SCHMITT, Susie (Mrs. Albert LEMEN, Jr.) -- 1887-1978
Belleville, IL News Democrat dated Wednesday, March 22, 1978: Mrs. Susie Lemen, nee Schmitt, 90, of Fairview Heights, IL died at Parkview Colonial Manor Nursing Home in O'Fallon on Tuesday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lemen, who died in 1963. She is survived by two sons, Edward Lemen and Herbert Lemen of Fairview Heights; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. with burial following in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Belleville. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Schildknecht Funeral Home, O'Fallon. There will be no visitation.
SPARKS, Elizabeth (Mrs. John M. BEVIRT) -- 1839-1913
Belleville, IL Daily Advocate dated Saturday, March 15, 1913: Mrs. J. M. Bevirt died at her home in Ridge Prairie, Friday evening at 9:40 o'clock aged 73 years, 6 months and 8 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and 11 children. The funeral will take place Monday morning from her late home to Bethel Church, where Rev. Colbert will conduct the services. Interment will be Bethel cemetery.
SPARKS, Noah -- abt. 1815-1850
Belleville, IL Republican dated Wednesday, June 5, 1850:
We understand that Mr. Noah Sparks, of Ridge Prairie, in this county, died of cholera on Friday morning last. He had, we are informed, been to St. Louis with a wagon load of produce a day or two previous, where it is probable, he was subjected to much exposure and fatigue, and returned home with the diarrhors on him. On Thursday he was in the city till late in the afternoon, when he returned, and was immediately seized with a severe attach, which proved fatal in a few hours. This is the first and only case within this county that we have heard of this season, and as this solitary one was contracted in St. Louis, under the existing circumstances, we are not to infer that there will be a continuance of the matady. Belleville never was known to be more healthy at this season of the year than it is now; -- so far there does not seem to be the least likelihood of a revisitation of cholera this season, if due caution is observed. Since the quarantine has been in successful operation there has been but very few cases in St. Louis, and those, with one or two exceptions, were transient persons.
STROH, Matilda (Mrs. Benjamin WIRTH) -- 1825-1913
Mt. Carmel, IL Evening Register dated Monday, June 23, 1913: ALMOST NINETY
YEARS OF AGE: Mrs. Matilda Wirth, Pioneer Resident, is Called to the Beyond: LIVED IN MT. CARMEL
64 YEARS: Was one of the Oldest Residents of the County -- Many Grand and Great-Grand Children:
Mrs. Matilda Wirth, one of Mt. Carmel's oldest and most respected citizens, passed to her eternal
reward from her late home at 10:30 o'clock. At the time of her demise Mrs. Wirth was 88 years, 2
months and twenty days of age. Of this eventful and most worthy life 64 years were spent in
Mt. Carmel (IL). Mrs. Wirth, whose maiden name was Matilda Stroh, was born at Fishing Creek,
Dauphin, County, PA. She was the oldest of nine children, there being four sisters and five
brothers, and she was the last of the family to be called to Eternal Rest. In the year 1849
she came to the city of Mt. Carmel. In the same year she was united in marriage to Benj. Wirth.
This marriage was blessed with four children, one having died in infancy. The children remaining
are Mrs. Adeline Burucker, Cyrus Wirth and Mrs. Catherine Kern, all of Mt. Carmel. There are
also eight grand children and thirteen great-grand children. Her husband preceded her in death,
having died in the year 1891. Since then she live(ed) with her children and at her late home of
East Fourth Street. "Grandma" Wirth was a splendid type of queenly womanhood. She was a
statward Christian, having been a life long member of the Evangelical church. She was keen of
mind and fresh in memory, unusually sociable, and everybody's friend. She was possessed of a
mother-wit that made her an interesting conversationalist. The funeral will be held tomorrow at
2:30 o'clock. The service will be conducted by Rev. C. E. Geist, assisted by Rev. C. D. Shumard.
The remains will be in state at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Kern, 315 E. Fourth
Street. The casket will remain closed at the church and after one o'clock tomorrow.