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David W. Wagenknecht

June 22, 1958 - February 15, 2020

STERLING – David Wagenknecht, age 61, died Saturday February 15, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. David was born on June 22, 1958 in Sterling the son of William and Isabel (Bradshaw) Wagenknecht. He was employed with RayNor Manufacturing in Dixon for 33 years. David loved the outdoors, watching movies and most of all spending time with family. Survivors include, one...
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Connie Walljasper

March 3, 1949 - February 14, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Connie Y. Walljasper, age 70, died at her home Friday, February 14, 2020. Connie was born on March 3, 1949 in Sterling the daughter of Donato and Ester (Delacruz) Salazar. She married Michael Walljasper March of 1977 in Sterling. He died January 18, 2017. Connie was employed as a Care Giver with DORS in Rock Falls. She was an avid reader and loved the Chicago Sports. Connie...
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Daniel Merrill

December 15, 1944 - February 13, 2020

OHIO – Daniel L. Merrill, 75, of Ohio, IL passed away after a long illness on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL. Danny was born in Morrison, IL on December 15, 1944, the son of Earl and Elsie (Wildman) Merrill. He married Carol Hallen on November 9, 1963 at Tampico Methodist Church. Danny worked at Harper Wyman for 41 years until their closing. Danny loved spending...
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Melissa Williams

November 13, 1959 - February 13, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Melissa "Lisa" Kay Williams, 60, of Rock Falls, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Aurora. Lisa was born in Sterling on November 13, 1959, the daughter of Robert and Betty (Smith) Sarber. She married Jaimie Williams on October 12, 1979 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling. Lisa was employed at Walmart Distribution Center for many years. Survivors...
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Daniel J. Knorr

November 1, 1952 - February 13, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Daniel J. Knorr, age 67, died at home in Rock Falls on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Daniel was born on November 1, 1952 in Moline the son of Arnold and Marilyn (Schauland) Smith. He was a handyman having worked several construction jobs building everything from gazebos to houses as well as for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Daniel was an avid collector of many...
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Sarah Burkholder

October 25, 1950 - February 12, 2020

FORRESTON – Sarah A. Burkholder, 69, of Forreston, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Sarah was born in Sterling on October 25, 1950, the daughter of John and Melvena (Bergstad) Kinmon. Survivors include two sons, Klint (Angel) Singley, and Brett Singley both of Polo; one sister, Inga (John) Washelesky of Dixon; two brothers, Tim (Sue) Kinmon...
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Willaim "Bill" Adams

December 15, 1924 - February 9, 2020

STERLING – William E. Adams, 95 of Sterling died Sunday February 9, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home. He was born on December 15, 1924 in Sterling the son of John Quincy Ruby E. (Peterson) Adams and he served in the US Marines during WW II. He married Nellie J. Hill on August 3, 1946 in Rock Falls. Bill had been an agent for Kelly Williamson Oil for over 40 years. He was a member of Wesley...
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Ruth D Brininger

June 23, 1938 - February 9, 2020

TAMPICO - Ruth Brininger joined her husband Earl in heaven on February 9th, 2020. Earl was her best friend and the love of her life. He has patiently waited for her to join him and today they are both happy once again in each other's arms. Ruth was born in Shullsburg, Wisconsin June 23rd 1938. She was first born to Gladys (Skaggs) & Carl Redington. Ruth married Earl Brininger on March 15 1959...
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Lori Jean (McCoy) Cavazos

April 6, 1960 - February 8, 2020

Lori Jean (McCoy) Cavazos Lori Jean (McCoy) Cavazos, age 59, of Sterling, died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Lori was born April 6, 1960 in Sterling the daughter of Robert L. and Nancy L. (McWethy) McCoy. After working at CGH as a cardiology receptionist for 30 years, she answered her final call. The call was an offer she could not refuse, an...
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Jimmy L. Church

October 8, 1949 - February 4, 2020

Jimmy L. Church Jimmy L. Church, age 70, of Lyndon, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford. Jimmy was born October 8, 1949 in Prophetstown the son of Everett and Mabel (Warnke) Church. He served in the US Navy from 1969-1971 and was employed at Lawrence Brothers for many years. He married Gayle Powell on July 14, 2017. Jimmy enjoyed fixing up bicycles, fishing and...
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Emilio Celestino Jr

October 7, 1955 - February 4, 2020

STERLING – Emilio Celestino Jr., 64, of Sterling, IL died on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, IL. Emilio was born in Sterling on October 7, 1955, the son of Emilio and Elsie (Echartea) Celestino Sr. He was employed at Raynor for many years. Emilio was an extremely hard worker, with a heart of gold. He enjoyed working out and loved his grandchildren. ...
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Dan A. Nye

June 1, 1931 - February 3, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE - Dan A. Nye, 88, of Milledgeville, passed away at 5:35pm, February 3, 2020, at Villas of Holly Brook, Bloomington. Dan was born June 1, 1931, on Milledgeville the son of Russell and Beulah (Lenhart) Nye. Dan was a veteran of the United States Navy. He married Lois Alber on October 12, 1951. She survives. He started out farming in the Chadwick area and later worked for General...
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Sandra C. Toberman

