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Obituaries from Butler County, Ohio
Part 16

Table of Contents

William LLEWELLYN Obituary (1921)
William LLEWELLYN Obituary (1937)
Irene Josephine MILLER LLEWELLYN Obituary
George W. LLEWELLYN Obituary
Mary Louise LLEWELLYN Obituary
Bridget O'ROURKE Obituary
Anton HAFERTEPEN Obituary
Sgt. James P. O'CONNOR Obituary
Aline Mary BECKMAN Death Card and Obituary
Sabert A.TYLER Obituary
Ada C. (LIDDIL) TYLER Obituary
Ferdinand IMFELD Obituaries
Mrs. Lucy D. (NORTH) BISHOP Obituary

William LLEWELLYN Obituary, The Hamilton Daily News, March 22, 1921
Submitted by Helen

Native of Hamilton Retired from Dayton Industry

     WILLIAM LLEWELLYN, former prominent citizen of Hamilton, died Monday morning at 5:15 o'clock at the residence of his daughter, MRS. ALBERT JOHNSON, Rural  Route 17, Dayton, Ohio.  Mr. Lllewellyn's death came following one week's  illness.
    He was born near Hamilton, July 25, 1838.  He was for years a farmer and was well-known in political and industrial circles after his retirement from the farm to the city.  In 1899 he came to Dayton, where he was superintendent  of the Gem City Paste company for some time.  At the time of his death he had been retired from active business life for eight years.
    Mr. Llewellyn was a past grand chancellor of the Hamilton lodge, Knights of Pythias.
    Surviving him are his wife, Drucilla, and seven children, William Llewellyn, Jr., of Hamilton; Edward Llewellyn,  Cleveland;  George, Joseph
and Albert, of Dayton, and Mrs. Albert Johnson and Mrs. F. A. Zehring, also of Dayton.
    The Knights of Pythias ceremonies will be used in the funeral services and burial at Greenwood cemetery, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.

William LLEWELLYN Obituary, Hamilton Journal-Daily News, Thursday, March 13, 1937.
Submitted by Helen

Coroner Plans Added Probe of Mishap.
Victim Struck at Pleasant, Forest Avenues Sunday.
Curtis Under Bond -  Driver Charged with Reckless Driving in Case Involving Former Paper Maker.

    Death of WILLIAM LLEWELLYN, of injuries suffered in automobile, accident  marks up first fatality of year in Hamilton.   Dr. H. F. Deubel, coroner, to  investigate further.  Driver, Elmer Curtis, under bond.

    The first automobile fatality in Hamilton this year was recorded at 3:55 o'clock  Saturday morning when William M. Llewellyn, age 75, of 461 Forest
avenue, died at Mercy Hospital of injuries suffered last Sunday night when he was struck by an automobile while walking across Pleasant avenue at Forest  avenue, Dr. Harry F. Deubel, Butler County recorder, reported.
    Llewellyn died of a fractured skull, crushed chest and three broken ribs.
 His death was the fourth traffic accident fatality in Butler County this year, Dr. Deubel added.
    Dr. Deubel will investigate further to determine whether a manslaughter charge will be brought against Elmer Curtis, age 19, R. R. 2, Mt. Healthy,
driver of the car which struck Llewellyn.
    Curtis was charged with reckless driving after the accident and was released on $2,000 bond, signed by John Laws, 1750 Grand boulevard.
    Llewellyn stepped off the curb into the path of Curtis'  auto after waiting for another car to pass, a report to police said.  Curtis reported he
swerved his car in an attempt to avoid the accident but that Llewellyn was struck by the right front fender.
    Police were told by several witnesses that Curtis was driving southward on Pleasant avenue at a speed rate of between 25 and 35 miles per hour and that Llewellyn stepped from the west curb into the car's path.
    Mr. Llewellyn was born in Hamilton, September 30, 1861.  He spent his entire life in this city and was married to Mary Hilbert August 13, 1892.
    A papermaker, Mr. Llewellyn devoted his entire life to this work and retired from the Champion Paper and Fibre company in August, 1934.  He was a member of Butler Aerie No. 407, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Fort Hamilton Court No. 1749, Independent Order of Foresters.
    Surviving are the widow, Mary Hilbert  Llewellyn; three daughters, Mrs. William Ludeke, Mrs. Aureal D. Imfeld and Mrs. Wade Fisher, of Hamilton; two sons, Gordon Llewellyn, of Cincinnati, and Albert Dewey Llewellyn, of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Zehring and Mrs. Clara Johnson, of Dayton; four brothers, Joseph, George and Albert Llewellyn, of Dayton, and Edward Llewellyn of Akron, and eight grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held at the home, 461 Forest avenue, Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock followed by requiem high mass at 9 o'clock at St.
Ann's Catholic church.  Burial will be in St. Stephen's cemetery.  Friends may call at the home Monday afternoon after 2 o'clock.

