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Gail D. Bell

March 4, 1952 - September 18, 2018

Gail D. Bell Gail D. Bell, age 66, of Rockford, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Gail was born March 4, 1952 in Taylorville the daughter of Herschel and Glenda (Modlin) Deadmond. She married Dennis Bell on April 11, 1981 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2011. She was employed as a CNA at Mercy Healthcare and Mercy Page...
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Marian and Lawrence Zink

September 18, 2018

Marian W. Zink, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, September 15, 2018 at her home. Lawrence A. Zink, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday September 18, 2018 at his home. Marian was born February 9, 1929 in Savanna the daughter of Frank and Frances (Halfman) Wires. She was a homemaker. Lawrence was born August 4, 1929 in Mossbach the son of Mauritz and Lillian (Haas) Zink. He was...
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Gary Egan

September 1, 1947 - September 17, 2018

Gary T. Egan, 71 of Rock Falls died Monday September 17, 2018 at his home following an illness. He was born on September 1, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Paul F. and Helen (Buxton) Egan. He married Cheryl L. Burall on November 1, 1974 in Rock Falls. He had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; two sons: Gary R. Egan of Champaign...
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Frances "Franny" Clevenger

October 19, 1950 - September 17, 2018

Frances "Franny" Clevenger, 67 of Rock Falls died Monday September 17, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on October 19, 1950 in West Helena, AR the daughter of Robert L. and Nora G. (Calloway) Williams. She married Eddie R. Clevenger on December 2, 1967 in Hannibal, MO. Franny had worked as a manager of the Rock Falls McDonald's, for 15 years before retiring. She had...
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Cherry Lou Ebenezer

May 1, 1937 - September 14, 2018

Cherry Lou Ebenezer, 81 of Dixon, formerly of Rock Falls, died, Friday, September 14, 2018 peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones. Cherry was born on May 1, 1937, the daughter of Leo G. and Iva R. (McGlaughlin) Strike. She married Donald Ebenezer on November 24, 1955 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Cherry worked at Lee Wayne Advertising (now Halo) for over 30 years and...
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Robert N. McMurren

March 8, 1946 - September 14, 2018

Robert N. McMurren, 72, of Ashton, formerly of Aurora, died on Friday, September 14, 2018 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born on March 8, 1946 in Burlington, Iowa to Robert and Delores (Vieu) McMurren. He married Judy Hamm on September 5, 1964. Bob was a union carpenter for over 20 years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Aurora; a daughter, Julie Martin, of...
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Ardree Jean Fogel

July 23, 1929 - September 13, 2018

Ardree Jean Fogel, age 89 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt Carroll. Ardree was born on July 23, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Reiger) Conley. She attended Sterling Schools. Ardree married John "Jay" B. Fogel on April 24, 1948 in Milledgeville. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2005. She was a member of Trinity Ev....
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Eric J. Kithcart

March 14, 1980 - September 11, 2018

Eric J. Kithcart, 38, of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was born on March 14, 1980 in Sterling to Charles and Donna (Hoster) Kithcart. He is survived by his parents Charles and Donna of Sterling; uncles and aunts, Donald Kithcart of Sterling, Gary Kithcart of Normal, Kenneth Kithcart of Rock Falls, Deb (Jon) Block of Sterling and Brian (Terry) Hoster of Princeton...
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Mary Louise Sitter

February 20, 1929 - September 9, 2018

Mary Louise Sitter, 89, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2018 in Sterling, Illinois with family at her bedside. Her final hours were spent with family and friends who stopped by and shared memorable stories of her life's adventures. She was definitely a bright spot in the hearts of many. Mary was born February 20, 1929 in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas E. and Florence Helen ...
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Margaret O'Bryan

March 20, 1925 - September 6, 2018

Margaret O'Bryan, 93 formerly of Sterling, died on September 6, 2018 at Pine Acres Nursing Home in DeKalb, IL. She was born on March 20, 1925 in Union Township, IL, the daughter of Christian and Ema (Reggelum) Madsen. She attended Lyndon IL Schools. Margaret married Donald W. Johnson in 1944. He passed away in 1946. She then married Edward P. O'Bryan in 1951. He passed in 2011. She was...
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Elmer G Habben , Jr

September 7, 1958 - September 5, 2018

Elmer G. Habben Jr, 59, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 2018 at home after a five year battle with lung cancer. Elmer or "E" as he was called was born Sept. 7, 1958, in Sterling, the son of Elmer and Evelyn (Evans) Habben. He attended Hopkins Elementary School and graduated from Sterling High School in 1977. He married Kathy Kissee on Oct 5, 1985 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Elmer...
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James "Slim" Dunaway

February 23, 1991 - September 4, 2018

STERLING – James "Slim" Dunaway, age 27, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. James was born on February 23, 1991 in Marion, Ohio the son of John and Kathryn (Bushman) Dunaway. He was employed with Perfect Tree Service in Sterling for 6 years. Survivors include his parents, John and Kathryn Dunaway of Sterling; four daughters, Arsenia of Rock Falls, Sydney, Madelyn...
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David H. Carlson