November 29, 1961 - February 3, 2020

Sandra C. Toberman Sandra C. Toberman, age 58, of Hillsboro, died Monday, February 3, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Sandra was born November 29, 1961 in Dixon the daughter of Hugh, Sr. and Joyce (Fulton) Flynn, She married Stan Toberman on July 14, 2000 in Dixon and was employed as a medical transcriptionist. Sandra enjoyed playing Scrabble and Words with Friends,...
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Lois Williamson

February 1, 1931 - January 30, 2020

WALNUT – Lois Ann Williamson, 88, of Rock Falls died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Walnut Manor. Lois was born on February 1, 1931, the daughter of Arthur and Evelyn (Helms) Berge. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling, where she assisted with funeral dinners. Lois volunteered and donated many gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and...
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Dale E. Long

November 5, 1930 - January 28, 2020

STERLING – Dale E. Long, age 89, died Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Dale was born on November 5, 1930 in Sterling the son of Menno and Pearl (Landis) Long. He married Joyce Loughe on November 25, 1951 in Sterling. Dale farmed for 41 years and the next 10 years was employed in maintenance with Sinnissippi Mental Health in Dixon retiring in 2002. He served on...
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Rhonda L. Deatherage

August 5, 1959 - January 27, 2020

Rhonda L. Deatherage Rhonda L. Deatherage, age 60, of Princeville, died Monday, January 27, 2020 at her home. Rhonda was born August 5, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Lloyd and Edythe (Hall) Geiger. She married Harold Deatherage on February 14, 1980 in Dixon. Rhonda was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, cooking, displaying family antiques and spending time with her grandchildren, nieces...
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Maurice Grove

December 10, 1924 - January 26, 2020

QUINCY – Maurice E. Grove, 95, formerly of Sterling, died on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy. Maurice was born in Panora, Iowa on December 10, 1924, the son of Frank and Lena (Gander) Grove. He was a WWII Army veteran, and was honored for participation in the Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial certificate signed by President...
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Sally L. Hippen

July 21, 1937 - January 26, 2020

Sally L. Hippen Sally L. Hippen, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, January 26, 2020 at The Citadel of Sterling. Sally was born July 21, 1937 in the state of Ohio the daughter of Dennis and Goldie Hurley. She married Ailt "Bud" Hippen in 1982 in Dixon. Sally was employed at Lawrence Brothers and Borg Warner for many years. She is survived by her husband Ailt "Bud" Hippen of Sterling; four...
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Clarence "Bud" Stage

June 20, 1944 - January 24, 2020

Clarence E. "Bud" Stage, 75 of Rock Falls died Friday January 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on June 20, 1944 in Morrison, the son of Clarence Roy and Edna Mae (Williams) Stage. He married Mary Jean Thompson on August 21, 1961 in Morrison. She died June 1, 2008. Bud had worked in construction for many years with Local 727. Survivors include his daughter Carri (Allen) Kaldenberg of...
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Marie E. Smith

July 27, 1941 - January 24, 2020

Marie Elena (Russell) Smith Marie Elena (Russell) Smith, age 78, of Rock Falls, died Friday, January 24, 2020 at her home. Marie was born July 27, 1941 in Cass Lake, Minn. the daughter of Vernon Andrew and Elizabeth Marie (Nelson) Russell. She married Clarence Crawford Smith on December 19, 1960 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on February 12, 2002. She was a homemaker, loved to bake...
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Bobbie Lathrop

November 25, 1934 - January 24, 2020

STERLING – On this date, January 24, 2020 Bobbie Lathrop, 85, of Sterling, took his first steps in heaven with his Savior after gently slipping away in his sleep. Bobbie was born in Wayne City, IL on November 25, 1934, the son of Albert and Grace (Butler) Lathrop. He married Doretta Blayney on August 19, 1956 in Sterling. Bobbie worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 42 years. He was...
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Harold Blanton

February 13, 1964 - January 23, 2020

Harold W. Blanton, 55 of rural Prophetstown died Thursday January 23, 2020 at his home. He was born on February 13, 1964 in Sterling the son of Howard and LaVonne (Zentz) Blanton. Harold enjoyed working with his hands and had worked for many years as a maintenance supervisor. He liked to play his guitar. Survivors include two daughters: Madison Blanton of rural Prophetstown (and her mother...
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Elizabeth Holmquist

September 8, 1936 - January 23, 2020

Elizabeth A. Holmquist, 83 of Sterling died Thursday January 23, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 8, 1936 in Mount Carroll, IL the daughter of Theodore and Florence (Hoffman) Hartman. She was employed for over 22 years at the former KMART Store in Sterling. She enjoyed working in her gardens, her flowers and visiting the casinos. She loved spending...
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Rozella Sorenson

November 16, 1931 - January 23, 2020

STERLING - Rozella Marlene Sorenson, 88, of Sterling, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Friday, January 23, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Rozella was born on November 16, 1931, the daughter of P.E. and Marie (Wright) Morley. Rozella and her husband Arrie owned and operated Moonlight Bay Marina for many years. She previously held the Senior Regent position at Sterling Moose...
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LaVonne Eckel

