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Gary L. Zink

November 17, 1948 - September 15, 2019

Gary L. Zink Gary L. Zink, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his home. Gary was born November 17, 1948 in Savanna the son of Larry and Marian (Wires) Zink. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed at Raynor Garage Doors for 15 years and Dohrn Transfer Company for many years. He married Cindy Remala on July 24, 2009 in Rock Falls. Survivors include his...
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Patricia A. Marruffo

February 28, 1946 - September 13, 2019

Patricia A. Marruffo, age 73 of Sterling, died Friday, September 13, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Patricia was born on February 28, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Benito A. and Jovie (DeLeon) Marruffo. She worked at Woolworth's and Walmart in Sterling for many years. Pat was an avid Cubs Fan and enjoyed spoiling her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was a...
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Gloria Gutierrez

April 6, 1944 - September 13, 2019

Gloria Gutierrez, age 75 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Gloria was born on April 6, 1944 in San Benito, TX, the daughter of Jose and Clara (Garza) Escamilla. She married Abraham J. Gutierrez on February 3, 1962 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 25, 1999. Gloria was a member...
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Raymond Braggo

August 28, 1918 - September 13, 2019

STERLING – Raymond H. Braggo, age 101, formerly of Amboy died Friday, September 13, 2019 at Avonlea Cottage in Sterling. Raymond was born on August 28, 1918 in Oglesby the son of Charles and Rose C. (Foltynewicz) Braggo. He was united in marriage to Geraldine L. Lee on December 19, 1941 in Kahoka, Mo. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2010. They farmed in the Prophetstown and Amboy...
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Richard D. Parker, Jr.

August 21, 1955 - September 13, 2019

Richard D. Parker, Jr., age 64 of Rock Falls, died Friday, September 13, 2019 at his home. He was born on August 21, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Richard and Rita (Daniels) Parker, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Rita Parker of Sterling; two sisters, Debbie Hines of Rock Falls and Susan Parker of Sterling; three brothers, Jeff Parker, John (Wendy) Parker and Michael Parker all of Rock Falls....
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Donald Dean Bartlett

May 22, 1933 - September 11, 2019

Donald Dean Bartlett, age 86 of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Donald was born on May 22, 1933 in Green County, Illinois, the son of Walter "Jim" D. and Nettie E. (Wells) Bartlett. He graduated from Winchester High School and then received his Bachelor's Degree at Western Illinois University. Don...
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LeRoy Compton

June 22, 1935 - September 9, 2019

LeRoy Compton Sr., age 84 of Morton, IL died Monday, September 9, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Morton. LeRoy was born June 22, 1935 in Rufe OK, the son of Alvin and Rachel (Churchill) Compton. He married Sandra J. (Dickinson) Compton on May 12, 1956 in Sterling. He retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire in 1995 after 33 years of service. He was active in the FISH Pantry Program for...
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Roberta M. Zivney

May 30, 1932 - September 9, 2019

Roberta M. Zivney Roberta M. Zivney, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Citadel Care Center in Sterling. Roberta was born May 30, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo. the daughter of Robert and Juanita (Matthews) Kilroy. She was employed at Borg Warner for 25 years retiring in 1994. Roberta was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her...
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Delbert M. Tarbill

November 28, 1936 - September 8, 2019

Delbert M. Tarbill Delbert M. Tarbill, age 82, of Polo, died Sunday, September 8, 2019 at his home. Delbert was born November 28, 1936 in Sterling the son of Raymond and Luella (McLindsey) Tarbill. He married Evelyn Portner on June 20, 1964 in Rock Falls and was employed with the City of Sterling for many years. Delbert enjoyed collecting trains, hunting, fishing and playing guitar. ...
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Charles T. Aldridge

December 23, 1949 - September 5, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Charles Theodore Aldridge, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at his home. Charles was born on December 23, 1949 in Sterling, the son of Aaron Isaac and Mary Ann (Mattingly) Aldridge. He was a United States Army Veteran. He married Martha E. (Ruiz) Juarez on August 13, 1984 in Rock Falls. Charles worked as an inventory clerk at Anchor Coupling for 20 years....
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Marvin "Speed" Gulbranson

July 19, 1923 - September 4, 2019

Marvin "Speed" I. Gulbranson, age 96 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Marvin was born on July 19, 1923 in Benson, MN, the son of Ingelbret and Marie (Håvelsrud) Gulbranson. He is a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1943-1946. Marvin married Myrtle Hatten on August 6, 1960 at St. Paul's Ev....
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Bernadine A. Coats

