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Gerald L. Hartman

April 23, 1939 - July 19, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Gerald L. Hartman, age 80 of Rock Falls died Friday, July 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home, Sterling. Gerald was born on April 23, 1939 in Sterling, the son of Clifton and Laverne (Eilers) Hartman. He married Rosalie Anderson on September 6, 1959 in Sterling. Gerald was a plant manager at Northwestern Steel and Wire where he had worked for 34 years before retirement. He...
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Shannon Pierceson

May 28, 1971 - July 17, 2019

DEER GROVE, IL – Shannon J. Pierceson, 48 died Wednesday July 17, 2019. He was born on May 28, 1971 in Sterling, the son of John F. and Susan M. (Franks) Pierceson. Shannon was a 1989 graduate of Tampico High School and had attended Sauk Valley Community College. He had farmed and also was the owner / operator of Pierceson Trucking and Cylinders Plus. Shannon was a dealer for GMG Grills and...
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Terry A. Gholson

August 9, 1936 - July 17, 2019

Terry Augustus Gholson, age 82 of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony in Rockford. Terry was born on August 9, 1936 in Sterling, the son of Augustus Marion and Mary Ellen (Terry) Gholson. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Terry is a 1959 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He worked as a funeral director at Unger Funeral Home...
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Richard D. Schryver

March 30, 1930 - July 16, 2019

Richard "Richie" "Dodson" D. Schryver, age 89 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at his home. Richard was born on March 30, 1930 in Milledgeville, the son of Walter and Ethel (Walters) Schryver. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Marilyn Nelson on April 11, 1953 in Sterling. They were married nearly 60 years before she passed on July 3, 2012....
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Patricia S. Stranberg

March 17, 1945 - July 13, 2019

Patricia Sue Stranberg Patricia Sue Stranberg, 74, of Dixon, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Pat was born March 17, 1945 in Sterling the daughter of David Lamont and Mary Elizabeth (Leach) McCombs and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Don F. Stranberg on July 4, 1980 in Sterling. Pat was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Dixon and...
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Vickie Scott

December 27, 1952 - July 12, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Vickie R. Scott, 66 of Rock Falls died Friday July 12, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 27, 1952 in Carrollton, IL the daughter of Charles L. and Mable L. (Cummings) Retherford Jr. Vickie was a 1971 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Gary L. Scott on June 16, 1972 in Rock Falls. Vickie had worked at the Sterling and later Burke Cleaner from 1988 to 2018. She...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Hall

November 10, 1928 - July 11, 2019

STERLING – Elizabeth "Betty" M. Hall, 90 of Sterling died Thursday July 11, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 10, 1928 in Sterling, the daughter of Ira H. and Matilda (Fehrenbacher) Martin. She married Lyle G. Hall on December 10, 1955 in Sterling. He died June 25, 1984. Elizabeth had been employed at the former Midwest Home Health Care in Sterling. Later she served...
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Lois Irene Thoman

March 2, 1936 - July 10, 2019

Lois Irene Thoman, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep July 10, 2019 at her care facility in Lancaster California. She was born in Sterling on March 02, 1936 to Emery and Marie (Rieger) McNeil. Lois graduated from Sterling High School in 1955 after which she attended Illinois Wesleyan University earning a music degree in 1959. She married Robert (Bob) Thoman on December 26, 1960. ...
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David T. Downing

July 6, 2019 - July 10, 2019

STERLING – David T. Downing, age 62, died Wednesday July 10, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. David was born on July 6, 1957 in Topeka, Kan. the son of Andrew and Frances (Williams) Downing. He married Monica Dunkel on April 4, 1987 in Rochelle. David was employed as a Dispatcher with the Whiteside County Senior Center in Sterling. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid fisherman. David...
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Joann H. Howlett

February 8, 1937 - July 9, 2019

STERLING – Joann H. Howlett, 82 of Sterling died Tuesday July 9, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Joann was born on February 8, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Dirks) Dettman. She married Donald Wayne Howlett on November 12, 1954. He died January 10, 2011. Joann was employed at the Sterling Farm and Fleet for 11 year as a department manager. She was a volunteer for the...
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Mary Jane Habben

August 2, 1926 - July 5, 2019

Mary Jane Habben, age 92 of Morrison, died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Mary Jane was born on August 2, 1926 in Morrison, the daughter of Vernon and Hattie (Kuehl) Mort. She married Raymond S. Habben on September 18, 1945 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2018. Mary Jane worked at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison for 29 years. Survivors...
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Marjorie Ann Billings

April 26, 1934 - July 5, 2019

Marjorie Ann Billings, age 85 of Prophetstown, formerly of Rock Falls, died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Marjorie was born on April 26, 1934 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of George and Fern (Fenn) Maberry. She married James Ambrose Billings on March 16, 1951 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on September 14, 1993. Marjorie worked as a diet counselor,...
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Eugene M. Broderick

March 23, 1926 - July 4, 2019

Eugene (Gene) M. Broderick - Obituary Eugene (Gene) M. Broderick, a longtime member of the Sterling-Rock Falls, IL community, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2019 at the age of 93 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL. Gene was born on March 23, 1926 in a farmhouse and raised on the Broderick family farm located in the rural Clyde Township town of Malvern, IL. He was the second of...
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Earl Cernetisch