August 30, 1946 - September 2, 2018

David Carlson, age 72 of Dixon, died Sunday, September 02, 2018 at his home. David was born on August 30, 1946, the son of Otto H. and Hilda K. (Braten) Carlson. He married Wendy Jane Condon on September 27, 2004 at St. Bride's Episcopal Church in Oregon, IL. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Travers; one daughter, Mary (Chase) Williamsen of Rock Falls; two sisters, Helen and Roxanne. ...
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Cecilia R. Tulini

January 31, 1923 - September 1, 2018

Sterling- Cecilia R. Tulini, 95, of Sterling, died on Saturday morning, September 1, 2018 at her home. She was born on January 31, 1923 in Sterling to Louis and Alphonsine (Colin) Concotelli. She married Deno C. Tulini on September 1, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2012. ...
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Floyd L. Glick

July 19, 1916 - September 1, 2018

Floyd LeRoy Glick, age 102, of Rock Falls, Illinois, passed away on September 1, 2018 of natural causes. He is sharing eternal life in Heaven, with his wife Mae L. Glick. Floyd graduated high school in Sterling, Illinois where he lived with his family. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents Agnes and Clarence Glick, his sister Evelyn Bennett, his twin brother Lloyd Glick, his...
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Barbara K. Linboom

August 24, 1942 - August 31, 2018

Barbara K. Linboom, 76, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, August 31, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Barbara was born on August 24, 1942 in Green Castle, Mo., to Bruce and Clara (Polly) Snyder. She married Horace Linboom and he preceded her in death in 1978. Barbara enjoyed crocheting and was an avid Cubs fan. She loved spending time with family especially her grandchildren and great...
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Margie C. Sommers

January 5, 1936 - August 30, 2018

Margie C. Sommers, 82 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at home. Margie was born on January 5, 1936 in Sterling, the daughter of Theodore and Stella Wessels. She married Carl Sommers on June 16, 1956 in South Carolina. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1991. Margie was employed by the City of Rock Falls as the City Clerk for 27 years before retirement. She was a member of...
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Lois Evalee White

January 10, 1934 - August 30, 2018

SHABBONA – Lois Evalee White, age 84, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Prairie Crossing Nursing Home in Shabbona. Evy was born on January 10, 1934 in Greenville, Mo. the daughter of William and Lottie (Atnip) Brown. She married Herbert Curtis White on March 12, 1953 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Evy was employed as a Secretary for Franklin Grove grade school and also worked 10 years at Edelmann's...
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Marion "Earline" Harper

February 3, 1927 - August 29, 2018

Earline Harper, 91 of Rock Falls died Wednesday August 29, 2018 at Resthave Home in Morrison. She was born on February 3, 1927 in Poplar Grove, AR the daughter of Edward and Alma Mae (Long) Crow Sr. She married Floyd Marsden Harper on November 12, 1946 in Phillips Co, AR. He died December 21, 2017. Earline enjoyed her country music, loved to play golf and was a CUBS fan. Survivors include...
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Josephine "Jo" A. Gaskill

October 19, 1951 - August 29, 2018

Josephine A. "Jo" Gaskill, 66, of Tampico, died on Wednesday morning, August 29, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jo was born on October 19, 1951 in Sterling to John H. and Mellie A. (Clark) Cumby. She was united in marriage to Dennis Gaskill on September 18, 1971 in Tampico. Jo retired from National Manufacturing Company in 2007 after 30 years of service. She graduated from the...
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Laurie J. McAndrews

March 6, 1955 - August 29, 2018

Laurie J. McAndrews, 63, of Rockford died on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at her home. She was born on March 6, 1955 in Sterling to Edward and Marjorie (Fritz) McAndrews. Laurie was employed in the trucking industry for over 25 years. She was a kind and compassionate person who put others before herself. Laurie enjoyed traveling, camping, being outdoors and shopping especially for that...
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Ernest J. Fabian

May 25, 1938 - August 28, 2018

Ernest J. Fabian, age 80 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Ernest was born on May 25, 1938 in Hungary, the son of Kalman and Maria Fabian. He was a Veteran in the Hungarian Military where he was a parachutist. He married Grace Fay Sparrow. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2015. Ernest worked for Alloyd in DeKalb as an assembler. Survivors...
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Raymond Muntean

December 4, 1944 - August 26, 2018

Raymond Muntean, age 73, of Mt. Carroll, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Raymond was born December 4, 1944 in Sterling the son of John and Edna (Eden) Muntean. He married Diana Spencer on June 11, 1965 in Rock Falls. Raymond was employed with the Labor Union Local 727 for 50 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and tractors. Survivors include his wife, Diana...
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Patricia Boyer

December 25, 1936 - August 26, 2018

Patricia Boyer, age 81, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation & Health Center, Rock Falls. Patricia was born on December 25, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Fred W. and Hazel (Schwank) Miller. She married Raymond Boyer on December 9, 1977. He died on December 22, 2013. Patricia was a homemaker caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors include...
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Duane Armstrong

