Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Audrey M Gerkin - Febuary 27, 1917 - October 9, 2011

My Mother-in-law, Audrey Marie Gerkin, died on October 9, 2011.  The following is her obituary.

Audrey M. Gerkin, 94, of Watseka, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at her home.

Audrey was born February 27, 1917, in Beaverville, a daughter of Dillard and Mayme Gibson Green. She married James H. Gerkin on December 24, 1934 in Joliet and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2010.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Carolyn) Gerkin of Apple Valley, MN and Gregory (Janet) Gerkin of Fox River Grove; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Melvin Green; one sister, Angela Platz; and one son, Stephen Gerkin.

Mrs. Gerkin was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. She owned and operated, along with her husband, The Topper in Watseka for many years. She enjoyed quilting.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2011 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Dave Spotts officiating. Burial will be in Papineau Cemetery.

Audrey will be missed , rest in peace!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - October 25, 2011

I am not sure why I abruptly stopped doing my Tombstone Tuesdays last year…Lack of time I suppose… I never stopped visiting cemeteries. So it is time to start writing about them again…Much has happen in the year since I wrote one so I will try to back track a bit.
In September, when I was visiting Michigan for a memorial service, I made it a point to visit several cemeteries while the weather was at it’s best. SO today I’ll show you a couple.

These photos are from the Maple Grove Cemetery in North Branch, Michigan. It is the McArthur plot in the front of the cemetery near the entrance.

Robert McArthur  was born on November 5, 1806 and died November 23, 1887.

 The second photo is that of his wife Cordelia E.  McArthur.  She was born on December 8, 1813 and died on April 27, 1886. 

I'll look around a bit and see if I can find anything out about these early North Branch settlers.

Until then... Jan