Irene Josephine MILLER LLEWELLYN Obituary, Hamilton Journal Daily News,  November 3, 1944.
Submitted by Helen


    MRS. IRENE JOSEPHINE MILLER LLEWELLYN, age 56, wife of Gordon Llewellyn, died of a heart attack at 4 o'clock Friday morning in her residence, 2217 Fulton avenue, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.
    She was born October 9, 1888, in Hamilton, daughter of the late Henry and Magdalene Miller.  She received her early education in St. Peter parochial
school and was graduated from Notre Dame academy in 1907.
    Mrs. Llewellyn was a musician of ability and for a number of years was organist at St. Peter Catholic church.
    For the last 12 years, the Llewellyn family had resided in Cincinnati, but Mrs. Llewellyn retained her friendships and acquaintances in this
community, where her sudden death brings deep and genuine sorrow.
    She leaves the widower, Gordon Llewellyn; a daughter, Jean Ann Llewellyn, both of Cincinnati; three brothers, Paul Miller, Fred G. Miller, and Joseph H. Miller, all of Hamilton; and two sisters, Mrs. Anton Batt, Hamilton, and Mrs. Raymond Krieger, Cincinnati.
    Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock in the W. F. Cahill and Sons funeral home, 229 Dayton street, and at 9 o'clock in St.
Stephen church.  Burial will be in St. Stephen cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening.

George W. LLEWELLYN Obituary, Hamilton Journal Daily News, Monday, June 21, 1948.
Submitted by Helen


    George W. Llewellyn, age 83, died Sunday at Dayton.
    Mr. Llewellyn was born in Butler county July 28, 1864, the son of William and Drucilla (Parson) Llewellyn.  He spent his boyhood in Butler County.
    He leaves two brothers, Joseph and Albert Llewellyn, both of Dayton; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Zehring, Dayton, and Mrs. Albert Johnson, Detroit,
numerous nieces and nephews.
      Mr. Llewellyn was a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Syrian temple and Mystic Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Dayton.
    Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at Dayton with burial in Greenwood cemetery, Hamilton.

Mary Louise LLEWELLYN Obituary, Hamilton Journal and Daily News,  Monday, April 9, 1956.
Submitted by Helen


    Mrs. Mary Louise Llewellyn, 88, 1011 Clinton Ave., died at 9 a.m., Sunday in her home.  Although she had suffered a heart condition for 20 years, she continued to live an active life and her sudden death comes as a shock to her family and many friends.
    Born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, January 22, 1868, she was a daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ruffing Hilbert.  She came to Hamilton at the age of 10 and received her education in St. Stephen School.
    She was married to William M. Llewellyn, August 13, 1891.  He preceded her in death March 13, 1937.   She was a member of St. Elizabeth Auxiliary and the Third Order of St. Francis.  In 1937 she moved to Lindenwald and became a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.  She was a member of the Rosary Society of that church.
    Mrs. Llewellyn leaves three daughters, Mrs. William Ludeke, Mrs. Aureal Imfeld, and Mrs. Wade Fisher, all of Hamilton; two sons, Gordon Llewellyn, Cincinnati, and Dewey Llewellyn, St. Louis, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and many friends.
    Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a. m. Wednesday in the James R. Zettler Funeral Home, 2646 Pleasant Ave., followed by requiem high mass at
9:30 a. m. in St. Ann Church.  Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p. m. Tuesday.  The Rosary Society will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home and the Third Order of St. Francis will meet at 8: 15 p. m. in the funeral home.

