Obit: Vandeberg, Lillie (1867 - 1939)
Contact: Steven Lavey
----Source: The Clark County
Press, December 7, 1939
LAST NAME: Vandeberg
FIRST NAME: Lillie
NEWSPAPER LOCATION: Neillsville, Wisconsin
Mrs. Lillie Vandeberg (nee Lawrence) passed away at her home in Neillsville Thursday, November 30, 1939, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 19 days after an illness of eight months. Mrs. Vandeberg was born at Lyndon (Township/Sheboygan County), Wisconsin January 17, 1867, her parents being Horace and Almeda (actually Lorinda) Lawrence. Her mother died when she was about five years (actually about eight years old) of age and she was taken to the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. & Mrs. George Lindsley at Alto, Wisconsin. Six or seven years later she came to the Town of York, making the long drive to Clark County in a covered wagon. On July 13, 1882, she was married to John Vandeberg. They began housekeeping on land which he bought in the Town of York. Here they developed a well-equipped farm and built a modern home, also adding more land to the original purchase. They lived there until March, 1922 when they moved to Neillsville to a home which they bought several years before. Mr. Vandeberg passed away April 20, 1929. After his death, Mrs. Vandeberg lived alone until about eight years ago when her son-in-law and daughter moved into her home. Mrs. Vandeberg was an active worker in the Methodist Church and Royal Neighbor Lodge at York Center. After moving to this city she transferred her membership to the Neillsville M. E. Church and Lodge. She attended services regularly and was a faithful member worker in Ladies Aid and in all departments of the church. She was also a member of the Women's Relief Corps, holding offices in this organization and in Golden Lank Camp No. 78 N. R. A. up to the time when her illness would no longer permit her to go on. In times of need, Mrs. Vandeberg was ever ready to assist her relatives, neighbors, and friends; her sympathetic nature and skill in caring for the sick making her especially desireable at such times. The departed is survived by four children: Alvin C., Forest Park, Illinois; Horace of York Center; Ida, Mrs. E. Voight, York Center; and Ruth, Mrs. Elmer Keller, Neillsville. One son, Manley, died in 1904. There are fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two brothers, Burt of Neenah, Wisconsin and Melvin of Platteville. A brother, George, and sister, Ida, preceded her in death. She leaves also seven half brothers and sisters: Will, Newburg, Oregon; Orin, Levis; Roy, York; Earl, Missoula, Montana; Ethel, Mrs. Clyde Wiggins, Missoula, Montana; and Horace, Spencer. Two half sisters have passed away. Brief services were held at the home at 1 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Obed Asp, Mrs. Albert Kuehling and Mrs. John Perkins rendering several vocal selections, accompanied on the piano by Miss Velda Wagner. At 3 p.m. services were held at the York Center Church, with the Neillsville M. E. Pastor conducting the rites. The singers were: Mrs. Jesse Mortimer, Mrs. William Benedict, Nyle Benedict and James Young. Six grandsons of Mrs. Vandeberg acted as pall bearers: John, Chester, Clifford, and Lloyd Vandeberg, and Mervin and Harvey Voight. Several cars of Royal Neighbors preceded the body and acted as guard of honor at the door of the church. Relatives here for the funeral were: Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Vandeberg and son, Chester, of Forest Park, Illinois; Lloyd Vandeberg, who attends Stout at Menomonie; Burt Lawrence of Neenah; Melvin Lawrence, Beulah Lawrence, Mr. & Mrs. Louie Lawrence, all of Platteville; Mr. & Mrs. G. J. Vandeberg and son, Chris, of Baldwin; Mr. & Mrs. Chris Vandeberg, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Vande Zande and Charles Glewen, all of Waupun; Mr. & Mrs. Earl MacMichael of Fox Lake; Will Glewen of Brandon, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Egger and two sons of Eau Claire; Mr. & Mrs. Elwin Root of Tripoli; Mr. & Mrs. Horace Lawrence, and Mr. & Mrs. Byrl Lawrence of Spencer. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
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