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Charles W. Strand

February 24, 1932 - July 22, 2014

Charles W. Strand Charles W. Strand, age 82, of Dixon, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Charles was born February 24, 1932 in Hill Head, S.D. the son of Carl and Gertrude (Wyatt) Strand. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Carolyn Seim on July 9, 1960 in Superior, Wis. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2014. He was employed at Union Carbide in...
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Velva A. Kurfiss

October 16, 1944 - July 21, 2014

Velva Ann Kurfiss, 69 of Sterling died Monday July 21, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on October 16, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA the daughter of Paul William and Velma Lorene (Springer) Cameron. She was employed as a QMRP at Krieder Services in Dixon for 17 years retiring in January 1993. Velva married John Charles "Gus" Kurfiss on March 16, 1986 in Kissimmee, FL. She was a member...
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W. Joyce Cole

January 1, 1934 - July 20, 2014

W. Joyce Cole W. Joyce Cole, age 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich. Joyce was born January 1, 1934 in Fairfield the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Horton) Etheridge. She married John Cole on April 30, 1979 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 19, 1992. She was employed at National Manufacturing for 10...
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Kurtis Lee Fellows

August 5, 1982 - July 18, 2014

STERLING – Kurtis L. Fellows, 31 of Sterling died Friday July 18, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 5, 1982 in Sterling, the son of Dennis and Barbara (Wessels) Fellows. Surviving are his parents of Sterling; his sister Angela Ristau of Sterling his brother Christopher Fellows (Angela Montanez) of Rock Falls; nieces and nephews and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his...
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Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney

July 20, 1964 - July 17, 2014

Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney, age 49, of Sterling, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lana was born July 20, 1964 in Sterling the daughter of Vern and Patricia (Girton) Royer. She married Tim Sweeney on August 24, 1990 in Sterling. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; her son, Ryan (Crystal) Sweeney of Idaho; her...
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Barbara Eva Heckert

September 18, 1919 - July 16, 2014

Barbara Eva Heckert, age 94 formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Impala Group Home in Mesa, AZ. Barbara was born on September 18, 1919 in Hague, North Dakota, the daughter of Adam and Eva (Schwartzenberger) Zahn. She married Phil Hermes in 1941; he preceded her in death in March 6, 1976. Barbara then married Tom Heckert in 1979; he also preceded her in death in January 28,...
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Kurt Hartje

April 25, 1972 - July 16, 2014

After an extended illness, Kurt J. Hartje, age 42, was received into God's loving kingdom on July 16, 2014 Kurt was born April 25, 1972, the son of Gary and Judy (Daw) Hartje. He is a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1990 and completed his Bachelor's Degree in English at Northern Illinois University. While at N.I.U., he...
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Betty Joyce Boyer

March 25, 1927 - July 11, 2014

Betty Joyce Boyer, 87, of Sterling went to be with her Lord on July 11, 2014 while at Coventry Living Center in Sterling following a brief illness. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 18, 2014 at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home, with Pastor Dalmus Meeks of Harvest Time Bible Church...
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Raymond Stage

February 21, 1958 - July 11, 2014

FULTON – Raymond Stage, age 56, died Friday July 11, 2014 at Genesis Medical Center East Campus, Davenport, Iowa. Ray was born on February 21, 1958 in Morrison the son of Raymond and Cressa (Bark) Stage Sr. He married Dawn Tiesman on July 23, 1981 in Morrison. Ray loved riding his Harley, going to auctions and spending time with his family. He was a hard working husband and father. Ray...
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Inez Sharp Adams

January 16, 1934 - July 10, 2014

ROCK FALLS - Inez Sharp Adams, age 80, died at home Thursday, July 10, 2014. Inez was born on January 16, 1934 in Hoxie, Ark. the daughter of Robert and Beuhla (Hoard) Peppers. She married Robert Adams on December 20, 1986. He died September 4, 2012. Inez was employed with Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for several years. She was a member of the 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling. Inez...
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Edwin Schreiner

February 2, 1930 - July 9, 2014

Edwin Schreiner, 84, of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at his home. Born February 2, 1930 in Milledgeville he was a son of Irvin and Delia (Frank) Schreiner. On January 3, 1951 he was united in marriage to Sylvia Reed. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2008. He was a mechanic for many years and worked at Schank's. Surviving are his children Diana Finch of Madison, S.D...
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Mike Leif

January 23, 1947 - July 8, 2014

Mike Leif, 67, of Fulton, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA. He was born January 23, 1947, in Savanna, IL, the son of Lavern and Vala (Sack) Leif. He married Veneta Arnold March 29, 1969 in Lanark, IL. Mike was an avid racer from a young age starting with drag racing for many years at the Cordova Dragway. He then moved onto the dirt track scene,...
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Helen A DeBord

June 27, 1917 - July 7, 2014

– Helen Axelson DeBord, 97 died Monday July 7, 2014 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. She was born on June 27, 1917 in Fargo, ND the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Remmenga) Marquette. She married Axel Hermon Axelson on January 16, 1938 in Thief River Falls, MN. She later married Hiram A. DeBord on February 12, 1949 in Rock Falls. He died March 11, 1993. Helen had worked at GE in...
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Harold D. Rogers, Jr.

