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From: Tracy Johnson <>
Subject: [ILHENRY-L] A few more Henry County obits....
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 14:31:01 -0500
Friday, May 8, 1998
KEWANEE - Robert Corcoran Gerwig, 81, a local businessman and artist, died
at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, in Kewanee Hospital Extended Care.
Cremation rites were accorded. A private memorials mass will be
celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Duane Jack will be the
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee.
Memorials may be directed to Visitation School or the Kewanee Public Library.
He was born May 22, 1916, in Rome, N.Y., the son of Harry W. and Mary
Elizabeth (Corcoran) Gerwig.
He married Brohna A. "Daisy" Altman on Jan. 16, 1947, in St. Patrick's
Cathedral in New York City.
She survives, as well as three daughters, Mary (Thomas) Hanson,
Bloomington, Ill., Kate (Robert) Spielberg, McLean, Va., and Amanda Gerwig,
Corrales, N.M.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Gerwig spent his early years in Rome and Herkimer, N.Y. He attended
Holy Cross University and received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell
University in 1937 where he was a member of the Zeta Psi Xi fraternity. He
received his LL.D. from Cornell University Law School in 1940.
Mr. Gerwig served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was captain
of the mine sweeper USS Rigel, serving in the Pacific Theater.
He moved to Kewanee in 1948 and opened Gerwig's clothing store. He later
opened three more stores in Galesburg, Macomb and Clinton, Iowa. He became
a franchise member for more than 20 years of the early Sandy's fast food
chain which later became Hardee's restaurants in Illinois, Wisconsin and
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Midland Country Club,
Cornell University Club and served as a board member of the International
Advisory Council at Bradley University.
He had also been a bagpipe player with the Morton Highlanders. In later
years, he became known for his paintings, which were displayed in many area
CAMBRIDGE - Alice Barham, 56, of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Stackhouse-Moore
Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home
with Rev. David Knudsen officiating.
Burial will be in Andover Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to her family.
She was born July 25, 1941, in Marceline, Mo., the daughter of Wesley and
Berniece (Jenkins) Twitchel.
She married Hershel Barham on Sept. 5, 1964, in Galesburg. They owned and
operated a lawn mower repair shop in Andover and later in Mendota, retiring
Mrs. Barham was a member of the Osco Evangelical Free Church and was
active as a Sunday school teacher and with vacation Bible schools and
several women's Bible studies and as a prayer warrior. She enjoyed stamp
collecting and designing home interiors.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Kathy (Jack) Crank,
Mountain View, Mo., Shirley Barham, Morton, Ill., and Ruby Carlyle, East
Moline; three sons, Kenny (Debra) Barham, Osco, Lenny (Ivetta) Barham, St.
Louis, Mo., and Daniel (Barbara) Barham, Andover; 12 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; a brother, Elmer (Wilma) Twitchel, Brookfield, Mo.; and
a sister, Loneta Roberts, Kansas City, Kan.
TOULON - William Appenheimer, 77, of Toulon, died 12:30 a.m. Friday, May
8, 1998, at his home.
Services are pending at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon.
KEWANEE - Helen Thurwanger, 90, of Kewanee, died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at
St. Clare's Nursing Home in Lincoln, Ill.
Services are pending with Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home.
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