Obituaries - We-Wh

Charles H Wedding, 49, died at his home on N State St of the flu. He was a self made man and deserving of appreciative recognition for his accomplishments. He built a large automobile business in Jerseyville for sales, maintenance and repairs. Built on N State St, it was a large, modern garage. He was a member of the fire dept and a man of splendid character and honesty. Private services were from the home with Rev Joe Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Wedding family Cem at Rosedale. He was born in Rosedale, Oct 25, 1878, and came to Jerseyville with his parents in 1891. He married Ella Carpunky, Nov 6, 1906. She survives, there were no children Also surviving are 1 bro, collie Wedding; 4 sis, Mrs Wm Smith and Mrs Morrell Chamberlain of Seattle, WA, Mrs George Gray of Rockbridge and Mrs Wm Fowler of Arlington, WA; his mother, Mrs C H Wedding of Seattle, WA; 1 half bro, Ernest Wedding of Jerseyville; and 1 half sis, Mrs Harry Spottswood, Los Angeles, CA. "Charlie" Wedding and Carl Snyder built the first automobile seen in Jerseyville and made it run. [Nov 1918]

Clara Emma Wedding, 84 yrs, 8 mo, 28 days, wife of James P Wedding of Fieldon, died Thurs [26-1968] at Boyd Mem Hosp, Carrollton. She had been a patient 12 days. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Leonard Todd, former minister of the United Church of Christ in Fieldon, officiating. Burial was in Fieldon Cem. She was a dau of the late Mr & Mrs William Lawler and was a lifelong resident of Fieldon. Mrs Wedding was a teacher and Taught in the rural school system of Jersey Co. In Later yrs she was post mistress at Fieldon until her retirement. In Addition to her husband, she is survived by 1 niece, Mrs Rose Darr of Phoenix, AZ, and 2 nephews, James L Coombes of Jerseyville and William Coombes who is in Germany.

Elsie O Wehrly, 91, died Feb 13 [1989] at Sunset Retirement Home in Quincy. The retired teacher was born in Beemont, Mo, dau of the late Simon & Wilhelmina (Auf Der Heide) Ott. On Apr 7, 1920, in Beemont, she married Samuel Frederick Wehrly. He died June 14, 1973. Surviving are 2 dau, Margaret Larson of Ocasla, FL, and Martha Pellikin, Grafton; 1 son, James S Wehrly of Macomb; 10 grandchildren; 9 g-grandchildren; and 1 bro, Arthur Ott, Springfield, VA. Preceding her in death were 2 grandchildren, 1 sis and 2 bros. Visitation was from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held at Kane United Methodist Church with Rev Mary Ann Vidakovich officiating. Burial was in Kane Cem. Memorials may be given to the church where she had been a member.

Olivia B Wehrly, 85, of St Louis, Mo died Nov 25 [1983] at her residence. She was born June 22, 1898 in Lexington, Mo. She was the dau of the late William & Mary (Meyers) Bartels. She was a sec and Co-owner of Mid-Continent Sales Inc, St Louis. Surviving are 1 son, John H Wehrly Jr of St Louis; 1 dau, Marian Pregler, Kane; 2 Bro, William Bartels, Springhill, KS and Edwin Bartels, Topeka, KS; and 9 grandchildren. Services were held at Kane United Methodist Church with Rev Steve Perrin officiating. Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Kane United Methodist Church or Union United Methodist Church, St Louis.

Betty Jean Wells, 92, of Roodhouse, died Friday, July 15, 2016, at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in White Hall, the daughter of William T. and Flossie C. England Sitton. She married Albert S. Lawson in February of 1937 at White Hall, and he preceded her in death March 6, 1946. She later married Gerald Wells on Nov. 10, 1960, at Roodhouse, and he passed away Oct. 9, 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Raymond) Rich of Palmyra; sons David Lawson of Roodhouse, Joe (Gloria) Lawson of Roodhouse, and Jeff (Tracy) Wells of Roodhouse; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by a stepson, Gerald K. Wells; six sisters, Iris Range, Marian Sitton, Avis Fay, Vida Simonds, Lucille Taylor, Margie Sitton; and a brother, Ellis Sitton.

Betty had worked at the sewing factory at Roodhouse before working at several grocers in Roodhouse, including Bennett's Red & White, Young's Superette, Don & Joe's Market, Joe's Bi-Rite, and Meehan's. She then worked for 20 years at Waverly Foods. She had been a member of the former Roodhouse Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Roodhouse with burial at Fernwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Roodhouse Fire and Rescue, or to North Greene Knights youth football team. Condolences may be left on-line at

Contributed 26 May 2017 by Nancy Simonds Wolski

Gerald K. "Jerry" Wells, 50, of Roodhouse, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born Aug. 14, 1958, in Pana, the son of Gerald and Patsy Scott Wells. His mother preceded him in death when he was one year old.