June 2, 1949 - July 7, 2014

Harold D. Rogers, Jr. 65, of Lyndon, died Monday, July 7, 2014. Born June 2, 1949 in Kewanee he was a son of Harold Dean Sr. and Joan L. (Neilsen) Rodgers. He married Mary Ellen Hunt on January 29, 1971in Lyndon. He was a material handler at Raynor Garage Doors in Dixon for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and showing his Coon Hounds. Those left to honor his...
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Julia K. Jacobs

March 6, 1927 - July 7, 2014

Julia K. Jacobs, age 87, of Rock Falls died Monday, July 7, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Julia was born March 6, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Francis Thomas and Rosalie (Hajvert) McFadden. She married Ken Jacobs on January 5, 1954 in Sterling. Julia was a long time member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband Ken Jacobs of...
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Penny Jean Dorenbos

February 21, 1965 - July 5, 2014

Penny Jean Dorenbos, age 49 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, July 05, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling after a 15 month long battle of ovarian cancer. Penny was born on February 21, 1965 in Dekalb, the daughter of Alvin and Jean (Byrd) Hampton. She was a graduate of Dekalb High School. Penny married John Dorenbos in Dekalb on May 9, 1992. She previously was self-employed buying and selling...
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Mary E. Schuster

June 25, 1919 - July 1, 2014

Mary E. Schuster Mary E. Schuster, age 95, of Morrison, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Mary was born June 25, 1919 in Fulton the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Norman) Pannell. She married Otto E. Schuster in September of 1939. He preceded her in death in August of 2002. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Jeane Smith of Morrison...
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Roy O. Henning

November 15, 1948 - June 30, 2014

Roy O. Henning Roy O. Henning, age 65, of Rock Falls, died Monday, June 30, 2014 at his home. Roy was born November 15, 1948 in Kewanee the son of Owen and Peggy (Schmittler) Henning. He married Deborah Olson on June 27, 1971 in Rock Falls and served in the US Army. He was employed as a Mental Health Technician at the Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon for 33 years. Survivors...
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Thomas Russell Smith

June 22, 1947 - June 29, 2014

Thomas Russell Smith, age 67 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Thomas was born on June 22, 1947 in Sterling to Floyd and Dorothy (Payne) Smith. He served in the United States Navy during the War in Vietnam and also was a member of the United States Coast Guard. Thomas worked for Harper Oil as a district manager before retiring in 1997. He...
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Catherine Nancy Ryder

March 6, 1938 - June 29, 2014

Catherine Nancy Ryder, 76, of Albany, IL, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Nancy was born March 6, 1938, in Clinton, IA the daughter of Keith John and Ellen Loretta (Dolan) Higgins. She married Donald E. "Tim" Ryder on August 6, 1960, in Fulton, IL; he preceded her in death on January 23, 2010. Nancy was educated in the Albany Grade School and...
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Dara E. Hill

June 5, 1942 - June 29, 2014

Dara E. Hill Dara E. Hill, age 72, of Dixon, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Dara was born June 5, 1942 in Baldwin, Wis. the daughter of Jack and Angeline (Thatcher) Erb. She married Harvey Gene Hill on Jan. 14, 1967. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1995. She was employed at CGH in Sterling as a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator for the majority of her career...
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Robert E. Hubbard

November 6, 1929 - June 28, 2014

Robert E. Hubbard, 84, of Coleta, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born November 6, 1929 in Milledgeville, he was a son of John Q. and Luella (Garwick) Hubbard. On November 26, 1953 he was united in marriage to Lula Myers in Rock Falls. Bob was a hot saw operator in the 24" mill at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 41 years until his retirement. He served in...
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James M. Brown, Sr.

July 15, 1926 - June 27, 2014

James M. Brown Sr., 87, of rural Milledgeville, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born July 15, 1926 he was a son of Ora and Susan Brown. On March 23, 1948 he was united in marriage to Allawishious M. Ziegler in Joliet. She preceded him in death on September 8, 1984. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company in Sterling for 35 years until his...
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Virginia W. Bass

December 24, 1921 - June 25, 2014

Virginia W. Bass, age 92, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Virginia was born December 24, 1921 in Rock Falls the daughter of Peter and Cecelia (Schietroma) Papoccia. She attended St. Mary Grade School and Community Catholic High School. She married Robert D. Bass on July 3, 1943 in Sterling. After 53 years of marriage, he died on September...
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Mary Bradshaw

July 20, 1916 - June 25, 2014

Mary Bradshaw, 97, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. Born July 20, 1916 in Heathman, Mississippi, she was a daughter of Vincenzo and Palmina (Giacomini) Bastari. She was united in marriage to Oris A. Bradshaw on August 13, 1940 in Hernando, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on July 17, 1997. Mary was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church...
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Leatice M. Fritz

May 25, 1926 - June 23, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Leatice M. Fritz, 88 died Monday June 23, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on May 25, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. She married Stanly B. Fritz on June 3, 1950 in Sterling. He died March 15, 2006. Leatice was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are her two daughters: Aleese ...
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Alejandro Amezola