Addie WATSON FITZPATRICK Obituary, Crawfordsville Journal Review, April 7, 1942
Submitted by


Mrs Addie Watson Fitzpatrick, age 81, wife of James E. Fitzpatrick, died at her home on 206 Woodlawn Avenue, Tuesday night at 8 o'clock of complications.
Mrs Fitzpatrick was born near Hamilton, Ohio, September 11, 1860, the daughter of Mr. William W. and  Mrs. Mary Ellen Larkin Watson.  She was married March 30, 1885, to James E. Fitzpatrick.  Mrs Fitzpatrick was a member of the Methodist church and was prominent in charity work in this community a few years ago.
Surviving, besides the husband, are two sons, Harry M. of Ithaca, NY and Otto F. Fitzpatrick of Crawfordsville;  one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are two grandchildren, Hugh Fitzpatrick of the U.S. Army, and Mrs. Barbara Stone, of Rochester, N.Y.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Proffitt & Sons funeral home with the Rev. Allen Rice in charge.  Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Bridget O'ROURKE Obituary, Middletown Journal, 4 January 1925
Submitted by Carolyn Lacey


    Mrs. Bridget O'Rourke, 76 years old, died Friday night at nine o'clock at her home, 809 Ninth avenue, her passing closing a life of usefulness and
    willing endeavor in behalf of others.  Mrs. O'Rourke lived here 54 years, coming from Ireland and making friends continuously during the years.
    She was the widow of John O'Rourke, and is survived by one daughter, Mary, a son, William, of Erie, Pennsylvania.
    Funeral services will be held Monday at 8 a.m. at the Holy Trinity church, interment to follow in Calvary cemetery.

Anton HAFERTEPEN Obituary, Hamilton Daily News, October 25, 1926
Contributed by Diane Beaty

Veteran Grocer Passes Away
Anton Hafertepen, 81, Had Store 40 Years --- Was in Civil War

Anton Hafertepen one of Hamiltons oldest and most respected citizens passed away this morning 6:45 a.m. at his home at the age of 81 years 1 month and 3 days.

Mr. Hafertepen was born in Hanover, Germany and came to this country with his parents at an early age. Locating first at Cincinnati shortly after coming to Hamilton.

The deceased conducted a grocery at 6th and Ludlow streets for over 40 years and at the present time held the record of this city for conducting a grocery in one location over the longest period of time.

He attended St. Stephens Parochial School and continued as a member of St. Stephens Church his entire life. He was also affiliated with the church societies and also a member of Branch 127 C., K. of O.

He was united in marriage with Caroline Werner on October 15th, 1874 and to this union was born one son, Anthony B. Hafertepen, who lives to mourn his fathers loss. Sorrowing also are 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Hafertepen was also a veteran of the Civil War.

Funeral services will be held Thursday 9:30 a.m. from the residence, 601 Ludlow street, followed by services in St. Stephens Catholic church 10 a.m. with solemn requiem high mass. Interment in St. Stephens cemetery. Friends may pay their respect at the home Wednesday after 2:30 p.m.

Sgt. James P. O'CONNOR Obituary, Hamilton Journal and Daily News, 1959
Contributed by Diane Beaty

Sgt. OConnor Stricken; First Traffic Dept Head

            James P. O'Connor, 65, 633 S. C St., retired Hamilton police sergeant who directed the traffic control system of the city for many years and who was Hamiltons first traffic officer, died at his home around 9 p.m., Friday night.

            Mr. O'Connor had been in ill health for many years, but his sudden death comes as a shock to his family and many friends.

            He was appointed to the police department as a sub-patrolman on July 21, 1921, and served on the department for 33 years and four months before he retired on Nov. 13, 1954.

Traffic Sergeant

            Officer O'Connor served on many assignments in the department until 1926 when the traffic situation in Hamilton had developed to such an extent that the Police Chief Otto Kolodzik appointed O'Connor as acting traffic sergeant. He served in this capacity for 11 years before he received a permanent appointment to that rank.

            Considered an expert in the field of traffic, Sgt. O'Connor not only handled assignments for traffic officers but also was charged with traffic engineering duties. He determined the downtown traffic patterns and the timing on traffic lights after they were installed to replace patrolmen operating semiphore units in the center of busy intersections.

School Boy Patrol

            Sgt. OConnor cooperated with Will Howe of the Butler County Automobile Club in working out the original School Boy Patrol system for the city of Hamilton and he made numerous talks on traffic safety to school children all over the city. He also served on motorcycle duty in chasing and apprehending speeders and was injured three times in the line of duty. Twice he was struck by motorists and the third time his motorcycle hit a street-car rail and threw him to the pavement.

            During his 33 years service, Hamilton's traffic control system changed from the horse and buggy semiphore system to the modern traffic control lights.

            Like all police officers, Mr. O'Connor was assigned numerous and difficult tasks where the simple act of following orders and doing the duty assigned can bring resentment from the public. However, the many hundreds of children and adults who learned to know Sgt. OConnor, found him a man with mild manners who liked people, loved children and was devoted to his home and family. Many of his off-duty hours were spent in the construction of model airplanes which were the delight of the children in his neighborhood.