November 29, 1932 - January 21, 2020

LaVonne B. Eckel, 87 died Tuesday January 21, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. She was born on November 29, 1932 in Sterling, the daughter of Fay L. and Mae E. (Scott) Hart. She married Hoyt V. Rhodes on November 4, 1951. She later married David W. Eckel on September 27, 1974. He died January 17, 1992. Lavonne had worked at the former Admiral Company in Dixon and later in the meat...
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Brian Reed

March 24, 1965 - January 20, 2020

Brian L. Reed, 54 of Sterling died Monday January 20, 2020. He was born on March 24, 1965 in Sterling the son of Lyle and Ann (Landis) Reed and was a graduate of Sterling High School. He married Diane G. Devers on November 30, 1985 in Rock Falls. Brian had worked at National Manufacturing and later Aztec. However his lifelong passion and pride was farming. He was a member of St. Paul Ev....
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Florence H. Vasquez

February 24, 1925 - January 20, 2020

Florence H. Vasquez Florence H. Vasquez, age 94, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2020 surrounded by her family. Florence was born February 24, 1925 to Marcello and Benita (Coronado) Hernandez. She married Valente "Joe" Vasquez on November 16, 1942 in Marksville, La. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1976. Florence was always a firm believer in the power...
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Lyla Mae Pope

May 27, 1929 - January 19, 2020

STERLING – Lyla Mae Pope, 90, of Sterling died Sunday, January 19, 2020 at her home. Lyla was born on May 27, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Rudolph and Gladys (Emmitt) Dettman. She married Daniel Pope on January 15, 1950 in Rock Falls. He predeceased her on November, 10, 2007. Lyla was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. A lifelong volunteer, Lyla served with the CGH...
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Doris Cox

November 5, 1931 - January 17, 2020

Sterling - Doris Marie Cox, 88, of Sterling, died peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home Sterling. Doris was born in Wyoming, IL on November 5, 1931, the daughter of Emery and Lorene (O'Neill) Barton. In 1950 Doris married Myron L. Cox and they had eight children. She began her teaching career in 1950 in a one-room school in Stark County retiring 50 years later...
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Barbara L. Barth

April 20, 1946 - January 17, 2020

WALNUT – Barbara L. Barth, 73, of Walnut, died on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Barbara was born on April 20, 1946, the daughter of Earl and Ruby (Booth) Watson. She married Ed Barth in 1965. He predeceased her on February 14, 1995. Barbara worked as a CNA at Walnut Manor for many years. Survivors include one daughter, Kathy (David) Karrow, and their son...
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Joyce Bennett

May 9, 1926 - January 16, 2020

PROPHETSTOWN – Joyce Bennett, age 93, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Allure Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Joyce was born on May 9, 1926 in Walnut the daughter of Frank and Frances (Hasbrook) Broers. She married Gordon Bennett on February 28, 1948 in Walnut. Joyce was at the Meek School in Walnut, Tampico Elementary and Prophetstown Elementary Schools teaching a total of 28 years...
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Julia Stevenson

October 7, 1947 - January 16, 2020

STERLING – Julia Ann Stevenson, 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home, surrounded by loved ones. Julie, the daughter of Joseph and Opal (Prater) Cox, was born in Orange County, CA on October 7, 1947. Julie will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, optimism, and sunshiny presence that lit up the room. Her goofy antics could bring a smile to anyone's...
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Bill Peters

July 20, 1932 - January 14, 2020

STERLING - Bill Peters of Milledgeville, IL passed away peacefully at Rock River Hospice and Home on January 14 at the age of 87. Bill Peters was born July 20, 1932. He was the second child of Gerald and Gladys (Goodell) Peters of Prophetstown, Illinois. Bill grew up on farm near Prophetstown with his sister Eureath (Bollivar) and his favorite dog Ted. Bill attended one room country...
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Eldon Williams

February 23, 1940 - January 13, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Eldon Eugene "Willie" Williams, 79, of Rock Falls, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 13, 2020 while at Dixon Rehab Center. Eldon was born on February 23, 1940 in Dent County, MO, the son of Archie and Alene (Hartley) Williams. Eldon was a graduate of Rock Falls High School, and married Sandra Hamilton on November 1, 1965 in Sterling. He served four years in the US Navy...
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Debra Ann Morgan

November 20, 1959 - January 13, 2020

Debra Ann Morgan, age 60 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 13 at her home, exactly the way she wanted it to be. Deb was born on November 20, 1959 in Morrison, the daughter of Donald and Geraldine (Zuidema) Damhoff. She married Michael Morgan on October 23, 1982 at her parents home in Morrison, followed by a great celebration at Lake View Country...
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Joseph P. Kulas

June 6, 1960 - January 7, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Joseph Patrick Kulas, 59 of Rock Falls died Tuesday January 7, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 6, 1960 in Sterling the son of Stanley and Anita (Parker) Kulas and was baptized at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Joseph worked for over 26 years at Self Help in Sterling. He liked watching TV shows like the Dukes of Hazard and Night Rider; going...
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Peter W. Bell