November 6, 1948 - July 3, 2019

Earl David died at his home in Albany, IL, on July 3rd, 2019. Earl David Cernetisch was born on November 6th, 1948 to Fred and Lora (Hall) Cernetisch in Davenport, IA. He grew up in Davenport and enjoyed boy scouts, playing baseball, and going on family fishing trips. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and trained with the Naval Reserve until his graduation in 1966 when he was sent on the "Kiddie...
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Charley Riney

August 16, 1945 - July 1, 2019

Charley P. Riney, age 73, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 1st, surrounded by family and friends. Charley was born in Keokuk, Iowa and graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1963. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1963-67, graduating with a degree in teaching high school English, a career he pursued for 47 years. During his time at Loras, Riney was a standout...
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Betty J. Shumaker

November 25, 1923 - June 26, 2019

Betty J. Shumaker, age 95, died Wednesday June 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Betty was born on November 25, 1923 in Dixon the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Tate) Bennett. She married Clarence R. "Boots" Shumaker on November 17, 1943 in Morrison. He died on June 24, 2015. Betty was employed as a Beautician for several years at Gladys Bixby's Home Salon in Sterling. She was a great...
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Harry T. Riggins, Jr.

October 5, 1925 - June 23, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Harry T. Riggins, Jr. age 93, died Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Harry was born on October 5, 1925 in Tharpe, Tenn. the son of Harry T. and Lillis M. (Hester) Riggins, Sr. Harry married A. Winifred Clifton on October 10, 1947 in Rock Falls. She died on December 28, 1991. Harry was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire for 36 years retiring in 1982. He...
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Diane DeJarnatt

September 19, 1956 - June 21, 2019

STERLING – Diane C. DeJarnatt, 62 of Sterling died Friday June 21, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 19, 1956 in Morrison, the daughter of Oscar and Mary Jean (Heeren) Pletsch and was a 1975 graduate of Tampico High School. She married Barry DeJarnatt on September 19, 1981 in Sterling. She had attended Sauk Valley Community College. Diane had worked as...
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Leon Neese

August 30, 1935 - June 20, 2019

Leon Neese, 83, a resident of Sterling, died on Thursday evening, June 20, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born on August 30, 1935 in Sterling, he was a son of Dacre Leon and Louise (Weiss) Neese. On October 28, 1961 he was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Devine in Rockford. She passed away on June 27, 2008. Leon worked for Wahl Clipper for 32 years until his retirement. He...
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David "Dave" Fisk

September 1, 1938 - June 19, 2019

David "Dave" Fisk, 80, a resident of Prophetstown, died on Wednesday morning, June 19th at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. He was born on September 1, 1938 in Sterling to Harold and Margaret (Carstensen) Fisk. He was united in marriage to Anita Johnson on August 19, 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia. Dave was a lineman for the former Contel Telephone Company, later Frontier, for over 40...
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Joahn Kathleen Hacker

January 4, 1928 - June 18, 2019

Joahn Kathleen (Tritz) Hacker, 91, a resident of Sterling, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at her home. She was born on January 4, 1928 in Freeport to Frank and Marie (Lyons) Tritz. She married Don Hacker on May 22, 1948. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa, Joahn went to work for Tritz Implement Company International Harvester and then later for Rock...
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Tom Cheshier

August 18, 1951 - June 17, 2019

COLETA – Tom Cheshier, 67 of Coleta, died Monday June 17, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. He was born on August 18, 1951 in Sterling the son of Jack R. and Barbara J. (Craig) Cheshier. Tom attended Rock Falls and Sterling Schools. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard. He married Marcia (Conkling) Searing on November 14, 1987 in Coleta. He began his working career at the...
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Richard Condiff

September 29, 1932 - June 17, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Richard Condiff, age 86, died at home Monday, June 17, 2019. Richard was born on September 29, 1932 in Park Rapids, Minn. the son of LeRoy and Marguerite (Comstock) Condiff. He married Darlene Helt in Rock Falls on March 2, 1952. She died on January 27, 2013. Richard was employed as a Crane Mechanic and Foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire for over 30 years. He loved NASCAR...
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Patricia L. Onken

June 4, 1952 - June 14, 2019

Patricia Lynn Onken, age 67 of Morrison, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Resthave Care and Rehab in Morrison. Patricia was born on June 4, 1952 in Morrison, the daughter of Ellsworth and Marian (Dykhuizen) Nice. She married Darrell Jay Onken on August 9, 1983 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2019. Patricia retired from General Electric in Morrison. Survivors include...
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David Franco

December 19, 1964 - June 10, 2019

David R. Franco, 55 of Rock Falls died Monday June 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on December 19, 1964 in Sterling, the son of Manuel and Socorra "Coco" (Mendez) Franco. He was a graduate of Sterling High School and Welding Technical School in Tulsa, OK. He had been employed as a welder most recently at Allied – Locke in Dixon. He was a Chicago Bears and...
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Patricia Ann Krone

