Obituaries "F"

FEIG, Olive (Mrs. Noah BEVIRT) -- 1896-1986

Belleville (IL) News Democrat dated Friday, August 1, 1986: Ollie Bevirt, nee Feig, 90, of O'Fallon, died Wednesday, July 30, 1986 at Memorial Convalescent Center. She worked at Suppiger's in Collinsville until her retirement in 1960 and was a charter member of Ridge Prairie Grange. Preceding her in death were her husband, Noah Bevirt; a daughter, Gladys; her parents, George and Emelia, nee Pausch, Feig; a brother George Feig; a sister, Cleda Feig; a son-in-law, Herbert Lemen and a great-grandson. Surviving are two daughters, (private) of O'Fallon and Mrs. Vera Lemen of Belleville; two sisters, (private) and (private), both of Caseyville; three grandchildren, (private) of O'Fallon, (private) of Belleville, and (private) of Payette, ID, eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O'Fallon with Rev. Harold Paul officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Collinsville. Friends may call from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Belleville Area Stroke Club. A Ridge Prairie Grange walk through will be at 9 p.m. Friday at Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O'Fallon.

FORMAZ, Francis Frederick -- 1874-1960

Jacksonville, IL paper dated June 9-10, 1960: The Right Reverend Monsignor Francis F. Formaz, 85, pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, died at 4:45 pm Wednesday at Our Saviour's hospital after an extended illness. He had been pastor of the church 45 years, and prior to 1915 was assistant pastor, his unusually long period of service in the one parish totaling 58 years. A central figure in the religious life of the community well over a half century, Monsignor Formaz was active in pastoral service until three years ago. Frail health caused his virtual retirement, but from his hospital room he continued to administer the affairs of his large parish. Three weeks ago he lapsed into a semi-coma. The men and women of the church and hospital, who watched over him in his last days, realized the end was near. While rounding out a notable career in the service of the Catholic Church, Monsignor was highly honored by the church and community on several occasions as the milestones came and went. He celebrated his golden jubilee in the priesthood on June 17, 1948, at which time a solemn high mass marked the occasion. Parishioners and other friends joined in making that a day to be remembered. After serving as dean of the Jacksonville Deanery for a number of years, Father Formaz was elevated to Monsignor a number of years ago. His diamond jubilee was observed June 16, 1958, Itha Mass of Thanksgiving, at which His Excellency, the Most Rev. William A. O'Connor, D. D., Bishop of Springfield, officiated. Father Francis Frederick Formaz came from a line of honest burghers dating from the fourteenth century. One of his ancestors, a Canon of the Augustine Order, served as Master of Novices in 1715 at the famous Hospice of Saint Bernard Located at the summit of the Pennine Alps. Monsignor Formaz himself was born in that mountainous Valaisan country on the third day of October in the year 1874, in a stone house three-hundred years old, next to the parish church. He was the son of Francis E. Formaz who with his wife, Marie Michellod, came to the US from Switzerland and resided in St. Louis, MO. At the age of 13 years he finished grammar school and entered St. Louis University Academy. He later enrolled at Quincy College where he excelled in English and after receiving his B. A. degree he was placed in charge of the violin department of his alma mater. He had always loved the violin and music had been his avocation. He served one year on the faculty at Quincy College and left to enter diocesan seminary at Cincinnati, OH, where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained on June 17, 1898. After being ordained his first assignment was at Effingham, IL where he served for one year. His next move was to the Catholic University at Washington, DC where he specialized in Church history and received degrees of S. T. B. and S. T. L. After a vacation in Canada he was assigned to the Church of Our Saviour, coming here in August, 1901, as assistant to Dean John W. Crowe. In 1915 on the death of Dean Crowe, Father Formaz became pastor of the church and dean of the priests in the Jacksonville deanery. His service at the Church of Our Saviour breaks all Jacksonville records for length of service to parishioners. Monsignor Formaz often told in talks before local groups that when he came to Jacksonville he intended to stay only six months as assistant pastor. But his love of the work and the affection of his parishioners for him were important factors in fashioning the unusual period of service in this community. Monsignor Formaz was one of the organizers and founders of Routt College high school, which he served many years as instructor. His name was perpetuated some years ago when Formaz Hall, a building adjacent to Routt, was named for him. The aged priest was a talented musician and composer, a gifted linguist, and a man whose scholarly mind was an inspiration to thousands. The remains were removed to the Reavy Funeral Home. The body will be returned to the Church of Our Saviour Friday morning at 10 o'clock where a Solemn Requical Mees will be celebrated for students of Our Saviour's grade school and Routt high school students and alumni. The body will lie in state Friday from 10 am until time of the funeral Saturday. The Office of the Dead will be sung by priests of the diocese at 10:30 am Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency, the Most Rev. William A. O'Connor, Bishop of Springfield, Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.


October 27, 2002

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