November 29, 1944 - August 25, 2018

Duane Armstrong, 73 of Sterling died Saturday August 25, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on November 29, 1944 the son of Emmett and Mary Ellen (Eberly) Armstrong. He married the former Teresa Pepper on August 5, 1995 in Sterling. Duane served his entire career as a law enforcement officer; as a deputy with Ogle County Sheriff Department; as a Sergeant with the Whiteside...
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Donald L Smoot

September 13, 1940 - August 25, 2018

Donald L. Smoot, 77 of Sterling died Saturday August 25, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 13, 1940 in Cobden, IL the son of Henry Floyd and Golda Virginia (Bell) Smoot and served in the Illinois Army National Guard. He married Sylvia Benkitis on September 4, 1965 in Sterling. Donald had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring after 35 years of...
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Eugene "Mick" Summers

July 16, 1930 - August 24, 2018

Eugene M. "Mick" Summers, 88 of Prophetstown died Thursday August 24, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 16, 1930 in Sterling the son of John and Mary (Manspeaker) Summers. He married Beverly June Bielema on October 31, 1954. She died March 2013. Eugene had served in the US Army from 1947 – 1950 in Japan and Korea. He worked for Groharing Contractors in Morrison for...
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Donald John Jackley

October 9, 1959 - August 24, 2018

Donald J. Jackley, 58, of Sterling, died on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on October 9, 1959 in Sterling to Melvin and Shirley (Argraves) Jackley. He married Melinda Burge on August 12, 1977 in Morrison. He later married Robin Butler on August 11, 1984 in Polo. Donald was a graduate of Sterling High School in 1977, later attending Sauk Valley...
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Josephine R. Slater

April 6, 1933 - August 23, 2018

Josephine R. Slater, 85 of Sterling died Thursday August 23, 2018 at her home. She was born on April 6, 1933 in Harmon, IL the daughter of Edward and Agnes (Mekeel) Blackburn and was a 1951 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. She married Russell Slater on July 5, 1954 in Sterling. He died March 13, 2008. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; the Altar and...
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Kenneth E. Bryant

December 19, 1957 - August 20, 2018

Kenneth E. Bryant, 60 of Sterling died Monday August 20, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Kenneth Walker and Mary Lena (Stanfield) Bryant. He attended local schools. Ken had worked at Donaldson's in Dixon and later as an investment planner. He was a member of the Oxford Club and he had enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, working with and creating with stained...
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Marvin J. Miller

January 29, 1947 - August 20, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Marvin Joseph Miller, 71 died Monday August 20, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling after a short illness. He retired upon their closure from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co with 29 ½ years of service having worked in the nail room and shipping department. Following retirement from the mill, he then drove for Cobane Air Freight for a time. Marv was born on January 29, 1947 in...
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Frank P. Sinkus

August 22, 1951 - August 19, 2018

Frank P. Sinkus, 64 of Mt. Morris, died Sunday, August 19, 2018 at his home. Frank was born on August 22, 1951 in Chicago, the son of Al and Janie (Morrano) Sinkus. He married Linda Newcomer on June 9, 2006 in Dixon. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Mt. Morris; his children, Kevin Sinkus of Chicago, Lisa (David) Little of Tampico and Andrew (Kim) Bonjour of Rockford; two...
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Mary Ellen Dixon

April 1, 1955 - August 19, 2018

Mary Ellen Dixon, 63, of Rock Falls, died on Sunday morning, August 19, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on April 1, 1955 in Sterling to Gordon and Maxine (Brockman) Loy. She married Robert Dixon on July 12, 1975 in Como. Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Rock Falls; sisters, Sandra (James) Downey of Rock Falls, Jessie Fisher and Rosa Lee (Matt) Webb of Sterling...
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Loren T. Beswick

October 1, 1953 - August 18, 2018

Loren T. Beswick, of Sterling, passed away, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Liberty Court, Dixon at the age of 64. Loren was born October 1, 1953 in Morrison, IL. His parents were Thomas Lorenzo and Marion Nora (Naftzger) Beswick. He married Ann Roberta Gomsrud on October 4, 1986 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Loren's educational history: attended Morrison schools and graduated from...
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Scott Hayen

November 9, 1979 - August 17, 2018

Scott Hayen, age 38, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Scott was born on November 9, 1979 in Sterling the son of Jeffrey and Denise (Leffelman) Hayen. He was employed as an Order Filler with the WalMart Distribution Center in Sterling. Scott served his country in the Army National Guard. Survivors include his mother, Denise (Kenny) Sexton of Sterling; his father, Jeffrey Hayen of Rock Falls...
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Bertha Driessens

March 3, 1916 - August 16, 2018

Bertha Driessens, 102 of Tampico, died August 16, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Bertha was born on March 3, 1916 in Sheffield, IL, the daughter of Camiel and Madeline Van Parys. She married Kamiel Driessens on September 26, 1936 at St Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield. They lived in Tampico where they raised their three sons; Donald, Darrell and Dennis. Bertha was very active in the...
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Margaret Elizabeth Hassell