October 19, 1941 - June 8, 2019

Patricia Ann Krone, age77, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Patricia was born on October 19, 1941 in Mounds the daughter of John and Easter (Buckles) Soots. She married Kenny Linboom. He passed away and she later married Marvin Krone. Patricia worked in the Repair Department at Wahl Clipper as well as Hunter-Douglas in Colo., Sterling Gazette and various factories. ...
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Maria M. Mendoza

July 7, 1953 - June 8, 2019

María Magdalena Mendoza, age 65, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Peoria Maria was born on July 7, 1953 in Princeton. The daughter of Natalio G. and Isidra (Flores) Ortega. As a Custodian with Unit 5 of the Sterling School District for over 33 years, Maria saw three generations of children in school. She was often friends with the parents and grandparents of the...
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Connie J. Todd

July 19, 1950 - June 8, 2019

Connie J. Todd, age 68, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Winning Wheels in Prophetstown. Connie was born on July 19, 1950 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. the daughter of James and Florence (Vinson) Todd. She loved to read and was an accomplished writer having published a book. Connie loved spending time with her friends family especially grandkids. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and working in her...
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Evelyn Bay

October 5, 1937 - June 7, 2019

Evelyn Bay, 81, of Rockford formerly of Rock Falls, passed away unexpectedly Friday June 7, 2019 Evelyn was born on October 5th, 1937. After graduating from Rock Falls High School and Western Illinois University, she entered a career in teaching. She spent most of that career teaching Math at East Coloma School in Rock Falls. On July 15th, 1961 she married the love of her life Robert Bay....
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JoAnn Lyon

July 11, 1924 - June 7, 2019

JoAnn Reeves Lyon, longtime Sterling resident and community leader, died 06/08/2019 at the age of 94. She was born on July 11, 1924 in Mitchel, South Dakota, daughter of William Stanley Reeves and Frances Corwin Reeves, both of Iowa. Her husband of 65 years, James H. Lyon, passed away in 2012. Survivors include her sister, Mary Frances Reeves Packard; children, Scott Lyon, Linda Lyon-Russell ...
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Foster Dale Sigel

December 30, 1946 - June 6, 2019

Dale Sigel, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday June 6, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1946 in Dixon, the son of Harry Claybourne and Emma Louise (Plock) Sigel. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army from 1966-1968. He married Johnnie L. Jones on September 19, 1976 in Rock Falls. Throughout his life Dale had worked at several jobs including as a truck driver...
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Mary O. Ratzlaff

February 25, 1934 - June 4, 2019

Mary O. Ratzlaff, 85, of Morrison, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Franklin, TN surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born February 25, 1934 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of Chirila John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean. She married Harold Ratzlaff on July 6, 1952 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 20, 1985. Mary dearly loved time spent with her family and friends,...
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Teresa M. Timmons

October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019

Teresa M. (Haan) Timmons (October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019) Resthave Care & Rehabilitation 408 Maple Avenue Morrison, Illinois 61270 Mrs. Teresa (Haan) Timmons was born October 4, 1915, in Garden Plain, IL, to Margaret (Jaarsma) Haan and Peter H. Haan. She had three brothers, Alan, Louis, and Henry, and a sister, Alta Mae. Teresa's father, Peter Henry Haan, was born in Holland. He came...
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Lee F. Hollingsworth

November 16, 1942 - June 3, 2019

Long time Dixon businessman, Lee F. Hollingsworth, 76 died Monday June 3, 2019. He was born on November 16, 1942 in Sterling. Lee grew up in Nelson, where he attended grade school later graduating from Rock Falls High School with the class of 1960. He served in the US Marines and upon discharge, went to work at the Chrysler Plant in Belvedere, IL and also attended Rock Valley College. In 1975,...
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Roger E. Miner

August 29, 1938 - June 2, 2019

Roger Earl Miner, 80 of rural Mount Carroll, died Sunday June 2, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL. He was born on August 29, 1938 in Kankakee, IL the son of Ashton Armond and Marguerite Irene (Harris) Miner. Roger was a graduate of Kankakee High School and Valparaiso Technical Institute. He served in the US Navy on the USS Randolph. He married Donna J. Christensen on April...
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David Robinson

May 24, 1955 - June 2, 2019

David Robinson, age 64, died Sunday June 2, 2019 at Morrison Community Hospital. David was born on May 24, 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the son of Donald and Colleen (Beer) Robinson. He married Mary Haggard on January 20, 1984 in Clinton, Iowa. David was employed as a Railroad Conductor with Union Pacific Railroad for over 30 years. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and a member of...
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Dina Rodriguez

March 20, 1973 - June 1, 2019

Dina (Urrutia) Rodriguez, age 46, of Sterling, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling Illinois. Dina was born March 20, 1973, in Sterling the daughter of Steven and Lynda (Espinoza) Urrutia. Dina worked for eight years in Human Resources at East Aurora School District. She enjoyed singing karaoke. Survivors include her mother: Lynda Urrutia; her children: Anthony ...
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Thelma Leota Hardin

