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1 1920 census lists Angelo and Caroline Rosso as married, living with Angelo's daughter Lillian (27) and Granddaughter Esther (6). Though Lillian Weber is listed as married, her husband is not present.

A Lillian C Weber Delaney died in St Louis in 1929, but she was born Lillian Weber (dau. of Wm Weber) in 1896 - not a match.
Rosso, Lillian (I1627)
2 A 2 Feb 1923 newspaper article (unknown newspaper) about the distribution of property in his will states that he gave everything to his brothers, sisters, nieces & nephews, and to charity; this indicates that he almost certainly had no spouse or children surviving at the time of his death. Jacobi, Anton (I340)
3 Also known as Karl Heinrich Hucke; see Hucke, Charles Henry (I232)
4 Alternate birthdate 26 Oct 1917 (unknown source); replaced with birthdate 22 Oct 1916 from obituary, Jan 2016. Rosso, William Henry Dominic (I137)
5 Belleville IL Daily Advocate:

Miss Marie Rosso Weds Albert Hucke (19 Oct 1939 page 11 col 5)
Centerville Station Church Scene Of A Pretty Fall Wedding (20 Oct 1939 page 3 col 7)
After the Wedding - photo (19 Oct 1939 page 11 col 2)

Indexed by St. Clair County Genealogical Society  
Family F2
6 Bertha Riess alternately used the names "Carlina Riess" and "Bertha Riess".

1900 Census: Riess, Otto W; CARLINA B. (b. Oct 1858); sons William, Fred, Edwin, Elroy; neighbour Newsham.

1910 Census: Riess, BERTHA, age 51 sons William, Edward, Elroy; neighbour Newsham.

1917 death certificate of William: father Otto W. Riess (PA), mother BERTHA OWENS [sic] (Germany); signed Mrs. Bertha Riess.

1920 Census: Riess, BERTHA C age 61; son Elroy.

1936 death certificate of BERTHA Riess; father Fredrick Ohens, mother unknown, informant Elroy L Riess.

1955 death certificate of Edwin: father William Otto Riess, mother BERTHA OHEN [sic].

It is highly likely that these consecutive census entries are tracking the same person, and that she favoured the name Carlina B., at first, but later Bertha C., each time using the initial of her other forename. In her later life she was known primarily as Bertha.

The anglicized name "Owens" may have been used by Bertha herself in 1917 due to anti-German sentiment.
Oehns, Karoline Bertha Emilie (I25)
7 birth date discrepancy - 1900 census gives Dec 1869, death cert gives 18 Dec 1868, cemetery records give 18 Dec 1867. 1870 census states 2 yrs old, which is closer to the 1868 date. Hucke, August M. (I517)
8 Birth date discrepancy - monument reads 27 Aug 1872, death cert reads 27 Aug 1876; both agree fully on death date 2 Aug 1941, and death cert identifies parents as August + Ernestine. Hucke, William L. (I239)
9 Birth date from gravestone.

Death date from gravestone; agrees with obituary.
O'Shea, Hanna Marie (I106)
10 Birthplace:

Death certificate states "Rotenburg, Germany".
Hucke, August Conrad (I228)
11 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Heaton, E.E. (I1535)
12 Died in a house fire with her new husband, William J. O'Shea Jr.

Theirs was the first wake I (Matt Hucke) attended. I was four years old.

(O'Shea), Cheryl A. (I122)
13 Died in a house fire with his wife, Cheryl, shortly after their marriage.

Theirs was the first wake I (Matt Hucke) attended. I was four years old.
O'Shea, William Joseph Jr. (I121)
14 Died the day after the birth of her youngest child, Johannes Georg Hucke (1757-1805). Keppler, Sophia (I594)
15 Source (S41)
16 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hucke, M.R. (I1)
17 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F564
18 John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home Obituary
Dominic was born on March 6, 1922 and passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018. Dominic was a resident of Saint Louis, Missouri at the time of passing. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. VISITATION SUNDAY 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sunday August 26, 2018 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes 7027 Gravois Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63116 Monday August 27, 2018 10:00 am - St. John Paul II Parish 4980 Heege Rd. St. Louis, Mo. 63123

