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Jennifer "Jayce" Standard

January 14, 1994 - December 1, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Jennifer F. "Jayce" Standard, 27 died Wednesday December 1, 2021. He was born on January 14, 1994 in Dixon to Larry L. and Nancy J. (Whitmore) Standard. He was attending Sauk Valley Community College working toward his goal of becoming a counselor. Jayce loved his animals, painting and spending family time together. Survivors include his partner Summer Startt; his father...
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Mitchell R. Cox

July 20, 1958 - December 1, 2021

Mitchell Ryan Cox, 63 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at home. Mitchell was born on July 20, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Garian and Berta (Dunham) Cox. He worked at Prairie State Enterprises for many years. Mitch enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on projects and collecting odds and ends. Survivors include his mother, Berta of Milledgeville; three brothers, Michael Cox...
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Luther Scott Warren

March 16, 1965 - November 29, 2021

Luther "Scott" Warren, 56, of Rock Falls, died on Monday, November 29, 2021 at his home. Scott was born on March 16, 1965 in Sterling, the son of Luther L. and Barbara (Schaver) Warren. He was previously employed by Raynor. Scott enjoyed cooking and loved telling jokes. Survivors include his father, Luther L. Warren of Rock Falls; two daughters, Sara (Robert) Stage of Rock Falls, and Jessica ...
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Mary L. Scott

September 12, 1935 - November 28, 2021

Mary L. Scott, age 86, of Como, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mary was born September 12, 1935 in Trenton, Mo the daughter of Chester and Leota (Urton) Ishmael. She married LeRoy Scott on September 12, 1954 at the Rock Falls Christian Church. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2005. She was employed at Rock Falls Wal-Mart as a...
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Ernest R. Lippens

January 30, 1939 - November 27, 2021

Ernest R. Lippens, age 82, of Harmon, died Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Ernest was born January 30, 1939 in Sterling the son of Alphons and Margaret (Calsyn) Lippens. He served in the US Army and later married Cheryl Hunsberger on June 24, 1967 in Dixon. He was employed as a farmer in the area for many years. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl...
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Kathy L. Kramer

August 25, 1949 - November 25, 2021

STERLING – Kathy L. Kramer, 72 died unexpectedly Thursday November 25, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 25, 1949 in Sterling the daughter of George and Margurete L. (Taylor) Musser. She married Luther Kramer on October 6, 1979 at Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls. Kathy was a first grade teacher for Erie School District in Fenton for 25 years retiring in...
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Robert Thomas Jurkens

July 8, 1947 - November 22, 2021

Robert Thomas Jurkens Tom Jurkens, age 74, of Sterling, died Monday, November 22, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Tom was born July 8, 1947 in Sterling the son of Robert and Leona (Regan) Jurkens. He was an avid musician and sports fan. Tom also enjoyed reading. He is survived by his sister, Mary Jo (Paul) Leseman of Phoenix, Ariz.; his brother, Larry (Sandy) Jurkens of Blue Grass,...
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George D. Cheshier

February 24, 1942 - November 21, 2021

George D. Cheshier, 79, of Brodhead, WI and formerly of Rock Falls, died on Sunday, November 21, 2021 surrounded by his family. George was born on February 24, 1942 in Rock Falls, the son of Jesse and Gertrude (Adams) Cheshier. He married Roberta Wasson on February 12, 1961 at Rock Falls United Methodist Church. She predeceased him on November 11, 2002. George was employed at Northwestern Steel &...
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Randall Boomgarden

September 28, 1947 - November 20, 2021

Randy D. Boomgarden, 74, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the Polo Rehabilitation, Polo, IL. He was born on September 28, 1947, in Belvidere, IL; the son of Douglas M. and Betty L. (Rhode) Boomgarden. He married Nancy J. Ellstrom on November 23, 1990 in Fulton., IL. He worked as a farmer, an auctioneer, pilot, and a HVAC. He then worked for Carroll Services in Lanark, IL for about...
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Hendrix Thomas Kobbeman

July 3, 2019 - November 20, 2021

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the death of Hendrix Thomas Kobbeman. Hendrix died at home on Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at the age of 2. Hendrix, lovingly referred to as 'Sugie' faced an abundance of medical complications in his short time with resilience and fortitude that inspired all who knew of his story. He had a very special bond with his parents and twin sister,...
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Edna Anne Spencer

January 24, 1931 - November 20, 2021

Edna Anne Spencer, 90, of Rock Falls, died on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Edna was born on January 24, 1931 in Spring Valley, IL, the daughter of Louis and Lois (Noling) Byvick. She was educated in the Sterling schools through the ninth grade. She graduated from Chicago Christian High School in 1948. Her working career started as a department manager at...
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Micheal T. Black

August 19, 1974 - November 19, 2021

Micheal T. Black, 47, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Generations of Rock Island. Micheal was born on August 19, 1974 in Chicago, the son of Rochelle Stewart and Donna Black. He married Valeria Jackson on September 7, 2001 in Dixon. Survivors include his wife Valeria; four daughters, ShaQueria, Angel, Jada, and Miracle Black; one son, Donald Black, all of Rock Falls; two...
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Christine Marie Pitton