June 25, 1930 - May 28, 2019

DIXON, IL – T. Leota (Guntharp) Hardin, 88 of Dixon died Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Serenity Hospice in Oregon. She was born on June 25, 1930 in Ravenden Springs, AR the daughter of Gus and Nettie (Griffith) Guntharp. She was a graduate of La Vera Beauty College in Jonesboro, AR., and had operated a beauty salon in Sterling, IL for several years. She had also worked at (Stant) Edelman's in Dixon...
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Rojelio "Roy" Garza

May 24, 1954 - May 28, 2019

Rojelio "Roy" Garza, 65, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Born on May 24, 1954 in Morrison, he was a son of Daniel and Paula (Sandoval) Garza. Roy was a cement finisher and owned and operated RG Concrete. He was a member of Local 11 Union. He enjoyed playing guitar, music, doing remodeling projects, going to auctions, reading and...
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Randy J. Fullmer

June 15, 1953 - May 27, 2019

Randy J. Fullmer Randy J. Fullmer, age 65, of Rock Falls, died Monday, May 27, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Randy was born June 15, 1953 in Sterling the son of Walter "Bud" and Darla (Fritz) Stigall. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1971 and attended SIU in Carbondale. He was employed as a truck driver for 25 years and had formerly worked as a carpenter...
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Larry C. Siperly

November 6, 1934 - May 25, 2019

Larry C. Siperly, age 84, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Iowa VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Larry was born November 6, 1934, in Rock Falls the son of Aldis and Emma (Bruesch) Siperly. He served in the US Navy and later married Shirley Corzett on August 23, 1958, in Rock Falls. Larry was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife,...
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Myrtle V. Burgess

June 23, 1926 - May 25, 2019

Janesville, Wisc.- Myrtle V. Burgess, 92, of Janesville, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Janesville. Born on June 23, 1926 in Chilhowie, Virginia, she was a daughter of Coy Monroe and Lula (Harris) Porter. She married George E. Burgess on June 27, 1947 in Chilhowie. He passed away on March 1, 1988. Myrtle was a member of the Lincoln Avenue Church of God in Dixon. ...
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Robert W. Ager

February 22, 1935 - May 22, 2019

Robert Washington Ager, age 84 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at his home. Robert was born on February 22, 1935 in Frederika, IA, the son of Charles and Ella (Howard) Ager. He was a Corporal in the United States Marines and is a Korean War Veteran. He married Diane O'Day on September 29, 1957 in Waterloo, IA. Robert was a member of the Marine Corp League and the Rock Falls VFW. ...
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Marguerite M. Teachout

October 10, 1945 - May 22, 2019

Marguerite M. Teachout, 73, of Sterling, died on Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born October 10, 1945 in LaSalle, she was a daughter of Jack and Emily (Smigel) McNamara. She married Keith E. Tindell and he passed away in 1994. Marguerite had been employed at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling. Those left to honor her memory include her children, Mary...
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Carolyn M. Koster

May 17, 1933 - May 22, 2019

STERLING – Carolyn M. Koster, age 86, died Monday May 22, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Carolyn was born on May 17, 1933 in Sterling the daughter of Gordon and Esther (Jacobs) Nelson. She married Paul Koster on February 2, 1957 in Sterling. He died June 5, 1995. Carolyn was employed as a Receptionist with the First Class Insurance office in Milledgeville for 20 years retiring in 2015. ...
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Lola Irene Williamson

July 2, 1938 - May 19, 2019

Lola I. (Nelson) Williamson, 80, of Rock Falls died Sunday, May 19, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Lola was born July 2, 1938 in Lanesboro, MN. the daughter of Willie and Bertha (Gates) Nelson. She married Kenneth Williamson on June 16, 1962. Lola graduated from the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester Minnesota, and became a registered nurse. Lola was proud of her nursing career....
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David A. McIntyre

December 31, 1956 - May 19, 2019

David A. McIntyre, age 62, of Eldridge, Iowa died Sunday, May 19, 2019 at his home. David was born December 31, 1956 in Peoria, Ill. the son of Bernard and Anna Mae (Hypes) McIntyre. He married Kathleen Stage on January 24, 2019 in Davenport, Iowa. David was employed with Local 85 I.A.T.S.E. for 30 years and was a Who Else member. Survivors include his wife, Kathy of...
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Donald Eugene Stuart

April 17, 1941 - May 16, 2019

Donald Eugene Stuart, age 78, resident of Regency Care in Sterling, formerly of Fulton, died Thursday, May 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Donald was born on April 17, 1941 in Rockford, the son of Marian and Geneva (Meurs) Stuart. He married Charlene Cox Rehmert on September 5, 1987 in Erie. Donald worked at Workman's Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Morrison for 37 years until...
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Debbie Kuehl

March 31, 1950 - May 16, 2019

Debbie Kay (Rascoe) Kuehl, 69 of Sterling, passed away on Thursday May 16, 2019 at her home after a brief struggle with cancer. She was born on March 31, 1950 in Sterling, the daughter of James Clyde and Jennalee (Rhode) Rascoe. She married the love of her life, Bruce Edward Kuehl on June 28, 1969 at the First Christian Church in Sterling. She worked at Wahl Clipper, Inc; Woolworth; Sterling...
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George N. Sullivan