July 22, 1951 - August 14, 2018

Margaret E. "Moose" Hassell, 67 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 14, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on July 22, 1951 in Nashville, TN the daughter of Atwood Clifton and Margaret Ellen (Lewis) Hassell and she had moved to this area with her parents as a child. She was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Margaret had worked for over 30 years at the Exceptional Care and Training...
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Louis G. Bohms

October 3, 1925 - August 14, 2018

Louis Bohms, age 92, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at The Citadel of Sterling. Louis was born on October 3, 1925 in Rock Falls the son of Fred and Elva (Fisher) Bohms. He married Esther LaBine on September 18, 1950 in Sterling. Louis was employed as a Machinist with Northwestern Steel & Wire for 37 years retiring in 1982. He served his country in the United States Army in the Korean...
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Frances R. Anzelmo

October 7, 1957 - August 11, 2018

Frances R. Anzelmo, age 58, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Frances was born October 7, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of James and Marilyn (Purvis) Seeley. She married John Anzelmo on September 29, 2006. Frances was very involved in her church, was an avid reader, enjoyed making jewelry and blankets, and loved riding horses and motorcycles. ...
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Meg Pew

August 17, 1936 - August 11, 2018

Meg Pew, 81 of Dixon died Saturday August 11, 2018 at Clarrisa Cook Hospice in Bettendorf, IA. She was born on August 17, 1936 in Chicago, the daughter of Clayton and Patricia (Nolan) McCombs. She was employed at Edelman's in Dixon for several years. She was an active member of St Anne Catholic Church in Dixon where she sang in the choir and was a Catechist. She had served as past president of...
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Eula George

July 14, 1924 - August 10, 2018

Eula L. George, 94 died Friday August 10, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on July 14, 1924 in Chilhowie, VA the daughter of Charles M. and Mary Jane (Lester) Hicks. She moved to this area in 1954. She married Joseph Neal. He died November 3, 1996. She later married Stan George and he died. Eula was employed for several years at General Electric in Morrison, IL before retiring....
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Norma J. Ludwig

June 6, 1941 - August 9, 2018

Norma J. Ludwig, 77, of Sterling, died on Thursday evening, August 9, 2018 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born on June 6, 1941 in Sterling the daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Bishop) Potts. She married Brad Ludwig on September 20, 1959 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2004. Norma was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed gardening and...
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Susan Marie Frank

October 17, 1946 - August 9, 2018

Susan Marie Frank, 71 of Tampico, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Susan was born on October 17, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Glen R. and Iola (Warner) Stanley. She married Gerry K. Frank on December 27, 1966 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Susan was a homemaker and loving mother who enjoyed gardening, baking and decorating. She loved to...
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Ethelyn A. Pool

February 24, 1926 - August 9, 2018

Ethelyn A. Pool, age 92, of Sterling, formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Hope Howell of Sterling and Corinne Murray of Rock Island; one son, Clay (Dorothy) Pool of Iowa City, Iowa; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents;...
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Robert "Bob" Pannell

May 4, 1931 - August 8, 2018

Robert "Bob" Pannell, 87 of Thomson, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at his home. Bob was born on May 4, 1931 in Fulton, the son of Edward and Katherine (Norman) Pannell. He married Dorothy Kustes on April 23, 1960 in Fulton. She preceded him in death on August 14, 2012. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America for 59 years. Bob was a life member of the...
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Raymond L Mangan, Jr

October 1, 1947 - August 7, 2018

Raymond L. Mangan, Jr, 70 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 7, 2018 at his home with his family at his side following an extended illness. He was born on October 1, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Raymond L. and June (Stafford) Mangan Sr. and had attended local school. He married Marilyn J. Reigle on December 11, 1965 in Sterling. Ray had worked for 27 years for the City of Rock Falls as a police...
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Gerald E Phillips

June 14, 1936 - August 4, 2018

Gerald E. Phillips, 82, of Fulton, IL, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL. Gerald was born June 14, 1936, in Savanna, IL; the son of Carlton and Emily (Rowland) Phillips. He married Ruth Ann VanKampen in April, 1958, in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death on June 27, 2018. He was employed as mechanic with John Krahn Guffys in Savanna for 36 years, then...
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Dolores Nieves

November 11, 1918 - August 3, 2018

Dolores Nieves, age 99, died Friday, August 3, 2018 at Clarissa Cook Hospice Center, Davenport, Iowa. Dolores was born on November 11, 1918 in Puerto Rico the daughter of Antonio and Edelmira (Garcia) Velez. She married Emilio Nieves on August 6, 1951 in New Jersey. He died May 10, 2000. Dolores was employed as a Sewing Machine operator. Survivors include, one step-daughter, Magda Sipes;...
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Donald Kendell

October 3, 1935 - August 2, 2018

Donald R. Kendell, 82, of Clinton, Iowa, died on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his daughter's home in Oregon, Ill. He was born on October 3, 1935 in Sterling to Cloyd and Marvel (Kramer) Kendell. He is survived by his daughters, Diann McKeown of Oregon, Joann Long of Dixon and Brenda Kanzler of Dixon; his sisters, Marian Carpenter of Oregon and Barb Travis of Rock Falls; his brothers,...
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Shirley De Jarnatt