February 14, 1960 - November 19, 2021

Christine Marie Pitton, 61 of Rock Falls, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Christine was born on February 14, 1960 in Dixon, the daughter of William and Patricia (McClanahan) Brelsfoard. She married Daniel Scott Pitton in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on January 16, 2013. Christine prepared taxes for H&R Block in the Stockton area for several...
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Marcia "Marty" VanderLinde

October 16, 1955 - November 19, 2021

Marcia "Marty" Lynn Wiersema-VanderLinde, 66 of Fulton, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. Marty was born on October 16, 1955 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Ursal Wiersema and Ruth (DeVries) Wiersema Foley. She worked as an office manager for Wiersema Scrap, Iron and Metal and also worked as a housekeeper for many years. She had married Gordon...
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Vicki Lynn Dunphy

May 25, 1965 - November 18, 2021

DIXON – Vicki Lynn Dunphy, 56, of Dixon, died on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at her home. Vicki was born on May 25, 1965 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Gerald Eugene and Judith Ann (Daye) Vince. Vicki was married to Bradley Dunphy on July 4, 1999, in which he married a firecracker. Vicki was employed in education for the past 21 years; 8 years as a middle school math teacher at Challand...
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Mark W. Smith

January 11, 1957 - November 18, 2021

STERLING – Mark W. Smith, 64 died Thursday November 18, 2021 at his home. He was born on January 11, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Donald Lloyd and Ronetta L. (Anspach) Smith. Mark was a 1975 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Teresa Smith on September 22, 1979 in Rock Falls. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and later Alcoa. Mark was very proud of his sons and of...
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John Avery Sutton

February 14, 1950 - November 15, 2021

John A. Sutton, 71, of Harmon, died on Monday, November 15, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. John was born on February 14, 1950 in Sterling, the son of John and Dorothy (Holland) Sutton. John was employed at Jack Mabley Center in Dixon for 27 years. He enjoyed drawing and painting, and was a die-hard Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. Survivors include one daughter, Sheree Sutton; one son, Chris Sutton;...
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Mary M. McWilliams

April 5, 1954 - November 12, 2021

Mary M. McWilliams, 67 of Lyndon died Friday November 12, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on April 5, 1954 in Sterling the daughter of John R. and Charlotte (Blackmore) Hannan. She had worked as a nursing aide; in housekeeping at CGH Medical Center; and as a bus attendant at First Student in Rock Falls. ...
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Buford Linn

July 7, 1936 - November 12, 2021

ROCK FALLS, IL – Buford R. Linn, 85 passed away peacefully Friday November 12, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 7, 1936 in Morganton, Arkansas the son of James Richard and Vesti (Harmon) Linn. He married the former Marlene Gunn on August 28, 1970 in Rock Falls. She died July 15, 2016. Buford was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 37 years retiring as a...
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Kay A. Deets

March 28, 1937 - November 8, 2021

Kay Alene Deets, 84, of Milledgeville, IL died Monday, November 8 at Community General Hospital in Sterling. Kay was born March 28th, 1937 in Leaf River, IL the daughter of Alfred and Ethel (Wagner) Hartje. She married Richard Deets on September 11, 1959 at United Methodist Church in Milledgeville, IL. Milledgeville was home to Kay for most of her life. Kay attended and graduated from...
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Charles G. Baker

September 13, 1939 - November 5, 2021

Charles "Chuck" Baker, 82, of Sterling, died on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Chuck was born on September 13, 1939 in Dixon, the son of Ruben and Lorena (Perry) Baker. He married Sharon Durr in 1958 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Chuck will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Sharon Baker of...
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Robert E. Barber

November 17, 1939 - November 5, 2021

STERLING – Robert E. Barber, age 81, died Friday, November 5, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Robert was born on November 17, 1939 in Phoenix, Ariz. the son of Norris and Helen (Huff) Barber, Sr. He married Martha Sandoval on June 1, 1968 in Powell, Wyo. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2017. Robert graduated from Montana State University in Missoula, Mont. He was...
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Mary Margaret Raab

July 8, 1946 - November 4, 2021

Mary Margaret "Mimi" Raab, 75 of Mt. Carroll, died Thursday, November 4, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony in Rockford. Mimi was born on July 8, 1946 in Freeport, the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Hohnadel) Prowant. She married Charles Thomas "Tom" Raab on March 12, 1965 at the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren in Milledgeville. She was a homemaker. Mimi also worked in the school cafeteria for a few...
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Laurence "Larry" Jones

March 10, 1970 - November 4, 2021

Laurence Michael "Larry" Jones was reunited in heaven with his best friend and brother Michael on November 4, 2021. Larry was born on March 10, 1970 in Clinton, the son of Michael and Winnie (Lewis) Jones. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1988 and kept in close contact with many of his fellow classmates long after graduation. Following graduation, Larry enlisted in the United...
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Arthur Jon Saucedo

September 9, 1965 - November 4, 2021

Arthur Jon Saucedo, 56, of Sterling, passed away peacefully at his family home on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Arthur was born on September 9, 1965, the son of the late Inocencio Saucedo and Hope Mendez Saucedo. He was the brother of Lydia Saucedo and the late Peter Saucedo. He had two nephews, Peter and Elliot and a niece, Olivia, all of Hinckley, Ill. He grew up in Sterling, Ill. and...
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Shirley Gisi