Rosso, Dominic A. Fortified with Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Friday August 24, 2018.
Beloved husband for 67 years of the late Shirley R. Rosso (nee Neuman); dear father of Michael, Martin (Karen), Charles (Debbie), and Dominic Rosso; dear grandfather of Sara and Shannon Rosso. Our dear brother- in- law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Funeral Monday August 27, 2018 9:30 from John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home 7027 Gravois Ave. 63116 to St. John Paul II Parish (Formerly St. George Parish) for 10:00 am Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to St. Vincent DePaul Society or Affton Christian Food Pantry.
VISITATION SUNDAY 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Rosso, Dominic Anthony III (I138)
19 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hucke, C.H. (I1534)
20 Karl Mueller Stegman, 90, of Belleville, Ill., born Friday, May 13, 1927, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, surrounded by his family after battling cancer since 2009.

Mr. Stegman was a hard-working Navy veteran, engineer, electrician, and school bus driver, who was appreciated by many Belleville students and parents.

A lifelong Belleville resident, he graduated from Signal Hill Grade School, Belleville Township High School, and Belleville Junior College. Later in life he went on to pursue a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon graduation from BJC, he was inducted into PHI THETA KAPPA National Scholastic Honorary Society. He was an avid motorcycle rider, golfer, dog lover, and antique radio collector and repairman.

Karl served his country in the United States Navy in World War II. He then served southern Illinois as a lineman for Illinois Power from 1951 to 1963. During his time at Illinois Power, he attended night school at BJC and Washington University St. Louis. He was a senior loft engineer and senior programmer for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo., from 1964 to 1987. While at McDonnell Douglas, he did the mathematical definition of the fuselage on the F-15 aircraft. When McDonnell Douglas was subcontractor to North American Aviation, Karl did the definitions on the Space Shuttle 2's main engine pods and the structure for the Orbital Maneuvering System. Upon retirement in 1987, Karl volunteered in the PSOP Meals on Wheels program. Karl then served Belleville students and families for 13 years as a caring bus driver in the Harmony Emge Ellis District 175 and Durham School Services.

As a member and past president of The Exchange Club of Belleville, Karl enjoyed working weekly bingo sessions and the annual Easter egg hunt. Karl was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, where he married his wife Arlene Nollau in 1951.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Erna, nee Mueller, Stegman; and two brothers, John and Jacob "Jay" Stegman.

Surviving are his wife, Arlene, nee Nollau, Stegman; his children, Donna (Leon) Hucke of Millstadt, Ill., and Joe (Cathy) Stegman of Belleville, Ill.; four grandchildren, Erin (Dan) Heaton of St. Louis, Mo., Adam Hucke of St. Louis, Mo., Zachary (Kimberly) Stegman of Swansea, Ill., and Jason Karl Stegman of Charleston, S.C.; and four great-grandchildren, Elise and Etta Heaton, and Frederick and Augustus Karl Stegman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill., with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 6, 2018 
Stegman, Karl Mueller (I1140)
21 Louis and Katie probably did not have children; none were living with them during the 1910, 1920, 1930 censuses, and on the 1910 census it was stated that she had had none. Family F44
22 Name originally given as Lozier in Bob Hucke's research, but I've had better luck with "Loser". Loser (Lozier), Lena (I258)
23 Name sometimes given as Friedericka. Friedaricka spelling comes from personal papers of son William Rosso and may be more accurate. Vogel, Friedaricka A. (I11)
24 Name taken from her daughter's birth cert. No other info known. Volino, Celestina (I43)
25 Name taken from her son Domenico Antonio Rossi's birth cert. No other info known. Romano, Teresa (I41)
26 Name taken from his daughter's birth cert. No other info known. Abbate, Vincenzo (I42)
27 Name taken from his son Domenico Antonio Rossi's birth cert. No other info known. Rossi, Angelo (I40)
28 Name:

Kate Quirin - marriage record
Katie E Hucke - 1920 Census
Katie K Hucke- Gravestone 
Quirin, Katherine K. (I104)
29 Obituary for Kathleen Ann Helfrich
Kathleen Ann Helfrich, nee Sliment, 65 years of Millstadt, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was born March 2, 1957, in East St. Louis, IL.