December 19, 1928 - July 31, 2018

Shirley M. DeJarnatt, 89 of Sterling, died on Tuesday night, July 31, 2018 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. Shirley was born on December 19, 1928 in Belvidere to Clifford and Edna (McLain) Burroughs. She married Carson DeJarnatt on December 28, 1947 in Belvidere. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1995. A 1946 graduate of Belvidere High School, she played clarinet in...
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Joan M. Poerstel

July 8, 1933 - July 29, 2018

PROPHETSTOWN – Joan M. Poerstel, 85, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Joan was born July 8, 1933, in Cicero, the daughter of Frank S. and Lillian E. (Markowski) Peters. She married William H. Poerstel on Oct. 19, 1957, in Cicero. He died on March 29, 2013. Joan was a homemaker and member of St. Catherine of...
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MaryLou Smeltzer

November 28, 1945 - July 28, 2018

MaryLou Smeltzer, 72 of Rock Falls died Saturday July 28, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling after a short illness. She was born on November 28, 1945 in Rock Falls the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Spencer) Sheen. MaryLou was a 1963 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She had worked at the Telephone Company and Northwestern Steel and Wire before being disabled due to Multiple...
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John David Dykhuizen

February 21, 1931 - July 27, 2018

John David Dykhuizen, 87 of Milledgeville, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. John was born in Morrison, IL to William and Elena (VanWieren) Dykhuizen on February 21, 1931. He married Alberta Ann Smith in Fulton, IL on September 25, 1953 who survives. A graduate of Morrison High School in 1951, he was the first member of his family of nine to attend and graduate...
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Dale C. Ward

July 28, 1930 - July 26, 2018

Dale C. Ward, 87, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Dale was born on July 28, 1930 in Bee Branch, Arkansas to Monroe and Gertrude (French) Ward. He married Kathryn Johnson in 1949. She survives in Sterling. Dale moved from Bee Branch to Sterling to begin work at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. He was an active member of the...
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Michael T. Little

October 26, 1969 - July 23, 2018

Michael T. Little Michael T. Little, age 48, of Rock Falls, died Monday, July 23, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Michael was born October 26, 1969 in Sterling the son of Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1987 and later graduated from Sauk Valley Community College. Michael was employed at Hormel in Rochelle for 17 years in the...
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Merrilee Ann McCue

August 18, 1948 - July 23, 2018

Merrilee Ann McCue, 69 of rural Sterling entered the gates of Heaven peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday July 23, 2018. She was born on August 18, 1948 in Sterling, the daughter of David Lamont and Mary Elizabeth (Leach) McCombs and was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. She married Robert J. McCue on September 23, 1965 in Sterling. Throughout her working career,...
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Betty Jane Harridge

July 10, 1929 - July 23, 2018

Betty Jane Harridge, 89 of Morrison, died Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison surrounded by her family. She was born in Morrison, the daughter of John and Louise (Rosenow) Popkins on July 10, 1929. She attended Morrison Schools. Betty married John A. Harridge on September 7, 1949. She was a former homemaker, worked in the food industry and was known for her baking skills...
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James R. Blair, Sr.

December 26, 1941 - July 15, 2018

James R. Blair, Sr. James R. Blair, Sr., age 76, of Chadwick, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. James was born December 26, 1941 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of George T. and Theodora M. (Horton) Blair. He served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War. "Once a Marine, Always a Marine". He married Judy Miller on February 10, 1967 in Sterling and was last...
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Jeffery Allen Burgess

December 5, 1972 - July 15, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Jeffery Allen Burgess, 45 died Sunday July 15, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. He was born on December 5, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Jerry and Kathryn (Walker) Burgess Sr. He was employed as a tool builder at J.S. Mold in Milledgeville. Survivors include his daughter, Kelsay (Logan) Rieck of Albany, IL; his brother Jerry ...
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Betty J. Mazziotta

September 5, 1946 - July 10, 2018

Betty J. Mazziotta Betty J. Mazziotta, age 71, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born September 5, 1946 in Bellwood, Pa. She married Joe Mazziotta on May 13, 2000 in Rockton and was employed at Bergners in Sterling for 33 years. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; two sons, Josh (Crystal) Whitaker and Russell Whitaker both of Fort...
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Patricia J. Little

June 3, 1975 - July 6, 2018

Patricia J. Little, 43, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, July 6, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 3, 1975 in Sterling to Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. She worked at Whiteside County Animal Control for many years. Patty enjoyed reading her Bible, exercising, listening to music and being around animals. Surviving are her mother, Sandra Clapper, of Rock Falls;...
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Dorothy M. Brown

December 13, 1929 - July 5, 2018

Dorothy M. Brown, 88, of Sterling, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 13, 1929 in Tampico to Walter and Betty (Peterson) Anderson. She married Robert Brown on January 22, 1949. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1998. Dorothy worked for the City of Sterling for many years and was also a Pink Lady at CGH Medical Center. She was...
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Garnett R. Stevens