July 4, 1927 - November 2, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Shirley J. Gisi, 94 died Tuesday November 2, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home. She was born on July 4, 1927 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Harry and Mary Olive (Firman) Scheidler. She attended school at Thome, Merrill and graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945. She married Howard F. Gisi on October 12, 1945. He died September 12, 2006. Shirley was a long time member...
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Nancy Carol Rector

July 31, 1941 - November 1, 2021

Nancy Carol Rector, 80, of Morrison, died on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Morrison. Nancy was born on July 31, 1941 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Chester and Helen (Sanders) Cross. She married Merele Allen and then later married, Richard "Dick" Rector on June 16, 1984 in Morrison. Dick predeceased her on May 10, 1995. Nancy was a 1959...
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Robert E. Meinsma

May 22, 1938 - November 1, 2021

Robert E. Meinsma, 83 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 1, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robert was born on May 22, 1938 in Morrison, the son of John R. and Alta (Bielema) Meinsma. He was a United States Army Veteran. He married Gladys Sathoff on February 10, 1968 in Sterling and she preceded him in death on May 9, 1998. He then married Judy Cyphers on June 5, 1999 in Rock Falls....
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Adolph Ramos

June 13, 1937 - October 31, 2021

Adolph Ramos crossed into Heaven on October 31, 2021, at CGH Medical Center with his nieces Sarah Williams and Billie Green by his side. Adolph Ramos was born in Cheneyville, Louisiana, on June 13, 1934 to Romulo Sr and Frances (Sanchez) Ramos. They have preceded him in death. He married Darla Chadwick on February 6, 1986 in Muncie, Indiana. She survives. Adolph is also survived by his...
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Gale W. Wind

January 28, 1965 - October 28, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Gale W. Wind, 56 died Thursday October 28, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 28, 1965 in Moline, the son of Dwayne and Bonita (Snapp) Wind. He attended Alwood Elementary and High School as well as University of Dubuque. He began his working career at Aramark having worked there for 25 years. Then he went to work for the past 4 years at...
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Jesse W. Griffith

November 3, 1939 - October 28, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Jesse Willard Griffith announce his passing on Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Sterling. There will be a visitation on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 1, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling...
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Richard C. Fuller

August 26, 1943 - October 27, 2021

MILLEDGEVILLE – Richard C. Fuller, 78 died Wednesday October 27, 2021 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on August 26, 1943 in Sterling, the son of Howard Wilger and Beulah Gladys (Morris) Fuller. He married the former Sally Pannell on April 21, 1992. Throughout his working career Richard had farmed; worked as a salesperson at Stewart Truck and Equipment in Dixon; and retired as a...
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Larry A. Thompson

November 8, 1942 - October 27, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Larry A. Thompson, 78, died on Wednesday October 27, 2021 at his home. He was the loving husband of Judy, the proud father of Magen Mertes, and the adoring grandfather of Maddie and Jacob Mertes. Larry Thompson was the most kind and gentle of souls. He loved his wife and family. He loved his friends. He loved his church. And he loved ice cream. Larry was the most organized...
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Esther D. Gann

December 18, 1939 - October 26, 2021

Esther D. Gann, 81 of Fulton, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Esther was born on December 18, 1939 in Fairhaven Twp, IL, the daughter of Harvey and Christine (Houzenga) Wiersema. She married Larry E. Gann on April 29, 1974 in Rockford. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2013. Esther worked for Watt Publishing in Mt. Morris for many years. She was a...
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Richard G. Styczynski

March 9, 1924 - October 25, 2021

STERLING – Richard G. Styczynski, 97, died Monday, October 25, 2021 at his home at Parkway Center in Sterling. He was born on March 9, 1924 in Chicago the son of George and Anna (Kopka) Styzinski. He served in the US Navy during WW II. He married Cathryn Detweiler on September 4, 1948. Richard began his working carrier at Detrem Bottle Gas and later with Thermogas. After his retirement, he...
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Julie A. Mitchell

June 15, 1962 - October 25, 2021

Julie Ann Mitchell, born June 15, 1962, in Freeport, IL, died Monday October 25, 2021, in Sterling, IL. Julie Ann Mitchell 59 of Rock Falls was the daughter of Ronald A. & Eileen A. Mitchell. Sister of Mark (Christine) Mitchell of Sterling, James (Brenda) Mitchell of The Villages, FL, and John (Christa) Mitchell of Rock Falls. Aunt of Michael Mitchell, Jennifer (Derek) Ranken, Amanda (Renee...
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Dale Edwin Wildemuth

September 23, 1923 - October 24, 2021

Dale Edwin Wildemuth, 98, of Prophetstown died on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Dale was born on September 23, 1923 in Atkinson, IL, the son of Glen and Grace (Egert) Wildemuth. He married Jean Anderson on August 30, 1947 in Geneseo, IL. She predeceased him on October 3, 2017. Dale was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus....
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Mitchell L. Woodard