Kathy was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL. She had worked at Mollman Publishing in Millstadt, IL., Kwik Kopy Printing in Belleville, IL., and Rodemich Greenhouse in Millstadt, IL. .

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Robert Helfrich, whom she married on February 27, 1976, her daughter, Laura (Dan) Muskopf, her grandchildren, Troy, Trevor and Travis Muskopf, her sisters, Judy (Mike) Curtis and Sandy (David) Hankammer, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol & Bert Hucke, her nephew, Alan (Michelle) Hucke, and her great-niece, Katie Hucke, along with other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Armand and Ruth, nee Rosso, Sliment.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt, IL, and on Thursday, November 3, 2022 an hour before the service at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday November 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL., with Fr. Marvin C. Volk, officiating. Interment will follow in the Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, Illinois.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to St. James Catholic Church 405 W. Madison St., Millstadt, IL 62260 . Arrangements were handled by Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt, IL.

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Sliment, Kathleen Ann (I149)
30 On the 1887 Marriage license the names are clearly August Goerts and Emma Hucke.

Death certificates are available for an August Goerts (1862-1910, St. Louis) and Emma S Goerts (30 Aug 1867 - 1 Jul 1920).

However, on the certificate for Emma, her parents are listed as Carl Schraubstadter and Auguste Shern, and birthplace as Boston Mass - making her likely not Emma Hucke.

Unless, perhaps, Emma Hucke was adopted - and is also known as Emma Schraubstadter.

Hucke, Emma (I516)
31 Origin of Henry Vogel:

Henry Vogel's census entries for 1900, 1910, and 1920 are all clearly for the same person - they show him with wife Wilhelmina/Mina/Minnie, and the same children. All show his birthplace as Illinois, and the 1900 census shows his birthdate as Sep 1861.

The birthplaces he gave for his parents:

1900 - Germany, Germany
1910 - Germany, Germany
1920 - Prussia, Hannover

In 1910 Henry and Mina Vogel lived next to George F, Louisa E., and Alvin T. Vogel. George was about seven years younger than Henry. Assuming that this George is likely Henry's younger brother, this may serve as an aid to finding Henry's parents.

Vogel, Henry J. (I22)
32 Other Nogalski children:

Mary E Nogalski 1878-1945, m. James Cullen, m. Friedrich Schoenwand

Thomas Nogalski 1883-?

Stella Nogalski 1885-? m. unknown Miller

Anna Nogalski 1887-1952

Charlotte Nogalski 1891-1955 m. Arthur J. Thornhill

Laura Nogalski 1892-?

Agnes Nogalski 1892-?

Genevieve Nogalski 1899-1964

source: Tammybeck68's Nogalski tree on
Family F118
33 Parents of Bertha Ohens Riess:

1936 death certificate of Bertha Riess states:
father Fredrick Ohens, Germany
mother unknown,
informant Elroy L Riess.

Bertha herself was born in Germany - the census records and death certificate agree. She arrived in the United States before the birth of her oldest son William in Pennsylvania in June 1883 (ref, 1900 US Census).

A search of Prussian emigration records reveals an extremely close match:

Year 1859
Karoline Emilie Bertha Oehns
Origin Zinna - Destination Amerika
Birth 8 Okt 1858 - Age 1

The birthdate of this "Karoline E. Bertha Oehns" is only two days from that on the death certificate of "[Carlina] Bertha Ohens" (see previous note about the name Carlina, and how she used it interchangeably with Bertha, favouring the latter).

"Carlina" may have been how her name was transcribed by an American bureaucrat, hearing "Karolina". "Acht Oktober" may have become 10 October, through a similar error.

Searching the same Auswanderungsakten Brandenburg, Preußen records for "Oehns" in 1859, we find what appears to be a single family coming from the town of Zinna:

Karl Julius Ludwig Oehns, b. 1823
Charlotte Caroline Leinert Oehns, b. 1829
Karoline Wilhelmine Emilie Oehns, b. 1856
Karoline Emilie Bertha Oehns, b. 8 Okt 1858

There are no other Oehns from Zinna in that emigration record in that year.