April 20, 1933 - July 3, 2018

Garnett R. Stevens, Sr. Garnett R. Stevens, Sr., age 85, of Rock Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Mr. Stevens was born April 20, 1933 in Virginia the son of Frank and Mamie (Hicks) Stevens. He married Mary Aldridge on May 15, 1999. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Rock Falls VFW and a member of the...
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Nicholas C. Fiorini

May 17, 1951 - July 2, 2018

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nicholas C. "Nick" Fiorini, 67, of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of Rock Falls, IL, and Fort Myers, FL, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Nick was born on May 17, 1951, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Charles Bruno and JoAnne (Fletchic) Fiorini. He attended St. Andrew's Grade School in Rock Falls and graduated from Newman...
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Dawn D. Cheshier

June 27, 1965 - June 30, 2018

Dawn D. Cheshier, 53, of San Marcos, TX, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at her home. She was born on June 27, 1965 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Roger and Ingrid (Helfert) Rogers. She married Martin Cheshier on July 3, 1986 in Austin, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2016. She was a claims adjuster with the State of Texas. Dawn enjoyed doing scrapbooking,...
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Raymond E. Albus

October 22, 1945 - June 29, 2018

NELSON – Ray Albus, 72 of Nelson died Friday June 29, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on October 22, 1945 in Rock Falls, the son of Virden Elmer and Viola Mae (Marshall) Albus and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War having served in Vietnam from October 22, 1965 – September 29, 1967. Ray married LuAnn Lawrence on July 14, 1977 in Dixon. He was employed for 32...
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Judith Pinske

October 9, 1946 - June 29, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Judith L. Pinske, 71 of Rock Falls died Friday June 29, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on October 9, 1946 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Edward and Leona (Eichelberger) Musson. She married Richard Pinkse on November 12, 1966. Judy had worked at CGH Medical Center in Sterling in housekeeping for 14 years before retiring and was active with the CGH Health...
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Alice M. Hansen

August 6, 1937 - June 28, 2018

Alice M. (DeMay) Hansen Alice M. (DeMay) Hansen, age 80, of Prophetstown, died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at her home. Alice was born August 6, 1937 in Annawan, IL the daughter of Pete and Louise (Specht) DeMay. She married David F. Hansen on August 25, 1955 in Hernando, Miss. He preceded her in death on November 6, 2014. Dave and Alice owned and operated Dave's Service Station in...
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Deborah Mae Mitchem

January 6, 1945 - June 27, 2018

Deborah M. Mitchem, 73, of Rock Falls, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 at CGH Medical Center surrounded by her children. Deb was born on January 6, 1945 in Mercer County, West Virginia to Maynard and Rosa (Spencer) O'Dell. She married Jimmy Mitchem on April 26, 1963 in Virginia. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2007. Deb worked at Wahl Clipper for 13 years. ...
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William R. Bollman

October 10, 1959 - June 25, 2018

DIXON – William R. Bollman, age 58, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. William was born on October 10, 1959 in Dixon the son of Rodney and Georgiana (Stiles) Bollman. He married Suzanne Beaman on May 5, 1990 in Dixon. William was employed for 19 years with the Highway Maintenance Department of the Illinois Department of Transportation in Dixon. Survivors include, his...
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Ruth F. Bohms

June 25, 1922 - June 24, 2018

Waukesha, Wis., - Ruth F. Bohms, formerly of Rock Falls, age 95, Entered into Heaven Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc, Wis. with her family at her side. Ruth was born on June 25, 1922 in Oak Harbor, Ohio the daughter of Noah and Anna (Gardner) LaBine. She married Harold A. Bohms on November 11, 1943 in Rock Falls. He died on January 11, 1998. Ruth worked...
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Jorge Serena Garibay

January 25, 1930 - June 24, 2018

Jorge Serena Garibay, 88, of Sterling, died on Sunday morning, June 24, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 25, 1930 in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico to Ramon Garibay Ortega and Emilia Serena Izarraraz. He was united in marriage to Maria Pilar Silva on October 13, 1956 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Chicago. Mary preceded him in death on January 24, 2014....
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Antonia "Tony" Echebarria

July 19, 1944 - June 23, 2018

STERLING – Antonio "Tony" Echebarria, age 73, died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. Tony was born on July 19, 1944 in Sterling the son of Exiquio and Maria (Rodriguez) Echebarria. He was employed as a Machinist for 15 years with the Sterling Foundry. Tony was a member of the former Tabernacle Christian Church in Sterling. Survivors include, one sister, Maria Moncivias...
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Donald Gascoigne

January 14, 1965 - June 22, 2018

STERLING – Donald E. Gascoigne, 53 of rural Sterling died peacefully Friday June 22, 2018 at his home. He was born on January 14, 1965 in Dixon, the son of Donald Ray and Kathleen Mary (Payne) Gascoigne. He attended St. Mary School in Dixon and was a 1983 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling. He married Joan Schultz on August 17, 1985 in Sterling. Don had been a farmer...
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Robert E. Houck