December 21, 1937 - May 16, 2019

George N. Sullivan, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday evening, May 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home surrounded by his loved ones. Born on December 21, 1937 in Sterling he was a son of Dorothy (Sheldon) Sullivan. He married Nancy Vittorio in 1959 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. George enjoyed gambling , playing basketball, bowling, ping pong and cards. He and...
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Earl Krutsinger

September 1, 1949 - May 15, 2019

Earl Ray Krutsinger, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at his home. Earl was born on September 1, 1949 in Sterling, the son of Ivan and Hazel (Nash) Krutsinger. He married Tamara Sue Williams and they later divorced. He then married Norma McCartney and later divorced. Earl worked at Quaker Oats in Rockford and at Woods in Oregon, where he had retired. He enjoyed cars and...
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Helen F. Delgado

October 10, 1936 - May 15, 2019

Helen F. Delgado, age 82 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Helen was born on October 10, 1936 in Sterling, the daughter of Alex and Antonia (Gonzales) Regalado. She married Peter John Delgado, Sr. on September 17, 1955 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Helen worked as a CNA and was a transporter for radiology at the hospital for many years. She...
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Ronald F. Marlier

October 9, 1941 - May 11, 2019

STERLING – Ronald F. Marlier, 77 of Sterling died Saturday May 11, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 9, 1941 in Moline, IL the son of Walter and Irma (Herman) Marlier. He had earned his AA degree from Black Hawk College; his BA degree from the University of Iowa; his MA degree from Rockford College. Ron had completed post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State...
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Alice Wiersema

October 12, 1918 - May 8, 2019

Alice M. Wiersema, 100, of Sterling died Wednesday May 8, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on October 12, 1918, the daughter of Louis and Ella (Nelson) Anderson. She married Eugene L. Wiersema on April 2, 1938 in Morrison. He died February 27, 1980. Alice was employed as a switchboard operator and then in customer service with the former Alltell Phone Company for 32 years. She was...
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Merle "Barney" Zigler

September 25, 1922 - May 7, 2019

Marion, Mich.- Merle W. "Barney" Zigler, 96, of Marion, Michigan formerly of Sterling, died on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019 at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. He was born on September 25, 1922 in Sterling to Russell and Nellie (Coats) Zigler. On September 28, 1946 he was united in marriage to June Louise Richards. Merle was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force during World War...
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John Charles Barry

May 31, 1938 - May 4, 2019

John Charles Barry, 80 of Sterling passed away Saturday May 4, 2019 at his home after a struggle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1938 in Aurora, IL the son of John Henry and Ethel (Zentmyer) Barry and served in the US Army as a MP from 1961 – 1963. He married Sharon Hoorelbek on October 4, 1963 in Aurora. He had worked at Vendo MFG in Aurora and Anixter. In 1973 he and his family moved...
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Marianne Sprungman

November 22, 1937 - May 3, 2019

STERLING – Marianne M. Sprungman, 81 of Sterling died peacefully Friday May 3, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family She was born on November 22, 1937 in Geneva, IL the daughter of Prume and Helene (Nee) Spanogle and was raised by her mother and step father, Fred Livengood in the Milledgeville, area. She married H. Robert Sprungman on August 16, 1958. He died December 3, 1991. Marianne was...
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Theoclete "Theo" Wolf

September 14, 1928 - April 30, 2019

Theoclete M. "Theo" Wolf, 90 died Tuesday April 30, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on September 14, 1928 in Metamora, IL the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She married Donald E. Wolf on October 18, 1947 in Sterling. He died April 23, 1978. Theoclete was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society; a life member of TOPS Illinois...
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Jan M. McKean

March 31, 1951 - April 28, 2019

Jan M. McKean, age 68 of Milledgeville, died Sunday, April 28, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jan was born on March 31, 1951 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Robert and Joyce (Lambert) McKean. She attended Lanark schools and graduated Milledgeville High School. She then graduated from Western Illinois University. Jan taught middle school social studies in several schools in Montana....
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Lena M. Willman

September 27, 1926 - April 28, 2019

Lena Willman was born September 27, 1926. She died at home April 28, 2019. She is survived by her children, Daniel (Kathy) Willman, Denise Church and Denette Kolb (Dan). She has 13 wonderful grandchildren, Dan Jr., Josh, Suzy, Angie, Andrea, Alyse, Shayla, Jeremy, Brandi, Cory, Carly, Pam, and Penny. She was a very loving mother, patient and fun. She loved to cook and taught us all how NOT...
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James E. Hardt

July 7, 1935 - April 27, 2019

James E. Hardt, 83, a resident of Rock Falls, died at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday evening, April 27, 2019. James was born on July 7, 1935 in Bellwood to Fred J. and Ethel (Klug) Hardt. On June 8, 1957 he was united in marriage to Marianne Litster in Bellwood. He served in the United States Army and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, where he actively...
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Mary Rita Corrigan

February 3, 1950 - April 27, 2019

Mary "Rita" (Long) Corrigan, 69, of Sterling passed away at Rock River Hospice & Home on April 27, 2019. Rita was born February 3, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA to Merle Robert & Mary Margaret (Hannigan) Long, Sr. She grew up in Monessen, PA until moving to Lexington, NC where her two children were born, then moving to Sterling, IL in 1993. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family, crafts,...
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Erick Olivas

