She had been very feeble since the death of her husband last November. She was in her 79th year. She was born in Cyntherence, Ken. Her maiden name was Larimore. She was married to J. B. Corrington Oct. 9, 1823, and they lived in Millersburg until 1830, when they removed to this state, stopping in Jacksonville for two years, then removing to a farm near Greenfield, Greene Co. Her husband becoming an itinerant at an early day, for many years she had no settled home, changing from place to place, as long as physical strength was sufficient for so arduous a work, yet sacrificing most cheerfully all things earthly for this heavy appointed task. In their superannuation their time was spent most pleasantly at the home of their son, N. A. Corrington. Sister Corrington did the work of an itinerant’s wife for faithfully for many years, endearing herself to a large circle of acquaintances in southern Ill. and leaving behind her the flavor of genuine piety and the conviction that she was an earnest, humble Christian.
She took deep interest in regard to the education of her sons, five of whom attended school at McKendree College, two of them graduating in the classical course—William Hugh and James Fletcher—the latter being a member of the St. Louis conference and pastor of St. Luke’s church, St. Louis.
The writer had known the family since 1836, and always found “Aunt Rhoda” a consistent Christian, a steadfast friend and a good large-souled woman. We found her with ripe experience in her last sickness, calm, cheerful, hopeful, with longings for the better land. Among her last breathings were words betokening her happy frame of mind, such as:
“O, praise the Lord—bless his holy name—None but Jesus
The Lord is very near to me—hallelujah!”
And the last words heard were:
“Jesus can make a dying bed Feel soft as downy pillows are.”
The funeral occurred on Tuesday Aug. 2, from the Dorchester ME church. She had requested the writer some months previous to her heath to preach the funeral sermon, and, with her characteristic modesty and humanity, said, “But do not pronounce a eulogy on me.” This service we performed with mournful pleasure—a service which her husband had performed for us when a dear one lay a corpse in Upper Alton 22 years ago. Revs. B. R. Pierce and M. P. Wilkin, of Brighton, and Rev. Wm. Gill and Like Deliand of Dorchester assisted in the service. The body was deposited in the family lot at Bunker Hill, where a suitable monument had been erected under the superintendence of Dr. Corrington some time previous to his death.
The long lives of active, faithful workers in the church, such as Dr. Corrington and wife, are a rich heritage to the communities where they lived for all time to come. J. W. Caldwell Gillespie, Ill. Aug. 5, 1880 [Jerseyville Republican Examiner 12 Aug 1881]

Rhoda Berry Corrington died July 31, 1881 at the home of her son N.A. Corrington of Dorchester, IL. She was 79 years of age. Born in Cyntherence, Kentucky her maiden name was Larimore. She married J. B. Corrington on October 9, 1823 and lived in Millersburg until 1830 when they came to Illinois to Jacksonville to farm in Greene County. Her husband became an itinerant at an early day and for many years she had no settled home, changing from place to place. She took a deep interest in the education of her sons, five of whom attended McKendree College, two of them graduating in classical courses. Wm. Hugh and James Fletcher. Funeral services were held at Dorchester ME Church and interment was at the family lot at Bunker Hill.

Graveside services were held at Carrollton city cemetery Saturday morning for William J. Corrington who died Thursday in St. Louis.
He was a former resident of this city and was a son of the late Stephen F. and Frances Corrington. His father was Greene County Master-in-Chancery for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, who is at present a patient in Jewish hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Corrington was the last of nine children of his parents. The others who preceded him in death were Anna, Edward, Mable, Ella, Frank, Stephen, Mrs. Ailse Clemons and Mrs. Rose Albright.

