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Elza Moses

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 11:10 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 4:33 p.m. CDT

TISKILWA — Elza M. Moses, 104, of Tiskilwa passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Liberty Village of Princeton.

He was born in a sod house on Sept. 26, 1908, in Arapaho, Okla., to Marion and Emma (Monk) Moses. He attended school near North Star, Neb. He married Vivian Freese on Sept. 15, 1930, in Fullerton, Neb. He and his family moved to Illinois in 1939. He and Vivian were married 82 years. She survives.

He was a life-long farmer in Nebraska and Illinois. He also drove school buses for Tiskilwa schools and St. Louis Catholic School. He was an active member of the Tiskilwa Community Church.

Elza is survived by his wife of 82 years, Vivian Moses of Princeton, formerly of Tiskilwa. Also surviving are three daughters, Bonnie (Gary) Halberg of Peoria, Judy (Gary) Speers of Newcastle, Maine, and Nita (Gary) Wyatt of Wyanet. Surviving are well are nine grandchildren, Kathi (Roger) Orr, Connie (James) Casford, Laurence (Mary) Bartman, Gary Halberg Jr., Gail (Hence) Tobler, Barbara (Cam) Valle, Greta (Steve) Kelly, Ginger Edwards and Amanda (Chris) Dybek; 28 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, including Phyllis Sims, Rex Elmore and Rita Dabler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Norma Moses and Iona (Ed) Bartman; one grandson, Tommy Bartman; and seven sisters.

Services will be at noon Wednesday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Todd N. Krost officiating. Luncheon will immediately follow the funeral at the Tiskilwa Community Church. Burial will be private on Thursday.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Rescue nit or the Tiskilwa Community Church.

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