Army Service

            He was born in Hamilton on May 30, 1894, the youngest son of Charles and Mary Cortney OConnor and attended St. Mary and Adams Schools. He was a machinist prior to joining the police department, having learned and served the trade for about six years at the old Hooven-Owens-Rentschler plant. During World War I he served in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged May 27, 1919, at Camp Jackson, S.C.

            Mr. OConnor married Irene Lagedrost on May 31, 1922, in St. Joseph Church and to the union three sons and four daughters were born. He was a life-long member of St. Mary Church and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Hamilton Lodge 38.

 Members of Family

            He leaves his wife, Irene O'Connor; two sons, James W. O'Connor, Hamilton, Airman Third Class Robert Lee O'Connor, stationed at Griffen Air Force Base, Rome, N.Y.; four daughters, Miss Mary Jane O'Connor, Hamilton, Mrs. Alice Kuhlmann, Hamilton, Mrs. Catherine DGeorgio, Dayton, and Miss Patricia Ann O'Connor, Dayton.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, John O'Connor, a brother, Charles O'Connor, and a sister, Elizabeth O'Connor.

            Funeral services will be conducted at the Michael J. Colligan Funeral Home, 437 S. Third St., at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Requiem High Mass will be intoned at St. Mary Church at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

 [Note: Misspelled names: mother was Mary Courtney; daughter is Mrs. Catherine DiGiorgio. ]

Aline Mary BECKMAN Death Card and Obituary
Submitted by Deena Beckman

Death Card:


MARCH 23, 1893

FEBRUARY 14, 1987

Eternal rest grant unto her O
Lord and let perpetual light shine
upon her.  May her soul and all
the souls of the faithful departed
rest in peace.  Amen


St. Stephen Cemetary

Funeral Conducted by

Obituary, Hamilton Journal, circa February 14, 1987


 Aline Mary Beckman, age 93, formerly of 307 North E. Street, died Saturday at Tri-County Extended Care Center.  She was born in Covington, Kentucky, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Fisher) Haver.  On June 24, 1920, she was married to Joseph F. Beckman in St. Veronica Church.  He preceded her September 17, 1952.  Mrs. Beckman was a member of St. Peter Church, the Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Notre Dame Tabernacle Society, Miraculous Medal Association, and a charter member of the Franciscan Sisters Guild.
 Surviving are four sons, Father Joseph Beckman of St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home, Sharonville, Donald and Fred, Hamilton, and James, Defiance, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Carter (Mary Ann) Smith, Evanston, Illinois; and eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
 Mass of Christian Burial will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Church with burial in St. Stephen's Cemetary.  There will be no visitation.  The family requests memorials to St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home, Sharonville, 45241, or Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, or St. Peter Church.  Arrangements are by Zettler Funeral Home.

Sabert A.TYLER Obituary, unknown newspaper, May 9, 1926
Submitted by Debby Tyler Stone


Sabert A. Tyler, 50 years of age, well-known paper finisher of the Crystal Tissue company, succumbed to illness at his home in North Excello at 10
o'clock last night.
Mr. Tyler was a well-known and respected employee of the Crystal Tissue company, and his death came following a serious illness which kept him from his duties for the last several months of his life.
The deceased was born at Monroe, Ohio, and had lived in Butler county all his life.
He is survived by the widow, one son, George B. Tyler and a daughter, Catherine Louise, as well as three brothers and one sister.

Ada C. (LIDDIL) TYLER Obituary, unknown newspaper, June 12, 1926
Submitted by Debby Tyler Stone


Mrs. Ada Carol (Liddil) Tyler, age 46, well known in this city, passed away Saturday evening at her home at North Excello just four weeks after her
husband, Sabert, preceded her in death.
The deceased is survived by one son, George, and daughter, Catherine Louise, two brothers and two sisters, to all of whom the heartfelt sympathy of a
wide circle of friends is being extended during the sad hours of their bereavement.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday at the residence, Rev. Watkins officiating, interment at Monroe, Ohio.

