Gerald M. Finn celebrates 95th birthday

Gerald M. Finn of Virginia, will celebrate his 95th birthday, August 7. Gerald was born in McIntosh, South Dakota, where his parents moved from Illinois to homestead. They moved back to Virginia when Gerald was five years old.
Gerald married Mary Ellen Trenter and they had been married for 58 years when she died in 2003. They have three sons and two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Gerald farmed and was the oldest active auctioneer in Illinois until he reitred six years ago.
Cards and letters are appreciated. Please send them to 8189 Ill. Rte. 78, Virginia, IL 62691.


Lorene Thies to celebrate her 100th birthday

Lorene E. Thies will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, July 28.
She was born in 1914 in rural Arenzville, the oldest of the four daughters (the late Wilma Nobis, Ethel Witte of Arenzville, and Phyllis Nobis of St. Johns, Mich.) of William and Lorna Wessler Witte.
She attended grade school and high school in Arenzville. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church where she married the late Paul Thies of rural Jacksonville on November 7, 1937.  They farmed together in Morgan County until retirement in 1976.
Mrs. Thies is the mother of two daughters, Paula (John) McClung of St. Paul, Minn. and Janet (Frank) Newell of Schaumburg. She has three grandchildren, Brian (Kathleen) McClung of Eagan, Minn., Alison (Mike) Hanson of Los Angeles, Calif. and Frank Thies Newell of Chicago. She has three great-grandchildren, Erik and Maggie Hanson and Mack McClung.
When she was younger, Mrs. Thies enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroidering, canning, and cooking. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and had fun playing pinochle. She was thrilled to be a wife, mother, then grandmother, and now great-grandmother. She roots for the Cubs and is an avid “Wheel Watcher.”
She is excited to have her entire family join her for her birthday celebration.


Bells celebrating 90th birthdays

Morris and Doris Bell will celebrate their 90th birthdays from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, August 2 at their home, 3278 CR 1030E, Chandlerville.
Morris was born February 21, 1924, to Arthur and Hortense Bell in Saidora.
Doris was born August 20, 1924, to Edward and Lorene Schaub of Mason City. They were married March 14, 1948, and are celebrating 66 years together.
Morris and Doris are the parents of three daughters: Rosanne (Darell) Sarff, Kristine (Dennis) Lane, and Lori (Steve) Turner.  They have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Morris and Doris are retired from farming. They look forward to sharing this celebration with their family and friends.


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