From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
PETER LEO MCGUIRE
APRIL 2, 1942
Peter Leo McGuire, Livingston county coroner and funeral director at Chatsworth, died at his home Friday (Mar.27) morning about 8:15 o'clock following a heart attack suffered one hour previously.
The body laid in state in the funeral home until 11 o'clock Monday, March 30th for services in Saints Peter and Paul's church in Chatsworth. Monsignor J.P. McGuire, a brother of the deceased, of Rockford, celebrated solemn requiem high mass, assisted by 31 visiting clergymen. The body was taken to Wenona for burial Monday afternoon.
The casket bearers were W.C. Quinn, C.L. Ortman, Dick Weller, Homer Gillett, Frank Trunk, Joseph Rebholz, Clair Kohler and L.J. Ribordy.
A trio composed of Mesdames James Franey, E.B. Herr and Lester Hubly sang the requiem mass.
The funeral was the largest held in Chatsworth in a number of years being attended by relatives and friends from far and near. Thirty of the 32 members of the Livingston county board of supervisors attended in a body as did county officials from the court house.
Bishop Hoban, of Rockford diocese, participated in the services at the church and Rev. Father Killderry, Eirie, Ill., a lifelong friend of Mr. McGuire, delivered the funeral sermon.
He was born July 27,1894 in Whiteside county, near Sterling, son of Peter and Winifred McGuire. He married Miss Kathryn Healy at Wenona, Jan. 10, 1917. He came to Chatsworth in March 1924. He was first employed by J.E. Roach as an undertaker, later opening his own funeral home which he operated until the time of his death.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Joseph; two sisters, Mr. Mary Langan, Cedar Rapids, Neb. and Mrs. Katherine Devine, Sterling; three brothers, J.P. McGuire, of Rockford; Martin, Aurora and Joseph of Cedar Rapids, Neb.
He was a member of SS.Peter and Paul's Catholic church and a Fourth degree Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge.
Mr. McGuire was elected coroner of Livingston county on the Republican ticket in November, 1940 for a four-year term.
The coroner's two deputies, Frank Lester, Pontiac, and Dr. F.H. Miller, Fairbury, automatically go out of office with the death of Mr. McGuire. Justices of the peace would hold inquests until the successor is named.
The county court house was closed Monday morning from 10 to 12 o'clock for the funeral.
That the deceased had many friends was attested by the very large attendance at the funeral. He was a good citizen, recognized as one of the best funeral directors in this section of the state, made a fine record as coroner and lastly was loved and revered by his family. He had suffered from a bad heart for several years and was near death's door several times yet through it all was cheerful and hopeful to the end.
Among the near relatives who came to the funeral were Mrs. Mary Langan and Joseph McGuire, of Grand Rapids, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. M.E. McGuire, of Aurora; Mrs. and Mrs. W.E. Devine, sons, Robert and Lee and daughters Geraldine and Emogene of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Relland, of Sterling; W.P. Jensen of Princeton; Joseph Miller, of Sterling; Mrs. John Grennan, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Ebersole, Mr. and Mrs. Ed McCormick, Jack McCormick and Mr. and Mrs. Koner Drophy, of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Healy and family and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Helander, of Wenona; Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Seilmyer, Saunemin; Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Kennell, Hammond, Indiana; Mr. and Mr. J.P. Kilebar and sons William, Francis and Robert of Wenona.