Despite the name Frederick Oehns on the death certificate, then, I believe these to be more likely candidates for Bertha's parents, and am listing them as such. Note also that Elroy was unaware of his grandmother's name - either forename or surname - thus indicating that he was very unfamiliar with his own mother's origins.

All of this is dependent on the assumptions that Carlina Bertha Oehns, born 10 Oct 1858, and Karoline Emilie Bertha Oehns, b. 8 Okt 1858, are one and the same person, and that she was - at the age of about one year - traveling with her parents and sister.

Oehns, Karoline Bertha Emilie (I25)
34 Possible birthplace 5572 Roenicke Road Millstadt; Bob Hucke's research indicates this was granted to a Jacobi before 1880s. Farmhouse there (from that era) sold at auction 2013, Jacobi, Helena Maria (I9)
35 Possible match in Calvary Cemetery lot 0541
John Moore buried 30 Apr 1905 age 50 (born ~1855);
Mary Moore buried 22 Jun 1888 age 36 (born ~1852) 
Family F569
36 Research Note - Nellie Landers Riess.

Fred Riess's birth certificate lists his mother's birth name as Nellie Landers, age 24 (in March 1910), which puts her birth year at 1886.

The gravestone in the Riess plot at Calvary lists Helen Riess, wife of Fred Sr, 1887-1935. Records for that plot show Nellie Riess, buried Jan 24 1935, and Fred (Sr) buried May 24 1933.

This matches the burial place/date on death certificate for Nellie Riess of 6316 Lucille, born 14 Feb 1886 (not 1887 as gravestone indicates). Informant was Fred W Riess of 6316 Lucille, her son. (Sue Riess Hucke remembers this address, thus linking this death certificate to our family knowledge).

On death certificate her parents are listed as:

John Landers, b. New Jersey
Mary Meyer, b. New Orleans LA

1910, Riess, Nellie B., age 23, born MO, f. born NJ m. born LA (husband Fred 24, son Fred 0 mo.)
1920, Riess, Helen, 32, born MO, f. born NJ, m. born LA (husband Fred 34, son Fred Jr 9)
1930, Riess Helen, 43, married at 22, born MO, f. born NJ, m. born New Orleans LA (husband Fred 44, sons Fred 20, Robert 8)
- note that these census records indicate 1887 birth, not 1886. Married probably 1908, 1909.


Missouri death certificates show a John Landers, born New Jersey, died Missouri October 1912, address 2017 Bissell, born Feb (unkn) 1858, signed by Edw.(?) M Brady, bur. Calvary


A postcard kept by Sue Riess and signed Nellie is addressed "Dear Mother", thus indicating that her mother or stepmother was alive at the time. In the postcard Nellie appears to be at about 30 years old, placing it about 1916.

One possible Mary Landers was the Mary A (Hannigan) Landers who died in 1900 and is buried next to John Landers in Calvary; she cannot be the "mom" of the postcard, as she died when Nellie was 14. Mary Julia (Cannon) Landers, who died 1919, was wife of James according to her death certificate. 
Landers, Helen "Nellie" B. (I13)
37 Rosso, Shirley R. (nee Neuman), Fortified with Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Sunday April 29, 2018. Beloved wife for 67 years of Dominic A. Rosso, Jr.; dear mother of Michael, Martin (Karen), Charles (Debbie) and Dominic Rosso; dear grandmother of Sara and Shannon Rosso. Our dear sister-in-law, aunt , cousin and friend. Services: Funeral Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. from John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes, 7027 Gravois Ave., to St. George Parish for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to St. Vincent DePaul Society. VISITATION TUESDAY, 4:00- 8:00 P.M. Neuman, Shirley R. (I140)
38 See note on Bertha Oehns Riess's record to explain linkage between Karl Oehns and (assumed) daughter Bertha Oehns Riess.
Oehns, Karl Julius Ludwig (I50)
39 See note on Bertha Oehns Riess's record to explain linkage between Karl Oehns, Charlotte Leinert, and (assumed) daughter Bertha Oehns Riess.
Leinert, Charlotte Caroline (I51)
40 See note on Bertha Oehns Riess's record to explain linkage between Karl Oehns, Charlotte Leinert, and (assumed) daughter Bertha Oehns Riess.
Leinert, Charlotte Caroline (I51)
41 See note on Bertha Oehns Riess's record to explain linkage between Karoline Wilhelmine and (assumed) sister Bertha Oehns Riess.
Oehns, Karoline Wilhelmine Emilie (I372)
42 Sister Joel Jacobi, O.S.F., 98, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Ill.