November 7, 1943 - June 19, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Alejandro Amezola, 70 of Rock Falls died Thursday June 19, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center. He was born on November 7, 1943 in Ayotlan, Jalisco, Mexico the son of Jose and Maria (Velasco) Amezola. He married San Juana "Janie" Valdez on November 28, 1974 in Ayotlan, Mexico. Alejandro work as a union carpenter with Local 727 and the former Prescott Construction before...
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Helen M. Breitweiser

September 6, 1918 - June 18, 2014

Helen M. Breitweiser, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Helen was born on September 6, 1918 in Harmon, Illinois to August and Caroline (Schaefer) Schulte. She married Lawrence Martenson on December 15, 1940 in Rock Falls; he preceded her in death in 1983. She then married Keith Breitweiser on February 20, 1987 in Rock Falls; he also preceded...
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Winona "Nonie" Slifer

October 11, 1919 - June 18, 2014

Winona M. "Nonie" Slifer, 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at her home. Born October 11, 1919 in Morrisonville, Illinois, she was a daughter of Francis L. and Viola M. (Pope) Bethard. She was united in marriage to Charles Merrill Slifer on July 17, 1943 at the parsonage of Rock Falls United Methodist Church by the Reverend Wayne Leighty. Charles preceded her in death on January...
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David L. Hall

January 23, 1956 - June 15, 2014

David L. Hall, age 58 of Sterling died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his home. David was born January 23, 1956 in Owensboro, KY the son of James and Emily (Dennison) Hall. He worked various jobs and also served in the US Army. Survivors include his lifelong companion Allison Edwards of Sterling, four sisters Faith (Fred) Fargher of Sterling, Becky (Arthur) Bushnell of Morrison, Edith Williamson...
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Debra S. Ford

July 27, 1957 - June 12, 2014

In the early morning hours of June 12, 2014 the world lost the wonderful soul of Debra Susan Ford (Dillow), 56, who succumbed gracefully to a battle with breast cancer.  Born at Sterling Community General on July 27, 1957 to Burton Dillow and  Elizabeth June Dillow (McCabe), Debra went on to attain lofty heights as an A­student as  ...
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Doris L. White

January 4, 1922 - June 12, 2014

Doris L. White, age 92 of Rock Falls died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Doris was born January 4, 1922 in Coleta the daughter of Andrew and Ethel (Seidel) Teachout. She married Charles White on April 23, 1960. He preceded her in death in July 1964. She worked in the health care industry for many years. Survivors include two daughters Dixie Vegter of Morrison...
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Charles "Verne" Langley

April 15, 1934 - June 9, 2014

Charles "Verne" Langley, age 80 of Sterling died Monday, June 9, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Verne was born April 15, 1934 in Chadwick, the son of Charles J. and Lillian (Heide) Langley. He married Lois LeFevre on August 1, 1953 in Dixon. She proceeded in death on August 23, 2013. Verne served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Verne worked at National Manufacturing,...
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Mark O. Gaumer

August 3, 1965 - June 7, 2014

STERLING – Mark O. Gaumer, 48, of Sterling died Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was born on August 3, 1965, in Sterling, the son of Robert Owen and Bonnie Sue (Wilsey) Gaumer. Mark was a 1983 graduate of Sterling High School and had worked as a sheet metal worker. His son was his life. Marked loved nature and was a kind and giving man who would help anyone in need. Surviving is his son Asher...
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Roy "Sam" W. McClard

October 26, 1961 - June 6, 2014

Roy "Sam" W. McClard Roy "Sam" W. McClard, age 52, of Rock Falls, died Friday, June 6, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Sam was born October 26, 1961 in San Diego, Calif. the son of Edward and Sheila (Stewart) McClard. He worked as a roofer and handyman. Survivors include his mother, Sheila (Michael) Duncan of Rock Falls; three sisters, Betty Charlene (Tom) Sailor of Hoxie, Ark.,...
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Freida J. Tompkins

December 14, 1952 - June 6, 2014

Freida J. Tompkins, age 61 of Sterling, died Friday, June 06, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Freida was born on December 14, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri to John and Eleanora (Williams) Hibbard. Survivors include four sons, Steven C. Stoudt of Rock Falls, Chad E. (Laura) Stoudt of Sterling, Brett A. (Shelly) Stoudt of Rock Falls and Randy Tompkins of Sterling; three sisters, Judy ...
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Marian Rose Hewitt

June 5, 2014 - June 5, 2014

Marian Rose Hewitt, of Dixon died June 5, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marian was born June 5, 2014 in Sterling the daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Glady) Hewitt. Survivors include her parents Nicholas (Margaret) Hewitt of Dixon, maternal grandparents John (JoAnn) Glady of Wykoff, MN, paternal grandparents Mark (Carol) Hewitt of Roscoe, great grandparents Rose "Betty" Dingels...
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Julie Helms-Duncan

March 26, 1964 - June 4, 2014

Julie Helms-Duncan, age 50 of Rock Falls died Wednesday June 4, 2014 at her home. She was born on March 26, 1964 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Keith B. and Elsie (Hook) Helms. She married Brian Tarbill on February 8, 1991 in Sterling. She later married Mark Duncan. Julie was employed as an LPN for several at area nursing homes. Survivors include her husband, Mark; her sons: Brian R.D....
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Betty J. Todd

