Virgie Van Fossan
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Archived Aug. 12, 2005
LINCOLN -- Virgie Viola Van Fossan, 95, died Thursday,
Aug. 11, 2005, at 6:40 p.m. at Lincoln Christian Village.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader in Lincoln, with Tim Searby
Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.
Mrs. Van Fossan was a cook at Elkhart High School for 12 years,
worked in housekeeping at Lincoln Christian Village and
worked in sales and service at Lincoln Vacuum.
She was born April 1, 1910, in Vandalia to Edward Martin
and Grace Weddel Rhodes. She married George Elwood Van
Fossan on Nov. 3, 1928, in Lincoln. He died March 23, 1975.
She is survived by two sons, George Leroy (and Sarah) Van
Fossan of Benton and Claude Elwood (and Carla) Van Fossan of
Lincoln; nine daughters, Freda Lavon White of Decatur,
Gladys Marie (and Bailey) Elkins of Lawndale, Helen Edgell
(and Robert) Hoagland of Lincoln, Laura Mae (and Kenneth)
Molt of Lincoln, Ethel Irene (and Jerry) Overbey of Beason,
Margaret Ann (and David) Edwards of Beason, Rose Mary Musick
of Lincoln, Sharon Kay (and Jim) Follis of Lincoln and Jean
(and Harold) Boyer of Lincoln; 24 grandchildren; 46
great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and one
sister, Geneva Hamil of New Holland.
She also was preceded in death by one son, one grandson,
one granddaughter, one great-grandson, one
great-granddaughter, four brothers and three sisters.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Memorials may be made to West Lincoln-Broadwell School
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Archived Aug. 11, 2005
BELLEVUE -- Mary Louise Otto, 88, of Bellevue, formerly
of Lincoln and previously of Wausau, Wis., died Tuesday,
Aug. 9, 2005, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Her funeral will be in Bartonville at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at
Davison-Fulton Funeral Chapels, 1203 W. Garfield Ave..
Visitation will be for one hour before the service.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Camp Butler National
Mrs. Otto retired from state employment at the Lincoln
Developmental Center in Lincoln.
She was born Feb. 23, 1917, in Merrill, Wis., to Hugh
Francis and Mary Louise Parmer Nugent. She married Harvey J.
Otto on Dec. 16, 1938, in Wausau, Wis. He died June 2, 2000.
She is survived by a daughter, Karen L. (and Bill) Cole
of Peoria; a son, Wayne K. "Gus" (and Nancy) Otto of
Lincoln; five granddaughters, Cheryl Miller, Kelley Pearson,
Shannon Engelmann, Amber Otto and Heather Otto; four
great-grandchildren, Ryan Pearson, Cole Gallagher, Kayla
Miller and Zachary Engelmann; three step-grandsons; and five
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, three
sisters and a son-in-law, Donald Gallagher.
She was of Irish descent and the Catholic faith.
An avid sports fan, she enjoyed tennis, basketball and
football, but her heart belonged to the Green Bay Packers.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog,
Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of
Illinois at OSF Saint Francis in Peoria.