December 13, 1930 - September 4, 2019

Bernadine A. Coats, age 88 of Sterling, Illinois, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Rock River Hospice. Bernadine was born on December 13, 1930 in Metamora, Illinois to Henry A. and Lillian A. (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She married Robert I. Coats on August 25, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2013. She was a devoted Air Force wife, as Bob served in the U.S.A...
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Donald J. Egan

June 4, 1939 - September 2, 2019

Donald J. Egan, 80 of Rock Falls died Monday September 2, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 4, 1939 in Sterling the son of Paul Francis and Helen Lorraine (Buxton) Egan. He married Sharon L. Richardson October 29, 1960 in Sterling. Don worked for over 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co retiring from the carpenter shop. Also, throughout his life, Don did masonry/brickwork...
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John E. Kenney

April 19, 1939 - August 30, 2019

John E. Kenney John E. Kenney, age 80, of Polo, Illinois, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Illinois. John was born April 19, 1939 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Rita (Robertson) Kenney. He was a 1957 graduate of Dixon High School and later married Lydia Jimenez on February 15, 1958 in Sterling. John was retired from Commonwealth Edison after 40 years...
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Joyce Pauline Ernst

May 10, 1937 - August 23, 2019

Joyce Pauline Ernst, age 82 of Morrison, formerly of Sterling, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Joyce was born on May 10, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Alan E. Ernst on July 3, 1954. Joyce worked as an LPN for several years. Survivors include her husband, Alan; her son, Lee (Lauren) Ernst of...
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Verna Jacobs

April 18, 1927 - August 19, 2019

STERLING – Verna A. Jacobs, 92 of Sterling died Monday August 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on April 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of John Mathias and Edna Caroline (Woessner) Hammelman. She married Lloyd F. Jacobs on January 15, 1956 in Sterling. He died February 3, 2011. Verna had worked as a book keeper for several years at the Daily Gazette and later at WSDR...
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Barbara A. Lopez

May 6, 1936 - August 16, 2019

Barbara A. Lopez, 83 formerly of Sterling died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on May 6, 1936 in Dixon the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Baker) Nicklaus. She married James L. Lopez Sr. on July 17, 1964 in Sterling. Barbara was a member of St. Mary Church in Sterling where she had been active in cooking for many fund raisers and also active in the Pro-Lifer Movement...
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Tom E. Denham

April 6, 1940 - August 16, 2019

Tom E Denham, age 79 died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Tom was born on April 6, 1940 in Sterling, IL the son of Tom and June (Reiger) Denham. He married Frances Harman on February 2, 1973 in Rock Falls, IL. He first joined the Naval Reserves in 1957 during his senior year of high school and subsequently joined the Navy in 1958 and served 4 years in Key West, FL. Tom...
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Loretta Cullison

December 4, 1919 - August 13, 2019

Loretta Cullison, 99, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from Avonlea Cottage in Sterling. Loretta May Cullison was born to Harold and Harriet (Lloyd) Pritchard on December 4,1919, in Belvidere, Illinois. She was a graduate of Belvidere High School In 1937 and Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb. She married Roy F. Cullison on January 1, 1942, in Wichita...
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Kathy A. Thomas

December 6, 1961 - August 13, 2019

Kathy A. Thomas, age 57 of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her home. Kathy was born on December 6, 1961 in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Pauline (Becrest) Crowder. She married Charles Thomas on July 12, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kathy worked for Kreider Services for 15 years as a habilitation technician. Survivors include her husband, Charles; one son, Jordan (Neysa) McCleary of...
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Mary Alice Arnold

October 30, 1935 - August 13, 2019

Mary Alice Arnold, age 83 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Alice was born on October 30, 1935 in Centralia, WA, the daughter of Joseph Gordon and Lucille (Brady) Theriault. She married William "Bill" Arnold on February 2, 1957 in Centralia, WA. Alice was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. She was a nurse,...
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David Wolf

March 12, 1953 - August 12, 2019

David A. Wolf, Sr., age 66, of Lyndon, died Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home. David was born March 12, 1953 in Sterling the son of Walter and Lenore (Steffen) Wolf. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later married Sally Galvin on March 12, 1999 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2018. David was employed at Tyson for 15 years retiring in 2018. ...
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Myrna Schauff

July 26, 1935 - August 11, 2019

Myrna D. Schauff, 84 died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut. She was born on July 26, 1935 in Kansas, IL the daughter of Herman and A. Olive (Childress) Hallman. She was a graduate of Walnut High School and Sterling School of Beauty. She married Gerald Schauff on February 16, 1957 in Walnut. Myrna was a breast cancer survivor since 1965. She was an active member of St. Mary...
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Gary L. Skrogstad