February 28, 1926 - May 31, 2014

Betty J. Todd, 88, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Born in February 1926 at Milledgeville, Illinois she was the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Johnson) Irion. She married Loren Todd on September 14, 1948 and he preceded her in death in June 1999. Betty is survived by her children, Phillip (Valerie) Todd, Stanley (Donna Beckman) Todd, Kyle (Rachel) Todd...
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Jimmy H. Adams

January 10, 1945 - May 30, 2014

Jimmy H. Adams, 69, of Dixon, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born January 10, 1945 in Van, Kentucky he was a son of Ruby Davis. He married Gladys Maggard on October 31, 1966 in Chicago. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Dixon; his children, Darlene (Mike) Warmouth of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Barb (Ron) Johnson of The Villages, Florida,...
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Duane C. Shank

February 25, 1941 - May 28, 2014

Duane C. Shank, age 73 of Chadwick died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Duane was born February 25, 1941 in Freeport the son of Eldon and Lois (Graybill) Shank. He worked as an over the road truck driver for 30 years. Duane married Judy Lendman on February 8, 1964 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on March 26, 1995. He enjoyed refurbishing and reselling old...
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William J. Wesolowski

February 28, 1950 - May 28, 2014

William J. Wesolowski, 64, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Born February 28, 1950 in Blue Island, Illinois he was a son of Frank and Elfreida (Hollwedel) Wesolowski. He was united in marriage to Carolann Donnelly on October 12, 1991 in Midlothian, Illinois. Bill and his wife Carolann owned and operated the Edge Restaurant and Lounge in Midlothian for 18...
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Arleta Harms

November 15, 1920 - May 27, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Arleta Harms, age 93, passed away at her home Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Arleta was born on November 15, 1920 in Glen Elder, Kan. the daughter of Harvey and Mable (Hendricks) Nusbaum. She graduated from Glen Elder High School. Arleta married Quinten H. Harms at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls on March 6, 1946. He died January 7, 2004. She enjoyed bowling, was a school bus...
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Lillian M. Doty

September 29, 1916 - May 27, 2014

Lillian E. Doty, 97 of Sterling died Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on September 29, 1916 in Fairhaven Twp, Carroll County, IL the daughter of Arthur M. and Pearl (Queckborner) Lott. She married Arthur P. Doty on March 7, 1936 in Ottawa, IL. He died December 6, 1993. Lillian was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Sterling; member of the Edith...
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Gary L. Jacobs

February 11, 1946 - May 26, 2014

Gary L. Jacobs STERLING – Gary L. Jacobs, age 68, died Monday May 26, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Gary was born on February 11, 1946 in Sterling the son of Lawrence and Dorothy J. (Bruns) Jacobs. He recently celebrated 45 years of marriage to Carol Underhill. Married on May 18, 1969 in Freeport. Gary farmed in the rural Coleta area his entire life. Survivors include his wife,...
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William "Bill" Smith

March 10, 1956 - May 26, 2014

William "Bill" Smith, age 58 of Sterling, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle of bladder cancer. Bill was born on March 10, 1956 in Sterling, to Virgil and Sandra Susan (Thompson) Smith. He attended Rock Falls High School (Class of 1974), where he was in the marching band and held records for track & field for many years. Bill married...
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Elizabeth R. Sier

December 17, 1922 - May 25, 2014

Elizabeth R. [Bondi] Sier, 91, of Mt. Morris, Ill., formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, May 25 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. Mrs. Sier was born in Sterling December 17, 1922, the daughter of Tony and Teresa Bondi. She graduated from Community Catholic High School in 1941 where her communications skills were noted. She began working in her parent's soda fountain after graduation where she...
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Janice Mae Crenshaw

January 2, 1935 - May 25, 2014

STERLING - Janice Mae Crenshaw, 79 of Sterling, Illinois passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born January 2, 1935 in Hahnaman Township, the daughter of John and Temple M. (Shere) Pierceson. She married Jerry Crenshaw March 23, 1952 in Rock Falls. Janice had worked at the former Haskell's Office Supply in Sterling for 10 years. She was a devoted homemaker, avid gardener and quilter. ...
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Gilbert R. Canales

October 9, 1972 - May 25, 2014

Gilbert R. Canales III, 41 of Rock Falls died Sunday May 25, 2014 at his home following complications of a medical illness. He was born on October 9, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Gilbert and Margarita (Vasquez) Canales and had attended Rock Falls schools. He was a veteran of Desert Storm having served with the 101st Airborne Rangers. Following his tour, he served with the Illinois National...
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Paul "Bob" Johnson

December 1, 1942 - May 24, 2014

Paul "Bob" Johnson, age 71 of Rock Falls died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Transitions Nursing Home in Rock Falls. Paul was born December 1, 1942 in Sterling the son of Buck and Mary (Hemlock) Johnson. He married Sharon Lenington. Paul served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include one son Buck (Suzanne Edwards) Johnson of Galt, one daughter Kenya Bernard of Comanche, IA,...
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Maurice G. Bolhous