Jerry was raised by his father and stepmother, Betty Sitton Wells. His father preceded him in death, and his mother, Betty Wells survives in Roodhouse. Also surviving is an adopted son, Travis Wells of White Hall; four brothers, Jeff Wells (wife, Tracey) of Edwardsville, Kim Scott of Winchester, David Lawson of Roodhouse and Joe Lawson (wife, Gloria) of Roodhouse; a sister, Nancy Rich (husband, Raymond) of Palmyra; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerry worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation alongside his father for several years and had worked for many years at the Roodhouse Envelope Company until ill health forced his retirement. His favorite past time was hanging out with his many friends.

Services were entrusted to Airsman-Hires Funeral Home of Roodhouse, Illinois.

Contributed 26 May 2017 by Nancy Simonds Wolski

Freeda F Whited, 78, of Jerseyville, died Apr 15, 1988 at Greenwood Manor. She was born in Calhoun co to the late Thomas & Leeta (Ottwell) Gourley. She married Roy Whited on Oct 10, 1928, in Edwardsville. He died Nov 25, 1984. She was a member of Kemper Baptist Church, Medora. Surviving are 2 daus, Phyllis Berttell, Brighton and Evelyn Wordley, Godfrey; 1 son, Glenn Whited, Carrollton; 1 sis, Veeda George, White Hall; 3 bros, Chester Gourley, Carrollton and Lloyd and Leland Gourley, both of Winchester; 11 grandchildren; and 10 g-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Mary Norton and 2 bros Arnold and Everrett Gourley. Visitation and funeral were at Targhetta Funeral Home in Medora. Rev George F Humbert Jr officiated and burial was in Medora Cem. Memorials may be given to Kemper Baptist Church.

Brian Eric Whitehead, 5 days, son of Edward l & Arbedella (Kallal) Whitehead, died [18 Apr 1960] at St Joseph Hosp, Alton, where he had been transferred the day following his birth [13 Apr 1960] at Jersey Comm Hosp. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Harold Lane, pastor of first Baptist Church, officiated and burial was in Oak Grove Cem. Surviving in addition to his parents are 1 sis, Laura Ellen Whiteherad; maternal grandparents, Mr & Mrs Sylvester Kallal, Jerseyville; and his g-grandmothers, Mrs Frank Kallal, Jerseyville and Mrs Wm Abeln, Carrollton.

Harried Whitenack, died at her home on June 18, 1926. She was a life long resident of Jerseyville and was dau of the late Jacob & Linda (Fox) Whitenack. She leaves 4 sis, Annie of Alton, Mrs George DeBolt, Carrollton, Mrs Barclay Wedding and Miss Adeline, Jerseyville; 2 bro, Harry Whitenack, Jerseyville and Matthew Whitenack, Shoshone, ID. Funeral was from her home with Rev Harrold Farrill officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cem.

Linda Myra Whitenack, 75, one of the city's oldest residents, was the last of 7 children. She was born in Hunderon Co, NJ. In 1849, she married Jacob Witenack. They lived in Fox Hill and Somerville NJ. Came to IL in 1852. They were parents of 11 children. Surviving are Maggie DeBolt, Carrollton, Misses Helen & Hattie, Addie & Annie, Mrs Barclay Wedding; bros, Harry of SD and Matthew. Funeral from Presby Church, burial in Oak Grove Cem. [died 15 Apr 1907]

Levi T. Whiteside, 84, a resident of Eldred for the past 46 years, died at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 1976, at Reisch Memorial Nursing Home where he had resided two weeks. Born Feb. 17, 1892, in Roodhouse, he was the son of William L. and Emma Johnsten Whiteside. He graduated in 1909 from White Hall High School and received his degree from Bradley University. He also attended Western Illinois University and MacMurray College. Employed as a teacher in the Eldred School System for 35 years, he also served as principal there and retired in 1944. He taught at Carrollton High School until 1950. Following retirement, he substituted in Greene and Calhoun county schools. The deceased was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in rural White Hall and Greene-Jersey Retired Teachers Association. He was a trustee of the Carrollton Fire Protection District. Mr. Whiteside married the former Helen K. Greene on Nov. 10, 1917, and she died Nov. 16, 1972. Survivors are nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Hires Funeral Home where funeral services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Warren Brown of JerseyviUe, pastor of Eldred's Baptist Church, officiating. Mrs. Lawrence Thien, organist, played "How Great Thou Art" and "It is No Secret." Casketbearers were Bill Banghart, Charles Vinyard, Robert Holford, Dick Pisarek, Lyndell Phillips, and Eugene Lemon. Interment was in White Hall Cemetery. [published 06 May 1976]