Mrs. Capitola M. Cory, wife of Lester J. Cory of Jerseyville, died 6 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial Hospital in Alton where she had been a patient for the past week. Mrs. Cory was the daughter of the late Milton S. and Minerva Miller Ferguson and was born in Ashland, Illinois, August 1, 1896. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cory is survived by one son, Charles F. Stanley of Wood River, one daughter, Mrs. Mildred E. Hurley of Jerseyville; one sister, Mrs. Irwin Pilger of Beardstown; five brothers, William Ferguson of Kane; George Ferguson of Beardstown; Guy Ferguson of Ashland; Ben Ferguson of Pleasant Plains; and Robert Ferguson of Wood River; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Cory home, 518 Maple Jerseyville, Friday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. m. C. Foltz, pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery. (1945)

Highway Accident Claims Life of Miss Louise Cory, Teacher
Miss Louise Cory, 55, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, May 12, at Boyd Memorial Hospital of injuries suffered in a head-on collision on Route 100 north of Michael, Calhoun County, sometime after midnight Friday, May 10.
She suffered fractures of the right leg, left knee cap and ribs, and a severe injury to her head just to the right of the forehead.
Earlier in the evening in company with friends, she had attended an O. E. S. meeting in Scottville and was on her way, alone, to spend the weekend at the home of a sister, Mrs. Harold Drummond in Hardin, at the time of the mishap. The other car traveling north was driven by Miss Mary Brangenberg, 17, of Kampsville. With her were her brother, Carl, 15, and Sharon Sevier, 16. All were taken to the office of Dr. J. H. Peisker in Hardin and then to Jersey Community hospital, where they were said to have escaped serious injury. A rain earlier that night had washed mud onto the highway, making driving hazardous. Miss Brangenberg either put her brakes on too hard or lost control of her car and smashed into Miss Cory’s car head on. Flares had been placed on the road for some distance.
Miss Cory was the daughter of the late Wm. And Toinette Witt Cory and was born August 27, 1902, on the farm north of Kane. Following the death of her father, the family lived in Kane for a time. About six years ago, Miss Cory came to this city, where she had built a new home just south of town.
She graduated from Carrollton high school in 1921 and attended Illinois State Normal University. She taught in the rural schools of Greene and Jersey counties, and in the Carrollton grades. For some years past she had been teaching in the grade school at Kane. She had taught every year since her graduation from high school.
She was a member of the Methodist Church at Kane and was an officer in Elizabeth Chapter O. E. S. there.
Surviving besides her sister, Mrs. Drummond, are two brothers, George and Perry. The body was moved from the Simpson Funeral Home to the late residence.
Services were conducted by Rev. C. L. Peterson of Kane and Rev. Robert Pitsch of Carrollton at the Methodist Church in Kane at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Mrs. Kenneth Darr and Mrs. Donald Crane sang “No Night There” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” with Mrs. Curtis Pregler as the accompanist. Services were also conducted at the church by Elizabeth Chapter O. E. S.
Interment was in Jalappa cemetery. The flowers were carried by Mrs. William Rowden, Mrs. Anna Darr, Mrs. Bessie Frech, Mrs. Claude Todd, Mrs. Garsel Reynolds and Mrs. Fred Mowrey. The pall bearers were C. W. Hayes Jr., David Hayes, Franklin March, Richard Trump, George W. Witt and Lewis Varbel. [about 15 May 1957]

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Opal Pauline Cory, 53, of R. 4., Jerseyville will be celebrated at 10 a.m. April 27 at St. Mary's Church, Westwoods with Father WIlliam Hembrow celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Her death occurred at 3:25 p.m. April 24 at Springfield Memorial Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born September 2, 1925 in Fieldon, a daughter of Frederick A. and Stella Isringhausen Kanallakan. Her survivors are her husband Junior Cory; two sons, Terry of Grafton and Steve of Jerseyville; her mother, Stella Kanallakan of Jerseyville; four brothers, Delbert and Eldon Kanallakan of Jerseyville, Darrell of Grafton and Tony of Fieldon; two sisters, Norine Helton of Eldred and Pat Snider of Jerseyville. Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Jacoby Bros. Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. The Cancer and Kidney Funds have been designated as memorials. (1979)

Miss Rose Cory, 75, died Sunday evening, April 25, at the home of her sister Mrs. George Carstens, in Wood River. She had been in ill health for several months. Miss Cory was born in Kane October 2, 1866. She had resided with her sister for the past ten years. Surviving her in addition to Mrs. Carstens, is another sister, Mrs. Lillian Tompkins of Chicago, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Carstens home in Wood River. Rev. O. C. Smith, pastor of the Methodist Church, conducted the rites and the body was brought to Kane for interment in the Kane Cemetery. (1941)