November 3, 1925 - May 24, 2014

Maurice G. Bolhous(Maurie) was born November 3, 1925 to Susie (Hamstra) and Garrett Bolhous of Thomson, IL. He died on May 24, 2014 in Williams Bay, WI following a lingering illness. Maurie moved to Fulton as a teenager and graduated from Fulton High School. He is a veteran of World War II and served in the US Army and US Navy. He married Mary L. Busz on April 3, 1948 and she preceded him in...
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Patrick K. Brouilette

May 8, 1966 - May 24, 2014

Patrick K. Brouilette, age 48 of Sterling died Saturday, May 24, 2014. Patrick was born May 8, 1966 in Chicago the son of Kenneth E. and Anne M. (McCarthy) Brouilette. He attended Western Illinois University and worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a trackman for 20 years. Patrick served in the US Army for four years. He enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra and was a devoted and loyal fan of...
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Betty Jane Wheelock

August 29, 1922 - May 24, 2014

Betty Jane Wheelock Betty Jane Wheelock, age, 91, of Prophetstown, IL, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at The Alverno in Clinton, Iowa. Betty was born August 29, 1922 in Hume Township, IL the daughter of John and Dolly (Baldwin) Plumley. She graduated from Prophetstown High School and married Wayne L. Wheelock on April 2, 1941 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 19, 2012. Betty was a...
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Robert LeRoy Unterzuber

October 26, 1928 - May 23, 2014

Robert was born October 26, 1928 in Freeport, Ill. the son of LeRoy and Helen (Shipman) Unterzuber. He married Marilyn Kathleen Vary on March 7, 1948 in Sterling. He was a graduate of Sterling High School where he was inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame and played on the 1945 State Football Team. Robert worked as a foreman at Lawrence Bros. for 43 years retiring in 1990. He owned and...
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Larry Lynn Scroggins

February 22, 1944 - May 21, 2014

Larry Lynn Scroggins, age 70 formerly of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Larry was born on February 22, 1944 in the village of Palmyra, IL to Carl Russel and Ada Gene (Austin) Scroggins. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as Master Sergeant from 1963-1984. Larry married Beverly Tresness on December 17, 1974 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire...
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Harold "Sonny" "Sarge" Van Horn, Jr.

October 29, 1939 - May 21, 2014

Harold "Sonny" "Sarge"E. Van Horn, Jr. Harold E. Van Horn, Jr., age 74, of Harmon, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at his home. Harold was born October 29, 1939 in Sterling the son of Harold and Ethel (Manon) Van Horn. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Harold was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 25 years. He married Betty JoAnn Basham on...
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Susan D. Adams

July 22, 1957 - May 19, 2014

Susan D. Adams age 56 of Sterling died Monday, May 19, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Susan was born July 22, 1957 in Sterling the daughter of Owen F. and Doris (King) Adams. She worked as a CNA for many years. Susan enjoyed fishing with her family and roller skating. Survivors include one brother Robert Adams of Tampico, many nieces and nephews, and one special friend Terry Hensen. She...
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Judith A. Lindaas

October 16, 1939 - May 17, 2014

Judith A. Lindaas, age 74 of Rock Falls went to be with her lord Saturday, May 17, 2014 at her home. Judith was born October 16, 1939 in Morrison the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Williams) Stage. She married Kenneth Lindaas on November 26, 1981 in Tacoma, WA. Survivors include her husband Kenneth of Rock Falls, two daughters Sherry of Port Byron, Tina of Missouri, one son Tim of Florida,...
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Delores R. Lench

May 15, 1937 - May 14, 2014

Delores R. Lench, age 76 of Tampico died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Delores was born May 15, 1937 in Amboy the daughter of Robert R. and Mildred (McKenna) Glass. She married Lowell Lench on December 25, 1954 in Rock Falls. Delores worked as a CNA at Morrison Community Hospital for 10 years. Survivors include her husband...
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Marcia A. Dusing

February 23, 1954 - May 12, 2014

Marcia Ann Dusing, 60 of Polo passed peacefully on May 12, 2014, A loving Wife, Mother, Daughter, Nana, Aunt, and friend to many. Born February 23, 1954 in Sterling she was a daughter of Joseph and Mercedes (Delgado) Regalado. She married Curt Dusing on December 17, 1982 in Ashton. She attended Sterling High School and later received a degree in Horticulture. Marcia enjoyed homemaking,...
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Michael W. Bates

March 19, 1965 - May 12, 2014

DIXON- Michael W. Bates, 49 of Dixon, died Monday May 12, 2014 at his home. He was born on March 19, 1965 in Sterling, Illinois the son of Delmar W. and Norma J. (DeLap) Bates. He attended Rock Falls and Sterling schools and served in the US Army from 1983 – 1986. Michael had worked for over 20 years as a laborer with Union Local 727 and for the past 3 years he had been working for Union...
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Charles Raymond Duncan

June 8, 1932 - May 12, 2014

Charles Raymond "Bubbie" Duncan, age 81 of Sterling, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. Charles was born on June 8, 1932 in Chilhowie, Virginia to Brack and Lockie (Bailey) Duncan. He married Helen Kathleen Porter on August 25, 1951. Charles worked for 31 years as a machine operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire and for 20 years with Lee Wayne Co. in...
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Walter T. Hinrichs