September 20, 1987 - April 22, 2019

Erick F. Olivas, 31 died Monday April 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on September 20, 1987 in Dixon, the son of Hugo and I. Cristina (Carrillo) Olivas and was a graduate of Lincolns Challenge Military Academy in Rantoul, Illinois. Erick had been employed at Applebee's in Sterling. He enjoyed music and playing his saxophone, and enjoyed spending time with his adopted...
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Alice E. Poppenhouse

April 15, 1919 - April 22, 2019

Alice Evelyn Poppenhouse, age 100 of Sterling, died Monday, April 22, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Alice was born on April 15, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of Stephen and Susan (Landis) Weidel. She married Dr. Curtis Poppenhouse on July 8, 1949. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1996. Alice was a homemaker and also worked in the office where her husband was a...
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Michael Seidel

July 3, 1955 - April 21, 2019

Michael R. Seidel, age 63 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 21, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Michael was born on July 3, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Harry and Erma (Thickston) Seidel. He was a millwright in the Local Union. Survivors include his mother, Erma Seidel of Zephyrhills, FL; one son Harley Seidel of Bradenton, FL; one sister, Jennifer Gonzalez of Katy, TX; one brother...
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Joseph Lewis

October 26, 1949 - April 21, 2019

Joseph W. Lewis, 69 died Sunday April 21, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. He was born on October 26, 1949 in Rock Falls the son of Charles and Irlena (Markem) Lewis. He worked for many years as a rehabilitation aide at the Exceptional Care and Training Center in Sterling. He had served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his son, Jarod Lewis of Rock Falls and his...
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Patrick D. Gilley

March 23, 1955 - April 20, 2019

Patrick Gilley, age 64, went to be with the Lord in his home Saturday April 20, 2019. Patrick was born on March 23, 1955 in Chicago the son of Fred and Marie (Cartenuoto) Gilley. He married Vickie Hain on July 15, 1989 in Bensenville. Patrick was employed with Hobart ITW in Elk Grove Village for 18 years, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed his grandchildren & family and was an avid...
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Louella A. Wilson

October 23, 1925 - April 20, 2019

Louella A. Wilson, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Louella was born October 23, 1925 in Wheaton the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Davis) Hubbart. She married Raymond R. Wilson on November 12, 1960 in Pinkneyville. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2015. Louella was employed at GE in Morrison for 25 years retiring in...
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Gino Cecchetti

January 18, 1956 - April 19, 2019

Gino Cecchetti, age 63 of Sterling, died Friday, April 19, 2019 at his home. Gino was born on January 18, 1956 in Dixon, the son of William and Elizabeth (Fane) Cecchetti. He worked at Rhodes Feed Service and Quebecor during his lifetime. Gino was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a free spirit and lived life to the fullest. Survivors include two daughters, Dana and Jana...
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Ronald VenDenBerghe

July 13, 1942 - April 18, 2019

Ronald A. VanDenBerghe, 76 of Sterling died Thursday April 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 13, 1942 in Kewanee, IL the son of Albert August and Mabel Nellie (Moon) VanDenBerghe and was a 1961 graduate of Kewanee High School. While in high school worked at Dell Farm Grocery. He then went to serve in the US Army. After his service time, he went back to...
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Carrie Burgess

February 6, 1943 - April 17, 2019

Carrie Burgess, 76, a resident of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019 at Central Du Page Hospital in Winfield. Carrie was born on February 6, 1943 in Skygusty, West Virginia to Calvin and Eula (Duncan) Harman. She married Ronald Burgess on March 2, 1961 in Dixon. Carrie enjoyed sewing, doing arts and crafts and baking. Her family favorite was her German Chocolate Cake...
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Dorothy Boucher

December 26, 1930 - April 16, 2019

Dorothy E. Boucher, age 89 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Dorothy was born on December 26, 1930 in Sublett, IL, the daughter of John and Grace (Huyett) Warkins. She married Charles F. Boucher on December 27, 1950 in Oregon, IL. She worked for the Lincolnland Red Cross as a courier for several years. Dorothy was a past Democrat committee...
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Donna Kay Ellenwood

December 18, 1958 - April 15, 2019

Donna Kay Ellenwood, 60 of Lyndon died Monday April 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 18, 1958 in Sterling the daughter of Thomas Wayne and Judith Kay (Bender) Ingram and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married William "Bill" Ellenwood on June 29, 1991. He died December 26, 2011. Donna had worked as a beautician for 30 years having owned Creation Station in Lyndon....
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Virginia L. Garrett

July 14, 1928 - April 15, 2019

Virginia L. Garrett, age 90, of Rock Falls, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at her home. Virginia was born July 14, 1928 in Streator the daughter of Howard and Mary (Richards) Leathers. She married Vernon E. Garrett on April 17, 1948 in Flora. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1990. Virginia was a homemaker and was employed part time at Singing Wheels Skating Rink in Sterling for 20 years...
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Ruth Carol Garriott