Emma Whitlock, 78, died May 12, 1991 at Jersey Comm Hosp. She had been a checker for Tri-City Grocery Store, Jerseyville. Born in Fidelity Tws on June 1, 1912, she was a dau of the late Samuel & Jessie (Watson) Freeman. On Jan 3, 1929, in Carrollton, she married Arnold Whitlock. He d on Apr 2, 1960. Two sisters and two bros preceded her in death and her only survivors are nieces and nephews. Visitation was from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held there and burial was in Oak Grove Cem. Memorials may be given to Arthritis Foundation.

Frances C Whitlock, 83, died Feb 23, 1989, at Reisch Mem Nursing Home, Carrollton. Born in Spanky, she was the dau of the late John & Catherine (Bru??) Goeddey. On June 24, 1935, she married Edwin B Whitlock, in Carrollton. He died Oct 9, 1987. Surviving are 1 dau, Mary Helen Isringhausen, Carrollton; 3 grandchildren; 3 g-grandchildren; 2 sis, Helena Goeddey of Carrollton and Anne Meade of Palmyra, Mo; and 1 bro, Joe Goeddey, Carrollton. Preceding her in death were 1 sis, Mary Schnelt; 3 bros, John, George and Henry Goeddey; and an infant son, Henry Whitlock. Visitation was from Airsman-Hires funeral home, Carrollton, with rosary that eve. Funeral Mass was at St John Catholic Church, Carrollton with Rev Joseph O'Reily as celebrant. Burial was in St John Cem. Memorials may be given to church renovation fund.

George Andrew Whitlock, 80, died Feb 5, 1992, at his home. He worked at International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville for 32 yrs and was a dispatcher at McConnell Douglas Corp in St Louis 18 yrs, retiring in 1976. He was a member of Jerseyville Loyal Order of the Moose. Born in Greene Co on Feb 29, 1911, he was a son of the late Jesse & Rosa (Cheeks) Whitlock. Surviving are his wife, Pauline (Hetzel) Whitlock, whom he married March 25, 1944, in Jerseyville; 1 son Jerry Lee Whitlock of Grafton; and 2 grandchildren. One sis and 4 bros preceded him in death. Visitation was from Jacoby-Shcroeder Funeral Home, Jerseyville. Final rites were conducted at First Assembly of God Church, Jerseyville. Rev Larry Hayes officiated and Burial was in Oak Grove Cem. Memorials may be given to the church.

George Dewey Whitlock, 78, retired farmer of Bunker Hill and a native of Kane, died Dec 24 [1976] at St Joseph Hosp, Highland. Final rites were held at Jacoby-Wise Funeral Home in Bunker Hill with Rev Howard Whittaker officiating. Burial was in Bunker Hill Cem. He was born Aug 28, 1898 in Kane, a son of George & Ada (Reno) Whitlock. Surviving are his widow, Margaret (Leasenfelt) Whitlock; 2 daus, Mrs William (Betty) Menchak of Marion and Mrs Mary Jones of Gillespie; 1 son, ----incomplete----

Ida Elizabeth Whitlock, 76 yrs 6 mo, 11 days, died Feb 29 [1952], at Watson Nursing Home where she had been a patient for several months. She was a dau of the late Marion & Alvira (Burch) Whitlock and was born in Rockbridge, Aug 9, 1875. Surviving are 2 daus, Mrs Lester Huff, Rockbridge and Mrs Harry Eastham, Jerseyville; 16 grandchildren; 12 g-grandchildren; 2 bros, Walter Whitlock, Bethalto and Perry Whitlock, Jerseyville; and 1 sis, Mrs Len Houdasholt, Walnut, KS. Friends called at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville where services were held. Rev LaVerne Poole officiated. Interment was in Oak Grove Cem.

