Obituaries

Marcellus Keleher

3/21/13

Marcellus J. Keleher, 92, of Galena, IL passed away March 21, 2013 at  Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and burial will be in the cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where a parish rosary will be held at 4 PM. He was born March 15, 1921 in Galena the son of Francis and Cecelia (Schulte) Keleher.  He was united in marriage to Irene Heim on July 23, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and she survives. Marcellus worked on a farm early his in life and went onto be a truck driver for Flynn Ready Mix for many years until his retirement in 1983. He enjoyed playing euchre and going to car shows. Marcellus was a member of the Galena Eagles Club and a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, his children, Joann Ihm of Murfreesboro, TN. Karen (Wayne) Greene of Freeport, IL and Ronald (Marilyn) Keleher of Port Charlotte, FL, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter,  two brothers, Harold  Keleher of Galena and Edgar (Roseanne) Keleher of Benton, WI, six sister in-laws, Rose Keleher of Galena, Anna Mae Keleher of Cuba City, WI, Cecelia Keleher of Shullsburg, WI, Sally (Al) Haleweg of Mercer, WI, Vera Harris of Platteville, WI and Viola Roling of Benton, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Delbert, Melvin and Donald, a sister, Mary Evelyn Keleher and a sister in-law, Betty Keleher. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gregory Vandigo, the staff at Midwest Medical Center and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their care and compassion shown to Marcellus.

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Grace Keefe

3/10/13

Grace Alice Keefe, 97 of Galena, IL passed away March 10, 2013 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Dubuque. Graveside service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Grace will be buried with her husband Joe who passed away on January 8, 2007. Military honors for Joe will be presented graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. She was born in Manitoba, Canada on August 25, 1915 and at the age of three lost her mother and moved to Evanston, IL to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Grace later moved at the age of sixteen to Chicago and then later to Florida, and finally back to Chicago where she met her husband Joe and they were married on November 28, 1959. After, suffering a fall at her home, Grace was hospitalized for a time and then entered Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in August of 2005. She was often quoted as saying "Thanks Norma for finding me such a great place to live." Grace is the last of her family and has no immediate survivors. Many thanks to the great staff at Ennoble for treating her as family and making the last years of Grace's life enjoyable.

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John W. Cox Sr.

3/8/13

John Wayne Cox Sr., 88, of Galena, IL, a decorated World War II veteran, at rest March 8, 2013. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 14, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. John was born on April 24, 1924, in Hazel Green, WI, the only son of six children born to Dale and Anne Cox. John was married for 63 years to his loving wife, Anna, who preceded him in death.  John loved to take the dance floor with his wife, Anna, showing onlookers just how the "jig" was done. He loved going for quiet rides over country roads with Anna, listening to the Chicago Cubs, and going fishing (summer AND winter). But he always said the best times were just being at home with his wife and children, who will sorely miss his caring manner, quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor. He was the proud and loving father of eight children, John, Jr. (Bonnie), Jim (Pauline), Pat, Paula (Jordan), Doris, Dave (Sherri), Lori (John), and Lynda (Brian); the caring grandfather of Jennifer, Emily (John), Michael (Ana), Jessica (Tim), Jennison, Todd (Erika), Corey, Carissa, Matthew, Justin, Jared, Jennifer (Mark), Eric (Becky), Adam, Katie (Nate), Kelsey, Kendall, Joshua, Rachel, Megan, and Jake; and great grandfather to Julia, Daniel, Johno, Audrey, Kaleb, Samantha, Nicole, Jordyn, Nicholas, Max, Annabelle, and Benjamin. Three sisters, Doris, Carol Anne, and Kathy survive him. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in John's honor to St. Jude Hospital, The Alzheimer Foundation, or to a charity of your choice. The family would also like to thank the staff at Bell Tower in East Dubuque, IL, who embraced John during his stay there, the doctors and staff at Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at the Galena-Stauss Nursing Home.

The Fisherman's Prayer by L. Voskuit-Dutter

I pray that I may live to fish, Until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord's great landing net, And peacefully asleep, That in His mercy, I be judged, Big enough to keep.

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Mary Ellen Welp

3/5/13

Mary Ellen Welp, 76 of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013
at her home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary's
Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday,  March 8, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where a scripture wake service will be at 4 PM. She was born May 12, 1936 on a farm on Longhollow Road rural Elizabeth, IL the daughter of Melburn Francis and Gertrude (Saam) Webster. Mary Ellen graduated from the Elizabeth High School and was united in marriage to Elmo Welp on May 5,1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth and he survives.
She worked as Insurance secretary and was a waitress at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Galena for many years until her retirement. Mary Ellen
enjoyed cooking, baking (especially cookies), flowers, playing euchre
and decorating for the Holidays. She loved going to the river and
spending time with her family and friends. Mary Ellen was a member of
St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Galena Elks Lodge. She is
survived by her husband, two sons, Tim (Nanette Miller) Welp of
Vicksburg, MS and Dan (Deb) Welp of Galena, two grandchildren, Ellie
and Ben Welp, one sister, Shirley Ann Ray, two brothers, Irvin Webster and Marvin (Nancy) Webster, a brother in-law, Delos (Mildred) Welp, a sister in-law, Evelyn Goley and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Donna Mae Webster, a
brother, Howard Webster, brother in-law, Charles Ray, two sisters
in-law, Carolyn and Jan.

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David Coates

3/1/13

David Coates, 88 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a scripture wake service will be held at 4 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena with Father Max Lasrado officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. He was born August 6, 1924 in Guilford the son of Everett and Loretta (Tobin) Coates. David was a WW II veteran serving in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage to Lucille E. Wand on May 20, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church Elizabeth, IL and she preceded him in death on October 12, 2005. He worked as a mechanic for many years and retired as an Assistant Fire Chief at the Savanna Army Depot. David would always help people out when they needed it and was proud of donating twelve gallons of blood over the years, which helped many people. He was a retired member of the Galena Fire Department and a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He is survived by his two sons; Ron (Pattie) Coates of Dubuque, IA, David (Julie) Coates of Pingree Grove, IL and one daughter Patty Virtue of Galena, nine grandchildren; Carri Coates, Jamie (Mary) Coates, Brian (Tami) Coates, Michelle Coates, Josh (Mollie Sysko) Virtue, Brad (Erica) Virtue, Luke Virtue, Ryan Coates and Evan Coates, twelve great-grandchildren, a brother in-law, David Wenzel, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister, DoLores Wenzel. The family would like to extend their gratitude to family and friends, Dr. Vandigo, Midwest Medical Center and Furlongs. 

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