April 13, 1931 - June 21, 2018

FRANKLIN GROVE – Robert E. Houck, age 87, formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Meadows Assisted Living in Franklin Grove. Robert was born on April 13, 1931 in Woosung the son of John and Sadie (Farster) Houck. He married Ruth Marshall on December 31, 1960 in LeClaire, Iowa. She died October 17, 2009. His greatest joys came in sharing his loving, kindness to children; and...
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Donald S. Mulnix

July 30, 1944 - June 19, 2018

Donald S. Mulnix Donald S. Mulnix, age 73, of Morrison, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Donald was born July 30, 1944 in Carroll County, IL the son of Virgil and Grace (Paschal) Mulnix. He served in the US Army and later was employed at GE for 34 years retiring on November 1, 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Tamara (Edward) Hamilton of Clinton,...
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Allen E. Crotts, Sr.

March 9, 1937 - June 19, 2018

GALESBURG – Allen E. Crotts, Sr., age 81, formerly of Rock Falls died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Marigold Nursing and Rehabilitation in Galesburg. Allen was born on March 9, 1937 in Rock Falls the son of Frank and Bertha (Alexander) Crotts. He married Dorothea Craig on October 25, 1975 in Prophetstown. She died February 24, 2005. Allen was employed with Micro Industries retiring in 1998. ...
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Marilyn Unterzuber

September 26, 1930 - June 19, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Marilyn K. (Vary) Unterzuber, 87 of Rock Falls died Tuesday June 19, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 26, 1930 in Jewell, Iowa the daughter of Elbert E. and Marie Nora (Johnson) Vary and had attended Sterling High School. She married Robert L. Unterzuber on March 7, 1948 in Sterling and had been married for 66 years when he died May 23,...
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Mary Parker

March 27, 1933 - June 17, 2018

GALT, IL – Mary R. Parker, 85 of Galt died Sunday June 17, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on March 27, 1933 in Dothan, Alabama the daughter of Thornton Earl and Grace Ruth (Collins) Stees. She married Charles F. Parker on October 27, 1951 in Dixon. He died January 22, 2014. Mary had worked for many years in dietary at the former Dixon State School. She was a member of St....
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Lawrence William Nelson

October 19, 1925 - June 14, 2018

Lawrence W. Nelson Lawrence W. Nelson, age 92, of Nelson, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Larry was born October 19, 1925 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Harry and June (Thompson) Nelson. He served in the US Navy during WWII as Radioman Third Class and later married Florence Shonka in November of 1950 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July...
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Caryl Westlund

February 27, 1929 - June 10, 2018

L. Caryl Westlund, 89, of Prophetstown, died on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Prophets Good Samaritan Home in Prophetstown. She was born on February 27, 1929 in Kewanee to C. Russell and Ethel (Stephens_ Thurwachter. She married Gene T. Westlund on August 7, 1948 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1998. Surviving is her daughter, Jeanne (Steven) Peska, of Rock Falls; 3 sons, Tom ...
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Georgea Mae Clever

February 15, 1923 - June 9, 2018

Georgea Mae Clever, 95, of Prophetstown, died on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on February 15, 1923 in Rock Falls to George and Charlotte (Penny) Sprankle. She married George Clever on December 22, 1945. He preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown. Georgea enjoyed needle work, crocheting and gardening. ...
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Ruth Arlene Borth

August 19, 1929 - June 9, 2018

POLO – Ruth A. Borth, age 88, formerly of Milledgeville, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Polo Rehab and Health Center, Polo. Ruth was born on August 19, 1929 in Milledgeville the daughter of John L. and Marie T. (Winkey) Schryver. She married William Borth on November 25, 1964 in Milledgeville. Ruth was employed as a Secretary with Central Quality in Polo. She was a member and church...
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Robert W. Cheshier

August 13, 1928 - June 8, 2018

STERLING – Robert W. Cheshier, 89 of Sterling died Friday June 8, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 13, 1928 in Vandalia, IL the son of Wilson and Zola (Helm) Cheshier. He married Dorothy Harrison on July 22, 1950 at St Patricks Catholic Church in Amboy. Robert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of...
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Janet R. Hallman

June 1, 1943 - June 7, 2018

DIXON- Janet R. Hallman, age 75, died peacefully at her home in Dixon Thursday, June 7, 2018. Janet was born on June 1, 1943 in Mankato, Minn. the daughter of Victor and Norene (Severns) Freeberg. Janet married George Hallman on May 9, 1964 in Mankato, Minn and were married for 52 years. She was Owner and Operator of several area businesses with George. She loved to travel and cruising. ...
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James R. Hollaway, Jr.

