Elizabeth Mary (Wessel) Runte was born at North Grove on October 20, 1861, and passed away on September 3, 1938. She attained the age of 76 years, 10 months, and 14 days. In March, 1877, she was confirmed in the North Grove Church by Rev. Biesemeier. She was married to Christ Runte at Rock Run, Ill., December 26, 1881. To this union six children were born, who all survive to mourn her loss. They are Mrs. Emma Fry, Forreston; Fred Runte, Florence Station; Mrs. Clara Finkboner, Rochelle; Oscar Runte, Forreston; Mrs. Elsie Griffin, Rockford; and Mrs. Esther Paddock, Beloit, Wis.

Eighteen grandchildren also survive. Her husband preceded her in death eighteen years ago. Deceased lived in this community all her life. While living in Forreston, before she was disabled by infirmities of age and sickness, she was an attendant at the services of the Reformed Church, from which church, after a short service at the DeGraff Funeral home, she was buried. Reverend Huenemann officiated. Interment was at the White Oak Cemetery.

The following out of town relatives and friends attended the funeral: Mrs. Belle Wessel, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wessel, Mrs. Simon Zieck and daughter Marjorie, and Earl Wessel, all of Freeport; Gust Wessel and Henry Wessel of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. John Motter and Mrs. Henry Hachmeister of Adeline; Mrs. Emma Heinky, Mrs. Fred Ashton and son, Mrs. Wayne Oliver, Mrs. Andy Nelson, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Meiners of Rockford; Mrs. Kitty Brayton and Mrs. Tat Smith of Byron; Mrs. and Mrs. John Paddock and Mrs. Gust Heinze of Beloit, Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. John Kuipke of Caledonia; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adams of Polo, and Mrs. Leo Gable and Mrs. William Gable of Rochelle.

Above from Forreston newspaper, September 8, 1938

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