June 22, 1936 - January 7, 2020

Peter W. Bell of Sterling, IL, formerly of Boone, IA and Fulton, IL passed away on January 7, 2020 at home in the care and love of his family at the age of 83. He was born June 22, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI to Leo P. and Elda R. (Larson) Bell. Peter attended Fulton, IL grade school and was a graduate of Fulton High School in Illinois. Peter discovered his love for automobiles, especially...
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Darlene St. Clair

May 18, 1931 - January 5, 2020

Darlene A. St. Clair, age 88, passed away at The Legends Nursing Home in Ft. Worth Texas on Sunday, January 5, 2020. She was born on May 18, 1931 the daughter of Everett & Lucille (House) Cook. Darlene married Fredrick St. Clair on July 9, 1949 in Rock Falls Illinois. She worked for National Manufacturing until her retirement in 1986. Dolly enjoyed many hobbies including bowling. After...
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Margery Perino

August 26, 1924 - January 4, 2020

STERLING – Margery Ruth Perino, 95, of Sterling, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Regency Care. Margie was born on August 26, 1924 in Scarboro, IL, the daughter of Robert and Alice (O'Donnell) Herrmann. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico, and served in the St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society. Margie also participated in the Deer Grove Town and...
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Mary "Missy" Rangel

August 16, 1958 - January 3, 2020

STERLING – Mary Iva "Missy" Rangel, age 61, beloved mother, wife, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on January 3, 2020. Mary was born August 16, 1958 to John and Marie (Vogel) Schmitt. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1976. She married Fred Rangel on October 26, 1979 just celebrating their 40th anniversary. They lived in Tucson, Arizona...
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Maghaie Zephlyn Huff

January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2020

STERLING – Maghaie Zephlyn Huff, (Navajo traditional name, diyinbanaal'a'i), infant daughter of Adam and Olivia Huff, of Prophetstown was born into eternity at 3:12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Maghaie is survived by her parents; two grandmothers, Carolyn Harrison of AZ and Sarah Golden of Prophetstown; two great-grandmothers, Dorothy Harrison of AZ, and Judy Golden of Prophetstown;...
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Raymond E. Portner

April 28, 1938 - December 30, 2019

STERLING- Raymond E. Portner, 81, of Sterling died on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice Home. Raymond was born April 28, 1938 in Polo, the son of Alven and Agnes Portner. He worked as a farmer at Fred Jacobs Farm, and later moved to Virginia where he worked in a shipyard until his retirement. Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and splitting wood. Raymond is survived by...
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Francisca Brainerd

August 4, 1945 - December 29, 2019

STERLING – Francisa Brainerd, 74, of Sterling, died on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Francisca was born on August 4, 1945 in Hidalgo County, TX, the daughter of Pedro and Romona (Olivarez) Guerra. She married Donald Brainerd on June 17, 1995. She worked in housekeeping at Exceptional Care for many years, and attended City of God Church, as well as Twin City...
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Jack D Koehler

October 10, 1931 - December 29, 2019

Jack Donald Koehler, age 88, passed away at Regency Care Center in Sterling, IL on December 29, 2019. Jack was born on October 10, 1931, to Adam and Helen (Hicks) Koehler and was raised in Sublette, IL. After graduation from Amboy High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and joined the Seabees construction battalion where he served in Newport, RI, Newfoundland, Cuba, and Morocco from 1951-1955...
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Craig Kilberg

November 11, 1958 - December 27, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Craig A. Kilberg, 61, of Rock Falls died Friday December 27, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family following a brief, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on November 11, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Donald Gene and Shirley Tene (Skrogstad) Kilberg. He was a 1977 graduate of Sterling High School and married his best friend Rebecca "Becky" Koeppen on...
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Joseph Anning

January 16, 1930 - December 25, 2019

Joseph H. Anning, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 with family members in Indiana as a result of a sudden heart aneurysm. Joseph was born January 16, 1930 in Sterling, the son of Chester and Ruth (Eberhardt) Anning. He served for three years in the Korean conflict as Master Sargent from 1950 through 1953. He was employed at the Sterling Post Office for his entire career....
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Dennis E. Waller, Jr.

August 2, 1953 - December 25, 2019

STERLING – Dennis E. Waller Jr., 66, of rural Chadwick, died on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Dennis was born August 2, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Dennis and Loretta (Whiteside) Waller. He married Kathy Barnes on February 23, 1974 in Sterling. Dennis was a gifted carpenter who loved to build most anything, and was a member of the Carpenter's Union #792. He also loved...
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Mary Alice Glavin

September 11, 1938 - December 25, 2019

Mary Alice Hart Glavin, 81, most recently of Ottawa, IL, passed away early in the morning on December 25, 2019. Mary Alice's ancestors came to the United States in 1851 from Ireland and in 1867 from Sweden. She was always very proud of her family's heritage, but also proud of how they served America. Her grandfather, William Hart, was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, enlisting from 1880-1899. He...
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Sharon Wolfe

March 27, 1941 - December 23, 2019

Sharon L. Wolfe, age 78, of Sterling, died Monday, December 23, 2019 at Mercy Riverside in Rockford. Sharon was born March 27, 1941 in Sterling the daughter of Roy and Helen (Stevens) Wolfe. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Northwestern Steel and Wire for many years. She is survived by one aunt, Betty Ferris of Texas and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents...
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Joyce Lilly

September 15, 1948 - December 22, 2019

Joyce A. Lilly, 71 of Fulton, died Monday December 23, 2019 at Mercy One Medical center in Clinton, IA. Joyce was born on September 15, 1948 in Morrison, the daughter of Ikey and Mary (Frank) Engelkens. She married Frank Ernest Lilly on December 31, 1984 in Fulton. Joyce had been employed as a chain cutter at Drive's in Fulton for 25 years before retiring. She was an avid Chicago Bears fan and...
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Martin G. Chavez, Sr.