Mrs Juanita Whitlock, 73, a resident of Jerseyville, was killed in an accident involving a truck-semi and an automobile in the Dow area on Sat aft [1968]. Mrs Whitlock was pronounced doa at St Joseph Hosp, Alton and her passenger, Mrs Cordia Prough died at the hosp that night. Mrs Prough, who had been living with her dau, Mrs Clifford (Freda) Greene in Wood River, had been visiting at the Whitlock home. They were coming back from Dow where they had taken another lady home. The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Dow Rd and Rt 109. The empty truck, owned by Richard Hansen of Jerseyville and driven by his 17 yr old son, Bruce R, was traveling N on RT 109. Young Hansen told the investigating officer, Cpl Frances Neubauer, as he neared the intersection of the roads, he observed the Whitlock vehicle traveling east on the Dow road, and the driver after making a stop made a left hand turn onto 109. Hansen said he applied his brakes but he was so close to the intersection he was unable to avoid the accident. Services were held for Mrs Whitlock at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Carlton G Christenson, pastor of First Baptist Church, Jerseyville, where she was a member. Burial was in Oak Grove Cem. Mrs Whitlock was a dau of the late M J & Elnora (Prough) Ritchey, was born in Jersey Co, on Feb 3, 1895. She was a resident of the Panhandle vicinity for many yrs before moving to Jerseyville. She was a charter member of the Jersey Co Home Bureau and was affiliated with the Panhandle Unit of Jersey Co Homemakers Ext Assoc. Her only immediate survivor is 1 son, Calvin Whitlock, Jr, of Jerseyville. Her parents, her husband, Calvin Sr., and 2 bros, Orleigh and---incomplete---

Roy Wilson Whitlock, 7 yrs, 3 mo, 18 days, died sat am [1921]. The child was injured last Sun and had been bleeding since then, according to the testimony at the inquest conducted by Dr B M Brewster, Coroner. He was playing with the other children in the family, throwing a hammer. George, their 15 yr old bro, threw the hammer into a tree to get it out of reach of the younger children. The hammer lodged on a limb 10 ft above the ground. Roy wanted the hammer, so Mrs Whitlock told the older boy to get it out of the tree. George then climbed up on a chicken house near the tree to get the hammer and while he was endeavoring to get it, the hammer became dislodged and fell, striking Roy on the head, its claws cutting 2 gases on the top of his head. Jesse Whitlock, the father of the child dressed his wounds, so the mother testified today. She was ill in bed and unable to care for him. The father is a farm hand employed near Kane and went back to his work the first of the week. The mother being ill, the other children took care of the injured boy as best they could, and the mother, it seems, did not know how serious his condition was. The child bled constantly from the wounds, and Tues was so ill and weak he went to bed. He kept growing weaker and paler and could no food or water on his stomach. He passed away on Sat at 1 am. Coroner Brewster informs us that in his opinion, the child's life might have been saved had the severed blood vessel in his head been pinched together or tried to stop the bleeding. The child probably was a "bleeder", as his mother stated in testimony that he always bled profusely from a cut and it was always difficult to stop the bleeding. No arrangements for the funeral have been made yet, and will not be until after the father, who is working in Greene Co, is reached. Hugh Whitlow was foreman of the Coroner's jury, other members were Perry Shaw, Jos. Gunterman, Robert Patton, F O Brown and John W Rives. Mrs Whitlock told the coroner and the jury that after the child's injury, 2 Jerseyville physicians were at the house to see her, and that she told them the boy had been injured, they looked at him, stated he needed attention, but beyond their statement did nothing for him, since they were not assured of their fees. Mrs Whitlock told them she had no money in the house and could not guarantee payment as her husband had been out of work. Neighbors say that Mrs Whitlock herself is in a serious condition.

Ruth Whitlock, 90, died Jan 11, 1988 at Greenwood Manor, Jerseyville. She was born in Greene Co, dau of the late Samuel James Monroe & Sarah M (Grizzle) Cunningham. On Dec 9, 1914, she married Lloyd W Whitlock, and he died Sept 24, 1974. Surviving are 1 son, Milford Whitlock, Jerseyville; 11 grandchildren; 9 g-grandchildren; and 1 g-g-grandchild. She was preceded in death by 1 son, Owen Whitlock; and 2 bros, Lloyd and Levis Cunningham. Visitation and services were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Earl D Clagg officiated and burial was in Oak Grove Cem. Memorials may be given to Bethel Baptist Church, where she had been a member.

Edwin Casey Whitlow, 90, of Green Meadows Nursing Home in White Hall, died Sept 8 [1977], at White Hall Hosp. He was born in Jersey Co on Feb 7, 1887, a son of Hugh & Zella (Cope) Whitlow and was a retired painter. He lived in Jerseyville until 1 yr ago. Surviving are 1 dau, Mrs Carl (Zella) Seago, Phoenix, AZ; 1 grandchild and 2 g-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Whitlow, who died in 1964, his first wife, the former Irene Belt, and 1 dau. Services were held at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Burial was in Oak Grove.

Glendola Whittico, 72, died July 26, 1959. She was born in Rockbridge on Oct 13, 1886. Burial was in Oak Grove.

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