Mrs. Costello, an old lady living east of Bertman’s warehouse died Thursday of last week, and was buried from the Catholic Church Saturday. [Republican Examiner 29 Apr 1881]

Jerseyville relatives received word Sunday of the death of Mrs. Opal Hughes Coughlin, a former resident of this city which occurred at three o'clock that afternoon at a hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she had been taken for treatment of injuries sustained in a fall down a flight of stairs at her home on Saturday. The family resides in Rockville, Indiana. The body was brought to Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville Wednesday noon where friends called until the hour of the funeral. Services were held at the Funeral Home at eleven o' clock Thursday morning, May 3, and interment was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Mrs. Coughlin was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes of Jerseyville and was born in Greene County. Her age at the time of death was forty-two years. She is survived by her husband, John Coughlin; two sons, Robert and Jackie; one daughter, Georgia Carol, all of Rockville; two brothers, Henry Hughes of Jerseyville and Nelson Hughes of Godfrey, and four sisters, Mrs. J. C. Parish of Jacksonville, Mrs. Ross Cummings, Margaret Hughes and Mrs. James Dolan of Jerseyville. (Died April 28, 1951)

William H. Coulthard died at the home of his son, Harlan, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The body was brought back to Jerseyville and the funeral held from his late residence on West Exchange St. with Rev. Joseph Jenkins officiating. He was native of Ohio, born in 1842. He was the son of John and Susan Hardesty Coulthard. His mother died when he was two and his father remarried and moved from Ohio to Kentucky. In the latter state he lived until the close of the civil war in 1865. During the war he served for 14 months with the 14th Cavalry and was several times taken prisoner by guerilla bands. In 1865 he returned to Ohio where he lived for four years following the life of a farmer. In 1869 he moved to Greene Co., Illinois where he lived until 1874 when he moved to Jerseyville and took charge of an elevator. From that time until his retirement a few years ago from active business in Jerseyville and for a time operated a plant at McClusky. In 1864 he married Elizabeth M. Terry, a native of Kentucky. Three children survive him; Ida L., Eva A., Harlan P and two grandchildren, Mrs. Robert Wylder of Jersey and Wm. Coulthard of Oklahoma CIty. (1921)

Luther D. Counts, 73, of Fieldon, died May 4 at St. Luke's Hospital West in St. Louis County. He was born August 10, 1912 in Geonia Mo. to the late Cleve and Lula Barton Counts. He was a welder for 24 years at Duncan Foundery, retiring in 1975. He married Lorene Dilks on April 19, 1937, in Steelville, Mo. Survivors include his wife, Lorene of Fieldon; sons Bob and Charles, both of California, Larry, BIll and Fred, all of Jerseyville; and Gary of Fort Madison, Iowa; daughters Joyce Martin of Mulberry Grove, Wanda Counts of Alton, Linda Counts of Fieldon and Mary Warner of Carrollton; twenty-three grandchildren; and seventee great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter. Visitation was May 6 at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville; the funeral was May 7 there with the Rev. jean Erb officiating. Burial was in the Fieldon Cemetery. (1986)

Stanley Edward Cox, 32, 1117 W. Grand, Chicago formerly of this area, was shot to death Sunday evening, October 24 while he and a friend were standing outside a Chicago bar. He was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Hospital. According to a police report the two men were smoking when a man approached them and fired a handgun at them from about five feet away. The other man was reported in fair condition. Cox was born January 15, 1950 in Carrollton, the son of Harold Edward and Eileen Weller Cox. He had worked for American Telephone and Telegraph for 10 years. In addition to his parents he is survived by one brother, Michael of Alton; paternal grandparents, John and Myrtle Cox of Jerseyville, maternal grandmother Eva Retherford and step-grandfather Jim Retherford of Jerseyville. Services were conducted October 28 at Gubser Funeral Home by the Rev. Todd Taylor. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. The First Southern Baptist Church of Alton has been designated as a memorial. A coroner's investigation is pending. (1982)

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