November 11, 1943 - December 22, 2019

Martin G. Chavez, Sr. Martin G. Chavez, Sr., 76, of Sterling, died Sunday, December 22, 2019 at his home. Martin was born November 11, 1943 in Matehuala San Luis Potosi, Mexico the son of Juan and Paula (Guerro) Chavez. He married Matilda Gonzalez on June 22, 1968 in Sterling. Martin was employed as a welder at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 36 years. He is survived by his...
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Steve M. Gunderson

July 14, 1946 - December 20, 2019

Steve M. Gunderson Steve M. Gunderson, age 73, of Sterling, died Friday, December 20, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Steve was born July 14, 1946 in Slayton, Minn. the son of Clifford and Evelyn (Comnick) Gunderson. He married Dianne Crofton on June 16, 1968 in Milledgeville. Steve was employed as a salesman for SBM for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Gunderson of...
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David T. Allen

February 13, 1959 - December 20, 2019

ROCK FALLS - David T. Allen, 60, of Rock Falls passed away in the early morning hours of December 20, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family. David was born on February 13, 1959 in Clinton, IA, the son of Lowell and Lucille (Overstreet) Allen. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School class of 1977, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy O'Neal. They were married on July 1, 1978. David...
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James "Jim" Kulas

March 25, 1933 - December 20, 2019

ROCK FALLS - James "Jim" N. Kulas, 86, died Friday, December 20, 2019. He was born on March, 25 1933 in Stephen, Minnesota, the son of Bazil and Frances (Longowski) Kulas. Jim married Karen Barnhart on September 30, 1960 at St. Andrew Catholic Church. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jim worked at Sterling Steel Ball for 40 years. He enjoyed polka dancing, as well as...
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Janice Hulteen

June 15, 1927 - December 20, 2019

Janice M. Hulteen, 92 of Rock Falls died Friday December 20, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, She was born on June 15, 1927 in Bureau County, IL the daughter of Hiram and Edith (Swanson) Dalton. She married Roger Kent Hulteen. He died December 8, 1992. Janice was a member of St. Paul Ev Lutheran Church in Sterling. She was very proud of her late son, Gary for whom she cared for...
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Pamela K. Brumbly

May 26, 1961 - December 19, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Pamela K. Brumbly, age 58, died Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Pam was born on May 26, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald and Naomia (Junkins) Harrison. She was employed at PNC Manufacturing, in Polo, for 18 years. Pam cherished spending time with her friends and family. She was caring, loving, quick-witted, and will...
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Jason Dennis

May 9, 1977 - December 18, 2019

Jason R. Dennis, 42 of Chicago, formerly of Prophetstown died December 18, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet from injuries received in an automobile crash. He was born to James Alan and Nancy Ann ( Stockner ) Dennis. He was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master s degree in education from the...
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Robert Heren

July 21, 1928 - December 18, 2019

Robert A. Heren, 91 of Sterling, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at his residence Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Bob was born on July 21, 1928 in Pekin, IL to Christopher and Bertha E (Hild) Heren. He was a proud graduate of Green Valley High School and served proudly in the US Airforce during the Korean War. Bob volunteered in many organizations including the American Legion as well as...
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Mildred "Millie" E. Kitzmiller

January 2, 1925 - December 18, 2019

STERLING – Mildred "Millie" E. Kitzmiller, age 94, died on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Polo Rehab Center. Millie was born on January 2, 1925 in Gering, NE, the son of Charles and Agnes (Steinke) Green. She was employed at Lawrence Brothers for many years. Upon retirement, Millie worked as a hostess at Rock River County Club, as well as a local laundromat. She enjoyed bowling in her...
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Jacob L. Cassens

December 2, 1976 - December 16, 2019

Jacob Leroy Cassens was born December 2, 1976 in Burlington , WI. Jacob passed December 16th in Belvedere, Illinois. He leaves behind his parents, Susan and Gale Cassens. His brother, Jason Cassens and wife Geneveive Cassens. He leaves his two children: Tristen Jacob Cassens and Alissa Jo Cassens and her husband Benjamin Hansen. Not only will he be missed by his blood family , but he...
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Tracy Russell

March 27, 1966 - December 15, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Tracy A. Russell, 53 died Sunday December 15, 2019. He was born on March 27, 1966 in Sterling, the son of Alvin Glen and Mary Jane (Rajnowski) Russell and had attended Rock Falls schools. Tracy married Sabrina McNinch. He liked to camp, staying at the river, boxing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Tracy enjoyed people and throughout his life made countless friends and was a...
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Owen W. Nye

