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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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