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Obits > 1941 - John Joseph Kerber

Melva Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

March 27, 1941 - Thursday, pg 13 


John J. Kerber Rites At Yorktown Lutheran Church on Tuesday 

Funeral services for the late John J. Kerber, who passed away Saturday night near Sheffield were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in Yorktown Lutheran Chruch, preceded by a prayer service at 1 o'clock in the Parent Funeral Chapel in Tampico.  Rev. C. J. Gess, pastor of the Yorktown Lutheran Church, officiated, using for his text, Psa. 23:4.  Two hymns "Abide With Me" and "Saved by Grace," were sung by Mrs. Clarence Hasselman, accompanied by Carl Sandrock.  Interment was in the Yorktown Cemetery.  The pallbearers were Lyle Lang of Sheffield, William Frank of Manlius, Arthur Kerber of Walnut, Wayne Gerlach of Prophetstown and Fred Strike and Leo Strike of Tampico.  

Attending the services from a distance were Mrs. Albert Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schwalger and Fred Flowtow of Crystal Lake, and Mrs. Ernest Foote of Woodstock.  Many other attended from Sheffield, Manlius and Sterling.

 Sketch of Life.

 John Joseph Kerber was born in Germany on March 22, 1858.  In 1883 he, with his wife, Fredericka, Frank Kerber and daughter Bertha, came to America and lived for a time near Walnut, later moving to a farm north of Sheffield. Two other daughters and three sons by this marriage survive him.  They are:  Mrs. Minnie Teske and Mrs. Mary Gerlach of Sterling, Herman Kerber of Walnut, John Kerber of Tampico and Ben Kerber of Rock Falls.

 After the death of his wife he married Mrs. Minnie Strike in 1890; and two children, Fred Frank of Manlius and William Strike of Tampico survive.  He is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren.  Following the death of his second wife he made his home with his children.


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