July 27, 1929 - December 15, 2019

MILLEDGEVILLE – Owen W. Nye, age 90, died at his home on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Owen was born July 27, 1929 in Dixon the son of Russell and Beulah (Lenhart) Nye. He married Jacqueline Loechel on June 8, 1952. She died October 18, 2001. Owen later married Melva Rapp on April, 15 2004. He owned and operated Farm Lot Equipment; worked as a Meat Inspector for 11 years for the State of...
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Dorothy Hendryx

June 22, 1927 - December 14, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Dorothy J. Hendryx, 92 of Rock Falls died Saturday December 14, 2019 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on June 22, 1927 in Massbach, IL the daughter of Mortiz Arthur and Lillie Regina (Haas) Zink. She married Allen G. Hendryx on July 27, 1963 in Rock Falls. He died January 22, 2019. Dorothy had worked at GE in Morrison for approximately 15 years. She graduated from Northern...
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Willard J. Huizenga

May 25, 1922 - December 14, 2019

Willard J. Huizenga Willard J. Huizenga, 97, of Morrison, died Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Resthave Home, Morrison. Willard was born May 25, 1922 in Erie the son of Anno and Rena (Heun) Huizenga. He married Ella Mae Bielema on October 6, 1943 in Erie. She preceded him in death on November 12, 1994. He later married Phyllis Pruis on June 6, 1998 in Fulton. Willard was a farmer for many...
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Carl G. Stange

August 25, 1928 - December 14, 2019

Carl G. Stange Carl G. Stange, age 91, of Sterling, died Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Carl was born August 25, 1928 in Sterling the son of Conrad and Nettie (Stern) Stange. He married Beverly Martin on February 16, 1951 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2006. Carl was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing...
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Sheila Timmons

February 5, 1948 - December 13, 2019

DIXON – Sheila Rae Timmons, 71 of Dixon died Friday December 13, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 5, 1948 in Sterling, the daughter of Forrest Edward and Della Mae (Stelzrider) Conley. She married Duane Timmons on September 2, 1967 in Dixon. He died January 10, 1998. Sheila had worked as a CNA for over 50 years, having worked in KSB Home Health Care for 28 years. Survivors include...
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Amber Jaco

June 28, 1979 - December 11, 2019

MORRISON, IL - Amber Lee Jaco, 40 of Morrison, IL died Wednesday December 11, 2019 at her home. She was born on June 28, 1979 in Riverside, CA the daughter of Terry B. and Lorrie M. (Aaron) Jaco. She married Troy Crouch on December 29, 2013. Amber was employed as a transportation representative for Schneider Nationwide Trucking, working at the Sterling Walmart Distribution Center. Amber was a...
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Douglas Thomas Crofton

July 15, 1949 - December 10, 2019

Douglas T. Crofton, 70, of Sterling, passed away on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Doug was born on July 15, 1949, the son of Donald and June Smith Crofton. He Married Berta J. Gillis on August 20, 1971 in Sterling. Doug proudly served our country in the United States Army. He worked for Illinois...
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Opal E. Christian

January 26, 1925 - December 9, 2019

Opal Eunice (Lamb) Christian Opal Eunice (Lamb) Christian, age 94, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., formerly of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at The Pavilion Center in Lebanon, Tenn. Opal was born January 26, 1925 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. the daughter of Leonard and Mattie (Manning) Lamb. She married Noble E. Christian on August 19, 1944 in El Paso, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 14,...
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Theodore "Ted" Sulouff

December 8, 2019

MORRISON – Theodore "Ted" Eugene Sulouff, age 87 of Morrison, died Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Ted was born on March 6, 1932 in Sterling, the son of Harry and Leola (Wilson) Sulouff. He was confirmed in Broadway Methodist Church in Sterling, and married Betty Deets on August 5, 1956 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Ted served in the Navy as boatswain mate...
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Barbara "Jill" Schueler

December 4, 1947 - December 8, 2019

STERLING – Barbara Jill Schueler, 72 of Sterling died Sunday December 8, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 4, 1947 in Sterling, the daughter of John F. and Joan (Long) Treacy. Jill was a graduate of Sauk Valley Community College earning her nursing degree. She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at various hospitals, including CGH and KSB. She married...
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Lois M. Fordham

July 20, 1918 - December 7, 2019

Lois Margaret Fordham, age 101 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, December 7, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lois was born on July 20, 1918 in Walnut, the daughter of Howard H. and Edith M. (Becknell) Wallace. She married Harold E. Fordham on March 29, 1938 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1989. Lois was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls...
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David A. Lee

January 22, 1965 - December 7, 2019

DIXON – David Alan Lee, age 54, died at home surrounded by his family Saturday, December 7, 2019. David was born on January 22, 1965 in Kewanee the son of Floyd and Vera (Stutler) Lee. He married Lila Hamrick on July 8, 2000 in Dixon. David was employed as a HVAC technician for 26 years, most recently with Stewart's Heating and Cooling in Dixon. He worked alongside Dustin Drew and Brandon...
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Ester Salazar