July 24, 1989 - June 4, 2018

James R. Hollaway, Jr., 28, of Memphis, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Memphis, Tenn. He was born on July 24, 1989 in Long Beach, Calif. to James Hollaway and Kelli Larkin. Jim enjoyed horses, being outdoors, and spending time with his friends. He moved to Memphis two months ago to start a new job and a new life. He is survived by his father, James (Dawn)...
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Mark Girton

December 19, 1959 - May 30, 2018


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Mark E. Girton

December 19, 1959 - May 30, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Mark W. Girton, 58 of Rock Falls died Wednesday May 30, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1959 in Sterling, the son of Edward William and Sierra Sue (Hager) Girton. He had worked at various occupations throughout his life. Mark enjoyed riding his bike, camping and fishing. He loved his family and friends and his favorite place was the river. Survivors include his parents Sue ...
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Randall W. Randy Dugger

May 31, 1968 - May 29, 2018

Randall W. "Randy" Dugger, 49 of Dallas and formerly of Rock Falls died Tuesday May 29, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 31, 1968 in Dixon, IL the son of William and Hazel Beatrice (Shortt) Dugger. He attended Rock Falls schools. He married Ann Marie Ortiz on February 14, 1997. Randy had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co when he lived in Rock Falls. After moving to Texas,...
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Sylvia J. Myers

November 9, 1934 - May 29, 2018

STERLING – Sylvia Jean Myers, 83 of Sterling died Tuesday May 29, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on November 9, 1934 in Knoxville, TN the daughter of Chairey and Pansy Pauline (Couch) Hutchinson. She married Ray Mincey on October 17, 1953. She later married Arnold Myers in July 1975. He died February 5, 2012. Sylvia had worked in customer service at the Sterling...
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George Tiemann

November 21, 1940 - May 27, 2018

LYNDON, IL – George E. "Poppy" Tiemann, 77 formerly of Lyndon died Sunday May 27, 2018 in Henderson, TX. He was born on November 21, 1940 in Detroit, MI the son of Henry H. and Regina M (Apfelbacher) Tiemann. He married Clara Barlow on January 28, 1961. She died October 17, 2000. He then married Helen L. Hardy of Wyoming, IL on October 21, 2001. She died November 14, 2014. He then married...
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Joyce A. Hemminger

November 21, 1942 - May 23, 2018

Joyce A. Hemminger, 75, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joyce was born on November 21, 1942 in Sterling to Edward and Fanny (Clapper) Roberts. She is survived by her daughters, Jodi (Alex) Wade of Prophetstown and Jessica Hawley of Morrison; sisters, Edith Tarbill of Sterling and Joan Willis of Rock Falls; a brother, Jack Roberts of...
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Marian E. Hiland

August 11, 1920 - May 22, 2018

Celebration of Life - Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. Cremation rites were accorded and a private graveside service was held on Friday, May 25, at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Please join us in a celebration of Marian's life, to be held on Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Lyndon Area Historical Society Chapel ...
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Jane M. Rockwell

April 1, 1931 - May 22, 2018

Jane M. Rockwell Jane M. Rockwell, age 87, of Dixon, formerly of Rock Falls and Tampico, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Liberty Court in Dixon. Jane was born April 1, 1931 in Sterling the daughter of Jesse and Demarius Adele (Robinson) Warner. She was a 1950 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Sterling and later met and married the love of her life, Lowell D. Rockwell, on May 7, 1951...
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Marian E. Hiland

August 11, 1920 - May 22, 2018

Prophetstown- Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born at home near Lyndon on August 11, 1920 to Frank and Nellie (Allen) Eads. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1938, and then attended Northern Illinois Teachers' College in Dekalb, obtaining a teaching certificate in 1940. Marian...
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Richard J. Strong

May 4, 1936 - May 20, 2018

Richard J. Strong, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Sterling. Richard was born May 4, 1936 in Atchison, Kan. the son of Albert and Irene (VanDyke) Strong. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Carolyn Ortscheid on December 31, 1960 in Rock Island. Richard was a teacher at Challand Middle School for 32 years retiring in 1999. He had previously taught...
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Esther Mae Jones

February 26, 1937 - May 16, 2018

Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones, age 81, of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Esther was born February 26, 1937 the daughter of James and Winnie (McGee) Wallace. She moved to Sterling in 1968 and was employed at the Dixon State School. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed praying, family, walking,...
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George Albert Logan, Jr.

July 8, 1927 - May 14, 2018

George A. Logan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14 surrounded by his immediate family. George was born July 8, 1927 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest O. and Mary (Smith) Logan. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945 and was a life-long resident of Rock Falls. Upon graduation George joined the US Army and served during World War II from 1945-47. He was a member of...
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Charles Henry Vos

September 15, 1923 - May 12, 2018

Charles H. Vos, 94, of Fulton, formerly of Albany, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. He was born on September 15, 1923 in Galesburg, ND to Henry and Emma Vos. He married Lois Harvey on March 28, 1952 in Albany. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2016. He was a WW II veteran serving in the US Navy from 1944-1946. Charles farmed for many years...
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John M. Dunaway

February 19, 1935 - May 12, 2018

John M. Dunaway, age 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home. John was born February 19, 1935 in Decatur the son of Noah and Marguerite (York) Dunaway. He served in the US Air Force and later graduated from the draftsman trade school at Oklahoma State University. John married Carolyn Turner on November 23, 1957 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio....
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