August 20, 1958 - October 23, 2021

MILLEDGEVILLE – Mitchell L. Woodard, age 63, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Mitch was born on August 20, 1958 in Tampa, Fla. the son of Harold and Marsha (Hill) Woodard. He married Sharon Milnes on May 5, 1984 in Milledgeville. Mitch was a licensed Plumber, and worked for Brown Construction in Milledgeville for 24 years and retired from Laborers Union...
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Sandra Kay McCalister

September 6, 1950 - October 22, 2021

Sandra "Sandy" Kay McCalister, 71 of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully with family by her side, Friday, October 22, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Sandy was born on September 6, 1950 in Sterling, the daughter of Joseph E. and Mary F. (Clapper) McCallister. She worked at National Manufacturing for many years. Sandy attended Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed playing cards, BINGO, and...
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Susan Messer

January 9, 1955 - October 20, 2021

Susan Marie Messer, 66, of Dixon, died on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Susan was born on January 9, 1955 in Sterling, the daughter of James and Allawishious (Zeigler) Brown Sr. Survivors include her husband, John Messer Sr., one son, John Messer Jr., both of Dixon; two grandchildren, Dylan and Sarah Messer; two sisters, Debra (Elwood) Sarver, and...
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Timothy Jay Wade

May 20, 1964 - October 19, 2021

Timothy J. Wade, 57, of Fulton, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on May 20, 1964 in Sterling, the son of James Wade and Patricia Alter. He previously operated his own lawn care service. Tim enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing, was an avid professional boxer, and especially loved his dog. Survivors include his mother Patricia of...
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Evelyn Egan

September 23, 1921 - October 18, 2021

STERLING – Evelyn D. Egan, 100 of Sterling died Monday October 18, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on September 23, 1921 in New Bedford, the daughter of William and Kathryn (Tully) Smith. She married John "Jack" Egan on September 23, 1942 in Tampico. He died November 1, 2013. Evelyn had helped her late husband farm in the Prairieville area and she had also worked in the...
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Brock Boss

December 20, 1982 - October 17, 2021

Brock L. Boss, 38 died unexpectedly Sunday October 17, 2021. He was born on December 20, 1982 in Sterling the son of Scott and Erna (Clapper) Boss. He attended Rock Falls School. Brock married Kerianne Grabowicz on July 13, 2002. Brock was employed in the roofing trades in the Fort Myers area. He was an outdoorsman and loved to fish, fossil hunting and was a big into demolition derby, Brock was a...
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John E. Williamson, Sr.

August 30, 1960 - October 15, 2021

John E. Williamson Sr, 61 of Sterling passed away on Friday October 15, 2021 surround by his loved ones. He was born on August 30, 1960 in Sterling, the son of Thomas W. and Catherine "Louise" (Mattingly) Williamson. He married Penny Ann Collier on April 21, 1984. She died January 4, 2019. He had worked as a union laborer for Sjostrom and Sons until he retired in 1996. He was a coon hunter and...
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Connor Stephen Lee

January 3, 1993 - October 11, 2021

Connor Stephen Lee, 28 years old passed away on October 11,2021 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. His passing was completely unexpected, and his family is shocked and deeply saddened. Connor was joyously welcomed into this world by his mother Monica Gallentine Druen and his father Don Lee on January 3, 1993. Connor leaves behind a loving family, his beloved 5-year-old son...
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Donna J. Dirks

April 20, 1935 - October 10, 2021

Donna J. Dirks, 86, of Sterling, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Donna was born on April 20, 1935 in Princeton, the daughter of Leslie and Marcella (Bohm) Stern. She graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1953. On Sunday, December 19, 1954, Donna married Lyle W. Dirks in Sterling. For 15 years she worked as a dental assistant with Dr. E.O. DeWeerth, retiring in...
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Patricia May Henderson

September 15, 1938 - October 7, 2021

Patricia May Henderson, 83, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family Patricia was born on September 15, 1938 in Nelson, the daughter of Claude and Mary (Brown) Pritchard. She was a member of First Christian Church in Rock Falls, as well as TOPS: IL 304. Patricia enjoyed reading, visiting the casino, traveling, Thomas Kinkaid artwork, and spending time...
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Shirley A. Decker

August 13, 1935 - October 7, 2021

Shirley A. Decker, 86, of Prophetstown, IL , passed away on Thursday, October 7th at Allure of Prophetstown. Private graveside services will be held Monday, October 11th at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown, IL Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the Prophetstown Food Pantry and Rock River Hospice. Shirley was born August 13, 1935 at Morrison Hospital, Morrison, IL to Walter and Phern ...
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Lois Jane Simmons

March 22, 1924 - October 5, 2021

Lois Jane (Hawkins) Simmons, 97, of Milledgeville, IL, died on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at her home. Lois was born on March 22, 1924, in Milledgeville, the daughter of Bernie and Ethel (Wolber-Miatke) Hawkins. She was a 1942 graduate of Milledgeville High School, and also attended Rockford Business College. Lois was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was employed by the...
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Carl Martin Hans

June 24, 1937 - October 4, 2021

Carl M. Hans, 84, of Rock Falls, died on Monday, October 4, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Carl was born on June 24, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Martin and Hazel (Humphrey) Hans. He married Barbara Harold on June 29, 1958 in Rock Falls. Carl enjoyed fishing, was a lifelong member of the Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club, and a master instructor of hunter's safety. He owned and operated Jim's...
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Dolores A. Blackard

