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The Briggs family came to the Rock River Valley in about the mid-1880s when Clare was nine. They came from his birthplace in Wisconsin; Reedsburg, (1875), a town near Baraboo where Ringling Brothers Circus and others made their winter quarters. His first love as wanting to be in a circus as a clown or trapeze artisté. He wondered in later years if the colorful life of the circus inspired him to become an artist-cartoonist.

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Pearle Emma Grindey

Pearle Emma (Kniss) Grindey, 87, of Freeport, formerly of Lanark died on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 in Freeport.

Pearle was born on Feb. 8, 1922 at Florence Station, IL, a daughter of Albert and Anna (Steffen) Kniss. She spent her childhood on a farm near Pearl City and later in Rural Lanark. She married James Grindey on Feb. 14, 1952 at Acacia Park Lutheran Church in Norridge, IL by Rev. W. D. West, a close friend.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanark for over 70 years, and then transferred to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in May of 1994. She was known to Lois and Betty’s friends as Mom Grindey. She enjoyed working with young people, and taught Sunday School for over 25 years, taught Bible School for many years as well. Pearle had a great love for children, she was one of the first three ladies to serve on the Church Council in 1953, served as president of the TLCW several times. Pearle served on the Altar Guild several terms, and served on other church committees where needed. Pearl was president of the Lanark Woman’s Club several times, a Heart Fund volunteer for many years, also a volunteer on the Cancer Fund. She worked for many years at the Zentner Drug Store and the Hi-Way Café. She helped organize the traveling house church for the elderly shut- ins of Trinity Lutheran Church and kept it going for many years.

Pearle had a great love for her family, home, church, and community. She loved going camping and fishing with her family. Her granddaughters brought her much happiness.

She is survived by two daughters; Lois Anne Rees and Betty Jo Grindey, son in law Kim Rees, near daughter; Judy Papini, two granddaughters; Claire (Chet) Brinkmeier and Sara (AJ) Croffoot, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her fiancée; Maurice Guenzler, husband; James Grindey, parents, and two sisters Alice Moore and Esther Copenhaven and their husbands.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday Dec. 26, 2009, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Stephen Precht officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the church. Interment will be in Lanark Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in her memory for Trinity Lutheran Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Arrangements are being handled by the Schwarz Funeral Home in Freeport.

Anna Marie Mueller


Funeral services for Anna M. Mueller, age 70 of Souris, ND formerly of Sterling, IL, were held on Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home chapel in Bottineau, ND. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery of rural Souris, ND. Officiating at the service was the Reverend David Hayes. Special music was provided. Casket bearers were Gary Linton Jr., Andrew Linton, Michael Jackson, Steven Snider, John Pedie and Wayne Rosendahl.

Anna Marie Mueller, a daughter of Simmons and Marion (Sippel) Stingley, was born on July 15, 1939 at Morrison, IL. She was reared in the area and graduated from Prophetstown High School. On June 3, 1955 she was married to Arthur Mueller at Morrison, IL. After the children finished school Anna worked for Kmart for a time. In 1992 they moved to the Souris area where they have resided since.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Illinois where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Anna was a Girl Scout leader for a time. She became a member the Trinity Lutheran Church in Souris.

Anna passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2009 in a Bottineau nursing home.

She is survived by her husband Art, of Souris; a son Marc Mueller and his special friend Trina Danielson of Souris; daughters, Susan Linton of IL, Linda and her husband Michael Jackson of WI and Laura and her husband Steven Snider of IL; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements were with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau, ND. Friends may sign the online guest book at

Jean Ann Skow

Jean Ann Skow, age 81, of Savanna, Illinois, died Monday, November 30, 2009 at Eagle Point Nursing Home, Clinton, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 24, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Michael Wey officiating. Burial will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Jean’s memory.

Grace Bogue

Grace Bogue, 93, died Thursday, December 17, 2009, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2009 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of services. Private graveside services will be scheduled at a later date in Savanna Township Cemetery after cremation.

Sara “Jayne” Price

Sara “Jayne” Price, age 84, of Savanna, Illinois, died Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the Alverno Care Center, Clinton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. After cremation, private burial of ashes will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Sara’s memory.