Helen Jeanette Cassel gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. April 24, 1951 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
D. November 8, 1954 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Abraham Cassel; married Evelyn J. Cragg on March 6, 1944 in Cook County, IL
  • Mother: Evelyn J. (Cragg) Cassel born about 1913 in Wisconsin, daughter of James Cragg (1887-1964) and Edna (Runyard) Cragg
  • Grandfather: James Cragg born August 10, 1887 in unincorporated Big Foot Prairie, Walworth County, WI, son of Richard Cragg; James died September 11, 1964 in Waukegan Lake County, IL; buried in Salem Mound Cemetery, Salem, Kenosha County, WI

According to the Kenosha News (Kenosha WI) Monday, September 14, 1964, page 13:

James Cragg, 77, dies
   James Cragg, 77, 109 Washington St., Ingleside, Ill., died Friday at Lake County Hospital, Waukegan, Ill., after a three-month illness.
   Born in Big Foot Prairie, Wis., Aug. 10, 1887, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cragg, he resided in Ingleside for more than 50 years.
   He and his wife Edna (Runyard) celebrated their 55th anniversary in May, 1964.
   Survivors include his wife, Edna; two sons, Howard and Harold, both Ingleside; four daughters, Mrs. Larriane Alwardt, Gages Lake, Ill., Mrs. Lucille Sheahan, Sycamore, Ill., Mr.s Lillian Stone, Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Evelyn Cassel, Round Lake, Ill.; one brother, Earl, Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Foster, Yakima, Wash,. and Mrs. Mabel Gainor, El Cajon, Calif., and 11 grandchildren.”

  • Grandmother: Edna (Runyard) Cragg born June 14, 1887 Wilmot, Kenosha County, WI; Edna died September 24, 1964 in Ingleside, Lake County, IL; buried in Salem Mound Cemetery, Salem, Kenosha County, WI

According to the Kenosha News (Kenosha WI) Monday, September 28, 1964, page 14:

Death takes former
resident of county
   Mrs. Edna L. Cragg, 77, Ingleside, Ill., died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday at her home following a long illness.  She had resided in Wilmot and Silver Lake during her early life.
   Mrs. Cragg was born June 14, 1887 in Wilmot.  She resided in Silver Lake 13 years, then moved to Ingleside 43 years ago.  Her husband, James, preceded her in death only two weeks ago – on Sept. 11.
   Survivors include: two sons, Howard and Harold, both of Ingleside; four daughters, Mrs. Norman Alwardt, Gages Lake, Ill., Mrs. Daniel Sheahan, Sycamore, Ill., Mrs. Lillian Stone, Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Al Cassel, Round Lake Park, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Paul Brinkman, Silver Lake; and 11 grandchildren.”

Additional Information:

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: CASSEL; Name: Helen Jeanette; Birth Date/Place: 24 Apr 1951, Waukegan; Death Date/Place: 08 Nov 1954, Round Lake Beach; Cause of Death: Neurohlastoma of Brain; Single; Minister –  Funeral Home: Rev. LIDDICOAT, Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, Abraham CASSEL-Father, Evelyn CRAGG-Mother”