1922 - The Leaf River Mirror newspaper obituary, September 29, 1922


Andrew Schelling was born in Hagerstown, Md., on February 2, 1836. He suffered an attack of influenza last winter from which he never fully recovered, slowly declining in health until the end came early Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, 1922 at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 17 days. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Wilson, who passed away five years ago. To this union three daughters were born. Mrs. Anna Hoover who died about fourteen years ago; Mrs. Mary Marks, who with her husband has kept the home since the death of the mother and added much to the comfort of the aged father, and Mrs. Belle Allen, living at Loves Park, Rockford, who was with the father when the end came. There were also four grandchildren, William Hoover of Egan, F. G. Hoover of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Vivian Marks Peacock and Evan Allen, of Rockford.

There is also a brother Henry Shelling of Leaf River, and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Knodle of Myrtle, and Mrs. Lizzie Cooper of Hagerstown, Md.

The deceased was the third child of a large family of fourteen, and came to Ogle county when he was seventeen years old. He lived in this county until the end of his life’s journey.

Having a man of sterling qualities and true purpose of life in view, he always looked beyond his own needs, always taking an active part in the welfare of the community. He made many lasting friends, who will miss him more and more as the days come and go. No more to hear the word of cheer and encouragement but never to forget his deeds of helpfulness.

His daughters tenderly and faithfully cared for him when he was slowly and peacefully passing away, expecting the end to come soon, yet it brought with it a strange untold sadness that comes when one needs to say, “Good-bye” to our loved ones.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the North Grove Christian Church.

Rev. Willis Wilson of Chicago officiated assisted by Rev. Davenport of Rockford, and Rev. D. B. Allen, Leaf River.

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