May 24, 1931 - May 11, 2014

Walter T. Hinrichs, 82 of Rock Falls went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 11, 2014 at the Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. Walter was born on May 24, 1931 in Rural Sterling, the son of Henry F. and Alma (Heilener) Hinrichs. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his term in the service, Walter farmed around the Sterling-Rock Falls area. In 1996 he retired from...
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Stephen John Benda III

February 18, 1961 - May 10, 2014

Stephen John Benda III, age 53 of Villa Park, IL died Saturday, May 10, 2014. Stephen was born February 18, 1961 in Chicago the son of Stephen John and Astrid (Nilssen) Benda, Jr. He worked at the Lombard Post Office as a mail carrier for many years. Survivors include two sisters Karen (Tom) Kruse of Sterling, and Anna Marie (Arne) Nilsen of Norway, 19 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces...
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Eleanor L. Polhill

December 23, 1922 - May 9, 2014

Eleanor L. Polhill, age 91 of Rock Falls, died at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Eleanor was born on December 23, 1922 in Chadwick to Frederick and Hattie (Brisbane) Mohrman. She married Harlan Polhill on February 14, 1948 in Pearl City. He preceded her in death in March 1975. Eleanor retired from the CGH kitchen in 1985. She is a 25+ year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked...
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Carolyn Crawford

January 6, 1944 - May 8, 2014

Carolyn J. Crawford, age 70 of Sterling, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Carolyn was born on January 6, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harold and Emma (Cleary) Turtle. She married Donald Crawford on November 15, 1966 in Basel, Switzerland. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; two daughters, Michele (Kenny) Walraven of Bettendorf, IA and Beth (Robert) Nickols...
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Kenny E. Wilson

April 2, 1972 - May 7, 2014

Kenny E. Wilson, age 42, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Kenny was born April 2, 1972 in Morrison, IL the son of Harold, Sr. and Susan (Johnston) Wilson. He attended Fulton schools all his life. He was previously employed at Rose's Wood Products in Clinton, IA, IBP in Joslin, IL; Peterson Pallet Recovery, West Way in...
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Betty Marie Reinders

November 7, 1926 - May 6, 2014

Betty Marie Reinders, age 87 of Dixon, died Tuesday, May 7, 2014 at home with family. Betty was born on November 7, 1926 in Brookeville, IL to John and Lillian (Martz) Buntjer. She married Wilbur Reinders on April 18, 1943 in Polo, IL, he preceded her in death on January 8, 2007. Betty was an author of children's books. Survivors include four daughters, Michelle (Vernon) Vandyke of...
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Pat A. Folkers

February 8, 1946 - May 4, 2014

Patricia "Pat" A. Folkers, age 68 of rural Lyndon died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Pat was born February 8, 1946 in Morrison the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Whitmore) Daniels. She married Gary Folkers on December 10, 1966 in rural Sterling. Pat worked as a book keeper at Morrison Telephone Company and Mills Motor Ford Dealership in Morrison. She and Gary...
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Ruth V. Schutz

January 25, 1937 - May 3, 2014

Ruth V. Schutz, age 77 of Sterling died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Ruth was born January 25, 1937 in Bardstown, KY the daughter of Theodore and Annie Ruth (Robinson) Aldridge. She married John Schutz on December 15, 1979 in Rock Falls. Ruth was CNA for many years and also worked at GE as a factory worker tester for twelve years. She was a member of...
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Randy M. Rice

January 18, 1956 - May 1, 2014

Randy M. Rice, age 58 of Rock Falls died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis. Randy was born January 18, 1956 in Savanna the son of Lawrence William and Shirley Jean (Tenley) Rice. Randy served in the US Marine Corps for 12 years, then transferred to the US Navy. Survivors include his step-father Russell Burkholder of Rock Falls, one sister Paula Rice of Rock Falls,...
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Joseph "Savoir-Faire" Rodriguez

September 27, 1960 - April 30, 2014

Joseph Celestino "Savoir-Faire" Rodriguez, age 53 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Illinois. Joey was born on September 27, 1960 in Sterling to Celestino and Patricia (Steltzer) Rodriguez. Survivors include six sisters, Linda (Mario) Garcia, Ruthie (Jimmy) Walker, Susan (Herman) Walker, Shirley Farnham, Mary Rodriguez (Frank Hartz) and...
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Herman D. Shaw

December 7, 1932 - April 29, 2014

Herman D. Shaw, age 81, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his home. Herman was born December 7, 1932 in Wayne County, Illinois the son of Vernon and Mary Edith (Rainwater) Shaw. He married Lena Fern Gammon on June 28, 1952 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Herman was employed at Sandusky Garbage, the City of Rock Falls and...
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Margaret C. Baker

November 8, 1928 - April 29, 2014

Margaret C. Baker, 85, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Born November 8, 1928 in Saint Paul, Minnesota she was a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Wagner) Strohmayer. On January 20, 1973 she was united in marriage to Charles G. Baker. He passed away January 12, 2001. She was of the Catholic faith. Those left to honor her memory include her brother, Edward ...
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LaMeda M. Boyungs

April 20, 2014 - April 28, 2014

LaMeda (Skip) Boyungs, age 94 of Sterling died Monday, April 28, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling with her family by her side. Lameda was born April 20, 1920 the daughter of Marie (Willett) Craig. She was born and raised in the Sterling and Dixon areas. LaMeda graduated from Sterling Catholic Schools. She married Gilbert Rein and later married Richard Boyungs. Better known as Grandma...
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Jean E. Moews

