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Mrs. Barbara Ellen Wise passed away Feb. 26 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Smart, 405 S. Galena avenue after a lingering illness. She had been in poor health for a year but it was not until a month ago that her illness was considered serious. Since that time her condition gradually became more grave.

Barbara Drenner was born in Pine Creek, Ill. July 18, 1857, a daughter of George and Malinda Drenner. The early years of her life were spent in that community. Four years ago she came to Freeport from Portage, Wis. to make her home with her daughter.

Mrs. Wise was an ardent Christian woman, and was highly respected by her many friends. She was an active member of the Christian Church at Dixon, for a number of years, and since going to Freeport had been attending the first Methodist church.

She is survived by two children, Lee Wise, of Sterling, Ill., and Mrs. Smart, of Freeport; three sisters, Martha Funk, of Okmulgee, Okla., Emma McFurston of Oregon, Dillie Castle of Dixon; three brothers, James Drenner of Cumberland, Iowa; Geo. Drenner of Polo, John Drenner of Sterling. She also leaves three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Wiese & Tempel Funeral church, 214 W. Main Street, Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Frank Brandfellner, of Trinity Evangelical church, officiated and interment was made in Oakland Cemetery.

Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)

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