February 2, 1923 - December 6, 2019

Ester Salazar 96 of Rock Falls died Friday December 6, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 2, 1923 in San Benito, TX the daughter of Manuel and Guadalupe (Flores) DeLaCruz. She married Donato Salazar Sr on February 19, 1947 in San Benito. He died January 17, 2005. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, cooking, traveling,...
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Roy E. Klapprodt

September 13, 1945 - December 6, 2019

STERLING – Roy E. Klapprodt, age 74, died Friday, December 6, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roy was born on September 13, 1945 in Dixon the son of Edward and Marion (Burket) Klapprodt. He married Joyce Razo on December 12, 1968 in Sterling. She died February 21, 2002. Roy was employed as an Engineer with Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 30 years retiring in 2002. ...
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Ernest "Ernie" Williams III

December 4, 2019

Ernest Leroy Williams, III, age 71 of Lyndon, died Monday, December 2, 2019 in Worth, IL. Ernie was born on August 10, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Ernest L. and Mary (Schultz) Williams, Jr. He married Emma m. Newberg on May 6, 1978 in Chicago. He worked in masonry construction for many years. Ernie enjoyed going fishing and camping at Yogi Bear. Survivors include his wife, Emma; five...
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Dorothy Rita Barnhart

January 28, 1931 - December 3, 2019

Dorothy "Rita" Barnhart, 88 died Wednesday, December 3, 2019 at her home in Rock Falls Illinois. She was born on January 28, 1931 in Morrison Illinois the daughter of Fay McKee and Anna (Martin) McKee. Dorothy was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her daughter Anna Marie (Ron Voss) Barnhart of Rockford...
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Janice L. Morgan

November 11, 1937 - December 2, 2019

Janice L. Morgan, 82 formerly of Sterling died Monday December 2, 2019 at Aurora St. Luke Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born on November 11, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Leroy Howard and Mary Ellen (LaMont) Varner. Janice was a 1955 graduate of Sterling High School and had attended Sauk Valley College. She had worked for many years as a nurse. Survivors include her children: Emmit ...
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Elaine White

January 28, 1939 - December 2, 2019

Elaine Laverne White, 80, of Rock Falls, formerly of Manlius, IL, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019. Born January 28, 1939 in Hilo, Hawaii, the daughter of Joseph P. Fernandez and Julie (Charles) Souza Bailey. Elaine was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother. She loved her family, friends and her church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charlie White; son Kenneth White of...
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Richard H. Andrews

September 2, 1932 - December 2, 2019

Richard H. "Red" Andrews Richard H. "Red" Andrews, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 2, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Richard was born September 2, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Howard and Laverne (Cook) Andrews. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed as a mechanic at Lawrence and Sons. Richard married Hazel Jones on May 15, 1987 in Sterling. He is survived...
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Ervin "Cork" Goodell

August 31, 1939 - December 1, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ervin "Cork" Goodell, age 80, died at his home Sunday December 1, 2019. Cork was born on August 31, 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Ervin D. and Irene (Crossley) Goodell. He married Judith Mandrell on March 21, 1958. Cork was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 35 years retiring in 1999. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his...
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Philip Kaehler

February 20, 1954 - November 30, 2019

Philip J. Kaehler, 65 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. He was born on February 20, 1954 in Sterling, the son of Alfred and Celia (Vinson) Kaehler. He had worked in the plumbing trade. Survivors include his daughter Shaina Kaehler; son, Josh Lafavre (Kezia Boyd); grandchildren: Greyson Kaehler and Eamon Kaehler; his sisters and brothers: Debbie...
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James L. "Jim" White

November 18, 1946 - November 30, 2019

ROCK FALLS – James L. "Jim" White, 73 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on November 18, 1946 in Sterling, the son of John Maxwell and Florence Lucille (Gordon) White. He married Lisa L. Hazen on November 22, 1996. Jim had worked for many years for the City of Rock Falls retiring as superintendent of streets. He had enjoyed cooking,...
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Ila Leaf

October 20, 1926 - November 29, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ila Leaf, 93 of Rock Falls passed away on Friday November 29, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Ila was born on October 20, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of C. Leland and Gladys (Forsee) Lee. She married Sam Leaf on June 24, 1945. He passed away on November 23, 1998. Together they had five sons and one daughter. Ila was a full time wife, homemaker, mother nurse, cook...
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Gearold A. Stees

February 18, 1943 - November 29, 2019

Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees, age 76, of Nelson, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Gabe was born February 18, 1943 in Sterling the son of George and Edith (Vandusen) Stees. He married Margaret Hermes on September 2, 1961 in Morrison. Gabe was employed as a truck driver for Woods Brothers in Oregon for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret...
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Victoria Henderson

September 12, 1949 - November 28, 2019

HAVANA, IL - Victoria S. "Vicky" Henderson, 70 formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday November 28, 2019 at St. John Hospital in Springfield. She was born on September 12, 1949 in Rock Falls the daughter of William Oliver and Beatrice B. (Conley) Ricedorf. She married Donald H. Henderson Jr on July 19, 1969 in Sterling. Vicky had worked as a Home Health Aid for Mason County before her retirement....
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Richard M. Cater

