JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
John Wesley Sursa

John Wesley SURSA, who was born December 23, 1856, near Belle RIve, 
and spent his entire life in that neighborhood, died this morning at 
4:20 o'clock at his home after a period of more that a year of ill health.  
Mr. SURSA was a farmer known for his integrity.  He took a prominent part 
in fraternal and civic affairs and politics and had a wide circle of friends.

He was married in 1880 to Myra Arminta FARMER and she, with their six 
children, survives him.  The children are :  Mrs. Hettie McPHERSON, 
Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Essa JARED, Urbana; Mrs. Mary HOPKINS, Belle Rive; 
Mrs. Nellie SHUMATE, Urbana; Charles E. SURSA, Belle Rive; and Miss Inez SURSA, 
Mt. Vernon.  One sister, Mrs. Mary ALLEN, is living and there are 18 grandchildren 
and 8 great-grandchildren.  

In 1909 Mr. SURSA was converted and united with the Union Grove United 
Brethren Church.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 696, of Belle Rive, 
and was for many years Chaplain.  He was also a member of the Modern Woodman.  
He was active in political work and for a number of years served as Republican 
committeeman in Pendleton Twp.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, September 29 at 1:30 at the 
First Methodist Church in Belle Rive.  Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery 
at Opdyke.

Source: Mt. Vernon, IL Register News
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 1933
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta
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