January 5, 1933 - October 2, 2021

Sterling – Dolores A. Blackard, age 88, died Saturday October 2, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Dolores was born in Spring Valley Illinois on January 5, 1933, the daughter of Chester and Mary Dezutti. Dolores Married Raymond Blackard on August 29, 1953. Dolores's education includes a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in education from Northern Illinois University. She taught second...
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Kenneth R. Wiersema

July 2, 1943 - September 30, 2021

Kenneth R. Wiersema, age 78, of Sterling, died Thursday, September 30, 2021 at his home in Deerfield, Fla. Kenneth was born July 2, 1943, in Morrison the son of David, Sr. and Carrie (Engelkins) Wiersema. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Kenneth was employed as a welder at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 20 years and later was an over the road truck driver. He enjoyed fishing...
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Patrick Marschang

July 11, 1946 - September 30, 2021

Patrick Henry Marschang, 75, of Rock Falls died on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at his home. Patrick was born on July 11, 1946 in Sterling, the son of James and Eleanor (Bernice) Fordyce. He married Julie Quimby on February 9, 2018 in Tampico. Patrick was a US Marine Corps veteran, and proudly served in the Vietnam War. Patrick was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion and the Department of...
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Jeremy Arthurs

March 25, 1978 - September 29, 2021

ROCKFORD – Jeremy J. Arthurs, 43 died September 29, 2021 at Swedish American Hospital. He was born on March 25, 1978 in Sterling the son of Walter C Arthurs and Linda M. Lopez. Jeremy had worked on various construction projects. He enjoyed spending time with family and his grandchildren. Jeremy's lucky number was 420. Survivors include his daughter, Kayla Arthurs (Aaron Jackson) of...
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Jennie L. Milroy

September 4, 1935 - September 28, 2021

Jennie Lee Milroy, 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford, IL. Jennie was born September 4, 1935, in Yorktown, IL, the daughter of Fred and Florence (Franks) Thompson. She married Donald J Milroy on October 9, 1954, in Sterling, IL. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2008. Jennie was a long- time member of the Sterling First Church of the...
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Caroline Williams

August 18, 1947 - September 28, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Caroline L. Williams, 74 died Tuesday September 28, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. She was born on August 18, 1947 in West Palm Beach, FL the daughter of Harold George and Dorothy Letitia (Barncroft) Iversen. Caroline attended St. Juliana Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL; Dyess TX AFB (elementary school on base) Presque Isle, MA AFB (elementary school on...
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Raymond F. Blackard

August 25, 1925 - September 27, 2021

STERLING – Raymond F. Blackard, age 96, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Raymond was born in Spring Valley Illinois on August 25, 1925, the son of Frank and Mary Blackard. Raymond was a World War II veteran and served in France in 1944 and 1945. Raymond married Dolores Dezutti on August 29, 1953 Raymond's education includes a Bachelors Degree in psychology from...
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Richard L. Willhite

July 30, 1943 - September 27, 2021

Rock Falls – Richard L. Willhite, 78 died Monday September 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on July 30, 1943 in Sterling the son of Donald C. and Helen L. (Insley) Willhite. He served in the US Navy from 1961-1964. He married Connie L. Reed on June 26, 1965 in Rock Falls. Richard was employed at the former RB&W and later Reliant Fastener for 38 years. He was a...
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Kevin A. Sproul

August 28, 1966 - September 27, 2021

Kevin A. Sproul Kevin A. Sproul, age 55, of Sterling, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Kevin was born August 28, 1966 in Sterling the son of David and Gloria (Waldschmidt) Sproul. He attended Sauk Valley Community College then graduated from Illinois State University with a Master's Degree in Industrial Technology. While at ISU, he was a member of a circus...
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Calvin C. Bryant

October 1, 1927 - September 26, 2021

Calvin C. Bryant Calvin C. Bryant, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 26, 2021 at his home. Calvin was born October 1, 1927 in Warren, Ark. the son of Hubert and Grace (Castleberry) Bryant. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Margie Williams on January 21, 1956 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2013. Calvin was employed at Parish...
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William G. Groleau

February 15, 1941 - September 26, 2021

William Grant Groleau was born on February 15th, 1941, in Gladstone, MI, the son of Agnes (Jacovich) and William Groleau. He was raised in Rockford, IL where he attended school at St. Edwards, St. Thomas High School and Rock Valley Community College. William also served in the Army from 1958-1961. William married Mary Thole at St. Michael's in Galena, IL on June 15th, 1963. They had four...
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Joan Kelly

September 1, 1938 - September 24, 2021

STERLING - Joan D. Kelly, 83, died Friday September 24, 2021 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Joan was born on September 1, 1938 in La Salle, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Wennmacher) Neidetcher. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Kewanee as a Registered Nurse. Joan married the love of her life Gerald (Jerry) A. Kelly on February 23, 1963 in Sterling. He died July 17,...
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Joel Canas

June 13, 1934 - September 22, 2021

Joel Canas, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joel was born June 13, 1934 in La Feria, Texas the son of Epigmenio Canas and Erlinda Garcia. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire from September 5, 1951 until his retirement in 1985. Joel attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He is survived by four sons and...
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Terry James McDonnell