Sister Joel, the former Marie Jacobi, was born in Belleville, Ill., on Jan. 3, 1917, the daughter of Urban and Anna, nee Biver, Jacobi. She entered the Congregation on Feb. 1, 1936, and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1938.

Sister graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in 1941. She received a BSN from St. Louis University in 1955, and an MSN from Catholic University in 1959. Nursing was the focus of her professional life, serving as staff nurse, supervisor and clinical instructor over a period of 15 years. After obtaining her BSN and MSN in Nursing, Sister

assumed the nurse educator role at St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield, Ill.,

Marillac College in St. Louis, Mo., and at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and was Professor of Nursing, teaching young students compassionate care for the sick and poor for 40 years. In the early 1980's, while stationed in Eau Claire, Sister was instrumental in starting a food pantry to distribute food to those in need until her return to the

Motherhouse in 2005.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Jacobi; and two

sisters, Armella Touchette and Irma Hausmann.

She is survived by a sister, Dolores Galway of Port Clinton, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews; as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for more than 77 years.

Visitation: A visitation will was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at St. Francis Convent, with a Wake Service at 6 p.m.

Funeral: The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent, with Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, presiding. Burial was in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Francis Food Pantry, 1221

Truax Blvd., Eau Claire, Wis., 54703.

Please visit: to offer your condolences.

The Franciscan Sisters and the family of Sr. Joel Jacobi, O.S.F. are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, Ill.

Jacobi, Sister Joel Marie Helen (I176)
43 Surname could be Kihnlein, Kilmlein, Kiehline - only handwritten versions are available, and these letters are easy to confuse. Kihnlein, Michael J. (I542)
44 Surname Fischlin (Ill. Marriage recs) or Fishling (son August's DC). Surname absent from Anna's own DC. Fischlin, Anna (I510)
45 The 1920 US Census lists a Carl Hucke, age 31, in Carondelet, St. Louis County, with wife Maude, 24, and son George, 5. The census-taker lists Carl's birthplace as "Halperstead (Ger.)".

In 1930 Carl (41), Maude (34), and George (15), now in the city of St. Louis were joined by Carl Jr., age 5. (Likely Carl J. Hucke Jr, 1924-2006, buried Calvary).

There is no location called "Halperstead" in Germany; however there is a Halberstadt in Saxony-Anhalt, 111 km from Dingelstadt.

Johannes Hucke (1849-1929?), was born in Dingelstadt, Eichsfeld, served as a bailiff (Obergerichtsvollzieher) in Heiligenstadt, Eichsfeld, and retired to Halberstadt in 1911.