Ferdinand Imfeld Obituaries, Hamilton Daily News, March 19, 1920
Submitted by Deena Beckman

F. Imfeld, Music Dealer, Is Dead        Cerebral Meningitis Follows Attack of Influenza

   Ferdinand Imfeld, music dealer, one of the best known business men of this city, died at his residence, 213 North Second Street, at 10:35
o'clock a.m. today.  His death, while not unexpected, came as a great sorrow to many hearts.
   About five weeks ago Mr. Imfeld contracted a severe case of influenza.  Cerebral meningitis developed and for the past four weeks
had been unconscious and in a profound coma.  He slept peacefully and quietly away.
   Ferdinand Imfeld was born in Switzerland and would have been 44 years of age next May.  He came to this country when about 12 years old
and located with his parents in Cincinnati.  About 19 years ago he came to this city, opened a general music store, had resided here ever since
and was conducting his business at No. 10 South Third Street up until his last illness.  About 23 years ago he was united in marriage at
Cincinnati to Miss Stella Dames who preceded him in death 3 years ago.  Of the union four children survive:  Clement, Aureal, Celesta and
Vincent Imfeld.  There also survive the aged mother, Mrs. Josephine Imfeld; a sister, Mrs. George Rettig; two brothers, Joseph and Leo
Imfeld, all of Cincinnati;  a brother Nicholas, of Covington, Ky.;  and a brother, Daniel Imfeld, of Middletown.
   Mr. Imfeld was a member of the Elks, Eagles, Moose, Protected Home Circle, Harugari, Butler County Cycle Club and several other
organizations and for years was a member of St. Stephen's Church.
   He was also an accomplished musician, a man of fine culture, devoted to his family, loyal to his friends and as his death will long be
mourned so will his memory be long, most tenderly cherished.
   Due announcement will be made of the funeral.

Hamilton Evening Journal, March 19, 1920

FERD IMFELD IS DEAD     After Five Weeks of Serious Illness.
WAS PROMINENT    In Business Circles of Hamilton - Funeral On Monday

   Ferdinand Imfeld, South Third Street music dealer, died at his home, 213 North Second Street at 10:35 Friday morning after an illness of
five weeks.  Mr. Imfeld was first stricken with influenza which developed a case of cerebral meningitis which at once produced a
serious condition as a result of which Mr. Imfeld's death had been momentarily expected for more than a week.  At times his condition
seemed improved but again there were indications of his extreme critical condition.  However at an early hour Friday morning his condition took a decided turn for the worse and he gradually sank into the sleep that knows no waking.
   In the death of Ferd Imfeld Hamilton has lost a conscientious citizen and progressive, hustling businessman.  He took a deep interest
in all civic affairs and entered heart and soul into every project which he deemed worthy of his support.
   Mr. Imfeld was a native of Switzerland, where he was born forty-four years ago.  When a lad of twelve years he came to the United States
with his parents who located in Cincinnati.  There he was educated and grew to manhood, making an especial study of music.  Nineteen years ago
he came to Hamilton with his family and opened a music studio which at once attracted a large number of pupils.  He at the same time found a
demand here for musical instruments which was not being met by local merchants and he gradually established a business in his home.  This
rapidly grew to such large proportions that he found it necessary to a very great extent to abandon his teaching and to establish a store up
town which he did on South Third Street.  Accomodating, ever ready to do anything possible for a customer and carrying a line of goods which
was in demand, Mr. Imfeld at once built up a large and profitable business.  This he continued until the time of his death.
   Mrs. Imfeld passed away three years ago leaving Mr. Imfeld the care of the family added to the cares of his business, but he met the new
conditions heroically.  He is survived by four children, Clement, Aureal, Celeste and Vincent Imfeld; his mother, who lives in
Cincinnati; a sister, Mrs. George Rettig; and four brothers, Joseph and Leo of Cincinnati; Nick Imfeld of Covington, Ky; and Daniel Imfeld of
   Mr. Imfeld was a devout Catholic, a member of St. Stephen's church, he was also a member of Hamilton lodge No. 93, H.P.O. Elks, Butler
aerie, No 107, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ft. Hamilton lodge No. 1437, Loyal Order of Moose, the Butler County Cycle club, the Protective Home
Circle and the Musician's union.
   Funeral services will be held in St. Stephen's church, unless otherwise announced, Monday morning at 9 o'clock.

Mrs. Lucy D. (North) Bishop Obituary,  Bloomington (Indiana) Republican Progress, March 14, 1888

Mrs. Lucy D. (North) Bishop was born in Farrington, Conn., March 3, 1824, and died at Oxford, Oxford, March 5, 1888.  She was married in the same house in which she died, to the Rev. John M. Bishop, November 10, 1846.  For these 42 years she has been a faithful, happy and successful worker in the Presbyterian Church of Indiana.  Her unexpected death will be a sore bereavement to many hearts who have been associated with her in Christian work. Mrs. B. was well known to all our older citizens.

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