Charles Henry Heller
Son of Charles Frederick Heller and Mary Anna Kern
Born 12 Sep 1874 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 30 Jan 1950 in Downey, Lake, Illinois

Telegraph Herald, January 31, 1950
Charles H. Heller, 75, of East Dubuque, died at 6:30pm Monday at the Veteran's Hospital at Downey, Illinois after a long illness. The body will be brought to the Egelhof funeral home, East Dubuque, where funeral arrangements will be announced. Burial will be in the East Dubuque cemetery. Heller was born Sept. 12, 1874, in Galena, Ill., coming when a young man to East Dubuque with his family. He was married Dec. 3, 1902, to Emma Keepings. He was employed for a number of years at Pluym's Market in East Dubuque. He was a Spanish-American War veteran, having served with company M, of Galena. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Woodmen of the World. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Everett (Ione) Roeder, of Dubuque, and Mrs. Byrne (Aleath) Holland, of Galena; one son, Theodore (Ted) Heller, of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Berkley of Dubuque, and Mrs. Viola Behrens, of Appleton, Wis. He was preceded by two sons Dywain Heller and Charles Heller, Jr., three children in infancy, four brothers and four sisters.

Wife Emma Amanda Keepings
Born 12 Feb 1885 in East Dubuque, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 02 Feb 1962 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa

The Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, Feb 2, 1962

Mrs. Emma Heller, 76, 0f 411 Locust, died at 11:45am Friday at Mercy Hospital. Friends may call after noon Saturday at Egelhof-Vanderah Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Omar Allison of Wesley Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. She was a member of the Spanish American Auxilliary, and the Ladies Aid Society of the church. She was born at East Dubuque, daughter of Charles and Maria Keepings, and lived in East Dubuque most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Heller. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Vern (Aleath) Holland, Galena, Ill., and Mrs. Ione Roeder, Dubuque; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Otto, Madison, Wis.

Charles Henry Heller

Emma Amanda Keepings

Charles Heller


Dywain Harry Heller
Born 1903 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 19 May 1926 in Seattle, King, Washington

Telegraph Herald, May 23, 1926, pg 12, col 5
Heller Funeral To Be Held Monday

The remains of Dywain Heller, East Dubuquer, who died in Seattle, will arrive in East Dubuque Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

The funeral services will be held at the home in that city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. George Gaide, pastor of the East Dubuque M. E. Church, will officiate, and interment will be made in the East Dubuque cemetery.

Ione Martha Heller-Roeder-Larsen
Born 15 Jan 1906 in East Dubuque, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 5 Aug 1985

Mrs. Mads (Ione) Larsen, 79, of 189-1/2 Locust St. died at 7am Sunday at home.

Services will be at 10am Tuesday at the Egelhoff-Casper-Streuger Funeral Home, 1145 Locust St., where friends may call from 4 to 8pm Monday. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Mrs. Larsen was born in East Dubuque and worked for Kresge's for many years. Surviving besides her husband are a stepson, James Larsen of Mission Viejo, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Bud (Lillian) Brendle of La Crosse, Wis., 30 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, and a sister, Mrs. Verne (Aleath) Holland of Galena, Ill.

Memorials may be given to the Ione Larsen Memorial Fund.

Ione Heller

Aleath Norma Heller-Holland
Born 05 Jul 1908 in East Dubuque, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 14 Sep 1995 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - September 15, 1995

GALENA, Ill. - Mrs. Verne (Aleath) Holland, 87, 811 Franklin St., Galena, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 1995, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph's Unit, Dubuque.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where there will be a scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m. Friends also may call after 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born on July 5, 1908, in East Dubuque, daughter of Charles and Emma (Thoreson Keepings) Heller. She married Verne Holland, on Oct. 18, 1933, in Galena. She made her home at the Evergreen Living Center, Hazel Green, Wis., for the past year. She was a homemaker and was very dedicated to her family and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Surviving are two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verne Holland, on April 27, 1994; her parents, three brothers; and a sister.

Her Husband... Laverne Joseph Holland
Born 18 Oct 1910 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 27 Apr 1994 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Galena Gazette, 5 May 1994

Galena -- Verne Holland, 83, of 811 Franklin Strete, Galena, died Apr. 27, 1994. He was born Oct. 18, 1910, in Galena, the son of Albert and Catherine (Knobbe) Holland.

He married Aleath Heller Oct. 18, 1933, in Galena. He had been employed at Tri-State Mine and Galena High School. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and golfer.

Survivors include his wife, Aleath; one son, two daughters, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother, Alfred (Gladys) Holland; three sisters, Bernice Harris, Dorothy (Elmer) Hoftender and Jane (Harold) Foecking, of Galena. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Edward, Elroy and Charles Holland.