September 6, 1955 - August 10, 2019

Gary L. Skrogstad, age 63, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Gary was born September 6, 1955 in Sterling the son of Leslie and Rebecca (Stone) Skrogstad. He married Virginia Burger on September 8, 1979 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2017. Gary was employed at Sterling Steel as a crane operator for many years. ...
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Frances Scudder

December 18, 1920 - August 8, 2019

Frances Bohms Scudder, 98 of Sterling died Thursday August 8, 2019 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. She was born on December 18, 1920 in Morrison, the daughter of John and Emma (Hughes) Gorzny. She was educated in a rural Morrison school and was a graduate of Morrison High School and of Liberty School of Beauty Culture in Peoria. She married Edward Bohms on March 9, 1940 in Davenport, IA. He...
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James D. Mackeben

September 19, 1936 - August 8, 2019

James D. Mackeben, age 82, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2019. Jim was born September 19, 1936 the son of Roy and Gladys Mackeben. He retired from driving truck for several years and was known as "Little Jimmy Dickens" to his truck driving family. Jim was a member of the Rock Falls Eagles Club Aerie 2783. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; his children and...
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Larry D. Buchanan

October 15, 1960 - August 8, 2019

Larry Dean Buchanan, age 58, of Sterling, was killed in a construction accident on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 in Wyoming. Larry was born on October 15th, 1960 in Mooresville, N.C., the son of Ira and Gladys (Mayberry) Buchanan. He married Connie Sue Grenoble on June 9th, 2018 in Rockfalls after being together for 13 years prior. Larry was employed at Cold Storage Construction as the...
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Veronica Tschosik

October 12, 1940 - August 6, 2019

Veronica Tschosik, age 78 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Veronica was born on October 12, 1940 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Lucille (Whaley) Grennan. She married Edward Tschosik on September 5, 1964 at St. Andrew in Rock Falls. Veronica owned and operated The Bridal Path in Sterling for about 15 years. She was a member of St...
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Orvie Inez Peppers

April 22, 1926 - August 4, 2019

Orvie I. Peppers, 93 formerly of Rock Falls died Sunday August 4, 2019 at Resthave Home in Morrison. She was born on April 22, 1926 in Hackleburg, Alabama the daughter of Thomas J. and Minnie I. (Crow) Tidwell. She had worked in dietary at the former Dixon Develop Mental Center for 20 years and then worked for 6 years in dietary at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. She was a member of...
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Joseph Lewandowski

May 6, 1925 - August 3, 2019

Joseph Lewandowski, age 94, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joseph was born May 6, 1925 in Oregon the son of John and Katherine (Gritzko) Lewandowski. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1943 and served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII from 1943 – 1945. Joseph was a 2nd LT Bombardier and Navigator. He married Suzanne F. McFadden on...
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Eugene J. Korf

April 11, 1943 - August 3, 2019

Eugene J. Korf, age 76 of Milledgeville, died August 3, 2019 at home, Gene was born on April 11, 1943 in Freeport, the son of Alfred and Ruth (Vietmeier) Korf. He married Wilma Hook on August 7, 1966 in Shannon. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2003. Gene worked at Kraft Foods and at Northwestern Steel and Wire. He enjoyed going to flea markets and recycling papers for the senior...
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Jeffrey D. Nelson

November 28, 1963 - July 31, 2019

Jeffrey D. Nelson, age 55, died at his home Wednesday, July 31, 2019 following an extended illness. Jeff was born on November 28, 1963 in Moline the son of Norman and Dixie (Hendrichs) Nelson. He was employed as a Welding Supervisor with Collis Manufacturing in Clinton. Jeff loved to fish, play games with his son Jesse and they were both avid Alabama and Dallas Cowboy fans. Survivors...
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Thelma "Carol" Shearer

December 9, 1946 - July 31, 2019

Thelma "Carol" Shearer, age 72 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Carol was born on December 9, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Orin Dean "Mac" and Bette Lorene (Glenn) McIlvenna. She worked at United States Steel- Gary Works in Gary, IN for 13 years and then at Self Help Enterprises as a supervisor for 21 years, retiring on July 20, 2012...
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Edward M. Eide

February 22, 1945 - July 30, 2019

Edward M. Eide, age 74 of Lyndon, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Edward was born on February 22, 1945 in Esmond, IL, the son of Maurice and Laura (Paulin) Eide. He owned and operated a small business, E & E Satellite Systems in Wauconda, IL, for many years. After retirement, he became a woodcrafter and owned a wood carving shop in Woodbine, IL. Aside for his...
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Mary Janet Wahl