December 16, 1933 - April 14, 2019

Ruth C. Garriott, 85 of Sterling died Sunday April 14, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on December 16, 1933 in Sterling, the daughter of Martin L. and Florence Bernice (McPherson) Janssen and was a 1951 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Clifford Garriott Jr on February 3, 1952 in Sterling. He died November 21, 2017. She had worked as a book keeper at the Sterling Rock...
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Loraine "Lori" Sears

February 11, 1942 - April 12, 2019

Loraine "Lori" F. Sears, age 77 of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Lori was born on February 11, 1942 in Sterling, the daughter of Howard and Vivian (McCann) Denning. She worked in nursing for many years in various locations. Lori was involved in the Women's Auxiliary of the VFW in Rock Falls and volunteered at CLS thrift shop in Rock...
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James "Dick" Adams

March 11, 1938 - April 10, 2019

James R. "Dick" Adams, 81 of Sterling died Wednesday April 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on March 11, 1938 in Sterling the son of James H. and Pauline M. (Davis) Adams and was a 1956 graduate of Community High School in Sterling. He served in the US Army. Dick was united in marriage to Arlene Michels on July 1, 1961 in Dixon. He began his working career after his time in...
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Mary Ellen Clary

November 26, 1930 - April 10, 2019

Mary Ellen Clary, age 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Mary Ellen was born on November 26, 1930 in Nelson, IL, the daughter of Fred and Ruth (Johnson) Black. She married John "Jack" R. Clary on October 1, 1949 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 29, 2006. Mary worked at General Electric in Morrison for 24 years. She also...
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Vernon Royer

September 11, 1942 - April 8, 2019

Vernon G. Royer, 76 of Rock Falls died Monday April 8, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on September 11, 1942 in Rock Falls the son of Floyd and Evelyn (Silvey) Royer. He attended Rock Falls schools. He married Patricia Ann Girton on October 6, 1962 in Sterling. She died August 30, 2011. Vernon had worked for 13 years at GE in Morrison. He then went to work for 26...
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Audrey Wright

May 22, 1936 - April 7, 2019

Audrey R. Wright, 82 of Sterling, died Sunday April 7, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on May 22, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Paul F. and Clydia L. (Vittitow) Lane. She graduated 8th grade from Shriners Hospital in Chicago and from Prophetstown High School. She married James H. Wright on May 27, 1967 at the Leon United Methodist Church in rural Prophetstown....
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Gene H. Smith

August 10, 1933 - April 5, 2019

Gene H. Smith, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home. Gene was born August 10, 1933 in Rock Falls the son of Harry and Mildred (Palmer) Smith. He married Royola Judd on June 1, 1956 in Rock Falls. Gene was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 36 years retiring in 1990. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls, was a motorcycle...
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Eric M. Arduini

April 11, 1973 - April 5, 2019

Eric Michael Arduini 45, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home. He was born April 11, 1973 in Sterling, the son of Philip and Sharon (McDearmon) Arduini. Eric was employed as the City Clerk of Rock Falls. He attended Harvest Time Bible church and was a member of the IIMC Athenian Fellowship. Eric was also president of Rock Falls Optimist Club, Secretary of RRDA and he was an avid...
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Gerald J. Temmen

September 30, 1937 - April 4, 2019

Gerald J. Temmen, age 81 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jerry was born on September 30, 1937 in Oconee, IL, the son of Gerry H. and Helen (Hoehn) Temmen. He was a United States Army Veteran. Jerry married Janice Adams on August 21, 1971. He was employed by General Cartage and Yellow Frieght as a driver/mechanic for 38 years until...
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Ernest I. Schultz

October 5, 1930 - April 2, 2019

Ernest I. Schultz, age 88, of Sterling, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Ernest was born October 5, 1930 in Sterling the son of Ernest and Sarah (Evans) Schultz. He married Joan H. Miller on July 17, 1950, in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death in 2011. Ernest served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. He retired from...
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Lyle C. Coats

June 2, 1931 - April 1, 2019

Lyle C. Coats, of North Liberty, IA and formerly of Mt. Carroll, died at the age of 87 on April 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1931 in Whiteside County, Jordan Township to John and Grace Coats. He attended Milledgeville High School and graduated with the class of 1949. He proudly served the country for four years (1951 to 1955) in the US Navy aboard the USS Rehoboth, a geographic...
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David Thompson

February 26, 1967 - March 31, 2019

David J. "Booga" Thompson, 52 of Sterling died Sunday March 31, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 26, 1967 in Dixon, the son of David Andrew and Rita Evelyn (Blackburn) Thompson and graduated from Dixon High School. He was employed at the time of his death in Quality Control at Wahl Clipper Corporation in Sterling. Dave enjoyed playing golf, listening to Motley Crue and was a...
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Brad D. Boyungs

January 3, 1956 - March 31, 2019

Brad D. Boyungs, age 63, died at his home Sunday, March 31, 2019. Brad was born on January 3, 1956 in Sterling the son of Richard and LaMeda (Willett) Boyungs. He married Jeani Frump on November 30, 1979 in Sterling. Brad was employed as Installation Supervisor with Metal Erectors in Woodstock for 30 years. He loved watching NASCAR, Drag Racing, playing Pool and fishing with his kids and...
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George H. Zook

