Hi, My Name is Steve Szabados. Leona Oesch was married to my grandfather’s brother. I have attached Leona’s and Fred’s Obituaries plus a brief early history of the Szabados clan. I have just started my tree so there may be more on the Szabados clan but everything I have on Leona and Fred are in the attachments.
Please note that Leona’s obit indicates she was born in McLean County but married in Utica when she was 19. Since Utica is not in McLean county and is about 60 miles north of Bloomington, she was probably living with a relative at the time of her marriage. You may want to try to get the death records for her parents from McLean County Clerk's Office. See their web site firstname.lastname@example.org
on how to do this. If they died after 1912 you may get more family history.
Also note that the 1930 Census has Fred living at home and working at the C&A railroad repair shops in Bloomington as a machinist. If you can find out when Fred started work at Oil-O-Matic in Peoria you would know if your grandmother lived in Bloomington for awhile. If she did live in Bloomington, there is a book on the Chicago & Alton Shops by Michael Matejka that gives a very good description of life on Bloomington’s west side. I purchased the book from the McLean County Historical Museum and their web site seems to indicate that it is still available. Their address is 200 N Main and the phone number is 309-827-0478
You can also search for any Oesch’s or Kath’s listed in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records. From these you may find out your great-grandfather’s occupation plus where he and your great-grandmother was born. If you find some living around Utica, you may find out who your grandmother was living with after their death plus if it was on a farm or in town. Also census records will indicate the year of immigration if they were not born in America. The 1920 and 1930 census records may also show where your grandmother was living.
Please try to let me know if you find anything.