February 25, 1925 - April 26, 2014

Jean (Burdsall) Moews, 89, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. Jean was born on February 25, 1925 in Prophetstown, IL the daughter of William and Bessie (Rhodes) Burdsall. She married Frank Moews, Jr. on April 8, 1944 and they farmed in Prophetstown for many years. He died November 8, 2005. Jean enjoyed cooking and baking goods for her...
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Elisabeth D. Moore

April 12, 1966 - April 25, 2014

Elisabeth D. Moore, 48, of Sterling, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at her home. Born April 12, 1966 in Germany, she was a daughter of Jerry and Elisabeth (Henneberger) Moore. She loved to read and enjoyed being on her computer. She was happiest when spending time with family and especially adored her two grandchildren. Those left to honor her memory include her two daughters, Jacelyn ...
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Nancy Westpfahl

September 24, 1939 - April 25, 2014

Nancy L. Westpfahl, 74 of Rock Falls died Friday April 25, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 24, 1939 in Savanna, IL. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her five children: Cindy McKenna Shelley of Rock Falls, Jodie Lynn (Larry) Weed of Dixon, Tamela (Ed) Pence of Olney, IL, Lonnie (Lynda) Westpfahl of Effingham, IL and Jamie Westpfahl of Miami, OK; her brother Lee Taylor of...
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Raymond Charles Panice

November 14, 1943 - April 23, 2014

Raymond Charles Panice, age 70 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Raymond was born on November 14, 1943 in Chicago to Vido and Ada (Filippi) Panice. He worked as a truck loader and as an assembler at Self Help Enterprises for the past 45 years. Survivors include one sister, Diane (John) Okland of Rock Falls and one brother, Rich (Gloria) Panice of...
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Jean McCue

August 31, 1930 - April 22, 2014

Jean McCue, age 83 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Jean was born on August 31, 1930 in Sterling to William Edward and Frances Mary (Seidel) McCue. She taught for 36 years for Unit 5 school districts as an English Teacher. Jean was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Survivors include one sister, Sr. William ( Helen) McCue O.S.F. of...
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Valeria G. Reed

May 27, 1911 - April 21, 2014

Valeria G. Reed, 102 of Sterling, passed away Monday April 21, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on May 27, 1911 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Frank and Edith (Foust) Michel. The family moved to Sterling in 1923. She married Donald Reed on October 24, 1934. He died June 16, 2000. Mrs. Reed was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was active in the P.T.A. for many...
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Edward D. Rosenberger

February 9, 1931 - April 21, 2014

Edward D. Rosenberger, 83, of Roscoe, formerly of Sterling, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Beloit Health and Rehabilitation Center, Beloit, Wisc. Born February 9, 1931 in Toledo, Iowa he was a son of George and Blanche (Berger) Rosenberger, Sr. On December 7, 1947 he was united in marriage to Elaine J. Rebik in Tama, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 9, 2009. Mr. Rosenberger began...
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Carolyn Faye Cochran

April 29, 1950 - April 19, 2014

Carolyn Faye Cochran, age 63 of Rock Falls died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Faye was born April 29, 1950 in Sterling the daughter of Willie and Mary (Wade) Cochran. She worked as a dietary aid for many years. Faye enjoyed scratching off $3 Crossword puzzles, watching TV, and making her "famous" pasta salad. Faye was an avid Chicago Bulls fan,...
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Evelyn Lorraine Saathoff

August 19, 1929 - April 18, 2014

Evelyn Lorraine Saathoff, age 84 of Sterling, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Evelyn was born on August 19, 1929 in Manlius, IL to Ernst and Thilda (Johnson) Olson. She married George J. Saathoff, Jr. on October 26, 1951 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on February 2, 2005. Evelyn enjoyed gardening and fishing and had a love for flowers and animals. She...
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Richard F. Williams

April 23, 1941 - April 16, 2014

STERLING – Richard F. Williams, 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home. He was born April 23, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI to Carl and Anne (Siefkin) Williams. He married Kathleen Blair on June 22, 1968 in Sterling. Richard was a graduate of SHS Class of 1959 as a member of the National Honors Society and class president. Richard continued his responsibility to his classmates...
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Janet "Jan" Love

August 30, 1926 - April 16, 2014

Janet "Jan" Love, age 87 of Sterling died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Rosewood Care Center in Moline. Jan was born on August 30, 1926 to George and Bethel (Seloover) Billings in Rock Falls. She graduated Rock Falls schools, was the past president of the Rock Falls American Legion Auxiliary Unit 902, and also was a member of the 1st Christian Church in Rock Falls. Jan married Wayne Staples...
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George E. Beatty

April 3, 1918 - April 16, 2014

George E. Beatty, 96, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Heritage Square Nursing Home in Dixon. Born April 3, 1918 in Rockford he was a son of Elmer and Mary A. (Detweiler) Abney. On November 1, 1941 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth M. Scholl in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 15, 2005. George worked for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the St. Petersburg, FL...
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W. Jane Ommen