October 6, 1941 - September 22, 2021

Terry James McDonnell, 79, of Okeechobee, FL, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Terry was born on October 6, 1941 in Sterling, the son of Terrance and Marie (Cassens) McDonnell. He married Barb Ebenezer in 1979 in St. Louis. Terry was employed at RB&W for 38 years, retiring in 2007. Terry was a US Army veteran and was a member of...
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Jack R. Redell

November 28, 1956 - September 21, 2021

Jack R. Redell, 64 of Rock Falls died Tuesday September 21, 2021 at his home. He was born on November 28, 1956 in Springhill, the son of Elbert and Ruth (Morris) Redell. He married QTina Norton on November 19, 1977 in Rock Falls. Jack was a civil engineer for 40 years. He worked for many firms but was currently employed at Quigg Engineering. He was a member of the Sterling-Rock Falls Amateur...
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Steven D. Bohms

August 22, 1951 - September 21, 2021

Steven D. Bohms Steven D. Bohms, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Steven was born August 22, 1951 in Sterling the son of Louis and Esther (LaBine) Bohms. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 37 years. Steven was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls...
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Mary "Sue" Cherry

September 11, 1935 - September 21, 2021

Mary Susan (Sue) Cherry passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 11, 1935 to Abram and Ruth Hey of Sterling, IL. Sue grew up in Sterling alongside her brother Phil and sister Janna. She was a graduate of Sterling High School, attended Denver Women's College and Northwestern University where she studied to become a dental...
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Skylar Juno K Clark

September 20, 2021 - September 20, 2021

Skylar Juno K Clark was born into eternity on September 20, 2021 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, the infant daughter of June Attebury and Devon Clark. Survivors include her parents; two grandmothers, Jennifer Martinez of Sterling and Heather Clark of KY; grandfather, David Lewis of Rock Falls; great grandparents, Corinne (Jose) Olalde of Galt; great grandmother, Kathy Clark of KY; one aunt, Atyana...
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Karen M. Kosier

April 6, 1939 - September 20, 2021

PROPHETSTOWN – Karen M. Kosier, age 82 died Monday, September 20, 2021 at Allure of Prophetstown. Karen was born on April 6, 1939 in Sterling the daughter of Cecil and Helen (Corbin) Kosier. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1958 and moved to Rock Island. Karen worked as a Secretary with Harry Alder & Son's in Rock Island retiring in 2007. Karen was an avid reader, and loved to bake...
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Raelynn Kae Lawson

May 14, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Raelynn Kae Lawson, 4 months old, died on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Raelynn was born on May 14, 2021 in Sterling, the daughter of Shelbi Lawson and Shawn O'Shaughnessy. She will be remembered as a happy baby that was always smiling. Survivors include her mother, Shelbi Lawson of Rock Falls; father, Shawn O'Shaughnessy of Polo; three brothers, Jaxon, Leonard, and Grayson; grandmother, Katie ...
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Karson L. Crump

February 2, 1958 - September 19, 2021

Karson Crump, 63, died Sunday September 19, 2021 at his home in Rock Falls. He was born on February 2, 1958 in Sterling the son of Phillip K. and Charlotte J. (Alexander) Crump. He married Debra Sue Sublett on October 7, 1978. Karson had been employed at Nachusa Lutheran Home for 10 years and then Donaldson's in Dixon for 19 years. He attended Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include...
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Timothy R. McQuillan

May 24, 1946 - September 18, 2021

Timothy R. McQuillan Timothy R. McQuillan, age 75, of Sterling, died peacefully on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Timothy was born May 24, 1946 in Eau Claire, Wis. the son of Michael and Elizabeth (Rawlings) McQuillan. He was a 1964 graduate North High School in Eau Claire and served in the US Army, Artillery, 1st Armored Division. Timothy married Wanda...
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Braylyn Nichole Fell

August 7, 2021 - September 14, 2021

Braylyn Nichole Fell, 5 weeks old, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Children's Hospital in Peoria. Braylyn was born on August 7, 2021 in Freeport, the daughter of Kira Scott. Braylyn touched the hearts of many and will be forever missed. Survivors include her mother; grandparents, Jamie Fell and Larry Brill; great grandmother, Judy Fell; two aunts, Tina Fell, and Kate...
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Marcus A Holloway

June 23, 1971 - September 14, 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI – Marcus A. Holloway, 50 died September 14, 2021 at Aurora West Allis Medical Center. He was born on June 23, 1971 in Sterling the son of Elmer and Valarie (Guinn) Holloway. He married Jennifer L. Creekpaum on August 20, 1994 in Rock Falls. Marcus had worked as a bus driver for several years. He was a good husband, dad, son, uncle and friend to many. Marcus was a selfless man...
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Gene T. Dalton

August 29, 1937 - September 13, 2021

Gene T. Dalton, Sr, 84 of Rock Falls died Monday September 13, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on August 29, 1937 in Prairie DuChen, WI the son of John and Marvel (Rumsey) Dalton. He married Shirley Jean McKinstry on August 31, 1958 in Clinton, IA. Gene was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co as a first helper in the furnace department, retiring in 1990 after...
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Julie Anne Westbo Bosley