Services were held April 30, 1994, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Charles Frederick Heller
Born 09 Jan 1910 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois
Died 26 Jul 1927 in Dunlieth Township, Jo Daviess, Illinois

Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, Tuesday, July 26, 1927

Charles Heller Drowns Tuesday Morning While Swimming
Body Found Shortly After Noon
Tragedy Occurred Opposite Mother House; Believe Youth Was Seized With Cramps

Charles Heller, 17, East Dubuque, was drowned early Tuesday morning while swimming with companions on what is known as the sand bar, opposite the Mother House.

The drowned youth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heller, Sr., residing on Highway No. 5. East Dubuque authorities were notified of the drowning by Laverne Liddle, who was with the drowned youth at the time of the tragedy. The body was recovered by searchers around 1 o'clock, after youths who accompanied the drowned youth, directed dragging crews and divers all through the morning hours and after boats were engaged to continue the search further up the Mississippi river. How the drowning occurred could not be ascertained, but it is believed that the youth must have been seized with a cramp and aid was impossible. Shortly after the report a large number of people, including the mother of the youth, went to the scene about two miles below the city proper. Two sisters, Aleath and Ione, and another brother, Theodore, were notified by the father, Charles Sr., and all left work and went to the scene.

While water in the vicinity of the sand bar is shallow in spots there is a deep, swift undertow, that proves to be treacherous at time. Heller, it is said, was an experienced swimmer and visited the swimming hole on the sand bar, favorite haunt of many of the East Dubuque youth, on many occasions.

The hot weather, long walk over heated sands, and fatigue is thought to have produced a cramp and that he was unable to aid himself and was swept away in the swift underflow of the current. The mother, standing on the shore, watching workers trying to recover the body of her boy, was grief stricken. His two sisters and brothers were also on the scene. The father arrived there after the noon hour, having gone to Dubuque to see if the son was at work and to notify the children of the tragedy.

Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, Wednesday, July 27, 1927

Coroner's Jury Returns Verdict After Hearing Evidence
Pals Tried To Save His Life
Three Youths Went To His Assistance But Could Not Prevent Drowning

Death by accidental drowning was the verdict returned by a coroner's jury after hearing evidence in the death of Charles Heller, 17, East Dubuque, who was drowned early Tuesday {illegible} while swimming {illegible} at the sand {illegible} about two miles below East Dubuque and opposite the {illegible} House on the Mississippi. A coroner's jury was empaneled {illegible} afternoon after the body {illegible} recovered under the direction of Marshal John Werner, who {illegible} corps of volunteers had {illegible} increasingly during the {illegible} hours. Boats equipped with {illegible} and other grappling hooks in addition to expert swimmers made every effort to recover the body {illegible} early morning hours. {illegible} then that Marshal Werner {illegible} Fred Clow and is son Wal- {illegible} assist them. Mr. Clow, commercial fisherman, has a 600-foot net with a 15 foot-depth. Three hauls were made, the last bringing the body of the dead youth to the shore. The remains were brought to East Dubuque where an inquisition was immediately held. {illegible} Durnstein, coroner of Jo Daviess county was summoned {illegible} home at Sinsinawa and presided at the inquisition. The jurors' verdict was that death was accidental. Youths, three in number, who were with Heller at the time of the drowning testified at the inquest. Elmer Berloss , Raymond Hopkins, and Laverne Liddle told the same story. The four had gone down to the sand bar hole early in the morning for a swim. Two of the party noticed that Heller was in difficulty and attempted to aid him. This they failed to do as the drowning swimmer attempted to grapple with them and {illegible} them along. The Heller youth went down but once after his companions attempted to assist him and Laverne Liddle then rushed to East Dubuque and informed Marshal Liddle of the tragedy. The coroner's jury was composed of Leroy Risley, Wilbur Acker, Pat Patterson, Ed Liddle, Nick Schilling, and S. McFarlane. The mother was the first on the scene while the father was in Dubuque to notify two sisters, Aleath and Ione, and to ascertain definitely whether his son had gone to work or had gone swimming as had been reported. The girls, working in Dubuque, left immediately as soon as notified by their father and met a younger brother, Theodore, as soon as they reached home. The three then went to the sand bar and were later joined by the father. The deceased, Charles Frederick Heller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Heller, was born Jan. 9, 1910, in East Dubuque, where he had been a lifetime resident. He was educated in the public schools of that city and has been an employee in one of the local Dubuque factories. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of east Dubuque and an attendant at Sunday school classes. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence with interment to be made in the East Dubuque cemetery.

Submitted by Christa Hughes.