January 12, 1924 - July 29, 2019

Mary Janet Wahl, 95 formerly of Sterling, IL died Monday July 29, 2019 at Halifax Health and Hospice. She was born on January 12, 1924 in Dixon, IL the daughter of George and Helen (Ryan) McKenney. She married Warren P. Wahl on November 7, 1944 in Dixon. While a Sterling resident she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Survivors include her son Jim (Debby) Wahl of Sioux Falls, SD; her...
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Harry Nathaniel Trotter

September 14, 1957 - July 26, 2019

Harry Nathaniel Trotter Harry Nathaniel Trotter, 61, of Rock Falls, died Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. Harry, affectionately known as Harry-O or Grandpa, was born September 14, 1957 in Chicago the son of Winston Trotter and Lillie (Knox) Trotter. He served in the US Marines from 1976 – 1978 and later married Verda Johnson-Trotter. Harry spent his career and his life...
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Eugene Frump

October 22, 1937 - July 25, 2019

Eugene G. Frump, 81 of Rock Falls died Thursday July 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 22, 1937 in Paxton, IL the son of Gale E. and Bernice L. (Snitchler) Frump. He served in the US Airforce. He married Barbara J. Argraves on May, 18, 1957 in Sterling. She died April 29, 2012. Gene began his working career at Northwestern Steel and Wire and other small factories in the area. He...
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Mitzi Abell

June 9, 1946 - July 25, 2019

Mitzi J. Abell, 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday July 25, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 9, 1946 in Duquoin, IL the daughter of Lester Thomas and Lillian (Harris) Mitchell Sr. She married Wayne Abell on October 14, 1978 in Sterling. Mitzi served with honor and dedication as a police officer for the City of Rock Falls, beginning in 1974 and retiring in 2003 with the...
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Leroy D. Oudekerk

July 12, 1951 - July 25, 2019

Leroy Dale Oudekerk, age 68 of Morrison, died Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Leroy was born on July 12, 1951 in Forest City, IA, the son of Emil and Sophia (Harringa) Oudekerk. He married Sally Wright on November 30, 1985 in Morrison. Leroy worked for 32 years at Schuler Motors in Morrison. He enjoyed reading, watching old WWII movies and hunting in his...
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Tony Licocci

November 28, 1928 - July 24, 2019

Tony A. Licocci, 90 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 24, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1928 in Rock Falls, the son of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. He attended St Mary Grade School in Sterling; was a graduate from Community Catholic High School and earned his degree from Illinois State University. He married Betty L. Wilder,...
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Evelyn Mae Gray

June 12, 1933 - July 23, 2019

Evelyn Mae Gray, 86 formerly of Amboy and Manlius, died Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. She was born on June 12, 1933 in Columbus, OH the daughter of Chris and Catherine (Simcox) George. She married Dewey Gray on August 28, 1958 in Miami, FL. He died June 20, 2016. Evelyn was a devout Christian and loved to tend to her flowers and garden. Survivors include two daughters...
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Frank J. McCue

March 13, 1920 - July 23, 2019

Frank James McCue, 99 of Sterling died Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on March 13, 1920 in Sterling, the son of James Arthur and Mary Antoinette (Long) McCue. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Kelly on June 28, 1941 in Sterling. Frank was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling; the Knights of Columbus; the Sterling...
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Ronald E. Smith

January 16, 1936 - July 23, 2019

Ronald E. Smith, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ronald was born January 16, 1936 in Sterling the son of Harold and Myrtle (Signor) Smith. He served in the US Army and later married Dianne Curry on February 11, 1961 in Prophetstown. She preceded him in death on November 22, 2005. He was employed at Lawrence Brothers as a tool and die...
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Richard R. Allen

September 4, 1934 - July 22, 2019

Richard R. Allen, 84 of Emerson died Monday July 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on September 4, 1934 in Sterling, the son of Robert Clay and Edna Lucille (Frankfother) Allen. He was a graduate of Bradley University. He married Karen Gail Elmendorf on September 18, 1960 in Sterling. He had worked at National Manufacturing in Sterling for 30 years retiring as plant...
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Gerald L. Hartman

April 23, 1939 - July 19, 2019

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 enjoyed farming,...
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Shannon Pierceson

May 28, 1971 - July 17, 2019

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 also enjoyed bar...
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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, 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 was a loving and caring...
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Vickie Scott

December 27, 1952 - July 12, 2019

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 was a member...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Hall

November 10, 1928 - July 11, 2019

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 for 25 years...
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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

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 served his...
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Joann H. Howlett

February 8, 1937 - July 9, 2019

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 CGH...
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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, 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 four children born to Frank and Maurice...
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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

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 served his...
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Diane DeJarnatt

September 19, 1956 - June 21, 2019

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 a teacher's...
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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

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 former...
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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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