July 29, 1961 - September 11, 2021

Julie Anne (Westbo) Bosley, 60, of Milledgeville died on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at her home. Julie was born on July 29, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of Richard and Carol (Bellars) Westbo. Julie was an exceptional cook who loved to entertain. She will be remembered as a beloved mother, grandmother, former wife, and friend. Survivors include two daughters, Lasondra Bosley of...
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Gladys Rausch

December 26, 1938 - September 11, 2021

STERLING – Gladys Rausch, age 82, died at her home Saturday, September, 11, 2021. Gladys was born on December 26, 1938 in Sterling the daughter of Richard and Violet (Miller) Gors. She married Robert Tarbill in 1962. He preceded her in death in March of 1987. Gladys later married Richard Rausch on March 3, 1989. She was employed for 37 years with Wahl Clipper retiring in 2000. Gladys was a...
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Eugene E. Apple

July 14, 1943 - September 10, 2021

Eugene E. Apple, 78, of Morrison, died on Thursday, September 10, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Eugene was born on July 14, 1943 in Harmon, the son of Charles and Mildred (Bushman) Apple. He married Jane Bristle on 09/26/1970 in Rock Falls. Eugene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. He was a true sportsman and loved hunting, fishing, frogging, and trapping. He...
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Isaiah M. Latigo

May 17, 1999 - September 9, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Isaiah M. Latigo 22, died Thursday September 9, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on May 17, 1999 in Sterling and was the son of Michael Anthony Latigo and Andrea Lynne Olalde. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. He had worked for various local employers before moving to Phoenix in May of this year. Isaiah loved to fish, riding his bike, singing, exploring TIKTOK. Isaiah...
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Cynthia Sue Wiersema

May 20, 1953 - September 9, 2021

Cynthia Sue Wiersema, 68, of Fulton, died on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Cindy was born on May 20, 1953 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of John and Marjorie Mathew. She married James Wiersema on May 31, 1981 in Morrison. Cindy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, and was an animal lover. She especially enjoyed spending time with her...
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Judith A. Stern

December 9, 1946 - September 8, 2021

Judith A. Stern Judith A. Stern, age 74, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Judith was born December 9, 1946 in Rock Falls the daughter of Fred and Sarah (Story) Stern. She attended Sauk Valley Community College and was employed at Home Care Management in Dixon, Rock Falls Savings and Loan, and H&R Block. She is survived by her...
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Nancy F. Law

December 21, 1945 - September 7, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Nancy F. Law, 75 died Tuesday September 7, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 21, 1945 in Sterling, the daughter of Rolla Laverne and Fern Genevieve (Higley) Murray. She was a graduate of Tampico High School. She had married John Law. Nancy began her working career in the offices of Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling; later working as a...
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Diane M. Sexton

March 28, 1950 - September 7, 2021

Diane M. Sexton passed away on September 7, 2021 at the age of 71, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her by living their lives to the fullest. Diane Marie Bonneur Sexton was born to Everett Eugene and Mary Katherine Bonneur in Morrison, IL on March 28, 1950. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1968 and received...
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Richard L. Akridge

June 16, 1938 - September 6, 2021

Richard L. Akridge Richard L. Akridge, age 83, of Sterling, died Monday, September 6, 2021 at his home. Richard was born June 16, 1938 in Sterling the son of Ivan and Dorothy (Howard) Akridge. He married Carol Sue Bell on August 18, 1957 in Sterling. They just celebrated their 64th anniversary. Richard was employed at Illinois Forge, Rock River Vending Company for 25 years and National...
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Barbara J. Fredericks

April 30, 1953 - September 5, 2021

STERLING – Barbara J. Fredericks, age 68, died Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Barbara was born on April 30, 1953 in Chilhowie, Va. the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Shupe) Hicks. She married Thomas Fredericks on March 14, 1970 in Rock Falls. Barbara worked at the White Hen Pantry in Sterling for 5 years and as a Cashier with Kroger's for 15 years...
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Joan Smith

December 29, 1964 - September 4, 2021

STERLING - Joan Shelmerdene (HIcks) Smith went to be with her Lord on September 4, 2021. She was born December 29, 1964 in Sterling Il to Kelly and Lois (Davis) Hicks. She graduated from Prophetstown High School with Honors. She attended Sauk Valley College. Joan had two sons, Aron (Jessica) Hassell of Ozark MO and Byron (Adelina) Hassell of Rock Falls IL. Joan married Michael Smith on...
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Vernon E. Pritchard

June 28, 1953 - September 2, 2021

Vernon E. Pritchard, 68 died Thursday September 2, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on June 28, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Leonard and Anna (Conrad) Pritchard. Vernon had been employed at Astec Mobile Screening in Sterling. Throughout the years he had played the drums in several local bands. He enjoyed going shooting with his son and his restored 67 GTO. Survivors include...
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Sandra K. Blomstrand

July 3, 1944 - September 2, 2021

Sandra K. Blomstrand, 77 died Thursday September 2, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL She was born on July 3, 1944 in Morrisvale, W. VA the daughter of Earl and Helen (McClure) Davis Sr. She married Harry R. Blomstrand November 15, 1968 in Chicago. He died June 5, 2002. Shortly after his death in 2006 she returned to Morrisvale to live, and in 2016 moved to Rock Falls, IL near her...
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William D. Petty

