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Jessie Stogdell

Jessie Ruth Stogdell, 86, of Chestnut died Monday (July 19, 2004) at 12:52 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Visitation was on Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Chestnut, with the Rev. Carol Andricks officiating.

Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut.

Mrs. Stogdell taught at elementary schools in Chestnut, Latham and Mount Pulaski before she retired.

She was born Nov. 20, 1917, at Chestnut to Ezra Clark and Ruth Eliza Williams Myrick. She married Fred J. Stogdell in Chestnut on Dec. 25, 1941. He died April 5, 1978.

She is survived by three daughters, Judi (and William "Pudge") Koehler of Lincoln, Ruth (and Donald) Plackner of Benson, Minn., and Janet (and John) Johnson of Decatur; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and three grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family.

She was a member of Chestnut United Methodist Church and the Methodist Woman's Club, Logan County Genealogical Society, Chestnut Happy Homemakers, Alpha Delta Kappa Mu, and the Ding-A-Lings Kitchen Band.

She did volunteer work at Vonderlieth Living Center and for Meals on Wheels. She had been an EMT-A and CPR instructor.

Memorials may be made to the Chestnut United Methodist Church or the Jessica Lynn Gee Special Needs Fund.

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Ruby Cowan

Ruby C. Cowan, 89, of Chestnut died Tuesday (July 20, 2004) at 11:52 a.m. at Rochelle Health Care West, Rochelle.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Latham Baptist Church, Latham, with the Rev. Marvin Mungle officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

Mrs. Cowan was a homemaker.

She was born Sept. 16, 1914, in Lockport to Frank "Fritz" and Augusta Carlson Fredrickson. She married Wallace L. Cowan in Lockport on Nov. 19, 1942. He died Nov. 15, 1995.

She is survived by four sons, Donald (and Betty) Cowan of Burlington, Iowa, Darwin Cowan of Marseilles, David (and Susan) Cowan of Nashville, Tenn., and the Rev. Douglas (and Denise) Cowan of Rochelle; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters and one grandchild.

Mrs. Cowan was a member of Latham Baptist Church.

She loved crocheting and quilting and was an avid Cubs fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chestnut-Beason Volunteer Fire Department.

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Ben Gehlbach

Ben Philip Gehlbach, 67, of Beason and McCormick, S.C., died July 11, 2004, in Homer, Alaska.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday (July 25) at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with Father James Cravens officiating.

Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery.

Mr. Gehlbach taught in District 16 at Olympia High School and farmed at Beason.

He was born March 6, 1937, at Lincoln to Virgil Keys and Esther Louise Curphey Gehlbach. He married Doris V. Graham on Dec. 26, 1960, in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, of Beason; his mother, of Naples, Fla.; one daughter, Carrie Gehlbach of Plano, Texas; one sister, Marita Price (and husband Donald) of Beaverton, Ore.; and his uncle and aunt, John and Jo Gehlbach of Elkhart.

He was preceded in death by his father; one daughter, Amy Gehlbach; and one sister, Halcyone Therriault.

He was a member of Lutheran Church by the Lake at McCormick, S.C., Savannah Lakes Promenaders, Thurmond Lake Power Squadron, Lincoln Elks, National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and Illinois Farm Bureau.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Heart Fund or Lutheran Church by the Lake, Highway 378 at Twelve Oaks Drive, McCormick, SC 29835.

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