Johannes's son Karl Hucke is listed as having emigrated to America; however no birthdate is provided, and it is uncertain whether he came from Halberstadt.  
Hucke, Carl (I479)
46 William H. "Bill" Rosso, a long-time Effingham County resident, died Jan. 25, 2016, at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at the age of 99.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church, Effingham. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham, with military rites. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home, 1110 N. 4th Street in Effingham, with 6:30 p.m. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the FACE orchestra or to a charitable organization of your choice. Online condolences to the family may be left at
Williiam Henry Dominic Rosso was born in St Louis, Missouri, Oct. 22, 1916, the son of Dominic Rosso and Friedaricka (Frieda) Vogel Rosso. He married Elaine Margaret Gorman in Chicago, March 1, 1946. After 66 years of marriage, Elaine Rosso died Aug. 26, 2012, in Effingham.
After attending Southern Illinois University, Bill was graduated from the University of Illinois in 1942 with a degree in Vocational Agriculture. In 1949, he was awarded a Master of Science in Agriculture, also from the University of Illinois.
Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army in September 1942. He served with the US Army Air Corps Weather Service in the U.S., Rome and North Africa, where he trained weather briefers. His citations included the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. Bill received an honorable discharge in 1946.
Bill taught vocational agriculture in Brussels, Illinois, a small Calhoun County town north of St. Louis. He moved to Central Illinois in 1947 and worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Tuscola. He lived for a short time in Hume, where he owned a fertilizer business. He and his family then moved to Altamont, where he taught vocational agriculture at Altamont High School. In 1958, he moved to Effingham where he was Farm Service Representative, Trust Officer, and Vice President at the Effingham State Bank. He retired from the bank at the age of 62.
Always interested in music, he taught guitar to finance his college education. He studied violin at the University of Illinois with Paul Rolland. In his first teaching assignment in Brussels, he taught accordion and organized a student orchestra. He played in a dance band in the Tuscola area. While teaching at Altamont High School, he played trumpet with the high school summer band. For several years, he played the violin at Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart Church. In his later years, he entertained at nursing homes in the area with other musicians. Bill helped to organize Fine Arts — County of Effingham (FACE) and the FACE orchestra. He played violin in the FACE orchestra until he was 93 and continued to play the violin until he was 95.
His passion for music was equaled by his love of gardening. From the time he was a young teenager, he raised vegetables and flowers. He attended the first Master Gardener class sponsored by the Effingham County U of I Extension Service. In 1997, he was the first Effingham County resident to be named Illinois Outstanding Master Gardener by the University of Illinois. His garden in Effingham was a source of beauty for the neighborhood, and he donated vegetables to those in need. He was featured in a story, "Making the Garden Grow", in the Effingham Daily News March 7, 2001. For a number of years, he raised cattle on a farm West of Effingham.
A member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years, Bill was inducted into the Springfield Diocese Chapter Hall of Fame in October 2008. He joined the Tuscola council and received his Fourth Degree in Springfield in 1949. He served as the Deputy Grand Knight in the Tuscola council in the early 1950s and as Grand Knight in the Effingham council in 1956-58 and again in 1977. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Effingham Assembly Fourth Degree in 1963. He served as Chartered Faithful Navigator, Chancellor for the Degree Term, and membership director. He edited the council newsletter and attended state conventions. Bill also initiated the “chalice service” for the Effingham Assembly and until 2011 regularly assisted at the presentation of chalices in honor of deceased Knights.
As a child, William H. Rosso was a member of St Vincent’s Parish in St. Louis, where he made his first communion in 1924 and was confirmed in 1925. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham since 1958, serving as an usher and lector and helping in both the school and parish. He and his wife were members of the Confraternity for Christian Doctrine and assisted in educational programs for high school students at the parish. Bill and Elaine enjoyed traveling and participated in Elder Hostel trips in Europe and the United States.
During his years in Effingham County, Bill was active in community activities. For the Effingham County Fair, he served as Chairman of the parade committee, ran the vegetable exhibit and, for a time, was director of the Fair Board. He worked with the Effingham County Red Cross, serving as president of the chapter and fund-raising chairman. He was director of the Effingham County Soil Conservation District and organized a pasture improvement contest. Bill was also a member of the Board of the Effingham County 4-H Foundation, and in 1998, he served as its President.
Bill was a life member of the Effingham American Legion and VFW posts. In earlier years, he was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 1016, and attended a national convention as a member of the judging team.
Bill is survived by three children and their spouses, Margaret (Peggy) Grossman and Michael Grossman of Urbana, William H. Rosso, Jr. and Susan Drake Rosso of Gurnee, and Patricia Rosso and Robert Smilowitz of Brooklyn, New York. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Aaron (Charnella) Grossman, Daniel Grossman, Nathaniel (Elise Frawley) Smilowitz, Michael Smilowitz, Matthew Rosso, and Jessie Rosso. He is also survived by a brother Dominic Rosso of St. Louis and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Gorman Rosso; parents, Dominic and Frieda Vogel Rosso; and four sisters, Julia Nogalski, Pauline Rosso, Marie Hucke, and Ruth Sliment.

- Effingham Daily News, January 25 2016
Rosso, William Henry Dominic (I137)