June 13, 1928 - April 14, 2014

W. Jane Ommen W. Jane Ommen, age85, of Sterling, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Jane was born June 13, 1928 in Alabama the daughter of Wesley and Lula (Mott) Higginbotham. She married Lloyd Ommen on October 21, 1942 in Alabama. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Ralph Perino

April 14, 1920 - April 13, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Ralph Perino, 93 of Rock Falls died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. He was born on April 14, 1920 in Normandy, IL, the son of Ralph and Catherine (Carchidi) Perino. He married the former Gloria Marshall. Ralph had farmed for many years. He was involved in establishing the Whiteside County Airport and it's development. An avid aviator, he...
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Helen L. Allen

October 26, 1943 - April 13, 2014

Helen L. Allen, age 70 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at her home. Helen was born on October 26, 1943 in Rock Falls to Howard and Madeline (Jaques) Wilkinson. She worked for 30 years at Antech, retiring in 2002. Helen was a devoted caregiver to her family for her entire life. She enjoyed cooking and puzzles. Survivors include her mother, Madeline of Sterling; one son, William ...
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Lois J Lawrenz

August 12, 1934 - April 12, 2014

Lois J. Lawrenz, 79, of Morrison, IL, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, IL. Lois was born August 12, 1934, in Garden Plain, IL, the daughter of Harry B. and A. Nauta (Flikkema) Sterenberg. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1952 and worked for Fulton School District until 1959. She married Gilbert D. Lawrenz on December 29, 1959, in Fulton, IL...
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Steven C. Grove

May 17, 1968 - April 11, 2014

Steven C. Grove, age 45, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home. Steve was born May 17, 1968 in Sterling the son of Gerald and Lois (Daniels) Grove. He was employed at Dollar General in Rock Falls and Peterson Cleaning in Sterling. He met Irene (Wright) Carter in 1991 and they were married on October 10, 2010. Steve loved fishing, camping and he loved his dogs, Star,...
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Laurel O. Rasmussen

June 30, 1918 - April 11, 2014

STERLING – Laurel O. Rasmussen, 95, of Sterling died Friday April 11, 2014 at her home at Good Neighbor Care in Sterling. She was born on June 30, 1918 in Prophetstown, IL the daughter of Raymond and Mary Irene (Olmstead) Matthews. She married Howard C. Rasmussen on August 16, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. He died August 16, 2012. She was a member of Wesley...
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Bradley S. Cox

May 2, 1951 - April 9, 2014

Bradley S. Cox, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bradley was born on May 2, 1951 in Hammond, Indiana to Virgil D. and Bernadene (Near) Cox. He married Cheryl "Diane" Jones on May 31, 1996 in Sterling. Bradley worked for over 30 years as a tool and die maker. He enjoyed doing anything outdoors, especially fishing and gardening. He was a...
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Wanda L. Francis

January 31, 1946 - April 9, 2014

Wanda L. Francis, age 68 of Lyndon, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at her home. Wanda was born on January 31, 1946 in Sterling to Lyle S. and Grace (Wuebben) Finley. She graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1964. She married Arman D. Francis on November 21, 1964 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 8, 1991. Wanda worked as an assembler at Sterling Multi Products for 30 years...
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Walter C. Klinger

December 20, 1935 - April 9, 2014

Walter C. Klinger Walter C. Klinger, age 78, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home. Walter was born December 20, 1935 in Sterling the son of Walter and Tillie (Janssen) Klinger. He was employed by Commonwealth Edison for 21 years retiring in 1990. Survivors include his special friend, Zoe Rudy; two daughters, Mary and Karla; one son, Steven Klinger; three sisters,...
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Anna Mae Davis-Cox

September 4, 1950 - April 7, 2014

Anna M. Davis-Cox, age 63, of Sterling, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Anna was born September 4, 1950 in Chicago the daughter of William and Mary (Caples) Smith. She was employed as a waitress for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Cox and her fiance, Edwardo Moreles of Chicago and and Sheila (Jamie) Lampe of Clinton, Iowa; one son, James...
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Joy E. (Pepper) Pelton

November 5, 1928 - April 7, 2014

Joy E. (Pepper) Pelton, 85, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, IL. She was born November 5, 1928 in Rock Falls, IL to the late Fred Pepper and Elba Rose (Duncan) Pepper (later Rowbottom). Joy graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. She pursued her vocation to be a Registered Nurse and graduated from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. ...
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Marjorie I. Goshert

April 30, 1930 - April 4, 2014

STERLING – Marjorie I. Goshert, age 83, died Friday April 4, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marjorie was born on April 30, 1930 in Mulberry Grove the daughter of David Theodore and Myrtle (Richards) Stone. She married Donald R. Goshert on October 26, 1962 in Springfield. He preceded her in death March 25, 2001. Prior to his illness Don and Marge enjoyed Amtrack train travel all over...
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Virginia M. Baumgart

June 25, 1930 - April 4, 2014

STERLING – Virginia M. Baumgart, age 83, died Friday, April 4, 2014 surrounded by her family at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Virginia was born on June 25, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wis. the daughter of George and Mary Ann (Dubois) Jorgensen. She married Frank A. Baumgart on August 1, 1953 in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2012. Virginia was a homemaker and member of St. Mary...
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