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Would like obits from Rockford, IL. paper for:
Delia Kessler died 1924 mother of
William DeVoe who died 1938 father of
Mamie who died 1936 also
Bertha DeVoe who died in 1954 All interned at Willwood Cem. Rockford.
All I am needing is any history of the family and parents of the deceased if shown in the obits. I thank you very much. Any questions find me at devoed1(a)verizon.net
From: Galena Daily Gazette
14 Dec 1911
"Mr. Francis Varing died at his home in Guilford township Sunday evening Dec 10, 1911, aged 88 years after a very brief illness. Mr. Varing was born in Selkirk settlement, Red River of the North. When but a child in 1828 with his parents he came to Galena then the great metropolis of Illinois. After remaining at Galena for a short time the family moved to Gratiot's Grove near Shullsburg and continued to reside there until 1843 when he went to Guilford township and took up a claim and bought the farm when on market in 1847 and continued to reside there until the end of life's journey, a period of 68 years. Mr. Varing recalled many incidents relative to the Black Hawk war in 1832-35, Indian scare, etc. His wife was Miss Sarah Derocher. The home was blessed with ten children, Mrs. Selina Seiler, Mrs. Louis Rederick and Frank, of Volin, S.D., Mrs. Alice Keenan at the family home, Mrs. Sarah Metcalf of Shullsburg, Miss Clara Varing of Spicer, Colo., Louis Varing., of Irene, S.D. Mrs. Varing died years ago, Henry died in 1901 and Joseph C. passed away at Cuba City two years ago, and Willie died at the age of seven years. Mr. Varing was well posted on the current topics of the day, being a great reader and blessed with a good memory, it was a pleasure for him until nigh the close of his life to relate events interestingly that transpired during his long pilgrimage. His townsmen of ten elected him to fill township offices. He had been town clerk, assessor, collector and justice of the peace, holding the latter office for many years and was considered one of the best posted on law justices in the county. Ever since his marriage he was a member of the Catholic church although living to such a great age he will be missed by his kind neighbors, sons and daughters for a long time.
Funeral services were held in Holy Trinity church Wednesday at 10 o'clock, the sermon being preached by Father J.W. Schloulch of Freeport. Considering the almost impassible conditions of the roads the funeral was quite largely attended. Mr. Varing was laid to rest in the family burying grounds, on a high elevation of land a short distance southwest of the residence. Simon Distler, George Shoenhardt, John Herberger, Nicholas Bausman, Joseph Seam [Saam?] and Tomas Casper were the pall bearers. Mrs. Selina Seiler and husband, Edward Rederick and Frank Varing of Volin, S.D. Louis Varing of Irene, S.D. Mrs. Sarah Metcalf and family of Shullsburg and relatives from Iowa were present at the funeral.
From: The Galena Gazette
Monday, 15 Jan 1912
Mr. Francis Varing
In the winter of 1829-30 when Wisconsin was the territory of Michigan, and LaFayette county was a part of Crawford county, John P.B. Gratiot, who lived at Gratiot Grove a little over a mile south of where the city of Shullsburg now stands, opened a school at his house and hired a Miss Hotchkiss to teach. This undoubtedly was the first school and the first teacher in this section of the state. In the spring of 1833 Henry Gratiot, a brother of John P.B. Gratiot, who also lived at Gratiot Grove and was Indian Agent at the time, learning of the unfriendliness of Black Hawk and his followers, deemed it an act of safety to erect a stockade around his store. This was called Fort Gratiot.
In the fall of 1833 after hostilities were over, he built a little log school house just outside of the walls of the fort. He had working in his family a Miss Beulah Lamb whom he employed to teach in this, the first [built?] school house in that section of Wisconsin. It has generally been conceded that Miss Beulah Lamb was the first teacher. No doubt she was the first teacher in the first built school house, but Miss Hotchkiss was the first teacher and preceded Miss Lamb by two years. Nannie [?] Gratiot, daughter of John P.B. Gratiot went to school to Miss Hotchkiss and also to Miss Beulah Lamb.
Mr. Francis Varing, who was living on his farm two miles south of Scales Mound, Illinois, also attended these schools. It is from these people and the records of John P.B. and Henry Gratiot that I obtained most of my information. Wanete [?] Gratiot died Nov 17, 1909. Mr. Francis Varing died Dec 10, 1911. The last scholar of early days came to Shullsburg, Wis. in the spring of 1828. His parents were born in Switzerland [*] in the Canton of Berne. They, with many others, in the year 1821 joined Lord Selkirk's Colony leaving Switzerland. They came down the Rhine in boats to Rotterdam, Holland, and there embarked to their ships for Hudson Bay. It took them three months to make the voyage from Switzerland by way of Hudson Bay, Lake Winnepeg, to Fort Lord Selkirk in Canada. Here Mr. Francis Varing was born in 1823. In 1825 the settlement left and went to Fort Snelling on the Mississippi river, making the trip in one horse carts. Many of the settlers, among them Mr. Varing's family, took a boat and went down to St. Louis, Missouri and from there to Shullsburg, Wis. in the spring of 1828.
Those from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. M. Seiler, Mr. E. Rederick, F.T. Varing of Volin, S. Dak. Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Varing and family, Irene, S.Dak., Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Curran, Waterloo, Iowa. Mrs. J.C. Varing, Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Burns of Cuba [City?], Mr. and Mrs. N. Bourdeau and Mrs. Geo. Savary, Misses Vera and Viola Keenan of Dubuque, Mr. and Mrs. F. Savary, Benton, Mr. and Mrs. E. Metcalf and family, Mr. S. Derocher, Mr. and Mrs. E. Miller of Shullsburg.
A Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank neighbors and friends who were so kind and helped us during the sickness and death of our father. Mr.and Mrs. F.T. Keenan, [Also?] Varing family."
*[Note: His mother , Lydie (MAIRE) FOURNIER was born in Villeret, Canton of Berne, Switzerland but his father, Jean Baptiste Joseph VARING was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France--JS]
Submitted by Judy Sweets, great-granddaughter of Francis VARING.
Thanks again for your time and effort...Michele
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From: "pam sherry" <pamsherry1(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [IL-OBITS] cook/ Karasinski/ 1997
> HI Mabel,
> I found nothing for Mabel Karasinski in the Chicago Sun Times. Checked
> Aug 13th thru Aug. 20, 1997
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> Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 6:19 AM
> Subject: [IL-OBITS] cook/ Karasinski/ 1997
>> Could I please have a look up for a
>> Mabel Karasinski died 13 aug 1997- last known residence according to SSDI
>> is Berwyn.
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