November 24, 1953 - November 27, 2019

Richard M. Cater, age 66 of Tampico, died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Richard was born on November 24, 1953 in Sterling, the son of James and Ruth (Butler) Cater. He graduated from Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley College. He worked as a lab technician at KSB Hospital from 1996-2009. Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and horse shows with his...
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Gary W. Brent

August 16, 1956 - November 26, 2019

Gary W. Brent, age 63 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Gary was born on August 16, 1956 in Aurora, the son of Howard Earl and Mary Lorene (Clauss) Brent. He enjoyed country music, trips to the Wisconsin Dells, the outdoors and sipping his favorite drink. He loved spending time with his nephews, Jesse, Brian, Tony and Adam. Survivors...
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Nancie S. Myers

January 11, 1939 - November 26, 2019

Nancie S. Myers Nancie S. Myers, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at The Citadel of Sterling. Nancie was born January 11, 1939 in Polo the daughter of Everett and Agnes (Johnston) Rucker. She married Harold E. Myers on December 18, 1954 in Polo and was employed at Borg Warner for 10 years. Survivors include two daughters, Liz (Larry) Lawrence and Mary (Terry) Walters...
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Peggy Lynn Ottens

August 15, 1945 - November 24, 2019

Peggy Ottens, age 74, passed away peacefully at UW Health University Hospital on November 24, 2019. She was born on August 15, 1945, to Cecil and Dorothy Knox. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Linda Brearton. Peg is survived by her three children, Bart (Cindy) Ottens of Chadwick, Illinois. Brett Ottens (Amber Howard) of Morrison, Illinois and Nikki Arians of Morrison,...
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Maxine June Mount

June 1, 1926 - November 22, 2019

Maxine June Mount, 93 of Rock Falls, died Friday, November 22, 2019 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehab in Rock Falls. Maxine was born on June 1, 1926 in Tampico, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Jacobs) Schultz. She married Elwin LaVerne Mount on October 25, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on May 21, 2005. Maxine was a cook at the former Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Rock...
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Shirley P. Wells

August 19, 1927 - November 19, 2019

Shirley Paddock Wells, 92 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Shirley was born on August 19, 1927 in Tampa, FL, the daughter of Ward and Grace (Myers) Paddock. She married Keith E. Wells on April 3, 1948 in IL. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1991. Shirley was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society and active in...
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James "Jim" Dillon

August 12, 1931 - November 19, 2019

James "Jim" W. Dillon, 88 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. James was born on August 12, 1931 in Decatur, IL, the son of Roy R. and V. Ruth (Bennett) Dillon. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Jim married Diane Johnson on May 8, 1955 in Nachusa, IL. He worked for Commonwealth Edison for over 30 years. Jim was a member of...
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Russell Hall

October 18, 1951 - November 17, 2019

Russell W. Hall, 68 died suddenly Sunday November 17, 2019 at Tucson Medical center. He was born on October 18, 1951 in Kewanee, IL the son of James L. and Theresa M. (Perino) Hall. He was a 1969 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling and was a 1973 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He married Sue Stowell on September 17, 1977. She died July 11, 2016. ...
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Thomas and Dawn Whitney

November 16, 2019

Thomas and Dawn Whitney Thomas and Dawn Whitney, of Lyndon, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at their home. Thomas was born January 6, 1941 in Keshena, Wis. the son of Thomas and Madeline (Westcott) Whitney. He served in the US Coast Guard and was employed as a contractor. He was also a member of the Menominee Nation. Dawn was born February 15, 1966 in Hammond, Ind. the daughter of Homer...
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Peter Leseman

January 4, 1964 - November 16, 2019

DETROIT – Peter B. Leseman, age 55, of Detroit, MI passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Celebration of Life Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in Sterling, Illinois with the Very Rev. James R. Keenan, V.F. officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery Sterling, Illinois immediately following mass. Peter...
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John Hildebrand, Jr.

December 10, 1956 - November 16, 2019

John Christian Hildebrand Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven on Saturday, November 16, 2019. John was born December 10, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. He was baptized on Christmas day, 1956, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling, Il. He was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls on May 30, 1971. John graduated from Rock Falls High School and joined the US Navy....
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Ruth Garza

November 21, 1929 - November 16, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ruth "Cuca" Garza, 89 died Saturday November 16, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 21, 1929 in Eaglepass, TX the daughter of Gonzalo and Apalonia (Garcia) Rodriguez. She married Rosendo Garza on February 23, 1947 in Edinberg, TX. He died April 14, 1996. She had been member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include three daughter:...
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Steven K. Bushman

March 20, 1953 - November 15, 2019

STERLING – Steven K. Bushman, 66 of Sterling died Friday November 15, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford suddenly. He was born on March 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Arman E. and Lenora J. (Queckboerner) Bushman and was a graduate of MIT in Morrison. He married Linda J. Weed on May 23, 1979 in Rock Falls. Steven had worked as a truck driver for the former Northwestern...
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Joyce D. Howard

May 26, 1929 - November 15, 2019

Joyce D. Howard, age 90, of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, died on Friday, November, 15, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehab. Joyce was born on May 26, 1929 in Fair Haven, IL to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. She married Wayne Howard on May 22, 1949. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Falls. ...
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