June 1, 1941 - March 30, 2019

George H. Zook, age 77 of Rock Falls, died Friday, March 29, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. George was born on June 1, 1941 in Elkhart, IN, the son of George Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Faulkner) Zook. He is a United States Veteran and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Jean G. Hoffmiller on February 10, 1979 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on...
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Nikki Galvan

January 20, 1954 - March 28, 2019

After 65 years, Nikki Ann Galvan was taken home gently wrapped in the arms of God on Thursday March 28, 2019. Nikki was a creative soul who loved crafting, shopping for antiques, and discovering unique items at flea markets. Additionally, Nikki was a passionate, loving soul who shared a bountiful life with her best friend and husband, Rudy. Nikki was a proud mother who encouraged and...
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Joyce A. Sandrock

March 25, 1942 - March 28, 2019

Joyce A. Sandrock, age 77, of Sterling, died on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joyce was born on March 25, 1942 in Morrison the daughter of Chester and Alfa (Johnson) Wolber. She was united in marriage to Larry Sandrock on April 23, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2013. Joyce worked at Walnut Manor as...
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Betty L. Burlum

May 29, 1951 - March 27, 2019

Betty L. Burlum, age 67, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Northwestern Huntley Hospital in Huntley. Betty was born on May 29, 1951 in Osseo, Wis. the daughter of Lester and Violet (Tomlinson) Ross. She was employed at Wahl Clipper in Sterling for 28 years retiring in 2016. Betty was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan. She enjoyed playing golf, shooting pool and bowling...
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Nancy Ann Webb

May 5, 1958 - March 27, 2019

Nancy Ann Webb, 60, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Nancy was born on May 5, 1958 in Sterling to Ira and Iva Jean (Stanfield) Kessler. She was a housekeeper at Exceptional Care and Training Center for over 20 years. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, playing softball bowling and watching sports. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and...
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Mary Kay Manon

December 7, 1961 - March 27, 2019

Mary Kay Manon, 57 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Mary was born on December 7, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of John Gors and Barbra (Stanfield) Ludwick. She married Greg Manon on August 14, 1999 in Rock Falls. She was a caretaker in a group home. Survivors include her husband, Greg; her mother, Barbra Ludwick of Sterling; two...
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Doris Smith

September 15, 1936 - March 27, 2019

Doris M. Smith, 82 of Sterling died Wednesday March 27, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home after a brief illness. She was born on September 15, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Arthur P. and Lillian (Lott) Doty and was a 1954 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Leslie L. Smith on March 10, 1957 in Sterling. He died August 28, 2009. Doris had worked retail at the downtown...
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Marion "Bud" Passini

June 3, 1931 - March 26, 2019

Marion M. Passini, age 87, of Sterling, Illinois, died on March 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born June 3rd, 1931, in Spring Valley, Illinois, the son of Mario and Lena (Borrelli) Passini. He was a graduate of Illinois State University and played collegiate baseball. He was drafted by the Cincinnati, Reds but decided to marry the love of his life, Bernice,...
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William "Bill" Abbott

February 22, 1926 - March 25, 2019

William "Bill" Abbott, a 30-year member of the Whiteside County Board and one of the organizers of ambulance service in Fulton, died on March 25 of natural causes in Morrison. He was part of a family that has farmed in Whiteside County since 1848. Abbott farmed near Fulton since 1952, was a Whiteside County deputy sheriff from 1968-88, when he retired as a sergeant and won election to the...
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John "Jack" Rinehart

June 15, 1932 - March 24, 2019

John "Jack" G. Rinehart, 86 of Rock Falls died Sunday March 24, 2019 at Dixon Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on June 15, 1932 in Flagg Center, IL the son of Ernest Vernon and Catherine Mary (Keefe) Rinehart. Jack was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Navy. He married Mary Ann Budai on October 29, 1955 in Inglewood, CA. She died June 19, 2011. Jack was employed...
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Doyil Wayne Bibby

September 4, 1946 - March 21, 2019

Doyil W. Bibby, age 72, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. Doyil was born September 4, 1946 in Cullman, Ala. the son of Alva and Verna (Spear) Bibby. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Nancy Whitely on August 26, 1968 in Jacksonville, N.C. Doyil was employed at RB&W in Rock Falls for 33 years and at Woods in Oregon for 7 years. He was a member of...
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Joshua Denning

March 9, 1985 - March 18, 2019

Joshua Denning, age 34, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Joshua was born on March 9, 1985 in Sterling the son of Jack and Linda (Wise) Denning. He was currently employed as an Apartment Manager for Corporate Suites, LLC in Oregon and previously laid carpet for Knapp Flooring in Polo. Joshua loved to camp and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his mother,...
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Edna M. Cheshier

August 23, 1935 - March 17, 2019

Edna Mae Cheshier, 83, of Sterling, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 23, 1935 in Sterling to William and Margaret (Ufken) Lauts. She married Harry Cheshier on May 23, 1963 in Rock Falls. He died on November 1, 1988. She worked for Tri County Opportunity Council for 22 years until retiring in 2010. Edna was a member of the Women...
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