December 12, 1927 - September 2, 2021

William "Bill" D. Petty, 93, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Bill was born on December 12, 1927 in Marshfield, MO, the son of John and Omie (Linder) Petty. He married Lena Cook on December 15, 1945 in Marshfield, MO. Bill worked in construction for many years. He enjoyed gardening and was known as "Mr. Fix-It" in his younger years. Bill also enjoyed...
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Jerry L. Hinrichs

February 21, 1950 - September 2, 2021

Jerry L. Hinrichs Jerry L. Hinrichs, age 71, of Lyndon, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Jerry was born February 21, 1950 in Sterling the son of Bennie and Lois (Wolber) Hinrichs. He married Shirley Reins on June 20, 1970 in Sterling. He was self-employed as a farm tractor mechanic for 50 years. Jerry also sold John Deere 2-Cylinder Tractor Rebore Kits to...
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Wallace I. Miller, Jr.

December 2, 1950 - August 31, 2021

INVERNESS, FL – Wallace I. Miller Jr., age 70, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Wallace was born on December 2, 1950 in Sterling the son of Wallace and Alois (Minson) Miller Sr. He married Marilyn Thompson on August 1, 1970 in Artesia, Calif. Wallace was formerly employed with Hey Brothers Ice Cream in Dixon, Transitions Nursing...
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Cynthia J. Ramirez

February 22, 1957 - August 31, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Cynthia J. Ramirez, age 64, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Cindy was born on February 22, 1957 in Freeport the daughter of Robert and Joyce (Connor) Gundry. She married Noe Ramirez, Jr. on February 11, 2000. Cindy was employed as the Manager at Advance America in Sterling. She loved to fish and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. Survivors...
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Gary N. Hartman

November 24, 1960 - August 30, 2021

Gary N. Hartman Gary N. Hartman, age 60, of Fulton, died Monday, August 30, 2021 at his home. Gary was born November 24, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Virgil and Dorothy (Snyder) Hartman Sr. He was previously employed at Climco in Morrison and recently enjoyed being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Gary's family would like to thank everyone who provided...
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Dawn L. Edwards

November 18, 1956 - August 29, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Dawn L. Edwards, 64 died on Sunday August 29, 2021 at her home. Dawn was born on November 18, 1956 in Sterling the daughter of Raymond Elbert and Marie Agnes (Berzinski) Miller. She attended local school and was a graduate of Sauk Valley Community College with a degree in nursing. She worked for many years at CGH Medical Center in the CCU unit and later as a case manager. She...
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Gary R. Williams

December 27, 1948 - August 28, 2021

STERLING – Gary R. Williams, 72 of Sterling died August 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on December 27, 1948 in Rochelle, the son of Homer and Juanita (Purvis) Williams. He had worked as a drywaller. Gary enjoyed fishing, listening to his music and watching TV Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Kessler of Sterling; his sons: Timothy (Tracey) Williams of Dixon,...
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Marcella Hamstra

July 8, 1949 - August 26, 2021

Marcella A. Hamstra, 72, of Morrison, died on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Marcella was born on July 8, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of Adam and Helen (Bartz) Yoeckel. She married Philip Hamstra in 1987. Survivors include her father, Adam Yoeckel; husband, Philip Hamstra; one daughter Nyla Hamstra; one son, Adam Hamstra, all of Morrison; one sister,...
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Denverd R. Hutton

January 15, 1928 - August 26, 2021

TAMPICO - The Rev. Denverd "Denny" Randolph Hutton, 93, died peacefully on Aug. 26, 2021, in his home just weeks after suffering a broken neck as result of a fall. He was under the full-time loving care of his son, Denverd K. Hutton, and his grandson, Savage Hutton, for the last two years of his life, and under Hospice care for just days before his death. Denny was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in...
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Susan V. (Crotty) James

June 12, 1944 - August 25, 2021

Susan V. (Crotty) James, 77, formerly of Odell and Rock Falls, IL, Rogers City, MI and Laurie, MO, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, AZ. Sue was born on June 12, 1944 in Kalamazoo, MI the daughter of Francis D. and Constance P. (Bowers) Crotty. She was a 1962 graduate of Odell High School and a 1989 graduate of Sauk Valley College in Dixon, IL. She...
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Denny R. Fulfs

February 8, 1947 - August 25, 2021

Denny R. Fulfs, 74, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Denny was born on February 8, 1947, in Sterling, the son of Harry and Marie (Reed) Fulfs. He managed the family farm for many years. Survivors include two brothers, Larry (Marilyn) Fulfs of Winslow, IL, and Lyle (Donna) Fulfs of Melbourne, FL; one sister, Debbie (Wayne) Waggoner of Goshen, IN; many nieces and nephews. ...
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Doris L. Wasson

July 21, 1922 - August 24, 2021

Doris L. Wasson Doris L. Wasson, age 99, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. Doris was born July 21, 1922 in Rochelle the daughter of Charles and Marjorie (Grim) Howard. She married Clark Wasson on January 5, 1946 in Franklin Grove. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2004. Doris was a school teacher at Dillon School in Rock...
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