In the Streator Daily News from Streator, Illinois on Friday, May 19, 1916, John Bakalyar's obituary reads:
"FORMER RESIDENT DEATH'S VICTIM: JOHN BAKALAR DIED AT HIS RESIDENCE IN LAKEFIELD, MINN., YESTERDAY MORNING. Word was received yesterday afternoon announcing the death of John Bakalar, a former resident of this city, who passed away at his home in Lakefield, Minn., yesterday morning. Mr. Bakalar was one of the early settlers of the city, coming here over fifty years ago. For about twenty-five years he resided in old No. 3 and was very well known here. Later he moved to Minnesota where he resided until his death. Surviving are his wife and eleven children who are residents of Minnesota. Michael left this morning for Lakefield to attend the funeral."